Post written by Jackson Wise, Station Manager
Hello WPPB the Pulse fans! Jackson Wise, the Station Manager here, hoping you enjoyed your holiday break! I was blessed with some amazing gifts, mainly music stuff, I got some rock CDs a few albums and an all in one, record and cd playing Bluetooth speaker. In saying that, I kind of knew about these gifts as I had been hinting my parents for them. But what was truly a miracle was when I unwrapped the 10 albums from our family’s secret Santa. Now, this isn’t an ordinary secret Santa. When I stopped believing in Santa they started to put presents out on our front door. When this first happened I was shocked! My mother and father swore they had nothing to do with it, and I had no other choice but to believe them. That first Christmas the secret Santa delivered gifts felt as if the magic of Christmas was restored. However I figured that this was a one-off occasion, something that would end soon, but they still haven’t stopped this Christmas is the tenth year! They’ve always given Kelsey, my older sister, and I amazing gifts. Since my sister loves art she almost always got high-quality art supplies along with other great craft stuff like a knitting set and a jewelry set. For myself, they’ve probably had some trouble, as my interests used to change frequently, one year a fools-gold mining kit, another year legos, but one year I was blown away because I had just gotten an Xbox from my parents and they had got me a game for it! My family and I to this day still don’t know who this secret Santa person is, and all of these years of gifts has made me love Christmas just a little more. I mean sure, I can tell my parents and friends what I want under the tree, but there’s nothing like getting gifts shrouded in mystery from someone you may or may not know. I don’t know whether this secret Santa person follows my happenings at the radio station, but if they do I just want to say this, thank you. Thank you for all the amazing gifts, for making an already magical holiday just that more special! You’ve done a lot for us and I hope that if you see this come Christmas Eve of 2019 you’ll look by the stairs and collect the gift we have for you. Here’s to your secret Santa!
Post written by Abby Hopkins, Social Media Director
Growing up (mainly my 10th grade year) I was very into youtube as a whole and the cool people on the platforms. I started out with Danisnotonfire, AmazingPhil and Shane Dawson but those people aren’t the people I am talking about today.
Today, I am talking about, as the title states, David Dobrik. He is a vlogger from Slovakia who lives currently in LA with his friend group who are famously called “Vlog Squad” as dubbed by their audience. His videos are normally 4:20 for each of them. Don’t understand who he is yet? Earlier this year, he released a video on his youtube channel sat beside fellow creator Liza Koshy, talking about their breakup in a very emotional video. This video blew up and people who didn’t even know them were sad.
Anyways, David Dobrik has reached 10 million recently and that’s huge. He is an amazing guy and deserves all the subscribers he has gotten through his videos. Even though they are short, they are definitely funny. In many videos, he blindfolds his friends and has animals thrown on them and in others, he is kind and uses this company SeatGeek to hook his friends up with new cars. His videos show his daily life like when he gets his hand cut open by a bottle and even when his friends land themselves in the hospital over stupid things.
With all the fame, David still seems to be a very genuine person which I love, he doesn’t let his money get to his head and truly loves his fans. I feel like other YouTubers should be as kind as he is. Yes, his vlogs are crazy and nobody sane would do what he does but that is what makes him funny. He is a breath of fresh air in the crazy world that is YouTube.
Post written by Brianna Hyman, Program Assistant
In this day and age you constantly hear about feminism and how guys shouldn’t be putting down girls for things like makeup, relationships, and clothes. Kids are taught from a young age that "He pulled on your hair, he must like you!" Even now, in 2018, people are still told things like that. We preach the idea of acceptance to the men yet we still can’t seem to do it from woman to woman. Everyone, especially in high school, knows of another woman or a group of women that bring each other down. How can we expect men to treat us with respect when we are constantly criticizing one another? Even if it’s not to their face, other people hear what we have to say. Someone is constantly paying attention to what we do. Especially when it comes to the gossip about other women. Guys are not going to stop calling us sluts, attention hogs, cake faced, and many other cliches when they hear/see us doing it. If we want to start seeing change then we MUST start with ourselves. If we want men to support women, then we need women to help women. We even, as women, have marches dedicated to standing up for our rights.
Post written by Stephen Boyer, Social Media Staff Member
Anxiety is something I've had to deal with all of my life, funny considering what I do here at The Pulse, but its true. Obviously, it affects the most extreme things like applying for a job but I often find it to grab a hold of me at the most random of times. The most recent example of a random attack was when I was at the Career Center and we were finishing up a project. Anxiety just overtook me and I basically shut down and luckily my other group members picked up my slack for those 15 minutes but that just goes to show how random it can be. But weirdly enough I don't really get anxious when doing radio shows or audio essays or anything like that for the radio. I actually find it to calm my anxiety. Sure when I first started last year I was nervous but I never really shut down over recording or going live or whatever. I couldn't tell you why that is because I've gone most of my life being scared of public speaking and Being on The radio, even though it's just a Student Radio, is very much a form of public speaking. Thanks to radio, I discovered I have a passion for speaking, I just had to unlock it.
December 5th, 2018
Post written by Joshua Caldwell, News Staff Member
Power levels are no longer a mystery thanks to Yahoo!, and its latest mobile page release. Acting as a page for topics related to Dragon Ball, from the perspective of a Saiyan, Yahoo! Planet Vegeta is a mobile resource where users can conveniently discover information on everything regarding the anime/manga.
Things like Saiyan training regiments, diet, Namekian technology, Frieza’s chain of command, and power level ranking are all found on the site. In keeping with the guise that the site was created for Saiyans, by Saiyans, the site defaults in the alien Saiyan language. There is also a whimsical blog section where you can get a better understanding of what it is like to live on Earth as a member of their race.
Unfortunately, since this digital almanac of Dragon Ball info was created to promote the domestic release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, the only other language aside from the Saiyan hieroglyphs is Japanese. If you’re a fan of Dragon Ball, have a poke around the microsite, as even the images alone are sure to stir up your inner Saiyan
Post written by John Boone, Instructor
Every group of sophomores in my Media Broadcasting class completes a journal/discussion about their fears and worries in life. This is always one of the most fascinating assignments for me to read.
The results are somewhat predictable - snakes, spiders, and heights are always high on the fear list, and grades, family, and friends are things that everybody worries about. But it’s other popular choices that are most concerning. Many students fear death, whether it be their own or of their loved ones, and, not coincidentally, being alone. And a majority of students have a worry or fear of the future, the unknown, or simply failing at what they set out to do, not being able to accomplish their goals, etc.
These results are heart-breaking, but at the same time are motivating to me as a teacher at a career center. I believe the self-doubt that creeps into these students’ mindset is at least somewhat caused by the stagnant education system. Students are simply not prepared to enter the job force or to forge a career through advanced education. But a good bit of that blame can be borne by the students themselves for a lack of effort or interest in their education, and that continued disengagement will result in a total lack of applicable learning beyond memorization for a one-time test.
I enjoy teaching communications, because the skills used in my class cannot only be used in the media industry, but in any job sector. Despite that seemingly automatic connection, students can still find ways to become disconnected dead weight in a class. That’s where getting to know each student’s skillset and learning style combined with soft skills training begins. I like the challenge of pushing student success in the world, even if it’s not a direct result of my curriculum. My big thing is providing opportunities for success, based on the student’s interests. Now, it is still up to the student to choose to accept those opportunities, but my job is to give them the options to set them up for success. Some will give up at this point just from the fear of making a choice, but now is the time to learn to make those choices. Some will give up on a passion because they fear they’ll never get there, yet they never take the first, most difficult steps on the journey. It could be simply a fear of the work that goes into success, and not even so much not making it. That’s a downright shame, to lazily dismiss a passion in life. What a ripoff! Students, ask questions now. Take advantage of opportunities now! Work hard now!
Let’s face it, the future is intimidating for all of us, because none of us know what it holds. But I would like to think I did what I could to make sure the teens I interact with don’t fear it, that they believe in their talents and abilities, and that they can pursue what makes them happy in life without fear of failure. We all experience failure, but in the end, it is that which makes us better. As the saying goes, “Better to try and fail, than to not try at all.”
Students, don’t come back to me someday and say, “I wish I would have (fill in the blank) in your class.” Or the next thing you’ll have to fear is me!
Post written by Jennifer Allende, Program Director
Thankful. Being thankful is defined as being pleased or relieved. Today, as I sit here in front of a “lo-fi beats to study and relax to” playlist, writing an article about being thankful, I’m not hitting my usual writer's block. That is one thing I can say I’m thankful for right off the bat, but as I think back to this time last year, I realize that I’m also thankful for the time I got to be part of the winter guard program. Last year, was my last time on the mat without even realizing it and I had the opportunity to write about what the song we were performing to, meant to me. Here is an excerpt from “I Got You”:
“When I hear this song, the first thing that comes to mind is the starting counts of our show. The (1-2-3-4, 1-2-3…) echo in my mind as I mentally prepare myself, reminding myself to perform and to be as graceful as I can be. As the song progresses, I picture myself on the mat, going through the motions. The checkpoints to hit and the moments of impact to make the most out of. The music fades to a lull and I can now only hear the sound of my beating heart and shaky breaths. The sound of the synchronized rifles is music to my ears and I can feel the joy all around me. I’m practically gleaming at this point and replace my synthetic smile with a genuine, confident one…”
In years before, when someone would ask me about my experience as a color guard member, the first things that would come to mind were the long hours of practice and anxiety attacks before every performance. Although that was true, looking back now, it’s evident that I overlooked the small things that made my experience one I could never forget. The many friendships I formed, constant encouragement from my fellow team members and instructors, and lasting memories I made.
I can say now that I’m thankful for the time I got to spend being part of a group of people that made my high school career so much more memorable.
Post written by Bradley Reber, News Director
Hello everyone! This is Bradley from Chillin at the Mic. Monday November 12th, 2018, the world suffered a great loss. Everyone's favorite real life superhero, Father of the Marvel Universe, and the best cameo actor, Stanley Martin Lieber, AKA Stan Lee passed away. We should all take the time this week to watch ALL of the Marvel movies, MCU, and otherwise, read all of the comics he made. This week is the week we have been dreading. From now on there won't be any more Stan Lee cameos, not one more comic or signature from the man himself. This Thanksgiving next week should be looked at with all that he has given us. He has brought people together like nobody ever was able to. From his great mind and imagination and a little bit of magic he made something everyone, no matter who you are, can look at and smile. He started out as a small comic book writer and after 30 years, he realized that he shouldn't be jealous of anyone else because he was making entertainment. He made characters that stood up to Hitler during WWII, Captain America. Heros that were just average people at one point but something happened that made them change, Spider-Man, Iron Man. He even helped make the movies today. In times where politics, riots, protests, killings, and wars have been common and getting along with others has been quite rare, he brought people together and made them friends with something in common. He gave people heroes to look up to and hope in the brighter comic world. He gave us an escape from the stressful world we call reality. Stan Lee, We will always remember you as the father of our time, the maker of our Heroes. So everyone turn on your TVs and open up a comic for his memory. That memory that will last for generations and generations.We should let him and his memory guide us to make a better world. Stan Lee was honestly a hero to us all and always will be.
Post written by Jackson Wise, Station Manager
Hello, Pulse fans! I’m Jackson Wise from my new show, Just Keep Talking Wednesdays at 6pm, however, I’d like to talk about the life and death of a show that I used to be apart of called Hoodie Buddies. Before I start I’d like to say I mean no ill-will towards my used-to-be-hosts and in fact, am still friends with them to this day. We love what we do here at the career center, and we love the Hoodie Buddies too, so from all the (used to be) Hoodie Buddies this is an apology for the sudden disappearance of our show. Hoodie Buddies started in my junior year of High School. It consisted of Abby Hopkins (Chilling at the Mic), Bradley Reber (Chilling at the Mic), Hunter Franklin (One Up Reviews), and I. We loved recording together, but there were some problems. Relationships, lack of effort, and normal high school drama made the whole group tense, yet we still liked each other and had fun recording. The relationship started to turn toxic, with all of us to blame for it. Nonetheless, we thought that if the group disbanded, then we wouldn’t be friends, a wrong thought in hindsight, but I digress. It put a lot of stress on me as I had to stay and work many extra hours just to make the show to be air-able. When Junior year was finished I had mixed feelings about what was going to happen next year. I loved working with these dorks who screamed and went crazy, but I didn’t want to feel like I was the only one putting forth the effort on our shows. With that doubt in mind, Senior year hits. The Hoodie Buddies changes out Hunter Franklin, who had been put in a separate class, for Stephen Boyer, previously apart of The ANS Show. With this the Hoodie Buddies, for the most part, work out fine. Slowly as the year progressed we realized that while we were making original content, we were sacrificing our friendship and bond to do so. We had many all-nighters working on some of the scripted content. To add to that we had positions in leadership which at first was stressful. The group started to break down. The tipping point was our live show, in which we made everyday errors that seemed to be like life and death. We all decided to go our own ways and try to restart ourselves as radio personalities, and I think everyone can agree all of our shows are better for it. I’m really glad the way everything played out and all used to be Hoodie Buddie members make jokes about its status all the time. So remember that it's okay to part ways with people you love, and every now and again it's okay to do something new.
With great support to your new decisions, Jackson Wise
Post written by Abby Hopkins, Social Media Director
Hello everyone, I’m Abby. I’m a senior at PHS and I have been in AFJROTC for four years. From pretty much before high school, I fell in love with the program and desperately wanted to be in the honors society after seeing my adopted sister get awards from it. My sister was in it before me and graduated in 2014. I entered high school in 2015, the year after she left. I was pretty much going through the program by myself until this year. I learned so much mainly in my first two years.
My first year, I went to an event that I knew I was going to love, Clemson games. Our cadet core goes seven times a school year to Clemson and does their concessions for all the home games. We are given jobs like Runner, Cashier, etc. and we are at those for the whole 12-hour period. Another thing that I learned that we did was march, especially in parades for Christmas and for our Veteran’s day program. I honestly never got into marching correctly, even now as a senior.
The better I did in my academics, the more I got ranked up and got badges and ribbons. Just in my 10th grade year alone, I was promoted five times. I also got into the Kitty Hawk Honors Society which was the honors program for AFJROTC. In my junior year, I was given a spot on the staff which is the group of people who control the core. Kinda like how it is here, the students are in charge.
It makes me sad when I think about the fact that it is my last year in AFJROTC but I am so ready to move onto better things.