Just recently the Buffalo Police Department added a new weapon and alerting device to their arsenal of tools Against crime and disaster. The tool cost 30,000 dollars and has been put to use in other cities around the United States. The machine is called the (LRAD) or long range acoustic device. They added this to their arsenal because it causes a loud frequency within a relatively long distance range that is meant to cause an unbearable sound force that can debilitate an individual. The idea of the machine was to originally create a weapon that would force radicals and violent protesters out without harming anybody. People who stand behind the machine are unaffected and within a certain radius but it has served its purpose. Another use of the machine has come to surface as you can use it as an alerting device. As the machine itself can create sound up to 154 decimals which is roughly 70 decimals more than the range which is safe for our ears. It has been presented to be of great use during devastating natural disasters and trying to find people and rescue people by giving off announcements at a high volume. This machine is currently mounted on a heavily armored truck and in safe keeping. One of the main concerns of the new machine is accidental use on peaceful riots. The Buffalo police stated that it would be only used for truly violent riots or in case of S.W.A.T missions. Such as if someone barricades themselves or is endangering someone in a closed space they can be forced to evacuate the location by the machine. The machine is safe and the only damage to the ears it can cause is only caused if used for a long duration of time or multiple uses on an individual. The police stated this on September, 26 2017.

By: Austen Sarikey


The NFL or the National Football League is a professional football league where 32 teams compete to make it to the super bowl. The San Francisco 49ers, who’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first NFL player to Kneel for the National Anthem. Kaepernick's Kneel was to show racial injustice in the United States. He told the press “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”. His act of Kneeling was very controversial as it seemed to undermine the flag and the brave men and women who have fought for it. Many people believed that would be the one and only NFL player to do it, but one year later in the next season that thought was crushed. Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennett were the first to do it in the preseason, but has grown to a wide range of players. Donald Trump flamed the fire using his social media account twitter. Trump tweeted "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say, 'Get that son of a b***h off the field right now. Out. He's fired”. This caused mass panic as many football players took offense to this and they planned to show the president how they feel. Trump’s tweets came out on a Friday so on that Sunday over 200 different players in the NFL took a knee or protested in some way. The only teams that haven’t protested are the Cowboys, Cardinals, Bears, Vikings, Bengals and Jets. The cowboys kneeled before the Anthem and then stood when it was being played which many thought was more respectful. The local buffalo bills also kneeled for the Anthem, and the running back Lesean McCoy even sat on the ground and stretched during it. Many people say freedom of speech and the right to protest gives them a free pass to do this. Many other people believe these players are disrespecting the flag, the nation, and the brave men and women who have fought and died for our freedom. Many people know the Kyle family from the movie “American Sniper” where a brave man fought and died for the country. Mrs. Kyle spoke about the NFL and was very disappointed in their protests. She said “get off your knees and get to work on building bridges” to show that all the men are doing is stirring the pot and not making a difference. Many people reacted to this message and wondered why these millionaire athletes don’t donate to help this cause if they are so hurt and flustered by the stacks of money they get to play a game. In conclusion many teams and players who have protested did get everyone talking, but it also further divided the country. I believe that if the players are so hurt by the racial injustice they should donate some money to help.

-Ty Sibiga


Over the years, scientific research has been done to test whether or not having a furry companion could be beneficial to a person's well being. That research has proven that there are health benefits that come with the purchase, adoption, or finding of a four-legged friend.

1.) Exercise

A dog is not a toy that you can play with for awhile, then throw into the back of your closet when you’re done. They need exercise in order to expel the energy that almost constantly is inside them. So take your dog on a walk, the exercise is good for them and for you, both mentally and physically.

2.) Mood Booster

For some people, their dog is not only their closest companion, but their only companion. So having a dog can help improve your mood and prevent depression. Spending time with your pet for 15 can make you more relaxed and it increases the chemicals in your brain associated with tranquility.

3.) Decrease Stress

Studies have been conducted between pet owners and non-pet owners concerning their blood pressure levels when in stressful situations. Those who did own a pet had a significantly lower blood pressure than those who did not.

I could go on and on about how dogs are quite possibly the best, and most loving creatures on this planet. But ultimately it’s a matter of opinion, and animals everywhere are special in their own ways. But if you want a companion who only thinks of you 24/7 and is more loyal and loving than anyone ever could be, then consider heading to a pet store or adoption clinic. You might just find your new best friend.

-Natalie Gang


Ocelots are a lot larger than their cousins, such as the Margay and the Oncilla. Ocelot’s habitats range from the United States, Mexico, Central America, and every country in South America except Chile. Female Ocelot’s gestation period ranges from 79-85 days, and they will give birth to 1-2 kittens. An Ocelot’s diet includes: mice, rats, armadillos, snakes, opossums, iguanas, rabbits, fish, and birds; however they will sometimes go after much larger prey such as: anteaters, squirrel monkeys and land tortoises. Female Ocelots have a territory range of 9 miles, while males have a territory range of 35 miles. Ocelots communicate with other Ocelots by using scent markings. Males will make a variety of different sounds when getting ready to mate which include: purring, hissing, snarls, growling, chuckle, mutter and finally yowl. Females meow and howl while they are in heat. Ocelots are nocturnal creatures, sleeping in either trees or bushes. They are about twice the size of an average house cat. Ocelot's population is decreasing due to agriculture, people hunting for their fur, and pet trade. Ocelots are between 29-39 inches in length. Male Ocelots weigh between 15-34 pounds, while females weigh between 14.5-25 pounds. They will travel between 1 to 5 miles a day in search for food. Each individual Ocelot has a unique pattern of dark spots that cover an orange, tan and white coat. Also, Ocelots are solitary hunters. President Donald Trump is going to build a wall that goes around the border of Mexico where most of the population of Ocelots reside. Due to agriculture, people hunting for their fur, and pet trade there are only about 50 Ocelots that are left in existence. We need to stop him from building that 18 foot wall because Ocelots can’t climb the 18 foot wall because there is nothing on it that they can sink their claws into in order to get over. The predators of Ocelots are Jaguars, Pumas, the Harpy Eagle and the Anaconda. Some ancient cultures looked up to the Ocelot as a sacred animal.

By: Andrew Tessmer


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How are teenagers being politically influenced in 2017?

A 2017 study has shown that a majority of minors ages 13-17 will register to identify as a part of the Democratic party once they are of age. Many political scientists look at this puzzled. This age group’s parents are majority Republican. The reason scientists are skeptical is that in a study during the Reagan Administration by the Associated Press they found that 67% of students mostly agreed with their parents on political topics. In other words, within our parent's generation, and our grandparents’ generation, children have usually agreed with their parents on political topics. Now, children are less likely to identify with the same political voice as their parents. What has changed?

A big reason, scientists have found, is because of social media, and the opinions of many big figures in the media as well as in a school environment.

As a 17-year-old, I see this everywhere. I open up my Instagram, and within the first few images, I’ll see a post from a Kardashian, or any other rich personality stuck in their own multi-million-dollar world complete with servants and fancy foreign cars, complaining about our current Administration, often times threatening our president. Recently, Johnny Depp stood in front of a crowd and spoke into the microphone “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?...it has been a while and maybe it is time.” He made an apology on the statement later that month after the actor received hard criticism and was even threatened to be searched by the government, but many believe that he was made to do so by his management.

In school, many teachers bring politics into their classroom in a forceful way. Many times I have seen teachers poke fun and mock our president, even going forward to tell the class as a whole who they did and did not vote for. I have been probed and poked at by teachers as to why I see something a certain way and why I think a certain way. Many may see it as a way for students to expand their learning and debate, but sometimes it can be hard for students to try to defend themselves on controversial topics when going against a teacher, who will see us as someone below them and not as a real opponent in an argument. In a recent study by the Washington Times, liberal teachers outnumber conservatives 12:1.

As a student trying to make sense of the madness that is the political world, I believe in getting facts straight from the sources, and not being persuaded by media and other influences. Social media will always try to push you one way or another, but you are the only one that can really change how you think.

-Chloe Milbrand

Ticky Tocky Ticky Tocky Oi Oi Oi

As you can tell by the title this means that Oktoberfest is coming to Springville New York. This will be the 12th year that Springville has hosted the Oktoberfest. This festival has consisted and is made up of different and fun activities. Some of the fun activities that they have there is a yodeling contest and they have a hot dog eating contest and always have authentic German Oktoberfest music and many other activities. This festival has always been located at Fireman’s Park in Springville New York for the past ten years. Fireman’s Park is located at 71 Nanson Boulevard Street and is close to Springville Door and Window. As well as all of the fun activities, there is always everyone’s favorite thing and reason they go there is the beer. Of course having beer there many of the Oktoberfest staff saying please stay safe and please drink responsibly. As well of having beer they will be having many other foods such as hot pretzels and the best apfel dessert. The apfel dessert is a sort of strudel pie that comes in many flavors such as cinnamon, apple, and coconut, this festival will be taking place on September 30th ,2017 and the hours are from 2-11 p.m. and the admission is free. They will be hosting this no matter if it is rain or shine. I can’t wait to see you there and don’t forget to bring your lederhosen.

-Zackary Martin

49er’s QB Inducted Into Smithsonian For Black Lives Matter Movement

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick will make it into Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture before longtime Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. Damion Thomas, the museum's curator announced that Colin kaepernick’s items will be featured in the exhibit on black lives matter movement. The display will include a set of game worn cleats and a game worn jersey. “The Colin Kaepernick collection is in line with the museum’s larger collecting efforts to document the varied areas of society that have been impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement,”, said Damion Thomas. His decision is strange because Kaepernick is a 29-year-old unsigned quarterback. He left the 49ers earlier this year after he opted out of his contract. I personally feel as if any player of any sport kneels during the national anthem they should be fired on the spot. I feel that kneeling for the national anthem is disrespectful. Dr. Harry Edwards hopes Colin "will become a person of the year" and should be nominated for the Nobel peace prize.

-Robert Schmitter


The fastest Airliner is to come, Boom Supersonic is the plane that will be the fastest passenger plane seen in this decade. According to Boom, the Boom Supersonic model will have 55 seats and connect London and New York in 3 hours and 15 minutes. From my point of view this project is very interesting since it can help us reach other places in a very short time.

From London to New York in just over 3 Hours?

The US company Boom says that in about 5 years they will have the first units of a new commercial aircraft ready to cover the nearly 5,600 kilometers that separate both cities in record time.

Supersonic flight has existed for 70 years, but until now, it hasn’t been efficient enough for routine travel. Boom’s airliner enables fares 75% lower than Concorde, about the same price as today’s business class tickets. This advance in efficiency is made possible by a breakthrough aerodynamic design, state-of-the-art engines, and advanced composites. This is the Boom Supersonic, a prototype passenger aircraft that could complete its first test flight in late 2018. Designed by a group of aeronautical engineers and American astronauts, the Boom Supersonic aims to occupy the gap left by the Concorde when it was withdrawn from commercial aviation in 2003. "Airlines are excited about something new and different to offer their passengers and we are thrilled that the world's leading airlines share our vision for a future of faster, more accessible supersonic travel," said Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of the conference. of the Paris Air Show.

-Ricardo A. Herrera D.

Do Classrooms Lack Diversity?

In the classroom, students tend to appear homogenous, as if they are all one in the same. Diversity strikes most faculty members as a growing issue, and they cannot seem to understand how this apparent lack of variety is influencing their school. Although, just because a student is presented as visibly similar to another, it does not identify that student as homogenous to the other. In every identity, there lies multiple realms of various characteristics, such as gender, physical capacity, religious affiliation, ethnicity, family background, learning quality, and social status. All of these combine to make a student who they are, and this affects how they function in a classroom. Every student is an embodiment of ideas and interests, and most people do not know them well enough to clearly see those identities. Consider though, the emotional impact a teacher’s lesson has on a student, whether it be positive or negative. Each student processes information differently, and this is prevalent in their work, as some may be capable of easily connecting to what is shown to them, while others may not be. Where teachers tend to fail is the moment they make an assumption about a student’s level of potential based on their outward appearance. Opening a classroom up to diversity and expecting nothing will provide for an individualistic and exciting environment, making students willing to engage. For example, a quote from a female student found on Interrupting Heteronormativity states as follows. “I took French classes last year, she would ask questions like, ‘Describe your ideal boyfriend?’ or ‘Describe future plans for marriage and children?’ I know it was unintentional, but it felt as if my entire existence was erased”. This young woman felt a powerful impact from the questions, especially due to the inequality she faces outside of the classroom. Being mindful is the first step to creating an ideal and strong learning domain, it will comfort students to know they are not being judged based on their individuality. Identifying certain notions allows students and teachers to view the classroom as an inclusive place, and ultimately expands a pupil’s performance.

-Katelynn Steinmetz

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