Category: Editorial

Wildcats explain: Being in a band

By Breeon Estermeyer

Joining a band is like joining the circus, so pack up your things and get ready for the time of your life. Disclaimer: A small portion of your soul must be sold for the full experience. Continue reading “Wildcats explain: Being in a band”

Project Affinity: A reflection on community service

Project Affinity is a service-based organization that assists those in need, in and around the D.C, Maryland, and Virginia areas. At least once a month, I, along with a group of others, prepared, cooked, and distributed boxes of food and drinks to local shelters and individuals found nearby. In the fall, Project Affinity holds an annual Winter Clothing Drive, collecting donations of coats, hats, gloves, and even socks throughout the season. Then, in mid-December, the group heads to the nation’s capital, home to more than 11,000 homeless citizens, to distribute the contributions.

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Wildcats Explain: Photography

By Esra Mahgoub

Photography isn’t just a click of a button. It’s a race against time.

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Women’s History Month Q&A: the female teachers of Arundel High School weigh in

By Rachel Heller

In honor of Women’s History Month, the female teachers of Arundel convene to discuss standing up for your rights, discrimination, contributions of women, and hopes for the future. Continue reading “Women’s History Month Q&A: the female teachers of Arundel High School weigh in”

Arundel High School student government to hold first annual spring dance (updated)

 

By Briana Mercado

Update: Due to scheduling difficulties the dance has been postponed to April 7th, 2017 from 7:00pm -10:00pm.

Gambrills, MD- The Arundel Student Government Association (SGA) class of 2018 and 2019 is holding its first annual spring dance, the theme being spring fling, in order to fund their respective proms. Continue reading “Arundel High School student government to hold first annual spring dance (updated)”

The War on Jellyfish

By Lexi Galuska

As I sat in a kayak with my sister nearby, I turned to her and announced: “I am declaring war on jellyfish.”

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The War on Jellyfish

By Lexi Galuska

As I sat in a kayak with my sister nearby, I turned to her and announced: “I am declaring war on jellyfish.” We had been trying to enjoy a family afternoon in late August by going out on the South River, when our kayaks were ambushed by hordes upon hordes of jellyfish. I regarded them in pure disgust and fear as I tried to push them away with my paddle. Thus far, I’d counted a total of 24. My sister laughed at my odd declaration, but couldn’t necessarily bring herself to disagree with the utter superfluousness of the jellyfish’s existence. In all honesty, I believed this war would have gotten more support from the public than almost any other war the U.S. had fought; everyone hates jellyfish. They are, after all, unnecessary. All they do is drift like translucent mines through the brown waters and sting people. Everyone sitting out on their boats or on the dock was too afraid to swim, save for one man who waved his beer bottle in salutation as he informed us that he was, at that present moment, being stung.

Even when I was eight, my disdain for the loathsome jellyfish was beginning to grow. I was visiting my cousins in New Jersey during the summer, and we had decided to go to the beach. Our territory had been seized by the enemy. So many jellyfish had washed ashore, it was difficult to walk on the sand, and impossible go into the water. I vividly remember screaming at my cousin to watch out as the waves pushed one right toward her ankle, five feet from the water’s edge. My third grade teacher later commended me for my bravery.

The kayak incident had cemented for me the idea that jellyfish were the enemy of all things good, and their ultimate extinction was a worthy goal. Unfortunately for me, war would not be so simple. The particular type of jellyfish I had come across is the one most people are familiar with: scyphozoa. We should probably consider ourselves blessed that this is the case, seeing as the hydrozoa can grow to be over 50 meters long and the cubozoa contains enough venom to kill a person with one sting. I learned this, of course, after turning to Google for sober clarity and a plan of attack.

Evidently, environmentalists disagreed with my position. Jellyfish, I learned, are a type of zooplankton that feed off of anything from fish eggs to actual fish. They are a necessary part of the underwater food chain, as they provide food for crustaceans, sea turtles, fish, and sharks. Jellyfish also have been alive for more than 500 million years, about 300 million years longer than people have been on Earth. Most people along the east coast know that you put seawater on a jellyfish sting to ease the pain. Most people don’t know that jellyfish fuel underwater ecosystems and are essential to the deep-sea carbon cycle.

In my defense, jellyfish are not portrayed in the most flattering light. A jellyfish almost killed Dory in Finding Nemo. Kids at the beach are told that jellyfish are dangerous and should be avoided at all costs (a safe message, nonetheless). It’s easy to assume that jellyfish are wasteful, useless creatures put on God’s earth for the sole purpose of making our lives miserable. Wasps, mosquitoes, termites–endless pests that plague the world seem to have no immediate purpose. However, when we consider that there might be a purpose, that these animals have evolved and survived for so long for a reason, only then can we tolerate and accept sharing an environment with these complex creatures.

It’s easy to hate what we don’t understand. The challenge is to strive for understanding.