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New iPhone impresses more than it troubles

New iPhone impresses more than it troubles

Will Sogge, Staff writer

November 18, 2016


Filed under Features

Both senior Kati Ilieva and junior Sam Niehaus, who bought the new iPhone 7 within a month of its September debut, find the removal of the headphone jack bothersome. “It’s irritating since I can’t always use the aux cord in my car because I don’t carry the headphone adapter with me all the time,”...

Teacher doubles as rocker

Teacher doubles as rocker

Anna Yan and Matt Walters

November 17, 2016


Filed under Profiles

Aside from teaching students the quadratic formula, math teacher Steve Binko also performs as a part-time rock star. The 52-year-old plays tenor saxophone in the band Don’t Stop, along with guitarist Mike Rhein, drummer Mike Fort, bassist John Schoene and vocalist Landri Taylor. Primarily a cover...

Cheng’s musical prowess astounds

Cheng’s musical prowess astounds

Jason Fontelieu, Imogen Wright, and Grace Hazelhurst

November 17, 2016


Filed under Artist Among Us

Senior Michael Cheng has wanted to be a musician since fourth grade. That’s when his brother introduced him to Green Day’s song, “21 Guns.” “When I picked up the guitar, that was the first song that I learned and played,” Cheng said. Guitar teacher Brian Dickson immediately recognized Cheng’s...

The Post: Jake Alperstein

The Post: Jake Alperstein

Maria Eberhart, Staff writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under The Post

Known for his formidable presence as “Jake Alps,” senior Jake Alperstein is a dynamic and energetic character. He sat down with staff writer Maria Eberhart to discuss Naruto, his newfound passion for acting, and goals for this school year. Reading: I’ve read “Hatchet” so many times, and I’m ...

Sequel Fails to Enchant

Sequel Fails to Enchant

Anna Mason, Staff writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under Features, Reviews

Although marketed as the eighth Harry Potter story, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” does little to live up to the legacies of its predecessors. The script was co-written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, and first performed on stage July 30 (the script was released July 31, which...

Burton flick enthralls with visuals, captivating performances

Burton flick enthralls with visuals, captivating performances

Annabel Park, Staff writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under Features, Reviews

Tim Burton’s new movie, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” based on the novel by Ransom Riggs, captivates the audience and leaves them wanting more. The story revolves around a boy, Jake (Asa Butterfield), who sets out on a mission to find a home his grandfather (Terence Stamp)...

Young Innovators: STEMpower Girls Fuels Change

Young Innovators: STEMpower Girls Fuels Change

November 17, 2016


Filed under Features

This fall, seniors Allie Ng and Jessica Yan founded STEMpower Girls, a team dedicated to empowering young girls to become innovative leaders in STEM fields. Seniors Tomer Krayzman and Joodh Waleedh have joined them in this volunteer effort. Managing editor Tirzah Khan spoke to Ng about the group. ...

‘Westworld’ series remake outshines original

‘Westworld’ series remake outshines original

Maria Eberhart, Staff writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under Features, Reviews

Based on the 1973 film of the same name, the newest big-budget drama series from HBO is an escapist fantasy that explores questions of consciousness and morality while playing on the familiar fear of artificial intelligence. Westworld caters to the male elite who frequent the immersive theme park...

‘Doctor Strange’ bewitches audience

‘Doctor Strange’ bewitches audience

Emma Walz, Managing editor

November 17, 2016


Filed under Features, Reviews

Buildings start tilting at all sorts of angles, folding into themselves as the world transforms around a group of hooded figures fighting a single bald-headed woman. Instead of throwing punches, these foes must exchange blows using energy sparks drawn from thin air, while navigating the ever-changing...

Fashion Forward: Christy Reid

Fashion Forward: Christy Reid

Sophie Bates, Editor in chief

November 9, 2016


Filed under Fashion Forward

Junior Christy Reid's fashion spurs from a need for comfort while still looking good. But, Reid doesn't need to break the bank for her style. "I like to wear cute and comfortable clothes that make me feel good. It's fun to find new and different outfit combinations from the clothes I already have,"...

Modern Day Picasso: Ariana Gladstone

Modern Day Picasso: Ariana Gladstone

Patrick Fitzgerald, Sports Editor

November 7, 2016


Filed under Features, Modern Day Picasso

Senior Ariana Gladstone is known for her sentimental compositions. She describes her style as imitationalism or emotionalism.

Happening Hair: Anne Murphy

Happening Hair: Anne Murphy

Emily Persinger, Emlyn Langlieb, and Emily Williams

November 2, 2016


Filed under Happening Hair

Sophomore Anne Murphy turns heads in the hallway with her vibrant magenta hair. Murphy’s inspiration for dying her hair was being in a private school. “I was so restricted for 10 years,” Murphy said. In an attempt to break the status quo, Murphy dyes her hair every two months to keep the energetic...