Articles by Dev Gupta

Friends’ Central Sound-Off: Kavanaugh Confirmation

On October 6, 2018, Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court with a very partisan vote. Mr. Brett Michael Kavanagh was born in February of 1965 making him 53 years of age. Before being nominated, Justice Kavanaugh was a United States Circuit Judge. Kavanaugh´s confirmation started in early September and, towards the end, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward with assault allegations that happened thirty-six years prior. At Friends’ Central there are very strong feelings. When asking the Rosemont Village Service group for their opinions there were many strong ones. Magistra (Latin teacher) said, ¨it was incredibly distressing to watch the hearing and to see the obvious pain of the women who had been violated and sidelined. When someone comes to me and expresses their pain I do not doubt them. I believe them.¨ Allison Whellan ´23 stated,¨It was really upsetting especially as a girl to watch a…


Elon Musk Resigns

Elon Musk, Tesla´s famed founder, CEO, and previous chairman resigned as chairman after a series of incidents that made bad press. A common question is what is the difference between a CEO (chief executive officer) and a chairman? Before you read forward you should understand the difference between a CEO and a chairman. In a review, a CEO is the face of the company and ensures the company’s efficiency and stability. A chairman is more concerned with pleasing the stockholders, and focuses more on counseling. The resignation was triggered by many issues adding up and in the end a lawsuit about fraud. Weeks ago Musk started talking about making Tesla private; he raised the stock prices in hopes people would sell their shares and he could but them back. Two weeks ago, Elon Musk was legally smoking marijuana. Although it was legal, the backlash was still major. Share prices dropped…


Trump At The UN

Since the late twentieth century the office of the President of the United States has been respected. Throughout the world the American presidency and democracy was a sign of hope and most countries respected the person in that office. On the 25th of September that changed. The leader of the free world was met with an outburst of laughter at the United Nations General Assembly meeting after stating, ¨In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.¨ He then followed up by saying, ¨so true.¨ The president was talking to the U.N about the change there has been in the world, how with short conversations the North Koreans they have made ¨encouraging measures that few could have imagined.” He mentioned how India has made strong moves to diminish poverty. While these accomplishments are great, President Trump phrased them in…


Hawaii’s Eruptive Emergency

After the eruption of Kilauea on Maui, Hawaii’s biggest island, on May 3rd, residents have found the outcome intense. The US Geological Survey issued a red alert, meaning that a large eruption is imminent. The largest crater is launching ash into the air. But ash isn’t the biggest problem residents face. Sulfur Dioxide, a highly poisonous gas, is leaking out of the twenty one fissures in the ground. Authorities warn that if you feel even slightly affected by the gas, you should leave the area and seek medical help. Symptoms may include runny nose, coughing, and burning eyes. Ensure you get help quickly, because it can result in choking. Then, there is the lava. Although it is very slow, it is still extremely dangerous. Lava is currently spewing out of two fissures and can be launched over 100 feet in the air. Another concern is the water eruptions. When the…


MS Play Preview: The Phantom Tollbooth

Tuesday, January 16 was the first official rehearsal of the Middle School Drama production The Phantom Tollbooth. The Phantom Tollbooth was originally a book written by Norton Juster which was then produced into a movie by director Chuck Jones and  finally turned into the play the Middle School is doing by Susan Nanus. The plot of the story goes as follows: There is a boy named Milo (played by Alex Rice). Milo wastes his time and pretty much does nothing. That is until a huge box shows up in his room and takes him into the world beyond. There he meets his best friend Tock (played by Dev Gupta). Tock is a watchdog that loves automobile rides. There are two kingdoms inside of the “Land of Wisdom”, Dictionopolis and Digitopolis. On the way to the Kingdom of Dictionopolis the story of Sweet Rhyme (Milan Goyle) and Pure Reason (Gemma Kent)…


State of the Union

On Tuesday, January 30, POTUS Donald Trump delivered his State of The Union address. He delivered his speech beautifully and paused at the perfect times making his speech very dramatic and interesting. He brought national heroes and people of great accomplishments to his speech. Making it a touching speech showing heroics and heartfelt messages. He had a very controlled tone making him appear calm and peaceful. He also delivered a very bi-partisan message that even the democrats applauded. Things quickly fell apart though when he finished his introduction. Donald Trump lied fourteen times within an hour and half speech; the most any president has lied during any State of the Union speech.. He got boos from grown congressman that acted as though they were watching Riley trying to shoot a basketball. If you put away the fact that many of Trump’s points were lies, he had an excellent speech. When…



MANNA Pies

Before the holidays at Friends Central, many people and advisories bought MANNA pies, whether for advisory parties or for their Thanksgiving Dinner. MANNA enrolls 4,200 volunteers to feed and nourish people (and their family) suffering from AIDS/HIVs, cancer, and diabetes. They provide a meals on Thanksgiving day for people in need. This year they got $240,000. At Friends’ Central, Magistra, her daughter Annie and Dr. Scapik are running the program. Magistra sent an email to the teachers. It goes as follows: “The MANNA pie sale touches close to home for my family as MANNA started in my church kitchen in the 1980s as a result of a sermon my dad preached not long before he died. FCS leads schools in the area in our Thanksgiving pie sales. We are already up to 106 pies sold with a goal of 169.” In an interview with Dr. Scapik she said: “We have…


Paul Manafort Indicted

Paul Manafort was charged with 12 Indictments[1]:conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money[2], unregistered agent of a foreign principal[3], false and misleading FARA statements[4], false statements[5], and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. Manafort’s time on the Trump campaign ended up lasting fewer than five months (from late March to mid-August 2016), it was both an eventful period and a crucial one for Trump/Russia activity. Manafort has been on the FBI[6] radars since 2014. He surrendered to them on 10/30/17. Below are the POTUS’s responses to case as he posted using Twitter. The result of this find will lead to: renewed strength in the investigation, and a stressful time for the Manafort family. Below is a link that will take you to the Robert Mueller 31- page indictment. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4163370-Paul-Manafort-and-Rick-Gates-indictment-10-30-2017.html#document/p1 [1]:Indictments: a formal charge or accusation of a serious crime [2]:Money Laundering:…


2017 Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to LIGO Black Hole Researchers

“About a hundred years ago, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, but until now, they were undetectable.” On Tuesday, the third of October, Rainer Weiss (professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Kip Thorne and Barry Barish (both professors of California Institute of Technology) were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for what the Royal Swedish Academy called “a discovery that shook the world. These three men were the architects of the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) centers. A LIGO center looks like a giant “L”; it reflects gravitational waves in a way which a computer can analyze it. When the waves are moving normally they cancel each other out but when they are affected by something else they make a rhythmic beeping. Over a billion light years away two massive black holes collided releasing the energy equivalent to a billion trillion suns in a fraction of a second….


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