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INDEX Page 2 Bombardier News *Getting Involved *Life as Head Coach *Attleboro Idol Pages 4-5 Editorials Pages 6-7 Blue Pride Night
Page 8 Movies and T.V. *District 9 *Weeds *One Tree Hill *The Fame Page 9 College Review Mr. AHS Night School Coordinator Page 10 Shakespeare Revived *A Midsummer Night’s Dream *The Taming of the Shrew *Twelfth Night Pages 11-12 ‘Tis the Season
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Attleboro High School 100 Rathbun Willard Drive Attleboro, MA 02703 Phone: 508-222-5150 Fax: 508-223-1579 Web Address:
Principal: Jeff Newman Superintendent: Dr. Pia Durkin
AHS welcomes the commencement of two new night school programs: a diploma program for current AHS students in need of credits and a continuing education program, which is open to anyone in the community. The Attleboro Evening Diploma Program (AEDP) is a program offered to current or former high school students who would like to earn a diploma. These students can be current AHS students who need credits to graduate or former students who never graduated and would like a chance to obtain a diploma. Night school director Donna Maria Shirman said, “I believe AEDP will provide an opportunity for some people who previously felt a high school diploma was an impossibility. I am proud to be a part of that.” While the program supports students who want to graduate, students may not drop out of day school to take night classes. According to the AEDP brochure, “It is the position of the evening diploma program that every possible avenue for a student’s success in traditional day school setting be fully explored before considering enrollment in AEDP.” In order to receive an AEDP diploma, students must pass the ELA, math, and science MCAS tests, earn 110 credits, take a minimum of three night classes and begin the program with 30 credits from an accredited high school. Each class is worth five credits and students must eventually earn 20 credits in math, English and Going to Gillette Stadium and interviewing a player of the New England Patriots is any aspiring sports writer ’s dream. To some students, it is just a daydream fabricated during class, but recently that dream became a reality. Gillette Stadium is a place of wonder and awe for football fans. Its expansive arena is only a small part of the excitement that can be experienced at Patriot Place. The Patriot Pro Shop is the perfect spot for the Patriots’ groupies to buy what they need in order to display their team spirit. It is a place for Patriots fans, whether they are just getting into the sport or have been longtime supporters. On the second floor of the Pro Shop is the Patriot’s museum, The Hall, full of moments in football history, Superbowl rings, AFC Championship banners, lifesize models of players, and
just want an evening out,” said CTE Director Mr. Terry Gayton who is the coordinator of the Continuing Ed. program. Currently classes offered include: Welding I, Welding II, Introduction to CAD, Introduction to Web Design, Beginning Adobe Photoshop, Woodworking for Women and Men, Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel, Fundamentals of Digital Photography, and Introduction to Drawing. All classes are $180 each with the exception of Welding I and II, which cost $200 because of extended class time. Each class meets one day a week for six weeks; days and times vary by course, but a majority meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Classes begin the week of Oct. 26 and continue until the week of Dec. 7. “We want to expand the Continuing Ed. program,” said Gayton. “We used a ‘start out small and build from there’ perspective. We hope people
AHS Goes Nocturnal By: Melanie Thibeault
social science, 15 credits in science, and five credits in both PE/health and art. Taught by certified AHS educators, the courses include: English MCAS I and II, English III, English IV, MCAS Math, Algebra II A, Algebra II B, US History I, US History II, Government & Civics, Psychology, Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, Art I, Art II, and Health & Wellness. Classes began for Semester I on Sept. 14 and 15, and run until Dec. 21 and 22. Semester II classes begin on Feb. 1 and 2 and continue until May 12 and 13. Each class costs $120, but financial aid is available for eligible students. Classes meet on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday basis for 25 sessions. Each class is an hour and a half long and is offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. or 7:30 to 9 p.m. There are currently 34 students enrolled in the program who take up 54 seats, meaning some students are enrolled in two classes. Twelve of these students are currently enrolled in AHS and are making up credits, while the remainder are former students looking to receive a diploma. Hopes are high for more enrollments and an expansion of the number of classes offered as well as the number of classes students are allowed to take. “[Thirty-four] is a good start; it was about the number we were hoping to begin with. The success of the
program will help to fund the evening school and hopefully the number of classes will expand,” AHS Principal Jeffery Newman said. “We’re hoping students can talk to people who didn’t graduate but were close to it and interest them in coming back to get a diploma,” Newman added. Jeff Goodman (12) said, “I think it’s a pretty good idea to allow students to go to school at night; it’s less time they have to spend in school during the summer, which makes both them and the teachers happy. It’s also good for the schools, as it brings in more money.” The diploma class is not the only night school program offered at AHS. Continuing education classes are offered to members of all ages in the community who are looking to improve a skill or Cont. on page 9 discover a new interest. “These classes are for people who want to take on a new skill or hone existing ones. If they have tools and don’t know how to use them, they can take a woodworking course. [The program] is Melanie Thibeault also for Director of Night School adults who Ms. Sherman
, By: Samantha Wood with input from AHS Journalism Class
players’ uniforms are all present. There are also clips presented in movie theatre fashion. One of the more impressive displays was that of the playoff game against Oakland when kicker Adam
Vinatiari overcame extreme weather conditions to kick the winning field goal. Standing in front of the screen while simulated snow comes down on all sides of the display brings the viewer back to that nail-
Journalism students in the Patriot’s Hall of Fame
biting game. It’s authentic enough to send chills up the spine. The display also offers the chance for visitors to experience the feel of kicking a field goal themselves. The Lombardi trophies awaited each viewer at the end of the tour. Television screens displayed all three of the winning Superbowl moments as confetti fell from the ceiling. It gave the impression the game was just won and the viewer was there to witness it. After the journey down memory lane was over, it was time to view it on the big screen. A short film was provided on the history of the team, from its modest beginnings as the Boston Patriots to its current status as one of the best teams in the National Football League. It captured the passion of true New Englanders who love their football team just as much as they love being from New England. Cont. on page 3
Bombardier News Life as Head Coach
“Be Cool, Stay After School” bulletin board
Getting Involved By: Ashley Zimmerman Many teenagers become nervous and unsettled in their days leading up to the beginning of high school. The transition from middle school is a giant step for every student. One of the easiest ways to calm nerves and achieve a feeling of comfort in high school is by getting involved. Entering the doors of AHS, freshmen are faced with an unfamiliar place, and new people. With three middle schools coming together to form one giant class, it’s impossible to know every single classmate. “I was so nervous my freshmen year. I didn’t really know anyone and I was sure I would get lost,” said Julia Cathcart (11). There are numerous ways to get involved. One way is through the various clubs that are offered. By joining a club, students are given the chance to meet new people and engage in something they have never tried before. Numerous
clubs are offered various days of the week. Some clubs meet directly after school while others meet at night. These clubs include: Student Council, Class Council, Leo Club, Amnesty Club, Chess Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Environmental Club and Math Club. No matter one’s interests, there is a club for everyone. Another way to become involved is by joining a sports team. AHS has a variety of sports teams available to all students. Much of a student’s free time is spent at practice or games. These teams also interact in team building activities outside of school such as spaghetti dinners and fundraisers, providing a great way to meet friends. AHS offers different sports for fall, winter, and spring including: soccer, football, field hockey, swim, golf, basketball, tennis, softball, and baseball. “My freshman year I joined the field hockey team. Since then, I have met so many
great people that I am still friends with today,” said Samantha Wood (12). When an event is taking place at school, it is a good idea to attend. It’s a great way to hang out with friends and be aware of what is taking place at school. Events such as dances and proms are only some examples that can prove to be a great way to be social. AHS also holds events such as Mr. AHS, Attleboro Idol, Battle of the Bands, and Incarceration Night. After attending, students may even make some new friends. “School events are so much fun. It’s a time for everyone to get together and hang out,” said Farial Aziz (12). In order to make high school an even better experience, students should become involved. They should join clubs, sports and attend events held at the school. High school is filled with many ups and downs and new friends will only make the experience that much better.
Mr. Kevin Deschenes, culinary chef, teacher and coach has been at AHS for more than 20 years. Currently in his eighth year as head coach of Attleboro High School’s football team, he loves football with a passion. He is also the loving father of two children: Patrick and Nicole. Deschenes started football in 1971 in a youth football league through AHS; he was a center and a lineman for all of his years playing football. He wasn’t a starter at first, but did start during his junior year as center. Deschenes also made it into the Attleboro Football Hall Of Fame and made the All-Star Sun Chronicle team. “I wanted to coach football because of the very good coaches I had and looked up to,” Deschenes said. Deschenes’ wasn’t a trouble-maker during his high school years; he was a good respectful student, who was afraid “of getting in trouble.” After graduating from AHS, Deschenes attended the Culinary Institute of Art of America in Hyde Park with a major in Culinary. His G.P.A. in college was around 3.95 on a 4.0 scale. After graduating, he returned to AHS as a coach of
Attleboro’s football team and as a teacher in the culinary department. He has been coaching for 22 years and has been the head coach for the last eight years. D e s c h e n e s ’ reminisced about his coaching years. “Last year was a good year for the team ... we went to the playoffs in the 1990s … every year is a good year,” Deschenes said. Before a big game, Deschenes said, “I would leave school, go home, and make a cup of coffee with my wife and talk about the game, then go back to the team.” “He works hard all year long on coaching, and also he’s a good father who supports me all the way,” said his son Pat. “Coach Deschenes puts a lot of time and efforts to not only prepare his players for games, but for the classroom and what is expected of them in the community,” said assistant football Coach Doug Heal. “He has a positive impact on the football players he coaches daily. He’s dedicated and committed to the football program,” Athletic Director Mark Houle said. Deschenes was born in Attleboro, Mass. and is still living in his hometown today.
By: Watson Yerm
Kevin Deschenes, not just a football coach, but also a chef
By: Melanie Thibeault
Contestants performing in Attleboro Idol
The Second Annual Attleboro Idol took place on Tues. Sept. 29 in the Bray Auditorium, starring ten of AHS’s finest singers. In the style of the popular television show American Idol, there were four judges — Soraya Beaubrun (12), Spanish teacher Mrs. Jean Hickox, English teacher Mr. Patrick Parker, and special education math teacher Mr. Brian Thompson. They provided contestants with mostly praise and very little criticism. “Being a judge makes you feel like you have some
type of power. It’s as if everyone is depending on what you say to [help] make their choice. Overall, the experience was really fun,” said Beaubrun. Kicking off the event was Jeffrey Still (9) singing Magic by Pilot. After not making the cut for the top ten, Still delivered a heartfelt, humorous rendition, declaring “I’m not done yet” after various interruptions of applause from the audience. Chris Em (12) was the preshow host, and after Cont. on page 9
Edition 1 Behind the Scenes continued from page 1 Once that was over, it was time for the main event of the trip - the interview with a member of the team. Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, who suits up as number eight, was signed to the Patriots as a free agent earlier this year. He answered each question to the best of his ability, including his opinion on the Michael Vick conflict. Vick, who currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, was convicted earlier this year for participating in illegal dog fights. Hoyer expressed his opinion that Vick deserves a second chance, but also admitted to being a huge dog lover. “I go home and see my dog Daisy, so it’s a difficult decision for me. She’s always there and never knows if I’ve had a good or bad day. It doesn’t matter to her.” His parents, as well as baseball and football coaches, provide him with the inspiration to try his hardest every day and despite the rivalry between
their alma maters, Tom Brady is the one he looks up to on the team. Hoyer provided insight on what it’s like to be playing backup to famous number twelve. “He’s probably one of the most serious guys on the team. He’s always focused on winning, whether it’s practice or a big game. I can always go to him for advice.” The fastest runner on the team? “Randy Moss,” Hoyer replied without hesitation. “A lot of guys joke about challenging him to a race, but when you see him in a game, it’s pretty intimidating.” According to Hoyer, fame has not been a huge factor for the team. “Everyone plays equally together. No one really lets it get the best of them. It’s all about the game, not the fame.” Hoyer did admit to being one of the messiest players on the team, but was quick to supply another suspect. “Well, besides me, I guess it would have to be
Edelman,” said Hoyer. “His locker is next to mine and I’m always putting his stuff back in after it has spilled over into mine.” Hoyer’s breakfast of champions for game day consists of four eggs over easy and a bowl of oatmeal with a side of blueberries and strawberries. This may seem like a lot, yet, according to Hoyer, the offensive linemen are the ones always going back for seconds during lunch. “They definitely eat the most on the team.” The experience of the entire trip was amazing and provided a good indication of what a normal day for a sports writer would be like. Despite the indication that we were being used as a publicity stunt, the looks on the faces of my classmates during the ride home revealed that this had not affected anyone in the slightest. It was a great journalistic experience and one never to be forgotten.
Journalism students visit Gillette Stadium
Editorials PepsiCo App
Students using cell phones in class
Cell Phone Pandemic By: Melanie Thibeault
TToday I’d like to talk about — excuse me, my cell phone is ringing. I have to take this call … okay, where were we? Oh, yes, today I’d like to talk about my growing annoyance with cell phones. As of late, my vexations concern both my own cell phone’s constant pestering and complete strangers’ behavior on their cells. Maybe I’m just growing tired and surly, but I’m confident that there are a few other people who are just as aggravated. First, I must warn you, everything regarding this topic will prove my hypocrisy. While I could spend hours ranting about my exasperation with cell phones, I will not bet anyone as much as a dime that I could go a day without my phone. It has become some sort of uncomfortably hard and awkwardly shaped security blanket, without which I would surely have some mild form of panic attack. Even if nobody calls or texts me for days, I still feel a compulsion to check my phone every few hours to see if I may have missed something important, and by important, I mean if my friend texted me to say she just ate a Hot Pocket too quickly and burnt her mouth because she thought she was running late for a meeting. Turns out she just misread the clock. Whew, thank you for letting me know; I can breathe again knowing everything is going to be okay. I spent months trying to convince my parents to add a texting plan to my phone, unaware of the disadvantages of being constantly connected to the world. At any moment of the day, my pants could vibrate and interrupt the conversation
I am having or the work I am doing. (I hate having my phone on any sort of volume due to embarrassing ring tones, so I leave it constantly on the vibe setting.) I have no complaints when someone wants to ask a question, inform me of something important or even tell me a funny story or anecdote. It’s the constant arbitrary comments that I receive, telling me what my friends are doing, eating, reading or complaining about that make me want to chuck my phone out the nearest window or into a lake. Even then, I’m certain the waterproof case would still allow the messages to come through and a man fishing would catch it, track me down and return it to me, soaked and vibrating with my missing texts. The worst part of texting is the chain messages that people feel the need to share, as if receiving them via e-mail isn’t annoying enough. At any time my phone could go off, giving me false hope for a funny message. Instead, my dreams are crushed and I’m left annoyed and alarmed that my phone just warned me if I didn’t pass on this message, I would have bad luck in relationships for the next ten years. What a confidence booster. Don’t get me started on the whole T-9 business either. As if technology wasn’t already ruining our grammar and spelling skills, T-9 is further corrupting minds by automatically finishing words and phrases for the user. That is, if the user can figure out the cryptic system of letters that are somehow supposed to form words. I have failed miserably at this task. While trying to
write the word “hurts,” as in “this T-9 thing hurts my head,” my phone chose to replace “hurts” with the word “gittsputt” (I use the term “word” lightly). I finally bought a new phone with a full keyboard and can now type faster and spell words correctly, though I do miss the amusing misspellings and can no longer blame my own incompetence on my phone. Besides my own cell phone, I have issues with other people’s phones. According to the all-knowing Urbandictionary.com, a cell phone is “a device for communicating with others needlessly. Day in. Day out. Whenever. Wherever. Good for holding up lines in stores, traffic, etc.” If the point of cell phones is so the owner can communicate with anyone at most any time of day, it’s lost on many people. I often call my friends who don’t answer. Now, there are many reasons for not picking up, such as being in a public place where it would be inappropriate to answer, but let’s be honest — that doesn’t stop most of the population. These are the people who constantly use their cell phones, especially in public. Many wait until the most inappropriate time to take out their phones and have heated conversations with that mysterious person on the other end, who is sometimes just around the corner, therefore rendering the cellular conversation pointless. The worst instances are people checking out at cash registers who don’t have the decency to stop talking on their phones to converse with the cashier. Cont. on page 5
PepsiCo has created a new App for the iPhone that is causing a riot. The App purpose is to help men pick up 24 types of women. Some of the pick up lines recommended are, “You know the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. I wonder what else she shaves.” I think advertisement schemes that degrade women, not to mention well respected pieces of history should not be allowed. If women would draw the line and really make their voices heard, I think advertisements would finally start limiting derogatory marketing techniques. PepsiCo then takes it a step further by offering people who “score” to post details on Twitter or Facebook such as names, dates, and comments. I think PepsiCo created the “score” part of the App because
they knew that this amount of negative attention towards women would give them even more publicity. An attempt of an apology from PepsiCo said, “Our app tried to show the humorous lengths guys go to pick up women. We apologize if it’s in bad taste and appreciate your feedback.” This isn’t much of an apology, because there is no action. If PepsiCo really felt bad about their App, they would have canceled the ads. In order to stop the expansion of degrading marketing procedures such as this, women should stand up for themselves. Men should also take responsibility to stop their own gender from being sexist when they see them degrading women.
By: Elijah Casey
PepsiCo App iPhone Application By: Clarisse Rua
iPhone applications are becoming so popular that even energy drinks are coming out with applications including PepsiCo Inc. who decided to make an iPhone application for its Amp energy drink. Their app involves tips to help men pick up any one of 24 types of women. They choose the type of woman they want and they are “coached” on methods of approaching her. As if this isn’t childish enough, they encourage the users who “score” to post the details on their Facebook or Twitter page.
Even though many women found this degrading, PepsiCo is still going strong with the app after a “quick” apology. If this apology was so sincere, why haven’t they stopped this app? I think their marketing strategy for their products is driving women away, because most don’t find this humorous. This app, in my opinion, should be discarded immediately because it is offensive to women and for most women, this isn’t a fun game. It is also degrading Cont. on page 5
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iPhones have it all iPhone Application continued from page 4 because women shouldn’t be to get hurt just because an stereotyped into 24 categories. ignorant jerk used these Women have the same rights as childish tips and then posted men do. This is showing the his results as a funny little lack of sensitivity toward game. Whether it is a publicity women. When creating this app, stunt or just for good laughs, it they didn’t think about their still isn’t right to do. If it is meant children and didn’t put to be for laughing purposes, themselves in another person’s why can’t we all laugh about shoes to try to see their outlook it? I’m going to think twice on this. I’m sure that if the creators had daughters, they before picking up and buying a wouldn’t want their daughters PepsiCo product in the future.
“Hi!” to the person on the other end of the cell phone and continued watching my movie, confused about what I had just missed. However irritating it is to have a cell phone ring in the middle of a movie, it’s even worse to hear one go off in the middle of a mass, especially a funeral. It’s just another reminder that people have become too wrapped up in technology and/or are too forgetful to turn off their phones. There have been too many “God’s calling” jokes, so I’ll spare you my renditions. Personally, if I thought someone was trying to communicate with the human population, it would just be easier to send out a global-wide Facebook request. As for phones nowadays, there are so many additional features and gadgets that I can’t keep track of them. I just need my phone to make calls, send texts, and take lots of pictures, not serve as a GPS or a mechanism to play games or listen to music. That’s why I have an iPod and board games in my closet collecting dust. As for the GPS, I usually step outside with my vintage compass and follow whatever path the universe sends me down. That, or I tend to get lost, and then use my phone to call for help.
Truly Honorable? By: Emily Dugan
from the Middle East and to reform the ailing economy. However, many New York Times bloggers, who responded to Obama’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize in an online debate page run by www.nytimes.com, refer to Obama as a “no achiever” who preaches “empty promises.” In my opinion, these bloggers could not be farther from the truth. Whether you voted for Obama or not, it is hard to dispute the fact that he has significantly increased the
world’s public opinion of the United States. After losing the respect of several of our European allies by invading Iraq against the wishes of the U.N. during the Bush administration, Obama, who promises to slowly remove troops from Iraq, has helped to restore former alliances. Some Republicans, according to the New York Times, think that Obama won the prize “more for his star power and oratorical skills than for his actual achievements.” My response is this: Obama has been in office for less than a year. No, he hasn’t made t h e immediate impact on o u r c o u n t r y ’s a i l i n g situation that we all expected of him, but then again, www.cbc.ca/.../09/nobel-peace-prize-obama.html
The rewarding of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama has caused a backlash of strong emotions. While almost everyone, including the president, can agree that the award came as a surprise, not everyone agrees the prize was well deserved. Obama, who has only been in office for about nine months, succeeds a wholly unpopular administration, inheriting issues surrounding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the ailing economy. He was able to captivate the country with his promises to remove troops
To make matters worse, they also hold up the line. Name a place and I can affirm that I’ve either seen someone talking on their cell phone or heard a phone go off — restaurants, shops, work places, and my personal two favorites: the movie theater and church. There’s nothing better than reaching the climax of a movie — “There’s something you don’t know about me. I …,” and hearing someone in the front row fumbling with his phone to stop its incessant screaming of “Hey! Pick up your phone! Pick up your phone!” Now I’ll never know what huge secret the Peruvian spy was hiding. Have you ever noticed that people’s volumes are always set to the highest register, especially when they are in the most improper public place? Coincidence or worldwide conspiracy? Hmm … Even worse than missing that fictitious climax, I went to see Twilight with a couple of friends back in November (I was forced, I swear), and the girl sitting next to us had five cell phones in her lap (for what purpose, I dared not ask). Throughout the movie, she was texting on three of them and at one point, she answered one and started yelling, “I’m at the movies! I’m watching Twilight! I can’t hear you! What?” Turning, I yelled,
what president does? He doesn’t have super powers and can’t immediately attend to every problem facing our country, but Obama has stayed true to his word, focusing on the very prominent issues of the economy and the health care system. Obama’s number one priority for the economy is to restore prosperity to “all” of the people. He is reforming Wall Street by removing greedy executives who are using Americans’ bailout money as bonuses for their employees. Obama is ensuring that our country will not rely on the “trickle down” theory and that the gap between upper class and lower class will shrink. The president is further benefitting the common man with his initiatives for a reformed health care system. His bill includes a public option, which would ensure that Americans can not be turned away from insurance because of their income. These plans promote hope. For the first time in many years, this country is able to
Besides annoying me personally and disrupting the general public on a daily basis, cell phone use can also be dangerous. Too many people think they are invincible or just don’t care if they crash their cars while driving because of cell phone use. I can’t imagine any conversation that is so important that it is okay to impair a driver’s senses and put him or her into a potentially fatal situation. There is such a thing as pulling over the car. It’s really not that hard. In fact, I bet every single person who has a valid license is capable of pulling their car into a parking lot or to the side of the road to make a call or respond to a text. If this seems like a tedious task, maybe that phone call or text message wasn’t all that important. I hope someone in this new age of overwhelming technology can sympathize with some of my complaints. However, if you’re like me, you are probably going to finish this paragraph and check your phone to see if you missed a call or text. And hey, if you’re lucky, it will be something worthwhile, unlike the message I just received that said, “I just set my microwave on fire, but don’t worry, the fire department came and everything is fine, minus my popcorn.” Maybe I have more to worry about than texting.
truthfully promote the idea of the self-made man. Even before he was officially inaugurated as president, Obama was able to inspire people across the globe. I remember watching NBC news on the night of the election, and the news prompter showing show satellite clips of people in China and Africa who were just as eager to see Obama become president as I was. If Obama is able to make this kind of impact with only his words, imagine the kind of hope he will inspire with his actions. I trust President Obama, but I will be the first to admit that he has not lived up to my high expectations. However, his work to successfully promote the idea of change equated with peace, has had an enormous effect on our country’s popularity in the world. Obama has all but reversed eight years of global backlash, and that is something to be honored for.
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Movies and TV Shows
By: Jesse Mallon
Although it’s October, the thrills from summer blockbusters carry on. One of these films, District 9, delivers a stellar cinematic experience with a story that is out of this world. The movie is written and directed by Neill Blomkamp and is produced by Peter Jackson. Its lead roles are filled by Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope and Robert Hobbs. The film itself is about a species of aliens referred to by humans as “Prawns” coming to Earth and being forced to live in displacement camps. Copley plays a bureaucrat named Wikus van de Merwe, who is assigned to relocate the aliens to a new facility, but things don’t go as smoothly as he hoped. The actions in the film show themes of social segregation and xenophobia and inspire a full spectrum of emotions in the viewer.
The movie poster for District 9 Other important parts of the film are the unique special effects and the breathtaking cinematography, both of which help make the movie the spectacle that it is. District 9 is playing in theatres nationwide. The film is rated R for violence and persuasive language, and has a runtime of 113 minutes. Interesting enough, the movie is inspired by true events that took place in a camp called “District 6” which was established in South Africa during Apartheid.
Dazed and Amused By: Emily Dugan
a member of the Drug Enforcement Agency. The heightened anticipation that Nancy will finally be arrested carries throughout the entire series. By the second and third season, Nancy has become partners with a Mexican gang and is a fugitive on the run. In the fourth and fifth season, Nancy relocates to a much more urban setting and becomes involved, personally and professionally, with the drug kingpin of Mexico. The success of this show is due in part to the amazing talents of the cast. Mary Louise Parker is fantastic as Botwin. She is able to portray a woman who is more concerned with the success of her drug business than her family, but in a way that makes Nancy loveable to the audience. Also, the supporting cast, consisting of Kevin Nealon, Justin Kirk and Elizabeth Perkins ensure that Parker’s character finds trouble wherever she goes. An unconventional plot and outrageous characters make Weeds an ideal show for peple with a wicked sense of humor and provides for truly amusing entertainment. Available on DVD, Weeds airs on Showtime Sundays at 10 p.m.
One Tree Hill main characters: Lucas Scott, Hailey James, Peyton Sawyer, Brooke Davis, Nathan Scott, Antwon “Skills” Taylor, and Marvin “Mouth” McFadden
One Tree Hill By: Amy DeVincent
One Tree Hill is always actionpacked, and is never boring. Main character Lucas Scott, played by actor Chad Michael Murray on the hit television show One Tree Hill, faces many lifetime battles and decisions. Most of all, he makes many friendships. Throughout his eight seasons, Lucas becomes friends with main characters Hailey James, Peyton Sawyer, Brooke Davis, Nathan Scott, Antwon “Skills” Taylor, and Marvin “Mouth” McFadden. From a young age, Lucas and Hailey were best friends. With inspiration from Hailey, Lucas eventually pursues his high school dream of becoming a point guard for Tree Hill High School’s basketball team, the Ravens. Once he gets a feel for the team, Lucas learns that another point guard on the team, Nathan Scott, is his half brother. This creates a tense conflict because Lucas and Nathan share a father who abandoned Lucas and his mother Karen, for Nathan’s family. As Lucas continues through high school, he and Nathan become not only brothers but best friends.
Lucas finds himself very much in love with Raven cheerleader Peyton Sawyer. Over time, they become high school sweethearts after Lucas saves her life in a shooting at Tree Hill High. His best friend Hailey unexpectedly falls in love with Lucas’s brother, Nathan Scott, and marries him in their senior year of high school. Hailey and Nathan also have a baby boy on graduation day, who they name Jamie, after her. After high school, Lucas and Peyton separate to both pursue their dreams. Lucas pursues his lifetime dream of becoming a writer as Peyton moves on to Los Angeles to work for a record label. Peyton eventually leaves L.A. to own her own record label “Red Bedroom Records” in her home town, Tree Hill to be with Lucas again. After several years of being separated, Lucas and Peyton get married and have a beautiful baby girl named “Sawyer.” For those just learning to love this series, this background should sort out the characters. One Tree Hill premiers every Monday night at 8 p.m. on “The CW.”
The Fame By: Amanda Kopiec
Lady Gaga came out with her first CD called The Fame, on Aug. 19, 2008. Currently she has four hit singles: “Just Dance” (& Colby O’Donis), “Lovegame,” “Paparazzi,” and “Poker Face.” She co-wrote every song in her CD and is proving to be not only a singer but also a song-writer. Gaga has written for many artists including Britney Spears and Akon. She was nominated for 37 awards and has won ten of them including the MTV Video Music Award for best new artist last September.
She is openly bisexual and flaunts her sexuality on her CD and in her videos of “Poker Face” and “Lovegame.” Many of her songs on The Fame you can dance to, but she also sings slow songs. Some songs on this CD are “The Fame,” “Starstruck,” “Boys Boys Boys,” “I Like It Rough,” and “Summerboy.” The Times Online said her CD was “a fantastic mix of Bowie-esque ballads, dramatic, Queeninspired mid tempo numbers and synth-based dance tracks
Having your name added to the hit list of a leading Mexican drug lord can complicate matters. Not many people could have achieved such an impossible feat, but then again, not many people are like the very dynamic character, Nancy Botwin, from the hit series Weeds. Created by Jenji Kohan in 2005, Weeds depicts the story of Botwin, former soccer mom turned drug kingpin. The series begins with Botwin coping with her husband’s sudden death. In order to maintain her family’s middle to upper class lifestyle, Botwin becomes involved with the lucrative business of growing and selling of marijuana. Her obsession with excelling in her new profession quickly distances Botwin from the life she formerly led. The first season set the mood for this wildly entertaining, yet animosity filled story. Nancy finds herself creating a team made up of her dimwitted neighbors, Doug Wilson, Dean Hodes, and her initial supplier, Conrad. The team makes drug deals, sets up a coverup business for their marijuana business, and at the end of the season, she finds herself dating
that poke fun at celebritychasing rich kids.” Her $14 CD can be bought at any retail store, or she can be found at , , , or .
By: Samantha Wood
CRACK! “And the Red Sox win again!” Cheers from the faithful Fenway crowd erupt in the crisp Boston night air. The glow from the stadium lights reflect off the brownstone walls found in Boston University’s expansive campus. I am a huge Red Sox fan, so this is a major selling point for me. However, there is more to the town of Boston than the Red Sox. Boston is one of the country’s oldest cities, but that does not mean it is behind in the times. The city is alive with entertainment of all kinds, from visiting musical artists, such as the Jonas Brothers, to professional sports teams, like the Bruins, Celtics, and Red Sox, to museums, like the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (). “It was great to live in the middle of Boston,” said current AHS history teacher and BU alum Brain Hodges. “It’s such a young city, and there was always lots to do beyond the traditional college stuff.” 32,000 students, 16,000 of which are undergraduate, are currently studying at BU. Students are spread among the 17 colleges and are offered over 250 graduate, undergraduate, doctoral and special degree programs to choose from. As I walked around the campus, I noticed students of multiple cultures and origins. There were some with Asian, African and European roots. One of the students I talked to said she was originally from Texas, while another was from California. Despite these differences, I could tell they all had one thing in common: a passion for BU. The cost of this private institution is roughly $36,000 per year, plus about $11,000 per year for room and board. This may seem expensive, but the school also offers $350,100,000 in awards and need-based financial aid. BU alum Colleen Nestlen, who is a history teacher at Attleboro High School, admitted that attending the school was expensive, but the experiences she had there were “totally worth it.” Despite its large population, BU offers a 15:1 student to faculty ratio and boasts some of the best professors in the country, such as Rhodes Scholar recipients Jim Collins and Michael Hasselmo, who currently teach biomedical engineering and psychology at the school. Sheldon Lee Glascow, who won a Nobel Prize in 1979, and famous author Elie Wiesel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, join Martin Luther King, Jr., among the list of BU Nobel Prize recipients (). The campus is multidimensional, providing students with two different atmospheres. One side of the school offers an urban setting that overlooks Commonwealth Avenue, while the other provides more of a campus feel and features a picturesque view of the Charles River. A popular study spot for many students is the BU Beach, named for the seaside mood created by the wavelike sounds the cars make as they speed by on Storrow Drive.
Mr. AHS Jamie Chhoeun wowed the crowd with his moves and his answer to “The Question.” See full story in the next edition of the Eagle’s Eye.
Attleboro Idol cont. from page 2 mentioning he didn’t make the top ten last year and singing a little for the audience, he handed the program over to the two main hosts: Elza Joseph (10) and Joey Petrillo (12), who complimented each performer after their act and were a source of moral support. There were ten contestants in the show representing a variety of different genres and tempos. Tabatha Perez (12) started off the show singing “So Sick” by Neyo with the help of Terreyana Belin (11) as backup. Keeping with the R&B genre, Crystal Johnson (10) sang “How Will I Know” by Keke Palmer with the backup assistance of Charleen McFadden (12). Taking a different direction than the other contestants, Lizzie Iadonisi (10), astonished the judges with her soulful rendition of “At Last” by Etta James. Jon Howard (12), the only male in the competition, rocked the auditorium with his choice of “Wait for You” by Elliot Yamin and received compliments on both his singing and spiffy hat. “Doing Attleboro Idol for the past two years has been a great experience. From beginning to end, you actually really do see improvement in others. You even get advice and support from the backstage [crew]. I’m glad I was a part of the second annual Attleboro Idol this year,” said Howard. Ali Jenson (9), the youngest of the contestants, may have had the best stage presence, singing “Big Deal” by Leann Rimes with just the right amount of attitude. The judges complimented her on the ease and comfort with which she performed and of course, her voice. Belin, taking the stage by herself this time, sang the popular hit “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, proving that she can be a frontman, not just a backup singer. Continuing with a pop number, Loren Patton (11) chose “I Do Not Hook Up” by Kelly Clarkson. A difficult song to master, Patton proved she had the pipes to carry the tune. Alma Conway (11) brought a softer side to the competition, singing “Your Guardian
Angel” by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, also not an easy song to perform because of the high notes. Conway, however, delivered. Jackie Saylors (12) then sang Adam Lambert’s cover of “Mad World” originally by Tears for Fears. Saylors had the entire audience captivated, completely silent until the end of her haunting number. Finishing the night off with a bang was Nikki DeBronzo (11) who sang “Mercy” by Duffy with the backup stylings of Tiffany McWilliams (10) and Leslie Duclos (12). This was quite possibly the most energetic performance of the night and “was the part of the night I was looking forward to most” said Parker. Everyone put on a great performance, but three individuals accumlated the most votes. Coming in third place was Iadonisi, while the runner-up of the night was Saylors. The first place winner and recipient of the title of AHS’s Second Attleboro Idol went to Jenson, who received a standing ovation from the crowd. While the audience’s votes were being tallied, Community Service Club advisor Ms. Rebecca Richard and members of both CSC and the Interact Club presented a video about volunteering at AHS, demonstarting both the fun and rewarding aspects to community service. “I thought the event was a great success. There was a pretty good turn-out. Almost $1000 was raised,” said Richard. Tickets were $3 for students and $5 for adults and the proceeds from the night went to both CSC and the Interact Club, both community service clubs at the high school. CSC meets on Thursdays in room 119A and Interact Club meets on Tuesdays in advisor Ms. Carla Bono’s room. Special thanks go out to the judges, stage crew, AHS staff, Mr. Ken St. Don, Mr. Jeff Carr, and the members of CSC and the Interact Club who helped put on a great show and made the night a huge success.
Night School Coordinator By: Taylor Beaulieu
Ms. Donna Maria Shirman is the coordinator of a special night school program at AHS. Considering this program is brand new, Shirman is also new to it all. “She’s doing a wonderful job. She’s connecting students who left high school with teachers and curriculum so they can earn their night school diplomas,” said Assistant Principal Elizabeth York. “I feel that Ms. Shirman has done a good job in getting our night school up and running. She has worked timelessly to make the program go from a dream to a reality. I would also thank Mr. [Dave] Sawyer, Ms. [Nicole] Lane and Ms. [Kristen] DiSciullo for the hard work they did in planning the project,” said Principal Jeffery Newman. The night school is available to both AHS students and adults in the Attleboro community. Current students earn credits in order to help them achieve the required 160 credits to graduate and adults are given the opportunity to earn their night school diploma. Shirman has taught history at AHS for 17 years. For more information about the program call 508-222-5150 x370.
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recognize that the courses are pretty reasonable for building skills and allowing people to take on projects.” For someone, a class could even be a “career-changing experience,” he added. To register for a fun-filled, possibly life-changing class, contact Shirman at (508) 2225150 ext 370 or email [email protected]
More than 1700 common English words used today were coined by William Shakespeare, the Bard, from1564-1616. Some of those attributed to him are: assasination, bedroom, compromise, frugal, lackluster, mimic, skim milk, torture, and zany. By changing nouns into verbs, verbs into adjectives, connecting words never before used together, adding prefixes and suffixes, even diversifying words wholly original, Shakespeare’s legacy lives on.
What happens when you mix fairies, a love potion and Shakespeare into one midsummer night? , of course. Directed by Michael Hoffman and based on the play by William Shakespeare, adds a comical twist to the original story. The plot revolves around a young couple, Lysander (Dominic West) and Hermia (Anna Friel), who wish to be married, but are forbidden by Hermia’s father. Hermia’s father believes she should marry Demetrius (Christian Bale), who captures the heart of Helena (Calista Flockhart). All four lovers find their way into the forest one summer evening. Lysander and Hermia plan to run away from the city in an attempt to remain together. Demetrius follows them, which brings Helena along for the ride as she tries to capture the heart of Demetrius. The forest also provides protection for a group of travelers preparing a play for the duke’s wedding. Nick Bottom (Kevin Kline), leads the group as the flourishing dramatist, but is unknowingly used as a pawn in the plan of the fairy king (Rupert Everett) to obtain revenge on his queen (Michelle Pfeiffer) for refusing him the chance to turn her newly acquired Indian boy into a knight. The fairies interfere with the couples in the forest when they come
Õ upon a flower that has the power to create affection for the first person the user lays his or her eyes on. The king orders his servant, Puck (Stanley Tucci), to use the potion on the fairy queen, who then falls for Bottom, who has been transformed into a donkey by the fairy king. As the night plays out, the potion is also given to Lysander and Demetrius, causing them both to fall madly in love with Helena and causing Hermia to become angry with her lover and her friend. Unfolding in a series of unfortunate and comical events, the story will leave audiences laughing out loud. The set is completely realistic, making the viewers feel as if they were placed right in the middle of an enchanted forest. With a topnotch cast and an epic plot, is sure to bring audiences to the conclusion that, “The course of true love never did run smooth.”
By: Emily Dugan
One of Shakespeare’s more controversial, yet lighthearted comedies The Taming of the Shrew serves as an entertaining and captivating experience for its audience. Set in the late 1500s in Padua, Italy, The Taming of the Shrew, depicts the story of Baptista Minola and his quest to marry off his two daughters, Katharina and Bianca. While Bianca, who is sweet natured and kind, musters many suitors, Katharina is ill tempered and in a constant outrage, subsequently scaring her suitors away. Baptista swears that Bianca will not be married until the impossible Katharina is first made a wife, much to the dismay of Bianca’s suitors. The fate of the girls changes upon the arrival of Petruchio, a vulgar man from Verona. In his search for a wealthy wife, he comes across one of Bianca’s many suitors. The two men make an arrangement in which Petruchio will marry Katharina, gaining wealth and the satisfaction that he has “tamed” such a woman, while Bianca will be free to marry. Much of the comedy in Taming lies with the main character, Katharina, who is brilliantly portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor as a girl with a dual personality. She can transform from charming to headstrong in a matter of seconds. Taylor keeps the audience wondering which version of Katharina will come next. The Petruchio to Taylor ’s Katharina, Richard Burton, delivers an excellent performance as the vulgar and often disliked scoundrel from Verona. Burton seems at ease in the role, delivering each of his lines with complete arrogance, leading the audience to hate him, and truly believe he is the Petruchio that Shakespeare originally penned. With the help of Burton and Taylor, as well as a plethora of amazingly talented supporting actors, the movie
Elizabeth Taylor as Katharina in the 1967 adaptation Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew prospers into a cinematic classic. Zaffernelli, although altering some of the original lines from the play, is able to translate the most important plot details on screen, while most importantly playing upon the element of misogyny. Misogyny, which serves as the controversial aspect of this play, is most evident in Katharina’s address towards men. During one scene in the movie, Katharina was quoted as saying, “Of all things living, man’s the worst!” Shakespeare’s critics were often wary of Katharina’s blatant distrust and dislike of men, and even more wary of the whole sense of “taming” a woman into an obedient wife. Zaffernelli made this controversial element evident, but did so in a more playful manner. Burton and Taylor, who are most famous for their off screen romance, bring chemistry to the screen, convincing the audience that while Katharina has a distaste for men in the beginning of the movie, she is “tamed” by Petruchio because she actually loves him. Released in 1967 by Columbia Pictures, the most famous film adaptation, directed and adapted by Franco Zefferelli, keeps true to the essence of Shakespeare’s original work. Available at video stores nearby, “The Taming of the Shrew” is a wonderful movie for audiences everywhere.
By: Ashley Zimmerman
Cover of the 1997 version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Director Trever Nunn’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is a comedy worth seeing. Compared to Shakespeare’s powerful tragedies, Twelfth Night is a joyous relief. A set of identical twins who are brother and sister are set aboard a ship when it crashes and sinks. The two are separated in the wreck and each thinks the other is dead. Viola (Imogen Stubbs) and Sebastian (Steven Mackintosh) both end up in different places all alone. When Viola finds herself in a strange new land, Illyria, she wishes to work for a noble lady, Olivia (Helena Bonham Carter). However, Olivia is in mourning due to her brother’s death and refuses to be visited by any strangers. Viola devises a plan to impersonate a man, whom she calls Cesario, and work for Duke Orsino (Toby Stephens). Meanwhile, Sebastian is found alive and begins his travels to try and find his sister. He is accompanied by the man who saved his life, who has many enemies in Illyria. This undoubtedly causes further problems along their journey.
Much of the movie revolves around the character of Olivia. She is the center of everyone’s attention and is the one responsible for intertwining the main characters in Illyria. A love triangle forms among herself, Orsino and Cesario, which acquires many laughs due to the fact that Cesario is really Viola. Perhaps the funniest parts of the movie take place in scenes where Olivia’s uncle, Sir Toby Belch (Mel Smith), is present. He is a drunken fool who constantly causes havoc in Illyria and aggravates Olivia with his rude behavior. Twelfth Night runs two hours and five minutes and although the time length can seem a bit daunting, it goes unnoticed. The audience remains attentive and interested in how things will turn out between Olivia, Cesario, and Orsino. It is rated PG, so it can be enjoyed by the whole family. This movie was very enjoyable and I give it four out of five stars. Shakespeare is often hard to follow, but with this movie it is easy for the audience to understand what is taking place.
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‘Tis The Season All I Want for Christmas is a Cure!
By: Amy Divencent
Various Christmas presents ready for opening
Every year around Christmas time, dance schools from the Attleboro area gather to perform a dance show, Christmas for a Cure, to raise money for cancer patients in New England. The benefit started five years ago when a family member of the owners of the dance schools passed away from cancer. Every year since then, dancers from Starline School of Dance, Susan Winters School of Dance, Loral Simms, and Step Ahead have spent their holiday season dancing for the cure. Nicole Powers of Starline School of Dance said, “Christmas for a Cure brings out the holiday season in all of us. It gives us a chance to give back and help others during this holiday season. It is one of the most rewarding, heartwarming things I have ever done, especially during the holidays.” Akuba Badoe (10) of AHS said, “I decided to go to Christmas for a Cure for the first time last year because of the cause it supported. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first but once the show started I was drawn right in. It got me in the Christmas spirit as soon as I entered the door. The dancers were spectacular, and the comedy act was hilarious. I am definitely looking forward to going again this year.” Christmas for a Cure was held at North Attleboro High School at on Dec. 20. The $10 per person, cost went to cancer research in New England. Consider helping to find a cure. Remember, “All we want for Christmas is a cure!”
What do You Want for Christmas? AHS journalists asked students what their favorite Christmas gift was and what they’d like this year. Answers covered a wide spectrum of ideas. Christmas is less than a month away and students remember some gifts they once received, including money, clothes, gift cards, food, animals, sports items, videogames, dolls, and games. However, the majority of 100 students said their best Christmas presents were iPods and electronic devices. Sports items were also a big hit. Katlyn Hart (12) once received a snowboard when “Santa” visited her. Just as Alex Penagos (10) received a bike one Christmas morning. Another gift the student body recognized is videogames. Teenagers love to play all different types of videogames and adore them to find under the tree. “I play
whenever I have a chance,” said Cassie Ciancola (12). Most teenagers love to receive money. For birthdays, holidays and special occasions, everyone wants money. Sophie El- Mafri (9) said, “I love to spend money.” So does Tommy Ferraro (10) said he “likes to spend and save.” People love to rock and jam to the sounds of their favorite musical bands or artists or create their own music. Tyler Hall (10) said, “I love to rock out on my guitar.” Michelle Lefebvre (12) said, “I love the keyboard I got once.” Seeing a cute puppy or kitten under the Christmas tree is adorable. When Stacy Gillard (10) woke up to see her hamster on that Christmas morning she said, “I fell in love with it.” When Ezekiel Lynch (11) first saw his turtle he said,
“I was excited.” Animals are such a wonderful idea. They are a big responsibility though they are good friends. For the mall or a department store you can purchase gift cards for any amount of money and give them to friends or family. Jasmine Ellis (9) said, “I love to spend my day at the mall with my purse full of gift cards.” For drivers, like Lisa Contre (12), they don’t mind receiving an automatic car starter for Christmas, “especially in the snow and cold.” Keep in mind that Christmas isn’t about gifts or presents; it’s about the gift of benevolence, the joy of seeing the bright smile on someone else’s face. Christmas is about kindness, giving and generosity. Just remember that when opening your gifts on Christmas morning.
Put on your Yamaka, It’s Time for Hanukkah! By: Emily Dugan
Christmas is just around the corner. Television stations are broadcasting a plethora of Christmas movies. Radio stations are playing Christmas music every day through New Year’s. With all the Christmas spirit spread around, one can’t help but feel that some holidays are being overlooked, namely Hanukkah. The origins of Hanukkah date back to Second Century BCE when the King of Syria overtook the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. As a way to commemorate the Temple’s rededication to Judaism, members of the Jewish community hold an eight day
celebration on the twenty-fifth day in the ninth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. The celebration is conducted through the lighting of the eight candles on the Menorah. An additional candle, known as the shamash, is also lit each night to serve as the lighter of the other candles. Hanukkah is further celebrated with games such as the dreidel, a four-sided spinning toy with Hebrew letters inscripted on each side. To play, each player is first given 10 to 15 tokens. When the player spins the dreidel, he either gains or loses a token depending on the side he lands.
By: Courtney Dixon
Dancer at Christmas for a Cure at North Attleboro High School Latkes Ingredients: * 2 pounds of potatoes * 1 medium onion * 1/2 cup chopped scallions * 1 large egg beaten * salt and pepper to taste * vegetable oil for frying
Directions: Peel the potatoes and put in cold water. Using a grater or a food processor coarsely grate the potatoes and onions. Place together in a fine-mesh strainer or tea towel and squeeze all the water over a bowl. The potato starch will settle to the bottom; reserve that after you have carefully Traditional songs such as “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel” and “Chanukah, Oh Chanukah” aid the general splendor of Hanukkah. Written by Samuel S. Grossman and composed by Samuel Goldfarb, “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel,” especially, is a song that is enjoyed by people of all religions. While partaking in the festivities of Hanukkah, people
poured off the water. Mix the potato and onion with the potato starch. Add the scallions, egg, and salt and pepper. Heat a griddle or nonstick pan and coat with a thin film of vegetable oil. Take about 2 tablespoons of the potato mixture in the palm of your hand and flatten as best you can. Place the potato mixture on the griddle, flatten with a spatula, and fry for a few minutes until golden. Flip the pancake over and brown the other side. Remove to paper towels to drain. Serve immediately. You can also freeze the potato pancakes and crisp them in a 350- degree oven later. munch on traditional Jewish recipes like latkes. More commonly known as potato pancakes, this yummy dish is fried in oil and served at dinner. Hanukkah may not receive the commercial attention that Christmas does, but it is still a prominent holiday in the Jewish community and in American society.
TSO Is Back This Holiday Season
Movie Goer’s Guide for the Holiday Season By: Emily Dugan
Photo by: Erin Wilkie
TSO performing their last show in New England this year at the DCU Center
By: Elijah Casey
Postage stamp of Kwanza being celebrated Ron Karenga created Kwanza in the late 1960s. It is a holiday that’s celebrated in the United States, which honors African American culture and ancestry.
A seven day event, it is celebrated around the Christmas season with decorating, singing, dancing, feasting, and dressing in African traditional robes.
portrayal of the title role. Aided by Mo’Nique, who plays her abusive mother, Sidibe was able to accentuate the movie’s horrifying, yet realistic feel. This movie is a gritty portrayal of the kind of life that is often overlooked in the movie business. I would recommend this movie to any person, but be prepared for a real tear-jerker. Up in the Air: Jason Reitman, the director of Juno, returns to the big screen, directing and writing the story of Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), a man who lives his life in hopes of achieving the most frequent flier miles as possible. Spending most of his time traveling for his job, Bingham is incapable of
However, as a t y p i c a l teenager, I still buy into those franchise blockbusters. I saw both Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at midnight. However, I can only take so many angstridden boy wizards and shots of Megan Fox fighting alien robots, all while wearing tight pants and managing to hold the hand of every male lead in Transformers (an amazing feat), before I look to plots that are more realistic and less spellbound. To express my pure excitement about Oscar Season, I have compiled a list of some of the most buzz-worthy movies that I am eagerly awaiting to see. The list covers everything from musicals to alien life, so as to appease even the pickiest of movie goers. Based on the novel Push by Sapphire, Precious, the only movie of the five that I have already seen, is the story of an obese and illiterate 16-year-old girl who suffers a daily train of abuse from her mother and fellow peers. This movie evoked every single emotion from me; I was horrified, scared, inspired and oftentimes amused. Precious marks the acting debut of Gabourey Sidibe, who certainly stole the show with her extremely honest
creating any concrete attachments. However, when he is paired with a fresh-out-ofcollege coworker, Natalie (Anna Kendrick), he begins to see the downfalls of his life. Already critically acclaimed, Up in the Air has been named picture of the year by the National Board of Review, with its stars, Clooney and Kendrick, receiving awards. But beyond the critical admiration, I was drawn into the buzz surrounding the movie because the trailer displayed elements of humorous wit and realism. If Up in the Air is half as good as Juno, then it’s a must see. Nine: Growing up with a Broadway fiend for a mother, I have seen my fair share of musicals. I could have recited, word for word, the lyrics to any song from The Sound of Music by age six. Suffice to say, I am thoroughly pumped for Nine to be released. Based on the Broadway musical “8 ½,” the story follows director Guido Contenini as he attempts to
There are seven principles to Kwanza: the unity principle is to maintain unity within the family and race; the self determination principle is used to define ourselves; the collective work and responsibility principle is used to make brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems too; the cooperative economics prin-
ciple is used to maintain businesses and make profit from them together; the purpose principle is used to restore the African American tradition importance; the creativity principle is used to do as much as possible to leave the community better than it was received; and the faith principle is used to believe in all people.
balance the many women in his life. Rob Marshall, director of the Oscar-winning movie Chicago, returns to the big screen, boasting a cast with the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman, to name a few. Marshall, from the trailers, seems to have mastered the talent of smoothly balancing the imaginative dance numbers with the central storyline. Also, if Day-Lewis, one of the most selective, yet best actors of our time, could have jumped into this project with such ease, I can only assume this movie will be great. The Lovely Bones, based on one of the only books that has truly sent tingles down my spine, is making headlines for its aesthetically pleasing take on the classic novel. Peter Jackson, the Oscar-winning director behind Lord of the Rings, tackles the story of Susie Salmon ( S a o i r s e Ronan), a young girl, who after being b r u t a l l y murdered, finds herself watching from heaven as her family deteriorates on Earth. Both Jackson and Ronan are receiving noteworthy praise from newspapers all over. I am genuinely excited to see how this movie approaches the difficult and often harrowing subjects from one of my favorite books. Avatar: It is almost impossible to turn on the television without seeing a commercial for this movie. Avatar is making huge news because it is director James Cameron’s first movie since Titanic. The trailer exemplifies the highly advanced special effects, which seem to be the big draw for this movie. I am not a big fan of computergenerated movies, but from the sneak peaks that I have seen, Avatar looks amazing. So, if you are suffering through the musical numbers of Nine or if you find Up in the Air to be boringly realistic, Avatar looks to be an action movie just for you. Staff Collage
By: Erin Wilkie When Christmas Symphony Orchestra adding its season comes, folks tune in to violins and cellos, as well as the hear countless Christmas songs drum, electric guitar and violin that have a jolly feel-good beat solos, TSO made the crowd with lyrics about building cheer and jump out of their snowmen, roasting seats. The singers’ voices were marshmallows, and of course, most impressive, each telling a story of Christmas. the arrival of Santa Claus. Before the show For the last 13 years, a different rendition of these started, TSO donated $8,221 beloved Christmas carols has (one dollar was taken out of rocked the East coast. With its each attendee’s ticket) to The musical style incorporated with Leukemia and Lymphoma progressive rock, symphonic Society to help further research metal and heavy metal, the for a cure. The donation made Trans-Siberian Orchestra has the rest of the night worthwhile charged through the East and and humbling, because not Midwest of the United States, only can the TSO entertain a taking concert halls and arenas crowd, they can help a good by storm. TSO’s dazzling light cause as well. The second half of the show, pyrotechnics and various musical instruments keep the show was full of pyrotechnics audience hooked and coming that made the whole arena feel as if it were 90 degrees, but it back every year. TSO, founded by was more breathtaking than music producer Paul O’Neill, anything else. Some performers has been spreading and also became one with the crowd, rejuvenating Christmas cheer running up and down the aisles since their first live show in and walking on the seats of the Philadelphia, Penn. in 1999. audience (while the audience They’ve also released five was standing) while singing or albums: Christmas Eve and playing instruments. TSO is worth the Other Stories (1996), The Christmas Attic (1998), money to see live. Their music Beethoven’s Last Night (2000), gets the audience pumped, but The Lost Christmas Eve (2004), also leaves people excited for and their most recent album, the holidays and full of Christmas spirit. Night Castle (2009). Currently traveling Their last show in New England this year was at the farther south along the East DCU Center in Worcester on coast, TSO is invading the Nov. 19, and it didn’t hearts and ears of all Christmas disappoint. With the Boston lovers.
Christmas season has finally arrived and I have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful that the appropriate time to shamelessly listen to Christmas music until New Year’s Day has arrived. I am thankful that I was able to save up enough money to buy my parents and sisters decent presents; everyone will be thankful for a departure from the usual hand-crafted card. But, most importantly, I am thankful for the beginning of Oscar Season. This is my favorite time of the year. After months of only box office blockbusters and poorly made horror movies, this stretch of time produces some of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year.
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During Kwanza a Kinara holds seven candles to represent the seven principles of Kwanza and on each day of Kwanza a candle is lit, a principle is discussed, and gifts are given.
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