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Stay out of the serious situation in Syria CLIFF DJAJAPRANATA HUB STAFF

To all the neoconservatives out there, a full-scale war may be worth risking if we could even guarantee the destruction of these chemical weapons stockpiles. That is not easily accomplished when the United States became the Syrian Paul Revere after Obama’s announcement advocating military action on Aug. 31 gave government forces plenty of time to relocate their chemical weapons. Let’s not burden future generations with the cost of another war or the pain of seeing more sons and fathers deploy and leave behind their families. History teacher Fern O’Brien, whose husband is in the Air Force Reserves, knows the toll war has on the family, especially for her two daughters, one of whom is a junior at DHS. “I clearly remember her first day of elementary school and mentioning to the teacher that her dad was deployed. Little did I know this would be a common circumstance. He has been deployed just about every odd-year since then, so we estimate he has been away for about half of Mari’s life,” O’Brien said. Two wars in the past decade and millions of separated families are enough. The United States cannot get involved in Syria’s conflict. We must stand fast and demand that our government by and for the people stay true to constituents demanding peace.

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Ten years ago, thousands of soldiers stormed the sovereign nation of Iraq all in the name of suspected weapons of mass destruction in a surprise invasion with a costly aftermath: nearly 200,000 lives lost, trillions of dollars spent and a weary nation exhausted from war. Today, we are tested once more in bloodstained Syria, a country in the middle of an ongoing civil war whose people have fallen victim to chemical weapons warfare. While Russia’s plan to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control is shaky at best, plans for a military intervention are still in the president’s operations playbook. Despite the tragedy taking place in Syria, the United States must not militarily intervene in the Syrian civil war. In a nation buckling under a nearly $17 trillion

debt and still patching the wounds of a weak economy, launching campaigns to undermine Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons would be fiscally irresponsible, even when estimates predict the cost to be ok. Such low estimations were seen in the Iraq War, where the U.S. government initially estimated the cost to be $50 to $60 billion. Instead the cost is expected to balloon to $2.2 trillion by 2053, according to a report by the Costs of War project at Brown University. Can we really afford another war? It is worthy to note that President Barack Obama already ruled out the option of having boots on the ground. But Tomahawk missiles, the preferred weapon of choice for a strike, still cost $1.4 million each, according to DefenseNews. Multiply that by possibly hundreds of missiles and the United States can continue to kiss its financial future goodbye to a nation on the other side of the planet. Syria may be a regional power, but it poses no threat to our country. To those who would say that Syria is a national security risk, they should remember that our intervention could aggravate Iran to strike one of our closest allies, Israel. Should such ramifications occur, perhaps a regional or even greater conflict could ensue. Would risking World War III be worth stopping chemical weapons thousands of miles away?

ZHUB OE JUANITAS STAFF It seems like every time you blink, there’s a new piece of technology sweeping the nation. For Apple, it’s the iPhone. First introduced in June 2007, the phone quickly rose in popularity and held the title of the best-selling smartphone in the world during the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data compiled by the firm, Strategy Analytics. There are many characteristics that could contribute to its rapid success, but the fact that Apple releases a new model each year gives it the advantage of keeping up with the ever-changing world of technology. It’s pretty safe to say that people, especially teenagers, get bored with material objects quickly, so Apple might actually be hurting themselves by coming out with new versions so frequently. I know if I had jumped at the chance to buy the iPhone 5 when it first came out, I would be pretty dis-

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appointed that I hadn’t waited for the new iPhone 5s. Apple has a goal for each of its new iPhones and that is to make it easier to maneuver. The new phones are also more innovative, more energy-efficient and just plain cooler! The new iPhone 5s embodies all these qualities with its sleek design, advanced camera and, may I mention, a James Bond-esque fingerprint sensor so all your apps and photos are just a touch away. Even after seven versions, the company still seems to come up with more improvements. The iPhone 5s comes with something called an A7 chip. It basically makes the phone run faster than ever while increasing its graphics to a true-to-life level. Sounds good for all those gamers out there. The phone also appeals to photography and videography lovers, with its new option of slow-motion video, video zoom, photo filters and an improved flash that doesn’t leave people with those scary looking red eyes. Although all those improvements seem great, many people face the problem that the price of the phone is too outrageously high. Well guess what? Apple found a solution to that too. Cue in the iPhone 5c, whose price ranges from $99$199, compared to the iPhone 5s’ $199-$399 price tag. The large price gap of the two upcoming phones is due to the materials they’re made of. The iPhone 5s is made from glass and sapphire crystal enclosed by an alumi-

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iApprove of Apple’s new iPhones

num case, while the iPhone 5c has a steel-reinforced frame covered with plastic. I think Apple deserves a pat on the back for finally making a product that isn’t only appealing but affordable for a bigger demographic. Now some of you might be wondering what the “c” in the iPhone 5c stands for. Other than cheap, the smartphone comes in five different bright colors: from neon green to a vivid coral. It has all the same features as the iPhone 5, aside from the fact that it’s also a fashion statement. The two phones are ready for pre-order for any of you who are counting down the minutes until your phone contract is up. I know I am.

School Loop not so loopy after all NATHAN WOO HUB STAFF

Out with the old, and in with the new. This is what Bruce Cummings thought when DHS agreed to switch from Zangle to the newest online teacher management system School Loop. School Loop is an online application that allows for teachers to contact their students easily and efficiently. School Loop also allows students to view their grades and assigned work online in addition to a locker application that lets teachers share files with their classes. The new webiste is superior to its predecessor, Zangle, in almost every category. It is easier to use because everything important is easily visible and not hidden in random tabs like in Zangle. It is more accessible because it can be reached directly from the DHS website, and the password is not easily forgotten like the randomly generated strings of letters and numbers on Zangle, that if lost would require an office visit to retrieve.

School Loop is also more useful because teachers can email their classes through it and vice versa. Zangle, or Q, is an online grade book that made the experience of entering grades “cumbersome and hard to use,” Cummings said. He has used School Loop in the past for his own classes, and he believes that it trumps Zangle. “Students could get in and use it better, teachers could get in and use it better [and] parents could get in and use it better. School loop does everything Zangle does and more,” Cummings said. Math teacher Karl Ronning believes that School Loop is a step up from Zangle, but not everything is amazing. “If it doesn’t save me time, then I am not going to use it,” said Ronning. Ronning believes that the grading system he uses, a simple spreadsheet, is superior to the confusing School Loop grading system. Although it was a sudden change from Zangle to School Loop, and many teachers were confused on how to operate it or what to do with it, Cummings believes that it was an ambitious move that was necessary. Although Zangle must be bid farewell, its replacement, School Loop, quickly erases all thoughts of Zangle, and takes the stage as the dominant teacher management website.

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