Starbucks closes for racial-bias training

Two men who had entered a Starbucks in Philadelphia were arrested after trying to use the restroom in the establishment. An employee had refused to allow them to enter, or use the restroom, because they had not bought anything from Starbucks. Soon after sitting down, the employee told them to leave, before calling the police. Once the police officials had arrived they soon arrested the two men. At that time, another person, Andrew Yaffe, confronted the police officers and asked, “But what did they do? What did they do? Someone tell me what they did?”

From the narration of Rashon Nelson; he and his friend were at Starbucks to meet a business associate. He wanted to use the restroom but was refused, and was told it was for paying customers only. So, he and his friend sat back down and waited until the business associate came. They hadn’t ordered anything because they had bottled water, and this was when employees had dialed 911, and police officials showed up to the scene shortly after.

Image taken from: https://www.cursor.org/business/2018/04/18/starbucks-racial-bias.html

Many people after hearing/seeing the story, started to try and bring awareness towards the racism in society, especially towards Starbucks. Many people were happy to hear that Starbucks was taking action, but they hated how they’re only taking half a day to “learn” about racial bias. People believe that taking half a day would not address the problem of racism and how they caused the arrest of two men because of how they were African-American.

This event was a moment of racial bias, where the two African-American men were disrespected and not allowed to do normal things by a white man. Racial bias in the world is huge, not only does it affect the rest of the world, and countries, etc., it is also affecting people, families, children in the U.S. Children have been bullied for having different colored skin, for being “black,” or “Asian,” or foreign.

One way or another, people will always be racist, because people will always be judging others, in everyday life. No one will forget about it and will always use race, skin color, or ancestry as an excuse to hate/discriminate against people.

Starbucks had announced this incident as racial/implicit bias, but really it was just racism. Starbucks had then decided to close all Starbucks in the U.S. for a racial bias training. Believing that teaching their employee’s/staff about racial bias would stop them from enacting these events in the future.

“It’s not just a black people thing. This is a people thing. And that’s exactly what we want to see out of this, and that’s true change. … Put action into place” –  Rashon Nelson

Rashon was one of the two men arrested that day, and appeared on ABC’s, Good Morning America news to talk about the incident.

After the incident, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson had released a video explaing, what Starbucks would do to ensure that this incident would not happen again.

To view the video of Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson -https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2018/04/16/starbucks-ceo-meets-officials-after-philly-arrests/33906029/

Image taken from: https://countryclubplaza.com/merchant/starbucks/

 

Boat Dance

The annual Boat Dance is just around the corner! Many students are super excited for this special dance. There are so many things to do there, which makes students fall in love with this dance. Everyone talks about this event. You definitely do not want to miss out on it, so get your tickets!

The Jonathan Padelford was being readied Thursday afternoon April 4, 2013 on Harriet Island as the three boats owned by the Padelford Packet Boat Co. will begin their runs this weekend. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)

Come on board to the Boat Dance! This year, the Boat Dance will take place May 18th from 7-10pm, and the boat will leave Harriet Island at exactly 7:00pm, so don’t be late.

Tickets for the Boat Dance will be sold for $20, the week of Boat Dance, at both lunches and in room 3211 after school.

Don’t be fooled though, although it is a Boat Dance, that does not mean swimsuits. The Boat Dance is a formal dance where people dress up, but it’s really your choice, just don’t show up in a swimsuit. Bringing something warm is suggested because the dance does go rather late, and you will be on the river, outside, so it can get chilly.

The Boat Dance is a really fun way to spend a night with your friends and bring in the spring. Many Highland students say it is their favorite dance of the year, and look forward to it all year round. The boat consists of two levels with a variety of activities to do like dancing and singing.

Beginning at Harriet Island, you go on an about 1.5 hour ride that loops back to the start. There are many ways to enjoy your time on the boat, depending on your preference. You can hang out on the upper deck, where you can see some great views while chilling at the tables, and lots of people take their pictures there. There are 2 other indoor sitting areas; 1 on each level. There is also a karaoke setup on the upper level, which has almost any song you want to sing with your friends. Finally, there is the dance floor. It is jam packed with other students dancing, and is a super fun way to spend the night. You might want to escape to one of the sitting areas every once and awhile though to get some air.

A really fun part of Boat Dance is the time before it starts. Lots of people get ready, and then go out to eat with a group of friends. The downtown area of St. Paul is full of restaurants and places to hang out with friends. Black Sheep Pizza, Mickey’s Diner, and Cossetta’s are all great options for affordable dining near Harriet Island.

Overall, the Boat Dance is a night you will never forget. We cannot stress how much fun it is. It’s a great time to hang out with friends, and also a great opportunity to meet new people in your class or other classes. This dance appeals to many people, and it is impossible to not have a great time. Make sure you get your tickets!!

Public schools vs. private schools

There are many who say private schools are far more beneficial to the children of our generation than public schools, and vice versa. Although there is not a lot of animosity between the two sides, the conversation still lingers as many question the other’s ethics, morals, and values.

Many argue that private schools provide more individual help from teachers, while public school all have a massive number of kids, and not enough staff members to provide the help needed for those kids in the classroom.

On the contrary, people in support of public schools argue that kids need to take the initiative for teacher help, that there are enough teachers, and that it is the kids’ responsibility to own up to their concerns and issues and ask for help themselves.

There is a strong view that people should not have to pay for education at the high school level, and that embracing public schools is the solution to the divide. Separating our community is an argument that really has not been addressed in a head-on manner by private school enthusiasts. Taking pride of togetherness, and communal ways of developing as a country, starting with our kids’ education, is yet another argument from the supporters of public schools.

Parents of private school students often argue that yes, they want to be a part of the solution, but they often take their own child’s education over the solution. They do not necessarily believe in the solution, and a substantial number believe that their future success depends on where they go to school, and if it is private or public. Overwhelmingly, private school supporters agree that the divide communally is not a large enough problem to where everyone needs to go to public school. On top of that, they believe that the discipline issues are too much to handle, and again, they take the value of their child’s education over starting to develop and help the solution of integrating private into public.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ngopulse.org/article/2017/01/19/pros-and-cons-public-vs-private-schools

 

 

Art

image taken from: https://saci-florence.edu/

There are many different occupations and hobbies in the world. A common occupation in the world is to be an artist. An artist is somebody that creates an artwork. The artwork can be in many different styles and techniques. Just like artists have different styles and techniques, they also have a different reasoning for why the create art. This article is going to look into why many people create art.

Many people that create art make it so they can put all of their emotions on a canvas. I interviewed an art teacher, Ms. Shomion, asking her some questions about art. When I asked her why she became an art teacher, she answered that it’s because at her college, out of all of her classes, she enjoyed, and was interested in her art class the most. I also asked her about how she feels while creating art. She answered that she feels at peace and fulfilled. I asked her if she always wanted to be an artist, and she said no, it wasn’t always her interest. When I asked her why she was interested in art, she said that her family was involved in art so she grew up around an artistic environment.

Many of the famous artists create artworks like sculptures, paintings, etc. because they want to show their feelings or opinions. Another person that I interviewed, on why they create art, responded that they feel good while creating art because she liked the thought of creating things. When I asked when, and why, she became interested in art, she replied that she has always been interested in art and when she was younger, she realized that her drawings were better than the rest of the kids so she thought she had a chance of being an artist.

Zodiac overview

Have you ever had someone ask you “what’s your zodiac sign?” or ever wondered what a zodiac sign even is?

If we look into Western and Indian astrology, the emphasis is on space, and on the movement of the sun, moon, and planets in the sky through each of the zodiac signs (which is just a certain area in which the sun, moon, and planets are located during a certain month).

Each zodiac sign is related to a person’s birthday and “personality.” Each zodiac personality is different, and they also have different compatibilities with each other

Many people around the world love zodiac signs; seeing different compatibilities and using them to see how their week, month, or even year are going to be! But many people don’t know the history behind the signs. The word zodiac translates into “Circle of Animals,” and many believe that this word was created in ancient Egypt.

The signs are divided up into for different groups:

Fire signs, Water signs, Air Signs, and last but not least, Earth Signs. There are 12 signs in total, each one based off of the earth’s daily rotation, which is why some believe that different signs thrive more during different seasons. Astrology wasn’t only used for predicting your love life or your friendships, the Ancient Greeks used these signs to predict the weather patterns or even wars that might happen. These techniques were mainly used by people with higher power such as kings and emperors.

Many people may know that the zodiac table has also been taken and changed by China, using different animals to symbolize the years. These animals consist of: rat, dragon, snake, rabbit, tiger, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, pig, dog, and ox.

Below is a list of the standard zodiac signs:

Aries:

(Mar 20 – Apr 20)

Gemini:

(May 21 – Jun 21)

Leo:

(Jul 23 – Aug 23)

Libra:

(Sep 23 – Oct 23)

Sagittarius:

(Nov 22 – Dec 22)

Aquarius:

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Taurus:

(Apr 20 – May 21)

Cancer:

(June 21 – Jul 23)

Virgo:

(Aug 23 – Sep 23)

Scorpio:

(Oct 23 – Nov 22)

Capricorn:

(Dec 22 – Jan 20)

Pisces:

(Feb 18 – Mar 20)

(zodiac sign images taken from: http://seizepositivity.com/brutally-honest-description-zodiac/)

Here is a list of each zodiac sign’s love matches:

  • Aries: Pisces, Taurus
  • Taurus: Aries, Gemini
  • Gemini: Taurus, cancer
  • Cancer: Gemini, Leo
  • Leo: Cancer, Virgo
  • Virgo: Leo, Libra
  • Libra: Virgo, Scorpio
  • Scorpio: Libra, Sagittarius
  • Sagittarius: Scorpio, Capricorn
  • Aquarius: Capricorn, Pisces
  • Capricorn: Sagittarius, Aquarius
  • Pisces: Aquarius, Aries

Zodiac birthstones (does not correspond with your monthly birthstone):

  • Aquarius: Garnet
  • Pisces: Amethyst
  • Aries: Bloodstone
  • Taurus: Sapphire
  • Gemini: Agate
  • Cancer: Emerald
  • Leo: Onyx
  • Virgo: carnelian
  • Libra: Chyrsolite
  • Scorpio: Beryl
  • Sagittarius: Citrine
  • Capricorn: Ruby

Zodiac sign’s flowers:

  • Aries: Tulips
  • Taurus: Lilies
  • Gemini: Roses
  • Cancer: Delphiniums
  • Leo: Sunflowers
  • Virgo: Daisies
  • Libra: Hydrangeas
  • Scorpio: Peonies
  • Sagittarius: Carnations
  • Capricorn: African Violets
  • Aquarius: Orchids
  • Pisces: Alstroemerias

The Trump’s administration’s first state dinner

The Trump administration held their first state dinner, in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday, April 24. First Lady Melania Trump was the head organizer of the event, and it was a prime opportunity for her to prove herself. She chose not to bring in an outside event planner.

White House state dinners are a historical tradition. They are usually held in the State Dining Room (though larger ones, such as those held by Barack Obama, are held outside under tents) and are an opportunity for the President to meet with, and honor one or more foreign heads of state. According to the White House Historical Association, the first state dinner was held in 1874 by President Ulysses S. Grant to honor King David Kalakaua of the Kingdom of Hawaii. President Barack Obama held 13 state dinners during his tenure.

The Trump dinner was attended by around 150 people, none of whom were journalists or Congressional Democrats. It was decorated in a gold and cream color scheme. The menu for the dinner was in an American style, inspired by French cuisine. The first course featured goat cheese gateau, tomato jam, buttermilk biscuit crumbles, and young variegated lettuces. The main course featured rack of spring lamb, burnt cipollini soubise, and Carolina gold rice jambalaya. For dessert, they ate nectarine tart and crème fraîche ice cream. Fox News reported that for entertainment, Mrs. Trump opted for the Washington National Opera over popstars, as was done for most of the Obama administration’s state dinners.

Following a less formal dinner with the Macrons, at Mount Vernon (the home of George Washington), on Monday night, the First Lady greeted the Macrons on Tuesday morning dressed in a white Michael Kors skirt and blazer, and a Hervé Pierre hat. For the dinner, she wore a Chanel Haute Couture dress, which received great praise from many media outlets, including CNN, for its elegance.

ABC News reported that the President used the toast as an opportunity to thank his wife, saying “To America’s absolutely incredible first lady, thank you for making this an evening we will always cherish and remember. Thank you, Melania.”

But, though it was elegant, the Trumps’ first state dinner was not without argument. Trump lambasted the Iran deal, which he is against and Macron is for. The Iran deal is an agreement reached in 2015 between Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, Germany, and the totality of the European Union, which lifted sanctions on Iran in return for limiting their nuclear program until 2025. Trump opposes it because he believes it is inadequate; having no control over Iran’s development of ballistic missiles and other non-nuclear weapons and their behavior in the Middle East (i.e., supporting Islamist terrorist organizations), and for its temporary time frame. He blasted the deal, calling it “insane” and “ridiculous.” However, as CNN reported, Trump seemed more amenable in a news conference afterwards, saying “We can be flexible. You know, in life you have to be flexible, and as leaders of countries, you have to show flexibility.” After the dinner, it is unclear what the fate of the Iran deal will be.

In one particularly memorable moment of the dinner, according to The Hill, President Trump brushed a piece of “dandruff” off of Emmanuel Macron’s shoulder, saying “They’re all saying what a great relationship we have, and they’re actually correct. We do have a very special relationship. In fact, I’ll get that little piece of dandruff off — we have to make him perfect. He is perfect.” The President of France laughed.

 

 

 

Sports schedule for: Apr 30-May 5

**GAMES AND MATCHES MAY CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS**

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.stpaulcity.org

Spring Sports: Baseball, Softball, Boys Golf, Girls  Golf, Adapted Bowling, Adapted Softball, Boys Tennis, Badminton, Track & Field

Activities the Week of April 30-May 5

Monday Apr. 30:

Girls Varsity Golf vs. Como Park @ Cedarholm GC 2:45pm

Boys JV Golf Match @ Highland Park Nine-Hole GC 2:45p

Varsity & JV Badminton @ Central HS 3:15pm (Bus 2:20/4:15pm)

Boys Varsity Tennis @ Central HS 3:15pm  (Bus 2:45/5:15pm) JV @ HP 3:15pm

Boys Varsity Baseball 5 Inning Double- Header @ Harding 3:45pm  B-Squad @ Conway Playground 4pm  JV vs. Nova Classical Academy @ Dunning Field 6pm (Bus 4:45/7:30pm)

Tuesday May 1:
Girls JV Golf @ Cedarholm 2:45pm

Boys Varsity Golf @ Highland National GC 2:45pm

Varsity & JV Baseball vs. Holy Angels @ Donaldson Park 4:15pm (Bus 3/6pm)      B-Squad @ HP 4:30pm (Bus 3/6)

Adapted PI Softball@ Bloomington -Kennedy 4:30pm

Boys ‘Bobcat’ Lacrosse vs. Roseville Area HS @ Central HS 5:30pm

Wednesday May 2:

JV Boys Golf @ Highland Nine-Hole GC 2:45pm

Girls Varsity Golf @ Cedarholm GC 3pm (schedule says @Thompson Oaks 2:30pm) JV @ Cedarholm

Boys Varsity Tennis vs. Harding @ HP 3:15pm  JV @ Harding 3:15pm (Bus2:45/5:15pm)

Varsity Baseball vs. Central  5 Inning Double-Header @ Toni Stone Stadium 4pm  B-Squad @ Jimmy Lee Rec Ctr. 3:45pm  JV @ HP 4pm

Thursday May 3:

Varsity, JV & B-squad Softball vs. Central @ HP 5 Inning Double-Header 4pm

Co-Ed Track & Field True team Meet @ HP 4:15pm

Badminton @ Como Park 3:15pm (Bus :20/4:15pm)

Girls JV Golf @ Cedarholm GC 2:45pm

Boys Varsity Golf vs. Harding @ Phalen GC 2:45pm

Friday May 4:

Varsity Baseball 5 Inning Double Header vs. Humboldt @ HP 4pm

Saturday May 5:

Go Scots!

Badminton 2018

This year’s badminton season started on March 9th, with 40 girls joining the team. The team consists of experienced players, along with new players. Most girls are freshmen, with seniors making up the smallest part of the team. The team has new singles players, and old doubles players, who have played on the team the year before. The team is split up into 3 different teams; varsity, junior varsity, and exhibition. Varsity is where the most experienced players are, and goes down from that to Junior Varsity, and Exhibition.

Practice starts at 2:20PM everyday until 4:00PM. Before going right into practice, the girls circle up and then do stretches. The stretches consist of push ups, bicycles, and running back and forth across the gym. During practice, players focus on new skills and work on getting better.

To figure out the lineup for matches, Mrs. Kramer and Mr. Chapman (coaches) hold challenges where people can challenge someone who is above them in line, to see if they can go up. The challenges are the same as an actual badminton match, you have to win 2 out of 3 games, depending on if you need to play 3 games. Each game is to 21 points, but the winner has to be 2 points ahead to be able to count it as a win.

Before going into conference matches, the coaches make non-conference matches so the new players will have a sense of what conference matches are like. Then, on the following week, conference matches start. So far, Varsity has won 2 out of 6 matches, and Junior Varsity has won 4 out of 4.

The coaches’ thoughts on this year’s team is that, everyone is hard working and dedicated, and they show up to practice everyday. They also come to just have fun and experience an athletic sport. The girls’ hopes for this year is to bring more wins, and to improve.

Our spring break

By: Sagal, Anisa, Mariam, and Ilham

Spring break is the time of year everyone looks forward to because it’s that time of year where you can travel. Go see new places possibly meet new people. There are a lot of places to travel, like Wisconsin, California, even outside of the country. I (Ilham) traveled inside the state to Eden Prairie where I helped my cousin clean her house. I also traveled to Minneapolis to eat at a really fancy Somali restaurant; the restaurant was called Hamdi. I had the rice and chicken, and man when I tell you the food was really good, it was really good.

image taken from: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.www. complex.com/pop-culture/best-movies-on-netflix/?source=images

During spring break I (Anisa) just stayed home and caught up on my shows that I missed. Watching shows during spring break makes me feel relaxed because I don’t have to worry about anything like school work and other stressful things. Netflix, Hulu and Xfinity Stream comes in handy during spring break because you can easily binge watch all shows. I also watched hilarious YouTube videos. The pranks that they do is so hilarious. Basically, I found out you don’t have to travel to enjoy spring break.

I (Mariam) didn’t travel far during spring, the only different city I went to was Minneapolis. I went to this famous Somali restaurant in Lake Street called Qurxloy; the food there is amazing. Most of my spring break I spent at my grandmother’s house, because it’s so quiet in there and I intended to be in relax mode all spring break long. Obviously, I started watching a new show during spring break. I started watching a show called This is Us, I strongly recommend people to watch that show, because it’s filled with family drama, and healing. I also spent some time with my younger brother because we don’t really hangout a lot, except for the weekends, so it was great to spend some time with them.

During my spring break I (Sagal) traveled to Dallas, Texas. I went to visit family. It was really fun. The weather over there was really hot, and humid. It also rained a little while I was there. But overall, my trip was great. I did a lot of fun activities with my cousins, like go-karting, bowling, golfing, and a lot more. I will totally be going back next spring break.

Self driving cars

As soon as cars were being mass produced it didn’t take long for inventors to try and make automated cars. In 1925 Francis Houdina first introduced a radio controlled car. The car could start its engines, honk its horn, and shift gears. Fast forward to 2009; Google starts developing its self driving car project called Waymo. By the end of 2017 they drove 2,000,000 miles with their computer controlled self driving cars.

By 2020 Nissan announced that they will come out with a few self driving cars.

In 2016, the first self driving car death happened, in Florida, when a man had his Tesla in autopilot mode. The man was killed after he was hit by an 18-wheeler.

Earlier this year, a woman was killed by an Uber self driving car while she was walking across the street, and Uber temporarily stopped self driving cars on the road.

There are self driving cars being tested right now on the streets of San Francisco, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh.

There are a few questions people who aren’t ready for self driving cars are asking. Like, who will be liable for any car crashes and tickets that the car gets because nobody is driving? Also, a big question is: where will all of the funding come from? Changing all the cars we have now or making more self driving cars, and altering the roads so it will be safer for self driving cars, will cost millions.

When people were asked about if they would trust a self driving car to drive they were split 50/50. Some argue that we aren’t ready for self driving cars and the car’s technology needs to advance before we make it widespread on the roads. Others argue that most car crashes are the result of human error so it would be the next logical step to eliminate humans and let the technology to take control.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.documentarytube.com/articles/self-driving-cars-when-we-will-have-them
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/history-of-self-driving-cars-milestones/