Issue II, Nov. 2009 News Page 3
President awarded Nobel Peace Prize By the
By Brittany Downey lose; they just are not recognized right person. Obama’s efforts for President Obama not only was
Sports Editor with the award. Other American peace between countries around honored by the award, but saw
leaders to win the award include the world are an ideal that most the award as much more than just
This December will not be Woodrow Wilson, Theodore leaders are trying to accomplish, recognition for his efforts.
the ﬁrst time a United States Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, and Al but some people would rather see “I know that the Nobel Peace
President has been awarded the A view of world news and
Gore. President Obama has now the award granted to someone Prize has not been to honor just
Nobel Peace Prize, but it will be current events through the
joined the ranks of world leaders who actually achieved a particular speciﬁc achievement, but also
use of numbers
the ﬁrst time since 1919 a current like Mikhail Gorbachev, who was goal. been used as a means to give
President has been recognized recognized for his efforts in ending “I don’t think he deserved momentum to a set of causes. That
with the prestigious award. Oct.10 the Cold War, and Nelson Mandela, the award because he had not is why I will accept this award as a artifacts
President Barack Obama awoke to who worked to end Apartheid in proven anything when they voted, call to action; a call for all nations to be displayed in the
the news that he had won the Nobel South Africa. but maybe now after a couple of to confront the common challenges newly planned 2010
Peace Prize for his “extraordinary The prize has caused both months have passed he may have of the 21st century,” President
efforts to strengthen international
doubts and approval from not only deserved it,” Jones said. Obama said.
diplomacy and cooperation United States citizens, but the Despite the belief that Obama The President will travel to
between peoples”, according to the entire world. In Europe, inhabitants has not achieved anything, other Oslo, Norway in December to
Nobel Prize committee. praise the committee’s decision, Obama supporters, such as junior accept his prize, which includes
“I think he deﬁnitely has believing the President has done Rachel Dang, stand fast on the fact a medal, a personal diploma,
been a huge proponent of making exactly what he won the award that his efforts before taking ofﬁce and a cash reward. The cash
alliances with other nations and
for, strengthening foreign ties. were enough for anyone of the reward in December of 2007 was
basically global communication However, others have different same rank with the same belief to $1,436,033.44. This year’s cash
[in general],” Senior Emma Rogers opinions. Some believe the award be acknowledged also. award is set at 10 million Swedish people killed in
said. was premature or unnecessary. “I think it’s good that he got it. kroner, or $1,473,087.74 Pakistan car bombing
The Nobel Prize committee “The real question Americans I think a lot of people are against it Despite public opinion, the
was started in 1901 by a man Tuesday, Nov. 10
are asking is, ‘What has President because they don’t know why he award has given the President the
named Alfred Nobel. There are two Obama actually accomplished?’” got it. Although, I think it’s meant attention from leaders around the
designated committees that make Michael Steele said, chairman of the to bring people together and in the world. Now that Obama has joined
the decision on which nominee Republican National Committee, end it’s bringing people apart,” the ranks of some for the most
is recognized with each award. in the New York Times. Dang said. inﬂuential leaders of our time,
A committee located in Norway Most of the praise for the In his speech on Oct.10, the every eye will be waiting for him
chooses a winner speciﬁcally President’s recognition is from President spoke of how he was to make his next move toward the
for the Nobel Peace Prize. The
the leaders of countries around the “humbled” and felt unworthy to goal of global harmony.
nominees that are triumphant world. However, back on the home “be in the company of so many
are called laureates, not winners front, most citizens ponder whether transformative ﬁgures who have
because the other nominees do not or not the award was given to the been honored by this prize”. million apportioned
to victims of Bernard
Different aspects of economy Madoff’s fraud
have both pluses and minuses
By Erica Justice downfalls, including the job market and taxes. “The regulatory environment is getting
Reporter “The economy is spiraling downward, due rougher with the current administration in
to inﬂation and over taxation” sophomore Alex Washington, so I don’t see anything improving
Last year, the economy and its declining Gleason said. for small businesses” economics teacher Gary
state was one of the main topics up for debate According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, Nelson said.
by presidential candidates. Fortunately, some since the start of the “recession”, unemployment For seasonal holidays, stores like K-Mart,
aspects have begun to improve, including has increased from 7.6 million to 15.7 million. Sears, and Toys-R-Us are offering layaway
the slow increase of the stock market and the Unemployment is now at 10.2 percent, the plans allowing people to pay off items overtime.
lowered rates of gasoline. Even though some Unfortunately, this will not year renovation
things are improving, some think they are not continue after January. This will project set out for King
improving by much. help the individual businesses, Tut’s tomb
“The economy is slowly but surely getting but not so much the economy
there, but I think it’s going to take a while,” as a whole. Their stock might
senior Dani Griswold said. improve and it may assist holiday
With the current bills up for approval, many shoppers, but the effects won’t be
do not see a large or helpful change ahead. permanent.
Some report that healthcare poses a large threat “I think it’s very beneﬁcial
to the economy and citizens with jobs in the for those families who are less
medical ﬁeld. fortunate because it helps them
“With the Healthcare bill that socializes set up a steady plan to buy gifts
healthcare and the Cap & Trade bill that
typhoons hit the
that they couldn’t buy before,” Philippines in the month
increases electricity rates, the economy is only sophomore Marc St. Cyr said.
going to decline more than it already has,” http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2009/jun/22/week of October.
Some economists argue that
junior Keaton Studdert said. we have not even hit a “recession”
Currently, the stock market has gained highest percentage it has been since April and all that we have been experiencing has
steadiness, but it is not at a completely stable of 1983. To keep from laying employees off, been a preface of what is to come. While others
level. According to CNNmoney.com, the companies have started asking that employees say that an end to the recession is near. As the
stock market will not return to the level it has take unpaid leaves and/or vacations. Because of stock market begins to regain steadiness, other
previously been for at least three years. Though this, companies are no longer offering overtime aspects of the economy continue to ﬂuctuate.
the stock market does play its part, other things to employees and some companies are even For more information, visit CNNMoney.com.
cause the effects of recessions and economic shortening employee work weeks.
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