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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“It is an outdated practice and although it used to be necessary, it is not anymore,” said Rockwell sophomore Kane Webb.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.”

3 Tips for Conquering Senioritis

by Kaylee Birnbaum | Marshal Magazine |

1)  Keep yourself healthy – Health is the key here. When you’re healthy, you’re feeling better, and when you’re feeling better, you will be more focused. Make sure you are going to bed at a decent hour and eating nice healthy meals throughout the day. When you wake up after a good night’s rest, you will feel fresh and ready to tackle another day.

2) Get involved – You’re not going to be in high school for much longer, so you might as well make the most of it now. Join clubs or teams that you are interested in and enjoy. “Being on the baseball team has kept me motivated to do my schoolwork,” said Keegan Beck, Rockwell Senior. It’s very easy to overlook these things, but it’s important to keep in mind that you may never have opportunities like this again.

3) Don’t work hard, work really hard – This is your last chance to prove to colleges that you are motivated and determined. You have gone to school almost all of your life, don’t give up now when you’re already at the end. One more year compared to 12 is a piece of cake. “You have to keep the end goal in mind when focusing on your future,” said Mya Salinas from Rockwell Charter High School. “My supportive teachers have really helped me a lot.”

Back to school: 4 tips for a successful year

by Clair Oswald, Lifestyle Writer

Starting a new school year is nerve-wracking, whether it’s your sixth year or your first. The transition from summer to school can be brutal, and most seem to struggle with it. The trick is to plan ahead and get into a regular schedule.

Tip #1: Get organized. Get the supplies you know you need and keep yourself as organized as possible. Getting supplies you like to use, like a ninja-turtles notebook or 3-colored pen, can give you a better chance of using and keeping track of it.

Tip #2: Sleep. Get enough rest before school, there is an overwhelming number of high school students not getting enough sleep, causing a drop in grades and attendance. Most kids require 9 hours of sleep to function and perform the tasks expected in classes, so make sure your schedule involves a semi-early bedtime. Try packing your bag the night before and laying out your clothes, which is less to deal with so early.

Tip #3: Be healthy. Staying hydrated and eating enough healthy meals to fuel you and your busy brain throughout the day is very important, try packing granola bars or another snack to take with you in school. Getting involved in after school programs helps you stay active and healthy.

Tip #4: Do homework. Most students complain about having too much homework, so it might be a good idea to set aside time each night for homework. Many students have smartphones, and there are apps like iHomework and MyHomework to help with your homework load organized. 

IMG_20160829_094112Having your friends with you 5 days a week can be great, but it can also be stressful.

“Most kids are nervous about being accepted or fitting rather than dealing with the frustration of school, but the frustration is worth it,” said Mr. Beck.

Instead of stressing about who you are going to eat lunch with or whose party you get to go to this weekend, work on expanding yourself and doing what makes you happy. “Being friends with everyone isn’t important,” said Jeremy Snow, a senior at Rockwell. School is meant to be enjoyed.