Weekly Newsletter

Nneka Anukwuem, Staff Writer

OCS Fundraiser

Ms. Bennett and the OCS class have been recently selling food at T. Wingate Andrews High School to teachers in order for students to learn job skills. Teachers are asked about what snacks they would like provided and the OCS provides foods based on what is desired.

The fund raising is part of the curriculum for students who don’t wish to go to a four year university. While in this class, students learn work skills and information about what they want to do with their futures. OCS stands for Occupational Course of Study, and students must take the class all four years in order to be a part of it.

The money received from fund raising is used to fund field trips, and to buy supplies that they need. They did not set a goal before beginning the fund raising, but so far they have raised over $600.

Things like Hot Dogs, Chicken and Waffles, and Coffee have all been sold to teachers for OCS in recent months at T. Wingate Andrews. Although teachers are welcome to come and buy things, students are not allowed to purchase anything due to a Guilford County school policy of not allowing food products to be sold if it isn’t healthy.

The OCS program currently has fourteen adults and four adults, although they originally started with nineteen students. The program has been going on at T. Wingate Andrews for over twenty years, and students even have the opportunity to leave school early in order to work.

Man Killed By Chokehold

Over the past few days, the state of New York has recently been racked with protests following the verdict of the Eric Garner trial. Hundreds of people have gathered together in outrage in many cities and on social media after the verdict was released on December 3rd, following cries of police brutality.

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in the Tompkinsville neighborhood

of Staten Island, New York, after a police officer put him in fatal chokehold maneuver for about nineteen seconds. The police officer, Officer Daniel Pantaleo, has gone under fire for his use of an illegal submission hold.

To make matters worse, the death of Eric Garner was caught on camera and viewed by thousands of people, sparking outrrage all over the country. After the incident, city medical examiners concluded that Garner was killed by neck compression from the apparent chokehold, along with "the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police".

After the Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo on December 3, people in New York City and San Francisco gathered in protest, demonstrating with several die-ins. Representative Peter King of New York was quoted as saying, "If he had not had asthma, and a heart condition and was so obese, almost definitely he would not have died from this," King told CNN's Wolf Blitzer during an interview.

Although medical examiners have determined that Garner's asthma, obesity and hypertensive cardiovascular disease contributed to his death, his death has been ruled as a homicide, according to the Huffington Post.

CM Punk Joins UFC

Former WWE Champion, CM Punk announced his decision to join UFC at the pay-per-view UFC 11 on Saturday night. With his wrestling career now behind, the 36 years old hopes to gain success in the octagon. After months of training, the former wrestler hopes to start fighting sometime in 2015.

The wrestler, who’s real name is Phil Brooks, was last seen preforming for the WWE in January of this year. Many fans had hoped to see him back in the wrestling ring ever since he left, and many fans even chanted his name in the WWE arena months after he was gone. After an interview with longtime friend Colt Cabana, fans finally gained an insight into why the 36 year old left the business he had been for so long dedicated to.

Since his announcement, many fans and UFC fighters offered their support for his new found career. Many even compared him to former UFC fighter Brock Lesner, who also abandoned wrestling for a career in the UFC. Although Brock has now returned to his professional wrestling career, Phil Brooks has no intentions of ever going back, according to bleacherreport.com. He is now officially retired from the business, as exhibited by his disdain for WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon.

With no real fighting experience, the former WWE Champion has a long road of training ahead of him in the months to come.