March 7, 2019
The Native Voice
Learn about National Women's Day on pages 17-18.
Abby Fookes, Co-Editor
Kalli Todd, Co-Editor
Nancy Alvarez, Co-Editor
Jenn Drabick, Assistant Editor
Liz Parrish, Social Media Coordinator
The Native Voice Staff
Olivia Peters, Staff Writer
Abi Perito, Staff Writer
Kassidy Long, Staff Writer
Zoe Campbell, Staff Writer
Lily Simpson, Staff Writer
Table of Contents
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Page 3: Life in the Library
Pages 4-5: Cheap Clothes, High Price
Pages 6-7: Driving Service Dangers
Pages 8-9: A Movie to Die For
Pages 10-11: Lost in the Loans
Page 12: Battle of the Braves: Famous Brand Edition
Pages 13-14: Defunded and Desperate: An Op-Ed Piece on Planned Parenthood
Pages 15-16: See Ya' Seniors: Baseball and Softball Edition
Pages 17-18: Who Runs the World?
Page 19: Only the Good Die Young
Life in the Library
By: Jenn Drabick, Assistant Editor
Many fabulous advances are being made through Socastee, but not everyone may know of the advances being made. These advances are to better the learning areas within Socastee High School and make the area more appealing to the students. These fixes may not be huge, but they are being made to help make each student more willing to use these areas and experience things they may not usually want to endure.
The school library may seem like just a place where you’re forced to read and be quiet, but that is not the case. Many wonderful people have come together to make the library not just about the books, but more about the knowledge and creativity of the students.
A library may seem not appealing or fun to most kids, but with a few changes, a library can create a whole new perspective. With the help of our amazing librarians, Ann Moore and Holly Moore, Socastee High School has gotten a whole new fun and creative library.
A huge change made to the space was a new arrangement of books by genre rather than by serial number, which can make finding a book very difficult. Some of the other ways the library was given a new look was the introduction of an idea lab where students can come and be artistic in all different ways. The idea lab provides a space for the students to express themselves and have fun during the school day.
Any student is welcome in the lab during break, lunch or before and after school. Students may also come during class with a pass from their teacher. The lab has free materials for any and all students to use including a 3D printer, 3D print pens and the traditional arts and crafts supplies.
With the changes and new things being added to the school library, the staff hopes this will bring a new light to an old space and make the area more user friendly.
“I wanted to [change the area to] make it easier and more friendly. I think they will appreciate it and use it more effectively,” said Ms. Ann Moore, media specialist.
With help from our wonderful staff, the area has become a new and better space for the students to express themselves individually and creatively. There are high hopes that with the upgrades, students will be more willing to spend time in the area that is no longer just about books and reading, but applies to students of all interests.
The New Idea Lab now provides 3D print pens for studetns to use.
The books are now being organized by genre to make it easier for students to find a book.
Cheap Clothes, High Price
By: Olivia Peters, Staff Writer
Almost every single day, new clothes hit the shelves of your favorite stores, from Forever 21 to H&M. Naturally, you HAVE to have whatever you’ve seen your favorite celebrities in before it goes out of stock, but have you ever wondered how clothing companies can produce such a high quantity of clothing at a relatively inexpensive price? Well, that’s where fast fashion comes in.
Fast fashion brands are ones who take runway ideas and put them into their stores quickly and at a fraction of the designer cost. Your favorite stores, such as H&M, Forever 21, Shein, Nike and Gap are all fast fashion brands.
While clothing from these stores may be inexpensive and convenient, they also have negative impacts environmentally and ethically. Environmentally, the fashion industry is the second largest polluter of clean water; only after the agriculture industry. Cheap fabrics such as polyester are extremely popular in the fast fashion industry. Polyester is dangerous environmentally because it is derived from fossil fuels and in turn, contributes to global warming.
Another negative effect of the fast fashion industry is the ever growing piles of clothing that get thrown out when the next season’s hottest trends come out. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, two million tons of clothing are recycled each year. There are negative impacts of this, such as harmful toxins being released from the landfills that all these textiles sit at each year.
To combat the textile overflow in landfills, donate the clothing that sits in the back of your closet to Goodwill, the Salvation Army or homeless shelters in your area. If you’re looking to get some cash back for your gently used clothing, Plato’s Closet is a great option as you can get money for donating trendy clothes.
Ethically, the fast fashion industry oppresses people in the countries where the textile factories are. Clothing brands often outsource jobs to countries where labor laws are more hands off. Oftentimes, these textile workers are mistreated, work unbearably long hours with little compensation and function in poor work conditions.
In 2013, a factory in India collapsed and 1,129 workers died, despite notifying their employers of the cracks in the building and the employers were even given an evacuation order, which they ignored. The clothing brands don’t pay their employees living conditions and even move their factories to find cheap labor in order to maximize their profit
So how can you make your wardrobe more sustainable and ethical? Throughout history, we’ve seen that clothing trends cycle so if you worry about not keeping up with the name brands, don’t worry because you can find the cutest pair of vintage mom jeans at thrift stores like Goodwill or the Salvation Army for a fraction of what they’d cost store-bought.
According to Camryn Finley, a senior at Socastee High, thrifting is fun because “you can get name brands at a low price.” And, fear not, as the beloved athletic wear brand among young people, Lululemon practices ethical working conditions and is working to do their part environmentally, along with other clothing companies such as Levi’s, Alternative Apparel and Patagonia.
If you’re still pining after your favorite brands, try looking on resale website ThredUp, which sells gently used name brand clothing at a fraction of the cost (plus you don’t have to worry about supporting unethical and unsustainable practices), or even go to your local Plato’s Closet to find more name brand clothing.
One newer sustainable and ethical option are thrift pages on Instagram, where people sell their best thrift store finds, however; many people also think it’s fun to go through the racks at thrift stores and try to find the best vintage items.
While that cute H&M shirt may only be $20, remember the price both the environment and workers will pay next time you’re looking to upgrade your wardrobe.
Goodwill and other thrift stores resell slightly used items .
Uber is a driving service that was founded in March of 2009, and since then, Uber has revolutionized the world of transportation. Uber specializes in ridesharing, but it has many other accommodations such as Uber Eats, Uber for Business and JUMP Bikes. Uber is just one of the many ride sharing companies out there that attempt to make their rides as safe as possible. However, there are still many risks to using any ridesharing service.
Uber might seem like an ideal way to get around on a budget, but is Uber’s affordability making them cut corners on safety measures?
While Uber claims to perform a DMV and a federal/state criminal background check, these checks have been proven to be unreliable.
“Unlike taxi drivers, people who sign up to drive for uber do not have to submit fingerprints to law enforcement agencies for background checks,” stated www.ocregister.com.
With the unreliable background checks, Uber can sometimes end up with unreliable drivers. In 2018, CNN came out with an investigation saying that “103 Uber drivers have been accused of sexual assault or abuse.”
A significant amount of the 103 raped or attacked were intoxicated or inebriated in some way at the time. These allegations of sexual assault conflict with Uber’s message to provide a “safe ride home,” says https://money.cnn.com/2018/04/30/technology/uber-driver-sexual-assault/index.html.
Lyft, an Uber competitor, has also had cases of sexual assault brought to them. Lyft has had 18 cases brought to them and four of those drivers have been convicted over the past four years.
If you are ever in a situation and using a driving service is your last option, be sure to take these precautions in order to protect yourself.
By: Liz Parrish, Social Media Coordinator
driving service dangers
Match the car and driver with information given
When getting in the car, make sure that the description of the car provided matches the one you are getting into. Also make sure that your driver’s name matches the one given.
Check the drivers rating
When you are matched with a driver, check the ratings of the driver before getting in the car. Ratings can give you a feel of the driver before the ride starts, if the ratings are mostly negative, do not get into the car.
Taking an Uber or Lyft can be dangerous, but with the right precautions, you can stay safe during your ride.
Share trip details and your location with friends and families
Let your friends and family know the details of your ride before you get into the car. According to Uber, you are able to share your ride status with up to five people from your contact list after you have requested your ride.
Avoiding riding in the front seat
If you are riding alone, it is best to ride in the back seat. Only ride in the front seat if you are with a group and someone has to sit in the front.
Trust your gut
If you have a feeling of discomfort before getting into the car, don’t get into the car. If you are in the car and there is an emergency, call 911 right away and have the driver stop the car.
There are many dangers that come with using any ride sharing service, so if you are in need of using a ride service make sure you take precautions to protect you and the people around you.
"Happy Death Day 2U" is in theaters now.
Life is full of choices. Each choice you make affects your future. Some say with every decision, there is a path, and there are multiple opportunities from these decisions. Have you ever wondered what your life would have been like if you had made different choices, if you lived under different conditions? Well, this is what this movie is all about.
“Happy Death Day 2U” is a sequel to “Happy Death Day” in which after main character Tree Gelbman, portrayed by Jessica Rothe, has finally ended the loop that trapped her in the same day: her birthday, and is enjoying life with her boyfriend, Carter, when she is once again sent into another loop, but this time in a parallel dimension. Tree is baffled when she finds everyone she knows are completely different versions of themselves. She soon comes to discover Carter’s roommate has been altering time in which she now finds herself the target of a masked killer once again. Now she must die over and over to save her friends and find a way home.
This horror flick isn’t all what it's cracked up to be: it’s not really horror. Of course most children wouldn’t be able to handle the movie, but for teens and adults, this movie would feel more of a Suspense Sci-Fi film. There is no true scare factor unless your biggest fear is being chased by a masked psychopath.
The movie does have you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole film, though. The spin on the thought of having different versions of ourselves in parallel dimensions added a whole new element that the first movie did not have. The connection from the loop to Quantum Mechanics was unexpected, but not unwanted.
Photo Credit: IMDB.com
A Review of "Happy Death Day 2U"
By: Kassidy Long, Staff Writer
A Movie To Die For
This movie isn’t just all mystery and science though. The humor in it was outstanding and had the audience laughing at every joke. The characters, especially Tree, were relatable, which is always a valued trait, and very realistic. The characters were portrayed perfectly and the actors did a fantastic job.
Within the film, there is also pain and loss. This film had very hard-hitting scenes that not all “horror” movies have. You couldn’t help but get a little teary-eyed. Many in the theatre could relate to Tree’s pain which, in it’s own way, was beautiful.
“Happy Death Day 2U” may sound like another cheesy, over-the-top horror movie, but it is truly more that just a horror movie. It teaches us how our choices affect our future, and that we can’t live in the past. That we should never take anything for granted because one day it won't be there anymore. That our pain and loss will through us for the rest of our lives, but it shouldn’t burden us. We will never fully get over loss, but we will move forward and live for the memory of them.
Go see “Happy Death Day 2U” in theatres now!
Cast: Jessica Rothe as Tree Gelbman, Israel Broussard as Carter Davis, Phi Vu as Ryan Phan, Suraj Sharma as Samar Ghosh, Sarah Yarkin as Andrea ‘Dre’ Morgan, Rachel Matthews as Danielle Bouseman, Ruby Modine as Lori Spengler, Steve Zissis as Dean Roger Bronson, Charles Aitken as Gregory Butler, Laura Clifton as Stephanie Butler, Missy Yager as Julie Gelbman, and Jason Bayle as David Gelbman. Directed and written by Christopher Landon and produced by Jason Blum.
The masked killer that is present in both movies.
Photo Credit: creativecommons.org
By: Nancy Alvarez, Co-Editor
Lost in the Loans
Money is used as a form of exchange between coins and dollars for something of value. Money can be a great aid that leads people to great opportunities but it can also be the source of a dilemma.
Over the years financial status has been the reason many high school graduates do not continue their education. High school students have always been asked 'where they want to go to college' or 'what they want to major in' and as these students grow up they are getting mentally prepared to go to college but may not be financially prepared to pay for college. College over the years has become more of a financial game rather than a educational experience, however.
College tuition has only increased in price due to factors such as: schools acceptance getting more competitive, the location of the college, whether it is a two year program or a four year program, ect.
“The reason I am getting EMT certified so that I can have a well paying job while I continue my education,” Gabriel Colón, Senior.
It is well known that college is not the most affordable thing, so there are multiple scholarships and grants for graduating students. Graduates can apply for academic, sports, fine arts and many other types of scholarships.
The amount of money given in a scholarship can vary from a few hundred dollars to a fully paid tuition depending on the families current income or how talented the student is in that specific category. Even with scholarships and grants, students are left to pay thousands of dollars, especially if they live on campus.
“I think scholarships should be easily obtained and provide more funding because it will allow more students to go to college and their dream jobs,” said Nicholas Campbell, Junior.
The students who did not receive full scholarships now have to turn to loans. A loan is a certain amount of money lended to someone and who will be held accountable for repaying that amount of money but with interest.
Due to the high interest rates in student loans and the lack of money most college students have, it becomes a lifelong debt that student carries on throughout their adult life. According to Forbes.com, the total student loan debt in America is $1.52 trillion and 44.2 million borrowers.
Many Students aim to attend an Ivy League college, but lack the funds that are necessary.
“Seeing how my mom is still paying off student debt has made me apply to every scholarship that I’m eligible to apply for so that I don't have to apply for any loans… [I] think that college tuition is way too expensive and loans are just a never ending cycle of money coming out of your pocket,” said Chasey Mercado, Senior.
Student loans are managed by multiple different companies like Nelnet, Edfinancial Services and Sallie Mae. These companies are put in place to take over your loans and set up a payment plan that will better help the student and possibly qualify them for student loan forgiveness if needed in the future.
But in the last few months it has been discovered that Navient, a student loan company, has failed to provide the students with a more affordable plan.
According to Forebs.com Navient has been sued by members of the American Federation of Teachers for allegedly “missdirected borrowers into student loan repayment programs and types of forbearance, which do not qualify for public service student loan forgiveness.”
This causes the students to pay a higher interest rate for a longer period of time therefore giving Navient a bigger, better profit although Navient has declined the allegations.
While not all loan companies use this method, Navient and other companies that do have caused an increase in the student loan debt. According to cnbc.com, 70 percent of college students graduate with a student loan debt of an average of $37,172.
According to USAToday.com , the DoE( department of education) has come to the conclusion that Navient did not intentionally steer their borrowers to a higher interest program. The Navient lawsuit can be the start of a big change in student loans.
It has opened the issue of student debt to the public. It has alerted potential student loaners to the risks of having an incredibly high student debt and to ensure that the company in charge of their loan is not hiding any fees. Many high school graduates are slowly being exposed to the harsh reality of financial loans for college, hopefully developing proper finance skills while eating their degrees.
Many people begin to save money for college at a young age.
YETI: 20 Votes
Hydro Flask: 16 Votes
Nike and Adidas are two of the most well-known sportswear brands. Both of their logos can be recognized at almost any store. Nike and Adidas are very similar, because both sell similar merchandise. If you are interested in buying attire for any sport, either of these brands would have great options. While both brands are very similar, Nike focuses more on running, while Adidas focuses on soccer.
Nike: 27 Votes
Adidas: 8 Votes
Battle of the Braves
North Face: 22 Votes
Patagonia: 14 Votes
YETI vs. Hydro Flask
Vans: 24 Votes
Converse: 11 Votes
Vans and Converse are two popular brands of shoes that can be worn with almost any outfit. Both brands have many different color options and patterns to choose from. However, Vans have slightly more style options. Vans has old-skool, authentic, slip-ons, high-tops and many more, while Converse has only high-tops and low-tops. Everyone has their brand preference, but both are great shoe options.
North Face vs. Patagonia
Vans vs. Converse
Famous Brands Edition
North Face and Patagonia are two very famous brands that sell similar products. Both brands are known for their famous warm jackets that are worn in the colder months. Along with these jackets, both brands also sell a wide variety of shirts, pants and other accessories. The North Face bookbags are also very popular around school.
Nike vs. Adidas
By: Kalli Todd, Co-Editor
If you play a sport, a good water bottle that keeps your drink cold is essential. Both YETI and Hydro Flask are great options for keeping the ice in your drink from melting all day. YETI is probably the more well-known brand, but Hydro Flask offers the same benefits and in the same price range. Both brands offer a wide range of colors and sizes and are great options for water bottles.
By: Abby Fookes, Co-Editor
Planned Parenthood is a non-profit that has been open since 1916 and welcomes everyone regardless of sex, race, religion or income.
Photo Credit: plannedparenthoodaction.org
Since Planned Parenthood opened its doors as a non-profit organization in 1916, it has been providing essential services to United States citizens. In past years there has been a negative stigma around the clinic among the population. Planned Parenthood provides several types of services such as birth control, pregnancy testing, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, cancer screenings for men and women, emergency contraceptives, patient education and general healthcare. All of what is offered at Planned Parenthood can be accessed by anyone and is affordable, and both men and women go to the organization for general, necessary care that should be available for everyone.
Everything offered at Planned Parenthood is very important for both men and women, but an overwhelming number of people look past all of the common and essential services that Planned Parenthood provides, such as general healthcare and cancer screenings, and skip straight to what makes so many people protest the non-profit: abortions.
Defunded and Desperate
For decades, citizens of the United States have been divided when it comes to abortion. In 1973, the Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade made abortion accessible to women, since it had previously been restricted, or even illegal in some areas. This was a groundbreaking decision, and it was incredibly important, because before access to a safe abortion was available, countless women compromised their safety, or even died, while attempting to terminate a pregnancy.
An Op-Ed Piece on Planned Parenthood
The graph above, released by Planned Parenthood, shows that only 3.4% of their total services provided in 2017 were abortions.
Photo Credit: plannedparenthood.org
While Planned Parenthood does provide abortions, it is not an abortion clinic. In fact, according to a report released by the organization in 2018, only 3.4% of the services provided were abortion services. The most common service provided by Planned Parenthood was sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, which accounted for 48.7% of services provided.
Recently, it appears that there is more division between pro-life and pro-choice groups due to new laws being enacted. Under the United States’ current administration, funding for family planning services, known as Title X, has been blocked as of Feb. 15.
According to the New York Times, “Title X provides $286 million in funding for programs that provide services like birth control, screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer and screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.”
This means that essential services that Planned Parenthood provides are now going to be much harder to access, especially for people in low-income areas.
No matter what an individual’s stance on abortion is, the research proves that Planned Parenthood does so much more than terminate pregnancies. Women should be able to go to Planned Parenthood to get cancer screenings, inquire about birth control or be tested for sexually transmitted infections without fear of being attacked or ridiculed for their decisions to seek help.
Baseball & Softball Edition
By: Zoe Campbell, Staff Writer
Who inspires you to play baseball the most?
See ya' Seniors
“Most likely, but it probably won't be for a college, it will be some type of club baseball that is in the area of the college because of the degree I'm trying to get and being the college I'm going to is D1.” -Aaron Freer
“My dad motivates me because he has always supported me and has always wanted what’s best for me” -Bryson Reeder
“Yes, it is really hard not to when I’ve been playing with the same guys for 6 years now. We all understand each other and want to succeed so it’s hard not to have passion for it.” -Seth Mckinney
Do you still have the same passion for playing baseball that you did when you started?
Are you going to continue playing baseball when you get out of high school?
Baseball seniors (from left to right): Brian Williamson, Aaron Freer, Chris Rosenthal, Seth Mckinney, Bryson Reeder, Dylan Kuehne, Kalib Fowler and David Hardie.
“I have been playing for as long as I can remember and even after a year like last year I still love the game. All the girls get along so well and having a great group of girls makes everything better. It’s definitely something that will always be a part of me.” -Abby Dugan
Are you going to continue playing softball when you get out of high school?
“My family, they are my biggest fans and always encourage me to be the best that I can be.” -Loganne Bolinger
“No, I've only played softball for 3 years and I'm honestly not good enough to play at that level. I’ve had fun with it and will play intra murals at Clemson because I love competing. "-Joy Renfrow
Do you still have the same passion for playing softball that you did when you started?
Who inspires you to play softball the most?
Softball seniors (From left to right): Joy Renfrow, Abby Dugan, Loganne Bolinger and Kasey powalie.
Maybe it began with the banishment of Lilith, Adam’s first wife, from the Bible. Lilith sought to lie next to Adam rather than under, as she was his equal in intelligence and strength, but the churches felt they must show devotion to the story of Adam and Eve and reinforce the idea that women must obey men. The story then becomes that woman came after man and it seems that females have been playing catch up ever since.
Recently, there has been more of a focus on teaching the youth of the world about female accomplishments throughout history, as they had previously been all but erased. This allowed for there to be evidence in the fact that women have always been strong and worthy of endowment and it isn’t just something that has come up in the past century.
However, post World War I and World War II, women truly made their mark in industrial society, which was something they had been deterred from since given the job of birth and caregiver. The vast majority of advancements have taken place in the last 50 years, thanks to the help of many women who are taking it upon themselves to be the change.
On March 8th of every year, women are celebrated all over the world. Beginning in the Soviet Union when women gained suffrage in 1917, until International Women’s Day was adopted by America in 1975. Each year, the International Women’s Day Organization chooses a theme to focus on throughout the year. The past years have always focused on women’s full equality and involvement in society, and this year is no different.
The theme that the International Women’s Day Organization has chosen for 2019 is #BalanceforBetter. This movement is calling to create a gender-balanced society on all fronts: government, employment, media coverage, sports, wealth, etc.
Who Runs the World?
By: Abi Perito, Staff Writer
Posing in the equality position, as shown above, shows your support with #BalanceForBetter in the fight for equality.
A balanced society doesn’t only benefit women, it benefits the community and economies alike. Although the campaign is relevant throughout the entire year, March is the month that is given the most focus due to Barack Obama dubbing it Women’s History Month in 2011.
In December of 2018, votes for the 116th Congress took place. These votes placed 127 women in the U.S. Congress, accounting for almost a quarter of these positions. The trend continued on January 4th when Nancy Pelosi was donned the first female to be elected as Speaker of the House.
These are just some steps that have been recently taken to put more women into positions of power in the government. This may seem like a small feat for gender equality, but with more women in government, the larger voice that the general female population has to display grievances.
Another long standing statistic that has recently been overturned is the amount of men and women in higher education. It seems as though some men are no longer seeing the benefits of a college education when they have an abundance of jobs that can be achieved by a small amount of time in trade schools.
This is proof that a balance for better isn’t focusing only on the female aspect of equality, but also the male side of balancing gender in education.
In the past hundred years, it is possible to see the female role shift from birthgiver, to factory worker and nurse during WWI, to gaining the right to vote, to going back to the factories in WWII, to being forced back into suburban housewife roles in the ‘50s, to only being given pink-collared jobs, to the feminist movement in the ‘60s and ‘70s, to being given similar opportunities to men, to stepping into these jobs with full force, to seeing the women in positions that we have today. The improvement of equality is vast when looking back, and the International Women’s Day Organization not only wants to recognize that but also keep the balance ever growing.
The American actor, Luke Perry, is dead at the age of 52 from a massive stroke. This hardworking and dedicated actor rose to fame from the hit show “Beverly Hills 90210” by portraying the role of Dylan Mckay. He was also portrayed the role Fred Andrews in “Riverdale.”
“I can barely find the words. I am devastated. We all are,” tweeted Lili Reinhart, “Riverdale” cast member.
Perry had a ‘massive’ stroke that hospitalized him and he was transported to the Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. Perry was hospitalized Feb. 28, 2019. He then died on March 4 because he didn’t recover well.
“Dearest Luke, I will forever bask in the loving memories we've shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done for those you left behind,” tweeted Ian Ziering, “Beverly Hills 90210” cast member.
Perry had two children, Jack and Sophie Perry with his ex-wife, Rachel Sharp. He was a very involved father and his death will have a huge impact on his family's life.
“God bless you Luke. You’re with the rest of the angels #RIPLukePerry you will be missed,” said Emma Caulfield, “Beverly Hills 90210” cast member.
A hardworking father and a great friends. Someone who was a “ray of sunshine” on the television screen and on a set with his cast members. In this death, it is a reminder that only the good die young.
Only the Good Die Young
Photo Credit: Netflix
American actor Luke Perry passed away on March 4. Perry was best known for his roles on "Riverdale" and "Beverly Hills 90210."
By: Lily Simpson, Staff Writer