What Is a Drought and How Does It Impact Merced?

August 25, 2014 / By
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I realized that the drought is an important event that affects all of our lives. Dr. Kelly Redmond helped me understand that droughts can be a part of nature’s cycle, but the drought we are in now is certainly extreme. Even though I do not experience the effects of the drought through the perspective of a farmworker like Effrain, like Evelyn I live in an agricultural part of California where water is really important and it is noticeable when it is not in abundance. Now when I see how dry the lake by UC Merced is, I think of the larger effects that the lack of water has on my region.

What Our Schools Need–A Student’s Eye View

January 28, 2014 / By
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YouthWire asked high school students from across the state to weigh in on that question, using photographs and their own words. The State Board will vote Jan. 16 on what is expected to be the final version of the new funding law.

Living With Diabetes As A Teen

December 9, 2013 / By
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Navigating my life as a young diabetic once felt like a tre flip off a nine-stair. And even though it will never again be like an ollie off a two-stair, as long as I’m in control and on my feet, doing what I need to do to land on my board, I’ll be okay.

Food Stamp Cutback Hits Home For Young People

November 12, 2013 / By
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In 2009, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act increased Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits – commonly known as food stamps -- by 13.6 percent, as a way to bring relief to struggling Americans during the economic recession. But on November 1 of this year the increase expired, returning SNAP benefits to to pre-recession levels. The program cut will affect roughly 4 million Californians, many of them young people. We’Ced members discussed the importance of food assistance programs in their own lives, and how they foresee the change affecting their families.

New America Media: California’s Pickiest Eaters Grade New School Lunches

November 6, 2012 / By
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The youth reporters found some intriguing trends, ones that didn’t always fit the stereotype of junk food-loving, soda-guzzling teenagers. Indeed, if there was one consistent theme, it was an endorsement for fresher food, tastier food, a better variety to choose from and larger portions.

Fast-Food Advertisement

August 15, 2012 / By
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Sure the parents should be controlling what their kids should eat and make the right choice, but the constant exposure of advertisement and promotion often sways ones judgment. Fast food is part of the American culture and has a strong present in Merced. Should Merced as a whole try to control the influence of fast food advertising among Merced’s young people or just let this be?