METEA MEDIA Your World. Your Stories. Every Day. Tue, 09 Feb 2021 17:17:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Issue 4: February 8, 2020 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 17:17:17 +0000 ]]> 0 Analysis: 2021 Super Bowl ended the “Greatest Of All Time” debate Tue, 09 Feb 2021 15:41:46 +0000 Tom Brady versus Patrick Mahomes. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus the Kansas City Chiefs. A unique showdown that featured the Greatest of All Time “GOAT” and the player many considered was next up. 

This was the tenth appearance for Brady, and the nine previous have resulted in six Super Bowls. He is 43. As for Mahomes, this is his second appearance, with one Super Bowl under his belt. He is 25. 

The game started out with punts from both teams. On the second drive for Kansas City, Patrick Mahomes completed zero passes. The rushing attempts, however, resulted in 27 yards. The drive started on the Kansas City 38-yard line, and a defensive penalty extended the drive five yards. On fourth down at the Tampa Bay 31, the Chiefs elected to send out kicker Harrison Butker to try a 49-yard field goal. Butker drilled it right down the middle. 3-0 Chiefs.

The very next drive, Tampa Bay answered. A trifecta of rushes by running back Leonard Fournette, to start off the drive, totaled 15 yards. Tom Brady completed four of his next five pass attempts. The last one, went to tight end Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski for an 8-yard touchdown. Gronkowski, a great friend and teammate of Brady’s, won three Super Bowls with Tom in his time in New England. 7-3 Tampa Bay. 

Three scoreless drives came and went. Two from Kansas City and one from Tampa Bay. The two Kansas City drives were punts. The Tampa Bay drive took place in the middle of the two Kansas City drives. On the drive, Tampa Bay’s other running back, Ronald Jones, took over. Rushing five times for 20 yards, the Kansas City defense held Jones and forced a turnover on downs at the goal line.

On the next drive, Brady completed two passes. One went to wide receiver Antonio Brown. The other went to Gronkowski. The very next play, Brady took the snap and threw to his right. The pass got tipped by All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones. As the ball was in the air, chaos broke out. Kansas City safety Tyrann Mathieu came down with the football. Kansas City had finally gotten to Tom Brady, or so they thought. Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward held Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans. This penalty negated the interception. Brady took full advantage. The Chiefs gave Brady and the Buccaneers another gift, as an offsides penalty on fourth down and four. As an opponent, there is always one mantra to beating Brady: never give him opportunities. The Chiefs gave him two opportunities, and he pounced. Brady tossed his second touchdown of the game to Rob Gronkowski from 17 yards out. Tampa Bay now had a two-possession lead. 

Patrick Mahomes answered back. He looked like his regular self, one that made miracles happen. His canon of an arm and insane mobility allowed him to complete six of seven passes for 34 yards on the drive. Four of those passes went to tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce, an All-Pro, notched 1,416 yards and 11 touchdowns receiving in the regular season. The Chiefs worked their way down to the Tampa Bay 14-yard line. After an incomplete pass on third down, they sent out Butker again, and he booted a 34-yard field goal. 14-6 Tampa Bay. 

Brady came back and marched down the field with over a minute left in the first half. Quick strikes to wide receiver Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski started off the drive. On first down, Brady took a shot downfield for Mike Evans that was overthrown. Then, a penalty flag flew out. Bashaud Breeland, a Chiefs cornerback, interfered with Mike Evans. This gave the Buccaneers a good field position and an opportunity to extend their lead. And extend their lead they did. A 15-yard completion to Fournette put the Buccaneers inside the Kansas City 10-yard line. Brady threw another pass Mike Evans’s way, looking for the end zone. Another pass interference penalty flag came out, and it set the Buccaneers up at the Chiefs’ 1-yard line. On first and goal, Brady found wide receiver Antonio Brown for the 1-yard touchdown. Brown had a brief stint with Brady last year in New England. The score was now 21-6 in favor of the Buccaneers. 

Mahomes and the Chiefs came out firing on all cylinders to start the second half. A couple runs by rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire put the Chiefs in business. Another third down stop by the overwhelming Buccaneers defense brought up fourth down. Butker trotted out once again, this time to try a 52-yard field goal. As he did the previous two times, he nailed the field goal. The deficit was now 12. 21-9 Buccaneers. 

Leonard Fournette joined the touchdown party going on in Tampa Bay. He capped off a flawless offensive drive by the Buccaneers with a 27-yard touchdown run. Fournette is coined by his teammates as “Playoff Lenny”. He earned this nickname because of his fantastic playoff performances this postseason. The Buccaneers led 28-9. 

The Chiefs had some work to do. A short rush by Edwards-Helaire started the drive. Shaquil Barrett, one of the many stars on the Tampa Bay defense, sacked Patrick Mahomes for a 6-yard loss. Tampa Bay was not finished. The very next play, a Patrick Mahomes pass got batted up in the air by Tampa safety Mike Edwards. The other Tampa Bay safety, Antoine Winfield Jr., came away with the interception. 

A 52-yard field goal by Ryan Succop to extend Tampa Bay’s lead to 31 on the next drive would be the last score of the game. 

The next Kansas City drive would result in a turnover on downs. For the Tampa Bay defense, this was immense because they were very deep in their own territory. 

Tampa Bay would punt on the next drive and give the ball back to Kansas City. An attempt at a Chiefs comeback would start with a massive catch and run by Kelce. In the very next play, Tampa Bay pass-rusher Ndamukong Suh sacked Mahomes for an 8-yard loss. Suh would come up big again later on in the drive. He and teammate Cam Gill sacked Mahomes back at the 50-yard line, resulting in a 13-yard loss. Two plays later, the Chiefs would turn the ball over on downs once again.

The Buccaneers, once again, punted, and the Chiefs started moving down the field. They got down to the Tampa Bay 10-yard line. In the next play, young, stellar middle linebacker Devin White would step in front of a pass and intercept it. After a few Brady kneel-downs, celebration ensued. 

Tom Brady, after leaving an organization where he had so much success for so long, did the unthinkable. He took a chance on himself. He saw an opportunity. He switched conferences. He won 11 regular season games with a team who won a measly seven the year before. He defeated three former Super Bowl MVPs in one postseason run. Seven Super Bowl rings. Five Super Bowl MVPs. The debate on who the greatest football player to ever lace it up is over. Over. 

Tampa Bay was in the cellar of the NFL for so long, winning one other Super Bowl since the mid-70s. Now they are on top, once again, as the best team in the NFL.

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Opinion: Trump’s impeachment trial begins today and the House of Representatives’ argument is strong Tue, 09 Feb 2021 13:00:56 +0000 From possibly inciting an insurrection on the Capitol to being impeached, what has Donald Trump not done? The Capitol insurrection that took place on Jan. 6 left the United States and the world in shock. The House of Representatives has blamed Trump for inciting the insurrection, and so have impeached the former president a second time. This time, the house wants to penalize Trump for the chaos he caused and when Trump is impeached he will lose his privileges of being a former president, like protection and pension. The House wrote in their 80-page brief that “President Trump endangered the very constitutional system that protects all other rights, including freedom of expression.” I agree with their statement since the riot in the Capitol was Trump’s fault, and nothing could change that since the proof is on the internet, from the tweets to the speeches he made. He misused his rights and incited a riot that will go down in history. 

Five days before the insurrection occurred, Trump posted on Twitter, “The BIG Protest Rally in Washington, D.C., will take place at 11.00 A.M. on January 6th. Locational details to follow. StopTheSteal!” As we know, the Capitol riot took place on Jan. 6. Hundreds of Trump supporters rushed to the capitol building holding pro-Trump flags, confederate flags, and American flags on that day. The supporters broke through the Capitol police force and knocked down the doors to the building. They raided the building, forcing the House of Representatives to lock themselves in a secure room for their own safety. The “protest” that Trump tweeted about was not a peaceful protest. Rather, it was a violent attack on America’s electoral process. 

In addition to Trump’s Twitter post, a speech that Trump held the same day only served to continue to agitate the already-angry crowd, becoming the final push in causing the riot. In Trump’s speech, he talked about how he considered the election votes to be incorrect and that Democrats, specifically then-incumbent Joe Biden, did not really win. This argument riled up the crowd, which may have been a direct factor that led to the riot. 

“So we’re going to, we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. I love Pennsylvania Avenue. And we’re going to the Capitol, and we’re going to try and give…[it our all for the country],” Trump mentioned in his speech. If that is not enough of a reason to show that Trump inexplicably caused the riot, I do not know what is. The House of Representatives’ argument is clear, and although others may argue that Trump was simply using his constitutional right to freedom of speech, the freedom of speech in America does entail consequences resulting from what people say depending on the context.  

Trump is a person who has influence over the people, and as such a powerful person he must realize the weight of his words. I do not think that Trump’s legal team should use the argument of The First Amendment to defend Trump, because I do not believe the U.S. Constitution was intended to be used like this. Freedom of speech was meant to allow citizens to speak their mind without the fear of being persecuted. Judges still argue on the interpretation of The First Amendment that grants freedom of speech, but I personally believe that words should be said with caution. You cannot expect to insult someone and excuse yourself with the freedom of speech when confronted about it because that is just misusing your rights. Our rights were created in hopes of America not being a dictatorship to the people. Since we are fortunate enough to have such rights, we cannot misuse them. There is a limit to everything, and even the freedom of speech has its own limits.

The House of Representatives’ argument is strong. Even though Trump has left office, the impeachment trials will be held. Trump prepared a new defense team after his old team left. The current argument for his defense is strong where it does not make sense to impeach a president who has left office. The Constitution did not specify that a president who has left office is allowed to be impeached, but this is the first time an incident like this is happening. This is the first time a president has been impeached twice- and the second impeachment of Trump occurred only one week before his presidency was over. So, I think that even if the Constitution did not state that a president who has left office can be impeached, Trump’s impeachment could and should happen because of the great number of evidence against him.

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S5 Ep.8 – The Mane: Media 1 Takeover! Winter Scenes, Speech Team, Virtual Concerts, Superbowl & More Fri, 05 Feb 2021 13:00:10 +0000 0 Looking into the life of a lifeguard at Metea Thu, 04 Feb 2021 15:32:15 +0000 As high school sports continually struggle throughout the pandemic, the unsung heroes such as Metea’s lifeguards work behind the scenes at swimming practices to ensure the safety of the players. One of these lifeguards is sophomore Grace Cronin who currently guards the boys’ swim and dive team during their practices. Although the job is not generally high intensity, it takes much more than hard work to handle the responsibilities that come with the job.

“Being a swimmer makes me passionate about being a lifeguard because I have always loved the pool,” Cronin said.  “I also am passionate about making the pool a safe environment for everyone which is why lifeguarding is perfect for me.”

Cronin made Metea’s swim team freshman year, however, a bad reaction to the pool water complicated her engagement on the team. 

“The water for the Metea pool caused the skin on my hands and feet to peel off,” Cronin said.  “I tried many different creams and prescriptions to try and stop the peeling because, along with that, it made my skin burn.”

Although Cronin visited many doctors, no one could figure out what was causing the reaction, which made her eventually quit the team. Before trying out for Metea’s team, however, Cronin swam competitively for seven years and had thoroughly enjoyed it. After lifeguarding over the summer and enjoying it, Cronin looked for long-term jobs as the summer ended. 

“This recent summer I worked as a lifeguard for my local pool, Hobson West,” Cronin said. “It is only open during the summer, so I looked into a lifeguard job and found out that Metea needed a lifeguard.”

Applicants must meet three required certifications: First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguard training. Cronin herself was certified as a lifeguard through the Ellis and Associates program, which had good in-person water training. Besides the technical skills necessary to learn, there is also a certain group of people that lifeguarding appeals to. 

“I would say it appeals to people who have a connection to swimming or water sports because otherwise, it would be hard to decide if someone is struggling in the water,” Cronin said. “I also believe that this job should appeal to people who have a long attention span because you need to be focused for a long time.”

Even if you are a good candidate for lifeguarding there is also immense responsibility that comes with the job. An important guideline in lifeguarding is maintaining the rule of 10/20. 

“This rule means that you can scan the pool in 10 seconds to recognize someone is in distress,” Cronin said. “The 20 seconds stands for reaching the person in 20 seconds and beginning rescue care.”

Already a complicated job, the pandemic has added many precautions to the lifeguarding system to ensure absolute safety to the lifeguard and swimmers. 

“[Personal protective equipment] is one of the major precautions you need to take as a lifeguard because, at the pool, there can be situations where you are susceptible to infectious diseases,” Cronin said. “[Hobson West] has certain regulations we need to follow for the pandemic. If someone was drowning and we needed to save them, we would perform the normal rescue move. However, when rescuing someone, we will not perform the rescue breaths in the pool.  Once the person is out of the pool we must put on our full [personal protective equipment] before we can attend to them.”

This personal protective equipment, or PPE, consists of gloves, a face shield, safety glasses, and pulling back your hair. Cronin keeps her distance from others while on the job most of the time and wears a mask while up in the lifeguarding chair.

As for the scheduling of lifeguarding shifts, Cronin generally works two days a week for two to four hours at a time. Metea pays the lifeguards $11 an hour, while most public pools, like Hobson, pay around $8 an hour. During your shift, it is important to not get distracted and remain observant in case anyone’s life is in danger. 

“As a lifeguard, it is my job to be there if something happens,” Cronin said. “However, I hope to never have to save someone.”

Along with the source of income, becoming a lifeguard also has many life skill benefits that can be life long. 

“As a lifeguard, you learn [how to be an ETM] level first aid, CPR, and how to save someone from the water, which are all very important,” Cronin said. “I would also say become a lifeguard because it is a great environment to meet new people and broaden skills.”

Cronin plans on working for Hobson over the summer and for Metea again her junior year. She also plans to continue the job in college as well. Lifeguarding has become a huge part of her life and will continue to be a part of her life well into the future.

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The Naperville Park District Board finds issues with the new Illinois criminal justice bill and urges a veto Thu, 04 Feb 2021 13:52:00 +0000 The Naperville Park District Board called for Gov. J.B. Pritzker to veto statewide criminal justice reforms last Thursday. Illinois lawmakers passed the criminal justice bill to reshape the criminal justice system on Jan. 13. The Naperville Park District Board continues to wait for Pritzker and voice their opinions on the matter. My opinion? The criminal justice bill offers reform into the system where justice is supposed to be served; therefore, vetoing the criminal justice bill will leave negative impacts much larger than the police force.

Illinois legislatures passed the bill during a lame-duck session of the Illinois General Assembly. A lame-duck session is when Congress meets after a November election and before the beginning of the new Congress. This would cause some lawmakers who return for this session to not be in the next Congress. The Criminal Justice Bill offers reforms for cash bail, the prison system, victim compensation, and much more which the Naperville Park Board tackled during board meetings debating the veto of the Criminal Justice Bill.

Many key reforms caught my eye, but one really stood out to me during the Naperville Park Board news: the abolition of cash bail. As one of the most significant changes in the legislation, cash bail is defined in which the court determines an amount of money that a person has to pay to secure their release from detention. The cash amount serves as collateral to ensure that the defendant appears in court for their trial. This may pose a problem because, to me, it is not an even playing field. Yes, it is very situational, but not everyone has the money to bail, especially if they are a victim of failed justice. Other situations I see are those who are deserving of a sentence but have the money to bail themselves out, which is unfair. I believe everyone deserves a fair trial, and the risk should be in court instead of evading with money.

In an article from WBEZChicago, “cash bail was never about public safety,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said. “For far too many people, their assessment was based not on their risk but on the amount that they could afford to pay. Eliminating cash bail makes this about risk and not about poverty.”

The abolition of cash bail in Illinois is in the works and will be enforced by the year 2023.

The Naperville Park Board of Commissions holds regular meetings discussing the “matters of the [Naperville] public.” The board held a virtual meeting to discuss their reasons and pitch a resolution to the bill. Their main point to the issue was because of the effect they will have on the park district’s police officers and others across the state. Community members voiced their concerns as well alongside the commissioners throughout the meeting.

“[The bill] is not against police,” resident Antonia Harlan said. “We all need police, and we all recognize that, but there is a population that is suffering. Brown and Black people are disproportionately killed by the police for reasons that are unjustified, and I think this bill introduces parts that will help to rectify those pieces.”

Harlan continues to talk about how it is hard for the board to understand because they are not of that population that suffers. I completely agree. As a woman of color, an Asian American, and a resident of DuPage County, it is difficult to overlook the police brutality after the riots last summer. As the ongoing debate about cash bail continues, it is good to be aware that this issue is situational. There are people of the Naperville police who are good, but Harlan mentions that “this bill is for the state, and it is not just for the Naperville police department, it affects all of the residents of the state,” which I find fascinating. This is an issue brought up by Naperville, one of the 1,299 municipalities in Illinois, that ultimately does not determine the fate of the entire state.

The Board President Mike Reilly said that while the bill has “laudable objectives baked into it,” it also handicaps the district’s officers from doing their job and introduces unworkable liabilities for officers, which are “very troubling.”

Their focus on the police board is good. I understand because that is their job. I do not think they need to “stay in their own lane,” an urging message sent to the board, but they need to know their place. Naperville is generally a white populated area, but in other cities, that is not the case. There are other races in other cities with different police departments that do not share the same issue.

Naperville Park Board Commissioner Marie Todd said that while she believes police reform is needed, the proposed legislation will “handicap” officers’ abilities to keep citizens safe. 

“I think this bill needs more time,” Todd said. “It’s important for them to get this right.”

It is important to advocate for yourself. As for the Naperville Park Board, their intentions are true: to advocate the “matters of the public.” This is the public interest. Although while I am still a teenager, I want my family’s and my future to be safe, but also right by serving justice. I believe that many things cannot be fully solved because there are people with their own opposing opinions to mine, but the best that we can do is to be self-aware. Who are we really advocating for? The Naperville community or the police department?

]]> 1 Thu, 04 Feb 2021 04:59:03 +0000 For decades, Latinos have had lower voter turnout rates in American elections than any other demographic, according to The Pew Research Center. In the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, there was uncertainty with not only the outcome of the election, but how the Latino voter turnout would affect said outcome. The electorate predicted a “blue wave,” as there was a record number of eligible Latino voters in 2020 compared to years past. The term “blue wave” was used among political analysts to explain an expected high number of Democrat votes. After the 2020 election, the assumption that all Latinos vote the same was seen as a misinterpretation of the “Latino vote.” So what does the “Latino vote” mean?  

According to, an organization that seeks to expand the narratives of Latinos, “the Latino vote can be considered a myth because Latinos are a heterogeneous group with different political preferences and values.” There are 60 million people considered Latino, all of whom come from at least 20 different ethnic and cultural subgroups.

Political opinion, for example, is a good illustration of the diversity in the Latino community. A survey conducted by the American Election Eve Poll concluded that, while 74% of Mexican Americans voted for Joe Biden and only 23% voted for Trump, only 45% of Cuban Americans voted for Biden, with the 52% majority voting for Trump.

“We have a lot of Latinos that come from similar origins, but when it is about politics and elections, everyone has their own necessities,” Merit House counselor Javier Polavieja said. 

Polavieja, who is one of the sponsors of the Organization of Latin American Students [OLAS] at Metea, promotes cultural awareness and education about diverse Latino cultures. 

“For Latino communities issues like immigration laws and laws relating to DACA are a top priority for many students and young families,” Polavieja said. 

As the Latino population continues to grow in America, their participation in elections grows as well. While states like Texas and Florida overall voted for Trump, it was not a quick landslide. Districts with higher Latino populations played a significant part in the electoral processes of these states. Much of the attention, however, is skewed towards Cuban Americans.

Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Latino studies at Aurora University, Eva Serrano is aware of the voter trends within the Latino community. 

“When you go to Florida and talk to Cuban Americans, and now Venezuelans and even some Central Americans, they have been influenced by the media that the Republican Party better suits them,” Serrano said. 

Serrano also recognizes that more Cuban Americans hold significant leadership positions in Spanish-language media companies, such as Univision and Telemundo.

“The wave of Cuban Americans back in the 1960s, when Fidel Castro took over Cuba, is when people began to leave the island,” Serrano said. “That first wave consisted of highly educated professionals. They were able to build a professionally educated social class to establish roots and power.” 

This establishment has allowed Cuban Americans to create their opinions and identity which has allowed them to be more politically active. 

The positions Cuban Americans hold in the media are significant. Media has a great influence on the spread of political information. Naturally, exposure to the media has transformed how many individuals vote and what issues they vote on. Social media is the most accessible outlet to receive information on political issues, especially for young adults. 

The diversity of voting among Latinos is seen across age groups. The American Election Eve Poll concluded that issues addressing racial injustice and discrimination are important to Latinos ranging from the age of 18-29. 

“Generation Z [individuals born between the mid-90s and early 2010s] grew up with technology, we constantly see the news about politics, so it makes sense that we have different opinions [than prior generations],”senior Valerie Zapata said. 

Zapata, like many other young people who were not able to vote in the 2020 election due to age restrictions, understands the importance of her future ability to vote. 

“Before, I was not aware of the severity that politics had in daily life. Now that I am older, I understand what my participation means, and what political leadership means in general,” senior Valerie Zapata said. 

Not only has the 2020 election prompted young people to recognize their important role in voting, but it has sparked a conversation about the misinterpretation of the term “Latino vote”.

There was a large amount of support for incumbent presidential candidate Donald Trump in highly-populated areas like Miami, a city with a high Cuban-American population. These cities ultimately led Florida to secure Trump’s win over Biden. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Arizona made history by ultimately voting for a Democratic candidate after over two decades of voting for Republican candidates. The largest Latino subgroup in Arizona is Mexican Americans. The Pew Research Center concluded that Latinos made 31% of the Arizona population, and 90% of those Lationos were of Mexican origin.

“I believe that the Latino population is more aware of what they want people in power to do to support their needs, which has caused people to be more civically engaged,” Polavieja said. 

Generation Z had a notable effect on this election, as a portion of this generation was able to vote for the first time. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement estimates that 52%-55% of youth voted in 2020, and that the support many younger individuals, especially individuals of color, had on the election decided many key races. 

“Some people might call  [the turnout of young voters in the Election] an awakening, but it cannot be temporary,” Serrano said. “What I see in young people is that they are starting to see that their voice matters. Many more are understanding that change comes when you engage.”

In addition, Serrano, who is not a stranger to analyzing the history of Latino voters, agrees that the fallacy of one unifying  “Latino vote” prevents people from understanding the diversity within Latino voters.

“If it [Latino vote] is used to represent one perspective of the Latino community, then it is not valid,” Serrano said. “We have to be able to deconstruct that myth that we all vote the same,  we all speak Spanish the same, and that we all have the same history.”

]]> 0 Thu, 04 Feb 2021 04:57:25 +0000 Por décadas, los latinos han tenido porcentajes de participación de votantes más bajos en las elecciones estadounidenses de cualquier otro grupo demográfico, según The Pew Research Center. En las elecciones presidenciales estadounidenses de 2020, hubo incertidumbre no solo sobre el resultado de la elección, sino también sobre cómo la participación de votantes latinos afectaría dicho resultado. El electorado predijo una “ola azul”, ya que hubo un número récord de votantes latinos elegibles en 2020 en comparación con años anteriores. El término “ola azul” se utilizó entre los analistas políticos para explicar un alto número esperado de votos demócratas. Después de las elecciones de 2020, la suposición de que todos los latinos votan de la misma manera fue vista como una mala interpretación del “voto latino”. Entonces, ¿qué significa el “voto latino”?

Según, una organización que busca expandir las narrativas de los latinos, “el voto latino puede considerarse un mito porque los latinos son un grupo heterogéneo con diferentes preferencias y valores políticos”. Hay 60 millones de personas consideradas latinos, todas las cuales provienen de al menos 20 subgrupos étnicos y culturales diferentes.

La opinión política, por ejemplo, es un buen ejemplo de la diversidad en la comunidad latina. Una encuesta realizada por American Election Eve Poll concluyó que, mientras que el 74% de los mexicoamericanos votó por Joe Biden y solo el 23% votó por Trump, solo el 45% de los cubanoamericanos votó por Biden, y la mayoría del 52% votó por Trump.

“Tenemos muchos latinos que tienen orígenes similares, pero cuando se trata de política y elecciones, todos tienen sus propias necesidades,” consejero Javier Polavieja dijo.

Polavieja, quien es uno de los patrocinadores de la Organización de Estudiantes Latinoamericanos [OLAS] en Metea, promueve la conciencia cultural y la educación sobre las diversas culturas latinas.

“Para las comunidades latinas, temas como las leyes de inmigración y las leyes relacionadas con DACA son una prioridad para muchos estudiantes y familias jóvenes,” Polavieja dijo.

A medida que la población latina sigue creciendo en Estados Unidos, también crece su participación en las elecciones. A pesar de que estados como Texas y Florida en general votaron por Trump, no fue una decisión rápida. Los distritos con mayor población latina jugaron un papel importante en los procesos electorales de estos estados. Sin embargo, gran parte de la atención se dirige hacia los cubanoamericanos.

Eva Serrano, profesora asociada de lenguas extranjeras y estudios latinos en la Universidad Aurora, está al tanto de las tendencias de los votantes dentro de la comunidad latina.

“Cuando vas a Florida y hablas con cubanoamericanos, y ahora con venezolanos e incluso con algunos centroamericanos, han sido influenciados por los medios de comunicación de que el Partido Republicano les conviene más,” Serrano dijo.

Serrano también reconoce que más cubanoamericanos ocupan importantes posiciones de liderazgo en empresas de medios en español, como Univision y Telemundo.

“La ola de cubanoamericanos en la década de 1960, cuando Fidel Castro se apoderó de Cuba, es cuando la gente comenzó a salir de la isla,” Serrano dijo. “Esa primera ola estuvo compuesta por profesionales altamente capacitados. Pudieron construir una clase social educada profesionalmente para establecer raíces y poder .”

Este establecimiento ha permitido a los cubanoamericanos crear sus opiniones e identidad, lo que les ha permitido ser más activos políticamente.

Las posiciones de los cubanoamericanos en los medios de comunicación son significativas. Los medios tienen una gran influencia en la difusión de información política. Naturalmente, la exposición a los medios ha transformado la cantidad de personas que votan y sobre qué temas votan. Las redes sociales son el medio más accesible para recibir información sobre temas políticos, especialmente para los adultos jóvenes.

La diversidad del voto entre los latinos también tiene que ver con la edad. La Encuesta de la víspera de las elecciones estadounidenses concluyó que los asuntos relacionados con la discriminación y la injusticia racial son importantes para los latinos de entre 18 y 29 años.

“La Generación Z [personas nacidas entre mediados de la década de los 90 y principios de la de 2010] creció con la tecnología, vemos constantemente las noticias sobre política, por lo que tendría sentido que tengamos opiniones diferentes [a las generaciones anteriores],” senior Valerie Zapata dijo.

Zapata, como muchos otros jóvenes que no pudieron votar en las elecciones de 2020 debido a restricciones de edad, comprende la importancia de su futura capacidad para votar.

“Antes no era consciente de la severidad que tenía la política en la vida diaria. Ahora que soy mayor, entiendo lo que significa mi participación y lo que significa el liderazgo político en general,” Zapata dijo.

La elección de 2020 no solo ha llevado a los jóvenes a reconocer su importante papel en la votación, sino que ha provocado una conversación sobre la mala interpretación del término “voto latino”.

Hubo un gran apoyo para el candidato presidencial en ejercicio, Donald Trump, en áreas densamente pobladas como Miami, una ciudad con una alta población cubanoamericana. Estas ciudades finalmente llevaron a Florida a asegurar la victoria de Trump sobre Biden. Mientras tanto, en la costa oeste, Arizona hizo historia al votar finalmente por un candidato demócrata después de más de dos décadas de votar por candidatos republicanos. El subgrupo latino más grande de Arizona es el de los mexicoamericanos. El Centro de Investigación Pew concluyó que los latinos constituían el 31% de la población de Arizona, y el 90% de esos Lationos eran de origen mexicano.

“Creo que la población latina está más consciente de lo que quieren que hagan las personas en el poder para apoyar sus necesidades, lo que ha provocado que las personas se comprometan más cívicamente.” Polavieja dijo.

La Generación Z tuvo un efecto notable en esta elección, ya que una parte de esta generación pudo votar por primera vez. El Centro de Información e Investigación sobre el Aprendizaje y la Participación Cívica estima que entre el 52% y el 55% de los jóvenes votaron en 2020, y que el apoyo que muchas personas más jóvenes, especialmente las personas de color, tuvieron en las elecciones decidió muchas carreras clave.

“Algunas personas podrían llamar [la participación de votantes jóvenes en las elecciones] un despertar, pero no puede ser temporal,” Serrano dijo. “Lo que veo en los jóvenes es que están empezando a ver que su voz es importante. Muchos más están entendiendo que el cambio llega cuando te involucras. “

Además, Serrano, que no es ajeno a analizar la historia de los votantes latinos, está de acuerdo en que la falacia de un “voto latino” unificador impide que la gente comprenda la diversidad entre los votantes latinos.

“Si [el voto latino] se usa para representar una perspectiva de la comunidad latina, entonces no es válido,” Serrano dijo. “Tenemos que poder deconstruir ese mito de que todos votamos igual, que todos hablamos español igual y que todos tenemos la misma historia.”

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Meaning of ‘Latino vote’ misses mark on accurate representation/ El significado de “voto latino” no logra la representación precisa Thu, 04 Feb 2021 04:55:05 +0000 0 Students and staff continue to adjust to hybrid learning Wed, 03 Feb 2021 20:40:35 +0000 After being pushed back multiple times due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in DuPage County, District 204 schools opened their doors to welcome back their students last Monday. With the change to hybrid learning comes new ways to adapt and learn in order to keep everyone inside the classroom safe and healthy. 

With hybrid learning starting, students and staff have to make sure everyone in the building is safe. To do this, proper precautions are set in place. 

“We’re asking the parents to self-certify their children at home,” Principal Darrell Echols said. “It’s really the honor system, and we’re just hoping that everybody who is answering those questions is doing it with integrity. The other piece is limiting the number of students. We are making sure that we don’t have more than 16 students in a classroom by splitting the days by alphabetical order. For students, we’re making sure that we’re giving all the high touch areas- desktops railings, all that stuff- gets significantly disinfected after everybody leaves school. So our custodial staff has done a good job of keeping the building clean.”

The first week of hybrid learning was an exciting new chapter for many students and teachers alike. After being remote since September, some staff members felt a number of emotions when welcoming the students back into the building. 

“I thought the first week of hybrid went really well,” English teacher Sean McNicholas said. “I was really nervous and had a lot of anxiety going into it because we were finishing finals and [were] also trying to prepare for students coming in the building. But I’m glad that I got to meet a lot of the students who I had in the first semester, and then I was able to meet a lot of new students this semester.”

Some students returning back to school had feelings of excitement, as well as nervousness due to the uncertainties that the first week of school brought. 

“I go on the first two days, so we were the first students to be in the building all year really,” Sophomore Evan Hall said. “It was very different from last year, but I was still excited to finally have a feeling of normalcy in my life again. Obviously, I am taking a risk by going to school, so that is kind of nerve-wracking. But, I think if we can do this well, then we can do just about anything.”

Students who decided to stay remote did not experience changes in how the school operated for them. The hybrid schedule the district finalized back in Oct. did not change. However, some students felt that teachers were having a harder time teaching two separate classrooms- the online students, as well as those who are in-person. 

“I didn’t go to school, but I definitely think that not all of the teachers have figured out how to teach an in-person and remote class simultaneously,” senior Nickolas Bounds said. “At times, I felt we were either having no energy put into the remote side, or too much focus on remote and not enough for the in-class students, and it was a bit weird the first week. I’m sure as time moves on, though, things will become a lot easier for us and for them.”

Although hybrid learning has its benefits for many, it has also had its complications and challenges to face in the first week. Zoom, in particular, proved troublesome for both students and teachers, especially in the light of Zoom links being transferred to Synergy, or StudentVue, from Google Classroom. 

“I think the main challenge is figuring out where [my] attention is going to be as the teacher,” McNicholas said. “Is my attention better spent on the students in the room, or is my attention better spent on students online? I’ve also been in the room when other teachers have had Zoom problems where it’s been lagging and [they] had to restart it. I’ve had some problems with students having trouble finding the link because we transitioned from the link in Google Classroom to Synergy [or StudentVue] as well.”

As hybrid learning continues for the next couple of months, nothing will be completely certain. Keeping students and staff members safe is important to both parties, and the first week was a way to learn and grow from initial mistakes and figure out what works best to keep the schools safe. 

“We are so excited about kids being back,” Echols said. “We’re looking forward to more of those opportunities. We’re looking forward to some senior events that we’re going to start working on that we can do safely. We also want to try to look at some things that we can do for the rest of our student body safely. We want to continue to celebrate them coming to school, continue to make sure that we provide a safe learning environment for our students and our staff, and just keep moving in the right direction. So, one day, we have everybody back to the school where they want to be.”


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