The app that allows you to find a ride anywhere by just simply ordering one off your phone and paying an affordable price is Uber. The game changing and trendy app has not only changed the game by making transportation more convenient and affordable, but it has also changed the economy. It has created more jobs for people and is almost the perfect side job. Uber drivers can choose their own hours, can make tips, and use their own vehicle.
However, Uber has also changed the economy by making it harder for the traditional taxi companies to compete with Uber and make money. Despite this, I personally like Uber, which lead me to look more into the cons of having this app. After just simply typing “Uber incidents” into Google, it popped up with about 647,000 results. After viewing about three websites, it was clear that there aren’t just a few cons but very serious incidents that have occurred.
One story from the Los Angeles Times was about an Orange County woman who was allegedly raped by her Uber driver. This wasn’t the only case of an Uber rape which was very surprising and unsettling. It made me realize how this affects students. A lot of students use Uber and other apps such as Lyft to get around due to the fact they can’t drive yet. This summer Uber just might be the biggest transportation for teens, but with these events happening, it’s so important to be cautious. When using Uber or Lyft be safe, and check out this article in USA TODAY: Safety Officials Recommend 4 Tips for Using Uber
Over this Memorial Weekend, it seemed all of social media payed their respect to all those who sacrificed their lives in defending our country by posting, tweeting, and snapping about how grateful we are for those who served. The holiday is important to many for, over the centuries, many Americans have lost their lives and have lost loved ones in defense of our freedom and liberties.
Although this weekend it was pointed out how this holiday off from school and work is being used as a time for mindlessly partying, getting drunk, and have a fun time. People are ignoring the actual purpose and meaning of this honorable holiday. Some on social media were upset about how Memorial Day is marketed to sell alcohol, bonfire and party materials, even sell furniture and cars with Memorial Day sales, and to announce the “start of summer.” It’s completely understandable that this holiday is being used as a national party day and causes some disappointment to many.
And remarkably, it was also pointed out how the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo, is “celebrated” by hundreds and thousands of Americans who can not tell you the meaning of the holiday. Cinco de Mayo is similarly alike to Memorial Day, where this day is to celebrate the Battle of Puebla which was an unlikely victory and triumph against the French. It’s often confused with Mexican Independence Day even by people who celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Here, in the U.S., it looks like Cinco de Mayo is almost celebrated by everyone but Mexicans, so as Americans have adopted this holiday they have also turned it into a day to wear fake mustaches and sombreros then go out to bars and partying like there is no tomorrow. There is no real celebrating of the history of Cinco de Mayo, but that doesn’t seem to upset many, unlike how people are upset about how Memorial Day is being milked.
Beyoncé came May 12th for the first time since 2007 when she sold out Valley View Casino. Now, Queen Bey has achieved selling out Qualcomm Stadium, home of the Chargers. Her concerts are exciting to many because of her millions of fans that have been waiting for her to return.
Thursday night was an absolutely amazing performance. One student, Paul Bernal, described the concert as amazing and intense. He said you could feel the vibration of all the noise of the fans singing along and “Qualcomm felt like it was shaking.” Another student, Shamari Peek, said “Everybody was dancing and singing the words, and she has such a strong voice, and to hear it in person, it is such a blessing because you can basically feel her influence in the stadium.” I asked if you had to describe the show in one word; she chose the word iconic. She told me “because her speeches were moving and embodied the whole movement of loving yourself and others.”
So just like expected Beyoncé put on a beyond stunning show with a positive message.
This Friday was our spring pep rally! As students know, the school year is slowly but surely coming to an end and this was our last sport’s pep rally, making it very special for senior athletes. Each class had an assigned flower corresponding with their class color. Which were purple, pink, yellow, and blue. The pep rally was a great time. It included games, fun music, a dance crew that came out to perform, and the student dances. Congrats to all the spring sport athletes for a great season and to the seniors.
FUN THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN APRIL
The anticipation for summer fun begins in spring. Here are some fun things to look forward to this month. Starting April 18th, Spirit Week starts with Hollywood Monday, followed by Hippy Tuesday, Chillin-on-the Beach Wednesday, and Tacky Tourist Thursday, and ending with Floral Friday on the 22nd.
That Friday is also the pep rally for spring sports. Get ready to support all your Komets by attending and participating at our last pep rally for sports. Also, April 20th is an early exit day, so be prepared for a fun week!
Just in time for the warm weather approaching, here is a list of some student’s favorite beaches to hang out and have fun:
3. Windansea Beach, La Jolla
This spot is especially fun if students want to go to a fun and populated beach.
2. Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma
Sunset Cliffs is relaxing place with the best view of the beautiful San Diego sunsets. Also many caves and tide pools to explore.
1. Mission Beach
This infamous beach for teens is known to get crowded, but it has an ongoing list of activities: including the popular amusement park, Belmont Park, right on the beach, volleyball nets, the boardwalk, and many options for all kinds of savory foods.
Have a fun and safe time!
If you haven’t already been notified, Beyoncé is blessing us San Diegans on May 12th at Qualcom Stadium. This is the first time since 2007 that Queen Bey has performed in America’s Finest City causing this concert to be a must-go to! Sadly, ticket for seats up-close can run up to $1000+, but if you’re still interested in going, be sure to purchase your tickets soon while the more affordable seats are still available.
She always puts on an amazing show, so like expected, this concert will be breathtaking! Since who doesn’t love Mrs. Carter?