Roar of Advice
As Seen on TV
Climate Change Page 5
Back Row: Trey Stinson, Bryant Gamez,
Cassie Harbison, Thomas Yarbrough
Middle Row: Devon Schwartz, Ingrid Marques,
Jax Gregg, Nathan Seelig
Front Row: Lexi Boza, Annika Vivekananthan,
Jamil Guzman, Leif Brechter, Shreya Chella
Photo Courtesy of Waterparks
Package Theft Page 9
On November 7, 2017, Spring Branch ISD held
an important vote on whether to approve a bond
of 898.4 million dollars that would pay to rebuild nine elementary schools and one middle school, as well as renovate many other schools in the district. The bond would not be paid
for through Spring Branch citizen’s taxes, and it easily passed with about 80% in favor of it.
There were also several other elections across the country including races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey, both of which went to the Democrat with larger margins than expected. It was not that much of a surprise in New Jersey, as it tends to lean Democratic, but the nine point margin of victory carried by Democrats in Virginia was
a surprise, mainly due to the fact that Virginia is a closely contested state. The outcome was especially a blow
to president Trump as he made many tweets in support of the Republican in Virginia. President Trump did not seem worried though, tweeting “Ed Gillespie (the Republican) worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out
of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!” Both Republicans ran with a message similar to President Trump’s, but never really mentioned or embraced him. This could mean Trump’s message does not work in those states or ‘Trumpism without Trump’ is not a good tactic. Exit polls from Virginia showed 40% of voters approve and 57% of voters disapprove of Trump. Though Virginia’s is higher than his national approval rating of 38% according to realclearpolitics.com it is still low. Many analysts think this is not a good sign for Trump or the Republicans, as it indicates possible Congressional losses for the party
in the 2018 midterm elections. If Republicans lose control of the House or Senate, it it will be much harder for Trump to pass his agenda.
The Hidden Gems of Texas Music
The Texas music scene has long been under-promoted, making it incredibly difficult to find an upcoming band
that you can really get behind. Well,
no more! Here are three Texas artists that are making their way up in the world of music.
Waterparks is a pop-punk band from our very own Houston, Texas. The band was formed in 2011 when Awsten Knight, Geoff Wigington and Otto Wood
were introduced to each other by mutual friends. Currently, Waterparks has four albums out, and they will release their fifth album, Entertainment, on January 26, 2017.
They won the Best Breakthrough Artist award at the Alternative Press Music Awards (APMAs) in 2017.
2. El Dusty (DJ Dus)
Living it up
in Corpus Christi, El Dusty aka DJ Dus aka Dusty Oliveira has been doing what he loves since 2006, when his first album, Jazz and Milk, was released. His music is a new take on an old classic, a genre called nu cumbia or Latin EDM. He has 14 albums released, the most recent from 2016. His hit song Cumbia Anthem was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2016, but, unfortunately,
it did not win.
Gary Clark Jr. has been rocking Austin with his music since 2011. His five Blues-Soul-Rock-and-R&B-inspired albums made waves in the music community, ultimately landing him at the top of the charts. His first album, The Bright Lights- Australian Tour Edition, was released in 2011 and his most recent album, Live North America 2016, was released in 2017. He won the Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2013 and was nominated for Best Rock Song that same year.
Krampus/As Seen on TV Page 7
Christmas Fun/DIY Page 6
Local Bands Page 3
November Election Wrap Up
Advice Column Page 12
Photo Courtesy of Dustin Ashcraft
Photo Courtesy of Chuck Lanza
Book Review Page 9
Hunting and Fishing in Texas Page 10
SBISD Bond/Election Page 3
Hope After Harvey 5K Page 4
December 13, 2017 Local News Page 3
Sports/ Games Page 11
Photo courtesy of Pixabay
Bottle of Science Page 8
Table of Contents
On Saturday, December 2, Cornerstone Academy held the Hope After Harvey 5K Run\Walk at 8:30 am at the track behind the campus to help raise money for those who were affected by the hurricane. Whitney Laidlaw, a teacher at Cornerstone Academy, came up with the idea and helped run the 5k.
Students, parents, teachers, and members of the community were able to participate in order to raise money for areas in Houston that were affected largely by Hurricane Harvey, and get
a free T-shirt! “I just felt like after everything that happened with Hurricane Harvey and all the devastation, and...I know that there
are multiple people that want to help out...” says Mrs. Laidlaw. She explained how she had done multiple marathons and fundraisers in the past, and she felt like the students are amazing for wanting to help. “Overall, I’m ready to do this, I’m excited, and
I hope that we get a really great turnout.” Many students had already signed up for this event and had a day to run for fun, but it is more than that. Evara Ripple, a seventh grader at CSA and a participant of the 5K says, “I feel like it’s a really great way to raise money, and show people the damage that Harvey has done to people who are living in communities that had been affected.
It’s also a great way to support our school and people who have been affected. I like that it is exercise, and that we see what is happening and how we can help them.” Many families have lost their homes, and some even lost everything. There were
a total of 242 participants at the Harvey 5K. There were tables for sponsors, like Chick-Fil-A, Facemoji, and Fleet Feet, music played by Mr. Bundrick, or “DJ Bdawg”, which was his nickname during the event. There were also lots of balloons, and many people there to support their community. Some people decided to walk, but many others ran, and raised a total of around $4000! Jackson Potter, a participant and 7th grader at CSA says, “When I finished I felt awful, but when I was running it
felt good. My favorite thing about
this is having to raise money for Harvey and helping out.” The CSA community came together in a fun
and creative way to offer support
for this worthy cause.
CSA Hope After Harvey 5K
Photo Courtesy of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
A ridiculously infuriating partisan debate on climate change has affected important decisions that should be made now about the future of our planet and the survival of life on earth as we know it, such as participating in the Paris Climate Accord.
Climate change is fact, proven by weather changes in history. The fact that the last decade has been especially warm, the sea levels have been rising, and the recent surplus of hurricanes proves this topic should not even be debated. The argument that this is a normal aspect of Earth’s climate can be disproved by the studying of air pockets in the ice in the Antarctic. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) considers that there is a 90% chance these temperature changes are directly correlated to human action, in particular carbon emissions. Why is this even an issue debated by liberals and conservatives, and not treated as a fact, or a sickness that should be cured?
According to PBS, the debate used to be non-partisan. It is important to note that Former Representative Newt Gingrich and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced they would take bipartisan action on climate change in 2008, and that Senator John McCain has voted for carbon regulation. Unfortunately, a change in the tide occurred. In 2010, Republicans obtained a majority in Congress.
This may seem sound, but at the time, numerous Republicans elected to Congress were Tea Party Republicans,
a faction of far-right Republicans who do not believe in climate change. As
of 2011, a Pew Poll found that 51% of Democrats believed climate change is mostly caused by human carbon emissions, while only 19% of Republicans and only 11% of Tea Party Republicans agreed. This marked the end of bipartisan action on climate change, which has had long term consequences.
The effects of climate change are far reaching, and it is in the interests of both conservatives and liberals to combat those effects, which are seen in issues such as armed conflict, superstorms, and droughts, that do affect all people, regardless of political affiliation. An example of an armed conflict is in Syria, which erupted into civil war because it had endured its worst drought in 900 years, which climatologists attribute to man-made climate change. The drought was mishandled by its currently corrupt government, which has caused a power vacuum, and it is because of this the Pentagon states that climate change“create[s] an avenue for extremist ideologies and conditions
that foster terrorism.” It is in both conservative and liberal interests to avert such a threat. Dismally, because of the chaos, a refugee crisis erupted, many pouring into Europe seeking shelter, and some fleeing to the U.S. Republicans and other conservatives
do not want to see a larger burden placed on the U.S to cope with this influx of refugees, and if they continue to support that, it is again in their interests to back regulation concerning climate change.
Miserably, the effects of climate change are not just visible overseas, but happening right now in the US. The US has had to endure Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Nate, and Maria. Hurricane relief required 18 billion dollars in federal spending to compensate, but in the future, the CBO predicts that a total of 24 billion dollars will be spent annually ( inflation is a factor, but the CBO also attributes it to the number of hurricanes caused by climate change). To add, the CBO predicts that this damage will affect a total of 10 billion people, rather than the 1.2 million affected currently.
The time to act is now. Conservative or liberal, one must admit that the effects of climate change, will be catastrophic in the future. This threat can be averted with such methods as comfortable conservation, meaning reducing waste and carbon emissions through more comfortable means, fuel efficiency,
and solar power. Both conservatives and liberals can back these methods
to support a cleaner future. There is
a 90% chance that humans cause climate change, but a 100% chance
it will affect all of us. Science should not be political.
All photos courtesy of Katie Wood-Sponsel
Politicizing in the Post-Truth Era
Why Climate Change Should Not be a Partisan Issue
December 13, 2017 Feature Page 4
December 13, 2017 Op/Ed Page 5
The Houston Zoo will
be hosting its annual
Zoo Lights through
January 14th with more than two million lights!
The prices range from
$20 for those without a membership to $7 for
As Seen On TV, Does it Work?
The wonderful holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker”, will be playing at the
Hobby Center through 1/6. This new production of the elegant classic will bring
out the child in everyone. Tickets start at $35. For anyone who likes dancing, literature, or just ballets in general, this is for you.
December 13, 2017 Holidays Page 7
People are getting close to the gift-giving season and might see something on TV they think someone would like. The CSA Roar Staff tested out items ‘As Seen On TV‘ to see if they really work as advertised, and would make good gifts.
Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Large $12.99 4” X 5”
Jumbo $19.99 8” X 5”
Giant $49.99 12” X 10”
Will it stick on almost every surface and hold water without spilling?
As the commercial says, it does work on most surfaces. It worked on the exterior and interior of an aquarium tank used to test for how well it holds water. The Flex Tape held the water inside the container with no leaks or drips at all, so it gets a CSA Roar thumbs up.
Christmas time is a great time to give presents and rejoice. Follow these simple DIYs and get ahead on Christmas decor, food and presents.
The Holidays are here and there are many fun things to do in Houston!!!
Photo Courtesy of heavymetals123
at Discovery Green
The ICE at Discovery Green is the best place to go to for ice skating until January 21. It’s the largest ice skating rink in the Southwest, capping at a size of 7,716 square fee and can be found only at Discovery Green in Downtown Houston. It’s free to visit Discovery Green and see the holiday festivities, but skating costs $14 per person.
In summary, these products were either a waste of money/time (the Potato Express) or make a better Christmas gift than a new car! (OxiClean and Flex Tape)!
Houston Holiday Happenings
Photo Courtesy of kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com
Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia
$4.99 - Will it cook a potato
perfectly in just four minutes?
The CSA Roar’s Staff followed the steps; The potato was washed, placed inside the Potato Express, and cooked for exactly four minutes. When the potato was removed, it was so undercooked it took more than four minutes just to get the potato cut open! Overall, the raw potato was disgusting and the product did not pass our test, so it gets a CSA Roar thumbs down.
Meet Krampus, The Christmas’ Devil
On December 6th in Europe, Krampus, the Christmas Devil, is celebrated and integrated as an important tradition.
Krampus is mostly celebrated in Austria but also worldwide famous, and he can be seen with a dozen others just like him parading around the streets of Austria and all of Eastern Europe scaring giggling children and adults alike. Krampus is there to remind the people who have been naughty this year and he is coming after them. Most people wonder why Krampus is scary. That is because he kidnaps “naughty” children and tortures them in his cave and/or eats them. Krampus, whose name is derived from the German word krampen, meaning claw, is said to be the son of Hel in Norse mythology. The legendary beast also shares characteristics with other scary, demonic creatures in Greek mythology, including satyrs and fauns. Krampus usually comes out with St. Nick (aka Santa Claus) on December 6, also known as St. Nicholas Day. St. Nick’s day is how Santa Claus originated. On this day according to folklore, little kids put their shoes outside of their door overnight and in the morning they either get presents (good behavior) or a rod (bad behavior). A rod meaning Krampus will “punish” them.
Krampus is the total opposite of Santa Claus, sort of like God and the Devil except they work together. As most of the world knows Santa is an jolly, old, fat man; and he gives presents to those who are on the “nice” list and coal to those who are on the “naughty” list. Krampus is described as monster with
a body like a goat and a head like a demon. Krampus is a used to control little children because if they are naughty, they will be tortured.
In conclusion, Krampus scares little kids into being good. Letting fear be the answer maybe the only way we can control little children everywhere.
December 13, 2017 Holidays Page 6
Nintendo Holiday Experience
Through December 17th,
the Memorial City Mall is hosting the Nintendo
Holiday Experience (NHE), which is an event where you can try some new Nintendo games on the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo
3Ds. The best news of all,
it’s free! If you are a Nintendo fan, or a gamer
in general, the NHE is the event for you.
$10.99 - Does it get
the tough stains out?
Following the instructions on how much to use and how long to wash/soak, the OxiClean cleaned
two stained white shirts exactly as advertised. Overall, OxiClean deserves it’s title as “America’s Versatile Stain Remover” and it does get the tough stains like mud, and barbeque sauce, so this product gets
a CSA Roar thumbs up.
Disclaimer: CSA Roar is not responsible for any physical harm due to giving someone OxiClean as a gift and being angered or confused.
DIY Light Up Letters
Cardboard letters that you can find at craft stores • Glow Christmas lights • Paint • Something to puncture cardboard
1. Take out or rip the entire back part
of the letter and the middle part as
well until you have just the front part
of the letter
2. Mark on the back of the front part
of the letter where you want to place
3. Puncture the letter and widen it
until you think your lights would be
able to fit.
4. Choose what color you want your
cardboard letter should be and paint
it,(you could use a sponge brush with
acrylic paint) and let it dry.
5. Stick the lights inside the holes
6. Turn the lights on
Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Mugs
Jet puffed marshmallows • maravillas cookies • mini candy canes • red and green confetti sprinkles • tree sprinkles
• white and chocolate cookie icing • marshmallow bits
First get a cookie. Add dots of white icing to the edges of the cookie. Then, place confetti sprinkles on the icing in different colors. Add white icing, and then place it on the middle of the cookie. Place the marshmallow on the cookie, and use the icing to keep it intact. Squeeze chocolate icing on top of the marshmallow and spread it out across the top of the marshmallow. Place 3-4 marshmallow bits on top of the chocolate icing. Cut the tops of the mini candy canes using kitchen scissors and attach the candy cane to the marshmallow using white icing on the ends of the candy cane. Lastly, add the tree sprinkle to the front of the marshmallow using white icing, and then you’re done!
Where do we come from? Where are we going? This philosophical question is addressed in the new Dan Brown novel, Origin, as Symbologist Robert Langdon returns to adventure through the great landmarks of Barcelona with museum director Ambra Vidal and A.I. interface Winston following the murder of Langdon’s young atheist friend, Edmond Kirsh, who recently presented on the Origins of the Universe.
Origin, like all novels written by Dan Brown, is riveting and fast-paced, with an intellectual plot and spectacular setting. Unlike most books featuring Robert Langdon, Origin features more modern art in its mystery, rather than Dan Brown’s other novel Da Vinci Code, which features older, more romantic pieces. The modern art is a fantastic change to the series, as modern art is very three-dimensional, interactive, and textured. Another change is the inclusion of Nineteenth-Century poetic pieces to the mystery, which was interwoven in an incredibly intriguing manner. Even with all of these alterations to the norm of the series, many aspects remained formulaic. Robert Langdon travels through great cathedrals with a woman (Ambra Vidal), who becomes a love interest, and as he runs someone is attempting to murder him.Winston, the A.I. interface, is somewhat too sci-fi for a thriller mystery novel. The character and concept is intriguing, but is not down to Earth, similar to the concept of the DNA altering disease in Inferno.Even with
all of the of the large philosophical questions addressed, this book cowers
in comparison to the Da Vinci Code or
the Lost Symbol. As a mystery-thriller, Origin is somewhat rushed, and could have used more pages in order to provide a more dense plot. Overall, it
is book worth reading, and a welcome addition to the Robert Langdon series.
December 13, 2017 Page 9
A gray area of debate between whether or not a scientific experiment on humans is unethical if it is necessary
to gain scientific insight is ever-present, but these immoral experiments delve into the area of borderline inhumane.
In 1951 Roanoke, Virginia, HeLa cells used in cloning, gene mapping, vitro fertilization, to develop a polio vaccine, and sent up in the 1st space mission to see what happened to cells in space, were developed by an experiment done on Henrietta Lacks, a poor, black, female tobacco farmer. She had cervical cancer, a cancerous tumor in the lowermost part of
the uterus, when she was 30 and while she was being examined by doctors in John Hopkins University,
a doctor took a tumor piece without Lacks knowing. In this tumor was a shocking new discovery, the first ever seen cells which never died. Scientists kept testing her cells by injecting toxins and viruses into them, and Henrietta Lacks died a year later, and her family never found out about until 25 years later, and they never received compensation.
The Eugenics movement, beginning
in 1883 in the United Kingdom and spreading to many countries including the United States, Canada, and other European countries, was definitely a black mark on history’s moral record. This movement focused on selective breeding by eliminating negative traits, such as being poor, a minority, or uneducated. Sterilization laws were passed, which sterilized those who exhibited these traits, preventing them from having any offspring. In the United States Indiana was the first to enact sterilization laws in 1907, followed by California and 28 other states by 1931.
The Bobo Doll experiments, a collection of experiments held in 1961 and 1963, showed how easily young children are influenced by violence occurring around them. Children aged 3-6 years old were classified into 3 groups based on their aggression level, which was given by their teachers and parents. The first group watched a video of an adult repeatedly beating and verbally abusing a Bobo Doll, the second group watched a video of an adult assembling toys in a room, and the third group did not see a video. The first group was the most aggressive group, the females being more prone to verbally abusing the Bobo Doll, and the males being more prone
to physically abusing the Bobo Doll. This aggression stuck to the kids and may have had a permanent impact
on their behavior.
In 1939 Davenport, Iowa Dr. Wendell Johnson, a speech pathologist who also suffered from stuttering, held an experiment called the Monster Study in order to disprove the popular belief that one was born with stuttering, and that labeling children as stutterers would make their stuttering worse and even cause normal speakers to start stuttering. Twenty two orphans ranging from ages 5-15 were split into two groups, one dubbed the normal speaking group, and one dubbed the stuttering group. However, only 5 of
the 11 children in the stuttering group actually had speech problems.
The normal speaking group was given positive encouragement and compliments on their speaking and enunciation, whereas the stuttering group was lectured about their stuttering and told to take extra care when repeating certain words, making them insecure about their speaking and more self conscious. The orphanage teachers and staff were also unknowingly recruited into the experiment by being told the normal speaking group spoke well and the stuttering group had speech problems, leading the teachers and staff to resort to positive and negative commentary on their talking. Five out of the 6 normal speakers put in the stuttering group developed a stutter, and 3 out of the 5 stutterers put in the stuttering group had their stuttering worsen. In contrast, only 1 out of the 11 kids put in the normal speaking group had greater speech problems. Their affected speech was permanent, and the children never knew they were part of an experiment until it was released in a newspaper 60 years later.
These experiments were certainly a dark mark on our history, and show how science can cross the lines of morality, even when having good motives.
December 13, 2017 Science Page 8
Courtesy of Jacob Riis
Courtesy of Southern Conference Educational Fund
Photo Courtesy of Transworld Digital
Origin by Dan Brown Book Review
Every year, thousands of online buyers in the United States get their packages stolen by unscrupulous thieves. Package theft has been increasing since 2005 when Amazon Prime was launched and other online buying companies such as WayFair and P.C. Richard & Son were delivering more packages. With the holiday season brewing, package theft across the country is a major concern. Thirty percent of Americans have had their packages stolen There are a lot of ways to prevent package theft. Amazon is working on a project that allows FedEx, US Mail and UPS to put your package in a locker called Amazon Locker. It is currently available in select cities, including three in Houston. Anyone who suspects being a victim of package theft should contact the company where the item was purchased.
Any witnesses of packages getting stolen, need to contact the police immediately to report the theft. Another effective way to catch thieves is video surveillance. The company RING makes a doorbell
a microphone and a camera. When someone pushes
the RING doorbell, the RING app sends a notification that someone is at the door. The app allows users to watch, in real time, from the RING app, as the package is delivered. Since Amazon leads the online buying industry, CEO Jeff Bezos says, “We are working on ways to prevent this cause (package theft).” Amazon is also working on a scenario where the package deliverer puts the package inside people’s houses. But, many people feel uncomfortable with the solution because of letting a complete stranger into their home. “We have caught a package thief after reviewing our RING cam footage,” said Jackson Potter in 7th grade. Other ways to secure packages is to have items delivered to a neighbor that is home or have them delivered to your workplace. Next time buyers order
a package for delivery, awareness
of these daring thieves who follow
the delivery companies around could help to prevent it.
Package Theft & Theft Prevention
Courtesy of Okhanm
Photo courtesy of 12newsnow.com
Bottle of Science: Inhumane Experiments
Courtesy of National Institutes of Health
Pro-Hunting & Fishing
The Rockets finished third in the Western Conference in the 2016-17 season. The 2017-18 season is just getting started and hopes are high for the team. Currently, the Rockets are in first place in the Western Conference. One of the reasons they are so sizzling hot right now is because they got point guard Chris Paul over the summer who has been very productive this season. In addition to Paul, shooting guard James Harden continues to dominate. Harden is averaging 31.1 PPG. Paul is averaging 12.4 PPG. According to 6th grader Tyler McKee, “It [the season] seems pretty good because Chris Paul and Eric Gordon show up
and they seem pretty strong.”
Hunting and fishing season is here and for many Texas families, meaning it’s time to break out the guns or fishing poles and make family memories. It’s time to a snag monster fish while laughing at someone else whose fishing pole line gets hung up on a tree underwater. There are others who believe hunting and fishing are cruel and murderous, and it should be prohibited.
December 13, 2017 Page 11
Photo courtesy of Nintendo
The 2017-18 season for
the Houston Dynamo was an improvement over the previous three season. For the first time in three years, the team made into the MLS Western Conference finals. Unfortunately, they lost 5-0 to the Seattle Sounders. The Dynamo have not won a Western Conference title or the MLS Cup since the 2006-07 season.
Super Mario Odyssey Review
Jump up with Mario and Cappy in the all-new Super
Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch which was released on November 17, 2017, and explore this new world for
people of all ages. Cappy helps Mario by reaching new places. Throw Cappy and jump on him while in the air to reach incredible new heights. Cappy can control enemies,
and Nintendo chose some cool enemies to be able to control.
Super Mario Odyssey presents us with an exciting story.
It starts with the typical thing about Bowser stealing the princess, but this time Bowser is in a fancy outfit. Bowser then crushes Mario’s hat and throws Mario out of his ship. After that Mario lands in another kingdom called Cap Kingdom, and that’s where Mario meets Cappy. On this adventure players will encounter the Broodals, the rabbits
that Bowser hired to plan Bowser’s wedding. Their names
are Spewart, Topper, Rango, and Hariet, and each of them
will appear in different kingdoms at different parts of the game. One other rabbit that is the boss of the Broodals, is named is Madame Broode. There are other bosses, but
those appear later.
Explore lots of different kingdoms such as Cap Kingdom, Cascade Kingdom, Seaside Kingdom and many more throughout the game. While exploring Cascade Kingdom, players will get the opportunity to control a realistic dinosaur around the kingdom. While exploring New Donk City, Mario can control an RC Car, or he can do a jump-rope challenge with some of the citizens. The player has to try to reach 100 jump-ropes.
This game is very fun, and enjoyable, and there are ton of things to do in the game after it is completed. This game is great for people of all ages.
Houston Sports for 2017-2018
Courtesy of Hasting Law Firm
This has been a difficult season for the Houston Texans. It was looking good with the breakout play of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. The defense was considered one of the best in the league. Then the injuries began. Defensive star J.J. Watt injured his knee and was ruled out for the season. ”If J.J. Watt gets another injury next year, I’m afraid he might retire,”
said 6th grader Tanner Ranney. Watson tore his ACL and will not return this season. As the season has gone on, the injuries have continued to mount. Of
the twelve games played this season, the Texans have only won four, making them 3rd in the AFC South.
Hunting and Fishing: Both Sides of the Story
The Houston Astros had a season for the record books! The well-managed team won the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a dramatic seven-game series. According to 6th grader Joel Olvera, “It was amazing, awesome!” The win fired up the entire city of Houston. The team’s overall season record was 101-61.
The 2017-18 season for Houston-area sports teams has been filled with drama, disappointment and stunning victories.
Anti-Hunting & Fishing
Hunting/ Fishing in Texas
Courtesy of Les Stinson
Originally, people needed to hunt and fish to stay alive, but doing something simply because our ancestors did, does not make it acceptable. One of the reasons we should not hunt or fish is because people are now hunting and fishing as a sport and no longer as way of life and means of survival. Hunting and fishing is not a sport. Things like lacrosse and soccer are sports, but killing innocent animals is not. Killing an animal as a prize rather than a meal is wasteful. In addition, over-hunting and fishing can cause extinction in certain areas. Of course, there are laws in place that attempt to prevent over-hunting and fishing, but there are always going to be people that break the law. Another issue is that there are not enough game wardens to fully enforce the laws. If we over-hunt or fish and there is ever a true shortage of food, the species needed would not be there. Also, animals could suffer if they are hit and it is not instantly fatal. Eventually, the animal will bleed out or the fish will swallow the hook, but that is unnecessary suffering. Hunting and fishing can also throw off the natural balance within an ecosystem because hunters usually kill the biggest and strongest animals. Hunting and fishing can be very dangerous if done irresponsibly. Nearly a hundred people die, on average, every year in hunting accidents. In conclusion, hunting and fishing can have very bad consequences for the environment, animal welfare and the hunters themselves. Hunting and fishing simply does not seem justified.
Hunting and fishing is important and can sustain life. For many Texas families family, hunting and fishing is a tradition. Hunting and fishing are sports, and fun ones at that. While freezing in a deer stand doesn't sound fun to some people, it really is a great way to experience nature. Landing the picture-perfect picture big fish is an amazing experience in a beautiful place. While there are hunting accidents or animal attacks, these are very rare and should not deter someone from participating in the sport. Hunting and fishing can be affordable ways to provide food for your family while enjoying yourself. At Academy, a .22 caliber rifle can be purchased for $200 with .22 ammunition ranging from $2.99-$3.99. A youth hunting license is only $7 in Texas. While a fishing boat can be pretty expensive, one is not needed to enjoy the sport of fishing. Some of the best fishing spots are on land on the many streams and rivers in Texas. Also, hunting and fishing are very good for the environment. Hunters can shoot varmints and invasive animals that hurt the environment. Also, because of hunting, eastern turkeys were brought to East Texas because they were being hunted out. The same is true for fishing. There is an invasive fish called the Grass Carp that are eating the native fish, destroying habitats and eating their young and fishing can help eliminate this threat. Overpopulation is a problem as well. Hunting and fishing take care of that. In conclusion, hunting and fishing are fun sports that allow people to make memories with family and friends, can provide an affordable source of food, and are good for the environment.
December 13, 2017 Sports/Games Page 10
Courtesy of Lerche
Photo courtesy of Mike Licht
December 13, 2017 Advice Column Page 12
Roar of Advice By: Ann Onymous and Sue de Nym
Murder on the Orient Express
While this is not a question, but rather a novel by Agatha Christie, we still feel the need to give some advice. As this is the favorite mystery novel for one of us- you can guess which one- our advice is this: GO READ THE BOOK. If you haven’t read this book, you are missing out. There is also a movie based on this book which was released November 10. The book is extremely well written, and one might even say it is mind-blowing. The ending is so shocking, it will make you question life and everything you have ever read. Agatha Christie makes your mind explode, which is why she’s one of our favorite authors. In her books, everyone is a suspect, even you, the reader. How does that work when you aren’t even a part of the book, you ask? Well, read the book and find out! Even if what we’re saying makes no sense and may or may not be slightly exaggerated, our point is this book is extremely mysterious! We highly recommend it.
How do I make friends?
We have extensively researched the subject, and this is the best formula we could find: 43 kg of oxygen, 16 kg of carbon, 7 kg of hydrogen, 1.8 kg of nitrogen, 1 kg of calcium, 0.78 kg of phosphorus, 0.14 kg of potassium, 0.14 kg of sulfur, 0.10 kg of sodium, 0.095 kg of chlorine, and 0.019 kg of magnesium. Mix these ingredients thoroughly and place in the oven at 98.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Leave for three days. Return to find your new friend! Just kidding… or not. But in all seriousness, you should go talk to classmates you don’t usually hang out with and strike up a conversation. Try eating lunch with different people and finding people you have things in common with. Be social, friendly, and generally kind to those who you meet. If your attempts fail, you can always refer to the recipe listed above.
WHY DOES DONUTS
— Nugget in a biscuit
Technically, we already answered this question in our previous advice column, and we recommend you read it for grammar advice. But just for you- only you- we’ll focus on the history of the missing piece of donut this time. According to wonderopolis.org, the most popular theory is that Hanson Gregory, a 16-year-old sailor, invented the donut hole while riding a lime-trading ship in 1847. He didn’t like the consistency of the fried cakes they served, as they were hard and crispy on the outside, but mushy in the middle, so he suggested punching a hole through the middle to make them all around light and crispy, thus forming the donut we have today. By the way, donut holes are not made of the excess inside of the dough ring. They’re simply separate square pieces of fried dough.
Why is the Internet so slow?
— Nugget in a biscuit
Who is your Internet provider? Because we’ve heard that both Testudinidae and Folivora are incredibly slow, and that Helicidae has been having speed problems recently. Or is your Internet provider run by Congress or Customer Service? It could be because your provider is a Yugo. Or maybe because your Internet server is the 2nd season
of Attack on Titan. You should see if those providers are slowing your wifi.
Why do so many otakus love
— Otaku in love
*Disclaimer for all people who don’t watch anime: An otaku is someone who watches anime to the point of obsession.
What do you do when someone tells you “I love you” and you don’t feel the same?
That is an incredibly difficult situation to be in, and I’m so sorry you have to deal with that. First, you should not tell them that you love them back. If you don’t feel the same and you lie, then both you and the other person will get hurt. Tell the person that you appreciate their affection, but you don’t reciprocate the emotion. As long as you don’t lie to them and tell them you love them back, we think you’ll be fine.
My name is Jeff, and people keep asking me if I'm “The Jeff” and asking for my autograph. How do
I get them to stop?
— My name Jeff
OH MY GOSHNESS YOUR NAME IS THE JEFF OH MY LORD CAN WE PLEASE HAVE YOUR AUTOGRAPH!!! Just kidding, but if someone asks you if you are “The Jeff”, try this simple tactic which works 100% of the time. Just say “No, my name is Bond. . . James Bond.” Then walk away while they stare in awe. Works 100% of the time because it's never been tested.
How do you tie a tie?
First, using alchemy, make two ties alive and having equal strength. Then, stir up a fight between the two ties. When the ties square up, because they are of equal strength, their fight will
end in a draw, and that is how you tie
a tie. But seriously, here is how tie the Half-Windsor Knot: