Just Saying Magazine https://justsayingmagazine.com The Student News Site of Dalton Middle School Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:18:37 -0400 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 Female Athletes: Why Are They Still Paid Less? https://justsayingmagazine.com/624/sports/female-athletes-why-are-they-still-paid-less/ https://justsayingmagazine.com/624/sports/female-athletes-why-are-they-still-paid-less/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 20:18:37 +0000 https://justsayingmagazine.com/?p=624 In February 1869, a letter was sent to the editor of the New York Times asking why women that worked in the government didn’t get paid as much as the men.

Women were getting paid half the salary as men all the while still raising children. It took from 1869 to 1963 to make progress in this area when The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was passed on June 10th by President John F. Kennedy.

The act was put in place to do away with the wage difference based on gender; but let’s face it, women still get far less money than men. Let’s compare women’s pay verses the men in sports.

Throughout history male sports teams have been given more money, time, and attention. WNBA players’ salaries constitutes 22 percent of league revenue, while the NBA player salaries are 50 percent of league revenue.

In 2018 Forbes announced that the list of the top 100 highest – paid athletes are all males. Only 83% of sports now reward men and women equally.  According to Forbes, the NBA generated $7.4 billion in 2017 in comparison to the WNBA’s $25 million. However, the starting salary for the women’s league is $50,000, whereas the minimum salary for a professional NBA player is $582,180.

The Women USA Soccer Team have made history by winning four World Cups while the Men’s USA Soccer Team haven’t won a single one, yet the men get paid a significant amount more. The women’s team have also won more medals in the Olympics while the men haven’t even placed to qualify in the Olympics.  Still, the women’s team get paid 10-60% of what the mean get paid. It seems that the women are getting all the glory while the men get the paid the big bucks.

Even in the 21st century, women still make an average of .79 on the dollar to men. We have come a long way and it has taken many years to get where we are but it seems we still have a long way to go.





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Character: The Overlooked Achievement https://justsayingmagazine.com/621/news/character-the-overlooked-achievement/ https://justsayingmagazine.com/621/news/character-the-overlooked-achievement/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 19:26:10 +0000 https://justsayingmagazine.com/?p=621 Imagine a little sixth-grader, feeling scared and slightly nauseous at the idea of starting a new grade at a new school surrounded by new people, walking in on the first day. He peers around, standing on his tiptoes to see over everyone else’s shoulders. He spots his best friend from fifth grade standing a few yards away. As he debates whether to journey through the sea of kids pushing him further and further away from his friend, a big, tall eighth-grader at least twice his size overlooks the boy and smashes right into him.

All of the students standing around the sudden commotion just watch as the little boy flies through the air and lands on the ground. All of the students watch the kid as he sits against the wall and cries. All except one. An eighth-grade girl sees the whole thing and feels horrible for the little boy. She pushes through the crowd of students who were getting a laugh out of the whole ordeal and helps the little boy to his feet. He slowly looks up and meets her eyes. She asks if he is okay and he nods. She then walks the boy to his class.

Imagine how that little boy felt when he was suddenly flying through the air. Imagine how he felt when everyone started laughing at him. It was probably the most humiliating experience he had ever been through. But imagine how he felt when that one girl picked him back up and walked him to class. That probably turned his perspective around.

Time after time, students are awarded for academic success. But it is just as important to recognize true good deeds. Students that display good character toward others deserve to be recognized.

DMS Assistant Principal, Brandon Headrick, states, “There are some things that we, as administrators, don’t recognize that we should. One of these things he is character. We don’t really give awards for that, but sometimes having good character is something that really matters in our society.”  As Headrick considers his position, now in charge of the 7th grade, he concludes, “Having good character doesn’t show that you’re weak. That’s what a lot of people assume – that someone who always does the right thing is weak, but the opposite is true. It shows that you’re in control.”

In our community and across the country, it is becoming increasingly more obvious that even a simple act of kindness such as holding the door for someone or saying “good morning” to them is enough to make his or her entire day.

Mr. Phillips, the 8th grade Assistant Principal, also says that “the most important thing is to be a good human being.” Being kind, being thoughtful, and being an overall good person is something everyone should strive to do.

Ms. Lawson, the 6th grade Assistant Principal, adds, “I think it is so important that students try and that they persist.” This is important not only in academics but also outside of the classroom. It is crucial for students to develop social skills in school as well as expand their knowledge.

Maybe that little boy never saw that girl again after his encounter with her on the first day of middle school. Maybe he was never run into again. But he definitely never forgot the girl who saved him on his first day of middle school. Maybe that girl was never recognized for her good deed. But she should have been.


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DMS Tri-team Volleyball Program Gains Area Respect https://justsayingmagazine.com/585/sports/dms-tri-team-volleyball-program-gains-area-respect/ https://justsayingmagazine.com/585/sports/dms-tri-team-volleyball-program-gains-area-respect/#respond Tue, 01 Oct 2019 12:47:54 +0000 https://justsayingmagazine.com/?p=585 After starting with one small group of girls just six years ago, Dalton Middle School now boasts a volleyball program of three full teams that are highly competitive throughout the region.

Christa Mathis, a 6th grade science teacher who began teaching at DMS in 2012 said she suggested the program because she realized the school had a void in its sports listings.  “The program actually started in the fall of 2014.  We wanted to provide our students with the same sports opportunities that surrounding districts were offering.”

Though Mathis is no longer coaching volleyball, DMS has added head varsity coach Jennifer Quinn, junior varsity coaches Ashley Chumley and Keri Forest, and 6th grade coach Kim Swiney.  Quinn, who also coaches the area C4 travel teams, said, “This is only my second year with this varsity team but their willingness to be coachable and to really learn the game of volleyball in such a short amount of time is astounding.”  Quinn’s current varsity team just finished their season with a 25-2 record, with jv and 6th grade finishing close behind.

8th grade varsity player Grace Ridley added, “We’ve done well because our group has just meshed, and our bond is strong.”  Her mother, Holly Ridley, said that the program is definitely more than just providing strong skills in the sport.  “Not only has Coach Quinn provided the girls with excellent coaching in volleyball, but as a parent I am thankful our girls have had a strong woman who is intelligent, hard-working, and unapologetic about being the best you can be as a role model.  It’s hard to find women today you want your little girl to look up to.”

Sixth grade coach Kim Swiney stated, “Over the course of the season, we quickly developed team chemistry which translated to better performance on the court.”  Swiney, who has also joined year-around volleyball coaching, hopes to watch the girls grow throughout their middle school careers.

6th grader Abby Triplett says the younger players look up to the varsity team and once piled in after a practice to drive to Ringgold to support the older girls from the sidelines.

Emilee Stansell, 6th grader, said, “We all work together and cheer each other on.  Our coaches are tough on us but I feel like they have really helped us get through moments when we’ve doubted ourselves.”

Now under the leadership of Athletic Director Orgena Alexander, the Cougar volleyball program is highly competitive, having to turn away players each season.  With many players moving to year-around volleyball as their primary sport, Quinn believes that volleyball will soon be a sport Dalton is known for, and there’s nothing that would make her happier.

Grace Ridley says when the school session ends, she just waits for C4 travel league.  “I’d like to tell other people that in volleyball you just have to jump a lot, but honestly it’s mostly about relationships and mental strength.  Volleyball is a way of life.”

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New iPhones Unveiled! https://justsayingmagazine.com/580/uncategorized/new-iphones-unveiled/ https://justsayingmagazine.com/580/uncategorized/new-iphones-unveiled/#respond Mon, 30 Sep 2019 12:04:27 +0000 https://justsayingmagazine.com/?p=580      The countdown to the next iPhone is actually viewed positively and negatively. But first,
let’s take a look at the amazing specs of the phone. Apple has said to make three models of this
phone: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. These phones, along with Apple
iWatch 5, will launch on September 10 at the Steve Jobs Theater. Here are some rumors on
these iPhones:
     The models of the iPhone 11 will have 3 rear cameras in a huge box with a flashlight,
obviously. Pricing is still unknown but preordering will be available after September 13.
According to CNET, “The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are said to have 5.8- and 6.5-inch OLED
screens, while the 11 will have a 6.1-inch LCD screen with the same size notch at the top on all
three models.” What we know for sure is that the phones will have similar features to the iPhone
X, XR, XS, and XS Max. Face ID will be a certainty for all future models. But can Apple
     Other companies like Google, Samsung, Moto, and Huawei have improved there phone
models to gain in sales. But the real question is will Apple keep up with the line of these other
phones and companies. The evolution of Apple products, including the iPhones, leaves people
speechless, so we can say that Apple is doing a great job.
     So, what’s positively viewed about the next smartphones? Apple now allows many
features to play at the same time; this makes iPhones special and different. Over the past years,
Apple has improved with new features. It was one of the first companies to begin the “art” of
Face ID. Another great feature the iPhone 11 provides is the A13 Bionic Processor chip which
will power this ideal smartphone.
      Although these spectacular features are present, Apple users aren’t satisfied with the
designs of the new smartphones b Apple. That is to say, most users prefer a clean smartphone
with a decent look. The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have 3 rear cameras which actually destroy the
great look of the phone; in fact, this concerns many customers. Apple also moved from the
home button to full-screen display which also concerns some. Most iPhones have moved from
OLED displays to LCD displays.
     There will be many perspectives of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max. But we will find it
all out at the Steve Jobs Theater on September 10. Stay tuned with Just Saying Tech to learn
more about Apple news and relative content.
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Violence in Gaming https://justsayingmagazine.com/573/tech/violence-in-gaming/ https://justsayingmagazine.com/573/tech/violence-in-gaming/#respond Mon, 30 Sep 2019 11:54:38 +0000 https://justsayingmagazine.com/?p=573      Nowadays, you have probably played video games or heard of gaming in the media. Many people such as politicians and the media believe that gaming violence or aggressive thoughts and actions, and they also blame video games for many sensitive topics, such as shootings. Since the creation of video games, parents have been concerned for the health of their children. For example, in 1976 the National Safety Council was outraged at and fearful of the arcade game “Death Race” calling the game “morbid”,“gross”, and “sick, sick, sick.” When in reality the game was just pixels on a screen with no gore, blood, or even colors other than black and white.→

     As seen on the graph, as video game consumption in the U.S has increased, youth violence has dropped drastically over a couple of years. Adding to this, in other countries, people play a lot more video games than in the United States and they have even lower crimes and violence. For example, China is one of the if not the highest consumer of video games with their murder/homicide rate being 1 per 100,000 people which is lower compared to the U.S having 5 per 100,000 people. Even though China does have a population of 1.3 billion people, China’s total murder count is still lower than the Unites States’ murder count. Studies and analysis done by the Secret Service also show that school shooters actually consumed and spent less time playing video games than other teenage boys their age. Video games can still cause temporary increases in aggressive thoughts and behavior commonly known as rage, but the temporary acts of aggression are about the same as rage caused by sports or other real-life acts of aggression.

     Dr. Patrick Markey, professor of psychological and brain sciences, of Villanova University stated that, “Blaming video games for real-world violence really took off after the Columbine shooting, and it was an understandable mistake, because we all desperately wanted some reason why someone would commit such a horrific act of violence. But today we know video games actually aren’t what’s to blame. The fact is, it’s just easier to blame video games than to tackle societal problems that actually impact rates of violence. Things like educational and employment disparities, stigma against seeking mental health treatment, and, especially in the case of shootings, access to guns.” Many politicians still blame video games for acts of violence such as shootings. For example, current president of the United States, President Donald Trump, stated, “I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young peoples’ thoughts.”When studies and research disprove this. Tax dollars funding research for finding a link between videogames and shootings/acts of violence should come to a halt because there is no real connection between the two. All this does is keep us from finding solutions to the acts of violence going on in the U.S and the rest of the world. What do you think? 

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Are Games Too Violent? https://justsayingmagazine.com/569/tech/are-games-too-violent/ https://justsayingmagazine.com/569/tech/are-games-too-violent/#respond Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:49:30 +0000 https://justsayingmagazine.com/?p=569      I can see where people are coming from with the statement that games are too violent.  After the recent mass shootings
in America, video gaming was back front and center in the news taking some of the blame, but blaming video games for this
violence is far from the truth.
     Recent studies show that violent video games have little to no direct correlation with
violence!  Although it is true that some games can cause anger and rage in certain ages,  there is
a rating label on the front to show what ages should be playing the game.   Because of this you might say it
is sometimes the parents fault for letting young kids play these games.  Have parents ever actually sat down and looked at the games their children are are playing?  If parents will do that first, then they will be able to decide if video games are too violent.
    Finally mental illness is a large factor in the situation. In 2012, a man by the
name of James Holmes was attending a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. He was dressed as the
main villain of the movie,The Joker, and shot up the entire theater.  James suffered from a delusional disorder where he believed he are someone else. He believed he was the Joker and wanted to do what the Joker would do.  Have we banned Batman comics or movies? No, we haven’t.
    People with mental illnesses should not watch movies like this. Same goes for video games.  Some mental illnesses can strongly affect the user in a bad way.
    So in conclusion, video games do not cause violence.  People do.  Parents or guardians should
control what games are played by the player.
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Create a custom header https://justsayingmagazine.com/503/arts-culture/create-a-custom-header/ https://justsayingmagazine.com/503/arts-culture/create-a-custom-header/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:28:56 +0000 http://install.snosites.net/?p=503 Your header graphic should have your logo, organization name, tagline, and any other essential information about your program. Your graphic should be sized to 980px wide, and the height should be between 100px and 200px. You can upload your header graphic in the Custom Header Graphic section of the SNO Design Options page.

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Customize the look and feel of your site https://justsayingmagazine.com/501/uncategorized/customize-the-look-and-feel-of-your-site/ https://justsayingmagazine.com/501/uncategorized/customize-the-look-and-feel-of-your-site/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:28:56 +0000 http://install.snosites.net/?p=501 The look and feel of this site is created by a combination of style and layout choices. To help get you started, your site came with a preselected style, but you can change this preset style to create a different baseline look.

You can change the fonts, background, general appearance, and even your site’s favicon and bullet points by using the tools provided under General Design and Layout.

Each widget on your site can be assigned to one of five widget styles that you can customize. In addition, SNO widgets can each be assigned custom colors and styles in the controls for the individual widget on the Edit Widget page.

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Use social media to increase readership https://justsayingmagazine.com/486/uncategorized/use-social-media-to-increase-readership/ https://justsayingmagazine.com/486/uncategorized/use-social-media-to-increase-readership/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:28:56 +0000 http://install.snosites.net/?p=486 Social media platforms are the best way to drive traffic to your new site.

So, set up a Facebook Fan Page, and get your audience to like your publication. Even add a Facebook Like Box to your website to increase your audience.  Then when you publish a story, add a link and teaser on your Facebook Fan Page.

For Twitter, set up an account for your publication, and get your audience to follow your publication. Then use your tweets to provide your audience with instant news and sports updates. You can even display your Twitter feed on your website. And when you publish a story, tweet about and link to the story from your Twitter account.

For Instagram, set up an account for your publication, get your audience to follow your publication. Use Instagram to provide visual images of news and happenings that would interest your audience.  Don’t forget to link your Instagram account to your website.

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Take your stories beyond the text https://justsayingmagazine.com/484/uncategorized/take-your-stories-beyond-the-text/ https://justsayingmagazine.com/484/uncategorized/take-your-stories-beyond-the-text/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:28:56 +0000 http://install.snosites.net/?p=484 Stories don’t have to be for just the written word any more. Using some of the SNO FLEX features you can add embeddable objects, pull quotes, related story links, and videos all right along side the story text.  Check it out on the SNO help site: http://v5.help.snosites.com/add-content/story-features/

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