Lions' Digest Fall Issue 02 2020

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NOVEMBER 2020 ISSUE 02

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STUDENTS WIN THE FIGHT FOR AN ANTI-

RACISM RESOLUTION

Board members speak about the anti-racism resolution at a meeting on the evening of October 5th, 2020.

BY MIRANDA MARKS

To further SCASD’s efforts

to become a leader in equity

and inclusion efforts, the

Board of Directors passed

an anti-racism resolution on

NEWS & FEATURES

MEET THE SENIOR

SENATE

October 5, 2020.

The resolution was brought

on by the demands made this

past summer by a group of

State High students, Delta

students, SCASD faculty,

and other community

members to address systemic

racism and individual

racism within schools. The

resolution acknowledges

the existence and history of

institutionalized racism and

its effects on the community,

VARSITY BOYS’ SOCCER TEAM:

VICTORIOUS ON THE HOME FIELD

SPORTS

CROSS COUNTRY HOME

MEET AND SENIOR NIGHT

LEAVES TEAM EAGER FOR

POSTSEASON

A&E

A Q&A WITH THE

COFFIN CAMPERS

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Page 4

promises to uplift the voices

of BIPOC students, and

presents actionable steps to

create an equitable school

environment with historically

accurate curriculum. Delta

senior Sophia Galvin, who

has been in the district

since kindergarten, explains

that her experiences with

microaggressions and racism

in SCASD have made this

resolution all the more

important to her.

“As a student of color in

the district, there was never

anything in place to protect

me. The school board made

no promises to support me or

my activism. This resolution

is the first time I have seen

action items; it gives us a

way of holding the district

accountable and ensuring

that they do everything in

their power to uplift BIPOC,”

Galvin said.

Despite strong student

OPINION

HOW VOTER SUPPRESSION

DISMANTLES DEMOCRACY

Page 7

support, the process to pass

the resolution was slowed

down by concerns from school

board members over the

complexity of the language.

State High junior Rija Sabeeh

has been instrumental in

revising and passing the

resolution.

“The main criticism was the

verbiage and complexity of the

language. There was a huge

focus on readability and not

the content of the resolution

itself,” Sabeeh said.

On the night of Oct. 5,

numerous students, teachers,

and community members

spoke during the school

board meeting and voiced

their strong support of the

resolution.

Although the passing of

the resolution was exciting for

many, the process of passing

the resolution raised questions

SEE WIN THE FIGHT PAGE 2

TIPS FROM FACULTY TO

YOU, FIRST TIME VOTER

BY JADE CASTRO

State College Boys’ Soccer

played Cumberland Valley the

afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 13,

at the north field across from

the high school. Varsity came

out strong with three goals at

the beginning and held onto

the momentum to end the

game with a final score of 4-3.

Having won five games prior

to Tuesday, the varsity team

looks to be having a strong

season. Being victorious in

this game makes the team

record 6-2 this season.

Junior varsity lost the game

with a final score of 0-2, in

favor of Cumberland Valley.

Although they lost, they still

stayed to cheer on the varsity

team as they played right after.

This loss is only one of three

that the team has gotten this

season, with a standing of 3

wins, 3 losses, and 2 ties.

Looking at past seasons,

State College Boys’ Soccer

struggled with defeating

Cumberland Valley.

Cumberland Valley was

undefeated this season and

was the top-ranked team in

the league. After State College

won Tuesday night, they took

over as the best team in the

league, proving that they are

a force to be reckoned with.

Senior Ty Price who has been

playing since his freshman

year was ecstatic about the

win. Price was proud of his

team for working hard and

proving they could be on top.

“We went in there

and put in our

best effort and we

beat Cumberland

Valley,” Price said.

Out of the four goals

scored, freshman Owen

Hollobaugh earned three of

those, with one assist from

junior Davis Pagett. Pagett

then went on to score the

final goal with an assist from

senior Grady Ballard, to create

a score of four. Hollobaugh,

Pagett, and Ballard proved to

be some of the best players on

the team. Hollobaugh often

scores goals at games.

Although this season has

been a little different than

most, it has not ruined the

spirit of the team. Ballard

explained that this season

has been one of the best

he has ever played and is

looking forward to finishing

the season out. After already

losing to Cumberland Valley

earlier this season, Ballard

was overjoyed that they had

been able to take the win

home.

“We came out with a

higher intensity than they

did. We came out with a loss

at Cumberland Valley so they

thought they could just come

and walk all over us, “ Ballard

said.

The motivation to win this

game was shared between

all of the players. After not

beating Cumberland Valley

for about two years, they were

determined to win.

SEE BACK IN ACTION PAGE 4

BY RIJA SABEEH

To all of you that have

turned 18 this year: First of

all, happy belated birthday.

I hope you had a good one.

Secondly, congratulations-

-you’re eligible to vote!

With election day around

the corner, many first-time

voters are finding their nerves

rising and anxiety bubbling.

MR. MERRITT

Hopefully, this article can help

with some of that.

For those of you who’ve

registered to vote, here are

some tips from State High

faculty members (and longtime

voters!) to offer guidance

over some of the uncertainties

you may have.

• You have to vote.

• Make sure you’re at the right precinct

• Remember: if you live with your parents, where they’re

voting is where you’re voting

• Be ready to stand in line

• Be thoughtful, make up your own mind.

• Vote how you want to vote.

• Democracy demands education. Be informed.

• Vote for the person you’re voting for, rather than against

the other candidate

SEE TIPS FOR FIRST TIME VOTERS PAGE 3

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WIN THE FIGHT

FROM PAGE 1

about the weight of student

voice and experience. Delta

senior Tyler Ryland felt as

though the board disregarded

the voices of BIPOC students.

“When it comes to

discussions about race and

marginalization, students’

views and experiences are

valued least of all,” Ryland

said.

NEWS & FEATURES

Similarly, Sabeeh is grateful

that the resolution finally

passed, but is disappointed by

the prolonged timeline needed

for it to happen.

“I know that it’s a victory,

but so many students had

to get involved and so many

people had to speak up for

one resolution. I am proud of

the work my peers and I put

in, but it shouldn’t have taken

this long,” Sabeeh said.

Students and community

members believe this process

raised another important

question: is it possible to

create an equitable SCASD

community when the school

board does not reflect the

diversity of its students?

Galvin believes that there

needs to be a change in the

school board in order for true

progress to be made.

“If you’re not willing to

listen to the students, you

shouldn’t be a member of the

board. Change is possible in

any capacity,” Galvin said.

Now that the resolution

is passed, students fighting

for social justice in the

community can feel supported

by the school district’s written

promise to the community.

The hope is that frequent

microaggressions, use of slurs,

and discrimination against

students of color will no

longer be tolerated, and that

will bring SCASD one step

closer to creating an equitable

and supportive environment

for all.

REFLECTING ON THE 1ST MARKING PERIOD

BY MAYA CIENFUEGOS

As the first marking period comes to an end, students start to receive their

grades and GPAs. The online and hybrid models have affected students’

grades in multiple ways such as how they choose to spend their time at home

while on a Google Meeting.

The end of the first marking

period has finally arrived. For

some students, it has flown

by, but for others, it has been

the slowest three months of

the year. Due to the dangerous

effects that COVID-19

exposes students to, students

and teachers have felt more

disoriented than ever.

At the beginning of the

school year, students were

faced with the decision of

whether they wanted to attend

school in-person or remain

fully remote. Freshman Bella

Poehner decided to attend

school remotely.

“As a fully remote student,

it was a struggle to keep up

with the students in class,”

Poehner said. “Since they were

able to work face-to-face for

the majority of the marking

period, they were able to learn

a bit faster.”

Due to the pandemic,

teachers were faced with the

challenge of coming up with a

safe and effective curriculum

for the 2020-21 school year.

While coming up with a

sufficient plan, teachers and

staff were faced with many

challenges.

“The teachers have handled

this with such grace. They’re

trying their best. That’s all we

can ask for,” Poehner said.

While Poehner has a

positive outlook on the first

marking period, there are

others who don’t. Sophomore

Adrian Peters is one of many

students who have struggled

during this marking period.

“This marking period has

damaged my mental health

while teachers are constantly

over assigning work,” Peters

said.

For many students, it

is hard to keep up with

assignments while retaining

the information that they

learn over the school year.

Students and staff alike

have found certain struggles

in this first marking period.

State High counselor Tanya

Anderson has found it hard to

connect with students.

“For me, the biggest

challenge has been connecting

with students while in a

remote setting,” Anderson

said. “Building relationships

through the computer is just

not the same [as] in person.”

Although there have been

a few struggles so far, as this

first marking period comes

to an end, Poehner and

Anderson have experienced a

couple of good things, as well.

“I’ve really enjoyed seeing

how everyone is adapting,”

Poehner said. “I’ve also

enjoyed getting to know my

classmates and peers.”

Anderson has a few things

she will be looking forward to

for the next marking period.

“I am looking forward

to getting to know more

and more 9th graders.

Transitioning freshmen to

the high school this year is

not the same, but as I get to

meet more students, I feel

like I’m starting to settle into

the school year and that I’m

getting into a positive routine,”

Anderson said.

The 2020-21 school year

is just getting started, and

both students and teachers

are beginning to establish a

routine in the new COVID

environment.

“We just don’t know how

this [COVID] could impact

things a few weeks down the

road,” Anderson said. “We are

all in this together and will get

through each marking period

one day at a time.”

MEET THE SENIOR SENATE

BAYLA FURMANEK

PRESIDENT

DYLAN BELLISSIMO

VICE PRESIDENT

PAYTON TREASTER

TREASURER

EMMA RYAN

SECRETARY

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“I knew I had the ability to

help students enjoy their

school experience as much

as possible and so I knew

being involved with the

senate was for me. I can

promise that this year will

be one to remember.”

“I made the realization that

nothing will change unless

you take action and act on

it. This year we will have

to get creative on how to

keep that level of school

engagement while following

all safety parameters set

before us.”

“As a part of senate we

always want to accurately

represent the student body

by reaching out to our peers

in order to understand

which issues and concerns

are most prevalent.”

“I’m so grateful I have been

able to be a part of the

Senate for the past 3 years

because it gives me the

opportunity to contribute

to improving our school

community.”

BY RACHEL FOSTER


NEWS & FEATURES

STATE HIGH CHAMBER

CHOIRS THROUGH

COVID-19

BY ELOISE DAYRAT

Before school each Tuesday,

Wednesday, and Thursday,

either Chamber Singers or

Treble Makers can be found

rehearsing behind the closed

doors of the State High choir

room. Chamber Singers is

the acapella group comprised

of juniors and seniors who

auditioned to receive a spot

in the choir. Treble Makers is

the parallel to Chamber, but

is made up of freshmen and

sophomores.

Auditions for both groups

took place before and after

school the week of Sept. 28.

Days later, the results came

out, and the two groups began

rehearsal the week of Oct. 5.

The singers who auditioned

and are partaking in these

acapella groups, when asked

about their stance on safety,

all replied with reassuring

statements.

“I have my own space six

plus feet away from others

and surgical, not cloth, masks

are being worn at all times.

Beyond that, rehearsals are

slightly shorter than previous

years to allow for less possible

exposure time,” said junior

Chris Cole, who is a tenor in

Chamber Singers this year.

Both the audition

process and rehearsals were

modified to ensure the

safety of everyone present.

Sophomore Ireland McDyre,

who sings alto in Treble

Makers, explained some safety

measures taken during the

audition process.

“Mr. Clayton was wearing

an N95 mask and then we

had on our ‘singing masks,’”

McDyre said. “We sang for

like 30-40 minutes and after

we were done we put them in

a Ziploc bag. I guess we didn’t

get to sing together as much.

He was just trying to get us

to know [the piece] faster so

that we could get it over with

quicker because of COVID.”

During the audition

process, there were at

maximum 16 singers in the

room. Now, during rehearsals,

both Chamber Singers and

Treble Makers have 18 singers

each in the same room.

“There were no callbacks

this year either, but I’m not

sure how unusual that is,” Cole

added on. Having no callbacks

meant that no singers were

brought back for a second

round of auditions.

An essential aspect of being

in a small ensemble is being

near each other in order to

work more efficiently and hear

each other well. However,

with the state of COVID, the

choirs can do no such thing.

The chamber choirs have

brought a modified version

of what used to be their

“normal.”

“I feel like it[chamber

choirs] will help bring back

a little bit of normal, if that

makes sense. Music was

such a prevalent thing in my

life last year. I was in many

different ensembles. But this

year most of them have been

canceled [or] postponed to

the spring. So currently I’m

in no choir groups. Just being

in this ensemble will help

bring back that music that I

once had in my life and help

me find a normal again. A

new normal,” said Joe Peters,

a sophomore singing tenor in

Treble Makers.

Cole shared a similar

sentiment.

“I am fully remote, so

typically, the only people I see

all day long are my immediate

family members. I really like

being able to be with other

people and being able to

live life at least somewhat

normally even if it is only

twice a week,” Cole said.

In March, the chamber

choirs were required to go

online. Cole explained the

impact that this had on him

personally.

“I was finding it somewhat

hard to enjoy making music,

to be honest. It wasn’t the

same without the rest of the

ensemble. I think a lot of

what makes music so fun is

the social interactions and

the clean final products we

get to produce. While we

made some pretty cool things

virtually, they weren’t the

same as performing live. I’m

glad I stuck it out though,

because I am very excited for

this year,” Cole said.

The beginning of

Chamber Singers rehearsal on Thursday morning. Their rehearsals

take place every Tuesday and Thursday at State High in State College,

PA, taken Oct. 22, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Emily Stoller)

quarantine led to slight

irritation amongst all the

singers. Due to COVID and

how it was handled, the choirs

were unable to return to their

normal status before this

school year came around.

“[It was difficult] for some

seniors, because they wanted

those extra opportunities

going into auditions for

college and stuff. But I think

the rest of us were just kinda

bummed out, because we

wanted to perform and we

had some good songs that we

wanted to sing. But we had to

scrap those and come up with

new ones,” McDyre said.

Peters, Cole, McDyre, and

Christopher all expressed

their eagerness to now be

able to rehearse in person.

Although there were feelings

of excitement, the singers

also explained a few struggles

they’ve encountered so far in

rehearsal.

“There [are] still some

problems with hearing vowels

and stuff, it can get annoying,”

McDyre said.

“We are much more spread

out than we were last year and

we have masks on. These both

present their own challenges

as trying to blend with

someone on the other side of

the room is rather difficult.

The masks aren’t an issue,

pretty much just a minor

annoyance, but we are much

safer this way,” Cole remarked.

As Cole mentioned,

how the chamber choirs

are carrying through with

COVID precautions can bring

small annoyances. Despite

this, the singers understand

that it is what is necessary, and

in the end they are just happy

to be back singing with each

other.

“I was so excited when I

heard that Clay was doing

Chamber Choirs because it

had been like seven months

since I had [sung] in any type

of ensemble or any type of

choir, just with any group of

people. I was so thrilled and

I just think it’ll be so nice,

even if it’s like a 45-minute

rehearsal, to just have that

moment during my week

where I can just go and sing

and be with my people,”

Christopher said.

TIPS FOR FIRST TIME VOTERS

MR. KISSELL

MR. BRIGMAN

• Bring your ID

• Learn about the voting system, learn how it works in your

county

• Review all the candidates. Do your research.

• There are so many opportunities to vote for an elected official

that’s not just your president

• If you’re not sure who they are, what they stand for, don’t vote

for them.

• In PA, polls are open from 7am until 8PM.

• There’s gonna be long lines...early afternoons and late mornings

will be less busy

• Check the deadlines

• If you’re unsure, go with someone who’s done it before

• When in doubt, ask questions.

• VOTE

• Start simple. Educate yourself on what the major issues

are for each side of the political system

• Take into consideration the smaller things that may not

be so apparent to you

• Look at politics through a lens of skepticism

• If you’re gonna exercise your right as a voter, you should

take some responsibility in your local government, in

your state government

• Your voice is your own. This is your first opportunity

in your political arena to employ your own voice,

irrespective of what other people in your life think you

should do

• Make decisions for yourself. Informed decisions.

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SPORTS

CROSS COUNTRY HOME MEET AND SENIOR NIGHT LEAVES

TEAM EAGER FOR POSTSEASON

BY ELOISE DAYRAT

On Tuesday, October 13th,

the State High Boys and Girls

Cross Country teams held

their senior night races. Both

teams ran perfect scores with

the boys winning 15-48 and

the girls winning 15-50.

Brady Bigger, a senior and

captain of the team, won the

boys race with a time of 16:07.

“Our team swept one

through five which was good.

It was actually our first win

this year, which is kind of

sad but I was happy with my

own race. My time was okay,”

Bigger said.

Second place was taken

by junior Sean Adams

(16:55), third place by

junior Trent Dinant (17:06),

fourth by senior Bennett

Norton (17:20), and fifth by

sophomore Nick Sloff (17:23).

Multiple runners on both

teams had personal records

(PRs). Rebecca Donaghue,

the girls head coach, was

fully content with the girls’

performance.

“We had a perfect score

... we went one through five.

That’s 15 points. They looked

great. A lot of PRs out there,”

said Rebecca Donaghue, girls

head coach.

Senior and captain of

the girls cross country

team, Jordan Reed, won the

race with a time of 18:59.

Sophomore Marlee Kwasnica

took second place (19:10),

senior Karsyn Kane took

third (19:35), senior Vivian

Scott took fourth (20:38), and

sophomore Amy Devan took

fifth (20:42).

“Everyone did such a good

job so I was very proud of our

team,” Reed said, reflecting on

the team’s performance at the

meet.

Not only did the team’s

performance leave her

feeling accomplished, but her

individual win in the girls’

race made the rest of her

senior night exciting.

“It was definitely super

awesome to be able to get

the win on senior night and

I think our whole team was

able to come together and all

performed really well. It was a

great way to end the past four

years on our home course and

it was just a lot of fun,” Reed

said.

Similarly to Reed, Bigger

expressed his excitement

about senior night.

“It’s probably one of my

favorite parts every year. [The]

time when we congratulate

the seniors. Especially last

year, that was fun. But I was

glad to be able to do that with

my friends and my family,”

Bigger said.

The girls each ran well

individually and are looking

forward to their upcoming

competitions.

“I got a course PR and I

wasn’t far off from my PR and

I felt pretty strong. I had a

good time. I felt good with my

performance today. It makes

me excited for how the team

is going to do in the bigger

meets to come. It makes me

motivated to keep doing well

and keep improving myself

throughout the rest of the

season,” said Kwasnica.

Seconds after crossing the finish line, senior Jordan Reed (left) and sophomore Marlee Kwasnica (right)

wait for the rest of their teammates to complete their race in State College, PA, taken Oct. 13, 2020. (Photo/

Eloise Dayrat)

Dinant spoke on the impact

of the team’s win.

“It was a real big confidence

booster that we could just run

that well and work together

as a team to defeat CD East.

It’s a huge confidence booster

going into Mid Penns next

week and districts [the next].

When we weren’t quite sure

how we were going to do since

we never really got a chance to

run together as a total team. It

went well and I think that it’s

going to provide great things

when we get into postseason,”

Dinant said.

COVID has brought

difficulties, but despite this,

the teams have continued to

carry through.

“Handling COVID, it

hasn’t been easy. Getting used

to running with a mask on

definitely hasn’t been easy

but it’s definitely worth it,

not only to have a season but

also to keep my teammates

safe … I think it’s been a

good adjustment, actually,

even though it may have been

hard,” Dinant said.

However many obstacles

the teams encounter, they

encourage and lift each other

up without giving it a second

thought.

“The girls, you know,

they’re supporting each other

more than ever I’ve noticed ...

We weren’t even sure we were

going to have a season. So

just to have a season and just

to have practices, everyone’s

been super excited and

thankful for that. I think that’s

really helped us as a team. It’s

been really inspiring to watch

too,” Donaghue said.

If both teams can perform like

they did on their senior night,

despite being under such

unprecedented conditions,

State High can expect even

more remarkable races to

come.

VICTORIOUS ON THE HOME FIELD

FROM PAGE 1

The State High Boys’ Soccer team playing Tuesday night. Taken Oct. 13, 2020, in State

College, PA. (Photo/Kimberly Pagett)

While the junior varsity

team lost 0-2, they put up a

great fight throughout the

whole game. Freshman Colin

Murphy talked about how the

game was very competitive

and Cumberland Valley just

got the best of them that

night.

“The game yesterday was

played well by both teams,

they[Cumberland Valley]

put their passes on the

ground and played it to their

teammates’ feet all game.

While we played our game

sending balls through the

defenders and just got unlucky

with our finishes, “ Murphy

said.

Like most of the junior

varsity team, Murphy was

very proud of how they

played until the very end and

how they did not let those

Cumberland Valley’s goals

hurt their playing. He went on

to explain that the team has

had a very competitive season,

and that every game ends with

the same problem: they can’t

get the ball in the back of the

net.

“We get the chance but we

get unlucky when it comes to

scoring,” Murphy said.

Both the varsity and junior

varsity teams had eventful

games. The players battled

hardship and exhibited

determination until the very

end. The boys’ soccer season

is still not over, so be prepared

to watch out for more wins.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

A Q&A WITH THE

COFFIN CAMPERS

Hons, (top left) Patchell, (top right) and Mckee (bottom) on the cover

of their new EP, From the Grave, taken in State College, PA, on Sept.

30, 2020.

BY ETHAN JONES

When State High student

Xavier Hons called up his

friends Zac Mckee and Oli

Patchell on a whim, he simply

wanted to have a punk band to

“churn as many songs out as

possible.” Now with their first

EP out, two songs scheduled

for Halloween, and a full punk

album on the way soon after,

I sat down in a Google Meet

with the Coffin Campers to

talk about their influences,

stories behind songs, how they

got started, and more.

Q: Can you guys each go

around and kind of introduce

yourself?

Zac: Hey I’m Zac, I’m a senior.

I was in rock ensemble my

freshman year, I didn’t do it

my sophomore year, and then

in my junior and senior year

I did it. I play guitar, but my

main instrument is fiddle.

Xavier: I play drums, guitar,

bass, and vocals, also senior.

Oli: I’m Oli, I’m a junior, I

play bass mainly, but also

guitar, ukulele--I hate ukulele-

-vocals, piano, clarinet, viola,

cello, and, poorly, drums.

Q: How long have you guys all

known each other? How did

the band get started?

Xavier: Zac and I knew each

other briefly in middle school,

and then reconnected through

Oli, and then in June I was

really bored, and I was like “I

should start a band,” and that’s

when I started playing guitar. I

was like “I gotta use this,” and

I’m not really playing with any

other groups, other than my

brother, so I was like “I know

people who play instruments,”

and I asked, and they were like

“okay, yeah,” and that’s how it

happened.

Q: How long have you guys

been into music?

Zac: Well, my dad is a music

theory professor at Penn State,

and my mom teaches violin,

so I was exposed to music

throughout my whole life, and

I did not like orchestra at all. I

still don’t like orchestra at all.

I really hate it. I hate having to

do exactly what someone tells

you to do. I really like being

free with what I’m given, so

that’s why I picked up Scottish

fiddling, and I did a bunch

of competitions, and got to

meet a lot of cool people, and

my dad started teaching me

more instruments and it’s just

a lot of fun. It’s what I have the

most passion for.

Xavier: I started on violin in

fourth grade, played that til

8th grade, and I was really

bad at it, and I thought,

“I should play something

else, something easy,” and

I thought, “oh, drums are

pretty easy,” so I started that.

I got pretty good and started

playing in school jazz bands

and such, and other personal

bands, so fourth grade was my

introduction.

Oli: I started playing

instruments when I was three

my grandmother just kind of

sat me up on the piano when

I was able to sit, and in fourth

grade, I started playing cello,

which led me to viola, and

I started listening to more

music, and experiencing more

and more genres, and I got

really interested in playing

music, and experimenting

with other instruments and

then I took rock ensemble at

Delta middle, and through

that high school rock

ensemble, and that’s where I

met Xavier, and I’ve known

Zac since elementary school.

Q: What’s it like putting out

music in a pandemic?

Xavier: It’s funny. My brother

and I have been putting out

music for our band since

like late 2019, and it’s kind of

exactly the same, I just record

stuff in my basement. We got

DistroKid, which distributes

your music on to a bunch of

platforms and makes it really

easy and all you have to do is

upload it and it just posts it

on everything, and it’s almost

exactly the same except

obviously, unfortunately, we

can’t play live. So it’s harder

to spread the music when you

can’t show up and say “okay

these are our songs, if you like

them you can listen to them

online.” So it’s about shoving

it down people’s throats even

more, because you really have

a localized audience, and it’s

the same people that you’re

preaching to, which can be

irritating so you gotta find

new ways to spread the music

like posting on Reddit, or

Tumblr, or Twitter.

Oli: I think we kind of have

different social medias, so

from the few that I work

from I can say, “oh, there’s

this new Coffin Campers EP,”

and hashtag it with a bunch

of different stuff and put the

link to the SoundCloud or

something, and then I kind

of throw it out there, and get

maybe three or five likes, or

maybe our Soundcloud or

Bandcamp goes up by like two

listens.

Q: What other artists or

sounds inspire you guys?

Oli: Mom Jeans, Prince Daddy

& the Hyena, The Chats.

This’ll sound really emo but I

used to--and still to this day--

listen to a lot of My Chemical

Romance, and I enjoy making

fun of myself for it, but it’s a

band that kinda propelled me

into everything, and propelled

me into more modern artists.

Hobo Johnson, too.

Zac: A lot of my inspiration

for when I find cool things to

play comes from mostly three

artists: Car Seat Headrest,

Coma Cinema, and Les

Claypool. He’s funky.

Oli: My mom was really into

music when I was really little,

because we lived in Germany

so a lot of the music taste was

really mixed around. There

was a lot of rock, which kinda

turned into emo, and that’s

where I’m from, which people

enjoy making fun of me for,

which is okay.

Xavier: I don’t listen to this

anymore, but I used to be into

a lot of jazz, because I really

loved jazz for a really long

time and I got really good

at playing it, playing in jazz

bands in school and outside of

school, and then school made

me hate jazz, but at the same

time, I think the influence

is still there, so on songs

probably in the future it’ll be

sounding like a punk song and

then I’ll throw in some jazz

riff that I learned on drums

and it’ll hopefully add to it.

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TEN ESSENTIAL FILMS TO CHECK OUT THIS FALL

CASPER(1995) SLEEPY HOLLOW(1999) THE CRAFT(1996)

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Casper follows afterlife therapist Dr. James

Harvey and his daughter Kat as they’re hired

to exorcise ghosts from a haunted mansion

so that they can cross into the afterlife. They

move into a “haunted” house and soon Kat

meets a friendly ghost named Casper, whose

only wish is to be human again, as he has

fallen in love with Kat. The pair must figure

out how to save Casper and the other ghosts

of the mansion from Carrigan, the evil

inheritor of the property. This movie, while

older, has a very heartwarming storyline

and charming visuals.

A lesser appreciated Tim Burton film, Sleepy

Hollow stars fan favorites Johnny Depp and

Christina Ricci. Depp plays Ichabod Crane,

a young police detective who is sent to a

town called Sleepy Hollow to investigate the

curse of “the headless horseman,” a legend

who was believed to have murdered three

notable figures in the town. Crane must

figure out how to put the Horseman back in

the ground before it’s too late. The story of

the headless horseman is a classic one, and

Burton knows how to perfectly tell this story

in his unique style.

The Craft follows Sarah Bailey as she

joins an occult of witches in a Catholic

prep school. Occult members Nancy,

Bonnie, and Rochelle, welcome her almost

immediately when they realize she has the

powers of a natural witch. Once united, the

four realize that their powers are limitless

together. However, the girls must still deal

with internal power struggles and classic

highschool drama. The Craft is the epitome

of a 90s film, and it’s clear that the tropes

follow that era. While it may not be a

perfect film, it is still a very fun watch.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, iTunes,

Google Play Movies, Vudu

Where to stream: Netflix, Amazon Prime,

iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, Vudu,

YouTube, Google Play Movies, fuboTV

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

COCO(2017) SCARY MOVIE(2000) CORPSE BRIDE(2005)

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The film centers around Miguel, a young

boy who has a passion for making music,

though it is mysteriously banned in his

family. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel

finds a guitar which transports him to the

land of the dead, where he must figure out

how to get home. Along the way he meets

new friends and learns that history is not

really what it seems. While Coco isn’t a

Halloween themed movie, it centers around

Day of the Dead, which takes place annually

from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, and there is amazing

representation in the film.

Where to stream: Disney+

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Scary Movie is a completely overlooked

classic. It’s different from your typical

Halloween flick, as it completely satirizes

and makes fun of horror movie tropes and

typecasting while maintaining a storyline.

It follows a group of teens who are stalked

by a serial killer after accidentally killing a

man last summer. Scary Movie additionally

models its villain off of the film Scream.

Even though the humor is pretty outdated,

the film is still good for a laugh with friends

and offers something alternative to an

intense horror watch.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, iTunes,

Google Play Movies, Vudu

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Corpse Bride is a claymation stop motion

film directed by Tim Burton. It’s set in a

Victorian village in the 1800s and tells

the story of Victor, who is arranged to

be married to a woman named Victoria.

Feeling stressed during the wedding

rehearsals, Victor goes to the forest to spend

time alone, while accidentally unleashing a

curse by putting his ring on a corpse, which

transports him to the land of the dead where

he finds himself married to a corpse bride.

While Corpse Bride is definitely on the

tamer side, it’s still a great watch.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, Vudu,

iTunes, Google Play Movies

THE SHINING(1980) EDWARD SCISSORHANDS(1990) PARANORMAN(2012)

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An aspiring author, Jack Torrance, moves

his wife, Wendy, and his young son, Danny,

to an abandoned hotel, taking up the job

of an off-season caretaker. Danny has a

mysterious gift, known as “the shining,” and

through that gift is warned about the sinister

nature of the hotel. Due to the seclusion

and haunting of the hotel, Jack declines

to insanity, and the horrifying events that

follow represent this. The Shining is an

underrated classic, and director Stanley

Kubrick has an intriguing directing style

that completely immerses viewers into the

world he builds. By the time you reach the

end of the movie, you will be left terrified.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, Vudu,

Google Play Movies

Edward Scissorhands stars Depp and

Winona Ryder. Edward is a man created by

an inventor who left him unfinished with a

pair of scissors for hands when he died. Peg

Bogons, a local door-to-door saleswoman,

as a final attempt to sell her products, comes

across Edward and takes him home to stay

with her family. He must adapt to regular life,

and finds talent in cutting hair and hedges,

but soon Edward is framed as a criminal for

burglary and must figure out how to prove

the town wrong. Edward Scissorhands is a

severely underrated Tim Burton film, one

that exhibits lots of acting talent and has an

interesting fairytale storyline.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, iTunes,

Vudu, Google Play Movies

If you watched the film Coraline, then you

will absolutely love ParaNorman. Norman

Babcock is blessed with a gift of talking

to the dead, but no one in town believes

him besides Neil, his best friend. One day,

Norman’s uncle tells him he must protect the

town from a witch’s curse, but things don’t

go as planned when a storm of the witch

descends on the town and causes the dead to

rise. However, there is a much darker truth to

the curse, as the townspeople were deceptive

about what really happened to cause it.

ParaNorman had an incredible amount of

work put into it, and feels like a true fall

classic.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime, iTunes,

Vudu, Google Play Movies

HALLOWEENTOWN

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Halloweentown follows siblings Marnie,

a young witch, Dylan, and Sophie Piper,

who are residents of Halloweentown. Their

grandmother, Aggie visits to start Marnie’s

witch training, as she will lose her powers if

they continue to wait. However, something

evil is occurring in Halloweentown, and

Aggie and the kids must figure out a way

to stop it. “Halloweentown” is loved for its

nostalgia factor, as well as the fact that it is a

family-friendly movie.

Where to stream: Disney+, Amazon Prime,

Google Play Movies, DIRECTV, Sling TV

BY RACHEL FOSTER

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OPINION

HOW VOTER SUPPRESSION DISMANTLES

DEMOCRACY

Early voters in Columbia, South Carolina, on October 6, 2020 (Sean Rayford/Getty Images). Risks of

COVID-19 only add to challenges of voting, making long lines for extended periods of time especially

frightening.

BY ELISA EDGAR

With Election Day soon

approaching, the threat of

voter suppression is not

imminent; it is already here.

From the birth of our nation,

electoralism has always been

a flawed and messy system of

democracy. Intimidation at

polls, racially-biased election

laws, and misinformation

are all tools that have been

weaponized against citizens

of the U.S. We live in an age

of rampant social media

disinformation, a pandemic,

and a president that has yet to

agree to a peaceful transfer of

power. When faith in voting is

lost, so is the representation in

government that democracy

depends on.

Doubt in electoralism is

especially apparent among

the group with the lowest

voter turnout in the country:

young people. According to

Bookings, only half of 18-29

year olds registered to vote

showed up at the polls for the

2016 election year. U.S. youth

voter turnout is on the low

end globally, placing fifth to

last at 46% according to the

New York Times. Reasons for

this can be attributed to many

different factors.

Junior Clarissa Theiss,

the acting vice president in

student government at State

High, recently took part in

setting up a voter registration

drive for 17 and 18-year-olds

at school. As she volunteered

at the drive, she saw firsthand

the hesitation young people

hold towards voting.

“Our generation is faced

with a lot of existential crises

that are going to come to

bloom whenever we’re older,”

Theiss said. “I think a lot of

politicians, whether it’s the

presidential or local election,

don’t accurately represent

what we want, regardless of

their political affiliation.”

Theiss believes there are

a lot of people attempting to

make sure that the youth vote

doesn’t make it to the polls.

These attempts to suppress

participation in elections

come in many different forms

and target more than just

youth in America.

Since it became clear that

2020’s election would be

one that depends on mail-in

ballots due to COVID-19,

President Trump has been

laying seeds of doubt in the

AMERICA’S SCREWED

BY RIJA SABEEH

Amidst the sequence of

chaos that has been the past

decade, these last 10 months

and the ongoing presidential

election have been especially

relentless. Luckily for us,

America has been blessed

with the two most respectable

and competent candidates

possible to lead the country

out of this mess. Nevermind

the fact that one of them

instigated the decline of the

first half of the past decade

and the other has made it his

mission to ruin the second

half---and nevermind the fact

that probably neither of them

remember any of it. Get it,

‘cause they’re old?

So old, in fact, that the

first thing that came to Lena

Adams’ mind when she first

heard their names was their

age.

“The anxiety that comes

from being in one of the most

important election years of

our lifetime isn’t helped by the

fact that both candidates are

in their 70s,” said the Delta

junior.

Irrespective of the fact that

they represent the average

politician in being straight,

cis-gender white men over the

recommended retirement age,

they represent less than 7%

of the American population.

Though this isn’t necessarily

everything, it does call into

integrity of the outcome.

The idea that voter fraud

is an epidemic our nation

faces is a baseless claim and

intentionally tailored to claim

illegitimacy in the event he

loses. Through his influence in

defunding the postal service

and discouraging mail-in

voting, he clearly shows that

he believes less participation

equals benefits for his

candidacy.

A pervasive campaign of

misinformation by Republican

politicians to promote the

false claim of extensive voter

fraud was revealed by a New

York Times investigation.

This is a clear example of one

truth: politicians invest in

misinformation and thrive off

of voter suppression.

Race and voting in the U.S.

have always been intertwined

in a disturbing and violent

relationship. Stemming from

the poll taxes and literacy tests

adopted under the pretense

of “racial neutrality,” racially

biased election laws have

disproportionately affected

people of color. Data from a

poll conducted in June of 2018

by the PRRI suggest that voter

ID legislation has anything but

question their credibility (or

lack thereof) when it comes

to deciding on policies that

wouldn’t affect them directly.

The next four years

look grim regardless of the

election’s outcome. Due to

the divisive nature of politics,

Americans have worked to

separate the two candidates as

Republican vs. Democrat, Red

vs. Blue, and Trump vs. Biden.

When compared side by

side, though, they’re not that

different. Both are white men

with millions to their name

(in Trump’s case, billions) and

without a care for the people

they’re supposed to look

after. They’ve each committed

their very own unique set of

reprehensible crimes to folks

both in and out of the country.

a racially neutral impact. In

2017, a law passed in Georgia

requiring that any names

spelled with a slight error

on registration documents

be disqualified purged over

51,000 people from voting

in the 2018 election, 80% of

whom were people of color.

Beyond harmful

legislation, harassment and

intimidation is also a barrier

to voting that non-white

people have experienced.

The 2016 election year

was especially hostile for

the Latinx community.

Violent language and fearmongering

from Trump

led to the dehumanization

of Latinx people who faced

a year that was uniquely

difficult. According to a study

conducted at PRRI, roughly

one in 10 Hispanics said that

the last time they or someone

in their household tried to

vote, they were bothered

at the polls. Just two weeks

before election day this year,

the Trump campaign was sued

by Mi Familia Vota Education

Fund, a nonprofit group

focused on Latino voter rights

and participation, for alleged

violent voter intimidation

during early voting.

The process of voting can

also punish the least protected

among us: the working class.

Election day is not a national

holiday, and employers often

don’t feel inclined to give

time off to vote. Even during

early voting this year, we’ve

witnessed voters being forced

to stand in lines for hours

upon hours. For people living

paycheck to paycheck, taking

so much time off work is

unthinkable.

Even if every single

person eligible to vote did

so successfully, the nominee

with the most votes could still

lose, as we saw in 2016. The

electoral college is inherently

an undemocratic system

as electors are not required

Biden was responsible for

drafting the infamous 1994

Crime Bill, which led to the

systematic incarceration of

tens of thousands of Black

men, and subsequently

continued decades of

generational trauma within

those families. Despite this,

he said to Charlamagne tha

God, a Black radio host, in

an interview on May 5, 2020,

that “If you have a problem

figuring out if you’re for me or

Trump, then you ain’t Black.”

Only a couple of months

earlier, he had received

backlash for saying that “poor

kids are just as bright as white

kids” to a group of mostly

Asian and Hispanic voters.

With racism being the two

candidates’ common ground,

to vote in accord with the

popular vote. The system

encourages politicians to focus

all their campaign efforts on

the few keystone states that

will decide the election, and

neglect the rest. All of these

factors lead to an inevitable

result; many Americans

have been disenchanted with

the fiction of an equitable

election.

“Since the White House,

Congress, and Senate [are]

made up of a lot of older

people, it’s really easy to feel as

though there’s not a place for

our voice,” Theiss said.

Many young people

especially are hesitant to vote

for two candidates that they

don’t believe will create the

change they so desperately

crave. For 16-year-old Theiss,

if she could vote, she would

jump at the opportunity.

“I have a lot of inherent

privilege. The fact that I’m

white, I’m middle class, I’m

not struggling with poverty

or anything,” she said. “I

vote for people who would

be impacted by the most

serious policies. Maybe I

don’t necessarily agree with

one of the candidates, but

they might be supporting

something that’s going to

make a difference to the kid

who sits next to me in Bio

class. I have a privilege to be

able to say, ‘oh, I don’t know

if I agree with that policy,’

and so I’m able to make that

compromise.”

The extent to which the

flaws in American elections

disrupt democracy is

something that cannot be

ignored. A country enveloped

in suppression is a country

in decay that robs our most

marginalized groups of their

fundamental rights. Without

a drastic upheaval of how they

are run, citizens will continue

to be disenfranchised every

four years as they have been

for the past two centuries.

Trump got sued by the Nixon

administration (yes, the Nixon

administration) only five years

after the Civil Rights Act was

passed in 1968 for refusing

to rent to Black tenants and

lying to Black applicants

about whether housing was

available. Ironically, in the

most recent presidential

debate, he claimed that he

is the “best president for

Black people since Abraham

Lincoln,” and within the same

debate, he claimed to be “the

least racist person in the

room.”

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