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Stay in the Loop With This Seasons March Madness
By Kate Swanson and Alex Levin
Update number 1
South Carolina beats Kansas State. Tiffany Mitchell takes over the game, leading them to their third consecutive Sweet 16.
Update number 2
Ohio State’s, Kelsey Mitchell scores 45 points against West Virginia as they make their way into the sweet 16.
Weekend One Recap
The first weekend of March Madness in the NCAA has been just that: madness. There’s been upsets, blowouts, brackets that have been busted, tears that have been shed, buzzer beater shots that have been made, and everything in between. This will recap some of the tournament’s biggest moments of the first weekend of games.
The first big upset in the tournament was 12 seed Yale defeating 5 seed Baylor right here in Providence, Rhode Island. One of the biggest moments of the matchup was Baylor’s interview after in which a reporter asked how Yale outrebounded them, with forward Taurean Prince reasoning “You go up and grab the ball off the rim when it comes off, and then you grab it with two hands, and you come down with it, and that’s considered a rebound. So they got more of those than we did.” A very good answer for a very stupid question.
The biggest upset of the first round was 2 seed Michigan State losing to 15 seed Middle Tennessee. Michigan State was one of the top teams in the nation’s that fans chose to win the national championship in their bracket, busting about 5 percent of the nation’s brackets.
One of the best finishes in the first round of games was between Texas and Northern Iowa. With a tie game with 3 seconds left, Paul Jesperson of Northern Iowa dribbled the ball to halfcourt and drained the long shot at the buzzer to pull off the upset against Texas. Another buzzer beater ending was the Providence College Friars taking down the University of Southern California in a layup inbound play in a defensive lapse by the Spartans.
The second round had just as much excitement as the first round of play. Northern Iowa looked to picking up its second win in the tournament against 3 seed Texas A&M, leading by 10 points with only thirty seconds left in the game. However, the Aggies mounted and unthinkable comeback in those thirty seconds to put the game into overtime, making for the biggest comeback in the closing seconds of a game in NCAA history. The Aggies would then go on to win in double overtime, somehow avoiding upset.
Wisconsin and Xavier was tied with 3 seconds left on the clock, as the Badgers had possession at half court. Throwing it into a crowded corner of the court, Bronson Koenig drained a three point shot as time expired to send Wisconsin into the sweet sixteen.
The biggest games to look for tonight is Miami faced against Duke in a 3-4 seed matchup that could be the deciding factor in many brackets.
LHS’s mock election gives voice to student voters
By Carly Swanson and Jenn Salvadore
On Tuesday March 15, 2016, Lincoln High School held its very own Primary Presidential Election. All students and faculty were welcomed to cast their vote as their last names were announced on the intercom. Ballots and voting machines were provided by the Secretary of State and set up in the North gymnasium. Outside of the gyms were two tables: Democrat and Republican, where voters lined up behind their chosen candidate to sign in and receive their ballots. Options on the ballots for Democrats were Bernie Sanders, Rocky de la Fuente and Hillary Clinton, and the Republican options were Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Ted Cruz. Students of the Journalism and Broadcast Academy helped sign in students, pass out ballots as well as run them in the machine, pass out ‘I voted” stickers, reported the action and created a live broadcast through the entire duration of the process.
By 7:45 the first cycle of students were called down and the craziness began. Voters created a line looping through the hallway leading to the sign in tables. Some marched straight to their party of choice will others indecisively took time deciphering which direction to go in. Policies and ideas were discussed through the line both peacefully and in heated arguments.
After the students had voted and received their “I Voted” sticker, the both of us began to interview them. We asked them who they voted, why they voted, and which policies they like most about their candidate’s campaign. Answers ranged widely through the crowd. Some knew exactly why they voted for their chosen candidate with reasons to support themselves, while others made random and oblivious decisions. Senior Alexis Emond explained, “I voted for Rubio because in civics we took an “isidewith” test and it tells you which candidate you have the best match with and I got him,” and junior Ali Husain voted for, “Sanders because I agree with his reforms and he is a candidate who wants to help the people for the people by the people. He is appealing to all types of minorities and is an advocate for rights.” Students who made informed decisions learned about the candidates through watching debates and the news, reading articles, and most popularly getting news from twitter. On the other end of the spectrum, junior Max Klitzner voted for Bernie Sanders because, “He’s Jewish and so am I, he’s my ‘hebro,’” and freshman Macey Cabana explained, “I voted for Trump. I don’t know I kinda just voted for him, I don’t know anything about politics.” Most of these students who did not know who to vote for stated they wish they knew more about the candidates,and when it comes time for the next election and time for them to vote they will learn more about the election.
Through the entire Election Day, Alex Levin and his team produced a video broadcast of the event. He introduced the different candidates and had guests talk discussed the voting with him. Of these guests were Ben Chiacchia, proclaimed “Political Genius,” and Jon Kasich supporter, who later on went to perform a passionate debate with Andrew Harten, a Bernie Sanders supporter, about their opposing views. He also interviewed students taking AP Political Science who are learning about the election in class, about who they prefer for candidacy. The entire live video broadcast can be found on the Lincoln High School Journalism Academy’s YouTube channel.
Sophomore Mary Lind live tweeted the event, which lead to a surprising dramatic sequence of events. By the halfway point of the process she composed many tweets of what different students thought of the candidates they voted for as well as those they disliked. One tweet in particular, gained a significant amount of attention outside of the realm of LHS twitter users. The tweet was a quote from senior Christina Marchetti and read, “Voted for Trump because he is an entrepreneur and businessman,” and in that sense he would be a good businessman. This tweet received both positive and negative feedback, both commending and condemning her for views users believed to be hers. At the time, the tweet had 46 retweets and 123 favorites with no hashtags or tagged users meaning people had searched “Donald Trump,” to comment on tweets about him. Mary, wearing her sweatshirt with Bernie Sanders explained the incident as, “People think that I was the one who voted for Trump, it’s getting ridiculous. I don’t know who any of these people are and it is kind of terrifying.”
By 10:00 that morning, the votes were in and 567 of LHS’s students had voiced their preferences.
The results of the mock primary were both expected as well as unexpected. About 56 percent of the student body chose to vote Democratic, while the other 44 percent chose to vote Republican. When it came to the Democrats, Bernie Sanders took the majority of the votes, causing him to receive 81 percent of the votes in the Democratic poll, and 45 percent of the votes all together (including the Republican poll). The other well-known candidate, known as Hillary Clinton, received only about 17 percent of the Democratic vote, while the underdog, Rocky De La Fuente, received about 2 percent of the Democratic vote. On the other hand, when it came to the Republicans, Donald J. Trump came in first place due to the fact that he received 57 percent of the votes in the Republican poll, but only 25 percent all together (including the Democratic poll). Ted Cruz came in second by receiving 16 percent of the Republican votes. Surprisingly, John Kasich received more votes than his opponent, Marco Rubio, with Kasich receiving 15 percent of the Republican vote and Rubio only receiving 12 percent. Due to the results, Bernie Sanders won the majority of votes all together, which depicts his high appeal to young voters.
As previously stated, Bernie Sanders came in the lead with the most votes. After asking students why they voted for him, the answers ranged from Sanders’ focus on education and the lower working class to his activism when it comes to civil rights for minorities. One reason as to why Bernie Sanders has a very high appeal among younger voters is due to his policy on making free state colleges free. He looks to tax Wall Street speculators and the top one percent, which is only a small part of this complex plan. A junior at Lincoln High School, Elijah Stimpson, strongly advocates for Bernie Sanders because he believes that Sanders, “has the concerns of America’s middle class and working poor at heart”. Another reason as to why many vote for Sanders is due to the apparent racism that still threatens and damages our country to this day.
Freshman Abdullah Ahmad believes that Sanders is, “inspiring a message of hope instead of a message fear; he is not pitting people against each other, unlike Trump”. Unlike the other candidates, Sanders is addressing the problems in which minorities face on an everyday basis and allowing them to be heard. He believes that the diverse population of the United States should be brought together instead of brought against each other.
Hillary Clinton, had an unsuccessful turnout at the mock primary. Although she is doing a great job in the official primaries around the United States, the student body thought twice about having another Clinton as president. Sam Andrews, a junior, claims that, “Hillary Clinton is a liar,” due to her constant scandals and her untrustworthiness, especially after putting the Unites States’ national security on the line. Many feel as though she is incapable of being president due to the fact that she changes her mind on many important topics and previously voted for wars that traumatically affected our country in extremely negative ways. Along with this, if she becomes the Democratic nominee, statistics show that she would have no chance at beating most of the Republicans that are running for president. On the other hand, those who voted for Clinton at Lincoln’s primary strongly believe that she is capable of being president due to the amount of experience in which she has in government. Also, it would be the first time in history for there to be the first female president in the history of the United States.
When it came to Donald Trump, on the Republican side, many students went off by saying that they agree most with his immigration reform. Senior Ben Hevner, likes, “how Trump is not politically correct.”.
Another student at Lincoln High School, Dylan Anderson, states that he prefers Trump due to his, “view on immigration and rich policy that has to do with the war on terrorism”. With that being said, many students enjoy listening to Trump, even if they are not necessarily aware of the negative affects in which Trump would have in our country. Many people look at Trump as a scapegoat since they are somewhat tired of politicians nowadays. They believe that, since Trump does not have political correctness, he could ultimately do good for our country due to the fact that there are absolutely no limitations on his free speech. Although many look at this as a good quality to have, it could actually lead the country into turmoil, especially when it comes to dealing with foreign affairs.
The candidate below Trump on the republican side is a senator from Texas known as Ted Cruz. He has a lot of similar policies compared to Trump, especially when it comes to immigration and building a wall at the Mexican-United States border. One student at Lincoln High School, Ross Lancaster, is an advocate for this presidential candidate. He believes that Cruz is a, “true American and [he] preserves the values that many fight for everyday”. Many look towards Ted Cruz due to the fact that they look at him as a ‘true conservative,’ unlike Donald Trump.
The underdog in the Republican party, John Kasich, seems to be making a somewhat favorable appearance in the Lincoln High School student body. Many students strongly believe that he is the most mature Republican candidate running for president. Along with this, he seems to not be given as much time at the debates, which causes the media, and therefore, the people to focus less on him. However, many students who refuse to focus on the media, believe that Kasich has the best plan for our country.
Junior Aidan Enright, states that, “Kasich is the only reasonable candidate and he seems like he knows how to balance the budget”. With that being said, a significant amount of our students believe that Kasich has the best economic policy. Along with this, his views are not radical and extreme, which allows him to appeal to a wider amount of people.
Another important point to take into account is that, like Junior Stefan Duda says, “the Republican Party will most likely split if Cruz or Trump becomes the nominee, and Republicans will, therefore, lose majority”. Due to the policies of Cruz and Trump that seem to not properly represent the values of the Republican Party, true Republicans are forced to look at John Kasich as the future Republican nominee, even though his results in the real polls are significantly low, seeing as though he has only one his home state so far.
This event could not have been possible without the help generosity of the Director of Elections of the Secretary of State Rob Rock, who supplied the ballots and voting machines. I had the chance to talk to him about student elections.
Regarding interests of students voting Rock expressed, “There is no question that Bernie Sanders for example relates to young people, in the other schools we have done to Bernie Sanders has been very popular in colleges and high schools especially for the younger voters.” He went on to agree that these rather unusual characters like Sanders and Trump draw in young people into the election, and gave tips on how to determine who it is you would like to vote for.
“There is so much information out there whether you Google a candidate’s name, go to there Facebook page or go to their website, or watch the debates. There are so many mediums that it is just trying to decider what is bad information and what is good. I think if you just go online, watch TV, read a newspaper, you can get a feel for what the candidates believe which is extremely important.” As the election continues to draw closer it is increasingly important for students, especially those of the age who can vote, to take Rock’s advice and learn about the candidates to be informed and aware about our country.
After the LHS primary ended and the votes were counted, it became clear what was important to the majority of the student body – education and the well being of the middle class. For those eligible of voting in the Rhode Island primary, on April 26, the message has been sent: be sure your voices are heard, and go out and vote.
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