One Direction Reunion Imminent?

by Catherine Flanagan

Rumors and Reunions

Image from: Daily Express

This quarantine has got many people reflecting on times when we were able to leave our homes and go to fun events, like concerts. This sense of nostalgia has left people thinking of reunions, more specifically, a reunion of one of the most well known bands of the 2010’s, One Direction.

The popular group began what was supposed to be an 18 month hiatus in January 2016, it has now been 5 years since the group has released any music or performed together.

Fans have been waiting for a reunion for quite some time and the month of April has given them reasons to be hopeful.

On April 14th, 2020, member Liam Payne spoke to James Corden essentially confirming the rumors of a reunion in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of their formation. During his virtual appearance on the Late Late Show, Payne stated “I’m not allowed to say too much… we’ve been speaking a lot more at the moment… I think we’re all feeling that that 10 year is a very special moment.”

Payne has been spreading rumors of a reunion for weeks, to the point where it has become a discussion between his bandmates. On April 19th, Payne was interviewed by the Australian news show Sunrise and explained “I kind of let the cat out of the bag about the anniversary… Louis actually told me off on text message, he said if I do it again he is going to egg my house.”

Fans have also noticed activity on the bands youtube and twitter accounts. The amount of accounts the band’s twitter has been fluctuating throughout the month and videos and playlists are mysteriously disappearing and reappearing on the group’s youtube channel.

While all of this talk has given fans a glimmer of hope about a reunion, another member of the group, Niall Horan attempted to shut down the rumors. While on an instagram livestream on April 29th, the singer stated “There’s a lot of talk about it at the moment…but there is no reunion as such. We are just talking a bit more recently.”

This obviously has left fans confused on what to believe. This could have been done because it was the truth, or an attempt to quiet the talk of a reunion before it happens. Not all hope is lost, because a few months prior to the Jonas Brothers reunion, Nick Jonas also told news outlets that there was no reunion.

There is no definite answer as to whether or not there will be any form of a reunion, the month of April has definitely got Directioners feeling nostalgic and anxiously waiting for the 10th anniversary on July 23rd.

Growing up as a Afro-Somali Muslimah

By Hodon Yassin

Hello, My name is Hodan Yassin. I’m eighteen years old and it’s my senior year. I’m also a student at Whetstone High School. Sadly, because of quarantine, I had to spend the last months of my senior year cooped up inside my house doing online school. However, It doesn’t stop me from continuing on with my artwork or excelling well in my classes.

I was born in Decatur Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia on April 16, 2002. I was also born to my mother and father, Safiya Farrah and Hassan Mohammed. After I was born, all of my family members came to see me. All my grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles and cousins congratulated my mother and were all so very happy. We even stayed at the hospital overnight because my mother was too sick after giving birth to me. After she got well, we went back home.

Life growing up in Atlanta was alright. I don’t remember that much about it since I was a baby. All I remember is my parents had a conversation in the kitchen. My father was laid off at work and could no longer afford to live in Atlanta. My mother was devastated to hear the news. Thus, we had to move out so my father could get a better job.

We moved to a really small apartment in Columbus, Ohio in February of 2003. My grandmother came to live with us to keep us company. We lived in that apartment for a couple of months. After that, We went to live in this apartment in this neighborhood called The Heritage. It was a really nice neighborhood. I had fond memories living there, like when my sister was born and when my father brought pizza home every friday night.

Growing up, My parents have raised me to be a good muslimah (a female muslim). They taught me the Quran, took me to dugsi (a school that teaches the Quran) and taught me the Salah (the Isalmic prayer). They also taught me to be a kind and respectful human being and accept those who are different from me. I often use the Quran and Salah as coping mechanisms whenever I’m upset. I still continued on with both to this day.

It wasn’t until I was five when my mother announced that we were going to Somalia for vacation. There, I had a really good time. I played with animals, participated in dance festivals, spent time with my relatives, etc. Not only did I have a great time, but I also saw people just like me. Many people outside from my family had the same facial features (dark skin, black hair, brown eyes) and spoke fluent Somali. I spoke a lot of Somali back as a child, so seeing others speaking my second language boosted up my self esteem. It was so amazing to live in Somalia, and it was just the fact I didn’t feel like an outsider, I’m just like everyone else; a human being.

After our vacation was over, we moved back to Columbus, OH. There, my parents applied for me to attend school. I was assigned to a special education class from kindergarten to tenth grade. It was because I had autism and my parents wanted me to get extra help from my teachers. I had a pretty good relationship with most of my classmates. Many of them had very severe disabilities, ranging from non-verbal autism, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, etc. I helped them out with their work and calmed them down whenever they were upset. It was an alright class.

After I was pulled out of the special education class sophomore year, my life totally changed. I made many new friends, my grades improved, etc. Many of my friends were different in so many ways, ranging from race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, ability, etc. It was really good that they were different in so many ways. No matter who they are, they are still human beings.

In conclusion, I accept myself for who I am. I am a Afro-Somali Muslimah who has autism an am a proud asexual. I accept people despite their differences and each and every person is unique. I just wish there was more empathy and respect for those who were different. In conclusion, I love myself for who I am.

A Week in the Life

Micah Palmer’s Blog

Monday:

I woke up at 1 pm today which is a bit later than I would like but I started by doing some exercise of 30 push-ups and 50 sit-ups. Not being able to go to the gym these past couple months has been a challenge especially because I was just getting used to going but I have been trying to make the most out of what I can at home. Later today I might go on a bike ride with a couple of friends to get my body moving more and to get out of the house a little bit because it looks like a nice day.

Tuesday:

Today I woke up around 12 pm and again started my day with some push-ups and sit-ups. After that, I worked on some homework then went on a long bike ride with some friends. When I got home at night I ate dinner then played some video games then right before I went to bed I read some of my book.

Wednesday:

Today I woke up at around 9 am because I did a zoom meeting with some friends from middle school I haven’t seen in a couple of years. It was really fun catching up with all of them and talking about our future plans. Later today I am going to do some meditation and see how it is.

Thursday:

Today I woke up and started with my push-ups and sit-ups then had some eggs for breakfast. Yesterday the meditation felt alright and I think I am going to try it again today. Today I am also going to work on some more homework for the week.

Friday:

Today I woke up and once again started with my push-ups and sit-ups. Later today I am going to meet up with some friends just to hang out. Tonight I will probably read more of my book as well.

How to make a Zine

by Olivia Cobbs

WHAT IS A ZINE???

A zine (short for magazine or fanzine) is a small piece of self published work, often created by a singular person.

HOW TO CREATE A ZINE:

Here is a simple way that anyone can make a zine!

MATERIALS:

  1. Single sheet of printer paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Pens, pencils, markers, crayons, or even paint!
  4. Creativity (most importantly)
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Take out a simple piece of blank printer paper! Let’s

start folding!

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  1. STEP TWO:

Fold the paper in half (hamburger style!)

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  1. STEP THREE:

Fold the paper in half AGAINand make sure to

smooth the edges down.

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Fold over one more time! It’ll be a lil tiny paper

by now.

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  1. STEP SIX

Fold lengthwise!

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  1. STEP SEVEN

Very carefully cut or tear the middle panel of the

creased paper. DO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY

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  1. STEP EIGHT

Unfold the paper AGAIN.

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  1. STEP NINE

Push the paper together to make a diamond space from

the hole you just cut.

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  1. STEP TEN

Fold the paper to the left to make a nice lil booklet!

  1. STEP ELEVEN

Draw draw draw! Be creative and have fun!

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Whetstone Lights Up the Sky for Class of 2020

by Catherine Flanagan

This past Monday, April 20th, Whetstone along with many other Columbus City Schools, lit up the football field for 20 minutes and 20 seconds at 8:20 pm (20:20 in military time) in honor of the senior class of 2020.

Governor Mike DeWine made the decision to proceed with online education for the rest of the year, meaning that the class of 2020 has already experienced their last day of school, and that their senior year is essentially over. While they still have online school, they will not be returning to the school for classes ever again.

Everyone who went was told to stay in their car in the parking lot and practice safe social distancing. The event was live-streamed on Facebook so everyone could watch, and those at home were encouraged to turn on their porch lights to help celebrate.

There was a good turnout to the parking lot, it started with everyone reuniting with their friends, a safe distance apart, and then everyone was encouraged to drive around the parking lot in a large circle. Students and parents drove around the parking lot a few times, honking their horns, and eventually returned to their original parking spots for the last few minutes.

At 8:40 pm the stadium lights were turned off and slowly everyone made their way out of the parking lot.

Even though their final year was cut short, this event offered closure for many seniors and was a way to remember their high school experience.