TALON 64th Issue
Is this the End?
For Students, By Students
From One to Another
Hi everyone! I hope you love this issue as much as I do! When I was little, I remember having a Corduroy Bear flip book. It was two books in one. I thought that was so neat, and it was part of my inspiration for the creation of this issue. Soon we can all wipe the sweat from our brows as this semester finally comes to an end. But will we have relief for long? The Mayan calender predicts DOOMSDAY on the 21st! Will this be the end for all? Our team has given their thoughts on the end of the world, the spirit of giving, and Christmas wish lists (for if the world doesn’t end). Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Stop the Bullying!
Bullying Has Taken a Dangerous Turn
Is It the End of the World!?
A Girlâ€™s Christmas 9 Wishlist
December 21st, 2012
A Guyâ€™s Christmas Wishlist
Whatâ€™s In the 13 N-Word?
Vandalism in Dallavis.
How Will You Spend Your Last Day?
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STOP THE BULLYING! By Georgia Trevor
ullying is a form of aggressive behavior that is intentional, hurt- ful, physical, psychological, and/or threatening and persistent. There is an imbalance of strength, power, and domi- nance. The problem occurs when this is a continuous situation that doesn’t stop as generations evolve. Bullying hurts and in worst cases, kills. Did you know that bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to con- sider suicide than non-victims, accord- ing to studies by Yale University? According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying. 25% of teachers see nothing wrong with bullying or putdowns and intervene in only 4% of bullying incidents.
Children and adolescents who bully thrive on controlling or dominating oth- ers. They have often been the victims of physical abuse or bullying themselves. I’m sure many have heard about the Canadian teenager, Amanda Todd, who was bullied so much, she committed suicide. Mind you, before her death, she had tried consuming bleach. She was rushed to the hospital to get it pumped out of her body. When she recovered, nasty remarks on her Facebook page about how she should try harder to kill herself or try the same action again because she clearly hadn’t done it right were all over her wall. I guess the real question is when will this cycle stop? Why can’t bullying go away as fast as seasonal fashion? Bul- lying hurts. Though the scars may be invisible, the pain is still there. Whether it’s physical, verbal, cyber, whatever!
Itâ€™s Â hateful Â and Â it Â hurts. Â I Â once Â was Â a Â victim Â of Â bullying. Â It Â was Â hurtful, Â discouraging, Â and Â it Â left Â me Â feeling Â alone Â because Â no Â one Â could Â relate Â or Â cared Â to Â understand Â that Â I Â couldnâ€™t Â just Â tell Â the Â people Â off. Â They Â always Â came Â back. Â I Â am Â my Â own Â person Â now, Â WITH Â A Â VOICE. Â Though Â the Â wounds Â healed, Â I Â still Â hate Â bullying. Â Itâ€™s Â always Â done Â to Â those Â who Â are Â different Â or Â canâ€™t Â stand Â up Â for Â themselves. Â
7KDQNIXOO\EXOO\LQJLVÂżQDOO\UHFHLYLQJ attention. Â There Â are Â hotlines, Â websites, Â and Â well-Âknown Â celebrities Â speaking Â out Â on Â how Â bullying Â needs Â to Â stop! Â This Â positive Â Â encouragement Â really Â has Â an Â impact Â on Â youth. Sites Â for Â encouragement: Â www.pacer.org/bullying www.dig4kids.org/Bully-ÂPrevention www.lighthouse-Âservices.com/ www.cyberbullyhotline.com
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e h t f o t? I d n now E e eK h T W t I s Is A d l r Wo By Colbi Howser
Gas prices dropping, Twinkies are gone, and one of the worst droughts on record all happening in 2012. Are these signs that the world is coming to an end? Many people think so. According to many religious calendars and prophe- cies December 21, 2012 is the day the world will come to an end. Many think that this is just a phase and it will pass, but some say this day is something we should be paying attention to. It has happened many times over the past years, and on many dates. Prophe- cies and calendars have been showing the worlds end for many years now, and www.talonnews360.net
a lot people are starting to think this is just another phase. There have been many so called dates that have been set as the demise of the world, for ex- ample, July of 1999 when Nostradamus predicted the descending of the sky, and Y2K, but so far the world has stayed intact and no sky has fallen. To many people, these dates are just days. “I think it’s just a phase. I think it’s natural for our earth to go through climate changes and experience natural disasters. I’m not really worried about it at all. Even if it is real, there isn’t anything I can do about it so I’m just
7 going Â to Â go Â about Â my Â business Â as Â coming Â to Â an Â end. Â Â So Â what Â makes Â this Â XVXDOÂ´VRSKRPRUH/L]]LH7UXHWNHQVDLG day Â so Â different? Â To Â others, Â this Â day Â is Â different. Â Â Maybe Â all Â this Â end Â of Â the Â world Â talk Â One Â reason Â driving Â many Â people Â to Â isnâ€™t Â true Â at Â all. Â Â Some Â experts Â are Â say-Â believe Â this Â day Â is Â actually Â real Â is Â the Â ing Â that Â the Â Mayans Â never Â predicted Â the Â Mayan Â calendar, Â which Â is Â said Â to Â be Â world Â to Â end;Íž Â they Â predicted Â the Â world Â ending Â on Â December Â 21st. Â Â It Â is Â said Â would Â begin Â on Â December Â 21st, Â 2012. Â Â to Â be Â the Â last Â cycle Â of Â the Â sun Â based Â on Â When Â asked Â what Â the Â 2012 Â prophecies Â their Â studies. Â Â Believers Â are Â starting Â to Â are, Â Dr. Â Alberto Â Villoldo, Â a Â medical Â prepare, Â and Â people Â all Â over Â the Â world Â anthropologist Â and Â founder Â of Â The Â Four Â are Â witnessing Â their Â fear Â and Â prepara-Â Winds Â Society, Â said, Â â€œDecember Â 21, Â tions. Â Â 2012 Â is Â an Â astronomical Â alignment Â that Â is Â going Â to Â be Â the Â beginning Â of Â a Â new Â A Â new Â series Â on Â National Â Geographic, Â era Â of Â a Â new Â age. Â Â Theyâ€™re Â not Â the Â apoc-Â â€œDoomsday Â Preppers,â€? Â explores Â the Â alyptic Â prophecies Â of Â Christianity Â about Â lives Â of Â regular Â Americans Â who Â are Â the Â end Â of Â the Â world. Â Â They Â are Â really Â preparing Â for Â the Â end Â of Â the Â world. Â Â the Â beginning Â of Â the Â world. Â Â According Â Throughout Â this Â show, Â these Â â€œpreppersâ€? Â WRWKH0D\DQVKXPDQLW\ÂżUVWDSSHDUVLQ will Â go Â above Â and Â beyond Â to Â make Â sure Â the Â planet Â on Â December Â 21, Â 2012.â€? they Â are Â prepared Â for Â the Â day Â of Â doom. Â Â There Â are Â many Â people Â and Â families Â out Â So Â to Â all Â of Â you Â who Â think Â these Â are Â our Â there Â taking Â this Â date Â seriously Â and Â pre-Â last Â days, Â think Â again, Â because Â accord-Â paring Â for Â the Â worst Â but Â experts Â say Â this Â ing Â to Â the Â Mayans, Â the Â world Â is Â just Â is Â not Â something Â to Â be Â worried Â about. Â Â beginning Â and Â we Â have Â our Â whole Â lives Â There Â have Â been Â countless Â numbers Â of Â to Â start Â fresh Â and Â have Â new Â beginnings. Â Â Doomsday Â predictions, Â and Â the Â world Â is Â Believer Â or Â not, Â this Â just Â proves Â that Â still Â here. Â To Â date Â there Â have Â been Â over Â history Â might Â not Â always Â be Â what Â we Â 200 Â past Â predictions Â about Â the Â world Â make Â of Â it. Â
A Â College Â Guyâ€™s Â Christmas Â Wishlist
tâ€™s Â about Â that Â time Â for Â Christmas Â mu-Â sic, Â cheesy Â icicle Â lights, Â and Â packed Â shopping Â malls. Â Along Â with Â these Â great Â aspects Â of Â the Â holiday Â season Â come Â gifts. Â While Â I Â canâ€™t Â speak Â very Â accu-Â rately Â on Â what Â to Â get Â your Â great Â aunt, Â I Â can Â tell Â you Â what Â many Â college Â guys Â are Â going Â to Â have Â on Â their Â Christmas Â wish Â list, Â starting Â with Â the Â new Â Windows Â Surface. Â Ya, Â I Â know Â Apple Â is Â the Â thing Â to Â have Â for Â many Â people, Â but Â Micro-Â soft Â did Â a Â pretty Â good Â job Â creat-Â ing Â this Â rival Â to Â the Â iPad. Â Adding Â almost Â a Â full Â inch Â larger Â screen Â than Â the Â iPad, Â the Â Surface Â also Â provides Â a Â USB Â port, Â HD Â video Â port, Â and Â a Â Touch Â Cover Â Keyboard. Â At Â about Â $500, Â the Â Surface Â isnâ€™t Â a Â bad Â choice Â for Â anyone. Â Â If Â you Â know Â a Â gamer, Â the Â recent Â drop Â of Â Halo Â 4 Â and Â Call Â of Â Duty: Â Black Â
Ops Â 2 Â are Â the Â obvious Â options. Â Both Â are Â getting Â great Â reviews Â and Â record Â sales Â so Â this Â is Â a Â safe Â bet Â for Â a Â college Â guy. Â Staying Â with Â electronics, Â itâ€™s Â almost Â impossible Â to Â miss Â with Â The Â Rise Â of Â the Â Dark Â Knight Â DVD. Â If Â heâ€™s Â a Â guy, Â he Â likes Â Batman. Â Now Â that Â sneaker Â heads Â are Â a Â dime Â a Â GR]HQWKHAir Â Jordan Â 11 Â â€œPlayoffsâ€? Â DUHJRLQJWRKDYHSHRSOHJRLQJFUD]\ to Â get Â a Â pair. Â They Â donâ€™t Â come Â out Â until Â December Â 21st, Â so Â youâ€™re Â going Â to Â have Â to Â be Â up Â early Â to Â get Â your Â chance Â at Â a Â pair. Â I Â wish Â you Â luck. If Â the Â guy Â youâ€™re Â buying Â for Â wouldnâ€™t Â like Â any Â of Â these Â things Â then Â he Â shouldnâ€™t Â get Â anything. Â Â Just Â in Â case Â this Â does Â happen, Â get Â him Â a Â Best Â Buy Â gift Â card. Â A Â guy Â canâ€™t Â walk Â into Â WKDWVWRUHDQGÂżQG NOTHING. Â I Â hope Â that Â everyone Â gets Â everything Â on Â his Â or Â her Â wish Â list Â this Â holiday Â season Â and Â stays Â safe Â shopping;Íž Â itâ€™s Â FUD]\RXW there. Â
By Â Kelby Â Phelps
A Â College Â Girlâ€™s Â Christmas Â Wishlist
From Â fashion Â forward Â divas Â to Â tech Â savvy Â gals Â and Â everyone Â in Â between, Â we Â have Â you Â covered Â for Â the Â most Â popular Â Christmas Â gifts Â for Â females.
Samsung Â Galaxy Â Camera Â This Â digital Â camera Â has Â not Â only Â photo Â shooting Â capabilities Â top, Â groundbreaking Â editing Â and Â sharing Â capabilities. Â You Â can Â edit Â your Â photos Â instantly Â on Â the Â touch Â screen, Â then Â upload Â and Â share Â them Â directly Â to Â your Â social Â networks. Â Â
iPad Â Mini Â As Â the Â Apple Â site Â points Â out, Â â€œThereâ€™s Â less Â of Â it, Â but Â no Â less Â to Â it.â€? Â Â Everything Â that Â consumers Â loved Â about Â the Â iPad Â is Â present, Â but Â now Â you Â can Â hold Â it Â in Â one Â hand. Â Â Perfect Â for Â women Â to Â slip Â comfortably Â into Â their Â purse Â or Â handbag!
Riding Â Boots You Â donâ€™t Â have Â to Â be Â into Â equestrian Â wear Â to Â appreciate Â a Â solid Â pair Â of Â riding Â boots. Â If Â youâ€™re Â not Â feeling Â up Â to Â par Â for Â the Â day, Â toss Â on Â some Â leggings Â and Â a Â trusty Â pair Â of Â boots Â and Â youâ€™re Â good Â to Â go! Â Â
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PROCEED WITH CAUTION!! By Taneeka Hill
Whatâ€™s in the N-Âword? â€Śa black person, a member of any dark-skinned race, a member of a socially disadvantaged class of persons A word so sensitive, even the Talon has refused to print it unless distorted! Communication Â is Â about Â perception. Â Â What Â we Â see, Â hear, Â or Â become Â aware Â of Â affects Â our Â perception Â of Â people, Â places Â and Â things. Â Recently Â I Â was Â confronted Â by Â a Â poster Â boldly Â showcasing Â this Â word Â in Â the Â hallway Â of Â Dallavis Â Hall Â at Â $YLOD8QLYHUVLW\)URPÂżUVWJODQFHWKH wording Â is Â hard Â to Â swallow. Â Especially Â since Â I Â was Â in Â the Â company Â of Â my Â two Â children Â and Â had Â only Â recently Â begun Â to Â introduce Â them Â to Â the Â concepts Â of Â racism Â and Â the Â ugly Â language Â that Â ac-Â companies Â it. Â This Â word Â digs Â into Â the Â depth Â of Â my Â soul Â and Â brings Â back Â thoughts, Â feel-Â ings, Â and Â frustrations Â of Â an Â oppression Â that Â is Â all Â too Â real Â and Â never Â forgotten. Â Â Attempting Â to Â breathe Â and Â break Â this Â trance, Â I Â try Â to Â focus Â on Â the Â literature Â surrounding Â this Â offensive Â term Â in Â an Â HIIRUWWRUDWLRQDOL]HLW7KHLQVHQVLWLY-Â ity, Â the Â lack Â of Â respect, Â the Â offense, Â the Â scripted Â dagger Â that Â digs Â within Â my Â www.talonnews360.net
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The world as we know it is said to end on December 21, 2012.
For some of you this might come as a shock, but for most, plans and tactics of survival have already been discussed. I don’t know about you, but this calls for a celebration. Whether we’re celebrating the survival of 2012, or our last couple weeks on this earth, it’s party time! I got the chance to ask some people here at Avila University how they would like to spend their last day on Earth, and here’s what they said! I would eat the fattiest foods and drink as many energy drinks as possible. Robbie Beckert I would spend time with my friends and family. Brianna Gilmour I would eat all the ice cream in the world. Tiffany Zinn I would watch as many episodes of “Lost” as possible. David Weinkauff I would go skydiving. Ben Walker I would spend the day riding elephants. Tina Johnson I would spend time with my husband and kids at our home. I’d want to be home where we feel comfortable and safe. Alyssa Norton I would play ball all day. Austin Stockard I would spend time with my family and boyfriend. Katie LaRose I would spend it with my family and friends. Rachel Aultman
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The Talon Wishes You a Happy New Year!
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