Saftey in schools

The Press & Sun-Bulletin reported on school safety in schools around this area. Although the report did not include information about Chenango Valley, the link is available here:

http://www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070429/NEWS01/704290338 

In response to the high standards set in this report, newer additions to security at Chenango Valley High School seem to have already met these standards quite well.

Birthday bash for the bard

Mrs. Blosser’s English classes had an easy time coming to class on Monday.

FIND OUT WHY… 

April 2007 Newscaster

The April 2007 Chenango Valley Newscaster is now available via PDF file.

(Link here)

Also note that The Warrior Report has created a Google Group. Feel free to join and start the conversation.

http://groups.google.com/group/warriorreport

CV baseball schedule

The schedule for the 2007 Chenango Valley Varsity baseball team has been released.

(Link here)

Game featured on Southern Tier Sports Network:

Monday, May 7, 2007; Chenango Forks @ Chenango Valley (LIVE @ 4:30 PM)

Imus in the ‘mourning’

By Jared Kraham | The Warrior Report

If you haven’t heard by now, you should probably turn your attention to any news station on television. From CNN to the ESPN, the talk of the cable news town is Don Imus’ situation in regards to his remarks about the Rutgers womens’ basketball team.

After referring to the team as “nappy-headed hoes” a day after their appearance in the NCAA Women’s Final Four on April 4th, a firestorm of controversy surrounded Imus, and the Imus in the Morning radio program. Broadcasting on WFAN in New York, and nationally syndicated on radio and simulcasted on MSNBC, Imus in the Morning featured political guests, journalists and news-makers.

On April 9th, Don Imus appeared on Al Sharpton’s radio program, where he further apologized for the incident. Sharpton called the comments “abominable”, “racist” and “sexist” and demanded for Imus’ resignation from his job. Imus then stated, “Our agenda is to be funny and sometimes we go too far. And this time we went way too far. Here’s what I’ve learned: that you can’t make fun of everybody, because some people don’t deserve it.”

Imus was then suspended by NBC and CBS for two weeks, an action that alone had media personalities debating.

On April 11th, MSNBC was the first of the two networks to take major action,dropping the simulcast of Imus in the Morning after mounting pressure from civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and also advertisers like General Motors and Staples who had deserted the program.

Even after Imus’ repeated apologies and statements regarding the incident, on April 12, CBS President Leslie Moonves announced that effective immediately, the Imus in the Morning Program would be cancelled and its host fired.

This story seems to be at the heart of the world of media, where political news shows turn into First Amendment debates, and personalities lay their reputations on the line to defend a radio legend. Radio and television personalities like Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes (co-hosts on Hannity and Colmes) both seem to feel sympathetic toward the radio pioneer.

This sympathy that some are showing is overshadowed by the ridiculous antics of a few entertainment personnel. For example, on Wednesday, rock station WSBG in Stroudsburg, Pa., fired a DJ who urged listeners to repeat Imus’ words in a contest. DJ Gary Smith offered prizes to anybody who would call in and say, “I’m a nappy-headed ho.”

Those who come to support Imus are comedians, fans and fellow broadcasters. Unarguably his comments were out of line, but they seemed to be in the context of a comedic routine, rather than a racist rant.

It remains to be seen where Imus will spend his days on the radio if he does continue to host a program. Some speculate that satellite radio might be Imus’ calling, following in the footsteps of Opie and Anthony, and nemesis Howard Stern.

Court – ‘Myspace OK’

By Jared Kraham | The Warrior Report

In Indianapolis, a teenage girl has gotten the attention of some judges. She fought the law, and she won. According to the AP story (link here) :

“A judge violated a juvenile’s free-speech rights when he placed her on probation for posting an expletive-laden entry on MySpace criticizing a school principal, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.”

This comes to the delight of teenagers, but the dismay of school officials. According to this three-judge panel, it’s against a student’s free-speech rights for school administration to take disciplinary action against them for posting information on the web.

On a fake Myspace page for Middle School Principal Shawn Gobert, a female student (who did not create the page) made derogatory postings about the school’s body piercing policy. She was originally put on nine months probation.

To Chenango Valley students, this court case doesn’t really mean anything. Currently, CV school officials have little knowledge about the Myspace world, and trying to police it would be almost impossible. Their time cannot be wasted trying to control the web while they have problems to solve inside of school, which is an excellent point made by one administrator.

What this court case does do is back up student’s rights across the board, and websites like The Warrior Report which utilize the free speech of students to create an informative and interesting web experience (now apparently far from the reach of school administration…so far).

Politics, social issues blaze classrooms

Bush bashing no, discussions yes.

By Jared Kraham | The Warrior Report

On Sunday, the Press & Sun-Bulletin featured an article on controversial topics discussed in the classroom, its link here: pressconnects.com

The article brought some excellent points about the topics of conversation in a high school classroom setting. The story chronicled Greg McCausland’s social studies class at Binghamton High School, where very few topics are off-limits, and almost none off-topic.

A nationwide trend shows that more and more classrooms are participating in opinionated “debate-like” settings where connections to studies reflect events in the world outside of the school. Political issues raise awareness, and also allow for students to express their opinions.

Not every student at Chenango Valley High School has a media outlet like The Warrior Report to critique school officials, or give suggestions for change. And classroom debates can turn into ego-smashing contests in some situations, but can also give a chance for the somewhat less outgoing student to state their ideals and defend them.

In my opinion, this kind of discussion happens less frequently than it should. Even the Debate Club became defunct after the Christmas break (yes “Christmas,” not “Holiday”), which was an sanctuary for teen angst and opinion.

In the tenth grade AP World History class, outside topics are encouraged to help students understand tought topics. “To someone not paying attention, it may seem like a current events understanding class, it’s a nice break.” says Canaan Coppola, a member of Kelly Haskell’s class. “AP doesn’t mean more homework, it simply takes a more realistic look at history, and present day politics have to fall in there somewhere.”

And to the overstressed, sleep-deprived, teenagers of today, that “break” may be important, although school officials don’t seem to share the same praise I do.

Homework is not the only way to learn, and the more interaction and appreciation students have for their own opinions as well as the opinions of others, the more they can understand the inner-workings of the outside world.

However, those who don’t do their homework might not have the best information for a healthy classroom discussion, but if all else fails, bringing up the War in Iraq, immigration, or gay marriage will certainly get the conversation going.

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