Students Think Black Ops 2 is the Best Call of Duty to Date

Earlier this week I asked a fellow student here at ERATS (East Range Academy of Technical Science) Anthony Monacelli what his thoughts on the video game Call of Duty Black Ops 2 were. He replied, “He thought it was better than the first game Call of Duty Black Ops 1. He likes the maps a lot, but he disliked the new zombies map they came out with.  The gameplay is so much different than any other Call of Duty game I’ve ever played and that change is for the better because I like it. The guns and perks they have to offer are great.”

I personally would have to agree with Anthony. Black Ops 2 was a good game Treyarch created. I play the game quite a bit and like it a lot. There a lot of different game modes they have to offer. They have zombies, public play, and league play which is a new thing they have created which is ranking systems based on your skill. There is bronze, iron, steel, gold, platinum, and masters division in league play.

My brother plays this competitively 4 on 4 in a thing called Game Battles and plays for money with 3 other people. He was sponsored by a controller and headset. He played with the Coll of Duty world champion of last year and also the Halo 4 world champion of last year. He got offered to play in Paris and Los Angeles.

I also interviewed another student here at ERATS Damien MacCue he said, “I personally only like to play the online multiplayer. It was a good game overall and I liked it. Black Ops 2 was pretty much the same as Black Ops 1.”

The reviews are really high on this game and from what I’ve read a lot of people like the game instead of disliking it. It is the most played game of Call of Duty competing with the new Call of Duty Ghosts.

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Grand Theft Auto V Review

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The release of Rockstar Game’s Grand Theft Auto (GTA) V had been highly anticipated since the release of GTA IV in 2008.  GTA V saw the most changes to the series than previous releases; including a feature where you can actively switch throughout three completely different characters whenever you wish. The game has since been rated as one of the best cinematic games released to date making it worthy of a review.

The game takes place in Los Santos.  A fictional sprawling area that is made to resemble Los Angeles, which it does very well. There is a huge city where you can pretty much do anything you desire.  North of the city there is a huge area of mountains and smaller towns that seem to go on forever.

As soon as I started playing the game I was very intrigued by the soundtrack.  There are over 10 different radio stations that range from reggae to classic west coast hip-hop.  They also feature many artists from Los Angeles like Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul, a couple of my personal favorites.

The game has one of the most enjoyable and intense stories.  Each mission concludes with a strong desire of wanting to take on the next.  It’s similar to a movie or a television series; you just want to know what happens next.

Erica Malich, a senior at East Range Academy of Technology and Science, doesn’t play the game that often, but states that she “loves it” and “likes to drive around.”

You can drive around for as long as you want, really.  There are almost an endless number of roads.  In most cases, someone who has beaten the game hasn’t even discovered the whole map yet.

I definitely recommend this game to anybody looking for something fun to do.  It is overall a really enjoyable game and probably my favorite one that I have ever played.

 

Drug Testing for Jobs and Welfare

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There are many debates based on the testing of drugs, for both welfare and jobs. The arguement runs strong with the opinions f many on this topic, and whether or not it is fair to society. To some it may be unfair that those who collect welfare do not have to be drug tested in some places, while some that have to have jobs do have to get drug tested. Some people also suggest that if those who go through welfare, the use of drugs may also go down.

According to www.huffpost.com- The House of Representatives will soon decide whether states should be able to make food stamp customers take drug tests to prove they are not on drugs. Republicans pushing drug tests bills have usually caught attention from local businesses as part of the problem and many studies have found that people on public assistance use drugs at a higher rate than the general population, but not by much claiming a According to wwaytv3.com many people who work for a living are required to be drug tested on a regular basis, not because of suspicion but because in many cases it is a government requirement.eview by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Recieving assistance financially could be both beneficial, or unfortunate for people. Many that recieve financial assistance such as welfare use it for their families, home, and themselves for necessities that may not be able to be provided to them, this could help people out immensely. Some others that recieve welfare could also take it to an advantage, and if those certain people use drugs it could be a way to get access to the money for drugs easier if they are not using it for the things that it is provided for.

“I agree with people being drug tested for welfare because if people have to get drug tested for a working and paying job they should have to do the same if they are recieving money without that too.” says Erica, a student from East Range Academy of Technology and Science. Many people may be drug tested for jobs, which is why people question why some don’t for welfare. “I don’t see anything wrong with people getting welfare being tested for drugs, but being selective. All people should be tested, if a job requires drug testing to get a paycheck, then it should be no different for welfare paychecks. If one is asking for a handout of free money that my taxes are paying, then as a citizen of the U.S.A. I am entitled to ask my government to prove that this person is not using drugs.” -According to freep.com

“I think they should drug test for welfare because people use it to an advantage.” says Felice, a student from East Range Academy of Technology and Science.

 

 

Psychedelic Therapy

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Is there a possibility that psychedelic drugs like LSD or MDMA could be used for something more than just having fun?  Many reserchers aswell as participants would agree that they have helped when used with psychotherapy treatments for an assortment of psychiatric disorders including severe depression, addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with fascinating results. Theraputic reserch on LSD started in the mind 50s and continued for about 12 years before coming to a screeching stop due to drug laws set in place during this time.  Between 1953 and 1964, in a project called MKULTRA the CIA experimented with LSD on unknowing civilians, prisoners, government employees and even its own agents, during this time It came to the point where “surprise acid trips became something of an occupational hazard among CIA operatives,” as Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain said in acid dreams.   Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) was founded in 1986 and has funded over 12 different psychedelic drug research projects including but not limited to MDMA, MDE, ketamine, DMT, LSD, peyote, psilocybin  for an arrange of different brain illnessess. Over 450 people have volunteered in these studies and most of them agree that the treatment helped them.  The scenario that the participants were in was a comfortable setting to make the experience more enjoyable and prevent “bad trips” which is what most psychedelics are infamous for.   Josh Inman said that he thinks “phychedelic therapy could be possible, but i do not believe the government will fund the reasearch based on the theory that the MKULTRA existed. Furthermore I have came to the conclusion that Physchedelic Therapy is ultimatley the most conclusive way to do any sort of experimental research for  therapy.”  Josh is correct about the government, pharmaceutical companies, or major foundations not funding reserch for psychedelics, which makes it difficult to learn about.  Ericka said that “If the government dosent fund then a lot of people will continue to suffer with out even a chance to cure their disease.”

By: AJ O’brien

 

Learning Is Necessary

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Is homework really helping kids learn or would it be better if there was no homework? This is the question that all kids from age 5 to age 18 or even older want to know. Most of the time, adults say yes and kids say no, but there are some on either side that speculate.

I personally think there should be no homework because kids are too busy trying to get the homework done in time to learn what they are putting down as answers. Besides that, most kids don’t do their homework so they are failing their classes and are too busy trying to catch up to learn anything out of their classes. If they learn in school and take their homework home, most likely, they will lose their homework before they get to it.

According to www.scilearn.com , “In support of the view of homework as helpful, many educators stress that specifically aligning homework to the learning task is part of the strategy for building understanding.” They believe that doing homework relevant to the lesson helps kids better understand it. They say that the repetition of the assignments will help benefit the kids in learning and will help them get better study. I believe that there is questions that could be asked about this like how are the kids who aren’t doing their homework still learning about the same as the kids who are doing their homework?

According to www.greatschools.org , researchers have found that, “Despite scores of studies, definitive conclusions remain a matter of some debate.” This means that researchers technically have not found a conclusive answer. I personally think there is no answer, it is mainly what your opinion is, but that is just me.

According to Karl Eisenach, he says “I think it’s not helping for the fact that the child may not remember the lesson or if the child needs help, the parents wouldn’t know what the teacher wanted. The child could lose it at home.” So he is basically saying that a kid can’t receive the help from homework that kids need.

According to Alli Delage, “I think it would be better without homework. If we verbally discussed everything and take notes. Homework is unrelated and not necessary to me. Many people tend to lose homework and it can be hard to keep up with.” She is basically saying that homework is mostly unrelated and people, most of the time, lose their homework. I believe most people think the same in this aspect.

My conclusion is that there is no for sure answer to this question. You can have an opinion about what the answer is, but there is no actual answer. I think this is one of those questions that you are glad we have the right to our own opinion because there is no definite answer to some questions.

Assassin’s Creed III best third-person game of 2013?

The Assassin’s Creed series has captivated my excitement and interest ever since the first game came out. Assassin’s Creed is a historical action-adventure game which consists of stealth, all out fighting and war, and interesting and enthralling back stories that hold your attention and make you want to finish the game to know and understand what everything means.

If you’re  not familiar with the plot up until now, here’s a brief catch-up: the series’ protagonist, present day Desmond Miles, a meek bartender who was kidnapped by a powerful corporation called Abstergo. Abstergo, the civilian front for a secret Templar organization, is locked in a centuries old battle with the freedom-loving Assassins, with all efforts on locating strange and powerful artifacts that grant the user strange abilities and control over others.

Desmond is a descendant of some of history’s most notable assassins, so it’s through the exploration of his genetic memories via a reality-simulating machine called the Animus that Abstergo seeks to locate the artifacts of power as they were hidden throughout history.

At the start of Assassin’s Creed III, Desmond has already lived through two of his assassin ancestors, and has begun to pick up some of their impressive skills. It is now down to an escaped Desmond and a ragtag ensemble of Assassin familiars to stop the Templars, and yet again look for the answers that they seek that lie in the past.

Whereas the last three of four games in the series all shared the same protagonist and Italian renaissance setting – something I found irritating and tiresome – now we would finally be given a chance to explore a relatively uncovered period in time, the American Revolution, through a new hero, the half-British/half-Mohawk assassin Connor Kenway.

Connor waiting stealthily in a tree until British Redcoats pass. Picture courtesy of wiiudaily.com

As arresting as each game was, I was so disappointed when it actually came to playing the games. Beautiful aesthetics and incredibly mesmerizing stories were marred by unnatural controls and repetitive objectives. Ever since the first Assassin’s Creed, the people at Ubisoft have improved the game with each sequel. Assassin’s Creed III is by far the closest to ideal gameplay. Aside from the bad I still believe that Assassin’s creed is the best third-person experience game of 2013, how about you?

 

Endless Love

Endless love( directed by Shana Feste ) was released on Valentines day (Febuary 14, 2014) . This movie stars two main characters David elliot ( Alex Pettyfer ) and Jade Butterfield ( Gabriella Wilde ). The two fall in love, create trouble, and have all sorts of people, and opportunities getting in between them. Will they end up together in the end ?  You will have to watch and find out!

The movie has a running time of one hour and fourty three minutes, and is rated pg-13. The week of the release it ranked #5 in the box office.  The movie made $13, 307,125 the opening week, and has now made $ 31,860,740 .

 

How Technology Affects Students

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Research literature throughout the past decade has shown that technology can enhance literacy development, impact language acquisition, provide greater access to information, support learning, and even motivate students. Researchers have affirmed that computer technology provides abundant opportunities for students to modify personal knowledge through the experiences that technology affords, according to education.com. Numerous other studies also demonstrate that students who learn in existing multimedia environments show greater gains in areas of language development than students who learn in more traditional environments. Digital services claim to be saving students time, are widely accepted, and are actually making students more likely to do their homework, according to edudemic.com.

There is a widespread belief among teachers that students constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two surveys of some teachers. Some worry that that technology was causing a deeper shift in how students learned, claims www.nytimes.com

“Computers are great information resources for learning, but cell phones can interrupt and distract students with other purposes besides learning.” says Mr. Walters from East Range Academy of Technology and Science

Scholars who study the role of media in society say no long term studies have been done that adequately show how and if student attention span has changed because of the use of technology, but there is mouting indirect evidence that constant use of technology can affect behavior particular in developing brains because of heavy stimulation and rapid shifts in attention.

Information technology provides immediate access to original source materials and data. Learners of all ages have access to knowledge any time and practically anywhere, according to nsf.gov. The use of technology in education is designed to support both classroom and out of school learning. Modern technology has brought a new face to education and has greatly impacted the way teachers teach and the way students learn. “I personally don’t think technology is useful and things can still be learned without it.” says Erica Dennie and East Range Academy of Technology and Science student.

The importance of technology is apparent, even more apparent is the importance of technology helping to develop students on “thinking” questions, instead of straight forward direct answers.

 

How is Drama Class

drama classI am doing an article on how people like being in Drama Class and why they like. I interviewed two people for this article. Their responses to the following questions will be below it.

Why did you join Drama Class? Cathryn said, “Foster made me! No, I’m kidding, I joined because I love to act.” This is only one of two people I interviewed. The other person I interviewed was Joe Williams and he said, “I joined so Franny was not the only guy in Drama Class.”

What is your favorite part of Drama Class? Cathryn’s response to this question was, “Erica being a creep to my character.” Joe’s response to this question was, “My favorite part is goofing off.”

What do you think about the play? Cathryn’s response was, “I love it. It is so much fun to do.” Joe’s reply to the question was, “I think it is a bit girly.”

What do you do in Drama Class? Cathryn’s response to the question is, “We read our play parts.” Joe’s response was, “We just goof off.”

Is there drama in the Drama Class? Cathryn’s response to this question was, “I think maybe there is drama in Drama Class,” Joe also had a response and that was, “I would say yes, all hour!” I think these are funny answers.

Do you think teachers are doing a good job in Drama Class? Cathryn says, “Yes, I think the teachers are doing a good job.” Joe’s response was, “Yes, Mackey and Foster are fun teachers.”

How do you feel about Drama Class? Cathryn says, “I love Drama Class.” Joe’s response to the question was, “I feel like it could be better, but whatever.”

I think based off of these two people’s interviews, they tell us that Drama Class is a fun class to be in. This class may be however, more favorable to girls than guys. They learn plays and have fun. This is just what they do.

CUBES

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When you go into any school you’re sure to see two things; Plenty of kids, and plenty of lockers. When you walk into East Range Academy of Technology and Science (ERATS) you won’t be seeing any lockers. Just a bunch of cubicles that us students get to use as a place to put our things. Today we will be uncovering  which students keep the cleanest and messiest cubes.

Coming in with the cleanest cube and the gold star for the week is Junior Kneaka Warren. Kneaka’s cube is organized, looks nice, and she knows where everything is. When asked the importance of keeping a clean cube she replied, “It’s all about people seeing it. I don’t want people to look at my cube and see a mess.” She plans on keeping her cube organized for the remainder of the school year.

At ERATS there aren’t that many cubes that I would deem as messy. But when I asked around the school who students thought had the messiest cube a few names always came up in particular.

This week the messiest cube and the brown thumbs down goes to Lanaia, Hannah, and Ashley.

When asked on the condition of their cube Lanaia said, “We’re messy people.” and “When our cube is dirty we know where everything is. Then Ashley always cleans it and we can’t find anything anymore.”

Contents of their cube in its messiest state include old, dirty socks and moldy macaroni.

Lanaia admits they have the messiest cube and is not ashamed that fact.  I asked her who she thought had the messiest cube in the school and she said “Probably us.”

Thats it for this weeks edition of CUBES. Once again the golden star goes to Kneaka and the brown thumbs down goes to Lanaia, Hannah, and Ashely.

 

 

 

 

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