Archive for November, 2008

Prop 8

COMMENTARY

BY:NOAH TENNEY

ONE OF THE BALLOT INITIATIVES ON CALIFORNIA’S TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH BALLOT THAT RECEIVED A LOT OF ATTENTION WAS PROPOSITION 8, WHICH PASSED WITH 52.5% VOTING YES. AS A RESULT, THE CALIFORNIA STATE CONSITUTION WAS AMENDED TO DEFINE MARRIAGE AS A UNION BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN. THE INITIATIVE WAS PROPOSED AFTER THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT RULED BY A 4-3 VOTE IN MAY THAT THE EXISTING LAW BANNING GAY MARRIAGE WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THIS TIME IT WAS PROPOSED AS A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR THE JUDGES TO STRIKE DOWN. IT SHOULD HAVE LOST, BECAUSE IT BASICALLY PUTS DISCRIMINATION INTO THE STATE CONSTITUTION. IT TAKES AWAY THE RIGHTS OF GAYS AND LESBIANS AND TREATS THEM DIFFERENTLY UNDER THE LAW, MAKING IT, AS NO ON 8 PUT IT, “UNFAIR AND WRONG.” AFTER ALL, MARRIAGE IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT LOVE, NOT GENDER, BUT MANY PROPONENTS WERE MAKING MARRIAGE ABOUT GENDER BY IMPOSING THEIR RELIGIOUS VIEWS ON EVERYONE IN THE STATE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HELPED TO MAKE YES ON 8 SUCCESSFUL WAS THAT IT RECEIVED HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY FROM OUT-OF-STATE RELIGIOUS GROUPS, NAMELY MORMONS, ALLOWING YES ON 8 TO AIR A LOT OF COMMERICALS. IN MANY OF THEM, PROPONENTS USED THE SCARE TACTIC OF CLAIMING THAT GAY MARRIAGE WOULD BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS IF THE PROPOSITION FAILED, EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS NOTHING IN STATE LAW OR THE PROPOSITION THAT SAID ANYTHING ABOUT TEACHING MARRIAGE IN SCHOOL. THEY ALSO CLAIMED THAT CHURCHES WOULD LOSE TAX EXEMPTION STATUS FOR REFUSING TO MARRY GAYS, ALTHOUGH STATE LAW AND THE PROPOSITION SAID NOTHING ABOU THAT, EITHER. GENERALLY ALL THE ADS SUGGESTED THAT “TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE” WAS BEING RESTORED, MAKING IT SOUND AS THOUGH GAY MARRIAGE HAD BEEN IMPOSED ON EVERYONE. IN NONE OF THE COMMERCIALS DID ANYONE GIVE LEGIT REASONS AS TO WHY GAY MARRIAGE OUGHT TO HAVE BEEN BANNED, BUT THE SCARE TACTICS WORKED. ANOTHER CONTRIBUTING FACTOR THAT PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN TO PROP 8’S SUCCESS WAS THE HIGH AFRICAN-AMERICAN TURNOUT IN SUPPORT OF BARACK OBAMA, DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBERS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS ASSOCIATED WITH CHURCHES. IT’S RATHER UNFORTUNATE, SINCE NOT ONLY DID OBAMA OPPOSE PROP 8, BUT ALSO BECAUSE THEY ARE A GROUP THAT WAS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY LAW FOR A LONG TIME. ONE THING THAT REALLY STARTLED ME WAS THAT AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN SAN FRANCISCO BISHOP THOUGHT IT INSULTING TO COMPARE THE GAY MARRIAGE ISSUE TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, JUST BECAUSE SEXUAL ORIENTATION, UNLIKE RACE, IS A CHOICE. ANYWAY, NOW THAT THE BAN HAS PASSED, LAWSUITS HAVE BEEN FILED, AND THE LEGAL BATTLE WILL BE LONG AND INTERESTING. MANY CONCERNS, INCLUDING EQUAL PROTECTION AND PRIVACY VIOLATIONS, CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION OF GROUPS LIKE GAYS AND LESBIANS, AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND REVISION BY SIMPLE MAJORITY, WILL COME UP. AS IT CURRENTLY STANDS, THE CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION CONTRACTS BOTH ITSELF AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION.

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The influence of Anime in The Media

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by:Tatiana Badillo

 

 

Many people don’t know this but Japanese animation (also known as Anime) has been an influence over the past few decades. If you’ve ever seen The Matrix trilogy then watch the show Ghost in the Shell, you might notice some similarities in the two. That’s because one of the strongest influences was in fact the anime Ghost in the Shell, whose high quality visuals inspired the Wachowski brothers to create a sort of live action version of the somewhat popular anime. several shows in the 1970’s and 1980’s were actually just dubbed and clipped popular anime shows that were a hit in Japan. Many of you may remembered watching Power Rangers when you were kids but what you may not known is that the show is originally called Super Sentai and actually began as early as 1975, According to Wikipedia. Some seasons were cut out from the American dubbed due to heavy violence. In Fact a lot of animes were re-made so that it could appeal to American Censorship. Animes like Gatchaman (battle of the planets), One Piece, Naruto, Sailor moon and Dragon Ball all had to be rewritten or important scenes taken out so that it could be viewed by the standards of American television. Although many of the fans protested against this some of the dubbing companies such as Viz Media or Funimation released box sets where the viewer can watch their favorite animes uncut and uncensored, pleasing both the parents and the fans. Over the years anime has played a major influence on American media from the young and spiritual Spirited Away to the high speed chasing of Speed Racer, anime has shaped and re-created the world with their eccentric plotlines and catchy openings and no matter how much they may censor, anime is here to stay.

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Panic Attacks Among Teens on the Rise

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by: kwame grant

 

According to a repoRt on http://www.nbc29.com out of virginia , teens  are experiencing higher rates of anxiety such as panic attacks, and depression during their high school years. findings at a virginia high school state that Students as young as 13 are in the nurse’s office for panic attacks. They say Teenagers drive to be perfect and  causes a real fear of failure in boys and girls .

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Low Self-Esteem shrinks the brain

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BY: DEREK WILLIAMS

 

ACCORDING TO BBC NEWS RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT LOW SELF ESTEEM SHRINKS THE BRAIN. AND PEOPLE WITH LOW SELF WORTH ARE LIKELIER TO SUFFER FROM MEMORY LOSS AS THEY GET OLDER. DR. SONIA LUPIEN OF Mc GILLL UNIVERSITY DID A SURVEY ON 92 SENIOR CITIZENS OVER THE COURSE OF 15 YEARS SHE STUDIED THEIR BRAIN SCANS SHE FOUND THAT THE BRAINS OF THE PEOPLE WITH SELF ESTEEM ISSUES WERE A FIFTH SMALLER THAN THOSE WHO DIDN’T EXPERIENCE SELF ESTEEM ISSUES. THESE PEOPLE ALSO PERFORMED WORSE IN MEMORY AND LEARNING TESTS. DR. LUPIEN BELIEVES THAT THOSE WITH A NEGATIVE MIND SET WERE TAUGHT TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY THINK THEY COULD REVERSE THEIR MENTAL DECLINE. SO ACCORDING TO DR. LUPIEN THE FEAR OF MEMORY LOSS MAYBE CAUSED BY ANXIETY AND ANXIETY WILL LEAD TO MEMORY IMPAIRMENT.

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Growing Pains

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BY:YARELY MORENO

 

GROWING UP HAS NOT BEEN THAT EASY, ESPECIALLY BEING A PERSON OF COLOR. MY PARENTS LEFT THEIR MOTHER LAND JUST TO GIVE ME A BETTER LIFE. BUT I ALWAYS ASK MYSELF “WHAT EXACTLY IS THE BETTER LIFE?” THEY ALWAYS TELL ME WE WANT YOU TO HAVE A BETTER FUTURE, BETTER THAN THE ONE WE HAD. FOR EXAMPLE  WITH EDUCATION, THEY TELL ME YOU’R NOTHING WITH OUT IT, “IF YOU GO TO SCHOOL YOU’LL HAVE A CARREER AND MONEY, SOMETHING THAT WE DID NOT ACHIEVE. WE DON’T WANT YOU TO END UP LIKE US”. BUT SOMETIMES THE PRESSURE GETS TOO INTENSE. JUST TRYING TO DO WHAT OTHERS WANT ME TO DO. BUT SOMETIMES IT’S GOOD TO HAVE OTHER PEOPLE THERE TO PUSH ME BECAUSE IF IT WASN’T FOR THEM I DON’T KNOW WHERE I WOULD BE.  SCHOOL, FRIENDS, FAMILY AND GROWING UP IN GENERAL ALL OF THAT COMBINED MAKES A LOT OF STRESS FOR ME. I ALWAYS TRY TO STAY ON TOP AND GET GOOD GRADES BUT IT GETS TIRING AT TIMES. MY MOM IS ALWAYS LIKE “THAT IS YOUR ONLY RESPONSIBILITY!” BUT IT’S NOT TRUE THERE IS SO MUCH MORE GOING ON IN MY LIFE THAN JUST SCHOOL. FOR EXAMPLE, WITH MY FRIENDS, THERE IS A LOT OF UNNESSARY DRAMA AND IM JUST SO OVER IT NO ONE IS EVER HAPPY.  AND WHEN IT COMES TO MY FAMILY, IM JUST TIRED OF HAVING TO ALWAYS PLEASE THEM AND SOMETIMES THEY DON’T EVEN APPRECIATE WHAT I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. AND JUST ME REALIZING THAT IM GROWING UP IT MAKES ME A STRONGER PERSON, MAKING MISTAKES AND LEARNING FROM THEM. IT GETS HARD SOMETIMES BUT IT’S PART OF LIFE. HONESTLY I GUESS IT’S ALL PART OF THE “TEENAGE YEARS”. TEENAGE YEARS ARE HARD AND WE ALL GO TROUGH THEM AND WILL EXPERIENCE THEM. DON’T LET IT BRING YOU DOWN THEY SHOULD ONLY MAKE YOU STRONGER AND WISER SO AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU JUST HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO LET IT GO AND SMILE.

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Rock Band/KHADEJHIA KASSENBROCK

BEING A MUSICIAN IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME. I FEEL LIKE IT’S MY CONNECTION TO EXPRESSING MYSELF CREATIVELY. WHEN GUITAR HERO FIRST CAME OUT, I THOUGHT IT WAS A TERRIBLE IDEA. FOR ONE THING, I COULDN’T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE WOULDN’T JUST LEARN TO PLAY A REAL GUITAR. HOW COULD IT POSSIBLY BE FUN TO FIT ALL THOSE CHORDS, NOTES, AND SCALES INTO 5 BUTTONS? BUT I ALSO HAD ANOTHER FEELING IN THE BACK OF MY MIND: WORRY. I WONDERED, SINCE THE GAME WAS GETTING SO POPULAR, HOW IT WOULD AFFECT THE FUTURE OF MUSIC? WHAT IF KIDS STOPPED WANTING TO PLAY GUITAR, AND INSTEAD WANTED TO BUY GUITAR HERO? BUT, I JUST LET IT GO. AFTER ALL, IT WAS JUST A GAME. THEN, ROCK BAND CAME OUT. THIS IS A GAME THAT NOT ONLY USES A FAKE GUITAR, BUT A FAKE DRUMSET AND A MICROPHONE. AGAIN, I WONDERED HOW ANYONE COULD EVER CHOOSE TO PLAY THE GAME INSTEAD OF INSTRUMENTS, AND AGAIN, I WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF NEW MUSIC, AND NEW MUSICIANS. I WAS COMPLETELY AGAINST PLAYING EITHER OF THESE GAMES, UNTIL MY FRIEND INVITED ME TO PLAY ROCK BAND WITH HER. I SAID OKAY. AFTER ALL, YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO “KNOW YOUR ENEMY”. AS SHE SCROLLED THROUGH THE SONG LIST, I REALIZED THERE WERE A LOT OF SONGS I ACTUALLY LIKED, AND IT GOT ME EXCITED TO TRY IT OUT. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING AT FIRST, BUT ONCE I GOT THE HANG OF IT, IT BECAME PRETTY FUN. EVENTUALLY I HAD TO LEAVE, BUT I WAS STILL HOOKED, AND ON MY BIRTHDAY, I GOT MY VERY OWN. IT TURNS OUT THAT PLAYING THE ROCK BAND DRUMS ON EXPERT CAN BE A GOOD TOOL FOR PRACTICING WHEN I COULDN’T PLAY THE REAL THING, AND TO THIS DAY, I STILL LOVE TO PLAY IT. I’M STILL ANNOYED BY THE GUITARS USED IN THE GAME. THERE ARE 120 PLACES TO PUT YOUR FINGERS ON A 6-STRING, 20 FRET GUITAR, BUT ONLY 5 BUTTONS ON A GUITAR CONTROLLER FOR BOTH OF THE GAMES. PEOPLE WILL WANT TO TAKE THE EASY WAY, BUT IT WON’T HELP ANYONE IN THE LONG RUN. AS THE GAMES GROW IN POPULARITY, LESS AND LESS KIDS WANT TO START A BAND, BUT MORE AND MORE WANT TO BUY ROCK BAND. EVENTUALLY, IT’S GONNA RESULT IN LESS “NATURAL MUSIC”, ESPECIALLY WITH THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF GUITAR HERO. IN GUITAR HERO: WORLD TOUR, PLAYERS CAN CREATE THEIR OWN MUSIC WITHIN THE GAME USING PRESET LOOPS FOR DRUMS, GUITAR, AND BASS. IT’S GETTING SO ADVANCED THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO STOP NEEDING TO LEARN TO READ MUSIC, OR STUDY MUSIC THEORY, BECAUSE GAME LIKE GUITAR HERO AND ROCK BAND MAKE IT SO EASY. BUT, PLAYING INSTRUMENTS WON’T JUST HELP YOU IN MUSIC. IT’S BEEN PROVEN THAT TAKING MUSIC LESSONS STRENGTHENS THE NEURAL CHORDS THAT TRANSMIT INFORMATION BETWEEN THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES OF THE BRAIN, AND THEREFORE CAN HELP STUDENTS DO BETTER IN SCHOOL. FOR INSTANCE, IN 1993, JAPAN, HOLLAND, AND HUNGARY WERE THE TOP 3 COUNTRIES IN TERMS OF THEIR STUDENT’S SCIENCE ABILITIES. ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THEY HAD IN COMMON WERE THEIR MUSIC PROGRAMS: EACH COUNTRY TAUGHT MUSIC IN THE CURRICULUM FROM KINDERGARTEN TO 12TH GRADE. WHEN PARENTS HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN GETTING THEIR KID A GUITAR OR GUITAR HERO, THEY SHOULD LOOK AT ALL THE BENEFITS THAT PLAYING A REAL INSTRUMENT CAN GIVE. MAYBE NOTHING WILL CHANGE WITHIN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. MAYBE GAMES LIKE THIS WILL START TO FADE AWAY, AND MAYBE THEY’LL LOSE THE POPULARITY THEY HAVE NOW. NO ONE CAN KNOW FOR SURE WHAT WILL HAPPEN, BUT I KNOW THAT I WILL ALWAYS BE ON THE SIDE OF MAKING “NATURAL” MUSIC.

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SLEEP DEPRIVATION/LUIS FLORES

LAST WEEK, I PROBABLY GOT AROUND 4 OR 5 HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT, AND I DEFINITELY FELT THE EFFECTS OF NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. FOR EXAMPLE, I AM NOT USUALLY THE ONE TO BE FALLING ASLEEP IN CLASS, BUT I ACTUALLY FOUND MYSELF DOZING OFF DURING A BORING LECTURE. I ALSO REALIZED THAT I WAS FALLING BEHIND IN A COUPLE CLASSES BECAUSE I COULDN ’ T PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS OR FOCUS ON THE TASK AT HAND. AND WHEN I GOT HOME, I WAS SO TIRED THAT I WOULDN ’ T HELP OUT WITH CHORES AROUND THE HOUSE. MY PARENTS HAVEN ’ T TAKEN NOTICE BECAUSE THEY ALSO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH SLEEP. I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE TO HAVE THIS PROBLEM, I HAVE ALSO TALKED TO MY CLASSMATES AND THEY SAY THAT THEY GO THROUGH THIS EXACT SAME THING. THE REASON THAT I AM NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP IS BECAUSE OF SO MUCH WORK THAT I AM GETTING FROM SCHOOL, ESPECIALLY MY AP SPANISH CLASS. I ALWAYS END UP STAYING UP LATE TRYING TO FINISH MY SPANISH WORK, AND ON TOP OF THAT I HAVE HOMEWORK FOR FIVE OTHER CLASSES. I THINK THAT ANOTHER PART OF THIS PROBLEM IS THAT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM REQUIRES US TO WAKE UP WAY TOO EARLY, ESPECIALLY FOR ME, SINCE I DON ’ T LIVE CLOSE TO MY SCHOOL. ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA, SLEEP DEPRIVATION CAN HAVE MANY SIDE EFFECTS, INCLUDING DIABETES, EFFECT ON

GROWTH, AND OBESITY. ALSO, A STUDY WAS CONDUCTED AND SAID THAT SCHOOL AGE STUDENTS SHOULD BE GETTING ABOUT EIGHT AND A HALF HOURS TO NINE HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT, AND THOSE WHO DO SLEEP THAT MUCH GET HIGHER GRADES. I KNOW THAT IT IS SOMETHING I MUST FIX, BUT IT WILL BE A DIFFICULT TASK FOR ME.

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