Monday, June 6, 2016

Tagpro is Taking Over

Shargo, TLups, and JSharks
Staff Writers

Throughout the last month of school, Tagpro has taken the school by storm. What is Tagpro? That is the question on virtually every non MLTP (Major League TagPro) player’s mind. Tagpro is an online capture the flag game that you can play with friends. Students throughout NHS have been teaming up and battling each other almost everyday, creating rivalries, dream teams, and bitter debates as to who is atop of the league. John Sharkey, an avid fan of Tagpro and Captain of the Dream Team, states that “Tagpro left us for a while, but you know what they say ‘if you love something let it go, and if it truly loves you back it will come back in your life’.”   
 Some may be asking, “What is the dream team?” or “Who is on the Dream Team?” Well the dream team is the most dominating Tagpro team in the scene since the rebirthing process, after the collapse of previous server (KoalaBeast, RIP). The team runs a 2-3 with Barnacle Boy (Josh Elefante), Jsharks (John Sharkey), and TLups (Tommy Lupo) manning the defensive side of the flag. As for offense, Shargo (Clay Asplundh), and 2iH (Sam Lombardi) who man the attack. Teamwork is key in this strategic capture the flag game. One player can’t make the difference, but a few strategic players can.
 The game itself is a simple minded game but the competitive nature of the players is what makes each match so intense. Players across NHS face off in matches looking to prove who is the best of the best and take home bragging rights. With the year winding down TagPro has been the focus of many students. Mainly the sophomores and juniors, who also have a budding rivalry. As of late many games have featured the two sides facing off against one another with the juniors always on top. As the talent for the sophomores continues to lessen, the juniors are looking for challenges elsewhere. Officials of the JTPS (Junior Tagpro Squad) have reached out to high-ranking officials in the tagpro community looking for solid competition, but nobody has been found. Clearly the juniors outmatch every opponent and don’t see a loss coming towards them anytime soon. Hopefully in the near future the juniors will be able to find somebody that can give them a close game.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jenner kids start it all: The trend of big lips and no aging

Eliana Slater
Staff Writer
In today’s world, Fillers, Juvederm, and Botox use are the new normal.
  The trend of changing yourself to look a certain way came about when Kylie Jenner came out about her lip injections. After denying getting lip fillers for several months, she decided that it would be right to come out and stop lying to her fans.
  The cost of lip fillers can range from $500 to $2,000 depending on the doctor and where you live. Juvederm can cost $450 to $600 per syringe. Per unit of Botox costs $12, but it  per vial it costs $15. For each treatment area where Botox is injected, the cost can be anywhere from $450 to $800. Fillers aren’t permanent and can easily be erased, but if you want your lips and face to look plump and age free forever, you would have to go to a plastic surgeon every 3-6 months to get them refilled.
  Bruising and bleeding are common issues that occur after receiving fillers. Juvederm is a soft tissue filler and helps with facial volume loss and aging. The doctors can numb the area with an anesthetic or numbing cream but the creams and anesthetics wear off after about 15 minutes. Lip fillers usually take about 15-20 minutes, but you can see results instantly. There is no set time for Botox to take, but results don’t show up until around 48 hours later and bruising and swelling can occur where the needle goes into the face.
  Everybody wants to be beautiful and age free ever since the Kardashian/Jenner family have been put on E! network for their reality TV show. Possessing medically enhanced looks has become the newest form of beauty. Girls these days feel the pressure of not looking like Kylie even though she has enhanced herself to look more beautiful.
  Kendall, who is tall and skinny, sets the norm for beauty.
  Both girls flaunt an unrealistic ideal of what beauty should be and look like.
  Everywhere you look, girls are wearing Kendall and Kylie clothing lines, Kylie cosmetic lipsticks, and many attempts to do their makeup like them. Women and girls feel the need to change the way their bodies and faces look because the two Jenner girls are what the definition of beauty is by most of the adolescent world.
  It’s a hard world to live in for teenage girls everywhere who are feeling stressed that their bodies aren’t perfect and the judgment of having their Instagram pictures not liked 100 times because they’re not beautiful enough.

Fey strikes gold again: The inimitable joys of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Elizabeth Both
Opinions Editor

After waiting a very long, sad year of no 90’s references, season two of the sleeper hit Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back! It started streaming on April 15 and had critics once again writing fantastic reviews. For those of you who have never heard of the show, it’s Tina Fey produced and stars Ellie Kemper (played a key role in the Office). The series follows 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) as she adjusts to life in the Big Apple after she was rescued from a doomsday cult in Indiana. She and three other women were held in a bunker by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) for 15 years.
  With a slightly worrisome setup like that, the show would seem that it can’t be funny at all, but soon Kimmy befriends a street-wise landlady Lillian (Carol Kane) and finds a roommate of a struggling Broadway actor Titus (Tituss Burgess). Season 2 picks up exactly where season 1 left off. Kemper’s Kimmy is full of positivity and energy despite being locked away for 15 years. Kimmy wants to move as far away from her past as fast as possible. It’s hard not to like Kimmy with her optimistic attitude and wide-eyed take on New York City.
  “What’s your deal?” Someone asks Kimmy this season. “You’re like a cartoon person.”
  The goofiness that everyone fell in love with from the first season is back, and might be even more over the top as well.
  The first season’s cliffhanger (SPOILER ALERT but c’mon it’s been a year if you wanna watch then you should’ve watched it back in 2015!) was who was the Reverend that kidnapped the girls? Only Tina Fey could’ve gotten Jon Hamm to play the weirdo and it worked. The show’s full of fun cameos with Fred Armisen portraying the creepy Robert Durst (that serial killer from the HBO show The Jinx), Anna Camp delivers a snarky, stellar performance as a foe to Kimmy’s employer (30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski) Jacqueline Voorhees. The absurdity of this show is way over the top but it’s so absurd is that it works.
  The episodes seem to go by so quick among its half-hour show run, so bingeing through it all (it’s on Netflix) doesn’t knock off five years of your life. The craziness and flamboyancy are back and just makes you mad that it’s gonna be another year to see all the shenanigans that go down.

MTV hosts 23rd annual movie awards show

Jane Weinseimer
Staff Writer

  The MTV Movie Awards was a very successful event that showcased some of the biggest stars.  The ceremony was held at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California and was quite the show. The 23rd annual MTV Movie Awards was hosted by Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who opened the night with an impressive Mad Max: Fury Road tribute, and the show only got more exciting from there. Music guests consisted of Ariana Grande and Halsey who performed their newest hit songs.
  Star Wars: The Force Awakens took the Movie of the Year award. Jennifer Lawrence's performance in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2 won the Best Hero award, the only woman nominated in the category. The Best Kiss award went to Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine for their scene in Pitch Perfect.
  Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island performed a comedic musical tribute to Smith that included  the “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song. This performance was a great throwback to lighten up the night.
  Melissa McCarthy, whose new film “The Boss” opened number one at the box office last month, also received a special honor: the Comedic Genius award.
  To close out the night, a big win went to Will Smith who received the MTV Generation award.

Prince dies at 57, cause of death remains unclear

Catherine Donahue
Staff Writer

  Prince Rogers Nelson, better known by the shorter variation of his name, Prince, died on April 21 at age 57 after being found unconscious in an elevator in his studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
  Prince, who sold over 60 million certified units in his lifetime, reported in early April that he was battling the flu. On a flight home from a performance, his private plane had to make an emergency stop in Illinois to seek medical treatment.
  President Barack Obama expressed his condolences, stating that Prince was a “creative icon.” Media outlets also responded to the death immediately, and countless news articles were released within hours of the announced death. MTV canceled their scheduled programming to play back-to-back Prince music videos in memory of the singer.
  Several U.S. landmarks also acknowledged the singer’s death, with Madison Square Garden, the New Orleans Superdome, and city halls in Los Angeles and San Francisco lighting up purple alluding to the singer’s “Purple Rain.” Celebrities including Bruce Springsteen and Gene Simmons performed and spoke on behalf of Prince, and specials were aired focusing on his song for Baltimore and his activism to raise donations for the poor at concerts.
  Circumstances around Prince’s passing are currently unclear, but there has been an autopsy and his remains were cremated.