Should Teachers Get Tenure?

by JOSE LEON

Staff Writer
The question that should be asked before being able to understand if teachers should have tenure or not, is what is tenure? Tenure is a policy that restricts the ability to fire teachers, requiring a just cause rationing for firing. Tenure provides protection to teachers by making it difficult to fire teachers who earn tenure. Now that we know that tenure is just a permanent spot set for a teacher or professor after an extended time that makes them just about impervious to getting fired, should teachers have it? Most would agree when it is said that teachers should not get tenure for the fact that the teacher can slack off and stop doing their job almost completely and not get let go for it, regardless how many teachers actually go ahead and slack off the moment tenure is given to them. Tenure should not be given to teachers for the fact that it will help promote them to stay doing the better jobs that they are doing at the moment, instead of giving them a reason to stop with something like tenure. The absence of tenure would also help boost our educational system by pressuring teachers to come up with new and improved ways to teach and help students in the long run, so the teachers can keep their jobs as teachers. Another thing we can do in replacement of tenure is by getting raises for staying with the school district for a prolonged time so that for obvious reasons to help promote the teachers to stay at their best. There are so many things that can be done for a positive influence on teachers instead of tenure, so should tenure really be necessary?      

Darkness

by ASHLEY BEAL

Staff Writer

“Its night of darkness, a song of death wolves vent their loneliness, the eternal one wakens… Darkness shrouds her pale form, a timeless desire. Her midnight hair cascades over her pale delicate shoulders.” -Unknown

She sprinted across the field into the dead of night, her black hair as dark as the midnight surrounding her. She stopped, and she turned. She was the epitome of light in the dark: her pale skin as white and clear as fresh snow. You would have never known the woods was her home, because she was clean and pristine.

Across the way, a dark creature lurked waiting for its next victim. The girl walked toward it, not realizing what she was walking into. She propped herself up against a tree twenty yards from the beast. The beast stood, still shrouded in the darkness. There was just enough light to make out what the beast was, a dragon. Covered in golden scales with a hint of black, the golden wings were stunning and majestic.

The sixty-foot beast stalked towards its next victim, eyes gleaming, ready for the kill. The little girl stands to her feet, finally seeing the majestic beast. Her eyes are filled with wonder and delight as she gracefully floats towards the creature. The child is now ten feet in front of it, yet the beast no longer wants to harm the girl. She reaches out to touch the wondrous scales on the monster and giggles in pure delight. The child was about to climb on the dragon’s back when the archer, Orion, slays the beast with a single arrow.

Apple vs. FBI

by BEATRIZ SANCHEZ

Staff Writer

 

On December 2, 2015 , 14 people were killed and 22 were seriously injured in a terrorist attack. It was also an attempted bombing. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple living in the city of Redlands, targeted a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. The day of the attack, there  was an employee  holiday party. There were 80 employees in a banquet room.  Farook was once an employee of the Department of Public health.  After the San Bernardino shooting, Apple provided the FBI with data from Farook’s work iPhone that he had backed up remotely.  But after October 19th, the phone was not saving to the icloud which was about seven weeks of messages and pictures that could have helped with the investigation.

The FBI wants Apple to help them hack into the terrorist’s  IPhone to see what they had in there and if anything else was planned.  Apple does not want to take action because they are afraid it would affect their security of people that own an Iphone. I think that they should help them hack it because there could be more information on why they did attack or if there is anything else planned. Plus Apple could just fix it afterwards, even though it would probably cost a lot of money, but they should still want to help out with the investigation.  Many people have been concerned about this situation, mostly because of the security risk and others agreed with it. If I owned  an Iphone, I would agree with the FBI and would want them to hack it so they could get more information off the phone that could potentially save lives.

Free Kesha

by KATIE RONCELLI

Staff Writer

Popstar Kesha makes a lawsuit against Dr. Luke for harassment, abuse, and rape. He supposedly has had “ private meetings” with her and told her if she told anyone, he would ruin her career and reputation. He won’t even let her out of their contract, so she isn’t producing any music right now. Everyone all over social media keeps tweeting #FREEKESHA. I agree, if she says she was raped and there was at least some evidence, then the judge should have freed her. I don’t know why she has waited this long to come out with this secret; despite the humiliation and her career, she really should have explained earlier and then the judge may have ruled in her favor. Many very famous music artists are also tweeting #freekesha. One, in specific, has helped out as much as she can. Taylor Swift; she sent Kesha 250,000 dollars to help out with some of her expenses. That was extremely generous of her to help out in her time of need.

ADVICE FOR THESE SITUATIONS

  • Avoid being alone with people you aren’t completely comfortable with.
  • Look for signs.
  • Tell someone when it happens.

Free Kesha

by KATIE RONCELLI

Staff Writer

Popstar Kesha makes a lawsuit against Dr. Luke for harassment, abuse, and rape. He supposedly has had “ private meetings” with her and told her if she told anyone, he would ruin her career and reputation. He won’t even let her out of their contract, so she isn’t producing any music right now. Everyone all over social media keeps tweeting #FREEKESHA. I agree, if she says she was raped and there was at least some evidence, then the judge should have freed her. I don’t know why she has waited this long to come out with this secret; despite the humiliation and her career, she really should have explained earlier and then the judge may have ruled in her favor. Many very famous music artists are also tweeting #freekesha. One, in specific, has helped out as much as she can. Taylor Swift; she sent Kesha 250,000 dollars to help out with some of her expenses. That was extremely generous of her to help out in her time of need.

ADVICE FOR THESE SITUATIONS

  • Avoid being alone with people you aren’t completely comfortable with.
  • Look for signs.
  • Tell someone when it happens.

Ways To Deal w/ Stress (Other Than Overeating)

by ANDY ALVAREZ

Staff Writer

Everyone stresses out everyday. Because of the stress, people then go to food for help, and it is not even healthy food. It is junk food! Many people use foods like chips and cookies to escape from their stress. Eating when you are stressed out, makes people feel happy and better. When one starts to stress out, “cortisol ramps up”, and it makes you want to eat salty, sugary, and fatty foods. A study even shows that if someone eats chocolate, the chocolate will make people feel happy, but, that happiness will only last temporarily. However, the good news is that there are other ways to feel better when it comes to stress.

  1. “Take a mustard bath.”

Now, what is this and how can you place mustard in water to make you feel better? Well, to make the mustard bath, you put mustard powder, baking soda, and important oils inside of the tub filled with warm water. This way of treating stress is used in England. A clinical psychologist at a Cleveland Clinic says,”Mustard is a warming agent so it works to relax your muscles and detoxify your body.”

  1. Color in a coloring book

You might think coloring is only for kids, but there are coloring books for adults too! These book are not only trendy now, but by coloring helps people improve their concentration and focus. Coloring is also a distraction that helps alleviate stress.

  1. Sleeping

Sleep is very hard to do if you have children, you are overworked, or you are just overwhelmed. The National Sleep Foundation recommends each night to “get into bed a half hour earlier each night and aim for seven to nine hours.”

  1. Arts and Crafts and Music

Being distracted is not a bad thing when it comes to stress. For example, one activity you can get your mind off of stress is origami. Origami “taps into the frontal lobe, the part of the brain that makes decisions and executes different functions.” Another way of getting your mind off stress is listening to music. Listening to music is a time of distraction where people feel, happy, confident, or relaxed, which makes you less likely to eat food.

In the end, basically all you need is to be distracted and get your mind off of stress. If none of these really work for you, then try thinking positive. However, if that does not work either, go ahead and eat. The key is that you need to take your time and be mindful of every bite so you do not go overboard.

link to video: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/02/22/10-ways-to-deal-with-stress-without-overeating.html

by ANDY ALVAREZ

Staff Writer

Everyone stresses out everyday. Because of the stress, people then go to food for help, and it is not even healthy food. It is junk food! Many people use foods like chips and cookies to escape from their stress. Eating when you are stressed out, makes people feel happy and better. When one starts to stress out, “cortisol ramps up”, and it makes you want to eat salty, sugary, and fatty foods. A study even shows that if someone eats chocolate, the chocolate will make people feel happy, but, that happiness will only last temporarily. However, the good news is that there are other ways to feel better when it comes to stress.

  1. “Take a mustard bath.”

Now, what is this and how can you place mustard in water to make you feel better? Well, to make the mustard bath, you put mustard powder, baking soda, and important oils inside of the tub filled with warm water. This way of treating stress is used in England. A clinical psychologist at a Cleveland Clinic says,”Mustard is a warming agent so it works to relax your muscles and detoxify your body.”

  1. Color in a coloring book

You might think coloring is only for kids, but there are coloring books for adults too! These book are not only trendy now, but by coloring helps people improve their concentration and focus. Coloring is also a distraction that helps alleviate stress.

  1. Sleeping

Sleep is very hard to do if you have children, you are overworked, or you are just overwhelmed. The National Sleep Foundation recommends each night to “get into bed a half hour earlier each night and aim for seven to nine hours.”

  1. Arts and Crafts and Music

Being distracted is not a bad thing when it comes to stress. For example, one activity you can get your mind off of stress is origami. Origami “taps into the frontal lobe, the part of the brain that makes decisions and executes different functions.” Another way of getting your mind off stress is listening to music. Listening to music is a time of distraction where people feel, happy, confident, or relaxed, which makes you less likely to eat food.

In the end, basically all you need is to be distracted and get your mind off of stress. If none of these really work for you, then try thinking positive. However, if that does not work either, go ahead and eat. The key is that you need to take your time and be mindful of every bite so you do not go overboard.

link to video: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/02/22/10-ways-to-deal-with-stress-without-overeating.html

Sam Pepper

by VICTORIA MALDONADO

Staff Writer

Sam Pepper is a well known, but very controversial, YouTube vlogger mostly known for his pranks. In 2012 he made videos that made us feel happy and hopeful. One of his videos was a prank. He dressed similarly to a police officer and went around town sticking envelopes onto people’s windshield wipers. As the car’s owners would approach, he would walk away and try to avoid a conversation as best he as could. After the video showed the people opening the envelopes, and instead of finding a ticket they found some money and a short letter wishing them the best. In another video he had tried to do something different. Many people look down on the homeless and assume they are where they are due to mistakes. He sat down one day and asked a random man to tell him his story, and he opened many people’s eyes because of this video. However, in the past few years people’s opinions of him have changed. He has been said to have sexually assaulted multiple women in several of his more recent prank videos. Another video that has earned a bit of attention is a prank video where he pretends to kidnap a young boy, takes him and his best friend to the top of a building and executes the boy’s best friend in front of his very eyes. Due to these videos, Sam has gotten a lot of hateful comments and messages. After noticing how many people wanted him off of YouTube, even forming petitions to get him off, he announce he would take off his videos after earning $1.5 million. This was announced in December 2015. On February 21, 2016 he  posted on Twitter a post saying “I give up”. By the end of that day all of his videos were set to private, his account no longer able to be found, and all of his tweets are deleted.

Deadliest Spiders

by KAYLA HEIDEBRECHT

Staff Writer

Some people have pet spiders and some people can not even stand the thought of being in the same room as one. However, everyone knows that spiders should not always be messed with. Here are the top most dangerous spiders recorded to have ever crawled on the planet.

Reaching number one on the charts is the Brazilian Wandering Spider which, just like its name, wanders around for its prey instead of being confined to a web. It releases a deadly neurotoxin that is over twenty times more deadly than a black widow’s venom. The bite sends a horrendous pain throughout the body and if the victim is a male it can cause a painful erection that can last several hours. There can be a loss of muscle control which can lead to complete respiratory paralysis.

The Sydney Funnel-Web Spider is the second most deadly spider due to their violent behavior. Unlike other spiders who hide from human confrontation this spider will charge at you the moment it sees you. It has potent venom not just like any spider, the males have the most potent venom than any other classes of spiders. Their fangs are the most terrifying trait they are needle sharp but strong enough to bite through a leather shoe and even finger nails. Their venom can cause muscle spasms, confusion, vomiting, and swelling of the brain. Many people will die fifteen minutes after the bite occurs.

Lastly, the Chilean Recluse Spider is the third most dangerous spider in the world. This spider is known to release a tissue destroying venom that leaves a painful wound and killing the tissue around it. They have small fangs so they do not give off much venom, however research is showing that they are immune to many insecticides. This spider can be found in warmer climates.

Lady Miners

 

by VALERIE FELIX

Staff Writer

On Wednesday, February 10, the Lady Miners took on the Lemoore Tigers. In the first quarter, the Lady Miners started off strong, earning 19 points at the end of the first and leading the Tigers by 8 points. However, the Tigers began to catch up and went into halftime with a score of 29-24, Miners. Coming back after halftime, the Lady Miners fell behind 43 to 38 Lemoore. The game ended as the girls came out with a final score of 62-42, Lemoore. Catch the next game as the girls will come back stronger when they play Hanford West on Friday at 7:30 pm in Hanford.

Adidas Offering 1Million to Prospect that Breaks 40 Yard Dash Time

by JESUS LOPEZ

Staff Writer
Adidas is offering one million dollars to any prospect that can break the 40 yard dash record. The company announced this on Tuesday, February 9th and according to the official terms and conditions, only athletes that wear Adidas are eligible for the money prize. At last years combine, the combine happens every year and is where college football players perform physical and mental tests in front of NFL coaches, general managers, and scouts. the company rewarded the three fastest times  $100,000 a piece. The current record is held by running back Chris Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals with a time of 4.24 seconds. Many players have came close to beating his time but have yet to top it. In 2014, Dri Archer ran a 4.26 tying wide receiver Jerome Mathis record from 2005. Other notable players are Marquise Goodwin with 4.27 seconds and Jacoby Ford with 4.28 seconds. After offering this amount of money, expect  many players to try and beat Chris Johnson’s record of 4.24 seconds.