The phantom voice
Did you know studies have shown that by the age of 13, 70 percent of kids drop out of their youth sport? The top reason for these dropouts is the pressure from coaches and parents. A lot of parents nowadays enroll their children in highly intensive training programs in hopes of someday being the next Michael Jordan or Derek Jeter, while in fact they're more likely to end up in a hospital bed then out on the field. Every year more and more kids are injured due to overuse of their bodies and limbs. Among young baseball players, there has been a five-fold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries since the year 2000. A majority of these sports related injuries in your children are in fact preventable, but the correct precautions must be taken to ensure your child is safe out on the field.
Parents tend to think everyone’s going to the Olympics. It’s true, a lot of parents think that their kid is the best and will often times push them to their limit. When kids begin intensive offseason training preparing for the actual season, they’re suddenly playing all year round. Complications and injuries due to overuse are very common in young baseball players, pitchers in particular. Studies have found that elbow pain in youth baseball pitchers was associated with height, weight, age, number of pitches thrown in the season, fatigue, satisfaction of performance, weightlifting and playing on more than one team; while shoulder pain was linked to number of pitches thrown in a season, fatigue and satisfaction of performance. Parents and coaches are highly likely to have influenced half of the problems linked to injury.
The number of pitches thrown in a season is extremely important in regards to the health of a young player's arm. There was a significant association between the number of pitches thrown in a game and during the season and the rate of elbow pain and shoulder pain. Another similar condition is Little Leaguer's elbow, which is the inflammation of the growth plate in a young throwers elbow. Parents often push their children to keep pitching or throwing even though their arm hurts. Many parents today have the "rub some dirt on it" type of mentality and ignore the fact that there could be a bigger problem than what they thought. If they continue to throw with an injured arm, they could potentially inflict a life long injury upon himself which could cause them to undergo expensive surgeries or force them to stop playing the game they love.
20% of children ages 8 to 12 and 45% of those ages 13 to 14 will have arm pain during a single youth baseball season. Another cause for arm pain in a young thrower or pitcher is playing on more than one team. At such a young age, playing on more than one team could be detrimental to the player's arm. When playing on more than one team, it's non-stop wear and tear on the arm. I myself have played on two different teams over the course of a summer and my arm began to break down by the end of the season. One time during that summer, I had such bad pain in my elbow to the point where i couldn't even lift my gatorade to my mouth. The reason playing on more than one team can be inflicted by parents is because parents want their kid to be getting the most playing time as possible. Also, parents want their kid to get noticed at a young age by college scouts and playing more can only better their chances.
Although some parents may be pushing their kids too hard, a set of rules and regulations have been set up by Little League Baseball to help prevent the uprising epidemic of arm injury. One of the first rules in place is the pitch count rule. This rule allows a set amount of pitches a pitcher can throw in a game, increasing the amount of pitches allowed in comparison to their age. Another effective rule is the rest requirement rule. This rule is based on your age and how many pitches you threw in that particular game. With that being said, it would then tell you the correct amount of days of rest needed in order for that pitcher to be eligible to pitch again. Finally, the last rule set in place is the various pitch rule. This rule is applied with a chart established by Little League Baseball that shows the recommended ages at which the young pitchers should be able to learn how to throw each type of pitch. This is important because each type of pitch has a different effect on the thrower's arm. A fastball applies the least amount of stress on the arm while a curveball, knuckleball and screwball all have high stress rates on the elbow in particular. Although these rules may not prevent all injuries, they most definitely help reduce the amount of young athletes injuries.
Captivity. Trapped in tiny tanks, cages, and exhibits with nowhere to go. Zoos, aquariums, attractions; all removing wildlife from their homes and then breeding them into the life of captivity, never knowing the true life of their species, only that of a trapped performer and entertainment to humans. Such places have caused a lot of controversy, especially when it comes to animal cruelty. The place I feel as exhibited this type of cruelty is SeaWorld. Almost 40 years ago they brought in their last wild Orca, but since then, have been breeding whales, creating generation after generation to be used for performances.
According to National Geographic and the NOAA, Killer Whales have an expected life span similar to a human: 50-80 years. In captivity and establishments like SeaWorld, however, these creatures only last ¼ of that time. Such establishments claim the average life expectancy is only about 30 for female orcas and 19 for the males (SeaWorld’s Website). SeaWorld recently lost their most popular and infamous Orca, Tilikum. He was estimated to be about 36 years old, HALF of the expected lifespan of this beautiful creature. After being taken from the ocean and his pod, SeaWorld “raised” Tilikum into a performer. A wild animal, STOLEN from the ocean and forced into captivity, trained and punished by trainers just for a couple of twirls and splashes. Tilikum died in captivity at SeaWorld, where he suffered from a bacterial infection “found in water and soil both in wild habitats and zoological settings” (SeaWorld). His death resulted from being trapped in a small tank where if he was in the wild, never would have contracted his illness and would most likely would have gone on to live for many more years.
Tilikum was SeaWorld’s most popular exhibit, bringing in hundreds of millions of tourists each year. However, Tilikum brought even more attention to the company when he began to kill. Tilikum killed 3 people in total. SeaWorld gave excuses and lied about the reasoning behind each one; how Tilikum was distracted by a ponytail or that he did not mean to and was simply playing. These animals are natural-born predators. They grow frustrated and tireless when they have nowhere to go, confining them to tanks where they cannot do anything except for swim in circles or float around endlessly. The largest tanks at SeaWorld only have depths of 35’ at most, and this is in the actual stadium tanks. However, after the show, the whales are returned to holding tanks. Killer Whales travel on average 75 miles/day. How is that even possible in a tank that does not allow these animals to swim freely or dive?
Tilikum was a natural predator. He killed because he was a wild animal, only acting on innate instinct. Orcas are at the top of the food chain and when in the wild, hunt in pods.They are territorial and prey on other marine animals because that is what they are: a wild animal. Killer Whales, Dolphins, Sharks, etc. are all wildlife creatures that should be left in their natural environment. We cannot blame these animals for these attacks or aggressive behavior when the truth is, they are the victims. These animals are trapped all day, every day. Please stop supporting wildlife captivity. We should not be taking wildlife from their homes just for our own personal gain or entertainment.
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Are you ever in an argument that you’re trying to resolve, where someone begins rolling their eyes, yelling insults at you, ignoring you, or they just walk away? See, these people can be classified as the over-dramatic spieces, starting arguments then walking away when you want to work them out. Choosing their battles, taking over your weekends with meaningless drama, and leaving you on “read” on iMessage. These are the people I cannot stand.
A few times, I’ve gotten into the larger kinds of arguments, but usually within a day they’ve been resolved. We both speak our mind, take some time, and apologize. These are of the human species, those that have feelings. However the over-dramatics of the world?! Ha, arguments can last days to weeks, they might even spill over into the next month. They are the kings and queens of holding grudges; they hold onto them as if they are the meaningless social platforms in which they are trying to cling to.
Don’t even get me started on mixing the over-dramatics with social media. They will take to their Snapchat stories, Twitter accounts, group chats, and finstas (fake instagram accounts) to be shady and passive-agressive, and to subtweet away. Yet, if someone makes a remark on their twitter account that has a .0001% chance of being directed at them? Forget it! They will track that person down, write a long angry text or shady tweet right back at them, and when the person on the other end of this mess is geniunley confused? The over-dramatic will utter this iconic statement, “It’s like I don’t even know you anymore!”
Over-dramatic people really do not get it, they think that esclating things is a way of life, not a petty pass time for those that don’t have much of a life. They think sticking themselves into everyone’s situation is a common practice, not the definition of annoying. Stop over-thinking, esclating, and getting into every situation. Sometimes, you need to just move on and let it go.
In the year 2017, it is much more common for a student to graduate high school and attend college than not. There are many factors that go into choosing a school to attend such as size, academics, athletics, or distance from home, but one of the “make or break factors” for many students is expense. As a sophomore in high school starting the search for colleges suitable for my needs, I am witnessing this first hand. Many of the “better” or higher level academic schools are outside of my family’s price range as they are for many families.
In New York State, SUNY (State University of New York) schools are a more affordable option, but still quite expensive and competitive to get accepted into. On the lower end of the price range for SUNY schools, a typical undergraduate who is a New York state resident would be paying $6,470 for tuition, $1,590 for student fees, and $12,590 for room and board- a total of $20,650. This can range all the way up to $23,600 adding up to a total of $94,000, excluding additional fees for a student graduating in four years. For many families paying for college, there are many opportunities to lower the cost such as financial aid, scholarships, or most recently, state governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a law making college education free for students attending SUNY or CUNY schools, whose families make under $125,000 per year.
Cuomo plans to implement this bill over three years. In the fall of 2017, it will pay for tuition of students whose families make under $100,000 per year, in the fall of 2018, students whose families who are making under $110,000 per year, and in the fall of 2019, students whose families have an income of under $125,000 per year. I won’t deny that this law will help many students pay for college, but it puts anyone making over $125,000 at a disadvantage, whether they are making a few hundred or a couple thousand over.
The first reason this law puts students and their families paying for college at a disadvantage is because this will make getting into state schools even more competitive. Because SUNY and CUNY schools will now be accepting applications from students who are covered by this law, that wouldn't have normally applied, it will decrease the amount of paying students accepted. One simple solution for this would be to have a set percent of non-paying students accepted to each SUNY and CUNY school each year. This would prevent Cuomo’s law from making college less accessible to paying students.
Another flaw of Cuomo’s plan is that it will have families that do not qualify for the plan paying even more money. According to Cuomo, the three phase plan will cost New York $163 million a year. That means higher taxes for New Yorkers. People making over $125,000 will be paying for their children's college education and in addition paying for the free education of other students. Parents with a yearly income of more than $125,000 are working hard for their money to pay for their own children and should not be forced to help pay for other children's education, especially when they are not provided help from the state.
Andrew Cuomo's plan for making college education more affordable may aid some, but families making over $125,000 face more challenges than before. They are not receiving financial assistance from the state and paying even more for college than before. Plus, because college has become so much harder to get into, parents are investing more and more into extracurricular activities, to raise well rounded, intelligent students before they even begin emptying their wallet for school. SUNY and CUNY schools, that were once a more affordable, better education option for New Yorkers are now out of reach for many families because college education is so expensive. If college is going to be made more affordable in New York, it needs to be made affordable for everyone, not just one group.
This February 9th, 10th, and 11th at 7pm, come see the school's production of Thoroughly Modern Millie! Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults, and we are having a special offer for our Thursday show, students who bring their ID get tickets half off! That's $5!
This upbeat and entertaining musical is about Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to New York from Kansas in 1922. She gets on her way by staying at the Hotel Priscilla, meeting her new friend Ms. Dorothy Brown, as well as the hotel proprietress Mrs. Meers, who runs a white slavery ring in Hong Kong. She heads to the Big Apple in search of a job, and to marry a rich boss. She falls for a man named Jimmy Smith, however she is determined to marry for money. Her and Jimmy fall in and out of love. With the help of Jimmy, Ms. Dorothy and the Priscilla Girls, Muzzy Van Hossmere, and her boss Trevor Graydon, Millie learns about love, herself, and how to live in New York.
The very talented cast, crew and pit are composed of your friends and peers. The show is directed by Jim Reading, with sets made by the crew and Gary Valentine, choreography by Holly Maddock, musical accompaniment by the pit and Mr. Johnson, vocal direction by Ms. Goloski, and help from SEA-BBS and Mr. Weber. Full of grand musical numbers, witty lines, big dances, and bobbed hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie is not to be missed.
Well, this is it. Our worst fear has become reality. Donald Trump is the President of the United States. A man whose life has been riddled with scandals and bankruptcies now runs one of the most powerful countries on Earth. A man who refused to disclose his tax returns and encouraged Americans to watch a woman’s sex tape now represents our country to the rest of the world. A man endorsed by the Klu Klux Klan and white supremacists now holds our nuclear launch codes. The future of our country will be determined by this man.
Donald Trump has been openly racist and sexist throughout his entire campaign. And he was still elected. He called Mexicans “murderers” and “rapists”. He called people from Syria, Morocco, the Philippines and many other countries “animals”. His statements about these countries have sparked outrage with leaders of those nations. What happens when he offends a country that has the power and weaponry to obliterate Washington D.C. off the map? He even said that he would consider making Muslims carry official cards that identify them with the Islamic faith. How is that any different from Adolf Hitler requiring those of the Jewish faith to wear the Star of David on all of their clothes? According to the Holocaust Center, Nazis used that tactic to isolate and dehumanize Jewish people. Wouldn’t we be doing the same thing to Muslims?
We have never had a president who has had children with three different wives. In the 1960s, Jackie Kennedy was criticized for her fashionable clothing. Some people thought it was too modern for a First Lady to be wearing in the White House. Now it is 2017, and we have a First Lady who has been photographed nude for GQ Magazine. Melania Trump, Donald Trump’s third wife, The First Lady of the United States of America, has images of herself completely naked that any American can see. Now Jackie Kennedy doesn’t seem too bad.
Donald Trump received a “small-loan of a million dollars” from his father when he was 29-years old. A small loan. 1 in 2 hardworking Americans make less than $30,000 in a year. 45 million people were reported to be living below the poverty line last year. But our president has never struggled a day in his life. He will never understand that concern many Americans feel in wondering if they will be able to afford their next meal. During the next four years, Trump will be signing off on legislation for improved public transportation or lowering student loans. But he will never understand the day in the life of an average American who is depending on that legislation. He has never been late to work because the subway was delayed. He has never watched his paycheck dwindle away while student loans eat it up. He has been in the top 1% his entire life. Money has never been a concern. It is true that past presidents have been relatively wealthy. But none have had a net worth of 3.7 billion dollars like Trump.
This differences between Donald Trump and Barack Obama are insurmountable. For the past eight years we received speeches from the Oval Office filled with grace, sincerity, and class. During the next four or maybe even eight years, we will not be blessed in hearing speeches with those qualities. Obama displayed how much he cared for every individual with every word he spoke. For a long time, Trump believed that a man we elected president for two terms had falsified his birth certificate. He refused to admit that former-president Obama was even born in this country. How could we elect a man whose stubbornness and bigotry outweigh his human decency?
Everyone keeps telling me that there’s nothing we can do and I am sick and tired of hearing that. There is something we can do, and that is treat each other with respect and be kind. We have to remember that the hatred and racism coming straight from the Oval Office isn’t normal. Don’t stand silent while groups of people are being oppressed. We all have the right to life and liberty, two principles this nation was founded upon. Don’t let anyone, even the President of the United States, take that away from you. Remember: Love Trumps Hate.
Personally I am an avid TV show and movie person. I thoroughly enjoy the concept of being able to detach from the outside world for a little bit and wish upon many stars that I would be able to attend Hogwarts or be a vampire. Although, I would be the happiest person alive if I was able to attend Hogwarts, I have not and will not be able to physically experience the Hogwarts school that J.K. Rowling has written numerous novels about. It is astonishing how creators have the ability to take you to this place where you can be a part of something that does not relate to your life or reality as all. Movies let you experience the story in a short amount of time, maybe an hour and half or two.
TV shows can go on for seasons and with each episode, something different is happening in it. Now the shows, I really enjoy are the shows where the characters have special abilities, for example vampires, werewolves, or superpowers. The fact that with each episode. Not only do they seem to end sometimes, but producers of shows find the concept of killing off favorite characters amusing, I assume. Although, I can see from a writer's point of view why killing off certain characters may set the next plot up or give another character the chance to change throughout the story; it is very frustrating. I am aware that when actors are killed off shows, sometimes it is because they are moving onto a different project they are involved with. Losing a character that had a major impact of the show can put the audience in shock and frustration, but sometimes I am in amazement on how the writers will direct and develop the story into something that it wasn’t like before; that certain character was gone. I would really appreciate it if the producers and writers wouldn’t kill a favorite and main character of a show I enjoy.
I may not have experienced as much life as others, but this world has become so consumed by insecurities. I am 16 years old and personally, I can tell you I have many insecurities, just like most of the population. Now, I’m not saying there may not be people who are 100% comfortable with who they are, and how they present themselves; but most people are not comfortable. Insecurities can be as little as someone always having that need for their nails to be painted, or as big as people not feeling comfortable to try new clothes, so they stick to their normal wear.
I believe being insecure is a part of life and coincides with maturity. The worries of how the outside world perceives us, limits people to a grand extent. Someone may be the next famous singer, but never get recognized because they do not have the ability to stand up in front of a crowd, a crowd that she believes will be judging every single aspect of her. Some people allow their insecurities take over their ability to try new things, or do something outside their comfort-zone. It is always the concern of “What will this person think of me?” It is very hard to detach yourself from the complexity and technologically advanced world we have created and now live in. I even get frustrated by the insecurities I experience, but it is a part of life and growing-up; learning to be okay with who you are. People will see themselves differently than how others will see them, maybe in a positive or a negative manner. Throughout high school, you find that group or maybe just one person that will always be the one to be completely honest with. As I am currently growing-up, I have that group of people or one person that tells me the truth, being completely raw about the subject and I would rather someone be completely honest with me than give me compliments. It is reassuring to know that someone isn’t afraid to tell you when you’re wrong or tell you when you’re right, and that will help shape your ego. It is more comforting to find the people who experience the same insecurities that you understand because it will help balance each other out. Insecurities are everywhere, but the earth continues to turn. Having insecurities can affect a life in major ways, but people wouldn’t become who or what they are if it wasn’t for them.
What a shocker to see a student complaining about school. I’m not writing to complain about one school in particular but the whole system that some “genius” set up. I’m not complaining either about school start time or the arguments on competitive sports because all of that varies from school to school and it’s not as important as this issue. I’m not the only one who thinks this too, The viral video called “Don’t stay in school” on YouTube has close to 14 million views. Ted Talks has a video about Logan, a 13 year old who dropped out of school because of the issues I’ll bring up. The most popular Ted talks video ever is the video “Do schools kill creativity?” and to sum up the 20 minute video with 11,530,083 view, Yes it does. The viral video on YouTube entitled “I JUST SUED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM !!!” is a spoken word with over 4 million views. These ideas are in our society and clearly many people think this and many people listened.
So what is the problem? The simple answer is the mindset. The school system spends its time saying that if you study hard and do well, you’ll get into a good college and you’ll be happy. When you get into college they say that if you study hard and do well you’ll get a good job and you’ll be happy. When you get a good job they say if you work hard you’ll make a lot of money, you’ll be happy. It surprised me that 13 year old Logan in that Ted Talks video was the first one to point this out to me. The educational system jams AP classes, state testing, SATs, ACTs, and all this other “useful” testing in order to make sure I get into a good school and be happy. At what expense? My happiness for 13 years of my life? I’ve missed so many events with friends and family just because “I have to finish this take home test, I have to go to extra help, I have to study.” This cycle continues and at no point is there a clear answer for when you’ll be happy. Why does school gear us like this? Why are we built and taught to only pursue happiness in the far future rather than enjoying the moment that we’re in? It amazes me that I don’t hear other students bringing this up. The biggest problem is when students blame the teacher or perhaps even the specific school. Teachers understand and they try and balance out the work they’re required to give us (for the most part). Why? Teachers understand that we’re human beings. They treat us like what we are, people. It’s not their fault they slam us with work; it’s the system that forces them to. It’s not the schools fault either because they’re just following the educational system. The school system is the problem. They view us like we’re nothing. To them us students are just test scores.
Schools defend this by saying that they’re preparing us for life. Yet if you watch the video I mentioned earlier “Don’t stay in school” you’ll see that they’re argument is wrong. It points out the problem in what we’re actually learning in this mess of an educational system. Sure I know that Qin Shi Huang unified China through legalism in 221 BCE but I don’t know how to pay a mortgage. I know how to use the quadratic equation to solve for X but I can’t even tell you where to begin when applying for a loan. I don’t know how to start a 401K, I don’t know how to pay bills, I don’t know how to get a passport. Believe me I enjoy some of this stuff too, but how can this educational system lie to our face telling us “they’re preparing us for life” when I don’t even know how to file for insurance. Why don’t they teach us basic life skills? Because basic life skills don’t produce good looking tests scores. “The beauty of the test score” is this wonderful ideology that the US’s school system absolutely loves to follow. “If we have good tests then we’re the best!” Is that why only 13% of college students get jobs after graduation? How about rather than having pretty test scores and looking nice and clean, the school system actually teaches skills to help produce the productive members of society they pretend they’re training.
My biggest problem however sees every part of my argument in one place. It’s a little hard to explain with one measly thesis statement, which is disappointing since schools makes us spend months on just that. Every brain works differently yet school views us students as cookie cutter templates of the same brain. In their mind you and I perceive math the same way. We understand history the same way, science we’re practically the same person. It’s simply just not the case, some are better at the sciences while others are better at maths and so on and so forth. Within that some are better at biology while some are better at chemistry. Some are better at geometry while others are better at trigonometry. Yet the educational system of the US fails to recognize that. Even worse is that the people who created the educational system believes that everybody has an academic brain. It’s proven and it is known that not everybody can comprehend academics as they can with something like the arts. There are a multitude of kids who are singers, artists, dancers, actors, etc. but find school miserable because school ostracizes their creativity and their talents because to the school system does not see them as beneficial or important. Sure schools offer art classes, chorus, dramas and musicals, but it's an elective or outside of regular school. In a lot of cases those art students can’t take an art class they want to and which will benefit them in college because it conflicts in their schedule with a required advanced math class. Personally, I want to study dramatic arts in college, yet classes I wish to take often get taken out of my schedule due to a required pre-calculus class or AP Biology. Now if you enjoy those classes then take them, but why am I, someone who wishes to study dramatic arts, forced to take these advanced math classes that will not benefit me whatsoever in my desired profession. I don’t blame my school, I don’t blame any individual school, I don’t blame the teachers either, but the corrupted and broken educational system which plagues schools throughout the US with their unrealistic expectations of students doing hours of homework. I also blame the educational system for creating the mentality that school should be geared towards the “practical jobs” because something like the arts is too competitive and not secure which is simply not true because if you took 5 minutes to research any of those fields you would see a plethora of practical jobs which could make you a good living and one that's just as secure as something like a lawyer.
A quick question I have for the US Department of Education and the entirety of the US’s educational system is that if my and everyone else's education is so geared towards academics, why aren’t we number one in education? In your precious math and sciences we rank an astonishing 29th just passing Portugal and just before Italy. It’s currently being lead by Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan but includes countries such as Estonia, the UK, Belgium, Canada, Norway, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and 16 educational systems above ours. The best example is number 6, Finland.
Finland may be 6th in math and sciences but has one of if not the best education in the world. Why? There’s plenty of reasons. For one they specialize education to the individual. From 1st to 9th grade a student takes the required courses which teach them the basics. Language, math, science, history, etc. But after that point education is tailored to the student. If a student wishes to go into the arts they take classes involving the arts rather than an intense math class. If a student wants to go into an occupation such as banking, then they take advanced math classes and not art classes or advanced science classes if they wish not to. Their school days are shorter, they have less homework, they have specialized classes, all of these reasons lower stress and higher efficiency for students and contribute to the reasons why Finland has one of the best educational systems.
The Department of US Education: how ironic that it actually ruined education for generations. It uses an outdated system and being outshined by better and more reformed systems around the world. Before you or someone you know goes and blames their teacher, know it’s not their fault as to your problems involving the school system. Then before you go and complain to your school know it’s not their fault for the problems involving the educational system. No, it is the US Department of Education because they have the final say in everything involving what the school tells the teachers to teach. Your teachers and school are just following orders from the corrupted and broken department above them. If you agree with my opinions then great, if you don’t that’s fine too. Either way, hopefully it strikes up a conversation that should be had about my and future generation’s education in a system that I believe is broken and should be reformed.
Technology can be very slow at times, and there are so many different brands out there. There is Apple, which is a huge company, that makes all sorts of electronics and then there's Samsung, which is another huge company, that makes a whole bunch of electronics too. Apple and Samsung compete with their merchandise all the time. Also Apple customers seem so cocky about their products that they own because they think they are better than the Android. But who are they to say they are or they aren't. In my opinion they are the same thing, they both have cameras, they both make phone calls and can text. I get that in comes down to preference but I feel like in the long run Samsung is definitely the winner. Also they're both just as fast when it comes to the internet. Which brings me to another point there is also big competition between the server the phone would have. There are many different servers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile etc. A lot of the brands are overrated, like Verizon. In my opinion people say that their phone is so slow and that you wont get service unless you have Verizon. That's ridiculous because I have Cricket Wireless, which in my opinion is just as fast as all the other known brand names and it's also cheaper. So if you're a person that can't afford a popular named phone server or a apple phone or Samsung phone it doesn't really matter because they all do the same thing nowadays.
The brand new Samsung Galaxy phone
Ok, so if kids are sitting in class and they’re drifting off, not realizing what's going on in the lesson or even in general, why are teachers calling on them? This happens to me and other people and it can be quite embarrassing if you don't know the answer. I will tell you it literally feels like an eternity when you’re sitting there just staring at the board wondering what you might possibly say. All eyes are on you in the room even if you want them to be or not, waiting for your answer, which you have no idea what it is. Also, there will be times when I’m completely aware of my surroundings and what's going on in the class and I just don't know the answer and I get called on. I swear I have actually tried to play hide and seek with the teacher so they hopefully don't notice me so I don't have to answer a question, and it never works. In that moment when you are aware that you don't know the answer, it literally feels like you just got picked for the Hunger Games. You have no idea what to do and the pressure of eyes all focusing on you actually feels like you are about to die.
No matter how hard I try, I feel like this problem is always right around the corner. I know there will be times where I daze off into neverland or thinking whatever I’m learning about is like trying to decipher a 2,000 year old language. Even though you may think asking a question is a good way to try to capture a student's attention, IT’S NOT IF THEY DONT KNOW WHATS GOING ON. I cannot stress this enough. The only thing you are causing by calling on someone who doesn't know the answer and knows he/she doesn’t know the answer is causing them to want to crawl up into a ball and roll thousands and thousands of miles away. A teacher in my opinion is supposed to encourage their students to want to learn more but when you’re doing something like that all they want to do is not learn anymore.
Another way teachers can capture a student's attention is by going up to them individually and tapping on their paper or asking “do you have the notes copied?” Doing this will avoid embarrassment and get the student back into the lesson being taught. Hopefully I’ve convinced teachers to teach with a different strategy and also make students pay better attention..
Social media can be really fun. Sharing your adventures with the world, or seeing all the other cool things people are doing. It is a community, a place for people to just have fun and connect. Yet, there is one small aspect of a certain app that I cannot stand; Snapchat streaks.
Snapchat streaks are when you and one of your Snapchat contacts try to send pictures to each other for as many days as possible, consecutively. If one person fails to Snapchat the other in 24 hours, the streak is gone. Streaks can range from 7 days to over 200 days, they can go for as long as the two people please. However, this causes some issues with me.
First off, is the whole “Want a streak?” question, but then the people don’t do what they have to to keep the streak. I can do my part, sending a picture in the morning and afternoon. I guess the whole streak concept is not as easy for the people who asked me for one. I mean, how hard is it? You open the app, send a picture, and you’re done. Still some people decide to start a streak, get it into the 20 day mark, and then become extinct on social media. WHY DID YOU AGREE TO A STREAK THEN?!
Next, is when people constantly Snapchat you, no caption, and expect you to respond. Sorry, do I know you? Did I ask for this? No, I don’t think so. Or, when people send you “streaks” with a black screen when we don’t have a streak. If we’re in the process, fine. Best friends on Snapchat? Sure. Friends on it? Still okay. Not even a recent? Yep, no thanks. I don’t understand the social hierarchy people think they’re obtaining when they have one hundred plus streaks. Wow, good for you, all you do is go on your phone. Is that what you want?
Now, this doesn’t mean I’m complaining about those with a reasonable number of streaks on Snapchat. If they’re with your friends, or people from school, sure have fun. But if all you do is talk about how many streaks you have, or what your Snapchat score is, then enlighten me on how your life is going, because I don’t see a lot happening there.
The New York Knicks have already had a roller coaster of a season and it’s not even the All-Star break yet. One major cause of their downfall has been the unreliable starting point guard, Derrick Rose, who was missing in action on Monday, January 9th, for the team's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Rose claims he missed the game because of a family emergency which is a justified reason…. IF HE HAD TOLD KNICKS MANAGEMENT OF THE SITUATION!!!!!! Rose not only didn’t tell Knicks management before the game but he refused to answer his phone when they tried to call him before and during game time to find out where the former MVP had been. It is also a contract year for Rose so he should be playing at his absolute best for when he tests free agency at the end of the season. The real question facing the New York Knicks organization now is what's to be done with Derrick Rose. Derrick Rose isn’t the player he used to be as all of his stats has dropped dramatically since he injured his leg in the 2011-2012 season. H went from averaging 21.8 points per game and 7.9 assists per game in 2011-2012 to 15.9 points per game and 4.3 assists per game in 2013-2014. If I worked for the New York Knicks front office I would demand the team trade Rose and try to gain some much needed draft picks for the future, because let's face it the Knicks will never win an NBA Championship with an unreliable guard when teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors putting up record breaking numbers seemingly every night. The best way the New York Knicks are going to be a championship contender is to look to the future.
Derrick Rose playing for the lackluster New York Knicks.
Passwords. A number of letters and symbols, set to keep your online files and accounts secure. They can be your best friend or your worst enemy. They protect your personal documents, but can turn on you and lock you out of your own information in seconds. You have passwords upon passwords to remember in order to access accounts upon accounts. Scraps of paper clutter your desk, scrawled with the characters that act as keys to your computer, your social media accounts, your wifi. You frantically dig through your pile and finally find the one you need. With a sigh of relief you carefully type in the password, and stare blankly as a big red ‘X’ comes across the screen, telling you your password is invalid. What did you do wrong? Did you forget to capitalize a letter? Or did you use an underscore instead of a dash? You will try different combinations for twenty minutes before you give up and reset your password. Passwords are just nuisance.
Passwords can be simple. They can be protective and helpful. But a lot of the time, they just make your life more complicated. Imagine you are setting up an account. You have a perfect password in your mind that you know you will remember. You type it into the ‘set password’ box and are about to click ‘enter’ when you notice the fine print underneath the box, telling you that your password must include at least six numbers, three symbols, and five letters. No, I do not want to put 56#47%8?9 at the end of my password to ‘keep it more secure,’ because who really wants to break into my Starbucks Rewards account?
Why can’t I keep this simple, using my pet’s name as a password and moving on with my life? Now you have created a long password of meaningless numbers and symbols that you will scribble down on a Post-It note and shove in a draw, forgetting about it until you need it and then not being able to remember it or find the note. Now creating a little password has been made into a big ordeal that only stresses you out.
No matter who you are, you struggle with the creation and remembering of passwords, and because we are all promised security, we just deal with the anxiety that come along with it.
Whats up with the New York Mets and why have the Mets not signed any more players. I mean yes, we signed our power hitting bat Yoenis Cespedes, but that was one month ago and for a team that was in the world series and lost in 2015 and then in 2016 we go to wild card game and lose that. Correct me if I'm wrong but the New York Mets need to make adjustments. It's clear that we need bullpen help especially since our closer can not pitch in the playoffs. Our lefty specialist Jerry Blevins was very good for us last year posting a 4-2 record and a 2.79 ERA. Yet the Mets have not signed him, it's like “Hey Mets you're not the only team looking for pitchers”. Don't get me wrong I'm a huge Mets fan but it can get really frustrating watching a team that can have a high stupidity level at times. Also there is Sergio Romo on the market who had a 1-0 record with a 2.67 ERA and 4 saves in 40 games. Lets not forget he has won 3 world series championships with the San Francisco Giants.
I mean this offseason and previous offseason the Mets have been all talk and have not made the necessary moves to win the World Series like other teams have in the past. The Mets picked up Jay Bruce's 13 million dollar option because they said they would want to trade him. I mean we have so many outfielders there's really no room for the Mets to keep him, and once again we are in January and the Mets are saying they will take two prospects for him but they didn't even get any trade offers. It just proves my point of them being all talk because it's almost spring training and we've only signed one big name Yoenis Cespedes. I'm just saying if we want to get a ring this year changes will have to be made.
Many adults believe that video games are bad for kids. They say that video games keep kids from playing outside and being active. They also say that video gaming hurts our ability to learn social skills that are needed to be successful. I disagree. Parents and other adults are missing out on the opportunity to see how useful video gaming can be in helping young people to develop important skills.
Our parents didn’t have video games like we have when they were growing up. They fixated on other things like music and CDs, cars, personal computers and the initial video games like Pac Man. I bet their parents thought they were obsessed with their hobbies. The parents of our generation do not understand videogames of today. They aren’t the communication less boring Pong games of the 80s. Today, game engineers have created worlds so amazing that you feel like you’re in the actual game. Now with the PlayStation VR you can put on a headset and be a world away. You can climb Mount Everest, cook at a restaurant, have a high speed chase with criminals or play baseball with other people. Even the older consoles such as the Wii, allowed you to move around and exercise. This includes Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resorts, which let you bowl, box and play tennis.
Parents do not see the communication element of these new video games. You can interact with other players who you could become friends with, or you can play with the friends you already have. It addition to communication, video gaming fosters competition, eye hand coordination and attention skills.
Video games allow kids who aren’t that athletic or who dislike physical sports to be able to play their favorite games. I may not have the skills to be a great athlete but video games allow me to dunk a basketball on an NBA court or do a bicycle kick in FIFA 16. Videogames foster dreams for kids who may not have a shot at team sports.
Parents think video games are a waste of time and energy but they only feel this way because they haven’t experienced the benefits for themselves. If they did, we might have to fight them for control of the console!
With 2016 as an election year and our new president just being sworn in, it has become very apparent that many people of all political beliefs are struggling to see the other side of things. American citizens anywhere from a politician to an everyday person refuse to acknowledge the point of view of a person of opposite beliefs. This is the problem of American politics that almost no one, especially politicians, recognize.
This is seen when a Democrat thinks that all Republicans are horrible people. This statement works both ways. It doesn’t matter who you are, this idea, that someone of opposing beliefs does not deserve to have their opinion, is plaguing our nation, as it shows that we are not willing to work together as a nation yet. It only exemplifies the divide among ideas between Democrats and Republicans.
It is easy to tell that people who recognize opposing views work much more efficiently in solving problems in our nation. These people are able to qualify others statements, and attempt to find a middle ground that satisfies both parties. If we don’t do this, only one party accomplishes their goal, leaving the other party, or even no parties satisfied. The inability to qualify another's arguments leads to pig headed, ineffective, and utterly useless conversations and debates that leaves both sides unhappy and misunderstood.
People view politics in our nation as a competition, and there is either a winner or a loser between Democrats and Republicans. This stigma can’t be true! Our country has survived 240 years with no end in sight. There is no win or lose, our country is ever changing and needs different political views to be governed. There is no one way to run our country, so why are we pretending that one way is better than the other?
I’m not saying don’t have political views, if I was that would render this argument pointless. We need opposing viewpoints to represent all parts of our population, both the rich and the poor, both the black and the white. We need these viewpoints so everyone's ideas are represent or at least heard. We need viewpoints to decide where our country is heading towards in the future. However, these opposing viewpoints must be qualified, to see find what’s best for our country.
This is what divides our country. It is not just because Democrats and Republicans have conflicting ideas, it is because many Democrats and Republicans do not see the value of the other parties ideas. Every opinion has value, especially in a nation so diverse as ours, and if we accept or even just acknowledge the validity of an opposing view, we can work together to help better our country. Liberal or Conservative, we are all united under one goal. To make or nation the best it can be. Let’s accomplish this together.
This political cartoon represents the divide of Democrats and Republicans in our country.
This Christmas the virtual headset was one of the hottest gifts. Every kid wanted to experience what it was like to walk around a place that doesn’t and might not ever exist. Every day you heard that kids are obsessed with their phones and never go outside and play. But what happens when kids become obsessed with a certain place that they can control and do whatever they want? Why would any kids ever want to leave that safe place? What happens when virtual reality becomes better than actual reality?
Everyday in the news you heard another sad story or just more bad news about how the world is an awful place. You hear how cruel and how mean people can be even in schools. If you could escape all of the problems and the stress of the world why wouldn’t you? If you could leave just for a little and go where ever you wanted to what's stopping you? What would happen when virtual reality becomes better than actual reality? Kids would never want to leave their new ‘world’. Kids will become so used to being in the ‘fake world’ that they can lose their social skills. Interacting with a real person is very different then talking to a screen all day.
This could In eighth grade, my english class read a short story called “The Room”. The story was about two kids that have a virtual room that they can control much like the virtual headset. The kids become obsessed with the room and even hurt their parents so they can use it. I don’t think the obsessive behavior, at first, will be this bad but in time it could lead to kids hurting other people to get what they want. When a kid becomes obsessive over something they throw fits and cry until they get exactly want what they want. Now if the parent lets their kids do that, the kid will believe that they can carry on and complain in public and at school. This can lead to obsessed kids thinking that it’s okay to complain about not being about to go on technology in public or even at school.
Kids will use this new technology to escape reality and easily become obsessed. Young kids communication skills and social interaction will suffer. The whole new generation of kids will be impaired due to technology that limits them from seeing the real world.
The Young Adult (YA) genre, compared to other genres, is relatively young. The genre’s characteristics usually revolve around a young adolescent or teen trying to cope with his personal issues and the problems of the outside world, a concept that existed for decades before the YA genre was officially titled and recognized. Classic fiction like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Catcher in the Rye, as well as pseudo-biographic texts like The House on Mango Street and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, all focused on and were aimed at troubled teenagers, the target audience of YA novels, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that such books were categorized as “Young Adult” novels. In 1997, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was written, beginning the Harry Potter series and the Young Adult genre. The book is sometimes cited as the birth of the Young Adult genre due to its tremendous influence on the type of literature written for adolescents. Like other texts aimed at teenagers before it, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone explores themes of death and friendship, but the method by which it explores those themes--namely through a world of fantasy--attracted more teenagers to it than previous texts. Whereas the realistic worlds of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Catcher in The Rye bored modern teenagers since they were not interested in reading about a world they knew all too well, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter drew in teenagers by the thousands due to how different it was from reality. Thus, the modern Young Adult genre--a genre of books that explore realistic and lifelike themes through a fantastic setting and plot--was born.
When it was first created, the Young Adult genre was praised. Critics and parents approved of the way that Young Adult novels could expose teenage readers to crucial literary themes and messages as well as classic literature--many Young Adult novels referred to or borrowed elements from classic literature, such as Greek mythology from Homer’s Iliad or absurd characters from Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland. However, the current perspective on the genre is drastically different from its initial reception. Instead of being celebrated, Young Adult novels are often panned or despised, usually after they are adapted into Hollywood films that expose their weaknesses. Consequently, the Young Adult genre has essentially died out almost as soon as it was born. What was the cause of death for this genre?
To determine the cause of death of the Young Adult genre, one must first look at the series that are often considered to be flag-bearers of the genre. As mentioned before, the Harry Potter series is considered to be the father of Young Adult novels, as many later novels borrow the same type of plot elements introduced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. These elements include a protagonist who is an adolescent trying to cope with the difficulties of living in an unrealistic world. It is the unrealistic world aspect of these novels that perhaps most clearly separate it from other novel genres, as these worlds are usually modern versions of classic fantasy or science-fiction mythos. Series like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Twilight, and The Mortal Instruments take place in fantasy worlds filled with monsters, beasts, and wizards, all of which are hidden from modern society, while series like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner take place in a dystopian world ruled by the iron fist of a tyrannical government or organization. Given the fact that Young Adult novels use such similar worlds, one could assume that the genre is dying because it is refusing to venture into different types of settings. This is true, but the similar universes of these novels are not killing the genre by itself. Rather, it is the lack of originality in plots and characters that are the main cause of death for the genre.
It is astonishing how many plot elements and characterizations in Young Adult novels are stolen from previous works. Fantasy Young Adult novels tend to rip-off Harry Potter, mainly with the idea of a “chosen one” who is destined to become involved in some great conflict and save the world. In Harry Potter, the titular character is prophesied to defeat a genocidal wizard with the help of his friends, a boy named Ronald Weasley and a girl named Hermione Granger. This concept isn’t unique to the Young Adult genre--one could argue that The Lord of the Rings or any traditional fantasy work operates on a similar premise--but this particular version of the concept, a boy working with two friends to save the world according to a prophecy, is constantly reused in Young Adult novels. Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the most blatant copycat of this concept, with the titular character, similar to Harry, being prophesied to save the world from a Greek terror with his two friends, who are also a boy and a girl. The science-fiction series Divergent, despite taking place in a world without oracles or prophecies, continues this worrying trend, with the protagonist being born with a special ability, the titular “Divergent” classification, that will--once again--help her save the world with the help of her friends. The Mortal Instruments uses a more original version of this premise, with the protagonist being the daughter of the antagonist and having more of a reason to defeat him rather than merely being told to do so by a prophecy. At the end of the day, however, it is still too similar to the premise of Harry Potter. As a result of all these novels sharing the same premise, readers become bored since they are already too familiar with the concept to expect anything new or original. Consequently, readers become less likely to buy more Young Adult books since they fear that the plot will be just another copycat of a much more interesting work, and the genre steadily loses sales.
There is another aspect of Harry Potter that is often copied by other Young Adult novels:
the “special school.” The plot of Harry Potter revolves around a magical boarding school, Hogwarts, which divides its students into four factions and encourages competition among them to win the title of “best house.” The students do not choose their factions, however; instead, they are put through a test--wearing a magical hat that reads their thoughts and determines which house they should belong to. Both the idea of a Hogwarts-like school and the idea of factions competing against each other are lifted straight from Harry Potter and inserted, with minor alterations, into other Young Adult books. Percy Jackson and the Olympians, once again, is the most blatant copycat of Harry Potter, with the setting of Camp Half-Blood essentially being a Greek version of Hogwarts. Like Hogwarts, Camp Half-Blood divides its students into factions that compete with each other, and the students can’t choose which faction they join. Instead of taking a test, however, the determining factor of which faction one joins in Camp Half-Blood is which Greek god is the father of the applicant. Divergent also hops onto the Hogwarts bandwagon with its factions. In Divergent, the entire city of Chicago is divided into four factions instead of just the students, with each faction representing a character trait that sounds more like an AP Language and Composition vocabulary word rather than a personality trait. There is still a test, nonetheless, that determines which faction a person joins, and the test is simply a science-fiction version of Hogwarts’ test: instead of a hat reading a person’s mind, it’s a chair with advanced technology. The ceremony to celebrate the sorting of applicants into factions is even uncannily similar, with the applicants sitting in a great hall while each person is called up and told which faction to join. Unlike Harry Potter, however, Divergent allows its characters to choose which faction they want to join--rendering the test and the stress it causes the protagonist to be pointless since the test cannot force her into a faction. The Mortal Instruments also utilizes a Hogwarts-esque school; however, to the credit of that series, the school doesn’t have factions or tests and serves more as a safe zone for the characters than an actual school. Nonetheless, the recycled plot element of a special school with factions and a test that determines which students join which factions appears too often for comfort, consequently turning off readers. Once more, the lack of originality in Young Adult novels has driven away readers.
But what about science-fiction Young Adult novels? So far, mainly fantasy books have been discussed, with only one science-fiction novel, Divergent, being mentioned. To assume that science-fiction Young Adult novels are more original than their fantasy counterparts, however, would be incorrect. Modern science-fiction Young Adult novels are just as unoriginal as the fantasy books, but they steal their ideas from a different source. Many science-fiction Young Adult novels steal from The Hunger Games rather than Harry Potter, thus continuing the trend of stolen ideas.
The element of The Hunger Games that is stolen the most is the concept of a violent dystopia. Dystopias, like the concept of prophecies and “chosen ones,” were not fathered by the Young Adult genre. George Orwell’s 1984 is perhaps the Founding Father of literary dystopias, where a tyrannical figure presides over all and forces the public to obey his directions and cast aside freedom and individuality. The dystopia of Panem presented in The Hunger Games also suppresses the liberty of its citizens, but in a more violent way than Big Brother of 1984. Whereas Big Brother denies its citizens privacy and brainwashes those who object to his policies and beliefs, Panem uses gladiator-like tournaments--the titular Hunger Games--to horrify its citizens into compliance with the government. To strengthen the horror of the Games, Panem chooses adolescents against their will to be the Games’ contestants, terrifying both adults who fear for their children’s safety and teenagers who not only fear death but the loss of their own morality. It is the latter type of dystopia--a government using violence against the people--that is often stolen and used in Young Adult novels. For example, the Erudite faction of Divergent serves as that series’ version of Panem. Erudite doesn’t force the other factions to participate in a game like Panem, but it nonetheless forces the other factions to fight each other via brainwashing in an attempt to reign supreme. To further highlight the parallels between the factions and the Hunger Games, the protagonists of Divergent are again adolescents fighting other adolescents, indicating yet more unoriginality. The Maze Runner also has a dystopian government in the form of the organization known as WICKED. WICKED, unlike Erudite, does utilize a deadly game in its violence, and to follow Panem’s example, the participants of the game--a maze filled with poisonous robotic creatures and shifting walls--are children. The only major difference between WICKED’s maze and Panem’s Hunger Games, other than the type of game, is the reason for the game. The participants of WICKED’s maze are immune to a disease that the organization is studying, and the maze serves as an experiment on those children, while the Hunger Games are meant solely to shock others into subservience. Additionally, unlike the adolescents of Panem and Erudite, the participants of the maze work together instead of killing each other. Nonetheless, the repeated usage of the same kind of dystopia, forcing adolescents to participate in deadly situations, is still a deterring factor for readers as readers quickly become bored of the same premise being used over and over again.
But why should the unoriginality of Young Adult novels be a concern? After all, there are countless non-Young Adult books with important themes and vivid settings that teenagers could read. The main reason why the death of the Young Adult genre is a problem is that the genre serves as a connection between teenagers and literature. With the invention of the Internet and the proliferation of video games and digital media, teenagers feel less eager to read. Young Adult novels, however, were able to draw teenagers away from the screen and to the book. These novels were specifically aimed at teenagers and exposed them to literary ideas that they might pursue in other genres. The fantasy world of Harry Potter could inspire readers to read classic fantasy stories and legends, while the dystopia of The Hunger Games might spark a passion for dystopian stories. Similarly, the awfully written vampire romance of Twilight might give readers the idea to read the grandfather of all vampire fiction, Dracula. Even Percy Jackson and the Olympians, despite being a blatant rip-off of Harry Potter, could cause a reader to pursue classic Greek literature in order to understand what inspired that series. The death of the Young Adult genre essentially severs the motivation for teenagers to read, and if teenagers, the future of the world, lose interest in reading, then literature as a whole might die out.
Therefore, a resurrection of Young Adult is needed. More original ideas need to be poured into the genre to give it a new breath of life. Instead of making the protagonists prophesied heroes, why not make them bystanders observing the fantastic world around them? In the case of science-fiction authors, instead of writing about adolescents suffering under a dystopia, why not write about adolescents trying to survive in an apocalyptic wasteland like the aftermath of a nuclear war or alien invasion, or maybe a futuristic society where adolescents fight with their parents over technology? If these and other new, original ideas are turned into Young Adult novels, then maybe the genre can make a comeback.
Why do people commit to thing that they don’t want to do? Many people commit to after school activities, such as a sport, club, or other extracurricular activity. These activities require them to show up on a regular basis. However, people still fail to show up.
Now, there is a big difference between not showing up once or twice because of a prior obligation or a family emergency, but many people fail to show up just because they don’t want to. This is completely wrong, because they were expected to be somewhere, and were not. They had no excuse, and it shows their lackadaisical attitude towards the activity.
This is a problem, as it shows the person is incapable of being committed to something, and it displays the person's lack of care and interest for the activity. If they show that they have little interest in an activity they signed up for, think about how it reflects when they get a job, and don’t show up because they “didn’t feel like it” or they were “tired”. Unfortunately, this trend is growing as people become lazier and lazier.
When people do not show up it is especially offensive to the people that do. Some people devote themselves to activities such as sports or theater, and when they see that people don’t come, it’s incredibly frustrating, because it eludes that the person is too good to show up to something that other people care about. It is especially angering when the people who don’t show up get equal credit as the person who put their time and effort into the activity. The people that put their heart and effort into the activity seem almost equal to those who barely show up.
Not showing up more and more winds up creating a bigger problem for that person and even others in the long run. Once this person misses one or more practices, they eventually have to catch up on what they missed. However, if they start to periodically miss their activity, that's more and more they have to catch up on, and less and less time to learn it. This will make them unprepared and unready for when something actually counts like a game or a show. This person who failed to come now looks unprepared as well, and this may bring down the overall performance of the group, just because they didn’t care enough to go to practice.
People are struggling to see the importance of just showing up to practice. It is how good things become great things. Just practicing. When people do not practice, it brings down their performance and a whole group, it brings down the other people who care, and it displays a person's complete laziness and lack of care. So please show up to the activities you signed up for. It can help not only you, but everyone else who cares.
This issue, the writers of The Phantom Voice share their opinions on various topics in the form of angry, satirical, and/or serious rants.