From the editors…

The editors of Colt Nation would like to apologize for the mistakes printed in the October issue of Colt Nation:

  • On the front page, Landon Adkins was in the middle of the boys’ golf photo.
  • The article on Breast Cancer Awareness Month had a statistical error. The American Cancer Society estimates that 2013 will have seen over 232,000 cases of breast cancer and almost 40,000 deaths form breast cancer.
  • The name Hailley Stantz, author of the Gravity movie review, was misprinted.
  • The ‘e’ in “Sweeney Todd” was misprinted.
  • Joe Bandy, author of the Standards Based Grading article, submitted a concluding paragraph but the senior editor may or may not have lost it.

All of these changes have been applied to the web version of Colt Nation, available at wjcoltnation.wordpress.com.

Colt Nation contributor Joe Bandy:

The overwhelming majority of feedback from students had one complaint, “Standards Based Grading isn’t fair.”

I really hate to beat a dead horse on this one but life isn’t fair. School already isn’t “fair” since not everyone has equal footing. Some have better resources, teachers, test taking abilities etc. The point of SBG, however, is to focus on the education and not the fairness. If you honestly believe that someone who struggles learning concepts shouldn’t get extra attention that not all other students get, you’ve been sorely mislead. If a kid doesn’t need the extra practice to ace the test why does he need to do it? Teachers are here to teach to the best of their ability, they don’t need to reprimand students who don’t need their help.

So instead of complaining about what’s fair, be thankful you,
A) Have a free education
B) Have an awesome system (SBG) to better said education.

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In defense of student journalism: A letter from the editors

Josh Preston and Mia Zanzucchi

Journalism is dying.

You know it. We know it. Journalism professors know it. Last summer, the Chicago Sun-Times fired every single photographer, including a Pulitzer Prize winner. Print journalism is dying and online news outlets are turning into a competition for who can get the most sensational news out the fastest, no matter how accurate (think CNN’s Boston Marathon and Washington D.C. Navy yard debacles.)

Now is not the time for newspapers. Now is not the time for frivolous publications such as Colt Nation.

Yet here we are.

Student journalism is no game. In fact, it is a battle to the death.

Student journalism is no game. In fact, it is a battle to the death.

True, it was mostly for the donuts. But also because we enjoy what we do. Being a part of the media gives life an interesting twist. Photo passes rock. The feeling of flipping through an inky newspaper is unparalleled by anything else in the world. And Mia needed to do something with her satires.

Being a high schooler is terrible. It becomes easy to detach from the rest of the world when you’re taking multiple AP classes and are studying for the next ACT. But being connected with your school, community, country and world gives you a different kind of education: one without grades, one that is more relevant to life in general, no matter where you end up.

Yes, you can pick up any newspaper and read all about national news. But where else can you read about school news, more specifically your news?

This is unique media.

“The fundamental difference between major publications and their student counterparts is student newspapers provide unparalleled and irreplaceable information,” Forrest Lewis, former Arcada High School newspaper editor, said in a TedxTalk last December. “They [students] seek something different… Students want to see their own everyday heroes.”

We hope you agree.

“In the shadow of no towers” – A letter from an editor

Mia Zanzucchi

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The Sept. 11 tribute at ground zero.
Photo: Eric Thayer, AP

This special edition of Colt Nation was made at the request of those in charge of the student council. However, there is one very important event in American history that can’t  go unaddressed.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, I went to kindergarten just like any normal day. I don’t remember what we did at school – probably colored, sang songs and learned our alphabet.

What I do remember is coming home that afternoon and seeing the second plane crash into the second World Trade Center. My 5-year-old mind couldn’t comprehend why that one clip was playing on a loop like that. Why was this so important? Clearly it was out of some thriller movie. The effects were pretty good, but that movie looked scary and I didn’t think I wanted to see it…

Except it wasn’t a movie. Life as Americans knew it was over. Our sense of security had vanished. Even at 5, I knew the country would never be the same.

My weeks after 9/11 can be remembered in a jumble of events never repeated before or since: “God Bless the USA” was sang almost on a loop in music class, we had an assembly and a special mass at my Catholic school, we prayed more. And above all else, the phrase “Never forget” became synonymous with the date Sept.11.

As I got older, more details emerged, either because the puzzle was just starting to get pieced together, or because I was finally old enough to digest the concept of foreign terrorists killing thousands of innocent men, woman and even children.

But in getting older, 9/11 seemed to slip through the cracks. Yes, Discovery still shows the honorary documentaries every year, yes there are Facebook groups, and yes, there are still candle light vigils and memorial services, but how genuine are these actions? What percent is out of obligation and not remembrance?

This isn’t some bald eagle, ‘Murica meme in written form. But it seems like Sept. 11 is slipping form the minds and hearts of our country.

I remember having assemblies when I was younger. I remember taking a day out of our regular curriculum to reflect on that day. But I don’t remember anything of significance regarding 9/11 last year.

Was September 11 something we as Americans, raised to believe our country was build on greatness and still holds true to that glorious standard, choose to repress? Are we too busy worrying that the so-called “Truthers” are right and that 9/11 was a government conspiracy? Do we feel unaffected since we live in Kentucky and not New York City? Do we even care anymore? Or are we simply getting lazy?

Just take a moment – it doesn’t even have to be on September 11 – to remember the lost and those who lost on that day.