Monthly Archives: November 2017

ASB Auction and Dinner Labeled as Success

by Elijah Monuteaux – Staff Writer

With Budget cuts making school money scarce, students are having to take action to raise

money for their clubs and other activities. On Saturday October 21, Kentlake ASB held an auction

fundraiser to support these clubs. There are many clubs here at Kentlake, and each has things they’d like

to accomplish.All these clubs and teams were given an opportunity to donate a basket to the Kentlake

ASB auction fundraiser to help add to the amount of money raised in the outcome of the fundraiser.

Whatever each club donated would become a 70/30 spilt with Kentlake ASB. 70 percent went to the

club who donated the basket and the other 30 percent went to Kentlake ASB.

The Kentlake ASB Auction Fundraiser made over seven thousand dollars from selling over 70

baskets during the auction. It seems that the auction was a success. Some items sold include Huskie

tickets, a 42” TV, a spa night and a Barbeque. All these things were donated by clubs from Kentlake.

After the auction Kentlake ASB president Jordan Fong said “It was pretty successful for the first time!

We sold over 80 baskets.” Since the auction was a success this means clubs have received funds to help

them achieve their goals, and afford things to better their club. There will be other fundraising

opportunities in the future for clubs and teams so don’t miss out!


Somalia Bombing Leaves Many Victims in Wake

by Josh Manning – Staff Writer

Two trucks carrying lethal explosives were blown up in a terrorist attack in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. The most recent statistics of the incident were 358 confirmed dead, 56 still missing, 226 injured. Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for this attack, and investigations are still underway in search for survivors. The first explosion was responsible for most of the casualties as well as responsible for much structural damage, destroying many stalls and hotels in the center of the city.

Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed, the president of Somalia, issued a statement on twitter about the event, saying that “Today’s horrific attack proves our enemy will stop at nothing to cause our people pain and suffering. Let’s unite against terror”. President Donald Trump has so far declined to comment on the situation in Somalia. American troops in Somalia have been looking to give training to the Somali forces. James Mattis, Secretary of Defense of the United States stated that the objective of the United States involvement in Somalia was to “buy time” for Somalian government to build up its own security.

Medical responders on the scene issued statements on the severity of the issue. The Aamin Ambulance Services on twitter said, “In our 10-year experience as the first responder in Mogadishu, we haven’t seen anything like this”. Mohamed Yusuf, the director of Medina Hospital in which a great number of injured were taken, said “This is really horrendous, unlike any other time in the past”. The victims of the attack were described to have been “burned beyond recognition” and some were said to be missing several limbs.

The Mogadishu bombing has been claimed to be one of the deadliest events to take place in sub-Saharan Africa as of recently. CNBC said in their article that this attack was “larger than the Garissa University attack in Kenya in 2015 and the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998”.

The victims of the attack were devastated. Zainab Sharif was a mother who was affected by the attack, she said “There’s nothing we can say. We have lost everything”. Shopkeeper Abdullahi Omar said “I closed my shop and ran away” and “We still have much fear and still the shock is persisting in our minds”.

Al-Shabab terrorism is nothing new to the world, it has been fought against by African Union troops and American counterterrorism efforts ever since 2007 and this event appears to be another bloody chapter of the story. The counterterrorism efforts of the United States have been promised to be expanded under President Trump and whether the fruits of that promise will manifest themselves is still a mystery.

Wildfires Tear Up Northern California

by Evan Williamson – Staff Writer

Wildfires have been burning out of control in Northern California. For over a month, firefighters have been battling these flames and are continuing to struggle to control them.

Since Oct. 8, wildfires in the northern part of California have scorched more than 220,000 acres of land, destroying 8,400+ structures, and claiming at least 40 lives. The fires were most likely caused by humans. According to the U.S. National Park Service, almost 90 percent of wildfires in the United States are started by humans. A large portion of these fires are a result of campfires being left unattended, the burning of debris, carelessly discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The other 10 percent of wildfires are started by lava or lightning. “These are all fires that were in areas that are populated, and 95% of the fires in our state are started by people,” said Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Recent reports have cited PG&E’s power lines as a possible cause of some of the current wildfires in the state’s wine country. Dry conditions and strong winds have also been a factor in the spreading of the fires. 50 mph winds have been aiding the blazing fires, with hurricane-force gusts of 79 mph reported in Sonoma County.

The fires are up to 50% contained as recent rains and firefighters battle to extinguish the flames. Evacuations have been lifted in certain parts of California, and residents have began to

return back home. However, many people returning are coming home to realize that there’s not much left of home. People rummage through the ruins to try and recover anything they can. The ash and debris may be very toxic and health officials are warning residents to be careful when sifting through the debris. The people must come together as a community as they work through this. “This is truly one of the greatest, if not the greatest tragedy that California has ever faced, “Gov. Jerry Brown said. “The devastation is just unbelievable, is a horror that no one could have imagined.”

Wildfires are threatening due to their unpredictable nature. A wildfire in nature can spread extremely quickly if it’s dry enough. Winds will also spread the fire and can even cause it to jump highways.

Firefighters are continuing the fight against the fires. Officials say that they should have all the fires contained in the next week. A total of 42 people were killed in this tragedy.

Businessman & Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dies

by Jillian Felker – Entertainment Editor

The death of Playboy Magazines founder, iconic businessman, and influencer of the sexual revolution, Hugh Hefner came to the surprise of generations of readers. At the age of 91, Hefner died due to cardiac arrest and respiratory failure in his home, the Playboy Mansion in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles on Sept. 27, as announced by the Playboy Enterprise. His legacy will be honored in the latest issue.

Hefner has been a success since the beginning of Playboy, which published its first issue in 1953 and featured the actress Marilyn Monroe as its first playmate, helping to support the initial release. At the time, Hefner was married to his first wife at the age of 27.

After the magazines initial release, in a later issue Hefner wrote an editorial about the lifestyle of jazz music, drinking, and sex, which not only shocked the public, but created an era of “premium boys style”, of a way of being a young, swinging, man who is indifferent to the bonds of social responsibility.

The atmosphere of the brand and Hefner himself helped to blossom the company and transform its image, despite the fact the Playboy brand was often frowned upon socially. By the 1960’s, Playboy’s circulation had reached one million, and peaked at about seven million by the 1970’s.

Cooper Hefner, Hugh Hefner’s 25-year-old son, has now assumed total creative control of the brand, and has brought the magazine back into the spotlight with recent news again, as it will soon welcome its first transgender Playmate. Changing the overall style of the magazine, the French Model, Ines Rau, who has already been featured in a past article from 2014 titled “Evolution”, will appear in the November/December centerfold spot, which will be available on Oct. 31.

Cooper Hefner told the New York Times that choosing Rau as the Playmate “speaks to the brand’s philosophy,” and said that “It’s the right thing to do.”

‘The Juice’ is Legally Loose and on Parole

by Evan Williamson – Staff Writer

After he was jailed for committing an armed robbery in 2007, O.J. Simpson will walk free for the first time in 9 years.

Simpson, a Hall of Fame NFL running back, was released on Oct. 9 when a Nevada parole board decided he should be freed after he apologized for his role in the robbery. Simpson was serving a sentence with a minimum of 9 years in prison (after which he would be eligible for parole) and a maximum of 33 years.

The robbery happened on Sept. 13, 2007, when a group of men led by Simpson entered a room in the Palace Station hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bruce Fromong, a sports memorabilia dealer, testified that the group of men broke into his hotel room and stole various sports memorabilia at gunpoint. Three days later, Simpson was arrested for his involvement in the robbery and held without bail. Simpson said that he was reclaiming family heirlooms and other personal items that had been taken from him. He also claimed that he didn’t know his associates were armed. “I wasn’t there to hurt anybody,” Simpson said. “I just wanted my personal things, and I realize now that was stupid of me. I am sorry.”

The robbery wasn’t Simpson’s first run-in with the law. It was 13 years before the robbery O.J. found himself in trouble. Nicole Brown, Simpson’s ex-wife, was found stabbed to death in front of her condo. Also found was the body of Ron Goldman, a friend of Brown. Simpson was tried in their deaths but was acquitted of murder charges in 1995. Then came the car chase that stopped Los Angeles. It was 5 days after the murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. Television networks and cable news channels aired two hours of nonstop coverage of perhaps the most famous car chase to have ever taken place on Los Angeles freeways. Simpson, while pointing a revolver at his head, was hiding in the back of a white Ford Bronco as his friend and former teammate Al Cowlings drove. Crowds gathered along the freeways holding signs in support of “the Juice,” Simpson’s nickname on the field. News helicopters broadcasted footage of the roughly 90-minute pursuit, which ended peacefully in front of Simpson’s Los Angeles home. Simpson was then transported by police to Men’s Central Jail. He was found not guilty of the murders and was released from jail.

The decision granting Simpson parole was made on July 20, allowing him to walk free Oct. 1. Now 70 years old, Simpson is carrying on with his life. “I’ve done my time,” Simpson said. “I’ve done it as well and as respectfully as I think anyone can.”

Swedish Journalist Ends Up in Pieces in Denmark

by Jett Gonzales – Staff Writer

Over the summer, Swedish journalist, Kim Wall was found dead near Copenhagen. She was last seen with Peter Maudsen, an inventor, who gave her a ride in his home-made UC3 Nautilus submarine. But, Maudsen claims that he is not the killer.

Wall’s body was dismembered, investigators have found her head, legs and torso and are still looking for her arms. Each body part was found at the bottom of the sea in a plastic bag with heavy pieces of metal to make them sink, and just a few weeks ago, a saw was also found, which is suspected to be the tool that was used to remove the limbs of Wall.

Maudsen has been charged with manslaughter, but claims not guilty. He explains that she died in a “terrible accident” at sea, where she was hit by a 155-pound hatch door that was on ship. Maudsen claims that he “buried” her body after the event. The only problem with Maudsen’s claim is that investigators have found no evidence of fractures or blunt force trauma on Wall’s decapitated skull, meaning that the cause of death is still unknown,

As the investigation continues, the killer seems clear, but is still a mystery. The answer to Wall’s death should be found within the coming days.

Retreat From Iran Deal Carries Potential Consequences

by Jason Thiel – Staff Writer

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency completed its verification that Iran had complied with the Iran deal. This meant that Iran’s breakout time went from two or three months to 12 months or more. This deal, negotiated by Obama and his administration, was the climax of over a decade of diplomacy and negotiations between world powers and Iran. It created a consensual agreement between the major powers and Iran to allow the international community to monitor Iran’s fiscal dealings involving nuclear materials and power. If they fail to comply with a condition, the international community will slap sanctions back on them, destabilizing their economy and making it harder to build any sort of nuclear weapon.

Since then, this landmark deal has been threatened. Donald Trump ran his campaign with the promise of retreating from the Iran deal, claiming that it was “a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence.” He believes that it doesn’t go far enough to ban Tehran from building nuclear weapons or intercontinental missiles. In October, he announced that he wouldn’t certify that Iran is complying with the terms of the agreement, forcing Congress to either reimpose sanctions or come up with a solution, whether it be changing the rules or completely leaving altogether. Trump threatened to leave the agreement if Congress couldn’t come with a satisfactory solution. This may be a bigger task than he realizes, as any legislation would require 60 votes in the Senate, which means that Republicans would have to garner support from at least 8 Democrats.

Trump’s discontent with Iran is founded in the belief that they can’t change from the terrorist nation they’ve been in the past. He has blamed them for harboring terrorists, holding hostages, and working with North Korea, dating back to 1979. He has suggested that Iran cannot change from the nation that supported Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Taliban. Trump has claimed that their two favorite chants are ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel,’ which has no evidence behind it.

Critics of Trump have said that he risks isolating the US diplomatically, which would give up intrusive gains in monitoring Iran’s nuclear dealings. Other major powers in the deal have responded by saying they will not renegotiate, as the current deal is landmark and cannot be outdone at this time. Whether Trump will get his way due to the gridlock in Congress, or they’ll find a way to resolve this diplomatic shakeup without causing too many international problems, is a good question, and one that could really change the world we know today.

Students Mourn H: Drive Loss

by Fiona Higgins – Opinion Editor

Student information and document storage may come and go, but one will always stand above the rest; the H: Drive. Unfortunately, it has been unceremoniously yanked from under Kentlake student’s feet.

At the beginning of the year, student’s laptops began opening a popup every few hours, urging us to make an account on OneDrive if we have not already. Many of us were confused. Why would we want to do that when we have a perfectly good H: Drive? Documents there stay forever, and you can access your H: Drive from any computer you want. It was easy to get to. However, it quickly became clear why we were being pushed to open a OneDrive account; our H: Drives have been deactivated.

For any dismayed students who have somehow missed this bit of information, rest assured, anything you left there last year is still there. You can still open the documents saved there. But, the moment you try to save anything to it now, you will receive a notification: “You don’t have permission to save in this location. Contact the administrator to obtain permission. Would you like to save in the Documents folder instead?”

Most of us would reply “No, why would we?” The H: Drive is secure, but Documents are definitely not. Saving in documents is taking a risk that a computer problem could wipe out all of the work you have there, as well as documents being wiped every single year when you turn in laptops. Unfortunately, we don’t have a choice in the matter anymore. Right now, you have three options: The desktop, your Documents, or OneDrive.

After two months of living without our H: Drives, those of us who went through all of high school with them are more than a little peeved. The H: Drive was convenient, but OneDrive requires lots of navigations and opening new tabs. It feels like more of a lengthy process.

At the same time, teachers seem to be trying to phase out the S: Drive, where they have previously saved all of their notes, and where we used to turn things in. A few teachers are hanging on, and students with those teachers typically really appreciate it. But for many, they are making an about-face towards Canvas, another site that many students really dislike. In the hands of a teacher who really knows their way around it, it is at least tolerable, even with its confusing navigation, but anyone who is not sure of what they are doing can easily leave a class confused or frustrated because they are not able to turn in assignments on time, whether it be an unpublished assignment or an unpublished whole module.

We tried OneDrive. It works, but we all use it begrudgingly. Ask almost anyone, and they will tell you that they want the H: Drive back. It is more readily available, and much less risky -and less annoying- than many of our other options.

New Apple Emoji Signals Nationwide Acceptance

by Harris Yun – Staff Writer

Apple recently released the list of new emojis to be added in their next iOS update, iOS 11.1. Included on the list is the return of the vomit emoji, which was removed early last year (to much dismay), and the introduction of what people are already calling the ‘Colbert emoji’, a face with one eyebrow raised in classic Stephen Colbert fashion. Other emoji added include a T. rex, the orange heart, and ‘I love you’ in sign language. Most important, however is the inclusion of three gender-neutral emoji and a woman wearing a hijab.

As America becomes increasingly divided, this is extremely important. Islamophobia is at an all time high, and the transgender question is slowly becoming more and more relevant on the country’s social agenda. With the recent ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, it’s more important than ever that we as a country show our support for those who struggle with their gender identity. Similarly, while attitudes towards muslims are gradually becoming more and more extreme, in some cases even inciting hate crimes, the inclusion of a hijab-wearing woman is an encouraging signal that muslims are slowly becoming more integrated into American society and are being seen as part of America, instead of temporarily-sheltered strangers.

Some people might scoff, asking “what’s the big deal? They are just pictures…” but in reality, this is extremely important. Sure, they might be small symbols that people probably will not ever use, but the fact that they have even been included is a strong signal that America is finally ready to accept these often marginalized groups. They are pushing the idea that muslim and transgender individuals are part of mainstream society, and that they should be included in everything, even something as small as a choice of what emoji you use in a small text message. It is not a big step, but it is a step in the right direction – an America where everybody is treated equally, not just in theory, but in reality.

Gun Control Remains Issue in America Today

by Cooper Lewis – Photographer

Gun control and whether we should have it or not has been an issue for a long time now. Guns, as everybody knows by now, are dangerous weapons and have been a part of many deaths and injuries in the U.S. and around the world.

Places like Australia have completely banned guns from citizen use after a mass shooting. In 1996, a 28-year-old man named Martin Bryant started the deadliest mass shooting in Australia. Bryant was caught the next day, but by then 35 people had been killed, 23 left wounded.

People make the argument that since then there has been little to no crime in Australia since, and because of the lack of violence the U.S. should ban guns. While gun control should definitely exist and the purchasing and trading of guns should be looked at and kept strict, guns should not be completely banned.

Guns are the most popular weapons used for murder among both men and women, but it is not really the gun that kills. It is the person. If a person really wanted to kill someone, they would. Whether guns are banned or not, that person has the intent to kill. They will find a way to get what they want. Poisons, knives, even a person’s brute strength as well, are all different forms that one could easily use to kill someone. By taking the publics rights to guns away, it is just putting them in danger. Sure, there are other weapons that could help them defend themselves, but just like guns are the most efficient for murder, they are also the most efficient for protection.

On top of that, even after guns are banned, criminals can still get ahold of them, the same way people still get ahold of drugs and the same way teenagers get ahold of alcohol. There is never a completely sufficient way to get rid of something and guns are no exceptions.

So in the end, guns are just an object. It would be a waste of the government’s and people’s time to completely ban guns. Instead, gun control should be kept strict so less people with bad intentions can get ahold of them.