Category Archives: Culture

Opinion: ESPN Not CNN

IMG_4124-3.JPG
Illustration by Zoe Spencer

Kody Malouf
Opinion Editor

ESPN has been pioneering media for decades, they were the first 24 hour sports network. Now they’re leading the charge again of so-called sports networks, covering politics instead of actual sports. ESPN has become a political news network who happens to cover sports. The network champions opinions and free speech, as long as they align with their left-wing agenda. Jemele Hill, the co-host of “SportsCenter”, can tweet “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” and nothing happens. But former ESPN analyst, Curt Schilling, was fired for tweeting a meme about a new transgender bathroom law. The network explained he “violated their policy prohibiting analysts to discuss politics.”
Fivethirtyeight.com is a website hosted by ESPN. It replaced the ground-breaking Grantland, a collection of innovative features that linked sports and pop culture. Fivethirtyeight does something similar, using analytics to dive deeper into sports and the things that surround them. It also has a politics section which is almost exclusively filled with articles like “Reluctant Trump Voters Are Getting More Reluctant,” and “Is Hillary Clinton Right About Why She Lost?” Every time I turn on ESPN it’s always Stephen A. Smith yelling about how unfairly Colin Kaepernick is treated or how much Lebron James hates Donald Trump. We as sports fans, want to watch programming about sports, not Stephen A. and Max Kellerman doing their best Rachel Maddow impressions.
ESPN is shooting itself in the foot here. Their ratings are tanking, they’ve had to lay off massive amounts of high-profile employees, and their credibility continues to drop thanks to political incidents like the network pulling an announcer from a University of Virginia football game because his name was Robert Lee… like the confederate general *facepalm*. Ironic that just like ESPN’s champion of all that is good and right, Colin Kaepernick’s career continues to die, as does ESPN itself. Politics is an inescapable fact of everyday life, and sadly I think ESPN is somewhat of a precursor to a growing epidemic of politics invading every aspect of our society. Don’t expect this trend to fade anytime soon.

KODY’S CONFESSIONS

Kody Malouf
Editor

The tour season is almost over and I have to get something off my chest,
…I told tourists that eagles eat cats and dogs on a daily basis…
…after the Grand Princess hit a whale, I said a dead humpback washed up on the beach at my house, and my brothers and I swam out and jumped on it like a trampoline…(they loved that one)…
…someone asked me if we had a McDonalds, I said, “yeah, and it holds the world record for the most opening day sales”…
…on our way through Bear Valley, I said bears live in people’s backyards and some even take cubs and raise them as pets…
I’ve honestly told these lies so much that I can’t even remember if they actually happened or not
…people are always amazed at the amount of fish in Ketchikan Creek, wait till they find out we run across their backs when the stream gets full…
…someone wanted to know about sharks here, so I said that salmon shark are all over the place here and attack swimmers and boaters all the time…
…fishing is always a topic of conversation, the biggest halibut I’ve caught was 800lbs, oh yeah and I had to shoot it with a shotgun…
…well this one time I was fishing and a deer swam in front of my boat, so we drove over to it and hauled it on deck by its antlers, best fishing trip ever…
…speaking of deer, my dad shoots them out of his bedroom window when they walk down my driveway…(don’t worry it’s legal)…
…no but really, in the winter I take my dogsled to school…
…also did you know that 75% of the town lives on a boat?…(if you don’t like the neighborhood, you can just move)…
…this one time my dad’s diving partner got laid on by a grey whale while he was diving…(oh wait that one actually happened)…

 

 

 

The Odd Couple

Verona Kamberi and Farren Linne
Feature Editors

I sit next to Farren and Verona every day during 5th period in journalism. For every common interest they share, they have two differences that set them apart. They work well together and have their priorities set straight. However, where Farren seems to be a social butterfly outside of school, Verona is more of a caterpillar that just spends time curled up in her cocoon. -Carlos Orta

Farren: Hey Verona, what’re you doing after school?

Verona: Oh you know just going straight home, wbu?

Farren: I have soccer practice.

Verona: Gosh I can’t stand sports I don’t know how you can manage playing a sport and controlling your grades.

Farren: You don’t like sports are you kidding me?!(jaw drops)

Verona: Yeah they don’t entertain me whatsoever.

Farren: You’re crazy! Well, if you don’t like sports then what do you like?

Verona: Uhm…. not really sure what I like (laughs).

Farren: Hmm… well what about hiking, or fishing, or camping?

Verona: No way those things are wayyyy out of my interests.

Farren: You live in Alaska and you don’t enjoy the outdoors… who are you?(puzzled)

Verona: Hahaha I myself don’t even know why I hate the outdoors. Just the fact of being outside, especially somewhere where trees surround me, I start to freak out and get uncomfortable.

Farren: I’ve literally known you since first grade.. How did I not know this? What do you do on the weekends?

Verona: You have my friend, but you don’t really know the “Verona” outside of school. I am very boring in some cases. On the weekends I stay at home or go over to my cousin’s house or I do my homework.

Farren: Oh Verona, do you ever go out to the movies with friends? Go shopping, maybe get a tan! Go on a drive, I mean there’s truly a lot to do in this little town you just gotta open your eyes!

Verona: I’ve gone to the movies about two times this year, I go on drives by myself once in awhile, but yo I have an interest in tanning! How much does tanning cost?

Farren: Hey I finally found something! It’s about $8 I think.

Verona: Eight dollars an hour (shocked face)!!

Farren: AN HOUR?! You’d be a tomato!! Please don’t go more than 20 minutes.

Verona:  Oh my friend sometimes I don’t think of what I’m saying. Any tips for going tanning? Can I bring my cellular device in there with me?

Farren: No it will ruin your brain by blowing up in the bed cause it gets too hot.(smirks)

Verona: Oh lawd thanks for letting me know (laughs)!

Farren: Oh my you’re so gullible! But tbh I’m guessing you’re a phone junkie am I wrong?

Verona: You are 100% right about that. I’m super attached to my phone.

Farren: What do you even do on your phone all day?

Verona: Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, Facebook, you know teenage stuff.

Farren: Doesn’t that get boring though?

Verona: No my friend, never do they get old. They are like water to a fish (laughs)

A few days later…

Farren: Hey Verona! I saw you at the soccer games! I was so surprised to see you. How was it? Did you have fun?!

Verona: Oh I loved it! I can’t believe that I actually survived watching all of the games. It was a great experience I met a few new people and had fun just talking with them.

Farren: Dang, I’m still so shocked. I knew you’d love it. Well now that you’ve welcomed yourself to the real world what’s next on the agenda?

Verona: Well.. I definitely will start going to games more whether it’s baseball or even track.

Farren: Proud of you Verona.

Verona: Merci Farren! You were totally right about just going out and interacting with people.

Farren: Yeah I know. It may not seem like something you’d like but once you go out and see how much fun these types of things are you open yourself up to even more exciting things.

Verona: Yeah that’s totally true. I dislike how I didn’t start doing this earlier in the year. I will definitely start going out a little bit more. Hey I gtg have to finish my homework, as usual, nice talking to you!

Farren: Haha sounds good. See you at school!

March Madness of Superhero Movies

Dante Troina
Staff Writer

Many brackets were made and broken last month, but not even one is more important than the hypothetical bracket of superhero films. Doing a solid forty minutes of research to come up with the seeds, and being faced with the question of which film is better, the fan of both superheros and film in me has never been happier while being put to a challenge.

Method of Seeding
The seeds for this tournament are based off numbers, combinations of the IMDB score, Rotten Tomatoes Meter, fan following for the film, and box-office revenue all went into consideration when forming the seeds. The Dark Knight is the top dog here, having the fourth best rating for any movie ever on IMDB, a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, and being a billion-dollar box office movie. Films such as Deadpool and X-Men: First Class received lower seeds, while Deadpool has a cult following, it was reviewed as a good-but-not-great film, whereas First Class was reviewed well, but didn’t have a huge box office or cultural impact.

Matchups:

1) The Dark Knight (2008)
16) Thor (2011)

8) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
9) The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

4) Spider-Man 2 (2004)
13) Deadpool (2016)

5) Captain America: Civil War (2016)
12) Watchmen (2009)

6) Logan (2017)
11) X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

3) Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
14) Doctor Strange (2016)

7) Iron Man (2008)
10) Batman Begins (2005)

2) The Avengers (2012)
15) X-Men: First Class (2011)

Sweet 16 Matchups
Thor is good, but The Dark Knight obviously cleans it up in the matchup. The higher seed wins almost every matchup, with the two exceptions being Deadpool and Batman Begins. The first thirty and final twenty minutes of Begins is what overpowers the original Iron Man; both of which are under-seeded in my eyes. Deadpool beats Spider-Man 2 because of its re-watchability and stronger action sequences. Guardians of the Galaxy and Logan both win close matchups against films that are arguably as good as them.

Matchups:

1) The Dark Knight (2008)
8) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

13) Deadpool (2016)
5) Captain America: Civil War (2016)

6) Logan (2017)
3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

10) Batman Begins (2005)
2) The Avengers (2012)

Elite 8 Matchups
The Avengers in this tournament is comparable to Duke in the NCAA Tournament; an over-placed seed with a lot of style, but not that much substance. Don’t get me wrong, Avengers is a solid, fun, action packed movie, but the middle hour of setup feels like an eternity, whereas Batman Begins sets a pace from the start and all around out does Avengers in pulling together as one movie. Ask anyone to recite the plotline of Avengers, and all they’ll bring up is the crazy end fight, ‘cause it’s cool!’ The Dark Knight blows past Guardians of the Galaxy, because as much as the mainstream audience loves it, it’s just a good movie with a couple solid one-liners, and some above average action sequences, not to mention that the villain is complete garbage when compared to Heath Ledger’s Joker. The Winter Soldier squeezes past Logan, because of its faster pace and better plot; and Deadpool barely beats Civil War, because of its simplicity and enjoyment factors, whereas Civil War has a tone that can feel unnatural at times.

Matchups:

1) The Dark Knight (2008)
13) Deadpool (2016)

3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
10) Batman Begins (2005)

Final Four Matchups
Batman Begins’ luck has run out. If I were making my four best superhero movies, the first of The Dark Knight Trilogy would’ve been an outsider to the list, but, just like in the NCAA Tournament, there are seeds that get lucky with matchups and win over higher ranked seeds that it is better than. But The Winter Soldier is not overmatched by the underdog; the pacing of the film is key, action is used perfectly to advance the plot, and the villainous Winter Soldier keeps the film thrilling throughout. The thrill ride that is The Winter Soldier is just too much for Begins to handle. The other Batman movie on this list wins sparingly though, Deadpool is a great movie, but The Dark Knight is an all-time, once in a lifetime kind of movie. Knight wins again because of its villains, and the better, more broad plotline.

Matchup:

1) The Dark Knight
3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Final Matchup
The Dark Knight was given the number one seed in this tournament for a reason. Its 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.9 on IMDB, billion-dollar box office showing, and Oscar win are very hard to argue against. The one movie that is capable to stand a chance against that on this bracket is The Winter Soldier. The second Captain America film has been given much praise for its complex plot and more personal story than the first. Having Bucky Barnes as a villain also creates an internal conflict that few superhero movies have. The final conclusion, however, is that The Dark Knight is just too good for The Winter Soldier. Captain America’s second crusade seems like a story trying to emulate the themes, tone, and plot of The Dark Knight. Batman’s war with The Joker, the mob, and his city itself doesn’t just make for one of the best superhero films, it makes for one of the best films of all time.

Whale Fest Preview

By Nate Eisenhower
Staff Writer

Four Kayhi students will be attending the 20th annual WhaleFest Nov. 4-6 in Sitka. Whale scientists from all around the world will be there to educate fellow whale enthusiasts. The festival includes lectures, a marine-themed market, concerts, local foods, an art show, interactive student sessions and wildlife exhibits.
“It’s sort of a hub for whale research,” said science teacher Julie Landwehr. “It’s a symposium so they present their work, kind of like Ted Talks but about whales.”
There’s going to be a Regional Ocean Science Bowl scrimmage this friday to start off the festivities. Along with the experience, Alaskan students acquire a college credit provided by UAS.
“It’s really great because they [UAS Associate Professor in Fisheries Technology, Reid Brewer]. wrote a grant up there and they pay for our lodging, the credit with UAS, and the fee to get into the Symposium,” said Mrs. Landwehr.
Coach Landwehr will be accompanying students Zach Tighe, Ben Ranniger, Chevell Lamar, and Gabe Canfield on the trip.

The ins-and-outs of Halloween

Verona Kamberi & Farren Linne
Staff Writers

Part-time movie stars and superheroes fill the dark night searching for Tootsie Rolls, Pixi Sticks and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups checking homes for the tastiest ways to destroy their pancreas. Carving funny faces into large orange spherical fruits and watching horror movies are all part of the spook-filled night.
Costumes
Finding the perfect costume isn’t easy. People spend a lot of time online and in stores trying to find the most unique and eye catching costumes. Senior Ingrid Anzueto believes that using your own interests to create your costume shows the people around you who you really are.
“People have advocates toward something so they express that on Halloween,” said Anzueto. “For example, people who love Trump might dress up as him this year.”
Nowadays shock value has replaced scare value when it comes to costumes. It’s about being edgy and even inappropriate. Organizations around the country implore people to not dress as Indians, transgenders, or anything offensive. People value attention and many would do almost anything to get it. Some think dressing up as Ray Rice and his spouse is funny, while most see it as rude and unacceptable. Retweets and shares of these costumes make it seem that this is acceptable behavior, when it’s not.
“Recently costumes have become more offensive both religiously and racially,” said junior Victoria Adams. “Social media makes it seem like it’s okay to have inappropriate costumes.”
The Real Halloween
For some people Halloween is more than just candy and costumes. The most significant part of Halloween for Adams is remembering her late family members.
“I spend my Halloween night celebrating the Day of the Dead with my family,” said Adams. “My family comes together to honor our ancestors and warn off the dead.”
The Day of the Dead, (also known as Dia de Muertos), is a three day Mexican holiday that involves praying and remembering friends and family members who have passed away in order to help support their spiritual journey.
Trick-or-Treating
Whether one celebrates the Day of the Dead or Halloween, both include a variety of food. For many trick-or-treating and collecting an abundance of candy is a necessity on Halloween, but not for senior Rizza Rodriguez.
“I don’t trick or treat on Halloween,” said Rodriguez. “I think that when you get to the point where you have money to buy your own candy you should stop and allow children to have the candy.”
Creating a good experience for younger children should be important. Even if you are 16 dressed as Batman wanting to go trick-or-treating, don’t let your peers stop you. Instead have a limit for yourself and make sure not to ruin it for the kids.
Safety
Although Halloween revolves around dressing up and having fun, safety is something everyone should be alert about. Junior Sydney Nichols feels like people have taken advantage of Halloween by creating an unsafe environment for kids.
“I feel that Halloween used to be more safe when I was younger,” said Nichols. “Now people dress up as clowns and hand out tampered candy.”
Staying safe by keeping an eye out for kids, trick-or-treating in a safe neighborhood, and monitoring the condition of candy should be an important part of everyone’s night. At the end of the night, going to bed knowing you had a successful Halloween will keep you waiting for next year.
“Even if trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, or dressing up isn’t your thing, everyone should still find a way to enjoy the holiday,” said junior Grant Collins.

 

Cops and Clowns

By Joey Karlik
Staff Writer

Two weekends ago, the sinister clown epidemic hit Ketchikan. Two kids were spotted running away from the Recreation Center, and told their parents that two scary looking clowns were behind the rec-center. The clowns did not do anything to them they said, but just the sight of them sent the little kids away in fright. Is there more clowns to come? Kayhi’s school cop, Officer McGarrigan, certainly doesn’t believe so.
“I think it’s a stupid trend and someone’s going to get hurt, most likely a clown. The reason why is that kids are going to get scared when they see the clowns and the parents are going to do anything to protect our kids,” said the officer. “Even if that means going to drastic measures”.
With Halloween on Monday, parents are nervous about their kids encountering these “threats” while out trick-or-treating.
“We don’t expect anything to happen this weekend but we are keeping a very tiny eye out for it,” said McGarrigan. “I know it looks like a perfect time for people to strike and get away with it but I don’t believe people in this town are that stupid.”
The events are labeled as high schoolers’ shenanigans by some community members. Police officers are suggested to take an assembly and discuss the matter with the kids.
“We believe that you guys won’t be stupid and won’t need that talk,” Officer McGarrigan added. “You guys are around 16-17 year olds and are educated and understand that we won’t need to do cautionary things about this so called ‘epidemic’.”
With speculation all around the U.S, the next big question is where will the clowns strike next, but McGarrigan doesn’t think that next place is here.
“We don’t think it will truly come up in Ketchikan just because we are in such a small town,” said McGarrigan. “I can understand this kind of thing happening in big cities or areas, but not in a small town like Ketchikan.”
When and if the time comes, The Ketchikan Police Department will be ready.
“We can’t really do anything unless something happens, it’s like you can’t have a drug awareness program when drugs aren’t being abused in a certain area,” said McGarrigan. “It’s a reactionary thing and we will have to wait and see what happens next.”