Hot activities this summer

In the heat of summer, it can be difficult to to stay active. If you hate the gym or prefer organized exercise, here’s how you can work out over break.

Pick up sports with friends (i.e. basketball)

Playing a pickup sport with your friends is fun, even in the summer. If you like competition in task test sports, motivating yourself to go the gym can be impossible — what’s the point if you’re not going to win? By playing a sport with your friends, you can be as competitive as you want, have a lot of fun and burn a ton of calories in the heat.


Running in the heat is brutal, but it rips the “I need to exercise” band-aid off faster than any other exercise. Running is high intensity, which means however long you decide to run you’ll feel refreshed and accomplished after.

The gym (yoga, crossfit, zumba classes)

Escaping the heat is essential when you’re trying to exercise in the summer. If you’re someone who likes going to the gym, you can take yoga, zumba or pilates classes. If you don’t like classes, getting a gym membership would keep you active with the machines and equipment they have.

Non-competitive activities (swimming, biking)

There is nothing like cooling off in the pool during the summer. The relief of jumping in a pool in 100 degree weather should be enough motivation to start swimming laps. There are many pools in the Chapel Hill, including The Chapel Hill Tennis Club. In order to use the pool, you must have a membership or pay $5. Another pool you can go to is located at Hargraves Community Center, which offers different passes depending on age and the amount of time the pass will be used. You’ll feel cool, relaxed and already have exercise for the day! Similar to swimming, biking is self-rewarding. The faster you go and the harder you work, the more wind that blows in your face to cool you off.

A suicide series gone wrong

When I saw advertisements for 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, I was full of excitement. This book was one of my favorites in middle school, mostly because it advocates for how teen suicide influences a community. I was happy to see a great book become a TV show that would highlight issues of mental health. But after watching the series, this was not the case. Whereas the novel delved into the mental generator errors health of Hannah Baker, the main character, the TV show instead depicted her suicide in a way that placed the blame on other people.

If you haven’t watched the show or read the book, here’s some background: Hannah Baker was a teen in a small town who committed suicide. Before her attempt, she mailed out tapes to 13 people whom she felt had wronged her during her time at high school, essentially providing them with an explanation as to why she killed herself, but also placing one-thirteenth of the blame on everyone she sent the tapes to. When the tapes get to a boy who was in love with her, Clay Jensen, 13 Reasons Why shows you his response to everything Hannah went through.

When I started watching the show, I thought it would be more supportive and helpful towards teens who may be struggling with depression, or even thoughts of suicide. Not only did the creators romanticize depression, but the show made it seem like blaming others for your suicide is an ‘ok’ and almost ‘cool’ thing to do. After Hannah initially sends out the tapes, you find out who they are sent to. Most of the people who received a tape were apart of the “popular” group. Her interactions with each person in this group portrayed Hannah as the ‘it’ girl with all these teenagers paying attention to her and giving her the response she intended to get: guilt.

This show portrayed suicide as the ONLY option. The show made all of Hannah’s classmates seem rude and cruel, it made her parents seem careless and it made it seem like there was absolutely no one in Hannah’s life willing to help her. This sends out a blatantly false message to the audiences and discourages teens struggling with suicide to seek help, no person struggling with depression is going to get better without asking for help. Help is always available; someone always cares.

This series also simplifies suicide to being able to blame one person for making the decision to end your own life. There is no straight path to suicide—it’s not clean cut and it’s not something to blame on a person or an incident that happened.

Hannah’s mental illness is not even recognized in the series. Even though not everyone who dies from suicide suffers from mental illness, around 90 percent of people do. The reason behind Hannah killing herself was simply the people who surrounded her, which cannot be the only reason to take your own life. While a lot of the things Hannah had to deal with contribute to poor mental health (sexual assault, rumours, unhealthy friendships, etc.), suicide is about more than being bullied—it’s not that simple.

The moral behind the story is not portrayed the same way as in the book. When I read the book, it was clear to me that treating people kindly is essential, and what you say or do to others can really influence how they feel. No series is ever perfect, but when dealing with something as sensitive and emotional as suicide, there are a lot of aspects to take into consideration that the creators of 13 Reasons Why did not.

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Administrators: They're Students Too

Dr. Mattocks

After seven years of working on her dissertation, Principal Laverne Mattocks received her Doctorate in Leadership Perspectives on June 21, 2016. Due to this, Carrboro High School students have referred to her as “Dr. Mattocks” since extended grade professionals maker the start of the school year.

The process involved choosing a topic, researching it and then writing a paper. Dr. Mattocks did all of this work while maintaining her position as the principal of Carrboro High School, causing the process to take longer than it does for most written terrorism in soviet union sample essay.

“It mixes educational psychology with the laws behind what we call IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,” said Mattocks. “So, I wanted to look at the disproportionate placement of African American males in the disability categories.”

When she researched this issue of disproportionality, Mattocks found that the success of these schools came from the leaders of the schools believing they could make a difference and then acting on it. Mattocks believes that even acknowledging the problem of disproportionality can help to mitigate the problem in schools.

Mattocks found that the strong leaders, who believed they could change their school and had strong relationships with faculty and staff, were more successful in addressing the problem.

Although Dr. Mattocks worked on her dissertation while she serving as principal, she was sure that the writing process never distracted her from making CHS the best it can be.

“Other things did take a second seat because I wanted to do a really good job my first couple of years here, so I couldn’t work on it very much, I was always focused on Carrboro,” said Mattocks.

While she did not allow herself to work on her dissertation at CHS, Mattocks found that as long as she allotted her time properly, it was easy to avoid working on it at school.

“I wasn’t ever able to write here, because I couldn’t get in that frame of mind. Often I would go home, or on the weekends, as I said, to reflect on just the job, I often found inspiration to start writing” she said.

While Dr. Mattocks took a long time to complete her dissertation, she feels it has been worth it. Why? Because she believes there will always be students who need her and other teachers to push them to higher levels of learning.

Dr. Mattocks and Dr. Hawkins. Photo by Olivia Weigle

Dr. Hawkins

On January 24, Assistant Principal Spencer Hawkins successfully defended his dissertation on equity in school scheduling, earning him a Doctorate of Education this academic year. Receiving the degree involved a year’s worth of research, culminating in a presentation to a committee of academics and education professionals.

Hawkins’ research investigates which classes three high schools in North Carolina assign their highest quality teachers. He determined teacher ability by combining elements like years of experience and number of advanced degrees.

Although many factors affect educational outcomes, previous research indicates that the quantifiable measures he uses in his metric still have a clear impact on outcomes in schools. Further, this methodology makes his process replicable, possibly across larger districts.

Hawkins chose to study equity in scheduling because of the lack of scholarly research he found on the topic.

“I wanted to fill a hole, fill a gap,” Hawkins said. “I feel like I’ve done that.”

Moreover, the fact that no one, to Hawkin’s knowledge, has attempted research like this before means he could later turn his 278 page dissertation into a book.

Ultimately, Hawkins found that in certain departments of all three schools, higher-quality teachers disproportionately teach higher-level classes, like honors and advanced placement. White and financially advantaged students are overwhelmingly more likely to take these classes. Therefore, he argues, assigning teachers classes is an issue of racial and economic equity.

As the creator of Carrboro’s master schedule, Hawkins hopes to learn from his research. He is interested in gathering data on Carrboro teachers for the metrics determining teacher quality discussed in his dissertation. He also plans to share his dissertation with the schools he studied.

As the first college graduate in his family, Hawkins is proud of what he has accomplished.

Spring and Summers Select Shows

One the favorite past times among CHS students is going to concerts in the spring and summer days. Whether it be a more intimate concert in the Cat’s Cradle, or a sellout show in a large venue, CHS students know how to appreciate good music. Here are some of the best and most popular acts heading our way in these warmer months order custom coursework writing service.

The Chainsmokers, The PNC Arena
May 24

The Chainsmokers exploded into the top 40 scene this past year, but their concerts feature more EDM and electronic than their pop songs played on the radio. With hit songs such as “Paris” and “ROSES” The Chainsmokers will perform at PNC Arena on May 24.

Glass Animals, Red Hat
June 6

Glass Animals’ unique sound emanates a calm, relaxing vibe. After releasing their sophomore album How To Be a Human Being, Glass Animals are going on a North American tour. The band has performed at music festivals like Glastonbury Music Festival, and will participate in Bonnaroo this June.

Chance the Rapper, Greensboro
June 7

For Chance the Rapper, one tour was not enough after releasing his Coloring Book album. After success from his first official album, Chance the Rapper is now coming to NC for the second time in one year.

J. Cole will perform in NC on June 18. Photo courtesy Live Nation

J. Cole, Cone Denim Entertainment Center
June 18

North Carolina native J. Cole is seen around the triangle all the time, whether it’s at the mall or at UNC vs. Duke basketball games. On June 18, J. Cole will be performing in his home state. J. Cole’s world tour for his new album 4 Your Eyez Only will be overflowing with people this summer.

Sam Hunt, Walnut Creek
July 28

Even if you don’t like country music, there is nothing like going to an outdoor country concert in the middle of the summer. Sam Hunt’s “15 in a 30” tour summer concert would be the perfect occasion to let loose and have fun this summer! With hits like “House Party” and “Break Up In A Small Town” this concert will be great to go to with your friends, dance and have a good time.

John Mayer, Walnut Creek
August 16

John Mayer is known for being one of the most talented guitar players in recent years. From my own experience, seeing John Mayer perform live is euphoric. Although he is a one man band, his soothing sound never fails to captivate his audience.

John Mayer will be at Walnut Creek Amphitheater on August 16. Photo courtesy Live Nation

The neglected aftermath of Matthew

Stepping off the ferry onto Grand Bahama Island after 21 continuous hours of traveling felt like seeing the sun for the first time after weeks of rain. That was until we took a second look and noticed the torn off roofs, litter on the streets urgent and the destruction of almost every building.

My siblings and I were bouncing off the walls with excitement because we had never gone on an exotic vacation as a family before, but once we got there, the island was not exactly how we expected it to be.

The first thing we noticed was the trash. It was everywhere: in the trees, in the water, in the middle of the road, on the beach, in the village—everywhere. Along with the trash, all of the palm trees were destroyed. All of the branches were ripped apart and all of the remains were just swept to the side of the road. Similar to palm trees, the houses were ripped to shreds. With winds of over 100 mph, it’s not wonder Hurricane Matthew had a huge impact on these tiny islands.

I arrived almost three months after Hurricane Matthew hit, and the Grand Bahama Island is still suffering from its destruction. Christmas is supposed to be one of the busiest times of the year in the Bahamas, but after the hurricane, only one of the hotels on the island was open. The other hotels had their roofs blown off, windows shattered or paint removed. The hurricane’s destruction left the island a barren mess.

My family had no idea the island would be this beaten. We expected some damage, but nothing to this extent. The island stopped making money after Matthew hit, making it almost impossible to fix the hotels, pick up the trash and replant the trees that were destroyed. Most of the tourists on the island come from cruise ships, but a lot of them stopped visiting the islands after the hurricane hit. This left almost all of the people who live and work in the Bahamas with little to no customers and little to no money.

As a country, we are so oblivious to the effects of natural disasters that do not directly affect us. Families had their homes torn apart, shops ripped from the ground and businesses were ruined by debt.

We are so lucky to live in a place that can recover quickly from any disaster that is thrown our way, as rarely as that happens, and we continuously take it for granted.

Hurricane Matthew hit NC pretty badly as well, but North Carolinians are not as reliant on tourism and the beauty of our land as Bahamians. We were able to clear up the destruction much faster than the people of the Bahamas. Disasters like this happen frequently, and although we help at first, a week after the event, it is forgotten and we move on with our comfortable lives.

Rethink Plan B

The “morning after” pill is an emergency way to avoid pregnancy whose side effects should be taken more seriously by high school students. This is the only way to avoid pregnancy pro pricing release near webpage after having unprotected sex, other than abortion. According to WebMD, if you take Plan B One Step 72 hours after unprotected sex it is 89 percent effective, while if you take it within 24 hours it can be up to 95 percent effective.

There are over ten different forms of contraceptives. This makes me wonder why girls take the risk of having unprotected sex and continuously use the “morning after” pill to prevent pregnancy.

The original intent of this pill is to act as an emergency contraception that stops pregnancy within three days of unprotected sex, many women taking the pill do not understand the full effect it has on their bodies, though.

With a high dose of levonorgestrel (a hormone found in birth control pills), Plan B works by stopping the ovary from releasing an egg or by preventing the fertilization of the egg.

Ninth grade health does tell about the Plan B pill and how it terminates pregnancy, but the details of the pill are not provided for multiple reasons. One being, Plan B is not always considered a form of contraceptive because it is used after sex, and sometimes can be seen as a form of abortion. There are many different forms of contraceptives that are more effective, but that does not mean that Plan B should be completely thrown aside, sometimes it is necessary.

Side effects of continuous Plan B usage can be as serious as depression, nausea, abdominal pain, headache, menstrual changes, and vomiting. Not only are these side effects uncomfortable and dangerous, but the Plan B pill is also less effective than condoms or prescribed birth control pills.

In some cases, women take more pills than the suggested dosage. This does not make it any less likely for them to be pregnant; it just heightens the side effects of taking the pill.

Women who take the pill tend to forget to read how taking the pill may affect their body.  The fine print tells you all the possible side effects and recommends seeing a doctor before consumption.

Practicing safe sex should be in the moment, not waiting to take the pill the morning after and changing the functions of your body. Sex should not mean experiencing pregnancy scares on a monthly-basis; sex should not add to the stress of high schoolers.

Creatures of Carrboro

If you could give your high school self advice, what would it be? Carrboro residents were asked to answer this question. This is what they said.

“Always be an ratedbrides advocate for someone who doesn’t have a strong voice or presence. Be true to those who are there for you, don’t always look for the next best thing.”

“I’m here to learn, to be educated, not be indoctrinated… To make the best of my education and not to be caught up in the bullying that goes on in high schools.”

Photos by Flora Devonport

Shots Spur Protests

Protests in Charlotte have been continuous since the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on September 20. Violent protests followed the shooting, leading to 40 police arrests. North Carolina’s governor is implementing a 12:00am curfew for the people who live in Charlotte.

Police officers were in the parking lot of the Village of College Downs apartment complex, looking for someone unrelated to the shooting. They apparently noticed Scott exiting his vehicle with a handgun, then getting back into his car. When the officers approached him, he returned to his vehicle but did not comply with the officers’ requests.

Charlotte police withheld the video footage of Scott’s shooting for fear of disturbing his family. When the footage was released, it did not show Scott holding a handgun or acting aggressively. Officer Brently Vinson, who shot Scott, has been put on paid leave.

While there was no handgun present in the video footage, there have been photos released of a handgun holding Scott’s DNA. There were also photos of a marijuana blunt found at the scene.  

“It is well within your political right to protest, so I don’t think personally as far as any legal consequences there is nothing I could do to stop you.” Said Officer Mayfield when asked about the issues of protests. “As far as I’m concerned, I would just make sure all of you are all safe for one, and two that there weren’t any major incidents where it broke into a fight.”

Angry Charlotte residents flooded the streets. In the first two nights after the shooting, the streets of Charlotte saw vandalism, violence and injuries. After the curfew was put into place, the protesters became more peaceful. Police have since allowed them to stay out after curfew.

The protests started out aggressive, but as the police officers attempted to control the demonstrators, they became peaceful. Police shot tear gas and fired flash grenades at the protestors in order to maintain control.

“I was very upset that such a horrible thing had happened in my city, but the response that the city had was amazing. Overall, most of the protests were peaceful and supported by most of the city.” Aubrey Hill, a high schooler at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, said.

Protests break out in Charlotte. Photo courtesy

NC Infant Mortality Rate Plateaus

In recent years, North Carolina’s infant mortality rate has plateaued and now ranks higher than that of the United States’.

Despite the initial decrease at the beginning of the twenty-first century, in the past five years the infant mortality rate has flattened. This decline comes from the lack of proper healthcare for women in NC, according to a report by WUNC. Without adequate health care, that is both easily accessible available to women across the state, it is more likely for a baby to be born prematurely.

In the United States, NC has the ninth highest infant mortality rate. In order for NC’s infant mortality rate to go down, the state will need to provide better healthcare for women. When poverty rates rise, infant mortality rates rise with it.

Out of 1,000 babies in NC, more than seven of them will die within a year. For African American babies, that number jumps to over twelve, close to doubling the rate. In only one year, Latino babies mortality rate went from 3.7 to 6.3 per 1,000.

Half of the women without health insurance manage to get affordable prenatal care, making the other half struggle through their pregnancies and risk birth defects, premature birth, and death.

To people who live in suburban areas, this issue is not as prevalent. Places near a hospital that offers good health care do not realize that this is a problem in NC because it is not directly affecting them.

Without proper health care for pregnant women, it is predicted that babies will continue to be born unhealthy. NC’s infant mortality rate is the ninth highest in the United States, and if women do not get proper care, it will stop decreasing altogether.

NC has the ninth-highest infant mortality. Photo courtesy Citizen Times

Creatures of Carrboro

What is your biggest fear? Where do you think it comes from?  People in the town of Carrboro were asked to answer this question.  These are the responses I received.

“My biggest fear has to do with, I don’t know how to say this, but not living up to who I truly am. It probably comes from never being allowed to be who I was as a child, and never being able to speak my mind.”

“My biggest fear has to do with, I don’t know how to say this, but not living up to who I truly am. It probably comes from never being allowed to be who I was as a child, and never being able to speak my mind.”


“Recognition of my own irrelevance”

“Recognition of my own irrelevance”


“I don’t live in the moment; this comes from experiencing being in the moment and just how beautiful it is.”

“I don’t live in the moment; this comes from experiencing being in the moment and just how beautiful it is.”

Photos by Flora info Devonport