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The Bear Press Debates: The Controversy Surrounding the #TakeAKnee Movement

Around this time last NFL season, fans were burning San Francisco 49ers jerseys with a number 7 and the name “KAEPERNICK” written in bold white letters due to the #TakeAKnee movement. Now, a year later, and with Colin Kaepernick as a free agent, the majority of the NFL stands together to support the #TakeAKnee movement and show the current president and his administration that they are united. The movement began when Kaepernick decided to “take a knee” last season while the National Anthem was performed at a football game. His reasoning for the act was to bring awareness to police brutality against African-Americans, and many in the NFL have followed his lead this season. President Trump has made various statements against the #TakeAKnee movement, which has sparked further controversy about the topic.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Preview

By Kylie Potter

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (TLJ), the second installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, will hit theaters on December 15, 2017. Fans have waited with bated breath since The Force Awakens (TFA) first came to theaters in December of 2015, and many showtimes for TLJ have already been sold out since tickets became available on October 9th.

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TLJ will hit theaters on December 15th, 2017. Photo Credit: IMDb

While a teaser trailer for TLJ was uploaded 6 months ago, and a behind the scenes reel was released 3 months ago, the first extended trailer did not premiere until two weeks ago. The trailer, which was showcased at halftime during Monday night football, has many fans speculating about the events that will take place in the upcoming movie.

TFA, which was directed by J.J. Abrams, left off with Rey, the main protagonist of the story, finally tracking down the fabled Luke Skywalker. Her mission was to deliver his lightsaber to him and convince him to come out of exile and help the Resistance defeat the First Order. Continue reading

Cross Country Player Profile: Polina Sobol

By Molly Schreier
Staff Writer


Senior Polina Sobol finished 10th place out of 146 female varsity runners at the 5000 meter for the Spike Shoe Invitational.

As senior Polina Sobol crossed the finish line at the 5000 meter for the Spike Shoe Invitational September 23rd, she was not worried about her place–she was worried about her hair.  “My hair went out!  Like my hair tie flew off and my hair went floush!  It was terrible.”  Not too terrible, though, as she finished 10th place, out of 146 women varsity runners.

Polina has seen great success this season.  Her time at Spike Shoe, 22:06.29, occurred in ninety-degree heat.   At the Howard County Invitational, she placed 24th in 21:29.4, a three-mile personal record.  Most recently, Polina placed 8th at the Crossfire Invite, beating her time at Spike Shoe and setting a new personal record for 5000 meters, 21:20.9. Continue reading

Top 5 Rolling Stones Songs

By Ethan Daucher
Staff Writer

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Photo Credit: Dailymail

Almost everyone has heard of the Rolling Stones, and if they haven’t, they have probably unknowingly heard one of their many famous songs. The Rolling Stones is a widely popular British rock band that had been around for many years, ever since the British Invasion in the 1960’s. The band is made up of many members, such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood. The Stones have been known to change their style of music throughout the many years that they’ve been around. From genres such as Rock n’ Roll to blues, pop, disco and even country, thus appealing to many. Because of such diversity in music, they have many great and influential songs that have reached top charts countless times throughout the many years they have been together. Hate them or love them, here are the top 5 Rolling Stones Songs that you should listen to, in no particular order.

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NFL Week Two Review

By Aaron Walton and Shehzan Dahya
Staff Writers

Week one jitters are gone and week two has just come to an end, and already a lot has changed. Predictions have taken a sudden turn, some for the better and some for the worse.

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Tom Brady and the New England Patriots redeemed themselves in week two after a hard loss in week one. In this week’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints, quarterback Tom Brady threw for 447 yards and was on target 

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Denver Quarterback Trevor Siemian has ensured that the Broncos will be a tough team to beat this season. Credit: Denver Post

30 of his 39 passes, three of those passes ending in touchdowns. The New Orleans Saints however couldn’t get the running game going with two elite running backs in the back field, Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson, getting their team 16 carries and 78 rushing yards. Drew Brees and the passing game was the Saints last hope, and it resulted with Brees throwing for 356 yards.  Brees was on dot 27 of his 47 passed, and threw 2 touchdowns in the process, but it wasn’t enough to take down the reigning champs, losing 20-36. Continue reading

The Impending Eruption at Yellowstone National Park

By Tigerlily Johnson
Staff Writer


Yellowstone National Park brings in nearly four million visitors each year, with the most popular month being July. Photo Credit: Google Images

The entirety of Yellowstone national park in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho is one huge super volcano, and is overdue for a volcanic eruption. While visiting the park, it may seem like a regular national park but underground is a volcano that has been dangerously close to eruption for years now. The last time Yellowstone had an eruption was 640,000 years ago, and scientists began observing it again many years ago. They are trying to prevent this major disruption, as it will destroy the surrounding cities and seriously harm the national park. Analyzing the temperature and changes in day-to-day life is helping them predict the volcanoes’ next moves.  Since the potential eruption has been a mystery for so long, some of these people have been studying this volcano their whole life. Continue reading

Hammond Theatre Presents: 12 Angry Jurors

By Makayla Buecker and Sheely Edwards
Staff Writers


The cast of 12 Angry Jurors will perform from November 9-11. Photo Credit: Jack Buzard

The full cast list for Hammond Theatre’s fall play, 12 Angry Jurors was announced via email on September 11. Mrs. Tobiason, the theatre teacher at Hammond, announced the play, 12 Angry Jurors, and the winter musical, The Wedding Singer, at the theatre banquet on May 22. Auditions for the main roles of Jurors #3, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12 were held during the summer on June 9th. Auditions for the roles of Foreman, Jurors #2, 4, 5, 6, 10, Guard, Judge, and Clerk were held on September 6, 2017.

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