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Students shine at WW-P’s Got Talent

By Bharati Ganesh and Srinidhi Ananth It is clear that the students of the WW-P School District are immensely talented. Whether it be playing musical instruments, singing, dancing, or whirling a huge yoyo up into the air, the students of this district possess amazing abilities. This was evident throughout the WW-P’s Got Talent show, held on May 14 at High School South. The show was organized by the WW-P Education Foundation’s Youth Committee, a group designed to build the leadership skills of middle and high school students in the district. Throughout the year, the Youth Committee fundraises to provide teachers with grants to create innovative and creative teaching programs. The Youth Committee also funds district wide initiatives that cover all […]

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WW-P schools’ drinking water tested for lead concentration

By Fariha Tamboli and Lei Lei Wu On April 27, WW-P superintendent Dr. David Aderhold published a letter to the district announcing the results of the lead tests conducted during spring break on the water fountain pipes of all ten schools in the district. The letter summarized reports from PARS Environmental, the company that conducted the lead tests for the district. Out of the ten schools, CMS, Wicoff, Millstone, Town Center, and North were safe, while Village, Dutch Neck, Maurice Hawk, Grover, and South had lead levels above 15 ppb, which is unsafe for drinking water. Earlier in March, Aderhold announced the lead tests as a response to other lead contamination incidences in Flint, Michigan and close by in Newark. […]

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The Life of Pablo: Where unity is unnecessary 

by Lizzie Bianchine, Miriam Lubin, and Jess Polin   After numerous name changes, Kanye West has finally decided upon the title The Life of Pablo for his new album, released on February 11.  The “Pablo” aspect of the title either refers to drug lord Pablo Escobar or the legendary artist, Pablo Picasso, to whom West has compared himself  many times. The album itself is eclectic in nature, with a mix of accusatory and admitting tones.  In his song “Famous” featuring Rihanna he makes an attack on Taylor Swift by saying, “I made that b*tch famous” in reference to the time he cut off Taylor Swift in the middle of her acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs. In West’s song “Real […]

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Foxes: breaking into the better side of pop music

  I like indie pop.  It’s cool, often innovative, and makes pop music seem like less of a guilty pleasure.  The indie variety is full of unexpected element and creativity, lending some integrity to the ever-so-common pop music realm. Naturally, when I saw that the indie pop artist Foxes was releasing a new album, I felt a degree of anticipation.  While her 2014 album Glorious went relatively unrecognized, a few tracks from her repertoire received their deserving merit.  Most notably, Adventure Club’s remix of “Youth” added the right amount of extra bass and synth to the dreamy vocals of Louisa Rose Allen, the British singer who performs under the stage name Foxes. All I Need, which dropped on February 12, […]

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Alice: we’re all mad here (and by mad I mean homicidal)

I knew it was going to be my kind of book when Alice befriended an axe murderer on page six.  I’m a simple girl; the way to my heart is through a little bloodshed and a good old fashioned insane asylum.  What can I say?  The Valentine’s Day spirit got to me.  Nothing screams “I love you, honey” like a twisted Alice in Wonderland retelling. Alice by Christina Henry makes the story we all know a whole lot darker.  It begins in a ruthless insane asylum where Alice is a traumatized victim of the White Rabbit who kidnapped and tortured her.  Alice then partners up with the unapologetically homicidal Mad “Hatcher” to defeat the Jabberwock (a violent creature from Lewis […]

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Bringing in the new year with sickeningly cheesy glitter in Wildfire Talent mistaken for cheesiness

Remember all of those posts you saw on Facebook about the new year?  Captions reading “new year, new me” and “page one of 365.”  Remember how you felt after seeing that same post for the hundredth time?  Well not only was Facebook the home of cheesy and inspirational messages but also on January 1st, 2016 Rachel Platten released her debut album Wildfire, chock full of similar clichés for the new year. Platten is most well-known for her single Fight Song released in early 2015.  Listening to such uplifting lyrics like “This is my fight song / Take back my life song / Prove I’m alright song / My power’s turned on,” how could you not feel motivated to take over […]

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Monsters, punk, drama; what more can you expect from Panic! At The Disco

If Adam Lambert and Freddie Mercury had a baby, it would be Panic! At The Disco.  The operatic pop-punk band’s newest album Death of a Bachelor is nothing less than theatrical and dramatic. This is the first album for Panic! At the Disco since the original drummer and co-founder of the band, Spencer Smith, announced that he was leaving the band last year in 2015.  The group was left with lead singer Brendon Urie, bass guitarist Dallon Weekes, and a new guitarist and drummer, Kenneth Harris and Daniel Pawlovich.  With a combination of new and original members of the band, Death of a Bachelor had a lot of expectations, which it exceeded. From melodramatic, Broadway worthy music videos, to Urie’s […]

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Monument Valley sets a new standard for iOS game design

There once was a princess who fell in love with geometry. That is the first line of the story outlined in Monument Valley, an iOS game created by Ustwo.  The main character, Princess Ida, is a simply designed sprite with a white, conical hat.  She sets off on a quest for forgiveness.  (Why she needs to be forgiven, no one but the producers will ever know.) In her journey, each level brings a new element of surprise, requiring the user to apply different strategies in order to win.  One of the most intricate levels is designed like a box, in which you have to pull out each of the walls and accomplish a mini-mission.  Every accomplished mini-mission activates a light, […]

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Jessica Jones is a dark but brilliant move for Marvel

Usually, when “Marvel” pops on the screen, I know it’s time to change the channel.  The flashy costumes, grotesque visual effects, and ridiculous battle scenes are a little juvenile for my liking. Jessica Jones is a different story.  The Netflix show is completely adult, and even a little dark and ugly, featuring themes of abuse, sexual assault, and mental illness. The show, inspired by the comic book Alias, follows Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter, Breaking Bad) in her battle with her super villain ex-boyfriend, Zebediah Killgrave (David Tennant, Doctor Who).  She’s a new take on an anti-hero; the series begins with Jones recovering from her brief flirtation with her role as a heroin, which ended in tragedy.  But Jones doesn’t give […]

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Movies to look out for in 2016

by Micheal Bamford and Zehra Madhavan As we all solemnly remember our failed resolutions from days past, we look to the future in hopes of finding exciting new movies coming out in the year ahead.  We found some sequels, Marvel movies, and other promising films, but they do sound really good! Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – November 18 The wizarding world of Harry Potter is back in this new film, which is set in the America in the 1920s.  The story is based on a spin-off book written by J. K. Rowling, and the film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander,  a keeper of magical creatures. When he loses the briefcase containing all of his creatures, both […]

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Infinity Blade III: repetitive, beautiful, and made for the uncoordinated

I dislike video games.  No, it is not because I am disinterested or lack hand-eye coordination, although the latter is definitely true.  It is because I find it difficult to engage myself in a game.  Infinity Blade III, however, is an exception, and getting addicted to this disturbingly repetitive, yet visually appealing, iOS app is a decision I don’t regret. The Infinity Blade series, featuring a flamboyant plotline and stunning graphics, has met considerable success after Infinity Blade I’s first release in 2011.  Honestly, it’s like a completely unreal graphic experience.  You have an almost 360-degree view of the landscape, and the 3-D, detailed characteristics of the game are shockingly amazing.  It’s almost like losing yourself in a virtual universe. […]

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Disclosure delivers again with Caracal

When Disclosure released their first album, Settle, in 2013, I was hooked.  Their creative blend of deep house beats and electronic pop sounded like the work of much more experienced musicians, and they quickly won over thousands of fans, myself included. The young British brothers are still relatively new to the music scene, but within months they picked up a Grammy nomination and chart-topping recognition in multiple countries.  That said, Disclosure now have a reputation to uphold.  When the band announced that they would be releasing another album, I couldn’t help but wonder if the duo would be able to deliver again. They did.  Disclosure’s sophomore album, Caracal, dropped on September 25, and it did not disappoint.  With fifteen new […]

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Introducing new teachers

Aleksandra Odzakovic-World History teacher “I want my students to see me and value me as a human being beyond just being their social studies teacher. This is why you can always find me at Homecoming, prom, school plays, football games, and any other activities. I am the new debate advisor so this will give me the opportunity to get to know upperclassmen as well and hopefully recruit some of my freshmen. My students know that my door is always open and they can come to talk to me about other things besides Christopher Columbus and the French Revolution.” Marisol Castro- Previous teacher at Community, Spanish 1, 2, and 4 “I like to have many activities where my students talk with […]

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Fall TV: What to watch this season

by Elise Gorberg and Zehra Madhavan Sorority divas committing heinous crimes, beloved 90’s stars making comebacks, suspenseful FBI training dramas: each year, the fall season brings  a variety of new television shows, ranging in genre and in quality.  We discuss the premises of some of the more promising shows and give our take on them thus far.  If you’re in search of a fresh show to watch this season, look no further.   Scream Queens (Tuesdays on Fox) This fall, the creator of Glee and American Horror Story brings us Scream Queens, a new Fox horror-dramedy that combines Mean Girls vibes with a horror premise and acerbic satire.  Starring Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Ariana Grande, and more celebrities, the show […]