Tiger News Issue 1, 2019-2020

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Little Rock Central High School • 1500 S. Park Street • Little Rock, AR 72202 • Volume 93, Issue I

• Family celebrations preserve cultural ties

• ICE agent visits Central, concerns

student body

• Student immigrants retain culture in US

• Children of immigrants face challenges

beyond language barrier

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cover by

SAM HARSHAW

With students from

38 birth countries

and speaking 29

different languages, our

school recognizes and

celebrates our diversity.


2 • Oct. 2019

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Family celebrations preserve cultural ties

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Students celebrate Día de los Muertos, Eid, and Maslenitsa to

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Nico Heye

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Ja’Bria Manning

Hailey Molden

Claire Porter

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Robyn Reed

Olive Shuffield

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Anna Spollen

Mary Ruth Taylor

Anna Cay Vernon

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incorporate traditional, religious values into their lives

by MARY RUTH TAYLOR

staff writer

Día de los Muertos

Junior Brenda Coyoltecatl was

born in the United States, and when

she was three years old, she moved to

Puebla, Mexico to live with her grandparents.

She lived there for nine years

until she moved back to the U.S. with

her mom. Coyoltecatl had to adjust

to many differences after moving. The

food was very different, and it took

her about a year and a half to learn

English. Another major difference

Coyoltecatl noted was that in the U.S.

she didn’t celebrate Day of the Dead

as much as she did back in Puebla.

“It [Day of the Dead] was special

because most of Latin America

celebrates that. Instead of being

afraid or sad about it, we celebrate

the people who have passed away,”

Coyotecatl said.

Day of the Dead, or Día de los

Muertos, is a colorful and joyous

celebration of life. Not to be confused

as a Mexican version of Halloween,” it

is a time when families come together

to honor their deceased loved ones.

The holiday originated with the Aztec,

Toltec, and other Nahua people, who

considered death to be a natural

phase of the many stages of life.

Today, every first and second day

of November, families set up ofrendas

(altars) decorated with marigolds and

offerings to welcome spirits back to

the world of the living. There are parades

and parties, many people dress

up and wear elaborate face paint, and

people eat sugar skulls and pan de

Muerto, a kind of sweet bread.

“It was peaceful times; it

was kind of like Christmas when

our family could come together,”

Coyoltecatl said.

Central is widely known and

celebrated for its diversity. “America’s

most beautiful high school” is a place

where students of different races,

ethnicities, and religions join together

to learn. Many of the mainstream holidays

in the United States have been

heavily Americanized, and although

these celebrations are very meaningful

to some, they are not representative

as a whole of the wide array of

cultures and traditions on campus.

Eid

Culture and religion have always

been separate in junior Hannah Wali’s

life. She was born and raised in the

U.S., but her dad is from Syria. Wali

feels as if she has missed out on the

cultural aspects of her dad’s heritage

since she’s grown up surrounded by

U.S. society, but on a religious level,

she is able to relate to her dad because

they are both Muslim.

There are two major holidays

celebrated by Muslims: Eid al-Adha

and Eid al-Fitr. Eid means “feast” or

“holiday” in Arabic. Eid al-Fitr is the

“festival of breaking the fast.” Eid al-

Fitr occurs after Ramadan, the period

during which Muslims believe their

holy book, the Quran, was revealed to

the Prophet Mohammed. Ramadan is

marked by a month of daytime fasting.

At the end of the month, families

and communities gather for Eid al-

Fitr to celebrate the end of fasting and

to show gratitude to Allah.

“You wake up, and everything’s

just happy. You’re happy; your family’s

happy. It’s just always a really

good day,” Wali said.

Eid al-Adha is the “festival of

sacrifice,” and it honors all the Muslims

who have made the annual hajj

pilgrimage to Mecca. It also commemorates

the story in the Quran of Allah

asking Abraham to sacrifice his son.

Both holidays are typically celebrated

with prayer, visits to friends

and family, the exchanging of gifts,

and feasting. Wali always decorates

her and her mom’s hands with henna.

Sophomore Demah Yousef typically

celebrates more when her family

travels to Jordan to visit relatives. Eid

is meaningful for her because it’s a

day spent with loved ones and a time

when the Muslim community can

be united.

“It’s a day where our community

comes together. You’re around people

that are like you so you feel more

comfortable,” Yousef said.

Maslenitsa

Junior Olga Lyzogubova was born

in Ukraine. When she was three years

old, she moved to the U.S. with her

parents. Lyzogubova has lived in the

U.S. for most of her life, but she and

her family still keep in touch with

their heritage by continuing to celebrate

traditional Ukrainian holidays,

including Maslenitsa.

Maslenitsa is a Ukrainian and

Russian holiday that takes place the

week before Christian Lent and is

symbolic of the end of winter and the

coming of spring. Although the holiday

has pagan origins, it got its name

during the establishment of Christianity

in Kievan Rus, the medieval

federation located in parts of present

day Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.

“Maslenitsa” literally means “of butter.”

The holiday is so-named because

meat was not permitted for Christians

in the last week before Lent, so

dairy products like butter were the

indulgence foods.

Lyzogubova compares the holiday

to Mardi Gras, as they are both

times of celebration before Lent. She

and her parents celebrate by making

crêpes, which are said to be representative

of the sun. Lyzogubova said it

can be difficult to keep in touch with

her culture since all of her other relatives

live in Ukraine, but holidays like

this help her stay connected. “There

are not too many Ukrainian or Russian

families in Arkansas, so every

time we come across someone who

speaks the language, it’s a party,”

Lyzogubova said.

photo provided by DIEMAH YOUSEF

Sophomore

Demah Yousef

attends her

mosque’s cultural

food festival

every year. The

festival is held

to celebrate the

different cultures

and nations in the

Islamic Center of

Little Rock.

On the Cover

Senior Samuel Harshaw

Junior Montrice Johnson

Senior Carson Eldridge

Senior Eleanor Burks

Senior Adriana Rabell

Senior Macy Bridges

photos by NICO HEYE


Oct. 2019 Cover •3

Translated transitions:

by ANNA CAY VERNON At Central, diversity and inclusion are how we define ourselves. When our principal welcomes the freshmen, she never fails to mention

staff writer

the number of languages our student body speaks, or how many countries we hail from. And we have serious reason to be proud, but we

have to remember that we are still a work in progress; there is a fine line between praising our diversity and over-simplifying the experiences

of certain students. Keeping this in mind, we now celebrate the experiences of three brave, first-generation immigrants in our Central family. Told in both English and their

native languages, these stories offer a look into how both the US and their home countries have shaped their identities and lives.

Deniz Erdag

I moved

here from Istanbul,

Turkey the

summer before

seventh grade

because my dad

landed a job

here. My parents’

underlying

reason to apply

here was that

the U.S. has, overall, a much

better education than Turkey.

I was confident language-wise

because my parents had me

take private English lessons;

however, I did become conscious

of having an accent, which I got

over in about a year. Adjusting

to the “southern talk,” as I like

to call it, was the hardest part,

including understanding some of

the slang like “y’all” (which I use

on the daily now). At first I was

reluctant about leaving Turkey.

Arkansas was a state I’d never

heard of, and I was not comfortable

with the idea of leaving my

friends. I wish I could’ve kept

more of those friendships, but I

have found so many great people

here. Overall, I find life here easier,

calmer, and a bit more free.

Buraya yedinci sınıftan önceki yaz

İstanbul, Türkiye’den geldim çünkü

babam buraya bir iş buldu. Ailemin

buraya başvurmasının altında yatan

neden, ABD’nin Türkiye’den daha

iyi bir eğitime sahip olmasıdır. Dil

konusunda kendimden emindim

çünkü ailem bana özel İngilizce

dersleri almıştı; Ancak, yaklaşık

bir yıl içinde aldığım bir aksanın

olduğunun bilincine vardım.

“Güneyli konuşmaya”, benim

dediğim gibi ayarlamak, “şimdiki

gibi kullandığım” gibi “hepiniz”

gibi bazı argoları anlamak da

dahil olmak üzere en zor kısımdı.

İlk başta Türkiye’den ayrılma

konusunda isteksizdim. Arkansas,

hiç duymadığım bir devletti ve

arkadaşlarımdan ayrılma fikri

konusunda rahat değildim. Keşke

bu arkadaşlıklardan daha fazlasını

tutabilseydim, ama burada çok

fazla harika insan buldum. Genel

olarak, buradaki hayatı daha kolay,

daha sakin ve biraz daha özgür

buluyorum.

photos by ANNA CAY VERNON

Omar Eldenawi

I left Egypt and came here

when I was 12 years old. It was

tough leaving my home country,

all my friends and cousins, and

all the memories there. It was

hard coming into a new country

and learning a new, unfamiliar

language. The first year I came

here, I had a lot of issues with

schools and classmates, and it

was hard trying to understand what the teachers

were saying. I also had classmates making fun of

me because of my accent and because I couldn’t

understand what they were saying. But from the

second year until now, I barely have had any

problems with anyone, and I can now understand

everybody clearly. I am very happy living here

right now.

Student immigrants share challenges and triumphs

of adjusting to new languages and relationships

graphic by NICO HEYE

تايركذلا عيمجو ، يمع ءانبأو يئاقدصأ عيمجو

ديدج دلب ىلإ لوصولا بعصلا نم ناك ‏.كانه

يدل نكت مل ةديدج ةغل ملعت ىلإ تررطضاو

يتلا ىلوألا ةنسلا يف ‏.اهب ةريبك ةفرعم

نم ريثكلا يدل ناك ، انه ىلإ اهيف تيتأ

ناكو ، ةساردلا ءالمزو سرادملا عم تالكشملا

امك ‏.نوملعملا هلوقي ام مهف ةلواحم بعصلا نم

يتجهل ببسب ينم نورخسي ءالمز يدل ناك

اوناك ام مهفأ نأ عطتسأ مل يننألو ةليقثلا

، نآلا ىتحو يناثلا ماعلا ذنم نكل ‏.نولوقي

يننكميو ، صخش يأ عم لكاشم يأ تهجاو داكلاب

لصفلا يف يئالمزو نيملعملا مهف نآلا

نآلا انه شيعلاب اًدج ديعس انأ ‏.حوضوب

Vrunda Patel

I came

to the U.S in

2013 from

India. Leaving

India was

difficult, but I

came here at

a pretty young

age (eight years

old). It was a

24 hour plane ride, and it was

really tough because it was a lot

of just sitting and being bored.

When I got to America, it was

hard; I didn’t know English, and

my family was worried about the

new school and the language

difference. I learned English in

two months. I did half of my

third grade here and the other

half in India, and the classes

were way different. I had a really

hard time fitting in. I used to get

teased because of my accent,

which was really strong. One

time I was on the bus and I had

to sit next to a girl who was

chewing gum. She took it out

and put it in my hair. I had no

idea until I got home and felt it

in my hair. Coming from India,

it was hard to not stick out, but

when I moved to Arkansas, I

found my people and I learned

to fit in.


4 • School News

Oct. 2019

ICE agent visits Central, concerns student body

by ELLYSON BRADFORD

staff writer

“There was an official that

visited the school trying to

the former student, who was

looking to be employed in

attorney Misty Borkowski,

from Cross Gunter Witherspoon

“Anyone who is suffering

from a life like that wants to

& Galchus, P.C.. get out of that situation; they

do a background check on the federal agency, does not

On Thursday, Aug. 8 a former student looking to currently attend Central, the “People tend to think want economic stability…. In

around 2, an Immigration work for Homeland Security; request for information was about ICE along the lines as the U.S., there is opportunity

and Customs Enforcement that [former] student is not an denied due to the Family Educational

Rights and Privacy department. After all, they are is essentially the American

you would your local sheriff’s for economic prosperity. It

(ICE) agent visited the school. immigrant,” principal Nancy

Despite what rumors on social Rousseau said.

Act (FERPA).

law enforcement,” Borkowski dream,” Borkowski said

media suggested, the agent Students have no need to The only way that ICE-as said Many of these immigrants

was not looking for information

on a current student. the school can release student under the government-could coming into the United States previous life and have a true

worry; the only agency that a branch of law enforcement Ṫhe idea of immigrants want to get away from their

The agent was attempting to information to is the Department

of Human Services would be with a subpoena, a mans tend to push from coun-

“If you think about it, how

obtain such information is the push-pull theory. Hu-

urge to make that adjustment.

gain information on a former

student for a background (DHS) with either the correct legal document that summons tries with low economic status,

and people pull towards in order to pack up all your

bad must your situation be

check, as the former student credentials or the permission one to court. The subpoena

was trying to find employment of that student’s parent or must be authorized under the nations that do not have that things and haul off to another

with the federal agency. legal guardian. Even though law, according to immigration type of economic disparity. country?” Borkowski said.

Recent ICE action affects immigration policies

by ANNA SPOLLEN

staff writer

Since the founding of the

United States, immigration has

been an issue: the English took

land from the Native Americans,

the Irish being were refused

jobs for being Catholic, the

Japanese were denied entry due

to tension during World War II.

The current administration is

now trying to limit the number

of people immigrating here from

Central America, and Immigration

Control and Enforcement

(ICE) is deporting hundreds of

thousands of immigrants every

year.

Immigration From Central

America

The first Mexicans began

immigrating to the U.S. in the

early 1900s because of the

promise of better economic

opportunities. Many immigrants

are also coming to the U.S.

because much of their family

already lives there. This makes

it easier for immigrants to apply

for a visa, because they can

say that they’re visiting family.

Many people in countries like

Honduras and El Salvador also

move to escape gang violence

and poverty or to restart after

damage from a natural disaster.

Today, according to PEW

Research Center, Mexican immigrants

make up about 3.5%

of the U.S. population. About

43% of the 11.6 million Mexican

immigrants are estimated to be

unauthorized. While the number

of unauthorized immigrants

has decreased in the past ten

years due to increased deportation

and stricter control over

who crosses the border, the reason

so many are still unauthorized

is that the majority have

overstayed their visas. Most

who overstay their visa didn’t

plan to, or did not realize that

they cannot return home and

can only get one extension on

their visa. By the time the visa

expires, they’ve already settled

here and they find it hard to

get the money to move back. If

the police or the government

finds out about an unauthorized

immigrant, Immigration

and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

will detain and possibly deport

them.

What is ICE?

ICE was created in 2003

with the merging of the U.S.

Customs Service and the Immigration

and Naturalization Service.

ICE is divided into three

branches: Homeland Security

Investigations (HSI), Enforcement

and Removal Operations

(ERO), and the Office of the

Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA).

ERO is the branch responsible

for deporting unauthorized immigrants

and is the biggest ICE

division. HSI pursues criminals

and terrorists involved in drug

and weapon trafficking, and

OPLA represents the government

in immigration courts.

A large part of President

Trump’s presidential campaign

was a promise to solve the issue

of illegal immigration. He advocated

for building a wall on the

Mexico-U.S. border to block the

majority of immigrants coming

up from Mexico. He also has

been very adamant about having

ICE detain and deport all of

the unauthorized immigrants

within the United States.

According to the Washington

Post, in 2018 ICE deported

about 256,085 people, many of

whom were convicted criminals

or suspected gang members. In

the first half of 2019, according

to the New York Times, 130,432

people were deported. This is

what influences some to believe

that most unauthorized immigrants

are criminals and cause

violence, but this is hard to

gauge. The amount of immigrants

being deported yearly

only make up a small percentage

of the estimated number of

unauthorized immigrants in the

United States. Most Democrats

take issue with ICE deporting

immigrants who are not criminals.

Many unauthorized immigrants

have lived in the U.S. for

over ten years, according to the

PEW Research Center. Some argue

that deporting immigrants

means uprooting them from the

lives and families they built in

the U.S.

A common misconception

about ICE is that they are the

group that is separating families

at the border, but this is

not the case. After President

Trump enacted the “zero-tolerance”

policy--which states

that anyone caught trying to

cross the border illegally will be

criminally prosecuted--Border

Portal began having to separate

families. Families, by law, have

to be divided, because a child

cannot legally be housed in the

same jail as their parents.

What’s Happening Right Now?

According to the New York

Times, in 2019 Border Patrol

officers have arrested 363,300

migrant family members from

Honduras, El Salvador, and

Guatemala, many of whom

were seeking asylum to escape

violence back at home. Around

July 14, ICE began moving

across the United States to

graphic by ANNA SPOLLEN

locate and deport unauthorized

immigrants. By the end of July,

over 2,000 immigrants had

been located and detained.

Since 2015, according to

the Washington Post, more

Mexicans and Americans have

been immigrating to Mexico

than immigrating from Mexico

due to the U.S. market crash

in 2008. Unlike the immigrants

moving to the U.S. in the 1900s,

current immigrants hope to find

better economic opportunities

in Mexico. According to Luis

Alberto Villareal, the mayor of

San Miguel, a majority of those

Americans do not have correct

documentation. However, unlike

in America, Mexican immigration

policies are more lax and

don’t often require Americans

to leave after overstaying their

visas.


Oct. 2019 School News •5

Under-appreciated staff receives recognition

Despite their endless work and effort, attendance secretary LaRonica Allen and custodian Teresa

Sanz have received little widespread appreciation in the past for their contributions to our school

by JA’BRIA MANNING and JAMAICA MYTON

staff writer and school news editor

LaRonica Allen

Wake up! You’ve slept

through your alarm again!

You’re scurrying around your

room with one shoe on, looking

for your A-Day binder you

swear you just saw. You have

15 minutes left, and you’re still

missing a shoe; at this point,

you have accepted the fact that

you’re going to be beyond late,

and that Mom is going to blow

a fuse the moment she finds

out. Though the day is off to a

rocky start, you look forward

to walking into the attendance

office, where the kind smiles are

enough to get you through the

day.

LaRonica Allen, who has

been working in the attendance

office for three and a half years,

considers her job to be part of

the foundation of our fast-paced

and structured school.

Allen rates her job considerably

high.

“From a scale 1 to 10, I

would say my job is either an

eight or a nine,” Allen said.

The years Allen has been

working at the school, she said

has gained a great appreciation

from students of all grade

levels. Her kind smile, warm

welcome, and helpful ways have

worked their way into the hearts

of many students.

“I’ve never been more excited

to be late,” senior Kahli

Crosby said.

“I think I have an awesome

relationship with students,”

Allen said, “because I give

them respect and in return I

get respect.” Building a great

relationship with students isn’t

a challenge for Allen.

With hundreds of students

checking in and out on a daily

basis, the attendance workers

have heard some outlandish

excuses.

“One time I was told it was

snowing in El Dorado; it was

September,” Allen said.

With so many excuses, Allen

has to keep them organized.

She shared that the best way for

her to keep track of everything

she does is by organizing everything

by grade level and writing

everything down. She has sticky

notes and pieces of paper completely

covering her desk and

computer. “If you were to look

at my desk, you would probably

be like, ‘Oh my goodness!’ but

to me it is an organization to the

madness,” Allen said.

Other than attending to

absences and tardies, Allen and

the rest of the attendance staff,

Sheila Caliborne and Ursella

Heggs, do more than what students

see.

“We do a lot; we nurture you

guys, discipline. It’s an ‘as need,

as assigned basis.’ Allen said.

Their behind the scenes work

is something we can all come to

appreciate.

Teresa Sanz

In the mornings, throughout

the day, and in the evenings,

custodians work to keep

the school clean, and with a

school as big as Central, it

isn’t an easy task. Outside of

school, the people who help out

the most also have lives and

families.

Custodian Teresa Sanz is

from Guatemala City, Guatemala

and moved to the United

States in 1995. Since then,

she has worked at J.C. Penney,

Baptist hospital, Walmart,

and she started at Central in

2016. She is a mother of five

and a grandmother of 15–four

boys and 11 girls. Sanz says

that her favorite part of being

a grandmother is buying her

grandchildren gifts and making

sure they all know she loves

them equally.

Teresa has been working at

Central for four years, and she

said that so far Central is her

favorite job.

“The people at Central are

nice. Everybody likes me; it’s

the respect. The librarians,

Mr. Richardson, Mr. Noble, Mr.

Mcghee and the teachers are all

so nice,” Teresa said.

Sanz said that she also

likes Central the most because

she has learned the most English

here, because of having to

communicate with her co-workers

more often than at her

other jobs.

The custodians have to

sweep, mop, vacuum, clean

bathrooms, and pick up trash

after 2,000 plus students and

teachers for 5 floors in the

mornings and evenings. They

do their best to keep the school

clean, but they have to work

even harder when the students

don’t pick up after themselves.

In fact, Ricky Newsome made

the comment, “pick up behind

yourself; it’s a courtesy for us.”

Although Sanz said she

enjoys working at Central, the

hardest part for her is throwing

away trash and cleaning the

classrooms.

“I come across lots of bottle

of water on the floor,” said

Sanz. Being a custodian is a

really tough job that requires

patience and hard work, especially

a custodian at Central.

photo by COLM SIMMONS

Attendance secretary LaRonica Allen has worked in our school’s attendance office for three and a half years alongside Shelia

Claiborne and Ursella Heggs.

photo by SARAH GORNATTI

Custodian Teresa Sanz is one of the many hard workers who keep our school

clean.


6 • School News

Oct. 2019

New policies warrant mixed opinions among students

“I hate not being able to wear shorts

because it’s so hot outside. It’s so uncomfortable

having to wear leggings or

jeans especially when it’s 103 degrees

outside.”

- senior Annie Rankin

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Last year, students sat in

the cafeteria with no phone.

Now, with newly improved

rules, students can enjoy the

freedom of using their phones

during lunch.

Sophomore Livia Wickliffe

said that being able to have her

phone at lunch is much better

because she doesn’t have to

worry about it getting taken,

because at the time having

phones out was against the

school policy.

This new rule, however,

is feeding the growing

issue among the upcoming

generations of this decade:

technology addiction.

“Lots of people in this

school are addicted to their

phones, including me!” Wickliffe

said.

Wickliffe said that phones

haven’t drastically affected her

lunch, since she doesn’t really

use her phone at lunch when

she is with her friends. The new

policy’s primary purpose is to

control noise in the cafeteria,

according to Mrs. Rousseau and

most students have no grudge

against this.

“I really enjoy the time I am now able

to spend on my cellular phone during

my time of nourishment.”

- senior Jaxon Wickliffe

There is also a policy

change that involves girls’ freedom

to wear shorts. The new

dress code states that shortshorts

can no longer be worn

“Lots of people in this

school are addicted to

their phones, including

me!”

- sophomore Livia Wickliffe

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Wickliffe was already

dress-coded this year. She says

she doesn’t want to wear pants

during hot summer months in

Arkansas, so she usually wears

shorts. When she was dress

coded, Wickliffe was sad because

she had to wear leggings

even though it was a blistering

95 degrees outside.

When a student is dress

coded, the first offense is a

warning and the student must

change, the second offense

is the parent contact and the

student must change, and

the third offense is ISS. It was

especially hard to adjust since

Urinals divide students

Urinal dividers revolutionize boys’ bathroom

by SARAH GORNATTI

school news editor

The boys bathroom is

an elusive space. Commonly

described as a “dumpster fire,”

the boy’s bathroom has always

radiated negative energy. Urinals

with no dividers and only

a few stalls has promoted little

to no privacy for male students.

As a girl, I mocked and made

fun of their struggle without

realizing how negative the

effects were.

The lack of urinal dividers

caused long lines, wasted

space, and resulted in many

kids being late to class. Since

stalls make up only half of the

boy’s bathroom, having 30 kids

all trying to use the bathroom

at once takes a significant

amount of time, resulting in

tardiness. All of this hassle just

to pee. This is when the current

student body president,

senior Keeling Baker, decided to

step in.

“I wanted to do something

about the bathroom situation

because we essentially only

used half of our bathroom

because no one used the urinals

which make up 5 out of

10 of toilets because it was so

awkward to do so when you

can see the person right next

to you,” Baker said. “It was

crazy because boys would be

late to class because they’d

rather wait for a stall and be

late than use the urinals. Since

the installation it has been a

much more efficient and a more

peaceful bathroom experience

altogether.” Baker’s decision

to advocate for dividers in the

restroom has received extremely

positive reviews. Another

advocate for these new dividers

is senior class president, senior

Rishith Vaddavalli, who also

weighed in on the issue saying,

“I like how fast it is to use the

restroom now that I don’t have

to wait behind a line in a stank

restroom.” Those are words to

live by.

Boys are now able to efficiently

use the bathroom and

get to class on time. No boy will

have to live in fear of their privacy

being invaded any longer.

Now that the boys restroom

has improved, boys across the

school are celebrating the win.

Whenever this accomplishment

is mentioned, a large

synonymous “woo” erupts from

every boy in a two mile radius.

Although urinal dividers may

seem like a minuscule issue,

they have made the bathroom

more useful and efficient.

girls were able to wear shorts

last year.

Some girls even feel discriminated

against; boys are

loosely restricted on how they

dress. Some females feel like

they are at a disadvantage

because many more girls are

dress coded than boys.

“Most boys are more comfortable

wearing longer shorts,

but most girls prefer to not wear

basketball shorts to school.

Boys just don’t wear shortshorts,”

Wickliffe said

art by Sarah Gornatti

COMMENTARY


Oct. 2019

School News

•7

Timeline assists seniors applying to colleges

by SARAH GORNATTI

school news editor

College applications will be

due soon, and anxiety is setting

in. Recommendation letters,

transcripts, FAFSA, scholarship

applications, common app, and

essays all come together to form

a massive mound of stress on

students. It can get overwhelming

with so many dates and

deadlines to remember, so to

make it easier here are some

websites and deadlines you

ought to know.

Common App: Common app

is a website where you insert

your college essay and transcript,

list family and personal

history, and select the colleges

you are applying to. Some

colleges don’t take the common

application, so for these schools

you have to get on their website

and submit their separate application.

Common app makes

applying much easier because

you don’t have to fill out the

same information repetitively.

Niche: Having trouble deciding

what colleges you want

to apply to? Check out Niche.

Niche is a website that gives

you updated information about

any school in the United States.

Niche will tell you the student-teacher

ratio, the school’s

rank, the acceptance rate, the

average GPA and test scores,

and the net price. Niche also

lets you search for colleges by

major or location. Niche gives

an in-depth, unbiased review of

each college.

Fastweb Scholarships: Fastweb

is a website that will help

you locate many small, random,

scholarships that will help you

cover tuition costs. Tuition is

expensive and can be part of

the reason many people aren’t

able to go to college. Fastweb

allows you to input a little bit

of information about yourself

(GPA, age, test scores, and

other general info) and finds as

many scholarships as possible

for you.

Khan Academy: Khan Academy

is not only for homework

help; it also has an entire series

about student loans and repaying

debts. This video series will

walk you through financial aid

and how to pay back student

loans. Many students take out

thousands of dollars in student

loans because they can’t cover

the rest of the cost even after

scholarships. If you educate

yourself on how to avoid this or

how to do it properly, you can

avoid the crippling debt that

students carry around for years

after college.

Now is the time to take

advantage of all of the opportunities

that Central has for its

students. Between college fairs

and our counselors, you should

be able to figure out a plan after

high school that fits you the

best, whether that is attending

college, joining the troops, taking

a gap year, or going straight

into your chosen profession.

art by SARAH GORNATTI


8 • Sports

Oct. 2019

Streamlining success: Swimmers fly towards future

by MOLLYGRACE HARRELL

online executive editor

Yousef Bahgot, sophomore

Sophomore Yousef Bahgot

has been swimming with

the Dolphins for five years and

currently swims for the Central

team. He enjoys the competition

that he gets from the swimming

environment, and enjoys how it

continually pushes him.

“I like the feeling when you

get to the wall, and you can look

up at your time and see that you

won a best time,” Bahgot said.

A swimmer achieves a best

time when he improves his time

from the last time he swam a

certain event.

Bahgot was born in Egypt

and lived there until he was

four. His family speaks Arabic at

home, so he has learned the language

by hearing and conversing

with his family throughout his

lifetime. Bahgot also occasionally

takes lessons.

“Sometimes my parents

make me take lessons. I don’t

like it. Arabic is just a hard language,”

Bahgot said.

Although Baghot enjoys

being a student athlete, the

workload is a lot; he gets about

five hours of sleep nightly before

waking up for morning practice.

Already investing in his future,

Bahgot considers himself an

Olympic hopeful. Bahgot still

has citizenship in Egypt and

hopes to one day compete at the

Olympic level for his country.

The prime time to be an Olympic

athlete, according to Bahgot,

is when he is a sophomore in

college.

“If am not there by the end

of college, then I’ll probably

stop,” Bahgot said.

For the time being, however,

Bahgot is at the top of his

game. He currently holds record

times for his age division, 14-16,

not only for Egypt, but all of

Africa. For the 100 free lcm (long

course meters) event, Yousef’s

best time is 53.84. For the 200

free lcm, his time is 1:57:09,

and his 200 fly lcm is 2:10:33.

His best time for the 1500 free

lcm is 16:49:89.

He continues to train when

he visits family in Egypt every

summer in addition to his training

in the U.S. during the school

year.

“In Egypt, I went to a practice

with them two years ago,

and it’s pretty much the same as

here. They’re both pretty intense.

You have to get up at the

same time. The only difference

is during Ramadan when you’re

fasting, you have to practice at

ten till twelve because that’s

when you break your fast, and

you’re not supposed to practice

while fasting,” Bahgot said.

Egypt is a predominantly

Muslim country, and this

cultural difference from the U.S.

impacts many aspects of life.

Ramadan takes place from April

23 to May 23 and is a month of

prayer and reflection in which

Muslims may practice swam, or

self restraint, as is directed by

one of the five Pillars of Islam.

Ramadan comes to an end with

Eid al Fitr, the Celebration of

Breaking Fast, in which communities

come together to celebrate.

Rachel Zhang, senior

Senior Rachel Zhang swims

competitively for the Dolphins

and for Central. While Zhang

keeps up with her physically

demanding athletic training,

she also maintains a rigorous

academic load in addition to her

social life.

“Asian parents are really

focused on school, so at first

they (my parents) didn’t really

want me to swim a lot, but once

they saw that I was getting good

they let me do my own thing,”

Zhang said.

In order to juggle her

sports, academics, volunteer

work, and college preparation,

Zhang says that time management

is crucial to keeping up

and staying successful.

“You have to know to prioritize

school work and sports over

being on my phone, and I lose a

lot of sleep. I do not sleep. I get 5

hours of sleep a night because I

go to bed at 12 and wake up at 5

something (for practice),” Zhang

said.

During a typical day, Zhang

gets an early start for practice,

then goes to school before going

back to practice and finishing

whatever activities she must

complete for the following day.

Because of her busy schedule,

family time is usually spent on

the weekends when she has

more free time, and during the

weeks her parents try to help

her out as much as they can by

making her lunch to save time

and letting her do her homework

in peace.

“We train for 4 hours a

day, 3 and a half, and then

photo provided by RACHEL ZHANG

Senior Rachel Zhang’s fastest time in the 100 yard freestyle is 51.77 second. She went this at the 2019 Region VIII Speedo

Sectional Meet on March 10.

right when I get home is dinner,

shower, and I immediately start

my homework. I don’t go on my

phone because if I go on my

phone, I’ll procrastinate and lose

track of time,” Zhang said.

Although her days are often

hectic, Zhang is glad to be part

of a team that supports her and

enjoys the friendships that the

swim environment creates.

“Getting to see my teammates

and the funny moments

that we have makes it worth it,”

Zhang said.

Zhang wishes to continue

swimming in college; she went

on a recruiting trip to Dartmouth

Thursday Sept. 26. While

in college she wishes to study

to become an oncologist. She

peaked her interest in this field

during summer volunteer work

at the UAMS Cancer Institute.

Rachel stays connected to

her family heritage through language

because her family speaks

Chinese to her at home. She

says she responds in English,

but nevertheless she is still able

to keep up with the language.

“I can hear it. I can kinda

speak it, but I’m not really good

at reading it. That’s the only

thing that got me through the

AP Chinese exam because they

spoke Chinese to me all the

time,” Zhang said.

Zhang used to visit China

every other summer when she

was in elementary and middle

school, but now volunteering

and home training keeps her

in the U.S. However she still

remembers a few small cultural

differences. Because the roads

and highways have so many

lanes in China, crossing pedestrians

often stop in the middle

of the road to let cars pass.

Zhang says she got used to this

one summer because she had

been there for two months, and

she forgot it was not a common

practice in the U.S. When she

returned, she was hanging out

with her friend, Jessie Bates,

and the pair were walking across

Cantrell after getting ice cream.

While Bates ran across the

whole street to beat an oncoming

car, Zhang stopped in the

median to let the car pass before

she would continue walking. The

driver, however, did not know

what Zhang was doing and spun

his tires out while braking to

avoid hitting Zhang. She and

Bates walked away when he

got out of his car to inspect his

tires.

“I just stopped in the middle

of the road,” Zhang said.

For the time being, Zhang

is spending her time trying to

finish high school strong and get

everything in order for college

and the next phase of her life.


Oct. 2019

New golf coach changes swing of things

by THOMAS HOUT

staff writer

Look out! There’s a revamped

and upgraded Central

golf team that’s teeing up to

make some waves. Last year

the golf team had very few

practices with no set schedule.

The team finished near last in

most tournaments, and it was

not a serious commitment for

most of the players. Now, they

have three practices a week and

a new work ethic. The main

thing that is causing all of this

change is the new golf coach

Landon Moore. He is also a P.E.

teacher at Baseline Elementary

School and one of the assistant

baseball coaches for the Tigers.

“The people are a lot different

when I first started; they

take it a lot more serious now

than when I first started, and

the whole team is more serious

too,” senior Scott Harris,

who has played golf for central

since his freshman year,

said.

Freshman Brandon Lee

is already considered one of

the best on the team. He’s an

experienced golfer, playing

“Central is going to

get a lot better at golf

in the future. It could

even be known for golf

in the future. Starting

to recruit people to

come here could be the

next step,”

Senior Bryce Strell

competitively prior to joining

the school’s team. “Brandon is

the only golfer who consistently

birdies shots,” senior Anthony

Bean, who has two years of experience

on the golf team, said.

A birdie means that one

shot is hit under par, the

expected number of strokes

needed for a hole. This is hard

to achieve, especially regularly.

“I began playing because of

my dad. He only played casually,

but he is what got me into

it,” Lee said.

Lee’s skills for his age is

something very few players

have, and he will be expected

to lead the team in the coming

years.

The golf team is divided into

the boys and girls team when

competing. The Lady Tigers golf

team includes, senior Emily

Harmon, junior Lauren Baker,

freshman Riley Thayer, and

junior Ashlyn Sorrows.

“There’s a lot more practice

with the new coach, and there

are a lot more boys on the team

too. I think Central will get better,”

Harmon said.

Most of the Central practices

are held at The First Tee after

school. Usually some would

be held at the War Memorial

golf course, but the city of Little

Rock recently shut it down.

Going into this season,

the team’s expectations don’t

include being one of the best

teams right away, according

to the players. Last year they

finished second to last at their

State tournament, and the two

years before that they finished

dead last. While their team

steadily improves from years before,

a large focus for the team

is to not come near last again.

“Central is going to get a

lot better at golf in the future.

It could even be known for golf

in the future. Starting to recruit

people to come here could be

the next step,” senior Bryce

Strell, captain of the team, said.

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10 • Sports

Oct. 2019

COMMENTARY

NBA immigrant players face scrutiny

by CASEY CARTER

sports editor

Most well-known sports also have fairly

well-known stereotypes that go along with them.

Basketball players are generally assumed to be

tall, tennis players grunt when they hit the ball

during a match, and football players are unlikely

to excel in academics.

Immigrants in the NBA suffer from comments

about their place of origin. There were

only 108 immigrant players in the NBA 2018-19

season. These players came from over 40 countries

and made up 24% of the players in the NBA,

according to The Bleacher Report online, Sept.

20.

“The NBA is a global league, and we are

proud to attract the very best players from

around the world,” Mike Bass, a spokesperson of

the NBA, said in the article.

President Donald Trump often voices his

opinions about immigration. With Trump’s past

travel bans, immigrant NBA players, coaches,

and trainers could have had to face the harsh reality

of wondering if they will be able to visit their

families, or if their families can safely come to the

games. When asked about the ban proposed by

Trump in 2017, Hawks player Dennis Schroeder

commented, “It’s unnecessary. People who are

born and raised here, it doesn’t matter whether

it’s Sudan or somewhere else, if [they’re] Muslim,

I don’t get why he want them out of here.”

These travel bans would cause concern for

immigrant families and players, because they

create a sense of uncertainty. They also would affect

employees of the NBA, which employs 1,300

people from around the world. The likelihood that

they will be able to see their families is questioned

only because the NBA recruits the best

talent from all over.

Immigrants in the NBA face many biases,

including not being given credit for excelling in

their sports when American-born players are

more often praised. For example, Lebron James’s

name is well recognized in the NBA for being a

four-time NBA MVP, but Yao Ming, born in China,

isn’t as well known, even though he has eight

NBA All Star titles.

The big picture question remains: is there

a bias against immigrants in sports? The simple

answer is yes. Because of the President’s negative

position on immigration, America has to deal with

the repercussions. However, immigrant players

deserve more recognition for their hard work. The

NBA is a national league, and the standards set

to be a part of this league are very high, so those

immigrant players deserve respect for the hard

work that they put in to their practice.

Ladies wrestle with competition, stereotypes

A ladies’ wrestling team is introduced for the first time

by OLIVE SHUFFIELD

staff writer

The first Lady Tiger wrestling team is making

its mark at Central. With the new coach Natasha

Saine, the team is working to make a name

for themselves.

The co-ed practice takes place four times a

week after school. Although the girls and boys

don’t compete against each other, the techniques

are the same so it makes sense that they would

practice together.

“The guys have realized that we aren’t

just here to (mess) around,” Freshman Zoey

Lincoln said.

Each practice begins with stretching, running

laps, and a group meeting. After that, Coach

David Butler demonstrates wrestling techniques

and then the student athletes get with their

weight class partners and practice skills. As of

the beginning of October, there are 26 girls signed

up for the upcoming season.

“With this number, we should be good competition,”

coach Saine said.

Saine explained that she loves to work with

kids not only inside the classroom, but outside

of it as well. She also said that there are many

freshmen signed up for the team which is “promising”

because they can go all four years.

“I am eager to start something new and I love

working with kids,” Saine said.

Sophomore Sophie Evans has never wrestled

before, but she said that she is very excited to try

something new. She said that when she was told

to try out for sports, it was always something like

softball or volleyball, however she was never truly

interested in those.

“Being able to wrestle it out with other girls

is going to be an interesting experience,” Evans

said. “We, as women, never really get the chance

to rough around, and I think it is really important

to teach young girls that roughhousing

doesn’t make you any more masculine or any

less feminine.”

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Cierra

Dillard, freshmen

Rebekah Jackson,

sophomore Kennede

Baham, and

freshman Rebekah

Jackson demonstrate

wrestling

techniuqes at their

practice on Oct. 1.

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Oct. 2019 Oct. 2019

Center •13

Student immigrants retain culture in US

Noemi Osieczko, Max Grinfeder, Natalie Tylae, and Hannah Thomas faced difficulties, revelations,

and excitement integrating into US culture and society from immigrant families

photo provided by NOEMI OSIECZKO

When she moved to Alaska from Poland at three years old, senior Noemi

Osieczko was welcomed to the United States by her host family with a cake.

Noemi Osieczko, senior

Immigrated from Poland

Senior Noemi Osieczko

immigrated with her family to

Alaska from Poland in 2005 at

age three. Her family originally

came to the United States

with a religious worker visa.

The church arranged for them

to stay with a family, who they

still visit.

“When we came, they [the

host family] had a little cake

that said ‘Welcome to America!’”

Osieczko said. “I still look

back at the pictures. We were

so happy.”

photo provided by MAX GRINFEDER

Freshman Max Grinfeder learns to sail

in Ilhabela, Sao Paulo with his dad, who

has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean

twice.

Unfortunately, her parents

were only being paid $600 per

month and were denied a raise.

Three years after immigrating,

Osieczko’s mom changed her

visa to a student visa, with

Osieczko as a dependent. She

enrolled in a college and chose

the major that would take the

longest to complete so that they

could remain in the U.S. long

enough for Osieczko to graduate.

When her mom graduates

from college this spring

as Osieczko graduates high

school, the student visa will

expire, forcing Osieczko and her

Max Grinfeder, freshman

Immigrated from Brazil

Freshman Max Grinfeder’s

family has a history of immigration.

His paternal grandmother

moved from Israel to the United

States as an immigrant during

World War II to escape persecution

as a Jewish person. She

attained American citizenship,

which has been passed through

generations to Grinfeder himself,

giving him status as a

citizen despite the fact that he

did not move to the U.S. until

he was thirteen. Despite having

previously visited the U.S.,

primarily Miami, Florida and

Salt Lake City, Utah, Grinfeder’s

first year living in the U.S.

family to return to Poland or to

find another way to remain in

the U.S.

“I’ve been here since I was

three, so I’m basically an American.

But I’m not; I’m Polish.

I really wish I was American

because it is so much simpler if

I were. I can’t legally get a job.

If I got to college, I can’t apply

for any scholarships. I have to

pay international student fees,”

Osieczko said. “The plan was to

become U.S. citizens, but here I

am and we’re still temporary.”

Despite the ease that being

a citizen would provide, Osieczko’s

family still maintains their

Polish culture. They eat the

meals one would find in Poland

and rarely eat out because

that isn’t a common practice in

Poland. Her family still celebrates

Polish traditions such

as Children’s Day -- which is

similar to Mother’s Day, but for

the children -- or eating traditional

meals on Easter. One

aspect of Poland

that they could

not bring to the

U.S., however, is

their family.

“I work at a

restaurant and

there are always

big families

eating together

and I’m just like,

‘I wish that was

me.’ I know a lot

of people hate

that, but I want

one giant family

dinner. I’ve never

met any of my

wasn’t easy.

“Because I came here in

seventh grade, everyone already

had all of their friends, so it

was difficult to create friends,”

Grinfeder said. “My initial experience

during my first year was

very hard, and I really wanted

to go back to Brazil and just live

a normal life there, but now I

like the friends and situation

I have here. I have more freedom

to just hang out and walk

around, which is something I

had never experienced in Brazil

before, because it was always

dangerous.”

Immediately upon moving

to Arkansas, his family

rented an Airbnb in Hillcrest,

Noemi Osieczko

cousins or my aunt because I

never go visit,” Osieczko said.

To visit her cousins in Poland

or her grandma in Austria

as she did as a child, Osieczko

would have to return to Poland

to get the visa and required

paperwork. Even this simple

family trip would be complicated

and expensive to arrange.

Despite these complications,

Osieczko recognizes the benefits

of living in the U.S.

“Life is hard in Poland. It’s

poor; it’s post-communist, so

the country is still trying to

recover. We’re not rich here,

but to our family in Poland we

are so rich,” Osieczko said.

“To describe it in modern day

language: they have iPhone 4s

over there, and we have the

iPhone X.”

Although she initially loved

living in the U.S., she now has

a different opinion. Once the

excitement of coming to the U.S.

had worn off and the Trump

where Grinfeder was able to

walk down to the grocery store,

something that he had never

done in Brazil. Coming from

São Paulo -- the largest city in

the Americas, with 12 million

people -- the small city of Little

Rock, Arkansas was quite a

change of pace.

“When I got here, I saw

nothing on the drive from the

airport to our house. I just got

to see a bunch of grass fields

when I got here and I thought,

‘Is this it?’” Grinfeder said. “But

I was kind of excited, because it

was like, ‘Wow, this is America!’”

Although Grinfeder has

physically left Brazil, he still

keeps in touch with his native

by JESSIE BATES

executive editor

administration took office,

Osieczko found that she no longer

liked her new home in the

face of growing hostility towards

immigrants. For Osieczko, this

hostility isn’t just found on the

news, but rather in her own life.

Before transferring to Central,

Osieczko had an incident with

another student that resulted in

her suspension despite her role

as the victim. After completing

her suspension, her family

received a call from the other

student’s parent, threatening

to deport them. When shown

proof of the threats, the school

claimed there was nothing they

could do.

“I’m not saying there’s more

hatred nowadays than there

was in the past,” Osieczko said,

“but I feel like it is targeted

more towards immigrants and

people of color.”

Natalie Tylae, senior

Immigrated from Tanzania

Natalie Tyale has lived

in four different countries

throughout her life. Born in

Tanzania, she lived in Botswana

for four years, Dubai for eight

-- where her family applied for

and won the green card lottery

-- Houston for two, and finally

moved to Arkansas last year.

Despite the many different

Hannah Thomas, sophomore

Parents immigrated from India

Sophomore Hannah Thomas

had a very different childhood

than her parents. Unlike

her parents, who grew up in

India, Thomas has lived in the

United States her entire life. As

a result, the American culture

that she is exposed to among

her friends and at school differs

from the culture in which her

parents have raised her.

“India was very different

than living in America,” Thomas

said. “[My parents] were much

more disciplined than how I--

and Americans--grow up. The

countries that she has lived in,

she still considers Tanzania to

be her home because that is

where her family is.

“I’m very prideful about

my country and where I come

from,” Tyale said. “I speak a

lot of Swahili at home. When

some of my immigrant friends

go home, their parents will

speak to them in their language

and they reply back in

photos by JA’BRIA MANNING

Natalie Tylae Hannah Thomas Max Grinfeder

culture and old friends through

Skype. Despite the greater

diversity, higher homicide rates,

and larger Christian following

in Brazil, Grinfeder claims that

the two countries are actually

not too different. The biggest

difference, he claims, was the

social pastimes of the two

countries: hanging out with

friends in the U.S., he usually

just walks around or goes

out to eat, but in Brazil, the

common pastime was large,

unregulated parties.

“It was different [in Brazil],

but they’re humans too, so they

laugh at the same things,” Grinfeder

said.

English. I can’t do that because

I don’t want to forget Swahili;

it’s a very important language

for me.”

Tyale recently visited her

extended family in Tanzania

for the first time in the four

years she has lived in the U.S.

During her visit, she attended

a Tanzanian wedding. According

to Tyale, getting married is

even bigger in Tanzania than in

the U.S. Three

events are

dedicated to

the concept of

marriage: the

Kitchen Party

-- where the

bride receives

all of the necessities

for her

future kitchen

-- the send-off

-- in which the

bride’s family

sends her off

to be married

-- and then

the wedding

ceremony.

school system was more harsh,

and they made really good

grades. They had to live up to a

different standard.”

Thomas’ parents hold her

and her siblings to a high standard.

Thomas claims that, in

order to go out with friends over

the weekend, she has to maintain

good grades, and try to get

along with her parents throughout

the week. Her parents didn’t

spend much time with friends

in their childhood, so they

expect their children to grow up

as they did, with limited time

spent with friends. Although

some aspects of Thomas’ childhood

are similar to her parents’

upbringing in India, her experiences

outside of the home differ

greatly.

“I went to a private school

from kindergarten to eighth

grade, so there wasn’t much

diversity,” Thomas said.

“I definitely feel like I got

‘white washed.’”

“White washed” refers to the

forced or unconscious assimilation

of minorities into western

society. Although many may

consider Thomas American, she

still faces bias and stereotypes

due to her ethnicity.

“In middle school, I got lots

There are many other differences

between Tanzania and the

U.S., Tyale claimed, that are not

specific to a single tradition.

“In Tanzania, if you drive on

the street, you will see people

jaywalking across the street

with no shame. People are brave

there, I’ll give them that,” Tyale

said. “Aside from that, food is

honestly a lot better because

everything is fresher there.”

Having spent most of her

life outside of the U.S., Tyale

had several ideas about what

the U.S. would be like before

she arrived. Many of her

friends warned her that she

would be shot by the police

because of her skin color, or

that she would be met with a

lot of racism. In her experience,

however, she faces more microaggressions

such as people

touching her hair or telling her

to “speak African.”

“I thought America was

going to be racist, but there

would also be a lot of opportunity.

That is the biggest thing.

The reason my parents moved

of racism; they [other students]

would be like, ‘Why do you have

a mustache?’” Thomas said. “I

also get the stereotype where

people are like, ‘Aren’t you Indian?

Aren’t you supposed to be

really smart?’”

Despite the difficulty of

finding a place for her culture at

school, Thomas’ family keeps in

touch with their roots through

annual trips to India, nightly

traditional Indian meals, and

gathering with the other Indians

in their community to celebrate

their shared culture.

photos provided by NATALIE TYLAE

Senior Natalie

Tylae visited Tanzania

this summer

for the first time

since she moved

to the United

States. Throughout

her visit, she

reconnected with

her grandma and

aunts, as well as

attending traditional

Tanzanian

wedding ceremonies

such as the

Kitchen Party.

here was for the opportunity in

America,” Tyale said. “America

has so much influence over the

rest of the world. If you go out

and try to look for a job, the fact

that you are American gives you

an advantage.”

Her initial impression of

the U.S. was underwhelming.

As they were driving home from

the Houston airport, all she saw

was flat land and strip malls.

Tyale said once they arrived at

their “typical American house,”

she felt like she had finally

made it to the U.S. everybody

had told her about. Despite her

pessimistic preconceptions and

underwhelming first impression

of the U.S., Tyale is still

determined to take advantage of

the opportunities the U.S. has

to offer.

“You see this work ethic

from immigrants that is like no

other because we know how

America is viewed from the rest

of the world and we want to be

a part of that,” Tyale said. “We

want to be a part of the American

dream.”

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14 • Features

Oct. 2019

Expressions of culture:

From listening to parents’ stories to different art forms,

students share their unique cultural experiences

by JANE ELLEN DIAL and ALEXA COUGHLAN

business manager and staff writer

Asia Linwood, senior

For senior Asia Linwood, art is her main form

of self expression.

“I do mostly drawing and painting. I take

drawing and painting classes, but recreationally

and on my own time I do mostly drawing,” Linwood

said.

Linwood cannot pin down a point when her

love for art began but she knows that it has always

been a part of her life.

“Art is defined differently by so

many different people with different

perspectives. I honestly think that’s

what’s so great about life is that nobody

sees everything the same way so

there’s always something to learn from

somebody else.”

- senior Asia Linwood

“Honestly I am not sure where it really began.

I have been doing art since I was little. My mom

did art. She went to school for graphic design. So

it kind of came to me naturally,” Linwood said.

Linwood’s art is influenced by her background

and her parents’ backgrounds.

“Both my parents are artistic in some way.

My dad more musically. So they kind of pushed

that for me,” Linwood said.

Linwood has many pieces of art that she likes

but some are more special than others.

“I have done a few portraits of people who

are significant in my life and those are probably

some of the ones that mean the most to me just

because I know those people and I have a connection

with them and putting that connection into

my artwork,” Linwood said.

One piece of art holds a very special place in

her heart.

“I did a charcoal self portrait last year. That’s

one of my favorite pieces even though it’s not the

best executed it’s one of my favorites,” Linwood

said.

This piece is more than just a self portrait to

Linwood.

“Whenever I look at it I just feel some sort

of way,” Linwood said, “That was one of the first

pieces I’ve ever been really proud of.

Linwood plans on making art a career.

“Whether I am going to an art school or cosmetology

school because I believe that is art too,

Linwood said. I am just trying to decide which

path I want to take.

Linwood’s art is so much more than just

drawing for her.

“Not everybody likes the same art and not

everybody creates the same art. Just like how I

like the art I create, somebody else may hate it.”

Linwood said.

Surabhee Eswaran,

junior

Junior Surabhee Eswaran

has displayed her culture

through dance for the past 11

years.

“It [Bharatanatyam] is a

classical Indian dance that depicts

Indian culture and mythology,”

Surabhee said.

Bharatanatyam (baa·ruh·taa·naa·tee·uhm)

requires strong

technique and powerful expression

from the dancers.

“The rhythmic dance is also

made up of steps, hand gestures,

and expressions to tell

a story. It can be fast paced or

slow depending on the mood of

the song,” Surabhee said.

Surabhee has been dancing

since the age of two. Participating

in dance classes at a young

age turned to years of expressing

stories through movement,

costumes, jewelry, and makeup.

“The top of the costume is

a draped sari and the bottom

opens up as a big fan so you

can see all the different positions

we’re in while we dance,”

Surabhee said.

The costume shows grace as

each girl moves throughout the

dance. Bold makeup and jewelry

aids the dancers in further

developing the story being told

throughout the performance.

“We wear foundation, eyeliner

and bright lipstick so we

can be seen from a distance,”

Surabhee said.

In dance, according to

Surabhee, it is very important to

express the story in more ways

photo provided by SURABHEE ESWARAN

than one.

“The eyeliner is also used

to emphasize the eyes, which

is very important in dance. The

makeup is supposed to accentuate

the dancer’s face,” Surabhee

said.

Surabhee has not been

dancing alone all these years;

she has had a friend with her

throughout every dance.

“My friend (senior) Medha

Guribelli has been my dance

partner for 11 years,” Surabhee

said.

After learning all the dances

and steps, the partners participated

in an end-of-class graduation.

“The graduation is called

the arangetram, where the

dancer dances to seven to nine

songs for approximately three

hours. I had my graduation a

year ago,” Surabhee said.

To Surabhee

Bharatanatyam is so much

more than just a dance.

“Dance is something that I

really enjoy. It helps me relieve

stress and allows me to express

myself through art,” Surabhee

said.

art by ASIA LINWOOD

Senior Asia Linwood’s favorite piece of art is a charcoal self portrait.

Thomas Malak,

sophomore

Sophomore Thomas Malak’s

mom is a first-generation immigrant.

Valeria Malak lived in Argentina

throughout her childhood,

but eventually immigrated to the

United States During her childhood,

she had a small pet monkey

named Monotiti (ma-no-tea-tea).

Valeria was 12 years old when she

got Monotiti, and the two were

inseparable.

“It’s not very common in

Argentina to have a pet monkey,” photo provided by THOMAS MALAK

Malak said, “but my mom really

wanted one.”

The monkey lived in a big cage in the kitchen. He was really

smart, able to open doors and let himself in and out.

“My mom told me that one time he opened the door and escaped,

but was able to find home and return to it three days later,”

Malak says.

When Valeria decided to go to medical school in the U.S. it was

time to say goodbye to her beloved monkey and leave him with her

aunt in Argentina. Monotiti is still alive, and he’s doing very well.

The Mono Titi Emperor monkeys can survive up to 25 years when

they’re not out in the wild.


Oct. 2019

‘I speak for the trees’

Junior Matthew Thompson channels his

passion for environmental sustainability

towards new student Sierra Club

by ANNIE FORTUNE

features editor

One of the hottest topics

among environmentally-conscious

students is climate

change and how the current

generation can preserve the

planet for future generations.

One of the newest clubs is the

Sierra Club, which addresses

these issues and works with

members to take action. Sierra

Club is a national organization

founded in 1892 in San

Francisco that has chapters in

about 282 schools and community

groups across the country.

The national Sierra Club has

over 3.5 million members who

advocate for policy and action to

help the environment. Members

have fought for the protection of

439 parks and monuments.

“The Sierra Club is a club

that promotes environmentally

friendly policies and actions,”

junior Matthew Thompson

said. “We work with politicians

around the United States to

try to pass more efficient and

environmentally friendly laws.

The Central Sierra Club is a

part of the Sierra student coalition,

which is a larger group

of school-based chapters that

help voice the concerns of our

generation.”

In the past, Central has had

a chapter of Sierra Club, but

within the past few years, membership

declined to zero and

eliminated the club. Thompson

and junior Reed Wilson have rebooted

the club for the current

school year. They hosted the

first set of meetings for the year

on Aug. 29, and 66 students

have signed up as members.

“I thought that, as powerful

and important as Central is, it

is important that our students

can easily join this movement

and voice their own concerns,”

Thompson said.

Members of the Sierra

Club participated in the Global

Climate Strike along with other

members of the Little Rock

community on Sep. 20, 2019.

The group joined the community

to have their voices heard

by local authorities at the Little

Rock City Hall and joined in

with more than 6,000 events

held around the world. Speakers,

including Little Rock mayor

Frank Scott, discussed issues

concerning climate change and

the action being taken.

“Once On This Island”

makes waves on stage

by COLM SIMMONS

staff writer

“Once on This Island,” a lost

and sunken play brought back to

the surface, is added to the long

list of productions our school has

performed. A unique portrayal of

the Little Mermaid tale, Ti Moune

lives on a magical island controlled

by gods, with intriguing

characters, a coastal sound, and

touching story.

“[‘Once on This Island’ was]

written in 1990 to educate and

tell the story that love conquers

all, and was more or less forgotten

for a very long time, and had

a recent resurgence two years

ago and won a Tony,” sophomore

Sophie Evans said. “It really fits

Central’s meaning of being a diverse

storytelling community.”

Author Lynn Ahrens based

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the bulk of the musical on the novel “My Love, My Love,” written by Rose Guy. The

musical was originally performed with an all-black production, but since its revival, it

has a more diverse cast. Auditions were held Aug. 26 through Aug. 27, and the cast

list was released Aug. 30. The showing of the musical will be held Nov. 14 through

Nov. 17. That doesn’t allow

much time for the entire 100+

cast to prepare. The theater

department relies heavily on

stage managers to keep the process

under control. The head

stage manager, senior Marie

Simmons, goes more into detail

about the responsibilities that

come with the job.

“I take attendance, I write

down different ideas for scenes.

I am basically the hard copy of

everything. I supply necessary

information to people that miss

practices. I write lighting cues,

and sound, also for running

photo by COLM SIMMONS

Junior Miranda Gomez, sophomore Sophie Evans, sophomore

Annaleah Witsell and sophomore Ashley Fan run lines

in preparation for their auditions.

Features

photo by COLM SIMMONS

Senior Marie Simmons controls the music used for auditions

for the upcoming school musical, “Once On This Island.”

crew. Everyone comes to me

when they need to find out what

to do,” Simmons said.

photo by ANNIE FORTUNE

Junior Matthew Thompson, president of the Central High Sierra Club, introduces

himself to Little Rock mayor Frank Scott at the Global Climate Strike at City Hall

on Sep. 20, 2019. The mayor spoke of the importance of youth using their voices

to express environmental concern.


16 • Voices

Oct. 2019

EDITORIAL

Commonality of tragedies desensitizes US

In the United States, violent

attacks in public places have

become increasingly common.

Whether it be a school shooting,

a concert bombing, or an instance

of police brutality, these

attacks have had a drastic effect

on the country. Because this

type of occurrence has become

common, American citizens

have become desensitized to

tragedy. One of our main problems

is that we aren’t as concerned

about the tragic events

as we should be.

Our reactions on tragic

events range different all across

the country. Some of us immediately

send our condolences

to the victims and their families,

while others may demand

change from our government

and reach out to our officials for

them to take action.

“When I found out the news

of a shooting or something

tragic happening, I’m in complete

shock and despair, yet it’s

becoming so common that’s it

not really as shocking,” junior

Taylor Maldonado said. “I do

post about it on social media to

pay my respects to the victims,

but I start to get angry that

nothing is being done to stop

this stuff from happening. I

kind of move on from it after the

next day or so.”

Within the wide range of

emotions and reactions, there

are people who are indifferent to

the news. They have no reaction

and move on with their day as if

nothing has happened.

“When I hear about shootings,

I don’t react to it,” junior

Desiree Hartaway said. “I don’t

really feel anything, because it’s

something so common.”

Hartaway does still feel

sorry for the victims, but she

doesn’t see the point of making

a big fuss about it if it keeps

happening.

“Maybe if it didn’t happen

almost everyday, I would care

slightly more,” Hartaway said.

“I doubt that I would ever care

about tragic events because

the world is so messed up right

now.”

With these traumatic events

seemingly never ending, it’s

hard to believe that we aren’t

desensitized to it. Countless

times have passed where lectures

have been stopped in my

class to talk about what we

would do if an intruder comes

and shoots up our school. The

conversation is always light,

with everyone laughing and

commenting comical remarks.

It’s crazy to see how easily we

can joke about something so

real, dark, and horrifying.

It has become a trend to

disregard serious situations and

search for some way to make

them funny. Tragedies are even

used in meme culture on social

media. With just a quick search

of “school shooter memes” on

Google, thousands of results

popped up. It’s chilling to read

some of them, but we can’t deny

that we haven’t been engrossed

in the culture as well. Even we

have laughed over some of those

memes, completely ignoring how

concerning that is.

It’s all just a coping mechanism.

In reality, we are scared,

and it’s not easy to grasp the

concept of someone wanting to

murder innocent people. Creators

of memes about tragedies

are less likely to be those who

have actually gone through the

traumatic event. We don’t take

it as seriously as we should,

because it hasn’t happened to

us. Understanding the trauma

that comes with experiencing a

shooting, or any type of tragedy,

isn’t easy if you haven’t gone

through it. We take it so lightly

because it disrupts the actual

fear that we have. That’s why

it’s so easy for some of us to

post about it on social media,

then move on the next day to

have barely any thoughts about

the tragedy.

Empathy comes with understanding,

and very few understand

how it feels to be somewhere

safe one second, then

have shots flying past you next.

The public has become alarmingly

used to the occurrence of

tragic events. We have become

desensitized to these tragedies,

because it’s more convenient,

and being desensitized allows us

to escape from the reality of the

situation. Deep down inside, we

are still shaken by tragedy, and

we don’t want to think about

just how unsettling the whole

situation is.

An overall solution is to

be more active in demanding

change from the government.

Let the fear that potentially

resides in us motivate us to end

tragic events like school shootings.These

tragedies don’t have

to be a common occurrence if

we work together in demanding

action. We shouldn’t have to

live in fear at such a young age.

art by ISABELLA GILBERT

Activists slack for change

by CLAIRE PORTER

These forms of internet they wanted to be a part of the

staff writer

advocacy, especially those relating

to social media, are often social media feed was full of

prevention of ALS. Everyone’s

In our world, advocacy

groups and activists are increasingly

relying on social

media to gain support for their

causes. Advocates often ask

supporters to wear a color of

clothing on a particular day

or purchase special bracelets

to show support for a cause.

People are asked to like Facebook

posts or retweet on Twitter

to help spread the word about

these causes. These actions are

simple, easy, and fast ways for

concerned social media users

to feel like they have made

a contribution to a social or

political cause.

referred to as “slacktivism.”

The term “slacktivism” was first

used by Malcolm Galdwell, an

English-Canadian journalist.

Gladwell defined slacktivism

as “the way of the new style

activist who just signs online

petitions and shares it on Facebook,

instead of banner waving,

old fashioned street style,

brawling with coppers activist

days.” This type of activism is

easy for people to participate

in. Retweeting is easier than

donating hard-earned money.

Engaging in slacktivism makes

the user feel as if they have

done something that can make

a difference in the world.

Junior Daniel Block thinks

that slacktivism is not as effective

as activism, while senior

Cody Williams has a more positive

opinion of slacktivism.

“Slacktivism is a lazy form

of real activism. Being a slacktivist

is so much easier than

being a real activist. I mean,

all you have to do is push a button,

and then you feel accomplished,”

Block said.

Easier doesn’t always mean

ineffective, but in this case, it

does. Simple actions such as

liking a post or retweeting a

tweet don’t make a difference in

the long run

“Slacktivism isn’t really

that bad. It’s better to promote

things that you believe

in than to do nothing at all,”

Williams said.

This form can be just as

people sharing their clips and

challenging friends and family

to do the same. This resulted

in lots of social media interactions

and millions of dollars for

ALS research. The ice bucket

challenge was able to use

slacktivism in a positive way,

while still encouraging action:

either getting soaked with

icy water or donating to the

ALS Foundation.

While slacktivism has its

place on social media, it is not

exactly going to make any huge

changes in the world. It is very

easy to like a post or change

your profile picture, but never

actually engage. One problem

with slacktivism is that it

may actually hurt a person’s

tendency to volunteer for an

organization or protest because

people see it as a quick substitute.

They may think that they

have already done their part by

making a quick video or post

on social media, when in fact, it

is quite the opposite. An example

of this would be a teenager

deciding not to volunteer at his

local animal shelter because

he already made a post about

adopting animals from shelters

instead of purchasing them

from breeders.

It is becoming much easier

to show support for certain

causes by simply interacting

with a social media post. Slacktivism

is a quick and easy way

for people to show support to

their favorite causes. Social media

activism may start online,

effective as traditional activism.

photo by CLAIRE PORTER

One example was the ALS ice but it has to end in the real

Senior Cody Williams follows the Sierra

Club instagram.

bucket challenge. People joined world for a positive difference to

in on the challenge because be made.


Oct. 2019

Voices

•17

Students voice their opinions on immigration

Seniors Corissa Ross and Saul Concepcion reveal their views

on current US immigration issues

by LILY RYALL Debates over immigration policy have been central to U.S. political conflicts

voices editor for many years. Concepcion considers himself a conservative Republican and

personally knows many immigrants, both legal and illegal. Corissa aligns herself

with the Democratic party and disagrees with many recent immigration policies.

Do you consider yourself

politically active?

Concepcion: I keep up with

a lot of things going on, but

I’m not necessarily part of any

political organization. I don’t always

act on it, but I am always

informed.

Ross: Yes, I consider myself

politically active. Being politically

active for me is making

a daily effort to be informed.

Along with being informed,

participation in politics is important.

These are things like

working on campaigns for local

and national campaigns, registering

to vote, actually voting,

and supporting movements like

Black Lives Matter and March

for Our Lives.

In his 2016 presidential

campaign, President

Trump’s platform included

construction of a border wall

between the United States

and Mexico. How do you feel

about the construction of the

border wall?

Concepcion: The thing

about the border wall is that

it’s a lot of money to build and

maintain. I think there is a

problem at the border, but the

wall is not the most efficient

way to combat that. I think that

the wall that we currently have

is not really a wall, it’s really

a fence...And you’re putting a

lot of border agents in danger

whenever it’s not like a solid

thing where you can control

who comes in and out.

Ross: I think the construction

of the border wall would be

against the founding principles

of this country. One of the great

things about the United States

was the ability to come and

start a better life. [The wall] is

also immoral. The immigrants

who are coming to the border

to seek asylum are coming from

very dangerous situations, and

to keep them out when they

need help the most is disgusting.

This puts innocent people

at risk and also creates a

strained relationship with our

neighboring countries.

Trump’s administration

operated on a ‘zero tolerance

policy’ regarding illegal crossing

at the Southern border,

and part of this policy included

separating children and

parents as they crossed illegally.

What was your reaction

when the news broke about

the family separation policy?

Concepcion: If families are

being separated, that’s not really

a good thing to be doing,…

but if they are being treated

well, then I don’t see them

being separated as that bad

of a thing. It just comes down

to how are they being treated

once they are separated…. I’m

not saying give them five star

dinners and hotels, but they

shouldn’t be in horrible conditions.

If someone dies, that’s a

human life, and human life is

valuable.

Ross: I was absolutely

heartbroken. It is so hard to

imagine the situation that these

families are going through

right now. Trump’s family

separation policy is absolutely

barbaric. Separating children

that young causes trauma that

is irreversible.

Does our immigration law

need changes? If so, what

changes should be made?

Concepcion: I think that

right now, as it is, people who

want to come here from other

countries face a very hard-tosurmount

process.... We do

have to keep people who are

dangerous out, but overall I

would like to see it be easier.

If people have an easier way

to get into the country legally,

they don’t have to do the illegal

things as much.

Ross: First and foremost,

the family separation has to

come to an end. The inhumane

treatment of immigrants at the

border is inexcusable. I think

DACA [Deferred Action for

Childhood Arrivals] should be

expanded to include the families

of those children, and the

pathway to citizenship should

be quicker and easier than it

is currently.

There is no data that

is certain of the number of

undocumented immigrants

in the U.S., but the estimates

are around 9 to 11 million

unauthorized immigrants in

the U.S. Does the presence of

illegal immigrants in the U.S.

concern you? If so, why?

Concepcion: I personally

know a lot of illegal immigrants.

They come here to work, make

some money, send it home.

What does concern me is that

those are people who are coming

in and jumping over the

line of so many people who are

doing the right thing by trying

to come in legally. People who

chose to do the right thing are

“First and foremost, the

family separation has

to come to an end. The

inhumane treatment of

immigrants at the border

is inexcusable. I think

DACA should be expanded

to include the families of

those children, and the

pathway to citizenship

should be quicker and

easier than it is currently.”

- senior Corissa Ross

sitting in a process that takes

years, and you have other people

who just cut in front of them

by coming here illegally.

Ross: Not really. I am more

concerned about the criminals

that are already in the country

rather than the potential threat

that may cross the border. The

vast majority of people crossing

the border are escaping

violence in their own countries

and are not a threat to the

United States.

Immigration court is a

separate court system responsible

for judging immigration

cases only. Do you think our

immigration court system

needs improvement? If so,

what?

Concepcion: I think that,

overall, the court system needs

improvement; it’s just pretty inefficient.

It takes a long time to

do anything. If the immigration

courts got faster, then there are

a lot of things that would get

expedited just by virtue of it not

taking as much time.

Ross: Yes, we need more

judges so that cases can be

heard in a more timely manner.

Everyone should be entitled to

constitutional safeguards and

attorneys as well as translators,

if needed…. Noncitizens

still have protected freedom of

speech, are protected against

unreasonable searches and

seizures, and have a right to a

trial by jury.

Immigrants come to

the U.S. to escape violence,

poverty, natural disaster, to

reunite with family, etc. Do

you think our immigration

laws and policies should consider

the situations that make

people want to immigrate?

Concepcion: Well, as it is,

our immigration policy does

give asylum to people…. I think

that we want as a country to

be the people who help, but

it’s not always feasible because

resources are limited…. As

rough of a thing to think about

as it is, I feel like we should

put our own citizens first and

then whatever we can spare for

others. So, we can’t have an

open door policy, but I do think

we need to be compassionate as

human beings.

Ross: Yes, I think policies

should consider reasons for

immigrating. Reasons such as

violence and poverty in their

home countries should definitely

be considered.

photos by LILY RYALL

What do you think both

Democrats and Republicans

can agree on about immigration?

Concepcion: I don’t know

what there is that we can agree

on, especially because the thing

that always differs isn’t our

ideas, but our ideals…. It is

possible for bipartisan immigration

reform to happen, but

as we are right now, with the

politicians that we have, and

the divide that’s growing, I don’t

know if it will happen anytime

in the near future because you

have--on both sides--a growing

radical movement. I think we

can agree that people should

be treated as human beings. I

think what we will disagree on

is what the legislation should

be and how much we should

help them.

Ross: I would say that most

democrats and republicans can

agree that the current system

we have needs to be changed

because it is not working. I

would also like to believe that

members of both parties have

enough kindness in their heart

to care for the immigrants

who are currently suffering at

the border.

In late August, the Trump

administration proposed a

new policy where children

and families can be detained

at the border indefinitely.

How do you feel about this

policy proposal?

Concepcion: I don’t like

‘indefinitely’ because at a

certain point, they need to be

sent back. You can’t take their

lives from them just sitting in

a camp…. [I also don’t like] the

cost to the U.S. because it costs

us money to have them here

in detainment.

Ross: I think that is inhumane

and horrible policy. The

current conditions at the border

are disgusting, and it’s hard to

imagine that anyone could live

there “indefinitely.”


18 • Voices

Oct. 2019

Queer Eye portrays diverse stories, experiences

by CLAIRE PORTER

staff writer

Queer Eye is a Netflix series

which documents five gay men,

known as the “Fab Five,” as

they transform the lives of different

people. This series is an

adaption of the older television

show Queer Eye for the Straight

Guy. In each episode, the Fab

Five visit one person, or “hero,”

who has been nominated by

their family and friends. This

person has neglected their living

space, appearance, and motivation,

and is struggling with

some issue in their life. The Fab

Five teach the hero a plethora

of valuable lessons that lead to

a total transformation for the

hero. These lessons range from

how to correctly pomade one’s

beard to how to treat oneself

and others with love and respect.

Soon enough, the person

slowly becomes them self again.

Queer Eye is one of the

most socially minded television

shows: the hosts promote

self care for both women and

men, tackle toxic masculinity,

confront homophobia,

and address racism.

While body confidence,

self care, and “glow ups” are

a trending movement, they

are still almost exclusively

by ROBYN REED

staff writer

“You sound white.”

“You don’t act like most

black girls.”

“Is this really your hair, or

is it a wig?”

These are phrases that I

have heard throughout my lifetime.

These phrases are examples

of microaggressions, which

are brief comments that may

be intended to be harmless but

which communicate prejudice.

Microaggressions are upsetting

and make finding my identity

and being happy with myself

even harder. When people say

these things to me, I know they

don’t realize the racist undertones

of them. Constant negative

media portrayal, like the

typical black girl with the attitude

or the “ghetto”, “hoodrat”

black girl, reinforces stereotypes

against black girls. The

often-generalized view of black

girls is that we are loud, ghetto,

angry, and aggressive. I’m naturally

soft, quiet, and shy. My

promoted by women. The Fab

Five address this issue, and

what makes the Netflix series

so unique is that it is “dudes

showing dudes” that they

should have confidence in their

appearance, and that there

is not any shame in getting

involved with face products and

fashion. On the show, Jonothan

Van Ness, the cosmetology

expert, said, “I want to show

straight and gay men alike that

self-care and grooming isn’t

mutually exclusive with femininity

or masculinity.”

Queer Eye also tactfully

addresses biases that gay men

face. In the fourth episode of

the first season, the hero AJ

is talking to Tan France, the

show’s fashion expert. AJ, a gay

man, reveals that one of the

reasons that he is partially closeted

is because he is concerned

about being percieved as too

feminine. Tan says, “What’s the

concern in that?” Tan and AJ

then discuss biases, and as a

result, we see AJ begin to break

away from those biases, rather

than hiding further behind

them. This moment is important

because viewers see that

what are typically thought of as

characteristics of a gay man are

nothing more than stereotypes.

personality contradicts the false

idea of how a black woman acts,

and it leads people to think that

I’m trying to fit in to please their

views of society. They realize I

am different, but it’s a difference

that they like, so they say

how they feel without seeing the

implications that come with it.

Since I am not threatening to

them, they feel comfortable to

say this to other black girls.

The comments on my hair

are the most frequent examples

of microaggressive comments

I hear. My natural hair is long

and thick. People expect that

black girls have naturally

short hair, and that we cling to

weaves and wigs to hide it. Most

non black people don’t realize

that black women have a wide

variety of hair types. They see

my hair and struggle to believe

it’s mine. They even sometimes

think I’m “mixed” with another

race, implying that black women

can’t have long hair on their

own. It’s hurtful that people see

black features as something undesirable,

and that black people

Queer Eye challenges their

audience to stop seeing people

through stereotypical lenses.

What makes Queer Eye

so special is that the Fab Five

want to maintain the original

culture and value of a person

while helping the hero make

valuable changes to their life,

but are still able to present

these changes in a new and

exciting way. Instead of picking

out a whole new wardrobe

for the hero alone, Tan takes

the hero shopping and helps

the hero refine, refresh, and

modernize their personal style.

Antoni Porowski, the show’s

food and wine expert, picks

out recipes to teach the hero

that are unique to their culture

and background.

Two social issues that are

tackled are racism and the

Black Lives Matter movement.

One of the scariest moments

of the show for both the viewers

and the Fab Five is when

they get pulled over by a police

officer as a prank. The driver,

Karamo Brown, was terrified

that he might be dragged from

his car or shot as another victim

of police brutality because

of his race. In a personal chat

with the officer, racism and the

Black Lives Matter movement

have to be mixed with someone

else to balance black features

out. It’s even worse to see that

these thoughts stem from the

fact that eurocentric beauty

standards are perceived as the

face of society.

Microaggressions are

troubling, and it’s not just a

problem within the black community.

They are something

that every minority group struggles

with. People wholeheartedly

believe that these derogatory

is discussed. Many entertainment-based

television shows do

not address these issues. It is

important that such issues are

addressed, because the people

that typically watch entertainment-based

shows don’t

get enough exposure to these

topics. Exposure to such topics

leads to awareness, which begins

the path to change.

Another major issue

addressed is one of today’s

hot topics: toxic masculinity.

Toxic masculinity refers to the

phrases are compliments,

because microaggression is an

intentional act. It’s hard to see

the problem if it doesn’t affect

you. I’ve seen and heard too

many people ask other minority

groups “where they are really

from,” despite those people being

born in the U.S. It would be

rare that someone would look

at a white person in the U.S.

and not assume that they are

from here. That same thinking

should be extended to everyone

because the U.S. is too culturally

diverse to have one racial or

ethnic group as the face of the

country.

To sound “white” is to be

articulate or well educated

in the eyes of those who say

microaggressive comments

towards me. Who wouldn’t want

to sound like an articulate person?

Of course, it also implies

that those who don’t “sound

white” are not articulate, and

that only white people are articulate.

To them, I’m articulate,

and well-educated, which is

good. They don’t see the hurtful

art by ELLIOT BRADFORD

traditional cultural masculine

norms that can be harmful

to women, men, and society

overall. Through a multitude of

tear-jerking episodes, the Fab

Five emphasize that it is okay

to cry, it is okay to be emotional

and share experiences, and it is

okay to ask for help. The strong

capacity for understanding that

the Fab Five have in Queer Eye

is the most important message

that the media should be putting

out right now. Queer Eye

manages to do that perfectly.

Microaggressions cause unintentional discomfort

art by ARIYANNA DONLEY

aspect of the comment. Truthfully,

this is offensive because

I don’t “sound white”; I sound

like myself.

The only solution is to be

careful with what you say to

people, and to make sure you

do not generalize a whole group

of people. You could make them

feel uncomfortable without

even realizing it. I personally

struggled with my identity as

a black girl. I went through a

phase where I didn’t feel black

enough because of how I acted

in comparison to how most

people expected me to act. It

took a lot of self-searching and

growth to understand that the

expectations that have been

placed on me by microaggressive

comments do not represent

how I should act. At some

point, we as a society have to

realize our faults when it comes

to approaching people who are

different than us. People should

reflect on how their comments

could have derogatory undertones.


Oct. 2019

Voices

•19

Four candidates lead polls in presidential election

by MOLLYGRACE HARRELL

online executive editor

Donald Trump

Sitting President Donald Trump was elected

to office as the 45th President of the United

States in 2016. He studied and earned a bachelor’s

degree in economics and went on to own

millions of dollars worth of real estate in hotels,

resorts, etc. before beginning his Presidency.

According to a 2019 biography about Trump via

Britannica, in 1999 Trump switched his voter

registration from Republican to the relatively new

Reform Party, which was established by Ross

Perot in 1995, but rejoined the Republican Party

before running in the 2016 election. As President,

Trump publicly endorses a more strict foreign

policy and increased tax cuts, as outlined on the

White House website. To the delight or dismay of

the U.S. people, Trump candidly expresses his

opinions via Twitter.

It’s that time again! The time when U.S. citizens

begin to tune into politics for the first time

in three years, when newly legal adults begin to

register to vote for the first time, when the possibility

and ensuing anxiety of a new president

becomes more real with each announcement of

a new candidate, and when we can once again

flip on the news and watch debates in which

candidates yell at each other regarding the same

issues over and over again.

According to an article by The New York

Times, the leading three democratic candidates

are currently Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and

Bernie Sanders, respectively.

Joe Biden

Former Vice President to the 44th President

of the U.S. Barack Obama, democratic candidate

Joe Biden has decided to run in the 2020

election. Biden is Delaware’s longest-sitting

Senator, holding office for seven terms, a total of

42 years, and was also an attorney at the beginning

of his political career. Biden supported

Foreign Relations as two-time chair of the Senate

Foreign Relations Committee and was awarded

the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President

Barack Obama in 2017, according to his biography

on Britannica. Biden is often criticized for his

more “centrist” views than those of far-leftists.

This means that his views, while still liberal, are

not as extreme as others. For example, Biden has

been inconsistent in his views on issues such as

abortion, claiming that he believes the Catholic

concept of life at conception, but that he does not

feel the need to force that belief upon all American

citizens. The New York Times states that

over the years, he has also publicly altered his

opinions on incarceration via his support of and

later contradictory comments about laws such

as The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement

Act of 1994 and The Anti-Drug Abuse

Act of 1988, which both support the “tough on

crime” mentality.

Elizabeth Warren

In 2012, Elizabeth Warren became the first

woman to be elected to the Senate for Massachusetts

and has since been re-elected for a second

term. Warren is a self-proclaimed advocate

for the middle class, supporting ideas such as

an ultra-millionaire tax to fund plans such as

childcare, canceling student debt, and environmental

legislative action. According to usa.gov,

Warren was extremely influential in the establishment

of the Consumer Financial Protection

Bureau, which works to improve education and

oversee banks, loans, etc so that the U.S. people

can remain informed about financial issues.

Warren has been criticized by Republicans and

voters for her possibly misleading self-representation

to the public as being partially Native

American, which Warren has not been able to

officially prove.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders has served in both the Senate

and the House of Representatives. Although he

is not formally affiliated with a political party,

Sanders is running as a Democrat in the 2020

election. Voter interest demonstrates that his

main economic and social issues are more appealing

to the younger generations. Some of his main

plans include budgeting government spending

for public universities and trade schools in order

to allow a free secondary education option for

whoever wants it, as well as canceling the existing

$1.6 trillion student debt that Americans are

currently paying off. His healthcare plans would

ideally increase competition in the pharmaceutical

industry to lower the price of medical necessities

such as insulin, making it more accessible

to those who need it, according to his biography

on Britannica.

art by MOLLYGRACE HARRELL


20 • Lifestyle

Oct. 2019

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH

Lifestyle editor Shelby Pederson offers judgment free advice. To share your problem

or ask a question, submit anonymously to tigernews.Sarahah.com.

Shelby advises students,

shares experiences

by SHELBY PEDERSON

lifestyle editor

“Do you have any advice

for freshmen?”

I remember being a freshman well, and one

of the memories that hasn’t left me is the feeling

I used to have that everyone around me knew exactly

what they were doing. I remember watching

seniors walk the halls with such fearless purpose,

and I would think: “Now they know what they’re

doing.” As a quiet person within the youngest pool

of individuals here, it wasn’t hard for me to feel

swallowed up by a school of thousands. Beyond

the social stressors, I also was trying to grasp

ahold of what it meant to be a high school student

— the responsibilities, the expectations, the

schedule. It was a lot to take in at once, and I had

trouble wrapping my head around how my older

peers seemed to grasp it so effortlessly.

As I’m now one of your older peers, let me

tell you that “what it means to be a high school

student” was not grasped effortlessly, but it did

come with time. As a freshman, I believed that a

great deal of effort would have to be put in on my

end in order to find my way and succeed in high

school. While I don’t mean to undermine the value

of hard work and self-accountability, I would like

to shed some light on the endless resources available

at this school to help lead you to success.

Freshman year is likely when you’ll be introduced

to some of the infamous high school

stressors: ACT/SAT college entrance exams, AP

courses, college applications, class rank, the list

goes on. While these things may seem daunting

at first, I was surprised by how naturally many of

them occurred throughout the course of my four

years at Central. This is because I made it a priority

to take advantage of the resources around me,

and I would encourage students of any grade level

to do the same.

One of the most beneficial realizations I had

throughout the course of my high school career

is realizing that a majority of people in school

and counselor professions have a genuine love

for their students and are willing to work with

them to meet their needs. After four years, my

counselor probably knows me better than anyone

else here because of how often I’ve talked with her

about school related topics or simply my emotional

health, and I would recommend just the same

for every incoming freshman.

Teachers are on your side and want to see

you succeed; counselors are on your side and

want to see you succeed. If you have questions

regarding your schedule, a specific class, a college

entrance exam, or any other miscellaneous inquiry,

I encourage you to go and ask them. If you

feel like your emotional needs aren’t being met

and need someone to talk with, I encourage you to

seek out a trusted teacher and talk with them.

Honest communication with trusted adults

will do you more favors than you can count in

high school. It’s to your benefit to be responsible

and hardworking, but it’s just as important to be

willing to ask for help and ask questions when

they arise. You’re not alone in this experience,

and no one wants you to be. We’re all looking forward

to watching you walk across that graduation

stage, even me, which is why I’m here writing to

you with my advice in the first place.

“What are some tips and tricks for

memorizing certain things for classes?”

The greatest “tip” I can give you is to discourage

you from memorizing things altogether.

Although certainly a to-go method for students

under a time crunch, memorization is not as conducive

to memory retention as thoroughly understanding

and grasping a concept.

The process of “memorizing” something is

placing it into your memory based on surface-level

indicators such as appearance or formed associations.

For example, when looking at a study

guide the night before a big test, you might focus

on what letters the right answer begins with, or

attempt to form an outlandish association might

help you recognize the answer on test day. I don’t

doubt that we’ve all been there.

It shouldn’t surprise you, then, for me to

make the claim that this method of haphazard

memorization isn’t really learning the content. On

that night when you were solely focused on memorizing

letters, were you able to recall what those

words meant a day later? A week later? Probably

not. True learning comes from taking the time to

process, comprehend, and revisit concepts to the

point where vocabulary is merely supporting the

knowledge you’ve already obtained. Memorization

is fleeting; understanding stands the test of time.

“How would you address someone

who is not pulling their own weight?”

A successful relationship meets the needs of

both people involved. This could never be done if

the two were only ever advocating for what they

wanted or what they needed -- a certain degree of

give and take must occur. If you feel like you’re

in a relationship with someone who isn’t willing

to compromise to meet certain needs of yours, or

isn’t putting in the necessary effort to bring you

comfort or satisfaction, the very first question to

be asked is why.

The question of why is an important one for

a myriad of reasons. One being that your partner

deserves, first and foremost, the benefit of the

doubt. Their inability to meet your needs could

be attributed to a number of things that are not

immediately in their control. To start, make sure

you’ve communicated what you’d like from them

in a way that’s conversational yet clear. Bringing

their attention to your concerns is one of the

first steps toward potentially bringing an end to

this issue.

Speaking with them directly about your concerns

is certainly a good way to bring your needs

to their attention, but it’s also important to consider

what may be going on in their life that could

possibly be causing them to abandon or neglect

some of the responsibilities in their interpersonal

relationships. This falls under the wing of giving

your partner the benefit of the doubt. Have they

been recently tasked with something especially

stressful or taxing? Have you noticed other mood

changes independent from how they interact

with you?

It’s almost second nature to assume that a

person’s standoffish or strange behavior is a direct

consequence of something we’ve done wrong,

or something we’ve done to influence it. From

what I’ve observed, humans are very arrogant

in that way. All too often, though, there is much

more going on behind the scenes than you would

ever expect that accounts for why people behave

the way they do. You may be surprised by how

a simple inquiry or investigation beyond your

own relationship with them could uncover a lot

as to why this person may not be carrying their

own weight.

Now that I’ve satisfied my devil’s advocate

side, onto the very real fact that unbalanced

relationships are well and alive and unhealthy.

So let’s say your partner isn’t pulling their own

weight, you’ve made very clear that you’re unhappy

with this, and they have no extenuating

circumstances to account for this lapse in

relational responsibility.

For one, I’d like to qualify that I don’t believe

the end goal of every relationship is personal

happiness and satisfaction. That’s certainly a

perk, and any relationship void of it entirely isn’t

one worth having, but in any relationship, there

will be good times and there will be bad times. A

successful partnership works to find the good in

one another in the midst of the bad times.

There are times in your life when it’s appropriate

to care for someone entirely and have them

be dependent on you. Maybe if this question was

sent in by a mother about her child, or a child

about his sickly parent, I might say “you stick it

out and carry the weight for them.” I’m going to

infer, however, that this question is about either

a friendship or a relationship based on the age of

students submitting on-line. In that case, if you

feel they’re unable to meet your needs for reasons

you can’t justify, I must encourage you to let them

go. Life’s too short, and I assure you that there’s

a line out the door and down the street of people

who can.


Oct. 2019

Lifestyle

•21

Children of immigrants face challenges,

obstacles beyond language barriers

by PHOEBE RABORN

staff writer

Many immigrants go through experiences that

no one else would think or have to worry about.

There are infinite numbers of cultural differences

between societies. Senior Kassandra Torres Sanchez

assimilated into U.S. culture as the child of

first-generation immigrants.

Though she was born in the United States,

Torres Sanchez grew up in a household with Mexican

culture where only Spanish was spoken, because

her parents moved from Mexico to America.

It was a difficult journey for her, especially in the

beginning, to get used to the cultural norms. Torres

Sanchez developed more courage and strength

than others her age at her school.

“To me, speaking Spanish and eating certain

foods was normal,” Torres Sanchez said. “Starting

school not speaking Spanish was a big challenge.

I couldn’t communicate with the teachers or any

of my peers. I couldn’t understand the rules,

so I never understood why the teacher would

always yell at me whenever I’d walk out to use

the bathroom.”

Fortunately, Torres Sanchez began slowly

picking up on different phrases and making

friends. This was an enormous turning point in

her life, because it was proof that she was up for

the challenge, many that non-immigrants may not

even realize.

One feat in Torres Sanchez’s early life was

memorizing things that other children knew

without giving it any thought. After hearing it over

and over again, Torres Sanchez, piece by piece,

learned how to recite the pledge of allegiance and

the school motto.

“I learned how to play ‘tag’ and ‘hide and

seek,’” Torres Sanchez said.

“Starting school not speaking Spanish

was a big challenge. I couldn’t

communicate with the teachers or any of

my peers”

- senior Kassandra Torres Sanchez

The difference in the food, especially how certain

foods are prepared or eaten, was also a shock

and another challenge to overcome.

“I learned to eat pizza, hamburgers, fries,

mozzarellas sticks, chicken pot pie… I also

learned to eat pancakes with syrup. At home, I

would eat pancakes with jam. I remember going

to the store and begging my mom to buy syrup for

pancakes,” Torres Sanchez said.

Though her culture made Torres Sanchez

who she was and is today, it could also be hard

to embrace, because this meant embracing that

she was different from those around her, a very

difficult thing to do at an age where all you want

to do is fit in.

“Sometimes, I would bring a lunch to school,

and people would either make fun of my food or

beg to try some. I wished my parents would bring

me Subway or McDonald’s for lunch. I hated how

people would always question the snacks that I

would bring,” Torres Sanchez said.

These worries came home with her too as she

would struggle to explain to her mom what school

life expected. Being able to include these ideas

into her personal life was seemingly impossible. In

addition to the common pressure of getting good

grades and being socially accepted in school, Torres

Sanchez dealt with additional challenges.

As time went on, Torres Sanchez learned the

norms and expectations of U.S. culture at school.

Even as Torres Sanchez got older, and things became

easier, not everything was perfect.

“Learning grammar was also very hard. My

English was still limited, so I had difficulty learning

the difference between nouns, verbs, adjectives,

etcetera,” Torres Sanchez said.

Styles, fashion, and appearance was another

change Torres Sanchez faced.

“I was always surrounded by girls with blonde

hair and blue eyes, so I started hating the way I

looked. I wanted blonde hair and blue eyes too,”

Torres Sanchez said. “I wanted to change my

name to Abigail or Olivia,” Torres Sanchez added.

graph by OLIVE SHUFFIELD

courtesy of KASSANDRA TORRES SANCHEZ

Senior Kassandra Torres Sanchez celebrated her nationality

during her Quinceañera. A Quinceañera is a tradition in

Mexican culture to recognize the transition from childhood

to adulthood. According to Torres Sanchez, this was a

moment of joy and beauty, and will be remembered by her

and her loved ones as a day Torres Sanchez fully embraces

her culture.

With so many different countries of origin among our students, each gets to experience

and learn about new traditions in the United States in different ways. When

conducting this poll, various classes around the school and all types of groups at lunch

were visited to see what people had to say.


22 • Lifestyle

Oct. 2019

Pursuit of a better life can be bitter at times

for first generation immigrants

by HAILEY MOLDEN

staff writer

Merging into a society you

weren’t born in can be tough,

especially for those entering with

their own set of cultural values.

There are many elements that

make it difficult for immigrants

to merge into U.S. society, like

having an accent or different

cultures or religions. It was no

different for senior Nicole Halina’s

mother, Irina Pushkavev.

Coming from Estonia, Pushkavev

worried that her home

wasn’t a good place to raise children.

Pushkavev immigrated to

the United States when she was

pregnant with Nicole to give her

children a better life. Here in the

U.S., however, Pushkavev has

run into many problems, including

financial difficulties, homesickness,

and discrimination.

“She had to throw out

all of her training from

Estonia. It sucked. She had

to start all over again. She

only had a small suitcase

and a little money when

she immigrated here while

she was pregnant with me”

— senior Nicole Halina

With no family and little

money in the U.S., Pushkavev

often found herself missing

home. To cope with these feelings

of displacement, she began

to reject certain aspects of U.S.

culture. She spoke to her kids in

her native language and made

dishes native to her homeland.

Additionally, Pushkavev chose

to only socialize with people who

were Russian or from Estonia.

Because of the hardships, Pushkavev

clung to the cultural ideals

of her homeland and never

wanted to be like Americans.

Pushkavev went to college in

Estonia, but degrees in the U.S.

aren’t the same as the ones from

Estonia, and she had to go back

to school to get an American degree.

Unfortunately, this caused

her to be in debt and served as

another financial setback for

Pushkavev. Nevertheless, she

pushed forward, since she wanted

to have a good job to provide

for her kids.

“She had to throw out all

of her training from Estonia.

It sucked. She had to start all

over again. She only had a small

suitcase and a little money when

she immigrated here while she

was pregnant with me,” Nicole

said.

Pushkavev, now a Phlebotomist

(a medical technician

trained to draw and study

blood), has faced many obstacles

in her field. Nicole remembers

her mom said that one of her patients

mocked her for her thick

accent. This hurt Pushkavev

and was one of the contributing

factors to her current insecurity.

Being ridiculed for her accent

reminds Pushkavev of her differences,

but rather than celebrating

these differences, Nicole said

her mother clings to her Estonian

culture.

photo provided by NICOLE HALINA

Senior Nicole Halina’s mother Irina

Pushkavev have lived in the United

States for the past 17 years after immigrating

from Estonia.

Students Tik-Talking

The time is now for TikTok, but

popularity of apps can fade quickly

art by KATHARINE KEARNS

by PHOEBE RABORN

staff writer

The social media platform

TikTok has recently gained a tremendous

number of users. From

celebrities such as Alicia Keys and

Billy Ray Cyrus to students at

Central, TikTok videos serve as a

steady outlet of creativity. There

are a variety of attitudes toward

the app.

“TikTok makes me feel good;

it makes me happy. It is really addicting

and has lots of good, funny

content,” junior Hannah Magann

said.

Junior Lilly Mcpherson offered

a more neutral response.

“I think it can be funny, but

I also think it can be cringey,”

Mcpherson said.

“I feel like it is a great way for

people to express their emotions

through cool videos and songs,”

junior Woody Ivey said.

Despite such positivity, there

are still students who struggle to

find any real enjoyment or purpose

in TikTok and its contents.

“I think it is useless…. It’s

just like Vine, but it didn’t work

out,” junior Ellie Woodyard said.

“I think that TikTok is a

waste of time, and I personally

am an advocate against it,” junior

Cecelia Schneider said.

“I do think it is a waste of

time, but once you get on, it’s

hard to get off of it because it

is so entertaining,” junior Ella

Hubener said.

“At first I was like, ‘Okay, it’s

funny. It’s like Vine,’... but then

it got annoying because people

were just doing the same thing

over and over again,” senior Andre’ya

Allen said.

Whether you love it or hate

it, TikTok’s presence continues

to run rampant throughout social

media and currently has one

billion users.


Oct. 2019

Lifestyle

•23

Off the

Wall

What is the best excuse you

have given or received for

turning in a late assignment?

“I’ve had eight grandmas die.”

-senior Nathan Bright

“I don’t instill enough fear into my students

to get excuses.”

-Stanley Pryor, psychology teacher

“It’s lost in the rain somewhere”

-Tracy To, biology teacher

“I dropped it in a bathtub.”

-senior Jaylen Simmons

“I’m just a freshman.”

-freshman Jaiadhi Sathish

“I spent so long trying to

come up with an excuse

as to why it was late, I

forgot to do it.”

-Kim Burleson, physical

science teacher (with

senior Collier Hartsfield)


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