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The Mattitalk, November 2013

The Mattitalk, November 2013

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Inside This Edition
Unicorns are a
Myth… Or are
 Page 3
Who Murdered Henry Peters?
 Page 4
The Birthday of a Beloved Show
 Page 5
One of Science’s
Greatest Discoveries
 Page 8
 A Year in the Making
Staff Writer: Lika Osepashvili The start of this school year marked the one-year anni-versary of the introduction of DASA, the Dignity for All Stu-dents Act. Some of us have taken advantage of the program and have sought assistance with bully related issues. Others of us have simply been made more aware of how much of a problem  bullying actually is. Regardless, we have all been affected by this program in one way or another. Over the course of the past year, we have grown accustomed to DA-SA. However, now that we have devel-oped an understand-ing of how the pro-gram works, it is im- portant to reflect on the past year and identify the impact that it has had on the student body. It is hard to determine the overall effectiveness of the  program. According to Mr. Smith, there has been a decrease in the number of small-scale issues since DASA began. Students have not been teasing or mocking each other as much as before. However, this could also very well be explained by the de-crease in referrals since last year. When the program was first introduced, many students were reporting even minor acts of  bullying. As time progressed, the number of issues being re- ported gradually decreased. With fewer accounts, it is hard to determine if the small-scale bullying has truly decreased, or if they are just not being reported as often. One aspect that still remains an issue, however, is the more severe and larger cases of bullying. Mr. Smith explained that there has not been as much of a decline in this area as they were hoping. Even though the DASA program is intended to help the students by providing assistance when dealing with bullies, is it actually setting us up for future failure? In a way, high school is intended to prepare us for the real world. We are supposed to develop an understanding of what lies beyond these walls, and to get a sense of what adulthood has in store for us. However, has the installment of DASA given us a false hope of what life after high school will be like? As we mature, we will come to the realization that not everyone in our lives will be kind to us.
There could be a number of reasons for an individual’s dislike
toward us. Their hatred could be fueled by competition in the work force, or any number of other rivalries. Sometimes, there is no reason and people are just plain rude. Either way, as adults we will need to know how to behave toward these types of people so we can make sure that we are not being taken ad-vantage of and deal with the issue properly. We will need to be able to stand up for ourselves. But instead of learning how to handle these types of situations, students are being taught to turn to programs such as DASA for help. Even though it may  be helpful now, what will we do in ten years when we do not have this program to fall back on? The unfortunate reality is that we are not always going to possess the same protection against the evils of the world as we do now. Furthermore, the consequences that the DASA program advocates are highly unforgiving. The punishment for bullying
has the potential to ruin one’s chances of being accepted by good colleges. Why are we crushing student’s futures? Some-
times, it does not make sense to jump straight to the punish-ments. Kids should be provided with more knowledge of the effects that bullying can have. Projects such as the movie
that we all watched are good ways to make us open our eyes and observe how much damage we can cause. Instead of hand-ing out punishments like candy, this could be a way to stop bul-lying before it even starts. A program such as DASA should be a last resort, not a first option.
November 2013 Vol. LVIII No. 2
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The Mattitalk is always looking for new writers. Have a news story you want to share? Send all articles to Mattitalk@mufsd.com Pieces can range from school news, world news, opinion, reviews, etc. Hope to see your article in the next edition!
Kyra Martin
Doug Massey
 Assistant Editor
Lika Osepashvili
 Assistant Editor
Shawn Petretti,
Susan McGinn,
2011-2012, The Mattitalk
Letters to the Editor
If you would like to express your opinion in the
 please write to the address above. Letters should include an address and a  phone number and may be edited.
Editorial Policy
Editorials reflect the opinions of the Editorial Board and not neces-sarily those of the administration staff, or Board of the Education of the Mattituck -Cutchogue U.F.S.D. c/o Mattituck High School P.O. Box 1438 Mattituck, NY 11952 Tel. (631) 278-8471 mattitalk@mufsd.com
Staff Writers:
Elly Bergen Kaylee Bergen Hayley Berry Aidan Carter Zev Carter Helen Chen Charley Claudio Maisy Claudio Meghan Daly Clay Davis Gwyneth Foley David Folk Kyle Freudenberg Jacquelin Gonzalez Caroline Keil Anna Kowalski Molly Kowalski Hallie Kujawski Hayley Martin Greg Messinger Kayla Mokus McKenzi Murphy Susie Nickerson Ryan Reilly  Nicole Scartozzi Kimberly Scheer
First semester senior year is arguably the most stressful time in all of high school (with
the possible exception of that first day of freshman year...) Somehow, it’s already half over but I haven’t really had time to process the implications of how fast the year is going. Like many of my fellow classmates, I’ve been a little pre
-occupied with a little thing called college applica-tions.
I promised myself before the process even began that I wouldn’t get caught up in the circus that applying to college can become. Not that applications aren’t important, because they
are: college admissions officers need to get information about prospective students to assess
whether they’re a good fit for their schools. But the process can devolve into endless second
guessing and strategizing and overanalyzing and that was NOT going to be me. I wasn’t going
to play the game of weighing the odds on early vs. regular decision, taking and retaking stand-ardized tests, writing essay after essay after essay. Except, of course, I did. I applied early, took the SAT (twice), and proofread my Common App until the words started swimming in front of
me. And even though my first round of applications has been sent out, I’m still working on reg-
ular decision apps because they are due just a couple of weeks after we hear the results on early
applications and that’s not enough time if the whole process needs to start all over again. The
crazy thing is, I know my story is not particularly extreme. What I find most frustrating is that who gets in where all seems a little random. You can be president of every club or have great boards or be a three-season varsity athlete but still
not be what the college is looking for to fill their freshmen class. It’s a numbers game— 
more students are qualified than the size of the class allows, so applicants who should be accepted will be rejected. That fact alone makes colleges pretty powerful. They get to pick and choose from an abundance of talented candidates while the students wait helplessly. Then again, I suppose we can look forward to some role-reversal when we actually start getting accepted. Colleges all vie for the highest yields because it helps their national ranking
so if they accept you, they’re going to do their level best to get you to enroll. So at the end of
this process, we can take some satisfaction in knowing the colleges will probably be sweating a little bit waiting for our decisions
 —much like we’re sweating now. And there’s always second
-semester to look forward to.
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The twin-horned saola is a severely endangered species that was sighted in Vietnam. The mammal is commonly known as the
‘Asian Unicorn’ due to its elusiveness. The animal was seen in Sep-
tember by a camera planted by World Wildlife Fund and the govern-
ment. The country director states that it’s a breathtaking discovery and
 brings hope to recover the species. The animal literally cannot get any more awesome, except wait yes it can. Saolas were only discovered in 1992 and have two parallel horns with pointy ends, some reaching up to 50 centimeters in length. One of its kind was captured in August of 2010 but most unfortunately died days after. It marked the first time in the 21
 century that a saola has been seen on camera in Laos. The last sighting of a saola in Vietnam was in 1999. Proof of its survival shows that the efforts to conserve its habitat have been effective.
The region of Southeast Asia is home to 126 new species dis-covered in the last year: the Beelzebub tube-nosed bat, yin-yang frog and the phallosteethus cuulong (a fish) to name a few. After reading about some of the species that they mentioned I just had to Google them. The bat was completely adorable; the frog was very interesting and the fish rather disturbing albeit very fascinating. The male phallo-stethids have their genitalia positioned under their throat in order to
fertilize the female’s eggs. Nature is an extraordinary thing and it’s a
shame that all of the most exotic and unique creatures are located out-side New York. However, I suppose that our native animals could be considered different to other people in other places as well. The saola sighting would have been one of those lovely stories and I would have gained some sense of nationalism in my birth coun-try, but then they
 to mention endangered species. The rhinoceros is now extinct in Vietnam with the last Javan rhino found dead in April 2010. It had been shot in the leg and the horn chopped off. It is be-lieved that there are only several dozen saola in the world and the best-
case scenario is several hundred. It’s devastating that rhinos are no
longer native to Vietnam due to poaching, the same could easily hap- pen to the saolas. My small semblance of brewing nationalism was taken down a notch when it was mentioned that Vietnam was one of the worst in attempting to prevent illegal trade. They deny it of course.
It’s good to know that now there are at least guards that are looking out
for the species. Forest guards have been placed to prevent hunting;
30,000 snares and 600 hunters’ camps have been removed. The saola
was the first large mammal new to science in over 50 years and quite  possibly one of the most brilliant discoveries of the 20
 century. Measures must be taken, more than what there is now, to prevent the saolas and any other animals from becoming extinct altogether.
Real Live Unicorn Sighted in Asia
Staff Writer:: McKenzi Murphy
Vietnamese Saola Faces Extinction
Indian Rape Sparks a Revolution
Staff Writer: Maisy Claudio
It is 2013, yet the status of women around the world remains critical. At every stage of life, females are still at risk in places like
Afghanistan and India, both of which were named among the “world’s most dangerous countries in which to be born a woman.”
 It is not just lack of medical care and outrageously high mater-nal mortality rates that account for the challenges women face; rape and persistent violence will also stalk them throughout their often-short lives. In India, twice as many women die each day from
“injuries” than from maternal mortality. That statistic alone is proof
enough that, at least in India, women are still considered as worthless
as yesterday’s bread.
 On December 16, 2012, a woman and a male friend were trav-eling on a bus in New Delhi after watching a film in the evening, when they were attacked by six men who then raped her. The men also beat the couple and inserted an iron rod into the woman's body, resulting in severe organ damage. Both were then stripped and thrown off the bus, according to police. The woman then died 10 days later due to the trauma inflicted upon her body. On September 9, the men involved with the rape were convicted on all charges. Numerous movements have been put in motion, empowering women to stand up for their rights. But what is next for these movements?
Women’s rights advocates are hopeful that the renewed spot-light on women’s issues will lead to a sustained campaign. Annie Raja,
the general secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women, said
that the growing realization that a woman’s constitutional right to lead
a life of dignity is still in question will continue to lead to more mobi-
lization in the future. “This incident has made the younger generation come out on the streets to demand their constitutional rights,” she said. “Whether until yesterday they were upper middle
-class citizens not willing to come out on the streets, today they are raising their voices
and the government will have to take note of these changes.”
 The challenges that the feminist movement now faces stem from the vast diversities within India. Feminism within India is divid-ed along class, caste, sexuality and disability, and as parts of India de-velop at a faster rate, increased social and economic inequality is giv-ing rise to new problems like sexual harassment at the workplace and in public transport. The Indian Government has been trying to accommodate the
feminist movement's demands. India’s new sexual offenses bill— 
 passed by Parliament on March 21, 2013 and widely hailed as a big
step forward for women’s safety— 
offers a solution: complaints of rape, stalking and other sex crimes must be taken by female officers only. This would ideally make women be more comfortable coming forward, and hopefully ensure the complaints be taken seriously. But,
like many of the bill’s provisions, this may prove tough to carry out, some say, given that women currently make up only 6.5%of India’s
 police force. A way that you can help aid the revolution in India is to con-tact your local congressman or senator and demand that funding goes to India. The U.S. government gives millions in aid
loans, and gov-ernment grants
to India each year. That funding does not include the millions of dollars provided by private donors and NGOs. This is our money, taxes or donated dollars, and we have the power to insist that our politicians hold India accountable, and make our loans contingent on initiating meaningful change for the well-being
of girls and women. 
Women’s Rights Still an Area of Concern

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