By Greg Bintz, Aviator contributor
He is now being called the “Draymond Green” of college basketball. He dislikes how he is another hated white basketball player at Duke. He trips opponents like he’s fighting them.
That’s Grayson Allen for you, folks.
His third tripping call (as the old saying goes: one, two, three strikes you’re out) in his college basketball career cost him a technical foul, a benching during the rest of the first half in No. 5 Duke’s win over powderpuff Elon, and an “indefinite suspension” by head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
I love him being called the “Draymond Green” (the man who kicked the same NBA player three times in the worst spot possible) of college basketball. It fits really nicely. Both are dirty players, do their “thing” intentionally most of the time, and if I’m not mistaken, both players ended up in a suspension because of their actions.
Allen deserved what he had coming. In his tripping of Elon’s Steven Santa Ana, it was blatantly intentional. It more unanimous than Steph Curry’s MVP award two seasons ago.
When watching it, Allen clearly looks down right at the spot of the place where his leg was, and has soon as his right foot hit the floor, he immediately turned around and went into what I call “Shock Mode” (when you act like you’re surprised and not guilty at the same time). He opened his mouth like he was shocked that he was receiving a technical and looked guiltier than a person convicted of committing a crime.
He wonders why he’s hated. Well, Allen must take a better look at the film, because the reason he’s hated is because he does cheap stuff like tripping people intentionally. And why are players specifically hated at Duke? I think I just answered that too.
As Matt LePay said, “Thank you, and good night!”
By Zach Goblisch, Aviator Sports Editor
The basketball family lost a sacred member on Thursday. Craig Sager, 65, was a long-time sideline reporter for Turner Sports and passed away after a long battle with leukemia. As we remember Sager, we remember his determination, liveliness, and heart for basketball that will never be matched again.
Sager fought through the final years of his life with chemotherapy and radiation while continuing to work on the sidelines for TNT. Sometimes Sager would have radiation treatment and then go straight from the treatment center to the arena for a game he would be working that very night. Somehow, he’d still work that game with a bright smile on his face.
Sager’s most noticeable trait was his vibrant choice of clothing on the sideline. Most of his outfits were such that you wouldn’t want to be caught dead in them;however, Sager took pride in his choice of clothing. In fact, he loved the creativity of it so much that he never wore an outfit twice. Sager was lovingly ridiculed by many well known NBA players and coaches such as Kevin Garnett and Gregg Popovich.
Despite the more obvious notables of Sager, his work on the sidelines could be admired by all aspiring sports journalists and analysts. Sager made the job look fun, and he inspired me to pursue sports journalism. He is a big reason why I sit here writing this article today. Being able to get the most out of the small 30-second window he was given on the sideline and report in a unique and fun style was admirable. His reporting was infectious to the point I found myself watching The NBA on TNT just to hear his sideline reports.
Off the floor, Sager was determined to fight for his life and live life to the fullest while doing so. One of his most famous quotes was said during his acceptance speech for the Jimmy V. Perseverance award, and it summarized his overall view of life and the time we have:
“Time is something that cannot be bought, it cannot be wagered with God, and it is not in endless supply. Time is simply how you live your life.”
Sager lived his life to the fullest with the amount of time he had. Sager was able to conclude his career with calling Game 6 of the NBA Finals last year, his very first finals game called. That game ended up being his last game.
There isn’t a sports writer in the world that can summarize Craig Sager’s amazing career in just a simple article. His accomplishments along with his drive to fight will forever be admired by sports fans around the world. Despite his death, I will forever be #SagerStrong.
By the Crimson Aviator staff
The most important thing I learned this year was: to dig a little deeper before you believe rumors and give everyone a fair chance to show you that they’re not completely terrible, and don’t choose a side, that’s just childish. And oh, If someone tells you something obscure about someone, think a little bit, use that precious brain of yours, ask yourself, “Does this rumor seem even a little bit true?”, and if yes, dig even deeper. Get to the bottom of that rumor. Amateur detective work is awfully entertaining.
The most interesting class I took this year was: Journalism, definitely journalism. This class has given me a way to express myself, other than just punching random objects in my home, when I’m feeling angry or irritated. And although I disagree with some of the opinions my fellow staff members have, I cherish them and I really do hope that I’ll see them again next year!
I really improved this year with my: ability to make it through algebra without wanting to throw myself into the Fox River.
My best memory from this year will be: the morning after my friends and I went to a show in Milwaukee in May, I remember my friend playing the ukulele and the sun pouring through the blinds in her room, and even though I’m pretty sure my legs had cramped up from sleeping on the couch, I felt so serene and at peace, which is a rare feeling for me.
My biggest challenge this year was: accepting that holding grudges is often moronic and not always justifiable.
The best book I read this year was: Lately I’ve just been reading fragments of books and then getting bored. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading, it’s just no book has been able to really truly capture my attention recently. I do, however, read a lot of articles. None have really stood out to me enough to be worth mentioning though.
The best movie I saw this year was: The Edge Of Seventeen.
Based on 2016, my best advice to someone a year younger than me is: if you do something stupid in high school, almost no one will care. Literally, just be yourself and go with the flow. I am, and always have been, painfully myself, and I’d say things are going pretty well for me.
My biggest regret of 2016 is that I should have: I don’t really have any regrets. If I want to do something, I just go for it. And if I end up doing something stupid, who cares? I’d rather do something stupid than not do anything at all and end up regretting not doing something I wanted to do.
I am hoping that 2017 is the year that I… take an art class that I don’t completely hate. I’d also like to drop Spanish at semester, but that’s completely unrealistic because I want to get into a college, and foreign languages are kind of important when trying to get into a college. So I guess I’ll just continue to suffer.
The most important thing I learned this year was: not everyone is going to the same place. In high school, each person is going their own way whether that be a highschool dropout route or a Harvard route. Not everyone in high school will have equal opportunities because not everyone is going to have the same grades, finances, etc. I think it’s something I’ve always known was there, but I didn’t think about it until this year.
The most interesting class I took this year was: journalism. It’s one of my few electives first semester, and the people in the class are amazing. I look forward to it every day because I know I’ll have a good time and have some interesting debates.
I really improved this year with my: drawing skills. Last year I had trouble with drawing people, and I have really improved. I hope to one day be able to look at a drawing and think “I can’t do anything better in this drawing.” However, I don’t know if such a day exists.
My best memory from this year will be: the day gym class ends. I know this hasn’t become a memory yet for me, but it says “will be”, not “is”. I don’t like gym, and I can’t wait for it to be over. I’m not big into sports, and fitness days kill me. The day gym class ends will be a beautiful moment for me, and I won’t miss it at all.
My biggest challenge this year was: figuring out life. As a junior, it seems like I need to have, at least, five years of life planned. I’m not good at planning an hour ahead much less years. How am I supposed to know what I will want in five years? What if college doesn’t work out or if I pick the wrong one? These questions roam my thoughts daily, tormenting me with my inability to give a solid answer. I just hope I can play it by ear more than it seems like I can because I can’t even keep track in a planner.
The best book I read this year was: “Red Rising” because the science fiction is applicable to today.
The best movie I saw this year was: Guardians of the Galaxy because it’s funny and has an amazing soundtrack.
Based on 2016, my best advice to someone a year younger than me is: do what you want in high school because these are years you can never relive.
My biggest regret of 2016 is that I should have: started writing a novel, but I was so busy.
I am hoping that 2017 is the year that I: start writing my first novel alone.
EMMA JO HIRSCHY
One of the most important things I learned this year was: that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. We cannot go around pointing fingers and calling names, simply based off of someone’s personal beliefs. All of us have different reasonings as to why we think the way we do, and we shouldn’t be judged for them.
The most interesting class I took this year was: political science. Actually, I intentionally signed up for this class so I would be in it right during the heat of the election. I loved politics my freshman year, and the class really expanded my thoughts on certain topics. One of the best things about the class is how mature most people are in it because we are in an environment where it’s made clear that we need to respect others’ point of view. We also participated in a “presidential debate,” taking sides from different political parties and discussed our disagreements and agreements. It was fun and educational at the same time. Not to mention, the class really gets you ready to one day step into a voting booth and cast your ballot for someone in our government.
I really improved this year with: my ability to tolerate certain people, because I used to be worse than I already am with it.
My best memory from this year will be: working with the Trump campaign and being told often that we would be facing defeat on Nov. 8. Yet, we still made it through the primaries, through the general election, and now we are all off to a better America under the Trump administration.
My biggest challenge this year was: and still is geometry.
The best book I read this year was: “Under the Wire”.
The best movie I saw this year was: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Based on 2016, my best advice to someone a year younger than me is: to don’t give up on yourself the moment someone tells you that you’re wrong when it comes to something you care about, because likelihood is that they are.
My biggest regret of 2016 is that: I should have been more social during freshmen year because I pretty much hated everyone that year.
The most important thing I learned this year is: that you should always do your work on time. It may seem obvious, but it really doesn’t pay to have your work sent late. This is a great lesson for procrastinators like me.
The most interesting class I took this year is: Psychology. It is a really interesting class that focuses on society and how we think.
I really improved this year with my: social interactions. Last year, I would never utter a word, but now, I can make the entire class laugh with my commentary.
My best memory from this year will be: Dressing up as Hopper from “Stranger Things” for the Masquerade Dance.
My biggest challenge this year was: trying to be more social, and looking into people’s eyes. Thankfully, I had enough courage to dress up for the Masquerade Dance.
The best book I read this year is: Gone Girl.
The best movie I saw this year is: Drive.
Based on 2016, my best advice to someone a year younger than me is: make friends. High school is only fun when you have friends.
My biggest regret of 2016 is that I: should have turned in a couple of assignments on time. It really could have improved my grade if I turned them on time.
I am hoping that 2017 is the year that I: find a magical way to stop procrastination.
The most important thing I learned this year was: to quit moping and get up because I really got into a lot of different things this year and it was tough. I am slowly getting out of my bubble and participating with other groups of people, and I learned that it doesn’t hurt to try.
The most interesting class I took this year was: Journalism because it was completely new to me. I learned a lot in this class, and it was fun learning with everyone. On the first day, I had no clue what I was doing. The only reason I came to this class at first was to write because I love writing better than anything else. But I came in and experienced a different way to write and saw many styles in writing from the other students.
I really improved this year with my: way of talking to others. I remember going up to someone and always stuttering and having no clue how to word things up. This year is a good year for me because I learned a lot from the people around me, and I feel like this year spoke out to me.
My best memory from this year will be: the birth of my baby cousin. Her name is Marilyn, and she’s my Christmas present this year. She has one older brother who will turn 4 around her birthday, so I get baby cousins for Christmas 🙂
My biggest challenge this year was: two of my classes. Creative Dramatics and Journalism because I’ve never done anything related to those two classes. I never took the time to act and read lines to perform in front of others before, but that class helped me get out of my comfort zone.
The best book I read this year was: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee because many lessons were told throughout the whole book without realizing it was said. The way the book was in a little girl’s perspective was creative because she would see something one way, but as the readers, we could see what’s actually happening.
The best movie I saw this year was: “The Secret Life of Pets” because I haven’t seen “Moana” yet.
Based on 2016, my best advice to someone a year younger than me is: probably to get out more and talk to other people because meeting more people makes you feel good and you’re making your mark.
My biggest regret of 2016 is that I should have: stood up more and actually taken the time to do my homework.
I am hoping that 2017 is the year that I: have the most fun and go places.
The most important thing I learned this year was: You should always try your hardest, and if that’s the best you can do, then you’re doing just fine.
The most interesting class I took this year was: Honors ELA, since it was a class that really pushed me to try hard.
I really improved this year with my: Work ethic and math grades.
My best memory from this year will be: Hanging out with my friends.
My biggest challenge this year was: Studying for tests I have throughout each week.
The best book I read this year was: “To Kill A Mockingbird”, because it had such a good story and Atticus is a great character.
The best movie I saw this year was: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, since I really didn’t watch a whole lot of movies.
Based on 2016, my best advice to someone a year younger than me is: Don’t slack off and try your best.
My biggest regret of 2016 is that I should have: Tried to join more clubs and go to more events.
I am hoping that 2017 is the year that I: Get straight A’s again.
The most important thing I learned this year was: most of my teachers are awesome.
The most interesting class I took this year was: either journalism or LA10. Mr. Guyette and Mrs. Parker are both amazing teachers.
I really improved this year with my: test scores. I got 2 tests with 100% in just one class.
My best memory from this year will be: meeting up with friends at lunch. Don’t judge me.
My biggest challenge this year was: having writer’s block from September until October, then the end of October until November.
The best book I read this year was: Anything from the Lunar Chronicles series. It’s like fairy tales if they were mixed with the Terminator.
The best movie I saw this year was: The Babadook. It has a really dumb name but a really amazing story that made me scared and even made me cry at some points.
Based on 2016, my best advice to someone a year younger than me is: DO YOUR HOMEWORK CHILD!
My biggest regret of 2016 is that I should have: done my work on time.
I am hoping that 2017 is the year that I: finally trust myself with driving a car or a motorcycle.
The most important thing I learned this year was: This is related to Running (I’m in cross country and track) and life. Sometimes you can’t just push through a problem. Some problems you need to stop and treat the problem instead of ignoring it.
The most interesting class I took this year was: physics, which surprised me because I was never really that interested in science before, but physics deals with real world situations, and I find myself applying ideas we learn in class to my real world experiences.
I really improved this year with my: ability to lead and make decisions. I think I improved on listening to more people’s opinions but also being able to make the final decision when it came down to it.
My best memory from this year will be: spending time with my friends and being goofy because I can just remember there were times I laughed so hard I almost cried.
My biggest challenge this year was: juggling all of my commitments. I have a job, I’m in cross country, archery, and then some how make time for homework. I did not have time to do it all, and it was a struggle to prioritize and decide what needs to come first and what am I able to miss.
The best book I read this year was: “House of Hades” by Rick Riordan. I used to read all the time, but once I got to high school I didn’t have time to read as much, but when I finally got around to reading another one of Riordan’s books, I was not disappointed. The books are always filled with adventure and different mythology.
The best movie I saw this year was: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I loved Harry Potter since I was a kid, and I was so excited for the new movie. Fantastic Beast did not disappoint it was filled with humor and suspense and a plethora of adorable creatures.
Based on 2016, my best advice to someone a year younger than me is: Enjoy high school and do not take for granted the people in your life. This year I realized how much I’m going to miss some of my friends and coworkers next year, but also try new things. Don’t put things off or say you’ll do it next year. Try new things today and don’t wait for tomorrow.
My biggest regret of 2016 is that I should have: I let people that should not have mattered influence my opinion of myself. I wish I would have just ignored them from the beginning and have never let them affect me.
I am hoping that 2017 is the year that I: stop waiting for the right moment and take chances. I hope to try as many new things as possible and meet new people.
MANDY VAN RENS
The most important thing I learned this year was: To appreciate things while I still have them.
The most interesting class I took this year was: Small animal care. I met lots of new people and had some pretty funny experiences.
I really improved this year with my: Good outlook. I really tried to see things in a different and better way.
My best memory from this year will be: Going to my first high school dance with my three best friends, and having a really good time.
My biggest challenge this year was: Letting the negative people and things go.
The best book I read this year was: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I enjoyed it because it made me cry and smile and so many other emotions I could relate to.
The best movie I saw this year was: Don’t Breathe. It was a thriller that kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. I was going with a friend and I wouldn’t stop talking to him about it for days afterwards.
Based on 2016, my best advice to someone a year younger than me is: Don’t do anything without giving good thought to it. Also, don’t let other people get in your way of your decisions or your life.
My biggest regret of 2016 is that I should have: Spent more time with my family and best friend, and done more things, especially in summer.
I am hoping that 2017 is the year that I: Become happier with myself and surround myself with good people.
2016 was an interesting year. Jokes became reality, and things we didn’t think would happen did, which was my most important lesson of this year. Things don’t always go right, whether it goes from who I personally thought was a joke becoming President to every delay on a trip happening (including a boulder landing on the train tracks and one of the buses breaking down).
But I improved the year by learning to just not care too much, just go with the flow.
My biggest regret is that I should’ve fixed my bad habits of procrastinating as much as I do and hoping that in 2017 I fix that. That’s the advice I’d give to someone younger than me as well: A lot of stress builds up the more you procrastinate, so just don’t be me.
My biggest challenge this year was probably learning how to balance things out: work, friends, and school. It’s something I hope to fix next year.
My best memory was probably prom at my old school. It was my first school dance, and that dance helped me in learning to just not care and let go. I went with the flow, and it ended up being a blast when I thought it wouldn’t.
My favorite book this year was “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarrah J. Maas. I love her books, and her retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” was beautiful.
My favorite movie this year had to be Moana, the new Disney princess is easily my favorite. It had a lovable story, and the animation blew me away.
As for my classes, I would say journalism was the most interesting. I didn’t know what to expect, and so far it’s been pretty fun.
The most important thing I learned this year was: You should always surround yourself with the people who appreciate who you truly are. I tend to lack interest in friendships where there isn’t enough understanding of the good memes.
The most interesting class I took this year was: Contemporary Literature. I don’t have many memey things to say about it, but it was really fun thanks to The By (Mrs. Enderby) and the Velocity group (also, Steve wet himself, page 387).
I really improved this year with my: Accomplishment of learning all the words to “All Star” by Smash Mouth.
My best memory from this year will be: The Joe Biden memes. He is pure and must be protected. Also, Kanye announcing he will run for president in 2020.
My biggest challenge this year was: Having to suffice with all the political memes in replace of more original ones, such as the iconic Spongegar or Pepe the Frog.
The best book I read this year was: ”Shrek!” by William Steig. I think everyone should know that the infamous Shrek movies came originally from the book. It is a must read.
The best movie I saw this year was: “The Bee Movie” but every time they say bee it gets faster.
Based on 2016, my best advice to someone a year younger than me is: All that glitters is gold. Only shooting stars break the mold.
My biggest regret of 2016 is that I should have: watched ‘Shrek’ more often
I am hoping that 2017 is the year that I: am recognized as the person who used a Gordon Ramsay quote for the yearbook. If you are curious, it’s “you [bleeping] donut, of course you don’t microwave a salad.”
The most important thing I learned this year was that: school is very important in my future. I also learned that for the career path I am interested in I will need to take school work seriously and focus on my education.
The most interesting class I took this year was: journalism because I was able to learn more about the community and how different things in the world work. I also learned how to step out of my comfort zone and talk with people about a lot of topics.
I really improved this year with my: writing and being able to write more precisely and clearly.
My best memory from this year will be: graduating 8th grade because I was able to move on to a different part of my life and start having more responsibilities and opportunities.
My biggest challenge this year was: adjusting to the responsibilities of being a high school student and the differences in school work and lifestyle.
The best book I read this year was: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee because I believe it was educational as to how things were back then and how times have changed.
The best movie I saw this year was: “Zootopia” because it had a good message.
Based on 2016, my best advice to someone a year younger than me is: to not worry about how many friends you have or what people think about you.
My biggest regret of 2016 is that I should have: tried more new things and gone different places instead of sticking to what I am used to all of the time.
I am hoping that 2017 is the year that I: get a better idea of what my plan is for the future and what my options are after high school is over.
ATHENA VAN REMORTEL
The most important thing I learned this year was: If you have a poster of sasuke on your wall, you’re automatically a weeaboo!
The most interesting class I took this year was: Journalism, it was a really cool experience to take this class and I’m definitely going to be taking it next year!
I really improved this year with my: Art. Through the past years, I’ve been wanting to start up drawing again, but was too insecure in my talents. I finally did it this year, and I couldn’t be happier!
My best memory from this year will be: Going to the youtubers Dan and Phil’s tour show! After 3 years of being a fan, it was such a surreal experience to have them be in the same room as me, and the show itself was phenomenal.
My biggest challenge this year was: Having absolutely no motivation whatsoever, if I’m being honest.
The best book I read this year was: “Trials of Apollo” by Rick Riordan! Long story short, Apollo is turned into a mortal and is sent to camp half-blood. Stuff happens; it’s cool.
The best movie I saw this year was: Moana! I cried three times.
Based on 2016, my best advice to someone a year younger than me is: Branch out and try new things. You never know, it might end really well!
My biggest regret of 2016 is that I should have: Spent more time on my writing. I feel like I didn’t devote enough time to it, and that upsets me.
I am hoping that 2017 is the year that I: Come out of my comfort zone more often.
By Connor Schoen, Aviator staff writer
The winner for this year’s National Honor Society talent show on Nov. 22 was senior poet Wilson Kneiszel, who read off some of his poems.
His poems were meant to be serious, but the audience perceived his act as a series of surreal one-liners and were laughing out loud.
When asked if his poems were meant to be ironic, Kneiszel said, “My poetry is completely unironic to an extreme degree; in fact, I would say my poetry is the most serious poetry to be written in the last 200 years.”
He also added that he could be the greatest poet of all time.
Kneiszel describes his act as “a blend of comedy, performance art, and straight up poetry.” He cites infamous Twitter poet Steve Roggenbuck as an influence on his style. It fits because both poets write abstract, free verse poetry.
An important idea, Kneiszel said, when it comes to reading his brand of poetry is the delivery and gestures. Even though free verse poetry doesn’t have to rhyme, it has to be said in a rhythmic flow in order to be poetic.
As for gestures, he believes that doing these on stage in front of many people is effective. He even laid down on the floor for a certain part in his act, to which the audience responded with hearty laughs.
Here are two examples of his poetry (found on the Facebook page, Wilson’s Poetry Dump):
If You Want to Go Sailing, It’s Fine
In my upside down elementary school calculator
Left parenthesis-period-uppercase y- period-right parenthesis
In my right-side-up middle school scientific
I’m trying to imagine a world in which an increase in knowledge
Doesn’t correspond with a loss of innocence
But I just can’t picture it quite right
These fluorescent lights are like the pure light of God
And underneath them between temporary shelving units we
Embrace in a moment of undisturbed beauty
You are the valedictorian of keeping me in love
You’ll give a speech at my graduation from this life because to
Me you were the best and brightest mind of our generation
Hold me between these severed heads and tell me our love isn’t
As seasonal as this business
By Claire Koch, Aviator Staff Writer
January 16, 2017, also known as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is an American holiday celebrating the life and victories of a leading force in the Civil Rights Movement.
King was most known for his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech as well as organizing many marches and protests, before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first held on January 20, 1986, and is now held annually on the third Monday in January.
Many schools have this day off to honor King and recognize his achievements and sacrifices. This year for the first time, De Pere High School and the rest of the district will be one of them.
Dr. Villarruel, the superintendent, said that he and the school board agreed the holiday should be recognized this year.
“We wanted to make sure we’re in step with the nation as we celebrate certainly a very important man,” Villarruel said. “Last year was the first year that the Green Bay School District took it off, so we had a long conversation with them.”
So, how did students respond to the news?
Chrisha Kimbrough, a junior, says she felt it was a good decision.
“With this being the first year, I feel like it’s a good start to something new,” she said. “All states should recognize it. I never came to school on that day.”
Also excited about the news was senior Torrence Casey, who is originally from Chicago. He said that his school would usually “have the whole week off” and do projects in honor of King.
“I think it could have came sooner, but I’m also grateful,” he said.
Another student, senior Benie Thompson, shared her experience in the past at De Pere High School. She said that one year the Diversity Club put some of King’s quotes on the lockers.
“I think it’s important,” she said. “I think every school should have it off. There are other national holidays that all schools have off. “
By Emma Jo Hirschy, Aviator editor-in-chief
After numerous attacks on schools have been imposed across the nation, the De Pere School District started an initiative to better educate both students and staff on what to do if an active shooter is on campus.
On October 27, the De Pere High School staff participated in an active intruder training called ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate).
According to Ben Villarruel, the De Pere Superintendent, the program provided staff with tools for in the event of an intruder, such as options to help keep themselves and students safe.
In the case of a lockdown, the ALICE training taught staff that they will be faced with tough questions to answer. With the information given through the speakers, they must determine if leaving the building or if barricading the classroom doors shut and hiding are the right decisions in order to keep everyone safe.
“There is no simple answer as to what they need to do,” said Villarruel. “Based on the information you may have, you have to make decisions according to it.”
Although the training consisted of a powerpoint presentation and a small exam at the end of it, there was also the interactive portion of the training which involved airsoft guns. Villarruel affirmed that staff who participated were shot at in order to give them a simulation as to what may happen if an intruder is in the building.
“It was just to kind of shock us and scare us,” DPHS math teacher Mrs. Turriff said. “We had to put on face gear to protect our eyes so we had helmets on and we had masks on. They had asked us to wear turtle necks, long sleeves, long pants, and jeans. Then we were told to act natural.”
Said Villarruel: “It was like a science unit. You can read about how a certain chemical reacts, but when you do it, you learn some insight. While there were airsoft guns, that wasn’t the real power of it. The power of it was to utilize some of the concepts that they learned to practice them.”
Turriff explained that in the first scenario, they were asked to do what they normally would, which was to shut off the lights, to close the door, to huddle in a corner, and to be quiet. In this simulation, Turriff played the role of the teacher.
“I was trying to huddle my whole class and protect them. When the shooter came in, he just started pegging us,” she exclaimed. “I was nailed on the leg and it actually made me bleed.” By the end of the first scenario, Turriff mentioned that 95 percent of the teachers were hit, and most of them would have died if it were real.
Also, part of the interactive piece of the training included getting out of the building, determining which exit to go out of, and barricading doorways.
“Then they told us that we could run,” Turriff said. “But for that one, we couldn’t fight back. Then we had to barricade the door and try to make it so the shooter could not get in. It was very interesting because as each one that we went through, the number of people that got hurt went down. It was very empowering to see that if you just sit there like a sitting duck, yeah something bad will happen. But if you do something and you are proactive, there are greater chances of you surviving.”
In the future, the De Pere School District plans on training students for in the event of an intruder.
“I don’t think they will go through the kind of training that staff did, but it will be appropriate,” Villarruel continued. “We will communicate the concepts that we want our kids to learn. Like in a fire drill, we practice certain things. So for a lockdown, we will highlight important concepts and practice those.”
The following Monday, October 31, the DPHS staff were put to the test.
During students’ fourth hour class, a fight broke out in a physical education class outside. The two unidentified individuals ended up falling out to the parking lot, which led to Merrill Street. A lockdown was issued in order to insure that the altercation would not further into the school building.
Staff were able to perform some of the techniques they learned during the training; some even barricaded doors shut.
Villarruel divulged that there were a few things that the staff as a whole would need to improve on for lockdowns. Other than that, he was unable to disclose any other information of the lockdown.
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.
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.