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January/February 2018

What is a holiday tradition that your family does?

By Ella Stevenson

 

For my December article, I decided to go around my SSR classroom to interview my classmates. Each person was asked, “What holiday traditions their family does?”

 

There were many fun and unique traditions. Hannah Egan said, “We get a really big tree and invite our block to a party. Then we separate all our neighbors into groups to find the tree’s ornaments and we give out prizes.”

 

Many people can agree that this tradition sounds really fun. Some of the family traditions involve food. Like Keira McPhie said, “For breakfast we have cinnamon rolls” and Nate Peters’ family does “candy making.” Sophie Harlan’s family tradition also includes food. She told me that her family “has a one day bake day where we bake Christmas cookies and pass them out to all our friends and family.” Those all sound like great and yummy traditions. All of the traditions involved family being together and doing fun activities and that sounds like the perfect way to spend the holidays.

Boys' Basketball Update

By Nathan Peters

 

Boys’ basketball tryouts have just been completed and the teams have been chosen. The eighth grade team and the seventh grade team both have 13 players on them and the coaches are Mr. Harrell and Mr. Savage respectively. Their first practice was December 4, 2017 and their first game is January 11, 2018. They practice on Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursdays. On Tuesdays the teams practice separately from each other. The seventh grade team practices in the morning and the eighth grade team practices in the afternoon. Congratulations to the teams and coaches at Ensign and good luck with the season!

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Popular Local Restaurants In Newport-Mesa

By Haley Dodman

 

In this article, you will learn about three local restaurants that have amazing reviews and amazing food. Even if you don’t like the types of food served at these places, you should still stop by and try them. Each has a unique type of food, history, decor, and reviews! So keep reading from here.


The Old Spaghetti Factory:

The Old Spaghetti Factory has been up and running for fifty years now by the Dussin family. Their love of traditional Italian food is spread to all sorts of Spaghetti factory fans across America. The first Old Spaghetti Factory was opened in Portland, Oregon on January 10, 1969 by Guss and Sally Dussin. For over 48 years this restaurant has been running and making Italian food lovers happy for generations and generations to come. If you’re in Newport Beach and are craving an amazing Italian meal, stop by the Old Spaghetti Factory and get a bite to eat. Its history will add even more flavor to its menu. 

 

Zen Sushi:

If you’re craving an exquisite meal filled with fresh seafood, chicken, and beef, Zen Sushi is the place to go. Located right here in Newport Beach, Zen Sushi is easy to reach and easy to enjoy. Looking at the reviews, these top remarks from locals ensure an amazing outcome. With rolls, steaks, tempuras, and drinks of all flavors, one can enjoy the wonders of Japanese food in a beautiful area. The decor reflects radiant reds, stone counters, smooth, wooden tables, everything one needs to lay back, relax, and enjoy the food they serve. Some of Zen Sushi’s specialty items are the California rolls, crunch rolls, and the delicious jumbo shrimp. Stop by sometime and try out the food; I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

Great Mex:

Have you ever driven around the city in circles looking for the perfect place to eat, but in the end, get McDonald’s takeout and go home? If so or even if you haven’t, I have a "great" recommendation. Try Great Mex, a restaurant filled with authentic Mexican food and a lot of satisfaction. Located on Newport Blvd., this place filled with tacos and tostadas causes crazy good reviews. On every review, someone uses the word “love,” or states how many times they go in over the week and holiday. Some of the outstanding menu items are the shrimp tacos, omelettes (they serve breakfast too), and their sloppy joes! Come on into this amazing restaurant and give it a try!  

Net Neutrality

By Stephanie Martinez

 

Net neutrality is a principle where all data on the Internet is the same and there are no charges based on the use of media. The decision that the Internet is a resource (information service) and should therefore not be regulated was decided in 2005, meaning that Internet providers should not control what we see and/or do online. Eliminating net neutrality would mean faster Internet services for people willing to pay and slower ones for those unwilling to pay. Those that do pay what will be high prices will receive a wider variety of websites, whereas non-payers will receive limited choices, as well as slow service.

 

W. Kamau Bell stated that having no net neutrality "ensure[s] that anyone who puts something on the Internet has a fair shot at finding a life-changing audience [on the topic of popularity and success through the internet]." But is this so-called benefit really worthy of charging high fees for something that has now become part of our everyday life? Because, as I see it, would only be advantageous to those receiving the money, for even those intending to pay for faster services will be deprived of large amounts of their money. Freedom of the press in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Nowadays, ensuring that our voice is heard seems to be more effective (and efficient) through sources such as the Internet, but ending net neutrality will mean more protests that may include violence.

 

The Internet. Not only is it a large "net" that connects those who hold the same or similar opinion, but it is also a joining platform where those who may have different ideas may get their point of view considered. This allows for the sharing of ideas between two opposing parties so that others' beliefs may be contemplated and reasons may be rethought. Without net neutrality, there is sure to be riots, protests, loud gatherings, etc. because the internet will not be there for individuals to freely express their opinions. Therefore, we as a society and a nation should be able to keep receiving free Internet, as it is not only beneficial to the population, but it will also ensure more peace in the nation. Because, amidst what is going on, we should have a calm way to be representative of our ideas and opinions, right? After all, the opinion of the people matters.