Editorial

STD’s on the rise, be wise

Lack of state standards not the only problem, parents should take responsibility for issue

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Young people are magnets for other young people. Especially when it comes to high school and college students. According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise. Since 2012, Wyoming has seen a rise in gonorrhea, from 44 cases in 2012 to 279 cases in 2016.

Wyoming also has an above-average teenage birthrate. In 2012, the national rate of teen births between the ages of 15-19 was 29.4 births per 1,000 girls and young women. The Wyoming rate was 34.6 per l,000 girls and young women in that same age range. Rates in Wyoming rose from an average of 2.4 births higher than average in 2004 to 5.2 above average in 2012.

Sex education in Wyoming is almost nonexistent. Wyoming state law does not require sex education but districts are allowed to go above the minimum standards. Teaching about contraceptives, such as condoms, prescription birth control pills, or the Patch is not required. State law also says the educational program should “stress the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity.”

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Yellow has always been the new black

Fake news has been problematic since the birth of the nation

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George Washington said, “The freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the slaughter.”

It is the plight of man to forget many of the struggles that have faced us as we grow as a nation. There are currently many people who believe the distrust of the media is something new, or that the media is only out to take your dollar while creating calm discourse and national frenzy, whatever that frenzy may currently be.

The media in the United States is, in fact, older than the nation itself. Thomas Paine used the printing press to inspire and inform a British colony to rebel and create the most powerful nation the world had ever known.

In the 1890s, Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst owned newspapers that were well circulated and locked in a bitter competition with each other. That competition lead to what would become to be known as “yellow journalism,” and for years, the two media giants were blamed for spurring on the Spanish-American war.

The term “yellow journalism” is derived from the first commercially successful comic strip in the United States called Hogan’s Alley, drawn by Richard F. Outcault. The strip was published in color and featured a kid, down on his luck, wearing a large yellow sleeping gown. The Yellow Kid would come to symbolize sensational reporting and unreliable news.

Yellow journalism is the practice of creating sensational news stories that contain very little, if any, facts or reliable sources. Today, we see the practice named for what it truly is: Fake news.

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Face-to-face learning is still relevant to the future

“Teachers have the ability to inspire students, but it’s difficult to inspire in an online setting when there is little or no interpersonal interaction. The influence a teacher can have on a student can change the student’s entire perspective on a subject. ”

In discussing the future of education, there is a lot that we can learn from the past.

As we proceed into the future of education, it is presumed that it involves transferring more courses to online. However, in the future we need to see more face-to-face teaching methods.

In a classroom environment, a student has the opportunity to establish a relationship with their teachers over time. Being able to see and talk to a physical being not only establishes a connection to that class, but also makes for a better learning environment.

Staying with this idea that face-to-face teaching is better, we tend to only look at the convenience of online classes. However, online classes don’t give students the interpersonal relationship they need to learn. When a student is able to interact with the teacher once or twice a week, they usually feel more comfortable about asking questions and participating in group discussions.

According to “If Emotion Aids Learning, does it work online?” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, there are “four major knowledge emotions,” including interest, confusion, surprise and awe. The article also states that “new thinking and research in our field, psychology, have convinced us that all courses — online versions included — have the potential to elicit powerful emotions.” An online course may be able to elicit interest, confusion, surprise and awe, but a face-to-face course can not only do the same, a live teacher can help put the material and the emotions into context right there, as opposed to waiting for an online interaction, like a chat or email, to take place.

Because an online class is geared for independent learning, there is often little or no interpersonal interaction between the content and the student. A teacher can provide a connection to the content in a way the online class cannot.

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Newly discovered planets create hope of distant life

In case you haven’t heard, scientists announced in February that there were seven planets discovered about 40 light-years away from Earth.

40 light years equates to around 235 trillion miles. The first of these planets were observed in May 2016. Scientists are calling the planets TRAPPIST-1. According to NASA, this stands for the Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope in Chile.

In order for a planet to be classified as habitable, it must be able to have liquid water. Out of these planets, three of them are potentially habitable.

NASA said that while they are potentially habitable, until there are more studies done, the planets may be “locked” into place. This would mean that while the side of the planet that is facing the TRAPPIST-1 star, a super-cool dwarf star, would have a perpetual day, the other half would have a perpetual night which “could mean they have weather patterns totally unlike those on Earth, such as strong winds blowing from the day side to the night side, and extreme temperature changes,” as written on NASA’s website.

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The crazy runs deep

Online conspiracy theories range from the plausible to
Earth floating on the back of a space tortoise

Come and take a journey through the loosely connected ramblings, vague anecdotes and random connections known as conspiracy theories.

One of the most prominent and ridiculous theories is that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 were an inside job. The 2006 film “Loose Change” spawned many of these conspiracy theories. Although the questions it raises sound interesting, even plausible at first, once they are put under heavy scrutiny, they fall apart.

One of the main arguments 9/11-truthers use is that jet fuel can’t melt steel, which would suggest that the World Trade Center buildings would not have collapsed after being hit by passenger airliners. The lowest melting point for a steel alloy is 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. According to americanaelements.com Jet-A, the fuel in the aircrafts that hit the Twin Towers, burns at 1,030 degrees Celsius, or 1,890 degrees Fahrenheit in an open-air burn. Structural steel has a melting point of 1,510 degrees Celsius or 2,750 degrees Fahrenheit. So, technically, they are correct. But this idea ignores the unique catastrophic situation that having multiple failing structural members created.

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There’s a town in Washington called George?

Editor shares his interpretation of important dates in history

Allow me to announce right away that history has always been my worst academic subject. During grade school, I just didn’t care about either American or world history. I’ve since gained more interest in the topic, but if you were to throw out an important date — a date that changed the course of American history — I probably wouldn’t be able to tell you what happened.

People mention huge historical dates and I’ll naturally just nod along in agreement and hope they don’t ask my opinion on whatever they’re about. They’ll ask what I think about some event, and it will just suddenly hit me that, while they were talking to me about boring history, I was thinking about something more important like what I’ll have for dinner or how cute that dog I saw earlier was.

Anyway, I’ve made a decision to better educate myself and learn more about history. But first, I think it’d be fun to share my nonsensical understanding of major events in history. I’d imagine this will be a little like Comedy Central’s TV show, “Drunk History.” The main difference is I’m not drunk; I’m just stupid.

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Avoiding temptation:

Taking a look at how to come closer to God this Lenten season

Lent is a time where Christians are able to grow in their faith and become closer to God. For this Lenten season, I gave up junk food because of what it represents through my religion.

The Catholic Church looks at how to not fall into temptation. While temptation doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, it is something that prevents a person from growing in faith. For me, junk food is my temptation, so I gave up eating any junk food for 40 days.

The 40 days in the church represent the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert with the devil, and the 40 years the Israelites spent in the desert to escape from slavery. During those 40 days and years, they not only grew in their faith of God but also learned how to conquer temptation. Now, this seems like quite the stretch from what the Catholic Church practices today, but it’s there to represent our faith. While Jesus avoided temptation from the devil, we avoid temptation from things that hold us back from our faith.

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Spotify bests Pandora for best streaming
music service

For most people, music is something they cannot go a day without listening to, whether you are at the gym, on the go for the day, jamming in your car or just hanging out. Spotify and Pandora are all easy and reliable ways to listen to your favorite songs and music when you need it most. These apps are all easy ways to access your music, but if you have to pick just one, which is best?

Both Spotify and Pandora have free and paid options. With the free plan, both apps play advertisements between songs. With Pandora, the free users are limited to six song skips per hour and a maximum of 24 skips per day. Users can upgrade to the $4.99 per month or $54.89 per year plans, which play no ads and allow unlimited song skips.

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Cinema facing more accusations of whitewashing

When an anime gets its big screen adaptation, I hold my breath, watch the trailers and mull over whether I should buy a movie ticket. The walk to the theater is one of timid anticipation and ends with a walk of shame back to my car.

The 2017 adaptation of the 1995 animated film “Ghost in the Shell” joins “Dragon Ball Evolution,” “Avatar the Last Airbender” and the soon-to-be Netflix adaptation of “Death Note” as the fourth horseman of the anime adaption apocalypse.

The issue all these films have in common is whitewashing. Whitewashing is a casting practice in the film in which white actors are cast in historically non-white character roles.

For the average movie-goer, unaware of the plot of “Ghost in the Shell,” I’ll break it down for you. The main character is Motoko Kusanagi or The Major. Kusanagi is the leader of Section 9, a group of cyborgs who run an antiterrorist task force against cybercrimes in a futuristic cyberpunk Japan. (I hope the word “cyber” sticks with readers because that seems to be the only thing that the film seems to remember.) The surface plot involves Section 9 solving numerous crimes with hacking sequences, battles with mechs and sleek technological aesthetic. The deeper dialogue and the heart of the 1995 animated film involves a philosophical discussion on what it means to be human.

When the main character of the intellectual property’s name is Motoko Kusanagi and is played in 2017 by an actress named Scarlett Johansson, something is wrong.

Johansson was announced to portray Kusanagi in January 2015. Because Johansson stars as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, for Paramount Pictures, it would seem obvious to get the actress from a successful property to portray Kusanagi.

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