Hamsters, Dogs and Cats
June 8, 2018 by Ilay Netter
There are a total of 8.7 million species of animals on planet earth. Of those species, 338 are dogs, cats, and hamsters. Many people, including myself favor these adorable friends. Classified as man's best friend, critter balls and furry felines, these animals are known for their popularity amongst all of their other furry relatives. In categories such as cuteness, talent, and human benefit, these animals are ranked amongst the top, but in each and every way, all animals are unique.
Even though they may seem small in numbers and in size, these funny balls of cuteness are far from what you consider them to be. Believe it or not, but these hairy balls are neither nocturnal or diurnal. They in fact, appear to be crepuscular. That means that these cute critters are mostly active/awake during twilight hours. This makes sure that these adorable little critters won't bother you while you're trying to catch some Zs. Another fun fact about these little guys is that they can range in size from a teeny tiny 2 inches to a whopping 13 inches! That means that these guys aren't as small as you might expect them to be. Imaging trying to hold that enormous critter. Hamsters are also known for their harmless cute figure. But in reality, hamsters have to keep on chewing to maintain that cuteness.
Hamsters’ teeth never stop growing! This means that they have to trim them down to size or the hamster will soon be taking many trips to the vet. Surprisingly, similar to their canine friends, hamsters can actually be taught their own name. After a long enough time, these little friends start to recognize their very own special names. If you own a hamster, make sure your hazel or hammy or pancake are aware of how proud you are of them. Hamsters, being the cute balls of fluff that they are, are unlike people where they use water for baths, hamsters use a sand bath to get and clean. They roll around in it so adorable over and over, causing the sand to extract the oil on their fur.
Dogs are one of the most common pets that people tend to take care of. Dogs have been known for their many human benefits, emotionally and physically. They have been known for physical good benefits by providing their owners an average of 1,000 miles walked per year! This means they give you health benefits that are extra but worth it. You also play a round of fetch 2,080 times, and have 1,040 conversations with other pet owners. Phew! Talk about a lot of work for one cuddly animal. Dogs are also known for their undeniable intelligence. The average dog can learn 165 different words, and more with training. Dogs have the vocabulary of a two-year-old. More on the topic of their intelligence, a dog’s sense of smell is 1,000 to 10,000,000 times better than yours. So if you are looking for a pet that could provide you with lots of love, wows and physical activities, man's best friends are the way to go.
Cats, otherwise known as felines are known for their elegance, grace and beauty. Around 47 percent of people on the globe claim that they own or have owned a cat. Ranging from all different colors, these felines in my opinion take first place. From their absolutely adorable eyes, to their majestic walk, these definitely are one of the best pets to have. Cats have been reported to sleep about 13-14 hours a day, consisting of, naps and food comas. Food comas are when a cat eats a lot of food, and all of their energy goes into digesting all that food rather than keeping them awake. Wow! Talk about a good night’s sleep. Speaking of population, there are over 500 million domestic cats in the world. One of them is waiting for you, with hope and love in it's soft, little head. Cats are also known as “ninjas of the night” because they require six times less light than a human does to see. They also have a very silent walk, their tiny feet padding on the floor. Perfect for sneaking around in the dark, and being in dark places in general. One of the most adorable things that cats do that you probably haven't heard of is that when cats hunt and bring you their dead or alive prey. What's going through their minds is that they think you are a helpless kitten so they are trying to help teach you how to hunt because they think we (humans) can’t do it ourselves. Lastly, one of the greatest perks of being a cat owner is that cats don't need to be taken on walks so often, and cleaning up their litter is just taking a box and emptying it in the trash.
Favorites shouldn't be important when it’s a matter of saving lives. Who cares whether it's a cat, dog, or hamster, no animal should have to suffer such a terrible fate of not having a sense of love, companionship and care in their lives. Thank you to all those people that have contributed to the animal society and have bought a pet no matter what size into their home, with open arms. Take another moment to appreciate the pet that has now been forever in debt to you. Thank you, to all those pet owners across the world, and those who aren't, try your best to help in any way.
Airlines and Animal Controversy
June 8, 2018 by Hazel VanEsselstyn and Mariana Maloney
Some people believe animals are being treated unfairly and harshly in airlines. Some examples of this are sending a pet to Japan instead of Kansas, and killing a dog by putting it in the overhead compartment for an entire flight, despite the consistent barking and whimpering. In the past three years, 77 animals have died on U.S airlines. Some people find this outrageous, others normal, but we and many others think that these two occurrences should never have happened and frankly, it’s inhumane
Many people believe animals shouldn’t be on flights if they are kept away. On the other hand, many people think animals are being treated poorly and should have better rights when it comes to airline treatment. Different airlines have different rules, but in general, cats and dogs are the only pets permitted to fly. Many airlines,such as American Airlines,allow pets as carry-ons, yet again, many airlines such as Delta do not allow pets as carry-ons. Unfortunately, many people have pets that are just too big. If that is the case, they will have to go into cargo. When pets have to travel in the cargo, owners tend to get worried. Some owners try to tranquilize their pets so they won’t suffer through the flight, but most airlines refuse to take unconscious animals. There is really no loophole for traveling with your pets.
As we mentioned earlier, there was an incident with a French Bulldog that died in the overhead compartment on March 12, 2018. A United Airlines flight attendant asked multiple times for a passenger on the plane to put her dog in the overhead compartment, where normally suitcases are supposed to be stored. The owner of the dog pleaded with the flight attendant, but the flight attendant wanted the best for other passengers. After the woman reluctantly put her French Bulldog in the overhead, the dog was whining and pawing at the walls. Once the plane landed, the owner of the dog checked the overhead compartment to find the dog dead. The fact that this even happened makes people furious.
All these past and hopefully not but very likely future incidents have brought sorrow, anger, and many other mixed emotions. We hope that you take a stand and fight for animal rights!
The Fastest Way
May 25, 2018 by Rawlins Collard
Disclaimer: This is my opinion. If you disagree, send an email with your belief and reasons why. My email is email@example.com. I would like to know all sides of the argument.
The reason I became a columnist for WolfPress is to try and defuse controversial ideas by using cold truths and science. So the idea, or action I will prove once and for all is something every person in this school has an opinion on, even if they don’t know it. It is on…
The fastest way to traverse the ramp/stairs.
Ok, I know I made it sound a little more dramatic with the suspense building, but it’s true. People all have different ways. I always thought going over the ramp was fastest.
But now I have the data. And that means that everyone who has ever hesitated on which way to go, I have the data!
These are the times for legitimate (AKA no shortcuts) way to get over the ramp at a normal walking pace (From the stairs to the 6th grade wing).
Time it takes to get over the Ramp: 11.53 seconds
Time it takes to get over the stairs: 10.55 seconds
Wait, what? I was wrong? Plus, I definitely did not expect there to be the difference of a little less then a second. It’s crazy.
But, you may say, there are plenty of non-legitimate ways to go over the ramp. I could not time all the ways, I could probably die of old age well before doing so and still not be done. So I timed the most popular: over the rail. I expected it to be more, but the result still surprised me.
Over the Rail: 10.15 seconds.
According to these numbers, it is only .5 seconds faster to go over the rail then to simply take the stairs. Not much in the cosmic sense of things but a good amount of time if your rushing to get to science class on time.
So, awesomely enough, it is not very much faster to use ulterior means. I recommend taking the stairs. However, if everyone takes the stairs, the time will skyrocket. So, I conclude, only some people should take the stairs and it will be faster for everyone.
Is Excessive Studying Good or Bad?
June 20, 2017 by Mireyda Gonzalez and Madeline Lyon
Studying is something that we all do so that we can prepare for exams and tests. There are a lot of different tips to help us study in the best way possible. We all have that one tip that we will never let go of because it has helped us so much in the previous years. But even if we have a tip that really helps us out, we should always be open to new ways and tips to study, and see if they will work for us or not. Here are some tips that will help you study in the best way possible, and help you prepare for your next exam.
These are all very good tips--for everybody who hates studying out there--that will make studying become a little more fun and interesting. If you follow these tips you may even see your grades go up because they are so good.
However, although we know that studying is helpful, we shouldn’t spend too much time studying and worrying about our grades. It is important to work hard and try to achieve the best you can academically, but that does not mean that school and homework should take over your life. There has to be a point where you stop and ask yourself, “How much is too much?”
Some people put so much pressure on themselves to do well in school that they are disappointed when they get less than 100% on a test. Similarly, some students stay up late every night making their homework perfect, and that might cause them to be stressed out about their grades. They cannot enjoy school because they are just too worried. They would be able to enjoy school much more if they could just relax!
This is an unfortunate but avoidable situation. Below are some facts about how studying too much can negatively affect you.
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When Women March
January 31, 2017 by Isabel Lubinsky
A stunning estimate of one million people, most of whom were women, attended the Women’s March on Washington. Before the protest there was a three- hour rally where people stocked up on food and drink, began to chant, and got prepared to march. Some of the chants were: “Not my president!” or “Racist, sexist, anti-gay!” It was incredible to be with a group this large who felt as passionate as I did about the concept of equality.
Standing in front of the Capitol building felt so important: it was the realization that we were a part of history. The speakers included Alicia Keys who sang Girl on Fire, famous feminist activist Gloria Steinem, Madonna, actor Scarlett Johansson, and many others. This march was peaceful, unlike some of the events before it, such as the protest of Trump’s Inauguration the day before.
Many people were on top of trucks, lampposts, traffic lights, and even in trees! Everyone had a banner with some sort of slogan written on it; for example: “Harry would have died in the first book if it wasn’t for Hermione,” and “No one is illegal!” Many women were wearing pink hats.
The point of the march was to not only come forward with our beliefs, but to represent in numbers. This protest exceeded the 200,000 that organizers expected by a huge number from some sources - over 800,000! Women came from places as far as Hawaii to participate in what is now considered the largest protest in American history.
On the morning of the 45th President’s inauguration he was met with a supportive crowd estimated from some at 250,000 strong. Even if Trump was not listening, even if the Cabinet was not listening, nobody- Democrats or Republicans - can ignore that on his first full day in office he was met with a protest of perhaps more than two million people across the country.
Being at the protest made me feel like I was a part of something bigger. It was amazing watching all these people – women, girls, men, boys, each representing one of the fifty states, coming together in their belief in Angela Davis’ words: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” I believe this march was just the beginning of something much bigger.
Finding a Solution to the Gun Control Debate
June 8, 2018 by Isabel Lubinsky
As a result of the Florida shooting on February 14th, and more recent shootings in them past few weeks, politicians and students alike have been working on a solution for the ongoing problem of these terrible events. Schools all over the country, including MS 447, have walked out in solidarity with the 17 students who died as a result of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. There have been many different ideas for ways to prevent another horrific event from happening again. These have ranged from giving teachers guns in order to protect themselves and the students from any armed intruders, to increasing gun laws, making it harder to access firearms.
Personally, I agree with the latter.
Arming teachers makes students feel like criminals. Walking into your school, a place that should feel safe, a learning environment that should respect and nurture your needs, seeing a gun would make students feel unsafe, at least it would make me feel unsafe. Not only that, but students and teachers having access to a gun is dangerous because anyone inside the school could potentially use the weapon.
I personally believe that adding more restrictions/improving gun laws is the best way to solve this problem. Making it harder for people to get guns would decrease the number of school shootings that happen in this country. If getting rid of guns seems too extreme there are smaller steps that can be taken. If the age limit on guns is raised, it would limit the number of guns in the hands of people who are not ready to handle that responsibility. Americans have to be 18 to buy a gun, but at age 18 your brain isn't fully developed, making you more likely to make irrational decisions. Some argue that guns are for hunting purposes, but if guns are only used for hunting purposes then why do people need automatic guns? (Such as an AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle) These guns are definitely not necessary for hunting, and can cause mass destruction. There are many ways that we can strengthen gun laws without getting rid of the weapon all together, but we need to do something to insure that this tragedy will not be repeated.
According to CNN,“We're only 12 weeks into 2018, and there have already been 17 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed. That averages out to 1.4 shootings a week.” That is an insane statistic, more than I would ever have imagined. Clearly, this is not just about the Florida shooting but about all of the school shootings across the world and throughout history. The Florida shooting was just an awful reminder that something has to be done, this issue has been overlooked and tossed to the side for far to long.
As an individual you can participate in the many marches that have happened or will happen in response to the Florida shooting. You can advocate for stronger gun laws, and safety in schools, as well as speaking up about this issue. In conclusion, this cannot be forgotten, even as months and years pass, remember every voice counts.
In Foster's Opinion: The Lack of Arts Funding In America
January 18, 2018 by Foster Shirkey
The arts. The arts of movies, music and video games have brought us such classics as, Jack and Jill, It’s Everyday Bro, and any EA game. The arts of theater, music, dance, games and, art have become the basis of our lives and culture. Without Star Wars we wouldn’t have such an obsession in Sci-fi. Without Romeo and Juliet, we wouldn’t have ELA class. And without Pong, we wouldn’t have games. Do you realize that? We would still be in the Stone Age of Calculators.
Obviously the arts have changed our lives. Which is why we, more than ever, need Arts Programs. Arts Programs are what 6th graders think is an elective, the class that 7th graders know is an elective, and the class that 8th graders realize that is not the only elective you have in school. In our little bubble that is District 15, and the New York high schools like LaGuardia and Murrow, that have pioneered the very idea of Arts edu-tainment. It can be hard to forget about the mess that is arts funding.
And for this let’s talk about the 3 major federations that fund it: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, or CPB, which funds PBS and NPR, the National Endowment for the Arts or NEA which funds projects exhibiting artistic excellence, and the National Endowment for the Humanities or NEH, which funds research, education, preservation, and public speaking in the arts. Man that was a long sentence.
Anyway, the NEH and NEA get about 148 Million a year from the Government, and the CPB about 440 Million. Which sounds like a lot. (Unless you are Scrooge McDuck from the brand new Disney XD show Ducktales! Only on Disney XD, Disney Channel but without the “flow” but somehow with more Jake Paul!) However, you have to consider that is only 0.02% of the US Government's 3.9 Trillion dollar budget. To put that in perspective, if our budget was 50,000 dollars, Arts funding would be 10 dollars. Which ironically enough is how much I get a week for my allowance. It’s not that I’m lazy, I just procrastinate a lot. Getting back to what you're reading this article for, what do you think Congress wants to do?
1. Provide more funding so that the arts can continue to grow and thrive?
2. Cut arts funding altogether and save pennies while crippling the primary source of human entertainment and inspiration?
The answer: MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, MONEY... MONEY!
One of America’s great problems. It’s the reason that Trump University was a thing, the reason that Ajit Pai is the dumbest person in the FCC, and the reason this is a problem. In case you don’t who he is, remember an NBC celebrity who’s hair was a meme for almost as long as Leo wants Oscar memes (RIP). And he was also the guy who scammed several students out of their money in an effort to grow his multi-million dollar business. And the guy who sold stakes sold at The Sharper Image. A store that is, I think, a fashion company, isn’t it? I don’t know, and who cares? Oh right, our president. Thanks Bernie or Busters!
Here is a problem with the News: the government threatening to get rid of arts funding would be a top story for at least a month. However since now every story today is Mass Shooting while Flood terrorizes nation and new congressional bill that everyone except congress thinks is bad number 315 (**Not Clickbait, no really**) it’s sort of hard to do that.
Which is why this is the first article I am writing in my column. To raise awareness and save art as we know it. So please get your parents to call your local senators to tell them to save the arts.
Columbus Day Controversy
December 15, 2017 by Isabel Lubinsky and Hazel VanEsselstyn
Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1937. Columbus was said to have “discovered” America when the continent was already inhabited by the Native Americans. In 1492 Columbus set off on four trips each time landing on a different Caribbean island. He never even set foot in North America. Recently, protests have been occurring pushing to change the name to “Indigenous Peoples Day.” 55 cities have already joined the movement. Columbus killed many Native American families but has been known as a hero for “discovering” America. Clearly, something has to be done to bring justice to this “holiday."
Christopher Columbus created work camps where many Native Americans were worked to death. After only two years over 125,000 Native American were dead, which was more than half the population. Columbus made slaves out of innocent people and treated them as less than himself, less than human. And yet we celebrate him. In six years Columbus took hundreds of thousands of lives, as well as turning many into slaves. Statues of Columbus have been built to honor him, as well as a day dedicated to him and what he did.
Not only that, but Columbus sold women. He sold humans, saying their life was only worth a certain amount of money. He made slaves out of many Native Americans and killed a huge amount of people. Christopher Columbus has been celebrated for 80 years.
Park Slope has a population of approximately 62,200 people. Double that to get just under the amount of Native Americans were killed in only two years.
In conclusion, for many years people have blindly celebrated this man, many without even knowing what he did. It is time to educate Americans on the history of Christopher Columbus and push of “Indigenous People Day.”
Are Women = Men?
April 25, 2017 by Amelia Jackson
“Oh, sorry. You okay?” asks the boy on the other team after he accidentally tripped me.
“Yeah, it’s fine.” I say getting up.
“He’s so sorry," repeats the other boys sitting on the sideline.
“Would they have been this apologetic if they were playing against other boys? I play girls all the time, they are never this kind. Did I miss something?
No, Amelia, you didn’t.” I think to myself.
“Don’t be afraid to touch them!” My coach shouts out to the other team from the sidelines.
I know women are equal to men. I know we can be just as strong. I know we can be just as rough, competitive, and aggressive. But did that boy’s team know?
I am a girl, and so is 50.433% of the United State’s population. Most women know their rights, but we are also taught that there are differences in gender roles. We see how males act towards females compared to other males. Males, and even females, carry out these perceived gender roles through words and actions. And this leads to a society where men and women are treated differently.
We are all humans. So why are we treated differently? Just because I am a girl does not mean I am weaker, more vulnerable, or less than a male.
“How do you think this problem will progress over time?” my dad asks me in the car.
I’m not exactly sure how to answer his question. 100 years ago women were not able to vote and were not given the same rights as men. We were told to stay in the house to clean and cook. Yes, it has gotten better. But boys and girls still notice the inequality that goes on around them. My generation still experiences sexism. And it is not the fault of boys as much as society for raising us this way.
As we grow up we learn about the history of our country, and hear stories from our parents and elders. We observe the way women are treated in their homes, in the work place, and in our government. We will pass stories on to our children about how women are portrayed and treated by men.
Hopefully the stories we tell our children will be about women who were strong role models, and men who treated us as equals. We have the ability to organize women’s marches all over the country, millions of people strong. We each have the power to change the perception of women.
And it can start with one small moment on a sports field.
Fighting For Education
January 31, 2017 by Ellora Onion-De
Are there days when you wake up and just don’t feel like going to school? Well, consider this: millions of children around the world, particularly girls, don’t have access to any education at all! These millions of children crave the education that American children have access to.
Helping Aghan children
Afghanistan is generally an unsafe place right now. Because of this many children can’t travel into the city for school; as a result, they are deprived of their education.
In Afghanistan, the founder of the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization is a woman named Andasia Farid. Andasia advocates for all Afghan children’s rights, and specifically for Afghan girls’ rights for education. Andasia runs a boys and girls' orphanage that provides education as well as a home to children who don’t have access to it otherwise. Andasia’s orphanage ensures that children without parents can live safely and be provided with very critical education.
Malala's Tale of Bravery
Malala Yousafzai gained international attention as an outspoken advocate for girls' education. In 2014, Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize. She has been fighting for rights for girls to have an education from a very young age. At only 19 years old, she showcases that perseverance and bravery can change the lives of many.
In 2012, when Malala was only 15 years old, she had to attend school secretly because girl's rights were being limited by the Taliban in the Swat Valley of Pakistan where she lived. She spoke up about this issue, along with her father, which angered many and made her a target.
One day in October, two men from the Taliban flagged down her school bus and demanded to know, “Who is Malala?” When they saw who she was, one of the men shot her in the head. Doctors had to put Malala into a coma in order to save her life. They also had to remove and replace part of her skull. Malala was in the hospital for three months.
On the show “Ellen,” Malala spoke out about the attack, and how that didn’t stop her from continuing to fight for girls education rights. She remarked, “I think they made a big mistake, because I was fighting for the right for education... from the beginning when the Taliban stopped girls from going to school. But I had this little bit of fear... what would happen to me, how would I feel if someone attacks me. But after that incident, when I was attacked, that fear just went away.”
Malala paid an enormous price in the fight for education rights, and despite her attack she never let anyone stop her. Malala was able to continue her education in England, where her family sought refuge, and she is still fighting for the education rights of the children in Pakistan and around the world.
The next time you feel school is challenging or homework is unfair, remember that education is a privilege. Always appreciate the education you have access to!
The "People's" Pipeline
January 31, 2017 by Marlon Abarno
There has been a lot of controversy around the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. First, what is the plan for this pipeline? The Dakota Pipeline will be running through North and South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. It transfers oil from Three Forks and Bakken, ND throughout the Southeast route that it will follow.
Why in the world is there controversy around this pipeline? The main problem is that it runs through sacred Rosebud Sioux Tribe land. This land is burial ground and part of it is a water source, Lake Oahe. The Rosebud Sioux reported that their sacred burial ground had been “bulldozed over.” The Rosebud Sioux Tribe are not the only ones who feel strongly about blocking this pipeline. Activists have been linking arms with strangers to serve as “human shields” against the machines and other construction vehicles.
However, there are people who believe in this pipeline and also feel very strongly about it. One of those people, unfortunately, is our new president Donald Trump. Since he has greater influence in decisions now that he is our president, he has the power to change decisions that former presidents may have made while they were in office. The amazing thing is that he has almost immediately put those powers to use within the first few days of his presidency. Interestingly enough, he has already used them on the topic we are discussing today.
As of January 24, 2017, Donald Trump commissioned an executive order to allow the Dakota Access Pipeline and another oil pipeline, the Keystone XL to be continued to be built, something that had been been stopped by our former president, Barack Obama. As we endure these next four years, let us hope that these brave people continue to stand up and protect what is not to be touched by industrial companies.
As you may have heard, our new president believes climate change is a hoax. In fact, it is completely true. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC reported “global warming of 1.5ºC.” If we continue to build large oil pipelines, we continue to burn it for fuel and we continue to deplete Earth’s limited resources. Therefore it is much more reasonable to build a windmill on native land because wind is infinite than a oil pipeline that could leak under high pressure. China has already told Trump that global warming is scientifically proven. This means that in the next four years, other countries will have increased the percentage of renewable energy that they are using, setting the U.S. very far behind in the fight against climate change.
Using renewable energy sources also saves a large amount of money in the long term. Even though the present is what we are living in, sometimes the future is just as important. Others however, are selfishly thinking about what benefits themselves. Even though windmills cost a lot of money to build and to install, running oil down a pipeline has its own operation costs.
So who benefits from this pipeline? Mainly it is the Dakota Access Pipeline company. Who suffers? This list includes the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the environment, all humans, all animals, and our future. So, is it really our pipeline? Does it benefit us as breathing, living, and progressive beings? Why does Donald Trump want this pipeline? All these questions lead to the conclusion that oil pipelines are unnecessary to our survival and are nuisance to all of us.