Zambia experiences power cuts every year. Power cuts are when there is not enough electricity for the whole country, so the electric companies have to share the power between all parts of Zambia by creating a schedule. Electricity is produced at dams in Zambia, so the country relies on rain water to operate. During the rainy season, the country experiences power shortages for only about three hours; sometimes, there are no shortages at all. During the dry season, power cuts grow from eight to twelve hours a day. Dealing with the loss of electricity is quite difficult. Families have to postpone laundry and washing dishes. Also, the water can’t become hot without power, so people have to choose between a cold shower or no shower at all. Some households are fortunate enough to own a generator which creates weaker electricity which still is helpful for fan usage and having light at night. One way to help is to pray for rain; however, “While the population is pinning its hopes on the weather gods, the crisis, sadly, is unlikely to be resolved by rainfall alone” (Sladoje). By: Louisa Felgenhauer
"Quaren"Things To Do
Many US citizens have become bored over the course of this recent “shelter-at-home” isolation order made by the government. While many have already exhausted their minds about how to fill up their newfound time, there are still more things that one can do at home. When asked what he was doing over this time of isolation, Sophomore Joe Schultz said, “I have been spending this time with my family, just doing nothing really.” Now, you can just hang out and do nothing, but if you are bored of that, or want to try something else, there is a multitude of other things that can fill this time with. Everyone can workout, no matter what type of gym is accessible, everyone can go on walks. Health officials say that during this time it is important that we take care of our bodies. Puzzles can be done, books can be read, movies can be watched, and games can be played. You can do homework, take a nap, or learn how to draw, or play a new instrument. Who knows how long this self-isolation period will be, so start doing something that makes you happy.
By: Sadie Schultz
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When are we Coming Back?
Many people have been wondering when we will return to Prep in the future. Will we be back for graduation? Will the start of next year be affected? At this point, it’s not clear. The quickest timeline, according to experts, is about 1-2 months. This timeline allows for school to return to normal right before the end of the year, but this timeline is the most unlikely. Another scenario is about 3-4 months. This scenario puts everyone on schedule to start next year in full stride. Another timelines range from 6-18 months. The reason for the wide discrepancy in these estimates is because scientists aren’t certain about a number of variables. But there’s one thing scientists are certain about. Professor Andrew Noymer says, “Prematurely ending severe social distancing would be an incredible blunder that would have major human consequences.” It would set us back months before life could return to normal. So, while quarantine isn’t fun and everyone misses their friends, it is for the best. By: Joshua Kehren
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Mediterranean and East Asian countries started craving more octopus in February. These mysterious creatures always brought curiosity and wonder to people who studied them. Now, all of the sudden, octopus has been in high demand for restaurants to serve to their customers. People started wanting these intelligent invertebrates on their dinner plate when they realized how much high quality protein it contained. Then, once the similar taste of fish is added, octopus becomes a delicious delicacy. Matters started to downfall when farming the sea creature became a problem. Fishermen started having troubles farming large amounts of octopus. “Yucatán fisherman Antonio Cob Reyes told me. ‘The sea is getting crowded—more fishermen, less octopus.’”(Scigliano). Many companies took charge and stopped farming so the stocks could recover. Later, fishermen created many aquaculture farms to grow their own tentacle bearers and stopped taking them from the wild. Now, as octopus are still on the market, there is a balanced system of farming and selling octopus for all to enjoy!
By: Louisa Felgenhauer
It's Time for Some Good News
Sarah Sponcil of the USA beach volleyball team shared a fun way to stay active while in quarantine last week. The young volleyball star posted a video on Instagram showing off her parents’ skills as she put them through a volleyball clinic. “A lot of us are at home, we’re quarantined, we’re working on our skills...I’m going to be taking a little bit of a different approach,” Sarah says in her video. A different approach, indeed! The video contains footage of Sarah putting her parents through intense volleyball drills, including passing, setting, and even diving for the ball. Mr. and Mrs. Sponcil perform rather well at the clinic; it’s clear where Sarah inherited her skills from. This lighthearted video is the perfect cure for quarantine blues.
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No Power, No Shower!
Some Good News is a YouTube channel that strives to give some good news amid everything that is happening right now. The channel, run by actor John Krasinski, has done three episodes highlighting the acts of kindness of others. Krasinski has stated “Without question, we are going through an incredibly trying time. But, through all the confusion, anxiety, isolation, and all the Tiger King, somehow the human spirit still found a way to break through and blow us all away.” Each week, Krasinski releases an episode to show the world some good news. He also has guests on the show which he talks to over Zoom. In the second episode of the show, the former Office actor met with a nine year-old girl, Aubrey. She is a big Hamilton fan, so Krasinski surprised her with the original Broadway cast of Hamilton joining the Zoom meeting and singing “Alexander Hamilton” for her. Krasinski has been sent many great stories to share with people. Needless to say, SGN has been a bit hit! By: Aaron Neyhart
Date: April 2020
Martin Luther College recently announced that they will be holding Graduation and Call-Day online. A few weeks ago everyone was hopeful that Seniors would be able to go back to school for one last thing; their graduation. The decision to make the special day online was not taken lightly by the MLC board. When asked, Aaron Schultz, former LPS student and current MLC senior, commented on the decision, “MLC has been wonderful about keeping us informed and actually gave us some say in that decision. They put out a poll in which they asked us seniors what we wanted.” Ultimately the important decision was made to make it an online service. We join in MLC with saying Congratulations to those graduating, and God bless them.
By: Sadie Schultz
Luther Prep's QuaranTEEN
COVID-19 is currently blessing people in the United States and all over the globe. That’s right, blessing people. While it is true that school is cancelled for the rest of the year and many people are dying of the disease, our Heavenly Father is using this opportunity to work for the good of his people. More church services are available on the internet than ever before. Social media is flooded with people posting Bible verses in an attempt to encourage their followers. Not only is God’s word more accessible than ever, but we also have improved as a society. News stories are emerging of people assisting their neighbors and showing appreciation for essential workers. Pastor Christian Winkel says, “I think this situation is stirring up more compassion in our hearts. With all of the suffering and struggles experienced by those around us, we are being forced to lift our eyes to others.” Therefore, in this time of trouble, we ought to focus on what we can do to help others and not that on which we are missing out. By: Abby Winkel
Online learning is something we’re all adjusting to this year. US history teacher Professor Dodge says that online learning was definitely a curve ball. Due to his previous three year online course, it wasn't all that hard to get used to, but communication became more difficult. He says that, to him, the most difficult part about online learning is helping his students. Greeting his classes, walking the halls, and Track are just a few of the many things he misses about Prep. Finding only one thing to say to his students in this difficult time was a bit tricky, but Professor Dodge narrowed it down well. He says, “Make the best out of every situation… oh and don’t forget, wash your hands.”
By: Corianna Lamb
In Thailand more than 1,000 Elephants among other animals face starvation after tourism stopped due to CoronaVirus. The CoronaVirus at this point has affected everyone in different ways, but it also affects animals. Profits have been slashed, and food is scarce for the huge animals. Elephants can eat up to 440lbs of food per day, and that much food isn’t cheap. Lek Chailert, founder of the Save Elephant Foundation, told the BBC: "If there is no support forthcoming to keep them safe, these elephants, some of whom are pregnant, will either starve to death or may be put on to the streets to beg." Alternatively some Elephants may be sold to zoos or returned to the illegal logging businesses. Thailand has over 4,000 captive Elephants, all of which are struggling to survive. By: Drew Spiegelberg
Good Afternoon Professor Dodge
A Blessing, Not A Curse
The Luther Prep student of the week is Matthew Kim! Matthew is a Junior who lives on third-floor Wittenberg with Ben Liebig. He plays on the football team, and he is also onthe wrestling team. Before Matthew came to Luther Prep, he played rugby in South Korea. During this extended break, he is staying in the United States with his brother, Chiseon, who is a WELS grade school teacher in Morton Grove, Illinois, which is a suberb of Chicago. Matthew loves watching Netflix in his spare time, but he said about the quarantine “It’s really boring now that I’m not with my friends.” Give it up for Matthew Kim, and be sure to wish him a happy birthday once you see him as he missed celebrating it with his friends because of the school shutdowns!
By: Joshua Kehren
The LPS student of the week is Miss Ellie Yahnke! Ellie is a junior at Prep from Watertown, WI. As most know, keeping busy over break can be a little difficult, but Ellie has it covered. She recently took a trip to the magnificent Sunshine State (Florida) where she visited some relatives. After an eventful trip ellie returned home. In her spare time at home, she plays games and makes TikToks. She also took the time to redo her bedroom. Pertaining to COVID-19, Miss Yahnke responded by saying, “I understand why quarantine is necessary, but I hope school starts again soon.” The one thing Ellie misses most about Luther Prep are her friends. Give it up for Ellie Yahnke, Luther Preparatory School’s student of the week
By: Corianna Lamb
This week’s faculty member we will highlight is the beloved Professor Archer. He has always loved nature and science, and he has taught many science courses over the years. I anddition to this, he has also coahced various sports on campus; however, due to the CoronaVirus, the girl's soccer season has been cancelled. Professor Archer noted “There's something great about being outside every day and seeing the season change. I was also really looking forward to being very competitive in our season...I am especially sad for the seniors who have worked so hard these last few years to become great soccer players.” He has still kept busy, supervising the LPS Gala, and transitioning to teaching online courses all while stepping in to teach his own kids as well. Next year, be sure to stop in and talk science or Star Wars with Professor Archer! By: Joshua Kehren
Bulletproof vests are a constant and vital necessity for police officers to have. These pieces of equipment are very helpful and have been around for a long time, but the first efficient bulletproof vest was created in 1923 by W.H. Murphy and his assistant. This was the first light weighted vest for the police force to use. The inventors went to the Washington D.C. Police Headquarters to pitch their newest product. Murphy stood nearly ten feet away and took a .38 round fired from a S&W model 10 revolver straight to the chest, and he lived to tell the tale. Murphy’s assistant then gave the weapon to one of the officers to take a shot. The officer did, and he dug out the bullet from inside the vest - he was allowed to keep the bullet that he had received as a souvenir. We are so thankful for these two inventors creating the bulletproof vest for us and our police force. By: David Baumann
Popular Prof. Archer
A group of sculptors created the world’s tallest sandcastle in Germany in 2019. Sand would seem like an unexpected material for building a tall structure, but that’s exactly what the group of sculptors from Skulptura Projects did in Binz, Germany, last year on June 5, 2019. “It took a team of 12 sculptors and 8 technichians 3 and one-half weeks ...to complete'' a spokesperson from the Guinness World Records reported. Standing over seventeen meters tall and needing 11,000 tons of sand, it had no other support for its weight. The 26 meter diameter of the base, as well as the water that was mixed in, helped keep the sandcastle upright. It was still standing in March of 2020, but it has since been knocked down for another sand castle to take its place. Once again people are amazed by, and in awe at, human skill and creativity.
Less Pollution...Less Problems
The Coronavrius is still rampaging the world today. All of the world's health organizations are in rapid search of treatments for this disease. Some places are looking at the cure for malaria to see if it can work or help with covid-19. Finding a positive treatment would bring the United States back to a somewhat normal condition. One problem, though, is that the health departments are scrambling all over for the answers, making it very difficult to find the answers. "It's a cacophony - it's not an orchestra. There's no conductor" (Angus (Covid-19 reseracher)). Clifford Lane, a deputy director for clinical research and special projects at a prestigious health organization, has noticed this problem and is helping solve it. Everyone, including students, should help inform the government to slow down and work in the most efficient way.
By: Adam Brands
Bullet Proof Vest As Early As 1920's
Light At The End?
Pandemic vs Sunshine
Levels of air pollution have drastically lowered due to the coronavirus pandemic. With many business shut down and safer at home policies enacted in many countries, the pollution from the exhaust of vehicles has dropped drastically. Readings of nitrogen dioxide, a by-product of the burning of fossil fuels which causes respiratory problems, were taken from satellites of the European Space Agency. Many cities and industrial areas in Europe and Asia had lower readings of nitrogen dioxide than the same period last year. Paul Monks, a professor of pollution at the University of Leicester in England, said, “It seems entirely probable that a reduction in air pollution will be beneficial to people in susceptible categories, for example, some asthma sufferers. It could reduce the spread of disease.” A city that has experienced one of the largest pollution drops is Wuhan, in central China. Nitrogen dioxide levels across eastern and central China are between ten and thirty percent lower than normal. This proves that are good side effects of this global pandemic. By: Aaron Neyhart
Europe had its hottest year on record in 2019. Climate change has been a major issue these past years, and people are wondering what will be affected the most. Well, it turns out that Europe had an abundance of days where all people wanted to do was take a nice, cold swim. France experienced a day where the temperature rose up to a sweltering 114.8 degrees F. Europe’s heat waves mainly occurred in June and July. The chaos of the unheard of temperatures attracted the attention of many scientists. While these researchers are curious to observe climate change, their main worry is that the Coronavirsus pandemic is slowing them down. “Whilst COVID-19 has caused a severe international health and economic crisis, failure to tackle climate change may threaten human well-being, ecosystems and economies for centuries” (Taalas). By: Louisa Felgenhauer
Will Baseball Return?
The Luther Prep Children’s Theater cast is working from home on a digital performance of Gildersnort that will be ready for public viewing by May 15. Children’s Theater is traditionally quite a challenging project because there are only a few weeks of rehearsal. This year, however, quarantine presents a whole new obstacle. Nonetheless, director Dominique Wrobel has been working tirelessly to organize everything for the cast. This is how it works: each cast member will create their own costume and record themselves delivering their lines from the comfort of their homes. Then, the wonderfully talented Mrs. Wrobel will combine all of the footage to create Gildersnort, the hilarious spinoff of Rapunzel. The director is wary, but hopeful. She says, “I have NO IDEA if this will work. So please don't hate me if it doesn't... we will try and do our best and see what we can create!” Gildersnort will be available for public viewing no later than May 15, so mark your calendars!
By: Abby Winkel
A kayaking man was stuck on an island in the New York City burough of Queens last Thursday. The Kayaker left around 9 o’clock in the morning and never came home. Around 11:15 pm, his family made a call to the NYPD reporting a missing person. The police aviation unit was able to send a scan along the coast looking for any signs of the missing person. He was finally found on the beach of a nearby island. He spelled out help in the sad with sticks and started a large fire to act as a smoke signal. When the man heard the helicopters, he began running around and waving his hands. He was rescued at 11:50 pm, twelve hours after he left to go kayaking. NYPD later tweeted, “This kayaker takes social distancing to the next level.” The family was very grateful to everyone who helped find him.
By: Corianna Lamb
Baseball returns to the lineup for the postponed Tokyo Olympics. With six teams playing in the special tournament, two less than in previous years, qualifying for the game is hard. As of right now, there are currently four teams qualified to play, and two waiting to after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. The four teams that have qualified are: Japan, Israel, Korea and Mexico.The return comes when baseball is growing rapidly all over the world. US baseball manager Scott Brosius commented on the growth: “you can look around the globe and in the Americas, the number of teams that play good baseball. And if you go to the Far East, there is really good baseball there. And now you can see it's spreading in Australia and up in Europe… There are just more countries playing and more youngsters playing, and that's a great thing for the game globally" (Caple). The US still hopes to make it into the tournament soon.
By: Sadie Schultz
Social Distance Pro
The Show Must Go On
The Chinese Wet Markets may have allegedly started the Coronavirus pandemic. The markets are where people sell exotic animals to costumers. "Given the strong link between illegal wildlife sold in wet markets and zoonotic diseases, the United States has called on the People's Republic of China to permanently close its wildlife wet markets and all markets that sell illegal wildlife. I call on all ASEAN governments to do the same" (Pompeo). The market in Wuhan, where this pandemic is suspected of coming from, shut down originally. They then started it up again in early January to go back to normal business. The United States is now trying to have them shut down again, and permanently. Disease outbreaks from these markets have happened before, and will contually happen until they shut down. People should not be buying random animals from random people. They do not know what they have or where they have come from. Stop the spread of these types of diseases by not getting involved.
By: Adam Brands