The Trump Effect: Women’s Health
by David Escobar
In the Reagan-era, a controversial decision was made to institute a guideline called the “global gag rule”. A gag rule is one that limits the discussion and awareness of a particular subject, in Reagan’s case, he disallowed any US funded organization to discuss abortion. As of the first week of his presidency, Donald Trump has decided to reinstate this global gag rule, meaning that any foreign organization that receives United States funding, is not allowed to allocate any of that money into abortion services. No matter the way the funds were received, if an organization is funded by the US government in any way, they may not offer or discuss any assistance in the field of abortion.
This decision is the subject of heated debate between various conservative and liberal parties, but as the politicians bicker, we must analyze the dangers that the gag rule has presented to foreign women in the past. Based on data from the Reagan and Bush eras, the last presidencies that the gag rule was in place for, Marie Stopes International estimates that there will be 2.1 million unsafe abortions during Trump’s presidency, as a result of the reinstatement. The World Health Organization also estimates that abortion rates will increase by 40%. According to Stanford University Health Organization, unsafe abortions lead to 13% of maternal deaths. Donald Trump’s gag rule creates a major health danger for women in foreign countries and endangers their lives.
The Struggle in Aleppo
by David Escobar
Aleppo, the capital of Syria and its biggest warzone, is a city with almost no refuge. Since July of 2012, there has been a constant battle between government and anti-government forces. This battle has placed the 2.3 million innocent citizens of Aleppo’s lives at risk. Government agencies support Bashar al-Assad and include Hezbollah, Russian forces, and Iranian forces. Rebel powers include the Syrian Resistance and local rebellion fighters. This battle has led to the deaths of 82 civilians according to the Syrian government.
A new deal has been struck between the rebels and Syrian government that will result in the evacuation of thousands of refugees and fighters. Evacuation will be beneficial to both sides of the front. Buses have been coming into the city since mid-December, and under the contracted deal 4,000 people will be able to take refuge away from this hellish landscape of war. This new deal is all coming after the claim of victory from the Syrian government. While this agreement has seemingly brought peace, it certainly hasn’t ended the confrontation. In Eastern-Aleppo, the evacuation has been put on a temporary hold and both sides are unsure of continuation due to a violation of a prior deal between the two. The finality of this battle may be soon, but it is still yet to be certain.
By: Vanessa Torres
The inauguration of the President of the United States is a ceremony which marks the commencement of a new four-year term presidency. On January 10, 2017 Obama delivered his Farewell Address in Chicago. President Trump’s inauguration took place on January 20, 2017 at which time he became the 45th President of the United States. Thus concluding the eight year era with Obama.
During Obama’s Farewell Address he attempted to relieve America’s concerns over the change in leadership. He urged Americans to give Donald Trump a chance and some time to get adjusted to the responsibilities of the presidency. “I don’t think he is ideological, I think ultimately he is pragmatic in that way and that can serve him well as long as he has got good people around him and he has a good sense of direction,” Obama said.
“Four more years! Four more years!” said the audience during his Farewell Address. He wiped the tears off his face as he paid tribute to his daughters and the First Lady. He praised Michelle Obama for executing her role as first lady “with grace and grit and style and good humor” and for making the White House” a place that belongs to everybody.” To VP Joe Biden: “You were the first decision I made as a nominee, and it was the best…in the bargain, I gained a brother.” As he gave his goodbyes, on Twitter he posted, “Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I’m asking you to believe-not in my ability to create change, but in yours.”
Mexican Oil Crisis
By Mitchell Agredano
Protests have ignited across Mexico after President Enrique Peña Nieto deregulated gasoline prices in an effort to attract international investment in Mexico’s oil industry. Unfortunately, their actions have resulted in a 20% increase in gas prices. Higher gas prices have created the public, resulting in large protests in cities such as Mexico City, Tijuana, and Nogales. Since the only company allowed to sell gasoline in Mexico is Pemex, and the government is in charge of setting gas prices, there are no competing companies to force Pemex to lower their gas prices to a reasonable cost.
Since the increase in gas prices, four people have been killed and more than 1,500 have been arrested for looting, setting up road blocks, and marching in protests. Protests have becoming increasingly violent with people afraid to even leave their homes. For example, a pick-up truck had intentionally crashed into police officers, injuring nine officers and nearly killing two other officers.
President Enrique Peña Nieto has asserted that deregulation is Mexico’s only option to prevent cutting funds for social services. However, many offered alternative solutions such as cutting gasoline vouchers given to political officials and combating corruption at Pemex. Chaos continues to spread throughout Mexico and the public has called on their president to take concrete steps to fix address the crisis. me
Vegetarian Friendly Meal Plan
DAY ONE TIME MEAL
Breakfast 9:00am Nutella crepes with fresh fruit and powdered sugar /orange juice
snack 11:30am Tortilla chips and guacamole or salsa
Lunch 1:00pm Veggie burger and french fries and a thick shake (you can make these at home)
snack 3:30pm strawberries and crème
Dinner 6:00pm Spicy vegeterian ramen
Dessert always!!! Mochi ice cream
By Suzette Villegas
Mr. J. Reina, high school graduation.
“Follow your dreams, believe in yourself, grow a beard, and move out.”
Q. I’m on a sports team. Can I safely give blood?
A: Yes. You can give blood safely. Just avoid heavy lifting or pushing heavy objects for at least four to five hours AFTER giving blood. These same recommendations go for all blood donors, regardless of whether they play sports.
Q. Can I practice or compete right after giving blood?
A: When you give blood you temporarily lose some fluid which your body replaces within several hours. It’s not a good idea to practice vigorously or compete right after giving blood since you may become dehydrated. Student athletes should wait 12 hours or more to resume strenuous exercise after blood donation, depending on how you feel. So if you are scheduled to compete the day of your blood drive, don’t give blood that day. However, if you must practice after donating and still want to give, take it easy.
Q. I’ve heard that giving blood regularly could eventually affect my physical strength. Is this true?
A: No. After you donate blood, your plasma (the liquid portion of your blood), red blood cells and platelets are decreased temporarily, but this does not affect your overall strength or ability to perform. This is because your blood contains many, many more blood cells than needed, and the supply of cells remains entirely adequate after you give blood. However, high-performance competitive athletes may notice a marginal decrease in exercise tolerance for about one week after donation. As a precaution, do not donate blood on the same day of competition or strenuous practice. Instead, ask a friend to donate in your place!
IMPORTANT: Do you know the new Blood Donor Requirements for Youth*?
MALE donors must weigh 110 pounds or more, depending on their height in the following chart:
If you are
5’ or taller
You must weigh at least
FEMALE donors must weigh 110 pounds or more, depending on their height in the following chart:
If you are
5’6 or taller
You must weigh at least
Females who are shorter than 5’1” may still be eligible to donate blood.
May call 866-236-3276 to ask about their eligibility.
By Alondra Olmos
SGHS junior, Isabel Lizarraga has been captain of the varsity girls’ basketball team since her freshman year. This is not all that surprising since she started playing basketball at the age of 6. Isabel states, “I honestly just fell in love with the game, I have seen all the professionals, usually Kobe, and I immediately knew what I wanted to be great in. Seeing Kobe play, and seeing how great he was, I want to be just like that.”
Isabel says one of the benefits of playing basketball is that you develop good social skills, and learn how to work well with other people. She also mentions that it teaches you to take criticism well. Her advice to underclassmen who are looking to try out is, “You have to be willing to sacrifice certain things. Basketball can take up a lot of your time. Also, understand that if you want to be good or great at this sport you must be dedicated.”
Isabel is an all-around player, however she usually plays point guard or shooting guard. Isabel is very proud of the teams’ accomplishments so far, “Last season we did great, we won a title for our school. We won CIF and we are now champions.” Isabel believes last seasons’ success has definitely ramped up expectations for this season so practices have been extremely tough. They have practice every day after school, and occasionally have morning practices.