Free your mind.
MV student Brandon Henry is a member of The Indigo, an indie rock band that performs high energy and captivating music. They know how to get a crowd out of their seats. They perform often in the Provo area.
MVHS student Nate Stone never expected to get popular on YouTube, but he has. At first, his filming was to document his experiments. His videos contain DIYs and science lessons. He wants to be a physicist in the future.
MVHS senior Taylor Hales was fifteen when he decided he wanted to find a sport that he could do that hurt less than skateboarding but also took as much skill. Taylor is sponsored by Mak Flowboards. He recently took sixth place in at championships in Singapore.
Sophomore Anne Cole signed up for ice skating when she was seven years old. Today, it is her favorite thing to do, and she loves being on the ice. She never plans to stop. Recently, Anne competed in regionals. She took fifth place.
Kook Krew is a YouTube Channel put together by a couple of Mountain View students. The channel focuses on the adventures of two guys who are down for anything that will get their adrenaline going. They post videos weekly, and they are naturals at everything they do, so it’s very entertaining. Some of the extreme (winter) sport videos they have posted in the past include bridge jumping into icy waters, ski tricks and free rock climbing.
By Jackson McBride
A man by the name of Chris had just bought a brand new car and parked it in an alleyway just next to his house. Two days later, another man drove by with an old VW bus and scratched Chris’ brand new car on the front fender. Chris saw it all happen. The man in the VW bus got out and, obviously frustrated, threw his hat on the ground and hung his head in his arms. It appeared this man didn’t have enough money to pay for the damages on Chris’ car. The man was distraught and almost began to cry.
As Chris walked out to his car, he stood and looked at his car, then looked at the man.
“Perfect,” he said, “that’s just what my car needed!”
Chris told him to have a nice day and not to worry about the scratch because now Chris doesn’t have to worry about getting a scratch on his car. The man was astonished! He couldn’t believe this was happening.
The man broke down in tears and gave Chris a big hug and thanked him for being so generous. The man introduced Chris to his family and began to tell Chris his story about just recently moving into town and being a carpenter. It just so happened that Chris knew a friend who was in the construction business, so this man got a job with Chris’ friend.
The man came back a few weeks later to give Chris some money to repay the damage he had done to his car, but Chris told him to keep it because the scratch on his car had taught him a valuable lesson that day.
Now, imagine if Chris had reacted differently when the man had scratched his car. What would’ve happened? What if Chris had gotten infuriated with all this and punched the man? A violent fight would’ve followed and then they would have both been put in jail. While in jail, Chris could’ve gotten into another fight and seriously hurt somebody, resulting to 20 years in prison.
This true story is taken from the book Zen and the Art of Happiness written by Chris Prentiss. The story follows with this statement:
“Again, all of life presents us with two basic ways to treat events. We can either label them ‘good for us’ or ‘bad for us.’ The event is only an event. It’s how we treat that event that determines what it becomes in our lives. The event doesn’t make the determination — we do.”
This is what I believe. We all have events happen to us every single day. Some are small, and others big, but the world, society, social media, and whatever it may be has defined these events of being either positive or negative. As a result, we make those events happen in that manner.
Let’s talk about an event all of us teenagers have occur almost every day: School. What first comes to mind when you think of school? Most of us, if not all of us, will think of tired, bored out of our minds, pointless, scary, pressure, or even depression. But why? Why are these our first thoughts?
Our society has put such a negative stimuli on school and education that most of us have a hard time finding anything positive about it. We’re all so controlled by what society says about things that we are blind to see how we feel about something.
Going to school is merely just an event happening to all of us teenagers, but whether we identify the positive aspects of it and enjoy coming, or go through school believing all the negatives about it, is simply our choice. This way of living, choosing something to be positive or negative, controlling your own destiny, so to speak, can and will impact your life in a big way.
I can truly say that it has changed my perspective on life for the better. Throughout our daily lives, have the mindset that everything that happens is going to happen, but choosing to make these events positive or negative is your choice. Nobody else controls your destiny, only you do.
And this, I believe.
by Amber Ogden
On Friday, January 27th, Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from seven of the most war-torn countries in the world: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.
Some would say it is dangerous to accept refugees, pointing to rare crime and radical terrorism. But America is not a country motivated by paranoia. It’s a country built with stones of justice and mortar of mercy atop a plateau of freedom--built, in fact, by immigrants. This is the land where we’d rather let someone who may have committed a crime go free, rather than risk locking away someone who just might be innocent.The same principle applies to refugees: better to risk exposure to a ‘dangerous’ radical rarity than to abandon millions of innocent victims.
Our constitution states that we believe it to be a self-evident truth that all people are entitled to rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It does not read, “all Americans are created equal”. It doesn’t say “inalienable American rights”. It says all. If we put up walls rather than bridges--if we huddle in the comfort of our homes, roads, literacy, blankets, air conditioning, food--if we shut out the starving and shrapnel-ridden bodies of men, women, and children simply because of their birthplace--we are betraying our humanity and the Constitution itself. If we simply shut the door, plug our ears, and say, “It’s not my business”, then we are no better than Scrooge in Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”, who went on to say, "It's enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people's."
If this is our nation’s mentality, sooner or later, each of us will find ourselves haunted by the consequences of our selfish apathy, and we will wail, just as Marley’s ghost did, “Mankind was my business! The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business!” We can’t just stand by as bombs shatter civilian houses, as babies shiver motherless, as women are violated and books are burnt, all in the name of isolationism. It’s wrong. The blood and tears shed by innocent people across the sea will wash upon our shores unless we do something to help them.
Like Martin Luther king said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. There is no perfect solution to poverty or war, but we can put forth a perfect effort into helping its victims. We must not shut them out. When our children’s children read history books, will they remember our decade as one that condemned millions of sufferers to remain in the prison of a war zone? Will they remember you as someone who sat still or stayed silent as leaders dug trenches into what was once a sanctuary for the persecuted? How will history paint you?
Speak up on behalf of those who can’t help themselves. It’s your inalienable right to do so.
BY Trae Thomas
Recently I got the chance to visit Marley Jr and do a food critic with my good friend Abby.
We tasted a verity of food that ranges from sliders to chicken tenders. We started off the with sliders, and a side of fries. The sliders were cooked perfectly and tasted delouses with a little bit of spice.
Now let’s talk about the atmosphere, its suck a cool and little unique spot hidden deep down in Provo!
The chicken tenders were cooked to perfection and had just the amount of seasoning. Not to mention that if you’re ever looking for a yummy shake Marley’s Jr is the right place for you and it’s rated a 10/10!
Next time you find yourself looking for a good bite to eat head down to Marley’s Jr and expect the best!
By Mike Heaton
There have been many great feminist icons throughout the world: Rosie the Riveter, Malala Yousafzai, and most importantly, Anita Sarkeesian among the many. Though no one quite compares to class-act, notorious villain, and unknown women's rights icon Robbie Rotten.
Now, you're probably wondering, "How could Robbie Rotten, for as attractive and respectful to women as he is, be a feminist icon?"
Robbie Rotten worked behind the scenes during the whole production of LazyTown, a children's TV show that ran from 2004 to 2007, advocating for women's rights--despite taking most of his free time when off the show. He regularly attended, spoke at, and organized women's rights conferences.
However, most of his work was surprisingly not so obvious--his original songs, most famously for example, "We Are Number One", are filled with subliminal messages of the struggles women face every day. In the song "We Are Number One", Robbie Rotten throws banana peels onto the floor, symbolizing the constant obstacles the patriarchy places in womens' way every day. In many other parts of the song, Robbie mentions how he and his goons are "Number One". It may seem like he's talking about his little crew of villains, but he's actually talking about his feminist friends; how feminists may struggle every day in our mansplained lives, but in the end, we are still strong--we are still Number One.
Robbie Rotten hasn't been credited enough for his work in ridding the tyrannical patriarchy from our daily lives. His show, LazyTown, is even about trying to exterminate Sportacus, a well-known misogynist and racist Trump supporter. I think it's time we all give Robbie Rotten credit where credit is due--because in the book of feminism, he'll be going down in history.
BY TRAE THOMAS
Around 350,000 babies are born each day. The problem of global warming is only going to get worse over time with the increase of population.
Some of the ways we can fix global warming is electric cars and recycling water bottles. And global warming isn't just about pollution.
In the Antarctic we are seeing a rise in temperature. The air in Antarctica has increased by 3 degrees Celsius. 87% of the glaciers seen along the Antarctic Peninsula have been seen retreating over the past 50 years.
Utah has been announced to have two of the worst metro areas for hazy air caused by fine particle pollution. The Salt lake City- Provo-Orem area registered the six-most unhealthy air days from 2012-2014. This is a big impact to me because we are living in this hazy city we call Orem Utah.
Another way we can stop global warming is by reducing the amount of fossil fuels we burn a day. By burning fossil fuels we increase the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Another way to stop global warming is to simply start planting trees. Because carbon dioxide is the most important greenhouse gas. Planting trees and other plants can slowly stop global warming.
One of the biggest contributors for global warming is animals. Without eating any animal products in one day it saves 1 animals life, 45 pounds of grains, 30 SQ FT of a forest and 1,100 gallons of water.
This is what happens when the 7 billion people contribute to global warming. I'm not saying we need to get rid of fossil fuels or stop eating animal products entirely, but we can do little things to start helping the environment. If global warming keeps going on and only gets worse we will soon extinct the planet we call home.
By: Madison Bradley
Brent Christensen grew up in California but fell in love with building ice sculptures when he moved to Utah about 16 years ago. It all started in Alpine, Utah in his front yard. He was building an ice cave for his daughter and that’s how the ice castles concept begun. “It was a little bit of boredom, curiosity, and then one thing led to another,” Christensen said. “Pretty soon we were making ice castles in our front yard.”
From that beginning in his front yard, he expanded, building massive ice castles in Colorado, Minnesota and Utah. He built his last castle in the Beehive State in 2011, a year Christensen was marked by an unusually warm winter. Which then prompted Christensen to move his icy construction projects out of state for the next two winters. He returned to Utah in 2013 because the long-term forecast called for frigid temperature.
Christensen bragged that his “icicle farm” is the largest in the state. He admitted with a laugh, “Actually I don’t know anyone else who grows icicles.” Christensen’s icicles grow up to 3 feet by spraying water on horizontal sections. The whole thing is sprayed with water to build the castles towers, bridges and other formations.
In 2013, he added water features and LED lights inside the ice. Christensen said it adds up a lot of work, but when it opens up to visitors, he said, it’s all worth it. “I love meeting people and explaining how it works, because, you know there’s a lot of curiosity,” Christensen said. “I’m still pretty baffled by it myself.”
By Hans Magleby
Humans are really self centered. All of us, even those who we believe are the most kind, have some degree of egotistical manner. I, personally, because I am a soft and frail boy, would greatly enjoy seeing some kind of change in the ways that humans can interact with one another—a comprehension of circumstance, an understanding of an unpleasant situation, etc.
What has happened to everyone that they must focus solely on themselves, and what is happening that may have some impact on them?
Why is it that we are so egotistical and scared that certain activities, words, sayings, and even entire cultures have become taboo?
Say something unfolds in an individual's life that could potentially have a negative impact on others this individual interacts with. The individual tells these people, and a short period of time later, everything between this individual and the people he told has spiraled out of control. A lot of things can be the cause of this, like a bad explanation or a simple misunderstanding, but if both of those are accounted for, everyone is on the same page, and it can come down to people having their own best interest in mind before anything else.
Now, don’t take this as me saying that you shouldn’t care about yourself. In every situation, you should always come first, but only to a point. Eventually, your self interest becomes narcissistic and you turn into a twit. I’m also not saying to be overly sensitive. Again, keep your preferences and limits in mind, but we as a species do a wonderful job at highlighting negative aspects of everything. We can’t often find good news stories amongst an excessive amount of negative, clickbait-y trash. We can’t spare anything when asked by the less fortunate, even when we know we can, and we go as far as to cross the street or lock car doors when we see homeless. Depending upon the person who is in this situation. We also do a fantastic job at taking something that is normal and accepted somewhere, and as soon as it is found or occurs in the USA, it’s immediately made negative and publicized as being some great, destroying power.
For example(s), you can agree or disagree with the ideas and happenings of gay marriage, but if you go as far as the Westboro Baptist Church, offense intended, something needs to change. You can be racist—you shouldn’t be—but what is the origin of that? What happened to you that was so life-changingly bad that an ENTIRE RACE OF PEOPLE need to feel your hatred and disgust for them?
Some things are taken too far, or changes are too quickly not happening/happening. But ultimately, as a species, we can be more understanding to circumstance. The classic saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is accurate, because the cover is oftentimes just that—a cover. It hides what people really think and feel, because of this, I believe that we can be more comprehensive and a more caring people, less about bringing people down and using derogatory terms in such commonplace, and more. Something as simple as someone’s sense of humor, or the fashions they wear, to something as extreme as hating religions and races for things that you believe they did. I believe that these can, and should come to an end. We can all find a greater sense of comprehension and a deeper knowledge with just a little extra time put into ourselves and the people we go through life with.