By; Neal Kisor, News Writer
Recently, there’s been a good bit of controversy regarding the Boy Scouts. Specifically in regards to membership, and whether girls can really be considered Boy Scouts. The Scouts have always been surrounded by a good deal of controversy. At the beginning of 2014 the Scouts allowed the entrance of homosexual boys into the program, opening the program to a wider variety of boys.
Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts allowed the entrance of transgender boys into the program. Previously, the decision was based on the gender stated on a child’s birth certificate. Now, the decision is based on the gender listed on a child’s application into the Cub Scouts.
With the acceptance of different orientations some have been wondering, “What about the girls?” Well, the Scouts have announced that, as of January 1st, 2018, girls will be allowed to enter the Boy Scout’s of America program officially. Continue reading
By: Neal Kisor, News Writer
Co-Founder of Miramax and film producer Harvey Weinstein has been under fire this past week from allegations of sexual misconduct.
Dozens of prominent actresses, singers, models, employees, and writers have come forward with allegations against the film giant. According to the allegations Weinstein would invite, or otherwise coerce, women to perform sexual acts with him whether they gave consent or not.
These allegations have surfaced after years of hushed controversy revolving around Weinstein’s perverse attitude and actions. Other mentions of Weinstein’s actions before this past week have been brushed off and disregarded. This overwhelming outcry is impossible to ignore. Continue reading
By: Hadley Bjerke, News Editor
The Islamic State’s capital in Syria fell to U.S.-backed forces Tuesday, the most significant defeat for the militant group since it burst onto the world stage three years ago as a seemingly invincible force. The defeat of the Islamic State, or ISIS, in Raqqa after a four-month battle with U.S.- backed forces leaves only remnants of the group along the Euphrates River Valley stretching between Iraq and Syria. ISIS fighters have been pushed out of most of their major strongholds in both countries, bringing to a crashing end the group’s ambitious vow to create a powerful “caliphate” it would rule across the Middle East.
The announcement of Raqqa’s liberation was made by the Syrian Democratic Forces, the coalition of Kurdish and Arab fighters backed by U.S. air power, advisers and weapons. Continue reading
By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer
The newest expansion team to join the NHL, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, have gotten off to a hot start that not many people expected. The team is 6-1 to start their first season in the league behind strong goaltending and some clutch heroics. While seven games is not a large enough sample size to determine where this season might lead, the team is certainly set up for more success from the start than most expansion teams.
During the summer, the Golden Knights went through an expansion draft that allowed them to pick one player from each of the thirty other teams, with restrictions on the number of players at each position and the overall salary of the team. Teams can protect a certain number of their players, so while most of the game’s elite forwards were protected from the draft, it did guarantee that the Golden Knights would acquire a strong defense, a veteran goalie, and some veteran presence on the forward line. While the rules of the draft were meant to protect the new team from getting completely overwhelmed in their first season, it seems that the team can immediately be a playoff competitor in the league. Continue reading
By Nicholas Jacquin, Sports Writer
For the first time in five years, the Missouri Tigers and Kansas Jayhawks played a college basketball game against each other. Although it was not quite to the level of past matchups, with this game being just an exhibition matchup, it certainly lived up to the hype. The top-five recruiting class of Missouri made for a great matchup versus the more experienced Jayhawks.
The two Border War rivals came together on Sunday afternoon in Kansas City for a great cause. The Showdown for Relief was created just two weeks ago as a way to raise money for the victims of the recent hurricanes that tore through Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. It was great to see the bitter rivals come together to raise over $1.75 million for those who lost nearly everything from the natural disasters. Continue reading
By: Wesley Reno, Entertainment Writer
Hip hop legends Wu-Tang Clan are regarded by many fans to have released some of the best music in the genre’s history. The 1993 release, Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, finds itself in my top 5 hip hop albums of all time, and it is without a doubt one of the most influential rap projects ever released. Alongside A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang founded the essential New York hip hop sound.
It has been 24 years since the release of their magnum opus, and the projects that followed it have not delivered the same punch. On October 13, 2017, the group released their latest studio album, The Saga Continues.
This project is definitely far from excellent. There are a few tracks on it that are hard hitting and interesting, but most of the record feels mellow and is not enthralling.
My favorite track of the record is “People Say.” This song includes most of the original members of the group and draws heavily from their famous sound. The production by Mathematics complements the chaotic, “everyone jump in and spit a verse,” layout of the track. Method Man, Raekwon, Redman, Inspectah Deck, and Masta Killa all deliver verses like they did on Enter The Wu-Tang, and it is the largest burst of nostalgia on the record. Continue reading
By: Mark Farmer, Entertainment Writer
Christopher B. Landon’s Happy Death Day arrived in theaters this past Friday the 13th, starring Jessica Rothe as a college student who finds herself reliving the same day over and over again, each time being murdered by the same mysterious figure.
Audiences may recognize Christopher B. Landon’s name from the myriad of other films he’s written over the years- In particular, Paranormal Activity 2 through 4, as well as the spin-off film Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. This should really set the stage for the kind of film to be expected from Landon’s Happy Death Day. That is to say, Happy Death Day is a vapid, predictable movie whose sheer premise is enough to make it a box-office hit. Continue reading
By: Hadley Bjerke, News Editor
An Army special forces combat patrol in the west African nation of Niger did not anticipate resistance and called for air support one hour after being attacked by ISIS-affiliated militants, the Pentagon’s top general said Monday. French fighter jets arrived to support the besieged troops on Oct. 4, but four U.S. soldiers were dead, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a briefing at the Pentagon. “This area is inherently dangerous,” Dunford said. The 12-member U.S. patrol did not anticipate being attacked and U.S. rules for troops in the area prohibit missions when attacks are likely, he said.
Dunford identified the attackers as an “ISIS-affiliated” group and characterized the attack as complex, “a pretty tough firefight.” He said the attackers used small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns. When Sgt. La David Johnson was determined to be missing, “the full weight” of the U.S. government was brought to bear to find him, Dunford said. Johnson’s body was recovered on Oct. 6. Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia, were killed along with Johnson in Niger. Five Nigerien troops were killed in the attack. Niger is a former French colony. The Pentagon is investigating whether the mission changed after the patrol went out, Dunford said, and whether the troops were adequately equipped, how Johnson got separated from the rest of his unit. The White House was notified once Johnson was determined to be missing, Dunford said. Dunford said there was “no utility” in comparing the Niger attack to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which the U.S. ambassador and three others were killed by Islamist militants. The loss of four soldiers makes the Niger attack “a big deal to me,” he said. Continue reading
By: Hadley Bjerke, News Editor
President Trump presented the Medal of Honor on Monday to an Army medic who treated more than 60 wounded soldiers behind enemy lines in a place they weren’t supposed to be during the Vietnam War. Capt. Gary Michael Rose spent four days in the jungles of Laos tending to the wounded, even after he himself was wounded by shrapnel that pierced through his foot. It was a sensitive mission, code-named “Operation Tailwind,” shrouded in secrecy until a now-discredited CNN report accused Rose’s unit of wrongdoing in 1998. A Pentagon investigation exonerated them, and Monday’s Medal of Honor provides further vindication of Rose’s valor in the 1970 mission. “For many years the story of Mike’s heroism had gone untold,” Trump said Monday alongside Rose, who goes by Mike. “But today we gather to tell the world of his valor and proudly present him with our nation’s highest military honor.” The medal, Trump said, “will enshrine him into the history of our nation.”
Now 69 and retired in Alabama, Rose says he considers the honor “a collective medal.” “I want to accept this in honor of all the men and women who fought in that era,” he told reporters outside the White House Monday, wearing the green beret that’s the trademark of Army special forces. He said the service of that generation continues to this day. “All of the Vietnam veterans I know of continue to serve this country in all kinds of capacities,” he said. Continue reading
By: Hadley Bjerke, News Editor
Thousands of pages of long-classified documents about the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will be released to the public this week on the order of President Trump. The documents are expected to be released by Thursday and will likely contain multiple references to the activities of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City, where he traveled in September 1963, just two months before he shot and killed Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Those documents, said Kennedy assassination expert and author Gerald Posner, could be embarrassing to prominent Mexicans, who may have provided information to the CIA and other U.S. agencies in the days before and after the assassination. “There may not be deep, dark secrets in there, but the release could be embarrassing to people who were involved,” said Posner, author of the 1993 book Case Closed, which determined that Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy. “You have to remember that Mexico City in the 1960s was a hodge-podge of intrigue where everyone was spying on everyone else,” said Posner. Continue reading