by Helen Ly
With 2015 coming to an end, it's time to look back at the best things that happened in Philadelphia and sadly, the worst things that happened in 2015. I would say that the best thing to happen was the pope coming to Philly. For students, they had a break from school due to the numerous of people coming to see the Pope. People from different countries came to Philadelphia to see the pope and hear his profound words. People brought their babies to be kissed by the Pope and one of them was Giavanna, a baby girl who is suffering from a brain tumor. After the kiss, her tumor significantly decreased; “It was virtually invisible.”
For students, it was relaxing for them to have a couple of days off. Also, it was rare for the Ben Franklin Bridge to be free of cars, so it was nice for people to walk on it and ride their bikes. Although some people didn't like it because of the roads closing, everyone was happy about the pope's visit. Personally, it felt like the pope brought the people of Philadelphia together. It felt as if people's differences were put aside for a couple of days and we all got along and as Alex Monteiro said, “It brought the city of Philadelphia closer”.
Another momentous event in Philadelphia was the protest for Black Lives Matter. With the incidents in Baltimore, the people of Philadelphia felt it was time to take a stand and protest peacefully. I would say that it was a good thing because people were raising awareness about black lives and it was a peaceful protest.
The worst thing to happen in Philadelphia is the pork incident in a mosque. With all the events about terrorists occurring outside of Philly such as the San Bernardino attack and Paris, it's sad that there is people out there who exacerbate the problem. After those two horrific events, someone in a red pick up truck threw a pig’s head at a mosque in Philly. In Muslim culture, Muslims are not allowed to eat pork which makes it an offense to Arab Americans. Obviously, terrorism is a big issue in society right now, but people should understand what terrorism means, not by their faces, ethnicities or religion.
Finally, I think that the elections on November 3rd for mayor and judges was a good thing to happen because new faces in government positions can possibly help make Philadelphia great. We now have Jim Kenney as our mayor; prior, it was Michael Nutter, so I hope to see him do great things for Philadelphia.
The past is behind us now and it is time to look onward for the future of 2016. 2016 is a new year with with new discoveries. I hope that things look good for Philadelphia and that we can make the new year a good year. Jordan McKinney, a junior at Academy at Palumbo, hopes that “the economy will improve for the sake of society,” and “there will be less terror attacks”. It is going to be new year, so let’s hope for the a better year in 2016.