Friday, October 18, 2019
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Fighting Gender Inequality

Gender inequality: women have been facing it for centuries.

Gender inequality is a big problem all over the world. Women are forced to fit into very strict stereotypes. Women have fewer rights than men, which can make it harder to do some of the same things that men can do.

Women also have fewer opportunities than men, for example, when it comes to jobs and much more. On top of that women have less freedom and fewer opportunities than men in general.

We see gender inequality in school every day with schools dress codes. This gender inequality is detrimental to society.

According to stereotypes, women are the ones who cook, clean, dance, and sing. Some of society does not accept people who do not fit that role or stereotypes. ‘“You can’t do that… you’re a girl”’(Girls in Boyland 1). This shows a girl wanting to play tackle football but getting put down by society, but this does not stop girls from following their passion. They keep fighting.

Many girls would love the opportunity to play tackle football, but have probably been put down by society. “How many girls out there would want to play tackle football? Lots of hands shot up”(Henneberger 1). This shows many girls want to play tackle football but probably did not think they would ever be able to play because of stereotypes.

A Worldwide Issue: Poverty

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Kalista Lin

A Worldwide Issue – Poverty

 

Imagine a world where some lucky people have a very successful career, so successful that they have more money than they know what to do with. Now, imagine that same world along with billions more people that are so poor, they can’t afford to buy clothes. Believe it or not, this imaginary world is actually our world right now. According to DoSomething.org, currently, about 3 billion people remain in extreme poverty. Nearly half of them live in India, and China, with more than 85% living in just 20 countries. For most of the people that still remain in poverty, they make less than $2.50 a day.

 

About a year ago, I came in contact with someone who needed money desperately. My mom, brother, and I had just arrived at McDonald’s (Flushing) to grab a bite. This man stood outside wearing a filthy t-shirt that was extremely dirty and shoes with holes in them, pleading for money. He had dirty and messed up hair and in his hands were two pennies that were so grimy and covered in green, that I felt like puking my brains out. Luckily, my mom looked at each of us and nodded. We knew exactly what we had to do. My mom took out her wallet and settled a $5 bill in his hand. He beamed, with all of his teeth showing and a smile so big it stretched across his face.

 

Conclusion

We probably have never noticed how we should always be thankful as of how we have food on the table every night and a bed to sleep in. While thirty-four million people have brand name clothes and jewelry that you might have heard of like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Prada, Chanel, Dior, or Ralph Lauren, 3 billion can’t even afford to brush their teeth, buy new clothes, or even just take a nice hot bath. This is a worldwide problem that has to be solved immediately. This imbalance is also known around the world but not many people try to help those who are less fortunate. Are you willing to stand up for the people in need. Or are you going to let this imbalance keep changing humanity forever?

 

Image credit to thefederalistpapers.org

Unblocking Chromebooks

Chromebooks – almost all of our school has these devices. However, anything we would like to do while studying or homework has been blocked. Certain music, most games, and websites to help us during school are all restricted.

For the sixth graders, from games to videos, nothing is unblocked. Many students think that if certain sites get unblocked, then our experiences can be better. We can use websites to communicate to others without a phone. 

Even though Chromebooks can be distracting, they can also be helpful. Certain writing sites and drawing/creative sites are blocked. If sites get unblocked, then more kids might be more respectful to the system and the rules that have been given. Maybe we can have a discussion and see what can be unblocked and what cannot. 

 

        

Viewpoints from Jojolandia: Freedom vs. Censorship

In today’s society, it is absolutely imperative to censor kids from harmful and inappropriate websites. Even with such an innate need for censorship in today’s society, when does censorship become too much? How should we decipher inappropriate content from education and entertainment?

I truly believe that our school’s blockage of sites is unjust, misunderstood, and sometimes just completely wrong. For example, the website Sporcle is a trivia website, which I have used  for many tests. In years prior, there had been no problem with using this website; however, the site is now blocked.

Another reason that our school “blockage” system is unjust can be found in its Youtube policy. Any video not classified as education, music, etc. is struck with in the blocked category, for this video is classified as (blank category). This is an absolutely horrible idea. Channels that are educational but put a comedic spin on learning are banned. Channels such as Oversimplified and Bill Wurtz are banned, for they are classified as comedy and entertainment.

I hope that you have chosen to read my full article, for if we all start speaking about this cruelty, we can most certainly change these unjust rules.

YOLO So We Need froYo

students with frozen yogurt

In the North Shore High School there is more freedom in what you want for lunch and better food. In the North Shore Middle School you have to eat the food that is given on that day. Or, you could get deli or bagels (that usually run out).

In the high school you could order in your food. There are many varieties in the cafeteria, such as a froYo machines, paninis, deli sandwiches with large rolls, and many more. Tenth grade and above is allowed to go off campus and get food. We know that administrators may not agree to letting the kids off campus because we’re young, but at least get us food that is as good as outside food.

Kids in our grade complain that when they don’t want to get the hot lunch meal because they are allergic or don’t like the hot lunch meal, they ask to get a bagel and then there is no more left. The kids have to eat something, which they don’t enjoy. They often don’t eat and are hungry for the rest of the day. The article “Skipping Meals Affects Academic Performance” states: “According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) hunger due to insufficient food intake is associated with lower grades, higher rates of absenteeism, repeating a grade, and the inability to focus among students”.

We interviewed our principal, Mr. Dennis, and asked him whether the middle school should get better lunch cafeteria food. If so, we asked, “Do you agree that we should get the same food as the high school and have the food freedom they do?”

Mr. Dennis said, “I agree that we should get better food,” (Note: he wants to keep the taco meal, though, because that is his favorite meal). He added, that he doesn’t want people ordering in food from different places because he feels “it would be very chaotic.”

We know maybe the school doesn’t want to get better food because it can be very expensive. But maybe we can hold fundraisers. The Middle school kids can hold fundraisers like a school car wash, bake sales, and so many more that can raise money for better lunch meals.

photo credit: Postmates froYo delivery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

but at least get food that is as good as outside food.

Kids in my grade complain that when they don’t want to get the hot lunch meal because they are allergic or don’t like the hot lunch meal. They ask to get a bagel and the lunch ladies say they have no more left so the kids have to eat something that they don’t enjoy. So they usually don’t eat and are hungry for the rest of the day.In the article “skipping meals affects academic performance” states “According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) hunger due to insufficient food intake is associated with lower grades, higher rates of absenteeism, repeating a grade, and the inability to focus among students”.

We interviewed Mr. Dennis and asked him is the middle school.should get better lunch cafeteria food? If so do you agree that we should get the same food as the high school and have the food freedom they do?

He said “I agreed that we should get better food (he wants to keep the taco meal though because that is his favorite meal” but he doesn’t want people ordering in food from different places because he feels it would be very chaotic.”

I know maybe the school doesn’t want to get better food because it can be very expensive. But maybe we can hold fundraisers. When our parents pay the tax money more of that portion of money can go to the lunch meal. I’m not saying that we have to pay more tax money i’m saying that a larger portion of that money our parents pay should go to the lunch meals. Also the Middle school kids can hold fundraisers like a school car wash that goes to our lunch meals, bake sales and so many more that can raise money for better lunch meals.

India’s New Vape Ban.

hawaii.gov

On Wednesday, September 18th, India officially announced a complete ban on all electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), not just flavored e-cigarettes as NYC and Israel have done.

India’s cabinet decided to immediately take action on this as it could greatly damage their young. We do not know the long-term effects. The Indian government is also making this serious, as people who disobey this ban will face up to a year in prison and a 100,000 rupees (roughly 1400 U.S. dollars) fine. This is a big deal for those who are now addicted as over 100 million adults vape in India. The country is also globally ranked second (right after China) for having the most smokers, and close to a million people die a year from tobacco related illness in India. 

  

Similar problems are being faced in our country as well. In the United States as of now 7 citizens have died of vaping illness. There hasn’t been enough time to do enough studies on this and the long-term effects. NYC has been taking similar actions as they recently banned all flavored vapes.

According to The New York Times 25% of people ages 12-16 have vaped in the United states

In the end vaping is a worldwide problem. I am not sure if banning is necessarily the right solution, as some still may be addicted. But we should have higher restrictions on the activity.

 

photo credit: Hawaii.gov

 

Creative Gaming Club

credit to trustedreviews.com

Challenges, quests, builds, and more. You can use Minecraft, Kerbal space program, Terraria, and more. These games make you use your creative side, and the sky’s the limit in this club. If you need help, you can ask others that might know more about the game, or what you’re trying to do. 

How can we make this happen?

If we ask our principal to add this gaming club to our school, this could be real. Whoever has an interest in this stuff can join. The high school has an Overwatch club. They play a game called Overwatch, and discuss strategy in the game. This club discusses strategy, how to get better at certain parts of the game, and maybe even how to make the game better. Our school has a coding club and a Lego robotics club, so why can’t Mr. Dennis add one so more people can be apart of a club?

What this club is about?

All of the clubs at North Shore Middle Schools have a certain agenda. But what if one club didn’t? In a club without an agenda, you could make your own project. You could make and play whatever you want in a game of your choice. You would have no time limits, all the time you need.

If you would like us to have a club like this, let us know by commenting below.

Antonio Brown Accused

New York Times

Antonio Brown, former Steelers and Raiders wide receiver, is being accused of sexual assault in Southern Florida in 2017 and 2018.

 His accuser is 28 year old Brittany Taylor, who began working with Brown as his trainer in 2017. She claims she was attacked on 3 separate occasions, twice in 2017 and again last year.

“It was very exciting, to have this person interested in my work,” She says. “He acted like he trusted me and he let me do my thing.”

 Brown was on the Steelers and the Raiders as a wide receiver.
When he was let go by the Raiders, he joined the Patriots just days after. 

Once he joined a new team, everyone thought his days of doing bad things were over. 

In the past, he refused to wear his new helmet, skipped practices, had frostbite, and lots of other things. We were wrong. 

On Brittany’s second day, the atmosphere changed. While she was painting, she turned around just to see Brown naked with a towel. 

“Ms. Taylor had to relive the trauma of these events through this examination,” the lawsuit says. “The polygraph examination confirmed her completely truthful account.”

Being one of the best wide receivers in the NFL right now, there might not be a risk of him coming off the Patriots.

There are questions, though. Brown will probably get fined once again, with other consequences.

Mystery Photo Contest

Guess where this photo was taken and send your response to nsmsvikingvoice@northshoreschools.org

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Create your own mystery photos (on campus only) to challenge others! Send them to the above email.

We Want Your News

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We want you!

 

The Viking Voice is looking for young writers eager to share their insight with the world–writers who are interested in sharing articles, creative writing endeavors, memoirs, etc. Any articles and all forms of writing are welcomed.

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     We encourage people of all beliefs and all walks of life to share their stories, for we want the world to hear you. Please share your experiences from this past summer with the rest of the school, as well as all other viewers. People are welcome to submit their works of writing both anonymously or with a by-line.

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