rant: Stop the panic shopping
By Yamileth Ledesma
If you’ve been on social media lately you may have noticed people joking about no more toilet paper in the stores because of the virus. Ever since the coronavirus came to the U.S. everyone has been in a panic. When you go to the stores you see people buying a lot of water, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and food. They are buying a lot to the point where the store is completely out of stock. Don’t you think they’re exaggerating? I understand we should be prepared for anything that could happen but it’s crazy how people are reacting like this. The stores are empty when it comes to the cleaning aisles. People never act like this when it’s flu season? So why are they all of a sudden caring about sanitation like it’s the end of the world or there is an apocalypse about to happen. There are people who can barely get the essentials and nobody is worried about them. Instead of worrying about stockpiling your kitchen, you should think about others who can’t afford to go out and buy things like water and food because everyone is going crazy and buying it all to the point where there are now limits.
rant: So... Y'all still can't swim?
by Reece Maguire
Louisiana is full of water. While Shreveport is moderately-placed above most bodies of water, we have our fair share of dangerous thunderstorms, flash flooding, and thousands of swimming pools. Considering the amount of ways that someone in Shreveport could encounter water, you’d think that every citizen would know how to swim, but they don’t. So many people in Louisiana alone do not know how to swim, either from finding it unnecessary or being afraid to learn. The ability to swim is one of the most important skills a person can learn, for it could mean the difference between life and death. From simply falling into a pool or being swept away in a flood, the dangers of drowning are all too real and people need to address them. Parents, guardians, and teenagers alike, make sure you and everyone around you learns how to swim.
RANT: WHY ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR HOUSE?
By Kaylee Bynog
I have one question and one question only: why does it seem like all my customers are elderly people since quarantine has started? Not to be rude but have they not watched the news channels?? Are they aware that they are the most susceptible to being harmed by the virus? It genuinely makes me nervous. How can we expect young people to stay inside, but the people who are most threatened by COVID-19 are out and about? We must come together as a community and stay home. There are people more than ourselves we must worry about. There are people like children, people with compromised immune systems, and people that are already sick that depend on the rest of us to stay home and stay healthy. It’s on all of us, elderly, middle age, young adults, teenagers. Make sure you keep other people in your thoughts and make sure your friends and family are healthy.
rant: Scholarships for college
By Korey January
So here’s the thing. I love that in America we’re pushed to pursue educational opportunities past the basic requirement, however, we need to talk about scholarships. Here’s why. For a lot of us who have worked hard during the last four years, this time is joyous, yet confusing. We’re seeing the fruits of our labor. We have applied, gotten accepted, and are beginning to make decisions about what school we want to go to pursue our undergraduate degree. College itself is an investment, to say the least, and colleges that hand us mere scraps really don’t help the situation. Now, don’t get me wrong, in essence, this is an issue of entitlement, but it’s also an issue of self-worth (which can easily feed into entitlement). Colleges base their scholarship amounts on various different factors from heritage, race, sexuality, to academic merit. The thing is when a college boasts about using a holistic review process for acceptance, you then wonder what they use to qualify students for scholarships. Am I crazy, or is it just me?