Choir concert outcome

by ANNIKA MANLEY

Staff Writer

On March eleventh El Diamante choir students arrived at the LJ Williams Theater of Redwood High School at 12:30 pm, along with Farmersville, Redwood, and Mt Whitney High School. Each school prepared to perform in front of an excited audience of family and friends. El Diamante sang the songs Musicks Empire, Haleluya Haleli Nafashi, and Rosas Pandan.

This performance got them a ranking of superiors, which is as high as it gets on the ranking scale. It also got them a great response from the audience, with everyone proud to watch students sing so beautifully. The other schools sang songs in different languages making it hard to know what they sang, but the audience seemed to love it all the same, and each school got good rankings as well. It was a magical day for everyone who attended, watching the students get swept away by each song they sang, catching those that were listening in a spell until they finished only to go onto the next song.

It was an outstanding show to watch, considering it was done by high school students, and proves how well our schools and teachers teach their student’s, helping them strive to become even better and pass their strengths, even challenging them to step out of their comfort zone and trying new things in the art of singing. When asked  how she thought they did in the concert and if she thought anything could have been done better Ashley Wynne responded, “Honestly I think we did the best we could, and it showed our determination in doing what we love. Really I think we did as good as we possibly could and everyone had a great time doing it,” she laughed as if remembering it again.

All of this shows how well the outcome of the concert came out and it’s always great to know our fellow students had a great time doing something they love in front of many people. Pouring their hearts into their passion and trying their best to improve is always a great thing to observe and the concert was a great example of that, and many more to come.

McLENT

by KATIE HUT-CHIN-SON

Staff Writer

 

These are examples of fishes, representatives of the Lent eating regimen.

These are examples of fishes, representatives of the Lent eating regimen.

FISHAAAY FISHAAAY! One of the most popular fast food chains in America is McDonalds. This fast food restaurant has always appealed to any and all consumers out there and has recently came out with a new product, some of you may have even seen commercials promoting it, “Mc-Fish-Bites”. Why? Why now? Ever wonder why fast food companies like McDonald’s start to advocate the selling of fish at certain times out of the year? The increase of fish sales happen around Lent, but what exactly is Lent?

Lent is the period of forty weekdays that in the Catholic/Christian Church is devoted to fasting, abstinence, and penitence. The word’s origin comes from the Anglo Saxon word “lentchen” meaning spring; this is the reason why it takes place in late winter to early spring. During this time, self examination and reflection occur.The practice of this religious happening begins Ash Wednesday and concludes at sundown on Easter. This tradition has occurred for a long time, the first time dating all the way back to 200 A.D.

This year Lent began February thirteenth and will end on March thirty-first. Within these forty days, this religion refrains from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and any other Fridays that may land within this time period. This celebration starts typically when a child becomes the age of fourteen. A child this age or older is expected to consume any type of food they want with the absence of meat. Fish, however, to Catholics, does not fall under the category of meat. Hence the reason why Mcdonald’s is so big on selling fish at this time.

Along with meat, Catholics are encouraged not to eat dairy products or eggs, but fish is fine to eat because it was considered less luxurious than meat and doing so would help unify the poor and rich people. In addition to giving up meat, Catholics are expected to give up something that would be considered a pleasure to them for the whole span of the forty days. These include some of the following: chocolate, coffee etc, anything that would typically give someone a hard time to put down. This is the way Catholics and certain sects of Christians prepare for Easter and this is just an advantage that Mcdonalds can use in showing their appeal towards differing groups that consume their products. Happy eating and a happy Easter to you, Miners!

Swimming Update!

by RACHAEL FEIL

Sports Editor

 

S-Another Swimming Season

A picture of El Diamante’s pool, courtesy of Rachael Feil.

About a week and a half ago on the 14th of March, El Diamante’s swimmers competed in their first league meet against Hanford! It went really well, especially since every single group–JV boys and girls and varsity boys and girls–dominated. The final scores were:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Varsity Boys- 147 vs. Hanford’s 32

  • Varsity Girls- 131 vs. Hanford’s 50

  • JV Boys- 94 vs. (Hanford doesn’t have a JV boys team!)

  • JV Girls- 96 vs. Hanford’s 49

 

Last week, our Miner swimmers didn’t have a meet because it was cancelled. There was a misunderstanding and Garces ended up not coming. However, they will be back on track next week on Thursday when they swim against Redwood at Redwood’s pool! Try to go and support your fellow Miners! And swimmers, keep up the fantastic work!

How to have an amazing Spring Break

by MIRIAM SANDERS and CHRIS TERCERO

Photography Editor and Promotions Editor

These are various ideas for having fun on Spring Break, courtesy of Miriam Sanders.

These are various ideas for having fun on Spring Break, courtesy of Miriam Sanders.

WOO! Spring break! This week will be full of adventure and spontaneous activities, right? Not necessarily. Chances are you will end up spending the entire week surfing the web and playing video games in your room. You don’t want your spring break to be dull and boring. Instead, you want it to be fun and exciting. Here are 10 tips of what to do on your spring break!

1. Go to the beach with friends and family. The beach is very fun because it is a huge sandbox with water. You can build sand castles, fly a kite, play volleyball, or just lay out and relax. Be sure to wear sunscreen because you don’t want your pleasant relaxation to turn you into a lobster. If the beach is too far away from you, go to the local Kaweah Lake for some fun. Bring your friends and family for unlimited fun!

2. Have an Easter egg hunt. Eggs are so much fun to hide and then find. The best and least messy eggs are the plastic eggs. Do not try to hide a raw egg. That could end very badly, with you or one of your friends stepping in a raw egg. Place money or candy inside of the plastic egg for a pleasant surprise. Have someone else hide the eggs so you are equally puzzled where the eggs are hidden. You are never too old for this Easter egg hunt adventure!

3. Go to an  amusement park. Amusement parks always make your day better. There are games everywhere! Who wouldn’t love to just sit around and play arcade games the whole day? Bring a few friends and some money and you will have an adventure of a lifetime. With a lot of tickets, you may be able to get a worthy prize for the keeping.

4. Go to the mountains. Is Visalia too hot for you already? Go to the mountains to escape the heat! Build a snowman, ski, snowboard, or simply enjoy the view. Be sure to bring a jacket and some gloves because you do not want to be freezing. Bring your friends to build a snow fort and have a snowball fight if there is enough snow. If heat doesn’t make you happy, escape it by going to the mountains!

5. Go shopping. Let’s go shopping! Shopping is a great activity, and very inexpensive, especially if you just window shop. Go to the bargain racks first to find something cute and cheap. Take a few friends and try on goofy outfits to see who has the worst outfit on. The fun is unlimited depending on what you do. Just be sure not to get kicked out of the store.

6. Go camping. There’s nothing like the great outdoors! Do you smell those plants and animals everywhere? That’s nature’s calling. Go for a hike, and then stay the night in a tent! It will be lots of fun, as long as you don’t get stung by bugs, touched by poison ivy, or eaten by a bear. Be careful in the woods, and always have a buddy. You never know what lurks in the unknown parts of the forest.

7. Have a picnic. Picnics are very fun because they are like having a restaurant outside. Bring your favorite foods and drinks, and invite a few friends to eat with you, since you don’t want to be eating alone. Make sure you check the weather before so that you don’t end up eating in the rain. Also, bring a tablecloth and some towels to sit on so you don’t get dirty. Have the picnic at a park so you can play on the playground after you eat.

8. Go to a museum. Looking at exhibits is fun so you can learn new things about the stuff that interests you the most. Look online for places to go and times they open. You can take a trip with your friends to a museum and converse over the different stuff. If you can’t go to a museum you can always visit a few of them on google street view.

9. Game night with friends. Invite all of your close friends over for a game night. You can play board games, Xbox, PS3, Wii, or even party games. Make sure everyone agrees on what to do so that everyone can bond over the games. If you have an Xbox you can have a dance party with Dance Central or Just Dance. These always are extremely fun to play at game nights. If you have a Wii you can play Mario Kart or Super Mario Bros. These games are always fun to play at game nights and they always come with a good competition and lots of laughs.

10. Have a movie night. Movies too expensive for you? Hold a movie night at your house! Put in a DVD and pop some popcorn to enjoy while you watch the movie. Your house is now a movie theater, except way cheaper. If you are evil, you can even charge your friends to watch the movie, but that would not be recommended. Invite your friends for free and have a movie marathon!

Now that you have 10 ideas, you can embellish them to make your spring break even more adventurous. However, don’t let fun become unsafe or illegal. There are activities that are fun without breaking the law. Spring break is the last break you get before the end of the year. Wherever you go and whatever you do, be sure to bring a camera to document the memories you make during spring break 2013! Enjoy it. Have fun, and stay safe, Miners!

Take care of your body

by ANN TOOR

Staff Writer

 

These are peppers for your taste buds' and stomach's delight, courtesy of Ann Toor.

These are peppers for your taste buds’ and stomach’s delight, courtesy of Ann Toor.

Healthy eating is an essential part of life, not only to lose weight but to maintain a healthy lifestyle as well. There are several main components to a healthy diet, better known to us as the food pyramid: protein which is found in fish, meat, poultry, dairy products, eggs, nuts, and beans; fat which is found in animal and dairy products, nuts, and oils; carbohydrates found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans and other legumes; vitamins such as vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K; and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron. Above all of those however is water, the key to a healthy diet.

Out of all these nutrients, only carbohydrates, proteins, and fats provide calories. A calorie is the measurement of energy released when your body breaks down food. The more calorie enriched a food is, the more energy it will provide for your body. When you eat more calories than you need, the body stores the extra calories as fat. Even low-carb and fat-free foods can have a lot of calories that can be stored as fat. Alcohol is the only consumable product that is not a nutrient, that provides calories. However, this shouldn’t be a concern for anyone under the age of 21 because they are not permitted to consume alcohol.

Proteins are also essential nutrients to the building, maintenance, and repair of body tissue. These tissues include skin, internal organs, and muscle. They are also the major components for our immune system and hormones. Proteins are made up of amino acids and are vital for health. The adult body needs 22 amino acids daily. It can make 14, however the other 8 (the essential aminos) must be obtained from what we eat. That is why being a vegetarian can be difficult sometimes; because vegetarians do not eat food from animal sources and need to eat a variety of plant proteins in combination to ensure that you get enough of the essential amino acids. However the average American diet includes almost double the protein needed to help maintain a healthy body.

A certain amount of fat in the diet is good, and necessary. Adults should get 20%-35% of their calories from fat. Americans, however, eat more fat than they should. Excessive intake of fat, such as trans fat and saturated fat, can increase the risk of heart disease. Eating too much fat can also cause excess body weight. To solve this problem, we should control our portions and eat foods that don’t contain so much fat.

Carbohydrates account for most of the average person’s calorie intake. They can be found in many forms. Carbs can be found in bread, beans, milk, popcorn, potatoes, cookies, spaghetti, soft drinks, corn, and cherry pie. However, the best sources of carbohydrates are whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans. The less processed they are, the healthier they will be. Carbs also promote good health by delivering vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a host of important phytonutrients.

Milk is full of calcium, but can be unhealthy because it contains a high calorie count and unsaturated fats. Instead of regular whole milk (usually the red top), buy fat free (green top), 2% milk (pink top), or 1% milk (blue top). The taste of fat free, 2%, and 1% milk isn’t that much different from whole milk. Both have the essential nutrients and calcium as whole milk, however the fat-free, 2% and 1% milks have fewer calories and unsaturated fats.

Eating healthy can seem tough at first, but once you get started it will become simple and easy! You will feel great and your body will be healthier than ever! Take these few simple steps, and become the healthy eater you’ve always dreamed to be.

Home nightmares

N-Home Nightmares-Miriam Sandersby MIRIAM SANDERS

Assistant Editor

Home sweet home. The one place where you can feel safe, and have nothing tragic happen to you, right? Unfortunately, that assumption is very wrong. The real estate market is already harsh as it is, but what if there are unknown aspects of the house that are life threatening that the real estate agent fails to mention?

Recently, people in Florida have been very stressed about what lies underneath their beautiful home, for Jeff Bush was suddenly swallowed by the earth while he was sleeping in his bed. Rescuers were unable to uncover the body, leaving Jeff forever buried in this deep cavity under his house. The rescuers had to call off the search because the ground was too unstable to send people down to recover Jeff’s body. What caused this terrible event to occur? Sinkholes were the cause of this tragedy. These sinkholes are holes in the ground that are caused by weak limestone that is eroded by water underground. The neighbors of Jeff were devastated of such event, and they were also forced to move out of their homes for safety purposes. The problem with sinkholes is that it is very difficult to predict where the next sinkhole will be. According to Florida Today, “No one knows for certain when and where a sinkhole can happen.”

A shocking part of this story is that five months before Jeff was swallowed up by a sinkhole, the homeowner, Buddy Wicker, actually had an insurer inspect his house for sinkholes. The inspector looked around, and told Buddy that the house was sinkhole free. Yet, Buddy’s house did have a humungous sinkhole beneath his house. The sinkhole was nearly twenty feet wide. After this terrible sinkhole sucked Jeff in, people are starting to ask the inspector if his prediction was false. According to Florida Today, “They said everything looked good,” Wicker, 75, said. “They looked for cracks and stuff like that in the wall. They didn’t see any. I was told it was all OK.”

When inspectors look for sinkholes beneath a house, they search for existing sinkhole damage on the house, such as cracks in the walls or doors that don’t open and close correctly. It’s very difficult for an inspector to determine if there is an actual sinkhole under the house with just a quick look. In Wicker’s case, a house a half mile away from Wicker’s was tested for sinkholes, and it tested positive, because inspectors detected an underground limestone cavern about to collapse that took 500 cubic yards of grout to fill. These tests for sinkholes can be expensive, and a 2011 Florida law makes it difficult for insurance to cover these expensive tests. The law was made because people were often testing for foolish reasons.

What does a sinkhole sound like? The other residents around the house describe the sound as “like someone had ran into the house with a car.” When the residents ran to see what the loud crash was, all that was left of the bedroom was a large, dirt-covered hole. It was as if the bedroom hadn’t existed at all. Beneath the dirt lays a man who was just trying to get some sleep between two jobs. The scene was horrific to neighbors, and one described it as, “It reached up and took him and closed back up again,” Norman Wicker said. “I’ve seen a lot of stuff in my life — car accidents, people killed and maimed — but I’ve never seen anything like this.”

This sinkhole not only took the life of an individual, but it abruptly took away belongings to the homeowner that will never be able to be replaced. Fortunately, Wicker signed the insurance just in time because State Farm agreed to cover the expenses for the house damaged by sinkholes. Sinkholes and this event is devastating to all, but we must try to learn from this tragedy to prepare ourselves for the future. What could be beneath our homes or inside our homes? Are we living in a home nightmare?

A Victory from Defeat: Steubenville, Ohio

by AMANDA CRANSTON

Features Editor

 

Steubenville, Ohio has seen more news coverage since August 16, 2012, than it had in its entire previous existence. Steubenville is a town classically centered around the high school football team. What has torn this town apart is two of that very football team’s players, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond. The two young men were convicted on Sunday, March 17, in a case sparked by the horrible events of the night of August 16.

 

On August 16, 2012, a teenage girl was dragged along all night by Mays and Richmond. She was repeatedly abused sexually, and humiliated again and again. She was beyond the point of consent, for she was incapacitated due to alcohol consumption. People watched as the 16 year old was taken from party to party, and raped over and over. At one point the boys contemplated urinating on the girl. Fifty of their peers watched on, not bothering to intervene as this girl was used again and again. Further investigation is pending, due to the underage drinking and other possible illegal activities bystanders were participating in.

 

Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were tried in juvenile court, due to them both being under the age of adulthood, 18. Richmond’s lawyer, Walter Madison, plans to appeal the verdict, at least in part, concerning the sex offender registry. On CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, Madison said, “I don’t believe he should have to register as a sex offender until he dies. … I don’t believe that a person, at 75 years old, should have to explain for something they did at 16 when scientific evidence would support your brain isn’t fully developed.” Judge Thomas Lipps, the judge who presided over the trial, ruled that both defendants will be incarcerated and placed on the national sex offender list, which the category of which will be determined at a later date.

The deeper issues Steubenville is challenging may in fact change America’s culture in the near future. The facts stand that these two jocks thought they could get away with rape, and at least one adult went so far as to say he would help them avoid owning up to this atrocity. The conviction of the two boys in this trial strikes at the core of America’s rape culture. Showing that rape and sexual abuse as well as physical abuse will not be tolerated is exactly the message this country wishes to promote, and Steubenville is another cog in the machine that is bringing change for the better.

How to deal with college rejections

by SAVANNA CLEVENGER
Staff Writer

 

This is a rejection letter from college.

This is a rejection letter from college.

So, it’s finally March. For a high school senior, March is the most important month of the year. Although there’s no major holidays, and graduation is still months away, the month of March holds a promise that no other month can: college acceptance/rejection letters. Of course, many schools send their letters before the beginning of April, but for almost all Cal State schools and UCs, April 1st is the deadline to hear back, making March a long and well anticipated month.

Every senior envisions themselves opening up that awaited letter, (or email) and reading the words, “It is our privilege to congratulate you on your acceptance to…” You can imagine all that follows.

Yes, receiving that letter is a dream for those of us a few short months from graduating, but along with those exciting and happy letters, the “biggest fear” also begins to roll in. Rejection letters. Rejection of any kind can be brutal, unforgiving, and all around unfair. But before you lock yourself in your room and listen to Taylor Swift in the dark, remember these few simple things:

1. Life goes on. No matter what problems or issues you face, you can always continue moving forward. And although the swelling feeling in the pit of your stomach may say differently, a college rejection letter will not kill you. You’re still alive, and your life can still hold purpose elsewhere.

2. This isn’t your only option. Even though a specific college didn’t accept you, others still will. The chances of you getting rejected by every college you applied to are very slim. Who knows, your second choice school might end up being everything you ever wanted and more. If you only applied to one school, or got rejected by all your applicators, there’s still no need to panic. You still have COS. You still have next year. You still have trade schools. You still have your good looks. You still have options, no matter what.

3. This happens to the best of us. If you feel like you’re the only kid in the universe feeling utter despair, don’t panic. Millions of kids go through this every year, just like you do. Your friends, classmates, relatives, siblings, and many other students who applied to the same school you did will be receiving rejection letters too. It happens to the best of us, and it happens to many of the best of us. So don’t fret, this doesn’t make you stupid, and it doesn’t make you less adequate than the students who were accepted. It just means you’re destined to be somewhere else, and to share your greatness somewhere unexpected.

4. Nothing is permanent. Whether you confirm to your second choice school, or choose to attend COS, you can always transfer after a year or two. This rings true with any school. If you hate it, you don’t have to stay there forever. Consider it to be a learning experience, and then allow yourself the option to move on.

5. Your friends and family all still love you. They aren’t going to think any less of you because of a lame rejection letter. To them, you’re probably still the smartest kid on Earth.

College rejection letters are a complete bummer, but they don’t have to be the end of the world. Just keep your mind open and stay positive, and create for yourself the type of experience you hope to have.

How to spring clean

by MIRIAM SANDERS and CHRIS TERCERO

Photography Editor and Promotions Editor

These are symbols of Spring and of cleaning, courtesy of Miriam Sanders.

These are symbols of Spring and of cleaning, courtesy of Miriam Sanders.

Springtime is here! You know what that means. Spring cleaning is haunting you. Your house seems to be a bit cluttered, and you are faced with a humongous, yearlong mess that you have no idea what to do with. Some of the stuff you don’t even remember having in the first place. This clearly is a mess that you need some guidance with. Never fear, these 20 fabulous tips will help you tidy up your house.

1. Categorize your stuff. Categorizing is the key to success in spring cleaning. Have three bags or boxes labeled trash, keep, and donate. These three categories will make it easier to deal with the mess you are faced with.

2. Don’t be afraid to throw it away. Trash, trash, trash! There are so many things that you must throw away instead of donate. After categorizing, throw away your trash pile immediately because it could have bugs in it, or you could start to pilfer through the pile and fall in love with trash again. You are trying to let go of stuff, not keep trash in your closet. Don’t promise yourself that you will use something you won’t. If you haven’t used it in 6 months to a year, chances are it’s trash or something to give away.

3. Donate, donate donate! Donating items that you don’t want is very generous and good to do because one man’s trash may be another man’s treasure. It feels nice to know that your stuff will be used, even if you have no use for it. Donating is a great way to give back to your community, and it helps you get rid of stuff without filling up landfills!

4. Use a magic eraser. This thing is like magic! You can use it on pretty much everything and it will clean it up very well. It works really good on hard water stains and can clean up dirt on floor boards and doors. Use this to clean scuff marks on doors to get them back to the color that they should be.

5. Brasso to polish most metals. Shine up all of those brass handles in your house with Brasso. It will make your house look a lot nicer when you keep up with shining your metals and don’t let the tarnish show. Make sure that the metal you want to clean won’t get ruined by this cleaner.

6. Wood restorer to restore wood. When you are dusting your house and you notice that your wood is starting to look dull or scratched, just apply some wood cleaner to it and it will shine again. Wood restorer is good to use whenever you want your furniture to look new again.

7. Steam showers and bathtubs. Sometimes cleaners won’t work on getting really tough water stains off and that is when you bring the steamer out. It will loosen up the water stains so that the cleaners can break through it and take it off. The steam will also disinfect the surface and take the germs off. Use this only when needed because it usually doesn’t need to be used unless you are disinfecting a surface.

8. Shampoo carpets or polish wood flooring. Take the time to shampoo your carpets during spring break so that you can get out all that buildup of dirt out of your floor. It will make white carpet white again and make your house smell better. If you have hardwood flooring, try polishing it so that your floors look new again. Your house will look a lot cleaner with clean floors. Just make sure to keep it clean once you spend the time to deep clean it.

9. Repaint rooms and doors. Paint is the least expensive and most dramatic way to change a room. Choose a fun color that you like to paint your walls. If your doors are wood, you can leave them wood, unless the wood is beginning to fade. If the wood looks bad, paint it a nice color. For front doors, red looks flashy and nice. For indoor doors, you can choose pretty much any color, but it would be best to go neutral with black or white. Be sure to prime all surfaces and use painters tape for surfaces you don’t want paint on. Your house is your new canvas. Paint away!

10. Replace the batteries in the smoke detectors. This is a very important tip. You should already be doing this around every 6 months or so, but when you spring clean, you are reminded. Smoke detectors are vital and could save your life if you are asleep and your house catches on fire. Don’t put off changing the battery. Replace the batteries now, so you will be safe.

11. Clean blinds and wash curtains. The window itself may be sparkling, but the window coverings seriously need a makeover. Your blinds and curtains should not be neglected from the cleaning process. Hand wash the curtains if they are not machine wash friendly. Use a wet rag to wipe the blinds. You will be sneezing a lot less once the blinds and curtains are fully washed.

12. Use grout cleaner to make tiled grout white again. Ew! That grout is brown. You need to make it white again! Your friends will walk into your tiled floor room and will be amazed by your bright white grout. Grout is like teeth; if it isn’t clean and white, it is often looked down upon and in disgust.

13. Reorganize books and movies. Alphabetize your books and movies! Even though this may be annoying and a bit of a hassle, you will thank yourself in the long run. You will feel more organized, and it won’t take hours to find your favorite movie. Get a shelf to organize your movies and books so you don’t just have a huge stack of books and movies lying around.

14. Declutter your wardrobe. Oh my, your closet is very messy. It seems that Narnia could be back there, and you wouldn’t even know it. What you need to do is to declutter your wardrobe. Throw out some things that you don’t need. A clean wardrobe is a functional wardrobe, and that is what the whole point of spring cleaning is about. You need to find your clothing quickly, and the best way to do that is to make sure that everything is organized and uncluttered.

15. Vacuum your couch. Just like the floor, you want to get all the crumbs out of everything. When you are vacuuming the floor take a few extra minutes to vacuum out your couches. It will prevent the crumbs from all the food you eat from attracting ants to your house. It will also keep your couch a lot cleaner and who know, you might find all that money you’ve been losing.

16. Clean your fans. You don’t want dust flying all over your house every time you turn on a fan. You’ve worked so hard to make your house dust free and turning on a dusty fan will just spread the dust faster. Make sure to dust all the fans in your house when you dust so you won’t have to dust twice as much during the hot days.

17. Use silk cleaner for fake plants. Fake plants still need to be taken care of. You cannot just leave a silk plant alone forever. It needs love and care just as a normal plant would. While plants need watered, silk plants need cleaned. Use silk cleaner for these plants, or if you cannot afford them, try to wipe them with a rag. If all else fails, just shake the dust off of the plant outside.

18. Get a toothbrush and water to clean dusty knick knacks. Time to pretend to be Cinderella! Get a toothbrush and get in the cracks of your flooring to perfect it. Also, use a toothbrush to clean small trinkets. You want everything to be clean and not dusty. If you leave your knick knacks dusty, you look careless and then you wasted your time on spring cleaning. Go all out and clean big and small things.

19. Plant new flowers and plants. Gardening can be fun for indoors or out. If you have time, plant some new flowers and plants to beautify your yard. You can also add plants in your window for a nice window look. Be sure to water your plants, though, because dead plants are ugly.

20. Always use proper products. When you are cleaning certain things, don’t just grab the closest cleaner. Make sure the product you are grabbing will work on the surface you are going to be cleaning up. You don’t want to ruin something by scratching it or fading the surface just because you were too lazy to go look for the right thing to clean something with. This is probably the most important cleaning tip you could use.

After these simple steps, your house will be sparkling. Your house will look amazing, and you will feel better in the long run. A clean house is a better house. You just gave your house a facelift. This is also a great time for you to redecorate if you would like. Spring cleaning is annoying at times, but it is good for you to let go of some things. Out with the old, in with the new! Happy cleaning, Miners!

911 call reveals all

N- nurse refuses to give women CPRby RACHAEL FEIL

Sports Editor

At a retirement home in Bakersfield, California, an 87-year-old woman’s heart was quitting. The nurse that was observing her had called 911, and the dispatcher instructed her to perform CPR on the woman. Shockingly enough, the nurse refused.

In the 911 recording of the conversation, the nurse was heard saying, “Yeah, we can’t do CPR at this facility.” The dispatcher was desperate for someone who would be helpful in this situation, and had begun to sound very impatient with the nurse. The dispatcher said, “Anybody there can do CPR. Give them the phone, please. This woman’s not breathing enough. She’s going to die if we don’t get this started.”

The tables completely turned. Rather than the nurse pleading for help, the dispatcher claimed the job as he/she was striving to help the old woman more then the nurse was trying.

The nurse continued to explain that she wouldn’t perform CPR. She provided very pathetic responses in her defense. As the dispatcher continued to beg for her help, the nurse simply said, “We can’t do that… That’s what I’m trying to say.” When the dispatcher finally cut to the chase and asked, “Are we just going to let this lady die?” The nurse says in return, “Well, that’s why we’re calling 911.”

The old woman’s heart rate continued to drop. Time was of the essence, and the nurse couldn’t have been less helpful. When the medics arrived, there was nothing to be done. The old woman had passed.

This retirement home, Glenwood Gardens Retirement Facility, released this statement in regards to the tragic event: “Our practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives.” Many people believe that the nurse’s refusal was procured because this particular facility was an independent living facility and not an assisted one. Maribeth Bersani, from the Assisted Living Federation of America, declared that “this tragic example will make us all think more closely about what type of services and training we should provide.” CBS News claimed that this woman who died due to restrictions of the facility “did not have a ‘do not resuscitate’ order on file.”

Could this 87-year-old woman have survived? She might have been in her old age, but the nurse’s action was one made out of immorality and obscenity. The nurse could have prolonged a life.