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The kids involved in the shooting didn’t take this as a reason to be afraid: they took it as a reason to stand up and fight for their lives and talk about what happened. After seeing their friends and peers killed beside them, the students of Majory Stoneman spoke out.
They refused to back down as they fight for gun control.
Students who specifically decided to speak out are Alex Wind and Emma Gonzalez, two survivors of the shooting who are now leading a movement for change: March for our Lives. This march will take place on March 24th in Washington D.C. Wind and Gonzalez, along with students across the nation, have come together and decided that enough is enough. These students are tired of inaction, of seeing their peers suffer, of wondering if their school is next, and of living in fear.
The march will demand that policies be changed so that students lives and safety become a priority in this nation. The youth leaders have also talked about the importance of youth voices and the impact they can have.
In an article with Bazaar, Gonzalez said, “We are tired of practicing school shooter drills and feeling scared of something we should never have to think about. We are tired of being ignored.” These activists are ready to make a change and be the voice that they have not yet seen.
March for our Lives in Madison will take place on March 14, the month anniversary of the Parkland shooting. Student leaders from all four Madison schools have organized a walk out, starting at noon from East High School to the Capital. These leaders have selected five gun reforms to focus their efforts on:
For more information, visit the March for our Lives website, the Madison’s walkout facebook page, or talk to the leaders of the march listed below.
East High School: Emma Falk, Lydia Hester, and Gino VandenBrook
West High School: Emayu Edari, Allison Leyer, and Zenab Nafid
Memorial High School: Caitlin Houck-King and Chloe B
LaFolletee High School: Paulina Baker, Maggie Murray, and Dija Manly
Zoe Meyer and Odessa Chusid
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The Personalized Pathways at East High School is a system of specialized education for incoming freshmen and will continue for classes to come.
Each Personalized Pathway exists around a specific interest and core idea. It prepares students for the specific career interest they want to pursue after their graduation. The head coordinator for pathways is Ms. Annie Potter. Ms. Potter explained that Pathways is a small learning community including a tight knit group of peers that students will stick with throughout their four years in high school. Currently, Pathways has 118 freshman students.
As of now, there is only one Pathway: healthcare. Ms. Potter explained that it will hopefully expand in years to come so that there can be other careers available in the pathways program.
Zoe Meyer and Odessa Chusid
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By Odessa Chusid
The GDL(graduated driver's license) restricts and sets up rules that come with the first nine months of a teen’s driver's license. The rules relate to the number of passengers in a young driver’s vehicle; specifically, they can only drive with one other person in the car for a minimum of six months after attaining a license.
These restrictions, which many young drivers see are as overzealous and extreme, have major consequences. If caught exceeding the maximum number of passengers, the driver receives a moving violation worth a significant amount of points. The more of these points a driver has great implications, including after being caught having your license revoked for a required period of time. These points also add a high cost to your insurance, adding to a already high cost.
Though these restrictions make sense, they are overly controlling and are enacted for an extraneous amount of time. 6 months can be seen as reasonable, but these restrictions keep being extended for a longer period of time. Where the time period started at 6 months, it is now 9 months, and may even be extended to until said driver is 18. Though the point is well taken and well seen, these restrictions don’t need to last for as long as they do. No teen I know will follow these restrictions for these long periods of time, and most parents won’t like these restrictions either. GDL can make sense, but the length of time seems overly long, teens won’t follow this all the time, and making it longer just puts more teens in jeopardy of getting in trouble with the law.
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The College and Career fair is put on by the freshman counselors, Ms. Abegglen and Ms. Arkin. It is the 3rd annual Career fair and second annual College fair. The fair started as a way to get students, and particularly freshman, thinking about life post high school. Now, Freshman go to the career fair with their English classes, and every other year with their math classes.
Many of the careers presented in the fair were from parents, alumni, or businesses affiliated with East. These included American Family, Sector 67, UW departments, and many more. Students had to go around to the different careers and get information from the presenter to see which careers they might be interested in.
The college fair included collages from all over Wisconsin, and some from Minnesota and Michigan. Most of the colleges were 4 year universities, but there were some 2 year and technical colleges. Also, there was a Navy station which talked about another option for post high school education. The Navy would pay for the students to go to college and give them a stipend for food and living, in exchange, these student after college would go into the Navy and serve for 5 years after they graduated.
The College and Career takes place every year and for more information talk to Ms. Abegglen or Ms. Arkin.
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By: Zoe Meyer
The world, the past two months, has been devastated with numerous natural disasters. Everything from Caribbean hurricanes to Californian Wildfires to the floods in India. Although it feels as if only recently there has been an increase in natural disasters, this problem has been happening for years.
Every year natural disasters hit countries around the world,and they are getting worse and worse. This year alone the Unites States was hit with 3 major hurricanes: Irma, Harvey, and Maria.
Climate change did not create these storms, but it did make these storms worse. With warmer temperatures and rising sea levels a hurricane will have heavier rains, and more catastrophic floods, as was the case in Houston. Hurricane Harvey, a category 3 storm, dropped almost 50 inches of rain on the Texas city, the most rain to ever fall on the continental United States due to a storm.
Hurricane Irma also broke records as the longest powerful hurricane ever in history. It lasted 12 days as a tropical storm, 3 of those days as a category 5 hurricane, and sustained 185 mph winds for 37 hours.
Despite the glaring evidence of climate change, and the effects in has on American citizens, no progress has been made by the Unites States government to help decrease climate change. The Trump administration has done the opposite. Since Trump was elected, the United States has backed out of the Paris climate accord, and several bills passed by President Obama to prevent climate change from increasing have been repealed.
Climate change is not something that can be ignored. It is literally killing people, and our government is doing nothing to stop it. If nothing is done to try and stop climate change, this could be only the beginning of many years of record breaking storms.
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By Casey McCabe
Ever since our most recent presidential election, journalism has been subject to outcries of “fake news”. This started out as one of Trump’s punchlines and has since escalated into an Internet meme and is unfortunately far more damaging than most realize. Trump may be called an idiot by some, but his manipulation of the media and journalism as a whole is brilliant. He has used decades of distrust in a dysfunctional and changing news system to plunge the nation into a state of permanent distrust.
Trump is not the origin of “fake news” but the pinnacle. There have been many instances in the past were “fake news” has been used. From the Red Scare of the 1910s, to the Vietnam War. The influence of fake news even impacted President George Bush when he declared war on Iraq. President Bush passed harsh rules restricting journalists’ ability to cover the conflict, as a hope to keep the nation's confidence in the war high. Our current situation regarding fake news is long in the making.
Fake News was also present in past events, just in a different from. Fake News is simply a new name, and a new disguise for propaganda. Propaganda has been used since the creation of the print format to reinforce a particular mind set, or cause a population to behave a certain way. From the blatant “Uncle Sam Wants You!” posters from WWII to the yellow journalism that sparked the Spanish American War, propaganda has been around. These forms of propaganda however needed the individual reading it to buy into the ideas it presented. Fake news is propaganda designed to make you not trust anything, and henceforth be more susceptible to having another's worldview pushed upon you.
What America needs is journalists who don't bicker and show bias on TV. The dysfunctionality of cable news feeds the fake news machine. If we are to overcome the slander of journalism we must invest in individuals who are willing to give themselves in entirety to the collective. We are after all, a country of representation, and our journalists must represent the American people, and the American spirit. Only individuals who have given themselves entirely to representing the people will have the ability to report trusted fact.
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Written By: Leo Dreis
Freak Fest is an annual music festival hosted in downtown Madison on Saturday, October 28th from 7:30pm- 1:30am. This festival is a great opportunity to get outside and see some amazing music, hang out with your friends, and wear some crazy costumes. Freak Fest is only 10$, which is a steal when you look at who’s performing this year. Take a look at the lineup:
MOUNTAIN DEW CAPITOL STAGE - STATE STREET
DJay Mando 7:30pm-8:10pm and in between sets
Clyde Stubblefield All-Stars 8:15pm-9:00pm
Kweku Collins 9:15pm-10:00pm
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic 10:30pm-12:00am
STEVE BROWN APARTMENTS/GREEN CAB/Z104 STAGE – GILMAN STREET
The Main Squeeze 9:15pm-10:00pm
Mama Digdown's Brass Band 8:15pm-9:00pm
Birds Eye 7:30pm-8:00pm
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave. 12:00am-1:00am
WSUM/IAN’S PIZZA STAGE – FRANCES STREET
Mr. Martin & The Sensitive Guys 7:30pm-8:15pm
The Begowatts 10:00pm-10:45pm