By Jack Miller
The 2K franchise has been a leader in the sports video game industry for years now.
They have produced games such related to World Wrestling Entertainment, Major League Baseball, and of course everyone’s favorite, the National Basketball Association(NBA). The newest release in the NBA 2K series is NBA 2K18, which is developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. NBA 2K18 is yet another drastic step in the industry of sports video games.
By Blake Harvey
Over the course of the past year one group seems to have become an issue on everyone’s mind. This group is ISIS.
In addition to their already caused mayhem, the group has begun to raise even more concern by recruiting teens across the globe to join their ranks.
Some teens have been abandoning their homes and traveling halfway around the world to join this radical group in their cause. Though reasons for these teens joining are unclear, it has been lead to believe that some of the causes may be the teens searching for their true identity or purpose, or perhaps they joined simply for the excitement. Whatever the reason may be, it is clear that ISIS is contacting these teens somehow.
New information released by CNN reveals that the main tool for recruitment has been the internet. ISIS has been luring young people into their group by posting propaganda such as videos made to look like scenes from a movie. The group has also used the internet to communicate with the young people interested in joining them.
So far more than 100 Americans are believed to have joined ISIS, but Americans are not the only ones being affected by the group’s propaganda. Teens in countries such as England, Austria, Turkey, and many more have committed the same act of trading their normal lives for that of a terroristic gunman.
Not only are teens joining ISIS but some even realize their mistake after it is already too late. some of these new recruits have contacted their families informing them they would like to escape. unfortunately it is not an easy task to leave a group like ISIS.
Luckily some teens have been intercepted by officials on their course to Syria. Through the teens caught they have been able to find out more information about ISIS’s predatorial recruiting tactics and will hopefully soon put an end to the group’s strange and immoral style of recruitment.
By Helen Zeidman
I am not an expert on musicals, or even music for that matter, but I do know that Tarzan the Musical, performed by the cast and crew of Red Lion Area Senior High School, was amazing.
The show is being performed March 12 at 7 PM as a make up for the cancellation on March 5, there are also shows on March 13 and 14 at 7 PM and March 12 and 14 at 2 PM in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Everything from the vocals and pit music to the acting and dancing was performed with great emotion and passion.
Mark Peters, the junior who starred as Tarzan, was strong in his lead role. His vocals soared as high as the apes swung.
Allison Thomas, the junior who played Tarzan’s leading lady Jane, charmed the audience with her elegant British accent and stunning vocals.
Terk, Tarzan’s best ape friend, was played by Sarah Foess and Brittany Mancha, who both brought the humorous character to life on the stage.
Hannah Sattazhan excelled in her motherly role as Kala, Tarzan’s adoptive ape mother. She managed to portray the gentleness of a mother and the ferocity of a gorilla at the same time.
The entire cast of apes, including elementary school students, blazed on the stage and in the aisles of the auditorium with endless energy. Even when swinging from vines and tumbling on the stage, they kept smiles on their faces.
The musical is based on Disney’s movie, Tarzan. The show starts off with Tarzan’s parents surviving a shipwreck to be killed by a Leopard, played by Alex Schafer. Kala finds the human baby and becomes determined to raise him as her own.
On the other hand, Kerchak, played by Dante Zumbo, is not to keen on the idea of bringing the “enemy” into his family’s land.
As Tarzan grows up, he must learn to navigate the jungle and the dangerous game of deciding where he belongs.
His decision is complicated when an expedition crew, including Professor Porter and his daughter Jane, come to study gorillas.
Tarzan must choose between his adoptive family and the new-found love he discovered for the strangers like him.
The musical follows a journey of self-discovery, first love and family.
The set, designed by National Art Honor Society volunteers, tricked me into thinking that I was really in the jungle, as did the costumes.
The cast projected their emotions onto the audience so they could feel Tarzan’s struggle of being an outsider in your own family, Jane’s excitement for falling in love for the first time, and Terk’s enthusiasm for pranks and games.
Seeing the cast fly is worth going to the show. The actors gracefully soared through the air with impressive aerobatics.
I would recommend seeing this show to those who love Disney, musicals, or just need something to do on the weekend.
After all, there is no other way to experience the harmony and compassion of this year’s cast and crew.
By Nicolas Stoneham
Sometimes it can be difficult to handle certain situations when using social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter. When talking face to face with a person, it is a lot easier to express emotions and understand the motives of the person. However, talking to people indirectly online is not so simple.
Maybe someone unfamiliar comments on a stranger’s picture. Maybe someone from school posts a status that people may find offensive or annoying. In the real world, it is the “norm” to always respond immediately to someone when they speak to you, but in the social networking world it is more acceptable to not always reply or comment back which raises the question if it is okay to not always give a response.
“If someone I don’t know comments on a picture or something on Facebook, I usually just ignore it. I might ‘like’ the comment to be polite but nothing further than that,” senior Cassandra Carter said. With Facebook gaining popularity and more users over the years, it is very common to be stuck in a situation where a random person comments on a status or photo and you just don’t know how or if you should respond.
Senior Sebrina Joynes says those situations can easily be avoided by being more cautious of who to add and accept as friends. “I think every friend on Facebook should be at least an acquaintance, that way you won’t have to worry about people you don’t know commenting on all your stuff,” Joynes said.
Sarah Harrington, a senior, said she “only accepts people who have more than 50 mutual friends with me in common, that way I know it’s pretty safe.”
Another ongoing issue is arguments regarding the statuses or tweets people write. Often, statuses are very opinionated and can easily offend or annoy users who hold different opinions and happen to see these statuses displayed on their News Feed. “People need to think before they post statuses. A lot of times they say things they are going to regret and cause huge arguments. Facebook isn’t the place for arguments and debates.” said senior Cassandra Carter.
“Facebook is a social networking site for you to go on about anything and everything you wish. You practice freedom of speech by doing so. However! It’s one thing if you post a status. It’s another if you go onto someone else’s wall, and verbally attack them for something they posted. It’s a respect thing. So yeah, you’re entitled to your own opinion, but don’t disrespect someone solely based on the fact your opinion is different than there’s,” Red Lion alumnus Jessica Rineer said.
While there are many issues involving social networking, they can easily be avoided by being careful who to add and accept and keeping any negative comments repressed. Everything depends on how users handle the situations.
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