Monthly Archives: March 2018

Snap sucks

STEVEN FERRY / Staff Writer

Snapchat is a popular communication app used by many people. It makes texting people very easy by taking a quick easy picture and adding text, making texting more fun and interactive. Users could also post pictures to their story which lets all their friends’ access it.

The previous version of the app loaded snapchats chronologically and dedicated a whole page to other friends stories.

Their newest update combines stories and snapchats into one page, making it extremely busy and hard to know what is happening. “I can barely talk to friends without snapchat moving them to the bottom of my friends list.” Sophomore Jack Lomau said. They also removed the chronological order that snapchats loaded in, it now loads old snapchats at the top, making it difficult to hold a conversation with people. These changes are strongly disliked by users and many feel that the update was very unnecessary.

Snapchat has gotten lots of negative feedback on the App Store and other media websites, Kylie Jenner even said on Twitter.

“Sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.”

This tweet made Snapchat’s stock value drop 1.3 Billion dollars. Their rating on the App Store has also dropped from 3.3 to 2 stars. Snapchat even confirmed they would undo this new update on Feb. 20th and they lied and did not undo the update.

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Teachers deserve more respect

YANPEI WANG / Staff Writer

Students should give teachers more respect. Some students should be more aware that teachers are human too, and not everyone can agree with the same thoughts. Since teachers are the most recognizable people at school, more students should have more respect for them. For example, some students can be rude by talking back to a teacher or be rebellious by not doing what the teacher told them to do.

There is not a lot for a teacher can do to discipline a student. For example, students may be defiant, and teachers almost have no way to have authority over them other than give them detention or a referral/call home.

Also, teachers have it hard enough, they are stuck planning tests and new assignments on their breaks, while students can fun and be happy. Teachers deserve more respect because they can help students with their future and  assist them to their learning.

Teachers create a better learning environment and give up a lot for the students. Some teachers don’t get all the respect they deserve and rebellious students can give teachers an even harder time they already have. Also, many parents can quickly accuse teachers for failing their child. Parents usually look at teachers for not teaching correctly for giving a failing grade to their children.

Everyone should give teachers the respect they deserve. They create a great pathway for students to follow to provide a better time to come and work hard to provide the best learning experience for you and try give you the best future. Teachers really appreciate respect from loving and caring students.

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Lackluster Super Bowl

HANNAH WILLIAMS / Editor-in-Chief

Super Bowl LII was an intense game for many, and after a head-to-head game with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, the Eagles took home the win. As exciting as that is, the Super Bowl would not be complete without the iconic commercials and astounding halftime performances. This year, Justin Timberlake took the stage, becoming the first musician with three Super Bowl halftime performances.
As Timberlake stepped to the stage, he rolled through his songs “Cry Me a River” and “SexyBack,” and nothing really sparked his performance besides his Prince tribute, since Prince is the King of Minnesota. He did not have any special guests come out, even though that is normally a big feature of the show, and the stage design was not as interesting as expected. Although, expectations were pretty high seeing as Lady Gaga came down from the rafters last show.
“Timberlake’s performance was lacking. He barely sang, and when he did it was subpar at best. He had killer dance moves, but I was just so distracted by his absolutely hideous outfit. Beyoncé could have done better,” junior Hannah Dawson said.
Of course the Super Bowl wouldn’t be as entertaining without its iconic commercials, but this year even the advertisements were lacking and only a few stood out.
Star Wars fans got their first teaser trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story, giving fans the initial glimpse at the upcoming Han Solo anthology movie. The film will feature Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo and Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian.
Pepsi put out a political commercial this year, delivering a blast from the past and aiming to bridge the generational gap between its consumers. It features several generations of Pepsi, including previous commercials with Cindy Crawford, Britney Spears, and Michael Jackson.
Many Titans expressed their feelings towards the political commercials. “They were extremely political, and I was overwhelmed. The ones that tried to be funny weren’t, and the serious ones were a hit and a miss. I’ve honestly seen better, and I was very disappointed with the adverts this year,” junior Pamyla Absher said.
All in all, the few good commercials made up for Timberlake’s lacking performance, and perhaps next year they’ll pick up the pace.

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Youtube should take control

HANNAH WILLIAMS / Editor-in-Chief
YouTube vlogger Logan Paul shocked his 15 million viewers after posting a vlog on Dec. 31 that took place in Japan’s Mount Fiji known as the “Suicide Forest” famous for the high number of self-inflicted deaths that occur there. Paul captured the group’s discovery of a dead body.
During the video, Paul and his friends were seen laughing and zooming in on the deceased man. Though the video has since been removed, his insensitive actions has caused quite a stir in the media, and is the most talked about YouTube controversy since the youtuber ‘PewDiePie’ was punished last year for inappropriate content. Many of Paul’s fellow YouTuber’s complained that “Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views.”
“Logan Paul is super insensitive and needs to think before he speaks especially when he has so many young viewers,” senior Mara Spivey said.
YouTube has grown to be such a large platform, that it should be more prepared when encountering these problems instead of taking nearly two weeks to take action. That video should have been removed from the platform within 24 hours of it being uploaded, but instead Paul had to take it down himself.
Eventually, they pulled Paul’s channel from Google Preferred and put on hold two other projects on YouTube Red he’s involved in. Paul recognized he has made a serious error, tweeting that he had been “misguided by shock and awe.” He has expressed remorse for them in an apology video, but that was seen as shallow. He later announced he’ll be taking a break from posting videos.
“Making comedy out of suicide is inconsiderate and offensive to not only the viewers of the video, but also the victims, family,” senior Rena Khodaverdi said.
After all the consequences are set in place, that doesn’t mean Paul’s career is over. With 15 million subscribers, he was the fourth highest paid YouTube star in 2016, and has a dedicated fan base who will still watch his videos and buy merchandise.
This incident has given YouTubers the insight of how far is too far, and have made it very clear that this does not represent YouTube culture for one’s actions. YouTube stated they are going to watch more carefully what is being posted. Youtubers should remember that they are influencers and role models for the young generation.

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Busting the myths of cannabis

HANNAH WILLIAMS / Editor-in-Chief

Since marijuana is becoming legal for recreational use this year it is time to put some some myths to rest.
Myth number one: Marijuana doesn’t affect the chances of young people reaching their full potential. One in 15 high-school seniors now use marijuana daily, and marijuana is one of the only legal or illegal drugs that shows a five year increase in the MTF (Monitoring the future) survey of drug use. Half of the teenage population try Marijuana before they graduate, and nearly 7 percent of high-school seniors who smoke pot daily or near- daily basis are already addicted or on their way. (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse).
Myth number two: Holland and Portugal have legalized marijuana. Even though Holland has weed haze-filled “coffee shops”, this capital has never actually legalized cannabis. There has been an official policy since 1976 of not enforcing existing laws against the possession or selling of small amounts. However, growing and importing pot is still illegal in the Netherlands. As for Portugal, they decriminalized all drugs, but that does not mean they are legalized. (Source: Cato Institute, Time).
Myth number three: Marijuana use causes cancer. It may be true that both marijuana and tobacco contain carcinogens, a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue, but the consumption amount between the two is very different with tobacco use being greater than pot use. Even though marijuana does contain this cancer-causing chemical, it also contains the chemical THC, which may kill aging cells and avoid them from becoming cancerous. Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years, suggests that pot can prevent the growth of cancerous tumors. (Source: Washington Post).
Myth number four: Marijuana use leads to dependence or addiction. As marijuana remains the most widely used illegal drug in the United States, marijuana’s dependence seems similar to other chemical dependencies it is likely to be less severe. It is possible to become dependent on marijuana, but in minor cases of heavy users. About nine percent of marijuana users become clinically dependent, as compared to 15 percent of cocaine users and 24 percent of heroin users. (National Institute of Health).

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Fifth Year takes the stage for suicide awareness

Fifth Year

HANNAH WILLIAMS / Editor-in-Chief

Band fever hits Poway again when thew band “Fifth Year” takes the stage. Two of its four members are Poway High students, including senior Nolan Adameic on bass and junior Alex Leverette on drums.
Executing pure pop punk, Fifth Year’s sound is heavily influenced by Poway’s own Blink-182 and the 90’s local band music scene.
Adameic met his lead singer, Jayven Rangel, at Warp tour and right off the bat talked of forming a band. After their latest addition, lead guitatist Matt Rempell, joined the crew, the band looked for that one person who could hold a beat. Finally, the search ended as they recruited Emerald Brigade Drumline’s very own Alex Leverette.
“One of the band members was going through his fifth year of community college, and the thought of being super seniors, sparked the name idea for not only our name but our logo,” Adameic said. Their logo being an “F” stamp, which represents failing out of school and becoming a super senior.
“Our inspiration for this idea is simple. We just wanted to be in a band, and when the chance came we jumped at the opportunity,” Adameic said.
One of their songs, “Heartless” became one of their favorites because it brought the band together. “We practiced it so much it got to the point where everyone was tired and frustrated, and we could really see who each other was,” Leverette said. The song was about a girl who leads on guys, and doesn’t really care about what she does to your heart.
On Dec. 2, Fifth Year was featured at a house party concert, hosted by “Supporting to Write Love on Her Arms,” a non-profit movement dedicated to giving hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. There, the band pumped up the crowd with their upbeat tune as they opened for other bands such as Mainsail and Stick Bitz.
After their colorful performance, Fifth Year is back in the studio to continue writing rad music. Information about future performances will be posted on their Instagram: @Fifthyearband.

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