By Sofia Weddle
North Korea has long been recognized as an at-risk country ridden with nuclear threats and corrupted propaganda. Now more than ever, the world’s superpowers are fearing the future. Is a WWIII soon to come? How damaging are North Korea’s nuclear weapons?
By Charlie Glazier
On March 20, 2018, the last male Northern White rhino died in The Kenya Conservancy, where two females still remain. The male rhino had been living under armed guard, but had developed an infection on his back right leg.
By Philip Johnson & Torin Alexander
On March 24 2018, the biggest youth march since the Vietnam War demonstrations took place across the United States to protests gun laws and school safety. The march was in response to the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where
By Jacob Kersh
As school systems within our country continue to modernize, technology has become an increasingly important actor for cultivating a proper learning environment. Nevertheless, in order for schools to incorporate electronics as efficiently as possible, there are two primary obstacles they have to hurdle: gathering the proper funding to purchase cutting-edge technology and assisting students with the learning curve that comes with it.
By Justin Robertson
The United States could be in a war with China soon, but not the kind of war that some would suspect. American citizens are likely to see a price increase on Chinese imports, possibly worsening the economy. On Thursday, March 22, President Donald Trump imposed a tariff
By Hannah Butera & Tyler Curtiss
Looking for a new show to binge watch? Tired of repetitive series that get boring after the first season? If you want a suspenseful, bone-chilling, and unpredictable show to watch, The Following is for you. Warning: you won’t be able to stop watching.
By Sayo Jolayemi
Less than two months after the tragic school shooting at Marjory Douglas High School, another school was run amok with the terror that is gun violence. The raging concern this time is the proximity to our beloved Glenelg, as Great Mills High School is apart of the St. Mary’s County Public School System, a mere two hour drive away from our campus.
By Cameron Olenick & Reagan Ahlquist
Until a few weeks ago, a terror plagued the streets of Austin, Texas, striking fear into the homes of all Texans in the area. An anonymous terrorist had been placing explosives devices into packages and mailing them to people’s doorsteps. The trend however, was that these packages were only being sent to homes owned by minorities.
By Julie Amoss
Since the Parkland shooting, the eighth deadliest shooting in modern US history, there has been an uproar of student-led protests. Several national school protests and walkouts have been planned and have reached national attention. Students are angry, and it seems nothing can stop their tide of righteous activism.
By McKenna Rueter
President Donald Trump has proposed a new bill that enables certified teachers to carry concealed firearms in school buildings. After recent massacres at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Sandy Hook, citizens are calling for gun control and protection of repeated events.
By Charlie Glazier
On February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Nikolas Cruz entered the school with a firearm and killed 17 individuals. After this event, many questions and worries have arisen from parents and students themselves on the safety of their loved ones and themselves during the school day.
By Alex Long
Since January, select Dunkin’ Donuts locations in the Northeast have been making some significant changes. These select restaurants have removed the “Donuts” from their name and also removed some items from the menu as a sort of trial run for the changes to come. The changes to the name have been reportedly made in an effort to separate the chain from their reputation of being a place for just coffee and donuts.
By Bethany Stewart
At the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, there has been a controversial doping incident, with the Russian mixed doubles curling team, who are competing under the Olympic name rather than Russia’s.
By Hannah Butera & Tyler Curtiss
In 2017, 10,000 gallons of tainted alcohol were detected and confiscated from all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. There have been multiple accounts of individuals blacking out after a few drinks, and even one fatal incident where a woman died as a result of substandard alcohol.
By Anna Lawson and Ryan Hack
The flu during winter this year, H3N2, has been one of the worst viruses the country has seen in many years. H3N2 has been known to circulate when the vaccine is not as effective, and this year is an example of that. So far, the flu has caused over 12,000 hospitalizations, and at least 2,355 deaths since October of last year. In the United States, the flu has been highly active in forty-six states, with Maine, New Hampshire, Idaho, and Montana, having less severe outbreaks.
There has been trouble treating patients with the flu this year too. As a result of the hurricane in Puerto Rico earlier this year, there has been a shortage in IV bags, since they are manufactured there. Megan Lydon, a Glenelg Junior and intern at Howard County General Hospital, says that, “IV bags and saline are a crucial aspect in keeping patients hydrated while they wait for further treatment.” If a patient does not receive saline, they risk becoming dehydrated which could lead to further complications.
Doctors are still encouraging people to go out and get vaccinated if they have not already. Anybody over the age of six months should get a shot, and not the nasal spray, as the shot is effective. The flu shot this year, the Flublok Quadrivalent, has been said to be only ten percent effective, but the nasal spray has been said to not be effective at all this season. Some children are recommended to be vaccinated twice for proper protection.
The flu also has some very common symptoms that point out what a person is coming down with. These symptoms include a fever, chills, cough, sore throat, a runny and/or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Junior Payton Jaap says that, “When I had the flu last year, I felt a sore throat at first, but it eventually turned into a really bad cough and nausea.” If you feel like you are coming down with any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
Basic preventative actions such as washing your hands in concurrence with getting vaccinated will increase your chances of dodging the flu this season. In addition, you can take vitamin C boosters such as Emergen-C. However, if you have already gotten the flu once this season still be cautious. It is possible to get the flu twice due to various strains.
By Nicole King
Despite the small area, Maryland is the state of traumatic climate changes due to its unpredictability. With an array of climate changes, no one ever knows whether they will need their winter jacket or flip flops. Temperatures have ranged from the highest of 109 degrees to its lowest of negative 40 degrees fahrenheit. It ranges from being chilly in the morning to scorching hot in the afternoon. Senior, Michael Forester, said that him and his friends “...always have to wear their hat and gloves in the morning, but end up walking around in shorts by the end of the day.” Some days include pouring rain one minute and sunshine the next. All of these erratic changes cause a constant battle when deciding how to handle school days.
This year, the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is changing the ways they process snow days. Normally, for everyday school is closed, a day is added onto the end of the school year. School officials declared that this year is a year for change. In order to prevent the year from extending far into June, they are allowing two days to be added to the end of the year. Freshman, Noah Stewart, said he is “...extremely thrilled that he will get to get out of school early enough to attend his family vacation the last week of June.” Not only will less days added to end of year help students like Stewart, but they will allow more opportunities for others to branch out and be active on their day off. If more days are closed, days students normally have off, such as Presidents' Day, will be made a school day. If numerous days must be closed due to weather conditions, spring break has a possibility of becoming a school week. Most students have already planned family vacations during this week so many complications have the possibility to arise. If all goes well, the weather will cooperate and students will be able to keep their days off while not extending school into the 2018 summer.
Some may ask what weather conditions declare it unsafe to go to school? Between 3:00-4:30am, supervisors review national forecasts and conduct on-road observations. After further assessments, directors discuss their findings and form a plan of either having school, a delay, early dismissal, or no school at all. Before the clock strikes five in the morning, the county superintendent is contacted with an overview of information and makes the official call, informing all families and staff in the designated area.
Do you want to be informed of the emergency closings? Text the word “YES” to 67587 to (HCPSS connect system) in order to be texted any updates the second a decision is made. Other options include checking school homepages, tuning into the news, and/or following the school Twitter and Facebook page.
By Reagan Ahlquist
The first successful human transplant was performed on a corpse in China on November 17th 2017, by Italian surgeon, Sergio Canavero. The purpose of this procedures was to find out if this surgery was even possible. After the surgery was complete, surgeons found out that connecting the spine, nerves, and blood vessels was possible, at least on a dead body. This transplant comes a year after the a team of medical professionals, led by Dr. Xiaoping Ren performed a head transplant on a live monkey, in January 2016. The monkey did survive the procedure, but was put down after 20 hours for ethical reasons.The next step in this experimental process is to do a head transplant between brain dead organ donors. The ultimate goal is to eventually perform an entire head transplant on live patients. Canavero wants to perform a transplant between a terminal patient and give them the head of a patient who is brain dead. This procedure will take place in Russia, hopefully within a year.
Even though this surgery was considered a success, others doubt if this transplant will actually work on living patients. Glenelg Senior, Robbie Baxter believes that “The transplant will work because the medical world has already advanced so much in the last 100 years.” It is true that the medical world 100 years ago looks so foreign to what it is like the in the modern day. And if this transplant can done successfully then it will lead to other advancements in the medical world. Baxter also said that “If they can connect all the nerves together then they should be able to do surgeries on others parts of the bodies, like limbs, making people be able to walk again or use their arms after accidents.” Being able to give patients their limbs back, after already having them healed over, and having them work so they can have feeling in them again would be a remarkable accomplishment. It will help people who are physically disabled get back to their normal lives, before their tragic accidents.
Others are wondering if this surgery is moral. The surgery requires at least one person to die in order to get their head onto the patient receiving the head transplant. Glenelg senior, Seth Taylor thinks, “The person losing their head is already technically dead, so it is like getting a donated organ making it moral.” It is true that the head is coming from a person who is considered dead, but they are still taking their head and putting in onto another person's body, which can be strange or disturbing for the families and friends. In the future these moral and ethical concerns will be addressed if these types of procedures become more common. But for now, this transplant is a breakthrough in the medical world and could potentially save lives in the near future.
By Julianna Mirabile
“One small step for man, one giant step for mankind”: This widely known phrase was relevant to the millions who watched Neil Armstrong do the impossible. But did it actually happen? For over forty years, the 1972 Apollo 17 moon landing has been subjected to being a hoax, with new evidence being revealed recently. This theory is centered around the Apollo missions, saying that they were all a hoax created by NASA. It was first mentioned by Bill Kaysing, in his book, We Never Went To The Moon: America’s Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle. In this book, Kaysing claims that faking the moon landing to the world would be much easier than actually landing on the moon. He also states that in the effort of raising money for the mission, NASA received thirty billion dollars, which could have been used to pay organizations to help with the act. Though Kaysing was the first to speak up, he certainly was not the last. Following Kaysing, thousands of people joined in to voice their opinion on television and make documentaries on their theories.
So why fake the moon landing in the first place? Some theories state that NASA would do it to win the “Space Race”, the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union to be more advanced in the solar system. This race prompted several satellite launches, and could have given the United States the push to fake the moon landing. Another theory states that NASA faked it not only for the money, but because President John F. Kennedy had a goal to land a man on the moon and safely return him home. Fulfilling this goal would be huge publicity for both the President and NASA.
Knowing why NASA would do this makes the evidence a bit more believable. Many photos from the mission seem to be photoshopped, with crosshairs being deformed and rotated. Along with this, it appears that artificial light was used because the shadow colors and angles are erratic. Uniform backgrounds in photos that were taken miles away from each other prove that it could have been a backdrop, and in these backgrounds there appears to be no stars. Finally, the most recent evidence was discovered by a youtuber, “Streetcap1”. It is a photo that has a reflection in the astronaut’s visor of a man “standing on the moon” without a spacesuit on. Conspiracy theorists are going crazy over this photo, saying that this proves that the moon landing was all a hoax. Glenelg High School alumni, Christian Rausch, exclaimed, “How could there possibly be such a reflection if they were actually in outer space on the moon?” Especially if Neil Armstrong was the supposedly the only astronaut who stepped foot on the moon. Glenelg High School Senior, Will Breslin, is an active believer in the moon landing being a fraud. When first seeing the picture that “Streetcap1” evaluated, Breslin said, “This picture is an amazing source of fraud. I personally believe the moon landing is humanly impossible and I have been suspicious about it for awhile. After seeing this picture, I could definitely prove NASA guilty.” Maybe ordinary people actually caught this deception, and this theory will finally turn into a reality.
By Mason Steinberg
College is synonymous with Fraternities and Sororities for some students. Unfortunately, in recent years there has been a dramatic increase in deaths due to hazing and binge drinking. In a Fraternity or Sorority, pledges are often forced to partake in excessive drinking, as well as other life threatening activities, such as drunk driving and daredevil stunts. Many of the acts the pledges are forced to complete humiliate them and often go against all of the good values that the Sororities and Fraternities were founded on. The good will Fraternities and Sororities were originally founded on have been replaced with insensitive and dangerous behavior. In 2016 alone, there were 67 Fraternities suspended, and four deaths attributed to hazing. The frequency of hazing related deaths has alarmed school administrators and left parents searching for answers.
The most recent Hazing related death occurred on November 3rd at Florida State University. Andrew Coffey, 20, a fraternity pledge was found dead in a home off campus in Tallahassee on Friday morning.This has caused the university to indefinitely suspend all Greek life on campus. University President John Thrasher said, “I want to send a serious message, I really do,” he said. “We’ve got a serious problem.” The hope is to end the indefinite suspension as student leaders will meet with school administrators to put rules in place to prevent any more deaths.
Similar actions have been taken by schools after hazing deaths at large campuses such as Penn State. Many schools try to stop negative behavior before it causes something as serious as a student to lose their life by suspending specific fraternities and sororities or expelling students off campus. However, these strategies have failed, as incidents have occurred at a record pace. The fear among school administrators and parents is that these tragedies will continue to occur until serious action is taken to change the culture around Fraternities and Sororities.
After every incident schools and parents around the country hope it will inspire change to prevent another catastrophe. Both Sororities and Fraternities have long been beneficial for their members. Members have friends for life and can build connections that can help them find jobs when they get out of college. Many of the negative stereotypes about Sororities and Fraternities have caused much of the country to forget the positives that comes with them. Hopefully, with cooperation between students and administrators Sororities and Fraternities can get back to their positive values and prevent any more tragedies from occurring.
By Anna Lawson and Ryan Hack
Vehicle-related terrorist attacks are on the rise, as there have been at least thirty over the past decade around the globe. One third of all vehicle terrorist attacks since 1981 have occurred this year alone. This increase is due to their simple nature and difficulty of prevention. As more terrorist groups continue to see these occur, the rate of attacks will grow even more. To see the change of strategies that these groups are having since major terrorist attacks such as 9/11, previous recent attacks need to be closely analyzed.
Most recently, on October 31, 2017, Sayfullo Saipov ran down dozens of people in a New York City bike path, injuring fifteen and killing eight. Saipov is a green card holder, originally from Uzbekistan, who pledged his allegiance to ISIS during the attack. He used a rented Home Depot truck in order to carry out this horrific massacre. The simplicity of planning attacks similar to this one make them appealing to terrorists. In addition, it is almost impossible to detect and prevent vehicle attacks in contrast to the easier nature of detecting bombs, such as the Times Square Bomber of 2010. Faisal Shahzad attempted to detonate a car bomb in the busiest area of New York City. However, his plan went askew when two street vendors notified security of smoke coming from his car. Fortunately, the bomb was diffused and nobody was injured.
A couple of months before the New York attack, eight people were killed, and forty-eight people were injured in terrorist attacks in central London before police shot and killed three suspects. The alarming violence began when a van drove through a crowd of pedestrians on the London Bridge. The suspects then jumped from the van and made their way to Borough Market, a densely populated nightlife and tourist area, where they stabbed people in restaurants and pubs. Over 50 people were taken to the hospital.
Glenelg students agree with the idea that these types of terrorist attacks will not stop anytime soon. When asked about these vehicle attacks Lucy Loazer, a Junior, said that “this is a big dilemma, since it is so easy to carry out an attack like this without detection by law enforcement”. Josie Stubs, a Junior, said that vehicle-related attacks are increasing because “there are so many drivers on the road, and it would be almost impossible to detect when one wants to commit an atrocious attack and run people over.” Because there is not currently a complete strategic procedure for preventing these attacks, they will continue to occur this way until a plan is developed to stop them.