Irma’s ‘Perfect Storm’

Hurricane Irma, described as the “perfect storm,” tore through Southern Florida and surrounding islands, devastating families and destroying homes

By Evelyn Maxey & BAILEY WELSHANS

 

Here is the destructive path of Hurricane Irma. Irma formed on Aug. 30 in the Atlantic Ocean and hit the Florida Keys on Sept. 10. Source: weather.com

Hurricane Irma wasted no time after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey to start her own path of destruction. On August 30, 2017, the monumental storm struck parts of Cuba, the Virgin Islands, and southwestern Florida. Victims of the storm in the United States stretch from Naples, Florida, all the way to Albany, Georgia. Irma hit Florida as a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 MPH.

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Expedition Baja

A new culture experience makes the author think twice about what Americans could be like

By Bailey Welshans

 

Flying over Californian mountains on our way to San Diego. The picture doesn’t do the justice.

On July 30, 2017, I embarked on a week-long adventure to the poorest part of Baja California, Mexico. After a 4 a.m. wakeup call, six hours of flying, two hours of waiting in the airport, and more than four hours of driving, my team and I arrived in Vicente Guerrero – the place where we would stay that week.

Our host then proceeded to tell us that we couldn’t drink the water, and we could only take two-minute showers. Although we were surprised, we were troopers and followed that two-minute shower rule. That night, we tried the best, and most authentic, tacos I’ve ever had. Our hosts helped us translate, and the locals were giggling. I have no doubt it was probably because a group of 30 foreigners were terrible at speaking Spanish. Continue reading “Expedition Baja”

Just Another February Day

Who really wins on Valentine’s Day? The multi-million dollar industries more than the couples who express their love

By Jed Howell

Each year in the weeks leading to Valentine’s Day we are bombarded with advertisements of expensive diamonds, fancy chocolates, and flower bouquets that couldn’t possibly fit in a vase. All of these items come with a hefty price tag, but for what? So that on February 14th your significant other remembers that you love them? As if you don’t the other 364 days of the year. Not to mention the profit that companies make off cheesy cards and  heart shaped chocolates that cost nearly nothing to produce.

Personally, my problem with Valentine’s Day is the idea of having a designated day of the year to show affection. If you love someone enough to enter a relationship with them, then you should be affectionate as often as possible. Valentine’s Day is also more stressful than any normal day. Unrealistic or unclear expectations often result in catastrophe. I’m sure we have all agreed with our significant other that we would not exchange gifts when, in reality, they were expecting some sort of gesture. This day creates a feeling of manufactured or artificial love that couldn’t possibly be expressed any other day of the year.

The other problem with Valentine’s Day is the business side of the holiday. It has been estimated by the Greeting Card Association that each year more than 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent. This statistic excludes cards exchanged by children. Businesses thrive on the idea that a paper card with a heart on the front can prove that you care about someone. We have literally put a price on love, $133.91 to be exact. Yes, that is how much each American spends for Valentine’s day on average.

As consumerism tightens its deadly grip on yet another holiday, we may officially place Valentine’s Day in the category of “Hallmark holiday.”  The day of love has been tainted by price markups and big business.