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May 8, 2018

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March 2, 2018

Save the Net

By Ryan Coleman

March 2, 2018

Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai. He and the rest of the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality.

A major part of your everyday life is going to change. This is what can be expected when the FCC’s (Federal Communications Commission) new net neutrality rules go into effect.

Net neutrality is the belief that we deserve equal access to any website. In December of last year, it was voted to allow certain companies such as AT&T, Comcast, and T-Mobile to deny certain internet rights.

“The first thing you might notice is that a particular content provider could potentially “steer” you towards advertising and content produced by companies that they either own or are being paid a premium for,” said PSM Technology Director Jim Rojahn.

The FCC’s job as part of the government is to regulate interstate communications and innovations of technology. They voted to repeal the rules that control how businesses are allowed to manage traffic and how clients use the internet.

“The FCC voted in December in favor of repealing Net Neutrality, and now already in January, we have 30 senators that have co-sponsored a bill to reverse the December decision,” said American Politics teacher Owen Pelzer.

Students and educators rely heavily on resources that would be impacted by the repeal of net neutrality.

“It affects all the internet applications that I use in my daily life,” said senior Matthew Bozeman.

“I believe that the open internet is an extraordinarily beneficial tool for education, politics, and global competitiveness in the 21st century,” said Mr. Pelzer.

Students may not be allowed to go to certain websites for research because certain companies struck deals with the student’s internet service provider.

“Unfortunately there is not much you can do about it. The technological principles guiding Net Neutrality go beyond your own software, devices or social media options. They are controlled at the very heart of the internet, which is currently controlled by a handful of very powerful companies,” said Mr. Rojahn.

If we do not pay certain fees, then videos will load much slower or not at all. These internet fees will result in teachers having to change lesson plans because they will lack the free resources they previously had. Without the regulatory plan, providers can create fast and slow lanes on the internet.

“Prices might go up, though, as these larger companies will pass along any charges incurred for ensuring high bandwidth. Small content providers as well as startups that cannot afford to pay premiums for higher access rates would be the first (and most) affected,” said Mr. Rojahn.

We should is encourage our senators to repeal the change by bringing our concerns to Congress.

“Educate yourself on the pros and cons of Net Neutrality, and if you feel strongly about it and want to get involved, you can always write your congressperson, as well as signing an online petition such as https://www.battleforthenet.com/,” said Mr. Rojahn.

The Road To Redemption

By Ar-Raheem Payne

December 13, 2017

Varsity Knights’ point guard TJ Ervin blows past a Mount Carmel player to get to the basket.

There were three seconds on the clock; the score was extremely close. The Providence St. Mel Knights were down by one to the University of Chicago High School team.

“Sideline!” yelled Coach Ervin.

The Varsity Knights got into formation. D’Andre Payne ran up the base line, took the shot, and got it sent out of bounds. There were one and half seconds left.

“Sideline!” yelled Coach Ervin again.

D’Andre Payne ran up the baseline to the opposite corner for the three-pointer. He received the ball and squared up for the shot while the clock was running out, and he buried it! This shot secured the Knights an opportunity to move on to the Sectional Championship.

Moments like these were astounding highlights for the Varsity Knights basketball team last year. Even though the season did not go as planned for the Knights, they were still able to make some noise as they arrived near the postseason. The Knights got the win, so they became the 2017 Regional Champions.

In the 2017 D-Rose Fall league, preseason for the Knights’ 2017-2018 season, this year’s team looked like it was in high spirits. They even beat powerhouse teams like Orr and Whitney Young.

“We went 6-1 for the fall league this year. We are determined and ready. The way we have been playing this past summer and past fall shows how much we have matured and are ready for the season coming up,” said Varsity Knights point guard TJ Ervin.

According to Coach Tim Ervin, the last time the team won in fall and summer league games like these was the year they went to play for state championship and won third place.

“I want to leave the school with my name on the wall. I want to have a banner on the wall like the ‘85 team. I want to leave this school with a positive legacy,” said TJ.

Inspiring words like these, coming from a junior, show how special this season is to our knights. Senior players indicate how much this season means to them as well.

“Of course because it’s my last year, I might not be able to ever get this back. I honestly believe that we can do something. This team should be prepared. We have returning, mature players, and the chemistry is just at an overall high,” said Senior point guard Rasheed Goodman.

Senior guard Jarvis Garrison gave his perspective on why this season is not like any of the others he has participated in before.

“The team looks pretty good this year. I believe that we have a chance to be the best 1A team in the state. I’ve been a part of this Varsity team since my sophomore year, so this would be important because it’s my last year, as a senior, to change what people think about us.”

Providence St. Mel’s ‘Sister Act’

By Emani King

November 8, 2017

Arduous, entertaining, funny, and comical are all words that the cast used to describe this year’s musical.

Sister Act, the musical, written by Bill and Cherie Steinkellner, will be performed by Providence St Mel’s student actors during the second weekend of November.

“You can expect to see a lot of fun, singing, and dancing, and a lot of silliness,” said Musical Producer David Baar.

The cast is made up of new and returning cast members. Some of the returning members include 8th grader Zaria Primer, sophomores Richard Harrison, Ty Townsend-Ford, and Makayla Watts, juniors Taylor Donald and La Niece Dennis, and seniors Ryan Coleman and Jasmine Smith.

“You can expect to see our hard work and effort and also new and good talent,” said Jasmine.

The new upcoming actors include 6th grader Bria Pryor, 8th grader Khristian Richmond, Freshman Tau Kennebrew, and Senior Ar-Raheem Payne.

The cast is excited about a number of new things in this musical, but the best part for them is the bond they form together- not just with students, but with teachers as well.

“Rehearsing with the cast is what I look forward to everyday,” said Director George Meier.

“The best part about being in the musical is the love you get from each other. It makes us more as a family and makes us want to do it again next year,” said freshman Daniel Lee Ill.

Feedback from the cast affirms that another enjoyable part about the musical is the dancing. The choreographer, April Shipp, of the Joffrey Ballet, did a great job at making the musical more interactive.

“The favorite thing I like about it is the dancing. Ms. Shipp is allowing us to do more audience dancing, so that is cool,” said 7th grader Ajene Cooks.

The choreography will not just be on the stage, but right there next to you in the aisle. This will make you feel like you are a part of the story.

“The music for the Broadway show that we are doing was written by Alan Menken. He wrote the music for a whole bunch of Disney movies like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and the Newsies, so the music is really great,” said Music Director Brian Ward.

Clear your schedules for Friday, November 10th or Saturday, November 11th to see our edition of Sister Act!


The nuns in the Sister Act cast learn their blocking for the song “Bless Our Show” in the movement room. Photo by Emani King.

Maker Space Center on the Way

By Serena Jackson

April 24, 2017

The education students are receiving today is a drastic change from the way students were taught in the past due to different evolutions in society. Schools are integrating technology into students’ everyday curriculum. Lower school students are finding a majority of their books online. High school students have replaced paper with Google Drive. With technology becoming the face of our generation, science, math, and engineering have joined beside it to create the STEM movement.

“We needed more creative ways of learning for children who might demonstrate areas that are not traditionally what would be taught in schools 15-20 years ago,” said President Jeanette Butala.

The Providence St. Mel administration and board members decided to create a center called the Maker Space Center (M.S.C.). This center will allow students to experiment and learn more STEM-related topics.

“We’re only at a brainstorming level right now. We definitely want to keep both [the library and Maker Space Center], but have the majority be the M.S.C. I want to get together a committee. We have at least ten graduates in the past 7-10 years that are engineers and have really creative jobs in engineering and technology," said Ms. Butala.

The Maker Space center is still in the beginning stages. The finishing date for this project is still in the works because Ms. Butala wants to get as much feedback as possible before committing to a final product.

“I am going to solicit advice from experts, graduates, engineers, and people who work at some of the Maker Space centers at different colleges and universities. I have been to NorthWestern and I am going to the University of Chicago to look at their innovation centers,” said Ms. Butala.

Ms. Butala wants to help put Providence St. Mel students ahead and broaden students’ perspectives.

“We are never going to give up the rigorous academic center that we have because I truly believe that the way to a better future is through a rigorous, globally competitive education,” said Ms. Butala.

Integrating the STEM program into the curriculum adds to the list of reasons that make Providence St. Mel stand out against other local schools.

“With our Maker Space Center we are trying to expose our elementary students to technology. It works best with their age group because the only world they truly know is technology,” said Mrs. Turner.

Science, technology, engineering, and math are becoming very popular in our society and those who are not adapting to the change are going to be unprepared. Maker Space Centers allow our students to be the heads of the movement.

“I have a lot of ideas of things that can be made. I was a Boy Scouts leader for 20 years, and I have many different types of great little experiments. I think it’s so important that we create young scientists and students who go on to a science field of their choice,” said librarian Cecilia Meers.

Ms. Meers plans to conduct many interesting experiments with lower and middle school that will create a greater interest in other lower school students.

“The lower school students are very excited about it! We are doing different things with coding all the way down to the Pre-K grade level. We see a variety of interests in middle school students with our Lego League and our Robotics program,” said Mrs. Turner.

Many older students feel if they were exposed to this type of program when they were younger they would have a stronger understanding and interest in math and science. They would [also] have the upper hand against others.

“Many of our juniors and seniors are not sure what they want to do when they get to college or in the future. Providing them with this exposure might be helpful. Graduated seniors have returned and said they took extra computer courses or decided to major in an economics course due to the little glimmer they received here,” said Mrs. Turner.

Once the center is built, it will be located in the current library. If you are worried about the books that consider the library home, don’t be.

“Some books are leaving, some books are staying. I am excited about this, and it was high time we get some of these old books out of here. We still need books. If something happens and the computers go down the teachers won’t give you another two weeks to complete the research paper,” said Ms. Meers.