Warped Tour Unveils Lineup for Final Run


Warped Tour has announced its 2018 lineup. The tour’s final cross-country includes several bands that have performed over the tour’s past 24 years, including All Time Low, Simple Plan, Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday and the Used. Last November, founder Kevin Lyman announced that 2018 would be the end of Warped Tour as a traveling unit and that they are going to stay in one place at the tours quarter of a century mark in 2019. Lyman wrote  “Today, with many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour.” Continue reading Warped Tour Unveils Lineup for Final Run

Expiration Dates


Americans throw away a staggering amount of food everyday which can have a negative effect on the environment, and the extra food could be used by those who may need it. Many times that people throw items away are due to food and drinks being past the expiration date printed on the packaging of most items when, in reality, these expiration dates don’t mean that the food has spoiled, they are simple ploys to force people to buy more food. Food producers determine the amount of time in which their food tastes the best and print the label accordingly, not actually finding the true amount of time that a food item is edible for. This way people either eat or throw away their food more often and buy more, raising the profit levels for the producer. Ways to make sure that food is still good include looking at its coloration, smelling it, and feeling it. If the food seems normal in all of these categories, it should be fine to eat.

Why Starbucks?


Why do people like Starbucks and say it’s better than Dunkin Donuts and other coffee places they haven’t even tried? I’ll tell you why, people like the name brand. Some people don’t even get coffee and they say it is better. Let me clarify for anyone that is this kind of person, you cannot say coffee is better one place when you haven’t even tried it! Some people even say there is no difference between the way Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts roast their beans. They lie. Starbucks over roasts their beans so they are a bit burnt while Dunkin’s doesn’t. I’m sure they do other things that are different which change the taste, but that is the biggest difference in my opinion.

The Black Panther Party


The Black Panthers, also known as the Black Panther Party, was a political organization founded in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale to challenge police brutality against the African American community. Dressed in black berets and black leather jackets, the Black Panthers organized armed citizen patrols of Oakland and other U.S. cities. At its peak in 1968, the Black Panther Party had roughly 2,000 members. The organization later declined as a result of internal tensions, deadly shootouts and FBI counterintelligence activities aimed at weakening the organization. Continue reading The Black Panther Party

Music and the Dramatic Power It Holds


It may not be entirely agreeable, but music enhances everyday life of humans everywhere. Music allows school, chores, and even work to be an enjoyable time. Obviously, people have discovered this and listen to music to ease the burdens of their day. A study by Edison Research shows that the average American listens to four hours of music each day: which adds up to over 60 days per year of pure audial happiness. Not only can music provide stress relief, but it can also be used as a platform to convey messages and present opinions. Continue reading Music and the Dramatic Power It Holds

The Oscar


Last night premiered the 90th Academy Awards; the Oscars is an award show that is on only once a year. It awards the best movies, actors, directors and influential people in the industry. Many people go to this show every year, and it is a big social event. Before the show starts, there is a red carpet where all of the stars from your favorite TV shows and movies go. During this time they talk to reporters and get their picture taken by paparazzi. Continue reading The Oscar

Orchestra Festival


This past weekend held the 54th annual KUSD Orchestra Festival. The festival was two days long and contained music from string instrument players. Players of all ages including fourth graders to seniors joined together to perform for over 2,000 people. Scott Plank, coordinator of fine arts in the KUSD district, put in a lot of hard work to make sure the festival ran smoothly. Each year, Plank and the orchestra teachers of KUSD come together to pick a guest conductor. This year, Kirt Mosier  was chosen to make stops at each of the high schools and middle schools to work with students in clinics. Mosier also engaged in a five hour long rehearsal on Saturday morning before the performance. Continue reading Orchestra Festival

City of Dreams


Stop trying!”

“You’ll never amount to anything in life!”

“You have to pay the bills, you know.”

These were the words swirling in Natalie’s head as she walked out the door of her bedroom, maybe for the last time. Math equations, English vocab, and Spanish tenses could go in through one ear and out the other within minutes, but these phrases clung to Natalie’s mind like a child to its mother on the first day of kindergarten. She wanted out. She needed to get away from the place where these words were uttered to her daily.

She grabbed her sweatshirt and purse off of the counter. Her purse contained her license, phone, headphones, debit card, and about $20. That’s all she would need, right? That and determination. She was set. She looked in the mirror at her scrawny body and thin, messy brunette hair and sighed. The image of herself in her head never matched what she saw when she looked in the mirror. Continue reading City of Dreams

Caffeine is a Celebrated Murderer


Modern society is built entirely on time. Time is purely a made-up substance created for organization. Even though it is completely fake, everyone depends on time to feel complete. Human days mainly consists of 8 hours of work, 8 hours of leisure and 8 hours of sleep. With all of this limited time an energy drink (almost) seems like a must have. Staying on such a strict schedule can be a very stressful task! People resort to energy drinks in the morning to kick-start their day and it is incredibly terrible for them. Continue reading Caffeine is a Celebrated Murderer

Happy Easter!


Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is Christianity’s most important holiday. It has been called a moveable feast because it doesn’t fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Instead, Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. Orthodox Christians use the Julian calendar to calculate when Easter will occur and typically celebrate the holiday a week or two after the Western churches, which follow the Gregorian calendar. Continue reading Happy Easter!

Ukulele History


The ukulele is one of those instruments that not many people know about; it has been around since the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the machete. The people who were known to be the creators of the ukulele are three Portuguese immigrants whose names were Manuel Nunes, Jose do Espirito Santo, and August Dias. Those three first came to Hawaii as Portuguese immigrants who came to work in the sugar cane fields. 

The ukulele is a four-string machete/guitar instrument. The strings are typically made out of nylon, gut strings, or four courses of strings. It is a member of the guitar family but it was told that ukuleles were more of a hybrid than a direct descendent.  There are four sizes, which include the soprano (the smallest one), concert, tenor, and baritone (largest size and most similar to a guitar). The tuning goes to “my dog has fleas”. The four strings pitches are most commonly G, C, E, and A. The tone and volume varies with the sizes and constructions of the instrument. Continue reading Ukulele History

A Growing Downtown Company


A company you may or may not have heard of is growing and taking over as the downtown’s new hot spot. They are called Grease and Honey a family restaurant, They include The Garage, The Buzz, and Sazzy B, and a new place they will be opening around early 2019 which will be near Sazzy and The Buzz. The proposal is to have the new place have six hotel suites. Although The Garage isn’t a downtown restaurant, it is part of the company. Continue reading A Growing Downtown Company

Inexpensive and Easy Performance Enhancements for Lower End Cars


Many people would love to own a top of the line sports car, giving them the opportunity to feel the surge of power when the ignition starts the engine and watch heads turn as the growl of true power echoes through the streets. Unfortunately, many individuals do not have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on a car that will most likely need to be locked up during the snowy season anyway. But don’t fret; there are many upgrades that can be applied to everyday vehicles that allow the driver to feel some semblance of the power found at the higher prices. Continue reading Inexpensive and Easy Performance Enhancements for Lower End Cars

Reasons to Travel


The definition of travel is to make a journey, typically of some length or abroad. Traveling is a great way to experience other cultures and to view how people live. People should step out of their comfort zone and see the rest of the world. There are 195 countries, and being able to visit a few would be astounding.

There are many reasons to travel. One would be to challenge yourself. People crave new experiences and challenges. Travel is an ideal way to test yourself. It pushes people to their limit and gets them outside of their comfort zone. People discover how resourceful they are when they are exposed to new places, peoples, and experiences. Overcoming challenges will bring joy and energy for future tests. People will realize how capable they are and build their confidence. Continue reading Reasons to Travel

Beautiful Sun


April will forever be my favorite month, not because the vibrant white flowers would grow in the school yard. And not because the light scent of rain was in the air. It was because this was the month I meet Sun. She was a new student at Northbrook Academy, and like her name she brought light into the dimly lit life. And I remember her so well.

Ms. Keaton looked up blankly from her desk. My teacher reminded me of a reptile. She was very skinny in her teacher’s uniform and had horrible posture. Her skin was dry and looked like she was constantly shedding it. She had thin hair that sat unevenly on her shoulders. Sun entered the room and was greeted by Ms. Keaton, who stared at Sun for a good five minutes until her monotone voice escaped her lips.

“Oh…Ah…Class this is…” Ms. Keaton’s brain was moving at the speed of a sloth, “this is…is…this…is…uhhhh…ummmm…this…is…Sun.” Ms. Keaton continued with the introduction, “She is from…is from…is…she…is…from…ummm…ahhh…Sun…is…she…is…from…Japan.” Continue reading Beautiful Sun



There are a lot of great artists that attend SAIC, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A lot of the pieces and paintings viewed were rather interesting. Seven Deadly Sins, a sculptural series created by Garrett Augustyn, depicts the devil and the seven deadly sins in human-esque form. He associated colors with each sin; red being lust, blue being sloth, green being envy, gold being greed, purple being pride, orange/yellow being gluttony, black being wrath. The devil was the classic black/red combo. They all have certain aspects and/or facial expressions that depict them as that deadly sin. The lust statue dons a scarlet ‘A’, alluding to the main character in The Scarlet Letter, while the pride statue pictured wears a smug expression. Continue reading SAIC Art


a short story by ANALICIA TORRES

My parents had just left the house when the emergency broadcast blared throughout the house: “WE INTERRUPT THIS BROADCAST TO ASK VIEWERS TO REMAIN CALM AND STAY INSIDE. LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS AND DO NOT ANSWER THE–”

The room went dark. In the back bedroom, the twins began to cry in their cribs, their music no longer lulling them to sleep. My heart leapt into my throat as I crawled toward the kitchen to take my phone off the charger. Sparks shot from the blackened screen and spat crackles along my hand. Outside, rain pounded down on the house, lightning tore blinding gashes in the sky, and thunder roared so loudly it sounded as if the world was being ripped apart. Continue reading Dreams

Trouble in Arizona


The Arizona board of regents has called a special meeting for Thursday afternoon to receive legal advice and discuss the University of Arizona men’s basketball program and the contract of their head coach Sean Miller. This is the result of an FBI investigation that discovered a recording of coach Miller offering a recruit $100,000 to come to the University of Arizona to play basketball. Due to the recent allegations, and possible punishments in the future, Arizona has lost one of its top recruits in the Class of 2018. Shareef O’Neal, son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, has decommitted from Arizona in the midst of the controversy. It will be interesting to see how the NCAA handles this situation in the upcoming weeks.

Tragedy Strikes Again

By Courtney Salisbury and Kate Bertog

It seems as if we were just discussing the Texas or California school shootings, because we were. These tribulations have not stood still since we rang in the New Year. On Wednesday, February twenty first, towards the end of the day, the fire alarm at Parkland High School in Florida went off and suspicion filled the minds of many. They had a fire drill earlier that day, and they are usually held only once a month. Students and teachers piled outside, but only to discover chaos. It was then when they realized they were being lured out of the building by an intruder only to be subjected to violence. Continue reading Tragedy Strikes Again

Thaddeus Young Joins Elite Company


Wednesday night, Indiana Pacers forward, Thaddeus Young, just entered a club shared with the NBA’s most prized players. A club featuring Jordan, Bird, Magic, and LeBron James, gained a new member. While Young will never be an all star, he provides solid numbers every game. Young is now one of five players to average 13.5 pts, 5.9 reb, 1.4 stls, 49% FGs and 30% 3-pt FGs. This statistically specific club is viewed as a joke for many, but Young should take pride in himself to be with the elite. Proving to be a factor in the Pacers’ success, Young will continue to play a big role in Indiana. Every good team needs a guy like Young, who goes out, fights hard, does his duties, and gets wins. Congratulations Thaddeus!

How to Score a Play with Little Prince Composer Jarod Sturycz


I spoke to Tremper student Jarod Sturycz about his role in composing the original score for the Drama department’s production of The Little Prince, which opened last week in the Tremper auditorium. Jarod, who has been involved in several Drama Club productions, has written music before, but never a score for a performance. This first score was well performed, impressive, and above all, unique, so I asked Jarod about just what made this score work so well for the performance.

What are the main musical inspirations of the music of The Little Prince?

A: Some of the minor characters are based around elements from classic films like The Godfather and Once Upon a Time in America, both of which have some of the best scores in history, and musical motifs present in Elvis Presley’s work. The majority of the music lives in the atmosphere of the show’s story which is very much a collage of arid desert sequences and cosmic luminescence that all of the characters, one way or another, revolve around. To create this I became more in touch with nature and infused the ways it perplexes me into the score. Continue reading How to Score a Play with Little Prince Composer Jarod Sturycz

The Little Prince- Opening Weekend


Tremper’s third show of the 2017-2018 school year, The Little Prince, entertains all ages with its fun yet thought provoking storyline and intricate technical elements.  An adaption of the French children’s book of the same title, the play tells the story of a cynical aviator whose airplane goes down in the Sahara Desert, stranding him with limited resources.  Soon after his crash-landing, a mysterious little boy appears with many questions for the aviator. In describing his life and journey to earth, the young boy changes the aviator’s feelings about relationships, people, and life itself.  The show features many flamboyant characters, as Director Nicolas Cicerale and Assistant Director Mikey Kok decided to put a spin on the originals. A curtain made of stars, revolving stage platform, and an overall “just sketched” look set the scene for the beautiful story, while original music composed by Jarod Sturycz makes the experience more incredible still.  Featuring Rebecca St. Ange as the Prince and Dana Lehman as the aviator, this play is a must-see for all.


The Conspiracy Theory of the CIA & AIDS


Now before we get into this article and this topic, I want to make this clear that AIDS is a real diseases and should not be taken lightly, as of 2017 over 600,000 people have received this awful diseases. So don’t take this article too seriously as this conspiracy may not be true.

Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first reported the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1981, rumors have persisted that the deadly virus was created by the CIA to wipe out homosexuals and African Americans. Even today, the conspiracy theory has a number of high-profile believers. South African President Thabo Mbeki once touted the theory, disputing scientific claims that the virus originated in Africa and accusing the U.S. government of manufacturing the disease in military labs. When she won the Nobel Peace Prize, Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai used the international spotlight to support that theory as well. Continue reading The Conspiracy Theory of the CIA & AIDS

Upcoming AP Tests


AP Tests are coming up and many students should be informed about it since these tests could improve your college experience. March 15 2018, is the deadline to sign up for AP tests at Tremper. Each tests costs $94, and if you have reduced lunch, look for additional information about how your tests can be reduced also. Make sure to register on time so you do not have to pay the $45 late fee. These tests are important and essential for credits in college. AP classes are important to take so you can challenge yourself to experience a college-level class and go through the test for potential college credits. The tests start on Monday, May 7, and go through Friday, May 18, 2018. These days include two to four tests a day and the tests can range from 90 mins to three hours. Sign up on time for these tests so you can potentially get college credits!

“The Little Prince”


On March 2nd, the day after the first showing of “The Little Prince,” we interviewed the composer and director of the production, Jarod Sturycz and Nic Cicerale. They produced their opinions and responses to a few questions we had in mind about the overall production and the journey of composing the music used in the show. Continue reading if you are interested in seeing the show or just want a better understanding of what the show is.

Question: How was the mental journey of composing music for such a complex production?

Jarod Sturycz: “It was different then writing music for myself. Normally when I write music the story is more personal, but when I did it for “The Little Prince”, I had to infuse the elements of my own experiences with love into the love story within the play. Most of the production wasn’t stressful because the cast and crew were really supportive of my vision and they knew that it matched perfectly with the show.

We continued on to interview Mr. Cicerale on more of the process and effect that may have been considered confusing or raised questions within the symbolism of ‘The Little Prince.’ Continue reading “The Little Prince”

A Game

a short story by ANALICIA TORRES

It’s just a game, they said. That’s all it was. Nothing they said should have been taken to heart. The laughs, jokes, jeers, posts to Instagram and Snapchat— it was all just for fun, they said. Just a way to kill time and have fun. So if it was just a game, why didn’t Mila come back to life?

I sit in a metal chair that freezes me to the bone and stare blankly down at the steel table. The shine has worn off its surface, leaving large scratches and dents open for the visitors to see. “Let’s go over this again,” says Detective Brown.  “You and your friends— there were four of you before the accident, yes?— got bored hanging out and decided to search on the Internet for a game to play. You saw posts on social media and decided to try one. Is this right so far?” I nod. “Then the four of you went out into the woods to do what exactly?”

Something wet drops onto my hand. It’s cold, unmoving— like Mila. Dead, I think. She’s dead. Continue reading A Game

Angry Cardinals


On February 20th, 2018 the NCAA decided that it would strip the Louisville’s men’s basketball program of their 2013 National Championship. This was the result of  Andre McGee’s actions. The NCAA found evidence that McGee, Louisville’s former director of basketball operations, acted unethically when he arranged stripper parties in which sexual acts occurred involving players and recruits. Continue reading Angry Cardinals

The Life Lessons of Hamilton


For the past two years, I have been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack intermittently, but in recent months, I have found my listening the songs more frequently which have lead me to discover many lessons though the songs and message. Here are 10 things that I have learned from the Hamilton soundtrack:

  1. No matter who you are, whether you are an immigrant or a orphan, you can defy odds and accomplish your goals as long as you don’t throw away your shot.
  2. Sometimes, no matter how important, you just need to take a break from your work because you must make time for those you love or else you will lose them.
  3. Cabinet meetings can actually be entertaining and interesting.
  4. Not everyone is going to like your ideas but that should not stop you from trying to convince them otherwise.
  5. There are going to be people in your life that will come along and make it seem as though they have your best interest in mind but in reality they care about themselves. These friendships do not well, and, in some cases, end in a shot.
  6. Do not let your sister marry a man that you know is in love with you rather than her, especially when you feel the same way about him. Tell her the truth.
  7. In life, there will be things that will come along and temp you. You must find the words inside of you to say no because you could end up hurting others.
  8. When someone breaks your heart, your world may seem to crumble and might want to destroy every last thing that reminds you of them. That’s alright. Let it burn.
  9. Lin Manuel Miranda is a genius. That is fact.
  10. Broadway musicals can make anything interesting, even the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life.



All-Star Game Revival


For the first time in NBA history, the All-Star game has taken on a new format. Traditionally, the game would be played between the East All-Stars, and the West All-Stars. Many fans, including NBA players themselves, thought the All-Star game was becoming too boring and it needed a change. So, this year the leading vote getters were captains and got to choose their players in a traditional draft style from a pool of starters, then reserves. Continue reading All-Star Game Revival

Our Generation Deserves More Input Than Any Other on Gun Control


Last week’s mass shooting in Parkland has reignited the gun control debate in America yet again following the killing of seventeen students by shooter Nikolas Cruz. One week later, the debate has yet to lose significance in the public eye, as students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have vowed to inspire real change in gun control policy. More so than any other mass shooting, students of Parkland have rallied support for their side of the gun control debate on social media, the news, and the press. This unwillingness to recede into silence over the massacre in their school should demonstrate to lawmakers how serious this generation is about inspiring real change, and the leaders of this movement should not be dismissed as typical teenagers. After the loss of seventeen of our peers, our oft-mocked and stereotyped generation now has the chance to show the world how much we can do to better the country. Continue reading Our Generation Deserves More Input Than Any Other on Gun Control



So I’ve been spending the past few weeks pouring my heart into something that has the potential to help save thousands of lives: the Tremper Blood Drive. I can almost ensure that you’ve seen me around, writing announcements, making posters, painting windows, registering donors during lunch, recruiting students during Check and Connect, and overall trying to run a day of organized chaos. I cannot stress enough how much our blood drive means to me, and I can guarantee that there are people that you know and see every single day that could benefit from a blood donation. Continue reading Donate

Top 100 Movies of All Time


Part 1: 100-90. These Movies are based on IMDb and movie critics

100.) Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) – Rating: 7.8 (Not Rated)

  • The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Chohan.

99.)  North by Northwest (1959)  – Rating: 8.4 (Not Rated)

  • A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across  the country while he looks for a way to survive.

98.) Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – Rating: 7.8 (PG-13)

  • A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes  to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Continue reading Top 100 Movies of All Time

The Best and Worst Foods


Most people believe that if they consume an equal balance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and proteins daily that they are eating the best they possibly can. However, those people are oblivious of their actual vitamin and nutrient intake. Nutrition experts identified the best and worst foods in a few nutritional categories as many people are unaware of the fact that not all healthy foods are considered equal. Continue reading The Best and Worst Foods

Best Sandwich Place in Kenosha


In Kenosha, there are many different choices to get a delicious sandwich. Some places may go with the traditional sub sandwich, but others such as Panera prefer a homemade style club sandwich. With there being so many places to get a delicious sandwich, we took it upon ourselves to see what the people liked the best. The top choices came out to be the local Hungry Head and the chain of Jimmy Johns. Surprisingly Subway came out close to the bottom.

What’s Going on in the Downtown


In downtown Kenosha this week (February 17-25) we have restaurant week. Restaurant week includes downtown businesses and they all have a $10 lunch deal, $20 and a $30 dinner deal. The restaurants involved are Trolley Dogs, Wine Knot Bar and Bistro, Franks Diner, Harborside Common Grounds, Kaiser’s Pizza & Pub, Sazzy B, Scoops Ice Cream, The Buzz, Sandy’s Popper, and several others. Places like Sazzy B have a $20 dinner that is valued at $30, and it includes apps and drinks drinks. They also have a $30 dinner with apps, entrees, and dessert. Their $10 brunch that is valued at $17 has drinks and “Fantastic Food”. To know more about restaurant week in Kenosha, visit www.downtownkenosha.org. In other parts of downtown if you head east of the restaurants you will find yourself at the museums where the Kenosha Public Museum Exhibit has ‘Tiny Titans- Dinosaur Eggs and Babies’. At Fusion they are having an open mic night as well as Sazzy B on February 20th. Heading down to Kenosha’s downtown is great for a date, showing off where you live to people out of town, or just a fun family night out.  


The Crazy Wants Out


Anna trudged up the steps. Another day full of boring school work and meaningless “friends” was over. She got ready for bed. She grabbed her two most prized possessions, her walkman and her headphones, and headed to her room to escape from the monotonous world.

Once she had her headphones in and her music playing, she finally felt free. Free from school. Free from people. Free from stress. Nothing but her, her music, and her thoughts. She closed her eyes and let her mind wander into the all too familiar abyss. The same abyss she escaped to last night and the one she would escape to again tomorrow night. Continue reading The Crazy Wants Out



The TV show Friends starts out with Rachel, a women in her twenties who recently left her fiance at the altar. Rachel comes into the coffee house where her old friend from high school, Monica, is hanging out with her friends Ross, Joey, Phoebe, and Chandler. Monica sees Rachel in a wedding dress and talks to her about what just happened. Little did Rachel know that that day would be the beginning of her new life and her new found independence. Continue reading Friends

St. Patrick’s Day History


The Patron Saint of Ireland, better known as Saint Patrick, was established in 35 AD and had a life long goal bringing Christianity to Irish people. Throughout his life he was locked up because of his beliefs, and it wasn’t until he continued to create many Christian monasteries that he decided to retire in the countryside, and soon after he died on March 17, 461 AD.

The day of his death was celebrated all over Ireland wearing green for the three leaf clover and eating Irish corned beef and cabbage. The first celebration in America of the Irish holiday came in a parade, but the Irish were portrayed as drunks and violent monkeys in newspaper cartoons. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was on March 17, 1762. This celebration didn’t happen in a traditional Irish community, but in the streets of New York for the soldiers who were serving in the English Military. The Irish immigrants created the ‘Irish Aid’ societies, which would hold annual parades featuring music, food and dancing. Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day History