By Lindsey Purcell
A cell phone buzzes while you're driving home. Is it acceptable to take your eyes off the road for just a few seconds?
Cell phones are a major part of people's daily activities, including driving. As of 2018, only 16 states prohibit drivers from using handheld devices while driving. Driving while talking on the phone is dangerous for all drivers in all states, so it doesn't make sense for this to be legal. A phone takes the driver’s hand off the wheel and causes the driver to risk his/her life; therefore, handheld use of a phone while driving should be illegal in every state.
The time it takes for the driver to pick up the phone could cost the driver his or her life. According to Edgar Snyder of The National Safety Council, “Cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.” Some people may say that turning on a radio takes the driver’s eyes off the road for more time than answering a phone call, but data from a myriad of studies shows many instances when cell phones have caused deadly crashes due to drivers taking their eyes off the road.
Cell phone use while driving has taken people's lives even when they weren't on their phones. According to the New York Times, a 19-year-old named Reggie Shaw crashed into two cars, killing two people. “The facts showed that Reggie had been texting — 11 texts sent and received in the minutes and seconds around the crash, maybe right at the moment of the crash, though for more than two years Reggie denied it.” If a person texts while driving, that person endangers not only his/her own life, but the lives of everyone else on the road.
Even though having laws against talking on a cellphone while driving may not stop everyone from using a cell phone while driving, it will have a more positive impact than having no laws at all. According to the NBC News, people are four times more likely to crash if they are using a cellphone. Clearly, distraction equals disaster.
People need to become more aware of the dangers of cellphone use on the road, and a ticket will certainly get a distracted driver’s attention. Ticketing will not only ensure consequences, but it will encourage drivers to be more cautious. Enforcement in all states, not just 16, can potentially save lives and make the roads safer for everyone.
Cell phones are deadly weapons that can be fatal when mixed with driving. This issue needs to be addressed seriously, and enforcement must be made mandatory.
By Isabella Skvarla
For sometime, politicians in this country have been criticized and mocked by comedians, regardless of their party. Whether on Saturday Night Live or The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, comedians have demonstrated that all people have an opinion about how our country is governed.
A prime example of this is Jimmy Kimmel’s coverage of the repeal and replace effort against the American Healthcare Act. During his monologue, Kimmel used the example of his son, Billy, who was born with a congenital heart disorder, to explain to viewers that if the proposed bill passed, individuals with medical conditions like Billy’s would be turned down for healthcare coverage when they were older.
One of the most impactful lines from Kimmel’s monologue was, “If your baby is going to die and it does not have to, it should not matter how much money you make.” By making this statement, Kimmel raised awareness of how the American people would be impacted by the proposed bill. But, to what extent does the commentary of these comedians impact the lawmakers who have to either approve or disapprove of these laws?
By Shania Kuo
With the school year drawing to a close, most of us have our summer plans set. However, the life of a student is rough, and for you underclassmen, there’s a lot you can do this summer to get a head start for next year.
By Ashley Hazan
Senioritis: a crippling disease that strikes high school seniors
1. Loss of Hand Mobility When it’s Time to Turn Off the TV Senioritis may cause a sense of cramping in the hands and feet when deciding to turn off Netflix and start your overdue homework. It’s almost impossible to grab the remote, and you may find yourself stuck in front of the screen for hours on end.
2. Short-Term Memory Loss When it Comes to Remembering Project Due Dates
Senioritis blocks any important messages that need to be received by the brain, like due dates! Even if we seniors do remember, most times we just refuse to do the work anyway
By Matilde Bechet
Chardon High School Shooting—3 deaths
Charleston Church Shooting—9 deaths
2012 Aurora Shooting—12 deaths
Columbine High School Massacre—13 deaths
Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting—17 deaths
Sandy Hook Elementary School—26 deaths
Virginia Tech Shooting—32 deaths
Orlando Nightclub Shooting—49 deaths
2017 Las Vegas Shooting—59 deaths
This list could keep going…
By Kevin Hart
People often pose thought-provoking questions about life. These questions include: Is there a God? What’s the meaning of life? What’s our purpose? Well, we don’t care about that—we only care about lunch.
Picture this. You walk into the cafeteria and see the happy faces of your fellow peers before stepping in line to receive the daily grub. What could it be today? Chicken tenders? Perhaps pizza? Then, before you know it, you’re towering over the grand selection of food at your fingertips. You see that it’s a messy calzone with the side of fruit that you probably won’t eat.
Now, you might be thinking, “Kevin! Why you gotta be so harsh towards the food? Food is food, just eat it as it is!” You’re right, food is food. But, shouldn’t we enjoy our food as we consume it?
I took the liberty of visiting the cafeteria during 6th period lunch, and I surveyed twelve people about their opinions about school food.
By Matilde Bechet
What if you were challenged not to look at your cell phone for an entire day? Seems impossible, right? How about an hour? Ask yourself: can you really detach yourself from your device?
Consider the fact that there are fellow humans in other countries who don’t even have wifi, let alone cellphones. So, why is it that the OBHS community cannot live without them? Well, it’s an issue that France is addressing.
France’s Education Minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, announced that when students return to school in September of 2018, cellphones will not be allowed in schools for children 15 years and younger.
According to National Public Radio, phones in France had already been banned from elementary and secondary schools in 2010, and students were expected to keep them inside their backpacks. However, students did not always follow these rules. As a result, stricter guidelines were imposed, leading to this most recent ban.
By Kevin Hart
The answer is… Angelina Jolie! No. John Madden! Dang—it’s HQ Trivia! The app has taken the country by storm, and it’s here to stay. HQ Trivia is an app where players from the United States and the United Kingdom play live game show-esque trivia for a chance to win thousands of dollars! The app goes live at 3 pm and 9 pm EST.
By Shania Kuo
Colors. They’re essential to seeing the world and all its wonders. However, do they really have a place in your notes? From highlighting to different color pens, students don't realize that their vast color palette may be doing them more harm than good since most students don’t utilize colors correctly. So, how can you avoid this?
Highlighting is the first thing students think of when hearing their teacher say “annotate this story/poem/article/etc.” The problem arrives when people start highlighting every detail without any actual annotations. Now, you’re unable to quickly identify what you highlighted or why you highlighted it in the first place. The time students waste searching for quotes they knew they read could be utilized elsewhere had they been more organized.
By Matilde Bechet
Entering high school is not always the easiest of transitions. Most adolescents develop relationships with their peers at a young age, and they are reluctant to allow new “members” into their groups of friends. This problem exacerbates the pressure of cliques: the athletes, the popular girls, the cheerleaders, the academic-oriented, the musically gifted, and more. High school is a community with multiple sub-groups, and it can be frightening for students to find their niche in such an overwhelming environment.
When it comes to lunch hour, students might have difficulty approaching a table and asking to sit with strangers. I can recall my experience at OBHS on the first day of school in 8th grade. Having just moved from Portugal to the U.S., anxiety overcame me as I thought about walking into the crowded cafeteria where I knew no one. Self-conscious of my English capabilities, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to hold a conversation. In the end, I was too shy to approach someone, and I decided to sit by myself.