Parnassus The student news site of Delphi Community High School. Tue, 26 Nov 2019 18:32:44 -0500 en-US hourly 1 What we are thankful for Tue, 26 Nov 2019 18:32:44 +0000 Ahh, November. A time for family and turkey. Pies and stretchy pants. Football and Black Friday shopping. But at the root of it all is the history, telling all of us to be thankful. With just a few days to go before Thanksgiving, we asked some DCHS students and staff what they were thankful for.


Maddie Adams- junior

I’m thankful for my Mom. 


Eli Brown- sophomore

I am thankful for technology and how It has allowed me to expand my limits of creativity and make incredible (yet unbelievably dumb) things.


Fayth Jacobs- junior

I am thankful for my family and friends


Katie Campbell- sophomore

I am thankful that I can still walk these endless, winding halls with a smile on my face and show everyone that there is no reason we can’t be happy.


Nathaniel Anderson- junior

I am thankful for my family and friends to surround me in these great times. I’m also thankful that I can have someone that cares for me and is willing to make sacrifices for my well being. 


Mrs. Reef- teacher

TIME—we so often say “there isn’t enough time in the day” but time is something we shouldn’t take for granted!  :)


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Everyone should learn another language Tue, 26 Nov 2019 16:40:41 +0000 For most students, dealing with one language seems to be more than enough work. In America, we tend to think that everyone else will just learn English and we’ll be able to get by easily with our monolingual lifestyle. The thing is, being bilingual is more useful than most people would think. 

If you want to keep thinking that you will never, ever, in your life find the need to speak a foreign language, think of it like math. You’re probably thinking, when will we ever use most of the stuff we learn in math class in our daily lives? That’s the thing: we use those lessons every day in the way we solve problems and think outside-of-the-box. Learning a foreign language helps you to be more open-minded. It can also give you the benefits of better memory and improved decision making skills. Not only that, but people who learn foreign languages are shown to have lower stress levels and multitask much better. It can delay early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as well. 

Being multilingual can also hold many career benefits. If you can speak more than just one language, there is a higher chance that you could be chosen for a job over more experienced, monolingual applicants. Also, there are more choices for career paths if you speak multiple languages. In each career path, there are also so many more chances to advance or switch positions. For example, you could be able to become a manager in a branch of a company in a different country. 

Another thing that knowing a foreign language helps with is traveling. I know, I know, this one is super obvious, but it is still worth mentioning. One thing most people don’t know is that most countries are like America in at least one way: they like it when people speak their language (If you haven’t heard someone say, “You’re in America, speak English,” then I’m very surprised). If you are lost in France and you walk up to someone and attempt to speak French to them, they will be much more willing to help you or to just switch to English if they know it. Also, if you aren’t comfortable asking for help and you get lost, if you know even a little bit of the language, you are much more likely to figure out where you are. 

There are also social benefits to being multilingual. Like I previously said, people are nicer if you try to speak their language. This tends to be true in a social setting too. Knowing more languages than just English often makes people open to more opportunities. For example, you can meet and bond with new people. For example, last year at diving sectionals, I met a girl named Charlotte who was from Belgium. She spoke French. As I was in my first year of French, we couldn’t have a French conversation, but we could make fun of my accent together. 

Take a foreign language class and take it seriously. There is so much to learn and appreciate that would never even cross your mind. Being in a language class let me experience new food, history, and holidays. Like Madame Tyner says, “You’re not just studying a language, you’re studying a culture.” 

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Euthenasia should be legalized everywhere: here’s why Tue, 26 Nov 2019 15:11:36 +0000 This month marks the 25th year since Measure 16 was passed in Oregon. Measure 16 was the first law passed that legalized doctor-prescribed death. This is a radical culture change as compared to the old days, and many still think that euthenasia is too controversial to even discuss. There are many methodologies and philosophies that are associated with this idea, but the main premise is to take away the pain fro individuals that are unable to get well or have prolonged suffering.

For example, there is physician-assisted suicide (PAS) where the doctor determines the most painless and effective method/medication to prescribe to the patient to allow them to pass away on their own terms. In the end, this decision is ultimately made by the patient, and they have the choice whether to take the medication or not. PAS is legal in 7 states in the US (Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Montana, Vermont, and Hawaii) and Washington D.C. It is also legal in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, and Colombia. 

Traditional euthenasia is when the doctor is given permission to perform the procedure that ends the patient’s life. There are two types of this occurrence: voluntary euthenasia and involuntary euthenasia. Voluntary euthenasia is where the patient inquiries and consents to the quietus of their life. Involuntary euthenasia is when the patient is in an irreversible coma and cannot wake up, so the family may decide to remove life-support or other devices. Even in this manner, there are two ways to perform the method: passive and active. Passive is where the life-prolonging treatments that keep the person alive are removed, whereas active euthenasia is when the patient receives medicine (such as secobarbital or pentobarbital) in lethal doses.

As you can see, this matter cannot be simply put without missing a huge chunk of the picture. I believe that these procedures should only be performed on completely mentally coherent people, because their consent is the main principle of this whole argument. Many people object to euthenasia as a whole, yet they support palliative care and it is legal in most places. Palliative care is the allowance of doctors to keep someone comfortable at the end of their lives if they are diagnosed terminally ill. For example, they can allow the patients to stop taking certain medications if they cause bad side effects, which can cause the patient to pass away sooner. This is legal in the United States and the lines tend to blur, yet people are firmly against euthenasia. 

There will always be a dignity in choice. Some ways of death are painful and slow, like cancer or AIDS, so the ability to choose empowers some people because they can decide when they go. It brings back their sense of control, and it allows them to avoid some of the insurmountable pain of living through a fatal disease. If the quality of life is inevitably diminishing, these people should be given an option to let go of the pain. The Death with Dignity movement really embodies these ideals, and it gives insight into the minds of the people who are thinking about this procedure. 

The patient who chooses euthenasia can also donate their organs once they pass away. If someone dies of natural causes, they are immediately prohibited from donating any organs. This may also be a contributing factor to allowing euthenasia to be legalized. Furthermore, it can be very expensive to be hospitalized all the time. For reference, in 2011 Medicare paid $55 million just for the doctors and hospital bills during the last two months of patients’ lives. While this cost is worth it to many people, a lot cannot afford these costly procedures to keep their loved ones alive for a certain period of time. Many go into medical debt and are unable to completely pay off in the long run. It gives the patient an alternative to family debt. 

Many disagree with these views, and claim that if we did this it would “devalue human life.” Yet, when our pets are old and sick we put them down. This is seen as the humane thing to do. If you look at the definition of humane it says “having or showing compassion or benevolence.” We should always show compassion to everyone and everything; therefore, this argument can slightly be invalidated by this deductive reasoning. Others have misconceptions about euthenasia and claim that it is borderline murder, but this is a very uneducated statement, as we know now. All forms of euthenasia must have a written or verbal consent documented, and they must be in the right state of mind for the consent to be validated. If we are speaking about involuntary euthenasia, I think that we must assign stipulations to the procedure to ensure that nothing has been falsified or tampered with to make it seem like someone has consented when they are actually unable.

Another worry people present is that it is unfair to doctors who swore their lives to protecting and curing their patients to the best of their abilities. I find it regrettable to mention that it is their duty to provide the utmost comfort to the patient, so what happens when they know they’re unable to be cured? Doctors signed up for the good, the bad, and the ugly that comes with the medical field. They see people die more often than most do, and they should find solace in the fact that they’re providing someone with help to end their suffering. Also, they should not be required or forced to follow through with the procedure. The main objection of doctors that weren’t in favor of PAS and voluntary euthenasia is that it goes against their religious beliefs. While this may be unsettling for some, it’s not fair to impose religious beliefs into this matter, when it should ultimately be freedom of choice for everyone. 

This argument simply boils down to the facts: passing away (for some) is better than living in excruciating pain every day knowing you won’t get better. Those who are terminally ill should be given the dignity of choice, because ultimately it’s their body and their life. We all die, it’s just a matter of time. As morbid as it sounds, prolonging the inevitable can be a painful task for some. If people can choose who they love, what they identify as, where they live, and who they are, why can’t they choose how they die? 

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Instagram to remove “likes” Mon, 25 Nov 2019 16:09:25 +0000 Recently, Instagram announced that they would be removing “likes” from posts. With social media growing more and more dangerous due to competition for attention and acceptance, how will the removal of “likes” benefit society as a whole? 

I first made an Instagram account when I was in seventh grade. Immediately, I began to feel a sense of satisfaction whenever I received another like or follower. Why did I feel such a rush of belonging whenever a meaningless post on social media received attention from others? Well, if you have ever felt this way too, you’re not alone. According to the UCLA Brain Mapping Center, receiving likes leads to higher activity in the “reward” center of the brain. In other words, likes and attention from others on social media promotes a “feel good” sensation in our minds. 

With the removal of likes, it is unsure how influencers whose income relies on sponsorships will be affected. With most brands, sponsorships are established with social media celebrities who have a high fanbase. Also, revenue made from sponsored posts sometimes depends upon the number of likes a sponsored post receives. However, with the rise of sponsored posts by brands like FlatTummyCo and other unhealthy weight loss programs, this could be in the best interest of social media users. 

Junior Hannah Sherinian expressed her confliction over this issue by stating, “I feel like removing likes altogether will be a beneficial thing for the mental health of Instagram users, but it’s messing with influencers’ income. Influencers rely on likes as a source of profit. Also, first it’s likes…what’s next? Comments? Followers?” 

Freshman Cooper Cross also shared his views: “I don’t think removing likes will be beneficial to Instagram users. With the use of Photoshop and other editing apps, the damage is already done.”

Overall, teens seeking validation on social media has and will be an urgent issue. As long as apps like Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter stay relevant, so will the appetite for attention on those platforms. And with the never-ending progression of technology, it seems that these social media platforms will withstand the test of time. 

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Winter sports preview Mon, 25 Nov 2019 15:19:38 +0000 Boys’ Basketball

The boys’ basketball team is coming off of their first winning season under Coach McCammon’s second stint at Delphi. While the two leading scorers from last year graduated, the depth of the team will make up for their loss. Sharpshooter Jordan Roth will look to lead the team from a scoring perspective as he is in the midst of his junior year. Not only is the varsity team set up for success, but the junior varsity team will look to make some noise this season, as well. The Oracles have a great chance to pick up some hardware whether it is from the Hoosier Heartland conference, hosting the Indiana Kitchen Classic, or a sectional at Winamac. 


Girls’ Basketball

After finishing 12-10 last season, the Lady Oracles are returning an experienced starting five as they head into Coach Rainey Jones’ fifth year at Delphi. With senior guards Lillie Smith, Jordyn Gasser, and Addi Yerkes, as well as junior Haley Nelson’s ability to make plays in the paint, the girls are in good position to have yet another successful year. After losing to Central Catholic in the second round of sectionals last year, the girls have their eyes on their second sectional championship in four years.



This season is the first with new coach Luke Schmitt, after longtime wrestling coach Mike Atwood moved on to North Newton. Last year, they won the Winamac Super Eight, and two wrestlers were able to advance to regionals. One of those wrestlers was senior Andy Mendoza, who is primed for an even further run this year. He and a senior group of three other guys will be the catalyst for the team as they grind their way through the season. 



In their third year under Coach Fred Schorm, the swim team is getting a much-needed boost from the freshman class, some of whom shattered middle school records in prior years. Though the boys’ team is returning the majority of their team, the new group of freshmen will be essential to boosting numbers and allowing event specialization. Seniors Michael O’Neil and Jordan Ladd will be returning for their fourth year and will look to guide the young team throughout their difficult schedule. For the girls, senior Courtney Snider and junior Maddie Adams will head up a unit that has already suffered multiple injuries before the season even started. Between infections, chlorine burns, and two box-jump mishaps, the girls have been fighting more than just fatigue while prepping for the year. Nevertheless, the team’s freshman boost came in the form of Abby O’Neil, whose many middle school records should portend success this season too. The swim team’s first meet is Monday, Nov. 25 at home.

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Delphi Opera House presents Elf the Musical, Jr. Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:49:55 +0000  

“I’m singing!  I’m in a store and I’m singing!”  For those of you that are fans of classic Christmas films, or Will Ferrell, I’m sure you recognized this quote instantly from the movie Elf.  To your astonishment, this spectacular production is coming to Delphi! You’ll now have the chance to view a live (musical) performance of the classic Christmas movie on Nov. 22, 23 and 24, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.  There will be peers of yours on the stage as well, including several high school, middle school, and elementary students from Delphi and Carroll schools.  

The Delphi Opera House has been granted the opportunity to present Elf the Musical, Jr. to the town of Delphi, and now you have the privilege to go watch the show yourself for $16.  Though “musical” is in the title, don’t be discouraged at the thought of random bursts of melodies throughout the program, although there are a lot.  The melodies in this musical are simply beautiful. Over 30 children from Carroll County have come together since early September to work on this production under the direction of Sara Brosman and Kate Layman, who have done a fabulous job doing so.

The cast is extremely anxious and excited to share their talents and what they have prepared for you.  What better way to inaugurate the holiday season than by watching your peers perform a classic holiday film?  Be sure to bring your friends and family, and buy tickets soon, as tickets are almost sold out, and be ready to enjoy the magical Christmas story of Buddy, the elf. 

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Oracle Overview – Volume 2.6 Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:25:39 +0000 Oracle Overview is a biweekly update from the entire Parnassus staff. It showcases what is happening in the school, from clubs to teachers, and academics to art.

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Mr. Dennison trombonist for Lafayette Big Swing Band Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:14:56 +0000 Mr. Dennison is best known as the band director at DCHS; however, he does more than just teach. Once or twice a month, he switches roles and plays trombone with the Lafayette Big Swing Band. The swing band provides opportunities such as playing for a man’s 100th birthday and performing at the Fountain Square Theatre in Indianapolis at Christmas. But Mr. Dennison’s favorite part about playing in the Big Swing Band is simply “getting to play with the folks in his section.” 


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November’s LMC whiteboard artist: Aspen Moyer Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:13:35 +0000 This month the LMC whiteboard features artwork by senior Aspen Moyer. The theme this month is Thanksgiving. Aspen depicted a turkey eating a ham with side dishes all around him. The turkey has a neck napkin and a knife and fork in hand, ready to have his Thanksgiving feast. Come on down a have a look for yourself at the LMC whiteboard.

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DCHS students bring rap to the Delphi Opera House Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:12:49 +0000 Sophomore Irvin Cruz and senior Skyler Shirley, along with former DCHS students Preston Mullins and Brandon Freeman, performed a rap concert at the Delphi Opera House on Nov. 15. Their group, D-town, made a collective total of $1,000. They are planning to have another show soon; however, there is no date planned. “It was a tremendous experience. I never thought we’d be able to sell out,” Cruz stated. “I’m proud of myself and everyone else who was a part of it.”

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