By Rachel Lau
On August 24, Wallstreet received a huge surprise in stocks. The Dow lost over 1,000 points in early trading. A bad plunge like this hasn’t happened since October 2008.
At the end of the day the Dow had lost 588 points, which has been the worst one-day loss since August 2011.
Many factors influence the global markets. China in particular is a factor that is heavily focused on because of its impact. In June, China’s market went down -40% from its original number.
With all of this loss in stocks, it’s also affecting oil and gas prices. On August 28 oil prices dropped below $40 for the first time since the Great Recession due to the fall in stocks. Senior Braden Naumann said, “I think gas prices are reasonable.”
Carson Fritsch, who is an oil analyst, expects China’s problems to push a barrel of oil as low as $30 within the next few months. The global economy depends on the price of oil to boost our economic growth. Along with our own economy, Europe’s, China’s, and developing country’s are all weakening.
At the same time, vehicles are becoming more energy efficient, so the demand for fuel isn’t what it once was. Senior Ethan Lane said, “I think gas prices are too high and they drain my bank account. I’m glad they are slowly dropping.” The two largest consumers of oil are The United States and China.
Gas prices have fallen 40 percent in the past 6 months. There will always be a fluctuation in gas and oil prices as they have a history of doing so.
By Kailey Smith
In early June, 21 year old Dylan Roof, gunned down nine African American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina during a bible study. The gunman uploaded pictures of himself wrapped in the Confederate flag on multiple social media sites.
Many Americans have their own opinion on this issue. While some believe it’s a problem, others believe it’s not. It just depends on the person’s perspective.
The Confederate Flag, and more specifically what it represents, has been a long, contentious issue in the United States.
Throughout US history, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, the Confederate flag has frequently been associated with ideas of white supremacy, racism and slavery.
Red Lion senior Emily Falenski stated, “ I feel like the Confederate flag is now a symbol of being a rebel, it’s more of an outlook for country roots.”
Nikki Haley, the current governor of South Carolina signed a bill to remove the flag from South Carolina’s capital building. The flag is seen by some as an icon of slavery and racism, while others say it symbolizes US heritage and history.
By Eli Gregory
With an energy filled visual show, accompanied by dynamic music, the Marching Lions 2015 field show, Uprising, is sure to awe any audience watching.
Since June 11, the band has been learning and conquering the vigorous drill and intense music given to them.
The 2015 season show, “Uprising”, features tunes from the famous musical, Les Miserables, and music from The 1812 Overture. Uprising is filled with upbeat music, and a rapid visual show. Anyone watching will feel a sense of anarchy and revolt.
“I think this show takes it to the next level,” stated senior tenor sax player Duncan Keller, “They know our limits and are pushing us beyond that.”
During band camp, band instructor Mr Crone explained to the group of musicians how much the band has improved over the years. In the past four years alone, The Marching Lions have almost doubled the amount of drill in their shows. This has resulted in a show with much more complexity and difficulty.
Even though this year has a challenging show, the band’s focus each practice has allowed them to learn the drill at a steady pace. Along with the drill, the music has also steadily increased in difficulty.
In order to grapple with the difficulty of the show this year, the band has changed their practice schedule to focus on different parts of the band at one time. What once was a full band rehearsal held on Tuesdays is now two different sectionals split between Monday and Tuesday. These practices are also more focused on the visual aspect of the show, and are overseen by Visual Instructor, Mr. Kriebel.
“It will definitely be better for the guard and percussion to have that time” Kriebel replied when asked about the benefits of the new practices. “I can only see it being good for us.”
The Marching Lions are very proud to announce that this is the first year in Marching Lions history that the drill was created “in-house”. This means all the marching seen in the show was written by the band’s visual instructor Mr. Kriebel. “I know what I’m getting at the end, I make changes as I want to”.
As the season progresses, the Marching Lions are getting more and more excited for the four year band trip. This years destination will be San Antonio, Texas, where the band will participate in a night time march through the Alamo.
By Ian Adler
On June 16, 2015, Head Football Coach Jesse Shay received a phone call telling him that two of his player’s lives had been lost in a fatal car accident. “Like everyone else, I expected a phone call to say ‘Hey, we got it wrong,” Shay said. Unfortunately, that phone call never came...
That crash took the lives of two of Red Lion’s finest young men, Stone Hill and Nick Mankin. The two friends were traveling on Slab Road when their car struck an electric utility pole, eventually causing the car to be engulfed in flames before any help could arrive.
Both would be entering their senior year at Red Lion, and both were looking forward to the upcoming football season, along with the rest of their team.
The Lions traveled to Hershey for their first game on September 4, bringing home a 40 to 20 victory over the Trojans.
The team plans to memorialize Stone and Nick in several ways, starting with stickers of the two player’s numbers, 46 and 60, to place on the team’s helmets.
Both friends and players keep the boys in their memory, reflecting back on their personalities and the things they did together.
“He was that guy who if I needed a ride, he would take me, no matter what,” junior Patrick Daugherty said, reflecting on his friendship with Hill. “We played baseball together, so we had summer trips and we were always together for tournaments and whatnot.”
In addition to football, Stone wrestled up until his junior year and played varsity baseball.
Head Football Coach Jesse Shay described Stone as a “lead by example type of guy.”
“He didn’t talk on the field much, but the guys who played with him wanted to play up to his level because he always performed at such a peak,” Shay said. “He inspired guys to try and match his intensity.”
“We’d just hang out, go hiking, fishing, drive around or go to Walmart and mess around or whatever,” junior Dylan Gurreri said. Dylan had wrestled and played football with Stone, bringing their friendship to the point it was at before the accident.
“He could be awkward, but he’s a real nice kid,” Gurreri said about Nick Mankin, a newer addition to their closely bonded friend group. “He was real quiet, but once you got to know him, he could be really obnoxious.”
Nick Mankin recently moved to Red Lion from Susquehannock during his sophomore year, and soon found a family within the football team.
“I just met Nick this past year battling over a varsity position,” Tierney said. “It was a heck of a time, but we brought it together near the end and became best friends.”
Nick played offensive guard for the Lions during the 2014 season, ending up splitting time with his former rival and newfound friend Tierney.
Tierney is using the loss of two of his closest friends as a “drive”.
“It drives me to be better to myself, my teammates and the people upstairs that can’t play the game anymore,” Tierney said. “I know I love it, and I know they loved it, so I’m using it to my benefit to give 110 percent every play of the game.”
“You know, Nick was a great teammate, but he wasn’t necessarily a ‘football first’ type of guy,” Shay said. “He played football because he loved his teammates, and although football may have been his number two or number three thing, he still did very well at it.”
One of the team’s primary mottos is “FAMILY”, a simple acronym for “Forget About Me, I Love You.” It is with this in the hearts and minds that they will carry the memory of Stone and Nick throughout the season, and throughout the rest of their lives.
By Helen Zeidman
The new school year is well underway, and the times have changed. The Red Lion High School has gotten a new schedule. Since last school year, the administration has implemented a new school schedule with updated class period lengths, the removal of the flex period, and the addition of an Academic Prep period.
Instead of the daily rotating twenty minutes formerly known as Flex Period, a new feature has been added to the schedule: Academic Prep. This 38-minute period will take place in your homeroom and will occur every day between third and fourth period.
According to Principal Mark Shue, “Academic prep will serve all kinds of different functions.” Some of the uses for this new period include classroom remediation, catching up on missed work, club meetings, and special projects.
The period will work on a request system. Either a student can fill out a request form to ask to spend the academic prep period with a certain teacher, or a teacher can request to spend the period with a student. A student is not allowed to leave their homeroom without a request.
With the addition of academic prep, students will not have to memorize a dozen different schedules. “There will be the same bell schedule every day,” Mr. Shue said.
The decision to the switch from flex period to the academic prep period follows a principle of human nature. “Human beings love consistency and structure. Academic prep gives everyone both,” Mr. Shue said.
The consistency can also be helpful to teachers. Ms. Ayres, the librarian and yearbook coordinator, admitted that she enjoys the structure of the new period.
“Personally, I like the consistency in the schedule. I don’t feel like I constantly have to think about what is coming next, so it is one less thing to worry about in a teacher’s busy day,” Ayres said.
Academic prep also gives students the opportunity to finish their work during school hours instead of having to stay after school. If a student misses a class due to a sport, or because of an appointment, they can make up the work in the academic prep period.
Allyson Ayres has her homeroom with the yearbook staff. With the extra time that the academic prep period provides, Ms. Ayres plans to improve the yearbook.
“The time will allow us to complete quality work in a timely fashion,” Ayres said. “It will give students the opportunity to use their creative skills because they will have more time.”
As this school year begins, the high school is saying goodbye to flex and hello to a brand new schedule designed to meet the needs of students and teachers.
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