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6 The Chronicle February 13 - 19, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus The New York Times They wanted young writers to answer the following questions: • What's something you can't stop talking about? • What’s your pet peeve about the way that people write about your generation? • What's the best thing you've read this week? • What's something everyone around you knows you're obsessed with and why? Here’s what Chronicle staff writers sent to the the New York Times: Truancy does not always mean naughty and lazy The following piece is the opinion of the Durham College journalism student whose name and picture accompanies this column. Something I like to talk about is my history in high school. Generally, if a high school student ends up missing a class or a day of school without explanation, one or more detentions are given, sometimes during school, sometimes before or after. However, high schools should not provide a punishment for every unexplained absence. Some unexplained absences are justified and shouldn’t be defined as otherwise. In Grade 9, I was behind with answering questions on To Kill The following piece is the opinion of the Durham College journalism student whose name and picture accompanies this column. In these last few years, especially in these last few months, skateboarding has changed a lot. You look back to nineties skateboard culture and you wouldn’t see any women, except maybe Elissa Steamer. Nowadays, you can look at skateboarding media and women are prevalent, like Thrasher, Jenkem and The Berrics. What happened and why? I think the woman who really broke ground on this female skateboarder craze was Lizzie Armanto. Armanto’s supported by big brands, as well as smaller, less known ones. She’s sponsored by William McGinn a Mockingbird and my English teacher was not giving me time inclass. At school I had and still have a desire to do work. When I’m at home I usually have the desire to lie down and slack after a full day. During my first two months, I overheard people talk about cutting class, so, assuming it was okay if I were doing actual work, I got to work in the hallway. Schools tend to have quiet and Shana Fillatrau Vans and her board company is Birdhouse, Tony Hawk’s brand. Maybe because Hawk and Vans have the money to take chances on a female skateboarder, Armanto’s skills were able to be shown. Armanto not only showed women they can have a skate career but more importantly, she showed the male-dominated skateboard industry that woman can make them money. She was the first female to be on the cover of Transworld Skateboard magazine in 2016, and she more suitable work places for particular students to do assignments. For me, that was the hallway. I sped through 15 English questions in under half an hour, and then the school counselor caught me and I was let off with a warning that if I “skipped” again, that would mean detention. But I wasn’t skipping for fun. I needed the extra time and did better than I would’ve otherwise. If there were fewer rules on truancy, would more students end up skipping? Probably. Some students create a habit of missing school, to the point where their parents can be charged fines if they have not shown an effort to keep their kids in attendance. appeared on her first Thrasher cover last year. Skateboard companies need money to function, just like all businesses. While smaller brands like to make you believe it’s all about the skateboarding, it can’t be. And that’s not a negative thing. A board company for example, needs to sell skateboards in order to make money, so woman need to prove that their boards will sell. Look at Element skateboards. In the 2000’s, Bam Margera wasn’t their best skater, but he sold the most boards. Therefore, he was their poster boy. Since women are being brought on to companies, there has to be a correlation between professional female skaters and the consumers. Are there more female consumers We want students to receive an education. If students cut classes on a weekly or even more constant basis without any comeuppance, then not only do they end up suffering, but so do their teachers. When a student skips class, the teacher generally has to take steps to make sure the student is caught up. Teenagers, however, don’t want to always be monitored. Some schools even have truancy officers to ensure attendances. Teenagers love independence and some will take extra steps to keep theirs. There are also times when a student feels they need an extra break. Teenagers, and everyone else, go through rough times in their lives and need the breathing room to think things through, and truancy rules should not get in the way of a person’s well-being. If a student is facing troubles, the knowledge they are in charge of their own lives and can decide if they have to follow a schedule or not can make school seem more like a privilege than a rule. That way it won’t seem like they are under the thumb of authority figures, which they hate. High schools should have fewer regulations about when a student can miss a class unexplained. As long as students do not use the right to completely ignore their learning, it would be beneficial. A chapter in the story about beautiful - real - books The following piece is the opinion of the Durham College journalism student whose name and picture accompanies this column. What am I obsessed with? Books. I am one of the easiest people to buy gifts for. Just get me books. Can’t choose one? Get a gift card. I will absolutely love it. My clothes-loving friends can’t drag me through the mall without a visit to the book store. I don’t care if I buy anything. I just want to be around all those books. Reading stretches the imagination. It expands my world. I’m not talking about just any books, I’m talking about actual Kirsten Jerry physical books. Electronic books are fine, honesly! I just hate them, that’s all. First off, there’s the smell. An electronic book smells like, well, an electronic. Whoopee… A physical book has different smells. A new book smells fresh and clean. It’s the smell of new beginnings and a world unexplored. Old books smell sentimental, loved, cherished, like an old friend you can’t wait to meet again. Second, a book just looks good. It’s decorative. A good book cover can replace a good painting any day. Besides, I’m in college, I cannot afford paintings. I can’t really afford books either, but I have good friends who give me gift cards. Walking into a room with booklined walls gives an impression of intelligence. Whoever’s room it is has clearly read a lot, so they must know a lot. Even if all they read is fiction that person will know the details of a story I have never seen. What about ugly books? Those are the ones you read on your tablet where the cover is easy to hide. No one wants to see that. Thirdly, the weight of the book in my hand feels significant and different. If I’m reading a book on my phone it feels like, you guessed it, my phone. I use my phone to make calls, send emails and conduct interviews. I do not want that kind of baggage brought into my reading life. A book – yes, feels like a book – differs in weight for each story. One day I read a skinny book, one year I read a fat book. Holding the different books automatically lets me know what I’m in for: a quick read or a long journey. Of course, holding a physical book brings only that specific book’s history into play: “I bought it last week,” or, “My grandfather gave it to me.” Lastly, if you want you can keep books for a long time, and even pass them down the family. I’ve never seen an heirloom tablet. There are however family bibles, which yes, are books! In short, physical books are amazing. Electronic books are mediocre at best. They don’t have a smell, aren’t that nice to look at, and only last as long there is storage space on the device. Yes, they can be big, and they take up space, but physical books smell amazing, they’re good to look at, they feel great in your hand, and they can be kept for a long time. What’s not to love? Women are helping change skateboarding culture or are male consumers just being more open-minded? All of these factors are going to change how the skateboarding industry runs and who’s going to be a part of it. With the rise of female skaters like Lizzie Armanto, Leticia Bufoni, Lacey Baker and Nora Vasconsellos, the next generation of skateboarding is going to be vastly different than it was 10 years ago. Back in December, Nora Vasconsellos had a short documentary made about her by popular filmer and photographer, Giovanna Reda. People want to learn more about female skaters, and the skateboard industry is finally complying. Another example is Lacet Baker. Baker won The Berrics’ Populist contest. This contest involves a list of influential skaters of the year decided on by The Berrics and put on their website, then skate fans vote for their favourite online. The slogan of Populist is “a direct democracy.” Baker was voted for, which is revolutionary and shows how much the skateboarding world is changing, and maybe just the world in general. Seeing female skateboarders around in the media is becoming the new norm and I hope it will stay that way. As a female with an immense interest and love for skateboarding, I’m very happy with this change, and I know that if I have a daughter one day, she’ll have women to choose from to look up to, not just one example.

Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca February 13 - 19, 2018 The Chronicle 7 asked for DC's voices Here's how Canada Goose ruffles my feathers The following piece is the opinion of the Durham College journalism student whose name and picture accompanies this column. Canada Goose ruffles my feathers. Canada Goose Inc. is a Canadian retail corporation that sells winter clothing. It was founded in Toronto in 1957 by Sam Tick, who was an entrepreneur with a business selling raincoats and snowmobile suits. The company’s goal was to keep Canadians warm in the harshest of winters. In the 1990’s, Tick’s grandson became president and chief executive officer and pledged to have the company’s products made exclusively in Canada. Tick would never have expected the furor over the fur that lines his coats. The trim around the hood is made from coyote fur. Hunters in The following piece is the opinion of the Durham College journalism student whose name and picture accompanies this column. Dear people, You write about the millennial generation like it is a plague that needs to be stopped. Headlines pop up on social media, in newspapers and online questioning millennials ability to simply “do life”. The New York Times has published articles with the headlines ‘Why are millennials wary of freedom?’, ‘No wonder millennials hate capitalism’, ‘Millennials see paternity leave as priority’, ‘The millennial perspective’ and ‘Generation X needs to save America from millennials’. The way people write about my generation tells me and all my peers we are inadequate. I disagree. We are not all the same. At least, I am not. The following piece is the opinion of the Durham College journalism student whose name and picture accompanies this column. I am incredibly disappointed with the human condition. Every morning, I wake up and think, “There’s no way we can sink to an even greater depth as a species.” Every day, at around 6:34 PM, I’m wrong. Go read or listen to the news for a few minutes. What happened today? An international circus of rape, murder, pain, deceit, and whatever Trump decided to tweet while mounting his Holy Throne: the toilet, but not the golden one offered up by the Guggenheim. He turned that down. It was George Carlin who said, “When you’re born into this world, Heather Snowdon Canada trap, shoot and bludgeon coyotes to death for it and some Canadians, me included, are howling. A leg-hold traps is the most widely used method for trapping animals in Canada. It resembles a bear trap, only it is used for smaller animals, such as coyotes. According to the Association for the Protection of Fur-bearing Animals, 75 per cent of live harvests in Canada and the United States result from leg-hold traps. Leg-hold traps with teeth have been banned. But even without the spikes, coyotes’ legs and feet are broken. The animals are left unable to move and to fend for Shanelle Somers This is my biggest pet peeve. I was raised to work hard, to accept no as a reasonable response, to respect authority, to be reliable and to spend money wisely. Yet you clump us together like we’re are all Cheerios chilling in the same pool of milk. I say we are not all Cheerios. Some of us are Lucky Charms. An article by Canadian Grocer last year says, “Lucky Charms has subsequently made millennials a key focus of its marketing efforts … the brand has increased its household penetration in Canada by three per cent over the past four years, including ten per cent growth in under-35 households.” This is why the Lucky Charms Tiago de Oliveira you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.” I suppose as a Canadian I have a sort of obstructed view of centre stage, but it’s better than having to watch from outside the theatre. Some nights I pray I’ll wake the next day and be surprised about what’s unfolded overnight but no, we live today in the fever dream of a mad satirist. Nothing is beyond the scope of human depravity. Ironically, television shows like South Park can no longer compete with reality for being offensive and themselves. The trap limits their ability to run. The goal is to keep the animal hostage even through the struggle of trying to escape. Unfortunately, many animals succumb to their injuries. Although, the padded leghold trap is certified as humane, the humanity seems to be missing given the resulting injuries. Animals have been known to break teeth trying to escape by chewing on limbs or trying to chew through medal. How is this humane? Many caught in traps succumb to hypothermia, blood loss or dehydration and sometimes may suffer for days before the trapper will come to fetch them. Trapping can lead to other more vulnerable animals, such as endangered species, becoming caught. This can lead to many different problems for conservationists who are trying to maintain cereal brand is the perfect representation of the millennial generation. When someone pours themselves a bowl of Lucky Charms, many make straight for the marshmallows. The little grain bits like Cheerios, which are usually left behind, do not spike interest. This is because the marshmallows are different and tasty. Of course there are millennials who are like Cheerios but, there are unique millennials. We are the Lucky Charms. While The New York Times was busy writing about how millennials were too lazy to eat breakfast and clean it up, which later was debunked, some millennials were hard at work. These millennials have been raised to look different, raised to be colourful and raised to have an impact on the world. Some were raised by hard tasteless. In just the last week, President Trump put on a bad accent to imitate Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The most powerful nation in the world is being led by a sweatier version of Michael Scott. However, this issue called the human condition runs deeper than the surface disappointments of the daily news cycle. People like Trump are only symptoms of the infection, not the cause. There is something fundamentally broken. There exists a sort of existential dread at the heart of every human. Simply put, to exist is to take part in human suffering. While it is paramount to our nature and identity that we ask, “Why me?” It is both natural and beautiful to live in such a flawed world with healthy populations of vulnerable species. According to Statistics Canada in 2010, 80 per cent of animals killed for fur were done on fur farms. In 2014, Statistics Canada found 230 registered mink fur farms across Canada. The total number of animals bred in fur farms is more than three million working parents or guardians and taught respect. This is why millennials are not all the same. “Millennials are just like you and me, only younger. They are smart, savvy consumers who aren’t afraid to let their wallets speak,” says an article by retail experts Mc- Millan Doolittle. Other generations are interested in statistics proving how millennials are ruining the economy, shutting down businesses and ultimately annoying people. Some of these are from napkin purchases, cable industry, the housing market and to even family restaurants. In 2016, The Washington Post says a survey found millennials are not buying napkins. It highlights only 56 per cent of shoppers bought napkins over a six-month time period. But, 86 per cent of them said they purchased paper towels. such broken people and such a limited time to live (and eat chocolate) This existential crisis we face daily is one of choice and freedom. Philosophically speaking we have “radical freedom,” which roughly means we are at the whims of not only the chaos of our surroundings but the chaos of our minds and resulting choices. We can’t defeat this chaos, and by extension the worst parts of our nature as a species. But there is an answer: laughter. The world is a divine comedy. Every tragedy and every triumph is absurd in its own way. The key to getting through life isn’t to plant your feet firmly in the ground and take up arms against a sea of troubles. It’s understanding every facet of our existence is in the cosmic scale insignificant, and therefore Photograph by CritterCare Wildlife, via The Fur-Bearers A coyote in B.C. 2013, caught in a paddled leg trap. The human condition - broken, mad, disgraceful animals per year. Canada Goose gets their furs from fur farms and from trappers. Canada Goose has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, thanks to its owner but today there is a need for new inspiration, a more humane one. It’s time for the company to take flight in a new direction. 'Cereal' concerns with the way millenials are portrayed This is not me. I love napkins. Napkins are pretty and beautiful when setting a table. See, I’m different. These kind of statistics extend into the job market, education, government and the housing market. We as millennials also have to constantly put up with your ads and random videos all over social media ridiculing us for all “being the same”. How can we as millennials shout to the world that we are not all the same? I don’t know what to do anymore other than just keep on keeping on. I stay true to myself and keep hustling because your labels make things tough for me, as if the economy was not enough. Next time you see a millennial trying to make it, think of me. This is my biggest pet peeve. Sincerely, A Lucky Charm. hilarious. That is not to say you should give up and not care about anything. But whenever you’re faced with strife, tragedy, and indecision, it’s important to take a step back and laugh. You’ll feel better. Promise. It was Danish philosopher of existential dread, Søren Kierkegaard, who said: “I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations — one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it — you will regret both.” So please, don’t take living in today’s madness so seriously that it prevents you from enjoying it. Just sit back, relax, and around 6:34 in the evening turn on the news, watch the circus and laugh.

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