Monday, October 31, 2016

While the World Watches Syria, Who’s Watching Yemen?

Jack McKenna
Staff Writer

If the evening news shows aren’t leading with the most recent U.S. Presidential election insults between the candidates, the news focuses on events in Syria.
 According to U.N. High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR), more than 8.7 million Syrians, or roughly 40% of the population, will be displaced by the end of the year due to the ongoing civil war that began in 2011. However, in that same year, uprisings also began in Yemen and the UNHCR estimates that 80% of the 23.3 million people in the area need humanitarian protection.
 International alliances among countries might explain why the West has paid virtually no attention to the Yemeni crisis. Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad has close ties to Russia, the U.S.’s major adversary on the world stage. The U.S. news media has covered the atrocities in Syria extensively because it reflects poorly on Vladimir Putin and Russia. Whereas the main player behind the food shortages in Yemen is Saudi Arabia, America’s strongest ally in the region. News coverage has been limited of the horrible suffering that is ongoing in Yemen, perhaps because the U.S. doesn’t want to highlight the Saudi failure to put down the rebels and help protect civilians.

 In many ways, the crisis in Yemen has become a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the U.S. certainly wants to avoid any entanglements on either side of that dispute. If the U.S. is going to be involved Middle East politics at all, its politicians and its news media should not ignore more than 21 million starving Yemenis.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

New Zodiac Sign upsets the astrological apple cart

Taylor Selbst and Julia Coburn

Zodiac signs were created many years ago to describe the circle of twelve thirty-degree divisions. Universally, zodiac signs have been used to describe/reflect one’s personality characteristics. The twelve different zodiac signs are based off of the month and day in which one was born, but recently a new zodiac sign, Ophiuchus [of-ee-yoo-kahy], has been created and has changed the signs that people have believed were theirs for many years.   
 Earlier this year, NASA quietly announced that they were going to change the whole zodiac system, assigning new dates to each zodiac sign in order to include Ophiuchus. According to NASA, when the Babylonians created the zodiac system 3,000 years ago, the earth's axis did not point quite in the same direction.
 Many people are furious about the new addition of the zodiac sign, especially the strong believers in horoscopes. Senior Kelly Hyland expresses her anger through the change by saying, “Who am I now? It’s hard enough going through your teenage years trying to find your identity, but now I know I’ve been living a lie.” Other students we have talked to had no idea about the addition, but once we told them they were very disappointed and didn’t understand why it has been changed after so many years.
 In conclusion, the new zodiac sign is creating a lot of confusion. Most people are surprised about this change. Changing something that has been around for so long seems unnecessary and pointless.

Jelly’s Corner (October Edition)

Dear Jelly,

With the SATs approaching, can you give us a list of DOs and DON’TS? Also, what is the best present you've ever gotten?
-Junior Struggles

Dear Junior Struggles,
Thank you for being our first question!
 This is a difficult question to answer because it’s hard to say if anyone really knows the right response. However, from our personal experiences, we have managed to create a list of DOs and DON'TS for approaching the SAT.
 First, don't stress about the SAT; you will get into college, and a bad score isn't the end of the world. Second, take advantage of the free study tools that the College Board has to offer, because they will help you a lot. Lastly, don't be the person who always talks about the SAT; you stress out everyone around you.

Kelly Hyland: The best present I have ever received is the opportunity to give advice in Jelly’s corner.
Joseph Giunta: The best present I have ever received is my MacBook #justnewhopethings
Jelly’s Corner

Ask Jelly: If you have any questions about life, school or anything you want! Please send them to  and we will answer them in the next issue of the Lion’s Tale.