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History of Star Wars

by Katharine Valerio – Staff Writer

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away… or in 1973 in Mill Valley, California a young George Lucas had just finished directing the low budget American Graffiti and wanted to create a space opera that no one had ever seen before. He began the idea with his partner Gary Kurtz.

The now world-famous Star Wars Saga began as a 12-page script that even the most die-hard Star Wars fans wouldn’t notice iconic Star Wars characters such as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. This whole idea of Star Wars was objected by many production companies, but 20th century fox sought this after the early success of Lucas’s last film American Graffiti. As Lucas began to write more and more, the script began to improve, and by 1977 the film world had been changed forever.

On May 25th, 1977 Star Wars had come out, and was an instant box office success, making over $513 million dollars worldwide. Then came the second installment of the saga The Empire Strikes Back and then finally the third and final one of the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi. These films centering the idea of Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vader, Rebellion versus The Empire and the charm of characters that are household names across the world. However, after Return of the Jedi, Lucas took a step back from directing and was said to be done with Star Wars.

After losing almost all the money that Lucas had made with the original trilogy in a divorce, he had decided to go back to the Star Wars franchise, and the new technological advances such as new CGI had fascinated Lucas. The now titled A New Hope the first stars Wars had created and international phenomenon which also compelled Lucas created the prequel trilogy.

The prequels were meant to show the parallels, connections, history and backstory of the original trilogy. The main plot was to follow the journey of Anakin Skywalker and his path to the dark side and the fall of the galactic republic that became known as the galactic empire. The Phantom Menace was released in 1999, followed by Attack of the Clones and the finally Revenge of the Sith. The prequels were films that allowed for a complete 6 movie saga that has had the world in shock since the first release.

However, in 2012, 7 years after the release of Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas sold the star war franchisee to Disney franchise for $4.05 billion dollars. Disney had mentioned that they were going to continue the Saga and on December 18th, 2015 a new star to Star Wars had begun with The Force Awakens” introducing new characters and old favorites like Han Solo and C-3PO. Disney has also created an animated series called Star Wars Rebels which shows in between episodes 3 and 4. Episode 8 is coming out in a week and Disney continues to add on to trilogies as well as creating Star Wars stories such as Rogue One which came out in 2016.

Star Wars began as a dream of a young man in California, and 12 pages. Now it had developed as a household name all over the world and will continue to stay that way for another 40 years.

Seattle Seahawks Thrive Through Injury Plague

by Katharine Valerio – Student Life Editor

Injuries are bound to happen the NFL throughout the season, it’s just how football works. This season the Seahawks have had their fair share in injuries. With injuries all over the field, mostly on defense, they don’t seem to be slowing the team down. With a win against the number 1 ranked NFC, Philadelphia Eagles on December 3, 2017, it appears the Seahawks are still rolling into a signature late season run.

The NFL has had many injuries, but it seems the Seahawks have had their fair share. With key players like Pro Bowler Cliff Avril out with a neck injury since week four and was placed on the injury reserve, essentially putting players away for the season, All-Pro Cornerback Richard Sherman went out with a ruptured Achilles, All-Pro Strong Safety Kam Chancellor has been out for several weeks with a neck/stinger injury. Those are 3 big ones that have been ruled out for the rest of the season. There have been others throughout the season, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Our offensive line is something that has been on and off, even when it is completely healthy. However, with injuries to Luke Joeckel and Oday Aboushi have Russell Wilson to running around more than a normal quarterback should. The identity of the Seahawks was a run first offense, well with the inept offensive line and fragile running backs, like Thomas Rawls, C.J. Promise and the still leading rusher as far as running backs go Chris Carson , who has been out since week 4 and the running game is now owned by Russell Wilson.

Many of the major injuries this season for the Seahawks started out as something that was small and escalated into something big. Richard Sherman who is one of the best athletes since entering the league in 2011, had been listed questionable in week 10 of this season with an Achilles injury, was listed as questionable throughout the week, but insisted on playing. This caused for the tragic injury that depleted the secondary of the Seahawks as something that isn’t the “Legion of Boom” is now known as the “Legion of Backups”, because there is only 1 of the 3 original members, Earl Thomas, is fully healthy and ready to participate this season.

Lingering injuries are not only injuries that are have influenced the Seahawks season, its also just injuries in general. The effects its had on the season haven’t been that drastic. Since Sherman’s injuries they have gone 2-1. People across the league have doubted the Seahawks after there injury plagued season, but the Hawks have proven them wrong through their performance over these past few weeks.

Mike Pence Sparks Drama: Leaves During National Anthem

by Katie Valerio – Student Life Editor

Since the beginning of the 2016 NFL season, players across the league have been peacefully protesting, their protests fighting for equal rights, and taking the nation by storm. People either support the idea of the peaceful protest or they consider to be disrespectful to the flag and the rest of of country. Colin Kaepernick was the first one to start this stunt, the White House had taken no part in the protests, until Oct. 8th, 2017.

On Oct. 8th our Vice President Mike Pence, former Indiana Governor, attended the 49ers vs Colts game, a day that should’ve been filled with positivity because it was also the day that the Indianapolis Colts were going to retire Peyton Manning’s #18 into the ring of honor. However right after the national anthem and the protest of about 20 49ers kneeling during the anthem, Vice President Mike Pence left abruptly sparking national talk.

People believe that Pence leaving was a political stunt, and in addition he used taxpayer dollars to go to the game. A tweet from Pence says, “I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag or our national anthem” People automatically began to think about how much money he had spent on that trip to Indiana and it ended up being around 250,000 tax payer dollars. 49ers safety, Eric Reid said after the game, “He knew our team has had the most players protest, he knew that we were probably going to do it again.” Many people and observers believe that the President and the Vice President were trying to use it as a distraction from the other political woes that are currently going on in the white house. Its believed that the Trump administration is trying to distract people from the fact that we are still dealing with hurricane relief not only in Puerto Rico but also still in the states.

Mike Pence leaving after the national anthem has caused some questions and some bitterness in the white house. People believe that Vice President Pence is using this as a way for him to peacefully protest and former Michigan Democratic Representative John Dingell said, “Cool national anthem protest @VP. Shame nobody else can do that.” Implying that the VP can do anything as terms as protest, but not football players.

The NFL is something that has brought our country together ever since the league was established in 1920. Division in our country is at an all-time high, let’s not find any other ways to be divided anymore.

Mariners End Season Struggling

by Katie Valerio – Student Life Editor

The Mariners came into the season with high hopes and the mindset of making it into the post season. With key additions shortstop Jean Segura, 1st basemen Danny Valencia, outfielder Jarrod Dyson, starting right handed pitcher Yovani Gallardo, catcher Carlos Ruiz, and outfielder Mitch Haniger. The mariners started out zero and four and ended the first month of the season with a 17-15 record, but that was where the problems began.

The marines were a streaky team, meaning that they would go on winning streaks and then likewise go on losing the streaks. The Mariners had 2 .500 records, having the same amount of wins and losses over the whole season (June and July). At the All-Star break which is halfway through the season the mariners had a pretty good record of 43-47, that was the end of the seasons success

The Mariners had something that is known as an injury plagued rotation. They had one healthy starter rotation, which was Ariel Miranda, who was originally supposed to come out of the bullpen. James Paxton, who was considered for the American League Cy Young Award, missed weeks with injuries, Felix Hernandez was on and off the DL, disabled list, the whole season, Wade Smyly never even made an appearance on the year, Hasashi Iwakuma only pitched 31 innings and the other starter was Ariel Miranda who was the one healthy starter all year. The Mariners used MLB record 40 pitchers both in the starting rotation as well as coming out of the bullpen.

Yes, the season had many headaches but there were some positives. The young talent from players like Ben Gamel, Taylor Motter, Guillermo Heredia and Mitch Haniger have a reason for the Mariners to look towards the future. Nelson Cruz still had his boomstick and lead the league in Runs Batted In (RBI).

The Mariners have no made it to the postseason for 15 straight seasons, and sports analysts believed that the Mariners would end that drought this season. The Mariners first became a team 40 years ago and they have never made it to the World Series. The Mariners ended this season 78-84, and they failed to make the playoffs… again. With the offseason beginning Mariners fans are hoping that Scott Servais, the Mariners Manager, and the rest of the Mariner staff can make the adjustments for the Mariners to be successful next season.