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Therapy Dogs

Amanda Ostrowski
Therapy dogs are used to help those in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, retirement homes, people with learning difficulties, and in stressful and disasters.
There are students here at stow high school that suffer from major anxiety. Since that is what therapy dogs are for students with super high anxiety should be aloud to have one in school.
I do not think that anyone that says they have anxiety should have a therapy dog, there should be guidelines. Whether it is taking a test, having a doctors or psychiatrist note that says it would help them and that they are not faking it.
For kids to have a therapy dog there are alot of good reasons to have one but there are also a lot of bad reasons to have one.
“ I like the idea of therapy dogs and I feel they can really help people out, but I am afraid of dogs,” said Senior Madison Critchlow.
Critchlow sees both sides of views, she understands why people need therapy dogs, but she also knows that it will distract her if the dogs are there because she is afraid of them.
Though to prevent this from happening they could have the dogs maybe just be used when the kids with anxiety are taking a test or maybe even presenting but they would do it in a room where no one is afraid of dogs.
“ Dogs are very cute so they might distract the kids from doing their work,” said Sophomore Kayla Mchale.
Many students would get very distracted from having the dog there, but I think after a while they would just get used to having the dog there just like anything else.
Mchale does think that people should have therapy dogs she just pointed out the fact that students will probably get distracted.
“ I think that they should have therapy dogs at school because it would help them focus better and other students around would probably be more focused after they get used to them,” said Freshman Olivia Evans.
Evans and many more believe that we should be aloud to have therapy dogs for the students who really need it.
Therapy dogs would be a good addition to stow high school not only would it help kids but it might convince other schools just to do the same.
There are many reasons that the therapy dogs should not be at the school: people are allergic, expensive, requires time, and care. There are so many preventions to help many of these problems. I think that what they do for kids, makes up for any of the doubts, or bad reasons for it.

Browns Offseason 2019

Alex Chmielewski
The Cleveland Browns are coming off of their best season in the past decade. Rookie quarterback sensation and 2018 1st overall pick Baker Mayfield finished 2nd in rookie of the year voting. Joel Bitonio, Myles Garrett, Jarvis Landry, and Denzel Ward were all named pro bowlers, the most the Browns have had since 2015. Most importantly, the Browns bounced back after a winless season in 2017, and finished the 2018 season 7-8-1, just barely missing out on a playoff spot.
A good deal of this recent success can be attributed to General Manager John Dorsey, who was highered before the 2018 season began. Dorsey immediately made an impact, drafting quarterback Baker Mayfield, Cornerback Denzel Ward, and running back Nick Chubb, who all had phenomenal rookie seasons. Dorsey also traded for star wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who played a huge part in turning the team around with his play on the field, and his infectious winning attitude.
The Browns have already made a splash this off season with the controversial signing of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. Hunt was released by the Chiefs this past season after he was involved in a domestic violence incident and is yet to be punished by the NFL. John Dorsey was the man who drafted Hunt to the Chiefs and decided to give him a second chance in Cleveland. Before being released this past season, Hunt was considered one of the top players in the league, which is why the Browns chose to take a gamble on him and bring him to Cleveland.
For the first time in years, the Browns will not be searching for a quarterback in the offseason. Baker Mayfield showed lots of potential this past season and it looks like he will be the Cleveland’s quarterback of the future. There still are some holes on the Browns roster and some positions that need to be upgraded if the Browns want to compete for a playoff spot next year. A few areas that stand out are the offensive line and their defensive secondary. The Browns could also use a more reliable kicker and a big-bodied wide receiver that can use his size to help him make plays.
The Browns will look to address these needs through the NFL Draft and free agency, and could even look to make a few trades as well.
Currently holding their own pick in rounds 1-6 (17th overall in each round) as well as the New England Patriots 3rd round and 5th round picks, Jacksonville Jaguars 5th round and 7th round picks, and the San Francisco 49ers 7th round pick, the Browns will have plenty of opportunities to improve through the draft.
Another thing that Cleveland has is cap space. With the 4th most in the league at $77 million, the Browns could look to sign some big name free agents to help bolster their already impressive roster.
As mentioned previously, some trades could be made as well, as John Dorsey will explore every option he has to help the Browns become a better football team. One name that has recently been linked to the Browns is New York Giants superstar wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. Although Beckham recently signed an extension with the Giants, many believe that he now wants out of New York. John Dorsey seems to be pushing for a trade that would send shockwaves throughout the NFL.
Another reason to believe that the Brows could be a playoff team in 2019 is the coaching staff. After firing former head coach Hue Jackson halfway through the season, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams took over as interim head coach. Williams helped coach the Browns to a 5-3 record in their last 8 games. While some thought that may have been enough to sign Williams long-term, he was instead fired in favor of coach Freddie Kitchens. Kitchens also received a promotion halfway through the season, and went from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. Kitchens was given lots of credit for his creative play calling, and also for utilizing rookie Baker Mayfield in the Browns second-half of the season turnaround.
No matter what happens this offseason, the Cleveland Browns will be an exciting team to watch in 2019.

Marijuana in Pro Sports

Alex Chmielewski
This past Thursday, suspended defensive tackle of the Dallas Cowboys, David Irving, announced that he is quitting the NFL. Irving, 25, made the announcement as he filmed himself in a video on Instagram Live, less than a week after the league suspended him indefinitely for violating its substance-abuse policy for the third time. This brings up the controversial topic of marijuana use in pro sports.
Irving went on to talk about how he believes that weed could be beneficial to some players health if used properly. “If I’m gonna be addicted to something, I’d rather be addicted to marijuana, which is medical — it’s a medicine; I do not consider it a drug,”Irving said.
Another point that he brought up is the use of weed in other sports. “How many NBA players you see getting in trouble about this? How many coaches you see getting in trouble about this? How many baseball players? How many UFC players getting in trouble?” Irving said.
Marijuana testing is different in all sports, and so are the penalties that are handed out if a player gets caught. The NFL is the most strict of all professional American sports leagues when it comes to handing out punishments.
Many other professional athletes, as well as Irving, see weed as a type of medicine. Former NFL running back Ricky Williams used it as a pain reliever and mood stabilizer. Former NBA player Chauncey Billups also thought about it that same way. “I honestly played with players — I’m not going to name names; of course I’m not — I wanted them to smoke. They played better like that. Big-time anxiety, a lot of things can be affected — [marijuana] brought ’em down a bit. It helped them focus in a little bit on the game plan,” Billups said.
With laws changing, and more research being done, it could be time for professional sports leagues to look at and reevaluate their stance on the use of medical and recreational marijuana in sports.