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Gun control debate rages on

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    With the Pulse nightclub shooting in summer 2016, people assumed that there would be some form of hiatus on shootings; they believed with more discussions, it would happen less frequently. However, this proved untrue when, on March 26, a club in Cincinnati experienced true chaos in the form of a gunman, in which he killed one person, hurting 17 others.

  After recent events such as this, it once again forces people to discuss and debate the possibility of having gun control in the U.S, a conversation that has resulted in zero progress in the past few years. While a significant portion of the United States argues against gun control because of personal rights, gun control seems to be a necessary evil, as regulations could be crucial in terms of the protection of life.

  The Second Amendment by itself is one of the most controversial components of the American government at the moment, which does not clarify the gun debate at all. For example, gun supporters disagree with regulation due to the explicit language of the Amendment, and the “right to bear arms.” To them, the idea of governmental regulation on guns translates to an infringement on rights and unconstitutional actions.

  However, the multiple interpretations of the Second Amendment has created a discrepancy. Those in support of gun control assert that this piece of law was created in 1776, with no precedent for the government or the American Revolution, making them unaware of what the future held. As a result, this “right to bear arms” that was proclaimed was only in reference to the creation of a militia. In addition, the musket was the preferred “arm” at the time, as there were no industrially produced guns, such as the assault rifles or semiautomatic weapons that are currently being utilized. Due to this, the “right to bear arms” does not seem just when being used to support a form of weapon that the Forefathers could not foresee.

  Moreover, gun control is vital to this nation’s safety, as the increased presence of firearms throughout the country (especially with this recent debate to arm teachers in schools) has the potential to cause even more death, despite the intention being self-defense. Richard Perez-Pena of the New York Times said, “In 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation had more than 33,000 firearms deaths: 70 percent of all homicides (11,208), more than half of all suicides (21,175), and hundreds of accidental and unsolved deaths.”

  The occurrence of mass shootings, although tragic, has been exponentially increasing in the past few years, dating all the way back to Columbine. In some instances, gun control felt like one of the major causes, such as the shooting in San Bernardino. The main argument against this is that gun owners do not want to kill, they simply want to feel safer, and it can be used in order to prevent an attack such as the Pulse or Aurora shootings. In the long-run, relaxed rules on gun ownership will hurt more Americans through shootings and incidental killings.

  Jay Croft, Shawn Nottingham and Joe Sutton of CNN stated, “Police said several people had been able to sneak guns into the club and they believe more than one person was involved in the shooting.”

  Consequently, it seems that the current background check system may not be adequate in preventing attacks on the large scale that the United States has been experiencing. While current background checks prohibit the sale of guns to dishonorably discharged soldiers, mentally disabled people, or felons, it is not sufficient.

  For example, in 2015, controversy struck once again when a man named Dylann Roof shot nine people at a church in South Carolina. While it sparked the discussion of racism, it also caused some to question the effectiveness of background checks. Richard Perez-Pena of the New York Times said, “He should have failed a background check…because he had previously admitted to illegal drug possession.” A similar event happened in the Sandy Hook shooting of 2012, in which mental illness came into the picture.

  Although gun supporters say that in the past decade, gun ownership and crime have had an inverse relationship, it still seems that some change needs to occur with gun control. While there are numerous organizations present that have attempted to create legal action, something still needs to happen. Stricter gun control and more stringent background checks – ones that allow people like Roof to slip through the cracks – are necessary to improve this nation’s safety.

This Cincinnati shooting is the latest in a series of incidents. Photo courtesy of abcnews.go.com.
This Cincinnati shooting is the latest in a series of incidents. Photo courtesy of abcnews.go.com.

Logan: movie review

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    X-23 and Wolverine in a car. Photo Courtesy of Youtube

 In 2016, the R-rated superhero movie Deadpool was released to the public, and although it was not the first Superhero movie to be R-rated, this one was a major turning point for Marvel movies.

  No matter a character’s backstory, when Marvel makes movies based on their heroes, it seems that they’ve been afraid to make a superhero film that was not rated PG-13, because they feared that it would not bring in enough profit. This fear would lead to them watering down stories because a group of four people, the average family dynamic, watching a movie is more profitable than just one or two individuals watching it. Deadpool went on to do extremely well, attaining over $700 million in the box office.

   When it was announced that the new Wolverine movie would be R-rated, fans of the hero who’d been begging for an R-rated film were very excited. Logan was the product that fans had been waiting for, and although it’s been said to be less action-packed than viewers were expecting, it does set a new trend that superhero movies can follow.

   The character of Wolverine throughout the comic books series was always portrayed as a wild, violent individual, and although it is seen throughout Logan, it is not nearly as dramatic.

  The movie, however, gives Wolverine the “Watchmen treatment,” which is a DC comic book that explores heroes when they are at their lowest and weariest. As a result, there is less of a focus on the violence and more emphasis on character development.

  The title of the movie is appropriate because this is one of the most personal superhero movies, digging deep into Logan’s personality, as he is tasked with smuggling a girl across the country, protecting her from villains searching for her, while simultaneously learning more about her as the story progresses.

  The acting in the movie is acceptable. The reason why it is considered good but not great, is because there are child actors in this movie… a lot of them. Although the young actress who plays a significant role (Dafne Keen) is great, the other child actors in the movie seemed to be overacting in certain scenes. When it comes to Oscar nominated Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Golden Globe winner Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier), the acting was amazing. Boyd Holbrook, who plays the main antagonist, was very great as well.

  The movie touched on some adult themes, such as suicide, immigration and even racist subjects that are rarely touched upon in superhero movies, which is usually to be commended. It was surprising to see that some scenes were extreme tear-jerkers.

  Overall, Logan was an amazing superhero movie that is not shy to show its hero at his lowest and exploit his deep emotions but still manage to cast him in a different light of vulnerability, which is the opposite of what a superhero is. It was less of a superhero movie and more a heartfelt bonding story between two characters.

Marvel heroes fight for the rights of their readers

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    Kamala Khan looking at the sky. Photo courtesy of Marvel
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    X-men posing for a picture. Image courtesy of Marvel

   During the African American Civil Rights movement in the United States (1955-1966), there were protests for equal rights for the Black community, especially those in the South. Southern states had in place the “Jim Crow” law, which prohibited African-Americans from sharing the same bathrooms, restaurants, and theaters with white individuals. It basically marginalized them because of their race.

    In 1963, Marvel Comics released the first issue Uncanny X-Men, written by Stan Lee; this comic book is what begin the X-Men franchise. “The X-Men” are a group of mutants that are feared and hated by humans just because they were mutant; the correlation of this story with the events occurring in this era was obvious.

   In 1982, Chris Claremont, a longtime writer of  X-Men comic books, said, “The X-Men are hated, feared, and despised collectively by humanity for no other reason than that they are mutants. So what we have…intended or not, is a book that is about racism, bigotry, and prejudice.”

  In these comic books, one of the villains, Magneto, believes that humans should be completely destroyed by mutants so that mutants could live in peace, while Professor Xavier, who is a protagonist, believes that humans and mutants could live in harmony without any violence. These two opposing ideologies resemble those of Martin Luther King. Jr and Malcolm Little (Malcolm X). Little thought that the black community should forcibly fight for their rights, while King believed that they should fight for their rights by means of peaceful action.

   In 1966, still during the Civil Rights era, Marvel introduced the first mainstream black superhero in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #52. In this issue of the Fantastic Four, the heroes pay Black Panther a visit in his fictional African country of Wakanda, where he shows them his power by hunting them.

   In later issues, he fights alongside the “Fantastic Four,” a group mainly composed of white members. These comics not only show Marvel’s inclusion of minorities but also their implied opinion of laws like the “Jim Crow” law. By having heroes of different races and backgrounds fight alongside one another, it showed that they were against any sort of segregation and marginalization.

  Marvel went on to prove this even more by creating the first openly gay superhero called Northstar in 1979, a year after the first openly gay politician, and gay rights activist,  Harvey Milk, was assassinated by Dan White, who was charged with manslaughter rather than murder. In 2013, “Ms. Marvel” (Carol Danvers), a white superheroine, was rebooted into a Muslim, Pakistani-American teenager called Kamala Khan in Captain Marvel Vol.7 issue #14. Ever since 9/11, the United States has been undergoing a transitional period where the Muslim population are now those being marginalized because of their religion by some people in the country.

  Recently there was a law put in place by President Donald Trump that banned refugees and citizens from certain Muslim countries. Katie M. Logan of The Conversation, in an article called “Why America needs Marvel superhero Kamala Khan now more than ever,” said that Kamala Khan “challenges the assumptions many Americans have about Muslims and is a radical departure from how the media tend to depict Muslim-Americans. She shows how Muslim-Americans and immigrants are not forces that threaten communities – as some would argue – but are people who can strengthen and preserve them.”

  Today Marvel Comics is currently the leading comic books publisher in the world because they take pride in diversifying their comic books.  

Saturday Night Live gets saved by politics

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    Kate McKinnon impersonating Hillary Clinton. image courtesy of NBC
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    Alec Baldwin's in his costume impressing president Donald Trump. Image courtesy of vanityfair.com
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    Melissa McCarthy impression of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Image Courtesy of NBC

Saturday Night Live has always been on the forefront of pop culture in America. Hyperbolizing everyday life by means of sketches and actors trying desperately not to break character (although we love it when they do) has shown to be enjoyable for most, proven by its long lasting years on television. In 2016, when the 42nd season of “SNL” began, it had been the biggest premiere the show has had in eight years. What could’ve been the cause of this sudden rise in viewership?

  Last year, the United States underwent one of its most controversial years in politics, and SNL’s part of remaining on the forefront of pop culture has customarily included making sketches mocking politics.

  After the election, The Hollywood Reporter said, Saturday Night Live is having its best run, at this point in a season, in 24 years. With live-plus-seven-day ratings, the show is averaging 11.4 million weekly viewers and a 3.6 rating in the key demo.”

  Although the election contributed to SNL’s relevancy in 2016, sites such as Youtube and Facebook facilitated its firm grasp on it. Every sunday morning, the official Saturday Night Live Youtube channel uploads sketches done on the previous night, which gains traction, and then gets shared on social media sites such as Facebook, and Twitter, allowing the sketches to reach more audiences, ending with discussions and articles being written about them.

  This repeating process eventually leads to more people tuning in on Saturday night to watch the show. Their most popular sketches are those mocking politicians: Alec Baldwin’s President Trump impression, Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway and Hillary Clinton impression, and the fan-appreciated Melissa McCarthy impression of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

  These sketches have been trending, gaining millions of views in a matter of days; their impact have helped Saturday Night Live to maintain relevancy in the past few months.

Is it fit to date in high school?

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    High school students walking hand in hand to class image courtesy of hercampus.com

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, people around the world will have a day to display their loving affections for their partners. Students in our high school will also be celebrating with couples giving one another gifts to express their love, from flowers to giant stuffed animals. This prompts the question: is it fit to date in high school?

  Young love is a beautiful thing – an awkward but beautiful thing. Individuals who are in love constantly want their friends to know how much they love their partners or how much they can’t live without them. Students often think that they will be together forever. After asking students their opinion on dating in high school, The Squall compiled two positive and negatives that were often mentioned:

Negatives

(1) It is a distraction

  High school is often really stressful on students. Depending on their performance, they will either get into a good college, or not have the requirements to do so. Due to this, high school should not be the time to get sidetracked. Some students found dating to be a major distraction. One of those students, a senior stated, “You concentrate on fixing problems in the relationship more that you try to fix school related problems so you drift away from your work.”

(2) Inevitable parting

  When dating, both parties want the relationship to last for as long as possible. If students only meet in school, or spend most of their time together in school, once they reach the stage where they have to go their separate ways, this will lead to a long-distance relationship which will most likely make the relationship harder to keep.

  According to a study by Statistic Brain , the average long-distance relationship last for about 4.5 months. A senior said, “It is pointless [dating in high school], because you’re going to go in separate ways and will meet other people.” Another senior who had to break up with his girlfriend because she graduated while he was a junior, said, “it doesn’t matter how strong your relationship you both have to grow up.”

Positives

(1) Experience

  During the interview, the students who thought dating in high school repeatedly stated that it helped with future relationships. Cherese Dunkley said, “ it is an early start to understanding relationships… it helps you to know your true self.” Dating in high school can lead students to get accustomed to different personalities, and traits which can help them identify the type of person they are compatible with, leading them to stray away from unhealthy relationships.

(2) Someone to talk to

  Although this may seem to be an easy thing to do, it can be hard, especially when one does not have close friends. It is difficult for some students to share their thoughts with someone, especially someone they trust. Dating can help students find that person they trust enough to share their thoughts with. a junior stated “it is hard to find someone who would listen to you, and care about what you are saying, so when you date, you can find someone that would do that.”
Most students found it to be a negative thing to date in high school, but they often discussed the chances of finding the one that will be their sweethearts.

Letter from the Editor: Baylor rape scandal represents major problem in colleges

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  Within the past week, news has surfaced about 52 alleged cases of rape at Baylor University, including multiple instances of gang-rape. For the most part, these cases have been pushed under the table, ignored by the Baylor athletic department. The most recent example of this rape is the case of Elizabeth Doe, who, after a party, went back to her dorm with two Baylor football players, Tre’Von Armstead and Shamycheal “Myke” Chatman, where they forcefully undressed her and had sex with her.

  At the moment, there is a Title IX (a law that prohibits gender discrimination within an educational institution) lawsuit against the school which, according to Deadspin’s Diana Moskovitz, “claims discrimination under Title IX due to a sexually hostile culture, gender discrimination under Title IX due to Baylor’s indifference to Doe’s rape, three claims of negligence, and gross negligence.”

  It is not just these 52 cases, however, which makes this even more grotesque. According to Sarah Mervosh of Dallas News, the Baylor football program utilized a “”show ’em a good time” policy, where, in order to persuade football recruits to join the Baylor team, they would send sometimes send women to the rooms of these recruits to have sex with them.

  The sad thing is, this isn’t the first time that a rape case has come up at a college, and probably won’t be the last. The most apparent example occurred this past summer, in which Brock Turner, a former Stanford University swimmer, raped a female Stanford student who remains anonymous. This is a serious problem, and what has just been announced at Baylor only serves to emphasize the idea that we need to stop this rape culture.

  Based on facts from the National Sexual Violence Research Center (NSVRC), “one in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.” This is an absurdly significant proportion, and while there are cases like the Stanford instance which are reported, the majority are not. As mentioned by Moskovitz and the statement of the Stanford victim , this can definitely have psychological impacts, and, aside from that, is obviously immoral.

  This should not be something that occurs on a frequent basis, and when it does occur, it should definitely be reported.

  Aaron Hartzler, author of the book What We Saw, which happens to be a fictional book about rape, will be speaking at the school in April on this incendiary topic.

Tre’Von Armstead (left) and Shamycheal “Myke” Chatman (right) are two of the multiple Baylor football players that are a part of this rape scandal. Photo courtesy of theothermccain.com.
Tre’Von Armstead (left) and Shamycheal “Myke” Chatman (right) are two of the multiple Baylor football players that are a part of this rape scandal. Photo courtesy of theothermccain.com.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

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When it was announced that director Gareth Edwards would be taking on the next movie in the Star Wars series, movie fans knew one thing- he would do the Star Wars universe justice. After watching Godzilla, a movie directed by Edwards, it was apparent that he is good at showing the scope of things.

  Godzilla in the movie was giant and fierce, and when watching the movie, the audience was able to get that sense because Edwards is really good at making big things seem big. In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Edwards’ imprints is left on each and every scene. The first time  the“Death Star” is show on screen, or when a “Star Destroyer” hovers on top of a city, their mass is well executed on screen and the audience can get a sense of how powerful these things can be.

  The aesthetic of the movie is also something to be praised. How Max Polyakov succeed as a Philanthropist – read at this site. Edwards takes the clean “everyone-is-well-dressed” Star Wars series and makes it more grounded. Stormtroopers’ armors (which are usually shiny, and white in other Star Wars movies) are full of dirt and blood, and character’s clothes are full of holes and are worn out. The filmography is also very well executed, the shots in this movie beautiful, and the color grading just another layer to the Star Wars aesthetic audiences grown accustomed to.   

  Moreover the acting in the movie is nothing but amazing. The actors here give 110% in the most diverse Star Wars movie to date, from actress Felicity Jones, an English actress, to Donnie Yen, a Chinese-American actor. The movie tries to also pay respect to its source material by deciding to not change the actors who played characters in Star Wars: Episode IV who have either passed away or are too old to play those same characters. The way they did this was with CGI, which was noticeable in some scenes when those characters talk, the way their lips moved kind gave it away (CGI has a plastic feel to it), but it wasn’t a big distraction.

  One thing that needs to be noted about the plot for everyone who plans on watching the movie is that it is an introduction of new characters and a new story, so the build-up to the final act of the movie is a little long, as every character needs to be introduced (which is more of a positive aspect). It is a positive because the time spent with the characters makes the final act even more enjoyable because the audience had the time to know and love those characters, so it is easier for them to care for them. That is another thing the movie does well: it makes the audience care for the characters and their stories.

  One  main gripe with the movie, however, was how the main villain was just so forgettable, which was not a big problem because the main characters were what the story was mostly focused on.

The ending of the movie is also something that was done well. Since Rogue One is a prequel to “Episode IV,” it was surprising to see how well it transitioned into the 1977 movie. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a beautiful, well-acted, extremely well-directed movie that is must-watch for any movie fan.

Moviegoers “split” on controversy

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    Promo shot for Shyamalan's latest film: Split

Note: This article’s intent is that of an open letter. In no way is the article meant to belittle any personal viewpoints or ideologies.

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  When one thinks of acclaimed movie producer M. Night Shyamalan, the 2002 cult classic Signs often comes to mind. The psychological thriller captured audiences with great acting and cinematography. Shyamalan followed up his success with disappointments, such as The Last Airbender, The Village, and The Happening . Split was aimed to be Shyamalan’s return to success, penning A-list actor James McAvoy as the lead actor and a moderate level of hype surrounding the movie.

   Released on Jan. 20, Split received fair success from critics, earning a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 7.5/10 on Metacritic.

   However, controversy surrounded the film as the main character, Kevin, portrayed by the aforementioned McAvoy, is played with dissociative identity disorder (DID), meaning that the character has multiple personalities (twenty four to be exact) within the movie.

   Alison Miller, author and psychologist, discussed DID. She said,  “Punishments include such things as flashbacks, flooding of unbearable emotions, painful body memories, flooding of memories in which the survivor perpetrated against others, self-harm, and suicide attempts.”

  Due to one of the personalities that Mcavoy’s character inhibits being female, controversy mars the film. In association with Kevin’s mental disorder, he acts out the personality that he feels, whether that be through tone, vernacular, or through the way he dresses.

  The Heatstreet.com staff comments “Cue accusations that M. Night Shyamalan is being ‘transphobic’ and disrespectful to the LGBTQ community.”

  The petition headlined, “Boycott Split for it’s backwards representations of gender identity and mental illness!” is written by Sarah Rose, who appears not to have seen the movie and calls its lead actor James McAvoy “Kevin McAvoy.”

  She states, “At one point during the trailer for the film, McAvoy’s character is also wearing a dress and heels.”

  In its entirety, Split does not portray dissociative identity disorder as a negative symptom. The character Kevin is acted out in the same way that the Joker is labeled as clinically insane, followed by villainous antics involving death and destruction. In the film, Kevin kidnaps three teenage girls, acting out on one of his more childlike personalities, simply “finding friends” in his mind.

 Petition founder Sarah Rose comments, “This entire film is problematic in it’s [sic] narrative. At a time when so much attention is being paid to mental illness and gender identity, we’ve reduced both conversations to a horror movie trope.”

  As a person that enjoys film, it is simply outlandish to criticize a movie regarding its characters when not necessary. If any signs of transphobia or rudimentary showings of mental illness are depicted, in which they are not in this film, are present, it can become problematic towards not only the director, but the actors as well, and that reputation can stick. This film overshadows true violations that could possibly occur in cinematography, and creates a “soft” viewer base that will have a muddled ideology of offense.   

  It’s not difficult – simply watch and enjoy the movies that are released.

  

 

Wonder Woman dropped as UN’s Honorary Ambassador

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Front cover of Wonder Woman ‘77 Special #1 (photo Courtesy of DC Comics)
Front cover of Wonder Woman ‘77 Special #1 (photo Courtesy of DC Comics)

  Wonder Woman was dropped as the United Nations’ Honorary ambassador after protesters online believed that the character was too sexualized. On Oct. 21, it was announced by the United Nations that superhero Wonder Woman was going to be the honorary ambassador for women and girls around the world. According to UN News Centre, the official blogpost of the announcement, she was appointed Ambassador for the “empowerment  of women and girls by the United Nations and will be tasked with raising awareness about goal five (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) of the UN Sustainable Development Goals” (UN News Centre). The blogpost also discussed the fact that although women’s rights were achieved in certain area of the world, “women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence.”

  However, the choice for honorary ambassador wasn’t for long, after it was announced an online petition that currently has 44,658 signatures, was created. The goal of the petition, as said on its  page, was to “reconsider the choice of wonder woman as the UN’s Honorary Ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls.” The author(s), who is happily called “Concerned United Nations staff members,” has the main argument that Wonder Woman is “a character with an overly sexualized image.” The author also states that the decision to appoint a fictional character sends the message that “the United Nations was unable to find a real life woman that would be able to champion the rights of ALL women on the issue of gender equality and the fight for their empowerment.” To read the full petition, click the following link .

  It still hasn’t been announced who will be replacing the character. Past honorary ambassadors (covering different issues) included characters from Winnie The Pooh to the Angry Birds, so it is anybody’s guess. With the role of this character focusing on the empowerment of women and girls around the world, it won’t be long before the United Nations nominates the appropriate character to represent the timely issue .   

Letter From the Editor: Learning about winter holidays

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It is important to recognize all cultures and celebrations this holiday season. Photo courtesy of brainpop.com.
It is important to recognize all cultures and celebrations this holiday season. Photo courtesy of brainpop.com.

  Most people associate winter break with Christmas, and with that time approaching quickly, it is important to note that there are other, somewhat marginalized, celebrations during this time of year. The most well known examples are Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, although there is also Boxing Day Chinese New Year (but that does not occur until the end of January). While some readers may not know anyone who celebrates these holidays (well, maybe not at first glance), it is important to understand and respect these celebrations.

  I remember in fifth grade I was invited to a Boxing Day party. Granted, I had no clue what Boxing Day actually was, and assumed someone was planning a Christmas party that was not able to actually happen on Christmas. Boxing Day, however, is like an extension to Christmas, celebrated on Dec. 26 in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland, among other English-speaking countries. It originated as a way for workers to have a break off from their job. While celebration of this holiday may not be common in the United States, it is a part of a large culture, and as such, it is important to respect. By doing this, we can learn something about a significant fraction of the world and keep an open mind in understanding a culture new and different.

  There are additional winter holidays, and one of the most famous is Hanukkah. Celebrated by the Jewish faith, typically in December, as a way to commemorate the miracle of the oil that was used to light the menorah lasting eight days, it is an important event in the history of the Jewish people. Hanukkah is an eight-day holiday, with the dates changing every year as it is based on the Jewish calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar. While the majority of Americans subscribe to the Christian faith (71 percent according to BBC), learning about the Jewish faith and their holidays, which may occur around the same time as Christian holidays (Hanukkah begins on Christmas Eve this year), can allow a person to avoid devaluing Jewish beliefs.  

  Another annual celebration of culture is Kwanzaa, a seven-day long way to emphasize the ideals of African culture and solidarity. According to Maulana Karenga, a professor at California State University, “Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal.”  During this holiday, a Kinara (candelabra) is lit, with a different candle being ignited each night. The candles each represent a different principle, such as unity, faith, and creativity. Kwanzaa begins the day after Christmas and finishes on New Year’s Day. However on Dec. 31, there is a feast known as a Karamu.

  Students may have noticed that Atlantic has been posting decorations for numerous cultures and holidays, not just images of Christmas trees. Some of the most viewed have been for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and it is definitely noteworthy that the school is trying to commemorate all the holidays they can. All people should try to emulate what the school is doing; by respecting other religions and ethnicities, a person can demonstrate tolerance, become more open-minded, and acquire new, and possibly life-changing, experiences and ideas.

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