By Natalie Stephens
(Photo taken by Natalie Stephens in Journalism)
“Students have the expression to research, interview, and develop their creative writing and skills regarding fact finding, truth seeking and reporting.” - Mrs. Sharon Fonzo
In journalism students are given the opportunity to write about things important to them, things that interest them, there able to have an outlet to find a topic they're passionate about and write and report truth and facts. Justin Wing, a freshman in journalism said, “ Journalism means a lot to me because it’s a place where you can come to and really be yourself and you can write about creative topics and learn.”
More and more schools are removing journalism as an elective because the administration or the schools don't see the value in student journalism; they don't see the value of students creating, developing and researching quality work. But students need to have news literacy, they need to know what they're reading is real or not. Students should trust the news but shouldn't have to question it all the time because of fake news, but with a new generation we can make a more honest group of journalist, we can change the media and create a new source you don’t see today. We need journalist that will exercise their right of the freedom of the press.
Without journalism many students wouldn't be able to express themselves the same. Gabriella Ramos, a Sophomore, said her freshman year was rough for her and she wanted to find a place where she fit in, what she wanted to do, who she wanted to be. Gabriella found her passion in journalism.
Justin Wing, a Freshman, said in 8th grade he really enjoyed writing and wanted to improve. On top of that he was really into politics, watching the news and knowing what’s going on in the world, but he wanted to know things for sure, he wanted to know if he was getting the truth. When he received an email about joining a journalism class at Poston he was all for it.
Gabriella Ramos said “ Journalism is a group of students passionate about writing the truth and facts, getting to voice our opinions, whether it’s good or bad we're honest, we have accurate sources and facts.”
Having a Journalism program gives students the opportunity to be more informed on what’s going on in our school; it breaks that barrier of the known and unknowns. It helps students communicate with people that they would have never met and create new friendships that they would never have had; it helps students to understand the concepts of writing, interviewing, libel and slander and many other topics. Journalism gives students a voice.
By Meghan Reynolds
Favoritism. We’ve all seen it, or received it one way or another. Some say it’s unfair, some say it’s inevitable, but what does favoritism have to do with our school?
Remember when you were a kid and you had a toy you always favored over the other? Maybe even now, you like to choose, say your pink hat, over your purple hat. Congratulations, you have demonstrated favoritism. Now that we have that out of the way, how can favoritism be applied to school?
Well, believe it or not, it’s always there. Of course, whenever you bring it up you’re normally told that you’re, ‘overthinking it’, or, ‘being a poor sport’, but it’s not such a farfetched idea. Think about it, teachers are encouraged to treat every and all students fairly, but could you treat that bratty kid in the back the same way as the funny girl in the front?
After consulting with Mr. Freeman, a geometry teacher, I learned that favoritism isn’t easily cut out of a teacher’s mind. In fact, it’s “impossible” to completely get rid of. Mr. Freeman gave me a scenario: “If there’s a student that turns in most, or all, of their assignments completely finished, and then one day they turn in a sub-par assignment. I’d probably consider it much more favorably than say, the student who consistently turns in work of low quality.”
When you put it in that perspective, favoritism isn’t such a bad thing, as Mr. Freeman says, “It’s human nature.” However, Mr. Green has a slightly different perspective.
Mr. Green, one of the technology site coordinators, has a son that attends Poston Butte. I asked him if he would ever let him off the hook due to him being of flesh and blood. The answer was riveting.
“If he ever cracked the screen of a computer, he’s still paying one-hundred dollars. I’m not paying for it,” he says. In a way, ‘favoritism’ towards your own kids isn’t often presented in spoiling, or unfair treatment. Sometimes favoritism is demonstrated with nitpicking, and criticism.
When Mr. Green coached for baseball, his son Tommy had made the team. With this, other kids claimed that Tommy only made the team because his dad was the coach, when in reality, Tommy faced the most scrutiny and was constantly nagged at to improve. Mr. Green explains that he knew what Tommy was capable of, qualifying him to push his son to greater limits than others.
Elizabeth Curtin, a sophomore, was previously nominated as the student of the month. This usually entails having her picture showcased in the front office. I asked her a bit about favoritism, and if it was ever applied to her. “I don’t really think I’ve been favored necessarily, but I do know some past teachers that loved me,” she says.
I then inquired if she was ever a target of favoritism for being student of the month, but Curtin replied saying she never recalled receiving special treatment for it. “I don’t think anyone really recognizes people who get student of the month,” she began, “the school doesn’t really advertise it all that much.”
Despite this, Curtin doesn’t think favoritism is wrong. “I think it depends on the extent of the favoritism,” she says, “Besides, I don’t think we can ever get rid of favoritism, after all, there are always going to be those outstanding students that teachers love, and the students that misbehave and don’t turn their work in.”
It’s clear that favoritism isn’t something you can avoid- it’s always present. However, favoritism isn’t always shown with just a good grade when you didn’t deserve it, or always being used as the student example, but with the pushing of boundaries, and even a show of concern. Even so, favoritism can still be wrong, depending on the benefits of it, and it’s important to know where those boundaries are, and when they’ve crossed the line.
So the next time you see a teacher paying a little extra attention to that student by their desk, just remember that favoritism isn’t avoidable, and cut them a little slack. After-all, everybody has favorites, even you.
By Haley Brezina
There’s a reason people become comedians: entertaining people and making them laugh takes more than an old knock knock joke.
Different things make us all laugh- and some people favor dark humor over any other.
Dark humor, as defined by Urban Dictionary, is humor that is viewed as dark, morbid, and cruel. To many, jokes seen as dark humor are offensive. These kind of jokes can be about race, religion, sexuality, and is the kind of humor that you don’t want to throw around in public.
With this in mind, I ask you- if you make racist jokes, are you racist? If you make homophobic jokes, are you homophobic? If you make offensive, intricate jokes about a certain group of people, are you a bigot?
While this is a pretty simple question in retrospect, there are a lot of different factors that come into play.
Shawn Kelly, a junior, admits to thinking dark humor is totally fine. “Dark humor is funny and it’s completely fine,” Kelly says, “They’re messed up jokes, so you shouldn’t just tell them out. But some dark humor helps people cope with pain”.
Shawn does agree that as long as you don’t truly mean what you’re joking about, and use it constantly, then it’s okay.
Kelly also thinks it is okay to make jokes about a group that you’re not affiliated with. For example, can you make jokes about black people if you aren’t black?
Kelly says, “Yes, as messed up as it sounds. If you can’t joke about certain topics, you don’t know humor.” Kelly’s idea is that if you don’t mean it, then it’s okay.
Ricardo Serna, a sophomore, has a similar point of view, “If I actually offended someone, I would apologize and tell them I was only joking. It’s what we find funny but it would be screwed up if we actually meant it.”
Serna offers a valid standpoint as well, “What makes it okay to let other people tell us what we should find funny or not?”
So, if you don’t mean it, does that make it okay?
Angie Godoy, a senior, has a contradicting view on this same question. “While being mean for laughs isn’t me, I’d never make jokes about people I don’t know squat about.” Godoy continues, “I make jokes about Latino culture because I know about it and it comes from a place of love”. Godoy firmly believes that if you make jokes that are offensive or racist, that it more likely than not comes from deep rooted racism.
“When you joke about something, you are normalizing it… making marginalized groups the butt of jokes only normalizes the abuse towards them. It dehumanizes people and makes them something to be laughed at.”
Lastly, Godoy makes one more powerful statement, “If I hear a joke about Latinas by someone who is supposed to be my friend I will always wonder- are they laughing at me?”
A single person’s kind of humor will not be pleasing to everyone- but a joke should never hurt somebody’s feelings.
What you do alone or with your friends may be different than how you act in public- but are you a bigot for even thinking like that? Does an offensive joke mean your morals aren’t in check?
By Gabbi Ramos
Education has been our priority ever since we turned 5 years old. Our goal in life to graduate, and then fulfill our dreams of becoming successful adults.
The concept of school is to help us prepare ourselves for the lives that we want to live after we graduate. Although, the idea that we’re getting the necessary information we need is a pleasant thought, many face the reality of it all after graduation.
Mr. Jaurigue, a Freshman/Sophomore English teacher shares his feelings on the subject. He said, “I believe it [necessary information] should be touched on, but shouldn't be completely alienated. It’s important stuff, but I also believe it should be a personal choice.”
When asked about what he wished he learned in high school, he shared, “Spending my money wisely. I went from going to school all the time to being at work full time. Having all that money, I didn’t know how to use it more resourcefully.”
A controversial issue regarding the teaching of such skills, is whether or not it is the responsibility of the school to educate the child on what the parent has neglected to teach.
Mr. Jaurigue shares, “It’s true that some parents don’t teach their children how to financially be ready for post-graduation, but I don’t think schools should be forcing that information on students. Although, I think it would be helpful to many.”
What many students question every day is the purpose of what they are learning. In many cases, some students feel as though the information they are being taught is not applicable to their future.
“It depends.If you see a future in higher education, it will be beneficial will help you further with learning. It all depends on your choice in career field.”
Students voiced their opinions over a survey distributed amongst many throughout the school.
To keep the identities of students safe, I’ve extracted the names of students who have left comments regarding their opinions on the materials they believe we should be learning.
The mass amount of the students who took the survey strongly believe that the educational system has lacked in teaching us critical skills that are absolutely necessary to thrive as an adult. Additional sources can tell us the same thing.
So, in conclusion to the results given, I feel that it is important to address the issues that students believe that we should be learning about. Whether or not our educational system chooses to apply our opinions and needs to the curriculum, it crucial that we try our hardest to work with what we have and continue to be Bronco Strong.
By Lillian Spires
Some families will not choose some specific breeds of dogs. Why do people select their breed of the dog at their home?
When choosing a dog, families will look at the size of the dog, how cute it is, and what the dog is meant for. Some families choose a dog because they need protection, want a dog for training, or just a loving companion. When picking out a dog, people look for cute features when a puppy such as short or long noses, fur color, paw size, size of their eyes or even how chunky the dog is as a puppy.
People usually choose a breed because of their look, the type of personality it has, if it's smart enough for a job such as training or for breeding. People choose a different size or look of a dog depending on what they hear about the breed. Puppies are typically adopted very quickly compared to adult dogs and small dogs are generally adopted sooner than larger dogs.
When looking for a smaller dog, people look for the larger rounder shaped head. When looking for a larger dog, they look for large ears, a thick large body build and large paws. We select certain types of breeds because we look at their appearance.
People who like big dogs often look for the common larger dogs like, Labs, German Shepherds, Great Danes, and pitbulls. But when people look for smaller dogs, people will look for smaller dogs like, pugs, Boston terriers and French bulldogs. Deja Flanagan sys “People choose bigger dogs for protection and smaller dogs for companionship”
Another reason why some choose the breed of a dog is because they know a lot about the dog, when being a breeder, people usually look for the same breed and a dog that is very good looking. For example, if a breeder has a female, the breeder would look for a muscular, larger, certain color fur coat and larger paws and features than the female dog. If a breeder wants purebred puppies, than they would breed the same breeds together, but if a breeder wants particular traits and features on a dog like, fur color, floppy ears or a curved tail. They would get another breed type with the traits and looks the breeder is looking for.
People also choose certain breeds that will be able to positively adapt to that person's surroundings at home. If a family has multiple toddlers, they usually won't buy a dog that they know will be hyper. If someone already has a one or more dogs, than a breed that doesn't get along with other dogs probably isn't the best choice.
Some families go in selecting a dog knowing that they want a working dog that can perform search and rescue with a designated handler in the family. Some families go in selecting a breed that sheds less than other breeds. Some families go in selecting a breed that has lower energy levels. Some people assume that all dogs are the same even if they have the same breed. Then they try and force this dog to either get along with children, learn tricks having to do with paymental training, or getting along with other dogs. Some dogs don't always match the breed's reputation is has. Families choose certain breeds because of what they want and need at their home or for their families.
By Miku Nelinger
Regardless of color, gender, and bias, feminism establishes equality for all.
Fact: Feminism is all about equality of gender; Fiction: It is not about who’s the better gender - a fallacy that greatly confuse a lot of people.
By it’s very definition, feminism is the “advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men” - a movement centered on the liberation of women’s rights.
The feminist movement, an idea/movement that has been around for centuries, mainly put their focus on issues relating to reproductive rights, maternity leave, equal pay, women’s suffrage, along with serious issues regarding domestic violence, sexual harassment/violence, and rape.
However, what was thought to be an empowering movement turned into a debatable topic; in other words, questioning the thought-to-be good narrative.
Survey shows the people’s opinion on feminism today.
There are many stigmas that belittle the importance of feminism, with controversies that overshadow the real issue, following the sexism, need, and the apparent exclusiveness that veil the gendered issue.
In a survey sent out to PBHS students, only 47.1% of those surveyed say they’re feminists while 94.1% believe in gender equality - a percentage gap that loosely translates to how a single word is incorrectly defined in society.
An article published on progressivewomensleadership.com says that today’s variation of feminism is, “received less critically by the female population due to the varying feminist outlooks. There are the ego-cultural feminists, the radicals, the liberal/reforms, the electoral, academic, ecofeminists… the list goes on.”
Raine Hurns, a senior, mock trial member, and feminist adds to the backlash with, “Feminism is so controversial because it's relatively new… it's often misinterpreted as female superiority.”
Mostly defined as ‘misandrist’, this fake definition for feminism is usually the given answer, among other false stigmas.
Sophomore Steven Staab, is a naysayer of modern feminism, so to speak. He adds to the misandrist stigma with, “the idea of it is good but modern-day feminists aren't fighting for it and giving it a bad name.”
Hurns, as a feminist addresses the very need for feminism: “We have made some progress, but there's still much to be done. The wage gap is extremely prevalent; we still debate over abortion. Women are shamed for having sex and their periods; 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted during their time at a university, and we just elected someone who prides themselves on grabbing women without consent.”
Feminism is shown to be slipping away of its importance both socially and politically. But, as Huffington Post suggests, “Being a feminist has nothing to do with how you look, what you wear, who you date, or how often you have sex. Being a feminist doesn’t mean you think women deserve special rights; it means you know we deserve equal ones.”
The truth is, feminism is relevant because the importance of it is extreme. One survey respondent said, “I don't think we should dwell on the past, but we should work on making everyone feel equal as humans.”
Staab even added, “Anyone can want equality,” however asks the misunderstood, “if it's really equality… then work on equality for more than just women” - which, by all means, mean adhering to equality for all.
It doesn’t matter whether one is a guy, gal, or nonbinary pal; a step into a more inclusive and advanced society includes how society treats its own people. And if most people aren’t educated enough to understand the situation, then organizations like ‘Women Against Feminism’ or those misandrist will still be around, misguided by the truth.
As far as feminism can suggest, it’s revolution changed the game for not only humanity, but for individuals as separate entities; the more time goes on, the more chances others take in accepting who we are as people.
Whether it’s going to take the government, the people, or a single person to influence an idea, many take part in fighting for what is, the world’s allegedly most
challenged topic: gender roles.
By Haley Brezina
Items a typical girl may carry in their backpack/purse for their period. (Photo: Haley Brezina)
Periods are not just things that stop sentences- and you know what I mean. They’re real, they’re everywhere, and frankly, they need to be talked about.
Some things are better left unspoken- periods are not one of them. For the average female, a cycle lasts 28 days. 3-7 of these days are her period. Periods are not a one time thing; not a once-in-a-blue-moon-event. In fact, the average woman gets her period once a month; 12 times a year. In fact, while not every species has a period, every female placental mammal menstruates.
A female’s menstruation cycle is as natural as the hair growing from our heads, so what is the problem?
Let’s move to the very opposite end of the spectrum. In the South Asian country of Nepal, they take part in a practice called chhaupadi, which is the act of isolating menstruating women in a hut during the time of their period. This was legal until as late as 2005, and is still observed to this day in western parts of the country. This practice was derived from the idea that women were toxic while menstruating.
Knowing this, we can extract the main cause of chhaupadi- the idea that menstruating women are toxic. To us, this idea is absurd- but it provides a clear explanation. People are uneducated on how the female menstruation process works. 64% of 80 anonymous survey takers have admitted to even making assumptions that when a girl is excessively moody, that it is “that time of the month”.
Queen Creek High School Senior Zane Magill states, “I guess boys just don’t want to talk about it- they don’t have to go through it and a lot of them don’t really understand it”.
Because of the unwillingness to talk about periods and the history of taboo surrounding a normal event, it implants the idea in girls’ minds that it shouldn’t be talked about. When girls first get their period, they are terrified. Young girls do not want to talk about a period, and this is why periods are a stigma.
Any incidents of comments or bullying about their periods always sticks with a girl, and as a general community, 66% of 67 anonymous survey takers believe there is a stigma surrounding a woman’s period.
PBHS Nurse Jeannie McCorkle, says that almost twenty girls on the daily come to the nurse’s office for pads, tampons, and bleed throughs. “Girls come here when they need help because they don’t know what to do- my office is seen as a safe place”.
Girls shouldn’t have to only be comfortable at the nurse’s. It should become commonplace to be able to ask classmates for a pad or a tampon. I guarantee at least one girl will have one, I promise you.
Periods are kind of seen as a Rite to Womanhood and made into some sort of deal, but really our bodies are working in the way mother nature intended. Ladies, don’t be ashamed. Stop putting your tampon in your shirt sleeve. There are so many ways to aid in the end of period stigma, but the most important is just to talk about it. Mark your calendars and be prepared- not for your period, but the end of the stigma.