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Colt Chronicle Awareness Issue

Kinnelon High School, 121 Kinnelon Road, Kinnelon, NJ, 07405

Are KHS Students Self-Aware?

Neurodivergency and Social Media

Ellis Nunez

Dan Yu

Six Seuss Stories That Shan’t Sell Anymore

Mental Health During the Pandemic

Eva Breiterman

Zenobia Ahsanuddin

Founder of ‘Together for Girls’ on Sexual Violence Abeeha Zaidi Raising Mental Health Awareness Through Knowledge Shreyal Sharma


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Give Back Club: Involvement In Raising Awareness Kristina Haviland

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Mental Health During the Pandemic Zenobia Ahsanuddin

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Are KHS Students Self-Aware? Ellis Nunez

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Scare Away Toxic Relationships By Being Aware Haripriya Kemisetti

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Neurodivergency and Social Media Daniel Yu

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Raising Mental Health Awareness Through Knowledge Shreyal Sharma

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Founder of ‘Together for Girls’ on Sexual Violence Abeeha Zaidi

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The Science Behind KHS Covid Restrictions Alex Garcia

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Six Seuss Stories That Shan’t Sell Anymore Eva Breiterman

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The Next Step Forward Michael Lally


MEET THE EDITORS

Alana Van Der Sluys Newspaper Adviser

Camille Balo Editor-in-Chief

Julia Hackney World/Local Editor & Managing Editor

Abeeha Zaidi

Juliana Marston

Will Cappello

Managing Editor & Layout

School News Editor

Opinion Editor

Gabriella Avagyan A&E Editor

Ethan Burt

Dan Yu

Features Editor

STEM Editor

Mike Lally Sports Editor


Give Back Club members spread awareness about teen dating violence and promote positive relationships at KHS. By Kristina Haviland, Staff Reporter Teen dating violence has become a critical problem in the U.S.; millions of teens are affected by dating violence each year. The Give Back Club at KHS has taken responsibility to bring light to this issue during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The club members believe that drawing awareness to this issue will encourage others to understand and recognize the dangers of an unhealthy relationship. The Give Back Club members decided to tape purple ribbons onto every third locker in the school to explain the statistics of violence in teen dating. “The ribbons were posted around the school on every third locker to represent how many teenagers experience some level of teen dating violence,” says Club Advisor Danielle Elia. KHS Senior and Give Back Club member Emma Schmidt adds, “The ribbons are a great way to promote this because they are a way to visually reinforce the topic.” In addition to the ribbons, the club members also found various quotes to remind others what a positive relationship looks like. Some shared were, “Love yourself enough to set boundaries” and, “A good relationship is when someone accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future.” Expectedly, as students walk by in the halls, they can learn about healthy relationships versus unhealthy relationships.

Photo from Google Images Infographic on teen dating violence statistics.

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SCHOOL NEWS Give Back Club: Involvement In Raising Awareness


Recognizing the signs of violence and abuse is the first step towards helping others. Elia shares the statistics, “82% of parents thought they could recognize teen dating violence but more than half couldn’t identify the warning signs.” Victims are afraid and even unaware of the abuse they face. Schmidt says, “It is often a very hidden form of abuse. It usually happens in private, making the victim entirely alone and others unaware of the situation.” The club is reaching out by helping and talking to anyone in need. Elia believes that some ways we can accomplish this are to “learn to identify the red flags for them [dating violence] and not just brush it off.” Spreading awareness to this issue will bring enlightenment and recognition to the problem. Schmidt agrees and says, “We need to make it a more open topic and make it more socially acceptable to talk about these kinds of topics!”

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In the U.S., 1 out of 3 teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse in a relationship; hence it is essential to identify the signs of abuse and promote healthy relationships. Elia says, “Often people need reminders that they are not alone and can receive support if needed.”


While adjusting to the turbulent school year, how are students staying aware and informed? By Ellis Nunez, Staff Reporter The start of the 2020 school year brought with it many changes to students’ lives. With all the restrictions put in place to keep students and staff safe, school life changed. Something as simple as going to the bathroom requires Post-It notes to ensure only one person is in there at a time. Sitting and eating lunch with friends is now a race against the clock to grab seats before the lunch room fills up. With all these changes, it is important to stay aware of not only our surroundings, but also ourselves. What exactly does “awareness” mean to the students at KHS? “Awareness is knowing what is going on around you and being present,” says senior Zainab Kabir. “When you know exactly what is happening and you are in the moment, focusing only on what is going on and being present in the situation.” Mental health awareness is critical to stay focused and happy. “To stay mentally aware, I like to go on long walks around the park near my house,” says Kabir. “It is a great way for me to destress after a long day, and it helps keep me active.” “I stay mentally aware by playing volleyball in front of my house,” says senior Maddie Gioia. “It helps me stay focused on my goals, and what I am hoping to achieve for myself this year.” “I love visiting the shore a lot and going snowboarding, it helps me stay mentally aware,” says junior Andrew Weiss. “When I am doing those things I can just relax my brain and focus on the fun I am having.” It is also important to be aware of what is happening around us. “To stay up to date with the current events I like to watch Drama Alert on Snapchat,” says sophomore Raed Mesbeh. “It is a summary of everyday events that occur wrapped up in 10 minutes. If it is something that I find interesting I will tell my family to inform them.”

Graph from Ellis Nunez

Infographic on how aware KHS students believe themselves to be, based on a 0-10 scale.

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Kinnelon High School raises awareness for toxic relationships through numerous events and resources. By Haripriya Kemisetti, Staff Reporter Relationships are not always rainbows and butterflies. They appear like a dream, but they also pose risks; for instance, one could get trapped in a toxic relationship. Teenagers are particularly vulnerable to these situations, and many schools like Kinnelon High School work to raise awareness of such circumstances. Kinnelon High school works to build a “supportive environment that promotes healthy relationships between students, teachers, and staff,” said Counselor Danielle Wysocki. “Our teachers … play a critical role in shaping attitudes and behaviors regarding expectations on how students will treat one another with overall respect, understanding, and compassion. These expectations guide our students as well as model how each student grows to understand and appreciate safe, healthy and respectful relationships.” The school offers all kinds of events and resources to help students recognize and escape toxic situations. “Mrs. Wycsocki, admin, staff and I select students in every grade that attend meetings with [us] in an attempt to help cultivate these things in our school building,” said health and gym teacher Eric DiColo. “Students have attended conferences in which they are taught how to recognize unhealthy relationships and how to get those classmates help and support.” According to DiColo, Kinnelon High School also promotes awareness of toxic relationships through spirit week, clubs, respect week, and many other ways and events. While some believe that the school effectively promotes awareness of toxic relationships, others disagree. “The school could do more but the help and support is there if students need it,” said junior Catherine Bodner. “When the school raises awareness, it’s like one and done then we never hear it again.” Although KHS tries to raise awareness for some issues, some students believe it lacks consistency and is not enough. “Maybe have an assembly to shed light on the subject and bring in a speaker that can really show us what toxic relationships are,” said junior Brianna Alteri. “I feel some people take it as a joke and would blame the victim… therefore a speaker who could show that this subject isn’t something to joke about would be really helpful.” Toxic relationships are dangerous; some specific signs that refer to toxic relationships are “mental and physical abuse … a lack of honesty… a lack of support and jealousy … and lastly when someone only takes things from you and never gives things back in return. For example, showing that you care,” said Erica Braden.

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Toxic relationships are difficult situations to handle. “Pursue proper avenues of information, advice, and experiences to make the most informed decisions you can in relationships…. (which) should always support your overall long-term growth and happiness across a life span and be in line with all of your core values,” said DiColo.“If a relationship does not enhance your life in that way then in my opinion it is a relationship not needed. Healthy relationships are always mutually beneficial!”

A toxic relationship where one person tries to fix what is broken.

Picture courtesy of Creative Commons

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There are many detrimental effects of toxic relationships.“Unfortunately, when someone is in a toxic relationship, whether they know it or not, it is having a negative effect on them. It can take a toll on their selfworth, self-esteem, and overall health,” said Wysocki. “My advice would be to reflect on how the relationship makes you feel, be able to identify the warning signs of an unhealthy/toxic relationship, and be willing to walk away if things do not improve.”


By Zenobia Ahsanuddin, Staff Reporter Before the frustrating lockdown, backyards were filled with laughter on sunny days; the dining tables were crowded with familiar faces at family dinners, and schools and offices would be bustling with people daily. However, all forms of social gatherings came to a pause due to the COVID-19 virus—the lockdown limited social interactions, which influenced many people’s mental health. With the limited opportunities for interaction, many people’s mental health is at risk resulting in a spike in the reports for anxiety, depression, and other mental detriments. The isolation from the lockdown has caused people to experience extreme feelings of sadness and solidarity; the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says “about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder.”

The figure above displays the increase in mental health

Photo from CDC.

Many employees lost their jobs due to lockdown and business closures, causing them excessive stress and depression. As a result, mental, physical, and substance abuse has skyrocketed, “Research from prior economic downturns shows that job loss is associated with increased depression, anxiety, distress, and low self-esteem and may lead to higher rates of substance use disorder and suicide…”, says the CDC. Unstable mental health also comprises the physical health of many teens. Healthy mental health encourages people to function efficiently. Therefore, the maintenance of balanced mental health has become more critical and more emphasized than ever. To combat this issue, socially-distanced gatherings, Zoom meetings, and outdoor activities encourage people to interact with friends and family. Technology has become more important than ever, because it provides constant contact among people. It gives people a feeling that they are not alone, or that everyone is in this together. In a day and age where the majority of people have access to social media, it is especially proving to be effective, because it provides an outlet for people to still communicate with others.

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STEM Mental Health During the Pandemic How has the ongoing lockdown impacted people’s mental health?


How tone indicators can help us convey the meaning of words online By Daniel Yu, Staff Editor It’s likely that at one point or another during any given internet odyssey, you have come across the phrase “/s” at the end of a sentence— usually from a tweet, comment, or forum post. Most people can tell whether the author of a post or comment is sarcastic, happy, or any other mood from their words’ context and choice. But for neurodivergent people (including those with dyslexia and the socially-impaired), these “tone indicators” can help interpret the social meaning behind text and distinguish facts from fiction or opinion. Neurodiversity itself refers to the variability of the human brain in areas such as learning, memory, mood, and communication with others. While most people are neurotypical, meaning that their mental and social skills are relatively normal, neurodivergent people may possess traits which distinguish them from the average person. These include a vast swath of conditions, such as ADHD, dyslexia, autism, aspergers, dyspraxia, bipolar disorder, depression, and more. Although the exact origins behind these tone symbols are largely unknown, the earliest mentions of symbols at the end of written text to convey more subtle moods stem back hundreds of years to the proPhoto taken from Unsplash by Ahn Nguyen posed usage of the inverted exclamation mark to communicate ironic statements and While many people can talk to their peers and those around reversed question marks to indicate rhetori- them without a second thought, for those with conditions such cal questions— neither of which were com- as depression, autism, and more, communication can be a major monly adopted. However, with the advent

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Other uses of tone indicators also include elaborating on whether a statement has any romantic intent behind it, whether the poster is generally being lighthearted or severe, whether the post itself is a meme, whether the sign is hyperbolizing, and more. All one has to do to use a tone indicator is to put it at the end of a relevant sentence. For example: “How many people reading this article will ever use these indicators in their everyday, online conversations? /rh.” A complete list of the most commonly used tone indicators can be found below. While some critics argue that tone indicators remove the artistry behind written communication (for example, by explaining certain jokes and thereby ruining its point), this is a small price to pay for a more inclusive online environment. Unlike real-life, the implicit meaning of words can be lost or warped without proper contextual clues. Using tone indicators, we can make communication over the internet clearer for everyone and build a more positive environment overall— and remember, if you strongly believe that you exhibit neurodivergent traits, don’t be afraid to contact a mental health specialist for a possible diagnosis.

Sources: Erza Marcus, reporter from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/09/style/tone-indicators-online.html

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of the Internet age, tone indicators and emojis would soon become a mainstay in online culture. To portray more subtle moods such as sarcasm and irony, symbols such as the tilde (“~”) were initially used before being replaced by the current slash-letter (such as “/s”) favored by communities like Reddit and Twitter. This, in turn, originates from HTML coding, which indicates the end of a piece of code with a slash.


With a return to normal imminent, which restrictions at Kinnelon High School should be the first to go, and what is the science behind them. By Alex Garcia, Staff Writer

Editor’s Note: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this opinion article belong solely to the author and do not reflect the view of The Colt Chronicle Staff, Kinnelon High School, or its students and staff members. Plastic tri-folds, medical masks, six feet of distance, and the disinfection of surfaces have been staples of the 2020-2021 school year. As school returns and restrictions are being dropped what should be the first steps towards normalcy? To begin, plastic tri-folds are one of the more intrusive COVID policies this school year. Many students have voiced their discontent with the structures on their desks, and it intrudes on work space. Though plastic tri-folds are supposed to provide a barrier between larger viral particles spit out by students while talking, they end up being an unneeded redundancy to mask wearing. They are required by administration, but many students wonder if the shields do anything at all. According to Forbes, “Once you understand that an aerosol doesn’t necessarily travel in a particular direction, it’s obvious why a barrier won’t block its movement.” When wearing a mask, the weightier particles these shields protect against are already stopped from going anywhere. This makes precautions like shields not so useful in practice, especially when students are taller than the shields that are supposed to protect them. While the school returns to normal, this should be one of the first COVID protocols to go. Medical masks have long been a staple of school life. They are required and are supposed to be worn correctly at all times. Of course if someone is eatPhoto taken from Unsplash by @samtillo ing, drinking, or taking a mask break then teachers and administrators will be more lenient.

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OPINION The Science Behind KHS COVID Restrictions


Mask wearing has been shown to help, but some still question how much it actually stops the spread. According to a study in Nature, “Both surgical masks and unvented KN95 respirators, even without fit-testing, reduce the outward particle emission rates by 90% and 74% on average during speaking and coughing, respectively, compared to wearing no mask.” The evidence behind mask wearing shows that if we are going to keep one protocol around for a while longer, let it be masks. Disease cannot be spread if the particles do not leave your vicinity. Other measures can be pushed to the side as long as mask wearing is universal and enforced. For most of the 2020-2021 school year, six feet of distance has been the heavily enforced norm. Raising your voice to reach friends in the lunchroom and in the classroom is common practice with so much distance between everyone. School protocol keeps desks apart and puts blue tape on the bleachers at lunch to keep students from getting too close to each other. Most evidence supports this practice. According to the CDC, “COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about six feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby.” By getting out of close contact, it reduces the likelihood of spreading COVID-19. With new evidence, students do not need to follow these recommendations any longer. Due to overwhelming evidence of virtual school not being great for students, and plenty of studies pointing to school being safe, the CDC now says, “physical distancing of at least three feet between students can safely be adopted in classroom settings where mask use is universal and other prevention measures are taken.” With schools getting filled with students again, the ability to distance only three feet allows for a greater number of teens back in school. This is another step closer to normalcy. Even though social distancing is an important preventative measure, schools are simply following the CDC guidelines which allows for social distancing of only three feet for students. The disinfection of surfaces and the inability to hand out papers forces teachers and students to adapt the way they teach and learn. In Kinnelon High School, teachers are not handing out any papers, and in physical education, the objects are sanitized between every use. This is done believing it will prevent the spread of COVID-19, but the virus is terrible at spreading on surfaces. According to The Lancet, “environmental contamination leading to SARS-CoV-2 transmission is unlikely to occur in real-life conditions, provided that standard cleaning procedures and precautions are enforced.” The school can clean classrooms once a week, use standard cleaning practices on all the equipment for gym, and hand out papers. COVID will more than likely die on those surfaces. The reintroduction of these measures will not lead to a massive increase in cases. In the school’s return to normal, a reintroduction of paper, pencil, and posters are vital.

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Although the eye test will tell you not everyone is wearing a mask properly, mask use is still nearly universal while in school. The FDA backs this up saying, “If worn properly, face masks, surgical masks, or respirators may reduce the chance of spreading a COVID-19 infection between you and those around you.”


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Raising Mental Health Awareness Through Knowledge Some books that best bring awareness to mental health. By Shreyal Sharma, Staff Writer Trigger Warning: This article contains details of suicide and stuggles with other mental illnesses such as OCD and depression. The green ribbon, which is widely overlooked by many people, signifies raising awareness for mental health. With 1 out of 5 young people suffering from mental illness, one would consider mental illness as a surreal issue. However, many people are unaware of the consequences that come with the lack of good mental health. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green The book opens by introducing sixteen-year-old Aza and her best friend, who are determined to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of Aza’s childhood friend’s father, billionaire, Russell Pickett. However, this book’s more compelling mystery is the constant tumult raging inside Aza’s brain. Aza suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which forces her to feel more disconnected from the world than others. John Green intended to show the two narratives in a person’s brain as she suffers from OCD. Aza constantly struggles to distinguish between her own thoughts and the compulsive unwanted sensations that take over her thoughts. To describe the struggle of OCD, Aza explains, “the thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.” Turtles All The Way Down helps readers understand how the mind works when the brain has its own mind. The book carries the reader inside of Aza’s debilitating thoughts and urges them to feel and understand the anxiety and incapacity that she wanders through each instant and every day.

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My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

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The book is intended to raise awareness for suicide. It tends to give readers reasoning for why to live as it states “one spark can change everything,” which signifies the main plot of the story.

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson The book’s main plot, as Sarah Wilson states, is around this Chinese proverb that before you can conquer a beast, you must make it beautiful first. The Beast in this memoir is anxiety. At first, Wilson addresses her intense focus on investigating skills upon her lifelong enemy, anxiety. In her memoir, she lists the triggers, treatments, and strains of anxiety. She reads extensively and surveys fellow sufferers, mental health specialists, and scholars processing all she learns through the prism of her own wisdom. Wilson offers readers comfort, humor, connection, and advice for surviving with the Beast. It will strengthen the endless souls who dance with this condition to embrace it as a part of who they are, and investigate its potentialities for a more flourishing and fuller life. Check Out More Books and Quotes About Mental Illnesses : https://pin.it/4rhoCVW Photo from Barnes and Nobles

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My Heart and Other Black Holes follows the classic trope of boy-meets-girl, however, this book is not a love story. Sixteenyear-old Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without cringing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father who has a criminal background, Aysel is ready to turn her potential spirit into insignificance. However, she endeavors the courage to do it alone, and as she constantly questions whether or not she wants to go through with suicide. She discovers a website called “Suicide Partners,” where she meets Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, and is also in search of a partner. As Roman and Aysel grow closer to each other, the suicide pact becomes more concrete. Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Eventually, she must pick between wanting to die or attempting to influence Roman to live and explore the potential of their energy together.


Multiple trips focused on HIV & AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa brought the issue of sexual violence to the surface, its occurance being far more frequent than the attention bought to it. A conversation with Gary Cohen, the founder of ‘Together for Girls,’ allows us to understand the issue more in depth and understand the organizations role in its prevention. By Abeeha Zaidi, Managing Editor & Layout Manager

The emergence of ‘Together for Girls’ ‘Together for Girls’ emerged from Cohen’s front-line experiences that opened him up to understanding the impact of sexual violence against girls and young women on the spread of HIV & AIDS. “ I was traveling back and forth to countries in Africa, in total, 12 different countries, I took 30 or more trips throughout the first decade of the 2000s. I was there to work on strengthening the health system. Though I kept encountering a consistent problem,, among HIV infected youth/ young adults I met personally, three out of four were girls and young women, and only about one out of four boys and young men,” Cohen explained. HIV was the main focus that Cohen was there to work on, but through these experiences, he realised that treatment for HIV alone would not address the issue because sexual violence, including coercion, abuse and rape, would spread the virus more rapidly than people could be placed on treatment . Through in-depth study of this issue, he understood that it is a worldwide problem, and causes many more injustices and health consequences beyond HIV & AIDS. One of his most influential experiences was meeting “Eunice,” a 14-year-old who was an orphan in Kenya; this experience left him with a deep impression of the injustices affecting adolescent girls. He also was influenced by a visit to Kua Zulu Natal in South Africa, where he discovered that the “HIV infection rate was 9% among girls and 2% among adolescent boys.” This was not because girls were going out of their way to be promiscuous, if you will; it was more so a result of sexual coercion and sometimes rape.” Why global health leaders did not/do not focus on this issue? Today, Togehter for Girls is active in tackling the issue of sexual violence in 23 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central America and the Caribbean. It focuses on stopping sexual violence

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“I have a good network of relationships with leaders, I met with the heads of UNICEF and CDC and PEPFAR and Global Fund and UNAIDS, and shared my observations with them. And they agree, my points were well received. They all thought this was an important issue. And I was expecting one of those agencies to make this a strategic focus priority. Though at that nime none of them were able to do so. And in fairness to them, they had a lot of other major priorities. As a businessman with no background on the issue, I could have easily just walked away at that point. I’m not a social scientist. But I couldn’t turn my back on this issue, it was too important.” Fortunately, Cohen did not walk away; instead he faced the problem by starting a new organization, and all the agencies and leaders he had spoken with agreed to become partners in this effort. What sets ‘Together for Girls’ apart from the rest? There are many gender-based violence support programs that existed before ‘Together for Girls’; however, Cohen said that through experience and research he discovered that “most of the gender based violence support services and programs were directed towards women, not towards girls, even though prior research had indicated that over half of all incidences of sexual violence committed against girls 15 and under.” Therefore he concluded that a focused effort was needed to address violence against children more broadlly, and sexual violence against girls in particular.

The logo of the “Together for Girls” organization founded by Gary Cohen Image from togetherforgirls.org

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against girls and also boys. Originally, Cohen’s plan was not to start a new organization to address this issue; it was merely to raise the concern and get a government or nongoverment agency to take action to tackle the issue .


The organization deploys three pillars to address the issue, all in partnership with the national government in the countries they work in. The first pillar is to collect data by conducting national house to house surveys to interview children age 13 to young adults age 25 about their expeirences with violence as children, especially sexual violence. These surveys are administered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with local partners. “The national surveys are done with the children or young adults on their own, not with the parents. It’s done under the auspices of a health survey. I bring that up, because that’s one of the means that can get information openly,” Cohen says regarding the ‘data’ pillar. It’s a human rights issue and a public health issue. Any public health strategy has to start with data to be effective”; the data is then used to help them guide the way for the second pillar ‘Action.’ National plans of action are established under the leadership of the National Government, and across multiple ministries, working with Together for Girls’ lead partners such as UNICEF to mobilize a national action plan to act on the problem. The last pillar is ‘Advocacy’; this is important and key as it helps raise global awareness on the need to address and solve the issue of sexual violence. In fact , Cohen states that “some of the most impressive advocacy work has actually been done by adolescent girls themselves.” Cohen expressed one of his observations about the usefulness of this three pillar approach. “What we found is, surprisingly, that governments that otherwise you might think are hiding the problem of sexual violence, once they know there’s an approach that can work, and support is available, they become much more receptive to taking on this issue.” He also stated that the one of the hardest parts of this issue is obtaining support services and justice for the victims of sexual violence. “Often if they seek justice it only results in furhter victimization.” More on Sexual Violence Lastly, sexual violence does not only exist in developing regions; it exists ‘everywhere,’ as Cohen says. “This is not unique to Sub-Saharan Africa by any means. But the implications are even worse in a country where there’s a high prevalence of HIV infected people because it becomes a means of transmitting the disease. And there are many other health and other problems that come out of this, such as unwanted pregnancies, material mortality and chronic health conditions such as depression, substance abuse and attempts at suicide.” Sexual violence is a common problem all around the world that has left victims alone and in the dark, and therefore, awareness and resources are needed to help, such as the work of ‘Together for Girls’. In fact , sexual violence has gotten worse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “People are socially isolated, and have to remain in their homes, and anyone who lives in an abusive household is at greater risk. And not just for sexual violence, but for any type of violence,” Cohen said. Cohen adds as his final thought: “We need more people to raise the visibility of this and to get past the taboo or stigma of talking about it.”

Resources • Together for Girls Site: https://www.togetherforgirls.org/ • CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/index. html • NSVRC: https://www.nsvrc.org/how-to-help • Stanford Resources List: https://sexualviolencesupport.stanford.edu/

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And to think that they thought that the titles and from tomes from Theodore Geisel would remain untouched forever. The man, the myth, the legend that Dr. Seuss was will always remain with children all across America and throughout the world, too. But now, in a time very different from when his books were written, some of the short silly stories Seuss scripted are no longer deemed appropriate for children to read.

By Eva Breiterman, Staff Reporter

Every year on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, kids all across the country celebrate Read Across America and participate in reading some of their favorite Dr. Seuss books like “Cat in the Hat” and “Yertle the Turtle.” But now, six of Geisel’s long list of stories will cease to be published due to some imagery of content both publishers and readers find to be racist. One of the books that is no longer available, is his very first published work “And to Think What I Saw On Mulberry Street.’’ The book, which tells the story of all the many fantastical things that a boy saw on his way home from school, includes vivid illustrations of Chinese characters wearing coolie hats, a simple style of conical hat originating in East, South and Southeast Asia; and notable in modern-day nations and regions of Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, and Laos, and many Africans and other blacks wearing jewelry through their noses. Due to the outdated views on this kind of imagery, the books will now no longer be sold or produced by Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Additionally, “The Cat’s Quizzer,” which was once notorious for its tongue-tying rhymes and its confusing and overly verbose sentences will be removed. “McElligot’s Pool” tells the story of a boy who goes fishing and all the fishes and creatures he may catch will no longer be sold. And “If I Ran the Zoo,” in which a boy talks about the kinds of animals he would like to have in the zoo instead of the ones typically seen, all feature content filled with stereotypical imagery of Asians including a racially charged word for Inuits and First Peoples. Other books such as “On Beyond Zebra’’ and “Scrambled Eggs Super” also contain stereotypical immigrants and viewpoints against Japanese people. The World War II-era stories had originally been deemed as anti-isolationist and anti- racist but now are deemed inappropriate for children to view. Other common books such as “The Lorax,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Green Eggs and Ham” will continue to be published and read by children all around the world. Despite Dr. Seuss’s reputation being relatively unharmed, there may be more retractions to the list of appropriate books in the future. Though the books are being removed from stores and schools and have even been removed from the online Seussville Book Store, they will most likely not be removed from the shelves of libraries. Libraries rarely

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decide to pull books from their shelves even when they have controversial or racist imagery or language. Many times they just move the books to a more discrete area of the library, Deborah Caldwell Stone told Alternative Press Magazine. “Shelf space is precious and librarians do periodically cull the book collections and remove some titles. But they usually do so because no one is asking for that book anymore,” she said.


How new technology has helped sports become more appealing to new fans

By Michael Lally, Staff Reporter

Even before COVID, sports constantly adapted to the latest protective health measures of outside organizations, many of which have been deemed controversial. From thin leather and pigskin to hightech protective plastics, football is one of the main sports that has cracked down on protective measures to ensure the safety of all athletes. Likewise, hockey has gone from a sport where face protection was scarce, to a helmet on the head of every skater in the world. These changes lead many to believe that if changes are always happening, it is not safe enough to play when this is not the case. Concussions have been the main study for universities across the country, and how preventing them will lead to an athletic and scientific breakthrough, but what the skeptics do not see is the decreasing number of brain-related fatalities in reaction to these increased efforts. According to the Center for Disease Control, while the number of concussions per year has increased, hospitalization rates have decreased by eight percent, and death rates have decreased by six percent. Now what many may be asking is, why is the concussion rate going up? The answer is simple; the testing has increased. Similar to COVID-19, an increase in testing will increase positive tests, and the positive concussion tests are a sign that doctors and athletic trainers are constantly on the lookout for any signs of a concussion, mild or severe. Junior Drew Smith has had his fair share of football over the past three years and has seen how concussion protocols have increased over time. “I remember we never did concussion tests as kids; now we do a test for every sport every year. They really care about concussions,” Smith said. Many athletes can attest to this, as recent as December 2020, the new approach to concussion tests was brought about to the basketball team known as the SWAY app. This app studies your coordination, memory, and other factors that go into setting a baseline for athletes. A quicker, easier way for athletes to get tested for concussions is what should appeal to anyone on the fence about sports because of the injuries.

Photo courtesy of Unsplash.com Many athletes remain sidelined from the fear of concussion, but with new technology within reach, it may open a new door for athletes on the fence.

With the quick adaptations that have been made, and more testing that is taking place, it is clear that the danger of sports is slowly becoming an afterthought as the years go on. The new technology that is being developed yearly allows athletes to get a better understanding of their health. With numbers decreasing in a favorable direction, trends can only suggest that sports safety is finally moving in the right direction.

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