Monthly Archives: November 2015

SADD aims to inform students about choices and issues


Teenagers have many opportunities to make difficult, and sometimes dangerous choices. The Cheney High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter is there to help educate students in the challenges they face.

SADD, which has been active on the Cheney campus for 33 years, originally stood for Students Against Drinking and Driving until 2006. Chapter president Rose Smith said Cheney is part of a larger organization. According to it’s website, SADD has been the leading organization committed to saving lives and empowering teens to stand strong against making destructive decisions for over 30 years.

This year’s SADD chapter has 30 members, a big improvement from last year according to Smith and new adviser Megan McCormick, who previously ran a similar club at an Idaho middle school where she previously taught. One of the reasons for the boost in membership, Smith said, was SADD became more prevalent on campus in 2014 than in years past.

“Last year we did a better job of spreading the word about the club and explaining to students why we do this,” Smith said. “We also got more involved in school.”

Smith, who wants to work in exercise science and with athletes, joined SADD during her sophomore year at a friend’s recommendation.

“It means a lot to me to help students and help keep them safe, as well as see them smile,” Smith said.

Part of SADD’s mission is to help educate students about the facts and consequences of underage smoking, drinking and drug use. For November, SADD is creating posters for Tobacco Prevention Month that emphasizes the dangers of nicotine.

Although SADD focuses on preventing and raising awareness about substance abuse among high school students, Smith said the chapter’s approach to this is to present the information to classmates and let them make their own choices. She added that the club will be working on activities throughout the year such as the craft fair and bazaar fundraiser.

Another part of SADD’s mission is raising awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. This not only includes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but also when someone is operating a vehicle while texting, or when they are stressed or tired. Smith said happiness and anger can also affect someone’s driving.

“If you are super happy or if you’re driving with road rage, you’re less likely to take traffic laws into consideration,” Smith said. “One of the reasons we focus so much on driving is that it can be hazardous, especially for teens.”

Smith also hopes the club can host a mock crash during some point in the year.

In recent years, SADD has focused on other issues such as depression, bullying, violence and suicide prevention.

“With suicide prevention, if we started to address it now, more people are going to be aware of it, it’s going to be more prevalent,” Smith said. “We (SADD) want to look at why suicide happens and create ways to hopefully avoid it.”


Podcast Theater: Going in Raw

On this episode of “Going in Raw,” Steve and Larson discuss the fallout of Survivor Series and how to get Roman Reigns over.

Moneymaker vs. Creed in Street Fighter action

Austin Creed accepted Moneymaker’s (The Miz) challenge for “Street Fighter II.” It’s a clash of two titans on this episode of Gamer Gauntlet.

It’s morphin time with Austin and JoJo

On this edition of “Superstar Savepoint,” Austin Creed teams up with Brooklyn (WWE’s JoJo) in “Power Rangers: The Movie.”

Part 1

Part 2

Video: Alexa Grasso highlight reel

I came across this highlight video of Mexican prospect Alexa Grasso. Grasso has had quite a year, fighting a war with Mizuki Inoue, which earned her a “Fight of the Night” bonus. She was scheduled to face Livia Renata Souza for the Invicta FC strawweight title, but injuries have sidelined her. Hopefully she can recover and get healthy to make a good comeback in 2016.

Brief: Alman on “Creed”

Tonight I went and saw “Creed” and I absolutely loved it. While it is a continuation of the Rocky Balboa saga, carries the spirit of the original film and has many tropes and homages to the series, but it still feels like a fresh movie. There’s so much that could have gone wrong with this flick and it didn’t happen. Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed is an enduring character we can relate to. Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa is a great supporting character to Jordan’s Creed but doesn’t overtake the movie, which could easily happened.

Tessa Thompson was great as Jordan’s love interest. She was like Adrian to Jordan’s Balboa but was also strong in her own way.

“Creed” is a great bookend to the Rocky Balboa saga but could also be the start of a franchise. I recommend this movie to anyone.

Glory 26 Countdown

Two kickboxing world titles are on the line at GLORY 26 Amsterdam, as the Dutch champions defend their belts. Nieky Holzken defends versus Murthel Groenhart, and Rico Verhoeven rematches versus Benjamin Adegbuyi.

Plus, the featherweights square off in a one-night, four-man tournament to earn a shot at the title, and Errol Zimmerman returns to the ring in the GLORY 26 SuperFight Series

Glory and formerly Glory World Series is an international kickboxing promotion company founded in 2012 by Glory Sports International Pte Ltd. partners Pierre Andurand, Scott Rudmann and Total Sports Asia. The company has its headquarters in Singapore and Intenational offices in Denver USA and Amsterdam, Holland.

When K-1, historically the world’s premier kickboxing organization, began suffering from extreme financial difficulties in 2011, Total Sports Asia, TSA CEO Marcus Luer, London-based French investor Pierre Andurand, and Scott Rudmann of Nectar Capital attempted to buy the brand. When K-1 was instead sold to Gunil “Mike” Kim and EMCOM Entertainment Inc., Pierre Andurand, TSA, and the other investors decided to start a brand new label and kickboxing organisation called GLORY, and bought United Glory, Golden Glory and It’s Showtime in order to secure a top event production team, and to secure all the top fighters in the world. Scott Rudmann was named vice-chairman and has since become an integral part of GLORY’s success as an organization.[1]

The name GLORY has caused some confusion to arise as to Golden Glory’s role with the new organization. GLORY has clarified that Golden Glory, like the It’s Showtime organization, was bought and absorbed, and not the other way around.[2] A number of people formerly involved with It’s Showtime, the Golden Glory team and the United Glory event became GLORY consultants, though Simon Rutz, the founder and former owner of It’s Showtime, has departed the company.[3]

GSI signed most of the world’s top kickboxers such as Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, Semmy Schilt, Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghiţă, Albert Kraus, Giorgio Petrosyan, Yoshihiro Sato, and Pat Barry.

GLORY Sports International has its offices in UK, Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and US. The company includes unprecedented mix of accomplished entrepreneurs and senior level executives from the diverse worlds of finance, sports marketing, television, technology and martial arts fighting.[4] The company’s investors include Yao Capital, the investment arm of Chinese basketball star Yao Ming, cable TV company Liberty Global, and TwinFocus Capital Partners of Boston.[5]