It is that time of year again! The leaves are falling and the weather is changing. Everyone is looking forward to the holiday season. During this joyous time, we must also remember that it is a season of giving and being kind to others. It is also the time for high school seniors to fill their resumes with more community service hours. 

Humane Society:

        The Humane Society offers sheltering and adoptive services for all kinds of animals. Volunteering at the Humane Society gives students and families the chance to have hands on experience and provide care for animals in need of compassion. To volunteer, students must be at least 16 years of age. There is a $15 fee for each volunteer, which covers the volunteer t-shirt, basic training and volunteering supplies. There is a wide range of options, which include training and giving quality time to adoptable dogs, making sure kennels and other areas are well-kept, walking adult dogs, spending quality time with cats and cleaning cages. Before volunteering, volunteers must attend an information session, complete training and an educational course on the animals and shadow an experienced staff member. 

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful:

       Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is an organization created to build communities and help improve the quality of public places in the city. Volunteers learn more about the community and gain hands-on experiences with nature, while also helping to keep the city safe and clean. Volunteers can choose to help clean the streets, plant trees in public places or turn empty spaces into public parks. In order to volunteer, one must create a profile on the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful website and register to work. 

Art with a Heart:

       Art with a Heart is an organization that provides a variety of art programs for at-risk youth. Many of the children associated with the program come from difficult backgrounds and typically lack basic things such as food and money. Volunteers work directly with the students in a positive environment and help them find their potential, whether it is in the arts or elsewhere. Volunteers can choose to assist in classrooms during school days, after school programs or summer camps. The organization says, “No art experience necessary; bring your heart for kids and your smiling face and we will train you on everything else!” 

Sonny Day:

        Sonny Day is known for providing food, toiletries and clothing to Warren Township families in need. The pantry occupies the building that used to be Heather Hills Elementary. There are many opportunities for students and parents alike to volunteer and help Sonny Day run efficiently. Students can organize clothing and food items or help with packaging donations. This is a way to make a difference in the Warren Township community. Sonny Day partners with student council to get volunteers when they are in need of help. Those interested in volunteering at Sonny Day can speak with a student council adviser: Amy Moeller, Tracey Bush and Tim Kegley or officer: Ramatou Soumare, Andrew Montgomery, Chelsi Waggoner, Lilian Duong, Staci Gibson, Laniah Ray-Reed, Charles Peterson and Peter Drummond.


        Gleaners is a food bank that partners with approximately250 organizations in 21 counties in Indiana. There are variousopportunities to volunteer throughout the year. Volunteers canwork in the distribution center sorting and packaging donationsin the warehouse as well as putting together backpacks for at riskyouth. Volunteers can also work in the Cynthia H. HubertCommunity Cupboard, greeting customers and helping loaditems in customers’ vehicles. Gleaners provides a variety ofchoices including packaging, helping seniors shop and helpingstaff members enter data into the database. Gleaners providesa great opportunity to be involved in the community and gainexperience in interacting with people. In order to volunteer,a volunteer release form must be filled out and turned in theday the student chooses to volunteer. 


        DoSomething.org is a resource for anyone interested in participating in community service and doing things on their own. DoSomething offers an extensive selection of activities and service projects that support a wide variety of causes. Causes include: animals, bullying, environment, discrimination, education, health, homelessness, disasters and poverty. Students can do things such as host a jean collecting drive or create thank you cards for veterans. When a project is completed, students can post pictures and qualify for scholarships for themselves or for their schools.


      From football to cross country, sports can get dangerous. Playing sports at a high school level puts student athletes at a higher risk of sustaining potentially crippling injuries. Injuries play a big part in all sports and affect athletes of all levels and ages.

      Contact sports, such as football and soccer, carry the highest percentage for injuries, according to the Youth Sports Safety Alliance. Consumers Product Safety Commission experts say sports are responsible for the most emergency room visits. Basketball, football and soccer were the leading contributors for sport injuries that led to emergency room visits. Athletes in these sports generally have dreams of playing at the collegiate or professional level. An injury could put stress on players with these types of dreams.

    “Colleges are scared to take a chance on an injured player,” said junior football player David Bell.

      Depending on the timing and severity, an injury could change the course of a student athlete’s career. Timing affects the healing process and the performance an athlete can give. Recruiting typically begins sophomore year and impressing scouts is the main goal.

    “Sophomore year was when a lot of my recruiting started,” said senior football player Julius Brents. “If I was injured then, I don’t know where I’d be today.”

      It’s a commonality for injuries to be hidden for the sake of performance. Afflictions like concussions, sprains, and tears could sit a player out for two to three games.

    “Missing games is the worst feeling as an athlete,” said senior football player Jason Holland. “You feel like you’re being held back.”

       Student athletes regularly hide injuries. According to the At Your Own Risk Organization, 54 percent of athletes have confessed to playing through a injury and 42 percent said they have hidden a injury in a game to continue playing.

      “I kept trying to play through something that I should of gotten checked out,” said senior Marcelino Rosas. “It made me not play as well my junior year.”

       The recovery process can be extensive and even when athletes return, they are never the same athlete as they were before.

      “When I was cleared to cheer again, I wasn’t allowed to do as much as I could before,” said senior cheerleader Paiten Price. “I couldn’t perform up to my full potential.” The mental trauma of an injury can be a game changer for athletes as well. It makes students more aware of sports safety.

      “Once you get older and experience an injury, you tend to take better care of your body,” said Brents.

        In post recovery, it is common for student athletes to become hesitant of the choices they make. Some athletes become more cautious while playing and try to avoid risk.

      “I’m scared to do certain things now,” said junior volleyball player and track runner, Prommyse Hoosier.

       Although the process of recovery for most injuries have the same steps, each athlete goes through the process at a different pace. According to athletic trainer Gerald Mickler, the recovery process is usually managing pain, regaining range of motion and strength, regaining agility and function, and regaining sport specific ability.

       School athletic trainers play a large part in the recovery process of student athletes. Trainers are trained to immediately tend to athletes when an injury occurs and to refer athletes to other resources if necessary.

     “We are responsible for being the first line of defense for athletic injuries,” said Mickler.

       A study conducted by Alicia Pike of the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut found that only 37 percent of public schools in the United States offer full time athletic services. According to Pike, school athletic trainers are a vital aspect of health and safety for student athletes.

      “Not too many schools have trainers there all the time, so I definitely use that to my advantage,” said Holland.

       Although injuries are something to avoid, some athletes will still roll the dice and take their chances.

     “You just go out there, play the game and hope by the grace of God you’re protected,” said Brents.



Twin sisters Alex Fielding (Tia Mowry) and Camryn Barnes (Tamera Mowry), who were separated at birth, meet on their 21st birthday and discover that they are witches from a magical kingdom called Coventry. Twenty-one years before, their protectors Illeana (Jennifer Robertson) and Karsh (Pat Kelly) sent them to earth to protect them from the dangers of the darkness. Alex and Camryn struggle to accept their true identities but venture out to find their birth mother, defeat the darkness and strengthen their friendship. 


After 13 year old Marnie Piper (Kimberly J. Brown) finds out that she is a witch, she follows her grandmother Aggie Cromwell (Debbie Reynolds) to the strange land called Hallweentown. Marnie and her siblings meet bizarre characters such as Bennie, the skeleton taxi driver, and Gort, an ogre who collects lost things. This movie is not only a family friendly Halloween scare, but also a coming of age story as Marnie discovers her true potential and uses her newfound powers and wisdom to defeat the evil in Halloweentown. 

“Edward Scissorhands” 

Edward (Johnny Depp), an unfinished science experiment with a ghastly appearance and scissors for hands, meets a woman named Peg (Dianne Wiest) who welcomes him into her home. Edward moves in with Peg and falls in love with her daughter Kim (Winona Ryder.) He learns to accept himself in an unaccepting society, while also learning how to show his love to Kim.

“Friday the 13th”

When eight year old Jason Voorhees drowns at Camp Crystal lake in the summer of 1957 due to negligent camp counselors, his death brings in a bloody reality that will haunt the camp forever. The following year, two camp counselors are killed and later, the camp is shut down. In 1979, new owners decided to reopen Camp Crystal Lake but this is followed by a series of murders committed by an unseen murderer with ties to the little boy who drowned all those years ago.

“Hocus Pocus”

In this family-favorite, teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz), his younger sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their friend Allison (Vinessa Shaw) accidentally release the Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler as Winfred, Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah and Kathy Najimy as Mary), a coven of three witches who were executed for practicing dark magic. With the help of a talking black cat, Max, Dani and Allison must stop the evil witches before they get enough power to become immortal. “Hocus Pocus” will be on Freeform’s 13 Nights of Halloween every night until Halloween, while also playing on Disney Channel’s Monstober throughout the month. 

More movies to watch

  • The Haunted Mansion 
  • ParaNorman 
  • Coraline 
  • Addams Family Values 
  • Frankenweenie 
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas 
  • Teen Witch Underwraps 
  • Corpse Bride
  • Child’s Play 
  • Jeepers Creepers 
  • Scream 
  • Scary Movie 
  • Twitches Too 
  • Girl vs. Monster 
  • Halloween 
  • Beetlejuice 
  • Monster House
  • The Little Vampire 
  • Ghostbusters 
  • Casper 
  • The Conjuring 
  • Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire 
  • Hotel Transylvania 
  • Goosebumps 
  • Dark Shadows 
  • The Addams Family


From strawberry to lemon meringue pie, the list of yogurt flavors goes on. Yogurt can now be enjoyed with the sweet flavors of cinnamon and ginger, which ultimately create pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice can be found in yogurt brands such as Dannon and Chobani. 


General Mills and Kellogg’s joined the pumpkin spice bandwagon and added pumpkin spice to some of their popular cereal brands. Kellogg’s introduced Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch in the fall of 2016 and the Special K website released the following quote regarding the cereal: “You're not doing fall right without Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch. One spoonful will transport you to a crackling fire, outfitted in your coziest flannel." They also added a pumpkin spice twist to the Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal. Around the same time, General Mills also introduced their Pumpkin Spice Cheerios which resulted in a series of mixed reactions on social media. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

The Pumpkin Spice Latte, a famous fall favorite, was released by Starbucks in 2015. It is a sweet coffee drink, made up of a combination of fall spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spice. 


Oreo is known for conjuring up some of the most creative cookie flavors. From birthday cake to banana split cream, it is no surprise that the company has a flavor that correlates with the fall theme. Oreo first released their Pumpkin Spice Oreos in September of 2014. The limited edition treat can be found in stores and on Amazon.


Peeps are a marshmallow treat molded into the shape of animals such as bunnies and chicks. They first came out in 1953 and were produced by Just Born, a candy manufacturer in Pennsylvania. The company released its pumpkin spice latte flavor in 2015 which is not as popular as it may seem. The fluffy marshmallow is mixed with pumpkin spice and dipped in white fudge. They can be purchased on Amazon or from the Peeps website.


Those who love drinking tea, iced or heated, black or green, have a new flavor to look forward to. All of these teas have certain health benefits, mental and physical. Two of the most popular drinks during the fall season are hot chocolate and the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. Now people can enjoy the taste of a new drink -- pumpkin spice tea. Brands such as Tazo Chai, Bigelow and Rooibos Herbal blend can be found with the pumpkin spice flavor online and in stores such as Walmart and Target. 

Candy Corn

Candy corn. A soft chewy treat most popular during the fall and Halloween season, is heavily debated on it’s worth and deliciousness. Will people feel the same when they find out that this treat can be found in pumpkin spice? Anyone interested can hunt it down in stores or go on Amazon or Candy Crate to find Brach’s Pumpkin Spice Candy corn. 

More Pumpkin Spice Treats to Enjoy

  • Milano Pumpkin Spice Cookies
  • Pumpkin Spice Malted Milk Balls
  • Triscuit Pumpkin & Spice Crackers
  • Nutrigrain Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Bars
  • Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows 
  • Thomas Pumpkin Spice Bagels
  • Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Pancake Mix
  • Toll House Pumpkin Spice Morsels 
  • Toll House Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough
  • Terra Pumpkin Spice Chips
  • Keebler Fudge Stripes Pumpkin Spice Cookies
  • G.H Cretors Pumpkin Spice Caramel Popcorn
  • Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds
  • JELL-O Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
  • Werther’s Original Pumpkin Spice Caramel
  • Quaker Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeals
  • Quaker Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeal

“What do we want?” “Peace!” “When do we want it?” “Now!”

These were the chants of We LIVE Indy as hundreds rallied the eastside to join their peace walk in Washington Park. WeLIVE Indy is a youth led group whose goal is to end youth gun violence in the city of Indianapolis.

Last Saturday, the group flooded the east side, crying out for peace in the streets. Over one hundred people from around the community were present to support the cause and join the march.

“The atmosphere at the peace walk was filled with positivity,” lifetime fitness teacher Candy Handy said. “It was a true sense of community coming together to support a cause that has touched every person that lives in Indianapolis.”

Handy painted faces with the number “3” representing the number football jersey worn by fallen Warrior Dijon Anderson. Many other supporters of the walk painted “A”s and “C”s on their faces, depicting the initials of loved ones lost to violence in the city.

“The purple and orange shirts, face paint and chants brought a vibrancy to the crowd and the function,” Handy said.

The onlookers in cars passing by were inspired by the group, honking their horns in appraisal waving peace signs out of their windows. People also stepped out of their homes and cheered the group on as they marched down the streets.

This shows just how impactful the movement has become and will continue to be in the future.

We LIVE Indy was founded by senior Brandon Warren after he lost his friend and teammate, Dijon Anderson, to gun violence. The name originated from a phrase that Anderson was known for, “We live baby!”

Warren proposed the idea to a group of friends his age who all agreed that something needed to be done and just like that, they were the ones to do it. They created an acronym for LIVE which now stands for, “Linked to Intercept Violence Everywhere.”

“I joined We LIVE after the tragedy that happened a couple months ago, I just needed to find a way to be positive,” junior Angela Ramirez said. “When Brandon told me his idea about We LIVE Indy, I was on board right away. After all the accomplishments We LIVE has had, I would never regret joining.”

The committee worked throughout summer vacation spreading the word on social media, making shirts, reaching out to sponsors, and contacting government officials. They visited as many events as possible, such as Black Expo. They passed out flyers and spoke to potential sponsors and students from other schools about the message of We LIVE.

Not only have they grasped the attention of many schools around the state, but also government officials such as Mayor Joe Hogsett, Governor Gregory Ballard and Congressman Andre Carson.

“Now that we have the community and the media’s attention, I want to work on expanding WeLive across all of Indianapolis and the Greater Indy area,” said Vice President Kiernan Brogan, “I definitely want to continue doing things like peace walks and community days.”


Prom is quickly approaching and while there are certain things to worry about such as the details of pictures, coordinating rides and what to do afterwards, no one should forget the things that you’ll need on the night of Prom itself. Here are a few things to remember to make it the perfect night:

Deodorant: What do you think happens after dancing in a room full of people with heavy makeup, long dresses, strong cologne and fancy tuxes? Sweat! Everyone, after the first hour will obviously start to smell. The blend of perfume and cologne will start to fade and the forceful smell of musk will overtake the room. The best way to prevent yourself from being a victim of the mixture of smells is to be armed with precautions. Don’t bring perfume. Bring deodorant.

Charger: This is one of the most vital items to have with you on hand at all time. Especially with smartphones, you never know when your phone is going to die. You could be recording a video of someone tearing up the dance floor one minute and then your phone will be dead and wasting space in your pocket the next. There are so many places to charge your phone so don’t forget to bring one.

Flip Flops/ Sandals: Ladies. We get it, those heels were expensive and they look amazing with your dress. Don’t you think that after two hours your feet will start crying for release? Then you decide to take your shoes off and walk around barefooted. That is the most disgusting idea you could possibly think of. This is why you bring an extra pair of sandals or flip flops. The chances of you stepping into something disgusting barefooted are more avoidable if you just bring an extra pair of comfortable shoes.

Dinner: Many students attending prom reserve seating at a restaurant before prom. People go out and spend more than $20 on a meal when a meal is already provided. The ticket that you purchase is meant to cover the cost of food, so you don’t have to spend more before the event. It would make more sense to go out somewhere like Steak ‘n’ Shake after Prom which requires you to bring extra cash. This way, you’re not spending more money than you should be, all because you want to look fancy.

Parking: Our school is not the only school hosting a Prom downtown on April 29. The downtown area will be crowded with cars, limos and even party busses. The chances of finding a convenient parking space close to the ballroom are slim to none. This is why everyone should plan ahead for parking. Do some research to find out parking locations and how much they cost. Plan to walk a bit. When you purchase your ticket there will be a page of information about parking. Read that information so you are aware of problems that could arise and how to avoid those problems.

Umbrella/Poncho: There is a huge chance that it will rain on the night of Prom and the only way to prevent any damage to hair and clothes is to bring and umbrella or poncho. Girls who spend hours working on their hair and makeup will definitely regret not bringing something to protect themselves. For those of you guys renting tuxedos or wearing expensive brands, BRING AN UMBRELLA! Don't let the rain put a damper on what is supposed to be a night to remember. 

Advice from Kelsi Martens:  I would return those expensive shoes you bought because you’re going to be dancing all night and obviously those shoes are going to have to come off. It’s Prom! You should get dolled up and get low on the dance floor. Take a lot of pictures and enjoy your time. Of course you’ll need to make sure you bring with you: bobby pins, safety pins, chapstick, lip gloss or lipstick. Also don’t forget hairspray, extra deodorant and a phone charger. The most important thing for the guys to remember is the corsage, but also to be sweet and kind. 




My Little Brother

My little brother was always strange, never really fit into a crowd. He could talk to people just fine, but more or less just kept to himself. Last year, I came home from school just like it was a normal day, but when I got there my mom and her SUV were on and waiting for me to get home. Mom was sitting in the car and crying. At the time, I had no idea why. My brother was also sitting in the car, and he had a look on his face that I had never seen before. She told me to get in the car and start driving, telling me where to make turns. We left the side of town that I had normally been around, and after about half an hour we got to our destination: a mental hospital. I was very confused when we got there, and after they admitted my brother I was told the full story. 

Earlier that day my brother had written a suicide note and had stolen a bottle of mom’s pills. If he grabbed a bottle that she didn’t use constantly she would of never found out in time.  Once he actually went into the hospital we had to sit and wait, waiting for someone to come talk to us, tell us how long he would be there, and if they thought he was gonna be okay. Mom cried the entire time, and I sat there for almost three hours of silence before I decided that I needed to go home. I called my dad, who was told about what happened before me and was at home waiting for a call, and told him that I needed to leave and go home. Before I left the hospital I hadn’t cried about what happened yet, but as soon as I got into the car to leave I broke down, crying the entire trip home.

I just had so many questions. Why was I caught off guard? When I looked at the warning signs my brother showed so many, but I paid no mind to them because I just assumed he was antisocial. When did he start wanting to die? How could he? That was the worst part, I think. I didn’t know it was coming and I had no clue what to do. 

It’s been over a year since then, and since then my little brother was put on medication and came home, diagnosed with some form of depression. If I have learned anything from what happened last January, it is to not ignore any of the signs. You have to be aware that some of the people that seem the happiest really are just hiding the pain and want help, but don’t know how to ask. Don’t ignore the signs.

My Best Friend

Suicide has been in my life, from stories on the news or stories from my friends. However, all their stories blended together in a blob that seemed to tell the same tale. That was until I met Max.

Max was a close friend who trusted me enough to tell me his story. He was molested by family members, which led to a series of depressive episodes that weren’t helped by his father, who was in the army and was required to move every three years. He had spent some time in a hospital after attacking himself, and spent over two months there. Despite, what help he did received he still had night terrors that plagued him.

I felt so helpless after he moved away, the distance between us prevented me from reaching out to help him. It was destroying me. Despite sending countless of messages telling him he wasn’t alone, it never seemed to help. It damaged me, I threw myself into all his problems head first, even if it risked me ignoring my social life. I stepped back and had to look at myself and saw that I was a shell of a person, filled with his problems. I had to take a break from him, and in that break we learned a lot about ourselves. He learned what his problems meant, and I learned what I meant to myself.

Max still needs help to recover from the years of trauma, but we are both aware that these problems cannot become us. I learned that we cannot forget ourselves in the problems of other people. Suicide has affected me in a large way, it’s such a melancholy and avoided subject but it can teach you a lot about yourself and where you stand as a person.


It all started when I moved from Whiteland to Indianapolis.  I lost all my friends that I went to school with from grades four to seven. I had so many friends. I moved here and I knew no one. I didn’t want to do anything. We moved here in July of 2014. I didn’t want to make new friends, and I was scared because I’ve always been a bigger girl than other people. I thought that since I was overweight I would get made fun of. I talked to my mom about home-school online, because that way I wouldn’t have to face other people. In August of 2014 I started school online, and I was alone from 7 A.M. to 5 P.M. every day, sometimes even working alone until midnight. I was lonely and sad, and began to cut and eat more because I was bored. 

In October it got even worse. I had gained 20-25 pounds in 2 months. I began to become depressed. I felt unwanted, nasty and ugly. I began to harm myself and  cry for hours on end. One night, I was alone and I thought that maybe I should just kill myself. I went into my bathroom, and tried to find all the pills I could. I started crying and trying to take all of them. I sat there and talked to myself about how my family would feel and how they’d hate me. 

After all the stuff I’ve been through I’ve made it. You can make it too. We all have weak moments and think life isn’t worth living. But it is. Life gets hard ,yes, but it will change. Don’t let others bring you down. Love yourself, your flaws and everything about yourself. Life gets better. Nowadays I am happy that I didn’t end my life. 


Losing a loved one can be devastating and when it is someone who died unexpectedly, the pain can be even worse. Suicide is tenth leading cause of death in the United States. It kills tens of thousands of Americans every year and has been the second highest loss in the lives of teens and young adults for the last decade. 

Every nine hours a loved one in Indiana dies by suicide. In Indiana, approximately one in ten teenagers will attempt suicide while. Last year alone, suicide killed almost 45000 Americans. 

This statistic is slowly on the rise, with 2015 claiming roughly a thousand less. In 2014 the number was down to 42000. According to the CDC, there has been roughly 575,000 suicides since the year 2000. 

Financially, suicide roughly costs communities $44 billion every year nationwide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In Indiana alone, around $1 billion is spent due to suicide. This includes attempts that are stopped by paramedics along with postmortem care for those who die by suicide.  

Suicidal thoughts are not a trend that affects only one race, gender or economic status. It is a problem that affects society as a whole and anyone who feels this way are not alone. In Indiana, one in five teenagers have contemplated suicide.

Out of all 50 states, Indiana has the highest number of students who have contemplated suicide. Indiana also is the second highest number of students who actually attempt suicide, with one in nine students attempting at some point in their student careers. On average, for every 25 suicide attempts there is at least one death by suicide. 

The cause for a student to feel suicidal can vary from teen to teen. Moving, a stressful school situation, parents divorce or a family member’s death can put someone in a deep depression that bring them to feel life is not worth living. 

No matter the reason someone wants to end his or her lives, it is a serious issue that requires both tact and support. If someone is feeling suicidal, do not leave the person alone, remove all firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects from the household. Removing any sort of weapons limits the opportunity to do anything rash. Call the U.S National suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK(8255) or call the police, who can send an ambulance for the person in need. Even if the suicidal individual states that being sent somewhere will cause him or her to want to kill themselves more, the fact of the matter is that being in the hospital will put them into the safest hands possible, and they would be able to receive the help they desperately need. Many parents and fellow students, however, are unable to know when a student is suicidal, with many of the obvious signs going unnoticed.

To combat this, Community North and WTHR have teamed up, creating the website www.havehope.com, a teen suicide awareness movement for Indiana. The movement hopes to increase information that youth and parents have available to them, believing that having more knowledge on the subject will lower the number of suicides. 

“We all play a part in recognizing the potential for it in students or in youth in general,” said David Petersohn, an Indiana teacher who once taught at Stonybrook Middle School, who now works with the Have Hope Movement. Petersohn urges all parents and educators to keep open to the signs and look out for even the smallest of signs, because finding the smallest of signs could be the difference between a student’s life or death. 

The movement offers a simple test that allows people to get a general idea for where they land on the spectrum of depression, stories of people from different perspectives on how they have dealt with suicide and even provides a locator for the nearest mental health facility. 

Suicide is never the answer, and even when life seems hopeless and that no resolution is in sight, there is always a support system in place. Whether it is a trusted teacher or a counselor, a peer or a family member, the environment is full of people who are ready and able to help someone through it. Suicide claims a life every nine hours, but with proper awareness and the knowledge on how to handle a situation, suicides can be stopped and the lives of those who would be claimed by it can be saved. 




The Indiana Discount Mall has a variety of cultural stores with the most popular ethnic group being Hispanic. Many of the stores cater to a Latino customer base. It is a great place to go if you want anything from religious statues to soccer equipment. This mall has it all, from shoes to even cowboy wear. There is also a restaurant which serves all kinds of Hispanic foods from empanadas to elotes and esquites to tacos. The Indiana Discount Mall is a place to go for Hispanic goods. They also offer services such as a nail salon and a tattoo shop . Students looking to purchase a quinceanera dress, Guadalupe shirt, soccer jersey, African textiles or a Virgin Mary statue can make a trip to the Indiana Discount Mall on Lafayette Road. 

"Indiana Discount Mall is like a little piece of mi Mexico from the gold to the clothes to the things for parties like wedding dresses, quinceanera dresses, and more. The best thing about the mall is watching la Raza work hard everyday to bring money home to their family." -Norma Avila-Galvez, Junior














Carniceria Guanajuato

By: Kayla Pimpton

The Carniceria Guanajuato located in the Lafayette area is not just a grocery store. Inside the store there is a restaurant, a pharmacy, a butcher shop and much more. For six years this supermarket has been providing their customers with a place to shop for everything they might need and the chance to enjoy traditional Mexican food while they do it. 

Carniceria Guanajuato was founded in Indianapolis in 2002 by David and Flor Campos. Even though the store has many different things to offer, the goal is to sell groceries and be a place where people can find what they need for their families. 

The supermarket has two other locations, both in Indianapolis. And because they offer such a large variety of services to people who come into the store, employees say that they are always busy, especially the restaurant. They serve seafood, tacos, cakes, pies, different types of meats, traditional drinks and more. 

Carniceria Guanajuato is open everyday of the week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., except on Sundays when they close at 8 p.m.



India Plaza

By: Ramatou Soumare

The India Plaza, located right next to Lafayette Square Mall, is an area with a market, banquet hall and buffet/restaurant, owned by an Indian family. Not only Indian shoppers visit the plaza, but also people from all parts of Africa also visit the market because of the similarities in culture. The market sells a vast variety of Indian vegetables, grains, spices and seasonings, and other things like, cookware and suitcases. 

The banquet hall is a place used for weddings and planned family gatherings. On a typical day you would be able to hear the upbeat traditional music and see the colorful Indian dress. There aren’t very many Indian restaurants in Lafayette road and so the buffet/restaurant in India Plaza is a great source for delicious authentic Indian food. The India Plaza is an all around wonderful place to check out if you are looking for a spectacular Indian experience. 



Szechwan Garden

By: Kayla Pimpton

Szechwan Garden is a family owned business that has been operating for about a year and a half. The owner of the restaurant and his family, who moved here from New York City, enjoy working together and feel that having a location in Lafayette is profitable and good for their business.

Szechwan Garden has a very big menu and a large variety of food items that customers can choose from. The restaurant serves Szechuan and Cantonese food and recommends that customers try their steamed bass if they haven’t already. In addition to the seafood offered at Szechwan Garden, customers can also order stir-fried dishes, soups, casseroles, vegetables, noodles and rice and lunch specials that are offered Monday through Friday. There are many options to choose from but their most popular menu item is their spicy popcorn chicken. 

Szechwan Garden has one location and their busiest days of the week are Saturday and Sunday, but they are open everyday. 



Lafayette Square Mall

By: Ramatou Soumare

One of the most well known places to visit on the West Side is Lafayette Square Mall located only a few miles northwest of Downtown. Although not popular, Lafayette Square Mall is home for a diverse group of shoppers and store owners. Over the years, Lafayette Square has gained a reputation for being violent and unsafe. The mall went from being a very prosperous mall, to one that houses few brand- named stores family owned businesses. 

Lafayette Square features a variety of different cultural and popular stores such as Footlocker, Kids Footlocker, Finishline, Hip Hop Fashion, Rama’s Golden Fashion, One Love Fashion, Jimmy Jazz, Shoppers World, Burlington Coat Factory and more. One of the best parts of the mall is the food court, which includes ethnic restaurants like Italian, Hispanic and Asian foods, along with American Deli and Cinnabon. If any student has the opportunity to do so, they should visit Lafayette Square Mall because of the array of culture, entertainment and enjoyment the facility provides. 





"Lafayette Square Mall is a great mall if you don’t like to be crowded in, so it’s a great destination if you like that sort of environment,I love the oil store and the different range of shoe stores there. PLUS there’s a Cinnabon and a place that serves Mangonadas so it doesn’t get any better than that." -Tyshara Loynes, Senior