Iowa has been named the best state to live in according to U.S. News & World Report. These rankings were released on tuesday. They follow specific criteria and give rankings for many individual categories. These categories and Iowa’s rank are as follows:
Though Iowa is receiving such national attention, students here at CCA have some varied opinions on their home state. Senior Chloe Beckler stated, “I think it’s hard to believe since everyone says they want to leave when they graduate and the weather isn’t always great.” She later added though that she can understand the rating because, “It is a comfortable place to live and the communities are very close and welcoming.”
Freshman student Aaron Feinberg also commented on the national recognition, “I’m proud to be in the state that is number 1. I do agree with it because Iowa is a pretty safe state to live in and I do believe people can make a living here easier than being in bigger city or state.”
Both students are unsure of whether they will stay in Iowa but included that neither of them would mind spending their lives here. “I believe I will always keep roots in Iowa,” Said Feinberg.
As a gamer, I understand how many times parents tell their kids they need to shut their video game off and do something productive. However, maybe these same parents would change their perspective if they knew their child could receive a full ride scholarship for their hobbies.
That’s right, the popularization of gaming has expanded beyond the living room. Colleges are beginning to build their own “ESports” teams and give out scholarships similar to those athletes receive for their skills. These schools include, the University of Utah, Boise State University and Western Kentucky University.
Not only can gaming allow kids to get a free education but it can also give a student national spotlight. ESPN has recognized ESports as an official sport and even gives them their own category on espn.com. They also show many national tournaments on their network of TV channels. This platform allows for players to work their way up through the college ranks and potentially get picked up by a pro gaming team where they can make a living off of sponsorships and tournament prize money. This system is becoming a lot similar to that of a star studded basketball recruit or big time football player.
The next time your mom tries to rush in on you and tell you to put your video game down and go outside, explain to her that you are working towards a scholarship and plan on making a career out of your favorite hobby.
by Amelia Keller
With the tragedy of mass shootings fresh in the American people's minds, many corporations are pulling their support from the NRA. NRA stands for National Rifle Association. The NRA advocates for gun rights.
The NRA resists gun control legislature. They claim their goal is to protect American citizens' second amendment right. The second amendment is the right of the people to keep and bear arms. But many believe they are actually out to protect their source of income: guns and gun owners.
Some companies that have pulled their support of the NRA include Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Hertz Rental Cars, MetLife Insurance, Starkey Hearing Technologies, and TrueCar.
Delta Airlines has been especially controversial. Delta contributes billions of dollars a year to their home state of Georgia. The Georgia governor, Casey Cagle, has threatened to remove a $50 million tax break on jet fuel. Delta has not replied to these comments and has said that their choice to stop offering the NRA discount “reflects the airline’s neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings.”
These companies formerly offered discounts to members of the NRA. They will no longer be offering these discounts and are cutting all ties. These decisions are a result of the hard work of student advocacy.
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Youtuber Logan Paul has been under fire as he seems to always make the front page of many different news outlets and not for good reasons.
Earlier in the year Paul was brought to attention after recording a YouTube video that displayed a man hanged in the Suicide Forest of Japan. A lot of steps go into publishing a YouTube video, so it was quite evident that Paul used his own judgement and ultimately decided that showing a deceased body was the right choice.
This decision landed Paul a two week suspension from the site which gave him the inability to post videos, and the video was taken down immediately with him making not a single dollar off of it. This should have been a big enough lesson for Paul, but it didn’t seem to teach him anything because weeks later he was under fire again but this time for tasering deceased rats.
Many internet trolls took shots at Paul. Sophomore Trevor King casted his feelings on Paul saying “It’s ignorant for him to post a video of a dead body, especially since the person cannot give consent to him being recorded” Fellow youtubers and journalists vouched for him to be banned from the video uploading site, but YouTube has yet to do anything and it seemingly feels like nothing will be done; at least for now.
The Phi Phi Islands, one of the many beaches that tourists are no longer allowed in
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Thailand receives many visitors from around the globe who look forward to the popular sunny beaches on the various scattered islands dotting the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea. While tourism is great for the country’s economy, it’s taking a toll on the delicate local ecosystems. Because of the amount of tourism, places such as the Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay have been temporarily closed for three months. Popular islands such as the Koh Khai Islands and Koh Tachai have been closed off to tourists for good.
Each of these locations, as well as many other islands, have received about 4,000-5,000 tourists a day, all being shuttled by boat. It is estimated 77% of the coral reefs have been deeply affected by destruction linked to tourism, according to marine expert Thon Thamrongnawasawat. Much of the coral damage has been caused by the abundance of beachfront hotels, plastic trash dumped at sea, and boat anchors.
Temporary closure will not completely repair the damage that has been done, but it will give the reefs some time to recover from the daily human activity. The amount of time will prevent the ecosystems from being damaged beyond repair and still allow Thailand to gain precious revenue when they reopen.
In the case of Koh Tachai, which is considered the most beautiful island in the country, temporary closure is not the best option. The island could not handle the amount of tourists it was receiving, much less food stalls and tour boats on top of the crazy number of people, resulting in critical degradation of its natural resources. Indefinite shutdown was what was necessary to ensure the damage could repair itself over time.