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Was it right for Colin Kaepernick to Kneel During the National Anthem? Story By: Bailey Stapleton

Above, shows Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem
Above, shows Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem

The last few 49’ers games led to much controversy as NFL player, Colin Kaepernick of The San Francisco 49’ers allegedly sat and then kneeled during the National Anthem. He has stated that the reason for the kneeling was because of his belief that “Black people” are being oppressed. He then went to say quote, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

This angered fans and veterans who took to social media to express their feelings even famous NFL player Jerry Rice went to say “All lives matter. So much going on in this world today. Can we all just get along! Colin, I respect your stance but don’t disrespect the Flag.”

Kaepernick on left hugs Aaron Rodgers on right after defeat to Green Bay in Pre-season.
Kaepernick on left hugs Aaron Rodgers on right after defeat to Green Bay in Pre-season.

Was it right for Colin to sit? It appears not as he received boo’s from the Chargers stadium. One navy veteran was outraged over the kneeling and went to say “I was in the Navy and I saw men and women bleed and die for this flag, If he wants to do something, go to some outreach program where he can do some good. And I get it, his First Amendment right. But you don’t sit during the presenting of the colors, and you don’t sit during the national anthem. That is not the way to do it.” While in the crowd one sign read, “You’re an American act like it!” It seems Kaepernick was in the wrong as people everywhere even his good friend Aaron Rodgers disagrees with his act and has refused to support Kaepernick. Even the NFL is considering pulling him.

DNC, Clinton Fraud against Bernie Sanders Exposed Story By: Harrison Hertzberg

Many American Voters believe that Bernie Sanders was cheated out of his nomination by opposing candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. This was believed to be a lengthy process that involved much planning on the part of the DNC and the Clinton Campaign. This accusation was later proven when Wikileaks leaked emails between members at the DNC, revealing that they were plotting from the beginning to hold an unfair and bias election with an objective of their own to hand the nomination to Hillary Clinton. Clinton is believed to have committed mass voter fraud in this 2016 election using a variety of methods. The evidence below should educate you on the unfair and fraudulent democratic presidential nomination that has been held this year by the Democratic National Committee.

Bernie Sanders waiting at a campaign stop in Gettysburg.
Bernie Sanders waiting at a campaign stop in Gettysburg.

It is believed by many voters and political journalists that Hillary Clinton did commit election fraud and to have cheated her way to the nomination resulting in an unfair win over Bernie Sanders. Political experts and professional statisticians believe that the DNC in coordination with the Clinton campaign used three election fraud methods simultaneously. One of these methods (mostly used in California) was not supplying the NPP (No Party Preference) voters with the special cross-over ballots which were mandatory for the NPP voters to cast their votes. The majority of the NPP voters in California were Sanders supporters, not Clinton supporters; so this move affected Bernie significantly more than it did Hillary. For the small percentage of NPP voters that supported her, these were considered acceptable losses to the Clinton Campaign. Another method of election fraud presumably used by Clinton was to switch the status of young democrats to republican so that they couldn’t vote for Sanders. There are currently many lawsuits pending, regarding massive amounts of younger democrats suddenly not being able to vote because their voter registration mysteriously changed. There was an explosion of angry young democrats on social media complaining that they were not able to vote in the current election because their party suddenly switched from democrat to republican, green party, or no party. Many young democrats went to their local board of elections and seeing paperwork that had been recently submitted under their name with a clearly forged signature.

One might think, similarly to the first example of fraud, that Clinton would also be losing votes for herself, this was true but the much larger majority of NPP voters and young democrats were Bernie supporters, so for the Clinton campaign it would be wise to take away their opposing candidate’s primary source of votes. The third and most common method of election fraud that is thought to have been used by the Clinton campaign is that of voting machine fraud. After many tests were conducted by Election Justice USA, it was shown that Hillary was doing consistently better is areas where the voting machines did not pass a hacking test, and the opposite is true with Sanders, data strongly shows areas that are now using protected voting machines Bernie Sanders did very well. Alabama is a prime example of this. In a study conducted by Election Justice USA, the very large counties (Jefferson, Mobile, and Montgomery) where the hacker friendly voting machines are used, Clinton did very well compared to the counties where the hacker free voting machines were used. In Madison and many other counties where the hacker free voting machines were used, Bernie Sanders did phenomenally well and Hillary Clinton lost by significant margins in most all of them.

Hillary Clinton wins Federal Reserve Primary.
Hillary Clinton wins Federal Reserve Primary.

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned from her position and was immediately hired by the Clinton campaign once again as she was working for Hillary in the 2008 election. Many DNC participants believe that Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Shultz were working colluding ever since the 2008 election and planned her position as chairwoman of the DNC in order to have an advantage from the beginning. The position of chairman or chairwoman is a position with much responsibility attached, in this career you should remain impartial, unbiased, and fair when reporting important data and polls when it comes to the topic of the next President of the United States of America.

The 2016 presidential election has not ended yet, but many voters have already lost faith in the political process because of the fraud and corruption of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. It is unnerving to discover that this election was rigged from the beginning and what we thought was a fair race was not fair at all. To learn that politicians and political organizations were working together behind the public’s back to bring down Bernie Sanders was deeply unsettling. The American people have had enough lies and deception. The leader of the free world should not get there through fraud and corruption, instead they should be elected through the democratic system that leaves the people with the power and not the corporations or establishment.

The Protest Against the National Anthem – Why Now? Story By Florence Bates

Recently Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, refused to stand up during one of their football games to sing the national anthem with the rest of the stadium. Kaepernick has

Kneeling for what you believe in... Photo By: bleacherreport.net
Kneeling for what you believe in… Photo By: bleacherreport.net

previously stated that he sat down during the anthem to create a statement over the “Black Lives Matter” movement. The movement has been ongoing since 2012, but presently the anthem is being protested against. Why now?

Because of the election coming up, the black vote is heavily favored for Hillary Clinton.  About 70% of the democratic vote consists of African Americans. Now that more and more Americans are beginning to protest against the national anthem, this will encourage the African Americans who consider themselves a part of the liberal and democratic parties to vote for Hillary rather than Bernie or even Trump.

Why Now?.. Photo By: washingtontimes.com
Why Now?.. Photo By: washingtontimes.com

Since Colin Kaepernick has sparked the rise, or sitting, against America’s anthem, supporters of Black Lives Matter have been encouraged to stay seated during the anthem as well as protest more. Now that the protest has grown, the election could be greatly changed, but for better or worse?

“There are multiple ways to say goodbye” Story by Alistair King

“There are multiple ways to say goodbye” Story by Alistair King

For the past couple month’s students have been perplexed by one thing… What’s Mrs. Amanda’s big news? Some people got close with guessing that she would be travelling overseas, and the top guesses were Pregnancy/Ability to Conceive, and Husbands Paperwork came through. While these weren’t correct Mrs. Amanda Stated that “It would be lovely to see his green card.”

Today we finally found out the truth, and the news is that she got

New Campus, Mrs. Amanda's new campus will be amazing.
New Campus, Mrs. Amanda’s new campus will be amazing.

accepted to Washington State University with a full scholarship to get her masters in Spanish. Mrs. Amanda stated that “As a teacher you can’t get ahead in a bachelors degree, it’s not enough money.”

That’s what makes this an amazing opportunity; she has been offered a full ride as well as a stipend to attend the school. Not only that but full health benefits. Mrs. Amanda states “This is my dream.” She applied for this opportunity and out of a mass of teachers, “they were crazy enough to pay me to go back to school.”

Teachers these days are not even remotely paid enough to get this opportunity by themselves. They often have to rely on spousal support,

Mrs. Amanda will be studying Spanish literature such as Don Quixote, other traditional Spanish literature, and some modern literature.

Another question is now in people’s heads is why did she hide this from the students? As she puts it “I’m not afraid of going back to school, I’m afraid I’ll hurt people by leaving. I don’t want people to be hurt.”

Mrs. Amanda will be kept close to us in these following years as she gets her Masters degree. She has taught us a lot and would like to leave us with this final message.
“I wanted to say that in foreign languages there are multiple ways to say goodbye. I’m not saying goodbye, but when we meet again. Even in death I don’t believe in goodbye. I’ll always be around.”

Thank you, Mrs. Amanda, for your kind heart and everything you’ve given us; we will see you around.

Unlocking the Secret of Communication Story By: Andrew Van Helsing

Unlocking the Secret of Communication Story By: Andrew Van Helsing

vanwinkleandrew_415_91575_wolf howl-2Do canines communicate using dialects like humans? One of the largest studies on canine dialect and howling has uncovered some vocal fingerprints which may lead us to understand the meanings behind wolves’ howls. Originally, there was a repository of 6,000 different howls, ranging from domestic dogs to wild wolves. Researchers narrowed this number down to 2,000 and used a mathematical computer algorithm to create 21 different howl types used by the candid species. The types of howls range from a flat, monotonous howl to a strong, modulated howl.

Dr. Arik Kershenbaum, from Cambridge University, states, “we’ve known for a while that you can detect differences in wolf howls by ear…we don’t know whether the cues that we are picking up on as humans are the same cues that are being detected and interpreted by the animals themselves.” Because of this, they went on to research the similarities and differences that were found in the howls, without human perception interfering. The study found that smaller canids have the more modulated howl while the larger canids have more of a monotonous howl. Kershenbaum also mentioned that we could use that information from the research conducted to better track and manage the wild wolf populations.

For example, red wolves are interbreeding with coyotes, which is causing major problems, as they are on the brink of extinction. One of the main reasons that they are breeding is because of the fact that both of their howls are classified as type 3. Researchers are hoping to use triangulation technology based off of the dialect study, so they can prevent the red wolves from doing this. They plan to use recording devices to send pack warnings to other wolf packs so that they can separate the two breeds. This technology also wields the possibility of preventing wild wolves from approaching populated areas, which, in turn, reduces the chances of conflicts between wild animals and humans. Kershenbaum said that they could play back appropriate howls to wolf packs, such as “we’re a strong aggressive pack” and not “we’ve found some interesting food here and we’re going to eat it.”

vanwinkleandrew_415_91576_dolphinspeak-2Prior to this study, Kershenbaum had also done research on dolphin communication and found that if you slow down a dolphin’s whistle, then it sounds like a wolf’s howl. He is sure that the secrets of the human language and its development lie within calls of social animals like wolves and dolphins. Is it possible that we could learn to understand and communicate back with other animals in the future? It may be more probable than you would expect.

The Prom 2016: A night in review Story By Mack Jastle

 

While the announcement that school prom would be at school itself would be expected at most other schools, at FBCS, the announcement was met a good helping of confusion.

Tranquility…An outside pavilion area gave students a place to talk and relax after dancing. Photo-by: Mary Jensen
Tranquility…An outside pavilion area gave students a place to talk and relax after dancing. Photo-by: Mary Jensen

It has long been a tradition for the FBCS Student Council to find a venue outside of the school to host the prom.  Whether it’s the Panhandle State Bank or the Heartwood Center, prom was always held at locations outside of the school itself.

However, this year was different.

Originally located at the Granary across from the Evan’s Brothers coffee shop, the prom was moved to the school due to a lack of early ticket sales.  Decorations for the dance began on Thursday and carried into Friday, hinting at the transformation that the school would undergo for the dance.

‘What was the theme of those decorations?’ you might be asking.   For this year’s dance, the theme that was selected was Italian Formal.  Plenty of rich golds and purples adorned the school on Saturday night, while a chandelier swung overhead.  A nearby table, supplied with snacks and desserts, provided nourishment to those brave enough to cut a few moves on the dance floor.

At the kitchen area, President Elle Mearns and her brother Conrad dished out fancy drinks and martinis (no alcoholic of course), of all shapes and sizes, quenching the thirst of the student body with grace… and just a hint of lemon.

In total, sixty-one tickets were sold, with most the sales occurring on the ‘Twin Ticket Thursdays’ that the Student Council implemented amid concerns of ticket prices being too high.  This awareness, coupled with the decorations students could see being put up, spurred many to buy their tickets before it was too late.

High Rollers….Several students try their hand at biribi, a classic Italian game. Photo-by: Mary Jensen
High Rollers….Several students try their hand at biribi, a classic Italian game. Photo-by: Mary Jensen

At the dance itself, the garden area behind the school was transformed, with pavilions and tables providing students a place to cool off once they had danced to a few songs.  It proved popular both as a place to hang out and talk, or just a place to cool off after tearing up the dance floor.

Back inside the main room, a chandelier hung suspended over the commons, with large bands of fabric stretching out from it like an explosion.  Numerous stars and globes hung from the strands of fabric, creating an entirely different atmosphere than what is normal in the commons.

A photo booth was set up inside the room to take pictures for free.  Students could buy the pictures for later if they liked how they turned out.

All in all, the prom was a very fun and exciting event.  Everyone who went had fun, and it was a blast for everyone.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Vows to Drink Water from Flint Michigan! Story By: Dave Dowel

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Vows to Drink Water from Flint Michigan!

Story By: Dave Dowel

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been busy in the aftermath of a lead poisoning crisis in Flint - Photo by Associated Press
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been busy in the aftermath of a lead poisoning crisis in Flint – Photo by Associated Press

Why Rick? Why are you doing this, oh wait you are doing this to prove that Flint Water is safe. Well, it’s not; the EPA says it’s not. Why can’t you believe them, they’re the EPA, but no your government is not trusting anyone and saying the water is complete safe? Yes the EPA said filters are helping, but they are not cleaning everything out. So to prove them all wrong you are going to drink the water for the next month at home and at work in Ann Arbor. He will refill on water when he visits every week.

The EPA was told Flint residents to try their tap water, while the lead is still exceeding the Federal Standards. Flint residents are still in danger because the lead is still exceeding the safe it’s according to the EPA. The real question is why was the Municipal government not do anything about the Flint water problem.

The city of Flint, Michigan, stopped sourcing its water from Detroit’s system and started pumping from the Flint River to save money. – Photo By Steve Carmody
The city of Flint, Michigan, stopped sourcing its water from Detroit’s system and started pumping from the Flint River to save money. – Photo By Steve Carmody

Is this simply a political move by the governor to save his job? The Flint water situation really started in 2014, when the City of Flint start pumping their river instead of pumping from Detroit because it was cheaper to pump from the flint river. The Flint River water was corrosive enough to erode the lead piping and that is what put lead into the water. Over time the lead became too toxic and many people developed medical problems. Virginia Tech tested the water and stated that it had too much lead. After that, the mayor tried to keep it covered up, but one of the doctors figured out that the water had too much lead in it and the secret was out. Virginia Tech when to Flint, to bring the bottled water to Flint, Michigan. Then the EPA stepped in and that’s where we are now.

Night of Culture… Story By: Alistair King

Night of Culture… Story By: Alistair King

 

 

Artwork... with the culture theme of Japanese the art classes were able to do quite a bit.
Artwork… with the culture theme of Japanese the art classes were able to do quite a bit.

Night of culture is truly one to remember. Whether it was the music, the food, or the activities, fun was had by all. Some of the most memorable events included the large middle school rock band, the improv put on by Wendy’s class, and the Hula-Hooping competition.

 

This was the 6th annual Night of Culture and by far a great success. Paul’s music classes put on a great performance ranging from pop music to Elvis. The raffles were pretty great with gift cards from local businesses such as Nieman’s Floral and Evan’s Brothers Coffee. Our FBCS Catering team even put in a lunch for 8 and some lunch swipe cards.

 

Outfits... Many students involved witht the acting classes dressed up in cultural outfits.
Outfits… Many students involved witht the acting classes dressed up in cultural outfits.

The artwork was brilliant at the event. Each art class submitted their own designs in the form of Japanese artwork. Some of the Koi Fish were especially good and the drawing anime class even created their own comic book. However, other classes such as the middle school art classes had other cultures for the night.

 

Overall the night was exciting, but some students believe that this year was worse than the medieval themed night before. This year was a mix of many cultures and people were obviously confused. One student Dabrinya Gould states that “This year seemed slower than last year’s.” A couple students even ditched to hang out with their friends, leaving their teammates to perform alone.

 

Activites... Junior student Ericka Moore attempts to teach Jack Meier how to draw... unsuccessfully.
Activites… Junior student Ericka Moore attempts to teach Jack Meier how to draw… unsuccessfully.

The activities seemed to vary. The rooms closest to the music got more activity while the rooms on the far end had very few community members at a time in them. In the art room some of Holly’s students were teaching people to draw anime faces while in Kubuntu competitions for the Hula Hooping record were underway.

 

One of the newest innovations this year that not many people realized were the QR or quick response codes hidden around. Once scanned these would give students a view of the artwork in the area. While this wasn’t announced or publicized, it provided a pleasant change for those who participated.

Will next year follow in the footsteps of previous years and have a consolidated theme or will they just continue with independent themes for different classes? We will just have to find out next year…

We Will Miss You Mr. Goodwin! Story By: Dave Dowel

 Mrs. Walker helps to spread out the paint plastic in the Mr. Goodwin room – Photo by Dave Dowel
Mrs. Walker helps to spread out the paint plastic in the Mr. Goodwin room – Photo by Dave Dowel

The Forrest M. Bird Charter High School, came to the school like a normal day, but it would not turn out to be a normal day. At morning announcements everything changed, as the Middle School Principal Jennifer Greve and the Superintendent Alan Millar. We’re waiting for the whole school be quite. They both stepped on the stage, and Jennifer step up to the mic and said “This the hardest thing and the one thing I hoped I never have to do. Mr. Goodwin has had a heart attack (pause as there was some murmuring) Mr. Goodwin has died.” The whole school grieved as students were told that it was going to be an open Advo. The Student went home throughout the day to grieve with their parents. The High School Principle Mary Jensen came to school at about noon as she was with the Goodwin’s.

 

Students helped with the Mr. Goodwin Room first period – Photo by Dave Dowel
Students helped with the Mr. Goodwin Room first period – Photo by Dave Dowel

For the next three school days, the school spirit was very low, most of teachers were in shock with the whole school. Darlene QuirinMae has taken over Mrs. Goodwin’s classes until she returns on Monday, March 21st, 2016, and Todd Claunch has taken over Mr. Goodwin class until the end of trimester, also Audra Mearns is covering for Todd’s classes while he take over for Mr. Goodwin.

 

Mr. Goodwin was planning to have the Title One classes repaint the U2 room and make the room, friendlier, but it never got off the ground. Well Mary, make a decision in honor of Mr. Goodwin the school finished the room and renamed it to the Chris Goodwin Room.

On the day of Mr. Goodwin’s death, Ian McConnaughey set up his camera and his mic so that student could say their final goodbye to Mr. Goodwin and to give the rest of the Goodwin family their best wishes. Also Apirll Logan, encouraged students to write their thoughts about Mr. Goodwin, on a piece of paper to be buried with him, Mr. Goodwin like candy, the students got a piece of  candy and ate it while writing their note something on appreciation of his life. The students, then tapped they candy wrapper to the note they wrote for Mr. Goodwin.

 

One of Mr. Goodwin’s last posts – Photo by Dave Dowel
One of Mr. Goodwin’s last posts – Photo by Dave Dowel

Mary has been helping Mrs. Goodwin with everything, and they set up the Funeral Service so that the students could attend. The Funeral Service was at 2:00 P.M. on Friday March, 18th, 2016 and School was changed, to an Electric Access Day so students could go to the Funeral Service.

 

Something that the Goodwin talked about was they liked to go skiing as a family. So Mary thought the School might be able to help with that. The school is setting up donations to help the Goodwin family  receive a ski pass for the next year.

We Will Miss You Mr. Goodwin, this paper is Memory of You. We Love you as Teachers, Friends and as a Forrest Bird Charter School Family Member.