Monthly Archives: March 2012

Food Invasion!

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Today our Cafeteria was invaded by the chefs of G-Zen with trays of delicious vegan food!  G-zen is a new restaurant in town on the green, they opened up this past winter, and so far  business is booming!  They are a restaurant that in addition to only serving vegan foods, uses only organic and locally grown ingredients.  If you want to learn more about G-Zen, check out their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/GZenRestaurant.  And hopefully they will be back soon to bring us more treats!

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See You at Semi 2012

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Kelly’s Korner: Photojournalism

Intro to Kelly’s Korner: Kelly Du, a Junior at BHS, is currently taking an online class in Social Media  and as one of her projects she will be writting once a week on our school’s online newspaper about the effects of modern media.  Here is her first topic, Photojournalism:

 

by Kelly Du

The first topic that I’d like to introduce this week involves the use of photo-ops and altered images in the media. When you hear the word photo-ops, the first thing that comes to mind might be celebrities in magazines, but really, they can be found in well established newspapers and news broadcasts. The media is a large and profitable business that depends itself on selling stories and gaining attention.  So, using sensational photos is important when trying to attract viewers. Who doesn’t love seeing a dramatic photo that captures a significant message? As the famous saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

A problem that is very common today is the fact that many images are being altered to sell a story. Technology is improving and growing every second and altering; manipulating photos is becoming easier to do with the use of computers. At this point, almost anyone with a software program and a few basic skills can alter a photo.

It’s almost impossible to detect whether or not an image has been changed. A photographer can improve a photo by changing the color and contrast of it. They can also take a person or object out of a photo or add something else instead. There are a great number of possibilities.

But even before a photo hits the computer, it’s already being manipulated when the photographer takes it. The camera angle, framing, and the right moment that the photographer chooses to take the picture are all factors in a photo’s manipulation. All those little decisions may be unconscious at the time, but the photo that comes out ends up being a contextualized representation of a photographer’s reality. Photos in general are highly interpretive depending on your culture, upbringing, experiences, and beliefs. That’s something to take into account when viewing them in newspapers, magazines, and on television.

Remember, what you see in photos isn’t always exactly how something appears. Computers or the photographer’s techniques may all be factors in sending out a dramatic photo to the public. Many images nowadays are staged, sensational, or doctored. The important thing is to be aware of all those things and to not believe everything you see. The idea that “the camera never lies” is false when you take into account all the work that was done behind the scenes. Be aware, wise, and critical of all the images that are out there.

Share, Jeff. “Camera Always Lies, The.” Center for Media Literacy. Center for Media Literacy. Web. 27 Mar. 2012. <http://www.medialit.org/reading-room/camera-always-lies>.

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Curious about Aida Preparations?

By Meglin Bodner

 

It is amazing how many long hours of challenging work are put into the spring musical even before the acting starts. Preparation for Aida begins in January and ends in March. That is three months creating props and costumes to use on opening night and the following performances!

Construction was done by parent volunteers, both men and women, and two students. They made the extra wooden stage that covers the original one and the outside of “the pit” where the orchestra played. Almost every day they continued to improve the stage and props. The front of the stage was painted to look like stones and the wooden steps and platforms have been made for the cast to stand on when the performances took place. Volunteers have been working on this production since January to create all the the props that were used.

Costumes are sewn by parent volunteers and about six to eight students. These costumes are essential to any musical, including Aida, because they bring the viewers into the time period the story takes place in. Sewing clothing takes a long time especially when there are about 58 cast members and most of them have more than one outfit to wear! The women and students are definitely kept busy through those three months.  And during the performances, there was at least one parent volunteer on standby backstage in case a costume gets torn and has to be repaired quickly. This ensures that there will be no mishaps onstage.

The crew of volunteers who spent countless days making sure Aida can be the best musical it can be should be shown appreciation. They are worked their hardest to make Aida a successful production by creating stage props and clothing. Props and costumes gave the musical the extra feeling of setting and time period. They added on to the musical and helped visualize the scenery. With all these added props and costumes, Aida was spectacular! Thank you all, volunteers! Thank you wonderful cast! For Making this a musical to remember!

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