I’m a pretty simple girl. I goto school, work part time, and strive to achieve the best I can. I make very good grades and I am an active writer. I direct my school newspaper and my school Lit Mag. Writing is one of my many passions. I love to start on a blank page and know that I can make it into whatever I want to. It belongs completely to me, and it is completely my own. I love to write for the newspaper, journal, short story write and my absolute favorite is poetry. I love to play the guitar. I believe that life without music would be very boring. Music is a large part of my life, it helps me to express myself in a healthy way. I took the two of my talents and combined them, thus in result I write and sing my own music. I make pizzas currently for a living, nothing fabulous, but one day I hope to become a lawyer. Law is something I love to look at. I love the idea of having to challenge my mind to find educated ways to win/persuade my claim to be best. Being a lawyer has always been a dream of mine, it is the one thing I will not accept failure from. I will reach my goal and one day it will no longer be a dream. Overall, I’m a pretty simple girl with many dreams and talents; I just want to leave this world a better place then what I came into it as, my only life long goals are to live happily and to give back to the world thats given to me.
The government was very eager to settle this new land, they went to extremes to get people to come out and farm it. They provided transportation and gave the land away. The cowboys tried to warn everyone not to plow the grass lands but of course no one listened. After people had came to the new land, they discovered it was not everything they promised. The soil was no good, and in most cases people were barley farming enough to stay afloat. No trees would grow, no vegetables or fruit. They tried to grow cotton but it was no good as well. The only crop they could grow well was wheat. Everyone was trying to make a living off of the land. Therefore, everyone was growing wheat. Since everyone was growing the wheat, there was a surplus.
Eventually the price of wheat started dropping, and continued to drop drastically. There was way to much wheat, and no-one in America needed it. They began to export the wheat to other countries, because they could use it. We also increased imports, decreasing the amount of jobs in the U.S.
When the stock market finally crashed, no one had money. When the banks failed you lost all of your money. Hundreds of banks closed their doors, leaving everyone helpless. Without any money, and wheat not selling, life on the plains was at a new low. America needed to increase the amount of jobs in America, and pump money back into the country. The idea was if we cut back on our imports there would be more for the citizens to do. Other countries got really mad that we withdrew ourselves. So in return, they decreased the amount of wheat they imported from us, thus, less money coming into the U.S.
Farmers did the only thing they knew how to do, they keep turning up the grass lands in hopes that they could farm more crops. Of course they didn’t, and by the time they realized this it was already too late. People didn’t want to give up on the land. Some farmers did not have a choice and they went bankrupt, others just couldn’t take the chaos and stress and abandoned their lands. Eventually farmers found a good use for the surplus of wheat, they burned it in their homes for heat, the only thing they could do with it.
Everyone believed things would get better and because they were already at an all time low. They figured things couldn’t go any worse, but indeed things kept getting worse and worse. Farmers and the new settlers figured it would have to look up somewhere. They were wrong, and they were in for a huge wake up call. Things only kept going down hill. Life was horrible for everyone, even the common man. The dust bowl was one of the worst natural disasters America has ever seen. I pity those that lived through it and in all honesty i don’t understand how they did.
In the end, the results were justified by the deployment of both of the atomic bombs fired in WWII. The lasting effects, the damage done by the two bombs, was undeniably worth it. President Truman did have the justification to fire the two bombs into Japan. I believe it was a desperate war effort to end the continuous fighting. Retaliation was absolutely necessary, and if retaliation had never took place, the war would never have ended.
The start of WWII came for many reasons. Only after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor did we really declare war with Japan. Japan had rapidly increased their army size, and at a very quick rate. This was a threat to the US, and after they attacked, neutrality was no longer an option. Japan was too strong, and way too populated for the US to turn a blind eye. Adolf Hitler soon after, declared war on the US and with our country. One of the many reasons we entered the war was due to Nazi Germany sinking American supply ships. The US was providing financial and military support to our allies (England, France, China and Russia). Also the US entered the war to help prevent another attempt at Europe being taken over by Germany (remember back to WWI), to prevent China being further weakened by the Japanese(Japan’s attempt to take all of Asia), and finally just because we, the US, didn’t agree with Hitler’s way. Also they were trying to take some of the US land (The pacific battle). The US was not going to let anyone conquer anything that belonged to them, and at any means necessary, this would be proved. Before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the United States policy was one that practiced neutrality and isolationism ( because of WWI). If it wasn’t for the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we the US would not have had to fight back, thus no atomic bombs would have been sent. All is fair in love and war, and the US went to war to win. The US wanted an immediate end to the war due to the fact that we were having our own problems at home(recovery from the great depression). Money was short for WWII, and America, at any costs, was not going to put itself through another depression.The last few battles(between the US and Japan) before to the bombings, were extremely bloody. Everyone was tired of the fighting. US was sick of paying, dying, and in a whole, tired of the war. Japanese were warned five days prior to the first actual bombing. Rather than acting on it, they chose to not reply. There was some moral to the bombings, there could have been no warning at all.
Due to the bombings in Japan, it made other nations want to join the nuclear club to protect themselves. Before the US bombed Japan, we were the only ones who nuclear technology. Today USA, Russia(most advanced), France, Britain, China, India, Pakistan, and a few others have nuclear technology. Now not only can the US put an immediate stop to any war, or do extremely damage to any country, others can too. I understand that many innocent people were harmed, and that there have been extreme environmental damage. Many of the survivors who have children, have mental disabilities and have been known to get all types of cancers. The atomic bombs that were dropped in Japan were the first to ever be dropped, and another hasn’t been dropped since. President Truman knew that the bomb would have a devastating effect, but i don’t think he would’ve imagined that seventy years later Japan is still suffering from it. At the time of WWII, dropping the bomb proved to the world that the US was the strongest country in the world. It essentially ended WWII because the US was having success against Germany at the time anyway, and this showed that not only did we have a superior weapon but were willing to use it. It stopped the US from battling two countries, thus the Germans knew that the US was coming full force to stop Hitler. It did several things for Foreign relations, good and bad. Proud nations saw it as a muscle used to force them into agreements they did not want and allies saw it as a guarantee of safety from their enemies.
Overall I believe that dropping the two atomic bombs was a good thing. It put end to a worldwide war instantly. It also flexed the muscle of the US. After the dropping of the atomic bombs, every other country seen the US as a superior. Despite bombing Japan, the US and Japan have a firm relationship today. We are trading partners and shockley we are even allies(one of the closest). The Japanese, in return support the US one hundred percent. The US was the only country which had the means to rebuild the world after the war after WWII. The US forgave the citizens of the country (Killed the leaders of the wars), and instead of demanding money for the war debt, provided financial aid for Germany and Japan. This changed these two countries from enemies of WWII to two of our strongest allies. Eventually, working together after the war, Japan and Germany became two of the best economies in the world at the time. WWII and the dropping of the atomic bombs also changed the US from being neutral and isolated to fully involved. The US now holds the belief that it is their responsibility to help those countries who cannot help themselves. The US now takes it upon themselves today to help countries around the world in keeping internal/external peace, help them remain financially stable, and really aid in anything they need.
In the end, the results were justified by the deployment of both of the atomic bombs fired in WWII. The lasting effects, the damage done by the two bombs, was undeniably worth it. President Truman did have the justification to fire the two bombs into Japan considering the attacks Japan had taken at Pearl Harbor. Retaliation was absolutely necessary, and if retaliation had never took place, the war would never have ended. Without the US stepping up with Truman’s word, taking initiative to end the war, today life would be much different. Taking into account that lives are lost in every war, and sacrifices are made, what came out of it in the end has been greater then anything that has happened since that day on August, 6, 1945.
In the book, The media and body image: if looks could kill, Maggie Wykes and Gunter Barrie open to the first chapter with a strong hitting statement. In the book it says, “Despite normal hunger, slender shape and a successful social life, many young women deprive themselves of nutrition to the point they risk serious illness and even death.”  This statement from the book is very self explanatory. If fitting into the media’s expectations is so important that you would take nutrition from your body and risk serious illness or death, there is a problem. Being pretty, should not be associated with being unhealthy or depicting unhealthy behaviors and thoughts. With today’s expectations, unfortunately we see nothing short of that.
In a recent research conducted by Krahé, Barbara, and Christina Krause, they presented a series of different photos, from thin models to “thick” models. They brought out snacks to the group of women, one a healthy choice and one a non-healthy choice(a normal snack, many of which are found in the average home). The women did not know that they were being watched or tested. Unknowingly the majority of the women picked the dieted snack choice in remembrance of the photos. A longer study was taken as well(conducted by the same people, and constants were held such as people from the first group), over time they noticed that women ate smaller portions. In the research they referred to it as “restrained eating”. Losing control of your eating habits, fully aware or partly aware of the fact, can be detrimental to one’s health. Restrained eating has been known to lead to unhealthy eating habits. Common actions of a restrained eater include not allowing themselves to eat what they want for long periods of time. Then finally losing control, due to emotions and hunger, and bingeing on all of their favorite foods. The most popular way of reversing the damage done by the bingeing is to make one’s self throw up the food they consumed, thus bulimia. Bulimia by definition is, “An emotional disorder in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by depression and self-induced vomiting, purging, or fasting.” Restrained eating is only one of the many methods we as people use to compete with the obtaining the “perfect body”.
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All over the world people celebrate Valentine’s Day by expressing love to sweethearts, spouses and special ones. However, customs and traditions of celebrating the festival vary by countries due to social and cultural differences. Valentine’s Day in other countries is similar to Valentines Day in the U.S. In some countries they have a different time and a different way of celebrating it.
Giving chocolates, gifts, cards, roses or going out with your “sweet heart” is the best-known way of celebrating it all around the world, but in some countries they celebrate differently. For example, in Vietnam, Couples wear the same style and/or color of clothes. Japan has its own interesting way as well. For them, there are two Valentine’s Days. On February 14th, girls give dark chocolate to the boys they like. On March 14th, boys give cookies or white chocolate to the girls they like. In countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and India, not everyone is allowed to celebrate this day. People who attend college are free to celebrate the way they want to. But high school students aren’t normally allowed to celebrate the day of love. Regardless of the rules, some kids look for a way to give notes to their lovers. If the students get caught passing their notes, they get a warning and their parents get to know about their romance. In some parts of the Dominican Republic and El Salvador friends and family play games together. The game played in the Dominican Republic is called “Angelito”. Dominicans rip pieces of paper and write the name of another person, either girl or boy. Then each player gives his/her “angelito” a present. In El Salvador it is the same way of playing but with a different name. The Salvadorian game is called “Amigo Secreto” (secret friend). In Spain only people in love get and give presents. Friends or family don’t exchange notes or presents. Some countries don’t celebrate the holiday at all. Most Ethiopian and Chinese people don’t know what Valentine’s Day is until they’ve been to the U.S. and see the way we celebrate it here. So, Valentine’s Day means different things to different people at different stages of their lives, but in the end Valentine’s Day is about the search for lasting love
The official date has been set; On December 21, 2012 a series of events are said to take place. People will be in utter chaos. As the date is fast approaching people are starting to panic. There are many different myths of how the world will end. The thought that 2012 will be the last year that any human will walk the Earth is literally driving people mad. From earthquakes, to floods and tornados, every natural disaster known to man, and even those we cant begin to fathom, are expected to occur. As many sources have said, death will wash over the world like a giant tsunami, taking every piece of flesh in it path. In an article, 2012: Six End-of-the-World Myths Debunked, on National Geographic’s website it says, ‘”I’ve had two teenagers who were considering killing themselves, because they didn’t want to be around when the world ends,” he said. “Two women in the last two weeks said they were contemplating killing their children and themselves so they wouldn’t have to suffer through the end of the world.”’ Television shows, such as “Doomsday Bunkers” and “Doomsday Preppers” are sending people into fear. The movie “2012”, has frightened people all over the world. Individuals everywhere are taking drastic measures. Panic is already setting in, and we still have months to come. Rumors of how the world will meet its end are swarming. Rumors such as the pole shift, the Maya prediction, the galactic alignment, solar storms, and even Planet X meeting earth are impacting people everywhere. The Maya’s said that the world would end at the end of their calendar. The calendar began during the times BC, and went on for thousands of years. In a recent study it was discovered that leap year wasn’t included on the Maya calendar. The system of three 365-day years followed by one 366-day Leap Year began in 47 B.C. The extra day was added to the last month of the year, which in Caesar’s time was February. The Maya calendar began in 3114 BC, so taking this into account; we should be in August of 2013. Thus according to the Mayan calendar the world should have ended eight months ago. Other myths that are proven to be untrue include the Planet X, called Niburu. This planet is said to collide with earth, and if that was the case, several NASA scientist said it would be visible to the naked eye by now. The polar shift theory was proven wrong as well, said to be sending the Earth’s poles and magnetic fields to destruction. It is impossible to reverse the rotation of the Earth on its axis. It is true that continents are slowly drifting, but they cannot reverse the roles of the poles. (http://www.cpraward.org/the-year-2012.html) Whether you believe the world will come to an end on December 21, 2012 or simply think it’s a myth drug out by media and human fear, the date is still steadily approaching. What are your plans for survival?
Prom is an elaborate event that teens attend during their junior and senior year of high school. It can be one of the most memorable nights of a teenager’s life, and to get ready for it, there is a lot of organization, preparation and excitement. Teenage boys attending prom usually pay less on prom than the girls. They have the cost of renting the tuxedo and shoes, the prom ticket, and a corsage for their date. Girls attending prom usually have to pay more because they have the cost of their prom dress range between 100-500+ dollars. In addition, each girl pays for the cost of her prom ticket, a boutonniere for her date, the cost of getting her hair and nails done and a few other additional expenses. Cutting corners for many people is important. On average Americans spend $6.6 billion dollars on prom annually. A typical girl spends about $250.00-$400.00 on a dress; boys typically spend $80.00-$180.00 on a tuxedo. The price of dinner and a ticket to prom ranges $60.00-$80.00. As well as other expenses such as transportation, nails and pictures. So as you can see the price of prom for a couple can quickly rise. The average couple has spends from $800.00 to $1000.00 in total prom costs. For many that may seem like a lot of money to invest into one night. Every high school junior and senior dreams of attending the prom, the glamour, the glitz, the dressing up, and the memories, but the prom is becoming more and more expensive. Is this four or five hours worth the cost? To some it might seem like the people who spend the most money will have the most fun, but when it comes right down to it, everyone will have a dress and a ride and it does not matter how much everything costs once everyone is at the venue and having fun. It is the prom, not the money spent, that will be remembered.
by Emily Cox
As you all know, when we come back from Christmas break, we all be receiving our very own computers. Everyday we are coming closer and closer to the launch of has been named “Project Connect”. This is a huge step for everyone as we begin learning through this technology together. Not only is this a huge step for us, as students, it’s also a huge step for our school.
Benton High School is what you call the “pilot school” for Project Connect. For those of you who may not know what a pilot is, it’s most easily compared to a test run. Benton is privileged to be the only high school in the district to be going one to one. For many years we have been two to one. By this I mean two students for every one computer in the building. So all of us having a computer is a pretty big change, but it may not be as big as you think.
When we return on January 4, 2012, the first day back from winter break, we will report to our CAMP class and receive our brand new Mac Books. Luckily, the day before break all of our lovely CAMP teachers will be registering our computers for us, saving us about an hour and a half of “electronic” paperwork. On that note, be sure to thank your CAMP teachers for taking the extra time to make this a little easier.
The first day back will consist mostly of computer training. All day we will be learning about our new computers, and the brand new software that comes with them. After sitting down with Dr.Westfall, I’ve learned some pretty cool stuff and “Project Connect”. One of the new programs that will be on our computers is called Computrace. This is software that assures, 100%, your computer won’t be lost or stolen! It’s way more advanced than what we have on our computers now. Another program our computer will be running off of is Lion-OS. This is the same software our teachers currently use. A little perk that comes with Lion-OS is a feature called Self Service. In a nutshell, Self Service is an app store. With Self Service, you can download the applications you need for your computer. Just make sure you have permission from Dr. Westfall first. I was able to browse through the library myself and there are games and all kinds of stuff that we can download for free. Dr.Westfall has to approve of the application you want to download, and then it goes on a list that becomes available to everyone. If there isn’t an application on the list that you want, it’s as simple as getting it approved and then you have it.
Every student will be required to have an Apple account. If you already have one, all you have to do is turn your name and password into your CAMP teacher. The last really cool feature I’m going to talk about is called Air Drop. Air Drop is a communication application. If you have ever been on Google Maps, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about. The little pegs you see all over the maps, is what you’ll see on Air Drop. This application allows you to directly send documents to your neighbor’s computer. All you have to do is drag the document from your peg, to your neighbors peg, drop it, and magic, what was on your computer is now on your neighbors.
Now there is one condition to getting your laptop, your parents have to come to the parent meeting and sign the permission slip. The computers will not be sent home, for any reason, until this slip has been signed. A letter has been sent home to your parents, but it would be a good thing to remind them about the meeting, as it is very important that they come.
Insurance is not required to have for your computer, but if I was you, I would highly consider getting it. If you do not get the insurance, and your computer is damaged, you are responsible for covering the cost to fix or replace it. Now something to take into account is that there is no charge to cover theft because the school district has purchased the Computrace for us. I want to bring to your attention that the charger that you will be carrying is eight dollars by itself! Something as little as that, if it breaks, or is water damaged, while not covered under insurance, is eighty dollars out of your pocket. The laptop case you will be assigned to carry, which is another twenty-five dollars, if damaged would end up costing you one hundred and five dollars. That’s not even including the computer. The computer alone is nine hundred dollars. Now if you do the math, that’s one thousand and five dollars of school property you’ll be carrying around. Do you have the money to cover that if an accident happens? I know I don’t.
So to answer another question you may have, how much is insurance? Well, you will be provided with a list of insurance providers and, depending on your needs, and what policy fits you best, you’ll be able to get coverage. Insurance can range from $15-30 a semester, which is not too bad considering the thousands it would cost you otherwise.
The first week we are back, the computers will remain at school overnight. We will not be allowed to take them home with us until the following Monday, January 9. As you all know, social networking sites are banned during school hours. As of now, violation of this restriction isn’t really a huge punishment, but when we get our new computers, it’s going to change dramatically. Consequences can range from ISS, to having the computer taken away. Cheating will be treated the same way, and for those of you who don’t know our policy, it can possibly end up in expulsion from Benton. (You can find this in your student handbook). Having a computer is a responsibility, therefore, we are responsible for charing them every night to be ready to use during the school day. If you fail to do so, you’ll be back to paper and pencil. The battery of your computer will last you up to twelve hours (double the battery life of the computers we’re using now). Charging rules will vary by teacher, but keep in mind that classrooms will not have enough outlets for every student to plug their computer in. The only thing the teachers are being provided with is a power strip; not nearly enough to charge thirty kids’ computers.
Some of you may have heard about the school store that will be opening soon. It will be located in the old conference room next to Dr. Westfall’s office. The store will be selling laptop accessories for students to buy to personalize their laptops and bags, as well as items to help us organize our classwork. Laptop skins, USB drives, and decals/decorative accessories to personalize your laptop and carrying case, are just a few things students will be able to buy.
If you are worried because you’re not very good on a computer, you can always visit the tech office located in the library. A tech support specialist will be available upon request, and I’m sure your friendly librarians, Mrs. Corey and Mrs. Halter, will be willing to help you out, as well. There will be plenty of support and guidance available throughout this transition.
This is going to be a good experience for all of us. It may be a little bumpy to start, but it will progress and work itself out in the long run, so remember, be patient, we’re all in the same boat, faculty and students. Like Dr. Westfall said to me during our interview, “We are not preparing you to be who your parents were twenty years ago, we’re preparing you to be who your children will be twenty years in the future.” This is the future and we’re headed full speed into it. I hope everyone is excited as I am!