The seniors are done with classes. Alas, that means that the thepurplechronicle is on hold until further notice. This online paper was a product of the journalism course senior elective. At this point, we don’t know of its destiny but we have appreciated your constructive feedback, interesting suggestions, and overall good cheer. One semester’s worth of submissions created 230 posts! We wish you all a happy and safe summer!
The locker room is a place that we all end up at the end of the day. The locker room has become the highlight of my time at Classical High School. It is where we meet up and share the laughs and the latest information of the day. To me, the locker room holds a lot of memories that I will always have in my heart. As a Classical student, you are forced to go to one locker room, where hordes of students are pushing and shoving trying to get to their destinations.
Although so simple, this is where my friends and I would come to share the day’s trouble and frustrations. It is where I met my friends, where I shared my first hello, and where I will probably give my last goodbyes. Most people would ask themselves why a locker room? And I say, that our locker room is most unique; it’s not the physical place that counts because by its appearance you would think that I was crazy but it’s what the place means. At our lockers, we see our homeroom colleagues and different students from every class. I used to see a different person every day and meet a new classmate. Although it is a simple place, it is very special to me. Here I learn the dislikes and the likes of a lot of my friends. Over the years, we’ve had silly moments where we have jumped around and acted as if we were the only ones on the planet. In the locker room, some of us complained about the busses, our schedules, and going home but not wanting to go just yet because it was not the place we wanted to be.
I open my eyes and see what appears to be an endless sea of green spread out before me. A breeze comes rumbling across the field, whipping my three year old eyes. Irritated, I close them to blink. Opening them again, I am eighteen, looking up at the front of Classical for the last time. Of course, there were a few events in between those two moments, but it all seems to have occurred in the blink of an eye. Just yesterday I was a freshman, walking through the purple gates for the first time. The day before that I was showing up for my first day of middle school. My, how time flies.
As I look back on it all, I have had a lot of good times and experiences. Thinking about what I left behind, what I will miss the most, I think of my friends and all the relationships I have formed, and how important they all were, and still are, to me. I have never been one to be too attached to a thing or a place. Monuments, seashores, buildings, are all nice and can capture lingering memories, but in the end they are just things, impossible to form any meaningful connection to, not for me anyways. It is with the people we meet that we leave our mark, that we share the moments that matter and form the important bonds.
I can’t say where I would be without my friends, and honestly, I don’t know where I will go without them. Driving around blasting fifties music, playing records on the street corners, and just walking around aimlessly like every other high school kid, may seem like foolish and childish activities, but they were pretty darn fun, and will be the things I will miss the most when I am gone.
Of course, my family is important too. I do know where I would be without them – nowhere. If not for my parents, there is a large possibility I never would have existed. Stressful, fun, loving, and a tad bit out of touch with the times, I owe a lot to them. Growing up with a crazy Irish family may not be the easiest experience, but it’s certainly character building and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
The most influential member of my family
It is easy for all of you reading to take these things for granted, and I don’t blame you for it. But, while you get caught up in the thrill of it all, don’t forget – it’s the people that matter the most.
As I start to look back at the four years I’ve spent here at Classical, I can’t help but ask so many questions. Why didn’t I do that? Why did I do that? How did I get the friends I have? Have I really changed this much? Am I really a senior at last? But the biggest question would be, how did I make it through the four years?
Like other seniors, these last few days have meant the most to me. It’s my last chance to say my goodbyes and cherish the time I have left. With finals, prom, and the field trip, most of my time is spent worrying about the little things…ha just kidding! Of course I haven’t completely given up; something I learned this year was that colleges can take back their acceptances. I can’t afford my grades going down at this point, especially with the cost of college basically doubling in recent years.
The one major thing I’m glad I did was to join Classical’s soccer team. I’ve been playing since I was three; grant it, I’m not a superstar like many girls I know but hey it’s in my blood and it’s what I do. Every year I meet new people through soccer. Many of the friends I have share my love for soccer. The friends that didn’t love soccer sure do love it now after my constant raving about the sport. I owe these four years to soccer; if I didn’t play I’m pretty sure I’d be a different person right now. Soccer shaped who I am as a person, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Being at Classical has helped me find many new ways to deal with stress; the biggest way for me was to play sports, obviously more specifically soccer. Every game, I would always forget how bad school went and was able to play my stress away. No matter what, rain or shine, we played. I had my share of wins and losses but I never lost hope.
Transferring from one school to another can bring great excitement, opportunities, and uncertainties. But, transferring from Jorge Alvarez High to Classical High was much, much more. It was not just the excitement of attending a new school (Classical no less), it was also about a joyful hope of a new life that was emerging from within me.
To reflect back for a moment, I realize now that my freshman year at Alvarez was undisputedly my best academic year of high school. I was the only freshman taking geometry and one of a limited group chosen to take physics; I thought I was well on my way to college. No one ever talked about college, but I dreamt of college, of leaving home, of having a new beginning, going to a place of higher education, reaching something everyone else in my family had failed to do. It seemed surreal that within a couple of years it would all come true.
As expected the match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United was epic. Both teams came in with one goal: win the match and become champions.
The big surprise in the starting lineups was the absence of captain Puyol. Barcelona’s starting players; Victor Valdes(1), Gerard Pique(3),Javier Mascherano(14), Eric Abidal(22), Dani Alves(2), Sergio Busquets(16), Andres Iniesta(8), Xavi(6), David Villa(7), Lionel Messi(10), and Pedro(17). Barcelona’s Subs; Seydou Keita(15), Carles Puyol(5), Adriano(21), Ibrahim Afellay(20), Bojan Krkic(9), Olazábal(38), and Thiago(30).
Manchester’s starting players; Edwin van der Sar(1), Nemanja Vidic(15), Rio Ferdinand(5), Patrice Evra(3), Fabio(20), Ryan Giggs(11), Michael Carrick(16), Park Ji-Sung(13), Antonio Valencia(25), Wayne Rooney(10), and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández(14). Manchester’s Subs; Michael Owen(7), Paul Scholes(18), Darren Fletcher(24), Tomasz Kuszczak(29), Nani(17), Anderson(8), and Chris Smalling(12).
The match started out slow as both teams gained a feel for how each would play the rest of the game. As time went by, Barca got a feel for how Manchester was going to play. Scoring the first goal at 27’ (minutes), Pedro gave Barca the advantage in the first half with a pass from Xavi.
It’s ending faster than I could have imagined; my life at Classical High School is coming to an end. I can still vividly and clearly look back to my first day here. I remember being at gym, Period One and sitting in the bleachers surrounded by hundreds of echoing voices from my soon to be friends. My heart was feeling lonely and hopeful to see old friends and form new friendships. Today, four years later, I’M A SENIOR, a prideful Classicalite and a much older person than who I used to be.
In the end, I reflect on the most precious and memorable moments that forges my life. My mind is a swirling storm of memories from the past. My dearest friends here at Classical High School will forever hold a very precious place in my heart.
What I will miss the most of the Classical experience is the expectation of waking up as I do five days a week and picking up my backpack to go to school, this school, my high school. I will miss walking between Central and our gymnatorium the most because from there I could see Classical ahead, almost as if it was my future and I was walking on the straight path towards it. I will miss every aspect of this school: the concrete walls and falling ceilings, the purple doors and dusty air, the dimly lit and freezing staircases. The many faces and names of those I dare call more than my teachers but my friends will remain with me for many years to come and can only humbly say to them Thank You.
Though I must embark on a new path, I have hope that it will be just as enjoyable as this one. In the end, I am happy I can say I am part of an utmost elite group of people, THE CLASS OF 2011.
The end is near, only a few days left remaining of this four year journey each and every senior has made, an academic journey with some high and low stepping stones in between. Friendships made and broken, athletic tournaments with wins and losses failed and passed exams, all leading up to now, and our future. We all have our college acceptance letters in our hands and we’re all ready to take the next big step in our life. This chapter of our lives is closing and a new one is beginning; the independence in each and every senior is about to get a lot bigger.
It feels like just yesterday that I was a scared little freshman walking through these purple doors, only knowing a few people, lots of new faces; some are now my friends. We came along way from thirteen and fourteen year old freshmen to seventeen and eighteen year old SENIORS! It’s so exciting. All our hard work is finally going to pay off. We’re all taking a huge step in our life and we’re in for quite the paradigm shift.
Right now I am seventeen years old, a few short days away from being eighteen- a legal adult, a high school senior, and a few short days away from being a college freshman. Both huge changes in the world are making me into a grown, independent woman. So here’s where I am.
It’s the gentle clack of the wooden box of a pointe shoe hitting hardwood, guided by movements to an ever-humming rhythm. It’s the feeling that there’s nothing in the world but you and the music. It’s dancing, and it has been part of me for almost ten years now.
I still remember being the age of eight, stepping tentatively into the vast ballet room donning my tiny ballet shoes and leotard. The wall-length mirror seemed to tower over my timid reflection, and every step I took was accompanied by a wide-eyed stare and nervously wrung hands. There seemed to be a buzz of energy that infiltrated my every pore, and it’s a feeling I’ll always remember. Ten years later, those walls have been painted over and the floorboards replaced, but the feeling of unadulterated enthusiasm remains, and it translates into energy pumping through me whenever I walk through the doors. Through dancing I’ve learned how to be at peace with myself in mind and body as well as work successfully in a group. Though I’m not always so confident in every move to every passing count, when the lights shine down on the RIC Auditorium stage and an audience is watching me, I try my best to give it my all. I’ve made friendships that will stick with me long after I exit the studio’s doors for the last time, and had experiences that will stick with me forever.
Sarah Palin is most widely known for her vice presidential campaign in 2008 with fellow republican John McCain. McCain picked her as a running mate for a few reasons, although some seemed contradictory. For example, even though he criticized Obama for lack of experience and said that he wouldn’t be able to handle being a president, he chose Palin because she was relatively unknown to the nation and she served as a clean slate; however, the media casted a shadow on her by highlighting her private life and exposing her shortcomings. In a national poll taken after her acceptance speech as a vice presidental candidate, 51% concluded that the media was “trying to hurt” Palin by negative press.
There is a book forthcoming titled, Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years. This is a compilation of thousands and thousands of emails and a couple stories that show the true Palin. The book casts a bad light on Palin, saying that she is self-serving and only in politics for lucrative purposes. It cites specific examples because it was written by her former aide in Alaska while she was governor. In the book, it explains various incriminating stories. For example, Palin wanted an officer fired because he divorced her sister. Also, she was eager to leave her post as Alaska’s governor months before she resigned because a more lucrative opportunity came along, with Palin saying in February 2009 she would “quit tomorrow.”
Kevin , the senior class president said, “The talent show was a great success! We raised over $1600 through this event. It was great to see the talent that Classical High School has to give.” Truly, this is a great step forward in funding both the Senior Prom and the Class Gift. “With this sum of money added into our funds, we have raised just short of $7,000. It is great to have our class unite for one common goal, and I am proud of this class.” Another one of the school government’s goals was to bring the class together and have fewer cliques. Kevin said, “I am proud to say that I believe this unity was achieved.”
The last act of the talent show was Journey to Caesar’s. This is an innovative progressive band formed by lead singer Tre Matos, Henry Aquino on the drums, Kevin Rodriguez and Amaurys Fernandez. They cover a variety of genres including instrumental, rap, and rock. After the talent show, they were offered a gig at a local club. Later, they were offered a record deal to sign with HF records. This will allow them to record tracks, produce music videos, create more albums, and sell them in stores and on iTunes rather than from the back of a car. Kevin is extremely grateful and hopeful for the opportunity. “This is a big step for us. This is the type of thing that happens to bands before they get big. We have a growing fan base and after the talent show, likes on our bands’ Facebook page skyrocketed.” If you would like to hear some of their music, you can do a simple Google Search KEYWORD: “Journey to Caesar’s.” The band’s links to Facebook and YouTube will come up as the first seven results. If you would like to buy a CD, just ask one of the band members.
“This school is such a diverse place, and I am glad to be part of the Classical community!” said Kevin at a class meeting last month. This school is so different from many other public schools in that everyone has a place to fill and is always accepted by others, no matter what their background may be.” Everyone is so positive and has such great school spirit!”
According to the facility’s owner, the nuclear reactors at Fukushima are filled with holes all over them. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said in a 225-page document, submitted to Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, that the holes may be as big as seven to ten centimeters (2.8- 3.9 inches). In the report, Tokyo Electric says the containment vessel of reactor No. 1 may have developed a hole as big as three centimeters in diameter eighteen hours after the quake.In reactor No. 2, the containment vessel may have developed a hole as wide as ten centimeters. The hydrogen explosion, four days after the disaster began, may have led to the formation of a second hole in reactor No. 2, as wide as ten centimeters in diameter. A hole in the reactor’s containment vessel means there is a high probability of the leakage of radioactive material into the reactor building.
Throughout not only high school, but my entire life, as you can obviously conclude – my family has always been there for me. No matter how loud the fights, the love between us never fades. My immediate family is the main focus of this reflection.
My mother is quite possibly the most incredible woman in the world. She is selfless, and beyond caring. She is astoundingly intelligent, both in common sense and book smarts. My mother is wise beyond her years, and is the friendliest and open-minded soul you will ever encounter. She is positively hilarious and understands my odd quirks and sense of humor, because she is just as zany as I am. I would be nothing without her, and strive every single day of my life to become greater than even her highest expectations of me- yet knowing that no matter how disappointing a situation or how far I fall, she will love me and be behind me, unconditionally, and I her.
Shakespeare in the City: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Above: Nita Mukand, Michael Ross, Maggy Metnick, D’Joy Falaye, Darius Ovallus, Fatima Farias perform at Monday’s dress rehearsal.
By Michael Ross
The curtain opens, and out into the spotlight steps two actors in their iconic yellow and purple tee shirts and blue jeans. From the aisles enter three more. They preform a scene from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to thunderous applause. Sounds like some modern broadway rendition of an English classic? Almost, but not quite. It is Providence’s own Shakespeare in the City, starring students from our very own Classical High School (including the magnificient moi) and other local schools across the city.
Shakespeare in the City is a program sponsored by Lincoln School (East Side) where high schools across Providence get together to put on one of Shakespeare’s classic pieces. The program began three years ago with the production of Hamlet, and has been a smash hit ever since. Last year’s production was Romeo and Juliet; this year it was A Midsummer Night’s Dream, preformed just last night. Some of the schools that came together for the preformance include: Classical, Mount Pleasant, Lincoln, Wheeler, Moses Brown, Nathaniel Greene, Nathan Bishop, Roger Williams Middle School, French-American Academy, Gordon, and Community Prep.
Naturally, it was Classical that stole the show. Who were the talented youths chosen to represent us? They were Michael Ross (who, in my humble and objective opinion, was the brightest star that night) as Oberon, Nita Mukand as Titania, D’Joy as Puck, Maggy Metnick as a Fairy, Darius Ovalles as Demetrius and Fatima
Karissa Arias wore the dress she made to the Met School senior prom held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. The dress has a bustier composed of eight hundred pink, blue, and yellow bus passes and a skirt made up of tan plastic bags with floral details. She said the project grew out of her interest in all things environmental.
Last night a half mile long tornado hit the city of Joplin, Missouri. The town had about a twenty minute warning before the tornado struck said Mitch Randles from the Joplin Fire Department during a news conference. Whole blocks were cleared of any houses and any houses left were left crushed by trees. Eighty-nine people were confirmed dead, with hundreds injured. As rescue teams are deployed, the total of casualties is said to rise. A Red Cross worker says that the tornado hurled debris as far as seventy miles away. The high school, the hospital, a couple of fire stations, and a strip mall were all left in pieces.
Hospitals and schools were completely destroyed. CNN stated that health records from one of the hospitals were found miles away. St. John’s Regional Medical Center was hit directly and suffered significant damage. The hospital was treating 183 people when the storm struck. It was unclear if any were injured in the storm. The patients were taken to hospitals as far away as Springfield, Missouri, and northwest Arkansas.
Zach Tusinger, twenty-six, an attorney in Joplin, lost his aunt and uncle in the tornado. They lived five blocks from St. John’s Hospital. “Everybody’s going to know people who are dead,” he says. “You could have probably dropped a nuclear bomb on the town and I don’t think it would have done near as much damage as it did.”
Governor Jay Nixon called in one hundred forty National Guard Troops and state officials to help assess and rescue people from the damage. The critical issue with rescuing is the fact that all electricity in Joplin is gone. There is barely any contact to and from the city. Although there is small hope for the city, one thousand law enforcement officers from forty different agencies in four states are aiding in the disaster response.
Over the weekend, Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority warned Monday, that the volcanic ash from an Icelandic eruption could reach British airspace Tuesday, sooner than previously predicted.
The ash forced the closure of Icelandic airspace over the weekend, raising the specter of the kind of disruption of trans-Atlantic and European air travel that took place last year. But the CAA said new arrangements have been put in place since last year’s eruption of another Icelandic volcano that should reduce the number of flights that have to be canceled if the ash cloud spreads.
The main international airport in Iceland is expected to reopen at 6 p.m. (2 p.m. EDT) Monday, following the eruption of Grimsvotn over the weekend, according to a statement from Iceland air. There were no international flights in or out of the country on Sunday after Europe’s most active volcano began to erupt on Saturday.
Icelandic officials will reassess the situation Monday and hope to be able to reopen airspace, Keflavik International Airport. Scotland’s Loganair announced that all flights will be canceled Tuesday due to forecasts that indicate “a high density of ash will be present in large parts of Scottish airspace.” British Airways and Dutch airline KLM also canceled dozens of scheduled flights on Tuesday to and from locations in Scotland.
Not only did these fumes of ash affect Britain and Scotland flights, but it also affected our U.S. President and FC Barcelona. The eruption forced President Obama, who was in Ireland on Monday, to move up the departure for his next stop on a six-day European tour. FC Barcelona was also considering flying early to London for its Saturday match-up against Manchester United in the Champions League Final. Neither plans will continue as planned.
More information to be announced on Britain’s, Scotland’s, President Obama’s, and FC Barcelona’s plans in the coming days.
Trudging into the last few days of school, I realize that it all happened so fast. The fact that there is less than a week left of school has not even hit me yet. When I look back, it seems like a blur of studying, reading, and running. My four years of high school was an unique experience which has had both its highs and lows, and I am here telling you the end result- a graduating senior. Yes, this is a commonplace achievement, but it is also big step towards the future goals of many people. Here is a snapshot of what is important to me right now as I’m about to start my next chapter.
Friends are a very important part of my life because one of the things I hate most is being alone. They help me push through the bad times and more importantly are there with me, wherever I am, to coast through the good times together. I know most of my friends from running and school. Friends are what makes my life more spicy; they create a variety in my life- in the things I do and say, in my reactions, and in the situations I put myself into. I must admit that in picking friends I am extremely cautious and picky, and it ended up in a few very close friends who I know will stay close for the rest of my life. I understand that this may not be the way most people like to have friends, but it works well for me, and I am happy with the decisions and quality of my friends and strive to help them do good not only for themselves, but also to help others in the end.
School is one of the other big parts of my life just because I spend so much time in it each week. Now that school is almost over, I just turned on the auto-cruise. I am doing the work, but mostly relaxing and not worrying too much. After all, I do have to keep my grades up even though I am already accepted to college. I look forward to English class, where we continue reading interesting plays. I like math class, where I usually do my own thing. In chemistry, we are currently working on a final research project. I want to work hard on that one. Period 4 is Spanish, and I still try to pay attention to the reading. It is a fun and relaxing class. Next is journalism, the class
Having premiered this past April, Camelot has been added to many an avid TV viewer’s weekly to-watch list. Here’s the scoop on the new Starz series and why it might be something you should tune into.
Everyone knows the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table—it’s been told, retold, and told some more (and parodied—Monty Python and the Holy Grail, anyone?). It’s survived throughout the ages because of its riveting tale of bravery, magic, passion, and betrayal. So what makes Camelot different from the many television programmes and movies that revolve around this subject? Quite a few things, actually.
Camelot takes what you know about Arthurian legend and puts forward some twists to tell its story in a whole new light. It is set right after King Uther, Arthur’s father, dies, and Arthur (played by Jamie Campbell Bower) must rise to power at a young age to lead the citizens of the kingdom into a new era, in a new Camelot. In the show the audience gains insight into Arthur’s struggles, desires, and characteristics as an otherwise ordinary young man who has just been given a great deal of power. The audience essentially takes this new journey with Arthur as he discovers himself and what he is capable of as a skilled warrior and as a king.
Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House and Republican extraordinaire, announced on May 11 that he will be seeking the GOP nomination for president in 2012. Can he make it?
Gingrich rose to prominence in 1995 as the man behind the Contract with America. This feat contributed to the Republican party’s control of the House in the 1996 elections. The contract pledged to bring issues such as welfare reform, term limits, tougher laws on crime, and budget balancing to the floor of the house within the first one hundred days of Congress. Gingrich, as speaker, dutifully brought the issues to the floor within the time frame, and many of his parties initiatives eventually got passed. Surely, a man with such credentials would be a strong candidate for the GOP nomination.
But, his story continued. The winds of change were blowing, and Gingrich was about to fall from grace. In a duel with Clinton and the democratics over the budget, Gingrich and his party led the country into a government shutdown, forcing many nonessential offices to close their doors and suspend pay for employees. Around this same time, Gingrich’s dissatisfaction with being forced to use the rear exit of Air Force 1 (when he flew to Israel with Clinton), and subsequent comments he made stressing a harder line, led many to see the shutdown as revenge for Gingrich’s hurt pride, and resented him for it. In the end, Gingrich lost his battle with Clinton and fell from grace.
Champions League Final: F.C. Barcelona vs. Manchester United
By Jeronima Nix
After ending their match against Real Madrid with a 1-1 tie, Barcelona had enough points to move on to the Champions League finals. Goals were scored by Barca player Pedro and Madrid player Marcelo. In a previous match between these two rivals, Barcelona won giving them an advantage for their next game. This game qualified them for their seventh Champions League final in club history; it takes them back to Wembley nineteen years after winning the title in the same place!
Coach Pep Guardiola had a short-lived celebration for the La Liga title before going straight back to work to strengthen the team for the Champions League final. Both teams have been training to their max to prepare themselves for what is sure to be an epic match.
FC Barcelona’s shirt for the Wembley final will bear a commemorative inscription across the chest: “Final London 2011. 28 de Maig-Wembley Stadium. FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United FC.” The shirt will also have the traditional Champions League logo on the right sleeve and the UEFA logo and the word “respect” on the left – the place where Barça wore the inscription as World Club Cup champions during the first half of the season.
Barcelona’s captain and defense player Puyol, has not played for three months now; Guardiola says that he has had personal training to be in tip top shape for the final. He played very well in the Real Madrid so he’s expected to be ready after continued personal training.
Recently, soccer team F.C. Barcelona won their game against Levante with a 1-1 tie. This tie was enough to keep F.C. Barcelona at the top with enough points to hold up his team’s third La Liga title. Leading them to victory was coach and former player Pep Guardiola. Guardiola has won, as a player and manager, nine of the eleven league titles that Barça has won over the last twenty years. Guardiola has now won twenty-five official trophies, ahead of Miguel Munoz, Real Madrid player and coach, who won twenty-three.
FC Barcelona has won eleven league titles in the last twenty years. Of these, eleven, Guardiola has played a big part in nine of them. As a first team player, Guardiola has won six league titles (1990/1991, 1991/1992, 1992/1993, 1993/1994, 1997/1998 and 1998/1999). The first four he won as a member of the Dream Team led by Johan Cruyff, while in the last two he was Barca’s captain in the team managed by Louis van Gaal. These six league titles can be added to the three consecutive titles he’s won since he took over as manager of the first team in June 2008. Three seasons, three league titles, a perfect record.
Chris Hemsworth plays the powerful but arrogant warrior Thor, who is the Asgardian God of Thunder. Although not always thought as a God, Thor has cool powers such as: whipping up lightening, tornadoes and having the ability to fly. He is known for his hammer that his father, Ordin, gave him. On the day of his coronation Asgard is attacked and Thor, being the one who never lets an attack go by, retaliates. He ignites an ancient war that had been over for centuries. As a punishment for his actions, he is cast off of Asgard to Earth without his powers or his hammer. Now, a mere mortal, he meets a spunky, lively scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and falls in love with her. It is here on Earth that Thor learns what the real meaning of being a hero is when he is faced with defending the human race from the dark force of Asgard. Back home his brother Loki has taken over the throne, and has plans of taking over the Earth. Will Thor destroy Loki or will he be too late?
Muammar Al-Qaddafi’s forces in Libya commenced in an attack on the main rebel stronghold in Tripoli’s Nafusa mountains on Thursday. It appears that they shelled the area with Grad rockets. The mountain range has been under attack since early this week leaving some people trapped inside their homes without food and water, along with medical attention and supplies.
It seems as that even though NATO has intervened, rebel forces are mainly concentrated in the east, as Qaddafi controls most of western Libya, and have had a very tough time breaking through; it appears that the fighting has reached a stalemate.
Qaddafi loyalists proclaim that the insurgency is drawing close to its end. Loyalists are said to be rallying and celebrating across Libya.
While Qaddafi’s forces have been riddled with defections, there is most certainly no sure sign of an end or a solution. Unrest in the Middle East still pours out from the situation here and in Syria and Egypt as well.
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With their new album about to be released on May 31st, Death Cab for Cutie is back with a new sound. If you haven’t heard of DCFC before now, here’s your chance to learn about the band that’s been at the very core of alternative rock for the past decade. If you’re not typically a fan of alternative rock, don’t let the name of the band or any preconceived notions about indie music throw you off—DCFC, with their riveting lyrics that match beautifully composed tunes, seem to stand in a category all on their own.
Formed in 1998, DCFC debuted on the indie scene with their album “Something About Airplanes.” Their following albums, especially “Transatlanticism” (2003) and “Plans” (2005) yielded widespread success. “Narrow Stairs” is their most recent album and has been very successful as well. Their most popular singles include, “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” “Crooked Teeth,” “Soul Meets Body,” and most recently from their upcoming album, “You Are a Tourist.” Twilight fans might recognize the song “Meet Me on the Equinox” from the New Moon soundtrack, which was the first song the band had ever made for a soundtrack.
Whether or not you’re a fan of indie and alternative rock, it’s definitely worth giving DCFC a try. One of the most interesting aspects about the band is that their sound is constantly changing. The lead singer, Ben Gibbard, has the ability to sing almost any type of music—folk, rock, acoustic, etc. There’s something for everyone in each of DCFC’s albums, and all the songs feature profound lyrics and unique melodies. Their music has been described as “a literate, whispery style” featuring “lush arrangements” (Dallas Morning News,Entertainment Weekly).
What I and many others find most compelling about Death Cab are the lyrics that read almost like poetry. Take, for example, the song “Transatlanticism” from the album of the same name:
The Atlantic was born today and I’ll tell you how The clouds above opened up and let it out … Most people were overjoyed; they took to their boats I thought it less like a lake and more like a moat The rhythm of my footsteps crossing flatlands to your door Have been silenced forevermore The distance is quite simply much too far for me to row It seems farther than ever before Oh, no I need you so much closer
DCFC’s lyrics are easy to relate to and understand, but at the same time feature a plethora of figurative language that makes each song unique.
You’ve still got time to catch up on Death Cab for Cutie’s extensive discography before the release of their new album, “Codes and Keys.” Almost all of their songs, including EPs, are available on iTunes and can be listened to on YouTube as well. Even if you’re still a bit unsure, listen to one or two songs—you may just find that their music is able to speak to you as it has to many others.
Late last week, Sony’s online network was back online after twenty-six days of being down thanks to hackers. Sony’s main server was scrutinize by a hacker organization which breached their firewalls. This week, in addition to rebuilding the PlayStation Network after weeks of hacker criticism, the company faced one more unenviable task, which was to create a "Welcome Back" package to pacify their angry customers.
Part of the WB package is that PlayStation 3 users get to choose from two of the following: Dead Nation, inFamous, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD and WipeOut HD + Fury. PSP users get two games from another list: LittleBigPlanet for PSP, Modnation Racers, Pursuit Force and Killzone Liberation. Everyone gets a free weekend of selected movies, thirty days of PlayStation Plus and one hundred free items in PlayStation Home. Music Unlimited users get thirty free days.
Most people are mainly interested in the free games, which make up the majority of the retail value of the package. The entire PS3 package has a maximum $60.00 value. Sony is going all out to please its consumers.
inFamous and LittleBigPlanet are both the most popular games in the package and the most anticipated for download. This means a lot of PS3 owners are going to own one or both. Wipeout HD was one of the original high-profile offerings in PlayStation Plus, Sony’s VIP membership which includes free games and other perks. So, if you’re a passionate PlayStation fan you might be stuck with two other games whose combined value is $23.00 less than any of the other individual games in the selection. But, the games themselves are fine and very popular.
In the end, there is no doubt that Sony’s true fans and loyal customers will forgive Sony and happily accept the package.
This week Old Navy has announced their initiative to go green! So, every day through this Saturday you can stop by an Old Navy store and drop a pair of flip flops in a box near the front of the store-it doesn’t matter if they’re dirty, broken, or very worn. The plan for the flip flops is to use them for materials for playgrounds. This event was created due to the partnership between trash-to-treasure eco company TerraCycle and Old Navy.
For those of you who want to bring in the old and come out with the new, Old Navy has a sale on $1 flip flops all day Saturday. While you’re at the mall this weekend, stop by Old Navy with your old flip flops and buy new ones while you’re at it. Give back to the environment and the community while gaining something back as well.
The man pictured above,Timothy Ray Brown, is now what scientists are announcing to be the world’s first person cured of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. And, as surprising as it may be, he was also suffering from cancer, Leukemia to be exact - and this too has been eliminated from his system.
How was this marveling feat accomplished? Stem cells. Brown, who was living in Germany, became HIV positive in 1995. He received a bone marrow transplant in 2007, and has been functionally HIV negative ever since. The stem cells were received from a person resistant to the HIV virus.
Brown states that he even stopped having to take his HIV medication, beginning the day of the transplant.
This procedure is risky, just as any other medical procedure and only presents an optimistic view of the fight against these diseases. It is said to be a very intricate process, as donors and recipients must be compatible, and some that undergo this transplant could contract graft-versus host disease.
This is why the reports of this miracle were not breaking news or openly publicized until now.
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Earlier this week, officials said that a new Al Qaeda leader has been named. His name is Saif al-Adel. He is Egyptian, once a Special Forces officer, and strangely he was against the 9/11 attacks. Reported to have already done some work for al Qaeda, Saif al-Adel was named caretaker upon Bin Laden’s death.
Not much information has been revealed about Saif’s intentions for the new leadership; however, what we do know is that Bin Laden’s death did not hinder Al Qaeda’s future plans on terrorism.
The world is populated with a lot of huge bugs ranging from spiders to dragon flies, but the biggest bug of all lies in the heart of Rhode Island, in our beloved Providence. The “Big Blue Bug” is a termite, 58 feet long, which is 928 times actual termite size. It was built at a cost of $20,000, made of steel and fiberglass, and weighs two tons.
The termite lives on the roof of the New England Pest Control building. The Big Blue Bug was originally the Big Purple Bug, the color of a swarming Reticulitermes flavipes but the paint faded and everyone started calling this huge termite the Big Blue Bug. Clearly this has a catchy ring; the New England Pest Control started calling themselves the home of the Big Blue Bug. In 1990, a local radio station renamed the bug “Nibbles Woodaway” which is clever, but everyone still refers to this termite as the Big Blue Bug.
Over 35,000 people a day drive by the termite, which is only a few feet away from a section of Interstate 95. “The bug is what brings the business in,” David Pontes, the general manager of New England Pest Control. Over a million dollars a year is brought in through termite work.
The bug is a national celebrity; not only does RI know of the bug but it’s made appearances on Oprah! And in the movie Dumb and Dumber. It’s featured on a big map of familiar attractions at the airport in Denver, Colorado. Fans from around the world have requested (and received) over 50,000 8x10 publicity photos of the big bug!
In the summer of 2002, he left his roof so his legs could be repaired, and took a nice tour of Rhode Island and Massachusetts on the back of a flatbed truck.
One engaged couple once asked to get married next to the bug, but New England Pest Control decided that they would say no due to safety concerns.
Unlike many of RI’s attractions the roof on which the bug stands is windswept, with his legs bolted to the building’s I-beams, making it the only hurricane-proof giant termite in the world.
As we all know, The Big Blue Bug often gets dressed for the holidays: an Uncle Sam hat and beard on July 4, a witch’s hat and broom on Halloween, and a red blinking nose, antlers, and 5,000 twinkling lights during the Christmas holidays.
If this giant termite doesn’t give you the creeps and you’re interested in a replica of The Big Blue Bug, New England Pest Control sells a lot of souvenirs of him including cups, pens, t-shirts and other goodies!
A few months ago, President Obama declared that America had reached another “Sputnik Moment” – our schools were failing; we were lagging behind in international standardized tests, and China was racing ahead in math and science. Just as before, we were presented with a Scientific/Educational coup from our main rival.
Or were we? Although many in the media and the government like to lambast America’s school system as a failure that has steadily declined over the years, this journalist would like to argue that this is not the case. Sure, the nation’s schools can do a whole lot better, especially if the many schools without adequate infrastructure, tools, or books get more funding. But, today’s school in the USA are certainly not doing any worse than in the past. The United States currently ranks twenty-fifth in math, seventeenth in science, and fourteenth in reading out of the thirty-four OECD countries. While many people undoubtedly would like to see those scores higher, it may be comforting to note that those scores are higher than they were fifty years ago. In those days the U.S. scored dead last in all categories. That was at a time, mind you, when America was number one politically, economically and militarily. Clearly, then, these tests are not indicators of a nations success or innovation. All the doomsday prophesiers in the media about America’s failing schools would do well to remember and to note that we have been improving, however slowly.
Today during advisory our entire SENIOR class had a block party in the English Department, home of most senior homerooms. As the clock ticked away toward the end of third period, the seniors were getting antsy. As soon as the bell rang, seniors from every party of the school sprinted towards the English Department. A huge line was created within seconds.
The diversity of the class was shown in the wide variety of food served. From ice cream to flan, from empanadas to stuffed pasta shells, everyone had a chance to eat what suited them. All English teachers came out to celebrate along side their seniors. There were many other teachers there as well, including Mr. Werth, Mr. Lanphear, Mr. Green, Mr. Butler, and even Mr. Barr. Many pictures were taken to keep the memories of this one time great celebration.
Hey folks, don’t think we just did this on the fly. According to Mrs. Leclerc, the English teachers had been planning it for TWO weeks! We were able to get permission from Mr. Barr. Sources say that he gave us the permission mainly because he trusts our class to behave.
Not only was everyone excited about the block party but there was a beautiful surprise once people got to the end of the line. It was Mrs. Caron serving the stuffed pasta shells; she was greeted with smiles and yells of “MRS. CARON!!”
With a cake saying, “Congratulations Class of 2011” the block party was ended with laughs, cheers, and grief as we realized, besides Prom and the Block Island field trip, it was the last time the entire senior class would be together before graduation. To see how many days are left, check out “Brianna’s Countdown.”
Congrats to James Tate! Due to the amount of media attention received for Tate’s banishment from prom, the principal decided to revoke his decision. News of this was published over the weekend after an interview with both James and Sonali on CNN.
The two are very excited that James is able to go. They knew that sooner or later administration would turn around because of the attention the ordeal received. They can now resume the usual senior prom worries about what shoes to wear and how to get to prom.
Monday- Central High School at Classical High School
Wednesday- Mt. Pleasant High School at Classical High School
Friday- Classical High School at Hope High School
Current Record: 6-9
Monday- Portsmouth High School at Classical High School
Tuesday- Tolman High School at Classical High School
Thursday- Classical High School at Moses Brown High School
Friday- Classical High School at Rogers High School
Current Record: 6-4
Tuesday- Mt. Pleasant at Classical High School
Thursday- Classical High School at North Smithfield High School
Current Record: 8-4
Wednesday- Classical High School at East Providence High School
Friday- Mount St. Charles Academy at Classical High School (Senior Night)
Current Record: 10-3
Tuesday- Classical High School at Tolman High School
Thursday- Ponaganset High School at Classical High School (Senior Night)
Current Record: 7-7
Saturday- MEET @ Rogers High School Class C Championships Burrillville High School Central Falls High School Classical High School East Greenwich High School Exeter/West Greenwich High School Middletown High School Mount St. Charles Academy Narragansett High School Ponaganset High School Rogers High School Smithfield High School St. Raphael Academy The Prout School
There are no girl’s track meets this week.
Events: Tuesday- Senior “I’m Over It” t-shirt money is due.
Tuesday- Mrs. Goff’s classes will be going on a field trip to Trinity Rep to see The Completely Fictional - Utterly True - Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe
Tuesday- 3:00-3:45 Classical High School Art Show in the library.
Friday- Senior Prom payments are due.
Check Brianna Rahill’s Countdown until the Last Days to see how many days are left until Senior and Junior Prom, Graduation, and the last day of school.
Keep reading to find out what’s going on next week here at Classical High!
From May 6th to June 5th, Trinity Repertory is putting on The Completely Fictional—Utterly True—Strange Final Tale of Edgar Allan Poe, and Classical was lucky enough to be invited to see it today. The play tells the tale of Poe’s final days while effortlessly weaving his written works into the storyline, making for a chilling piece from start to finish.
Written by Stephen Thorne, the play is comprised of three acts and opens with Edgar Allan Poe lying on his death bed, trying desperately to remember how he got there. The rest of the play is Poe’s dream-like discovery of what he has lost, and what awaits him in death. In his mind, Poe converses with his “past” self, and with the renowned writer Charles Dickens. Mixed in are aspects of many of Poe’s stories including “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” We also see glimpses of Poe’s life, including his desire to know his mother who died when he was an infant, and the pain he feels for the death of his wife, Virgina. Most of all, we gain insight into the mind of the famous poet’s strange mind, and what may have been the inspiration for much of his work. In the third and final act, Poe gives into the inevitable, and we see in the chilling final scene that he is creating stories even in his last breath.
Part of what makes the play memorable is its talented ensemble of actors. Brian McEleney plays Poe, while Charlie Thurston plays the younger version of him. Both play wonderfully off one another, bringing out aspects of Poe’s personality with each conversation between the two. The ensemble includes Joe Wilson Jr. (who some of us remember from Yellowman), Angela Brazil, Phyllis Kay, Fred Sullivan Jr., Lauren Lubow, Stephen Berenson, and Mauro Hantman. Each actor or actress brings something interesting to the story, bringing the lines to life in a way that entrances the audience from beginning to end.
If this sounds like the kind of play you’d like to see, get a ticket! Trinity Rep will be performing the play up until June 5th.
News: Donald Trump Announces He Won’t Run for President
by Jenna Tramonti
According to breaking news via The New York Times, Donald Trump has announced he won’t be striving for Republican nomination in the 2012 Presidential elections. “Business is my greatest passion,” he says, “and I am not ready to leave the private sector.”
Trump has been a prominent figure in news as of late due to pressing forward the speculation about President Obama’s being born in the U.S. He announced previously that he was considering running for president, until today when he told advertisers at the Hilton Hotel of his ultimate decision. His TV series Celebrity Apprentice has been renewed by NBC, and it has been assumed that Trump was forced to make a choice between that and the run for presidency. The point is, we won’t be seeing a political campaign for Trump any time soon.
Kevin , the senior class president said, “The talent show was a great success! We raised over $1600 through this event. It was great to see the talent that Classical High School has to give.” Truly, this is a great step forward in funding both the Senior Prom and the Class Gift. “With this sum of money added into our funds, we have raised just short of $7,000. It is great to have our class unite for one common goal, and I am proud of this class.”
The last act of the talent show was Journey To Caesar’s. This is an innovative band formed by lead singer Tre Matos, Henry Aquino on the drums, Kevin Rodriguez and Amaurys Fernandez. They cover a variety of genres including instrumental, rap, and rock. After the talent show, they were offered a gig at a local club. Later, they were offered a record deal to sign with HF records. This will allow them to record track, create more albums, and sell them in stores rather than from the back of a car. Kevin is grateful for the opportunity. “This is a big step for us. This is the type of thing that happens to bands before they get big. We have a growing fan base and after the talent show, likes on our bands’ Facebook page skyrocketed.”
Baja Tex Mex is a treasure. Located on the East Side’s Thayer Street, Baja Tex Mex opened a few years back to great acclaim. It’s one of the only places I’ve ever been in the area with the caliber of taco that they serve up, in triplicate, seven days a week. The menu is massive and full of varied options, from the aforementioned tacos (my favorite and 3 for only $6… I like to do a combination of pulled pork, chicken, and crispy-fried fish) to enchiladas, as well as surprising options like Philly Cheesesteaks and burgers. All the food is made fresh right in front of you and with a smile from the personable staff. A fridge full of Jarritos sodas stands to the left of the counter, with exotic fruity flavors like guava and pineapple that pair perfectly with a spicy meal. A charmingly straightforward bucket of bottlecaps sits below a bottle opener chained to the wall. The ingredients that go into your burrito, taco, enchiladada, or other tasty treat are all fresh and delicious; veggies abound in myriad colors, shredded cheeses are piled high, sauces that range from mildly tangy to MY-MOUTH-IS-ON-FIRE-hot simmer invitingly from their tubs as fish fries a few feet away.
The food’s delicious. Take your order to go, or grab a seat in the place’s deceptively huge seating area; it may look small, but there are more tables than you think. Little TV’s buzz quietly from their mounts in the walls, playing anything from soap operas to Star Trek. They’re not a distraction, instead contributing to the pleasant, chatty atmosphere and allowing you to enjoy your fabulously messy meal… And yes, it may get a little messy, but what’s the point of a neat taco?
The staff are pleasant, rowdy, and fun to be around. Watch the way they toss ingredients together, roll burritos like artists, and deftly plunge meats into a deep fryer. They’re awesome guys.
There’s really nothing stopping you from grabbing a taco or three from Baja Tex Mex; it’s affordable, tasty, pleasant, and fun! Plus… they give you free soft serve with every order. How could you not go?
Prom Chaos: Boy Banned From Prom Due to “Vandalizing/Misbehavior”
By Jeronima Nix
As everyone knows, prom season for the Seniors is approaching all over the country. With issues about dresses and other such things, perhaps the most vital question for many is: Who is going to be my prom date? Well for a high school senior in Hamden, Connecticut, the issue of getting a date wasn’t so bad; the real issue was how he asked his date. Because of this, he can’t even attend prom anymore.
Shelton High School senior James Tate decided to ask his friend, Sonali Rodrigues, to prom by cutting out of cardboard, “SONALI RODRIGUES WILL YOU GO TO PROM WITH ME? HMU –TATE” and taping it to the outside of his school. He says, “I did it to make her feel special and I feel like I accomplished that.” She said yes to him, but sadly after a short-lived celebration he was called to the principal’s office only to hear that he was banned from the prom.
With the school in an uproar, people are trying their best to help him get to prom. Many students wear “Send Tate To Prom!!” on their shirts and have even taken it to Facebook and Twitter. They created the “Let James Tate Go To The Prom” page on Facebook which has already over 25,000 likes, and there’s even a “#teamtate” thread on Twitter.
According to fellow classmates, James Tate is an all A student and what has happened is not fair. Many people believe doing community service would suffice for the “vandalizing/misbehavior” he has done, but to ban him from his own Senior Prom is going overboard. Many residents think that the school will eventually cave due to the media attention they have received. The superintendent is aware of the situation but so far he has not come out to speak about it. To view coverage on the issue go to http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2011/05/12/pkg.banned.from.prom.WTNH.
Assuming everyone has heard about the massive flooding along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, the rivers are said to crest on May 23rd in New Orleans. Cresting means it will be at its highest point and will begin receding back to normal levels. With the Midwest already being hit by thunderstorms and massive amounts of tornados, flooding was the cherry on top by dear old Mother Nature. Sources say that the flooding is much worse than the damage Hurricane Katrina caused. Records have been broken with flooding levels reaching over seventeen feet.
People in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas are forced to leave their homes due to the danger of continuous flooding throughout the midwestern part of the country. Levees were purposely blown up south of where the Ohio River meets the Mississippi River in order to lower river levels and prevent widespread flooding in communities like Cairo, Illinois. Not all were happy about it though. Because the levees were destroyed, many farmlands were completely flooded and crops were drowned. Many farmers who have had farms in the family for many generations expected flooding in the region but this year’s flooding is way more than what they could’ve ever imagined.
Many people have been ordered to evacuate immediately within the next few days. People in New Orleans are dreadfully waiting for the flooding to come in. Many residents say,“This isn’t the right place to be flooded, we’ve had enough of water for a while.” Other residents of already flooded cities say, “There’s not much I can do when the floods go away, I’ve lost a lot of property and things, I don’t think I’ll be moving back” and “I don’t know why people would even think of moving back, there’s nothing much to move back to anymore.”
Arts & Entertainment: The Musical Adaptation of Spiderman will Fly Once More!
by Jenna Tramonti
One of everyone’s favorite superheroes, the Amazing Spiderman, has his very own musical on Broadway. Statistics show that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is the most expensive musical ever produced on the Great White Way. It’s characterized as a rock musical, featuring music by The Edge and U2’s Bono, with aspects of pop and opera incorporated as well. Much like the successful film franchise starring Toby Maguire, the plot mirrors that of the infamous Marvel Spider Man comics by Stan Lee. It chronicles the geeky Peter Parker’s life, his crush on Mary Jane ”MJ” Watson, and his transformation into the superhero we all know and love.
You’re probably thinking, “Why didn’t I know about this before?” That’s probably because a few months back, the play was pulled from previews. Critics deemed the show too confusing to follow and way too long, and due to a plethora of technical disasters, actors were left dangling from the ceiling on wires and unable to get down. At one point, an actor even fell thirty feet! It certainly seemed that all hope was lost for our favorite web-wielding hero.
But this time, Spider-Man is back and ready to roll, and its producers refer to it as “Spider-Man: 2.0.” Choreographers, playwrights, and techies worked hard to revamp the play, making the story easier to follow and the props and special effects safe. New previews of the play began yesterday, and it’s scheduled to premiere on Broadway in June. We’ll have to wait and see what critics have to say this time!