Category Archives: News

Privacy in the Information Age

Why should we trust our information with people who would give it away freely? That’s the question that many were forced to ask when it was revealed that Facebook sold people’s info to Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm.  This data was used to help target people with ads during the presidential election. Facebook willingly gave people´s information away, knowing that they would be betraying their trust. Continue reading Privacy in the Information Age

Walkout!

By Dean DeSeve

On Wednesday, March 14, thousands of students across the nation exited their classroom. Some student marched in their neighborhoods, other schools, like GFS, spent seventeen minutes in silence. A month earlier, a shooter entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a modified AR-15 assault rifle and murdered 17 students and faculty. The goal of the wave of activism that spread across the country was to create tougher background checks with the hope of preventing future tragedies. Continue reading Walkout!

Channel (not so) Awesome

Fame can come with a lot of shady controversies. Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, and Al Franken are just a few examples of celebrities who were once beloved by many and were later exposed to having done terrible acts. And the people at Channel Awesome are sadly starting to fall into that category. It’s surprising how a group of people we all thought were just harmless movie critics who so many once looked up to, could be involved with everything that has been going on around the channel. Continue reading Channel (not so) Awesome

School All Year Long

There are some days when the only thing that crosses your mind is summer. The teacher is talking about a new subject and you’re tapping your pencil mindlessly. The thought of swimming with your friends, playing baseball outside or reading a book in a hammock is all you can think of. No matter what time of year it is, this feeling comes to every middle student across the United States, but more and more schools are having year-round school.

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Vegetarians vs Vegans

In the United States, 4% of men and 7% of women are on a vegetarian and vegan diet. The population in the USA for vegetarians and vegans has increased by a lot.  Many people are willing to give up meat, which can be as much as  50% of their diet. But is that good enough?  Do we need more than 11% of the population to give up meat in order to care for animals? Continue reading Vegetarians vs Vegans

Take a Stand by Sitting Down

By Luke L and Addison A

In August of 2016 Colin Kaepernick did something that surprised America. He stood up by sitting down.  A preseason football game, a song, a flag, a bench, and a man who sat down. 

The first time Kaepernick protested (what he is now so infamous for doing), there was an uproar. People in the crowd were calling him a “coward,”  “someone who should be banned,” “not a true American,” but then Kaepernick explained why he knelt: to show more respect to the flag. Continue reading Take a Stand by Sitting Down

X out X

It’s everywhere, all around, it follows us… the iPhone X. The boom was so big that you couldn’t go anywhere without it following you. It is on billboards, ads, commercials. The list is endless, and, it seems like the way Apple is heading, we could be carrying around iPhone 300,000,000,000 that is as big as a house. People are wanting bigger and bigger phones.

We asked fellow students about their take on it and here are their answers:

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8th Grade-itis

Starting in late April and early June, the students of GFS often see seniors lounging around. There is senior day, where the senior girls walk around in bikinis and the boys walk around in swim trunks. They have slip and slides and sometimes attempt to play beach volleyball (even though there is no beach). Around June, the 8th graders experience similar feelings to what the seniors are going through. 8th grade-itis.

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Nintendo Switch Review

I was standing outside a Target on Monument Blvd. at 7:30 in the morning when it was 14° outside in the hopes that somehow I would be able to get a Switch, which was released on March 3, 2017, and 1 of the 4 games released with it.  My hard work was rewarded with a surprisingly light, small, red box and one of about 20 copies of the latest Legend of Zelda game: Breath of the Wild. As soon as I got back from the store, I plugged in and set up the tablet with two controllers hooked into the side.  Once I was done setting it up, I began to started up the $59.99 game I bought with it and began to play. Continue reading Nintendo Switch Review

A First Person Account of the Writers’ Assembly

The Writers’ Assembly is an annual event that happens at GFS. Students from 6th through 12th grade are allowed to submit short stories, poems, or essays. The best 20 or so articles are selected, and those people are called up to read their piece in front of the entire Middle and Upper Schools. 

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Teenager Dies from Excessive Caffeine

On April 26, 2017, Davis Allen Crepe collapsed from consuming a Diet Mountain Dew, a latte, and an energy drink all in a time span of 2 hours.  All of this caffeine, combined induced arrhythmia (improper beating of the heart) led to him suffering a cardiac arrest (unexpected loss of heart function, breathing, and consciousness.)

Is caffeine consumption a problem at GFS?

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Finals: How Much Prep is Too Much Prep?

Finals. The last obstacle before we can leap into the summer. These famously tricky exams are possibly the most stressful part of the year, maybe even more so than midterms. Some teachers spend weeks preparing their students, while others barely mention them until two days beforehand. The students are quite similar. Some take up hours a day studying, and some study barely fifteen minutes in total. The question is: How much prep is too much prep? Continue reading Finals: How Much Prep is Too Much Prep?

Grab Your Wallet

A recent campaign to get people to boycott companies selling Trump products seems to have had more success than many other movements. Due to the fact that the president has refused to officially divest from his companies and has left them in the control of his adult children, many argue that he continues to control these companies indirectly. “Grab Your Wallet” is a campaign which asks for people to boycott Trump owned companies and retailers selling Trump products such as Amazon and Zappos.  Thus far they have gotten Uber’s CEO to leave the president’s economic board and the following stores to stop selling or profit off of Trump products: Shoes.com, Bellacor, Wayfair, Zulily, Ruelala, Kawasaki USA, Uber, Neiman Marcus, The Honest Company, Tyra Beauty, Jet, Carnival Corporation, Nordstrom, Gilt, Kmart, Sears,  Shopstyle, Lorissa’s Kitchen, LA Clippers and QVC.  

The movement was started by two women named Sue Atencio and Shannon Coulter. They hadn’t been previously involved in anything political, but decided that something needed to be done about the President’s control over his companies. Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s spokeswoman endorsed Ivanka Trump’s shoe line on Fox News, violating federal ethics laws.  

While this has been successful, Trump supporters have been boycotting companies that have stopped selling Trump items due to the ban.  This has been met with almost no reaction by everyone in the movement.