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Bird Eye Challenge

Bird Eye News has started an “eye challenge,” where we took photos of ten people’s eyes (two from each grade and two staff). Whoever matches the most correct eyes to the respective names will get a a drink from the vending machine, courtesy of Bird Eye News and Mr. Webber… Post your answers in the comments!

Eye Bank: Mr. Webber, Davey Breakey, Lydia Martin, Ms. Vickie, Juliet Harrison, Reese Litster, Sydney Chouinard, Davan Gilmore, Wyatt Moor, Morgan Moorse

  1.   EYE9

2.    EYE4

3.    EYE6

4.    EYE5

5.    EYE2

6.    EYE3

7.    EYE7

8.    EYE8

9.    EYE1

10. EYE

 

Opioid Epidemic… Story by Catherine Ross

An epidemic. That’s what it’s being called. Why is this? It is being called an epidemic because 100 Americans are dying everyday due to opioid overdose, which means within a span of one month, 3,000 Americans will die. What exactly is an opioid? It’s a drug, however it’s not an illegal one. It’s a prescription drug. This drug is prescribed by local doctors and hospitals across the United States due to the fact it’s a cheaper option for their patients. This drug is used as a painkiller, for things ranging from broken bones, to chronic illnesses or diseases which cause the patient pain.

Opioids give a similar effect to that of morphine, which means it’s really good for those who are constantly hurting. Or at least that’s what the public thought. In actuality, opioids are highly addictive drugs, which can cause patient after patient to overdose. The dosage of the addictive drug increased this year, which is why the death count is much higher than before.

Mapping Opioids... From 2015, this map shows how the opioids overdoses increased considerably (Photo by: CDC)
Mapping Opioids… From 2015, this map shows how the opioids overdoses increased considerably (Photo by: CDC)

In 2015, 33,091 people died due to opioid overdose. Now, the death count is said to be higher than ever, as reported by CNN and the Washington Post, although no details on the death count have been released.

The addiction is spreading like wildfire, causing popular pharmacies to limiting the prescription refills to one week. One of the biggest pharmacies in the U.S, CVS, put a restriction on opioid prescription refills. But is it really stopping the issue? According to an article by the New York Times, the opioids are causing fear and panic to blossom in everyone. Patients are beginning to refuse to purchase these drugs. The prices on the opioids are lowering, but more and more people are becoming scared and are either spending a large sum of money on hospital prescribed drugs, or are choosing nothing at all. So on top of the painful overdoses, people are beginning to prefer constant pain rather than risk becoming addicted.

But is the addiction really that addictive or is it just tailored towards the same type of people? The effects that all opioid drugs can have, causes people much pain and suffering. However, pharmaceutical opioid drugs aren’t the only ones becoming a problem now. Non-prescription opioids have been becoming popular since 2010.

Overflowing Opioids… Various pill forms of opioids that are prescribed to those with chronic pains. (Photo by: Healthline)
Overflowing Opioids…
Various pill forms of opioids that are prescribed to those with chronic pains. (Photo by: Healthline)

The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis made an announcement which compared the opioid epidemic to that of September 11th.“With approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks,” So what exactly is the United States doing to help this epidemic?

The president of the United States made a statement in August that it is considered a national emergency. The death toll is only climbing each day, which means more lives are lost and more families are destroyed. The problem is still at hand, and it’s only continuing to get worse. When will it stop? When will it no longer be an epidemic? Nobody can guarantee when the epidemic will cease to exist, but if it doesn’t get much more attention, it could very well wipe out far more people than it currently is.

If you or someone you know is currently taking opioids such as fentanyl, codeine, morphine, and opium and are experiencing symptoms of addiction, please don’t be afraid to contact this hotline. It’s important to get help as soon as possible as this addiction is extremely dangerous and more often than not, fatal. If you do find yourself or a loved one in a fatal situation due to opioid overdose, please call 911 immediately.

Opioid Hotline: 1-888-538-9831

 

Crowds Reaction to Las Vegas Shooting… Story by Aurora Reishus

On October 1st, 2017, tragedy befell upon a large crowd of people who were attending a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. The tragedy that occurred was a shooting that lead to the deaths of 58 people and injuring close to 500. As sad as this tragedy is, it expresses more than what may be wrong with society; it also shows the altruistic side of people who did heroic actions in order to protect others over themselves.

When watching the news, the media is sure to talk about how tragic the Las Vegas shooting is and how many people died, but what they don’t realize is that through this tragic event there were people who put others before themselves and expressed the kinder side of humanity. In a situation like the Las Vegas shooting, everyone will react differently based upon the psychology of fight, flight, or freeze. The fight, flight, or freeze is the automatic response a person has to a traumatic or stressful event in their life. It’s hard to picture being in a situation where the next move may be the last one, but to actually be in that situation and keep the safety of others in mind is a feat not often expressed.

It’ll be okay… People group up in hopes of finding solace in a hiding place away from the shooting. Photo by: David Becker
Midst of Tragedy… People try to find solace in a hiding place away from the shooting. Photo by: David Becker

Mr. Paul Gunter, a staff member of FBCS, talked about a friend he has that was present at the Las Vegas shooting when it occurred. When Paul first heard about the shooting on the news, he was worried that it could have been at the venue where some of his friends from Los Angeles were playing. He later saw posts on social media of firsthand accounts and felt confounded. When he talked about how Angela* described the shooting to him, he said, “The way she talked about it was like it was somebody describing a movie plot; it seemed surreal. It seemed like something that wouldn’t actually happen to people in real life.”

Angela is a doctor in the Air Force, and she was attending the concert with a few of her friends who are also active members of the military. Paul describes what he had heard from Angela beginning with, “They were at the concert and heard some shooting. A couple of people next to them were actually shot, and they were getting people behind some of the concert barricades they use in front of the stage.” Paul also describes how they hid a few civilians under vehicles and anywhere else they could find to protect people from the barrage of bullets. Paul continues to recite the story by saying, “In the process [of hiding people] one of the people that was with their group got shot through the shoulder.” There was also a point in time when Angela and her friends were attempting to hide a few people behind a Jeep, but in the process one of the civilians was shot in the back and head multiple times.

Hitting close to home… The relation between Paul and his friend shows how the Las Vegas shooting has a wide spread effect on everyone. Photo by: Kai Eagley
Hitting close to home… The Las Vegas shooting had a wide spread effect on everyone. Photo by: Kai Eagley

Paul believes that Angela and the others in her group reacted differently than most people in this situation because they are in the Military and have served on tours. Paul also mentions that the woman who was shot in the shoulder had surgery and is doing better. He also says that Angela and her group have stayed in touch with some of the people they helped. Paul believes the civilians will be traumatized and suffer from PTSD for quite some time from seeing many people shot down before them.

The acts of heroism shown by Angela and her group of friends are just some of many altruistic acts that were shown by others during this dark time. Other accounts of heroism include Rob Ledbetter, a retired U.S. Army veteran, who tended to the wounded. There was also the account of Dr. Sonny Melton who died protecting his wife from the gunfire, as well as the accounts of Taylor Winston, a Marine veteran, who found a truck and drove at least 30 people to the hospital, Dawn-Marie Gray and her husband Kevin Gray who stayed behind and tended to the wounded, and Jonathan Smith who got shot in the neck while helping 30 people to safety. For all the acts of heroism that have been expressed, there has also been a dark side of human nature shown to the world. How could someone be capable of killing so many people?

Coming together… In the midst of a tragedy two people hold onto one another in hopes that the horrid scene will pass. Photo by: Drew Angerer
Coming together… In the midst of a tragedy two people hold onto one another. Photo by: Drew Angerer

Normally, one may blame society for the actions of this person or rather blame the person completely for the reason as to why they would be capable of such a disgusting deed, but to say, it is just one thing can never be correct for both of these options lie hand in hand.

The reason for why someone would be capable of creating a tragedy like this is due to a combination of society and that person as an individual. As far as the world knows, Stephen Paddock didn’t have a motive or clear reasoning for why he did this, but it happened and the fault for his actions lies both within himself and our society that promotes violence and therefore lays the foundation for these kinds of tragic events.

Even though the Las Vegas shooting is a tragedy that should not have happened, some light was shown that in great darkness there is still good in people. The tragedy of the Las Vegas shooting reveals society in a negative way and being riddled with problems that would lead to a person doing something so devastating; however, the fault is not just with society. The heroic deeds done by people like Angela and her friends made a significant difference during this dark time and saved many lives. Everyone is affected by an event such as this. As time goes on, hopefully our society and individuals will find the answers to our dilemma and make a tragedy like the Las Vegas shooting less likely to occur.

Differences with Hong Kong and China… Story by Alex Chow

Hong Kong is a southern metropolitan city of China. In the eyes of foreigners, people form Hong Kong are considered as Chinese, rarely Japanese or Korean. Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China indeed and thus people form Hong Kong are Chinese undoubtedly. Still, people from Hong Kong prefer to call themselves Hongkonger since there are plentiful differences between Hong Kong and China in terms of politics, culture, and economy. As a result, Hong Kong people have a distinct ethnic identity in compare of Chinese.

First and foremost, Hong Kong and China have entirely opposite political system. In mainland China, there is a one-party dictatorship, the powers of executive, legislative, judicial and the fourth estate are all under control of the Communist Party. Although political decisions have to be voted in the Standing Committee, all representatives are nothing but voting machines.

Two Systems... A passport in China needs to be checked in Hong Kong
Two Systems… A passport in China needs to be checked in Hong Kong

Everything is under the control of the president of the party, there are not genuine vote and election. In Hong Kong, people value democracy, rule of law and the separation of powers. Every require of funding and legislation must seek agreement from the legislative council so as to limit the power of the government.As such, there have been many pro-democracy protests recently in Hong Kong.

When it comes to the culture, Hong Kong inherits Chinese culture and is influenced by western culture deeply as Hong Kong was a colony of Britain till 1997. Even though Hong Kong was returned to China, Hong Kong is still being an international city. Hong Kong embraces all kind of cultures. For example, Hongkongers watch a vast number of American, Japanese, Korean and Chinese movies. Also, as a gourmet paradise, you can find food form different parts of the world in Hong Kong. Compared to Hong Kong, China is more xenophobic. They perceive America and Japan are evil empires. For instance, there was an enormous anti-Japan campaign in China, people ruined every Japanese product they can find.

Separate Currencies... Hong Kong and China have vastly different economies, and use separate money
Separate Currencies… Hong Kong and China have vastly different economies

Speaking of the economy. Hong Kong worships capitalism while China believes communism. Hong Kong has the freest economy system among the world but China has a strictly planed and regulated economy system. There is such a big comparison in the light of “one country, two systems” so Hong Kong is independent in terms of economy and politics. Additionally, Hong Kong has its own currency peg to the US dollar instead of using RMB. This is part of why Hong Kong is a large trading center, comparable to Wall Street—its service economy can serve large parts of the world remotely.

The two regions have distinct history, culture, and economies. Though both city and country have an important connection, the term “Chinese” cannot show all the features of Hong Kong. Hence, people in Hong Kong find themselves Hongkongers instead of Chinese.

Chinese Mathematics Stereotypes?… Story by Alex Chow

‘’Chinese students are geniuses in mathematics”—Is it a stereotype?

If there are Chinese students in your school, people will perceive they are geniuses in mathematics. This is the most trivial stereotype about Chinese, but does it hold any truth?

Here are the statistics: according to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) which is a standardized test among the globe, when it comes to mathematics Chinese students are always in the top of the academic pile. There are up to 30 percent of students in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan that reached the highest level in math performance.

However, American students are in the bottom, as 25 percent of American students did not reach the PISA baseline for “level 2” in math proficiency. Comparatively only about 10 percent of students in countries such as Canada, Korea, Shanghai, and Singapore, failed to reach that benchmark. Also, there are only two percent of students in America that achieved the top performance.

Mapping IQ... The supposed average IQ of different countries is listed, with China's slightly above the US's. Photo By: Our World in Data.
Mapping IQ… The supposed average IQ of different countries is listed, with China’s slightly above the US’s. Photo By: Our World in Data.

First off, many Chinese have higher intelligence quotient (IQ) than their American counterparts. This is backed by the research of Richard Lynn, a British Professor of Psychology, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish Professor of Political Science, who conducted IQ studies in more than 80 countries. Hong Kong’s citizens have the highest intelligence quotient among the world, at an average of 108, while the average in America is 98. IQ is another possible reason how the current stereotype on Chinese math skills came to be. However, there are known faults in this test, and while it can sometimes accurately gauge proficiency it is not definitive—acquired cultivation also plays a vital role in mathematics.

As you may know, China has a much higher education standard than America. The width and depth of the syllabus of mathematics in China is superior to America. In China, mathematics is a compulsory subject, students have mathematics class nearly every school day. Chinese students have longer time to learn and practice mathematics than American.’’ Practice makes perfect.’’ It may prove that Chinese is not genius, but are hard-workers.

Additionally, the competitive Chinese society boosts the academic results of students. In China, there is a famous saying ,” Knowledge can offer you a new leaf.’’ Chinese people believe that studying in a good college can push them into an upper social class. As a result, there are huge competition for colleges.

Rigorous Testing... National tests in China create a lot more competition than in the US. Photo By: ICEC.
Rigorous Testing… National tests in China create a lot more competition than in the US. Photo By: ICEC.

For example, there are only 18% of students in Hong Kong have a chance to study in colleges. China has the greatest Gini’s coefficient, education is the ladder for people getting rid of poverty. Thus, Chinese students study very hard. On the other hand, there are far less competition in America. There is not a vast gap between blue and white collar workers. Even if students cannot study in colleges, they could still have decent income. Hence, American students have smaller motivation to strike for excellence in academic.

Last , the mindset about studying. The Chinese have a growth mindset while America has a fixed mindset. Growth mindset is all about diligence—in general, Chinese students believe excellence can only be achieved by hard work instead of talent. If they aren’t doing well, they’ll work harder, and they’ll be successful. However, American students tend to believe in talent, if they don’t get a good result at the beginning, usually they will not try to put more effort to improve it as they think themselves are not good at it.

To conclude, Chinese students outperform American students in mathematics is not because they are geniuses, it is because of the work ethic behind the excellence.

 

Crisis in Catalonia… Story by Isaac Solly

On October 1st, the Spanish province Catalonia held an independence referendum that had been condoned by the Spanish government, and divided Catalan society. At hand was the question of whether or not the province should become an independent country, though the results were non-binding. Though 90% of voters supported independence, showing was particularly poor at only 43%. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is an ardent supporter of independence, and threatened to declare it within days. Up to now, however, there has not been any declaration.

Independence Rallies… There have been many rallies advocating for independence since the referendum. Photo By: Daily Express.
Independence Rallies… There have been many rallies advocating for independence since the referendum. Photo By: Daily Express.

On Election Day, over 900 voters were reported to have been injured by the Spanish police, who tried to seize voting stations and results. This was critical for two reasons—firstly, the Spanish government does not intend to let go of Catalonia, as it is one of their richest provinces. An article in the Spanish constitution outlines that secession of a Spanish province is illegal, and the government is acting on that mandate to try and stop the Catalan parliament.

Secondly, Catalonia is already semi-autonomous, and runs many of its public services separate from the Spanish government. It is not the only case of autonomy in Spain—other regions such as Basque Country in the north run with similar leeway. However, the Spanish government used its police in place of the Catalan police, and has also threatened to suspend the Catalan parliament.

Financing Secession… Catalonia, in the northeast of Spain, is a wealthy region and could probably survive economically. Photo By: BBC News.
Financing Secession… Catalonia, in the northeast of Spain, is a wealthy region and could probably survive economically. Photo By: BBC News.

To try and get some international support, Catalan leaders have looked out to the EU, but have not got much positive feedback. Both the EU parliament and individual countries such as France said they would not recognize a declaration of independence, and that Catalonia would not automatically be admitted to the EU should it secede (some leaders have condoned the use of violence, however).

Catalonia could probably finance independence, as it is a richer part of Spain, and has a fourth of Spain’s exports with a fifth of it’s population. Recently, Puigdemont has delayed any declaration of independence and said that he was open to negotiation with the Spanish government. This is probably because he has been humbled by Pro-Spain unity rallies in Barcelona over the weekend, further weakening his mandate to speak for all of Catalonia.

Fundraiser for Uryadi’s Village

Have any of you been wondering where Todd is? Well for those of you who don’t know, he is currently in Soddo, Ethiopia helping the Crooks family and their organization, Uryadi’s Village.

Founded in 2014 by Jennifer Fill Crooks, Uryadi’s Village is a non-government organization dedicated to providing sustainable living conditions for the orphans in Soddo. Their current project, Wolayta Village, is Ethiopia’s first self-sustaining orphanage. Named after the local Wolayta people, the village already has children living and learning on site.

Currently Uryadi’s Village is fundraising for $70,000 to build a well to provide fresh, clean, and sanitary water for their children. They had $44,000 donated at the Dutch Sport Horse Sale in the Netherlands, but they still need some help.

This is where we come in. Our very own Forrest Bird Charter Interact Club will be working with FACE (Family and Community Engagement) to serve soup at the parent teacher conference on October 26th here at the school. The soup is free, but all donations will go towards Uryadi’s village. Help us support this amazing organization!

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In-Depth Look at Arby’s… Story by Leah Roth

Arby’s has been an integral part of our Sandpoint community ever since it opened back in 1987. This restaurant has always held a special place in the heart of Journalism teacher Mark Webber, who used to go there as a kid:

“There’s just this feeling of nostalgia going back in there, like a time machine back to 1984. I do miss the old look before the remodel, but I understand that the solarium leaked and they needed to update the interior. However, I just wish they stayed more retro with the décor.”

Our journalism staff recently visited Arby’s during their ‘Happy Hour’ which is from 2 to 5 PM and offers certain small menu items for $1 each. Lolisa, the supervisor, talked to us about the history of the restaurant and her experience working there. She said she loved meeting all the people who come in, and that it is a pleasure working for Pierre and Denise Huguenin, the owners. Denise was kind enough to take time out of her vacation and answer a few of my questions:

A Cornerstone of the Community… Arby’s has been in Sandpoint for 30 years.
A Cornerstone of the Community… Arby’s has been in Sandpoint for 30 years.

Leah: “Why did you decide to buy this restaurant?”

Denise: “We had a restaurant called RAX from 1991 to 1994 in the same location. RAX, as a national franchise company, was failing nationwide and we felt it was time to make a change. Arby’s was expanding its franchise locations at the time, so it was a logical move to buy an Arby’s franchise. We opened Arby’s in July, 1994.”

Leah: “How are you connected to Lost in the 50’s?”

Denise: “We love Lost in the 50’s! Carolyn Gleason is a good friend and we are happy to support her in any way we can. We started “Locals Nite” about 10 years ago to give our local car club, The Injectors, the opportunity to show off their cars before the 50’s car show. It has become a tradition between Arby’s and The Injectors and a kickoff for the 50’s activities.”

Leah: “Why did you decide to remodel?”

Denise: “We remodeled Arby’s because our license as an Arby’s franchisee was expiring after 23 years and Arby’s wanted us to update our building inside and out in order to continue as an Arby’s franchise for the next 20 years. We are very excited about the changes in the building…it’s great to have a fresh, new look!”

Leah: “What is your favorite part about owning Arby’s?”

Denise: “My favorite part about owning Arby’s is working with so many wonderful people in our community…our guests, our suppliers and most of all our crew members!

Friendly Service… Lolisa and the Journalism staff stand behind the counter at Arby’s.
Friendly Service… Lolisa and the Journalism staff stand behind the counter at Arby’s.

Our manager, Stacy Johnson has been with me at Arby’s for 20 years…her Mom, Alena Zantow, worked with me for 23 years before she retired last year. I love teaching young people how to be responsible employees. My philosophy for young workers is…if you can succeed at Arby’s, you will succeed at any career you pursue! It’s all about the people!”

Leah: “Which sandwich would you personally recommend to someone who has never eaten at Arby’s?”

Denise: “That’s a difficult question! I personally like every one of our sandwiches! I’d say our two signature sandwiches are the Classic…simply roast beef on a sesame seed bun, or the Beef and Cheddar…roast beef, cheese sauce, red ranch sauce on an onion bun.”

Our Arby’s is a family owned and operated restaurant that provides jobs for many local high school students, including 3 of our very own Forrest Bird High School students. If you haven’t been into Arby’s in a while head on down during Happy Hour and see the new remodel!

All Photos by Kai Eagley

Trump Feuds with the NFL… Story by Isaac Solly

From the weekend of September 23th, Trump has reignited a debate on flag etiquette and free speech. It began at a rally in Alabama, where he was campaigning for incumbent senator Luther Strange in a runoff to fill the seat left vacant by Att. Gen. Jeff Sessions (a race which Strange lost). Though he made some controversial comments, the most memorable was where he referenced players who had kneeled during the anthem, calling them out with explicit language and urging coaches to fire them.

Alabama Rally… Trump reignited the debate in an Alabama rally, attacking kneeling players with explicit language. Photo By: CNN.
Alabama Rally… Trump reignited the debate in an Alabama rally, attacking kneeling players with explicit language. Photo By: CNN.

In response, many coaches and owners chose to either respond via Twitter or a public statement, though Trump had also tweeted out on his private account similar messages. There were also protests on the field—coaches and owners largely stayed with the players during the anthem as a sign of unity, and large portions of players kneeled or showed other signs of defiance.

This debate was sparked last year in September when Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem to protest social inequality. His advocates praised the silent protest, while others argued that the flag should be respected. There is flag etiquette in the U.S., however, people frequently break it and it is not enforced.

Free speech has been an issue of late, with some organizations trying to shut down controversial speakers on both sides, including conflicts at Berkley. Trump’s remarks may be ironic because of this, as he has promoted the free speech rights of alt-right marches in Charlottesville and other towns, but asked for NFL heads to fire the dissenting players—a call which has been heftily rejected by the NFL commissioners.

Kneeling Teams… Some players of the New England Patriots protest Trump’s remarks and kneel during the anthem. Photo By: Jim Rogash
Kneeling Teams… Some players of the New England Patriots protest Trump’s remarks and kneel during the anthem. Photo By: Jim Rogash.

Though most of the ire has been drawn at the NFL, other sport agencies were in the news at a similar time. Just after the rally, Trump had withdrawn the customary invitation to visit the white house to the winning NBA team—in this case the Golden State Warriors. This was, according to Trumps tweet (Twitter was also the platform he used to withdraw the invitation), because Stephen Curry was having doubts about going. This referenced Curry’s vocal dislike of Trump, and afterwards NBA players such as LeBron James lined up in his support. Conversely, Nascar owners said they would not tolerate protests during the anthem, a policy much more in line with Trumps wishes.