Monthly Archives: March 2011

Opinion Column: Strict Laws Equal Fewer Guns

By Stasha Lopez
Staff Writer

I think there should be fewer guns on the street. I also think it should be more difficult to buy guns. In my opinion I think fewer guns would decrease violence because it’s easy for someone to go and shoot their enemy but it takes a lot of mind strength to hurt or kill people with weapons other than firearms.

Fewer guns will eliminate most city and neighborhood crimes. If there were fewer guns then there would be less people with firearms and there would be less armed robberies and homicides. According to http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol, 16,272 murders were committed in 2008 – 10,886 of which were committed with firearms.

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Opinion Column: Freedom to Bear Arms

By Carlos Garcia
Staff Writer

In my opinion I think fewer guns will not decrease violence because people will still be able to possess weapons that are not firearms. People will still be able to hurt and kill each other by using their car, baseball bat, kitchen appliances or garage tools. I think that if they make the rules tougher for buying guns than people would still carry illegal firearms the same way people carry illegal drugs.

I don’t think they should legalize all guns including machines guns because if more of these weapons are put on the shelves then our streets would most likely become dangerous and police enforcers would be easily overpowered.

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Webster works to prevent gang violence

By Keeyon McGriff
Staff Writer

Gang violence is something we are aware of everyday, both in and out of school. Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School faculty, staff and students said they have seen minor issues, but nothing dramatic.

Tulsa Public Schools Security Officer Joel Weber said that there are gang members that attend Tulsa Public Schools but that he has seen little gang activity at Webster.

Officer Weber said that he is sure there are gang members that go to Webster but that he sees few gang-related fights and few incidents of students wearing clothing colors associated with gangs.

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Using Our Extra 30 Minutes Well

Webster students are using their extended time to read during the first 30 minutes of each block day.

By Zach Williams
Staff Writer

The Tulsa Public Schools School Board has decided to add on 30 minutes to the regular school day in order to make up for the snow days lost during the blizzard of 2011. Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School will add the 30 minutes early in the day instead of breaking it up to the other classes. It will be used as a reading period.

Let’s find out what other students and faculty have to say about this. Rodney Stite, a 15-year-old Webster sophomore, said that he believes that the school should be in session on Saturday instead of an extra 30 minutes; however, Webster Journalism and English teacher Elizabeth DeOrnellas said that school shouldn’t be in session on Saturdays because too many students would skip class, and it would just be a waste of time.

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Opinion Column: Extra Time Should be Split

By Cherod Swearingen
Staff Writer

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent  Keith Ballard released on Monday, Feb. 14 that Tulsa Public Schools will add 30 more minutes of instructional time to make up for the missed school days due to snow.  From Feb. 28 to May 11, all TPS schools will be in school for 30 minutes longer each day. That’s fine for most students, but for others it could be a problem.

I think the best way to have this extra 30 minutes of instructional time would be to start school 15 minutes earlier and get out 15 minutes later. If you think about it, 15 minutes isn’t that much time, and starting school at 8:55 a.m. instead of 9:10 a.m. wouldn’t cause too much chaos.  Many students would probably rather go to school 15 minutes early and leave 15 minutes later rather than leaving 30 minutes later.

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Oklahoma’s Growing Population Calls for New Area Code

By Cherod Swearingen
Staff Writer

Taking effect on March 5, Oklahoma will have a new area code, 539. The new area code is for people who live in the northeastern side of Oklahoma. With the expansion of the new area code, Oklahomans will have to dial the full 10-digit number to make local calls. The change from 7-digit to 10-digit can be confusing and take some time to get used to.

If you don’t dial the area code, you will learn that your call could not be made. Aaron Deaton, a 17-year-old junior at Jenks High School said that the 10-digit dialing is just another hassle and that he has already programmed all his contacts to 10 digits.

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The Dance Takes a Tropical Theme

The Spanish Club is sponsoring a “Tropical Paradise” dance on Thursday, March 24.

By Brittany Monroe and Jessica Stanley
Staff Writers

Spanish Club members are tired of the cold weather, so they’re throwing a Tropical Paradise Dance to warm things up. The theme of the dance has changed from the Valentine’s Day Dance to the St. Patrick’s Day Dance to the current theme: Tropical Paradise.

The dance will be on Thursday, March 24 in the old gym at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School from 7 to 10 p.m. The dance will be casual or formal dress.

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