Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sleep Deprivation

Senior snoozing during D-Block. (Photo/Christine Arsenault)

Senior snoozing during D-Block. (Photo/Christine Arsenault)

By: Christine Arsenault

Sleep deprivation affects people of all ages across the globe. It can be caused by a number of things including every day activities such as school and jobs.

Sleep disorders such as Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Problem Sleepiness, Hypersomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (breathing temporarily stops causing multiply awakenings), Narcolepsy (extreme sleepiness or falling asleep during the day), and Insomnia can seriously affect a person’s day. Other conditions known to deprive people of sleep are sleep walking, snoring and nightmares.

Senior Erynne Arvisais said, “I get six-seven hours of sleep a night. I wake up during the night because I am restless… I feel if I got more sleep it would help my grades and my attitude because I would be more focused and rested.”

Senior Sam Dart said, “I go to bed at 11 and wake up at 5:30 a.m., so I get six and a half hours of sleep.”

“Sleep is important. Studies show high school students should get eight hours of sleep every night, at least,” said AHS nurse Ms. Lisa Wood, adding, “A minimum of 40 students a week come in complaining they’re tired.”

“I never go to bed before 10 p.m. because I have work and I try to get homework done. I feel if school started later or there wasn’t as much homework then my grades would definitely go up,” said senior Tom Cox.

“I feel homework, jobs and mainly distractions are the main reasons students aren’t able to go to sleep earlier,” said Medical Assisting teacher Mrs. Joyce Campellone.

Sleep deprivation can affect a person’s mood, causing irritability, lack of motivation, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. A person’s performance is affected because of a lack of concentration; they’re more distracted, fatigued, forgetful, more prone to errors, and decisions are poor.

“Without enough sleep, students aren’t as alert. They cannot concentrate as much because they owe themselves too much sleep,” said AHS psychology/history teacher Mr. Patrick Callahan.

More importantly, when a person is lacking sleep, it’s harmful to their health. Lack of sleep has been associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, obesity, and diabetes. Obtaining enough sleep at night is very important to every aspect of a person’s life. It can help increase a person’s focus, attitude and their overall health.

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Stage Tech

Bray Auditorium’s sound and light control booth, aka the Axis. (Photo/Kaitlyn Jumpe)

Bray Auditorium’s sound and light control booth, aka the Axis. (Photo/Kaitlyn Jumpe)

By: Kaitlyn Jumpe

Drama shows are huge productions requiring a lot of man power. Actors can’t do everything, which is why having a stage technical crew is so important.

“People who do stage crew are dedicated and selfless because they do a lot of work and they’re typically not in front of the audience,” said physics teacher and drama director Mr. Peter Tarsi.

Senior Scott Friedlander, Tech Manager, is on lights and sound with his apprentice and brother sophomore Tom Friedlander. “It has a deeper bond than if I learned from someone else because it’s being passed on from one generation to the next,” said Tom.

Working the stage and curtain is Senior Stage Manager Kaitlyn Jumpe, along with her two assistants freshman Megan Laliberte and sophomore Brynna Turner. “I haven’t had any experience on stage, but I like working backstage because there’s this thrill to making stuff happen and the audience not knowing how it got there,” said Turner.

The lighting and sound systems are controlled in two areas. The first is backstage in the cage, which is used for props during shows and also contains the central light panel. The second area, where the lights are controlled, is in the back of the auditorium in a select space referred to as the “axis.”

The scenery, also known as the set, is maintained backstage by the stage managers and crew.  Sets can range from monumental structures, such as a house, to a few pieces of furniture. The 2014 festival show And has a set of only 16 folding chairs.

The stage crew’s schedule isn’t as demanding as the actors’, but that doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly. Working on stage tech involves learning entrances, exits, certain verbal cues, and set piece location.

“I only have to show up two weeks before the production so I have some free time to play sports,” said Scott.

“It’s all the dirty work. It’s all the stuff that makes the actors look good,” said Tarsi.

“The director puts a lot of trust in you to do something and you have a lot of responsibilities,” said Laliberte.

One easy way a stage crew learns a set’s position is by marking the places with some colored tape, a process known as “spiking.” While this does provide a leg up for the crew, they still have to remember which set pieces go with what spike. This can seem pretty simple – until  the lights go out.

To minimize attention, the crew, not only has to wear black, but also must work in it. One of the most important parts of being on the crew is not being detected by the audience members.

Maintaining the ambiance is a much different job; it also comes with a different set of responsibilities. Without sound or lighting, the audience wouldn’t be able to hear or see the performance.  An added stress is that sometimes the technology goes wrong and the Tech Manager has to remain calm and try to fix it, if possible.

Stage crews provide an opportunity for students who want to be involved with drama without the stress of performing. The job may not receive as much publicity as the actors, but it’s a rewarding and fun experience.

Scholarship Shenanigans

Scholarship applications (Photo/Kaela Lumbra)

Scholarship applications (Photo/Kaela Lumbra)

By: Kaela Lumbra

Many seniors preparing for their freshman year in college face a large tuition along with many other expenses that go along with college life. Attleboro High School offers seniors many scholarships that help fund these expenses. Some of the scholarships are topic specific and others are more general, letting anyone apply.

Some scholarships aim specifically at students with sports backgrounds, or for those with contributions to the community. Others focus on career interests or specific colleges. For example, the Leslie Langille Memorial Scholarship provides a student looking for a career working with children $1,000, while the Ken Breese Book Award established by the Varsity boosters Club offers $500 for AHS students who participated in soccer.

The Rebechka Lynn Whitefield Memorial Scholarship, in honor of Rebechka Whitefield or “Becky” as her friends called her, offers a varying amount each year.

Other scholarships require a short writing piece, such as a short story or even just writing a little something about yourself. The AHS Scholarship Application asks for general information and a personal writing piece. Other scholarships like this are the Lynn C. Goodchild Memorial, in memory of AHS 1994 alumni Lynn Goodchild who was killed on Sept. 11, 2001 and the Emmett Larkin Memorial Scholarship in memory of youth coach and Attleboro Recreation commissioner Emmett Larkin, which is open to long-term baseball players.

Every morning during the announcements, students are reminded about the scholarships and that they can be found in the house offices. There are currently 21 scholarships offered.

At the 2013 Scholarship Night last year, 158 students received scholarships for a total of $206,000. 146 actual scholarships were given out. This year’s award night is Thursday, May 22, which will be held in the Bray Auditorium.

Seniors should take advantage of these scholarships to relieve some of the financial stress of college expenses. Most of the deadlines to apply to guidance counselors are about April 1.

Other scholarships are:  Coelho Middle School Student Council Award, The Blais/Roberge Memorial Book Award, Sean Buckley Memorial Scholarship University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Hebronville Community Association, Lloyd G. Balfour Academic and  Community Service Award, Falls A.C Golf League, Attleboro Scholarship Foundation, INC., Massachusetts Association of Insurance Women, INC., Curtis Stanley Gallup, Rachel Branagan Educational Foundation, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee of Greater Attleboro, William Bergevine Memorial, Attleboro Fire Fighter Scholarship, Attleboro Varsity Booster Club Book Award, and the Attleboro High School 2014 Scholarship Application.

TAYLOR’S TRUTH: Disneynature

By: Taylor McKennaTaylor's Truth Column photo

Disneynature is a Disney company which produces independent nature films. Founded on April 21, 2008 by the Walt Disney Film Studios, the newest film comes to theaters on April 18 and is titled Bears.

The films usually come out around Earth day every year; an exception was The Crimson Wing, a documentary on the life of flamingoes, which came out in Oct.

Current Disneynature films are out on Blu-ray or DVD in order of release date are Earth, The Crimson Wing, Oceans, African Cats, Chimpanzee, and Wings of Life.

Celebrities help narrate the films such as Tim Allen (Chimpanzee), Meryl Streep (Wings of Life), Pierce Bronsnan (Oceans), Samuel L. Jackson (African Cats), James Earl Jones (Earth), and John C. Reilly (Bears).

Each film takes a unique approach to view the lives of the different species that inhabit the globe. Some are focused on specific creatures like Chimpanzee and Bears, while others are more general like Earth and Oceans.

The Disneynature films wonderfully capture many aspects of the Earth. They open the eyes of the viewers, and help them realize the significance of every living being on this planet. They’re great films to watch in order to fully experience what the planet has to offer. They’re like a vacation.

My favorite Disneynature film is Chimpanzee because I would always watch Jane Goodall’s show with my mom, which got me interested in them. They are some of my favorite films.

Disneynature films take these subjects and make them as light as possible, making them viewable for younger children. By shedding a light on these subjects, children can learn about their planet and the animals that share it with them.

Taylor’s Truth is the Eagle’s Eye’s columns for Wednesdays, written by In & AHS and general editor Taylor McKenna. In the junior’s column, she discusses issues and topics in the world that are most important to her and gives her input. 

Virtual Crack

A World of Warcraft character. (Screenshot/Charles Arnaudo)

A World of Warcraft character. (Screenshot/Charles Arnaudo)

By: Charles Arnaudo

As an orchestra of war drums and horns roll through speakers, the world of Azeroth comes to life, home to the World of Warcraft. For most players, it’s a familiar feeling – similar to returning home, according to World of Warcraft player Matt Long, who is a freshman.

World of Warcraft was launched by Blizzard in Nov. 2004, capturing the minds of millions of players. The game is a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) and allows players to create a character from a selection of two factions and multiple races, and advance them through the game.

Through questing and completing dungeons, players level up their characters. “It’s addicting. You tell yourself ‘one more level’ and it never stops,” said World of Warcraft player Joey Pignatone, a sophomore, who plays a level 90 Hunter.

The game rewards players who level up by making them stronger, allowing them to play more of the game.

“A lot of my motivation to play comes from my friends. I enjoy spending time with them, and World of Warcraft is one way to do that,” said Alex Rao, a senior.

Blizzard Entertainment also rewards current players for roping their friends into the game, through a rewards program, giving players in-game mounts and abilities. Senior Mike Savard said he hears friends talking about the game and wants to play now too.

All these factors help keep players hooked. Reports of becoming addicted to the online game have surfaced in recent years and some treatment centers, such as ReStart, a rehabilitation center based in Washington, have started to treat online addicts. ReStart claims on its website that addicts experience detrimental living conditions and declining interaction with close friends and family members because of the game.

An addiction to World of Warcraft is much different than typical addictions. Most addicts are addicted to hard drugs, and experience a form of physical dependency where they will experience withdrawals if they don’t take that drug.

Most players of World of Warcraft do not experience adverse effects from playing the game or going without the game. However, some players are mentally addicted, seeking the constant gratification that comes with playing the game – like crack for the mind.

The internet has brought with it new ways to socialize and have fun, such as games like World of Warcraft. It should be treated carefully though – just because it is a new way to have fun, doesn’t mean people can’t fall into the same habits.

KENNA’S WORLD: Cold Stone Creamery

By: Kenna BeechKenna's World

Cold Stone Creamery, located in the Mansfield Crossing plaza at 280 School St. in Mansfield, offers ice cream cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, shakes, smoothies, yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream.

Entering the cool and thankfully vacant atmosphere with my friend Drew, a counter filled with all sorts of unique flavors of ice cream awaited. Right before our eyes cheesecake, cake batter, and cotton candy flavored ice cream immediately sparked our interest.

After picking the size of the ice cream we wanted, we were then asked if we wanted a single, or a flavorful mixing of ice cream. This wasn’t the last part either. After selecting our ice creams, which were then mixed on a frozen granite stone, toppings were chosen to add into the ice cream. Choices include candy, brownies, fresh fruit and/or nuts. They even have gummy bears.

My choice was cheesecake and cotton candy ice cream with heath bar mixed in. It came in a huge cup. Drew chose banana and vanilla cream ice cream and mixed in Oreo cookies.

Once this process was completed, the ice cream was instantly handed over the counter. A cashier waited at the end of the counter for checkout.

The price was very reasonable, a total of $5.99 for each of our “Gotta Have It” creation ice creams that neither of us could finish.

Cup sizes come in “Like It (one scoop),” “Love It (two scoops),” or “Gotta Have It (three scoops).”

Cold Stone, which is a great place to visit during vacation, is open Mon. through Sun. noon to 9 p.m. The phone number is (774) 719-2314. For additional information, visit coldstonecreamery.com.

Kenna’s World is the Eagle’s Eye’s column by Teen Interest editor Kenna Beech. The junior discusses topics important to herself and about things important to teens.

I DON’T KNOW: Show Day

By: Charles ArnaudoCharlesA

Similar to waking up on the morning of show and tell day in first grade, waking up on the day of a concert fills my mind with anxiety and excitement. Throughout the day anticipation is in the air in preparation for the show that night.

Every morning is the same when I play a show. I try to sleep in as late as I can, but anxiety prevails and I roll out of bed to go practice. Apathetic is really the best way to describe my mood on show days.

Being in a band, even a small local one like Within Dreams, can be exciting, nerve wracking and quite boring, all at the same time. The last thing I want to do is play the same songs we’ve played a thousand times, just to practice for a show in front of twenty or so people. It’s the same cymbal hit, the same snare hit in all the same places. It becomes a groove and everything falls into the same place. To be honest, however, it’s probably the apathy speaking.

The members of Within Dreams have known each other since sixth grade, and are all accustomed to each other’s mannerisms. I don’t eat or speak all that much prior to a show. The other members are usually all pretty excited. I’m not, however, because everything and everyone finds a way to annoy me on those days.

After sitting around for a couple of hours, talking a lot about nothing, we all make the drive to Providence, to play one of several small, local venues. The most recent venue was Simons 677.

I usually have my girlfriend, a roadie in training, help me carry my drums in. Thus begins the rush to set up my kit while the rest of the band sets up their instruments. I go over a sort of pre-show checklist, making sure I’ll have everything I need for the show – water bottles, a towel, Band-Aids and sometimes granola bars, for when hunger strikes.

Ten minutes prior to going on stage, I like to sit in my car alone and relax. It almost always feels like the weight of the world rides on my shoulders during those days, for no particular reason. It’s hard to associate with others when you’re experiencing a lot of stress and nervousness.

Before I know it, I’m up on stage playing. Being a drummer, I’m always at the back of the stage. It’s a nice place to be because no one really pays all that much attention.  The actual performance is always a blur and I can never remember actually playing all too much.

Immediately after our set, we rush to break our gear down, and load it right back into our cars. Once it’s all packed up and put away, I can finally relax and unpack the stress and anxiety of the day.

I’m always tired as the car heads home to Attleboro, but I know it’s fine, because in just a couple of weeks I’ll make the drive again and relive the day.

I Don’t Know is the Eagle’s Eye’s weekly column for Mondays, written by music editor Charles Arnaudo. Topics include personal experiences in music and life of the AHS junior and drummer for the band Within Dreams (formerly known as Reversion).