Cost of college is too high

Story by: Sydney Shurman, Reviews Editor
Photos by: Zoe Jenkins, staff photographer

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Across the U.S., applying for scholarships and student loans has become almost as big a tradition as Christmas. As a freshman in high school, college seems like an exciting but faraway wonder. Then, as graduation grows nearer, it begins to seem less exciting and a more stressful.

It is true that college is an exciting time, but it is also a time to learn information that will be vital to whatever career a person chooses. Whether someone wants to be a doctor, accountant, journalist or architect, their job is going to be important to society. However, none of those people got to where they are now without earning a degree.

While not everyone opts to go to college, it is becoming increasingly harder to find a job without having a college degree. So why are the costs of going to college rising?

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 20.2 million people were expected to go to college in the fall this year, which is 4.9 million more than in 2000. Since so many people now go to college, it has become commonplace. Despite this, people are paying a fancy price for a commodity.

In its most recent survey of college pricing, the College Board reports that a ‘moderate’ college budget for an in-state public college for the 2015–2016 academic year averaged $24,061,” said collegedata.com. “A moderate budget at a private college averaged $47,831.”

cost of collegeJust 10 years ago, the average cost of a public university was $10,454. A private university was $26,908. The cost of college has gone up more than the cost of inflation. Yet these prices are looked at as normal.

USA today reported that the national student loan debt as of April 8th of this year was 1.2 trillion dollars. Across the U.S., Americans fresh out of college are paying those fees. Wealthy people who can afford to be in debt are not the ones having to deal with that. Average people who just wanted an education and do not even have a steady job yet are the ones bearing that burden.

Some people may argue that because higher education is such a valuable tool, it has to be so expensive. After all, professors have to be paid and there are costs of running a university. The U.S. has many great universities too, with 51 total universities on the top 100 list. However, this is relative to size. There are 2,618 colleges in the United States, only counting traditional 4-year programs.

Knowing this, some statistics courtesy of Business Insider may surprise some people.

The Netherlands has four universities on the list of top 100 universities around the world, and the average income is just over $28,000. This number refers to an average of every known income throughout the country, from people of all financial backgrounds. The typical cost of going to college there is $3,125 a year.

Germany takes it down quite a few notches, with the average cost of college being $933 a year. Just like the Netherlands, they have 4 universities on the top 100 list, with their highest-ranked university being placed at number 45. Even better, Germany recently passed a law saying that all American citizens get to study for free at any German university.

Finally, at an almost unfathomable price, Sweden’s average university cost per year is $600, with their average income being almost $21,000. Their highest ranking university places 32 on the top 100 list, and they have a total of 3 altogether.

“We pay way too much money for something that we’re not getting a good enough education in,” said Anna Grafton, 12. “On the one hand it’s kind of understandable, but on the other hand it’s just kind of ridiculous.”

The lesson to be learned here is that college does not have to be ridiculously expensive to be reputable, and it will always baffle me as to why college in the United States is so unnecessarily expensive.

Syrians deserve compassion not suspision

Story by: Jenna Jones, Opinions Editor

When I first heard about the 10,000 Syrian refugees who were supposed to be screened and then accepted into the United States, I was relieved. I thought it was about time that the U.S. stepped into its role and took on some responsibility.

My hopes were quickly crushed.

I believe that there is a fundamental problem with the way we, as a people, think when an overwhelming amount of Americans, specifically our leaders, have devoted themselves to preventing others from escaping horrible conditions. In fact, several of our leaders are going out of their way to keep these people where they are.

Of 50 U.S. state governors, 31 have stated their intentions to refuse the refugees. One of those governors is Indiana’s own Mike Pence.

Not only is this illegal, it is morally wrong and extremely disappointing.

State governors are not legally able to deal with immigration policies, while the President has the power to accept refugees at any time.

The claim that refugees pose a threat to the people here is incriminating to the Syrians and disregarding the precautions our nation has in place. The United States has one of the most intensive screenings in the world, and assuming that the people fleeing from war and ISIS are threats is ridiculous and offensive.

Lifeline app will give you a lifeline to fun

Story by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor
Photo by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor

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When I first heard of this game, Lifeline, I thought of the movie “The Martian” with Matt Damon stuck on Mars. I was very wrong.

The game starts out with an astronaut messaging you from the wreckage of their spaceship, the Varia, and in need of help. Let me just say that I was a goner by this point, there is no not finishing this game. This gender-nonspecific, sarcastic, and lovingly sassy character tries to find a way to survive on this moon near Tau Ceti. Whenever Cadet Taylor asks you a question, the game gives you two options to choose from, which makes you think a lot about your decisions, because remember, Taylor can die because of your choices.

This incredible game was the reason for my first panic attack, and for people near the end of the game, they know the reason for it. During the whole game, I was hooked to the story. It’s entirely told from Taylor’s point of view, which can get annoying, especially when I think of the hours they have left me alone with the “[Taylor is busy]” message on the screen and the many times they have passed out or lost signal with their last words being”OH MY GOD,” which is a lot.

I love that Taylor doesn’t use pronouns, so Taylor could be blonde white dude with really bad decision-making skills or an Asian-American women with long blue hair. The character’s physical appearance is totally up to the player. Thank you Dave Justus. You are a fantastic writer for doing that.

The game also goes by real time, so if Taylor says they are eating breakfast, Taylor will literally take a half hour to be done eating, and Taylor sleeping will surely take hours.

I recommend this app to people who are not faint of heart or have free time to spare, because this game had me sneaking my phone out in the middle of class to see what Taylor was up to at that point in time, and I can’t wait to purchase the sequel game “Silent Night.”

I became very attached to Taylor during this game. I felt personally responsible for Taylor’s life, which kinda sucked because I killed them the first day I started playing.

Please, play this game. It will make you cry and want to fling yourself off a cliff. But in a good way.

MVHS faces off with a potential threat

Story by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor

2016 is in full swing, and already MVHS has been the center of  a school threat. An MVHS parent made a post on Facebook, and it quickly became the talk of the hallway. She claimed that her son was approached by a boy he did not recognize and was asked if he wanted to help “shoot up the school’ the following Tuesday.

Dr. Robbins was notified of the incident Monday night and immediately sprung into action. Law enforcement began to investigate and security measures were taken so school could continue as regularly as possible for the following day. Officers and teachers were stationed at the front, rear, and side doors of the building and preformed bag and locker checks.

No deadly weapons were found and the day continued.

At 2:00, MVHS principal Bernie Campbell sent out an email explaining the entire situation and announcing that the student who had made the alleged threat was identified. The MVHS junior has since been suspended, is facing expulsion, and is in police custody facing a felony intimidation charge, which according to Indiana law, warrants a maximum of up to two years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine.  

Ragu for Riley

Photo provided by: Lily Erlewein

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People who stopped by Ragu for Riley before the basketball Homecoming game on Friday, January 15th, not only got some tasty pasta, but also helped NHS raise $1092.07. This brings the total money raise for Riley Children’s Hospital so far this year to $1592.07.

NHS will continue to raise money for Riley by participating in the Riley Dance Marathon in April.

The Many Adventures of Dog Leg: Fantastic Food Festival

dog leg at the Fantastic Food Fest

This week Dog Leg headed to the fair grounds to attend the Fantastic Food Festival. While there, he got to talk to lots of local food vendors and meet Ted Allen, TV food personality.

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Dog Leg also had some fun at a cake baking party with staff writer/photographer Caty McGovern. Boy can Dog Leg bake.

MV Guard shows their stuff

Story by: Samuel Jobe
Photo by: Samuel Jobe

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There are many misconceptions about what is considered a sport. Many people believe that they have to lift weights, have a score, or even a big school turnout to be a sport. But what makes a sport is teamwork, a love for the activity, and a passion for what you do.

“Winter guard is a family. Yea it maybe rough from time to time, but I wouldn’t change it for the world,” said Emily Frost, 11. ¨I love the sport and the people.”

Over the years the guard has gained in popularity, not just in growing numbers, but in gender differentiation as well. In the past three years gender diversity has grown from having no men to this most recent year having  two. Considering that there is such a large gender gap in almost twenty people, some may worry that there maybe gender discrimination amongst the members because it is such a female dominated sport.

However, according to Evan Schacher 12, that is not the case.

I’m actually really good friends with all of the guard members and we all are basically a big family,” he said.

guard 2Some may not consider color guard a sport because of how intricate it is and the nature of how complicated the performances can be. According to Shelbi Webb, 11, “Practices are intense and a major workout.”

Webb continued, “We run sprints, stretch, plank, and work on upper body strength so we can carry people if we need to and be able to toss sabers and flags.”

Each season of the winter guard has a certain theme and this year’s is Painting Outside the Lines which is about how it is okay to not fit into a mold somebody has tried to put someone in and that it is okay to be oneself no matter what anybody else thinks.

Over the past three years, the MVHS winter guard has taken 24th, 17th, and 11th place in state and last year they even made it to finals. Throughout the years, the guard has expanded in size, gender differentiation, and has grown to not just be an intense sport but a family as well.

Column: What Grinds My Gears

Story by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor

You know what really grinds my gears? The number of people who are misinformed about what feminism is.

Feminism, by definition according to Merriam-Webster Online, is “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.”

Recently in my AP English class, we did a project about feminism in which we interviewed people and asked them if they considered themselves feminists. After their answer a member of the project group would read them the definition of feminism and ask them if that changed their mind. During this project I opened my eyes a little to how many people are still misinformed about feminism.

We received answers like “No, because I am not a woman,” or “No because I do not think that women should be considered better than men, people take it too far.”

What is ridiculous to me is that society is so blinded by the few extremists that they cannot see what a positive movement this really is.

Not only does feminism promote women’s rights, but it is another step toward equality all together. Even though women can drive and vote and we are no longer expected to only ever be a homemaker, that does not mean we are completely equal. Also, in other countries around the world, women have it worse off than here in America, having next to no rights. Women in other countries are often used as weapons of war, being beaten, raped, and harmed in other savage acts.  So not only could the feminist movement help here at home, but it could bring equality and peace to women around the world.

Things like the pay gap between men and women of all races, gender roles, forcing young girls into arranged marriages, victim blaming, and using women as weapons of war are all awful occurrences that could be stopped with feminist ideology.

When there is a movement for such positive changes I just do not understand why anyone would choose to be blind about the fact that gender inequality is still alive and thriving in all corners of the world and this movement could fix it.

Senior sports spotlights

Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
Photo by: Amanda Wiggin

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Questions for senior basketball athletes Miles Wayer & Sydney Shelton

Miles Wayer: 6’0 Senior Guard

What are your goals for this season?

MW: For this season, my main goal is to improve our record from last year and to win our sectional.

What are your plans for the future?

MW: I plan to play basketball in college but I am not sure where yet.

What are you most looking forward to this season?

MW: This season I am looking forward to making memories and bonding with my teammates.

What have you most enjoyed throughout your whole high school career?

MW: My favorite memory was going all the way to semi-state as a freshman.
Sydney Shelton: 5’8 Senior Guard

What are your goals for this season?

SS: My main goal for this year is to win state, of course.

What are your plans for the future?

SS: I plan to go to Butler University and play basketball there.

What are you most looking forward to this season?

SS: I am looking forward to playing with my fellow seniors for one last time.

What have you enjoyed most throughout your high school career?

SS: I most enjoyed winning state my freshman year and creating tight bonds with my teammates that can’t be broken.