Christmas in October?

Homecoming was on September 18th and girls started asking to the next dance, the Christmas dance, the night of! Why? I asked some girls at Davis High School why they felt the need to ask so early. Lots of their answers were that they either felt pressured to or didn’t want their date to get taken.

“I asked 4 days after the dance because all the hot guys were getting snatched up too fast.”, says Taylor Leavitt. She felt inclined to ask so early because of how early other girls were asking. Another quote “I asked 5 days after homecoming, because Davis girls went insane and started asking all the boys so I had to if I wanted to go.”, says Greta Svagrova.

These are just a few examples of girls feeling the force to ask so early, because of other girls. Another trend pops up with this; guys getting nervous because all their friends were asked so early, so they worry that they aren’t going to get asked. “I asked last weekend, he was nervous he wasn’t going to get asked and I didn’t want him to stress.”- Anonymous.

Girls asked so early because they felt the need to ask, because of how early other girls were asking. Who started the trend of asking so soon after the last dance? And why so early? “I asked a week ago because I was worried the guy I liked was going to get asked.”, says Phebe Ramsdell. “I asked four days after homecoming because I didn’t want the guy I wanted to take to get asked.”, states Aubrey Morris.

Girls asked so early because they wanted to make sure they got to go with the guy they wanted to. This started a cycle of other girls feeling the stress to ask as soon as they could so that they could also go with the guy they wanted to.

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When everything is changing, why hasn’t our school system

Currently at Davis high attendance has been a struggle for a lot of kids. Many reasons have caused this, not only has covid-19 disrupted every single kid’s life, but it has also caused mental health issues and long-term health issues.

Students have missed from having covid-19 for a minimum of 2-weeks. They have also missed from the issues caused by the effects of our modern world

A question comes into play… Should students be punished for their attendance? There is a factor of context.

At Davis high three unexcused absences cause the student’s citizenship to be given a U. Let’s look at the different reasons why this rule is problematic.

  1. The student has mental health issues

If a student is missing a lot of school because of personal or mental health issues. There is no reason the school should be punishing the students for something that is out of their control.

“I had a teacher try and kick me out of her class because I never went, I have health and mental health issues which makes it hard for me to go to school. I have a 504 which gives me special accommodations. The issue was I was doing every single assignment and had an A in this class. She told my counselor she would refuse to grade my assignments because I was not going.” A Davis High Student added

Let’s reflect, a student who had personal issues was threatened to be kicked out of a class even though she had done every single assignment and has an A.

In a world where a student is threatened to be kicked out of a class, she already struggles to attend creates a hostile environment, and makes the situation worse for the student.

  1. Uninvolved Parents

At Davis High, the only way for an absence to be excused is for a parent/guardian to go online and manually excuse it. There is no way for a student to do this. In the US 50% of marriages end in divorce or separation.

“My dad lives in California, and my mom is a nurse at the hospital. I will miss school because I have perfect grades and don’t need to go a single day to my classes. I have 5 U’s because I can never get a hold of my dad and my mom works 80-hour week.” An anonymous student of Davis high added

In a day and age where divorce and unhealthy households are the same percentages of happening as a student graduating high school, these statistics can be found at eduactiondata.org. This doesn’t even account for all the houses where parents just don’t care enough about their kids to help.

 

  1. Covid-19

Times have changed and covid-19 has infiltrated every part of students’ lives. Why hasn’t Davis High changed with it? Students have lost parents and loved ones. They are knocked out of school because of testing positive for 2+ weeks to keep other students and staff members safe.

“My sister had Covid a year ago. She has had multiple symptoms even a year later because of it like swollen legs, worsened asthma, stomach pain, all that need pain meds to help alleviate it. She struggles every day to go to school but has panic attacks because she is in so much pain. Out mom is super hard on her sometimes because she doesn’t want her to accidentally get a U. Which is the last thing I want her to worry about.” A Davis High student added

Not everyone can see it, but this is not a unique case. 1 in 10 people will experience long-term effects. That is 21.9 million worldwide according to the CDC.

When students are punished for things out of their control school becomes an unsafe environment for them. Students should not be receiving U’s when they are doing everything in their power to do their best in school.

This applies to students who have talked to counselors and even then, cannot get staff to give them a break. Most students don’t even feel safe talking to counselors.

Why do schools treat students with the automatic belief that those who are missing are ditching? Staff believes that they don’t care. Students are automatically given the judgment of lazy and unmotivated.

Schools need to take a moment and understand and change with the times. They wonder why students rebel against the system, an example being the “devious lick” trend.

It’s time for a change. Stereotypes need to be torn down, and students should be treated with empathy and not judgment.

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Is the future of the car industry electric?

Even though electric cars seem to be a new trend with tesla and BMW’s newest cars being electric and tesla only being electric. 

The first electric cars predate combustion engines coming out in 1832 long before henry ford would make the model t. But that was the end of electric cars for a while for several reasons. 

For one they were obnoxious to recharge and couldn’t go far at all only around 20 miles. Regardless of that, they were the most popular kind of cars in 1910 as they were twice as common as gas-powered cars. 

And when the model t came out with gas and was ¼ the price of electric cars the world turned to gas-powered cars and by 1935 the electric car was commercially obliterated. 

Read here for more information: https://www.caranddriver.com/features/g15378765/worth-the-watt-a-brief-history-of-the-electric-car-1830-to-present/ (Links to an external site.) 

this is from Sebastian Mackeson the CEO of BMW “electric cars predate gas-powered cars but only now electric is speeding up”. 

But they were still useful for some things like in space the apollo lunar roaming vehicle as electricity was the obvious choice. It was only an individual use vehicle with only 57 miles, but the astronauts didn’t even need half of that.  

And in 1972 BMW made an electric car to lead marathon runners in their race and made an electric version of its 2 series cars. 

It ran on 12 large car batteries but at full charge only went 37 miles, but it showed the benefits of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles can run quietly with no emissions, but it also illustrated their limitations.  

Because with the batterie limitation at the time electric cars were expensive with little range not practical for everyday use. So why would electric cars be the future if they can’t go that far and take forever to recharge? 

Well, companies have made a lot of advancements with batteries since 1972 as 50 years is a long time to improve a product.  

Take BMW for instance they have around 20 fully electric vehicles they’re selling right now and are heavily experimenting with other types of electric cars. 

All of this is possible by the advancements in batteries over the last 50 years with the biggest leap being lithium-ion batteries that have twice the charge for half the weight of normal batteries. 

Because of the wide use of lithium batteries, the cost has gone down because of an increase in manufacturing and optimization in the supply chain. 

Hear this from Elon Musk the leader in electric cars “technology will only improve with time and when more innovative people exist technology will surpass what anybody thought was possible”. 

Even though the price has gone down the storage has gone up in both per unit mass and per unit volume all while the price has plummeted. 

This is unlike combustion engines where decades of tweaking every detail there are extraordinarily trivial things to perfect it for improvement. 

But even though the battery life is still noticeably short people don’t travel as much as they think because batteries today are great for everything but road trips. 

for more information the batteries check here: https://www.dw.com/en/the-true-cost-of-electric-cars/av-46457917 (Links to an external site.)

In the USA 99% of every trip is under 100 miles and with almost all electric options being above that 99% of the time an electric car is better. 

And electric cars are better in several different areas the only issue is the range and recharge times that will improve over time. Here are 10 reasons why electric cars are objectively better as transport vehicles than gas-powered cars. 

For one there’s more torque from an electric car than a normal car and with the Tesla roadster being able to reach 60 mph from a dead stop in 1.1 seconds this will only improve. 

And thanks to the batteries under the floor electric cars have a low center of mass so there easier to control. Since you can use motors independently and each tire has its motor electric cars having precise control over each wheel which gives better traction. 

Electric cars are also a lot quieter with some electric cars needing to put speakers in the car to make a noise so it’s street legal. 

Electric cars are also cheaper to run and with gas prices at an all-time high right now electric cars are a lot cheaper with a full tesla charge being around $5 and a full gas fill-up being around $40. 

Electric cars are also more efficient than gas cars with both use and regeneration of energy because breaking recharges the car. After all, the wheel can recharge the motors the same way a dam generates electricity. 

If you have an electric car, you will never have to stop at a gas station because you can charge it right from your garage. 

There’s also less maintenance with an electric car there are fewer moving parts no oil changes and the breaks break down less because of regenerative braking. 

And depending on the source of electricity there are no co2 emissions if you get your power from solar panels, wind turbines, or dams you won’t be making a carbon footprint with your car anymore. 

And as cars essentially become computers on wheels electric vehicles are leading the way in self-driving cars which would prevent accidents and death on the road. 

Now electric cars are not even close to mainstream yet with only 2.2% of cars on the road being electric but that’s why it is the future. 

“Electric cars are going to be very important for urban transportation,” said Carlos Ghosn the CEO and Chairman of Michelin North America, Renault, Avtomat, Nissan, and Mitsubishi motors. 

With all the advancements the biggest issue is the charging time with electric cars taking around 30 minutes for each charge it is a massive issue that might already have an answer. 

By switching batteries at a gas station, you could hop out rent a battery put your dead one on a charger, and carry on, this tech is still in the preliminary stages so don’t get too excited. 

Electric car companies are experimenting, and many believe in the next 10 years over 50% of cars on the road will be electric. And that is why electric cars are the future of cars.

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Maverick gas stations: adventures last stop

Maverick gas stations were developed in the early 80’s by a group of money hungry men that were born before the invention of the automobile. They aimed to revamp the gross truck stop lot lizard havens that 80’s gas stations have become.At maverick they have a burrito section that makes some fantastic chicken churrito burritos that are seriously the bomb says Kenzie Sheffield student of Davis and maverick connoisseur, Kenzie Sheffield has been going to maverick since she little girl.Recently she has taken a liking to the low gas prices that maverick offers while the rest of the world follows the founders policy and exploits the capitalist policy of supply and demand and demands insane high gas prices while us common workers suffer the high gas prices and struggle to pay rent.This highlights on the supreme problems of capitalism say Gavin Dwayne cox a ex-member of a local band. As a previous republican Gavin turned alt left and he realized the exploitation of the laboring class for the rich to get richer was a problem that wasn’t going to fix itself.Now back to maverick the communist company the rose up above its capitalist roots to allow everyone to prosper. Maverick is the perfect company in the eyes of tanner Stuart a local Davis high student that claims one time they even paid him to fill up his self titled truck bubbles at their gas pumps.Another gas station that was so lucky as to be included in this years 2021 meme lineup was Texaco due to their rewards program that essentially gives away product for free and helps the homeless all while sucking money out of rich oil barons and making the world a better place.

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Everybody knows it’s happening, what do we know about it? Facebook misinformation OP-ED

Frances Haugen was identified in a “60 Minutes” interview last Sunday (the third of October) as the woman who anonymously filed complaints with federal law enforcement that the company’s own research shows how it magnifies hate and misinformation.“Facebook, over and over again, has shown it chooses profit over safety,” she said. Haugen, who will testify before Congress this week, said she hopes that by coming forward the government will put regulations and laws in place to govern Facebook and other social media platforms’ activities.Preparing for the 2020 election, Facebook implemented safe guards and other precautions to stop the spread of misinformation, but then took them off completely after Biden had won the election, leading up to the US Capital riot on January 6th. “And as soon as the election was over, they turned them back off or they changed the settings back to what they were before, to prioritize growth over safety.”, said Frances Haugen.She said Facebook prematurely turned off safeguards designed to stop misinformation and other information after Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump last year in the election, saying that the misinformation contributed to the Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol.After the election Facebook decided to dissolve a unit on civic integrity where she had been working, which Haugen said was the moment she realized “I don’t trust that they’re willing to actually invest what needs to be invested to keep Facebook from being dangerous.”In 2019, a year after Facebook changed its algorithm to encourage engagement, its own researchers identified a problem, according to internal company documents.“The company set up a fake Facebook account, under the name “Carol,” as a test and followed then-President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Fox News. Within one day, the algorithm recommended polarizing content. The next day, it recommended conspiracy theory content, and in less than a week, the account received a QAnon suggestion”, the internal documents said.By the second week, the fake account’s Feed was filled with misleading or false content. In the third week, “the account’s News Feed is an intensifying mix of misinformation, misleading and recycled content, polarizing memes, and conspiracy content, interspersed with occasional engagement bait,” the internal documents said.The problems are definitely the algorithms that decide what shows up on users’ feeds, and how they favor hateful content. Haugen said, “A 2018 change to the content flow contributed to more divisiveness and ill will in a network ostensibly created to bring people closer together.”
While speaking to “60 Minutes,” Haugen explained how the misleading and fake content reaches Facebook users.“There were a lotta people who were angry, fearful. So, they spread those groups to more people. And then when they had to choose which content from those groups to put into people’s News Feed, they picked the content that was most likely to be engaged with, which happened to be angry, hateful content. ““So, imagine you’re seein’ in your News Feed every day the election was stolen, the election was stolen, the election was stolen. At what point would you storm the Capitol, right?” Haugen said.“And you can say, ‘How did that happen?’ Right? Like, ‘Why are we taking these incredibly out-there topics? QAnon, right, crazy conspiracies. Why are these the things that Facebook is choosing to show you?’ And it’s because those things get the highest engagement,” Haugen said, comparing it to “gasoline on a fire.”Haugen is testifying to the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday (October 5th). “Facebook, over and over again, has shown it chooses profit over safety,” she said.

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The most persistent myth in education

“This will Revolutionize education” there has never been a prediction that has been wrong so many times with so many different technologies. 

Like in 1922 when Tomas Edison said, “The motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system and that in a few years, it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks”. 

And just under 100 years later He’s still wrong. textbooks are still largely used today around the world even with the internet being the biggest educational platform in the world textbooks are still used today. 

In the 1930’s it was radio the thought was you could have experts talk over the radio to students to increase the educational system and now radio is hardly used due to phones that aren’t used in the same way either. 

And in the 1950s and 1960s educational TV was made thinking it would be Revolutionary for classes and whale this had a greater success school has been the same for over 150 years now. 

So, there were some studies to decide if students learn better from a live lecture or a recorded one played in an adjacent room to figure out which was better for learning. 

And in the ’80s there were no debating computers were the revolutionary answer to our educational system. They were audiovisual, interactive, and could be programmed to do anything. 

And even in the ’90s, people hadn’t learned from the past and smeary & Boyet Sayed this “the use of videodiscs in classroom instruction is increasing every day and promises to revolutionize what will happen in the classroom of tomorrow” and again they were wrong.

Most people in high school now have barely ever use DVDs let alone in the classroom because DVDs have been outdated since the early 2000s. 

so, for the 7th time, modern technology has appeared people think it will revolutionize the school system. And they have been proven wrong every time because the core of how people learn hasn’t changed. 

nowadays there are a bunch of modern technologies that will “revolutionize” learning like Laptops, tablets, smartboards, smartphones, etc… And these have revolutionized other areas of life and not school’s but why? 

Some might blame the government for lack of funding and not putting modern technology into full effect. But the major issue is the education system doesn’t need technology. 

Scientists for years have been researching what educative method is better than another like animation vs PowerPoints and similar experiments and the result was no significant difference. 

This means if the material is the same the results are the same even though animation seems to be a lot better than a picture with some text it’s not. 

Because the issue with animation is that the words aren’t there and the issue with PowerPoints is that the pictures don’t show everything, the issue is our brains. 

Brains are complex and everybody has a different one with diverse needs, desires, and goals. There can’t be technology that changes the way students think about subjects or gets students excited. 

The things that make us learn are hard if you aren’t thinking hard in school, you aren’t learning and aminations for some kids just mean sleep time. 

The amount of learning a student gets comes from their head if you are interested and want to learn something it sticks with you for a long time, sometimes forever. 

“Scientists spent so much time trying to figure out which media makes kids smarter but failed to research how to use the technology more effectively,” said Derek muller an educational YouTuber with a Ph.D. in physics. 

Scientists need to find out how to use the best media in the best way to make meaningful thought processes to make any progress with education. and that research is being conducted right now. 

but for now, schools will proceed as always with one teacher 20-30 kids doing tests taking notes getting graded this was how school was taught back in the 1850s, and it’s how school is taught in 2021.

So, who knows education could be under a revolution right now, but the odds are 1 in 7 so it might be another 100 years who knows? 

 

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The dark side of Farmington, Utah

For 26 years Davis County has been spooked with, Lagoon Amusement Parks yearly October traditions.

Frightmares originally opened in 1995 located in Farmington, Utah. It has now become a yearly seasonal event in hopes to create new traditions. The attraction lasts 8 weeks total, full of rides, haunted houses, and phenomenal dances performed throughout the night.

“When I first get to Lagoon and it’s the spooky season, haunted houses are the first thing that come to my mind as I enter the park,” Cadience Manchego exclaims!

Haunted houses have been the significant attraction at Lagoon ever since frightmares began. Nightmare Midway, Frightening Frisco, Nightwalk, Fun House of Fear, Pioneer Village Scare Zone are all on the scary spider ratings. They range from 1(least scary)- 5(most scary) spiders.

“The spider ratings are so helpful when going to Lagoon, because I know which haunted houses not to go in ha-ha. I have seen many people who don’t like haunted houses and I’m glad I am not the only one”, said Nishi Sharma.

For children and people who aren’t willing to be spooked during October, they have “scare free zones”. The “scare free zones” are kid friendly, and welcome you to all the rides in kiddy land. All of the rides are fully functionating during frightmares as well, you get the best of both worlds.

Hackenslash is one of the most popular dances at Frightmares. The performers make their costume, dance style, and acting come to life. After the show is over, they get off the stage and chase the viewers with chainsaws throughout the night.

“I love working in all the areas of frightmares, but especially the lines. Scaring people and communicating with everyone is so fun. The process of getting ready is such a good time costumes, makeup, and getting in character”, said Lizzie Irvine who works at frightmares.

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Why are cars so expensive?

Cars right now are going through a weird period almost all cars are going up in value by over 20% but why? Well, it all has to do with one single part that almost nobody can get there hands on with a production time of 5-6 months cars will be expensive for a while.

In fact, “we haven’t seen prices like this since 1953 where used cars that should always be going down in value as more wear and tear happens to the car but in 1953 and 2021, we are seeing the opposite happen” but why now?

The first reason is the semiconductor shortage, semiconductors have a lot of use in modern cars for features like power steering, backup cameras, emergency braking, cruise control, and any monitor in your car.

But semiconductors have more use than just cars in fact almost any electronic needs semiconductors phones, computers, tv’s, cameras, etc. All need semiconductors to function as advertised.

“Semiconductors are low because when the pandemic hit, transportation wasn’t as needed as people were working from home and not going out as much, so car production slowed.”

But other electronics were selling like hotcakes, so the semiconductor companies changed clients to big electronic companies and disregarded the car companies.

But as the vaccine came out and people needed to drive to work again demand in cars went up and companies couldn’t handle it and ordered more semiconductors to meet the demand.

“The pricing has been driven up by a few things supply is one of them, but I also think it’s been driven up by tax refund money and additional stimulus money, so I think it upped the consumer demand because now they had some more money in their pockets,” on explained the CarMax CEO.

Another reason used cars are going up in value is because new cars are too expensive for normal people with them being 35k-55k most people can’t put their entire salary into a car.

It also has to do with public transportation, since the pandemic many people don’t trust or use public transportation and instead are getting their own cars to avoid the virus and stay safe.

If you want a car hold off till prices drop and if you want to sell do it now because semiconductors won’t be in shortage for forever and eventually people will resort back to public transportation all though in shorter numbers.

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Skyrocketing gas prices concern Davis students

The average gas price in Utah lies at $3.77/gallon. Since last year gas prices have risen by an average of $1.02/gallon. Utah’s prices are also above the national average of $3.15/gallon. These steep prices have had many negative consequences for Davis High students.

“My friend’s car broke down from lack of gas on the way to the bank to deposit money.” explains high schooler Genevieve Nolan.

Students are getting desperate in order to maintain their modes of transportation. Some resort to depositing spare change or tips and argue that they can’t pay for gas without the gas to get to work. This creates a never-ending cycle of the blame game.

“With minimum wage at $7.25 there isn’t enough money to go around for gas. Especially with not being able to work a lot of hours due to school and homework.” says Brooke Higley Davis High senior.

Students are expected to manage a full plate as well as pay skyrocketing gas prices. Many students are resorting to walking more, or even driving their parents’ car to combat with needing gas.

“I can’t save for college and pay for gas.” argues student Maddie Morris.

Seniors especially are starting to stress the impending doom of paying for college, inclining gas prices are not helping.

Gas prices are speculated to be high due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Since people were locked up all day, they had no reason to drive their cars causing oil/gas companies to suffer. When lockdowns lifted, people were eager to use their cars and begin commuting to work again. This caused the steady incline of gas prices as demand grew.

Although gas prices are still high, they have dropped since this summer much to the relief of high schoolers. Students are still hopeful that gas prices will drop further.

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Tyler, the Creator, an odd influence

Tyler Okonma is a rapper that has taken over the internet with his blunt words and his sense of humor. He has won a Grammy, BRIT Award, and an MTV Video Award, and has designed clothing and merchandise.

Tyler, the Creator, first arose on the music scene in 2007 with “Odd Future”, he has satisfied his title through an offbeat, unashamed way to deal with creation, all while changing himself from a dull power lyricist to an unguarded, adaptable artist.

His most successful album was “Igor”. “Igor” has gotten 122.9 million streams. Tyler The Creator set his spot at No.1 on Billboard 200. In contrast with his different collections, this was the first out of five for Tyler, The Creator to be at No.1.

“Go to the mall and buy some potato salad,” Tyler said when getting asked what he was going to do after getting nominated for a Grammy.

Okonma has a sense of fashion and humor has helped his success. He has become a trendsetter in the fashion world. Okonma said he accepts everybody dresses something similar, his own ethos is a salute to the abnormal.

“Growing up an inner-city black kid, I wasn’t the most masculine, I wasn’t into sports, I like pink,” said Tyler, the Creator to a sold-out crowd.

Okonma has started his own clothing company called Golf Wang. It shows cases vibrant clothing which features geriatric menswear that is marketed to young fashionistas.
Tyler, the Creator made dressing like a grandpa cool, got men to shake pink tennis shoes with flowers on them, and is a voice for the untouchables who walk to the beat of their own drum.
I never had a drink in my life. I don’t smoke or anything.” He has influenced part of his audience to not smoke or drink.
Tyler, the Creator has had success in many ways and it could only go up from here with him planning on more albums and tours.

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Vegetarian for Life or just a Phase?

Sonali Harangaonker, Davis High student has been vegetarian almost her whole life because of Indian culture!

“My culture is my most prized possession because of its uniqueness from other cultures. There are so many traditions, fun and colorful clothing and a variety of foods.”

Being a vegetarian isn’t the normal lifestyle people in Utah tend to have but Sonali is all about breaking down stereotypical barriers.

“Everyone’s first initial thought about vegetarianism is always negative and poorly looked upon but it’s not as bad as everyone makes it out to be because there are several options. Believe it or not people can survive without eating meat”

During a typical day of eating like Sonali, in the morning she tends to lean towards a banana and strawberry smoothie. For lunch, she usually makes a lettuce wrap with tofu as a substitute. Then for dinner; curry.

“Being a vegetarian makes you more aware of what you’re consuming so I don’t go out to fast food places often because of the health benefits. I recommend being a vegetarian to anyone that isn’t and is thinking about it.”

Restaurants and fast-food places have come out with more vegetarian options because of youtubers, celebrities and other well-known people who have converted to being a vegetarian. This proves how much impact and influence people have on this world.

In an interview with one of Sonali’s peers, Cadie, she said, “She thinks it’s beautiful that Sonali is a vegetarian and because it’s her body, she can do whatever she wants, and no one can say anything.”

Sonali is truly an inspiration to others that have a hard time embracing their culture and different lifestyle than everyone else. Her expressing how proud she is of her culture, is truly beautiful and is making a difference.

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Crypto trading hamster out-performs Warren Buffett and the S&P 500

Mr. Goxx, is the first and only crypto trading hamster. Mr. Goxx makes all of his decisions in the most high-tech hamster cage buying and selling crypto.

Mr. Goxx’s cage works by him running on a hamster wheel and deciding/ selecting which crypto he’d like to look into, and once hes made his decision he’ll run through one of two tubes, a buy or a sell tube, to either buy or sell said crypto.

Mr. Goxx has a trading office attached to his regular cage. When he enters his trading office/ headquarters, a livestream starts on Twitch, and his twitter account will let all followers know that Mr. Goxx has started a trading session. Mr. Goxx, located in Germany, is a nocturnal animal, so most streams happen during the night in Europe and day here in the U.S.

A box in the upper right corner of the Twitch stream keeps track of Mr. Goxx’s recent trades. A box at the bottom shows his account value and his returns.

Yes, all of this is real, including the money. Mr. Goxx started with about 270 Euro (about $325 USD), and is up about 20% since his start in June of this year. As of September 12th, Mr. Goxx was performing better than Bitcoin, Nasdaq 100, Warren Buffett, and the S&P 500.

It obviously seems that this business minded hamster is doing this all himself, but there are actually two friends behind the entire operation.

The two friends prefer to stay anonymous. Mr. Goxx’s owner, a lecturer and prototyping specialist, says he likes to spark people’s interest in new technologies, sometimes with humour. The other person involved, a programmer, has been his best friend since university, and helps on the technical side of things.

Mr. Goxx’s cage (trading office) is directly connected to the rest of his cage (or apartment as he likes to call it), and can leave or enter the “high tech automated trading office” at any time.

At the bottom of every Twitch stream, it says “Mr. Goxx is not certified or a licensed trader” and the bottom of every tweet it says “DISCLAIMER This content is for entertainment purposes only. Investments shown here are not financial advice”.

So, will Mr. Goxx become the wealthiest crypto investor ever? Most likely not, is it an interesting distraction from the world we all live in? Definitely. I hope Mr. Goxx has a good rest of his short career (hamsters only live 2-3 years on average). Feel free to check out this business hamster out at @mrgoxx on Twitter and @mr_goxx on both Instagram and Twitch.

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Nail Salon pricing keeps people astonished

Salee Nceuyen, comes all the way from Vietnam just to work at a small-town nail salon.

After coming to Vietnam, later the Covid-19 pandemic occurred and took a toll on the business. Their business closed for seven weeks, and revenue dropped significantly. Older costumers couldn’t come in for risk reasons.

“I would do my nails at home if I had the time, because getting them done is so expensive,” said Wendi Pehrson.

Pricing is the leading reason why so many people don’t get their nails done at a salon. It also takes a lot of time to get them done, when you can spend some time doing them yourself. Getting your nails done with a full schedule and a busy lifestyle is complicated.

Salee has been working at Tammy Nails 2 for five to six years and has fell in love with her job. She learned to do Cosmetology in Murray at Cosmetology school. She loves the atmosphere that comes with the job and wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world.

“I work with people who make me want to come to work every day and I spend quality time with the people I love,” said Nceuyen.

She comes to work and accomplishes so much. Their staff is so efficient, fast, kind, uplifting, and creates a space that brings everyone together. They are willing to deal with any customer’s wishes. I got my nails done for the first time and they were so kind, and I had a welcoming experience.

“When I was younger, I wanted to become an accountant because I was good at math,” said Nceuyen.

Salee recognized after growing up that being an accountant wasn’t the right fit and becoming a nail technician was the best decision she had ever made. Being an accountant wouldn’t create the happiness she has now. She meets new people every day and loves the customers.

“I learned this skill and knew immediately that it would be good for me,” said Nceuyen.

Salee grew to be fond of beauty, the skills it took and knew that she could use these skills forever and quickly put them to use. She loves doing nails and enjoys the places she has worked at. She came from Vietnam to Utah just to achieve her goals.

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Daniel summerhays’s legendary year of teaching

Daniel Summerhays is a retired PGA golfer who came to Davis high school to be a golf coach and pass on his knowledge of leadership and sports.

While in his Professional career as a golfer coach Summerhays had 3 amateur wins and 1 professional win

When asked about how his first year was overall he said

“It has been great, I really enjoyed getting to know some of the students, however, some of the rules and Covid-19 restrictions have been difficult”

Coach Summerhays shared that he will not be coming back next year. this means students lucky enough to have him as a teacher got to enjoy their only year of teaching.

Some of the classes that Coach Summerhays taught were sports marketing, indoor lifetime activities, and leadership. His favorite class to teach was leadership.

When asked about how it was being the golf coach he said

” I enjoyed it, it was great to help some kids out and build good relationships with them.”

He said his favorite time with the golf team was in the championship where they were doing well and were up for the majority of the game, until the very end when the other team managed to slightly nudge out the lead and they ended up taking second.

When asked how he felt about daniel Summerhays as a teacher-student eric beck said “He is a good teacher and he keeps the students engaged and he does a good job at keeping the students active.

My personal opinion on Coach Summerhays is that he does a great job at establishing relationships with his students and he does a fantastic job at making classes fun and interesting.

His closing remarks were that he had learned a lot and feels like he will always be involved in the lives of high school-age youth.

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guayaki yerba mate

my name is Gabe franklin and i am a ambacebador for Guayaki. Guayki is a yerba mate company that started in 1996. Guayki yerba mate and its team of cebadores and hacedores are serving up yerba mate culture and connecting with communities worldwide. led by spirit, guayaki remains a privately held company so that it can steward their vision and ensure the legacy.

on Guyakis website you can find all about their vision. one thing they state is “with a blend of west coast pioneer spirit and argentine hospitality, the inspired semillas took to the road. traveling in a mix of VW vans, pickups, and rv’s, they took the wheel in one hand, and a gourd in the other to the four corners of the united states.

so far working with Guayaki yerba mate has been such a great experience. its a community of people that care so much about the environment and care to make the world a better place. “the regeneration of the planet is at the heart of our business model. every time you purchase Guayaki yerba mate, you’re creating a positive global impact. we call it market driven regeneration, and its the driving force behind everything we do.”

Guayaki is such a great company if you enjoy yerba mate they are the company to go with they care so much about everything in life and try their best make everyone feel cared about and happy. my job with them is to share the company with the community and bring people together in ways such as, concerts, hangouts, parties, or just in the classroom. i feel so blessed and am very happy to be working with this amazing company.

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes, the super food to end all super foods. They are in like every good food imaginable. Did you know the Aztecs worshipped tomatoes? No they didn’t. Sorry, I had to.

First food on the board, because I’m hungry, is the tomato sandwich. The basic ingredients are toasted bread (the heathens delight in their untoasted bread), tomatoes (salted and peppered because a tomato is a different thing when its salted and peppered), and mayo (if you like miracle whip please don’t talk to me). This is one of the greatest sandwiches of all time. I remember when my mom made it for me the first time and I thought she was nuts but I ate it and it tasted amazing. Bam! Parenting.

Second, spaghetti sauce. Don’t talk to me about sauce. I’m Italian and my family has a sauce recipe from Italy and so if you show me Prego and Ragu and tell me that’s sauce you can stand over by the miracle whip people. Disgusting. Also note there is a lot of Italian mixed into Argentinian food. I had a lady in my ward from Argentina who made some good sauce, because apparently there’s a lot of Italians in Argentina.

Third, pizza doesn’t really count. If you like saucy pizza, you’re kind of weird. Also, spicy sauce should not be a thing. Y’all can go to the line with the other weirdos.

I know I’m being really judgmental in this story but I don’t mean anything by it. I’m just hungry, I’m right, and I’m sitting on Frey’s couch. I do not mean anything mean or offensive unless you like that stuff I said earlier. Please forgive me or don’t I don’t really care anymore. See  ya’ later boys and girls, I’m gonna do nothing for the rest of the week of this class.

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Dogecoin tanks after Elon Musk SNL appearance

Saturday Night Live is an Emmy Award winning Television show that is heading into its 46th season. It has been credited throughout the years with many funny one-liners in their memorable skits. SNL does a good job of providing satire for current world issues.

One way SNL gains such a big following is through famous guest appearances like Justin Timberlake or the Rock.  Last weekend, SNL decided that billionaire Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk would be great for the show given his media attention across the platform.

Elon Musk is known for many accomplishments including Tesla and Space X, but another thing Elon is known for is his influence on the stock market and crypto currencies like Bit Coin and Doge coin. Elon uses his social media platforms like Twitter to get the word out about a certain Crypto he is targeting.

Doge coin was created in 2013 by Billy Markus, a software engineer, and his coworker, Jackson Palmer. It features the face of the Shiba Inu dog from the Doge meme and was initially created as a joke payment system in the start of the crypto trading world. However, it soon gained ground after Elon Musk boarded the Doge train a few years ago.

Days leading up to Elon Musk’s appearance on SNL, Doge was trading at record highs. Doge was already up from less than a cent at the beginning of the 2021 trading year, to over 75 cents thanks to Elon Musk and his famous tweets like “Doge to the moon”. Reddit page r/wallstreetbets, known for their successful take on the Gamestop group trade, also fueled the rise of Doge with many viral posts showing accounts with millions of dollars of doge making upwards of 50 percent their values.

As Elon Musk made his appearance on stage, he was asked a few questions and things went downhill fast. Elon referred to Doge as a side hustle which did not settle right with his followers. Doge immediately tanked from 75 cents to almost 45 following his appearance. Elon tried to save it in the following days with more tweets, but the damage had already been done and his efforts made no difference. Doge was down and remains down to this day as it bounces between 49 and 50 cents daily. The Doge Dollar dreams are now further out of reach than ever before.

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Trump dominates other GOP candidates in Utah poll

The 2020 election was a whirlwind for both Democrats and Republicans as it managed to be the biggest voter turnout in history. Current President Joe Biden managed to receive 81 million votes while former President Donald Trump managed to receive 74 million votes. Former President Trump did not take it lightly when he lost claiming that the election was “fraudulent” and “stolen”, but the past is the past for the former President. Donald Trump has his sights set on 2024 and many Utahns believe he will come back as the GOP’s candidate for President. 

In a recent poll, 250 Utahns out of the 400 polled, stated that former President Trump would be the GOP’s nominee for President in 2024. 

“Of course Trump is coming back. If you watched his interviews with Sean Hannity and Candace Owens, you definitely get the vibe he is coming back. Now we wait to see if he injects himself into the Republican primaries in 2022.” 

Stated an anonymous person when asked why they believed Trump would be the nominee.

It is no secret that former President Trump is going to be a big part of the future for the GOP whether that means backing a candidate or running himself. Many believe Trump will be the one running. Many Utahns have expressed that they are not over Trump and want him back. They have not liked what the Biden administration has done, and they believe that Trump is man of his word. However, they are concerned that if Trump is on the ticket, he will split the Republican vote. A series of events can happen over the next couple of years to determine what happens, but many believe the former President will be back. 

Donald Trump’s political plans are dominating political conversations today. More moderate Republicans that I communicated with believed that Trump has already “roasted his goose” and that he should back a strong candidate for President instead. The candidate that most people want Donald to back is Governor Ron DeSantis of FloridaRepublicans and Democrats alike were impressed with how Governor DeSantis has handled the reopening of Florida. They also firmly believe that DeSantis will appeal to both extreme Republicans and the more moderate ones.

“I would fully back Ron DeSantis. I will be honest when I say how I like he has kept Florida open and how he always put Florida first. I thoroughly believe Governor DeSantis should run for President of the United States.” 

Stated a registered Democrat in Utah to me.

The prospect of a 2024 campaign for Trump has been characterized as coy. The biggest factor behind this could be in large part to campaign financing rules. The former President has until the Republican primaries in 2022 to announce his run for President. 

While the 2024 election seems like a lifetime away, it is a lot closer than what many think. The GOP is looking forward to it because they have a strong conviction; they can reclaim the White House and Democrats believe they can curb they Republicans.

“I will say today that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for President. He will come back stronger than ever and make sure that everyone knows he loves America. Even if he decides to not come back, I am sure that the GOP will put forth a great candidate. I look forward to the 2024 election.”

Declared an anonymous person who was polled.

These next couple of months will be wild but as Trump says supporters will be “very happy” with what he decides. 

 

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A Whimsical Female Lead That’s Actually Done Right

Last weekend I drove up to Logan to hang out with my best friend. While there, my friend and I watched the 1998 romcom movie “You’ve Got Mail.” Most straight romcoms are cringey and repetitive, so I tend to steer clear unless it’s to make fun of them. Surprisingly enough, I actually really liked this one.

The movie follows the story of Kathleen Kelly (played by Meg Ryan), a small bookstore owner in New York and her struggle to keep her shop open as a new, bigger bookstore opens across the way. Joe Fox (played by Tom Hanks) is the cause of this disruption in Kelly’s flow. As a co-owner of the new bookstore, Fox is a detached businessman who sees only profit.

While this financial struggle is occurring, both Kelly and Fox are emailing back and forth with people they’ve met in an online chat room. They share their thoughts and feelings about life without giving specifics about who they are exactly. Little do they know that the person they’ve been emailing is the very person they consider to be their real life enemy!

The plot is simple and straightforward enough. What I really enjoyed about the movie was the character of Kathleen Kelly.

When the movie first starts, we are introduced to the characters in their normal, day-to-day lives. Kathleen Kelly’s character is free-spirited and down to earth, loving her simple work in the bookshop—she is friendly and lighthearted. Because of this, I was kind of worried that I’d be watching another “manic pixie dream girl” trope happen.

We’ve seen it a million times before—a whimsical, two-dimensional woman steps into the life of a stoic man who couldn’t care less about other people. She changes his world and saves him from misery, making him see that everything is beautiful and lovely, etc.

The manic pixie dream girl trope actually has an official definition in the dictionary, as follows: a type of female character depicted as vivacious and appealingly quirky, whose main purpose within the narrative is to inspire a greater appreciation for life in a male protagonist.

I was happily surprised to find that the character Kathleen Kelly, while upbeat and cheerful, was not overly idolize as an angelical being. Kelly is bright and fun, but still a grounded adult who has weaknesses and imperfections. She’s adorable and happy without being shallow.

Kelly works in her cute little bookshop, finding happiness in the little ways she personally serves her customers. Despite loving her job, we see her question whether or not she is truly satisfied with what she is doing with her life. Kelly longs for something big or exciting to happen to shake things up.

This desire for something more is a source of insecurity for Kelly. Venturing out into something unknown frightens her, but she knows she can’t stay in the same place forever and be happy with her life.

Kathleen Kelly has a big heart and is totally an extrovert—her friendly demeanor sets the atmosphere for her little shop. What I found refreshing was that throughout the movie, Kelly gets frustrated and irritated with people. There’s actually a wide range of emotion that Kelly experiences in the duration of the movie.

Kelly gets annoyed with Joe Fox, finding him to be insensitive and overly blunt. Fox’s impersonal business mindset grates against her own outlook on business. Even though Kelly feels spite towards Fox, she struggles to verbalize it. Kelly discusses this struggle with her friend, confiding that she desperately wishes she could think of the right thing to say in the moment.

Near the end of the movie, Kelly finally comes up with the perfect zinger to say to her enemy. Immediately after it comes out of her mouth, she’s filled with regret and shame. Even though she wanted to say exactly what she said, her empathetic nature takes over her feelings.

Through small moments like this, the show displays a woman that is optimistic, kind, and completely human. This movie could easily have turned Kathleen Kelly into a stale, perfectly happy woman with too much enthusiasm to be realistic, but it didn’t. The movie showed a real person, rather than an ideal. The dimension given to Kelly’s character only adds to her endearing relatability.

Because of the success of Kathleen Kelly’s character and the development of the plot, I really liked “You’ve Got Mail.” It’s a movie that I would love to watch again. If you’re looking for a fun romcom that actually has some depth to it, I’d recommend this one.

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Are masks permanently changing how we express ourselves?

Masks are on virtually everyone’s face, but what will it be like when they are gone?

For many kids in America, wearing a face mask at school all day is the new normal. Whether it’s in the classroom, hallways, or bathroom, masks are always worn over the mouth and nose.

Most workplaces have also adopted mask policies and social distancing measures. Stores, theatres, gas stations; everywhere we go, there are masks.

As a lot of us have seen, this has changed how we talk to each other. For one, we have to speak louder than before; masks muffle and absorb sounds, making pronunciation more critical than ever before.

I’ve found that wearing masks also changes how we use facial expressions to communicate. Since our noses and mouths are covered, eyes and eyebrows are the only thing that really keeps our faces from being expressionless.

When talking to someone else, sometimes I have to remind myself to move my eyebrows, so they know that I am engaged in what they are saying. I am making facial expressions during the conversation, but the micro expressions are a lot less visible with a mask on.

It feels almost cartoonish to over-exaggerate what faces I make, and I have a feeling that once masks are no longer required, seeing everyone’s facial expressions will take some adjusting to.

Masks are kind of nice for people who have social anxiety; for example, I can lip sync to my music without worrying about who is looking at me. And if you have an RBF, masks are definitely your friend. No one can judge you for looking upset.

I’ve caught myself making a lot really odd faces underneath my mask while walking around campus. I’ll just be moving my face muscles randomly out of boredom. Realizing that people would be able to see me doing all this if it weren’t for my mask makes me laugh. I must look insane!

This got me wondering about how different it will be to talk to people face to face, without masks, after the pandemic has died out (whenever that will be). Will we go back to how things were before, or will we be permanently adjusted to them?

Seeing the entire face of a stranger weirds me out. I’m so used to only being able to see from the eyes up that seeing noses and chins will feel strange. And since mask mandates are present in almost every county, it has started to feel illegal to me. Like no, full face viewing is not allowed.

Maybe it’s just something I think about, but I am very curious to see how facial masks change the everyday interactions between classmates, employees, customers, and strangers. Will we feel and act normal when the masks are gone? Or will our social circles be forever changed?

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The licorice conundrum: Twizzlers vs. Red Vines

Which do you prefer, Twizzlers or Red Vines? This is the question that has plagued everyone’s mind for years.

Everyone has their own opinions on this, and I personally have gotten in some pretty heated arguments about this topic.

Red Vines are considerably more popular on social media. On Twitter, Red Vines has more than 64,000 followers which is 16,000 more followers than Twizzlers have. Red Vines also has more followers of Facebook. On Instagram, Twizzlers doesn’t even have an account while Red Vines has a lot of followers.

However, in 2019 Twizzlers was the best-selling licorice brand in the U.S. with sales amounting to about 102.2 million units. This raises the question: Does it matter which is more popular on social media if they don’t end up actually buying and eating the product?

TasteMade.com compares the pros and cons of both Twizzlers and Red Vines. They compare calories, ingredients, consistency, taste, and healthiness. Ultimately, they declare Twizzlers to be the winners debate. They say that although Red Vines are healthier, Twizzlers have a better flavor overall.

Twizzlers fans say that Red Vines are too waxy tasting and get too stale and hard and hurt your teeth. Red Vines fans rebuttal this by saying that Twizzlers taste like plastic and aren’t as healthy.

Personally, I think that Twizzlers are far superior to Red Vines. The taste alone makes me support Twizzlers because I agree that Red Vines taste like a weird waxy, chalky mix.

The only pro I will agree with about Red Vines is that they work better as a straw. Who doesn’t want to drink out of licorice? However, Twizzlers still work as a straw so they still win in my books.

There are some people who don’t like licorice at all and think we’re all crazy for caring about something as trivial as which brand of licorice tastes better. However, they will never understand the importance of this debate. In most statistics, the two candies are evenly tied.

Mashed.com even goes so far as to say “Maybe there are some things humanity was never to find out.” in relation to which licorice is the victor.

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My Experience Trying Out for Davis High Soccer Team

Last week, on March 1st, 2021, was the very first Davis High Soccer tryout for the 2021 spring season. It was hosted at Ponds Parks, located in west Kaysville just off Burton Lane starting at 3:15 sharp.

This year will be my senior year on the team. I had played on the team my freshman and sophomore years in previous seasons, but decided to take a break for my junior season, due to education courses that would get in the way. The pressure was on after not touching a ball for a whole year.

The very first tryout was really relaxed. There were 72 players that they divided into four teams and we just scrimmaged on two different fields while the coaches watched. I got to get some touches on the ball and condition a little bit before the tryouts intensity picked up. They made no cuts the first tryout, so we would be rolling into the second with 72 student athletes still.

The second tryout was more or less the same. The pace of the game had definitely started to pick up due to the fear of the first cuts, which is always the largest of the player cuts so everyone was giving their all. After the tryouts, we all waited to see the results of the cut.

They were posted on the front office doors of Davis High School at 7pm that night. Only 52 players were left,  and 20 kids have been cut, I had survived first cuts.

Wednesday. It’s final tryout day. By 7pm tonight, this years Davis High School boys soccer team would be decided. They could cut anywhere from 10-14 players, and I had to make sure that I was not one of them. I played my heart out to make sure the coaches would have a difficult decision. There were 2 other seniors who took a break and decided to come back for their final year as well, and I knew it would come down to who out of us 3 they would take.

After playing my heart out, I hit the gym to keep myself busy as I waited for the clock to hit 7pm again to go check if I had made final cuts. I couldn’t stay focused while I lifted weights nervously. After what seemed like forever, I finally headed to the High School to see if I would be on this years Davis High Soccer team.

As I arrived, I parked in the visitor parking. I saw players walking back with their heads down as well as ones celebrating jumping in joy, and I wondered which one I would be. I walked up nervously, only to find out that I had made the team! A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders knowing I did it. This season was about to be the best one yet. I knew how hard I was going to have to work, but I knew the reward would be worth it in the end.

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Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is one of the best fantasy authors in recent history. His idea of the “Cosmere” is a unique take on an interconnected universe crossing over many of his different series. The characters he creates are compelling and humanized. His power systems are original and thoroughly explained. The stories he writes are well written with excellent concepts.

Many of Sanderson’s books and series take place in the “Cosmere,” an interconnected universe he made to help with his stories and characters. We, the readers, have gotten confirmation of multiple “world hoppers,” characters that appear in multiple books/series in different worlds. The character Hoid is the best example of this as he is present in every Cosmere book/series at least once, usually as something of a cameo, but still existent.

Characters are one of the most important aspects of a novel and few people can create characters that seem truly human and real and Sanderson is one of them. Sanderson makes characters that have believable motivations and conflicts, contradictions are called out, and flashbacks are given proper transitions or dedicated chapters. Internal conflicts are the main motivations for many of his characters. Kaladin, the main character of The Way of Kings, believes he has failed and come to think that he can only fail. His character interactions are reasonable and understandable, making them have defined and human personalities.

No fantasy novel is complete without a defined presence of magic or technology, thoroughly explained or specified as nonexistent. The worlds which Sanderson creates are firmly in the former. They are interesting, clever, and specific; they are clearly defined and limited in what they can and cannot do. I have never heard of another magic system predicated on eating metal and “burning” it to gain magic powers like seeing other possible iterations of yourself, or being born with an innate power that you can give away but without it you are a sedentary lay about. Magic should not be infinite in a story, and Sanderson understands this.

To reiterate, most of his stories are connected in an understandable way, his characters make you care about them, their goals, their motivations, and his magic systems are all well thought out and specific. Hence, read any and all books written by Brandon Sanderson.

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Cancel Culture

Cancel culture is a new term or social norm that has recently been destroying famous personals career.  It is said to be started with the sexual crimes committed by people like Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, and R.Kelly. The internet world has been deciding who deserves to be in the spotlight and who does not.

            In the Pop Culture Dictionary, cancel culture is defined as:

“The popular practice of withdrawing support from public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. Cancel Culture is generally discused as being performed on social media in the form of group shaming.”

            The recent cancelation that has been brought into the light of social media is James Charles and David Dobrik. Both are famous for their popularity on YouTube. James is beauty guru. He does make up tutorials and is very talented. He is also famous on Tik Tok and hangs out with Dixie and Charli D’Amelio. David Dobrik is a part of the vlog squad; he makes funny prank videos.

            James Charles is being canceled due to many underage boys coming forward with proof of inappropriate snapchat conversations. This is not the first time. Back in 2019 James was exposed by Tati Westbrook for many allegations of sexual harassment. He then came out with an apology video and has since been forgiven by the public eye. Two weeks ago James came out with another apology video “holding myself accountable”. He admits to all the rumors and blames it on his desperation.

            David Dobrik is being canceled for many reasons, but the main reason is due to a vlog he made a while ago. In this vlog he captured under aged girls drinking. One of the girls came out and said that one of David’s buddies named Dom SAed her. David has come out with two apologies claiming he did not know what was happening and claims that he has learned and grow from this experience.

            So, did these two deserve to be canceled?  Is the media telling us the truth about these people?

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Out-of-School Activities

Most kids at Davis High School go to school four days of the week, but what do they do outside of school? I interviewed several students to see what they like to do when they aren’t in school. A majority of the kids said that they like to be in the outdoors. “I like to take my dog on trail walks,” said student Avery Major.

The Wasatch Mountain Range has lots of different trails to choose from, and it is only a five to ten minute drive from Davis High. Some of the best trails are at the East Mountain Wilderness Park.

When student Taig Olsen isn’t at school he likes to ski. “I hit the slopes as much as I can during the season because I love it.” Says Taig.

Skiing is a great way to get outside and be active for kids living in Utah. There are many different ski resorts that are nearby and have reasonable prices. “In my free time when I am not at school I like to develop film and play guitar,” says student Luke Weston.

Developing unique talents is a great way to spend your time outside of school. When student Spencer Swain isn’t at school, he likes to go Mountain biking. “There are lots of cool trails around my house that I like to go ride at. One of my favorites is the Farm.”

Mountain biking is another great outside of school activity. You can choose what level you want to ride at and it is a good way to stay active and in shape at the same time. And, if you want to take your mountain biking to the next level you can join the Davis High School mountain biking team. It is a good way to get out and be active and meet new people.

Davis High students have many unique hobbies and activities they like to participate in outside of school. From developing film to skiing, students at Davis do it all.

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Dateless Davis #2 pandemic boogaloo

The Covid-19 pandemic of last year is still affecting dating tremendously at Davis High with the already declining dating rate plummeting lower than ever before leads us to ask: “Why don’t people date anymore?”

Davis has never been known to be a real “dating” school with other articles written about “Dateless Davis” aptly named because of the low amount of dating that is happening within the school.

The Covid-19 pandemic however has made that even worse adding on to the multitude of reasons and sometimes excuses for students not to date.

“Many people won’t go out because they are scared of Covid-19” explained a student.

Many students at Davis high share these sentiments and decide for their safety that they won’t go on any dates, however others see this as just another excuse.

“Not going dating because of Covid-19 is just a wimpy excuse” another student passionately claimed.

With the vaccine out and proper Covid-19 safety restriction’s widespread this student might just be right. Maybe there is a deeper reason for “Dateless Davis”; after all the low amount of dates is not new.

Davis has always had a low dating rate when compared to other high schools. There are many other reasons for students not to date.

“It’s just feminism and false MeToo accusations that make me not want to date” Expressed another student.

These days with the rise of the MeToo movement and feminism’s appeal to young women, some guys just don’t want to date those kind of people for political or moral reasons.

This shows a general ideological divide between students at Davis. The majority of the schools students are raised with conservative values and that makes students with liberal values unappealing and vice versa.

“I don’t want to date liberal’s because there is no way we would get along, we share too many different values to get along.”

Others worry about the divorce system

“The divorce system is broken I don’t want to risk losing half of my stuff in a botched marriage. Go watch better bachelor and you’ll understand what I mean”

Said a student concerned about modern dating.

These attitudes and others are the reason why many students just won’t risk dating anymore, we can only hope that these ideological differences and Covid-19 are relieved so we can all get back to enjoying this high school experience.

 

 

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Journalists’ most loathed topic, sports

It is no surprise that many journalists at Davis High have a favorite subject to write about, but what is less well known is that many journalists have a single subject that they hate writing about the most: sports.

Journalists each week are assigned a topic to write about based on the categories that you see on this website and it is up to them to find a topic to write about. They are the let loose to write the story and interview people relevant to the story.

The most widely loathed topic to be assigned is Davis High sports.

“It is absolutely the worst subject to write about.”

said a journalist who proceeded to go into a rant when asked about if sports was their least favorite subject.

“I just don’t care, I hate Davis High sports and have no interest in sports in general. Why the heck would you waste your time?”

said the same journalist fired up about sports.

Many others shared the same sentiment, if a little less extreme.

“I enjoy sports in general, but writing about Davis sports is my least favorite topic.”

Calmly explained another journalist.

This was a common comment on the journalism team. Many of them liked sports in general but found writing about Davis sports boring.

“I just don’t care, there is not a lot going on.”

Explained another journalist.

It seems that the vast majority of journalists are fine with sports, but do not like writing about them.

“I understand your interest in the sport if you play on a Davis High team, but for everyone else it is kind of hard to relate to”

Said a journalist when asked about their final remarks on sports.

Covid-19 has also decreased interest in Davis Sports because now many sports tournaments that previously would have been held are now cancelled, meaning not a lot is going on in the Davis sports world.

In the end it is up to the audience on what is popular or not, and sports will continue to stay a category, even if loathed, for many years to come.

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2021 Senior Life

Is High School for a Senior all it sounds like it is? Well not exactly, with all the new outlines and safety measures for the recent Covid-19 outbreak, certain aspects of A Senior’s daily school life are much much different.

When you think of a Senior, you often thing one of two things. A student who’s on track, working hard to get scholarships in preparation for college, or a student who just turned 18, who parties hard, does things he/she is not supposed to, and skips most of their classes.

With most of the safety measures put in place, a lot of kids who graduated last year really missed out on several things. They didn’t get graduation, prom, scholar ship opportunities, and even end of year student events.

While things are getting better, School life also get’s better. Unlike the 2020 graduates at Davis High, the 2021 Senior Class will have a school promoted Prom, a choice of in-person or virtual graduation, and School promoted Senior events.

As the 2020 Graduation year got the short end of the stick, 2021 is getting better, and 2022 should be somewhat close to normal.

Social aspects of a Senior year are also limited. With masks, you’d find students don’t socialize with each other as often. Students keep to themselves and often almost try to avoid other students.

As for teachers, they follow each safety measure put in place and do their best to ensure that the students do as well. When students don’t follow the guidelines, teachers do their best to make sure the students understand why these rules and procedures are put in place.

Although school may not be normal now, sometime in the near future students should return to a way school was ran before the Covid-19 epidemic. Stay in school, don’t do drugs, social distance, and most importantly, be safe out there.

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Why Brother Bear is the Best Movie Ever

The Disney animated film “Brother Bear” is largely underappreciated. This movie is so amazing because it teaches good morals, a heartwarming story, and a lot about forgiveness.

Brother Bear is a story about a man named Kenai, who gets turned into a bear by the spirits. He was turned into a bear because he killed a bear, and the spirits are trying to teach him a lesson. While Kenai is trying to figure out how to change back into a human, he meets a little cub named Koda. They travel together and form a brotherly bond. In the end, Kenai realizes his mistakes and starts making amends.

First of all, Brother Bear shows amazing sibling relationships rather than unrealistic sibling relationships. It shows the teasing and the fighting that comes with having siblings, but it also shows the love between siblings in a way most other movies do not visualize as well. Koda and Kenai also show the relationship of brothers in a realistic way.

This movie shows perspective in a really cool way as well. The humans think of the bears as monsters who try to steal their fish and kill, but the bears think the humans are the monsters. At one point Koda is looking at a picture of humans with spears, and he mentions how scary they are. This forces Kenai to look at everything with a different perspective than he had.

Another amazing thing about Brother Bear is that when Kenai realizes who he killed, he immediately feels bad about it and realizes that what he did was wrong. It shows realization and consequences for his actions. My favorite thing about this movie is that as soon as Kenai realizes what he did, he comes clean about it. In a usual movie this would be kept a secret and then there would be a big blow up about it later. But in this movie, Kenai doesn’t keep a secret and he is open and honest with Koda about his mistake.

The soundtrack for Brother Bear is another big plus of the movie. The music is by Phil Collins, who is a master at this kind of thing. I listen to the soundtrack at least twice a week because it is so good.

This movie also shows forgiveness in a cool way. Koda could have hated Kenai for the rest of his life, but instead he forgives him through the power of love. Forgiveness is hard to do, but Brother Bear shows it beautifully.

The moral of the movie is that love is not weak. It shows even though people think love isn’t considered “manly,” in the end that is what makes someone a person or a “man.” It shows that love makes you strong through the relationships that you make.

In conclusion, Brother Bear is a great movie and one to be watched and appreciated a lot more.

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Jamming Davis

Music is a big deal in a lot of people’s lives. Some people use music as a stress reliever. Some people use music to hype themselves up, and some people just like to listen. At Davis, there are lots of different ways people listen to music.

Luke Weston listens to music when he wants to vibe and Jam out. “I love listening to folk and indie alternative music because it makes me feel so good.”

This is a good way to really relax and just focus on the music. Different types of music can give you different vibes. For example, when you listen to folk music you get more chill vibes and when you listen to rock music you get more hype vibes.

Spencer Swain listens to music when he wants to sing along to it. “I love to sing as loud as I can and express myself through my music.”

Music can be a great a great way to express your emotions and have fun. “You can either listen to music based off of your emotions or you can listen to music based on the emotions you would like to feel.” Says Gabe Franklin.

“I listen to rap when I want to tune Gabe out,” Says Grace Clark.

Sometimes music is used to tune others out. It is a good way to distract yourself from the chaos of life and just have a good time listening to music. It can be a good way to cool down and re-center yourself. Music can also help you connect with people. Taig Olsen says, “I love to listen to music at parties so I can set a fun mood.”

Music is so diverse and can be used in so many different ways. From listening in the car to listening with friends, music shapes the way kids at Davis High live their lives.

 

 

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Why Metal Music is Underrated

When people think of popular music, most won’t say metal as their first pick since it is discounted through stereotypes. Most people just don’t understand metal, giving it a bad reputation due to stereotypes like people believing it is just screaming, drugs, and alcohol. This can be alleviated by giving it a chance to find something in it you can enjoy. Metal has a lot to bring to the table from a critical and emotional perspective.

The lyrics of most songs in popular genres are repetitive and mindless, not really having meaning and just designed to get stuck in your head. And that is only if you can understand even a word they say. Metal doesn’t have this problem as much, as the lyrics are well though out, well written, and even better sung. Metal musicians design their lyrics around a theme, whether it is trying to provoke an emotional reaction, tell a story, or both.

Bands like Dragonforce and Breaking Benjamin write songs that are designed to make you feel something. Dragonforce makes songs that are encouraging and confident while Breaking Benjamin makes songs that are more caring and compassionate. Thought is put into the how the lyrics will fit with the rhythm and tone of the song. TOOL does this very well, incorporating rhythm and tone into how the song is supposed to sound. Parts of the lyrics in their song Lateralus follow a rhythm of the Fibonacci sequence with the syllables, and in the song Sober some of the sounds of the singing are choked down to fit the theme of the song better.

Metal musicians make the instrumental parts of their songs with skill and precision, not having to rely on cheap psychological tactics to make you think it is well played. Most popular groups and genres make songs and music designed to get stuck in your head on repeat, which makes the mind pay more attention to it. This is done so that you want more of it.

Many people believe metal to be chaotic and disorganized, but if you pay attention to it, it is very controlled; just fast. Bands like Soen and Van Canto make and execute complicated “instrumental” riffs (Van Canto is an A Capella metal band), giving the song more presence and resonance showing that they know how to make music that sounds complicated and good, while popular bands make simple and repetitive or inconsistent acoustics.

In short, Metal is stereotyped and misunderstood in many ways, like the lyrical and instrumental styles. The lyrical styles are meaningful and significant, not nonsense. The instrumentals and controlled and fit with the theme of the song, unlike popular genres. Because of these factors, people should really give Metal a chance.

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The Futuristic Lyrical Loneliness of ‘Her’ – Movie Review

‘Her’ is my favorite movie right now. I’m sure its spot will be taken soon enough, but for now, the crown belongs to Spike Jonze’s beautiful and contemplative celebration of love. But it doesn’t just celebrate the positives of love, and it doesn’t wallow in the negatives. It has a compassion and an appreciation of every step of a relationship. It explores the joy that a connection to another individual can bring, as well as the harsh realities and constant struggles that make up the act of loving someone. The film has a kind of lyrical loneliness that has the supernatural ability to bring those who come into the film with a good mood down, and wrap those that feel lost or hopeless in a warm blanket that tells them that they’re not alone, and that what they’re feeling is beautiful in its own way. I don’t believe that there is a person on Earth who can watch this movie and not get something out of it that feels personal. I’ve watched this movie 5 times since I entered my first relationship, and each time, the film meant something different to me. And each time, it has helped me immeasurably. Through this review, I hope to pin down why this movie is so effective, and attempt to convey my appreciation of this film’s existence.

‘Her’ is a 2013 film that is directed and written by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation). It takes place in the not-so-distant future and follows Theodore Twombly (played by the brilliant Joaquin Phoenix), a very lonely gentleman that works as an author of love notes for other couples. He is in the process of divorcing his wife (Rooney Mara), when he falls in love with an advanced operating system named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). It’s a simple premise, but it is filled with so many brilliant ideas and unadulterated passion. Passion for the art of film, as well as for the human race.

The future that it portrays isn’t a bleak, Orwellian vision like so many films are. It also isn’t a utopia with outlandish tech and distant characters. The changes to society that the film showcases aren’t conveyed through a title crawl or a montage of every step that led to this future, it is filled with little innovations and differences that exist in the background and are used by the characters in natural ways. This Los Angeles is car free (with the exception of a cab late in the film), leaving the roads to the people. The buildings are all unique and colorful. The tech isn’t all holograms and super extravagant messes of devices, instead it seems to be the natural evolution of our current technology.

The fashion isn’t Back to the Future Part 2 clothing, it instead predicts fashion trends and executes them with such a level of professionalism that it inspired a fashion trend in the real world. It’s the little things. Pastel colors are all the rage, high-waisted pants are everywhere, button-up shirts without a collar are trendy, and mustaches seem to have made a resurgence. They don’t have visors, and they aren’t wearing huge spiky silver shoulder pads. It’s gorgeous.

But everything in this movie is gorgeous. The beautiful fashion and architecture perfectly complement the masterful cinematography. The cinematography in this film is perfect. It switches between beautiful wide shots during the parts of the movie where Theodore is completely aware of his surroundings. When he’s going through his day to day, surrounded by hundreds of others just like him, or when he is able to appreciate his surroundings, be it the beach, the subway, or a mountain top. But when he is lost in his mind, the film uses these intense and long closeups of Theodore’s face that give a feeling of claustrophobia as well as the ability for the audience to read every little movement his face makes. There are long scenes that are just conversations and personal moments that are made so much more effective by the restraint of the camera. At one point, the screen even goes dark, and all you hear is the intense and personal moment between Theodore and Samantha. These scenes would fall on its face with a bad, or even mediocre performance at the center of it, but Joaquin Phoenix kills it.

“I think anybody who falls in love is a freak. It’s a crazy thing to do. It’s kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity.”

This film looks at love as a beautiful and complex thing. It explores what makes a relationship healthy and beneficial to both partners. It fully acknowledges and embraces the fact that there is no catchall for relationships. It’s different for everybody, and the joy of it is truly connecting to your partner and discovering what you both need. In the case of Theodore and Catherine’s (his ex-wife) relationship, they provided a very safe creative environment in which they supported each other’s writing. In the flashback scenes that show them before the divorce, they treat compassion and intimacy differently than any other couple in the film. The way Theodore acts with Catherine is wildly different than how he acts with Samantha and the lady he goes on a dinner date with early in the film. There is a morbid element to the affection shown within their relationship. The scene that comes to mind features Catherine pinning a laughing Theodore on the floor while saying,

“I’m going to kill you. I’m going to f****** kill you. I love you so much, I’m going to f****** kill you.”

It’s a scene that stands out as a strange interaction, but it suits the character of Catherine. She grew up in a very strict house where nothing that she did was ever good enough. I could see how her upbringing could result in her strange way of expressing affection. And this isn’t the only portrayal of morbid affection. We get to hear a good number of love letters that Theodore writes, and there is one that Samantha singles out as her favorite that is surprisingly violent. It fits in with the film’s theme of obscenity and perversion. The film is overall very sweet and tender, but there are moments that really take you by surprise and show how differently this future views these ‘taboo’ things. A vulgar video game character and a scene involving a surprise cameo from Kristen Wiig and a dead cat come to mind. I read these scenes as showing how a more sophisticated and progressive culture has caused more… unique… sexual desires to be created. It asks you to compare that with the other depictions of love that are very tender and emotional. This is a very small part of the film, but it is one that has always intrigued me.

This film’s perspective on love has helped me develop my own ideas about relationships. The film makes the case that every relationship matters. Just because one ends does not mean that it wasn’t worth it. In a good relationship, both partners will help the other grow, and they instill a part of themselves into the other. People are always growing and evolving, and growing apart is only natural. I don’t think trying to find ‘the one’ is very helpful. I think it’s best to evaluate the worth of a relationship based on the now instead of the future. A relationship where both people nurture and support the other is invaluable, and you can learn a lot about yourself through the eyes of a significant other. The world is a terrifying place, and for me, the idea of relationships makes my future seem less daunting.

The last thing I’d like to talk about is the film’s soundtrack. The film’s score was created by the band Arcade Fire, (one of my favorites) and it was nominated for an Oscar. It is my favorite soundtrack of all time, as well as one of my favorite albums, period. The gorgeous synthesizer perfectly complements the masterful piano. Songs like ‘Photograph’, ‘Divorce Papers’, and ‘Song on the Beach’ are just… *chef kiss*, and they have inspired me to learn piano. For some reason, the album hasn’t been available on streaming until now. On March 19, they have released the soundtrack on streaming platforms and vinyl. I highly recommend you give it a listen.

 

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Why “Cheap Queen” needs to be on your playlist this summer

King Princess’s latest album “Cheap Queen” offers the perfect sound for this coming summer break. At the beginning of last year, American singer-songwriter King Princess released her the deluxe version of her debut album, “Cheap Queen”. The album was dropped in February, just before the first nationwide lockdown.

King Princess is a nineteen-year-old musician who rose to fame in 2018 when she released her hit single “1950.” The queer anthem captured the attention and recognition of fellow pop stars Halsey and Harry Styles, as well as millions of fans. Fans were captivated by the soulful vocals and the creative use of synthesizer sounds in the track.

“Cheap Queen” contains the same chill, smooth vibes. While theatrical vocals and impressive runs have their place in pop music, King Princess brings a refreshing relaxed energy to the music industry. Inspired by Perfume Genius, Beyoncé, and Nick Cave, King Princess creates an entire atmosphere with her music. The choice of instrumentation and vocal arrangements is mesmerizing without demanding it outright.

The overall sound of the album is full of the energy of young love and whimsical fantasy. It’s perfect for summer evenings when you’re on a long drive, when you’re doing dishes in your kitchen, or just hanging out. Cheap Queen is one of those albums that you can listen to the whole way through over and over again, getting something new out of it every time.

Maybe you’ll relate to “Tough on Myself” after a long, hard day, and then really be feeling the song “Ain’t Together” the next day after hanging out with the person you like.

King Princess also offers a seamless and effortless album full of the queer experience. Whether you’re gay, straight, or pansexual, the alternating between the universal “you” and specific pronouns makes it so there is something for everyone on this album. The title track of the album, “Cheap Queen”, is one of those songs that makes you want to stand up and dance. The beat and bass are mesmerizing, creating a fantastic rhythm for slowly dancing by yourself.

With this coming summer just around the corner, anticipation and excitement fill many of us with hope for a better time than last year. The laid-back, fun energy of “Cheap Queen” is the perfect album to start off this summer with.

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Davis Students pick their GOAT between Michael Jordan and LeBron James

I asked 9 Davis students who they think the greatest basketball player of all time is.

My prediction was that students who are more into basketball and like to play and watch basketball would probably choose Lebron because they have grown up their whole lives watching him dominate the NBA. On the other hand, I predicted that students who did not care for basketball as much would vote for Michael Jordan because he may be the most well-known basketball player worldwide.

One of the main points usually brought up when having this debate is that Jordan went 6 for 6 in the finals while LeBron is only 4 for 10, however, this isn’t really a fair point because it brings down Lebron for making it to the finals even though that is a great achievement in and of itself, but to be fair Michael Jordan does have more rings.

“Jordan was the better overall player, the best of his time,” explains student Nolan Crook.

“Jordan, but basketball is bad,” argues student Carter Wall.

This goes along with my prediction that students who aren’t into basketball would choose Jordan because it is the more popular choice.

“Lebron James is the more dominant player and he’s been the best player in three different decades now,” says student Braxton Christenson.

Out of the 9 people I asked this question to, 4 answered that LeBron James is the goat and 5 claimed that Michael Jordan is the goat. This shows that high school-age kids of this generation still respect Michael Jordan more even though most of them probably haven’t witnessed Jordan’s greatness firsthand as they have with Lebron’s. Although, if the population size of students I ask increased in size, the answer might shift.

Despite the debate between Lebron and Jordan, most people do agree that they are the top two best players of all time.

 

 

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Women’s History Month

Although Women’s History Month is nearly over, I wanted to compile a list of amazing women in our history so those of you who may not have even been aware are still able to learn about some amazing women in history

Some of you may not know a whole lot about the women in our history, but with this article, that can be at least somewhat resolved.

First up on our list is Abigail Adams, who is mainly known for her role as John Adams wife. Born in 1744, she believed that slavery was evil and spoke out against it many times to her husband.

She also believed that women should be educated and have a role in government as more than just their husbands companions. Abigail consistently spoke out and wrote letters with advice to our nations founders multiple times throughout the process of creating our government.

“If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women.” Is one of my favorite quotes by Abigail Adams, and perfect for Women’s History Month.

 

For all of the businessmen and women out there, this one is for you. Our next amazing woman is Madam CJ Walker. She is known as the first female self-made millionaire in the US. (At least documented)

Born in the year 1867, she made her fortune off of by making hair products and cosmetics for black women. She also was a philanthropist and often donated to different causes. Her home served as a gathering place for the African-American community.

Madam CJ Walker delivered many speeches for African-American rights and advocated for the community for many years throughout her life, especially after she moved to New York and became contemporaries with people like        W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington.

“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” She said, when referring to her time spent working up the chain of business, starting in the fields of the south.

 

Next is someone I personally love. It’s Hedy Lamarr! You may recognize her from her time as an actress, but that’s not all she did! She was an amazing inventor and made and improved many different objects, such as stoplights, and airplanes. She was born in Austria in 1914, before later moving to America and becoming a citizen here.

Lamarr told Howard Hughes, an important figure in the airplane industry to streamline his boxy looking planes, and make them smoother so they could go faster.

She also developed a frequency hopping signal that could be used to jam the signals of Axis torpedos during WWII. The techniques she came up with in the 40s are similar to and helped the inventions of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

“Analysis gave me great freedom of emotions and fantastic confidence. I felt I had served my time as a puppet.” She said. Hedy was known for her progressive ideas concerning a woman’s worth, and what was worth her time.

 

Next up on our list is Coretta Scott King. Born in 1927, her husband Martin Luther King Jr. made waves in America with his activism, but she had a huge part too.

After his death she continued his work and opened the King Center and helped establish Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

She continued pushing for rights and broadened her activism to women’s and LGBTQ+ rights. She was very active politically and musically, often putting activist themes into her music.

“Hate is too great a burden to bear” She said, “It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” If you have time, I recommend looking up her other quotes as well, they are amazing.

 

Next up is one of my personal favorites authors. Ever since reading her autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings my freshman year, I have admired her so much.

Maya Angelou is absolutely inspiring. She is best known for her book mentioned above, which details her life until she was about seventeen. She was born in 1928 and faced so many different difficulties. She was still able overcame them and became an amazingly talented and world-renowned writer.

She opened the door for black feminism in the 60s. Although her intent on the subject of feminism was debated, it’s impact was as such. She was an advocate for African-American rights and worked hard for equal rights as well, helping to create new organizations and even was asked by Martin Luther King to help organize a march.

“You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.” She says. Again, highly recommend looking into her quotes more. She truly did rise from hard circumstances and became an absolute inspiration.

She completed many firsts and became an indisputable legend. Her writing achieved so may great lengths, including her piece Georgia being the first screenplay that was produced, written by a black woman.

 

Don’t worry athletes! I haven’t forgotten you! I actually chose someone absolutely amazing. Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee. Jackie for short. She was born in Illinois in 1962 and she won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the Olympic Games.

Jacqueline was the first women to score over 7,000 points in a heptathlon. In 1988, she won gold medals in both the heptathlon and long jump. She was the first American woman to win a gold medal in each event.

In those Olympic games she set an Olympic record in long jump for 7.40 meters. Joyner-Kersee also set a still standing record in the heptathlon with 7,291 points.

“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” With all of the numerous medals and awards she won, I certainly hope she doesn’t look back and regret anything.

 

Our final woman we are highlighting is Tammy Duckworth of the US Senate. She was born in Thailand in 1968, yet still a natural-born US citizen because her father was a US citizen. Duckworth was in the military and served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot.

In 2004, her helicopter crashed after being hit by a rocket propelled grenade. She suffered severe injuries, and lost both of her legs and some mobility in her right arm. She got a medical waiver and continued serving in the Illinois National Guard until 2014, when she retired.

In 2012, she was elected to the House of Representatives and served two terms. She was the first of many, including first Congress-member born in Thailand, first Asian-American elected to Congress from Illinois, and first woman with a disability elected to Congress.

In 2016, she won a seat in the Senate, also giving her a list of firsts. She was the first to give birth while in office and the first female double-amputee in the Senate. She was the second of three Asian-American women to be US Senators, the first being Mazie Hirono and third Kamala Harris.

U.S. Senate Photographic Studio-Renee Bouchard

“We must be an inclusive nation that respects and supports all of it’s citizens: a nation that doesn’t give up on anyone who hasn’t given up on themselves.”

For the eighth and final subject, I choose to highlight when the National Council of Women was formed on March 31 1888. Just in time to celebrate. The National Council of Women was founded by big names from the Woman’s Suffrage Movement like Susan B. Anthony and May Wright Sewall.

The National Council of Women is the oldest non-secular organization for women in the United States. Today, they bring to light issues that women face and they try to bring the political, social and economic equality of the sexes.

When the UN hosts it’s annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the organization acts as a host to women from all over the world, and showcases them.

All of these women are truly remarkable, and I hope that by reading this article, you were able to learn of at least one more amazing woman than you did before. Happy Women’s History Month!

 

Information was found on Wikipedia.org

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It’s time we start normalizing guys painting their nails

Over the past few years style and clothing has become more gender fluid, with guys wearing dresses and more feminine clothing. However guys painting their nails is nothing new.  Men have been painting their nails since around 3,200 B.C. to show social and economic class. If we have been doing it for so long, why is it frowned upon by many today?

Many people see men painting their nails as girly and it doesn’t make you a man. I see where they are coming from. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and if they don’t like painting their nails that’s fine, but where it crosses the line is when people put men down and say their opinion is invalid just because of their nails.

Davis High senior, Kalen Cox says “I’m not one to paint my nails, but I have no problem with other guys who do. I respect them.”

Many guys and girls see men painting their nails as a sign of weakness. Personally I paint my nails because I like how it looks and I like matching my outfits and things to them. Not everyone has to like it and that is okay because I respect their opinion.

Painting your nails can also show support too. A few years ago lots of male celebrities, such as Zac Efron and Chris Hemsworth painted their nails red to show support for the Polished Man Project. Raising awareness for the one in five children who experience physical or sexual assault and violence before the age of 18.

Due to the popularity of these celebrities and the shocking choice of nail color, they raised tons of money and awareness for the foundation.

At the end of the day we should accept people for who they are and let them like what they like without judging or persecution.

 

 

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What is it like to be a minority in a primarily white area?

How does it feel to be a minority student walking the halls of a white majority school? How does it affect students?

Bringing attention to the exclusion and effects of minority students is not to make anyone feel attacked or to point fingers at anyone. It is to shed light on a situation that is underlying but important. It is hard enough to fit into the social structures of school and environments, but even more so when you are in a position where you can’t easily find people who you can relate to and who share your heritage.

When people get the chance to talk about effects on minority students, it is immediately thought there are accusations of racism or hate being placed and, although there are many situations where this might be true, it is not the case all the time. Many times, it is just the reality of people being left out or pushed to the side. Being noticed and accepted, but never fully understood. Or only being known for what you look like and the different places you come from.

“I can get along fairly well with everyone, but sometimes people can ask the right question without realizing it and I get lost in my thoughts. I ask, ‘is that all you see in me?’”

Says an anonymous student after being asked if there is ever a moment where they feel out of place.

Differences between people are what make the world spin. The unique cultures, languages, customs, beliefs, and colors create meaning for the world. Although there is a large population count where people are accepting of others, there never is a real understanding.

Everyone knows of Hispanics, Asians, Africans, Latinos, Islanders, but do we really know about them? Taking time to learn their history and culture will help us develop an appreciation of each other. Some accept who we are, but never really understand it.

One wrong step and people can get hurt, but we never discuss why. There is the immediate jump of thinking that people are too sensitive and take things too personally without realizing maybe there is a deeper meaning to it.

“If you don’t see my color, you don’t see me. My color isn’t just a skin tone, it’s a story, culture, and life of its own. It’s what has helped me find who I am.”

Says an anonymous student after being asked how they feel about the following comment:

“Just ignore it. I don’t get why everything has to be about race. I don’t see color I just see people.”

I can’t deny that I could make things so much easier by ignoring certain situations and problems. Yet to ignore what someone was born with, who they grew up as, and what is a part of them is to ignore their contribution to this world. Most of these issues are not simple yes or no, black and white types of situations. There are complexities and versatility that need to be recognized and appreciated.

Being a minority myself, I know what it feels like firsthand. I don’t fit in. I have my own difficulties as an individual and with my personality, but being a Latinx student in a white majority school, I can’t adapt. I grew up in a different environment and culture. I don’t understand where others come from and why they know what they do and the same goes for others about me. I can’t ever join simple conversations about what their families had for dinner last night. I feel out of place.

Resources can be more easily accessible for a group of people that have a higher majority rate. There never has to be a worry if you’ll qualify for a work field or scholarship. You never have to worry if you will be turned away based on the way you look, sound, or come from.

“Nowadays it’s never a fair scale. It’s either one or the other. If you’re not receiving microaggressions, it’s a life of affection action. To put it simply, you can get bullied or killed.”

Exclaims an anonymous student after being asked how they see minorities are being treated.

People are valid in having their own opinions, but to completely push aside the arrogance and hate that is directed to some people is surpassing moral limits.

“If I can go one day without being called out for where my background is from, instead of by my name at least five times a day, it’s a miracle.”

Anonymous continues to explain what they experience as a minority student.

“Its small comments that are political or even personal that just completely dismiss human values.”

Hate, racism, segregation, and so forth happens around us every single day. Whether you see it on the news, hear it out on the sidewalk, see it in the produce section of a grocery store, it’s there. Some experience it and others are the cause. There is a lot of hate and it’s a topic that needs to be handled. While it may be an uncomfortable conversation, it is a necessary one to have as you grow up. Being open-minded to differences and conversation is the only way to start change for the better.

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What it means for March Madness to be back after an off year

After a year taken away from basketball fans by Covid-19, March Madness is officially happening. The NCAA tournament is arguably the greatest annual sporting event in history, with thousands of basketball and non-basketball fans alike tuning in.

One of the many great things about March Madness that appeals to those who do not watch basketball is filling out brackets. Competing to see who can correctly predict all 63 games is fun in and of itself, but the fact that you need close to no college basketball knowledge to succeed makes it even better. Just take Gregg Nigl, a man who didn’t watch any college basketball but picked close to 50 games in a row correctly in 2019.

“Don’t overthink it,” said Nigl when asked about the keys to a good bracket.

Whether it’s in a family bracket group, or in the overall bracket pool, the person who has none to very little knowledge of basketball always wins. Experts never get their picks right, because the teams that are “supposed to win” never win.

Since March Madness is fun for those who don’t care about basketball, it is something close to heaven for those who thoroughly enjoy basketball. Something about the huge field of teams, the complete randomness of the teams that win, and the fact that games are always happening make March a month of basketball heaven.

“March Madness is super great because there are so many different teams that can make noise and win, which in my opinion is much better than the NBA,” explains Colby Cox, a March Madness fan.

“I love March Madness because of how it takes a great sport and creates a huge sporting event that brings tons of people together and creates a fun, competitive environment that everyone can participate in,” says Silas Williams, a March Madness fan.

“It’s fun to watch all the games because all the games matter. Plus it’s non-stop action,” exclaims Tyler Tynsky, a March Madness fan.

Even if your bracket is consistently busted every year, March Madness will always be something you can enjoy.

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Conversation pits should make a comeback right now

What’s better than a giant bowl of pillows and cushions?

Conversation pits are a thing of the past for most people, but the pros of having one in your living room are far too great to be overlooked.

What is a conversation pit? Something worth looking into! They are similar to a sunken living room, except that instead of an entire room being lowered into the ground, it’s just the center of the room.

Some conversation pits employ a circular sofa idea, with seat cushion extending around the entire pit wall. Others have smaller sofas that are separated by gaps of concrete. Back pillows can be attached to the back of the sofa or kept loose for versatility.

This alternative furniture was first popularized in 1950’s, though the concept has been around for centuries. Chinese and Spanish architects were building conversation pits long before it became common in the USA.

Bruce Groff, an architect from Oklahoma, is largely credited for the normalizing of conversation pits in America. He first built a pit in his own living room in 1927, which featured a sunken portion of the living with a continuous couch.

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, sunken living rooms and conversation pits took off, becoming a normality in the United States. Their popularity was somewhat short lived though when they became an outdated idea in the eighties.

So, why should they make a comeback now? First off, the concept is just objectively interesting. A portion of a room specifically designated for hanging out and conversing? Yes, please!

You might be thinking, why not just have sofas in your living room? While there’s nothing wrong with traditional seating furniture, conversation pits bring a different element to the living room.

Rather than a formal style sitting area, conversation pits offer a laid-back area to relax in. They are much more comfortable and roomier than the typical couch, and because the seating is so long, it’s ideal for lounging about.

It also creates a low-pressure environment, ideal for chilling out with friends. Put a snack table in the middle of the pit and bam! You’ve got the perfect place to entertain guests.

It’s great for summer mornings when you’re taking your time getting your day started and want somewhere to lounge but don’t want to stay in your bed.

Studies have shown that spending time in your bed awake and during the day can disrupt your brain’s connection between beds and sleeping. This can cause difficulty sleeping at night when it’s time to go to bed. Conversation pits solve this problem.

Because of the circular or square shaped design, the conversation pit allows every person a full view of the group. I don’t know about you, but I hate not being able to see everyone who’s talking in a group.

Even if eye contact isn’t maintained, being able to see how their hands move and other body language is often really important to understand what they’re saying. If everyone can see everyone, these elements of conversation are preserved.

Imagine hanging out with your friends, talking and laughing, having the option to roll around, give each other space, or have a giant cuddle party. A conversation pit offers all of these things.

After over a year of quarantining, good conversation is something that every single one of us needs. What better way to facilitate quality conversation than with a comfortable, unique seating area specifically designed for such things?

I say that the conversation pit should become a common addition to homes these next several years. They are a comfortable, welcoming, and a fun, non-cringy throwback to the sixties and seventies. What’s better than that?

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The ACT: predictor of success or bureaucratic failure?

The ACT and standardized testing in general have been questioned recently for if they are out of touch with students. Here at Davis the ACT is dreaded every time it comes around, with students complaining about the long time it takes and the number assigned to them when they complete it.

This all raises the questions: Is the ACT worth it?, is their any alternative to the ACT?, should we remove the ACT?, and finally does the ACT predict success?

In an attempt to answer this question I have asked teachers and students what they think of the often hated exam.

on the student side many resent the use of the ACT in schools.

“The ACT has become a waste of time and effort”

said by a student who hated the ACT

This follows a recent wave of questions on whether the ACT has any use at all in this modern society.

opponents of the ACT claim that it can be replaced by other means and that it has no effect on how successful people are in their careers. This is usually because the ACT tests things that do not relate at all to a students career.

For example if a student would like to go into medicine in the future they would most likely not need to be proficient in the majority of the subjects that are tested on the ACT.

Their are much more useful ways, or so the argument goes, to determine a students academic ability.

We should replace the ACT with “GPA and experience in clubs, we don’t need a test to determine a student’s worth”

Said a student at Davis High concerned about the ACT’s merits.

These days more colleges are refusing to accept ACT results, among these are Utah Valley University, Southern Utah University, and in the works is Utah State University.

However some teachers disagree with students assessment of the ACT.

“Yes its an accurate insight to a students knowledge base, a fair assessment of what a student knows”

Said a history teacher at Davis High.

The ACT is the culmination of all that a student learns and can test whether they will be able to learn effectively at college, or so the argument goes

Pulling a complete 180 on the students idea, the history teacher suggests that the ACT is a good predictor of success

“The ACT is the most accurate prediction of a student’s success”

said the history teacher at Davis.

And so the debate still rages on, but what do you think about the ACT. Is it outdated or is it useful for colleges to use.

One thing is for certain though, that the ACT will continue to effect us within our school years and possibly our children’s school years.

The history teacher has one last message for students worried about the ACT and school in general.

“When students start to focus on the information learned in schools rather than grades they will learn that knowledge is the benefit for their life rather than a grade point average.”

 

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Spring Break with Covid

With Spring Break right around the corner and the pandemic going on also known as Covid 19 still active Davis High students are taking safe but fun measures to make sure their spring break goes well. Mask up is the motto for the Students at Davis High who take pride in making sure their classmates and friends stay safe during this time of worry. Staying safe at school is simple but how do the students act when out of school boundaries.

If the rumor is true, the mask mandate should be lifted by April 10th, and fully lifted by July 1st. Hopefully, this means that we are on our way to a maskless society again, both in and out of school.

Some Davis High students were asked how they were going to stay safe during their spring break and what activities they were doing.  Most of the students questioned gave simple and honest answers about how they are going to set a standard for this coming up Spring Break.

What are you doing for Spring Break? : “Trappin with the boys”

How are you going to stay safe? : “Mask up and don’t Mess up”

Stetson Grant is making sure “the boys” are safe and making sure he still enjoys his spring break. He wants everyone to know that he likes to have fun and party.

What are you doing for Spring Break?: “RIP a send to St Geezy/Vegas”

How are you going to stay safe?: “Wear a Mask when in big crowds”

What event will you be doing?: “Hittin Clubs with PK”

These were Adam Greenman’s responses, who is one of Davis High’s most promising athletes.

Even though covid is still around there is still a safe and fun way to spend your spring break, all ways remember, stay safe, and mask up!

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Mike Trout’s playoff clock is ticking

Michael Nelson Trout has arguably been the best player in the MLB for nearly a decade. He’s already been highly regarded as a first-ballot Hall of Famer and the greatest to ever play the game. The only thing Trout is missing is a playoff win and World Series trophy.

Mike Trout is eager to punch his ticket to the playoffs again. The last time the Angels were in the playoffs was 2014. They were swept in 3 games in the ALDS to the Kansas City Royals. Trout is looking to put that series behind him as he only went 1-for-12.

“We are all trying to get back to the playoffs. If that’s not the mindset, you shouldn’t be here. That’s why I come in. We got one goal. Get to the Playoffs and win the World Series, ” he said when asked about his goals this season.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been trying to equip the “Millville Meteor” with a winning team. The thing that has prohibited the Halos from winning is their pitching. They, unfortunately, did not address their pitching woes. They traded for Alex Cobb of the Baltimore Orioles and also traded for Jose Quintana of the Chicago Cubs. These are not great additions but ones that upgraded their rotation at the time.

“These pitching additions are ones that are not that significant. I will say though, they finally addressed a problem that has plagued them for the last 5 seasons,” stated Burke Bowles, a massive Angels fan.

The Halos also addressed big holes in the lineup after the departure of shortstop Andrelton Simmons. The Angels were able to acquire Jose Iglesias, Dexter Fowler, and Scott Schebler. These additions combatted the voids at SS, RF, and UTIL.

The Angels’ front office speaks often of its conviction to get Trout to the playoffs without going through a rebuilding phase. The Halos’ philosophy is to add simple pieces around Mike to push them over the hump. This has not worked for the last seven seasons, but manager Joe Maddon believes in this process.

“There’s a lot of great players that never played in a World Series, so it goes beyond Mike, but I don’t want that to happen to him. This guy loves to play. He’s wonderful to be around. Of course, I want to see it for Mike and his family, but I want to see it for everybody,” Joe Maddon told reporters over Zoom on February 22.

Arte Moreno and the Angels’ feet are held to the fire at the moment. They will decide if Trout’s playoff drought ends or extends this season. Moreno and Trout are both praying that the drought ends this season.

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My experience of traveling during Covid-19

I went on vacation to Hawaii last week and experienced the travelling limitations during Covid-19.

As I entered the Salt Lake City airport, I could feel the difference that Covid-19 has made. The terminals and gates felt full capacity, yet there were less people in the airport itself than before Covid-19.

The shuttles could only hold six adults which created small crowds. The airport gates had taped off every other seat to allow social distancing, which meant that some people had to either sit on the ground or stand because there ended up being more people than available seats.

Boarding was much faster than usual due to less people and when we boarded, the seats were taped off once again. This was a good thing because it provided more space since there was no one in the seat next to you.

After a 7-hour flight, we landed in Honolulu. As we walked through the terminal to the baggage-claim, it felt like we were the only plane that had landed there within the last few hours. The Honolulu Airport was almost completely empty and all of the restaurants were closed and seemed like they hadn’t been open for a very long time due to Covid-19.

We got our rental car and started driving to our hotel. Honolulu is built on small businesses that are locally owned, but almost every single store that we drove past was closed. Throughout our entire trip we couldn’t find any stores that were open. This is the toll that Covid-19 has taken on areas that rely on tourism to thrive. I’ve been to Hawaii before, and this felt like a ghost town.

Our flight back was almost the exact same; the Honolulu Airport was almost empty and the Salt Lake Airport had too many people for the seats that it could hold while following Covid-19 guidelines.

Overall the entire trip gave me an insight into what Covid-19 has done to all aspects of traveling and going on a vacation. Vacations just aren’t the same as they were before we were hit with the virus.

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What’s Davis Rockin To?

Music in this generation is a big part of teenagers lives. The most popular genres for kids in high school are indie/alternative, r&b and rap. Most high schoolers can’t get through high school without music. Teachers do limit the amount of music that students are allowed to listen to during free study which is many students opinion is kind of problematic.

“I have problems with focusing if there isn’t some type of music playing in the background, preferably Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar AKA, Cardi b.” Said Matt Allen Davis high Junior.

A lot of students at Davis High are getting there whole taste in music from “Tik Tok”. and its really quite sad. People are also stuck in one genre and not willing to branch out. which can be a problem when it come to starting a conversation. Lots of Davis students also dress to match their favorite music icon. For example,  kids who are more into indie/alternative are dressing like stylish hikers and homeless people with some money but no house. Its definitely a look since everyone is doing it.

When teachers were asked if music is effective during teaching most of them say yes.

“If music can help a student focus more and help them learn then by all means listen to music.” said Mrs. Frey an English teacher.

Music is a big part of growing up in high school and its a good way to get you through your school day If you are going to listen to music during school make sure you are listening to it during respectful times. Lots of students in high school like to listen to music while the teacher is in session and it is super cringe. It is the students choice what to learn so have fun listening to music on your own time, during free study or reading.

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To the seniors stressing about college decisions

This time of year is stressful for seniors. Many have made up their minds about what college they want to go to, but many still haven’t even decided. For those who have decided, there are still a multitude of other questions to answer.

For students who haven’t decided where you want to go, no worries, but you should probably decide soon. Housing and programs are going to fill up soon.

My advice to those still struggling to decide is to talk to your friends about their reasons for choosing a particular school; they may have some you haven’t considered. Or, honestly, if you really have to, just decide based on superficial things like, “Which campus looks better?” or even “Which campus has more vending machines?”

Sorry to tell you, but after you decide which college to go to, you have a million other questions. Like where you should live and what you should bring. In order to help alleviate some of your stress I’ve talked to Anna Larsen, a senior here at Davis High, about how her decision making process has been.

Anna will be attending Utah State University this fall, where many of her relatives have gone. She will be studying  Digital Design with minors in Marketing and Photography. She doesn’t know exactly where she’ll be living but she does have some living/home preferences.

“Close to campus, I want it to be nice, affordable and have plenty of amenities.”

She said.

Her dorm or apartment should be able to provide for her needs and be “easy to work with.” Anna is not planning on getting a meal plan because of the expense.

“I feel like it would be cheaper to do something else and buy a bunch of bulk food beforehand.”

Anna said.

Although Anna isn’t getting a meal plan, she agrees that they may work better for some people than for her, so don’t write off a meal plan if you were planning on one. College is about what works for you.

As for roommates, the most important aspect is personality to Anna. She doesn’t care about what they are studying, but similar interests are important. I agree since you are living with them, not necessarily being tutored by them. They should have a similar preferences to you in terms of cleanliness and organization.

If you’re scared about living alone for the first time, you are not alone. Nearly everyone is. Managing your time, finances, and health yourself is intimidating. On top of that, you are in a new place with new people, and that’s scary.

 “I’m anxious about the social experience and having to put myself out there and having to get to know people. Because it’s really a fresh start, no one knows you so you have to build up your reputation all over again which could be a good or bad thing.”

Anna says about her college fears. 

Ironically, the social experience is also something that Anna is excited about. She’s heard that your roommates or friends in college turn out to be lifelong friends sometimes, and she’s really excited to find close friends and have fun trying new things on the weekends.

Don’t get her wrong though, she’s definitely going to be missing some people. Namely, her family and dog. It’s hard to be away from your family for such a long time, especially for the first time.

Although she’s been preparing and taking advice from her mom about making an Amazon wish list early, Anna still has a lot she hasn’t decided on, so if you’re feeling confused, you aren’t alone.

I still don’t know where I’m living so that’s kind of the biggest decision right now, is figuring that out.”

A laptop is also on her mind, and due to her major being very digitally based, she needs a good one. She’s also deciding on what else to bring to school. All of these decisions are really stressful, and anxiety-inducing. How does one manage it all? Anna just trusts that everything will turn out how it’s supposed to be.

Just do your best, do everything that’s in your power, and then let everything else take care of itself.”

She also advises to get to know people who have gone to the college you are going to. She has relatives on her mom’s side that have gone to USU before, so learning from their experiences is really helpful for her.

To all the seniors, confused and anxious, just get as much information as you can, and make the decision you feel is right. Everything will turn out fine, and work out in the end. So don’t stress, and enjoy the rest of your last year of high school!

 

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What causes the adrenaline when you before you open something?

Ever had trouble sleeping the night before Christmas? Do you get really excited when it’s time to open birthday presents? Have you ever wondered why you have so much adrenaline when you unwrap things?

Unwrapping boxes is one of the most effective ways to give you an adrenaline rush which may be why people love gift-opening so much. It’s clear that humans crave adrenaline. It ignites your fight-or-flight response. Fight-or-flight is a mechanism within your nervous system that creates an adrenaline rush. That’s why in some circumstances, you can have very powerful strength or you can move faster. Thus, adrenaline is a great way to do things you’ve never done before.

“There are other things that cause adrenaline beyond opening presents”.

Said an anonymous contributor.

For example, skydiving! When you go skydiving, it causes you to have an adrenaline rush. Gaining adrenaline can be great because it makes you more aware of your surroundings and allows you to be more alert in certain situations.

I still can’t understand why opening presents and unwrapping boxes gives us so much excitement. Why does it inspire so much joy? Why do you have so much energy when you open it?

“Perhaps it’s because they give you a little taste of the excitement that children enjoy.”

“You get to experience that little spark of joy from getting a meaningful gift”.

Maybe, in some situations, it’s because you know what’s inside. When you have a good idea of what someone got you for Christmas or what you significant other got you for your birthday or anniversary, it can be more exciting. Then, in other situations, it’s because you have no clue what’s inside. It can feel like opening a door not knowing what’s behind it. When you finally open that door, the secrets are out and you immediately feel energized.

No doubt, it’s very fun to unwrap presents. But in the end, it’s not the act of unwrapping that causes adrenaline, but the surprise inside. That’s the beauty of good surprises and adrenaline! It helps renew your energy so that you feel great.

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I will be watching ‘A Goofy Movie’ once every day of March 2021

March has begun. For many, the changing of the month from Febuary to March means nothing. For others, its importance lies in the beginning of Women’s History Month. And the rest of us likely think of lucky clovers and leprechauns when the month of March is brought to mind. But this year, March means something different to me. I’m writing this on March 1st, and as I look forward at the month ahead, I feel a combination of dread, regret, amusement, and curiosity. Curiosity regarding what this ambitious and undoubtedly batty endeavor that I am about to embark on will do to my already fragile mental state. What is this endeavor, you ask?

Every day of the month of March in the year of our Lord 2021, I will watch the 1995 feature film ‘A Goofy Movie’. I will take notes and report my findings, as well as my mental state, on a weekly podcast under the working title of ‘A Goofy Month: 31 Days of A Goofy Movie’. When the podcast becomes available, I will add the link to this article. In addition to the podcast, I will also be posting an article recapping the month in April.

I’m sure you are wondering why, in the name of all that is holy, would I take on such a task? The answer? The answer is unclear. To attempt to give you reasoning, I’m going to give you my history with ‘A Goofy Movie’. But before I do that, I should probably give a rundown of the film itself for the uninitiated. ‘A Goofy Movie’ is a 1995 animated film that acts as a sequel of sorts to the Disney Afternoon series ‘The Goof Troop’ which followed Goofy and his young son Max as they go through life’s adventures together. I have not seen this particular show, but it had a decent following. ‘A Goofy Movie’ follows the titular Goof who, in an attempt to reconnect with his (now teenage) son Max, decides to go on a father-son cross-country road trip to Lake Destiny, Idaho. Max is less than happy with this sudden vacation, and he attempts to steer the road trip to L.A to see Powerline in concert.

 

The film was originally intended to be a Direct-to-VHS release, but Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg had a personal connection to the film (it was inspired by him struggling with his relationship with his teenage daughter)  and insisted it be a theatrical movie. But the movie was far from the studio’s priority. “It wasn’t even a B movie. It was a C movie,” remembered veteran Disney producer Don Hahn. The film was shuffled off to a subsidiary of Disney Animation called Disney MovieToons, which was responsible for TV movies and the Direct-to-VHS sequels to Disney classics. Nothing captures how little Disney cared about the movie better than Bill Farmer’s (Goofy’s voice actor) experience with the film. He spent 43 days recording dialogue over the span of 2-and-a-half years. But the creative efforts behind the film were incredibly talented and very passionate, and that passion overcame the studios’ limitations and shines through in the final product. But due to the infamous falling out between Katzenberg and Roy E. Disney that resulted in Katzenberg stepping down from his position of chairman and helping found rival animation studio Dreamworks, A Goofy Movie was seen as a burden from Katzenberg’s era left for Disney to deal with. Because of the studio’s hate of the film, it was given a quiet little release after its premiere in Florida(!), where it was met with mediocre reviews and box office returns. It seemed like the story of ‘A Goofy Movie’ had come to an end.

But after its VHS release, it quickly gained a following, as well as an overall appreciation of the film. And when the kids that grew up on ‘A Goofy Movie’ grew up, a resurgence began. Starting with a massively popular live-action recreation of the film’s opening musical number ‘After Today’ posted on YouTube, ‘A Goofy Movie’ started to be considered as the Disney classic it deserves to be.

I discovered the film again in June of last year. I had vague fond memories of watching it with my dad once when I was a young’un, and decided to give it a watch on Disney+. I fell in love. It’s a tight 1hr and 18min that is packed with clever jokes, an endless supply of quotable lines, strange and wonderful characters, a surprisingly effective emotional center, and pure, unfiltered 90’s oozing out of every frame. I then watched it around 20 times in a month. I roped my friends and family into my addiction, and it acted as a solid joke. But I didn’t keep a log, and I wasn’t consistent. So now, I’m going to dive back into the world of ‘A Goofy Movie’. But this won’t be for fun. This will be for science. I’m going to crack the mystery of why I love this movie so deeply. And you’d better believe I will make my friends suffer with me again.

As my friend Luke once said when describing me to someone, “He is nothing if not committed to the bit.”

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What Black History Month means in a primarily white area

February is Black History Month, but what does that mean in a primarily white school? Why does it matter to someone who isn’t black?

Black History Month’s purpose isn’t to degrade white history. It’s not to say that white history isn’t important, or to take away from white history at all. In order to fully explain what it is, I’ll use an example from Meredith Wright, a teacher here at Davis, who teaches a Women’s Art History class, as well as AP Art History.

She recommends imagining a stage, where white, male history has always been , due to a very eurocentric view. Black history isn’t pushing the white history off the stage, rather it’s just making room for itself on the stage as well. When people talk about black history, they aren’t saying that white history doesn’t matter, it’s just that black history does too.

In the United States, the history that is taught in our schools is very eurocentric, or white. It leaves out many stories of successful African-Americans, and instead focuses on successful white men. Erica Affronti, an African-American student from New York says “Most of the black history I know, I’ve learned at home. I haven’t learned very much at school. Which illustrates how lacking our curriculum is in providing a place for black stories. 

In terms of whether a black history month is racist, due to the fact that we do not have a white history month, Wright says “We don’t need a white history month, because every month is white history month, we have a very eurocentric view” I agree. To me, stating something such as “Shouldn’t all history matter” in response to black history month, is the same as stating “Shouldn’t all cancers matter” in response to Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. No one is saying white history isn’t important, this month is about recognizing and bringing awareness to black history.

Even if Black History Month isn’t inherently racist to white history, why is it important? Why should we celebrate it? Well, that’s simple, it has to do with equal representation. Have you ever had a character or historical figure that inspired you? Do you see yourself reflected in TV shows and history textbooks?

In order to understand, some of us may need to step away from race for a little bit, but we will come right back in a second. When I was a young child, I wasn’t into Disney Princesses. My mother loved Belle from Beauty and the Beast because Belle was smart and brave, but also because Belle looked like her. My mom was a brunette with hazel-brown eyes. As a young girl with blonde hair and blue eyes, you would think it would be easy for me to find a princess I could connect with easily.

I couldn’t though, to me the only choices were Aurora or Cinderella, whom I disliked because they weren’t smart like Belle. They didn’t act, they were acted upon. To me, an easily angered 5 year old, they didn’t really even have feelings. When I saw the first Tinkerbell movie though, I found someone I could look up to and identify with. She looked like me, but was smart and courageous. To a young child, feeling represented is so important.

In terms of race, African-American children have not had many mainstream historical figures to look up to at all. This isn’t even taking into account someone who looks and acts likes them, as was the case for me and Tinkerbell. I had many people that looked like me. These kids aren’t even being taught about heroes and important people that only look like them.

“When I learned that a lot of the things I use everyday were made by someone who looks like me, it made me feel like ‘Oh, well I could do the same thing,’ or ‘it is possible.’” Erica says. Seeing someone that looks like you, achieve miraculous things, is more than just important, it’s inspiring. 

Having someone to look up to is critical in order to inspire the next generation to achieve personal goals, but not just that, it works for the good of society. It’s important for science, technological advancements, business, economics and more.

So yes, Black History Month is not only not racist, it is important. To everyone, even white people. Our country is made up of different people from different cultures, ethnicities, nationalities and more, and in order to come together, we need to understand and celebrate each other as equals.

“Our Constitution was written in this beautiful way, and our Bill of Rights, that includes freedom, and liberty to all and yet I still feel like we are still trying to catch up and live up to that vision and in order to do so, we need to focus on and highlight and celebrate the voices of all.” Wright says,

She continues “For a group of people that have been oppressed throughout the history of our country, whether it was through slavery, discrimination, segregation, for us to live up to “Freedom and Liberty for all” we have to listen to their voices and hear their history, it’s a really important part of us living up to our Constitution”

Especially since much of black history, is just American history that has marginalized or pushed to the sidelines. Shouldn’t we all be learning about American history? Really, the benefits of learning black history for white people line up with the benefits of just learning history, which is important.

When asked what she thought the most important aspect of Black History Month was, Erica said

“Recognizing that Black History is American History as well, like us, the things we have created, and our everyday lives and it’s important for everyone to celebrate and learn about” 

For one to say “If I’m white, why does black history matter to me?” Is the same to say “If I’m black, then why does white history matter to me?” Our country was built by white men, sure. We should all learn about the founders of our country. But why were many of our founders able to build our country in the first place? They had the time to do so. They had the time to study and plan and prepare because they weren’t busy farming and such. They had the time because they had slaves to do that for them. These people were brought and kept against their will, and then literally built America. Shouldn’t we use time to learn about more of them?

I think what makes our country special is we are a country made up of immigration, of immigrants, it’s really important in my eyes to celebrate our diverse country and what makes us America… highlighting [African-Americans], celebrating them bringing them into the melting pot of our culture and elevating these other cultures cause you know, we are a culture of all these mixed ethnicities, nationalities,” Wright says. She goes on to say how beautiful it is to live in a country full of so many different people and how beautiful it would be if we could all come together and understand each other.

Becoming educated and learning about black history is important. Especially as a white person. We know that especially since this summer, tensions have been high. But rather than only condemning the actions of a few, why don’t we learn about the reasons why they may be angry in the first place? Ask what the majority are protesting for?

Although we know that learning and celebrating Black History is important, how we can learn about it if we live in such a predominantly white area? It’s simple. We live in a time and age where almost everything is accessible to us through the internet. Especially information.

Wright recommends going out of your way to find stories and articles. She even mentioned podcasts. Especially in February, there are so many easy to find sources to read black stories or listen to them. Erica also recommends googling, watching documentaries, and reading books written by black authors.

With the easy access of the internet as well as libraries and streaming services, basically anyone can find black history. Just because it’s not taught extensively at schools, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily always hard to find.

So this month rather than posting a Martin Luther King Jr. quote on your Instagram story, (although he was a truly amazing man) research black stories, share black stories and learn black stories. Become a true white ally.

“The best way we could try to be a white ally is by emboldening POC, instead of boldening ourselves, and listening to POC and letting them lead the way when it comes to their history, letting them lead the way when it comes to how they think we should stop oppression, stepping aside and being a really good listener, and having an open mind and open heart” Mrs. Wright says. She goes on to say that it is not enough to simply be “not racist.” We must actively be anti-racist.  How can you be anti-racist though? The above advice from Mrs. Wright still applies, but so does some more.

“Speak up against racism and injustice, because you feel like it is wrong, not because it’s a trend or not because it looks good to do it, but out of the goodness of your heart.” is what Erica Affronti recommends.

Learning black history is important to the growth of this nation. Like Mrs. Wright said, we need to live up to “Freedom and Liberty for all” and we can’t do that if we don’t understand each other. Understanding is the basis for all beneficial relationships.

So learn as much as you can, in not just this month, but in the months following. You don’t have to limit it to just black history either. You can expand into Native American history, Latino or Asian history as well.

It is the hope that as we learn each other’s history, and come to understand each other more that we can begin to heal this nation finally, from the cloud of racism and injustices that many people, especially African Americans, face. So do your best going forward, to look into others and begin to understand them. Teach yourself their history, as they have always been taught yours.

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

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New Class at Davis Creates New Space for Women

This semester, Davis High is introducing an exciting new class that students should definitely consider taking if they are interested in art, history, or expanding their perspective and understanding of the world around them.

Art History-Women’s Studies is a class in which students explore and learn about female artists who shaped the female narrative and created a space for female voices throughout history. Meredith Wright, who teaches many art-related courses at Davis, was inspired to create the class after seeing her AP Art History students’ enthused reaction to learning about the few female artists included in the curriculum. The idea of dedicating an entire class to female artists excited Wright as well as her students.

“I realized that the school wasn’t offering a class dedicated to the history of women and I thought, let’s do this!!”

Explained Wright.

This class highlights and elevates women throughout history whose lives and artwork beautifully portray their struggle of being a woman in a male-dominated world and how they overcame those challenges to achieve their dreams.

“Most female artists throughout history had to endure great roadblocks because of their gender. I feel that they embody the spirit of women. They embody the spirit of feminism: that women can be included in public discourse, that their voices should be heard.”

The topics covered in this class are extremely relevant and applicable to everyone, everyday. Gender inequality limits societal progression and impacts the whole world in a negative way. It’s especially important for girls to have a class like this to help them recognize their worth and to feel empowered.

“I believe it’s important to provide a space where women are celebrated. I wish I would have had this class when I was in high school. Too often, young females lack enough role models of accomplished women in a variety of fields. This makes them feel limited!”

Boys are strongly encouraged to take this class as well and all male voices are welcome! Feminism is not about excluding men; it’s about including women! Similarly, the purpose of this class is certainly not to exclude male students, but to provide a space where all voices are heard and where people of all backgrounds, colors, beliefs, and genders can come together to bring about necessary change.

“Boys should absolutely take this class! You have to remember that girls spend their entire education learning about amazing men in history. Maybe it’s more than ok to carve out some space where we give women the stage!  Women have accomplished incredible things throughout history, and I think male students will gain greater appreciation and understanding for women by taking this class. Just like girls don’t have to be male in order to appreciate George Washington, boys don’t have to be female in order to appreciate Queen Hatshepsut (if you don’t know who that is, you should take my class!).”

As a student of the class, I have found the curriculum to be eye-opening. It has made me feel seen in a way that I haven’t experienced in any other class. The boys and girls in the class alongside Mrs. Wright have created an extremely positive and respectful learning environment. It has been a place where I have learned new things, participated in meaningful discussions, and gained greater understanding of the world’s heroines.

This class addresses important topics in a very comfortable, fun, and creative way! It promotes open-mindedness, inclusion, and respect for all. This class is a refreshing change of pace and a much-needed space where powerful, intelligent, and talented women from history are valued and honored. Take Art History-Women’s Studies to have fun as you learn about important people who made phenomenal art and paved a new path for humanity!

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McDonald’s New Breakfast Items: Yay or Nay

Recently the fast food tycoon McDonald’s came out with some brand new breakfast items. Featured on their McCafe menu are three new bakery items. Blueberry Muffins, Cinnamon Rolls, and Apple Fritters. As someone who loves breakfast, and anything baked, I wanted to try these foods and see how good they were.

McDonald’s  recommends all of these served with their signature coffee, but I don’t drink coffee so that doesn’t matter to me. I actually drank almond milk with it and it was fine. (Why almond milk? I’m lactose-intolerant. I know what you’re thinking, “allergic to milk and chocolate? This girl must be fun at parties” And I am fun at parties! But parties aren’t always fun for me.)

Before we get into the review I just wanted a small disclaimer: I was not sponsored to do this. I know that one may think that an author as famous as me, writing for a newspaper as big as Davis High News may be sponsored, but I am not. This is all my own opinion, not at all influenced by the fact that the cashier gave me an almost 50% discount when I bought some of the items. (Be nice to fast-food workers during rush hour, kids) But seriously, this is just my opinion and not fact or sponsored.

For the review, I will first go into the taste, and any limitations or modifications that come with the item. Then I will rank it out of 10, and finally tell you how likely I am to order it again.

First, let’s start off with the Apple Fritter. This item is made to primarily taste like apples and cinnamon. It’s a fried item and covered with a “sweet glaze icing.” It’s 510 calories, and although it is apple flavored, I couldn’t find any real apples in there so, take that with what you will.

Honestly, I ate this when it first came out and it was kind of gross. It’s fried so it was kind of greasy, and it was also super sweet. I ate it cold though, so that could be why. When I tried it again I warmed it up this time and the taste improved by a lot. It was less greasy tasting and honestly just tasted like a donut. Which is basically what it is, a glazed, apple-cinnamon donut. I actually liked it quite a bit warm. So if you end up getting it, make sure to either ask for it warm or have an accessible microwave to warm it up.

I would have to rank this a 2/10 cold, and 6/10 warm. 4/10 overall. I’m not a huge fried food fiend, you know? It was good (once I warmed it up), but it wasn’t the best thing in the world. I may order this again, but only if I was craving it, or if I could actually get it warm and with some ice cream.

Next, let’s talk about the new Blueberry Muffin. This muffin is a pretty normal muffin, made with real blueberries and a streusel topping. It’s around 470 calories, and from looks alone it looks to be the best out of the new items.

I actually loved this. It wasn’t too sweet, and tasted pretty good. That being said, the blueberries may have once been real, but the ones in my muffin were more like the ones you get in the muffin mix packages at the store. They tasted fine though, and if you were expecting fresh blueberries in a fast-food muffin, then you will pretty much always be upset, my friend. The streusel topping was just sprinkled on top, so if you are a huge streusel fan, then you may be disappointed. There wasn’t very much. I ate mine warm with butter spread in the middle, and it tasted pretty good.

I give this a 8/10. It tasted really good with the butter, but I had to add that. Honestly, it surprised me. I didn’t think that a fast food muffin would taste that good. I wasn’t expecting it to taste bad, but not that good. I’d probably order this again for breakfast, or if I just wanted something sweet.

Finally, what we have all been waiting for: the Cinnamon Roll. I love Cinnamon Rolls. They have always been a holiday staple at my house, so I was excited to try it. The Cinnamon Roll is approximately 560 calories, and is made of buttery, flakey dough, layered with cinnamon and drizzled with cream cheese icing.

Honestly, in comparison to Cinnabon, or even the frozen cinnamon rolls at Bowman’s, McDonald’s Cinnamon Rolls aren’t that good. But if you are craving a cinnamon roll and McDonalds is closer than a Cinnabon, then it works. They’re good enough to order if you are there, and in the mood, but not amazing enough to go out of your way to get one.

I’d give it a 6/10. It was good and better than I expected but it wasn’t great, and I’d honestly rather just get a pack of  frozen cinnamon rolls and bake them myself. If I were in the mood for a cinnamon roll, far away from a bakery or Cinnabon and didn’t have an oven, it’d be fine. Or I guess if I wanted a cinnamon roll quickly and conveniently. So would I order this again? Yes, if I were at McDonald’s and in the mood for a Cinnamon Roll. It was good enough to order again.

All in all, the new breakfast items weren’t bad, but I’m not sure I’d order any of them for breakfast, except perhaps the muffin. Most of them I’d only order on a certain basis, like cravings or convenience. They do bring a lot more variety to the breakfast menu though, as before it really was just pancakes and egg sandwiches, so I’d say it was a good move on their part.

Although I wouldn’t be super excited to eat these for breakfast, I wouldn’t be upset either, and that’s all you can really ask from a fast food place that specializes in burgers and fries, isn’t it?

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