When I was your age…

By Makinzi Hinkle

Staff Writer

We’ve all heard our grandparents or parents say that when they were our age everything was different. Their lives were different and so was technology. They didn’t have the newest iPhone or even an iPad because, obviously, they weren’t around. Even the 90s babies didn’t have technology at a young age. When we were younger, we played outside instead of staying inside to play on our phones. When we rode our bikes, we knew where our “squad” was by how many bikes were in the front yard. If we had the technology we have today back then, we would miss out on family time and so much more. Also, technology has come in between relationships. Whether its sliding into a girls DM’s or snapchatting each other to the point where you become best friends, technology has come in the middle of almost every relationship. Have you ever thought about how technology has really changed the way we live? According to babble.com, here are seven examples:

  1. Technology has killed the greeting card
    1. We are no longer paying postage to send out birthday cards. It has turned into posting a “happy birthday” on Facebook or its sent over text.
  2. How we date
    1. Even though online dating has been around for ages, many people are using Google to see if their date has a record.
  3. How we share
    1. We aren’t sharing information like we used to. Instead of saying it face-to- face, we are using our social media accounts to post the news.
  4. How we watch TV
    1. We can now download apps to put on our smartphones to watch MTV, Lifetime, Netflix, etc. anywhere and anytime.
  5. How we communicate
    1. Instead of picking up the phone and seeing if your friend(s) and family are available, we are using our smartphones to text them.
  6. How we read
    1. Paperbacks are now available our tablets and smartphones. They have made it easier to carry the books we enjoy reading and we can bring them anywhere we would like.
  7. How we parent
    1. Parents have to teach their children “digital etiquette” and they warn them about what is online.

Technology has affected relationships in a big way. For example, Snapchat had a feature where you could tell who was best friends with your boyfriend/girlfriend. That caused drama to happen and it usually ended up with a breakup. Other than Snapchat, Twitter comes in affect. People subtweet, slide into each others DM’s, favoriting each others tweets, etc. With Instagram, guys would like other girl’s pictures. Then, they would try to slide into their DM. If they are already in a relationship, the girl would think that he is cheating on her and usually that causes problems. Along with Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram, at a point of time, Apple had an update where you were able to see who your boyfriend/girlfriend recently texted. Even if they delete the messages, if you double-clicked the home button and all of the recent people they talked to were right on the top of the apps you had open.

Technology has changed over the years. Our grandparents and parents always would say that when they were our age, they didn’t have the technology we have today. 90s babies didn’t have a hold of technology until the middle 2000’s and technology has now come to the point of ruining couple’s relationships.

A lot can change in a year

By Makinzi Hinkle

Staff Writer

365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, and 31,536,000 seconds. In other words, one year. One year can change someone’s perspective. It can be about themselves, their career, etc. Also, it can make or break them. For me, I thought a year was going to shatter me like glass but it shaped me into a beautiful butterfly. A year ago, I thought everything was falling into place. I thought I had my life together, but little did I know, I didn’t. I was in a relationship with someone who took advantage of me so many times before I said it was enough. I was playing ball with a team who I’d thought were my friends. A year later, I’m going into a my third and final year at CCC. In a year, my life will be changing. I’ll be applying to West Virginia University and transferring if I get in.

I wasn’t always a journalism major. 14 months ago, I switched my major from business to journalism and I’ve had the best luck for my future. I have so many different internship options and places where I can work. Last year, I thought I wasn’t able to go to another college/university after CCC, nor get accepted. My self-confidence barely existed. Now, a year later, my self-confidence is getting higher. I’m 98 percent more confident that I will get in and be able to transfer to West Virginia University. My perspective of this thing called life has totally changed.

In years past, I hated the way I looked. I didn’t like the way people talked about and treated me. Due to my self-confidence getting higher, I’ve finally decided to change the way my body looks. In other words, I’ve decided to loose weight. I’m using the angry words as motivation and getting my body where it needs to be. My best friend is in the same boat as I am and we’re using each other as motivation.

Last year, one of my close friends was in an abusive relationship. He cheated on her, abused her, and when she tried to leave, he threatened to take his own life. So, there was no way for her to get out because she didn’t want someone that she “loved” to go. After two months of trying to get herself out, she was able to succeed. Now a year later, she’s in a better, healthier, and safer relationship. Also, her family has gone through a lot. She almost lost her grandfather and their house all in one month. That all happened last year. 12 months later, her grandfather is healthier and they’re thinking of moving in the middle of the summer.

In a year, someone’s life can change. Whether its their appearance, their career, or a relationship. For me, I’ve had my appearance and career change. While for a close friend of mine, her relationships have changed. She might have almost lost her grandfather and they almost lost their house, but now with a year passing, everything has changed.

Music Icon

Music Icon

Rihanna is a huge pop star. Every song that Rihanna makes always goes number one. Rihanna is a trend setter and likes to take fashion risks. She is mainly known for her famous hits Pon de Replay, SOS, Umbrella, Take a Bow, and Stay. I can go on and on with a list of songs Rihanna has made.

Robyn Rhianna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988. Rihanna is a singer and songwriter. She was born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown. Rhianna’s first entered the music industry by recording demo tapes under the direction of record producer Evan Rogers in 2003. Rihanna signed a recording contract with Def Jam Records.

With sales exceeding 200 million records worldwide, Rihanna is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Rihanna is the youngest and fastest solo artist to earn fourteen number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and she was named the Digital Songs Artists of the 2000’s decade and the top Hot 100 artist in 2010.

Rhianna has won eight Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, 23 Billboard Music Awards, 2 BRIT awards; and was awarded the inaugural Icon award at the Music Awards in 2013. Rihanna is known for her fashion statements. Rihanna received the Fashion Icon Lifetime achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2014. Forbes ranked Rihanna the fourth most powerful celebrity of 2012, and also was named one of Time’s 100 most Inflential People in the world in 2012.

Democratic Race

Democratic Race

 

On Tuesday night beat Clinton in West Virginia. Sanders’ victory serves as a huge reminder to Clinton that despite, her upcoming showdown with the most likely Republican nominee Donald Trump, Clinton has yet to formally wrap up her own party’s presidential nomination.

“Sanders’ victory in one of the poorest states in America, was anchored in his message that the economy is rigged against working Americans. Exit poll data showed that 61% of Democratic primary voters were very worried about the state of the economy, and 55% of that group voted for Sanders. He also beat Clinton among women 52% to 38% and also among independents’, nearly 40 percentage points” (cnn.com).

Many things have changed for Clinton. About eight years ago, West Virginia helped her in the same way it aided Sanders on Tuesday. Clinton received a huge victory in the primary over Barack Obama that boosted her morale even if it wasn’t enough to change the basic delegates math that made it very impossible for her to win the nomination.

“This time, around, Clinton faced difficulties of her own making in West Virginia after saying in a March CNN town hall meeting in Ohio that she was going to put a “lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” with her policies on climate change” (cnn.com).

Next, if Clinton wants to win the Democratic Party she has to step up and finishing the race strong, because Sanders isn’t going away anytime soon. Sanders seems very determined to keep on trying his best to beat Clinton and win the delegates. Therefore Clinton shouldn’t be looking ahead to taking on Trump yet. Clinton has to make sure she defeats Sanders first, and than she can look ahead to taking on Trump. Trump on the other hand doesn’t seem to care about which Democratic he takes on.

 

It’s Setphen Curry’s Game Now

It’s Stephen Curry’s Game Now

Stephen Curry’s has once again been named MVP of the NBA for the second straight season. This is amazing how Curry keeps on dominating the NBA. It seems like every game Curry plays he scores 30 to 40 points. Defenses don’t like to play against Curry, because of his abilities to divide the defenses and, get to any spot on the basketball court and score.

If you have somehow missed watching the Golden State Warriors this season, you might have a quaint notion of how basketball is played. It may be hard to believe, for instance, that 3-point shots are difficult, or that the players should generally avoid hoisting jumpers 35 feet from the basket. None of these things are true anymore, thanks to one player and his name is Stephen Curry. Stephen Curry is a butterfly with a jump shot that is changing how the game is being played.

“In recent days, Curry has broken the league record for 3-pointers in a season, which he did for the first time three seasons ago and the Warriors (53-5). Curry has made 288 3-pointers this season, eclipsing the 286 he made last season” (nytimes.com).

“Basketball has had other captivating stars like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James, who all streaked to lasting fame. But the Curry phenomenon is different because of his size. Curry is a sinewy 6 feet 3 inches, 190 pounds, and because of the way in which he dominates games by scoring far from the basket, somehow stretching the court beyond it’s conceivable limits” (nytimes.com).

It seems like Curry will go down as one of the greatest shooters, and greatest players in NBA history. I expect Curry to keep on keeping on. If the scouts don’t figure out how to stop Curry on the court, Curry will set and break records.

 

 

Democratic Race

 

On Tuesday night beat Clinton in West Virginia. Sanders’ victory serves as a huge reminder to Clinton that despite, her upcoming showdown with the most likely Republican nominee Donald Trump, Clinton has yet to formally wrap up her own party’s presidential nomination.

“Sanders’ victory in one of the poorest states in America, was anchored in his message that the economy is rigged against working Americans. Exit poll data showed that 61% of Democratic primary voters were very worried about the state of the economy, and 55% of that group voted for Sanders. He also beat Clinton among women 52% to 38% and also among independents’, nearly 40 percentage points” (cnn.com).

Many things have changed for Clinton. About eight years ago, West Virginia helped her in the same way it aided Sanders on Tuesday. Clinton received a huge victory in the primary over Barack Obama that boosted her morale even if it wasn’t enough to change the basic delegates math that made it very impossible for her to win the nomination.

“This time, around, Clinton faced difficulties of her own making in West Virginia after saying in a March CNN town hall meeting in Ohio that she was going to put a “lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” with her policies on climate change” (cnn.com).

Next, if Clinton wants to win the Democratic Party she has to step up and finishing the race strong, because Sanders isn’t going away anytime soon. Sanders seems very determined to keep on trying his best to beat Clinton and win the delegates. Therefore Clinton shouldn’t be looking ahead to taking on Trump yet. Clinton has to make sure she defeats Sanders first, and than she can look ahead to taking on Trump. Trump on the other hand doesn’t seem to care about which Democratic he takes on.

 

Graduation speaker student finalists

By JOSH CARLL and KYLEE BAGLEY

Anthony Chesebro is graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He will receive degrees for Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science. Chesebro is currently the president of Student Senate, enjoys playing the violin in his free time, and will be transferring to Boston University in the fall. Chesebro says the most rewarding activity he participates in is his job as a tutor at CCC. “I enjoy teaching. Tutoring challenges me to discover the diversity of learning experiences and abilities of other students.”

Sarah Galzerano holds a 3.9 GPA and will graduate with degrees in Public Relations, Communications, and Journalism. She is president of Phi Theta Kappa and is a promoter of the C4 initiative. Galzerano holds honors awards in French and also completed a public relations internship on campus at CCC. Galzerano, grateful for the experience, said, “What I did learn was how all office environments differ, and how important it is to establish healthy and respectful relationships.”

Evolution of Sex in the Media

by Joshua Carll

Lights! Camera! Action!… Imagine a world without sex being advertised in the media. It’s kind of hard to imagine, right? What if I told you, that it used to be the norm back in the day. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966) was a good, wholesome TV show in the 60’s. In the show, Dick and his wife, Laura, would go to bed during the show, but not in the same bed. Since the two weren’t married in real life, they slept in two twin sized beds.

Let’s take five and talk about the censorship. This censorship was all thanks to Hollywood, specifically William H. Hays. Hays was president of the “Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America” (MPPDA), which later changed to “Motion Picture Association of America” (MPAA), from 1922 to 1945. This code was strictly enforced in 1934 and made the use of profanity, sex, drugs, and rape, almost impossible to be shown on the silver screen. By the 1950’s, the code began to weaken, so when 1968 came around, the Hays code was considered outdated and replaced by the film rating system G, PG, PG13, R, and NC17.

Take two! Married with Children (1987-1997) was a sitcom that pushed the envelope for it’s time period. Having a promiscuous daughter and a not-so-typical housewife, this TV show made everyday life seem relatable. Later on in the show, Marcy and Steve, who are Al Bundy’s neighbors, end up getting divorced. After the divorce, Marcy remarries a gigolo. The subtle advocation of sex is promoted throughout the show without actually engaging in the acts.

Why is sex so interesting to people? Karrol Jordan, CCC professor of psychology, believes the “interest has always been there, but daring to challenge the status quo, that has changed.” People today talk about risqué things on the air like it’s a normal conversation to have, but back then, you really stepped on some toes with those kinds of topics. “I can remember an episode of the show Good Times, where CBS used viewer discretion advised. It dealt with venereal disease,” Jordan said. Throughout the years, Hollywood’s moral grip has become looser and looser.

Playback those episodes of How I met your Mother (2005-2014). This show pushed past Married with Children by the use of sex outside of marriage and the inappropriate jokes and language on the show. The main character Barney, is portrayed as a misogynist that sleeps around and is proud of his “accomplishments.” The censorship is still there because they do not show them outright having sex, but the scenes elude to the deed being done because the characters are depicted laying in bed together.

After a path for the LGBT community was made from the airing of Modern Family (2009-present), The Fosters (2013-present) focuses an interracial LGBT couple who have adopted kids into their family. Sex isn’t necessarily encouraged during the show, but the forbidden love of Brandon and Callie is evident and heartbreaking throughout the series. They long for each other just like Romeo and Juliet. When the characters actually do engage in sexual acts, ABC doesn’t show it graphically, but it is noted that they are practicing safe sex for the most part.

Let’s take Empire (2015-present) from the top. Making its debut in 2015, Empire shows a lucrative and scandalous side of a music industry. This show is filled with drugs, violence, vulgarity, provocativeness, sex, and complete disregard of the code. The company was based on drug money that Lucious and Cookie made during their thug years, which Cookie then went to jail for. The show starts with Cookie being released from prison and visiting her son Jamal, who is an openly gay black singer with a homophobic father. Lucious is now in a relationship with Anika, but starts cheating on her with Cookie. This dysfunctional family would give Dr. Phil a run for his money.

Sex can easily be seen in the media since the code has been thrown out the window. In the past, Hollywood banned sex in the media, but now they’re pushing it. “Ironically, these changes have to do with Hollywood,” Jordan said. The only way majority of people will be entertained is if sex was added into the mix. The media has gone from good wholesome fun, to explicit sensual behaviors. This is the evolution of sex in the media. Now that’s a wrap folks.

Instafame

By Joshua Carll

The Internet is a tricky place that can make or break someone. Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat are all forms of social media that people can post about their lives and view the lives of others. One picture on Instagram can easily get thousands of likes, but is it because a picture is worth a thousand words? Is it the fact that the person who posted it is considered “famous” among the world of social media?

Matt Crawford has made himself known to the world through social media. Crawford realized the start of his fame when he began posting pictures of himself and his boyfriend, who he is no longer in a relationship with. Now Crawford is doing things for himself, but some LGBT accounts still post pictures of them when they were together because of the impact they had on the community. “It has changed my life in MASSIVE ways. I have had so many opportunities that would’ve never came about without my social media,” Crawford said during an interview. As of now, Crawford has 29.7k followers on Instagram.

Coby Kinsey has 7,127 followers, as of April 11. When asked about how it feels to be Internet famous, Kinsey responded, “I think it’s kind of fun because I can’t post boring things now because people won’t like it… I always have to try and be creative now, but I also have to be careful with what I post.”

Internet fame is not all sunshine and rainbows though. When you step foot outside your home, you have to deal with the people of real life. “A lot of people know me. It does get kind of annoying at times… but most of the time it’s fine.” Kinsey said. Even if you don’t go outside, people do crazy things online. “I’ve gotten direct messages asking where I live and if they can come to my house. The craziest message I have ever received was about five months ago, some random old dude offered me $2,000 to fly out to Georgia to be an escort for a weekend. I politely declined,” Crawford mentioned when asked about the conversations he’s had online. Crawford still doesn’t feel unsafe, even after this incident. “I don’t put any of my location info online, and they have ‘blocking’ setting for a reason,” he added.

Social media allows these guys to interact with their followers. “It’s so cool that our generation can connect on a massive level through social media,” Crawford said. He has created tons of friendships with all of his online connection and inspires many, even if he’s not in a relationship anymore.

Instafame does have its perks, but you still need to be careful with what you post.

Evolution of sex in the media

By: JOSH CARLL

Lights! Camera! Action!… Imagine a world without sex being advertised in the media. It’s kind of hard to imagine, right? What if I told you, that it used to be the norm back in the day. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966) was a good, wholesome TV show in the 60’s. In the show, Dick and his wife, Laura, would go to bed during the show, but not in the same bed. Since the two weren’t married in real life, they slept in two twin sized beds.

Let’s take five and talk about the censorship. This censorship was all thanks to Hollywood, specifically William H. Hays. Hays was president of the “Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America” (MPPDA), which later changed to “Motion Picture Association of America” (MPAA), from 1922 to 1945. This code was strictly enforced in 1934 and made the use of profanity, sex, drugs, and rape, almost impossible to be shown on the silver screen. By the 1950’s, the code began to weaken, so when 1968 came around, the Hays code was considered outdated and replaced by the film rating system G, PG, PG13, R, and NC17.

Take two! Married with Children (1987-1997) was a sitcom that pushed the envelope for it’s time period. Having a promiscuous daughter and a not-so-typical housewife, this TV show made everyday life seem relatable. Later on in the show, Marcy and Steve, who are Al Bundy’s neighbors, end up getting divorced. After the divorce, Marcy remarries a gigolo. The subtle advocation of sex is promoted throughout the show without actually engaging in the acts.

Why is sex so interesting to people? Karrol Jordan, CCC professor of psychology, believes the “interest has always been there, but daring to challenge the status quo, that has changed.” People today talk about risqué things on the air like it’s a normal conversation to have, but back then, you really stepped on some toes with those kinds of topics. “I can remember an episode of the show Good Times, where CBS used viewer discretion advised. It dealt with venereal disease,” Jordan said. Throughout the years, Hollywood’s moral grip has become looser and looser.

Playback those episodes of How I met your Mother (2005-2014). This show pushed past Married with Children by the use of sex outside of marriage and the inappropriate jokes and language on the show. The main character Barney, is portrayed as a misogynist that sleeps around and is proud of his “accomplishments.” The censorship is still there because they do not show them outright having sex, but the scenes elude to the deed being done because the characters are depicted laying in bed together.

After a path for the LGBT community was made from the airing of Modern Family (2009-present), The Fosters (2013-present) focuses an interracial LGBT couple who have adopted kids into their family. Sex isn’t necessarily encouraged during the show, but the forbidden love of Brandon and Callie is evident and heartbreaking throughout the series. They long for each other just like Romeo and Juliet. When the characters actually do engage in sexual acts, ABC doesn’t show it graphically, but it is noted that they are practicing safe sex for the most part.

Let’s take Empire (2015-present) from the top. Making its debut in 2015, Empire shows a lucrative and scandalous side of a music industry. This show is filled with drugs, violence, vulgarity, provocativeness, sex, and complete disregard of the code. The company was based on drug money that Lucious and Cookie made during their thug years, which Cookie then went to jail for. The show starts with Cookie being released from prison and visiting her son Jamal, who is an openly gay black singer with a homophobic father. Lucious is now in a relationship with Anika, but starts cheating on her with Cookie. This dysfunctional family would give Dr. Phil a run for his money.

Sex can easily be seen in the media since the code has been thrown out the window. In the past, Hollywood banned sex in the media, but now they’re pushing it. “Ironically, these changes have to do with Hollywood,” Jordan said. The only way majority of people will be entertained is if sex was added into the mix. The media has gone from good wholesome fun, to explicit sensual behaviors. This is the evolution of sex in the media. Now that’s a wrap folks.