Injustice in the justice system

Story by: Shelby Caldwell, staff writer

As a well-developed country, America is home to smart phones, big-screen TVs, and hundred-dollar boots. It is hard to believe that our country also holds quite a few homeless citizens. Los Angeles’ Skid Row is one of the most shocking neighborhoods in the country.

LA’s Skid Row is a 50 block area filled with homeless people and patrolled by over 150 police officers. Many of the inhabitants require mental health professionals, but cannot afford the help that they need.

Skid Row is home to the most recent case of police brutality. A homeless man known only by the nickname of Africa was shot five times and killed by two LAPD officers on March 1. Police were allegedly responding to a reported robbery. When the police tried to take Africa into custody, the officers believed that he tried to reach for one of their gun holsters.

There is a viral video online where viewers can watch the shooting. In the video, a taser and three gunshots are heard.The homeless man died on the ground on Skid Row.

LA’s Skid Row has been the spot of a previous police scandal. Last May, homeless man Carlos Ocana fell from a rooftop after the LAPD tasered him. The 54 year old man died from the fall.

There are already marches and protests in the making for the citizens of Skid Row.

“Grease” is the word

Story by: Shelby Caldwell, staff writer

Random, wacky, and entertaining, the musical “Grease” has captivated audiences for decades with its timeless high school love story. This classic show came to the live stage in the small town of Fortville in March. Ten West Community Theater took on the task of bringing this show to life.

The musical took place on March 26 through the 28 and each performance was sold out. After several appearances in the local newspaper, the word “Grease” spread like wildfire.

The show was a great opportunity for the community of Fortville and the surrounding area to get together for a night full of laughter. The venue is only five minutes away from the school so the audience was filled with several Mt. Vernon students.

Audience member Ally Stanfield, 12 said, “I loved seeing the stage version of a show I’ve grown up watching. Watching all of my friends shining up on that stage-it was beyond great. I loved the cast, the music, and the show altogether.”

The show featured many Mt. Vernon students who worked very hard to make the show possible. The leading roles Sandy and Danny were played by Ashley Fritz, 11 and Jake McCarty, 12. The show also featured Stephani McDole, 12, as Rizzo and Derek Bond, 12, as Kenickie.

Rylie Gendron, 11, who played Frenchie said, “I loved being a part of a cast that was so passionate and dedicated to the show. It was an honor to perform in such an iconic show as a well-known character. The experience overall was extremely rewarding and magical.”

The show featured all of the classic songs from the film version like “We Go Together” and “You’re the One that I Want,” but also added a  few new songs to contribute to the character of some of the more minor roles. Nearly everyone in the show had their moment to shine.

If you missed the show, do not fret, Ten West has plans for more musicals in the future, including a possible summer show.

Little known in Indy

By Shelby Caldwell, staff writer

When you think Indianapolis, you probably imagine the Indianapolis Zoo, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, and Monument Circle, but, little did you know that there is so much more than that.

Editor-in-chief Kayla Kollmann and I went on a mission to find some of the less popular businesses in the Broad Ripple area.

First, we went out to dinner at Greek’s Pizzeria.The environment was just what you’d imagine when you think old-fashioned pizza joint, but it had its own unique touches. There were a couple classic arcade games like Pacman.

Our waitress was witty and provided wonderful service, and she even got a few laughs out of us. The food was pretty good and it was obvious it was completely homemade and unlike any giant pizza chains around. Overall, the pizzeria is definitely worth trying if you are ever in the area.

For dessert, Insomnia Cookies around the block caught our eyes. They specialize in cookies and they deliver. Open until 3 AM, they are a great choice for a late night snack. I ordered a double chocolate chunk cookie. They were very fast and it was still warm. These cookies are fresh out of the oven and taste just like they were made at home.

The prices are reasonable, maybe even cheap when compared to how much making them yourself would cost.

Nikki Casler, 12, is also familiar with the company. “I bought one of everything,” she said.

Lastly, we went to one of my favorite boutiques called Pitaya. Like most clothing stores, the staff was all young women who know how to help customers with fashion questions. Although the retail prices are pricey, there were several racks of clearance items, including a $10 rack that had fall styles.

“They are a very unique boutique with a great selection,” said Shelby Bernard, 12.

If you are ever feeling adventurous or just bored with life, head to Broad Ripple and try out our recommendations or create your own. It is a big world out there and there is a lot more to discover.