By Kaleef K. & Eugene O.
Games these days are not as good as they used to be because they are “pay to win”. This means that in order to be the best, in many games you have to pay. Many companies make people pay to get special items in games, and if you don’t pay, your chances of advancing in the game are lowered by a whopping 50%. You might not know this, but when you buy a supply drop, a loot crate, or any type of source that gives you items in exchange for money, it is 100% gambling. It is gambling in other countries, it is gambling plain and simple! That is our opinion on gaming today.
By Sean C. & Vincent Q.
On January 9, 2018, a cold Tuesday night in Baltimore, Maryland, a group of security guards from the University of Maryland Medical Center dumped a young woman recently discharged from the hospital at a cold bus stop wearing nothing but a hospital gown and socks. A man named Imamu Baraka recorded this incident, commonly called “hospital dumping.” These events of dumping people after discharge from a hospital is becoming a common occurrence. The woman they dropped off had barely spoken and seemed dazed, occasionally crying out. The temperature that night was only 30 degrees. The woman would surely have not survived if the man, a good Samaritan, had not called an ambulance. The man replied that this occurrence was “totally not acceptable.” The ambulance came and took her back to the hospital. Thankfully, this woman survived due to the man’s compassion and kindness. What would have happened to her if Mr. Baraka had not come along? This type of incident has happened in other cities like Los Angeles where the city government is fining hospitals who “dump” patients at bus or taxi stops. This treatment raises many ethical questions like why this is happening and who at the hospitals are responsible for these actions. Are they liable? What do you think?
By Yashwin S.
Have you ever witnessed your child feeling bored and not having fun? Have you ever wondered why your kids ask you for a cell phone? Have you ever considered getting them a cell phone? If you haven’t, it is probably a good choice, and you should get one for them. Most kids today want a cell phone and typically ask their parents for phones so they can entertain themselves by playing games or watching videos. It is rare that you hear of a child from the age of 9 years old on that does not own a cell phone. Cell phones help teach kids responsibility and accountability, provide security, and finally help them keep in touch with extended family. Will you be the next parent to get a phone for your child?
First of all, phones help kids become more responsible. Kids can put reminders and notes on their phone when they need to remember something important such as doctor appointments, places to go to, celebrations, etc. They can also study on the phone for important tests and it helps them learn about the world around them. Jan Urbanski – Director of Safe and Humane Schools in the Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life at Clemson University says, “I think age 9 is a good time for a cell phone—the student is in the 3rd or 4th grade and they are learning about the world. However, it is key for students to be given training around using a cell phone. For example, students should know about turning on/off the cell phone in school, as well as lowering or muting the volume of the ringer during classes."
Secondly, phones provide security. You can track your child’s phone and help keep them away from strangers. Phones also provide the rarity of being lost because you can call your guardian or a trustworthy person to help you get back home. Earthquakes, fires, bad weather, traffic accidents – there are many things that can happen during the day after your children leave the house for school. Cell phones are a lifeline between a parent and their children, and they can also be used to call emergency first-responders.
Finally, phones provide the rare times you keep in touch with your relatives from different countries and continents. One of the benefits that you may not expect is better communication with the extended family. Lisa Yore, mother of four believes her son has become more connected to family members. "My son has the phone numbers of aunts, uncles and his grandmother. They have had conversations and told him that if he ever needs to talk or needs anything, he shouldn't hesitate to call them." Getting a simple, "Good luck at your game" text from Grandma tells the kids that she is thinking of them.
Some people think that cell phones spoil kids with too much entertainment. Some kids are on their 24/7 playing games and watching videos. However most kids who have parental supervision are more likely to use their phones for important reasons like reminders and studying.
Keeping kids responsible, providing security and keeping in touch with distant relatives are strong reasons to provide your child with a phone. Every day a child is losing responsibility, getting lost or becoming distant from an extended family is probably because of not having a phone. Let’s give children phones and watch the change that is being made!
By Eric Z.
Have you ever heard of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Spiderman? These are only some of the famous superheroes. Superheroes have been around for almost 80 years! The first was Superman. He was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and his first comic was in 1938. They wanted to create a symbol of hope during a rough time. There were many wars and a lot of crime. Superman had to be a person who could give people confidence and bravery. He needed to show that people can be just like him (without the powers). Superman eventually became a great success and becomes more and more popular as the years go by.
Soon, other people created heroes like Captain America, Human Torch, and Batman. Batman was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane in 1939. He is darker than Superman, but more realistic. I won’t repeat the origin because everyone knows, but he resonates with people as others do. He also became popular, which started the question: Batman or Superman? One has powers, and one does not. I personally prefer Batman, but I think it depends on people’s beliefs and personalities. As the years went on, more and more people started creating superheroes. Wonder Woman was created. Why can’t there be female heroes? She showed they can be awesome too. She is revolutionary, and needed in society.
In 1961 Marvel Comics created the Fantastic Four. Then the Hulk. Then Thor. Then Iron Man. But 1 character stuck out: Spiderman. He is only a teenager, yet he is so powerful. He had real problems, and was a real character. Marvel had created characters that have emotions, like real people. They showed that this can be done. Spiderman is the best example of that. This started a rivalry between Marvel and DC. They went through a lot of different comics and character changes over the years. Some were for the better, some for the worse. They had superhero teams like the Justice League, or the Avengers.
In 1978, Superman: The Movie was made. This started a whole new craze for Superhero movies. People realized they could be good. The 90’s were not a very good time for superhero movies, because a lot of them were bad. People gave up on them and moved on. But in 2005, Batman Begins was released. It had new themes that were different from other superhero movies like grit, drama, and realism. This movie was so good, that it revived everything! It had a sequel (The Dark Knight) which is arguably the best one yet. It had great performances and a great story that no superhero movie has topped yet. Then Iron Man came along. It was also a fantastic movie and started a “Universe.” This spawned The Avengers (Movie), which was the first movie with multiple superheroes that were built up from other movies. It was great and very enjoyable. Then sequels came, and new movies, and more, until there are about 4 superhero movies a year!
Superheroes inspire people. They entertain people. They are great characters that everyone can enjoy, there are so many now, that everybody can find one they like the most. There is no place in the world where they don’t know who Superman is, and that is an astounding thing.