Chick-Fil-A Still Giving Millions to Anti-LGBTQ Groups By Alexia Myers September 20, 2019
The fast-food chain has been under fire since 2012 when the company’s CEO Dan Cathy caused controversy as he publicly stated his opposition with same-sex marriage. More recently though, in 2017, Cathy stated he wanted people to “stay out of the debate and focus on the chicken.” The largest sum of money donated by the company, $1.6 million in 2017 was given to the fellowship of Christian Athletes, a religious organization that requires its members to follow a “sexual purity” policy that does not allow “homosexual acts.” The company came out with a statement on their website where they claimed that their donation to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes was only used to fund sports camps and school programs for local youth in various locations. They also stated that parents of children who chose to participate were not required to sign the company’s pledge. In a statement to Think Process, Chick-Fil-A stated “since the [Chick-Fil-A] Foundation was created in 2012, our giving has always focused on youth and education,” while continuing to support their statement by summarizing how their company is filled with people of all races, genders, and sexualities. Finally, they stated how their purpose is to provide great food, hospitality, and a welcoming environment. However, those statements were not enough to satisfy everyone. In March of 2019, the city of San Antonio began to boycott the company when they heard about a planned Chick-Fil-A location inside the city’s local airport. Protesters gathered to shout their opposition to this new plan. Councilman Roberto Treviño mentioned the company’s 2017 donations to the city council. Treviño said in a statement, “Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport. I look forward to the announcement of a suitable replacement.” Chick-Fil-A came out with a statement of their own, “we agree with Councilmember Treviño that everyone is and should feel welcome at Chick-Fil-A. We plan to reach out to the city council to gain a better understanding of this decision.” This past week, Chick-Fil-A opened their first international location in Toronto. The company’s grand opening was met by protestors outside the building chanting “shame” and “homophobia’s got to go.” CEO Dan Cathy has shown his disapproval of gay marriage but continues to say Chick-Fil-A does not have a political or social agenda. The company plans to add fifteen more restaurants in the Toronto area, the third most LGBTQ-friendly city in the world. Only time will tell if this issue causes the fast-food chain to encounter bigger consequences.
New School Year Leads to New Change For All AP Classes By Kamea Bailen
September 20, 2019 At the start of this school year at Kimball High School, all Advanced Placement classes began a new rule: you must sign up on College Board for each AP class you are enrolled in. College Board is an organization that helps students by connecting them to colleges. This organization provides programs to prepare them for success in their future. College Board set up a new section aimed specifically towards the Advanced Placement students and their educators. AP Central introduced what is known as “AP Classroom” where new tools and resources are offered to both students and teachers in order to help further expand their learning as well as ways to give preparation for exams. To join the class, each teacher supplies a specific group code that allows students to access course resources and gives them the ability to register for AP exams. By signing up, you are also notified of any assignments that are provided for you. Students can discover the majority of the topics that will be tested on during the exams. This will be able to help students on how they should prioritize their studying. If you are planning to take the AP exam this year, it is very important to sign up as soon as possible so that you will be eligible to take the test.
Kimball Begins New Home Economics Class Mariya Hussain September 13, 2019
After years of housing an unused home economics room, Kimball High has finally begun a home economics elective course this school year. There are nearly 170 students participating in this class, eager to learn skills that will benefit their futures. Though it is still a high school class with lectures and book work, Ms. Smith, the new addition to our staff who is teaching the course, believes “the best way to learn is to do it,” and has her students do mostly hands-on work. They kick-started the year with a personal development unit, which includes topics such as stress management and learning to sew. Smith states that later on in the year, skills such as cooking, child development, and personal finances will be taught as well. The purpose of this home economics course is to prepare students for their lives after high school. Yasmine Panah, a senior taking this class, says she is most looking forward to learning how to cook and do taxes, stating “I feel like it could teach me a lot for the real world.” According to Ms. Smith, this class could be very beneficial for her seniors, who make up the majority of her students, to learn the life skills that are not taught in traditional classes, especially now that home economics is not a required course like it once was. Ms. Smith hopes that her students, having taken this class, will be able to move out and manage on their own, and acquire the basic knowledge which seemingly has been lost over the years.
Climate Change and How It Affects Your Health By Alexia Myers September 13, 2019
Climate change is affecting us in many ways, but what you might not know is that it is directly affecting our health as well. Exposure to these health hazards revolving around climate change and global warming will affect everyone differently. Climate Nexus, a communications group dedicated to highlighting the impacts of climate change in the United States. Along with APHA, the American Public Health Association came out with new data stating over 200 deaths occurred due to extreme weather conditions within the last two years. Starting with the California fires, there had been a five percent increase in hospital visits, most being from citizens struggling with asthma caused by the smoke. Events such as these can be dangerous to our mental health as well. National Geographic found that trauma caused by floods, droughts, heatwaves, and many natural disasters could possibly lead to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and suicide. One of the most important effects of climate change people need to think about is extreme heat. With the last two fires hitting Southern California, it’s more important than ever to remember that high temperatures raise the level of ozone and other pollutants that could add to the number of people who struggle with cardiovascular and respiratory disease. Ongoing hot temperatures could cause a longer allergy season. A longer season means asthma could be severely triggered in these long-lasting heat waves. Asthma affects roughly 300 million people and longer-lasting heat is expected to increase this struggle. All populations will be affected by climate change, however, some areas and people will be affected more than others. Ways to prevent this would be taking public transportation, cycling, or walking to erase your carbon footprint, along with reducing your carbon emissions and cutting the burden of household air pollution. Household air pollution causes approximately 4.3 million deaths per year. If people want to make a change so they can keep their families and themselves safe, they need to be educated on what’s happening and find effective ways to improve their living. The effects will be irreversible if we don’t take action.
How a Normal Family Created The World’s #1 IPhone Accessory Company By Bella Vilao September 6, 2019 Nowadays, colorful and bold phone cases are very common amongst people. Websites like Amazon and stores such as Target carry fashionable cases. But they haven’t always been easy to find. This is the reason that Michelle Carlson began making her two daughters, Sydney and Devon, home-made unique phone cases in 2012. As soon as Michelle gifted these cases, Sydney and Devon were immediately obsessed with them, and so was their friend group at school. Michelle began to make extra cases and started selling them to her daughters’ friends at school. Two weeks after the first few phone cases were made, the Carlson family was out at dinner and happened to run into Miley Cyrus. Cyrus was immediately obsessed with the cases and Michelle gave her one. Cyrus then encouraged Michelle, Sydney and Devon to create a website and start selling them. The music star later tweeted a picture of the case, tagging Devon and thanking her and her mom. Devon’s mentions were immediately flooded asking where they could buy a case. The Carlson women spent the following night completely awake, working on creating a website. As soon as the website was finished, the family instantly received a ton of orders. Since then, Wildflower Cases has been extremely popular. The Carlsons constantly acknowledge and attribute their success to Miley Cyrus. Devon once stated, “I believe Miley was theres to motivate my mom to start this business with us. It was meant to be and we love Miley forever for it.” In 2019, Wildflower Cases owns retail outlets in Japan, Australia, Dubai, Europe and Singapore. Wildflower has also secured exclusive partnerships with retailers such as Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom and Free People.. Many influencers, such as Kylie Jenner, constantly promote Wildflower by posting pictures to social media platforms with the cases on their phones, which definitely contributes to the company’s success. The company’s success has also lead to success in other areas of the family’s life. Sydney and Devon also used the following they gained from Wildflower to run Youtube channels with over 100k subscribers. Wildflower was an extremely unplanned company. It started off as a complete accident and The Carlson women were doing it all alone. Despite the success sudden success, the Carlson women took the attention and ran with it, creating the biggest Iphone accessory case company.