The Live Wire https://thelibertylivewire.com The Student News Site of Liberty High School Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:51:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Votar Es Nuestro Derecho https://thelibertylivewire.com/4006/espanol/votar-es-nuestro-derecho/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:51:43 +0000 https://thelibertylivewire.com/?p=4006 “Cuando los jóvenes se sienten que su voto no importa, no votan,” dijo Dr. Kawashima-Ginsberg, la subdirectora de CIRCLE: The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. 

En realidad, los votos de los jóvenes adultos importan mucho de lo que parece. Esto puede ser difícil de notar por medio de la falta de representación en los centros de votación, causando que los jóvenes se sienten poco importantes debido al hecho que muchos votantes elegibles no votarán. Y aunque a los jóvenes no siempre se les han permitido votar, desde el principio la votación estadounidense se había reconocido como único debido a nuestra forma de democracia. Este hecho lleva a muchos a creer que, como estadounidense, la gente debería alegrarse por la oportunidad que se les ha dado: llenar los centros de votación  cada año con cada generación. 

Las generaciones de jóvenes, a partir de los 18 años, se les dio el derecho a votar en 1972, y actualmente, la población más joven en edad de trabajar, de 18 a 44 años, representa 112,8 millones de personas según el censo de los Estados Unidos de 2010. Sin embargo, se estimó que sólo el 40 por ciento de los votantes jóvenes elegibles se presentaron a las encuestas de mitad de periodo en 2018 informaron de CBS News. Por pequeño que parezca, este giro fue en realidad un récord alto para el grupo de edad. Con 40 por ciento siendo el récord alto, que desconcertó a muchos, el problema no es tan fácil de una solución como muchos desearían. Las razones detrás de los mínimos récord se derivan más profundo de lo que se presume originalmente. 

Hay muchos factores por que personas creen hay una falta de jovenes representación en los centros de votación. Algunos adultos quién votar religiosamente creen que el razonamiento detrás de votantes jóvenes abandonando los centros de votación es sus faltas de motivación o perezas. Muchos jóvenes dirían que simplemente están convencidos de que sus votas simplemente no importan, así que, ¿por que votar de todos modos? No sentirse escuchado a menudo puede ser un factor cuando se trata de muchos de los votantes jóvenes de Estados Unidos. Lo que estos votantes mayores no reconocen, sin embargo, es que hay múltiples situaciones que pueden hacer que sea difícil o incluso poco atractivo para los votantes jóvenes cuando llega el momento de emitir su voto.

Los patrones en que los jóvenes votantes logran sus vidas pueden afectar en gran medida su presencia en el voto. El New York Times afirma que un problema es que los votantes jóvenes son a menudo de edad universitaria o mayor, lo que significa que todavía se están asentando, y moviéndose en el mundo para finalizar un ingreso y desarrollar un estilo de vida. Esto puede afectar la facilidad en la votación cuando llega el momento de votar. Por eso, ellos tienen que constantemente recordar  actualizar su dirección, incluso si ya están registrados, lo que puede convertirse en una gran molestia con el cambio de vida constante. 

No todos los niños de 18 años están fuera de la casa. Y a menudo, la vida doméstica de los jóvenes puede causar un gran impacto en motivación para votar. Los jóvenes que tienen padres que son activos cuando en cuanto al voto son mucho más propensos de hacerlo también. Con esto, la exposición a las clases ofrecidas en la escuela como ciencias sociales también pueden estimular las discusiones sobre la política en los Estados Unidos. Algunos profesores incluso hacen simulaciones. Desgraciadamente, estos tipos de simulaciones no siempre están disponibles para muchos niños en los Estados Unidos, lo que hace que esta exposición sea aún más necesaria. Ya sea a través de padres, compañeros, o adultos de confianza, no tener esta exposición puede ser perjudicial al número de votantes para las generaciones futuras. Pero incluso con estos métodos, decir que los adultos jóvenes son simplemente perezosos y no van a los centros de votación no es una razón defendible en cuanto al por qué los votantes más jóvenes no votan.   

Según el Atlantic, este año, en particular, ha sido enorme para la representación política. Docenas de celebridades han motivados a sus fanáticos para ir a los centros de votación algunos incluso yendo tan lejos para establecer lugares en los que sus fanáticos pueden registrarse para las próximas elecciones de 2020. Ariana Grande, por ejemplo, se asoció con HeadCount, una organización sin fines de lucro, para permitir que sus fans que asistieron a su gira de Edulcorante se registren temprano, estableciendo cabinas alrededor de sus lugares de gira donde sus fans pueden registrarse. Taylor Swift también se puso en el zumbido. Una celebridad generalmente silenciosa cuando se trata de política, en 2019 ha estado animando a sus fans para llegar a los centros de votación y hacer su investigación antes de votar.

Lo que estas celebridades parecen estar reconociendo es que votar es formar hábitos. Una vez que un votante está registrado, será mucho más probable que aparezca. Con eso, una vez que aprendas la rutina será más probable que aparezcas en los años siguientes. Guiar a los jóvenes a través del confuso proceso de registrarse para luego emitir su voto puede ayudar a conseguir más a los centros de votación. La votación puede sacar a la luz nuevas conversaciones que conciernen a cuestiones en este país. Pero puede ser difícil para los votantes jóvenes ver que tienen un impacto en temas como el control de armas, las leyes sobre el aborto y el cambio climático.

Estos acontecimientos también parecen ser la fuerza motriz de las elecciones de 2020 y se prevé que traerán una bandada masiva de votantes jóvenes a los centros de votación. Estos problemas, parece, han durado por mucho tiempo, y los jóvenes están hartos de que los adultos en sus vidas no los representan como esperaban. Los jóvenes quieren que sus voces sean escuchados en esta elección, Andre Perry, de Brookings Institution, incluso predijo que el voto juvenil determinaría el resultado de la elección de este año. Estos jóvenes votantes están hablando con  a todos que representa el título de joven, así que graduandos, ¿van a emitir su voto este año?

Los graduados que tienen diecisiete años y serán elegibles para votar en las elecciones de noviembre del 2020, pueden participar en el caucus en el tres de febrero del 2020. Aquí hay un artículo que explica cómo hacer el caucus:

https://www.iowafarmbureau.com/News/Farmers-Caucus/Learn-how-to-caucus

 

Original Story: https://thelibertylivewire.com/1807/news/registration-is-our-right/

Translated by: Grace Brusegaard

Edited by: Carmen Gwenigale

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LGBTQ+ Students Face Everyday Stigmas https://thelibertylivewire.com/3931/news/why-is-it-not-enough/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:00:18 +0000 https://thelibertylivewire.com/?p=3931 Kyell Carroll-Goodman, a transgender sophomore at Liberty, went to a junior high school in the area. When he first started learning about who he was, he wanted to go by Kyell. The school administrators outed him to his parents and told him that he needed to stop. The teachers he had continuously would use the wrong name and pronouns on purpose. Going to Liberty changed his perspective on the school system just a little bit. At first, Liberty refused to put his name into Powerschool. Once his name was in the system, they wouldn’t take his deadname (his birth name) out until after a while.

LGBTQ+ Youth are not represented enough in the school system, let alone in everyday society. At Liberty, there is a club called PRISM (People for the Rights and Individual Safety of Minorities), which is the rename of GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance). A lot of students have said that they don’t feel represented enough or treated fairly in the classroom or in everyday life.

 The National School Climate Survey is a questionnaire of about 23,000 students held by Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). It is an organization of teachers who want to make affirming learning environments for LGBTQ+ students. GLSEN has been collecting data from these surveys since 1999. In 2017, the National School Climate Survey found that some forms of anti-LGBTQ bias have increased in schools. For the first time since 2007, the school victimization rates have either been steady or increased. There has been a steady increase of derogatory remarks against transgender students between 2013 and 2017. This study shows that 4 in 10 (2 in 5 in Iowa) transgender/gender-nonconforming students face gender-discrimination at school and 42.1% (23% in Iowa) were prevented from using their preferred name and pronouns. In 2017, the vast majority of LGBTQ+ students in Iowa have sometimes, often, or frequently heard anti-LGBTQ remarks. In Iowa, approximately 14% of LGBTQ+ students were taught positive representations of history and events, which is considered an inclusive curriculum, and only 3% were taught sex education about the LGBTQ+ community in the school.

Laney Prelle, an openly bisexual freshman at Liberty, commented on this. 

“I don’t think that people who aren’t gay understand that some terms or comments that they make are hurtful and offensive because of the lack of education behind gay history,” said Prelle.

Prelle went on to explain that schools, in general, aren’t teaching the history, events, or essential sexual education about different sexualities and gender norms. She talked about how LGBTQ+ kids are sort of scared to be themselves. 

“LGBTQ issues are not usually talked about in the media by influencers. Some may understand the struggle but many do not talk about it. A song that showed me that celebrities can understand the struggle is Macklemore’s song “Same Love.” There’s a line in the song that really stuck out, ‘Kids are walkin’ around the hallway plagued by pain in their heart. A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are.’ It has helped me get through a lot of things and made me feel, ultimately, less alone,” Prelle explained.

Jenny Saylor, one of the teacher supervisors of PRISM, said, “There is still a stigma surrounding students that identify as LGBTQ. Some students have mentioned that their pronouns are not being used correctly by some of their teachers and that there seems to be no effort to do so.”

Saylor explained that most of the members of PRISM haven’t had or reported any negative encounters at Liberty. She puts an effort into trying to make her classroom a safe space for all and making it so students can have healthy discussions about who they are.

 “I don’t want to be seen as super different or ‘quirky’ just because I’m dating a girl,” Prelle responded. 

Prelle and Carroll-Goodman both explained that in everyday society there’s a lot of negative representation of the LGBTQ+ community. For example, “that’s so gay,” is a remark being made about everyday things like clothing and personalities. It insinuates that being gay is bad. It’s also been shown that most teachers and administration don’t shut down those common remarks.

Carroll-Goodman pointed out that there are no transgender authority in Liberty High School, let alone any member of the LGBTQ+ community. 

“Being trans in Iowa does not exist,” Carroll-Goodman said.

It was mentioned earlier that PRISM is a club offered at Liberty. 

“The meetings are a place where all students can feel welcomed and accepted,” said Saylor. “Sometimes our meetings are a discussion of topics or issues of particular relevance to the LGBTQ community. This year one of our goals is to work to find ways to promote an inclusive culture for all students in our school. I think that in general, as educators and students become better informed, that we are all learning that the differences among us makes life in our schools and our communities more interesting and, honestly, just generally better.” 

If you want to learn more about PRISM, click here.

Continuing to post the Safe Space signs all over the school and making PRISM bigger in the school could help make Liberty a safer place for members of the LGBTQ+ community. People should still continue to stand against homophobia and transphobia. Integrating LGBTQ+ topics into the curriculum could also help raise the positive percentages in Iowa.

 

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Study Tips and Note-Taking https://thelibertylivewire.com/3913/clubs-organizations/study-tips-and-note-taking/ Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:30:42 +0000 https://thelibertylivewire.com/?p=3913 Finals week is coming up soon and students are preparing to take numerous tests in a range of classes in a short span of time. This can be very stressful, so here are some note-taking and study tips to prepare for tests more effectively.

To set yourself up for extensive success in a class, try to not sit by people you will be tempted to talk to because then there will not be as much focus on the curriculum being covered. Making sure that you can actually read the notes that you take. Being able to connect definitions to other concepts during the lecture/reading is important when it comes to writing down term definitions and taking notes. Breaking down the context in your own words and creating unique ways to remember things is key. 

“During a lecture, make sure you are an active learner,” said Stacy Strief, social studies teacher. “Again, eliminate distractions and focus on what is being covered. Do not try to write down everything word for word- answer the essential question or learning objectives.”  

Some good note-taking tips would be to color-code your notes into sections during a lecture. Color-coding notes based on units, importance, chapters, etc. This is just another way to stay organized and it will be easier to find content when it comes time to study. 

“Sticky notes! They serve their purpose–not only do they stick in the books for reference, but they have notes on them that will stick in your brain for the test/essay/assignment,” Kedibona Ochs, English teacher said as some advice to improve note-taking.

Some other note-taking strategies would be to try finding a style that works for you such as Cornell, concept map or an outline. Cornell style consists of writing a title followed with keywords, such as quick notes, abbreviations, and key thoughts/learning objectives. Then, at the bottom of the paper proceed, write any questions and a summary of what you just took notes on a little more in-depth. When taking notes, take notes that will answer the essential question or learning objective of the lecture, take notes with a purpose.

“Highlighting one’s notes just to put emphasis on what the main ideas are or what the most important notes are from that section or day,” Ochs said. 

Highlighting one’s notes just to put emphasis on what the main ideas are or what the most important notes are from that section or day.”

— Ochs

If you tend to struggle with note-taking, just writing something down instead of typing it into a doc is a good place to start. Studies show the ability to retain information better is correlated with writing it down.

Some good test-taking tips are to ask any questions you have related to the topic if you are confused about, before the test. Go in before school and ask that teacher for extra help in explaining anything if you need it. Use all of your resources like making extra time with your teacher to study and understand the content, study any worksheets you collected and take advantage of any study guide a teacher gives you. Procrastination and cramming all of the studying that needs to be done the night before a test will do no good. Spread out your studying a week before.

“It is beneficial to study the content as you go, mastering one area, then building on that and adding another layer… like an opinion,” Ochs explained. 

When studying with a partner, going over the notes orally or having to teach someone else will determine whether or not you understand the content.  Having a person to study with can hold you more accountable to actually studying the material for the test because you will have someone depending on you. Staying organized is key, by staying organized it can help you not have to think about what you have to do and where everything is so you can not make up any excuse to not study. Again, eliminating distractions you may have in the class will help focus attention on what the teacher is explaining and so there is better recollection of what you are learning. 

“Remember the five P’s: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance,” said Ochs.

From note-taking to paying attention in class, eliminating distractions and studying effectively will set you up for your success in a class. 

 

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A Twist On Extra Credit https://thelibertylivewire.com/3951/news/a-twist-on-extra-credit/ Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:21:27 +0000 https://thelibertylivewire.com/?p=3951 Nicholas Borchert, English teacher, decided to spice things up in his classroom; he gave his students an extra credit opportunity with a twist. He decided to make his extra credit project writing poetry and posting it on Instagram, and whichever student got the most followers won extra credit. Borchert said that the project was inspired by someone else who faked his way as a poet to see how famous he could get and wrote an article on how people reacted to his poetry afterward. 

“The extra credit project was sort of an accident, really. We read an article for my class by Andrew Lloyd, called ‘I Faked My Way As an Instagram Poet, and It Went Bizarrely Well.’ In it, the author speculates about the recent uptick in young people reading poetry on social media,” said Borchert. “He joins in and attempts to write bad poetry, but people end up liking it anyways. We were using the article to discuss what literature is, does, and should be in the world. Anyhow, during our discussion, I joked offhand that whoever got the most followers on Instagram for a poetry account would get extra credit, and a bunch of students’ eyes lit up. It took on a life of its own from there.”

Poseybelle Stoeffler, sophomore, is participating in the extra credit opportunity and has gained 118 followers. Stoeffler said that a lot of people on her account take her poetry very seriously and think it’s super deep, but she’s really just writing about random things when she’s bored. 

“Honestly, I put so little effort into these poems, which is kind of the reason I’m doing it. That’s what’s kind of funny about it: it means nothing,” Stoeffler said. 

Stoeffler said that all her poetry is just words dressed up to be pretty. She read some comments from people that found a deeper meaning in her poetry, while laughing. 

I get a lot of comments from people saying stuff like, ‘Beautiful work’ and ‘Great words,’ and it’s so funny to me because a part of me is like ‘Oh god, they actually like it.’ And I feel bad, I feel like a fraud, but it’s fun.”

— Posey Stoeffler

“It’s pretty fake deep, I’m like, ‘Doors open, but they also close,’” Stoeffler said. “But I think it’s fun honestly. I get a lot of comments from people saying stuff like, ‘Beautiful work’ and ‘Great words,’ and it’s so funny to me because a part of me is like ‘Oh god, they actually like it.’ And I feel bad, I feel like a fraud, but it’s fun.” 

Skyla Anderson, sophomore, is also doing the extra credit opportunity. To Anderson, poetry holds more meaning. 

“Poetry has always been my strong suit, and it has been the thing that’s been there when nothing else was. It’s just been the one thing I had to let out my feelings,” Anderson said. 

Anderson also said that writing poetry could be a source of stress. 

“Writing poetry makes me feel good but also really stressed just because there’s a lot of thought if you’re actually trying to write your feelings,” continued Anderson. “You have to put a lot of thought into it.” 

Anderson also mentioned what she liked to write about. 

“I like to write about my depression and my anxiety just to let others know how I’m doing. I feel like writing about this affects my audience because it’s showing they’re not alone and that they will be okay eventually,”  Anderson said. 

 

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Voltage Jazz Choir Places First at Solon Invitational https://thelibertylivewire.com/3943/news/voltage-jazz-choir-places-first-at-solon-invitational/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 17:31:41 +0000 https://thelibertylivewire.com/?p=3943 On Friday, Feb. 21, Liberty’s three jazz choirs traveled to Solon High School to participate in the Solon Jazz Invitational. 

Voltage won first place in the 4A division, marking the third year in a row that Voltage has won this award. Furthermore, senior Scott Dill won Best Male Soloist and sophomore Tatum Calderwood won Best Female Soloist.

On Feb. 24, it was announced that Amplify and Voltage had been accepted into the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships (IVJC). This will be Amplify’s first and Voltage’s third time attending the state-wide competition. Voltage previously placed third in the event during the 2018-2019 school year.

“I hope to place first,” said Kailey Mackin, senior and member of Voltage. Mackin won Best Performer at the IVJC last year. “But more than that, I just hope we do well and have a good time, and I hope to see Amplify do really well.”

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AI Umpires And Their Impact On The Game https://thelibertylivewire.com/3896/showcase/ai-umpires-and-their-impact-on-the-game/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 16:24:55 +0000 https://thelibertylivewire.com/?p=3896 There has been large controversy over the past years in Major League Baseball (MLB) on whether or not to switch to an artificial intelligence umpire. One call may change the course of the game. Without human error, this issue would be fixed. For the first time, the MLB will trial this form of officiating in spring training in this upcoming season. However, some people think that this ruins the authenticity of the game and will overall change the way the game is played.

In 2018, the MLB introduced replay review like the NFL or NBA does. The team’s general manager has the option to use one challenge in innings seven or later. On the Major League Baseball website, the rules are explained,

A manager may challenge as many reviewable calls within a single play as he desires using one challenge. The club retains its manager challenge if the replay official overturns any challenged call (even if he upholds other challenged calls), and loses its manager challenge if no calls are overturned.”

This means as long as the play in question is changed, you may challenge as many times as you want. However, if the play is not overturned, the manager loses his challenge for the rest of the game.

As technology becomes more advanced, the jobs of umpires becomes more in question due to costly mistakes. According to the University of Boston, MLB umpires missed a ball/strike call 20% of the time in 2018 which equates to around one out of five pitches. That would equate to 34,294 total missed calls in 2018. With AI, these mistakes would not be made and calls will be 100% perfect. However, mistakes are part of the game and a lot of players depend on them. 

I think it will help standardize the game, but I’m worried about [the] cost and losing personal feel to the game.”

— Tom Cronk

Tom Cronk, head coach of the boys varsity baseball, is fairly optimistic about the future of AI in baseball.

“I think it will help standardize the game, but I’m worried about [the] cost and losing personal feel to the game,” he said.

Cronk believes that having a consistent strike zone will help players prepare for games. However. he doesn’t believe the high school level will receive these AI umpires for a while.

Having the same strike zone every game will enable players to better prepare for the game [in] both hitting and pitching,” Cronk explained. “After the tests and trials, it will get to professional baseball. I am not sure whether college baseball, particularly at lower levels, will be able to financially handle it and I will be very surprised to see it get to high school games during my career.”

Despite Cronk’s opinion, his team has some different things to say about the new rules. Tyler Dahm, senior and starting second baseman, has a different perspective as a participant in the game.

“I’m against [AI umpires] because it eliminates the human aspect of the game, and I think it will just create different types of problems to the game,” Dahm said.

It’s not only baseball that could be officiated by robots; many other sports could also switch to a technology based officiating crew. 

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