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Utah to Potentially Discontinue Daylight Savings, According to New Bill.

by Nutsa Javakhadze

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On Monday, March 11th, U.S Representative Rob Bishop announced a bill that would give individual states the freedom to choose if they want to be on daylight savings or standard time year round. According to Bishop, this will help people fight the feeling of grogginess they experience when they first switch to daylights savings time after a period of not using it.

Although states are given a choice, the majority of them, including Utah, will most likely choose the more popular option – starting daylight savings time in the spring, and continuing through summer and part of fall, and then going back to standard time for the other part of the year.

Marsha Judkins, a Republican representative from Provo who is in support of the bill, said that this year there were more than 60 bills in over 30 states addressing the issue of setting the clocks forward and back.

“Changing our clocks has a very detrimental impact on us,” she said. “It affects our health, our psychological health, and our society, our productivity.”

Sleep scientists suggest getting rid of daylight savings. The National Sleep Foundation said that people aged 13-18 need at least 8 hours of sleep, with 10 hours being the ideal amount.

According to University of Utah sleep expert, Kelly Glazer Baron, who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, loss of sleep impacts a teenager’s performance in school and their alertness on the road.

“Teenagers need even more sleep than adults.” she said.

Some people are opposed to this potential change for two reasons: one – in their opinion, changing clocks isn’t really time-consuming, and two – most people get different amounts of sleep night-to-night anyways, so losing an hour or two to daylight savings time wouldn’t really make much of a difference.

President Trump tweeted that he is ‘OK with making Daylight Savings permanent,’ but Congress has yet to decide where it stands on the issue.

Some students at Rockwell aren’t so happy about the custom.

“It’s annoying to switch back the clocks,” said Rockwell junior Sierra Maldonado. “It throws people off.”

Aside from being annoying, some feel it isn’t necessary anymore.

“It is an outdated practice and although it used to be necessary, it is not anymore,” said Rockwell sophomore Kane Webb. “We need to move on and start using things that are actually useful to us now.”

Books Everyone Should Read

by Sandro Gvaramia

Image via Marshall Sellers

Good books can change you drastically and help you become a better person. They change how you look at and understand things and make you think differently. Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information. When people read books, they tend to interpret and visualize everything in their heads. Books affect your emotions and some people feel as if they have lost a friend when there’s no more pages to read. No matter where you come from, what language you speak, or what religion you do or do not practice, good books can affect you and those effects can last forever.

Here are books that I believe everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. Not because they have fantastic plots or unique literary devices, but are universal and timeless in the feelings they evoke within us.

1. ‘The Catcher in the Rye’
If taken too literally, it can seem like a slightly stupid book. It is an American classic and speaks for a generation. A generation that did not want to grow up. As the world is growing up around us, we are slowly exposed to the reality of relationships, hardships, adulthood, and a realization that our mothers and fathers will not be around forever. Everything that made our childhoods magical will come to an end at some point in our lives. Along with that comes the later realization that this is not a bad thing because every good thing has an ending.

The main character is a teenager named Holden who thinks that his life could not get any worse. Growing up he struggled in school even though he was a bright kid. He is a deeply polarizing character; you either think he is a rebel or a whiner. A lot of us are like Holden, at times we feel alienated. We tend to be stuck in our own idea of things and anyone who thinks differently or is more shallow than us, is a phony. At the same time, there are people we would do anything for and whose approval we relentlessly seek. Back when this book was published, there were a rarity of books that dealt with the lives of teens which made it an unique perspective.

2. ‘1984’ by George Orwell
The book was written in 1949 in a fashionable style for that era- revolutionary for its time. It predicted a dystopia with a bleak view of the future. It brought together many political strands such as Nazism, Communism, and Fascism and took them to their logical conclusion: a totalitarian state which controls every aspect of people’s lives, even their most private thoughts, desires and feelings.

3. ‘Persepolis’ by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis is about Iran. Marjane Satrapi points out in her introduction that Iran’s story is one that many people think they understand, but they don’t. It is a story often told in terms of violence and religious extremism, but the people of Iran and their stories are so much more than what we see on the news.

The book tells the other side of Iran’s story, that of mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers – decent people caught in a country that is continually torn apart and put back in new challenging ways.
You should read Persepolis to better understand the world around you, to understand that all over the world, despite the religion, race or age, there are good people everywhere you go.

4. ‘Norwegian Wood’ by Haruki Murakami.
The book takes place in the 60s in Japan and tells a story of a young man, Toru Watanabe, who finds himself involved in a tragic situation when his best friend commits suicide. It is a beautiful and captivating story with compelling characters.

5. ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ by Philip Dick.
This is a sci-fi book, written in 1968. The novel is set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco, where Earth’s life has been greatly damaged by a nuclear global war. It follows a story of a man called ‘Blade Runner’, who is assigned to find and bring back the Nexus-6 Model Androids. The novel explores the issue of what it is to be human and whether or not empathy is a purely human ability.

Responsible Pet Owners Month

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by Lucy Maldonado

February was national Responsible Pet Owners Month. Many people have pets they love and care for, especially here at Rockwell.

Throughout time, dogs have been by our side. Science has proven that dogs were domesticated about 40,000 years ago. The domestication of dogs was probably one of the most heart warming events for humans. It is quite ironic that the dependents of an animal that we once feared the most, the wolf, would one day become one of our greatest allies.

Many students and faculty here at Rockwell love their pets and consider them an important part of their family.

“My family fosters dogs.” said Rockwell freshman Grace Maw. “I like it because they’re so cute and it feels great to give them a new home. It’s fun to take care of cute, little animals.”

Taking proper care of pets is something Responsible Pet Owners Month focuses on.

“Take your dogs for walks and let them go outside a lot,” said Rockwell junior Ruby Hernandez. “Keeping your dog isolated is not good for their health.”

Properly training pets is another way to become more responsible pet owners.

“I haven’t had a pet in a long time,” said Rockwell’s music teacher Ms. Larsen. “But training them is a big thing you can do for your pet.”

Giving your pet time and love is another thing Responsible Pet Owners Month focuses on. These pets are a part of your family and they have proved time and time again that they will love you for who you are. There’s a reason dogs (and cats) are often referred to as “man’s best friend.”

For more information on being a responsible pet owner, visit http://www.avma.org.