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4 news April 13, 2018 W NATIONAL SCHOOL To advocate for changes to gun laws and to honor the 17 people killed when shooter Nicholas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl., students from Voice for the Nameless helped organize a Maine West student walkout on March 14 in cooperation with the nation-wide Youth EMPOWER walkout that day. It took place on the one month anniversary of the shooting, from 10-10:17 a.m. Each minute counted for one of the lives lost in the WALKOUT Florida school massacre. Nationwide, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSDHS) and leaders of the national Women’s March took to social media to spread the word #ENOUGH on Twitter. Survivors from MSDHS continue to use social media, ongoing protests at the Florida and U.S. Capital buildings, and interviews with national news organizations to make a more vocal standpoint. Like many MSHDS shooting survivors, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg have harnessed Twitter to explain their viewpoints and continue to speak out on the news about making changes to gun laws. All of these people — students, staff, and other concerned members of the community alike — advocated for the school walkout. “We need to stick up for the younger students in this nation who can’t have their voice heard because ‘they’re too young and don’t know what they’re talking about,’ when their lives are on the line as well. I believe that we should have the right to stick up for those countless number of families who have lost a loved one in a school shooting,” an BY ASHLEY DWY news editor PHOTOS BY DANNY FOWLER Hundreds of Maine West students walked out of second period to participate in a 17-minute national student protest over gun violence. After students marched by Wolf Road, Voice for the Nameless members gave speeches about gun control and student safety. GUN CONTROL PROTESTS AMPLIFY STUDENT VOICES AROUND THE U.S. anonymous student said in a Westerner survey of 210 students. This movement has clearly resonated at Maine West, where many students felt the conviction behind Gonzalez’s speech or felt the power behind Twitter’s #ENOUGH and #NEVERAGAIN. At the end of second period on March 14, hundreds of students flooded the halls and marched to Wolf Road. Students held homemade signs and chanted “No more silence, end gun violence!” “I’m tired of being scared to come to school because of a potential shooting. I’m tired of the government not listening to young people. I’m tired of the gun laws in place controlling the lives of the public. This is my time to be heard,” junior Paul Oliva said at the protest in front of Maine West. Seniors Destiny Onyeise, Ahtziri Alviso, and freshman Nabah Sultan gave speeches by the flag pole. They spoke out against weaknesses in current gun laws. “We want change and we want it now,” Alviso said. Yet, despite the movement shaking the grounds of West, many people are concerned that political leaders aren’t listening. “The unfortunate truth is that Congress doesn’t care about kids like us,” another student said in the Westerner survey. After the 17 minutes were over, students returned to their classes; however, the protesting didn’t stop. Throughout all lunch periods, students were encouraged to write letters to their representatives and explain their reasons for protesting. “We have a voice, and we need to be able to use it,” senior Aidan Grubbs said. BY REILLY OLSON reporter DECA heads south to Nationals Competing in four categories next week at nationals, eight of DECA’s top state finishers have been honing their skills, hoping for a national win. Nationals will take place April 21 in Atlanta, Ga., with students in a variety of competitions: freshman Juhi Soni in Business Growth Plan after placing first at state; seniors Ben Joseph and Alvin Thomas and junior Alan Thomas in Creative Marketing Project after placing second at state; junior Clara Cupuro in Advertising Campaign after placing third at state; and seniors Arsalan Afshar and Varun Nair and freshman Nitin Nair in Sports and Entertainment Promotion Plan after placing third at state. “My goal was to get to nationals and I did this by looking back at the mistakes I made last year. I had several edits of my paper and worked on my presentation skills,” Cupuro said. DECA is an international association of high school and college students that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, financing, hospitality and management. DECA is not just for people who want to go into the business field. Sponsor Kristin Mazanowski said, “some of our most successful members wanted to go to medical school or to become lawyers.” This year, the DECA club had approximately 36 members in total, with 21 qualifying for state. Most of the students participating received competency certificates or placed in the top ten of the Illinois state competition. Senior Caty Buchaniec won a $1,000 scholarship from the Illinois Foundation for Marketing Education for her outstanding performance at the state competition.

W April 13, 2018 entertainment 5 When searching for movie trailers on the YouTube trending list, it’s likely that you will notice more and more minorities starring in the top films. Whether it be an increase in awardnominees of color or more movies having multiple minority characters, the film industry is moving towards an era of more diverse representations in films. There is still work to be done, but Hollywood has made a start in representing minorities in recent, successful films such as “Black Panther”, “Coco,” and “Every Day.” Box office recordbreaker “Black Panther” is in many ways a victory for black culture, with a black director and black actors playing the lead roles. This film is especially important for black teens to see because “it shows that black people are supported and represented well, and we should be proud of that and our culture,” senior Cheyenne Buford said. Films like “Black Panther” send important messages to black teens, with role models who are easy to relate to. “If you can see how someone with a similar background to yours can become successful, or do whatever they choose to do, you can see that it is possible, and there are chances out there to live your dream too,” counselor Elizabeth Hoover said. Even more than that, movies like this with lead roles written by minority writers and meant for minority actors, help push away negative stereotypes, no matter what one’s race may be. “It’s important, not only for black teens, but young black boys and girls to see SCREEN SEEING ON THE BIG YOURSELF themselves represented in moves in a positive way,” junior Serenity McCrary said. “So many times when black people or African Americans see ourselves on TV or in movies, we are playing a slave role, a ‘ghetto,’ a ‘thug,’ or a ‘criminal’ part, and for black women it’s the ‘crazy, angry black woman.’ When we see things like this our brains feed into it, and we become a stereotype. ‘Black Panther’ is really the first almost all-black cast that portrays positive views of black men and women; in the movie it shows black people with power, respect, dignity, and in unity.” It is important, too, for non-minorities to be exposed to the cultures of minorities through movies like “Black Panther.” “Non-minorities should see the film so that they can see minorities portrayed in a positive light and thus educate or inoculate themselves against racism,” Film Studies teacher Daniel Gonzalez said. No matter which minority is portrayed in film, stereotypes are often an issue when accurately trying to replicate those cultures. “American culture, as mixed as it is, cannot shake off old stereotypes that are hurtful to people,” sophomore Edy Carrillo said. “We also need to recognize what is a stereotype and what is not. For example, ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ was pulled off the air for being too stereotypical, but after Mexican-Americans and Latino communities made it loud and clear that Speedy was an icon to them, he was put back on the air. There is a delicate balance for stereotypes and what can be used in a truthful authentic way, and what is straight-up racist.” IS THE LACK OF MINORITY REPRESENTATION IN THE FILM INDUSTRY FINALLY CHANGING? 57% OF STUDENTS SAW OR WANT TO SEE COCO* *according to a Westerner survey of 201 students In “Coco” as well, the lead is a Mexican character who is strong and capable. Seeing the representation of minorities in new, big films can also have an impact on non-minorities. “There are pockets of the population that are segregated, and they feel like the United States should be a white place. It’s helpful for them to see that there are all kinds of people in the world, and people are capable and intelligent and strong regardless of what their race or background is,” Hoover said. Through its story line and animation, “Coco” aimed to celebrate Mexican culture. “What stood out was [that producers were] truly understanding in trying to replicate my culture in an American production. Much of the time what Americans do is just slap on tacos, tequila, and sombreros and call it a day. Immediately starting the movie, I saw respect with how the prologue was presented,” Carrillo said. Similarly, in the current film “Every Day,” characters are easy to relate to for members of the LG- 33% OF STUDENTS SAW OR WANT TO SEE EVERY DAY* BTQ+ community. It is crucial for people to grow up and see someone that they can aspire to be like, especially when it is someone they can relate to. “If all the people that you look up to are so much different from you and have different backgrounds and experiences, it’s fine to aspire to that, but you might have a different path than they have,” 72% BY KARA DEMPSEY entertainment editor AND JENNA ROBBINS reporter Hoover said. It is important for people, especially teens, to see representation of minorities on big platforms because “it helps us think of the America our ancestors envisioned, a country where everyone can be free and anyone could be anything. It can also allow people to come to terms with issues they have, especially in the LG- BTQ+ community,” Carrillo said. Even though we are seeing progress in the film industry in working towards minority representation, there is still a long way to go. “Asian Americans need representation. Indian Americans need representation. The Middle East needs to be represented in a good light. We still have progress to make,” Carrillo said. OF STUDENTS SAW OR WANT TO SEE BLACK PANTHER* As much as Hollywood is diversifying its talent pool, those people who gain fame as a minority writer, actor, or director are typically very wealthy, a trait that sets them apart from the realities of most minorities in America. “Black Panther” and other Hollywood films that represent minorities and celebrate diversity need to prompt serious conversations about poverty in America. “The people who attend the Academy Awards, even the people of color, are wealthy. Jordan Peele, for instance, has a net worth of $12 million. While I loved his film ‘Get Out!’ and I do think some sort of blow is struck against racism by seeing people of color nominated for and winning Academy Awards, the result is that people spend a lot of time talking about the diversity of Hollywood millionaires instead of talking about the lack of healthcare and low wages of the poor,” Gonzalez said. “And since minorities are disproportionately poor, discussing and taking action against poverty will focus efforts on relieving economic inequality for minorities in a way that diversity celebrations will not.”

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