Christmas carols help us get in the mood to celebrate the holidays. But would they have the same meaning if we changed a few words?Apparently a music teacher at Cherry Knoll Elementary School in Traverse City decided to change the word "gay" to "bright" in "Deck the Halls" for thier children's Christmas concert. Why? Because the first and second graders wouldn't stop giggling at the word, "gay". Severel parents went to facebook saying:
"By taking the word 'gay' out of 'Deck the Halls,' you are making it a big deal. One word can have different meanings." Another parent voiced, "Can one word in a 150-year-old classic Christmas carol really offend someone?"
The negative comments have since been deleted from the school's Facebook page, and wall posts have been disabled. Cherry Knoll Principal Chris Parker is on the parents' side, saying, "This would have been a great opportunity to teach that 'gay' has more than one meaning and is not a bad word." In response to the controversy over the word change, the original lyrics have now been restored.
Students at George Mason Law School, located just a few miles from downtown Washington, D.C., are discovering new and cute ways to get through finals. GMU has teamed up with an animal rescue organization A Forever Home to bring puppies to campus as a form of realeasing stress.
According to the Washington Post, studies show that the legal profession has above-average rates of depression and problems with substance abuse. So now, many law schools are not only teaching students about the course material, they're also showing students how to balance their school and life and preparing them for the legal profession.
Their teachers agree that law school is hard and that its important to find outlets for stress. The dogs help relieve their stress and the ones brought in from Chantilly, West Virgina, were recently spared from euthanization.
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Lynn Jones who handled airport baggage, saw a sad, emactiated dog in a pet carrier one day and knew something was not right. Then she spotted that it was covered with sores and its paws were worn raw. Realizing that if the dog got onto the plane it'd die, she refused her supervisor's order to load it onto the plane bound for Texas. Afterwards, she was fired.
Now, a month after the incident at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the dog has recovered. And Jones, while her former employer and airport officials have praised her for her actions, remains without her old job.The 56-year-old loves animals. She once owned a dog gromming shop and has three dogs, three cats, and a bird- all who were rescued. After telling her supervisor about the dog, she told her to load it anyways, reportedly not even looking at the poor thing. The airport police called the animal welfare agency which took the dog into custody.
The dog belongs to a hunter who ships it to wherever he's hunting. His dog was returned to him in Texas after it was nursed back to health. Jones is disgusted that the animal was sent back to its owner. Saying that it's obviously abused. She doesn't know if she'll accept an offer to return to her job.
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So what do you think?