Concussions: not just a football problem

The high-impact collisions that occur frequently in football typically cause more than just some initial wooziness. Last March, the NFL finally acknowledged and admitted there is a link between football-related head trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The link between head injuries in football and CTE has instilled fear into the many passionate fans of the game. Football has been played in America for over a century. The game has become a major part of our nation’s culture. The NFL is a billion-dollar industry because of the popularity of the sport in America. For Moses Sherman, the President of Copley football, it’s extremely difficult to picture life without football. “There

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The State of the LGBTQ Community

The election is behind us, a new year is approaching, and the rights of the LGBTQ community, a defined minority group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals are in doubt. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be inaugurated into office in January. Both Trump and Pence provide a sense of uneasiness and uncertainty for minorities in America. Trump’s campaign – driven by fear mongering and condescending remarks, revolved around the promise to make America great again – but in the eyes of the LGBTQ community, the nation will only regress under Trump and Pence. “I truly believe we will see a completely different Trump in office,”

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Kent City Council initiates environmental cleanup

By: Taylor Rosen and Jamie Dillon A petroleum leak and off-campus housing were at the forefront of discussions at the Kent City Council meeting Wednesday night. Heidi Shaffer, Ward 5 council member, said the petroleum has leaked onto city property and into the Cuyahoga River. “It’s been a matter of making the property owners take responsibility,” she said. Kent City Council enacted a motion to adopt the ordinance to begin the environmental cleanup at 800 Mogadore Road. Lamson & Sessions Company, Falls Rivet and Machining Company, and the Russell, Burdsall and Ward Corporation – the three companies that occupied the land in the past – incidentally caused the leak due

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OHSAA’s enhanced concussion protocol prevents lingering head issues

Article Written by: Taylor Rosen Graphics and video by: Jamie Dillon OHSAA Concussion Protocol from Jamie on Vimeo. It was formerly referred to as “getting your bell rung.” But now, coaches can no longer tell their players to just rub some dirt on it and get back in the game after they’ve suffered a potential head injury. High school football programs are now required to have medical professionals on the sidelines during games and practices. This allows players experiencing symptoms of a concussion to be properly evaluated just moments after the injury occurred. Joseph Gutter, a former offensive lineman at Mayfield High School, spent nine years of his life playing

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