Music our way Kevin Hyde & Ashley Hawkins
Eminem: Ashley-Rap isn’t my favorite genre of music. They talk really fast, and the lyrics are raunchy; it doesn’t typically appeal to me. However, I’ve always had a soft spot for Eminem. He’s different from other rappers. Sure, from time to time he has songs talking about sex and girls and drugs, but what sets him apart is that the raunchy lyrics are telling a story. His songs are real, and I tend to get so much meaning out of them. His newest album, Recovery, is amazing. “Space Bound” and “Not Afraid” are two of my favorites. “Not Afraid” is inspiring and gets me pumped up when I need to be. I was always a fan of Eminem growing up, and he hasn’t disappointed yet. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. Kevin- Rap is not my cup of tea, plain and simple. I do not fully understand how artists can get launched to super stardom by speaking with only a small ounce of rhythm; I would do it if I really had the drive and determination, but the reputation is just too degrading. Eminem is without a doubt one of the most popular and emblematic rappers in the business, but there are just too many flaws I find in this man. First, he is named after a chocolate candy. How can one possibly take someone seriously if they are named after a sugary treat? Mix that with his profane, angst-ridden lyrics, and ‘street’ beats, there are just too many discrepancies. I have been trying to name a title of one of his songs, yet I still cannot think of one. After retiring from the industry a few years back, I thought I was rid of having to listen to his “rhymes.” Sadly, he came back. I’m sorry, you can’t just retire and come back and expect to be just as popular as you were before. Instead, he becomes more popular? What is this industry coming to? Katy Perry: Ashley-In my eyes, Katy Perry is nothing more than a bubble-pop artist with extremely overplayed songs. I thought “California Gurls” would be the theme song for summer 2010. I liked it at first; it’s a fun and energetic song, but it got old fast. I never want to hear “California Gurls” again! I also don’t think there’s anything super special about Katy Perry. She has a few good songs, but I think she’s mediocre at best. She’ll never be a Lady Gaga or Britney Spears. Maybe my opinion will be changed when her next album, Teenage Dream, is released. But until then, I’ll continue listening to my iPod where there is a variety of decent music I can listen to. Kevin- This ‘California Gurl’ has certainly stirred up a variety of opinions over the summer due to her plethora of mega-hits and controversial behavior. Take her magazine cover shoots for instance: she dressed as an innocent, sweet-hearted young woman for “Seventeen” magazine; on the contrary, she suited up in lacy lingerie and was given the title of “sex goddess” for the cover of “Rolling Stone.” Quite the hypocrite. On top of her seething hypocrisy, her songs and videos are leaving way too many listeners and viewers wholly disgruntled.
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The words “Disney” and “sequel” usually cause my heart to sink and the following thought process: sequels kill originals. It’s just the way it is. So, I was slightly alarmed when I heard that Disney’s Pixar was creating a sequel, for a series that already had one. I went into “Toy Story 3” expecting little, hoping that my high opinion of “Toy Story 1 & 2” wasn’t about to be shattered. After taking my seat, my mind was captivated from the beginning of the movie, playing songs that reminded me of my childhood, to the end, a tear-jerking sequence in which a college bound Andy plays with his toys for the last time. “Toy Story 3” is not
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only beautifully animated, heart-warming, and welldeveloped, it has something more to it. Since we were children, Andy has been there, playing with his cowboy and spaceman, and now, as many of us grow up and go off to college, Andy took the same steps that we’re taking now. Growing up with Pixar has been a pleasure, and even if we feel too old to play with our old toys now, I will whole-heartedly recommend going back to watch classics like Toy Story. The geniuses behind Pixar deserve that much. Shea Anderluh
TV hiatus kill suspense over summer All television shows have the same regimented schedule: air a certain number of episodes per season and then go on an unnecessarily long hiatus before airing the next season. By the time the next season is actually airing, the viewer has already forgotten about what was going on in the past season to even comprehend and be active in what plots are taking place. I understand that these actors need some time off from shooting and
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such, but if you are being paid millions of dollars to read off these lines, you better not complain about the long hours. If it is really that much of a stretch, I will step in and take their places. After a few weeks, there is still a sufficient amount of suspense, but after a few months, it just gets annoying. At a time like this where shows are popping up and dying off left and right, I would highly recommend these producers incite a much more timely turnaround.
Summer movies dazzle and disappoint Emily Swanson
During the school year, teens are tempted to ditch the books and head to the movie theater. When summer rolls around, high school students have free summer nights to get out of the heat, sit back with a big bowl of popcorn, and relax while enjoying a new flick. Summer 2010 provided teens with a wide variety of movies. With the premiere of “Inception,” “Charlie St. Cloud,” “Eclipse,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Despicable Me,” the big screen did not disappoint this summer. However, reviews and previews can only tell so much about a movie. Every promo for “Charlie St. Cloud” made the movie look like it was a must see. The truth is, this movie included a depressed boy, a dead little brother, a grave yard with different ghosts come to see him, and a town full of people that think Charlie is a “loon”. Charlie St. Cloud, played by Zac Efron, gave up his scholarship to Stanford, so he could play baseball with his dead brother, Sam St. Cloud, every night at sunset. I must say that Efron had an iffy performance. The dialogue in this movie is boring and ordinary. While watching the film, I could actually guess what the next person was going to say. On a scale of one to ten, “Charlie St. Cloud” is a three, maybe a four at best. Dance to the theatre and watch “Step Up 3” in 3D. Trust me, you won’t regret it. The battles of dance and the essence of family make “Step Up 3” worthwhile. The film was directed by Jon Chu and starred Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, Sharni Cinson, and Alyson Stoner. It was the best out of the series. “Inception” was one of the most anticipated movies of the summer; millions of people saw it, making it number one at the box office for three straight weeks. The flick, directed by Christopher Nolan, is about a world where technology is capable of entering the human mind through a dream, and gives a person a chance to steal what ever that person may be hiding. “Inception” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jo
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aylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson (from left to right) on the set of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
seph Gordon-Levitt, and Ellen Page, along with other extremely talented actors and stunt men and women. Inception explores the mind when Cobb, DiCaprio’s character, travels into a dream within a dream that is within a dream. Confusing? Not really. Just pay attention and don’t zone out. “Eclipse,” the third installment of the Twilight Saga, was eagerly awaited by loyal “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” fanatics. Yes, “Eclipse” is another one of those vampire movies, but it was straight up the best one yet. With action, new characters, and even romance between the human and the werewolf, “Eclipse” was one of those must see summer movies. This time, Jacob Black, played by Taylor Lautner, and Bella, played by Kristen Stewart, Swan do share a kiss, Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson, almost kills Jacob, and the vampires battle it out with the help of the werewolves in Forks, Washington. Summer 2010 was full of movie choices. Some disappointed while others impressed avid movie goers. These were the four that really stuck out to me. Hopefully, next summer will be just as memorable.
August 25, 2010
MTV attempts to breakdown high school cliques Claudia Caplan “If you really knew me, you would know that I am an orphan.” “If you really knew me, you would know that I am gay.” “If you really knew me, you would know that I am racist.” “If you really knew me, you would know that I cut my wrists.” MTV is famous for its overthe-top reality shows, but recently they came out with a less glamorous show that hits close to home. “If You Really Knew Me” premiered on July 20 and captivated 1.8 million viewers, according to deadline. com. The MTV crew shows up at high schools around the country in a quest to break through the barriers between cliques. Students participate in “Challenge Day,” where they are put into various groups and given the opportunity to open up to their fellow classmates. Challenge Day is full of crazy, outside-the-box games, excitement, and heartbreaking confessions. The teens are instructed to sit in a circle with students throughout the school that they are not typically social with. In this circle, they are not playing games like musical chairs; they are summoned to reveal their inner most confessions to people who may have been stereotyped or picked-on. Sometimes the people in the circle have never even met. Some confessions are more arcane and private than others. The groups are filled with a variety of students; some who find it more difficult to reveal their secrets than others. The exposure of these students’ private lives bring one another together in a close bond, whether they’re a jock, brain, prep, or bum. The show is trying to break boundaries by inviting teens to talk amongst each other in a friendly manner. These are real people with
true feelings and real problems, as opposed to the cast members of “Jersey Shore.” Yes, one day cannot change the tradition of cliques and groupings, but it can socialize the students, inspiring them to be more friendly and social to their fellow piers. The day’s purpose isn’t to force individuals to be friends with kids they have nothing in common with, but it is to open these teens up to situations and people they might not have been comfortable or familiar with in the past. “Challenge Day” is the ideal name for the time when all these cliques are pushed to leave their comfort zones. It truly is a challenge for an individual to open up to their classmates and drop all the labels for one day of truth. It premiered as a reality television series, so there has to be some truth to the reaction of the students and the end result of the day. However, one has to wonder whether the tears shed during the Challenge Day are real or acted out and would students really feel comfortable sharing deep and dark secrets with people whom they are not friendly with? “It seems the students emotions are somewhat played out when they randomly start to cry after their fellow classmates tell an inner secret,” sophomore Ally Neff said. It is conflicting whether or not students here would want to participate in a Challenge Day. “I don’t know; I’d have to warm up and get into it,” sophomore Quinn Orlandi said. This school, although friendly and social, does have cliques and labels just like any other school. This school has many activities and clubs to break that tradition of labeling. Groups such as Orange Crush and S.O.S unite students of all grade levels by bringing school spirit and volunteer opportunities to the school.
If you really knew me you would know that: “I care about much more than I let on.” -Ang Charczuk, junior
“I try to have as much fun in my life as possible and try to live each day like it’s my last. “ -Charlie Brousseau, senior
“I have a lot of emotional baggage because of a bad reputation other people gave me. “ -Meagan Roberson, sophomore “It is a great chance to meet new people and get to know others,” freshman Jiana Maestro said. After that, it is the students’ turn to step in and take action. Human beings, especially teenagers, are usually not the most open about their feelings and thoughts. Encouraging them to open up about what hurts them is harder than it may seem. It’s up to students to become comfortable with each other and take the next step for-
ward. As a community, we have to go out of our comfort zones, help out, and encourage fellow classmates to share their feelings. “If You Really Knew Me” airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on MTV.
“My favorite summer show is “Covert Affairs.” It premiered Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. and is on every Tuesday. I watched it live with my sister.” Sarah Zidek, sophomore
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Music Our Way Ashley Hawkins and Kevin Hyde
Bruno Mars Ashley: For a while, I was really into the song “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. It has a catchy beat and cute lyrics; what’s not to like? I recently decided to listen to more of Mars’ songs, intrigued by what other musical masterpieces he produced. Sadly, I couldn’t find a single one. While Mars does have a soothing voice, nothing in his music appeals to me. His songs are laid back and mellow; the rhythms are often slower paced and light-hearted. I don’t have anything against happy music, but Bruno Mars’ songs don’t make me feel cheerful or like I want to dance. In contrast, I’d rather take a nap. In terms of his lyrics, I find them annoying. “Just the Way You Are” was cute at first, but after a while hearing “Her eyes, her eyes, make the stars look like they’re not shining,” got old. What I once thought of as a charming love song became repetitive, juvenile, and over-played. Before Mars became a singer, he was a music producer. He co-wrote the hit “Right Round” by Flo Rida featuring Ke$ha, and he co-wrote the songs “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B and “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy. I don’t understand how Bruno Mars can produce multiple hits for other artists, but only one for himself. Instead of trying to climb his way up the charts, I suggest for Bruno Mars to stay behind the scenes as a producer. Kevin:
Late last summer, I was exposed to the new jams of Bruno Mars. At first I was hesitant of the breakthrough artist, mainly because his last name was that of a planet. After the first few bars of “Just the Way You Are,” I realized that this gripe of mine reigned only sometimes true. For some reason, my ears were not berated with terrible melodies. Lyrically, I find Mars to be rather repetitive and unoriginal, to the point of excess as seen in his new single “Grenade,” where the singer claims that he would jump in front of a train for his love. If you ask me, that is rather ridiculous, as we all know that is a lie. I do commend the singer on his vocals, however. After listening to a few acoustic performances, they sounded frighteningly similar to the studio versions- a feat that not all singers can accomplish nowadays. Once I had my Bruno Mars fix, I was in the car listening to the radio as “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy started playing. Mars does add a softer, more appealing element to “Billionaire,” however that doesn’t say much, after considering the debauchery that Travie McCoy produced on that single. I wish I could say that does not negatively reflect on Mars, but in the music business, you have to know who to make relations with. I am rather curious to see what Mars comes out with in the future, but until then, I will hit the “next” button when his songs come on.
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a ‘Dexter’ still going t t o G strong in season five Crime scene shows have always fascinated me, but nothing has grasped my attention as much as Showtime’s “Dexter.” The first episode I watched immediately captivated me, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Premiering in 2006, the show is currently in its fifth season. This crime drama is set in Miami, Florida, and follows the story of one Dexter Morgan. Dexter, played by Michael C. Hall, is a forensic blood spatter specialist and undercover serial killer. Dexter witnessed his mother’s murder when he was three
years old, which in turn led him to become a psychopathic serial killer. His adoptive father trained Dexter how to interact normally with people and taught him not to kill people unless they deserve it; he only kills other serial killers. Dexter risks getting caught, and though he’s a serial killer, we don’t want him to be discovered. “Dexter” has it all - making 8 p.m. on Sundays the most addicting and thrilling hour on television.
Kid Cudi strays from original style
I never thought I’d be writing a notta on Kid Cudi. Cudi’s music has always been great, however his new album, released on Nov. 9, entitled ‘Man on the Moon, Vol. 2 The Legend of Mr. Rager’ is not up to par. Cudi’s older songs such as ‘The Prayer,’ ‘Heart of a Lion’ and ‘Soundtrack 2 My Life’ take listeners on a roller coaster ride through his mind. Cudi’s soothing voice, atypical lyrics, and relaxing music drew in massive amounts of followers.
Unfortunately, many of these followers are disappointed with his new album. Although some songs such as ‘Revofev,’ ‘Mr. Rager,’ and ‘All Along’ stick with Cudi’s original style, others such as ‘Ashin’ Kusher,’ ‘Mojo So Dope,’ and ‘Wild’n Cuz I’m Young,’ and basically the rest of the album stray completely from Cudi’s original beloved style. He should have stuck with his old stuff.
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MCR: ‘Danger Days’ tackles big issues with new sound Rhonda Bolker
In response, no one tries to fix all of Earth’s major issues, leaving the rest of the populous to My Chemical Romance has joined the forc- be controlled by big corporations and the rich. Throughout much of the album, MCR cones of the media’s least original, yet most common by changing up their originally dark and tinues to warn their listeners that their voices and beliefs are often drowned out by those morbid sound with a more alternative-rock with power to make their beliefs come sound. true. Although the band is copying he Regretfully, the majority of the idea of numerous other artists Desert these people are not out to help the by changing their sound, their Spider is on the masses but are trying to supply new style actually presents a cover of the ‘Danger Days’ album. for themselves. The only way for nice break from the emo artists the world to change is if people whining about how their soul actually speak out instead of just is blacker than their Monday dealing with the morning coffee. treachery the leadThe new and ers of our world seem improved MCR is to bring. The album exhibited through looks to show what could their new concept alhappen if everyone refuses to bum, “Danger Days: The change. True Lives of the Fabulous KillAside from the beautiful mesjoys,” which began to be sold to sage and story the CD presents, the masses Nov. 22. My Chemical Romance’s new Even if starting sound is refreshing. off an album with Compared to an introduction t r a c k their three previous is incredibly overused and unalbums, the addition of a new elecoriginal, the opening track “Look tronically enhanced beat gives them Alive, Sunshine” sets the tone for something to dance to. This makes the rest of the album. for a more joyous time compared to The song describes the members a select few of the bands’ previous songs. of MCR as the “Fabulous Killjoys,” out Shea Considering the success of MCR’s to destroy the evil present in their Anderluh past albums, “Danger Days” is the one world: California in the year 2019. that is most relatable to the current pop“Look Alive, Sunshine” is voiced by Steve Righ?, bassist in electro-punk band Mindless ulous. Not only is the world in an economic recesSelf Indulgence. Righ? plays the mentor of the sion and needs more inspiration to fix the situ“Killjoys,” DJ Dr. Death Defying. The opening track fluidly switches into ation, but the public needs motivational dance the album’s first single “Na Na Na.” The tune, music. “Danger Days” proves to be MCR’s bigthough rather celebratory and dance-worthy, is gest hit yet. actually a criticism of how youth so badly want to change the world.
December 10, 2010
Lawsuit frustrates students
What are your TopFive favorite songs? Junior Thomas Martin
Senior Pat Frankenthal 1. “Neon” John Mayer 2. “Over The Hills and Far Away” Led Zeppelin 3. “Radio” Alkaline Trio HERE!! 4. “I Could Have Lied” Red Hot Chili Peppers 5. “On A Plane” Nirvana
“Everytime I hear classical music I feel different emotions”
“I love the guitar part of ‘Neon’.”
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1. “Mahler’s 5th Symphony” Gustav Mahler 2. “Pictures on an Exhibition” Petrovich Mussogorsky 3. GRAPHIC “Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony” Dmitri Shostakovich 4. “The Rite of Spring” Igor Stravinsky 5. “Brukner’s 4th Symphony” Anton Bruckner
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In the past decade, downloading music illegally has become a cinch. With the click of a button, anyone can download whatever song he or she desires without paying a single penny. However on Oct. 27, Limewire, the site that nearly 50 million Americans used to download music, was shut down. “I was mad when Limewire was shut down. It was my way to download music, and it was quick and easy,” senior Angelina Leuzzi said. Since the downloading application was created in 2000, countless Americans have been using Limewire as their source for music. The creators of Limewire claimed the site was a free peer-to-peer file sharing program and stated that Limewire helped people share files, not steal them. According to a federal jurisdiction in New York, Limewire has caused a “massive scale of infringement” by allowing the sharing of thousands of copyrighted works. The Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA, claim on its website that “Limewire and its operators have violated the law” and “Limewire was responsible for millions in lost sales.” After Limewire was shut down,
students were concerned about spending money. “Now I have to pay for my music, which can get really expensive,” senior Camila Dul said. With iTunes charging between $1 and $1.29, accessing music legally can be pretty pricey. Students such as Leuzzi found other alternatives. “I use Frostwire now. It’s the same exact thing as Limewire,” Leuzzi said. “I’m still disappointed, but there are plenty of other ways I can get my music. Limewire was just the most convenient,” Leuzzi said. While the effects of Limewire might not have been as evident to artists such as Britney Spears, many unknown artists were hurt by Limewire. “I don’t feel bad about downloading my music from there. The artists already make a ton of money, so I doubt I’m really affecting anything,” Dul said. Students’ concerns about the loss of Limewire are being voiced loud and clear. Still, to the public’s dismay, there are no indications that the site will be made legal again. After a four-year legal battle, the US music industry has finally shut Limewire down, and it looks like it’s going to stay this way.
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New boy bands shed light on societal norms Bob Dylan said it best: “the times they are a changin’.” Although Dylan might have been referring to various political and social revolutions going on at the time, the music industry has seemingly followed suit during previous decades. Growing up in the 90s, the music scene, and pop culture for that matter, seemed to be so drastically different even to my young, impressionable mind. The boy band craze rocked the world, with bands like ‘NSync and the Backstreet Boys. In 1999, I went to my first concert, of which I am shameful to admit was that of the Backstreet Boys’ and their “Larger than Life” tour. Let me preface this embarrassing confession with the fact that I was a mere youngen that was brought along with my brother’s pre-teen hockey team. Yes, young boys voluntarily went to these “feminine” concerts. Nowadays, if young boys were to attend concerts like this, they would be ostracized by their super-cool-hip-hop-loving elementary school counterparts. If anything, this just shows the evolution of music and the public opinion towards standards and fandom. It’s quite a shame that kids are so quick to judge musical acts solely based on the image the performers present. I guess it comes with the territory of living in this digital age, but if so many students post Facebook statuses saying things along the lines of “Omg, I totally miss the 90s. Such good music!” then there should be at least a little common courtesy to go a bit easier on pop sensations like Justin Bieber and One Direction. Leading into new societal roles also opens up a new door for ridicule. Students cannot get by without pure forms of unadulterated hatred and mockery after professing and type of admiration for these new boy bands. I can only think of what happened to the days when people were actually proud of the music that came out of their walkmans and sported t-shirts with bands like New Kids on the Block. Students now clandestinely purchase tickets online and make hush-hush arrangements to attend concerts. Of course, there are those annoying people that post Facebook statuses professing their love for some 90s boy bands, but it is all done in an ironic sense. Seldom will you find a student that is absolutely serious in their love for a particularly “embarrassing” band. 90s culture wouldn’t scoff at the idea of liking a particular band that would nowadays seem ridiculous. If anything, this just illustrates how close-minded this generation has become. Pitiful. One Direction, a British-Irish boy band that just recently exploded onto the music scene, proves to be a little uplifting in restoring a certain sense of 90s nostalgia, however. According to iTunes, One Direction’s debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” was the fastest selling single of all time, outselling any single ever produced the Beatles. Now, I’m sure that most of the buyers of this peppy, upbeat tune are fledging 12-yearold girls, it shows a glimmer of hope for the prosperity of holistic musical enjoyment.
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April 23, 2012
Boy band ‘Wanted’ in America
British boyband “The Wanted” dominated the charts with a big breakthrough in the U.S. After visiting America for just three weeks last January, The Wanted achieved number two on U.S. iTunes, number one on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart (first boyband to do so since Hanson in 1997), and went platinum with their single “Glad You Came.” With such a warm welcome in the U.S., the boys are back in America and are releasing a U.S. self-titled EP. Made up of songs which were on their UK albums, it includes their first single ‘All Time Low’; the fast-beat ‘Lightning’; the sentimental “Heart Vacancy,” the sweet lyrics of “Gold Forever,”
which they performed for Comic Relief; “Lose My Mind,” their co-written song “Warzone,” “Rocket,” and, of course, “Glad You Came.” In addition, their newly released single “Chasing the Sun” will be included (which they recently shot a music video for in L.A.), as well as a new song called “Satellite.” Whether or not part of the TW Fanmily, anyone who loves the catchy tune of ‘Glad You Came’ is guaranteed to find another song by the charming British group that they’ll find addictive, and therefore should pick up a copy on April 24. • NATALIE CZARNOTA
‘Titanic 3D’ sinks under expectations One of the most recent bandwagon jumpers has been “Titanic,” which was recently released in 3D. The question is- why? “Titanic” is a popular movie, but releasing it in 3D (like Disney is doing with some of its classic cartoons) is a blatant attempt to squeeze as much money out of the franchise as possible. Who knows, they may release a “Titanic 4D” in a few years, and the viewers will have ice cold water dumped on them when the ship sinks.
While 3D is a cool way to see a movie, there’s really no point in spending more on a ticket just to see a previously released movie that is exactly the same- only in 3D. No offense to those who enjoy the movie, but shelling out extra cash just to see Rose leaning off the deck and into your face isn’t worth it. • •MELANIE COHODES
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Youtube content changes, users stay consistent Mackenzie Francis Michelle Chester
changed the way that people think of YouTube. Popular YouTube videos often have a lot of editing and effects. Most of these YouTubers create scripts for Although it’s only been seven years since it started, video website YouTube has undergone their videos, instead of doing improv, which was many changes, both small and large scale. The popular in 2005-2007. Now, it’s not unusual for description box has moved, the subscribe but- videos to give off a manufactured feel, because ton has gone from yellow to gray, and ads have of the unnaturalness. “There’s now a business community cenbeen inserted before and next to videos. tered around Youtube “They changed the way the instead of its old laid profiles worked, which is really back feel. It’s like it’s confusing. When you don’t go only about money on the site for a while and then now, no longer about all of the sudden the entire layfun,” Campbell said. out is different, it’s just confusHowever, Youing instead of helpful,” junior Tubers GloZell1 and Rachel Campbell said. Schmoyoho still hold Not only has the layout the vibe from Youchanged, but ‘famous’ YouTuTube’s early days. bers have too. These accounts make In 2006, Lucas Cruitheir videos based off kshank created a YouTube ac•fredfigglehorn.com of other people. GloZell1 count called “jklproduction” with his two cousins. On this red Figglehorn’s Youtube channel gives music reviews and was immensely popular around takes video ideas from channel, they created their distinguished character Fred Figgle- 2008. Today, popular Youtube videos her YouTube subscribers and Schmoyoho makes horn. This ‘six’ year old character center less on comedy and more on their videos based off of was known for his high pitched business. popular YouTube videos voice, crush on Judy, and rants about his mother. These characteristics and ac- by auto-tuning them. From Fred and charlieissocoollike to Raytions instantly made him a YouTube sensation. Influenced by his success, many YouTu- WilliamJohnson and Schmoyoho, it’s fair to say bers decided to create their own characters and that YouTube favorites have varied a lot over channels. Shortly after Fred made his big break, the years. Not only have successful YouTubers comedians NigaHiga, KevJumba, and charlieis- changed, but so have average accounts. To many, YouTube seems to have become socoollike started making videos. Their philosophy was to create high production videos with what every other social networking site has beminimal editing, whenever they wanted. These come- overrun with people who don’t care or accounts wanted to please their subscribers, those trying to make money from it. Although, YouTube still represents itself as one of the most more than themselves. Nowadays, YouTube “celebrities” are more successful websites, even with all of the changes interested in making money with the partner- throughout its years, and will most likely conship program. Accounts like RayWilliamJohn- tinue to grow in its own way. son, ShaneDawsonTV, and JennaMarbles have
Music our way Ashley Hawkins and Kevin Hyde
3OH!3 Ashley: Edgy, raunchy, underrated; these are all words that come to mind when I think of 3OH!3. My infatuation for this crunkcore group started with the song “Don’t Trust Me.” Then I heard their fabulous collaboration with Ke$ha, “My First Kiss,” and that infatuation turned to lust. When I bought their album “Streets of Gold,” I made the final leap from lust to love. I can’t get enough of this band. The simplicity of their lyrics mixed with the funky beats makes for an electropop masterpiece. The refrains are repetitive yet catchy. I find the colorful word choice, though quite often explicit, utterly hilarious and addictive. “Streets of Gold” is filled with a bunch of party songs, and their previous album, “Want,” is nothing less than stellar. “Starstrukk” has the coolest beat. Whenever I hear that song, no matter where I am, I have the urge to start dancing. If 3OH!3 taught me anything, it’s to let go and live a little. I know the band has gotten a lot of criticism for their new album; fans were complaining that the tunes on “Streets of Gold” had a completely different sound than the songs on “Want.” I don’t see what the problem is. “Streets of Gold” has a more electric sound while “Want” is more crunksounding, but I love both albums equally. My iPod playlists are loaded with songs from the two records. It’s safe to say 3OH!3 has become my latest obsession. Kevin: It is hard for me to wrap my mind around the being of 3OH!3. I understand the nod to the band’s area code (clever, if I do say so), however when you try to replace a numerical number with an interjection, it feels almost as contrived as their music. With one tap of the play button, the same ridiculously overkilled beats emit from the headphones, only to be layered by hideously generic lyrics portraying nothing but frivolous situations. Repentance breeds an entirely new meaning when it comes to 3OH!3’s lyrics. “Don’t Trust Me” and “My First Kiss” all share the same qualities and seem as though they are merely an amped up lyrical hodge podge of “High School Musical”-like equivalence. The band does, however, have a place in my cold heart. I will admit now, and only now, that I am guilty of driving around with the windows rolled down, blasting these tunes, but then I realize that I can only get away with it in my grandparent’s retirement community. At least those on-lookers think I am a hoodlum. If I were to do that within earshot of any school, I think I might be shunned for life. Until 3OH!3 stops bragging about the fame and fortune which they do not have, they will not be getting my 99 cents nor my respect, but maybe my grandma will acquiesce if she’s feeling edgy.
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Now that the leaves are changing colors and the weather is getting chilly, haunted houses are opening up for Halloween scares. The time is here to clear the pipes for head screaming good times. Dream Reapers is a haunted house that ranks number one in Illinois for three years in a row. It is over 14,000 square ft. with 22 rooms and 40 actors and actresses. The place is sheer terror; people dressed in cloaks and face paint stalk outside before victims enter. The second after walking in, the immediate reaction is to bail out. But it is too late; tormented doc
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tors, loose jail bandits, and other characters descend to scare. The actors are ruthless in their scare tactics and are looking for frightened souls to scar. Each room is entirely different; folks slowly creep into a saw rattling scene or into a pitch black room with creepers screaming into ears. The haunted house is a walk of panic where victims are likely to pee their pants. The opening weekend price is $10, and regular price is $16. Dream Reapers is located in Melrose Park. Be sure to check it out. Claudia Caplan
Season two fails to impress “gleek” I love “Glee,” or at least I used to. It seems that this season, it’s lost its charm. The first two episodes had no plot. There was no character development, no shockers, nothing but music and dancing. Usually, after viewing an episode, I think about how much I can’t wait to see the next episode. After the Britney episode, the only thing I thought about was that I want John Stamos to be my dentist. The music is the only part of it that’s still
working for me. The high point of the music so far has been Rachel, played by Lea Michele, singing “What I Did For Love” from the musical “A Chorus Line.” But other than that, the show sucks. It’s boring. Even Sue fails to make me laugh. I still have hope that it will get better. Perhaps it’s just suffering from a sophomore slump. Becky Pauwels
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Jason Mraz, DMB shine at Wrigley Field
Shea Anderluh throwing in some operatic melodies the likes of The trip from the cab to Wrigley Field was slowed to a near-stop by the human traffic-jam parked in front. True to everything that I’d ever heard about the Dave Matthews Band, the rowdy crowd ranged from laid-back hippies to chic city slickers with six-inch heels. With every step I took, there was a new sensation to absorb. The sickly sweet smell of cigarette smoke and weed hung in the air. Beer sloshed about in plastic cups as people prepared for this once-in-a-lifetime concert experience. Dave Matthews may well be the most wellrounded and liked artist of this generation. Selling out any show seems like a piece of cake for this all-ages, all-genres band. Not surprisingly, the band’s annual concert at Alpine Valley was a huge success. On top of that, the honor of closing Bonnaroo this year was awarded to DMB. It was no surprise that Wrigley Field was brimming with excited guests on Sept.17-18 to see this historic band play at this historic landmark. Upon entering the stands, Dave Matthews’ effect on Wrigley Field was unprecedented. It was perhaps the most excitement that the stadium had seen in years, and definitely one of the most memorable nights of its existence. The normally laser-precision grass was smothered with tarp. They filed into Wrigley Field from the start of Jason Mraz’s opening performance to the end, but by the time Dave Matthews took the stage, almost every seat in the park was filled with a tipsy jet-setter or a blearyeyed super-fan. Mraz started the concert on an excited note, playing variations of his crowd-pleasers, even
which I wouldn’t have believed him capable of. The make-shift general admissions area was filled with swaying guests, but it was obvious that the night’s crowning performance would begin as soon as Mraz took his leave. A roar of anticipation filled the cold Chicago air as Mraz introduced his comrade and bounced off the stage. Dave Matthews Band put on a groundbreaking show that was better than previous performances. Along with songs off of the new album, favorites were stirred into the set-list that left even the most hard-core DMB veterans satisfied. Partial songs and mash-ups were given respect as well, performed masterfully by a band that has been around long enough to handle them. The buzz of the crowd was palpable, unstoppable, beautiful by this time. Chanted songs resounded up and down the Chicago skyline. Bittersweet melodies as well as jaunty tunes kept fans interested for almost two and a half hours. After showing off a good portion of what the band had to offer, a three-song encore ended the show. “Christmas Song,” “Corn Bread,” and finally “Last Stop” left the crowd satisfied and ready to keep the DMB legacy alive. Land-owners close enough to Wrigley Field also got to enjoy some of Dave Mathews’ magic. As far as positivity goes, Mathews deserves credit for his memorable performances that weekend. The ability to bring such a varied audience together for a night is a skill that many bands lack. However, clearly Matthews has got it and won’t be losing it any time soon.
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By the numbers: the digital revolution Piracy, iTunes replace CDs in students’ libraries
Annie Bruce because buying the whole CD on Ashley Hawkins iTunes is a lot cheaper.”
With the rise of technology in the past few years, the music industry has transformed into a digital world where CDs are becoming a tool of the past. MP3 players sprang onto the scene in 1999, according to about.com, and started the revolution that ended the reign of the bulky Walkman and eventually brought us the stylish and state-of-the-art iPod. According to about.com, iTunes was introduced in April 2003 and has transformed right in front of our eyes along with the ever evolving Apple products it promotes. Ever since iTunes caught on, the debate began: would CDs last through the transition to online listening and purchases? CDs were the main source of accessing music in the 90s. According to CNNmoney.com, the music sales peaked at $14.6 billion; however, heading into the new millennium, these sales declined dramatically. In 2009, the music sales were at a low $6.3 billion. The cause of this decline is rooted in the rise in digital downloading. “The last time I purchased a CD was eight years ago,” sophomore, Ala Folta said. “I prefer iTunes because you don’t spend so much money, and it’s easier to listen to when you’re on your computer.” Senior, Avonne Lindemann agreed, “I rarely [purchase CD’s]
When Apple launched iTunes in 2003, the world of digital downloading would be changed forever. It caught on quickly and soon rose to become the second largest digital music seller in the United States. ITunes sold 70 million songs within it’s first year and has sold over four billion songs thus far, according to about.com. “I think [CDs] will always be around unless something overrides the CD player. Like if iHomes get popular enough to push CD players to the side just like CDs pushed record players out of view,” Lindemann added. Besides selling music, Apple has expanded the iTunes product line to include music videos, movies, TV shows, and various apps. Now iPods can be customized with a variety of fun downloads that appeal to any individual. The other thing about iTunes is that it’s easy to access. “[Itunes] has a lot of unique apps though some aren’t that useful, but I mainly use [iTunes] for the music,” Folta added. In 2008, an NPD group reported that iTunes was the number one music retail choice, based upon data collected about the number of CDs and digital downloads sold. iTunes was ahead of Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, and Target. The numbers compiled to rank those music retailers, however, included the digital sale of music provided
Students doubt scary sequel Ashley Hawkins Around this time last year, students were buzzing about the low-budget horror film, “Paranormal Activity.” Oren Peli wrote and directed this scary flick with a “found-footage” type style. It’s based on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who feel they are being haunted by a demonic presence. They set up a camera in their home and try to catch the strange occurrences on film. The movie premiered on the indy scene in 2007, but it was so in-demand that it got a nationwide release in theaters on Oct. 16 of last year. According to The Box Office Junkie, “Paranormal Activity” earned $36 million the first month it showed in theaters. That’s a lot of money for a movie that cost $11,000 to make. The film did, however, fail to exceed the expectations of viewers. “I thought it was really pointless and didn’t have a good storyline. But, it was a really good laugh with my friends, even though it was a horror movie,” sophomore, Magi Zavalova said.
“Paranormal Activity” faced a lot of criticism for the acting and shallow storyline. “I really didn’t enjoy the plot, and I felt the actors were very dry and fake. I don’t like reality-show type movies,” junior, Andy Bindas said. Despite the negative comments, the film was a huge success, and plans for a sequel were made. A year later, people are now talking about the release of a follow-up film, “Paranormal Activity 2.” “The trailer with the baby and dog is really creepy! I really hope it has more action than the first one and a bunch more scenes. It should also be scarier because I thought the first one was hilarious rather than scary,” Zavalova said. For some, the expectations remain very low due to the way the first film turned out. “The storyline will probably be just as dumb, and I’m not really excited to see it. Of course, if they hire Spielberg or Scorsese, I’d definitely go see it,” Bindas said. Regardless of their opinion, people are anxiously awaiting the sequel. “Paranormal Activity 2” is set to be released in theaters on Oct. 22.
ean O’Reilly checks out Eminem’s new album, Recovery, on iTunes. ITunes is becoming a more popular way to purchase CDs.
by Walmart Music Downloads, Best Buy Digital Music Store, and AmazonMP3.com. While CDs and the iTunes store may be the predominant way teenagers get music today, there are ways around these by-the-rules listening methods. Illegal downloading has become a common way to get around the $.99 or $1.29 cost of songs on iTunes. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) reported that, in 2008, 95 percent of all music downloads were done illegally. “I probably have ten songs downloaded for free, but that was because they weren’t being sold on iTunes,” Lindemann added. Illegal downloading has a neg-
ative impact on the music industry. IFPI published an article stating that lesser-known artists worldwide are having trouble prospering due to the issue of illegal downloading. “As a songwriter, I can understand that it’s taking out of the artists’ pay. I’m not someone that cares about money, but when you think about it, artists are working hard to entertain us and their pay comes from how well sales go,” Lindemann said. As technology continues to advance in the upcoming years, the ways to get music will evolve as well. The numbers will change, but regardless of the form, music isn’t going anywhere.
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1. “Peacock” Katy Perry 1. “Someday” Flipsyde 2. “Stuck Like Glue” Sugarland 2. “Dysfunctional” Tech N9ne 3. “Your Love” Nikki Manaj 3. “Ooh Ahh” Grits HERE!! 4. GRAPHIC “Blink” Kenny Chesney 4. “Till I Collapse” Eminem 5. “I Like It” Enrique Iglesias 5. “Yellow Brick Road” Eminem “I like the song ‘Stuck Like Glue’ because I love how it’s country with a modern twist.”
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Apps My Way
with Kevin Hyde
Instagram- Upon purchasing my new iPad 2, I was beyond thrilled to see that the high-tech slate of wondrous metal was equipped with not one, but two cameras. After taking numerous PhotoBooth pictures, the simplistic black and white effects that the built in app offered was just not enough, so I immediately went to the App Store and found Instagram. The app lets users retro-fy their pictures, and let me say that the feeling I get after each picture is morphed from modern day high resolution to a more gritty, 1970s polaroid-esque shot gives me much giddyprobably too much. If looking for a nice fix to making pictures stand out and give self a sense of being uber cool, Instagram is worth the download. $1.99. Shazam- I cannot tell how many times I am tuning into a song that I truly enjoy, but just cannot hone in on the title of the song or who the artist may be. Shazam, a song detecting app, has relieved me of all these worries. Now when a song comes on the radio that I don’t recall the name of, I can just whip out my iPad and be given the name of the song and artist in an instant. I’m sure I am not the only person that goes through this maddening experience, so it is definitely an app worth getting. If there is any sense of apprehension, the free price tag gives no reason not to acquire this insanely helpful tool. Free. The Guardian Eyewitness-
Most high school students are not completely informed or up-to-date on the world’s latest current events, a shocking problem that I feel needs to be curbed. By incorporating world news into media that all teens flock to, “The Guardian,” a London based newspaper, presents daily high quality pictures illustrating the world’s most pressing events, with the help of iPod and iPads. These stunning pictures not only leave my mouth salivating at the amazing journalistic qualities, but also give me a greater understanding of what is going on in the world. Whether it be the recent events of Hurricane Irene or all the way back to the earthquake in Japan, The Guardian Eyewitness is an app that all high schoolers should be entitled to download in order to get a sense of what is going on and instead of updating their Facebook status. $0.99. Barcode Scanner- At first glance, I thought this gadget-like app gave frivolous a new name. But after much experimenting, I found that this easy-to-use scanner does just what you think it would do-scans barcodes. Now, although that sounds incredibly pointless, the app not only scans the barcode, but gives a listing of all the local places and prices to get the particular item you are scanning. This particularly comes in handy when you are low on cash, as most high schoolers are, and need to find the cheapest place to get a certain item. It’s hard to go wrong with this app, and to be honest, I oftentimes find myself scanning the most random items in my house, like toilet paper or paper plates. Yes, it can be that fun. Free.
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September 16, 2011
‘The Help’ proves unforgettable
“The Help,” even though it is a book-to-silverscreen production, is arguably one of the best movies of the year. Alternately poignant, humorous, astonishing, tear jerking, and filled with ‘oh, she did not just go there’ moments, this film is a touching story about one young writer’s quest to shed light on the lives of the helpthe African American maids, nannies, and housekeepers of the wealthy white South. Emma Stone masterfully portrays Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan, a young Southern girl who turns her whole town upside down
in pursuit of her goal. She comes up with the idea for her book (“The Help”), and follows it through to the end- losing old friends and love interests along the way, but gains the respect of her mother and some new companions in return. The quirky humor of the maids, interspersed with sob-worthy tales of woe manage to balance each other out unexpectedly, making “The Help” one of those movies where one walks out the theater not sure exactly how to feel, but knowing precisely what to do- see it again as soon as possible.
OR ABC’s new show lies about greatness
For the past two years, “Pretty Little Liars” has been my show. I have recorded, watched and re-watched episodes of the thrilling drama. I’ve read the books and predicted what will happen next. This year, however, ABC Family aired a new show, “The Lying Game.” Extremely similar to “Pretty Little Liars,” it takes away from the thrill. With the problem being a missing sister in “The Lying Game” and a missing friend in “Pretty Little Liars,” it’s almost as if ABC Family though they could have the same show.
“The Lying Game” is based on two identical twins switching lives while trying to find their missing mother. During this time, the other twin, who leaves home, goes missing also. Without knowing what to do, the twin in the house is making it harder and harder to believe she is who she says she is. “The Lying Game” isn’t quite as thrilling, nor as exciting as “Pretty Little Liars” because it is essentially the same show.
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VMA show disappointingly predictable
Michelle Chester was forgettable. The show ended with a horrible
performance by Lil Wayne. The fact that they People were hyped up about the VMAs, but had to censor most of the words caused many the overall event could be summed up with one of the viewers to stop watching because they word: predictable. Nothing shocking happened: couldn’t listen to the song. The only truly Kayne didn’t interrupt anyamusing performance one, Madonna and Britney was Lady Gaga opendidn’t make out, nothing. ing up the show. EveryThe actual awards were one was expecting one nothing special. Best Male of her crazy outfits. She Video went to Justin Bieber ended up dressing as an and Best Female Video went “alter ego” by the name to Lady Gaga. These were of Jo Calderone, who apfairly obvious with their expeared to be some type of treme popularity and large greaser.Taylorswift.com It was enjoyable fan bases. Katy Perry’s “Fireto watch because she was work” won the Video of the still able to shock everyYear category, which was one, even though people predictable as well. know that she dresses in With her sudden burst extremely different ways. of popularity, Nicki Minaj When it comes was able to win the Best Hip down to it, MTV’s VMAs Hop video for her “Super could have done much Bass.” However, there were better. Everyone who two categories that didn’t won an award that night seem to swing in the iTunes were the people who Top 10 direction. Tyler, the were expected to win by Creator won Best New Arta landslide. The perforist and the Foo Fighters won mances were not such a Best Rock Music Video for big deal either. their song “Walk.” However, even When it comes to award •MCT Campus though it happened to shows, viewers typically lack the qualities of a most look forward to the eyonce arrived to the awards, showing good awards show, it performances. The workers off her baby bump. She performed an happened to get the who picked talent for these under par performance at the VMAs. highest rating and viewparticular awards were ober count of any other viously just going for what would give them more ratings instead of what VMA show that has ever been aired. It may have been because people were tellwould actually make a good show. The performance given by Chris Brown ing their friends to look at what a train wreck was more odd than enjoyable. Watching him fly the awards show was, or maybe others actually around the stage with his use of auto-tune was appreciated the performance. Either way, if this something that viewers would like to keep in the is what next year‘s awards is going to be like, the expectations for an enjoyable show are going to back of their minds. A pregnant Beyonce also performed, but it be very low.
September 16, 2011
Suburbs gain life with addition of
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Movies my way Taylor Kasper
MPAA rating system requires a revision When I was 7 years old, I made the mistake of getting a hold of my parents’ copy of the Wes Craven horror classic “Scream” and practicing my newly found skill of working the VHS player. The first minute didn’t bug me that much... until I watched as helpless Drew Barrymore was dragged out of her house, sliced down the stomach, and hung by her own viscera. That kind of physical mutilation does something to a 7-year-old kid; I suddenly had no interest in eating spaghetti at dinner, slept with the lights on for two months, and guarded myself at night with my platoon of plush Disney dolls. The MPAA is the sole rating system for movies commercially circulated in America; they are the ones to blame for those abrasive trailer disclaimers and acne-plagued20-somethings that stand outside R-rated theaters to protect and serve the law of the cinema. This board of reviewers has complete control over what we as a society see on a Friday night movie date, and to me, that seems like more of a job for my parents; not for a bunch of strangers. Movies that depict any sort of heavy sexual situation almost always receive stricter ratings than movies with deplorable amounts of blood, innards, and mutilation. I have a pretty strong stomach for horror, but I had to bust out the puke bucket when a character from the movie “Saw,” darted to an electrical fence, eviscerated, and cooked by the shocking levels of electricity bolting through his carcass. This scene was put into an R-rated film. “Boys Don’t Cry,” is a movie that depicts actual events of a transgender female posing as a male in rural Nebraska. Same-sex intercourse and rape were included in the film, which earned it an initial NC-17 rating. The board had a problem with the sex scene between Hilary Swank and Chloe Sevigny’s characters, where the majority of the scene was a close up on Sevigny’s face. They had no problem with the final scene, where Swank gets her head blown off by a hand gun and is lifelessly stabbed by her assassins. I think people are going to do what they do either way, but it’s appalling that intimacy is treated with the same regard that picking your nose at the dinner table would. I don’t think it’s the board’s job to say which is worse; that’s for us to decide, and we can’t do that when one is more restricted than the other. If I were still in my 7-year-old mind set and I had to choose between watching a man get ripped open by his orifice or a man and woman demonstrate how babies are born, I’d have to go with the latter. At least intercourse doesn’t mortify me into the arms of inanimate, plush cartoon characters.
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March 11, 2011
Adele astounds audience with ‘21’
After snagging two Grammy’s for her freshman album, “19,” Adele was faced with a tough challenge in creating her sophomore album. She delivered masterfully with her latest, “21.” With her soulful and sultry, yet beautifully raspy voice Adele departed from her sweet ballads on “19” and came back with tracks like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Rumour Has It” that give listeners a peak into her rougher side.
However, that doesn’t stop her from letting her passion show through. In her songs she doesn’t hide the fact that she has gotten hurt. Rather, she embraces the pain and weaves it into emotionally charged songs such as “Don’t You Remember.” It’s easy to get sick of pop divas such as Rihanna and Britney’s bubble gum dance party anthems, but Adele’s honest talent is truly a breath of fresh air on the top 100. So, if it’s pop music that won’t rot your teeth you’re looking for, “21” is a great place to find it.
Kardashian should stick to TV
I have no problem with actresses moving onto being singers as long as their music is good, but it is rare to find a television show star that’s gifted. All over the internet was the debut of reality show star Kim Kardashian’s new song, ‘Jam’. This song would have potential with a less repetitive series of lyrics strung together and a more unique sound. It sounds like an unsuccessful Ke$ha song. Before this reality star’s singing career was Angelina from Jersey Shore’s failure of a career. Before that was Heidi Montag’s singing career, which never quite took off, to say
the least. Maybe if she wasn’t part of the biggest joke relationship for reality show standards, she would have at least been given a chance. Reality show stars need to stick to TV and stop trying to invade the radio waves.
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‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ inspires viewers
Kevin Hyde don, as well as his provocative “political graffiti”
on the West Bank wall of Israel in 2008. Once Banksy takes Guetta under his wing On a typical Saturday night, people may find me in my basement alone, watching obscure to record the majority of his graffiti work, we movies that no one has ever heard of. Though soon find the two sharing a professional bond this may sound a little pathetic, I have realized that helps viewers connect with the two in a more personal way. that it has been a source of true inspiration. Getting questioned by the police for susSince the word is out about my weekend activities, or lack thereof, I sometimes get texts picious behavior in Disney Land is soon interrecommending certain movies to watch. This rupted by jokes and laughter that only makes past weekend a friend texted me suggesting that viewers love the duo even more. Sprouting from I take a look at a documentary entitled “Exit this bond, Banksy decides that it might be a good idea for Guetta to start doing some paintThrough the Gift Shop.” Opening up in traditional documentary ing and works of graffiti himself. Taking to that advice, viewers get an up style, viewers are given the first-hand point of view of avid filmmaker and Frenchman Thierry close and personal view of a once barren wall, Guetta. The zany middle aged man finds no ex- now covered with a thought provoking image of a rat with a paintbrush cuse to not record with reading, “Our time his camcorder that will come,” a credo that will eventually broadgives hope to all other cast such visionary street artists. After his work. brief stint as a street On a routine artist, Guetta decides trip to Kinkos in Los to do a regular gallery Angeles, Guetta and show, pumping out his camera happen thousands of pieces upon a rather unique of art, similar to the figure, blowing up works of Warhol, sella sketch of Andre ing over $1 million of the Giant about 500 material at his opening times. The outgoing alone. Frenchman strikes up Aside from the a conversation with Banksy website amazingly profound the individual, only work, the documento find out that he is anksy, who also directed the documentary, gave tary illustrates the art a revolutionary street artist Thierry Guetta his start in the street art world in a completely artist by the name of realm. “I initially thought Guetta was just merely a different, more reShepard Fairey. crazy person, but I soon realized his geniousness,” spectable light. Art Eventually, with Banksy said. lovers are not the only the help of Fairey, people that should see Guetta makes his way to London, only to be introduced to yet another this truly perfect work, as it will provide the street artist. This time, the magnitude of great- perfect balance between art, humor, hope, and ness is heightened to an extraordinary extent. inspiration for anyone to enjoy. I find it remarkBanksy, a Bristish street artist and director of the able that someone would be able to come from documentary, is the anonymous force behind all a life of filming everyday activities to being inof the madness during 2007 and 2008 regarding spired enough to go out into the real world and his multitudes of paintings and graffiti in Lon- produce something so remarkable.
March 11, 2011
Ladies First, OnStage excel in competitions Showchoir earns high honors in Fort Atkinson, El Paso, Wis. Students reAshley Hawkins Rachel Lundstrom hearse often to preAt the end of sophomore year, senior Russell Badalamenti decided to audition for showchoir’s OnStage. “It looked cool, and I have become a lot more confident from it. The people take you as you are, and you don’t have to pretend to be someone else,” Badalamenti said. Junior Chris Lio decided to join as a freshman, because his brother had been in showchoir. This year’s groups consist of 100 singers, dancers, and musicians. The highlight of the showchoir season is the Chicagoland Showcase, which was hosted here last weekend. “I like Showcase because we get to see other really talented groups and how well they do,” junior Amanda Grossmayer said. Along with the opportunity to see other groups perform, Ladies First and OnStage got to perform in front of a packed gymnasium. Ladies First was the first of the two Hersey groups to perform in exhibition. The group is composed of 37 female students from all grade levels. Their theme was “Take Flight,” and their performance consisted of five musical numbers. The members were excited and anxious for this night, as they have been preparing for Showcase, along with other competitions, for months. “We have been rehearsing twice a week for months now to prepare for competitions that we get scores and go against other groups. Showcase is like a bonus performance because there are no judges,” sophomore Madeleine Brown said. The members of Ladies First went into the performance with butterflies, both from being nervous and excited, but delivered a strong, solid five numbers that they were proud of. “I think it went pretty well. We already had two competitions, so we were all pretty prepared for it. It was exciting,” freshman Kayla Wightman said. OnStage, composed of 24 female students and 26 male students, performed a show consisting of six numbers. “We all had an amazing time,” sophomore Marianna Bonadonna said. “There are too many positives to showchoir. We host our own competition, make friends with a group of almost 50 people, and we love being able to showcase what we do best. It sounds ridiculous, but one of the best feelings is the butterflies we get right before we go on stage. It is so much fun.” Showchoir has had a pretty busy year with workshops and competitions. “We did really great at our first and hardest competition, which started us off on a good year. It made us want to drive to do well,” Grossmayer said.
pare for the competitions throughout the season. “We have had countless rehearsals preparing for our competition season. We have two two and a half hour rehearsals during the week, and we used to have occasional all-day workshops on Saturdays,” Bonadonna said. At the Fort Atkinson competition in Wisconsin, OnStage was the third runner-up, and senior Katie Dewar was named best soloist. Ladies First didn’t place. However, they succeeded at the competition in El Paso, Ill., where they were first runner up in their division. Senior Anna Voinovich was named best soloist. “We have come a long way from the beginning, and I’m really proud. Everyone gets what a competition is and they know how hard they have to work,” Voinovich said. OnStage was grand champion at El Paso, and Dewar was named best soloist. Despite some setbacks, the showchoir members are pleased with their progress. “I was nervous about the stairs at El Paso, and everyone was catching colds,” Voinovich said. Another key component to the showchoir program is Backstage, the showchoir combo. Thirteen musicians make up this group, and they are directed by Andy Sturgeon, a Hersey graduate. “I joined because I liked the music, and I love hanging out with everyone. We always play card games when we have spare time,” junior Thomas Martin said. Although Backstage was not a part of Chicagoland Showcase because of the band trip to New York, they have traveled with the group to every other competition. The final competition takes place tomorrow in Watseka, Ill. The showchoir is hoping to finish strong and end their season on a high note. “After a competition, the hard work pays off when you know you have put on a good show,” Lio said. “Our next competition is [this] weekend, and it’s our last one so we are hoping to finish our great season with a bang,” sophomore Madeleine Brown said.
photos by: Ashley Hawkins
op: Senior Anna Voinovich solos during Chicagoland Showcase. “I was nervous at first, but I get to perform in front of my friends and family so I liked it,” Voinovich said. Voinovich was named best soloist at the El Paso Showchoir invitational. eft: Ladies First performs “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” at the Chicagoland Showcase on Mar. 5. With one competition remaining, Ladies First is hoping to end their season strongly.
iTopFive What are your TopFive favorite songs? Senior Arlyne Mross 1. “Telephone” Lady Gaga 2. “The Climb” Miley Cyrus 3. “I Can’t Smile Without You” Barry Manilo 4. GRAPHIC “Our Song” Taylor Swift 5. “Best Days of Your Life” Kelie Pickler
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1. “Blow” Ke$ha 2. “Roman’s Revenge” Nicki Minaj 3. “Your Love” Nicki Minaj HERE!! 4. “We R Who We R” Ke$ha 5. “Love Like Woah” The Ready Set “I like ‘Blow,’ because I can dance to it.” MENU