Monthly Archives: January 2018

The End


Today, death is everywhere. It is in the newspapers written as clean obituaries to sum up a person’s life; it is streamed in the media with breaking news of recent tragedies that, after so many, no longer seem tragic to outsiders; it is clinging to the shadows all around us and looming in the darkest corridors of our minds as an ever-present reminder that no matter what we do, there is always one outcome: Death. Continue reading The End

Three Delicious Vegetarian Meal Prep Ideas


Between health concerns and personal beliefs, there are many different reasons why some people choose to follow a vegetarian diet. Whether you’re a strict vegetarian or love both meat and produce equally, we can agree that vegetables should be an important part of our everyday diets. Besides the major beneficial nutritional value found in plant-based foods, the natural pigments found in these fresh ingredients will make you want to add more color to your plate. If you’re searching for vegetarian-friendly recipe ideas here are three vegetarian recipe ideas, ranging from tacos to zoodles, that may even tempt the strictest carnivorous eaters. Continue reading Three Delicious Vegetarian Meal Prep Ideas

Friction in Foxborough?


This weekend an ESPN report emerged claiming that there is conflict in the locker room of the New England Patriots. The report stated that the conflict is centered around quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick, and the team’s owner, Robert Kraft. This report seemed shocking to many, considering that the trio has won five Super Bowls and is looking to add a sixth  this postseason. Apparently, the conflict occurred after the Patriots traded backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers. Garoppolo ended up playing great in San Francisco and led the team to a 5-0 record to end the season. Despite the reported controversy, Belichick and Kraft have both stated that there is in fact no controversy and that they will both stay in New England at their current positions.

Benefits of Drinking Coffee


Most parents are reluctant to allow their kids to try their coffee, in fear they will actually enjoy it and crave more. As a child, around about fourth grade, I was very intrigued by coffee. When my grandmother had it I would always beg to try, and I was given the same response each time, “You can’t drink coffee at such a young age or you will stunt your growth!” Instead I would then make hot chocolate, pretending it was coffee. Continue reading Benefits of Drinking Coffee

Movie Review: “The Greatest Showman” Pulls Back the Curtain on P.T. Barnum

By John Lynch

2017 seemed to be the year of the musical movie. From Damien Chazelle’s La La Land (during its wide release and Oscar nomination) to Disney’s reimagined Beauty and the Beast to Pixar’s visual masterpiece Coco, last year brought some excellent music to the silver screen. The Greatest Showman is no exception to this trend, albeit with decidedly less lasting recognition and more generic music. Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, who wrote much of the music of the aforementioned La La Land, wrote the music of The Greatest Showman, and the consistently great lyrics from their past work are on full display, though the performers of the music deserve nearly as much credit for the finished product. The lyrics are not terribly clever or specific to the setting of the musical, so they feel more like BIllboard 100 bait than actual things the characters would say in context to their actions. Thankfully, the cast, which stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, Jessica Ferguson and Kaela Settle, executes the music with enough bravado, emotion, and heart to make the seemingly generic music feel authentic to their characters. Continue reading Movie Review: “The Greatest Showman” Pulls Back the Curtain on P.T. Barnum

A Discussion of “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer


The entirety of Eating Animals is devoted to providing convincing arguments that support not only the ethical treatment of animals, but more so the benefits of vegetarianism in every aspect of society.  The book begins with an extremely affecting story that leads the audience to question all of their beliefs about why we eat what we do.  Foer explains that as a child, his grandmother continually associated weight with health, and eating as much as possible became a ritual of every visit to his grandmother.  She would hoard food that would never be used, make the same recipies time after time, and, most notably, narrate the importance of food from the perspective of someone who had been through the hardships of starvation.  With his grandmother’s stories in mind, the author was able to personally come to the realization that food is a culture, and in doing so admit that America’s food culture borderlines scary.  In fact, Foer argues this further with a telling illustration of the fact that Americans choose to eat less than .25% of the known edible food on the planet, while large populations of the world are starving.   Continue reading A Discussion of “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer

Griffin with Concussion


Los Angeles Clippers star forward, Blake Griffin, suffered a concussion in a 105-121 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night and will likely be out for a week or two. With only 2:26 left in the first quarter, Griffin took the ball down the baseline and lost his balance. Griffin then was accidentally elbowed in the head by Warriors center JaVale McGee when he went up to contest Griffin’s shot. Griffin remained lying on the floor until he went to the locker room further evaluation. Since 2015, Griffin has been plagued with injuries and has not played his best in awhile. Fans will have to remain patient until he makes yet another return to the hardwood.

P.S. Someone Else’s Identity Isn’t a Punchline


In the hallways of an overcrowded public high school, where pressure to conform holds more authority than our periodically stationed security guards, conversations about identity are easily lost. This isn’t the fault of any individual student, but rather of a greater culture which threatens students with rejection if they fail to adhere to social codes. We are allowed to  safely explore our identities, who we are and what we do, but only within the limitations of what is considered acceptable. Continue reading P.S. Someone Else’s Identity Isn’t a Punchline

The Ultimate Test


Some people say high school is hell; others say the opposite. Some say it is where you get to know who your true friends are; others find the experience to be more eye-opening about themselves.  But what we can all agree on is that these four short years can be summed up into one word: test. No, I’m not talking about your geometry and calculus finals and English essays that have you ready to pull your hair out (although this is a very good reminder to stay on top of those). What I mean to say is that what happens here will more or less stay with you for the rest of your life. Whether you aim for prom king/queen or student government president or being the top athletekudos to all of youyour choices here will shape you and prepare you for what is in store out there. Continue reading The Ultimate Test

It’s Not Too Late to Join Key Club!


Join Key Club! It is a great way to give back to your community, meet new friends, and gain service hours. Key Club stands for Kiwanis Educating Youth, meaning it allows students to branch out and build character by giving leadership positions such as President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Bulletin Editor. Continue reading It’s Not Too Late to Join Key Club!

Why the Death of Net Neutrality is an Attack on Free Speech


December 14th, 2017- A day that will live in the annals of Internet history and meme culture for years to come. The FCC, under the direction of corporate puppet *cough cough* Commissioner Ajit Pai, voted to repeal the 2015 net neutrality protections in an incredibly partisan 3-2 vote. The vote killed the consumer protections laid down by the Obama administration that kept Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from doing generally terrible things like throttling Internet speeds, preferring certain sites over others, and turning the Internet into cable in your pocket. The agency’s commission to repeal the guidelines unsurprisingly voted along partisan lines, with all tree affirming votes coming from Republicans and both votes against from the Democrats. The ruling was met from swift backlash against the FCC, Commissioner Pai, and the commission from both sides of the political aisle in a storm of enraged Tweets, rabid comments from both sides of the debate, and expressions of disappointment from multiple news sources and companies that rely heavily on the Internet to do business. But beyond the memes, comments, and protests lies a far more dangerous possibility of infringement on free speech- a concept, dear readers, worse than slow Netflix buffer speeds. Continue reading Why the Death of Net Neutrality is an Attack on Free Speech

Putting Isaac’s Laws Into Motion


Isaac Newton possesses the accomplishments of many things. For one, Newton developed the three laws of motion. Newton’s first law states that an object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion. The second law states that acceleration of an object depends on the mass and force acting on it. Finally, the third law states that for for every action, there is an equal or opposite reaction. Continue reading Putting Isaac’s Laws Into Motion

How to Dye Clothes Naturally


Red- Pomegranates, bamboo, beets, and hibiscus flowers can dye clothing red.  In the early 1800s, beets especially were used to dye makeup products such as blusher a reddish tint.  Beets were boiled along with the fabric they wanted dyed or crushed into a powder as makeup.

Orange- Carrots, gold lichen, and even onion can be used to dye fabric orange.  Turmeric was actually the most common substance used to create yellow fabric, but it was mainly used by upper class members.  Turmeric in powder form was boiled along with cotton fabric to give it a goldenrod tone. Continue reading How to Dye Clothes Naturally

The Negative Effects of Cell Phone Usage


Although cell phones allow parents to keep in contact with their children to guarantee their safety, they can also generate dangerous behavior. According to The National Safety Council, “Cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.” Many teenagers report that texting and driving is worth the risk as they have a desire for social acceptance. Talking on the phone without a bluetooth device is now against the law in fourteen states, and texting while driving is now against the law in forty-six states. Getting pulled over and receiving a ticket is not worth the risk as these are serious consequences. Continue reading The Negative Effects of Cell Phone Usage

Keeping a Daily Journal


Could keeping a daily journey really change your life? You know exactly what you want in life, but you can’t seem to get there. You have all these goals like you’re going to get healthy, you’re going to be more patient and happy, you’re going to write that book, you’re going to be more present with your loved ones, you’re going to be more organized, you’re going to be a better friend, you’re going to get out of debt, you’re going to overcome bad habits, you’re going to start that home based business, you’re going to learn another language, and so on! Continue reading Keeping a Daily Journal

A New Tune


Music has integrated itself to be a part of our daily lives. As I’m writing this now, I am listening to music, as are most of the people around me. What really makes me contemplate it this time is why. How come students are so attached to their songs? Many would claim it helps them focus or keeps them relaxed. Continue reading A New Tune

Keeping a Clear Head During Finals


Finals week is hard for everyone, and as quickly as it approaches, it will be over in the blink of an eye. The grade you get on a final determines your success in school, and the severity of  the way you study varys from student to student. Regardless, for a good grade, you need to study. Many teachers give pages of review work for homework and some take time in class to review everything. Pay attention and do the work, even if it won’t be graded! Effort is necessary for academic success!

Every teacher is different, so you need to adjust the way you study for each class, unfortunately. Some teachers might skim a topic the final covers heavily, and you need to apply yourself to the subject to get the grade you think you deserve. If you cheated your way through first semester and have an A in the class, no one else is to blame but yourself when you fail the exam. Take time out of your day to go over notes, make a Quizlet for the class and build your confidence in every class. Form a study group with kids from your class and quiz each other. Teachers don’t want you to fail the final, so don’t pretend they’re out to get you when you didn’t study as hard as you could have.

It really is important to get a full night’s sleep and eat a big breakfast, so don’t discount advice to take care of yourself during such a stressful season. Stay positive and take deep breaths, because it will be over before you know it.

What Depression Taught Me


My depression taught me how to express myself

Whether on paper with ink or on my skin with a blade

Depression taught me how to make friends

The friends I make have the same disease constantly following them around

Making them feel trapped

Maybe I make these friends because I know I am unable to help myself

So I try my hardest to help them derail from the fate I know I have

Depression is my high school teacher

Pushing deadlines at me and making me go in circles to solve a problem that never ends

I always push depressions deadlines

One more day, please;

I need to see my friends

I need to pet my cat

I need to say goodbye

One more day turns into 2,3,4

Until depression is screaming at me to just

Finish my assignment

Finish myself off

Depression taught me how to learn

Learn how many painkillers it takes to overdose or where the vein is on my wrist

Learn how to make everyone hate me so maybe, just maybe,

They won’t care as much when I finish my assignment

Depression taught me to defend myself

From the outside world

To put myself in a space where I get told

When to eat, sleep, and get hand fed my meds

Depression taught me  how to love

Love everyone but myself because they all deserve it

But I don’t because depression is a constant reminder of how useless I am

Depression loves me

Depression loves me because I am the one

Feeding it day by day,

Night after night

Until it is fully satisfied

But it never is.

“Haunted” Places To Visit In Wisconsin


1.)  Boy Scout Lane. Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Gruesome tales persist about the dead end road west of the Wisconsin River. The road was named in honor after the several boy scouts who died there, how they died remains a mystery and no one truly knows how they died. Visitors say they see a light gently bobbing through the trees, it is believed to be the light from the lantern that started the fire or someone searching for the lost boys. Continue reading “Haunted” Places To Visit In Wisconsin