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Cell Phone Addiction… Story by Lydia Martin

Phones: a device that has overtaken the world. A reasonably small object that easily fits in your pocket is controlling our society. When the very first mobile phone was made in 1973, it was used for one thing: to call and talk to someone. Now almost 45 years later, cell phones are used for everything from calling or texting to playing games or solving a math equation. You basically have every book ever written on one note card sized phone.

About 36% of the world’s population owns a phone and about 68% of Americans own a smartphone. Now, I own a phone and in no way am I saying it a bad thing. In fact it can be quite helpful. For example, if you need to contact someone who is at work, or to find information for a project. The problem comes when people abuse the job of the phone or overuse it. When it becomes an addiction. It is going to affect your life, and it will have consequences.

Device is life… It seems that we hardly leave our phone more than a few feet away. Photo by: jetmag.com
Device is life… It seems that we hardly leave our phone more than a few feet away. Photo by: jetmag.com

Here are some statistics about cell phone ownership from psychguides.com:

  • 60% of U.S. college students consider themselves to have a cell phone addiction.
  • 71% of people sleep with or next to their cell phones.
  • Nearly 40% of people never disconnect from cell phones, even while on vacation.
  • 44% of Americans say they couldn’t go a day without their mobile devices.

These statistics are concerning and show that our world revolves around cell phones.

There can be major consequences to having a phone addiction. When I got my first device, an iPod, I told myself this would never happen. Sadly, I didn’t really go through with it. If I was bored the first thing I would do would be to either check Facebook or watch YouTube. I was on my device a lot and I felt is change my family life. This happens to families all around America. Finally I realized I was truly on my device too much and so I made a change. I have realized that having an addition to a phone or other device has consequences.

A Secret Addition… Many students can be secretly on their phones in class. Photo by: Kai Eagley
A Secret Addition… Students secretly on their phones in class. Photo by: Kai Eagley

It appears that some millennials of this world don’t seem to realize this. People divide from family, become afraid to not have their phone, and in some cases, even die because they were staring at their phone and crash or get hit by a car.

Our world needs to realize what is happening to our world and make a change. Yes phones are nice but in no way do we need to be on it all the time. Some changes we can make are: Raise awareness because most people don’t realize they are addicted to their phone. Personally: if you notice you are on your phone a lot, turn it all the way off. Yes that can be hard but it helps. Go do something else to get your mind of your phone and social media. Take a walk, play a board game with someone or read a book. These may seem like small things but over time it will make a difference.

New Stadium in Town… Story by Vaughn Kinman

With as popular as the stadium was during the festival at Sandpoint, the new bleachers were competing with the musicians themselves for the attention of the people. When asked in a survey, around 58% people said it was a good idea, mainly because of the safety hazards that the old ones provided. “I thought it was time for something new, glad that ended up that way” one person added.

A New Vision... Barlow stadium as envisioned in 2015. Photo By: LPOSD
A New Vision… Barlow stadium as envisioned in 2015, before the renovation. Photo By: LPOSD

However, the new stands weren’t favored by some, around 25% of surveyed people answered no. Most of the surveyees said that it was because of the nostalgia that went hand and hand with the old bleachers.  They are planning on replacing the grass with something, whether it be real grass or AstroTurf is undecided. If they do plan on replacing the grass, then it is estimated that it will be done around 2018. It will also include a new gate system that covers the new entrance. The new way the entrance is designed will change the way the gates work.

However, voters may need to ask themselves if the city is moving beyond the original measure proposed to them to remodel the Memorial Field bleachers. The bleachers are being paid for by an extra 1% sales tax which is being charged at grocery stores and farmers’ market. This tax was approved in late 2015, and plans to run its course by 2020. It had been planned to generate another $2.7 million for the town in order to fund the project over the 5 years it should be in effect.

Under Construction... The new stadium was being built all through the past winter. Photo By: SHS Athletics
Under Construction… The new stadium was being built all through the past winter. Photo By: SHS Athletics

It’s also worth remembering that residents did vote for this tax overwhelmingly, at 73% approving.

Recently, the locker rooms underneath the stadium have been unveiled. This will likely be warmed received by Sandpoint High School teams who use the stadium, including the baseball, soccer, and football groups. It has also hosted graduations, ceremonies, and festivals that drive in tourism and as a result improve the economy. It’s also worth remembering that the program was initiated by failure to meet safety codes for the bleachers, and so was a necessity to keep the stadium running.

Schedules and Semesters… Story by Isaac Solly

As students get back into their school routines, at least one aspect of the day is sure to be different than last year, as class times have been adjusted to add a total of 15 minutes to each day. Starting school 5 minutes earlier at 7:55 and finishing 5 minutes later, at 3:15 made up for this. The rest of the added time came from student lunch period, reducing it to 25 minutes.

Bus Timing… School ends now at 3:15, but buses won’t leave for another 10 minutes past that
Bus Timing… School ends now at 3:15, but buses won’t leave for another 10 minutes past, until 3:25

Period timing is now somewhat changed from last year, but not by more than 3 minutes per class (which is about the time between classes anyway), so it is unlikely that there will be far reaching consequences. Students seem to prefer losing 5 minutes at lunch rather than the alternative of taking away holiday-time to make up for the deficit.

However, what was the reasoning for the schedule changes?

In order to get a credit for a class, 60 hours must be spent in it per semester. These are the rules that national public schools, including SHS, go by. However, Forrest Bird goes by trimesters, meaning that the third trimester project’s extra hours and half-credit isn’t part of state requirements.

The necessity of a half-credit is debatable in on itself—on one hand, it provides a “safety net” that can add up to an additional 2 credits per subject should a student spend 4 years in Forrest Bird. There also is merit in having a school-wide project that promotes creativity and individual thinking, as seen recently in the service-learning project last year. Then again, this is all extra time not mandated by the state, and won’t be required for graduation.

Rethinking the Schedule… Class periods times have been adjusted slightly to create an extra 15 minutes at school
Rethinking the Schedule… Class periods times have been adjusted slightly to create an extra 15 minutes at school.

This leads to the argument between keeping trimesters as they are or switching to a semester based schedule. Learning in semesters would keep Forrest Bird more in line with NIC and SHS, and would limit disruption that happens to the middle school during third trimester. However, though the middle school doesn’t do a project, 8th graders make up the time with a week-long trip to Yellowstone, and other grades have field trips as well.

Third trimester can either be seen as an integral part of the Forrest Bird identity, or as an unnecessary drain on student time for a token half-credit. This question is essentially the basis of the trimester-semester debate, and will be the basis of any decision to keep or do away with our new schedule.

All Photos by Isaac Solly

Valentine’s Day Fundraiser… Story By: Miranda Paddack

Valentine’s Day Fundraiser… Story By: Miranda Paddack


Red Roses-Liz WestValentine’s Day is a great opportunity for a school fundraiser; flowers and chocolate are always a hit in school. The student council has their candy grams at a dollar each and their roses at five dollars each. Is $5 too much for a single rose? Student council must make profit from these fundraisers, but are they milking it?

According to Andrew Van Winkle, our student council secretary, they are purchasing their roses from Super-1 Foods one dozen for $10 before tax, which would be .83 cents each.  Is there a better deal out their? To find out we looked into the prices of single and dozen rose prices at Safeway, Super-1, and Yokes. Super-1 Foods generally sell their dozen at $17.98 before tax; however, the student council are getting almost an $8 discount. Could this be due to the student council having a member working at this grocery store? Safeway is selling their plain dozen roses at $19.99 as well as Yokes. Out of all of these stores Yokes has the cheapest bring for single roses for $3.99 before tax.

Super 1 Foods-stratageotech  Student council is getting a great deal, 12 for 10. They are also making a four dollar profit; do they have their roses overpriced? Student council could still be making profit by selling their roses at three or four dollars each, making a profit closer to two and half dollars.

Sugar Fast, Not So Fast… Story By: John Holmes

Sugar Fast, Not So Fast…
Story By: John Holmes

A bitter ritual is on its third term – one in which our own school chooses to participate. It is that of the sugar detox. Every year, members of our school community partake in this sugar fast. In the past, this event has been held February, but for the first time is being conducted in January. However, should this abstention of sugar completely cut out all forms of sugar, or only certain elements of a diet?

Decisions about sugar…what foods will you eat? Photo by National Institute of Health.
Decisions about sugar…what foods will you eat? Photo by National Institute of Health.

To answer this question, let’s take a look at the science of sugar. The human body only requires one form of sugar – glucose. According to Dr. Kristina Rother, a NIH pediatrician, glucose is an important source of fuel for the body. The brain requires it for energy. As the European Food Information Council states, an average-weight human needs to consume around 200 grams of glucose a day, a third of which is used for brain energy.

However, the body can manufacture glucose simply by digesting carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. You don’t need the candy bars to gain your energy.

But what about natural sugars? Can you eat these in the detox?

Many different foods – such as fruits, vegetables, and milk – have natural sugars in them. These sugars are much healthier than the processed kind, and they also have many nutrients. For example, an apple has approximately 10.39 grams of sugar (according to the USDA), but they also have many minerals and can be beneficial to your health.

Now what are some of the side effects of this sugar diet?

The main repercussion of a sugar detox is sugar withdrawal. Eating is a pleasurable experience to our bodies, triggering the release of dopamine, which is the chemical that causes us to feel rewarded. This process is especially susceptible to sweet flavors. This is because sweetness tells our brain that a food, at least in the natural world, contains carbohydrates.

Sugar…how does it affect you? Photo by WeKnowOurDreams.com.
Sugar…how does it affect you? Photo by WeKnowOurDreams.com.

Most of the food we consume today, however, have large amounts of sugar. The greater amount of sweetness causes a greater amount of dopamine release, giving our brains a chemical “high.”

When we eat less sugar, less dopamine is produced. Our brains want that higher amount of dopamine produced, so they respond with a sugar withdrawal.

What are some of the symptoms of a sugar withdrawal? In a 2002 study, scientists at Princeton University fed Male rats large amounts of sugar, and then deprived them of it for 24 hours. After the rats were deprived of the sugar, they began to show signs of withdrawal, including paw tremors, reduced time in a maze, and anxiety. According to the results, the anxiety levels suggested a dependence on sugar, similar to the effect one gets form nicotine.

Now that you know the science of the detox, it is up to you to decide. Do you want to completely rid your diet of sugar, or will you only subtract certain sources of sugar? It is your choice.