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Restaurants Move to Takeout/ Delivery

     Ashley Hutchinson

     At the end of March, Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton placed a state-wide ban on restaurants. Customers could not dine inside any restaurant, and they could only purchase food through carry-out or delivery. 

     This ban was enacted to stop large groups of people from coming together in one place and to enforce the idea of “social distancing.” Eventually, lawmakers are hoping that bans will stop the spread of COVID-19 in the area and ultimately around the country. 

     To combat this change, many local businesses have started to be more accessible to the public by still allowing carry-out and even offering new delivery. 

     While some local businesses may be hurting during this time, some are actually thriving due to services that can deliver food right to one’s door. 

     Furthermore, services such as DoorDash or UberEats have even stopped some of their delivery fees to help the people around the community, and many of those employees are seeing their service continuing to grow. These companies have even created a no-contact policy, so they can leave the package on the doorstep to prevent the spread of germs.

     More locally, restaurants, such as Chipotle or Panera, are even offering free delivery, which keeps customers satisfied while keeping the chains in business. Locally owned businesses such as The Tavern of Stow have also started to deliver to customers. 

     While many small businesses have not opened up to delivery, almost everywhere is still open for carry-out orders. Examples of these businesses include El Campesino, Thai Gourmet, and Swensons. 

     If a business does not offer delivery, services previously mentioned such as DoorDash offers many local options for delivery, so food can be delivered right to home while still supporting local businesses. 

     However, there is still a lack of customers at a majority of local businesses, which affects families and the community as a whole. 

     When finding food to eat, try to find local family-owned restaurants to give business to. It helps the family, the community and the economy. Making small changes such as this can save so many businesses during these struggling times. 


Tiger King Review

   Samantha Cole

     At any point in your life, ever, have you thought to yourself, “Golly, the American privatized tiger industry is rife with corruption, mysterious deaths, marital scandals, and oddly catchy low-budget country music! I certainly hope a well-known media production company publishes a docu-drama to bring all of these things (and more!) to light!”?

     If you are in that minority, congratulations: Netflix has you covered with their complete and utter black horse of a series: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness.

     If you aren’t in that minority, prepare to become concerningly invested in the lore of American tiger-ownership. The topic sounds unbelievably droll–the rich own tigers, they probably aren’t keeping them in the best of circumstances and hopefully the USFWS does something about it. Those were my assumptions.

     There is so, so much more to it than that. Tiger King centers around two major tiger-keeping centers (not zoos, as the latter of the two would hasten to inform you of): Joe Exotic’s GW Zoo and Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue.

     There are other major players, of course–Doc Antle, another tiger zoo owner who employs a number of women in conditions eerily reminiscent of those in 1963 Playboy clubs; Mario Tabraue, a private tiger owner/former drug kingpin who, despite having been the basis for Scarface’s eponymous character and doing things like, say, sewing open 223 live snakes, stuffing them with cocaine, and stitching them back together, is the most normal of all the people interviewed; and Saff, the man who got attacked by a tiger, underwent amputation, and returned to work five days later, just to name a few.

     The amount of people involved in this world is baffling, it really is. And they’ve all got incredibly wild backstories. While, after the first few episodes, the crew starts focusing in on its stars (Exotic and Baskin), more and more people are introduced.

     A huge part of Tiger King’s draw, to me, is its nonchalant way of slapping the viewer in the face every five minutes with, “but wait, there’s more!” to which the audience can only respond with bafflement. 

     Within the first twenty minutes of the first episode, there’s already so, so much going on, it’s impossible to fathom how things could get weirder. 

     Take its star, Joe Exotic. You’ve made peace with the fact that he has a horrendous mullet, dresses exclusively in fringe, has a voice perpetually in the tonal range of “pre-teen snorting helium,” a career in country music that isn’t half-bad and is in prison. That’s an awful lot of conflicting information, right? There couldn’t be anything else, right?

     Then Tiger King decides to show you some interview clips with one of Exotic’s five husbands. And a clip of his polygamist gay wedding, which is, to say the least, not something people tend to expect from a gun-toting Oklahoman redneck.

     The series truly has a gift for establishing a comfort zone in what is a very bizarre situation, then surprising you over and over again with completely wild information. And it is not a trick exclusive to GW Zoo, either!

     While memes regarding it are everywhere, I still won’t detail the reveal for spoilers’ sake, but one of the best instances of this is in regards to Baskin. Nobody is safe from Tiger King’s reveals.

     Post-release and post-popularity, many of the people featured–including Baskin and her current husband–have released statements countering things that Tiger King has implied.

     The thing Baskin seems to have missed, however, is what makes Tiger King so interesting: the crew is barely featured. There are no interviews with experts non-affiliated with the tiger scene, no huffy opinions from quirky-yet-memorable cameramen–everything presented is due to the follies of its stars.

     They don’t know when to stop talking.

     Every opinion given is that of someone involved. All the information surrounding an incident is given freely. There are only about three characters who seem to know when to keep things close to the vest, especially when being interviewed by a camera crew.

     This lack of definitive conclusion on what you’re supposed to do with the information is a bit annoying, I’ll admit. The facts of the story don’t have a good conclusion; the audience is left to form their own.

     From a journalistic standpoint, that’s a very good way to cap things off. Present unbiased information; let the audience do what they will.

     From a storytelling standpoint? It’s awful and I hate it. I lack the fortitude to be satisfied without someone telling me how to feel.

     Regardless, the back half of the series, where things become less zany and more sordid, isn’t where the series shines. Tiger King is, legitimately, more about the journey than the destination.

     Mounting twists and turns aren’t all the series have to offer, however. The rivalry between Exotic and Baskin is riveting. At the start of the series is a clipshow of Exotic mentioning Baskin, peppered liberally with expletives, which is but a precursor to the drama to come. Exotic does not like Baskin.

     The feeling is mutual, however whereas Exotic gives an impressive number of 20-minute harangues on his distaste for Baskin, Baskin pursues a costly legal battle with him.

     Analysis of Tiger King invariably leads back to one question: Who, exactly, is the worst of the main three characters? Exotic and Baskin both do some pretty shady things in the pursuit of their rivalry and plenty of things outside of it as well; Antle, while running what is arguably the nicest of the three establishments, is also employing some pretty egregious child-grooming tactics.

     It’s another reason I wish the show had given personal opinions on the events contained. Opinions vary wildly; I, personally, see Antle as the worst of the three. A friend finds Joe the worst of the three, citing the thrall he held his husbands in. My father is convinced Baskin is the worst, mostly due to how perfectly she falls into “crazy cat lady” stereotypes that he is vehemently against.

     Tiger King’s inherent ability to spark conversation is undoubtedly another facet of its success. While quarantine was a massive boost for the series’ reach, its success cannot be based entirely on luck. Despite all the wild information and wacky dynamics, Tiger King has more to its name: production quality.

     Even compared to other series put out by Netflix (for instance, Car Masters: Rust to Riches, put on the site in about the same timeframe, which has camera-work not out of place on an HGTV series), the quality is stellar. Motion graphics occasionally crop up with old documents, there’s a wide breadth of fantastic aerial shots, the dramatic recreations aren’t overdone and they somehow make even old, grainy security camera footage look polished and professional.

     There is visible care put into the editing, and it boosts the series a lot. The editors did a fantastic job, throwing in information at exactly the right time. A lesser crew would have not done the story justice.

     The success of the series is twofold: the public has something to talk about and make memes over, yes, but a lot more people are aware of the rampant issues with privatized tiger ownership.

     There are a lot of issues with privatized tiger ownership. Tiger King makes the viewer stare them in the face.

     Before the series, public awareness about big cat abuse wasn’t fantastic. Baskin tried to raise awareness, yes, but she wasn’t wildly successful. Additionally, the event that by all right should have triggered a wave of activism (in 2011, eighteen Bengal tigers, among other animals, escaped a private zoo on Zanesville, OH, and were shot) did nothing except make an awful lot of people sad for a few days, somewhat akin to the Harambe incident. 

     In terms of pop culture references, the issue did not have any popular documentaries or other media before Tiger King to do what Supersize Me did for childhood obesity–the closest it got was a song titled Truck Stop Tiger by ROAR, a band known for one song popular on TikTok.

     Whether Tiger King will incentivise activism remains to be seen. Its pervasive effect on the American consciousness cannot be denied, however. The series has incredibly good word of mouth. As an example: President Trump said he would, “look into,” pardoning Joe Exotic. 

     While rewatch value on the series isn’t the best, the show is definitely worth taking the time to delve into. Clocking in at a mere five hours and seventeen minutes, Tiger King is an excellent form of escapism with low commitment.

     If collecting tarantulas and hating the bunny NPC in the new Animal Crossing game isn’t your speed, Tiger King has plenty of animals, but with many more suspected murders and bisexual trysts. If nothing else, the series makes for incredibly riveting dinner conversation.


Bernie Sanders Drops Out

Tyler Kavalecz

     On April 8, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign and dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary, all but ensuring that former Vice President Joe Biden will be the Democratic presidential candidate.

     Through the first three states that voted in the primary, Sanders was the front-runner after winning in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. At that point Sanders led in delegates with 45, while Biden was in third with 15 delegates, according to the AP.

     Biden stopped Sanders’ momentum in the turning point of the primary on February 29. Biden secured his first win of the primary in South Carolina and closed in on Sanders in delegates with Sanders standing at 60 and Biden jumping up to 54 delegates, according to the AP.

     Biden became the new front runner in the primary on the first, and biggest, Super Tuesday on March 3. Biden won 10 of the 15 states and territories that voted on March 3. 

     After Super Tuesday, Biden stood at 702 delegates, leading Sanders who was at 618 delegates, according to the AP.

     Biden had full momentum after Super Tuesday and never gave up the delegate lead. When Sanders dropped out of the primary on April 8, Biden had 1,217 delegates, while Sanders was trailing with 914, according to the AP.

     Sanders announced he was suspending his campaign and therefore dropping out of the Democratic presidential primary in a live-streamed speech on Twitter.

     “I cannot in good conscience continue to mount a campaign that cannot win and which would interfere with the important work required of all of us in this difficult hour,” Sanders said in his live-streamed speech.

     Although he dropped out of the primary and would not be a presidential candidate, Sanders added that his movement is not ending.

     “While this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not,” Sanders said in his live-streamed speech.

     On top of stating that his path to victory was virtually impossible because of the delegate lead that Biden had built up, Sanders also congratulated Biden.

     Sanders called Biden “a very decent man who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward,” in his live-streamed speech.

     Sanders also called for Democrats to stand together to help defeat President Trump.

     “Then together, standing united we will go forward to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history,” Sanders said.

     Although Sanders has officially dropped out of the primary, he will stay on the ballot in the states with upcoming primaries to try to amass more delegates in order to influence the party’s platform at the Democratic convention, which is currently scheduled to take place in August.

     Shortly after Sanders’ live-streamed speech, Biden stated that he would reach out to the Vermont senator and welcomed Sanders followers to join him. Biden said that he would continue dialogue with Sanders and his supporters to move forward on policy goals.

     Biden also acknowledged that Sanders has changed the dialogue and created a movement in America.

     With Sanders dropping out of the race, it all but ensures that Biden will be the Democratic presidential nominee that will face President Trump come the national presidential election later this year.

     Although Biden will not officially become the Democratic presidential nominee until he reaches 1,991 delegates, which is just over half of the total number of delegates that get awarded to candidates throughout the primary.

     On April 13, Bernie Sanders announced on Joe Biden’s twitter live-stream that he would be endorsing Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for president.