The North Star The Student News Site of L'Anse Creuse High School North in Macomb, MI Tue, 04 Feb 2020 13:59:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Grand Valley State University Suspends Offensive Coordinator Tue, 04 Feb 2020 13:59:01 +0000 The Grand Valley State University football team was looking for a new Offensive Coordinator Coach. While the athletic director was searching for the perfect fit, the name Morris Berger came up. As a former Tight Ends Coach from Texas State University, Berger’s resume was impressive.
The staff at Grand Valley State University thought they struck a gold mine after finding Berger, considering he knew much than more they had assumed he did. After the hire, the Grand Valley State University student journalist, Kellen Voss, wanted to engage with the new hire. The Sports Editor of the Lanthorn thought the new hire for the football team had plenty of good experience in this area. Voss learned Coach Berger had a Graduate Assistant degree at Missouri and his Bachelor’s degree in history from Drury University, Missouri. Berger also holds a Master’s in Educational Psychology from Missouri Springfield. After Voss discovers Berger had his Bachelors in history, he wanted to ask an unusual question: “So you graduated from Drury with a degree in History, you’re a history guy. If you could have dinner with three historical figures, living or dead, who would they be? And I’m ruling out football figures.”
Berger then gave a very unusual answer: “This is probably not going to get a good review, but I’m going to say Adolf Hitler. It was obviously very sad and he had bad motives, but the way he was able to lead was second-to-none. How he rallied a group and a following, I want to know how he did that. Bad intentions of course, but you can’t deny he wasn’t a great leader.”
While Voss was unsure if he wanted to publish the article, the athletic department was pressuring him to publish this controversial piece. Soon after Voss published the interview with Berger, it came across the desks in the athletic department, whose staff did not agree with Berger’s statements. They came to the conclusion to suspend Berger after his decision of calling Adolf Hitler a “great leader”.
Later, Berger resigned and wrote an apology letter to the University saying, “I failed myself, my parents and this University — the answer I attempted to give does not align instilled in me by my parents, nor represent what I stand for or believe in — I mishandled the answer and fell way short of the mark.”

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How Important Are Friendships? Tue, 04 Feb 2020 13:55:05 +0000 There are many forms of friendships: teacher to student, friend to friend, family member to family member, boss to employee, working associate to working associate– the list could go on. And on top of all the different forms of friendships, one tends to act differently depending on who they are with. I suppose you could say that we contain many personalities.

There are certain types of people in which we choose to show a type of personality. For instance, if you are in an A.P. class, you are very well aware that the students in that class care about education and want a bright future. Now, this is not an insult to those who aren’t taking an A.P. class, but I think it’s safe to say that if you are in an advanced class, you tend to put forward more effort and dedicate much more of your free time than those who don’t: this is a shared interest within a group.

This concept explains why a group of people that take an A.P. class tend to hangout in order to get the desired grade; therefore, we put on our intellectual helmet and embrace talking about concepts that those who aren’t taking that A.P. class wouldn’t care for. Brenna Filbey, ‘20, expresses, “You tend to be friends with those who reflect an aspect of yourself.” By the same token, if you are friends with a sensitive person, you’re less likely to express a sarcastic tone towards things.

The point is, no matter what kind of friendship you have with someone else, that friendship will always teach you something and attribute to your own personal growth: pain, happiness, challenges, etc. Every single friendship you have is unique. There are those whom we have a deep bond with while with others we don’t. These different types of friendships open up a door where we can choose to either take it further to a deeper bond or not. It’s nice to have friends that we can hang out with when we get bored as well as having them around to share the good moments in life. Having many friendships allows us to show every aspect of ourselves to the people that would get where we are coming from: diverse friendships brings limitless experiences.

Friends challenge us, confuse us, and sometimes make us wonder why we even bother; however, they also play a big part when we tend to feel alone, when we need a boost of self-esteem, and they also enable people to build memories, values, and trust.

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Mr. Crusader interview Gavin Llewellyn Mon, 03 Feb 2020 14:19:27 +0000 What is your name and grade?

“My name is Gavin Llewellyn. I am a junior at LCN.”

What is your favorite memory from the year so far?

“My favorite memory is Cross Country. The entire season was just so much fun this year, and I had the best time.”

Which category are you looking forward to?

“I’m really looking forward to the talent competition and also the swimwear competition.”

How much money did you raise? 

“For the shirts, I raised a bit over a $100, and for the donation portion I raised over $300.”

What do you think about the competition (the other guys)?

“I think my competition is going to give it their all. Some guys are returning from last year, so they have the experience.  Other guys are just good at things like this. I still think I have what it takes to be a contender, though.”

What would it mean to win?

“For me, to win, would be amazing. I’m doing this for the people that donated and for my parents. I wouldn’t have made it in the competition without the people that donated.  My parents really helped me through the process, and they were always there for me. I want to win for my mom ; she will soon undergo surgery for her breast cancer, so it would mean a lot to win for her.”

Can you give us a hint about the talent?

“For my talent, I can say if I won the talent portion, it would be a slam dunk.”

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Crazy Crash on the MX Track Mon, 03 Feb 2020 14:10:04 +0000 “The 2016 XC race that should have put me in the hospital.”

    Emory Miller, a single father, would do ATV Racing (ran by D14 – Valley Trail Riders) with his two daughters. Here’s one of the most memorable races for him, containing a large crash. Miller describes the race as “challenging” due to the immense pressure of other riders around him and the tight squeeze of the race trails. The race starts out in lines, each section of racers at different levels like ages and ATV type. “The pounding in my heart increased like a shot of nitrous as the adrenaline filled my bloodstream.”

   The beginning of the race is something truly exhilarating for him, as the flag drops Miller starts his kick-start engine of a 250R that he hand-built himself. “A 30 year old machine with a kick-start, my starts are always dialed in; and I can beat most all of the electric start machines.” 

   Miller moves into second place on the whole shot and quickly starts the race with many other racers trailing behind him. Miller makes his way through all parts of the track that slowly make their way to him, such as the MX section, wood section, and obstacle section. Passing many broken down riders along the way, Miller makes it to the Motocross section on the race. “I’m not much of a jumper. I don’t know why I don’t like to jump considering all the crazy stuff I do that consumes my life like an addiction, but it is what it is.” Miller goes through the track as quick as he can until he comes to a small set of doubles; these are hills lined up for riders to jump over. “They’re maybe four or five feet tall and a 30ft or 40ft gap between the takeoff and landing. I figured if I hit it fast I could clear it and stay low and get over it quickly.”

   Taking off in third gear, Miller launches himself over the first jump, making way to clear the second while in the air. “I immediately knew something was wrong!”

   His machine proceeded to twist about 15 degrees mid-air, keeping him from getting a clear landing. All this happened in the matter of about two seconds, but Miller did not panic. With his right tire hitting the landing ramp first, the force from impact sends his quad flying through the air. His feet still on his machine, Miller braced for impact. His head hits the ground sideways locking against his neck-brace, his body whipping over and sliding against the ground. “I’ve crashed many times before so I know what to do in this situation: tuck and roll.”

   Miller comes to a stop in the middle of the track rolling onto his hands and knees, desperate to move out the way. While downed, he was at risk of getting hit by another racer. “I can’t see well and my mouth was full of something: dirt.”

    Miller crawled to the end side of the track; clear of danger. He tries to stand, noticing how wobbly his legs were. Two people part of the track safety team came running towards him; they needed to know if he was alright.  “Both of them shouting ‘Are you ok!? Are you ok!?’ I told them I was but the look on their faces was that of total disbelief. They didn’t know how I was walking.”

   One of the track safety members on a utility-quad mentioned that someone was already calling for an ambulance while he was still mid-air. Miller shrugged it off, he was hurt but still functioning; able to walk on his own. Miller likes to call himself a professional crasher due to the amount of times he’s crashed with only a few scrapes and bruises. “The adrenaline was still pumping through my veins and even though I was in a decent amount of pain I was still determined to continue on.”

   Miller got up only to see the very front of his machine’s nose was completely smashed down. Bending down, he pulled the metal straight again. He hopped right back onto his quad, ready to finish the race.

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Perks of the Plus: Disney + review Mon, 03 Feb 2020 14:04:53 +0000 Disney+ has swept the world as the newest, hottest streaming service. At a cost of $6.99 per month, Disney+ carries some massive perks for paying so little.


  • Seven streaming accounts under one username:


The maximum number of separate accounts under one user name is seven, so if you take advantage of this, you’re roughly paying one dollar per account.


  • Most, if not all, Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and more shows/movies are on this platform:


This streaming service is only adding to their selection. They have movies ranging from Marvel movies to Disney Channel original series and movies. Everyday the service adds more films, with even more under the description “on the way! Will arrive: (date here).”


  • Four devices can stream at one time:


Disney+ allows up to four accounts to be streaming at one time. This allows for pretty much everyone in a family to stream all at once. They even have a Disney+ mobile app.


  • The nostalgia: 


Personally, Disney+ gives me a sense of nostalgia. It carries all of the childhood shows I grew up loving, so it really is “magical.”


  • The $12.99 bundle:


Disney+ also added an option where viewers could purchase Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN for $12.99 per month. This bundle has something for everyone, and each streaming service then only costs a little over three dollars each.


Considering everything above, Disney+ seems worth it. Will you hop on the Disney bandwagon?

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“Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” Netflix Documentary Review Mon, 03 Feb 2020 14:02:13 +0000 After binge watching the entire three-episode series, I was in a mix of slight shock and intrigue. This documentary is so interesting, and everything is done very professionally. The inside look at what happened with this football player is laid out in an easy to follow way, with the show outlining a timeline of all the events that led to the murders.

   This documentary isn’t normally something I would watch, but it was very interesting to learn about the football community and take an inside look into this player’s life. To preface, Aaron Hernandez was an NFL football player who played for the team the New England Patriots. He gained fame after scoring a touchdown during the Superbowl. He was engaged to be married to Shayanna Jenkins with whom he had a daughter. 

   To help the audience better understand everything, the producers and crew covered basically everything they needed to get “the full story” and have it make sense to the viewer. I found it particularly interesting when the topic of Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was brought up. CTE is a neuro-degenerative disease that is caused by repeated head injuries such as concussions. CTE symptoms often worsen over time, and can affect thinking, mood and behavior. This disease often results in dementia, and many cases have been found where the person ends up committing suicide. During the show, the interviews cover a number of things that could be the “why” factor in the murders which is what the police are missing, one of them being CTE. There are multiple brain scans shown in which they compare a regular brain to Aaron Herandez’s brain which clearly shows progressive CTE in Aaron’s. So while the police officers are convinced he is guilty of all three murders (and several other incidents), CTE could explain this irrational behavior.

   However, the documentary still leaves two questions: Is Aaron Hernandez a murderer? And WHY? To help you decide, I strongly recommend this five out of five star documentary.  

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Do Brand Names Matter? Mon, 03 Feb 2020 13:58:20 +0000 Do brands matter? Should you pay more for brand names?

Food brands and brand names have always been coveted among the masses. But are they worth the money they cost? 


Yes: Brand names often have prestige in the form of cost. Brand names are worth it because the brand name usually also ensures better ingredients, and more often than not, higher priced items tend to be the healthier ones. Higher priced items usually are not only name brand, but also organic. Organic items have less pesticides (fruit and veggies), less harmful preservatives, and are better for a person’s overall health because of these things. Due to this, brand name items are worth the cost because you are paying for a better product. For example, the brands Lush and Sephora, you are definitely more likely to get a product well worth the cost. Lush products are vegetarian, handmade, and they try to always use biodegradable/ recyclable containers.


No: Brand names are not worth the extra cost. The extra cost is not something that everyone can afford, and sometimes, the product is not better. For example, in the case of produce, the cheaper cost can mean pesticides, but that also means the item may last slightly longer. Organic, more expensive items, tend to be very perishable if not consumed within a span of a few days. Arguably, the brand name is what you’re paying for- not the product. The “off-brand” product could be the exact same as the brand name product: the only difference is price. “Krogers “fruit loops” taste better than the actual “fruit loops” brand,” says Abigail Roberts, ‘20.


In the end, it’s really the consumers preference, but hopefully these observations have given you some food for thought.

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Do First Impressions Matter? Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:04:09 +0000 You come across a person walking with a purpose. Their head is guided straight towards their destination. This person has nice styled hair that is easily recognized. They are wearing clothes with colors that compliment one another with no apparent wrinkles. They glance at their watch, look at you with a greeting smile, and their head is directed back to its original target. They pass by you, and you are left with an aromatic scent. 

   Next, you turn your head and see a person with a frown, scratching their head as if they were trying to figure out what went wrong. They are removing what appears as eye boogers, which makes you notice their dark circles under their eyes. They bump into someone, say sorry, and continue walking. 

   From the two different scenes, who would you be most intimidated by? Who would you choose to hangout with? Who would you rather be around? Who would you be more fond of?

   First impressions are significantly important. When you are going to an interview, you dress to impress. When it’s your first day back to school, most put effort into their outfit. When you go on a date, you want to look good for the other person. But what makes a first impression meaningful? 

  Building relationships with people is important and essential, and the way one builds that relationship is crucial too. Building relationships can open a gateway to new opportunities and lead to social cohesions, so when we are faced with an important event in life, we hope it has a positive outcome. For instance, if we are going to an interview, we don’t know the person who will be interviewing us, and the interviewer doesn’t know who we are. 

   Unfortunately, the interviewer doesn’t know our life story and what obstacles we have overcome or our great qualities. Wanting acceptance, we are prompted to dress nice, talk polite, use proper hand gestures, and overall put on the best show: fake it till you make it. This first impression is your only shot to leave them with an unforgettable impression.  

   When we haven’t met someone, the only chance we get at them is how we present ourselves at first and how we communicate with others. A firm handshake can go a long way; this speaks volume. According to, it only takes one-tenth of a second for someone to make a quick evaluation and have a first impression. This is the very reason why society has pressure when faced with an important event. Unfortunately first impressions can either make or break the desired outcome. This is why building a relationship comes into play. 

   One ultimately hopes that putting one’s best A game out there will be good enough.



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Australia’s BushFire Scenes Appear Apocalyptic to the Public Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:00:51 +0000    Twenty-eight people have lost their lives. Countless homes have been destroyed, many have become homeless. Over one billion animals have been killed. Some species are in danger of becoming extinct. These wildfires taking place nationwide across Australia are provoking unpleasant events. 

   Australia has always experienced “fire season”, but this has been much worse since 2009. Fires are usually caused by lightning strikes or accidentally by spark. According to BBC News, Australia set a new temperature record with 49.1 degrees celcius that was recorded on December 18, 2019. The drier climates, scientists suggest, can contribute to more frequent and intense bushfires and causes them to spread wider. 

   Australia’s 2019-2020 bushfire season has put many lives in danger. The season started in late June with Australia’s record-breaking heat and drought. In September, 2019, the fire season hit Queensland and New South Wales and continued into early 2020. These wildfires are raging in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

   With these expanding bushfires, Australia’s environments are being destroyed not only for the people but also for animals. Through lack of food, water, and shelter, countless animals have lost their lives and several have been lost in the fires. A foundation has been made called “WWF’s Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund”. Tori Beels, ‘20, a student from LCN expresses, “I think it’s important to save the animals because if we don’t donate towards this cause, future generations might not be able to experience the wonder of seeing the exotic animals that could potentially go extinct.” 

   On January 6, 2019, the U.S. sent 20 veteran firefighters help battle Australia’s out-of-control wildfires. According to, federal agencies, like U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, have already provided a few dozen people. 

   Even though aid headed towards Australia, smoke from the fires blanket many areas. According to, Canberra’s air quality was more than 20 times above hazardous levels, which lead to a shut down of public places.  

   These unfortunate wildfires are becoming a person’s worst nightmare. The destruction of the  environment for animals and the people is devastating, and one can only try to aid Australia during these non stop wildfires. 

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Minimum Wage Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:22:56 +0000    On January 1st, 2020, the state of Michigan increased the minimum wage from $9.45 to $9.65. For tipped workers, the wage will be $3.67. By 2021, the minimum wage will increase to $9.87 per hour. Raising the minimum wage will help  stimulate consumer spending and grow the economy. Approximately 2.6 million people in Michigan live off hourly wage. Here are a few people who were affected by this increase. LCN student Tyler Waters stated, “The new minimum wage affects me by helping me to save money for college because I’m able to put more money in my savings account.” Another LCN student Mark Renaud stated, “I think it’s good to raise the minimum wage every once in a while because it allows me to pay for my insurance and have more to save, but a few cents doesn’t create a major difference for me.”

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