Monthly Archives: November 2014

How Big is too Big?

IPhones (Photo by/ Emily Fernandez)

IPhones
(Photo by/ Emily Fernandez)

By: Emily Fernandez

The newest addition to the Apple family are the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches long and the 6 plus is 5.5 inches long, which is a stretch from the four-inch long first generation iPhone. Both devices were launched last September.

AHS senior Kelly Murray said, “I got my iPhone 6 the day it was released in stores and I absolutely love it; it’s so much better than any other iphone.”

Both these phones are thinner than ever, and are becoming bigger and better seeing as because they have a more impressive battery life than past iPhones. The iPhone 6 and 6 plus both have a completely new iPad-style with a larger screen, rounded edges, and very thin body. The two new iPhones also provide faster processors and higher quality-cameras.

The iPhone 6 and 6 plus are available in gold, silver, and space gray. They are also available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities. The iPhone 6 pricing starts at about $199 with a phone company contract; the 6 plus pricing starts at $299.

Without a phone company contract the iPhone 6 (unblocked) starts anywhere between $500 and $700; the iPhone 6 plus ranges from about $700 to $1,000 on Amazon and depends on the amount of gigabytes wanted.

AHS junior Makayla Briggs said, “It’s faster and easier to use than my last phone (iPhone 4) because it’s bigger.”

A recent controversy dealing with both of these phones includes possible bending in the pockets of users. This is, in fact, untrue. Users have seen phones bend but for that bend to occur, a major impact is needed.

The iPhone 6s are made of aluminum hence the easy “bending” of the phone in certain spots. “I love my iPhone 6; it is, in fact, it does not bend like people said it would, and it’s super fast with everything,” said Stanley, adding, “I have absolutely no problems with it.”

“My iPhone hasn’t given me any problems. It’s very fast and has cool features. My camera is even better than the last iPhone I upgraded from,” said senior Chris McNulty.

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Tammy

Tammy Up to No Good (Screenshot by/ Kenna Beech)

Tammy Up to No Good
(Screenshot by/ Kenna Beech)

By: Kenna Beech

Many comedies were released last summer. On July 2, 2014, Tammy, directed by Ben Falcone, made for an appealing go-see movie. The overall outline of the movie by theaters that were showcasing it described it in this single sentence.

“After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, Tammy hits the road with her profane hard-drinking grandmother.”

The stars of the movie Melissa McCarthy (Tammy), Susan Sarandon (grandmother), and Kathy Bates (friend of grandmother) make for a hilarious trio.

At the beginning of the movie Tammy loses everything in a short period of time and spirals downwards. Tammy wants to escape the life she is surrounded by, and her diabetic grandmother agrees. Tammy and her grandmother take her mother’s car and begin a journey fraught with alcohol and its effects.

With only $6,000 to the grandmother’s name, the two set off to wherever the road takes them. Tammy quickly learns that the grandmother has a severe drinking problem and doesn’t take her meds. The two find themselves blowing through money and quickly find themselves in trouble with the law.

Tammy’s grandmother finds it hilarious to make Tammy miserable when she’s drunk by name calling or embarrassing her. It’s bittersweet when Tammy finds herself in an unwanted situation where she ends up falling for a man she unwillingly met at a bar because of her grandmother’s promiscuity with the man’s father.

However, Tammy finds herself struggling to free her grandmother from these situations.

Tammy and her grandmother are separated by an altercation with the police and her grandmother is put in prison. She is worried for her because she doesn’t have her pills, so she robs a local food joint for money to post bail.

Tammy is proof that when under pressure, people go to extreme lengths for a family member. The movie takes a twist when Tammy takes her grandmother’s place in prison for breaking the law.

The movie is an hour and 37 minutes long, and as a cute comedy, it earns four out of five stars for its enjoyable plot.

The Mockingjay Returns

 

 

District 13 Coming Soon Poster (Photo by/ Rose McDermott)

District 13 Coming Soon Poster
(Photo by/ Rose McDermott)

By: Rose McDermott-Pinch

On Thurs. Nov. 20, part one of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay was released in theaters nationwide. It was directed by Francis Lawrence, who’s directed such films as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and I Am Legend.

Mockingjay is the final part of The Hunger Games series. This violent movie is set in a dystopian society where the Capitol rules all the districts as a dictatorship. It continues the story of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) as they battle against the Capitol.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire left off with Katniss and Peeta escaping the arena and being separated. Katniss was saved by Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), her coach from the original games, and Plutarch Heavensbee (late Philip Seymour Hoffman), the old Gamemaker, and brought to District 13, but Peeta was taken by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) to the Capitol and held hostage.

Mockingjay starts with Katniss hiding away from the people in District 13, attempting to calm herself down and remind herself of how Peeta was gone and how she is in a place that she had previously thought to be nonexistent. As she recovers, she decides to be the symbol of the revolution, the “Mockingjay,” for President Coin (Julianne Moore), leader of the rebellion.

Katniss joins her old friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) as they explore the remnants of their old district and shoot propaganda videos for the rebellion. Although she enjoys her time with Gale, the whole movie focuses on her longing and worry for Peeta.

The “girl on fire” was incendiary, lighting up a revolution simply by being herself. She fought back against the Capitol and stood up for what she believed in, fighting for the people on the battlefield and through the political arena.

Katniss is always fighting, she helps her friends and family, the revolution and President Coin as she rebels against President Snow’s rule. She destroys air ships with her arrows and witnesses horrific bombings.

The movie was exciting with several thrilling action scenes, drama, and occasional humor but it left the viewer hungry for more. The final book is coming out in two parts, the first half ended abruptly, leaving the audience shocked at the final scene.

The movie is 123 minutes long and is rated PG-13 for violence and action, disturbing images and adult material.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay deserves three and a half out of five stars because although it had outstanding acting, the movie was slow in places and didn’t satisfy the fandom’s need for thrill. The violence overpowered the plot and reduced the drama, making it more of an action film than a drama.

Emoticons

 

Emoji Keyboard (Screenshot by/ Noman Khan)

Emoji Keyboard
(Screenshot by/ Noman Khan)

By: Noman Khan

For those who don’t have iPhones, they’re missing out on a great and exceptional feature called emoticons (emojis). Emoticons are a great way to express emotions through text messages. There are many different types of emojis and pic art to choose from.

Emojis were created in 1998 by a Japanese woman named Shigetaka Kurita, who was a part of the working team on Imode mobile internet platform. The first set of 172 pixel emojis was created as part of Imode’s messaging features to help facilitate electronic communication and serve as a distinguishing feature from other services.

Apple benefitted a lot by having emojis. “I almost bought an Android but I switched to iPhone only because of emojis,” said Attleboro High School (AHS) junior Taimur Mirza. Apple also benefitted with emojis because it makes it easier for people to respond without making the conversation boring.

Emojis are a big hit, now almost all iPhone users use them. IPhones originally come with emojis installed in them, but older iPhones can download an app to obtain them.

Based on a quick survey of a dozen Attleboro High School teachers and students about their favorite emoticon, the most common three were the Heart, the Joy and The Thumbs up emojis. AHS junior Keegan Douglass did not agree with the concept of emojis. He said, “It deteriorates the human ability to interact with one another socially. It’s a really bad thing.”

Overall, Emoticons have changed the way people text on iPhones for the better and worse. It allows people to add a visual emotion through technology.

Behind the Bruins: A Fan’s Experience

  TD Garden, Boston’s Home  (Photo by/ Marissa Dias)


TD Garden, Boston’s Home
(Photo by/ Marissa Dias)

By: Marissa Dias 

The truth is, not many Bruins fans young or old have the opportunity to attend as many exciting games as they wish to, but when they can, the adrenaline is sure to be pumping throughout the entire game.

“The experience as a whole is awesome,” said Attleboro High School (AHS) junior Hannah Lamothe. “The team, the city and the atmosphere all make us fans feel like we’re doing something right,” she added.

Cold drinks and the aroma of hot dogs and fried dough are sure to entice any fan hungry for refreshments and some great hockey. Screaming fans fill up every seat, making it hard to stay calm throughout the duration of the game; excitement is always thick in the air.

“The whole game everyone is on their feet, cheering for our team,” said AHS junior Kayla Merritt.

The TD Garden, located in downtown Boston, is the home ice arena of the Bruins. The Garden is guaranteed to always be filled to the brink at every home hockey game. “Parking isn’t the best because of all of the traffic,” said Merritt, adding, “but walking through the city and seeing all the sights are pretty cool.”

Navigating through the arena is a difficult experience, but walking through the tunnel into the large open area to watch the puck drop is worth hustling through the crowds and being bombarded with Bostonians trying to make a quick buck.

“The walkways and the lines are crazy huge and a pain to get through but it’s all worth it to watch the game,” said AHS 2014 alumni Kevin Patton.

The players on the ice are role models for both young and old fans including youth hockey players who still look up to their favorite Bruin’s player, Keagin Larkin, an AHS high school junior and a Neponset Valley River Rats hockey player, looks up to the Bruins and especially number 63 Brad Marchand.

“Marchand is by far the best forward on the team,” said Larkin. “Watching the team work together to put the puck in the net when they can is good.  I take what I can away from their play to use with my team,” he added.

The games also inspire younger players to pursue their dreams of playing hockey in the future.  “I love coming to the games,” said Attleboro youth hockey player Noah Lamothe, adding “When I grow up I want to play at this level.”

This opportunity is not guaranteed to come every day or to every fan, so be sure to catch it while you can. The experience of a Boston Bruins fan at the TD Garden is one to remember for all ages.

Mrs. Cecere’s Retirement

Mrs. Cecere (Photo By/ Rachel Oliveira)

Mrs. Cecere
(Photo By/ Rachel Oliveira)

By: Rachel Oliveira 

Having worked at Attleboro High School (AHS) for 17 years, Mrs. Barbara Cecere will be retiring at Christmas.

Cecere was born “a very long time ago” as she likes to say, in Brooklyn, NY, but moved to Mass. while in first grade.

After graduating from Brockton High School, She went to Bridgewater State University, majored in English, high school education and Special Education. She then earned her master’s at Cambridge College.

She works at AHS as an educational diagnostician. “I evaluate students for their learning styles, for their strengths and weakness, and make recommendations for his/her education,” said Cecere.

Before working in Attleboro, Cecere worked for the Lakeville-Freetown School District. She worked at Apponequet High School teaching English and then transferred to George R. Austin Middle School for a behavior program that was targeted at both regular and special education students.

“I have enjoyed working in the Attleboro School System, first as the educational diagnostician at Coelho Middle School (CMS) from 1999-2001 and, for the last 14 years or so, at AHS,” said Cecere.

Speaking of how she will miss AHS Cecere said, “Yes and no, working here has been a big part of my life so it’s bitter sweet, though I’m happy to start a new chapter in my life,”

While Cecere will miss AHS, many from AHS will miss her as well. “Mrs. Cecere is a very nice woman and a pleasure to be around. I had a very enjoyable experience as her office aid and I will miss not seeing her around school” said AHS senior Rose McDermott.

Cecere made an impact on many people at AHS. “I’m absolutely going to miss her. She and her husband are special friends. I’ve definitely put her number on speed dial,” said AHS English and Journalism teacher, Ms. Adeline Bee.

Ms. Bee met Cecere through the union and says that Cecere is her “go-to person for all Special Education questions.”

Another colleague of Cecere whom she made an impact on, is multi-media teacher Mr. Allen Makepeace. “I’m going to miss her, though I’m not going to stay in touch with her because I want her to forget about AHS, and remember pleasant memories,” laughed Makepeace.

Ms. Athena Sullivan is also one of Cecere’s close colleagues. Sullivan said that when they met they became “instant friends.”

“It’s amazing to be able to Work with her. She is by far the most knowledgeable person I know; she knows everything about everything. She is a great advocate for kids, she’s funny and she stands her ground, but fairly,” said Sullivan.

Cecere will be setting a new path for herself in a new climate; come Jan. she will be spending three months in Fla. “I also have a long to-do list,” said Cecere.

Monster Jam

Monster Trucks Racing (Photo by/ Kenna Beech)

Monster Trucks Racing
(Photo by/ Kenna Beech)

By: Kenna Beech

As a child I went to a Monster Jam event, but at 17, I can barely remember anything from it.  Having no legitimate plans for the summer except for work, I started doing research on the event because of a commercial showing it would be held at Gillette Stadium again this year.

I bought two tickets as a surprise present for my boyfriend’s eighteenth birthday. On June 21 at 4:30 p.m. we made an appearance at the “Pit Party.” It was an extra $15 fee per person to enter this.

Entering the gates we were surrounded by thousands of people eating, relaxing, riding in monster trucks, taking pictures, and watching competitions between pogo stickers, dirt bikers, and BMX bikers.  Once the pit party ended ticket holders had a few hours to shop at Patriot Place or make an early entrance to the event.

Our seats were the third row from the front affording us an unbelievable view of everything.

The trucks were deafeningly loud. Going in I had no knowledge of the trucks’ names and histories but everyone seemed to be in love with Metal Militia.  The energy from everything was exhilarating as the trucks raced one another and had their own freestyle rounds where judges ranked them on their unique destruction.

Appearances were even made by a few of the New England Patriots, who assisted in judging the trucks. The trucks themselves are usually 11 feet tall and 12 feet wide. The tires alone are 66 inches high and 43 inches wide. The average horsepower of a truck is 1,500 to 2,000 rpms, and they can reach speeds of up to 100 mph, jump as high as 25 feet in the air and 110 to 115 feet across. Monster Trucks can weigh u pt o12,000 pounds.

An unsettling silence in the event struck the audience when the stadium’s bomb threat alarms started to go off and a Darth Vader monster truck swung out onto the truck course,   followed by a fire breathing dragon truck, which awed the crowd.

Even if viewers aren’t educated about the trucks’ histories, it is still an amazing show to watch. It was unlike anything either of us had ever done. Monster Trucks aren’t just for boys; I can’t wait for the next local show, which can be found on Monster Jam’s website.

A Monster Jam event should be on everyone’s bucket list.