Dealing with End of the Year Stress

How to Deal with End of the Year Stress

Erin Buckner

 

As the end of the school year approaches, many students are experiencing summer fever and possibly senioritis is this beloved two month break gets nearer. In these last few months testing and cram sessions are in full swing. Therefore, that means stress levels become higher than ever and it can be hard to deal with. Here are some ways to conquer end of the year stress.

First, change your perspective. Instead of seeing the end of the school year as a long stretch you have to somehow scrape by to get to, look at is as a finish line or a goal to accomplish. In most cases, students find it more difficult to find motivation for school work and often slack off; remember that school is not officially over until May 22nd.

Next, find time to slow down and regroup, it may be a simple task but it can be very beneficial. During the day if it feels like everything is piling on at once, stop, breathe, and take a moment for yourself. Soon you will find that this decreases the feeling of your brain scrambling and once you have got your mindset back in order, it will feel a lot easier to deal with what’s in front of you.

Calendars can be a great thing to ease stress at the end of the year. This allows you to have a clear list of the things you need to accomplish and can also help with time management as well as procrastination. If you know when an assignment is due and when you need to complete it, checking it off your list can feel like a huge achievement.

Finally, just remember to ask for help. If you are having issues with a certain subject or just have too much on your plate, ask a teacher. Confiding in students can also be beneficial because they know exactly what you are going through. Asking students or teachers for help with school work or even dealing with it all will definitely not be a waste of time.

Benefits of Medical Cannabis Oil

Staff Writer- Anna Trevathan

Cannabis oil, not to be confused with marijuana, is legal, on some level, in all fifty states in America. Treatments using medical CBD have been occurring since 2900 B.C. IN the United Kingdom, CBD oil is officially recognized as a medicine.

In recent discoveries, CBD has been found to treat psychological and physical pain. By manufacturing CBD into a spray, doctors have been able to eliminate lung problems associated with smoking CBD. People with anxiety, depression, epilepsy, PTSD, and insomnia have turned to CBD as treatment.  CBD reacts with the neurotransmitters in the brain related to behavior. By cutting deficient transmitters or re-routing them, CBD can become beneficial to users suffering from a multitude of maladies. Not only can adults use CBD, but children, also, have access to CBD, to treat PTSD and insomnia. CBD is also an anti-inflammatory substance. Using CBD can treat arthritis, chemotherapy side effects, and chronic acne. In recent studies, it has also shown to prevent cancer and retard its spreading. Trial test are being conducted to use CBD to kill cancer altogether, but the test has only been subjected to animals.

 CBD research is a wide growing field do to its many potentials, yet to be discovered. The substance is not FDA approved, yet, but is in the process to become so. CBD can cause fevers, nausea, decreased appetite, and vomiting, but has not shown any links to physiological, or physical damage, since turning it into a spray.

My Take On a Juice Cleanse

Samantha Flores

Staff Writer

Did you wait too long to start training for your spring break body? Are you trying to get a headstart on your healthy summer lifestyle? The latest trend to achieve these has been juice cleanses. A juice cleanse is a personal journey, and one must be dedicated enough to go through with it. Basically, if one wanted to try the cleanse, he or she would go to a store known for “healthy living” (i.e. Whole Foods, Kale Me Crazy, etc.) or a website that produces the juices and purchase the number of days desired. During the cleanse, a person is strictly instructed to only to drink his six juices and only eat almonds or egg whites should he become hungry. There is controversy associated with cleansing and the main thing people wonder is, does it work? These cleanses can be quite pricey, and there is also a question of whether they offer health benefits. With this conflicting argument posted all over the internet, I decided to try a one day cleanse myself.

I learned about juice cleansing through Hannah Meloche, a famous YouTuber, on her channel based around beauty and healthy living. She tried a one day cleanse and did not care for it much herself. After watching her 20 minute video of her “vlogging” her juice cleanse, I researched juice cleansing. I found a website run by a juice cleanse company called “Jus by Julie” based in Brooklyn, New York. I could choose which day I wanted my juices delivered to my house and pick my cleansing duration. I choose a one day cleanse since I was not sure how my body would react to drinking straight juice for an entire day. Many people choose to do a cleanse to experience drinking extremely healthy juices or trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. I am not overweight and I am not an “unhealthy” eater; I solely chose to do a juice cleanse to try it out and see if it would change me physically or mentally. The day before I began my cleanse, I tried to eat a lot less than usual and focus mainly on eating protein and fruits, so when I drank juices containing fruits and vegetables the next day I would be ready.

I woke up around 8am on the day I did my cleanse and I felt a pang of hunger in my stomach. I thought to myself, “Oh no. Of course this happens on the day I can’t eat.” My first juice contained kale, spinach, pineapple, banana, mango, and rice milk. To me, someone who eats basic food and is picky, this sounded revolting. I tried the juice and it was surprisingly not bad at all. The other five juices had similar combinations as the first, and they were all around 150 calories. Throughout the day I didn’t notice myself getting very hungry, as I drank the juices in two hour increments. I was pleased with this so much so that I decided to go on a quick two mile run. I was not tired at all during the run….and then the late afternoon hit me like a truck. I felt as if someone had smacked me in the head with a hammer, and I was starving. I allowed myself two boiled eggs and still felt like my world was falling apart. I somehow made it the rest of the day, disgusted by the juice flavors and feeling dizzy and very unmotivated.

Would I recommend doing a juice cleanse? Personally I would not do one again, especially during the school year. I lost five pounds in one day of cleansing and I felt great for the first half, but then I also missed delicious meals and experienced the pain of hunger. Juice cleanses are things people must be careful with; it is very easy to become dehydrated or give into their temptation of eating during the cleanse. Choose for yourself if you want your own cleansing experience, and have fun working on that healthy lifestyle!

WNBA Record-Breaking Year

Wambui Chege

Sports & Health Editor

Being the most popular women’s professional sports league, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) has enjoyed increasing amounts of spectator attendance since its inauguration in 1996. More so, due to company promotions and athlete spotlights, the WNBA achieved record-breaking attendance in the last 2018 season. Though each year has come with increasing amounts of attendance, since 2011 the league plateaued at around 1,574,000 spectators per season, according to USA Today. However, this past 2018 season, the total number of spectators reached around 3,787,000 making the WNBA the highest attended women’s professional league in the world.

One of the reasons that the WNBA has had such success is due to the company promotions and sponsorships that many of the teams and athletes have received. With teams such as the LA Sparks (2017 Champion) and the Minnesota Lynx (2014-2016 Champions) sponsored by sports apparel titans such as Nike and Under Armour, their merchandise and athlete jerseys are being sold at the highest rates ever. These companies have also picked up individual player sponsorships such as Skylar Diggins (Dallas Wings) with Neutrogena, and Mya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) with Brita Water Filters. The partnerships between athletes and companies are making the spectators more interested in the league, therefore leading to the record breaking attendance of this past season.

Another factor in the high attendance is that new, famous college players have revived the game and threatened the status of some of the older, more seasoned players. Brianna Stewart, the four time University of Connecticut national champion, played with the Seattle Storm against Elena Delle Donne, a seasoned athlete for the Washington Mystics. This showdown in the WNBA Finals brought the largest crowd ever at Capital One Arena, with 12,781,652 spectators in the venue, according to ESPN. The excitement surrounding the new players and what they have to bring to the game is drawing more and more spectators in, whether they are watching on television or going to the arenas.

Being the most widely known women’s professional sports league, the WNBA is also beginning to use their influence to promote charities and foundations that work with women and children in poverty. WNBA Cares has the league’s most widely known athletes visit schools and daycare centers that are in poorer areas. The WNBA was also very active during the peak time of the #MeToo movement, fighting against discrimination and harassment. These actions have also led to an increase in followers as more people take notice of the involvement of the athletes and the organization.

“The WNBA has reached a significant milestone, and I feel privileged to be joining the league at such an exciting time. The athleticism of the game and the sportsmanship exhibited between teams offers clear evidence of our ability to grow women’s basketball,” states WNBA President Lisa Borders.

Case for the World Series

Ian Hacek

Co-Editor-in-Chief

October baseball is upon us! Just a week ago, the Major League Baseball regular season was wrapping up and Wild Card games were to decide who made the postseason cut. And just like that, the Divisional Series are heating up. So what teams have what it takes to advance and eventually win the World Series? Here is why each team will or will not have a chance at a championship ring.

Cleveland Indians: The Tribe have a tough draw and need to get through a dominant Houston Astros club. However, they do have dynamic pitching in their rotation, which should be enough to keep them competitive. Names like Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen are all able to blow away opposing hitters. Yet, even with such imposing pitchers, they do not have the offensive production to get past Houston. The bats that carried the 2016 Indians to the World Series are just not there this year. They will likely have an early exit this postseason.

Houston Astros: As the reigning champs and my personal pick to repeat and win it all again this year, the Astros are clicking at all facets of the game. They won a league-leading 103 games this year and will use that momentum to stride past Cleveland. Their American League Championship Series matchup against either the Red Sox or the Yankees will be a tougher test, but the Astros have had success against the best teams in baseball all year long and I don’t expect them to be fazed by anyone. If Houston doesn’t win another championship this year, it will be because they made too many mistakes, not because they were the worse ballclub.

New York Yankees: As for the bad boys of baseball, they will have the toughest road to the World Series by my account. They had to battle through a Wild Card game just to face the the Boston Red Sox in the division series. These games between the two rivals will be intense and even if the Bronx Bombers do make it past Boston, they will have exhausted a lot of energy and roll into the next round with a depleted bullpen. The good news for New York is that they have a scary lineup that could explode for eight or ten runs any given day, which would relieve any pressure on the pitchers. So, it will be interesting to see if the Yankees can ride their bats to the World Series or if their season will end on the pitcher’s mound.

Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox are a bit of a toss up as to whether or not they will perform up to expectations this postseason. Boston seems to be well rounded with a balanced mix of pitching and hitting. At the same time, baseball is a game of hot and cold streaks and it feels as if the Red Sox may fall victim to an October cold front. Even if they do advance to face (probably) Houston, will they be able to string together the four outstanding games necessary to defeat the Astros? Doubt it.

Milwaukee Brewers: The surprise of the playoffs thus far has been the Brew Crew from Milwaukee. After trailing the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central division late in the season, they finished strong and ended up winning the division. What stands out to be the Brewers’ key piece is their deep bullpen full of vibrant arms. If the relief pitchers are able to dominate the late innings of these playoff games, then even with an average lineup, the Brewers can end up on top of the baseball world.

Colorado Rockies: After defeating the Cubs to advance to the NLDS, the Rockies learned that they will need the offense to be more efficient with runners in scoring position. They cannot afford to exhaust bullpen pitchers and waste great pitching efforts by stranding runners every other inning. If the Rockies can muster a few key hits per game that result in runs, they will have a shot at advancing to compete for the National League pennant.

Los Angeles Dodgers: The most complete team to come out of the National League appears to be the Dodgers. Between great offensive production behind the bats of Matt Kemp, Cody Bellinger, and Manny Machado, and the firepower on the mound including Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles seems likely to blow past the Braves. Also, the experienced gained from last year’s postseason run will undoubtedly help the Dodgers persevere this season.

Atlanta Braves: For the first time since 2013, MLB playoff games will be played in Atlanta. Fans can’t help but be shocked at the success of Braves this season as they were projected to finish third in the division and not really compete until next year. Atlanta has relied on steady starting pitching paired with some great young bats to win the division. This October, the Braves will have to string together quality starts from their pitchers. At the plate, veterans Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman need to be consistent producers in the lineup. The Braves have a tough draw in facing the Dodgers but if the bats heat up, Atlanta fans could have a lot to celebrate moving forward.

Nike Kneels with Kaepernick

Nyra Pasha

Staff Writer

What is the limit to the level of controversy an ad campaign can create? Well, Nike may have just raised the bar to a new height. Last week, Nike broadcasted their 30th anniversary of the “Just Do It” campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback. Kaepernick was once a star quarterback and Super Bowl runner up, but had seemingly disappeared from the national spotlight in recent years. That is until last season, when he began a movement of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. The kneel was to raise awareness of police brutality and social injustice against minorities, but many found it disrespectful to the nation and its armed forces. The protest sparked a fierce national debate with people both supporting and antagonizing him.  Despite the controversy surrounding Kaepernick, Nike made the debatable choice to make him the face of their campaign. The athletic brand is no stranger to controversy in their advertisements and have released several campaigns featuring gender equality, religion, AIDS, and other important issues. Nike’s decision raises the question of corporations capitalizing off of important social issues, like this one.

In a time where the nation is very polarized, the campaign was faced with severe backlash. Many boycotted the popular athletic brand and refused to purchase anything from it, or even associated with it. People spread videos of burning and cutting Nike apparel and shoes using the hashtag “Boycott Nike”, which went viral. Some, including President Trump, used social media as an outlet to share their thoughts about the controversy. In his tweet, the President ridiculed and trashed the company for highlighting Kaepernick, and said that the ad “sent a terrible message.” Nike was in a tough situation as their stock dipped two percent following the day of the release. Although many consumers were furious, a large majority praised Nike for the campaign, saying it was brave and meritorious to bring awareness to the important social issue. Online sales spiked by 31 percent in the following days. This profit made up for far more than the previous stock loss. Many celebrities including Serena Williams, Michael B. Jordan, and Tom Brady, support the campaign and the message it stands for. Nike also gained a major boost on social media, gaining 170,000 more followers on Instagram and thousands of new likes on Twitter and Facebook.

Nike’s decision to support and stand with the  controversial NFL player demonstrates its attempt to support the battle against racial and social injustice.  Yet, many believe the company has not earned the capacity to fully do so, as the majority of the company board is comprised of white, male staff, which does not exactly embody the message they are trying to stand for. Nonetheless, Nike and its marketing team knew what they were doing prior to the ad release. Market research shows that 67 percent of Nike’s young customers, (ages 18 to 24)  have a positive view of the Kaepernick campaign, while 21 percent opposed it. By taking a stand on social issues, Nike has raised awareness while also raising their profits. It is unclear whether other companies will take a stance like Nike has on important social issues, but it is certain that Nike has set a precedent for a controversial campaign that will keep people talking for years.

Lassiter Volleyball: 2nd in State

Nyra Pasha

Staff Writer

Lassiter High School’s varsity volleyball team is ranked number two in the state. When sophomore varsity player, Camille Mccraw was asked about her feelings towards the team’s ranking, she responded, “ My whole team was shocked and proud because we weren’t expected to get this far. It feels really cool and exciting that other teams want to beat you.” This feeling is also matched with a much higher expectation of the players from their coaches and for themselves. Camille and other players work hard in practice along with doing other things out of school to help prepare for their games. “A good strategy,” Camille says, “is to be vocal with the team. If there is something we need to work on I tell my teammates and we try to work on it.” As a team, the varsity girls are working on blocks and playing more intensely. They are trying to add more drive in order to compete with harder and more competitive schools like Walton, Walker, and Marist. “We really hope to make it far in state and continue to improve to become better players and a more well rounded team.” No matter how far the they get, Lassiter is proud to have such a strong and accomplished varsity volleyball team.

WNBA Record-Breaking Year

Wambui Chege

Sports & Health Editor

Being the most popular women’s professional sports league, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) has enjoyed increasing amounts of spectator attendance since its inauguration in 1996. More so, due to company promotions and athlete spotlights, the WNBA achieved record-breaking attendance in the last 2018 season. Though each year has come with increasing amounts of attendance, since 2011 the league plateaued at around 1,574,000 spectators per season, according to USA Today. However, this past 2018 season, the total number of spectators reached around 3,787,000 making the WNBA the highest attended women’s professional league in the world.

One of the reasons that the WNBA has had such success is due to the company promotions and sponsorships that many of the teams and athletes have received. With teams such as the LA Sparks (2017 Champion) and the Minnesota Lynx (2014-2016 Champions) sponsored by sports apparel titans such as Nike and Under Armour, their merchandise and athlete jerseys are being sold at the highest rates ever. These companies have also picked up individual player sponsorships such as Skylar Diggins (Dallas Wings) with Neutrogena, and Mya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) with Brita Water Filters. The partnerships between athletes and companies are making the spectators more interested in the league, therefore leading to the record breaking attendance of this past season.

Another factor in the high attendance is that new, famous college players have revived the game and threatened the status of some of the older, more seasoned players. Brianna Stewart, the four time University of Connecticut national champion, played with the Seattle Storm against Elena Delle Donne, a seasoned athlete for the Washington Mystics. This showdown in the WNBA Finals brought the largest crowd ever at Capital One Arena, with 12,781,652 spectators in the venue, according to ESPN. The excitement surrounding the new players and what they have to bring to the game is drawing more and more spectators in, whether they are watching on television or going to the arenas.

Being the most widely known women’s professional sports league, the WNBA is also beginning to use their influence to promote charities and foundations that work with women and children in poverty. WNBA Cares has the league’s most widely known athletes visit schools and daycare centers that are in poorer areas. The WNBA was also very active during the peak time of the #MeToo movement, fighting against discrimination and harassment. These actions have also led to an increase in followers as more people take notice of the involvement of the athletes and the organization.

“The WNBA has reached a significant milestone, and I feel privileged to be joining the league at such an exciting time. The athleticism of the game and the sportsmanship exhibited between teams offers clear evidence of our ability to grow women’s basketball,” states WNBA President Lisa Borders.

College Conference Predictions

Ian Hacek

Co-Editor-in-Chief

After comprehensive analysis (sitting on the couch for ten hours each Saturday watching football), I have determined that I am qualified to rank each team in each major conference. These predictions will probably be proven wrong by the time I even finish writing so let’s get started.

ACC Atlantic

  1. Clemson
  2. NC State
  3. Boston College
  4. Florida State
  5. Syracuse
  6. Louisville
  7. Wake Forest

ACC Coastal

  1. Virginia Tech
  2. Miami
  3. Duke
  4. Georgia Tech
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. Virginia
  7. UNC

Conference Championship: Clemson over Virginia Tech

 

Big Ten East

  1. Ohio State
  2. Michigan
  3. Penn State
  4. Michigan State
  5. Indiana
  6. Maryland
  7. Rutgers

Big Ten West

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Iowa
  3. Minnesota
  4. Northwestern
  5. Purdue
  6. Nebraska
  7. Illinois

Conference Championship: Ohio State over Wisconsin

 

Big12

  1. Oklahoma
  2. West Virginia
  3. TCU
  4. Oklahoma State
  5. Texas
  6. Iowa State
  7. Texas Tech
  8. Kansas State
  9. Baylor

Conference Championship: Oklahoma over West Virginia

 

PAC12 North

  1. Washington
  2. Stanford
  3. Oregon
  4. California
  5. Washington State
  6. Oregon State

PAC12 South

  1. USC
  2. Colorado
  3. Utah
  4. Arizona State
  5. UCLA
  6. Arizona

Conference Championship: Washington over USC

 

SEC East

  1. Georgia
  2. South Carolina
  3. Missouri
  4. Kentucky
  5. Florida
  6. Tennessee
  7. Vanderbilt

SEC West

  1. Alabama
  2. Auburn
  3. LSU
  4. Mississippi State
  5. Texas A&M
  6. Ole Miss
  7. Arkansas

Conference Championship: Alabama over Georgia

NFL Early Season Summary

Ian Hacek

Co-editor-in-Chief

We are two weeks into the NFL season and already there are many storylines to recap and keep an eye on moving forward. From rookie surprises to dynasties unraveling, here’s what you may have missed and what to keep an eye on in the weeks ahead.

 

Chiefs Cookin’: The Kansas City Chiefs came out blazing hot in their first two games with massive offensive production from young stars, Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill. Quarterback Mahomes recorded ten touchdowns with only one turnover in their wins against the Chargers and the Steelers. Three of those scores went to Hill who is averaging 129.5 yards per game.

 

Two Ties: For the first time since 1971, there have been tie games in consecutive weeks. First, the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers ended their game locked at 21-21. Week Two saw the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings tie 29-29.

 

Pats Struggle: After a 27-20 win over the Houston Texans, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots traveled to Jacksonville. The Jaguars torched the Patriot’s defense and scored three touchdowns in the first half while only conceding a field goal. The final score was 31-20 and New England no longer seem like a lock for the AFC Championship Game.

 

Falcon’s Find their Way: After a disappointing loss to Philadelphia in Week One, the Atlanta Falcons rebounded with a home win over the Carolina Panthers. Matt Ryan accounted for four touchdowns after underperforming in the redzone against the Eagles.

 

Fitz Leads the Bucs: Perhaps the biggest surprise of the young season has been Ryan Fitzpatrick’s outstanding quarterback play resulting in two wins for the Buccaneers. The veteran passed for 819 yards with eight touchdowns in his first couple of games replacing Jameis Winston who is sidelined due to injury. Because of Fitzpatrick’s heroics, many think that Winston will not immediately start at quarterback when he becomes healthy.

 

There you have the top five storylines from the first couple of weeks on the NFL season. Only seven teams are still unbeaten and untied so expect some mayhem ahead.