by JoHannah Ruff
Meet The Cardinals is always exciting for everyone involved. It’s and exciting event with an atmosphere packed with pride. This night was a preview of the Cardinal basketball season this year. This night featured all of the season’s basketball players, cheerleaders and dancers.
Meet the Cards took place last Friday, November 10th. The first event of the night was introducing the freshman and sophomore boys that will be playing on the Fresh-Soph basketball team this season. After the introductions, the boys scrimmaged against each other!The Fresh-Soph cheerleading squad cheered on the boys while they played with their usual enthusiasm! Following the first round of scrimmaging, the dance team was given their introduction.
After the boys scrimmaged the Fresh-Soph girls team played against the Varsity girls basketball teams, who were introduced prior to scrimmaging. I spoke with EHS Junior, Jenna Saad, about what she was excited for in this upcoming season. “I’m excited to have a successful, upbeat, season of us playing together!”. We’re excited to see what Jenna and her teammates accomplish this season!
Lastly, the cheerleaders (F/S and Varsity) were introduced. After this, all dancers and
cheerleaders performed the school song, and the crowd sang along. Then the Varsity boys were
introduced, followed by another scrimmage. The Varsity cheer squad encouraged the boys from the sidelines as they practiced against each other in preparation for the season.
Meet the Cards was a great time, and we are excited to see what our dedicated Cardinals will do this season!
Ethan Homeyer recently wrote an essay called, "The Energy of Life". He told me that he was very proud of how hard he worked on this paper and how it actually turned out. Take a look for yourself!
English Comp. 101
22nd Sep. 2017
The Energy of Life
Have you ever walked into a room and suddenly felt sick? Have you ever been with a friend and could just tell something was wrong, and you really weren't sure how you knew? Have you ever gotten a chill down your spine? All of these sensations can be easily explained. Many believe that all living things, including humans, are made up of energy. We have a certain kind of energy inside of us, an energy field of sorts, surrounding us. This energy field is sometimes called an aura. It’s understandable that to most people, the word aura can relate to psychics and New Age pot smoking hippies, but there is much more to the so called auras. They actually have a lot more to stand on than what you think. In fact, I firmly believe that the aura is a physical energy field that can be seen, felt, and measured.
An aura is basically an invisible energy field that surrounds us all the time. There are many people today from around the world that claim to see auras. The main corporate of these claims are psychic mediums. Psychic mediums are basically people who say they can see energy and are able to “read people” and heal people by using energy. Some people believe in the psychic's ability to read and manipulate energy to heal the mind, body, and spirit. Many believe this is a spiritual gift given to certain people by God, others believe that what they are seeing is the energy of the Universe and believe that we are all connected by this common energy and driving force. Many even connect auras with angels. Along with all of the spiritual explanations to auras and seeing auras, there is also a more concrete psychological explanation to auras.
Several neuropsychologists claim that the ability to see auras can be explained by synesthesia. Synesthesia is a condition, which affects about 4% of the world’s population, when a stimulation of one cognitive pathway leads to another automatic stimulation of another sensory pathway. Basically these people have their wires crossed. Some people say they can taste numbers and some say that they associate a certain color to certain people. That last example is a lot like seeing auras. People who see auras see many different colored energies around people. One of the best connections between the ‘New Age’ look on auras and the psychological explanation would be Esteban. Esteban is a healer from Spain who claims to feel others pain (more on that later) and see auras. People from the University of Granada can to examine him and found something amazing: not only did they find traces of mirror touch synesthesia (which means he actually feel other people’s pain), but they also found he has face-color synesthesia as well. This means that certain facial expressions are associated with a certain color. So with a combination of some synesthesia, high empathy, and his spiritual connection, Esteban has really been able to heal a lot of people.
Energy fields can not only be seen, but they can be felt. The kind of energy you carry around varies depending on your emotions, overall mood and attitude. Has anyone told you that you seem really positive some days, and on your off days you seem kinda negative? Well that’s kinda how energies work, just like opposite poles on a magnet, your energy field has different poles. Positive and negative. These varying energies can be felt by some people and can be transferred. The people who are able to feel others’ emotions (energies) are called Empaths. Imagine having extreme empathy for everyone 24/7. These people can feel others’ emotions and pain as if it's their own. Something like this might seem crazy, but many psychologist have supported the idea of Empaths (they are also know as highly sensitive people or hsp or short). Think of Empaths as energy sponges. They absorb others energies around them, and it sometimes can be overwhelming. I know because I’ve had these experiences before. My sophomore year in high school was really hard for me. I would have so many anxiety and panic attacks for what seemed like no apparent reason. I couldn’t figure out what was triggering it. I was sad a lot and overall just drained of energy. So I went to see a psychological therapist and she wasn’t really sure what was going on either, until one day she introduced me to the idea of Empaths. I was intrigued and skeptical, so I did some research on my own. I was amazed and relieved at what I found. It all made sense. I would have panic attacks in a large chaotic crowds because of the sensory overload I was getting. I would walk into a room and suddenly feel my stomach churn and flip, only to find out someone in the room was sick. Whenever I would get really sad for no reason I would get ahold of all my friends and family, and nine times out of ten something was going on with someone else. Learning about Empaths has helped me so much and I was able to control what I was feeling. I learned to use this ‘ability’ I have, and I think I’ve been able to truly help people. I know several other people who have had experiences like this. So I firmly believe that it is possible for people to feel others emotions and pain. I think it’s possible for anyone to have this ability. All we’re doing is feeling others energy, our life source.
Energy fields aren’t just strange mystical auras that can be seen and felt by some people, they are a physical part of our biology and it affects us physically. Our very cells and tissues generate electromagnetic fields while they are working or sustain us. For example Rupert Sheldrake theorized that a morphic unit, the physical development unit (cluster of cells) that will later become a tissue or an organ, has an energy field around it that helps form it into tissues. These are called Morphogenetic Fields. This theory helps explain why things like emotions and certain behaviors and talents can be hereditary. We aren’t just passing down our genes, we are passing down our very energy, that spark that makes us who we are. An Etheric Field is just a fancy term for an aura. But more specifically it is suggested that every living thing from cells to plants to humans has an Etheric Field. This is also known as our subtle body. Think of it as an invisible extension of our bodies that allow us to grow, according to Barbara Brennan. This theory also suggests that this energy field exists even before a cell has completely developed. There are many other theories involving the existence of human energy fields, and many of them suggest that this energy field is an open layered system. This means that there are specific layers to this energy field and these layers are ever changing as we grow. So it seems like it is possible to look at and measure these energy fields. In fact, people have tried it before. Dr. Walter Kilner examined the aura in 1911 using colored filters and a kind of coal tar. He discovered what looked like three zones of energy. The energy that was the closed to the skin was darker than the layers away from the skin. He also observed subtle changes in the energy when the person he was observing had a change in mood, or when they came back to re-examine the energy and the person being looked at had a slight change in their health. Sure, there isn’t a lot there, but it just goes to show that it very well might be possible since we already know about Morphogenetic Fields.
There is evidence that supports the claim that we have a human energy field with our being and surrounding us. It’s possible that people are able to see, feel, and interact with these energies. It’s pretty amazing. If we are able to learn more about these energy field we could learn more about ourselves, our bodies, and ourselves. We could make so many health advances just by learning how to manipulate this energy that we possess, just like how Esteban is able to heal the people he meets. The possibilities are endless. Unfortunately not many people are willing to open their minds to this new idea in spirituality, psychology, and biology. This is quite a controversial topic. But if we as a society are willing to open up to this new idea, good things are sure to come.
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by JoHannah Ruff
When you think of school spirit, what comes to mind? Do you think of face paint, bandanas, and tutus? Do you think of a mascot? Whatever you think of when you hear school spirit, it’s an important part of our school or any school and is greatly appreciated by student athletes and coaches. Going to a sporting event in our community and cheering our team on is definitely noticed by the athletes and the entire school!
School spirit is a positive attitude for students and teachers to have about events that occur in their school. There are many ways that students and teachers can become involved while supporting these events, other than just showing up. Students can go all out in their school colors by using body/face paint, tutus and bandanas that represent pride for our school colors. Sometimes students even use even morph suits. For the Erie-Panther homecoming football game, one of Erie’s students, Ryan Osborne, dressed in a panther mascot suit and paired it with a black morph suit! Apparel like this is a great representation of school spirit!
Earlier this year a poll was conducted, asking high school students if they generally prefer to cheer on volleyball, football, or basketball. There was a total of 46 votes: 22% chose volleyball, 43% chose football, and 35% chose basketball. Regardless, all of our Cardinal and Panther sports are loved by many
One of the most impactful sources of school spirit from students is the Rage in the Cage, or “Rage” for short. There is an interesting history behind the Rage. It was founded by one of Erie’s own staff members, Mr. Brad Storm. He had the idea in high school, and it has expanded since. Our students love being a part of the Rage, and they all actively participate! The Rage is a huge part of our school, and it gives a lot of personality to our student body while still showcasing student individuality. I spoke with an active Rage member, Caden Swift (EHS Senior), and asked if he sees himself as a role model for underclassmen to have more school spirit. Swift replied: “Yes. As being Rage leader for football games and volleyball games, I feel like I set the tone… I’m sure it will be a lot different next year if we co-op, but it should encourage more kids to come out and cheer!”. And he is right, if we do end up joining all sports with Prophetstown, our student and faculty should feel more encouraged to participate in showing school spirit more often!
School spirit is something that our school shows greatly, and we can’t wait to see how it continues
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by Trevor Henry
The current co-op between Erie and Prophetstown was established in 1998, with the intent of a powerful and mutually beneficial setup for both schools in athletics, according to Erie High School’s principal Mr. McConnell. “I believe the current co-op provides opportunity that allow students to participate in activities that we wouldn’t be able to facilitate if it was only Erie,” he stated in a recent interview. He continued with “I personally feel that a full co-op will solidify the future of current activities that we host, due to the fact that the current numbers of athletes are showing a dramatic downward trend by student athletes. Including scholastic bowl, not only athletics, academic bowl, co-op classes together, such as those we offer but they don't vice versa. I.e. Ag program building trades wielding class.” When asked if it included organizations, such as band and choir, he states that all activities will be on the table; however, there still needs to be a lot of discussion about logistics. The Three Rivers Conference voted to allow Erie and Prophetstown to go into a full co-op on October 5th, and the Erie school board approved a full co-op agreement on October 23rd. If the Prophetstown school board votes to co-op, there will be a new agreement that will put all activities under one umbrella.
In an Interview conducted with Eric Robinson from Prophetstown, he stated his feelings toward the current co-op: “I feel it is great, but at the same time it’s bad because it’s only in certain sports. What I mean is, we make friendships in the sports that are combined and then we play against each other. Those friendships turn into rivalries when we play against each other in sports not under the co-op.” Eric is for the schools to co-op their activities, he stated that he feels the schools co-oping would be a good idea in another ten years! He stated the co-op helped him make friendships he otherwise would not have had, and feels it would be a great idea so students can be playing with each other for more than two seasons. Eric feels it would bring Erie and Prophetstown students closer and it would make the team stronger.
In a recent survey that the Chronicle conducted, about 97% of EHS students said that they like the co-op currently how it is or would like more sports in it. A majority of Cardinal athletes said that they would also participate in their sport even under a co-op. 45 out of 65 Panther athletes stated they enjoyed being in a sport with Prophetstown athletes, while 50 out of 64 Panther athletes stated they believe sports are better in the co-op when referring to athletics, sportsmanship, and team strength. That same number also said that they had made friendships they would not have made without the co-op. When questioning only Panther and Cardinal athletes a vast majority of them had said that their time in the co-op sports were positive.
In the final section of the survey Basketball and Basketball dance had 41% of people wanting to co-op it, following was Volleyball, then Scholastic Bowl. 21% of people are wanting to combine the music programs and 23% wanting to combine the dual credit classes. Only 29 people out of the 101 surveyed found people didn’t want to combine anything at all. Some of the comments gotten from the survey are “I believe we should co-op because without it, we (won’t) have sports teams in a couple of years.” However, another student said “I simply just don’t want to have to bus back and forth and I like my Erie teammates. I haven’t played any Panther sports yet, so my stubbornness might change. Our numbers a really low for volleyball and basketball, which makes playing for a freshman like me a lot more fun because it makes me feel more needed on the court.” Another comment taking this stance was “It’s fine how it is, if we co-op anything else we will have a bigger bench that the coaches won’t play at all.” From many people across the school they have said that the basketball and volleyball teams on both sides don’t have very many people on them, and that without the co-op, the freshmen that get to play now won’t be able to if there is no one wanting to do those sports we haven’t gone into a co-op yet.
by Jasmine Bentley
Erie is expanding in population and new people around town may not know places in and around Erie that are family friendly and fun to visit. A few places in Erie would be PJs, Pink Pony, the Bread Lady, Heritage Park, elementary school park, and the golf course. Places around Erie that can be visited are the Prophetstown pool, Ronald Reagan’s birthplace, and Rockwood.
Two restaurants in Erie were listed above: PJs and Pink Pony. These are two of the most recognizable restaurants within the town. They have a long standing relationship with the Erie community. Each restaurant has its own unique style that has satisfied the hunger in Erie for years. Mr. Tod McCullough, teacher at Erie High School, frequents both restaurants often and agrees that both restaurants are a big part of the community. The Bread Lady is a lovely woman who lives on Route 2. She is called the Bread Lady because she makes and sell bread and other pastries from her home. She has her stand open every Sunday morning and sells many things including cinnamon rolls and different types of bread. After interviewing multiple people, many said that they have been there and really liked it or that they wish to go and visit her and acquire some of her goodies.
The Heritage Park is filled with open space, a ball field, and reliable equipment for family friendly time for both parents and children. The Elementary park is not much different than the Heritage Park. It is closer to the center of Erie and has newer equipment. Lake Erie Country Club holds the nine hole golf course. Mr. Jason Orman, a member, spoke about the course. The golf course does have members but is still open to the public. Erie High School’s golf team practices and has meets here. “I really enjoy the course… we have pretty good members that are fun to be around,” said Mr. Orman.
Prophetstown pool has a basketball court, weight room, and a pool. It is a fun experience to swim and to have birthday parties at. Here they have classes like water aerobics, yoga, etc. Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico and there is a small museum where this happened. This is not considered his boyhood home but it is still an interesting place to visit. Rockwood State Park, located in Morrison, has many activities to do while there. You can kayak, paddle boat, fish, eat at the restaurant, and hike.
In conclusion, Erie is an up and growing community with many new families moving in. Many people do not know places to visit in the area for family time. Some places to visit in Erie are PJs, Pink Pony, The Bread Lady, Heritage Park and much more. A few places outside of Erie would be the Prophetstown pool, Ronald Reagan’s birthplace, and Rockwood. Erie is an amazing town filled with great people and is surrounded by friendly communities.
by Abby Eads
The Erie High School (EHS) has been collecting donations from students in a challenge between classes to see who can bring in the most items that fit inside a shoebox and are appropriate to give to children. They are calling this Operation Shoebox! These shoeboxes will be filled with all sorts of donations from toys to school supplies. At the end of the drive the shoeboxes are shipped to kids around the world who wouldn't usually be getting anything for Christmas. These shoeboxes will be packed with the items brought in by students and given to a church in the area to be sent out to children all over the world.
The idea of EHS hosting a drive for Operation Shoebox came about when Mrs. Proeger mentioning it could be an excellent service project. Madison Newton and Hannah Schanze decided to take on this challenge, and became chairman for project. When asked if they'd like this to become an annual tradition in the high school, they said that they hoped it would continue on throughout the years. They went on to discuss how good of a cause this is: “We hope to make these children's day. It's sad to think that these are the only gifts they will receive for the holidays.
The drive is still going on, and will be until Friday, November 3. Any students reading, feel free to donate, and any parents or grandparents out there seeing this, feel free to give a high school student something to donate. It's been a two-week project, and everything counts.
This operation is run by Samaritan's Purse. Here is their website: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/. Feel free to check it out! You can find a list of items you can donate.The drive for the high school is still going on, along with drives in several churches in the area, like the Erie United Methodist or the Erie Evangelical Free Church. Give to your heart's content out for the spirit of the upcoming season and to those who need it most!
By Jasmine Bentley
The novel One of Us is Lying was written by Karen M. McManus in 2017. McManus has a bachelor's degree in English and this novel is her debut piece. This book starts out in Bayview High where five kids are heading to detention. Bronwyn, she is the brains. She has always had good grades and is Yale bound. Addy, she is the beauty. She has been in a happy relationship for years. Nate, he is the criminal. He is on probation for dealing. Cooper, he is the athlete. He is an all star baseball player. Simon, he is the outcast. He created Bayview High’s very own gossip app.
As all five of the students enter the classroom, they are immediately quieted by their teacher. Three out of five of the students were in detention for having phones in their bag during school, the other two were in there all the time. After a mysterious car wreck in the school parking lot, one student within the classroom drops dead and it was not an accident.
This book is personally one of my favorites. I would give this book a rating of four and a half out of five. Mostly it is because it is the type that you could start and read in one sitting. All 358 pages making you want more. With each and every turn of events, it’ll have you wondering who did it and why. Reading about the investigation and little hints dropped by the author, you can almost figure it out.
Student photography, Natalie Wildt, shared some of her random photographs from a college trip she took to University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
by Alex Cox
by Jasmine Bentley
The previous black track has had many years of experience throughout its career. The asphalt base of the track was over twenty years old and the track mat, the top of the track, was about fifteen years old. For the past few years, Erie High School has been patching up pieces of the track. Last track season, Erie nearly had to shut down lane eight because of it being hazardous. The last patching that was done was to try to fill in a crack in the surface that went through the track mat and asphalt base. This specific crack went across all eight lanes. During the winter, water would get into the cracks and expand which would leave the track worse than it previously was. Eventually, Erie High would have needed to close down the track because of how dangerous the cracks would be for the runners.
Mr. Brian Howell, Erie High School assistant principal and athletic director, spoke about the necessity of the new track, “The other track was getting dangerous to where we couldn’t run.” He claims that the biggest benefit of the new track is that Erie will be able to continue having track meets. “The surface that we are putting in is a better surface than before. Hopefully, we will be able to have better times for our runners,” Mr. Howell exclaimed. Costing $314,000, Erie High is proud to have made this investment and hopes that it will benefit the runners and track team.
Mrs. Elizabeth Green, EP head girls track coach, claims that she is excited about the new track. “The new track has a surface that is softer, has more of a bounce to it, and it should be faster.” She also states that she hopes other schools will want to compete on our track to help them get faster times, as well. Ultimately, Mrs. Green thinks that the new track will be great for the runners and for the school.
After asking multiple runners, Cardinal Chronicle has come to a conclusion that there are mixed feelings about the track. The biggest concern being the color change. Many students were for or against it but, overall, most runners do not really care about the color of the track. As long as they are able to run and have fun doing it!