Seasonal Foods and Fashion By: Rylee Jung

Here at Seton, we are very in tune with seasonal foods and fashion trends, but have you ever wondered why certain seasons have the foods and fashion associated with them? The Seton Connection decided to find out. A survey was sent out to the whole student body a few weeks ago that asked what feelings they associated with which season. From this data, we have found that fashion and foods that are associated with a certain season reflect the feelings people feel in that season.

 Winter: a time when people turn inward unless they want to brave the cold, white earth. According to survey results, most people associate winter with being cold, stressful, comforting, and cozy. The cold and stress can definitely be attributed to the end of semester exams that loom in the same realm as the bright lights and peppermint scented air of Christmas. But fear not, the endless hot chocolate recipes and perfectly knit sweaters are here to save the season. Cold weather and the feeling of stress causes people to turn inward which leads us to dress more in layers for optimal comfort. High necklines, leggings, soft boots, gloves, hats, and scarves cover us from head to toe, not letting of that cold air chill us. Colors are usually neutral, earthy cool tones, and deep reds. Along the same lines, winter foods are usually hot, rich, and labeled as “comfort foods”. Thick soups or stews and warm cookies are just some examples of typical comfort foods. Comfort foods are notoriously eaten in times of stress. The cozy warmth of a sweet hot chocolate or savory stew can soothe the fuzzy sock wearing stressed soul.   

Spring follows winter with a burst of sunshine and color. To most, this season involves feeling fresh, bright, and again, stressed. The end of the year beckons hopefully, but final exams still cloud the minds of students everywhere. As the chill of winter fades, so does the pull to eat rich comfort foods. In a blossom of fresh produce, many people opt to eat “cleaner” in the spring; like a spring cleaning for their body. Low carb meals stocked with bright fruits and veggies match perfectly with the fresh feeling of spring. Clothes also tend to match colors with the budding earth through pastels and floral prints. Hemlines and necklines fall back to let in the newfound sunshine.

Summer comes in like a shock heat wave or intense summer storm. Summer feelings are  fun, hot, energetic, happy, and most importantly: free. Everyone feels the stress of school slip off their shoulders. Food reflects the carefree and fun vibe of summer. Cookouts offer sizzling burgers, bright watermelon, and sweet corn. Now that spring has passed, the Earth provides in full. Fresh produce abounds in this season and our summer recipes reflect that. Fruit tarts and grilled vegetables are summer classics. Clothes also reflect the fun and spontaneous feelings of summer. Summer fashion involves thin and flowy material that is as fun as it is useful for creating maximum airflow in the heat of summer. White and solid bright colors spotted with jewelry or muted florals are popular.

 It is no surprise to us that fall is definitely the favorite season for most. The warmth and splendor of summer lingers while the cool promise of winter is present. Fall feelings are relaxing, peaceful, comfy, happy, and a little stressful with the start of school. However, that

does not scare us away from dawning trendy fall fashions and eating and consuming pumpkin spice everything. Fall fashion fades back into neutral colors with a splash of warm orange, yellow, and red to match the Earth’s transformation. Plaid and stripe patterns become particularly popular during this season, along with pairing every outfit with the perfect forest green jacket. Fall foods tend to hold a special place in people’s hearts: pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, apple cider, apple pie, sticky Halloween candy, and of course, Thanksgiving Dinner. Fall foods tend to be warm as the winter sets in, but still holds the freshness of summer.  

 

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Seton’s House System Then and Now By: Emily Mohs

Students, Faculty, and Staff at Seton High School have been implementing the house system for three years. What most students do not know, is the evolution of the house system and that the system originally started in early England. The distinct history of house government, gives a new and improved look for those thinking of attending Seton.

The house system has been around for hundreds of years. According to Robert J. O’Hara, it originally began in 1857 particularly in the commonwealth countries of England. During this time, the system was established mainly in boarding schools. Similar to Seton today, each house was named particularly after saints, famous historical alumni, or regional topics and each house was identified by its own symbol, color, or logo. Many people do not know that Harvard College was one of the first schools to institute this in their educational system. Back then, one of the main goals of the house system was to make students feel welcomed and comfortable. Parents are not around when students attend school, so the system helps the emotional, physical, mental, and social needs of each student. The prime purpose of the previous house system was to promote both a learning and enthusiasm in the classroom, but also outside of it.

The house system arrived at Seton in the 2015-2016 school year. It was implemented by the Seton executive board at that time, the idea came from Moller High School. Seton Senior Tricia McHale, describes, “The executive board was drawn to its emphasis on bonds between grades and not just within them, and the way it made students interact.” It is very important for Seton students to be conscious of where the house system came from, and why it is blooming in different schools today.

Over the last three years, Seton High School has evolved into something unique, exhilarating, and welcoming. The reason for this is the house system. Charity games are one aspect of the house system that has brought a big hit. The charity games allow for healthy competition against each other. Another major impact mentor groups in the morning every school day. This mix of freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors make it easier for students to be more open in trying something new and growing a stronger connection with people that they normally would not talk to. Tricia McHale explains, “The house system creates a sense of unity among all students of Seton High School, while encouraging pride in one’s heritage, as each house—Cedar, Emmits, O’Connell, and Segale—have important ties to the history of Seton High School, the Sisters of Charity, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.” House government is constantly improving the leadership we have in school. The system surprises the students in many different thrilling ways, and it is why Seton High School is the greatest school in the Cincinnati area.

 

Works Cited

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History of the Cincinnati Bengals   By: Abby Paff

The Cincinnati Bengals, formed by Paul Brown, approach their 50th season in the NFL this year, starting their outstanding journey in 1968. The unique history of the Bengals throughout the years, attracts a new and improved fan base and atmosphere for Cincinnati today.

The Bengals began in 1968, when Paul Brown invested in the Cincinnati team and became the head coach and manager. The Bengals played their first two seasons at Nippert Stadium with about 20,000 fans in attendance at each game; however, they moved to Riverfront Stadium and played there for almost 30 years. Paul Brown Stadium was finally completed in 2000, which is where the Bengals play home games today. Some key players in the Bengals early seasons was center, Bob Johnson, whose jersey number, 50 is now retired for the Bengals team. Also running back, Paul Robinson, who led the American Football League in rushing yards, and was named AFL Rookie of the Year in the 1968 season. More players include quarterback, Ken Anderson, who was MVP in the 1981 season, and quarterback, Boomer Esiason, who was MVP in the 1988 season. Another key Bengals player is offensive lineman, Anthony Muñoz, who is a NFL hall of famer and has his own charity today, The Anthony Muñoz Foundation. This foundation works with educational programs for the youth of Greater Cincinnati. These few players, had such a huge impact on the Bengals and NFL history today.

The Bengals certainly do not have the best post season records, but they have important games to remember. The first significant game was Super Bowl XVI in the 1981 season against the San Francisco 49ers. This game was played in Detroit, and according to Bengals fan, Richard Stoecklin, “It was snowing all day and the game was delayed due to the weather, making it hard for fans to get to the game. Many Bengals fans had trouble attending the game.” The Bengals ended up losing the game 26-21. This was the Bengal’s first ever Super Bowl appearance, making it a very significant game. Another significant game was the Freezer Bowl in 1982 against the San Diego Chargers. This game had the coldest temperatures in NFL history, with temps 59 degrees below zero, with about 46,000 fans in attendance in Cincinnati. The Bengals won this game 27-7, playing in the coldest temperatures ever. One more significant game was Super Bowl XXIII in the 1988 season against the San Francisco 49ers. This game was played in Miami and Richard Stoecklin says, “The first defensive play of the game, Tim Krumrie, the best defensive player for the Bengals broke his leg.” The Bengals lost momentum from the start and ending up losing 20-16, however they had many opportunities to win the game. This game was the last time the Bengals have been in the Super Bowl in almost 30 years, making it very significant.

Although, the Bengal’s do not have any Super Bowl wins or many play off experiences, the history of the Bengals is outstanding and intriguing. There are so many great players that have left a positive mark on this Cincinnati team. Throughout the years, the Cincinnati fans have created an incredible appreciation for the Bengals because of the hard work and dedication by the players. The atmosphere has changed and improved over the years, and the fans still continue to show support for the Bengals through the good and bad seasons. The Cincinnati Bengals would not be who they are today without their amazing fans.