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St. Paddy’s Day

By: Ellie Cartier

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday people usually skip over. If you do ‘celebrate it’, I can assure you that you don’t do it as you are supposed to. Beleive it or not, St. Patrick’s Day has a history and reason to exist, and not one that includes leprechauns and pots of gold.

According to a few articles I found online, St. Patrick was an Irish missionary who came to Ireland in around the 400’s A.D. or the 5th century to convert the people to Christianity. He was a very popular figure and March 17th, his death day, became the day to celebrate him. Only there’s much more to celebrating it than wearing green and pinching the poor folks who forgot or eating those sugar cookies with white frosting and green clover sprinkles.

There used to be feasts and parties that never seemed to end. People would drink beers with a shamrock, or a three-leaf clover, in them or take out the clover and toss it over their shoulders for good luck. The shamrock had significance to the Irish folk because Patrick had used it to represent the Holy Trinity. That is also where wearing green came from, and there was no pinching involved back then. Almost everyone wore green to celebrate.

Some other fun facts about St. Patrick is that Patrick isn’t even his real name. Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn (try pronouncing that without offending anyone) and he was born in Roman Britain into a wealthy family. He was kidnapped into slavery when he was sixteen and brought to Ireland.

He escaped to a French monastery in Gaul and converted to Christianity. He went back to Ireland in 432 A.D. as a missionary. While Christianity had already taken hold in the country, people say that Patrick confronted the people there and abolished their pagan beliefs, making Christianity more widespread. Patrick became a bishop in Ireland and after his death, he was named a Saint to the people. Celebrations in Ireland were understated though, and it wasn’t until the Irish emigrated to the U.S. that they created bigger celebrations and parades known today.

Eighteenth-century Irish soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War held the first St. Patrick Day parades in the United States. It became a way for the Irish immigrants to stay connected to the roots and feel like they weren’t so far from home.

Another fun fact about the Irish celebrations in America is the practice of dyeing the river green. It started in Chicago in 1962, when city officials decided to dye a portion of the Chicago River green in honor of Saint. Patrick’s day and to help them see where more of the waste is being dumped into the water.  This tradition is still around and you can find videos and photos online.

An Irish-American dish popular during these times of celebration in America was corn beef and cabbage. Irish Americans were poor and could not afford to have grand meals like they could in Ireland. So now that meal is a staple for the holiday.

This holiday, as I hope you learned, is about much more than green and beer. Now when people say that St. Patrick’s day is pointless you can pull out this article and say ‘Excuse me you’re wrong’.

 

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The Soulmate Myth And Its Affect On Us

By Molly West

What is love? It is an intense feeling of affection that is a basic human necessity. Some people search for platonic love, while others crave something deeper, like romance. People tend to date around looking for a special someone, or as some people call it, their “soulmate.” What is a soulmate, though? Is there really one special person out there made just for you?

The concept of a soulmate has become popular over the last decade, especially in the world of fiction. People adore stories about two people who find each other because of their strong connection. Some writers and creators have found innovative ways to portray the soulmate idea, such as the first words your soulmate says to you being written on your skin. This implies that there is an unspoken and possibly spiritual force that connects soulmates. The debate whether or not they are real, though, is something else.

Soulmates have been talked about for hundreds and hundreds of years. The idea of a soulmate came from the ancient tale of Aristophanes, a comic playwright and contemporary of Plato. The story was about two-headed hermaphroditic giants who were torn apart by a jealous Zeus, which made them fated to forever seek their other halves; so it was not originally a beautiful and romantic tale.

If you believe in soulmates, you are not alone. In fact, you are joined by 73% of Americans. More men than women believe that they are destined to find their one true soulmate, but the gap is not that far. To determine whether or not you believe in soulmates, all you have to do is ask the question, “Do you believe there is one person that is meant just for you?”

According to a study conducted by researcher Raymond Knee, people fall into two different categories: Destiny Beliefs and Growth Beliefs. If you fall into the first category, you believe you are destined to be with one specific person. If you fall into the latter category, it means you believe that relationships grow differently.

People who believe in soulmates assess their partner based off of that, asking questions like, “Is this it?” or “Can I do better?” Whereas people with growth beliefs will ask things like “How can I be a better partner?” or “How can we grow closer?” People who believe in soulmates are more likely to break up, give up, and have more difficult relationships. They also tend to date the same people repeatedly. While destiny believers have fast and passionate relationships, growth believers focus on working things out and take more time to get closer.

That does not stop more than half of America in believing in the concept, though. In fact, soulmates are more popular than ever. As finding love becomes more enforced, essentially being a requirement to be accepted into society, more people are starting to believe in soulmates. They believe that someday, they will stumble upon the perfect person, and they will be able to tell who it is just from one glance. There are, of course, flaws in this system, but the idea itself is what is exciting. It gives single people who believe they are “forever alone” hope that they have someone out there waiting for them.

The idea of soulmates will never truly die out. Whether or not you believe in them all depends on if you believe you are destined to be with one person or not. If you believe it, then you are a part of the majority. If you do not, though, that simply means you take a bit longer to commit. No matter which way you lean, love-both platonic and romantic-Is in your grasp; you just have to look for it.

Bibliography

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The Tri-City Bonfire

By Allison Miller

Last week on the first of March, Tri-City Prep held a school-wide bonfire from six to nine o’clock at night. They provided the materials for s’mores for kids to make along with drinks, and there was music as well as other forms of entertainment for the everyone there, not just the students and their friends, but the staff as well.

Students not only administrated the entrance and payment of people into the bonfire, they also helped set up and give out all the food that was there. They helped keep marshmallows speared and ready to roast. When people managed to stay close enough to the fire to get their marshmallows toasted just perfectly, the students helped to keep a steady supply of chocolate pieces and graham crackers for everyone to use in their s’more building adventures. They also served what was supposed to be apple cider, but most of those who drank it questioned what it really was. From theories of watered-down hot chocolate to liquefied spiced applesauce, the servers decided to resort to saying it was just “chocolate cider” after a long night of confusion. However, regardless of how it tasted, the warm drink was appreciated by those who didn’t want to stand directly by the fire in the cold night.

The next amazing thing that happened that night had to do with the fact that some of the most science-inclined students brought several different bottles of chemicals which they tossed into the fire, changing it to stunning shades of greens and blues rather than just orange, red, and yellow. The first time this drastic color change occurred, it seized the attention of all the students and staff present. One enormous breath of surprise was shared between everyone present.

The firefighters that started and supervised the bonfire were amazing to put it simply. They brought a few protective suits for those who wanted to roast marshmallows but who couldn’t stand the heat could use. They helped many different students and their friends in and out of the suits throughout the night, clearly knowing the heat of the bonfire would keep many of them from roasting their marshmallows and prevent them from having a perfect smore.

The music throughout the night significantly shifted from the first half of the bonfire to the second half. The two individuals who were controlling the playlists of the night both did a great job catering to many different music tastes. The first half of the fire, they played many different tracks that are on the radio as today’s hits, mostly comprised of popular rap and pop songs. Later in the night, however, they began to play songs that most of the student’s parents enjoyed listening to in the last century. They played not only Demi Lovato and other popular modern singers but also Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana and Africa by Toto. Needless to say, everyone there enjoyed at least a few songs.

Everyone there that night had an amazing time together. There is something very special about sitting with your friends on a bench around a blazing fire watching the sky turn shades of dark blue, turquoise, fiery red and orange, and deep purple as the sun falls away behind Granite Mountain on the horizon. Hosting this bonfire really brought a lot of people who would normally never be around each other together to enjoy the same event. This bonfire was an amazing opportunity for students and teachers to be in each other’s company in a very unique setting, unlike a dance where no one can hear each other over the music, or in class, where everyone is meant to be learning and not just hanging out and having fun with each other. Especially since so many people came out to see the bonfire, it is very important that everyone appreciates all the work that went into setting it up and running by the students and thank the staff who supervised as well as everyone who brought in marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers to make the s’mores out of.

All in all, the school bonfire that Tri-City Prep put on was a fantastic experience for anyone who wanted to be with friends, or even just loved watching the hypnotizing patterns of a burning fire. Thank you to everyone who made it possible!

Coffee vs Tea

By Allison Miller

Many parents nowadays have made attempts to get their children off of the coffee kick that many chain restaurants have presented. With this infatuation over the caffeinated drink that has become common, many debates have been brought up on whether or not it is a good thing. Differing opinions have arisen on the matter -as they often do when a source of conflict is present- on whether there is a better option than coffee for society in today’s world: namely tea. But in reality, is one better than the other? Is there even a difference between the two besides how they’re made and how they taste? Of course, after thinking about both sides, there are pros and cons to both tea and coffee.

Pros of Drinking Coffee:

  • “It’s delicious!”
    • Many of the people who drink coffee simply enjoy how it tastes and don’t choose to have it over tea for any other reason, though they receive many of the benefits without trying to get them.
  • Coffee can give people energy boosts, assuming it isn’t decaf.
    • Other people drink coffee because it wakes them up in the morning.
  • Drinking coffee actually has many health benefits.
    • Coffee drinking has shown to protect against type two diabetes, Parkinsons’s disease, liver disease, liver cancer, and also promotes a healthy heart.

Pros of Drinking Tea:

  • Tea also tastes amazing.
    • If one side can argue their tastes, the other will as well. Tea also provides an amazing benefit for those that prefer it.
  • Tea has many flavors.
    • Though coffee can be made into many different drinks, the drinker can almost always taste the same coffee taste behind whatever amount of sugar and cream is masking it. With tea, however, there are many different flavors that taste extremely different without adding insane amounts of other things to the drink.
  • Tea is healthier for you.
    • Though coffee has many health benefits, on its surface level tea is healthier for the body, especially if cream and sugar have been added to coffee. Tea can also help boost endurance, give the body antioxidants, and can help reduce the risk of heart attack.

Cons of Both Tea and Coffee:

  • Both contain caffeine.
    • If parents are looking to get their children away from caffeine, they should be informed that many teas contain just as much caffeine as coffee does. Assuming that is their main argument against coffee, they should also consider that there is decaffeinated coffee they could drink instead of normal coffee.
  • Both are commonly made with unhealthy things added to them.
    • Parents who are wanting to choose which drink is better for their kids based on how healthy it is need to realize that coffee often has things like cream and sugar. A large number of people who do choose to drink tea rather than coffee, might add things like milk and honey – if not just straight sugar- to their tea. Not to mention the teas that many people prefer to drink as lattes instead.
  • Drinking too much of either thing can be bad for you.
    • Everyone knows that too much of a good thing can be bad for you. In fact, drinking too much of certain types of tea can increase chances of rheumatoid arthritis in women. Drinking too much coffee can leave a person shaking and on edge for a whole day due to the excess caffeine. Too much caffeine – regardless of whether the source is tea or coffee- can increase blood pressure, as well as disorient and confuse the drinker.

In the end, neither coffee nor tea is truly better than the other, though many people will argue one over the opposite. Either coffee or tea can be good or bad compared with different aspects of how they help or hurt the human body. It generally depends on how much of either drink is consumed to say whether or not it is truly good for a person. Parents may be against their children drinking coffee every day due to the high calorie or sugar amounts, but they should realize the benefits of coffee by itself as well. People who only believe that tea is good for people should take the time to realize that tea doesn’t only have good effects on health, while also seeing that coffee has benefits as well. Whether you are a coffee drinker, a tea drinker, or an admirer of both, you should learn not only the benefits of something but also its disadvantages before really making a decision and spreading your opinion.

Adam Rippon: Bronze Medalist

By Maya Schenne

Before the 2018 Winter Olympics, Adam Rippon was floundering. “Six years ago, I had no money to my name. I was living in my coach’s basement. I just leased a car, and I got a letter in the mail saying that my credit was so bad that they needed to take the car back. My coach co-signed on the lease so that I could keep the car and he said: ‘I trust you. And I trust that you’re going to work hard.'” Rippon did work hard, earning him a spot on the U.S. Winter Olympic team. It wasn’t easy, though. But why is everyone talking about him? It may be because he is the first openly gay U.S. Winter Olympic athlete.

Adam Rippon was born on November 11, 1989, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His full name is Adam Richard Rippon, and he is the oldest of six siblings. From an early age, he had many health issues, including an eye infection, 80% hearing loss, a severe respiratory condition, and a burst appendix before he was five years old. This was just the start of the long path ahead of him.

Rippon started figure skating when he was really young since his mother was a dancing and skating enthusiast. He won the 2007 Junior Grand Prix Final and continued on to become the first male to win back-to-back World Junior Titles in 2008 and 2009. He won a silver medal at the 2012 Nationals and entered the 2014 Nationals to try to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Unfortunately, Rippon placed eighth, not qualifying for the team. However, he came back with several strong performances, reclaiming his title. He was chosen to represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics, along with Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou. He is 28 years old, the oldest to make a debut in men’s singles since the 1936 Winter Olympics.

It wasn’t easy getting to the Olympics, though. There was a huge controversy over whether or not to accept him because of his sexual orientation. Mostly, it was between Vice President Mike Pence and Adam Rippon. When asked what he thought about Pence leading the U.S. delegation to South Korea, Rippon stated, “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.” When Pence asked to meet with Rippon, he refused. He later explained, “I talked to you about how I felt before the Games (and) it’s brought a lot of attention and questions to my other teammates. I don’t want to distract from their Olympic experience, and I don’t want my Olympic experience to be about Mike Pence.”

To many people, Rippon is a role model and a hero. He was a representative of those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. “I didn’t speak up for myself, I spoke up because it’s important to give a voice to those who feel they don’t have one,” Rippon said. When he was asked what it’s like to be a gay athlete, Rippon responded, “It’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eyebrows.” Rippon won a bronze medal, putting the United States on the podium.

Rippon soon became a crowd favorite. TIME magazine says he was “loved especially for the artistic beauty of his routine, his honesty, and hilarious tweets.” According to NBC: “Breakout star Adam Rippon is hysterical, the U.S. learned during these 2018 Winter Olympics…From all of his best one-liners to fashion advice, to healing crystals, eating In-N-Out on rooftops and Xanax.” His Twitter posts also have people talking. Buzzfeed describes him as “hands down one of the funniest people to follow on Twitter.”

His confidence is inspiring. One example of this is when Rippon said, “I’m a hot mess all the time. I usually finish things in the last second. But I think, as I’ve gotten older, I don’t worry about it, and I just rock it. If I forgot to put something on and I have to wear a trash bag, I’m just like, I’m gonna rock a trash bag today.” If we can learn anything from Rippon, it’s that we can achieve our goals if we work hard and don’t let anything, or anyone, tell us that it’s impossible.

Sources:

https://www.nbcolympics.com/news/all-hilarious-and-heartwarming-adam-rippon-moments-2018-winter-olympics

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2018/02/12/what-happened-between-adam-rippon-and-vice-president-mike-pence/328604002/

https://www.biography.com/people/adam-rippon

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/20/before-the-olympics-adam-rippon-was-living-in-his-coachs-basement.html

https://www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/adam-rippon/720871

http://time.com/5164137/adam-rippon-figure-skating-olympics/

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/figure-skater-adam-rippons-most-quotable-quips

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