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Love Like A Child
BY LAURYN BEST
On Oct.15, 2015, a woman had seemingly witnessed a black male breaking into a car and stealing it. She called 911 and proceeded to follow the man so he wouldn’t get away with the crime. This man was Lawrence Crosby, a PhD student at Northwestern University, and he was actually fixing a loose part of his car when the witness spotted him and proceeded to call the police. Evanston police arrived on the scene and when Crosby stepped out of the car, four police officers tackled the student to the ground beating him mercilessly. On the recording of the 911 call made that night, the witness can be heard frantically telling the operator these chilling words: “I didn’t mean to like racially profile”.
Racial Profiling can be defined as “the use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed an offense.” Though these cases are mostly talked about in regards to African Americans, they are not exclusive to them. A Syrian friend of mine’s endless stories of being “randomly selected” every time her family goes to the airport is testament to this. In actuality, since 9/11 there have only been 2 muslim terrorists on American planes. According to Bruce Schneier, a contributor for Forbs, this means the chance of a Muslim flyer committing a terrorist attack is “one in 80 million”*. In a study conducted by Mother Jones magazine, “64% of mass shootings committed since 1982 have been conducted by white males”**. About 16% of the shootings were done by black males***.
Race is not the sole factor in crime. Mental illnesses, the way a person was raised, and media intake also has an integral part in it. Weather you mean to or not, making assumptions based on generalizations/stereotypes of a group of people is extremely harmful for both parties involved. The scary truth of the matter is that this witness knew exactly what she was doing, good intentions aside. It’s the job of this generation to make the world a better place for the next to live in. It takes self-examination, humility, and courage to move past prejudices and preconceived notions and see people through a different lens.
As children the phrase “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is ingrained into our minds. Though humans have the tendency to get jaded by all the hardships in life, sometimes we have to revisit that time in our lives when we looked at a person’s character rather than their appearance.
BY VINCENT GALVAN
Ever since elementary school, there has always been a lunch line. At school, there are students that pay for their lunch and there are some that do not. Every student that wants lunch all have to get in line, and the first ones in line usually get the better food. I find it unfair that the students that pay for their lunch can end up with the least desired meal. There should be a system that lets students who pay for their lunch be able to get in the cafeteria more quickly to get their lunch like fast passes in amusement parks. For example, students who pay for their lunch could get a pass that would allow them to go to the cafeteria faster. Another example would be to allow students to have a sticker at the back of their student ID card that they can show to allow them to pass the line. To acquire a pass, the school could distribute their passes before the school year starts at process when students come in to pick up their schedule and textbooks. Lastly, during lunch, students can show the security guards their pass to allow them to enter the cafeteria to get their lunch.
During my freshmen year at REV, a security guard had to watch over my class while the teacher was out. For being good, he gave my entire class lunch passes which even permitted the pass holder to take one friend with them. It was so simple, one just had to show the security guard at front of the line their pass and they just walk in without waiting in line. From my personal observation, it did not cause an impediment in the lunch lines nor did anyone complain. There are less students who pay for their lunch that line up so, giving them passes would not cause a big problem.
BY JAYLEN ALLAN
Yugioh is an old anime that has had many different but equally entertaining series through the years, but this movie tops all of them put together. It is a quality movie with plenty of dueling and action packed suspense. It starts with an excavation in Egypt for an item known as the millennium puzzle for a man named Seto Kaiba, so he can bring it back and duel a pharaoh known by the name of Atem. He must do this to earn his rightful title as “King of Games” which was taken from him 2 years prior by the pharaoh in the Battle City tournament. He wants to earn the title back, but a year before a young high schooler named Yugi Muto defeated the Pharaoh in a duel and sent the pharaoh to the spirit world where he belonged. Seto Kaiba finally found the puzzle and tries to assemble it, but a character named Aigami takes the last 2 pieces needed to complete it. Aigami gives one piece to his younger sister who gives it to Yugi for safe keeping. Kaiba then holds a tournament to get the pieces and battle the pharaoh, but as the the battle began Yugi revealed that the pharaoh was gone and wasn't coming back. Kaiba assumed he was lying and tried to end the duel. In my opinion on the movie was a 10/10 due to the fact that it had a great storyline and the likeness to the characters from years ago. All in all it was a great movie
BY CAMERON KROETZ
Fake News. These words have become the new buzzword in news and politics. People on both sides of the aisle, such as Governor John Kasich and former President Barack Obama, have spoken out against fake news calling it a detriment to democracy and freedom. Several fake news stories surfaced in 2016 and early 2017 that potentially altered the course of politics and American life.
One particular story that came out of Florida on a conservative blog called WesternJournalism.com incorrectly reported that Democrats in the Florida State Senate unanimously passed a bill enforcing Sharia Law. This is a system of laws found in the Qur’an that advocates stoning adulterous women, requiring to women wear full burqua dresses and veils, and taking away voting rights for women. Almost immediately people began sharing the article and ranting about how Democrats were out to take away women’s rights, and the rights of Christians. The story, though proven false, convinced many people in Florida and around the country that Florida Democrats were trying to usurp American values; this quite possibly changed many votes and might have altered the outcome of the 2016 election.
Another story that took off online and on social media was a tweet from a fake British sportscaster Simon Rowntree that claimed a crowd at a Trump Rally on election night in Manhattan was chanting : “we hate Muslims, we hate Blacks, we want our great country back!” This tweet caused outrage on Twitter with thousands of Twitter users quoting the tweet and putting in their opinion of this “news” without bothering to check if the story came from a reliable source. Stories like this give people the confirmation bias that they desire so many will retweet and share without checking their sources. This story, like the story about Sharia Law has the potential to change opinions and votes, giving fake news the power to alter the future of the American Democracy.
Fake news is slowly becoming a threat to the integrity of American Democracy and should not become a partisan issue. One way to ensure you do not become part of this epidemic is by checking your sources with a reliable fact-checking website such as politifact.com before you share a news story. Fake news is something that can only be stopped if the public is vigilant and stays aware that there are some people and organizations that will try to deceive people to support their own agenda.
Laughing at Death
BY SAVANNA PATINO
It seems to be a trend on social media, especially among teenagers and young “adults,” to jokingly make comments regarding death. I get it- the concept of one day leaving this Earth and going who-knows-where is scary and something everyone has to deal with. Death is a commonality between all people on Earth, regardless of sex, race, religion, or anything else, and the funniest jokes arise from concepts everyone can understand. But, how funny is death?
It is true that there are a multitude of ways to cope with grief or deal with the unknown, one of these ways being humor. It is said that laughter is the best medicine, and whether you are dealing with the loss of a loved one or have never been that close to death, joking about the unknown may bring some peace.
But, there is a line that must be drawn.
The biggest trend is joking about suicide- specifically joking about someone killing themselves as a quick solution or as a casual statement in passing. For example, “We have school tomorrow; let me just go kill myself.” I am not sure when it happened or how it happened, but at some point it became okay, and even humorous, to post so casually about something so serious. Here are some statistics: “In the United States, the rate of suicide has continued to rise since the 1950s” (Brent). More people in the general population die from suicide than drunk driving in America. “There are over 30,000 suicides each year in the United States, or about 82 each day; and each day about 1,500 people attempt suicide” (Brent). According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. However, it is the second leading cause of death in adolescents (age 12-18).
Here’s the punch- every time you post, like, retweet, or even laugh at a post that casually suggests suicide, you are laughing right in the face of death. These blase posts belittle the problems many people face and cause them to feel even more isolated and alone than before. You may think that joking about it is bringing awareness, however it does just the opposite. Joking about a problem someone may be trying to fix is causing them to believe that their problem is smaller than everyone else’s. Joking about it may worsen the feelings of hopelessness and isolation. Joking about it may prevent people from seeking the help they need. Joking about it may lead to the pain and struggle of someone else that you do not see.
As someone who has lost someone very dear to them from suicide, I can genuinely say that the seriousness of suicide is underestimated until it hits so close to home. Like they say- “It’s all fun and games until someone actually kills himself.” How many people have to die before people start to actually talk about it? Merely posting a joke or two at someone else’s expense is not actually talking about it. Researching, providing information to others, and educating yourself are ways that can bring this serious topic into discussion. The more it is educationally discussed, the more awareness can be brought to this issue and the more we can do to help.
Suicide is a serious solution to life’s temporary problems, and it can be overcome. However, these social media posts are making it harder to bring real awareness and destroy the stigma of suicide.
Think before you post, and if you are seriously contemplating hurting yourself or someone else, seek help.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
"Suicide Statistics — AFSP." AFSP. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2017. Web. 03 Feb. 2017. https://afsp.org
David A. Brent, Emily Jane Willingham and Rebecca J. Frey
The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Ed. Laurie J. Fundukian. Vol. 5. 4th ed. Detroit: Gale, 2011. p4203-4210.
By LEA CLARK
The top 10 main points for Trump’s Cabinet are:
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BY LAURYN BEST
It’s the same story every time a new year rolls around. A person picks an area in their life they’d like to improve in, and they put their effort into achieving that goal...only to drop it after a few weeks.
Webster’s Dictionary defines a ‘New Year’s Resolution’ as “a promise to do something differently in the new year”. But it is just as the old adage relays: promises are made to be broken. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, about 50 percent of the United States population make these “promises” to themselves at the start of the year. It is due to the fact that people set unrealistic, thus unattainable goals and find themselves in the same place they started.
The media, simply put, over glorifies the New Year. There shouldn’t be a time limit set on becoming a better person. Changing one’s way of thinking, being, and intrinsic habits should be honored at any point in the year and at any part of their life. That being said, a person aiming to achieve said goal cannot rely on sheer will to become the person they want to be. Write down your goals and put them in a place you’ll see every day. If the goal being set is too broad, it must be abridged. If it’s something you’ve tried multiple times on your own, find someone to hold you to the standards you’ve set for yourself . Of course it’s all easier said than done, but it’s a step in the right direction.
In the end, remember you’re only human. You might fail in your New Year’s resolutions, but give yourself some grace, pick yourself up off the ground, and try again.
BY MAYA SANCHEZ and LAURYN BEST
This is it, seniors, the final stretch, the homestretch. (Almost, there are still scholarships and interviews to be done. Not to mention AP exams and finals and all the tests and projects due between then. Okay, so maybe it’s not quite the final stretch, but it’s almost there.) Four years of work have gathered to, what? Senioritis?
Don’t let the laziness get to you. Here are six things to help you make the most of the last semester of high school.
1. Getting enough sleep - It’s tough, everyone knows that. The amount of sleep that a growing teenager should be getting nears around nine hours, but there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish all that needs to get done and be rested and fully prepared for the next day. However, instead of pulling an all-nighter trying to finish the essay that was assigned two weeks ago, go to sleep early and wake up early. Not only will your brain be rested, but you’ll start the day off with a type of energy that cannot be replicated through caffeine. But, just make sure you actually get up.
2. Create a To-Do List- It sounds mundane and boring, but with college and the future looming ahead of us all, there are a lot of items that tend to stack up. Instead of trying to remember it all, right it down in a convenient spot (not your arm) and accomplish it! Try to do at least five items per day. They can be simple things such as remembering to give your dog a walk, but being able to see a completed to-do list is oddly rewarding.
3. Plan it, Don’t Stress It - Sounds easier said than done and that’s because it is. Procrastination can hit hard; the assignment that is due next week doesn’t hold a candle of interest next to the debut of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. However, it’s much better to spread out a task over multiple days instead of trying to do it all at once. Pair your work up with a reward as well. Do you have labs to complete? Do half your labs, watch an episode of your favorite TV show, go back to doing your labs. Not only will you feel accomplished, but you’ll also be taking a well-needed break.
4. College tours- Seeing a place through pictures versus seeing it in real life is a completely different experience. People have the tendency to prematurely judge a school without actually taking a tour. So go to the campus, talk to students, and try to imagine yourself in that place for the next four years. High schooler students don’t have much of a choice on where they attend school, students are just filtered into the campus closest to their homes with a small chance to transfer with a legitimate reason. College is one of the first adult decisions most seniors will make, so make sure it’s a well informed one.
5. Try Something New- By now most seniors have found their niche on campus. They do the same activities and hang out with the same people. Now is the last time to mix things up a bit. Love to sing? Audition for the spring musical. Interested in improving the lives of children in third world countries? Join UNICEF Club. Never had time to play a sport? Go to a tryout! The possibilities are endless, so explore the interests you’ve always put on the backburner until now. You’ll make new friends, new memories, and have fun doing it.
6. Release Your Inhibitions - After three and a half years of struggling to find constant validation from other people, it’s time to realize that in just a few months you won’t ever see some of your schoolmates again. The choices you make, you have to live with for not just four years, but for the rest of your life. So let loose, laugh more, and live in the moment.
BY JESSICA LOPEZ
Many people would say “2016 has been the worst year ever!” but instead of focusing on the negative things that happened in 2016, let’s focus on the positive! Here is a list of positive things that happened in 2016:
Although this is just a small list of positive things that happened in 2016, there is still a lot more of great things that happened this past year.