10 Things You Know If You Are From Buchanan, Michigan

10 Things You Know If You Are From Buchanan, Michigan

H-O-T-T-O-G-O the Buchanan Bucks are hot to go.
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The greatest little town ever exists in southwest lower Michigan. Buchanan, Michigan has been a home to some of the greatest teachers, coaches, students, athletes and overall people in general. If you grew up, graduated, or even visited Buchanan, I think we all can agree on the top 10 things from Buchanan.

1. Football games

If it is a fall Friday night, then you are almost guaranteed to be catching a football game at Memorial Field. You are there cheering on a son, nephew, cousin, brother, or friend. You bundle up the kids and set them free once you get into the stadium. They are to check in with you by halftime and are not allowed the leave the stadium. Then you head to the stands to find the perfect seat and catch up with old friends from high school, all while cheering on your favorite buck.

2. Thrill on the Hill

I mean what town shuts down the main drag for a weekend and allows the town to sled down the hill? Only the greatest town on Earth. Even though Thrill on the Hill hasn't been around for a long time, it sure has made an impact on the community. Families and friends are able to tube down the Hill, grab some hot chocolate, sit around a fire, or visit with Frosty. Everyone has their own memory associated with Thrill on the Hill.

3. Redbud

Everyone has a love-hate relationship with Redbud. To some, it is like Christmas, and to others they dread REDBUUUUD! Season. At some point in your life, you have made your way out to Redbud on Fourth of July weekend. Whether it be to watch the races or get belligerently drunk.

4. The Can Man

I know all of you guys know who I am talking about. The guy in the orange vest that walks up and down Niles-Buchanan road with his thumb up. Then when you don't stop, he flips you the bird and continues to yell at you. I think everyone at some point has had their own special encounter with him.

5. Hilltop Cafe

Whether it be Friday Night Fish or Sunday Morning Breakfast, at some point you will have eaten at Hilltop. There is a 99% chance that the waitress already knows your order. There is also a 99% chance you are going to run into someone you know, and end up having lunch together.

6. Clear Lake

You have been to either side of Clear Lake, Fuller’s or Ronnie’s. I grew up going to Ronnie’s but at some point, you have been out to Fuller’s. You rented a paddle boat and played sand volleyball. Only the bravest have made the swim across the lake and back.

7. The Herd

The Herd is also a fairly new amenity. But if you have been into the gym at BHS within the past four years, then you have noticed the State Champs banner displayed. Not only are the sports team pretty awesome, but the student section is the real kicker too. The Herd has been integrated into everyone's vocabulary. What other high school could get people to quit a sports team just so they could be apart of The Herd?

8. Lil Bucks

As a kid you lived for all the sports Buchanan offered, whether it be rocket football, lil bucks basketball, floor hockey, cheerleading, and little league softball or baseball. At some point, you and your kids have had your names displayed on the back of a Buchanan jersey. That nickname you earned from a coach has stuck with you all of these years. Nothing beats having the ones you love get the Buchanan Lil Bucks experience.

9. Gary Z’s Sub Shop

If you plan on getting a sub after 2:00 pm Monday-Thursday, then you won't be getting one from Gary Z’s. You know you have to make it there early to experience the greatest sub sandwich this side of the Mississippi. If you are lucky to make it there early you might even get a cup of soup or a brownie. You spent the majority of your lunch period stopping by and grabbing a sub.

10. The Pit Stop

Once you hit 18, the first place you went to buy cigarettes was The Pit Stop. This is also the place you hung around for the next couple years trying to get someone to buy you booze. Only to pay someone $20 and end up getting two tall cans of Milwaukee's Best. The Pit Stop was also the hang out during lunch breaks in high school. You'd run down the street and grab a drink and a bag of chips.

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I Am A Female And I Am So Over Feminists

I believe that I am a strong woman, but I also believe in a strong man.
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Beliefs are beliefs, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I'm all about girl power, but in today's world, it's getting shoved down our throats. Relax feminists, we're OK.

My inspiration actually came from a man (God forbid, a man has ideas these days). One afternoon my boyfriend was telling me about a discussion his class had regarding female sports and how TV stations air fewer female competitions than that of males. In a room where he and his other male classmate were completely outnumbered, he didn't have much say in the discussion.

Apparently, it was getting pretty heated in the room, and the women in the class were going on and on about how society is unfair to women in this aspect and that respect for the female population is shrinking relative to the male population.

If we're being frank here, it's a load of bull.

SEE ALSO: To The Women Who Hate Feminism

First of all, this is the 21st century. Women have never been more respected. Women have more rights in the United States than ever before. As far as sports go, TV stations are going to air the sports that get the most ratings. On a realistic level, how many women are turning on Sports Center in the middle of the day? Not enough for TV stations to make money. It's a business, not a boycott against female athletics.

Whatever happened to chivalry? Why is it so “old fashioned" to allow a man to do the dirty work or pay for meals? Feminists claim that this is a sign of disrespect, yet when a man offers to pick up the check or help fix a flat tire (aka being a gentleman), they become offended. It seems like a bit of a double standard to me. There is a distinct divide between both the mental and physical makeup of a male and female body. There is a reason for this. We are not equals. The male is made of more muscle mass, and the woman has a more efficient brain (I mean, I think that's pretty freaking awesome).

The male body is meant to endure more physical while the female is more delicate. So, quite frankly, at a certain point in life, there need to be restrictions on integrating the two. For example, during that same class discussion that I mentioned before, one of the young ladies in the room complained about how the NFL doesn't have female athletes. I mean, really? Can you imagine being tackled by a 220-pound linebacker? Of course not. Our bodies are different. It's not “inequality," it's just science.

And while I can understand the concern in regard to money and women making statistically less than men do, let's consider some historical facts. If we think about it, women branching out into the workforce is still relatively new in terms of history. Up until about the '80s or so, many women didn't work as much as they do now (no disrespect to the women that did work to provide for themselves and their families — you go ladies!). We are still climbing the charts in 2016.

Though there is still considered to be a glass ceiling for the working female, it's being shattered by the perseverance and strong mentality of women everywhere. So, let's stop blaming men and society for how we continue to “struggle" and praise the female gender for working hard to make a mark in today's workforce. We're doing a kick-ass job, let's stop the complaining.

I consider myself to be a very strong and independent female. But that doesn't mean that I feel the need to put down the opposite gender for every problem I endure. Not everything is a man's fault. Let's be realistic ladies, just as much as they are boneheads from time to time, we have the tendency to be a real pain in the tush.

It's a lot of give and take. We don't have to pretend we don't need our men every once in a while. It's OK to be vulnerable. Men and women are meant to complement one another — not to be equal or to over-power. The genders are meant to balance each other out. There's nothing wrong with it.

I am all for being a proud woman and having confidence in what I say and do. I believe in myself as a powerful female and human being. However, I don't believe that being a female entitles me to put down men and claim to be the “dominant" gender. There is no “dominant" gender. There's just men and women. Women and men. We coincide with each other, that's that.

Time to embrace it.

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Past Legal And Modern Social Apartheid

An opinion piece on past legal Apartheid in South Africa and how it is socially reflected in the United States.

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When stepping inside of a solitary cell at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg, I felt a tightness in my chest and wanted to leave that small space immediately; imagining a Black South African who broke the pass laws during Apartheid being in there is beyond disturbing. Due to laws such as the Native (Urban) Areas Act No 21 of 1923, the Bantu/Native Building Workers Act of 1951, and the Bantu Homelands Citizens Act of 1970, Black South Africans during Apartheid were extremely limited in where they could live, detrimentally affecting their economic and employment opportunities. When touring the former Constitutional Hill prison, the guide told us that, when Black South Africans were caught without passes permitting their stay in Joburg for the day and/or night, they spent 5 days in prison, along with murderers and others who committed serious crimes. If caught multiple times breaking these pass laws, they would spend 5 years in this prison. Most of those who violated these pass laws were unemployed or sought better employment in Joburg; this is understandable, as a person has a better chance of having a job by being there physically. When thinking further about the lack of opportunity they suffered from due to the aforementioned laws creating this effect, this legal repercussion becomes further and further disturbing. Additionally, this also directly led to the creation of "White" and "Black" areas, where Whites lived in areas of better opportunity (ex. cities, suburbia), and Blacks were subjected to living in poverty and townships where there was limited economic and employment opportunities.

This lack of opportunity is echoed in the U.S. when looking at socially designated "White" and "Black" areas. Trayvon Martin was murdered by George Zimmerman essentially because he thought Martin "was not where he belonged", which was in a nice suburban area. As a person of color myself, I have been stared at in museums, followed in stores, and once at 12 years old kicked out of a shop (I did not do anything wrong), because I "stuck out". In this way, society told me (and violently told Martin) that we don't belong in those areas, that we "belong" in ghettos or prison; the racial demographics of populations in U.S. prisons will support me here. Therefore, by society socially designating where people "belong", not only do they bind themselves in their own ignorance, but also prevent people of color from sharing the same access to plentiful life and economic opportunity.

References

Native (Urban) Areas Act No 21 of 1923: Prevented Black South Africans from leaving designated area without a pass. The ruling National Party saw this as keeping Whites "safe" while using Blacks for cheap labor.

Bantu/Native Building Workers Act of 1951: Allowed Black South Africans to enter the building industry as artisans and laborers. Restricted to "Native" areas. Prevented competition between Whites, Coloureds, and Blacks. Could not work outside a designated area unless given special permission.

Bantu Homelands Citizens Act of 1970: All Black South Africans would lose their South African citizenship/nationality over time. Would not be able to work in "South Africa" due to being aliens. Black South Africans would have to work inside their own areas and could only work in urban areas if they had special permission from the Minister.


South African History Online. "Apartheid Legislation 1850s-1970s." South African History Online, South African History Online, 11 Apr. 2016, www.sahistory.org.za/article/apartheid-legislation....

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