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Senior Issue Vol. 49 Issue 6

The JourNoll

May 25th, 2011

Bishop Noll Institute

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A new type of depression

New studies show that shocial networking is a key factor in teenage depression


There are many things in the modern teenage life that bring on stress and depression: critical parents, academics, peer pressure, and sometimes even friendships. Now, you can add Facebook to those items that cause teens to stress out. According to Dr. Gwenn O’Keeffe, a pediatrician in the Boston area who is working with the American Academy of Pediatrics to develop new social media guidelines, Facebook’s running count of friends, status updates, and display of photos can make teens feel worse if they already think they aren’t making the cut. “Facebook makes a person realize how crappy their life really is or how many friends they actually have compared to other people,” said senior Carmen Cordova. “Sure, you may have 78 friends but you can look on someone else’s and they have 24456 or something like that, it makes a person feel insignificant and worthless.” Adri Garza, Bishop Noll class of 2010, agrees. “I think Facebook is just another way to make people, especially overly emotional teens, feel isolated. If the beginning of the teen’s depression stems from feeling out of the loop socially, then Facebook is just

another outlet to demonstrate it,” she said. The site, created by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, is becoming a more prominent factor in teen depression because it causes a lot of drama, said Cordova. “It’s ridiculous because no one is man (or woman) enough to say these things to a person’s face,” she said. Garza added, “Back at Noll I thought kids in high school claiming they were depressed were just being dramatic. I realized what a bubble I had been stored in [at Noll] when I came to IU Bloomington and experienced how many people are clinically and life ‘screwed. It’s nuts!” Cordova also believes that Facebook creates more solitude. Sometimes, staring at a computer screen with blissful updates that aren’t your own can be more arduous than getting thrown around in the halls at school. Facebook allows people to post almost anything, even the not so blissful statuses. One of the main factors of Facebook that brings on depression in teens is that Facebook requires that you maintain relationships with everyone you are ‘friends’ with.

Pope one step closer to beatification PAUL SZYMKOWSKI COPY EDITOR

We have undoubtedly lived through an era nized, and the Vatican will continue moving containing many influential members of the at full speed. According to the Vatican, all Catholic Church, most proper procedures have notably the soon to be been followed, and the bebeatified Pope John atification process has Paul II, who was offibeen followed correctly, cially beatified this with the exception of byMay 1st. passing the 5 year period. The Venerable Pope A miracle through John John Paul II is also on Paul II's intercession has the fast track to saintalready been certified by hood following his the Vatican. In 2006, Sisdeath in 2005 at the ter Marie Simon-Pierre, a age of 84. He was proFrench nun, became conclaimed venerable in fined to her bed with 2009, just 4 years afParkinson's disease. The ter his death, by Pope members of her society, as Benedict XVI. The well as Sister Marie hergeneral requirement is self, prayed to John Paul that 5 years must pass Photo: II soon after his death, and before the beatificashe became miraculously tion process is begun, but Pope Benedict cured from her disease. XVI bypassed this rule after witnessing the "I was sick and now I am cured," she said crowd at John Paul II's funeral chant, “Santo in an interview. "I am cured, but it is up to subito!” which translates to “Saint immedi- the church to say whether it was a miracle ately!” The bypassing of this requirement is or not." Clearly, the church has said that this unparalleled in Church history, and it is a truly was a miracle, the first of two needed controversial move in the eyes of many. The fro John Paul II's canonization. Everything purpose of this 5 year requirement is to have went correctly with his May 1st beatificaa period of time where a persons unsavory tion, making history in the Catholic Church actions or inactions may come into public and, This is a very exciting time for the view so that the church can be fully sure Catholic Church and Catholicism as a whole. whether or not a person should be beatified. We live in an age of newly canonized saints, Because of the undeniable holiness and and with the record breaking speed at which “great fame of sanctity” that John Paul II John Paul II was venerated, we live in an possessed during his lifetime, however, it is age of totally new kinds of saints. unlikely that these concerns will be recog-

“Facebook has become such a major part in teen lives that if they were to live without it, it would create the the same feelings like drug withdrawal,” said Cordova. Facebook is also becoming the prime place for cyberbullying. More and more people are getting bullied over the Internet because the bullies don’t have to say the ugly words to a person’s face. The social networking site’s motto (which is displayed on the login page) reads as such: Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life. Its aim is not to dismantle or abuse the life of an individual. Facebook is simply meant to be a fun communication tool. When things like cyberbullying and depression get in the way of building relationships with the people you are friends with, the whole concept of Facebook becomes less fun. In the case of ‘Facebook’ depression, words are speaking louder than actions. The users need to make their words speak louder than actions in a positive way on Facebook, that way when face-to-face confrontations occur, they can be positive as well.


The day was March 11th, 2011, and the world was soon to stand in horrific awe of the natural events that were to take place. It was 2:46 in the afternoon when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the nation of Japan. It was soon thereafter, that an enormous tsunami was to rip through the Pacific Ocean hurdling toward the eastern coast of Japan. Japanese officials were still reeling over the earthquake when the tsunami struck, thus preventing proper precautionary actions. Due to the tsunami: almost 15,000 people lost their lives, 5,279 people were injured, and 9,893 people are still missing. Even with all these peoples’ lives impacted by this disaster, there is still more heartache to come. Thanks to the earthquakes and tsunamis, Japan’s major energy resource- nuclear power- has been majorly affected as well. The Fukushima I and II, Onagawa, Tokai nuclear power plants were all extraordinarily devastated by the tsunamis, earthquakes, and major aftershocks. Japan declared a state of emergency when the Fukushima cooling systems for the nuclear reactors gave out. Directly after the natural disasters, the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency reported that radiation levels inside the power plants were 1,000 times above normal levels and outside the plants were 8 times above normal levels; neither of these levels are safe for human habitation. In fact, numerous residents in the surrounding areas were told to evacuate due to radioactive elements in tap water and soil.

Before and after. Japan before (top) and after (bottom) the tsunamis that started on March 11th. Photos:

Nearly two months later, the situation in Japan has not gotten much better. Japanese residents are still displaced and the total damage in Japan has caused an estimated $122 billion in damage. Things in Japan are slowly crawling back to normal, and people around the world are trying to help them to do so. If you or anyone around you would like to donate to the Japanese relief fund please contact the American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.

If you or anyone around you would like to donate to the Japanese relief fund, please contact the American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.

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