Monthly Archives: November 2017

Astros Win

CRAIG MARTINS/ Staff Writer

We have crowned the new kings of baseball for the year 2017 and now that the Astros have won the World Series, let us recap on arguably one of the most exciting World Series in the history of the sport.

The Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in game 7 in LA to be crowned World Series champions. This was a very exciting World Series, with a record setting 25 combined home runs by both teams in seven games. That is astonishing, considering the pitching staffs that were on display: Clayton Kershaw, who’s viewed as baseball’s best pitcher; Dallas Kuechel, who’s a recurring all star; and Justin Verlander, a guaranteed hall of famer, along with very good pitchers like Yu Darvish and Rich Hill. The unexpected offense was mainly down to the elite offense that both teams possess, but even so, nobody saw this sort of hitting coming at all.

One thing I have noticed in baseball, now that the Astros have won, is that the teams that continue to win the World Series are practically always the same team. Now, I understand how confusing that sounds considering over the past four years we have had big markets like San Francisco and Chicago win as well as smaller markets like Kansas City and Houston. But one element that all of these teams possess is that they are made of a bunch of young stars, drafted and brought up through their organizations, with very few free agent acquisition. Meanwhile these teams that keep getting to the World Series and losing are teams assembled through money and trades rather than building through the draft. Clearly this trend should be a message to GM’s all over the league.

After this postseason, baseball is completely on the rise in the world of sports. It has been a long time since baseball has been king of the sportsland in America, but with declining ratings due to the social controversies in the NFL, and the elitist element inside the NBA, baseball, through its young stars such as Jose Altuve and Aaron Judge, has unexpectedly driven itself on to the top of the sports world.

This postseason has been extremely entertaining and the World Series was the perfect way to cap it off. One can only hope to continue and see great things from the sport of baseball once again.

 

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For women undergoing Depression

NYIAH MOORE/ Staff Writer

What does it mean to be depressed? It can make you feel weak, lonely, worthless, hopeless, miserable, and hollow; and that is just to name a few symptoms. Depression is something that takes over the body and makes one feel mentally broken.

Depression is a common type of suffering that most people have struggled with. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America statistics, depression is actually most common in teenage girls or young adult women. Women tend to be captured and chained down by depression because we are ruminative creatures that get lost in thought, we are more affected by failed relationships, and we stress a lot over standards that society has made.

I know firsthand that depression can make you lose confidence in everything you do, yourself, and your future. It has snapped my spirit many times, and I find that getting lost in comforting music helps me escape reality. I also find that I want to literally escape, and daydream about running away from my problems.

That is what depression does to a person–it makes them lose sight of what is really important, and it is hard for them to recognize their potential, self-worth, and overall purpose. A Poway sophomore named Zoe, (who asked to remain anonymous and keep her real identity hidden) has dealt with depression before. She felt the same way in her experience, as she said, “I didn’t care about anything and I felt worthless.”

A way to effectively escape depression’s grip is to talk to someone that will understand and help in any way they can. It is nice to have a friend that constantly reminds you how important you are, listens to you, and consoles you. Zoe agreed and said that “talking to people is what mainly helped.”

It is hard to accept that some things you just cannot do on your own, but it is important to understand that there is nothing wrong with needing help, and you will be amazed just how relieving it is to spill everything out to someone for their advice. That being said, it is comforting to be able to relate to someone; but you cannot do that if you do not speak up.

Student Services Counselor Traci Barker-Ball explains that depression “is different for everybody, as some may need counseling while others may need medication.” Barker-Ball suggests that people should have “a good support system, a balanced diet, exercise, sunshine, and sleep–people who are depressed usually sleep too much or not enough.” The average happy person would have all these aspects.

  1. Morgan Griffin, a full-time freelance writer and editor who wrote 10 Natural Depression Treatments, states that women must “give [themselves] a sense of accomplishment” to be strong and confident in themselves; she too needs to remind herself how important she is. For if she does not believe in herself then how could she possibly move on and free herself from depression?

It cannot be expected to get over the issues and tough it out right away, because it takes time to let go of what is dragging you down. It is hard to accept things and move on when you are not ready to. However, there are a couple of techniques that Griffin gives for a good start.

For instance, besides confiding in your loved ones, Griffin said to start “setting daily goals for yourself”, because when you are depressed you usually feel like you cannot accomplish anything and feel worse about yourself. To avoid this, tell yourself “I can do this,” to get out of bed, or go to work and/or school. Give yourself the strength and faith to succeed, even at the little things. As Zoe said, most times she felt “very heavy, and just can’t get out bed with such low energy.”

This is the hardest part, but Griffin explains that since depression is a mental struggle, you need to “change how you think” to escape that miserable state. You might feel like you are worthless and no one likes you and that you are not important, but ask yourself, is there actually evidence for that? It takes practice, but in time you can block out those negative thoughts before they become a burden.

Authors of Coping with Depression for the Help Guide Organization also give helpful suggestions for overcoming depression. For example, a great way to rise up over the wall of sorrow you have built is to simply do things that make you feel happy, the authors stated that “you have to do things that relax and energize you… [like] scheduling fun activities into your day.” Enjoying life is really the best plan because it is the direction you want to go to leave your misery far behind. While you cannot force yourself to have fun when you are feeling so low, you can still push yourself to do things and try, even when you do not feel like it. You will be surprised at how much better you feel once you forget about you troubles for at least little while. The point of trying to have fun is that you will gradually feel more upbeat and energetic as you make time for fun activities. Those fun activities could be expressing yourself through writing in a journal, or going out with friends, and going on a trip as a get-away.

Depression is the decline of spirits, but it can also be a good learning experience. It can teach us how to be strong and how to be stronger when the next disaster strikes, it can teach how to be independent, and it teaches how to improve and strengthen our mentality. “It gives a sense of empowerment [to believe] you can do anything,” Barker-Ball added.

Overcoming depression can teach us that there is always hope, and that we can overcome anything.

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Riverdale review

ANDREA BANZER/ Staff Writer

After the mysterious murder of Jason Blossom is solved, the town of Riverdale thought their troubles were over and believed their lives would go back to normal. Unfortunately, they were far from going back to normal as an ominous serial killer by the name of the Black Hood comes out from the shadows.

This ‘Black Hood’ first appears at the end of season one, shooting Archie’s father in the diner. Things only digress from there as Archie takes the killings personal, forming a group called the Red Circle full of football players looking for justice. The town is in chaos with the Northside blaming the Southside for these killings, breaking the town further in two.

As this divide continuously grows, Betty is facing her own struggles with the Black Hood. The Black Hood calls to Betty, claiming that they know each other and explaining that she is why he’s doing this. He plays with her emotions, forcing her to push everyone in her life out.

“This second season of Riverdale has had a handful of surprises. From Jughead becoming a Serpent to the Black Hood and Betty’s twisted relationship being the biggest. It has made the show more interesting and has made characters develop, showing their true colors,” senior Mara Spivey said.

The arrival of the Black  Hood has definitely brought out the characters true colors. It has revealed Archie’s intense fear and anger that he holds inside him. He is far from that sweet and innocent boy we saw in season one. Betty, too, is showing a darker side. She is acting as the Black Hoods eyes and ears due to threats on her sister’s life. Although she doesn’t want to do these things for the Black Hood, she makes no effort to stop him or tell the cops.

“(The second season) is a lot darker than the first. Much more intense. It’s an enjoyable and thrilling experience that I can’t get enough of,” senior Anna Lozada said.

This season has taken a much more morbid turn from the first, exploring not only mysterious serial killers but also the mental impact that high schoolers have to face day to day. The constant cliffhangers make the viewers come back week after week. Fans are constantly on their toes, wondering who the Black Hood is and what will come of the other characters. People cannot wait for the rest of this season.

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Female Football Player

AMINA IDOUI/ Staff writer

Football continues to be a male-dominated sport, but it is always good to see the occasional female breaking traditional gender roles and participating in such an activity.

Senior Kailyn Lavelle is on the varsity football team and plays wide receiver as well as cornerback.

“Being on the team has been such a great opportunity. I learned a lot of valuable life lessons and pushed my limits,” Lavelle said.

Senior Kobe Brown, who plays wide receiver and cornerback as well, enjoys having Lavelle on the team.

“She has been a great team player and tries her best all the time. She is pretty equal to everyone else and is not treated any differently because she is a girl,” Brown said.

Coach Scott Coats, who has been coaching for twenty years, also appreciates Lavelle’s effort and applauds her.

“Kailyn is treated with respect and is an excellent teammate.  She is always engaged in practice and the games, rooting on her teammates and doing the right thing.  She gives great effort and is willing to help the team in any way she can.  I think everyone respects her and is happy she is on the team,” Coats said.

Lavelle has worked very hard and it continues to remain an admirable feat that she successfully participates on the varsity team.

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