Online shopping and delivery is becoming a huge success while top retailers are struggling to compete. Undoubtedly, there is an appeal to having packages shipped straight to your front door; it saves lots of time and money. Companies like Amazon are reaping incredible benefits from fast and convenient strategies of delivering products to customers. According to Forbes, Amazon is currently one of the most successful companies in the world, ranking as the third largest international retailer. The owner of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, is also considered the wealthiest man on the planet, making billions of dollars from his successes. What this could mean for retail workers, however, is potentially devastation.
Shopping centers and retailers around the world are shutting their doors as mailmen knock on everybody else’s. At least a quarter of shopping malls are expected to go out of business in the U.S. in the next four years, according to TIME. Thousands of jobs are being eradicated due to the presence of online retail. In fact, many brick-and-mortar retailers such as Wal-Mart and Macy’s have adopted online retail in an attempt to keep up with the change. However, retail shops aren’t the only ones in danger of collapsing. Clothing, grocery, and fast food industries are all susceptible to falling prey to online shopping, too.
Kroger is a prime example of a company that has tried to keep their business stable during Amazon’s rise to power. They have started implementing pickup services into stores such as Smith’s, most likely to try and combat the risk of their company sinking and to cater to the appeal of customers. In just a few clicks, the hassle of grocery shopping and interacting with cashiers is completely gone. A worker can gather the necessary items and hand it off to the buyer, with all of the confusion and frustration being taken out of the experience. Online clothing companies have even taken to this method of simplified shopping.
MTailor is a company that could definitely hurt clothing retailers as time progresses. According to their website, their users can get customized clothing tailored to them in under 30 seconds. All that is needed is a phone camera. “Our process is scientifically proven to be 20% more accurate than a professional tailor.” This is an idea that MTailor preaches as a client scrolls down their webpage. “Receive your order in the mail and never go to the mall again.” Their prices are also significantly reduced compared to the typical prices of professionally tailored clothing, their website claims they can provide bespoke items for prices as low as $69.00.
As for the food industry, many fast food companies such as McDonalds and Wendy’s have started to integrate food delivery services, such as Postmates, UberEats, and DoorDash, to their restaurants. With a similar idea to pizza delivery services, these services will take all of the hassle out of traveling to have a hamburger. Some of these apps will even offer grocery shopping options, similar to that of Kroger. However, these companies will deliver food directly to somebody’s front door instead of forcing them to travel to their store of choice. This can be positive for saving time. Though, it is also slightly more expensive than simply getting the food yourself; the delivery itself costs a bit of money, with the rate depending on how far the driver must travel to retrieve your goods.
While online shopping itself isn’t inherently evil, there is no denying that the effects it can have are detrimental. Within the transition from brick-and-mortar to online shopping, many companies will learn to thrive, while many more will need to shut their doors. One of the many retailers struggling through the era of delivery is Nordstrom, once a prominent figure within the retail industry. According to USAToday, Nordstrom had their stock down around 42% in 2016 compared to 2015, with online competition being a major factor of their demise. They also have fewer people buying their products on impulse, the hefty price tags deterring shoppers. After all, they could likely find similar products online for less money. In a world full of cardboard and packing tape, our eyes are clouded by reduced prices and availability. The next time you travel to your favorite department store, it might not be around for much longer. While it may be convenient, entire shopping districts may eventually shut down due to us living in the Amazon era.
Published on November 5th, 2018.
Rumor Has It
The perceptions of Valley High School.
by TANNER HALL
“Valley High School is a school for dropout students! Valley is for druggies. Valley is for the bad kids. I will not send my child there!” said Shana Hall, the mother of a student now attending Valley High School. This perception of Valley is shared by many in our local community, and it unfortunately affects admissions at the school as well as the willingness of potential students to enroll and attend Valley High School.
Valley High is an alternative school that gives people who have received the “bad end of the stick” a second chance to get a high school education. “This school and its staff care about their students because they have been through the same things that these students have,” says Lanny Sorenson, a Language Arts teacher who started working at Valley three years ago. Valley High School is a place where students can feel accepted and cared for, and where the students take their own pace in their learning.
“We wish to urge students who would benefit from Valley and its opportunities to attend,” said Sharon Jensen, the principal at Valley High. At times, however, some parents and students themselves have issues with Valley High. Parents refusing to let their children attend due to negative stigma attached to the school. “My mom always felt that Valley was ‘the bad school’ before I started going here,” said Courtney Doolittle, a new student at Valley High.
At Valley, the teachers are not the only people that have students’ best interests in mind. The counselors also teaming up with students to help them succeed. “At Herriman [High School], when I would talk to my counselor, it was like she was just listening and didn’t really care if I graduated or not, but at Valley, it’s like my counselor is my friend, and she actually has my best interests in mind,” said Doolittle.
“These students are hardened and have been through so much in life that most adults haven’t been through. They have battle scars, and their integrity shows with their attendance and their willingness to work,” said Jacinto Peterson, the assistant principal at Valley High School. The kids at Valley High are oftentimes assumed to be delinquents, with only their best interests in mind. While they could easily drop out, however, they choose not to and take their achievements in stride. “The strength, and tenacity of everyone at this school, students and teachers alike is unrivaled,” said Shana Hall, mother of Valley High student Tanner Hall, the reporter of this article.
Valley has changed the lives of many, turned bad habits on their heads and sent students on the right path. Many students come here and feel welcomed and cared for after dealing with severe trials in their own lives. After being immersed within the inclusive environment of Valley High, students tend to become more motivated to take reign of their lives and graduate with their class. “Valley teachers care about the students and treat us like adults,” says Ty Eaves, a 2014 Valley alum. Valley High students are reminded that they are in charge of their own education and it is their personal responsibility to decide what the best decision for them would be.
Some students in high school might feel as if there is no hope for them graduating or succeeding. However, Valley offers these students a second chance to change their lives for the better. “No matter the situation you are in, or the people in your life, or the place in which you live, do not let it take away your life. Valley can’t get you out of the hole you are in, but it can give your the resources and the opportunities to work your way out,” Hayson Ostler - a previous student at Valley High - states. “Now, in my life, the lessons I’ve learned from Valley help me on a daily basis. I’ve become more confident and understanding of other people’s lives and their stories. Valley taught me that if I put my mind to it, I can accomplish anything.”
While it may seem rather cliché, it’s true: Valley High, even with its reputation, has given many current students and alumni an opportunity to better themselves and take control of their destiny. Even with the diverse student body, Valley High helps to unite and empower its students as the leaders of their own achievement, both in high school and forevermore.
Published on November 5th, 2018.
Click to Find Out
The negative imprint clickbait has on journalism.
by CADEN RICHARDS
For centuries, journalism has existed to serve the purpose of marking down events in history. However, since the emergence of online publishing and journalism, clickbait has become more and more prevalent, and it’s turning journalism into something it was never intended to be.
Clickbait is essentially the artform of tricking people into opening sketchy news articles. Clickbait can be used in the titles of lazily written online articles to attract more readers than an traditionally titled article would. I’m sure you’ve seen clickbait before. It’s everywhere. Whenever an article title includes something along the lines of, “and you won’t believe what happens next,” or “gone wrong,” it is most likely a form of clickbait. The titles of the articles are worded in a manner that makes them mysterious. The reader becomes curious about the content, even if they don’t actually care about what happens next.
This is important when news sources are trying to gain more revenue, especially from advertisements It doesn’t matter how good the article actually is, as long as the article gets the attention. That is what matters to some publishers. Spending immense amounts of time on articles is becoming a thing of the past, especially for people that can use clickbait to earn more money and views.
Since clickbait’s rise to prominence, some content creators are focusing less on making content valuable, and are focusing on gaining ad revenue.Because of this, some people aren’t writing as much quality news instead slapping something together and publishing it in a few minutes while the publishers gain the same amount of revenue.
Content producers are trying to do whatever they can to earn more money in less time, even if it means losing credibility in the process.
It can be difficult to gain readers when the same topics are universally reported on. Credentials are also hard to gain, which makes smaller journalists resort to desperate measures. It helps them to gain relevancy.
However, clickbait is not just being used by the small businesses; almost everybody is using it. It’s on your Twitter feed and on your Facebook home page. It’s even inside of YouTube. Due to all the attention clickbait gets, the algorithms pick up on it. It garners attention and gets promoted further. When videos gain more attention, the algorithms see this and continue to give you clickbait in your recommended feed.
In order to prevent this from happening in the future, we do need to take measures in order to combat it. One thing that we can do in order to stop clickbait is to not fall prey to it. From now on, when you see those YouTube videos that are around 10 minutes long with titles that are in all caps, that end with “FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT,” don’t click on them! When you see those news articles that seem sketchy, just keep scrolling. If we allow these articles to keep getting the attention, it will keep getting worse. We need to pay more attention to reliable content, and less to baseless content.
If you want to help eradicate clickbait, there are a couple of organizations out there that are fighting to combat this every day. #StopClickbait is a great example of this. They read clickbait articles, and summarize them on their Facebook posts (usually in one to two sentences). They click on them so nobody else has to.
Published on November 5th, 2018.
Diplomas For All
Ways to succeed at Valley High School.
by CELESTE NORTHRUP
The concern of not being able to graduate with your class is a fear that hits too close to home for many students at Valley High School. All of that hard work being thrown away is a scary thought considering these students have been attending school for over a decade now. Valley gives you many chances of success that other high schools neglect to offer. Although Valley offers many opportunities for you to succeed, your success is completely dependent on you.
Valley High is an extraordinary school with a diverse population. The students are the kids that have not only struggled throughout their years of education, but many times are also struggling with their lives outside of school. Usually, students begin attending Valley after they have fallen too far behind to continue attending their boundary high schools. Often this happens because catching up after falling behind in high school is not only unbelievably expensive and time consuming, but it also places an overwhelming amount of stress on young students who are struggling enough as it is.
When you enroll into Valley, you meet with your assigned counselor to create a plan to make up missing credits so that you can graduate with your class. Valley High helps students who have fallen behind by offering many different ways to earn credits. Often, making up the credits through Valley is also significantly less expensive than usual. If you purchase packets through Valley, you can expect to pay half the price you would have paid through your boundary school.
If sitting down and doing school work isn’t what you prefer, you can earn credits by attending Friday activities. These activities include going on hikes, watching movies, or even doing things like yoga. Each of them cost the same as buying a packet separately.
Understandably, there are some students who are still unable to pay for their credits. Those students have the opportunity of staying for “Power Time.” Power Time is a free way to earn credits while you get help from your teachers on your homework. If you don’t need any help academically, other activities are available during Power Time such as “Green Smoothie Tuesday”, doing yoga or listening to life advice.
These are some of the opportunities that former students took advantage of in order to graduate on time. Like many of us, these students began attending Valley with a considerable amount of missing credits. With plenty of hard work and dedication, they were able to graduate on time. Kaylee Northrup, a 2016 alum, recalls that she only had five to six credits when she began attending. She was determined and spent hours going to Power Time and completing packets. This helped her so much that she was able to graduate, obtain a 4.0 GPA, and was awarded multiple scholarships for college.
Unfortunately, it’s still quite easy to fall behind and lose credits.. The most important thing you can do to avoid losing your credits is obvious: go to class. Valley High’s attendance policy is strict - two absences is all that is allowed, though sometimes teachers allow students to make up missed classes. The principal, Sharon Jensen, states her thoughts on students disciplining themselves with attendance. “It’s important for students to start disciplining themselves into going to the necessary events in life even when they don’t want to, an important habit that is required as an adult.” While it is, of course, stressful to try and graduate on time, it is definitely possible. With all of the resources that Valley offers, the experience of graduation doesn’t need to be a long and tedious one. In the nick of time, with a bit of effort and hard work, any student at Valley can expect to find themselves walking with a cap and gown in their future.