Love is in the Air
Don't forget to spread the love and good vibes as Cupid's holiday creeps around the corner.
Kylie Green, Senior
Although February may drag on and just feel like another month getting in the way of the warm sunny summer, it does feature one popular holiday amongst people around the world, Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day was named after St. Valentine, who was known for illegally marrying couples when it was banned by Emperor Claudis II. St. Valentine so strongly believed in the idea of love that he continued to do this until he was caught and sentenced to death.
In the 5th century February 14th became “St. Valentine’s Day,” and it wasn’t until the Middle Century that the holiday became truly associated with love.
Now, Valentine’s Day is celebrated all around the world and used as a day for couples to go the extra mile to show that special person just how much they love them.
Some people however, do not vibe with the idea of Valentine’s Day, and would much rather celebrate by themselves or not at all. Freshman, Peyton Brink falls right into this category.
“I don’t really like Valentine’s Day because people always make a big deal out of it and I don’t get it.” Brink said. “I would much rather spend time with my friends.”
Now although Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone, there are still lots of people across the globe that enjoy sending out their love to others.
Personally, I really enjoy Valentine’s Day and think it’s a great way for me to express my love for everyone in my life. Sophomore Ayana Guillen agrees with me as well!
“I really like Valentine’s Day because of the colors; pink and red are really fun to create outfits with.” Guillen said.
“I feel that it isn’t just about couples either, it can also just be about loving yourself and showing love for your family and friends too.”
Many other American’s feel like Valentine’s Day isn’t just centered around couples too, as millions of dollars are not only spent on flowers and chocolates, but also presents for pets as well!
I suppose we owe St. Valentine a thank you, for dying for love and keeping it alive for thousands of years to come. Make sure you hug your loved ones and significant other and spread the love and positivity!
Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day Muskies!
Random Acts of Kindness
Small things can make a difference.
Sophie Wagner, Senior
If you did not know, Random Acts of Kindness week is February 14th through February 20th and February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Although this special week is not very well known or recognized, I think it is very important. In addition to this I believe that random acts of kindness do not need to be limited to one specific week, but all the time. I think it is a great goal to try and do something random and kind for somebody everyday. Everyone could definitely use a little more kindness in their lives.
Scientific evidence shows us so many positive effects of doing kind acts for others as well as receiving random acts of kindness or even witnessing a kindness act. On the website, randomactsofkindness.org, their motto for 2021 is “Make Kindness the Norm.”
So, here is a list of random acts of kindness that I hope will encourage you to do something nice today:
- Be extra kind to your server
- Pay for the person behind you at the drive-thru
- Write a 'thinking of you' letter and mail it to someone you miss
- Text someone good morning or good night
- Leave your friend or teacher a nice note about anything
- Give someone a thoughtful compliment
- Leave a generous tip
- Drop off some groceries to the food pantry
- Drop off supplies to the Humane Society (blankets, towels, toys)
- Donate flowers to a nursing home
Leave someone with a smile on their face, knowing you just made their day at least a little bit better.
National Random Acts of Kindness Day is important.
Black History Month
Celebrating and honoring a rich history!
Leah Frantz, Junior
Black History Month is an annual celebration of the role African Americans played in United States history. It celebrates their accomplishments. Black History month was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976. The month of February is designated to Black History because it also is the birth month of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Since its creation many public schools and organizations have taken part in the celebration.
Each annual celebration has a theme, the 2021 theme being “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.” Other themes that have been used throughout the years have been: 2020’s “African American’s and the Vote,” 2019’s “Black Migration,” and 2018’s “African Americans in Times of War.” These themes help to commemorate specific events and people who were important in Black history.
Black History Month is important because of the lack of knowledge many people have about how African Americans contributed to history. It’s a time to remember their accomplishments in the fight for racial equality and it helps us to understand our nation's history on a deeper level.
Here’s some ways we can celebrate safely during the pandemic:
- Take some time and do research on how African American played into American History
Tune into online events
- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is doing virtual events and conversations centered around this important history. These events will cover African Americans 400 year long history, highlighting time frames like slavery, Jim Crow segregation and their fight for civil rights.
- The Smithsonian also will hold a virtual event that talks about how the pandemic has economically affected African Americans, along with the history of their public health.
- You can also take virtual trips through many Black History museums to see different aspects of their art, culture and history.
Support Black owned businesses or organizations
Promote black art, film and literature
Take some time to learn more about our nation's history and culture that surrounds African Americans this month!
Dress out or leave
Is dress code still a big deal or has it relaxed?
Keaira Lick, Junior
For many years teen women have been battling what they view as unfair dress code regulations targeted at them, but has the school given in and become lenient with their policies? How does the student body feel about the current dress code rules? Is it time to make a change or has it already changed? Where should the school draw the line?
Here are five of the current dress code rules displayed on the Muscatine High School
Rule #1: “No midriffs exposed. The student’s hem of the upper garment must touch the waistband of their pants/shorts/skirt while the student is standing.”
Rule #2: “Shorts/skirts must be no shorter than a student’s arm length to their side as determined by school officials.”
Rule #6: “Spaghetti straps, tube tops, halter tops, backless tops, off-the-shoulder tops, and one shoulder tops are acceptable only if they are worn underneath another upper garment.”
Rule #7: “Upper garments must expose no cleavage.”
Rule #10: “No clothing or apparel is to promote products that are illegal for minors, display obscene material, profanity, be associated with gang related activity, or make reference to prohibited content”
When Muscatine High School Sophomore Alanna Vigil was asked about her initial feelings toward these rules this is what she said,
“I understand most of these rules, I mean we can’t show up to school wearing nothing, but the rules like no off the shoulder tops or spaghetti straps feel very targeted at women which is unfair because we can’t control our anatomy and schools are bringing more attention to women's bodies by creating these rules,” said Vigil.
Alanna is one of many students who feel like these rules are not fair. While interviewing Alanna she remembered a story that more specifically helps people understand her feelings about the rules.
“I once had a teacher in middle school tell our entire class that when women wear spaghetti straps it distracts him from his teaching and all of the boys in our class from being able to learn,” said Vigil.
To get some more perspective on the dress code policies, I interviewed Jay Botello. His feelings about the dress code rules were very similar to Vigils.
“I think these rules do seem to be more targeted at women than men, but I think this could also be because typically men don’t wear clothing like spaghetti straps to school, with that being said however, I still feel like the school is teaching women that they are making themselves vulnerable because of what they wear when really it shouldn't matter,” said Botello.
While the dress code might be meant as an innocent way to help students learn to properly dress for their future careers, it seems that it has caused some disagreements. Creating a dress code that satisfies everyone while still finding some form of restriction for students is a battle for schools. Is there such a thing as a perfect dress code?
Check out more on dress codes here!
How people's super bowl party plans turned out because of Covid.
Haylee Diercks, Sophomore
The superbowl game is something a lot of people look forward to during the year and have the most fun watching and partying. Unfortunately, some of the super bowl plans have changed because of covid.
Sophomore Brody Toborg sadly had to watch the super bowl game at home instead of having a party or going to a party because of COVID-19, he usually goes to his aunt's house every year to eat and watch the game. “My favorite thing about the super bowl is getting together with my family and watching the game and cheering on the teams.”
Some people’s plans have changed but some of people’s plans were able to follow through. Another thing that people look forward to is the food they enjoy eating while watching the game and betting for the team they think will win.
Freshman Katelyn Franks says, “A tradition that I love is eating chips and cheese dip while watching the game and betting for the team I think will win.” Unfortunately COVID-19 affected Katelyn’s plans as well, she had to have less people than usual which was upsetting but she still had loads of fun.
A lot of people enjoy watching the super bowl game on television but a lot of people also enjoy going to the games, they think it’s a lot more fun but then again, there are a lot of factors, like COVID-19, hanging out with friends, partying, etc.
Junior Lenny Fortenbacher has not been to a superbowl game live but thinks he would really enjoy it. “No, I didn’t go watch the game live, I've never been to a superbowl game, but I really want to go to one someday maybe with my kids, I think we’d enjoy it.”
This year's superbowl was definitely different than other years in the past, but a lot of people had fun despite everything that was going on, I hope you had fun as well, stay safe!
Super bowl sunday during the pandemic
How both this Super bowl and the fans were affected by the coronavirus.
Ella Kuhn, Senior
For many years, the Super Bowl has been one of the most anticipated events of the year by hundreds of thousands of football fans. Even people who don’t care about football tend to tune in, out of the million viewers many choose to watch simply for the commercials, trailers, or half-time show! Although this year’s Super Bowl has obviously been affected by the pandemic and it has been different compared to previous games in the past.