The City of Redlands introduces a new shopping center

By JOHNATHAN GHAZAL

A rendering of the state street village project with a view of how state street would be connected through the ceremonial arch in the center. (Credit / Zimmerman Visual)

With close collaboration with the city and community, Village Partners Incorporated had success at the approval of their project to develop the Redlands Mall at a joint meeting between the City Council and the Planning Commission on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. For about five hours, the developers presented the design to the city officials and held discussions regarding suggestions and revisions the city council wanted to make.

A look at both sides of the split state street in an old newspaper when the construction for the Redlands Mall was to begin in 1977. (Credit / Newspapers.com)

Before its construction in the 1970s, State Street connected between the now east and west portions of the road. There were six standard city blocks that were demolished, including the historic La Posada Hotel, to make way for a new mall that would bring new business into the city. With two stories, the other being underground, stores such as Gottshalks and Harris’ occupied the building.

Its popularity began to wane in the nineties and early 2000s once the more popular stores that occupied the mall began to be replaced by lesser known companies. In 2009, Gottshalks permanently closed their store which led to the whole mall’s closure in 2010.

Since then, the building has been rendered vacant with the exception of CVS, the only remaining tenant. Though there has been controversy surrounding the appearance of the mall, its commercial parking lot has been utilized for special events such as the Redlands Bowl, the Bicycle Classic, and the Redlands Christmas Parade, just to name a few.

The new State Street Village project began with the acquisition of the mall by the private real estate investment firm, Brixton Capital Limited Partnership in July of 2014. They worked with the land developing company, Village Partners Inc., to transform the Redlands Mall into a more modern and lively space. A sample of their previous projects include the Village at Montclair and Tierra del Rey. In 2018, early designs were conceived to reconnect both sides of State Street with commercial and residential buildings on either side.

Another visual rendering of how people may spend their time around the stores and residential units. (Credit / Zimmerman Visual)

People in Redlands have been divided on whether they want new developments and high buildings or not. Mr. Macomber, an English teacher at Redlands East Valley felt, “It’s time for it to move on, it’s been abandoned for far too long.” 

This future for the new look of Redlands will transform downtown for a new generation of Redlanders to experience by 2025. The reconstruction of the mall area will bring newer, modern spaces and commercial business to the community, just as the Redlands Mall did in the 80s.

The Climate Clock says less than six years

By: KENDRA BURDICK

The Climate Clock website shows the exact Climate Clock timer and the number of temperatures people are adding to the global surface. (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News photo)

Since the beginning of time, people have questioned if there will be an end. According to the ‘Climate Clock,’ people have less than seven years to fix the damages they’ve made or they will start seeing the Earth’s end.

“The Clock’s Deadline tells us that, at current rates of greenhouse gas emissions, we have less than seven years left in our global ‘carbon budget’” the Climate Clock scientists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd explain to the people, “which gives us a two-thirds chance of staying under the critical threshold of 1.5°C of global warming”.

Most people know of the trash in the oceans, the smog in the air, and the human-made fires that are destroying the land. Up until this point, a majority of people from all over the world have been thinking that they will not have to deal with these problems. With help from the Climate Clock, humans now have a timer that lets them know they will have to work on these problems or see an end to life itself.

The Climate Clock site also shows the humans’ effect on the global temperature and the results caused by the changes. The site explains, “the model suggests that average global surface temperature would likely reach 3-4°C by 2100 with catastrophic (and permanent) impacts on humanity and the biosphere, including floods, droughts, mass extinctions, permanently uninhabitable regions, billions of climate refugees, and 100s of millions dead”. (KENDRA BURDICK/ Ethic News photo)

Now, of course, there are ways to help these problems such as using renewable energy. Golan and Boyd warns people that “around three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels for energy.” This means that humans need to be using as much solar energy as possible rather than burning fossil fuels, which are causing the most damage according to a study done by Harvard.

This study from Harvard University, in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, Leicester and College London, found that the death rate in 2018 due to fossil fuel pollution is more than eight million people. 

This is conspicuously higher than previous research suggested, meaning that all the air pollution created by burning fossil fuels is responsible for about one in five deaths worldwide.

Kayden Patel, junior at Redlands East Valley High School shares his thoughts on the matter, “Global warming is just one of the serious problems that the Earth is facing because of humans and we are only just starting to do something about it.” (GEFFREY ACOSTA/ETHIC PHOTO)

Another way to help is by donating to the Green Climate Fund. The Green Climate Fund, created in 2010, is a finance mechanism which was set up by the UNFCCC to support critical climate mitigation and work on adaptation projects in developing countries.

“GCF (Green Climate Fund) was established by 194 governments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in developing countries, and to help vulnerable societies adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change” the website behind the fund explains why it’s so important to reducing humans’ changes to the climate.

Indigenous land sovereignty is another way to help. The indigenous communities are critical stewards of the planet’s natural carbon sequestration capacity. This means they must be protected to prevent the abysmal impacts of climate change.

Humans are being told to get their act together to save lives. How many humans are going to ignore what most humans have been doing and help save the Earth? The people standing behind the Green Climate Fund say “We mustn’t pretend we have more time than we do.”

Link to Climate Clock

Link to Green Climate Fund

CV Chief Executive Officer: Jasmine Rosales (she/her)

Jasmine Rosales is a 16 year-old junior at Citrus Valley High School and the CV Chief Executive Officer of Ethic. During her free time Rosales participates in several sports including club soccer, high school soccer, and volleyball. Rosales also enjoys baking seasonal goods such as gingerbread cookies and pumpkin pies. As a student, Rosales is taking AP Spanish and AP US history her junior year. Rosales joined journalism because of her love for writing, and because Ethic gives her a platform to share her voice and be heard. Her goals for the school year are to maintain good grades and find a balance between sports and academics, but overall to enjoy her school year. After high school, Rosales hopes to attend the University of Hawaii to study Kinesiology to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Las Vegas Raiders host 2022 NFL Draft

By DESTINY RAMOS

During the last weekend of April, the Las Vegas Raiders hosted the 2022 NFL draft; however, the city offered much more than just the draft. The three-day weekend included games, meet and greets, obstacle courses, viewings of Super Bowl trophies and rings and much more, all free of cost. The NFL promises “to go all out to make this event the biggest and best” of them all for the very first “Vegas-style Draft.” News officials described the experience as “promising” and as a weekend “that everyone will remember.”


Right next to the draft experience was the main stage of the event where the draft picks were first announced to the public and live TV that was “105 feet wide and 280 feet long” according to NFL officials. Celebrities such as Donny Osmund, Ed Marinaro, Emmit Smith, Marcus Allen, Wayne Newton and many more made special appearances to announce their favorite teams’ new additions. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News Photo)

The main events were held behind the Las Vegas strip, notably behind the Flamingo, Harrah’s, Linq, and Cromwell hotels, where there are usually empty parking lots. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News photo)

The Vince Lombardi Trophy for Super Bowl XI, usually held for display at Allegiant Stadium, that the Raiders won against the Vikings on Jan. 9 of 1977. The trophies from Super Bowls XI, XV and XVIII that the Raiders have won over the years were displayed for all to view and take pictures with. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News Photo)

In front of the main stage, the NFL hosted their usual talk show that was broadcasted on live television. This was not the only set up throughout the experience, as two more stages were set up throughout the experience filled with many different NFL TV personalities. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News photo)

The Hall of Fame was home to many interesting finds, including the display of football players’ lockers and their personal items. Derek Carr, Raiders’ quarterback of 5 years, had his personal jerseys, helmet, cleats, sneakers, and clothing on display. He was not the only one, as all other football quarterbacks’ belongings were displayed as well along with other NFL legends. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News photo)

In that same Hall of Fame, crystal-studded helmets of every NFL team were displayed along with the locker view of different teams’ players. The helmets were designed by Quinn Gregory with the jewelry company, Swarovski, with all 12,500 crystals being hand-applied and costing just over $1800 each. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News Photo)

In the Hall of Fame, seven of the most well-known NFL players and coaches are on display from the Pro Football Hall of Fame location in Canton, Ohio. The wall above displays John Madden on the middle top, Tom Flores on the top left, Peyton Manning on the bottom left, Charles Woodson on the top right, Howie Long on the bottom right, Tim Brown on the bottom, and Marcus Allen in the center. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News Photo)

This Lamar Hunt Trophy was first awarded to the Miami Dolphins as the winner of the AFC championship game in the 1984-85 NFL playoffs and has since been awarded to the winners year after year. As of Jan. 30, 2022, the Cincinnati Bengals are the proud holders of the trophy after winning the AFC championship game against the Chiefs and advancing to Super Bowl LVI. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News photo)

Designed by Riddell, these are roughly 72 Metallic Chrome helmets on display from the Chrome Alternate Collection. These are collectable helmets and can be found in NFL shops around the country. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News photo)

The 40-Yard Dash was where up to three people can test how fast they run compared to an NFL player. The player would run alongside the runner through the screen which would describe how fast the runner and player ran. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News photo)

In this field, parents could sign their kids up for a thirty minute training session with volunteer coaches and play a few rounds of flag football afterwards. During the training session, kids of all ages would learn to tackle, throw and catch footballs and how to play flag football. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News photo)

The streamers lounge gave video gamers and football fans alike a chance to play the game Madden 2022 on the Xboxes offered. This lounge was also used as an area for attendees and volunteers to cool off from the Nevada heat. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News Photo)

The Draft Set was a photo opportunity with their teams in the background and the ability to hold a number one jersey of the team of their choice. There were two jerseys of all 32 NFL teams. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic News photo)

Meet and greets with many NFL players and coaches were offered, free of cost. Maxx Crosby, Raiders defensive end, made an appearance for a Q&A and a meet and greet with his fans on Saturday, Apr. 29. (DESTINY RAMOS/ Ethic New photo)

After the draft concluded for the day, Ice Cube held a post-draft concert for attendees. He was one of the three artists, Weezer and Marshmello being the other two, who held post-draft concerts. (DESTINY RAMOS/Ethic News photo)

Social media impacts students’ daily lives

“We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social media, the question is how well we DO it.” 

– Erik Qualman, motivational speaker 

By ANGELINE ASATOURIAN

How is social media affecting your life? 

The average teenager spends nine hours a day on their phone, with about 79% of that time being spent on social media apps, according to West Virginia Education Association. 97% of teenagers have social media accounts that they have access to on a daily basis, no matter where they are. 

“It’s the cause of 90% of people’s insecurities nowadays,” says Orangewood High School junior Mya Trujillo Brand.

A new report by the Dove Self-Esteem Project surveying more than 1,000 girls ages 10 to17 revealed that one in two girls say toxic beauty advice on social media causes low self-esteem. 

“It sets unrealistic beauty standards for kids our age, because they are expected to be so photo-produced,” says Trujillo Brand.

And 90% of girls say they follow at least one social media account that makes them feel less beautiful, according to “Social media and body image: The stats.”  

“Social media had the effect of causing younger children and older people, mainly women and girls, to think they’re on a beauty competition, mostly due to men comparing young girls to adult women in a predatory way,” says OHS junior Andrew Simmons. 

Being on these apps for that amount of time can also affect other aspects of a person’s social life and mental state. With the pandemic, students have been trying to distract themselves with phones from boredom and socially distancing, but this can also have negative effects.

“A lot of social media [apps] are giant time wasters to waste hours,” says OHS junior Kevin Kambey. 

Games can become addicting and just being on a cell phone in general can isolate one from others because people have their phone and feel it is all they need.

“For our generation, most are addicted to the point where it impacts them where they throw fits if they don’t have social media,” says OHS sophomore Tracy Pineda Martinez. 

“Conversating with another being ignored by the other person on their phone” says OHS junior Brandon Uribe, which is another example that people are addicted to their phones with social media. 

Social media has affected many daily lives with bullying.  People will use their accounts to bully others and make fun of their insecurities. 

“It’s a way to make others seem tough behind the screen knowing that it’s not then,” says Pineda Martinez. 

Social media can always be used for good with spreading news and information, but most teens use it as their escape from reality. 

Most of the time students are busy playing games, like the infamous Subway Surfers, or listening to music, but for about 67% of the time they are scrolling through Tik Tok, Instagram and/or SnapChat.  

Being on these apps for that amount of time can also affect a person’s social life and mental state positively. If a person is going through a rough time at home, it can keep their minds busy. They can also meet new friends that they never thought they would meet. It can help stay in contact with friends and family that are out of country. 

Social media is taking over students life’s one day at a time. There needs to be a limit and some self discipline within students and their media, because as Erik Qualman, motivational speaker, says, “We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it.”

Spotify Weekly Playlist: Tiktok trend tunes

By Emerson Sutow and Destiny Ramos

With TikTok having some of the most popular songs in the world right now, here are some of the favorites that have been most played on watcher’s For You pages.

Treehouse (slow and reverb) by toadstool

Haunted by Laura Les

Blame It On Us by James Barre

Boyfriend by Dove Cameron

Fireflies by Owl City

All for Us by Labrinth and Zendaya

Mujeriego by Ryan Castro

Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani

Nothing Breaks Like a Heart by Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus

Meant to be Yours by Jamie Muscato

It’s all coming back to me now by Celine Dion

Only Love Can Hurt Like This (Slowed) by Paloma Faith 

It’s all coming back to me now by Celine Dion

Heart like yours by Willamette Stone

Citrus Valley spirit week leads up to Winter Rally

By NADIA CENICEROS and ELIZABETH MOLLOY 

Citrus Valley High School had a ‘CV Gets Trendy’ Spirit Week leading up to the winter rally. Citrus Valley students were encouraged to participate in this Spirit Week as a way to get excited for the upcoming Winter Rally.

Monday Jan. 24: Material Girl Monday (Dress in your best attire)

Jasmine Gurrola, Amaya Pantaleon, Lailyenna Ngo, Soriah Brunson, Natlie Velasquez, Emma Irene, Annabell Crummey and Nickolas Ramirez showed off their best attire. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/Ethic News photo)

Tuesday Jan. 25: I Wanna be a Cowboy Baby

Michael Okere and Amber Sibbett give a thumbs up for Cowboy Day. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/Ethic News photo)

Edith Gomez, Alexa Cano and Brooke Mendez smile for a picture dressed as cowgirls. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/Ethic News photo)

Angela Dov and Alexa Gonzales pose as cowgirls. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/Ethic News photo)

Wednesday Jan. 26: Anything but a backpack day

Alexa Gonzales poses with her toy shopping cart. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/Ethic News photo)

Erik Serenson holds a canvas bag for Anything But A Backpack Day. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/Ethic News photo)

Bailey Sacco decided to utilize a Home Depot bucket while Brooke Mendez used a PlayMate cooler instead of their backpack. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/Ethic News photo)

Angel Leon uses a cardboard box for her take on Anything But A Backpack Day. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/Ethic News photo)

Natalia Contreras shows off with a Lightning McQueen buggy on Jan. 26. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/Ethic News photo)

Thursday, Jan. 27: The Man, The Myth, The Legend (Dress like Adam Sandlar)

Natalia Contreras and Emma Vara showing off their best ‘Adam Sandler’ attire on Jan. 27. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/Ethic News photo)

Arianna Rodriguez poses for Adam Sandler Day on Jan. 27. (ELIZABETH MOLLOY/Ethic News photo)

STEM editor: Jasmine Rosales (she/her)

Jasmine Rosales is a 15-year-old sophomore attending Citrus Valley High School and is the STEM editor for Ethic. Rosales joined journalism in order to excel in her writing skills and many other subjects as well. Rosales has been a part of journalism for two years and is in Spanish for native speakers. Rosales is a full-time soccer player but is also involved in other sports. In her free time, she enjoys working out, reading and listening to music. After high school, Rosales plans to attend the University of Hawaii and become a physical therapist.

CV Staff Writer: Marshall Scott (he/they/it/she)

Marshall Scott is a freshman at Citrus Valley High School. Scott is a staff writer for Ethic News. They hope to become involved in Pals 4 Paws because they love their cats and other animals. In their free time, Scott enjoys catching up on sleep and cosplaying. This year, they hope to keep their personal life free of drama and enjoy their experience in high school. In Ethic, Scott hopes to write about news and keep people up to date on current events happening inside and out of their community.

CV Staff Writer: Nadia Ceniceros (she/her)

Nadia Ceniceros is a 14-year-old freshman at Citrus Valley High School. Ceniceros plays two sports, basketball and volleyball, and spends her free time reading, scrolling on TikTok, hair styling and creating acrylic nail styles. Her favorite holiday is Christmas and she enjoys romantic comedy movies and shows. Ceniceros believes her greatest strengths lie in her writing and great listening skills. Later in life, she plans on pursuing a career in profiling with the FBI.

CV Staff Writer: Elizabeth Molloy (she/her)

Elizabeth Molloy is a 13-year-old freshman attending Citrus Valley High School and is a staff writer for Ethic. Molloy joined journalism because she thought it would be fun and she enjoys writing. In her free time, she enjoys embroidering. She has self-taught herself; her favorite thing to embroider is Christmas ornaments. In the future, Molloy dreams to be an actress or film director and attend New York University for their acting program. Molloy strives to meet new people, improve her writing skills, learn new languages and build a good foundation for her high school career.

CV Staff Writer: Emmitt Murphy (he/him)

Emmitt Murphy is a 14-year-old freshman at Citrus Valley High School and is excited to start his first year of being a part of Ethic News staff. Murphy’s interest in writing sparked his desire to join and learn journalism. His passion for writing has been growing since he could remember. He is excited to write and work on videos and is hoping to try to publish pieces in as many categories as he can for Ethic. In digital journalism, he hopes to meet new people and expand his horizons in both the community and the world around him. At CV, Murphy is in honors English which happens to be his favorite subject. In his spare time, he plays video games and with his three dogs. After high school, he wishes to remain in California and attend a University of California school with a major that is still to be determined.

A two-day timeline: Coronavirus-related announcements increase locally and globally in the last 48 hours

By AZRIEL OLMEDO

The following timeline includes many, but not all, of the coronavirus-related announcements that took place between the evening of March 11 and March 13, 2020. Links may be included to provide additional details.

  • Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson test positive for Coronavirus in Australia

    March 11

  • Retirement homes in Redlands close

    March 12

  • World Ice Skating Championship cancelled

    https://www.usfigureskating.org/

    March 12

  • March 12

    Washington state reports 500 cases

  • NBA Utah Jazz player, Rudy Gobert, tests positive for the novel coronavirus

    March 12

  • NBA season suspended

    https://cares.nba.com/coronavirus/

    March 12

  • March 12

    California Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health issue protocols and recommendations for the cancellation of non-essential large gatherings

    March 12 View full press release here https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/12/governor-newsom-issues-new-executive-order-further-enhancing-state-and-local-governments-ability-to-respond-to-covid-19-pandemic/

  • Redlands Unified Superintendent Mauricio Arellano announces cancelling of large group activities in the district

    March 12

  • Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre cancels March shows

    https://www.broadwayinhollywood.com/coronavirusupdate

    March 12

  • USA Gymnastics competitions cancelled

    https://usagym.org/pages/post.html?PostID=25345

    March 12

  • Redlands Market Night cancelled for remainder of March

    March 12

  • President Donald Trump declares Coronavirus as a national emergency

    Redlands East Valley High School Advanced Placement Government and Microeconomics students watch President Donald Trump’s announcement during 5th period declaring the coronovirus a national emergency on March 13, 2020. (Ethic Photo)

    March 13

  • New York is in a statewide emergency

    March 13

  • California History Day competition switches to virtual competition in place of on-site competition

    Pictured above: The March 7 History Day awards ceremony program for San Bernardino County. This is the first year all three comprehensive high schools from the Redlands Unified School District will be advancing teams to the state competition near Sacramento, California. It was announced on March 13, 2020 that the competition will shift to a virtual format. (Ethic Photo)

    March 13

  • Concerts and artist tours cancelled

    March 13 View a list of recently cancelled concerts and musical events here: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/touring/9323647/concerts-canceled-coronavirus-list

  • Citrus Belt League announces that high school athletic sporting events will take place with no spectators

    March 13

  • Corona-Norco School District announces school closure effective March 16

    March 13

  • Murrieta Valley Unified School District announces school closure until at least April 6, 2020

    https://www.murrieta.k12.ca.us/

    March 13

  • Los Angeles Unified School District announces school closure

    View LAUSD video announcement here: https://achieve.lausd.net/latestnews

    March 13

  • Long Beach Unified School District announces school closures that will begin Monday and stay in effect for at least five weeks

    http://www.lbusd.k12.ca.us/

    March 13

  • San Diego Unified School District announces school closures

    https://www.sandiegounified.org/

    March 13

  • San Bernardino City Unified to close all schools effective March 16

    https://www.sbcusd.com/

    March 13

Jersey Girl does SoCal: This time in Joshua Tree

By LILIAN MOHR

Once again, I am not a fan of hiking in any way, shape or form, and yet I seem to keep finding myself halfway into a five-mile “walk” with the rest of my family in a national park in the middle of what appears to be nowhere. This time I happened to have ended up in Joshua Tree National Park.

With amazing national parks surrounding Redlands in every direction, Joshua Tree has certainly always been on my bucket list since I made the move to the West coast.

So we headed South to get to experience another famous California national park.

About an hour into the drive, we were in the town of Joshua Tree, window shopping and making our way to a farmers market that had tons of food, vendors and a variety of other unique items, like homemade candles and jewelry.

Everything about this town was relaxed, unique, rustic and some may even say a bit hippie, but it had a lot of amazing features that made it worth the trip.

There were several great cafes and restaurants to choose from, with a lot of options for almost every dietary restriction I can think of.

Along the main street, there were a lot of unique vintage stores, thrift shops, and several unique home furnishing stores. There were the normal tourist’s shops that had souvenirs and maps, but the true gems of this quaint town came from the quirky shops that line the streets with truly one-of-a-kind items.

After visiting a few stores we decided it was time to venture into the park.

After about a five mile drive into the park, we arrived at the hiking site. We had looked up some more relaxed hikes to do that allowed for a great experience of the amazing scenery but did not require rock scaling or cliff jumping. We found one that was only about a 1.3-mile loop, parked and started walking.

Above is the infamous Joshua Tree in the middle of the Joshua Tree Park in California on January 26, 2019. It is surrounded by other plants and scrubs and a large rock formation is featured in the background of the picture. (LILIAN MOHR / Ethic Photo)

The hike was really beautiful and definitely lived up to the hype that Joshua Tree gets for its views. Although it was short, we were able to see the rock formations, cool desert wildlife and even a pond in between large cliffs that were a beautiful stopping place. We could sit and just take in the true beauty of the space around us.

Featured above is the pond at the end of the hike in Joshua Tree National Park, California on January 26, 2019.
(LILIAN MOHR / Ethic Photo)

This trip was a great way to visit Joshua Tree without having to do any crazy hiking. We got to experience the desert, which isn’t something we came across too frequently on the East coast and also got to know an interesting small town and all the amazing people that makeup Joshua Tree.

The picture above is Marin Mohr, eighth-grader at Moore Middle school, walking along the trail in Joshua tree National Park in California on January 26, 2019. (LILIAN MOHR / Ethic Photo)


Opinion: Rising use of profanity lessens shock value

By HELEN POGGI

It only takes one stroll down a high school hallway to see—or, more accurately, hear—that swear words have become a large part of many teenagers’ lexicons.

Although this vulgarity is not totally pervasive, it is widespread enough to indicate that profanity is not as taboo as it once was, especially with the younger generations. This situation begs the question: have swear words lost their shock value?

The simple answer is yes. The more complicated answer is that swearing has become so commonplace that it has become normalized for most people. The linguistic phenomena can be attributed to rising individualism among America’s population and widespread online profanity.

But before one can understand why swearing is losing its shock value, one must understand why people swear in the first place. For many, swearing serves as a form of catharsis. When feeling anger, sadness or anxiety, cursing can help alleviate these emotions. According to psychologist Timothy Jay of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, swearing “allows us to vent or express” this negativity, much like the horn of a car. Furthermore, profanity can spark confidence or rebelliousness, which, according to psychologist Neel Burton, can lower anxiety and make one feel more in control.

This last benefit can begin to explain the normalization of profanity. The aforementioned rebellious spirit is a key part of the rise in American individualism. This phenomenon was studied by San Diego State University psychologist, Jean Twenge, and she concluded that “Millennials have a ‘come as you are’ philosophy.” This mentality breeds a disregard for social taboos, thus they often do not mind swearing as much as previous generations.

However, not only do people care increasingly less about swearing, but they also have become desensitized to it through frequent exposure. People primarily encounter obscenities on social media and the internet. For instance, Twitter’s guidelines allow for swearing under most circumstances. The exposure to profanity from regularly reading these tweets has made people more comfortable with swearing over time. A similar pattern occurs on YouTube, where many content creators either swear openly in their videos or censor their language by merely bleeping it. Thus, since the inception of these various social media platforms, users have had to develop a thicker skin when it comes to profanity simply due to how often they stumble across it online.

Similarly, books have experienced a rise in the prevalence of uncensored curses. A study by respected psychologists Jean Twenge, Hannah Van Landingham and W. Keith Campbell demonstrated, through examining the trends in the use of seven different swears, that books published in 2005-2008 are 28 times more likely to include swear words than books published in the early 1950s.

Television, on the other hand, has been one of the last bastions of censored profanity. The Federal Communications Commission imposes restrictions on obscene, indecent and profane language, and fines broadcasters if their regulations are not followed. However, this is an outlier in media, as the FCC cannot regulate other platforms as much as television.

Overall, the decline in the shock value of swear words does not necessarily have devastating implications. In reality, all words and phrases are merely just the combined movements of the vocal cords and mouth; any meaning they may carry has been given to them by people. Therefore, if the majority of the population adapts an interpretation of a certain swear word with a less harsh connotation, the word will lose what it once meant and will be accepted with the new meaning. Put simply, the issue with cursing is largely just all in our heads, and consequently—much to the dismay of the older demographic—the English language will only continue to adapt to match our more colorful vocabularies.

Readers Choice Awards – ETHIC wants YOUR opinion!

Dear ETHIC Readers,
We invite you to help judge and vote for your favorite ETHIC content of the 2017-18 school year.
Our goal in ETHIC is to create high quality news content that is accuraterelevant, and of value and interest to our readers. Please help us identify the articles that you feel best met these standards from September 2017 – May 2018. Winners in each category will be recognized.
Articles, videos, and photos have been grouped in different categories and for each list, we are asking that you just click on your favorites (no more than 3 per category please).  The google form voting link is below. You can view articles just by going to www.ethic-news.org and clicking on the related category, or by using the links provided in the google form.
There are several categories and you certainly do not have to vote in all categories.
Voting will close on Thursday, May 31.
Thank you for your participation!
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Sign up to be apart of the CVHS Blackhawk singers for the 2017-2018 school year. Put your name on the sign up sheet is on the choir room door, or speak to Mrs. Anaya for more information in G-125.

Seniors
Any 12th graders interested in performing the national anthem for the 2017 graduating class’ ceremony sign up at G-125.

Any students planning on attending Crafton Hills College can sign up for the Crafton Hills College High School Priority Enrollment Program taking place April 18th-May 2nd. Students can fill out their application and meet admissions counselors among other things. Sign up starting April 3rd in the counseling center.

Scholarships
Any student pursuing a trade school certificate or Associateś Degree can be considered for a $1000 scholarship from The American Legion Post 421. Grab an application from the counseling center.

AAA Academy
Interested in getting ahead for next school year? Sign up for summer courses at www.aaa-academy.com.

Rally Try Outs
Any students with a talent that they would like to share can sign up for the spring rally. There will be a meeting in the ASB room at lunch on April 4th for more information.


By CAITLIN MILLER 

At REV, there will be an all-school anti-bullying assembly on Friday, April 4th. It will be hosted by ASA Entertainment and Anti-Defamation League, as well as being sponsored by the United States Marines. As well as talking about the anti-bullying message, there will be several BMX X-Game stars that will perform aerial/ramp stunts. All students and faculty on campus will come to one of the shows. The show will be held on the basketball courts near the track.

By MICAELA PENALOZA 

Prom fashion show
Citrus valley high school held a fashion show for students to get ideas on what to wear to prom. Prom will be help at the LA Majestic starting at 7 pm in downtown LA on May 6th . Starting April 10th tickets will be on sale starting at $90 with ASB and $95 without ASB

Column: Learning to Grow Up 

Love

By JASMYN GONZALEZ

Love has always been something amazing. Something that is easy to see between two people 
who are deep into it, something that can be seen with the bond a family shares, something that everyone at one point needs in their life. People search for true love throughout their whole lives. 
It’s a natural desire for human beings; we want to feel wanted, we want to feel like enough.

So, who’s to say you have to love a certain someone?

“Gays, lesbians, bisexuals” have for the longest time been around…they have just never been so open and so supported as they are now. However, there are many who still haven’t had the chance to open up about it because of their own families or because of their own friends. How could someone want to keep another person from experiencing love like others? Although one may not agree with it or find it “disturbing”, they have no right to take that away from someone. There are many high school students, college students, and even adults, who are facing strong barriers and walls between them and someone they want, someone they love; and it just isn’t right. Love is something so strong, something so amazing. Shouldn’t everyone have a chance to experience that? No matter who it is with?

​America has always been about living your dream and striving to be better; to be someone you want, anyone you want. What if that dream includes someone you love? Should they really not be allowed to have them in their life because they are the same sex? Discrimination towards “gays, lesbians and bisexuals” is the same thing as racism towards African Americans or Latinos; because they are simply different and raised in a culture that is separate from the “norm”. And I believe there should be a stand against it, just as many others in history fought for justice and equality. Learn to grow up and accept people for who they are. Learn to be a loving person. They are people too; people just like you and me…they deserve a chance to have love.

Citrus Valley High School’s Youth of the Year recipient 

By AHLORA SMITH

Every year, the Boys and Girls Club of America picks an exceptional citizen to be represented as their National Youth of the Year. To be picked as the representative, candidates must go through events and are analysed on their personal achievements in their own community. The candidates for the honor are all hand chosen and are sent to Washington D.C. for a gala and dinner. At this celebration, the Youth of the Year is announced. This honor is given to the person that has inspired communities and children nationally and show the true spirit of the Boys and Girls Club. 2017’s National Youth of the Year award was to presented to Citrus Valley High School’s Isabelle Cruz.

Q: How were you feeling when you found out you were being presented with the award?
Cruz: “I was just feeling so happy and honored”

Q: How are you now feeling now that there has been a little bit of time for it to set in?
“I’m still just as excited about it as I was that day”

Q: I understand candidates had to go through events to get the award, what are some of your favorite events?
“My favorite is definitely when we were all able to have our friends and families together and make speeches on our values. It also wasn’t just me, it was lots of other people, too.”

Q: What got you involved in The Boys and Girls Club in the first place?
“Well, first my cousin told me and my family about it and said I should go join, and we all thought it was a good idea. When I got there, I realized how friendly of a place it was.”

Q: Finally, what message do you hope to put out as this year’s spokesperson?
“No matter what you go through or what challenges you meet, you just have to make sure you keep your self-confidence and self-esteem up.”

Congratulations, Isabelle! Everyone is so proud of you for this fantastic accomplishment.

The Reason Honor Court is Honorable

By MAYA SANCHEZ

The end of the year is approaching and one of the rewards for working hard and maintaining good grades is being invited to be in Honor Court. At Redlands East Valley, the Honor Court is made up of the top ten percent of the junior class and this year it is more competitive than ever.


Aside from having a ceremony to acknowledge the hard work and dedication the students have done, the Honor Court is also invited to Graduation where they will be paired with a Senior Honor Court member and be passed the red cord which signifies academic excellence. This tradition, which takes place at the start of Graduation, can be memorable for some as the person that is passing down the cord is often a close friend or a family member.

As well as being in Graduation, Honor Court also helps out with Senior Awards Night. Recently, the new Honor Court was commemorated  by getting a small pizza lunch with the Senior Honor Court.

But a small treat is not enough to summarize what Honor Court means. Honor Court is made from perseverance and intelligence and all the students who have made are the most academically honorable.

High School News Staff Presents to Local 8th Graders

By MIA DELMONICO

On March 1, 2017 members of the Ethic staff visited Moore Middle School and Beattie Middle School. The purpose of this trip was to share the goals of Ethic and encourage incoming high schoolers to consider joining the program in the future. With an inviting presentation, young recruits were informed about the main principles of Ethic and about some of the responsibilities they would have if they were to join Ethic.

    As the day drew closer, the staff prepared and transformed their ideas into a simplistic presentation to help the middle schoolers understand the true meaning of Ethic. When the time came to present the information to the students, they made sure to clarify that Ethic is a symbol of Redlands unity among most high schools in the Redlands Unified School District. The staff showed the recruits that this newspaper is about more than just writing or taking photos, it is about expressing yourself through your work.
    Included in the presentation were specifics about the different areas of the Ethic newspaper including News, Features, Arts and Entertainment, Multimedia, and Sports. They were sure to tell the students that no matter what their interests, there is always a place for them in the program. They shared that it is a way to come out of their comfort zone and open up in a way of free speech, art, and photography.
    Overall, the Ethic staff journeyed to the middle schools in hope of furthering certain students’ interests of informing the public and speaking their minds. Their goal was to encourage the middle schoolers to embrace their true selves and show them what Ethic is really about. Ethic hopes to have positively influenced the students’ decisions as they make the choice to join Ethic when they enter High School.

These Two Weeks in History

By LIAM McABEE

Feb. 11, 1768:
Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes

Feb. 12, 1915: Adolf Hitler receives the relatively common Iron Cross second class for bravery in World War I
Feb. 13, 1861: Abraham Lincoln declared US president in Washington, D.C.
Feb. 14, 1803: Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void.
Feb. 15, 1869: Charges of Treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped
Feb.  16, 1741: Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine begins publishing
Feb.  17, 1972: US President Richard Nixon leaves Washington, D.C. for China
Feb. 18, 1879: Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is awarded a patent for his design of  the Statue of Liberty
Feb. 19, 1878: Thomas Edison patents the gramophone (phonograph)
Feb. 20, 1962: John Glenn became the 1st American to orbit the Earth aboard Friendship 7
Feb. 21, 1431: Joan of Arc’s first day of interrogation during her trial for heresy
Feb. 22, 1942: World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse
Feb. 23, 1847: Battle of Buena Vista Mexico; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans
Feb. 24, 1868: US House of Representatives vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson

REV Score Updates

By TIMOTHY LEE

Boy’s Varsity Basketball
Feb. 9th Win vs. Citrus Valley (68-42)
Feb. 15th Win vs. Jordan (80-73)
Feb. 18th Loss vs. Mayfair (63-86)

Girl’s Varsity Basketball
Feb. 7th Loss vs. Cajon (52-57)
Feb. 9th Win vs. Citrus Valley (46-26)
Feb. 16th Loss vs. La Canada (33-60)

Boy’s Varsity Soccer
Feb. 9th Win vs. Citrus Valley (2-1)
Feb. 16th Win vs. Centennial (3-0)
Feb. 22nd Win vs. Redondo Union (1-0)

Girl’s Varsity Soccer
Feb. 9th Win vs. Citrus Valley (1-0)
Feb. 16th Win vs. Mira Costa (2-1)
Feb. 21st Loss vs. Sunny Hills (0-1)

Girl’s Varsity Water Polo
Feb. 9th Win vs. Citrus Valley (12-8)
Feb. 16th Win vs. Kennedy (9-8)
Feb. 18th Win vs. Costa Mesa (6-3)
Feb. 22nd Win vs. Paso Robles (8-7)

CVHS Score Updates

By TONY MAURICIO

Boy’s Varsity Basketball
Feb.6 Win vs. Miller (75-40)
Feb.7 Loss vs. Redlands High (45-38)
Feb. 9 Loss vs. Redlands East Valley (68-42)

Girl’s Varsity Basketball
Feb. 7 Win vs. Redlands High (53-45)
Feb. 9 Win vs. Redlands East Valley (48-26)

Boy’s Varsity Soccer
Feb.7 Loss vs. Redlands High (2-1)
Feb.9 Loss vs. Redlands East Valley (2-1)
Feb.17 Win vs. Summit (2-0)

Girl’s Varsity Soccer
Feb.7 Loss vs. Redlands High (2-0)
Feb.9 Loss vs. Redlands East Valley (1-0)
Feb. 16 Loss vs. Quartz Hill (3-0)  

Girl’s Varsity Water Polo
Feb.7 Loss vs. Redlands High (11-8)
Feb.8 Loss vs. Redlands East Valley (12-8)

News Brief: FAFSA Deadline Approaching

By MIA DELMONICO

Attention all Graduating Seniors! FASFA deadline is coming closer. The last day to apply for federal student aid is March 2nd. Remember this year you also have to apply for you CalGrant on the WebGrants 4 Students site so that you can claim your awards earned through this program. This site also provides a resource for other helpful advice and sources dealing with financial aid for college. In order to create an account the following steps should be followed: 1) Go to the WebGrants home page. 2) Select the create an account link. 3) From there personal information will need to be added. 4) Lastly you will be informed if your information was found in the system of assisting financial aid.

REV Thespians Put On Wizard of Oz Production

By CAITLIN MILLER

Redlands East Valley students – the upcoming school musical, The Wizard of Oz, is playing from March 2, 3 and 4 at 7:00 P.M. and March 5 at 1:30 P.M. The production uses the original MGM score and features a full student orchestra. It will cost $15 to watch the musical for students without an ASB sticker, those with a sticker can buy tickets for $10 ahead of time. At the door tickets will be $15 for everybody.

Ethic Sports: CV Rugby

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Column: Learning to Grow Up

Love

By JASMYN GONZALEZ

​What is love? Love is something undefinable. For centuries, people have tried to put love into words and it has never been efficient enough to cover all aspects love provides. In search of what others might think are ways to define love, quotes were collected from REV’s faculty and staff. Along with my own ideas, here are a few of theirs, quoted anonymously upon request.

Family: Love is when a mother looks at her child and smiles because she is the most beautiful thing ever.Love is forgiving someone for something unforgettable. Love is forgetting someone’s mistakes and looking forward to the bright future they might share.

A story that shows how love is shown without the actual word being said is a story of brotherhood between one of Rev’s staff members, as follows:

“I have a brother. He’s a year older than I am and a couple years ago he wrote a text/letter to my sisters and I, saying that he had contracted cancer and that he was going to die. Because it After a couple of days I got a hold of him but, I didn’t want to call him on the phone because obviously he didn’t want to talk. I didn’t think I could talk either, without crying and stuff and so, I wrote him and I said:, ‘you know, I just feel like I’ve been such a bad brother. I don’t call you, I don’t talk to you all the time, I don’t do all these things, and I’m just a bad brother. He said to me: ‘you know, the best thing in the world is that we have each other, I’m still here,and we’re brothers. We’re never going to be perfect for each other; we’re never going to do everything the right way, but we have an opportunity in time to sit there and forgive each other. So, I forgive you for being a bad brother.’ Then he said, ‘I hope you’ll forgive me for being a bad brother’… we never said ‘I love you’, but he said ‘I forgive you’ and to me it was like the best outpouring of love anybody could give- is to just sit there and say, ‘I forgive you. Things that we did wrong, they don’t matter anymore because we’re better than that. We’re stronger than that; we’re different people than that now and I truly forgive you’. When I told him I forgave him, I felt like I was giving him a gift, but I felt like I was giving myself a gift then too. It was like, it took all that burden off of me and we didn’t have to go through all that drama of what we had done wrong…and then, we just moved on and we were friends until he passed away… That’s what we did.”

“I think a family that sits down to eat together for dinner at night is a sovereign kind of love.”

Friendship:Love is when your best friend brings you soup because you’re sick and need food. Love is when your friend opens their home to you in a time of need. Love is when you stay in contact with your best friend who lives miles and miles away.

Love is sacrifice.

And, I think instead of looking for the stereotypical signs of love and the usual ways to see if someone loves someone else, we should all try to look for the little signals, the little gestures and the small things people show us that sometimes are overlooked and unappreciated. Love is not only saying ‘I love you’ but also, showing it with actions.

News Briefs: Rev

By CAITLIN MILLER

An students who are interested in being a cheerleader at Redlands East Valley next year are welcome to come to the pre-parent/student meeting to get information for next school years’ cheer and find out what will be expected of the student and parent. This informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, Marsh 1st in the REVHS administration office upstairs from 6:00-6:30pm. Any students from 8th grade to 11th grade are welcomed, as long as their parents also attend.


California Representative Pete Aguilar will be holding a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and college affordability workshop on Sat., Feb. 18 from 9:00-11:00am at San Bernardino Valley College in room B100 to help families before the application deadline on March 2nd. Patricia Aguilera from California State University, San Bernardino will be on site to help with answering questions about the FAFSA application process and other concerns with student loans.

REV Sports Update

By TIMOTHY LEE

Boys Varsity Basketball:
Jan. 26 Loss vs. Redlands High School (49-53)
Jan. 28 Win vs. Yucaipa High School (66-45)
Jan. 31 Win vs. A.B. Miller (57-32)
Feb. 2 Win vs Eisenhower (75-51)
Feb. 7 Win vs Cajon (74-63)

Girls Varsity Basketball:
Jan. 26 Win vs. Redlands High School (71-30)
Jan. 28 Win vs. Yucaipa High School (47-38)
Jan. 31 Win vs. A.B. Miller (62-29)
Feb. 2 Win vs. Eisenhower (72-44)

Boys Varsity Wrestling:
Upcoming CBL Finals Conference Saturday Feb. 11 at 9:00 AM

Boys Varsity Soccer:
Feb. 2 Win vs. Eisenhower (3-0)
Feb. 7 Win vs. Cajon (3-2)
Feb. 9 Win vs. Citrus Valley (2-1)

Girls Varsity Soccer:
Feb. 2 Win vs. Eisenhower (10-0)
Feb. 7 Win vs. Cajon (2-1)
Feb. 9 Win vs. Citrus Valley (1-0)

Girls Varsity Water Polo:
Jan. 30 Loss vs. Palm Desert (6-15)
Feb. 2 Win vs. Eisenhower (7-3)
Feb. 7 Loss vs. Cajon (5-8)

News Briefs: CV

By LAURYN BEST

Club Shirts

Purchase a $10  Black Student Union t-shirt just in time for Black History Month. Students must go to the finance office and tell them their shirt size in order to purchase one.
Blackhawk Spirit Crew shirts are selling at $9.

Valentine’s Day Grams
CV will be offering students a chance to purchase stuffed bears and performances by the school choir for $5 for Valentine’s day. Feb. 13 is the deadline for all purchases.

Lux
All Redlands Schools are invited to Lux, the new winter semi-formal. Located at Game Works in Ontario, students have access to: games, food,  a soft bar, and dancing. Tickets go on sale Feb.6 for $40, and will go up to $45 Feb. 21. RHS students need a guest pass.

Lux Geotag Contest
Want to go to Lux? Can’t buy a ticket? Create a geotag for the event by Feb.7 and submit it to the CVHS twitter or Instagram accounts for consideration. The winner will be announced at the rally, and receive a free ticket to Lux.

CVHS Sports Updates

By TONY MAURICIO

Boys Varsity Basketball:
Jan.26 Loss Vs Cajon (75-64)
Jan.31 Win Vs Carter (73-45)
Feb.2 Win Vs Yucaipa (50-43)

Girls Varsity Basketball:
Jan.26 Loss Vs Cajon (59-31)
Jan.31 Loss Vs Carter (61-31)
Feb.2 Loss Vs Yucaipa (65-33)

Boys Varsity Wrestling:
Jan.4 Loss Vs Carter (62-14)

Boys Varsity Soccer:
Jan.26 Win Vs Cajon (2-1)
Jan.31 Tie Vs Carter (1-1)
Feb.2 Win Vs Yucaipa (4-1)

Girls Varsity Soccer:
Jan.26 Loss Vs Cajon (2-0)
Jan.28  Tie Vs Redlands (0-0)
Jan.31 Win Vs Carter (3-1)
Feb.2 Loss Vs Yucaipa (1-0)

Girls Varsity Water Polo:
Jan.26 Loss Vs Cajon (12-3)
Feb.2 Loss Vs Yucaipa (19-5)
Feb.6 Win Vs Carter (24-4)

Women Speak Through Their Footprints

By MAYA SANCHEZ

As stated by the official Women’s March website, “the Women’s March on Washington is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level” and according to crowd scientists at the New York Times, the march in D.C. had over three times the amount of people that attended Trump’s Inauguration.

Granted, the inauguration numbers hover over 1.5 million, which is below the 1.8 million estimated for Obama’s 2009 inauguration. However, these numbers can only be estimates but between the metro riders and Nielsan Ratings, Trump is estimated to not have brought in as many views as he claimed to have done.

The march was a global event, taking place across all seven continents. The scientists at Antarctica were lead by Linda Zunas who, according to the Independent, was motivated by President Trump’s wishes to take away the environmental policies established in the last eight years. President Trump has consistently questioned the existence of climate change and has even gone as far as claim climate change to be a hoax. At the time of this publication, the new White House website does not have a section relating to climate change, instead having a page titled “America First Energy Plan”.

The change in topics on the White House website is a cause of concern for many and these issues can contribute to the Women’s March on Washington and its widescale sister-marches. The main focus on the Women’s March is to show the new administration that “women’s rights are human rights.

Redlands East Valley senior Morgan Glaub calls the event “thrilling [and] exhilarating. Inspirational [to see] so many men and women working toward a common goal & taking a stance for a better future.” Junior Ellen Dendinger shares the same sentiments and calls the experience “very eye opening. It was amazing to see so many diverse women, children, and men all come together to voice their concerns for our human rights and progress.”

The Women’s March has been called a huge success as over one million people in America marched from Los Angeles to New York City to Macomb County, Michigan.

However, the Women’s March did not stop on January 21. The organization pushes a plan of “10 Actions for the First 100 Days” which includes contacting local senators and getting your voice heard. The true effect of the the Women’s March has yet to be seen and it will be interesting to see both the actions and responses taken by President Trump’s administration and the public.

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