By Siddhant T.
We have heard about cyberbullying for years. Cyberbullying is when someone threatens or harms someone through the internet. It doesn’t sound too bad, right? Now that we have email, social media, and messaging, you should start to be concerned. Just one slip on the internet and you’re done for.
There is a way to solve this though. On an email account, block the people sending you spam or threatening messages. On Instagram, make your account private. This allows you to choose who follows you. You can also contact the cyberbullying research center.
So to be safe on the internet, you have to be responsible on the internet.
By: Prateek K
During a person’s high school career, you might wonder if you should go to college and get a higher education. First of all, if you graduate from college and if you get a degree, then you have a better chance of getting a well-paying job. For example, if there are two people applying for the same job, and one person went to college, but the other person did not, there is a higher chance of the person who attended college getting the job than the person who did not attend college. Last but not least, you will most likely be better off financially than the person who did not attend college. College is a very important part of someone's life and I think that you should go to college. I surely will.
By Pradeep K.
I recently asked my close friend, “Do you know who Emmanuel Macron is?” He looked at me as if I had ten heads. I then had to go through and explain the whole French election and the government process there. However, he was not the only one. Many more of my friends were unaware of the election at all! This had just happened the previous day!
Current events is as important to education as oxygen is to life. Jericho is one of the best schools in all of NYS. When it comes to our school’s understanding of the current situations happening around us; however, it looks like we are not where we should be. I wish people could understand that if you are not aware of your surroundings, you will never help make change happen. If you do not even try to understand the outside world, then how will you live in it? I understand that one could feel overwhelmed by a huge headline like ‘Another war started with North Korea’ or ‘Huge Global Economic Meltdown.’ However, by discussing it, one can feel some of the heavy burden being lifted off one’s shoulders.
Even though our school needs much improvement in this regard, we are fighting back. Under the leadership of concerned students, teachers and even administrators, a new initiative has begun called the ‘Current Events Forum.’ This assembly of people from different walks of life meet together and discuss topics of concern such as immigration, foreign policy, gun control, technology, media and more. Aimed at educating the masses, this student-led forum serves as an arena where controversial topics could be debated properly. This has greatly improved my own knowledge of the outside world, and I would really like to invite one and all to join me in attendance.
I would like to finish this piece off with a quote that is very meaningful to me: “Change can only happen with more awareness of your surroundings.” Read it, think about it, love it.
By: Prateek K.
We always hear about the failed states that happen all over the world. With the constant fear of Kurdistan leaving the Republic of Iraq, I have proposed a plan to ensure that democracy is stable in the country. In my plan there will be a Westminster style Parliament with a unitary style of government.
For the executive branch, I have proposed the idea that there will be a head of state. He/she will be the Premier of the country. They would also have a Chancellor, which would be the head of the government. He/she will be responsible for the Cabinet of Ministers, who will have to swear a loyalty oath to the government. The Chancellor will be responsible for the carrying out of laws and for representing the country on the world stage. He/she can also declare a state of emergency, with the approval of the Premier.
For the legislative branch, I propose a unicameral parliament, which will be called The Kurdistan National Assembly. They will be responsible for all the laws that will be passed for the nation. Before any election can be called, the Premier will issue a proclamation, which will state that the national assembly will be closed and all MPs will be sworn out of office. After the election is over, the Premier will issue a proclamation, hereby reopening the National Assembly. In a case of emergency, the national assembly will be dissolved without any votes from the assembly. For the judiciary branch, there should be a supreme court. The Supreme Court will take in disputes and will have a span of 1 to 2 months to solve a case. The system of courts in the country will be the district court, county court, metropolitan court, state court, court of appeals, supreme court. The supreme court will have 7 judges. All the seven judges will be appointed by the chancellor, and both has to be approved by the premier and also by the national assembly.
The premier has 2 terms; each term is four years. The Chancellor has 2 terms, each term is three years, When an election is called, the election authority counts all the votes, and submits the results to the premier. The premier then stamps the results and sends a person to read the election in front of the national assembly. For the election of the Premier, the election authority assembles. The Vice Premier becomes the chairperson of the authority, and the Premier is sworn out of office. After the election, the old Premier has two months to hand over his/her power to the new Premier.
By: Hanning J.
Racism and prejudice have always existed in human history. Many people have tried to explain and find the reason behind such abysmal behavior. When people hear the word, “prejudice” they think it only refers to prejudice regarding skin color. However, prejudice runs much deeper than a person’s race; it can be found among gender, religion, beliefs and customs, and geographical background. There are many examples of prejudice like slavery, the Holocaust, and Women’s Rights.
One of the most serious cases of discrimination in history affected women and women’s rights. Women were not always treated equally as men. Back in time, women were regarded only as a “tool” or servant. They weren’t allowed to have any rights or opinions. They had nothing else to do besides caring for children, cooking, and cleaning. Fortunately, women were finally given equal rights in the 20th century, however, there are still some countries where this has not happened yet.
Another example of prejudice in history is slavery. Slavery was an accepted practice worldwide in the 1700s, when the slave trade developed in Africa. Slaves from Africa would be traded to help work on farms and plantations. They were discriminated against because of their skin color. Even after they were liberated, the black community continued to struggle for equality. We are all human, and everyone in this world counts no matter what.
Another tragic event in history is a time period called “The Holocaust.” Adolf Hitler had taken over Germany and made the lives of many Jewish people hard. Hitler ordered that all Jews living in Germany and its surrounding countries, go to concentration camps and be separated from their families. This was very unfair because Hitler had no right to tell them what to do, but if they refused to live under his rule, they either went to jail or got killed. Hitler also set many rules for the Jews. They were forced to wear a yellow star on their clothes so that they could be identified easily. Hitler was judging them because of their religion and this was very unfair.
To summarize, there are many tragic cases of racism, prejudice, and discrimination in history. Sadly, some of this still happens today, and many people don’t do anything to stop it. We should always remember that everyone counts, and we must put these prejudices aside and look deeper into a person, deeper than their race, ethnicity, color, or beliefs. What matters is what kind of person they are.
By William W.
It is too late for humans to save Earth from global warming and this is why. According to ABC news, "At present, governments' attempts to limit greenhouse-gas emissions through carbon cap-and-trade schemes and to promote renewable and sustainable energy sources are probably too late to arrest the inevitable trend of global warming." As you can see, it is not working. You want to know why? Because of greed!
Humans have polluted since the earth began! All factories emit pollution! Why? Because people are greedy! The reason they make factories is because they want more money! Cars are an example of the fact that factories want more money because they did not even bother to get a newer design that stops car pollution. The car companies are selling the eco safe cars at a high price that few people can afford! It's corporate greed that causes global warming. It’s a shame that people still have the silly idea that we can rid the world of pollution.
By Tarra K.
You add it to your morning cup of coffee or tea. You bake it into cakes and cookies. You can even sprinkle it all over your breakfast cereal or your oatmeal for added "flavor." But that's not all. It's also hidden in some favored "treats" that people eat on a daily basis, such as sodas, fruit juices, candies, and ice cream. It is found in almost all processed foods, including breads, meats, and even your favorite condiments like Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. It's none other than sugar. Most people view sugary foods as tasty, satisfying, and irresistible treats. But I believe that there are three words that can more accurately describe sugar: toxic, addicting, and deadly.
Sugar is bad for you because it has calories, and can be dangerous if you have Diabetes or a Diabetes -related condition. Let's say you have high blood fat levels. Having sugar will increase your blood sugar and your triglycerides, which is a risk factor for heart disease. (Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood). Sugar is very calorie-dense. You can easily consume a lot of sugar in sodas, and in all kinds of food that contains added sugar. It's not that the sugar calories are more fattening than any other calories. It's just that calories are calories, and sugar packs a lot of calories.
Sugar, in my opinion, is one of the most damaging substances that you can consume– and what's terrifying about it is that it's just so ample in our everyday diet. Today, an average American consumes about 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. New numbers came out in February 2015. The Washington Post did a story on it using grams (4 grams = 1 tsp). They quoted Euromonitor's study, which said Americans are now consuming 126 grams, which would equal close to 32 teaspoons. Here are some of the effects that consuming too much sugar has on your health. It overloads and damages your liver. The effects of too much sugar or fructose can be delirious. All the fructose you eat gets taken to the only organ that has the transporter for it, your liver. This severely overloads the organ, leading to future liver damage. It tricks your body into gaining weight and affects your insulin and leptin signaling. Fructose fools your metabolism by turning off your body's appetite-control system. It fails to exhilarate insulin, which in turn fails to put down ghrelin, or "the hunger hormone," which then fails to stimulate leptin or "the satiety hormone." This causes you to eat more and develop insulin resistance. It causes metabolic disorder (A metabolic disorder occurs when the metabolism process fails and causes the body to have either too much or too little of the essentials needed to stay healthy). Eating too much sugar causes a barrage of symptoms known as classic metabolic syndrome. These include weight gain, abdominal obesity decreased HDL (HDL is “good” cholesterol) and increased LDL (LDL is “bad” cholesterol), elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides, and high blood pressure. It increases your uric acid levels (affecting your kidneys). High uric acid levels are a risk factor for heart and kidney disease. In fact, the connection between fructose, metabolic syndrome, and your uric acid is now so clear that your uric acid level can now be used as a marker for fructose toxicity. Sugar is the murderer of food. I am not trying to tell you to stop eating sugar, but when you go to get a snack, choose a healthy treat like an apple over the chocolate chip cookies, and choose water over the preferred soda.