2011 April : Bear Facts

How professional sports teams impact the economy

April 4, 2011 • Tom Thompson, Sports Writer  
Filed under Sports

Jerseys with players’ names on the back, endorsements from large companies to professional athletes, and professional sports arenas named after corporations are common in marketing a sport. “Sports and the economy is a symbiotic system,” Darren Rothermel, Sports and Entertainment Marketing teacher,... Read more »

Anti-texting and walking bill should not be passed

Anti-texting and walking bill should not be passed

April 4, 2011 • Diana Zajac, Viewpoint Writer  
Filed under Viewpoint

Texting while driving is illegal for everyone, but texting while walking is not. At least, not yet. Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State, wants the state to pass the anti- texting while walking bill. While there are plenty of people who make bad choices, the state should not pass this law because... Read more »

Americans need to appreciate, advocate freedom

April 4, 2011 • Angelica LaVito, Viewpoint Writer  
Filed under Viewpoint

American people are fortunate to live in a country where their freedoms are guaranteed in a constitution that has been enforced since 1788.  Unfortunately, people all around the world are not as lucky to have freedoms we often take for granted.  Americans must be grateful for what they have, as well... Read more »

Teens need to form own opinions, make own decisions

April 4, 2011 • Staff Editorial  
Filed under Viewpoint

Teens these days are too easily persuaded, whether it be forming political ideas or deciding to try something we may not want to, we walk blindly into decisions based on what we hear from other sources around us rather than think for ourselves. Although teen decision making isn’t as good as an adults,... Read more »

Young adults, teens need to get more involved in politics

Young adults, teens need to get more involved in politics

April 4, 2011 • Josie Bonefas, Features Editor  
Filed under Viewpoint

Americans who do not vote are idiots. Literally. The word idiot originates from the Greek word idiotes, which referred to citizens who did not vote or were not involved in public life. Today’s society should have a similar view of non-voters, who, statistics show, are mostly young adults. Young voters... Read more »

E-readers make reading convenient

E-readers make reading convenient

April 4, 2011 • Maggie Monson, Contributor  
Filed under Viewpoint

Welcome to the 21st century, where cars place phone calls, cell phones find directions, and there’s an app for just about everything. Electronic books are becoming the future of reading. Frequently called e-readers, these devices are prevalent among those serious readers who want to keep up with the... Read more »

E-readers detract from the aesthetic, sentimental value of books

E-readers detract from the aesthetic, sentimental value of books

April 4, 2011 • Krystyna Keena, Features Writer  
Filed under Viewpoint

Thomas Jefferson once said, “I cannot live without books.” If his idea is to be followed, there will be lots of dead people in the next couple years as a result of e-readers. E-readers are the newest addition to the digital age, but while iPods effectively replaced walkmans and tape players, e-readers... Read more »

Wisconsin budget bill will limit teachers’ rights

Wisconsin budget bill will limit teachers' rights

April 4, 2011 • Joe Koncel, Viewpoint Editor  
Filed under Viewpoint

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has finally been successful in limiting collective bargaining (or union representation) rights of many public employees, on the pretense of fixing the budget.  This is a dangerous and partisan bill that is already spreading its misguided ideas to other states. The bill... Read more »