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Tips for Single People on Valentine’s Day

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Many people think that it is bad to be single on Valentine’s Day, but in reality being single is so much better.  Firstly, if you do not have a significant other in your life than there is no need to waste your money on gifts for other people. This is only one of the many amazing parts of being single on Valentine’s Day. Another tip that singles can use on Valentine’s Day is to host an anti-Valentine’s Day party. If you are single, and you do not want to be around couples, having an anti-Valentine’s Day party is great. You can meet other single people and eat all the junk food that you want. On the topic of eating junk food, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to drop your New Year’s Resolution. Many people break or forget their Resolutions in the first few weeks of the year. But, if you have remained true to your resolution, let being single on Valentine’s Day be your excuse to let it fade from memory. You won’t have to worry about being held back by some pointless annual tradition anymore. Going out on the town with good some good single friends is also an excellent choice. Going to see a movie, eating out, and roaming the streets provide are perfect opportunities to mock couples from afar with your other single friends. Lastly, if you do not have anybody to hang out with, and you are not invited to or throwing an anti-Valentine’s Day party, just set aside your worries and watch that Netflix show that you have been waiting to watch, and eat like calories are an imaginary construct. Being single on Valentine’s Day is not as bad as people think and might even be better.

 

Top Albums of 2016

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  1. Black Star-David Bowie

“Black Star” is truly a masterpiece. As we all know, David Bowie passed away this year and this album is essentially the story of his battle with cancer and reconciliation with death. I am uncertain that there has been an album made by a dying man and released after his death. This album is possibly the most heart wrenching and possibly one of the best albums in the last decade. David Bowie has delivered one of the best musical swan songs in history.

 

  1. Coloring Book-Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” is a fantastic follow up to 2011’s Acid Rap.  It seems that Chance has really matured as there is a clear improvement on the production.  Chance beautifully blends gospel music and contemporary hip-hop.  However, it was slightly disappointing to see that Chance chose to go with more generic features on his album.  Instead of Ab-Soul and Twista, who were featured in Acid rap, his features in this album were Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber. Despite this, Chance seems to have gotten the best out of his features. This album is great.

 

  1. untitled unmastered.-Kendrick Lamar

2015’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” was highly acclaimed, so following it up is a challenge. While this is not a new album in the same way, it seems “untitled unmastered.” is a continuation of the “To Pimp A Butterfly” era. The album is for all intents and purposes is a B-sides album. The cuts on the record are rough around the edges, but for the patient listener are worth it. It is truly amazing to see that even when Kendrick is not “trying” persay he is making better rap than most others out there.

 

  1. 4 Your Eyez Only-J. Cole

Once again J. Cole has tried to go double platinum with no features and he very well could be successful. “4 Your Eyez Only” embraces the modern jazz rap sound that has become so popular over the last few years. J. Cole delivers some great pop rap tracks, while also tackling some heavy topics. This album is a great successor to 2014’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive”.

 

  1. Views-Drake

Drake, while not delivering anything groundbreaking, has delivered another album ripe with hits. He exercises the same R&B/ Rap sound we are used to from him. However, unlike “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” the album focuses less on rap and more singing. There’s a reason the 6 God is held to such high mainstream acclaim and this album is a perfect reason why.

 

Split Movie Review

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The Last Airbender is often a film that one would associate with director M. Night Shyamalan and not in a good way. Known for his out-of-nowhere plot twists, Shyamalan is back with another movie: Split, the story of a man with twenty-three different personalities who abducts 3 teenage girls, but little do they know, his twenty-fourth personality is about to be unleashed. I had the opportunity to see an early screening of this movie with my brother, Elliot Farinaro, at Regal Hacienda Crossings in Dublin. Elliot got the tickets for free and said that there was a sixty percent chance that they were actually legit; luckily, they were indeed real. When we got to the theater, we were given a poster of the movie and directed toward the theater. When we walked in, the entire theater was filled, so we were forced to sit in the second row. We then waited about ten minutes, and a man came out and told us that we were not allowed to video or take pictures during the film, especially because it was an early screening. This proceed with a video of M. Night Shyamalan talking about how excited he was to show the film, and he kindly asked that we don’t spoil Split for anyone else who hasn’t seen it. After this, the film started. I have very mixed emotions about Split because although it doesn’t have the strong, satisfying ending that I was hoping for, it has unbelievable cinematography and superb acting, specifically from James McAvoy, who plays Kevin, and all the personalities inside him, and Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays Casey Cooke, one of the girls abducted. I would give Split a B, meaning that if you are in the mood for a thriller, go ahead and see it, but if not, don’t go out of your way to watch Split.

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Is Someone in your Phone?

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Can the NSA spy on you? Can the NSA or any hacker, gain access to your phone’s camera or even track your every move? Technically, yes. With the right skills, anyone can hack into your phone camera. The NSA could, theoretically, gain access to your phone or laptop camera if they felt so inclined. However, it is very rare that an ordinary civilian would be hacked; hackers usually target important government officials and celebrities. Just last Friday, the company Dyn, whose servers monitor and reroute internet traffic, experienced a massive cyber attack, leaving many major websites inaccessible to people across the US. The motives of Hackers vary, but some do it to access secret information and track the online activity of certain people. Hackers can also track your location through maps and apps that you allow to use your location. They can see where you spend most of your time and infer where your house and work/school is.

There are many ways you can prevent hackers from gaining access to your devices, specifically your phone. The most obvious one is to lock your phone whenever you are not using it. Additionally, having a more complicated password, that uses a mix of numbers capital letters and symbols, can increase a device’s security. Another way to prevent hacking is to turn on your phone’s tracker ability. This will detect when you are being tracked or hacked. One way to save all the data on your phone is to backup your phone regularly. Then, if your phone does get hacked, your will still have all your photos, contacts, and other important information stored away. If you’re super worried about someone hacking into your camera and watching you, simply cover the camera with a post it note or tape. This will prevent them from being able to see through the camera. Also, stay away from suspicious sites and links. Some sites will often have viruses or bugs that allow people to hack into your device. Finally, turning off access to your location on phone apps that don’t require it for navigational purposes is a good idea. This will insure that you are not being tracked. Despite all this, you should not be worried about being hacked as it is relatively uncommon.

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High School in Haikus

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Freshmen:

not in middle school

babies of the upper school

we think we’re so cool

 

Sophomores:

what is there to say

the boat race is about it

nothing else happens

 

Juniors:

junior year is rough

goodbye to a social life

thanks AP bio

 

Seniors:

college is stressful

second semester is lit

senioritis sucks

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet (A Sparknotes Version)

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Go Pro Senior Fallout River Rafting 2016

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The Case of Andy’s Missing Vest

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Juniors Taking Advantage of Senior Electives

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Once again, it’s that time of year: scheduling. Soon underclassmen will have to turn in a sheet of paper with their advisors’  and parents signature on it approving their classes for next year. Senior elective choices for Juniors are always an area of concern, but many students don’t know that upcoming juniors have the option of taking a senior elective if it fits with their schedule. Many juniors this year took advantage of that opportunity, and the Class of 2016 is questioning how so many juniors got into senior electives, which originally was something very few were able to accomplish.

I, myself, took a senior elective as a junior. So yes, I think the opportunity should be available for juniors. But my experience getting into a senior elective was a lot harder than the Class of 2017’s experience. I wanted to sign up for an english elective, but my advisor told me to try for a history elective because english was a required for seniors and therefore a bigger scheduling challenge. I eventually did get into an english elective, but some of my peers were left without options. I did not know this, however, until the first day of my junior year. While sophomores who signed up for senior science electives were told if they got in, any sophomore who signed up for a humanities elective had to wait the entire summer before confronting the scheduler at the start of junior year. However, the class of 2017, were told if they got into an elective when the senior electives came out at the end of their sophomore year, no waiting required.  

While it is clear that the scheduling system has changed, probably for the better, many seniors are questioning why so many juniors are in electives. But here’s the truth: according to Senior Dean Andy Speare, there are no more juniors in senior electives than usual. As a previous junior in a senior elective, I can say seniors tend to be shocked and often act in a negative way when a junior enters what some believe should be a seniors only class. Several of my peers have already complained about juniors in their electives, saying the juniors are taking up slots in popular electives. The truth is, however, that Juniors are not put into electives unless the faculty is sure no other seniors want the spot. Speare commented on the current way to determine that: “In general we feel that once seniors have made their elective requests and have been scheduled for the next year then we should open it up to juniors, and that list should have been done by the end of the current year.”

So, Seniors, the lesson is learned: Juniors can take Senior electives; it is not a crime. And just because you think an elective is popular does not mean it was popular amongst your peers. Furthermore, for very popular electives, teachers will sometimes agree to increase the number of students in their class. Sometimes this action means letting juniors in, and other times it means letting Seniors off the waitlist. But let this be a lesson to the class of 2017: don’t be surprised next year when you see non-seniors in your classes.

 

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A Tea Drinker’s Guide to Enlightenment

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Contrary to popular belief, being old or English is not required to enjoy tea. Around campus lately, Upper School students may have glimpsed a small assemblage of Juniors, all exuberantly grasping mugs. These proud few are the Tea Boys.

The Tea Boys are changing the game. Never before have any students drunk so much tea during or outside of class. Brewing the sensational drink between classes is almost too easy. Thanks to a hot water dispenser and cups in the Café, all one needs is a tea bag. The Café actually sells tea in small quantities and has done so for years; however, it’s tea is not A-1 nor recommended. Instead, here is a list of the hottest (literally) tea on campus:

1. Ginger Peach by The Republic of Tea

A black tea originally brewed in China. Peach and ginger eternally locked in a sweet and spicy embrace that will only leave its drinkers pondering, “How am I just discovering this now?” Heavily caffeinated; a fantastic pick-me-up for those strenuous long block Wednesdays. Dank.

2. Earl Grey by Twinings of London

Chillest tea on the shelves. The sixth of its kind, this decaffeinated black tea has been a staple of the English diet for centuries. A temperate taste that relaxes the soul. Sip slowly.

3. Peppermint Tea by Trader Joe’s

Christmas came early. An unobtrusively minty taste that beguiles the tongue. Don’t be fooled by its inexpensive and mundane appearance: this tea WILL make you happy. Simply magical.

4. Orange & Spice by Bigelow

Forget everything you thought you knew about tea. Orange and spice intertwined so expertly, you won’t be able to tell which is which. It’s like throwing cayenne pepper into orange juice, but hotter. The colder the weather, the better. Potent yet soothing.

5. Green Tea by Celestial Seasonings

Your classic Chinese green tea. As stated on each box, “Its fresh flavor whispers of the moment when a new day dawns, alive with invigorating sunlight and clean air.” Too true. A gentle taste, yet packed with enough caffeine to restart your heart. Soothingly entrancing.

The previous knowledge has been scrutinized and approved by the Tea Boys. We as a society are dedicated to promoting our cause and spreading awareness about what to drink and what not to drink. Tea is a venerable beverage, and one must enjoy it accordingly. Failure to do so will result in the suspension of hot water privileges and/or confiscation of mug(s). As the organization’s founder and acting president, I will personally enforce these consequences. For application or inquiry regarding membership, visit our table at lunch or seek out one of our members, all of whom one can almost always find clutching cups around the Upper School. To speak to our manager, contact Caroline Lehman by brewing a hot cup of Earl Grey anywhere on campus. Trust us: she’ll come. Tea Boys out.

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