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The enormous panels in the math room project intense artificial light onto us students as we receive white packets of paper from the teacher. Our once laughing faces are now stiff as stones, each with an expression solely based off of the circled fraction written in red pen on our packet of paper. All of the anxiety, stress, and anger put into the performance of the assessments are disregarded and that one fraction is all that matters. Kids with higher fractions leave their packets of papers face up so that everyone can see their score, whereas kids with lower fractions quickly tuck the packets of paper into their binders, and try their best to pretend that nothing has happened.

“You’re more prepared”, “your skills will be sharper”, “you’ll be a better student”, is constantly repeated to the students attending this rigorous prep school. But what about having a genuine high school experience? God forbid a few kids don’t spend every waking minute of their lives thinking about that next test or project. Where did all of the stereotypical jocks, pot-smokers, and genuinely nice kids go? I suppose we all dissolved into the ‘geek’ class in the high school social hierarchy, figuring that nerds rule the world, so why not get off to a good start? I strongly believe that this ‘good’ start is not rooted solely in academic intellect, but is sourced from social behavior as well. It seems that many of us have forgotten about the human aspects to important jobs in this country, and we have instead turned our children’s minds into little problem-solving robots. Sure, it’s nice to receive a solid grade on that science project, but isn’t it nicer to practice self-advocacy, so that when you get to college, you can figure out your schedule and ask for assistance to optimize your classes? I am convinced that intense pressure is being overly applied to only part of what makes us efficient workers, and has played a major part in the depreciation of teenage mental stability in addition to sparking an increase in anxiety and stress, as evidenced by the several kids that can be found puking or having a panic attack outside of the math and science classrooms.

Unfortunately, many parents are blinded by this insatiable desire to obtain some preeminent GPA, and this causes them to reprimand their children in order to gain validation for having a “Harvard kid”, even though that kid might have to suffer.

 

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2019 Super Bowl Break Down

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Whether it is for the snacks, commercials, halftime performance, prop bets, spending time with friends and family, or the game itself, over 100,000,000 Americans will gather round to watch the Patriots and Rams battle it out in Super Bowl this Sunday. The contrast between the teams is large, so it will make for interesting sequences. Either a blowout game or one that goes to overtime is very possible. 62% of experts think the more experienced Patriots will win, and 75% of the 16 students I asked about the Super Bowl’s outcome thought New England was favored as well. All but one of the people I interviewed thought the winning team’s quarterback would win MVP.  

While the Patriots have much less raw talent and firepower than the Rams, I think the Patriots veteran core of Brady, Gronkowski, White, and Edelman will be able to hold on; however, if the Rams star DT Aaron Donald can get in Brady’s face and force him out of the pocket, the Rams will win easily. The likely Defensive Player of the Year has over 20 sacks this season and 91 quarterback pressures. The Rams offense is way too strong to be held to a low score, so the larger question is will the Pats offense be able to keep up. We will have to see how the younger Rams team holds up against the pressure and noise, but, in the end, I think Brady is too consistent and strong to lose.

As far as non-football related things go, the most popular game day foods are potato chips and chicken wings, and the average American gains 6 pounds during the week around the game. For commercial lovers, the front runners this year include Pepsi’s with Steve Carrell, Bubly’s starring singer Michele Bublé, and Doritos’ with Chance and the Backstreet Boys will be some of the funniest so far and will try to surpass last year’s favorites. This year’s halftime show will be shared by Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi, but the show will be more controversial this year than most. The NFL initially asked Rihanna if she would perform, but she turned the offer down to support Colin Kaepernick and the #takeaknee movement. Many other artists encouraged Maroon 5 and Travis Scott to step down, and they both have received mixed reactions from the media.

No matter what you’re interested in, I would encourage everyone to get together with friends this weekend and watch the game with friends and family… it should be a good one.

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The Senioritis Epidemic

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Why do we show our work? Is it to retrace our steps? Rarely. Is it to get partial credit? Yes. Forget about the partial credit, forget about the grade, and instead focus on the real life applications. Why does showing our work really matter?

As it turns out, showing your work in an understandable way is a valuable skill that is critical for research. Unlike tests, in research and proofs, you are not showing your work to receive partial credit; rather, you show your work so that other can review and replicate your work to confirm its viability. By showing your work, you allow for collaboration with others that are interested in your study. Collaboration and verification of studies are how mathematicians and their proofs gather recognition. Because of this scientific model of peer collaboration to verify work, if you do not properly collaborate or show your work, you can receive backlash from your academic peers.

Shinichi Mochizuki made the critical error of not showing his work when he spent 10 years working on the proof of the ABC conjecture. The ABC conjecture states that when two coprime (do not share prime factors) numbers A and B are added to get C, the number of prime factors that A and B have is less than the number of prime factors of C. This seemingly simple conjecture is very complicated and, if proved, would open up any doors to solving other problems. Word of Mochizuki’s proof stirred up a great deal of excitement in the math world until they read it. It was inscrutable. Mochizuki had written a 500 page proof using vocabulary he had developed to simplify the functions he used. Even the brightest minds were unable to understand his work and the process he used. Additionally, Mochizuki would not explain his proof to the public or colleges that offered to pay him to do so.

What does his unwillingness mean for the math world? It means tat his proof will not be proved for a while. He will have to work with someone to try and explain his proof and hopefully it will be legible after editing.

In conclusion, the applications of showing your work go beyond getting partial credit in your math class. Much like defining your terms in an English paper, showing step-by-step details make difficult proofs legible, thereby making your work open to being proved or disproved. Without showing your work, all of the work is for naught.

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New Years Resolutions 2019

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Thoughts on the Golden Globes

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First of all, the Golden Globes, in my view, were meh this year, perhaps because of the movies or maybe just because of the speeches/hosts. In truth, I haven’t watched a lot of the television that was nominated, but I have seen nearly all of the movies. I was honestly pretty surprised by a lot of the wins, so I decided to go through all of the movie categories.

 

Best Motion Picture – Animated

I was delighted to see a Disney movie lose this year. That almost never happens! While I haven’t seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse yet, I can confidently say that I do not think that Ralph Breaks the Internet is deserving of critical acclaim, nor was Incredibles 2 (especially when compared to original film). Additionally, Timothee Chalamet loved the new Spider-Man movie, so I think I can trust him.

 

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Ok, well I really think that A Quiet Place was very deserving of winning this Golden Globe. I felt like despite not having nearly any dialogue, the movie’s tension was heightened through the use of music. Although, Justin Hurwitz was the film composer behind La La Land and Whiplash (which is one of my favorite movies), so I can also get behind this win.

 

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Shallow,” A Star Is Born was the obvious winner this year. Given the commercial success of the film and general bop-iness of the song itself, I was rooting for Lady Gaga to take home this award. I will say, though, that I love some Dolly Parton (“Girl in the Movies”), but this song doesn’t compare to “Jolene” in any way, so was it deserving of a win in my view? No.

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Let me tell you, I was about to stop watching if Regina King didn’t win for her acting in If Beale Street Could Talk. Number one, she’s Regina King. Number two, I was close to tears during one of the key scenes with Regina King. She captures both a maternal care and concern for her son-in-law, but also knowing the value of believing victims of rape. 10/10 deserved. If anyone else were to even have a chance at the Oscars in the next two months, it’s Amy Adams for her role in Vice. Amy Adams eventually needs to get some well-earned credit for her acting, but it’s not her year yet. Regina King should also get a second (imaginary) Golden Globe for giving the best speech of the night.

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali won for his portrayal of real life Dr. Shirley in Green Book. Get yourself ready because I have some Thoughts. Ok, so I saw Green Book and thought to myself, “Wow, what a lovely movie about people overcoming their differences and people not being racist anymore!” However, I recently read this article about how Dr. Shirley, who died in 2013, did not consent to the movie being made when he was approached in the early 2010s’, nor was his family given any say in the making of the film. That is, the movie is merely a Hollywood dramatization (or really a Hollywood fantasy) of Dr. Shirley’s life, in which he remained in constant contact with his brothers, faced constant racism from his colleagues, and never kept a driver or fellow musician for more than a couple weeks. So, do I think that he deserved to win for his acting? Yes. Do I think that the movie deserves any critical acclaim? No. Additionally, I was betting on Adam Driver or Richard E. Grant to take home the award. They were both fantastic (so were Timothee Chalamet and Sam Rockwell, but acting-wise I think they were perhaps the weakest more so because of the writing), and I sincerely hope that one of them wins at the Oscars.

 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

First of all, where is BlacKkKlansman? That’s my first question because it was by far the most clever movie I’ve seen all year. See my above rant about Green Book to understand why it most certainly should not have won. Of these movies, I think The Favourite should’ve won because it was cleverly divided into parts and had some nice twists that I didn’t see coming.

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Of all these actors, Christian Bale was by far the best actor nominated. From his physical transformation to his subtle mannerisms and lack of talking (but in a way where you knew exactly what Dick Cheney was thinking), he was brilliant. I didn’t particularly like Vice as a film, but the actors were all outstanding and I’m glad that he got some credit.

 

Best Picture – Foreign Language

Roma was the obvious winner in this category.

 

Best Director – Motion Picture

I was a bit disappointed to not see Bradley Cooper or Spike Lee win; however, Alfonso Cuaron deserved the award.

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Can I just say, I was rooting for Constance Wu! I was so upset that Crazy Rich Asians didn’t take home any awards since I thought it was such a fun time. On the other hand, I understand why Olivia Colman won. She was really good in The Favourite, constantly battling her love for both women, the power that she held, and her mental instability.

 

Best Picture – Comedy or Musical

No, Green Book should not have won. Crazy Rich Asians should’ve won if we’re measuring by commercial success, Vice should’ve won if we’re measuring by acting, and The Favourite should’ve won if we’re measuring by cleverness. In none of my calculations should Green Book have won. But whatever, it’s fine. In truth, I don’t think Green Book is going to do well at the Oscars, so as I said, it’s fine.

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

I have not seen The Wife, but I’m sure Glenn Close was amazing. I’m getting it from Netflix this weekend, so I’ll be up to date when I write my Oscar predictions. Of these actresses, I think Melissa McCarthy should’ve won for Can You Ever Forgive Me? because she was able to convey internal struggle with what she was doing, but also not being able to find work. Her film was also one of the only films I’ve ever seen where the criminal is truly a “I work better alone” character, rather than the traditional “I work better alone, but will eventually come to love my team and understand teamwork makes the dream work” trope. So, I was really rooting for her. Also, Melissa McCarthy deserves to win if ONLY for her amazing acting in Life of the Party (to be honest, I did enjoy Life of the Party, it’s a fun time).

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Rami Malek was really good in Bohemian Rhapsody, but was he as good as John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman? Absolutely not. Bohemian Rhapsody was in general just an inferior movie, but Rami Malek, although he did do justice to Freddie Mercury, didn’t have the same depth as John David Washington, who had to reconcile wanting liberation for his people, but also working for the police. To have the internal struggle of being the oppressed and the oppressor made his performance really funny. Additionally, his white voice on the phone that he used when talking to David Duke ALONE should’ve won him the Golden Globe.

 

Best Picture – Drama

BlacKkKlansman or If Beale Street Could Talk should’ve won. I thought this was the biggest upset of the night, honestly. Bohemian Rhapsody? Really? I was big confused by this choice because, while it was enjoyable and what not, it didn’t evoke any kind of emotional response from me. Also, if a movie about music was going to win A Star Is Born should’ve won since I was bawling my eyes out at the end. Again, though, BlacKkKlansman or If Beale Street Could Talk should’ve won because they were both clever movies with amazing acting and plots. I actually didn’t really like Bohemian Rhapsody because I didn’t feel like it had much of a plot (but maybe that was just the lack of dialogue that was replaced with long concert montages….).

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Upcoming Movies and Albums 2019

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Upcoming Movies:

 

Escape Room

Escape room is a thrilling horror that will be sure to give you nightmares. The movie revolves around six contestants who have to complete a series of puzzles in order to escape the room and win 10,000 dollars. However, the room and puzzles are filled with death traps, and the game turns into a matter of life or death. If you are a thriller/ horror fan, Escape room is the movie for you. It is currently in theaters now.

The Lego Movie 2

The beloved Lego Movie now has a sequel on the way. This time around, the people of Bricksburg face a new threat: an alien invasion. In order to defeat the enemy and protect their home, the main characters must test their courage and creativity. If you enjoyed the last Lego Movie, this one will be sure not to disappoint. Look forward for the second Lego Movie to arrive in theaters February 8.

Captain Marvel

The much anticipated Marvel Movie, Captain Marvel, is almost here. The story follows Carol Danvers, an ex-U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, who receives special powers after being exposed to alien DNA. She then has to uncover her past and fight in an alien civil war. If you are a Marvel fan, or an action fan in general, Captain Marvel is the movie for you. It should be arriving in theaters March 8.

Shazam!

DC Studios has a brand new, action packed movie coming out called Shazam! Shazam’s story follows 14 year old Billy Batson, who receives magical powers that allow him to turn into an adult superhero. As Billy discovers his new powers, he will face many obstacles and foes. Expect Shazam to be in theaters April 5.

Avengers: Endgame

After the suspenseful ending of Avengers Infinity War, fans have been restlessly waiting for the subsequent film. Good news, the wait is almost over. Avengers Endgame is set to release April 26, and the story picks up with earth’s mightiest heroes fragmented and weak. In order to avenge the universe, they must unite and formulate a plan to stop the mad titan Thanos.

 

Upcoming Albums:

 

Offset

Offset, one third of the Migos, is very close to dropping his debut solo album. Originally scheduled to drop sometime in December, Offset has pushed back that date, and is expected to drop the album anytime soon.

Lil Uzi Vert

After a year of snippets and leaks, Lil Uzi Vert has yet to drop his highly anticipated album Eternal Atake. However, Lil Uzi says the album is dropping very soon, so cross your fingers and hope that he is telling the truth one and for all.

Kanye West

Hip-hop fans have anxiously been waiting for Kanye’s Yandhi album since it was first announced to be dropping September. After multiple pushbacks, fans are still waiting, but it should be worthwhile.

Migos

The Migos have been on a tear the last few years, with critically acclaimed projects such as Culture I and Culture II. They continue this run with Culture III. Since the last two albums dropped January 17 of the previous two years, expect the pattern to continue this year.

 

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