Gymnastics Team Continues to Improve by Alaya Mitchell
One of Muncie Central’s most forgotten sports team’s is Gymnastics. Gymnastics has been around for Central for quite some time and as of the 2019-2020 season, the team has been off to a great start.This team consists of mainly freshmen with only three returning members from last season
The team is led by 2 seniors Gracie Evans and Alaya Mitchell; Gracie was a featured gymnast to watch this season. Starting off their season at the New Castle invite where they earned impressive scores. They followed this by traveling over to Connersville the next week. The girl’s not only improved their team score, but also individual scores as well. Leading for the Gymcats was Tracie Monroe with a 7.9 placing 4th on floor, Alaya Mitchell with a 7.6 placing 5th on floor and a 6.5 on beam.
The girls seem to make improvements on individual and team scores every meet, they've had so far into the season. For one of Central's most forgotten teams, the girls make an impact at every meet they travel too.
Happiness: Everyone can Find it By Sam Hitz
What does it mean to be happy? Are you happy? We all ask ourselves these questions on a daily basis. Some people spend their entire lives in pursuit of a happiness they might never find. There is no bound to what can be risked or what could be done to achieve happiness. Since small children, we are constantly reminded of the things needed in order to be happy. “Work hard at school so you can go to college and have a good life. Be happy.” These ideals are firmly planted and rooted in every aspect of our lives. We build careers, relationships, morals and styles from the things we have been told will make us happy. We build our lives based on these ideals, we define ourselves with its morals, and we identify with its styles. Happy has two meanings as per the Oxford Dictionary: Having or showing pleasure or contempt; Fortunate or convenient. We struggle as a species to maintain happiness because it’s what is convenient. It is our ability to express and feel something that is never fully explained to us. And on top of it all, the minute life gets even slightly inconvenient, we lose as semblance of happiness we had. It fades, and all we are left with is an empty husk of what was, never even knowing if we actually had it or not. And we continue the cycle again and again by chasing what we had, sometimes shoving off all burdens and external forces to get that happiness back. Which is understandable, it hurts to lose something you are constantly chasing. You hold it for a moment but then it’s gone.
It’s important to know that nothing is permanent; it doesn’t matter what others think or if you are externally successful, as long as you enjoy what you are doing. You are the only thing that defines your happiness. No one can change that. As long as you find purpose in your life and the way you interact with people, then happiness will come. Don’t chase any feeling, just live and forgive, happiness will come.
Everything We Know About the Iranian Missile Crisis By Taegan Carpenter
On January 3rd, 2020, President Donald Trump authorized an overnight air raid in Baghdad, Iraq and killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, bringing US-Iranian relations into the public consciousness.
Initially, the Trump administration rationalized this attack by declaring that Soleimani was planning an “imminent attack” against US service members and diplomats, but did not offer any evidence to support such a claim. After several attacks about his decision to kill Soleimani without viable evidence by opposing politicians and reporters, Trump redefined his reasoning on Twitter, claiming that it “doesn’t really matter” if a “future attack by terrorist Soleimani was ‘imminent’ or not” because of Soleimani’s “horrible past,” alluding to his involvement in the Quds Force and other terrorist groups.
Since the bombing, Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has not commented on Soleimani’s death or the country’s plans for future American-Iranian relations. Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of the Lebanese political party Hezbollah, however, vowed to avenge Soleimani’s murder by driving U.S. troops from the region and returning them to America “in coffins.”
Soleimani was the second most powerful person in Iran other than the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Soleimani joined Iran’s National Guard in 1979, prompted by decades of border disputes and political debates about the reign of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. This tension eventually developed into the Iran-Iraq War, a conflict that lasted from 1980-88. This is where Soleimani gained popularity as a fearless and tactical general, paving the way for his appointment as the head of the Quds Force, the Iranian Special Forces Unit consisting of around 20,000 members, by the Supreme Leader himself after the war.
The Force, known for its unconventional warfare and military intelligence operations, has been recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States since 2007 when they began providing supplies to Shia, or Shiite, militias such as Al-Qaeda. The goal of these transactions is to undercut the Iraqi government, which is currently run by the Islamic State of Iraq, or ISIS, and promote a more “pure” Islamic regime through revolution.
As stated by Ali Algoneh, an Iranian-born scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, “we have one terrorist organization [that] is helping the Iraqi government get rid of another terrorist organization.” Consequently, the calculated murder of Qasem Soleimani by the United States government is controversial in the eyes of the western world. He was involved in terrorist activities, but was also crucial to the Middle Eastern fight against ISIS.