Xbox Vs Ps4, Battle For The Ages

Xbox and PlayStation have been going at it ever since they were released. They are trying to figure out who makes the better console for the consumer. The people think they are both great, but you always have people on both sides, and they are always telling the other that they are better.

Xbox who is run by Microsoft has been making consoles for years. They have been doing very well and they are one of the top manufacturers in their industry and they are there for a reason. They make a console called the Xbox One.

It is a gaming console that allows you to play with other people and all sorts of games and it does it with such a nice and smooth system. The user interface is great, and it is easy to use and you can do so much with it. One of the problems with it is for all games you need to pay per month to play online with friends and other people.

The PlayStation is a very similar concept. They are run by the company Sony. They have been doing this for just as long as Xbox has, and they are right up there with them. They can give the same experience. Some would say that is runs just as smooth and that it is even easier to use than the Xbox.

A lot of it is how you like the feel of it. But it is also very easy to use and it gives you a great gaming experience. One of the things that set them apart is that to play some online games you do not have to pay to connect with other people.

They are both great and they are the best on the market. But it all comes down to personal preference. How you would use it and how it feels in your hands are some major factors and that is how you decide. You cannot go wrong with either of them or they will both give you an amazing gaming experience.

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BTS – the Biggest Boy Band in the World

You know the name, but do you know the band? Jin, Suga, J-hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook make up this revolutionary group, often compared to the Beatles. With each album, they break records all over the world. They have been on several famous talk shows and topped the Billboard 200 chart five times.  

Their journey was not easy. They started at the very bottom, with nothing but each other and an obstinate refusal to give upNow they are at the top, with an army behind them. In We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal (a song written to ARMY) they sing, “The name that everyone laughed at, that was once embarrassing... We were only seven, but we have you all now.” 

For their passionate fans (and I have never met a fan who wasn’t), this is common knowledge. For possible new fans, this is a crash course to a worldwide phenomenon. 

BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan) is a famous K-pop (Korean pop) group that debuted in 2013. Each member was recruited in diverse ways by Big Hit Entertainment. 

RM was the first to join. Impressed by RM’s skill, a rapper he met at another audition connected him to a Big Hit producer, which led to his audition for the group in 2010. In an interview with Alyssa Bailey he says, “I loved writing lyrics for rap when I was in junior high.” RM is known as the leader and spokesperson of the group. He learned English from watching the show Friends. He is the lead rapper and producer of BTS’ songs.  

Suga was the next to join. Suga was scouted when he won second place in a rap competition. Excited by his skills, Big Hit offered him a position as a producer/trainee. He never meant to join BTS, preferring to produce rather than perform, but he was persuaded to join. “I have [been] writing rhymes and lyrics, a habit since I was a kid,” he tells Bailey. He often jokes that he was tricked into the band by being told that he would only be rapping, not dancing. Suga is a rapper and producer for BTS. 

After Suga came J-Hope. After failing an audition for JYP entertainment (one of the “Big Three” entertainment groups), Big Hit accepted him as a trainee when he was 15. He almost left the group after a disagreement with Big Hit, but RM convinced him to stay. J-Hope handles most of BTS’ hardest choreography, being extremely skilled at hip-hop dancing“When I was a little kid, I simply music and enjoyed expressing myself with my body,” he informs Bailey. He is also a rapper and has written/produced his own album, Hope World. 

The oldest member, Jin, was scouted getting off a bus. The recruiter asked him on the spot if he would like to audition. As a theater major, Jin did not have much experience singing and instead auditioned as an actor. Big Hit had other plans and persuaded him to join the group. Jin’s looks have crowned him the lead visual of the group and earned him the nickname “Worldwide Handsome.”  He often handles background vocals and has written/helped write several songs for the band. 

Jungkook came next. At just 13 years old, he auditioned for the show Superstar K, and though he did not win the show, he was scouted by several Entertainment Companies. It was RM who inspired Jungkook to join the group, making him confident in his leading and rapping skills. As the youngest member, he would normally be called the Maknae (the Korean name for ‘youngest sibling’), but his nickname became a little more personalized. He is called the Golden Maknae, because Jungkook is, well, golden. He is the lead dancer, usually getting most of the solos, the lead dancer, usually at the front center of group formations, and even dabbles in rapping. He is also known for being able to pick up new talents quickly. 

V joined sixth. V, funnily enough, didn’t even mean to audition. He came to the auditions as moral support for his friend and was spotted by a Big Hit employee who encouraged him to audition. He was the only one from his hometown, Daegu, who made it to the next round of auditions. V mostly covers background vocals. However, he has some songs with the group where he is the lead singer. His deep voice is known for being soothing and calming. He has also become more involved in the writing of some of BTS’s songs. 

Last and anything but least, Jimin. A dance instructor at his school was impressed by his skill and suggested he audition for Big Hit. He passed the audition and became a trainee, receiving the least amount of training before their debut. Jimin is one of their main dancers, handling the more graceful choreography. He is also one of the main vocalists and sings the higher notes in the songs.  

BTS debuted in 2013. They started with a small company, Big Hit Entertainment. In the beginning, hopes were low for their success. They were young and determined, never giving up despite the odds. They kept going, through death threatsslander, hate, through sleepless nights learning/writing new choreography and lyrics. They were giving free concerts, living seven to a room, practicing for hours on end every day on top of their education.  

Then, faculty at Big Hit barely knew their names. Now the world does. 

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Which Christmas Story is the best?

All throughout the world there are so many different Christmas stories. They differ depending on the culture and they are passed down from generation to generation. Which story is the best one?

My family is made up of a bunch of readers, basically everybody in my family reads all of the time (save my 6-year-old brother). Books are a really big part of our holidays and we always sit our books under the tree before Christmas. Christmas books are kind of a tradition in my family. This season I wanted to rank some of our favorite books that we read each year. So, without further ado, lets get on with the listing.

10. The Night Before Christmas by Clemont Clarke Moore

Honestly, The Night Before Christmas is kind of boring. It’s not a story it’s just someone stating what they saw. It’s genuinely overtold. I mean, maybe it was good the first time, and it’s definitely iconic, but it’s not an interesting story. Only because it is so overtold. I like similar stories that aren’t told as much, so I feel as though if this wasn’t told as much then I would like it a lot more. It also brings a sense of nostalgia as well, so I do like it because of that.

9. Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus by Francis Pharcellus Church

Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus is just so short and there isn’t much to it. It’s kind of heartwarming, and not as overtold as number 10, but there isn’t much to be said about it. We like it though because a total stranger goes out of his way to assure a child, and perhaps even others that Santa Claus is real, thus preserving the magic and wonder of Christmas.

8. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express is just so overdone. It’s a good story, but I only watch the movie and read the book out of nostalgia. Although, it is written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg which is pretty cool., the book has a lot less content than the movie but it’s still pretty good. My family really likes it, but I don’t see the allure all that much. It’s not bad in my opinion, it just exists, I don’t really care for it either way.

7. The Grinch by Dr. Seuss

I really enjoy The Grinch because it’s a heartwarming story and the protagonist is very dynamic. His heart grows three sizes! Honestly he had some points. He was against the capitalist approach to Christmas, and he had never actually celebrated Christmas with anyone, so how was he supposed to know that there was more to Christmas than gifts that get thrown away eventually? He saw them get thrown away, he knew that it happened.

Celebrating Christmas as  a way to celebrate appearances and to eventually show ingratitude for a gift that was received is awful, and I completely understand why he hated Christmas. When he learnt that there was more to Christmas than simply appearances and gifts, he changed and made up for his actions.

6. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol is such an iconic piece of work. The reason I’m not taking off points for it being overtold is simply because it has twists and turns and is very heartwarming. I mean, he turns from an awful, money-obsessed person into a very kind, generous one. He saves Tiny-Tim!

It, like the Grinch, shows that even the meanest people can change and I think that that is a really important lesson, especially in today’s world where “cancel culture” is so prevalent. ‘Cancel Culture just writes off any change a person ever makes and holds celebrities’ to these impossible standards no one can reach. The lesson that people can change is so important, especially in the path towards forgiveness. While I agree that we shouldn’t support someone who is problematic, we shouldn’t write them off when they have truly changed and condemn them forever.

5. It’s a Wonderful Life

I admit it,  It’s a Wonderful Life is technically a movie. I have a book that was written based on the movie, and after some research I found that It’s a Wonderful Life is actually based on a 1943 book called The Greatest Gift. So it’s also technically a book if you go with it’s origin.

This story really hits the heart. It talks about self-doubt and insecurity and the effect that they can have on life. It illustrates how a lot of times we only see our mistakes and become very self-critical, when actually there are so many good things we’ve done that we simply write off. It shows how important we can be even if we don’t think. I think from a young age we are taught that success in monetary and scholarly pursuits are what determine our worth, and this story shows that there is more to us than that. What truly matters is how we help and treat people, not how much money we make or recognition we have.

4. The Nutcracker

Okay, technically The Nutcracker is a ballet, but it’s still a story told through music and movement. I happen to own a book based on The Nutcracker and I love ballet. Barbie also made a movie out of it, just like she did for A Christmas Carol so it counts as a story. The plot follows Clara throughout a truly magical night where she goes to a far off land for an adventure. I absolutely love it.

It is probably my personal favorite. It it told so beautifully every  time I read it or watch it. It full of magic and fun and is the literal embodiment of a dream. It has fairies, a terrific villain and a brave hero.

3. Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner

If you haven’t heard of this story, you are not alone. This is more of a niche book, but out of the opinions gathered this was held in high regards. It’s more of a children’s book, so if you aren’t into kid’s books then you probably shouldn’t read it. It takes you through a magical journey, illustrating how Snowmen celebrate their Christmas each year while humans are asleep. I won’t spoil it but it has to do with a big party and lots of treats.

2. Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

If you are looking for a heartwarming story, this is the one for you. If you haven’t read it, it’s about a couple that gives up the items they value most in order to buy each other a nice Christmas present. This is a big favorite at my house and I love reading this each year. It’s a great lesson of sacrifice for those we love, and seeing it in action really warms the heart. It also teaches a lesson of gratitude and love. Reading this is like drinking a nice warm cup of cocoa on a cold day, and feeling the warmth spread throughout your body.

1: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by Lloyd and Karmel Newell

This is also a book you may not have heard of, although you may know the song. It’s the story about how the song was written. It tells of the grief, pain and sorrow that the author, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow went through before writing the song. It is also a family favorite and teaches a great lesson. A lesson of hope, love and peace, even in the darkest of times. It teaches how even though the world around us may seem like it is falling apart, there is always something to hold on to.

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It’s Time To Hit The Slopes!

As the cold slowly seeps in and winter progresses, we have hit the SKI SEASON! Resorts are opening up (with Covid-19 precautions) and with luck, we’ll get some more snowfall. Major resorts such as Snowbasin and Powder Mountain are up and running, however with the pandemic situation, there have been some setbacks. Before we get into that, lets talk about the snow sport excitement.

Most can agree that this year has hit us all hard. It can be difficult to find motivation, encouragement, joy, and fun at times and that is why it’s so extremely important to find an outlet. Some kind of happiness. For many, with the coming of winter, that happiness is found on the mountain, shredding some snow.

“Its the best feeling in the world! The cold air rushing into your lungs, the feeling of the frost on your face, and the adrenaline flowing through your blood. It’s the most exhilarating natural high ever and I can’t wait for it to snow some more so I can go up and ski!”

Says Samantha Siddoway, an experienced skier, ready for the ski season to really get going.

At the popular Snowbasin resort, the lines due to social distancing are quite long and it is definitely different from previous years. Other resorts have a similar situation going on, however we have to make do with what we have. At least resorts are opening, and, so far, we have hope that they’ll stay that way through winter and into spring.

So everyone get your skis and snowboards ready, it’s ski season!

 

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Is Black Friday Dying?

Black Friday has been a tradition for many years, millions of shoppers freshly stuffed with thanksgiving turkey rush to malls, stores, and outlets to steal the biggest deals of the year in a mad dash of chaos. However, in the last few years, Black Friday has been declining and getting less sales and people are less frantic. This is due to a very similar event, Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday, also know as the online shopper’s dream, is when thousands of sites put some of the biggest deals of the year on items that anyone can order. This has taken off pressure to rush to stores in hopes that they can snag one of the few items before the stock runs out.

The last 10 years have seen a revolution of commercial goods with online shopping booming while malls and shopping centers are dying as customers disappear.

This decline of Black Friday has been increased by the ongoing global pandemic as well. Many shops this year didn’t even open on Black Friday or didn’t offer many deals, if any at all, to hopeful shoppers.

The many families have been disappointed and forced to abandon traditions of waking up in the early morning to line up outside of shops to find great deals, now are left at home wondering if they will ever be able to have their Black Friday rituals again.

So during this time of online deals and limited opening of stores the question remains, are people still trying to hold onto Black Friday and go shopping anyways, or is it truly dying off with the rise of online shopping and chaos during quarantine?

“Yes I absolutely do go Black Friday shopping but I don’t spend my whole day in a store, that would be absolute torture, discounts or not. I think Black Friday is 90% safe, no problems, because everyone’s hiding at home so the crowds were less than normal.” – Marshal Jacobsen, a senior at Davis

Black Friday may not be dead after all, as a few loyal supporters still showed up this year to find all the greatest deals that the stores had to offer this year. It seems that there might always be those who prefer the old ways of in person shopping and scrambling for deals.

However, some people are just shopping less as a whole, with a global pandemic many families have less spare money then ever and may have to cut back on holiday shopping and Christmas gift giving. This could explain the reduced turnout and shorter lines for Black Friday this year.

Even people who do have money often spend much more on the sale than they would if there no sales at all. Holiday shopping has been ingrained into the American culture so much that it is standard to spend lots of money on presents and deals in the holiday season.

“Holidays shred my wallet… they are definitely not a saving grace for my bank account” -Jacobsen

So while Black Friday may have not been completely killed it still is greatly reduced because of the pandemic combined with more people preferring just to order what they want online and wait for packages to arrive in the mail.

As time continues it will be interesting to see if Black Friday and Cyber Monday keep affecting each other or if both stabilize their sales in the future and both events stick around to cater to both the people who still love the tradition and fun of in person shopping and those who love getting packages and ordering whatever they want online the week after.

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Humming Along To The Holidays

Yup! It’s that time of year and despite all the weirdness going on in the world, we have a great outlet, especially during the holiday season: music. For many, getting into the Christmas spirit during a worldwide pandemic might seem like a challenge, however we all need to find some happiness and motivation, so here are some great songs to get you in the cheery mood.

  1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” by Mariah Carrey. This is an all time classic! Many of us Davis students have definitely heard it at least 30 times. Although it’s been basically burned into our ears at this point, it never gets old. The intro just gets us pumped up and hyped for the holiday season and everyone can join in to sing along.
  2. “Last Christmas,” by Wham! Obviously, this bop goes on the list because, again, most of us know it. It’s a fun Just Dance song to do and it brings Christmas vibes! “Last Christmas, I gave you my heart. Then the very next day, you gave it away. This year, to save me from tears, I’ll give it to someone special.”
  3. “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” is another great one. This song has a sweet melody and catchy lyrics. It brings back simple memories from childhood; when life wasn’t revolving around Covid-19 and everyone’s beautiful smiles weren’t covered by masks. Although it may not actually feel like “the most wonderful time of the year,” let’s all keep our heads up and keep trudging forward.

Obviously, there are many many more blissful and joyous holiday tunes we could include, this is just a snippet of the magic. Whatever Christmas songs you and your family prefer, the moral of this article and for the next few weeks is just to find that happiness. Through music or whatever other escape you have from this uncertain world, go and enjoy the holiday season!

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The Flying Bug

Millions of people across the world look up to the stars and see lights darting across the gloomy night sky. These lights are actually airplanes, but not just everyone gets the opportunity to strap themselves into them and experience the love of flying. For a pilot, flying brings more than just fun. It comes with lots of memories and exciting stories. The good thing about being a pilot is when you think you know everything about flying, there is always something new that you will eventually learn. Flying to travel or flying to just fly is always a good time, but you do need to be sharp minded and make safe decisions before flying, as it is very dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Kent, a 90-year-old pilot with more than 50 years of experience and over 12,500 hundred hours in the cockpit was asked about what he enjoys about flying.

“It’s something I look forward to every day and is always on my mind ever since I was a little boy until when I was out of the air force after world war ||. I still love flying,” said Kent.

Airplanes have been around for nearly 120 years, with the first flight ever being made by the Wright brothers in 1903, yet there’s still a lot more opportunity to come with flying.  Personally, I encourage everyone to go to bountiful flight and get down and dirty with all the information and just enjoyment that comes with learning how to airplanes are operated.

You can do anything you put your mind to, and if want to fly, all you need is the desire to, as well as a small amount of money. With this passion, you can turn it into a career and make serious money. The sky is the limit.

 

 

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Covid Vaccines: How do They Function?

Finally, as some may know, we are getting vaccines for Covid-19 being developed and with those, we can hopefully end this all. Of course that’s assuming that people actually take the vaccine, which we should do, and to encourage that let me explain how the vaccine works and how harmless it actually is to us.

The purpose of this article from here on out is purely informational, so I won’t go into depth on conspiracy theories that the government is injecting things into us, as much as some might enjoy entertaining the ideas. In reality, vaccines are essential and they are a scientific miracle, but they require us to work together to all use it to prevent the spread indefinitely.

To understand how the Covid-19 vaccine works, we need a basic understanding of how normal vaccines function as well. A normal vaccine gives the body a small dosage of a virus so our body develops a safeguard against it and is able to prevent the virus from hurting us the second time around. This is why, after some of you may have caught the virus, you haven’t gotten it again, because your body is protecting you against it.

The Covid-19 vaccines are unique in the fact that one of the developing vaccines prevents the need for us even to take a small amount of the virus, if that is a concern of yours. It uses mRNA to produce proteins unique to Covid-19. Upon seeing this, our body will recognize it as something that needs to be gone and remove it and make new lymphocytes that will prevent it from ever entering again. Through that method, when our body sees Covid-19 it will eliminate the virus because it shares the protein that it removed earlier.

Of course, there are vaccines that share the method discussed earlier by giving us a small and harmless amount of the virus to the point where we don’t get sick. The company Moderna has already developed a working vaccine, with a 94% success rate of preventing the virus as a whole, and a 100% success rate at preventing severe cases, these are really huge numbers. So if we work together to all take it, we may be able to turn the tide of this quarantine.

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Ahsoka’s live action appearance and what it means for the future of Star Wars

The most recent episode of The Mandalorian marks the first live-action debut of fan-favorite character, Ahsoka Tano. Originally appearing in 2008 in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie, she was a returning character throughout the series. Then in season 2 of Star Wars Rebels Ahsoka returned once again. This is her third appearance in the Star Wars franchise and perhaps her most important one.

At the end of the 13th episode of The Mandalorian, titled “The Jedi”, Ahsoka asks the main antagonist of the episode “Where is your master, where is Grand Admiral Thrawn?” Grand Admiral Thrawn is a strategic, high ranking Imperial admiral that was feared throughout the galaxy. He made his first canon appearance in the TV show Star Wars: Rebels.

In the series finale of the animated TV show Star Wars: Rebels, Grand Admiral Thrawn was lost in hyperspace along with the Jedi, Ezra Bridger. Due to the fact that both were together when we last saw them, and the close relationship Ezra and Ahsoka had in the TV show many fans believe that we will also see Ezra in this season of The Mandalorian.

In the most recent episode, Ahsoka tells The Mandalorian to take Grogu, or Baby Yoda, to the planet, Typhon, where he will find a Jedi temple. Grogu can then reach out through the force and hopefully, a Jedi will reach back and in Ahsoka’s words “Seek him out.” Many fans are hoping the Jedi that will seek out Grogu will be Ezra Bridger.

Not only have we seen Ahsoka and Thrawn, but Boba Fett was teased in the first episode. With only 2 episodes left in season 2, many fans are hoping we see more of Thrawn, Ahsoka, Boba Fett, and hopefully a Jedi, such as Luke Skywalker or Ezra Bridger.

 

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Mysterious Monolith: Aliens in Utah?

A tall metal monolith was discovered in southeastern Utah on November 18, 2020 by the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Aero Bureau while they were counting bighorn sheep. Shockingly, the mysterious structure vanished, leaving a slew of conspiracy theories in its wake.

Found standing in a red rock slot canyon, the monolith was a 10-foot tall structure made of metal sheets riveted together in the shape of a triangular prism. It was unclear to investigators how long it had been there, who put it there, and it’s purpose. All of these unknown factors contributed to the public’s immediate fascination with it.

Many believed that it was an anonymous art installation, perhaps a creation of the late John McCraken. Others believed it to be a left-over TV prop, as the area is a fairly popular location for filming. However, by far the most accepted theory is that it was a type of advanced alien technology used by extra-terrestrial beings to visit our planet.

Countless people came to hike in the Utah desert, hoping to catch a glimpse of the mysterious phenomenon first-hand. However, many did not have to chance to see it as it inexplicably disappeared in the night on November 27th, just 9 days after its discovery. The triangular base and a hole in the ground were the only traces left behind.

Because it was installed illegally on public land, the San Juan County Sherriff’s department took up the investigation. Unfortunately, they did not have many resources to devote to the case and few leads to go off of. Until very recently, no one claimed to know anything concerning it’s disappearance. In hoping to gain some tips from the public, the Sherriff’s office posted the pictures of their current list of suspects which included E.T. and other aliens from popular culture.

Many had accepted that the disappearance of the monolith would forever remain a mystery, until, recently, a man named Ross Bernards claimed to have the facts. According to Bernards, he was visiting the monolith on the night of November 27th, when four men arrived, pushed the structure over, broke it apart, and carried it away. Bernards’ friend, Michael James Newland, who was with him that night, took several pictures of the incident on his phone.

Andy L. Lewis and Sylvan Christensen claimed to be two of the four men who dismantled the structure. They claimed to have done so because the sudden high traffic of visitors to the area was causing harm to the environment. Hikers were polluting the landscape with trash and human waste, and these men didn’t want the desert to suffer anymore.

It seems as though the case of the disappearance of the monolith has been solved, yet it’s appearance still remains a mystery. Does it have just as reasonable explanation? Was it the remaining legacy of an anonymous artist or film crew? Or is it possible that aliens are now roaming the Utah desert? We may never know.

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The Theories of the Game Among Us

Among Us is a murder mystery experience that is expanding to everyone around the world. There are also some dark secrets behind the plot of the game. But there are things in the game that are still unexplained. Like why and how was the imposter able to get on the space ship in the first place? Why is the Skeld the first map? There are so many theories that if we were able to have a story mode, we could better understand the plot. Plus, it would still be the same as multiplayer mode, just the character you play would have those crew members in the story line.

I’ve been trying to figure out every single little detail, but it’s kind of okay to not have it all make sense. But I’d like to know more about the story in order to fully understand the maps. Why did they choose the maps in that order? Because it does have some time travel and sci-fi but they are disguised as maintenance people to be safe and not get killed by the imposter. Also this game is also kind of like this 1987 movie. It’s very interesting how the game is almost like that movie. But what I find interesting is that they have the ship Skeld as the first map you play on because it would make more sense.

Well that’s what they want you to think! How it should REALLY start, is planet, then the Head Quarters, then the ship. We have never really been able to see what’s behind the Visors on the crewmates. So what exactly are they? Are they humans or different type of alien species? We don’t really have a lot of evidence that gives us enough information to know if any of these theories are true. But there is some evidence that the imposter is able to have weapons, but also it uses its tongue to kill you, so what do you think? So that evidence shows the imposter is a alien. But everyone loves a good mystery and a twist now and again. Which is excellent sense it’s kind of a murder mystery game! I must say that the change in scenery of the game genre. The sci-fi plot is excellent choice. But there should have been somethings before all of the three maps that you can play on one. There is to be told that there is gonna be a new update for the Among Us. There’s the new map, which is a cross over with henry stickmen. Which is definitely a really great idea. More things to distract us from the main story that the need to be focus to find out the true story plot. There will also be said that you would be a Among Us. Because of the rising popularity they were thinking it would be expanding on the game’s features instead of making a sequel.

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When is it okay to listen to Christmas music?

It’s the holiday season and you know what that means. It’s FINALLY time for Christmas music… or is it?

There has always been a huge debate on the right time to listen to Christmas music and start getting into the holiday spirit, and it’s finally been settled. Is it really okay to listen to these uplifting, cheery, holiday tunes before other holidays?

Some people listen to Christmas music way before the set holiday season, like in September and October. The question is, why aren’t these months considered holiday months? Why does there have to be a specific time for Christmas music when we should be thinking of giving all year round?

According to a poll on KSL.com, 41% of people start listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween, as opposed to the other 59% who start listening the day after Thanksgiving.

Spotify put up a graph of when their listeners start playing Christmas music on the app, and the results are astonishing. In 2017, the first country that started listening to Christmas music was the Philippines on October 9th. The United States and Canada both started listening on November 11. While that may seem too early, some countries don’t start listening until the day of Christmas, December 25.

“The Philippines takes Christmastime very seriously—and kicks off the season months before any other country. To celebrate the holiday for as long as possible, Filipinos start shuffling their holiday playlists as early as September.”

Explained Spotify.

Essentially, it really all just depends on how serious you take Christmas and how early you like to listen to all the holiday hits. Everyone’s different and has their own personal opinion about when to start playing Christmas music.

So whether you listen in December or June, Christmas music is just music and it really doesn’t matter when you listen to it, because it’s your decision!

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What’s going on at the United Nations?

The United States has been in the news for actions taken at the UN.  A couple of weeks ago the US made headlines by signing an anti-abortion declaration, and most recently when they were reviewed by other members on the basis of Human Rights.

Back in October, the Trump Administration finally signed the Geneva Consensus, an anti-abortion declaration after pushing other members of the UN to also sign.

The US was met with much backlash, as the only other countries to sign were authoritarian regimes such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates.

According to Forbes, not one other country ranked above 95 on the Georgetown University’s Women, Peace and Security index. Meaning that the other signatures were from countries where women do not have much safety or many rights.

This decision was met with much backlash from many people, including Americans, Non-Americans, religious and non-religious alike. Many felt that the US was taking a big step backwards in terms of women’s rights.

It is now becoming evident that the US is behind other first-world countries in the terms of Women’s Safety and Rights.

More recently, the US was under review at the UN, on the subject of Human Rights Violations. The New York Post said that the United States was one of ten countries under review and the main causes for concern was the subject of Police Brutality and Black Lives Matter, as well as the politicizing of COVID-19.

Ironically, the countries who were the most critical of the US were North Korea, Saudi Arabia China and Russia. All of which are know for their severe Human Right’s Violations.

North Korea is the prime modern example for starving it’s citizens as well as using torture and public execution commonly for things such as watching American movies, or listening to pop music.

Many bring up the recent violations China committed during the Hong Kong protests. Killing, arresting, and injuring many protesters who simply did not want to be forced into communism.

Saudi Arabia was gravely concerned over the discrimination that is present in the US, which considering the fact that no other religion is allowed to be publicly practiced besides that of Islam, is quite ironic.

Russia was troubled by Trump’s 2018 decision to withdraw from the Human Rights Committee. Trump had decided to leave over an “Anti-Israel” bias the other countries on the committee had, due to Israel’s treatment of the Human Right’s Violations in Palestine.

Many view this as unfortunate, because the simple fact that these countries were the main prosecutors takes credibility away from these important issues that should be fixed.

Many other countries were on the panel and echoed the calls for less discrimination, less politicization of the COVID-19 epidemic, and were concerned about the withdrawal from the Human Right’s Committee, showing that many countries thought this way, not just those with more severe Human Rights Violations.

No further actions were taken during this recurring evaluation that all countries are put under every ten years or so.

 

 

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How to Stay Happy During the Gloomy Winter

As the weather grows colder and the sun tends to hide away, the seasonal depression starts to come out. I want to educate people on what I have learned to try and combat the winter blues. I have grown up with two sisters that have struggled with depression which as I have come to realize that almost everyone goes through lows and struggles. Whether it is a seasonal depression or just needing some self-help here are some helpful tips to stay positive.

Exercise is something that is very important and is something to try and incorporate into your daily life. The days I work out I tend to be in a better mood and happier. Daily exercise also helps with: sleep, endurance, stress relief, improvement in mood, increase in energy, reduced tiredness, increased mental alertness, and weight reduction. Working out doesn’t have to mean hours at the gym, but walking your dog, yoga, hit workouts, or dance all are examples of exercise.
When people get more depressed they push away loved ones. Try your best to notice if you are doing this and know that it is normal. Communicate with these people that are close in your life. Venting is always very healthy. Ask for advice and be open to acting on it.
Make future plans to be excited about. “Planning to go to Europe was the only thing at time that got me out of bed and gave me motivation to work hard” states Grace. Having something to plan and look forward to is always helpful when in a tough time. An end in sight allows you to recognize that this is hard in the present.
Mr. Frey teaches that these hard times and depressions are also beautiful. Instead of trying to push and hide sadness away, feel it, and accept it. Go out in nature and experience the beautiful earth. Depression and pain make us have deeper gratitude for happiness.

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As Temperature Drops: Winter Fashion

Every year as temperature drops scarves, mittens, gloves, and giant jackets spring into action to fight the cold. The dropping temperature as winter approaches provides a chance to shift your fashion and get fancy with the holiday spirit or to bundle up in lots of cozy clothes.

During summer a T-Shirt and shorts may cut it but now as it becomes freezing and a blanket of snow wraps the ground you’re gonna need to wear more layers. And to many this is the best time of the year for clothing.

Some may argue to wait until December to bundle up tightly but even during fall is a perfect time to start wearing festive clothes and bringing out scarves, jackets, and boots with your everyday outfits.

“The right time all depends on the place, person, and situation. For me, coats come out during fall, and full on boots/scarves/gloves when it starts to snow. Or just whenever you feel like it. Style is all about confidence babe” -Eliza Taylor, a senior at Davis.

Indeed fashion is largely down to personal preference. Often people are afraid of standing out or looking dumb or stereotyped. But ultimately how you dress is up to you, whether you love winter or summer clothes, whatever you choose to wear be proud of it and enjoy the different seasons.

“Winter clothes are better, it’s much easier to style with different layers and I have a deep hatred for shorts” – Taylor

And with those extra layers it provides an opportunity to go more in depth and create a style that is really your own.

Some students may not like the cold, but it provides an opportunity to reevaluate your life. Now that we’re in the middle of school and schools shutting down it may be easy to stop caring about your appearance as much and just focus on school. But it could also be a positive way to motivate yourself everyday to get up and feel good.

By small things great works can come to pass and this is even true with fashion, its proven that when you feel good about your appearance it is easier to be happier, more productive, and even more motivated to do everyday tasks.

In the end fashion is up to you, so during this winter season as temperature drops and the holiday spirit sweeps in, wear whatever you want and enjoy it! Be proud of who you are and how you look whether that’s physically or how you dress. If it can make you happy that’s great!

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The Zodiac Experiment

Everyone has a specific zodiac sign that is supposed to influence their luck/fortune, personality traits, and even normal behavior. I am an Aquarius, for example, and we are supposedly known for creativity, independence, and eccentric thinking, among other traits. I feel like the outline for an Aquarius actually sounds a lot like me, so I wonder if perhaps there is some truth to zodiac signs.

That’s why I have decided to perform an experiment- I will record what my horoscope reads according to astrology.com every day from now, Monday, November 2nd, until Wednesday, November 4th, and then analyze its validity. Time to find out how accurate my horoscope is!

November 2nd: Today my horoscope read, “Be careful not to relax too much today. If you let down your guard, you could start falling back into a bad pattern of behavior. You worked too hard to get to where you are now, so don’t let yourself slide. Self-discipline can be tough when you’re on your own, so if you feel yourself succumbing to temptation, try the buddy system. Talk to a friend and take your mind off whatever it is that you know isn’t good for you!”

I was amazed at how much I actually connected to my horoscope today. My anxiety levels are high with the return to 4-day school, so I’m not relaxing much today. I’ve been working on managing my stress and anxiety more lately and have really improved, so “falling back into a bad pattern of behavior” might relate to me letting stress and anxiety take back control. And good friends are my main support system to manage these emotions; it’s like the horoscope read my mind! Overall, I am feeling intrigued today.

November 3rd: Today my horoscope read, “You’re doing some good stuff, so spread the word! You need to start opening up about all the projects you’re working on right now. How else will people know about them? They are more interested in what you’re doing than you think. They want to know what’s got you so energized. You might think they’ll roll their eyes when you give them an update, but that’s not true. They are more likely to look at you with amazement and then give you a round of well-deserved applause.”

Okay, I’m starting to wonder if this website is reading my mind or something, haha! I just started a business for my hobby/talent of jewelry making in the last few weeks, and I’ve been needing to get the word out, so the line about “opening up about all the projects I’m working on” directly applies to me.

It has been energizing me and improving my mood to be getting my first few customers, so my horoscope was actually pretty accurate today. Either this is another coincidence, or horoscopes may actually be somewhat accurate. As of now, I am undecided, but by tomorrow I might be a believer in astrology.

November 4th: Today my horoscope read, “Your cynical side is in charge today, which means you’re going to be suspicious of people who act like saints. To you, these folks don’t have altruistic motives. They are helping someone only with the goal of helping themselves in the end. But the big question is are your suspicions correct? Resist the urge to warn others about this person being a wolf in sheep’s clothing. You don’t know for sure, and you could hurt their reputation.”

This one was not even close to accurate. I’m not feeling at all cynical, and I’m not feeling very suspicious of nice people today. I’m not a cynical person, and I’m in a pretty good mood.

Honestly, I’ve been really appreciating the friendliness that I have received today, as it has been an interesting adjustment this week with the return to four-day school. I think the accuracy of the last two days was simply a coincidence.

My final conclusion is that horoscopes have no factuality behind them. They’re like a fortune cookie; it’s a randomly generated fortune that plays into the minds of the superstitious.

While I do admit that the first two were accurate, I believe it was simply a coincidence. If they had any truth behind them, they would be correct every time without fail and would relate to each person individually.

My horoscope is not personal; these daily fortunes are for all Aquarius combined. Personally, I believe nobody can tell the future, so it’s best to keep an open mind. Therefore, I think I just busted the myth that horoscopes are true. However, they definitely make for an interesting read! I would recommend them to anyone who’s bored.

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Why I don’t like Chick-fil-A

As someone who has lived in places both with and without Chick-fil-A’s near, I have been able to develop an opinion on the well-adored fast-food place, and you may not like it.

I have lived in a total of three states. Utah, Virginia and New York. I first lived in Utah before Chick-fil-A was a big company, and I lived in Virginia once it gained popularity, the New York and finally back to Utah.

In Virginia, I loved Chick-fil-A. It was my favorite fast food. My go-to orders were the Spicy Chicken Sandwich or the Grilled Chicken nuggets. With Chick-fil-A sauce of course. I paired it off with their famous lemonade or a Dr. Pepper.

I honestly ate there as much as I could. So did everybody else I guess, as the line was practically in the street. Every time I had a choice of where to eat I would choose Chick-fil-A. I was in love with the place.

And then I moved to New York. I lived around an hour from the city, and the city was pretty much the only place in the entirety of New York state that had a Chick-fil-A. So I only eat there like three times a year, and those times would happen when I would travel to Connecticut, not even New York.

Although I never eat there, Chick-fil-A remained one of my favorites. Every single time I got to eat there was an amazing experience.

“The distance did not diminish my love for their Spicy Chicken Sandwiches”

After a while though, because I had began treating these occasions as such an extraordinary event, I had begun to view Chick-fil-A as overrated. My love was fading, and we sadly had to break up. Every single time I was in an area with Chick-fil-A, and it was an option, I began to stop wanting to eat there.

It had become like Burger King, yeah, they had some good stuff, but I didn’t like it enough to want to to visit. So whenever I was in Connecticut, New Jersey or even California, I began wanting other places to eat, and would actually argue against going to Chick-fil-A.

“There was just so much more to eat.” I would say, “We are in Los Angeles!”

I hadn’t fully realized this until I moved back to Utah, and Chick-fil-A was easily accessible to me. My friends from New York asked me “Aspen, what is it like to be able to eat at Chick-fil-A every single day?” I didn’t know. I didn’t care about going to Chick-fil-A anymore. I have been back in Utah since March, and eaten there only once.

So although it was once my absolute favorite, It became something I disliked. I would rather choose a different restaurant to go to, over Chick-fil-A. But, even though I dislike it now, I will always hold their Spicy Chicken Sandwiches, Waffle Fries and sauce, in my ever-loving heart.

 

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Travis Scott Bullied off Instagram over Batman Costume

Most celebrities go all-in on Halloween, with The Weeknd going as the Joker and Lil Nas X going as Niki Minaj. This year was no different and on October 31st Travis Scott posted his Halloween costume, an all-over brown version of Michael Keaton’s Batman from the 1992 film Batman Returns.

Travis immediately received backlash in the comments with people tormenting him over his costume. And only a few hours later he deactivated his Instagram account and as of today, he has deleted it entirely.

Most people actually liked his costume. Many thought it was fun and cool how he even matched his cars with the costume. 187 students at Davis were polled on if they liked the costume 134 people said they liked the costume or 72%.

“He looks cool in the costume and it’s fun how he matched his costume with the cars. The way he’s standing makes him look silly, but I’m sure that the comments were just to be fun. Not mean,” said Jamie Perry when asked about the costume.

With Travis’ sudden absence on Instagram, it has left his 28 million followers wondering if and when he will return. Not every celebrity has Instagram and many delete theirs later due to the pressure of their audience and millions of people expecting them to post. Perhaps Travis was already contemplating deleting his account or taking a break from social media for a while. Maybe this was the last straw and pushed him over the edge.

At the end of the day, it is important to remember that mental health is more important than social media presence. We all love keeping up with our favorite celebrities. Lots of people love Travis Scott but I think most of his followers are would prioritize his mental health over a new picture of him wearing dunks.

 

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My Review of The First Episode of The Mandalorian Season Two

When you are like me, to fully understand the whole story, I have to re-watch season one to prepare for the new season of Mandalorian. I liked how he was able to talk to  the sand people. And that The Marshall was wearing the Mandalorian’s Baskar armor. My first thought is “how was he able to get that armor!?” Mando was going to the Outer Rim to search for Baby Yoda’s people.

And then he came into onto this planet that was really western. And then this guy came into this bar and asked Mando what he’s doing here. He said he was looking for a type of people. He also asked him how he got that armor, and told him to take it off. Marshall said “look, I’ll make a deal with you” or something like that. Mandalorian told him that he will help him with whatever he needed to do. So they went to talk to these sand people or the Tuskan Raiders. So they had to deal with this ancient beast called the Kyrat Dragon. It had been eating so many people.

And they feed the dragon to make it sleep much longer. At the end of the episode, he still hasn’t found the people where the Baby Yoda came from. But if I type too much, I will spoil it for you. That’s as much as I can say for now, but It was a really nice new episode for us to watch. Sadly, there’s not a whole season that were able to watch. WHAT IS WITH THAT! Overall, it’s the greatest episode of Mandalorian because he can talk to sand people. How the Mandalorian was able to do that amazing work and teamwork with the people and the sand raiders.

Cannon Blaser liked it it because “He’s a really good character.” He is very intrigued to see the next ones. He enjoyed how the Tusken Raiders were communicating instead of trying to kill them. He feels that it was great to not have found Baby Yoda’s people because they need to put it far into the season to create suspense.

Though it’s quite interesting that Marshall ran out to not get killed and die from the raiders when he had things to defend himself. It’s almost like when he wears that Baskar armor he feels he can do anything. When he didn’t have that armor, he felt unable to defend his town from the raiders and the desert worm.

My friend McKay explained this to me, “That episode of Mandalorian was so amazing! There was such a smoking gun with Marshall wearing Mandalorian Armor! It was like ‘whoa why does he have that’ ?!”

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Teachers, Push These Buttons, We Dare You…

As students, through the years of our tedious schooling, we have all developed our own personal likes and dislikes regarding teachers. It’s just natural, we all judge, whether positively or negatively, but there are just certain things that throw us over the edge.

After accumulating various opinions and perspectives from students and teachers, we have our list of top 5 biggest student pet peeves!

To start us off easy, our number 5 pet peeve is when teachers call us out in class. The stress of going to class, finishing assignments, and “fitting in” is already enough pressure on kids. However, the thought of being publicly announced and often humiliated is a dreadful idea for many. There are exceptions to this. Some teachers are fun, free-spirited, and when they call you out, it’s always with kind intentions. These kinds of teachers create comfortable classroom environments. Mr. Frey, an English teacher at Davis, is a good example of this. Walking into Mr. Frey’s room, students feel as though they can finally take a breath. A feeling of relief washes over students as they enter the door and no longer feel the need to be “the perfect student”. When Mr. Frey calls you out he does it in a fun, positive way. On the other hand, other teachers will simply criticize you in front of your classmates for their own fulfillment which is a problem.

Number 4! “Teacher, can I please go to the bathroom?” “Well I don’t know Billy, can you?” Or another great one, “I’ll wait.” These stereotypical phrases, along with many many others can become quite annoying for students. Even several teachers, when recalling on their high school days, mentioned that this was one of their pet peeves as well.

It’s a normal day, students are sitting in class, minding their own business, when all of a sudden…brrring..brrring…brrring goes one of the student’s phones. Their sweaty hands fumble for the phone as the entire class turns their attention to them. The student quickly pushes down the “silent mode” button, and looks up to see the teacher glaring at them. Whether they deliver a warning or a punishment, the teacher always holds a grudge on the student for their simple mistake. The same goes for a text or alarm or whatever else it is that disrupts the class. It was never meant to happen, and many wish it never would. They are honest mistakes, and yet, students are frowned upon because of them. Now, this is where the pet peeve comes in! We get chastised for such mishaps, but when a teacher receives a call in class, a text message, or other distractions they have absolutely no problem to stop class and engage in the distraction. Therefore, number 3 on the list goes to…teachers being hypocrites. They throw us in a fire and watch us burn, yet when it comes to it, they can’t take the heat themselves.

This brings us into the second point on our list. Some teachers disregard, disrespect, and underestimate students, simply because we’re young. Although there definitely are high school students who waste their time and don’t have a single regard for academics, there are also incredibly talented, successful, and intelligent teenagers that roam the halls of Davis High. Yet, teachers undermine them because, in their minds, we’re just “stupid kids.”

And finally, last but not least, our top pet peeve is how teachers base a student’s intelligence on their grades. In some aspects, the grading system is a good way to analyze what we know, however, teachers use it to a fault. A letter on a screen does not determine who we are, what we’ll do with our lives, and how successful we’ll be! So why is it the only thing many teachers turn to when judging a student?

“Its stupid how teachers rely on grades to determine our intelligence, we’re so much more than that. We’re humans and we definitely make mistakes, life happens, and grades might fall. However, it shouldn’t be what defines us!”

Says Jared Clark, an achieving student and Davis High.

Despite these annoying things, we love and our very grateful for our teachers at Davis High!

 

 

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The Brainwashing Influence of Travis Scott

Travis Scott is virtually everywhere, as he is one of the biggest musical artists of the modern era. Not only is he making music but he is also striking deals with major companies and corporations left and right. Starting in 2018 when he signed a deal with Nike. He then went on to collaborate with Fortnite/Epic Games and even getting a limited edition meal at McDonald’s.

In March of 2020, Travis Scott posted a photo of him wearing the Stussy x Nike SB dunk low. Before the photo was posted you could get the shoes for around $500-1000, a steep price for some but not too bad. After the photo was taken the price sky-rocketed rising into the $5,000 range and on March 9th someone bought the shoe for a record-breaking $10,000.

It seems no matter what Travis Scott wears, the price will rise or it will sell out. This has affectionately nicknamed the “Travis Scott Effect”

4/5 people guessed the shoe was worth under $1,000 based on its appearance. Some called them ugly others liked them. When asked about the shoe Davis High student Hailey Duncan says:

“They look like they are from the DI but they are probably some designer partnership that’s mega-expensive, ” said Davis High student Hailey Duncan when asked about the Stussy x Nike SB dunk low.

Now fashion is subjective and everyone will always have different opinions. But why did so many people flock to get this shoe after Travis posted this photo?

Most humans are naturally reactive and most people followers to trends, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Most people like to see their favorite celebrities and keep up with them.

I see no harm in liking celebrities and following trends but I think this should be eye-opening to us. Maybe we should be more careful when following celebrities and mindlessly doing everything just because we see someone else doing it.

Next time before you buy something think to yourself, do you actually want it? Or are you giving in to the “Travis Scott Effect”

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Class of 2021 Withstand Pandemic

Seniors have drastically been affected by COVID-19 this school year and many are saddened by the high school experiences they will leave without. The final year of high school is typically envisioned to be the most exciting one of all four. It is the ending to a full 12 years of grade school and a wrap up of memorable adolescence. The dances, dates, and hangouts are some of the things many would love to go back and feel. It’s remembered by many adults to be a very important and exciting time, but that might not be the case for the graduating class of 2021.

“Dances are most fun during senior year since everyone goes all out for their last ones.”

Says Shareef Rehman, a past student at Davis High.

Now that everyone is currently trying to stop the spread of the infamous corona virus, many schools have enforced social distancing and a hybrid schedule. This change has caused dances to be cancelled, a limited amount of sports game tickets, and way less students at school. For seniors, the school spirit just doesn’t seem to be there.

“Its super weird, the halls are quiet and a lot of my friends go to school on a different day than me.”

Says Davis high senior Halee Richmond.

Although the seniors this year definitely aren’t going to get the experience they hoped for, it hasn’t stopped them from enjoying the finale of this chapter in their lives. Students have hosted their own smaller dances, planned their own get togethers, and continue to make more unforgettable memories. High school in the middle of a pandemic isn’t fair or ideal, but it won’t stop this year’s seniors from enjoying one of the most eventful times in their lives. Covid will not pose any threat as these students transition into adulthood.

 

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TV Show or Modern Masterpiece ?

Breaking Bad, a popular TV show on Netflix, remains a series favorite and continues to be enjoyed by almost anyone who watches it. Once the show has been started, it’s hard not to remain locked in on this emotional and thrilling masterpiece. With a rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series, there’s no doubt that this intense TV drama will leave you needing just one more episode.

“I’ve watched it at least five times and it’s still one of my favorites.”

States Breaking Bad fan Oklee Jackson.

Maybe it’s the fact that Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, turns his life completely around and becomes a secret criminal after finding out he has a limited amount of time left to live, that keeps people intrigued. Whatever it is, this show has an emotional impact like no other. There’s excitement, sadness, thrill, joy, and much more throughout Walter’s rollercoaster of a life. Bryan Cranston, the actor who plays Walter, does a great job of portraying Walter and makes it all the more real.

It’s the perfect show for times like these when social events and going out isn’t safe or appealing. Even with 5 seasons and 62 episodes, this show will never get old even after watching it multiple times. Although it’s final episode date was September 29, 2013, it remains a loved and dependable series. If you’re looking for the perfect show to start during these days of staying home, this one will not disappoint.

 

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Boba: adorable addition to the family

Davis high school teacher, Mr. Phongsavath, gets the cutest puppy named Boba T. Phongsavath.

Early August, high school teacher, soccer coach, and father Soulivahn Phongsavath made the decision to let his family get a puppy. This decision was a very rewarding one, but also one that was challenging. It was not a unanimous vote. While most of his family wanted a puppy, Souli wasn’t 100% convinced. After serious consideration and deal-making, they finally agreed and got Boba, the Cavapoo.

“The compromise was that I would be able to pick the name”

Says Souli.

There were a couple different options for names for the new family member. Souli wanted anything Taylor Swift or Kanye West related, but since all of the boys’ names in his family start with “B”, they went with Boba.

Souli got Boba because it would be good for the kids, but Boba quickly took a liking to one of the kids specifically, Souli’s daughter. He follows her around everywhere and she takes care of him. They’ve created such an amazing bond with each other that will last a lifetime.

Even though puppies can be hard to train, they are so rewarding and it feels like everything was worth it when you really start to love them. As you get to watch them grow up, you can see all the progress they’ve made and it’s truly amazing.

“Boba’s a part of the family and we love him.”

Explains Souli.

Though trying at times, puppies teach everyone so much and bring people together as families and friends. Everyone grows to love puppies and puppies love everyone back. Some more than others.

You can follow Boba for more adorable pictures and updates on Instagram @boba_cavapoo .

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Alone on Halloween: What to do

Halloween is a time of the year filled with skeletons and ghouls galore, and for many this is not a holiday very celebrated. Perhaps plans fell through due to the pandemic this year, or perhaps this time of year just isn’t what they look forward to. However, there are many options for those who still don’t have plans so close to the holiday.

“Halloween is one of my personal favorite holiday. I know it may sound crazy, but I grew up off of scary movies and it’s just something I am used to. Most people don’t enjoy this time of year, but it’s almost reliving my childhood. Every year my family does all the traditional things like pumpkin carvings and handing out treats, but we also pride ourselves in hosting a Halloween party. Of course we will need to make adjustments due to COVID though.” – Cheyenne Baptist

Like Cheyenne said, there are regular traditions that many indulge in this time of year such as handing out tasty treats, carving pumpkins, dressing up in costume, trick-or-treating, and so much more!

For those who have friends and/or family to spend the season with, there are always fun activities available like a group movie night to watch scary films, going out to eat, dressing up altogether, corn mazes, haunted houses, and everything/anything else around.

For those who do not have a group to go with, you are more than welcome to do any of those activities on your own. Movie nights are fun regardless of who is or is not with you, just don’t forget to treat yourself to good food and snacks. Dressing up is always an option, and it makes it way more fun to hand out candy as trick-or-treaters come knocking at your door.

Some seasonal movies to watch are the corpse bride, nightmare before Christmas, the twilight zone, the Adams family, and plenty more depending on what your legal guardian says is good for you to watch.

The night is yours, so make the most of it and stay safe out there!

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Top 5 Teacher Pet Peeves

The student-teacher dynamic at Davis High is very healthy most of the time, but, let’s be honest, we annoy each other sometimes. From early on in their careers, teachers have noticed specific annoying characteristics of students and developed pet peeves for them. Below are the top 5 teacher pet peeves about students.

#1  When students are obviously not listening while they are teaching. Students are often caught playing on their cell phones, working on other homework, or listening to music with their earbuds while the teacher is in the middle of a lecture or explanation. This annoys teachers because it shows that the hard work and effort that they put in to preparing the lesson is going unappreciated by their pupils.

#2 When students interrupt class to make excuses for being late. If a student comes into class late while the teacher is teaching, they would much prefer if the student came in quietly so as to minimize the disruption caused to the class by their entrance. However, most students come running in and yell out their excuses for their tardiness causing a major disturbance to the class while the teacher is trying to do their job.

#3 When multiple students ask the same question about something that was explained at the beginning of class. This shows that the students were not being attentive and it requires the teacher to repeat themselves over and over again which can be very frustrating.

#4 When students send ridiculous emails. Students will often email their teachers asking what they missed in class when there is a calendar on Canvas that outlines everything the student needs to know and answers every question the student might have. Another example is when students email their teachers asking them to update their grades. Teachers will get to it the moment they have the chance, but they will not pause their lives or other work projects to update a student’s grade just because the student’s parents have taken their phone away.

#5 When students don’t use class time wisely. Students will often misuse their time in class assuming that they can get it done fast at home, but then end up getting really stressed out because they don’t have enough time to finish their work. This is very disrespectful to teachers who are trying to help their students by giving them time to work in class.

Hopefully this list enlightens students about the disrespectful, annoying way that they sometimes treat teachers and that it gives them a new appreciation for our beloved Davis staff.

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Top 13 Horror Movies of All Time

Up until about age 13, I hated horror movies. More accurately, I hated the idea of horror movies. I never actually saw one because I was a “scaredy-boi.” Then I started to stop getting scared of killers and monsters, and started to get scared of my impending future. Now horror might be my favorite genre. It ranges from dumb fun, to clever satire, to abstract and emotional. It is a genre that is constantly questioned and consistently innovated, leading to some of the most interesting and original films being produced today. This list was super hard to put together, and there are a lot of movies that I adore that didn’t quite make the cut. But without further ado, here are my top thirteen horror movies of all time. (That I’ve seen.) 

13– Scream 

Scream is pure 90’s fun. It’s stars a bunch of 90’s teens doing and saying 90’s things that are slowly killed off by the mysterious and movie trivia knowledgeable GhostFace. It works as a slasher flick, a parody of slasher flicks, and a surprisingly engaging whodunnit. But is it a guilty pleasure, or a legitimately good movie? I don’t know, and I don’t care. Scream is excellent and is a perfect starting point for people who don’t typically like scary movies. 

12- Ready or Not 

 

Ready or Not is the tale of a newlywed who is hunted in a deadly game of hide and seek by her spouse’s evil family as part of their wedding night ritualI think this movie is perfect. It doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. It is short and simple and scrumptious, and I love it so. The pacing is tight, and the directing is tighter. The cast of characters are fun and distinct, but they don’t feel overdone. The script is clever, but it doesn’t shove it down your throat and get in the way of the fun. And the ending is so satisfying and oh so glorious. If you like horror movies, even a little bit, then you will have a blast with this movie. I know I did. 

11- The Cabin in the Woods 

The Cabin in the Woods’ elevator pitch is “Evil Dead and Friday the 13th meets The Truman Show, with a dash of Scream”. To delve into why that is would result in me spoiling the movie, so I won’t. Just know that it is a devilishly fun and creative sendup of slasher movies that also acts as a legitimately effective horror movie in its own right. And it has one of the most bonkers endings I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing.  

10- Overlord 

Overlord is by far the most underrated movie on this list. It came out a few years ago and flew under the radar. If there’s any justice in this world, it will become a cult classic. Because it deserves it. The best part about Overlord is that it’s a WW2 zombie movie that doesn’t act like a WW2 zombie movie. Instead of devolving into pure goofy shlock, it plays it completely straight and acts like a normal war movie that just happens to feature Nazi zombies. It’s a nearly perfectly constructed movie that sets out to do one thing, and one thing only: be entertaining as all hell. And it does that with brilliantly bloody grace.  

9- Evil Dead 2 

I love this movie for the exact opposite reason that I love Overlord. It takes the idea of demons possessing and killing a bunch of fellas, a concept that is usually played very straight, (even in the first Evil Dead) and cranks up the schlock to levels I didn’t think was possible. This movie is bonkers. And it wears its bonkers-ness like a badge of honor and delivers a gory, silly, creative, and wildly entertaining ride. It’s great to watch alone, but I’d imagine it’s even better to watch with a group of friends. It’s groovy. 

8- The Witch 

The Witch takes place in 1600’s New England and follows a family who are shunned from puritanical society for suspicion of being affiliated with witchcraft. Then spooky stuff starts happening, and the family starts to turn on each other. It’s based on real journals from that time. What a brilliant idea for a horror movie. This movie will not only spook ya something fierce, it will stick with you and grow on you for years to come. The more I learn about the Salem witch trials and the terror surrounding it, the more impressed I am with this movie. The dedication to representing how these people felt and what they believed transpired is fascinating and it creates a very realistic feeling movie that will creep you out in a major way. Also, Anya Taylor Joy is a brilliant actress. 

7- Shaun of the Dead 

Shaun of the Dead is a genre blending, stylish, heartwarming, and gut-busting (both literally and figurativelyzombie movie with creativity and charm in every frame. This is Edgar Wright’s (my favorite director of all time) first film, and it is one of the best debut movies ever made. For the most part, it’s silly fun. But when you expect it least, it flawlessly transitions into surprisingly effective dramatic scenes that might leave you a tad teary-eyed. It’s an iconic, brilliantly constructed, and hilarious zombie movie that simultaneously acts as a send-up and a strong entry that stands on its own in the genre. 

6- Hereditary  

I think that Hereditary is the most disturbing movie I’ve ever seenBecause I’ve seen a bonkers amount of horror movies, don’t get scared by a movie too often. But Hereditary… oh man. This movie is messed up. It starts off as an unsettling family drama, but it gets weird quick. After a horrific death thirty minutes in, the movie really starts to get under your skin. And it gets progressively more heinous and stressful as it progresses, climaxing with a third act that is balls to the wall insane. Ari Aster’s brilliant directing and the masterful performances of Toni Collette and Alex Wolff propel the movie forwards with an unparalleled feeling of tension and dread that is unrelenting and terrifying. This is not a fun movie by any means, but it is scary as all hell, as well as a very interesting portrayal of loss and family relations. 

5- Halloween (1978) 

It is physically impossible for me to not watch this every Halloween. If I need a refill of some of that Halloween feeling, there is no better film for the job than the original Halloween. Unlike some others on this list, it’s not some beautifully structured allegory about the human psyche, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s a perfect popcorn horror movie. The go-to-movie for any Halloween party. It’s simple, atmospheric, beautifully shot, and buckets of fun. It has a certain charm to it that hasn’t been recreated to this day. It was an innovation when it came out in 78’, and it hasn’t been topped when it comes to dumb Halloween fun. 

4- Train to Busan 

Far and away the best zombie movie I’ve ever seen, Train to Busan is a staggeringly creative and heartwrenching tale of a father and daughter stuck on a train during a zombie outbreak. Filled with twists and turns and top-notch filmmaking, Train to Busan is a joy to behold. It is currently on Netflix, and I highly recommend you give it a watch.  

3- Black Swan 

Black Swan is the most brilliant adaptation I have ever seen. It’s based on the ballet ‘Swan Lake’, but instead of simply retelling it, it mirrors the original story. It follows a ballerina who slowly goes mad while preparing to play both the white and black swan. As the movie progresses, the story’s relationship with the original ballet goes from homage, to reflection, to evolution. It is so smart, and it blows my mind every time I watch it. It is also one of the most disturbing and tense movies I’ve seen. Natalie Portman’s performance is masterful, and the story wraps you in a battle to decide what’s real and what’s in her head. It’s a beautiful depiction of how stressful the performing arts are, and a damn good film at that. 

2– The Shining  

There’s not much I can say about The Shining that hasn’t already been said. It’s a transfixing maze of a movie that offers questions in place of answers and somehow still remains satisfying. Jack Nichelson gives one of the greatest performances of all time with his portrayal of an abusive husband with dwindling sanity. His entrancing performance is aided by gorgeous cinematography and a haunting score. The Shining is truly iconic. And it deserves it.  

1- Get Out 

As close to perfect as a movie can be, Get Out is a brilliant showcase of what horror can do. It’s the type of movie that makes every other movie self conscious. It is ripe with fantastic ideas, but it never lingers on a single one long enough to where it gets stale. And where other movies with this much up its sleeve feel like a mess, Get Out never looses sight of its goal. No scene is wasted. No piece of dialogue is wasted. Everything serves a purpose. But while other movies this smart can come across as pretentious, Get Out doesn’t. It is incredibly accessible.  If you take away the brilliant symbolism and themes of the movie, it remains a very effective and fun horror movie with iconic and terrifying imagery and a deeply human core. 

 

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BC Chicken: The Best Around

BC Chicken is an underrated restaurant in here in Kaysville. If you’re sick of the fast food and ready for a meal that doesn’t take long to be prepared, go to BC Chicken on 20 S Main St. Kaysville UT.

It is a Greek restaurant that is one many peoples personal favorites when looking for a quick bite to eat. Plenty students here at Davis go almost weekly, especially when when tired of fast food and not wanting to cook.

Very few people dislike it. There are many friends and in-home family that enjoy it even regularly. They also have a Facebook page that can easily be visited and displays pictures of its menu.  

Some of their menu options are gyros and shish kabobs. A personal favorite is the #7 but there have been many that get salads and other items on the menu. The #7 is a gyro meal that is deconstructed, this is the best part about it because it’s a treat to be enjoying each thing separately. 

They smoke their chicken in house and have many other meat options as well. Other favorites are the #1 and #2 which are their shish kabob in either chicken or porkThen the #8 which is a salad option.

They have free drinks on Mondays and aren’t pricey. It is child friendly and offers a kid’s menu. They have togo and call in options, and if you dine in, they bring the food right to you. They also can cater events for any large groups.  

“the food is pretty good quality and filling. The employees are nice and wait time for your food isn’t very long. My favorite thing to get is the chicken gyro meal, the #7 as shown on their menu. I enjoy the environment, I don’t feel like they’re in a rush and it is family friendly, I go with my parents often.” – Ty Knight 

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Japan’s Flying Car of Tomorrow

Just recently Japan has came out with a new flying car! what a big leap for Japan. August 25th at the Toyota Test Field the amphibian car named SD-03 took it’s first flight for about four minutes. What an amazing sight to see! It’s going to be fun see where it goes from here.

This extraordinary machine was flying (at 25-31 mph) at the altitude of six feet in the air of the test flight. Now Toyota just recently received $37 million in funding for the future in the company SKYDRIVE.

“Of the world’s more than 100 flying car projects, only a handful have succeeded with a person on board,” – CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa

He also told the Associated Press on Friday. “I hope many people will want to ride it and feel safe.”

While the SD-03 can currently only lift up about 10 feet and hover for five to 10 minutes, the hope is to increase that to 30 minutes by the time it’s released in 2023. The company plans to obtain permits to fly outside of the Toyota Test Field by the end of the year.

SkyDrive started in 2018 as an offshoot of the volunteer group Cartivator that was established in 2012 and began developing its first flying car in 2014.

Among its 100 corporate sponsors are Panasonic and Sony. Flying cars have long been a goal with many companies, including Uber working with NASA to develop a model. Morgan Stanley estimates they could become a $1.5 trillion market by 204 the developers say.

Experts say that they compare the excitement about flying cars to the days when the aviation industry got started with the Wright Brothers and the auto industry with the Ford Model T.

Lilium of Germany, Joby Aviation in California and Wisk, a joint business involving Boeing and the company Kitty Hawk, are also working on eVTOL projects. These projects will be very cool to see in the future!

 

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Fall Style: Essentials for your Wardrobe

With the weather getting colder it’s time to change up what you wear day to day. This year has led to some crazy new trends, from patchwork and paint-splattered pants to fleece coats. Some of the biggest trends have been, Nike SB Dunks, Carhartt Beanies, and fleece turtleneck jackets.

This year the Nike SB Dunk has reigned as the most popular sneaker. With celebrities like Travis Scott starting off the trend over the summer. When looking for a nice shoe to go with pants the Nike SB Dunk High is the shoe to go for. Some great colorways for the fall are the Michigan, Spartan Green, and the Soulland x Nike dunk.

More popular shoes for the fall are Dr. Martins, Jordan 1 highs, and Converse Chuck 70 highs.

2020 has led to some awesome pants trends. A bold choice for pants could be some patchwork pants. Pants usually made with different types of denim and fabrics sewn onto the pant giving it a “patchwork” effect. These types of pants are available at big retailers such as Urban Outfitters or PacSun, or you can make them yourself!

If you’re looking for a more casual pant, then you can’t go wrong with the Levis 501 0r 505, the Carhartt carpenter pant, Dickies 847 work pants, corduroy pants, and Dickies or Carhartt work overalls.

Some popular pieces to wear as it gets colder has been fleece turtleneck jackets and layering a white button-down shirt with a sweatshirt or sweater.

Some popular brands to get a fleece coat from are Patagonia, Columbia, and Carhartt.

Beanies have been a popular trend this year. Especially cuffing your beanie over so it sits more on top of your head instead of over your ears.

My top 5 top picks out of these trends would be Carhartt Beanie, Patagonia vintage fleece turtleneck, Levis 505 Jeans, Dickies 847 work pants, and the Nike Dunk High Michigan.

 

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DHS Students Bring Back 90s Fashion

Students all over Davis High can be seen following the latest fashion trends of 2020. Baggy jeans, retro Nikes, corduroy pants, and high top Converse are found almost anywhere you look. Travis Frey, a teacher at Davis High, frequently wears his trendy OG Air Jordan 1s in it’s classic red, black, and white colorway. Like many others, he likes splurging on his favorite clothing trends.

“Crew neck sweatshirts, straight/wide leg pants, and high top Converse are a good go-to outfit.” says Haley Lowry, a senior this school year.

The fashion of 2020 is strongly influenced by 90s fashion. Many of the outfits being worn today mimic the beloved trends in the 90s. Scrunchies, plaid vest sweaters, and mom jeans made up some of the most fashionable outfits throughout the 80s to 90s, and are being worn by teens and young adults of today’s time. Fashion icons of this generation such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Selena Gomez are a few of the people that started the vintage trend of this year, and so far it has appealed to many DHS students.

Clothing today is very gender neutral and both boys and girls at Davis High School are seen expressing themselves through their clothing. There’s no doubt that these stylish students that are creative with today’s trends have a big impact on the style of their peers.

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Attention Incoming Sophomores!

Listen up all you incoming sophomores! High school is the next step in your life and we want you all to enjoy it, so here is some advice on how to NOT go through the pain.

The biggest point to mention and probably the most significant is: TIME MANAGEMENT! This cannot be stressed enough; whatever classes you’re taking, whatever sports/clubs/activities you’re involved in, and whatever else you have going on in your life, organize it! Here are some tips…

  1. Spread Out Homework Assignments and Studying. By getting in the habit of doing homework (even if it’s just a little bit) everyday you can dramatically decrease stress. Rather than cramming and finishing it all last minute, which usually results in poor, rushed work and lower grades, spread it out.
  2. Get a Planner. Planners are a great way to write down and lay out your schedule. You can organize activities, events, assignments for school and add any notes. This method of organization has proved to be a beneficial and smart way to manage our crazy lives.
  3. Don’t Overdue It. We all want to excel in school, graduate, and eventually get a job. Therefore many students pile on difficult classes and responsibilities, anything to spruce up college resumes…right? As great as this is, don’t push it. You’ll just end up overwhelmed, taking on more than you can handle.

To shed light on some personal experience from a former sophomore at Davis,

“My first year of high school was really rough, I was taking all honors classes, taking AP, and playing sports. I just couldn’t keep up. I felt trapped in this continuous spiral of stress and sadness. So, my advice to incoming sophomores would be to take it step by step, enjoy high school, work hard, and most importantly don’t give up! I gave up and looking back I wish I never did.”

So all you new sophomores, be smart, work hard, manage your time, and have fun. We wish you all the best and good luck!

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A review of Frightmares 2020

As we rapidly approach Halloween, many people are seeking out unique ways to celebrate with the ongoing pandemic. Most of us are familiar with our state’s one and only amusement park, Lagoon, which is only a short drive away. Each year, Lagoon hosts a Halloween event known as “Frightmares” from mid-September until Halloween for locals to enjoy both amusement park rides and Halloween encounters. Here is what some friends from Davis High think about Frightmares.

Senior Brooklynn Crowley works at Lagoon, and gets to operate during Frightmares. This year, she says the main focuses of Lagoon staff are on sanitization, masks being required in all lines, and enforcing social distancing. She says that employees are “constantly sanitizing everything” to keep the environment as safe and enjoyable as possible.

According to Crowley, Frightmares’ claims to be family-friendly are true. She explained to me that all scary attractions have a sign out front rating the scariness level so sensitive individuals know whether or not to enter. This year, there are even “Haunted” houses for kids to trick-or-treat at. Crowley says most patrons find the experience to be worth the price, and she counts herself lucky to get in free due to her employee status.

But what about the non-employee patrons who attend Frightmares? Mr. Frey has a season pass to Lagoon and thinks that Frightmares is a fun way to end the season. With the high price, he recommends getting a season pass because it will be paid off after just two visits; however, he says it is an enjoyable experience either way.

Due to the high variety of rides and activities, Mr. Frey agrees that Frightmares is a good experience for the whole family to enjoy, and recommends it this Halloween season. When asked how COVID-19 restrictions effected his experience, he said that things are relatively the same as usual with the only changes being social distancing and being required to wear masks in line.

Based on the high praise and large amount of cars in the parking lot, I’d say this year is a success for Lagoon’s Frightmares, and it is highly recommended by staff and customers alike.

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The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes: Hunger Games Prequel Review

Suzanne Collins, author of the Hunger Games trilogy, recently released a prequel to her acclaimed series titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Fans were desperate to get their hands on a copy, and were not disappointed with the new addition.

The book focuses on the villain of the original series, Coriolanus Snow, when he is 18 years old. A student in the Capitol, Snow is acting as a mentor in the 10th annual Hunger Games. Fueled by financial struggles within his family, Snow is desperate for the glory, power, and money that will come if his assigned tribute, Lucy Gray Baird from District 12, wins the Games. However, as Lucy Gray and Coriolanus prepare for the Games, with their fates intertwined, they develop feelings for each other. Snow has to learn how to balance his desire to protect Lucy Gray with his loyalties to the Capitol.

The novel explores some very interesting topics such as human nature. When society is stripped of authority, what remains? One character in the book, Dr. Gaul, would claim that without authority or control, society would look exactly like it does in the arena. Humanity abandoned, chaos and monsters rampant. Other characters, namely Sejanus and Lucy Gray, would disagree, claiming that morality is rooted at the very core of human nature. Confronting this and similar topics, makes the story so much more interesting and complex and therefore, enjoyable to read.

The author also did a fantastic job at connecting this book to the original series. For example, the prequel explains Snow’s love for white roses and why people are allowed to sponsor and place bets on the tributes. Throughout the book, significant nods are also made to Katniss Everdeen, the trilogy heroine who will become involved in the Games 64 years after the prequel. For example, the prequel features the song that Katniss sings to Rue when she dies, as well as the origins of the song The Hanging Tree which Katniss sings during the rebellion.

As good as this book was, it left readers hanging in some aspects. For example, the book revealed that Tigris, the woman who openly despised Snow in the third book of the original series, is actually Snow’s cousin. However, the author made no effort to explain their transition from cousins/best friends to enemies. Also, Snow poisoning his council members and mistreating the victors are topics that had a lot of potential to be explored in the prequel, but weren’t. Hopefully, if the author writes more continuations, those topics will be covered.

Overall, the book was a homerun in providing an interesting narrative that simultaneously gave context and even greater depth to the original series, and fans are excited to see what else the future holds for the beloved Hunger Games series.

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Student Allergies: What we Should be Doing

Everyday the amount of people with food and pollen allergies increase. Because of this, the question rises, how should we deal with it as a community, how should we deal with it as individuals, and how should the schools deal with it?

Schools across the world have had different ways of dealing with this, ranging from indifference to strict guidelines. Food places ranging from restaurants to food distributors have, up until this point, left it up to the ingredients label to have those who can and can not eat certain things find options for their individual needs. Its considered cruel to think we should just let them deal with it, but it’s also unrealistic to some to think that we should cater to every single persons problems.

For context, an allergy is someones immune systems reaction to a substance it doesn’t recognize which would includes but is not limited to pollen, fur, particular foods, dust, and medications. Many students have to deal with this on a daily basis, the main thing that the school would have to worry about would be the food allergies in what they serve and what is brought onto school grounds.

As the numbers increase, food needs to be treated more delicately. Gone are the days where cross-contamination is alright, because it can lead to someone becoming sick or suffering an even worse fate. The question comes down to, how should the school should deal with this? Should the school leave it to a student to get access to food they can have and leave the issue alone, or should they facilitate how things are handled in the cafeteria and in classrooms? On that note, how can they enforce rules like this on an individual basis?

Fortunately, for most, food allergies aren’t as severe as many would have you believe. Due to that fact, we don’t have to worry about proximity of food to those affected and tracking student lunches only to have to find a way for school lunches to be offered for them. Ideally, we should be able to facilitate things so that anyone can get the food they need, but every individual person is different. There will always be one person with an allergy that conflicts with our current food system or how we conduct ourselves.

It comes down to what our solution should be. Ideally we should get the school cafeteria to carry hypoallergenic foods that are separated from other foods. There are options in the school but not a large amount of options. Other than that, what is currently in place works, students tell teachers that need to know and make sure that it is taken care of in the best way possible. What is needed is more student and staff awareness, if you have friends with allergies, just be mindful and we can make the school a better place.

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California Fires Spread Pollution: A Danger to Us All

California fires are nothing new to those of us near the west coast, however the California fires may have more of an effect on us than we realize. Due to the way Utah is formed, with our mountains trapping in all the air we have, a lot of pollution from the recent fires is being trapped above us. Air quality is decreasing day by day and the fires are getting worse at the same rate.

The levels of pollution is being monitored by multiple stations, Salt Lake City’s monitoring stations has reported anywhere between 40 to 85 micrograms per cubic meter. With areas such as Tooele country reporting upwards of 100, these amounts are considered dangerous for sensitive groups; those with breathing problems.

Even our local firefighters are having to leave in order to help with California’s fires, which are spreading at an even quicker rate due to the high wind speeds of up to 125 miles per hour. The lack of firefighters here in our area could also leave us at a higher risk.

The fire spreads at a quick and wide rate. To keep a fire going it needs fuel and air, and a forest makes for great fuel. Fortunately, we live in a desert, so there are not many large forests. However, if a spark did reach one of our more grassy or densely populated areas, a fire could start. It goes without saying that it would have a negative effect on the people and life that covers this planet.

“I believe that pollution levels in our community, as well as throughout the world, are ever rising as time goes by. I am not sure if the windy situations will help, but at this point I am hoping for anything that could possibly help our planet to grow rather than regress as it currently is.” – Brooklynn Crowley

Nevertheless, we will have to hope for the best. Hope for some strong (but maybe not too strong) winds to get the air cleaned out, stay safe out there Darts!

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What it’s like to move across the country during the COVID-19 epidemic

During this global pandemic, we all have been impacted by change. We can’t see our friends, we have to wear masks, and we have been stuck inside quite a lot. What if you had to move across the country amidst all of this as well? How would you deal with two types of extreme change at the same time?

Well honestly, it is really hard. I moved from small-town, southeastern, New York to Layton, Utah in March, the beginning of quarantine. My last day of school there was everyone else’s last day of school for the rest of the year. 

On the academic side of things, I not only had to adjust to online learning but a whole new curriculum! In New York, I took Algebra II, here I was supposed to be taking some weird Secondary Math class? I still don’t know what it is called. They also require different amounts and types of credits that they didn’t require where I used to live. I have to stack my schedule full of electives in order to catch up. Let me tell you, having a completely full schedule during your senior year is tough. It’s good that I’ve had Senioritis since Freshman year though, I’m rather used to it by now. 

The Social Scene is probably one of the hardest adaptations that I am still going through. On the first day of school, I freaked out because no one had explained to me how lunch worked! “Where am I supposed to go, What should I do?” was running through my head. I still don’t know completely. At my old school, we just had one room and everyone ate there. Sure, there was a newly built senior lounge next door but that was it. Making friends was also hard. How am I supposed to make friends whilst simultaneously quarantining and maintaining social distance? When everything started opening up again, it was a lonely time. 

Culturally, it has been hard as well. In case you didn’t know, Utah and New York have very different cultures. How am I supposed to know what people like to do and talk about here with restrictions? How am I supposed to get used to it if hardly anyone will talk to me due to Covid-19 precautions?

In New York, people were very direct. If they had a question, they would ask it. They would start teasing you and treating you like an old friend almost instantly. Here, it seems that that is different, that people are slower to open up, but I don’t actually know. I have no idea what cultural differences are due to COVID-19 and what are due to Utah having a different culture.  The fact that the culture is hard to get used to is especially strange because I had lived in Utah until I was 7. I won’t even start on the obvious differences politically and how weird that has been. Especially since I had thought I came from a relatively conservative area. 

I have moved many times, most notable being Utah to Virginia, and then Virginia to New York.  In all honesty, this has been the hardest move. Which is pretty obvious considering all things. Especially when you add in the fact that I am a Senior this year. On the other side, it’s bad but not as bad as you might think.

Last year in New York I had no friends in my classes, so I’m used to not socializing in class a lot. I also tend to adapt to life changes quite quickly so I don’t feel that bad, to me, it’s just how life is. That doesn’t mean I don’t feel like I’m missing out though, I still feel it, but it’s not overwhelming. I am hoping that soon we can flatten the curve and open things back up so I can experience what Utah is like before I head off to college next year, so I can at least have some knowledge of what Utah is really like.

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Hybrid Schedule: Students Tell All

School is one of the many things that has changed significantly in recent months due to COVID-19. To keep students safe, Davis School District has chosen to apply a hybrid learning schedule that is affecting students academically and socially.

This new schedule involves students attending school in-person twice a week and remotely on the other 3 days. Students have found that learning half the curriculum online allows them to get more sleep and live a healthier lifestyle, but it poses challenges academically.

“I always get confused at when assignments are due and I never know if, somehow, I missed an assignment. I feel like teachers haven’t made it very clear what assignments we’re doing in class and what we need to do at home.”

States Breanna Wilson, a senior at Davis.

The hybrid schedule seems to be shifting the ratio of learning to practicing in a negative way. Less learning. More homework. Students are only in each class once a week. Such limited time with teachers in-person makes it difficult to understand the concepts. Consequently, when they are trying to complete their many homework assignments on remote days, students often feel confused, frustrated, and overwhelmed.

“Virtual instruction can often be confusing and doesn’t allow for activities that further explain the concept (like labs and demonstrations). The biggest frustration has been not understanding the concepts and not knowing what the expectations are for each class or assignment.”

Says Rachel Dummer, a Davis High student.

Since there is less time to learn the concepts, many teachers are cutting their curriculum nearly in half so as not to push students at an unbearable pace. Students appreciate this because it lessens their workload and anxiety, however, they are not being intellectually stimulated.

When you’re taking classes with this hybrid schedule, you’re probably only going to learn half the material that you were supposed to. I’m super into learning, so I find that an issue. If I’m taking a class, I want to learn the material it’s supposed to teach me.”

Another problem that students have noticed with this system is attendance. This schedule was designed to allow students to work completely from home should they get sick or if the school were to shut down again. It was supposed to relieve students of the pressure to attend school in the building. However, it has not done so. In fact, since students only go to each class once a week, grades are more attendance-based than ever before. Students have expressed that they wish teachers would make more of an effort to ensure that they will not get penalized for missing class if they get sick.

Students are also being affected socially in many ways due to this new system. One way is through masks. Davis School District requires all students to wear masks to promote safety. Most students are very willing to abide by this rule if it means they get to stay in school, however, they have noticed that the masks have caused notable changes in the social dynamic of the school.

“In a lot of my classes, way less people talk to each other and it’s a lot harder to read people’s emotions. I’ve noticed that it’s harder for me to make friends too. I feel like I have less social skills with a mask on because I can’t tell how people feel. Also, I can’t understand my teachers or classmates sometimes because their voices get muffled.”

Says Breanna.

The hybrid schedule splits the school population in half alphabetically and then alternates the two groups between in-building and remote. Group A attends school on Mondays and Wednesdays, while Group B attends on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This means that students no longer see some of their friends at school.

“It’s hard to keep up with friends on the other schedule. You really have to make an effort at it. It’s a lot harder when you don’t see them at school to stay friends with them. It’s just a matter of keeping in communication and showing that you care, even if you’re not physically able to see them. This new schedule is very much a test of who is your actual friend and who is just there because of convenience.

Explains Eva Weeks, a Davis High senior.

One of the biggest disappointments that this new schedule brought was the lack of school social events. Sports games are difficult to attend, and the school is not sponsoring any dances. These events provide great opportunities for students to meet new people and make new friends. Not having these leaves a void in school morale.

“The dances and sporting events are what hold the school together and give students school pride. I think that not being able to attend all of those will definitely affect the students socially. It’s hard not to be able to go and support your school. I think it will definitely impact every individual socially in some way and will impact school pride in general.”

States Eva.

Without these social events, students are having to find new ways to stay involved. Many have found that joining a club or sports team helps them stay connected. Others use Dartboard on Canvas to connect with other students. It’s important to stay involved where possible so that we can maintain school pride during these trying times.

Despite the challenges and shortcomings of the new hybrid schedule, students are grateful to be back in school and have respect for all the teachers, SBOs, and administration that are doing their best to lead our school under these unusual circumstances.

 

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The importance of freedom of speech

The comic “Finding Your Voice: A Free Speech Comic,” follows the experience of a boy at one high school; one where politics and controversial topics are openly discussed on an adolescent forum that the youth are required to attend. Most schools, however, are not like a prison of conformity. In fact, most schools censor controversial material and topics. While it may be in an effort to avoid confrontation and prevent the school from becoming a “political battleground”, the lack of freedom of speech deprives the students of many valuable learning opportunities.

It deprives the students of an opportunity to learn how to properly handle these types of conversations. If students aren’t allowed to talk about controversial and sensitive topics during the prime socialization period of their life, then how are they expected to deal with such complicated aspects in adulthood? How are they expected to learn that you can debate without making the matter personal? How are they expected to learn that you can respectfully acknowledge others’ opinions while not agreeing with superiors? In the future, when a political conversation does come up, they could potentially offend somebody because they don’t know how to handle the conversation, because they weren’t properly taught how to do so.

It also deprives the students of an opportunity to learn about things that affect them as the future of our nation. Gun regulations affect them, for school shootings are a reality for them. LGBTQ+ rights affect them, for 8% of all high school students in America belong to the LGBTQ+ community (Schlanger). These are not things that will affect them, these things are affecting them, right now. Soon, the students will have the power to impact the policies. However, there is a lot to learn before they solidify their opinions and vote on these policies, so having people and resources to learn from are very beneficial. It is also the point of schools to provide these resources and opportunities so that the students may become contributing members of society. Just as the infamous quote states: “It takes a village to raise a child,” (Proverb). Like the mission statement of Davis High School states, “The mission of Davis High School, in collaboration with parents and community, is to prepare all students to become productive, contributing members of society by providing high quality instruction and curriculum in a caring and safe environment,” (District). Part of being contributing members of society is by voting and participating in politics. It is clear that students need to be educated on controversial topics  but are not receiving the proper education due to the censorship in schools. When the future of our nation turns 18 and gains the ability to vote on these policies society is going to wish that they properly educated them.

It also deprives adolescent students from the opportunity to speak their truth, and that kind of silence is cruelly unjust.

On the other hand, as mentioned in the comic, “…schools have the responsibility to instill ‘the habits and manners of civility’ and the ‘fundamental values necessary to the maintenance of a democratic political system.’” (Snyder). Some content put out by students may be harmful, which might justify schools in censoring some material on behalf of uncivil behavior. However, censoring the material does absolutely nothing. All it does is remove the content, it doesn’t teach the student how to properly share their opinion in a civil manner. Instead of censoring the material, schools should take the time to review it with the student and teach them how to respectfully share their opinion. This would do more in fulfilling school’s responsibilities of “instilling the manners of civility”. Speaking from personal experience, I can testify that this approach works.

As one of the Chief Editors of the High School I attend I myself have written many articles on “controversial” topics that seem unapproachable in classrooms from my experience. Some worth mentioning are “Effects of the Dominant Religion in Social Situations”, “The necessary darkness behind suicide prevention groups”, “Guns: are they good or bad?”, and “LGBTQ community in Davis.” The research I performed prior to writing these articles allowed me to explore the topic with a transparent eyeball (Emerson), fully seeing and understanding both sides of the debate without bias. Whereas before I found myself staying out of these types of conversations, I now found myself confidently expressing my opinion with confidence. Going through the process of writing the articles also taught me how to present my opinions in a civil and respectful manner. This would not have been possible had I not been allowed to talk about gun control or LGBTQ+ rights with my teachers and peers.

In conclusion, while freedom of speech is restricted in schools, it is necessary for the education of students. Freedom of speech allows students to learn how to properly handle sensitive conversations and learn more about a topic before forming their own opinion.

 

References:

District, Davis School. “Davis High Student Policies.” Davis High Handbook. Davis School District, 2019. Document.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “Nature.” Nature. n.d. Essay.

Proverb, African. “It takes a village.” It takes a village. n.d. Quote.

Schlanger, Zoë. Quartz. 25 June 2017. Article. 25 December 2019.

Snyder, Bonnie Kerrigan. Finding Your Voice: A Free Speech Comic. Philadelphia: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, 2019. Comic Book.

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The things we love

What is everyone missing out on? The answer: A lot!  Every person in the world has something they are passionate about, and because of this virus a lot of people are unable to do the things they love.

I understand a wide majority of Davis High School is involved in a school activity. Whether it be a sport or club. We are all having with drawl from our passions.

Right now I am in a major with drawl form Cheer. I miss my cute team and all the cool things my coaches have to teach me! It’s also very sad because this week would be our cheer tryouts, but they have been postponed for a later date sadly. So for the time being I am continually working on my cheer skills and just trying to improve. I am almost positive that all our athletes attending Davis High are doing the same thing, working hard for when their season comes again!

I know that we aren’t only missing our sports and clubs, But all our friends. I know I miss seeing all my friends in the halls and Friday nights! But hopefully this quarentine comes to an end as soon as possible! But for now we all need to follow the guidelines that have been set for us; stay home, stay safe!

I hope we are all in school together once again. Stay safe and healthy!!

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Coronavirus social media challenges

It is no secret that things have been pretty crazy around here lately. Due to the Coronavirus, people are all staying at home which gives them plenty of time to be creative. During this time, I have seen more social media challenges than I have in the past three years. I have seen about 50 different challenges scrolling through my social media in just the past week. 

The ones that I have seen the most are the “until tomorrow” posts. I was confused when I first saw all of these, so for those of you who still are, the premise of this challenge is that when someone likes an “until tomorrow” post, the original poster is supposed to DM that person and tell them that they now have to post their own embarrassing picture and keep it up…until tomorrow. 

The next most common challenge is the sports ones. Someone who plays a sport will post a picture or a video of them playing that sport (usually on their story) and then tag about three more people to do the same thing. The chain goes on and on. The most common sports that I have seen do this are dance, basketball, and football.  

Another big movement that I have seen on social media is mostly done by celebrities and influencers. It is the “#stayhome” movement. Celebrities will post pictures of themselves either with their families, with friends or just by themselves at home to try and influence their followers to stay home as well. 

The last challenge that has gone viral during the quarantine is the plank challenge on Tik Tok. This is when people do a plank workout that goes along with a song on Tik Tok. This is also a part of the effort for people to stay fit at home during the quarantine while all the gyms are closed down. 

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Movies to watch while quarantined

With the Coronavirus floating around in the air, everyone is self-isolating themselves and staying home to help slow the transmission of it. However, staying home for weeks on end can be pretty boring. One of America’s favorite things to do while at home is none other than a movie night! There have been plenty of new movies that have come out, especially on Netflix, so here are some movies to watch on Netflix while you’re at home. 

For all the people out there who love romantic comedies, one of the top trending movies on Netflix is a movie called Valentine’s Day. This movie follows the stories of multiple couples on Valentine’s Day and they all fit together like a puzzle in the end. There are a lot of stars in this movie as well. 

For those who love thrillers and horror movies, the top trending movie for you is one called The Platform. This movie is about a prison where inmates on higher floors get more food than those on the lower floors, who just get their scraps. However, this movie is definitely not for the faint of heart so watch at your own risk. 

All the action and adventure lovers out there will love a movie called 2012. It is about a dad who is desperately trying to save his family when a flood of natural disasters hit. This movie will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. 

Comedy is probably one of the most popular movie genres on Netflix. They have a bunch of comedy classics on there, but the number one trending movie is Hitch. IF you have never seen this movie, you need to watch it ASAP! It is about a man (played by Will Smith) that helps clients make a good impression on the first date. It is a hilarious movie that also has a little bit of a sweet side. 

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Let us not forget what we learned

This thing is going to end, and, when it does, let’s not forget what it taught us.

Let’s not forget our renewed fascination and appreciation for nature. How when we were stuck in our homes, and our heads, we turned to the outdoors for an escape. A hike, walk outside, run, bike ride, or even just opening a window could make all the difference. A deep breath of fresh air could offer some peace and clarity during this time, so let’s preserve it. The cleaner air during this time is due to a decrease in levels of pollution, due to our decrease in fossil fuel/greenhouse gas emissions and quarantine situation. In fact, there was a 40% decrease in air pollution in San Francisco, and a 28% decrease in New York City. In China, the heavy cloud of pollution constantly looming over them seemed to disappear almost completely. It calls for the attention of how the air quality affects our health, and how, when this is all over, we can take action to preserve the clean air.

“As we move to restart these economies, we need to use this moment to think about what we value. Do we want to go back to the status quo, or do we want to tackle these big structural problems and restructure our economy and reduce emissions and pollution?” stated Jacqueline Klopp, co-director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University.

Let’s not forget what we discovered about ourselves. Much of our lives revolve around school and our job that we often become dependent on these things, and it becomes a major part of our identity. Well, who are we without these things? Our job title has been taken away from many of us, but the hard work and determination we put in to get there is still apart of us.

“Being a lawyer isn’t a personality trait. However, the hard work and determination you had in becoming a lawyer is, and that tells you who you really are,” explained an undisclosed source.

This quarantine has also given us time to discover new hobbies and activities. It has also showed us how we react, how mentally tough we are, the best parts of our personality, and our priorities. We used this time to re-center and reconnect with what’s important, so let’s not lose focus when all this is done.

“I hope everyone learns something from this and has some kind of life guiding revelation from our time spent alone with our thoughts,” commented student Brooklyn Haycock.

Let’s not forget the importance of relationships, and what other people mean to us. It’s times like these that show us how lonely and hard life can be if you’re facing it alone. It’s times like these that also show us who the most important people in our lives are, and what those people truly mean to us. It’s times like these that show us how important human connection is, and how our relationships with those around us keep us grounded and sane.

Jazmine Russell, a holistic healer, said it best when she said times like these show us “how interconnected we all are, and the importance and meaning of human intimacy.”

Let’s not forget how everyone came together. How people spread hope and love through social media. A DJ, D-Nice, started playing long sets on Instagram live. It became dubbed “Club Quarantine”, and regular people and celebrities alike tuned in for some good music to dance to. Talk show hosts, like Ellen and Jimmy Fallon, started doing their show from their home to provide for some entertainment and a distraction. Lady Gaga and Global Citizen put on a “One World: Together at Home” concert with performances and messages from various artists and celebrities as a way to pay tribute to the workers on the front lines of this crisis.

Along with providing positive messages, celebrities also put their money where their mouth is and started donating to various charities and causes. Halsey purchased FDA certified surgical masks and distributed them to four hospitals of her choice. Pink donated have a million dollars to an inner-city hospital in North Philly. Ciara and Russell Wilson donated 1 million meals to a Seattle food bank. Tyler Perry paid for everybody’s groceries in multiple grocery stores in Atlanta during senior hour one morning. Lady Gaga’s concert also raised 127 million dollars for coronavirus relief efforts.

There have also been beautiful displays of humanity from ordinary people. Claire Young wrote about it best in her article “People worldwide rise up amidst coronavirus chaos.” (https://www.davishighnews.com/16657/opinion/people-worldwide-rise-up-amidst-coronavirus-chaos/)

Also, as many have already said, let’s not forget or take for granted the simple things in life. The enjoyment of being able to go to your favorite coffee shop and talk to your favorite barista. The ability to go to fun events and meet amazing new people. A simple hug, high five, or handshake. Just being able to live life without having to worry about some invisible killer.

Last, let’s not forget the different problems the world faces, how much still needs to be done to improve, and how we can do something about it.

“I want to remember that it’s times like these that determine who our society’s working for and who it’s not. These systems are not working, and we need to be doing something about it.” –Jazmine Russell

 

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My quarantine journal

The quarantine has had unique effects on everybody that has been subjected. This is the story of my quarantine.
I wake up dazed. I look up at my clock and it reads 8:30 pm, had I woken up that late in the evening? Then again, I had done homework all night. The quarantine has genuinely messed up my sleep schedule. I am sleeping from 12 pm to 8:30 pm on most days. Staying up all night and sleeping during the day makes doing my schoolwork even more difficult. I wonder how I’m going to get myself out of this situation.
Lately, with the quarantine, I have had trouble finding inspiration to do any of my schoolwork. I’m a senior in high school in their final term, after having been accepted by a college. Is there any reason for me to do my work?
Since day 1 of the quarantine I’ve had to ask myself “What is my motivation today?” By doing that I thought that I would be able to find my motivation and actually end up doing the work of my own accord. The sad truth is that this isn’t the case.
As each day passes in this self-imposed prison, it is increasingly more apparent how difficult modern humans would take subsisting.
Perusing the news no longer brings new information. Everything is the same and it is generally about people being dumb. This is why I no longer watch the news. I try to fill my empty time instead with my job and severe binge-watching of tv. Of course, with most repetitious activities, these are also becoming quite tiresome to keep up with.
In terms of going outside, I have only gone outside twice since April has started. Luckily instead of going stir crazy, I have merely stopped thinking in all entirety. I have stopped thinking about most issues and I have let my emotions take control of me and my daily habits.
One detriment of this quarantine and this sleep schedule is that I have been reduced to eating one meal a day with no snacks. I don’t quite know what I have become.

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The light at the end of the tunnel

Let’s begin with the facts: the coronavirus has currently infected over 2,435,876 people worldwide. Some of the most common symptoms include a dry cough and a fever. The number of cases is still increasing though possibly at a slower rate. The world is in borderline chaos trying to contain the virus. Those are the facts everyone already knows. Those are the facts that create fear within society.

There is a brighter side to all of this, however. We are already working on a vaccine and have the top scientists working on it. One is expected to be through human trials within a year. And counter/measures like social distancing are protecting the vulnerable and slowing contagion.

And there are some positive side-effects as well. Pollution levels have decreased. Humans have been coming together to support each other in birthday parades and many other creative ways. Accident and air quality-related deaths are on the decline.  People are reconnecting with loved ones to whom they wouldn’t otherwise be talking to. There is a sense of unity between people and communities that’s never been here before. I have seen students, teachers, and families learn to appreciate the things they took for granted like going to school and seeing each other and sharing a meal with friends.

With or without the virus, it can be hard to find positivity in the world today. One important thing to remember now is overcoming hard situations is what makes people stronger. Once this is all over people will appreciate the little things in life like they never have before…going to the store and feeling safe or hugging a friend or loved one that doesn’t live in your house. People will appreciate being close and going outside. People will appreciate smiling at one another in the halls rather than rushing to class. Feeling productive and making plans and having some predictable structure in life will come back and be a new kind of fun.

It’s important to look at what is positive because that’s really the best way to survive right now. Dwelling in negativity is too easy. We should challenge ourselves to look for positive things every day even if it’s just a glimmer of the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Reflections in Quarantine

In thinking about the chaos that has ensued recently, I have realized how little control we have over our own lives. Just think about how one tiny biological mutation has brought our entire species to its knees. The earthquake we had recently was just one slight shift of tectonic plates deep below the surface of the earth. Yet it cut off an entire city’s power. It brings things into perspective.

We become so absorbed in our daily routines that we forget how weak and fragile we are compared to the earth and its elements. How small we are in the grand scheme of things. Being stripped of normalcy has been a slap in the face of reality that cannot be ignored. These recent troubles have made it clear what’s important and what deserves our attention and devotion.

Being isolated has made me appreciate people more. Oh what I would give to be able to interact normally with people again. To leave the house without a face mask or to go out for dinner. To hug my grandma. To welcome home my brother from his mission out of the car. Remote learning has helped me understand the importance of school. I would gladly wake up at 6 a.m. and willingly spend hours on homework if it meant seeing my teachers and classmates again.

The whole experience has been frustrating, emotionally draining, and just plain awful, but I think we needed it. When this is all over, I hope that the world doesn’t return to its old ways. I hope that we won’t take advantage of ‘normal’ again. That people of all races, faiths, and backgrounds will choose to unite as they are uniting now. That we will go outside and take care of our planet. That we will love each other as if nothing else matters.

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Stuck at home? just grab some headphones!

Its been who knows how many days since the start of quarantine. With practically everything closed and no school it seems has though the world just decided to stop spinning. Like most people I haven’t done much during this quarantine other than video games, movies, and the occasional skateboard session outside. The days are just starting to fade all into one big cycle, wake up, eat, chores, video games, eat, back to sleep and repeat.

My quarantine so far is only enough to cover 75 words of this weeks story, so for the rest I will talk about how 2020 is possibly one of the best years for music we have seen in a long time. With it only being April, we have already seen projects dropped from big artists like Lil Uzi Vert with his project Eternal Atake, Mac Miller with his project Circles, Eminem and his project Music to be Murdered by, Lil wayne with his album Funeral, Greenday and their newest album Father of all…, Tame Impala and his long awaited project The Slow Rush, Jack Harlow with a surprise project Sweet Action, the list goes on.

Considering that it is only April and not even summer yet you can be sure that we haven’t seen an end to this monumental year for music. Lots of music has already been announced and much more to come our way to keep our heads up and smiling while stuck at home.

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To all those who had to say goodbye too soon

To all the athletes whose season ended too soon. Who put in years of hard work just to lead up to this year, to one game, to one moment. Who had a goal, and wanted to achieve it before giving it up forever. Who wanted the extra time to hang out with teammates, your best friends and sometimes your family. Who wanted the entire year to just live in that sport and be happy.

To all those who relied on that after school activity for their sanity. Who needed the small amount of time to connect and talk to those who were similar to them. Who valued that time to fully express themselves through art, service, or a craft.

To all the seniors whose year suddenly ended too soon. You wanted to be done but now you’re not so sure. You were starting to move on but you still wanted and valued that extra time to just be in high school. To be dependent and a little bit careless and irresponsible before you were on your own. To have those final moments to say goodbye to the structure of public school, and to say goodbye to the teachers that really impacted your education and life. To have those final moments of seeing your childhood friends every day, and to spend more time with them before you go your separate ways.

I’m sorry. For all that time and all those moments were supposed to be guaranteed, but now our rites of passage were suddenly canceled. All we’re left with is the shock from the sudden events and feeling lost from not knowing how to process. Not knowing how to find closure.

I guess closure is never guaranteed, for anything in life. Some moments just end too unexpectedly, and we’re left wondering what’s next. Well, I guess we just have to move on. Have to look at where we want to go in life and start working to get there. Start creating new dreams, new plans, and new goals we want to achieve.

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My experience through the coronavirus crisis

The first case of the novel coronavirus occurred in China some time in December. The first death from this new disease was announced on January 11. The memes and jokes started coming around January and February. At the time, it seemed so far away, like it would never reach us. However, it only got worse from there. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization deemed Covid-19 a pandemic.

The panic and change that followed happened overnight and only got worse throughout the next two days. My first period teacher made a joke about not breathing in the halls to avoid catching it, and in the 6 minutes it took to get from first to second period, the vibe completely changed. The coronavirus was all we could talk about, how it would affect our personal lives, how it’s changing society right now, and looking for the updates from government officials. As the day went on teachers tried to return to normal, reassuring us that nothing has happened yet, and if it does we will adjust accordingly.

The next day was no better. We went from calmly taking the precaution of sanitizing the desks, to a widespread fear about the school that didn’t allow for any focus other than on what was happening in the world around us. That fear and panic followed me throughout the entire day, from class to class, and even home.

On March 13, the governor of Utah ordered a soft closure of all public schools. What does that mean for me? Well, it means I get to switch to online school until further notice, further notice being April 6.

That’s not so bad. We just put our life on pause for a few weeks, take a break, and then come back. I’ll admit, I was a little relieved. Relieved that I would no longer be put in danger of contracting this virus, and glad for the break, for I was starting to get worn out from school, work, and extracurriculars. Sure, online school wasn’t ideal, but it allowed for me to get all my schoolwork out of the way early and then spend the rest of the time doing whatever I wanted. More time for reading, movies, hikes, and even a few games of pickleball with some friends.

I don’t know when it started to get serious. Maybe when they reported a few known cases of Covid-19 on base where my mom works? Maybe when my parents switched from a rotating schedule to working full-time from home? Maybe when I started to sense that people were lying to me? For although we were supposed to go to school after Spring Break, teachers uploaded assignments for the rest of the year. People started hesitating, being careful as to what they were saying around me.

Slowly, everything got cancelled, everything closed, and it became clear that this thing wasn’t going away any time soon. What does that mean for me? Well, it means that my senior year ended too soon.

All I can think about is how much I don’t want this. I want to see my friends almost every day before I have to say goodbye. I want to have the opportunity to learn about what I was supposed to learn about. While technology has made it very effective to move almost everything online, it’s hard to learn CPR through a screen. While I appreciate teacher’s efforts to alleviate the stress and create easy assignments that allow for the expression of my emotions, which is so essential during this crisis, I don’t want every assignment from every class to be about the coronavirus. I want to learn about the baroque, enlightenment, romantic, and modern periods in my humanities class.

I guess I get it now when people say they feel like they’re missing out on their senior year. While I don’t care about missing prom, for I was never going to go anyways, and I could trade the senior grad party for a small celebration of my own, I still don’t want this. But I guess we don’t always get what we want, and nothing in life is ever guaranteed.

 

Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-timeline.html

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Activites to alleviate the quarantine.

Utah is beginning to see an increase in Coronavirus cases. As of April 7th, Utah has 1738 cases. Alarmingly, Utah had 1012 cases just on April 1st. 700 more cases within a singular week. It is because of this increase that everybody has been quarantined into their homes. Now the trouble is the boredom that follows being quarantined for an indefinite period. I have had no trouble acclimating to this. Most people though are slowly going crazy, not knowing what to do with this isolative time. Here are some things that I do, that might be able to help you keep sane while stuck at home. 

Surprisingly, many people, I included, have been taking this time to learn a new hobby or skill. This quarantine has given almost everybody in the United States, enough time to work on themselves and to better themselves. Taking this time to read, create a new stream of income, learn more about yourself, or better your place in life right now is a great usage of your time in this trying situation. I have taken this time to calm myself from the stresses of my graduation and the current situation that I am in by reading a book; Declutter Your Mind by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport. 

Due to the consistent quarantine that has now been placed upon us, almost all families across the continental United States have resorted to cooking at home. Cooking can become an enjoyable hobby and it’s essential for the survival of an average citizen in the modern-day. I often try to cook at least one meal a day, that way I can continually increase my skill and ability while still providing food for those in my household. 

Of course, there’s always the route of binge-watching tv and playing lots of video games. This isn’t always the worst way to pass the time, but you must stay observant of exactly what needs to be done in your daily schedule and how much time you’re dumping into this activity. 

The best thing that I have done so far is worked from home. Work has given me a way to stave off the boredom while still earning money. It may be difficult for a high schooler to get a job that allows them to work from home, but if you’re looking for one Vector Marketing gives lots of high school seniors an opportunity. 

Despite everything that has happened so far this year, remember that the main goal of all of this quarantine is to stay safe and to make sure that you don’t infect anybody else! Stay safe everybody!

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