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We Have Moved!

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The SFHS Knight Life Student Newspaper will no longer be updated at this current URL. If you would like to access the newspaper, log on to www.sfhsknightlife.com to get all of the news relevant to a life at St. Francis High School. Thank you for all of those who supported us at this site, we hope the new site will be a better run and a more aesthetically pleasing experience. This site will remain up for the sake of nostalgia and those in the WordPress community, but no new articles will be posted starting today. We hope to foster a new tradition of quality journalism and storytelling from the perspective of St. Francis students.

Sincerely,

The Knight Life Team 2011

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March 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm

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Some Thoughts: Racing to the Finish Line

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by Chris Ferro

2/13/2011

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~Confucius

The end is near. Off in the horizon, a new destination awaits. All of the struggle, perseverance and growth obtained during the past four years is about to yield its reward. That final push, that final inch is only a few months away. You are about to become free.

These thoughts can be applied to any high school senior right about now. It is the second semester and college is looming large. A mixed sense of excitement and apprehension fills those who will soon embark on the journey. Time needs to tick a little faster. Forget smelling the roses, there’s more mystery and adventure up ahead.

Impatience is common in modern-day society. Technological advancements have reinforced the idea of instant gratification. From e-mails to Facebook statuses, people have been able to spread their ideas in a timely fashion. Now, I am a computer aficionado as much as the next person, but the root of humanity rests in the heart. Its pulse provides comfort. Its beat reminds an individual of the steady tempo of life: that nature is not based off of CPUs or Google Images. Regardless of any human activities, nature remains fixed. Out of an innumerable amount of variables it is the one constant.

In my dealings with life, I have always taken my time. This has ranged from being the last to finish dinner to taking the longest showers. People have often criticized me for being the slowest and most lethargic to complete a task, but there is an interesting quirk to time that many do not recognize. If it is treated as a friend and not as an enemy, life becomes bearable. In these endless epochs of days, weeks, months and years a second is still meaningful. The second should not be wasted but rather embraced, even if that means slowing down to see its beauty.

The race to the finish line can be agonizing, but it is the final half-mile which really separates the weak from the chaff. Instead of treating the race as a transition, we see it as an opportunity to develop for the future—the more significant race where the winner is not decided by speed but by wisdom. There is no forest without the trees. Every rose has its thorn and a pilgrimage comprises of human experiences. If haste precedes contemplation, then the subtleties of life are forgotten. Enjoy every moment, because it could be the last.

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February 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

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Some Thoughts: When I Grow Up…

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By Christian Romo

2/14/2011

The two essays that every American child in grammar school is forced to write are farces. The first of these I am referring to is the narrow-minded “Why America is the greatest country in the world” prompt without even addressing the variance of the word “greatest” in the minds of fifth graders. The second prompt is more innocent, but, as I have learned about my constantly changing tastes, potentially more dangerous. We have all had to write one, or several, “what I want to be when I grow up” essays, and these have left me with noticeable marks on my psyche.

Some of my earliest prayers involved me petitioning to God to turn me into Batman when I grew up. When I became infatuated with baseball diamonds, I was sure I was going to be a world famous t-ball player. Upon the discovery of such advanced arithmetic as fractions and long division, I declared to my mother one day that I would do nothing but multiply numbers for a living. A day trip to Sea World had me mesmerized by the wonders of marine biology, something that instantly took the place of mathematics as my dream career. As I approached my wiser pre-teen years, my aspirations matured as I entertained the thoughts of myself as a lawyer, politician, and talk-show host. My four years in high school, amongst many other moments of enlightenment, have given me concrete reasons why I would hate going into every single one of those fields.

So, what do I want to be when I grow up? As of this very moment, I want to write for a newspaper, and according to “rational adults” to whom I share this desire, they believe any one of my previous wishes would lead me to greater success. I do not want to be a lawyer not only because I don’t think I have the will to study nonstop for eight years but also because I feel I will have to make some sacrifices in my moral judgment to be a successful attorney. Trips to Washington D.C. have turned me off to American politics and insights into the radio industry have had the same effects on my talk-show aspirations. I can’t swim very well, I never want to take a math course again, and professional t-ball players require tedious day-jobs. I have no reason why I still wouldn’t want to be Batman, but I would need to grow at least six inches in every direction, something that would have needed to happen a couple years ago.

Besides scrapping every idea I’ve ever had for my professional life, these insights have done some good for me. If I find reasons why journalism wouldn’t be a good fit for me halfway through college, I will no longer be surprised. The idea of a career path shift midway through an expensive education would frighten some people, but I won’t be worried. A graduate student once told me that if you leave school with more questions than answers, then you were educated correctly.

So when I grow up, I want the Mets to be better than the Yankees, I want the harmonica to be re-introduced into popular music, and I want every bottled soda to come with a twist-off cap. With regards to my job, I just want to be happy. I don’t know where that will lead me to, and I’m cool with that.

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February 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

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Some Thoughts: Save Your Breath

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By Robbie Farewell

2/14/2011

In today’s busy climate it is hard to find moments of peace and self reflection. Not necessarily reflections pertaining to depressing and abnormal thoughts, but finding time to think about the past for instance is a challenge. Due to the latest commitment or other obligation, seldom do we find ourselves alone and isolated.

Many people overlook the opportunity regarding the means of public transportation. These could be the best times to find oneself or just have some moments of peace and meditation. Simply tuning in to your favorite Bob Dylan album or even Taylor Swift if it floats your boat can always make a substantial impact.

On most occasions of traveling, we are still surrounded by people. Being around and talking to others for hours on end can get mentally fatiguing for me, but some people can get never enough. Often times they will force a conversation on some random stranger. To me these conversations are never consensual. While one struggles to leave the other searches for desperate conversation such as latest movie or how their nephew just graduated. Especially for airplanes, being 6′-2″ I’m already uncomfortable as it is and giving me the ballad of your life just exacerbates my frustration.  I wish I could be honest with them: nobody cares.

Time alone and time to think for most people is healthy. Considering the busy schedules we all partake in we should take advantage of every chance we have to be isolated for once and have moments to think and relax. So, if there is anything to take out of this article, it is to open yourself to opportunities meditation and peace. Finally, for those annoying neighbors, save your breath for someone who cares.

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February 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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The Good Ads

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Last year’s collection of Super Bowl commercials was awful, and while this year’s collection wasn’t totally impressive, it was a big step up creatively.

The big winners: Chevrolet, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia, Audi and Bridgestone (pretty much anything car related). Audi kicked it off in style with stylish hounds, a luxury prison, and Kenny G. Chevrolet impressed with the Lassie nostalgia bit, something usually dominated by Budweiser. Kia’s epic ride commercial was nothing short of its billing, and Bridgestone had a couple creative ones involving the beaver and the emails (not nearly as dirty as it sounds). Little Darth Vader stole the show in Volkswagen’s ad, by far the cutest one of the night.

The most impressive one, however, was from Chrysler. Going for the serious bit, their profile of Detroit and the hopeful resurrection of the American auto industry was stirring. Eminem, who was a clown during the Brisk ad, represented the Motor City well, and though I have no idea what their new cars are going to be like, I felt confident that they are heading in the right direction.

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February 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

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The Bad Ads

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While the pile of garbage this year is smaller than last year, we couldn’t escape some terrible excuses for ads.

Doritos should be ashamed. In their three years of serious Super Bowl advertising, their one good commercial came this year, involving the use of Dorito crumbs as a reviver. Otherwise, their ads are mean, painful to watch, and sometimes revolting (i.e. licking Dorito dust off another person’s finger/pants).

Snickers, E*Trade, and CareerBuilder.com have had some winning spots over the past few years, but this year saw a return of the talking baby, monkey bosses, and obscure celebrities behaving badly due to hunger. It doesn’t work more than once.

What happened to Coke and Pepsi? Coke went twice for the cuteness factor, only to come off as boring despite vivid colors and decent premises. Pepsi’s bits were stereotyping both men and women, and none of their commercials were clever.

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February 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm

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Miscellaneous Thoughts

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Alex Rodriguez was caught on camera being fed popcorn by girlfriend Cameron Diaz…Fergie, though gorgeous, was not the best dressed, that was Deon Sanders…The referees were good but the microphones had a forgettable performance…Fox seemed to be promoting their own shows more than usual, lack of sponsorship?…Greg Jennings’s postgame interview proved why he’s one of the classiest guys in the league…The quality of the commercials is great for ratings but terrible for bladders…I’m never purchasing Doritos again…We’ve been spoiled by classic Super Bowls in recent years…this one was great but doesn’t compare to ’01, ’02, ’07, and ’09…Congratulations to the Packers, football is done until autumn…

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February 9, 2011 at 10:15 pm

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