Would You Eat The Wrapper That Comes With Your Food?

Edible wrappers may be a mainstay in the near future.

By Emma Eifert, Evie Diagostino, & Haley Sullivan

Have you ever thought about eating the plastic wrap that surrounds your burger, or dissolving the wrapper that holds the flavoring of ramen noodles? Scientist have been coming up with ideas to make edible food packaging made out of all natural ingredients such as seaweed, mushrooms, kelp, milk, and tomato peels.

Because humans have been throwing away trash carelessly, it causes the landfills to fill up and contaminate the groundwater. Usually plastic spends about 1,000 years in a landfill which causes more pollution and more problems. On average, the United States produces about 230 million tons of trash each year, which is 4.6 pounds per person each day (“Solid Waste”, 2016,  para. 1).

Packaging plastics is one of the most common items thrown away. The Environmental Protection Agency states that 30.2% of household waste is from packaging and containers (Mamtani, 2017, para. 6). Luckily, the new edible packaging can help solve this ongoing problem. These new edible wraps are biodegradable, edible, and dissolvable meaning anywhere they will easily decomposes into the earth and cause significantly less problems to the environment (Do, 2017, para. 1-2). As well, the plastic wrapping used today does not completely seal the food inside causing more foods to be thrown to waste. With these new packagings, food quality will be increased and shelf-life will be increased as well (Mamtani, 2017, para. 11). The eco-friendly packaging will create a cleaner earth for us to live in.  

milk wrap
Consumer foods giant Nestlé has expressed interest in edible packaging technology.

However, others say that edible food packaging is not the best option for our society. Many have found that edible food packaging could struggle with hygiene issues and some people might be afraid to eat it. However, scientists have been studying the packaging and finding the best way to make it healthy and safe. In addition, some companies, such as Nestlé, who is interested in this idea, are also worried that using this packaging could take away from the food supply; instead of creating packaging out of food, they believe they should use it to help aid those in hunger (Strom, 2017, para. 21). However, the inventors explain that most people who are starving want food, not leftover tomato peels (para. 22). As one can see, edible food packaging has some disadvantages that scientists are still trying to solve.

Personally, we find the edible packaging to be greatly effective because it will reduce waste build up on the Earth. With this new packaging, it is possible that the idea of global warming will be somewhat limited, and possibly even the wrappers will become tasty and people will want to eat them with their packaged foods. This invention will be very effective and beneficial for our world and landfills that are overflowing with trash. While there may be some small counterarguments to this new invention, we believe that the advantages outweigh them. In the end, we are excited to see what more new edible packaging will come to play in the field of packaging.


Fracking: Genius Idea or Nuisance to Society?

By Your Fellow Students in Organic Chemistry

frackingFracking, or hydraulic fracturing is the most efficient way to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock underneath the surface. The process involves shooting pressurized water down a well in order to crack up the rock deep in the Earth’s crust to release natural gas.  It began as an experiment in 1947, with its first commercial success three years later in 1950. Natural gas, or methane, that is extracted through fracking is an organic compound found underground and under the sea. It is used to provide fuel and power machinery which could benefit many people; however, fracking mostly gains notoriety for its detrimental effect on the local environment.

Benefits of fracking include that it makes natural gas more accessible and it reduces our dependence on foreign fuel. Additionally, it decreases the price of natural gas which improves our economy. Not only is it efficient, but it also created 72,000 jobs between 2009 and 2011 alone.  The advantages of fracking may not outweigh its disadvantages.

Fracking can be dangerous and injuries have occurred to workers who oversee the high pressure of the wells, with a risk of them exploding.  Fracking has also affected the environment by polluting nearby sources of drinking water with chemicals and methane.  The process of injecting water under high pressure underground can even cause earthquakes, which may continue in an area even after the completion of fracking. The abundance of clean water in the US is limited and fracking has used at least 239 billion gallons of fresh water since 2005.

Fracking can improve the economy but it can also impact our environment in negative ways. It’s time to decide whether fracking is worth the risk or should be stopped.  Which side are YOU on?


Teacher Feature: Mr. Cavanaugh

Mr. Cavanaugh stands in front of his library of books as he smiles and poses for the picture. [Sway]
Posted on February 8,2017

By Griffin Bruns and Josue Cuellar

After some maneuvering around schedules, Cardinal Ritter Q&A interviewed one of the most well known and longest tenured teachers in the building, Samuel Cavanaugh, professionally known as Mr. Cavanaugh. Currently teaching U.S. Government and U.S. History, he is also the head of the Social Studies department. A staple in the Ritter community, Mr. Cavanaugh has proven his worth as a skilled educator and remains an essential part of the high school social studies experience. Prior to the interview, we wondered what every student wonders at some point in time about their teachers: what was high school like for them? You won’t really know the answer to that until you ask, which is what we aimed to do. So, we set off on a journey to resolve the matter.

What high school did you attend, and what was the mascot?

My high school, my alma mater, was Vincennes Lincoln High School, and the mascot was the Alices. 

The Alices?

Yes. A French lady who assisted George Clark and his man, and a book was written about her. That’s where we get our mascot name from.

What car did you drive during high school?.

A Buick station wagon. Late 70s. It happened to be my mom’s. It had the cool wood paneling on the side. It was off the hook!

What was your favorite class in high school?

I had a couple of them. One was Sociology with Mr. Stevenson, or U.S. History with Mr. Meyers. 

Share your most embarrassing memory throughout high school.

Oh my goodness gracious, where do I begin? The one that sticks out is when I was a freshman. I have 5 brothers, 6 boys in my family. My brother, Pat, was a Junior, and I had all my belongings under my arm and before I walk down the stairs, I didn’t see him coming up from behind me and be book checks me. You know, pushes all my books up from behind me and my books fly down the stairs, papers going everywhere, people laughing, as my stuff is going everywhere as he walks by and laughs hard.

What type of student were you?

I really was a good student, but I would have given some courses a better chance. You know what I mean, instead of just giving into that class or course and go okay, this isn’t my cup of tea but I’ll do what I need to do and get out. I wish I would have gone back a little more and give them a chance and put a little more into them.

Did you attend prom? How many times?

I attended prom three times. I actually went my sophomore year with a senior, and I went my junior an senior year.

If you could send one message to your favorite teacher, what would it be?

Thanks for the input and the influence. Thanks for being more than just a person who disseminates information regarding that discipline. Thanks for having a human side and being an individual, which I think is very important. It’s all about connections you make, so I had a couple teachers who I had a really good connection with. It’s very, very important, so that has always stuck with me.


A New Year

Posted on September 19, 2016
Alex Vela & Alegra Abreu

The 2016-17 school year is well underway at Cardinal Ritter High School. [CRHS]
The 2016-17 school year is well underway at Cardinal Ritter High School. [CRHS]
Welcome to first semester, Raiders! Finally, football season is under way. Besides watching the team play, the most exciting part of Ritter games is the student section. The hype of the student section is the theme.

This year we really want to push you guys to make suggestions for us, and you can do so in many ways:

  1. Submit a theme in the “Shout it out, Raiders!” board when it’s outside of the main office
  2. Talk to our senior secretary, Phoebe Schembre
  3. Talk to someone from C2 Raider News

We’re also trying something new this year by determining the theme, we want the students to be more involved. If you have a twitter, go and follow @crhsstudIt’s your job to go and vote for the theme you want before friday morning. This way, the students are more involved and have a say in what theme they want!! If you’re ever stuck on deciding what to wear, read this article for suggestions! Let’s support our Raiders!


Month of May                                                 

Posted on May 12, 2016

                                                                                                                                                       By Mr. Basso
Coat of Arms
Miles Christi Sum – “I am a soldier of Christ”

The school year winds down every year in the month of May – a month that is nearly sacred on the west side of Indianapolis. May is virtuously synonymous with the crescendo of events that culminate in the running of the Indianapolis 500. But May is a month that, around the world is significant, even sacred, for another reason: for Catholics and many other Christians it is a month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ.

The Easter season always falls at least partly in the month of May, and in our celebration of the Joy of the Resurrection we also celebrate the critical role Mary played in cooperating with God, bringing Christ into the world. In many parishes and communities the month begins with a “May Crowning”, sometimes with elaborate processions through the streets, carrying a statue or icon of the Blessed Mother. At its conclusion the statue is “crowned” and adorned with an array of flowers.

May also features two prominent Marian feast days, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on the 13thand the feast of the Visitation on the 31st. From May to September of 1917 the Blessed Virgin appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. As the months passed thousands came to observe the miraculous sight, which appeared to most as a ball of light falling from the sky. Mary encouraged the children – and the Church – to pray for the conversion of sinners, and to convert ourselves to lives of discipleship. The Visitation marks Mary’s visit to her cousin, Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist. The encounter is recorded in the Gospel of Luke and gives us the beautiful Canticle of Mary.

May is when spring fully blooms in the northern hemisphere, and so there is a natural association with new life and motherhood. The veneration of Mary honors not only her motherhood of Jesus Christ, but her maternal role in the Church. The humble, ever-virgin Mary has become the mother of all those redeemed by her Son and from her exalted place in heaven she rejoices at her Son’s triumph over sin and death, which like the flowers of May, blossoms anew in the lives of his disciples.

We are all aware of Cardinal Joseph Ritter’s motto, Miles Christi Sum – “I am a soldier of Christ”. His coat of arms featured a second, related motto, Ipsa duce non fatigaris – “With her guidance we shall not grow weary.” Never tire, then, of persisting in the life of discipleship. Sustained by the Grace of God and prayers of Mary, our Mother, we will be configured ever more closely to Christ, our Lord.


A Reflection on Lent

Posted on May 12, 2016

Pope Francis leads Ash Wednesday mass in Rome [AP]

Lent is one of the oldest observations on the Christian calendar.  The earliest mention of Lent came from the council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. It has changed many times over the years but the meaning has stayed the same. Around c.130- c.200, Lent only lasted two to three days. Now, it lasts 40 days as we currently observe.

Remember that fasting requires that only one full meal be taken per day. According to tradition, fasting is an obligation for all those who have reached the age of 18 and continues until age 59. Abstinence, on the other hand, prohibits eating meat on a particular day. Similar to fasting, abstinence is the obligation of those 14 and on to follow. In line with Catholicism, Ash Wednesday (March 1) and Good Friday (March 25) are days of fast and abstinence.

During the 40 days it is important to remember the reason we celebrate Lent. We recall the meaning of baptism, symbolizing purification and admission to the Church. An important lesson to be learned is that we give up something during Lent to stay true to the Christian ideal. While Lent itself bears a Christian focus, the meaning behind Lent is to give up something that inevitably can remain a constant after the 40 day period.