Reflection — The Beat has been a great ride

July 8, 2014

My first impression of The Beat came from Iman Baghai. He did not inspire confidence.

For those who may not know him, Iman is a great guy, a loud, friendly goofball with a sneeze that sounds like a distressed piglet. At first glance, though, he doesn’t seem like he would make a good editor of a news page; he seems disorganized and scatterbrained, and as a freshman listening to his recruitment talk, I remember being very skeptical about the kind of page this guy would run.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah         High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah
High School

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Let’s Talk About It — Bullying over the Internet is easier than in person

May 27, 2014

Jacob Brunette Issaqauh         High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah
High School

Students at Issaquah High School pride themselves on their kindness and the inclusive atmosphere of their school. Yet, in the few instances where IHS makes the national news, it always seems to be for something that totally contradicts that positive self-image: Racist tweets directed toward students at Garfield High School or the sexist “May Madness” competition are the two major examples that come to mind.

And while Issaquah certainly has the most prominent profile in that regard, neither Skyline, Liberty, nor Eastside Catholic is free of bullying either. The question is, how can schools that pride themselves on being friendly, welcoming places still be host to such negative behavior?

A major explanation comes in the rise of social media. While the stereotypical view of bullying is that of bullies beating up kids for lunch money, in reality, that hasn’t been accurate for a long time.

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Work sucks

April 24, 2014

NEW – 10:35 a.m. April 24, 2014

My first day at work: sitting in front of a computer for four hours watching training videos. My second day at work: sitting in front of a computer for four hours watching training videos.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

I am praying with all of my heart that my third day of work will involve the excitement of (gasp) putting items in bags for four hours! It will probably be more training videos.

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