Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hey, students! Ready to get your dance on? Well you can on Friday, December 9th because Springwater Trail is hosting a “Polar Express” themed dance! It's from 6pm-9pm. If you’re going solo, it’s $15 and if you’re going with someone it’s $25. You should come because it’s going to be lots of fun and you'll get hot chocolate and a bell!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It Took The United States 50 Years to Kill Fidel Castro and He Just Died

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Fidel Castro, 1959
The United States has tried to kill Fidel Castro for 50 odd some years in hundreds of outrageous ways, like an exploding cigar, poisoned wet suit, and other stupidly genius ways. And recently he died from a long illness, whoopee.
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Batista Fulgencio, 1952
 Castro was the Prime Minister of Cuba twice. He was put into office after a revolution run by him to take out the right-winged Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Castro preferred communist-socialist ideals and got support from the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republic). "Castro’s Cuba was the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere.." According to History.com. Thus making the United States freak out.
 The United States was not fond on Cuba's relationship withe the USSR. That being, Cuba had nuclear missiles and the United States wasn't having any of it.
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Raúl Castro second from the left blind folding a man and Fidel Castro
tying the mans hands. Havana, Cuba, 1959
 The United States basically cut the wire to Cuba in 1961. Cutting off imports and trade. Since 1963 United States citizens weren't allowed into Cuba. But Castro was not happy lovely dictator. He killed many people. According to The Babalú Blog, "Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution has documented 3,615 firing squad executions conducted by the Cuban state since Castro took over on January 1, 1959." Castro also had camps called UMAPs (Units of Aid of Production) which forced people such as "Cubans who could not serve in the military due to being, conscientious objectors, homosexuals, or political enemies of the revolution." according to Wikipedia. These people where put into harsh environments and forced to work. The year 1991 was a darker year for Cuba.
 The Soviet Union had just fallen which cut off aid and trades.
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Cuban Missile Crisis Photo 
 Years later Fidel Castro resigned from Prime Minister because of a long illness in 2008. Castro has had multiple surgeries for his condition, and fainted during a speech in 2001. It was obvious that Castro was not well. Leaving Fidel's brother Raúl Castro in charge of the country.
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Raúl Castro, 2008
 On March 20th, 2015, President Obama made history being the first president to visit Cuba since 1928. Wanting to restore relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Castro died on November 25th, 2016, at the age of 90. Cuba was under rule by him for 49 years and the Cuban people lived under a communist-socialist society. Will the old be thrown out and the new come in? Only time will tell. Cuba's history has been one hell of a ride and it's not over. But it looks like it's going to be a brighter future for the Cuban people.

Monday, November 28, 2016

For Time Eternal the debate has raged on. Which is the better grunge band? Alice in Chains or Nirvana? Find out in this thrilling second episode of Shut Up It's My Turn!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Not Just a School, A Family - A Tour of Concordia University


       Concordia where you are not just another student but a member of the family. Concordia's Portland Campus is located at 2811 NE Holman St, Portland, OR 97211, just a bit past the airport and about forty minutes away from our lovely school. This private university may seem intimidating by it's size, but it is big in heart. with a little over 7,000 students currently enrolled this is a large difference compared to our 190 students. However, as we went along with the tour I noticed many simulates.
        Our tour guide, Holly, started showing us around different classrooms and setups that you would see if you were a student. Due to it being past two o'clock on a Friday the campus was pretty bare so we did not get a chance to drop by on a class. We did, however, have the opportunity to look at their largest lecture hall that seats about 300 students. Most of the classrooms were smaller and the average amount of students seemed to be about twenty. While students may have limited one-on-one time with their professors, unlike here, the students do have an opportunity to visit professors during their office hours making up for the time they lost in class.
       Our tour then continued to the outside of the building where we paused around a small tree. The place in which the tree was planted was the original center of campus when the school had been an all boys boarding school. Now, since the campus has expanded in both size and diversity, the tree served as a nice reminder of the past. Holly lead us over to the dorms that are on campus. She explained to us that each dorm building is like it's own little community and which dorm you get the opportunity to live in depends on your grades. The better the grades you have, the better the place you live in. Despite this fact, everyone living in the dorms act as a community and care for each other, a lot like we do here at this school except on an even greater level. We were able to catch a look inside one of the main areas of the dorm and saw the many accommodations they had such as personal bathrooms, kitchens, a game room, a TV room, and a study room. Overall not a bad place to live.
       We took a walk through the beautiful library which housed many primary source documents along with quite a great books. The second floor and third floor of library are what is known as "quiet zones" and seemed to be great places to catch up on some homework. There was also a cafe located in the library if any refreshments were necessary while studying. As we exited the library we came upon a large stadium in which a multitude of sports can be held. As this is something we do not have at Springwater as much it was nice to see it as an option. The stadium is often used for soccer, football, track, baseball, and even kickball but can be used to just kick around some balls with some friends if wanted. Nearby to the field there was also a large gymnasium in which sports like basketball were played.
        As our tour grew to a close we took one more walk until we were in the cafeteria. The room  is full of comfortable couches and comfy chairs and the food itself has a large range of options. Ranging from Mexican to Chinese to Italian to American, you can get just about any type of food you want. Something that I'm sure, as teenagers, sounds like a good idea.
      Overall the campus is amazing and the idea of community that it brings with it is also welcoming. Although, it is a little pricey the cost compared to the gain may just be worth it.

Concordia, where you become a member of the family.

Pictures Retrieved From:
wikipedia.com , cu-portland.edu , oaicu.org , blogs.lcms.org , learningcurve.th.com

Be Who You Want - A Tour of Mt. Hood Community College

Mt. Hood Community College is the first campus I took a tour on. Throughout the entire tour, I learned new things that I didn't even know. We had two tour guides named Brandon and Alvory. There is many places on the campus that are meant for quiet and peaceful studying. I learned that there is a program called Rho Theta and they help people with finding a scholarship. The tour guides showed us the places that had most majors people have like science or mathematics. A nice lady decided to let us in the automotive and welding area and we got to watch people weld things together. The most interesting part of the tour was Journalism. The journalism for Mt. Hood is much bigger than our class and they still use news papers while we use the blog.