Monthly Archives: March 2017

Population Lacks Understanding About Saint Patrick’s Day

by Lauren Killgrove – Photo Editor

Every year, March 17th rolls around and the world is divided into two—people who wear green and those who do not. However, the majority of the time, people do not know what they are or are not wearing green for. Primarily Catholics and the Irish know the truth of the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day, and not people of other backgrounds. Because of this, the thought of Saint Patrick’s Day brings people to a state of confusion for its purpose. Have no fear, I am here to teach you about the truth that is behind St. Patrick’s Day.
This holiday is celebrated all throughout the world for Saint Patrick, a missionary who was once on mission to achieve Christianity in a Pagan Ireland during the 400s. Along with celebrating the conversion of the country, people also celebrate Ireland and its heritage itself. Saint Patrick’s Day is a day for Irish culture and the history of the land, a history important to religious background.
Some of the customs attached to Saint Patrick’s Day may seem odd, but the reasoning behind them makes a lot of sense. For example, the celebration of shamrocks. Saint Patrick had reportedly used a shamrock to show the Irish what the Holy Trinity was. This is why shamrocks are seen as important to the holiday.
Another tradition is to wear the color green. This is because of another name that Ireland has for itself, “The Emerald Isle.” Since emerald is a shade of green, it is the color represented for the holiday as it celebrates the country. Yet another reason for the coloring choice is because green is used in the flag to represent the Catholics that Saint Patrick converted. However, the reason that the color is worn to prevent pinching is that the color was believed to camouflage or make individuals invisible to the leprechauns so they did not attack.
Saint Patrick’s Day is an important holiday for Ireland and the Catholic religion, and also used as a fun day for people around the world to participate in, regardless whether or not they have connections to the intended celebration. Saint Patrick’s Day is a day for unity, and that is something worth celebrating.

New York Fashion Week Introduces Spring Fashion Trends

by Anna Hartman – Student Life Editor

New York Fashion Week, a week long fashion exhibition, is often a good indicator of the trends to come for the upcoming spring season, and this year’s looks had no shortage of wearable pieces and adorable options to add to your spring wardrobe.
First and foremost, continuing the trend from the winter months, the athleisure trend will continue to go strong. Leggings, sweatshirts and spandex provide options for those interested in maintaining comfort, as well as dressing on-trend.
It’s no secret that 2017 has been a divisive political year, and most people have a lot to say about the happenings in the government this season. This is why we can predict that slogan clothing and graphic tee shirts may see a comeback this season, as clothing tends to provide a canvas for expression, particularly in things like politics.
The one trend that seems to recur almost every spring and summer season is the use of bold colors, such as vibrant, reds, oranges, yellows and blues. This year, however, we can expect to see these vibrant colors paired with black and horizontal stripes.
Though this trend may not be appropriate to wear to school, bras under jackets were big during NYFW, and may be more practical for the warmer weather of states like California, rather than the rainy springs we tend to see in the Pacific Northwest.
In general, we can expect to see a lot of clothing from the 1980’s and 1990’s making a comeback, as we have seen through 2016. This can partially be attributed to the rise in popularity of used clothing shopping among millennials.
We can expect to see an adventurous 2017 spring full of people embracing the individuality of fashion, and enjoying the trends presented at NYFW.

Voice of the Outsider: Pokemon Sun and Moon Reveals

by Jessica Pahutski – Staff Editor

Pokemon Sun and Moon might have come out last year, which is nothing to ignore. In hindsight, the latest installment in a 20-year-old franchise had a long and complicated prerelease cycle.
On February 26, 2016, rumors about a third game in the Kalos region were shattered upon the announcement of a “seventh generation” on sale later that year. I watched the reveal live on the bus to school that day and probably freaked out the people in front of me with barely-contained excitement. Overall, we knew the title and a rough release date narrowed down using three different press releases. At first, that was to be expected. On March 12, a Japanese magazine known as Corocoro promised news the following month.
What occurred with that following issue defies words. All it had was a bright white silhouette of the game box covers. Even when it claimed nothing could be made of this, fans quickly pointed to the rough outline of a lion’s mane and a bat’s wing. Overall, an absolute joke, only no one was laughing. This mess cheesed everyone right off, cultural dissonance or not. A once-vital resource of info on new games lost a chunk of its reputation in one day. It had been nearly two months since announcement and nothing had gone public aside from some mysterious trademark names.
On the morning of May 10, fans all over the world awoke to a coconut owl, fire kitten, and sea lion dominating the discussion. Rowlet, Litten and Popplio, respectively, immediately gained a following. Locations based on Hawaii added to the sudden emergence of useful info, with more promised on June 2. Wishes came true on those days and at the Electronic Entertainment Expo later that month. As June turned into July, it all would come crashing down for some.
I found out about the July 1 trailer’s content early, as the Japanese version had leaked online. Such an event would happen repeatedly later on to increasingly ridiculous results. When I saw there were no new characters or locations, everything went numb. Though deep down I liked most of those shown, the game did not feel earned or spread out evenly with people or places. Trailers came and went with the same result until August 1. For the first time since early June, something interesting happened. Four new characters and their locations came out at last. However, everything went back to “normal” soon afterwards. Disappointment continued for the rest of August and into the following month.
September 6 began like any other reveal day. The content of that reveal sparked a revival in interest for the game. New characters and plot info made my eyes light up at last. However, the specter of summer underreporting would spring up again just a week later. Corocoro revealed two “Ultra Beasts” on the 12th to some speculation and the next show was set for 6:00 on the 14th. While the Japanese version came out on time, the English one was completely AWOL. No less than forty minutes of repeatedly checking forums, fan sites and the official YouTube channel turned up nothing. Three hours later, the 41-second-long clip dropped with no explanation for its lateness.
After that speed bump sent me flying, exactly one month before the games hit shelves stateside, a downloadable demo went public. Despite the developer’s best efforts to block it, names and designs lay wide open in the source code. As an extra dose of irony, short clips at the end gave players a peek at previously unknown characters and locations. The rest of the month was much better than that, making all of it seem out of place. Partially because literally everything was out due to more hacking, I decided to order Moon off Amazon a week before November 18 rolled around. On that day, I found that overhype exists.

Pit Band Fosters Creativity Among Musicians

by Symantha Edwards – Staff Reporter

Our school is known for its amazing and thrilling drama department, with its newest performance, Sister Act, coming out this spring. Jonathan Urmenita believes that the success of the play is partly attributed to the pit band.
“Its real people. That is really what it is. People like listening to real people. There is nothing that matches the energy of people physically there.” Said Urmenita when asked what the pit band provided in comparison to a prerecorded CD.
The experience of playing in the pit is what differentiates the pit band from concert band.
“when you are actually down in the pit, with the lights and the singers up on stage, its loud, it’s a lot more like a professional performance, people are paying to hear us, so everything has to be right.” Urmenita said
On his personal preferences and why he would prefer the pit band to concert band, urmineta said “for me personally, the involvement. Besides the playing and directing, I get to work with singers, dancers, and more”
Cameron jones said “The thing that really excites me about Pit band is the experience because of the talented people you get to play with and the difficult music you get to play.”
Jones also said “I am actually excited about Sister Act because of the music we get to play. Even though it is not a well-known play, it should be good”
The pit band is and will always be a huge part of the atmosphere we feel when seeing our famous drama productions.

The Magic Warble Appeals to Fans of Fantasy

by Fiona Higgins – Staff Reporter

Literature is always evolving, always producing new and exciting forms of adventures and stories. Still, some yearn for the days of more simplistic storylines or an imaginative fairytale-like universe. For those who wish for these types of books, The Magic Warble is for you.
Published in 2009, this book centers on Kristina Kingsly, a girl wishing that her life as an easily picked on twelve-year-old would turn around for the better. However, when she is given a small magical object- the Magic Warble- she is transported to a fantasy land full of new possibilities called Bernovem. Along her journey to return the Warble to its proper place in the world, she comes across all sorts of fantastical creatures like talking animals, gnomes, elves and fairies. Kristina learns how to defend herself and others as she goes on her quest, after being threatened by the evil Queen Sentiz and her minions, and in the end learns how to make her place in the world.
This book could be compared fondly to other novels like The Chronicles of Narnia, for its unique fantasy world and simple yet engaging plot. The characters are interesting and compelling, and the world is that which we have not heard of before, meaning we get to discover it along with Kristina. In addition, it is especially nice to see a story in which a female character becomes stronger over the course of the story rather than being reduced to a helpless damsel. Kristina is very much the heroine of her story, and saves others as many times as others save her. She remembers what she learns instead of forgetting it instantly, and uses the lessons taught to her to apply to her life in the normal world. Even better, though she gets caught up in a bit of a love story, it is very innocent and kept smaller so that it doesn’t overtake the plot.
The Magic Warble is only the first book in a series of three, meaning that once you finish this story you can continue with even more adventures. Anybody that loves fantasy will adore this book and the ones that follow, since for a reader of fiction, discovering brand new worlds will never get old.

What Happened Behind the Scenes of “Moonlight” and “La La Land” Best Picture Mix-up

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by Emma Hartvickson – Staff Reporter

What most thought was just a joke really turned into one of the biggest mistakes in Oscar History. Before the crazed event that ended the night with a bang, many actors and filmmakers went home with big wins. Some of the following awards include, Directing: Damien Chazelle, La La Land, Lead Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land, Lead Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea, Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea, Best Original Song: “City of Stars” – La La Land
And last but not least, Best Picture: La La Land, or so we thought. Warren Beatty, who, along with Faye Dunaway, presented the final award of the night. Mr. Beatty opened the envelope and, after some hesitation and confusion handed it to Ms. Dunaway. She said “La La Land!” The La La land team rushed to the stage as the crowd applause erupted from the theater. They began their long thankful speeches when suddenly a stagehand passes in the background. He pushes through the team to Beatty and whispers to him and gestures to the envelope Beatty read. The faces of the La La Land cast suddenly look sickened. Commotion on the stage now had everyone muttering. In an interview from the New York Times, La La land producer Jordan Horowitz recalls the experience, “I’m holding the envelope and the award, and I had just given my speech, and there are people on the stage with headsets and I thought, ‘That doesn’t seem right,’” Horowitz said. Horowitz then heard and understood what was going on… “I’m sorry no…there’s a mistake…moonlight, you guys won best picture! This is not a joke I’m afraid they read the wrong thing…” Horowitz holds up the envelope to the camera and sets things straight, Moonlight wins best picture.
The cause of the misread was not Beatty and Dunaway, but instead behind the scenes, a man named Brian Cullinan. “It’s one of Hollywood’s most secretive and unusual jobs; Brian Cullinan, a partner at the accounting firm PwC, and a colleague are tasked with making sure the statuettes at the annual Academy Awards are correctly distributed. He stands in the wings of the Dolby Theater here in a tuxedo and pulls sealed envelopes out of a briefcase, giving the correct one to presenters as they walk onto the stage.”
Exactly what happened in the moments leading up to the mistaken announcement was still being sorted out on Monday, but Cullinan admitted and explained how the events played out. He was distracted by his Twitter feed when he handed Mr. Beatty an envelope containing the name of the best actress winner, an award that had already been given to Ms. Stone of “La La Land” moments ago. The next seven humiliating minutes would find Ms. Dunaway blurting out the wrong best picture winner. At the climactic moment backstage, a crewmember shouted “Oh my God” as the excited producers of “La La Land” thanked their families. “He got the wrong envelope!” “He” was Warren Beatty, who, along with Faye Dunaway, had no idea they were given the wrong card, Beatty explained after the event that the reason he hesitated before announcing the winner was because he recognized that the card didn’t seem right, it had Emma stone’s name written across the top. It took minutes to fix the error because they had to contact so many people and producers to confirm the mistake. They rushed on stage, and confirmed the mistake live during the show, the audience gasping, surprised, as the “La La Land” producers gracefully made way for the “Moonlight” team. According to the New York Times, “In an epic bungle before 33 million viewers—one that could get his company fired as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ accountant after 83 years and which robbed “Moonlight,” an all-black, gay-themed film, of its proper moment of celebration.” Mr. Cullinan caused the show-business musical “La La Land” to be mistakenly named best picture at the 89th Academy Awards.

“Hamilton” and Other Smash Hit Musicals to See During Paramount Theatre 2017-18 Season

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by Anna Hartman – Student Life Editor

In a world of nonstop information and fresh trends that sweep the media like waves, then vanish as quickly they came, there are very few pieces of entertainment that have truly made enough of an impact to be considered a “cultural phenomenon”. Hamilton is one of these rare exceptions.
Hamilton has captured the ears and hearts of many young people in a way that no musical has in the past, prompting many who previously had not been interested in theatre to purchase tickets for the 2017-2018 season in order to guarantee a chance at seeing the iconic musical. Those who purchased tickets without much prior knowledge of the other shows included in the season, however, are in for a wonderful surprise.
The season starts off with a classic, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. The ever-popular musical was created in 1965, and centers around Maria, a young nun who struggles to find her place taking care of seven children in Nazi-era Austria. The story is heartwarming and timeless, and a fantastic way to begin the season when it starts up in September.
Following this show is Aladdin, the critically-acclaimed musical adaptation of the classic Disney film, which will not fail to entertain audiences young and old with its well-loved story. The Bodyguard, the next show on the roster, is a new musical making its first trip through Seattle. It is based off of the 1992 film featuring Whitney Huston. Elf is a Christmas treat that should bring tons of holiday fun to your standard holiday routine, a musical based off of the modern Christmas classic movie of the same name, starring Will Ferrell as the lovable Buddy the elf, trying to make his way in the real world.
Though not included with the original season package, the hit musical written by the geniuses behind South Park, The Book of Mormon is a must-see. This show, however, about the misadventures of Elder Price and Elder Cunningham on a missionary trip to Uganda, is not for the faint-of-heart. The show is littered with jokes about the political climate of Africa, Mormons, and organized religion in general. If you are not offended by these things, though, this show is a necessity for your season.
Finally, the show that needs no introduction, Hamilton. The story of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton told through rap, hip-hop and R&B music. Making its first sweep through Seattle, Hamilton is an incredible feat of musical genius that is by far the most anticipated show of the season.
Next up in the season is the sequel to one of the most iconic musicals of all time, The Phantom of the Opera. Love Never Dies opened to mixed reviews in New York, and has not been able to rise above mediocrity since. The original Phantom of the Opera, though, is offered as an add-on to the season, similar to The Book of Mormon. For those who need the original tale of Christine Daae and the mysterious phantom, this add on is a perfect choice.
The last show in the standard season, Les Miserables, is the critically acclaimed story of Jean Valjean, an ex-prisoner during the French revolution, and his attempt to escape capture by Javert, and take care of Cosette, the daughter of the prostitute Fantine.
Though Hamilton may be the star of this season, there are so many other fantastic musicals featured, that purchasing season tickets will prove to be more than worth it to those who purchased only thinking of Hamilton. Season ticket holders are in for a wild ride with many Tony-award winning shows that are bound to go down in musical theatre history for years to come.

Ceelo Green’s New Persona Shocks Viewers at Grammys

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by Abril Serrano – Staff Reporter

The Grammys 2017 were full of exciting moments, one of the most memorable moments occurred during the red carpet when the appearance of a husky, short man coved in a full gold body tunic with a strange designed golden helmet covering his face notably appeared getting the notice of celebrity news outlets.
Many were quick to assume that the person behind the extraordinary suit was Cee Lo Green because of the similar features both outrageous men shared.
TMZ quickly caught up with Green a few days after the Grammys to ask him about the whole idea of the suite he wore to the Grammys in which, Green said, “That’s somebody else altogether, man.” Green followed up by explaining that the man everyone saw that the Grammys was not exactly him but in fact was his alter ego Gnarly Davidson.
Gnarly Davison is green’s new persona he developed to promote as a new artist, going so far to creating new social media accounts released under Davison’s name. The red carpet appearance of the Davison was an attempt by Green to promote Davidson’s new remake single called “Jay-Z’s girl” originally “Jessie girl” by Rick Springfield from 1981.
Unfortunately, for Green, Davison’s rise to Fame is not turning out to be, as Green would hope, with Davison’s music video for “Jay-Z’s girl” only getting 437,000 views on YouTube. On the other hand, the golden tunic and helmet look turned into an internet meme over night with people comparing the outrageous look to a delightful Ferrero Rocher chocolate.
It was clear the whole red carpet look was no more than a crummy attempted publicity stunt that no one asked for.

“Riverdale” Quickly Becomes Cable TV’s Hottest New Thriller

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by Grace Frunk – Ad Manager

The CW has recently released a new T.V show, Riverdale, which is vastly becoming a new hit. The show contains the famous Archie Comic Characters. These character look the same, however their personalities are very different from the way any Archie comic fan remembers them being. The show features K.J Apa as Archie Andrew and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes a Veronica Lodge and Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy. The show appears inspired by the classic T.V. show “Twin Peaks.” The dark storyline draws viewers with each episode ending on a cliffhanger.
The storyline starts with the murder of Jason Blossom, the twin brother of Cheryl and son of Nathalie and Penelope. Their rich and manipulative family makes the murder of their son a greater mystery. The show takes place current day, in the town of Riverdale. Riverdale is a small town with a gloomy mood. The gang likes to hang at an old local dinner called “pop’s Dinner” which gives a retro feel to setting and at the same time giving the town a history.
Unlike the original Archie Comic, Betty and Veronica are not are spending too much time fighting over Archie. Riverdale includes everything from Student-Teacher affairs to just causal friends blossoming into something more. The show features football, cheerleading and the famous Archie comics “Josie and the Pussycats.” Original and copyrighted music help to better the experience of the show. Archie finds himself involved with music, football and working at his dad’s company, Betty and Jughead team-up to try their hand at solving the murder, and Veronica and the others find themselves slowing piecing together the truth behind the murder of Jason Blossom.
Jughead’s voice over throughout the show, likes to make sure the audience knows that Riverdale was always the picture of perfection, but as the show continues this statement unravels.

The Top Three Action Packed Films

by Nolan James – Staff Reporter

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3. Die Hard (1988) – A huge pioneer for the action genre was Die Hard, an impressive film with an engaging story and relentless action. Taking the genre more seriously than previous action films, Die Hard spawned a long and profitable series, but the first film still stands out as the best. The film boasts a running time of well over two hours, which was very uncommon for action movies at the time, but the movie never lets up and keeps the viewer on their feet throughout. Die Hard stars Bruce Willis as a cop against the terrorist Hans Gruber, played by the recently deceased Alan Rickman, who has taken over the Nakatomi corporation tower. The film has aged remarkably well and remains a classic action film, and a very re-watchable one at that.

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2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – One of the most important films of all time with its groundbreaking CGI effects, T2: Judgment Day took what its predecessor did to a whole new level. While the first Terminator film is probably a better-made movie with a more detailed and cohesive story, Terminator 2 is a much more competent action film, with extremely fast-paced action and impressive stunts. Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator in this sequel, but unlike his role as the cold, emotionless villain in the first film, Schwarzenegger’s Terminator plays the role of the protagonist in this movie, protecting Sarah Connor and her son, John Connor, from an advanced cyborg killer, the T-1000, played by Robert Patrick. T2: Judgment Day may not be the most story-focused movie, but there are plenty of touching moments throughout, and the ending will leave the viewer crying.

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1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Out of all these movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark is the least of an action film. However, it is probably the best due to its great story, fantastic performances, and classic soundtrack by John Williams. Harrison Ford plays his iconic role as Indiana Jones for the first time in this action-adventure film, trying to stop the Nazis from finding and using the legendary Ark of the Covenant. The film is rather comedic, with many hilarious tongue-in-cheek moments, but it has plenty of serious scenes as well. Raiders of the Lost Ark boasts great performances from its actors, impressive, though sometimes gory, graphics, and a well thought out story. Its action scenes, though there are not as many of them in this film, are very impressive and exciting as Indiana Jones fights with his archenemy, René Belloq, played by Paul Freeman, who has teamed with the Nazis to find the religious Ark. This film remains a classic in a legendary series of action films.