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FC faces tough Jeff team Friday night

By JD McKay

Once again the Highlanders have a tough game against a Southern Indiana rival, and once again, I expect they will win. Both teams come in ranked in the top 20. However, Floyd comes into the game having won two home games in a row, most recently beating Corydon by 41 points. Jeffersonville, on the other hand, was thumped Friday on the road against New Albany, losing by 24 points. The Highlanders three main keys to success will be slowing down senior Bailey Falkenstein, senior Matt Weimer playing offense, and senior Luke Gohmann and junior Cobie Barnes continuing consistency.

Jeff does not have any Romeo Langfords or Sean Easts, but Falkenstein is Jeff’s best player, averaging 20 points a game. I expect Weimer to guard Falkenstein, and Weimer will shut him down. Weimer held Langford to 15 points, so I’d be surprised if he scored more than ten points.

As I said above, Weimer is the Highlanders’ best defensive player, but offensively is another story. To beat Jeff, Weimer will need to be sure to make a small offense impact. If he can make five assists and score five points and add his typical above par defensive play, he should boost his team to a victory.

Finally, Barnes and Gohmann have been by far the consistent players on the team. On Dec. 15 against Providence, Gohmann and Barnes scored 42 of Floyd’s 53, and on Dec 8, against New Albany, scored 31 of FC’s 49. These guys are the most exciting players on the team (other than senior Braxton Cerqueira, who has two points this season), and can get the student section into the game unlike any other players. Gohmann had a huge put back dunk against New Albany, and they combined for one of the most exciting plays this season against Providence.

Bottom Line- Floyd seems to have the more talented players and has shown how well they play together as a team. Jeff has had an easy schedule and that was apparent Friday against New Albany. The combination of Barnes and Gohmann, plus FC’s deep bench, will be too much for Jeff. Score- Floyd over Jeff 73-64

Expected Starting Five

Floyd Central Jeffersonville
Matt Weimer Jaylen Fairman
Gabe Shireman Jacob Jones
Luke Gohmann Bailey Falkenstein
Cobie Barnes Tre Coleman
Brendon Hobson Jaden Coleman

Column: Five things to do or watch this holiday break

By JD McKay

1- Go to a hockey game
I love hockey and watching hockey game live at the arena is my favorite way to watch any sport. Indiana is home to three Minor League hockey teams, the Indiana Fuel at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, the Evansville Thunderbolts at the Ford Center, or the Fort Wayne Komets at the Taxslayer Center. They all have three home games. The cheapest tickets are $12 at Evansville. If you want an NHL experience you can go to Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, or Columbus, but tickets are about $65 for standing room only.

2- NBA Christmas
Normally I try to avoid watching the NBA, but Cavs vs Warriors. Need I say more?

3- College Football Playoff
Any football fan who has any memory from the past two Alabama vs Clemson games should need this, but if you somehow lost your memory, here is what you forgot. Nine points separating them in both games, one kick return touchdown, two Sports Illustrated covers, two different national champions, and one second left when Hunter Renfrow caught the game winner. Plus, we get to see if defenses still win championships in the Rose Bowl between Georgia (great defense) and Oklahoma (great offense) to determine who will play the winner of Bama vs Clemson in the national championship.

4- U of L vs UK
This pick doesn’t need much explaining. It’ll have been a year since UK last beat U of L in the big two sports, and Rupp Arena will be rowdy. On December 29, nearly any sports fan in the Kentuckiana area will be tuned in to this one. Unfortunately, this struggling U of L team probably won’t make the game close.

5- Indiana Hall of Fame Classic (FC vs Bloomington South)
Floyd enters ranked fifth in the state and undefeated. Bloomington South enters having one loss to New Albany by 12 points at home and ranked ninth. I expect Floyd to win again and move up one spot. The game is on December 30, at New Castle FieldHouse. Tickets are $20 at the door, but that is for four games. You can preorder tickets online for $10 at or from athletic director Jeff Cerqueira.

Proposed bill engenders universal racism

By Joey Bowling

America has been nicknamed the land of opportunity, but not all get those big breaks. The possibilities are also quickly drying up if you were not born here.

With Senate bill 1720, also known as the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, immigration moves from a system of jilted eligibility to points decided by factors such as education and language. Now, it seems to me that the only thing that America is raising is the amount of vitriol and the unwillingness to help those in need as immigrants flee their homes to survive. However, before I can talk about the monstrosity of this bill, let us look at immigration as it is now.

“We’ve had the same immigration laws for a little over 50 years, so we at least need to revisit them and see what maybe we can keep and see what needs to be changed,” AP U.S. History teacher Mark McKay said.

Immigration as it is now is more humane than aforementioned bill would like it to be. If you have a family member in the U.S., then the process is easier for you. However, if you do not, the process is quite lengthy and expensive. McKay said that if you do not have a large amount of money or a system helping you on this side, then the only way to quickly get into the country is by illegal means.

“The pull of the United States, it’s a very attractive place to live because there are economic opportunities and it is a relatively safe place to live,” McKay said.

However, the aforementioned bill would like to limit those opportunities and safe places for many. America was built on immigration from all around the world. There is the slavery that moved many African Americans here and the Mexican Americans who came here en masse during the early twentieth century due to an open border policy. However, with the RAISE Act, Georgia Senator David Perdue and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton hope to destroy that history.

With the act in place, American immigration would move onto a point system that makes immigration a concern of economics. By accruing thirty points, a person would be able to immigrate into this country as long as they have a job offer waiting for them with an American company.

The different categories that participants are judged on is as follows: age, language, income, and education. The reason this bill is abhorrent is due to the language and education “bonuses” that are practically required to immigrate into the United States under this bill.

By giving added points to English speakers and those with US-based doctorates, they are effectively eliminating the immigrants these senators seem to have a problem with: the ones that do not appear to be useful. How can you possibly contribute to the economy when you are fleeing from war-torn Syria? The time seems to fly by and English acquisition is all but nil when you are trying to keep a mortar shell from hitting your head.

The hypocrisy comes from the fact that these government officials cannot cherry pick the best candidates that come into this country. Immigration has represented hope ever since its conception. When the pilgrims came over on the Mayflower, they were escaping persecution for their religion.

Syrian immigrants flee their war-torn country, Latino immigrants migrate for a better life, and adding an economic edge to immigration removes the core value that it stands for: human benevolence.

Immigration procedures as of now are far from perfect. It is extremely hard for low-income people to come to the US. However, if the nation is going to continue to call itself “The Great American Melting Pot,” it cannot pick and choose what ingredients go into it.

The entire discussion of this bill, and of immigration in general, falls down to one question: is immigration for profit or for humanity? I hope this country can come to the conclusion I have; humanity should be at the core of these kind of decisions.

McKay wanted one thing to be known however, “We are a nation of immigrants, we should continue to be open to people.”

Column: more than a word and more than a number

By Christy Avery

A couple of years ago, yours truly sat on the crinkly paper atop her ex-doctor’s table, going through what she thought was a routine checkup until he took a detour… to my weight.

Ever been told to “lay off the Twinkies” by your doctor and went home crying? I did. But I shouldn’t have.

Almost every moment of that appointment from a year or so ago is ingrained in my mind. Stepping on the scale and feeling the sting of the self-imposed and societal shame I had grown up with led to developing a complicated and often unhealthy relationship with my body that is still a part of me today.
These struggles I and so many others share do not come from within— they are branded upon us over time. The stigma and stereotypes surrounding health, weight, and body image is one of the most harmful matters that society increasingly gives a voice to.

Two particularly threatening demons right now: concern trolling and unconscious bias.
Concern trolling is the circuitous judging of one’s life, choices, or body. This most often manifests as rude, unnecessary comments or “tips,” sugarcoated with a smile and an “I’m just worried.” It is like a family member asking if you really need that second plate at Thanksgiving with that unsettling glint in the eye. Unconscious bias is essentially the same thing, only without the realization or intent of judging.
Growing up, I experienced both so many times without realizing it. That is one of the worst parts— body-shaming is such a common part of our culture that it is almost abnormal to not be affected by it. These issues may seem prevalent right now in today’s social climate, but the damage begins and spreads with people of all ages and genders.

We were born in a body that was ours, a body that should not be scrutinized or discussed as we grow, but so often are until we feel as if our body isn’t ours anymore. We spend most of our lives desperate to reclaim ourselves, but why do we have to?
That is a question I have been asking myself for nearly ten years and have just recently come to terms with. Elementary school was the first time I experienced body-shaming, when the kid ahead of me in line turned around and asked, “are you pregnant?” Although probably a case of unconscious bias, that was when the seeds of self-hatred were planted, and it still pops into my mind every time I hear unfiltered comments about looks, said just because they can be.

People are led to this point of insecurity because of what others want. Shame is not intrinsic; no one feels they are wrong until others tell them they are. Concern trolling and other biased behaviors, needless to say, fix nothing. If you are so concerned about someone’s body that you shame them in order to “help,” you are doing the exact opposite. No one needs to be fixed, and weight discrimination is an attempt that only makes eating disorders and mental health problems worse.

Unfortunately, many people do not seek help because they are afraid or have had past unpleasant experiences with doctors. Although the typical suggestions by doctors such as healthy eating, exercise, and sleep may help, the way these are delivered by healthcare professionals is a problem. Trying to get help with a serious disorder is hard enough— no one needs to hear that every problem in the world can be magically fixed by losing weight. That is utterly false; anyone can have problems at any size. Dismissing one problem with another is detrimental to the bigger patients that doctors claim to care so much about. A mental health problem cannot be fixed by weight loss if the problem goes beyond skin-deep— as it usually does. Our brain spends enough time criticizing ourselves; do not tell those of us who struggle with mental illness and body issues that we are less worthy of treatment or that it is our fault. Respect should be given to everyone, regardless of size.

Within weight discrimination, the underlying issue is usually something called thin privilege. This is exactly what it sounds like: having the ability to be seen as typically “thin” and/or not fat, and receiving less hate and discrimination because of it. Besides the obvious larger chance of social acceptance, are things in life that people with thin privilege get to have or have easier than those without, such as being able to try on anything in most stores, or even having lower health insurance rates. Marilyn Wann, author and activist in the “fat acceptance” movement, was once denied insurance due to her size. She also made a point that should be, but unfortunately is not, axiomatic: “The only thing anyone can accurately diagnose when looking at a fat person is their own level of weight prejudice.”

In today’s world, people have a tendency to surmise other’s level of health without stopping to think about the fact that, newsflash, no one is perfect, and thin people can be just as unhealthy as bigger people. I’m not here to shame anyone for what they do because we’re all human, but those bags of chips and candy sitting in the cabinet? Bad for everyone. Having a smaller frame does not make one immune to consequences or health concerns. That’s one privilege no one has. So before opening your mouth to judge, think about the fact that you can’t tell what other people put into theirs based off their appearance. I eat pretty healthy most of the time. I exercise a few days a week. I make a conscious effort to take care of myself, yet I’m still not tiny (which is fine.) And I’m not the only one. Weight and size are complex, and there are factors that play into it other than diet and exercise, such as genetics and body composition.

The math is simple, guys: Physical appearance does not equal health, health does not equal superiority, and neither correlate with the worth someone holds.

Looking back, there was a lot more wrong with what that doctor and boy said than my younger mind was educated on or could process. Although a doctor being concerned about a patient’s health is perfectly normal, what is not normal is stating it in an scathing, unprofessional way. Not to mention the scare he gave me about diseases I probably had that later looked to be false– when we called back, there were no signs of any complications. Uncalled-for “warnings” and comments are extremely effective, right?

So if physical appearance must be talked about… I am fat. I know. Whatever way you want to twist it, I get that my body in not the conventionally attractive one. I’m not a size 0 and I don’t have Victoria’s-Secret-Model legs. But you know what? The very fact that there are standards for what a conventionally attractive body looks like is dehumanizing and ridiculous.

And I know, you might be objecting: “No one is fat, everyone is beautiful.”

But why can’t we be both? Humans are multidimensional; we are a kaleidoscope of things, most of which we should not deny. So I feel like I’m doing myself and all the other fat people out there a disservice by following the myth that there is only one type of beautiful body. To me, the word “fat” is just a word, one I want to reclaim. It is not a synonym with “ugly,” “worthless,” or “wrong.” It is an adjective that holds no meaning about who I really am, which spans far beyond what I look like.

Although I wrestle with my demons every day and they sometimes get the best of me, it is incredibly freeing to take a shot at self-love. Because struggle doesn’t mean failure, and we should shut down the doctors, kids, or voices inside us that say anything different. No one should apologize for simply taking up space in the world.


Column: Rivalry week separates contenders from pretenders

By JD McKay

This weekend we saw one and two lose for the first time since 2012. Alabama lost at Auburn in the Iron Bowl, and Miami lost to Pitt, who was a 12-point underdog. Clemson and Oklahoma proved why they are ranked in the top four with big wins over rivals.

We learned that Auburn is legit. Two weeks ago Auburn took on Georgia, who was ranked first at the time, at home and won by 23 points. Then on Saturday, Auburn played Alabama at home and won by 12 points. I expect Auburn to be ranked third Tuesday, and if they beat Georgia again in the SEC Championship they should head into the playoff ranked and be number one.

The ACC championship game will determine another playoff team. While Miami’s loss to Pitt looked bad, they thumped Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. Plus, beating Clemson adds one more solid win to an already good schedule. Clemson is already in the top four, so a win for Clemson guarantees a spot in the playoff.

Oklahoma has dominated every team except Iowa State, and this week’s game against TCU will be no exception. Oklahoma will be the two seed if Auburn loses or the three seed if Auburn wins.

The real drama comes up for the fourth seed. I believe the deciding factor will be a combination of the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, and Big 12 Conference championships. If Wisconsin wins the Big Ten they will be in as the fourth seed.

The image looks murkier if Wisconsin loses, though. Wisconsin already had a weak schedule, so losing to Ohio State makes them look like an average team that got through the regular season because of a weak schedule. That puts Wisconsin out. Wisconsin out makes room for Georgia, Alabama, Miami, or Ohio State. That spot probably would go to Alabama. However, if Georgia plays Auburn close or wins, they would be in. Miami could get in with a close game against Clemson, and Ohio State would be Big Ten champions. The Playoff Committee likes confrence champions. However, losing to Iowa by 31 points probably won’t be overlooked by the selectors. If Oklahoma somehow loses, then the Big 12’s spot will be open for another of those four teams.

Top 8 and how to get in:

  1. Clemson: Beat Miami in the ACC Championship
  2. Auburn: Beat Georgia in the SEC Championship
  3. Oklahoma: Beat TCU in the Big 12 Championship
  4. Wisconsin: Beat Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship
  5. Alabama: Wisconsin loses to Ohio State, and/or Oklahoma losses to TCU, and/or Auburn loses to Georgia
  6. Georgia: Beat Auburn in the SEC Championship and hope the Committee likes their resume over Alabama’s
  7. Miami: Beat Clemson in the ACC Championship and Oklahoma loses, Wisconsin loses, and Auburn beats Georgia
  8. Ohio State: Beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship and hope the Committee overlooks their loss to Iowa