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The Batman Movie Review: A Dark and Brutal Take on the Caped Crusader

By: Marwan Arafa

The Batman has officially released in theaters on March 4 with an astounding $258 million globally on its first weekend. The movie features Robert Pattinson as Batman, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright as Captain Jim Gordon, Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, and Paul Dano as the Riddler. With such an incredible cast, this film delivers great acting and a sufficient amount of emotional moments that truly tap into the character of Batman. 

The character of Batman, is portrayed as a dark, depressed, and ruthless character right from the start of the movie. He is a character who is broken inside and aims to rid the streets of criminals by using fear as a tool. As soon as Batman fans hear the beginning monologue, they realize that the director, Matt Reeves, truly understands the character of Batman. He understands that Batman does what he does because he doesn’t want what happened to him as a child—his family being murdered in front of his own eyes—doesn’t happen to any other child. He does what he does to improve his city because he believes that it can be saved. Using fear as a tool is exactly what Batman does, and fans will be glad that this movie understands that. From a character standpoint, this movie nails it incredibly well. However, many regard Robert Pattinson as unfit to be Batman due to his rather slim physique. His acting skills however, have proven himself as a worthy actor to carry the torch of Batman. 

The other characters in this feature are also portrayed well by their respective actors, as well as understood well by the scriptwriters. The Riddler, in contrast to Batman Forever’s campy and comical version of the character, is portrayed in a very realistic way in The Batman. He is a ruthless, psychotic serial killer who plans on murdering Gotham’s elite who he sees as a cancer to the city who do no good and only corrupt the city. 

The Riddler is portrayed in an incredibly menacing manner by Paul Dano. Dano is no stranger to portraying psychologically suffering characters and villains. He has portrayed these kinda of characters before in many movies, such as Prisoners and There Will Be Blood. Dano himself stated that he had to research a lot about serial killers for his portrayal as the Riddler, and he became very uncomfortable to the point where he had trouble sleeping. 

Catwoman, a tormented yet slick and feisty young woman in search for her friend, which brings her path to cross with Batman’s, is portrayed well by Zoe Kravitz. Batman works with Catwoman throughout the film, and develops a close relationship with her. He also works, more closely than in other portrayals of the character, with Jim Gordon as well as the Gotham police force. It is emphasized again that Batman trusts Gordon and calls him a good cop, amidst all the corruption in the police force and the city. Alfred however, did not work well as a character in the film, for the most part. The character appeared in only a few scenes, yet, when he did appear he gave Bruce some good sage-like advice that he needs. 

The plot of the film mainly revolves around the Riddler’s murders of prominent Gotham city politicians and other officials, who were all connected in a way which Batman has to solve, showing off the detective side of the character, much more than previous movie adaptations have. Executed in a brilliant way, the movie makes the audience try to understand the connection very well. The plot is great, but some may find the last act a little unfitting for the tone of the film as it is on a larger scale than the rest of the movie which makes it feel quite inconsistent tonally. But, after all, this is a superhero film, and a Batman film at that, so the big last act is fitting for a villain such as The Batman’s Riddler. 

While the plot is incredibly intriguing, not everyone will be awake to watch the final scene of the film as the picture’s runtime is an astounding 2 hours and 56 minutes. Usually, if a film is well paced and doesn’t have a color scheme that mostly consists of dark reds and black, it will be fine. But unfortunately that is not the case for The Batman. This should not dissuade you, however; watching a Batman film in movie theaters isn’t something that happens every year. It should be noted that the movie is visually stunning, breathtaking, and surreal, all due to the incredible work of cinematographer Greig Fraser, who also shot Dune and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The beauty of the film is aided by the incredibly moving music of Michael Giacchino, composer of Up, Ratatouille, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, who is able to encapsulate the tragedy and hope of the character of Batman incredibly well. 

In conclusion, The Batman delivers exceptionally well, and general audiences and fans will be enthralled by everything this movie has to offer. From incredible action sequences and car chases to emotional, intimate moments that deepen and capture the character of Batman, this movie has what it takes to make audiences’ movie going experiences memorable. Does it compare to the iconic 2008 blockbuster The Dark Knight? Many will say no, but with at least one sequel and a few spin-off shows on the way, many people may reconsider and become convinced. Overall, The Batman understands the character of Bruce Wayne, and his alter ego, Batman. Following the trend of being fairly realistic—set by Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy—The Batman does not fail in bringing to life an accurate adaptation of a young and tormented amateur Batman who has not been doing vigilante work for that long. An incredible film, and one worth the three years wait.

Overall Score: 9.3/10

Prince Charles Under Investigation in Cash-For-Honors Affair

By Marwan Arafa

On February 16th, Scotland Yard launched an investigation into Prince Charles’ charity regarding alleged offers of royal honors and British citizenship to a Saudi businessman who donated to the Prince’s charity. This comes a day after Prince Andrew reached a settlement with Virginia Guffrey concering allegations of sexual abuse.

 Clarence House, president of Prince Charles’ foundation stated that the Prince had “no knowledge of the alleged offer of honors or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities.” After London police received a letter last September regarding reports that an employee of Prince Charles’ offered to aid in securing honors and citizenship for a Saudi citizen. These allegations would be classified as offenses under the Prevention of Abuses Act of 1925.  Police say at this time, no arrests have been made. 

However, the charity also announced that it will be conducting an investigation into these claims. These allegations came in the same year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee- a year of celebration of the Queen’s 70 year reign. While Prince Charles is the president of the charity foundation, it is said that he is not involved in its normal everyday activities. The prince’s office stated that “The Prince of Wales had no knowledge of the alleged offer of honors or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities.”

Cary’s Cupid: 2022

Note: Messages are alphabetically sorted by first name!

Dear…

♡Abigail Clark: HEY ABIGAIL CLARK i luv you bae (Love, Andrea Soo-Hoo)

♡Alexis Cope: Thank you for being the best mentor editor ever!! you’re da bomb!! (Love, Regan Sumy)

♡Ali Osman: You don’t really know me but you cute:) lol I think you can guess who Iam. HAPPY VALENTINES (Love, Anonymous)

♡Ava Wertz: ava u pretty asl i be seeing u in the hallways and stuff , i think u are vry vry attractive 🤗 (Love, Anonymous)

♡Becca Neill: i think you’re so cool i may start throwing tennis balls at your car😇 (Love, Andrea Soo-Hoo)

♡Benjamin Eisheid: you suck (Love, Anonymous)

♡Bennett Perry: happy valentine’s day my love, thank you for 2 wonderful years (Love, Gabby LeBron)

♡Brian Velez: Boy I love you, you my main mane. On God , you always keeping it fr mane. We out here every day doing the same thang. (Love, Gabriel San Luis)

♡Concert Chorus Sopranos: You guys are the best section ever and you bring me so much joy! Love you all ❤ Go soaps!! (Love, Gabby LeBron)

♡Corey Pettiford: corey u cute gimme a kiss (Love, Anonymous)

♡Doan Flores Sanchez: Doan, I feel like it was love at first sight with you. I’ve never built up the courage to tell you that I liked you though because I feel like I’m too ugly for you. (Love, Anonymous)

♡Eleanor Bell: Girlllll!!! Happy v-day to my wonderful best friend so grateful to know you ❤ love you miss ellie!!!!! (Love, Lindsay Lynch)

♡Ella Cope: Thanks for being the best sister!! Glad I got to have a year of school with you :))) luv ya (Love, Alexis Cope)

♡Emanuel Martinez: Thanks for always being there for me, and for the memories we have shared over the years – from your favorite person 🙂 (Love, Anonymous)

♡Emerson Phillips: hi shawty you’re the coolest (Love, Andrea Soo-Hoo)

♡Ethan Kohn: happy v day to my partner and my best friend 🙂 so lucky to’ve met you this school year <3<3<3 (Love, Alyssa Robertson)

♡Hanne Hanson, Jerry Atunku, Mani Pourfazli, Taylor Pipkin, Rachel Moser, Ava Peters: Sophia got a special poem because I didn’t realize there was a two time submission limit. You guys are all cool though innit. You are like the trees but moonlit and are worth more than an oven mitt. (Love, Avery Phillips)

♡Indigo Opharow: I really like you, I’ve had a crush on you for some time now (Love, Anonymous)

♡Jessica Paredes, Elshaday Admasu, Saron Tilahun: thanks for being my besties <33  looking forward to our bucket list- some things WAY more than others (Love, Regan Sumy)

♡Jocelyn Moregenstein: you’re my forever favorite and i will always love u thank you for being my best friend (Love, Nathaniel Gokonous)

♡Johanna Ramirez-Perez: absolutely appreciate you, thank you for everything   ♡ also buy me oatmeal (Love, Anonymous)

♡Justine Moesch: habadabadoo baefy❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥 (Love, Sylvie Cullen)

♡Keara Dunn: I think you know who this is, do you maybe want to be my valentine? (Love, Anonymous)

♡Krish Patel: Literally the hottest guy I know, I hope you’ll flex for me after getting that PR 😍😍. Program me like one of your French girls. Good luck with college appsssssssss (Love, Summit Farmah)

♡Lauren Sumy: thanks for being da best sister ❤ sorry i’m too broke to buy you chocolates :)) luv uu (Love, Regan Sumy)

♡Layne Duffey: i hate diet coke but i do not hate you😄👍🏼 (Love, Sylvie Cullen)

♡Lelani Williamson: Will you be my valentine? ❤ (Love, Demba Kante)

♡Lily Wolfram: Lily wolfram is SUPER swag and she’s one of the best people I know. She’s such a positive person and is so kind to everyone. #lilyisswag (Love, Anonymous)

♡Lindsay Lynch: Hi pretty lady! Happy Valentine’s Day! Love you lots & I can’t wait to graduate next to each other ❤ (Love, Sophia Ly)

♡Maddie Grovesteen: happy Valentine’s day to my favorite rat🥰🥰 (Love, Natalie Arndt)

♡Madeline Mcgee: you’re the most contained chaotic person i know which also makes you the most fun i think you’re cool asf (Love, Andrea Soo-Hoo)

♡Madison Woolworth: u are cool woman love u (Love, Anonymous)

♡Maggie Arndt: Hello my squirmy little maggot 😚😚 you are so earthy and moist 😁❤happy valentines day!😘 (Love, Maggie Grovesteen)

♡Maggie Arndt: happy Valentine’s day to my favorite maggot🥰🥰 (Love, Natalie Arndt)

♡Maria Lopez Moya: Love u hermosa ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (Love, Anonymous)

♡Mia Mese: hi dude i miss our after bio boba runs you’re also cool (Love, Andrea Soo-Hoo)

♡Michael Consolatti: I love you so much you’re my sweet little birdy have a great time. (Love, Anonymous)

♡Miles Crane: Love you loser, hope you have a great day. (Love, Dayanara Diaz)

♡Naila Din: Happy Valentine’s Day bae!!! Love ya so much and don’t forget to sing your heart out during these singing valentines!!! A little fun fact of the day is that the prom theme is Neon lights…. Like isn’t that so cute ❤️ Anywaysssss have an amazing day for yours truly (Love, Aniah Woodard)

♡Naila Din: You’re a great chorus person and winterguard person. Indeed (Love, Anonymous)

♡Naila Din: It’s giving Eugene (Love, Anonymous)

♡Natalie Arndt: Hi sussy wussy😚😚 you are so cute and suspicious! Happy valentines day 😁 (Love, Maddie Grovesteen)

♡Natalie Arndt: I love you guys so much and I’m so happy I have you in my life 🙂 I don’t know where I would be without you, but I know it wouldn’t be good, so thank you for being the best friends ever :)) ❤ (Love, Maggie Arndt)

♡Nathan Gokounous: nathan gokosaurus or whatever it is🦕 I LOVE U!! you are truly the most wonderful friend in the world:) (Love, Anonymous)

♡Noah Chamberlain, Connor Van Heugten, Ben Francis: You are my favorite jew. (Love, Ty Pinder)

♡Regan Sumy: LOVE YOU BAE (Love, Jessica Paredes)

♡Regan Sumy, Anna Burggraff, and Johanna Ramirez-Perez : Thanks for being the best co-editors ever!! You are the coolest ladies 🙂 (Love, Alexis Cope)

♡Roo Mazza: Ayoooo Roo you my dawg and I appreciate you and I hope you have a good day. (Love, Delphine Missongo)

♡Skye Harris: We have only known each other for a couple months but can we go out? (Love, Anonymous)

♡Sophia Morris: Sophia you’re the best, you make my days blessed, I would never consider you a pest. I need to take you into math with me when I have a test. Armrest ❤ (Love, Avery Phillips)

♡Susana Hamill: Susana is so incredibly beautiful and I love her so much! 😍😍😍😍 (Love, Anonymous)

♡Theodore Lewis: “To him, I’m just another girl. Sitting in class with my head on my desk. To me, he’s that guy. With that smile, those eyes, that laugh, and the boy I can never have.” -V. (Love, Anonymous)

♡Ty Pinder: i love you ty never forget how much you mean to me (Love, Michael Consolatti)

Russia and Ukraine’s History and the Crisis at Their Border

By: Colleen Bailey

Putin has assembled enough military personnel and equipment to undertake the largest military operation on land in Europe since 1945, according to US officials. Over 130,000 Russian troops, military hospitals, communication units, tanks, and air power are currently stationed along the Ukrainian-Russian border, Belarus, and the Crimean Peninsula. Putin’s spokesperson stated on February 1st, “Russia is not going to attack anyone”, but added that Russia remains “deeply concerned about provocative actions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the line of contact.” 

Nonetheless, the Biden Administration is readying for an attack by deploying 2,000 troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolina as well as transferring 1,000 soldiers currently stationed in Germany to Romania. Across the Atlantic, Western Europe cannot settle on a unified response. Germany prefers to remain uninvolved, Britain favors supporting Ukraine by providing extensive military assistance, while France is attempting to have separate peace talks with Russia. These opposing operations are weakening each respective nations efforts and have not deescalated the tension in Eastern Europe to any degree. 

Ukraine and Russia share a long history beginning in the 9th century when the present day Ukrainian capital, Kiev, served as the political and economic center of the ancient state, Rus. In modern times, Russia and Ukraine were united within the Soviet Union. During this period, Russian and Ukrainian cultures blurred and evolved together. Upon the Soviet Union’s dissolution, Russia and Ukraine divided into independent nations. In the last decade, Ukraine has developed close alliances with Western nations to the displeasure of Russia. This development motivated Putin to demand that Ukraine not be admitted into NATO as part of recent peace talks. Putin has also been quoted in recent years saying Russians and Ukrainians are so closely historically and culturally aligned that they are essentially one people. This rationale led to Russia annexing the previous Ukrainian territory of the Crimea Peninsula in 2014. Relations between Ukraine and Russia have continued to sour since 2014—building up to the current crisis at their common border. 

If Putin decides to invade Ukraine, US officials have estimated that up to 50,000 civilians could die. But many international affairs experts doubt Putin is planning on war. Rather, he is deliberately raising tensions throughout Europe and creating a divide between NATO members. Through these divisions Putin can advance Russian trade deals and treaties. How Putin proceeds from here could lead to an international war, resource shortages, and political disputes. 

United States Mint Announces New Quarters Featuring Influential American Women

By: Alexis Cope

Since 1999, the United States Mint has released large sets of themed quarters with commemorative tails sides depicting many aspects of America. Released annually in sets of five, several years group together under one common theme. From 1999-2008, fifty quarters were released, each engraved with icons of every state. In 2009, the US territories were honored. Most recently (2010-2021), the national parks of every state and territory were illustrated. 

Now, from 2022 through to 2025, influential American women will be portrayed as the reverse of Washington. The women on the 2022 set of quarters were recently announced, including four women of color; previously, Sacagewea was the only woman of color on any U.S. currency.

Maya Angelou

Celebrated for her books I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and And I Still Rise — among many others  — writer, poet, and civil rights activist Angelou is depicted with her arms outstretched in front of a soaring bird and rising sun. 

Sally Ride

Physicist, educator, first American woman in space and third woman worldwide, Sally Ride will be shown opposite a space shuttle window overlooking Earth and the United States. This choice was inspired by what Ride said she would do in her free time: “…when I wasn’t working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth.”

Wilma Mankiller

In 1985, Mankiller became the first woman elected to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. During her 10 year tenure in the position, the population of the Cherokee Nation more than doubled. Mankiller was also an influential activist for Native Americans and women’s rights. On her quarter, Mankiller wears a traditional shawl and the words “Cherokee Nation” are written in Cherokee syllabary.

Nina Otero-Warren

An influential leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement, particularly among Hispanic women, Otero-Warren was also extremely passionate about education. In 1917, she became the first woman to be appointed superintendent of Santa Fe’s public schools. She was also the first Hispanic woman to run for U.S. Congress. Otero-Warren will be shown with three yucca flowers, the state flower of New Mexico, as well as the slogan “VOTO PARA LA MUJER” (VOTES FOR WOMEN).

Anna May Wong

As the first Chinese-American to become a Hollywood movie star and receive international recognition, Wong broke many barriers for women and women of color in popular culture at the time. She starred in many films of note including Shanghai Express, Piccadilly, and The Thief of Baghdad. Wong is portrayed with her name literally in lights, as marquee lights surround both her and her name.

IDEA Club’s Feminine Hygiene Project

By: Avery Phillips

As of December 1st 2021, Cary High students have access to free femine hygiene products provided at school—all thanks to the IDEA club. 

Through their feminine hygiene project, IDEA club set up boxes of period products throughout bathrooms in the 2000 and 3000 buildings on Cary High’s campus. Any student in need can now access free feminine hygiene products without having to ask a friend, teacher, or the front office. Furthermore, the availability of feminine hygiene products around campus grants students access to pads and tampons without the burden of a high price. In North Carolina, tampons, pads, and menstrual cups are classified as “non-essential” and “luxury” items, taxing them at 4.75%. Individual cities have the power to raise this tax up to 7.75%. “We took the project on because we wanted to help students feel more comfortable at school,” Anna Routh, an IDEA club officer, stated. She continues by communicating that, “Whether someone forgot to bring products, or if buying products is a financial burden, the bins serve to do what schools should already be doing: provide pads and tampons as they do with other essentials such as toilet paper, soap, and paper towels.” 

To bring their project to life, the IDEA club reached out to Mandy Roylance, Cary High’s treasurer of the PTSA, who was supportive of their idea and donated bins for the club to use. IDEA club officer Emerson Phillips comments that “Mrs. Roylance and Mrs. Stevens, our club advisor, have been so helpful throughout this whole process. From helping us find the best materials for the bins to spreading the word throughout school, we couldn’t have done it without them.” The IDEA club asked for donations through the morning announcements and Cary High students assisted in providing pads and tampons to help the project transpire. The club also shared their mission with various feminine hygiene organizations, and Playtex Sport generously donated 368 pads and tampons to be made available to students.

Aside from providing period products, IDEA club aims to bring forth a meaningful change through this project. “Beyond having pads and tampons available in bathrooms, our goal is to normalize periods and break the detrimental stigma that periods are something to be ashamed of,” states IDEA club officer Hailey Baldwin. The club also wants to raise awareness on the high tax placed upon period products. According to Linda Carroll at Reuters, “A survey of low-income women in a large U.S. city finds that nearly two-thirds couldn’t afford menstrual hygiene products.” With greater awareness brings a greater demand for change, and the IDEA club works to inform students of the struggles that many low-income women have to encounter when faced with the high tax placed on period products. 

Before the end of the first semester, the IDEA club will have feminine hygiene products available in every bathroom at Cary High School. The club hopes to sustain the project so that all students can have easy access to feminine hygiene products for years to come. If you want to donate to help keep the initiative going, you can do so by bringing pads or tampons to room 2328 or the donation box outside of the front office. To learn more about the club and their goals, visit IDEA club’s website at chsidea.weebly.com and follow their Instagram, @ideaclubchs.

Upcoming Marvel Movies and TV Series

By: Colleen Bailey

Marvel Studios has been busy with five new movies and TV series to be released in the next six months. With that said, we have a lot to catch up on concerning the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since July 2021, the movies Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings have opened in theaters. The releases of Wandavison, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki on Disney+ have been big hits in previous months. The viewing of these Phase Four Marvel installments may be imperative before seeing any of the new movies and TV series below.

Eternals

Introducing a new team of superheroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Eternals opened in theaters on November 5th. The Eternals are protectors of the Earth against their evil counterparts, the Deviants. The movie takes place after Avengers: Endgame, during a phenomenon caused by the sudden return of half of the world’s population. These cosmic superheroes are played by Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Kit Harington, and more. In addition to the main cast, Harry Styles was recently announced to play Thanos’ brother in the post-credit scene. Chloe Zhao, a two-time Oscar winner, directed and wrote Eternals and is expected to bring her own signature style to the movie.

Hawkeye

This TV mini-series starring Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, and Florence Pugh will be released on November 24th, 2021 on Disney+. The show is set after Avengers: Endgame in New York City during the holiday season. Clint Barton is attempting to return home for Christmas when he is interrupted by Yelena Belova. The post-credit scene of Black Widow reveals Yelena’s new mission: to kill Hawkeye. To overcome this threat, Clint will team up with teenager and fellow archer Kate Bishop. Despite the dire preface, the show is said to be festive and in the Christmas spirit.

Spiderman: No Way Home

On December 17th, Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Benedict Cumberbatch will bless the silver screen in Spiderman: No Way Home. The movie is set about a year after Avengers: Endgame and shortly after Spiderman: Far from Home. Following the public revelation of Spiderman’s identity, Peter Parker goes to Doctor Strange for a favor. He asks Strange to restore his secret identity using his mystic powers. While Doctor Strange is performing the spell, Peter has second thoughts and interrupts Strange. As a result, the magic is faulty and the multiverse breaks. Through the shifting and mixing of reality, previous Spidermen — played by Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield — will appear throughout the movie.

Ms. Marvel

In late 2021, the Marvel series following Kamala Khan will be released on Disney+. Kamala is a Muslim Pakistani-American teenager from New Jersey who has the power to stretch and morph her body in any way imaginable. Before coming into her powers, she was a huge superhero fan and especially of Carol Danvers, hence the pseudonym of Ms. Marvel. The series will follow her relationships and daily trials while she is figuring out who she is. Iman Vellani will reprise the role of Kamala in February 2023 in the second Captain Marvel movie, The Marvels.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Wandavision, and Loki, Doctor Strange’s continued research on the time stone is interrupted by a friend-turned-enemy. This rivalry will cause Strange to unleash evil into the multiverse. Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as Doctor Strange alongside co-stars Elizabeth Olsen and Benedict Wong. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to be released on May 6th, 2022.

Cary High’s Alma Mater Performed for the First Time in Over 50 Years

By: Alexis Cope

On Friday, October 22nd, the Cary High Marching Band and Concert Chorus performed the school’s Alma Mater for the first time in over 50 years. 

The chorus—which included members of the football team, cheerleading squad, and band—performed alongside the band before the start of the school’s final home game of the season. They sang the national anthem, and then, after a brief introduction from Mr. Chris Foster, Cary High’s band director, the Alma Mater.

On the subject, Mr. Ed Yasick, Cary High’s choral director and Fine Arts Chair, writes: 

“Over these many years we knew the words to the Alma Mater, but not the tune.  This summer, as Mr. Foster was researching information about the 100th anniversary of the band, he found an article that said the Cary High School Alma Mater was sung to the tune of ‘Over the Summer Sea,’  which is ‘La Donna e mobile’ from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto.”

With this newly acquired information, Mr. Yasick and Mr. Foster were able to arrange a four-part harmony to the lyrics, which read: 

“Cary! here’s love to thee, 

And we will ever be

Filled with true loyalty 

And with devotion.

Long we will ever claim 

The blessings of thy name,

And may thy spirit reign 

From crest to ocean.

Fond hearts entwining, 

Cease all repining,

Near us is shining

Cary’s bright smile.”

Mr. Yasick and Mr. Foster plan to use the Alma Mater from this point forward to open significant events such as football games and concerts. They hope the song will never be lost again and can become a long-standing tradition for the school once more.

Fair Food Ratings From a Picky Eater

By: Lelani Williamson

Everytime the fair comes around, I don’t know if I’m more eager to eat the food or ride the rides. You simply cannot go to the fair without trying something, but as a picky eater I tend to only eat the simple foods. This year I decided to try some riskier things, so here’s me rating everything I tried…. 

Fried Oreos: ⅗

I’ll admit I was very skeptical of these despite all the praise they recieve. And I was pleasantly surprised — they weren’t horrible! They taste a lot like a funnel cake with chocolate on top. It was pretty good but nothing mind blowing. 3 out of 5 stars. 

Chicken Pita: ⅖

I have to admit that I did ask them to take off tomatoes and onions because I cannot stand those foods. No worries, though; taking those things off wouldn’t change the taste of the whole thing. As a whole it was pretty dry. The chicken just lacked flavor but the pita was really good. I’ll still give it a 2 out of 5 stars. 

Philly Cheese Steak: ⅘ 

Not only did this look good but it tasted good too. The cheese melted perfectly and the bread that it was on was literally perfect. The steak was seasoned well and overall it was just a top tier philly cheese steak, I would definitely recommend it. 4 out of 5 stars.

Lemonade: ⅘ 

I know this is a drink, but you cannot go to the fair and not get a lemonade. Fair lemonade is often hyped up and with good reason. It’s made with fresh lemons and they actually put enough sugar in it for me. I give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars. 

Cotton Candy: 5/5

Cotton candy is a food that you would think would be good everywhere. However, this is rarely the case, and many places have horrible cotton candy that tastes like pure food coloring. The fair did not disappoint, though; their cotton candy was so good as it always is. 5 out of 5 stars.

Corn in a cup: ⅘

Although I originally went to the churro for just that, I saw this corn on the menu and I knew I had to get it. It’s corn in a cup with Taki dust, cheese, and mayo on top. As a picky eater of course I got it without mayo, but it didn’t take away any of the flavor. I was so glad I got it instead of a plain churro as it was so good! 4 out of 5 stars.

Cotton Candy Ice Cream: 5/5

Fair ice cream stands always have the largest pictures of this perfect looking ice cream so of course I had to get one and put it to the test. It looked just as good as the picture did! The cotton candy taste actually came through so well. It was honestly some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. 5 out of 5 stars.

The 2021 Costume Craze

By: Avery Phillips

Ladies, gentlemen, ghouls, and vampires — it’s time to welcome the arrival of the best season: fall! The aromatic scents of cinnamon, pumpkin, and apple fill the air, the leaves transform into an array of warm colors, and the daydream of cozying up under a blanket becomes commonplace for students in the 2000 building. Of course, the main highlight of the fall season is Halloween, the special day where one can sport anything from a sheet to a Shrek costume and passing strangers won’t blink an eye. This year, Halloween will be celebrated to the fullest to make up for last year’s flop of a Halloween.

Celebrating Halloween to the fullest can’t be done without a costume, and this year’s trends will be very different from those of 2019. If you’re a trend follower who’s questioning what’s popular this Halloween, or, rather, someone who wants to avoid dressing the same as three other people, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s jump into my predictions for this year’s most popular Halloween costumes. 

Squid Game Costumes

The Netflix show, Squid Game, was ranked number one in 90 countries and is listed as one of Netflix’s most watched series of all time. The show’s popularity is unquestionable, and since the show gained this immense popularity in the weeks leading up to Halloween, Squid Game costumes are sure to be seen. The costume itself is extremely easy to create; all that is needed is a teal tracksuit, a white shirt, and a number cut out of paper or felt. The popularity of the show and the simplicity of the outfit creates a perfect formula for a trendy Halloween costume. 

Marvel Themed Costumes

Marvel movies are always a Halloween hit, and 2021 added another hero to the list. The long-awaited Black Widow was finally released in July and Black Widow’s costume is readily available in almost every costume store. As expected, all Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and Black Panther will continue to be prevalent in the costume world.

Fairy Costumes

In the past year, a “fairy aesthetic” has emerged in several social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. Makeup artists and fashion enthusiasts have created looks inspired by fairies, with some creations reaching millions of views. Additionally, the trend of creating iridescent wings out of cellophane and wire has gained popularity, allowing teenagers to fulfill their childhood fairy dreams. The fairy costume carries lots of flexibility in its execution, can often be made cheaply with materials at home, and is able to be worn in both a fun and beautiful way. 

Corset-Incorporated Costumes

Similar to fairy costumes, corsets have gained popularity on social media in the past year. Corsets can be incorporated into a wide range of costumes, making its versatility appealing to those who are looking for a way to upgrade their Halloween look. Corsets will most likely be seen in pirate, angel/devil, and early 1800’s Bridgerton-style costumes. 

Disney Princess Costumes

Though Disney princesses are always a go-to, princess costumes may have a rise in popularity this year. During quarantine, many people spent their free time rewatching old childhood favorites. The revival of Disney princess memories will be reflected in this year’s Halloween costumes, as many people have revisited their connection with their old idols. 

Happy Halloween!