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Stay clear of toxic relationships

Toxic relationships are seen in movies, books and daily life, but most don’t realize that relationships between family and friends can be just as toxic.

According to CORA (Community Over- coming Relationship Abuse), relationships can be divided into three different areas: healthy, unhealthy and abusive.

There is a huge difference between a relation- ship that is unhealthy and an abusive relationship. A unhealthy relationship can include a lack of communication, pressuring the other into sexual activ- ity and taking control to the point that everything is focused on them getting their way.

However, an abusive relationship takes an unhealthy relationship to the next step and hurts the other by taking control of everything, but neither is okay.

These unhealthy and abusive relationships can be between parents, friends or significant others, but no matter who these relationships are with, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed.

Before anyone gets involved with an unhealthy relationship there are signs to look out for to keep safe.

According to the Psych Central, the first step to getting out of a toxic relationship is addressing the situation and according to the Huffington Post, there are four early sign of a toxic relationship. They have ex baggage, they’re a control freak, they lie about anything, and they are physically dominant.

If another’s significant other needs consoling over their past relationships, then they are not truly ready to be in a relationship with anyone and will most likely lead to heart break.

The Huffington Post said “Any time you feel that you are a puppet whose strings are being tugged on, it’s time to look seriously at the relationship.”

Next, if someone is lying about small things, there is no stopping them from lying from important matters as well breaking the trust between the two.

Lastly, small signs of grabbing or touching someone in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable are not okay and are signs that an abusive relationship can grow.

Toxic relationships hazardous to people’s health, so try to look out for signs of an unhealthy relationships and stop them from being a hazard.

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Whip society into shape

High school is fairly straightforward from a social perspective. Most people have their own group of friends that they hang out with, and this group has usually been together for awhile. They share the same sense of humor, and nothing could split them up.

Many people around the school are also in relationships. They found someone that they really like, and spend good amounts of time with them.

Here recently, I have heard people saying that a guy is “whipped” whenever he tries to hang out with his girlfriend. When someone is considered to be whipped, it means that they are being controlled by their girlfriend or wife.

I mainly hear it when I walk by groups of people who have been friends for a while. They will call out someone in the group at the mere mention of the girlfriends name.

I find this offensive to the guys being labeled this way. It labels them as the guy who spends all his time with the girl, and completely abandons everything else, including friends and family.

Most times, this is not the case. This guy is simply trying to show how much he cares about this girl, just as anyone else would in this situation. I find it disrespectful of anyone who would make fun of a guy for doing this.

These guys should not have to fear facing judgement for this either, espe- cially from his own friends.

If and when society gets to the point where degrading and making fun of the people that actually care is the norm, then I think it’s safe to say that society itself has failed.

Women can be just as athletic as men

It is a commonly held value that girls and boys are unable to compete in equal terms due to differences in physique and skill, and from a young age, girls are told that boys are just “naturally” faster and stronger than them. This “value,” however, is nothing but a sexist virtue.

It’s no lie that the top athlete in any sport is physically well-built and comes with a toned, healthy body. The ideal gender for which these qualities fall with is in a male. However, women are able to have just as healthy, toned bodies.

One reason behind this male-female association is that society doesn’t like to see women fall into roles that go against the norm of what a traditional woman “should be” like. The traditional female traits include being physically attractive, feminine, passive, graceful, and also weak, believe it or not. These qualities need to evolve into what women are capable of being, including athletic.

The idea of a fast, powerful female athlete leaves society feeling uneasy because it isn’t seen as a “normal” characteris- tic for women. This, folks, is what society has come down to.

Although men naturally have more muscle mass built into their bodies, that is no excuse for why women can’t compete on the same athletic levels and intensity.

According to a new study run by Joel Stager, who is a professor at the School of Health, Physical Education Recreation at Indiana University at Bloomington, “Due to differences in developmental pace, it seems to be true that at least in some sports there are periods of time during which girls and boys might be athletic equals.”

This is the part where any guy reading this may start laughing, but the facts are there. For example, the gender gap in athletic performance, as shown in records from Olympic competition, has remained stable since 1983.

The average difference has been about 10% between men and women for all athletic events. More importantly, when performance increases, the improvements are proportional for both genders.

These women are not just participating in a sport they greatly excel in, they are proving that these barriers can be broken down that have always left women isolated from the world of professional athletics.

It’s very important that female athletes get recognized for these matters.

For women, being an athlete can be challenging and

discouraging. Women are capable of so much more than being pretty or intelligent, and that’s what society is afraid of. Strong is the new pretty for athletic women.

People need to be more sympathetic

With everyone’s heads wrapped up in modern technology and social media, it’s become so easy to ignore any chance there is to genuinely help out another person.

Being teenagers in high school, it’s so  easy to get ourselves soaked into our own problems and our own cluttered worlds, but especially during this time of the year, it’s important to separate ourselves from our own needs and consider what can be done for others.

What a lot of people don’t consciously real- ize is their reasoning behind why they perform acts of kindness. Being kind is a way to make ourselves feel good. However, is that the only reason for showing kindness? The question about whether or not people can theoretically be selfless still poses a mystery. The only motive to doing selfless acts, should be because it’s the right thing to do.

Maybe people in their teen years need a little more exposure to the struggles some high school kids have to go through every day. For example, a lot of high school kids don’t have enough food provided to them at their own homes. Taking a few extra seconds to donate an item to the Hayes’s PIN Drive can surely make a difference for hungry students.

People need to ask themselves why they choose to help others. Do they help to impress? Or feel pleased with themselves? What people need to start taking away from helping out is reassurance that they did the right thing more than simply just feeling like a good person.

Another thing people don’t realize is that some people can be so self- centered that they get offended when others something nice for them. Instead of thinking about the ‘why’ behind every action, that person needs to be thankful.

There are many things people can do this time of year to show kindness. Donating clothes, toys, and food is a huge step. Lots of local churches typically look for these kind of donations during the holiday season.

It’s naturally challenging for someone to step outside of themselves and solely give all their thought to another person, and that’s because of our human instincts of self-preservation.

There’s nothing wrong with people watching out for themselves, but taking the time to con- sider the well-being of other people is the first step to remembering what selflessness is about, and that is not feeling good about ourselves, but doing the right thing when the opportunity is given.

Reasons exist behind dreaded math homework

Math is used in a multitude of ways in daily life, everywhere from a simple digit to a complex equation like this:

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High school students often ask their math teachers when they will use the unit circle or geometry proofs. The answer is: math teaches more than what it claims to teach. Math teaches life skills, like problem solving, that are used every day of daily life.

When running late in the morning, there are options available of things we might be able to skip to be on time. Which is worse: missing out on breakfast or missing out on having the perfect hair do?

Students always have to find the solution to when two trains will arrive based on the speed of the trains and the time they left. Now it can be put to use.

If someone only has left
15 minutes to get ready, then

they need to decide if they will do a quick 5 minute hair- do and have a good sit down breakfast. Or, will they spend ten minutes on hair and grab a granola bar on the way out.

Time management is one of the simplest uses of math in everyday life, but it isn’t the only one.Math teachers give students a gateway to how to advance in the real world.

They teach skills like logical thinking that are used every time a person see a number.

When at the store, price and sizes will help people to see what object is the best bang for their buck, but without math, money can be wasted on products that other competitors are selling for less.

The one thing that most people take away from math class, if not the numbers and equa- tions, is logical reasoning. Reasoning is used everyday by most people. Some do not have as much logic as others, but many people can figure out the best option for them.

Math also teaches how one number is related to another. For example, when baking a recipe that was originally written to serve 12 people, but if servings for 6 will better fit the need, the recipe must be cut in half.

In order to know what half of three-fourths of a cup or a teaspoon is, people can rely on math to help them.

Additionally, parents use math because everything must be even, especially during the holiday season or other gift giving occasions. People must make sure each person will get the same amount of gifts of equal value, in order to avoid hurt feelings.

Even though the unit circle and geometric proofs might not be used in life daily, just having this knowledge will make aspects of life easier for all. As the saying goes, “knowledge is power,” and the more people have, the better off they will be.

Electives should be challenging, but not overwhelming

Electives benefit students by giving them opportunities to explore, find out their true passions and develop new interests. Whether it be art class, gym, woodshop, choir, or even sociology, electives were believed to fill space and in turn students would receive “easy A” credits. This isn’t true for all electives, but it’s the general consensus.

When electives end up having just as much work as another core class, it’s super counter-productive. By doing an overload of work from their electives, students are wasting precious time doing the work for their electives which in all reality should be used doing work that is from their core classes. Electives don’t have to be at a 3rd grade level, but they can be fun and not stress inducing.

The work in these classes should be minimal. It is still a class, so of course there is work to be done, but when it’s more than what someone has in an AP class, that’s just way too much. Electives shouldn’t be as stressful as a regular core class because the curriculum isn’t as solely focused around what’s being taught through electives.

Students having panic attacks due to this increased amount of out-of-school work and not being able to get a good nights sleep is just downright unacceptable. That right there would cause major problems.

There needs to be a balance. Most AP students usually try to balance their classes with a fun, less stressful class, maybe by opting for art or psychology.

The content that is taught in electives is still content that students may be exposed to at some point in their life, therefore the work level needs to be sufficient enough so that those students are realizing the importance of what’s being taught.

Teachers expect students to spend every waking hour on their class and still manage time to work, sleep, work, participate in extracurriculars and sports.The workload assigned outside of elective classes should be minimal.

If the elective is too much to handle with the amount of homework, that needs to get done that night along with the homework that students already have with their core classes, it becomes difficult to really enjoy an elective.

With some elective classes, students are spending as much time on their electives as they do for their AP classes. This statement right here is really backwards. There should not be an elective class ever that requires the same amount of work as an AP class.

Some students believe that if the course won’t help them graduate and won’t help them in college, then the work is not super important. The work is still important, but not on the top of their list of priorities.

Electives should not be the hardest classes in students’ schedules, but they should be challenging enough that students actually learn something.

Students need better relationships with staff

Abbey Jones • Event Coordinator

During the first day of school, most teachers will introduce themselves to each of their  classes. They show everyone pictures of their dogs, talk about their husbands or wives, share about their favorite things to do when they aren’t working. However, after that initial “getting to know you” part of the first day of class, they don’t share much about themselves until somebody makes an effort to get to know them better.

As a student body, Hayes doesn’t try enough to get to know its teachers well enough, and it’s vitally important to do so. Teaching is a very open, extroverted profession, and most of those who work at Hayes are some of the most outgoing teachers there are today. The staff throughout Delaware is an extremely caring, personable, and all around high-performing group of adults.

It is entirely up to the student, however, to approach a desired teacher and establish trust, find mutual interests, and show concern of getting to know one another. This may be the worst part to any high schooler, but is well worth the anxiety to work towards getting to know someone who will be in the same room for the next nine months.

Students should feel more comfortable asking teachers about their lives and what they are like out of the chair behind the desk. Even those teachers who aren’t comfortable with sharing personal details generally enjoy telling students about their favorite books or how they view the world around them.

It’s almost always more fun when a deeper student-teacher relationship is established. Walking into a classroom where there’s a mutual trust and admiration between the two is much more comfortable than trying to learn from someone that remains a stranger through the whole year.

While it is important to have respect for any authoritative figure, it’s also helpful to break down the almost awkward social barrier that generally comes with student/teacher relationships. It’s different for elementary and even middle school students; most high school to teacher age gaps aren’t terribly large, many teachers being in the same generation as students.

Student/teacher relationships are also extremely beneficial when applying for colleges, when teacher recommendations are a required part of most applications. It’s easier for a student to ask a teacher they know for a recommendation, and its easier for a teacher to give a solid, professional, yet personal and loving reflection if they know the student well.

Having at least one safe place in the building (a classroom where a student can work and relax without fear of intimidation or peer pressure) is also extremely important. Teachers are more than willing to open their rooms during their free periods, and some allow students to work in their rooms even while a different class is going on.

It’s very important to have mutual trust and admiration in the classroom, and the bonds formed between staff and students can be vital to growing up. It’s extremely fulfilling for a student to walk into a class and know that he or she is welcome, that they can engage in a conversation with that teacher, or tell them if they need help with school or with life in general.

Having a personal connection with at least one teacher help make the classroom less stressful, more fun, and benefit both parties, helping both have a better year. Meaningful relationships also make high school just slightly more bearable during the day as well.

Girl really does meet world

Marissa Markham • Staff Writer

Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, otherwise known as Corey Matthews and Topanga Lawrence, are back, and this time they’re married, parents, and learning how to cope with being adults.

Disney has created a sequel to the popular 90’s show “Boy Meets World,” which aired on June 27, 2014. Instead of watching the lives of the two original stars, viewers get a look into their life after school. Corey and Topanga now have two kids: Riley (Rowan Blanchard) and Auggie (August Maturo).

But that’s not all of the Girl Meets World cast. Riley has her best friend Maya Hart (Sabrina Carpenter), who has a knack of getting the two into trouble, and then there’s Farkle Minkus (Corey Fogelmanis), who claims to be in love with both seventh grade girls.

While some people, mostly adults who were teens themselves during the seasons of “Boy Meets World,” find that the show has too many cheesy moments, Rotten Tomatoes gave the show an 82%, with comments like “Girl Meets World sweetly shares the nostalgia of its predecessor” and “[provides] positive moral values for today’s youth.”

And although the first episode did contain some corny jokes, and some lines did sound forced, it must be noted that the show was picked up by Disney; what else is there to expect? “Boy Meets World” was aired on ABC, which is quite different than a 24 hour kids channel.

It should also be mentioned that the following episodes (there are seven in total so far) were much better. Most of these kids are first time actors, so there has to be doubt and nerves coursing through them, causing their acting to not be “on point.” But it’s obvious that the acting gets smoother and more enjoyable as the season continues.

The show has also been scheduled for a second season. Keep in mind that “Boy Meets World” was on air for seven years. “Girl Meets World” could do just the same. It might not, but there’s always a possibility. Not all shows start off with a bang; it can take a little time.

Don’t judge a show by past shows and reviews from people that aren’t in the target age group. “Girl Meets World” is intended for ages six to fourteen, which means it isn’t crazy for an adult to not be fond of the show. And even though it’s a spin-off of “Boy Meets World,” it’s not going to have the same exact  humor or scenarios. It is its own show, and give it a chance when you can.

Later school times needed for teen health

Marissa Markham • Staff Writer

Later school times have both positive and negative effects; from teens getting the sleep they both mentally and physically need, to clubs and sports having to come home late.
Teenagers these days are often labeled as “lazy” or “unmotivated,” when really they aren’t getting the credit they deserve. Professor Russell Foster, a top brain doctor and Oxford University’s head of circadian neuroscience, said the daily routine affects the brain. The time at which children become fully awake gets progressively later as they get older, and the pattern continues until the age of twenty, when it begins to reverse.
Even when teens try to fall asleep at an early or reasonable time, most aren’t physically able to until after 10-10:30 p.m. They’re not going to bed later on purpose, they’re hard wired to fall asleep later and get up later.
Biologically speaking, a teenage body still thinks it’s the middle of the night when it is woken up for school, and it’s not just the feeling of being tired that results from waking up early. Both Professor Foster and the National Sleep Foundation have found that forcing teenagers to go to school so early could cause more educational errors, poor memory, irritability, reduced motivation, and depression.
However, there are other things to take into account when deciding the school schedule. Having a start time an hour later, for example, would affect after school activities such as clubs and sports, which then leads to more problems.
After an away game or match, especially in a city that’s at least half an hour away, sports teams get home in the late evening, sometimes even after the sun has started to go down. But if school were to start later than it already does, games would be pushed back as well, resulting in students not getting home until well after dark.
Students who are in clubs or have jobs after school could also be affected. Work schedules would have to be rearranged or completely changed, and clubs would have to start at a different time. People would get home closer to 7 p.m. or maybe even later. And they still might need to do homework or chores.
Even after taking that into consideration, there are still more reasons for why school should start later in the morning. When most teens arrive at school, a sleep-promoting hormone called melatonin is still high, which is yet another reason why they’re so tired.
This issue has become so huge that not only have countries experimented with different start and end times for the standard school day, but even news channels like NBC have done reports on it. A recent report talked about how Hilton Head Island High School in South Carolina has pushed back their start time a whole hour.
The teachers thought it was best for the students’ health, and the students have said that they felt more rested. When interviewed for the segment, Dr. Judith Owens from Children’s National Medical Center said that teens are biologically programed to fall asleep at 11 p.m. and wake at around 8 a.m., and that’s a time when students are normally already in their first period class.
No matter what time the school day begins, there will always be students that complain that they are tired. However, pushing the time back to fit our body’s needs is something that should be put into place, and should happen sooner rather than later.

Marvel puts spin on traditional superheroes

Gayge Carroll • Staff Writer

Ever since Marvel was created in 1939, traditional characters such as Spider-Man and Captain America were white males and were looked up to by kids everywhere. Marvel is now doing away with the old and bringing in the new, which isn’t a bad thing.
Anyone who has seen the trailer for the Avengers movie in 2012 knows that Samuel L. Jackson played the leader of the Avengers. What many people don’t know is that the character of Nick Fury was originally created as a white man, but Jackson’s portrayal did not keep the movie from being successful. According to a Phoenix Arizona news site, KPHO, there are many more changes in the works for Marvel heroes.
Another difference that has been pretty popular is that Spider-Man was changed from being a white male named Peter Parker into a biracial male named Miles Morales who is black and Hispanic.
Everyone knows Thor as “The son of Odin.” According to KPHO, Marvel is turning Thor into a woman. Now this is a big change just for the reason that Thor is known for his masculinity, but by all means, a woman can be a muscular god of thunder any day of the week.
Another change that comic readers will see is that Captain America will be a black male instead of the original white male.
According to ScreenRant, none of these changes matter to what the hero actually is. For example, Spider-Man was a young boy when his parents left him with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Later on the audience finds out that his parents die in a plane crash. He then grows up and is bit by a spider and bippity boppity boo he’s Spider-Man. He then spends his time cleaning up the scum of New York.
Even though Marvel has made many announcements about the changes, they haven’t told anyone exactly why they are doing this.
There has also been talk about the upcoming remake of Fantastic Four in 2015. Instead of Chris Evans playing the Human Torch like he did in the 2005 Fantastic Four, the Human Torch will be played by Michael B. Jordan, according to ScreenRant.
Again, this does not affect the moral of the whole Fantastic Four story because no where in the story line does it say that the Human Torch is black or white. This kind of transformation to modern day culture will be just a stepping stone to bigger and better things.