Volume 8 Issue 1 Thomas A. Edison Career & Technical Education High School Fall Helping Henna Hands By HASENA ALI On Friday October 3, Edison held its first henna booth in the cafeteria periods 4 through 8 and in the auditorium periods 9 and 10. Students, as well as teachers, came out to support the festivities. The henna designers, Navneet Kaur, Megan Crowley, Tiffany Anderson, Nafisha Syeda, Lamia Khan, and former Edison student, Mahnoor Ejaz succeeded in their endeavor. They provided the henna paste and applied henna on several students and teachers. Lamia Khan said, “Our experience was exhilarating. It started from a simple idea to writing a proposal to Principal Ojeda about our idea. We didn’t think it would be this successful. We were amazed to see how many people actually showed up to support our booth.” The henna booth raised over $500. The proceeds will be going to Model UN to help support and fund their conference at Yale University. Urban Outfitters’ Blood-Spatter Sweatshirt By MANPREET KAUR Causing Problems COURTESY OF WWW.DAILYKOS.COM Over the years, Urban Outfitters has managed to offend Blacks, Jews, and Native Americans. Urban Outfitters may have gone too far with this “one of a kind” Kent State sweatshirt priced at $129. It was designed with a blood-spatter pattern with bullet holes. This sweatshirt was a reference to the 1970 Kent State massacre, in which four unarmed students were shot and killed by the Ohio National Guard during a Vietnam War protest. The Kent State shootings are known as the May 4 Massacre or the Kent State Massacre, during which guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds killing four students and wounding nine others. Despite the horrible history, Urban Outfitters decided to advertise the sweatshirt as a vintage, one-of-a-kind Kent State sweatshirt and used the slogan “Get it or regret it!” Only a single sweatshirt was purchased and later listed on eBay for $550, with a $2,500 buy it now price. The shirt started with a bid of $550. The madness over one sweatshirt is causing Urban Outfitters many problems, and this now leads to many questions from the consumers. Would you want to buy this Kent State Sweatshirt? And what do you think about the Kent State Sweatshirt? I interviewed a few Edison students. AnnMarie Dindial stated, “I feel Urban outfitters really shouldn’t have promoted the purchase of that sweatshirt. The decorations itself are pretty insensitive, considering there was a massacre in Kent State. It’s a shame they want to make a profit out of a tragedy.” Melvin Panameno, after seeing the sweatshirt, said, “I understand the meaning behind wearing the sweater; anyone would wear it knowing the purpose of it. However, the design of the sweatshirt itself is something that would affect my decision wanting to wear it. It’s obvious why they would want that design, but I feel for some, including myself, it’s a bit too graphic.” ALL PHOTOS BY HASENA ALI Tiffany Anderson is applying henna on Orosa Amir. Our 4th Annual Celebration of Books and Reading is coming! COURTESY OF WWW.CLASSROOMCLIPART.COM Our Book Fair is scheduled for November 3rd through the 10th, with special hours Wednesday evening November 5th and Friday afternoon November 7th during Parent Teacher Conferences. Parents, students and friends are all invited. Great new books, posters, small gifts, and raffles. We hope to see you there! Sign up for the BLOOD DRIVE! NOVEMBER 18, 2014 2 THE EDISON LIGHT, FALL Feature Articles PRIVACY OR PROTECTION? ALS Ice Bucket By LOTUS SINGH and SHANA GEORGE In a world where technology is heavily relied on, many of today’s average American citizens use cell phones to communicate with others, get reminder notifications, quickly look up directions, or even search for information, as it is the fastest reliable method of getting what you need when you need it. We all rely on phones or use them in some way or another. But what if we suddenly lost our privilege, if our phone was taken away without consent, or was examined upon by a school official for no justified reason? A student’s right to privacy at school is a controversial topic since it is believed that the U.S. Constitution prevents officials from ever searching through an individual’s personal property. Debating if the same general law applies to students is the issue. This right isn’t as rigid as you may think, and in many cases, public schools don’t violate any laws. However, this doesn’t mean that public school teachers and other officials have the discretion to conduct searches in any manner they see fit. Do you think it’s fair to the student? Does the school official have right on his side in a situation like this? Text messaging is the most common way for a teenager to express their feelings to their friends. Through these expressions there may be information about their personal life that they wouldn’t want to be exposed to teachers and other officials, as it may not only embarrass the student, but also compromise views towards them. Overall, some may think that having your cell phone searched is unjust, unconstitutional and unnecessary. On the other hand, school personnel are responsible for the well-being, safety, and education of the children in their care for six or more hours a day. Because of this responsibility, and because a student’s actions may at times endanger their own safety or the safety of others, school faculty have an obligation to monitor student behavior. Due to this, personal privacy at school is not guaranteed, and it never can be. With all the commotion being caused over a cell phone, have you ever wondered why we aren’t allowed them in school? According to Mr. Boxer, “About 20 years ago, maybe a little less, the chancellor at the time made a Chancellor’s Regulation with the mayor. The chancellor stated that cell phones and electronic devices were not permitted in any school at any time. It was the chancellor and mayor’s decision citywide.” Their reason being “ it was a disturbance to the educational process and it also was the reason why a lot of students were getting robbed, in or outside of the building, in the streets, buses, it was because of having electronic devices.” The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects all Americans, including minor students attending public schools, from unreasonable searches and seizures performed by a government. But before searching through your personal items, school officials need to have both reasonable and individualized suspicion. The U.S Supreme court has said that school officials may search a student’s property if they have a reasonable suspicion that the search NAZIFA AHMED Enjoy the day with friends or family by exploring the corn maze. NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY Thomas A. Edison CTE High School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age in admission, treatment or participation in its programs services and activities, or in employment. might uncover evidence that the student violated a school rule. Just cause and reasonable suspicion are regarded as the same. In explaining the reasons for student’s searched Mr. Boxer also said, “if there’s just cause, a reason for the search and also two different things, there’s what school safety agents can do, which is NYPD, and there’s what school administration can do. School safety agents, I have to give them the just cause. For school administration to search a phone, to search a student for anything, I need just cause, but it could be a lot less vague. It could be as much as there’s a bulge in that kids pocket that could be a weapon that would be enough to have a search.” In recent times, cyber bullying and threats on Facebook and other social media have been big issues regarding student affairs. To protect students from hurtful instances, and protect the image of school, technology is occasionally patrolled by officials to make sure no negative language is being spread around the network. Unfortunately, some students receive the blame for saying something seen as inappropriate to an authoritative adult. Regarding this issue, searching of a student’s phone is acceptable; Mr. Boxer said “In that case, yes, because the issue has to do with what’s on the phone. So when I confiscate your phone, I could ask to see it or I could take it and look at it myself, again because the issue or crime is happening on the phone.” With all this in mind, a student’s right to privacy will still be debated, but it all comes down to the school searching a student’s phone for a reasonable or ethical cause. So for now, to avoid getting your belongings taken away, keep yourself and device out of trouble, you’ll be doing yourself a big favor! Jasmeet Kaur protective of her cell phone. SHANA GEORGE Get Your Fun On By NAZIFA AHMED Since it is fall and everyone is having a fall fever, as in all about pumpkin and apples either pie or coffee even candies. What could be a better way to celebrate fall, than pumpkin picking, in Queens County Farm Museum October is pumpkin month. Meander through the planting fields to find your very own favorite pumpkin. It’s a fun farm treat for the whole family. Go for the pumpkins, stay for the corn maze, petting zoo and hayrides. There’s something special about carving a pumpkin that you chose from the ground and not from a box at the supermarket. The 3 acre interactive corn maze opened on September 15. The adventure begins with a stalk talk to prepare you for the challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles and making your way out of the maze. On Saturdays and Sunday you can take a free guided tours of the historic farmhouse, and ride the hayride for $2 per person, general admission is free except on special-event days. Some of the special events are the Halloween Haunted House, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday October 24-26 starting at 4p.m. and the admission is 4 dollars per person. The Children’s Fall Festival Sunday October, 26 starting at 11a.m to 4 p.m. and the admission is 5 dollars per person. Starting October 6th- 28th you can pick your own pumpkin. On October 7th is the Apple Festival, which is a large variety of apples, and freshly pressed cider will be available. On November 1st through 2nd is the Wildlife Weekend which starts at 11-4p.m and the admission is 9 dollars per person. Admission includes Birds-of-Prey Show, Frogs, Bugs, & Animal Show, hayrides, pony rides and animal feeding. If you like being out and having a good time, then you will definitely enjoy Queens Farm Museum and what they have to offer. Challenge By MARVIE-LYNN MANUEL Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as ALS, is a disease where cells in the central and peripheral nervous system degenerate causing the paralysis of voluntary and involuntary muscles, which include your heart and lungs. Each year, approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS. The incidence of ALS is two per 100,000 people, and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans may have the disease at any given time. Awareness of this disease sparked through a challenge called “The ALS Ice bucket challenge”. The “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” is a challenge where, when nominated, you nominate three or more people to dump a bucket of water and ice over themselves or they have to donate to ALS research. Rahmee Uddin, a nominee of the ALS ice bucket challenge, said “I did not know what ALS stood for before I did the challenge.” It may be controversial as to whether or not most people understand what the “Ice Bucket Challenge” was meant for or if it’s actually raising money and awareness for the research, and as said by Harmeet Singh “Some people don’t think about the ALS concept when it comes to the ice bucket challenge. When they do the Ice Bucket Challenge it’s more that they’re doing it for attention instead of the cause.” There are cases of ignorance by those who just recorded videos of themselves dumping water onto their heads, but how did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge start? Peter Frates, an ALS victim who advocated the awareness of the disease, had his friends start the movement by dumping a bucket of ice water onto themselves and challenging others to do the same or donate to the ALS Association. Not only is he an ALS victim, he was a former division 1 college athlete of Boston College Baseball. In March 2012, when Peter Frates was 27, he was diagnosed with the ALS disease. Despite his motor impairments and deteriorating body, he still managed to start a movement for ALS research and to live the best during the time he has left. According to alsa.org, the ALS association raised over $29 million as of January 2014. However, only 28% of those funds were used for research. So where does the rest go? According to time.com, ALS raised over $79 million since July 2014. Politicalears.com stated “Over 73% of all donations raised are going to fundraising, overhead, executive salaries, and external donations. Less than 27% is actually used for the purpose we donated for.” The ALS Association responded to politicalears.com with “The ALS Association spent 79% of our annual budget on programs and services last year, which includes 28% on research, ONE of three main pillars of our charitable work (see below for breakdown). If a donor would like 100% of their donation to go to research, he/she can simply check a box on our online donation form”. The ice bucket challenge, though some may argue, has greatly influenced and encouraged many to donate as well as to take the challenge. Many celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Charlie Sheen and many more have taken the challenge. Charlie Sheen, however, had a plot twist to his challenge where, rather than dumping water and ice, he dumped $10,000 in cash which he says he’ll donate strictly towards the ALS association. PUBLIC & PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION 32% ($8.5 Million) FUNDRAISING 14% ($3.6 Million) ADMINISTRATION 7% ($1.9 Million) PATIENT & COMMUNITY SERVICE 19% (5.1 Millio) RESEARCH 27% (7.2 Million) MARVIE-LYNN MANUEL Here are the statistics of the ALS fund distribution. 3 THE EDISON LIGHT, FALL Feature Articles Spooktacular Halloween! Senior Internships By LOTUS SINGH Starting last school year (2013-2014), a new feature to education started in Edison. Seniors in our school were able to get an internship corresponding to their shop program to adhere to the rule of being in school for 5 ½ hours a day. Since the internships have become more popular this school year, some current seniors who participated in an internship over the summer are continuing to do so now as part of their school day. Some of the shop programs that offer internship opportunities for students are CISCO, Medical Assisting, and Computer Repair. By incorporating these internships into student’s schedules, students are learning a lot of skills every day that correspond to what they learn in class through workbased learning. By actually doing the tasks they are learning about, students are able to understand more and get insightful experiences. So, how are these internship experiences helpful to students? And how does participating in an internship compare to just having academic instruction? Students who are currently participating in an internship or took part over the summer shared their experiences of the advantages and helpfulness in further understanding their technical field. Over the summer, Venise Villanueva took part in the Medical Assisting internship at the New York Hospital of Queens. There she had the opportunity to work in different departments of the hospital. “I got to work in the ASU, the Ambulatory Surgery Unit, which is where patients go for a quick procedure. My job was to bring in the patients and tell them how to get ready for their procedure,” Villanueva said. There were many advantages she shared that related to what was learned in class and about the balance between schoolwork and additional work for the internship. By LESLY PEREZ Mr. Ojeda and Mr. Boxer said YES! The Leadership class in Edison is in charge of many events that come about in school. This year Ms.Petroutsos, head of the class, challenged each of the students in her class to come up with an event for school. Doua Naja came up with the idea of a Halloween, since it’s right around the corner. The dance, which will be called “Fright Night,” is scheduled to take place in the Edison cafeteria, and some activities will be held in the courtyard on Thursday, October the 30th. Doua Najam went all around school trying to get signatures from different people who either agreed with the event occurring and/or would be willing to attend. She said, “It seemed far-fetched at first, but after asking around and getting approval it worked out pretty well.” Due to safety measures the school always takes during these events, the school administrators agreed to this event with a few conditions, the most important being that the event takes place on Thursday, October the 30th instead of on the real holiday, which is the 31st. The administrators’ reason for this is to avoid any dangers that may unfortunately take place during this time. The time is tentatively to be from 6pm to 9pm and tickets should be starting at around $5.00; food and drinks will also be provided. Despite these requirements, Ms. Najam said, “ And for the conditions, I think they’re very reasonable. Each rule has a good reasoning behind it, so I’m not too upset about the restrictions, because the point of it was to have a Halloween themed party and be able to dress up, which is what we basically got, so I was satisfied.” The idea of this event is to bring everyone in Edison together during this time of the year where the holidays are just about to come. During the dance there is to be a costume contest where students should be appropriately dressed but at the same time have fun with their ideas. Those students who are inappropriately dressed won’t be allowed into the dance. The contest will culminate with LESLY PEREZ Look what’s brewing, the Leadership class is getting their scare on! three winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd places) who will all receive different prizes. So get your tickets before they’re gone. You wouldn’t want to miss the pie-eating contest (blueberry, cherry, apple and of course pumpkin pies will be sure to appear in this activity), the pie a teacher activity and several other surprises planned for those attending. Have a Spooktacular Halloween! Feminism Criticism By MARVIE-LYNN MANUEL LOTUS SINGH Ryan Fazal and Naheed Fateema are CISCO Interns. Villanueva also said, “Through my experience, I got to improve my communication and patient care skills as well as relate terms I had learned in class. If you do it (the internship) during the school year it would be a bit hard to balance. In my situation, I had a summer assignment and it was actually an advantage, since I got to ask the nurses and doctors for information to enhance my knowledge.” Naheed Fateema and Ryan Fazal, are two students in the CISCO shop program that are doing the internship this school year and work within the school to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues. “We do a lot of networking, so we learn how to troubleshoot. Troubleshooting is when you try to find out what the problem is, which helps us be able to fix any technical problems, and that helps us understand what we learn in shop as well,” said Fateema. She also said “It’s a learning experience, let’s say I don’t know how to do something, I’ll go with someone who does and see what they do, then I can go out and do it by myself. So we learn every day and I have learned so much from doing this so far.” Both Naheed Fateema and Ryan Fazal said that they enjoy doing the internship and call it a learning experience because they learn new skills every day by working with their peers and Mr. Kalloo. Balancing their work with school every day is not much of a challenge, however Ryan Fazal said, “When we first started school, the work load was a lot, but now since everything has calmed down and we know what kind of work to expect it’s easier to balance out.” Having also done the internship over the summer, Fazal said, “Over the summer, I came in and didn’t know much, but Mr. Kalloo and Mr. Rullan helped me learn the basics and whatever else I needed to know. Also their guidance really helped us out.” These internships are proving to be quite helpful for students, as well as an enjoyable experience. Based on the information shared by Venise Villanueva, Naheed Fateema and Ryan Fazal, internships are helpful for expanding student’s knowledge, and giving them skills that would be useful for furthering their studies in the field. Any student offered an internship should definitely take it, especially if they have strong interest in their technical field and hope to learn skills helpful for future studies. “ Feminism is the advocacy of the equality of the economic, political and social grounds of the sexes. Many women feel as if our society is bashing women for their desires to be respected as much as men. But why exactly do women advocate feminism. Why do we need feminism? You may ask why women would want equality when people in America today have equal rights that have been updated into our constitution. However, although under the law we are seen as equals, women have always been looked on as the inferior to men. Andy Lopez, a supporter of feminism, said, “Everyone should be a feminist, but the people that deserve the recognition are women who are fighting for their rights. Take for example, gay rights. People of the LGBT community enjoy the support from the heterosexual community, but we don’t want a heterosexual speaking for us, we want a fellow LGBT member fighting for us.” There are double standards whereas it’s more tolerable and acceptable for a man to do something than for a woman. I’m not just talking about it’s acceptable for men to be the “powerful” and “stronger” gender, but rather in the actions we do in society. Why is it that men who are victims of sexual assaults aren’t seen as victims, yet women are. Men are praised for their sexual advancements, and are therefore excused for assault? Women are sometimes blamed for their own rape, because their appearance and choice of attire provoked the action, and therefore they were asking for it. Now let me ask you this, was a 14 year old asking to have her life taken away after being raped by her 50 year old teacher? Stacey Dean Rambold raped a 14 year old girl three times, yet his prosecution was postponed, The judge declared that the victim, Cherice Moralez, was “older than her chronological age,” as in she caused her own rape due to her older appearance and mentality. According to the Huffington Post “An ex-teacher from Montana is to be re-sentenced on Friday for raping a 14-year-old student, after a court earlier jailed him for only one month in a judgment that outraged women’s rights activists.” Edison’s mission to develop the leaders of tomorrow begins with having an informed student body. The Edison Light is an open-forum student publication, and as such, we will remain informed on press rights and responsibilities while focusing on delivering accurate and balanced news, which is the product of thorough reporting. We believe that the rights of the First Amendment must be respected and upheld Sexism is a social disease. AUTHOR UNKNOWN Famous feminist advocators include Emma Watson and Beyoncé Knowles. Beyoncé advocates feminism in various ways, which include the lyrics in her songs or even her performances. However, during this year’s 2014 VMA (Video Music Awards), Beyoncé Knowles was criticized for her performance, being viewed as a contradiction to what she’s advocating. During FOX 5 news asked, “What does it really mean to be a feminist in Hollywood these days?” One tweeted, “Watching Beyoncé slide down the stage with a big sign saying FEMINIST behind her just ended me. I am done. Goodbye.” Emma Watson, during her powerful speech at the UN, stated, “Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive… I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights.” We live in the day and age where slavery is abolished and women won the right to vote, but why is there so much inequality left in the world? Men may be the biggest threat to women, but feminism is the biggest threat to men today. The Edison Light Editorial Policy through the implementation of an uncensored student publication. We will report the student-selected and student-driven news of our school community to our school community without prior review or prior restraint. Our stories will be unbiased and supported, our facts verified, and our stories relatable. Advisers will attempt to model professional journalistic conduct with students and hold them to those stan- dards. The opinions of this publication will represent the opinions of the students of our school and school community. Any decisions affecting the publications on all levels will be made by the student editorial board, the advisor is allowed to give legal advice and his/her opinion, but the final decision rests in the hands of the editorial board. 4 F THE EDISON LIGHT, FALL Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte By NAZIFA AHMED D A Food Junkie’s Paradise By MELODIE LEONG Why buy when you can make it yourself and save money too? Fall is the season of color-changing leaves, crisp mornings and the universal pumpkin spice latte. September finally comes around and local coffee shops roll out their strictly-seasonal pumpkin flavored coffee drinks. But if you’re buying them daily or even every other day at nearly $4 dollars each, it can add up to plunking down a lot of dough for coffee, which is brewed with what is essentially nutmeg-scented, artificially colored and flavored fructose corn syrup. But don’t worry, you can make them at home and not spend more than $10 dollars. The ingredients needed are 3 tbsp strong ground coffee, 2/3 cup water, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, cardamom, 2 tsp honey, NAZIFA AHMED 2/3 cup milk and 1/8 tsp of vanilla extract. Brew the coffee with the water in a regular coffee maker, while the coffee brews, stir the pumpkin pie spice into the honey until completely blended. Pour the cold milk into a microwave-safe bowl. Keep the bowl slightly tilted, so that the milk is gathered towards one side. Using a wire whisk, whisk the milk in the bowl quickly for about 2-2 1/2 minutes. The milk should be very frothy at this point. Microwave the milk in the bowl on for 8-10 seconds. It should foam immediately. To serve the latte, pour the hot coffee into a mug and stir in the honey mixture until completely dissolved. Top with the hot milk and the thick foam. A dash of some ground cinnamon on top is a nice touch. Fall For These Treats! By IBTASAM ELMALIKI “Smorgasburg,” also known as the Brooklyn flea food market holds a variety of vendors from all over New York City. These vendors are gathered in the market in two locations on weekends. It is held from 11am to 6pm from April through November every Saturday, at East River State Park (90 Kent Avenue at North 7 Street) in Williamsburg and every Sunday, at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5. There are many snacks to choose from, such as jerky, kababs, and sausages. If you are looking for something that will fill up your stomach, there are burgers, sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, tacos, barbeque wings, ribs, and more. There are lots of options, and they have a wide range of foods from sweet to savory - you name it. The pricing for the food and drinks ranges from $3 to $15. The market gets crowed pretty quickly, so it’s wise to get there early so you will not have to wait on many long lines to get your food. Senior Kevin Drigpaul said, “The thing that I enjoyed most about my visit to the flea food market was that it exposed me to lots of food that I haven’t encountered before.” He added, “I would recommend someone who has never been to this place the ice cream sandwich stand. I really like this stand because the size of the sandwich is comparable to your palm. Also the different flavors that they offer are far from ordinary; they are as tasty as they are unique.” The ice cream sandwich he speaks of comes from a Brooklyn-based bakery vendor called The Good Batch. They are sold for $6 each, and the flavors are oat chocolate chunk, almond toffee, rocky road, and coffee caramel. MELODIE LEONG Takoyaki balls filled with sausage from the Mimi and Coco NY vendor. Another vendor you may want to look for is called, Mimi and Coco NY. They sell a type of Japanese snack called takoyaki, they are ball-shaped and made of wheat flour batter typically stuffed with boiled octopus. At the market, you have a choice of having the takoyaki stuffed with sausage, potato, or octopus. They make it on the spot; it’s fresh and sells for $8. You will want to go there with an empty stomach because of the abundance of unique and scrumptious foods you’ll want to try. In addition, to the food you can enjoy a nice view of the city’s skyline at both locations. Cronut Craze! By LESLY PEREZ These cookies can be perfectly paired with milk or coffee. The new season is upon us, and many of us are looking for autumn treats. So if you’re sick and tired of the same fall flavors or simply want to try something new, then these Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip cookies are your antidote. This recipe was adapted from food. com under the title of Oatmeal Raisin cookies but alterations were made. For this recipe you’ll need: • 2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 teaspoon baking soda • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened) • 1 cup sugar, & 1 cup dark brown sugar (firmly packed) • 2 large eggs • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 3 cups oats (instant, or old fashioned), • And as many cranberries and white chocolate chips as you want! (I usually add 2 ½ cups of cranberries, and 1 ½ cups of the chips). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and make sure the rack is in the center of the oven. The first thing you’re going to do YASMEEN ELMALIKI is put the eggs in a small bowl and whisk them with the vanilla extract. Place the cranberries in the bowl to soak in that egg-vanilla mixture (this is what makes the cookies especially good). In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda & powder, salt). In another bowl, beat butter and sugars. Once they are creamed together, stir the in dry ingredients. Stir well, ensuring no flour is visible. Once that’s done the egg-vanilla-cranberry mixture will be added. Stir once again. Finally, add the oats, and white chocolate chips, giving it a last stir. Do not over beat the cookie dough! The final consistency of the dough should be firm. Shape the cookie dough into small balls onto the cookie sheet. (Don’t shape the dough too much; the smaller the cookie, the more volume it has.) Bake for 1113 minutes, or until browned, and remove from oven. Allow them to sit on the baking sheet for about 2 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool. If you want these cookies extra sweet you can top it off with a simple glaze, a humble mixture of fat or 2% milk with powdered sugar. At last you can enjoy these autumn delights! Located on Spring Street in New York, the Dominique Ansel Bakery is one of the best-known bakeries in the city thanks to its French owner’s unique creation of the Cronut. As the name implies, this pastry is a hybrid between a doughnut and a croissant! Ansel’s name reached the ears of many in May of 2013 when his creation, the Cronut, became a near-global sensation. Worldwide he is a prestigious chef known for his innovative pastry techniques used in pastries such as the Cronut and his follow-up sensation, the cookie-shot. Many people line up as early as 5:30 in the morning to purchase up to two cronuts per person, a policy this pastry shop has to ensure most of the line is able to acquire at least one of these delights. As one is waiting, the staff hands out menus and serves the people on the line very amiably, introducing the Cronut flavor of the month, offering coffee and free fresh-made mini madeleine cookies. Dominique Ansel is a very dedicated man, always at the front of his bakery, baking Cronuts or simply having a chat with some of his fans. Having received many offers to mass produce the Cronut, he refuses to accept, saying a Cronut is not something one can mass produce. In an interview with Fast.Co, Ansel said, “It’s not something you you could mass-produce, freeze, and ship in a box. You’d just destroy it, and it wouldn’t be the same product anymore.” When asked, “Why not just cash in on the name? Famous chefs do it all the time,” he responded, “To me, it is really important that I stand for what I believe in, which is creativity… the Cronut is a great creation. I don’t want to kill it, cash in on it, and make it disappear.” Despite his efforts to keep his Cronut from being mass produced, many other companies try to replicate his creations. While on the line many people chatter that the Cronut has “dropped its greatness in a LESLY PEREZ The Scrumptious September Cronut is a perfect mixture of floral, aromatic and fruity flavors - Bosc Pear and Sage Cream with mixed citrus sugar. variety of ways” and “has lost its glorious consistency,” which is the major quality it’s known for. A woman on the line said, “Personally, I regret waiting so much to try the Cronut because of what is being said, but hey I’m here willing to give it a try.” September’s Cronut flavor of the month is Bosc Pear and Sage. October’s awaited Cronut flavor is Pumpkin Chai (with maple sugar) at only five dollars each. Surprisingly, a bit over a year since its debut, the line to purchase a Cronut is still so long is extends one block down from the bakery folding onto another on the corner of the street. Dominique Ansel’s Bakery not only offers its customers the Cronut, but a variety of other pastries and meals. Many await more innovative creations from Dominique Ansel. F THE EDISON LIGHT, FALL D 5 My Strange Halloween By ANGELA GUZMAN With Halloween right around the corner, everyone is excited to put on their favorite costume and go out trick-or-treating. Trick-or-treating is a Halloween tradition where almost every child, and some teenagers, go around the neighborhood, knock- 9th Grader Nalanie Hariprasad “... this lady gave this really big ball of rice thing, whatever, and it was really hard and crumbly. It tasted like ... a basketball ... all rubbery and not good.” ing on doors and asking for candy. Sometimes students don’t get candy, but other strange items instead. Halloween and trick-or-treating originated in medieval England. October 31st is All Souls Day or Hallows eve. Over many 10th Grader Brittany Lewis - “I got a pair of socks but (gave) it back, though. What was I going to do with it?” years, it changed from All Hallows Eve to Halloween. During Medieval times, children would go from house to house asking for food like cheese, grapes, bread or wine in exchange for tricks. Some tricks that children would perform were jokes, danc- 10th Grader Mary Couloute - “He gave me a sack of potatoes, and (I) carried (it) back home.” ing, reciting poetry and singing. Today, children walk around the neighborhood and ask for candy, but have you ever received strange things while trick-or-treating? Check out what some Edison students have received for Halloween: 11th Grader Andres Restrepo - “I got Japanese money for Halloween and I was confused.” ALL PHOTOS BY ANGELA GUZMAN 11th Grader Edouardo Benipayo - “I was like 10 and grateful for whatever I got. I got (a) raw egg.” BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME! Healthier Trick-or-Treat Alternatives By SHARMIN ISLAM When you go trick-or-treating, you end up with bags full of chocolate, candy, and other junk food. However, do you stop HEIDI KELLY YumEarth Organics Gummybears contain a much healthier dietary content than that of chocolates. Editor-in-Chief: Anne Marie Mangal, Angela Guzman to think about the chemical additives, the artificial flavors, and the other ingredients that are unhealthy? Maybe it’s time to replace Hershey’s and Snickers with healthier options for trick-or-treaters. A healthy alternative to the usual Halloween treats is dark chocolate with 72% cocoa solids. Dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Gummy bears are another healthy alternative, in that gummy bears are fat-free and contain antioxidants and nutrients. A recommended brand is YumEarth Organics Gummybears. You can also give out pre-packaged snacks, such as pretzels, nuts, trail mix, sunflower seeds, or animal crackers. You can always offer a selection of juice boxes to trick-or-treaters as well, such as Mott’s Apple Juice. There’s always the option of giving out fruits to trick-or-treaters. Luisa Cuatle, a sophomore at Hunter College, was asked what she gives to trickor-treaters and if she ever thought about giving healthy snacks, and she said, “I usually give things like Snickers, Twix, or like Hershey’s, but I never really considered healthy snacks.” By giving trick-or-treaters healthier options, you are doing them all a favor. At the end of the day, you’ll be proud of yourself for promoting healthy eating habits. Instead of providing kids with chocolate and junk food for Halloween, you should shower them with healthier alternatives. The Edison Light Staff General News: Hasena Ali, Heather Anderson, Manpreet Kaur, Sherry Multani Managing Editor: Lesley Perez, Heather Anderson Opinions: Tiffany Anderson, Fernando Franco, Melodie Leong, Fernanda Urena Layout: Lotus Singh, Shawn Nemoto, Sharmin Islam, Fernanda Urena, Nazifa Ahmed, Shaquinna Reid Arts & Entertainment: Jeanette Aydinian, Jasmine Boothe, Amrita Singh, Theresa Singh Sports: Shawn Nemoto, Amanda Cancel Features: Marvie-Lynn Manuel, Shana Mamoun’s Falafel By VEDENDRA PERSAUD VEDENDRA PERSAUD One of Momoun’s signature dishes is Shawarma - slices of lamb wrapped in warm pita bread along with tahini sauce (white sauce). In the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City, sits one of the most traditional restaurants in the Big Apple. Mamoun’s Falafel has been serving high quality and homey Middle Eastern Food since 1971 - making it the oldest Falafel Restaurants and the first Middle Eastern businesses in America. With fine history and rich cultural background, how can this family-owned place go wrong? Simply put, it cannot. It is featured in many travel guides, newspa- pers, and books, such as 1,000 Places to See Before You Die , as well as the Food Network. Falafel and Shawarma have become embedded in New York City culture. It has been a blessing to try Mamoun’s signature dish, Falafel. Fresh and finely-ground chickpeas, onions, freshly chopped parsley, and garlic. These are mixed perfectly with traditional Middle Eastern spices, rolled into golf-ball shapes or patties and deep-fried into golden brown, chickpea jewels. Biting into the Falafel was an experience in itself, warm, nice and crispy on the outside, but then fluffy on the inside. Topped with the accompanying white sauce, it is to die for! Even better was the Shawarma! This Middle Eastern dish became so popular that it was even featured in Marvel’s superhero hit The Avenger’s, increasing sales up to 80% on opening day! One of Thomas Edison’s substitute teachers, Ms.Sake, vividly remembers becoming curious about shawarma after watching the post-credits. “I wanted to try this Shawarma, so I asked my Israeli students what it was. They said the best Shawarma in all of New York was at Mamoun’s.” Made with 100% chicken or lamb, marinated with Mamoun’s blend of spices and then slow cooked and warped in a warm pita, this dish is something you cannot easily forget! Even as good as the food are the service and pricing. Getting all these tasty Middle Eastern treats fast and for less than $10, Mamoun’s Falafel is highly recommended for authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, for first timers or regulars! George, Lotus Singh, Lesley Perez Technology: Alan Chazari, Andrew Au, Anne-Marie Mangal, Shaquinna Reid Food: Sharmin Islam, Nazifa Ahmed, Ibtasam Elmaliki, Angela Guzman Journalism Advisor: Mrs Fitzgerald Layout Advisor: Mrs. Boone COURTESY OF HTTP://ALL-FREE-DOWNLOAD.COM 6 Opinions Super Student! By TIFFANY ANDERON We have a student; we have an athlete, put them together and boom! What do we get? We get a student athlete. Students take on so much as it is, so just imagine how much a student athlete has to deal with on a daily basis. Here at Edison we have a vast amount of student athletes who are familiar with the struggle of juggling academics and sports. They work so hard to keep their academics up to par, while trying to do their best in the sport that they play. Student athlete Michael Wang is on the Track and Field team; when he was asked what stresses him the most when it comes to being a student athlete his response was, “The ability to keep up TIFFANY ANDERON with both, but isn’t applied She’s ready to excel aca- so often.” He makes this demically and in the game. student athlete job seem so easy considering he has good grades and performs well in his races whenever he has a track meet. When Junior Deandra Alvarez of the Soccer team was asked which is most important to her, academics or sports she responded, “Academics because majority of athletes don’t really look for scholarships or try to play to sports in college, but you know whenever you think about school you think that that can help you go far in life.” It is true that most student athletes play a sport in high school while they have the opportunity. When it comes to college most student athletes don’t even play the sport because they want to focus on their major, or the requirements for the team were too hard. Jasmin Williams of the volleyball team has one piece of advice for student athletes dealing with stress, “Make sure that you’re ready to take on the sport and take on school at the same time, then you will need to learn to manage your time efficiently.” Being a student athlete is tons of work! But when you listen to your fellow schoolmates and their advice on how to overcome the stress, you will become a better student athlete. If you aren’t a student athlete, watch the people that are and take notes! Planning Ahead By FERNANDO FRANCO THE EDISON LIGHT, FALL On September 16, Thomas Edison students were given planners to be kept on their person at all times. The original intent was to make sure students have means of keeping track of all homework, assignments, projects, and even test days. At any time, school staff can ask students to see their planner. Curiously enough, FERNANDO FRANCO after asking for first impressions of the planer, Magaly Avelino will develop I got fairly balanced better organization skills by answers. For instance, using her planner. Sanjay Subhag said, “At first, I didn’t think it’d be much of use at all.” On the other hand. I got positive responses, as well. Zahi Ahmed said, “I thought it might encourage me to become more organized with my schoolwork.” After doing further interviewing, it became evident that these planners were more useful than expected. As Gabriella Oviedo put it, “Many people are becoming completely dependent on their planners now; in fact most can’t remember anything without it.” In addition, some students may not realize that the cover is interactive. Students need only to download an app and take a picture to explore various careers. (All of the directions are on the bottom of the inside front cover.) Personally, I believe these planners are one of the best things to happen at Edison. They allow the students to stay organized, up to date, and on top of their school work throughout the year. If a student were to lose their planner, a mere $5 must be paid to receive a new one in the guidance office. Segregated by Choice, No Longer by Force… By FERNANDA UREÑA Here we have a group of friends of different backgrounds having a good time Racial profiling has become the new “norm.” Involuntarily, people have cast their own judgments and have conducted their own actions based on their silly opinions about the race that they have miraculously appointed dangerous. New York City is painted by the same hard-working brushes that are judged daily. Each borough is divided into individual territories where social classes have organized themselves into cliques. The entire city has somehow become a high school cafeteria. The F train begins its route on 179th Street and ends in Coney Island, and one may witnessing some patterns in the different cultures that board each day. When asked why she believed students choose to sit with friends that share the same ethnic backgrounds, 11th grader Jennifer Muñoz replied, “Probably because they have similar cultures in their families and discuss it during lunch.” When asked if the friends she sits with at lunchtime share the same ethnic background, 12th grader Alexa Reyes responded, “Yes, mostly, because I can’t speak Spanish with other ethnic groups. Some things only make sense in Spanish.” SHADIN PRITHVI Apparently, most of us are too comfortable and unwilling to reach out. Unfortunately, I myself have observed some hurtful behavior amongst the people on the F train. A while ago, a Lexington Avenue passenger showed signs to her assumed husband that she refused to sit beside him because of the colored woman that she would also be sitting beside. The colored woman was in a deep sleep at this time. The passenger’s face showed obvious fear. With a sign, the husband tightened his face and dusted his tidy attire to then slide over to sit next to the sleeping woman. Racism today is not as loud or as obnoxious, but it is just as extant as it was decades ago. Today it is discrete, yet something about it is so piercing to encounter. Believe it or not there is a possible solution that most of us refuse to consider. We need to learn to desegregate ourselves and break out of our perpetual habits. This “melting pot” is none other than a traditional high school environment where similar classes of people chain together and refuse to break free from their comfort zones. Yes, New York City is diverse, but what does that matter if we don’t break free and sit at another table? Eric Garner: The Story Behind the Media BY FERNANDO FRANCO On July 17, 2014, 43-year-old Eric Garner died after NYPD allegedly put him in a choke-hold during an arrest. During the summer, this story was all the rave on the news and social media considering a video of the event was posted online. Many blamed his death on police brutality; however, it is always important to understand the complete story. Many base their opinions on what is told in the media; to demonstrate the importance of knowing the whole story I asked Erick Claros about his prior knowledge on the matter, and he responded by saying, “Eric died of a heart attack due to the choke-hold and his own health problems.” It is a known fact that Eric Garner died of a heart attack while police officers were arresting him. It is also a known fact that from the video it appeared as though there was an excessive amount of cops to detain one person. However, before jumping to conclusions and pointing fingers, you must look behind the curtain that the media has put up. Prior to the video shot, Eric Garner had broken up a fight, which brought additional police units to the scene. Now, another question that many ask but cannot answer is why was he arrested? Police Officer Justin Damico approached him for selling illegal untaxed cigarettes. He was also previously arrested for the same crime. In the video, one main portion that people overlook is when he pulled away from the first officer. He resisted arrest and he told both police officers not to touch him. It led to the police having to use force to ensure arrest. Many have to understand that once he pulled away, he committed a crime. The whole situation of being forcefully detained could have been avoided if he cooperated with the officers. I’m not saying that his death is his fault; I’m just saying the whole “choke-hold” could have been One sided stories all over the media FERNANDO FRANCO avoided. I agree with those that say the choke-hold was excessive and there was no need for Officer Pantaleo to force Eric’s face into the ground, but having to arrest a 400 pound man that even when being put on the ground kept on trying to push himself back up can be difficult, thus bringing the need for more man power. After telling Immanuel Almosara both sides of the story, he expressed his opinion by saying, “Eric didn’t exactly have to be so hostile towards the police officers; even so, the police did not have to use such brute force on him.” In the end, the autopsy showed that his fatal heart attack was the result of the compression to the neck, compression to the body, asthma, and obesity. When determining why this happened, you must consider both sides. 7 THE EDISON LIGHT, FALL Technology A Germy Situation Will Cable Be Able To Remain Stable? By MELODIE LEONG MELODIE LEONG When was the last time you cleaned your keyboard? Did you know that a keyboard is actually dirtier than a toilet? A keyboard is used frequently by many people whether for work or leisure purposes. It is constantly being touched and food, dirt, and germs may have built up over time. A UK research organization has found that a keyboard can be up to five times dirtier than a toilet. The cause of this would be our skin producing oil and it may be rubbed onto the keys. Another instance is people may be using the restroom or eating without washing their hands. A classic bug that causes food poisoning is staphylococcus aureus. You can get food poisoning from using dirty computer equipment. Signs of this would be diarrhea and nausea. Graciela Solano said, “Sometimes when I get home, I go directly to the computer and I don’t realize that germs can fester on the keyboard.” This shows that people are unaware of bacteria growing on their keyboards. It is very simple to avoid germs from festering on your keyboard. One way is to purchase a keyboard cover. This prevents any dust or anything from building up in the crevices of the keyboard. Another way is to use a can of “air duster” and follow the directions on the back of the can. Then just flip your keyboard over and wipe it with cleaning solution. Cell phones can be unhygienic too, because we can wash our hands every time we want, but do we wash our phones? Just like keyboards, cell phones are constantly being touched. There are actually wipes sold that are specially made for removing dirt and germs from your cell phone. There are many different brands but one of them is Celluwipes; they are light-weight and convenient. These wipes are sold for $3.99 per pack. They work on all sorts of devices such as tablets, laptops, digital cameras, and hand-held gaming devices. By ALAN CHAZARI Cord-cutters keep multiplying and the reason behind the increase of these cord-cutters are online streaming apps such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime. Is cable TV becoming obsolete because of the introduction of these apps? According to Comcast, DirecTV, TWC, and Verizon Fios, over 1.7 million of their subscribers have cut the cord in 2013. That number is set to increase by 10% in 2015. It seems that cable will meet its fate sooner than anyone has expected. Thanks to Netflix and other apps that stream shows, “binge watching” is something most people are commonly doing nowadays. Binge watching basically means watching episodes of a series for a period of time. It used to be one show a week until the end of the season, but now people have the chance to finish series in weeks! Mark Doninelli, a senior who is a Netflix subscriber and a binge watcher, was asked what his favorite features of Netflix are. He said, “I can just chill in my room and watch any show that they currently have - anytime.” Can the internet really bring down cable? Anyone with access to the Internet can basically watch anything and share anything they want with the click of a button. Not everything is perfect and there are some limitations to things. “They only have a limited amount of shows, that’s probably their only disadvantage,” said Mark, when I asked him what the disadvantages are from using Netflix. However, on some occasions, Mark finds himself watching cable TV. I asked what his reasons for watching cable TV are, and he stated, “Sometimes I watch TV for sports, and I join in on pay-per-views for some boxing matches.” Are you a future cord-cutter? Ask yourself that when you find yourself using the Internet for shows and letting dust accumulate on the surface of your cable top box. You can become a cord-cutter with a pair of scissors, a Netflix subscription, and an unused cable set top box. iSpy with my little eyes.. By SHAQUINNA REID Snapchat is an app that allows you to send silly selfies and videos to your friends anywhere and any time. Click! *takes picture and sends to friend via snapchat* how safe are your pics? The app allows you to set a time limit on how long a person can see your snapchat. This app has become very popular among Tweens, teens and even young adults. Teens are crazy about this app because the self-destructing feature doesn’t allow parents to see what they’re sending or can they? Software called mSpy allows parents to see what they’re child is sending through snapchat. For $40 a month, not only can parents see what their child is snapchatting, but also who they’re texting, calling, emailing and where they are at any moment. How does it work? The parent must download the software on their child’s phone first. Once installed, parents can view whatever they want. The most iconic thing is that the Is it the end of Snapchat? child may never know the app is running since it shows no icons on their Lets do it the old fashion way and take their phone. If you’re rich and can afford it, then phone. Talk about invasion of privacy! College Advisor, Mrs.Spano believes it’s good.” She thinks it’s a nice idea but that the software is a good idea. She be- the price is ridiculous. Rahmee Uddin, a proud snapchat user lieves that it’s important for parents to know these things in this day and age. She stated, “I feel that it’s an invasion of pristated, “I know it’s a privacy issue, but vacy and it is unfair that I have not done until you leave the house you don’t really anything illegal to deserve this brutality of have that privacy.” When asked is this soft- my dignity.” ware necessary she replied, “Not for $40. ALAN CHAZARI Phones can bend?! Let me try! *CRACK* By ANDREW AU The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus finally came out, and they are huge! These phones are sought after by many Apple fans. If you were planning to buy the iPhone 6 Plus, you might want to reconsider. You may or may not have heard about the iPhone 6 Plus bending. According to much customer feedback, the phone bends right under the volume button. If enough force is applied on the phone, it will end up bending in that area, but who in the world is bending their phones?! Well, no one is actually bending their phone for fun, and it is not recommended for you to try to bend your phone either. The issue is the iPhone plus is bending in the back pockets of tight pants. Apparently the tightness of your pants has enough force to bend the iPhone 6 Plus significantly enough for it to be noticed. Is it a problem with the structure of the phone, or are pants just getting too tight? I asked senior Chris Baboolal, who is at fault concerning this issue. “I think Apple is responsible because they try to imitate Samsung and create a bigger phone. They used aluminum material, which is flimsy, to make it look slim,” Chris Baboolal said. “Apple should give the people a free phone case with the phone.” Another student, Nicholas Alvarez, also believes that Apple Company is at fault, and he said, “I think it is Apple’s fault because they must have known about the design flaw, but they didn’t notify anyone of it… I feel that it diminishes their name. They let down people who expect topnotch products.” Other phones are not bending in your pockets from sitting, and it seems that it’s ANDREW AU This phone has a new feature; it bends! only the iPhone 6 Plus that has this issue. If you were planning to buy an iPhone, it is recommended to stick with the regular iPhone 6. However, realistically speaking, if you are using a phone case for your iPhone 6 Plus, there shouldn’t be any real worries with bending. So get a sturdy phone case and stay away from tight pants. Bring your phone to the Apple store and ask for a replacement if you notice any bends. 8 THE EDISON LIGHT, FALL Arts & Entertainment Remembering Robin Williams By THERESA SINGH The famous, witty and loving genie from the Disney movie Aladdin said, “To be free. Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world.” Sad to say, it can be said that this loving genie has now been set free. The news of Robin Williams’ death shocked the nation. President Obama himself noted his passing. Since his start in 1977, Robin Williams has brought us hours of laughter and joy. Many of us in the Edison community can agree that Robin Williams will always be remembered as a renowned actor and comedian. While expressing her love for Robin Williams, senior Tamekah Persaud said, “I love a lot of his movies like Jumanji, Bird Cage, and Aladdin, but my favorite piece would have to be the show Mork and Mindy. I believe he will continue to be a legendary entertainer because of his comedic attitude and innocent charm. No matter what, I know he will always shine on television.” Robin Williams will continue to live on forever. We can all look forward to one of his last pieces. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb will be released on December 19, 2014. The comic genius will be playing the role of Theodore Roosevelt. No doubt, he will be bringing a smile to our faces. Inspirational, legendary, talented, and astounding are just a few words that can describe the beloved Robin Williams. It can be said that we will never forget this amazing entertainer. In fact, we will always remember Robin Williams. THERESA SINGH Here are just a few of Robin Williams’ most unforgettable roles. Paid in Experience: Free Labor? By JASMINE BOOTHE Teenagers can take part in almost anything that fits their interests, but keeping an open mind is essential when starting anything new. When searching for work experience, the first thing so many of us look for is a salary. Once seeing the words “volunteer” or “community service” one immediately exits the page. Those opportunities that are put to the side are most likely some of the best experiences one could have. Some of the most demanding positions right now entails two things: teenagers and teenagers interested in art. Places like the 52 Street Project and Guggenheim Museum are all looking for teens that fit that exact same criteria. Although compensation is not handed over in money, things like free entry into almost any museum in New York City and going to exclusive member openings are just some of the perks of volunteer work. Art organizations never judge teenagers on their level of experience, but their dedication and insight. Teaching artist Antonio Perez said, “I will work with anyone who wants to work with me, pretty much, I like working with people; I like working with material. I like looking at art and talking about art.” The next time you see an unpaid position, look at it again and see what you will really get out of the experience besides a paycheck. JASMINE BOOTHE There are so many opportunities waiting for you! Sports You Throw Like A Girl! Is Fitness for the Misses? By AMANDA CANCEL Why has it become more acceptable to equate being a girl with being weak, inferior or incapable? An ad campaign by Always aims to promote women’s self-esteem. People were asked to show what it looks like to run, fight, or throw like a girl. Teenage girls, grown men, and young boys demonstrated their interpretation of the command. You know, arms flailing, legs discombobulated, a face that shows complete struggle, the whole works. Why is this term “like a girl” so offensive? Senior Cristian Guzman was guilty of interpreting the command the same way some people did in the ad. “The term is used to say that someone is weak or bad at something, saying ‘like a girl’ is offensive to girls because they feel weaker than boys,” Guzman said. Guzman is on the Edison boys soccer team and has heard his fair share of hostile comments from his teammates. Back when he was a rookie, the boys would tell him he ran like a girl. “I never really listened to them, I have a sister and she runs faster than me, so I guess running like a girl is a good thing,” Guzman said. In the ad, young girls, around ten years old, were asked to run, fight, or throw like a girl and they gave their best effort. These girls put their all into it, they used all of their ability to run, fight, and throw to an extreme extent. They felt that the term is just a way to tell them to try their hardest. I asked senior Karlene Fabian how she would respond if someone told her to run, fight, or throw like a girl. “I would prove them wrong and show them that females are not as weak as they think,” she said. Fabian feels that the term is very offensive and it’s as if being a girl is all of a sudden an insult. “We as women get degraded so much as being weaker and unable to accomplish what men can do,” she said. Somehow society began to use the term “like a girl” subconsciously to demonstrate when something is not being done in its best effort because girls may seem weak and don’t have the same physical aspects of a male. In actuality, the term is offensive to females and affects the way the society looks at them. We can get passed this by realizing that feLEAH ALLY males are capable of the Athletic best friends Jasmin Williams and Tiffany Anderson same things as males. show off their muscles. By AMANDA CANCEL Kuronn Green is impressed by Lucie Monosiet’s perfect pushup position. When students at Edison see the weight room, they think of big, burly, athletic guys sweating through their gym uniform hoping to gain some serious muscle. Nobody ever pictures girls doing the same. Fitness is probably the most requested gym class and, let’s face it, room G22A can barely fit the students assigned. Most of these requests come from boys, but no one is guaranteed a spot in. However, the majority of girls in Fitness don’t work as hard as the boys. So, should Fitness be a class only for boys? Senior Oscar Cortes does not think Fitness is pointed more towards boys than girls and said, “... it’s really up to the person if they really want to work out in the class or not.”. Even though Cortes is what they call AMANDA CANCEL a “lifting fanatic,” he still believes that everyone should have a chance at working on their body. On the other hand, senior Lucie Monosiet disagrees and said, “I do believe that Fitness is a class that is more pointed towards boys. Many people believe that girls are too weak to be lifting weights and other equipment.” Monosiet loves to work hard in the weight room and feels that Fitness shouldn’t be allowed only for boys. “There are many girls who enjoy Fitness itself, and if Fitness was only allowed for boys, it wouldn’t make boys and girls equal,” Monosiet said. Both Cortes and Monosiet work their hardest in the weight room, and both agree with one another that Fitness should not only be allowed for boys.
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