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Lent offers chance to grow and renew faith

Art by Tori Roberts

By Erin O’Farrell

Lent is a liturgical season immensely important to the Christian faith, as it focuses on a renewal of the spirit and faith in Christ. This 40-day period preceding Easter calls to all to try to live a life more like that of Jesus through taking this time to focus on faith and preparation for Salvation.

The 40 days gains its significance from two Biblical accounts, one in which Moses spent 40 days on the mountain with the Lord, and another in which Jesus spent 40 days in the desert after his Baptism.

Today, the 40 days are important because they bring about a period of change and renewal. All Christians that observe Lent take this opportunity to better themselves both in their faith and as individuals.

Many people choose to give something up for the 40 days, symbolic of the fasting of both Jesus and Moses during their 40 days. This ranges from giving up soda to avoiding social media- whatever that person feels is best for them.

When I was younger, I mostly saw Lent as a challenge. I still do- I want to stick to my promise and better myself moving forward- but back then, I did not understand its significance, and in the long run, I did not undergo much of a change. I went right back to those habits after the 40 days were up.

Having grown older, I now understand the significance of Lent and try to utilize it as an opportunity to grow closer to my faith, which is the reason most people do abide to it. I want to better myself as a person. This is the true goal of Lent. This time provides an opportunity to change ourselves for the better. This can entail more than giving things up, however.

Another practice seen during Lent is picking up a new, healthy habit whether it be reading the Bible, helping parents around the house, or volunteering. This is equally important as it also helps people grow in their faith and as individuals.

These 40 days can help people on the road to developing better habits. Like I said early on, I had trouble sticking to the commitments I made during Lent, but as I became more dedicated to the idea and saw Lent as something more than a challenge, it became easier to turn the practices into habits that I still follow today.

This time allows people to take an opportunity to enrich their lives. If there is something that you have always wanted to do, but you’ve never had time to do it, take the opportunity Lent has to offer to make it a priority, whether that be going to the gym, getting ahead on homework, or spending more time with people you care about. Simply sticking to this goal during Lent can better your life and help you continue doing it even after the 40 days are up.

This can apply to everyone. Lent has become a time for people to try to better their lives for any reason, and the 40-day period can set them up for a long-term commitment. A study by Phillippa Lally published in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that the average time period needed to develop a new habit is just over 60 days. Spending the 40 days of Lent (or 46, if you include Sundays) working on this habit, therefore, acts as a major boost to committing to the new habit, no matter what it may be. This can help strengthen you individually and spiritually for the long run, and having the support of so many people during the beginning of your journey throughout the Lenten season can make it so much easier to stick to your plan.

Whether you have a life-changing goal or are taking small steps to better your life, 40 days is an accomplishment. Maybe doing something as simple as helping more with chores around the house does not seem like a spiritual commitment, but by becoming a better person, you are becoming a stronger Christian. Every single kind act or step in the positive direction helps you and others grow to appreciate the world and people around you. It helps you recognize and value your faith. Those that see your commitment and your kindness can feel inspired by it.

Therefore, Lent is not simply a time to prove to others that you can do something. It is a time to grow in your faith and devotion to God. This can be done during any time of the year, but Lent lends itself as the perfect time period because of the meaning behind the season and because others will be striding alongside you.

Lent began on Valentine’s Day this year, so it seems fitting that we should take this opportunity to show our love for those important to us. During this time of change and renewal, it is important to remember that we are not simply trying to better our own lives, but also the lives of everyone around us through our actions.

Youtubers ingrain themselves in next generation

By Ky Haney

Sitting in front of a TV screen with your family members for a 90-minute movie is becoming more rare. A new platform has found its spot in the media: Youtube. While older generations are not used to this kind of media platform, the younger generations are growing on it.

Different kinds of fans exist in the community, fans who prefer makeup artists or live action performances. The most popular known Youtubers who exist are lets players. Lets players are people who play video games with comedic commentary. Over-the-top comedy is becoming more abundant, which is dragging out new personalities in younger generations.

“Younger generations” refers to people born in 2007 and up, whenever Youtube was first opened to the public. Children growing up on popular Youtubers such as Markiplier or JackSepticEye seem to differ in personality types and personal comedy than the people who enjoy Supermega and Oneyplays.

Now, some Youtubers are more justified for audiences of 10 to 13. Thirteen year olds are more likely to start watching Oneyplays than 10 year olds. It is just because of the content. In Markiplier’s content, his videos are of usually new video games. It does not seem to matter to him of the amount of humor he uses, more focusing on the surprise factor of comedy. This could affect the comedy in younger audiences.

Audiences who watch Oneyplays and Supermega range from anywhere to 13 to 19. The thing about Oneyplays is that the main host, Oney (or Chris O’Neill), originally started with animations. A lot of his follower count came from older generations who watched him on Newgrounds, an American social media and video website, and his animation videos. In Chris’s videos, he is usually paired with his friends Julian and Ding Dong. This makes the comedy factor much more lively. They play older games and focus mostly on the comedic factor, not on the surprise shock humor. This also plays in personalities with fans just by what they are surrounded by. Fans develop this humor and see it in other things such as movies or cartoons.

Most Youtubers post multiple videos at around noon. These videos are usually 10 to 15 minutes long. This results in children staying in their bedroom to watch these videos. Youtube is not the only thing they could be doing; social platforms like Instagram and Twitter take up time as well. While watching these people everyday, it could alter personalities. The people you hang out with changes your behavior. Listening to these people every single day begins to influence what a child’s jokes are.

This transition could make younger children say things that are not appropriate for their age, which is why the Youtubers younger children watch should be monitored. Younger children should not watch channels intended for older audiences. Youtube is a large influence in lives around the world, the comedy perhaps being the only joy they can receive.

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.”