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Letter From the Editors
JANUARY 31, 2014
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Joe Riedl, junior and Yearbook Photography Editor, brings new life to both Sunset’s yearbook and the Photography Club. Riedl created the Photography Club this school year and is the current president. “I recently followed Instagram’s page and they hold a weekly [photography] challenge to capture a simple object and [photograph] it,” said Riedl. “I thought it would be fun to attempt these challenges with my friends so I started the club. It has about 20 regular members so far.” Along with Photography Club and Yearbook, Riedl is beginning to present his artwork to the greater public, as he has always been passionate about it.
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PHOTO STORY “I’ve always found taking pictures strangely interesting. It didn’t matter what it was; I’d osity, especially when I’m on adventures.” Whenever Riedl takes a portrait, he asks the people around the subject about “their story” to give the photo depth. This makes Riedl’s photography personal; Riedl shows more than photographs of Portland or nature. “I like to photograph everything about Orego... the beautiful scenery, fascinating people and anything else that catches my eye,” said Riedl. His peers and teachers agree that his talent, passion and keen eye for powerful photos outweigh that of most. “His curiosity drives his approach to photography,” said Publications advisor Ellie Rozendaal.
“When he notices something beautiful, he envisions how he can catch that beauty in a photograph and then executes. He is a story-teller. These aspects show through in his images.” Riedl inspires others and sets an example to the rest of his Yearbook class. “We all noticed that Joe had a good eye in Yearbook last year and he shot some really nice images, but this year his work can be called truly exceptional,” said Rozendaal. “As our photo editor for the yearbook this year, Joe has led all of our staff in capturing exceptional shots, moments and stories.” Whether in the classroom or out in nature, Riedl leads the photography world of Sunset with both curiosity and enthusiasm.
Senior Joe Riedl’s photos display the city life of downtown Portland (left) and Cannon Beach (below). Riedl hopes to share his unique take on classic Oregon settings and locations through his photos. Photos by Joe Riedl
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Technology makes impact on learning, classroom dynamics Melissa Diamond, Staff Writer Technology affects nearly all aspects of life today, and the classrooms of Sunset are no exception. New teaching tools, such as blogs where students post can assignments and the universal presence of cell phones, are both beneficial and detrimental to the learning environment. “Technology is everywhere in our world, especially with high schoolers who always track the next big thing. I think that it is unrealistic to assume that technology can remain separate from our academics,” says freshman Rachael Diamond. Blogs are changing the way students learn. This
Students focus their attention on smartphones during the school day. Technology will continue to change the classroom environment and allow for new teaching methods. Photo by Haily Hargrave
Ali Weide, Staff Writer She has straight, blonde hair and dark brown skin. Her eyes are green and light up as she smiles, revealing straight, white teeth. She does not look like today’s typical American, but she does look like the American of the future. “Out in the world, the more curious (or less polite) among us might approach, asking, ‘Where are you from?’ or ‘What are you?’...What we see—and our curiosity—speaks volumes about our country’s past, its present and the promise and peril of its future,” says Lise Funderburg, a National Geographic writer. As more and more people immigrate to America, the diversity of its people grows. Americans are beginning to see an increase in the amount of people who are no longer defined by one particular race. “We’ve become a coun-
year, English teachers Therese Nolan and Michelle Marsh introduced an IB English blog for students to post commentaries and reply to each other’s writings. “Knowing that it’s published, everyone takes a little more time with it. Also, having the opportunity to read each other’s ideas is like you get double discussion. One is a silent written discussion, and the other is a class discussion where you can come in and follow up,” says Nolan. One of the only drawbacks of the blog is that some students find it difficult to share their work with their peers, but students still find the blog valuable to their learning experience. “I like being able to read what other people write. It also forces me to do my homework because it holds me accountable” says junior Maddie Leonard. While blogs seem to be generally favorable, the use of cell phones during class is a much more polarizing technology. “Cell phones are not distracting for me, but I know for others it can be a big distraction when people are texting and tweeting all throughout class,” says junior Genna Henny. Some teachers adhere to the “off and away” policy, while others choose to utilize phones as a learning tool. English and film teacher Paul Wolff sees both sides of the argument. “I encourage my students to employ cell phones as an organizational instrument and there are lots of applications where it is totally appropriate. However, there are lots of temptations that distract students from class directly and indirectly,” says Wolff. While there are both pros and cons to technology, there is no doubt that new devices are affecting classroom dynamics.
try where race is no longer so black or white,” says Funderburg. In the last 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau saw a 32 percent increase in those who check the multiracial box.
When someone identifies as African-American, the common expectation is that they have dark skin and extremely curly hair. But as diversity in America increases, that is not longer the case. “Yudah Holman, 29, self-identifies as half Thai and half black, but marks Asian on forms,” says Funderburg. Not only are Americans diversifying in racial looks, but also in how they classify themselves. Some people are starting to identify themselves based on who they are with. “[A young boy named] Yoel Chac Bautista, identifies himself as black when he’s with... his African-AmeriMany Americans today look more racially mixed than can parent. When he’s with his father, those of the past. Diversity will continue to grow as he’ll say Mexican,” says Funderburg. more and more people immigrate to America. The future American walks down Photo courtesy of National Geographic the street, eyes scanning all that is around her. She sees a girl with red, “The multiple-race option has been wavy hair and tan skin. She sees a man lauded as progress by individuals with pale skin and dark hair and eyes. frustrated by the limitations of the ra- They both look different to her, but both cial categories,” says Funderburg are perceived as clearly American.
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Russell, Dr. King put physical appearances aside, tackle prejudices “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” said King. During a period of strong racial inequality
Staff Writer “Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model,” said international model and TedTalk speaker Cameron Russell. Walking onto the stage, Russell begins her speech with how she’s won a ‘generic However, in a bold talk about the dark side of the modeling industry, she pushes young women to become leaders instead. Russell’s modeling industry follows in the footsteps of previous leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., whose fearless actions were striving for a culture revolution in today’s world. “How we look—though it is
Model Cameron Russell poses for a photo shoot (left), next to a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. (right). Both leaders have strived to inspire a change in today’s modern America. Photo courtesy of clatl.com
through violent protests. King chose to promote change through acts of nonviolence, breaking through the perceived stereotypes of the time. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,” said King. A Christian minister, King’s ideals were strongly based on the commandment of loving one’s neighbor as yourself. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s success with nonviolent
through nonviolent protests and speeches such as the famous “I Have a Dream,” receiving a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. impact on our lives,” said Russell. symmetry that we are biologically programmed “I have decided to stick with love. Hate Hoping to start a movement of change is too great a burden to bear,” said King. in today’s media, Russell discusses her and femininity and white skin,” said Russell. Both Russell and King were labeled views on how the world was built for only Russell’s honest talk brings up a topic because of their looks, and wanted that one type of beauty. Russell also admits that is often forgotten, racism in modern fact to change, yearning for a revolution in to having gained countless advantages media, yet something that remains relevant American culture. Each leader used a unique simply because of her looks, due to a even after the efforts of civil rights activists way to promote their ideas, hoping to inspire “legacy of gender and racial oppression.” many others to break the same stereotypes. “For the past few centuries, we have
Westview students use internet in attempt to save teacher, Stafford how our generation needs to hold the previStaff Writer ous ones accountable for the governments Teenagers throughout the district they’re running— as small as a school district took up internet activism in an attempt up through our state governments and all the to save Westview High School teach- way to the federal government of the Uniter Bert Stafford from losing his job and to ed States,” says Salzinger. “If there’s ever give him the unpaid leave he needs to re- going to be any change, it’ll be because we new his teaching license. Online petitions demand it. These institutions are of, by, and permeated social media and networks in for the people; in the end, they belong to us.” Students rose to Salzinger’s chalhopes that they would garner enough suplenge. Pulling together passionate speechport to sway the Beaverton School District. After failing to renew his license by es to present to the board; they used the taking required college courses (accord- district’s own words and educational being to the ‘Teachers Standards and Prac- liefs in their persuasive attempts. Detices Commission’ law), Stafford received spite this, the Beaverton School District ruled that Stafford will not be able to keep and that he could no longer teach at Westview. In response, Westview senior Jackie Salzinger rallied her peers to challenge the said Stafford. “This is the best civics lesson they board’s priorities and emphasize the dis- could have, and they performed brilliantly.” Salzinger’s brave venture into the web trict’s commitment to become more engaged with students, parents and the community. not only challenged the fundamental nature
of scholastic institutions but also proved that young adults can take up responsibility for social change in their community. People are beginning to question if their educationestablishments are prioritizing the wrong things. Students are quickly learning that they can take a stand when such a pow-
History and government teacher Bert Stafford stands proudly with his enthusiastic students. His passionate teaching inspired many of his students, both in and out of the classroom in this and past years. Photo courtesy of oregonlive.com
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LAN gaming creates virtual community of competitive gamers Tiana De La Rosa, Staff Writer Sunset’s “local area network” (LAN) Gaming Club breaks the socially reclusive stereotype of gamers by creating a social community. LAN Gaming Club was started a few years ago by students interested in the opportunity to play games with their friends using school resources. The club emphasizes community by grouping gamers into teams instead of pitting individuals against each other. “The club is a unique opportunity to socialize with friends through videogames if you aren’t able to outside of school. There is the same sense of camaraderie associated with sports teams without the physical aspect,” says junior and avid club member Killian Long. The club offers a wide range of games, and often more than one game is played simultaneously among the 20 members during their Friday meetings. The club’s most popular game genres include shooters, strategies, tower defenses and sandbox world games, the most popular being “Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.” Stu-
dents are welcome to bring in personal games that stay within the club’s teen rating restriction. “Generally I play Warcraft, which is all about time strategy. In the club’s two hour meeting I have time to accomplish building my own base and even destroy my enemy’s base as well,” says Long. LAN Gaming is technology teacher Jason Galbraith’s most popular club and is open to all Sunset students. Because of the club’s popularity, Galtors and a two dollar entrance fee for returning visitors, with an option of a $15 cover fee for the whole semester. Money collected from the club dues helps to fund Galbraith’s other activities, including video gaming competitions. “This club’s mission is really about creating a community in a virtual world. Although aids in that by putting the kids in a social situation where they feel encouraged,” says Galbraith. Bybringinggamerstogetherinsteadofperpetuating their isolation, it discounts the common assumption that gamers are “socially withdrawn.”
Senior Victor Lin plays “Warcraft III” during one of LAN Gaming Club’s meetings. LAN will continue to unite students interested in video games. Photo by Victoria Pence
Lin controls gaming world through unusual videogame tactics Braden Prillwitz, Entertainment and Copy Editor
Senior Victor Lin showcases his unique “Starcraft” skills as he plays another round of the game. Lin will continue playing “Starcraft” in college, further improving his abilities. Photo by Victoria Pence
The competitive virtual world of “Starcraft” is no match for senior Victor ponents in another round impressive standing in the game. Though he’s in it for the game, Lin is receiving a lot of glory as well. “He defeated the number one Canadian player,” said senior Peter Yang. Lin’s internet acclaim began with this victory. “This is no joke: he’s been called a true American hero,” said senior Sameer Kapur. Lin taught himself everything he knows about the game. His success is indicative of his many logged hours of practice. “Being number one shows his hard work and diligence,” said Kapur. Lin’s gaming ava-
tar, “Hitman,” is somewhat internet famous, especially on websites such as Reddit. According to classmates, Lin is also being recruited by colleges because of his success in Starcraft, as he was, at one point, the second highest ranked player in North America out of millions. “He wins by doing stupid stuff in the game,” said senior Ishan Karnik. “He essentially wins by
said senior Ethan Tan. It isn’t hard to see that Lin’s drive and origi-
everyday life as well. His hardworking personality is greatly admired by those who know him well. Lin possesses a unique skill set that helps him achieve success. “In a school like Sunset where the popularity and attention gets placed on athletes and Though Lin’s strate- people in theater, Vicgy may appear unorthodox tor Lin is a shining star in to many, no one can argue a dark sky,” said Kapur. that it is not effective. AlLin may be known though his tactics may be as a tennis player and good irritating to his opponents, student to fellow classLin’s originality and outside- mates, but the world will the-box-thinking are what remember him for his gamgot him to where he is. ing success. He will con“He’s really bold. tinue to stand out among He’s not scared of tak- the rest, both in the real ing risks, and that re- world and the virtual one.
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Yang slays fencing competition Hannah Dodge, Staff Writer
Equipped solely with a sturdy, featherlight sword and detailed knowledge of an ancient sport, senior Peter Yang fences his way past competitors and sets his sights on higher goals. After four years of demanding practices and long-distance traveling, Yang is ready to pursue a new challenge: collegiate fencing. ish my last season [in high school] strongly. I want to win, or at least
Senior Peter Yang prepares to compete against an oppnent in a match, formally known as a bout. Fencing provided Yang with many new experiences, including trips to Poland and training with olympic athletes. Photo Courtesy of Peter Yang
Latinos Unidos spreads culture
medal, in a U19 event. In college, I hope to make it on Duke’s NCAA News and Copy Editor Among colorful food, viFencing came natural- brant piñatas and fast-paced ly for Yang when he decided to dance music in both Spanish try the sport the summer before and English, Sunset students his freshman year in high school. dance at Latinos Unidos’ recent Since then, he has absorbed all Las Posadas event, celebrating the information he could to com- the nine day Latin holiday. It is pete at his very best and climbed typically celebrated in Spain, the ranks of high school fencing, Mexico, Guatemala and parts of in which he currently stands as 31 the southwestern United States. “In all our events, we try in the nation for his age division. to have a meaning and teach fencing is how much thinking you students something. It is not just have to do. It’s almost like a mind gathering around food. We take game where you have to try to trick a long time to make and plan or outsmart your opponent for ev- a new event,” says co-presiery point,” says Yang. “Also, it’s the dent and senior Daniel García. Latinos Unidos meets only time you can hit people with every AT with advisor Matthew swords without getting in trouble.” In addition to his athletic achievements, Yang also val- learn about different aspects ues fencing for its many lessons of Latino culture. In addition about life. He carries these les- to planning events, members sons with him to every match. of Latinos Unidos work to pro“Fencing has taught me mote their club’s activities to to be more responsible and students around the school. “We don’t only learn to really put my all into every chance I get,” says Yang. about Mexican culture. We In one swift movement, Yang also cover South American cullunges forward as his capped sword tures,” says co-president, secomes in contact with his oppo- nior Dulce Morales Martinez. During meetings, memnent’s chest, adding another successful match to his fencing career. bers plan events and parties
celebrating Latin American holidays and traditions, occasionally collaborating with leadership. Members of Latinos Unidos aim to create an inclusive environment to have fun and educate both Hispanic and non-Latino classmates on Latino culture and traditions. “It is not only for Latinos. We also welcome other people from other cultures to come and also learn about our culture,” says García. “We have had people from other cultures join us, just to learn what we are like, the food, the music and all that stuff.” As of 2012, the Beaverton School District reports that Hispanic students comprise about 26 percent of the School District, and 18 percent of Sunset students identify as hispanic. “We want to maintain the Latino culture and bring [Latinos] all together in a united community,” says Morales Martinez. “You don’t see many Latinos in leadership, so we don’t want this club to go away.” Latinos Unidos members plan their next big event while chatting and giggling loudly, rapidly shifting between from Spanish and English.
Packham continuously pushes for more on gymnastics floor Maggie Vanoni, Staff Writer Two years ago, the entire country watched as the United States women’s gymnastics team won the gold medal in the London Summer Olympics. No one was watching more intently than senior Emily Packham. “The friends I have there and the way it pushes me to do better is [the reason] I keep doing it,” said Packham when asked about why she’s participated in gymnastics for over thirteen years. Gymnastics has not only allowed her to meet new friends, but has also given her the motivation to further pursue the sport through college. “If I were to do gymnastics [in col-
lege] it would probably be at Brigham Young University, but other schools where I would want to do gymnastics would be at University of Utah, University of Southern California and University of Portland,” said Packham. The biggest challenge while doing any extra curricular activity is time management. Last year Packham had to juggle gymand mental blocks are also some of Packham’s biggest challenges in gymnastics. “Just take a step back and plan out how you want to get there. Have small goals to reach the end goal,” said Packham. Packham’s dedication and achievement in gymnastics has al- Senior gymnast Emily Packham clenches the lowed her to become the gym- uneven bars during her routine. Photo Courtesy of Emily Packham nast and person that she is today.
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STUDENTS DEFY STEREOTYPES
Sunset students are far from ordinary Comprised of unique and outstanding individuals, Sunset students have proven to be a diverse body who dare to embrace individuality. From Freshman to Senior each student proves that there is more to them than just societal stereotypes. These 5 students found on campus, Aysa, Isabel, Mark, Multezem and Victoria, are only just a few of the many who strive to make a difference within our community.
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Natalie Valent, Sports & Activites Editor
Braden Prillwitz, Entertainment and Copy Editor
Senior Victoria Pence is certainly not passive. She gives back to her community in ways most people would not think to do. “For the past two years I’ve been teaching knitting at a domestic violence shelter,” said Pence. She initially began this project to attain her Girl Scout Gold Award, but decided to keep volunteering. Pence’s skills with knitting helped her in her endeavors at the shelter. Those at the shelter learned to make anything from scarves, to hats, to blankets. All of this was in the hopes that they would learn to provide for themselves in difficult times.
Sophomore Isabel Huelskamp is the opposite of an apathetic teenager who goes home and does nothing after school. A devoted member of the women’s cross country team, she runs several miles each day in order to stay in peak condition, even during the off-season. “Cross country teaches me a lot of lessons about dedication and hard work. I also enjoy the team aspect of it,” said Huelskamp. Huelskamp also enjoys being involved in student leadership. “I like being able to reach out to other people that I normally wouldn’t get a chance to talk to,” said Huelskamp.
Mark Wickham Ria Chang, Staff Writer
Sophomore and choir member Mark Wickham has a beautiful singing voice and shines most when he is expressing his sexuality as a transgender in a predominately cisgender community. “I admit that, given a female voice and female figure, trans is not the first thing people think of... but it just means so much when someone asks me for my preferred pronouns, and I think it’s really important for people to know that.” Wickham is grateful that Sunset students are largely accepting of others’ sexual orientation. He hopes to set an example for those who are not as open about their own identity and continues to sing out for equality as president of the Gay-Straight Alliance club.
Aysa Klocke Hannah Dodge, Staff Writer
When freshman Aysa Klocke’s benign brain cyst was removed in seventh grade, she didn’t expect two reoccurrences. After undergoing her third surgery in January, Klocke now understands “My greatest struggle is patience, especially prior to each surgery. It’s hard to wait until the surgery day due to pain or anxiety,” says Klocke. “It’s a process. I continue to learn from it, hurt from it and change from it.” Despite her struggles, Klocke embraces these experienc“Through all experiences you can learn something. Even if it hurts, there’s always something you can take away that makes you you,” says Klocke.
Multezem Kadir Sharada Menon, Copy Editor
Through his passion for learning, Multezem Kedir shatters stereotypes of our generation. “Outside of school I do a lot of programming. I like to do stuff with computers,” says Kedir. Kedir is learning programming languages both inside and outside of school, including java, c++, html and java script. He plans to study computer science in college. “After that I would love to focus on spiritual things. I would like discover more about religion,” says Kedir. Like his family, Kedir identito the US from Ethiopia, where “I came to the US, like everyone does, for a better future,” says Kedir. “When I was in Ethiopia we went to a an english school, so they taught us American culture and language.” At Sunset, Kedir was helped by teachers and students to transition into a new environment and challenge himself academically.
Photos by Haily Hargrave, Taylor Ketchum, Victoria Pence, and John Freeman
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‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ Amelia Turnquist, Op/Ed Editor, Copy Editor Grade: B“You need help, Private?” shouts Lieutenant Jack Ryan over the crude beat of the chopper’s blades. A baby-faced kid continues to fumble with his seatbelt, the nonchalant movements of experience obviously absent from his shaking hands. Ryan unclips his belt, gets up with a sigh and makes his way to the newbie. Before the audience can even groan in foresight, a missile collides in a sick sort of harmony with the hedread. Ryan, his spinal cord shattered, is sent home to the states. As Ryan learns to walk again, he catches the attention of his beautiful yet no-nonsense physical therapist, Cathy Muller (Keira Knightley), and stern CIA agent, William Harper (Kevin Costner), who wants to use Ryan’s backrorist investments. 10 years later, a fully-healed Ryan discovers suspicious accounts in a lucrative Russian company which suggest a plot to collapse the American
dollar and effectively create a second Great Depression. Ryan is sent to Moscow to investigate Viktor Cherevin’s (Kenneth Branagh) company to the dismay of Muller, Ryan’s now-steady girlfriend, who believes he is having an affair. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” based on the books of recently deceased Tom Clancy, is a perfectively portrays the heroic yet inover-his-head Ryan, but won’t be attracting any Oscars, and Knightley is what she should be: a beautiful girl who proves to be smarter than she seems. Actor and director Branagh is competent as the cold and violent Cherevin, but nothing more. The movie seems to struggle under the stereotypical and uncreative plot of a Russian villain who wishes to avenge his country. Yes, it targets and satiswith a PG-13 rating and sizable sum of gun-blasts, but it lacks the deeper theme, the emotional connection of a truly great action movindicator that Clancy can create a basic, entertaining plotline than an effective tribute to his name.
Chris Pine poses as Jack Ryan, a CIA agent who gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a Russian plot to attack the American economy. The movie came out on Friday, Jan 17, spurred by the recent death of the book series’ author, Tom Clancy. Photo courtesy of ntdaily.com
Gleaming with pride, Marshall prepares to share his latest album, WALTZ. Being his most recent work, Sunset should expect this history teacher to be the next up-and-coming artist. Photo by Taylor Ketchum
The August Light astounds audience with EP, “WALTZ” Sage Steineke, Staff Writer
History teacher Christopher Marshall may be known formally “Mr. Marshall” to his students, but to his fans he is known as “Chris Marshall, lead singer of the August Light.” Marshall has been practicing music since the young age of 14, starting his career in a hardcore punk band known as “Silence Upon Sorrow” alongside his brother and best friend. But as Marshall grew older he also grew interested in a new type of music, leading him to his current rock, folk and country oriented band, The August Light. Marshall’s band has released two albums over the past three years, the latest of which being WALTZ, released in 2012. WALTZ is made up of a mere four songs: “Out of the Mystery,” “Waltz,” “Into the Light” and “Moving On.” Though the track
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list is limited, it’s just enough to leave fans begging for more. The EP achieves the perfect Goldilocks effect with all four songs unique enough to stand on their own but similar enough to work as a unit. The opening track, “Out of the Mystery,” has an upbeat folk rock vibe with gravelly vocals that even show off a growl or two, reminding fans of Marshall’s punk beginnings. Another standout song on the Album is the title track “Waltz”. “Waltz” is one of the slower songs on the album, favoring a more country vibe, though thankfully Marshall does not trade in his soft lulls and gravelly shouts for a country twang. Fans of The August Light can expect a new album to be released later this year, but until then, they can purchase the impressive WALTZ on Itunes for $3.96 and band paraphernalia at www.chrismarshallmusic.com.
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Talented Sunset songwriters bring passion, fun to personal lyrics Fiona Bandettini, Staff Writer
ing by messing around with her guitar until she creates a tune she likes with a folky and unique sound. Although Many students enjoy music on a popular artists today put on a perfordaily basis, but few express their emo- mance to become successful, Pelletitions through songwriting. Contrary to er values musical talent over the show. the teenager stereotype, two Sunset stu- She believes songwriting can be an outdents incorporate their feelings on the let for creativity and feelings for peoups and downs of high school, life expe- ple who wish to express themselves. “My inspiration for songs comes riences and relationships through music. from real life experiences and emotional “Back in eighth grade I was dealing with homelessness which sparked reactions, and I address those feelings different emotions for me,” said junior so they don’t get bottled up,” said junior Kaiya Pelletier. “I picked up a guitar, Thythy Bui. “Songwriting is my therapy taught myself the chords, started play- and it heals me. It helps me learn things ing and joined choir to improve my sing- about myself that I didn’t know before.” Bui has always written poetry, and ing. I performed for the first time at Inas she got older she began to write in a somnia Café with an 11 song set and journal to free her mind before she went it was great to perform my own music.” Pelletier says she begins compos- to sleep every night. At age 13, she be-
gan to write songs using the piano and guitar. Whenever she finds chords that elicit emotion, she picks up her pen. “Maybe deep down I’m a hopeless romantic. I miss the idea of written emotions and having those feelings come alive in the music,” said Bui. Whether she is writing lyrics about relationships or other life experiences, Bui doesn’t let others define her feelings or hold her songwriting back. “Follow your passion, follow your dreams, and don’t give a damn about what people think,” said Pelletier. Both Bui and Pelletier break the stereotypes of our generation by expressing their inner voices through their passionate lyrics. The two share their own lessons and emotions with the world without caring about what others think.
Thythy Bui plays guitar to express herself through emotional lyrics. She never Photo courtesy of Nathan Harris Kaiya Pelletier takes out her guitar when inspiration strikes. Recently songwriting has become one of the main focuses in her life. Photo courtesy of Suzanne Hendrix
American culture continues diversifying, improving
er arrived. America was born in an evolving, diverse society and that will continue. AmeriOn an average morning ca remains a primary target for in the United States in 2014, immigrants, acting as a “city on an ordinary kid might wake up a hill” for the rest of the world. and begin to watch a British TV Americans are also able to show called “Doctor Who” on a consume more foreign media laptop that was made in China. due to the fact they can now acThey may then go to the Hin- tively seek out what they want du mandir today with their par- to watch. Through services like ents, but also stop off for some food at a Mexican restaurant appreciate shows from other beforehand. All of these things countries, such as BBC shows, are fairly normal now in our cul- Bollywood and Japanese anture, but would have been un- ime. Exposure to foreign media thinkable in America just two has inspired American culture decades ago. Globalization affects us on a massive scale. Rim” took obvious inspiration Though some people gripe from Japanese mecha anime about how American culture is being destroyed; it is actually rected by Mexican Guillermo The United States was del Toro, while staring internafounded by immigrants who tional stars Idris Elba (English) added their cultures into the and Rinko Kikuchi (Japanese). mix. Everyone in America comes from somewhere else, and this country has been di- movie tropes for American auversifying since the beginning. diences, is a sign of entertainThe Natives that came from Asia had very distinct cultures Rim” holds immense popularity themselves, as did the Africans, both in America and overseas, Europeans and Asians who lat- and holds a 71 percent “fresh”
Shreyans Khunteta, Tech Editor
rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Some people fear that America’s former Anglo-Saxon Christian male-dominated monolingual culture is being destroyed. The proper response to that is good riddence; that culture should be left to the dusty archives of history. Some people may be saddened that America isn’t following racist, sexist and homophobic views of the past, but such evolution is necessary in any civilised society. Women and black people are now able to vote, many states have legalised gay marriage and the Chinese Exclusion Act (and similar laws) are a nightmare of the past. America is a diverse nation and we should embrace the enhancements in culture. An Indian-American boy can try to speak Spanish while ordering food in the Mexican restaurant while his Jewish friend watches “Attack on Titan” with an absurd level of fascination. After this, they go play the Swedish-made game “Europa Universalis.” Like many, they are able to enjoy these foreign products while remaining very much American.
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Scroll Staff Co-Editors in Chief Anamika Vaughan-Jenny Fessler News Editor Sharada Menon Opinion/Editorial Editor Amelia Turnquist Features Editor Anna Kemper Entertainment Editor Braden Prillwitz Sports & Activities Editor Natalie Valent Double Truck Editor Anna Kemper Photo Editor Haily Hargrave Copy Editors Amelia Turnquist-Braden Prillwitz-Sharada Menon Design Team Anna Kemper-Sage SteinekeMora Camplair Staff Writers Hannah Dodge-Fiona BandettiniTiana De La Rosa-Ria ChangAli Weide-Maggie Vanoni-Olivia RohretMora Camplair-Melissa DiamondTech Editor Shreyans Khunteta Staff Photographers Taylor Ketchum-Victoria PenceJohn Freeman Advisor Eloika Rozendaal Editorial Policy
This collage of national pins represents the multicultural makeup of the United States. Being a land of opportunity, the United States attracts many immigrants from across the globe. Photo courtesy of ameredia.com
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Impact of violent media is blown out of proportion Mora Camplair, Staff Writer and Designer In the past year it seemed that every day the news would cover details on a mass shooting or announce a violent incident. This sparked an all-time high in research papers exploring the causes of violent behavior, each dedicated to establish a link between mass shootings and media. However, those research papers have failed to do this, because there is no correlation between violence and media. Should our media have more restrictions on its violent content on the basis that it is the cause of aggressive behavior? No, the claim that media causes violent actions is invalid; it doesn’t consider an individual’s unique risk factors, parenting responsibilities According to Dr. Patrick Markey and Dr. Charlotte Markey in the Review of General Psychology, each individual has a predetermined vulnerability factor. Traits that predict the factor include neuroticism, low agreeability and low ence one’s susceptibility to react to violent media, therefore the relation could simply be that violent people are drawn to violent media. Popular studies neglect ing in media—including violent games. Most games offer players an outlet for aggression, which could otherwise be exposed in reality. One study showed that after playing video games there was an increased density of the subject’s nerve cells, which indicates heightened strategic abilities. Lastly, exposure to shooting video games develops visual
Media desensitizes gamers to violence Anna Kemper, Features and Double Truck Editor
and motor awareness, improving the player’s real life reactions. Anti-violence and parenting organizations state that seeing violence in media desensitizes society to the severity of what is being shown. However, blogger Cormac Foster argues video games shouldn’t be blamed for this desensitization because it is the parent’s responsibility to be aware of their child’s vulnerability factor. He advises parents, “pay attention to the ratings, research content of games online
The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that youth will view 200 thousand acts of violence on television by the time they are 18 years old, including 16 thousand murders, and studies have found that more than 85 percent of video games contain violence. Even children’s cartoons may contain up to 20 acts of violence per hour. Has the media desensitized violence, causing children to become more aggressive and savage? Yes, and violent media and video games have
Auto” or “Call of Duty,” watched the TV shows “Breaking Bad” or “The Walking Dead” or seen any
Two children play video games after school. Some believe that video games and other media cause violence in children, while others say this is a myth. Photo courtesy of bubblenews.com
from both studies suggest that violent media makes people numb to the pain and suffering of others. Violent video games and TV shows are not a thing of the past, but adults need to understand the consequences these media outlets portray in order to combat them. The key is to make sure young people are exposed to other forms of con-
before you buy them, and above all, know your child’s sensitivities and limitations.” Foster says the problem isn’t the games, rather the limits set by parents. Violent media, whether it’s movies, advertisements or games, should not be regulated any more than it already is. Rather, individuals must be aware of their personal risk factors in hopes to prevent any new announcement of harmful aggression.
a profound effect on adolescents. Children are highly impressionable. One study by the American Psychological Association found that children who watched several hours of violent television per day in elementary school showed higher levels of aggression as teenagers. As adults they were also more likely to be arrested and prosecuted for criminal acts. Anyone who has played “Grand Theft
the media and video games are becoming more violent by the year. Even some children’s TV shows show cartoon cruelty that might make some adults cringe. Such desensitization to violence may also affect children’s problem-solving abilities as they grow older. A boy who uses guns or swords to hurt opponents in video games may come to see force as the best method of getting ahead. Some might argue that violent video games do not have long-term effects, and that those who claim otherwise are only using media as a convenient cause for violent children. However, the numbers of children who are affected by video games and TV shows has gone up in recent years (playengland.com). Two studies by the American Psychiatric Foundation tested the hypothesis that exposure to violent media reduces the urge to help
sensitive to scenes of violence and mayhem in the movies, but they can still move through the real world with compassion.
TECHNOLOGY OF THE AGES
Technology of the ages Anamika Vaughan & Jenny Fessler, Co-Editors in Chief
Airplane Before the internet could bring distant relatives closer together, there was the airplane.
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Where would Earth be today without this discovery? Most modern-day comforts are plugged into electricity, and electricity will continue to integrate itself deeper.
Nowadays, the world is straying from petroleum-powered cars and is instead looking toward more sustainable options; however, the world has yet to see -
Computer The computer is the perfect conduit to harness the awesome power of the internet, and also an improvement to the storage of information. Plus, they bring humans closer to the inevtiable robo-apocalypse.
Telephone The telephone revolutionized the way humans speak to each other. It did away with carefully written letters and replaced them with a huge box that can instantly transport voices from one city to another. Luckpeople access to the internet. However, as amazing as phones are, they pose a threat to normal social interactions, the dignity of photography (cough, cough instagram) and the sanctity of movie theaters.
Internet This new cyber-reality has made the world smaller, communication easier, shopping more convenient and media more accessible. It revolutionized the way humans relax, work and play. Without the internet, people could not and would not share personal anecdotes for all the faceless users of the web to see (cough, cough Facebook). The internet also allowed humans of all ages to take part in the global community by spreading awareness to organizing movements through social media sites. While there has been much debate about the internet’s positive or negative impact on today’s youth, there is no questioning the potential the internet holds for the future of mankind.
The video game industry has progressed
Remember that robot dog that Sony™ tried to replace mankind’s favorite furry companion with? Unsurprisingly, the robot canine never really caught on.
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and Pacman. Now, along with other media, videogames are a scapegoat for the world’s violence (well, only in countries with video games). Nevertheless, the gaming industry is booming and isn’t expected to stop for the foreseeable future.
The hype for the two-wheeled motorized platform thing (there are no synonyms for the segway) was brief, and while Segway™ never went out of business, the segway was never going to be as cool as the morich people with nothing better to do. However, for anyone interested in acquiring one of these beauties, Segway™ has a large range of on-road segways, and for the more rugged folk, off-road segways.
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Generation Y obliterates stereotypes with progressive mindset Self-absorbed, lazy, misinformed and disinterested are only some of the words most commonly associated with Generation Y. Those born between “1982 and the early 2000s” (USA Today), also known as Millennials, grew up in a time of new technology, connectivity and globalization. Considering the turbulent world in which they were born, should the Millennials be judged so harshly? No, they should not, because these individuals are capable of making change, and it is unfair to oversimplify the entire generation as lazy and noncommittal. Generation Y is not lazy. Studies show that those from make less money than their parents, yet they are “the most educated generation in American history” (money.howstuffworks. com). The fact that the Millennials are destined to live at home on their sense of entitlement or lack of motivation; it is simply a consequence of a bad economy. National employment went from 4.4 percent in 2007 to an appalling 10 percent in 2009 and then remained low at seven percent in 2013 (data.bls. gov). The newly graduated now with the experienced, because there simply aren’t enough jobs for young adults. It is complete-
ly unfair for older generations to accuse Y of being “lackadaisical” and “unmotivated,” because a poor employment situation is not solely this generation’s fault. The youngest Millennials were born into a declining economy and are only suffering the consequences of those responsible for wrecking it. Unquestionably one of the single most important aspects of modern life, the internet is a resource that young Y-ers continually embrace and mold into its most current form. Many critics of the Millennials claim that the internet, and related social networks within it, has inspired an epidemic of self-absorption and “lazy activism.” This is not true by any stretch of the imagination. Compared to the aggressive and externalized activism of Baby Boomers during the Vietnam War, the movements for social change brought about by moderate or apathetic. However, if one were to venture onto an online forum such as Tumblr, one could see extensive discussions about ingrained social issues such the hatred toward people of color, the LBGTQ community, and gender equality. Just because passionate individuals choose to publish their opinions online, instead of printing revolutionary publications like Common Sense, doesn’t
make them any less credible. In the argument against Generation Y, some might say that “you shouldn’t just think the change, you should be the change.” While this may be true, it is also true that one does not have to partake in the stereotypical acts of making change, such as the rioting and violent acts that occurred during the turbulent Vietnam War era. The war on terrorism that Generation Y grew up dealing with cannot be dealt with in the same way as other national crises before it; ror ultimately will not be solved by protests. With this in mind, it makes sense for Generation Y to focus on the issues that are more conducive with media and the internet available for use. Sometimes true societal change occurs through the hands of the
nation’s youth that otherwise might not happen in the older, more traditional generations. So, before discrediting all of Y, outsiders should take a closer look at what is actually being done behind the scenes. Generation Y simply does not deserve the bad reputation it has been given. It is not a group of lazy young people wrapped up in themselves, nor is it of lazy activists that are too apathetic to provoke any real sense of change. The Millennials are the bright, educated and tech-savvy generation who have decided to embrace the shifts of society instead of resist them. Y-er’s cannot let their parents, teachers, or anyone from any age group criticize Generation Y for being what it is; Generation Y must let its actions determine the way it is perceived by the world.
I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE
Jared Leto has better hair than me. I’m not even mad, it’s just impressive.
If Everyone Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society.
Happy Birthday @Justin Bieber! The screaming fans, the Twitter following, the perfect hair, -- I’m sorry, I’m thinking of me.