Your Summit Weekly Briefing
By Ashwath Vimal, Angela Hwang and Ethan Ignatovsky
Disclaimer: Though the Weekly Briefings are no longer tagged in the Opinions section of Summit News and we try to remain as unbiased as possible, our opinions may show through in this article, especially in the “Actions” section.
Content Warning: Mentions of explicit themes occur in the third section of “General News” and in “Actions”.
- Schools Out! Congratulations to everyone on making it through another (or first for freshman) of high school! And a special congrats to the seniors leaving to start on their journeys into adulthood and college! For those of you going to summer school, we know it may be hard to go back to school during the summer but remember to persevere!
- One of our writers, Angela Hwang (who was also Student Advisor for Journalism this past) will be graduating, so a huge thanks to her for being a part of the weekly briefing team and running Summit News to the best of her ability! We wish you well as you transition into the next stage of your life!
- Expeditions for Summit School will officially be redesigned for the next school year, so be prepared for changes. Some rumored developments include Visual Performing Arts classes being part of the core curriculum and more options to take expeditions classes online.
- 50 members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of New Hampshire have been accused of hazing after initiation in May, which is considered a misdemeanor. Reportedly, the university received a call about the incident from the national headquarters of the fraternity where they then passed on the information to the proper authorities. The police department that is investigating the situation has stated that there was probable cause to arrest the suspects, with arrest warrants subsequently issued for 46 fraternity members. The group is being fined $20,000 and has already been suspended from the school, with some students already turning themselves in.
- This Saturday, over 450 different protests occurred across the U.S. to urge policymakers to respond to the increasing amount of gun violence seemingly highlighted by recent tragedies such as the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. These rallies were arranged by the orgnization March For Our Lives which was created in response to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida in 2018. The biggest rally took place in Washington, D.C., with one taking place in Parkland as well where the demonstration was disrupted by a counter-protestor (who was apprehended by law enforcement) starting shouting during a moment of silence for victims of gun violence. As these protests were being set into place this week, the House of Representatives recently passed a bill that allows judges to remove firearms from the possesion of people who may pose a danger to others, which has been deemed much more likely to be passed in the Senate than other bills such as the one increasing the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic rifles.
- The American Medical Association is holding its first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic started. The 2022 AMA conference will be held from June 10-15. On the first day, the AMA discussed its plan to help America’s physicians recover from the lasting effects of the pandemic. They presented its AMA Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians in which they addressed medical challenges like physician burnout; the increase of emotional exhaustion among health workers caused by the pandemic. In the remaining days of the conference, the committee will address other notable issues including health disinformation, climate change, and insurance coverage after the pandemic. You can follow the conference on AMA’s website and social media.
- In the medical world, the response to “long COVID” symptoms is still being debated. A study done by the Washington Univesity School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System concluded that vaccines alone might not be enough to prevent the lasting symptoms of long COVID. This current study and its limitations have begged the question: if vaccines are not a complete shield against the effects of COVID, what additional layers are needed?
- The COVID-19 death toll continues to fall from earlier peaks but they still remain higher than deaths caused by the flu and pneumonia. The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) conducted a study using data from death certificates to calculate the deaths from COVID-19 and other causes. From the study, the ONS found that death certificates that mentioned COVID-19 as an underlying cause were more frequent across all age groups compared to underlying flu and pneumonia deaths. The findings noted that between 2020 and 2022, 58 percent of deaths due to COVID-19 occurred among those 80 years and over.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson will remain in office following the no-confidence vote on Monday. The vote was triggered by the Prime Minister’s series of gatherings during the Covid-19 lockdown when he broke regulations.
- San Francisco has recalled District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
- Gavin Newsom will face Brian Dahle in the November elections for California governor.
- Alex Padilla and Mark Meuser will face off for the US Senate in November.
- An armed man who allegedly threatened Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was arrested near the Justice’s home. According to USA Today, the man had “allegedly [called] a local 911 dispatcher claiming to be armed, suicidal and that he had traveled to the area to “kill” a Supreme Court justice”. People have speculated the incident may be related to the upcoming abortion decision to be released by the Supreme Court.
- Miah Cerillo, who survived the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, gave her testimony via a recording in the House. Also, the Justice Department chose nine people to examine the police response to the shooting. In response to the increased number of shootings, both the House and the Senate have been trying to negotiate bills for increased gun control. The House passed a bill along party lines, but the bill probably will not pass in the Senate. Senators are still negotiating.
- Update: Hearings for Jan. 6 will begin today.
- Aaron Donald has become the highest paid, non-Quarterback, in NFL history, after the Defensive End and the Los Angeles Rams restructured his contract to add two more years, and $40 million dollars. Donald’s contract will now end after the 2024 season and $95 million dollars made. Donald is a future hall-of-famer, a seven-time all-pro and three-time defensive player of the year, so the 2014 first-rounder is worth the money. After signing the new deal, Donald said he was locked in to win another ring after winning his first in 2022 vs the Cincinnati Bengals.
- Reigning Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp signed a three-year $80 million extension with the Rams shortly after teammate Aaron Donald. Over the next five years, Kupp will make $110M, the biggest amount of guaranteed money ever given to a Wide Receiver. Kupp is coming off a year where he led the league in catches with 145 for 1,947 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.
- At the time of writing, the NBA Finals are tied at 2-2 after 4 games. The Celtics won game one after the Warriors lost their lead in the fourth quarter. The Warriors tied up the series in a dominating game two. In game three, Boston came out of the gates strong and kept the lead for most of the game, with the Warriors not being able to hold onto the lead after coming back in the second half. Going into game four, Boston was looking strong, with stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown leading the way. The Warriors needed to play better to help Stephen Curry who would be dealing with some ankle discomfort after Al Horford fell on it late in Game three. However, if he was feeling any discomfort, he was not showing it, and it certainly did not affect his play. He put on an amazing performance in what was essentially a must-win game four, Curry dropped 43 points and is shooting a 50/49/86 split in the finals. Andrew Wiggins also had a dominant rebounding performance, ending the game with 16 boards. The Warriors won 107-97 and avoid falling to a dreaded 3-1 series.
- DC has officially released their trailer for “Black Adam” which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the iconic role of the Egyptian anti-hero. The trailer helps depict the motivations for Black Adam’s ruthless nature as he is faced with a dilemma, as best summed by Dr. Fate (Piers Brosnan) on whether he wants to be the “destroyer” of this world or its “savior”. Throughout the trailer, fans see both sides of this through his violent nature which contrasts with his heroic actions. Fans also get a first look at Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centino in his Atom-Smasher costume and a very quick sequence of Quintessa Swindell’s Cyclone. Black Adam, who is the arch-nemesis of comic-book hero Shazam (or Captain Marvel), will not appear in “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” but has been alluded to appear in the third Shazam! Movie.
- The Marvel television series Ms. Marvel, the first-ever superhero project led by a Muslim actress, has been well-received despite fans having misgivings before the show’s release. As of now, the show has a 97% critic score and an 85% audience score. While fans were and still are disappointed by the show deviating from Ms. Marvel’s (Iman Vellani) original comic-book powers, the show makes up for it through innovative ideas such as the smooth integration of animation to help tell the story of Kamala Khan [Ms. Marvel]. Furthermore, Iman Vellani is a true embodiment of the character and portrays a teenage girl rebelling against her traditional Muslim parents to a tea. While this show may not appeal as much to older audiences, it presents a compelling story of a character who is constantly out and about like a normal civilian that many can relate to.
- Snippet: Director Todd Phillips posted a photo on his Instagram that alluded to a movie script titled “Joker: Folie à Deux”, seemingly teasing a sequel to the critically acclaimed “Joker” which starred Joaquin Phoenix
- Snippet: 19-year-old TikTok star Cooper Noriega has passed away after stating on social media “who else b thinking they gon d!€ young af”. The young influencer has discussed his hardships with mental health in the past. The cause of death is currently under investigation.
Atlas and Sierra (Seattle): Highs will hold pretty steady this week: 62℉ Thursday, 66℉ on Friday, 67℉ on Saturday, 63℉ on Sunday, 62℉ on Monday and 64℉ on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows will follow a similar pattern: 57℉ on Thursday, 55℉ on Friday, 52℉ on Saturday, 50℉ on Sunday, 49℉ on Monday, 50℉ on Tuesday and 52℉ on Wednesday. It will rain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sunday will be cloudy and the rest of the week will be sunny with some clouds.
Summary: Highs in the mid 60’s, lows in the low 50’s, rain and clouds.
Olympus (Tacoma): Highs will hold pretty steady this week: 64℉ on Thursday, 67℉ on Friday, 68℉ on Saturday, 64℉ on Sunday, 66℉ on Tuesday and 65℉ on Wednesday. Lows will follow a similar pattern: 58℉ on Thursday, 55℉ on Friday, 52℉ on Saturday, 50℉ on Sunday, 48℉ on Monday, 50℉ on Tuesday and 51℉ on Wednesday. It will rain on Thursday and Friday, and the rest of the week will be cloudy.
Summary: Highs in the mid 60’s, lows in the low 50’s, clouds.
Denali (Sunnyvale): Highs will fluctuate a bit this week: 87℉ on Thursday, 95℉ on Friday, 87℉ on Saturday, 75℉ on Sunday, 78℉ on Monday, 85℉ on Tuesday and 88℉ on Wednesday. Lows will follow a similar pattern: 61℉ on Thursday, 62℉ on Friday, 60℉ on Saturday, 53℉ on Sunday and Monday, 57℉ on Tuesday and 60℉ on Wednesday. It will be a very sunny week.
Summary: Highs in the upper 80’s, lows in the low 60’s, sun.
Everest and Prep (Redwood City): Highs will fluctuate this week: 83℉ on Thursday, 91℉ on Friday, 81℉ on Saturday, 72℉ on Sunday, 76℉ on Monday, 81℉ on Tuesday and 84℉ on Wednesday. Lows will drop this week: 60℉ on Thursday and Friday, 59℉ on Saturday, 54℉ on Sunday and Monday, 56℉ on Tuesday and 58℉ on Wednesday. It will be a sunny week, though there will be some clouds.
Summary: Highs in the low 80’s, lows in the mid 50’s, sun.
K2 (El Cerrito): Highs will fluctuate this week: 81℉ on Thursday, 86℉ on Friday, 80℉ on Saturday, 70℉ on Sunday, 76℉ on Monday, 81℉ on Tuesday and 83℉ on Wednesday. Lows will hold more steady: 59℉ on Thursday, 60℉ on Friday, 58℉ on Saturday, 54℉ on Sunday and Monday and 57℉ on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be a sunny week, though there will be some clouds.
Summary: Highs in the low 80’s, lows in the mid 50’s, sun.
Tam (Richmond): Highs will fluctuate this week: 84℉ on Thursday, 90℉ on Friday, 83℉ on Saturday, 72℉ on Sunday, 78℉ on Monday, 83℉ on Tuesday and 83℉ on Wednesday. Lows will hold more steady: 60℉ on Thursday, 61℉ on Friday, 59℉ on Saturday, 54℉ on Sunday and Monday, 57℉ on Tuesday and 58℉ on Wednesday. It will be a sunny week, though there will be some clouds.
Summary: Highs in the mid 80’s, lows in mid 50’s, sun.
Shasta (Daly City): Highs will fluctuate this week: 68℉ on Thursday, 72℉ on Friday, 67℉ on Saturday, 62℉ on Sunday, 64℉ on Monday, 67℉ on Tuesday and 69℉ on Wednesday. Lows will hold more steady: 52℉ on Thursday, 53℉ on Friday, 52℉ on Saturday, 49℉ on Sunday, 50℉ on Monday, 51℉ on Tuesday and 52℉ on Wednesday. It will be a sunny week, though there will be some clouds.
Summary: Highs in the mid 60’s, lows in the low 50’s, sun.
Tahoma (San Jose): Highs will fall then rise this week: 87℉ on Thursday, 96℉ on Friday, 88℉ on Saturday, 77℉ on Sunday, 81℉ on Monday, 87℉ on Tuesday and 91℉on Wednesday. Lows will also drop: 61℉ on Thursday, 63℉ on Friday, 62℉ on Saturday, 54℉ on Sunday, 55℉ on Monday, 59℉ on Tuesday and 61℉ on Wednesday. It will be a sunny week, though there will be some clouds.
Summary: Highs in the mid 80’s, lows in the mid 50’s, sun.
Cooking: Vegetarian Chow Mein
By Chelsea on Chelsea’s Messy Apron
- 3 cups green cabbage, thinly sliced in small shreds
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced (~1 inch piece)
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced (~2 large cloves)
- 3/4 cup julienned carrots (~1 large carrot)
- 3/4 cup thinly sliced celery (~2 stalks)
- 1 and 1/2 cups thinly sliced red pepper (~1 large pepper)
- 1 and 1/2 cups thinly sliced baby bella mushrooms
- 1/4 cup green onions (~3 onions)
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 package (6 ounces) chow mein noodles
- 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons vegetarian oyster sauce (regular oyster sauce if not vegetarian)
- 1/3 cup veggie stock or veggie broth (chicken stock/broth works if not vegetarian)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar lightly measured, do not pack!
- 1/2 teaspoon toasted (or plain) sesame oil
- Freshly cracked pepper
- Optional: toasted sesame seeds
- VEGGIE PREP: Prepare the ingredients in advance, because the cooking goes fast! Finely shred the cabbage, coarsely mince the ginger and garlic (don’t want too fine of a mince or they burn; don’t use jarred/tube ginger or garlic). Peel the carrot and then julienne into very small/thin pieces. (I cut into rounds and then cut into matchsticks) Very thinly slice the celery. Thinly slice the red pepper and halve those thin slices if they’re long. Thinly slice mushrooms. Thinly slice the green onions to separate the white root from the green. You should get about 1/4 cup thinly sliced white roots. Reserve the thinly sliced green parts for later.
- SAUCE PREP: Add the cornstarch and soy sauce to a small bowl and whisk with a fork until completely smooth. Stir in the vegetarian oyster sauce, vegetarian stock, brown sugar, and sesame oil. Add pepper to taste (I add about 1/2 teaspoon). Whisk until smooth. Reserve for later.
- NOODLES: Follow package directions to prepare the chow mein noodles. Rinse in cold water and set aside.
- COOK: Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet pan on high heat. Add the white roots of the onion for a minute or two and then and in the garlic and ginger. Be very careful to make sure neither burn — only cook for about 20 seconds. Add red pepper, carrots, and celery. Stir fry, stirring nearly constantly for 2-3 minutes.
- COOK CONT.: Add in the shredded cabbage and mushrooms. Stir constantly until veggies are crisp-tender and cabbage is wilted, about another 2-3 minutes. (You don’t want the veggies to be mushy/soggy; they should be crisp-tender). Stir in the cooked noodles and the sauce mixture. Toss with tongs for 1 minute until thickened and ingredients are incorporated. Add in the thinly sliced tops of the green onions and toasted sesame seeds, if desired. Enjoy immediately.
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This section will be in light of Pride Month during this month of June. The event that ignited June into becoming Pride month is when police attacked and raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, in 1969. This led to the emergence of the gay rights movement which has evolved in the LGBTQIA+ movement today.
- Head to the Trevor Project which strive to help LGBTQIA+ teens with mental health sturggles if you are in need of guidance or counseling, or to just learn more about the struggles the LGBTQIA+ community face and what you can do to help them
- Click on this link that takes you to youth.gov to learn more about Pride Month and what you can do to get involved with it along with additional resources that can help inform you about the LGBTQIA+ community
Overall, if you know anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+, do not attack or harass them, no matter your own personal/religious beliefs. If you see someone getting attacked or harassed form their sexual identity, please report the incident to the proper authorities if you are unable to get involved with the situation. Show your support by making sure any friends of yours feel welcomed and safe. The LGTBQIA+ community are people too, and they deserve the same rights and freedoms that everyone else enjoys.
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