The year is 2865. Climate change is terrorizing the world. The words “polar bear” and “penguin” are foreign to the ears of citizens. 

Mayor Smith was sitting on her couch at home one day when she heard people screaming. As mayor, Smith was naturally concerned. She wanted to know what was going on. It turned out that someone had burned to a crisp.

Later that day, Mayor Smith held a press conference where she revealed, “The world is ending!” 

The people of Australia were flabbergasted. They didn’t understand that global warming was so bad, even though they were sick of not being able to go outside without sunscreen, an umbrella or any type of protection from the heat. But it was more than that, people were dying, passing out from heat strokes and dehydration.

Major Smith spent only a few short hours trying to decide on a solution that would make everyone happy. During the press conference the next day, she unveiled her plan to gift each family in Australia a fan and an air conditioner. She also promised to dump at least 1,000 pounds of ice into the ocean a day. 

The people of Australia were content with this answer and lived happily ever after. For the next two years, at least. 
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We women are the ones who have to keep the house in top shape for our lovely visitors, which are men who make a mess, talk about sports, and treat us like trash. So, we women need to come together and get rid of them. All of them.

Then, men wouldn’t cause us any problems. Not only will our paychecks be better (because there is nothing for us to compare it to) but our houses will stay in tip-top shape.

Also, the phrase “man up” would no longer exist. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who takes the saying “man up” seriously. In fact, I’ve never met someone who would automatically link “man up” to actual men because, let’s be real, men are the most unreliable creatures out there. Their egos are basically a target practice that we women hit every time. 

The phrase “man up” is supposed to represent the idea of men getting over things. That is because they are forgetful. In fact, they’re completely useless.

I guess the only problem will be reproduction. But, it’s not like we women can’t figure it out.
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Teens Talk Trump
AFH Photo // Clinton Nguyen
Donald Trump is now the official president of the United States. Now, some of you may be thinking, “This can't be true. No, I'm moving out of the country." Others are probably saying, "Awesome! Now we can win at global affairs." 
At this point, we all need to relax and accept the good and the bad Trump might bring to the country. Some positive developments may be a stronger military and better relationships with foreign countries. After all, he is a businessman and most likely a great negotiator considering his title of billionaire and owner of Trump Hotels.
Then, there is his bad side.  He caused a lot of controversy during the presidential campaign by making racist remarks and anti-LGBTQ statements. All of his distasteful claims have been heavily documented all over social media.
Despite his controversial campaign, Trump still won the presidency. Here is what several teens at Cristo Rey Boston High School have to say about the future with President Trump.
Chidinma Uchendu,15, says she hopes to see an increase in minimum wage. She explains, “Not everybody has the same level of education and the jobs that some people can get don’t allow them to support their families. So, the minimum wage should be raised enough so that someone can have a stable family." 
Who could've said it better than that?
Brooklyn Crowe, 16, says Trump has no chance at success in the office. She says, "I think Donald Trump is going to destroy our world. He will destroy the foundation of what America stands for and what we're founded on. There are some aspects of what he stands for that are good and that I do support, but there is a lot that is against what I believe in and is not good for society."
She is skeptical, but still allows for a small amount of hope.
Donnell Keyes, 15, says he expects more security measures against immigrants and terrorists. He says he expects “less illegal immigrants and less terrorists because the more immigrants, the less money for us.”
At least one person seems happy about our new president!
All in all, we’ll just have to wait and hope these next four years won’t be as bad as we think they will be. 
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Winter. Flu season. It’s the time of year when everyone is getting sick. We are confined to this cage-like school building, packed like cows on an assembly line, waiting to be milked. This environment makes students so prone to sickness that sitting next to someone with the sniffles is an everyday event. 
When students find themselves with a runny nose and a cough, we drag our lifeless bodies to the school nurse, but often find out she’s going to send us back to class with a cup of water. Some students don’t even go to the nurse to be treated. They would rather stay sick in class and deal with it, leading to the further incubation and spread of illnesses that plague the school.
Maureen Starck, Senior Director of School Health Services in Boston Public Schools, said, “Nurses need to foster relationships with their students so they are comfortable coming to the nurse with questions.” According to several students at the John D. O’Bryant, this is not their current experience.  
Reylina Pimentel, a junior, said she doesn’t like going to the nurse because she feels “intimidated and scared that every time I ask a question they always give me an attitude.” Pimentel recalls an incident from her middle school when she had a fever and the nurse sent her back to class without treating her. 
Sasha Lugos, also a junior, found herself vomiting in the school bathroom one day. When she approached the nurse, the nurse told her it was too early to be sick and sent her back to class. 
School nurses are intended to “reduce the health barriers to learning,” said Starck. Yet, the students interviewed felt that nurses are not providing sufficient care. 
Ya Juan Chen, also a junior at O’Bryant, believes interactions between the nurse and student should be similar to that of a doctor and patient. “It shouldn’t feel like an interrogation room,” she said.  
Although a portion of the student population feel that they cannot rely on the school nurse, there are many factors that must also be considered. Strack said that the number of school nurses assigned to each high school depends on a formula based on numbers and needs of the students. “Most high schools have one nurse,” she said. At O’Bryant, there are two nurses on staff for the more than 1,400 students. Nurses also have to ensure that students are truly sick, not just making up an excuse to skip class or catch up on extra sleep. Yet, these facts do not justify denying a student the medical attention they may in fact need. 
According to Starck, while nurses need to balance competing interests in a challenging job, a school nurse can never deny a student medical attention. If you, or any student from your school, find yourself in this situation, Starck suggested contacting school health services immediately.
Both school nurses from the O’Bryant declined to be interviewed. 

Note: You can contact the School Health Services Boston Public Schools at (617) 635-678.

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Watch out Boston Public School AP students, your academic future may be in danger! It is no secret that being a high school student is stressful, but this seems to intensify if you take advanced placement (AP) classes. 
AP is a voluntary school program that allows students to take college-level courses while in high school. Not only do AP courses improve a student's chances of getting into college, but they also help students to be better prepared once they enter college. So why are BPS students in danger because of them?? Surprisingly, the answer lies with the weather and not the actual classes themselves.
Massachusetts has seen harsh winters with record snowfall. Because of this extreme weather, schools often close if the road conditions are too dangerous. Snow days put AP students behind schedule and takes away time for them to prepare for their AP test at the end of the year. Despite the weather, the school system should put more thought into the academic well being of the students before canceling classes. 
“Studies have shown that students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a bachelor's degree in four years,” said Marsha Inniss-Mitchell, the Postsecondary Readiness Director of Boston Public Schools (BPS). 
After taking an AP course, students must take the corresponding AP exam which, depending on their score and the college they attend, could earn them college credit and save them (and their parents) time and money. “AP students also tend to have an edge earning scholarships,” said Inniss-Mitchell.
The AP exam is given on the exact same day nationwide at the end of the year for all AP students. This means that, even though the BPS school year starts later than other districts and we miss a lot of days due to snow, students do not get to push off the exam to a later date to have equal class time to prepare. 
Elebetel Assefa is a junior at John D. O’Bryant High School currently taking three AP classes. When asked if she feels she is at a disadvantage because of numerous snow days, she replied, “We are definitely put at a disadvantage when compared to other states because we start later and miss a lot of snow days. Even our AP teachers made it clear to us in the beginning of the year that time is of the essence, and that it’s against us.”  
Clinton Nguyen, also a junior at O’Bryant who takes multiple AP classes, feels he is at a disadvantage compared to students in other states as well. “Compared to classmates in my school, no, I do not feel at a disadvantage, but yes when it comes to students in other states where they have the benefit of not having their classes canceled, which means more time to study for them.”
Even though AP students feel they might be academically put at risk because of snow days, Inniss-Mitchell said that snow days are called primarily with the safety of students in mind. However, this does not stop students from worrying about their academics. 
When asked if he had any ideas for rules that could be put in place to benefit AP students in his area, Nguyen proposed that BPS “offer an option for students to go to school if they want” on snow days. 
Assefa also agrees. “Even though most teachers nowadays can just email us assignments, it never seems as good or informative as learning face to face,” she said.  
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