Monthly Archives: April 2016

Pinterest test: Easter crafts provide fun for family during holiday

Photo by Kalani Martin
Photo by Kalani Martin

by Anna Hartman – Staff Reporter

Easter is a time filled with cute decorations and crafts for all ages, and perhaps the most iconic part of this Sunday holiday is the big, white, fluffy, Easter Bunny.

Pinterest has many crafts detailing how to make adorable Bunny crafts, including a basic tutorial on how to make an adorable pom-pom bunny.

The materials needed to complete this craft are a ball of white yarn, white felt, pink felt, google eyes, and glue.

The first step in making the bunny is to create the pom-pom head and body out of the yarn. In order to do this, wrap yarn repeatedly around three fingers until it gets very thick. Then slide it off, and tie another, smaller piece of yarn very tightly around the middle of the circular yarn bundle. Cut the yarn tied by the string in the middle of the loop and fluff it out. It will not be even right after it is initially cut, so it may need to be additionally trimmed until it is even. Repeat this process, this time wrapping the yarn around the biggest part of the hand, though be careful not to wrap it too tightly and cut off the circulation.

Glue the small pom-pom and your larger pom-pom together to make the head and body of the bunny.

The next parts of the craft are very simple, as they only involve cut-and-glue methods.

Cut out two ears from the white felt, and cut out the inner ears from the pink. Glue the two pieces of felt together, then stick them to the head of the bunny. Glue your choice of google eyes to the head of the bunny. It’s also an option to cut a small nose out of the pink felt and glue it underneath the eyes.

The class found that this craft was very successful, and that all of the journalism bunnies turned out very cute. It was easy to make them different shapes and sizes by cutting the pom-poms. None of them looked exactly like the bunnies detailed in the tutorial, however, this is what makes them unique.

Every bunny turned out very cute, and they all had their own sense of personality. I can definitely recommend this craft for people of all ages. It would be just as much fun for smaller kids as it would be for teenagers.

Verdict: Successful


Apple protects iPhone security despite FBI’s wishes

by Madeline Morrisson – Copy Editor

After the San Bernardino shooting, law enforcement was left with many clues to piece together the events and motive for the crime. One of these clues was an i-Phone that belonged to one of the shooters. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) first requested, then ordered Apple, via the All Writs Act, to help them go through the security of the i-Phone in order to collect the information that may be on it by creating a new version of iOS. However, Apple feels that this would compromise the security of all Apple products and services, which they have vowed to not do. The FBI is not justified in asking Apple to create a possible security flaw in all of their products.

The FBI hopes that getting onto the i-Phone will allow them recover information that will fill in 18 minutes of time that were before the shooting. The phone could also hold information about anyone the shooters contacted.  Law enforcement fear that the shooters may have had connections to ISIS, or other extremists within the United States.

Back when the issue with the i-Phone first came to light, Apple had suggested that the FBI connect the phone to a Wifi network that the phone knew, which would have allowed the rest of the phone data to upload to the iCloud. Instead the FBI pulled all the data they could from the iCloud, and then changed the password on the iCloud. This locked all of the data that was not yet on the iCloud onto the i-Phone, which has the normal four digit pin on it for security.

This pin is the main security feature that the FBI needs to get around. Messing up this pin 10 times wipes all the data on the phone permanently.  To circumvent this feature, the FBI has requested that Apple build an entirely new version of iOS that could be loaded onto the i-Phone. The new version of iOS would remove the wiping feature, allowing the FBI to guess an infinite number of pins with no danger of losing the information forever.

If the FBI had the pin for the i-Phone, then getting information from the i-Phone would be no different from them getting a search warrant. Creating a new version of iOS, to bypass the security features sounds like a good idea in theory. Apple CEO Tim Cook released a statement on the issue, stating that “… the FBI wants [Apple] to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.” The fear is that a new version of iOS could get leaked to the general public, causing a security weakness in all Apple products. Accessing information, which may not even effect the investigation, does not seem worth compromising the security of all Apple products. Cook likened creating a new version of iOS to a master key for everything with a lock, when you only need to get into one place.

Due to how data encryption works, it may not be possible to just get onto this one i-Phone. The FBI should be willing to work with Apple to find alternate solutions, to avoid having to create the backdoor. Also, creating a backdoor in this case could set a precedent for legal cases in the future. Apple should not be required to compromise their security and the security of their customers, especially when the FBI had a way to get the data they needed and squandered it.

Styrofoam trays contribute to ocean debris

by Hayley Deti – Entertainment Editor

Styrofoam is a widely used everyday product in the U.S., but there are some definite negatives to this convenient product. Styrofoam is a petroleum based plastic made from polystyrene (also used to make gasoline) and has gained popularity because it is lightweight, has good insulation properties, and keeps things safe during the shipping process without adding extra weight.

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Google not responsible for self-driving car crash

by Nathan Morrisson – Staff Reporter

The Google self-driving car will be commercially available by 2020. Most people see this as an exciting innovation, or a way to reduce the stress of commutes. However having self-driving cars on the streets brings up interesting some new problems.

The most obvious problem is what will happen when a self-driving car crashes. Until Feb. 14, Google’s cars had never been responsible for collisions. On Feb. 14, a Google car changed lanes, assuming that the bus coming up behind it would slow. The bus lightly collided with the car. There were no injuries, but there had been an accident, and it was partially the car’s fault.

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WJEA Winner: First amendment rights of students

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by Gabi Tedeschi – Copy Editor

The extent to which the First Amendment applies to student journalists has long been debated. Senate Bill 6233, which failed to pass in the Washington state Senate Rules Committee, would label all school-sponsored media at public institutions as public forums entitled to free expression and prevent school officials from being held responsible for their content. While it is understandable for districts to want control over the media they publish, their primary responsibility is to educate students. Because free expression facilitates the learning of personal responsibility, Senate Bill 6233 is a necessary measure.

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Boys suffer from repressive masculinity

by Madison Marko – Staff Reporter

Let’s discuss the fragile rules of masculinity.

These are rules that state: A boy cannot wear a dress because that is what girls wear, and that piece of cloth can be gendered. A boy cannot cry because crying displays certain emotions and weaknesses that boys are not allowed to have. A boy’s aggressive behavior will be excused because “boys will be boys”.

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Transgender woman runs for state representative

by Anna HartmanStaff Reporter

Washington State currently has no transgender members of its government, however, that could be soon to change if Danni Askini is elected as the state representative for the 43rd district of Washington State.

Askini has a strong progressive track record, and a history of standing up for the oppressed transgender community. She started her career as a child welfare activist in her community, gradually transitioning her focus to the LGBTQ+ community. She founded the Gender Justice League in 2012, and is currently operating as its Executive Director.

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Morasch wins Lineman of the Year award

Photo by Kalani Martin
Photo by Kalani Martin

by Morgan Marko Staff Reporter

David Morasch won 1st Team All-SPSL NE as an Offensive Lineman as well as a 2nd Team All SPSL NE as a Defensive Lineman.

Most recently, Morasch received an award for lineman of the year, which came a 2000$ scholarship. “I was shocked, and then extremely excited. The money was obviously awesome, but just being recognized among that group in particular felt really good.” Morasch said.

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Increased Heroin use results in King County deaths


by Madeline Morrisson – Copy Editor

Deaths by heroin overdose in King County were up 58% from 2013 to 2014, and officials fear that this trend may continue.

Heroin, also known as dope, is an opiate painkiller. It is similar in effects and chemical structure to morphine, and was originally used medically to deal with pain.

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