Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

By Alissa Baker
Cougar News Blog

     You may have heard about this subject from your friends, the internet, or maybe you even have it yourself. Although there are many articles discussing teen depression, I feel like they are missing a few key features. I want to give people an insight into what depression feels like, what it is, and what it can do to an emotional teen.
     You know that feeling you get when you’re sad? Well, that’s what depression is, except you have it for a longer period of time. Many would describe it as a gloomy, mean, or frightening monster hanging on your back, or like a grey cloud always hanging over your head. The most disturbing and realistic description of it is it’s like you fall down this deep, dark hole, and a huge rock is crushing your leg. You try to yell out for help, only realising that nobody can hear you and you are probably going to die there alone without anyone ever noticing.
     When someone has depression, it is usually caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, which may have been caused by genetics, early childhood trauma, or the brain’s biology. It is also documented that depression could be passed down by genetics. This mental disorder is not easily fixed; it has to slowly progress over time, and some people never escape it.
     Some states of depression only last a couple weeks, then it is all clear. Every now and then it can come back even harder than the first time. States of major depression, also known as manic depression, can be linked to anxiety, where you have stress and panic attacks. It is also linked to bipolar disorder, where the person can spend a period of time energetic and happy, but ending up burning themselves out and feeling majorly depressed afterwards with no signs of the sudden change. This can lead to abuse, self-harming, and suicide.
     Many people with depression try to make themselves feel better by going into the grey zone, which is a mental state where you can’t feel any emotions, including sadness, and happiness. It’s like if you walked up into your head and came back down but you forgot all you emotions.
     Depression mixed with an emotional teen can get very dire. Many adults may brush it off and say it’s just their hormones and that they should get over it because some people have it worse than them. But depression is a serious thing and negative comments they get from people on the subject can create a storm inside their heart. If they try to bottle the pain and rage up, they will soon explode.
     People may get depression mixed up with being “emo.” Although some may have depression, but others may just be trying to act “depressed” to get attention or show that they are different.
     If you have depression or someone you know of has depression, I recommend you or your friend talk to a therapist or doctor to help you find the best treatment. Having depression is nothing to be ashamed of and making the decision to get help can be the most difficult step in getting help.

Editor’s Note: This article is the opinion of the Cougar News Blog writer Alissa Baker. It is the fourth in a series of stories about serious issues such as depression, eating disorders, and women’s rights.

Sigfrido Ibarra
Cougar New Blog

     USS Enterprise down.
     Fans of the TV series and Movie franchise of Star Trek will be thrilled to see the next installment in the Star Trek franchise. It has been three years since the last movie and now they have come up with their best film yet. It’s captivating and thrilling to watch Star Trek Beyond.
     The fantasy/science fiction film brings back all seven main characters from the TV show and from the movie instalments, including Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise, Zachary Quinto as Spock, the ambassador and Capt. Kirk’s friend, and Karl Urban as Leonard McCoy, the doctor of the spaceship.
     Set three years into its five-year mission, the USS Enterprise arrives at a starbase called Yorktown to resupply, but soon after they’re sent on a rescue mission after an escape pod makes communication and claims that her ship has been attacked within a uncharted nebula. The rescue mission turns into an ambush and the Enterprise is torn apart by a giant swarm of small ships. Krall, the captain, quickly boards the Enterprise and orders his men to capture the crew.
     Captain Kirk orders everyone to aboned ship as the Enterprise enters the planet’s atmosphere but now he’s strand with only a few of his crew, but one thing is certain he will fight for his crew’s freedom.
     This movie is definitely worth watching because everything about it was great. The actors, the story, the action scenes, and especially the special effects were outstanding. While the film attempts some humor, some of the joke work and some don’t.
     The actors did a great job playing their character and showing their emotions and it was amazing how they struggle and keep on fighting. The special effect were the best part of the movie, seeing the explosion and the swarm of ships is what made the movie pass my expectations.
     Even though this movie is PG-13 it’s okay for most types of audience, but maybe not couples and little kids. It has some inappropriate words, but that’s about it. I give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars and I really recommend it.
      Star Trek Beyond was released Nov. 1 and is available now.

By Angelica Jimenez
Cougar News Blog

      I have lost three of my friends this year to suicide.
      My friends were always happy from my point of view they were always smiling they were outgoing they were alway smiling and laughing and making everyone happy but I had not idea what was going on with them. It breaks my heart because I didn’t notice they were upset about anything. I just wish they hadn’t have taken their lives like they did, but know I know they are in a better place.
     Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
      The reasons teens commit suicide is because they are bullied or they are struggling with school or changes in their lives. People should know that words do hurt and can have serious unintended consequences.
     Kids shouldn’t bully in general; it’s rude, it’s not nice, it is life threatening to many people that actually get hurt from it. Teens commit suicide because they feel like they aren’t loved by anyone and they think they have no one to talk to about their problems. It’s not funny to bully and pick on other student – it is a serious matter.
     I wish nobody had to go through this pain, but if you have thoughts of suicide, please reach out to a school counselor, teacher, parent, or a friend. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for help.

Editor’s Note: This article is the opinion of the Cougar News Blog writer Angelica Jimenez. It is the fourth in a series of stories about serious issues such as depression, eating disorders, and women’s rights.

By Bronte Pappas
Cougar News Blog

     What is an eating disorder? An eating disorder is an array of different types of abnormal eating habits. It is a mental and physical disorder that affects many people’s lives.
     Eating disorders are health issues that can cause people to either lose a lot of weight, or gain too much weight. There are many different types of eating disorders, and many people imagine a person who has one to be very skinny and not eat, however there are three commonly seen types of eating disorders that can affect anybody.
     The three major types of eating disorders are bulimia, anorexia, and binge-eating disorder. Bulimia is typically when someone will eat a large amount of food or binge and then force themselves to vomit. Anorexia is a disorder in which a person chooses to not eat most commonly in fear of getting fat or wishing to be skinny. Binge-eating disorder is when someone eats a lot of food in a short period of time. However, eating disorders are more of a psychological disorder.
     “Quite often eating disorders have a lot more to do with control than being ‘skinny,’ said Meaghan Davis, dean of students. “People who feel they do not have control over other aspects of their lives, unfortunately, try to control their eating to compensate for their feelings of helplessness.”
     Many people deal with eating disorders every day. In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men have an eating disorder of some kind. Eating disorders can be life threatening and destroy people’s lives some even as young as 13.
     “My eating disorder started when I got old enough to eat regular food,” said an eighth-grade student who struggles with an eating disorder. “When I was about 5 or 6 my mom realized that I was eating more than I had to. I would tell my mom I was full but I would want more food. I couldn’t stop eating.”
     Often people’s eating disorder ends up affecting them in other ways, too.
     “I had been bullied for being skinny my whole life so I would also eat more than I had to. I have a high metabolism so I don’t gain much weight from what I eat so it was hard,” the same eighth grader said.
     These are disorders that take control of people’s lives, it is something that affects people physically and mentally, causing them to struggle with their everyday lives, and there are some people who do not understand that this is a disorder.      Bullying about weight can cause a person to develop an eating disorder. It is not something you are just able to move on from, it is much harder than people see. We need to be respectful of people that have these problems.

Editor’s Note: This article is the opinion of the Cougar News Blog writer Bronte Pappas. It is the third in a series of stories about serious issues such as depression, eating disorders, and women’s rights.

     I find it most preposterous that it’s 2016 and yet we’re still having arguments about whether someone should have their human rights or not.
     I could go on for ages about how this could be a step backward for all oppressed groups, but this opinion piece is going to zero in on the women of the world. Women as we know make up 49.6 percent of the human population, and yet in some people’s eyes we’re seen as the lesser sex. A hundred years ago, we were treated more like property rather than human beings. In some places, we had a curfew, and if we were molested, our offender just had to pay our father some silver and then marry us. We have been perceived as sexual objects for as long as we can remember, especially now in our modern culture and media. Not to mention some of Donald Trump’s alarming statements about women that he simply dismissed as “locker room talk.”
     If there’s anything I like most about my generation, it’s the many barriers that we’re breaking. We’re working to normalise the LGBTQ+ community, and gender norms are slowly being left behind. However, the ideology of gender norms and gender stereotypes is still an ongoing thing, even if it’s been diluted. Parents who believe in gender conformity are enforcing gender norms on their children from a young age. Young boys are expected to play outside and with toy trucks, while girls are taught to be pretty and play with dolls or other pink sparkly objects.
     When I was younger, gender norms weren’t really forced on me at all. I played in the mud and dirt with my brother, and I loved the thrill of running around outside and getting scraped up when I took a fall on my wobbly toddler legs. I was a tomboy kid, with minimal pressure to “act like a lady.” I’m not too different today, though I do still find some enjoyment in “feminine” things like fruity soaps and lotion.
     One of my biggest pet peeves yet is the over-sexualization of women in the media, especially in advertising. Countless times I’ve seen commercials where a woman is displayed almost more as a decoration than a human being capable of independent thought and actions for the sake of selling a product. And women are viewed sexually in society in general; many a day a woman will be walking down the street minding her own business, when she gets cat-called by someone on the side of the road, and it’s often a rather suggestive comment that makes her uncomfortable. Then there’s the victim-blaming. If a woman is assaulted, people will often ask what she was wearing when it happened. Some will even say that she was “asking for it.” I yearn for the day that women are seen as human beings rather than objects that are there to please others. As a modern society, we’ve made progress, but we’re not there yet.
     Women do make up almost half of the human population, so there shouldn’t be any reason that we shouldn’t have our human rights. After all, we’re humans too. And I’m talking about all women. Women of color, women in the LGBTQ+ community, and women of all faiths. Because in the end, it doesn’t matter who or what we are, male or female, because all that matters is that we’re here to do good for the world.

Editor’s Note: This article is the opinion of the Cougar News Blog writer Savannah Barr. It is the second in a series of stories about serious issues such as depression, eating disorders, and women’s rights.

By Skyler Wolfe
Cougar News Blog

     Statistics show that 5-9 percent of teens identify as gay, lesbian, or uncertain. Seventy-eight percent of these students are teased or bullied about being gay. While teens have become more open-minded, bullying about students’ sexuality is still a problem.
     There are people at CCJH that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, etc. who are or have been bullied and are scared to talk openly about their sexuality. Teens become isolated and face a large amount harassment and violence. An eighth grade student who identifies as lesbian, talked about her experience about dealing with her sexuality.
     “I tried dating the other gender but I could not go through with it because it did not feel right. People who identify as a different sexuality or a different gender should be treated the same ,” she said. “Because we are all the same we do the same things the only thing that is different is that we identify differently.”
     Students have long been being treated differently for their sexuality. This problem may be caused because the person who is victimising them may be because they do not understand why the person is like that and cannot change their sexuality. Bullying and harassment has become such a big problem in students’ mental health that it can cause anxiety, depression, relationship problems, low self-esteem, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts.
     “As many as 93 percent of students hear derogatory words about sexual orientation at least once in awhile, with more than half of teens surveyed hearing such words every day at school and in the community,” said Jane Riese in her article “Youth Who Are Bullied Based upon Perceptions
About Their Sexual Orientation.”
     Twenty-two percent of students skip school for safety concerns and are three times more likely to drop out of school. Teens bullied about their sexual orientation are three times more likely to commit suicide and 30 percent are having suicidal thoughts. In 2003, a study was done and showed that 12 percent of gay students 12-18-years-old have had hate related words toward them, 1 percent of those words have been about their sexuality.
     A study done in the 1970 concluded that being gay was no longer considered a disorder and that one’s sexuality is not a choice and cannot be changed. Even though this study was done, being gay was still looked down upon. Even though this generation has become more understanding and gay people have more privileges, OK okay to make fun of me for it, I just let it go. It’s my life not theirs, they can’t tell me what’s right and wrong with me,” said another eighth grader who identifies as bisexual.
     Someone’s sexuality does not determine who they are as a person. Teens are struggling to deal with their sexuality and they are being bullied and harassed in school and their community, which are places they should feel safe. Students who are gay are struggling in their everyday lives and should not be judged on their personal preference, especially since they are so young. Teens being bullied about their sexual orientation is more of a problem than it should be.

Editor’s Note: This article is the opinion of the Cougar News Blog writer Skyler Wolfe. It is the first in a series of stories about serious issues such as depression, eating disorders, and women’s rights.

By Zachary Grattan
Cougar News Blog

     Doctor Strange is an action film, science fiction film, superhero movie, adventure film, and fantasy film which received a 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The main character Dr. Stephen Strange, is played by actor Benedict Cumberbatch who has been in many movies like Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years As a Slave, and Star Trek Into Darkness. Other stars include Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius.
     Doctor Strange starts with a fight scene between two powerful beings that hits the viewer in the face with the twisting building and magical weapons that leaves them breathless. Strange’s story is about an extremely talented and rich doctor that winds up in a car accident that sends him almost flying through the rain, damaging his hands permanently. The injury ends his career as a brain surgeon and he spends all of his money on experimental procedures to restore his hands.
     After hearing about a man that was completely paralyzed who miraculously made a full recovery, he starts asking questions. This leads him to Kamar-Taj, a magical sanctuary for sorcery and ends up in the middle of a magical war against evil.
     The actors are perfect for their roles, the story is extremely intriguing, and it’s definitely different from other Marvel superhero movies. Mostly because it presents a sorcerer as a superhero.
     What I mostly liked is that the movie was almost completely unpredictable with a lot of twist and turns that kept me watching. It also does not fail to show the viewer the perspective, personality, and emotions of the characters, especially Doctor Strange.
     This movie is appropriate for most ages, but I wouldn’t recommend it for small children. There are some short graphic scenes like a beheading and multiple deaths. For those reasons the movie is rated PG-13. I personally recomend this movie and rate it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

By Chloe Mayes
Cougar News Blog

      Trolls is a heartwarming movie about a crazy adventure that Poppy and Branch make together to save all their friends. Poppy, played by Anna Kendrick, is the princess and the most happy and joyful troll of all her subjects. Branch, played by Justin Timberlake, is the opposite of Poppy; he is an overprotective, over-prepared troll. They both set out on an adventure to save all of the other trolls that have been taken by the Bergens that invaded Troll Village, which means they have to put their differences behind them. This movie was based off of the troll dolls that were popular in the 1980s. Trolls was directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn.
      The Bergens are meat eaters that devour the trolls. They believe that in order to be happy they have to eat trolls. Whereas the trolls believe in singing, dancing, and hugging. In this movie, the trolls escape from the Bergens, only to be rediscovered by them years later.
      This movie is worth watching for families and people of all ages; it teaches the lesson to never give up, like how Poppy never gives up even though there is a lot in her way. This film has comedy that will make people of any age laugh. Although this film has many great qualities, such as its special features, it is really short. This film is only an hour and a half, whereas other movies are usually an hour and 45 minutes to two hours. It did seem to be a little rushed, but overall it was a great movie.
      I would rate Trolls 4 out of 5 stars. I feel like this movie was very good quality, although I feel like they should have made it a little longer. I recommend this movie to people of all ages that are looking for a good laugh.

U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings opened this year at a cost of $1.1 billion, half of which was covered by taxpayers. Cougar News Blog writers think there are better uses for that money. (Photo used under Creative Commons from darb02/Wikimedia Commons.)

U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings opened this year at a cost of $1.1 billion, half of which was covered by taxpayers. Cougar News Blog writers think there are better uses for that money. (Photo used under Creative Commons from darb02/Wikimedia Commons.)

     Since the mid ‘90s there has been a problem in almost every state – stadiums that have been paid for by the taxpayers. The new Vikings stadium in Minnesota cost the state a great sum of $1.1 billion. About half of this money comes from state taxes.
     Not only is this injustice being displayed with the Viking Stadium, but with stadiums from all
around the world. The Yankee Stadium costed $1.5 billion to build while taxpayers paid 208.6 million dollars for the garages and parks. More than 40 Major League Baseball and NFL stadiums have been built with taxpayer money in the last 25 years. This money is being used for something miniscule as a stadium and the question is why?
     Why are people spending millions and billions of dollars on a stadium? So they don’t lose their teams. Owners convince the public by basically blackmailing the teams and people of that state with the threat that the team will no longer represent that state.Taxpayers pay millions of dollars to these stadiums with little to no beneficial for them. Taxpayers are forced into paying and have little to no say in how their money can be used. All this money being spent on stadiums could be put towards things more important.
     “A lot of New Yorkers wanted a new Yankee or Mets stadium. At the end of the day, that was what was driving the city’s decision to do this,” said Ronnie Lowenstein, the director of the New York City Independent Budget Office.
     There are 795 million starving people in the world, and nearly half of the world’s population lives on a paycheck of $2.50 a day. Schools are having to lower education values or fire teachers. We could help these people great deal if we just spend took a small sum from the huge amount we spend on sports stadiums.
     We can still have stadiums, but instead of spending a billion dollars on them, we can spend a fraction of that price. With this we can create a better world, we can create less poverty. We can stop people from starving, and we can help people who need it support their families.
     We are being wasteful. We are spending money on something such as football, when the world falls apart around us. We need to spend less on sports stadiums and put the money toward problems in the U.S. that really matter.

This article is the opinion of the Cougar News Blog editorial team of Bronte Pappas, Skyler Wolfe, and Megan Ash.

By Bronte Pappas
Cougar News Blog

     The Fundamentals of Caring is about a recently divorced man named Ben, played by Paul Rudd, who decides to become a caregiver. He gets a job interview with a muscular dystro sized teen named Trevor, played by Craig Roberts. Trevor has a dream to see America’s weirdest roadside attractions, and when they set out on this trip they meet many people on the way. For example, they meet a runaway girl named Dot (Selena Gomez), who comes along for the ride.
     The movie is a great mixture of funny and sad. It shows the hardship of learning to understand one another in a way they never have before.
     This movie is a humorous drama that incorporates so many fun and intense scenes. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes a comedy that involves morals and lesson learning ending. It would also be a good movie for someone to watch that prefers movies that truly represent life. It is a movie that should and hopefully will loved by many people.
     In the end review I would give The Fundamentals of Caring an easy 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was a film that represented everything sad and happy in life. It is a very impacted and suburb movie. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to have a great atmosphere.