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Just because Twitter said it does not mean it is true

Art by Sam Haney

Story by Gracie Vanover

Social media can be both a blessing and a curse. However, for some male Marvel fans, it appears to be the latter. With the new movie Captain Marvel being released on March 8, many have something to say about the male opinion of this movie. Feminists across platforms like Twitter seem to have the strongest say in what they think about their male peers who dislike the new female lead superhero movie.

After the new movie was in theater for a few days, talk around our school and social media grew with likes and dislikes of the movie. The issue of “men being sexist” against the movie came to my attention one day at my lunch table as it was the discussion topic. One of my peers said he did not entirely care for the movie, as it just was not as good as others to him. His real issue with sharing his opinion, however, was the fact that many female friends took what he was trying to say the wrong way. They felt as if he was saying what he said due to the lack of “sexualizing” a woman hero. In his defense, that was not the cause for dislike, but many insisted on that as the base of his dislike.

With many women in the Marvel fandom adoring the movie and female lead Brie Larson, it is somewhat reasonable to see how they incorrectly interpreted what these men are saying. In the movie, Captain Marvel does not appear as the average woman hero, as her costume is more “bland” compared to others. I think with the change of her costume many assume the dislike is solely due to “non-sexualisation” of  Larson. Although many men have clearly stated this is not the case for their dislike, some women keep pushing to say it is when it truly is not.

When it comes down to the actual costuming of the women, Marvel is actually very respectful in making them feel comfortable. But in doing this they also are decently consistent with the comics and their design. To bring the original example back, Larson and her producers agreed on how the original comic book suit would not fit for the movie style but they did not completely obliterate any connection to the comics. When it boils down to the fans as well, no one is angry because she was not shown in sexy spandex. In specifics, not just male fans but many fans were displeased with mainly the plot, according to reviews from metacritic.com.

It seems like many are quick to attack male viewers when it comes to female superheroes and their opinions on them. However, as mentioned beforehand, the dislike is never due to the lack of sexualization. With the world we live in now, many ads in media are meant to sell as sex appeal. Of course with brands like Marvel, DC, or other productions, that is not the intended case. These brands are dedicated to the viewers and bringing them quality content over the basic and easy sex appeal that most everything is branded with.

The fanbase has no right to be mad at the lack of sex appeal because that style of branding is never the focus of the Marvel brand of movies. The idea of male viewers being angry at the lack of sexualization is a false accusation on other viewers’ parts. For other fans or outsiders to accuse the fanbase of that is unjust and a false accusation. Not only is it making that part of the fanbase look bad, but it makes the entire fanbase as a whole look worse as well.

Overall, people use media to claim statements that a lot of time are not true. Even though in this society sex appeal sells content, this is not always the case. Marvel fans were the most recent target of the “only care about sexualized content” facade but it will not be the last. So before people accuse others of this, they need to take a step back and look at the whole picture.

 

Q&A with senior Aaron Nottke

By Gracie Vanover

Aaron Nottke is a senior trumpet player in marching band, concert band, pep band, and concert band. This year, Nottke lead a group of 15 students in a trumpet choir for solo and ensemble. They received a gold at district and are advancing to state competition on this Saturday.

BP: How do you lead your ensemble?

Aaron Nottke: “I will have them play something, I’ll listen to it, and give them suggestions to make it sound better.”

BP: As a leader what’s the hardest challenge for you?

AN: “Staying positive and keeping everyone focused during rehearsal.”

BP: What aspect of being a leader is your favorite?

AN: “The best part of being a leader is reaping the benefits of the effort that you put in, and I get to experience that.”

BP: How does your group work together?

AN: “The group works pretty well with each other; however it, is often times difficult for everyone to stay focused. While playing everyone listens to each others parts and for the most part they will fix things on their own with repetitions.”

BP: As a senior how does it feel to know this is your last shot to get a gold at state?

AN: “I couldn’t be more excited for state, and I know I’ll be happy regardless of whether we get gold or not, as long as everyone puts forth their best effort.”

BP: What has shaped you for the role of being a leader?

AN: “Years of experience with band and learning from my own mistakes as well as others’ has changed and shaped me into the person I am today.”

BP: How do you encourage your group in hard times?

AN: “When things don’t sound great during rehearsal I try to emphasize the positive things they are doing while still working to fix the negative.”

BP: How do you hope to impact your group in the end?

AN: “I hope to leave them with good memories and hopefully as better musicians.”

 

Q&A with senior guard members

Photo by Kate Zuverink

Story by Gracie Vanover

Senior Emily Ford

  1. How long have you been in guard?

I have been in guard since 8th grade. I joined the winter season of 2014.

  1. What was your first marching band show? Winter show?

My first marching band show was Hexagon in 2015. My first winter show was Turning Tables (2014).

  1. What is your favorite thing to toss?

My favorite thing to toss is rifle.

  1. What’s your favorite guard memory?

There are so many memories I’ve made with this team it’s hard to just pick one. But if I had to choose just at least one, it would be back in Hidden (2016) when a couple of the guard members had to push really heavy and big props. This was the first day we had gotten the props and they were really hard to push. So our coach, Charles, was really trying to help us push them, but we were pushing them too slow and Mr. Yankey got mad at us. Then Charles yelled, “We are not Hercules” very loud and aggressively to Mr. Yankey. After that, I accidentally hit Charles with my prop.

  1. How does it feel knowing this is your last FC winter show?

Knowing this is my last FC winter show makes me really sad and upset, but I know that at my last performance I will walk off of that floor accomplished.

 

Senior Camryn Schneidau

  1. How long have you been in guard?

I’ve been in guard for four seasons now (seven seasons of marching band and winter guard), and I’ve loved almost every bit of it.

  1. What was your first marching band show? Winter show?

My first marching band show was Hidden (2016) and my first winter guard show was Through the Trees (2016).

  1. What is your favorite thing to toss?

My favorite piece of equipment is flag because I feel more connected to the audience when I spin a beautiful silk.

  1. What’s your favorite guard memory?

There are so many memories, it’s so hard to choose just one, but going to WGI last year is one I will never forget.   

  1. How does it feel knowing this is your last FC winter show?

I am very sad that this is my last show as an FCEG member but I’m excited for the future of this program and I hope that we all give this season all we’ve got because I know that we can do great things together.

 

Senior Ashley Wilder

  1. How long have you been in guard?

I have been in guard eight seasons going on nine.

  1. What was your first marching band show? Winter show?

My first marching band show was Hexagon (2015) and my first winter show was Turning Tables (2014).

  1. What is your favorite thing to toss?

I love to toss rifle and saber.

  1. What’s your favorite guard memory?

I honestly can’t pick a favorite memory.

  1. How does it feel knowing this is your last FC winter show?

It’s bittersweet. I’m very sad to leave this incredible program but I am also excited to see what the future holds for the Floyd Central Emerald Guard.

How do people upcycle

Art by Jennifer Avendano

Story by Gracie Vanover

Across the world, different people use old clothes in a variety of ways. Dresses can become a shirt or jeans can become a pair of shorts. There are thousands of options for anything in the closet.

Upcycling is defined by dictionary.com as reusing a product and making its value higher or equal to its original value. With the rise of upcycling and other environmentally friendly recycling methods, clothes become repurposed and take on a beautiful new form.

The beauty of upcycling is that your options really are endless,” said Jessica Murray who is a writer for savethestudent.org. Murray says it really lets someone’s creative side let loose.

In order to upcycle, some basic tools needed are scissors, a needle and thread (or sewing machine), and the fabric intended to be used. Once the needed materials are acquired ,then plan out what design or pattern is desired for the project.

“Along the technical execution [the sewing], there is always another side of the coin,” said Mariana Kirova from ecofashionsewing.com, “And this is the design.

When the plans have been made and the materials are collected, the fun can begin. For example, when taking a dress to be made into a t-shirt, start to measure the person who the shirt is being made for. Make sure that all the measurements are marked for parts such as circumference of the torso area or whatever areas chosen.

Before doing anything with clothes, though, I use scissors or my seam ripper to remove notions like buttons and zippers, then I save those items in small jars for reuse later,” said Danielle Pientka who runs diydanielle.com.

Next, everything is now measured so cutting the fabrics and patterns can begin. Make sure the cutting is precise and accurate to the outline created for the design. Using or borrowing a steady hand from a friend will be the best option for clipping out the planned clothing piece.

“Once I remove the notions, I cut the fabric into strips or into one big cut of fabric to be used on a project,” said Pientka. “That cut of fabric can be folded and placed with all of my other fabrics.”

Once the pattern has been cut out, then the process proceeds to sewing the

fabric together. How it is sewed can vary due to personal preference or is required for said design. Make sure when sewing that the holes needed for body parts, such as arms, are closed up.

The last thing you want is to run into challenges that exceed your sewing confidence, thus leaving you with an unfinished project,” said Murray. “If you stick to previously applied and checked sewing techniques, you’ll feel much more satisfied from your final result.”

After the piece has been sewn together, the true fun can begin. With the heavy

duty tasks completed, one can begin to decorate. Little bits like glitter, pearls, or whatever one can imagine can be added to make the piece truly one-of-a-kind.

Although the process is very tedious and nerve-wracking at times, there are a

multitude of benefits to upcycling. It is not only recycling clothes and saving our environment, but it also expresses the creativity that is individuality.

Video games do not cause teen violence

Art by Jaclyn Refrow

Story by Gracie Vanover

Hi there. I am a teen gamer who has no self-control because I play more violently-rated video games, which leads to “irrational” thoughts.

Video games have been on the rise for generations and have grown widely in content. With a growing fan base companies produce new games yearly with more intense content. Although this content grows harsher, video games are not to blame for things like school shootings and other heinous acts done by teenagers.

Since 2000 there have been approximately 188 school shootings on high school and college campuses. With 97 percent of teens playing video games, it’s easy for people such as politicians to throw the blame towards this form of media. But not is all that it appears to the naked eye when looking at the research or what’s being said about video game violence.

Although gaming has grown more intense and violent in content studies show that video games have no long-term aggression on teenagers. Video games have equal effects than other forms of media like cartoons and movies do. Even though these facts are out there for quite literally anyone to look at and read politicians continue to bash video games as an easy way out and to appeal to other adults with these similar morals.

However, the real underlying contributor to these events are factors like mental health or gang activity. Most politicians and local officials refuse to step into the mental health territory as they don’t want to look like they’re discriminating against the mentally ill. As someone diagnosed with mental illnesses I would rather my government be transparent instead of completely disregarding mental health as a factor.

Blaming video games rather than the actual factors is quite childish .It shows that they do not dig and research the facts enough. When you really look into it it seems politicians are just playing the blame game. For example, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin suggests that these violent games and media throw us into a dangerous loop of aggression and unreasonable thoughts which lead us to these situations. However, that is far from true.

As someone in a school environment and gaming community, its presented to us teen gamers as politicians shrugging us off and saying, “Well you made this mess you better clean it up.”

Video game industries are worth billions of dollars so politicians figure “hey, let’s just throw a little bump in the road their way it won’t hurt right?” Throwing these claims can actually be quite harmful to some. You are throwing tons of graphic artists and animators a hard curveball for all their hard work and possibly causing job shortages due to the decrease in sales.

As an average 16-year-old gamer who plays games on the more violent spectrum, I do not think these games are the issue. The real issue leading to these tragic shooting events and outbursts of violence is simply what is going on inside these teeangers’ heads and how their world around them is treating them. Shying away from the true issues of these matters and putting blame on forms of art and media helps no one.