Category Archives: Opinions

The Return of “Home for the Holidays”

By Abigail Clark ’22
EE Staff Writer 

The Macy’s Parade will be the host to millions of people once again.

There is a song by The Carpenters that says “There is no place like home for the holidays”. It’s true and Thanksgiving is just that. Home is being safely around friends, family, and neighbors. It is one of the best parts of the holiday but it is something we all missed out on last year. 

The Covid-19 pandemic put a huge strain on families’ desires to travel for Thanksgiving last year. Even though many continued to travel despite CDC warnings, there was a 10% drop in travel according to AAA. For those that did travel, the questions of safety were always up in the air. Am I carrying the virus? Will I infect my family members? Will I get sick myself? With no vaccine, cases were bound to rise. And they did. The week of December 18th, 2020 saw the surpassing of 17.2 million Covid cases and a huge spike in hospitalized patients. 

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a big holiday event, was closed to the public and mostly prerecorded in 2020. An event that is usually attended by 2 to 3 million people saw empty streets because of the pandemic.

Families spent hours on Zoom, giving thanks to their family through a phone, watching bands perform on the desolate streets of New York City, and traveled with the question of safety in the back of their minds.

This Thanksgiving will be better, thanks to the Covid vaccine.

The New “Meta” of Social Media: Facebook’s Revival

Thomas Ou ’24
EE Entertainment Editor

The youngest self-made billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, has no shortage of surprises as he develops a daring new master plan to take over the growing metaverse. The CEO and cofounder of Meta Platforms, formerly known as Facebook, has had his fair share of controversies and hurdles from privacy concerns to data usage within political campaigns. However, today marks an important day for both social media and technology as the company focuses more on the development of future innovations.

“From now on, we’re going to be the metaverse first, not Facebook first,” said Zuckerberg in the annual connect conference on Thursday, October 28. The company, in an effort to rebrand to better reflect their values and interest, has changed its name from Facebook to Meta. (Random side note to aspiring stock traders out there, a company known as Meta materials, which is completely unrelated to Facebook and the Metaverse, has seen a dramatic surge in stock prices. Please be sure to do research on the company before dumping your life savings on it). 

A metaverse, as the name implies, is a virtual universe of endless, interconnected virtual communities where people are able to meet, work, and play. This is done through virtual reality headsets, augmented reality glasses, smartphone apps, and other devices, reflecting the shift into VR and AR technology these past few years. Mark Zuckerberg plans to bring the internet back to life and create an experience so realistic, people will have a hard time differentiating between reality and technology. 

“It’s the next evolution of connectivity where all of those things start to come together in a seamless, doppelganger universe, so you’re living your virtual life the same way you’re living your physical life,” said Victoria Petrock, an analyst who follows emerging technologies, in a recent interview with NPR.

COVID’s Effect on the Entertainment Industry

Thomas Ou ’24
EE Staff Writer

It seems as if nothing can be saved from the curse that is COVID, and this remains true when it comes to the Entertainment Industry. The  past year has brought about many delays with major movie releases as well as popular television shows. TV shows that used to have live audiences are forced to make do with empty studios or have their production temporarily suspended. Video game releases are being pushed back with major video events such as E3 and the Tokyo Game Show as well as music festivals like the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and most other concerts being canceled. The entertainment industry has taken a big hit as a result of the disease, and only time will tell how the ripple effects of this will alter the future of entertainment.

It’s no surprise that movies are forced to take a production halt due to the risks of filming in a deadly pandemic. A delay within one movie can lead to a production setback for the coming decades as evidenced by the entire Marvel Phase 4 being pushed back a full year. Before the pandemic, there had already been a decline in film attendance and it has now worsened in most major countries, leading to the major studios such as Warner Bros., Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox, Sony, and Universal going from releasing 20-25 major films in the 2000s to around nine in 2019 according to analysts.

The many downsides in this new age of entertainment have only been made worse by COVID. This virus has basically killed off the already-dying movie theaters, giving rise to the many online streaming services. While this could be looked at in a positive light, these numerous streaming services are really getting out of hand and it has no sign of slowing in the near future.

Streaming was created as an alternative to the expensive bundles that contain a bunch of useless shows and channels that come with cable TV plans. But now with the rising prices, each company taking their shows and putting them under only their services, and service-exclusive originals, the services have become the very thing they swore to destroy. Whereas before one could not watch Discovery Channel and NBC Sports without paying the $80 fee for both cables (as well as getting 50+ channels you won’t end up watching), nowadays one can not watch Umbrella Academy, The Handmaid’s Tale, Dickinson, Westworld, and The Mandalorian without paying for five different streaming services monthly (and now getting 500+ shows you won’t end up watching). While the TV industry is able to produce more original content every year, our wallets won’t be able to keep up with all the new services and , in the end, we will end up missing out on many great shows.

Making History: Vice President Kamala Harris

McKaylan Connolly ’23
EE Staff Writer

On Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, Kamala Devi Harris was sworn in as the Vice President of the United States in front of the U.S. Capitol by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. This makes her the highest-ranking woman in United States political history. Vice President Harris commemorated Inauguration Day as a day of many firsts. Kamala Harris is the first ever woman Vice President, breaking the glass ceiling by holding a position held by men since the start of our democracy. Not only is Harris the first woman holding the nation’s second-highest office, but also the first Black woman and person of South Asian descent to hold the position. 

Harris started her education at Howard University. She then went on to earn her law degree at the University of California, Hastings. She began her career at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and became the top prosecutor for San Francisco in 2003. Then, she started her political career when she was elected Attorney General of California in 2010, becoming the first woman and the first black person to serve as California’s attorney general. She was even re-elected to the post in 2014. Harris then went on to serve as the junior United States senator from California from 2017 to 2021. She made a name for herself in Washington with her bold prosecutorial techniques in Senate hearings, and slammed her adversaries at prudent moments that at times went viral. On January 21, 2019, Harris officially announced her candidacy for president of the United States in the 2020 United States presidential election. However, she eventually withdrew from seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination and became President Joe Biden’s running mate. 

Kamala’s position is significant in more ways than one. By holding the position of Vice President, Kamala has expanded the role of women and racial diversity in politics and government. Millions of people who have never seen such representation in this country will now see themselves reflected in one of the country’s highest-ranking leaders. Her position in office is even more relevant in a time where the nation is grappling over institutional racism and the disproportionate effects that COVID-19 has on black and brown communities. 

Kamala brings a notion of hope to a variety of communities and starts a legacy for many to follow. As she stated herself, “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last.”

Political Correctness in a Global Culture

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE Editor-in-Chief

A revolution in communication has recently taken hold of the world. As every statement becomes increasingly politicized, the global conversation has shied away from painful truths and focused its attention on inane yet safe topics. Political correctness: the phenomenon where even ordinary citizens translate their thoughts into undeniably uncontroversial statements sure to protect every group from offense, has provided a mask behind which true crises can hide. 

With the past presidential election, this term has entered the spotlight, though its meaning has greatly evolved since it was first introduced by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. Originally used to describe the correct way to enact policies, it has recently become synonymous with ‘hypersensitivity’. Once seen as a benevolent acknowledgement of human differences, it is now perceived as an affront on the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. 

Yet, ultimately, the debate over whether political correctness inhibits or protects people is trivial when it is used to conceal urgent issues. And the hyperbolized need to address every minority group sensitively encourages prescribers to political correctness to deliberately parse for differences between people, often irrelevant to the subject at hand. The ‘squad’ in Congress, as they have come to be called, are identified first by their ethnicities and gender before the liberal policy they support. It is as though their opposition feels a need to preeminently refute any claims that their criticisms stem from the squad’s membership in minority groups rather than simply debating on real time issues in a factual and concise manner. 

Make Room for Art!

Neya Kidambi ‘22
EE Features Editor

Think back to your first day of art class in elementary school. Walking into that colorful room and smelling the fresh paper, newly unboxed watercolors, and observing all of the creativity surrounding you. For me, the art room became a beautiful splash of color in an otherwise drab, brick school. When I went on to middle school, that bright and blissful feeling associated with art class followed me. I dipped my hands into fresh clay as I sculpted hummingbirds and learned how to use brushes to give my acrylic paintings texture. Life was good.

Until High School. Until AP classes started. Until endless hours of homework per night became a thing.

Freshman year was a change. I no longer had a period of watercolor painting in art class or making metal rings in Tech-Ed or baking in FACS to get me through the day. Instead, for 8 periods straight, I sat in a classroom and took notes. This year, I was determined to change things. I needed a break in the day.

That’s when I stumbled upon Visual Design during my sophomore year. In the short 5 weeks that I have been in this class, I can assure you that the class feels like a family. Students agree that the curriculum is both fun and challenging and from painting outside to playing art jeopardy, Mrs. Durand and Visual Design have become something I look forward to in the day.

Observations on the High School Hierarchy

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
Mishka Kapoor ‘21
EE Co Editors-in-Chief

With the beginning of a new school year comes a shift in the dynamic of high school. Seniors have graduated, juniors become the new seniors, and eighth graders, once the kings of middle school, are now the babies of high school. As the convenient scapegoats of the entire school, freshmen become the cause of every upperclassman’s (and even sophomore’s) grievances. A-Hall corner has stop-and-go traffic, lunch lines take an eternity, bathrooms are packed: It’s those dang freshmen again.

When the first day of school begins, anxious students stumble through the doors heading for their advisory classes. For sophomores, juniors, and seniors, this is a routine and mundane schedule: nearly automatic. Yet for incoming freshmen, bombarded by a sea of link crew shirts, the quest to find the right class is often overwhelming. “What’s ‘No-Name’? Why is C15 in the Literacy Center hallway instead of C-Hall? Where on Earth is M-Wing?” As rising juniors who no longer wander the halls in a stupor looking for their next class, it is sometimes slightly amusing to watch the struggling freshmen.

A Hello

Amaya Mikolic-Berrios ‘21
EE Editor-in-Chief 2019-2020

I have dreamed of becoming a writer since I was ten years old, but only a few years ago did I realize that journalism was the path for me. Ever since, I have done my best to enter the world of reporting. Joining the high school newspaper seemed an obvious for me, and I have loved being a part of the small community since the moment I had my first article published. As a freshman, I was ambitious and strove to make a mark on our school through my writing. I am ecstatic to have been provided with the opportunity to lead The Eagle’s Eye as Editor-In-Chief next year and I know next year is going to be exciting for THS and The Eagle’s Eye.

I would like to thank Arnav and Manan for the endless support they have shown the writers. They have shown that beyond being talented writers, the team at The Eagle’s Eye is a dedicated, passionate group, and I aim to even further enhance the sense of community felt there. A special thanks to Mr. Pelligra, who has guided me and inspired me to achieve my dreams. I know I would not be where I am today without his help. I cannot wait to work with the amazing writers and editors next year to create an evermore successful newspaper that continues to elevate the welcoming environment among students and staff. Enjoy summer vacation, everyone!

Some Goodbyes…

Arnav Srivastava ‘19
EE Editor-In-Chief

Lured into Eagle’s Eye Newspaper as a mere freshman with ambitions of “trying something new,” little did I expect that I’d find myself an avid journalist. Yet one article led to another, and every article fostered a stronger love for writing.

By sophomore year, I found my home as Opinions Editor. Shaping readers’ perspectives with respectful and fair arguments, I was the messenger of truth, encouraging an exchange of ideas from Drivers’ Ed to organic food. Pizza-night in the library (we’re rebel-nerds) bonding with writers/editors as I edit articles and design layout – and I was hungry for more.

As Editor-in-Chief, my plate was full. Forming and coordinating article topics, guiding editors and staff, managing funding, editing articles, developing layouts, pushing deadlines – with my wonderful team, together, we make a more connected Trumbull High School.

Some Goodbyes…

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Managing Editor

They say you are what you eat, and I am not here to argue with them. They seem to be right about most things, and for that I admit that I am a Belvita Breakfast Biscuit. But, when I look in the mirror, who is the Belvita I see? I find that this is the question good writing drives us all to ponder. Do we have cream filling or rather a crisp chocolatey crunch? I myself struggle to answer this very question, and I find I often get bored of one flavor, and switch to perhaps a vanilla or multigrain breakfast biscuit for some time.

It is, so they say, good writing that holds a mirror up to society. Our reflection is found in the works of Shakespeare, the stories of Dickens, the triumphs and plights of religious figures, and, of course, the newspaper. Daily reports of our activities, our relationships, the world around us and our actions and interactions within it. Change and revelations are made when we dare to see ourselves. It is the muckrakers of the late 19th century, the headlines in the New York Times, and the papers put in the hands of citizens in every city, household, and school that are testaments to our very existence, and reflections of our essence. We are fed by the news that writers report, but just as we must be careful eaters, it is the reporter’s job to prepare our meals with care.

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