Should the Supreme Court be televised?

In the Debate section of Jan. 29, 2018, issue of Upfront magazine, two professors gave their opposing views regarding the question: Should the Supreme Court be televised? After reading the pro argument from Georgia State University professor Eric J. Segall, and the con argument from Chicago-Kent College of Law professor Nancy S. Marder, the staff of The Rambler weighed in with their opinion. Our opinion was unanimous arguing that the Supreme Court should not be televised. Read the individual responses below. 

I don’t think the Supreme Court should be televised. They made an argument that it would help inform the public on how the Supreme Court operated were to be televised. I don’t think that’s that good of a reason because if you wanted to be informed on it, you could still read the transcripts of the oral arguments or even listen to the audio. I think it is also a possibility that if the oral arguments were to be televised they could become a form of entertainment. The judges do have to get their questions answered without them having to think about whether or not the audience is being entertained. The [Supreme] Court has a lot to deal with alone, and bringing cameras would not make their jobs any easier.
Ryan Rzepecki

I believe that the Supreme Court should remain out of the public eye. Many people have a false understanding of what a court room actually is and of the proceedings which take place inside. We have a delusion that TV shows like Law and Order, or Judge Judy accurately display a real court room with topics that are highly sensitive. Televising the Supreme Court cases would only benefit an extremely small portion of the American people who would actually tune in or feel strongly on the topic. On the contrary, it gives advocated ammunition to pull certain quotes, or behaviors, from inside the court room to create even more unrest and could undo the Supreme Court altogether. As of now, we receive audio recordings of the judges. These are easily understandable, and we don’t need them to be exposed to a system completely foreign to them, and allow others to twist our minds, and their words around a completely false idea of what justice is taking place behind closed doors.
Alec Thomas

In my opinion, the Supreme Court should not be televised to the public. Very important decisions and arguments are held in the Supreme Court, and having extra media there could distract the judges from doing their jobs correctly. People that support televised Supreme Court cases argue that they want to see what is going on visually, allowing them to be more entertained and intrigued by the cases. This argument could be valid if the Supreme Court didn’t publish any of the cases, but they do. You can listen to the audio of arguments or read the transcripts online at the Court’s website. Therefore, adding cameras and other television equipment to the Supreme Court would be unnecessary and could honestly be detrimental to a productive Supreme Court hearing.
Keegan Welka

I do not think that the U.S. Supreme Court debates should be televised. Although it would be interesting and truly capture the attention of many Americans, I believe that televising the aforementioned debates would not bode well for the nation as a whole. People have a tendency to act different with the cameras on and millions of people watching them. The increased pressure that would be placed on the judges would be overwhelming and are not necessary. The people should be more concerned with whether or not the court makes the correct ruling, not if they reached it in an entertaining fashion worthy of being shown on television. Additionally, a ruling’s transcripts can be read on the court’s website along with audio clips always being at the public’s dispense. There is no need to implement such a dramatic change in how the Supreme Court operates.
Alex Welz

Opinion: The only person that can better yourself is you

In You Are Not Special, author and teacher David McCullough writes, “…The great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself.”

Selflessness is great to an extent. However, I disagree with the quote. The best thing you can do for a community is being completely selfless; however, this is not true for yourself. It’s important to realize the only person that can better yourself is you. When it comes down to it, it’s your mind power that drives your own success and what lies ahead in life. If I set a goal—for example, I want to buy a house by the time I’m 30 years old—the only person that’s going to make this happen is me. If I set this goal, I’ll be the one grinding every day to make it happen. First, realize. Secondly, act. And thirdly, enjoy.

Realizing your own self, finding strengths and weaknesses, is the first step to finding your vocation. In order to find your passion and be happy this must be done first. Realization puts in each individual perspective new goals and aspirations. Most importantly it makes your dreams 100 percent in your hands.

Acting on your dreams is next. How are you going to make an impact on the world if you never take a chance? Everyone knows the quote, “actions speak louder than words,” and I completely agree. Acting is the physical force that makes goals happen.

Finally, I recommend enjoying life. It’s important to just be happy, go find new experiences and share the world with others. It’s time for humans to start being a lot more real and to think in the present moment. It’s time to think carefully. It’s time to accomplish anything through drive and determination.

In conclusion, being selfless is great for serving others in the community. People who are selfless benefit the world in so many different ways, and there is no way to ever repay their efforts. However, the best thing you can do for yourself is take control of you own life and make your goals happen through hard work.

Opinion: Buffalo Chicken Is Awesome

I consider myself a fairly healthy person. I exercise and I try to consume all food groups in moderation. Sure, from time to time I treat myself to some McDonalds, but what overworked, jaded high school senior doesn’t? In general, I eat a well-rounded diet of pasta, meat, salad, and many other relatively healthy foods. I consciously try to shake up my food intake. However, lately I have been failing in this regard. One specific food that has been giving me trouble is Buffalo Chicken. Any kind of Buffalo Chicken.

My dedication to the wonderful food has blossomed into a rewarding addiction. In truth, it is a tragic love affair. I give the Buffalo Chicken my hard earned dollar and the Buffalo Chicken gives me a head start on my freshman fifteen.

As an American, I know that I am the last person to blame for what I eat. It seems that in the last month or so, Buffalo Chicken has become increasingly available to me. Recently, Arby’s has started serving Buffalo Chicken sandwiches. I first heard about this new addition to the menu from a close friend of mine, and we proceeded to exchange pleasant conversation over Arby’s Buffalo Chicken sandwiches the very next day. Let me tell you, when you bite into that scrumptious creation, you know for certain that you have spent your money wisely. The buttermilk Chicken has a slight crunch, and then you are instantly hit with that sweet sweet Buffalo sauce flavor. For those who have not had Buffalo sauce, it’s spicy but not too spicy, especially when accompanied by shredded lettuce and ranch dressing, as the Arby’s take on the classic sandwich is. If you’re looking for a less heavy meal, Arby’s also offers the Buffalo Chicken sandwich in slider form, with a chicken tender on the little bun, which is so so so yummy. Rest assured, Arby’s does indeed “Have the Meats.”

Also new to my life is Cathedral Prep’s “loaded fry day” in the cafeteria. Metz chef James Wrigley recently introduced this new special to Prep’s menu, in which students are given a bowl full of the frenchiest fries, topped with whatever topping was decided on for that day. They can then go to the toppings bar and fill their bowl with ranch, banana peppers, or anything else that is available. Coincidentally, the first loaded fry day featured fries loaded with, you guessed it, Buffalo Chicken. The small chicken nuggets covered in that sweet orange nectar paired well with ranch dressing, and filled my belly quite sufficiently.

It was that day that I realized I had let my eating habits get the best of me. Whenever I heard the words “Buffalo Chicken,” I jumped at the opportunity to consume the wonderful concoction. I made a pact with myself to try to eat less of the food, but just like many other goals in my life, I failed. Later that night, I went to the Public House on 26th Street for a late dinner with my immediate family. I arrived there later than my siblings and parents, so I was in a rush to order. My eyes immediately found the words “Buffalo Chicken Pizza,” and I practically subconsciously delivered my order to the waitress. I was a bit disappointed in myself having realized I just broke a promise I had made with myself earlier that day, but once I bit into that Americanized pizza I was reminded of the Maroon Five lyric, “Feels so good to be bad.” The pizza is coated in Buffalo sauce, with chicken all over the pie. Ranch is stylistically drizzled at the Goldilocks level (not too much, not too little but just right). I appreciate the Public House chef’s decision to sprinkle celery and carrot bits on the pizza. It’s especially nice because the Buffalo sauce and ranch make the flavor of the vegetables almost undetectable, but I still feel that I am eating healthy. Also, the crust that the pizza was on was absolutely phenomenal. It was crunchy and flaky and delicious. So, so, so good. Like, oh my gosh. Wow. So good. I loved it. Yum.

Also, shout out to Buffalo Chicken dip. What a great appetizer. I could eat that stuff forever.

To summarize, if you’re ever wondering whether or not you should order the Buffalo Chicken option wherever you are, I suggest you do it. In short, Buffalo Chicken is awesome. It’s an adaptable food that can be served on a sandwich, over fries, on a pizza, and surely on many future cuisines that have yet to be invented. Though you may put on a bit of weight if you over indulge in it, life is simply too short to not eat Buffalo Chicken.

It Grinds My Gears When…

Once again the writers of The Rambler have found things that grind our gears. For the first time this year, the “It Grinds My Gears When…” series is making its return. For this article we will be focusing on school work over holiday breaks.
When the holidays come around they are also accompanied by family time, fun with friends and a much needed break from school. I can’t tell you how many times I have been on break, having a fun time with my family, and then suddenly I think of an assignment that I must complete over the break. This small little thought is enough to put a damper on the fun I am having. It is often difficult to make the most out of your break when you have school work to complete.
So I guess you can say that getting homework over holiday breaks grinds my gears.
Along with getting homework on our break, most of us received tests and quizzes as soon as we got back. How is that possible? Teachers expect our brains to be fully on and functional after a week of break. This causes students to lose a mental focus. It is unfair to students that actually participate fully in school to then get put through a stressful day back with a pop quiz or test.
There is no reason to get homework over the break or tests and quizzes on the day back. Can you tell why this “grinds our gears”? The one solution to this problem would be for teachers to try their best to conclude their assessment with no homework over break. Then, when the student body comes back from break, there should be a minimum of a two- day review on what was taught before break.
If you were in our position, would this grind your gears?

Should strict stipulations on students’ socks stay?

Cathedral Prep is well known for its strict dress code policies that keep students uniform and prevent bullying. The shoes, dress shirts, under shirts, pants, socks, belts, ties, and even socks of students need to be in line with the parameters set by the Cathedral Prep Handbook, or else punishments are given.

The only freedom of physical expression that Prep students have is their choice of underwear, but this of course is never seen. Thus, the question arises: should Prep students be allowed to express themselves with small articles of clothing, such as socks?

According to the Cathedral Prep Student Handbook, socks must be “traditional dress socks, crew or calf length, in black, navy, gray, or khaki. White socks are not permitted.” However, are such strict stipulations really necessary?

The Prep Handbook has strict rules on pants as well. This is relevant because the Prep Handbook says that dress pants need to be “of appropriate size.” We can assume that appropriate size pants cover up most or all of the socks of a student. Thus, are such strict rules on socks really necessary?

trumpsocksNon-uniform socks have a good amount of benefits for students actually. Socks come in all different colors, patterns, and designs. Students would be able to express some part of their outside lives within the school walls. For example, Prep senior Mike Ruff wore his Donald Trump socks to Gannon the day after the election.

Of course, dress socks prevent students from getting bullied for what they wear, but with a strict no bullying policy at Prep as well, the risks may outweigh the rewards. Students would be able to express who they are, even if it is something as minuscule as socks.

Opinion: Make America Smart Again

This election year has been an unusual one for many Americans. America has never seen an election year like this. With scandals coming from both the left and the right, many Americans are very unhappy with the two main candidates. However, as Americans we can use this election as a learning lesson. Each candidate has exposed many things that are wrong within this country, and I think it is very important that Americans learn from the candidates’ mistakes.

In the case of Bernie Sanders, he exposed the college crisis in this country. College in America is possibly one of the biggest scams in history. Attending many of the colleges in this country comes with a very expensive bill, leaving many Americans in severe debt. Sanders sparked the idea of free college. This tactic gained the support of many young Americans around the world.

This just shows how easily influenced and swayed we are as Americans, especially the youth in this country. Sanders also exposed that living with college loans can be a huge struggle. I believe, especially as a senior applying to colleges, that college is very expensive and that there should be some regulations on tuition and student loans. There has to be an easier way to get an education and an easier way to pay off debts and loans.

Hillary Clinton also had many mistakes, most of which are not able to be deleted. She has shown how important a government official’s job is and how magnified your mistakes become when you hold a position of power. Clinton has faced scandals with the Clinton Foundation, her emails, and with her campaign staff.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has shed a different light on this campaign. From his interview tape with Billy Bush to Trump University scandals to his rhetoric, Trump has become infamous in the public eye. Trump has shown that what you say and how you act in the past can  come back and really affect you. Trump probably never thought he’d be in the position he is in now, but we can learn from his mistakes that you need to be careful of what you say and how you act.

Many Americans are angered and surprised by this election. Both candidates are filled to the brim with faults, and many people are stuck choosing between “the lesser of two evils,” whatever they determine that means to them. The role of the president in this country should be taken very seriously. Through this election we have found that a candidate’s character and integrity are very important aspects, and they are necessary to run for president.

Reflections from time spent in Kakuma

From Oct. 14-20 I was in a remote part of Kenya called Kakuma on a mission trip. I was hosted by Jesuit Relief Services, which is under the United Nations. Kakuma is in the northern half of Kenya with a landscape completely dominated by sand and heat.

Kakuma is the name of an area that is reserved by the government of Kenya to be the temporary home for more than 200,000 refugees. A refugee is a person that had to flee from their home country because of persecution, war or fear of death. Refugees in this area are from multiple nationalities and religions. Almost all refugees are Muslim or a branch of Christianity. They come from the Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and Rwanda and some from different countries. In 2008, Kakuma hosted 21 percent of the worlds total refugee population and these numbers have only increased.

Kakuma is a region full of nothing, which is why Kenya agreed to let the refugees stay there temporarily. It’s like having an extra room in your house with no furniture and you allow your neighbor stay in it because he doesn’t have a home anymore and you have extra space. Farming is impossible to do with infertile sand all around. Water there comes from a well. There are no power lines, and indoor plumbing is relatively new to the camp. The main problem with these refugees is issues in their home countries are not being resolved. Wars keep continuing and corrupt governments continue to stand tall. These people are misplaced, dirt poor and the saddest part is they are regular people like you and I. They had jobs, education and ambition, but this was taken from them when the fear of death drove them out of their homes.

Kakuma is a complete waste of human life and potential because everyone there is stuck and can’t contribute anything to a society. This is because none of them are part of a society. Foreign issues such as this need to be discussed in America to inspire change in people. Problems in these areas will not be resolved until we begin to care about other people outside of this country.

Opinion: Is it time for a third party?

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is less than a month away. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump have both been heavily criticized as candidates. After reading “Is It Time for a Third Party?” from the Sept. 19 issue of Upfront magazine, the staff of The Rambler weighed in with their own opinions on the topic.

Brian Buseck, senior editor-in-chief

I believe it is in fact time for a third party to be in the White House for a few reasons. First off, it’s no secret that both major party nominees in this election, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, have high negative approval ratings. It seems most people voting for Clinton are doing so out of a hatred towards Trump, and not an inclination towards Clinton (and vise versa). The American people should not be forced to pick between “the lesser of two evils.” If a third party candidate seems more fit for the presidency than the Republican or Democratic nominee, then the American people should be able to cast their vote for that third party candidate and have a realistic hope that he or she will win the office.

Charles Deitrick III, senior staff writer

In America it is super hard to win if you are a third party candidate. The article states, “The American people shouldn’t be held hostage to a two party system…” Although I agree with that statement, it isn’t relevant. We aren’t held hostage to a two party system. Even if we had a third party candidate, they would not win. Although I do agree that this years election stinks, the third party obviously doesn’t make a difference.

Nick Frisina, senior managing editor

It is not time for a third party in the United States political system. There is no way this would possibly work. We see this a couple times in our history where a third candidate runs and splits the vote with another party. This would not be good for America because the party would always split the vote. Also, it is hard to really get in the middle between the two parties when it comes to the policies. Other candidates can join the race, but we do not need a major third party.

Ryan Misko, senior staff writer

I believe it’s time for a third party as some people do not want to “accept the lesser of two evils” like Dylan Blair said in the article. People may not want to vote for either the Republican nominee or the Democratic nominee because they do not agree with their viewpoints. Therefore, there should be a third party for people to side with to ensure that a majority of the population votes. This way there will be more options for voters to choose who they want their next president to be. However, the only way this will be successful is if the third party receives as much media attention as the other two parties. Overall, it would be beneficial to have a third party as people will have another option to vote for if they are not satisfied with the other candidates.

Mark Majewski, senior public relations manager

I believe that introducing a third party to the system of voting would be actually useless in its cause. The facts show that a third party or a split party has never won or even come close to winning an election. Just look at this year’s election or past elections. There has not been a president elected from a non-Democratic or Republican since 1850 with Millard Fillmore who was a member of the Whig party. While there have been some candidates from third parties, I believe that adding a third party would not have an effect and would not impact this election or elections to come.

Jaryn Simpson, senior staff writer

I feel as though we should have a third party or even a fourth party in the question. As it is stated “America’s two-party system makes it hard for third-party candidates to break through.” America should changed their system, especially for this year after having to go through Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s campaigns. They both have questionable theories and thoughts, so neither is a good choice in my opinion. In the debate last Monday, they were insulting each other and very unprofessional. I think it would be more fair and up to par if there were another running candidate that had an equal chance with the other two.

Trent Robison, junior staff writer

My response to this question is, “Yes! It is time for a third party.”  I think in this day in age so many citizens are too focused in on the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. I bet if some people were asked if they could list the parties, some would just give the Republican and Democratic parties because of how ruling they both are. Our country needs a third party, especially this year. This year, in my opinion, both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are out of their minds. The recent news of Trump not paying his taxes for more than 20 years puts a big dent in his campaign as well as his supporters. Most people don’t trust Hillary because of the events that occurred in Benghazi. Overall, I think that having a third party would benefit our country, providing it with another candidate option.

Brian Stark, senior staff writer

A think that a third party should always be welcomed in U.S. politics. I agree that people shouldn’t have to pick for the “lesser of two evils” because in this election a lot of people don’t support Trump or Clinton. This means millions of American are stuck in between the two major candidates. To me, a vote that is cast for the “lesser of two evils” is a wasted vote. Americans should always have the option to vote for a candidate they support and if anything infringes that, it should be dealt with.

Alec Thomas, junior staff writer

Yes, I do believe that it’s time for a third party to be introduced as a major contender in the Untied States election, especially this year with an all time low of satisfaction with the two main party candidates. Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, has only a 40 percent satisfaction rate with the party. Hilary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, has only a 43 percent percent satisfaction rate. We have seen in history that third party candidates can be better than the main nominees. In 1854 Abraham Lincoln represented the Republicans as a third party and abolished slavery and created a new party. Many of the third party candidates actually have clear plans and discuss many important issues facing the nation with ideas that can be helpful and not just completely one-sided to support one of the certain parties. They don’t receive the media attention to reach the population as the others do.

Alex Welz, junior editor

I don’t believe a third party is absolutely necessary. I think that the main issues at hand are with the candidates themselves rather than the party they are representing. Many questions surrounding both major campaigns pertain to the candidate’s background more so then they’re actual beliefs. I believe that more than a new party to emerge, a new major candidate needs to step up to give Americans another option. Trump has spoken very rashly throughout his campaign and has given many citizens second thoughts of supporting him. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has many questions surrounding her email and Benghazi scandals. I don’t think the problem is a new party needing to be more involved, but for a new candidate to step up to the plate and save America.

Six Tips for Senior Year

Before they graduate as members of the Cathedral Prep Class of 2016, staff writer Tim Evans and managing editor Josh Kurczewski offered some friendly advice for the incoming senior class.

  1. Take your SATs / ACTs early and more than once.
    There is no limit to how many times one can take the SAT or ACT, nor is there an age requirement besides simply having to be in high school. Both tests are offered quite frequently (more than four times per year), and it is also painless to sign up online. You probably don’t want to start taking these tests too young, since your results will more than likely improve as you progress through your high school career. However, you also don’t want to wait until the colleges you’ve applied to ask for your scores, since practice naturally makes perfect. In addition, paying the extra few dollars for taking these tests more than once is easily worth the investment of possibly getting a higher score, and therefore opening up more college opportunities than you otherwise would’ve had.
  2. Don’t overload your schedule for senior year.
    School is obviously meant for learning, and senior year should be no exception to that. However, that is not to say that you should hold the same exact mindset for senior year as you did for your past three years. You’ll be taking the SATs and ACTs, applying to and visiting colleges, participating in sports and/or extracurricular activities, and involved with a plethora of senior year activities. Amid all of this you will also want to spend time with your friends, cherishing your last high school moments. The last thing you want to be doing is unnecessarily loading your schedule with tons of AP classes that you won’t be able to manage.
  3. Get involved in student cheering sections.
    I get that cheering sections aren’t for everyone, and if you’re not already a part of the Rally Crew, it’d be decently easy to not make the effort of getting out and supporting the school’s sports teams. However, even if you aren’t the intense, screaming-your-head-off type of person, attending senior year sporting events will be something you’ll look back on and remember for the rest of your life. You’ll be in the front of the section anyway, and you can yell pretty much whatever you want (within reason, of course), so why not get rowdy, chirp the other team, and cheer your classmates on to victory.
  4. Try (especially during the first semester of) your senior year.
    Even though some schools will accept you before your first semester grades come in, they still check when they beck official. Being able to fend off senioritis for the first semester is a hassle, but if you are trying to get into a good college, it is a must. Some colleges won’t check second semester grades, although the most prestigious colleges and universities will. So, if you are going to let the senioritis slowly take over your school work, at least hold off until when the third quarter starts.
  5. If you find an app that’s not blocked don’t tell anyone.
    I’ve seen too many games and web browsers fall to the mass popularity they gain quickly, causing teachers and in turn the technology office to promptly block access. If you find an entertaining app that isn’t yet on the list of blocked apps and websites, keep it on the down low! Most of the time in the matter of a week it’ll be blocked if everybody finds out about it.
  6. Only park at EBC if you’re the only one.
    Many students found it very easy to park in the empty EBC lot across the street from the main office. But just like the unblocked apps and websites, when too many people find out, it gets busted. So if you are ever in a rush, park at EBC at your own risk, but once too many people start finding it easy to park there, bail quickly.

Mornings at McDonald’s provide time for observation, reflection

Disclaimer: Opinions in this article are true and not satirical in any way, shape or form

A frequented hub for Cathedral Prep students in the afternoon on a warm spring day is the high quality, scrumptious restaurant of McDonald’s. The restaurant provides succulent burgers, and deliciously greased French fries at affordable prices to the high school student. But Ramblers are not the only customers who visits this sanctuary.

Having first period off on Tuesdays and Thursday’s (as part of the Gannon program) is a highly enjoyable amenity. Not only do I get a few extra minutes of sleep, but it also allows me the time to potentially have a nice breakfast at McDonald’s. The taste of the not-so-homemade pancakes, accompanied with the factory-produced syrup, and a splash of the orange concentrated Hi-C may sound unappealing to the average breakfast consumer, but to me it is highly enjoyable.

But I don’t go to breakfast here only for the hot cakes (I have to say the title of hot cakes irks me a little, but alas, I digress), and the Hi-C, I go for the atmosphere and the community inside.

I wouldn’t consider myself a member of this community, but I consider myself a gleeful observer of the community within.

Yes, they may not be the most financially successful individuals in the 814, but it is an interesting observation. As the elder men and women sit in the freshly refurbished booths and read the newspaper, they help each other with the crossword puzzles. Younger people sit perusing through job listings, searching to get some work. Walking in or out you may get to hear an interesting conversation between some men about last night’s basketball game, or some classic family or neighborhood scuttlebutt.

On this day, the single booth next to the pop fountain contains two men and a woman discussing something relating to their business, or an upcoming meeting. But work is being done.

Or maybe, just maybe, you’ll get the pleasure to start a conversation with someone you don’t know. That’s always interesting, because chances are you have a different background than that person, and maybe even a different look, but a lot of the time it will end in an enjoyable and potentially productive conversation.

There is so much going on at this McDonald’s, located at 1115 Sassafras St., just a short walk around the corner away from Prep. It has its own ecosystem, and a vast array of race and culture. From the cooks, or cashiers in the back, to the different customers in the front who are kept busy always taking care of the task at hand, there is not much rest that goes on at this business. The people here sojourned from their respective houses and came here for a purpose. The purpose may differ from person to person, but all had a purpose. Maybe it was simple as getting a small black coffee, potentially another had a job interview with a company here, who knows?

But I do know that the Mickey D’s is not only white, not only black, not only Latino but is a melting pot of individuals.

It’s a highly enjoyable melting pot if you choose to take part.

There really isn’t any persuasion involved in this article, it is rather just me sharing my thoughts on an observation. In our world people are extremely rushed, myself included. I am an extremely busy individual, balancing multiple different sectors of my life. I typically don’t have time to smell the roses; many others don’t either. Instead they may take a peek at the flower but not truly appreciate what it stands for, or what it means, or even what it could teach you. But during my mornings at McDonald’s I take a step back, press pause, and stop for a few minutes sit down, unwind and observe. You can be get a taste of others’ lives, and what others go through, the good and the bad. If you are rushed, you miss this sort of thing, and these tendencies breed ignorance for others. Open your eyes and your ears.

Whenever you have the opportunity, make time to smell the roses; you’ll be “lovin’ it.”