6 Ways To Prevent Tragedies Like the Oakland Fire

6 Ways To Prevent Tragedies Like the Oakland Fire

Being aware of what's going on around you could save your life.

Sometimes, tragedy strikes and we are powerless to stop it. The Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California is one such tragedy. As the family, friends, and onlookers of such tragedy, we spend a lot of time attempting to identify what may have gone wrong. Was it anyone's fault? Was it intentional? Could it have been prevented? We may never know. Especially in a case like this, Oakland officials say they have not yet found the source of the blaze, and the answer may never actually be clear. This lack of an answer is upsetting and frustrating - to not know to the cause of 36 deaths is a nightmare. As we mourn the victims of this awful fire, let us think about what we can do for ourselves to avoid such tragedy.

1. Whenever you're in a new place, identify the exits. It takes ten extra seconds to find a potential exit, and it could save your life. Whether in a fire, an uncomfortable situation, or any other type of tragedy, knowing how to get out is something you should immediately identify.

2. Do NOT smoke inside. This is one obvious thing that can help avoid a fire. Smoking inside is dangerous for a lot of reasons, but in preventing a disaster, it's important.

3. Be wary of plugged in electronics that are hot. Things like irons, cooking materials such as hot plates, and even phone chargers can be deadly. Be careful not to leave things plugged in too long and make sure that they're not near anything flammable.

4. Be careful of open flames like candles. This is another pretty obvious one, but almost anything can catch on fire when put too close to a candle. Hair, clothing, etc., are all things that can potentially be way more deadly than one would think.

5. Trust your instincts. This one is a little more abstract, but if you think something feels wrong, trust that feeling. Leave.

6. Look up from your phone. Being aware of what's going on around you might save your life. Look up from the screen and figure out what's going on. You might be the one to stop a tragedy before it happens.

Remember that being alert and aware are not behavioral traits gone wasted. Save your life and the lives of others by knowing what's going on around you.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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ASU Baseball Is Already Knocking It Out Of The Park

All eyes are on the Sun Devils as they enter the national poll this previous week. The Sun Devils are the last unbeaten team left in the NCAA.


Starting off the season 18-0? Not bad, considering the Sun Devils' haven't gone undefeated at the start of the NCAA baseball season since 2010 when they went 24-0, but honestly where did this come from? In the 2017-18 season, the Devils finished off with 23-32, sitting towards the bottom of the Pac-12. Now they're the top of the conference, past the usual Pac-12 baseball powerhouse, Oregon State.

On a team with only 27 on the roster, which makes it the smallest team in the Pac-12, you wouldn't really expect such an explosive start to the season. Take a look at the improvements made, though, and you'll see why.

For starters, catcher Sam Ferri is back healthy and ready for this season to start with both pitchers Alec Marsh and RJ Dabovich, who've both thrown some great games, but if we're being honest here, have been a little inconsistent with a few errors, but have been backed up by the offense to get the job done.

On offense, Hunter Bishop and Spencer Torkelson are the ones to watch out for. Torkelson was named Pac-12 freshman of the year last year, after setting the Pac-12 freshman record of home runs. Now he's back with some deadly at-bat presence, as you can always expect a few RBIs from him, and also doing a great job at infield (#TorkBomb). Bishop's following suit, with major at-bats against Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Xavier.

Safe to say being ranked #23 right now is huge for a program that struggled majorly in the past seasons and has had some great players transfer out recently. Despite being faced with huge adversity before the season, this lineup is really producing some good stuff this year, and by being undefeated through the first month of play really exemplified that.

Hats off to Head Coach Tracy Smith for helping these young men after having the program suffer for a while.


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