A Faultless Write: The Fault in Our Stars

BY MOLLY FOSTERStaff Writer

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is the flawless and heart-wrenching story of two teenage cancer patients, Hazel and Augustus, who are brought together by their unfavorable physical predispositions.

Hazel, the outspoken and perceptive 16-year-old girl suffering with thyroid cancer, reluctantly attends a weekly cancer support group her parents require her to take part in. She despises these gatherings, and rarely participates in their many activities in order to express her disapproval.picture-506

However, at one particular session, Hazel crosses paths with a boy by the name of Augustus Waters, who little does she know at the time, will end up impacting her life forever. Hazel and Augustus are instantly smitten with each other, but are faced by the emotional and physical struggles that accompany battling cancer that for quite some time, restrict their newly found friendship from blossoming into something more.

They begin to find closure and comfort within each other, but they also feel a deep-rooted fear of becoming close. Growing up with cancer has planted the thought in the back of their minds that any day may be their last day. Therefore, they are both incredibly cautious about forming relationships because they deal with the constant fear of being a “grenade” that may blow up at any given moment.

Green continues the story by taking the reader on a roller coaster of emotions, provoking both tears of joy and sadness as Hazel and Augustus look past these faults and allow themselves and their relationship to blossom in each others company. Despite the unfortunate medical restrictions that they have grown accustomed to living under, the two still have a zeal for living life and the belief that they will not be labeled and defined by cancer.

Green constructs a faultless equilibrium of romance, tragedy and in spite of it all, hope. Doing so, the reader is left on edge and speechless as he/she anxiously turns the pages.

The Fault in Our Stars is written in such a way that it is relatable, and both beautifully and brutally honest. It is an uplifting novel that not only depicts the life of a cancer patient, but also figuratively illustrates the ups and downs of life in general.

As Green himself writes, “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book” (33).

I recommend everyone to read this novel, and become entranced with its “evangelical zeal” that manages to shine through “the shattered world” of Hazel and Augustus; it is a must read.

How I Met a Terrible Ending

BY SHIRLEY SCHAUERStaff Writer

Warning, spoilers ahead.

CBS’s long running television sitcom, How I Met Your Mother came to a close on Tuesday night. Most viewers were not too happy about the ending.

The series revolved around Ted Mosby in the year 2030, telling his kids the story of how he met their mother. All of the episodes are mere flashbacks of Ted’s.

His stories center around his group of friends, married couple, Marshall and Lily Eriksen, womanizer, Barney Stinson, and Canadian news reporter, Robin Scherbatsky.

For the past nine years, viewers have expected a happy ending in the show and for all of the loose ends to be tied up. However, this was not the case.

The finale left plot holes open, and destroyed things that everyone had been anticipating, like a happy ending for all of the characters. The episode included more flashbacks until the day that Ted begins to tell the story in 2030.

We find out that the children’s mother dies within years of Ted meeting her, and Ted is telling the story to explain that he is still in love with Robin.

The fact that Ted still loves Robin was important back in the first season, when Ted and Robin began a short relationship, but it had only lasted a few episodes. So, it had little bearing on the overall show and seemed pointless to include in the final episode.

In the last few minutes of the episode, Ted and Robin confess their mutual feelings for each other, the words “How I Met Your Mother” appear on the screen, and it cuts to black.

I felt like I got robbed of an ending to an amazing show. There was so much buildup and the ending was just disappointing.

The ending was given bad reviews by numerous viewers. Most of us imagined an ending without the heartbreak, but unfortunately, it didn’t even remotely meet our expectations.

Be Aware For the Month of April

BY DAVID DEL RIOStaff Writer

The month of April is known as National Autism Awareness Month. The Autism Society has celebrated National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970’s.

According to the National Autism Society, “Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a spectrum disorder that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.”

The number of children who have been diagnosed with autism has grown in the United States in the past ten years. The Center for Disease Control announced on March 27th that “1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in multiple communities in the United States has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than previous estimates reported in 2012 of 1 in 88 children (11.3 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) being identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

There are milder forms of autism. Many health professionals use the term “high functioning autism” when describing patients with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Asperger’s Syndrome mildly affects language and cognitive skills. One major difference between autism and Asperger’s, is that there is no speech delay in Asperger’s.

It takes children who have autism longer to develop language skills than it would for children with Asperger’s.

Children who have Aspeger’s will want to try and fit in with others; however, the Autism Society states “Children with autism are seen as aloof and uninterested in others.”

Here are a few signs to notice if your child or loved one may have autism. People with autism tend to lack communication skills, may show aggression towards others or oneself, could act up with intense tantrums, or be withdrawn from others.

If you notice these symptoms, take your child to be evaluated by a pediatrician. Drugs.com states “Children with known or suspected autism will often have genetic testing (looking for chromosome abnormalities) and may have metabolic testing.”

Knowing autism and its symptoms is an important factor to determine whether your child may have autism or not.

Despite the affects autism has on individuals, the people who have it are usually very smart and creative. They tend to see the world differently than we do.

I have an uncle who has autism. Despite his condition, he is smart.

He knows certain types of cars, he has a good memory and in his spare time, he likes to build robot model kits, and he puts them together without any help.

So this month especially, do not be so quick to judge a book by its cover. Autistic individuals are ordinary people just like we are.

For more information about autism go to http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/.

School on Saturdays?

BY MOLLY FOSTER Staff Writer

You wait all week for the weekend to arrive, counting down the days until you are finally given the opportunity to sleep in and unwind.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, you are halfway there. Thursday, Friday, and finally the weekend is here!

But wait! Did you know that on March 19th, Pennsylvania passed a bill that now provides schools with more flexibility on rescheduling snow days, allowing them to make the school days up on your precious Saturdays?

This bill was passed with the intention of not keeping students in school well into their summer vacations when classes are canceled due to inclement weather.

However, are you willing to give up your Saturdays? I know I’m not.

Now just wait, relax, and take a deep breath. Your Saturdays may not be taken away from you after all!

This newly proposed option is only the last resort for schools that did not think far enough in advance to schedule a sufficient number of makeup days throughout the regular school year.

Thankfully, the winter season has recently said its farewell, and spring has made its way to center stage. Nevertheless, the pesky winter weather did not ease up as quickly as we all hoped it would.

Temperatures are still lingering below freezing and are accompanied by occasional snow showers.

Let’s all hope for quickly approaching warm days and sunshine to banish this plague of winter weather; I want to keep my Saturdays!

Lebanon’s Living Legend, Bowie, Celebrates 53

BY MOLLY FOSTERStaff Writer

Sam Bowie, the Lebanon born, LHS graduate, selectee of the 1980 Men’s Olympic Basketball team, and former Blazers, Nets and Lakers basketball player, celebrates his 53rd birthday this Monday, March 17th.20120908_060905_140-2_400

Gifted with unbelievable natural talent, and the extraordinary height of 7’1”, Bowie assisted his Lebanon High School team in reaching the 1978-79 State Championship game at the HersheyPark Arena.

Bowie, like the majority of teenagers, was described by Lebanon’s eminent Head Varsity Boys’ Basketball coach, Chic Hess, as a, “celebrated, self-centered teenager.” However, Bowie possessed something that not many teenagers are fortunate enough to have: an undying urge to succeed and make a name for himself, despite any complications that may stand in his way.

After graduating from LHS, Bowie attended the University of Kentucky where he averaged approximately 17.5 points per game and broke the school record for most blocked shots in a game, with nine.

However, in a game verses Vanderbilt, Bowie faced injury as all of his weight buckled down on his leg while losing his footing after an attempted dunk. Little did Bowie know, this injury he brushed off and originally thought minor, would trouble him for the rest of his life.

Due to the injury in his left tibia following the Vanderbilt game, Bowie was forced to sit out both 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons. Returning his senior season, he did as much as he could to assist his team without causing himself too much discomfort and pain.

Following his collegiate basketball seasons with the Kentucky Wildcats, in the utmost pursuit of obtaining his dreams to play professionally, Bowie signed to the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1984 NBA draft. His sedulous days in the gym finally began to pay him his long awaited dues.

Although Bowie, in the public eye didn’t appear to be suffering through an injury any longer, the pain still haunted him deep inside. Consequential to continuously playing on an injured leg, Bowie faced another long string of injuries from 1985-88, where he injured both his right and left tibias.

He began questioning if he would ever be able to play again; but injury after recurring injury, Bowie never lost hope and he never quit on himself.

Rather, he displayed his determination and love for the game by keeping a positive mindset, training hard, and attending physical therapy.

Rising above affliction and the unfavorable odds, Bowie returned for his final season with the Trail Blazers in 1989, followed by four healthy and injury free seasons with the New Jersey Nets, where he averaged 14.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, shortly after being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Benoit Benjamin in 1993, Bowie’s injuries surfaced again.

With his health and overall well-being in mind, Bowie retired from professional basketball in 1995.

Due to being plagued with persistent injuries throughout both college basketball and his 11 season NBA career, critics to this day label Bowie as a failure.

Would a failure continue to fight through injury for over 11 years in order to achieve his dreams? Would a failure be chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1984 NBA draft before Michael Jordan?

More precisely, Bowie is a role model, a living legend, and a true advocate of resilience. Bowie has proved to all citizens living in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and the students attending Lebanon High School, that growing up in a small city doesn’t restrict your dreams.

With perseverance and determination, much like the heroic Sam Bowie, anything is possible.

30 Minutes of Commercials: A Review of The Walking Dead

BY JUSTYN CONNATSER – Staff Writer

Before anyone starts reading this apocalyptic editorial, I must give an initial warning that there are spoilers within this article. I encourage readers to continue at their own risk.

The Walking Dead has finally resumed after the painfully long seasonal hiatus.
There are only two reasons Sunday is a day of the week; Christian mass at church and new The Walking Dead episodes.

Despite the hit television show’s interesting plot and well-developed characters, there are aspects of the program that are annoying and distasteful.

First of all, who names their newborn baby Judith? Is the show set in the 1920′s?
Judith being born is not part of the fourth season, but whenever Carl or Rick says her name everyone watching, including myself, wants to rip their hair out.

Also, I hate to break it to you Carol, but no one cares that you are gone. Kicking you out for murdering those people and burning their bodies was one of the smartest things Rick has ever done.

Speaking of Rick, I really would appreciate it if someone reminded him that there is a zombie apocalypse going on. Farming and hiding from the world was cute for an episode, but really blew up in the survivors’ face when the Governor came knocking at the prison door with a tank.

The only characters that mean anything to the group are Daryl, Glenn and Tyreese. Coincidently, these characters are all separated after the prison battle.

The writers of the television show better keep Maggie in the script if they want their family safe. I cannot be held accountable for anything that happens if Glenn or Maggie dies.

Hopefully, The Walking Dead does not continue the tradition of having an interesting introduction followed by 45 minutes of boring dialogue.

Though I am beginning to hate the 30 minutes of commercials on my Sunday nights, regardless of my opinion, AMC will continue to draw in millions to watchThe Walking Dead.

Xbox is Not the One

JORDAN CONNATSER – Staff Writer

The Xbox One gaming system was released on November 22nd, 2013 in North America. Microsoft released this system as a disappointing third installment in the Xbox gaming system series.

The Xbox One is an “all-in-one” entertainment system that is used by plugging in the console to a television.

Previous Xbox systems focused more on gaming, but Microsoft had some new ideas for this more advanced console. The Xbox One was supposed to be the future of home entertainment systems.

Microsoft ambitiously aimed this product at consumers of all ages including adults who did not usually play video games.

The Xbox One included a motion sensor known as the Kinect, a system that included an interface that allowed for avid gaming, casual movie and video watching, and a more interactive system overall.

The impression given to consumers was that this console was advanced technology and that it would change entertainment forever. The

Xbox One is actually something far less significant.

The Xbox One does not allow for backward compatibility. This means that gamers cannot play games from previous Xbox consoles on the Xbox One.

This is outrageous considering the lack of games released by Microsoft for this new console. The list of good games is now even smaller.

The Xbox One is also listed for almost half of a thousand dollars! The price of $499 deters consumers and convinces them to keep their old systems that provide basically the same experience.

Microsoft introduced a new console in the Xbox family that they thought would change entertainment forever. Although it did change some things, a lot of the changes were not for the better.

Senior Year, 2014 Edition

BY MELISSA TES - Staff Writer

Graduation is coming up for the seniors attending Lebanon Senior High School.

The students have endured snowstorm after snowstorm. If this cold weather continues, then the seniors’ graduation date may be pushed back due to snow make up days.

On the bright side, the seniors have already made the best of their senior year.

Senior, Blayde Reich, said, “The biggest highlight of senior year so far is the accomplishments the soccer and basketball teams made. There were many records being broken, and I am glad that I got to experience being on the teams.”

Upcoming events include the Valentine’s Day Dance, Senior Auction, Teacher Auction, and many more activities.

One of the biggest events for the seniors is their class trip. Like previous years, the class of 2014 will travel to Baltimore, Maryland.

A day of thrilling activities will be awaiting them there. This includes a day in Baltimore and a boat ride along the Harbor later in the evening.

Another event the seniors are anxiously waiting for is their Senior Week. Many people are renting out houses in Ocean City, Maryland.

 Besides all of this, the biggest event of the year for the seniors has to be graduation. Graduation is expected to be on May 29th.

There are still some students slowly finishing their Senior Project with the hopes of walking across the biggest stage of their lives.

Graduation marks the accomplishment and success of the past twelve grueling years.

One of the things that will be the hardest for the seniors to do is to say goodbye to the people who they practically grew up with. Even so, graduation sparks the rest of these students’ lives; their hard work has finally paid off.

Senior, Alaina Gladstone, said, “This is finally my last year of high school, and now I am able to prepare myself for a new chapter of my life.”

There are still three more months left of the 2014 school year, so it will be interesting to see how the rest of the year plays out for the class of 2014.

Seniors, carry these years of memories with you. Three more months and you will finally be an LHS alumni.

Mark Pyles Signs to Bucknell

BY MEGAN TOENNES Staff Writer

On Thursday, February 7th, Lebanon High School’s senior, Mark Pyles, signed to Bucknell University, officially making him a Bucknell Bison.

Pyles’ outstanding achievements in Football landed him a spot on Bucknell’s Division 1 football team as a linebacker. His efforts also earned him a partial scholarship.

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Pyles won “Player of the Year” in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

When questioned on how he felt about his acceptance and partial scholarship to such a well-known school, he responded, “I feel very honored to have received this opportunity to further my football and academic career at such a prestigious school in Bucknell University.”

When asked why he chose Bucknell out of all of the other colleges and universities in the United States, he replied, “They were the first school to offer me a scholarship and showed the most interest in me. I also visited there multiple times and felt that I fit in well.”

Between his academic achievements and outstanding skills on the football field, it is certain that Pyles has a very bright future ahead of him at Bucknell.

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