The Trumpet The Student News Site of Parkland High School Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:50:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Communism Versus Democratic Socialism: A Contrast Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:50:45 +0000     As of late, the American political sphere has been mainly focusing on the presidential primaries. A hot topic that tends to be misunderstood is the differences between communism and democratic socialism. Both systems implement the collection of taxes to benefit the economic security rather than personal responsibility, but the similarities end there.

     According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, communism is more than just an economic system. While communism equalizes wages, causing a decrease in product quality and production, narrowing the product market and crippling the economy, a communist state also inserts itself into the citizens’ social lives. Through the limitation of media outlets, and products open for public consumption, a communist state dictates what citizens eat, wear, buy, and even think. Communism transcends the boundaries of an economic system and establishes itself as an authoritarian government regime.

     Democratic socialism is just an economic system. According to, “the average income growth for the richest Americans has been pulling away from all the rest over the past decades,” leaving the middle and lower class wages to stagnate. The economic safety net that democratic socialism offers would benefit people in the lower and middle classes. Under this economic system, policies such as universal healthcare and reduced college admissions would be possible without the drawbacks of an entire authoritarian regime and economic collapse. Unlike communism, this system has proven to work in multiple European democracies such as the UK and France. Democratic socialism functions because of federal taxes, so many people in the higher tax brackets may see a slight change in their annual tax deductions. 

     Do your research when voting for any candidate, and make sure you are aware of the nuances in policies they support. Otherwise, a voter relies on public opinion rather than fact, which has proven detrimental to society as a whole throughout history.

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Gamers Prepare For the Release of New Gaming Consoles Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:41:37 +0000      New gaming consoles coming in future years will make resounding impacts on the ever-increasing industry. The Xbox Series X and the PS5 are both set to release sometime this year, most likely over the holiday season. Each system brings ultra-modern features that will revolutionize the way that people play. According to “The graphics for each console are expected to be 4 times as well as the previous generation.” Many gamers also enjoy the concept of backwards compatibility. Backwards compatibility is the process of using old games on disc for an older system and using it on a newer one. This enhances the graphics of old games and luckily, it’s found on both consoles. Although the price is not set in stone, buyers could expect them to cost anywhere from 400-500 dollars. Both gaming systems are strikingly similar and should be examined thoroughly by anyone who is interested before purchasing.


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Fury Defeats Wilder in Rematch Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:41:10 +0000      In the highly anticipated rematch between Tyson Fury and heavyweight champion Deontey Wilder, Fury defeated Wilder by TKO in round 7. Fury came into the fight with a record of 29-0-1, and Wilder held a record of 42-0-1, with 41 knockouts. In their first fight, Fury and Wilder ended in a tie, going all the way into 12 rounds before the match was ruled a draw. According to boxstat, in their first match, Fury out punched Wilder 115-85. In the second fight, Fury out hit Wilder 82-34, according to the boxingscene. Fury took over the title of WBC heavyweight world champion after defeating the former champion in the second fight. Tyson Fury predicted his dominating victory about 7 years ago on Twitter, stating that he would eventually knock Wilder out in the biggest fight of his career.

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Love Story Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:36:20 +0000 Love- frenemy- the eternal tilt-a-whirl 

Love, I knew exactly what love was-  at 8 years old 

I didn’t have to encounter it myself- Disney told me everything 

A prince in the making- waiting for “Happily Ever After” 

When in doubt break out into a multi million dollar production musical number 

Choreographed lifts, jazz squares, random extras that simultaneously agree to join in,  and 

perfectly timed kisses, but most importantly, throw some glitter 

“It’s the start of something new” 

I knew what love was- she was the in the classroom next door

Sunshine flowing from her glowing face- the summer daze of the hazel eyes- and a crooked 

smile so perfectly imperfect

Love was my friend’s cousin- first cousin to be precise 

Love was an open door slammed shut- with the hinges of all 13 locks clicking tightly 

Love told me she was moving to Wyoming- low and behold love was lying 

I took the advice of a friend, “May your heart remain breakable, never by the same hand twice.” 

Leaving an aftertaste I ran from love-love was cruel, casually fracturing my heart breaking every 

last promise- I swept up the thousands of bits and pieces and started gluing the glass back together

Love was an angel that successfully piloted its wicked scheme 

I hated love- I didn’t want to hear about love anymore- couldn’t hear one more song  

Love walked out of my life like it was checking out of a hotel just to rebrand me as 

“heartbreak motel.” 

Cynical like the devil- love took heartbreak to another level


At age 18 I gave love a second chance- a broken boy looking to repair his broken toy

Love was welcomed with a hostile smile

Love returned with baggage; trust issues  making relationships hard to commit to 

Everything is not what it seems soon became my virtue

I knew you were trouble- yet I was afraid that  my secrets would make me lose you 

Love looked different- its hair didn’t shine like it used to- its now a silky smooth  milk chocolate 

Piercing warm sugar coated chestnut eyes now glance into the windows to my heart 

Love knows me the future and the old me- makes loving me seem so easy 

Love made seven years feel like my entire life 

I used to believe that love was black and white, but it’s burning red inside of my head 

Love wants me for me- begging me to stay 

My head lying on its chest our hands intertwined like two ships-a low budget horror movie on  

the TV I feel at home 

Something bout the way my name delicately flows from its lips just sounds so sweet 

I never liked going to the movies until it kissed me there- with you I’d go anywhere 

All’s well that ends well ends up with you

Played with those three words that’d send chills completely up my spine 

“I love you” and love loves me too 

Love is a horrible dancer- but we still dance in the candle light at 3 in the night 

Love is the reason I always shower- am in dire need to freshen up my breath 

Love is why I am known as the guy who laughs too much- smiles all the time

Love waltzed into my story so nonchalantly and by some happenstance engulfed me like a 

mystical fog bippity boppity boo-  I evolved into a friend of love 

Love the friend of me- the soaring coaster- four letters that used to hurt me now so warmly and 

kindly embrace me 


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Sandstorms Hit The Canary Islands Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:19:04 +0000 This Monday morning , a sandstorm due to strong winds in the Sahara desert hit the Canary Islands. The sandstorm is named “ La Carma” and blew massive amounts of dust and sand across the region. According to CNN, “because of this, planes could not take off and airports were shut down”. This disrupted many plane trips and people were forced to stay on the Island due to the sandstorm. Thousands of people were left stranded across the Canaries due to the sandstorms and heavy winds. Their government has issued an alert and has told people to stay indoors and avoid travel because it’s too dangerous. The sandstorm is so massive that it is seen even as high up as space. Spain’s national weather service forecast said that there has been winds that reach up to 75 mph in the Canary Islands. The best thing people can do currently is to avoid leaving the house unless of an emergency and let the storm pass by. The sandstorm can last a short time period or a long one, it all varies.


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New York Fashion Week: What’s the Point? Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:55:19 +0000 The fashion industry is a controversy. A controversy filled with excess materials and models who supposedly represent what the “ideal” men and women are supposed to look like. If this were true, what is the purpose of having a week dedicated to the extreme emphasis on these values? Is it that we are a society that truly enjoys tradition? Or is it that we as a society are overrun by the unrealistic desire to wear designer clothes that pretty men and women wear as they strut down overly excessive runways?

Fashion weeks date back to one of the many fashion capitals of the world, Paris, France. In 1918, couture houses in Paris began holding their shows on fixed dates during the year, thus surfacing the foundation for fashion week. However, different to then, fashion weeks now include extravagance to the max. Although these shows can serve as entertainment to fashion-lovers, the extravagance has gone too far. What many don’t think about as they watch models strut their stuff is the amount of money and wasted materials that are put into these shows. Our world is already attempting to handle the current climate crisis, and with the addition of fashion week, we are going in the wrong direction. For example, a New York Times report revealed that in 2011, a Marc Jacobs show cost about one million dollars.

Junior Priya Ramprabhu states that “fashion week is just another addition to the already ongoing environmental issues that exist in our world today. With an excessive use of resources to produce unnecessary shows, it really doesn’t make sense as to why we continue this tradition.” 

In addition to the obvious environmental defects, fashion week also revolves around examples of racism and cultural appropriation. Recently, in the fashion industry a situation occurred where an African American model left an FIT fashion event due to accessories that she described as “clearly racist” in a New York Post article. Besides that recent example, there have been various instances where brands have been accused of culturally appropriating. One significant time was when Gucci was accused of showing white models wearing traditional Sikh-style turbans. Truly, there is a very unclear line when a designer is honoring a culture and when they are blatantly disregarding the values of the traditions that that cultures revolves around. 

Clearly there are little to no benefits of New York Fashion Week. As a fashion lover myself, I do enjoy seeing the innovative ideas that designers come up with, however I do not believe that it is necessary to focus an intense amount of those ideas in one week. Not only does this cause damage to our already suffering environment, but it also has caused damage to the values of our society.


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The Oscars: A Historic Night for a Foreign Film Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:53:07 +0000 The Oscars, or the Academy Awards, are an awards ceremony honoring those in the film industry for their creative merit. This awards ceremony honors the creative writers and directors of films, the hard-working actors, the amazing special effects, the instructive crew, etc. 

This year, the Oscars was truly a historic night for writer-director Bong Joon-ho, the cast, and crew of South Korean film, Parasite. Parasite is a film concerning important social issues in South Korea. Throughout the film, the various societal problems are revealed where the Kims, a poor Korean family, attempts to deceive the Parks, a rich family, by becoming their servants. This film was given an outstanding rating of 99% by Rotten Tomatoes, a tough movie critique site. 

John Nugent of states that, “A miracle of a film. It feels like Bong Joon-ho’s already extraordinary career has been building to this: a riotous social satire that’s as gloriously entertaining as it is deeply sardonic.” 

This film received four Oscars and made history for the first foreign film to receive the most oscars. It won Best Picture, Directing, International Feature Film, and Writing (Original Screenplay). Additionally, it became the first foreign film to win Best Picture. 

In general, the Oscars was truly a night of wondrous and exciting successes. 


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Life is Everywhere Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:51:08 +0000 There is life everywhere.

Within blades of grass lies an infinite jungle.

Inside a puddle on the sidewalk is an entire ocean.

A single tear contains a thousand stories of trauma.

One humble oak is home to a million little creatures.

Life is everywhere.

A fallen leaf holds history unknown.

What billion of secrets does the big blue sky hold?

A single leaf, the smallest stream, a tiny tree, a bumble bee, a dim daydream, you and me; hold stories so sweet.

The reflection of the world on waters of a river renders me speechless.

A bird flies by and disturbs my focus.

I watch as it disappears in the distant sky.

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Talented Actor and Physical Therapist Encourages Students to Follow Their Dreams Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:49:08 +0000 This past Monday, February 10th, Rachel Handler visited aspiring actors in the Black Box to touch upon subjects such as perseverance, acting technique, and discrimination against actors with disabilities. She is a successful actress and has appeared as a supporting character in shows such as Law and Order, Goliath, and New Amsterdam. What makes Rachel Handler truly spectacular is her persistence. She lost part of her left leg as a young adult in a car accident, rendering her immobile for months. She eventually, through hard work and dedication, regained the ability to move independently and pursue her dream of acting on Broadway, and now shares her story with young aspiring actors and actresses.

     Aside from giving advice on how to nail an audition, and network with the right people, Handler shared her experience as someone with a disability. She explained the difficulty that many amputees face while learning how to drive again, styling flat shoes, and being taken seriously at auditions. “Disability is fluid,” says Handler, some days she is able to walk around with just the prosthetic, and others she needs to use her crutches. Her strategy is to take it day by day and do what she needs to do in order to be functional and comfortable regardless of the opinions of others. She later shares her observation of how people with disabilities are often portrayed in the media. 

     Handler observed two types of personalities that disabled characters tend to have, the wimp, and the veteran. Rachel Handler shared examples of the kinds of comments she gets regarding her prosthetic leg. They range from laughter to “Thank you for your service!” “Those comments are always the weirdest! I don’t know how to explain that I lost my leg in a car accident to a total stranger who thought I was a veteran, so now I just nod and smile.” Handler states, “being able to say no to things” is incredibly important. She, understandably, doesn’t want to play a disabled wimp anymore. “There is power in saying ‘no’ and doing what you want to do,” says Rachel Handler.

If Handler could offer three pieces of advice for anyone looking to go into theater as a career, they would be to stay passionate, keep singing, and do what makes you happy.



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Samsung’s Releasing Its Foldable Phone in 2020 Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:48:44 +0000         The Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung’s latest phone and as the name implies, it’s a foldable phone. Just like a phone back in the day, it has hinges that allows the phone to fold over. The phone is priced at a high $1,380, which is much higher than your typical phone price. According to CNBC, there is no real benefit of a foldable phone. It’s mostly for show. Many people despise the new phone because of the over the top price. The phone has sharp images but it looks like any other modern phone. There is a light crease going across the phone because of the fold and people don’t like that either. Samsung said that people should handle the screen with care too because it can be delicate. The new phone is also able to be propped up on a surface. This allows you to just set it and watch anything. The problem with this however is that the video can be too small to watch and you could always use a regular phone with something behind it to do the same job. The Galaxy Z Flip though takes good pictures and has wide and ultra-wide angles. All in all, the phone has mixed reviews but also has new features added.

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