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Harrison Alum Kiley Banker Helps to Heal After Charlottesville

Jack Gillespie

Kiley Banker, Harrison alum and sophomore at the University of Virginia, was not at ground zero on August 11 when the “Unite the Right” rally, a protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee attended by a variety of far-right groups, took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.

But that does not mean she and her Cavalier volleyball teammates were not affected, or did not catch a glimpse of the incident’s effects as they happened in one way or another. Helicopters hovered outside her apartment all day.

“I was in my apartment, which was about two miles away from where it happened,” Banker said. “My (Virginia volleyball) teammates were in the apartment with me because we were on lockdown, and we weren’t allowed to go outside of our apartment for safety measures.”

One of the dozens of people injured at the rally, many caused by a white supremacist who drove a car through a street filled with counter-protesters, happened to have a connection to one of Banker’s volleyball teammates.

“They had a class together, and she was one of the people that got hit by a car,” Banker said. “Currently her skull is fractured, and she’s in the hospital. I didn’t personally know her, but if you know people that know somebody else, you still really feel.”

It was acts of violence such as this and the sheer scale and intensity of the rally that has shaken many people in Charlottesville.

“At times like this, you can’t fire back with more violence,” Banker said. “You just have to love the people around you harder, which is what I plan to do.”

It is fear invoked by these white supremacists, many of which had came from outside of town for the rally, that has led to transfers and lack of security felt among groups targeted by white supremacists that Banker can tell is present from her African American teammates and others she knows.

It is this same fear that Banker said she, the rest of the fall athletes, and UVA at large, are doing their best to pacify.

“I know the athletic community is trying to figure out how we can contribute, so we’ve all been trying to bounce ideas off of each other,” Banker said. “We’re all communicating as a group.

“I know there are students reaching out to incoming freshmen, trying to explain to them this isn’t what our university is about. We’re trying to make it more diverse. We’re trying to make it accepting. Most of the people that came to Charlottesville weren’t even from Charlottesville. That’s the big thing that a lot of people don’t realize. The guy that hit people with cars was from Ohio.”

A vigil held in honor of Heather Heyer, a counter-protester who died after being struck during the aforementioned car-ramming, represents steps being taken to show UVA is not defined by these white supremacists.

The vigil, held outside the Rotunda on the UVA campus, was attended by thousands and featured attendees bringing candles and singing songs such as “This Land Is your Land.”

“(The vigil was) a huge thing,” Banker said. “Just showing that the students and the athletes that are here currently want to do something. Nobody wants to be silent about the event because the worst thing you can be is silent after an event like this, because it’s something you don’t want to forget.”

She also said she expects more action to be taken once classes begin on August 23.

While Banker has said that she and the people around her are doing their best to let the world know that Charlottesville is not what the rally might have painted it as, she also said that she still has her own fears of the future plans of the white supremacists.

“I am scared for what’s to come because I think this isn’t just the first event for them,” Banker said. “There was a video that I watched the other day where interviewers had talked to members of the KKK, and the stuff that they say is just absurd. They say stuff like, ‘Yeah, we’re going to be back, we’re going to be out there. We’re not afraid to be violent if we need to.’ It’s scary.”

But Banker said she knows what she might do if another event such as “Unite The Right” occurs.

“I think that I’m going to probably be basing my stuff off of my team because I want my team to feel like we’re all supporting each other,” she said.

A Night With Gary Johnson

Sarah White

With the presidential election quickly approaching, the two main candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are realizing they have another opponent: Gary Johnson.

For those who don’t know, Gary Johnson is running along with Bill Weld for the libertarian party, and last night, Johnson stopped by Purdue to have a public conversation with Mitch Daniels about his campaign and beliefs.

As someone who has gone to other political rallies in the past, I went in with certain expectations of how the night would go. However, Johnson’s time was very different than anything I’ve been to before.

The minute I walked through the doors, the atmosphere was entirely relaxed. There were no protesters, and no metal detectors or security guards. This was a stark contrast to last year’s Bernie Sanders rally, where there were many groups of protesters shouting from the sidewalks, and pro-life supporters driving around trucks with graphic images of aborted fetuses plastered on the sides.

The night began with Mitch Daniels introducing Johnson, who opted for a conversation-like speaking platform rather than the typical speech, creating a more comfortable atmosphere.

I took a seat towards the back, and began taking notes on the several speaking points made.

Before this event, I knew very little about Johnson’s political stance and spent a lot of my time writing down what exactly he supports and what he’s against.

To sum up his basic platform, Johnson described himself as fiscally responsible and socially inclusive, with a focus on free trade and a small government.

Johnson also said he was “born with an overdose of common sense,” and that was the basis of many of his beliefs.

A few of the major issues discussed were drug legalization, gun control, the death penalty, military and defense spending, and immigration.

Johnson is pro-marijuana legalization, and described the issue as one of health rather than criminal.

Johnson also supports guns, but does believe there are things that need to be done to keep our guns from getting into the wrong hands.

He is against the death penalty, as the error rate is up to 4 percent now.

He wants to reduce defense spending by 20 percent, and believes that immigration can only help our nation’s economy.

No matter what your political beliefs are, and whether you support Johnson or not, Johnson says “A wasted vote, is voting for someone you don’t believe in,” reminding us all to get out and vote this election season.

Colin Kaepernick Sits for What He Believes in

Sam Arvin

The media has gravitated around Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who sat during the national anthem at a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” said Kaepernick after the Packers game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

When I first heard about what Kaepernick did, all I saw was disrespect.

I thought it was not fair to make such a general statement about the country as a whole; he was essentially calling every white American a racist.

Obviously racism is still alive in America, you can see it in the existence of the KKK and other racial supremacy groups, in police shootings, in words people use, in social media, and much more.

What I still believe is that Kaepernick made the wrong decision using the national anthem as his platform, but he was within his rights as an American and I respect the purpose of his actions.

I just hope that it wasn’t misplaced.

I was only frustrated at first, but frustration turned into anger when Kaepernick wore socks with cartoon pigs with police hats on.

Kaepernick has also grown out his hair into an afro, which originated in the 1960s as a symbol of black pride.

We talked about Kaepernick in AP Government the day after this all happened, where we wrote down our opinions about the issue.

The class read a letter posted on Facebook that was written by a former police officer addressed to Kaepernick.

The letter seemed to reflect exactly what I was thinking: yes, there are corrupt police officers and they need to be punished.

But there are also officers who genuinely care about the safety of their community and would sacrifice their lives for their jobs, and it is not fair to pool all police officers together as racist “pigs”.

Racial tension has escalated dramatically in the past few years with riots in Baltimore, Ferguson, Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Milwaukee – only to name a few.

In the time that we live in people have to tread lightly in order to not offend someone, and I am doing this right now while writing this article.

Why identify as a supporter of “Black Lives Matter”, or “Blue Lives Matter”, or “All Lives Matter” when there is always somebody who will be there to call you ignorant and wrong.

People who are trying to make a change don’t always care what other people think, which sometimes is a necessary evil in order to catalyze change and reform.

On the opposite side of the backlash, Kaepernick has received support from a few other football players, and even President Obama, who remained impartial on the issue specifically but reinforced Kaepernick’s constitutional right.

The sale of Kaepernick’s jersey has skyrocketed in the past couple weeks, and even the rapper J. Cole wore his jersey to one of his recent concerts.

The only way to destroy racism is for people to simply understand that nobody is the same, and that includes the color of your skin, your sexuality, your gender, and your culture.

Everybody comes from different backgrounds, and each person has a personalized set of beliefs, but it is not fair to civilization to push aside anything that is unusual or different.

It is our differences that let us learn from each other, and become better as a whole.

Everybody has preconceived notions of what is “normal”, the best examples of this are in sexuality and in race.

Think as a person who grows up in a predominantly white neighborhood, and everybody you know, everything you read, and everything you watch growing up is heterosexual.

Out of that upbringing will come some sort of prejudice, no matter how miniscule, that will always cross your mind.

It is up to each person to get past their prejudices to be able to help and understand others without bias.

In order to understand the actions of others, you have to put yourself in their place; that is the closest you can get to thinking like them without actually experiencing what they do.

You can say that you wouldn’t shoot a black man if you were a cop, but imagine yourself thinking that you’re in danger and all you have is a gun to defend yourself. You have a wife and two kids who are in elementary school and you don’t want them to grow up with only one parent.

You can say that racism and the Black Lives Matter movement is being blown out of proportion, but imagine yourself with friends and family who have been subject to discrimination or punishment because of the color of their skin. You would have spite for anybody who has hurt you or somebody you know.

I firmly believe that nobody can be judged unless you have “taken a walk in their shoes”, as cliché as it sounds.

Especially as a privileged white male, I have to try my best to realize that there are people who have issues and face obstacles that I may never experience in my life.

People may think that Kaepernick made the wrong decision, but now he has everybody talking.

Isn’t that what he wanted?

Are eSports worth the time of day?

Tim Stephens

Today, entertainment has a multitude of different sub-genres, including movies, music, and reading.

Whenever video games are brought up, they have always been viewed as a pastime with friends every few nights, but could videogames really become a sport, even one to participate in professionally?

Since the start of videogames itself in the 1970s, video game tournaments have been present.

In November 1980, Atari held the first-ever large-scale video game tournament, the National Space Invaders Championship, with its main purpose being a promotion of their console, the Atari 2600.

The tournament consisted of 10,000 participants and became the catalyst for the rest of eSports history. After the NSIC, when the arrival of the PC came into play, eSports became more than just local tournaments. Players could practice with other players online, getting better every minute, becoming faster in their mind.

Now in the 2000s, eSports has become one of the fastest growing watched event. According to polygon.com, more than 20 million tuned in to watch the International Dota Championship in 2014, and the concurrent amount of viewers peak was approximately two million. It was only beaten by the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) World Championship, with the concurrent peak of 11.2 million viewers at once, and the overall unique viewer count for the finals came in at 27 million.

Chances of getting into eSports as a professional career are slim, with only .08 percent of players in the game League of Legends in the highest tier of skill out of the 27 million daily players. Yet, it is still being taken seriously by many TV networks, such as ESPN and TBS.

For the companies that create the game, the earnings from these tournaments comes mainly from ad revenue from sponsors and the tickets that are sold to be at the event, while the players get their earnings from the prize money for winning a tournament or achieving a certain place, which may be seen as a risky way to make money.

The total amount of prize money that has been given by Riot Games to teams in tournaments has come up to $30,866,103.39 throughout 1748 tournaments since 2010. These players also make money from sponsorships with companies that create gaming keyboards, mouses, and other accessories.

From the covering of competitive gaming on national channels like ESPN and TBS, the high amounts of money coming to the companies that created these video games, and Players coming from all across the world to create a career in eSports, the question, “Are eSports worth the time of day?” is easily answered with a confident yes.

GOP Debate Recap

Sam Arvin

The highly anticipated GOP debate aired last night from Detroit, March 3, 2016.

All eyes were on leading Republican candidate Donald Trump, after former Republican nominee Mitt Romney put him on blast.

“His domestic policies would lead to recession,” said Romney in a speech on Thursday. “His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president.”

Romney had received Trump’s endorsement just four years ago in his 2012 presidential campaign, so it is ironic to see Romney not endorse Trump now that Trump is up on stage vying for votes just as he was not too long ago.

Some may think that rejection from the former candidate of your own party would hurt somebody’s campaign, but not political expert Dana Perino.

“I think it will be maybe effective with some people, but if you are dug in between Trump and one of the other candidates, I don’t know if your mind was changed by Romney this afternoon,” says Perino in an interview with Bill O’Reilly.

Last night’s debate was moderated by Brett Baier, Megyn Kelly, and Chris Wallace.

The four candidates under the spotlight were Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and Donald Trump.

The first question of the night was directed towards Trump, and it was unsurprisingly about Romney’s comments earlier in the day.

Romney challenged Trump to respond to his comments with substance, and not insults.

Trump starts off by insulting Romney, calling him a “failed candidate,” and proceeded to go off on a tangent about trade competition with China and Mexico.

Trump’s response was quickly followed by a question from Chris Wallace, stemming from another controversial topic circling Trump, the Ku Klux Klan.

Another piece of evidence that Trump opponents have used to incriminate him, his refusal to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and the former head, David Duke.

Trump replied by saying that he already disavowed the KKK, and emphasized the number of times that he has.

A steady theme throughout all of the Republican debates is attacks on Trump’s use of personal attacks against the other candidates to advance his campaign.

Marco Rubio made a strong first impression in the debate, bashing Trump and condemning his insulting remarks, and then suggesting to the mediators that he wishes to talk about the important issues plaguing the country, such as foreign policy and ISIS.

As Ted Cruz answered his first question, Trump composed himself terribly, scoffing and making childish faces.

When confronted, Trump backs himself up by spewing out a steady flow of Hillary Clinton-related remarks.

In what seemed like an eternity, Trump shouted gibberish about numbers and polls and Hillary and expected the audience to applaud.

John Kasich squeezed in a quick dialogue and gave himself a good backing, talking about his past experience in financing and budgeting for the government.

No matter the topic, it always seems to circle back to Trump.

A rather comical prospect is Trump’s policy on the Mexican migrant crisis.

“Mexico is going to pay for the wall, I can tell you,” says Trump. “Mexico is going to pay for the wall.”

This “wall” that he refers to, is his plan to keep out illegal immigrants from Mexico.

The average person would think that policies on terrorism would be the one thing that the candidates would agree on, but that was not the case.

The one that stood out was Trump’s more radical policy, which supported an increased use of torture against terrorists and the targeting of not just the terrorist, but their families as well.

In a debate that seemed like a Donald Trump vs. Marco Rubio shouting match, their constant bickering and ranting made it hard to even hear yourself think.

The one candidate who did not use personal attacks through the entire debate was Kasich, who kept his composure while the other candidates battled it out.

Throughout the debate, Hillary Clinton, illegal immigration, and Trump himself were all recurring topics.

The next Democratic debate will be March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan, the location of the current water crisis.

Spring Break

Katie Musi

When Winter Break ends, the only thing that begins to surface in students’ minds is spring break. Usually every year there is a “hot spot” where several students all go. Last year this hot spot was Madeira Beach, Florida, and it looks like this year it is going to be Fort Myers, Florida.

Connor Armuth and Rhett Baxter are two students traveling to Fort Myers this year.  Maddi Downs is going to Orlando, Florida. Rachel Terry is going to Destin, Florida, and Halle Hibbits and Olivia Geswein are going to Venice, Florida.

Students of course travel outside of these common spring break destinations. Students travel all around the country and the world as well. Katie Bond is visiting Redding, California and Monument, Colorado. Junior Grant Brettnacher is going on a cruise to the Bahamas. Senior Silas Jensen is going to Dubai, and Senior Laney Eldridge is traveling to the Dominican Republic with three other friends. With spring break approaching, students are getting very excited.

Valentines Day

Kelsey Cochran

It is that time of year again; some dread it and some have been planning for it for weeks.

Valentine’s Day. 

If you have not already made plans for the special day—and hopefully the thought has a least crossed your mind—here are some few ideas of things to buy or do for your special someone.

 

If you want to go out to eat, believe it or not you don’t have to make the drive up to Indianapolis to find a good restaurant.

La Scala, located on Main Street in Lafayette, is the perfect destination for Italian lovers.

 Although their prices are higher than most high school budgets allow, their food most divine and you won’t leave dissatisfied.

Puccini’s Smiling Teeth, located on Brown Street by Wabash Landing, is similar to La Scala in menu, but is quite cheaper.

 It offers a more relaxed atmosphere while still serving delicious meals sure to win you brownie points.

If you have more than one event planned for the night and want a quick bite to eat rather than a sit down dining, Noodles and Company, located on North Chauncey Avenue, is a good choice.

 It is low cost, and does offer more than noodles (despite the name) that you’re sure to enjoy.

 

Haven’t purchased a one-of-a-kind gift yet? Do not fret, the options are endless.

Homemade gifts are sure to surprise and delight your special someone, but let’s be honest, not everyone was born with a creative touch.

Chocolates are always an easy option, and one you’ll know you can dig into as well—nobody likes every single chocolate in those arrangement boxes.

Other common gifts include teddy bears or other stuffed animals, most of which display a quick and cute message of affection such as “I Love You” or “Be My Valentine”, or gift cards to their lover’s favorite place.

If you want to shock your special someone with a gift not of the norm, here are a few awesome ideas that are sure to impress:

The Love is Art Kit, which can be ordered from uncommongoods.com, makes artwork into a masterpiece you both can enjoy.

The best part about this kit, is that the ending result is a large piece of artwork that one of you can display and always remember your special day!

If you aren’t sure what exactly you want to buy and want a one-stop-shop that has it all, Von’s, located on Chauncey Hill on Purdue’s campus is the ultimate choice.

Ranging from clothing, books, comics, vinyl, jewelry, stones, and even that perfect Valentine’s Day card you still haven’t bought, it’s hard not to walk out of Von’s with a handful of unique goods for your loved one.

 

Sometimes Valentine’s Day can be made into a whole day’s worth of activities. Here’s a few to keep in mind:

Going ice-skating. Yes, you will be cold and you may fall, but what better way can lead you into a cute hot chocolate date afterwards to warm up?

Going to a movie. Chances are, there is at least one movie both of you have secretly been dying to see and now is your perfect excuse.

Painting pottery. All Fired Up, located on State Street next to Wabash Landing 9, is the perfect way to spend time together while releasing some creative energy.

Not to mention they are always having killer Valentine’s Day deals sure not to break the budget.

Staying in. It is never a bad idea to stay in for Valentine’s Day and order some pizza or make some popcorn and binge watch your favorite Netflix show.

 

Hopefully your Valentine’s Day is filled with lots of love and happiness.

 

 

Ferguson & How it Affects HHS

Mallory Hagg

The grand jury in Missouri announced on November 24th that Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed an unarmed Mike Brown on August 9th in Ferguson Missouri, has been freed of all charges pending further investigation.

The riots in Ferguson have not ceased, although the media coverage has sunk dramatically.

Ferguson protestors experienced a new wave of justifiable fury following the release of the grand jury’s decision on the 24th.

The issue is, unfortunately, not just about a young man’s death.

His family has not had the opportunity to be angry and grieve over the unjust murder of their son.

Mike Brown’s family and the Ferguson community has had to address the underlying issues that surround the Ferguson conflict.

The overt racism, police brutality, and racial profiling that have plagued this country for far longer than it should has come to a head in Ferguson and it is unreasonable to expect a quiet response.

The impact the situation in Ferguson has on Harrison High School is small, but it has raised awareness and brought to light an issue that has been long ignored.

“Because of social media, more young people are aware of what is going on in Ferguson. Because the social media was the first to get involved, young people had more access to it,” said Amelia Hallman, Harrison High School Senior.

Whether it is by social media or by media in general, more high school students are aware of what is going on in Ferguson and are informing themselves, rather than having adults inform them.

This can have positive and negative consequences.

“[Ferguson] will affect the way controversial decisions are made when there is not a reliable information source” said Senior Becky Everly referring to how the unreliable information sources affect the public’s reaction to Ferguson.

Whether Harrison’s reaction to Ferguson matches the general public’s reaction is yet another topic of discussion amongst our high school’s pupils.

“Honestly, [Ferguson] is not really affecting [Harrison],” said senior Jenny Nguyen. “There is still such a small pocket of minorities and our population isn’t acknowledging it.”

If sufficient amounts of discussion regarding Ferguson is taking place within Harrison’s walls, it is a safe assumption that the impact Ferguson and its decision has on select students is a powerful one and should not go unnoticed.

Ferguson, while tragic, is an opportunity for our school’s youth to raise awareness of racial bias and become a part of our nation’s solution and future.


Harrison High School and the Congressional Election

Admin

There is no doubt that voting in the congressional elections is not popular.

Presidential elections oftentimes see a larger voter turnout, with about sixty percent of eligible voters arriving at the polls on average according to The Center for Voting and Democracy.

That’s a far cry from the average 40 percent during congressional election season.

Certainly, the congressional elections are not as glamorous as presidential elections, however they are equally if not more important.

Those in Congress effect the American way of life on a national and local level and they set up the political baseline for the next four years.

In recent years, our country has experienced turbulence in the White House.

This can be blamed, in part, on the polarization of parties and an unwillingness to compromise.

Though the problem cannot be solved simply by voting in the congressional elections, it will enable our governmental system to better represent its population.

If a large congressional turnout were to occur, our government would be employing those who we find suitable and those with our best interests in mind.

Our party system is not perfect, and it will not be, but voting in your congressional elections allows American citizens to participate in government and attempt to change their lives through whatever means they’ve been afforded.

The President is only one part of our government; the legislative branch is the best way to assist or combat the president and with the traditionally poor voter turnout, the likelihood of an effective legislative branch that challenges the president as well as compromises is slim.

We must take into consideration, then, that there are Harrison High School students that are a part of the eligible voting population and as a member of this population, we have the opportunity to alter the course of our state and nation.

Voting is not just for your parents.

Political activism can and should be a part of a young adult’s life as well.

We are no longer a dependent population.

We have the ability to create change.

We are capable of being informed, influential citizens, and it all starts with your vote.

Please go to your local voting centers.

If you would like to know who is running this election, please go to https://www.opensecrets.org/races/election.php?state=IN

West Lafayette is in district four.

You can vote at the Battleground Fire Station, Morton Community Center, Purdue Memorial Union, and Lafayette City Hall.

Harrison Pulse Launches

Admin

 New televisions adorn newly painted walls.

New laptops are dropped haphazardly into new backpacks.

New people’s new shoes walk across the new cafeteria floor.

And now the newspaper is new, too.

It has gone on the web for the 2014-2015 school year.

Liam Trumble has headed the expedition unto this new frontier of technological proportions.

He has used Squarespace.com, a Mac friendly website used to make online papers and magazines.

Skepticism over online papers has been rife with the J&C recently moving online.

Ms. List said, “I like the paper better in print. Maybe it’s because I’m old and I think the print is too small, but the online version will be nicer with videos and colored pictures.”

This paper will be updated periodically as events happen.

Sports stats will be updated after the games.

Clubs information will be brought up to date.

Concerts will be written right after they happen.

Movies will get fast reviews.

This new mode of paper will also be more cost effective for the class and the wilderness.

Jenny Nguyen said, “The paper going online will help cut down on paper consumption.”

This year will be a great year for news with your Harrison Pulse.

Out With The New, In With The Old

Admin

While walking through the hallways of Harrison, most of us take pride in what we’re wearing.

Girls and boys included express themselves through their clothing, and the last thing any of us want to see is someone else sporting the same look.

Believe it or not there are a few retail stores within Lafayette that give us the opportunity to create a look nobody else has –otherwise known as thrift shops.

You don’t have to look far to find these shops, Hot House Market has moved right into our own Tippecanoe Mall.

If you haven’t discovered this tiny treasure yet, it is located right outside Sears department store.

They sell all the vintage clothing you can imagine: tanks, t-shirts, button-ups and flannels, dresses, shoes, bags, jeans, a wide selection of shorts, and accessories.

Not only do they have enough to concoct an entire new wardrobe, furniture, books, and wall art are also available for purchase—it’s truly a step into the past.

Another one-of-a-kind shop is Amused, located on State street in Purdue’s campus.

Although Amused is centered on the grunge and dirty look of the 90’s, they have a wide selection for males and females.

Along with clothing, they sell records, skateboards, and posters of all sorts and sizes.

 

You can’t go wrong with any of these shops, they are the destination for one-of-a-kind clothing.