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Patrice Evra

Written byLea
on 2018-02-08
Patrice Evra

Patrice Evra, the former Manchester United and Juventis left back, had a contract with Marseille that was cancelled after he kicked out...

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Sexually Assaulted at School

Written byPerla
on 10 February 2018
Sexually Assaulted at School

A 14-year-old girl at Miami Carol City Senior High School was sexually assaulted by three boys at her school. The school suspended the three boys along with the girl, who said that she “couldn’t breathe” and was “chocking and crying”. The school claimed that the incident was “consensual” because the girl did not scream or run away. Later on, it was discovered that one of the boys who raped her was HIV-positive. Even though the girl is now on HIV medication, she will have to wait for a year before knowing if she has contracted the disease. Her heartbroken mom...

Beyond the Milky Way

Written byAntranik
on 03 February 2018
Beyond the Milky Way

NASA astronomers claim to have discovered unknown planets centered outside the Milky Way using a microlensing technique. The planets vary in size, and they are located in a galaxy 3.8 billion light years away from our own. “Using quasar microlensing, we were able to detect free-floating objects in the RXJ 1131-1231 lens galaxy that range from the mass of the Moon to the mass of Jupiter,” said University of Oklahoma astronomers Professor Xinyu Dai and Dr. Eduardo Guerras. “This is an example of how powerful the techniques of analysis of extragalactic microlensing can be,” the scientists claim. This discovery has...

Multimillionaire CEO Goes Missing

Written byDana
on 31 January 2018
Multimillionaire CEO Goes Missing

The boat of the multimillionaire Quicksilver boss, Pierre Agnes, washed up empty on Tuesday on a French beach.  Agnes, the CEO of Boardriders, Quicksilver’s parent company, is a former professional surfer. At 54, he had been living in Capbreton with his wife and three daughters and had headed out of a surfing resort for his usual morning fishing trip in southwest France.  Four vessels and four helicopters set out to search for him after the boat, ‘Mascaret III’, was found stranded on the beach, along the French coast north of Biarritz.  The local coastguard suspended the search operation on Tuesday night and resumed it the following...

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Can Art Change the World?

Written byMayssa
on 2018-02-03
Can Art Change the World?

Can art be used to change the world? There are many artists who use their art to fight for a cause they are passionate about. In France, an association called “l’atelier des artistes en exil” organized an art exhibition for refugee artists to help them display their creations in Palais-Royal, in Paris. The participating artists range from photographers and filmmakers to painters and sculptors, and even writers and comedians. One of the artists, Mohamed Hijazi, is a Syrian refugee who expresses himself through amateur films about the atrocities happening in the Syrian war. Another artist is all about empowering women. Shehzil Malik, an inspiring Pakistani artist, created a clothing line that promotes feminism. She said that her clothes are “not...

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Love, A Chemical History

Written byGhyd
on 2018-01-05
Love, A Chemical History

In The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon explains that all human beings need love in their lives. Anybody can love at any point in his/her life. But love, contrarily to what is assumed, is a complex phenomenon. It is made of 3 stages. The first stage is lust. It is controlled by testosterone and estrogen. Then comes attraction. Attraction is mostly when couples enjoy being united with...

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Changing the World with a Smile

Written byLea
on 2018-02-10
Changing the World with a Smile

Lucas Warren is an 18-month-old baby from Dalton, Georgia who was born with Down's syndrome. On Wednesday February 10, 2...

Incredible Lebanon

“Golden” Lebanese Fashion Designing

Written byGhyd
on 2018-01-26
“Golden” Lebanese Fashion Designing

Lebanon has been steadily forging a name for itself in the Haute couture fashion world as Lebanese fashion designers hav...

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Support for Local Businesses

Written byPaola
on 2018-02-13
Support for Local Businesses

Indiana, the state known for its farmland and auto race, created an organization called the Indiana Growth to support lo...

Starting School Later: Nature Intended It

Created on 06 June 2017

6:45 a.m. The alarm goes off; the start of another day of another week of another school year. Most students have it the same: staying up really late at night doing school work, then waking up really early to get to school. Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function most efficiently, yet only 15% of teenage students report sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights. Now I’m no doctor, but even I know that that’s not healthy.  

Since excess school work and the resulting stress have proven to be unavoidable nowadays, the only way to guarantee the healthy development of students is by ensuring they get sufficient sleep to be able to face all the day’s obstacles. Although some people oppose the idea, starting schools later in the morning is the most logical way to go so students can thrive both physically and academically. So let’s get factual -- science is on our side.

School days generally start at fixed times in the early morning, without regard to the optimal functioning times of students with different chronotypes. An Oxford University sleep study conducted in 2014 claims that later starting times are crucial to high school students' sleep, health, and performance. What's more, experimentation showed that they improved grades in core subjects by as much as 19 %.

Neuroscientists also argue that the brain only becomes fully functional later in the morning, recommending a 9:30 a.m. start. How efficient can students really be early in the morning when they are groggy, tired and still trying to make up for the previous day’s lack of adequate rest?  

Students’ health can also be affected by starting that early in the morning. The core of the problem is that biological changes which begin during puberty shift wake and sleep times 2 to 3 hours later in the day. Oblivious to these changes, schools continue to start classes early in the morning. The misalignment between the sleep schedule shift and schools’ usual start time causes a significant sleep loss of more than 2 hours each day. This resulting sleep loss impairs academic performance and also increases the risks of obesity, depression, and drug abuse. In a nutshell, it has a damaging effect on our physical and emotional well-being, both of which play an important role in our academic performance.

So if the science proves that later start time would be better, and it is obvious that nature intended it, what is it that still stands in the way of schools making later starting hours a reality? Some parents and school administrators believe that early mornings come with more benefits than late afternoons. They believe that the additional time should be spent either studying or carrying out different extracurricular activities, claiming that physical exercise counterbalances the risks of the diseases caused by lack of sleep and improves learning. While this may be true, it does not apply to teens who spend their afternoons trying to make up for lost time and keeping up with their schedules. And if and when they get a free hour, they would generally rather spend it napping than further exhausting their bodies by exercising.

Plus, bed times are delayed anyway due to the shift in sleep time that comes with puberty and the impact of social media and other sociocultural influences. So, keeping up with extracurricular activities in the afternoons, staying up that extra hour at night studying, then making it up in the morning would be more beneficial for teenagers, especially that optimal sleeping times for teenagers are between 11p.m. and 8 a.m., meaning that waking up at 6 a.m. to get to school interrupts that precious period, leading to all kinds of diseases, not to mention inattentiveness and the inability to learn. So technically giving teenagers a few extra hours to sleep in the morning is of more help, psychologically and academically, than physical exercise can ever be.

A generation of healthy, well developed students working to reach their full potential is the first step towards achieving a better tomorrow, and something as simple as pushing a schedule a few hours ahead should not compromise this. Sleep shouldn’t be a luxury; it is a necessity.  

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