Category: News You Can Use

All About Snapchat

By Ben Rickmond 

Snapchat is an image messaging service that posts videos for a short amount of time once users click on the video. Which means that you can post videos to your friends and when they click on the video, the video/picture is only available for the amount of time the poster chooses. Let’s say you post a video with your friends at Target and you put the video for 15 seconds. When your friends watch it, they will only be able to see it for, 15 seconds.  

Snapchat was developed by Snap Inc. Snapchat was created by three former Stanford students, Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown. It started when Evan Spiegel was talking with Reggie Brown. He said “I wish that these pictures that I am sending to this girl would disappear”. 💡 That gave Evan the Idea for Snapchat. Then he created (along with the others) the original website: Picaboo in July 2011. They gained 127 users at the end of the summer. Reggie Brown left in an argument with the others shortly after the company was created.  Then, Evan and Bobby re-named the company “Snapchat”.  Snapchat became popular with school kids because they could text in class and the teachers would never know. In 2012, Snapchat gained 100,000 users by April 2012. The company also turned down a $3 billion acquiring offer from Facebook in Jan 2014. Snapchat has now 210 million users as of July 2019. Snapchat is now owned by Snap Inc. Evan is the CEO and the current stock price is shown below. 

1-2-3 SNAP! Snapchat is gaining more users EVERY day. There is currently 310.7 monthly million users as of summer 2019*. 90% of those people are 13-24 years old*. Wow! Not many adults use Snapchat, do they? Also, 3 billion snaps are created every day! * Unfortunately, some users decided to post inappropriate snaps. These users might be pressured by friends that have more followers/likes because they post inappropriate snaps. More teens do this on this app because they are supposed to disappear. But watchers can easily screenshot any video or picture on their phone, so snaps never really disappear. That was not what Reggie Brown wanted in the first place. I believe that Snapchat is in the top three most popular apps at WES in 4th-5th grade. Thank you for reading and be sure to check out more articles from my social media reviews series! See good security practices on this expert review. https://bit.ly/2QJTAql Coming Soon: TikTok! 

Sources and videos: 

 *Quote https://www.omnicoreagency.com for the Statistics. 

Stock: NYSE: SNAP 17.41 USD +0.050 (0.29%)  
At close: January 10 4:04PM EST 

https://www.statista.com/statistics/545967/snapchat-app-dau/

https://www.afponline.org/about/who-we-are/snapchat

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snap_Inc.

https://bit.ly/2FIE1Jh

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/owns-snapchat-created/

Cool Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IO5yso1MfM 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snapchat

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/snapchat

Good Review : https://www.commonsensemedia.org/video/modal/5195236?height=420&iframe=1&width=660 

https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/snap?ltr=1

https://bit.ly/2uJFCML

Concert Review: GVF at the Met in Philly

By Danby Morrison

WES Buzz Pop Culture News Desk Chief of 2019

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On December 30, 2019, I went to see one of the coolest, Grammy-winning bands of this era, Greta Van Fleet. I have mentioned this band before, but seeing them live for the first time ever, I realized that they were amazing beyond words, beyond the human language, maybe. In this month’s Pop Culture edition of The WES Buzz, I will be covering what to expect in Greta Van Fleet’s songs, the band’s background information, the cool concert set-up, and the venue The Met itself.

What to Expect

The band often will do special things with their songs at concerts, such as extending drum solos and guitar solos. They will also have sing-along songs, where they’ll tell you something to sing, and, well, you sing it (duh…). Like a call-and-response type thing.

Safari Song: One of the band’s top hits is the love-filled “Safari Song.” At concerts, one of the lyrics is “Oh mama, what you gonna to do with all that love in YOUR HEART.” Before the “your heart” part of the lyric, the singer will hold out their microphone to the crowd, so the audience sings it with them. They not only do this at the chorus lyric, but at the end when the only thing the singer sings is “YOUR HEART.”

Watch Me (Labi Siffre cover): Not only at the concert that I went to, but I have watched several live feeds on YouTube of their other concerts, and they do a Labi Siffre cover of a song called “Watch Me” where they tell the crowd to sing the, not really words, but sounds: “Pa na na na na pa na na na na pa,” twice.

Highway Tune: In their super rockin’ song “Highway Tune” in concert, the bridge of the song is where the drummer plays one drum and the singer claps his hands with the microphone in one hand. And hundreds of people in the audience join in by clapping their hands. “Highway Tune” is also a very Dancy song.

During concerts they also tend to extend a lot of their songs. At the concert I went to, they did a snippet of their song called “Anthem” in the song “Flower Power.”

GVF’s Harmonic History

Where They Began

First of all, the band’s drummer wasn’t always the amazing Danny Wagner. When the band first formed in 2012, their drummer was a mediocre player named Kyle Hauck who quit after 2013. They soon replaced Hauck with their close family friend Daniel Wagner. (Who does the best darn drum solos of the 2000’s ever!)

The band was formed by the three brothers Josh, Jake, and Sam Kiszka (just because they wanted to because they all knew how to play instruments, including Josh’s incredible vocals). And Kyle Hauck, one of their friends, became the drummer. The band name “Greta Van Fleet” was inspired by the Frankenmuth, Michigan (where they grew up) town elder Gretna Van Fleet.  The variation of the first name was so it’d be easier to say.  The elder says that even though classic rock isn’t her type, she still supports the band no matter what. The band with Kyle Hauck recorded the tracks “Cloud Train” and “Standing On”. (Unfortunately, as I had mentioned before, Hauck quit after 2013, but he was replaced by the mind-blowing Danny Wagner!)

Albums & EPs

In March 2017, the band got a deal at Lava Records and made the single “Highway Tune” off of their first four-song EP Black Smoke Rising. In November 2017, they recorded four new tracks and created an eight-track album called From The Fires.  Which included (in my opinion) Van Fleet’s best song Safari Song.  Their most recent album was released on October 19, 2018, they recorded their full-length debut album Anthem Of The Peaceful Army, which topped BillBoard Rock Album Charts within a week of its release. Their Peaceful Army song “When The Curtain Falls” was Van Fleet’s third number-one on Billboard and was released ahead of time in July 2018. They started their debut tour “March of the Peaceful Army” in August 2019 and ended on December 30th, 2019.

The Cool Concert Set-up

Now I dare say, the stage of their Met performance was absolutely awesome.  The intro to the band’s performance was smoke rising from the stage, lit up by the multi-colored spotlights. When Greta Van Fleet first came on the stage, the lights went dark and the only light came from the blue-lit stage.  The band looked like cool silhouettes in the dark as a thousand people started cheering loudly and Van Fleet gave their short introduction speech.  “You ready for the celebration?” the singer said to the audience. And the lights were constantly changing, sometimes red, and sometimes yellow.  The spotlights were exquisite.

Details of the Met

You might think of the Met as some kind of historic, classy place where sopranos performed. But just one year ago the Met was reopened to the public and has a completely new design.  It has a very modern-style bar, they use downloaded tickets on your phone for admission, they even have popcorn and cotton candy like a typical movie theater.  It is an amazing theater.  And, as you can probably tell by now, the lighting design people are just luminescent! And not to mention outside there’s a theater-type sign with their upcoming shows.  My friend took a picture of me in front of the preview sign when it flashed the show for Greta Van Fleet!  The Met also has colorful lights on the outside, too.  There’s a huge sign that says “The Met: Philadelphia” on it.

I hope you learned a lot about the venue the Met, the amazing concert set-up Greta Van Fleet made, and Van Fleet’s fascinating music history.  Watch videos of live concert feeds on youtube of Greta Van Fleet performing at the Met! Search for it on December 30th ‘cause that’s when I went and it was awesome!

 

Inside the Met

Urban Myths: Chupacabra v Yeti

By Matt Demopolos

CHUPACABRA

Chupacabra means “goat sucker” in Spanish because, well, it sucks goats’ blood. Okay, so, Chupacabra is a fairly new legend. According to one news report, stories of Chupacabra emerged in the 1990s, but what people think Chupacabra looks like changed a lot since then. Back when it started, people believed Chupacabra was a 3- to 5-foot-tall ape-like creature with gray hair, spikes on its back, and big eyes.

Old Chupacabra (drawing).

But now, people think that Chupacabra is more like a canine, but this ends up confusing people. People mistake coyotes with mange for Chupacabra. Mange is a sickness which makes the animal that gets it lose its fur and makes its skin red or hyper-vibrant black.

New Chupacabra (might be a fake).

All right, it’s story time. A man named Benjamin Rafords found some reports of Chupacabra with some real-life bodies, so he did some DNA tests, and he found out that a lot of them were coyotes and dogs. One even turned out to be a fish! The dogs and coyotes had mange and the fish just looked weird. Okay, so let’s go back a little. You know how I said stories about Chupacabra started in the 1990s? Well, that was kind of true. The myth may have started in Puerto Rico soon after the movie Species, with a creature that looked like Chupacabra, was released there.

A dead Chupacabra just like the ones Rafords did DNA testing on (this one might also be a fake).

YETI

Abominable snowman

A synonym for Yeti, the term “the abominable Snowman” first appeared in 1921. That was the same year that British Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Howard Bury commanded the 1921 British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition. He used this name when he found tracks kind of like human footprints (barefoot) but bigger.

Abominable snowman (FAKE)

The Yeti was from pre-Buddhist beliefs. Pre-Buddhists believed that the Yeti was a Glacier Being — a god of the hunt.

In 1925, N.A. Tombazi, who worked at the Royal Geographical Society, wrote about a creature he saw at around 15,000 feet. He looked humanoid but bigger. Tombazi said that the creature occasionally ripped up a bush.

Yeti on a mountain (still could be a fake).

The Yeti was also spotted by the Indian Army’s expedition team at Makalu Base Camp. They saw large footprints and thought it was the Yetis. The Yeti’s footprint was said to be 32 inches long and 15 inches wide! If you’re thinking, “Oh, it could just be some large human feet,” YOU’RE PROBABLY WRONG because the largest known human feet were 15.78 inches long. Is 32 a lot more than 15.78? YES, so unless a human wore huge shoes, it wasn’t a human. Plus, this was in the Himalayas, so if it were humans, they would have to be walking in the huge shoes in the freezing cold.

What the Yeti footprints might have looked like (I looked for ones on the Himalayas so it’s an accurate picture. Guess what? It still could be a fake).

Places to thank for the information. You might have to click enter for it to work

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeti
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qEnnAchMB0
  3. https://www.texasobserver.org/chupacabra-legends-texas/
  4. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161109-the-truth-about-a-strange-blood-sucking-monster. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150630-is-there-such-a-thing-as-a-Yeti
  5. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/10/101028-chupacabra-evolution-halloween-science-monsters-chupacabras-picture/

Social Media: Good or Bad?

By Ben Rickmond  

Did you know that some people believe that Facebook is becoming too powerful? The U.S. Government believes so. Multiple newspapers and websites such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are reporting that Facebook is trying to integrate Instagram and WhatsApp. Basically Facebook is turning into a “monopoly,” which is when a bunch of major companies in the same market are all in one company. A monopoly creates a high stock price and almost total control of the market. This is outlawed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC is trying to put a stop to the monopoly. As the government’s main business controller, the FTC could seek an injunction. “An injunction could deal a severe blow to Facebook and its efforts to combine its services, which began earlier this year. It would also leave the company more vulnerable to being broken up.” Quote NBC News.

The companies bought by Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, are both steadily growing and popular social media websites/apps. WhatsApp is a text-like messaging program available on most devices. WhatsApp is not so bad compared to other social media websites but parents have no way of seeing what messages kids send, according to Common Sense Media.

Instagram is a cool social media website designed to share pictures with family and friends. The main purpose is to share great pictures on the web. Like a lot of social media websites, it is misused and can be used to share “anything on the web” which drives away the site’s “true” purpose. There can be a lot of inappropriate posts, and hackers. Instagram also has many ads. Like Facebook, many of the ads are targeted. The ads can cost on average $.70-$1.00 per click.

In the end, a lot of kids at WES seem to use these social media services starting in about 4th-5th grade. From my perspective, Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok are the most popular. All of these websites have pros and cons. Now you decide, Social Media, good or bad? 

Sources: 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-ftc/ftc-weighs-seeking-injunction-against-facebook-over-how-its-apps-interact-wsj-idUSKBN1YG2FH

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/facebook-wants-integrate-instagram-whatsapp-u-s-government-may-try-n1101146

https://www.engadget.com/2019/12/13/ftc-may-block-facebook-integration-whatsapp-instagram/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Injunction#

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/whatsapp-messenger

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/instagram

https://www.whatsapp.com

https://karolakarlson.com/instagram-ads-cost-and-bidding/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pay-per-click#

Baseball Card Collecting: Wagner and Ruth

By Anand Palshikar

Over the years many rare baseball cards have taken the collection spotlight. Babe Ruths were popular in the ’90s but then the T-109 Honus Wagner baseball card took the spotlight. This card was canceled before more than 200 were made because they were sold with cigarettes and Wagner didn’t want to encourage kids to smoke. .

But recently the Babe Ruth rookie card has been popular because, well, Babe Ruth is pretty much the best player in the world and his rookie card is awesome. A Babe Rruth rookie card recently sold for $98,000 which is a new high so who knows what will come next? Maybe the Bryce Harper rookie card, (which I happen to have) will get the collecting spotlight soon. Nobody in the collection field knows what the future spotlights are, so the goal is when a card is a hit you already have it. So, the thing is, just get more cards. That is the goal!

Point/Counterpoint: Longer Recess

By Nancy Wible 

Tweet! Many students think the recess whistles are blowing too soon. There have been many petitions for longer or multiple recesses. Multiple recesses would be beneficial because you get to see more of your friends from different classes. Also, we don’t get much time to get exercise. Some students don’t play sports or get physical exercise at home. When we get short recess, these students don’t get an hour exercise a day which is what you are expected to get. Usually the only time these students will get enough exercise is when they have gym. Also, when you are in 2nd grade you have two recesses, so it is usually a huge jump when you get to 3rd grade and only have one. We also got new recess equipment this year which was a lot of money so what’s the point of it if we only use it for twenty-five minutes. The new playground is so fun, and a lot of students would agree that they would like more time on it. Another reason that we should have more recess is that students will pay more attention to class if they have energy and they would be relaxed. 

Reece Brown in forth grade Mrs. Crowe’s said, “We need more recess because we are awesome!” 

Maddie Flynn in fourth grade Mrs. Becker’s class said “I would want an extra 10 minutes for our second recess.” 

What do you think? Do you want more recess vote here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=1COYe7ypJUWfFB0OD2Bc95Yb8wDo8tNOr5qMsiqwCIBUREQ5REk5RjIwNzNPTUI5UDFDWVRMWFcwTS4u

All About Twitter

By Ben Rickmond 

A simple history of Twitter: Have you ever used or seen “tweets” on twitter? Well here is some info you might not know. Ex-Googler Evan Williams started a website called Odeo. He wanted to make a podcasting platform and got his friend Biz Stone, another ex-Googler, to help. Then Apple launched iTunes and trampled over Odeo. Jack Dorsey, a former Odeo employee decided to make Twitter. Twitter has been in business for about 13 years.  Their headquarters is in San Francisco. There are an average of 8,741 tweets per second. 

Twitter can create forums and you can have chats public/private. You can make announcements for companies and whatnot. For example, President Trump has created over 17,000 tweets. Apparently, Twitter ads are an auction-based system. Your ad budget comes into play when you want an ad.  So the first two can cost you $0.50- $4. But trendy ones can cost you $200,000. Twitter is also very addictive. 

Sadly, Twitter is a web site with a lot of abusive users posting inappropriate stuff. People have opinions about this. A lot of kids say (on Common Sense media) that you can have the app, but you need to supervise the content. Adults say it is horrible and not worth downloading. The recommended age is 15. However, you must be 13 to get an account. Yes, Twitter is a fun way to communicate, but you need to watch the content 

Thanks for reading! It is interesting to know more about social media companies!

Sources:

https://www.internetlivestats.com/one-second/#tweets-band

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-twitter-was-founded-2011-4

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-much-does-cost-advertise-facebook-twitter-youtube-mehrotra

https://fortune.com/2018/06/02/twitter-banning-users-13/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter

Stock Price: 

TWTR (NYSE) $30.03 +0.23 (+0.77%) 
Nov 22, 4:03 PM EST – Disclaimer 

Point/Counterpoint: Less Recess

The Devil’s Advocate 

By Ben Richmond 

It is well known that everyone loves recess but there is a dark side! Recess can keep you from learning. 

Instead of playing outside, I know in your hearts you would rather do times tables and whatnot. Think of how easy it could be getting a job writing a math textbook when you know all of the stuff! Recess can rot your brains from running around and playing with balls. Too much fresh air may be dangerous? Are there any studies to confirm this? Think of all the time we waste lining up when we could be doing 4-paragraph essays. The teachers even agreed with me because it takes forever to line up.  Why run around wasting valuable time when you could avoid bad scores on your spelling quizzes! During recess sports, it is funny when one team wins and then they have to argue with the other team about why they should win. Less recess would mean less sports arguments! Think of all of the extra time you could be learning! I mean seriously, wouldn’t you rather play a Kahoot or a learning game then take the whole recess choosing teams for a soccer game? 

Real Reasons:  

Recess equipment is expensive. It was expensive to fund the new playground when it could have been spent on different learning activities. Also, sometimes (not at WES I think) there is bullying at recess. Less recess could mean that a child is not bullied on the playground. Recess could also be dangerous. Kids could get minor to major injuries on the playground/at recess. We don’t want our school to lose money if a parent sues the district for a major injury at recess. Recess can be very cold during Winter. Some kids don’t have or forget a jacket when it’s cold and they could get really cold. Test scores are important. Less time at recess could improve scores. Students could get exposed to animals (rarely). Kids and parents always complain about not having enogh time to eat lunch. That could affect growth issues and nutrition. There also is a risk of getting sunburnt or a tick bite! Did anybody out there think of all this? I bet no. Let’s hear what you think: take my survey and let’s find out. 

https://bit.ly/2XqPCod

P.S I do think recess should happen, but I get bored sometimes.

About Radnor Schools

By Ben Rickmond 

Hello everyone! Want to learn more about our school and district? You came to the right place!

The high school (RHS) was the first school in the district, established in 1893. IES elementary in 1963, WES elementary in 1971, RES elementary in 2001 and RMS middle bulit in 1923 and rebuilt in 2007. The 2018-19 budget was $98,306,000. The total enrollment (10/19) is  3,814. WES total enrollment is 579. RES is 660. IES is 507. RMS IS 862. And RHS is 1,206.  RTSD is also the 4th safest school district in America.

Let’s learn about RMS, our district’s middle school: founded in 2007. RMS has a varity of intramural after school sports and activities. Here are a few: 

  • Art Club 
  • Ultimate Frisbee 
  • Bake club 
  • Ski Club  
  • MPR Computer 
  • Homework Club
  • Color Guard 

The RMS Principal is Dr. David. M. Wiedlich. They also have two assistant Principals. 

Now let’s learn about RHS, our top-rated high school. RHS also has a varity of sports and clubs. RHS offers lots of events and programs for the enjoyment of students such as LM week and much more! RHS apparently has good college prep and is a very good school. 

Here is some info about IES: The principal is Dr. Tronya Boylan. They only have 507 students. They are the second best elementary public school in state. Their motto is “Ithan Cares”. 

How about RES? Their principal is Dr. Anthony C. Stevenson. They have a special “circus week” in October. The motto is “together we can”. They are PA’s first “green school”.

WES was founded in 1971. Our talented principal is Nancy Ferguson. We have a school wide positive behavior system. (#pbis). Students can earn “bee tickets” and cash them in for rewards. WES and IES added new wings in 2016. 

I hope you found the information helpful, for your knowledge. I made a quiz to test your knowledge. Go to https://bit.ly/2qnP5av I also have made a survey for students only to what you think is good about the district and what is not your favorite about the district. https://bit.ly/2NStmjY 

2019 PTO Trunk or Treat Delivers Again

By Leah Zhang

Have you ever been to Trunk or Treat? Well, it’s super fun, and if you weren’t there this year, then you came to the right WES Buzz story! Let’s begin.

First, let’s see what you had to do if you were setting up a trunk. It starts at 6:30, and you would be recommended to set up the thing first, and then take it to school to do the finishing touches, getting a certain number and place to park, but they wanted you to turn off the engines and don’t waste the car battery. But once it was in, it was in. They also recommended for them to bring the candy in a bowl or bag, but someone had to hold it, and limiting the candy so that it won’t run out. Trunk or Treat also ends at 7:30.

Next, I’m going to tell you about what I did. The effort was great, and everyone wanted to win! Of course, I went in order, and LOVED the hand hospital one. (See pictures!) I voted that for spookiest!

Then my friends and I went to each other’s trunk. Number 28, the Lan family who won last year, was trying to win again, &andI liked the singing pumpkins and the spiders moving with the candy, so I voted most spirited for them. I don’t remember who I voted for fanciest though, but here are two pics.

Fifth graders Reece, Gracie, Sam and the author Leah at the main event.

HANDS DOWN the Spookiest trunk, the Hand Hospital.

Now, there was a candy corn contest up at the front, counting how many pieces of candy corn that there was in the jar. I didn’t participate, only knowing at the last second. 😅 Answer: 157 pieces I think, and the winner of that was off by 4 pieces!

Then they announced the winners. Spookiest goes to the Rust Family, the one that I voted on! Most spirited to Gill Family, the baby shark! and lastly, fanciest goes to the Rickmond Family! (Harry Potter World)

The entry to the Rickmond’s trunk, the winner of Fanciest with their Harry Potter’s World display.
Another shot of Harry Potter World.

If any family would like to add their pictures to the story, email them to galebmorrison@gmail.com.

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