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12 Signs You’re a Second Semester Senior

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  1. Seeing underclassmen and being grateful you’re not them
  2. Caring more about BuzzFeed quizzes than actual tests
  3. Realizing the freshmen look like children

      4. Feeling old


       5. Any time a person asks you about college…

      6. Before every Senior Project survey

      7. Increasing irritability towards teachers who actually assign homework

      8. Every Monday feels like:

      9. Trying to focus in class be like:

       10. When teachers say it is up to seniors to be “responsible” “respectful” role models

          11. When teachers say you should start studying for the AP exams

          12. Feeling ready to leave


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From Foe to Friend: The Signing of Richard Sherman

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The San Francisco Forty-Niners have been working hard over the off-season. With the releasing of veteran defensive end Elvis Dumervil, fans might ask, who will be leading the defense? Coach Kyle Shanahan and General Manager John Lynch have totally transformed their defense and setting them up for the future, drafting starting players like Solomon Thomas, Reuben Foster, Ahkello Witherspoon, and Adrian Colbert in the 2017 draft. The majority of their starting defense has been drafted within the last few years.  The Niners’ impressively young defense is in need of an inspiring and charismatic veteran who knows the ins-and-outs of the league. No one is more suited for the challenge than former Seahawk Richard Sherman. Sherman recently signed a three year max of $39.5 million dollar contract. While this may look like a lot at first sight, most of the money is incentive based ($1 million if he makes the Pro-Bowl, $2 million if he makes All-Pro, etc.).

Some people look at his injury (achilles) and think that he may not be able to return to his All-Pro status. While this may be true for most older cornerbacks, Sherman is one of the most self-motivated players in the league. After being drafted in the fifth round behind many players that did not last through training camp, Sherman has carried a chip on his shoulder and the desire to prove himself to the league. This has been his mentality since the draft and it will be exaggerated in lieu of the ferocious Forty-Niners and Seahawks rivalry. Another reason fans should not be concerned with his injury is that Sherman never relied on his speed to shut down wide-receivers. He has relied on his length, instincts, and quickness. Also, he will be surrounded by the Forty-Niners’ young, speedy defensive backs that will be able to cover down low.

While this may be the signing of the year for most teams, the Forty-Niners have more than enough cap space to sign another big name in the league. They just signed Marquise Goodwin for another three years, but there is still room for a big free-agent or draft pick to help out Jimmy Garoppolo in the slot. Despite the disappointing 2017 season, the Niners are set up to impress in 2018.

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2018 Oscar Predicitons

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The 90th Annual Academy Award Nominations were released today, and, as an avid movie watcher, I have put together a ballot for the plausible winners. Note that any category with a star is one that I’m not quite sure about, but I’ll be updating as I see more of the documentaries and shorts!

Best Picture “Call Me by Your Name”

“Darkest Hour”


“Get Out”

“Lady Bird”

“Phantom Thread”

“The Post”

“The Shape of Water”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Lead Actor Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”  (watch out for DDL!)

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Lead Actress Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”

Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Supporting Actor Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”

Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”

Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Supporting Actress Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Director “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Animated Feature “The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito

“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo

“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson

“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha

“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:


“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant

“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon

“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray

“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay: “Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory

“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin

“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:


“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh

Cinematography: “Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins (watch out!)

“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel

“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema

“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison

“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

*Best Documentary Feature: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman (PBS)

“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda

“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan (Netflix)

“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen (iTunes)

“Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes (Netflix)

*Best Documentary Short Subject:


“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright

“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel

“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon (Netflix)

“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon

“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner (HBO)

Best Live Action Short Film: “DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk

“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson

“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.

“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton

“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

*Best Foreign Language Film:


“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)

“The Insult” (Lebanon)

“Loveless” (Russia)

“On Body and Soul (Hungary)

“The Square” (Sweden)

Film Editing: “Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith

“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel

“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory*

Sound Editing: “Baby Driver,” Julian Slater

“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green

“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King

“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:


“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin

“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill

“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo

“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design “Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer

“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Original Score “Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer

“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood

“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Original Song: “Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige

“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens

“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common

“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:


“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick

“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard

“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design “Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran

“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran

“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges

“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira

“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects “Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

“Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan

“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist


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New Year Horoscope

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Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

School: Good things are to come to you, Capricorn, in your academic life. Your ambition and determination will pay off in the new year. Although, be careful to not let your workaholic side take over. Be sure to take a break and treat yo’ self! If you have a group project, don’t let your sometimes “stubborn” personality get in the way.

Social: You can be a bit shy sometimes, but your best of friends always know how to open you up. As you get older, stress grows larger, so make sure moodiness doesn’t get in the way. Likewise, stress can make you only think about your own problems sometimes, so try to listen to your friends’ problems while keeping your own sanity.

Love: Although you are known to not act impulsively, you are known to act in any way to get what you want. If there has been someone that you have had your eye on for awhile, make the first move! If the time is right, act on your impulses. Sometimes you can be pessimistic, but take an opportunity to look on the bright side regarding your love life. You may have not had the best of luck in the past, but 2018 is your year!

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

School: Your curious personality will come in handy during the school year. Not only does your curiosity drive you, so does your creativity. Strive to make your classmates and teachers think outside the box to see a new perspective. Your modern mentality is especially helpful in humanity classes in which you can test the boundaries of right and wrong.

Social: By nature, you are very friendly and have a positive quality to you. Your vibe draws people in, especially if they are looking for some laughs. You are very truthful which is good, but it can also come off as frank and insensitive. Be sure that your truthfulness doesn’t come off as detached either.  New friends are always in the horizon for you, Aquarius, just be sure to always think of others’ feelings.

Love: Your affectionate personality is always helpful when it comes to your love life. People want to be around you and talk to you, so a little flirting is easy to slip in. New love is on the horizon. Significant others come and go, so this year try something more long term and committed. You tend to be unpredictable, which could be a good trait to always keep people on their toes. It could also come off as detached and immature, so be sure to find a happy medium. Compatible signs: Libra, Gemini, Sagittarius, and Aries.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

School: This year is going to be difficult for you, Pisces, so you need to go against your character and be driven and ambitious. Don’t worry, your wise and intuitive self will carry you through it. We all know how much you love your sleep, so never risk your full eight hours for an assignment. Make sure to keep your patience with know-it-alls, as they might be your biggest help in this upcoming school year.

Social: You are very compassionate and gentle, so people love to be near you in times of sadness. Be careful, though, because one of your strengths and weaknesses is being a martyr. Don’t let people abuse your good-listener abilities and make sure it’s a two-way friendship. All of your friends are very unique and different because you are so friendly, you attract people from all different backgrounds.

Love: You are very artistic, so look for a future love interest in your field of passion. Whether it’s in your music class or at a concert, your new romance is out there! You are never judgemental and always forgiving, but don’t let those characteristics stand in the way of noticing when something is wrong and standing up for yourself. If your S.O. is acting fishy, don’t hesitate to find the truth.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

School: Lucky for you, Aries, you do not like delays. So use that trait to your greatest abilities and try to not procrastinate. Start the second semester on the right foot! Your leadership skills will come in handy during group projects and you will make sure everyone stays on task. You are also very determined which will help you keep up your hard work and solid grades in the difficult semester to come.

Social: Your enthusiastic and optimistic personality makes people want to be around you. You make everyone feel energized and happy. Although, you can also be quite moody and short tempered, so try to keep that under control. Being friends with you is a wild ride, but be sure to keep everything in moderation so you don’t scare off new friends.  

Love:  You are naturally brave and not scared to take risks, so incorporate those traits into your love life! Your courageous and confident personality will help you find a new S.O., but don’t be impatient. Your impulsiveness might take you down the wrong path, so stick with it until you find someone that you are drawn to and someone that you can share your passionate self with.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

School: This is your academic year, Taurus! You’re very responsible which will help with a heavier workload. You are also very stable, so a bump in the road won’t completely throw you off track. Lastly, you are very reliable for yourself and for others. People count on you to never let them down!

Social: You are someone who prefers a small, tightly knit group of friends rather than a large, less close group. You like the practicality and reliability the group ensues. You may be a bit stubborn, so be sure to not make your friends feel attacked or disconnected from you. Don’t be alarmed- you are a great long term friend. You like to commit to your friendships and your devotion proves that you deserve to be in those people’s lives.

Love: You love romance and you believe that everyone should always be surrounded by love. You usually love long term relationships because you are a very devoted partner, but this year might include more fun flings. You can be a bit possessive and uncompromising, which may frighten your partner. So be sure to keep more of an “easy going” attitude, especially during a low commitment relationship.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

School: Although you’re not the biggest fan of routine, school is important. You are very curious and you have an ability to learn quickly, so that helps you stay engaged in the classroom. You can also be very thoughtful when you want to, so be sure to add in your ideas in your classes. I know you usually feel like you are wasting your time in class, and there are so many other things you could be doing, but be sure to think about the future more than the present in certain situations.

Social: You are extremely sociable and always surrounded by friends. Fun is your middle name! Your love of communicating with others and chatting about literally anything makes everyone love you even more. You do have a tendency to have slight mood swings. Sometimes you can be like two different people. Inconsistency can be fun and unpredictable for your friends, but it can also be quite confusing.

Love: If you have had a love interest in mind for awhile but you were not sure if you should pursue them- go for it! Don’t let your indecisive tendencies get in the way. You might as well just try out the new experience. If you decide that you are not feeling it, be sure to back out sooner rather than later. You do not like routine, so make sure to switch things up in your relationship and make things unique.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

School: You’re imagination may get the best of you in class sometimes, whether it’s zoning out or simply talking with your friends about something very off topic. Use your imagination for the better! Impress your peers with unique and interesting ideas that none of them have ever thought of before. You are also very persuasive, so maybe instead of trying to get your teacher to bump your grade up, try out debate or an analytical writing class.

Social: You are very sympathetic, Cancer, which is an important trait to have in a friendship. You have a tendency to be a bit moody, so if you’re in a bad mood, be careful to not take it out on your friends. You become very attached to your close friends and will do anything for them. You like to be approached with care, so find people who will be there for you and not take you for granted. You may be a good listener and someone that is more than happy to listen to others’ problems, but make sure they reciprocate your care.

Love: You are destined to be with someone and treat them well. You are highly emotional and sensitive, so you are comfortable with opening up and getting close to your S.O., which is usually difficult for you. You may have just ended a fling, but love is around the corner! Your loyalty is very strong, so trust is never an issue in a relationship with you. Family is very important to you, Cancer, so be sure to find someone who is close with their family and will like yours.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

School: Oh, Leo, school is not your favorite. Regardless, you always find a way to do well. You do have a tendency to be a bit arrogant and lazy, but many enjoy being in class with you. You could be described as the “class clown” and everyone loves your cheerful attitude. We all know you love to be admired, Leo, so use it in the classroom! Take advantage of your capabilities and be the best one in there.

Social: You are very generous and warm-hearted, Leo, which makes making friends not difficult for you. You are a natural born leader! Not only are you generous, you are very loyal. Your loyalty makes people trust you and want to spill all their secrets to you. This year is going to be tough for everyone, so if your friends have been a bit distant, don’t think they are ignoring you (which you absolutely hate). Be careful with jumping to conclusions. Also be careful to not let your ego get in the way of right and wrong.

Love: Leo, you are very self confident and difficult to resist. It is very rare for you to not have a person of interest in your horizon. Although, if someone isn’t treating you like royalty, don’t think twice about kicking them to the curb! Leo, you deserve the very best- don’t forget that. You hate facing difficult reality, whether that’s confrontation or admitting you were in the wrong. Be sure to not let this get in the way of important relationships.

Virgo (August 23 – september 22)

School: You do not need to worry about this school year, Virgo. You are very hardworking and analytical, so school is a breeze. However, make sure to avoid all work and no play. Find a way to blow off some steam whether it’s catching up on sleep, watching your favorite show, or hanging out with your best friend. You also have an issue with asking for help which can be very problematic. This trait could get you a bit behind if you are unsure on a concept.

Social: You are a very kind person, but some may not be able to see that because you can be a bit shy. Meet some new friends this year! Find someone in a class to sit with that you would usually never expect to be friends with. Remember to not be judgemental of yourself or others because that would restrict you. And, of course, avoid rude people because you over anyone else cannot stand people without basic manners.

Love: You are very loyal, so you would be a great partner. Virgo, you may be a bit self critical and shy, but that is no reason for you to hide in the shadows and avoid center stage! Find that other person who will make your heart flutter because you deserve it after all your hard work. You tend to be a bit on the conservative side, so let loose!

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

School: Libra, your cooperative personality always helps you in the classroom. Not only does it keep you focused and ready to learn, but it helps you follow directions well. If you get a bad grade on a test, make sure to not wallow in sadness because you tend to be a victim of self-pity. You love sharing with others, but don’t let people take advantage of your hard work and look at your papers.

Social: You are a very social person, Libra. You love talking to people and meeting new friends. You hate being alone and you are always surrounded by people you trust. Although, you do have a problem with holding a grudge. If your good friend made a mistake, give them the benefit of the doubt and let it go. You also have problems with confrontation. If someone does something that bothers you, don’t hold a grudge without telling them what they did. Talk to them and sort things out.

Love: You are a very partner-based person. You love having someone that mirrors you as a person. A serious relationship does not seem to be in your immediate future, but seek out someone that you enjoy being with that is similar to you. Although it may not be a committed relationship, there is definitely that spark between you two that gives you butterflies.  

Scorpio (october 23 – November 21)

School: School isn’t your favorite activity, but determined and decisive personality is beneficial towards your work. You also have a stubborn side to you and you will research anything to prove your point. You are a very factual person, which is especially helpful in history classes. You hate dishonesty, so if you see someone cheating on a test, be sure to do the right thing and either talk to them or an adult.

Social: Your friends admire you because of your honesty and fairness. You have a fun, quick-wit that always entertains your peers. If a friend lets you down, be sure to give them a second chance. It may be hard considering you expect your friends to be very loyal (since you possess that characteristic), but try giving them the benefit of the doubt. You never know who may be there for you when you are in need of forgiveness.

Love: You are extremely passionate and honest, which are perfect traits for a perfect partner. You are also willing to be dedicated to your relationship and will find ways to put your significant other first in your priorities. You do have a hard time trusting someone, so be careful when entering a serious relationship. Make sure you know everything about them that you need to know before diving into the deep end. You also have a tendency to be a bit jealous, so keep your partner sane and avoid accusing them of acts they didn’t commit.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

School: Sagittarius, your curiosity drives you to be a better student in the classroom. You love philosophy, so if you are a junior, Western Civ is probably your class. Although, be sure that you do not fill up your schedule too much. You tend to promise more than you can deliver. You can fix this by not procrastinating, or simply saying no to unnecessary tasks.

Social: Your hilarious sense of humor always brings people near you when they need a good laugh. Also, you are a very generous person. People want to be near you and energetic vibe. You also have a serious side in which you like to discuss the meaning of life and the rights and wrongs of the world. You are quite an extrovert and you would prefer being with your besties than by yourself in your room.

Love: Your love life has always been a wild ride. It’s full of twists and turns, but that’s just because people always want to be the lucky person to be your S.O. Your playful and humorous personality is very attractive to interested prospects. You have an open personality that you wish for your partner to reciprocate. When love is amongst you, your fear of commitment fully disappears and you become loyal and dedicated.


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Best Albums of 2017

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Last year, musicians pulled out all the stops to deliver pristine projects. Here are 4 great albums made in 2017 that I believe everyone should listen to.

1.  Damn, Kendrick Lamar

It seems like whenever Kendrick Lamar drops an album, you can bet that it is going to be a classic. After dropping “To Pimp a Butterfly,” no one knew what was next for the Compton-based rapper, but Damn showed us how versatile an artist he is. While in TPAB, he blended jazzy oriented beats with his clever rhymes, telling a story throughout those 16 tracks, on Damn, he kept his storytelling ways, but this time switched out beats that contained jazz and funk for hard-hitting, aggressive, addictive bangers. I think Kendrick Lamar’s explanation of why Damn was such a success was probably the best guess, in which he says that Damn is a hybrid of all of his projects into one: “It was me finally being able to take elements from… the message behind To Pimp a Butterfly, the Sonics and Beat slapping from Good Kid m.a.a.d. City, and the rawness of just being able to do what I want like I did on section.80… I take all three of these, it makes the hybrid of Damn for me.”

2.  Flower Boy, Tyler the Creator

When Tyler, The Creator’s “Flower Boy” first came out, fans and critics spent all of their time creating theories about his homosexuality. Whether or not theories are true, one fact that can’t be disputed is that this album is an absolute masterpiece. What makes this album better than any Tyler album ever made is because it is completely different.  In earlier albums like “Wolf”, Tyler takes on one of his many personas, each with an incredibly twisted point of view; this writing style makes it hard to differentiate when he’s being honest or just joking. However, in this album, he shows his vulnerability through his writing. And instead of grimy, purposely poorly produced beats, Flower Boy sounds cleaner and the beats are way lighter than usual. A stand out feature artist on this album, in my opinion, is Rex Orange County. The vocals he provides on the songs, “Boredom” and  “Foreword” really complete the songs. I would check out the songs “Sunflower” and “Loving is Easy” if you liked his feature.

3.  Freudian, Daniel Caesar

In a time where music is dominated by electronic sounds and synthesizers and such, It was nice to find a contemporary R&B artist whose music that comes from actual instruments. Daniel Caesar is a talented Toronto R&B and gospel singer and guitarist whose silky voice was made to sing loves songs, and in his album “Freudian,” he uses 10 songs to depict the ideas of love and why it is such a complex subject. While in songs like “Get You” and “Best Part,” his breakout song, Caesar portrays being in love as complete bliss, where as in songs like “Loose” or “Freudian,” where Caesar focuses more on love lost. But throughout the album the tone of the songs never change; it maintains an upbeat tone no matter the topic. While this album does have its flaws, like the fact that the soundtrack for most of the songs sound pretty interchangeable, If you were looking for feel good songs, look no further than this album.

4.  Saturation II, Brockhampton

Choosing which Saturation I was going to choose was probably the hardest choice I had to make before writing this article, but If I were to be honest with myself, I would say that Saturation II is the best. Unlike the other albums on this list, where storytelling was key, the point of the Saturation trilogy was to “Saturate” The rap game by making as many songs as possible within a year. Saturation II was special because Brockhampton started experimenting with different synthesizers and different sounds, allowing them to make some infectious hooks.

— Saodi Bullie

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New Spring Sports and Coaches

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The School’s spring sports season is well underway, and many teams have already started to have practices and games. Many teams with their respective coaches are returning for another season. Track is being coached by Carl Kadlic, who is taking over as head coach this year but has worked with the Track team for five years. Men’s and Women’s Swimming is coached by Dirk ten Grotenhuis, who is returning for his fourth season as head coach. Women’s Softball is being coached by third-year coach Zoe Oliver Grey. Women’s Lacrosse, which is in its second season, has been coached both years by Rachel Sunday. Lastly, Men’s Baseball is being run by Mike Talps, who has worked with the School’s athletic department for almost 40 years. There are also a few teams this spring that are either new altogether or under new coaches.


One additional spring team was added this year: Men’s Lacrosse. There have been Middle School Men’s Lacrosse teams for the last four seasons, but there was finally enough interest to form an Upper School team this year after a 10 year hiatus. This year’s team is headed by Coach Morgan May, who is a fifth grade teacher in the Lower School coaching lacrosse for his second year at the School. The team this year is young, consisting of mostly Freshmen, but May acknowledges team Captains Senior Sawyer Thompson and Junior Andrew Burwick as excellent leaders of the group. For Coach May, the primary goals for this season are for the “team to grow as a cohesive unit and be competitive in every game [they] play,” which they are well on their way to accomplishing.


One team that is under a new head coach is Junior Varsity Men’s Tennis, headed by Coach Lance Wu. This is his first year coaching at the School. So far, he describes his time coaching at the School as “awesome” and appreciates the positive environment, which is “conducive to development in multiple areas.” He also praises the wealth of experience that Varsity Men’s Tennis coach William Kasoff brings to the tennis program, who has coached tennis at the School for nine years now. Coach Wu’s goals for the team are “to compete as hard as they can while maintaining a grammar of being that reflects well upon themselves and the school.”  
Another team under a new head coach is the Varsity Men’s and Women’s Golf team, which is being led by first-year coach Andrew-Latham Smith, who is a member of the School’s 2010 graduating class. [Insert grade level] and team member Jonathan Wu is optimistic that this year’s team will perform well following a winning season last year, saying the team is looking strong this year, with one freshman and three juniors joining the team. Additionally, he highlights Freshman Chris Wu and Junior Connor Neal as key players who will? greatly benefit the team, though everyone has the potential to deliver breakout performances. Coach Smith is impressed by the amount of experience the team brings despite him being a new coach, and believes that the team has “both the drive and maturity to get the job done this season and win the title.”

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Fake news and how to discern what news can be trusted is a hot button issue in the United States and around the world, especially in light of President Donald Trump’s own accusations directed towards the media. President Trump stated while he was running for office that he was “not running against crooked Hillary Clinton, but running against the crooked media.” His statements against the mainstream media have raised questions as to what news stories or outlets are credible. The Global Online Academy course on fake news is an interesting and accessible opportunity to explore the question of how to get reliable information through the media, an institution that is supposed to serve the public.


The course will be examining how certain news sources are biased in their political preference and how their bias can be harmful in the search for accurate information. Political bias in the news can create “expected answers” or information that is tailored to a certain point of view. Many feel that getting news that doesn’t have a political spin to it is nearly impossible. In order to find the something more neutral, one often has to check numerous sources. To this end however, it is often hard to find information that pieces together, meaning that different sources can provide entirely different answers or solutions to a common issue or event.


Although being in the classroom for this kind of an intensive course would be ideal, the teachers of the course are well versed in their curriculum and use every tool at their disposal to make the class more engaging. The lead teacher for the fake news course, Tina Bessias, is an English teacher at Durham Academy in North Carolina and is fully committed to all of her students, no matter where they live. Furthermore, another advantage of being in a GOA course is that there are students from different parts of the United States and different parts of the world. This is particularly valuable for a study on Fake News as we are able to engage with students that have different ideas and experiences shaped by the places that they live. Fake news is not limited by state or international borders, so why should the fake news course be? 


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