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columbus north’s the triangle february 14, 2013 issue five volume 93

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feb. 14, 2014 columbus north’s the triangle

trust issue isiah rudicel

ourstaff editorial board elizabeth andrews bente bouthier leah hashagen madi slack eva yezerets


maya baker andy carr allison coffey annie day tim duckworth braylynn eads caylin eaglen rachel evener lauren jines elizabeth kalill daniel larken adam leclerc lillyanne pham umar qureshi marlee reisinger isiah “sven” rudicel iris thompson sarah tran alex ventura sheana wasilewski


kim green, mje

web team

paige grider haley meek laura pierson katie prall


rachel mccarver, mje

ourpolicy The Triangle is a public forum of the students at Columbus North High School. To see the entire Triangle policy log onto


do you trust me?


security, for safety precautions weren’t what recent poll has they are today. So what does this have to do stated that two-thirds with our topic of “trust.” What were Americans initial reactions to the attacks? Terrorist of Americans don’t trust one another. However, in 1972 a similar survey was taken, group led by psychotic terrorizing Muslims? and HALF of the American population said Basically to restate in the average American’s that people can be trusted. So there we mind: “All Muslims are terrorists,” which is a have it: in the past 42 years, trust among horribly false statement. So of course as a result: Trust in Muslims fell, due to the actions Americans has hit an all time low, but of a small radical group. why? What made this country’s people trustdeprived zombies? Proof of distrust is also found all around us. Turn to your left, now turn to your right, Let’s observe some historical events that what do you see? Most likely, you will find have occurred in recent years that may have something to do with our trust issue. someone training their thumbs to tap Early August 1974, Richard Nixon became dance on their phone’s surface, isolating the first U.S. president to resign, even though themselves from the outside world. Congress voted upon to impeach Nixon two Also, have you ever thought about why months prior to his resignation. Based on a movie ticket costs $9? Today, we have his position of involvement in the Watergate access to Netflix and scandal, it was wise Hulu and others, for both parties to “It’s called asociality ... which and we can simply kick Nixon to the curb. we involuntarily do every turn on our laptop or But you have to ask system and time we log into Facebook or gaming yourself: How could watch two movies and

the President of the United States betray his country? Who knows;

protest a social gathering.”

who cares? The point is we elected Nixon, assuming that he would protect and preserve our rights as Americans, and instead he and his administration schemed together a plan to break into the Democratic National Headquarters and wiretap two phones. So what does this tell us? Even the President

is vulnerable to dishonesty.

Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. was under attack by members of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda. A number of members hijacked four separate planes. Two collided into the World Trade Center, another crashed into the Pentagon, and the fourth plane, Flight 93, was taken back by the passengers and was crashed into a strip mine in Pennsylvania.    I’m no expert on reading people’s minds, but I’m sure multiple people asked themselves: “Why wasn’t this stopped?” It’s easy to jump the gun and blame airport

an entire show in a matter of two days. It’s called asociality, which means avoiding social activity, which we involuntarily do every time we log into Facebook or protest a social gathering. Therefore, the evolution of technology has made us avoid one another, and what happens when we never get to know somebody? Distrust. We don’t know that person; we don’t know his true agenda; he could make an attempt to hurt someone, so why trust him? The point is: Americans are distrustful. Simple as that, point blank, period. The last thing this country needs is another event to make these stats go even lower. What we need is honesty, commitment and the ability to trust. But how? We can start with ourselves. We can work to be the best people we can be. We can …

Be kind; be gentle; be honest.

trust is an issue … let’s start the discussion … turn the page

04 the trust issue 2 “Honesty is a big thing when it comes to trust.” junior Courtney Broughton


“Non-existing because it’s hard to trust people who repeatedly break that trust. Also because I have a hard enough time trusting people anyways.” sophomore Alyssa Henning

“I think of trust as an amazing quality to have between family and friends that I feel privileged to have been given.” freshman Kota Benjamin

“Friendship. Having that connection with a person that you know would have your back or doing anything for you. Unbreakable bond.” junior Hannah McCord

trust defined

“When someone can fully rely on someone else to help them with anything.” sophomore Lindsay Roese

Trust — it has a different meaning for everyone. When asked to define it in their own words, students responded with definitions varying from loyalty to friendship. See how their answers compare to the dictionary definition in number one!

“Trust is when two people or more can feel a connection “When I think where you feel like of trust, I think you don’t have to of loyalty, being loyal to a friend no hide anything.” freshman matter what.” Pragya Chandra sophomore Devon Stewart

learn to lie

by allison coffey and sarah tran

Lying causes unstable relationships and trust issues. Therefore, you should never lie. However sometimes it is necessary to lie to protect someone. Here are seven tips to help form a great lie because if you are going to do it then do it right


1) reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc. of a person or thing 2) firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something 3) belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective etc.

“I think of trust being able to rely on someone or trusting someone to have your back.” freshman Megan Debolt

#1 Have a reason. Telling the truth is always the best policy, however sometimes people lie. So if you decide you’re going to lie, have a good reason. Don’t lie just to not get in trouble, lie to spare someone’s feelings or to protect your family.

#2 Lay your groundwork. Most of the time when someone decides to lie, it isn’t spontaneous. So, when you know you’re going to lie about something, think through your backstory. Make sure everything makes sense and no one can prove it wrong. It’s a lot of work and that’s why telling the truth is better.

#3 Tell the truth, misleadingly. Every lie starts with a little bit of truth. Start with some basic facts and then curve around it. Don’t start a completely new story. If you say you were skydiving and you have never gone skydiving before your story will fall through. #4 Keep your facts

straight. One of the biggest components to being caught in a lie is not keeping your facts straight. Keep it simple and easy and as close to the truth as you can.

#5 Know your target. Whether it’s your mom, grandpa, or best friend, know who you’re lying to. If your parents are upset that you aren’t doing

your homework, say you can’t go to church tonight because you’re studying. If your teacher asks where your homework is, say you’re having family trouble. This may sound mean but hey, is lying nice?

#6 Stay focused. Don’t try to multitask while telling an important lie. If you do too many things at once, your brain will tell the truth without realizing it. So focus. #7 Watch your signals. Don’t start to shake, or look around like there is a murder about to attack you. Stay calm and collected and know what your body language is saying at all times.

by rachel evener source:

the money experiment


How trustworthy are the students here? Read on to see how we tested them with the world’s greatest temptation — money


e tried a “money experiment” Jan. 24 by using a one dollar bill. The dollar bill was given to math teacher Jill Wilkerson to leave anywhere in her classroom for the whole day. The prediction was that at least one or two people would

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notice. The dollar bill stayed in the same place, although Mrs. Wilkerson was absolutely sure her students saw it. Around the end of sixth period, one of the students took the dollar bill instead of giving it back to Mrs.

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Check out what five other students say about trust through this multimedia connection on!

Wilkerson. The results of this experiment did not go as anticipated. Instead of students giving the dollar back every time they saw it, it was simply taken and never returned. by alex ventura

windows to a the soul? b


Are the eyes truly a window into the soul of a person? Let’s find out. Based on an activity used in AP European History, the quiz to the left will test how well the eyes reflect the soul. These three pairs of eyes are from three different people who may have been morally good or bad. Which set of eyes looks the most trustworthy to you? To see the identities of these mystery people flip over to page 06.

by iris thompson

06 the trust issue

PsyCHE OF SECRETS 06 answers 07 Q & A with Beth Gruenewald, LMHC, LCAC:

the window to the soul

Trust and secrets have everything to do with each other. Beth Gruenewald, LMHC, LCAC discsses the psychology of keeping a secret

cont. from page 5


These are the eyes of convicted serial killer Ted Bundy. He was seen by many as a charming, attractive, intelligent man. However, he confessed to killing 30 women. His victims ostensibly resembled a young woman who had broken off a relationship with him. Bundy used a variety tricks to lure his victims in. At times he would place his arm or leg in a sling or cast. This was used to gain sympathy and trust from his victims. In addition, Bundy would impersonate police officers or firemen. These tactics were all used to gain the trust of his prey. Trust was his greatest tool.


These are the eyes of no innocent little girl. They belong to Lizzie Borden, who allegedly murdered her father and stepmother Aug. 4,1892. Her stepmother was found in the guest room face down with multiple slashes on her back. Just downstairs, Borden’s father was found hacked to death with the dull edge of an ax. Investigators discovered the murder weapon and a bloodstain on her dress. But despite an unreliable alibi, the jury found her not guilty. Most likely because the male dominant jury did not think a woman could commit such a crime. But, perhaps, they were wrong.


These eyes belong to the world’s bestknown Catholic. Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, making him the first pope to come from the Americas. March 13, 2013, it was decided he would become the new leader of the Catholic Church. He became the 266th pope March 19, 2013. by iris thompson

Q: To the brain, is keeping a secret similar to lying? A: That is hard to determine. Q: Can keeping a secret manifest itself in physical ways? A: It creates stress which eventually can lead to things like poor sleep/ appetite and drug use. Q: What are the most common physical manifestations? A: Poor sleep/appetite, headaches, stomach disturbances, anxiety attacks Q: Is keeping a secret mentally healthy? A: For the most part, no if it is hiding something that needs to be talked about and resolved. Dr. John Bradshaw said “we are as sick as the secrets we keep”. On the other hand, keeping a secret about a good deed you have done can be healthy, such as shoveling snow from an elderly neighbor’s front walk without telling them. Q: How can keeping a secret affect one’s mental health? A: Depending on how serious the secret is, it could lead to irritability, depression and

anger. As noted before, a long term consequence can be alcohol/drug use to numb feelings. Q: Do people become more or less secretive as they grow older? A: This depends on the person. Some people, such as members of AA/NA learn the importance of “rigorous honest” in recovery and develop a pattern of telling the truth Q: What are some ways to cope with keeping a secret? A: Telling the truth and taking responsibility for the consequences of one’s own actions. Q: Have you seen a spike in lack of trust since the rise of social networks? A: The social networks tend to reflect one’s daily social circle so if the daily social circle engages in such things as gossip, then the online social network will magnify that behavior and can be more damaging because the behaviors have a much larger audience. Q: How would you say the rise of social media and information

found on the internet has affected the ability to keep secrets? A: You can find information about anybody on the internet and sometimes that information is used against a person. A rule of thumb is, don’t post any information about yourself or others that you could haunt you later. Q: Do people who keep secrets tend to be more frequent liars? A: This is hard to say for sure but it could be a reasonable assumption, such as keep secrets about one’s own or another person’s wrongdoing, such as having done something illegal. Q: For adolescents, is it reasonable/realistic to expect their friends to keep their secrets? A: Not really. Adolescence is a chaotic time when kids are still trying to find out where they belong and develop lasting relationships. Secrets that shared in a healthy way can be shared with people that have earned trust. by bente bouthier

NO. 08

trusting teammates “Tennis is an individual sport, but we still have to trust our teammates in order to win as a team. We have no control over our match except our own, so we have to trust our teammates to do well.” senior Luke Red tennis

“My teammates earn my trust when they have confidence in me when I pitch. They trust that I will perform at my best and I trust that they will have my back defensively.” sophomore Christine Bombardiere softball

Athletes speak out about the importance of trust in their disciplines

“In cheerleading, trust is very important because you have to trust your teammates to hold you up and catch you if you fall when stunting.” junior Courtney Carr cheerleading

compiled by elizabeth kalil

feb. 14, 2014 columbus north’s the triangle




Plagiarism is clearly unethical, but sometimes it can be hard for students to spot when they’re in the wrong


ifteen minutes until English class and a student has just remembered that she has a paper due today. No problem. She can find an identical assignment online. Unfortunately for the hypothetical student, the English department is just as aware of this option as the students are. “I think it’s certainly easier now to be academically dishonest than it ever was before the Internet,” said English teacher and department chair Rick Weinheimer. The Internet has made it possible to find documents that fit the content of an assignment. It can be as blatant as copied and pasted information, or it can be as simple as a poorly cited quote or paraphrased statement. Either case could provoke repercussions, varying in weight. “I believe the purpose of a plagiarism policy is twofold,” Mr. Weinheimer said. “The first part is education; helping students understand what plagiarism is and helping encourage them

10 We spend 180 days here, but how much do we actually trust our education sydtem? See what 41 students had to say about trusting their school

to be academically honest. The second part then is to help them learn there are consequences and repercussions for being academically dishonest.” The severity of the repercussions varies depending on the blatantness of the plagiarism. “If it were determined that

“It’s not only easier to be academically dishonest intentionally, it’s easier to be academically dishonest unintentionally,” English teacher Rick Weinheimer said it was blatant plagiarism… [the student] got an F on the assignment and they still had to redo the assignment and didn’t get any credit on the redo of the paper,” said media specialist Toni Held. Many teachers share the concern that students do not have proper knowledge on the subject of plagiarism to take

with them to college. “With university policies generally it’s automatic failure for blatant plagiarism,” Mrs. Held said. The current plagiarism policy here is in the process of being revised to cover modern ways of gathering information. The English department is also looking to bring consistency to how the police visions. “I think there was a situation at the end of the school year last year in which a student made an unfortunate choice and then was sincerely surprised that there were repercussions for that,” Mr. Weinheimer said. “It seemed to me that the English department needed to make sure that it was consistent in its approach to plagiarism.” However, plagiarism is not always deliberate. “It’s not only easier to be academically dishonest intentionally, it’s easier to be academically dishonest unintentionally,” Mr. Weinheimer said.

How much confidence do you have in the public school system? great deal // 2 quite a lot // 18 some // 15 very little // 6

Do you hear more good stories or bad stories about teachers in the media? mostly good // 24 mostly bad // 16 equal // 1 compiled by maya baker

Mrs. Held shares this opinion. “As media specialist, I feel like it is my job to educate [students] about plagiarism. I think a lot of plagiarism happens because people don’t really understand how to paraphrase or what it is they are supposed to quote.” There is a new site to her to educate students. “I am really excited about a new product we have here at school called,” Mrs. Held said. The website allows students to submit papers to check for originality of content. The program is made to aid students. It checks grammar and provides some editing functions. “When in doubt, cite it. It adds credibility to your paper.” To access citation makers go to page/2719.

source: North webpage, Faculty, Toni Held, Citing Sources & Plagiarism by elizabeth andrews and bente bouthier photo by lillyanne pham


How do you gain trust? “Well, if you’re being really metacognitive you’re going to think about why you want people to trust you and then there is several different advances that people can take. If they just want to use you then they will lie and move thing around in order to get you to trust you on the level they want you to trust them on. Its a miserable game people play . If you want people to trust you for who you are then the best thing you can do is be yourself and be the person you would trust. You’re not going to trust someone that has used you. You have to be better then the person you would trust. You have to be beyond the integrity and exceed in these areas.” science teacher Wayne Britton “I don’t run my mouth. Everything someone tells me stays between me and them I don’t tell anybody. If someone asks I tell them to go ask the other person, but I don’t say anything. I’m like a wall.” sophomore Ashley Clarkson compiled by rachel evener

08 the trust issue


After my best friend shattered my trust, it gave me the understanding of why some people have trust issues

my opinion


rust can be many things. It can be something small, like trusting a crossing guard to lead you across the street, or it can be something big, like trusting a best friend with a deep secret. The dictionary definition of trust is “to refer to a situation characterized by the following aspect: One party is willing to rely on the actions of another party,” ( Trust is like a piece of paper, once it’s crumpled, it can never be perfect again. William Shakespeare once said “Love all, trust few, do wrong to none.” When he says “do wrong to none,” I believe he is saying if you do wrong to others, they will have lost faith in you. To me, trust is more important than love. If you trust someone, you will always love them, but loving someone doesn’t mean you can always trust them. Colin Powell, a retired four star general in the US Army, once said, “Trust is the essence of leadership.” Trust can see sorrow behind your smile, love behind your anger, and meaning behind your silence. Trust can break something or destroy it. It can be like an eraser. It gets smaller and smaller with each mistake.


caylin eaglen




These days, you can’t trust words, you have to trust actions. I can relate to this realization after my trust in someone else was broken for the first time. Before you can trust others, you must first trust yourself. In the past, I have had troubles with trusting a lot of people. It was the summer before eighth grade year, and I had told my best friend since fourth grade the deepest secret ever- I have never told anyone, and he did the one thing I thought he would never do: betray my trust. As the year began, one of my other friends had told me the one person who I had trusted with my secret, told everybody the deep, dark secret. As time went by, he started to say things about me that were never true. My trust in him was broken, and we haven’t talked since. That experience taught me that trust can be broken anytime, anywhere. A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on it’s shoes. These days, I can understand why people have trust issues. Even though my experience was negative, I still have hope I can begin trusting other people.

liar, liar, pants on fire

elected trust

Citizens elect officials to run the best government possible in order to benefit the community and nation. But can these officials be trusted to do what is best?


he government is an essential tool in keeping order and keeping a country moving forward. There is a great divide between the people who believe this statement to be true and the skeptics who believe the government cannot always be trusted. In recent months Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, has been questioned about his role in causing a massive traffic jam which put traffic on a standstill for multiple hours on the George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest. People within Christie’s inner circle of advisers hatched a plot to jam traffic on the bridge by closing lanes coming in from Fort Hood, New Jersey for four days. This was done in order to get revenge on their political opponents who lived in the town of Fort Hood, New Jersey and opposed them. This raises even more questions about if the government can be trusted to make decisions that benefit the people. The government has many programs that helps those in needed such as food stamps and welfare. According to the Pew Research survey Views of Government: Key Data Points more and more Americans are trusting their local county government compared to the federal government. In 2013 only 23 percent of the people surveyed had a favorable view of the federal government compared with 63 percent for their local government. In the last twelve years the number of Americans trusting the government has significantly declined. In 2001 the number was 60 percent now it is 19 percent. “ I kind of trust the government, but you can’t always count on them to do what is best,” sophomore Ben Rankin said. The government has many ways to help people with their lives There have also been many incidents when people have lost trust in politicians because of the actions they have taken. “There are some issue I don’t agree with them on,” Rankin said. Trusting the government may be difficult at times for some but there are many good things that the government does to help people.  

by umar qureshi and daniel larken

It can be difficult to trust a consistent liar

Research has shown that there is heightened activity in the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that enables most people to feel remorse or learn moral behavior when normal people lie, that causes pathological liars to not feel guilty.

The Triangle asked junior Dixie Burton her opinion on pathological liars

Q: What do you think a pathological liar is? A: Someone who lies all the time. Q: Do you think pathological lying is a disorder or a disposition? A: I think that they can decide to or not to lie in a situation, so a disposition.

Q: Could you ever trust a pathological liar? A: It would take a lot of time to get to know them, but I would try to trust them. I would ask them though, when they’re telling a story, if they are lying or not.

complied by by rachel evener

feb. 14, 2014 columbus north’s the triangle designed by sheana wasilewski



Band Review: TRUST

Marlee Reisinger reviews TRUST, a Canadian Band that has a lot more going for it than just the name. Read on to see why you need to check them out

take a look at some examples of ”trustworthy” individuals in this comic by Andy Carr and Adam LeClerc

I didn’t expect much from Canadian indie synthpop band TRUST; honestly only the band’s name was what was making me check it out, but I was pleasantly surprised. The duo of Ontario natives Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski have created a unique sound worth checking out. Their new album Joyland drops March 4, and I would suggest giving it a chance. Alfons described it as “an eruption of guts, eels, and joy.”

Comparable to:

TRUST’s quirky styling and frankly weird synth-driven music reminds me a lot of MGMT’s latest album, but the vocal strength and the electro-rock style would appeal to fans of the Killers as well.

Songs to check out: Dressed for Space Sulk Bulbform

by marlee reisinger


no.19 trust bust

“There’s only one person in this entire world that I trust and it’s Elizabeth East. I trust her because I can tell her anything, and because she’s plain awesome.” sophomore taylor dulong

Who do you trust most? Friends, family, teachers? Check out what these students say about whom they trust and why

“I trust my mom. I trust her because I know she will always be there for me no matter what I do. I can always confide in her.” senior mara krempel

compiled by caylin eaglen

sophomore elizabeth east

“There are only four people I trust in this world. The first person I trust is Taylor Dulong. I trust her because I can tell her every secret and I know I can trust her. I’ve known her since I moved here from Seymour. I trust my mother with my life. She’s my best friend she doesn’t tell anybody anything and I can always go to her if I ever need to tell somebody something. I also trust my very best friend Priscilla. I’ve known her since 2010, we have the same birthday, and our families are like each other’s family. She’s like a sister to me. Lastly, I trust my cousin Evan. I’ve known him since I was a baby and he’s one of my best friends. He’s like a brother to me.”


whom do you


10 the trust issue

“I trust my mother with my life. She knows what I go through every day. I’m happy she’s been there since day one. She’s always supportive. I also trust my best friend ELizabeth McCarty. She’s been my best friend since seventh grade. She has the same personality as me and we go through the same things, so she’s trustworthy.” junior emma boas

A recent General Social Survey showed that only one-third of Americans believe other people can be trusted. This decline in trust does not have just one definable cause, but some researchers believe that the lack of social interaction in today’s society may be to blame. Here is how North students answered when questioned about their trust in others

1 I am a trusting person in general. 4% strongly agree

16% disagree

30% agree

16% strongly disagree

“We all need to know what it means to be honest. Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.” James E. Faust, Mormon apostle

21 future-self trust

34% neutral

2 Trust must be earned, not given. 44% strongly agree

1% disagree

40% agree

3% strongly disagree

12% neutral

3 I am a social person. 18% strongly agree

16% disagree

37% agree

0% strongly disagree

29% neutral

20honest truth

compiled by lauren jines, elizabeth kalill

Trusting yourself involves two people - both of them just happen to be you. You have to have trust in your present-self and trust in your future-self. Present-you may think that you would never cheat on a test even though you had not studied for it. However, when test time comes and you are staring blankly at your paper, future-you may not feel the same way that present-you feels. Your futureself may decide that taking a peek at your neighbor’s answers will not hurt too much. Your future-self, like everyone else, cannot be trusted. David DeSteno, Northeastern University professor

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twenty-three my opinion

a distrustful heart is a wounded heart

The bystander effect can be applied in insignificant situations and extremely significant situations where a life can be lost


t’s 3:15 a.m., you just parked your car outside of your apartment after a late shift at a restaurant. It’s dark and the only source of light is a flickering street lamp to your left. It feels like a normal night, with the cool air filling your lungs as you begin the walk to your apartment building, but not too far away stands a dark figure. Your pace quickens, but so does his, and he is much faster than you. He is holding a knife. This was a reality for 28-year-old Catherine “Kitty” Genovese. ( The man rushed her, jumped on her back and began repeatedly stabbing her.

compiled by annie day

are they scheming? “Goodbye,” I whisper and leave. The gears in my head whirl as I go into a mental panic. They are planning something. They aren’t being kind. They don’t truly care or like me. They can’t be trusted. I grimace as these phrases echo in my mind. I swallow my fear and continue on. My past echoes with the cry of betrayed trust. I have felt the cold steel of the knife of betrayal in my back. Therefore, trust is a gift I see in my peers often. I want to believe the kindness toward me is real, but the wound in my heart will not let me. The wound continues to fester long after it supposedly healed. Wounds of the heart take the longest to heal. I have learned from those I have come to trust that my wound will only continue to eat away at my heart. This is no way to live a life. Living a life of distrust is not worth the pain. The security I think I gain from trusting no one is nothing but an illusion. In truth, I only continue to hurt myself. It is okay to lean on my peers in times of need. People can be kind. People can be trusting. Healing a distrustful heart is hard. Yet, it can be done. I just have to step from the shadows and into the light.

Listen to what they talk about. Are they negative towards others? Do they talk about other people to you? You might want to ask yourself, “If they are comfortable saying this about someone else to me, what are they saying about me to someone else?” Be cautious of telling your secrets to people who are quick to talk about others.

by elizabeth andrews


idden behind the mask of my smile hides a truth that eats away at my heart. That truth is that I believe my teenage peers are not naturally worth trusting. When I walk through the halls of this school every one of them could be a possible predator looking to exploit my weaknesses. No one can be trusted. No one can be truthful. No one is sincere. Trust, to me, is a quality that is rarely found among peers. In my eyes, very few have that rare quality that makes me want to trust them. A boy, whom I have known for a while, smiles and holds out his fist waiting for a fist-bump. I tense. This is a trick. He doesn’t want to fist-bump. There is a hidden meaning behind his act. I quickly come up with an excuse. As I walk away, the pain in my heart grows. This is my “social life”. School is no exception. A glance at the clock tells me it’s time to leave and retrieve my sister. I silently pack and know no one will say a word. I am wrong. It starts with one person. Then another. And another. The voices of my classmates stop me in my tracks. I freeze with my hand on the cool, metal door handle. Why? Why has everyone said goodbye? What Look at their behavior. Do they judge people? Do they join in on conversations centered around gossip? If so, this person might be involved in a lot of drama - a warning sign of not being very trustworthy.

Lights turned on in the above apartments and windows opened. One man yelled down, “Hey, let that girl alone!” and the attacker immediately fled. The lights turned off and windows closed as bystanders returned to the comfort of their beds. Kitty pulled herself up and dragged herself to her apartment building, where she tried her hardest to stay conscious. However, her attacker returned. He stabbed her again. More windows flew open, lights turned on. The attacker fled. The same routine. Lights turned off, windows closed, people climbed back in their beds and resumed their own lives. It’s now 3:25 a.m. Kitty dragged herself to the back of the building, hoping to make her entrance there. She made it inside the building, but promptly fell to the floor. The attacker returned and completed what he set out to do: rape and kill Kitty Genovese. The police had still not been notified. “I didn’t want to get involved,” a neighbor of Genovese said. At 4:25 a.m. the ambulance drove off with Genovese’s body. “Then,” a solemn police detective said, “the people came out.” If notified from the first attack, the police could have saved Genovese’s life. Psychologists Bibb Latane and John Darley believe the lack of action to be from a social phenomenon known as the “bystander effect” — the tendency for any given bystander to be less likely to give aid if other bystanders are present. Onlookers are more likely to intervene with fewer people, the more bystanders, the more the responsibility is diffused. In the case of Kitty Genovese’s murder, the onlookers concluded their help was not needed because of the inaction of others.

They say to trust your peers... I don’t think so

24. tell-tale truth

“Oh my God! He stabbed me!” she cried

iris thompson

Promises. You can let them slide once or twice if they never return the pencil that they “promised” they would. But if keeping a promise is a recurring problem, chances are they aren’t very trustworthy.

22 stop and stare



pinky 101

teachers siblings

Find a friend with a pinky finger. Point the tips of the pinkies toward one another. Be prepared to hook pinkies. Do this with confidence and momentum.

ince my first days of preschool show-andtell through the present day, I have been raised on the idea that sharing one’s beliefs, culture, and ideas is valuable to all. However, recent developments in our area have shaken my trust in a society that is accepting of diversity. According to a Nov. 8 article by Mary Katherine Wildeman of the Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University’s daily newspaper, Indiana University (IU) now hosts a branch of the Traditionalist Youth Network, a discriminatory organization that spraypaints IU sidewalks with slogans like “Patriarchy is Back.” This group advocates a homogenous white, Christian, heterosexual society that would require a passport for all other individuals. This is exactly the opposite of the American Dream of universal opportunities, and it frightens me that there are still people who have lost touch with their empathy in this way. I thought we had left Indiana’s history with the Ku Klux Klan and its values in the past, yet this fledgling organization already boasts nearly 2800 followers on Facebook,



Our differences make the world go round, so when diversity is threatened, we trust our friends and neighbors to stand up for us all

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John F. Kennedy began an affair with the Los Angeles socialite, Judith Campbell Exner, according to her Los Angeles Times obituary. The relationship began during his campaign and it continued during his term in office. 1963, they had their final encounter and to her account, she became pregnant and got

Judith Campbell Exner- 1960

Albert B. Fall became Warden Harding’s Secretary of Interior. Upon doing so, Fall gained control of the nation’s reserve oil fields. He then gave the leases to the Mammoth Oil Company and the American Petroleum Company. In return, these companies gave him gifts of money. The scandal was first brought to the public eye in 1924.

Teapot Dome Scandal-1921

For the past century, Americans have been given reason to question how much they can trust their politicians and representatives. However, many government officials have been able to carry out their jobs successfully, even if their personal choices have not been in line with the moral code of their citizens.

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omeone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.” philosopher Eric Hoffer

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t is usually thought that being in a positive mood would make you more trusting of others, but a study by Dr. Robert Lount of Ohio State University shows that this may not always be the case. Dr. Lount conducted five experiments in which individuals were told to write a short essay. Half wrote about the activities they do everyday, while the rest wrote about something that made them happy. The first group was found to be in a neutral mood, while the second, which wrote about something positive, were in a happy mood. The two groups were then asked to rate different people as trustworthy or untrustworthy based on photos created by a computer program. Dr. Lount found that those who were in a positive mood generally rated people as less trustworthy, and he believes that this is because happy people are less reliant on others. As a result, they follow basic clues as to whether someone can or cannot be trusted, and don’t process information as carefully.

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Linda Tripp went to Newsweek with recorded conversations between her and Monica Lewinsky, President Clinton’s unpaid secretary, in which she detailedw her affair with him. Then, before the grand jury, Clinton said, “there is nothing going on between depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.” US


Several burglars were arrested inside the Watergate hotel, the location of the Democratic National Committee. The culprits had been attempting to tap phone wires and attain secret documents of the committee. Later, a check marked from the Nixon campaign ended up in the account of one of the burglars.

Watergate- June 17, 1972

Bill Clinton/ Monica Lewinsky- October 1997


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having added almost 1000 in the past two months. These events demand serious discussion and a strengthened response in our community to keep Columbus a safe place for cultural, ethnic, religious, and gender identity diversity. This month, we are offered numerous opportunities to honor such key historical figures Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought for an equal and accepting society. Reaffirming universal human equality can be brought about in a variety of forms. The Human Rights Commission in Columbus addresses issues related to hate speech and hate groups, such as leafleting and even hate graffiti at Calvary Community Church, which is predominantly African-American. Director Lorraine Smith explains the many resources and partner organizations cooperating with the Human Rights Commission, including the Columbus Area MultiEthnic Organization (CAMEO), the Interfaith Forum, the Pride Alliance, and the Inclusive Community Coalition, as well as the police department. The Human Rights Commission has also hosted the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day breakfast for 17 years. “This community has a strong welcoming community value so this community comes together to speak and stand strong on the issue of hate crimes or hate incidents,” Ms. Smith said. Sitting in the packed North cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. for the MLK day breakfast, as I listened to powerful call-and-response poetry and soulful music from the Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir, I experienced an affirmation of my trust in others to keep diversity a key part of our city’s, and, by extension, our school’s, success. Sometimes you have to drag yourself out of bed to get up and make a difference, but the extra effort you put in to protect everyone’s unique qualities yields universal rewards.

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They mainly use the oath promising to not fight anymore. The phrase vaguely translates to “Make peace, make peace, make peace, and don’t fight anymore, and if you fight, I’ll bite, and biting is not enough, I’ll beat you with a brick... we cannot beat with a brick, we are friends now!”


“Yubikiri genman, uso tsuitara hari senbon nomasu, yubi kitta” almost translates to “Pinky promise pledge: If you’re lying, I’ll make you drink a thousand needles. Pinky promised!” “Yubikiri” translates to “finger cut”. “Hari senbon” means “1,000 needles” but is slang for a pufferfish which has many spikes.


“Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye”

North America

other regions

rossing fingers has been used to hope that things will go in your favor, thus breaking a promise for your benefit. There are two ways to view this: fair play or plain lying. Should this decide whether or not a person is trusworthy or are you the fool? In North America, children take this more seriously than adults. However, other regions vary in phrases and actions toward this oath.

The oath of sworn secrecy is sealed. Any secret said can not be repeated by the listener. Do not forget to discuss specific terms.


The hook is a crucial step. A vibe of unity will overcome all emotions. The pinkies must be interlocked as both say, ”Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.” Now let go with assurance.


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celebrity mix-match


Reader’s Digest recently published their list of “The 100 Most Trusted People in America.” Can you guess the order of the top 10?

top 10 words bull dogs associate with trust

unscramble the names of the 10 most trusted celebrities:

1. _________ 2. _________ 3. _________ 4. _________ 5. _________ 6. _________ 7. _________ 8. _________ 9. _________ 10. _________

1. Friends/Friendship 2. Honesty 3. Secrets 4. Care 5.Trust

6. Family 7. Love 8. Respect 9. Loyal

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Bill Gates Denzel Washington Meryl Streep Julia Robert Tom Hanks Alex Trebek Steven Speilberg Maya Angelou Melinda Gates Sandra Bullock



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I found (the money) in the parking lot and I kept it because nobody was around. They dropped it so they obviously don’t need it and I only found $5. I am still a trustworthy person because I would return money if I knew who it belonged to but I didn’t. My first thought when I saw it was to pick it up before someone else could. I didn’t have any second thoughts because I told my mother and she was fine with it.”

1. Tom Hanks 2. Sandra Bullock 3. Denzel Washington 4. Meryl Streep 5. Maya Angelou 6. Steven Speilberg 7. Bill Gates 8. Alex Trebek 9. Melinda Gates 10.Julia Roberts

anonymous If you saw a $5 bill on the ground, would you keep it? An anonymous source gives an account of his experience


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According to a Gallup poll, these are the most and least trusted professions: most trustworthy least trustworthy 10. Chiropractors 10. Business Executives 9. Psychiatrists 9. State Governors 8. Clergy 8. Lawyers 7. College Teachers 7. Insurance Salespeople 6. Senators 6. Police Officers 5. Dentists 5. HMO Managers 4. Engineers 4. Stockbrokers 3. Medical doctors 3. Advertising Executives 2. Pharmacists 2. Members of Congress 1. Nurses 1. Car Salespeople


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Trust falls have been the norm for many groups doing bonding activities. But, Debuteens and Music Men, a show choir here, practice the inverse. Senior Michael Vogel and Junior Claire Wilson, members of the choir, have no issues trusting each other when performing the lifts in their shows

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ebuteens and Music Men danced across the stage of the Erne Auditorium, about to finish their rendition of “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” for their Winter Choir Concert. To this point, the performance had gone off without a hitch. Then, when the last notes of the song played, the some of the boys in the group hoisted the girls into the air for the final pose of the show. The parent-filled crowd applauded. If they had looked toward the back of the performers, they may have seen senior Michael Vogel lift junior Claire Wilson up onto his shoulder. But when Vogel went to set Wilson down, her dress snagged. “On the night of the concert, my dress got stuck to a button on his shirt. I think it was when I was coming down. So, I had a little wardrobe malfunction,” Wilson said. But, the malfunction was handled. “I had to unloop her dress from my button,” Vogel said. This was Wilson’s first year in Debs and Music Men and Vogel’s third. The first

time Wilson practiced a lift for Debs and Music Men was a rehearsal this fall. So, when she found out she would be doing a lift for the Winter Choir Concert, she wasn’t nervous. “I wasn’t really nervous. I’m kind of used to it because of cheerleading,” Wilson said. “I wasn’t nervous, but I didn’t exactly want to do it either. But, it was all good.” Knowing that Vogel had done lifts before in show choir concerts helped Wilson feel more confident doing their lift. When Michael was asked if he was nervous about doing a lift, he said, “Not really. I’ve done them for three years.” He said nothing has ever gone wrong when he has done a lift. Both Wilson and Vogel agree that they got their lift down on the first try. When Wilson was asked whether she was given very specific instructions from her teacher the first time she tried to do the lifts with Vogel for the Winter concert she said, “Not really. She kind of just told me to jump.” by bente bouthier

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We surveyed 41students about Internet relationships. Here are the results:

The is world just a click away, social media has become a place to connect with people all over the world. But can online “friends” can be trusted?


have staged a meet-up with someone they only know online 14 have given personal information (phone number or email) to someone they only know online spoken online with 23 have someone they do not know in person accepted a friend request 25 have from someone they do not know



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Is it more likely to be attacked by

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humans “I don’t see a human attacking me anytime soon,” said sophomore Sierra Burton.

Morgan Jones

In 3rd grade Sophomore Morgan Jones was attacked by a Pit Bull

1 strongly agrees 2 agree 21 are neutral 9 disagree 8 strongly disagree

had14 stitches 1 day later...

The day after I slept all day because of the medications.

“Humans tend to have common sense and dogs snap,” said freshman Kelsi Tendall

1 week later...

I was in crutches and didn’t know if I was going back to school yet.

“Dog’s owners train them and 1 month later... Nothing happened to the dog. It a human just got kicked out of the house. controls their 1 year later... action if he I was in better condition and still stabs or kills have scars. someone it’s Present day... I think a dog is more likely to on him,” said attack you because I’ve been attacked three times. It is just freshman really the breed that scares Alec Shipley me still. The way Pit Bulls are treated makes them turn the way they are. My uncle has a Pit Bull named chopper and he’s the only Pit Bull i’ll be around, breed wise.

“Dogs you have to do something to provoke and humans have the tendency to act out whether or not provoked,” said junior Megan Henderson

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have received a message or friend request from someone they do not know

Students were asked to respond to the following statement: “I believe that most people whom I meet online can be trusted.”


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photo by Bryan Smith/Zuma Press/MCT A police officer stands by a poster for the “Dark Knight Rises” outside a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado days after a shooting that left 12 movie-goers dead.

truth serum for ‘dark knight rises’ shooter “Dark Knight Rises” shooter James Holmes opened fire on a Colorado theatre and killed 12 people. Now, the prosecution hopes to use a “truth serum” to help shed light on the event


masked man entered a theater full of movie goers watching the midnight showing of the “The Dark Knight Rises” July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. James Holmes, otherwise known as the Dark Knight Shooter, opened fire on the crowd. There were 12 casualties and 50 injuries. Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, which put off trial dates while psychological testing ensued. But in March of 2013, the judge for the Dark Knight Shooter case ruled that a “truth serum” could be used during interviews with Holmes. Though the court order does not specify the type of drug that could be used, it would likely be sodium amyl or sodium pentothal. The persecution would use the truth serum along with narcoanalysis, which is a type of psychotherapy where the subject is inducted into a sleep like state and asked questions about repressed memories or feelings. The persecution hopes to use evidence conducted in such an interview to prove that Holmes was not insane during the time of the shooting. However, there are opponents to the ruling. Some believe that the defendant would be deprived of his fifth amendment right, the right to remain silent, when under the influence of the truth serum. Medical professionals are also skeptical of the truth serum’s usefulness in the investigation, since there are no conclusive reports of truth drugs being completely accurate. Professionals believe that a subject can still lie under the affects of truth serum drugs like sodium amytal. The subject is also highly suggestible while under the effects of the serum. by leah hashagen

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Sexual harassment and abuse are real issues facing our peers. Such an experience can shatter one’s trust in friends and family

hether at the age of 3 or 15, sexual abuse is a threat to many, including one girl who wishes to remain anonymous, who experienced abuse from a young age and again in high school. “The first person was my neighbor at my old house,” she said; she was only 3 years old. The neighbor was a girl several years older. “My mom would stay home with me and my brother, [our neighbors] would come over and we would hang out a lot.” She could not have known it at the time, but she was molested. “It was like a ‘let’s play doctor!’ situation,” she said. The mere touching of inappropriate parts counts for sexual abuse, and this was what our source encountered. Afterward “it wasn’t hard for me to trust girls her age because I didn’t know a lot of people that age.” Our source then suffered further abuse in high school. “The second was my ex-boyfriend.” They were both freshmen, both 15. The two dated for three months and “it happened

throughout the relationship; he raped me.” “Sometimes it was consent, other times there was no consent at all,” she said. “I was always guilted into it.” The first time it happened, her boyfriend had invited her over and said his parents were home, although this was untrue. She noted that this abusive relationship had lasting repercussions. “It was harder to trust guys to be alone with them, but in other situations it wasn’t hard because he was crazy,” she said. She had lost her ability to be comfortable with a boy one-on-one. In many situations, sexual consent is given. Being guilted into it is not an option, though. Sexual assault is more prominent than one would initially think; in fact, 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police ( In the event of sexual assault, a trusted adult, doctor, or aid organization, such as Turning Point, should be consulted. With help, healing one’s physical and emotional pain and restoring one’s trust in people is possible.


“It was harder to trust guys to be alone with them, but in other situations it wasn’t hard because he was crazy”

“Being able to tell someone something and that they are not going to go and tell someone else.”

A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.” Harold MacMillan, former prime minister of the United Kingdom

Learn some ways to be a better person and earn others’ respect

Help someone who dropped his or her books pick them up. Be a true friend by helping your friend and giving advice.

Try to return money you find. Give back what you borrow.

Defend your family members/ friends, be there for them and gain their trust. Keep a secret that your friends ask you not to tell. Just be honest.

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Divorce tears families apart and can make kids less trusting of future relationships

Kids with divorced parents tend to have a pessimistic view of relationships • Kids who have witnessed a breakdown between their parents tend to have trouble working through trust issues in their own relationships • Daughters with divorced parents have a 60 percent higher divorce rate than daughters whose parents are not divorced • Sons with divorced parents have a 35 percent higher divorce rate (source: compiled by sheana wasilewski

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Q&A Senior Christian Mahoney and junior Makayla Campbell, who have been together for more than eight months, discuss the mutual trust their relationship requires

How did you guys learn to trust each other? Makayla Campbell: We made wan agreement that we could tell each other anything and we wouldn’t judge each other; good or bad, even if in the past.



MC: I don’t know, I think it’s like a different type of trust from your family or BFF.

MC: Two to three months.

CM: Well, she is my best friend, without a shadow of a doubt. I trust her more than anyone. My friends haven’t always been there for me and family is way too close, so secrets tend to leak out easily. With her, I have the best friend in the world, and I know I can count on her for anything.

CM: I always felt like I could trust her, but I don’t think we actually opened up until two to three months.

MC: No, we’ve gotten into arguments


Ben Huh, American Internet entrepreneur

virtual trust

acebook, Snapchat and Twitter are just a few of the forms of social media available to anyone who creates an account. Personal information, current location and photos can all be shared with other people. Friends and followers alike can access users’ information, but how should people know that the people they have added as friend or are following them will not use their information against them? There are stories about kids who have been cyberbullied and have eventually taken their own lives. Last year, Rebecca Sandwick, a12-year-old from Florida, took her life allegedly because of the

Do you trust your boyfriend/girlfriend more than your best friend or family? Why?

How long did you guys take to trust each other?

Has something happened that has lost your trust for each other? If so, how did that make you feel about each other or your relationship?



CM: I trust her 100 percent. I could tell her anything and not have to worry.

CM: No, we have never gave each other a reason not to trust each other. We’ve had slight arguments, but nothing more than that.

Christian Mahoney: I opened up to her and started telling her about my past. We also made a promise that we would tell each other anything and that we wouldn’t judge each other for our pasts.

The fact of the matter is that the Internet has brought together millions of people who trust one another for reasons that are unknown.”

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MC: Pretty well.

before, but we’ve never gave each other reasons to distrust each other.

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memory mix-up

emory is the key to keeping up with friends, distinguishing right from wrong, and learning, both at school and in the broader context of the “real world.” However, studies such as that by Elizabeth Loftus, professor of cognitive psychology at the University of California Irvine, have shown that memory is not infallible. Loftus’s investigation, generally considered one of the 40 studies that changed psychology, has shown that it is easy to plant false memories by using vivid language or trusted sources, such as friends or relatives.

We depend on our memories in all aspects of our lives, but this trust may be misplaced These false memories are then developed within the subject’s own mind in more extensive detail, to the point that the subject believes in the story completely, even though the event never eva yezerets by eva yezerets

If you want to remember things a certain way, you’re probably going to. If I tell you that two cars were in an accident and they smashed together, you’re probably going to think it was more serious than if I said they hit each other.” psychology teacher Laurie Pfaffenberger

We have the ability to share unprecedented amounts of personal information through social media. Why and how much do we trust these new services? bullying she faced on social media. Just this past year at Avon High, school a sexting scandal occurred with dozens of phones being confiscated. People place their trust in others on social media believing that their information will be protected from others who might try to steal it. “I use Twitter, so people who are interested know what I’m up to. I find them trustworthy as long as they are used properly,” junior Josh Hogan said. There are still many uncertainties that people face when using social media. People not only have to trust other individuals with their information, but

also companies. Recently, 4.6 million Snapchat users had their accounts hacked and their personal information stolen without their authorization. “I use Snapchat because it is a fun way to communicate with friends and my data was not stolen, but I have started to lose trust in it after it was hacked,” junior Sam Ward said. The sites people trust that will hold their information private have become no longer able to do that and have lost the trust of many their users. by umar qureshi

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lie detector Ever get the feeling someone may not be telling the truth? Check out these six body language tips to detect a liar, as modeled by sophomore Hannah Frey (who is not a liar)

the trust cycle Find out how the simple action of lending someone a dollar could lead to an improvement in trustworthiness in others

When people place their hands over their mouth, they are hiding something or closing off.

When someone crosses their arms, they may feel like they are hiding something.

Liars tend to get nervous and feel an urge to bite their nails to make a situation feel less awkward.

Some liars play with an article of clothing to distract the person they are lying to.

Liars may play with their hair if they are nervous about someone discovering their lies.

When accused of lying, a liar may get hostile and begin pointing at the person they are speaking to. compiled by sarah tran


he labor-inducing hormone oxytocin also affects how trusting and trustworthy a person is. When the levels are high, it makes someone more willing to trust and also more dependable. When levels are low, a person can be very distrusting and untrustworthy himself. For example, the simple act of trusting someone enough to loan him money increases that person’s oxytocin levels. This increase makes the person not only more willing to trust others, but also more trustworthy himself and therefore more likely to return the money loaned to him. With his levels high, he is more likely to trust a third person, increasing the third person’s levels of oxytocin. This cycle of trust could continue and theoretically improve all of humanity.

by madi slack source: The Trust Molecule by Paul J. Zak


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technology: trustworthy or not?



“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” - Stephen R. Covey

author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

ith new technology and social media so readily available nowadays, more and more parents are starting to wonder if they can trust their kids, or if it is right to closely monitor and possibly invade what they consider to be their child’s privacy. Should parents be able to spy on their kids or is blind trust the better option. There are reasons to support both sides of the story. The parents who believe it is OK to monitor their kids argue that they are not adults yet and therefore do not have the rights to blind trust. Trust needs to be earned. It is a parent’s right to protect and nurture their children. This includes protecting from many of the new

Can parents trust their kids with all the new social media available?

dangers of the internet, such as cyberbullying and access to inappropriate material. Violating privacy or not, these parents believe they have full rights to observe any texts or comments on social media. Sophomore Sharnika Saravanan agrees with this point of view. “They shouldn’t just trust their kids to make right decisions because their friends could lead them to make wrong decisions,” she said. On the other side of the story, there are some parents who believe blind trust is the better route. The main issues of spying seen by these people are the violation of privacy and respect. Spying over their child’s shoulder would display a lack of trust on the parent’s part,

distancing the child, perhaps causing them to turn away instead of talking to a parent when help is needed. Instead of spying, it is more important to educate the child on internet safety. “Just teach them how to use social media, not just monitor them,” Saravanan said. This way, the child feels trusted, and, in theory, will not do anything dangerous on the internet. In both ways of handling the situation, both trust and education between the child and parent are important.

by daniel larken source: “Should Parents Spy on Their Kids?” debate forum from

Due to changes in the way we get information, conspiracy theories are spreading rapidly. See how that affects trust in the US


elief in conspiracy theories used to be crazy and strange, but due to the rise in accessible forms of media, the age of conspirators has gotten younger and it’s affecting the American people and the ability to trust anything but what they initially buy into as being the “truth.” Americans seem to believe anything these days. Conspiracy theories range from the plausible “JFK wasn’t assassinated by Oswald ” to the absurd “HIV was created by the CIA as population control.” The more popular ones include the moon landing was faked (25% of Americans believe this) and global warming isn’t man made (about half ). Initially, conspiracy theories seem harmless. Who cares if

some of the population wants to believe that Obama is a lizard? How does that affect me? With all the misinformation out there, it’s hard to weed out the truth in some cases leading to an overall lack of media in general from the public. Once a fact is initially learned, even if it is wrong, a person will tend to see that as the truth even after they have been corrected multiple times. This leads to conspiracy theories to spreading like wildfire, especially among people who believe everything on the Internet is true. Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have aided this spread, and now it’s no longer the crazy old man in town that believes that the government is dumbing us down by adding

excess fluoride in the drinking water, it’s teens and young adults who will share these theories with their friends. Society has made it hard to trust the government with the bombardment of theories from all directions. In 2006, riots in a Starbucks broke out, all based on the conspiracy theory that the woman on the Starbucks cup was the Jewish Queen Esther. Recently, Obama released his birth certificate to the media due to conspiracists who claimed he was born in Kenya. It’s okay to initially believe something is true, but just be sure to double check facts and don’t make rash decisions based on misinformation; there’s a lot out there.

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Check out some students who have a very different take on trust

“Trust takes years to gain.” junior Aaron Burrd

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A study done by the Barna Institutes showed that Americans (especially teens) are more likely to base trust (and whom to trust) on the circumstances surround the situation rather than a basic moral code. This prompt the question, what would be considered an absolute deal breaker? We surveyed 100 students and these were the most common answers ny deal breakers wh ave a en h it c ou oy



“My experience has been more or less don’t trust anyone. Only those you know you can count on.” sophomore Lain Compton

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“My experience with trust has been daunting. I’ve learned through high school that your true friends will stick out due to their trustworthiness. Others are simply networking and using you to their benefit. You are better off not relying on others.” senior Eric Myrick



“I normally don’t have any reason not to trust someone, so I trust everyone. Others say I’m naive, though.” freshman Grace Hester

class of 2014 will be rushing out of your lives to go off to do big things. Cry not for us, we’ll always be in your hearts. Not actually. That’d be kind of gross…and cramped. You could only fit so many people inside a human heart. Then come July is the 2014 FIFA World Cup! Which would be remarkably exciting if I watched soccer. Now, for all you Breaking Bad fans out there, a new spin off show revolving around criminal lawyer Saul Goodman premieres November. The show will be set before Saul sets up shop at the shady strip-mall in Albuquerque. The year wraps up pretty dang good because Dec 14, perhaps the most important event of 2014 happens (most important, save, “Island of Lemurs”). On this day The “Hobbit: There and Back Again” hits American theaters. Now, if you know me at all, you’ll be aware that my obsession with “The Hobbit” and all things Tolkien borders on the unhealthy, so this film means A LOT to me. This is the final part of “The Hobbit” trilogy, so that means this will also likely be the final Middle Earth related film in theaters for some time. So savor it like a well-cooked steak. Lemurs, hobbits, Sochi, and Saul Goodman: 2014 has a lot in store for us all. I’m sure you can find other things not on this list to be excited about in the coming year, mostly on account that a year has a lot in it, and also, some of these things I listed may mean absolutely NOTHING to you. Nevertheless, enjoy the year of the Adam.


Senior Adam LeClerc brings forth data to show why 2014 is going to be a year to remember

ccording to the Chinese, 2014 is the year of the horse. Well hate to break it but China has done goofed, because 2014 is actually the year of the Adam. Allow me to explain, 14 is my number, my lucky number; it has been mine for quite some time in fact. Why, you ask? Well it really just comes down to three things: I was born April 14, I will graduate in 2014, and I have a size 14 shoe. So, to quote the indomitable Brian Federle “This is my year,” yet this quote was in reference to 2013. It’s Adam’s turn to shine. But simply because 2014 belongs to me doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to it. A great many things will happen this year and you should be excited! To start off, the Winter Olympics take place February in none other than Russia the land of vodka and bears, also known as that place that nearly blew us up in the 1960s. There’ll be all sorts of wintery fun, snowman building, sled rides, and heck, maybe even some sports. Then on April 4…and you better sit down for this one folks, April 4, “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” hits theaters in the US. This is a big one. Don’t even pretend to act like this is not the most important film ever made, because if you do, you might as well walk around wearing a sign with bold words saying “I am uncultured.” You likely are asking why we should be pumped for this film, but guess what? If you can’t see the monumental, Earth-shattering cultural significance of this film, then you are a lost soul indeed. So far 2014 sounds pretty rad right? Well come June, a sad time will be upon us, or at least for non-seniors. We, the

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lying compiled by lauren jines designed by lillyanne pham

feb. 14, 2014 columbus north’s the triangle designed by marlee reisinger


mvps of trust catchme #58 six ten

Test out your “inner celebrity” with this trust miniquiz. Who are you in terms of trust? who do you trust more? family


do you think actors/actresses are trustworthy?



which movie character seems more trustworthy? Forrest Gump

what would you rather watch when you feel like you have been lied to by a friend?

Fiona in Shrek

students were able to successfully complete a trust fall

no one who would you rather trust?



who do you trust more?

“It was just kind of scary. I had to trust him. I didn’t think he was going to trust me. I was going to catch him no matter what.” -senior Alex Trimpe (on trusting senior Andrew Jones) compiled by allison coffey and marlee reisinger




Tom Hanks: most trustworthy

Anderson Cooper: middle man Cameron Diaz: not as trustworthy



You didn’t pick any ordinary man. According to U.S. News magazine and other sources, Tom Hanks is voted the most trusted person in America. Producer and film actor, he is wellknown for roles such as Forrest Gump and Woody from “Toy Story.” Breaking news, you picked the host of CNN. He is not voted first nor second, but split down the middle of 100 celebrities. Why is he trusted? Being a host for a popular news channel may have something to do with it. Would you rank him as 50/100 most trusted person in the world?

Are all actors trustworthy? Actress Cameron Diaz is voted to be 84th of 100 people to be trusted. Starring in many acting roles doesn’t mean that she can be trusted, right? compiled by sarah tran

“I think a good friend to me is all about trust and loyalty. You don’t ever want to second guess whether you can tell your friend something.’’ -lauren conrad, fashion icon and former reality star compiled by alex ventura


1 1 2 2 the results are in...



22 the trust issue do you

trust your eyes?

Check out this picture that will be featured in the 2014 Log Yearbook. Senior Andy Carr has changed 10 things from photo A. The first student to circle all 10 changes correctly in photo B and bring it to room 1507 will receive a prize



photo by amelia herrick


B photo by amelia herrick

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