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Saturday, October 6

  1. msg Cyber-Bullying Does Not Occur on Twitter - NOT!!!! message posted Cyber-Bullying Does Not Occur on Twitter - NOT!!!! I agree, no matter what the program, activity, or circumstance someone will always be able to find …
    Cyber-Bullying Does Not Occur on Twitter - NOT!!!!
    I agree, no matter what the program, activity, or circumstance someone will always be able to find away to do or say mean, rude, or hurtful things to another person. I do not think that there is a way there can be a social networking site where people post there own opinions that someone will not feel against their post.
  2. msg Young Adults; Fed Like Children message posted Young Adults; Fed Like Children I agree with your editorial, high school students a re young adults and should be able to choose th…
    Young Adults; Fed Like Children
    I agree with your editorial, high school students a re young adults and should be able to choose the portion of food the receive at any meal including school lunch. not feeding kids enough can lead to them being upset or cranky which take a toll on schoolwork and there peers.
  3. msg MHS Laptops message posted MHS Laptops I agree with the idea that teachers need to be more creative in the way the incorporate class room …
    MHS Laptops
    I agree with the idea that teachers need to be more creative in the way the incorporate class room work with the macbooks. Every student has a mac and ha the same resources and programs to do a project so there should be no issue assigning computer tasks.
  4. msg Voting Age message posted Voting Age People turning eighteen-years-old during an election year should be allowed to vote even if they ha…
    Voting Age
    People turning eighteen-years-old during an election year should be allowed to vote even if they have not reached the age of majority by election day. Many high school students are active in politics, and can make informed decisions.

    Election days are always in November which is practically the end of the year. People turning eighteen within the last seven weeks of the year are not less able to make a decision than those who turn eighteen before election day. Those of us that are interested in voting, and are not yet eighteen, are interested because we have been involved. We have met candidates from both parties, watched debates, read news stories, and have discussed it all with knowledgeable voters.

    Those of us that are soon to be the age of majority, are going to have to live with the decisions of the elected people for four years of our adult lives, and we should have a say in it all. Other who aren’t active or interested won’t take the time to vote. For this reason people wanting to vote even though they are not quite eighteen on voting day should be allowed to. We care about the issues, and will make thoughtful decisions when casting our votes.

    It’s too late now to make this change for us, but it is still a change that needs to happen. We need to speak with our political officials to find out how to make this happen in future elections.

Thursday, October 4

  1. msg Cyber-Bullying Does Not Occur on Twitter - NOT!!!! message posted Cyber-Bullying Does Not Occur on Twitter - NOT!!!! Delete Cyber Bullying Eric Torres Taylor Mandsager’s editorial, “Cyber-Bullying Does Not Occur …
    Cyber-Bullying Does Not Occur on Twitter - NOT!!!!
    Delete Cyber Bullying
    Eric Torres

    Taylor Mandsager’s editorial, “Cyber-Bullying Does Not Occur on Twitter - NOT!!!!” he states, “Unfortunately, cyber-bullying occurs everyday via these social media sites,” but he fails to recognize that it happens in more ways than just from a computer.
    Now most students have phones that can access the Internet as well as a laptop can, and that lets them have the free range of bullying where ever and when ever they wish. Mandsager states “Since Facebook is not allowed on the new MacBook Airs, students across MHS are making Twitter accounts to communicate with friends as well as talk about their daily lives. This access to Twitter will allow cyber-bullies to harass their victims 24/7.” Twitter, another social site for people to access, which is not blocked by the school, gives them access to bullying if they wish. Now with the technology of a phone, kids have the capability of accessing networks like Twitter and Facebook. Now bullying will happen 24/7.
    Regardless of all the sites that get blocked it will still occur with the technology that is available. Mandsager states, “Almost every student at Muscatine High School has a Twitter, Facebook, or MySpace account.” This shows that he recognized the popularity of sites. The odds of every site being blocked are highly unlikely which will then, make kids want to find the sites that can be accessed and used to communicate with others. Regardless of how long it will take they will find an alternative to the issue.
    Trying to take away a kids use of technology is nearly impossible, we are in an era where we are so dependent of technology. Mandsager states, “Many of the students at MHS believe it is unfair to take away their rights to social media because of the few students who cyber-bully.” Kids love the social sites they can access, it gives them something to do, it occupies the free time they have and it gives them the chance to catch up with friends and family. When Internet access is taken away, this does not favor those who do not cyber bully. Since only a few kids bully, it ruins it for everyone else as well. Students would not be able to say half of the things they say to each other on Internet, as they would in real life face to face. The Internet allows people to bully at ease, because people never have to come in contact with each other.
    What we need to do to stop bullying is, block all cell service. With out a phone to access the site you cannot harass someone on the go. Take away the privilege of having a laptop. (If you know bullying occurs) no one has to have a laptop; it is a privilege to have one. Lastly, block all sites that become a craze. Kids are smart, they find new sites that can be used for social media and they will continue to find these sites to satisfy the urge of using the Internet and to bully. Although these methods seem to be a little extreme they need to happen. If want to ensure that no bullying goes on changes have to be made. A school that does not allow cell service impacts the student body greatly.
    6:07 pm
  2. msg Lanyards message posted Lanyards In her editorial “Lanyards,” Molly Gardner states, “Wearing lanyards are a waste of money because s…
    Lanyards
    In her editorial “Lanyards,” Molly Gardner states, “Wearing lanyards are a waste of money because students do not wear them, as they should;” a better solution to this problem is for students to wear them without complaints.

    Although Gardner says that not wearing lanyards at all is a plausible solution, if a student is not wearing it around his or her neck in the school, higher possibilities of losing his lanyard can cause a problem. It would force students to go back home and retrieve it or even buy another lanyard. If a student does not have his or her lanyard in possession whatsoever, he cannot purchase his lunch, and who would want to go hungry all day?

    A second problem with not wearing a lanyard could be having a hard time deciphering who is a student or staff, or who could be a threat. Even though Gardner says that teachers can slide their ID’s in order to get into the building; if students are allowed to, they could accidently lose his or her ID and the wrong person who could be a threat, such as a school-shooting, could take it and get inside the building. Yes, a lanyard can not stop a bomb threat or a school shooting, however if the person is stopped and asked to go home and get his lanyard that could possibly stop a problem all together. Having one door unlocked for students seems more plausible because that is the only door a person of threat could enter too.
    Regardless of how annoying it can be to wear a lanyard around school during school hours, it plays a large roll in purchasing a lunch, checking out a book, or weeding out who could be a threat.

    A solution is that lanyards should stay in MHS to teach students responsibility of having it on and in their possession at all times with no complaints from students.
    3:37 pm
  3. msg Equalize Athletic Opportunities message posted Equalize Athletic Opportunities Adam Hutton Ms. Rhoten Composition 2 October 2012 Things are equal? How many states in the…
    Equalize Athletic Opportunities
    Adam Hutton
    Ms. Rhoten
    Composition
    2 October 2012

    Things are equal?

    How many states in the US have high school girl’s wrestling team? I can almost assure you that not one state does. Some girls don’t like this; it is the same ways for guys when talking about men’s volleyball. Kevin Hughes’s editorial, Equalize Athletic Opportunities, says that the state of Iowa needs to form a men’s volleyball team at all high schools. He feels that men do not have the same opportunities as women do, but in the end it all evens out.

    There may not be volleyball opportunities in Iowa for men, but this is just as there are not football opportunities for women. In Hughe’s article he states that there are other states around the U.S. that have a male volleyball program. Volleyball is just one sport that women have over men though. Girls do not have the opportunity to wrestle, or to play football. If anything, by adding a male volleyball program it is making it unequal for women.

    Hughe’s argues that there are not an equal amount of athletic opportunities for men as there are women. When looking at the state of Iowa, it is said there are 11 boy programs, and only 10 girl programs. This does not include cheerleading, or dance teams, so all in all, the numbers are about even. Neither gender has more or less opportunity than the other.

    It is not necessary for the state of Iowa to add a male volleyball program unless both sides are looked at. By adding a men’s volleyball team there would also need to be a woman’s football or wrestling team added as well. In the end, it comes down to fairness, and this will only happen if it is left alone.
    9:30 am
  4. msg Concussions: Play or Not to Play message posted Concussions: Play or Not to Play Just a Game There is more to just an athlete’s sports career. As an athlete; we get lost in the…
    Concussions: Play or Not to Play
    Just a Game

    There is more to just an athlete’s sports career. As an athlete; we get lost in the thought that nothing is more important than playing. However, everything does not revolve around one game or even one season. Often when we sustain an injury, we forget this concept. Players should be monitored and cleared when ready to practice after injuries, especially when it comes to concussions. In Zach Bartling’s editorial Concussions: Play or Not to Play, he suggests that if an athlete wants to play concussed or injured he should have the choice, however, the athlete cannot accurately make that decision when there is a bigger picture such as, brain damage and serious injury at stake, rather than just one game.
    Bartling states that, “Having a concussion is just like any other injury; the player should be able to play through it if is desired,” but this is not at all accurate. A concussion affects arguably the most important part of your body, your brain. Playing on a broken arm may hurt but eventually the bone will set and heal. A brain injury is not as simple; brain damage is permanent and can severely affect our daily actions and functions.
    He also mentioned that kids should have the option to decide whether or not they play with a concussion. Kids do not look towards their future or their life beyond sports. They will base their decision off of one game and don’t care about the potential consequences.
    The rules for concussions are right where they need to be. There needs to be a doctor or trainer determining when a player can return to their sport after sustaining a concussion. Having a base line test to measure against is also important for gauging when a player is ready to return. The test would provide comparable data before the concussion and after to determine when the brain is healed. The player should have no say on whether they get to “play” or “do not play” when the injury is a concussion. We must remember there is much more at stake than just winning or losing one game.
    By: Jon Crowe
    8:33 am
  5. msg Daycare message posted Daycare No more daycare In Hailey Oepping’s editorial “Daycare”, she suggests that the daycare at MHS he…
    Daycare
    No more daycare

    In Hailey Oepping’s editorial “Daycare”, she suggests that the daycare at MHS helps teen mothers stay in school, but the daycare should not be an option because it gives the school a bad image and suggests that our school approves of teen pregnancy.

    The daycare at our school suggests that our school does not care if there are teen mothers in the school and that it is almost supported, but teen pregnancy is a problem that needs to be fixed, not encouraged. As Oepping says, many of the teenagers were responsible and used protection, which is true. This does not mean that our school needs to provide a daycare for them. Although it is a good way to help teen mothers to stay in school, it is not the only way. There are other daycares and babysitters that these teen mothers could find during school.

    If we keep the daycare at our school, as Oepping wants, it will give people from other schools or communities the wrong impression. This daycare makes others think that we have many teen mothers and irresponsible students, as Oepping says. This is not something we want to happen. We do not want to have the label on our school as being irresponsible. Our school can take a step towards being more responsible if we remove the daycare.

    It is not the schools responsibility to provide a daycare for teen mothers. Oepping says in her editorial, “More sex education classes could help the amount of children in the day care but until that happens the day care must stay here to help.” I completely agree with this, and I believe this needs to happen. As a solution, our school should require more sex education classes. Oepping also says, “Taking away the daycare from the school is like stealing from the teen mothers as well as their children.” This is true, and my solution to that would be to have the students that currently have children in the daycare keep them there until they graduate, and then the school should remove it completely. This will benefit our school by lowering the teen pregnancy rate and giving our school a better image.
    8:33 am
  6. msg Cyber-Bullying Does Not Occur on Twitter - NOT!!!! message posted Cyber-Bullying Does Not Occur on Twitter - NOT!!!! Be Aware By Megan Thiesse In society today many people are being bullied, whether it is in pers…
    Cyber-Bullying Does Not Occur on Twitter - NOT!!!!
    Be Aware
    By Megan Thiesse

    In society today many people are being bullied, whether it is in person or on the computer. In Taylor Mandsager’s editorial, “Cyber-Bullying Does Not Occur on Twitter - NOT!!!!,” he suggests that by allowing students to have access to a computer and many websites, students are set up to continue cyber-bullying; however, no matter how many websites get blocked, cyber-bulling will still occur due to new websites and student’s access to other devices.

    Mandsager states that, “This access to Twitter will allow cyber-bullies to harass their victims 24/7”; this is true, however, the main point should not be focused on one single website. Many websites have access to make accounts and talk to people via Internet and still allow cyber-bullying. Many websites have chat rooms where individuals can be bullied. Along with cyber-bullying, Mandasger says, “The high school administration does not believe that cyber-bullying will occur through Twitter, but just like any other form of bullying, cyber-bullying will evolve and adapt to its circumstances,” although cyber-bullying is bad, I would agree with the administration because students have the power to block anyone that may bully others, or tell a higher authority. Twitter does, in fact, have cyber-bullying happening on its pages, but it is less likely to occur from what I have seen.

    “However, because there is the ability to take home the laptop issued to each student, cyber-bullies can access Twitter whenever they want to harass their victims,” Mandsager says, however, even though kids are allowed to take laptops home, people have access to internet devices wherever they may be. People can cyber-bully on their phones, computers at home, etc. With technology today, there is no way that cyber-bullying cannot occur unless the specific person does not have access to the Internet.

    “Should the Muscatine High School administration block Twitter, along with all other social media websites, the rate of cyber-bullying will decrease,” is Madsager’s solution, although I agree with this solution it will not stop completely with any solution. If we want to aim to decrease cyber-bullying in schools then a good solution would be to take away individualized laptops, or take away Wi-Fi for cell phones. Of course, this will not totally end cyber-bullying, but will prevent cyber-bullying for a short amount of time.
    8:31 am

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