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Feelings About Quarantine Learning
This year has definitely been a crazy year, from being stuck in the house, having to wear a mask everywhere, and kids not being able to have a normal school year. Although we have been given the green light to go back to school on October 5th it is still not going to be like normal.
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XC in Covid Season
Cross Country meets in 2020 are different than in years past; Covid safety regulations have limited Berne Union to participating in small meets (not exceeding 4 teams) exclusively as opposed to the large invitationals that they would have attended in previous years. When asked how it feels to not run in large invitationals Wes Nye said, “Personally, I find it more mentally challenging to keep your desired pace at a smaller meet compared to an invitational.
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Back to School
School is returning to full-time in-person classes on October 5. With school being online since March, we have gotten used to the routine of waking up at 8:30 in our pajamas and getting on Zoom. That's about to change. We will have to wake up early, look nice, worry about keeping our masks on all day, and practice social distancing.
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Changes in Sports
As we all know 2020 has definitely been a year of uncertainty. With the outbreak of the coronavirus most things we have taken for granted have drastically changed. Arguably one of the most talked about in America is sports. There have been countless postponements, cancellations, and changes made at all levels of athletics.
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The Lancaster Black Lives Matter Protests from Their Perspective
This year, on May 25th, George Floyd (from Minnesota) tragically died at the hands of a police officer. Since then, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been working in full force for change and reform. This has sparked protests all over the world. Many of the protests have been huge with thousands of people but there are also a ton of small, local protests as well.
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Digging Deeper: Social Media
How often do you find yourself checking your phone throughout the day? When you check it, do you log on to a social media app? If the answer is yes, you are among the 70% of Americans who check at least one social media app a day (PewResearch.org). This percentage has risen steadily over the years, and in the midst of a pandemic, internet and social media usage has skyrocketed.
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The Life and Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In the Jewish culture they leave stones instead of flowers to memorialize someone they have lost; unlike flowers, stones are immortal like the memory of their loved one. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s memory will be immortal to the world: the Supreme Court Justice and crusader of women's rights will forever be a part of the United States history.
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COVID’s Effects On Social Skills
The first COVID cases were documented in early 2020 and with that, school came to a close in March, and that “two week” break that we were once promised turned into school not opening back up to its students for the remainder of the year. While virtual learning is taking place now, everyone can agree that it is not the same as in-person learning, especially in the social sense.
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Seniors 2020
We Stand With the Class of 2020
On April 20th, Governor Mike Dewine announced that all schools, K-12, will be closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This affected students worldwide, but especially the class of 2020. What was once going to be the school year that was full of senior skip days, tag, prom, senior sports, and graduation is now a school year full of cancellations, postponements and moments that they will never get back. The Berne Union community has done a few things already to honor the class including sending out signs, a virtual Facebook frame to show support, and lighting up the football field with 2020 displayed across the scoreboard. Everyone is just trying to let the seniors know that all their hard work is appreciated and that their 13 years of work will not go to waste. With this pandemic affecting their class the most, I asked seniors Jayne Muncie, Meadow Sharpe, and Elly Diehl a few questions regarding their thoughts and feelings about their senior year ending early.
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Joining the Dark Side
It is roughly estimated that about 90% of the United States population has seen at least one film from the Star Wars franchise and I’m here to inform you that I am, sadly, a part of the 10% that has never seen one. I find it just as odd and enraging as you do. Ever since I was little, I have had an infatuation with Storm Troopers and R2-D2, but I have never made it to watch any of the movies. In honor of May 4, National Star Wars day if you didn’t know, I thought I would join the dark side and review each of the movies from a first-time seers point of view.
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A Second Wave
The city of Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus pandemic was believed to begin, has discharged all coronavirus patients. They reportedly only have 3 new cases and no recent deaths. China, which had recorded over 82,000 coronavirus cases and nearly 5,000 deaths, is beginning to gradually reopen and resume an almost normal lifestyle.
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Stay healthy
During this time there isn’t much we can do other than binge-watch new shows and eat food. However, we should be using the time to get healthy. Now is a perfect time to start healthier eating habits or a new workout. Pinterest LogoKeeping your body healthy is so important.
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The Grave History of Hart Island
While the number of cases of Covid-19 rises steadily in the U.S., Americans are left with only one choice to combat it: staying at home. As of right now, there have been over 980,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the United States. New York has become the country’s epicenter of the virus, acquiring almost 294,000 of those cases. Despite the Stay-At-Home order, the virus still spreads among the close-living city dwellers of New York. Because of the surge of hospitalizations and unfortunate deaths, New York has once again had to make a dreary decision when it comes to where the bodies of unidentified coronavirus victims will be buried.
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Quarantine on the Mind
Let’s be honest, we have all claimed that this quarantine is making us “go insane.” This self-quarantine has lasted over a month now, which according to many, is long enough. While you may not technically be going insane, there is no doubt that the isolation could definitely be taking a toll on your mental health. During these stressful times, your physical health is not the only thing you should be aware of. You should also be making sure that your mental health is not dropping drastically.
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The Perfect Piece
Through all of the chaos around COVID-19, we cannot fail to recognize the good happening in America this month. April is dedicated to raising awareness for all of those who fall under the autism spectrum, including those who have been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Every April 2nd the foundation Autism Speaks celebrates National Autism Awareness Day, and then uses the rest of the month as a way to share experiences and stories with the rest of the nation in order to bring awareness and help inform people on autism. Along with speaking about Autism, other events such as marathons and public speaking events are hosted throughout the month (however the global pandemic has hindered said activities). Yet there is still hope to raise awareness during quarantine;
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Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles to Protect Others
Because of the Coronavirus, Dr. Amy Acton has become a household name to millions of Ohioans, yet, many know very little about her. Acton was appointed to the position of Director of Health for the Ohio Department of Health in February 2019 by Governor Mike DeWine. Dr. Acton was a perfect choice; she had earned her medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio University of Medicine and completed her residency and internships at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York City, New York) and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, Ohio).
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The Face Of ASL
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohioans have turned to Governor Mike DeWine for reassurance, and with him comes the unforgettable facial expressions of Marla Berkowitz. Notoriously known for her ‘over-the-top’ facial expressions as she signs, Marla Berkowitz is a certified American Sign Language Interpreter with a secret: Berkowitz is actually deaf.
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Celebrities Dealing with COVID-19
There are a few things we know about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. For instance, it can happen to anyone, young or old, famous or not famous, rich or poor. We have heard about some of our favorite celebrities testing positive for the rapidly spreading virus. Here are a few known people who were diagnosed and what they have to say.
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Shyann’s Top Ten Celebrities That We Can Appreciate During Quarantine
Right now, more than ever, everybody needs somebody to look up to, whether that be just to offer a laugh or to deliver a hopeful message. With that being said, here are my top ten celebrities that I feel like we can all appreciate while we are in quarantine.
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What is COVID-19?
In January, WHO (World Health Organization) responded to an outbreak of COVID-19 in China. On March 11th, the WHO Director-General characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic (meaning it affected the entire world). COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is a respiratory illness that is extremely contagious. It has symptoms very similar to the common flu but has a higher mortality rate and is easier to spread. It has infected over 700,000 people and has killed over 33,000 across the world. Because of the rapidly increasing number, several countries have implemented versions of self-quarantine to help slow the pandemic.
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10 Things to Do While in Quarantine
This is a very boring time for everyone; it almost feels as if everyone is on house arrest. Here are 10 things to keep yourself busy.
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