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Fall TV Shows!!!!

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Summer definitely has its perks: warm beaches, tasty fruit, good movies, and, of course, a break from the hustle and bustle of school. But let’s just say exhilarating television shows, or even sports, are not in summer’s wheelhouse. Luckily, autumn has a wide array of highly-anticipated television shows to look forward to. The NFL regular season started on Thursday, September 7th when the Kansas City Chiefs took on the New England Patriots. According to USA Today, the Patriots are projected to go 16-0; whereas the New York Jets are projected to go 1-15. NBC’s drama This is Us received applause from both critics and fans for the first season and the second season is not planning to fall short. This is Us follows three adult triplets as their lives intertwine.The season finale had around 13 million viewers in the United States. Season two will premiere on Tuesday, September 26th. The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl will air the week of October 9th. All three shows, especially The Flash, left us with our jaws dropped, which makes their upcoming seasons even more tempting to watch. Although HBO’s Game of Thrones was not featured in this year’s Emmy awards, the network still won big. HBO’s political sitcom Veep claimed the Best Comedy Series for the third year in a row. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays a former senator and current vice-president, leads the cast. The series will return to television early next year. Netflix’s Stranger Things, set in a small 1980’s town, focuses on the investigation of the disappearance of a young boy while supernatural events haunt the town. Season 2 will be on Netflix on October 27th to see how the characters have handled the events. It also premieres just in time for Halloween! Narcos has already returned to Netflix and was met with positive reviews. As for me, I am keen for all of CW’s programs, as well as ABC’s sitcoms such as Modern Family and Blackish. These shows are just some of the many programs to watch this season, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Presidential Debate Review

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On September 26, 2016, the first presidential debate was held between Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. The two debated a variety of topics; below are some highlights. Trump brought up several times that Clinton lacks the stamina to be president. Clinton defended herself by bringing up her past job as Secretary of State. One of the more prominent controversies about Trump is whether or not he opposed the Iraq War. According to several news sources, Clinton herself, and the moderator Lester Holt, fact checked him by saying he certainly did support the Iraq War at the time. During the fact check, Trump repeated “wrong” at least several times. One of the most well-known parts of the debate was when Trump said that he has a great temperament. Clinton then smiled and chuckled as she started her response of, “Woo, ok!” Clinton denounced Trump for “publicly inviting Putin to hack into” America’s intel. Trump brought up the possibility of China, not Russia, hacking Democratic organizations. Originally, after his remarks on national television asking Russia to try hacking, Trump immediately defended himself, saying that it was sarcasm. Clinton again questioned Trump’s temperament when she doubted his ability to handle nuclear codes. Next, Trump’s personal life came into question. Clinton condemned Trump for refusing to pay enough workers. He responded, “Maybe they didn’t do a good job.” Clinton then attacked Trump for not releasing his tax returns. According to experts, one of Trump’s worst mistakes of the debate was when he claimed that he was smart when it came to using loopholes in the tax system by not paying the federal income tax. Most citizens and media groups believe that Clinton came out as the winner of the debate. Why? Many argue that the Republican came off as rude when cutting into Clinton’s remarks and Trump failed to offer solutions to problems such as the violence in Chicago.

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AJ’s Guide to How to Dress for Fall

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With the weather getting colder, it is no longer the time to wear your chubbies and bro-tanks. The summer clothes need to be put away, while the cardigans and flannels need to be dusted off. In order to keep you looking good during the fall season, the School has developed the top six fall outfits for 2014.

6) The Football Star
Varsity jacket, khakis, casual sneakers.

5) The Casual Man
American Apparel sweatshirt, khakis, and vans.

4) The Sophisticated Prepster
A pullover sweater, jeans, loafers.

3) The East Coaster
Cardigan, salmon pants, Sperry’s.

2) The Californian
North Face jacket, jeans, Nike free runs.

And number one…
The Classic
Flannel, jeans, Sperry’s.

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Playlist of the Week: The Classics by Clayton Hill

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1) Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
2) Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
3) The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
4) The Eagles – Life in The Fast Lane
5) Boston – More Than a Feeling
6) Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough
7) Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
8) Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself
9) The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
10) The Beach Boys – Do It Again
11) Three Dog Night – Joy To The World

 

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Meatless Monday

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Students often hear about Meatless Mondays, but are Mondays really meatless here at the School? For vegetarians, meatless Mondays are everyday. The cafe decided to have meatless Mondays because it is helpful for the environment, and the company has a rule to have a meatless day once a week.

When asked what students think about Meatless Mondays, many people think it is a good idea to have them, and feel that they do not really affect a majority of people.  Sophomore Georgia Scherer said, “Meatless Mondays are fine because they are good for the environment. As a school, we should try to make a greater effort in helping the environment.” An anonymous student said, “It does not make a difference whether [the Cafe participates in Meatless Mondays] or not, but it is impressive that [the School is] trying to help out.” Not eating meat helps lessen climate change, water shortages, and loss of biodiversity. According to Worldwatch Institute, more than 50% of greenhouse emissions are caused by “animal agriculture.” There are also many chemicals used in the production of meat. Giving up meat for even a day can combat these environmental problems. Although the cafe still has the chicken Caesar salads available, the main dishes they make on Mondays are vegetarian. The cafe is taking baby steps in the right direction to improve the environment.

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Don’t Drink the Water Recap

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The School’s production of Don’t Drink the Water by Woody Allen was filled to the brim with hilarious dialogue, accents, overreactions, and even some romance. Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water provided a myriad of characters for the audience to empathize with, and laugh at.

The play takes place in an American embassy somewhere  behind the Iron Curtain. The American Ambassador leaves the Embassy for business, putting her incompetent son Axel Magee (Senior PJ Robinson) in charge. Right away the Embassy is thrown into a crisis as the Hollanders, an American family of tourists, escape into the Embassy attempting to evade the Communist police. Walter Hollander (Senior Jasper Burget), the father, snuck into a high security area and took some photos, which led the Communists to believe that the family is in fact a group of spies. Magee only makes matters worse, and leaves the Hollanders trapped. What ensues are escape plans, overreactions, romance, some violence, and plenty of comedic moments and gags. The play ends with Walter and his wife finally escaping, and Father Drobney, a priest, (Senior Thomas Peterson) marrying Axel and Susan, (Senior Claire Harper) the daughter of the Hollanders.

Every character in this play has something to offer. Walter Hollander’s angry fits and over-the-top reactions are hilarious, and the audience can’t help but to laugh at his misfortune. All he wanted was a cabana on Atlantic Beach and a pinochle game, not to be trapped in an American Embassy pursued by communists during the height of the Cold War. His wife, Marion Hollander, played wonderfully by Sophomore Sadie Holzman, is your traditional housewife with a very noticable New Jersey accent. The dialogue between her and Walter are beyond the traditional bickering acted out by most onstage couples, making fun of the stereotypical angry dad and mocking wife. Axel Magee is the son who started out on top with his parent’s connections , and quickly worked his way down to the mailroom. He leaves a trail of national disaster in embassies around the world that he happens to grace with his presence. His multiple failures make his own father disown him. Magee’s misfortune throughout the play is so unbelievable that it gets to the point of outright ridiculousness, with the audience doubled over, wondering how a single person can handle so much misfortune.

And one can’t forget the humourous presence of Father Drobney and the Chef (Sophomore Emma Levine). Father Drobney is a priest who has been seeking asylum in the Embassy for six years. He lives in a small room, and passes the time by learning magic tricks, although not very successfully. Peterson brings the character to life through odd idiosyncrasies, including an unidentifiable Slavic accent, odd head twitches, and gestures, which evoked continuous giggling from the audience. Despite being a priest, Father Drobney is also very scheming and tries to help the Hollanders with his dubious connections, which is both hilarious and ironic. The Chef gets her own slice of misfortune as well, as all the characters in this play seem to. Every character at some point has intruded on the Chef’s sacred kitchen, always leaving her seething with anger.

Outside of the lively cast, there were plenty of gags which left the audience in tears. Rioters threw a bomb into the embassy, which led to a very dangerous game of hot potato, ending with Magee holding the bomb which was fortunately dismantled. Along with their hard-to-please attitude, the Hollanders also brought along 19 suitcases. This stack of suitcases set the stage for many trips, falls, and broken bones, usually sustained by the Ambassador’s assistant, Kilroy (Senior Yurie Murayama).

In all, the School’s production of Don’t Drink the Water was very lively and entertaining for  the audience. Each actor brought their character to life wonderfully, and some even performed with accents, which can be hard to balance with good acting. Additionally, the gags were executed well enough to evoke laughter without appearing to be too cheesy or overdone. A round of applause for Don’t Drink the Water!

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Cesar Chavez Movie Review

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Last Friday the Latinos Unidos Club saw Cesar Chavez. The only thing I knew before watching the movie was that he fought for the rights of farm workers, but that was pretty much. The movie did a good job of showing  the struggle and how unfair the workers were treated. I really liked the movie and I highly recommend people go see Cesar Chavez. Si se puede!

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Over The Ear Headphones Or Earbud Headphones

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People have been debating this question for many years: which headphones are better: over the ear headphones or earbud headphones? Earbud headphones are usually better for working out and running because you can sweat on your over the ear headphones; however, over the ear headphones are also great because they don’t fall off your ears. In addition, when you’re out in public earbuds are the way to go because over the ear headphones are too bulky. On the other hand, if you are simply trying to listen to music and tune everything else out, over the ear headphones are noise canceling, and you only hear the music. While not noise-canceling, earbuds are more portable and more stylish than over the ear headphones. If you want to get pumped up right before a big game over the ear headphones are better because the sound quality of the music is better and you can’t hear any other distracting noises. If you are watching netflix in bed over the ear headphones prevent you from lying on your side because they are too bulky, so earbuds are the solution, but the sound quality isn’t as good and they are less comfortable than over the ear headphones.

Some of the School’s students shared their thoughts on which type of headphones are better:

Senior Rachel Simons said, “Earbuds are better because over the ear headphones are too bulky and unstylish.”

Freshman Scott VanNess said, “They both have their uses, but over the ear are overall probably better because they cancel out noise and are more comfortable.”

Junior Donovan Redd explained, “Earbuds are better because they are more convenient and over the ear headphones are just too bulky.”

Sophomores Natasha Skov and Kaitlyn Colvin agreed, “Over the ear headphones look ridiculous, and feel ridiculous, and there is no easy way to carry them.”

It’s hard to say which type of headphones are better, and so this age old question may never be answered.

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Wut Up Wit Da Weather

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Many students, faculty members and even parents are wondering what the heck is going on with this darn weather? The past few weeks have been far colder than most of winter so far, but oddly dry. In fact, the entire school year has been unbelievably dry, even disappointingly dry. I do not know about others, but the rain is my favorite part of winter, and is highly enjoyable. Fortunately the bay has recently experienced the biggest storm it has had in over a year. That fact sadly highlights how bad of a drought the state of California is in. The 2013-2014 rain season was the driest period since California gained its statehood in 1850 and this could potentially be the driest water year in 500 years. If you care to read more on the California drought, be sure to check it out here: http://www.ibtimes.com/current-california-drought-driest-states-history-scientists-fear-megadroughts-their-way-1548912

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Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

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1. Frozen

This movie is a winter Favorite. It is about a Snow Queen puts a magical spell on a kingdom, condemning it to snow everyday. Three heroes engage in a journey to save the kingdom from the Queen’s spell.

2. Elf

Will Ferrell stars in this classic Christmas comedy as a human baby that grows up in the world of elves. He works as an elf until the day that his elf father reveals to him that he is adopted. He then goes on a search in New York City looking for his real father.

3.  Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer

The Holiday classic of Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer is about a misfit reindeer, Rudolph, and his misfit friends looking for a place that will accept them.

4. Fred Claus

Vince Vaughn stars as Fred Claus, the brother of Santa Claus in this comedy movie. Fred visits his brother Santa in the North Pole, but Santa is sick. There is an inspector that wants to close down Santa’s operation if he cannot give all the gifts to the kids, but, luckily, Fred steps in to be Santa for Christmas.

 

5. The Santa Claus

One Christmas Eve, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) hears Santa on his roof. Thinking it was something different, he scares Santa and causes him to fall of his roof. Santa then falls to the floor, but disappears leaving behind only his suit. Scott then has to become Santa in order to save Christmas.

6. Four Christmases

Brad and Kate (Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon) are a happy couple who just want to go to Fiji. When their flight gets canceled, they have to spend Christmas with their family. Since both their parents are divorced, they have to go to four different Christmases.

7. Home Alone

Kevin McCallister, an eight year old boy, is accidentally left at home alone by his family who are on their way to France. Two burglars think that no one is home and they try to rob their house. To their surprise all but one family member is gone. When Kevin finds out that the burglars are trying to come in, he booby traps and defends the house.

8.  A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge, voiced by Jim Carrey, is an animated Christmas movie that teaches us the true meaning of Christmas. Visited by the Christmas Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future, he learns to be giving. Additionally, if he continues to be selfish then he will die.

 

9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This movie is about the famous Grinch who terrorizes Whoville and plans to ruin Christmas. On the night of Christmas Eve, he sneaks into people’s houses to steal their gifts. In the end, Grinch learn that Christmas is not just about the gifts, and he gives everything back to the people of Whoville.

10. Polar Express

A boy, who is starting to lose faith in Santa anymore wakes up on the night of Christmas Eve from the sound of a train. He goes outside, sees the train, and gets on, joining a bunch of other kids. To his surprise the train is on route to go to the North Pole to visit Santa. Throughout his journey, he remembers why he should believe in Santa.

 

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The Perfect Holiday Playlist

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The arrival of the holiday season signifies family time, large meals, gifts, and, of course, festive music! Here is a selection of songs to put you into the holiday spirit:

  1. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2hHeU2ejBM)

  1. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpxNNalLTB4)

  1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfA0MBHZMEg)

  1. Hanukkah, O Hannukkah – Barenaked Ladies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLqG3BqMC8E)

  1. Holiday – Vampire Weekend (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vraoiVCDdaM)

  1. Jingle Bells – Various Artists (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PgNPc-iFW8)

  1. Twelve Days of Christmas – Various Artists (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyMOaROAz9I)

  1. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Buble (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPFPVd3L3Lc)

  1. Hanukkah Song – Adam Sandler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUCNAnp2QAI)

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  1. Frosty the Snowman – Jimmy Durante (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjscH2WBWjw)

  1. Mistletoe – Justin Bieber (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUjn3RpkcKY)

  1. White Christmas – Bing Crosby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJSUT8Inl14)

  1. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARq6uYSsUq0)

  1. Candlelight – The Maccabeats (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSJCSR4MuhU)

  1. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQViqx6GMY)

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Playlist of the Week: Emma Scanlan

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1. Demons – Imagine Dragons

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFQYaoiIFh8

2. Team – Lorde

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtdK_Y5iZnU

3. Fix You – Coldplay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbJuEFs7-kU

4. Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjxy5PtW1dc

5. Six Degrees of Separation – The Script

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EprNSogV11k

6. Wake Me Up – Avicii

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uk2O5Gxd6g

7. Holy Grail – Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxPLINz5BAk

8. Sunshine – Atmosphere

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpqOWO6ctsg

9. Love on Top – Beyonce

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPaD513xWOY

10. Royals – Lorde

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVB6np4qwG0

11. Safe and Sound – Capital Cities

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX54fWP-os4

12. Best Song Ever – One Direction

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcZBhvSxg_8

13. Beneath Your Beautiful – Emeli Sande

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6R4yjgjMwI

14. Replay – Zendaya

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VSqQvfRi5A

15. Waiting on an Angel – Ben Harper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ej4ZjMF0Ns

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