By Jackson Wise, Station Manager
Hello WPPB the Pulse Listeners, Jackson Wise here. Most of our staff, including myself, are currently flying to New York for the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, or IBS. WPPB the Pulse has gone to IBS for several years and have picked up many awards, with one of our most notable being Best High School Radio Station of the Year, which we received last year. While in New York pulse staff will get to experience the city for three whole days! We also get to listen into some conferences with real media professionals and ask questions, which can be really useful for what we do. I’ve been to New York two times already and I can’t wait to go again. The first year I went with the Wren Marching Band and it was a blast. I will say that looking back it wasn’t nearly as fun as the second time I went. The second time I went for this very same trip. I think the reason why my second visit was so great was because there were less restrictions as our hotel was actually in the city. We were able to do and experience so much more than just the tourist stuff people seem to love. When I went the second time I felt alive and it really put some perspective on my world views. When you grow up in a small town you don’t realize how truly small you and your problems are. That said this year, I’m ready to live it again. I’m excited to see Wicked on broadway and to try all the great food that I tried last year. Overall I think the whole group is really excited for our trip to the big apple and I can’t wait for awards day, March 2nd. Make sure to stay tuned to WPPB the Pulse’s social media for finalist placements and more!
By Abby Hopkins, Social Media Director
Whenever I think about moving out, I think of the song from a live album of Panic! At The Disco and it always makes me wanna sing. However, I’m not talking about the song today but rather me actually leaving the only home I remember living in.
Don’t get me wrong, every kid has thought about leaving their home one way or another. I, myself, have thought of it a lot. Especially with the end of senior year approaching fast, I have to think of my plans for the future.
As long as I can remember I have wanted to go to college, the colleges I was interested in changed more with me and what I needed. I went from wanting to go to Wingate in North Carolina my freshman year with my best friend at the time to now going to Tri-County with my current best friend. Living situations changed with that as well, I wanted to so desperately be one of those people who lives in dorms on campus but now, I’m in the process of getting a house ready for me and my two best friends to live in.
My cafeteria has a countdown clock for seniors and everytime I see it I’m reminded, I’m almost there. I’m almost moved out. I’m almost graduating. I’m almost in college. I’m almost where I’ve always wanted to be in life and if 8th grade me saw the person I am today. She’d be proud.
By Brianna Hyman, Programming Assistant
Valentine’s Day has passed, and it has made me reflect on some things that I have noticed throughout the day. I overheard a few people discussing how annoying it was to hear about Galentines Day the day before. Honestly, I do not understand why so many people felt the need to comment on this (which were mainly people who were in relationships).
Valentine’s Day is a holiday to celebrate the person you care about that also cares about you. Just because you're in a relationship romantically doesn't mean other types of relationships can't be celebrated. Therefore, if women want to spend Galentine's day with their friends the day before, then they should be able to without getting criticized for it.
Who declared Valentine's Day to only be for those in romantic relationships? People act as if being single on this one day of the year, defines on if you have failed at life or not.
It's a fail if this is the only day you do get shown, love. You should surround yourself with people who genuinely care about you every day of the year. That goes for any relationship. If you build a foundation on trust and appreciation, then that relationship has a better chance of lasting. If you build it on judgments and resentment, then that relationship is destined to collapse. So let these women who are lucky enough to have friends that genuinely care about them enjoy themselves.
Post written by Stephen Boyer, Social Media Staff Member
So surprisingly this isn't something we can all agree on but, the minimum wage in our state is not high enough. Minimum wage should be the minimum wage a person can live on, hence it being the "minimum." But there seems to be a large push back against this because some people believe only teenagers work these places that pay $7.25 an hour, which is just false. While they are the minority they are there and we shouldn't make their life even harder because they were stupid in high school. If you're an adult and work minimum wage full time you make Fifteen thousand dollars a year. This for a job that id argue is harder than some office jobs, especially if you are talking about minimum wage cashiers. No one deserves to live on 15 thousand a year, it's practically impossible in today's world. Nearly half of your yearly income would go to your rent, which doesn't include any other bills. Not to mention that I am assuming your rent is 600$ or less, which is not very common. If your rent is 1000$ a month, well you wouldn't be able to afford to live. Which is why I and many others propose to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. While life still would not be extremely comfortable for people making the $15 an hour they could at least LIVE. They can actually save money and invest in themselves. If you're worried that suddenly you will be making minimum wage, well, why do you care? The amount of money you make will still be the same and if you really feel you are owed more money than you are paid then don't punish the minimum wage employees, go on strike and demand better pay. You are not stuck at your current pay and out of this deal everyone's lives would get better, at least marginally, and poverty may go down just a little bit, and isn't that our ultimate goal? Helping people better themselves and to live a good life. But what do I know, im just a high school student who has had to figure out how to live on minimum wage.