The movement has raised awareness about sexual assault and sexual harrassment. But can #MeToo address all the complexities of abuse?
OCTOBER 5, 2018. VOLUME 10. ISSUE 1.
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Senior Chris Mickolayck playing golf, playing an individual sport in a team environment. Full story on page 7. Photo by Nathan Burleyson
Over the course of the past year, a Twitter movement, known as #MeToo, has grown in popularity among many Twitter users and news outlets.
The purpose of the movement is to encourage sexual assault victims to speak out about their stories and experiences of sexual assault. Often times, this provides a means for victims to get a sense of “justice” in regards to those who have harassed them.
However, there are still victims who feel that they can’t tell their stories, and many perpetrators of harassment who are still keeping clean records every day.
In today's society, this movement is one of the ways that the younger generation can shine the light on these often unnoticed issues. The amount of sexual assault that occurs shouldn’t be as high as it is at the moment, especially in this day and age.
Sexual assault needs to be put to a stop, and these perpetrators need to realize the negative trauma and stress that they have pushed into the lives of their victims.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), a website that advocates for victims, one in every three women and one in every six men have experienced some level of contact sexual violence in their lifetime, and 63 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to the police. This means that rapes and harassments are the most under-reported crimes, leading the perpetrators to believe that what they are doing is acceptable when it is anything but.
These same abusers tend to target young children of both genders. According to NSVRC, only 12 percent of child sexual abuse is reported to those in command, making the reality of the situation even more grave. Children shouldn’t have to face the trauma of being a victim, let alone have to face someone who has assaulted or raped them.
The normalization of sexual assault is not okay. We need to stop letting these abusers have the mindset they can get away with these things. Perpetrators should be punished for the pain that they cause. Sexual assault victims of all ages should receive the justice that they deserve.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT CREATES SOCIETY HARASSMENT
SEXUAL HARASSMENT 03
PLASTIC STRAW BAN 04
MPT ADDS POOL WORKOUT 05
OUT OF SCHOOL SOCCER 06
FRESHMAN POV ON SPORTS 07
TEAMWORK AND INDIVIDUALITY 07
APPLICATION DEADLINES 08
LMC DISPLAY 09
CIVIL POLITICS 10
GRADELESS CLASSROOMS 11
ON THE COVER
#ME TOO MOVEMENT 12
MENTAL HEALTH AND SCHOOL 16
RACIST ROOTS 17
THE TRIAL OF JORDAN PETERSON 18
TIMELINE TO FORGIVENESS 20
TRENDS ABOUT SERIOUS NEWS 21
STUDENT FENCER 22
ACTOR IN FINDING DORY 23
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The pool awaits Mustang Performance Training students as they prepare for a new type of workout. Photo by Riley Burgoon
Metea Valley and surrounding high schools have added additional proponents to the tracks that are offered to students. Before this year, the only time swimming was offered to physical education students was the required sophomore swim and swim that takes place in the triathlon. Starting this year, swimming has entered track one and will be tested out to see if it’s a permanent change.
Metea Valley High School uses a specific training system that focuses on perfecting student athlete’s individual performance. “The training program, Trainheroic is making people stronger, it’s making people faster, and it’s making people stronger and healthier. The idea of adding pool training came from a few coaches discussing adding many beneficial aspects to the course,” Assistant Principal Daniel Debruycker said.
The addition of the new exercise is still up for question. The physical education staff wants to experiment with the new change and combine their feedback with student feedback.
“It just depends on the coach’s feedback and how they feel it fits within the curriculum. It could be something that they try for next semester or something they decide not to do. It also depends on how much the pool is used based on quarter changes in regards to swim lessons. It depends on a lot of variables, but coach and student feedback is key,” Debruycker said.
As of right now, however; track one has a slow start to adding swimming to the curriculum. “We currently has two days scheduled in semester one for swimming since it’s just a new idea and because the pool is used so commonly by students,” Physical Education department chair Craig Tomczak said.
The gradual addition of swimming is a way for students to transition to a more broad spectrum of athletics offered since not everyone might be open to the idea of the Metea Performance Training program focusing heavily on aquatic activities all of a sudden.
The positive reaction to the new change is expected to increase due to recent change in most students’ attitudes in participating in Metea Performance Training. “When we started MPT three years ago, for some of the students it’s been a huge culture change. Over the past four years, the class has definitely changed from one that students are forced to take to one student athletes appreciate more because it helps them maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle during the busy school year,” Debruycker said.
The difference between sophomore swim and the swimming instruction offered in MPT is the fact that sophomore swim focuses more on the individual’s swim style or strokes and swim safety in general. MPT focuses more on hows students can better themselves and use the new environment more for their own improvement. Sophomore swim is also supposed to be more of an introductory class as opposed to MPT.
Overall, MPT has yet to decide if they want to finalize changes made to this track, but as for now, students get to enjoy the incorporation of swimming into their schedules.
These past few months, major food chains have decided to ban the use of plastic straws. Disposable plastic that we use on an everyday basis pollutes our oceans and the ecosystems in them. Many fast food chains have decided to eliminate plastic straws by replacing them with either paper straws or no straws at all.
Seattle, Washington was the first city to completely eliminate plastic straws, and the city was followed by San Francisco, California. Many cities in Florida have also implemented this ban on plastic straws.
Single use plastic, the kind of plastic that straws are made from, makes up most of the difficult to manage garbage on our planet. Often times, people use it because it is easy and convenient. We use plastic straws, and we don’t realize how much garbage we are creating.
“The problem with plastic straws and lids is that they are designed to be disposable, and plastic isn’t really disposable. You use a lot of that kind of stuff and then you just throw it away and you don’t think about where that goes,” said Kiel Smith, sponsor of the ecoclub at Metea Valley High School.
When people throw away the disposable plastic, it ends up in landfills. Since garbage is piled up in these landfills, they sometimes overflow and the plastic and other garbage ends up in waterways. The runoff from the waterways flows into our oceans, which is why there are a large number of straws in our oceans. However, when plastic straws flow into the ocean, they never go away.
“When plastic breaks down it never completely goes away. The smallest particle of plastic is called a polymer. It’s still a piece of plastic, it’s just microscopic,” said Jeff Schmela, an AP Environmental Science teacher and former sponsor of the ecoclub.
Since the plastic never truly breaks down, it will always be in our oceans and will continue to impact it. Fish end up feeding on the plastic and when they feed on it, they don’t get any nutrition. Some plastic gets stuck in their digestive systems and clogs them up, which impacts their growth and the things they eat. Larger fish feed on smaller fish, which feed on the fish that fed on plastic straws. This chain of events causes large populations of fish to be affected by the plastic.
The plastic in oceans further affects humans. When fishermen fish in the oceans, they could potentially catch an affected fish. The fishermen might not realize the fish is affected and that could be detrimental to humans’ health.
By the ban of plastic straws, there would be many positive effects for our planet. We would have cleaner oceans and less garbage in landfills. One of the largest effects would be the way people potentially react. “It could start a cascade of events that results in significantly less plastic being used and produced,” said Schmela.
People could start to realize the damage they are causing to the earth because of the plastic they are using on an everyday basis. Instead of the single use plastic they are using now, they could start using reusable products, which would improve the cleanliness of our planet.
Mustang performance training introduces weekly swimming
Companies begin to phase out plastic straws
According to the National Park Service, approximately 500 million straws are used in the United States daily, amounting to about 1.6 straws per person that are disposed of everyday. Photo by Noelle Smagala.
OCTOBER 5, 2018
Freshman Sophia Jubraj performs a kick alongside her teammates during a dance team rehearsal. Photo by Riley Burgoon
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Cruz boots a goal kick against Naperville Central on Sept. 4. Photo by Leland Pan
OUT OF SCHOOL AND OVERSEAS SOCCER PROVES BENEFICIAL FOR MUSTANG GOALKEEPER
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HOW INDIVIDUALITY EXISTS IN A TEAM
For most Metea athletes, the season doesn't end when they turn in their jersey, go back to the locker room, and start going home right after the school bell. They might not be representing the black and gold, but they don’t hang up the cleats. For varsity goalkeeper Gandhi Cruz, that off-season work stretches around the world.
As a member of various youth national teams, Cruz has traveled to and competed in Brazil and Argentina. “I was with a national team. It was a really cool experience because I got to meet new people from different states. It was an honor because I was the only player from Illinois,” Cruz said. Brazil and Argentina are countries with a deeper and richer soccer culture and history.
Experiences in those countries helped shape the skills of the Mustang goalkeeper. Sports have varying levels of intensity outside of school. Soccer has a plethora of club teams which vary in skill that compete at the local, regional, national, and international level. You mix with players from other schools and partake in a community that makes youth soccer one of the largest sports in the country. During the fall, players often familiar with each other face off as members of opposite high school teams.
This creates intense but friendly competition and gives soccer a unique competitive dynamic. A quality drop is not as big as you might believe. “Well for me [there isn’t a drop in quality], a lot of the guys I play high school with are good quality players and I’m used to seeing a lot of them,” Cruz said.
There is a culture difference around soccer overseas, one that makes an environment that broadens the horizons and skills of a young player. The different play styles helps give Cruz a wider knowledge of those variations. He notes speed as a big change in the game overseas. “They just have a desire to fight for each other. It's so much different,” Cruz said.
As a captain of the varsity team, Cruz's time spent playing outside of the school are unique and great learning opportunities for a young player in any sport. He played for the Olympic development program Midwest national team in 2017, and then the United States Soccer Id 2 National Identification and Development program. The teams brought him overseas and into environments that allowed him to compete and learn from the best around.
In a country with so much potential for talent, US soccer is trying to find ways for young players to get the best experiences possible. Then they can take the knowledge and hard work and apply it to their high schools.
These young national teams are great opportunities for playing international soccer at a young age. They have helped Cruz a lot with his game.
Those experiences can be brought back to the states and on the team that Cruz is a captain of. “Well, just seeing what teams [do] over there, [I take those experiences], and I just try to bring it here and associate myself with people I can help and make them better players,” Cruz said.
The leadership skills for an athlete have to include leading by example, energy, and intelligence. Those experiences overseas and with club teams help soccer players improve their high school teams.
Transitioning from middle school to high school is a big change for students. Although it is a big change, some students thrive while others find it tough. It’s a new school and there are new people who you’ve never met. You have to get lucky with scheduling to have old friends in classes. Often times, students feel much more comfortable knowing they have friends who will be with them. Sports teams and other groups can be a great way to help with the adjustment. “Coming to a new school was pretty simple because I have my friends with me,” freshman Sofia Jubraj said. Having your friends by your side can make the beginning of your high school experience better than you had imagined.
It isn’t always easy to adapt to a high school environment. Although you may be surrounded by thousands of students that you don’t know, there’s always opportunities to meet new people. A perfect place to meet new people is by joining a sport. “I found my transition from middle school to high school to be pretty easy but being on the dance team made it better,” freshman Olivia Gaziano said. A freshman that chooses to join a sport could meet new people that can help them along the way.
When you are a part of a team, you have special relationships with your teammates. Bonds that are built through teamwork and support. The new freshman on Metea’s varsity dance team have grown strong connections with their teammates, and these connections have made the awkward move from middle school to high school better for them. The bonds they’ve created with their teammates have made their move from middle to high school much less awkward because they have their other teammates to help them every step of the way and guide them when they are in need.
The girls are looking forward to doing much more with the dance team this season. “I’m excited to go to football games and I can’t wait to do more with my friends,” freshman Amy Hannapel said. The girls had huge smiles on their faces when they mentioned the dance team and just how amazing it is to be a part of it. All of the girls on the team, are happy to see progress. "I can't wait to see where the team goes this season," Jubraj said.
When it comes to teamwork, athletes are already in the swing of the current season. The values and perspectives among each athlete can be the same or be completely contrasted. In high school, one plays among other athletes and come together to compete against other schools. Even if certain sports prioritize individual scores a majority of the season, the lessons and values that every athlete battles is also influenced by the process of finding the true meaning of teamwork and individuality.
Tennis and golf have both individual and teamwork outcomes in relation to the scores and records during the season. Athletes learn and find the balance between teamwork and individuality. “There’s definitely pressure in both because you want to get far ahead in the tournament, but for the team, there's still pressure because you want to win so the team can benefit and advance. But at the same time, it’s nice to have a team by your side. As much pressure as there is, there is more confidence, because you know that your team is at the sidelines cheering for you,” sophomore tennis player Meera Baid said.
Although playing individually is a part of the game, there are conflicts along the road. “Our team gets along really well, but I’ve been on other teams where they don’t get along, and honestly it is a negative environment. And you don’t want to work hard and you get pushed down," sophomore swimmer Mrunali Damuluri said.
Playing a sport creates a mental battle of stabilizing individuality as an athlete and as a teammate. When the athlete has to take a step back on either perspective, it creates a learning experience such as perseverance and integrity from person to person, and as a team. “There are times where I felt down where I didn’t make the cut or swim fast enough, then at those times that is when I tell my teammates that’s how we push each other to do better," Damuluri said.
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FRESHMAN TRANSITION MADE EASIER BY SPORTS
Sophomore Zach Malbon showing frustration towards college applications. Photo by Kennedy Homan
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With the start of every new year, the library staff begins the job of setting up visually appealing displays to gather students’ attention about current topics. “The displays are as inclusive as possible, covering gender and reading level so that everyone has an opportunity to check out a new and interesting book,” assistant librarian and LMC display coordinator Mary Lynne Stoller said.
The displays advertise a wide variety of topics along with books that relate to current events in the world. They often relate to Metea events, such as author visits or upcoming curriculum nights.
“One recent display announces the author visit of Amish, a fiction writer who came from India and will share his story of him as an author and writing of his books,” Stoller said.
A current display is the Lincoln Nominee shelf. Each year, a set of books that are elected as Lincoln Nominees are placed in a special shelf where students have access to them.
“After reading four books from the current list, a student can cast their vote in March for their favorite title,” Stoller said. “All votes are tallied and submitted to [the Association of Illinois School Library Educators] along with all votes from other participating high schools. The winning book is announced at the end of March.”
Displays are tailored for student’s interests. Last year, books on winter sports around the time of the Winter Olympics would be great for people who do sports or are interested in them. For the artsy or spur of the moment sort of student, sometimes there would be rainbow colored display with randomly selected book’s colors from their spines pointing outwards in the library.
It would typically appear sometime in spring as a touch of the local librarian’s creativity.
“[Recently, I] created a display after Stephen Hawking passed away,” Ms. Stoller said. “The display included his biography, several of his non-fiction books, a book entitled Extraordinary People With Disabilities, as well as books on subjects that Mr. Hawking was interested in, such as physics, black holes, the universe, and mathematics.”
For a student who is interested in science or math, this display would be an excellent opportunity for a good read.
However, these temporary exhibits are often missed by students, most of which pass them by during the bustle of passing periods.
Only two out of twenty randomly questioned students said that they took the time to check out some of these.
From current events of Metea to the outside world, these displays bring a wide variety of information and interest. Whether or not they sound good, they are worth a few extra minutes to take a look at during your lunch period.
For more information about displays, a student can come to the circulation desk or ask any librarian.
“The displays go from very small range of coverage to global, [to] keep kids informed on issues and events. I think that we [as a library] are always trying for better, to increase circulation. To encourage students to challenge themselves, we will find something I believe that they will be interested in,” Stoller said.
As college application deadlines approach, students are rushing to finish up essays and gather their letters of recommendation. Unfortunately, the major deadline, Nov. 1, lies in the middle of the first semester. On top of applications, students are worrying about staying on top of their grades and assignments as they finish out their senior years.
While not all students plan on continuing their education at a four-year university, it is still a major topic of conversation in most English classrooms. In most senior English classes, teachers are giving students the opportunity to write their essays, resumes, or scholarship submissions in class.
“Some of my classes we work on our college applications in, so that’s been really helpful,” senior Nabeel Kidwai said. Furthermore, some senior English classes have even been holding off on assigning homework to provide students with more time to focus on their applications.
There are many resources that students can take advantage of in order to make their application process easier. Students can reach out to English teachers for editing sessions, the National English Honors Society for workshop sessions, and the college and career center for guidance on the Common Application.
Great out of school resources for supplemental essays are websites such as Grammarly.com and Hemingwayapp.com. Both of these websites are great options for correcting quick grammatical errors. In addition, these applications will also help you cut out words to meet any required word limits.
Additionally, choosing to use the Common Application to apply to schools that accept it will help reduce the amount of time spent on the whole college application process.
LIBRARY DISPLAYS CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO GET ENGAGED WITH LITERATURE
Students learning about different books in the library. Photo by Noelle Pryor
COLLEGE APPLICATIONS COMPOUND SCHOOL STRESS
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THE DEATH OF JOHN MCCAIN KILLS CIVIL POLITICS
Education has changed a great deal since the days of chalkboard slates and penmanship classes. The way that we evaluate our students hasn’t changed much though; tests, quizzes, and more tests. Once you add in federal requirements for student achievement the result is more standardized testing. However, a new movement led by teachers nationwide for grade-less classrooms is gaining speed.
The concept of removing formal grades comes with developing ideas of education. As science proves that all types of students learn at different paces and with different methods, schools are better trying to meet those needs. Some teachers, however, believe that this isn’t enough. “When we give students a break from fixating on an anxiety-producing score, we allow true learning to be the focus—not what's going in the grade book,” education author and teacher Mark Barnes said in an Education Week article.
The ultimate goal of a school is for students to learn. To achieve that goal, students are tested periodically on the concepts that they are taught, and those scores are averaged to determine a student's final grade in a class. “If you’re a cross country runner and it’s the beginning of the season and the very first time you run your race you get 28 minutes, although that’s okay for you, you know you can do better. So you work and by the end of the season, you can run the course in 20 minutes, but what if they would say, well, sorry, it was 28 minutes when you started so now I have to average those two and I’m only going to put down in my record book that you could run in 24 minutes,” English Department Chair Diane Tancredi said.
Generally, Metea classes follow that system. However, the English Department follows a system more in line with the philosophy of grade-less classrooms. The general outline for the grading in most English classes involves lots of practice of certain skills and difficult assessments where students receive feedback but not a grade. The concept of ‘high risk, low stakes’, where students attempt difficult skills-oriented tasks but without the looming danger of a bad grade, helps to prepare students for a ‘high risk, high stakes’ assessment, such as a final exam. Another key element to this grading policy is the opportunity for correction, provided through revision of essays and assignments, for the chance to score better and learn from your mistakes. “The learning happens in the uncomfortable zone. So, I want to make that uncomfortable zone as low-stakes as possible,” Tancredi said.
This sort of policy is seen in the more common institution of test and quiz corrections that can help students regain points lost and learn from their mistakes. To go completely grade-less would require a complex overhaul of the system and it might take years for a large community like District 204 to agree.
While this policy is not entirely grade-less, it provides more flexibility and responds better to the science behind learning. “I can’t deny what we know about brain research and keep doing the same stuff, I can’t deny what I’m seeing about grades and keep doing the same stuff,” Tancredi said. “We hope that all of this is helping students partner with [teachers] more and not see [teachers] so much as the judge and jury.”
Senator John McCain was known for being a political maverick. Upon his death, he was fondly remembered for being kind, steadfast, and civil in the face of incivility. In times like these where the political climate has become as tenuous as possible, those who keep their cool have been praised.
People now fondly remember the days of Clinton, both Bushes, and the Obama administration, mainly for the proper way in which they conducted their affairs. McCain, too, is now remembered for having been a calm person, unafraid of bipartisan collaboration and for sticking to his word and to his morals. McCain engaged in spats with President Donald Trump on several occasions but was always the ‘bigger person’ in the fights.
McCain’s death on Aug. 25 was a particularly important moment in American political history. His death felt like something deeper than the death of a revered figure. The loss of McCain struck a chord in Americans of the changing nature of the country and the loss of something that McCain himself symbolized- grace and civility.
The most marked change in this political season is the immaturity and brash behavior in Washington. Our parting with diplomatic politics has left an immense impact on the world. However, a question worth asking is this: if the current administration carried on with its policy and procedures but in a polite way, would the backlash it faces now be the same? In other words, would civility by the Trump administration be enough for the American public?
McCain had his own moments. He was quoted in 2007 singing ‘Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran’ to the tune of “Barbara Ann” by the Beach Boys which isn’t exactly heinous but it’s certainly not too respectable. McCain voted in 2015 to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides much needed affordable healthcare to men and women across the country such as STD testing, pregnancy screenings, mammograms, and more.
He voted against a bill that would have made wage discrimination against qualified women illegal. He was quoted referring to Vietnamese people as racist slurs. McCain was not a saint or a god like he is being made out to be right now. To some extent, his current treatment is a result of the times we live in and the political environment at the moment. So it is worth asking: do we excuse policy for good behavior?
If Donald Trump stopped tweeting tomorrow, would the administration be facing the backlash it is now, even with all the disagreeable policy decisions he has made?
Civility is important. It makes debate and discourse much easier to comprehend and it makes bipartisan collaboration less difficult. But allowing civility to control who we believe to be good is allowing ourselves to be misled. Anyone with a steady voice can convince us if we act that way. It does not do us well to prioritize behavior over ideology. There are plenty of eloquent racists in the world; we don’t want them in our government.
McCain acknowledged that the most important thing was moving forward. “He could have done better,” he wrote. “... but we all should have done better. And we all must do better by calling out wrong when we see it and practicing forgiveness toward ourselves and each other.”
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In the past few years, the #MeToo movement has been gaining major traction in Hollywood. The movement, initially started in 2006 by activist Tarana Burke, was meant to combat sexual assault and harassment by encouraging victims to speak out about their abuse.
By showing the public just how many women suffer from sexual assault, Burke aimed to spread awareness and encourage open dialogue about solutions to the issue. The widespread accusations against Harvey Weinstein that came out in 2017 threw the movement into the public eye and spawned a wave of sexual abuse victims coming forward with their stories and naming their assaulters. Notably, in January of this year, attendees of the Golden Globes showed solidarity with victims by wearing black.
While the movement has mostly been received positively, some have smeared the campaign as a ‘witch-hunt’ that only serves to ruin men’s careers based on unfounded accusations. Recently, critics have latched on sexual assault accusations made against Asia Argento, a prominent figurehead of the movement. The sheer absurdity of a spokesperson against sexual assault being accused of the very act served as an example of how #MeToo doesn’t cater to victims, just women in general.
The main argument made was that the hypocrisy of the scandal was enough to prove that the movement is toxic as a whole. Argento was one of the first to accuse Harvey Weinstein in 2017, making the accusations seem even more incongruous.
Jimmy Bennett, the alleged victim, claimed that Argento had paid him $380,000 in hush money to settle a sexual abuse claim. The central incident occurred after Argento and Bennett allegedly had sexual relations in a hotel room in California, in 2013. Bennett would have been 17 at the time of the incident; Argento, 37. Given that the legal age of consent in California is 18 years old, the abuse in question would have occurred when Bennett was underage.
The major point of conflict coming from the allegations stemmed from the response on Twitter. Rose McGowan, another victim of Harvey Weinstein and close friend of Argento, is prominently known as a defender of sexual assault victims. While she has previously taken to Twitter with intense vitriol to voice her negative opinions of accused abusers, she responded to the Argento claims much softer, tweeting “None of us know the truth of the situation and I’m sure more will be revealed. Be gentle.”
McGowan later deleted her tweet, but the damage was already done. Twitter users took her starkly different response as a show of double standard; that accused women should be given far more leniency than accused men. This attitude also contributes to the idea that men cannot be raped and the resulting stigma surrounding male rape victims.
By treating male perpetrators much harsher than female perpetrators, it can make male victims feel as if their experiences aren’t valid in comparison, and that they’re blowing their assault out of proportion. Bennett is not the first male actor to come forward about being raped; however.
In 2014, Shia LaBeouf went public with a statement that he was raped while performing in a performance art installation at an L.A. gallery. Instead of being met with support and sympathy, he was ridiculed and mocked, being told by various online users that he wanted it to happen. Controversial television show host Piers Morgan even took to Twitter to suggest that LaBeouf was “demeaning real rape victims” through his actions.
While the response to Bennett’s claims has not been as severe, it is apparent that there remains a lingering uncertainty over the legitimacy of his accusations. In an effort to take back her words, McGowan even went so far as to go on live television
to admit that Argento did, in fact, have sexual relations with Bennett. McGowan’s girlfriend, model Rain Dove, even tweeted screen-shots from a personal conversation with Argento, which showed Argento personally admitting to having sex with Bennett. In response, Argento has threatened legal action against the two. It is not currently known if legal action was actually pursued.
Those who were already wary of the movement used the events to add fuel to the fire, that #MeToo is a misandrist movement only used to benefit women and tear down men. However, Burke, the founder of the movement, also took to Twitter to voice her own opinion regarding the matter. The central idea she attempted to get across from her tweets was that “There is no model survivor”; meaning that victims can be any race, gender, age, or background.
This is only further exemplified by recent news that Bennett himself had previously faced sexual-misconduct claims filed by an ex-girlfriend. The entire scandal has proved that the media has issues in which it can only either completely glorify or vilify people, rather than portraying them as multifaceted. People can be both victims and abusers, and acknowledging that can also spread awareness about the cycle of abuse in itself.
By starting a conversation on how complex sexual abuse can be, and recognizing that it can fall on a spectrum ranging from microaggressions to actual assault, society can abandon the idea that sexual abuse must fit one specific definition to be valid. Relating to the Argento accusations, yet another nuance of the situation is the fact that Argento and Bennett first met when Bennett was only seven years old, leading some to believe that this may be an incidence of child grooming.
Grooming, which occurs when an adult befriends a child and starts a seemingly innocent relationship that then develops into a sexual one as the child gets older, is nothing new in Hollywood.
From Woody Allen to R Kelly, the practice runs amok within the industry. Most recently, the public has turned against rapper Drake for his relationships with model Bella Harris and actress Millie Bobby Brown. Harris, who just recently graduated high school and turned 18, met Drake when she was 16 years old, and the two are now romantically involved.
Similarly, Brown revealed in an interview that she maintains a very personal relationship with Drake. Although she refused to reveal all the details, she mentioned that he often gives her relationship advice, and texts her messages such as “I miss you”. While the public doesn’t have enough information regarding the nature of these texts to fully back the accusations, there is clearly an inappropriate overtone surrounding them.
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MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS IN HIGH SCHOOL CAN BE SOLVED WITH A RELATIVELY SIMPLE SOLUTION
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School is an environment that should be inclusive and helpful to all. The original goal of school was to teach kids what they need to know when they get older and find a job. The subjects taught in school were at a much lower level and were much more self-directed than most of today’s classes. Grades didn’t matter much if you wanted to be accepted. School did assign work and all levels required a D or above, but kids back then studied rarely. They usually worked for their parents and sometimes took over the business.
Children had very low suicide rates, and we can assume that depression would have been a medical diagnosis that was taken seriously much before the early 1900s. Today, we’ve had a whopping 13.5 people successfully take their lives between the ages of 15 to 24. This is the second leading cause of death in that age range.
A common assumption would be that people between 15 to 24 are somewhere in their education. The reason for this increase in suicide rate can be linked to how vital school is in our lives today. With the increase in competition for jobs, there must be an increase in knowledge among our youth.
This causes them to take a large segment of difficult classes just to get anywhere near their goals.
Difficult classes at this age are college level courses that assign a large amount of homework and expect immense effort for those in the class. Taking more than one of these classes causes more stress since with each consecutive class more and more is put upon you. As of currently, PE is mandatory in every high school in Illinois and for a good reason. The problem comes when we don’t actually do much. Most people will dress for PE, get an A and not care while they just stand around. Often times, these types of students needing some additional time, but taking a study hall isn’t practical for upperclassmen. The sheer idea of a PE study hall could either be half a period of each or a transition each day.
This allows students to plan ahead better and have more time to work on homework as well as ask teachers for help during that free period. In a recent survey done on this topic and every one of them agrees that stress would go down if something like this occurred.
School is meant to be an environment that is inclusive and helpful. The split of PE and a study hall could raise grades and help mental health while still allowing them to get the exercise they need.
High school students often experience stress as a result of academic stress. Photo by Riley Burgoon
MODERN AMERICA THINKS EVERYTHING IS RACIST
There is no denying that our history is not one that's black or white. Often times, these aspects of our past are sugar coated and misinterpreted at a young age. As we get older, we slowly uncover the truth about once fantastical ideas. One thing that we learn even at a young age is the amount of racism and bigotry that surrounds much of the things we do. Even simple everyday things are considered discriminatory by today's standards. Where do we draw the line between actual racism or just vacant accusations. When do we find the time to forgive and forget?
Much of the artifacts of our history are rooted in racism. One of the most obvious examples is the use of slaves for crop work during 1800’s America. This was seen as a normal practice at the time and the abolition of slavery was highly fought against. This lead to the secession of our country and the start of one of the most deadly wars in US history, the American Civil War. It's pretty obvious why many people would consider slavery and huge racial problem. Other events or objects people may think of when talking about race may include segregation, minstrel shows, and media depictions of other races that don’t sit well with today's audiences.
However, some people tend to take things a bit too far. Often times, people don’t even know when to move on and continue with their lives. Some will find even the smallest issues in our history and blow it out of proportions.
Everyone knows and loves the Star Spangled Banner. It's one of the most iconic and celebrated aspects of America and is a true show stopper at any event or game. However, in an article written by Jason Johnson, the author makes a bold claim that the Star Spangled Banner is a racist. His proof came from the songwriter, Francis Scott Key, who was opposed to slavery. The song was supposedly inspired by the deaths of slaves as they fought in the War of 1812. There was even an additional verse that spoke heavily of the event in more detail.
Although acknowledging this aspect of our history is acceptable, the fact that its used to discredit the song as it stands today makes for a rather closed minded point of view. America has evolved since those days, and along with it, our music has evolved with it.
Several US presidents and historical figures were known to have owned slaves before it was seen as a cruel practice. These include politicians and presidents, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. There is no denying that these figures have done many great things for America, but often representation of these figures have been more cynical because of their slave history. The general public will ignore all the great things that these people have done in favor of making them look like a complete monster. Think about any media depiction about Jefferson in recent memory.
They have typically portrayed him in a more antagonistic manner and will treat him like a bigot because “slaves are bad, so he was bad." It's good to learn from our history and evolve past our primal tendencies. However, when we still rage on the past and demonetize our present, what hope to we have in our future? Maybe if some people got their information from actual history books instead of listening to the “Hamilton” soundtrack a hundred times thinking that makes them a historian, we’d have more open minded people in this country.
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JORDAN PETERSON CAUSES PROBLEMS FOR THE LEFT WHILE BECOMING A HERO TO THE ALT-RIGHT
"When examined through the lens of a microscope, Peterson’s views show their true colors: blatant fear mongering, dangerous views on politics and bipartisanship, and dangerously bordering the ethos of the alt-right."
The political right has always had a problem with their face. Time after time, rightist figureheads pops up spewing views that hurt the reputation of the right and their politics.
When the Canadian government passed a bill adding discrimination towards transgender people to their anti-hate speech laws it was needless to say that the right exploded in fury. News amongst the right spread like wildfire, calling the bill an infringement on free speech and going as far as to incorrectly claim the law would criminalize misgendering.
The typical cast of rightist figureheads joined in on the battle with one giant difference: a psychology professor from the University of Toronto stepped in.
To say that Dr. Jordan Peterson made an impression in the right would be an understatement. From the moment he first began his attacks against the Canadian bill he suddenly became a celebrity amongst the right.
His bitter yet charismatic arguments against the left have made him into an idol in the right and the biggest fear amongst the left. Peterson is seen as the true voice of modern conservatism; his charismatic voice echoes criticism of the left, academia, and modern society itself.
To many, especially moderates and centrists, Peterson is the reason why they’re shifting to the right, and to many more, especially in the left, he is the man they fear most.
Why exactly is this though? What makes Jordan Peterson stand on such a massive pedestal that no other rightist figurehead has stood on? The answer is simple; Peterson employs tactics that force the opposing side to assume his meaning.
The most famous example of this was an interview with Cathy Newman, a leftist reporter for Channel 4 news. During the interview, Peterson displayed his amazing skill at arguing forcing Newman to make assumptions with every vague statement he made. The interview became a viral sensation with many mocking and attacking Newman for her apparent bias against him. The interview propelled Peterson to even more fame and he suddenly got thrust into the limelight as the spokesman for rightist and conservative opinions.
Now, when examining this from the get-go nothing is wrong here, Peterson is a great new voice amongst conservatives who are making conservatism more accessible to centrists. However, there’s one major problem with Peterson, a problem so massive that it makes him unacceptable to be the spokesman of the right: His views.
When attempting to analyze Peterson’s views it’s easy to fall into the hole Cathy Newman did and merely make assumptions based on off-putting comments he’s made during his time in the limelight. However, in order to properly understand Peterson one can easily look at the views, he expressed during the transgender bill debacle. Peterson saw the passing of the bill and other leftist ideas as something he refers to as “Postmodernist neo-marxism.”
Putting aside the obvious parallels to cultural Marxism (a theory popularized by the Nazi regime and now the alt-right) Peterson’s claim is loaded with inconsistencies and fear mongering.
First, according to his website Peterson connects postmodernism and Marxism using some notable postmodernist figures, namely Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, who did interact with Marxism in their younger years and showed sympathy for it.
However, both philosophers expressed admiration for Marx himself and not his belief system, while power relations is brought up in Foucault’s work he famously quit the French communist party due to its bigotry and disagreement with the concept of class struggle, the core tenant of Marxism.
However, even if Peterson’s claim is correct his usage of the term spreads widely, as said before any liberal policy to protect or guarantee more rights to marginalized people to Peterson is postmodern Marxism.
That would imply, however, that for-profit companies encouraging job growth for women and minorities for some reason subscribe to Marxism.
Not only that but that implies that feminists and other “social justice warriors” are in any way postmodernists, which considering postmodernism seeks to break apart the social conventions of gender, race, and sexuality they definitely are not.
It’s when examined through the lens of a microscope when Peterson’s views show their true colors: blatant fear mongering, dangerous views on politics and bipartisanship, and dangerously bordering the ethos of the alt-right.
Jordan Peterson and his views might seem like the greatest thing to happen to conservatives, however soon the bubble might burst. While his self-help books do provide good advice and his more moderate critiques of academia and the left are good points to make, his overall views and demeanor not only creates a dangerous precedent for rational thought but it also spells a harsh future for the right and how it’s represented in media.
Peterson is a danger to conservatism and the overall right mainly because of the way he deviates from many of the central philosophies of the party.
For instance, Peterson represents a more extreme area of the right where he believes in no bipartisanism and that the left is the downfall of the west. However, when asked on what she believed conservatism was about, Darlene Senger, the Republican nominee for Illinois comptroller, said “Conservatism means many things to many people, but conservatives are problem solvers. So we’re out to get answers for everything.
So again it’s rolling up your sleeves and working across the aisle and getting things done” clearly showing her support for bipartisanship amongst both parties.
The chairman of the Naperville Township Republican organization, Jim Ruhl had a similar view: “ It’s not a matter of saying I accept you and I accept you, it’s saying that we’re gonna come together and solve issues no matter what your background is.” Clearly, Peterson’s laments against working with liberal policies and him pushing his more extremist agenda upon his fans deviate harshly from the political thought of the average conservative. deviate harshly from the political thought of the average conservative.
This is once again when we see the danger of another republican face pushing an extremist rhetoric and possibly hurting the view of conservatism in the long run. If nothing else both rightists and leftists need to learn that Peterson is just a man, and we all need to ask ourselves if he’s the who truly represents the right.
CELEBRITY SCANDALS SURROUNDING CONTROVERSIAL TWEETS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE CAN TRULY CHANGE
Over the past few months, the careers of half a dozen successful celebrities and creators have been torn to shreds due to the unearthing of past controversial statements. James Gunn, the director responsible for bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise to the mainstream, was one such celebrity.
Before his tweets were rediscovered, Gunn seemed to be at the pinnacle of his success. His films had netted over a billion dollars at the box office, he was working with A list actors almost constantly, and he was a staple of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All this came crashing down when Mike Cernovich, an alt-right conspiracy theorist, unearthed a series of Gunn’s tweets which featured insensitive and inflammatory jokes. The content of the jokes were varied,ranging from pedophilia, rape, AIDS, and the Holocaust. Within hours, the Internet was reeling over the revelation. Hundreds took to Twitter with their takes on what had happened, saying that Gunn’s tweets, even if they were jokes, were extraordinarily insensitive and offensive. Those who took to Twitter also called for Disney, the parent corporation behind Marvel, to fire Gunn. Believe it or not, that is exactly what happened. Not even a week went by before Disney made an official statement that he would no longer be working on Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which has just halted production. This decision was met with widespread fan outcry and a petition to rehire Gunn that currently sits at 400,000+, but Disney has stood their ground and offered no hints as to whether he might be returning to any of his projects. But his firing was just the beginning. Laura Lee, a beauty influence on YouTube with over 5 million subscribers, was the next celebrity to be exposed for less than tasteful past remarks. After she and a few other popular YouTubers made passive-aggressive remarks online about beauty guru Jeffree Star’s controversial past, some users began digging into Lee’s own history, and found dozens of racist tweets. The content of the tweets varied, but all had racially-charged undertones.
Just as with Gunn, the Internet exploded, and within hours Lee had lost hundreds of thousands of followers and subscribers. When the news initially broke she made her Twitter account private, deleting all of her tweets and then resurfacing days later only to face even more backlash. Since the initial incident, Lee has lost almost one million subscribers and has been dropped from every single one of her brand deals and sponsorships.
But were Lee and Gunn deserving of this trial by fire? As some have been quick to point out, Lee’s tweets were posted more than six years ago, and Gunn’s more than ten years. There has to be a point, one might argue, where the past is the past.
These two incidents pose an interesting philosophical question- can people change? And if so, how long until a person truly has changed? In the case of James Gunn, some argue that a joke made in bad taste over a decade ago isn’t grounds for losing your job. Gunn even posted a lengthy series of apology tweets, mentioning that a majority of his filmography features racy and taboo jokes. Disney must have been familiar with the nature of Gunn’s previous projects when they hired him.
It was even revealed that Disney knew about the Tweets when they hired Gunn to direct the Guardians franchise. In the end, no amount of speculation in the world can change the fact that Gunn and Lee’s careers have both taken devastating hits.will these controversies fade away? Were their apologies sincere? ? For now, it seems, only time will tell if the Internet is willing to forgive and forget. After all, the past is in the past and we should forget. Should we?
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THE WAY WE RECEIVE OUR NEWS HAS CHANGED SINCE THE PREVIOUS GENERATION
All of these hashtags serve to bring awareness to withstanding issues in our modern society and mainly to respond to tragic news. According to an August 2017 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, two-thirds of Americans receive their news through social media, the primary platform of use being Twitter. Using hashtags may seem like an appropriate means of people acknowledging that events have occurred. However, it is to be questioned why this news is not being discussed beyond the reaches of the Internet.
Over the past few years, time has seen a great increase in the involvement of the younger generation in politics. Often times, adults do not recognize the progress that has been made because millenials have been perceived to collectively be an “isolated demographic.” It is often misunderstood as one that harshly neglects tradition, conservatism, and ultimately, one that does not want to be any part of the upheaval older people have caused and even tolerated. All of these stereotypes are accredited to the rise of technology. However, that is exactly wherein the origins of these misconceptions lie.
Given that today’s youths were the first to grow up with the Internet, older age groups assume they have no recollection of what it was like to be surrounded by constant a wave of political conversation. These older generations share memories of their parents and family friends merely talking of the election’s potential candidates. Teenagers cannot recall a time when this was customary. It is only normal to question this: how are young people to receive the fundamental news of their nation if others are too afraid to step forward and acknowledge the pre-existing problems of society?
Recently, this very condition was demonstrated by the widespread silence regarding a U.S.-backed air strike on the city of Saada, Yemen. On Aug. 17, the popularly comedic Jim Carrey put out this tweet, recognizing what had transpired almost a week prior: “40 innocent children killed on a bus in Yemen. Our ally. Our missile. Our crime.”
The majority of those to respond on the platform were visually millennials, of which 36 percent of Twitter’s American users are, numerous replying with, “Why am I finding out from Jim Carrey that they U.S. shot a missile at a school bus?" President Trump did not speak out on the attack, and how exactly Americans were generally paying no mind to what needed to be addressed on the national scale.
Hashtags and tweets truly educate the youth more effectively than televised news reports do, thus enabling them to define a new political system for themselves. They are enabling one that is slowly becoming the foundation for the future in which, far from now, they would have expected to be equally as involved.
Some play soccer, and some do football. Sophomore Thomas Szela takes it to another level as an expert fencer for the Red Star Fencing Club. This club is located in Chicago one of the top divisions in Illinois. Red Star Fencing Club is a sports training facility for students of all levels that offers world-class instruction in Sabre and Foil. From managing homework to going to back to back classes in Chicago, sometimes it is hard for students to balance between school and passion. “[Fencing] is important to me because it is the only sport I got, and good at,” Szela said.
Szela was inspired to start fencing by family heritage. “My grandpa did it when he was in college, and he kept telling me to try it. I tried it one day, and I really liked it, so I continued to do it,” Szela said. Szela’s passion grew and turned into many successes for the future. These included getting second place in the Junior Olympics, qualifying for nationals, and getting third place at the national level.
Although it is hard to find colleges that have fencing built into their college curriculum. Szela plans to continue his fencing career after high school. “I would probably do fencing in college at The Ohio State University or if I get lucky, Notre Dame,” Szela said.
Like most sports and extracurricular activities, sports help students balance the stressors of high school and build time-management for future jobs and endeavors. “[Fencing] is important to me because it is the only sport I [play], and [that] good at. Also, the whole team is really nice, and I like them. My coach really makes me do my best. In school, it helps me manage my time [to balance] getting my homework done and going to practice,” Szela said.
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ACTOR HAYDEN ROLENCE MAKES A SPLASH WHEN VOICING NEMO IN FINDING DORY
FENCER THOMAS SZELA TAKES ON THE OLYMPICS
Hayden Rolence, a current freshman, has been acting in movies since 2012. He’s most popularly known for being the voice of Nemo in the film “Finding Dory” in 2016.
What was the process of Finding Dory?
Because I’m an actor, Pixar sent out a request to acting agencies saying “we need a new voice of ”, so my agency recommended me and a few other people. Pixar sent me a script and I recorded it, and I watched the movie over and over again to try and get the voice down. They sent another script in, and then they sent an email saying that I got the role.
How long have you been acting?
I’ve been acting for a long time. I’ve been in the acting business, modeling and acting for longer than I could remember. My mom signed me up for it when I was really young. Someone really liked the way that I looked at the agency. They asked if I act, and my mom enthusiastically said: “Yes, Yes he does!”
Do you want to do this later in the future and have you met anyone special?
I think I do. It seems cool, and I already have one foot in the door. I’ve met a lot of people from recording and premiers, I, of course, met the directors (Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane) and the producer (Lindsey Collins). I also met Ellen DeGeneres, she’s very nice.
What was the audition process?
It depends on where the movie is being filmed and where the main headquarters are. If it’s out of state, I’ll record it and send it into them, but if it’s Chicago based, I’ll go into a casing place. they’ll have a bunch of kids lined up, and they’ll go interview us individually.
Sophomore Thomas Szela fences in a math against an opponent Photo courtesy of Thomas Szela
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