Editorial Blog
10/4/2018
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     On Sep. 8, 2018, the final match of the Women’s Single division in the US open took place between famed United States tennis star, Serena Williams, and up and coming Japanese newcomer, Naomi Osaka. This match was an intense game with both players playing well, but Osaka taking the lead, in terms of points, against Williams. During the match, Carlos Ramos, the referee for the game, gave Williams a warning after seeing Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, attempt to coach Williams during a game. While coaching during a game is against the rules, penalties are seldom given out for it.  This caused Williams to start to get upset. After disputing the warning, Williams threw her tennis racket to the ground during an argument with Ramos and called the referee a “thief.” This resulted in Williams getting a second and third warning, causing a game to be taken away from her, destroying her hopes of winning.

      After this event, controversy arose as to if Williams was in the right or the wrong. A few days after the match, Mark Knight, an Australian artist, drew a comic for the Herald Sun about the Serena Williams debate. Immediately after being published, this comic received heavy backlash because of its racist depiction of Williams. Williams was drawn as a stereotypical large black woman, reminiscent of racist black caricatures commonly seen in the early to mid 1900’s. This was not the only part of the comic criticized. In the background of Knight’s comic, Osaka is portrayed as a white woman with blonde hair, despite Osaka being half Haitian and half Japanese.

      In this issue’s Picture This, I have drawn a comic that attempts to more accurately represent not only the events of the match, but also the people involved.


 

10/3/2018
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     THUMBS UP to Freeform for increasing its annual Halloween marathon to 31 days instead of 13. We definitely needed those extra 18 days of Halloween festivity.

 

     THUMBS UP to the release of the iPhone XS Max.  This iPhone boasts the biggest screen to date and a longer battery life, but can it handle being dropped?

 

     THUMBS UP to Joaquin Phoenix for starring in the new ‘Joker’ movie, set to release October 2019. We’re anxious to see how Phoenix compares to previous Joker Jared Leto.

 

     THUMBS UP to Tiger Woods for getting his first PGA Tour win since 2013 after a spinal fusion surgery in December. Woods has proven to be worthy of his “most successful golfer” title.

 

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     THUMBS DOWN to Mac Miller’s unexpected death, the rapper was found unresponsive due to a drug overdose. Losing a life should not be what finally encourages important conversations about addiction.

 

     THUMBS DOWN to Republican senators using sex crimes prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell, as their spokesperson. If they want to dismiss Christine Blasey Ford’s claims of sexual assault and scream about the unfairness, man up and say, or scream, it to her face.

 

     THUMBS DOWN to the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck Indonesia last weekend, killing over 800 people and affecting nearly 2 million others. It seems that these kind of tragedies are starting to happen more often and are becoming, sadly, less shocking.


    THUMBS DOWN to the Edmonton School District for firing Lynden Dorval, the teacher who gave his student a zero. Students should learn that good grades are earned.

10/3/2018
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     October is not just for Halloween. In 2011, October was declared National Substance Abuse Prevention Month by the Obama Administration. This was in response to the growing substance abuse crisis that started to take grip of the nation around that time. The drug crisis is the health epidemic of our generation, but it can be hard to get the word out and act against it. The issue of substance abuse and preventing that abuse are topics that are taboo in many communities, including our own. We need to face up and own up. Warren is not defined by its drug issues, but it must address them.

     This is not an issue of the administration not attacking the drug issue head-on, plenty of preventative and corrective measures are taken to try and combat the drug use that goes around in Warren Township. This is about whether or not we as a community and as individuals care about the worst health crisis of our generation. If we do not do more, drug abuse will take over Warren as it has done in so many other communities across the country.

     First, the biggest misconception that contributes to the lax view on drug use is that it does not affect us. Heroin? That’s for the rural towns outside Indy. Pills? Only the “party kids” do pills. Acid? That’s for deadbeats. Cigarettes? Those are gross. Warren views its drug use as harmless, when, in reality, it is causing a lot of pain and suffering to the community.

     The drugs that could easily be pegged to Warren, just like so many other high schools in suburban areas, are marijuana and nicotine from Juul. We need to start viewing the drug problem here holistically. The drug crisis is not just about marijuana and Juul, it is about all drug abuse and how Warren and communities like ours will weaken because of it. This is not just about teens, this is about the parents and everyone else that makes up the far East Side.

     In the midst of the epidemic in 2015, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 11 percent of Indiana high-schoolers had smoked cigarettes in the last month. In the same study, 24 percent of Indiana kids vaped, 15 percent drank alcohol before age 13, 31 percent drank alcohol on at least 1 day per month, 35 percent of kids smoked weed and 4 percent used cocaine or inhalants. On the adult side of things, according to Lakeview Health Center,  23 million Americans are addicted to a drug with only 10 percent seeking treatment. Heroin use has also skyrocketed from 1 person per 100,000 to double the amount.

     We have all been affected by this. There have been more and more people over the past few years getting addicted to heavy drugs like opioides, going to jail for drug offenses and dying of drug overdoses. These are people that would have been put on the right path if we actually addressed the problem like it should be.

     Instead of addressing this like a criminal issue and putting people in jail for a problem that is eating them alive, we should be treating drugs as a serious health issue both physical and mental. When people become addicted to drugs,their brains are rewired and they cannot function properly. They become a burden to our society when we do not treat them. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 7.9 million people had concurring drug abuse disorder and mental illness. This is clear evidence on how when talking about drugs, mental health cannot be excluded.

     There are things we can do to get better from here. We can put people in power that will give more resources to stop the drug epidemic and we can take it to a much more personal level and ask ourselves and our families how we can help get on the right track. We can advocate for those that have been left behind. If we do not, we will be on a steady decline where drugs will take over every corner of our lives. Ignoring an issue until it affects you is dangerous. The drug crisis is sweeping America. It has no boundaries and we have to start to treat it more seriously.

 


 

10/2/2018
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Dear Warriors,

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      It is an incredible honor to be asked to share these words with you.  I have been so blessed to have this as my thirteenth year here at Warren, teaching the greatest students in the world.  Please know this is not just lip service, there is no one else I would rather teach. The diversity, strength and passion of my students is second to none.

      One of the reasons I decided to become a teacher was to try to instill into my students qualities necessary for success after high school.  I am not a fan of saying you are “just kids,” but instead, I look at you as “almost adults.” I would like to share what I believe to be some of the most important characteristics a successful Warrior should have.

      First, please do not let anyone tell you that you do not have big problems.  I know we adults like to romanticize how nice it is to be a high-schooler without all of the bills, families to support, etc. The truth is, what you are going through now is a big deal simply because you feel it is.  It is these things you are going through now that prepare you for whatever will come at you later. So, if you need to cry over that boy or girl who is not treating you right, or be mad at the crazy workload you have, or feel confused over decisions about college and the future, then take a second to do that.  But, after that second is over, I want you to look at that problem straight on and say “but that is not going to stop me.” Remember Warriors, greatness is achieved by overcoming adversity. Meet that challenge head on and become the conquerors I know you to be.

      Second, be thankful for your mistakes.  I have so many proud students that have the worst time admitting when they are wrong.  Being wrong is the single most necessary step to you becoming the person you deserve to be.  When that mistake hits, admit it (growth of accountability), figure out who your mistake affected (growth of a social conscious) and correct it (growth of integrity).  If you take on this world being a person of integrity who thinks of others and is willing to admit and correct their mistakes, then you are ahead of a lot of “adults” I know who are not going forward in their lives.  

      Finally, learn to love.  That seems cliche, but do we really understand what that means?  It means we forgive, no matter the cost. It means we care for others MORE than we care for ourselves.  It means we enter into situations with reckless abandon to make sure the needs of those around us are met.  And it means we risk never getting that love in return but continuing to do it anyway. Do not base your life on what others do for you.  The only thing that counts is who you become, and the actions you choose to do. Love is not a business deal, and it is not a compromise. It is a gift, and gifts are not given to be repaid.  I do promise you this, though, all that love you give will bring a joy to you that was not given by anyone or anything else in the world, and the world will never be able to take that joy away.

      Warriors, it has been an honor and blessing to be allowed to write this for you.  Thank you for inspiring me to be the best teacher I can be every single day. I love you.  


 

10/2/2018
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     Is the NFL becoming soft? According to Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, it is.

     In his previous ten years in the league, Matthews has only been called for three roughing the passer penalties, yet already has three roughing the passer penalties after just the first three weeks of the 2018-19 season.

     He claims that the majority of his roughing the passer calls have been “textbook” tackles that he has done all throughout his career. However, the NFL heavily disagrees.

     The NFL states that this was a textbook foul. According to Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9, a defender must try to avoid putting their full body weight onto the quarterback. The NFL also released a comment that they will not change their new rules and everyone should get used to the penalties.

     Unfortunately for the NFL, no one is satisfied. Not only are coaches and players furious at the 34 roughing the passer calls in the first three weeks, but fans are as well.

     One of the aspects that has made football so popular is the physicality of the sport. The fans enjoy players being hit as much as they enjoy their team winning. They want to see the monster hits. Yes, watching a high quality quarterback playing to the best of their ability is also highly entertaining, but getting hit is part of the game. If a quarterback is not willing to be hit, then they should not play the game.

     Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, also called Big Ben, is against some of these calls, and he is a quarterback. Wide receivers and running backs get hit hard every time they get the ball, so what makes the quarterback any different? The defense’s job is to stop the offense, not worry about taking down the quarterback in a gentle way.

     Moreover, the league refuses to even show signs of hesitation about the changing the new rules, even with all the backlash it has caused. True, everyone wants players to remain safe and healthy but getting hit is part of the game and few hits actually cause season-ending injuries.

     There are certain hits that should definitely be called, but NFL analysts are shocked at some of the roughing the passer calls, believing them to be fair hits.

     If the NFL does not change their policy soon, they will start losing viewers. The people do not want the NFL to go soft, they want to see the hard, but legal, hits.

called, but NFL analysts are shocked at some of the roughing the passer calls, believing them to be fair hits.

If the NFL does not change their policy soon, they will start losing viewers. The people do not want the NFL to go soft, they want to see the hard, but legal, hits.


 

10/2/2018
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null     The athletic-wear retail is a demanding and complicated business. It takes risk to get customers and raise stock, and in early September, Nike took that risk with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.

     On Nike’s 30th anniversary of their “Just Do It” slogan, the company released a campaign poster of Kaepernick’s face with a quote stating “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

     This was a reference to when Kaepernick was forced to leave the NFL in 2016 for kneeling during the National Anthem in effort to take a stand against police brutality and racism. Just as he was finally working up the similar stats to his prime 2012 season, when he led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl, he had to leave his multimillion-dollar career. He was given the choice between opting out of his contract or having the team cut him the upcoming season. In return, he has received a massive amount of support around the world.

     Before the ad, Nike’s stocks were down 3 percent. Only weeks later after the Kaepernick ad, merchandise sales doubled. The company has since then sold out 61 percent of merchandise and the stocks have raised to an all-time-high as of Sept. 19.

     Kaepernick has gotten vicious criticism that he was disrespecting the flag when he was merely protesting the unfair terms in America. But last year in September, he pushed the league to take a huge leap in the right direction. Multiple teams joined him. The Pittsburgh Steelers unanimously decided to stay in the locker room during the anthem, with the exception of Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva. Several Washington Redskins kneeled, while some Seattle Seahawks decided to sit during the anthem. In another game, the Seahawks also came out of the locker room with all of their arms locked together for the anthem.

     In response to this, in late May of this year, the NFL owners unanimously decided that every person on the field during the National Anthem should stand. Those who were not willing to do so should stay in the locker room until the end. This was a huge step back for America’s history of freedom of speech on one of the biggest stages in America. But since then, in July, they have decided to put a hold on the bylaw because of the backlash it received from media.

     In early September, Kaepernick released his “#IM WITH KAP” black jersey shirt of his old number. The jersey sold out as soon as it was available to purchase. Twenty-percent of the sales went to his self-made foundation for the youth called “Know Your Rights Camp.” A foundation created to raise awareness of self-empowerment among the youth.

     Kaepernick is admirable for his contributions to protest police brutality and racism. So much so that on Sept. 20th, it was announced that he would be recognized at Harvard University with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal for his efforts toward black culture and history. He deserves proper respect for his work against these significant problems in America.