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Friday, February 9, 2018

Larry Nassar sentenced to 40 to 175 years behind bars

     Larry Nassar, the former U.S. gymnastics doctor, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting

young female athletes. In early February, he was sentenced with 40 to 175 years in prison. “I think this man is sick. He should be sentenced to more than 40 to 175 years in prison,” says Lindsey Howell.

     After the seven-day hearing, more than 150 of Nassar’s victims gave their statements to

the jury. Many of the girls described the former doctor and trainer as being manipulative.

When the hearing ended, the courtroom began to applause the victims and jury.

     When the 54-year-old sexually abused these individuals, he was working with Michigan

State University and the U.S.A Gymnastics team as their team doctor. “These individuals

should’ve been able to trust their team doctor,” commented Ethan Miller.

     Many of the victims went to him with injuries and they were made to feel like his actions

were acceptable. His exams were mandatory, so he took this advantage to press himself upon them. “This is sickening! I’m so glad that these individuals spoke out,” Ben Nolte said.

     Nassar’s accusers, which included Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles and

Gabby Douglas, all say they are now the force and that Nassar is the one that needs to listen to what they have to say.


     The enrichment period, offered weekly on Mondays and Fridays, helps students get extra assistance in subjects they’re struggling with or want to spend more time understanding. Hannah Hunt describes enrichment, saying, “I think it is just a time passing class. It’s boring and we never do anything.” In enrichment, lessons and assignments are taught to give students get the extra help they need in that subject.

     Each class teaches a different subject, usually pertaining to the overseeing teacher’s field of expertise, with the goal of enriching student knowledge about these chosen topics. Kiley Landis named a few of the enrichments offered at Buckhannon, but this list is by no means comprehensive. “Some enrichment classes are extra help for the ACT, sciences, math, English, history, and things like that.” Every student gets to choose which enrichment class they would like to be in, although they might end up somewhere else. Tailynn Snider said, “I wanted to be in an enrichment class that had something to do with nature; I was put into the class I wanted.”

     For this half an hour twice weekly, teachers try to teach their students to better understand content being taught in class or to expand on those base ideas into something more complex. Enrichment can be effective in many ways to students, giving a better understanding of topics, expanding their depth of knowledge, and providing an opportunity to be tutored. Kiley Landis said, “I have learned a few things I haven’t learned in class. You do not really have time to get extra help, in regular classes because they’re so short.”

Immigration in the United States

     Center for Immigration Studies Director of Research Steven Camarota said the U.S. foreign-born population is expected to grow to unprecedented levels in the next 50 years. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that there will be 1.6 million first generation immigrants coming in the next 50 years. Taking into account their children and their children’s children, that is roughly 100 million immigrants coming to America.

     Staggering numbers like these are presented to people, with mixed feelings arising about them, but both sides of the political spectrum have individuals that are all in favor of mass immigration. The far left has La Raza, who are anti-white socialists that advocate towards pathways to citizenship for illegals. On the far right are greedy businessmen who believe in plantation economics. Both sides are wrong in their intentions.

     “Immigration is a beautiful thing. It’s what made America. However, mass immigration is counterintuitive toward improving quality of life,” says Borgy Tenney, a junior at B-UHS. With low tech jobs disappearing, how can the nation provide for these people, especially if they may lack in skill? Time will tell.