Dungeons & Dragons, or more commonly known as D&D, is an intense role-playing game that started in 1974 by two people of the name Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. They started D&D by personalizing their war games. After a while, D&D started to get popular and update. Now you create a character of a certain race and class. Of these classes, the most basic is a wizard, fighter, and rouge. These determine your proficiency in weapons and tools. As you level up, you gain skills and magic that can help you fight many creatures and races. Of the strong races are the Dragonborn and half-orc. Of the magical races are the Elf, Gnome, Half-elf, and Tiefling. And the mucilaginous races are the human, dwarf, and Halfling. These races all go well with what class you choose. Making a character is more about the backstory of your character than being stronger. For example, if you were a human Warrior then your backstory could be that you were in a group that slew a very powerful dragon.
D&D is a role-playing game where you play as a character and go on a quest. The people who make this quest is the dungeon master. The dungeon master, or DM, is the one who creates and writes the story in which the player’s play. Spencer Crittenden is one of the best known DM’s in the world. He has DM’ed since he was little and lives in Moorpark, California. He first got famous when doing a campaign called Harmon quest on the show Harmontown. Harmontown is a famous show lead by dan Harmon, it is a show that does a podcast and occasionally D&D. Spencer Crittenden says, “Part of being a dungeon master involves figuring out multiple outcomes for each situation, the hypothetical diverging paths each player might end up on with every roll of the 20-sided die.” DM’s work hard to create their campaigns and make sure that there is no mistake.
Lastly, the die is the most important part of D&D, the die determines your attack and damage. The D20 and the D6 will be your best friend and your worst enemy, the D20 you use for almost anything such as skills, perception, attacks, saving throws, ability checks, etc. D&D is played all over the world and is most popular for it’s imaginative role-play. Role-play is acting out or perform the part of a person or character. These characters are all special in there own way, no character is the same because you have to choose almost everything your character has is chosen by you. Each character is yours to play.
Story by Leon Hill
You probably have heard of Lo-Fi Hip Hop Beats to Relax and Study To. Whether you were being productive, unproductive, or going through a rough time, this 2-year long stream has been a part of people’s hearts for a while. It may surprise you to find out it has been banned. Temporarily, at least.
The original reasoning for banning the creator, ChilledCow, was that the account was “not in compliance” with the platform’s Terms of Services, resulting in the termination of the channel. However, the channel was unbanned. YouTube apologized and stated it was a mistake on their part. ChilledCow was allowed to create a new stream without backlash.
The Youtube team’s exact wording was: “Thanks for flagging this to us! Our teams confirmed that this was a mistake on our side and your channel has now been reinstated. We’re sorry this happened! We’ve shared feedback with our review team to prevent similar errors from happening in the future.”
When the stream was banned, the internet quickly responded, with many users saying it had gotten them past hard times. Memes were also quickly created, usually ending is some variation of respect for the 2-year long stream. After the community got the channel back in service, ChilledCow tweeted this: “My account has been unbanned, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the tremendous support, I'm grateful to have such an amazing community. 🧡 I will launch the stream again as soon as possible.”
Story by Sasha Bickford
From small-town Ohio kid to Louisiana legend, Joe Burrow capped his record-breaking, Heisman-winning season by bringing a national championship to LSU. Burrow threw five touchdown passes, ran for another score and finished off one of the most accomplished seasons in college football history by leading the top-ranked Tigers to a 42-25 victory against No. 3 Clemson on Monday night in the playoff final. The senior quarterback from The Plains, Ohio, leads the Tigers (15-0) to their first national title since 2007 and fourth overall, breaking a few more records along the way in what was already a historic season. The five TD passes and 463 yards passing are the most for a BCS or College Football Playoff title game as are his six total touchdowns. Burrow became the first major college quarterback to throw 60 touchdown passes in a season as LSU snapped defending national champion Clemson’s 29-game winning streak. For the first time in his college career, Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence was on the losing team. The Tigers (14-1) had won his first 25 starts.
After tossing his fifth touchdown pass of the night, a perfectly placed jump ball to Terrace Marshall Jr. from 24 yards out to make it 42-25 with 12:08 left in the fourth, Burrow signalled TD and strolled to the sideline. The Superdome is LSU’s dome away from home, about 80 miles from the Tigers Baton Rouge campus, and it was rocking. The LSU band broke out its unofficial anthem, “Neck,” and as the Tigers bounced and waved towels on the sideline, Burrow just sat on the bench, bobbing his head and waving one arm. It was Orgeron’s vision for LSU when he was promoted from interim coach in 2016. There was plenty of skepticism when LSU tabbed the Cajun who had failed in his first crack as a head coach with Mississippi. Orgeron has proven to be the perfect fit for LSU.
Clemson pushed LSU into the deepest hole it has had to climb out of this season in the first half. Two weeks after Lawrence ran for a career-best 107 yards against Ohio State, he opened the scoring with a 1-yard jaunt around right end in the first quarter. After B.T. Potter kicked a career-long 52-yard field goal for Clemson to make it 10-7, the Tigers sprung receiver Tee Higgins on a reverse and he raced 36 yards through tacklers for a score to make it 17-7. It took LSU 5:19 to wipe that out and take the lead, with Burrow and his favorite receiver, Ja’Marr Chase doing most of the damage. The Heisman winner hit the Biletnikoff Award winner with a long ball to set up a quarterback draw from 3 yards out to make it 17-14. Burrow and Chase hooked up for a 14-yard touchdown with 5:19 left in the second quarter and LSU fans erupted as their Tigers took the lead for the first time, 21-17. They never looked back. Chase finished with nine catches for 221 yards. The SEC Tigers weren’t done. Burrow led LSU on a 95-yard drive, taking a hard shot on a long run before finding Thaddeus Moss, son of former NFL star receiver Randy Moss, standing alone in the end zone. That made it 28-17 with 10 seconds left in the half.
Story by Liam O'Neill
3 PARAGRAPHS: You are probably reading this if you are thinking about getting a puppy/dog, or if you’re just interested in reading this type of stuff. If you are wondering what to get when you first get a puppy that’s coming to your home, you might want to get these things to prepare you for your dog/puppy. According to Humane Society the things your dog will need in advance are a collar and leash, food and water bowls, food, and, of course, some toys. And don't forget to order an identification tag right away. If you don’t know what type of food you should get your new puppy/dog ready this from thevetstreet.com : Your puppy’s body is growing in critical ways which is why you’ll need to select a food that’s formulated especially for puppies as opposed to adult dogs. Look for a statement from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) on the packaging to ensure that the food you choose will meet your pup’s nutritional requirements.
Small and medium-sized breeds can make the leap to adult dog food between 9 and 12 months of age. Large breed dogs should stick with puppy kibbles until they reach 2-years-old. Make sure your puppy has fresh and abundant water available at all times.
One of the first things you need to do when you get a dog is to make sure you puppy proof the house. According to barkpost.com To puppy your house and make it safest for the dog’s arrival. Move other chemicals onto high shelves, tape electrical cords to baseboards, and make sure anything that your dog can choke on is stored high enough that they can’t reach it, even on their hind legs.
According to human society Animal shelters take in animals with widely varying backgrounds, some of whom have not been previously vaccinated. Inevitably, despite the best efforts of shelter workers, viruses can be spread and may occasionally go
home with adopted animals. If you already have dogs or cats at home, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots and in good general health before introducing your new pet dog. The worst thing you can do according to barkpost.com is to overwhelm them. Don’t ignore, but balance lots of cuddles and pats with space. If there are small children in the house, remind them to be gentle and slow with the dog at first.
Story by Elsabet Smith
Instagram likes might be gone forever? According to Adam Mosseri, he thinks taking away the likes on the site might be better for everyone's mental well being. For example, if a teen posts a picture on Instagram and has a lower amount of followers, he/she will not get as many likes on a post as a high creator (ex: Kardashians or famous celebrities) would. This can make someone feel insecure about themselves, which can lead to anxiety, sleep issues, and even depression.
Taking away likes on Social Media like Instagram will be permanent, though it has not happened yet. According to New York Times news, polls and didn’t tests are being taken by multiple people to vote for if this is necessary or not. Another example of how likes can affect a human being: what if an insecure teen posted a photograph they felt comfortable in, got few likes, then saw a photo-shopped and unrealistic picture of a girl, which got hundreds of thousands of likes. That could really hurt their self esteem.
This is a common issue which happens online. If likes are removed permanently, this may have a good effect on everyone on the online community. Hopefully doing this will also arise people from off their screens and eventually see the beauty of the real world, and not behind a screen. In conclusion, I agree that taking away the likes on all social media is a good break and detox and will help millions cope.
Story by Zara Howell
Genetics is the study of inheritance and how it relates to the world. However, some people inherit the short straw. Every so often, abnormal genes can cause something considered a genetic disorder. A genetic disorder is an inherited medical condition caused by an abnormality in DNA. One of these genetic disorders is called Tourette’s syndrome, or more commonly referred to as Tourette syndrome. This condition is a disorder in which those with Tourette syndrome, or TS develop stereotyped and uncontrollable movements, called tics.
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a disorder that involves mechanical movements or unwanted sounds and tics that cannot be absolutely controlled. Tics usually show up between ages 2 and 15, the median age being around 6. TS is typically three to four times more likely to show up in males than females. Severe symptoms (such as barking, jerking, rude gestures, and obscenities) can affect communication skills, ordinary functions, and quality of life. Motor tics (movements) usually begin before vocal tics (sounds) do. There are simple tics, which use only a few muscles, and complex tics, which use several muscle groups, reports the National Institutes of Health.
Simple motor tics include “eye blinking, head jerking, shoulder shrugging, eye darting, nose twitching, and mouth movements,” according to the Mayo Clinic. Complex motor tics, such as touching and smelling objects, repeated movements, stepping in a certain pattern, obscene gesturing, hopping and twisting, and bending, vary in type, frequency and severity. Simple vocal tics can comprise of “sniffing, throat clearing, grunting, hooting, or shouting,” the National Tourette Association of America writes. In up to 15% of TS cases, words are inappropriate such as racial slurs, foul words, or other unacceptable words and phrases.
A consensus written by multiple reputable doctors shows that tics aren’t rare in adolescent children (as many as one in five), but most symptoms pass within a few years. A study proved that tics are exhibited in 20% of children ages 6-17. That’s what we know. But we don’t much much about TS.
The exact cause of Tourette syndrome isn’t perceived, but it’s likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Conditions tend to occur in families, and many studies have confirmed that genetics is involved. Researchers are continuing to search for the genes and other factors that cause or may contribute to TS and other tic disorders. Current research points to flaws and abnormalities in certain brain regions (including the basal ganglia, the frontal lobes, and the cortex), and also to the circuits that connect these things. Chemicals in the brain that serve as neurotransmitters (transmits nerve impulses) like dopamine and serotonin might contribute to the cause of this genetic disorder. But how can we cure something we don’t know much about?
Regrettably, there’s no cure for Tourette syndrome, but many beneficial treatments are available. Many people don’t require treatment for TS when their symptoms aren’t severe, but for those who do, effective meds can be taken when symptoms affect routine life. No one medication is helpful to everyone with TS, nor does the medication eliminate all symptoms and conditions. In addition, practically all medicines cause side effects. Therapy can be helpful; habit-reversal training is when you are taught to know when a tic is coming and then move to halt it; however, tics often “lessen or can be controlled” after the teenaged years. Even though there is no treatment for Tourette syndrome, this genetic disorder expands the understanding we possess of genetics and other related disorders and illnesses.
Tourette syndrome is a condition of the nervous system which causes people to have unmanageable tics. Genetic disorders are abnormalities of a gene or cell. Though TS is a stereotyped genetic condition (learn more about these common misconceptions here), many of those with TS can lead normal, happy, and successful lives. Genetics is critical to everyday life. Genetics represents the study of the world’s connection.
Story by Caroline Barton
Even though Temetrius Jamel “Ja” Morant is only 20, he is still surprising NBA players and fans. Ja Morant was Born August 10, 1999 in South Carolina. He was actually discovered on accident. A recruiter was at a basketball camp trying to recruit another person. He got hungry and walked to go get some concessions. He saw Morant playing at a nearby court. The recruiter watched for a little and realized that he had found what he was looking for.
Morant went to Murray State University. He got the first triple double in the NCAA tournament since 2012. He led his twelfth ranked team to victory over number five ranked Marquette. He only went to college for one year, then straight to the NBA. Ja was drafted to the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2019 NBA draft. He went as the number two overall pick in the draft. He wears jersey number twelve on the Grizzlies because he has worn that number since grade school.
At 6’3”, which is not very tall for the NBA, Ja has become one of the most exciting dunkers in the league. During a game this season, Morant jumped over Kevin Love, who is 6’8”, while trying to dunk. Ja averages 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists per game. He leads all rookies in scoring and assists.He is also a favorite to win rookie of the year. Many people that go to the NBA are not really known, but Ja Morant has already made a name for himself in his first year. Ja Morant is a rising star that is off to a great start.
Story by Jude Garris
The future in space technology is changing and becoming more advanced over the years. NASA is developing new ways to transport people and packages, in fact, NASA is developing drones for even small packages to be delivered in, safely, efficiently and quickly. The company dubbed the little drone “ UAM”, which stands for “ Urban Air Mobility”. Their goal in this little invention is to travel easier and more efficiently through dense cities like New York. NASA is also developing an Aero Taxi which is part of the urban mobility project. This Taxi is used to take passengers above populated areas. NASA estimated that in 2030, over fifty million flights to deliver packages and over 750 million flights for “ Air Metro Services.” in the future.
NASA is planning to launch the mars rover in 2020 this coming summer. The Mars rover has special equipment and is one of the most expensive pieces of machinery to be launched and is planning to be sent to space in the summer of 2020. The rover is planned to be landed in a crater and take pictures for research. According to NASA “In 2024 the big space company wants to send the first woman into space”. This company’s inventions are creating and shaping the future for space launches and mechanical work.
NASA has many space trips and sometimes they need something to help beforehand. That’s why they are developing a plan and named it “Deep Space Atomic Clock.” This little invention helps them predict and helps navigate for space missions ahead of time. According to NASA, they are also working on a city air-bus. It has four seats and is multi-copter and is going to be used for urban transportation. Going back to the topic around sending the first woman to space, but she isn’t working alone in this mission, they are sending a man and woman to the moon for the first time in almost five decades. NASA is an expanding company and is shaping and creating the way we live, work and wonder about what’s in space. This company is breaking barriers and will continue to do so, I’m sure of in the future.
Story by Sydney Hansen
You’re reading this article right now, most likely on a computer or tablet. Probably completely ordinary task. But how ordinary is it for younger children or how good is it for them. Is it good for them to understand the way the modern world works or it bad for them? Will this generation be dependant on technology. How bad is it if you introduce your child to technology at a young age. If it is bad could you be endangering your very own child?
Well to answer all of those questions we have Are iPads and tablets bad for young children? They claim “they aren’t good for young children but they help children develop skills for the modern world. An easy way to start them off is a tablet.” According to What's the Right Age to Introduce Your Kid to Computers? Babies don’t have the cognitive or physical skills to make it worth your time or theirs. They don’t understand even the simplest of all the technical devices. Meaning they probably shouldn’t be exposed to such complex things.
Ages two to three should be slowly exposed to tablets and other simple devices. Also according to What's the Right Age to Introduce Your Kid to Computers? Ages two to three should have minimal time on computers. Even only minutes per day. 3rd to 4th graders that are confident with things like computer usually demonstrate success for their future ahead. A child that has mastered the computer will have access to the modern world easily. These new systems and technologies could affect our world dramatically for the better.
Story by Zoe Stock
“Divorced. Beheaded. Died. Divorced. Beheaded. Survived.” That is the rhyme to remember King Henry the Vlll’s 6 wives. This rhyme is used a lot in the new musical SIX, which features Adrianna Hicks (Catherine of Aragon), Abby Mueller (Jane Seymour), Andrea Macasaet (Anne Boleyn), Brittney Mack (Anne of Cleves), Courtney Mack (Katherine Howard), and Anna Uzele (Catherine Parr).
The new musical SIX (written by Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow) is about King Henry Vlll’s 6 wives creating a girl singing group. They each take turns singing about their time with King Henry Vlll and whoever had the worst experience with him gets to be the lead singer of the group. According to BBC News, Ariana Grande, Adele, and Rihanna are among the other pop stars who have inspired the characters in the musical SIX.
SIX has been performing in a few states, some of which include Illinois, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. According to The New York Times, “SIX” will begin performances February 13, 2020 and open March 12th at Atkinson Theater, produced by Kenny Wax, Wendy and Andy Barnes, George Stiles, and Kevin McCollum.
The history behind the musical dates all the way back to the year 1509 when King Henry Vlll married Catherine of Aragon. He then married Anne Boleyn after he and Catherine got divorced. Then a few years later when Anne Boleyn got beheaded in the London Tower, he married Jane Seymour 11 days later. Unfortunately, Jane died while giving birth to her son. After she died, King Henry Vlll went on to marry Anne of Cleves, who Henry divorced. After their divorce, he married Katherine Howard. He then figured out that Katherine was in love with her distant cousin so he had her beheaded. Then he married his 6th and final wife: Catherine Parr. Catherine Parr was the only wife to survive in her time of being married to Henry. She was there when he died and constantly feared her own execution.
The idea of the musical is to show all of these experiences from the wives perspectives.
Lots of good reviews have been left on the musical, which tells me it’s a very well written and produced show. If you’re into musical theater, I suggest looking into see it in March!
Story by Natalie Edgens