80 Second Editorials February 2020

Is google making us smarter or dumber? Explain.

“Google is a blessing and a curse. On one hand, we have the amazing technology to give us information with instant gratification. However, that instant gratification could lead to people embracing laziness.” -Lola Casillas, junior

“Google is making us dumber. Instead of learning the information yourself, you can just look up something on the internet for the moment, and forget it afterwards.” -Jason Sutter, sophomore

“I feel like Google is making us think less creatively. Instead of attempting to try and come up with the answers on our own, we are more reliable on Google for the answers. If we do not understand something it is very simple to type it into the search bar and thousands of ideas pop up. We are able to access Google at any point in our day. It is a way to know the facts in a click of a button. We take books for granted now that there are online pdfs we can scroll through.” -Lauren Canata, sophomore

“I think it’s a mix of both. I think if you actually use it to learn and not to find answers or to cheat, then you’re getting smarter from it.” -Trevor Pluff, sophomore

 

Are you a fan of Massachusetts professional sports teams? If so, which ones and how does it feel to be a fan?

“Yes, the Bruins. It’s great to be a fan of the original six team. One that has a history of being one of the best, with one of the best goalies in the NHL. With easily one of the best wingers in hockey as pasta has been unreal this year.” -Jack Guindon, junior

“Yes, I am a big fan of the Patriots. I just grew up loving them.” -Valerie Ferrer Ramos, sophomore

“Yes, I am a fan of Massachusetts professional sports teams. I root for all the basic teams: Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox, and most importantly, the New England Patriots. It feels amazing to be a fan. There are so many people that root for the same team, and as cheesy as it sounds, it feels and seems like a family.” -Kathryn Lynch, sophomore

 

Do you still think you’d be a fan if you didn’t live/grow up in Massachusetts? Why or why not?

“Probably, just because of the history of the team, and how many of the players I liked even before they played for them.” -Jack Guindon, junior

“Probably, because my dad mostly likes them because of how successful they are. But I’m not very sure.” -Valerie Ferrer Ramos, sophomore 

Honestly, I do not know if I would still be a fan of Massachusetts teams if I did not grow up here. I always just knew that we cheered for the Patriots and so on, and never even thought about other teams.” -Kathryn Lynch, sophomore 

 

What is your favorite clothing brand and what about it are you attracted to?

“I love clothes from Aerie! All of the clothes they sell are super comfortable and their company promotes body positivity, which is very important to me.” -Lola Casillas, junior

“I have a lot. I like American Eagle, Champion, Nike… it depends on what type of clothes I’m wearing.” -Niamh Ginty, sophomore

“Patagonia, because they make quality products that are actually worth the price, unlike other name brand clothes. They are concerned about protecting our earth and they repair damaged goods.”    -Owen Kennedy, sophomore

 

How do you stay active in the winter? What is your favorite outdoor winter activity? 

“This year I bought a fat tire ebike that would make it easier to continue to ride in the winter.  I absolutely love it. I use a low assist level through most of my rides and kick it up a notch if it is super windy.  The fat tires are useful for dealing with the potholes and snowy conditions. It has helped me extend my riding season to year round.” -Ms. Hayes, special education teacher

“I stay active by going on ski trips. My family and friends go skiing very often in the winter time. It keeps us not only active, but allows us to see the world instead of being inside all day. Skiing is the best outdoor winter activity by far. When you reach the top of the mountain and look far out at the surrounding towns, it’s also cool to see the other different mountain ranges surrounding you.”    -Lauren Canata, sophomore

 

Can a person be evil by nature or is it learned behavior? Explain.

“It is learned from their experiences, with their parents and friends influencing the most.”   -Ryan Price, junior

“A person can be evil by nature because a person could be brought up in a good way and still be the meanest person on the planet.” -Julianna Hoague, sophomore

“I think that it is more of a learned behavior based on their experiences. So if something bad happened to someone they may feel the need to do something bad to someone as well.”    -Declan Morgan, sophomore

“I truly believe that a person cannot be evil by nature. It is a learned behavior and up to you and your life. Yes, there are situations that can make a person act equal. No one is born ‘bad’ or ‘evil’, but they can grow up to have bad intentions and actions.” -Kathryn Lynch, sophomore

 

What is ideal winter weather to you?

“I love the snow. I ski a lot. I love pond hockey, and I love ice fishing so I need cold for all of those. If it’s warm out, it’s hard to do that.” -Alexandre Pedro, junior

“Actually having snow and what not, but hey, that’s becoming less and less common as the climate crisis gets worse.” -Ryan Price, junior

“My ideal winter weather is not too cold and not that much snow. It would be closer to fall weather.”   -Julianna Hoague, sophomore

“Melting snow from the warm sun shining with temperatures around 60 degrees.”   -Bakhita Mousa, sophomore

 

Why do you think people vandalize school property? What do you think could be done to stop it?

“Students vandalize to rebel, and to stop it you must enforce harsher punishments.”  -Aiden Gagne, freshman

“Honestly, finding a solution will take work and time. We need to find a way to let people present themselves in a productive, appropriate, and legal way to better everyone here. Then again this is a school full of teenagers, girls and boys that care and girls and boys that don’t and think anyone can say whatever without thinking of any backlash. So if anything, in addition people need to listen, and I mean really actually listen to the people that care and the problems they have with those who don’t and collectively get people to reach a medium point in order to do something about it.”    -Donald Hunter Jr, sophomore

“Because they don’t take any ownership of it, and so it becomes a place for them to take out their nebulous but ever present vague sense of oppression and frustration that they have to be someplace they don’t want to be, doing things they don’t want to do, and they can’t wait to be done with it and go out into the real world.  (Warning–the rest of this response contains spoilers.) What they don’t realize is that life is just a long series of places you have to be and things you have to do, and the more education you have the more you are able to shape those places and things, and someday they’ll be someplace they don’t want to be doing something they don’t want to do, and they’ll think back to that soap dispenser they destroyed, and wondering if that was the day they could have learned the thing that would have helped them be someplace else doing something better.  In the meanwhile, all of us boys will be washing our hands with plain water and drying them on our pants, leading some of us to wonder if we missed that day in class ourselves…” -Mr Brown, English teacher

“People vandalize school property because it is a rule that can be broken without getting caught easily. They either think it’s funny, are trying to spread a message, or trying to crudely express themselves. There’s not much that can be done to stop it. A fine would be a bit harsh, but effective if put in place. Another idea is a dedicated place where you could express yourself and do whatever you want. In a secluded area, but somewhere everyone can access. It can be washed away (like a whiteboard) every day or every week, which allows students to “vandalize” but it is controlled by the school. However, if any rules were placed on what could be put on the board, the problem would not be solved. Simply, someone would erase what was put.” -Isabelle Williams, sophomore