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Responding to Letters to the Editors… Story by Isaac Solly

Last week, many students sent letters to the editor in advisory class. Bird Eye News wanted to look at some of these, either to address concerns or answer questions. We appreciate everyone who sent a letter and is actively involved in the Bird Eye News—the letters that were chosen just warranted a quicker response than some others.

 

“Dear Editor

Your title is so bad and great at the same time. It holds the perfect criteria to be a clickbait Buzzfeed title. Though I’m not sure if the all capital letters was your decision, it really helped the effect. Also, in the title it says by Roger Rogers, as a pseudonym. Roger Rogers is a great pseudonym, especially considering the subject matter. But under it there is the real name of the author, so what is the point? At least you had a spoiler warning.

Regards, Joshua Droppa”

Firstly, I assume the piece you are talking about is “Spoilers! Star Wars Episode VIII Leaked—Real or Fake?… Story by Roger Rogers.” You should know that the name underneath the title isn’t the writer, but the editor (in this case Jada, but it’s often my editing as well). Roger Rogers is, as you pointed out, one of our writer’s aliases. As for the capital letters, if you look through the website that is our formatting across the board and nothing to do with a clickbait.

Editor Aliases… The name underneath an article is the editor, not the writer. Writer names (or aliases) are always in the title
Editor Aliases… The name underneath an article is the editor, not the writer. Writer names (or aliases) are always in the title

We appreciate the feedback though, and it should be noted that we don’t aim for clickbait when choosing titles.

 

 

“Dear Editors,

I have to be honest with you. I don’t watch and/or read your articles. When I go to your website I don’t have any interest in reading the articles. They don’t draw to my attention. I have only watched one of your YouTube videos. I am subscribed to your channel.

The website go there first thing that I think of when I look at it is boring. My mind doesn’t want to take the time to read the article if there is nothing there to draw my attention. When I say it looks boring is because all the colors are brown, black and white. My attention just leaves.

The YouTube Channel I can’t say much. It doesn’t draw my attention. Maybe you can try different life hacks, DIY’s, different exercises, doing different lessons that people could use (piano, taekwondo, singing, and dancing) and fun useful things to do. Maybe you can add some pizzazz. I honestly don’t know what you should add to your YouTube channel. Thank you for your time.

Kind Regards, Yakira L. Jones”

Well firstly, thank you for subscribing to the channel! I believe we are at 30 or so subscribers right now, meaning that our subscriber base has nearly doubled in the past two weeks. As for our website design, we try and cover it with pictures to give a contrast to the background. The black-background and white-text theme is actually much less boring that the inverse of that, while still being legible.

What I would like to point out is that Meghan is featuring a cooking show, which actually pulls in lots of your DIY suggestions. Bird Eye News is trying to focus on events relevant to students as well, meaning we have to keep a balance on what content we post. Hopefully, this sheds some light on our editing decisions.

The Harrison Report... Harrison will be returning in an episode talking about student projects
Upcoming Videos… Harrison will be returning in an episode talking about student projects, while Meghan plans to do a cooking show

 

“Dear Editors,

I have an idea for you YouTube channel. I propose that you and your associates come together and video document a student’s service project. Perhaps you can come together and vote for which project you want to make a mini document on. You could then post the potential video on your channel. This would show the ‘tubers’ what students of the Forrest Bird Charter School can/will do. Please take my suggestion into account.

With Regards, Rocco Sherman”

Actually, the upcoming Harrison Report showcases quite a few student projects. We also have an interview with the documentary crew, who are videoing other students for their own project. However, I agree that Bird Eye News could do an article or two on the service learning project. One of our goals this trimester was to involve students more in journalism, hence the letters to the editor, and I think that would be a good step in doing that.

Most of the letters had positive things to say about our involvement with the student body, and further encouraged articles relating to FBCS (whether it be prom, fidget spinners, or surprisingly deep social issues). Also note that anyone who wants to give some feedback is free to do so anytime. This feedback is really valuable, and again, thanks to everyone who sent letters to the editor.

 

 

5 Unexpected Things at Prom… Story by Lauren Roth

Prom was even more fun and exciting than I had predicted. But what was even more unexpected was how my peers acted at Prom. Here are the five behaviors I did not expect to see at Prom:

1. A lot of people went without dates. I was pleasantly surprised that so many people were brave enough to go to prom, even if they didn’t have someone to “slow dance” and “take couple pictures” and other couple stuff that we singles wouldn’t know about from personal experience. Bravo to those who went anyway!

2. My peers find dancing awkward too! Though there were some people who just owned the dance floor, the majority of those dancing were in the same boat as me. Most of us were in a
transitional, but totally acceptable and common place where we are only mildly confident about our dancing skills. Congrats to my peers for stepping out of their comfort zones and just dancing!

Under the Blacklight... This years prom theme was much more popular than last year
Under the Blacklight… This years prom theme was much more popular than in previous dances

3. Our seniors are amazing dancers! With their higher status as citizens, and emerging sense of freedom and personal identity, we must respect our seniors by applauding their fearless dancing. Seeing them bust out epic moves definitely made the night entertaining. Special thanks to seniors Martin Chilcott, Connor Conway, Emily Hieronymus, Emily Invernon, Lakiah Turnbull, Andrew Van Winkle, Brandon Michelsen, as well as junior Jared Van Winkle, for making prom exciting.

4.  My peers dance in friend groups. Being in a large group with your friends can make it much more comfortable to dance, as I found out from personal experience. It was by far the most common trend amongst everyone on the dance floor. Thanks to friends for not making us feel absurd while dancing, or dancing absurdly with us.

Hanging with friends… Over 70 students attended prom this year, many of them together
Hanging with friends… Over 70 students attended prom this year, many of them in groups

5. Lastly, I was surprised that so many of my peers came! I was blown away that about 70 people came to prom. Prior to the dance, it seemed like everyone I talked to wasn’t going, so I honestly expected only 20 people to go to prom. Thank you for showing school spirit, and attending this dance!

If you didn’t go to prom, you missed out. According to a survey I conducted with students who went to prom:

  • 100% of the students liked the venue of this year’s prom (At the Warehouse by Evans Bros.) better than last year’s prom venue (At FBCS).
  • 57% of the students liked the theme of black light compared to the 43% of students who did not like the theme of black light.

In summary, this year’s prom was fantastic and I highly anticipate next year’s prom.

Does Idaho agree with Bernie Sanders?… Story by Davey Breakey

According to a recent poll by Fox News, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders currently has the highest approval rating of any U.S. senator. This poll included a variety of political leaders and other politically relevant organizations, favorability is calculated by subtracting the overall favorable views minus the unfavorable views.

I (Davey Breakey) have taken the initiative to poll the students and staff of the Forest Bird Charter School to see whether they support bernie sanders or not. This poll includes 30 different people chosen at random to participate. Here are the results of the poll…

Screen Shot 2017-05-08 at 2.27.09 PMOverall 63% percent approve of Bernie Sanders, 30 percent are neutral and 10 percent disapprove. Judging by this data, our school has a pretty strong supporter base for Sen. Sanders with a disapproval rating of just 10 percent!

One of the issues and most likely the reason for sanders popularity with young people’s views on making College and higher education Tuition and debt free. An interesting twist, could Idaho (one of the most conservative states in America) have the largest support group for Sanders ideas?

Wrapping up the SATs.... Mitzi Vesecky advises FBCS students, as well as manage state testing
Wrapping up the SATs…. Mitzi Vesecky advises FBCS students, as well as manage state testing

Every student with the opportunity to dual enroll in Idaho also gets $4,125 towards their college tuition saving them upwards $7,000 per year, according to 2017 Boise State tuition fee and possibly even more if you include other expenses such as boarding which is anywhere from $3,380 to $6,294 per year. Also, if we get into food costs you’re looking at an additional $3,900 for 2 meals a day throughout the academic year. All together you could be saving about $17,000 per year!

So if you are able to get your associate’s degree before you graduate high school–which according to Mitzy Vesecky is very difficult to do–you could be saving you or your parents $34,000 in college expenses, I’d say that’s pretty good!

What’s New with Bird Eye News?… Story by Isaac Solly

This last year has seen quite a lot of growth with our schools Bird Eye News, and as with any evolving group we have seen some major changes of late. Last trimester, our former editor Lauren Stidham left Forrest Bird. We have taken this vacuum to try and coordinate our editor services better and produce a higher amount of content for the last trimester.

The role of story editor has been split into two co-editors working independently with their own group, Jada Giddings and myself, Isaac Solly. Because of our aforementioned growth, Bird Eye News now hosts fifteen students—too much for a single person to manage at weekly publications.

Bird Eye News on Youtube… Our channel now features comedy, news, and student pieces
Bird Eye News on Youtube… Our channel now features comedy, news, and student pieces

We also hope to show off some new features on our website this trimester, including more involvement from the student body in the Bird Eye News. A new editorial page will be shown in the near future where we open up issues and articles to student responses. This page will also include opinionated pieces from the journalism class meant to spark a friendly debate. Short stories and student work from classes (including art) will be showcased here—another reason to get involved and read the Bird Eye News.

As well our story teams, Bird Eye News has revamped our respective YouTube channel. Our video department was created last year and has grown from the Harrison report into a large variety of featured shows, all of which can be found on our channel. To help us manage this, Leah Roth has become our video editor along with an expanded group of video makers who hope to increase our content stream on the site.

Hard at work… The film crew prepares for next week’s publication
Hard at work… The film crew prepares for next week’s publicationgroup of video makers who hope to increase our content stream on the site.

 

Bird Eye News is also open to sharing student hobbies and creations on our YouTube page. For example, Bill Morton’s “The Upside Films” videos (which many students are involved with) will have a playlist on the channel. We welcome FBCS students with any other videos that they would like to share with more publicity to approach the journalism class, so we can discuss featuring them.

 

The journalism class is extremely happy that so many people have been watching our videos or reading articles on the site, and we look forward to showcasing even more student work and having a higher quality and supply of pieces to come.

How not to ask someone out to Prom

The top five things not to do when asking someone out to prom. This helpful guide should help students to navigate through the mostly arbitrary event of prom, which has in recent years been trivialized and its image tainted by popular mass media. Bird Eye News takes a stand against the big corporations through comedy.

Script and Video by Lauren and Leah Roth, respectively.

 

Trumpcare Derailed: The Republican Foray into Healthcare… Story by Isaac Solly

On March 6th, House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, to the house floor. Since 2009, the Affordable Health Care Act or ObamaCare had been in place, and now Ryan proposed a vote on it’s 7th anniversary, March 23rd. President Trump tweeted his support of the bill, calling it “our wonderful new Healthcare Bill” and adding “ObamaCare is a complete and total disaster” in his usual form.

Both moderate and extreme conservatives immediately criticized AHCA, and cast into doubt the solidarity of the ruling party. Notably the Freedom Caucasus, 29 members strong, disliked the similarities to ObamaCare and promised a “no” vote. The current party divisions in the house left 194 democrats and 241 Republicans—for ACHA to pass, only 23 Republican dissents were necessary. The bill needed a simple majority, but all democrats were vocally opposed to the replacement plan.

The Bill’s Advocates: Ryan and Trump closely coordinated in trying to convince representatives to vote “yes.” Photo By: Win McNamee
The Bill’s Advocates: Ryan and Trump closely coordinated in trying to convince representatives to vote “yes.” Photo By: Win McNamee

The bill’s policies kept in place policies such as coverage under parents’ plans until age 26 and clauses that prevented companies denying coverage based on health. In fact, what it did change were laws that determined premiums based on wealth and replaced them with costs determined by user age—essentially, this helped young adults and the rich but harmed older and poorer citizens. AHCA also came with cuts to Medicaid and Medicare programs that help those with disabilities, low income, or who are over 65.

Federal healthcare is reliant on a varied user base in order to balance costs between those who are healthier or in poor conditions. ACHA removed many incentives for healthier people to stay on the plan and as such, costs would probably go up for most users. However, AHCA does include around $337 billion in savings over 10 years, a very significant decrease in costs from previous healthcare bills.

Supporting Republicans coined the bill as “universal access” rather than “universal coverage”—President Trump touted both phrases over the campaign and in the Oval Office. The shift in wording makes a large impact in the legislation, and instead of promising health care for all it gives the impression that people will be able to have more choice. This promise of choice came at a great cost, however; the CBO (Congressional Budgetary Office) as a non-partisan group estimated 24 million additional people would lose insurance over 8 years. To put this into context, 28 million people are currently uninsured, and the bill would nearly double that.

Uninsured America: The percentage of Americans without healthcare is projected to rise under AHCA.
Uninsured America: The percentage of Americans without healthcare is projected to rise under AHCA.

Trump used this opportunity to showcase his negotiating prowess, one of his traits he often cited in the campaign trail. He and Ryan made changes to try and appease more conservative members of the house who were opposed to AHCA by lowering maternal care and deductions. However, by the 23rd the votes were not there, and anywhere from 28 to 30 Republicans were poised to defect, and polling in the public showed abysmal support of around 17%. After a similar battle on the 24th, the date to which Republicans moved back the vote, Trump conceded and pulled the bill, though not before blaming Democrats, saying they “own[ed] ObamaCare.”

TThe defeat of AHCA is a Democrat victory, though it may be short lived. Republican interparty problems are what destroyed the bill, and their reasons for dissent are the polar opposite of Democrat opposition. On the other hand, President Trump gave an ultimatum and ultimately failed to pass a bill and repeal ObamaCare. Not only this, but his agenda is now derailed and he has lost an initiative on health care. Republicans will try and lick their wounds, but if they cannot pass legislation even with a friendly president and majority in Congress, the next 4 years are going to be disappointing for their voters.

 

Works Cited

“Donald Trump’s US Healthcare Bill Withdrawn.” BBC News, BBC, 24 Mar. 2017,       www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39387550. 

Glenza, Jessica, and Lauren Gambino. “Republican Healthcare Plan: 24 Million           People Could Lose Coverage, CBO Reports.” The Guardian, Guardian News          and Media, 13 Mar. 2017, www.theguardian.com/us-     news/2017/mar/13/budget-office-republican-healthcare-coverage-deficit-       costs.