Day in the Life of: Laura Olson

The office is one crazy volcano that is always ex- ploding with questions and needy kids. Those who work in the office handle the needs of the school and answers any questions someone may have.

I spent the whole day with Laura Olson, the attendance secretary in the office. She has her own room in the office where the money used to be handled.

Olson deals with the atten- dance of the school. This includes all students who come and go throughout the day, including tardies.

“I give too many lates and tar- dies per day,” Olson said.

As I was sitting with her throughout the day, she took quite a few calls from parents calling in for their kid. She would get so many phone calls in a row, absence after absence, phone call after phone call.

On her computer, she fills out why students were absent so they are properly recorded.

When kids come in late, some of them bring a note. I saw that she would file all the notes after she was done marking them in her computer.

The day I was with her, a bus was late because of icy weather. It was very chaotic. She was signing passes for lots of tardy kids.

Despite the busyness, Olson likes to keep her office organized. She has papers filed in folders and her desk isn’t in a clutter.

Olson knows so many students by heart. She doesn’t have to ask their name or anything, which just shows how close she is to the students.

I know I would get tired of sitting in a chair, writing passes for students who are late. Olson, though, is patient with her job.

She does this everyday for eight hours. I would personally not be able to do that.

During the very busy parts of the morning, history teacher Caitlin Mcgrew helps her with all the kids that pour into school late.

“Have you ever just felt so busy, you just don’t know where to start?” she said. “That’s how I feel.”

Besides the fact that she works in her office almost the whole day, she loves talking to the other workers in the office.

Olson is close with the other women in the office. She has a good time with them and they all laugh together.

While I was spending my day with her, I noticed she works on the computer a lot. I saw this is where she fills out why the student is absent.

“My favorite part of my job is when I get to build the relationships with the students,” Olson said.

“I don’t really have a ‘least’ favorite part of my job [but] I don’t like how it gets stressful,” she said.

Signing passes for all the kids that come to her can get over-whelming but she loves how chaotic it get.

Near the middle of the day, I noticed her office is not as busy. Less and less people start to come in. It’s more “peaceful.”

As the day came to an end, the attendance office picked up a little more. I saw that many parents arrive to get their kids for appoint-ments or other end of the day commitments.

Since days in the office are so hectic, the women who work there also try to take time to enjoy their jobs. “We also like to have fun on Fridays,”

When Friday comes every week, they try to plan something fun. They laugh, sing, joke around, and anything to make their day bright.

“Go ahead and laugh at us, we don’t mind,” Olson said.

The attendance office is way more than what the sign says. Ol- son doesn’t get a lot of credit from the student body, but she does do a lot for us.

Banks is a dark shadow of other artists

Scrolling through iTunes one week, I came across the single of the week. iTunes does this cool thing where each Tuesday they have a single of the week where they offer a free song. Usually the songs are for nobody artists that are on the path to becoming big.

One week, a new female artist, Banks, was featured as the single of the week with her song, “Beggin For Thread.” At first listening to her, I got a darker version of Lana Del Rey (if that was even possible). So I downloaded it and continued to listen to it more and more.

With each time I had played it, I started to really listen to her. Not only did I get a darker version of Lana Del Ray, but I also got a darker version of Marina and the Diamonds. Her music is alternative pop like Lana and Marina, who I have always been a fan of.

Then a few short months later I started seeing her name on social media sites and hearing “Beggin For Thread” on the radio. I then started to wonder how she got big.

Doing some research for this article, I learned that she owes some of her fame to her celebrity friend, Lily Col- lins. Lily Collins has starred in The Mortal Instruments, Stuck in Love, and Love Rosie.

At the age of 15, Banks taught herself to play the piano through a childhood friend to help her cope with her parents’ divorce.

Later on, she started putting her songs on SoundCloud, a site for people to upload, record, promote and share their originally created sounds. She used SoundCloud before securing her record deal.

Her first single, “Before I Ever Met You,” came out in 2013. Later on in the year her EP, “London” was released. Throughout 2013 she had been nominated for “Brand New Nominee” and came in third place for “Sound of 2014.” She also had been named Artist to Watch from several news sources.

Banks recently toured internationally with The Weeknd, an R&B and hiphop singer. After the tour was over she had announced her own tour where she would be the headliner in the United Kingdom. She has also performed at Coachella, a music festival that takes place in California with many artists from all different genres of music.

Most of Banks’ music is deep and has a slower beat to it. It’s music to listen to on a rainy or snowy day. I highly recommend this new rising artist.

Stay clear of toxic relationships

Toxic relationships are seen in movies, books and daily life, but most don’t realize that relationships between family and friends can be just as toxic.

According to CORA (Community Over- coming Relationship Abuse), relationships can be divided into three different areas: healthy, unhealthy and abusive.

There is a huge difference between a relation- ship that is unhealthy and an abusive relationship. A unhealthy relationship can include a lack of communication, pressuring the other into sexual activ- ity and taking control to the point that everything is focused on them getting their way.

However, an abusive relationship takes an unhealthy relationship to the next step and hurts the other by taking control of everything, but neither is okay.

These unhealthy and abusive relationships can be between parents, friends or significant others, but no matter who these relationships are with, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed.

Before anyone gets involved with an unhealthy relationship there are signs to look out for to keep safe.

According to the Psych Central, the first step to getting out of a toxic relationship is addressing the situation and according to the Huffington Post, there are four early sign of a toxic relationship. They have ex baggage, they’re a control freak, they lie about anything, and they are physically dominant.

If another’s significant other needs consoling over their past relationships, then they are not truly ready to be in a relationship with anyone and will most likely lead to heart break.

The Huffington Post said “Any time you feel that you are a puppet whose strings are being tugged on, it’s time to look seriously at the relationship.”

Next, if someone is lying about small things, there is no stopping them from lying from important matters as well breaking the trust between the two.

Lastly, small signs of grabbing or touching someone in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable are not okay and are signs that an abusive relationship can grow.

Toxic relationships hazardous to people’s health, so try to look out for signs of an unhealthy relationships and stop them from being a hazard.

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Whip society into shape

High school is fairly straightforward from a social perspective. Most people have their own group of friends that they hang out with, and this group has usually been together for awhile. They share the same sense of humor, and nothing could split them up.

Many people around the school are also in relationships. They found someone that they really like, and spend good amounts of time with them.

Here recently, I have heard people saying that a guy is “whipped” whenever he tries to hang out with his girlfriend. When someone is considered to be whipped, it means that they are being controlled by their girlfriend or wife.

I mainly hear it when I walk by groups of people who have been friends for a while. They will call out someone in the group at the mere mention of the girlfriends name.

I find this offensive to the guys being labeled this way. It labels them as the guy who spends all his time with the girl, and completely abandons everything else, including friends and family.

Most times, this is not the case. This guy is simply trying to show how much he cares about this girl, just as anyone else would in this situation. I find it disrespectful of anyone who would make fun of a guy for doing this.

These guys should not have to fear facing judgement for this either, espe- cially from his own friends.

If and when society gets to the point where degrading and making fun of the people that actually care is the norm, then I think it’s safe to say that society itself has failed.

Women can be just as athletic as men

It is a commonly held value that girls and boys are unable to compete in equal terms due to differences in physique and skill, and from a young age, girls are told that boys are just “naturally” faster and stronger than them. This “value,” however, is nothing but a sexist virtue.

It’s no lie that the top athlete in any sport is physically well-built and comes with a toned, healthy body. The ideal gender for which these qualities fall with is in a male. However, women are able to have just as healthy, toned bodies.

One reason behind this male-female association is that society doesn’t like to see women fall into roles that go against the norm of what a traditional woman “should be” like. The traditional female traits include being physically attractive, feminine, passive, graceful, and also weak, believe it or not. These qualities need to evolve into what women are capable of being, including athletic.

The idea of a fast, powerful female athlete leaves society feeling uneasy because it isn’t seen as a “normal” characteris- tic for women. This, folks, is what society has come down to.

Although men naturally have more muscle mass built into their bodies, that is no excuse for why women can’t compete on the same athletic levels and intensity.

According to a new study run by Joel Stager, who is a professor at the School of Health, Physical Education Recreation at Indiana University at Bloomington, “Due to differences in developmental pace, it seems to be true that at least in some sports there are periods of time during which girls and boys might be athletic equals.”

This is the part where any guy reading this may start laughing, but the facts are there. For example, the gender gap in athletic performance, as shown in records from Olympic competition, has remained stable since 1983.

The average difference has been about 10% between men and women for all athletic events. More importantly, when performance increases, the improvements are proportional for both genders.

These women are not just participating in a sport they greatly excel in, they are proving that these barriers can be broken down that have always left women isolated from the world of professional athletics.

It’s very important that female athletes get recognized for these matters.

For women, being an athlete can be challenging and

discouraging. Women are capable of so much more than being pretty or intelligent, and that’s what society is afraid of. Strong is the new pretty for athletic women.

Teachers face off in imaginary super villain battle

Auvdel pauses time to win battle  Meg Ayscue • Editor in Chief

Anyone that has had Jason Auvdel as a teacher knows that he does not give up easily. If it came down to a villain battle be- tween him and Nathan Weakland, the winner would obviously be Auvdel.

First of all, pausing time (Auvdel’s chosen power) is easily the best power to have. If someone is about to be hit, they’d just pause time, beat up said person, and unpause time. If someone needed to find someone or something but didn’t know where to look, all they would have to do is pause time, no problem at all.

Even someone facing Superman could simply pause time, build a box of kryptonite that also blocks out the yellow sun, and put Superman inside of it. Because it is only one person able to move in space while time is paused, there is no problem of anyone getting in the way. There also is no problem of anyone even potentially beating said person, or in this case, Auvdel.

Weakland’s power of placing a thought in one’s head and making them think it’s their own (which is, in short, mind-control) is therefore use- less. Any time any hero or villain has the ability to mess with someone’s mind, that person has to be within a close range. Even Professor X, arguably one of the best mind-power-based heros, only has a range of 250 miles to project a thought into someone else’s mind, and that’s after years of practice. If within that range, it still takes time to sift through the thousands of brains to find the right one to place the thought.

Therefore, Auvdel has to be within a certain distance for Weakland to create a thought for Auvdel to “have.” In the time it would take Weak- land to locate him, place a thought in his head, and have that lead to his ultimate destruction, Auvdel can already have time paused and have taken Weakland out.

Most other superheroes and villains usually have to see the person they wish to control. So, let’s say that Auvdel and Weakland are facing each other in the same room in this scenario. There would still have to be time for Weakland to think of exactly what he would have him do. In that time, Auvdel can pause time and take Weakland out, or at least move in space so that Weakland would have to find him again.

Even if Auvdel wasn’t sure how to defeat Weakland right away, he’d be able to take as much time as he needed to think about what to do. If anything,he could imprison Weakland, somewhere secluded where he can’t affect any person’s thoughts.

Overall, there just isn’t a way to beat the control of time itself. It may not be as exhilarat- ing as flying, brutish as super strength, or cli- che as invisibility, but it gets the job done.

And if all else fails, Auvdel can just throw that blanket from his class over Weakland. Nobody survives that.

Weakland fights with mind control  Jimmy Walker • Staff Writer

When thinking about who would be the better supervillain between Nathan Weakland and Jason Auvdel, Auvdel is a worthy and difficult opponent to challenge, but it’s obvious that Weakland will end up on top in this battle.

As far as powers go, Weakland chosen the ability to manipulate the thoughts of others. He would implant his treacher- ous ideas into the minds of people and make them think that his ideas are their Auvdel has chosen to have the ability to stop time. Al- though this is a fairly powerful ability, Weakland would have almost no problem facing this adversary.

Despite his power, Auvdel is only a single man. Weakland has the power to implant his thoughts into entire societies. This essentially places his mind into every living person on the planet. This would allow him to have an army of seven billion people at his disposal when confronting Auvdel. Assuming that Auvdel’s plan is to rule the world, his plan would be futile.

Since Weakland’s mind is imprinted onto the entire human race, Auvdel would not stand a chance in a fight.

Even if Auvdel were to stop time and dispose of everyone in his way, it still wouldn’t matter. Since Auvdel will have had to have dispose of the entire planets population to protect himself, he would no longer have a world to control. He would be forced to walk the planet alone, with nobody to rule, nobody to fear him and his power.

So Auvdel stands very little chance in a fight against Weakland, especially if Weakland were to simply take control of Auvdel’s mind. Weakland could beat Auvdel from miles away without ever putting himself in danger.

This alone makes Weakland the better super villain.

People need to be more sympathetic

With everyone’s heads wrapped up in modern technology and social media, it’s become so easy to ignore any chance there is to genuinely help out another person.

Being teenagers in high school, it’s so  easy to get ourselves soaked into our own problems and our own cluttered worlds, but especially during this time of the year, it’s important to separate ourselves from our own needs and consider what can be done for others.

What a lot of people don’t consciously real- ize is their reasoning behind why they perform acts of kindness. Being kind is a way to make ourselves feel good. However, is that the only reason for showing kindness? The question about whether or not people can theoretically be selfless still poses a mystery. The only motive to doing selfless acts, should be because it’s the right thing to do.

Maybe people in their teen years need a little more exposure to the struggles some high school kids have to go through every day. For example, a lot of high school kids don’t have enough food provided to them at their own homes. Taking a few extra seconds to donate an item to the Hayes’s PIN Drive can surely make a difference for hungry students.

People need to ask themselves why they choose to help others. Do they help to impress? Or feel pleased with themselves? What people need to start taking away from helping out is reassurance that they did the right thing more than simply just feeling like a good person.

Another thing people don’t realize is that some people can be so self- centered that they get offended when others something nice for them. Instead of thinking about the ‘why’ behind every action, that person needs to be thankful.

There are many things people can do this time of year to show kindness. Donating clothes, toys, and food is a huge step. Lots of local churches typically look for these kind of donations during the holiday season.

It’s naturally challenging for someone to step outside of themselves and solely give all their thought to another person, and that’s because of our human instincts of self-preservation.

There’s nothing wrong with people watching out for themselves, but taking the time to con- sider the well-being of other people is the first step to remembering what selflessness is about, and that is not feeling good about ourselves, but doing the right thing when the opportunity is given.

Reasons exist behind dreaded math homework

Math is used in a multitude of ways in daily life, everywhere from a simple digit to a complex equation like this:

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High school students often ask their math teachers when they will use the unit circle or geometry proofs. The answer is: math teaches more than what it claims to teach. Math teaches life skills, like problem solving, that are used every day of daily life.

When running late in the morning, there are options available of things we might be able to skip to be on time. Which is worse: missing out on breakfast or missing out on having the perfect hair do?

Students always have to find the solution to when two trains will arrive based on the speed of the trains and the time they left. Now it can be put to use.

If someone only has left
15 minutes to get ready, then

they need to decide if they will do a quick 5 minute hair- do and have a good sit down breakfast. Or, will they spend ten minutes on hair and grab a granola bar on the way out.

Time management is one of the simplest uses of math in everyday life, but it isn’t the only one.Math teachers give students a gateway to how to advance in the real world.

They teach skills like logical thinking that are used every time a person see a number.

When at the store, price and sizes will help people to see what object is the best bang for their buck, but without math, money can be wasted on products that other competitors are selling for less.

The one thing that most people take away from math class, if not the numbers and equa- tions, is logical reasoning. Reasoning is used everyday by most people. Some do not have as much logic as others, but many people can figure out the best option for them.

Math also teaches how one number is related to another. For example, when baking a recipe that was originally written to serve 12 people, but if servings for 6 will better fit the need, the recipe must be cut in half.

In order to know what half of three-fourths of a cup or a teaspoon is, people can rely on math to help them.

Additionally, parents use math because everything must be even, especially during the holiday season or other gift giving occasions. People must make sure each person will get the same amount of gifts of equal value, in order to avoid hurt feelings.

Even though the unit circle and geometric proofs might not be used in life daily, just having this knowledge will make aspects of life easier for all. As the saying goes, “knowledge is power,” and the more people have, the better off they will be.

Electives should be challenging, but not overwhelming

Electives benefit students by giving them opportunities to explore, find out their true passions and develop new interests. Whether it be art class, gym, woodshop, choir, or even sociology, electives were believed to fill space and in turn students would receive “easy A” credits. This isn’t true for all electives, but it’s the general consensus.

When electives end up having just as much work as another core class, it’s super counter-productive. By doing an overload of work from their electives, students are wasting precious time doing the work for their electives which in all reality should be used doing work that is from their core classes. Electives don’t have to be at a 3rd grade level, but they can be fun and not stress inducing.

The work in these classes should be minimal. It is still a class, so of course there is work to be done, but when it’s more than what someone has in an AP class, that’s just way too much. Electives shouldn’t be as stressful as a regular core class because the curriculum isn’t as solely focused around what’s being taught through electives.

Students having panic attacks due to this increased amount of out-of-school work and not being able to get a good nights sleep is just downright unacceptable. That right there would cause major problems.

There needs to be a balance. Most AP students usually try to balance their classes with a fun, less stressful class, maybe by opting for art or psychology.

The content that is taught in electives is still content that students may be exposed to at some point in their life, therefore the work level needs to be sufficient enough so that those students are realizing the importance of what’s being taught.

Teachers expect students to spend every waking hour on their class and still manage time to work, sleep, work, participate in extracurriculars and sports.The workload assigned outside of elective classes should be minimal.

If the elective is too much to handle with the amount of homework, that needs to get done that night along with the homework that students already have with their core classes, it becomes difficult to really enjoy an elective.

With some elective classes, students are spending as much time on their electives as they do for their AP classes. This statement right here is really backwards. There should not be an elective class ever that requires the same amount of work as an AP class.

Some students believe that if the course won’t help them graduate and won’t help them in college, then the work is not super important. The work is still important, but not on the top of their list of priorities.

Electives should not be the hardest classes in students’ schedules, but they should be challenging enough that students actually learn something.

Bingo boosts athletic’s bank account

For all sports, money is needed. But each are different in what they need for their sport, except uniforms and equipment which are pretty much essentials. And when it comes to those two things, it can get very pricey.

Most schools have what are called athletic boosters to help pay for those es- sentials and more. By fundraising money for all the sports. Delaware’s booster help support all sports at both Dempsey and Hayes.

The money earned is by volunteering, and the easiest way to do that is with bingo. “We have Bingo every Saturday at Willis where teams have the opportunity to earn money for their team by volunteering to work,” Stephanie Jebode said. Stephanie and her husband, Hank, are the ones in charge of Delaware’s athletic boosters.

Besides buying essentials, they contributed several thousand dollars for improvements to the weight room, which all the athletes use to work out. They have also supported the wrestling program by contributing $10,000 for the purchase of new mats.

All sports have the opportunity to receive money for their team. “We have the philosophy of ‘if you want us to help you, you need to help us,” Jebode said. Working bingo will help earn money for teams, and they try their best to help all teams.

But “they just need to come to us and ask as well as do their part volunteering,” Jebode continued.

A team can earn anywhere from $400-900 just by helping

out one night at bingo. It takes a lot of volunteers to work bingo. “So naturally, the teams that help us regularly receive more consideration than a team that doesn’t,” Jebode said. Bingo is every Saturday night at Willis starting at 6:30.

Other places where money can be fun- draised are from concessions, spirit wear sales and Pacer sign sales. “The money raised from concessions and other items is used to pay our overhead expenses,” Jebode said. “We also give anywhere from $1000-$4000 in scholarships each year to graduating seniors.”

Athletic boosters are a huge help for all sports. Almost every school district has a booster club, because it is where the main money comes from. But as said above, our athletic boosters give a little more for each graduating class.

The voice of Delaware Hayes High School students