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Sheeran’s sound proves generic

Sheeran’s sound proves generic

Alan Zhang, Staff writer
May 23, 2017
Filed under Features, Reviews

The best word to describe Ed Sheeran’s new album is eclectic. While some are genius and others fall short, they all bring a different vibe to this ultra-popular release. The album starts with Sheeran’s attempt to make a hip hop song in “Eraser.” But Sheeran’s attempts to rap just makes it...

Classic perseveres as a favorite

Classic perseveres as a favorite

Anna Yan, Staff writer
May 23, 2017
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New York is supposed to be the land of dreams, but that couldn’t be further from the truth in “The Great Gatsby.” Quickly approaching its 100th anniversary, the novel tells the story of millionaire Jay Gatsby and his desire to win the heart of Daisy Buchanan. It’s short, only nine chapters. ...

Prequel fails to fulfill expectations

Prequel fails to fulfill expectations

Anna Mason, Staff Writer
May 23, 2017
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The principal problem with “Heartless” is its protagonist, who fails to give readers anything to cheer for. I had high hopes for Marissa Meyer’s newest book, “Heartless”. As the best-selling author of the “Lunar Chronicles” series, Meyer has proven her creativity in reinventing classic ...

Novella’s Controversial Theme Satisfies

Novella’s Controversial Theme Satisfies

Vinny Arciaga, Staff writer
May 23, 2017
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Woven into one’s own dark heart is a battle between savagery and civility. In 1890, Joseph Conrad was a seaman in Belgium’s Congo Free State, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Twelve years later, his novella, “Heart of Darkness,” was published, reflecting on his experiences...

Country Album Stays True to Roots

Country Album Stays True to Roots

Hanna Bewley, Associate editor
May 23, 2017
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Josh Turner’s latest album picks you up and places you below the Mason-Dixon Line no matter where you are. It is has been five years since he released an album, but the wait is worth it. This new album, “Deep South,” features 11 tracks, several of which were written by Turner himself.  There...

‘DAMN.’ disappoints

‘DAMN.’ disappoints

Quinn McCabe, Staff Writer
May 23, 2017
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At this point, it seems that Kendrick Lamar can do no wrong in his fans’ eyes. The hype that comes with anything he puts out is ridiculous—people automatically think everything he does is godly. It’s just that rap has taken a horrible turn towards mumbling (Lil Uzi Vert and 21 Savage, anyone?)...

Senior Centerfold: Stephan Ervin

Senior Centerfold: Stephan Ervin

Maria Eberhart, Emlyn Langlieb, and Emily Williams
May 19, 2017
Filed under Features, Profiles

For Stephan Ervin, learning outweighs labels. Instead of jamming his schedule with Advanced Placement classes for the sake of taking them, Ervin has committed to giving his all to just a few. This year, half of his four-class schedule consists of AP classes. Among them is AP Economics. “I’m...

Senior Centerfold: Collin Stiers

Senior Centerfold: Collin Stiers

Emma Walz, editor-in-chief
May 19, 2017
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For Collin Stiers, technology and public service go hand in hand. “What really interests me is making robots that mimic living creatures, combining what we already know about technology with some of the really efficient designs from nature,” Stiers said. In his sophomore year, Stiers employed...

Senior Centerfold: Shreeyad Pant

Senior Centerfold: Shreeyad Pant

Sophie Bates, editor-in-chief
May 19, 2017
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Shreeyad Pant is torn: major in biology or dance? Enrolled in five Advanced Placement courses this year, including Biology, Pant has eyed a medical career for years. But then he saw a break dancing tutorial by VincaniTV. The tutorials are on YouTube, according to Pant. He also seeks critiques...

Senior Centerfold: Julia Clark

Senior Centerfold: Julia Clark

Meher Hans, editor-in-chief
May 19, 2017
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On a crystal clear April day in the midst of spring break, Julia Clark grasped a box of swarming honeybees, coaxing the insects into the wooden hive at her dad’s house in Smithsburg. For the second year, this soon-to-be biology major at the University of Maryland, College Park bought a batch of...

Senior Centerfold: Mary Charlotte Gitlin

Senior Centerfold: Mary Charlotte Gitlin

Grace Schneider, staff writer
May 19, 2017
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Mary Charlotte Gitlin seems born for stardom. After all, she earned lead roles as Elizabeth Bennet in last fall’s “Pride and Prejudice” and as Elle Woods in this spring’s “Legally Blonde: the Musical.” But she’s far from a diva. She earned her chops playing Gaston’s silly sidekick...

The Post: Victoria Oluajayi

The Post: Victoria Oluajayi

Sophie Bates, Editor in chief
May 18, 2017
Filed under Features, Showcase, The Post

Senior and frozen yogurt enthusiast Victoria Oluajayi sat down with editor-in-chief Sophie Bates to share her favorites and talk about how she wants to change the world in a positive way. WATCHING: Right now I’m watching a lot of “Dance Moms.” It’s just a bunch of girls in Abby Lee’s dance co...