Category Archives: The Arts / Trends

FBCS Art Project: Cosmic Under-The-Sea Mural… Story by Jada Giddings

At Forrest Bird Charter High, several students have chosen to partake in painting an art mural in an alley in downtown Sandpoint.

For their community project, students of Forrest Bird Charter School collaborate to paint a massive mural of a whale floating through a space setting.

Work in Progress… The students plan to add other sea animals in addition to the whales they’ve already started on

Through these past few days, kids have been painting this mural for the community to inspire citizens in an artistic way. From the beginning of May, these groups of students have worked diligently on the beautiful mural to now, working in the mornings and even after school. Anna, Sloan, Drew, Ariel, Kiley, Colleen, Daniel, and Brandon have all worked on this mural and intend to create a full piece containing not only the whales, but octopi, jellyfish, starfish, and eels.

Though this mural was thought up by Sloan, all are contributing with their amazing artistic abilities. Because the mural is so large and only halfway finished for the project, these eight FBCS students will be working through the summer to make the art piece even better than it already is. On Oak Street, nearby Finnan McDonald, the mural is located for all Sandpoint citizens to see in one of the well-known art alleys.

Alleyway Art… Sandpoint is known for being open to murals. The FBCS mural is featured near Oak Street

The students chose to paint a mural because they wanted to bring art into the community. Many believe street art is simple graffiti, or vandalizing, but Sandpoint is also known for being open to community art. They hope to impact the next generations in an artistic way and bring light to Sandpoint and its citizens. From the FBCS students working on the mural, they state the title of the mural will not be released until the hours they have to meet on the project are over. Until then, the mural will be a mystery.

Spoilers! Star Wars Episode VIII Leaked – Real or Fake?… Story by Roger Rogers


Throughout the past year, we have seen a sith lord throw a fit and freeze blaster bolts. We have seen the characters Rey, Fin and Po and of course, we can’t forget the wonderful little droid Bb-8. We have lost one of the greatest members of the Star wars cast and we have been given new ones. As the rumors are going around the states and one of those rumors is the Possible real leaked script of Star Wars Episode VIII.

Here we have Luke Skywalker, Rey, and Kylo Ren Dueling out in the supposed big fight In Episode VIII.
Here we have Luke Skywalker, Rey, and Kylo Ren Dueling out in the supposed big fight In Episode VIII.

The script that was supposedly was leaked from a YouTuber named Star Wars Theory. As he read the script he would change his voice to match a certain character. While the Script he had read wasn’t confirmed to be the Actual script. But what we have heard from J.J. Abrams is that some of the plots that have been said in the script. In fact, some of the leading Characters from the Star wars Franchise have let slip some very important plot twist.  IT is believed that Mark Hamill Aka Luke Skywalker, had let slip the true identity of Rey’s parents.  Moving back to the script, one of the most heart-wrenching, plot twist in the galaxy is that Luke Will In Fact “Join the Dark Side!”  This is confirmed by JJ Abrams in an interview At the Star Wars Celebrations in Orlando, Florida on April 13th, 2017.


Fin in medical bay in a coma.
Fin in medical bay in a coma.

During the interview, JJ Abrams Stated that he loves the script that was created for episode VIII. Will this change the way we see Luke Skywalker? And will Rey find out who her parents are? Will we finally find out who Supreme Leader Snoke is or will we have to wait for episode IX?  And one last question remains for the Star wars Franchise and that question is: With Carrie Fisher aka Leia Organa the Twin sister to Jedi Master Luke Skywalker Dead how will they proceed?


Rogue One Success and Failures; FBCHS Students Call It with Harrison Hertzberg

FBCHS Students Leah Roth & Ty Olsen discuss Rogue One with Harrison
Rebels… FBCHS Students Leah Roth & Ty Olsen discuss Rogue One with Harrison Photo by

The Bird Eye News with Harrison Hertzberg allows students to share their views of the last Star Wars movie Rogue One.

Here is a bonus comedy sketch, concerning the conspiracy theory that Jar Jar Binks is actually a Sith lord.



Could this be the end? Story By: Alistair King

Could this be the end… Xbox and PS4 might settle their differences with this new cross system play. Photo By Game Spot
Could this be the end… Xbox and PS4 might settle their differences with this new cross
system play. Photo By Game Spot

For years gamers have been fighting over which console is better; PS4 with their innovative systems, or Xbox One with their ease of control and dedicated servers. Everything that can be construed as good by these systems is boasted about by the gamers of their side and scrutinized from gamers of the opposition. But recently something big has happened; could this mean the end of the console wars?

On April 14th Microsoft Director of ID@Xbox Chris Charla sent out a letter entailing future updates to the Xbox One. The most interesting part of this is the cross system play. Previously this has only been between Windows 10 users and Xbox One players. But in this letter it states:

First, in addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well. This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks – including other console and PC networks.

In their own league… Rocket League creators Psionix were the first to crack the code and allow cross system play. Photo By Kotaku
In their own league… Rocket League creators Psionix were the first to crack the code and
allow cross system play. Photo By Kotaku

This is what’s going to make a 2 console system turn into a single console system.  While PS4 hasn’t given a direct answer they did state that they have been using cross platform play for quite a long time and would be open to talking about it with developers. The first developers to allow cross system play are Psyionix’s Rocket League. This is going to be the first step in creating a full network of cross system gaming.

However there are still a few boundaries in the way. Sony is still wary about going full in on this and in a recent interview with Shuhei Yoshida stated that its still an issue of business interests; “Rather, the dance-off will revolve around whether it is in Sony’s best interests to allow it.” While this won’t mean that Sony is not going to go for it, but it will mean that it could take some time for a large scale network for both Xbox and PS4.

What will this mean for future generations of gaming consoles? Could this be the end of the countless arguments over which console is better? And can Nintendo realize it needs to be part of this change? Time will only tell.

Illuminati Conspiracy or just Fun and Games? Story By: Lauren Stidham

Illuminati Conspiracy or just Fun and Games? Story By: Lauren Stidham


26ea2d0545f20c9a605ffdc26166c4af-1Super bowl fifty had a lot to offer. A Bronco victory, crazily hyped up fans, and bizarre commercials. Right in the middle of all that commotion, there was one event that has become one of the most well-known parts of this American tradition: The Halftime Show.

Between all the dance moves, popular lyrics, and brilliant colors, there may have been a deeper, darker, story to tell. According to several resources, there was occult symbols throughout the whole show.

So what mysterious signs were hiding right under the noses of about 115.5 million fans? If someone was to take the time to inspect an overhead picture of the halftime show, they would see striking resemblance to multiple occult symbols. Most well-known of these is probably the all seeing eye; using the crowd and stage as the iris, the two angles on either side as the corners of the eye, and the small white dot that Coldplay is dancing on as the pupil. This All Seeing Eye would represent spiritual sight, enlightenment, the eye of God. It has universal meaning and isn’t specific to any one occult.

giphy (2)-1 Another widely known symbol that the half time stage and bodies resembles is the unfinished pyramid with the All Seeing Eye on top. In order to see this one easier it is best to block off on of the halves of the picture. There are two unfinished pyramids that are almost like a mirror image. The vertical line of the stage separates them. The pyramid on each side is made up of the crowd and is sideways. The All Seeing Eye is represented by the 0 in 50. The pyramid with the eye on top represents the eye of Lucifer, God, or the enlightened, it has masonic origins. It appears on the back of the dollar bill.

The next possibility is also a masonic symbol; the one that actually represents them as a whole. The Compass. It basically represents becoming perfect and balanced. It is a little harder to see than the other ones, but it still bears resemblance. The two angles are like the compass and the square edge. The crowd is quartered much like the blank spaces inside of the symbol, and the stage is like the rectangle in the middle.

images (2)-1There were also several other not well known symbols that the picture resembles, but those were the prevalent and commonly known ones.  However, the symbolism doesn’t stop in just the layout, the entire performance told a strange story. It starts with Coldplay wearing black, singing his songs. After singing for a few minutes, he then moves into this iridescent circle of light projected by the dancefloor. He dances and spins in there for a bit before coming out. Right after coming out, he takes off the black shirt so that he is in white.

Then Bruno Mars and Beyonce come onto the scene. After they each do a short act (both wearing black) they are united by Coldplay on the stage. Meanwhile, a crowd (all of which are wearing black) cheers them on admiringly.

images (3)-1What is could mean is this: The stage represents some occult. Coldplay is part of the occult for a little while. His black shirt and the black shirts of the audience and other artists represent not being enlightened yet. After going into the glowing white circle (white would mean enlightenment) he takes off his black shirt and is now considered enlightened. Then he brings in two other “converts” Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. They are not enlightened yet because they just joined the occult. All the while, the crowd stands in awe practically worshiping the enlightened Coldplay and his two converts.

So yes, there is a multiplicity of ways to interpret all this hidden symbolism. Maybe it was all just a big coincidence. Perhaps not.

Which is Worse, Window’s 10 Updates or the Cold? Story By: Alistair King

Which is Worse, Window’s 10 Updates or the Cold? Story By: Alistair King


Which is worse? Suffering from a cold, or suffering from Windows updates? Photo By: AssociationsNow
Which is worse? Suffering from a cold, or suffering from Windows updates? Photo By: AssociationsNow

Headaches, fatigue, and boredom, a cold also exhibits these symptoms. Do you experience any of these symptoms along with a computer screen in your face? Well, you might have Windows Updates. This is an incurable disease as long as you are connected to the internet. But if you are observant enough you can keep this disease from spreading forward.

Microsoft has an obsession with delivering the latest in Windows technology to all of its customers. Whether this is a user interface update or simply just a bug fix, it all still takes nearly an entire class period. In some rare cases, it may even take a whole day. What do these updates entail?

In February, there were 2 updates. The first was applying many fixes to Microsoft’s pre-installed apps, and some “security” updates. The second update was making all the future updates faster and more “security updates.”

However, not all things are bad with Windows 10 and these updates. Windows 10 has improved functionality, it goes back to some of the good things of Windows 7, and finally, it’s not Windows 8. Given that this is a free update what’s the reason not to download it?

Better than Windows 8; Windows 10 is here to save your day. Photo By: Fossbytes
Better than Windows 8; Windows 10 is here to save your day. Photo By: Fossbytes

Windows 10 is the ultimate system for people who want to spend hours trying to figure out what is happening with any single feature. For some people, these come as not being able to connect to the internet, not being able to change the volume, and other weird things. Also, it is a bit suspicious why they offered a free update to the system. However, most system data comes over with the update so there is no worry of losing your essays.

Many people have found this change to be a welcome improvement fixing many of the issues in Windows 8 while others have found this a bad update that invades their privacy and can give it out to other websites. Decide for yourself if you dare.

What’s Rising from 2015’s Ashes? Story By Miranda Paddack

What’s Rising from 2015’s Ashes? Story By Miranda Paddack

Naked dresses, fast-food fashion, and flower crowns all came and died with 2015. Thankfully, the New Year is kicking out lumbersexuals and bringing in the flowery still life back from the dead. What is in store for FBCS students this year?

Many students at FBCS are rocking formal suit-wear and cardigans Monday-Thursday, and Fridays they are showing their personality through fashion. “I believe that, and this is only on dress-down days, that hoodies are trending,” Stated Brandon Michelson when asked about what is trending at FBCS. Some other things trending are low top shoes such as Vans, Daniels fluffy hat, and high-wasted skinny jeans.

Some clothing print trends we can expect for the 2016-17 year are sea legends, early medicine, and nightlife. Everyone seems to be very excited about the new trends coming out this year. When Tiara Duquette was asked about what trends she was looking forward to she excitedly stated; “I don’t know, all of it! I think that any trend can look good as long as someone can pull it off, and that’s how most trends from 2015 were. Not everyone looks right in all of them.”

French-fries shoes, nearly naked dresses, and the scruffy lumbersexuals are being left far behind. 2016 is bringing on the kraken, neon lights, spine-tingling medical fashion and much, much more.

Times are Changing…Story by FBCHS Journalism Class

America is Changing... I came across the dead mall phenomenon in the United States and question the class on some of the radical changes I am seeing just in my lifetime in the culture. This article is a reflection on what they see.
America is Changing… I came across the dead mall phenomenon in the United States and questioned the class on some of the radical changes I am seeing during my lifetime in the American culture. This article is a reflection of what they see.

What’s Next?

We live in what is called the Y generation. This generation is one that invokes the questions of; ‘why work?’, ‘why earn money’, and ‘why wear decent clothes’. These questions then form new ones, and it becomes a total domino effect as time passes. People in my generation don’t view as getting their first car as a freedom, a ticket to getting away from their suffocating parents. No, now kids are seeing cars as a standard, a name tag, a label, and stereotype. The more expensive, the cooler your car is, the more you are paid attention to and people will notice you more. We have drifted into a generation of being lazy, addicted to electronics, buying whatever we want, and really not caring about a lot of things.

Being detached from people and addicted to things such as the newest iPhone. People becoming so dependent on nonliving things is worsening health, personal relationships, mental health, and people’s abilities to survive in this world. It’s as if everyone is like a child. They still need to be coddled by their mother, protected by their father, have their family’s money to support them, and the comfort of an electronic. It’s quite a depressing things to me that we have turned into this rather shameful generation. Of course I can’t say that I’m not on an electronic a lot, or having my phone on me all the time, but I do understand how it’s unhealthy to be addicted to them. To me, fighting with your parents is better than being on an electronic because at least you’re able to verbally express yourself, feel human emotions, and are able to see and hear the person quite clearly.

Since my generation is the future of this world, I’m quite worried to be honest. I mean, who will be able to succeed in life if all they care about is having the best of the best, being able to hack into electronics, or do things related to electronics only? People who lack real life experience flounder as they get older. Soon they will turn to someone who has supported them before. Then they will become dependent on that person or people. Being dependent on someone whenever you meet a challenge in life shows how weak and vulnerable the human race is. We are able to adapt, to form to our environment. We as properly functioning people can handle things differently than animals or infants. As adults, or even young adults, we are able to get in touch with our emotional side and deal with things, grow from experiences, and learn how to survive in this world properly.

We won’t have people to protect us for our whole life. We need to learn to look up from the computer screen, go outside, breathe fresh air, have fun, hang out with friends, and get a job, an education. I truly believe that we need to ditch the title of ‘Generation Y’ because the longer we have that title, the more people will adapt to it. Turning around this generation will be hard. After all nothing is really easy in this world. Having less addictive electronics in life can help people learn from hands on experience, become healthy, happy, and live better lives. Sure, people will trip and fall, maybe scrape a knee or hand, but that pain will help shape them into a person they can be proud of. Hey, you never know. Maybe the first person who truly begins to try and turn our generation around might end up as our president. Anything is possible, as long as you look up from the screen long enough to imagine it.


Is Our Culture Changing?

Is our culture changing? Between the dead malls and shift in technology, I would say yes. While our culture hasn’t changed drastically, it has changed; technology’s advances, age norms, and the open mindedness of my generation are great examples of how our culture is changing.

I’ve been inside a mall a grand total of 15 times. In the past, the mall is where you went to meet friends and find a date. Over two dozen malls have been shut down in the past two years, and it is estimated that 10-15% of malls in the US will be shut down within ten years. This is due to the advancements in technology, we no longer need to drive to the mall to meet our friends, or to even shop. We used to be more social creatures, technology has taken out the face-to-face aspect of many teens lives. In the 1800’s women would be married very young, around the age of 13 or 14, and begin having children shortly after. In the 21st century 25 is the average age for, first, marriage and pregnancy. 10 years is a huge difference, so is the openness we have around the LGBT community. Most of my friends are gay or Trans, and in our world today they are accepted.


Times are Changing

The times are changing in a way unlike ever before. It is the truth, we are turning into a society that is based on innovation and technology. The question is, is this a turn for the worse or not?

If you peel back the appealing top layer of luxury that comes with the innovation and technology, I believe you find an uglier result. Although it is non-intentional, I think our culture is becoming a place where you as a person do not matter as much, it is all about what you can offer.

Now of course, people like employers don’t care so much about you as a person as they do your capability to get the job done correctly. That is how it has always been, and always will be. What I am saying is that perhaps these innovations will slowly take away some of our basic social capabilities. Things like understanding, judgment, and some character could easily be taken away by our dependence not on each other, but our technology.

Already ethics have changed. More and more people are taking the easy way out. From online shopping to broken relationships, people are making every shortcut to make things more comfortable and easy.

The effects of this are showing even in newspapers. Reporters go for hype and yellow journalism just to make their stuff more appealing, they use an “anything for another five readers” type philosophy. News is their own personal shortcut to fame.

The next question we must ask now is: What do we do about it? Or how could we do anything about it? After all, if the world is changing, is there really anything we can do about it?  Should we revert from the old ways and simply become the next generation? Or can we take a stand for what used to be?

For now all we as a newspaper can do is supply a genuine feed of solid news and do our best to be our best.