The Last Word: March 3, 2017

‘To Save a Life’ really could save a life

By Matt Thomas

We all have those movies: the ones that, no matter how many times you watch them, you walk away feeling better than you did prior. For me, that movie is “To Save a Life,” directed by Brian Baugh.

The movie centers around the life of Jake Taylor, the star basketball player and most popular guy in high school. The film does not begin at the start of Jake’s life, however; the first scene introduces him at a funeral — a funeral for his elementary school best friend. 

Once the funeral scene concludes, viewers learn that Jake’s friend, Roger, committed suicide the week prior. The events leading to his death all seem to be influenced by his relationship with Jake. Although they were best friends and neighbors throughout elementary school, a distance grew between them once Jake became more involved with basketball and gained a new group of friends through the sport. 

Confused and still in shock after witnessing Roger commit suicide in front of the entire school, internal issues of guilt and regret arise in Jake and he begins to look for help. Where he finds this help is from a youth minister of a local church. Through this, Jake becomes a Christian and finds a new group of friends to spend his time with. While Jake starts to spend more time with these people, he notices a student sitting by himself. Because of Jake’s newfound burden for helping others, could he help save this young man’s life? 

This movie is essential for multiple reasons. Although the message does have some Christian influences throughout the plotline, that is not the sole basis of the movie. It is a movie focused on suicide awareness and prevention. Someone who does not consider themselves to be a Christian can still be positively impacted by this movie. 

“To Save a Life” sheds light on several aspects of mental health that may not be visible to the public eye. It not only educates viewers on the discouraging facts and statistics encompassing suicide and mental health, but it also gives ideas on how society can be of help to those that struggle with these issues. This movie gives a voice to those afraid to speak out against the stigma of mental health issues, and that’s just what this world needs to save a life.

Benefits to graduating a year early

By Ashley Steeb

My college experience is a little different from most other college students. 

First of all, I commute — not very out of the ordinary, but then again, not every student commutes. So it is still different from the majority of students.

Second, I am not the typical four-year student here. I am only staying three years — again, it’s not unheard of, but still a little different.

Originally, I only planned to stay two and a half years in December 2017. However, I added a second minor and will continue my education through the 2017-2018 academic year. 

I transferred a majority of general education credits, such as math and public speaking, to Franklin when I first enrolled in August 2015. While I still had to complete the required Liberal Arts courses, I’ve been able to focus solely on my major- and minor-required courses for a majority of my time at Franklin College.

As a whole, there are several benefits that come with not completing four full years at one specific college.

I am saving a lot of money, which is a huge bonus. Fewer years means smaller loans and less debt. 

A major benefit is one less year of class and homework. I have never enjoyed school, and while I like Franklin College, I am ecstatic to almost be finished with school.

Yes, there are drawbacks from graduating early, but there are drawbacks to everything. People tell me that once I graduate, I will miss the freedom that comes with being a student. I am not disagreeing with this thought completely, but I know I will never miss homework. I will never miss exams. I will never miss studying.

By graduating early, I also will not have the opportunity to graduate with some of my friends or study abroad for a semester. These may not be serious issues, but they are still important to me.

Overall, I do not regret graduating over a three-year term compared to four years, but I will be honest: There are some things I wish I could do before graduating next spring. 

So if you’re in a similar boat as me, make the most of your final months here at Franklin College. You won’t regret it.

Science Corner with Matthew Brown

There is nothing better than a science-fiction film. Whether it be “2001: A Space Odyssey” or “Independence Day,” these films have the power to fly you to a galaxy far, far away or to a planet consumed by apes.

But while these fictional movies may transport us to a whole new world, real-life scientists are discovering real worlds to travel to. On Feb. 22, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration made a shocking discovery, finding seven new planets near our solar system.

On Feb. 22, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration made a shocking discovery, finding seven new planets near our solar system. 

Uncovering new planets is nothing new in our day and age. With NASA and the improvement of technology, finding planets has becoming easier than ever before.

However, it is rare to find plants similar to Earth. These seven newly-discovered planets resemble the same size as our planets, which could lead to further exploration.

Along with being the same size, NASA scientists said these planets could contain water and possibly sustain life. Although we are not able to explore these planets at this time, they do give hope for future travels.

We have already set our sights on colonizing Mars, and these new planets further push the need for space travel. 

It is believed that Earth is starting to warm and it will eventually become too hot to sustain life. Perhaps traveling to new planets for the ability to sustain human life is not a terrible idea.

Are we ready?

As of right now, we are not ready for such mass movements, but steps are being made to achieve this goal. 

The future holds hope that these questions, among others, will be answered. We can only hope they bring good results.

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