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Why school rules are necessary Thu, 10 Oct 2019 02:43:25 +0000 For years there has been an ongoing conflict among students and faculty about the school rules and regulations at Delphi Community High School.  The main issue debated around our school is the dress code. I understand that many students prefer to display their personality through exploring new looks, rather than being hindered by the limitations of the current dress code.  But why, do you think, is there a need for one in the first place?

According to Anoria Webb, Senior at Delphi, “the length limit should be changed because it’s hard to find shorts and dresses at a good length,” she says, “what kind of shorts go down to your knees?”  While I realize the limitations seem stifling, try thinking of it this way. As students, this building is our “professional workspace” and our teachers and administrators are our “bosses.”  The expectations here are only preparing us all for adulthood and what it will be like in the work environment. In life, once you discover your career, there will be rules and guidelines for you to follow.  You won’t be allowed to wear, do, or say certain things. The expectations placed on our attire aren’t created out of hatred or spite, as some may believe. In reality, it is the exact opposite. Our faculty cares deeply for each and every student, which is the exact reason for creating the necessary rules we have.  Aden Sinks, Senior at Delphi, says “The one reason for the dresscode is so students will come in the doors with appropriate clothing.” 

Simply following the rules in school creates less conflict among the students and teachers and allows class to run more smoothly, thus providing everyone better opportunities to achieve their goals.  Just think: our school is already very lenient with our dress code compared to most other schools, and no matter how much our school alters the rules, there will always be conflict.  

It is not only that wearing crop tops or short shorts are somewhat distracting for our peers, but it also places a poor appearance and reputation on our school and administration.  Without these regulations, our school would lack the structures necessary to provide the needed education of our students. Our faculty here at Delphi only think about what is best for their students by ensuring the safety of all staff and students and continuously working to create a safe environment for our learning. 

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Teen activist raising awareness about climate change Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:00:40 +0000  

  • “Adults keep saying ‘we owe it to the young people to give them hope’, but I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act as if your house is on fire, because it is.” – Greta Thunberg


Greta Thunberg, 16, started her movement inspiring reformation within Swedish Parliament in August 2018. Instead of attending regular school on Fridays, Thunberg would spend her Fridays at Swedish Parliament voicing her opinion about climate change and expressing the necessary steps to stop it from happening. 

Greta Thunberg was first inspired to change the world in third grade. When taught about climate change, Thunberg was bewildered. She questioned why nothing was being done about a threat so imminent and dire. Thunberg decided to start taking matters into her own hands. She and her family are making tremendous efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, including cutting out meat and growing their own food. 

Greta Thunberg is also a voice for children with disabilities. Greta Thunberg was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism that affects one’s ability to socially interact or recognize nonverbal conversation skills. Thunberg stated, “I see the world a bit different, from another perspective. I have a special interest. It’s very common that people on the autism spectrum have a special interest.” Thunberg has been researching climate change for six years and is making a tremendous mark in Swedish Parliament. 

Following her appearance at the United Nations’ Climate Action Summit, Thunberg began to be attacked on social media for her opinions and fearlessness.  However, Thunberg does not let others get to her. In response to the hate she’s been receiving on social media, Thunberg stated, “It’s of course annoying that people spend their time doing things like this when they could be doing something useful instead. But there will always be people who find something to complain about.” 

Greta Thunberg is an incredible representation of making your dreams a reality. Her tremendous efforts to raise awareness about climate change do not go unnoticed. Greta Thunberg is a remarkable young lady who will only continue to grow and prosper. 

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Changing the fundamental style of the classroom is a must Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:28:00 +0000 When topics about changing a classroom’s overall environment come up, many are simply talking about the curriculum. There is a growing push to provide a curriculum that can better attend to students, and allow them to lead their own learning development in a way that is easier for them to understand. However, another issue schools and places of learning must attend to is the physical set-up of the classroom. 

When a student walks into a classroom for the first time, the first thing they notice is how the classroom is laid out. Seating arrangement can either negatively or positively affect a student’s mindset, which in turn will affect how they perform in class. “I enjoy more open classrooms,” said senior Lydia Hensley. Indeed, the open classroom concept is becoming more popular as it lends itself to better discussion in the classroom.

Some teachers at DCHS have implemented ideas beyond the standard classroom style. Economics and U.S. History teacher Mr. Tonsoni has a room that has seating that promotes a collaboration aspect. “I think flexible seating is a new area in education, and I think it’s something schools need to look into.” Mr. Tonsoni’s room is set up with long tables, a couch, and a hexagonal table for students to sit at. “I like my setup because it allows for collaboration, discussion, and peer learning, which is vital for learning.”

Multiple students confirm that this sort of collaboration style allows them to learn better in the classroom setting. “Being able to collaborate, you are able to talk to the other students,” said senior Jayden McClain. “They’re able to understand you a bit better than your teachers can, and we can learn [from each other].” There seems to be a general consensus that learning isn’t just the basic thing in the box that we’ve been taught all our lives. Learning comes differently for everyone, that much is known in the academic world, but for students at DCHS, it may come better for them if they’re in collaboration.

Of course, in anything that is a net positive, there are ultimately drawbacks as well. With seats being changed to add for more collaboration, there comes the possibility that it’s easier for more students to get distracted. However, Mr. Tonsoni says he’d rather students get distracted in school than in the real world. “When people screw up in my class, I can tell them they’re screwing up. I would rather correct them in care, than have them be corrected in consequence.”

 Overall, it seems that the benefits of collaborative learning, and having a classroom that caters to it, is the best possible option that schools should be headed toward these days. Mr. Tonsoni puts it best: “If I want learning—true, meaningful learning—I’m going to have to choose to be flexible in my teaching. There are going to be some distractions, but I’m okay with that.”

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Should we ban plastic straws? Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:26:59 +0000 Should we ban plastic straws?


Plastic straws, once a modern day commodity, are now considered an environmental hazard and the topic of their use has become controversial. Many environmental activists wish to ban plastic straws in order to save the oceans and the turtles. Instead of using plastic straws, metal straws or paper straws are being marketed as viable substitutes so more plastic doesn’t end up in the oceans. Starbucks has already taken one billion plastic straws out of stores worldwide, and California passed a bill that restaurants should only offer plastic straws upon request.


To ban:

There is a serious problem of plastics in the ocean, with an approximate 150 million metric tons in our oceans currently, according to the Ocean Conservancy. Some of these plastics, including straws, are then swallowed, or otherwise become attached, to sea creatures. This is apparent by the infamous photo of the sea turtle that had a straw stuck in its nose, prompting this worldwide phenomenon.  Alternative straw supporter Abigail Burns says, “ I’ve heard we accumulate 127 school buses full of plastic straws every day. That’s insane. 

Or not to ban:

Though there is a problem with plastic in the ocean, only 0.025% of that plastic is from straws. Banning them would not cause a dent in the issue of plastic waste in the ocean. Some alternatives, like the paper straws, are less durable, while others, like the metal straws, aren’t as convenient. Rather than banning plastic straws outright, we should instead find a better way of disposing of them. The same goes for items such as plastic bottles which have an 80% likelihood to wind up in the ocean, or plastic bags which kill about 100,000 marine animals annually. Plastic straw supporter Gabby Brustle says “there are better ways to clean up our oceans and plastic straws make up such a small amount of plastics in the ocean whereas plastic bags and bottles are more of an issue.” Though she agrees they should be more biodegradable, she feels banning plastic straws would be a pointless endeavor.


Despite what people think is the correct approach, everyone can agree that something must be done to clear our oceans. Whether or not straws are banned, it is a necessary first few steps we must take to clean our oceans and save the turtles.


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Boerger and Bradshaw inducted into the Wall of Distinction Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:24:21 +0000 This year, the Delphi Community Alumni Association inducted Dick Bradshaw and Amy Boerger into the Delphi Wall of Distinction. A reception was held on Sept. 30 to honor these two distinguished individuals.

One of the inductees this year is Dick Bradshaw. Mr. Bradshaw has done so much for the Delphi community. After living in Chicago and teaching at the high school level, he moved back to Delphi and took over Delphi Body Works. His intent was to help local people have good jobs. Bradshaw also helped Camp Tecumseh create lots of their infrastructure including the suspension bridge, nature center, swimming pool, and cabin museum. He is currently the president of the Camp Tecumseh board. He believes that more young people need to come back to Delphi. Bradshaw’s main advice is to “get off your butt and do something” and “always stay engaged in your community.” 

The second of the two inductees is Amy Boerger. In high school, she was one of the girls who founded the girls’ golf team. She was also the first woman to ever score a hole-in-one on hole nine at Carroll County Country Club. She continued on to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering at a time when there were few women in that field. Now she is the vice president of sales for Cummins Engine Company. Boerger believes that having grown up in Delphi was one of her greatest strengths. It founded her core values and morals. Her main advice was to “always act as though you’ve lived in a small town with a local newspaper.” Boerger also believes that people need to find a job they enjoy. “You should always get to Monday and say, ‘Yippee! It’s Monday.’”

Dick Bradshaw and Amy Boerger are obvious choices as inductees to the Delphi Wall of Distinction. They have done so much in their lives for their communities and they continue to do so. They are great examples of what we should strive to be. As Bradshaw mentioned to the students, “If you live to be my age, you only have 31,536,000 minutes left. It’s your job to make them count.”

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Take up a hobby Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:16:43 +0000 Sports practices, games, homework, club meetings, school, community service events, work, and so on. As we get older, it seems that our schedules just continuously become more compacted. While our packed schedules may help us add to our resumes and have fun, it can be easy to let these events eat up our free time and become stressors. So, while you are configuring your schedule for this coming week, let me propose this: pick a new activity and find time to do it.

Life can be stressful. From impending academic deadlines to intense extracurriculars, it is easy to become consumed by our activities and lose time for ourselves. This chain of events can cause unnecessary stress, which is where hobbies come into play. Whether you’re procrastinating on a project or need something to do on a Sunday afternoon, having something to mindlessly escape to is a great way to create peace within yourself. However, whether it’s as simple as binge watching Netflix or as skillful as baking, make sure that it remains a hobby; if it becomes something that you feel obligated to complete, then it has become yet another chore rather than an outlet for stress.

A great example of this is running. Running releases endorphins, which is like a “happy” chemical for your brain. However, this activity also provides you an opportunity to plug in your headphones and quite literally run away from your problems. It provides a means of escaping your stressors and clearing your head whenever you choose to run. These two latter effects are the key to a good hobby: it allows you to feel good and clear the negativity from your mind.

Obviously, running isn’t for everyone. However, it holds the fundamental needs for a beneficial hobby, as it is available 24/7 and permits you an outlet through which to relieve stress. So, when you’re feeling overwhelmed, I urge you to find something new and exciting and try it out. Don’t let it take up so much time that your obligations go uncompleted, but also don’t shy away from getting involved in something new.

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2000s gaming websites that you’ve forgot about Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:08:01 +0000 Can you remember the first website you ever went to? My family hooked up WiFi in our house when I was eight years old, and after that I was obsessed. Every night I would go home and play tons of games on the computer. I recall one time on vacation I snuck downstairs into the computer room in the hotel to play the Kim Possible video game. Phones are the apparatuses of generations today, but when I was a kid, many children relied on their 50 pound computer and insanely slow WiFi to bring them entertainment. Here are some of the most nostalgic gaming websites that kids born in the 2000s used.  

  1. Webkinz: This gem was very popular in the early 2000s, when kids had to go to the store and buy stuffed animals. They could then proceed to use their code and go online to play as their new furry friend. It was not uncommon for children to spend hours buying their pets clothing, mining with Arte at the Curio Shop, buying furniture for their pet’s house, learning at the Kinzville Academy, or simply going to the Tournament Arena to play against other members. This hoppin’ website was a staple in numerous households over the years, and its complex yet simplistic nature is unparalleled by any other game on the internet. 
  2. Poptropica: With over 40 islands to explore and finish, how could children not love this game? Each kid I knew could complete at least one island on this website purely from memory (mine was Superhero Island). It was unique because it made children think and play games at the same time. Whether you had to fight an evil villain, travel through time to meet Ben Franklin, or get a coconut to kill a shark, this game always kept you on your toes. 
  3. Girls Go Games: This game may be divided along gender lines, but I know as a kid I could never stop playing games on this website. Between hair styling, clothing matching, and racing, this website had almost everything I looked for in video games. Their pink theme did not deter me in the slightest, and I perused their selections almost daily, looking for a new game. 
  4. Club Penguin: Unfortunately, the old website has shut down, but there are newer renditions that can recreate some of the original excitement. There was always something going on in Club Penguin. With all the karate and club hangouts, Club Penguin was a daily happenstance. Watching our puffles grow and interacting with other members kept us coming back for more. You could always “Rock the Iceburg” or play games like ice fishing, cart surfing, or have a sled race!
  5. Miniclip : This website housed some of the greatest games ever created. Fancy Pants was one of the most challenging games of my youth, yet I’d still play it today and be fully invested into its amazing graphics, complete story-line, and action packed play through. Worthy foes and colorful pants made this game one of the best on the website. Many more were just as addicting, but Fancy Pants was the primary reason I always visited that website. 
  6. Cool Math Games: Of course, how could I possibly leave out one of the most celebrated websites in the history of our youth? Teachers, parents, and others would get conned into letting us play on this website because of the word “math” in its title. Meeblings, Run, Bloons Tower Defense, Coffee Shop, Fireboy and Watergirl, and many others reigned over our free time and recesses on the computers. Some people still play it today, and I can understand why.  

Sometimes we need to reminisce back on the simpler times in life, where our only frustrations were that we didn’t have enough money for a virtual shirt, or that our avatar fell in the same hole for the 50th time in a row. We can sometimes take for granted how fun it is to have a youthful mindset. Maybe we could learn a lesson from children’s lighthearted demeanors and remember to enjoy the small things in life. 

Click the titles to find links to each of the websites.

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Headphone use shows benefits and drawbacks Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:06:50 +0000 Headphones have been around for a hundred years. They were originally created for the Navy to listen to electrical audio signals. Over the years, their popularity has grown exponentially and it seems that everyone has at least one pair of headphones. It’s the truth— headphones are everywhere. The advantages of headphones are numerous and diverse; they range from keeping music tastes separate to helping people focus. On the other hand, they can also be harmful to our mental state. This comes to the main question: do their pros outweigh their cons?

When walking down the halls, everywhere you look, you see headphones. When asked about it, most people say that they want to listen to music. When you look at studies, you can tell that music introduces quite a few advantages. For example, music is a great way to escape everyday stress. Our headphones also have the ability to help us focus as they drown out distracting noises. They can also allow us to eliminate fear or anxiety in new situations. One of their great traits is that they are proven to remove unwanted attention in public places. For instance, headphones have the power to divert the attention of panhandlers and solicitors. They also have the capability to let separate people listen to different music while still being near each other. This sounds amazing; however, many of these examples have equal disadvantages.

As everyone knows, every good thing has its pitfalls. This principle is not skipped for headphones. In all reality, it might actually be amplified. A huge problem headphones cause is social isolation. Social isolation is when, in an attempt to reduce stress or eliminate noise, someone has cut themselves off from those around them. It can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental problems. This is alarming when study results show that teenage girls, the most common users of headphones, are the most at risk for developing mental issues from social isolation. Headphones also have the tendency to cause distance in relationships and other antisocial behavior. 

Other than those negative effects, headphones also have many physical disadvantages. For example, they can lead to auditory nerve damage since many people turn the volume up too loud when wearing them. This, in turn, can lead to missing environmental cues, which can be especially dangerous when walking, driving, or riding a bicycle, as it can lead to physical harm. Due to this, quite a few American cities have actually decided to ban using headphones while walking. Headphones can also be distractions in the classroom, which could cause dropping grades and extra stress.

Headphones have many advantages and an equally large number of disadvantages. They are great for situations ranging from reducing stress to diverting nuisances. Although, at the same time, they can cause depression and antisocial behavior. However, with this being said, it is very doubtful that they will be going anywhere anytime soon. So, it seems our best option is simply to be mindful of our usage of headphones.

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Hong Kong’s fight against tyranny Fri, 04 Oct 2019 14:45:16 +0000 Massive crowds march along the urban streets. Banners wave overhead, calling for “freedom and democracy.” Police and riot officers stand in opposition to the protests, donning heavy-duty gear and weaponry. The city almost looks like a warzone, like something out of a movie, but it’s real. This is what the state of Hong Kong is today, and has been since early June: it’s a fight against tyranny.

During the early months of 2019, government officials in Hong Kong introduced a bill that would essentially allow people accused of crimes in Hong Kong to be extradited in countries that Hong Kong did not have extradition treaties. Opposition blew up almost immediately after this bill was introduced, due to one simple fact: individuals could be targeted by enemy nations, specifically, Communist-controlled China, Hong Kong’s political and social nemesis.

This immense tension between the common people and their government officials is only furthered by the fact that the chief executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, was appointed to her powerful position by a committee that is pro-China.

These protests have only grown in strength and numbers over the past two months, largely due to support from foreign nations, and to the incredibly harsh responses the protesters have received from police. Despite the vast majority of the demonstrations being peaceful, police and riot teams attack and arrest the protesters; many of these officers also belong to pro-China and pro-Beijing groups. Furthermore, these officers have been recorded attacking tourists and people who have nothing to do with the protests, all to increase their power over the city. These corrupt government workers have even been witnessed arresting or preventing first-aiders from helping people who have been injured in the clashes.


All in all, the general public of the world needs to keep their eyes on the developments in Hong Kong. The people of Hong Kong are beginning to “wake up” and realize how tyrannical government can be when their powers are questioned. We must come together to support this movement for freedom in liberty, and use it to inspire us to remember to protect our own civil liberties.


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