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Baltimore riots close baseball to the public

Baseball, and other sports are used by athletes and fans to escape their problems of the world. This is something the Baltimore Orioles took away from their fans as they recently closed their game to the public.

Due to riots in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Orioles canceled games against the Chicago White Sox on Monday April 27 week, the baseball organization decided to play their game on Wednesday, April 29.

The privilege of escaping the world and going to see a baseball game was taken away from Baltimore citizens. Camden Yards, the name of the park the Orioles play at, was completely closed to the public. Zero people were in attendance of this game shattering the previous record of six held by the Worcester Ruby Legs in 1882.

“The footage that I saw of the game was eerie and actually pretty funny. Without people in the stands you could hear everything; the sound of the bat, the players talking, everything,” junior James Jennings said.

The players and announcers made light of this tragic situation through humor. One player on the Orioles threw a baseball to the empty stands as if to toss it to a fan. The announcers at one point acted like it was a golf tournament, announcing the game by whispering.

“Bizarre is the only word that I can think of that describes it. Nothing like this has ever happened in baseball before and nobody knew how to react. It was funny how the players and announcers made fun of it though,” junior Ricky Tritten said.

Games scheduled at Camden Yards against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays have been moved to Tampa where they will be open to the public. The Orioles won the game 8­2 over the White sox. Events like this can really make one scared for our nation as even our past time goes away in times like this.

“Hopefully the rioters realize that they aren’t causing any positive change and are only hurting themselves. The game on Wednesday shows what can happen when people riot, they don’t get what they want and they only cause more damage,” junior Derek Mast said.

This historic game will go down in major league baseball history with, hopefully a happy ending.

Beautiful vacation destinations destroyed by litter

The world is full of beautiful places where tourists flock to. Due to this exces- sive tourism in these locations, such as the Maldives, have been defaced with trash left behind.

According to Sophia Forbes of Yahoo Travel, seven billion people that produce 1.7 billion tons of trash each year inhabit Earth. These statistics are only going to go up as 100,000 people are born each day. By the year of 2025, the amount of waste produced annually will exceed 2.2 billion tons.

This alarming amount of trash is not always properly disposed, resulting in a build up of unwanted trash. Waste is starting to infiltrate glorious getaway spots and destroying their beauty.

According to Sophia Forbes of Yahoo Travel, “More than 750,000 people head to the Maldives every year bringing an influx in waste with them.”

Tourism is the main cause of the destruction of significant historical and beautiful destinations.

“Waste buildup around the world is disgusting and is a major cause for the destruction of major destination spots. Something needs to be done or the world will have no tourist spots left,” senior Aaron Gates said.

Beautiful places have been destroyed by trash build up. In 1992, the government allocated an island in the Maldives, Thilafushi.

According Sophia Forbes of Yahoo travel, Thilafushi was used from 1992-2011 as a dump for all of the countries waste. “The Rubbish Island” used to be a beautiful lagoon

with coral reefs and crystal clear waters. Now, it is a toxic dump containing more than 124 acres of trash trans- ported and burned daily.

“I think it’s horrible that a beautiful place like this island was used as a dump for so long. The island won’t recover from constant dumping and won’t return to it’s previous state of beauty,” freshman Lauren Vandenbush said.

The island became a major bio-hazard as toxic waste and smoke filled the air. Dumping on the island stopped in 2011 after ships began dumping waste into the ocean.

Thilafushi is just one example of how trash buildup across the world has ruined beautiful places. Surprisingly, Mount Everest has become a trash heap as well. Each year, roughly 300 people attempt to scale Mount Everest. Over the years climbers have left a trail of waste leading to the mountain being called, “the world’s highest junkyard.”

Climbers of Mount Everest have left behind equipment, tents, plastic bottles, clothes and a disgusting amount of human feces in base camps and climbing routes. The toxins on the mountain threaten the ecosystem and surrounding areas, which could spread disease to local communities living by the mountain.

Trash buildup across the world is a major problem and threatens the lives of many.

Joshua’s produces seafood buffet for lunch

Joshua’s food has saved students from school lunches for years. Recently, the restaurant decided to shake things up a little bit by adding a brand new buffet.

This Wednesday and Thursday, March 18-19, Joshua’s will be holding a seafood buffet. This will be the restaurants first seafood buffet in its’ history.

Stow high school’s restaurant, Joshua’s, has been known for its’ phenomenal food and numerous buffets throughout the year. They have had holiday buffets, harvest buffets, super bowl buffets and international buffets. For the first time they are including a seafood buffet that will replace the harvest buffet they previously had.

The buffet costs $15 a person and is open to reservation only so you must make plans in advance. The menu includes many seafood items such as shrimp, crab and swordfish.

Tracey Lee and Shelley Giangaspero run the restaurant. Lee is the culinary arts instructor and Giangaspero is the chef instructor.

“We decided to do the seafood buffet this year to give students the opportunity to learn about different culinary techniques. It’s in the curriculum and since it is world language week we figured there’s no better time,” said Lee.

The buffet helps level one students work with people from other countries in order to get the food they need. Level 2 students learn where the food comes from and where it is better to get the food. This is a learning opportunity for students involved with Joshua’s to make great food.

“Joshua’s buffets have always been good, if this is anything like there other buffets, it’ll be great,” freshman Olivia Stark said.

The cost of $15 can deter students from going to the buffet however.

“The cost for the buffet is actually inexpensive compared to the quality of the food that will be prepared,” Lee said.

Students have the chance to look up more information about the restaurant on the Joshua’s facebook page. Joshua’s seafood buffet is moving along nicely and deserves a visit.

Photos by Nina Harris.

Art teacher Surrena collects water bottles to beautify school

Art is one thing that the high school is not known for. Michelle Surrena has a new project in mind that could change that.

Recently, the high school added an up-cycle art class as an elective. This class is taught by none other than Michelle Surrena. This class utilizes old, recycled material to make new, beautiful creations. Currently, they are working on creating a bouquet of flowers using recycled book pages.

“This class is really great. I’m so glad that I took it. It feels good to make beautiful things out of junk,” senior Molly Divine said.

Surrena plans on putting her book page bouquets throughout the school, mainly in Joshua’s. She’s already doing things to integrate artwork into our school, however, her next project requires some help from the student body.

“I’m going to need between 200-500 water bottles for this project. I need a lot of help from you students,” Surrena said.

Surrena plans on creating a chandelier to place in the middle of the commons to bring beauty into the school. She’s basing her vision off of glass blowing artist Dale Chihully who creates magnificent sculptures from glass and paint. She cannot do this with actual glass however, so she is attempting to use water bottles instead.

“I’m on a mission. The possibilities of this are great.” Surrena said.

Surrena does have more than one art class and plans to use that to her advantage. She wants to have a “Chihully day” where all of her students contribute to her cause. They are going to bring in water bottles and help construct the chandelier.

In order to make a great sculpture, they need a lot of water bottles. The process of creating the sculpture is simple, get the water bottles, cut them into shapes, paint them and string wire through them. After all of that, they wire them together to create fascinating and intricate sculptures

“We have a really cool opportunity to bring a really unique and beautiful piece of art into our school. I’m very excited to be a part of it.” Sophomore and up-cycle class student Lily Warren said.

Integrating beautiful artwork into our school is Michelle Surrena’s mission. She can make her dream a reality with the efforts of us, the students. Surrena needs 500 water bottles. Make it happen.