U.S. Women’s soccer players demand equal pay with men’s teams

Aminah Cole

Freshman, Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, MD

Spring 2016

They’ve won three Women’s World Cup title championships and have been one of the most successful teams in international women’s soccer.  They are ranked number one and were chosen in 1997 and 1999 as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team of the Year.  Despite such accolades, as the U.S. Women’s Soccer team prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympics, fair pay has become an issue.  The team has gone to battle to get fair wages.

The United States Women’s Soccer team recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team as Olympic Team of the Year for their performance in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The United States Women’s Soccer team recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team as Olympic Team of the Year for their performance in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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Hair rule leaves students outraged

Megan Hopkins

Senior, From the Heart Christian, School, Suitland, MD

Spring 2016

A strict school rule forced Stephen Thompson to get a haircut he didn’t want.

Thompson, 16, a junior at From the Heart Christian School in Suitland, MD feels the school’s hair rule is restrictive and limits his freedom of expression.

Hair styles prohibited for male students at From The Heart Christian School.

Hair styles prohibited for male students at From The Heart Christian School.

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Commentary: The Thin Line Between Appreciation and Appropriation

Chloe Thompson


Spring 2016

Australian­-born rapper Iggy Azalea has had hits, but her recent singles have failed to pack a punch. The rapper, who is of Anglo­Irish heritage,has several songs songs peppered with the catchphrase, “Tell me how you luv dat,” a line infamous for its use of monosyllabic, slang words, exemplifying the rapper’s frequent use of African American Vernacular English

Azalea’s recent fall from fame illustrates the complexities of the Internet’s new attention to cultural appropriation — how it can glorify and redefine the adoption of cultural practices, and how cultural misappropriation can be fundamentally
detrimental to the reputation of its borrowers.

A young woman sporting blonde dreadlocks.

A young woman sporting blond dreadlocks.

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In Photos: A Neighborhood Upended

Arman Azad

Senior, Flint Hill School, Oakton, Virginia

Spring 2016

“NoMa,” among D.C.’s newest established neighborhoods, was not supposed to exist. A syllabic abbreviation for “North of Massachusetts,” the 35-block area is bounded by Massachusetts Avenue from the south and R Street to the North, stretching from New Jersey Avenue from the west to 2nd Street on the east.

The region is largely centered around its connection to the metrorail system, but when the red line opened in 1976, there was no such thing as the NoMa-Gallaudet U Station and no plans to create it. It was not until 2004 that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced the station’s opening at a final price tag of $103.7 million—$25 million of which came as contributions from private developers, according to the organization.

The landowners investment has proven profitable over the years, with NoMa’s population booming from under 1,000 residents in 2008 to nearly 7,000 in 2015, according to NoMa Business Improvement District (NoMa BID). At the station’s 2004 opening ceremony, former Washington, D.C. mayor Anthony Williams said that “the opening of [NoMa] will expand economic development and prosperity to this part of Northeast Washington,” and twelve years later, his words still resound as the noise from cranes and jackhammers pierce the air in NoMa.
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D.C.’s youth reinvent the sound of their city

By Dereck Marwa

Go-go, known as a staple of the D.C. music scene since it’s emergence in the 60s and 70s, has remained wildly popular in the D.C. area to this day. However, the audience of traditional go-go has grown older, and a rift has opened between the older and younger generation of go-go fans. The younger generations now pack venues across the region to engage with a movement that provides a hot, fresh, take on the traditional go-go style.

In 2003, go-go band TCB introduced the sound after the sound system at one of their shows malfunctioned. Their percussionist and drummer began to play a slow, rattling, pounding drum beat that they had been practicing.

“The bounce beat is more rototom-driven, with the hi-hat open,” Northeast Groovers drummer Jeffrey “Jammin Jeff” Warren said. “with louder, more aggressive sounds from the drummer. There is a bit more chanting, and in the groove, the feel is a bit more aggressive.”

Since then, a multitude of new bands consisting of youths that were tired of the same old go-go sound have burst onto the scene. Bands like ABM, DTB, XIB, and Reaction Band all owe the foundation of their sound to TCB and its late leader, Reginald “Polo” Burwell. Young people all over the region have consistently come out in force to party to the genre they created.

Traditional go-go shows remain very well attended by older go-go enthusiasts, and they tend to steer well clear of bounce beat. As is the case with other youth-led deviations from the norm, the older generations have fiercely resisted the evolution of go-go. Though some call it “noise,” an all too common gripe with new styles of music, they have some more pressing concerns with bounce beat.

“There’s not enough original music coming out as [there] was 15, 20 years ago” Co-CEO of GoWin Media Nico “the GoGo-Ologist” Hobson said. “There was a lot more work being put in as far as the artists, the go-go musicians, going into the studio and putting out structured music.”

The innovation of young go-go artists has breathed new life into the genre. However, the rift between the two generations may create a barrier to the longevity of bounce beat, and in turn, go-go.

“Of course everything changes with time,” Warren said. “But if the older generation shows the younger generation how we came up with the go-go, then I think that it will stay relevant forever. But I don’t think it’s going anywhere because, as far as the DMV area goes, this is in our blood. We live go-go.”

Column: Have We All Gone Crazy?

By Maggie Gallagher
UJW Staff Writer

Has our world gone crazy? Is everyone just a violent person waiting to pop? Ever since James Holmes brought an AR15, Glock 40 Caliber, and a Remington 870 into an Aurora movie theater, it seems that random acts of violence are committed weekly.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reported that violent crime rate has decreased by 18.7 percent from 2003 to 2012. However, this statistic seems to counter the view of Jay Walsh, 23. “For as long as I can remember there has been public violence…I don’t think that the world was any safer when I was younger, I was just less aware of it,” he said.

If the violent crime rate has diminished, why does it feel like it increased or at least stayed constant? Perhaps the constant coverage of violence by the media could be a cause of our sense of increased violence.

Billy Gardell, a comedian and actor, recently talked about the lack of hope and how it is exemplified in the news in his comedy segment, We Need Hope. The line that stuck out to this author the most is when he said, “Can’t even turn on the news that’ll horrify you, right? Murder, death, rape, child abduction, — economy, oil spill, … good luck.” He continues to then talk about the need for hope saying, “Can’t anybody get a cat out of the tree or something I can hold onto?”

This phenomenon is occurring since the news and media industries are continuing to barrage the world with pictures and videos of violence and despair. This idea is agreed upon by Adria Gallagher, 49, who said, “Yes, I agree the numbers are decreased… [its] coverage has increased-mass murders are the news.”

Because of this constant portrayal of violence, people know now how often their lives could be in danger. After various random acts of violence such as the Boston Marathon, and the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut; numerous people began to worry about their safety in schools, marathons, and movie theaters.
Grace Callahan, a Boston resident, commented on this issue by saying, “I feel that public safety has definitely decreased and that things are more dangerous… I don’t feel less safe, but I think there are some people who are more concerned for their well-being and safety.”

Should more people be like Grace and not fear for their safety?

Some may say that violence has become a major issue and worry for everyone due to the media and culture making it the center of attention. Although the number of violent offenses committed has decreased from 1,400,000 cases in 2008 to 1,200,000 cases in 2010; it seems that everything in our culture is centered on violence. The world of video games and movies has come under criticism because of the extreme violence they portray.

Most may not know, but the highest grossing genre of movies is action movies according to Investopedia. The popularity of violence has carried over to video games. The most anticipated games are those that are based on violence, such as Assassins Creed and Call of Duty. Maybe the sense of increased violence is due our culture constantly making people remember the world of violence they often try to forget.

Life is all about our choice to be a citizen of society or let the bad voice in our head rule our world. Maybe not all of us have gone crazy, but those who have change everyone’s world. No one will ever know exactly why people snap, but maybe one day no one will have to worry if their safety is in danger.

After Breach, Student Data Privacy in the Spotlight

By Austin Chavez
UJW Staff Writer

After reports of a second data breach at the University of Maryland in late March and a similar breach at the North Dakota University server that affected around 200,000 people two weeks prior Khaliah Barnes believes that that this is a sign that students are increasingly losing ownership and control of their own information.

Her solution? A Student Privacy Bill of Rights.

“The Student Privacy Bill of Rights would tailor to today’s student privacy big data dilemma,” said Barnes, Director at the Electric Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said. Although the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows student access to records held by schools and agencies, the law does not necessarily apply to records created by private companies, according to Barnes.

“A Student Privacy Bill of Rights would grant students the right to access and amend their records, regardless of who collects, creates, and maintains those records — including private companies,” said Barnes.

Furthermore, A Student Privacy Bill of Rights would call for a level of transparency that, according to Barnes, students simply do not have today.

“Students are kept in the dark about the numerous parties that access their information,” she said. “And we’re no longer talking test scores.”

Recently, EPIC, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), filed a complaint against Scholarships.com. The document holds that the website “encourages student consumers to divulge sensitive medical, sexual orientation, religious, and political affiliation information for college scholarships and financial aid information.”

“Schools, companies, and agencies are amassing more information than ever before,” said Barnes. “They reap many of the rewards of student data, but it is the students who take on the risks.”

“A Student Privacy Bill of Rights would give control and ownership back to students,” she concluded.

“I think that’s really scary,” said junior Grace Zeswitz, in response to the UMD breach that compromised the personal information, including social security numbers, of students, staff, and alumni. “Your social security extends beyond college and at work and I think it’s scary that that stuff is out in public.”

Zeswitz, 16, of Alexandria, Virginia also believes that companies need to be more upfront in explaining why they get certain information. “I don’t know why some companies need some of the information,” she said, in response to the complaint against Scholarships.com. “I don’t see how sexual orientation has anything to do with intelligence,” she said.

However, for Zeswitz, an even bigger issue is that students seem to not have a say where their information goes. “Obviously, I don’t think we can completely separate [our] personal and academic lives,” she said. “But students should be able to choose what kind of information they want in the Internet.”

For junior Ronie Altejar, the main issue with privacy is credibility. “Personally, I don’t mind if companies ask for my information,” he said. “But I think it crucial that they tell us why they’re asking for it.”

Altejar, 16, of Springfield, Virginia, admits that although he does not have any issues with his high school, he believes that the conversation on student privacy should begin playing out in schools nonetheless. “I think my school [Bishop Ireton] would be very open to at least discuss this issue. I can’t say the same for other schools,” he said.

Zeswitz agrees.

“More students should get themselves involved. The bigger battle is ignorance,” she said.