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Parking lot in need of change? Or drivers?

posted by Andrew Tichy

By: Ellie Rehder

No matter the reason you happen to be at Moorhead High, you end up having to deal with the dreadful parking lot in some way. There are a combination of reasons to explain why the parking lot is just so crazy. Some of the main reasons why, are because of the construction going on around the school,  lack of snow removal and also lack of education when it comes to drivers. Though most of us have gone through the same drivers training, it seems some have either forgotten or just simply do not care about their driving.

Due to the construction in and around the parking lot, there is a lot of lost or messed up parking. Not only to the students have less parking, due to light pole construction taking up multiple spots, but the teachers also have less parking, because of students parking in “Permit Parking” spots reserved for people with permits. After interviewing a fellow junior here at Moorhead high, Aubrey Rodgers, it has become very apparent that most of the students few the parking lot as a headache to get in at the beginning at the day and to get out at the end.

Aubrey also talked about how she thinks part of the parking lots problem is the snow removal. “If they removed snow a little bit better, to expose the lines of the parking spots, I think it would not only solve the parking spot problems but also make it easier for the less experienced drivers to park.” This idea brought forward by Rodgers is what the majority of other students feel is true. The snow removal dilema goes hand and hand with the growing problem of inexperienced drivers hitting or damaging other cars and property.

“The constant flow of new drivers exposed to the Moorhead high parking lot never stops. But one thing that needs to stop is the amount of accidents or damages done to other cars,” says Rodgers. “Both me and my friends have had damages done to our cars, by reckless drivers.” Not only does Aubrey outline all of the students concerns and problems with the parking lot, she also describes them in great detail and offers some great solutions.

All that attend, work or visit Moorhead High frequently know the parking lot can be a serious test of a person patience. Hopefully in the future, possibly just after spring shows it’s face, there will be changes and progress made.


School Lunch: Quantity or Quality?

posted by Andrew Tichy   [ updated ]



By: Ian Creech

Over the years, a general consensus for school lunches has been “Ew.” However, despite a near unifying response that school lunches are terrible, a surprising majority of students end up eating school lunch. An acclaimed mathematician has deduced that an approximate 75% of students at Moorhead High eat school lunch daily. The question then becomes that if so many students eat school lunch, there must be a common consensus among students. There certainly was, and despite the amount bemoaning about school lunches, students had a surprising amount of favorites.

The lunches that were declared to be the best all had one common theme, and that is the amount of food you get with them. Consistently mentioned among students as their favorites were cheesy french bread, meatball subs, taco in a bag, meatballs in gravy, and spicy chicken patties. Aside from the latter, all of these lunches have an above average amount of food compared to the others. Because of this, it is not unreasonable to assume that students do not like these foods for their taste, but rather their quantity. This is especially underlined when we look at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Among the worst, corn dogs, sloppy joes, and turkey & gravy, and hot dogs. All of these food items have substantially less food than the others. It is because of this that people dislike these foods, rather than the taste. Isaiah Swenson, a sophomore at MHS was quoted saying “Sloppy Joes are all right, but you just don’t get enough stuff to go with it.” This holds true, since you don’t get any food alongside sloppy joes besides the usual fruits and vegetables, while other foods in the favorite category, such as meatballs with gravy, give you mashed potatoes and bread to go with the meatballs and gravy.

The point that these results illustrate is clear. The main reason students like or dislike lunches has to do with the amount of food that we are served. For example, the school only serves students five chicken nuggets. McDonald’s kid meals, which are aimed towards eight and under, give you six chicken nuggets. The fact that high schoolers are getting fed less chicken nuggets than a McDonalds Happy Meal says a lot about serving sizes at Moorhead High School. The correlation between the amount of food and satisfactory from a meal states a clear course of action.


Valentine's Day: Holiday or Nightmare?

posted Feb 24, 2019, 1:24 PM by Andrew Tichy

By: Ellie Rehder

It is that time of year again, Valentine’s Day, the season of love. The up and coming time of year is celebrated by some and dread by many. No matter your view on Valentine’s Day, do you know the true reason it became a holiday in the first place? Do you know who started it? Or even why we still celebrate it to this day? Before you completely makeup your mind on this holiday..you should know what the true meaning of it.

The start of of it all was thought to be somewhere around 3rd century A.D. and celebrated by the Catholic Church as St. Valentine’s Day named after the killing of two men, both named Valentine. The two men were killed by Emperor Claudius II. February thirteenth through the fifteenth was celebrated by the Romans as the feast of Lupercalia as a day of drunken fun, fertility and love. During this time the Romans’ would “Hit on women” by actually hitting them with animal hides. They believed that it would actually make them fertile.  Throughout history and as time has gone on, more and more people including Shakespeare and Chaucer have romanticized the day through their work. Nowadays V-day is a day for couples to have a fancy dinner, exchange gifts and spend time together. Sales for Valentine’s day is set to hit over $19 billion dollars.

When interviewed about her knowledge and opinion of Valentine’s day, Thea Bradsteen a Senior here at Moorhead High, seemed to be very informed. Bradsteen is planning on spending this Valentine’s day with her boyfriend, and says if she wasn’t dating anyone she probably wouldn’t celebrate it. After being asked where she thought the day came from, she responded better than most people would. “I kind of know about it, all I know is that it had to do with the catholic church and a Pope in the 14th century changed the original name to St. Valentine’s Day. Thea also brought up a strong point about why she thinks the holiday is so popular, “ I think everyone around the world caught onto the tradition, because everyone loves love.” Compared to Thea’s knowledge and point of view on Valentine’s Day, Moorhead High Junior, Hayden Schmidt, had a different take on the holiday. “I am only celebrating because I have a girlfriend and if I wasn’t dating anyone I wouldn’t celebrate because I wouldn’t wanna eat out by myself.” Hayden also knew that the day originated from St. Valentine. “I think we celebrate it so much because we get lonely and don’t want to feel lonely anymore.”  

After interviewing our fellow peers it became evident that most know something about what Valentine’s Day is really about, who started it and why we still celebrate it.


School choice and the 2020 elections

posted Jan 29, 2019, 9:03 AM by Andrew Tichy

By: Jared Zimmerman

Though the 2020 Presidential elections are still a good deal away now is the time for candidates to begin announcing and gathering their war chests. This, in turn, makes it necessary for us students to look at their voting records, especially on education.

On the left side of the aisle, Democrats seem to have an endless amount of choice with as many as two dozen looking to run for the party’s nomination. Of them, only Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and former Congressman Beto O'Rourke are the only candidates who have announced that they would run. However, it should be noted that Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden are looking into running however while they would be good general election candidates the Democratic base doesn’t seem to thrilled about either of them. In fact, since the sexual assault allegation on Sander’s 2016 Presidential election, it’s looking like he won’t run. Same goes for Biden, with many left-wing news agencies simply calling him a “creeper.”  

To get specifically to the issue of education, Senator Harris, Senator Sanders, former Vice President Biden and former Congressman O’Rourke have all in someway or another come out against school choice/charter schools. Senator Warren in 2003 did support school choice but has since then come out against it (most likely due to the fact that the Democratic party is much more “progressive” now then it was back then). Of course, this is extremely detrimental to our education system.

The public school system is failing. Former President Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, said as much, “It's obvious the system’s broken. Let’s admit it’s broken. Let’s admit it’s dysfunctional….” The best example of public schools failing is in inner cities, where most have high gang activity and bred generational criminals as kids aren’t allowed to go to the school of their choice and escape the system but are rather forced into these failed schools.

Are teachers to blame for this failure? Absolutely not. What’s to blame is the lack of competition in the schooling system which is perpetrated by the teachers union. The union pays on a senior system, meaning teachers are paid not based on test scores or performance but on how long they’ve been teaching. When it comes to lay offs, the union cuts the new, often times loved new teacher, but opts to keep the sometimes mediocre, senior teacher. The best way to sum up the teachers union is that it rewards on seniority not on value the teacher gives to students.

So why should parents keep their children in these conditions? Instead, parent’s should be allowed to send their children to the school of their choice, whether that be private, charter or public. Other benefits to school choice is that education in the general populace would go up as schools would now be competing amongst themselves to keep/get student’s into their schools, meaning there would be a strive for quality of education. This leads to the long term effect of less crime as numerous studies show that the more educated a populace is, the less crime there is as lack of education breeds crime. Another benefit is that school choice would help cut down on overcrowding as students can go to whichever schools they want instead of all being forced into the same school.

Most of us will be able to vote in 2020, so let's end the restrictions of the zip code and help our fellow students go to the school of their choice.

Join the club

posted Jan 18, 2019, 11:03 AM by Andrew Tichy

By: Garrett Grommesh

Four years ago, there weren’t nearly as many extracurricular groups at Moorhead High to join as we have today. In the 2014-2015 school year, there were approximately a dozen non-athletic activities for students, this number has more than doubled in the 2018-2019 school year, at over 30 different non-athletic groups for people to join. This increase in groups for students to join goes to show how the school evolves in its inclusivity as the population of students diversifies. If a freshman feels like there isn’t a club that matches their interests, they can simply talk to a teacher, and there could very well be a club for it the following year, as if one person is interested in a topic, there is sure to be more people interested in it. As a teenager, it is easy to feel alone and like there is nobody who you can relate to, so having a group of people similar to you is vital to your mental health. However, social anxiety is on the rise, making it harder for people to be confident enough to join an extracurricular group. Perhaps one way to solve this issue is to form a club with less rigid of a schedule and less pressure to attend every session. Lower pressure to make it on time to sessions could greatly reduce stress for someone with anxiety when participating in an extracurricular activity. Social anxiety disorder (SAD) affects up to 13% of the population, but there are many ways we can overcome this, and live productive lives. Joining a club or cause you care about could greatly improve your mental health and reduce your anxiety. You don’t have to become a social butterfly, by any means. A lot of people are naturally introverts and that’s okay. Getting yourself out there and pushing out of your comfort zone is important, but it is also good to set realistic limitations to what you can handle. Pushing yourself to the point of an anxiety attack is unnecessary. Embrace your limitations.


Are New Year's resolutions a 'guy thing' now?

posted Jan 18, 2019, 10:56 AM by Andrew Tichy

Jack Schaub, MHS Junior
Photo: Ellie Rehder | The Spud

By: Ellie Rehder

The New Year’s holiday is widely known around the world as a night to celebrate ringing in the new year with friends, family and possibly your special someone. The most widely known traditions of New Year’s are the ball drop in New York City, smooching your loved one/s when the clock strikes twelve, and maybe, just maybe forming your very own New Year’s resolution/s. Through a series of interviews, I have realized that most people feel the same about their resolutions. Even though some people are more optimistic than others, most people hope they will keep up with the resolution but they know it will probably fail.

Instead of focusing on the female view of New Year’s resolutions, which we hear quite frequently, this article focuses on how males view the holiday of resolutions. When interviewed, MHS Junior Jack Schaub, had a lot to say. “I think New Year’s Resolutions are still relevant but are slowly going away because people don’t stick to them, either because they are lazy or they set their goals way too high”. One of the many interview questions was “Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? If so how many and why?” “I have one resolution” said Schaub. “I have a resolution because it is fun to see how far you’ve come in a year, and if you succeeded or not”. After his interview it is quite apparent that Schaub as a very exciting and optimistic view of resolution’s.

Gunner Parr, MHS Senior, has a different approach to New Year’s. “I don’t have a resolution because I think they are kind of useless” said Parr. “I know many people still have resolutions, so they are relevant to some people, just not myself”. When asked why he thinks so many people give up on their resolutions Gunner said “I think it’s just that too many people forget that they made one and their too lazy to get going with it.” Parr also mentioned that he has not had a resolution work in the past. “If you want to change something in your life, you don’t have to wait for New Year’s to change it” said Gunner.

After interviewing, it is very apparent that your gender doesn’t matter, it’s strictly your opinion, if you’re willing to stick to whatever your resolution is, if your goal is attainable and if you don’t give up. If you’re planning on making a resolution for yourself take these first hand tips from those two fellow high schoolers.


The rewarding life of a Moorhead Caroler

posted Dec 27, 2018, 10:21 AM by Andrew Tichy

By: Isaac Leiseth

Moorhead High Schools’ Caroling Choir is a well respected and well known school choir, with distinctive outfits and a happy demeanor. If you want to know more about the choir and its director, Katherine Brekke, go ahead and read Patrick’s Wirries story from this news cycle. As someone who just joined caroling this year, I will give you an overview of the process of becoming a caroler, and what it’s like to be one.

Becoming a caroler isn’t easy, but it doesn’t take any special audition. To explain this, I have to explain the structure of choir at MHS. When you first come to the school, you automatically join Varsity Choir (if you choose to do choir). In January you audition for a “higher” choir. If you’re a girl, the next step up is Treble Choir. After that comes Concert Choir, and the final choir is Chorale. In addition to this, if you’re in Chorale you can also be in Vocal Jazz (a smaller, solo based choir), and/or Caroling Choir. You simply do your audition, mention if you want to be considered for choirs higher than the next step up, and then Mrs. Brekke chooses what choir you are in.

Once you are a caroler, it only gets harder. The easy part is getting your costume: a Dickens style set of clothing that gives the Carolers their distinctive appearance. The women wear heavy dresses with hoop skirts, white scarves, and white muffs over their hands. The men wear dress shirts and pants, with some combination of jackets and/or vests over that, white gloves, scarves, and black top hats. Once you’ve got your costume, the real fun starts. There are 17 songs to learn, each in four parts, varying in length. Then, at the beginning of December, the season starts. The season is three weeks and weekends of gigs. Not just one or two twenty minute gigs in a week, but rather something closer to twenty (this year we had 70 performances). This three week period includes about five or six missed days of school. Each gig is a little different, but the gist of them is the same: walk in singing, sing, sing, sing, walk out singing. Oh, and don’t forget to smile. Ever. Seriously, it’s one of the most important parts.

So what is it like to be a caroler? Despite the ridiculous schedule, and the memorization, and the extremely warm costumes, I haven’t met a caroler who regrets joining. So why is that? What is so attractive about it? While there is definitely an aspect of just straight up fun, from the singing and the costumes, the big thing is how it affects people. Every day, even every gig, there is at least one person who absolutely loves it, whether it's the woman who starts crying with a smile on her face, or the memory care patient who starts singing along when he’s invited. And that’s what caroling boils down to: it’s about spreading the Christmas cheer. While this may sound cheesy, it’s true. Every little grin that we see makes us happier, and makes the stress, memorizing and hot costumes worth it.


Socialism and young people

posted Dec 27, 2018, 10:19 AM by Andrew Tichy

By: Jared Zimmerman

With the growing appeal for socialist ideas such as Bernie Sanders “universal healthcare” or Kamala Harris’s “universal basic income” the question that really needs answering is, what do the American people (especially it’s youngest members) know about socialism?

The 2018 Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation found that 52% of millennials would “prefer to live in a socialist or communist country.” This is in line with what a 2018 Gallup Poll found with the same demographic. However that same Gallup poll found younger people were overwhelming more favorable towards small business, entrepreneurship and free enterprise and were disfavorable of government intervention in business. This is a rather large contradiction as according to the Library of Economics and Liberty, socialism is, “a centrally planned economy in which the government controls all the means of production.” A bigger contradiction is found in a 2017 Gallup Poll which showed that 67% of those polled thought Big Government was the biggest threat to the United States.

To refer back to the 2018 Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation poll, it was found that 26% of respondents had, “never been taught about communism in any education or professional setting.” If 26% of Americans have never had this education it’s reasonable to understand why only 17% of respondents in an October 2018 Gallup Poll responded with what actual socialism is, “Government ownership or control, government ownership of utilities, everything controlled by the government, state control of business.”

This lack of understanding can be seen among our own fellow students with many holding the view like Ravand Ramadhan, a junior, who states that he, “doesn’t really know” what socialism is as he, “was never really taught it in class.” Ramadhand isn’t the only one to think this as Parker Delmore, a senior, states that he, “was never taught in depth” about what socialism actually is. These two students, of course, represent a rather large majority of students who do not know what socialism is.

No matter what your view of socialism is, if we as a nation have people voting on things they do not understand there are severe consequences, just ask Venezuela.


Holiday Break: Is it really a break for Students?

posted Dec 8, 2018, 6:39 PM by Andrew Tichy   [ updated Dec 8, 2018, 6:39 PM ]

Aubrey Brenna Rodgers
Photo: Ellie Rehder | The Spud

By: Ellie Rehder

As the year goes on the constant competition between schools of who has longer and more breaks begins. There is nothing better to look forward to, when your in school, than a break or even a day or two off. The holiday season is at our doorstep and the only thing getting most students through the harsh winter and the loads of homework, are the holiday breaks. Such as Thanksgiving and Christmas break. MHS Junior, Aubrey Rodgers, had an opinion quite like all other students when interviewed. Just before middle school, Aubrey moved from Buffalo, Minn. which differed greatly from Moorhead. “I think it’s unfair that other schools get a longer break and some even have shorter breaks than us. When I lived in Buffalo we had way shorter breaks and even more homework.” said Rodgers. When asked if our break should be longer, meaning we have less miscellaneous days off or if our break should be shorter and still have those random days off, Aubrey made it clear she thinks our break should be longer. “I would much rather be able to travel more, see more of my family over break, hangout with friends and celebrate than have some random day off where I do nothing all day.” Rodgers was asked what she would do if she were principal, she said “I would try and work with things and see if we could possibly get longer breaks, or if I couldn’t do that I would see if we could try and minimize the homework amount so students aren’t desperate for a break.” From the beginning of November the only thing on most students minds is the countdown beginning until the first real break. Students don’t know exactly what has to go into us getting a break, but one thing that is agreed upon is if we had less of a workload to take home, school would be more manageable and we wouldn’t yearn for a break so badly. At the end of the day, longer holiday breaks give students a chance to travel, visit family and be around people they love, students get a well deserved break from homework and they also get to celebrate things dear to them.

Advice for this year's freshmen

posted Nov 4, 2018, 2:06 PM by Andrew Tichy

By: Willow Charbonneaux

Being a freshman isn’t easy, with a new school, new people and homework that quadruples from middle school. Being a freshman isn’t fun for anyone; it’s simply a stressful time and can be hard to navigate the world that is high school. Here’s some tips and tricks that are for you freshmen from some helpful upperclassmen.

Don’t be scared of the older kids. For the most part they’re pretty kind and understand what it’s like to be a freshman. They’re usually the best people to go to when you have a question about what teachers are the best to have and can offer up some good advice on how to deal with the daily struggles of high school.

Not all teachers are out to get you. Teachers for the most part are on your side; yes, it might not feel like it at first, but they just want you to succeed so you can graduate and go on to have a successful life. If you’re kind to your teachers they’ll be kind back. Having conversations with them about what you’re not understanding can be weird at first but the more you do it the more comfortable you’ll feel.

Don’t stress about the future. Going into high school isn’t like going into middle school this could be your final stop before you go out into the real world and that can be scary. The best thing for you to do is to not stress about all the tests that you’re going to take and the assignments that you think are going to be hard in the moment but end up being pretty easy.

Being a freshman is something that everyone has to do. It’s not a bad thing. Enjoy being where you are and make the memories that you’re going to remember forever. Enjoy yourselves  and have a great year.


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