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Spring Break Mini Issue 2010 www.thehno.com Editors-in-Chief: Hannah Finlayson Shaj Mathew Lauren White Staff Writers: Ally Allen Nate Dawes Liana Farnese Nisa Hussain Kevin McGuire Brian Merewitz Aron Morgan Stefanie Moscati Emily Mutschler Garrett O’Leary Maddy Pomilla Roopa Srivastava Advisor: Mr. Jim Ritter Special thanks to senior Adrienne Carroll for designing the cover.
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With this mini-issue, we’ve both got good and bad news. The good: we are pleased to announce that the Coca-Cola Company is now sponsoring The Hurricane Nation—so look out for various Coke-related advertisements and content in the following pages! Unfortunately, the bad news is pretty bad: we are sad to report that beloved AP US History and ICONS teacher Mr. James will retire at the year’s close. On lighter notes, we have reviews of concerts, plays, and movies, as well as a take on New York Fashion Week for those of you more sartorially inclined. Much of the issue is written in
the spirit of April 1st, but the cover story on texting and driving takes a more serious tone—check it out for information on the law, the associated risks, statistics, and why teens do it (despite often understanding the risks involved). As always, feel free to chime in on what you read or what you want to—email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or log onto the website (thehno.com) to leave a comment or letter to the editor. —Shaj and Hannah
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Mr. James to Retire at Year’s End AP US Teacher: ‘I Never Really Liked Mr. McGowan’ By Shaj Mathew In an awkward farewell to three kind-of friends in that really small social studies planning room on the second floor, Mr. James announced his retirement from teaching yesterday. “For the past 14 years, this job has been like getting my wisdom teeth pulled every day,” said James. “Except I probably would have liked that better.” He plans to move back to upstate New York to pursue his passion for tree-trimming, eager to trim at the “highest level once again.” Colleagues said they would miss a great teacher and friend. “Oh, he’s finally leaving? Sweet,” said Mr. Mohler. “This is awesome,” Mr. Moreland observed. “Wait, he was being serious?”
OTHER HEADLINES FROM THIS ISSUE: Self-Important Senior Boy Uses Five-Syllable Word, Thinks He’s So Great Teacher Abandons Lesson Plan, Tells Class Too Much About Personal Life Girl Asks about the Homework the Teacher Forgot to Collect, Earns Annoyed Glare from Class Jaded Teacher Stops Caring, Lets Class “Just Do Whatever the Heck They Want” Student Uses Emoticon in English Paper, Teacher doesn’t LOL German exchange students actually robotics club
raved Mr. Weber. The outgoing James did not hesitate to criticize former policies and colleagues. Unfortunately, most of his expletive-ridden rants cannot be repeated in a school newspaper. In one of his tamer statements, he said he didn’t know “why people thought Mr. McGowan was funny, honestly” and called his colleague “good only for making crappy coffee.” McGowan had no comment, though he mumbled something about putting “that ungrateful…” James in a hospital. James led a distinguished teaching career. He won “Official Applicant” in the Calvert County teacher of the year contest and, in 2008, set a Guinness World Record for stranding the most students in DBQ Dungeon. By Shaj Mathew and Kyle Hutzler
experiment School launches program for students infected by PIV Student delinquents threaten to stop recycling In diversity push, phys ed teachers consider adding Quidditch NHS expels member for "do-gooderism" Without NJROTC uniforms, students forgot it was Thursday Class president warns against "AP-intellectual complex"
Famous April Fool’s Pranks By Lauren White April 1st is a day filled with fun and games. We have all pulled pranks on our family members and played tricks on our friends. But what about pranks that have reached the masses? Throughout the years, newspapers and other large corporations have fooled the general public on the one day of the year that it is allowed. Here are some of the most famous April Fool’s Day hoaxes of all time. Number One: The Taco Liberty Bell In 1996, the Taco Bell fast-food corporation announced that they had bought the Liberty Bell and that they had renamed it the Taco Liberty Bell. When asked about the sale, the White House press secretary Mike McCurry replied that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and renamed the Ford Lincoln Memorial. Public uproar ensued. Later that day, Taco Bell revealed that it had all been a hoax.
Number Three: Mathematical Transformations In 1998, the Alabama state legislature stated in a magazine article that they had voted to change the mathematical number, pi, from 3.14 to 3.0, a number that has biblical references. The news spread quickly nationwide. It was later revealed that the article was not intended to be taken seriously.
Number Five: When Penguins Fly In 2008, BBC released footage of flying penguins. They stated that the penguins were leaving the frigid Antarctic to take up a winter residence in the warmer rainforests of South America. BBC later released a followup video that showed the special effects involved in making penguins fly.
Number Two: A Flipped Burger In 1998, Burger King announced a new menu item called the Left-Handed Burger. They claimed that it was the same as a regular burger, only the ingredients had been rotated 180 degrees. Burger King admitted to the hoax, but not before customers actually came in to order the unusual meal.
Number Four: Mind Games In 1999, Red Herring Magazine announced the introduction of an innovated technology created by Tidal Wave Communications: telepathic email. In the article, a “telepathic email” was staged between the interviewer and the technological genius behind the new form of communication. Several readers wrote in to the magazine saying they had truly been duped.
Texting and Driving: Nothing to LOL About By Shaj Mathew
Sam Howards, a Huntingtown senior, casually opens the door to her maroon Mercedes SUV on a dreary March afternoon. She puts the key in ignition, shifts into drive, looks out for traffic – and then whips out her neon blue LG Xenon cell phone. Her slim fingers race along a full QWERTY keypad, which she places at bottom of her steering wheel as she begins to drive. She furiously taps a text on the sleek silver pad, only looking down to read her completed message. Howards’ eyes dart around Route 4 traffic, but the road is not where her thoughts lie at the moment. Right now she’s thinking – er, texting – her friend about her prom dress. Howards arrives home just fine, having messaged two of her friends in the process. But many officials fear that the next time, teens like her won’t just BRB – they’ll be RIP. And that’s nothing to LOL about. She isn’t alone. Over 80% of teens use cell phones while driving, according to a 2009 Allstate Foundation study, which also notes that nearly one in two teens consider texting very or extremely distracting – an increase from one in three in 2005. The same study asserts that 1.6 million teens either read or write text messages while driving. The dangers aren’t just associated with texting. Talking on a cell phone, according to a University of Utah study, reduces the teen driver’s reaction ability to that of a senior citizen. The Journal for Human Factors even compares texting teens to drunk drivers, stating that a teen typing away on his phone steers as if his blood alcohol level is 0.08%. A 2009 Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study makes the case against texting even more damning. Its data suggest that driver inattention during the three seconds before a crash – the amount of time even the most prolific texters require to type or look over a message – causes some 80% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes. Perhaps Howards might consider putting down her phone now? At Huntingtown, no official poll on student texting and driving habits has been conducted. Mr. Irvin, the school’s safety advocate, is probably the closest thing to an authority on the matter: every morning he greets hundreds of student drivers with his familiar wave and wry grin as they pull into the school. He says that many students text and drive as they enter the school, though a higher proportion are making calls. Sometimes, he reports, the driver dictates a text message for the passenger to send. In any case, he says that cell phones are a major “distraction” for drivers.
Texting and driving is risky – and teens know it Teens – even the most unabashed about their texting and driving habits – understand the
risks involved. “Texting and driving is dangerous,” Howards concedes. “I know I shouldn’t do it.” Howards does not text message and drive when her sister is in the car, who pesters her about her texting habits. She speaks with candor as to why she continues: “Texting and driving personally hasn’t affected me.” The seventeen-year-old said she might be more inclined to stop if a serious texting-related accident occurred locally or to someone she knew. This apparent paradox – grasping the potentially fatal risks of texting and driving, yet proceeding to do it anyway – is not limited to Howards. Teens polled by the Allstate Foundation report that texting is the number one driving distraction; that said, over 80% use cell phones while driving. Texting and driving habits vary student to student. Some only text at stop signs. Others hold their phones atop the steering wheel, believing it to be safer, while people like Howards position the continued on next page Some teens set phones atop the steering wheel to text.
phone at the bottom of the wheel. Texting without looking is popular, but staring down at the cell phone screen for up to five seconds isn’t uncommon either. Tyler Brechbiel, a Huntingtown junior, is a rarity – he refuses to text while driving. “There are so many things you have to pay attention to if you want to be a safe driver,” says Brechbiel. “You don’t need a cell phone to make it harder.” So why do other students continue? The answer may also lie in the culture in which these teens have grown up, one that fosters constant communication with peers always connected via the Internet and cell phones. Howards admits that sometimes she feels compelled to respond almost instantly to friends’ texts, lest they get angry because she did not text back. Other students cite boredom and convenience: “my phone’s just sitting in the cup holder.”
Aware of it or not, teens like Howards are breaking the law. In Maryland, it is illegal for all drivers under age eighteen to use a cell phone while operating a vehicle. Last year, the state senate voted to pass a bill that barred sending a text message while driving as well. Violators face fines up to $500. Technically, the current Maryland law permits drivers over eighteen to read text messages in transit, though the state is apparently mulling a new law to ban reading messages too. Twenty states, as well as the District of Columbia and Guam, have enacted bans on texting and driving. The Governors Highway Safety Association, according to the Wall Street Journal, predicts that this year will see twenty more states pass texting bans, potentially spurred by financial incentives proposed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Such bans would seem to be common sense, especially in light of the spate of texting-related deaths in recent years. In 2007, five teens in Canandaigua, N.Y. died after the texting driver collided with a truck head-on. The driver of a Los Angeles commuter train sent a text message just one second before ramming into freight train in 2008 . Twenty-five people died in the crash.
Can Wait,” whose video and print ads convey a simple message that is often lost on teens glued to their phones: no text is worth dying for. Verizon Wireless’ anti-texting ad campaign echoes the same theme. In one video, workers take town a Verizon billboard and replace it with a much plainer one. It is not as colorful or boastful (the “America’s #1 Network” trademark has conspicuously vanished), but the message is not supposed to be ornamental or self-aggrandizing – it’s supposed to be direct, it’s supposed to be arresting. “Please don’t text and drive” it reads in bold red font, as the video’s female voiceover reminds viewers, “honestly, no message is that important.” That is, except the message to teens: stop texting behind the wheel – just drive. Note: Some names have been changed to protect the privacy of students. TEEN DRIVING INDEX
factor by which the risk of crash increases when reaching for a moving object
4,000 teens die every year in car crashes
55 percent of teen passenger deaths happen during the weekends
300,000 teens get injured every year in car crashes
percent of teen passenger deaths occurred in vehicles driven by another teen The charge against prolific teen texters has
Getting the Message Out
taken to the Internet through new ventures. Keep the Drive (keepthedrive.com), established by the insurance company Allstate, aims to halt the growing number of students that text message while driving through videos, facts, and contests for teens. The website includes tips for teen drivers on how to minimize distraction and spread the word about the perils of texting while driving. AT&T has also launched a new program called “Txtng & Drivng ... It
1 rank of motor vehicle crashes as a cause of death among American teens Source: Keep The Drive (keepthedrive.com)
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World Cup: USA’s Shot at Elite Status? by Garrett O’Leary
With only a few months to go, the World Cup draws nearer each day. Things look rosy for the US national team; last summer the Yanks struck down the incumbent number one team in the world: Spain. Though the Americans lost a 3-2 nail-biter against Brazil in the next match, the Confederations Cup Final, the U.S. continues to creep closer to becoming an elite team in the world of soccer. In the 2002 World Cup, the States made a remarkable and unlikely run into the quarter-finals, bursting onto the scene after being a mediocre, but solid team for so long. A defeat to Germany left the U.S. waiting until 2006, a World Cup that the U.S. would like to forget: they didn’t advance past the group stage. However, in light of recent matches, the United States is moving up, currently sitting 18th in the FIFA World Rankings. This summer is the time when the young United States National Soccer Team can change all of that, especially with the first fixture pitting the States against one of the competitions toughest opponents: England. Respect isn’t exactly mutual between the two sides. English coaches often joke that America’s Major League Soccer is a “pub league” — basically, that it sucks, especially compared to their English Premier League. While there may be some truth in this, it might behoove the Brits to return to that famous British propriety, for they might be in for a surprise when they take on their “lesser” cousins on June 12. The Confederations Cup was only the tip of the iceberg. Anchored behind captain Carlos Bocanegra and striker Landon Donovan, the Americans pose a formidable threat to the aging Brits. And if we can’t do it fairly, we might as well injure them: Donovan already took a stab at England by taking out starting defender Ashley Cole during Premier League action last month. And former captain David Beckham is sure to miss out on what would have been the last World Cup of his career after rupturing his Achilles tendon in Italy. That said, England boasts a nearly unblemished record in qualifying and features some of the most feared players in the world: Wayne Rooney and
Steven Gerrard. The other two teams in the group, Algeria and Slovenia, should be easy victories for the Americans, but defeating England would make yet another statement and propel them into If he can beat England, USA Coach the n e x t Bob Bradley’s name will forever be round, pro- etched in American soccer history. vided they beat the other two teams. From there the U.S. will face a team from group D, likely Germany or Ghana, both of whom are very strong. In short, the United States just needs to get hot and make a run like a Cinderella team in the NCAA tournament, which isn't entirely unheard of or out of the question. South Korea did it in 2002, Greece did it and won Euro 2004, and now, in 2010, the U.S. has a shot at glory. So what needs to be done to reach elite status among the world's best soccer teams? Make a run in the World Cup—defeating England would be nice, too—and don't end up like the 2006 American World Cup squad, one laden with potential and expectations but one that ultimately fell short. Soccer in the States continues to grow, not just on the national level, but in terms of the youth and domestic scene, and if the American team can make a splash in South Africa—let’s define success as making the quarterfinals—that would provide a boost to that already-burgeoning American soccer scene. Glory is not far off, but sooner is better than later for the United States Mens National Team as it continues to inch towards greatness.
And Then There Were Four: Teams Without a Super Bowl Ring By Garrett O’Leary The New Orleans Saints are finally able to take their name off the list of teams yet to reach a Super Bowl. On top of that they were able to win it. With their appearance in the big game, four teams are still yet to reach a shot at football’s Holy Grail, the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, and Detroit Lions are those four teams. So who will be the first to finally reach the Super Bowl? The answer is definitely debatable, here’s a quick rundown on why each of those four teams could be the next to reach a Super Bowl. Not enough can honestly be said about how miserable the Detroit Lions are. Two years ago the Lions became the first 0-16 team ever, quite fitting under the tenure of the notoriously terrible general manager Matt Millen. The Lions made some progress last season by drafting Matthew Stafford and pulling out a two wins, but the playoffs are only dreams in the heads of the Lions players right now.
The Cleveland Browns are a mess of a franchise, but there is an upside: Mike Holmgren. The former Seattle head coach gives fans hope for a a bright future; he led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl in 2006 and nurtured Brett Favre into the quarterback he is. The question is how long until they reach that bright future? The quarterback situation seems to have been “solved,” but can Jake Delhomme rescue such a meager offense?
Jacksonville has had a few hot seasons in the past decade, but inconsistency plagues them. The Jaguars seem to have found their identity on offense behind David Garrard and Maurice JonesDrew, but they’re in the opposite boat of the Browns: strong offense and struggling defense. On top of this is the fact that they are in the AFC South – with the Colts. If Jaguars’ defense can finally step up, the offense should hold and a run in the post season is very possible.
The Texans have only been in the league for eight years, giving them a somewhat legitimate reason for not a making a Super Bowl yet. Even so, Houston’s best record in that span has been 9-7, last season. Each year the team makes further progress, and the seemingly foolish drafting of Mario Williams has become a genius move. Another great move was the acquisition of quarterback Matt Schaub, who led the league last season in passing yards, a big part of that thanks to Andre Johnson. The Texans keep creeping up each season with a .500 record or better each of the last three seasons.
There are the facts, so who’s likely to be the first of the four to reach a Super Bowl? My thoughts all point to the Houston Texans. While the Jaguars have had the most recent success, they’re on the downside. Houston, meanwhile, continues getting better each season. As for the Browns and the Lions, both teams are a huge mess. I’ll be bold enough to say that Houston makes a Super Bowl within the next five years—it’s bound to happen.
The Way Sports Talk Should Be: NCAA Basketball Brackets By Brian Merewitz Everyone knows that when the college football season ends, the debate is brought up again. Should college football get rid of the bowls and go to a traditional playoff? This year, though, NCAA football isn’t the only collegiate sport with playoff controversies: basketball’s traditional 64team bracket is under fire. Currently, there are four regions of 16 teams. NCAA would like to expand to a six region, 96-team bracket. Absolutely insane! This is an awful idea. Why does NCAA want to do this? Money. What else are sports about anyway? The only other positive aspect of this plan is national attention that little schools can get. Then there’s the chance to make a splash, but the chance of going anywhere is beyond slim. In all other ways, this plan is ridiculous. Already, there are too many teams in the NCAA tournament. Every year there is a Cinderella or two, but these teams really are never seeded that low anyway. Last year, the Cinderella was 12th-seeded Arizona who made it to the Sweet Sixteen (and proceeded to lose by 39 in that game to Louisville). The year before, 10th-seeded Davidson went to the Elite Eight. Every year, there is one of these teams that make it farther than expected, but what about the teams even lower than that? The 15th-seed has only beaten the second seed four times in NCAA basketball history and the 16th has never upset the first seed. These teams do not belong here — they really have no right. Does Morehead State seriously belong playing against teams like Duke, Michigan State, and other powerhouses? Why would we want more of these nonames in the playoffs? Sure, they could make a little more money, but do people honestly want to watch Radford lose to University of North Carolina by 43, which happened last year. The NCAA’s proposed plan would include two new regions, meaning there would be two more 16 seeds, two more 15 seeds and so on that do not belong there. No one under the 10-seed truly has much of a chance to do anything, so in my opinion, the tournament should be cut down, not expanded. But of course, it all comes back to money. If you An example of a bracket.
win your conference tournament, then you auto-
matically get a bid. These teams from pathetic conferences do not deserve places in the bracket over teams from strong conferences with only mediocre records. Bubble Teams This years bracket once again has those headscratchers. First of all, Virginia Tech and Illinois? Really? Yes, the mid-majors and every conference champion gets into the NCAA tournament, but this is simply stupid. Is there anyone out there that can reasonably make an argument saying North Texas, UC Santa Barbara (yes, the Banana Slugs made it to the dance), Morgan State, Lehigh, and on and on are better than either Virginia Tech or Illinois? No. That would be an impossible argument because they aren’t. Once again, the teams that win their embarrassing conference do not belong here! Does East Tennessee State truly stand a chance against John Wall’s Kentucky? Negative. Virginia Tech went 10-6 in a powerful conference. They finished 4th in the ACC, but didn’t make the bracket. Wake Forest, Clemson, and Georgia Tech finished 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively. Virginia Tech would logically be more likely to be in the playoffs than any of those teams. Ironically, all three of those teams made it, but not Virginia Tech. Illinois took Ohio State (a two seed) into double overtime in the Big Ten tournament and finished 5th in the regular season of another powerful conference. Do they belong in the “backup” NIT, while teams like Sam Houston are fighting for the national tournament? While the NCAA would create more money and small schools would get national attention, a 96-team bracket is simply absurd. Not that anyone really cares, but that would destroy the NIT, as well. The number of blowouts would greatly overshadow the few upsets, plus even more teams who don’t belong in the national tournament would be there. It is very difficult to reduce the bracket because in order to keep the numbers even throughout the entire tournament, each region would have to be increased or decreased by eight. Unfortunately, it seems imminent that the four region, 64team bracket will become a six region, 96-team bracket. Good luck guessing on that bracket!
Michael Vick: Guilty By Stefanie Moscati We all know Michael Vick pled guilty to felony charges of his illegal dog fighting ring in August 2007. Falcons owner Arthur Blank did not want Vick back and he wanted to trade Vick. When his attempts failed, Blank released Vick. Three weeks into the 2009 season, Vick signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and animal rights activists were angry. Actually, a lot of people were angry. Vick was chosen by his teammates in December 2009 to receive an award for courage and sportsmanship. Along with e-mailing, phone calls, and online petitioning, Darlene Sanders Harris organized a protest group with just about 100 activists at Vick’s award ceremony. The group joined with the American Kennel Club and decided against intervening in the ceremony; however, on March 9th, those showing up to the ceremony had to pass the mostly silent protestors. Many say that Vick has “paid his debt to society,” but has he really? Okay, so he was sentenced for up to 23 months, but he only served for 21 months. He had the ring for five years. That’s five years of innocent dogs being mutilated compared to the 21 month sentencing. That’s not even two years. But of course, he’s an NFL
Reporter Stefanie Moscati does not think Michael Vick should be allowed to play in the NFL. player and coaches still wanted him no matter how bad his reputation became. That doesn’t make what he did right. The sentencing is obviously not Vick’s fault. The judge should have realized all the death that Vick caused making him a little more strict on Vick’s sentencing. Vick still shouldn’t be in the NFL. It’s not that he shouldn’t ever be allowed back, but he hasn’t served enough time. Although he has been on probation and he did some jail time, that doesn’t compare to what happened to the dogs and how long he actually had the dog fighting ring. As much as people say that Vick paid his debt and that everyone should “leave the guy alone,” what he did will most likely never leave peoples’ minds.
Mike Vick: Innocent By Brian Merewitz Mike Vick, by all means, belongs back in the NFL! He committed a crime. He served his time. He did what he was required. If that doesn’t convince you alone, the reasons continue. Playing in the NFL is a job. Should someone not be able to hold a job just because they once did something wrong? If an employer is willing to hire you, why wouldn’t you take a multi-million dollar job? Sports are all about the money. Winning teams make money. Good players win, and Mike Vick is an excellent player. As a matter of fact, he’s the only NFL quarterback to rush for over 1,000 years in a season. Simply put, employers want Mike Vick on their team. He is also a very entertaining player, which led to a motion simulator designed to make people feel like they were Mike Vick running down the field. If he was such a terrible influence and would be hated by the fans, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wouldn’t have reinstated him and allowed him to play in week three this year. Tiger Woods will return to golf on April 8th after his sex scandal, which was equally immoral to Mike Vick’s dog ordeal, but here’s the catch. According to an ESPN poll, 70% of the viewers would support Woods in his return. So, why would people not support Vick? In his first game back from suspension, he received a standing ovation by the Philadelphia Eagles fans. These types of players bring money to teams, which is what it’s all about. When people commit crimes, they are punished.
Mike Vick committed a crime and served his punishment. He did what was asked of him. Some people hate him because they think he should’ve served more time. That’s illogical. Why would you hate someone for trying to spend less time in jail? Who wouldn’t? He also did get suspended by the league, and lost his salary. Vick forgave roughly $100 million in contracts and endorsements. Under his new 2-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, he will earn $1.6 million in the first year and $5.2 million in the second year, with the option of earning up to $3 million in bonuses. Yes, that is lots of money, but it’s far, far away from $100 million. He served his full suspension and just returned back to the NFL in week After all, the person in the highest position in our country, the President, has openly admitted to using drugs, yet the majority of Americans still support him. I’m not going to argue that killing dogs is bad. Everyone thinks it is. However, there are people in the NFL who have done worse crimes, but people don’t constantly badger them. Mike Vick accepted his suspension and loss of his contract, served his jail time, and did everything he could have. He deserves a second chance to hold a job and make his way back to NFL stardom. People will always see him as the dogfighter, but committing a crime does not prevent people from ever holding a job again. Mike Vick did what he was told and he has earned a second chance to hold a job.
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iPod Shuffle: Taylor Good By Hannah Finlayson
Hurricane Nation asks a student to put his iPod on “shuffle,” and comment on the first few tracks that come up. No skipping embarrassing tracks allowed, so the student will not be able to filter his or her music library. Huntingtown High school gets an exclusive look into the unhindered musical library of a student. Name: Taylor Good Grade: 12 Age: 18 “I like good music that no one’s heard about. I have better music taste than you.”:
Song: Crack the Skye Artist: Mastodon Album: Crack the Skye “I love Mastodon. They're progressive metal; they are technically proficient .”
Song: Kickapoo Artist: Tenacious D Album: The Pick of Destiny “They’re hilarious. I love Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Oh and the movie’s good too.”
Song: Cousins Artist: Vampire Weekend Album: Contra “I’m going to see them. I have spare tickets. But by the time this article is read, the concert will have happened.”
Song: Bamboo Banga Artist: M.I.A Album: Kala “She has more than just one song.”
Song: Mustaches Artist: That 1 Guy Album: The Moon is Disgusting “That 1 Guy opened for Bucket Head and I was highly impressed. He’s from Australia and makes his own instruments..”
Song: Song for the Deaf Artist: Queens of the Stone Age Album: Songs For the Deaf “Queens of the Stone age can be characterized as ‘robot rock’ but I just like them a lot. Josh Homme is really talented.”
Song: Too Drunk to F*** Artist: The Dead Kennedys Album: Give Me Convenience or Give me Death “Classic punk and even some teachers like it. No really.”
Books for Every Reader By Shaj Mathew
Do you hate reading? Or are you the kid who perilously strolls through the hallways glued to a book? Either way, if you need a change from your traditional English Class fare (ahem, Beowulf ) give these modern books a chance.
For the Guy Who Hates Books
Book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Why?: JSF’s precocious nine-year-old narrator will leave you uncomfortably laughing in this extremely juvenile but incredibly literary post-9/11 novel. It has the high pace of the Da Vinci Code except without terrible prose and cheap plot formulas.
For the Romantic Book: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss Why?: An lonely old man searches for his long-lost novel. A teenage girl struggles to keep her family together. Their lives intersect and find meaning in this ridiculously post-modern novel.
For the Literary Hipster Book: 2666 by Roberto Bolano. Why?: Since his 2003 death, Bolano has become the hottest property in the contemporary literary scene. Warning: 2666 is like the show Mad Men; it’s highly acclaimed, everyone talks about it, but no one actually watches it.
For the Rebel Book: On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Why?: The defining novel of the Beat Generation — aka that time in the ‘50s when drugs and jazz dominated America’s lit scene. Keruoac infuses his prose with lush rhapsodies that goes on for pages and pages and pages. The entire book was originally composed as one paragraph.
For the Kid with a Destiny
For the Sports Junkie
Book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell Why?: A quick read, Outliers examines the lives of the world’s most successful people—and hypothesizes that their success is a combination of both innate talent and good fortune. Gladwell writes in magazine-style narratives to keep you engaged.
Book: How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer Why?: Even the most vehement soccer-haters praise the book, which is not so much about soccer but its cultural implications. It’s an engaging travelogue and an engrossing 1st person narrative as Foer interacts with British hooligans and kids in Brazilian favelas.
For the Budding Humanitarian Book: Half the Sky by Nick Kristof Why?: Kristof gives readers a harrowing story each week in the New York Times, and Half the Sky is largely an extension of those weekly columns — you’ll read inspiring tales of people like Tererai Trent who leapt out of African poverty to earn a PhD and also learn what you can do to help the world’s poorest and most oppressed people.
For the Short Story Fan Book: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri Why?: Lahiri is a modern master of the short story. She takes common themes like love and death and explores them within the lives of new IndianAmerican immigrants. Her stories are powerful and heartrending, and in the rare instance you grow bored of one, you can simply move on to the next one in the book.
By Roopa Srivastava Without any venues or clubs, it’s tough to be a band in Calvert County. Forming the band two years ago at Garrett Music Academy, No Outlet (consisting of guitarist Colin Loveless, bassist Johnny Posner, drummer Brad Beyer, and lead singer Ryan Lienesch) faces an uphill struggle, but its dream is still alive. Loveless was kind enough to do an interview and help me understand what it’s like to be a local band hoping to go big. That each member brings to the table a different style of music made their first band practice a bit of a battle – but this unlikely fusion helped them win first place at the local battle of the bands. All members have picked up their instruments in the last five years and have a unique passion for their instrument. "I really love how versatile and beautiful the instrument is," Loveless said about his guitar. The drummer, Beyer, was first a guitar player, but started playing the drums two years ago. Posner is a bassist (“he loves the rhythmic qualities the bass has,” said Loveless) who feels the instrument is highly underappreciated – and hopes to change that.” No Outlet has even opened new options for the lead singer, Lienesch, who joined the band after its previous lead singer abruptly quit. Understanding a band’s name is usually a mixed bag: sometimes it can have deep meaning, while on other occasions it just sounds cool or bizarre. But how does one come across a name that represents one as a band? Loveless and the previous lead singer found street signs as a perfect way to get a name. “We were just shouting them out, and when we said No Outlet, it just felt right.” If you have ever been to one of No Outlet’s shows, you know that the band’s goal is to make everyone in the crowd have a good time. “There were the usual hecklers in the audience, but we were having so much fun we had no problem ignoring them.” You can see them perform covers, a rock version of the SpongeBob Squarepants theme song, and even one of the (in)famous “FreeCreditReport.com” songs. No Outlet’s songs are diverse, spanning multiple genres. Having a bit of reggae, ska, alternative rock, hard rock, and, of course, basic rock, the band’s versatility allows it to connect to listeners of many styles. In particular, the band aspires to be like Green Day and The Who because of their “stage presence” and the fact that they are “so free and energetic.” Their favorite song to perform live, aside from their original song “With You,” is “My Generation” by The Who. They feel that the song represents the “spirit and the soul of the ban.” You can check out No Outlet on MySpace (www.myspace.com/NoxOutletx) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nooutlet) for show dates. Contact them on Facebook to purchase tickets, which run for $15. The band is currently recording and hopes to release a CD later in the year, though, says Loveless, “with the continued support of our awesome fans, who knows where we could go?”
By Stefanie Moscati
From MySpace to YouTube, Facebook to Twitter, the growing demand of new social networking sites has propelled formspring.me onto many peoples’ lists of sites to visit during the day. Formspring.me is a site where a person can sign up, make an account, and have people ask them questions. The user can pick and choose which questions— which are usually anonymous—that they would like to an-
swer. By being able to choose, spam on the site is brought to a minimum because only answered questions show up on the user’s page. Recently, many charge that the “questions” on the site have become statements—and not always nice statements. These statements or questions have become rude or inappropriate. But, if the person who’s answering the questions finds them inappropriate, why don’t they just ignore them? Junior Meghan Aranda is one of many that find the use of this website by other teens stupid. “I think it’s both good and bad. When bands and famous people have one it’s good, but when other high school kids have one, it’s bad.” She finds that it’s just another way to cyber bully anonymously and that the people who say mean things would never say it to the person’s face. Junior Kelli Scott is a student who has a formspring.me. Even though she can get really harsh questions and has the ability to choose which ones she answers, she says she answers all of her questions or statements because “I can prove that when you just judge people you aren’t seeing who they really are, you’re seeing who you THINK they are, and that peoples’ opinions on me are usually wrong.” Like many others, she first got a formspring.me to see what others thought of her. Disagreeing with Meghan, she thinks that “teenagers should have them too because sometimes knowing what people think of you is better than not knowing.” No matter whether the questions are mean or not, they will probably be answered to either prove something or because the user feels a need to stick up for themselves. Others just answer the questions because they’re bored and think the site is fun.
The Bigger Lights By Roopa Srivastava
On February 19, my friends and I went to Jammin Java in Virginia to see a small concert and interview a band playing at the venue. I had done all my research on the band, Action Item, and thought up all types of questions to pepper them with – some, admittedly, not even dealing with them or their music. The day had come and the anticipation of being a real music journalist was building up. We met up with the lead singer of the band before the concert and found out where and when we planned to conduct the interview. The concert was fantastic and we were all giddy with excitement for what was to come next, but being the ‘fan girls’ that we are, we had to get our pictures in before we could go meet the band. We rechecked with them to make sure that everything was still in play, and when we got the okay we headed outside and waited. And waited. And waited. And waited. So we didn’t get the interview. The band had packed up and left without taking a second look at us, which must have been pretty hard since all five of us stood right across from their van. When we watched the rear lights of their van fade down the streets, we decided to head back in to hopefully find some warmth on this chilly night. On our way back into the venue we had ran into the Topher Talley and Chris McPeters, the lead singer and guitarist of the headlining band The Bigger Lights. We had chatted for a couple of minutes when we got the idea to ask them if we could have a quick interview. We had the questions ready at hand— the only problem was if they would agree to an interview with five high school girls. At first they seemed hesitant, but maybe they saw the hope in our eyes. Or maybe they just pitied us. Whatever it was, they agreed. For those who don’t know, The Bigger
Lights are somewhat of a local band; they came together in Fairfax, Virginia, where they came up with their band name (it derives from Shakespeare’s The Tempest) and worked on their debut album, which comes out on March 30. For their upcoming album they wanted each of their songs to be unique. The normal recording process would be to record all drums, all bass, all guitar, and then all vocals in one process. But “for this album, we pretty much had the core of each song and we rewrote everything in the studio, which was weird,” says McPeters. They recorded the drums all in one process then went back and did each song from the bottom to the top. Talley feels that even though they did the record a bit differently and the process took longer, the end product was worth it. Talley began to tell us about the origins of one of the band’s songs, “So Crazy,” when his phone rang: the band’s hairstylist. “He cuts our hair, the Obamas’ hair, and even Oprah Winfrey’s!” Talley told us. “Not even kidding.” The Bigger Lights have already started their tour with bands The Audition, This Providence and Anarbor. The tour continues until May 1 (check out the band’s MySpace page for dates: myspace.com/ thebiggerlights). If they had the chance, the band would enjoy touring with older groups like The Beatles, AeroSmith, Journey, Bon Jovi, and The Black Crowes. When asked what hopes they have for the band, the members tell what many of us want in our lives – just to be comfortable. McPeters wants a life where he can make a living just playing music, hopefully able to perform in Madison Square Garden one day. Talley feels as though he is living the dream now, saying, “Honestly I have already got farther than I ever thought I would get.” But, after a few seconds, he quips, “Oh yeah, I’d like to play at Madison Square Garden too.”
Fashion Students of the Month By Nisa Hussain
If there is one sophomore guy that dresses outstandingly well, everyone knows it’s Julian Moorehead. His style is a careful balance of sophistication and a youthful edge. No matter what he’s wearing, he seems to always have a puttogether outfit. His consistent outfits of colorful sneakers and sweaters never fail him and they aren’t too trendy to look outdated. Also, his cardigan is a favorite from his own wardJulian sports some fashionable robe; it’s so vercheckers and skinnies. satile and stylish and he definitely pulls it off. This sophomore knows something about fashion and it shows. “I enjoy looking fashionable,” he admits. He shops for his clothes at H&M mostly. He puts effort into his ensembles, which resemble those of his style icons: Kanye West or Pharell. Moorehead describes his style as “urban, classy, or retro” but his approach to fashion is open and flexible, saying, “I don’t hate any fashion.” His peers also notice and admire his good taste. Jenae Jones complements him, saying, “...Julian always looks good and really welldressed. His outfits are always so fresh.” Seen wearing his tasteful sweaters, plaid shirts, and cute graphic tees, he looks like he could easily fit right into the high city scene but still manages to keep things bright and trendy.
Donna Levesque definitely deserves this fashion spotlight. The senior is never seen looking inadequate in her outfits and always seems to balance trends and her own personal style. Though her typical outfit is usually made up of skinny jeans, boots, and a good top, she often dresses up in her easy sundresses. But quirky things like her nifty red suspenders and jewelry are the Donna keeps things fresh with a accessories that edgy accessories. set her apart from the rest. It’s difficult to narrow her approach in one way—only she can put into words: “My style is kind of like a melting pot and it’s just a mixture of every genre together.” Her individuality really shines through because she makes it that way, throwing on her clothes in a way that reflects her mood, and not to blend in. You definitely won’t see her wearing what every other girl has in her closet. “I kind of do my own thing…I try not to get things I know a lot of people have or will get,” she says. And she is certainly not going to be seen in some of the outrageous current trends like matching jump suits or checkered and animal printed pants. She dresses unique, not strange. For those who want to steal her original look, however, she reveals that she buys most of her clothes at Hollister, Forever 21, and 579. Unlike many, she definitely pulls off the fresh mix of styles.
Review: “Orestes” at Folger Theatre By Shaj Mathew
ast October, Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” played to the awkward tune of Caribbean reggae in a well-intentioned but ultimately misguided start to Folger Theatre’s season. Modern-day D.C., imbued with the quirky island accents of its so-called denizens, provided the backdrop for a misfiring attempt to resonate with a modern audience. Perhaps Aaron Posner, director of Folger Theatre’s next production, had “Much Ado’s” faults in mind during his development of the world premiere of “Orestes, A Tragic Romp.” The play keeps it simple – no flashy, anachronistic change of setting or dialect – and, quite simply, it works. Using playwright Anne Washburn’s close “transadaptation” of Euripides’s original, Posner takes us back some 2,400 years to a tumultuous time for the House of Tantalus, a time in which fantastic plot twists and the Deus ex Machina reigned king while the notion of Stanislavsky’s realism was utterly foreign – and we were okay with that. In a dance between acceptance of fate and free will, the protagonist Orestes feels the unremitting wrath of the Greek avenging deities, the Eumenides, who are incensed by his vengeful matricide. Exacting revenge of their own, they employ their preternatural powers to have him and his sister condemned to death on Earth. A powerful yet unhelpful nephew in Menelaus and a melancholic sister in Electra then dog Orestes to the depths of insanity – that is, until his best friend conjures up an unlikely kidnapping plot, one which buoys his attitude and changes his fate. Indeed, Menelaus’s betrayal and Orestes’s misfortune create an opportunity for a thematically significant – and just plain effervescent – friend, Pylades, to introduce himself as a symbol for brotherhood. By the time the two hatch their elaborate scheme keep Orestes alive, this idea becomes readily apparent as Orestes famously says, “A true friend is worth a thousand kin” in praise of Pylades, played by the virtuosic and omnipresent Chris Genebach. The sprightly bald actor remarkably plays four characters in the show: Pylades; Pylades’s foil, Menlaus; Menelaus’s wife, Helen of Troy; and a Trojan slave. Jay Sullivan’s take as Orestes also deserves special credit. In a role oddly reminiscent of The Joker's in “The Dark Knight,” the unkempt, disheveled Orestes passionately scurries around the immaculate set, the front of his family’s yellow-brick citadel of sorts, while he tries to solve – but often compounds – his problems. We, the audience, know Orestes hath sinned, but we want to help him escape (an unfair) death, so we commiserate, we root for him, we cheer his madness on even as circumstances threaten to derail his plans.
Electra (Holly Twyford) clings onto Orestes (Jay Sullivan). “Orestes” may not boast the flamboyant DJ or ornate costume design of October’s showing of “Much Ado,” but the play’s plot simply doesn’t call for it. The costumes are apt given the dire, desultory state of many characters. And the chorus – sonorous and beautiful many times during the night – is a spectacle itself under James Sugg’s tutelage. That the cast boasts an impressive pedigree is not surprising. Director Posner has won the Helen Hayes Award twice, while Holly Twyford, who played a wickedly convincing Electra, has earned it three times. Jay Sullivan was a nominee for the award in 2008. The playwright Washburn is just as brilliant but self-effacing, paying obeisance to the quality of the original version in saying, “Most everything that is ironic, bouncy, grave, bizarrely fresh, and relentlessly modern about the play is Euripides.” This speaks to the fact that we do not require a bowdlerized “modern” adaptation, replete with corny pop-culture allusions designed to cheap elicit laughs as October’s “Much Ado” was wont to include; such a concept eschews the zeitgeist of a time period that a visit to the Folger should embrace, and thereby makes any enjoyment seem almost meretricious. Posner’s direction is one that both respects the original play and dots it with canny contemporary accessibility. We can stomach raw literary excellence, and that’s what “Orestes” is: a lapidary 90 minute stanza of death, collusion, vengeance, and friendship – looking at ourselves thousands of years earlier, onstage, though the pristine glass of a thematic mirror.
CD Reviews: The Hottest Singles
By Roopa Srivastava
Artist: The Audition Album: Great Danger Single: The Art of Living Once again, The Audition creates another amazing album, composing melodies that give you adrenaline rushes. Their single The Art of Living starts out with licks that are soothing yet edgy, soon giving way to the jazzy, unlikely, and yet virtuous voice of Danny Stevens. Some songs are strong, but, judging by the underwhelming quality of others on the record, it seems as though the band just wanted to finish the album quickly – you can hear the differences between the songs produced with effort and those that act as fillers. The Audition has stayed true to its pop-rock roots, but the band’s singles prove that it has become more experienced in a way.
Artist: Gorillaz Album: Plastic Beach Single: Stylo When Damon Albarn started the Gorillaz twelve years ago, no one expected that he would get this far, or at least create a band that has taken over pop culture since his first album Gorillaz (2001). Albarn’s third album, Plastic Beach, is no exception. This album is not so much “pop” as the last two were and the single Stylo isn’t a song that you can dance to (like singles from past albums), but Gorillaz’s familiar funky beats that make you move in your seat remain constant. Albarn collaborated with many artists (no surprise) for Plastic Beach – for example, both Bobby Womack and Mos Def took part in Stylo. Fans will not be disappointed with this album; with a few twists, Albarn still manages to create the trademark Gorrilaz vibe in each song.
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NEW YORK FASHION WEEK By Nisa Hussain
New York, London, Milan, and Paris, oh my! As fashion week in each of the four main hubs wraps up for the fall 2010 season, we can now assess the best looks best trends that ruled the runways for the past few weeks. Although New York began its shows back in mid-February, its European cousins have just finished their displays this month. This year NYFW premiered in a new spot, leaving the classic white tents of Bryant Park for spacious Lincoln Center. With a new location and a new season, many of the designers turned out to go in a completely different direction than their usual styles. Some of the standout designers had an exceptional time on the New York runways with their updated new looks. Marc Jacobs, the king of weird and eccentricity put out a collection that still stood out from the rest. In colors of grays, beiges, and more neutrals, the clothes were stunning yet completely wearable. They were almost, dare I say it, conservative. There is no denying that the clothes were terrifically constructed— it was just unexpected. Flowing gowns in muted colors or finely structured jacket sets, with models looking like elegant nymphs; fall trends are sure to be influenced by this simple style. Stella McCartney went minimalist, Anna Sui went bohemian, Jason Wu went androgynous; it was like a little surprise for the audience. The collections were beautiful and it seemed most were on the same page for the upcoming fall trends. Metallic and
intensely fabricated frocks, slender volumes and shapes, slouchy materials, and the classic autumn staples like opaque tights, thick wool layers, and fur (which is absolutely not a trend anyone should follow). Would these trends apply to the normal population of students? It seems so. This season seemed to be actually wearable and just visually attractive, which is perfect for commercial success for those who don’t find avant-garde velvet headgear and scaled gowns normal to wear. For any newcomer to the fashion world, it may be frightening to think that people would design clothes so extreme and dramatic. But the idea is, the rich and the famous will buy those insane pieces. Then once they make it fashionable, a toned-down mimic will be produced in boutiques and it continues down the ladder. Eventually, the everyday person may be wearing such apparel. “I love fashion week,” said sophomore Kaitlin Shaner. “A lot of the clothes are pretty out-there to actually wear but I like the ideas. It definitely influences the upcoming season’s trends,” she said, essentially summing up the concept of fashion week. To conclude a successful session of fashion weeks, the review of most of the collections in all four cities, especially New York, gained positive applause. Everything turned out gorgeous, designers pushed their limits and expectations, and next fall looks like it’s going to be one good-looking season. New York Fashion week, check. Paris Fashion Week, check. Milan Fashion Week, check. Fresher, sharper, and newer looks from each designer, check. It seemed as if all the designers of the event that premiered in February at Bryant Park, NY, decided to push their limits into the next level of apparel. They stayed true to their styles but it seemed that this year’s collection headed for a slightly newer—and much better— direction.
Some of the fashionable looks from the top designers: Burberry Prossum, Proenza Schouler, Anna Sui, and Marc Jacobs.
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By Emily Mutschler
MD recognizes same-sex marriages By Maddy Pomilla A picture is worth a thousand words, and I believe the picture to the left says it all. Since Maryland has been a state, our government has neglected to acknowledge homosexual couples as married couples. Same sex marriage continues to be a controversial topic all over the country; some states legalize it, some don’t. Though Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, District of Columbia, and Iowa have all legalized the right for homosexuals to marry, Maryland has yet to take that step, but that may change soon. According to Aaron C. Davis and John Wagner of the Washington Post, “Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler declared that Maryland will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere and that its agencies should immediately begin affording gay married couples the same rights as heterosexual ones.” Basically, if two people of the samesex went to Washington D.C. and got married, they could come back to Maryland and their marriage would
be recognized by the government. This could possibly include that married homosexuals will acquire the privilege of being treated like any other living, breathing, married couple. Senior Kevin McGuire had a strong opinion on the issue. When I asked exactly what that opinion was, he said, “The subject of same-sex marriage should not be the government’s concern. If a church wishes to marry a same-sex couple then the government should recognize it as a couple. It doesn't matter if they’re straight or gay. As for people who choose to get married in a courthouse, they should be also recognized as a couple, straight or gay.” Gansler’s declaration is a huge step for Maryland gay rights groups, such as ’Equality Maryland’, a peaceful protest group that was classified last year as terrorists by Maryland State Police databases, who have been fighting for rights like this for years. This newly released ‘opinion’ by the Maryland Attorney General could potentially “ensure same-sex spouse rights to health benefits, inheritances, child support and even divorce,” says lawyer David Rocah. Although this new proposition is likely to quickly be challenged in court, I personally hope it is a step for Maryland to ultimately give homosexuals their rights and allow them to perform marriage ceremonies in the state.
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Spring Break: Juniors, Start Visiting! By Brian Merewitz
However, while you’re at the school, don’t stop at just the tour. Ask questions! For obvious reasons, colleges hide certain information from stuhere’s no time like the present. dents. If you want to know something about the Juniors should take advantage of this week off to school, do not be afraid to ask. According to Abbott, begin visiting prospective colleges. I’m sure you’ve you should be sure to find out what life is like on heard this from teachers, parents, or other adults, campus and what activities are available. Also, they who aren’t in your shoes, but believe it or not, they may not take you to some buildings, so ask if you can see them! For example, University of Vermont did are right. I, as a senior, have visited five schools and not go into the rec center on tours, so I went later applied to only three of them. Lots can be learned and found out why. It was very old and dirty, which from visiting a college that can’t be found on their was a big factor in why I chose to not go there. Some website or any other way. Senior Jake Abbott has tours will allow you to eat in the dining halls, but others don’t. If they also visited five don’t, ask someone in the schools and he says, admissions building if “(At a college visit) you you could get a free meal can see if you think pass. This is the food you you will fit in at this will be eating for four school. Also, you can years! Depending on familiarize yourself where you’re visiting, you with campus.” Remay be there only once, member, college isn’t so get the most out of it! just school. It will be College visits are where you are living exciting, but also very for, typically, four overwhelming. When years. When on tours, visiting universities, they it is important to retend to bombard you member this because with information, which you are going to want after a few visits can get to be somewhere that confusing. Be sure to will have everything keep the handouts they you’re looking for. Visiting colleges is the best way to get a true sense of the When I visited school and juniors really need to start the process now! It’ll give and after the tour, while it’s fresh, write University of New make your decision much easier next year! down your thoughts on Hampshire, I realized that Main Street consisted of three shops. For me, I what was good or bad. Also, take pictures if possible wanted to live somewhere that had more things to of the campus because they will all start to blend do, which is why I did not apply there. A college together. Finally, try to go on a visit while students visit will often show you the student center, rec cen- are there because, otherwise, many campuses will ter, dorms, stadiums, and other buildings that you look empty and boring, which can lead to false imwill have to go to for the next four years. Abbott rec- pressions. As a junior, if you haven’t yet, spring break ommends to “look at what life is like on campus— this includes housing, the facilities where your major is the perfect time to start visiting schools. Abbott is, and other things there are to do around the cam- says that students should definitely start to look at pus (gym, student center, other fun activities).” An- schools as a junior because by early senior year, stuother thing that can’t be found online, but may be of dents can start applying. If you don’t get a chance to interest to you, is what the area surrounding campus look at the school prior to applying, be sure to is like. At University of Maine in Orono, Maine, schedule a visit before attending the school. “If you there is nothing to do off campus, but some schools have a friend at the school, try staying with them like Georgetown are in a major city. If you haven’t and having them do a more personalized tour,” Abnoticed, the pictures on every college’s website bott recommends. Juniors, don’t procrastinate! Get makes their school look like paradise. Visiting cam- on your prospective colleges website and sign up for pus is the only way to get the true sense of what life a tour that’ll make your decision much easier next year! is like at the school.
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