To snap or not to snap, that is the question that we are asking here today.
In today’s society, social media is all the rage. If people aren’t posting a selfie or updating all of their Facebook friends on the latest vacation that they took, are they really relevant?
I recently conducted my own survey on Griswold High School’s social media usage. When asking my peers if they enjoyed using social media, 100% of the survey participants said yes. In an ironic and unexpected turn of events, the same 100% of the participants also said that they believe that social media is used excessively.
Prior to social media taking over communication, people got out in the world, they took photos, and made memories that lasted a lifetime without a post on some sort of outlet. These days, the memories made on Snapchat only last three to ten seconds. Instagram selfies and photos are often altered with filters and Photoshop, and Facebook posts are often judged by how many likes they get. Let’s not forget Twitter and how it has recently affected politics, with President Donald Trump using it to get more millennial attention.
Social media is also a way for information to travel the world, whether that is news of the latest shooting, or the newest trend that could be taking lives. The Tide Pod Challenge recently became an issue. Children and teenagers posted videos of themselves and friends eating Tide Pods to show that they could eat it without dying. This challenge not only took the nation by storm, but there were also fifty-three reported cases of those who were hospitalized due to the consumption of the pods, according to the New York Times.
There are many negative things that come along with excessive social media use, such as sexual predators, scams, cyberbullying, and other dangers, like the Craigslist Killer. The killer was someone who lured his victims in by purchasing things from them online, and just robbed and killed them in the end. These things could really affect those who use social media often, but there are many ways to stay safe on social media, like using all of the privacy settings on the accounts used.
When used safely, social media can be a good way to communicate and keep memories online and share with long distance friends and family members. Helix students prefer a variety of apps. Snapchat took first with 63% of participants using it the most. Instagram took second with 25% and Facebook took third with 13%. Also included in the survey was Twitter, although no one voted for it and said that they preferred to use it.
Even though all of the participants in the survey said that they believed social media was overused, ten out of the twelve surveyors said that they prefer to communicate face to face rather than to use social media to communicate. Face to face communication proves to be more effective, because tone is, obviously, more clear during the conversations.
Social media may have some negatives and some positives, but if used safely and properly, it can be a good way to communicate and keep people updated on their lives. When going off to college, I will be happy to use social media to keep my family members updated on how I am doing, and I think that many will do the same; however, at the end of the day, the face to face communication is something that will not only be missed, but something I and many of my peers will be happy to use when we see and talk to those we care about.
The opening scene of the classic film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, shows a woman dropped off at a building. She looks elegant and beautiful as she strolls to a window while she eats a cheese danish and coffee. Though this is a pretty memorable scene with the main character looking really beautiful, I found out through some research that the actress Audrey Hepburn actually didn’t like the cheese danish but she had to eat it anyways.
Something that I noticed right away was that the movie starts off without really telling the viewer what is going on. It doesn’t really say when or where it is taking place until later in the movie. This leaves a mystery and was something that I didn’t like from the start. Another thing that I noticed was that the plot was really slow moving. I dislike that the movie doesn’t give you a lot of information on what is going on. There are a lot of characters that continue to show up throughout the beginning of the movie, but the watcher has no clue what role they play or who they are.
Close to 30 minutes into the movie, still without knowing the main character’s name, we get a little bit of background on the character, but it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. We find out that she visits a prisoner named Sally Tomato, who is supposedly part of the mob, in the Sing Sing prison. His lawyer pays her to go visit him and he helps her with her financial budgeting. Even towards the end of the movie, there aren’t many more details that explain why this happens or the relevance behind it.
About an hour into the movie we find that the main character, Holly, was married and the mother of four children. Her children were not naturally hers, but she took care of them. Her husband married her at 14 years old and they were together until she left him, and the plot finally seems to be coming to light. I believe that this movie is about Holly who finds herself living in New York City in search of a richer man to marry. During the search, she runs into her past, which is when her ex husband finds her in the city. During her search for a wealthy older man, she meets a man called Paul and slowly falls in love with him over time.
If this movie was made more modernly I think that there are several things that could be improved. Although the intro song plays into the setting pretty well, the songs throughout the movie didn’t really fit, in fact, there wasn’t a whole lot of music at all. Also, I think that they should give more information on the setting.
Through research about this movie and looking at other peoples findings, I figured out a couple of interesting things about the cast and wardrobe. Audrey Hepburn, who plays Holly, had all of her dresses handmade to fit her perfectly. They also filmed parts of the movie in an actually Tiffany’s store in New York. At the end of the film Hepburn was paid $750,000 which would be about $5.9 million today.
In the end, though it is considered a “classic,” I only think that Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a decent movie; however, I would not want to watch it again in my free time. I would rate this film 5 out of 10 ducks. Although some may consider this film a classic, I would just consider it confusing, and at times, boring.
Some Oregonians now have to pump their own gas, and they are not very excited about it.
Honestly, I’m not very excited about it either. I recently just got a new car, and I have had to pump my own gas every once and a while when I am in the state of Washington. I can tell you with 100% certainty that I do not like having to pump gas. There are so many reasons why it is just so much easier for someone else to do it.
One example is the smell. Who wants to get ready for work in the morning, and discover that you have to stop at the gas station first? Now you have to pump your gas and the smell can get on your clothing. The smell will linger all day, and personally, I get a headache from the smell of gasoline.
Another thing is the weather. Everyone knows that weather can be pretty unpredictable. It can be scalding hot in the summer, below freezing in the winter, and windy during all of those times. I don’t want to get out of my car and pump the gas while braving the elements. I just want to stay in my nice temperature-controlled environment.
Even with all of the negatives that come with pumping gas, there are a few positives as well. I am not one that likes small talk, but every time someone comes up to my window to takes my money, they ask how my day has been, or where I’m headed. I don’t want to be rude, so I reply, of course; however, that does not mean that I want to talk in the first place. With self serve gas in Oregon, it can save you from all of that awkward small talk.
I am also someone who really loves traveling. This means that I am going to be driving through other states at some point, like I have experienced already, and have found out that you have to pump your gas in those states. In fact, there are only two states where you can’t pump your gas. According to the New York Times, New Jersey is the last state that has gas attendants.
Oregon might have self-serve gas stations now, but the whole state isn’t actually self-serve. In fact, it is actually only rural areas that this new law affects. The Washington Post says, “Under House Bill 2482, which took effect January 1st, 2018, retailers in counties with a population of less than 40,000 are allowed to have self-service gas pumps.” This law only takes effect in 13 of the 36 counties in Oregon. Places with high population don’t even need to worry about pumping their own gas, unless they plan on traveling.
This new law, with its many negatives has been voted on, taken effect, and can not be changed. Even though I dread having to pump my own gas, I won’t have a choice when traveling around Oregon. Luckily, unlike some frustrated Oregonians, I know how to pump my own gas already.
Skeleton is an intense high speed and dangerous Olympic sport, introduced in 1928, launching a racer head first on a sled with only a helmet to protect them.
Although there were no Skeleton races in the Olympics consecutively, they began to have them every winter Olympics starting in 2002, according to olympics.org. The sport is a timed race that tests both the competitor’s agility and patience. During a run, racers grab sleds with two sharp blades on the bottom, similar to an ice skate, and put one of them in a groove on a 1,500 meter ice track. Racers then wait for the gun to fire and with one hand holding the sled, they sprint 50 meters down the track. Once the sprint is over, they hop onto the sled head-first on their stomachs and hold on.
As the sled goes down the first hill, they reach up to 80 mph. “I wouldn’t be able to hold onto the sled going that fast,” said Junior Arianna Krol . Racers lying on their stomachs screaming down a course head-first have few ways of steering considering there is nothing on the sled other than the racer. “They steer with force or movement,” said Krol. The racers guide the sled with the slightest movement of their head and body.
With the lack of steering and the speed that they are traveling down the ice track, there are many safety concerns in the sport of skeleton. “I feel like a lot of people would get concussions,” said Kierra Carlson. When the racers underestimate the corners, they tend to slam into the wall, and this can lead to concussions or other injuries. Teams like Canada are limiting their training to prevent injuries according to huffingtonpost.com.
Coming in February 2018 is the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The United States is bringing a skeleton team that hopes to be successful. Kendall Wesenberg is the top racer for the women's team, and John Daly is the top racer for the men’s team. They both placed at the top of the men’s and women’s groups during the World Cup race. Both racers have yet to win an Olympic medal; however, Daly has been to the Olympics for Skeleton racing twice before, so he has plenty of experience.
Many countries that are competing in the 2018 winter games don’t have cold weather, which makes it hard to train for Skeleton. Athletes will typically train in other countries when they can, and work on agility when they don’t have an available course. “I wouldn’t to go outside and compete in the cold,” said Krol. Skeleton racers have to be ready for any winter weather conditions. The course can be harder to navigate when the weather conditions are bad. The racers are pushing sleds and sliding down on snow and ice and it can be very dangerous, according to Rachel Saslow, a writer for the Washington Post.
“It [Skeleton Racing] would be the only reason I would watch the Winter Olympics,” said Carlson. After learning about the sport, she is now more interested in seeing the results of the races in February.
In 2015, the graduation rate in the United States hit an all time high of 83%; however, only 45% of high school seniors feel as if they are prepared for college according to Fermin Leal at EducationSource.
Hello, my name is Lynne. I am a senior in high school and this is my first year in publications. I have never done anything like this before so I am really excited for this new opportunity. Most people know that when I graduate I want to go to college for Marine Biology. I want to study over on the east coast even though that means leaving all of my friends and family here. I also really enjoy playing high school sports. I do Volleyball, Cheer, Swim, and Tennis. Tennis is my favorite sport, the team is like my family.