CHS theater department presents “Legally Blonde” the musical

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Following their production of “Zombie Prom”, the theater department will perform “Legally Blonde” starring junior Ari Hart as Elle Woods. Opening night will be Wednesday, March 14, and continue through Sunday, March 18.

Theater Director Dan Bullington believes the production is unique to the area. Bullington said, “We have a lot of girls involved in theater and there are a lot of girl roles. It’s based around a sorority and the main character is a girl. It’s also a fun show, and it’s contemporary. No one else is doing it around here.”

The play is an exciting  musical rendition of the film, that has a very similar plot to the film. Ari Hart  said, “It’s really great being the lead because it’s a dream role for me.” The Clarksville theater department plans on putting on an entertaining production with the help of an experienced director and a dedicated cast.

Clarksville’s theater department considers themselves a close-knit, family like group that has real chemistry. Senior Baily Gravely said, “What I like about being in plays is that everyone that is on the cast becomes like my family.”

Opening night, the theater department will be holding a spaghetti dinner before the show. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m., and tickets for the dinner and play admission will cost $20. After the dinner, the show will begin at 7 p.m.. General admission tickets, without the spaghetti dinner, will cost $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.

Lavar Ball’s unorthodox methods cause controversy in the sports world

Lavar Ball is the father of professional basketball players Lonzo, LiAngelo and Lamelo Ball. However, his depiction should go much farther than just the father of basketball players. Lavar Ball is a businessman, who over the past few months has put some serious plans into motion. In June, Lavar’s oldest son Lonzo Ball was drafted second overall in the NBA draft to the Los Angeles Lakers. In October, Lavar removed his youngest son Lamelo Ball from Chino Hills High School to be homeschooled, in order to focus on developing as a basketball player. Lavar’s middle son LiAngelo, was arrested for shoplifting in China in November. At the time, he was a part of the UCLA men’s basketball team. After being suspended indefinitely, Lavar pulled him from school as well. Lavar devised a plan for LiAngelo and Lamelo to play professional basketball for Vytautas Prienai–Birštonas in the Lithuanian Basketball League, where they are currently playing.

After pulling two of his three sons from their schools, Lavar Ball now has put in motion a plan to start his own basketball league, the Junior Basketball Association. The JBA will consist of eight teams, made up of top high school prospects that don’t want to go to college before they go to the NBA. These top prospects that would rather play in the JBA instead of college will be able to be paid to play in this league. This idea is genius. Senior Christian Stewart said, “I think it’s a great idea. College athletes should be getting paid anyway, they produce extreme amounts of revenue every year and I think Lavar is capitalizing on it.” This new league has potential to be an enormous organization, and could change the game of basketball forever.

The NCAA has extremely strict policies against paying student athletes. For many top high school prospects, college is simply a gateway into the NBA and not a place to get an education. With the JBA, this allows these players to bypass college and immediately get paid to play. Sophomore Richard Wheatley said, “This is a great idea. Everybody doesn’t want to go to college and this provides a great opportunity for those players.”

The league is intended to consist of 80 players on ten teams. The teams will play in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Dallas. If top high school prospects gravitate toward the JBA, as an alternative to collegiate basketball, it could change the game forever. Lavar has claimed the lowest ranked player in this league will be paid $3,000 a month, and the highest ranked player will be paid $10,000 a month. If top prospects choose the JBA over the traditional route, the level of elite competition could potentially become significantly lower in collegiate basketball.

The JBA, like any other newly founded organization, has its critics, who mostly believe the traditional college route is the more promising. Senior Jalen Valentine said, “College is the better choice between the two because basketball isn’t always promised. The JBA doesn’t provide an education if basketball doesn’t work out.” However, the JBA’s target players are looking to get to the NBA and don’t necessarily care about the education.

Only a small portion of top recruits for the class of 2019 have committed to schools to attend once they have graduated. If players in this class such as Vernon Carey Jr. and James Wiseman agree to compete in the JBA, other players could begin to follow suit. With the  incentive of payment available, it is very likely that players will begin to favor this league over college. Student athletes, for all sports, deal with exhausting schedules everyday and this league can provide some of these players with an opportunity to avoid that. For some top recruits whose main objective is to get to the NBA, this league is a great solution. They can earn the money they rightfully deserve while focusing on their craft.

So far the JBA does not have any teams, but the league is still in its early stages of development. The potential of this league is enormous. Lavar Ball is a genius in his own right, and is doing an impeccable job of growing and marketing his own brand.

Complacency hinders success of student-athletes

sports column by Darius Booth

In the world of high school sports it is easy to become complacent. For most student athletes, their respective sport is not their priority. While some high school sports stars are bound to play at the next level, the majority are not so fortunate in this regard. With that said, it becomes easy for players to not focus on the competitive nature of the sport, especially in a small school system.

In a small school system, expectations are generally low for sports teams. With these low expectations, players often don’t take the sport seriously. More often than not, these sports are just hobbies for players, instead of being something the players are passionate about. Without passion, student athletes often lack the desire to win. Senior Kaycee Grant said, “Competitive sports require you to be competitive. Without the desire to win a team will have trouble being successful.” It simply is not easy to win, if the athlete’s goal is not to win.

Complacent student athletes generally only play for the fun of the sport. While there is no fault in that, it can often translate to a lack of success during the team’s season. A team with players who enjoy playing and also have a desire to win, are more likely to be successful. Senior Christian Stewart said, “Complacency is the worst thing for any sports team. If you don’t work hard everyday with a purpose, you won’t get the results you want. You can lose to less talented teams and won’t be able to compete with more talented teams.” Driven athletes, who refuse to become complacent, generally have the ability to improve. This improvement can be translated over the course of a season, or multiple seasons, but the complacency of some student athletes can deter this development altogether.

In order to have success as a team, winning must be a priority. If the team has a hunger to win games and constantly improve, that will be the results they get. Every team simply isn’t capable of winning every game, however if a team wants to be successful they must want to continue to always improve. Playing together as a team and bettering as a team are two of the things that are seemingly mandatory to being successful. Senior Justice Webber said, “If a team doesn’t have the desire to win they do not love the sport. Players who love the sport are team players who will do what it takes to win.” Players who aren’t concerned with winning, can seriously hurt a team’s chance of winning.

If a team consists of players that are not passionate about the sport, it is likely they will suffer through their season. Improvement will likely be minimal, and the loss totals will accumulate quickly over the years as opponents better themselves. Players with desire and passion for their respective sport, are more likely to work harder and play harder, which can translate to more success. Regardless of skill, a player with a real desire to win can never be at a disadvantage to a player without it.


FCC repeals Net Neutrality laws causes major controversy among Americans

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality regulations on Thursday, Dec. 14. Net neutrality is the principle that preserves our right to communicate freely online. Without it, internet service providers (ISPs) can regulate and discriminate against what content is posted online. Without net neutrality rules in place, ISPs can interfere with web traffic, and pick and choose what people are allowed to say and do online.

The Net Neutrality policies Americans are accustomed to today, have been in place since 2015. The FCC adopted policies that gave internet users very strong protections, such as access to all legal content, and freedom of speech. These Net Neutrality policies were based on ISPs being classified as common carriers under Title 2 of the Communications Act. This states that a common carrier offers its services to the general public under license or authority provided by a regulatory body. Now that Net Neutrality laws have been repealed, these regulations are now limited, and ISPs have more power to regulate what is posted online.  Senior Dylan Dobson said, “I really don’t want to pay for entertainment that I can only find on the internet.” This is a genuine concern for some now that ISPs will be able to offer less services for more money. ISPs will now be able to block certain services they don’t want their consumers using. Comcast owns NBC Universal, which is a parent organization of the streaming service Hulu. This means if Comcast wanted to block its users from using Netflix, so they were more inclined to use Hulu, they could.

Net Neutrality is very important to internet users. Without Net Neutrality laws, it could become very hard for platforms to be found for; marketing, activism, entrepreneurship and more. The open internet is a vital part of the economy, which strengthens job growth and competition.

Although millions of Americans are outraged about the repeal of the Net Neutrality laws, some are not concerned with the change. Senior Samantha Martin said, “(I feel) apathetic. Net Neutrality wasn’t a thing before 2015, so I don’t think now that it is repealed there will be an issue now.” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai actually thinks this change will benefit consumers because ISPs will be able to provide a wider variety of services.

The FCC took this action to scrap the policies, despite the outcry of millions of Americans. Congress still has the power to overturn this decision. Below there is a link, that allows you to urge lawmakers to use a resolution of disapproval in order to overturn the repeal. This is a great way to take action against the repeal of Net Neutrality policies.

Backpack rules not as controversial now

Safety and hygiene became a serious concern in the classroom for teachers and administrators following last school year. In order to help solve some of these concerns, new rules were implemented, keeping all bags and backpacks out of the classroom. Administrators believe keeping backpacks out of the classroom eliminates the temptation to have items that are not allowed in school, in class.

These rules were also implemented, to essentially make students use their lockers during passing period. Assistant Principal Timothy Sopko said, “The biggest influence for me was seeing at the end of last year how many students went through each day for the entire school year without ever visiting their lockers.  That meant they were carrying 40 to 60 pounds on their backs everyday.” While the concern for students health is appropriate, this can cause an inconvenience for students who have classes on opposite ends of the school.

Some students may experience trouble making it to class on time now that they must stop at their locker between class. Sophomore Daniel Horton said,  “The backpack rule doesn’t make any sense. It’s an inconvenience because I can’t carry my stuff for all my classes in my arms.” This shows students have trouble getting to some classes on time if they must make a stop at their locker.

While some students are struggling to get to class on time because of the new rules that have been imposed on them, some staff members who don’t have to deal with them, refuse to acknowledge the rules as an inconvenience. Front office receptionist Jinx Main said, “I don’t think there is any inconvenience. I think the rules are a great idea.”

Some students may also experience their own personal struggles due to the bag rules, that are unrelated to books and other items specifically for class. Many female students carry feminine products in their bags, which are no longer allowed in the classroom.

Along with the new bag items, administrators also implemented a new rule that only allows students to use two hall passes a day, before disciplinary action is taken. If a student has to use the restroom more than twice in one school day, they must serve a thirty minute detention.

The backpack rules were implemented for the safety of students and teachers, and although it may be an inconvenience for students, administrators believe this is the best possible solution. Antonio Grubbs said, “We don’t have to worry about students bringing things to class that could potentially hurt yourself or others. It’s not outside of the realm of possibility for someone to bring a knife or worse to class and that’s scary. We are trying to make this the best possible environment for students to learn and flourish.”

Students are beginning to adjust to the rules, and are finding ways to get to class on time without their backpacks. Senior Shane Isgrigg said, “I have adjusted to the backpack rules, and I don’t have any trouble getting to class. I still don’t like the rules, and would rather carry my backpack than stop at my locker after every class.”

Without backpacks in the classroom, teachers and administrators are confident there is a more efficient and safer learning environment. While some students may understand the backpack rules can lead to a safer environment, other students refuse to acknowledge the benefits of the rules. Senior Taylor Roederer said, “There are no positive impacts of the bag rules.”

Although some students are adjusting to the rules, other students are still very frustrated with them. This frustration could be stemming from the amount of tardies they may be receiving due to using their lockers after every class. Sopko has arranged to meet with students who have had an abundance of tardies, to work on making more strategic transitions between classes. This could be a possible solution for students who are willing to meet with him and make the proper adjustments. However, the issue of visiting a locker and using the restroom between classes can not be solved this way.

Students have a total of four minutes from the time the class dismissal bell rings, until the time the tardy bell rings. For most students this is not ample time to visit their lockers and the restroom. The use of backpacks could make this more possible, by eliminating the trip to their locker.

Sophomore Donielle Coulter started a petition to have the bag rules changed. Her goal was to reach 1,000 signatures which was not met. Students that would like to see the rules change as well are likely out of luck. Sopko said, “I don’t see that as a possibility.  All of the schools in Greater Clark and West Clark County districts have adopted similar policies and they are making a positive difference.”

Administrators are happy with the rules, and they are here to say. Students are still adjusting to the rules, and in the future it isn’t likely they will even be a topic of discussion. Until then, students will just have to deal with them because regardless of personal opinion, those are the rules.