By Anna Lawson
It is amazing what you can accomplish with 280 characters. Current President Donald Trump has tweeted some controversial things through the popular social media platform, Twitter. He has constantly been the subject of public scrutiny and intense media coverage. However, this negative attention is something he brings unto himself due to his senseless and laughable tweets. Here I have compiled a list of some of Trump’s most ridiculous tweets.
There are many problems with this tweet. First of all, this was tweeted November 6, 2012, so Trump is referring to the 2012 presidential election when Barack Obama won both the popular and electoral vote. Maybe Trump just disregarded the results as fake news. Second, this may be one of his more ironic tweets. Just four years later Trump accomplished the same thing that his tweet criticized. In the 2016 election, Trump won the electoral vote but lost the popular vote by three million people. Glenelg Junior Lucy Loazer believes that “a person like him who is constantly in the spotlight needs to double check that the things they are posting actually make sense and don’t make them sound offensive or rude.” I cannot say that I disagree.
Trump is a 71 year old adult. Most would think that by this age a person would have outgrown the childish desire of being better than someone else. However, this is Trump we are talking about. It has become increasingly clear that he does not realize the severity of a nuclear war. Instead he would rather focus his attention on announcing that he has a bigger and better nuclear button than North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-Un. Junior Tad Henley said, “It is crazy how the President is so concerned with being superior to other people that he does not even realize how ridiculous he sounds.” I believe that the leader of the country should be trying to prevent a disaster rather than encouraging one.
Although this was tweeted before his presidency, Trump has always had a spotlight on him, whether it be from his TV show Celebrity Apprentice or from his various buildings and businesses around the world. There is no question that this is not appropriate behavior for the President of the United States. His choice of vocab at the beginning of the tweet is offensive to everyone reading. He then proceeds to praise himself for his allegedly high I.Q. followed by some reassurance that it is not the public’s fault that they are dumber than he is. Not exactly the kind of respect one would expect from an adult.
By Jacob Kersh
As temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, ski and snowboard enthusiasts throughout the country begin planning trips to the many resorts that the East Coast has to offer. Although pickings are slim for those who find themselves living in the more southern states, members of the Glenelg High School community are fortunate enough to have an arsenal of mountains to choose from—so long as they are willing to wake and make those early morning highway drives under the rising sun. And many consider the journey to be well worth it. In fact, Glenelg Junior Hassan Malik believes that “We’re lucky to have mountains such as Liberty and Whitetail in such close proximity because even though they may be a bit on the smaller side, they still offer a lot to beginners and people who just want to have fun skiing for a day.” Nevertheless, whether you drive an hour to ski the more miniscule, family-friendly mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia or seven hours to take on the larger, more advanced resorts in New York and Vermont, I encourage readers to go out and hit the slopes this winter. Compiled below is a list of my top three favorite places to shred some powder—use them to help make this season that much more memorable.
3) Whitetail, Pennsylvania (Elevation: 935 feet): By far the most accessible and—consequently—most popular mountain within the Glenelg community, Whitetail is truly a thing of beauty when its trails are groomed with fresh, natural snow. It is extremely family-friendly and offers various trails for beginners first getting into the sport of skiing. It has a classic terrain park, and although it is a bit small, it offers all the rails and boxes needed to impress passerbys. Additionally, according to freshman Anthony DeCamillo, “the view from the Whitetail Express Quad when flurries of snow are falling from the sky is something I can personally say is quite breathtaking.” Most importantly, it is only an hour away from the school, which means that enjoying a day on the slopes with your friends or family is just one step closer.
2) Mount Snow, Vermont (Elevation: 3,586 feet) Over winter break, I was fortunate enough to spend my entire week skiing Mount Snow. In addition to it being absolutely massive, I can honestly say that the trails, glade skiing, and breathtaking views from the mountain’s insulted Bluebird Express chairlift truly made it one of the most memorable ski experiences I have ever had. The mountain patrol was extremely friendly, the expert trails were difficult but still enjoyable and scenic, and Carinthia—its extremely renown terrain park—honestly lived up to its name. I definitely agree that it is one of the best, if not the greatest parks in all the east coast. For students at Glenelg, a trip to Mount Snow most definitely needs to be planned out in advance, as the drive is about six and a half hours. However, I definitely recommend it if you are free during a long weekend, or if you’re willing to make up some school work in exchange for the amazing all-around experience this mountain provides.
1) Blue Mountain, Pennsylvania (1,407 feet): With the highest vertical drop of any ski resort in Pennsylvania, Blue Mountain offers the Glenelg community the perfect mix of a feasible driving distance (three and a half hours) and family-friendly skiing conditions, while possessing a significant amount of intermediate and expert trails for the more avid skiers. The mountain also offers one of the best ski schools and private lessons in the region, and I know this from not only reviews but also my own personal experience! Three years ago, my family and I spent a long winter weekend at Blue Mountain. On the first day, my younger brothers attended their ski school and I took a private lesson where I learned how to properly carve, conquer moguls, ski the glades, and most importantly, ski as parallel as possible. I also remember the six-quad chairlift to be fast with breathtaking views of the Poconos, and the trails to be well maintained. For these reasons, I believe this mountain is overall the best choice for Glenelg students to have the most enjoyable ski experience possible this winter!
By Hannah Butera
It seems like nowadays all the rave is about comedies and dramas. Netflix has an abundance of these kinds of shows, but maybe it’s time for a change. If you’re looking for a show that goes above and beyond the stereotypical, twenty minutes per episode series where each one is practically the same, here’s your answer: Black Mirror.
Black Mirror embodies a uniqueness that sets it far beyond any other series. If you’re familiar with the classic series The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror is a modernized version. The episodes have a dark, twisted, and often satirical nature that is intriguing beyond belief. As most of the episodes take place in what can be seen as the near-future, a common theme is the use of futuristic technologies that make or break society. Every episode is utterly unpredictable due to the constant, mysterious feeling that will leave you speechless.
Often times when you follow a show, it gets to the point where you’re bored with the plot itself or even the characters. With Black Mirror, this will never be the case. Every episode is completely unrelated, giving you a new surprise each and every time. In addition, as every episode uses a new cast, you will have new characters to watch and relate to. “I get bored with most shows, but never Black Mirror” said Senior, Tony Mobley. Another perk to this is that you can watch in any order you want.
The episodes are each stand-alone, telling their own story. For example, one episode is about a mind-controlling video game, while another is about a technology that forces you to rate, on a scale of one to five, every person you come in contact with based off of your interaction. Senior, Vincent Gurfolino, an avid fan of the show, suggests starting with the episode titled “Playtest”. “If you're new to the show, ‘Playtest’ is a good starting point because it introduces you to the shock and unpredictability that is in most episodes,” said Gurfolino. Every episode will leave you mind blown, questioning what the future could potentially have in store.
Black Mirror is captivating. Once you start one episode, you won’t be able to stop. Plus, a new season was just released that is even more engrossing than before. In saying this, if it’s time for you to start a new show, Black Mirror is your answer.
By Jacob Kersh
3) Sonos One ($199.99): The Sonos One is a new speaker that integrates Amazon’s extremely praised Alexa voice control, just like an Amazon Echo speaker but with significantly better sound quality and performance. It offers most of Alexa's smart home controls and her extensive knowledge base, and its response time is also much quicker than the Echo’s. The Sonos One is also able to work seamlessly as part of a Sonos multi room system, which is a huge benefit to those who already have Sonos speakers or receivers in their house; it also can pair with another One for a true stereo sound experience. Additionally, most are very excited to use Amazon’s artificial intelligence to control music in their households. Freshman Anthony DeCamillo says that his family “already have two Sonos speakers in our house and an Amazon Echo because [they] really love music. [They] have always wished that [they] could use the Echo to control [their] Sonos speakers, and now that dream’s going to become a reality!” Another benefit to buying this speaker is that, in early 2018, Sonos plans add Google Assistant as another personal assistant option in case users aren’t a big fan of Amazon’s Alexa. Go figure!
2) Nintendo Switch ($299.99): The Nintendo Switch is a versatile hybrid game console that “easily switches between a big-screen TV and on-the-go portable” (CNET). Although it had a bit of a slim gaming library when it first hit stores back in Spring of 2017, it now includes a tremendously good mixture of must-have Nintendo franchise exclusives, indie titles and even some decent PC ports. Since its debut, the Nintendo Switch has shown the company is still willing to take risks in order to separate itself from mainstream consoles such as the XBOX One and PlayStation 4, and at the same time innovate in ways the worldwide gaming community never saw coming. Finally, the Switch offers plenty of unique and compelling gaming experiences, immense portability through its connectable controllers, and intensive graphics that really pop—all while exhibiting an elegant design and amazing ease-of-use. Its sleek and clean operating system also has allowed it to catch up and maybe even surpass its competitors. Overall, this console is a massive breakthrough for Nintendo and the console community as a whole.
1) iPhone X ($999.99) The iPhone X was overall a massive gamble for Apple, but high risks often result in high reward. And the chance they took on this revolutionary new device has not only paid off for them, but for their consumers as well. Removing the beloved home button and altering the design factor of the new iPhone was a tremendously dangerous move, but Junior Hassan Malik says that the shift was “desperately needed after years of similarity” and that “the phone’s premium design, extra battery life, and all-screen blend together to really form the best iPhone that Apple has ever made.” Its shiny, edge-to-edge display in the shape of the polished stainless steel antenna band looks extremely spiffy, and the silvery glass back is both elegant and flashy. Its new interface has been reported to be enjoyable by the majority of consumers, and although the shift to using gesture control took longer than expected for some, the resounding consensus is that it feels more intuitive than what came before. Many especially like the fact that swiping down to reach either Notification Center or Control Center is much easier because of the division created by the notch at the top. Overall, Apple’s new iPhone is truly a winner, so only one question remains: will you pay the hefty price required to make the device your own?
By Jackie Lyons & Kendall Howze
What comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Hot chocolate, warm blankets, being curled up by the fire, watching holiday movies with your family. But what’s on tv? It could be a classic like How the Grinch Stole Christmas or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but at some point or another, you’re probably going to find yourself watching a Hallmark movie.
Hallmark: home of heartfelt Christmas rom-com. Many of the movies have a similar plot. The typical Hallmark movie features a girl in a small town working as a journalist, publisher, CEO, interior designer, artist, or something along those lines. Along the way she finds herself trapped or forced to work with a man that she at first does not like. Eventually, she falls head over heels for him and finds love, family, and the true meaning of Christmas. (The more complicated plots may include a love triangle with a good-for-nothing-workaholic-boyfriend that she leaves for the new guy.) Many people are skeptical about the value of Hallmark movies, which is understandable. Why watch a movie if you already know how it’s going to end? Senior Keylin Perez said she watches them because “[she] just loves [to see] the romance and the Christmas miracles.” That’s what makes it so entertaining to its viewers.
Hallmark movies aren’t about suspense and plot twists. They are about the warm feeling that comes from watching two characters fall in love against the odds in the spirit of Christmas. Sure, many have similar plotlines, but that means that each one leaves you with the same warm feeling. Senior Gopika Gopinath said, “I just love Hallmark movies, they all just make me happy!” That feeling is what compels loyal viewers to grab a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate by the fire every Christmas while the countdown to the newest Hallmark film. No matter what’s going on in your life, sitting back and watching a Hallmark film can help you escape your worries and feel what the characters in the movie are feeling.
In one of Hallmark’s newest Christmas movies, The Christmas Cottage, working girl Lacey Quinn, doesn’t believe in the magic Christmas can bring. When Lacey goes back home to act as the maid of honor for her best friend’s wedding, she hears the legend of The Christmas Cottage. According to the legend, anyone who spends the night in the cottage during Christmas time will fall in love forever. As the maid of honor, Lacey has to decorate the cottage, along with the help of the best man, her best friend’s brother/ex, Ean. While decorating, a blizzard blows through, closing roads and forcing them to spend the night. Lacey soon realizes the legend may not be so far fetched after all.
The Christmas Cottage was your typical Hallmark movie. It was charming and had that heart warming Christmas sentiment. Hallmark alumni, Steve Lund, played the suave and worldly Ean. Lund has appeared in many other Hallmark classics such as The Art of Us, Best Christmas Party Ever, and Christmas Incorporated. Lund stood out in this performance due to his raw emotions and the chemistry he had with costar, Merritt Patterson. The highlight of the movie was the twist. It was just so surprising and made the audience want to continue watching Lacey’s Christmas unfold.The movie is a great fit to those who are already in love with Hallmark movies and those who are trying to find the holiday spirit.
If you missed the premiere of The Christmas Cottage, you can catch it again on the Hallmark channel. Not only will they be playing classic Christmas movies, but every Saturday during December a new movie premieres at 8pm. Feel free to make yourself a mug of hot chocolate and watch a new Hallmark movie under a nice, warm blanket.
By Julianna Mirabile
Are you ever in the desperate situation where you and your friends don’t want to make the waiter split the bill five ways and leave it to one person to pay? Or if you have to split the Uber bill with your friend? Or in general, owing someone money, but not having the cash on you? No need to worry. The upcoming app, Venmo, is here to solve all those issues.
Venmo is an app that allows someone to pay and request money from friends. It syncs up to the contacts on your phone, automatically adds everyone you know, and after adding your credit and debit cards safely and securely into the app, you’re ready to use it. This convenient app can be used for sharing rent, splitting bills, paying someone for tasks or jobs, and anything else one could think of. The money is quickly transferred within two business days from the Venmo app to your bank account. Junior, Hailey Griffin, states that, “I always use Venmo to pay back my friends when we go out to eat. I never have to bring my money with me.” Besides paying people, there is a social aspect. When paying someone, there is an area to write a simple comment about what the money is for. This comment is allowed to be seen by your friends in the app. Therefore, the app can be seen as both entertaining and serious.
Some people might not approve of this app because they don’t see it as trustworthy. Sophomore, Julie Thomas, explains that, “I’d rather just bring cash with me so I don’t risk any hacks into my bank account.” However, if you are a PayPal user, there is no reason to be opposed to using Venmo. It uses the same security networks, and is said to be the daughter of PayPal. It allows its users to set up a pin passcode before entering the app to provide more security. Also, if there is a mishappening (given it is above $50) and Venmo is contacted within two days, they will take care of it.
This amazing, reliable app skyrocketed this year and is used by millions. It’s convenience, simplicity, and versatility is what makes it a fan favorite. If you haven’t already downloaded this free app, you should definitely consider adding it to your homescreen the next time your wallet is running low.
By Kendall Howze
If you’re looking for something to do from November 30th to December 2nd, Glenelg’s theater department has the perfect solution. Glenelg’s theater teacher, Kassidy Sharp, has been directing the school’s fall play, Noises Off. The play is a comedy, featuring a play within a play, cleverly titled Nothing’s On. In the first act of Noises Off, the characters all struggle to remember their lines and seamlessly run through a full rehearsal of their play. Fortunately, they are all exceptionally supportive of one another. By act two many of their relationships are broken and the cast can no longer stand to work with one another. By the final act, all relationships are in chaos, their play has strayed from the plot, and everyone is struggling to figure out how to keep the show going on.
The cast was made up of nine members, Senior Jackie Lyons (Brooke), Senior Corinne Rasch (Poppy), Senior Jake Baker (Gary), Senior Jake Wilkin (Tim), Senior Matthew Hulett (Lloyd), Senior AJ Patel (Frederick), Senior Allison Fitzgerald (Dotty), Junior Cameron Denny (Selsdon), and Sophomore Kelsey Flavin (Belinda). They had been rehearsing from mid-September to November 30th. Many of actors had starred in Glenelg’s last straight play, Lend Me a Tenor, but there were many new faces on stage this year. The new cast did not disappoint, filling the auditorium every night.
Noises Off was a less conventional than Glenelg’s previous straight plays. Generally, our plays have two acts with an intermission in between them. The plot of Noises Off warranted three acts due to the play’s plot. Creatively, their play within a play, Nothing’s On, was performed three times. In the first act, the play ran almost seamlessly, shown to the audience as if they were watching a dress rehearsal. For the second act, stage crew flipped the set around so that the audience was viewing the performance from behind. Nothing’s On was performed again, but instead of seeing the performance, the audience watched the cast member arguing backstage. In the final act, the set was turned around one last time so that the audience was once again viewing the front where the performance was taking place.
Sophomore Raj Ukondwa said that the play “was overall cohesive and well thought out.” Many of the audience members responded positively to the unorthodox design, which can be difficult for the director/cast to achieve when taking such risks. Often times, it is difficult to predict how an audience may react to structural changes, but audience members like Senior Max Stout felt that “the structure was impressive in that its design allowed for easy movement and quick change between acts.”
Overall, Noises Off was one of the most creative plays that Glenelg’s theater department has performed. Not only did the risks the director took pull a positive response from the audience, but the cast pulled it off hilariously. The second act had little to no speaking from the cast members and still sent audience members laughing hysterically. Sharp and her cast members never disappoint with any of their performances.
Though the play is over, eager audience members and those hoping to join the program should not worry. Auditions for the school’s spring musical, Young Frankenstein, will be on December 19th. More information can be found at the desk in front of Sharp’s classroom. Don’t hesitate to audition. If you loved Noises Off as much as everyone else, join the theater department this spring!
By Sayo Jolayemi
With the growth of popular streaming platform SoundCloud, and the success generated by pioneering musicians such as Chance the Rapper, Post Malone and Kehlani, more than ever young talented individuals are beginning to make music. Whether it be writing, producing, or mixing, these artists are up next in the music industry, and their shine can’t be stopped.
Zachary Beck, better known as Futuristic is an Arizonian rapper, who gained fame through his 2015 project, “The Rise”. Through the years he has been delivering killer hooks and artful verses whilst collaborating with the likes of Devvon Terrell, Hopsin, and Karmin. Futuristic just recently dropped his new EP entitled “What More Could You Ask”, if he isn’t on your playlist yet, you might have to check him out if you’re a fan of artists like KYLE, and Bryson Tiller. “He just makes feel good music,” lamented Glenelg Junior Abraham LeFevere, “plus his music videos are really good.”
This duo straight out of sunny LA is not new to the rap game, having been writing for Jeremih for quite some time, they have recently begun singing their own tunes. Hits like “U-Rite” and “Dante’s Creek” showcase their soulful R&B delivery and display their ability to captivate listeners with stunning choruses. THEY. provide the perfect jams for a kickback, and once you start listening, you’ll find yourself hooked on THEY.
Nebu Kiniza hails from Queens, New York, and if you don’t know him by name you should recognize his voice from these few words… ‘Gassed up shawty, said I need bout 40, pull up to the party…” His smash song “Gassed Up” peaked at #45 on the Billboard charts and was a bop for the entire summer. He’s recently collaborated with the self proclaimed King of the Teens, (Lil Yachty) to create the stellar track, “Wake Up”. Kiniza has crafted a style unique to him which can best be compared to Khalid, or Post Malone.
Kamaiyah Johnson, an Oakland native has made a name for herself in the past two years. Dropping viral tracks such as “How Does it Feel” and “I’m On” propelled her to being named a XXL Freshman. Since this, her records have only improved in quality. She has also collaborated with the likes of Drake and YG to create the summer anthem “Why You Always Hating?”. Kamaiyah raps with the confidence and utilizes wordplay in a style reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar. If Kamaiyah maintains this pace, there’s not doubt she will remain “Successful”.
NAV, born Navaraj Singh Goraya, has been making waves ever since his first song dropped. Receiving cosigns from the likes of The Weeknd, Drake and Kylie Jenner also helped catapult his work to stardom. Having dropped a solo album this year, and one with legendary producer Metro Boomin, NAV sure is capable of getting his verses stuck in your head. His most recent release, “Wanted You” features the highly popular Lil Uzi Vert and has already reached spot 64 on the Billboard charts. “This song is stuck in my head at all times, I can’t stop singing it,” commented Glenelg Junior, Dan Soltis.
Sampa the Great
Sampa Tembo, is a poet first and a songwriter second, using her beautiful artistic style of spoken word to spit cold truths over just as cold beats. Dubbing herself ‘the Great’ there’s no doubt she sees herself a pioneer in the rap game, and she deserves all the praise. Her breakout single “Blue Boss” is wonderfully written, and does not disappoint. Having drawn influence from the likes of Lauryn Hill and 2Pac, her style is a fantastic combination of heavy rap and flowy R&B.
The DMV’s very own D’Anthony Carlos has been relatively unknown for a majority of his professional career. However his work has not gone unnoticed, receiving a XXL Freshman nod back in 2015, along with Fetty Wap, Dej Loaf and Shy Glizzy. The latter of which who Carlos would team up with, along with Brent Faiyaz for the Grammy nominated, “Crew”. A song so successful Gucci Mane, had to hop on for an extra verse on the remixed edition. GoldLink’s newfound recognition should help promote him to a household name, and with the artistic styling of his EP, “At What Cost”, it would be well deserved.
These seven rappers have long been creating lyrical masterpieces, and it’s about time you indulged in their music. They can be found on all streaming platforms, be sure to let us know who you end up listening to, and what tracks you end up loving.
By Anna Lawson
“Okay class, clear your desks and take out a pencil. It’s time for a pop quiz.” A feeling of stress and anxiety spreads across the room. Oh no, how much will this lower my grade? Do I understand this topic? Didn’t we just learn this yesterday? Almost every student has endured a pop quiz at least once in their life, and I think it is fair to say that every student dislikes them. Rather than helping students further their knowledge in a subject, as they were originally intended to do, pop quizzes only add stress to already anxious students. If there is a widespread feeling of antipathy towards pop quizzes, why do we still have them?
There are numerous problems with pop quizzes, one of which being that both students and teachers live extremely busy lives. I can say from personal experience that high school students have homework piled on them constantly. The average student has at least two to three hours of homework per night, but in most cases the number can increase to five or six. Time for homework combined with sports, extracurriculars, jobs, time with family, and sleep leave little time to study information that you may be tested on the next day. In addition, teachers have hours of grading to do every week, so why add an extra quiz to their workload?
Although some teachers believe pop quizzes are a necessary step to ensure that their students understand the topic, the idea of a gratuitous quiz is simply not fair. Jasmine Daniel, a Glenelg Junior, says that “there have been times when I fully understand a topic after about twenty minutes of studying, but instead I’m given a random pop quiz on a subject that I have not gotten the chance to comprehend or ask questions about.” This common trend leads to a decrease in a student’s grades.
When a teacher warns students about a quiz, students automatically begin asking questions, rereading classwork or the textbook, or going in for extra help. All three of these actions actually help the student learn the topic so that they can have a fair chance when being tested.
An announcement of a pop quiz leads to a quick two-minute cram before the quiz is placed on your desk. Although a student might remember the information short-term, they will most likely not actually learn the topic in order to be able to remember the subject for the future. Glenelg Junior Devin Henley recounts a time that “[he] had a pop quiz on a topic [he] didn’t understand, so [he] studied the information right after [he] found out about the quiz, in order to get a decent grade.” Even today, he is still confused regarding the content on that quiz. This common occurrence must come to an end if teachers want students to properly learn and retain information.
By Hannah Butera
Senioritis (noun): A disorder acquired by Seniors in high school characterized by a declining motivation and an urge for the year to end. Every Senior endures this at some point, and if they don’t- they’re lying. When college or other exciting plans are right on the horizon and they’ve already faced three years of high school, this affliction is inevitable. To prove how real Senioritis is, let’s take a look at how three Seniors feel about the subject.
Senior Brittany Anderson defined Senioritis as “what you get when you stop caring about school as you begin getting accepted into your future plans and want to move on.” Anderson admitted to having a bad case of senioritis. When asked her about her future plans, Anderson said, “I am taking a missionary gap year to Thailand, Malaysia, Ecuador, and Costa Rica where I hope to better people's lives while developing a further understanding of cultures around the world”. With future plans as extravagant as Anderson's, Senioritis is simply unavoidable.
Senior Maddie McSally classified senioritis as “the extreme lack to do anything academically.” When McSally was asked if she has Senioritis she said, “I would say that I do and don't. I only take three classes so yes, but I work hard in those classes so no.” McSally is committed to play lacrosse at the University of Maryland, so she is eager to get the year over with and start her exciting future.
Finally, Senior Glenn Brown described Senioritis as “not wanting to do work because you're done with high school.” And you guessed it, he has Senioritis as well. Brown said, “my hope is to attend Clemson in the fall, the school I've always wanted to go to”. Once again, exciting future plans tends to trigger the urge to be done with High School.
As you can see, Senioritis is an epidemic amongst high school Seniors. The Seniors interviewed have a healthy amount of Senioritis, given their exciting future plans. For the Seniors out there who have lost their drive, remember that this momentous year shouldn’t be taken for granted. My advice to anyone with Senioritis is to try and overcome it by working hard and preparing yourself for the future. You have made it to the final year of High School, and now is not the time to lose your ambition. Time flies, and before you know it, it'll be time to graduate. Yes, it's healthy to have a bit of Senioritis, but let's not allow it to detract from Senior year; the best one yet.
By Jacob Kersh
There are a number of cameras within the enthusiast market that are designed specifically for taking either videos or photos. Brands such as Canon and Nikon continue to produce more still-photography oriented cameras, while companies such as FujiFilm work towards creating devices with significantly better video capabilities. And this division makes sense in many ways, as photographers and videographers are actually quite different people; a photographer’s ideal camera would be quite a bit different to what a perfect videographer’s camera would be.
For example, next time you see someone out shooting with their camera, pay attention to the way they are holding it. Photographers normally hold the camera and shoot with the tiny window found at the top of many DSLR’s, also known as a viewfinder, while videographers would normally hold the camera slightly in front and away from their bodies when shooting videos and essentially only utilize the rear LCD screen, giving them the power to see their camera’s buttons and dials clearly when changing settings.
Despite the fact that the abilities of cameras within both the hobbyist and enthusiast industries are becoming increasingly separated, Panasonic launched a new flagship mirrorless camera this November that encompasses the best of both worlds: The Lumix G9. This new camera not only possesses the blisteringly fast autofocus and 4K quality video that previous Panasonic models have had in the past, but now also offers incredible potential for photographers as well. Read on to discover some highlights of this impressive new device.
Improved Camera Body: While image and video quality are the most important strengths that a camera needs to possess, they are not the first thing you are going to notice when you take a device as well-made as the G9 out of it’s box. The camera, complete with a new magnesium-alloy body, more robust handgrip up front, and generous eyecup on back, make it a true attention-grabber. The new chassis also sports much-improved ergonomics and many new features, with a generously-sized status LCD bar, an intuitive rear-panel joystick for selecting autofocus points with ease, and exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO) control buttons at easy reach of your shutter finger. It also features a lockable mode dial which sports a total of three Custom positions. Additionally, it is not only splashproof and dustproof, but freezeproof to 14°F. This addition is certainly a welcome one, as the now weatherproof body will allow photographers to take it to more extreme environments without having to spend extra money on housing. Junior photographer Jordan Chizmadia says she is “very excited about the addition because buyers will be taking many more photos in the snow this winter”, which she cannot wait to see.
High Resolution Mode: The Panasonic G9 is the first Lumix camera to offer a pixel-shift High Resolution shooting mode, producing up to an 80.6-megapixel image if used correctly. Basically, the G9 sensor is able to take eight separate frames in record time and composite them together in-camera! This feature, however, does have its limitations and appropriate use-cases. This mode is probably best suited for architecture and landscape shots that do not have any moving subjects, because given the multi-shot nature of this mode, improper stitching and increased motion blur could easily occur. But although it might be a very situational feature, the G9's high-resolution mode captures an amazing level of detail when executed properly. Photographers have tested the device during the past few weeks and have come out with some stunning photos.
New Stabilization System: The five-axis image stabilization system in the Panasonic G9 is an area where the device bests not only its Panasonic predecessors, but also blows its flagship sibling, the Panasonic GH5, out of the water. Although it uses the same gyro sensor as in the GH5, the incorporation of improved algorithms by Panasonic, which take into account data from the image sensor while also determining a motion vector (analyzing handheld motion regulate how much the image should be warped), allow the system to produce a claimed six-and-a-half stop corrective ability. What this means in real life situations is that video quality will be extremely smooth and users may not even need to splurge on buying a pricey external gimbal or stabilizer. Freshman Anthony DeCamillo says that “gimbals on the market today are way too overpriced, so having stabilization built into the camera is much better because [he] won’t have to pay as much, will not have to remember to charge anything else, and will have much more space in [his] camera bag for other necessities if [he] decides to buy the G9.”
Pricing and Availability: The Panasonic G9 will be sold body-only in the US market, priced at around $1,700. Because of its high price-point, it is more oriented toward camera enthusiasts and possibly even professionals because of its exceptional performance. However, if hobbyists are willing to splurge on this incredible device, they will not be disappointed. The camera is expected to start shipping in early January 2018, and will come with a battery pack, a USB-powered dedicated battery charger and cables, a shoulder strap, eyecup, body cap, flash sync socket cover, and hot-shoe cover (prevents interior dust and debris).
In conclusion, Panasonic’s new Lumix G9 is undoubtedly in a class of its own, but only time will tell if consumers will be able to withstand its hefty price-point and purchase this highly capable flagship device.
By Jacob Kersh
Apple has celebrated the iPhone’s 10th anniversary with a special edition, bezeless phone they claim to be light years ahead of its time: the iPhone X. The electrifying keynote officially took place inside the brand new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, where Apple's CEO Tim Cook mentioned that “it’s truly amazing how much the iPhone impacts the world every day” — something Apple fans have known since the release of the first ever iPhone. Additionally, the iPhone X has been in the rumor mill for many months, so now that it has been revealed, the tech industry could not be more excited.
Contrary to popular belief, this astounding new device is actually not pronounced iPhone X — it’s the iPhone Ten. Its screen takes up virtually the entire front of the phone, and the absent home button has been replaced with new and intuitive gesture controls. It’s a swipe up to reach the home screen, or you can use raise-to-wake, or tap on the screen to turn it on. These gestures work across the operating system, for leaving apps and multitasking. To activate Siri, simply hold down on the elongated power button located on the right side of the phone. Many users say these new gestures to take some getting used to, but they are willing to compensate for the beautiful new screen. Additionally, many are excited that “slide to unlock” is making a comeback.
The iPhone X is highly durable, made from surgical grade stainless steel and gorilla glass on the rear panel. It’s water and dust resistant, and available in space grey and silver. An additional rumored colorway called “Blush Gold” was not released, but analysts suspect it may be unveiled later this year as a special edition color. Additionally, since the back panel is made entirely out of glass, it is fully capable of being wirelessly charged via Qi standard charging mats of various brands and sizes. However, because wireless charging is such a new standard, most casual iPhone will have to shell even more extra cash to pay for a charging pad.
The iPhone X boasts a vibrant and colorful OLED display — the first in an iPhone — and apple is dubbing it Super Retina Display. It measures 5.8-inches across, and Apple says it has completely eradicated problems with color accuracy that sometimes affected similar devices with OLED screens. HDR10 support has also been incorporated, which will give users stunning video playback. And on top of all that, there is a new TrueTone dynamic white balance adjustment that subtly changes color temperatures across the phone’s display depending on the environment.
To unlock the iPhone X without a home button, Apple has introduced a new type of facial recognition called Face ID. It works using the improved TrueDepth camera system, hidden in the divot at the top of the phone. Simply look at the phone, and it identifies precise details in your facial structure using an infrared camera. It even works in the dark, or if you’re wearing sunglasses, or if you decide to grow a beard. Using the new and all-powerful A11 Bionic chip (25% speed increase from previous chip), a neural engine receives and validates the image in real-time, allowing for quick unlock times that usurp Touch ID by a long shot. Additionally, Face ID is over twenty times as secure than the previous biometric unlock system; face data is stored in a secure enclave inside the A11 Bionic chip. And although the unlock system failed for a bit during Apple’s keynote, the company promises to have things ready by the time the iPhone X launches. Who needs fingerprints?
The iPhone X has a dual-lens 12-megapixel rear camera with dual optical image stabilization, made up of a wide-angle f/1.8 aperture lens and a telephoto f/2.4 aperture lens. This means your landscape photos will be as vibrant and large-scale as possible, and your portrait pictures will easily achieve that unfocused background look — a much sought after feature within the photography community. Also, the 7-megapixel front-facing camera now officially supports Portrait mode as well, so even your selfies will have sharply cut out foregrounds and beautifully blurred backgrounds. Snapchat plans to integrate these new photo modes into their camera system as well. Video has also been improved with 4K resolution movies at 60fps now possible, plus 1080p full HD slow motion video at 240fps! It is now truly on par with the myriad of entry-level DSLR and mirrorless cameras that have taken over the camera market recently.
The rumor mill during the past few months put the iPhone X’s price at $1,000, and that turned out to be correct. This is a much higher price point than Apple’s previous flagship model, but the company claims it is not too worried about people not being able to invest an extra two hundred dollars to purchase the monumental new device. On the contrary, many people think that paying this hefty fee is well worth it. In fact, Glenelg junior Hassan Malik says that the iPhone X “is really the device of the future, and surpasses [..] all other smartphones on the market today.”
The iPhone X will be available to pre-order on October 27 in either 64GB or 256GB storage, with deliveries beginning on November 3. Apple plans to sell the iPhone X in 55 countries around the world. Both the tech world and iPhone lovers alike are extremely excited for this brand new device to finally be released to the public, which begs the question: will you be picking one up for yourself?
By Kendall Howze and Jackie Lyons
WHAT HAPPENED TO MY FAVORITE SHOW ON NETFLIX? It is gone, like many other beloved shows and movies. Netflix is constantly changing. Every month, the popular streaming company adds and removes pieces of its content. The Netflix update website, https://netflixupdate.com, produces a list of updates for the upcoming month. While it’s great that Netflix keeps its customers informed, there is nothing worse than being in the middle of a series and having it disappear from Netflix before you figure out whether or not the girl realizes her best friend is in love with her.
Okay, well, “nothing” is a stretch, but do you know how upsetting it is when you are halfway through the third season of Psych and then it’s taken off Netflix. How are you supposed to catch up? How are you supposed to know if Ross gets back together with Rachel? Tragic.
We would like to pay tribute to a couple of the shows leaving Netflix that, over the years, have graced us with quite a few laughs, a fair amount of suspense, or, at the very least, something to do on your Friday afternoon after you’ve canceled your plans.
One Tree Hill has been a staple of teen binge watching for years. It has captured audiences with its complex characters, exciting storylines, and its ever so catchy theme song. Unfortunately for fans, One Tree Hill has been removed from Netflix as of October 1st. Senior Gopika Gopinath reported that she was “shocked, disappointed, [and] crying [herself] to sleep,” when she found out the news. In the small town of Tree Hill, North Carolina, half brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott must find their way through life and love with the help of their friends. One Tree Hill isn’t on Hulu or Amazon Prime. The only solution for people who are currently watching the show is to buy all 9 seasons on DVD for nearly $150, which is a huge inconvenience especially to teenagers who don’t have that kind of money to spend on a TV show. So, One Tree Hill fans, cherish your last moments you have with your favorite dysfunctional teenagers by listening to “I Don’t Wanna Be” and scrolling through pictures of early 2000s Chad Michael Murray.
While Netflix is continuing to add great new movies, shows you already love are still leaving. Now that your favorite show/movie has been taken from Netflix, what are you supposed to do? An alternate choice is to use Hulu, which works the same way Netflix does, allowing customers to watch various television series and movies. Hulu, however, offers more television shows than movies. Glenelg Junior Cameron Denny uses both Netflix and Hulu. While he enjoys Netflix, he believes that Hulu “has a wider variety of shows” than Netflix. What does that mean for people who religiously use Netflix? You can still use Netflix, but as Netflix gets rid of your favorite shows, Hulu may be a beneficial investment.
By Bethany Stewart
It's something all high schoolers have heard at one time in their life: Junior year is the hardest year of high school. For some this may be true, for some maybe not, but either way there are tactics to get through it and be successful. Current Junior, Ryan Davis, commented, "The work load mixed with college stress makes the year difficult. Make sure you manage time well and do all your work, but also you should have fun and do not overwork yourself.” Enjoying your time at Glenelg is really important and a good way to explore activities and classes that interest you. Junior year may seem scary, but it is year for maturing through many new experiences, like prom and driving. Prom is a night that many high school students look forward to, and Junior year, they get to experience it. Driving to school is super exciting and grants a lot of freedom for after school activities.
Students may feel stressed throughout the year due to an increase in difficulty of courses and work load, but all this can be managed. Planning out the whole week and actually using an agenda book can help to ensure that you stay on top of all work and do not forget long term tasks. Staying organized and ensuring you complete all work really does reflect in grades. Junior Morgan Adams says "Make sure you do all homework, it can help your grade and shows commitment to getting a good grade. Adams also urges students to keep college recommendations in mind. Teachers write letters about the student's strengths, successes, worth ethic, and attitude in their class, not about how the student slacked off and didn't take their work seriously. If you struggle in a class or just a certain topic about it, make asure to ask questions and go visit teachers after school as well. Free student tutors are also provided through the National Honor Society so take advantage of that opportunity. During Junior year, college becomes a big topic, try not to get overwhelmed with making decisions and finding colleges that interest you. There are so many options to explore, and you may decide college isn't for you. Either way, the whole school is supportive and helps you figure out your plan for the future. At times during your Junior year, it may be hard to stay motivated because it seems like high school is almost over, but it is crucial year, so stay motivated and reward yourself for any accomplishments!
By Abbey Soltis
Getting to drive is a major turning point in a teenager’s high school career. It's the beginning of independence, a slow transition into becoming a young adult. Driving to school for the first time is like your certificate of being an upperclassmen. So why can’t students use their driving privileges to their advantage? Lunch periods are typically half an hour long, why is it an issue for students to drive to Royal Farms, less than two miles away, to get lunch? Students have their licenses and parking permit, so why can’t we leave? School lunches aren't always appetizing, and not everyone has time in the morning to pack a lunch.
Allowing students to go off campus to get lunch would be the quintessential way to asses their responsibility. Each student is fully aware of when their lunch ends, therefore they should know when they need to get back. This kind of responsibility can be carried after they graduation. It's a great way to learn time management and prove responsibility. Teachers and administrators encourage students to be independent, yet they are not letting us leave.
Students should earn this privilege. I understand the worry of students skipping class, or coming late, but that's the point of a privilege. A privilege is earned, and if you can continue to use the privilege to your advantage, you can continue to use it. If you abuse the privilege, it can be taken away.
In other school systems/districts, such as Montgomery County, upper classmen are allowed off campus for lunch. From the Walter Johnson High School Open Lunch Policy, it is stated, “Always remember open lunch is a privilege not a right! It will be taken away from students who do not adhere to the rules.” These rules include: making sure students are back by fifth period, and driving the speed limit when entering and leaving the parking lot. Walter High School has one, forty-two minute lunch for all students. This allows them to leave school and grab lunch from one of the surrounding places to eat in Montgomery County.
This policy has been present in Montgomery County since 1979. Open lunch hasn’t been a problem since then, therefore this policy should be expanded to other schools in other counties. Previous Vice Principal, Bennie Green at B-CC High School, tells the Bethesda Patch, “I’ve been here for five years and open lunch has always existed, so it’s probably been more than 10 or 20 years.” Howard County administration has to trust their students until given a reason not to.
The common concerns regarding open lunch include drugs or alcohol use, cutting class, or being put in dangerous situations. One hundred percent of the teachers interviewed had liability at their number one concern. There is a major concern of reckless driving, and students getting in accidents, but an accident can happen anywhere, at anytime. Students at Glenelg have expressed their opinions on how the could ensure their safety, and are all in favor to having an open lunch. After discussing examples of the rules from the Montgomery County policy to students, they were completely content to these rules. They also agreed that the right should be taken away if you can’t follow the rules. Anna Callahan, Junior, and Matt Heimlicher, Senior, say one way to ensure safety is to have students sign in and sign out before they leave. Amy Smith, Junior, says students and their parents should sign a waiver, that way Glenelg isn’t liable for any potential accidents.
Keelin Johnson, Senior, had an open lunch at her previous school. She stated that in order to participate in the privilege of an open lunch, you had to show school ID’s before leaving and when returning. This was apart of a process of keeping tabs on which students were in the school and which students were not. Johnson also believes that good grades are the ticket to leaving the school for lunch.
A huge concern of staff is students ditching. However if students want to ditch, they will. Even without open lunch, students still ditch class. Nick Scaldara, Senior, argues that students already ditch so the consequences shouldn’t change. If students ditch, the privilege of open lunch should be taken from them. If anything, open lunch will prevent students from ditching. If they know it’s a risky privilege to have, they won’t risk it being taken away from them. Currently, students don’t have anything to lose. Besides detention, which is a risk they’re willing to take, there’s nothing being taken from them. Open lunch is a privilege that can be taken away, so if students want it, they’re less likely to jeopardize it being taken away from them.
Juniors and Seniors are expected to know what they want to do, where they want to go, and what their future is going to look like in the next five years, yet we can't leave the school parking lot to drive a mile to get lunch. We need to be treated how we are expected to act. Students should be able trusted to leave school grounds to get lunch and be back in time. As responsible students, we should be coordinating with our teachers and administration to give us the privileges we deserve.
By Samantha Larson
Animals are man’s best friend. They are the companions that inhabit this planet with us. We worship, anthropomorphize, and domesticate them. Dogs are loyal companions, and cats are treasured friends. Some animals bring comfort and love, while others bring support and purpose. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “The number of adults with any diagnosable mental disorder within the past year is nearly 1 in 5, or roughly 43 million Americans.” That’s an alarming number, and it goes to show that many adults and children alike need support to cope with their mental disorders. Who better to fill that position than animals?
Dogs and cats are the most common household pets. Their whole world is their owners. That responsibility may seem large and unnerving at first, but once you fall into a routine that coincides with your pet, it may become an enjoyment. Many people find comfort in a routine, and if you are struggling with mental disorders like anxiety or OCD, a daily routine with your pet may provide you stability in your day to day life.
It’s commonly known that exercise can help significantly with depression. Many who have depression are often unmotivated to exercise, but if one has a dog, there is a need to exercise. Dogs are active creatures, and would love nothing more than to spend time sniffing things and trotting along sidewalks with their best friend. Walks and runs are essentials to a dog’s physical health, and they improve the owner’s mental health greatly. Being out in nature, or exploring your neighborhood with your best friend will definitely help to lift your spirits. I can vouch for this, for I have struggled with depression for over a decade, and nothing clears my head more than a long hike with my beloved German Shepherd, Bodhisattva.
A fellow Glenelg student, Arielle Goron-Futcher is an avid reptile owner. She owns five leopard geckos, a pictus gecko, a bearded dragon, and a ball python. For a lot of people, having that many reptiles may seem difficult, however for Goron-Futcher, she's quite the reptile master. For those who don't know, reptiles can be complicated to care for- they need specific heat and humidity levels, a proper calcium loaded diet, and weekly or daily baths. They’re prone to illnesses like scale rot, crypto, and mites. Goron-Futcher is very versed in caring for reptiles, and all of hers are either very healthy, or getting the proper treatments they need to become healthy. When asked her how owning so many reptiles affected her anxiety, she replied;
“Reptiles have helped me organize and focus myself when it comes to dealing with my tasks day to day. They are also my main stress relief when I come home from a long day of school and errands. Reptiles have been immeasurably beneficial as a long term coping method for myself.”
It’s never fun to have an anxiety attack. Trust me, I’ve learned from my own personal experience. Sometimes it can feel like you're having a heart attack, or it can feel like you're about to start spewing your own guts. Sometimes, even during a anxiety attack, it can still be hard to ask for help. People are complicated beings, and many don't reach out for help with their anxiety because they are too apprehensive about what others may think. Animals, do not judge. If you struggle with anxiety, an animal may just be your saving grace. It doesn't have to be just a dog or a cat, many other creatures can bring comfort. Birds, reptiles, rodents, and fish are all common household pets that would all help to deter an anxiety attack or just the general hum of anxiety. If you have a dog or cat, curl up and just focus on petting them, feeling their soft fur between your fingers. Focusing on something small and comforting can help decrease your anxiety.
By Alex Long
Opioids are drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain. Opioid drugs bind to opioid receptors and reduce the sending of pain messages to the brain, thus reducing pain. When asked, a surprising amount of Glenelg students did not know what opioids are. Even more surprising is that out of the students who knew what opioids are, few could list drugs that fall under the opioid class. Opioids include a variety of drugs ranging from prescription drugs like Oxycodone and Morphine to illicit drugs like Heroin. It was surprising that most people were uninformed about opioids since ABC News named Baltimore as The Heroin capital of the United States.
According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Heroin overdoses have increased from 399 to 748 deaths between 2007 and 2015. Even more alarming is the fact that Fentanyl deaths (an up and coming opiate) have increased from just 26 deaths in 2007 to 340 deaths in 2015. In fact, opioid abuse has become such a problem in Maryland that Governor Hogan has recently implemented a Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. The goal of the task force as stated by the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland is to, “Bring together all of the stakeholders in order to come up with a plan to tackle this emergency.” The extent of the epidemic became clear to me when a freshman recalled a recent trip to Baltimore when he, “Found a baggy of pills.” How is it possible that in a state where 41% of people know somebody who was directly affected by Heroin, most students don't even know that Heroin is an Opioid? The answer is simple: we are uninformed. Junior, Allyson Kim, said, “I had no idea that there was even an epidemic in Maryland.” This is concerning as Maryland has such a big problem controlling opioid use and it is important to know what is going on within the community.
Today, most doctors are very careful about prescribing highly addictive medicines, such as painkillers. However it wasn't always like this. It all began 30 or so years ago. Well meaning doctors would give out painkillers like candy on Halloween. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a judge found that a psychiatrist in Maryland continuously prescribed addictive medication to a struggling addict. The patient later turned up unconscious in a hospital bathroom with a syringe and 545 pills. Doctors would write new prescriptions for “lost pills” or if patients needed an “early refill”. Then when prescriptions became less accessible, people turned to illicit drugs like Heroin, thus beginning the crisis.
The great rise of drug related deaths in Maryland could be due in part to drugs like Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a stronger, cheaper alternative to Heroin that is being laced with Heroin. Addicts take what they think is their usual amount and end up overdosing because Fentanyl is a much stronger drug than they are used to. It seems as if the numbers of overdoses and hospitalizations is growing exponentially, and everyone is left with the question, where does it end?
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By Ryan Hack and Sayo Jolayemi
The Nintendo Switch is a new hybrid console that came out on March 3, 2017. It is a combination of a traditional home console, and a handheld device that can be easily brought around. The Nintendo Switch retails for $299.99 and is currently out of stock worldwide. The Switch’s ability to switch from home gaming to portable gaming separates it from other consoles such as the Playstation 4, and Xbox One. As the successor to the Wii U, the Switch has a lot of expectations to live up to, and hopefully surpass, given the underwhelming amount of content Nintendo has provided for the Switch’s older brother. Currently, only a few games are out for this innovative product, the flagship being “The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild”, however, a multitude of other games will roll out throughout the remainder of the year. According to Junior John Doherty, “its portability is awesome.” The easily transportable device adds a new level of necessary protection to insure the Switch stays functionable. Luckily, there are a series of new cases for users to secure their handheld device.
The Nintendo Switch is made up of three separate components that work together to make this console function properly. First, the base, serves as a charger for the Nintendo Switch, along with an HDMI passthrough for televisions, it upgrades the quality of gameplay from the standard 720p on the handheld to 1080p. Secondly, the screen is where the display and majority of the other hardware is found, it charges via USB C and has a kickstand that allows you to prop it up on a table for better viewing angles. It also has space for a microsd card, you can use these with the Switch to increase your storage space, something you will want to consider if you are interested in downloading your games. Finally, the most attractive addition to the Switch, the new Joy-Con controllers, these versatile contraptions can be used together or separately for single player or local multiplayer games alike. They have rumble features and wrist locking straps to connect you the game even more. Will Blackert, a Sophomore at Glenelg High School, commented on this updated technology saying, “[The Nintendo 3DS] based on the technology difference is inferior to the Switch,” which is to be expected given the six year creation gap.
The Switch is a fairly innovative creation and seems to be perfectly suited for the mobile gamer. Even though the Switch is sold out, you can still purchase it for a hefty fee of upwards of $500 dollars guaranteed at many retailers online, and it will be shipped to your home. Will this Nintendo’s new console be able to switch the way you think about gaming? Only time will tell.
By Sayo Jolayemi
Nintendo’s beloved video game mascot has spiraled his way from the Wii and onto mobile devices with the new mobile game Super Mario Run. In this game, players take control of Mario with the ever classic task of saving Princess Peach from the hands of Bowser and restoring order to the Mushroom Kingdom. However, instantly players will notice an intriguing twist that gives way to the game’s title; Mario never stops running.
This key component is the new gimmick that adds to the challenge of Super Mario Run. Discovering ways to climb over enemies and increase your coin total without losing momentum have lead to an innovative Mario game on the mobile scene. When first opening the game, players are greeted with a quick introductory level explaining the basics of different jumps and vaults. Afterwards players get to experience ‘Tour Mode’ which starts in World 1, a fairly simple world consisting of a few challenging tasks that are soon conquered. After defeating the first three levels the game ‘pauses’ requesting payment before proceeding onward with the journey. To continue playing the full game the player must pay $9.99 to unlock the current boss level and additional five worlds.
For many the trip ends here as most are hesitant to fork up such a hefty cost for a mobile game. However, for the courageous few who do continue, the game becomes more interesting. Along with ‘Tour Mode’ another aspect of the game is revealed ‘Rally Mode’ where most of your game time will be spent. ‘Rally Mode’ consists of racing against the ghosts of other players and trying to outperform them by pulling of combos resulting in a higher coin total than your opponent. Successfully completing this means that Toads will move into your kingdom.
Gaining Toads allows you to customize your kingdom aesthetically for functionally as certain characters, (Luigi, Yoshi, and Toadette) can only be unlocked by achieving a certain Toad supply. Unlocking all the characters will take you some time though, because while winning in Rally Mode gains you Toads… losing a game means you lose your Toads.
While it may seem pointless to some, the nostalgia behind bringing the mustachioed plumber to your phone screen is a feeling that can only be described as natural, the actual plot line of the game currently is very short however beating the game will provide an extra time consuming adventure, each level has five hidden pink coins, that when found unlock hidden purple coins, when those are found hidden black coins are unveiled. Finding all 480 coins unlocks three special dimensions with gameplay I myself am yet to discover.
If you’re on the ropes about purchasing this game I highly recommend it, the thrill of finally getting the hardest coin or decimating an opponent in “Toad Rally” releases a feeling of content that justifies the ten-dollar price point.
By Hannah Butera
As Apple is one of the most advanced technology networks, I would have expected a lot more of the new iPhone 7. However, I was mildly disappointed. Sure, the new and improved design is like no other, and the camera is unreal. But in terms of the iPhone 7’s ability to function and the new headphone situation, I think I’ll pass.
First, let me start with the positive aspects of the new iPhone. Apple decided to reengineer the exterior of the phone. The iPhone 7 comes in the typical rose-gold, gold, and silver, as well as a new matte-black and a glossy, jet-black finish. These new designs are incredibly high-tech and slick appearing. Furthermore, the iPhone 7 is water and splash resistant. Have you ever spilled something near your phone, scrambling to ensure it is untouched? Now, you won’t have to worry so much. This feature is extremely reassuring and is a huge step in the development of the iPhone. In addition, the iPhone 7 contains a new pressure-sensitive home button is entirely based on the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and is even customizable. Finally, the iPhone 7’s camera is the most advanced yet. It has an optical image stabilization, which rids blur from photos, along with a six elements lens that allows for clear images in all different lighting. With all of these wonderful new elements, you would think this iPhone was perfect. But here’s the downside…
This iPhone no longer contains the auxiliary jack along with the charger jack. With only a charger jack, you cannot charge your phone and listen to music at the same time unless you purchase wireless headphones, or “AirPods”. However, these are a whopping $159, and they’re extremely small. It would be hard to go a week without losing these miniscule headphones. Furthermore, the iPhone 7 comes with new headphones that have the same ending as a charger, so say goodbye to all of your old headphones.. unless you have the new headphone adapter. Finally, in terms of the actual function of the iPhone 7, I am not impressed. My phone constantly dies at anywhere from 1% to 100%, and then randomly comes back on. My iPhone 7 freezes and glitches constantly, and several others with the iPhone 7 have complained about this predicament as well.
With the price starting at $649, I do not think the iPhone 7 is worth it. Sure, it’s exterior features are extremely advanced and innovative. But what does this matter when the phone itself functions poorly? The iPhone 7’s purpose is to simplify every aspect of the phone for an even more user-friendly product, but it has proven to have the opposite effect. I would take the iPhone 5 or 6 over the iPhone 7 any day.