It was an ordinary day of school as I entered the threshold of my Music Theory and proceeded to gather my belongings together. It began as a seemingly typical class and the beginning of which consisted of me and my friend Ibrahim, conversing with one another. Typically, our Music theory class would begin our daily training in musical intervals in conjunction with musical notation yet today would prove itself as an outlier from previous days. We started with a discussion that in spite of having no belonging in a Music theory honors class, would manifest itself into a discussion that should be had by all.
This was the discussion of the tragedy of Syria, more specifically the heartbreak of Aleppo, a major city in the Middle East that has been a victim of bombing, and many deaths. Our class discussion began with the empathy of my teacher Mr Jordan regarding the occurrence and a contrasting opinion from a fellow student whom had a dissenting view on the matter. She had stated that their is no logical reason to care for the situation because it was located so far from where we live. She said we shouldn't care since we were only teenagers.
It was a good conversation starter, her comment brought up a good question; Why should we care? Arguably, she did have a point, if we are operating on the understanding that a mere teenagers doesn't hold the power to change the world nor impact the lives of others miles and miles away.I respected her conviction yet due to my own beliefs I had no choice but to disagree and advocate my opinion.
Simply caring and showing concern towards the pain of others should be an essential and immensely beneficial feeling that we possess as human beings because it allows our minds to expand to broader horizons. Furthermore, if we don’t allow the world to shape our identity and impact us in a sincere way, we instead resort ourselves to live in a cloud of ignorance, which I believe to be a waste in a world filled with opportunities for intellectual, and personal growth. After class, I had the sudden urge to ask my friends. This topic intrigued me and left me extremely interested on other’s stance. One of my friend Miles stated the following, “Our opinion on the matter shouldn’t matter, and that our government should be concerned with the situation across the globe. I believe that we should advocate for the government to take matters in their own hands instead of people individually pushing an outside agenda to the media which can possibly orchestrate and fabricate fallacies to the public.” I found this to be truly eye opening and I proceeded to question another friend at the same time in an attempt to obtain dissenting views.
Ibrahim stated that, “The turmoil that is occurring in the Syrian land is an absolute disaster and quite honestly from my perspective, an utter tragedy. To speak of this situation leaves me with a barren sense of despair and total misery, I believe that we should care because every chance of support is needed over there”. After interviewing these two gentlemen regarding their views to the situation and the answer the question I had asked them, I’ve come to the following conclusion that everyone has a voice to be heard and regardless if their voice is dissenting from one another, we as a whole should respect what they have to say. It takes courage to for an individual to express themselves and I believe it to be an aspect to be the most respected among others.
Nonetheless, whatever your opinion may be I want to ask this question to my following Palumbo Griffins, in consideration with the turmoil surrounding the Middle east and more narrowly the city of Aleppo; Should we care? Regardless if you disagree, your voice matters! Hope ya’ll have a wonderful day and Griffin pride, Nothing less than success.
By Shanique Higgs
On Saturday may 28th a gorilla in the Cincinnati zoo got ahold to a three year old boy and was manhandled by the seventeen year old silverback gorilla that the Cincinnati zoo calls Hambre.
The young boy somehow made his way into the gorilla's enclosure when the mother was not looking.
The mother, Kimberley Ann Perkins O'Connor claims that she was trying to take a picture of the gorilla, who was peeking out of his cave, when she heard a splash and then a man screaming. The child had fallen into the gorilla's enclosure.
when the gorilla heard the screams of the crowd in fear of the child it made the gorilla felt that he was in some type of danger so he took action and decided to grab the child And drag him throughout his enclosure.
zoos Cincinnati's, have protocols in place for when an animal threatens staff or visitors. In this case, the zoo had to decide whether to tranquilize 17-year-old Harambe, a 450-pound western lowland gorilla, or to use greater force, said Ed Hansen, CEO of the American Association of Zoo Keepers.
Many people feel that this protocol is not appropriate and many also feel that they didn't have to kill young silverback gorilla, but instead tranquilize the gorilla so that he can get off the child and the child could be removed and be placed to safety.
A firm believer of fairness and justice (Mary higgs-mims) feel as though that “the mother should be held responsible for the escaping of the child, and that it was negligence on her part to allow her child to be exposed to stray away from her. She also says did the precaution of the gorillas was mistreated and that they should have look deeper into whether the gorillas was intentionally trying to harm the child or just trying to get the child out have his personal habitat.”
This brings up the question as to whether United States treats animals with true justice or whether or not they treat them with cruelty.
Similar instances occurred especially when a two-year-old boy was mauled to death by a couple of African painted dogs in the Pittsburgh Zoo on November 3rd 2012.
Another instance occurred in belly with a seven year old boy named Maqsood slipped into the Tigers today and was face-to-face with a tiger for nearly fifteen minutes while I was yelling crowd throwing stones at the Tiger which caused the tiger to react in a bad way in which he attacked the seven year old boy into hundreds of pieces.
This is very few of the many instances where there are potentially dangerous animals in contact with a very young child. When this happens we should take precautions and not ask about emotions many said that the yelling of the people caused the animal to react in the way in which was dangerous so when we are in close contact with potentially dangerous animals we should always be alert of where our children are and also where we're standing.
By: Austin Lin
ISIS stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This organization has many operations within its tight community. They have been reported around the world many times. Recently they are trying to gain entrance into Europe. On a report Abu Walid was called by a man he didn’t know and the man asked if Abu could transfer 25 of his people from Libya to Europe for $40,000. Abu knew it was ISIS and reported it. ISIS is trying to get into Europe because Libya is getting chaotic and is a failed state to them. Reasons why ISIS is in control of multiple areas is because security forces lack the motivation to keep up a good fight in some areas. In 2014, the CIA reported that there are 30,000 ISIS out there and growing. ISIS is within all countries, reported by Nicholas Rasmussen, Director of National Counterterrorism Center. People from 90 different countries travel to Syria to fight in one group or another.
A long duration of the time, ISIS had controlled on the outskirts of Fallujah. The first city to be undercontrolled by ISIS was in January 2014. Iraqi government has again taken control of the city. Alaa Abdulrahman who was interviewed by NBC said that 40 ISIS militants has left his village, north of Fallujah.
As there is fear of ISIS trying to get back into the city, Iraqi forces has surrounded Fallujah from all directions. The operation to retake Fallujah was supported with airstrikes by the United States. Before the operation, the price to leave Fallujah from ISIS was $5,000. As ISIS found out the Iraqi militants were coming closer, they lowered the price to $2,500. Within that time, 600 people have left, and roughly 100 families. There is still about 75,000 people in Fallujah as Iraqi militants advance and clear the city, area by area. To the families that cannot leave, Iraqi soldiers has advised them to wave white flags. The army is also asking civilians to leave area in routes that they will secure later.
Fail al-Essawi, Deputy District council chairman said there will be three corridors for civilians to flee safely to the west. The tactic that ISIS is using is that they are dressing as Iraqi militants and killing civilians. ISIS has also laid many IEDs on routes around the city. Iraqi army is sweeping the city with 20,000 soldiers while there is only 800 to 1,000 ISIS within the city.
The United States and Iraq has seized the city before but the major question behind the government’s mind is if they can create stability within the city to prevent ISIS from controlling the region. ISIS is a major threat to the United States because they preach to their supporters in the US to create mass destruction. Just in the beginning of 2015, US authorities arrested a man in Ohio who was reported to be affiliated to ISIS and planned to bomb the US capitol.
By: Shanique HIggs
If you work in an office you would most likely agree that sometimes you go home with an headache. So what do you do ? Most likely you’ll buy some Aleve or Ibuprofen to relieve that indescribable pain. Some people say that an headache is just a simple throbbing pain in your head and/or neck due to extreme concentration or a lot of loud noise, but wouldn't you say that it's more than that?
Excedrin an headache expert company likens most headache and neck pain to originate from some sort of office duty. A study of more than 1,300 office workers showed that those who spent more than 70 percent of their working time with their neck bent forward at an angle of 20 degrees or more were at an increased risk of neck pain and also people who sat 95 percent of the time while working had twice the risk of those who did not sit at all, but this is only just one factor that contribute to neck pain or headaches. People also experience neck and headache pain due to stress levels at work home or school. Most children or adults who go to higher academic schools usually face higher levels of stress and therefore face higher levels of neck pain and headaches.
This now raises the question; should we send our children to higher academic schools just to avoid potential neck pain and or headaches in the future for your child? In case you child goes to an academically challenging school or if you attend an academically challenged college locate your teacher or professor and ask if you could stand while doing class work to lower the risk of headaches. Parents who are involved in the home and school association can also suggest that teachers do more verbal exercises in class to lower the amount of time that your child's neck is bent on a day to day basis.
By: Austin Lin
In Nigeria a new terrorist islamic group that has ties to Al Qaeda is forming called Ansaru. The group comes from a previous terrorist term called Boko Haram. Ansaura came to be last week on April 10th, when the Nigerian Military claimed they have captured their commander which is on the U.S. State’s wanted list which is up for a $5Million capture payment.
Ansaru has been classified as terrorist by both United States and the United Nations as well as other countries. Ansaru means “Vanguard for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa”. The independent organization claims to conduct attacks against Westerners in northern Nigeria. The main goals of Ansaru is to protect the Muslim people from the Nigerian government and international interest.
Boko Haram has tied itself to Al Qaeda last year and Ansaru has taken the name of “Nigeria’s Al Qaeda franchise”.
The Nigerian Military claimed to capture Khalid al-Barnawi, the commander of Boko Haram on April 2nd, 2016. If this statement is true it will be a true victory to not only the security forces of Nigeria but also internationally.
Security analyst Fulan Nasrullah from Nigeria have said "Khalid's people and I have spoken and they have said that he is free and was not captured," and also said "They have no photos of him, nor do they know any concrete information about him."
The State Department has little information on the total members apart of Ansaru but noted operations within the organization. State Department said "given its narrower scope of operations, it is estimated that Ansaru's membership is much smaller than that of Boko Haram's."
The difference between Boko Haram and Ansaru is that the Ansaru are more educated and trained more strictly. Some people who are in Ansaru have been trained by AQIM(Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb). AQIM is a terrorist organization that claims to overthrow the Algerian government and turn it into a Islamic state. Ansaru history is not that bad compared to Boko Haram.
Ansaru is known for high profile kidnappings. There are claims that they have kidnaped construction workers from all different countries and killed them.
Ansaru rapidly faded away from Boko Haram for other reasons such as the bad leadership of Khalid. Also, Ansaru is not fond of killing other Muslims. As the past year, Ansaru has become quieter and quieter. It was just now, they have came back on the news.
By: Austin Lin
Throughout the years of being a teenager, Teens find themselves and experience new things. One thing they experience is the idea of sex or urge to have sex. With that, something which is sex education was created. Some teens may know something, nothing, or everything. The sole purpose of sex education is to give information to teenagers or pre-teens. The goals is to give these groups a basic understandings of sex which routinely begins with how to use use condom and then information about sexual transmitted diseases(STDs).
Within the United States, some state laws require public school children to learn about sexual education while others do not. Some topics have been uprising as well as years go on about LGBTQ sex education as well. Currently, about half of the states in the US require sex education to be taught in school. States that do not have sex education has been proven to have more teen pregnancy and STDs. More than half of the states has a mandatory class that teaches about HIV. Only 12 states in the United States right now teach medically correct sex and HIV education. This shows that the schools that are mandated to teach sex education are abusing what it means to teach children about sex and HIV. This shows the lack of support some teachers are giving to students. Currently 3 states in the US that if they were to give sex education, they would give negative information on same-sex relationships.
In Catholic schools, there is only a brief summary of what sex education is like there. One graduate student from J. W. Hallahan who wishes to be anonymous says that “it’s just common sense”. She says that sex education is taught during physical education class but not into depth. She was enrolled in Hallahan’s Honor classes, so she was not able to take the brief summary of sex education. She later learned about pregnancy in theology class(study of god). A current student at J. W. Hallahan that wishes to be anonymous as well says that there is no sex education towards LGBTQ youths due to their beliefs system of the Catholic church. This has showed that Catholic schools do not go into depth about sexual education that could possibly lead either guys or girls open to diseases. In the sense of being Catholic or Christian, the bible states that your body should be pure until marriage. This means that you should not have sex until you are married. This may be a factor that plays in why Catholic schools try to push out the depths of sexual education. The staff of Catholic schools might view that all their students will not have sexs due to all their beliefs but not everyone in a Catholic school is religious.
There are pros and cons in both public school sex education and Catholic schools sex education. Creating a sex education guide for all states would be the first step in approaching a problem that can be decreased. The problem that can be decreased is teen pregnancy and STDs in the United States. Many students or residents around the world who have had sex or haven’t claims that they are too big for a condom. The fact is that there is a condom size for all shapes and sizes. Saying you are too big is just an excuse to not spend money on protection. It also shows the laziness of applying protection to void the possibility of getting diseases.
Sex education should not only be taught in all schools in the United States but internationally. With the the appropriate education that caring teachers pass onto students, we can decrease the percentage of STDs and teen pregnancy in countries. Most teachers want the best for their students in the future, in the steps to do that, they must put all their beliefs to the side and teach what is beneficial to the students in the long run.
By Austin Lin
Islamophobia is something that has been rising since the terrorist group ISIL has gotten more extreme with terrorizing. The recent activity that was the bombing in Paris made an up rise of 275% of hatred towards the Muslim people.
In the United Kingdom there have been protest during Muslim events. In New Castle there was a demo for a group called Pegida which is a anti-Islam and anti-immigrant street movement. In the streets if UK, it has attracted up to 250,00 supporters. Emma Scott and Marion Rodgers which are both Pegida UK organizers say that is worst thing that can happen is the “oppression of women”. Throughout their interview with VICE news they stated many things that they dislike about Muslims such as they wearing burkas and child marriage. They later end with saying that they believe that it can happen to the UK if the government keep letting in Muslims and immigrants. Both Scott and Rodgers say that Muslims aim is to dominate everything.
Throughout Europe there have been insults due to the way Muslims dress. Some citizens have went up to Muslims and say that it’s too hot to wear their outfit. A girl name Stacey Eden has been video cast world wide for defending a Muslim. She was on a train and a white female started attacking a Muslim. The attacking female kept saying “why are you wearing that”, Stacey defended and said “she wears it for herself”.
ISIL has no connection towards the religion Islam. They are Muslims that have taken the religion to another level. They have retreated from what the real meaning of Islam is and the peace practices that Muslims have. ISIL has degenerated so many things but the Islam religion and people are fighting back. There are more good Muslims than the bad ones which is apart of ISIL.
by Shanique Higgs
Many U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens don't like Donald trump, but why? Well, first let's look at who Donald trump is in the first place. Donald Trump is one of the most well known businessmen in the world, in fact he runs many huge organizations such as the Trump Entertainment Resorts and the Trump Organization. He is also the star and producer of a show on NBC called the Apprentice which has many famous co-star on it for a chance to win a quarter of a million dollars. With all this success, why is there so many people who dislike Donald trump? Is it his character? His outspoken personality or maybe something else? Lately, Donald Trump has announced a proposal to ban Muslims for coming in to the United States. A Lot of people were really affected by this and felt that he was completely out of line for making such comments about someone's religion. Recently, a Monmouth University poll was taken and now Donald Trump has taken the lead now to 41 percent and his rival Ted Cruz sits at only 14 percent. That's almost three times as much! Even though many people feel like he's not being a good leader or a person of unfairness it seems as though that people are supporting him more. Why is that? A Lot of his supporters believe that what he’s saying is true, but he's just not putting his words in an ethical way.
It's just the way he says it, that's all. It comes out wrong. I think if he had time to explain it, he could. "You know, when it comes over the news, you just get bites. You just hear soundbites. You don't get the whole picture." -- Dale Witmer, of Des Moines, Iowa.
Another one of his supporters believe that people are secretly feeling the same way and says that people don't want to fess up because they don't want to seem racist or hurt someone's feelings.
"That's what people want! They're not going to say it, but that's what they want. I mean, I hate to say it ... but that's the way it is. This is a different age then it was 10 years ago or 20 years ago. We've got to protect the homeland here, that's the number one." -- Mike Baker, of Ankeny, Iowa.
Some of the people who are against him feel completely opposite. They feel that it is inhumane to express opinions like that with no consideration of someone's religion,background, or personality. A senior at the Academy at Palumbo expresses his opinion about this topic. “I feel like Donald trump is wrong and that he shouldn't be our president”, the stated
A teacher also expressed their opinion about this topic and feels that his view and slippery mouth causes a lot of people to dislike him and not want to support him.
“I don't think Donald trump wants to help people that are lower than him, but I do feel that Philadelphia's new mayor will definitely be good because he seems to want to help the schooling system.”
Donald Trump is viewed in many ways in various parts of the world,but how do you feel?
by Shanique Higgs
An eleven year old boy from Utah named Zack Francom took notice of more than 300 people in many countries that were in need for wheelchairs. So Zack decided that he should start a lemonade stand as a fundraiser. He got this idea in 2010 when his school had a fundraiser that was funded by the sales of lemonade. The young boy knew that being in a wheelchair wasn't easy and that it was really hard to cope with. At a very young age Zack decided to help a lot of people with his love and consideration.
“What if I couldn't walk or run or ride my bike?” Zack said.
Zack’s story is similar to that of a young girl who started Alex's lemonade stand. Alex's lemonade stand is a pediatric cancer charity that was founded by a young girl who died at a very young age due to a form of pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma; a tumor that originates in the adrenal glands. This is the most common extracranial solid cancer in childhood and the most common cancer in infancy. Before Alex left the world, she had a mission, which was to help people her age going through cancer also. So Alex decided to open up a lemonade stand that was aided by her elder brother due to her young passing age. She wanted to raise money for kids who was in the same medical situations she was and she wanted to make life a little easier for them. It all began on her front lawn in West Hartford, Connecticut. She began to raise over $2,000. So her family began to do this as an annual family ritual even after her death.
Just like Zack, Alex had an urge to help others who were going through the same situations as them because they didn't want anyone to struggle like they did.
Zach was recently able to provide 37 wheelchairs that he shipped to fifty five countries with his earnings of $5,300 by the help of selling 80 quarts of lemonade and 350 dozens of baked goods by his mother. Zack’s shack has been a philanthropy for many people! He was selling the lemonade for $.50 and the cookies sold two for $1.00. People would be so ecstatic about his considerable heart that hundreds of people would line up in April during the spring break. They were also ecstatic about the taste of the cookies and lemonade too.
“My goal is to fly around the world and hand out the wheelchairs,” he says.
Zack with his genuine heart keeps everyone going and instead of sleeping and playing video games during spring break, young Zack is outside working hard to sell his cookies and lemonade to fellow supporters to help others in need in other countries around the world.
With great concern and love that both Alex and Zack have, we can learn that even the little things count and that the smallest things can make a huge impact on someone else's life.