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Who is Arcade Fire?

 

by Alexandra Augustak

In spite of recent events, many faithful Grammy watchers still ask questions as to who Arcade Fire is, and why they won, arguably, the most esteemed award in the music industry. But the questions do not stop there, since most are skeptical of Esperanza Spalding’s victory against the likes of Justin Bieber and Drake for the Best New Artist award. Even so, such events prompted an array of blogs and twitters dedicated soulfully to mocking how unknown these musicians are, while simultaneously accusing them of being undeserving of the award. But what these bloggers don’t seem to realize is that there is a whole other world of music outside of what they hear on the radio. While it is celebrated that people are so loyal to everything mainstreem, it is questionable if their ignorance is keeping them away from viewing music as a much larger picture.

“Who is Arcade Fire?” is a question that would insult any indie music appreciator before the Grammy’s. Now that the award show surprised many viewers by giving the Indie-Rock band the highest honor, many question how Arcade Fire could have won against music power monsters, like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Many people claim that such awards should be given to musicians who actually made an impact on the industry. However, many argue that the Grammy’s are not about the effects of a certain artist, but of the quality of the music that they produce. Those who think that awards should be given out due to the popularity of the artist and their impact on the industry should probably stick to watching The People’s Choice awards, which seems to have the same opinion.

The worst part about this situation is that these people who haven’t heard a single song by Arcade Fire prior to their performance on the show, automatically denounce it as bad music just because the band is not known as well. Because of our culture, it is seen that most people’s impression of a band depends on their popularity.

Mainstreem music seems to play as a safe haven for many today; knowing that the listener cannot be disappointed by whatever is playing on the radio. But such a mind set like that could keep quality music from ever being heard by the average person. After all my father once told me that “the worst thing you can do when it comes to music, is to limit yourself to one specific genre.” This seems to be true, since it is a lot more rewarding to have an open mind to things such as music; you will find so many more songs and artists that you would have just ignored otherwise. So the next time you create a new playlist, try making it a little more diverse than usual, in the end you may find yourself to be pleasantly surprised.

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Ben and Jerry’s vs. Ashley’s

by Alyssa Mason

                The two most popular ice cream shops in Branford are Ben and Jerry’s and Ashley’s, which happen to be on the same street, this creates somewhat of a rivalry between each shop’s supporters.  But is one more popular than the other? After a recent poll of students here at BHS, it has been proven that Ashley’s is indeed more popular.  When asking people which place they preferred I also asked them why, and each side had its own interesting argument.

Many of the people who sided with Ashley’s, prefer them because they were here first, and are a more local business than Ben and Jerry’s.  (Ashley’s is only in CT while Ben and Jerry’s are all over the country.)  Students said that they have grown up with Ashley’s and remain very loyal to them.  Also, there is a much wider range of toppings at Ashley’s and soft serve unlike Ben and Jerry’s.  Ashley’s also stays open the entire year unlike Ben and Jerry’s which closes for a few months during the winter. Lastly, Ashley’s has a much friendlier environment with the drawings all over the walls.

The people who prefer Ben and Jerry’s although fewer, had their own reasoning also.  They claim that Ben and Jerry’s has much more interesting flavors with incredibly creative names, like Phish Food, or Cherry Garcia.  Something that Ben and Jerry’s has that Ashley’s doesn’t is free cone day, which is held once every year at stores all over the country, and you can go back as many times as you like.

Both ice cream shops are very yummy and both deserve respect.  But let us not forget the other places to get ice cream in Branford, like The Udder Place, or Friendly’s.

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The Man Who Came to Dinner

by Meglin Bodner

Once again BHS students are going to take part in The Man Who Came to Dinner. It’s the fall play for 2010. Moss Hart and George Kaufman were the brains behind this marvelous play. It was written in the time of war, when there was tension all over the world and people needed something to lift their spirits. In 1939, the play was first introduced to the public, many of the  people who went to see it thought it was hilarious. That’s probably because Hart and Kaufman was a comedy writer.

The characters in The Man Who Came to Dinner were actually based on real people in the 1930’s.  The story takes place in Mesalia, Ohio at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley. Mr. Whiteside – a celebrity in the play impersonating Alexander Woollcoot – visits their home and creates all sorts of trouble.

During his visit, he falls and “breaks” his hip. Unable to do much, he becomes the boss of the Stanley household. He also receives some weird presents from people visiting him including Lorraine Sheldon and Banjo – based on the real-life Harpo Marx. Additionally, Mr. Whiteside takes advantage of the Stanleys’ telephone and makes lots of high-priced over-seas calls. He also begs Mr. and Mrs. Stanleys’ children to run away to pursue the goals their parents don’t want them to achieve. Mr. Whiteside gets involved in his Secretary Maggie Cutler’s dream to have a wedding with a man named Bert Jefferson.

Mrs. Ogren is the director of the plays at BHS. She’s decides which play is going to be performed each year. This year, she chose The Man Who Came to Dinner – the same play she directed in 1973. Mrs. Ogren said, “It was a really good memory, so I brought it back!” She ran into the cast members who were in the 1973 performance of the play and immediately knew The Man Who Came to Dinner was the play for this year. This was, in a way, revisiting an old memory for Mrs. Ogren; which is a lot like the play itself. She said a character in The Man Who Came To Dinner keeps bringing out old pictures from the past and talks about how wonderful life used to be.

Cast List

                        Mrs. Stanley…………………………………………..Katrice Kemble

Miss Preen…………………………………………….Vanessa Ague

Richard Stanley………………………………………Pompeo Mazzella

June Stanley…………………………………………..Sarah Mierz

Maddie………………………………………………….Emma Nwagboli

Sarah…………………………………………………….Brianna DeNegris

Mrs. Dexter……………………………………………Kellee Lear

Mrs. McCutcheon…………………………………..Chelsea Teague

Mr. Stanley……………………………………………Jamie Besnoff

Maggie Cutler………………………………………..Alyssa Eraybar

Dr. Bradley……………………………………………Justin Laudano

Sheridan Whiteside………………………………..Greg Nobile

Harriet Stanley………………………………………Therese Masotta

Bert Jefferson………………………………………..Sam Bibbins

Professor Metz………………………………………James Integlia

Mr. Baker………………………………………………Cooper Biancur

Lorraine Sheldon……………………………………Molly Hughes

Sandy……………………………………………………Alex Roberts

Beverly Carlton……………………………………..Chris Marsala

Ms. Westcott………………………………………….Rachel Hanchuruck

Banjo…………………………………………………….Daniel Stradtman

Radio Technician…………………………………….Eric Doing

The Christmas Choir:

Allie Condon, Paige Machnicz, Carlye Mazzucco, Kailee Scaturro, Shari Peterson,                                     Karlie Rose Signor

Stage Managers……………………………………..Allie Condon, Karlie Rose Signor

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Text Mania

by Editor-in-Chief Marisa Kaplita

Texting is a national phenomenon that has affected people of all ages over just the past few years.  Even the inventors of texting had no idea of the effect they were created onto the nation.  And I must admit that texting is a wonderful thing, but there comes a point where it’s just too much.

It has come increasingly apparent to me that texting at BHS is starting to become a real bothersome issue.  Just sitting in any class you will be able to look around and spot a few people not paying attention and checking their phone under their desk.  Or my favorite is when people have given up entirely on hiding their phone and simply text over their desk while the teacher is staring right at them.

Texting is a major distraction in the classroom; it is nearly impossible for someone to answer a text while still retaining the information that the teacher is giving them.  Even if someone “claims” to be able to text and listen at the same time, they are lying.  You might be able to hear the teacher, but in all honesty you won’t know what they’re saying.  This is a real problem because most of the time the teacher is trying to teach you something during the 45 minutes of class time.

I also believe that contently texting all the time takes all the emotion out of a conversation.  Isn’t the biggest part of a conversation the amount of emotion or enthusiasm you put into it?  You can’t put hand motions and facial expressions into a text message  (well, unless you put a smiley face motacon, but is that really the same?)

So, here’s a proposition for all you text-a-holics out there: for one week, just ONE week, try not to text at all.  Keep the phone in your backpack while you’re in class and call your friends if you really need to talk.  Not texting for one week shouldn’t be hard, and if it truly is, then it is very pathetic for our generation that we have become so consumed with texting that we don’t even know how to live without it for a week. So, stop and think about it, do we really want to be known as the generation of kids that are so attached with our phones that we can’t even take them out from under our noses and have a normal face-face conversation?

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Who Took the Pep out of PEP-Rally!

by Marisa Kaplita

The new school year has begun and we kicked it off great; our new freshmen came in, we started all our new fall sports, and we even dedicated our student center to Dr. Higgins.  However, we also started the year off with another uneventful pep-rally.

A few of the teams actually did do a good job, but most of them just did the usual calling off of the names.  .  One student even said, “The sportsmanship was good, everybody clapped, but nobody did anything.”

The truth of it is that most of us, high-school students have short attention spans and we need to be entertained, especially if we’re going to be kept in a room for a half hour.

I know that the pep-rallies have been resisted, but I think it’s time for the school administration to allow us more freedom; and we as students need to respect that freedom.  I truly believe that the BHS community has the ability to put the pep back into PEP-rallies!  So, let’s all step it up this winter for the next pep-rally and do something that’s fun and gets the school pumped up and excited for all the upcoming sport’s games.

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