Director of Social Media? What’s That? . . . by Catherine Jay

More Communication... Director of Social Media will improve student council communication. Photo-by Mr. Webber
More Communication… Director of Social Media will improve student council communication. Photo-by Mr. Webber

Social media is a big thing in our lives right now. It helps us connect to people from around the world, share our ideas and accomplishments, and helps bring people together. So why not combine it with student government? The head of the student government at Forrest M. Bird Charter School has added this new position to the student government. Now what is this position you ask? The Director of Social Media is the title of this newfound role. Why was it added? Well, that’s why I interviewed Holly Walker herself, the woman behind this new position in our school’s student government.

On September 14, 2015, Holly Walker was interviewed about her most recent addition to the student government. The Director of Social media actually was inspired by the events of last year and the events that transpired through student government. According to Ms. Walker, last year there was a photo historian who was responsible for photo documenting everything in the course of the year. A student also created a Facebook and Instagram account which needed constant attention. This inspired the position Director of Social Media. The person in charge of this position must regularly maintain Instagram and Facebook, with the clearance of Hillary DeCecchis. Sending email blasts are another thing in which they must get clearance for. Communication with the tech lab is key part for this person for website updates as well as updates to the reader board in the study lab. Coming up with marketing and media campaigns for all of our school’s events is also a part of this position. Doing all of this, while maintaining a steady supply of pictures.

After getting the interview from Ms. Walker, I went straight to interview the candidates. The first candidate to agree to my interview was Kolton Carroll. Mr. Carroll said that he has been completely informed about the position and still didn’t back out because of all the responsibilities which he has been given. Handling all of these things aren’t something that will shake this candidate from this position. “I’m running because I know this is a position I could handle 100%, and I know the works of most all social media websites. Plus I would love to be a part of this school’s student council.” Unfortunately, since this interview Kolton Carrol has decided to drop out of the race.

The other candidate, Jack Meier, hasn’t responded to any of the requests for an interview. His posters, however, have been causing somewhat of a positive stir with the witty, “You have my sword, but do I have yours?” slogan that has spread throughout the school.

It will be interesting to see what this new position will bring to the school and student body throughout the school year.

Who will be the New Commander-in-Chief?… by Charles Harrison

The presidential elections are coming up on Friday. We have three candidates: Ellie Mearns, Brandon Michelsen, and Savanna Stierle.

More than a book worm... Ellie Mearns is a presidential hopeful this 2015 election.
More than a book worm… Ellie Mearns is a presidential hopeful this 2015 election. Photo-by Charles Harrison

Ellie Mearns, presidential candidate, stated, “The president stands for the student body, council, and school. They are the orchestrator, leader, and main communication point of everything they stand for. So personally, I believe that this person has to be organized and well rounded. This year, we have had a lot of good people running, all qualified for that job; it’s super rad.”

Ellie Mearns also stated that she would be happy to debate the dress code with the school board, and that she wishes for school fundraising to be more in the hands of the students. When asked about her motivation to run, she gave this answer:

“I am so motivated for this council. In the past years, they [the student council] have all had their advantages and disadvantages. So, I would really love to combine all of their past advantages.  Also, student council is such a great experience; I just wish everyone could be council position of choice … I really hope to make this year the best.”

A man of vision... Brandon Michelsen delivers his vision to the student body.
A man of vision… Brandon Michelsen delivers his vision to the student body. Photo-by Charles Harrison

Candidate Brendon Michelsen gave brief, honest answers. When asked about his motivation for running, he answered “I was motivated to run for president because several of my friends recommended I should. Because of their encouragement, I joined this race.” When asked about fundraising, he answered that he did not have a plan and would address that issue later. He did however give some more specific answers. When asked about his plan for the school, he stated, “My main agenda is to re-organize the way we as a student body communicate our ideas to the council. I hope to make it easier for student’s ideas to reach the ears of the representatives and parties involved in the council.”

Willing to lend a hand... Savannah Stierle assists Vice Presidential Candidate in journalism class while during her interview. Photo-by Charles Harrison
Willing to lend a hand… Savannah Stierle assists vice presidential candidate Orion Syth in journalism class during her interview. Photo-by Charles Harrison

Candidate Savannah Stierle has stated that she wished to change dress code, allowing more shirts and reviving hoodies on Fridays. She also said that she would change the lunch program to include more healthy options. For fundraising, she said “…I would like to do fun things such as bake sales, car washes, etc. With these fundraisers, I would like to create bigger and better dances, better supplies for teachers, ect.” She said that she chose to run “Because I feel as if I really hear my fellow students, and I believe I can really make their wants happen.”

Your write-in candidate... Senior Colin Hislop wants to make a difference in the school and brings his previous council experience with him.
Your write-in candidate… Senior Colin Hislop wants to make a difference in the school and brings his previous council experience with him. Photo-by North Idaho College

Presidential Candidate, Colin Hislop, is running as a write-in candidate for president. He is a senior who has served on student council for two consecutive years as a class representative. “I think fundraising is going to be a very important part of the student council’s job, but I would prefer not to release any of my plans until after the election.” He stated that he would not change the lunch program, stating that “changes to the day to day schedules… could cause harm that would outweigh the good,” and that the lunch program was “very solidified.” When asked about his motivation for running, he gave this statement: “My main motivation for running entails the fact that I feel like I would do a good job. I have a lot of past leadership experience, with that I want to help this council grow and benefit the school as a community.”

It is important for everybody to choose a presidential candidate who they believe will represent them, not just the individual person, but also the entire school the best. I invite you to carefully read every response given and make a choice that best suits your beliefs about the school. I also have the complete interview answers; and if requested, I can publish those along with the questions for a more complete picture of the candidates and their stances on the issues. Remember that these are brief summaries of the candidates’ opinions, and I encourage you to walk up to the candidates themselves or talk to them during the Q and A sessions if you want a more detailed answer or have specific questions for the candidates.

The Treasurer is More than Meets the Eye . . . by Lauren Stidham

Most people don’t realize just how important the treasurer is, a good treasurer is usually behind a successful event. They are in charge of the budget, advising the student council on the spending of money, work with Greta to write sign and deliver checks, do ticket sales, and organize spreadsheets for ticket sales.

So the treasurer has to find a balance in the budget to bring out the full potential of every dollar.

Former President Nolan Stidham states the best qualities in a treasurer is someone who will get their job done without being asked and someone who has skills with making budgets. If the treasurer sits around and waits to be reminded to do something that burdens the president. So a treasurer is someone who stays on task and is on it and is good at giving wise economical advice.

Amanda Berntsen is a senior with experience handling money who hopes to make an impact in her last year, one way she wants to do this is by being your treasurer.

“Let’s make this year fun!” . . . Amanda Berntsen is working hard to get stuff done to allow more time for fun. Photo-by Lauren Stidham
“Let’s make this year fun!” . . . Amanda Berntsen is working hard to get stuff done to allow more time for fun.  Photo-by Miranda Paddack

Her slogan “let’s make this year fun!” was created because she wanted to make her last year at Forrest Bird one to remember. She wants to create an experience that will make this year a fun one for everyone.   As your treasurer Amanda would like to benefit you by fine tuning the budgets and saving money for the future student council.

Amanda Berntsen already has plenty of experience with money from helping her mom run her retail store. Her job at the store is to make budgets for new items, take inventory, and book keeping. While working at the store she learned just how important her job of making budgets and saving money is. All of these skills will be valuable as a treasurer and will definitely help. Also being treasurer would help Amanda gain experience for in the future when the chases her dream job of being an accountant. “To ask what the importance of being treasurer is like asking what the importance of student council is.” I think that this quote in itself displays her passion and understanding for the position.

Amanda showed good character during our email interviews. She responded as soon as she realized that she got the email. She acted as quickly as possible and apologized for anything that came in later then she would have liked. Also when she responded, I have to note that she used clear, easy to understand sentences that gave me the impression that she was quite professional even before I had even really met her. I can already tell that she puts lots of effort into what she does and takes time to do it right.

For 'Murika . . . Deryk Harlan running for Treasurer. Photo-by Miranda Paddock
For ‘Murika . . . Deryk Harlan running for Treasurer. Photo-by Miranda Paddack

The other candidate running for treasurer, Deryk Harlan, has no comment.

Candidates vie for Vice-Presidential Responsibilities . . . by Miranda Paddack

The fate of student council is in the air with this years’ election. In the past, we have had council’s run us broke, or double, even triple our money. The Vice President organizes dance committees, collects student suggestions, assists the President, and on occasion covers for the President. Who are this year’s candidates, and what do they want to change in this school?

His kitten is cutest.... Orion Syth VP hopeful. Photo-by Miranda Paddack
His kitten is cutest…. Orion Syth VP hopeful. Photo-by Miranda Paddack

Orion Syth is running in the election for the position of Vice President. The competition is hot, using cookies and his clever slogan, “We are the voice,” to win over the student body. Will this be enough? “I think that my chances are as good as the other candidates. We all are stuck at an even 3.33 repeating chance. Hopefully with me having that little extra .1 percent!” Orion seems to be content with any outcome but clearly, he wants to be the President’s right-hand man! Improving communication between teachers and the student body are Mr. Syth’s main concern.

Department of Wombat Defense... Carissa Lonzisero hoping to make changes though the VP roll. Photo-by Miranda Paddack
Department of Wombat Defense… Carissa Lonzisero hoping to make changes though the VP roll. Photo-by Miranda Paddack

Carissa Lonzisero is using no posters or other campaigning techniques; however, she may give a joint speech with Ellie Mearns, who is running for President. Miss Lonzisero and Mr. Syth have very similar ideas on what would improve our school environment. “A change I would like to make is having the student council members work together more than in the past. Another thing I think we should do as a student council is listening more to other student’s suggestions on how we can improve the school and make events more fun so more students come!”

Mirror Mirror on the Wall... Tara Smith willing to work for the student body as VP. Photo-by Miranda Paddack
Mirror Mirror on the Wall… Tara Smith willing to work for the student body as VP. Photo-by Miranda Paddack

Our final candidate is Tara Smith, handing out candy as well as hanging posters making this a tough vote for students. However, Miss Smith is not as hopeful as the other candidates, “To be completely honest, I am a little challenged by my competition because the other person(s) have been in the school longer and have more experience.” Confidence is key, Smith has plenty of that, but nerves seem to be in the air. Miss Smith is taking a very different direction on what changes she would like to see. “Changes I would like to try and make this year is to have more activities and events.” With a fall dance on the way, this seems to fall under Smith’s forte.

Secretaries: Paper & You . . . by Alistair King

Many of us have heard about the upcoming student council elections, especially with the impressive number of candidates this year. Many of the candidates are our friends, and if two are running for the same position then it will make a hard decision. Here to help you choose is the interviews of the secretaries; Andrew Van Winkle and Emily Invernon.

Our Next Great Leader? ... It's possible Andrew Van Winkle is ready to take notes. Photo-by Darth Syth
Our Next Great Leader? It’s possible; Andrew Van Winkle is ready to take notes. Photo-by Alistair King

Andrew Van Winkle is in the eleventh grade and was in student council last year. Andrew’s platform is keeping student council organized and keeping detailed notes. He really wants to fix what went wrong with the student council last year he says, “Last year they were just writing the overviews.” He also wants to have the students’ voice be openly heard in student council and wants to find an innovative way to get their voice heard. So far, his campaign strategy has been handing out cookies and candy with the Michelsen-Syth campaign, hanging up a poster, and generally getting his face out there. His greatest strengths for the secretary position is his experience and his intelligence. There is also another candidate that has equal claim, Emily Invernon.

Stretching for Student Council... Emily Invernon promises to be flexible with student council responsibilities. Photo-by Darth Syth
Stretching for Student Council… Emily Invernon promises to be flexible with student council responsibilities. Photo-by Alistair King

Emily Invernon is also in the eleventh grade and is running for the secretary position. She wants to run for this position to “take on some more responsibilities”. She’s not sure where she wants to go with this position, but she wants to make changes that are better for everyone and be the voice of reason for the student council. Her campaign strategy is telling the truth and being honest to the people she talks to. Emily’s greatest strengths for this position is wanting to improve things for everyone, she can keep calm during difficult situations, and has a great understanding of people. But, what do these people think of their opponents?

When asked about their competition, they both had nice things to say about each other. Andrew Van Winkle believes that he has an even chance with his opponent. He also thinks that popularity could be a factor in determining the new secretary. Emily views Andrew as a good friend and only wishes him the best of luck in this upcoming competition.

The secretary position is all about taking meticulous notes during discussions, posting notes daily to the student drive, and work together with the social media director on marketing and publications for events. But what do our candidates think this position entails? Andrew Van Winkle believes the secretary position entails taking notes and making sure they make the right choices. Emily Invernon’s definition of the secretary position is making sure that everyone knows everything that is going on, as well as taking notes.

It’s a scary note filled world out there, we will soon know who has the talent to take it on.

Why Canvas? Why Not? Story by Mr. Webber & Ian McConnaughey

Canvas-The Cons

Story by Ian McConnaughey

The school of Forrest Bird   Charter High has gone through numerous separate systems of computer systems to run the assignments and keep track of homework. Last year, there was the less-than-successful attempt at using EdModo, which ended in disaster. This new year, the website Canvas became the new platform for the school to moderate the student’s work on. The new system is frustrating, because by the time the students have adapted to the latest system, the school has a new one already started and paid for.

This year, Canvas was not met well. The system was very confusing, and not at all user-friendly. The confusing system combined with the fact that Canvas is a very slow website did not increase popularity. Quite recently, the internet at the school has been slowed to a mind-melting point. Now add that plus the already slow Canvas, and you have a school that barely runs.

Canvas is, like any other site, rather glitchy. Many students receive low grades because the teacher-end versus student-end update at separate intervals, where a student turns in an assignment and the teacher does not see it for days, or the same problem with the teacher creating the assignment.

Furthermore, Canvas could do with a little decorating. The original format is a little…plain. Boring. The design could use a little spicing up.

Difficulties with assignments, though, are not always the fault of the site, as teachers quite often forget to place a “TURN IN ASSIGNMENT” button on pages, and the whole class loses credit because of that. Annoying as that is, it doesn’t get as bad as when an assignment gets turned in, but the inbox for the teacher has been cluttered up and the teacher does not notice that late assignment that had been just turned in, resulting in a zero-point grade.

Most users of Canvas have grudgingly learned to use it. The slowness of the site, as said before, makes it difficult and frustrating, and then we get to the matter of the less-responsible crowd. Everyone in the school knows that one person who plays games or YouTubes during class and study-hall, which diminishes the bandwidth dramatically. When we attempt to load Canvas to see or turn in an assignment, we have, quite annoyingly, often been met by the “Connection has Timed Out” page.

Another problem with the Canvas system is the unwieldy properties of links. Several links do not work properly, or if the link is supposed to show something in the main page, the user may have to refresh the page multiple times to view said link.

Canvas, as a whole, is riddled with difficulties, errors, glitches, slow-responses, delays in updates, and the occasional Administrative Error left when a teacher forgets a button or link. Perhaps at a later time Canvas may become a popular and useful sight, but quite obviously it is not now.

All in all, Canvas may not have been the best choice in the list as what to use, but it appears we are stuck with it, whether we like it or not.

Canvas: Why Should We Invest?

Story by Mark WebberPhoto by Mark Webber: Screen shot of US History 1.1 Canvas page

Over the past two months, there has been fewer complaints about Canvas.  Teachers at first looked at Canvas with a suspicious eye.  Was Canvas eventually going to replace classroom instruction?  Was Canvas Forrest Bird Charter School’s desire to be an online school with children boxed into cubicles instead of a classroom?  Or, was Canvas something much more valuable than the teachers realized?

Last year, each teacher had their own websites to communicate information to their students.  Blogger, Wix, Googlesites, and Edmodo were all being used, depending on the teacher’s comfort level with these free programs.   Since they were free, teachers used the program that worked well with their classroom instruction.  However, this did not always translate well with the

Photo by Mark Webber:  Screen shot of US History 1.1 Canvas page
Photo by Mark Webber: Screen shot of US History 1.1 Canvas page

students and parents.  Many parents and students became confused on where to find assignments, due dates, and directions since each teacher was different.

Thus, enters Canvas an answer and alternative to the random diversity at FBCS.  Canvas allows teachers to post their assignments in modules.  Photo by Mark Webber: Screen shot of US History 1.1 Canvas pageStudents can then access those assignments easily during study lab, classes, or even at home if they have Internet access.  Students can also submit their assignments online guaranteeing the teacher will not lose the digital copy of that assignment.  Canvas allows teachers to give feedback and comments to students instantaneously while they grade, so the students may see the comment immediately instead of waiting for a paper to be handed back.  Some teachers are even using Canvas to allow students to take quizzes online, allowing Canvas to grade the test for them, so students know how well they did by the time they finish the last question of the test.

Even though Canvas has caused a few headaches this year for some, the learning curve has been steep.  As teachers and students become more experienced using Canvas, the ease of doing classwork and getting teacher feedback quickly will make it all worthwhile in the end.  Try and be patient and eventually the results will surprise you.



FBCS Crossword Puzzle…by Thomas Ruppert


2. The ____________ teacher is the newest to her subject than the other teachers.

7. December 12th is a ________

9. The ____________ has the school “gym” in it.

10. The _________ is where the cooking classes work.

13. Something we use for our classes every day.

14. The school paper is called the ____________ news.

16. is a period for students to study.

18. The last ____________ of the month is the FBCS rock concert.

20. Webber is the Journalism advisor.


1. December ___ is when winter break starts.

3. The _______ is where to go if you wish to play football at lunch.

4. The principal of the high school is___________.

5. Happens every Friday if you don’t have an NC.

6. The___________ takes students to Clark Fork.

8. You can earn high school and college credit at the same time with________________.

11. Where the lost and found is.

12. of Allegiance We do the _________________ before we go to advo.

13. Our student body president.

15. The________ is where the drama students practice.

17. serves hot lunch on Friday.

19. The __________ room is one of the rooms with the garage doors.

The Yearbook is on Life Support! Keep Trying or Pull the Plug?: Story by Phoebe Tietjen-Archie

This Year Forrest Bird Charter School (FBCS) might be facing a devastating loss; the death of the yearbook. Earlier in the year student council tried to revive this important tradition amongst high school years by giving the student body an ultimatum; purchase 100 yearbooks or wave goR.I.P. Yearbookodbye. It’s now the end of November and saying that this attempt was unsuccessful would be the understatement of the year. FBCS’s journalism teacher, Mark Webber, stated that he doesn’t think students are actually understanding that if they don’t reach this goal of 100 yearbooks they are saying goodbye to the yearbook not just this year, but forever. Is FBCS really okay with that? Junior Tommy Smith said “I would really like to have a yearbook, and I know a lot of other people agree with me; It’s just that people our age have so many things on their mind and remembering to buy something that isn’t tangible yet is something that is hard to make the top of our priority lists. I think yearbook would have a better chance if they were pre-purchased by the school and then put on sale for the students, that way we could receive them the same day we pay for them.”
Many of you are asking why exactly the goal is set at 100, and what happens if we don’t reach it. The goal was set at 100 yearbooks because the yearbookYearbook Sales company FBCS goes through has a minimum purchase requirement of 100 yearbooks for the page number and price break that the FBCS staff wanted. If the student body were to fulfill this goal a yearbook class would be created next year once again and a yearbook teacher would be budgeted in. On the contrary, if the student body fails to meet the yearbook goal, they will be looking at the yearbook’s less-qualified, younger cousin; a Shutterfly photograph book equipped with only 20 pages, a page amount that isn’t sitting well with the staff. Educational Leader and English teacher, Mary Jensen, stated that with the new addition of about 60 FBCS students; it’s going to take approximately 15-18 pages just for student pictures. That doesn’t leave much room for “fun” pictures of anything else such as pictures of drama districts, extra-curricular activities, prom, etc. Without these events it actually defeats the purpose of the yearbook. After all, Mary Jensen, Educational Leader and administrator of FBCHS, may have a point; think about it, do you really want 20 pages filled with nothing, but other student’s portraits?
As of right now, everything is up in the air, and the power to decide what happens to the yearbook ultimately lies in the hands of the student body. This means that as a whole the student body really needs to ask themselves, “Do we want a 2013-14 yearbook? Is this year important enough to us to document the memories we have made as high-school students?” If so, then it’s time to step up and make a commitment and effort towards making the yearbook happen this 2013-14 school year and to secure its future.

Marijuana Legalization…Story by Patrick Feyen

Now that Marijuana is legal, adults can use it recreationally, but only in Washington and Colorado.  Last year it was voted in each state that marijuana would be allowed recreationally and purchasable in sanctioned “pot shops.” Only customers over the age of 21 can legally walk in and purchase up to an ounce of different strains and food based items infused with Marijuana.  Although it  is legal in Washington to use marijuana recreationally, however, it may only be used in private and never in public places. Legalized marijuana won’t mean much in terms of Idaho, at least not for the foreseeable future, but it may lead to more drug related arrests coming from Washington into any state that is still criminalized. It is definitely legal to use marijuana in Washington and Colorado, but they will both have very different laws regarding the manufacture, selling, storage, and possession of their product.



In Washington, you can buy marijuana, but only about a quarter of an ounce at a time. In Colorado, anyone who goes to the dispensary can leave the premises with up to an entire ounce of the product although it must be kept in a child safe container.  Washington has set in place a similar way of tracking the marijuana through the processes it goes through before being sold, which includes growing, clipping, packaging, distribution, and finally selling to the customer. A computer chip travels with each specific plant, and the chip can be used to track the plants so nothing can go missing.

The state of Washington has openly accepted that the general population of its citizens wants marijuana to be legal, whereas Colorado towns have taken opposition to the new law even though its citizens want it. Most Colorado towns will only let already active marijuana dispensaries to remain in business, and will not allow even those shops to apply

for a recreational business license until well into 2016 when other new to the scene stores may apply for those licenses as well.

Colorado is being called the “New Amsterdam” of the US, but the governor of the state, John

Hickenlooper, has made it clear to the state and all cities within that marijuana stores are not allowed within the main streets of any city.  Also, advertisements are not allowed anywhere that it may be seen by minors.  Commercials may be aired, but only if there is without a doubt that less than 25% of the viewers will be under the age of 21. It may be strange to think about having a marijuana store close to you, especially if you live close to a big city.  Spokane, Washington will have marijuana dispensaries by the end of next year.  Five stores will be in the city limits of Spokane, while another 15-20 will be opening around Spokane County within the next 3 years and 334 state wide.

If you are in the mindset that you want nothing to do with marijuana and are staunchly opposed to the subject and the plant, Idaho should be fine for you for now.  Every time the state tries to pass a bill bringing medicinal marijuana to the state; it has been shot down time and time again.

If you are of the pot smoking variety, don’t expect to be lighting up at cheap prices either, the states will be putting a heavy tax on the substance in question and will be implementing them for each step.  Washington ha

 Whether you like it or not, marijuana is legally making its way to cities and states near you, and is believed that it will continue forward to the rest now that it has been decriminalized in these two prominent states.s imposed a high 25% tax on each step, bringing the price to an easy $12 a gram which is designed to be competitive to illicit street prices. Washington has put a cap on how much product can be grown each year, which equals to about 80 tons, 40 for marketable smoking substance and the other for other substances (I.e. food or baked goods). The cap is placed to stop diversion and illegal smuggling of the substance to other states, which is a major concern to the Washington State Liquor Control Board.  Colorado has yet to impose a cap, but state officials have said they will if it becomes necessary.  Washington is not stricter on all fronts, unlike Colorado who says they will not allow out of state investing.  Washington has said that you must live in state for at least 2 years minimum to be able to invest in growth or manufacturing of marijuana.

Deaths on Black Friday?…..Story by Jack Meier


Yes, it’s official.  People care so much about their new Xbox or PlayStation that they will kill to get it.  What have we come to as a nation?

Black Friday does get heated; sure, that one guy who took the last copy of the new movie or game got you pretty ticked, but bringing pepper spray and spraying them in the face and then taking their items is crossing the line.

One of our own students witnessed someone get mugged over a Wii a few years back.  Mario Bushell watched a fellow shopper hit a person over the head with a frying pan.  This incident was the result of the past Black Friday, all over a simple Wii system.

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, and it is the largest retail shopping day in the world.  It has historically been the day when large companies have certain items largely discounted. It has a history of violence and even death.  It is the start of the official Christmas shopping season.

It was up until a few years ago an American holiday, but many countries around the world have recently taken up the trend too.

Many people use Black Friday for their Christmas shopping, and it gets very, very crowded.  People often begin to line up hours before the shopping equivalent of Shanghai rush hour.

Why is this day so violent?  What drives people over the edge?  After all, if people are shooting each other over toys, imagine what we’ll do to the guy that bumps into us!

Many people are struggling in the present-day economy.  Black Friday offers great deals on things that their kids want.  Parents want to give their kids the best they can for a cheaper price.

Many parents resort to violence to get their kids the things they want.  One woman cut in front of 300+ people in a Black Friday line.  Her items were taken, and later she said that she just wanted to get her son the newest toy, and that it probably wouldn’t be there anymore.  “Everyone was doing it” she said.

“I was trying to get a videogame, and some dude picked me up, and threw me across the aisle, and threw a bunch of clothes at me.” Mario Bushell, FBCS student.


Black Friday is getting more and more violent as the years pass by.

Wal-Mart has announced that it will be moving the start of Black Friday up two hours from last year.  This will start the rush earlier, essentially turning it into Black Thursday Night.

Many people think that Black Friday is a great day to get good deals on items you like.  Others think that it should be removed from the calendar.

Some people who have never been to Black Friday don’t understand the hype.  I mean $150 off a flat screen television is pretty sweet, but would you really risk your life for it?

Black Friday, (or Black Thursday Night now), is a shopping event that offers big savings on popular items.  Whether or not you want to risk your life for a new TV is your choice.  But if you’re going to go to Black Thursday Night this year, you might want to come prepared.