Shea Sullivan and Amanda Ostrowski
Shea Sullivan and Amanda Ostrowski
After having Chief Wahoo as their primary logo for 102 years, the Cleveland Indians will no longer be using it due to Major League Baseball pressure. Starting with the 2019 MLB season, the Indians will no longer feature cartoon character, Chief Wahoo, on their uniforms.
The Cleveland Indians were initially called the Cleveland Spiders until 1899 which they then changed to the Cleveland Naps, after their star player Nap Lajoie. According to NBC Sports, after Lajoie departed in 1914 owner Charles Somers asked local baseball writers to come up with a new name.
The name Indians and the logo came about because then star player Louis Sockalexis is believed to be the first Native American in the MLB. Originally the logo was used to honor Native Americans and the rich history of them in Northeast Ohio not with the purpose of disrespecting.
“I do not believe that the Indians should be changed because it’s been around for so long and I feel people are reading into why the logo was made and not the true reason,” senior Michaela Light said.
Many have criticized the logo as a sign of racism because the cartoon character features what some call a ‘Stereotypical American’ Indian face. According to USA Today, every year since the 1990’s playoff runs, groups of Native Americans have protested outside the stadium before the home opener in hopes getting Chief Wahoo permanently removed.
In 2014 the Tribe have began using a block “C” as their logo more often by shifting it as the primary cap logo and displaying it around the ballpark. In Aug. 2016, Indians managment released that they had no plans to change the logo and found it not disrespectful to Native Americans.
“ I do feel the logo should be changed because so many people feel offended and have protested for years over the logo. I still was and will be an Indians fan regardless of the logo,” Sophomore Hannah Williams said.
Major League Baseball then publicly stated they would not force the Indians to change their name since it has been in use for 100 years. National criticism did not occur until Oct.2016, when the Indians had a showdown with the Toronto Blue Jays for the American League Championship Series and the World Series.
During the American League championship, the city of Toronto tried to file an appeal for the Indians to remove the team name and logo patches from their jerseys to not be shown on Canadian TV. Two days after the devastating World Series game 7 loss to the Chicago Cubs, Major League Baseball released that they would look into the logo and hold a meeting to discuss if changes needed to be made.
Ultimately, pressure on management from the MLB heightened when Cleveland was named the host city for the 2019 All-Star Game. Many believe if Cleveland had never won the bid for the All-Star game the logo would never have changed. The MLB feared if the logo still represented the team they would lose people from attending the most popular game of the year and cause the loss of millions of dollars.
While many believe this is the end of the road for Chief Wahoo, they are completely wrong. MLB is not all for the change after allowing the ball to continue selling merchandise featuring the mascot in Northeast Ohio. This is in order for the MLB and the Indians to keep ownership of the trademark. In many ways Chief Wahoo will never disappear and will forever be a part of Cleveland history.
This past week, northeast Ohio has been hit with snow, rain and freezing cold temperatures. Some areas, including Stow, had six to ten inches of snow dumped on them this past weekend.
A lot of snow fell in a very short amount of time between Saturday and Sunday. Although it slowed down on Sunday, it continued to snow on and off throughout the day and going into Monday.
Monday night, the school district made an all-call announcing a snow day for Tuesday, January 22 due to rigid temperatures and unplowed roads, sidewalks and parking lots throughout Stow, Munroe Falls and other areas.
When they returned to school on Wednesday, many students began to wonder if one day off was enough to get everybody to school safely.
Upon pulling into the parking lot Wednesday morning, students were greeted by huge mounds of snow. At this time on Wednesday, it had also began to rain.
This rain started to not only cause leftover snow that was not plowed to turn into slush, but also started to form some ice in the parking lot. The combination of the slush and ice on the ground made for a very unpleasant walk for teachers and students alike into the building for the day.
Along with the slush and ice, parking in the student lot was limited as soon as students began to arrive at school. Many spots were blocked by the snow that had piled up, but many others were blocked by huge puddles of a combination of water, slush and ice.
Students were not the only ones affected by the poor conditions in the parking lot on Wednesday. Teachers parked in a certain area of the teacher lot were very badly affected too.
The parking lot is designed so that there is a pretty wide aisle in between the teacher and student lots, with aisles that are roped off so people can walk on, but not drive through, connecting the two main lots.
Because of this design, the people who were plowing the snow had very limited space to put it. The majority of the snow ended up surrounding the teacher lot, with some of it pushed against the perimeter of the portion of the student lot not connected to the teacher lot.
Monday night and all day Tuesday, temperatures did not reach much above 20 and 25 degrees. Wednesday, however, temperatures reached almost 45 degrees.
The spike in temperature started to cause the snow mounds pushed up against the parking lots to melt. Since the runoff had no place to go, it started to flood the teacher lot- pretty significantly.
Administration emailed teachers at around 11:00 informing them of the flooding that had started to occur. Many teachers parked in the back corner closest to the student lot opted to move their cars so they would not have to walk through a giant puddle just to leave school.
Not only were their issues with flooding in the student and teacher lots, but there was a significant amount of flooding in the library. There was also a little bit of flooding in the art loft, particularly the ceramics room, and the ceiling continued to leak.
The flooding in the library significantly bad because of the fact that it is carpeted throughout the whole thing. Fans have been placed around the spots where the flooding was the worst and have remained there in hopes of completely drying the carpet.
As for the rest of the snow piles that are still in the parking lot, there really is not much that anyone can do to prevent them from creating puddles in the parking lot. But, hopefully the people responsible for plowing the parking lot can figure out an alternative place for the extra snow so that the parking lot does not become flooded.
Kendra Cassiday is a freshman who excels in cross country and track. She and many others are looking forward to see even more improvement as each sport season comes and goes.
Cassiday started off running early and from the influence and support of her family.
“I have been running since third grade, and I started because it looked fun and my sister also runs. What motivates me to run is my family,” Cassiday said.
To train and improve, Cassiday follows workouts, works hard in cross country and track practices, and goes to lifting.
Long distance running is not only a physical endurance but also mental because it requires runners to have a certain mindset while running. Runners must not only be physically trained and prepared but also mentally strong and committed in order to succeed.
In upcoming seasons, Cassiday is looking forward to see how much she can better her times.
“My goals are to keep up with my older sister and overall just to keep improving,” Cassiday said.
These goals seem accomplishable for a talented runner such as Cassiday. Cassiday started her high school career off strong and earned her varsity letter as a freshman.
“My cross country season was good and one of my favorite things about running is meeting new people and friends on the team. What I also like about running is the satisfaction from finishing a race,” Cassiday said.
The cross country team could appreciate an athlete like Cassiday because she won first team all conference, and also Cassiday was named rookie of the year.
“Medals that are important to me are the first in the mile and second in the 800 meters,” Cassiday said.
There is no doubt Cassiday has the potential to earn even more medals and win even more races in the future seasons.
This upcoming track season there are expectations based off of the high performance Cassiday has shown in past seasons. It is reasonable Cassiday will meet her goals if she continues to train and work hard each season
Certainly the community is proud of what this young runner brings to Stow’s cross country and track team and is looking forward to see what she will bring in the future.
Cassidays enjoyment of the sport and hard work should guide her to meet her goals.