Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tips for a Healthy Life

Maintaining a Sustainable Lifestyle

Eat Healthy. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day and limiting sugary, caffeinated foods will allow you to feel better overall and help you maintain a healthy weight. Also, eat a balanced diet, with limiting the portions of your food for each meal of the day. Besides fruits and vegetables, focus on eating proteins, which will replace the amino acids in your body that are broken down through natural processes.

Be Active. Your weekly exercise should consist of at least two and a half hours of physical activity. Try including activities that change the frequency of your breathing and heart rate while still building up muscle. Staying active will help you maintain your weight and reduce blood pressure, while reducing your risk for many diseases including diabetes and arthritis.

Manage Stress in Your Life. Managing stress in your daily life will help you relax and focus on the task at hand. Try balancing home, school, sports extracurricular activities with the support of your friends and family and good use of time-management. This mindset will help you relax and always remain positive no matter the situation. Lastly, try to get between seven and nine hours a sleep a night so that you are alert during the day.

Tiffani Hamilton, Copy Editor | 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

War Of Integrity

News Anchor stars raise the question of journalistic integrity

“Without integrity, a journalist has nothing.” - A wise quote from reporter Jack Taylor Sr. while testifying in front of an Oklahoma courtroom back in 1992. Even in the modern day, Mr. Taylor’s words still ring true in eyes of the public when it comes to reports of reputed newscasters lying about their own experiences. Now infamous in NBC history, NBC Nightly News anchorman Brian Williams was suspended due to refuted accounts of his experiences during the Iraq War. Meanwhile, Fox News plays defensively in support of their star anchor, Bill O'Reilly, after accounts of O’Reilly’s reporting during the Falklands War in Argentina came under fire for accuracy. However, both sides encountered different results.

          In the case of Brian Williams; after reportedly exaggerating claims of being in a helicopter crash during the Iraq War, veterans poked holes in Williams’ account claiming he not only wasn’t in the helicopter squadron, but also that he arrived with a different squadron an hour later. For many years, Williams has retold the story, although gradually changing the details with each retelling. Officially apologizing over national television in February 2015, Brian Williams became under pending investigation. With little choice remaining, NBC suspended Williams without pay on an “...indefinite leave of absence.” Neither Williams, nor NBC have decided to speak further pending further investigation.

         On the other side of the news spectrum, Bill O’Reilly encountered a different scenario. News outlet Mother Jones, accuse O’Reily of embellishing his war reporting experience during the Falklands conflict. O'Reilly claims that Argentinian police fired into the crowds, killing many people, while he evacuated his injured camera-man on the scene. However, Mother Jones and even his own reporting crew from CBS in 1982, refute his claims entirely. O’Reilly vehemently defended himself and immediately dismissed the accusation as “left wing zealots bent on destruction.” Fox News also defended O’Reilly by dismissing claims and supporting the original story. With no investigation. and no re-admission of arguments, the matter has become relatively quiet.

         Both cases have significant differences that affected the outcomes of each scenario. Firstly, Brian Williams did not openly deny his embellishment for many years; Bill O’Reilly immediately dismissed the accusation and shot down all who opposed him. Secondly, NBC immediately opened an investigation into Williams’ story, citing sources and interviewing first-hand accounts; Fox News not only didn’t investigate the issue, but they fully came to O’Reilly’s defense after the accusation. Lastly, those that accused Williams’ of embellishment were firsthand witnesses/veterans of the Iraq War. These veterans were both supported by the general public, and convincing to both sides of the political spectrum. Meanwhile, O’Reilly’s opponents were mainly from liberal leaning news outlets. O’Reilly was able to rally his conservative base (which is in to the millions of viewers) and outright declare their motives to be political. Without a solid story like the Williams’, O’Reilly’s charges were not able to stick.

         Regardless of motive or intention, both cases have uncovered a wider issue affecting journalism: Embellishment. Like Jack Taylor Sr. stated, without integrity, a journalist has nothing. We as a public must be vigilant for honest journalism regardless of political leanings. Objectivity should be the goal of all newscasters, for they are the face of their news organisation. Honesty is essential for worthwhile news for it is our window into the world around us.

Chris Harlig, Staff Writer | 2015

Tips for a Healthy Life

Rise in test scores with the increase of studying skills

As the beginning of the third quarter kicks off, tests and quizzes become more and more frequent. The following lists multiple tips and tricks in order to maximize success on difficult exams. Everyone has different studying methods that work best for them, so if these don’t work for you, keep trying different methods until you find one that works the best.
  1. Don’t cram the night before the test! Space out the materials you need to be studying, for at least a week, focusing on one main idea at a time. This is known as “spaced repetition” and involves splitting the information you are learning into separate areas and review them periodically over the course of a week.
  2. Study all of the important information first. All of the little details will become easier to remember once you understand the main concepts.
  3. Take bullet point notes of the information you are studying. This will help you focus on the main, important ideas.
  4. Take frequent breaks while studying so that you are able to retain and remember the information better. 
  5. Find a comfortable place to study, with little distractions, so that you can fully focus on the task at hand.
  6. Find a good time to study. Do not study after the time you usually go to sleep, for you may fall asleep while studying. If you are a morning person, study in the morning. 
  7. Put the information into a story. This will make the information more meaningful and memorable.
  8. Take practice tests. Practicing taking the tests in a stress-free environment will help you when it comes down to the real deal.
  9. Write the information out. Writing the information out will help you store the information more securely in your brain. Do this by copying the most important parts of the notes.
  10. Review the information by reading it out loud, which will also help you store the information more permanently.
Tiffani Hamilton, Copy Editor | 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Mr. Heartbreaker

2015 Mr. Pinnacle show wrap up

This year at Pinnacle High School (PHS) held the Mr. Pinnacle contest once again. This year the theme was “Heartbreakers” and was a highly anticipated show being sold out again this year. PHS’s Student Government (STUGO) spent many hours putting together a wonderful performance. The talent this year was very diverse. From SNL skits, to piano playing, to dancing to singing, there were many different talents to enjoy. 
           The ever anticipated swimsuit portion even got a visit from a celebrity: left shark from Katy Perry’s Super Bowl half-time show. Spectators were kept on the edge of their seats the whole performance wondering who the next Mr. P will be. All of the competitors worked very hard to try to be crowned the winner but only one would be the winner. Would it be Jack Aleman, this year’s Coverboy and Mr. P contestant that asked Carly Lenninger out to prom? Or would it be Reilly Hobson, who put on a stellar performance by playing the piano and dancing with his girlfriend and bringing out left shark in his performance? Or Sean Eghlimi, the contestant who reenacted the Titanic with PHS Quarterback Brian Lewerke? 
           In the end Reilly Hobson’s piano routine won over the judges and was crowned Mr. Pinnacle 2015. Runner up was Alex LoRusso who gave it his all during his song with fellow Pinnacle Choir members. Zach Stoddard was crowned Mr. Congeniality with his hilarious pick-up line and joke to kill time. If you missed this year’s Mr. Pinnacle, be sure to get a ticket next year. you won’t want to miss it!

Courtney Ball, Staff Writer | 2015

Cyclone Pam

Cyclone destroys South Pacific

The natural disaster known as cyclone Pam ripped through islands in Vanuatu, leaving thousands of people homeless and without power throughout the South Pacific.

          Over the past weekend, Super Cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm left 8 dead, 30 injured, and destroyed 90% of Vanuatu's buildings. President Baldwin Lonsdale spoke with the Associated Press while at a U.N. disaster conference.

         “This was a very devastating cyclone in Vanuatu. It has wiped out all development in the capitol from recent years and now we must rebuild everything.”

           President Lonsdale explained that the changing weather patterns combined with rising seas and heavy rainfall contributed to the disaster. Currently, the capitol’s hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, beds were moved outside the facility due to fear that the buildings are unstable. With aid agencies finally arriving in the nation, they claim it could be one of the worst disasters to ever hit the region. New Zealand and Australian military planes carrying supplies have started arriving, while other countries vow to help. The cyclone is now moving down the east coast of New Zealand, having weakened significantly. If you wish to donate you can contact either the New Zealand or Australia Red Cross.

Elizabeth Horner, Public Relations Director | 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Leelah Alcorn

Transgender teen's suicide sparks outcry

“My death needs to mean something,” the words written by teen Leelah Alcorn in her suicide note that everyone can't get out of their head. Ignored and denied the right to truly be themselves, transgender persons finally receive the recognition they fight for.

On December 28 at 2:30 am, Alcorn walked 4 miles from her home, where she stepped in front of a truck and was killed. Before the tragic end of her life, she wrote a suicide note on Tumblr, explaining the prejudice and fear that transgender persons face everyday.

“Please dont be sad, its for the better. The life I wouldve lived isnt worth living in, because I am transgender,” Alcorn says in her note.

The note is directed to parents of transgender teens, informing them of the verbal and emotional abuse her parents inflicted upon her, and how it sent her spiraling into a depression. Alcorns message is to inform people of the dangers and fears transgender persons face, even in their own household.

Many people disregard transgender persons personal pronouns, which was a one of main reasons why Alcorn took her own life. Her parents insisted on calling her he/him/his pronouns, when she specified that she was, in fact, a female. When her parents would do this, she would get dysphoria, enhancing her already intense depression.

Transgender persons have and may always be discriminated against, and the harm it inflicts everyday on teens is the reason why so many deaths and suicides happen everyday.

Brianna Cajic, Creative Director | 2015 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Drop in Gas Prices

As gas prices decrease, the GDP decreases
In the United States petroleum industry, the sole factor of production is capital, specifically gasoline. Following the 6.3 percent decrease in wholesale gasoline prices, food prices consequently dropped 0.2 percent since October of 2014. The Federal Reserve has set an estimate number for target producer prices to 2 percent in order to guard against deflation as a result of the decline in prices. In the long-term, if deflation occurs from the decrease in prices of gasoline and food specifically, as seen recently, it could cut back wages, “while leaving debts unchanged, and potentially induce another recession” (The Associated Press, New York Times). For the past two years, deflation has stayed constantly below the 2 percent mark in the United States; the drop in gasoline and food prices could reduce the deflation even more. As a result of the deflation, worker’s hourly pay has risen only 2.1 percent in 2014. This insignificant rise is far below the normal rate for a healthy economy, usually within a rate of 3.5 to 4 percent. Even though income proves subordinate, the savings from essentials such as gasoline and food are temporarily spent on non-essentials, such as Christmas shopping done in December of 2014, briefly raising retail sales. As more money is spent on items such as these, the capital of individuals decrease. Subsequently, with less income, and in return, less money to spend, consumers buy less. Rather than spending exorbitant amounts of money on unnecessary goods and services, consumers are required to purchase only the basic essentials, putting less money into the economy. With less profitability from their product or service, businesses prices and the scope of their products become limited.

The aggregate supply of a country, in terms of economics, is defined as, “the total supply of goods and services that firms in a national economy produce during a specific period of time. It is the total amount of goods and services that firms are willing to sell at a specific price level in the economy” (Boundless). Resulting from the aggregate supply curve, the labor market disequilibrium may shift, creating a negative impact for the amount of supply of a businesses. When a good or service becomes cheaper then consumers are used to purchasing, the disturbance in the amount of inventory within a company will shift the supply curve outward, causing the “equilibrium price in to drop and the equilibrium quantity to increase”. The fixed factor of production in the case of gasoline and food prices decreasing, capital, allows the curve to continue shifting outwards. One of the reasons for this shift includes the new prices for raw materials, causing the short-term curve to shift as well. Since the price of gasoline and food is changing the potential output of businesses and the amount of money they can contribute back into the economy, the long-term aggregate supply is also affected. The changes the short-term aggregate supply establish cause the nation’s GDP to increase while the price of the good or service drops. On the other hand, the long-term supply affects the stabilization of prices, as well as the “price level of the good or service to increase in response to the changes” (Boundless) . As a result of this increase of prices, consumers are able to buy less, therefore negatively affecting the country’s economy as a whole.
Tiffani Hamiltion, Copy Editor | 2015