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Editor’s Note: The shutdown ended shortly after this opinion piece’s submission. 

By Justin Burkhardt

The government shutdown has entered day 34, making it the longest shutdown in history by 12 days. The previous record for the longest shutdown occurred during Bill Clinton’s presidency. That one lasted from December 15, 1995, through January 6, 1996. There is no clear way out of it as of now.

By Elizabeth Sirianni

On December 30th and December 31st the Bethlehem Steelstacks held their 10th annual Peepsfest celebration. The event consists of all sorts of activities that children and their parents can participate in such as a scavenger hunt, balloon making, a mascot run, live music, and a Peepsonality contest in which you could create an outfit inspired by the chick-shaped and bunny-shaped marshmallows. The main event occurs on December 31st in which a 4 foot, 9-inch tall Peep (weighing in at 400 pounds) is dropped to commemorate the new year.