Last Minute Gift Ideas

posted Dec 21, 2018, 7:01 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted December 21st, 2018

We all have those moments when we forget someone we have to get a gift for, then realize it and go, “What should I get them? It’s the day before Christmas!” Here is a list I’ve constructed of last minute gift ideas.

  1. Get them a candle. Hopefully you know their desired scent so this one will be easy for you. But even if you don’t know their favorite scent, get a Christmas one to help them get in the Christmas spirit!

  2. Make them homemade coupons. This one is mostly geared towards the people you live with- a coupon to empty the dishwasher, a coupon for a hug, simple, nice things like that.

  3. Get the person a gift card. Hopefully you know their favorite restaurant so it’s a bit more personal, but even if you don’t, Target and Walmart are great places to get gift cards.

  4. Get the person some candy. Again, hopefully you know their favorite candy but if you don’t, Dum Dums and Hershey’s chocolate are classics.

  5. Get the person an ornament. Help them get into the Christmas spirit with this idea! Whether it be a cute ornament or a funny ornament it’s the thought that counts.

Cool Things to do in the Winter

posted Dec 19, 2018, 10:15 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted December 19th, 2018

Here is a list of cool things to do in the winter (pun fully intended)!

  1. Go to a hockey game. Whether it’s a local game, an Admirals game, or if you’re feeling crazy, an NHL game, you should go to a hockey game this winter.

  2. Drink some hot chocolate. I mean, come on, this is a given. A nice cup of hot chocolate in the morning, maybe some milk mixed in and definitely some whipped cream.

  3. Go ice skating. You could visit a rink or go on a lake, but it’ll only stay cold outside for so long.

  4. Go to the movies. If you want to sneak away from the cold, the movies is the perfect place. Christmas movies are coming out, too, so you could go see those!

  5. Go to a play or musical. A Christmas Carol is playing right now so if you’re ready to get in the Christmas spirit, it’s a perfect play to see.

  6. Build a snowman. This is a classic. Break out the carrot and top hat to accessorize, this is a time consuming and fun activity.

  7. Go sledding, skiing, or snowboarding. If you’re clumsy like me, you’ll go sledding. But if you’re talented or willing to challenge yourself, skiing or snowboarding is perfect for that.

These are the fun activites I have to do this winter. You should try them too!

A United States-Saudi Arabian Crisis: The Death of Jamal Khashoggi

posted Dec 11, 2018, 10:34 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Dec 11, 2018, 10:37 AM ]

(L-R):  Saudi Arabian Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman

By: Andrew Davis, Entertainment Editor

Posted December 11th, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi, a highly esteemed Arabian journalist, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey at 13:14 local time on October 2nd, 2018.  Khashoggi was attempting to obtain a document certifying that he had divorced his ex-wife in order to pursue marriage with a Turkish lady he loved. The next day, a phone call was made by Jamal’s fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, to an advisor of the Turkish President: Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Mr. Khashoggi had never left the consulate.

In order to understand the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, we need to take a step back in time…

The Brief Synopsis of Mr. Khashoggi’s Work:

  • The 1980s:  Jamal began work in various bookstore; however, he became interested in reporting, eventually taking up with a job at Okaz, a daily newspaper from Jeddah, Arabia, and the Saudi Gazette.

  • The 1990s: Jamal went on to become editor-in-chief of a renowned newspaper: Al Medina.  He became internationally recognized for his work, and soon he was functioning as a foreign correspondent for various Middle Eastern nations.  He began having ties with the Royal Family as well as the Saudi Arabian Intelligence Agency.

  • 99’ to 03’: Appointed Deputy Editor-In-Chief of Arab News

  • 2005 to Present: Khashoggi renounced Islamist ideologies and sought new job opportunities in the United States, where he took up a role in the Washington Post.

So, Khashoggi is a Saudi Arabian journalist using his position of power in reporting and international affairs as a platform to voice his thoughts on the rights of women, the errors of the Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and the poor handling of political situation, such as the 2017 Arabian blockade against Qatar.  

Saudi Arabia has been rooted in tradition for thousands of years, but sometimes when tradition fails to adapt to the modern world, the world gets a shock at how dangerous tradition can be.  For decades, Saudi Arabia has maintained the most scrutinous of positions of freedom of speech. Everything is censored, and everything is as the Royal family decrees. However, in recent years, more and more journalists and citizens, through the implementation of technological and socio-economic changes, have begun to poke holes in this system of informational concealment.  Although Saudi Arabia is beginning to take important moves in the right direction, a single step too far by an individual can be enough to trigger catastrophe. Tradition killed Khashoggi.

At 13:14, on October 2nd, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Turkey, a location he deemed to be safe from the Arabian government to the South.  What he did not know was that 15 Saudi Nationals had arrived earlier that day to remove security cameras and destroy surveillance equipment. As Jamal waited in the lobby of the Consulate, he was confronted by these Nationals.  Jamal never arrived at his meeting at 13:30. He was taken to a remote location of the building, questioned, likely tortured, and murdered.

15:08 - Black van escorted by other vehicles leaves the consulate and head’s for the nearby Saudi consul’s residency.

18:20 - A private jet leaves Istanbul en route to Saudi Arabia.

The response to this outrage has been multifaceted with many stages.  At first, Saudi Arabia claimed to know nothing and saying that Khashoggi actually left the building.  However, upon the introduction of more evidence, that story changed to a spontaneous fist fight having occurred in the Consulate lobby resulting in Khashoggi’s death.  Next the Saudi government claimed this was a “rogue operation” conducted by government officials but not incriminating Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Several weeks later, this is the story that is still being upheld.  It’s hardly believable and experts left and right are stating that the Royal Family is to blame.

So what’s the response?

The United States government has done little to make Saudi Arabia amend for these terrible actions.  It’s a mixture of two factors: uncertainty due to the lack of direct evidence connecting Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to the attack and a massive weapons deal that the United States simply cannot pass up.  

What happens from here is up in the air.  There is a ton of pressure on President Trump to levy a harsh response against the Saudi Government, but will this occur?  Regardless of what happens next, Jamal Khashoggi will always be regarded as a renowned journalist known for his authenticity and ability to stand up for the freedom to speak and write in an era populated by insincerity and constraint.

The Life of a Comic Book Legend: Stan Lee

posted Dec 3, 2018, 4:45 AM by Jeffrey Wolf   [ updated Dec 4, 2018, 4:51 AM ]

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted December 3rd, 2018

On November 12 2018, Stan Lee was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Hospital in LA, California.  He had been battling Pneumonia since February. For those who didn’t know, Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, publisher, and creative leader for Marvel.  He was a public figure head for marvel and credited for co-creating some of the well known superheroes known today.

It was 1939 when Stan first began working on comics.  Through time, Lee rose the ranks from assistant, to intern, to editor in chief and art director. After working for the US Army under the official title of playwright, Lee moved on to better things. Under DC Comics, Stan Lee changed the components of superheroes so that they began to share more characteristics than their current ideal state and grandeur.  He gave them instances of flawed humanity ranging from paying bills to having illnesses. As time incremented, so did the number of heros brought into reality by Stan Lee and others. It was in the 60’s that Stan scripted, edited, and art-directed the primary pieces of Marvel’s series. Because of Lee’s varying active roles in the comic world, he became a public figurehead for Marvel Comics.  He toured around the US, appearing at conventions for signing and participating in colleges and panel discussions. In the early 1980s, Stan would help to produce Marvel’s assets on film through film production. It was during that time that he began what we now know to be his signature role, his cameos. At one point, Lee turned down an offer to be the president of Marvel, citing the organizations lack of focus on creativity in the process.  Eventually, he stopped participating in Marvel’s production, but still received an annual salary of $1 million. By the dawn of 2000, illegal stock manipulation was being conducted by Marvel. Lee was found to have no hand in the dealing. Later in 2002, Stan Lee sued Marvel for not legally providing his share of profits for his efforts in production. 3 years later, Stan Lee and Marvel settled for a undisclosed seven figure amount. Of course more legal action followed between Marvel, Stan Lee, and Lee’s subsidiaries. It was in the late 2000s that Lee would begin to create his very own media via Filmmaking and Youtube.

If you’ve ever Heard Stan Lee’s closing statement, you’d realize a certain pattern: He ALWAYS SAYS “Excelsior!”  He adopted this as a way to pay homage to his home city, New York (it use to be their motto). Excelsior simply means “onward and upward to greater glory”.

Stan Lee was a great man. Throughout all his struggles, he managed to focus on making a hero for every American in any situation.  He thought of others and had fun doing so. He had created so many memories and lifted the hopes of millions of Americans. He masterfully crafted a universe for the enjoyment of all.  I thank him for that.

Candlelight Paranormal Tour: an epic adventure.

posted Nov 12, 2018, 6:52 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted November 12th, 2018

Last Friday I went to the Candlelight Paranormal Tour at the History Center of Washington County with a friend.  We went through a tour of the jailhouse and the courthouse. The tour was $15 per person and an hour long, but it was definitely worth it.

The group total was about thirty people, but the tour guides split us into two groups.  My group started at the jailhouse first, which is where the old sheriff would live with his family and the prisoners.  The prisoners committed mostly small crimes such as assault and being drunk. Sometimes there were prisoners that committed major crimes like rape and murder, but this was a rare occurrence.  At the jailhouse we used an EVP recorder and a temperature monitor. In the first couple of rooms, the EVP recorder didn’t monitor anything, and the temperature monitor didn’t change at all. However in the first room, my chest and my friend’s chest started to tighten, which is a sign that there’s a spirit.  In the next room we didn’t feel anything or interact with any spirit. In the following room, the EVP went off when the girl holding it went to the corner of the room. The person with the temperature reader went to the corner of the room then, and the temperature started dropping, which is a sign of a spirit being present.

We then moved to the jail cells, and my friend and I stayed in one cell the whole time, mostly because our chests felt heavy in that cell.  Conveniently, when the EVP girl came around, it immediately started going off. The lady with the temperature monitor came, and the temperature started decreasing again.  I took a couple pictures of the cell and got a few blurry ones, which is a sign of a spirit, and my friend took some videos, capturing some orbs. We went upstairs to some more bedrooms, and I immediately started getting some weird vibes from the little boy’s room. The tour guide tried to get a spirit to communicate with us but it refused. I decided that before we left, I had to take a quick video of the little boy’s room to see if I could get anything. As soon as I started the video, an orb moved across the screen towards me. Immediately everyone else started taking pictures and videos and located the orb on the blanket at the end of the bed. We said goodbye to the ghost and moved to the basement where nothing creepy happened.

The tour guides then switched and we got a tour through the courthouse.  We went to the men’s bathroom, where an old janitor used to spend all of his time.  I didn’t feel anything, but my friend’s chest got heavy, and it was her least favorite part of the tour.  They showed us the rest of the building, and throughout, I kept feeling like something was watching or following us even though nothing was visible.  They played some audio clips for us that very clearly had spirit voices present.

Honestly, this was probably the best night of my life.  They also do architecture tours, and there’s a museum in the courthouse, so I suggest just going for fun!

Is Elon Musk in trouble?

posted Nov 2, 2018, 4:28 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Andrew Davis, Entertainment Editor

Posted November 2nd, 2018

Elon Musk is one of the world’s leading individuals when it comes to technology, innovation, and philanthropy.  He revolutionized money with PayPal, and he introduced cheaper, more efficient rockets to the world through SpaceX; however, the company most in the news today is Tesla Motors, a car manufacturer set on creating fully-electric cars that can be purchased by the masses.  Tesla Motors is currently engaged in a very ambitious plan to ramp up production of their new, cost-effective automobile, the Model 3. Tesla will be releasing its quarter three earnings on November 7th which will determine if this plan is looking successful. Until then, there is much news about Tesla and Elon Musk to mull over.

These last several weeks have had several major blows to the company and the pride of its owner.  On September 27th, the SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) sued Musk for a tweet put out on August 7th in which he stated that he would be “taking the company [Tesla] private at $420.”  This was viewed by most as a joke referencing drugs and specifically cannabis. However, it drove the price of Tesla’s stock up 11% and was deemed to be an illegal business move. Musk will be facing a several million dollar fine, and perhaps even more humiliating, his removal from the position as the chairman of Tesla’s board.  To make matters worse, Elon Musk physically smoked what appeared to be Marijuana on a live interview on September 7, 2018, which led to a 7% dip in Tesla’s stock (ticker TSLA). TSLA is currently at the lowest price it has been in the last 6 months. Although there is much confusion over Musk’s reasoning for such erratic decisions in these last few months, one thing remains certain.  If Tesla can display outstanding Quarter Three results, the company as a whole will pull through.

The Pros and Cons of an Internship

posted Oct 26, 2018, 4:45 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Chloe Schmidt, Co Editor-in-Chief

Posted October 26th, 2018

I’ve recently started an internship instead of taking an average class and it’s one of the best decisions of my life! Here I list the pros and cons to doing an internship. My internship is at the middle school with a seventh grade teacher, Mr. Walter, because I want to be either a middle or high school teacher for my career.

The best pro is the learning experience. Doing this internship helped me confirm that yes, I do want to be a teacher. That’s the main purpose of the internship. Another pro is that it’ll help colleges and scholarships see I am confident with my choice as a career and I’m doing things to prepare for it. The last pro is that you get to see the behind-the-scenes of the career you’ll be going into. For instance, I get to see the lesson plans and how teachers decide who to focus on and interact with.

A con is the hours. You have to get around forty hours a month, but they’re flexible with that. However, in an instance like teaching, schools are only open on weekdays and the hours end when school ends. Another con is that it takes a while to get used to it. Doing an internship is very realistic and an adult-like thing to do, so it takes a while to handle and get used to.

Those are the pros and cons! I would 10/10 recommend doing an internship if you have an idea of what you want to get into for a career. It’s an amazing learning experience.

Submit entries now for Nite Crier Costume Contest

posted Oct 26, 2018, 4:38 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Andrew Davis, Entertainment Editor

Posted October 26th, 2018

Halloween is right around the corner, and that means ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, candy, and of course, costumes.  This upcoming week, compete against friends and fellow classmates in the Nite Crier Halloween Costume Contest. Submit pictures of your best costume to the Nite Crier’s email - - by November 1st and win big money!  The person with the best costume will receive a $30 Rookery gift card, while second and third place will receive $15 and $10 Rookery gift cards respectively.  Who will be the king or queen of spooky month? Visit the Nite Crier at to find out!

DECA’s Trick or Can is here again!

posted Oct 25, 2018, 4:43 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted October 25th, 2018

This article is based on an e-interview I conducted with DECA member Alex Drifka about DECA’s Trick or Can:

Who is in charge of Trick or Can? Who can participate?

Alex:DECA is leading Trick Or Can, it is an annual fundraiser that we hold as an organization to raise canned goods and nonperishable foods for the Slinger Food Pantry. Students in Mrs. Smessaert Intro to Marketing class are required to participate in this event for credits. All DECA members are encouraged to participate as well. “

What is Trick or Can?

Alex: Trick Or Can has a really great system of not making it awkward when going door to door to fundraise for the food pantry. A week or so before Trick or Treat is in your neighborhood, you go to each of the houses and place a plastic bag on the mailbox of each house with a flyer inside describing the details of the event. Then when Trick or Treat comes around, you go door to door collecting each of these bags that will be filled with canned goods. Everyone will be out and about doing trick or treat so you won’t feel awkward going around your neighborhood fundraising.”

Why did DECA decide to do this?

Alex:This idea originated with the Wisconsin State DECA organization. They made it an initiative to begin fundraising towards local food pantries around Wisconsin. They extended this initiative to all the chapters of Wisconsin.”

When will Trick or Can happen? How long has it been happening for?

Alex:“Trick or Can will go on during all of the trick or treats in each neighborhood in the local area. We have been doing Trick or Can for about six years now I believe.”

Where will Trick or Can take place?

Alex:“Trick or Can will take place in all of the neighborhoods around this area. Each student will be able to choose a neighborhood to do their part in participating in Trick or Can!”

Alex’s Ending Message:

“This is an amazing fundraiser, and it would be amazing to have all of the community members to help our DECA chapter in raising lots of canned goods and nonperishable food items for the Slinger Food Pantry!”

Homecoming Parade 2018 (Photo Essay)

posted Oct 15, 2018, 4:58 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katherine Alder, Staff Writer
Posted October 15th, 2018

SHS Marching Band marches during Homecoming Parade.

Homecoming court members Alyna Reiter and Hruz Wagner greet spectators.
Addison's Dance Team shows off their Owl spirit.
Oriowls swim team participates in the 2018 Homecoming parade.
Slinger's FFA participating in the Homecoming parade.
SHS Equestrian team walks past St. Peter's church during the 2018  Homecoming Parade. 
Homecoming King, Charlie Covert and Queen, Kortni Elliott enjoy their slick ride during the parade. 

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