Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bullying: A Serious Issue That Needs to End

By Ashley Bowden ‘14

    Bullying is a recurring issue that just won’t seem to go away. Do people not understand how even one simple insult can affect someone? That what you see as “joking around” can do real damage? Bullying has worsened over the years, thanks to new technology and social media. Now, once someone is caught in the middle of something, they often feel stuck and hounded by their bullies day and night, thanks to the internet.

    Bullying is when someone forces, threatens, abuses, intimidates, or aggressively dominates another person. The definition sounds all fancy and makes it sound like it’s just a worst-case scenario. However, calling someone a name, making a joke, a dirty look, no matter how simple or meaningless it seems, is still considered bullying.

    Bullying changes over the years. It’s starts with just some basic teasing on the playground at recess and soon develops to the occasional shove or physical altercation, and as students keep getting older both the physical and emotional abuse often become stronger and more frequent. When students hit the right age that their parents allow them access to social media and online access, it gets easier for the bully to hide behind the anonymity of the internet and easier for the bullied to remember every detail and remind themselves of it.

Breaking Into the Mainstream Doesn’t Always Mean “Selling Out”

By Trevor Laliberte, ’16

Of Mice & Men – Restoring Force
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Of Mice & Men latest album, "Restoring Force," has led to accusations of selling out.

Of Mice & Men latest album, “Restoring Force,” has led to accusations of selling out.

Of Mice & Men, one of the more successful metalcore bands, released their third album, “Restoring Force,” on Jan. 28. The album quickly peaked at number four on the Billboard charts, an unusual success for the metal scene.

The first single off of Restoring Force, “You’re Not Alone”, immediately broke away from anything the band had done before. It was clear with that first song that the group hadn’t written a sequel to 2011’s “The Flood.” “You’re Not Alone” abandoned the intricate breakdowns, aggressive in-your-face vocals, and complex structures of its predecessors. The song is a heavy-hitting hard rock arena anthem. It’s structurally a simple song, with a chorus that will be sung by crowds in sold-out venues all over the world.

The song isn’t exactly a representation of the whole album though. Of course the first single will be one of the more simplistic, memorable songs on the album. That’s how the music business works, when a band releases an album, they usually put out a single prior to the album’s release, and that song is typically catchy and radio friendly. This should be clear to most people, but if you’ve ever visited YouTube’s “comment” section (you poor soul), you would be led to believe differently.

Spotlight on Drama: Slow Knife! The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered

Soap operas, murder, mystery, narcissism, and “slow acting” knives all in the same play? I believe so. “The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered” is essentially a satire of the soap opera genre and, to a lesser extent, the 1945 film “And Then There Were None.” This production, hosted January 18, was the directorial debut of Paige Weber and Ally LaVerdiere.

 

 

Flappy, The Bird That Can’t Fly

Flappy Bird drivers user's mad

Flappy Bird drives user’s mad

If you claim to not know what Flappy Bird is, you’re lying. We all know about that stupid, frustrating yellow bird (that now changes colors each round) that you’re supposed to help fly between the pipes. Well, I have a few things to say to you Mr. Flappy Bird, but I have to censor it a tad because of the rules.

The idea of the game is to tap the screen to get Flappy to fly and you have to avoid hitting the pipes or the ground and for every set of pipes you make it through, you get a point. Keep in mind, Flappy seems to be one sensitive bird and is practically drawn to the pipes.

I’m sorry, Flappy, but I’m trying to help you fly and you’d think you would help me out a little. Seeing as you have like all this space in between the two pipes, I don’t see why you’re having such a hard time getting your tiny little birdy form through.

The Adventures of Tintin

By Shayna Barnhard, ’15

A page from the book "Tintin in Tibet."

A page from the book “Tintin in Tibet.”

In seventh grade, the last day before February vacation, my home room teacher was looking for a movie to watch.  Someone mentioned “Tintin.”  At the time, I had no idea who or what Tintin was. I realized later that it was not just a movie, but also a comic series.  Ever since, I wanted to read the books. In 8th grade, I found two “Tintin” books in the AMS library and read them both.  Last summer, I found more books and read those and I’ve loved all of them.