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How to strategize your neighborhood for halloween

October 31, 2017

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  October 31st is always an exciting day. You return from trick-or-treating with boatloads of snickers and sweet tarts at night, only to eat candy for 4 hours straight--or until you fall into a candy coma. This process is continuous for a couple of days, but then it slows down.  You wonder why, and then realize that you’re almost out of candy. You walk to your room, lay down on your bed, and wonder how this could’ve happened. You thought you had planned it all out.  You thought you hadn’t made any mistakes. However, you obviously did.  While eating your last fun size twix bar in tears, you wonder whethe...

The Last Jedi Review

The Last Jedi Review

October 31, 2017

  Last week, Disney gave us a glimpse into the sequel of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be released on December 15th, 2017. While we were only provided with a two and a half minute trailer of what this action packed film may consist of, it certainly excited fans with the newest state of the art computer graphics and plot. Continuing off the final scene of Star Wars: The Force Awake...

XXX: Return of Xander Cage

XXX: Return of Xander Cage

January 27, 2017

         XXX: Return of Xander Cage starts off in Brazil with NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) in a restaurant trying to recruit another XXX agent. However, a satellite falls out of orbit and crashes into the restaurant, killing him. Afterwards, four rogue XXX agents raid CIA headquarters in New York to steal a device known as Pandora’s Box. The use of this item causes satellit...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

December 22, 2016

4 = Great; 3 = Good; 2 = Fair; 1 = Poor; 0 = Ooh, let's not go there Star Rating: 3.5/4             What do you expect when you watch a Star Wars movie?  If you expect the iconic theme composed by John Williams and a few paragraphs of context in a yellow font during the first couple of minutes of the film, you’re not going to get that with Rogue One.  That’s just one of several...

The Greatest Instrument Ever Played

The Greatest Instrument Ever Played

December 9, 2016

The Greatest Instrument Ever Played When you think of orchestral music, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Mozart? Violins? Music that makes your eyelids feel like they weigh more than a tuba? The only way for the far too common negative associations with orchestral music to disappear is for a new section to be introduced to the orchestra, a section consisting of the greatest instrument ever...

Vu’s Views: Frequently Asked Questions about the Violin

Vu’s Views: Frequently Asked Questions about the Violin

December 9, 2016

Dear Reader, I get a lot of questions about violin in general, so I figured I would make a FAQ for the violin. Q: Should violinists sacrificially kill their cat for strings, or will any cat killed in any method suffice? A: Although traditionally, cats have been sacrificed in an ritual for their guts, in modern times, usually any cat killed in any way will work. I personally recommend 100% Gras...

Diversity in Hollywood

Quentin Freeman

March 1, 2016

Filed under A&E, Opinions

With Mad Max and the newest Star Wars movie featuring both a strong female protagonist and a black supporting actor, some say that it was a good year for diversity. However, Hollywood still has a problem with casting a wide range of actors. Although there was a variety of movies in 2015 that prominently featured people of color (POC), every single acting nomination for the 2016 Oscars is white--for the second year in a row. The Oscars is taking place on February 28th and the list of nominees for acting includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Sylvester Stallone, and other stars. Stallone played a support...

The Hateful Eight Review

Fauve Doblo

February 19, 2016

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The Hateful Eight, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, tells the story of John Ruth, a bounty hunter in post-Civil War Wyoming, who is on his way to deliver Daisy Domergue, a fugitive, to the police of the city of Red Rock. Along the way Ruth, nicknamed “the Hangman,” picks up Marquis Warren, another bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, both of whom have the shared goal of getting to Red Rock. When a blizzard hits, they are forced to take a stagecoach stopover at a lodge, Minnie’s Haberdashery, where they meet a new collection of characters. The plot quickly takes a turn to an exceedingly dark place as the ...

13 Faces You Make as a Senior

Rhiannon Mulligan, Columnist

January 26, 2016

Filed under A&E, Mulligan's Mullings, Opinions

When you first realize you'll be lost at the new campus. College apps. Hating the College Board and how they take all your money. When you find phallic symbolism in Great Expectations. Wondering why your classes are still hard second semester. Waiting for admissions decisions. When your relatives ask about college. Knowing your friends will be going to school hundreds of miles away next year. When your friend gets into their first choice. Realizing how much everyone has changed since 7th grade. Wondering where your senior parking is. Realizing you'll be making adult decisions ...

10 Things You Should Know about Having Mono at PCS

Rhiannon Mulligan, Columnist

January 22, 2016

Filed under A&E, Mulligan's Mullings, Opinions

1. It’s caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus. Look at this virus. This is a mean virus. 2. It will be worse for you if you’re an athlete because it messes with your blood’s ability to carry oxygen. More developed aerobic base = feel the effects more acutely. 3. You will feel like this for anywhere between 2 weeks and 6 months. 4. Ms. Dennis will be your best friend because she brings you your assignments and proctors your exams. YAY MS. DENNIS!!! 5. Your teachers are true homies and will help accommodate your illness. 6. Not being able to take your finals at school will make you even more stressed....

David Bowie ‘Blackstar’ Review

Zoey Tiller

January 22, 2016

Filed under A&E, Music

David Bowie was never one to shy away from the weirder side of art. This is something he certainly proved over the course of 26 studio albums and something he continued to prove with his newest one. Blackstar is ambitious--the album has 7 songs, with the average length being above five minutes, and it is filled with more jazz-styled music than any other genre. Saxophones play throughout the album, especially in the songs Lazarus and ‘Tis a Pity She was a Whore. The album has a large focus on emotions which are portrayed through lyrics and sound. The album’s title track, “Blackstar,” talks about “the day of ...

Adele’s “Hello”

Ella Skye, Columnist

December 11, 2015

Filed under A&E, Music, Videos

On October 23, 2015 Adele released “Hello,” a piano ballad with influences, and lyrics that discuss themes of regret. It accomplished international commercial success, reaching number one in 28 countries including the United Kingdom. It became her second UK number one single, following "Someone like You", and has had the largest opening week sales in three years. The genre for “Hello” is soul. We know that Adele has been gone for a year or two—this is because she has recently had a son. This has changed Adele's opinion and she said that it has influenced her and really brought Adele into figuring out what mu...

Doctor Who Recap

Emma Ilstrup, Fauve Doblo, Zoey Tiller, Chloe Lovejoy, and Julian Doblo, Columnist

November 7, 2015

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Doctor Who: Review on Series 9, Episodes 1-2: (SPOILERS!!!) Episode 1 & 2: Summary   This series premiere kicks off with the Doctor finding young Davros (eventual creator of the Daleks, who are the destroyers of the Doctor’s home planet) on a battlefield; the Doctor going missing; and Clara going back to a mostly normal life, except for working with UNIT (an organization on Earth that deals with all things alien).    All seems fine until, suddenly, all of the planes on Earth stop mid-air and are unable to move. Who is responsible for this you might ask? None other than Missy (the female for...

Too Darn Hot – A PCS Fusion Dance Performance Review

Danielle Sugrue, Managing Editor

February 24, 2015

Filed under A&E, Fine Arts, Music, Uncategorized

Not unlike a breakfast buffet at the Marriott, this year’s PCS Fusion dance performance suited many tastes, from hula dancing to a Bollywood-inspired solo. Defying all odds, the performance was the trifecta--enthralling, innovative, and hardly reminiscent of previous dance company performances. Although there were familiar faces and a couple familiar songs, the production was authentic and novel, experimenting with more avant-garde technologies and styles, such as the light projection piece inspired by Pilobolus dance company; the LED-incorporating and perhaps seizure-inducing light show; and the stunning solo dance perfo...

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