Category Archives: Opinion

The Struggles of Being a Girl

By Danica Nadeau, ’15

Women have been fighting to be treated equally for decades. We can't give up the fight. We have to keep fighting harder to make sure we don't get looked over anymore.

Women have been fighting to be treated equally for decades. We can’t give up the fight. We have to keep fighting harder to make sure we don’t get overlooked anymore.

Women are more than just objects, but in today’s society, often all we are viewed by is our level of attractiveness. Today, it is common to hear men saying, “I like curvy women,” or “I enjoy thick women,” or “I prefer skinny ladies.” Women fail to be acknowledged for their personality and successes.

As a senior in high school, I have never, and by never I seriously mean never ever, heard a male say, “She is very funny and nice, I want to get with her.” However I have heard, “She is so hot, I gotta hook up with that.” How is that possibly considered socially acceptable? Newsflash, “gentlemen,” it isn’t. It may be difficult to realize, but being a woman in today’s society is exceedingly more difficult than what we might allude to. We are constantly judged by the way we dress and the way we present ourselves and it is impossible to please everyone, no matter how much we may desire to.

The Smackdown of Smack High and Snapchat

By Devin Dumont, ’16

Smack High is an app geared toward high school students that allows users to anonymously post messages. The posts quickly turned into cyberbullying, though.

Posts on Smack High by anonymous students quickly turned into cyberbullying.

In October, Edward Little High School forced students to remove the applications Snapchat and Smack High from their iPads. The consequence of not deleting these apps would be that they would restrict every app on your iPad, which means the iPad would be useless. You would be unable to do any work and unable to turn in work that’s already finished.

Snapchat is an app where people can take a picture, write a small caption with it and send it to anyone they wish who also has Snapchat. The photos then essentially self-destruct after a few seconds. Smack High is a Website, app, and Twitter account. On Twitter, users can submit anything that they want that’s either bashing another student or teacher, or submit something that’s bashing another school. This has to go through the person who’s running the Twitter account, on the app however, as long as a user has an account, they can post anonymously without anyone determining if it is appropriate.

Is Spirit Week Necessary?

By Danica Nadeau, 15′

Senior Luke Sterling gets a boost at this year's Spirit Week.

Senior Luke Sterling gets a boost at this year’s Spirit Week.

From hallway decorations to the different arrange of colors walking through the halls, spirit week is a week for teenagers to be teenagers. At Edward Little High School, we take spirit week seriously, and even though it’s a week that is not totally focused on academics, I can say that with definite confidence that it has a positive impact on the school community.

With the big bad seniors wearing black and conquering the halls, you always have the juniors tagging along trying to steal the ghost, the sophomores stepping up their game, and the freshmen just beginning to get the feel of how Edward Little tackles this crazy week. Even though spirit week shows everyone’s competitive side, it also is a time that the school community bonds and becomes stronger. Spirit week doesn’t just allow teenagers to have fun; it also allows classes to work together to become closer.

An Illuminated Path to Conserving the Environment

By Jake Bazinet, 15

Broken Bulbs

The environmental and financial costs of fluorescent lights means that they should be eliminated from schools during future renovations.

Eventually, Edward Little High School will see major renovations. When it does, the school should eliminate fluorescent bulbs. The technology, such as the tube lights the school uses or the compact fluorescent bulbs that many people have in their homes, does have benefits, like lower energy costs and long life spans, but at the end of their life spans the bulbs harm the environment.

Confounding variables such as mercury and improper disposal raises the question of whether fluorescent bulbs are in fact beneficial. If not disposed of properly, toxic chemicals are emitted into the environment. It is important to ensure precautions are taken in the disposal of fluorescent bulbs. Safer and less harmful technologies, such as LED lightbulbs, should be used when schools such as Edward Little are renovated.

New School Rules a Burden

By Kirstyn Pelletier, ’16

School rules have changed this year, and I feel like they’ve made kids dislike school more than they did; if they did.

The Waning Remembrance of 9/11

By Devin Dumont, ’16

The events of September 11, 2001, are a vague or nonexistent memory for younger generations, but it can be remembered properly with the right approach in school.

The events of September 11, 2001, are a vague or nonexistent memory for younger generations, but it can be remembered properly if schools take the right approach.

The 9/11 attacks are starting to fade away into the history books, especially in schools. Edward Little High School held a moment of silence this year, along with many other schools. There were no other major events or remembrances during the school day, though. I don’t believe that this is because people are losing interest, it’s just that it is the 13th anniversary and people are starting to move on. Moving on is a positive thing for our country, but it needs to be balanced with remembering the attacks, and currently the schools aren’t doing enough to teach kids about this event.

Ask an Eddie: Peer Pressure, Teacher Opinions, and Family Conflicts

Hey you! I can see you glancing at this article debating on what to click on. You better be clicking on this. It’s getting real! Welcome to the sixth edition of Ask an Eddie. Where we strive to help our fellow classmates with both school and personal issues. Let’s get weird guys, just ask any questions you want! Forgot how to tie your shoes? Ask An Eddie! Don’t know how to confront a friend? Ask An Eddie! Struggling with keeping organized? Ask An Eddie! Everything is anonymous unless permission granted otherwise. Leave a comment below or email us as AskAnEddie@gmail.com. You can do it!

1) Dear Eddies Advice,

    I’ve been struggling with a lot of peer pressure lately. My friends have been pushing me to join them on the weekends to go to a friend’s house. I know what they do there and I don’t like it at all, but I can tell my friends are getting mad at me for being busy each time. I’m running out of excuses, but I don’t want them to hate me. What do I do?

-Feeling Pressured

Bullying: A Serious Issue That Needs to End

By Ashley Bowden ‘14

    Bullying is a recurring issue that just won’t seem to go away. Do people not understand how even one simple insult can affect someone? That what you see as “joking around” can do real damage? Bullying has worsened over the years, thanks to new technology and social media. Now, once someone is caught in the middle of something, they often feel stuck and hounded by their bullies day and night, thanks to the internet.

    Bullying is when someone forces, threatens, abuses, intimidates, or aggressively dominates another person. The definition sounds all fancy and makes it sound like it’s just a worst-case scenario. However, calling someone a name, making a joke, a dirty look, no matter how simple or meaningless it seems, is still considered bullying.

    Bullying changes over the years. It’s starts with just some basic teasing on the playground at recess and soon develops to the occasional shove or physical altercation, and as students keep getting older both the physical and emotional abuse often become stronger and more frequent. When students hit the right age that their parents allow them access to social media and online access, it gets easier for the bully to hide behind the anonymity of the internet and easier for the bullied to remember every detail and remind themselves of it.

Flappy, The Bird That Can’t Fly

Flappy Bird drivers user's mad

Flappy Bird drives user’s mad

If you claim to not know what Flappy Bird is, you’re lying. We all know about that stupid, frustrating yellow bird (that now changes colors each round) that you’re supposed to help fly between the pipes. Well, I have a few things to say to you Mr. Flappy Bird, but I have to censor it a tad because of the rules.

The idea of the game is to tap the screen to get Flappy to fly and you have to avoid hitting the pipes or the ground and for every set of pipes you make it through, you get a point. Keep in mind, Flappy seems to be one sensitive bird and is practically drawn to the pipes.

I’m sorry, Flappy, but I’m trying to help you fly and you’d think you would help me out a little. Seeing as you have like all this space in between the two pipes, I don’t see why you’re having such a hard time getting your tiny little birdy form through.

Ask an Eddie: Seniors Seriously Scared and Student’s Self-Consciousness

By Ashley Bowden, ’14

Oh, hello there friend, didn’t see you there. Welcome to the fifth edition of Ask and Eddie! It’s a new semester and we’ve got new advice for you, well it’s always new, but you know what I mean. Don’t be shy, send in a question! Struggling with keeping up with all your classes? Ask An Eddie! Don’t know how to deal with a friend? Ask An Eddie! We invite any and all questions. Just leave a comment below or send an email to AskAnEddie@gmail.com everything will remain anonymous unless permission granted otherwise. Read on, and I hope this advice is helpful.

 

1) Dear Eddies Advice,

Now that it’s the new semester I’ve finally realized how close the end of my senior year is and I’m freaking out. I’m just not ready to leave this school and be on my own in a way. Do you have any advice to help me relax?

-A Scared Senior