October 24, 2017

McCarley returns with sophomore album, features appealing tracks

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Alternative pop star Erin McCarley returns with a follow up to her debut album, “Love, Save the Empty.” Without much promotion, Mccarley’s sophomore effort, “My Stadium Electric,” has failed to crack the top 20 on the iTunes album chart. Despite an expected low debut for “My Stadium Love” on the U.S. Billboard 200, which calculates the top 200 albums based on weekly sales, the album manages to surpass expectations after the release of the lead single, “Elevator.” “Elevator” was neither good nor bad, but it failed to leave an impression among critics and fans alike….

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AID provides meaningful experiences, summer memories

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor After hearing so much about AID from my friend Caroline, I decided to apply for AID this year.  From what she said, it seemed like it would be a fun experience, meeting new people, traveling around Taiwan and teaching English to Taiwanese children.  I was very excited to begin the AID program, but at the same time, I was nervous.  What if I didn’t get along with my teaching group?  What if I can’t handle teaching children?  What if AID isn’t as great as I thought it would be? Turns out, AID went…

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Willingness to volunteer produces overseas teaching opportunity in Taiwan

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor Last summer, one of my friends, Caroline Kao, ‘12 graduate of St. Francis High School, volunteered for the Assisting Individuals with Disadvantages (AID) Summer Volunteer Program in Taiwan.  The program sends the volunteers, between the ages of 17 and 27,  to various schools throughout Taiwan to teach children English. Kao came back with tons of stories, photos and great memories, so after hearing so much from her, I decided to apply for this program as well. During February, I applied and had to fill out forms, get a transcript and write an application…

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Stress builds for prom

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor “Are you excited for prom?” my friend asked me. Of course I said yes, but knowing me, on the day of prom I would rather sleep in. Many girls fantasize over being asked to prom, what dress they will wear and how to style their hair. According to Seventeen Magazine, teeangers should start thinking about dates, dresses, tuxedos and so on about three months before.  Most attendees start to think about what they will wear two months before.  I did not start thinking about prom or got a dress until the month of prom. Although…

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Often misused word wrongfully undermines disabled people

Hanson’s work ethic has become an inspiration in my own work habits as Editor-in-Chief.  His employment agency shows Hanson off as a model to other workers on good behavior in the workplace. By the way, Hanson has high functioning mental retardation. To contrast his excellence, you hear a word in the hallway, when someone thinks something is “stupid,” or feels embarrassed over what they did.  Retarded. How did the words “stupid” and “bad” become replaced with this word? The inappropriate misuse creates a world that does not filter the feelings of others with disabilities. Watching my cousin Zoe Davidson, who…

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Reinhart releases first album: ‘Listen Up’ to local idol’s sultry debut

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor   Rating: 4 stars out of 5   Haley Reinhart does more than enough to prove herself as an up-and-coming jazz/soul singer on her debut album, “Listen Up.”  The debut record follows her third place finish on the 10th season of American Idol. The 10 track album features sultry riffs and poetic verses that combine to establish an incredible debut from Reinhart. The opening track and rumored second single, “Oh My!,” features rapper B.O.B. and is the most radio friendly track on the album. It contains influences of pop, hip-hop and jazz. Other standout tracks…

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