The East Tech Times East Career and Technical Academy's News Site Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:38:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The East Tech Times 32 32 LVL UP Expo 2020 Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:38:19 +0000 LVL UP Expo is the number one video game, technology, comics, and anime convention in Las Vegas and has a lot to offer to any interested visitor. The purpose of the LVL UPexpo is to bring together the gaming community in a three day annual event, with this now being the 5th year in a row being hosted in Las Vegas. The expo had a esports area for tournaments and casual gaming, interactive panels, scavenger hunts, pro wrestling, escape rooms, and much more. The ECTA Esports club team competed in the Smash Bros. tournament, and the top five students from ECTA represented the school at LVL UP Expo.

In the first picture to the left, the ECTA team is practicing and warming up before the big game starts. A couple of them would made it far into the tournament as top 64 in a 128 person tournament, but the rest did not. Luke, Bretch, and Dario Esquivel were eliminated early on winning only one or two games. However, Nolan Visitacion and Andrew Badillo would be the ones to step up to the challenge and went up against some of the best Smash Bros. players in Las Vegas.

Here can be seen a very intense match between Nolan (on the left), ECTA student and the number one Smash Ultimate player in Las Vegas (on the right), nicknamed FOW. Nolan would not end up being the one to move forward but he did give his opponent a very well fought match.

On the right side of the picture below, we have Andrew, who went up against an even tougher opponent. He even had the opportunity to appear on a live stream as they were playing. After a long and hard fight after two games, Andrew wins the match and goes on to finals in his pool of matches but unfortunately loses.

Throughout the convention, there were merchants selling merchandise that looked aesthetically pleasing. All of the stands were filled with plushies, backpacks, pins, and shirts that were all very bright and stood out for interested souvenir shoppers to visit between the other events taking place. It serves to mention that the gaming world is very interesting as the convention attendees are people who like unique things.

Some interesting features that kept walking around interesting is that you would always be bumping into different trinkets. During the entire event attendees would run into this little moving toaster box in a different location. It would move around slowly and follow some people around. Attendees were not able to figure out the secret on how it was being controlled because it was difficult to see anybody near it with a remote controller of sorts. It served as an entertainment piece and Easter egg because you never knew where it would pop up next.

Another unique experience for the event was the world’s first arcade virtual reality gaming experience. You would pay $8 for a 5 minute experience to play a skiing game, puzzle game, or an arcade style shooter game. It served as a good introduction experience for those that have not been able to play a virtual reality game yet. There were people there to explain the history of the arcade and teach you more about the future of reality gaming.

At the end of the event, they held a pro wrestling match. At least half the people that were walking around the event would all come to gather up around this to watch for 10 minutes. It was so crowded you couldn’t even walk forward to get a closer picture. It was not only cool to see, but it had various humors moments integrated to make the match seem more lively. They would even involve members from the crowd to jump around with the wrestlers. They would run into each other and start small rumbles to keep the momentum going.

According to the LVL UP Expo twitter (@LVLUPEXPO) on February 25, the dates for the 2021 even will be announced soon.

Golden Globes Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:18:03 +0000     The Golden Globes were on January 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Multiple people tuned in to watch the award show. There were awards given to awazing films, actors and actresses. The Golden Globes started in 1944 and were held in Los Angeles, California. There were about twenty-four awards given out during the 2020 Golden Globes. Ricky Gervais was the host of this year’s awards and multiple people have mixed feelings about how well he did. Gervais made a joke which made some of the audience uncomfortable while the other half thought it was humorous.

]]> Antibiotic-Resistance and Why it’s a Big Threat Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:11:52 +0000    Lately in the medical field there have been many problems and threats one of them being, Antibiotic-Resistance. Antibiotic-Resistance is when someone gets a bacterial infection and their body becomes resistant to antibiotics. Antibiotics is a type of medicine to cure bacterial infections. This is a threat because leaving an bacterial infection untreated has many bad consequences and may even lead to death.

   An example of a bacterial resistant to antibiotics is Gonorrhea. Gonorrhea has been resistant to all of the medication it has been used to cure it, but there is still one medicine out there that could be effective. Like mentioned before if it goes untreated it can cause many complications in both men and women, and can also be life threatening.   

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Instagram Likes, Necessary or Not Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:56:10 +0000    Instagram has proposed that likes on posts will not be shown because many tend to pay attention to one’s likes rather than the actual post. This proposal took place in November of 2019 and there are many mixed feelings about the plan. 

   Many responses were positive and were excited for something like this to be implemented to Instagram. On Instagram, not only does a person’s audience pay attention to the likes, but the person who posted it themself may tend to pay attention to their own likes. With the like counter taken away, the audience’s attention focuses on the main topic, the post. A student at East Tech said that “this idea is very beneficial especially to our youth generation because part of our society began normalizing judging people by the number of likes.” 

   Although it does direct people’s attention to the post, Instagram can be a source of income for many influencers around the world. Another student at East Tech said, “As an aspiring influencer myself, the likes can be helpful in a way, but it can also harm the plans I have for myself and what I try to promote. Readjusting the plan is the safest way of keeping up with the change, but it might not work out.” 

   With a variety of response towards Instagram trial period of removing the amount of likes shown, it is hard to determine whether their proposal is exactly helpful or not. It is safe to say that there are pros and cons to it. What do you think?

Possible World War 3? The Conflict Between Iran and The US. Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:51:18 +0000     As the conflict silently continues in the countries of Iran and the United States, fears grow in people, fearing another world war. Concluding the most common question that bounces everywhere, “Will a new world war actually happen?”. 

   Back in January 3, a US drone strike killed the Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, that triggered the conflict between both countries. This caused Iran to uproar with pledges and protests of outraged civilians and supporters. Although, not ALL Iranians were outraged by this purposeful act. Some became celebrating and rose up with joy after the news broke to them. Most Iranians and people in the celebratory crowd are above the age of 40 and witnessed the “terrible” acts that he committed to other people in the country.

Who Was Qassem Soleimani?

   Qassam Soleimani is viewed as a powerful military figure in most of the country of Iran and the Middle East. He was most likely unknown outside of the Middle East. Born in 1957, he gained importance during the Iran-Iraq war back in 2013 and became one of the most important figures since. 

   He was the major leader of the Quds Force and was leader until his death.  “He was viewed as the most powerful operative of the Middle East” according to an article of

How did Iran strike back?

   On January 7, Iran sent out an attack of 20 ballistic missiles to US airbases housing US troops in Iraq. The Iran Revolutionary Guards responded that the attack was related to the death of Soleimani. The attack injured 64 US military personnels but unfortunately killed no one. 

   Iran continues to threaten the US with more “harsh” attacks as revenge and promises for a bad outcome.

Will there be a World War 3?

   Iran did announce that it would do “severe revenge” against the US. The US. does not seek conflicts or war but would defend itself to any attacks and threats from Iran. 

   As far as we know, there has been no declaration of a war between the two countries. 

   Based on repeated countless tweets from president, Donald Trump, the US has spent “2 trillion of dollars” on military equipment and would “not hesitate to use it on Iran” if they end up attacking. 

   Nobody knows when the United States and Iran would resolve this conflict, but there is no signs of a third world war as everyone believes and no major threats to the civilians of America. 

How We Simulate Space Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:43:59 +0000 Tons of people would love to experience certain elements of space without having to become an astronaut. There are a few ways that will allow you to simulate space’s zero gravity effects, and someone you may know has tested them all out. In his YouTube series with Nuts + Bolts, Tyler The Creator tested out three things that would get him closer to knowing what space really feels like. To simulate the zero gravity effect, Tyler used Virtual Reality, floated in a Neutral Buoyancy Pool at NASA, and went skydiving. Virtual Reality allows your brain to believe you’re in a different world, which is how you feel the space effect. Even though it’s fake, it’ll make you feel like you’re truly there, and it also allows you to interact with your surroundings making the experience more realistic. The neutral-buoyancy pool allows you to float as if there was no gravity, which is what makes it a great way to train astronauts and test equipment. Although he didn’t care for the floating experience, Tyler did stay in the sensory deprivation container for 18 minutes and the employee has stayed in there for more than 6 hours at once. The container is soundproof and very dark to make it feel more realistic. He also went skydiving. When free falling while skydiving, you get the sense of weightlessness which is what it feels like to be traveling in space. This effect doesn’t last the entire fall, but it’s worth the experience. Now, we’re more aware of the different ways we can simulate space.

Patriots Upset by Titans Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:35:21 +0000 While the New England Patriots tried to come to a record seventh “Big Game,” they fell short after the Tennessee Titans won with a score of 20-13. This upset many New England Patriots fans because they were the defending “Big Game” Champions. They really wanted to become the first team in NFL history with 7 “Big Game” Championships but they are currently tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers. This defeat also questioned a lot of people if it was Tom Brady, their star quarterback’s last game. Many people have signaled that the Tom Brady era is over, but no one can take credit for how good the Titans performed. They really went out there and played their hearts out.

Meow Wolf Sun, 23 Feb 2020 06:33:27 +0000 Meow Wolf is an event that’s family friendly for all ages and it’s great for people who love crazy art. Meow Wolf is an event that comes to Las Vegas once a year. The exhibit has also traveled around the world to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Denver, Colo. Meow Wolf first opened in California in 2008. Meow Wolf is an art event with over 400 employees creating art across a variety of media including sculpture, painting, photography, and video production. Meow Wolf has different rooms and each room has it’s weird crazy theme where multiply artiest work on and each room has secret passages and magical, for example there’s a room where it leads you on to the other room by going into a fridge so every room has its story. Meow Wolf focuses on weirdness, challenging puzzles, crazy illusions and the power to create anything with your mind. How does Meow Wolf do it? Well Meow wolf comes out of a dumpster diving, DIY past, and wants to help different people all over the world by giving them a chance to work on Meow Wolf.

I do recommend attending this because it doesn’t just focus on one group of people everyone and anyone well be welcomed at this event no matter race, gender, and age and it’s a great even to make new friends you may also meet the people who created the room with their own bear hands. Meow Wolf does have a website where you can check how much the ticket are and when and where they will be at their website also has different kinds of documentary showing you how and why meow wolf was created and what they go through on their website they also sell their merchandise.

Different Music Tastes Sun, 23 Feb 2020 06:25:19 +0000 Today, the style in music has changed a lot. There are different musicians creating their own style and putting their own spins on their music. Therefore, tastes in music have also changed throughout the years. I was fascinated with knowing if teenagers today are listening to the same things that their friends are listening to, or if teenagers tend to find their own way in music and go for what they really connect with. I’m also interested in knowing if everyone likes the same type of music, or if everyone is different. I asked two of my friends what type of music they listen to and I will answer as well, so that I can compare. Jazmine Jaimes said that she usually listens to a mix of Mexican music, rap and R&B. Alyssa says she listens to rap and R&B as well. I am stuck on a genre called emo rap. It seems as if everyone is almost on the same track with music tastes but have some different styles to it.

Allegiant Stadium Sun, 23 Feb 2020 06:23:14 +0000 As you may know, the new Allegiant Stadium is on its way. There are only a couple of months left until this stadium is finished and ready to go. Even with the mess up on the stadium’s roof, it is said that the finishing date will still be the same. That date is in July of 2020. 

Over 2 billion dollars have been spent on the stadium and who knows how much more will be spent. After spending 50 million dollars on parking, 28 million went into purchasing a land about half a mile away from the stadium. This land was previously owned by Frias Transportation and is a multi-level parking garage that holds up to 2,700 cars. 

In the next month, the many trailers set up just outside of the stadium will be removed for the continuation of the stadium’s construction. This just means that we are getting closer to the final product of what is to be the Allegiant Stadium.