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AMC Theatres: The New Plan to Survive Coronavirus

AMC THEATRES MAKES A COMEBACK Of all the questions over what our future will look like, many are wondering if we will ever have the chance to experience going to the movie theater with friends again. After a tough financial loss since March, AMC Theatres is looking to make a comeback. How will they manage this amidst a pandemic?

Ella Schulte, Staff Writer

October 22, 2020

The excitement of seeing a movie for the first time in theatres is something we largely took for granted during our lives before the pandemic hit. We underestimated the sheer joy of heading into a packed auditorium, popcorn in hand, with friends and family.    While searching for relief from Coron...

Update on clubs

BREAKING NEWS. SHS administrators have just released updated information regarding the new way we will be doing clubs and activities in the era of COVID-19. Though cubs are strongly encouraged to meet virtually, face-to-face meetings have been approved with several extensive measures required. As always, “all clubs must follow the same social-distancing guidelines as classrooms if meeting face-to-face,” said Mr. Ashwin Coratiyll, student administrator. Photo taken before COVID-19.

Deeya Prakash, Deputy Content Editor

October 21, 2020

   When I was a rising freshman, I attended a senior panel at the Sycamore Junior High School. There were seven nominated seniors sitting on the platform risers in the choir room, and my mother yanked the ends of my jacket down in efforts of removing any wrinkles. I was not sure why. It is not lik...

Retail and restaurant industries face the economic brunt of Covid-19

BUSINESS CLOSURES. Throughout the pandemic, few things have been affected quite like restaurants and retail stores. Whether a local bar or a nationwide chain of stores, the past few months have been disastrous for all kinds of businesses.  Closures around the country have been rampant, but anyone can help by supporting their favorite local businesses.Pictured here is one of the many closed JC Penney stores across the country.  
Picture courtesy of Creative Commons.

Jack Brownlee, Staff Writer

October 16, 2020

   Since March 2020, hundreds of thousands of businesses, both local and national, have faced closures.  From restaurants to retail stores, the effect of COVID-19 on all businesses has been massive.  According to data from Yelp, 160,000 businesses have closed since March, and roughly half of thos...

SHS reflects on Vice Presidential debate

VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. Last night, the first and only debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris began at 9:00 p.m. EDT in Salt Lake City, UT. Moderated by USA Today journalist Susan Page, the debate paralleled the format of the first presidential debate we saw on September 29. As they worked through different topics from abortion to race to foreign policy, each candidate talked about their own personal experiences and opinions but also those of their running mates, former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. Viewers saw a common theme of candidates avoiding the proposed question, attacking, and interrupting, though no where close to the magnitude in which we saw at the presidential debate. As we get closer and closer to Election Day, we see candidates push and fight more than ever. The next presidential debate is scheduled for Thursday, October 15.

Madeleine Suh, Editor In Chief

October 8, 2020

VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. Last night, the first and only debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris began at 9:00 p.m. EDT in Salt Lake City, UT. Moderated by USA Today journalist Susan Page, the debate paralleled the format of the first presidential debate we saw on September 29.     As they worked throu...

Preview of the NBA Finals

The NBA Finals kicks off tonight with the Los Angeles Lakers against the Miami Heat. This is LeBron James tenth finals appearance up against Jimmy Butler's first ever finals appearance. Will LeBron get his fourth championship or will he lose again and become 3-7 all time in the finals?

Drew Berke, Sports Editor

September 30, 2020

In what feels like an eternity, we finally have the NBA finals. The last two teams standing are the LeBron James led Los Angeles Lakers against the Jimmy Butler led Miami Heat. Both these teams have been living in the Orlando Bubble for almost three months! You can bet both these teams want this Cham...

Positive reinforcement training is the way to go

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT. Getting a puppy companion during the pandemic has been a trend, and many puppies have been able to find amazing new homes. This begs the question: What is the best way to train these new pups? Positive reinforcement has many benefits! To learn more about why positive reinforcement is becoming the preferred method among dog trainers and how to use it with your own dog, click the link in bio.

Claire Berlier, Feature Editor

September 26, 2020

 Getting a puppy companion during the pandemic has been a bit of a trend. Last December, my family and I got our own puppy and have been training her, even more than usual with the extra time spent at home. And we are not the only ones!    According to an article published last month by the Washin...

Reds Clinch Playoffs

For the first time in seven years the Cincinnati Reds are heading to the postseason after a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins last night. In what has been a crazy year for baseball, the Reds look to make a deep run into the playoffs and prove they are for real.

Drew Berke, Sports Editor

September 26, 2020

Last night the Cincinnati Reds clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2013! They won over the Minnesota Twins, 7-2. All the cards fell right for the Reds yesterday as they needed the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers both to lose and they did so. The Reds have been led this season by what y...

Under-reporting cases

There has recently been an under reporting of cases in China and misreporting of cases in countries all over the world. Reports argued that at least 28,000 more people have died during the coronavirus pandemic over the last month than official COVID-19 death counts report. Numbers have effects on people; governments need to be more transparent.

Emma Chi, Staff Writer

May 4, 2020

   There has been a lot of under reporting and misreporting of the corona virus crisis. Numbers from different sources don’t match up, what actually counts as a case of corona virus is unclear. Reports argue that “at least 28,000 more people have died during the corona virus pandemic over the last ...

SHS seniors in solidarity

SENIOR SOLIDARITY. To come together under difficult circumstances, two seniors, Lindsey Stevens and Kennedy Archer, decided to compile a senior video. Showcasing the bond of the senior class, the video has spread quickly around social media. With so much uncertainty for senior activities, they hope the video will help the senior class come together despite the challenges they have faced.

Aaditi Lele, Staff Writer

April 18, 2020

   One last performance. One last season. One last game. One last competition. One last goodbye. For the class of 2020, all of these “lasts” hang in the balance of a rocky senior year. In light of the circumstances brought on by Covid-19, celebrating an end to their Sycamore journeys has been diff...

Panic buying

PANIC BUYING. Throughout the past month or so, people all around the world have been visiting grocery stores and bought out most supplies related to the prevention of coronavirus such as hand sanitizer or face masks. However, even though toilet paper doesn’t really help us in any way against the coronavirus, both its intrinsic and extrinsic value seemed to jump up. But why? Is it a mentality that you need to take some action when the world is out of control? Or other reasons such as logistics?

Emma Chi, Staff Writer

April 12, 2020

   People all around the world have been panic buying countless items recently, namely canned goods, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper. What has stood out the most, however, is the stockpiling of toilet paper, as we see the toilet paper shelves being emptied in almost every supermarket here in the U...

Pandemic transforms primary elections

 ELECTION SEASON. Just a month ago, voters in more than a dozen states were showing up in thousands to vote in primary elections. But now? Such an election would be unthinkable. Ohio’s primary election has been radically transformed as absentee ballots replace traditional voting and campaigns are forced to adjust.

Aaditi Lele, Staff Writer

April 6, 2020

    Think back about three months ago. The New Year’s Ball was dropping, we were celebrating, and there was so much to look forward to in 2020. The Tokyo Olympics. Leap Year. The elections. It was going to be monumental. Now? Not so much. The coronavirus has upended almost everything that we had a...

Teachers discuss their thoughts on remote learning

REMOTE LEARNING. Pictured above is the work environment of a student who is learning from home. Teachers are learning how to teach in this new situation. English teacher Mrs. Beth LeBlanc said, “Online learning is challenging because face to face discussions and group work is an essential part of a language arts class, and that's tough to replicate with technology.  It's also been a bit challenging because many students and their families have challenging situations at home, and we want to be mindful so we're supporting families and not adding stress.”

Claire Berlier, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

   Remote learning: this is a new experience for all students. And for all teachers. They have to find a way to teach from home, miles away from their students, unlike the usual, at most, 15 feet. So, how do you accomplish this?    The first thing to consider is the assignment. Social studies teacher Mr. ...

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