By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome to the fourth edition of the Giannini Politics Update. Today we will discuss two very different issues, the Facebook mess with Cambridge Analytica and stem cell therapies approved by the FDA.
Recently, Facebook has been under heavy criticism for the idea that the data firm and company Cambridge Analytica was able to access personal information from over 50 million Facebook users without their approval. After criticism over his slow response to this news, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has been talking to many news corporations. Zuckerberg has testified in front of a Congressional Panel on April 11. He appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss the company’s use and protection of user data. Zuckerberg said that not only his users’ but even his data had been shared.
Zuckerberg apologized saying, “It was my mistake, I’m sorry.” This apology was a repetition of the one in the previous Facebook hearing. CNN reported that Zuckerberg said, “This is a complex issue that deserves more than a one word answer. ” Frank Pallone, a U.S. house representative called the response disappointing.
Also, recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration identified stem cell clinics using unapproved Stem cell therapies. However, the administration has now endorsed this therapy and has declared them effective and useful. This is contradicting because the FDA has suddenly changed their opinion entirely. The reason this is so interesting is because stem cells have the ability to become many types of cells in the body. “Some studies suggest that stem cells may help the nearly blind to see and reverse signs of aging.” (Cnn.com) These cells could also repair tissue and to some extent, regenerate body parts. Although not everything is known or confirmed, these therapies could be revolutionary in the field of health so stay tuned for more news regarding stem cell therapy.
By: Erika Wu and Jadelyn Lou
Imagine you find yourself in a situation where you’re craving fast food, and Burger King and McDonald’s are the only fast food places available. Even if you don’t normally eat at these places, they are the only ones available and they are both the same distance away from your destination. Now you’re in a dilemma. Which would you choose? Which one is healthier? We are here to help you make the right choice and get your cravings satisfied so you’ll have no regrets.
Total Fat: 12 grams
Total Carbohydrates: 33 grams
Protein: 15 grams
Sodium: 680 milligrams
Sugars: 7 grams
Total Fat: 11 grams
Total Carbohydrates: 29 grams
Protein: 3 grams
Sodium: 160 milligrams
Sugars: 0 grams
Total Fat: 8 grams
Total Carbohydrates: 31 grams
Protein: 13 grams
Sodium: 480 milligrams
Sugars: 6 grams
By Emma Yu
Perhaps one of the most beloved TV shows on Netflix, Stranger Things has taken the U.S. by storm. It seems like almost everyone has seen it. But how good is your knowledge of Stranger Things?
WARNING: THIS QUIZ CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOTH SEASON 1 AND 2
4. At the end of Stranger Things Season 2, which popular 80s song was playing during Mike and El’s iconic dance scene?
A.Time After Time by Cindi Lauper
B.Don’t You by Simple Minds
C.With or Without You by U2
D.Take on Me by A-ha
5. In the beginning of Stranger Things Season 2, what game are the kids first found playing?
6.Who is the creator of Stranger Things?
A.The Donner Brothers
C.The Duffer Brothers
7. What was the exact date that was displayed on the opening clip of the first scene of Stranger Things Season 2?
A.October 27, 1884
B.October 28, 1984
C.January 1, 1987
D.November 26, 1987
8. What are the names of these characters? (insert Picture 3 below)
A.Tommy and Ellie
B.Timothy and Carol
C.Jimmy and Allie
D.Tommy and Carol
9. What was the first line of dialogue ever spoken in the first season of Stranger Things? A.“Something is coming. Something hungry for blood.”
C. “A shadow grows on the wall behind you, swallowing you in darkness.”
D.“Will, your action!”
10. What’s the mascot of Hawkins Middle School?
By Kayla Yee
What was your learning experience like as a child?
Ms. Smith went to a strict Catholic school-where she had to wear uniforms. At lunch, the girls had to sit, eat and play only with the girls, while the boys sat, ate and played only with the boys. The teachers didn’t explain a lot, and they did all of their work at home, not at school, in the classroom.
When you were young, did you imagine yourself as a teacher? If not, what job did you want to pursue in life?
She did imagine herself as a teacher, although in the different phases of life, she wanted to be different things to keep her life exciting.
If you didn’t imagine yourself as a teacher, when did you change your mind to direct your career towards the teaching path?
In 4th grade, she wanted to be a teacher so badly that when her teacher gave her an extra “teacher edition” of a science book, she pretended to be a teacher in her room by herself.
What schools have you taught at, and what grades?
Ms. Smith has taught 6th and 7th grade in Westborough Middle School, Denman Middle School, and is currently teaching 6th Grade ELA and Social Studies and 7th Grade ELA.
From all of your teaching experiences, what is currently your favorite grade to teach, and why?
She likes teaching both 6th and 7th Grade for different reasons-6th Grade because it is fun to teach language arts and social studies back to back, 7th grade because they are “awesome” experienced writers, and it is fun to listen to them discuss their books.
Do you support using phones in class, and why or why not?
She only supports phones in class for learning purposes. Ms. Smith also doesn‘t support phones in class when they are used to take pictures because she has seen students post inappropriate pictures of their classmates, and used on social media, as a way of bullying.
By Ishaan Bhattacharya
Welcome to the third edition of the Giannini Politics Update. Today we will be discussing a Senate hearing concerning school shootings.
Two important events took place on the same day last week. The U.S. House of Representatives voted on a bill to fund more security at schools, exactly one month after a deadly school shooting at Florida’s Parkland High School. However, many Democrats are frustrated that the bill does not include any restrictions on gun control or purchase. The Judiciary Committee held a highly anticipated hearing concerning the FBI and law enforcement’s failure to confront warning signs from the gunman before the shooting. Coincidentally, both the hearing and the vote happened to take place on the day when students around the countries are walking out of their classrooms in order to protest gun control measures.
“The witness list at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing also included David L. Bowdich, the acting deputy director of the FBI, as well as Ryan Petty, whose daughter was killed in the Florida shooting, and Katherine Posada, a teacher at the school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School” (Cnn.com).
The bill passed on March 14th, resulting in celebrations throughout the country. The vote was 407-10. If you are interested in news concerning gun control and much more, keep reading the The Giannini Politics Update.
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