By William Lopez
Anybody who went to Brien McMahon High school Prior to the 2016 - 2017 school year knew that if you're hungry through the day you could count on one of the several vending machines in the school to get snacks. But for returning students this year, they were in for a big surprise.
Not only were classes extended to this new schedule and lunch time reduced. Mr.Q (the housemaster) said that “Over the summer all of the vending machines had been removed”. Many returning students discovered this on the first day, but some believed the machines were just being marinated and would be back. It wasn't until about week into school where students began to ask what happened to the machines. The general thought amongst staff and students was that there was a contract dispute.
Now this is somewhat true the vending machines were removed because of an issue between the vendors and the school but Ms.Koroshetz the principal of Brien McMahon High School reports that “ the vending machines were removed because me and the rest of the school staff felt that the machines were a distraction to learning”. She says this was the main reason they were removed because she stated that“ last year many staff complained that students would leave class saying they were going one place and end up at the vending machines”.
This she said also caused a lot of hallway disruptions especially at the machines near classrooms. Now the school does realize that many kids really on snacks throughout the day so the school is working with class advisors to work out a system to open the school store.
Now the school store would only be open during non lunch hours but Ms. Koroshetz said that this would take some times so she had some suggestions for the mean time. Her first suggestion was to bring snacks from home. This would actually be cheaper than buying snacks at school.
If you did not have time to pack snack she suggested to grab snack from the breakfast cart in the morning in the lobby. Her final suggestion was to make sure you eat lunch and maybe grab a snack and save it for later. Hopefully these tips will help get through your day less hungry.
By Aaliyah Grasty
You might wonder how someone can balance being Varsity cheer captain, Class Of 2017 vice President , running track , with hours of Cheer practices and competitions and still managing to keep a 3.8 GPA Average .
Well Da’Nasiah Blackwell pulls it all off while still also managing to keep her bubbly personality , As she pushes through each quarter she strives for harder obstacles to come her way , taking it step by step with the help from her family and teachers trying not to get overwhelmed. “Having my parents in the loop and having them by my side every step of the way helps me a lot “ said Da’Nasiah.
Blocking out high school peer pressure and making sure her work is in line , Da’Nasiah takes on her last year of high school. with all the stress high school brings she leaves all the negative energy out as she says “every day is a new day to improve and be a better person”. She focuses on the present for a better future , Da’Nasiah looks to bringing forward all her accomplishments and bubbly personality at either Uconn or Southern Ct University in the fall .
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The outcome of the congressional election will have a serious effect on the progress of Clinton or Trump’s presidential agenda. (Photo by Huffington Post)
Whether you turn your TV on, check the latest trending politics tab on twitter, or get News notifications on your iPhone, you will see the presidential election being covered extensively. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been the media’s main focus since the primary season ended in late July, when both national conventions announced their party's nominee. However, what hasn’t been covered as much are the congressional races, so are they worth worrying about? Yes: maybe more so than the presidential election. Here’s why.
Although the presidential election occurs quadrennially, the congressional elections don’t. Every two years the House of Representatives is up for reelection. Having a total number of 435 members, the House of Representatives is based on the population of a state. This means the higher the state’s population, the more representatives it will have. On the contrary, Senators serve a much longer term of 6 years. The Senate is comprised of 100 members instead of 435, and each state has equal representation with two senators.
The reason why we have two chambers of congress leads back to the Great Compromise. At the constitutional convention, our founding fathers had multiple disputes regarding the division of congress. The Great Compromise, sometimes called the Connecticut Compromise, created a system where states with larger populations would have representation in the House, while smaller states had equal representation in the Senate.
So what are the current standings in both houses?
As of the last midterm election, November 10th, 2014, the Republicans claimed the majority in each chamber of congress. Being the middle of Obama’s second term, this inhibited his agenda as the Republicans did not agree with many of the bills he and his party wished to pass.
This upcoming congressional election could have three possible turnouts. The first is a continuation of the current standings. This means both houses would stay Republican, which would be a great advantage to a Republican presidency.
The second possible outcome is the opposite, where the Democrats could win both chambers and ultimately have control of congress.
As of now the Republicans hold 247 seats in the House, with the Democrats in the minority with 188 seats. If the Democrats were to regain control in the House they would need to win 30 more seats, which is a large task to accomplish. The problem lies with incumbents, congressmen or women who currently hold office and have a 90% chance winning their districts in November. This 90% comes from the advantages of incumbency such as name recognition, campaign finances, and pure experience.
The third outcome leads to a Democratic majority in the Senate and a Republican majority in the House. Having a split congress has it’s own benefits and consequences because of the different responsibilities within each house. If the Democrats take a senatorial majority, this will benefit Hillary Clinton.
The Senate is able to vote on Supreme Court Justices, Ambassadors to the US, Cabinet Officers as well as treaties the President signs with other countries. Finally, the Senate is able to remove a President from office by holding a trial, while the House can only impeach by bringing forth charges.
It’s important to realize that congress can either be an aid to the president or their worst nightmare. Although it’s important to vote for president, your congressional vote is equally important and shouldn’t be taken lightly. You decide who represents you and what political platform is carried out, so make sure to stop at the polls on November 8th!
Below are the current CT Senators and Representatives, those seeking reelection, and their respective challengers.
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By Joseph Murphy
Due to the new block scheduling the school’s lunch shifts have been in chaos. This year at Brien Mcmahon the school has recently switched to block scheduling changing our forty-seven minute lunch period into a thirty minute lunch shift which takes place during the third period. With the change to this new schedule comes the challenges of adapting to it. While many of the problems are minor, or have already been fixed by the school,. there is still one pretty major problem with the way the school has dealt with the lunch shifts.
The problem with the lunch shifts mostly affects the first shift. If you have had the first lunch shift you know that it is nearly impossible for you to get lunch in the first five minutes of the period. This causes a pile up of students near the main stairwell right in front of the servery. By the time they finally let kids into the servery a large amount of time has gone by. With a significant amount of time gone by this has kids rushing to eat before they have to go to class. Sometimes many of the kids do not have have time to even finish eating which is a very big problem.
However you can minimize the amount of time dealing with this problem by following some of these helpful tips.
By Melissa Burnham
In November of 2013 protestors of Puppies of Westport stood outside in gloomy weather protesting violation of animal rights. 3 years later, Puppies of Westport still stands, with no noticeable change in operations, the only thing missing are the protestors with posters standing across the street.
The violations against Animal Rights continue though, something that may have been forgotten by many. Most of the cute puppies you see behind the glass when you enter the store weren’t always in such pristine conditions. Most of the cute pups in the store come from “breeders”. Breeders seems to be able to describe any person who breeds dogs, from a cute family in Arkansas, to a farm with cages 3x3 holding too many dogs, producing dozens of dogs a year.
You can hear the reports from the Breeders that Puppies of Westport get their dogs from on the website that still stands, http://savepuppymilldogs.com/facts.html, run by the Westport Coalition Against Puppy Mills. The websites main selling points are extracts from USDA reports about the suppliers for Puppies of Westport, including this one; “There were six enclosures that did not have adequate shelter...excessive feces on the interior washdown of one kennel building...at least 13 enclosures housing 24 animals in which the wire flooring had areas with the wire coating missing.” It was retrieved from a Cody and Richard Fox from Charleston, AR.
And although we don't see many of the protestors, they still hold the matter dear to their heart. Ken Bernhard, an attorney across the street who had participated in the protests, still had something to say. “no reliable breeder would sell its puppies through a pet store. The sources of pet store inventory are puppy mills where the breeding dogs are isolated and most often living in horrific conditions. When the breeding dogs usefulness is over, they are disposed of like trash.”
He helped support the recent Connecticut legislation about Puppy Mills, but believes that much more should be done in order to fight this. And he’s surely not the only one, so why haven't we heard about it more? Because the public stopped listening, “After many years of dedicating Saturday mornings picking the store and handing out information in an effort to educate the public, our group became frustrated that the public wasn’t listening sufficiently.” Ken Bernhard explained. Protesting wasn’t hurting the buisness enough, and although it brought attention to the matter, no one seemed to care.
So how can you help in the fight against Puppies of Westport? By boycotting. When you buy a puppy from Puppies of Westport, for around 3 times as much as you’d pay for an adopted dog, you contribute to the animal cruelty of Puppies of Westport and the Puppy mills they supply from. Remember behind every cute puppy at Puppies of Westport there’s a history animal cruelty and abuse, which you will only be perpetuating by purchasing them.
By Celina Mori
Hidden away in the depths of CGS is a club that is mysterious to most people, and it is called the BMHS Anime Club. This club is very known to a limited amount of students, this might be because not many students are interested in anime or students don’t want to be looked as strange by their peers.
At the start of Anime Club the members sit down and watch an anime of the President’s choosing. Members are then cut up in groups of their interest, each group has something different to contribute to the anime community. There is Roleplay Group, Drawing Group, Video Game Group, and Abridging Group. With every group comes a group leader that plans out the activity.
With Roleplay Group, members will experience what it’s like to make a movie. In the works at the moment is a script for a movie that will start filming towards the end of the year. Everyone in the group will play a part in the movie and help write the script.
In Drawing Group, members draw characters of their own or from different anime. Currently the Drawing Group plans on making their own story, the group leader will give them a scenario then it’s up to the members on how they want to draw it. The scenarios can be as ridiculous as a 10 year old boy with his dragon flying to a mountain to buy a Big-Mac. Francesca Yalong, leader of Drawing Group, has said that she enjoys the opportunities she had gained from Drawing Group. “I do really like working with other artists here they’re really great, they’re super creative, they’re very productive.” She claims. By the end of the year they are hoping to make a comic book from the scenarios they draw.
The Abridging Group is the newest group in Anime club. The whole concept of abridging is to take an anime that already exist and replace the original dialogue with new dialogue such as jokes or making fun of the show, thus making it into a parody. The members of the group are assigned a role then they provide the new dialogue. The group is now in post-production of abridging the anime, Angel Beats, and will post it on YouTube when it’s finished.
Video Game Group is mainly about playing video games. Members of this group will bring their Nintendo DSes and will play Super Smash Bros or Pokemon then soon battle each other online. At times they will hold gaming tournaments for the other members of Anime club.
The Anime Club’s goal is for students who enjoy anime to have fun. Ben Piro, Anime Club Co-President, describes the concept of Anime Club are for students to have meet other students who are interested in anime. “Here we have a bunch of people who have a common hobby, so rather than being made fun of for watching anime or reading manga or any sorta thing like that we’re all just friends.” He implied. During school hours other students complain on how CGS is filled of anime loving students and usually comment on how weird they are.
Anime to some students can seem a little odd. Margarette Cabangbang, an Anime Club member, has indicated that their are many different genres of anime for students to watch. “There are many varieties, therefore one must fit a person's liking. However, that would only work if that person chooses to like it or not.” She commented.
The Anime Club welcomes any student that walks through their front door. Hopefully with this club students can keep an open mind about anime and why people enjoy it so much.
By Celina Mori
Ah! Lip Dub that special time of year when students decorate the school and lip sing badly to pop songs. Students are first introduced to it during their freshmen year, yet the current freshmen might not get to experience it this year. Why? Because Lip Dub might not be happening!