by Tatiana Welka '17
Is there really a way to end body shaming in 2016? Over the years as technology has been on the rise, there has been a greater focus on body shaming because of social media. If a model posts a picture in a bikini, there are always people who will comment negatively.
For example, plus size models have recently been given attention because they are considered new. In the past, plus size models were not on the cover of magazines. Now since they are, younger children don’t have to believe that being skinny is a goal and being fat is something to avoid. It opens their minds to acceptance.
Clothing stores such as Urban Outfitters, Calvin Klein, Abercrombie, Hollister, and many more are all known for their small sizes and do not even contain a plus size category. People find this very offensive. Even small models are called out for looking “anorexic”, “too skinny”, and “having no boobs”. This is why body acceptance is very rare to find. People are constantly brought down because there is always someone who will always be jealous and have nothing good to say.
Body shaming could lead to a lawsuit believe it or not in a workplace. For parents, it is important to monitor your children’s activity on the internet and social media. Children can be guilty of cyber-bullying others or are a victim themselves. Other bullying, as well as body shaming, can create negative self images. This can lead to depression, self-mutilation, low confidence, anger, etc.
There will always be at least one person in the world who will have negative things to say, but in the meantime, there are ways you can avoid people who do so. Luckily on social media, we have the ability to block, report, or even ignore someone. This can do a big thing and go a long way. Body shaming, defined as shaming someone for their body type, is something that will never not exist unfortunately. It’s like saying that racism can be stopped.
by Kori Faraj '17
On March 7, 2016, it was released on Facebook and other social media that a mama dog was reunited with her puppies. The touching event took place in Marin Humane Society in Novato, California. The Bay Area group explained that the dog, named Cora, was finally given up by her owner on Saturday. When she was examined, they discovered she had given birth.
The Humane Society had said that Cora’s owner was “evasive and unwilling to admit” that the dog had had puppies.
Eventually, the group had convinced the owner to give up the puppies after seeing how sad and scared the mom dog was from not having her puppies by her side. Before the reunion, it was said by the group that the mom dog was “skittish” and “frightened.”
In a video captured of the reunion, Cora standing timidly in the corner. At first she does not recognize the puppies, but takes one sniff and his delighted to find that they are her puppies.
The Marin Humane society had wrote on Facebook, “After some detective work and a lot of convincing, our team was able to get the person who surrendered the dogs to also surrender the puppies, as they still needed their momma and were not in a safe situation. We captured the moment when sad and scared mom got to see her puppies again. Tears of joy all around at this happy reunion."
The Marin Humane Society said, Cora and her puppies are doing well. The puppies were named after Downton Abbey characters. They have been placed in a foster home and put up for adoption.
by Lauren Silverman '17
Although the curly hair trait is genetically dominant, straight hair seems to be everywhere. Beauty ads encourage those with natural curls to straighten them. It’s always had a bad rap in the media as well; often, curly-haired characters in movies and television shows are portrayed as humorous and “geeky,” unlike their straight-haired counterparts. Recently, however, girls have started embracing their curly hair. With encouragement from both supportive beauty brands (like Dove) and peers, you too can love your curls! Here are five essential things every curly girl should know.
In fact, many curly girls skip shampoo altogether. This is often called co-washing or the “curly girl method” and involves washing the hair with only conditioner. Many girls who use this method work with special types of conditioners that work as a shampoo substitute. On the other hand, there are sulfate-free shampoos that are great for curly hair; one popular product includes DevaCurl No-Poo Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser.
2. ...But you WILL die without conditioner
Because of the structure of curls, many essential oils do not reach each and every strand of hair, causing it to dry out. This is why conditioner is so important; it hydrates curls and lowers the amount of frizz that may occur due to dryness.
You should condition your hair in the shower even if it isn’t time for a wash. It is important to make sure it has enough moisture and is protected, especially in humid climates.
3. Daily hair washing is not necessary
One of the biggest mistakes made by curly girls is that they wash their hair too often. So how long should you wait in between each wash? Generally, the thicker your curls, the less often you have to wash your hair. Scrubbing it with shampoo too often will dry it out and strip it of its oils. If your hair is extremely coarse, you may be able to go a week (or even more!) without washing it. For upkeep, many girls will co-wash in between full washes. Read more about co-washing here.
4. Keep the heat away from your hair
Heat-based products like straighteners and blow dryers are unhealthy for every type of hair. Using too much heat can have a variety of negative effects on your curls including increased dryness and frizz. Air dry your hair when possible. If you can’t bear to part with your hair dryer, use a diffuser attachment. It is a bowl-shaped piece that changes the air flow, drying different sections of your hair to shape your curls. Additionally, blow-dry on a “cool” setting. Doing this will dry your hair effectively without overwhelming it.
5. Always be confident!
Curly girls have always gotten the short end of the stick. Often, it seems like the media is out to straighten every curl on the planet. Never let this keep you from wearing your hair how you want it. Don’t let peer pressure force you into changing it. You were born with a trait that adds to your individuality… Wear it with pride!
Motivation is the willingness of someone to do something. People could all use a little motivation, whether it's to overcome hardships he or she is currently facing or simply for self-improvement. The Christmas season is among us. Although Christmas is a time of happiness, it can bring forth depression due to economic problems in one's family, reliving memories of the deaths of a loved one, and a variety of other factors. However, it is imperative to remember to find the motivation within yourself to get past any obstacles that have been headed towards you. Listed below are motivational quotes to help overcome these problems.
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” (Swindoll).
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough” (Mandino).
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence” (Confucius).
“We cannot always control everything that happens to us in this life, but we can control how we respond. Many struggles come as problems and pressures that sometimes cause pain. Others come as temptations, trials, and tribulations” (Kendrick).
“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges” (Riley).
“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it” (Jordan).
“All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you” (Walt Disney).
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment” (Buddha).
By Falon Veccia '18
With the emergence of the Christmas season comes an increased desire for presents. These presents are highly anticipated by children and teenagers across the world; especially in America. However, while many of us are hoping for a wonderful present, other children around the globe are hoping to just make it through a single day with their family. This year, those who are fortunate enough to not have to worry about survival are sharing their hope with those facing struggles.
Every person makes an impact on the world, therefore one has the ability to turn hope and desire for the future into action. Christmas is a time where one should practice being selfless and can share in the life of Christ. Christ was born to cleanse the human race, and hope drove him to take action.
Scattered throughout Brooklyn, there are copious amounts of charities to which people can provide. In Sunset Park, there is a monthly collection of food taken in by the O.L.P.H. Food Pantry, where food is given to those who are less fortunate. People can volunteer at the pantry for the first two Saturdays of each month. There are also hospitals where someone can volunteer or even donate blood to help the families waiting for their loved one’s health to stabilize. If one does not have the resources to go to these functions, there is a toy collection at Fontbonne during the Christmas season, where toys are given to those children who have occasional hopes of presents but have even more hopes of having a safe winter.
The Christmas season is full of hope, where people around the globe take a different look at their goals for the future. During this season, one should take the time to improve the future of children around the world through even the smallest actions.
by Gabriella Agliata '19
Hope is an essential part of our overall being. It gives us an incentive to try harder and stay in a positive state of mind. There are often stories in which the protagonist loses everything: for example, family, friends, or personal objects- everything except for hope. The beautiful thing about it is that in the end, that hope is what gets the hero through everything and helps them prevail. Hope is more than a far-fetched idea that may seem difficult to embrace. It’s imagining what’s possible in a frightening situation and trusting in someone or something to make that dream come true.
There was once a girl who loved to run. She dreamed of becoming a famous trackrunner when
she was older. This girl worked at her dream and when she turned 8 she went into Junior Olympic
Training. For the next 3 years she went into the Junior Olympics. At the end of the third year the girlbegan to feel extreme pain in her legs. She was admitted into the hospital so she could find out what was wrong with her. The bones in the girl’s legs weren’t aligned correctly, resulting in the girl to be banned from running ever again. She was distraught by this news, especially because there was an important match that weekend. The girl didn’t plan on going, but her best friends eventually persuaded her. When her category was up, they called her name. This saddened the girl more than ever. As she walked down to tell the referee that she wasn’t able to run. When she got down there saw her whole team waiting for her. The girl didn’t know what was going on and before she knew it, she was picked up by her best friends and they ran her through the whole race.
In this story, a girl who just wanted to follow her dreams of becoming a runner faced an unexpected challenge. The girl thought she was never going to know what’d it’d be like to run another race. She got another chance.
Nothing is impossible and that there’s always room for hope in everybody’s lives, even in the darkest of times.
By Tatiana Welka '17
Dealing with stress?
Losing hours of sleep?
As high school students, we deal with two big issues:stress and sleep. They affect our mood, how we perform at work and in school, and our relationships with others.
How to deal with stress:
How NOT to deal with stress:
How to deal with sleep deprivation:
1. Avoid social and recreational drugs. Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine, all disturb sleep. They can affect daytime performance, anxiety, and alertness. They also cause headaches, sweating, and nightmares.
2. Eliminate electronics. Do you sleep with your phone and/or laptop right near you in bed? You will feel so much better after putting technology away for a while. Technology is distracting and may reduce your sleep time.
Compiled by CristaMarie DeVito '17
"The best way to predict the future is to create it."