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Winter Games recap

By Shea Sullivan

    The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, came to an end on February 25. History was made by many, surprises occurred and the Olympic spirit struck the world.

    Starting at the opening ceremonies, North and South Korea marched in together under a unified Korea flag for the first time since the countries have been divided. North and South Korea also competed together as one hockey team, which brought hope to both countries despite losing in the first game.

    Russia walked in under the Olympic flag, not permitted to wear any patriotic colors, and they were listed as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” (OAR) as punishment for doping in 2014.

    Moving on to the medal count, Norway dominated the Olympics winning a total of 39 medals, the most medals ever won by a country at a single Winter Olympics, bleacher report stated.

    Germany came in second, winning a total of 31 medals. Germany was expected to win the most gold medals, and they did, but Norway tied with them, both winning 14 gold medals.

    Canada finished third in the medal count, winning 29 total medals, 11 which were gold. The United States finished behind Canada, winning 23 total medals, 9 gold.

    Shockingly, the Olympic Athletes from Russia won 17 medals, but only two of them were gold. Those two gold medals were won in hockey and women’s figure skating.

    In hockey, the United States women’s team beat Canada in a shocking upset for the first time in 20 years. The game went into overtime and the United States eventually scored in a shootout, securing the gold.

    These Winter Olympics were not the best for the United States in figure skating. The U.S. only won bronze in the team event and bronze in ice dance thanks to Maia and Alex Shibutani.

    However, this U.S. figure skating team broke history multiple times despite only winning two bronze medals.

    Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land the triple axel at the Olympics, Nathan Chen became the first person to land five quads in a program, Vincent Zhou landed the first quad lutz at the Olympics, the Shibutanis were the first pair of Asian descent to medal in ice dance and Adam Rippon was one of the first openly gay men to win a medal in figure skating.

    Yet the most history breaking story the US might remember from these is Olympics is finally winning cross country skiing gold. Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall became the first Americans to ever win this event at the Olympics.

    Snowboard big air make its Olympic debut in PyeongChang. In the men’s event, Canadian Sebastien Toutant took gold, with American Kyle Mack earning silver. American Jamie Anderson also took silver in the women’s event.

    Lindsey Vonn was the favorite to take the gold in downhill skiing and win a medal in the combined event; however, it did not work out that way. Vonn finished third in downhill and was disqualified in the combined.

    Mikaela Shiffrin was victorious in the giant slalom and also took home a silver in the combined event.

    One of the biggest shocks of the Olympics was made by the Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka. Ledecka became the first athlete to medal in two different sports at the Olympics, but even more astonishing, she won gold in both events: super-G and snowboarding parallel giant slalom.

    Curling caught the world’s attention at these Olympics. Curling has been a medal event in the Olympics since 1998, but it never seemed to catch attention until it arrived in PyeongChang.

    The United States has not won a gold in only four events at the Winter Olympics, curling was one until these Olympics. The men’s US curling team defeated the favorites, Sweden, in the gold medal match. Sweden, however, won in the women’s event with South Korea taking silver.

    The host country historically does better at their own Olympic, and South Korea definitely did. This was their most successful Olympics, winning 17 medals, 5 of which were gold.

    However, the Olympics are not just about winning medals. They are about the world putting their difference aside and coming together, even if that means playing just one hockey game.





Chicago News Channel Blooper

By Lindsey Ryan

The 2018 Winter Olympics are currently being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This is the first time South Korea has hosted the Winter Olympics; they have been fighting for their spot to host for many years. 2018 was their time to shine for the Games. News channels have been covering the Games and all of their highlights since they began February 8. One news channel in particular made a mistake while covering the Pyeongchang Olympics.

On a news channel in Chicago, the graphics coordinator was confused and accidentally placed “P.F. Chang 2018” as the graphic behind anchor Mark Rivera. According to, Jayme Nicholas, a spokeswoman for the news station, apologized for the image and told the Chicago Tribune the graphic was merely a “mix-up.” The “P.F. Chang 2018” graphic was supposed to be used for a “satirical piece” that sports anchor Mark Giangreco created Friday.

The graphic, however, was then accidentally used for the real news on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the station said. The “P.F. Chang 2018” graphic brought an onslaught of mockery on social media, with many first questioning if it was real.

“P.F. Chang’s.. Bringing the world together in 2018,” one user wrote.

P.F Chang’s official twitter tweeted, “Contrary to this broadcast, we’re not hosting the games.”

Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday Collide

By Suzie Lee

     The two opposite holidays, Valentine’s day and Ash Wednesday ironically overlapped on the same day.

    Ash Wednesday is a seasonal holiday of church signaling the start of Lent in Christianity. Christians think of the meaning of Lent by meditating Christ’s affliction for 40 days by putting ashes on his forehead and making a confession of sin.

     However this year, the Valentine’s Day, a holiday that couples send chocolates and flowers to each other, fell on Ash Wednesday resulting in controversy between the two events.

    During Valentine’s Day, people buy rose bouquets and chocolate-covered strawberries to celebrate their love to each other.

    The problem is on Ash Wednesday, a day for fasting and self denial, those gifts are considered extravagant.

    Priests say the words to parishioners during the ceremony, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

    The last time this concurrence of holidays happened was in 1945, and it is expected to meet again at 2024 and again in 2029.     

      Last year, the Lenton Friday fell on the same day as Saint Patrick’s Day, a similar to situation this year, but some dioceses made decisions to permit Catholics to eat corn beef.

    From this conflict, many people decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day one day earlier among with Mardi Gras, known as Fat Tuesday.

    Although any specific decisions are not arising at the moment for Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, the people resolved in different ways to respect and celebrate the events.


Apple announces new iPhone with capabilities

As bigger screens and slimmer bodies are increasing in popularity amongst large phone companies, such as Apple and Samsung, many people enjoying pocket-sized phones are finding themselves at a loss. Apple has just released their new phone, the iPhone SE, which plans on appealing to small-phone users.

 Apple held an event on March 21, and they announced the release of a new iPhone amongst updates to the Apple Watch and Macbook laptops. The new phone was geared towards those who did not want the 4.7 or 5.5 screen found in the iPhone 6 and 6S models.

While the other phones are seemingly increasing in size as each generation is created and released, the iPhone SE brings a familiarity to owners of the 5S model that debuted on Sept. 30, 2013 as the screens and width size are identical. The only changing aspect in appearance of the phone is the new color option, rose gold, which was introduced during the release of the iPhone 6.

On the inside of the phone, everything is different. The processor is now upgraded to match that of the iPhone 6S along with support for the new iOS9 software, which means the user will now have quicker LTE and wifi reception. Battery life has also increased to 10 days on standby.

In regards to the camera, the new iPhone now includes a 12-megapixel camera with a plethora of ways to adjust lighting and exposure in order to maintain the ideal shot. The front-facing camera, however, has maintained the same 1.2-megapixel amount as seen in the 5S model, which is drastically different than the 5-megapixel camera found in the 6S model.

Various other aspects, such as Live Photo and video qualities, have also remained in the same between the two models, but the SE does not include the ability to zoom in on the display screen or have 3D Touch capabilities.

The iPhone 6S prices begin at $649.00 for the lowest storage capacity model; however, the iPhone SE models begin at $399.00 for 16GB of storage and $499.00 for 64GB.