Some may argue that money can either bring happiness to people or cause issues. In some cases that can be true. If you’re having a bad day you can just buy yourself a long lasting vacation, but for other people that’s not an option due to a lack of money.
Recently the FBI uncovered a college admissions scandal which involved extremely wealthy families and celebrities such as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman who alleged illegally paid their children's way into college.
University of Southern California, UCLA, and Yale are some of the schools that are currently being investigated. Athletic coaches were being paid to lie and tell colleges that the students had been involved in sports, and some students lied about having learning disabilities so that they were allowed more testing time on the ACT and SAT. Both of Loughlin's daughters were granted admission at USC with the help of athlete coaches. The senior associate athletic director at USC was bribed by both parents to recruit both daughters as athletes to increase their chances of getting accepted.
I was not surprised when I first heard about the college scandal. Celebrities, wealthy, and the privileged have always had a way of getting away with things due to their financial status. Loughlin, Huffman and the 50 other people accused in the scandal could be charged with jail time for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud as well. Of course, Huffman was able to pay her bail of $250,000 to avoid jail time. As long as these people have money they will never have to deal with the consequences of their actions. It is time that the law makes an example of those who feel like they are above it.
Reporter: Gisselle Suarez
Racial profiling has been a prevailing topic in the United states for an extensive amount of time. In many cases what we call “racial profiling” has been a beneficial tactic for the safety of our communities as well as our country. Profiling is the recording and analysis of how a person acts psychologically and what their behavior is to predict their capabilities. Therefore, profiling is beneficial for American society to potentially prevent great tragedies.
Profiling can help end situations that are critically dangerous to communities. George Metesky known as “mad bomber” planted thirty miniature bombs around the city of New York. It wasn’t until investigators asked psychiatrist James Brussel for assistance that they finally arrested Metesky. James Brussel came up with an accurate description of “mad bomber” that helped investigators get to the bottom of their criminal case. If it wasn’t for profiling, there would have been many more added lost lives because the criminal George Metesky would have
continued to plant bombs in other public places that would have had a horrible ending.
Profiling can also be used to warn the public about these type of serial criminals. When there is someone out in your community that can potentially be life threatening it is crucial that you know about it. It can help you take certain safety measures that you wouldn’t have taken if there was no warning. For instance, if there was an individual who was assassinating middle aged hispanic males after 8 pm then it would be logically correct to stay home after 8 pm if you are a middle aged hispanic male. Profiling helps save many lives, not only does it help investigators catch the culprit, but it also helps communities take safety measures that will keep them whole and healthy.
In many cases people are against profiling because they think it is racially motivated, but it would be absurd not to use all the information of a possible unidentified subject which includes race. It is important to recognize that race is part of the strategy of profiling. Race is a crucial part of having a complete profile just like age and sex. Therefore, profiling is not racially motivated, rather race is an important factor of a criminal profile that can help reduce potential suspects which will eventually lead to the capturing of the criminal and the safety of numerous people. Profiling is a way of targeting an unidentified subject who committed a crime and is a way of keeping the United States safe.
Reporter: Jeraldy Gomez
On February 6, 2019, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record. In fact, the previous five years have been the hottest years on record since the data has been recorded since 1880. In total, since 1880, the earth’s surface temperature has risen by 2 degrees Fahrenheit. This may not seem like a big change, but in reality, it is changing our world. So this leads to the question, does global warming exist?
Since 1880, there have been numerous advances that have taken the world to another level. There is also a greater population on the planet presently than there was in 1880. In fact, there are nearly 6 billion more people on earth now than there was in 1880. With more factories in the world, more people on the road, and more fossil fuels being consumed, there should be consequences that would impact the people.
What is not often discussed is what happens to the animals and the environment. Sea levels are rising due to glaciers melting. This causes floods to be more common which can cause havoc to land and to those that live there. Since glaciers are melting, animals who live on the glaciers are left without a home.
Humans have produced so much excess waste that it is now beginning to affect the lives of the people. Factories that produce goods for the people release gases that are harmful to the atmosphere. These gases are called Greenhouse Gases. The level of Greenhouse Gases in the atmosphere is higher now than anytime in the previous 80,000 years.
Evidence shows that global warming exists because of how much the planet has changed since 1880, when data was first being recorded. With all of the data present, it is sure to make people wonder what will happen in the near future. Day by day, more and more animals and people are suffering, as well as the environment. We need to make better decisions if we want the planet to be in good shape for our children and generations to come. Whether it is lifestyle or travelling, anything that can be done to help the environment should be done for the greater good of humanity.
Reporter: Myles Witte
School is what keeps most of students occupied. We spend up to 7 hours in school being educated on different topics, but we aren’t taught about other topics such as mental health. In elementary school kids are taught about changes that occur in our body as we get older, but mental health isn’t part of the curriculum.
Statistics show that 1 in 5 teens aged 14 to 24 suffer from a mental health illness. Only a third of those teenagers are getting the proper help and resources needed. Some students may not know that they are experiencing a mental illness because they've never been taught the warning signs to look out for. The lack of knowledge later on leads to questions which can’t always be answered.
As of 2018, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. that is affecting up to 40 million adults starting at the age of eighteen. Only 36% of those suffering with anxiety receive the proper treatment. That is only one example, but there are other disorders that remain untreated as well. The government and school districts spend thousands of dollars designing curriculum for students of all ages yet fail to address the growing epidemic of mental illnesses in the United States today.
Reporter: Gisselle Suarez