Is it harmful to take pictures/type of notes?
Many teachers tell students to write their notes out and not to take pictures or even type their notes. But why do teachers tell their students to do this? Some students like Jack Carlan a senior at Brien Mcmahon high school would rather use a computer to type notes “I feel I better absorb the knowledge better when typing it compared to taking a picture or writing it and never looking at it.” However is this useful? A study from Scientific American would prove otherwise.
According to the study by Scientific American “...Those who wrote out their notes by hand had a stronger conceptual understanding and were more successful in applying and integrating the material…” This means that students who are to take notes are more likely to remember the material when writing their notes out by hand compared to taking a picture or typing. This is because writing triggers a certain cognitive process in the brain that allows a person to remember better when writing out notes. This process in tune with a person’s memory and emotions. “ Because longhand notes contain students’ own words and handwriting, they may serve as more effective memory cues by recreating the context (e.g., thought processes, emotions, conclusions) as well as content (e.g., individual facts) from the original learning session.”
As you can see it is more beneficial for a person to write out their notes compared to the other two ways because of the way it impacts your memory and process of remembering the subject.
By: Joey Murphay
When it comes down to it, for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations ultimately do the same thing: They aim to solve a problem by providing goods or services. Plus, it takes a lot of creative problem solving and marketing to raise awareness and funds to keep a nonprofit running, so there's a lot businesses can learn from nonprofits.
Shirts For a Cure
SFAC is a project ran by Syrentha J. Savio Endowment which is a non-profit organization established in 2002 by Mark Beemer. Beemer is a punk rock photographer whose wife died of breast cancer. He decided to create the organization to help cover medical expenses for women with breast cancer who can’t afford treatment. SFAC works with rock bands to help the organization raise money and awareness. Participating bands donate their t-shirt designs and the organization sells them for about $15 each.
Learning Ally is a national nonprofit organization that helps blind and visually impaired students and students with learning disabilities like dyslexia, get the best education possible. Learning Ally initially started in 1948. The organization made audio books for veterans and now they make audio books and other solutions to help students. It offers a support system to parents, teachers, and students from Kindergarten to 12th grade. They also help students transition to college so they can succeed.
Newborns in Need
Unfortunately, more than 2,000 babies in the United States are born into poverty. This means that they start their life hungry,cold, and often without diapers and/or blankets. Newborns in Need make it possible. They create kits and distribute them to needy communities to provide the essentials a newborn requires. Volunteers hand-make quilts which are included in the kit, as well as diapers, baby wash, and thermometers.
There are thousands upon thousands of charities in the United States alone. This article included lesser-known, unique charities.
Technology, used almost everywhere all the time. No matter what there will always be a hint of techonology somewhere, stores, phones, buildings,, anything. Technology is everywhere and it's only evolving more and more but is this necessarily a good thing?
Over the last decade technology blossomed like nobody would believe, starting with phones. Easier to talk to people and get ahold of them instead of per say mail. But with the start of technology came the downfall of a bunch of things. So can you really call it a pro, or is it a con?
You would think with the advancement of technology everything in the world would go round, what can possibly go wrong with evolving and bringing new things into the world? Well there is a list of things that can go wrong.
A study was found that 77% of people think we're becoming too reliant on cellphones and computers. We rely on them for everything. “Thirty years ago kids used to run outside and get oxygen and find their answers to test and quizzes at the library and through books now kids are inside on their phone stuck to it and forgot the library, the computer has all the answers now” An elder by the name of John Watts who works at D&D Diamond deli.
So tell me your thoughts, pro or con?
By: Pj Avery
By: Tamia Holland
"Actually I wore this hat during our first night premiere of Star Wars: Rogue One." -Luke Whitaker
"She just wanted to share her child's lovely face with us"
"When in doubt God is at your throat" -Francisco Sucre
"I think she was praying during a scary movie, and got so scared she lost it on her way running out."
"I know the baby was cold."
"It wasn't that important they never came back to get it."
- Liam Fitzsimmons
"The historical thing about this item is that we've had it in our lost and found for almost 5 years." -Rob Harms
"This had to be lost by a child, but I wouldn't be shock if it was a grown man to."
"Who ever lost these had to of taken an uber home"
British psychologist Edward B. Titchener has said “we become glued to complex, emotionally-charged stories because our ability to recognize the feelings of others”.
According to Psychology Today, the average american watches more than 5 hours of television per day, and the new epidemic of binge watching appears to be the main culprit.
In December, Netflix released a study that concluded 61% of 1,500 online respondents (netflix users) admitted to binge -watching netflix regularly. Three- quarters of them have reported to having positive feelings about the behavior.
McMahon students are no exception to the increasing trend.
Jeanine Maldonado (‘18) says she binge watches Supernatural and How To Get Away With Murder on Netflix and The Ace Family on Youtube. She stated,“I love how funny they are and it cheers me up because it's good to laugh to the point where your stomach hurts once in awhile”.
Taylor livingstone’s (‘18) binge watched Pretty Little Liars, but explained that her addiction lies beyond humor.“I think the fact that the characters or people that star” in the shows and videos are interesting and have big lives, always busy etc. makes me willing to binge watch them.”
Though binge watching may seem synonymous with unproductivity, Isaias Martinez (‘18) explained how his “addiction” helps him improve as an athlete. He stated,“I like the image it creates in my head, it inspires me to reach my full potential on the field and do something outstanding not everyone does.” Martinez continued to say he binge watches these videos because he is a high school football player and watching college/ professional football inspires him to improve.
Binge watching shows isn’t just about spending hours watching videos or shows anymore, it’s about loving how those shows make you feel and make you want to watch them more and more getting hooked.
Eat Yummy Food
Eating delicious food can always solve some of our toughest problems. The great thing about Fairfield County is that there are dozens of restaurants to choose from, and are great places for friends or family to socialize with one another. Here are our three favorite restaurants, starting from least expensive to most expensive.
- Shake Shack in Darien ($): Yes, it is not surprise that this restaurant made the list. It has been the only thing on everyone's snapchats for the past three months, but to be fair, the place has GREAT food! With burgers starting at $5.00 and their signature milkshakes, Shake Shack is the perfect place to get a bite to eat. Also, you don’t have to feel obligated to dress up, so that’s a plus! Visit: https://www.shakeshack.com/location/darien-ct to read the menu.
- Mecha Noodle Bar in South Norwalk ($$): Since the dawn of time, High School and College students have always raved from Instant Ramen, since it was quick to make and it was good to eat. Now, you have to chance to taste REAL ramen that isn’t microwaved in a styrofoam cup! Mecha is hipster-ish restaurant that serves a variety of dishes, from Vietnamese Pho to Japanese Ramen. I suggest getting the Red Oil dumplings, Paitan Chicken ramen, and Lucky Peach bubble tea (ugghh it’s so good!). It’s a little bit more expensive than Shake Shack, with ramen bowls starting at $12. Visit: https://mechanoodlebar.com/menus/s-norwalk-ct to read the menu.
Binge Watch Netflix
Of course you shouldn’t stay inside all day watching television, but if you HAD to stay indoors, watching good television wouldn’t be that bad. Here are some shows that will make you laugh, cry, scream, etc:
The best part about spring is that winter is finally over! However, now we don’t have an excuse to stay inside all throughout the weekend. One of the major benefits of living in New England is that there are several different parks to go hiking that give us a nice breath of fresh air. ACTIVE.com reports that hiking can help improve: Muscle strength, Bone density (or slow its loss), Sleep quality, and weight control. An average hiker can burn up to 250 calories per hour and a reduce risk in stress and anxiety (which is perfect for High School students). Here are some great places to hike in the area
- Sleeping Giant in Hamden, CT:With a high lookout tower overlooking two miles of mountains that resemble a sleeping giant, places to picnic with your friends & family, and a stream to go fishing in, this State Park is a great place to spend one of your days during spring break. Visit here: http://www.ctvisit.com/listings/sleeping-giant-state-park
- Bear Mountain Reservation in Danbury, CT: This reservation includes meadows, a trail alongside Candlewood Lake, and a great terrain for beginner hikers. And the best part, you can bring your dog along with you! Visit here: https://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=XFA213-006
- Devil's Den Preserve in Weston, CT: With several different trails to choose from, Devil’s Den is a great place to hike if you want to challenge yourself. It is also preserved by The Nature Conservancy, which is an international non-profit organization that has protected more than 116 million acres of lands and waters in the United States, Asia Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. Visit here: https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/connecticut/placesweprotect/lucius-pond-ordwaydevils-den-preserve.xml
Another language several McMahon students are fluent in is Greek. Vassili Kyrkos (19’), who began learning English in preschool said “I myself have a slight accent that is noticeable through conversation or pronouncing complex words with many syllables or when I talk fast, “ said Vassili, who despite having a reading aid in elementary school, persevered to make his way into honors classes in high school.
How can being bilingual benefit your life? According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, it has the following effects
Positive intellectual growth
Improve the understanding of their heritage
Allow person to communicate with others
Increase job opportunities
Languages help us communicate with our friends, family, and even strangers on the street. The more languages you know, the better off you will be in the future.
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Saban's ‘Power Rangers’ have always been ahead of its time with diversity and gender equality, now the rangers are representing more than just diverse culture with the release of the new movie.
The ‘Power Rangers’ are back with a new reboot movie (based off of the 90s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), with an extremely diverse cast with Becky G (Latina, yellow ranger),RJ Cyler (African American, blue ranger), Ludi Lin (Chinese, black ranger), Naomi Scott (British, Indian, pink ranger) and Dacre Montgomery (Australian, red ranger). The movie is set in 2017 and focuses on current issues and problems that high school kids can relate too as well as the film being an origin story of how they got there powers.
But what people are talking about the most is the fact that the yellow ranger is gay and is struggling with her identity. Becky G (20) feels proud to have played this character, "I think it's something really beautiful. To me, it makes me sad that it is such a big deal because I feel like it could have been done such a long time ago and it makes me really proud."
Also the Blue ranger is the first superhero to be on the Autism spectrum. In the movie Billy (blue ranger) is bullied in school for being different and finds friends who accept him for who he is. RJ Cyler (22) felt proud and excited to play this character, “I was really excited to be able to play that ‘cos I know it means so much to so many people, ‘cos all of us are affected by it… and it’s something I feel like we needed to have in this movie, to be honest.”
‘Power Rangers’ (PG-13) is in theatres now and has already made 59.2 million dollars in the U.S box office in the first week of release.
If you have ever gone to Disney, you would know how bizarre the place is. But what else would you expect? The land takes you far away from reality. It only makes sense to supply the experience with love through your tastebuds- and I don’t mean a safety route like chicken tenders and french fries. Here are some of the weirdest, yet satisfying, foods on the Disney Menu.
- CB Lobster Nachos: These are located at the ‘Cove Bar’ at the Disney California Adventure Park. This food item is so hyped up that people usually wait outside before the store opens (which is typically around 11 am) to get a taste of the fresh, house-made tortilla chips topped with tender Lobster pieces, Chipotle Cream sauce, Oaxaca Cheese sauce, aged cheddar, black beans and Pico De Gallo.
- Cheddar Garlic Bagel Twist: This chewy bagel twist is located at the ‘Maurice’s Treats’ food cart in Fantasyland. It’s basically a fancy version of cheese and bread, which is why this makes it somewhat different from the rest. Plus, it’s at Disney. But who doesn’t like simple, crave-able bread that’s full of cheddar gooeyness?
- Chili Cone Queso: Obviously, Disney resorts to cheese as the savior of foods. This snack is found at the Cozy Cone Motel in DCA’s ‘Cars Land’. We could actually call this food porn with the way the cheese oozes. This treat is also available to vegetarians! They can request a meat-free chili version of this Tex-Mex treat
- Fried Pickles with Dipping Sauce: Make a reservation to get these peculiar pickle spears dipped and fried in panko breading and parmesan cheese, located at ‘Carnation Cafe’ on Main Street. These are known as a cult-favorite with Disney foodies.
- Churro Funnel Cake: Finally! Dessert! You know the feeling when you want a churro but you don’t want to get sticky cinnamon sugar fingers after? That’s where the Churro Funnel Cake at ‘Hungry Bear Restaurant’ in Critter Country comes in. For anyone who isn’t familiar with a churro however, imaging a cake like treat, fried dough baked in cinnamon and sugar. Yummy
- Grey Stuff Gateau: Remember when Lumiere tells Belle to “Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious! Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes,” in “Be Our Guest”? We finally know what that grey stuff tastes like. The most Disney princess inspired treat in this article can be located at the ‘Red Rose Tavern’ restaurant in Fantasyland. Finally you can indulge in the grey stuff, as it’s a shortbread cookie topped with white chocolate mousse, with a red velvet cake and raspberry center inside. Like the Lobster Nachos, you might wanna get there before 11am if you want to beat the line.
Depression is a serious issue that plagues many teenagers. 20-40% of teens have more than one depressive episode during their adolescence with an episode lasting around 8 months, 12.5% of these teens eventually committing suicide. Causes of these episodes can stem from peer pressure, low self-esteem, emotional neglect, and academic stress.
With teens being still prone to developing, they need all the support they can get. So when they can’t find it at home, they look for other ways to try and get attention when they’re struggling like writing on bathroom walls.
“I want so much to be able to help,” Mrs. OK says. “But also feel such dread that someone has written this desperately sad call for help.” She and the school alike have been faced with this before and always try their best to identify who it is so they can be given proper help. She says that the best way we can actually help them is to just listen to these kids before they resort to this.
To truly help these teens, we need to come together and help them through it. There needs to be a truly helpful way to get kids the help they need. We need to have kids be aware of the ways they can get help here at school so that they don’t resort to writing on the walls and hoping for help. If we as a school can listen to these students who are stuck and need a way out, we can hopefully reduce those depression rates down to 0.
Luckily, I’ve gathered a few tips for those who plan on getting away from their parents and expanding their horizons away from home.
- Make a short and organized list of your accomplishments, as well as what you’re good at. You’re going to want to stand out from the thousands of other applications. In order to do this you’re going to want to make sure the advisors know how awesome you are and what unique skills you can bring to the table.
- Apply to a wide variety of colleges. At least 5-8. You’re going to want to apply to a target school, a reach school, and a safe school. A target school is as stated, your target. Your GPA and SAT scores match up with that school's qualifications perfectly. A reach school is a school where you’re not quite qualified, maybe you didn’t do so hot on that SAT even though you took it once...or twice… okay maybe three times. Finally, a safe school is a school you’re clearly overqualified for. You could get into that school with your eyes closed.
- Don’t sell yourself short, now’s the time to brag. I know as a kid you were probably always told not to brag, and as you get older it can become quite pompous. However, as stated in #1, you need to prove why you deserve to be in this school. Not only deserve, but why that school would be lucky to have you.
- Make connections! Go to college fairs, visit colleges, talk to someone you know who goes to the school. Making connections is a great way to make an impression. (Our school will have our college fair March 28th 6-8pm). If you attend a college fair you get a decent idea of the school you’re looking at, as well as being able to meet the advisor who’s at the fair. You can make a good impression there.
- Visit Colleges. Colleges can look a lot different in person than through the computer screen. You may look at a college online and think it’s your dream school, but then when you get there it's a bit of a disappointment. It’s also good to visit colleges so you can get a real vibe of what it’s gonna be like when you go there. You can ask students walking around the campus about the school or see certain advisors.
By: Malerie Keenan
We all know that sleep is very important, especially for adolescents that are still in the process of growing. To properly function during the day, it is known that teens need 8 to 10 hours of sleep. But how much sleep do teens actually get, given the fact that they have to complete homework and other commitments throughout the afternoon. That leaves most with less than the recommended amount.
Devin Jordan (19’) explains that on most days, he goes to bed at 10. When asked why he sleeps at that time, he said that, “studying for tests and doing all the homework especially when you don’t get it can take a lot of your time.”
A study done showed that only 15% of students get more than 8 hours of sleep on a school night. The rest of the students get less than 8 hours because they have to juggle homework and after school commitments.
Adults always urge teens to sleep early but it isn’t that easy given the way our sleep patterns work. Most teens sleep late because they don’t feel tired. The Conversation states that, “the secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin begins at about 10:45 p.m. and continues until about 8am. What this means is that teenagers are unable to fall asleep until melatonin secretion begins and they are also not able to awaken until the melatonin secretion stops.”
So why do some people hate waking up at 6 in the morning? Well one reason is because it’s so early for our bodies and doesn’t correspond with our sleeping patterns. Our body clock is responsible for wakefulness, sleep, hunger, mental alertness, and mood. Our body clock, or biological clock, works in rhythm and schedules your body functions such as when you sleep and when you wake. Dr. Paul Kelley, sleep expert, explains that the body clock for people around the ages 10-55 are not meant for rising early. "Most people wake up to alarms, because they don't naturally wake up at the time when they have to get up and go to work,” says Dr. Kelley.
The question that floats around is should school start later for high schoolers? Research shows that teens would benefit from getting the extra sleep and starting their academics later than 7 a.m. Schools that tested this by starting schools at 10 noticed a change in academic performance and also mental health in the students. Judith Owens, main researcher on this study, told The Chicago Tribune that not only does the extra hour of sleep improve academic performances but the study proved that it improved “...their overall mood and energy levels. Students report fewer cases of depression or suicidal thoughts and are less impulsive.”
Even though a change could be beneficial for our health, it seems like it won’t be happening anytime soon. Changing the time is costly. Given the way the school budget works in most areas, the switch could end up costing around $1 million for most districts around the country. Not only that but if the schedule is changed, it would create conflict with after school activities and transportation, specifically school buses. So as much as we would like to wake up later than 6 am, it seems like no changes will be made for now.
Katy Perry is known for her catchy pop songs like ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘California Gurls’ as well as inspiring songs like ‘Firework’ and ‘Rise’ but now a new era of Katy Perry has begun with her new song ‘Chained to the Rhythm’.
Katy Perry released ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ February 2017 has been making headlines for the political message within the song. On the surface the song is another fun Katy Perry pop song but if you really listen to the lyrics you can see the political messages hidden in between the lines. The music video has even more political moments, it takes place in a fictional amusement park set in the 50s that features a ride that takes immigrants back to their original country inspired by the travel ban. When asked about the meaning of the song Katy said “the song is really meant to start conversations, and to get people to listen to each other”. The song is not the only political message she has been putting out but her performances as well.
Katy performed the song at the Brit awards 2017 in London recently and had a giant Trump skeleton puppet and a Theresa May (the British ambassador) skeleton puppets. Katy has also been wearing pantsuits during her performances to show her support for Hillary Clinton. Katy is a big Hillary supporter and was campaigning for her and is now using her music to send a message to people about standing up for issues you believe in. Sunday night Katy performed at the Iheartradio music awards 2017 during the performance Katy had trump re imagined as an evil Hamster and had little kids of all races chained to a chain and working until one kid breaks free and the others follow and show the hamster that they are not afraid and are breaking free from his control.
I asked BMHS student Emma about the political message and she stated “I thought that it was very brave of her to speak out about politics the way she did”. On the topic of the hamster in her iheartradio music awards performance she said “I loved that the hamster was Trump’. Whether you liked it or not this song has really made its mark in music history.
From TV to movies to books, the LGBT community seems to be the norm in entertainment lately, and looked upon positively by many audiences. As a matter of fact, in 2014 about 16% of films had at least one homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual character in it. While in 2016, 4.8% of regular characters on tv shows were LGBT characters. “I think now that people are slowly becoming more accepting of the LGBT community,” claimed Tai Christie, president of the LGBT Alliance in Mcmahon. “And there is more awareness of how large it is, it’s easier to include LGBT characters.”
Of course, the LGBT community wasn’t always looked at in a positive light. In a book written by Vito Russo, called The Celluloid Closet, it explains how homosexual characters were represented in Hollywood during the 1890’s to the 1980’s. The book described that homosexuals characters in movies were portrayed as cruel. Gay men were also stereotyped as sissy- feminine men, which the audience found amusing. Homosexual characters lacked a sense of character complexity as well, only to be looked by their sexual orientation instead of their personality.
Well now Hollywood has had a change of heart when it comes to LGBT movies. During the Academy Awards this year, Moonlight had won for best picture making it the first LGBT movie to win the category. Moonlight follows the story of a gay, African American growing up in the rough neighborhoods of Miami.
Although its no surprise that shopping online has been on the rise, most people still prefer shopping in stores than online. 85% of people actually according to retaultouchpoints.com, why you may ask? Well its simple. Who doesn't like to touch, feel, or see your product in person before you buy it? Not a lot of people.
A personal finance teacher named Greg Lucky had a great deal to say about this. “I personally shop online more often in stores. As much as I hate shopping online it just makes things so much easier, being able to browse instead of having to walk or drive from place to place makes things so much easier. Yeah it may be because i'm lazy at times but I think anybody can agree with me” and that he is right. Most shoppers, about 67% find it a lot more convenient to shop online since it's always available to them.
We all know online shopping has increased a significant amount but exactly how much? Well, as of 2016 51% of Americans make their purchases online according to fortune.com. It was always around that border of 50% in the following years, in 2015 it was 48% and in 2014 it was 47% so online shopping has always been relevant these past years.
Online shopping is addicting which is why it probably keeps shooting up so much, you can find one item you like and it’ll suggest another one and another one and just a chain of events leading to wasting your entire paycheck.
By: Pj Avery