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Mr. Bull guides students on how to vote during Covid-19

By Shana Carey

Opinions Editor and Marketing Editor

The next election is just around the corner during the Covid-19 pandemic. And new voters don’t know where to start. With registration, mail-in ballots, and traditional polling, the voting procedure is more unique than ever. Mr. Bull, US Government and Politics teacher, says, “Voting isn’t hard. It’s like ordering food at Sheetz.”


Registration

According to Mr. Bull registration is vital to the voting process. He says that people will be denied to vote if they are not registered by Oct. 19, 2020. He suggests looking at https://www.votespa.com/ for detailed election information. 

In order to register, students need to visit https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/. Here, they can fill out their name, personal information, and political party. They can also apply for a mail-in ballot. 

Mail-in and Absentee Ballots

For voters that want to remain socially distanced, they can request mail-in ballots without a reason when they register. Absentee ballots are reserved for those that are disabled or out of their municipality during election day. All mail-in and absentee ballot applications are due by Oct. 27, 2020 at 5 p.m.. 

Mr. Bull says that Mail-in voting is a viable method of voting. He says that there is no evidence of fraud through this voting process. Although ballots are not required until a few days before the election, Mr. Bull suggests mailing in these ballots well in advance. 

He also advises students to sign them as neatly as possible. According to him, the government will throw away votes because they are not legible. Overall, Mr. Bull said, “if you are okay with Covid, I recommend going to the polls.”

Poll Voting

Going to the polls is somewhat daunting to new voters, according to Mr. Bull. He said that the first step is finding which polling place a student should go. “This can easily be looked up online,” Mr. Bull said.  

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2020. “I’m sure it’ll be slower than normal with the Covid procedures,” Mr. Bull said, “expect to wait a long time.” He suggests planning ahead in order to reduce wait times. 

He says that early morning and after work hours are usually the busiest. If their schedule permits, Mr. Bull recommends people go during daytime hours. He also wants voters to know that if they get to the polls before 8 p.m. and are in line as the polls close, they still have the legal right to vote. 

Pennsylvania does not require any form of identification, but Mr. Bull says to bring a driver’s license or school id just in case. 

Once voters are there, Mr. Bull says that poll workers guide them through the new processes and help them to cast their ballot. “It’s not hard,” Mr. Bull says, “but it’s somewhat intimidating.” 


New voters may feel nervous or confused, but they can always ask for help according to Mr. Bull. He tells students to “talk about it with your parents.” He says that this can relieve the stress of going registering and voting for the first time. 

According to Mr. Bull, his best advice to students is to do a little research before voting. He says to find out what the candidates stand for and how that aligns with your views. Voters can easily research candidates online and learn about local politicians that are running.  “Don’t just vote to vote,” Mr. Bull said, “vote educated.”

Boys of fall win home opener as Horn Field Stadium remains closed to public

By Genevieve Turner

Sports Editor

Friday night football at Horn Field usually draws thousands of spectators. Parents, teachers, students, and other local fans show up to cheer on the Lions.

This year is a different story. 

Red Lion beat South Western 43-21 on Horn Field Friday night. The event marked Senior Night for the Lions cheerleaders, marching band and football players. 

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, only a few family members were allowed to attend a game that brought a big win for the Lions.

The team started out with an early lead, scoring their first touchdown only four minutes into the first quarter. They kept up a strong defense against the Mustangs, surrendering three touchdowns, but not surrendering an overall win. 

Both teams each scored three touchdowns over the second and beginning of the third quarters. The end of the third quarter and the fourth quarter were filled with major gains by the Lions. 

They scored three more touchdowns as well as field-goals, and a  two-point conversion. 

Junior wide receiver, Jeffery Nyamekye scored a 99-yard touchdown, one of the more impressive moves of the night. QB Randy Fizer rolled out to the right, finding Nyamekye who caught the ball, broke a tackle, and powered downfield.

Senior football players were disappointed that due to PA’s guidelines limiting the number in attendance at outdoor sporting events to 250. This meant that their friends and siblings could not come. 

“I wish my brother could be here,” Senior RB, Brock Holloway said. 

Many siblings could not attend because each football and cheer senior got two tickets each. 

Alongside the Lions, were the RL Cheerleaders. 

“A cheerleader’s job is to cheer on every player,” Senior Margaux Rentzel said. “Having no fans here gives us the opportunity to be as loud as we can for the football players, and be crazy and spirited because we are all that they’ve got.” 

“I wish that my friends could be here on my senior night because I have really grown with them every football game,” Rentzel said. “I looked up at the rowdies and I looked at my friends, and this year I won’t be able to look at the rowdies and see my friends cheering me on.” 

Rentzel and Senior cheerleader Emily Padre both felt that more pressure was put on them because the cheerleaders would be the only ones cheering on the football team. 

 “I wish my best friend could be here,” said Padre. “She’s at home right now, but she’ll be streaming the game.” 

Home sporting events are live streamed to the YouTube channel RL Sports Live.

Senior Kairen Gordon-Bey, 52, lifts senior Randy Fizer, 1, as they celebrate a touchdown made by Fizer. The Lions outscored the Mustangs Friday 43-21. Photo by Genevieve Turner
RED LION–Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Horn Field stands remain mostly empty as The Governor’s Plan for State Reopening limits the number of people permitted to attend outdoor sporting events to 250. On this senior night September 25, 2020 parents of senior football players and cheerleaders were permitted to attend. Photo by Carol Kelkis

Lions Football Returns Friday to Limited Fans at Horn Field

By Genevieve Turner

Sports Editor

Football Friday returns to Horn Field this Friday as the Lions take on the South Western  Mustangs. The event will be Senior Night for the football team, cheerleaders, and the Marching Lions.

With a state-imposed limit of 250 attendees, the school will live stream the game on Youtube at: RL Sports Live starting at 4:30.

Seniors will walk onto the field at 4:30 p.m. with their parents. Football players will go first, cheerleaders next, and finally the Marching Lions. At 5:15 p.m. the Marching Lions perform, and at 7:00 p.m. the game begins.

School officials want to make it clear that during the game, no one is allowed on school grounds, other than those already permitted to attend the game. 

Allowed to attend are the coaches, cheerleaders, and players for both teams, RL’s Athletic Director, the ambulance staff, custodial staff and press. The extra seats in the stadium have been given to the senior football players and cheerleaders parents. 

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Jacob Bradley

By Genevieve Turner

Sports Editor

It’s a Friday night at Horn Field. The stands are full of fans as they cheer with anticipation of the rush of players to come (pre-COVID, of course). When the first arm breaks through the decorated banner, the screams and cheers come to a deafening roar. The next moments are a sea of black and gold as the many players run onto the field preparing to demolish the opponents. 

From afar, every player seems to blend together. But, if you look closely, one stands out from the rest. From a distance, his shoulder-length blond hair is his most prominent feature, but with a closer look, you can distinguish Jacob Bradley by the look of determination and hard work etched onto his face. 

Bradley was only a sophomore when he got a starting spot at varsity running back. This makes him one of the very few who got to step out onto the field as a varsity player while only being an underclassman. Last season Bradley had a total of 25 rushing yards, with an average of 2.8 rushing yards per game. Bradley also had a total of nine carries, 52 solo tackles, and 75 total tackles. 

Bradley started playing flag football in first grade, and in fourth grade, he made the switch to tackle football. Since then, his coaches and teammates have seen him improve immensely. 

His teammates and coaches both say many positive things about him. Senior wide receiver Davante Dennis describes Bradley as, “Hilarious, hardworking, and he’s like a brother.” 

Fellow teammate, senior QB Randy Fizer, said, “He is hardworking, talented, and I would say, has a strong sense of brotherhood.” 

Offensive Coach Jeremy Granger described Bradley as, “Dedicated, athletic, and intense.” Coach Granger also mentioned that Bradley is special because he can make up for strategic errors with athletic ability, and stresses that not many players are able to do that. 

“He never is satisfied with the way he is performing currently,” said Coach Granger, “He always wants to better himself and always does things to better himself.” 

“He is the kid that is a returning starter. Not a lot of players are able to start 10 games as a sophomore but he was able to do that,” Coach Granger said. “He is gonna have a leadership role to play.” 

He may not have the title of Captain yet, but many still look to him to set an example. “A lot of times even though he is a junior, some guys are thrown into that role, of a leader,  but he will be fine and he will lead by example,” said Coach Granger. 

Over the past year, Bradley has expressed that he had struggled with his motivation towards football. “…I let myself go and lost my motivation, but over the summer I was able to get it back.” Part of this loss of motivation was when Red Lion played Central High School last season. Red Lion lost and Bradley got upset with himself because he wasn’t able to gain any yards or get out of the place in which he was stuck. 

Bradley turned these emotions into hard work, determination, and drive. Which he plans on using this Friday when Red Lion plays against Central High School again. 

Although his future is undecided, Bradley plans to continue playing both football and lacrosse and hopes to continue on in college. 

“I would be nowhere near the same person I am now without football.”

Randy Fizer, Jacob Bradley and Davante Dennis. Taken by: Deja Downs

Students Faced With Unmasking the Secrets to Successful Pandemic Dating

By Shana Carey       

Opinions Editor and Marketing Editor

Imagine this. You’re a teenager looking for love. And bam! A pandemic strikes. Social distancing is the new norm that makes maintaining relationships and meeting new partners a challenge. This is the exact situation in which junior Mackenzie Zagroba found herself. “This past year, I went a little boy crazy,” she said. 

Zagroba and her pre-pandemic love interest danced around the idea of dating. However, she found it difficult to maintain a relationship while social distancing. According to Zagroba, they couldn’t go on a date during the lockdown. 

Dr. Jodi Stauffer, a school counselor, thinks that couples can lead healthy relationships during the Covid-19 pandemic as long as they are on the same page regarding quarantine. She says that being honest about how you want to approach social distancing is important. 

Because Zagroba’s partner wanted to follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, their relationship consisted of Zoom calls and text messaging. “We’re better in person than over text,” she said. According to Zagroba, they eventually stopped talking completely due to a lack of communication.

Dr. Stauffer said, “I think that it’s great that we have the technology to do video calls.” She also brought up the point that you see less of a person when they can hide behind a screen. 

“I wonder if it wasn’t for quarantine if we would have worked out. I had feelings for the guy,” Zagroba recalled her romance. According to her, it was the right person but the wrong time to start a relationship. 

After her romantic fling, Zagroba jumped back in the dating pool and started talking to new singles. Right before school, she went on a dinner date but did not feel a connection. This made Zagroba want to focus on her schoolwork instead of relationships. She attributes lack of communication to the end of her romances.

Dr. Stauffer said, “I think the biggest barrier in any relationship is lack of communication.” She thinks that students can have a valuable relationship while still maintaining social distancing. According to her, quarantine is a great time to get to know people since they cannot go out on roller coaster rides together.

This was true for senior couple Jason Mendicino and Jocelyn Herres, both of whom managed to stick together through the pandemic. 

According to the couple, they didn’t follow CDC guidelines during the quarantine. Although, they were monitoring how they were feeling. “We were around each other enough,” Mendicino said, “that it was like being around your family.” 


Seniors Jason Mendicino and Jocelyn Herres wear masks and joke with each other while eating lunch. The couple does not socially distance as they frequently watch anime together and work at a pet store. They had more time to communicate during the quarantine and grew closer together because of the pandemic according to Mendicino.
PICTURE BY: Max Vigue

Because the couple had more time to communicate and see each other, Mendicino even went so far as to say, “quarantine was better for the relationship.”

Herres said that she and Mendicino had nightly phone calls and kept in constant communication. According to Dr. Stauffer, it’s important “to communicate with your significant other more regularly than not during a pandemic.”

Dr. Stauffer says that the pandemic can make or break couples dependent on how honest they are with each other. She says that “problems occur when you don’t agree and you pretend to agree” regarding social distancing. 

“I think kids can have a safe picnic together and stay socially distanced,” Dr. Stauffer said. She explained that there are safe and smart ways to date during quarantine. According to her, couples need to communicate, be honest, and respect each other in order to be successful. 

Whether couples are socially distancing or not, Dr. Stauffer says, “you still need to give that vulnerability.” She thinks that it is important to openly get to know your significant other and what their quarantine precautions are. 

She says, “Communication is key right now – and should be anyhow.”

Social media creates conflicts about Covid-19 coping skills

By Emily Ankers

Editor-in-Chief

During times of crisis or struggle, it isn’t uncommon to see people using social media in order to deal with the strong emotions they are feeling. With the drastic change in everyday life caused by Covid-19, more and more people have been swarming different social media sites to address their frustrations. 

  Among those using social media to reach out to loved ones and bring attention to their concerns during this trying time are those using social media to make jokes and entertaining content about the pandemic surrounding them. This behavior raises the question of whether or not what these people are doing is harmful or if it is a way of coping with the changes in life.

  In many of these social media posts that are meant to be jokes or to entertain, a common theme is to state that they are ready to contract the virus or to make fun of those who are taking the virus seriously. These behaviors could be viewed as insulting to those afflicted with the virus or those who are frontline workers.

  However, the majority of those posting this type of content are from generations rooted in dark or offensive humor as a way to cope with situations they cannot control or that frighten them. It is important to remember that the actions on social media do not always reflect a person’s true character. Most often, those on social media create a persona and act differently than what is normal for them in order to look a certain way. 

The times we are in are difficult for everyone to adjust to and cope with. While some may view the content being shared as immature and ignorant, it can also be viewed as a coping mechanism. The posts and content created is often for entertainment and allows for individuals to feel connected to one another through a shared sense of humor or belief.

The content being consumed by individuals worldwide is sharing a unique story that everyone can relate to because everyone is experiencing it. While the humor may not fit everyone’s taste, it allows a distraction for a moment from the struggles each individual is facing.

Instead of relying on social media to vent your frustrations during these times, there are many alternatives to try. Some of these alternatives include journaling in a private diary, meditating, screaming into your pillow, or binge-watching a favorite show or movie to distract yourself.

Graphic by Flickr portrays some of the primary social media sites being used at this time. These sites are often where the content is being shared among millions.
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