Good Luck class of 2017!
As the current administration has promised vast changes to environmental, energy, and scientific policy, Americans fear how this will affect their personal health and safety, as well as the health and safety of our ecosystems. On April 29th 2017, Donald Trump’s hundredth day in office, Americans came together on the streets of Washington D.C. as well as in over 370 other locations throughout the country to participate in the People’s Climate Movement. Students, workers, religious groups, communities, and environmental organizations took part in this peaceful march to save the environment.
Climate change is a global issue caused by the increased use of heat-trapping gases such as carbon dioxide in manufacturing and modern technology. Increased temperatures of the Earth cause the oceans to increase in temperature, melt polar ice caps, force the sea levels to rise, cause extreme droughts, storms and floods. Since 1880, the globe has risen 1.53 degrees celsius and is projected to rise another five degrees celsius by the turn of the century. Scientific evidence has proved the temperature of the Earth has risen. Nevertheless there are people in America, typically of the conservative political ideology that do not believe climate change to exist, that it is of prime importance or that it is caused u8 by human action. A clear opposite to those who believe in this manner are members of the Libertarian party. Members of this ideology have strong views on preserving our environment and often choose platforms that support environmental law.
The Environmental Protection Agency, established under Richard Nixon in 1970 is an independent executive agency whose mission is to protect human health and the environment. Under the Obama Administration, the EPA established over 3,900 rules and regulations in order to set standards for chemical emissions, land preservations, and dumping of wastes. These are only a few examples of what the EPA had completed under Obama. The Trump Administration plans to or has already gotten rid of some of those regulations. According to USA Today, he plans to undo the memorandum identifying climate change as a national security issue, the executive order requiring agencies to try to reduce their energy consumption, the moratorium on federal and tribal lands, the EPA’s limitation on methane emissions from oil and gas manufacturing, and many more.
The nation’s scientists as well as people who read and believe clear scientific data heard about these planned changes all throughout Trump’s campaign trail, and his first hundred days in office. Public opinion of the new administration's plan to repeal these policies yielded outrage and negative responses. Americans decided that on Donald Trump’s hundredth day in office, they would unite to preserve their climate, jobs, and justice. Over 200,000 people flooded over 20 blocks in Washington D.C.. Images of the movement show citizens walking through the filled streets, holding banners and signs instructing their fellow Americans to defend, protect, resist, and renew.
I was on as school trip in Washington D.C. just a few hours short of seeing the march. Walking through the streets, I witnessed signs laid out in front of government buildings, still containing words pushing for climate action. There were even people still remaining from the march, hoping to commit as much of their time as possible to this vital cause. It was a beautiful vision of American unity and dedication that I wish I could have seen more of, but will always remember.
The college baseball world series is a very popular event. When college baseball teams show up for a fall practice almost every coach says the goal is to get to Omaha. Omaha Nebraska is where the college world series is taken place and it has a beautiful stadium dedicated to the college world series. The world series is going to take place on June 17th to June 28th 2017. Although the teams are still unknown for the series you are pretty much guaranteed for a good game no matter what team. The playoffs are going down right now and as we speak your favorite college could be getting eliminated. Even if a team is really good these games can go either way because Clemson who has been a really good team, Vanderbilt eliminated them the other night. A lot of baseball fans who are not that interested in college baseball should start to be because some of these players could be putting on your favorite major league team jersey one day. The college world series is very unpredictable which makes it interesting so I think you should give it a watch.
Aries: This month, you will see love is about communication, sharing ideas, and you may be attracted to intellectual persons these days. You are trying to find emotional intimacy, and do not be surprised if a new flame is taken presence in your life again. You need to be aware of overspending this month, but along with love, in finance you are also expanding beyond your usual boundaries. In family, especially a parent figure will be very supportive during a time this month, as well as playing an important role. Overall health for this month is good, but try to rest and relax more.
Taurus: Your health will continue to do well this month and even do better. You are still in a strong prosperous period, and will continue to be all month. Finance is more of a priority this month than love. Family member seem to be more temperamental this month, so be patient with them. There will be a time where you may get a strong feelings to read a book or magazine, also catch up on phone calls, or emails you have been meaning to answer.
Gemini: There is improvement in your love life, but still not to what it should be. Besides the love aspect, this month will be a happy and prosperous. Your personal appearance shines, along with self-confidence and personal power which area at a yearly high. It would be ideal to fix your awareness on family and and emotional life, while family support is right at the moment. You will do financially well while also receiving some support from activities you may personally enjoy. Be more aware while driving this month and try to avoid stress throughout the month. Your dreams will become more active this month also along with your intuition.
Cancer: This month your personal power will be at a high, along with your spiritual power. Throughout this month you will be at a personal pleasure peak, that will lead to a happy month. This time, you should spend time on yourself, invest in yourself. As others will see you as prosperous, this will lead to prosperous opportunities opening up to you. As for love life, there is no need to rush anything, as your love life will be a lot better next month. Your health and energy are really good and will only get better.
Leo: As for the past couple month you’ve been developing your social skills, it is now time for you to work on your personal skills. As others may target you as selfish, how you feel about yourself is more important than those other people. At this point in the year, it is time for you to create the conditions you want to be surrounded by and by doing this, it will lead you into a period of happiness. Prosperity seems more focused for the next month as you take it seriously. There seems to be a pause in your career life, but it is not to worry as it is not a bad pause, but a pause that will allow adjustments to be made. While your health is excellent, your love life is also happy, but more about friendship than romance, as your interests are not currently focused on love right now.
Virgo: This month will be a hectic, but a month where you will get a lot done and do a lot of things. You seem to be included in a grand and complex commitment. Your family may want more of your attention this month, but your focus on career may cause some problems with family along with your love life. This month you may need to keep an eye out for your health.
Libra: This month ahead is very busy for you. Along with this month being your busiest, it will become full of drama and turbulence, but on top of it all you are still prospering. This month you will receive good fortune. Job wise, there may be some changes, or changes in the rules at your place of work, bringing along drama for co-workers. During this month you may experience some family dramas, maybe with a parent or parental figure, but this is a time to be more patient with family members. Also, there may be some testing of your friendships this month, so along with being patient with family members, you should probably be patient with friends as well. It is always a positive to test yourself, or reassure who you are; you may be forced to analyze yourself this month. All the changes that occur will be beneficial through all aspects of your life.
Scorpio: As a result from last month, it is easier now to work on and develop your social skills as well as taking a vacation for yourself. Children, or children-like figures in your life may face life-changing dramas, so try and protect them from any harm that may go their way. As siblings will also face some personal drama, your financial part of life is changing even more than it probably has in the past year. During this month you may face a change in your spirituality, as you will also have some dramas with friendships and this month may bring confrontation with death, although it may not be literal death. For example, it could be a close call or maybe you will dream about it. This month you may also face the principle that life is becoming more serious.
Sagittarius: During this month, you may experience change in your personal life or see it in the world. It will bring personal and family dramas, while emotions will run high at home. It is now time to become more serious about life and the things you were born to do. Your romantic relationship may be tested this month while your spouse may through some changes. As for your health, it may need to be watched this month and a recommendation is rest.
Capricorn: This month you have reached your financial goal, so you will have time to rest and develop your mind. This month more relaxing time at home is recommended. Siblings or sibling-figures may experience life-changing dramas, and you may be experiencing encounters with death. There may be some changes in your career this month. Be more patient with parents or parental figures as they are going through some events.
Aquarius: This year has gone pretty easily for you so far, so you may start to face a couple of challenges. You may realize what relationships will hold up and which ones are weak this month. There is drama in the lives of family members and you may find a change spiritually in your life. Career is less of a priority this month and you may find some problems while communicating.
Pisces: This month is bittersweet for you, but also cheerful and eventful. This month you may redefine yourself because you may feel people are misinterpreting you. Your career may be changed up this month. You friendships may be tested this month, while you may change your job this month. You spouse may be experiencing dramatic financial changes. You may want to be more patient with the children or child figures in your life as they may be temperamental.
As the summer approaches many of our beloved shows on TV finish off their seasons. This may leave some depressed, leaving people anxiously waiting for the new season to start up next fall. However, some of us have been anticipating the start of the summer season on TV since it ended last summer. One of the most highly awaited shows of the summer is America’s Got Talent! AGT is not only popular on TV, but is so widely watched that it infiltrates social media, best exemplified by Grace VanderWaal last season with her golden buzzer song, “I Don’t Know My Name.”
Last season of AGT brought back Simon Cowell, the creator of America's Got Talent, as judge, replacing Howard Stern. It saw amazing talents such as Grace VanderWaal, Sal Valentinetti, the Clairvoyants, and more. Grace Vanderwaal won the competition as a singer/songwriter. Many other amazing Golden buzzers blew the crowd away with people of all talents, like Sofi Dosi who was a gymnast, Laura Bretan who was a teenage opera singer, and Jon Dorenbos, a magician.
So what’s in store for this season? This season Nick Cannon, the long standing host of America's Got Talent from 2009-2016, announced he would not be returning. For this season, Tyra Banks is taking over as host. What makes this show so great is that we don’t know what’s in store. There are always the acts that blow you away like the singers and dancers, but it’s just as mesmerizing when you see all the creative and new things people do. The best is when the show hits you with those amazing stories that melt your heart, that remind you the show is more than your average television show. SO we don’t know what’s in store for this season, but we know it’s going to be good.
The Phantoms varsity baseball team started off their season against Mt. Sinai. After losing two out of three to the Mustangs, the Phantoms went on a winning streak. It wasn't until late in the season when the Phantoms hit a rough patch. They lost 3 games to Shoreham, then a game to Mt. Sinai, Miller Place and another to Shoreham, only winning two games in between against East Hampton and John Glenn.
Although they hit a rough patch late in the season, the Phantoms still turned some heads in the playoffs. After having only a 11-9 record in the regular season, the Phantoms were able to pull it together and make it into the county championship. In order to make the county finals the Phantoms had to defeat the number two and three seed twice, and that's just what they did. After defeating Sayville, the number two seed in a exciting come from behind win, the Phantoms were up against Rocky Point. Rocky Point was the number three seed, meaning the Phantoms were the underdog yet again. Once the Phantoms beat Rocky Point twice, they were on to the count finals against Shoreham Wading River.
Passionate modern poets are making their voices heard through social media. One of those poets is Atticus. Atticus is one of the most mysterious poets on social media. In all of his profile pictures, he wears a mask, in order to “remain anonymous as well as to encourage himself to write what he truly feels, instead of what he thinks he should feel.” There’s no doubt that Atticus has a way with words, but becoming a poet is not what he had always wanted to do. His poetic journey started in 2014 when he was in France. Atticus met a man who told him ‘You have an opportunity to do a lot of good with words.’ Curious about what the man had meant, he began writing poetry on his phone, then eventually decided to post his work on social media under the alias ‘Atticus.’ Little did he know how far he would come. Now, Atticus is gearing up to release his first poetry book: Love Her Wild. His book is separated into three sections, each word in the title having its own section. ‘Love’ includes poems about his own perspective on falling in and out of love. ‘Her’ includes poems about his muse. Atticus tends to refer to a person as ‘her’ in many of his poems, and therefore felt that these poems about the anonymous female deserve their own section. ‘Wild’ includes poems exploring spontaneous, free, young spirits. Atticus is sometimes accused of romanticizing brokenness, to which he responds that that was never his intention. He explains that we are all broken in our own way, and through his poetry, he hopes to show people that just because you’re broken doesn’t mean you aren’t beautiful. His book is being released July 11 2017. Follow him on his poetic journey @atticuspoetry on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Recently, the console versions of Minecraft have received a new title update, specifically TU 53. This update brought mainly changes to the “Glide” minigame, but unbeknownst to some some players, a couple bad changes were made, and this would affect them very greatly! So I bet you're wondering, what were those changes that were so drastic? Well, i’ll tell you, these changes affected mostly the OTHER two minigames being that some block properties have been changed to act much different than before. I'll give you an example of what I mean: So i'm playing a map in “Battle” Minigames where slime blocks are conveniently hidden for players to land on safely, but instead now landing on slime blocks always makes me take fall damage no matter what harmful height I jump from. The same problem occurs for me when jumping into one block-deep water, for I still take fall damage, no matter what harmful height I jump from. These changes completely make waste of what my once good strategies were, and it’s has discouraged me from playing Battle because of these new properties of those blocks. So now I mostly play the “Tumble” minigame, but some problems still occur in this game mode too! Here are the two problems: First, Occasionally when playing shovels, the lowest level of the stage always makes the “Falling down” noise when jumping onto it, and it gets a bit annoying after playing for a while. The next problem is very rare, but very bad: When spawning in on a stage, there's a chance that the stage won't load in, and most players will fall into lava immediately, while a few players land on invisible blocks, which is very unfair to those who are trying to win, but someone else getting the win can really impact them.
I would also like to suggest an idea involving the host’s ability to kick people from their game in Minigames. This is my idea: If the host has constantly been kicking people, their name would appear a different color than the others, signifying to the other players that the host might not be a good sport, and to not stay too long. The same thing should apply to those who constantly quit in the middle of matches. This would give more power to the players who just want to play battle, but don’t want to deal with sore losers/winners. I find to come across these people EVERYDAY, because many people get upset when I kill them, which is what I’m supposed to do, being that its BATTLE. Whether it’s killing them first, or even killing one of their teammates if the player decides to team. This also applies to the other minigames, being that many people get upset if they don’t win, especially the host. By adding this feature, those players who don’t act pleasantly will be encouraged to quit less and kick less. I feel this idea would make Minigames better for everyone!
It’s been a little more than a month since the 2017 NFL draft, this year we saw more pick trades than ever before, surprising picks around the board, and most importantly, Roger Goodell getting booed. With that said, with my last article for the 2016-17 school year, i’ve already personally ranked the draft from best to worst, but that would make for a very boring and redundant article, so instead I will be focusing on two teams drafts from my top 5, and two from my bottom 5.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers ended up on the winning side of what I would call the stupidest trade in NFL Draft history. They received a second round and third round pick in the 2017 draft, as well as a 2018 third rounder, and in return they only had to move back one spot, and drafted the same player that they would have drafted in their original spot, Solomon Thomas, one of the best talents in the draft. They also grabbed an amazing linebacker in Reuben Foster who I believe will be a top linebacker in the next few seasons. Though the 49ers success this draft was more due to the Bears’ stupidity than the 49ers draft smarts, it’s no doubt that the 49ers ended up robbing Chicago blind, securing them a spot as one of the best drafts in 2017.
It only makes sense that the worst draft would be the fools on the other side of the stupidest trade in NFL Draft history. The Chicago Bears gave up three picks over this year and next, to move up one spot. One. Spot. Now this would be understandable if the 49ers had any desire to draft a QB with their first pick (they didn’t), and it would be even more understandable if the QB Chicago did select in Mitch Trubisky was the clear best in his draft class (he wasn’t). But this was just a silly move all around. Not to mention that the Bears LITERALLY just signed Mike Glennon to a three-year $19 Million guaranteed contract (which was also a horrible move by the Bears, I’m starting to notice a pattern here). Regardless, this draft could easily go from the worst of all time to just a small mistake in Bears history if Trubisky performs at an elite level like the Bears seem to expect, but only time will tell.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When you acquire a top 5 prospect at pick 19, you’re immediately flung towards the top of the draft rankings; it’s even better when that top 5 prospect is another target for Jameis Winston, and that’s what Tampa Bay did. Drafting TE O.J Howard in the 19th round was a steal and a half, and the Buccaneers continued this trend of thievery into the fifth round when they drafted promising Running Back Jeremy Nichols 162nd Overall, they also filled some key positions with their selections of Safety Justin Evans, and WR Chris Godwin.
New York Giants
Sorry everybody, but it’s true. While the Giants did make a smart move in drafting TE Evan Engram in the first round, that was the only solid pick they made. Davis Webb was a disaster of a pick, and personally I think that the Giants could have taken any other QB in the draft that was left, including Mr. Irrelevant Chad Kelly, and been considered a middle of the pack draft as opposed to one of the worst. Besides the QB Flop, the Giants also failed to fill an important spot by not drafting a tackle. The other picks in the Giants draft weren’t horrible, but they certainly weren’t special, drafting DE Avery Moss, who is a bit promising and could end up being great, and a future starter in DT Dalvin Tomlinson. All in all, the Giants did draft some solid players, just not where they needed them most.
This year’s draft had many more good drafts, and many more bad ones, but I chose to focus on the four that I believe will be most (and least) impactful on the NFL this season. Do I think my rankings are 100% right? Probably not, but we’ll have to wait until the season starts and these rookies perform to confirm/disprove it.
Everyone loves a comeback. It tells a great story, turns players into legend, and most importantly it gets the fans excited. So, I‘ve decided to create a list of the top ten sports comebacks of all time. To qualify for this list it has to be a successful comeback in a sports game or playoff series. I’ve also ranked comebacks on this list based on how big the comeback was, the intensity of the comeback, and on how important the comeback was.
#10. 1995 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinal Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks.
Imagine this your team is down by 6 points with 8.9 seconds left on the clock? It seems impossible to even think of a comeback. However, Reggie Miller didn’t think this in game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals when he scored 8 points in 8.9 second to win the game 107-105. It was truly unbelievable and the Pacers would end up winning the series and go to the Eastern Conference Finals where they lost in 7 games to the Orlando Magic.
#9. Paul Lawrie in the 1999 British Open
Going into the final day of play in the 1999 British Open Paul Lowrie found himself 10 strokes behind leader Jean van de Velde. However, Velde shot a poor game of golf allowing Lowrie to tie him in 18 holes to force a four hole playoff. Lowrie beat Velde by three strokes to win his first and to this date only Major.
#8. 2010 NHL Eastern Conference Semifinal Philadelphia Flyers vs Boston Bruins
In a best of 7 game series the Boston Bruins took a 3 games to none lead over the Philadelphia Flyers. Then in game 4 Philadelphia showed life by beating Boston in Overtime. Philadelphia then won the next two games as well to force a game 7 in Boston. Boston took a 3 goal to none lead in the beginning of the game but, Philadelphia came back and won the game 4-3 becoming the third NHL team to come back from a 3 games to none deficit and they would end up making it to the Stanley Cup Finals only to lose to Chicago in 6 games.
#7. 1954 World Cup Final West Germany vs. Hungary
Like it or not Soccer is without a doubt the most popular sport in the world and it doesn’t get more intense than the FIFA World Cup finals. In this game Hungary was the odds on favorite and they had beat Germany in the group stage 8-3 so no one expected the team to lose. Just 8 minutes into the game Hungary was up 2-0 and looked like they were closing in on an easy win but, West Germany didn’t give up and scored the next 3 goals to win 3-2 in an emotional comeback to capture their first World Cup Championship ever.
#6. 1996 Manchester United Wins English Premier League Championship
Questions were raised about Manchester United going into the 1995-1996 season for many critics believed the youth of Manchester United wouldn’t be able to keep up with experienced veterans. In January of 1996, Newcastle United held a 12 point lead over Manchester United in the Premier League standings and showed no signs of slowing down. However, Manchester United showed resilience with their young squad and manages to go on a streak of 12 games without a loss to gain their 10th Premiere League title proving their critics wrong in the process.
#5. 1969 New York Mets Season
If anyone told you they believed the Mets would win the World Series in 1969 they were lying to you. The Mets never had a record over .500 before the 1969 season and were 10 games out of first in the middle of August. However, the Mets went 38-12 in their final 50 games and managed not only to win the National League Pennant but, they won the entire World Series and are known throughout the sports world as the Miracle Mets for it.
#4. Super Bowl LI New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons
The most recent comeback on this list happened a few months ago and shocked everyone who watched it. The Patriots were down 28-3 early in the 3rd quarter but that didn’t phase Tom Brady one bit. The Patriots scored three touchdowns and a field goal in the second half to send the game into overtime. The Patriots scored on their first possession in Overtime to become Super Bowl champions and create the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
#3. 2005 Champions League Final Liverpool vs. AC Milan
The Champions League Cup is where the best teams from each soccer league in Europe battle it out for supremacy and this game was no different. AC Milan scored 3 goals in the first half and were leading Liverpool 3-0 at halftime. However, Liverpool refused to be beaten and scored 3 goals in six minutes to tie the game 3-3. The game would go to overtime and then penalty kicks and Liverpool would end up actually winning the game much to everybody’s surprise.
#2. 1993 NFL Wild Card Playoffs Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Oilers
The Buffalo Bills had just come off two Super Bowl losses coming into this first round playoff game and were determined to make it back to the Super Bowl for a third straight year. However, Houston had a 35-3 lead in the third quarter of play and showed no signs of slowing down. Also, Bills quarterback, Jim Kelly, was injured leaving backup quarterback, Frank Reich, to lead the comeback. The Bills scored 35 points in the second half to tie the Oilers and won the game into overtime leading the infamous football game to gain the nickname, “The Comeback”.
#1. 2004 American League Championship Series Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
This one shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The Boston Red Sox hadn’t won a World Series in 86 years in 2004 and had gone down to the New York Yankees 3-0 in the series. However, Boston would come back in game 4 tying the game in the bottom of the 9th inning and win the game in 12 innings. In game 5 Boston tied the game in the 8th inning and won in 14 innings. Then game 6 and game 7 were landslide wins to lead the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series where they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in 4 games.
The Presidency of Donald John Trump has been one of the most hotly contested Presidencies that ever existed in the United States. From its conception, it has been the subject of fierce debate and violent conflict. The fact that Trump won the electoral vote but not the popular vote incited resistance from the liberal and Democrat portions of the public (who seemed to ignore the fact that the electoral college was created by the Framers of the Constitution to prevent radical popular factions from assuming and abusing power), and there were many demands for the college to be cast out. (For an example of how the lack of an electoral college resulted in tyranny, one needs to look no further than the doomed Weimar Republic of post-World War I Germany, a government that only used the popular vote to determine elected offices and allowed the extremely popular, radical, and fascist Nazi Party to take control of the country.) Indeed, there have often been cries that the Presidency be re-assigned to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had taken the popular vote from Trump by 2.1%, although the reasons for the call have varied. Initially, it was because Russia supposedly hacked the election to get Trump elected. Then, it was because of Trump’s alleged incompetence as President, with his plans for a wall along the southern border of the United States and a new healthcare plan failing to materialize. Finally, the reason for Trump’s removal circled back to the Cold War fear of Russia using Trump as some kind of Manchurian Candidate.
Although one may disagree on the exact reason for the resistance movement, known as the 100 Days of Resistance (a weak parody of the concept that a President’s worth is measured by his first one hundred days in office), it can be agreed upon that President Trump has faced numerous obstacles ever since he stepped foot in the White House. The liberal judges of the Ninth Circuit of the United States, as well as Hawaii, have repeatedly superseded the Supreme Court’s power of judicial review and struck down Trump’s orders restricting immigration from countries with known terrorist activity, claiming that the travel bans are racist towards Muslims (despite there being no distinction or even mention of Islam or any other religion in the orders themselves) and that they prevent families from seeing their foreign relatives. Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, who had previously been universally praised, was heavily protested against by Democrat Senators to the point that the Republicans in the Senate had to change the rules in order to get Gorsuch officially appointed. (Gorsuch was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the late Anton Scalia; had the rules not been changed, the vacancy could have continued on for several months or even the rest of the Presidency, jeopardizing the Supreme Court’s ability to rule fairly and comprehensively.) Trump has even faced opposition from members of his own party, particularly in regards to his promise to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act created by President Barack Obama. The first attempt to repeal it ended in the replacement bill dying on the House floor due to Democrats and “Never-Trump” Republicans either refusing to vote on it or voting against it. The second attempt is still locked in committee.
These failures have resulted in the “left” side of the country labeling Trump as useless or,
if one subscribes to the theory that Trump is a Russian spy, a saboteur purposefully failing in order to ruin the nation. The media in particular has promoted the condemnation of Trump, whether it be liberal news networks like CNN or irate Democratic politicians. Even moderates, the “silent majority” that Trump credited with being crucial to his election, have begun to view him as not being effective enough. It seems as though the only crowd left who supports him are the die-hard fans who will defend him vigorously against the wave of hate crashing against the White House.
But is he really a terrible President? Is it sensible for people to condemn a leader who has faced so many obstacles in his first one-hundred days? Most Presidents didn’t accomplish all of their campaign promises in the span of one hundred days. Abraham Lincoln, inaugurated March 4, 1861, didn’t follow up on his abolitionist promises until January 1, 1863, when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. When he was sworn in as President on September 14, 1901, Theodore Roosevelt waited until June 30, 1906, before listening to the cries of his fellow members in the Progressive movement and signing the Pure Food and Drug Act in order to regulate the food industry. Even Barack Obama, whom the left lovingly dotes upon as though he were the best President ever elected, waited a year (from January 20, 2009 to March 21, 2010) to follow up on his pledge to create the affordable healthcare for all Americans. Given these facts, it is highly illogical to slam Trump as the worst President ever when, in reality, he has actually tried to do everything he promised in his first one hundred days, from creating the highly mocked “border wall” to repealing Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act.
Trump has actually accomplished a surprising number of feats during his first one hundred days. He successfully re-initiated the Keystone XL pipeline project, which will, at least, temporarily increase job growth and possibly pave the way for future job creation and decrease the country’s reliance on foreign oil. He has signed several executive orders that benefitted small business by strengthening punishments for trade violations and creating new programs to help rural farmers in the United States. Trump’s wall may have fallen through, but he has been able to decrease illegal immigration rates through increased ICE enforcement, helping, in turn, to lessen the economic burden that illegal immigrants inflict upon the nation. The President has, as shown, accomplished multiple important goals since he took office, and had he not received such fierce opposition from the media and liberal Democrat judges, maybe he would have accomplished much more.
The American public--or, rather, the part of the public that has been taught by the left to hate Trump with all their heart--needs to give the President a chance. The United States was formed on compromises and trust, namely the trust that the people invest in their President. It has been proven throughout history that the most successful Presidents have also been the most supported, from George Washington to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Maybe if the public stopped opposing and resisting him so much, Trump could also benefit the nation greatly.
As a freshman, I’ve noticed that it can be easy to get caught up in the little things while trying to navigate high school. School itself is stressful, and if you count in all the other pressure catalysts like sports and friends, it's not too out of the ordinary to start zeroing in on every aspect of your life. It can be easier to critique ourselves, and beat ourselves up about a bad grade or a lost game.
These reasons are why I’ve decided to ask some of my peers, “what is one word to describe their first or middle year of high school?” Seniors, I feel since this is a monumental year for all of you, graduating high school, I personally wouldn't be able to describe it in one word. Hopefully, it will take the magnifying glass off all the possible bad things of that year, and help all of us see the bigger picture. Or, it could help us think of the changes we’d want to make for next year.
Jill C. : Eye-Opening
Meg C. : Chaotic (in a good way)
Daphne S. : Eventful
Meg A. : Unexpected
Julia A. : Draining
Matt R. : Exciting
Caroline O. : Encouraging
Kaitlyn G. : Hectic
Katarina S. : Overwhelming
Carla T. : Productive
Nina B. : Strenuous
Sarah K. : Adventurous
Maggie R. : Rewarding
Andrew S. : Free-Spirited
Douglas M. : Inspirational
Courtney O. : Busy
Kate K. : Interesting
Connor T. : Enjoyable
Angelina S. : Stressful
School is a rollercoaster, and while it can be scary, rollercoasters are also the most exciting.
“13 Reasons Why” brought light to topics that school administrations usually bring up in assemblies that consist of lectures on how not to bystand. These are beneficial and students are used to hearing it. “13 Reasons Why” addressed the same topics in a more diverse way, catching high school students’ and parents’ attention all over the nation. The question is, if this new Netflix blockbuster is showing step by step how bullying, rape, etc can affect someone's life, then why are people trying to shun us from it? Why do adults get to choose what shows are good for us, and what shows we shouldn’t be able to watch. They say the show “glorifies suicide,” but I don’t know what they were viewing because from what I saw, there was nothing glorifying about it.
The show told the story of Hannah Baker, and the thirteen reasons why she killed herself. She was bullied, raped, and lost all hope in her friends to help support her. Episode by episode, it showed the insight of what goes through your head and how an individual is affected. You feel empathy for Hannah and any girl who has been through her situation. Not to mention, it makes you think if others have been through these nightmares.
All moral lessons aside, ‘13 Reasons Why’ is just a show, and people are taking it too seriously. It’s absurd to believe that a show can persuade viewers actions. It’s like saying that if you watch “How to Get Away With Murder,” you’ll be more more provoked to kill….. That’s crazy! In watching ‘13 Reasons Why,’ viewers are not more prone to harm themselves, and most adults, and schools need to realize this.
I can’t think of thirteen reasons to ban this series, let alone one. It shows important insights about how actions of others can affect a person’s life. It teaches students in ways that school assemblies can’t. But most of all, people have to accept that it is just like any other show on Netflix and anyone should be able to watch it if they desire to, including teenagers. Suicide is a sensitive topic, but that does not mean that people should be overly alarmed that it was brought into a T.V series.
The internet has become such a huge factor in our everyday lives. It connects us and allows us to communicate and socialize each other like never before. Different ideas can be expressed and spread as well with the internet, but it also comes with negatives. People are disconnecting from their everyday lives and spending more time on their phones doing things like browsing the web.
Although we spend more times on our phones every day than we engage in most other activities, I thinks kids are actually getting smarter. Now this may be an unpopular opinion but I think that increased time on the internet could allow children to know anything they need to know whenever they want. Without the internet, questions that children may have about school subjects may go unanswered. Children can now access any information they need in a fraction of the time it would take without the internet.
When teachers see kids on their phone they most likely associate that with texting or games, but that is not always the case. Kids need their phones to access information. I know I would most likely be failing half of my classes if I didn't look up information to help me with a question occasionally. People can have their own opinions about kids and the internet but I know where I stand. The internet has helped me with my classes and I believe I am smarter because of it.
By Jacob Samson
Q:Why do you hate The Phantom Voice?
A: (Laughing) I don’t hate the paper at all. It’s mostly jocularity between Prince and myself. I like the fact that the kids run with it and Prince knows what he’s doing.
Q: What is your favorite word?
A: Halcyon and nostalgia.
Q :What is your least favorite word?
A :Meetings. I also hate the concept of having a “meeting about meetings.”
Q: What turns you on creatively, emotionally, and spiritually?
A: I like to be outside and doing things that don’t require too much structure.
Q: What turns you off creatively, emotionally, and spiritually?
A: Too many rules bug me, too much compliance, and having to follow some sort of established set of ideas.
Q: What sound or noise do you love?
A: I love the sound of waves crashing on the shoreline.
Q: What sound or noise do you hate?
A: Any kind of shouts of hatred.
Q: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A: Tight end for the Tennessee Titans.
Q: What profession would you not like to do?
A: Any job that I have to work in a cubical.
Q: If heaven exists, what would you like the hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
A: Here’s your brother.
Q: If a biography was written about you what would you want the title to be?
A: Scrub life.
Q: What is your favorite book and why is it your favorite?
A: Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. I like it because it has a really inventive narrator who suffers from terrets, plus it’s a mystery.
Q: What is your favorite book that you teach?
A: Gatsby because I like to tie it into the personal narrative the seniors have to write.
Q: What is one book you wish you could teach?
A: I wish I could teach A Confederacy of Dunces but it’s too graphic in nature at times.
Q: Who is your favorite author and why?
A: I like Caleb Carr because he writes really dark and sinister suspense thrillers and a lot of his books use historical figures in a fictional way, which I find interesting.
Q: As The Phantom Voice’s shrillest and harshest critic from its inception, what was it like for you to see the paper succeed?
A: (Laughing) Oh Prince. It is great, and it was fun to go into a room and see all of the teachers reading it.
Q: What are your thoughts on the paper now and how has it changed since our first release?
A: I am continuously impressed with the level of workmanship the writers put into the paper. Especially all of the time the editors put into the paper.
Q: Is there anything you would like to tell Prince and the writers?
A: Amazing work, especially with nothing other than just creative ideas.
Q: Finally, what is the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
A: The most rewarding part of being a teacher is the satisfaction in seeing a student understand something and improve in a subject. The best compliment I ever received was “Wow that period went so fast” meaning it was fun and engaging. I like seeing students become teachers but the best reward is just the work and relationships formed with the kids.
I have comprised a few trades that would make sense for some teams entering the deadline. Trades at the trade deadline help a team prepare for the future or the chance for them to chase a World series title. These teams are known as buyers and sellers. There are other teams who are content with their team and don’t want/need to make any moves at the deadline.
Buying Teams- As of May 3rd.
Teams Selling at Deadline
The Actual Predicted Trades
Last month, a group of students from Bayport-Blue Point High School took a trip to Mastic to volunteer on the site of a home being built by the organization Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is an international program that provides more affordable housing for families in need. They are able to do this by using the help of volunteers to build the homes. I was fortunate enough to participate in this trip, and experience building a home.
The house we were working on already had a foundation, and was partially built so our jobs included building a back deck, attaching the roof, digging holes, and measuring and leveling specific things. For many of us, including myself, this was our first time putting on a hard hat and getting to work like this. Once we were finished with our jobs that day, we had the opportunity to write a note on the walls to the family that would eventually be living in this home, wishing them good luck! The Habitat for Humanity trip ended up being a very rewarding, valuable experience for us students being that we were able to put our energy towards such a great cause. Additionally, we met many incredible people who volunteer a great amount of their time on building homes like the one we helped with. Overall, this year's trip was a success, and we were able to have an amazing time while supporting an even more amazing cause!
If you are interested in participating in Habitat for Humanity, you can learn more about it the website:
Also you can join our schools club, Habitat for Humanity at the start of next year as we fundraise in preparation for the trip. All are welcome, and feel free to come with fundraising ideas.