Is Trump-Carrier deal a preview of things to come?

By Aidan Rogan, Aviator editorial editor

Donald Trump, President-elect of the United States, recently made a shocking move by managing to keep 1,100 jobs at the air conditioning company Carrier in the Indiana.   

While some somewhat pessimistic sources have pointed out that still quite a few jobs will be lost (about 1300), the fact that Trump was able to keep almost the majority of Carrier here in our country almost two months before he takes office is quite astounding.

And, for many people including myself, this could be a sign for the things Trump could potentially achieve for businesses, entrepreneurs, and companies here in America.

Seeing as how President Obama has had big issues trying to keep jobs from moving to Mexico and other countries for the past two terms, Trump’s past in business could (hopefully) keep more jobs from leaving the country.

Donald Trump, author of countless books on finance and business, along with being one of the richest people in the world, clearly has an expertise in this field. He’s been speaking the language of the deal since the 70s and 80s, and has been a big player in the field all the way to his election, where rumors have been flying that he would no longer keep his businesses, and instead pass them on to his children. When it comes to discussing a deal, Trump may be the best person on earth.

Now, for some people, including myself, Trump being able to pull off this deal could be a great sign for his future as President. With businesses all across America flocking to other countries for lower payment and taxes, along with less regulations something has to be done.

And, if Trump could somehow be able to lower corporate taxes from their bloated 35% to the entrepreneur-friendly 15% he’s thrown around time and again, it could lead to a huge boom from small business owners and companies looking to expand.

Yeah, that’d be pretty cool.

Computer upgrade is coming, and it can’t come soon enough

By Aidan Rogan, Aviator editorial editor

For a majority of students in the United States, computers inside of school are pretty much a staple.

Go back 10 years or so, and computers in schools were fairly powerful enough to handle most educational purposes. However, the upgrading, maintaining, and age of PCs in most American schools is either stagnating or going in a poor direction. Take one look at the computers in our school, for example, and you’ll see old Compaq PCs with AMD Athlon CPUs, masses of old wires running out of them, all running Windows XP.

Since the non tech-savvy consumer may not understand what any of that means, I’ll put it in simple terms: “obsolete” would be an understatement for these computers.

After a bit of research, I found what the PCs our school uses are called; supposedly, these are HP Compaq DC5850s office computers that feature an unbelievably powerful (that’s sarcasm, by the way) AMD processor with 2GB of RAM.

However, having these computers be used as our main source for getting work done is inefficient and a waste of money. Case in point: modern smartphones are more powerful than this, such as the OnePlus 3, iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S7, and even the Moto G4 (a $200 off-contract smartphone). Yikes.

With computers like the our good, slow, unloved friend, the Compaq DC5850, wasting space in schools across the US, many students decide to turn to their phones to do work for class. However, I feel that schools should be able to provide modern computers that are able to handle the work that students need to do and won’t cause the handicap of us all relying on the tiny screens of our phones for important work.

Now, a problem starts to arise. How could this problem be fixed? What computers can schools purchase that are cost effective, powerful, and cheap.

In my opinion, the best option DPHS and others schools have is something we already have a few of in our school: Chromeboxes. Eric Piepenburg, a member of the school’s tech support team, discussed what he thought of the school’s computer situation.

“Those (the computers in the ELA Lab) are slated to be upgraded within the next school year,” Eric said. “As Google develops more features, we’ll probably be leaning more towards the Chrome environment for devices. They run a lot faster and are less expensive for the school district to provide for the students, but anywhere we may still need the Windows environment, for say, Microsoft Office to run, we would have to deploy Windows machines or run it in a virtual environment. To maintain… I like the Chrome devices from a tech department.”

If you’ve been to the ELA computer lab lately, you may have seen small boxes with an Acer logo next to monitors. These are Chromeboxes, a new product from Google and Acer. The Chromebox is similar to Chromebooks: cheap, effective machines that run ChromeOS instead of Windows.

With these small computers the size of one’s hand costing only $400, they offer way more bang for the buck and are easier for students to get work done on, rather than the potato desktops that take up space, are loud, bulky, and just are flat-out slow.

ChromeOS and its speedy and inexpensive computers are perfect for schools, and should be the new standard for DPHS.

Goodbye, Hewlett-Packard, it’s been nice knowing you.

ALICE training for students is probably a good idea

By Madi DeGroot, Aviator editor-in-chief

School shootings are tragedies of the highest degree. Young lives are lost due to someone who has to prove something to the world or is mentally ill. In the past few years, schools have started to have plans if a shooter gets into the school.

It used to be rather simple. If someone with a weapon was in the building, we were always told to hide. Then the Sandy Hook shooting happened. A bunch of kids were told to hide in their classroom by their teacher. The shooter came in and ended up killing a bunch of these children. However, there was something else that happened too. There was a brave 6 year old named Jesse Lewis, who was sadly killed by the shooter. He told six of his classmates to run, which ended up saving their lives.

Ever since it was shown that hiding was not the best solution, the ALICE training has changed drastically. ALICE (which is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) training is for teachers for the most part. It helps show them what to do in the situation of an attack on the school. After the incident that happened on Halloween this school, I remember thinking that students should get this ALICE training as well.

There are good things and bad things about this.

If we get this training, we would be more prepared for the situation and not panic when it’s occurring. We students would also know how to defend ourselves. If someone had actually gotten into our school, we all know that quite a few people would just freeze up and be too afraid to do anything. Most people would probably be scared. If we knew what we’d be doing, there would be less fear and fewer casualties.

A downside to the ALICE training is the fact that it might cause some people to panic during the proceedings. Some students here suffer from panic attacks and anxiety. So having to practice for an event that could lead to the deaths of their friends and possibly themselves if they do something wrong? Yeah, that would probably not end well.

Also, a  person who plans on coming into school with a weapon and trying to hurt people would know about the ALICE training. However, that doesn’t really mean that they will be able to prevent anyone from using their ALICE training on them.

I think that having students receive ALICE training would be a great idea. We need to be able to protect not only ourselves, but also our fellow students and the staff. According to Wikipedia, there have been six shootings so far this school year. Knowing this, I think it would be a lot better to actually train our students in a bit of self defense in case a tragedy like this occurs at our school.

Veterans recall their reasons for entering service

By Abby Allcox, Aviator staff writer

The name “America” brings to mind many ideas of freedom and liberty.

Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, is a time we celebrate those who have fought to ensure the safety of the American ideals through times of war and peace. This is a day to remember acts of heroism in times of war and thank the veterans who have served this country.

Everyone seems to do this in different ways: restaurants offer discounts, others put American flags on the graves of men and women who have served. Here at De Pere High School, the girls varsity soccer team puts on a ceremony to honor those who have served our country. The ceremony included recognizing the veterans who had participated, a flag folding, and the missing man table ceremony which honors those soldiers missing in action or prisoners of war.

After the ceremony took place during 4th hour in the auditorium, there was an opportunity for about 10 of the veterans to answer questions in the community room. They were asked questions about anything from the food that was served in the military to why they joined.

Len Litscher, the father of athletic secretary Kerry Guyette, is a Vietnam veteran who was drafted into the war. He avoided service for four years by filling out an exemption form because he needed to help his father on their family dairy farm. Even though Mr. Litscher was drafted, he was still proud to serve. “I’ll never regret it. It’s one of the best parts of my life, and I’d do it all in a heartbeat again.”

Terry Wolf, grandfather of De Pere senior Brittany Zuengler, on the other hand, joined for the excitement. He grew up in Marshfield and wanted to see more of the world. “After jumping out of airplanes and getting shot at in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam, I guess I had all the excitement I need,” he said.

Justin Gavin, father of DPHS senior Alyssia Gavin, admitted he went into the service for the money. He said, “It was a good career path to go into at the time.”  

Listening to the veterans talk about their, experience it was evidently clear that they all had different motivations to enter the armed services, but all united by the camaraderie they found once they joined. Those who have served have seen and experienced events that none of us can imagine, and they have had friendships most could only wish for.

Clickbait articles are annoying, disgusting, and impossible to ignore

By Elizabeth Kindt, Aviator staff writer

There’s nothing Daily Mail likes more than when a celebrity, usually a woman, wears something “risqué” so they have something to hook their audience with. I, for one, am sick of this cheap and demeaning tactic that has been so witlessly pursued by the journalists at Daily Mail.

What a famous woman wears is none of Daily Mail’s business. If she wishes to wear nothing but lingerie all week, who cares? Of course, lingerie as normal everyday fashion is rather chic, and I would love to read an article about it in that context.

The context being of course, “Hey, this person is making a pretty interesting fashion statement. Let’s write about it in a respectful way that doesn’t make it seem like we’re passing judgment because of what she’s wearing.” Not the context that Daily Mail uses, which is, “Hey, this woman has achieved a lot and she’s really successful, but isn’t this skirt she’s wearing far more interesting than that?”

Khloe Kardashian doesn’t wear a bra and suddenly everyone at Daily Mail freaks out. It’s almost like people forget that women don’t always have a bra glued to their chest at all times. Surprise! Women don’t always wear bras; they actually have an upper-chest! This information is so incredibly shocking. I bet I’m just blowing everyone’s minds right now.

(And those things are expensive, do you have any idea how much money I would have if I had never bought any bras? I would be practically rolling in money. Going braless is not only chic and stylish, it can also save money.)

But Khloe Kardashian not wearing a bra isn’t a story, for there’s just no substance to it. She didn’t wear a bra. Good for her, I’m happy for her, but there’s just nothing else of interest in the story. Daily Mail is just eye catching clickbait that doesn’t deliver when they promise an interesting, and braless, story.

Few things make me more angry than when people judge a girl because of how much skin she shows or doesn’t show. What she’s wearing is none of your concern. Buddy, if you have input on how a girl is dressing and believe that your opinion matters, I’m just going to tell you right now, it doesn’t matter. The only person’s opinion that matters when someone is getting dressed or buying clothing, is that person who is getting dressed or buying the clothes.

And if a girl wishes to not show a lot of skin, let her. We all have different ideas of what is empowering. My idea of empowerment is different from another girl’s. We need to respect one another, no matter what we’re wearing or not wearing.

We all judge, but how we respond to that little voice inside our head that does the judging can make or break us sometimes.

So basically what I’m saying is, let’s all try to be more mature and accepting than Daily Mail. Because really, aren’t we a just a little bit better than that?

But what can we do to prevent these gossip sites from demeaning women at their leisure whenever they please? Trying to make gossip sites go extinct isn’t a reasonable goal.

Of course, there’s always the whole, “Why don’t you just not read the articles that Daily Mail publishes?” And believe me pal, I’ve tried to avoid their articles. I have tried my hardest to avoid their annoyingly eye-catching articles.

But I see that clickbait, and I just instantly feel angry. And anger compels me. So what’s the solution? Maybe there isn’t a solution right now.

School dances make us freak out — but in a good way

By Madi DeGroot, Aviator editor 

Ever since I was young, I have kind of made fun of the whole “Oh my god, prom’s coming up! I have to make sure that everything is perfect” mode that most people go into when school dances come around.

I always joked about coming to prom wearing a t-shirt and jeans with Converse and just having a party at my house if they wouldn’t let me in.

Now that I’m in high school, I still think it’s stupid. At the same time, though, after getting asked to Masquerade and Snowball, I freaked out and immediately went out to search for a dress.

I honestly don’t know what came over me. I’m usually a tomboy who only wears dresses on a few occasions, such as if I am celebrating a friend’s return to school after being sick, or if there’s a school dance that day.

It’s not only me! I’ve seen friends of mine who are way more tomboyish than I who will go out and try to find the most beautiful dress when they hear that Snowball is coming up.

I’ve been thinking that it is perhaps a phenomenon.

High school is filled with stress already. Lots of homework and dram adds to student’s stress level. So wouldn’t stressing out about some school dance that mostly likely won’t matter in 10 years just make everything worse?

Funny enough, no.

When my friend Taryn and I went out shopping on Saturday, we only got stressed when we found out my dad was coming soon. We had a blast looking through dresses and thinking of accessories that would go with it.

It helped us relax quite a bit. I’m not saying that this is the same for everyone, but think about it. If people thought that getting stressed out about a dance was bad, wouldn’t they just choose not to attend?

I know that sounds like a stupid question, but seriously people, this stuff isn’t going to matter in 10 years. No one is going to care that you won prom queen or whatever.

It’s strange what the thought of school dances does to the student body. It causes them to freak out and go have fun with friends while looking for dresses or suits. The dance could be the lamest thing in history and people would still call it “a night to remember.”

It’s honestly not that much of a bad thing. We’re living in the moment and trying to have  a good time with not only a date but also friends. That’s the most important part of this.

It’s not just the decorations of the dance or the nice dress or how our hair looked. It’s about having fun with the people we care about.

Badgers have too much at stake to lose to Minnesota

By Greg Bintz, Contributor

Freshman running back Bradrick Shaw rushed for 2 touchdowns, T.J. Watt had a pick-six, and a 35-point second quarter helped the No.7 Wisconsin Badgers blowout unranked Purdue 49-20 on Saturday. With the blowout victory, the Badgers are still in perfect shape for a College Football Playoff run.

On Sunday, the AP released its new Top 10 teams list. The Badgers jumped from No. 6 to No. 5. It may not be much, but the CFP-hopeful Badgers jumped ahead of Washington, which is ranked in front of Wisconsin in the CFP rankings (as of now).

Will this help the CFP committee put Wisconsin ahead of Washington in the CFP polls? That answer will arrive Tuesday night.

However, it isn’t just the AP that might be helping the Badgers along.

According to cbssports.com, Wisconsin has the 11th toughest schedule. Washington has the 63rd toughest.

So, here are the scenarios for this week:

If Wisconsin wins against Minnesota in Camp Randall on Saturday, the Badgers clinch the West division in the Big Ten and move on to the Big Ten title game on Dec. 3. If the Badgers lose, bye-bye CFP, the Paul Bunyan Axe, and the Top-10 rank they’ve held for weeks.

If Michigan beats Ohio State, then Michigan clinches the East and goes to play the winner of WIS-MIN in the Big Ten title. If OSU beats Michigan, then OSU will win the East if Penn State loses to Michigan State.  If Penn State and Ohio State win, then Penn State wins the East based on head-to-head tiebreaker.

I think OSU beats Michigan because of home field, and the fact that they are coming off a scare against Michigan State. This year’s history shows that when OSU comes off a bad game, they play great the next.

I also think that Wisconsin not only beats, but hammers Minnesota. Why?

First, there is way too much at stake here for Wisconsin to lose (Paul Bunyan Axe, CFP, and Big Ten Title implications). Second, the Badgers “D” is too much to handle, and quite frankly, is probably better than some NFL defenses (Browns for sure and the Packers; I can R-E-L-A-X when the Badgers “D” is on the field because they are that good).

Third, it seems that it doesn’t matter who the Badgers play, for no one can stop wide receiver Jazz Peavy running the same reverse play 5 times a game, or the Wisconsin rushing game with Corey Clement, Dare Ogunbowale, and Bradrick Shaw, who has been lighting it up as a freshman.

Don’t forget freshman QB Alex Hornibrook and senior QB Bart Houston combining for 3 touchdowns, 200 yards, and a couple picks nearly every game.

The bottom line is, all the Badgers must do is win this week to go to Indy.

What do the Badgers have to say about playing Minnesota this week for the Axe, CFP and Big Ten Title implications?

“Nothing more has to be said,” (Dare) Ogunbowale stressed. (uwbadgers.com)

“We don’t have to say anything,” (QB Bart) Houston chimed in. (uwbadgers.com)

Enough said.

Supporting Trump does not automatically make one a racist

By Emma Jo Hirschy, Aviator editor-in-chief

Amidst the chaos brought along with the 2016 election is the overuse of the racism card.

People are pointing fingers as a source of self-defence when they are faced with opposing viewpoints, which is not OK. Racism is a serious issue that should not be taken lightly.

In all means, it’s time for us to put a moratorium on the term, “racist.”

It is almost guaranteed that within sometime during the 2016 election, most have seen at least one person designated as a racist.

Having been a Trump supporter since day one and volunteering for his campaign during primary season, I have heard a lot of accusations of myself being racist, simply for my support towards Trump. I know many from the campaign, and I am connected with them still to this day through social media.

Unfortunately, almost every single one of them have had the racism card thrown in their face at least once, with nothing to back it up.

After calling hundreds of people in just Wisconsin alone, I was able to see a trend. Many of the anti-Trump individuals commonly asked, “How can you support a racist?”

As the election year progressed, the responses we received for our support of Trump turned into more allegations of us being racist, more than it did of him.

When confronted with the racist card, I always sought out to see what they had against my views, yet they still came back to “Trump hates people of color. He wants to deport all Mexicans and he hates blacks.” Even if that were slightly true, which it isn’t, it doesn’t determine what I am and what I am not.

There have been many cases in which I have gotten into a politically based conversation that turned into me being labeled as a racist. Actually, one of the times this happened was in regards to the Black Lives Matter Movement.

I don’t support the ways the movement handles their protests, and that is just it. I believe that some cases, but not all, are justified. Before I could fully explain my view on why, the racism card was thrown right at me simply for having opposing viewpoints.

There are indeed racists out there, but one cannot determine that only off what someone’s political affiliations are.

In my case, I would never consider myself to be racist. I lived in a primarily African-American area during two years of the five years that I lived in Georgia and quite frankly, some of the best people I know are of color. Not to mention, my brother is Mexican, and I love him dearly.

My support for Donald Trump, should not lead to a conclusion that I am racist. In fact, my support for Trump was heavily based off of his education plans, tax plans, and VA plans.

A racist is someone who discriminates based on color of skin, who thinks of himself superior to other races, and performs hate crimes to people of other race. A racist is not necessarily someone who supports Trump. To be a racist it is not determined by a political affiliation, and that’s final.