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Men In Society

HannahKornegay, Features Editor

A wave of prepubescent boys just decided that frappuccino is the most necessary drink to satiate their current sugar craving, and so all their awkward, foul-smelling, gangly limbs just poured into this small space in which I was trying my hardest to do school work. Each boy completely disregards the aromatic steam wafting from the french press, offering them a chance to taste some damn fine coffee, and instead dutifully skim the “refreshments” portion of the menu. And so the fragile looking barista begins what can only be described as sugar torture and makes them each the exact same drink with different colored “flavors” being added to the top to make them seem different. As three boys stand off to the side, poised and ready to receive their drinks, another adolescent offers his friend a sip of his drink…from the same straw. Being a woman who never had the privilege of watching my older brother at this age, interact with other boys this age, I watch, seeing if his friends will take the gracious proposition.

“Ew, that’s gay,” one of the boys declares. Then, he sticks his own straw in the other boys drink and sucks up an overly sugary-sticky portion of the whipped beverage and nods his pleasure. No one flinches, at least none of them do, for this is obviously a term that’s been thrown around before. In fact, while their conversation was audible and could easily be heard by anyone else in the cafe at the time, not one person budged.

This short interaction between two boys, arguably too young to even understand the full implications of being gay in a society that still stigmatizes homosexuality, sparked a fuse in my head. Are boys actually afraid of being gay, and if they are, what else do men feel they must define in order to fit seamlessly in a judgemental world?

It’s become commonplace to hear about the pressures women face at the hands of society, but men’s struggles aren’t acknowledged. From birth, boys are taught not to cry, to “suck it up” and suppress their emotions. They’re raised as straight by default, and people are a lot more understanding of women questioning their sexuality than of men doing the same. As for the boys in the coffee shop, they could very well be gay, but they’ve already been conditioned to believe that being gay is less-than and overall an unfavorable option.

Not only are there societal pressures placed on men to uphold a certain standard, but also similar cultural pressures men must face as well.

“As a gay man, I’m viewed as soft and submissive, but within the context of my family, I’m expected to be strong and stable,” reflects Adrian Carrasquillo (SR).

The traditional role of a woman has always been to raise and nurture her family, but these ideals are being challenged and altered constantly by women who have learned that they can be both a mother and a business owner. In the same breath, there has been an increase in men who would rather be a stay-at-home father than run board meetings.

These ideas are not only oppressive, they also instill shame in those who differ from the norm. In an effort to provide proper research for this article, I bought flowers for my mother and father. My mother took them graciously and before I knew it, they’d been displayed in the house. However, when I gave the flowers to my father, I was met with confusion. I’m positive that he was happy to have them, but I don’t think it was because he wanted them. And I don’t think he would have had the same reaction had his brother or son done the same for him. Has heteronormativity been instilled in us so thoroughly that we can’t even accept gifts without fear of the implications?

More and more each day, there are men who choose to defy these stereotypes. There are men who are beginning to feel more comfortable being themselves. Whether that means men are buying flowers for themselves, sharing drinks or simply rejecting oppressive heteronormativity, it’s important that society continues to make strides for the better.

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Saving the Chattahoochee River

SireeshRamesh, Editor-in-Chief

The Chattahoochee River is one of the most commonly used water sources in Georgia, yet, continued urban and industrial neglect jeopardizes the river’s safety. When these negligent practices are coupled with stormwater surges that sweep large expanses of waste into the Chattahoochee River, the threat of having a bacteria-saturated, poorly flowing water source only increases.  With multiple tropical storms having recently passed through the Chattahoochee River region, such a possibility is a larger concern than ever before. It is up to Georgians to do something about it.

    The Chattahoochee River is generally clean and safe. It is a common destination for boating and other recreational activities like swimming and fishing. The problem emerges during heavy rains when water levels surge and pollutants wash into the river. Architects account for this possibility, and, in general, industrial and urban sites are built with impervious surfaces to prevent this very possibility.

However, the consistent and extreme flooding seen in recent weeks is at a scale that no engineer could predict to occur in Georgia. The result is that sewer infrastructures have become penetrated by the flow of storm surges, all of it pouring into the Chattahoochee River.

    The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is an organization that works to curb the effects of this type of pollution. It performs bacteria-level tests on the river to ensure proper levels and alerts the public if the bacterial ecosystem is out of balance (as would happen when sewage surges into the river.) Yet the scope of these organizations only goes as far as how many people are willing to help. If the Chattahoochee River is to persevere as a mainstay of tourism and water infrastructure, then Georgia residents need to take the initiative to help the river do so.

     This can primarily be done by signing up as a volunteer through the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper website. Jobs range from getting knee-deep in the river to measure bacteria levels and removing dirt or sediment buildups to manning the hotline for the Chattahoochee Riverkeepers. Regardless, if an initiative is not taken soon, the condition of the Chattahoochee River will eventually reach a point where it can no longer be recovered. If it reaches that point, Georgia will have lost a beautiful landmark that had sustained its surrounding communities for generations and could have done so for many more generations to come.

The Insanity of Hooch One Acts

CarolineKurzawa, Staff Reporter

The Chattahoochee High School One Acts took place Oct. 12-14 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. The One Acts showcase included two shows: “It’s a Wonderful Neverland” by Patrick Greene and “The Insanity of Mary Girard” by Lanie Robertson. A One Act is not the same as a musical in that there are no musical interludes or large song breaks. Additionally, One Acts run about an hour long, but for competition pieces, the time must be shaved down to fifty-five minutes.

The first show of the night, “It’s a Wonderful Neverland,” was a blend between the classic tale of Peter Pan and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Tinkerbell’s cousin, Stinkerbell, played by Gavin Van Beveren, leads Peter Pan through what his life would have looked like if he had never come to Neverland. The show was light and heartfelt, and Van Beveren’s performance as Stinkerbell stole the show with his quick wit and deep character development.

The second show, “The Insanity of Mary Girard,” contained very mature content such as domestic  abuse and rape, and young members of the audience were asked to leave before the show began. “Mary Girard” is based on a true story and takes place during the 1700s at a mental asylum in Pennsylvania. Mary Girard is declared mentally insane after her husband discovers she is pregnant with another man’s child, confusing the symptoms of pregnancy with those of insanity. Throughout the show, figments of Mary’s imagination play past patients of the asylum and ghosts of her past. The show reaches its climax when Mary has a confrontation with her husband in which he accuses her of never properly filling the role of a wife and bearing his children. A pseudo-rape scene occurs, and Mary seems hopeless and defenseless. However, Mary stands up for herself and tells her husband that she was unable to bear his children because he is impotent and void of feeling. Mary eventually submits to her hallucinations, going insane, and ends the show manically laughing in a torture chair while the lights dim and the stage fills with an eerie red glow.

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“Mary Girard” was riveting from beginning to end. Kayleigh Cook’s portrayal of Mary Girard was hauntingly beautiful, raw and incredibly well done. The entire cast seemed to share a special chemistry that allowed them to immerse themselves in the show and create magic, even with the darkest of material.

However, the cast of “Mary Girard” is not finished yet. They go to competition with this piece on Oct. 28 at Johns Creek High School. Teema Yassine, who portrayed a nurse, feels “really good” about their chances at competition and believes that there were “several small things” that brought the show to “a completely different level.”

NCAA Football > NFL

BrettGreenberg, Staff Reporter

NCAA football is far better than the NFL for plenty of reasons. When people think of college football, rivalries, college playoffs and bragging rights are the first things that come to mind. However, when people think of the NFL, they immediately imagine overpaid players who are only playing for the check, boring offenses and somewhat of a predetermined Super Bowl Champion. Although a case can be made for both sides, I believe college football is superior to the NFL.

Although the NFL has a dedicated fan base, it is not as large as college football and nowhere close to as intense. College football fans are there from the beginning, watching the recruiting process and following along to see if their beloved team will be able to do just enough to sign that highly-touted high school player who seems poised to make an immediate impact for a team the minute he steps on the field. With the NFL, the fans are just there for the ride because of the NFL draft, where the ownership makes executive decisions for the future of the team.

Anyone who follows college football knows that the league has some of the most storied rivalries such as Ohio State versus Michigan, Auburn Alabama and the Florida – Georgia game. These rivalries bring the best out of the fans, players and storylines in college football. Because a majority of a certain school’s fans are alumni from that school, there is an indescribable connection that prompts college fans to feel personally tied and responsible for the school’s team. The rivalries promote healthy, but intense, competition between the two schools that adds drama for the rest of college football’s fans.

With the NFL, the tie or connection to the team is not as close because a majority of NFL fans are simply fans of their hometown team. The rivalries aren’t as great either. The NFL has somewhat of an unwritten rule that each of the thirty-two teams has to run the same boring offense or a variation of the pro-style offense which includes a running back behind the quarterback with two or three wide receivers lined up outside with a tight end. With the limited variation in offense play-calling, the NFL fan becomes bored because even they can predict what play is going to be run and what will happen next.

In college football, players are working towards the next step in their master plans, to be drafted and play in the NFL. That is why the overall effort during games in college seems far more dedicated than that of the NFL’s.  In the NFL, these players have found success and have already received their million dollar contracts, so players lack the drive found in college football. In college, there is simply more passion in each and every play, while in the NFL, walking during a play is commonplace for national television.

The final reason college football is far superior to the NFL is that simply anything can happen once two teams step on the field. They are considered equally talented and,thus, equally likely to win the game. For example, in the 2013 Iron Bowl (Auburn versus Alabama), Alabama was a heavy favorite going into the game, but that did not mean anything. It was the end of the game with the clock reading that only six seconds were left. The game was tied 28-28. With one second left, Alabama attempted a fifty-seven-yard field goal that would presumably either win Alabama the game or send the game into overtime. Then, the “Prayer at Jordan-Hare” or the “Kick-Six” happened. Alabama kicked the football,and it ended up short. However, it ended up short in an Auburn player’s hands at the end zone. Next thing you know, Auburn is in Alabama’s end zone celebrating a world-class win after the Auburn player ran the ball 109 yards.

In the NFL, not as many crazy, unexpected things can happen. There is somewhat of a predetermined Super Bowl winner. It’s the same four or five teams that are in contention including the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since I have started watching the NFL, there has not been anywhere close to the excitement that college football brings and for that reason, college football is far superior to the NFL.

We Want Edmodo

BrendanHuet, Staff Reporter

In my previous years of high school, Chattahoochee has used a student resource tool called Edmodo. Edmodo was a way for students to stay on top of their schoolwork, and it was also very effective for communication purposes. But this year, Chattahoochee has elected not to use Edmodo and decided that each teacher should just have their own website. Well, it has been approximately a month and a half without Edmodo, and my work has been as unorganized as ever. There may be a valid explanation for the change, but Chattahoochee High School, we want Edmodo back.

The main purpose of Edmodo was to provide access to student resource tools such as calendars, extra practice, answers keys, and anything else the teacher gave the students for help. These new websites that have replaced Edmodo do the same thing, except every teacher has their own website. Edmodo was convenient for students because every teacher was using it.

Now, students must have all the website links and their usernames and passwords for the websites written somewhere so they don’t forget.  Will Bracknell (SR) claims, “I feel like I have had to change my study habits and organization techniques this year without Edmodo.” This is a struggle for students this year because everyone was so used to Edmodo and the conveniences that came with it.

Also, the communication factor has decreased with Edmodo.  Normally with Edmodo, all students had to do was send their teacher a message through the app and the teacher would receive a notification. This was helpful because the teacher could answer quick questions very easily. Now without Edmodo, students have to email their teacher if they have a question. This is hard because teachers do not usually log onto their school email once they leave school. So, it is very rare to get your questions answered before the next morning.

From a teacher’s perspective, Mrs. Paxton feels that Edmodo “really allowed the classes’ communication to be crisp and made it easier for everyone.” Without a consistent form of communication, having a well-rounded class is hard to develop.

Due to the mysterious disappearance of this resource tool that Chattahoochee has been using for several years, some research had to be done to find out what happened. It turns out that Edmodo’s technology platform was hacked at the end of May. The hacker had control of about 77 million accounts, including all of the accounts’ emails and passwords.

With some investigation by Motherboard, a technology and science publication owned by Vice, it was reported that the hacker sold the information for $1,000 on the “dark web.”  This is most likely the reason why the administration made the decision to no longer use Edmodo, considering a large amount of other Edmodo users did the same.

Although the administration at Chattahoochee High School had a valid reason for stopping the use of Edmodo, that does not mean it has not had a huge affect on students and teachers. Without the ability to access of Edmodo, the organization of students has been lacking, the use of separate websites for every teacher has caused widespread confusion and the communication between students and their teachers are at an all time low. Because of all of the struggle being seen in this first quarter of the school year, I believe I can say this with confidence: we want Edmodo back.

 

 

 

 

 

Why the Aliens Refuse to Visit Us

GraceSassaman, Staff Reporter

We all know they’re out there. There’s really no denying their existence at this point. But the nagging question remains: why haven’t aliens contacted us yet? They’re probably fully capable of doing so, but they’re refusing to reach out to their human counterparts because of some repulsive observations of the earth and its peoples. Some people may ask, “just what about us is so dreadful that aliens are refusing the chance to change the universe forever?” Well, there are some worldly issues that the aliens can’t seem to overcome.

    1. Pineapple on pizza. When the extra-terrestrials discovered the unassailable combination of bread, tomato sauce, and cheese, humans immediately became a little bit more respectable. However, millions of humans across the globe have a preference for pineapple, a sweet fruit, as their first topping choice. This understandably disgusted the extra-terrestrials. They left and never looked back.
    2. People who pour milk before the cereal. It’s painful to think about how some humans do this. This type of person simply cannot be trusted, as their basic moral principles are compromised. Cereal goes before milk. That’s just the way it is and always will be. Aliens couldn’t stand the small percentage of the population that partakes in this sin, so they decided that their time would be better spent somewhere far, far away from Earth.
    3. People who bite into, instead of break apart, Kit-Kat bars. This act is truly an abomination. The Kit-Kat corporation designed their chocolate candy bars for easy consumption via the distinct separations of each wafer. Some humans, however, have decided to ignore all rules and bite directly into the four wafers at once. It’s a cringe-worthy reason for the aliens to avoid us. (To the unprincipled people who do this: Kourtney Kardashian posted a tutorial on this exact concept, explaining how to correctly eat Kit-Kats. It is strongly suggested that these people take some time to watch it.)
    4. The presidency of Donald Trump. Self-explanatory.
    5. Android users. No matter how much Android users deny it, Apple has been in control of the phone industry for a while. Android users are fine in theory, but when that green text bubble shows up, Apple users and the aliens quickly become annoyed. Just make the switch already; it’s 2017.
    6. All “Rick And Morty” fans. The fanbase of the spinoff of “Back to the Future” has gained notoriety. These fans cannot be stopped with their impulsive need to yell catchphrases from the show. Oh, you’re Pickle Rick? The aliens don’t care.
    7. People who wear socks to bed. These freaks apparently don’t understand life on Earth. It may or may not be a matter of personal hygiene, but either way, the thought of feet being enclosed in a slightly damp-from-sweat sock is something that keeps the aliens up at night.

It would be incredible for the aliens to reach out to our world, but as long as there are people who participate in this list of offenses, there’s a chance that the aliens will avoid us forever. Can we rightfully blame them for distancing themselves from us? If you identify with any of the above, feel free to change your ways! Maybe aliens will visit sooner than we think.

The Modern Sirens of Coast Modern

TaisFerreira, Staff Writer

When one is asked what their definition of a concert is, the answer most likely describes an upscale venue, hundreds of people and a well-known band performing. And while many do prefer a large-scale concert, numerous others lean towards smaller venues. Smaller venues provide the audience with a more intimate feel with the performers and calmer environments that allow the sound to be clearer. Smaller venues in Atlanta usually consist of The Tabernacle, The Loft, Vinyl and Terminal West. These venues host a variety of aspiring bands and artists.

On September 30, Coast Modern, an American indie band that originated in Los Angeles, California, performed at The Vinyl. The band is a duo of Luke Atlas and Coleman Trapp as lead singer and guitarist respectively.

Due to the concert taking place at the Vinyl, tickets were only $15 per person and all ages were welcomed. Arriving to the venue was an easy ride through a few highways, and parking was located within the same building as the concert room. Upon walking into the concert room, a bouncer checks identifications to permit entrance into the concert. The room had a relaxing environment to it with the lights dim and the stage paired with soft blue lighting along the curtains.

The concert started off with an opening show by Trash Panda, a three man psychedelic rock band. After a 40-minute opening rock performance, Coast Modern started setting up their drums on stage before coming out. They started off with singing their most popular songs from their most recently launched album. Both singers were accompanied by an extra guitarist and drummer that added to the overall rich and deep toned bass. Coast Modern sang for about an hour and when the crowd requested an encore, they quickly ran out and happily provided a final song. Overall the artists performed with clear voices and took advantage of the intimate atmosphere the small venue provided and it created a captivated crowd.