Women have always been expected to be wife and mother material, dress a certain way and depend on their husbands financially, but the minute they choose to make their own decisions receive backlash for it.
Between 2010 and 2014 there was over 25 million unsafe abortions that occured worldwide. It may be that they live in a country where healthcare is not an option, they can’t afford healthcare, or they are too afraid to get professional help. Those are only a few of the numerous other reasons.
Recently nine states passed laws which will forbid abortion from occuring in their states. Alabama being one of those nine states has the cruelest ban. The Alabama abortion ban states that a woman can not have an abortion at any given time, period. Georga, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio are the states that do not allow abortions regardless if it was rape or incest. The only time an abortion is permitted is if the mother’s life is at risk and she is no more than 6 to 8 weeks pregnant.
The bill was passed forward by men and the final approval for the bill was approved by Alabama’s governor Kay Ivey which is a woman. Those voting for the abortion ban were Republican men in Alabama. Those men were some of which were important to the Alabama state such as Senator Garlan Gudger and politician Clyde Chambliss and many more. The number of votes were so high to the point where it was enough to have the bill passed through both the State House and Senate, despite a number of women voting against the bill.
As a female myself, it terrifies me that such nonsense is being allowed. It doesn’t matter if they just found out they are a couple days pregnat because they will not be allowed to have an abortion. No one is to say what another person is or isn’t allowed to do to their own body. No man or woman should be there to justify and take a woman’s right to an abortion.
How is it that men get a choice on how a woman chooses to treat her body? As strange as it may sound, some may experience an unnoticed pregnancy for weeks and even months. It can be that they may have an irregular period, no signs and symptoms, and if they are overweight they may not be able to notice. The possibilities are endless as to why some may not know they are pregnant, but why should someone be punished for not knowing?
Reporter: Gisselle Suarez
Estancia High School seniors only have 2 more days of high school. These seniors will be taking finals both Monday and Tuesday, meanwhile Wednesday and Thursday they will be having activities to enjoy their last couple of high school days. Wednesday they will have Senior Takeover that will start right after rehearsal and it will all be free and accessible. This event will be in the student parking lot and it will consist of a taco truck, Hawaiian shaved ice, music, yearbook signing, games, and just spending more time with their classmates. On Thursday, there will be Senior Brunch at the Costa Mesa Country Club, doors will be opening at 8 in the morning. The brunch will start off with a couple of speeches, yearbook signing, senior superlatives awards, eating, and music.
These following seniors have a couple of words of advice for the incoming seniors. Dayana Martinez says to, “push yourself and do your best, get good grades and try to do things like getting involved- you won’t regret it.” She will be attending San Jose State University in August. Cesar Alcala will be attending Cal State Long Beach in the fall, the following advice he wanted to share to, “keep up with important deadlines as there will be so many in your senior year.” Andy Herrera will be attending Vanguard in the fall and wants to share what he realized while applying to colleges this year. His advice is, “to research colleges early! Don’t take too many AP classes because they don’t help you get into college.”
Seniors have had four years of experience and memories of their high school careers. Each senior had one favorite memory that stood out to them. Maria Hernandez Juarez, valedictorian, stated her favorite memory was, “falling off the bus seat with Aileen and Cesar there.” She will be attending Golden West College. Nessa Osso will be attending OCC and her favorite memory was “[the] senior bonfire and singing I Fall Apart by Post Malone.” Christopher Ramirez will be attending OCC in the fall and his favorite memory was, “playing for the basketball team.” Hayden Pearce will be attending the University of Arizona in the fall and his favorite memory was, “being league champion in both track and baseball senior [year].” Many seniors had to agree that attending or even being part of the Battle of the Bell was their favorite memory because there was tension, and everybody got to express their school spirit.
As seniors are heading out, they do have knowledge and experience of what they want incoming seniors to do so it can be their best year yet. As senior class president, if you asked me my sophomore year what would senior year look like for me… I wouldn’t expect to tell you what my senior year was actually like. This is my last year and I definitely put myself out there. My advice for anybody and everybody is to find something you never expected to do, try it and maybe you’ll change the world. That one change can start off small, but it can turn into something big, someone always notices. Senior year is not the hardest year, it requires keeping on track with high school and post- high school plans. Be great!
Reporter: Jennifer Neri
Exquisito, a small Mexican dessert place in Santa Ana with a 4.0-star rating on Yelp. They serve a variety of desserts ranging from spicy to sweet. They are mostly known for their Esquite, corn with Hot Cheeto crumbs served in a cup or on a stick. Once you step in this small dessert shop, you get the feeling that you have entered a friendly environment. The staff is very friendly and they will answer the questions of their clients with patience and understanding.
I ordered a banana split with no chocolate ice cream and no chocolate syrup. It was about a 15-minute wait for me to get my dessert. This wait was due to the fact that they were understaffed. There were only two employees working at the moment, one was taking people’s order and the other one was making the desserts. It was a reasonable time to wait considering there were only two employees at the moment.
When my family and I received our desserts, mine looked pleasing, and it was satisfied my sweet tooth. My mom got a concha, a Mexican sweet bread, cut in half with a vanilla ice cream scoop in between and drizzled with caramel. The next dessert on my table was a Mangoniada and corn with Hot Cheeto crumbs on top. At my table we had a variety of flavors ranging from sweet, sour, and spicy desserts. It was a friendly environment that demonstrated the genuine attitude of the Latino/Hispanic culture. Exquisito has an open environment where the customers can speak to the staff easily and are able to ask anybody for recommendations. This experience with amazing desserts and a friendly environment at a cheap price is very possible at Exquisito. All dessert prices average from $4.25 to $7.00. It has something for everybody to enjoy. Making it a lot easier to pick the perfect dessert for you. This place is a B+ for dessert places in my opinion. It is located at 2509 W McFadden Ave b, Santa Ana, CA 92704.
Reporter: Jennifer Neri
IBM CREATED THE FIRST SMARTPHONE EVER CALLED THE SIMON PERSONAL COMMUNICATOR IN 1992. SINCE THEN, MANY NEW SMARTPHONES HAVE BEEN CREATED BY DEVELOPERS LIKE APPLE, SAMSUNG, NOKIA AMONG OTHERS. ACCORDING TO A 2019 STUDY THE AVERAGE SMARTPHONE USER CHECKS THEIR DEVICE 47 TIMES A DAY TOTALING 17,155 TIMES A YEAR. IN ADDITION, 85% OF SMARTPHONE USERS WILL CHECK THEIR DEVICE WHILE TALKING TO FAMILY OR FRIENDS.
PHONE ADDICTION IS REAL. IN A BROADER PERSPECTIVE ANYTHING CAN BE ADDICTING. I CLAIM THAT ADDICTIONS CAN BE GOOD AND BAD FOR BOTH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH. GOOD ADDICTIONS ARE ONES THAT ARE PRODUCTIVE FOR EXAMPLE SOMEONE WHO IS ADDICTED TO WORK. HOWEVER, TOO MUCH OF IT CAN BE EXHAUSTING THUS, BAD FOR YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH. AN EXAMPLE OF A BAD ADDICTION IS CIGARETTES. MANY BELIEVE THAT SMOKING REDUCES MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS BUT THE BENEFITS ARE OUTWEIGHED BY THE BAD PHYSICAL EFFECTS ON THE BODY.
PHONE ADDICTION IS BAD. YES, PHONES CAN BE EXTREMELY HELPFUL WITH THE INTERNET AT YOUR FINGERTIPS BUT NO ONE SHOULD EVER BE ADDICTED TO A DEVICE OR THE CONTENTS WITHIN IT. AMERICAN EXPERTS LIKE JANE E. BRODY EXPLAIN HOW PHONES AND SOCIAL MEDIA DISCONNECT US FROM WHAT REALLY MATTERS. REAL LIFE CONNECTIONS, NOT DIGITAL ONES. AS HUMANS, WE VALUE HUMAN CONNECTION BECAUSE IT’S NURTURING. MORE NEW AND IMPROVED PHONES ARE BEING PRODUCED AND SO IS THE ADDICTION THAT SEPARATES US FROM REAL LIFE CONNECTION.
BRODY CONTINUES TO SAY “SCREENS ARE STEALING TIME THAT CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS SHOULD BE SPENDING ON PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS, READING, OR CREATING AND ENGAGING DIRECTLY WITH OTHER CHILDREN, ALL OF WHICH ARE CRITICAL TO HEALTHY PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.” FURTHER PROVEN IS THAT THOSE WHO SPEND MORE TIME ON THEIR PHONES HAVE AN INCREASED RISK OF DEPRESSION.
PERSONALLY, I DON’T TAKE MUCH OF A LIKING TO SOCIAL MEDIA. WITHOUT THE REAL-LIFE INTERACTION, SOCIAL MEDIA ENABLES PEOPLE TO ACT AND/OR SAY THINGS THEY WOULDN’T SAY IN PERSON. FOR EXAMPLE, THE YOUNGER GENERATION IN OUR SOCIETY USE THE WORD “SHADE” TO CLASSIFY THE ACT OF INDIRECTLY CALLING OTHERS OUT. SOCIAL MEDIA IS WHERE IT COMMONLY TAKES PLACE AT AND IT USUALLY, IN MY EXPERIENCE, FORCES YOU TO BECOME UNCERTAIN AND INSECURE ABOUT YOURSELF. IF SOMEONE IS ALWAYS ON THEIR DEVICE THEY CAN EASILY BE EXPOSED TO THIS MENTALITY. OVERALL, SOCIAL MEDIA IS BAD BECAUSE IT SETS UNREALISTIC STANDARDS AND ONLY PORTRAYS THE BEST MOMENTS OF OTHERS PEOPLE'S LIVES RESULTING IN A DECREASE OF SELF-WORTH.
President Donald Trump has announced that he would like to send men back to the moon, a feat which has not happened since December 11, 1972 with the Apollo 17 mission. His reasoning is to restore America’s legacy of leadership in space and to help National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) gain more information about our space and the solar system. Trump would like to eventually send a man to Mars, and he hopes to do this with his space policy directive, which he signed back in February of 2017.
NASA hopes to land astronauts at the moon’s South Pole and gather new information with their current equipment. Many members of the science community are behind Trump on this revival because they believe it will lead to new groundbreaking discoveries and gain further knowledge on lunar science.
With new technology, it is believed that missions to the moon will be both robotic and crewed, leading to more useful information to promote travel to Mars. Currently, NASA is creating robotic prospector missions that will help extract the oxygen and hydrogen needed to survive on the moon and launch expeditions to Mars further in the future. This process will reduce the need to get air from earth and will allow further space expeditions even more possible.
Vice President Mike Pence hopes this feat will be accomplished by 2024. NASA believes this is very possible, and with the recent increase in government funding and technology being better now than ever before, the possibility is even greater. NASA’s biggest concern is the landing sequence, since it has to be designed, built, and tested before it can be sent to space.
Man should be sent back to the moon because of the possibilities that come along with 47 years of scientific and technological advancement. What NASA could learn by going back to the moon could be the key to having life on Mars. Without exploring the unknown, nothing new could be found to further the possibilities for the future. That is why modern space exploration in could ultimately be the answer to advancing human existence to the next level in the future and beyond.
Reporter: Myles Witte
On Friday, March 15, 2019 the city of Christchurch, New Zealand was shocked over the shooting deaths of 49 people. The shootings were said to be an act of terrorism towards the Christchurch mosques that day.
The first attack took place in the Al Noor Mosque at 1:40 p.m., while the other attack started at 1:55 p.m. in the Linwood Islamic Center. The combined shootings left seven dead at the Linwood Mosque and 41 others dead in the Al Noor Mosque with a 42 which died later at the Christchurch Hospital.
There have been many church and school shootings over the years, but no action has been taken to prevent the shootings from occurring. Within 72 hours of the Christchurch shooting a law was proposed to ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles. After the incident action was taken, Jacinda Ardern the Prime Minister of New Zealand made sure to put an end to this gun violence. Families will no longer live in constant fear that another tragedy such as the Christchurch shooting will be repeated.
If the government does not take any action the number will increase. If the rest of the U.S. government were to do the exact thing as the New Zealand government there would be less shootings. There was 262 American mass shootings in the United States in 2018 alone. Without a doubt, our system needs to put politics aside and put the lives of the American people first.
Reporter: Gisselle Suarez
Everyday 100 people are killed with guns in America. The US also holds the record for most gun-related homicides for every 100,000 residents. There’s an average of 36,383 deaths per year with 22,274 of the being suicide. Colorado has now passed a legislation that allows law enforcement, family, or household members to petition the court to have weapons seized or surrendered. This bill also states that in order to repossess the weapon(s) the owner must prove he/she no longer poses a risk.
To begin I want to state that I am a gun advocate. I plan to obtain a conceal and carry permit later in my future for self-defense purposes. Ever heard of the phrase “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”? This phrase is a fact. We humans are the ones wielding the guns and what’s stopping us from using any other object to kill? In this sense, it comes down to how dangerous a particular weapon is in addition to the owner. This is what makes the previously stated legislation great because it still allows anyone(permitted) to own weapons.
To only have law enforcement handling firearms may be our justice systems demise. Not only will this allow for an increase in the loss of defenseless-lives but it could also increase the amount of “dirty cops” by having such power. An example can be seen in a home robbery. The owner of the house will be defenseless against the robber until law enforcement comes, possibly resulting in injury or even death of the owner.
I cannot see reason why not to make guns control stricter for the safety of others. However, there are still other factors that come into play. For example, some argue that making guns illegal( or harder to obtain) would render most citizens defenseless against criminals who can inevitably obtain a gun. I believe that, because guns will always be around, gun control should be lifted. My idea is to fight guns with guns. I don’t advocate fighting but self-reliance
Reporter: Makai Walker
Over this past spring break, I decided to try something new and visit a new movie theater. I am usually a sucker for the Metro Point movie theater in Costa Mesa, but its expensive prices for food and drinks are beginning to get out of hand. This is why I decided to try a more affordable option (even though it is a little bit further).
The movie theater I decided to try is called Picture Show in the Main Place Mall in Santa Ana, California. Upon researching Picture Show, I was first surprised by the prices of the tickets. I ended up paying $6.75 for my ticket to see the movie Dumbo which was a huge difference from the $11.45 I typically pay. Along with this, I noticed how Picture Show offered films that are no longer showing in other theaters such as Captain Marvel and Shazam. I thought this was pretty cool for those who missed a movie that may have been released earlier in the year.
As I entered the theater, I was immediately shocked to see how long the line to buy popcorn was. I soon found out that the line for popcorn and drinks was also the same line to purchase a movie ticket. Luckily, I had already purchased my ticket online. However, this system made me have to wait a long time to see my movie and almost be late to my movie. I stood in the line for about 15-17 minutes. While I was a bit upset about having to wait in the long line, I felt pretty good knowing that I wasn't going to spend $30-$50 on snacks. After purchasing a medium popcorn, a large coke, and a Slurpee, I spent around $15-a steal!
After I finally got my snack, I walked in the movie theater. As soon as I entered, I was absolutely amazed to see the theater had reclining chairs! I found my seat with my cousin and immediately laid back and relaxed. However, my relaxation quickly came to halt as soon as the movie started. Immediately, I was shocked to hear the amount of babies crying and people talking throughout the whole movie. This was something I have never experienced before and really ruined the whole experience for me. While it was not the theater's fault, it was really disappointing.
Overall, I would rate the Picture Show a 6/10. While it had great amenities, there was a lack of care and efficiency. The unfortunate crying and talking throughout the movie was upsetting. While the theater is not necessarily to blame and it was typically a family day at the theater, hopefully they will work to improve the establishment of their movie theater rules. If you don't mind a noisy theater and enjoy cheap prices/being able to sit in a reclining chair during a movie, then it's worth giving it a shot. Who knows, maybe if you go on a more quiet day of the week it will be a different experience. I personally think I will stick to Metro Point.
Reporter: Cosette Terriquez
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