Gaming, a new evolution of sports

For a very long time sports have been seen as something that involved a lot of physical movement and coordination: basketball, football, baseball, etc. But recently humanity has been redefining what it considers to be a sport. Video games have become such a big part of people’s lives and almost everyone has played or seen one, they have become such a big deal that people have started creating jobs around just simply playing them. An example is the YouTuber PewDiePie, he has made a living just simply playing video games with commentary of himself laid over the top. Since the creation of his YouTube channel he has been seen by billions of people every year and makes around 4 million dollars every year. I don’t know about you but I think that is crazy. But he isn’t the only one. YouTube has become a way for hundreds of thousands of people to post videos about gaming as well as other things and a lot of them make money doing so. It has gotten big enough that companies will sponsor the YouTubers and pay them money or give them free products. Continue reading “Gaming, a new evolution of sports”


Ricardo Cavolo, one of Spain’s acclaimed young artists of this decade, has been recognized for his murals, paintings, and unconventional take on the human form found in many of his pieces. Born in his father’s painting studio in Salamanca, Ricardo has been brought up in the world of art, and only in the past six years has he began his professional career as an artist.

Ricardo Cavolo has since made a name for himself beyond the world of visual arts- designing album covers for artists like Kaytranada and collabing with Swizz Beats on custom jackets. His latest project, a book of his own entitled 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die a beautifully illustrated novel of his personal musical influences throughout his childhood that have been in encompassed into his style of artistry.

The book binds original depictions of each artist with ingenious descriptions, providing a personal yet comical take on each one. The illustrated explanations provide a personal connection between Cavolo and the artist.

For the “Notorious B.I.G” page, Cavolo writes:

“Notorious took me by the hand and led me to gangster rap. I first became attracted to Brooklyn when I learnt that he had forged selling drugs there on the neighborhood street corners. I was Notorious so I couldn’t be 2pac. I painted a massive ‘East Coast’ on a t-shirt. What a picture: A little kid, pastier than the moon in a city of Castilla y Leon defending East Coast’s rap territory like a warrior. So ridiculous it’s sweet, no? And I wanted to be black, but there wasn’t much I could do about that. It was like rap could be very serious, very solemn and with a load of carats. Since I’ve been able to think for myself, I’ve been a lover of the mafia world, and Notorious offered the perfect combination between two great worlds: rap and the mafia. You couldn’t ask for more.”

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The specifics on becoming a doctor and an interview with a real live pediatrician

Interested in going into the medical field? I did some research into it and interviewed a pediatrician from Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Becoming a doctor takes 11-15 years depending on whether you decide to specialize or not. First you have to get your undergraduate degree, which takes four years. Typically this degree will have a strong focus on the basic sciences (biology, physics, chemistry). After obtaining your bachelors you have to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) which tests you on your knowledge of biology, social understanding, and critical thinking skills. You then attend medical school for four years.

UW med right here is really good and one of the cheaper medical schools in the U.S! The tuition is about $155,00 for all 4 years, it’s usually around $270,000 for private schools and $205,000 for public schools. It’s around $125,000 for four years as an international student at a Canadian medical school. The first two years of medical school are typically spent in classroom and the final two years are spent following around physicians and doing more field work.  During your final year of medical school, you decide your speciality (pediatrics, neurology, cardiology, psychiatry, are some examples) and are matched with a residency program. A residency program is typically three years. If you want to become a surgeon or become a more specialized doctor, you complete a fellowship program which is usually 3-5 years.

Pediatricians generally make around $175,000 a year; neurologists make around $240,000 a year, and the median pay for a general surgeon is $260,000.

Before researching, I interviewed a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital named Jimmy Beck to hear from someone who has gone through all of this.

Why did you decide to go into the medical field?

I always liked science, math growing up. But I also enjoyed working with children. So pediatrics was a perfect blend of many of the things that I loved. I can’t imagine doing anything else. Getting to make kids feel better is the best job in the world.

What are your hours like?

I typically work for 7 straight days in a row, and then usually have 3-4 days off to recuperate and work on my research projects.

Describe a typical day where you see patients.

I typically get to the hospital at 7am. I will read the medical charts for my patients to see if any of them had any issues overnight. I will then go to my patients’ rooms to speak with them and their families and to examine then. I will usually be done by 10-11 am. And then I typically spend the afternoon teaching medical students or residents.

What was your experience with medical school?

I went to school at UW, but spent my first year of medical school at the WSU campus in Pullman, which was great. There were only about 20 of us, so we became a close-knit group. For years 2-4, I was mainly in Seattle. Since I grew up here, I still had a lot of high school friends and my parents still lived in Seattle, so I had a really nice support system.

Were you always really good with science and math?

My dad was super good with science and math, and so I think I got his genes. I was a math-lete in middle school. I won the state math championship in 7th and 8th grade. In high school, I still enjoyed math and science, but I wasn’t as involved with math club anymore.

What specifically made you want to be a pediatrician?

There are a lot of reasons. I think for the most part, pediatricians are nice, maybe nicer than other docs. I also think kids get sick, not because of what they did, but because of bad luck. They get hit by a car, or get leukemia. Whereas, sometimes adults get sick because of the bad choices they make. So its easier to be empathetic with a young patient versus an older patient.

Do you have any advice for anyone interested in the medical field?

I would say that it’s important to be really committed and passionate about the field. It takes a long time, can be grueling at times, and is very expensive. So make sure that this is truly what you want to do the rest of your life. Get a lot of exposure to the medical field, before committing.

What would you say is the most stressful thing about your job?

The most stressful part of my job is not being able to help a child get better. I used to stress out about not knowing what’s going on with a patient. But as I have gotten older and more experience, I have come to the realization that my #1 priority isn’t and shouldn’t be to find out what is the matter, but rather to determine what matters to the patient and family and to go from there. Oftentimes, knowing the diagnosis isn’t the #1 priority of families.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

There is so much that I love about my job. I love working with medical students and residents. I love the challenge of trying to  figure out what is going on with my patients, I love seeing kids smile and laugh. I love working with the other members of the medical team.

Further Developments

Since the last article, many changes have taken hold in our great school. Notable changes include a closer relationship with the faceless child hordes, the loss of several students, and an amazing discovery about the reanimated corpses that were risen at the start of the year. Additionally, a new policy by the school’s enigmatic Dominion & Dictatorship (D&D) committee has many students thankful for the added security it brings. Continue reading “Further Developments”

Tips/Reassuring Quotes For Those Who Feel A Lot Of Stress/Anxiety When Doing Assignments.

hopefully this article will help you become as relaxed as this puppy

As someone who goes through a whole lot of feelings of uncertainty and fear and over-analyzation when trying to get an assignment done, I know how nice it is to see that there are things that can put me a little more at ease. I’ve come up with a list of reassuring quotes and tips I’ve found to be helpful; some from my own experience and some taken from what others have told me. I hope they come to use somehow. Continue reading “Tips/Reassuring Quotes For Those Who Feel A Lot Of Stress/Anxiety When Doing Assignments.”

Galaxy’s Official 2016 Endorsements

I almost forgot to do it in time, but here are my endorsements for each race! I only wrote a teeny blurb for each race, so please contact me if you have any questions or want any more advice. I can give non-biased information or my opinion, whichever you need. You can email me at, and I’m on facebook as Galaxy Marshall. Here’s my official endorsements! Continue reading “Galaxy’s Official 2016 Endorsements”

Nicole Macri is the Best

Guess who’s back! Tragically, I can only publish during the school year, but I hear the Stranger is year-round, so if you missed me and have connections there, you know where to find me. So this is my first article of the school year, and instead of starting with the stuff that’s angering me, like the bunker, that bullshit Stranger article, and homeless sweeps, I’m gonna write a happy and excited article to celebrate being back at work. Don’t worry, angry Galaxy will be back soon. I’ve got a lot of teenage angst and rage ready to be funneled into politics. But here, to brighten the mood of this shithole election, is a lil bit of happiness.

I spent an embarrassing amount of time looking for pictures of excited dogs.
I spent an embarrassing amount of time looking for pictures of excited dogs.

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We need more students

Susan teaches a spring semester class called Fire Spinning. This class needs more students (ten students besides me)  to express interest in it or it will not be taught! If you don’t know if you want to take this class next semester there is a committee on Thursdays and Tuesdays that meets in the dance room. If you enjoy the committee and want to learn more, then tell susan you want the class to happe . If you can’t come to the committee, you can still sign up for the class. I am the only student who has said that they are definitely going to attend the class if it is taught. Fire spinning is fun. You can get PE credit for it. It also makes you look awesome. Please don’t miss this opportunity. Talk to Susan for more details. You can also talk to me, Gregory.

More than just a trip: Rustic Pathways

I was very blessed to able to spend 3 weeks in the beautiful Udon Thani, Thailand, this summer through a program called Rustic Pathways. I discovered this program through someone on instagram that I knew. She made a few posts talking very highly of it. At this point in my life I was looking for an adventure and something that was going to change my life for the better; plus I needed community service hours. Now that I am back from my trip and have shared on social media how amazing of an experience it was for me, I’ve been flooded with questions on my trip and the program. So this will hopefully answer some of those frequently asked questions on rustic pathways for people who may be interested in a similar journey as me.

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