Should I Get a Yearbook?

Whether it’s your freshman year or the last time you’ll ever be in high school again, school yearbooks capture multiple memories over the years. Here’s the top fourteen reasons you should buy a yearbook! 

  1. Remember your friends and teachers when you were at school.
  2. It’s a collectible; a piece of history.
  3. An entire year’s worth of memories are in one book.
  4. Look back at what you were wearing and what the biggest trends were–and maybe wonder what you were thinking!
  5. In years to come, you can prove that you went to school with a famous person.
  6. When you have a school reunion in the future, see if people followed their ‘In 10 years time I’ll be…’ ambitions.
  7. In the future, enjoy looking back and getting nostalgic. A yearbook is a memory book too.
  8. Future children will laugh at the changes in generations.
  9. A piece to smile, laugh and reminisce with down the road.
  10. A cherished piece if a life is suddenly lost.
  11. It can stand the test of time, unlike the digital world that changes consistently.
  12. It’ll be more valuable to you when you are older.
  13. It is about you; YOU are in it!
  14. Celebrate the achievement of finishing school with the excitement of receiving your yearbook!

The last day to order your CBNA 2019-2020 yearbooks is Friday, January 24. There is no guarantee that books will be available after this date. All yearbook orders automatically include the 32 page spring supplement, which includes spring sports, Prom, Spring play and concert, graduation and Baccalaureate. Supplements are completed over the summer. To order, use the link on the Coe-Brown website (https://coebrown.org/2019/12/20/order-a-coe-brown-northwood-academy-yearbook-for-your-student/). See Prof Clauss or Mrs. Biery if you have any questions.

 

– Lauren Best

Jumanji: The Next Level: A Review

Over vacation, my sister and I went to go see Jumanji: The Next Level, and I have to say that this movie was better than the first. Now, I’m not going to spoil any scenes or any big plot, I’m only to say that you should go see it for yourself. 

The first Jumanji introduces the magical board game that unleashes a world of adventure. When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of—Jumanji—they’re immediately drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose; gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge loses (in his words) “the top two feet of his body” and becomes an Einstein (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji—you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves—or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…

The second movie has a twist to it. It’s years later and all the group is in college doing their own thing. All of the characters enter back into the world of their video game. When Spencer goes back into the fantastical world of Jumanji, his pals Martha, Fridge and Bethany re-enter the game to bring him home. But the game is now broken—and fighting back. Everything the friends know about Jumanji is about to change, as they soon discover there’s more obstacles and more danger to overcome. New characters are added into the mix, and help the new characters learn and develop personally. 

After watching the second movie, it’s pretty clear that people need to watch the first to understand some of the things that happen. Both movies are not separate, and the concepts and ideas are similar. The second movie doesn’t forget the first, but it also creates a new meaning for the characters with a fast-moving plot. 

Jumanji: The Next Level has already made $311.9 million in the box office since its release date December 13. In the local area, show dates and times can be found on http://barnzs.com/location/3118/BarnZs-Barrington-Cinema-Showtimes, https://oneilcinemas.com/, https://www.regmovies.com/, and https://www.cinemagicmovies.com/

 

-Lauren Best

Why the Soda Can Design is Flawed

Imagine, you are at a party. Your mouth is dry and you feel a strong thirst hang over you. You decide to go to the party’s designated drink container and pick up a cold root beer. You pinch the oh so familiar tab and push down, hearing the crisp snap of the can opening. You purse your lips to the aluminum can and start to drink the sweet carbonated beverage inside.

This is a common scenario among many individuals. That urge to open a cold carbonated drink and taste your preferred brand or flavor. This is why the soda can has become a main staple in culture, since the invention of aluminum cans in 1959. But even if it’s the norm, it doesn’t prevent the design from being flawed. There are numerous problems with our modern day soda cans. This isn’t about how they are bad for the environment or if they have health drawbacks. This is about how from a design stand-point, soda cans are flawed. 

If you look over at the beer and alcohol industries, you will know the iconic beer bottle design. The long smooth cylinder body with the stalk at the top, covered with a bottle cap. If you don’t know by now, the stalk at the top is supposed to be held, not the body. This design choice was made to help prevent your hands from getting cold, but more importantly to keep the drink cool. Now you can start to see the soda can design start to crumble. Without the stalk or even a handle, you are forced to hold the can and deal with holding the cold beverage and your hand heating it up. Some would suggest wearing gloves or a piece of cloth, but not everyone has those readily available. 

There is also the issue of drinking the beverage. If you look at the top of the can, you will notice the hole from which you drink from is not on the rim of the can. Older cans do have their opening on the rim, so what is the issue? Well after drinking a sufficient amount of the beverage, the remaining liquid always gets caught swirling around the rim as you desperately try to drink what’s left. This is why so many cans always has a little bit of drink still left inside. 

There is also the issue of a soda can that has the top and bottom bulging outwards. This is caused by the soda freezing, causing the water molecules to expand and take up more space resulting in the two ends to bulge out. This causes a double-edge sword occasion to occur. If you want to keep you soda extra cool, you run the risk of making it impossible to place it down (bringing up the first problem) or having a much warmer drink instead.

Of course this doesn’t matter in the long-run. A soda is a soda, no matter the container. This is more of just an overview of how even the most iconic of objects can look silly from a design standpoint. No matter what way you drink your soda we can all agree it’s a perfect party-time drink and to be fair were not thinking about how poorly designed a drink can is. We just want a drink.

Ian Helm

Do you like the likes?: Opinion

Instagram is a very popular social networking site.  In June of 2018 Instagram had one billion active users (statista), and in November the company announced users in the US can expect to see likes soon disappear. This has caused some disagreement. Not everyone is happy with this decision, but I think it would  be kind of cool. You will be able to see your own likes, but no one else can see them. It shows that you’re not worth the amount of likes you get on your selfie. Now sure you may want to see how many likes Kylie Jenner is getting, but is it really that important? Didn’t think so. People are very opinionated when it comes to their social media and no one likes new updates. 

The only reason someone would be upset over Instagram getting rid of likes would be popularity. It is 2020, I thought we were past that, but I guess not. I do not think people really care and look at how many likes their peer gets on their pictures. I think it will be beneficial because some people get self conscious about their amount of likes on their pictures. I think it will look cool without the likes. It will definitely be something to get used to, but I know we can all do it. Change is hard and the new look will be different, but later down the road, everyone will be so used to it that they won’t notice it anymore. Megan Edgecomb, a senior at Coe-Brown did not know about this topic until I introduced it to her. She is impartial about Instagram getting rid of likes. She said, “I don’t really care about likes but I’m confused about what other people will see. Under the picture instead of saying the likes what will it say?” She doesn’t care about seeing people’s likes and she doesn’t care about people seeing her likes. 

Makayla DeButts, also a senior at Coe-Brown hates the idea. She said, “I think it will be weird. I don’t think it will look good. I don’t know why they would change it so drastically.  I think it will be good to get rid of the popularity factor, but other than that I am not a fan.” Many people do not feel very strongly towards Instagram getting rid of likes, but I honestly think it will be good to change it up. I think no likes will be good to make people feel more comfortable.

People will be willing to post more and feel more comfortable. And this is just because people will not see their likes. I think this is very good for people who have anxiety because only they  will see the amount of likes and no one can make fun of them for having a low number. I think Instagram getting rid of likes will be very beneficial and I think it is a good idea. Not many people agree but I believe it will ease some people’s minds. Even if people do not like the idea I think once it happens they will like it. 

Sydney Feenstra

Friends: The One Where They Leave Netflix

Hopefully you put finding a new series to rewatch endlessly as your New Year’s resolution because Friends  Netflix left on January 1, 2020. In the new year, Friends will only be available on HBO Max, the new HBO centric streaming service and a new rival for Netflix. HBO Max will have complete control over the 236 episode TV series and plans to launch sometime in the spring of 2020. 

This is not the first time something similar to this has happened, in 2018 it was announced that Friends would be removed from the streaming platform. “The Friends move from Netflix was expected after the streaming giant paid producers Warners $80 million to $100 million to continue to have the former NBC hit for all of 2019,” (Hollywood Reporter). 

If you are unfamiliar with Friends, the happy-go-lucky sitcom features six twenty-something adults played by David Schimmer who plays Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston who plays Rachel Green, Courtney Cox who plays Monica Geller, Matthew Perry who plays Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow who plays Phoebe Buffay, and Matt LeBlanc who plays Joey Tribbiani. The tune of “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts, plays at the beginning of every episode. Set in the late 90s-early 2000s, this TV show is a fun spin on how young adults cope with relationships, jobs, and life in general. Launched on September 22, 1994, Friends is comprised of ten seasons, the last ending in 2004. With WarnerMedia revoking Netflix’s license to the 90s sitcom, the public outrage is culpable. 

I asked several Coe-Brown Northwood students about their feelings on the matter and I was not surprised to hear about their anger. “Heartbroken. Like my lifeline is being taken away and put on another platform. Its injustice.” Lily Libbey, local Coe-Brown Northwood Academy senior, said when asked for her opinion. Adeline Leifer echoed her opinion when she said, “Friends is literally my favorite, (I) watch it everyday.” Many people have some extreme opinions on this move from Netflix to HBO Max,  “It sucks (because) my uncle changed his HBO password and we can’t borrow it anymore” said Emily Anderson, local Coe-Brown Northwood Academy senior. She further elaborated her feelings on this matter by saying, “I tend to watch Friends when I do my homework, it’s not a distraction unless I want it to be.”

HBO Max will feature other classics such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Pretty Little Liars, and several other HBO movies. Several other shows are set to be featured on HBO Max such as Game of Thrones, the fantasy drama series, Barry, the show about a hitman turned actor, and Euphoria, the glossy-teen drama. New movies such as A Star Is Born (2018), the reboot of the 1937 film, Joker (2019), the comic-book based origin story of the notorious villain Joker, and some old favorites like The Conjuring (2013) or Happy Feet (2006). Described on their website as “Original, groundbreaking & award-winning entertainment is yours, anytime, anywhere” (HBO Max), this platform will launch off May 2020.

Anna Principato

‘Let it Snow’ Movie Review and ‘Jaws’ Book Review

Let Go Of Let it Snow  

Wednesday afternoon, I grabbed a blanket and settled into my couch to watch Let it Snow, the newly movie adapted version of the book Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances written by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle. I was excited to watch this new Netflix movie, I knew it was going to be cheesy and had 75% Rotten Tomatoes rate but I thought maybe it had some promise.

Within the first thirty minutes I was let down. Not only were the characters stale, but the stories were overworked cliches with drama that seemed drawn out and overblown. I waited an hour and thirty-three minutes, hoping and praying that maybe the cliche tales would be wrapped up uniquely, in a way that would separate Let it Snow from the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas romances, but how I was wrong.

There are three stories that are happening over the course of this movie and they are stitched together to create a Frankenstein-esque monstrosity. In the first tale, Tobin, played here by Mitchell Hope, has to find a way to tell his best friend the Duke, played by Kiernan Shipka, that he is in love with her, but several setbacks stop him from doing so. During one portion of this movie they sing a tacky and out of place duet of “Whole of the Moon” originally sung by the Waterboys. 

Liv Hewson’s character, Dorrie, must confront a visiting cheerleader girl named Tegan, played by Anna Akana, who she likes on why she won’t acknowledge her. Their romance is refreshing in one sense as they are LGBTQ+ characters in love, but dull in that there is little to no characterization or originality in their storyline.

Julie, Isabela Merced’s character, is a girl struggling to face the real world and decide between going to college and staying to take care of her sick mother. She is about to leave on a train where she meets the new rising popstar Stuart Bale, she is annoyed by his presence and continues on her way. Minutes later she learns that the train is stuck because of snow on the tracks and gets off the train to go home where she is followed by Stuart. They are only walking for a minute when Julie says, “I got into Columbia (University). In New York. Also my mom is sick,”(Let it Snow). Are we supposed to believe that people just tell strangers about their innermost dilemmas within seconds of meeting? Julie jumps from being annoyed with Stuart for his fame to being a giggly schoolgirl over him within seconds.

Sure everyone gets their happy ending but it leaves the viewer with several questions: Will Julie go to college? How will she take care of her mother? How did Stuart get away from his publicist to see Julie? Why was Duke hanging out with JP instead of talking to Tobin? Why did that one lady wear tinfoil? Did Keon ever get to meet the Tempest? Why did I think this movie would be any good?

The rating of 5.8 out of 10 rating left on IMDb is absolutely valid as this movie lacked in not only fresh characters but also original stories and fails to draw viewers in past the first thirty minutes. While looking for a good Christmas movie to watch this year, settle for something besides Let it Snow.

– Anna Principato


What Came First; the Movie or the Book? (And Which Is Better?)

Most of us have scene the 1975 movie Jaws directed by Stephen Spielberg, the classic summer horror film that sparked a newly revived fear of sharks, but many have never read the book that came first. By the same title, Jaws, this book written by Peter Benchley came out in 1974 and became an instant sensation. 

The setting is a little town called Amityville where a young woman recently washed up on the beach, dead and torso severed, supposedly killed by a shark.  The book follows the chaos that unfolds from the now multiple shark attacks. The town thrives on its summer business of attracting tourists to the beaches, but this new threat of a killer shark threatens this coastal paradise’s welfare. We watch as Brody, the police chief, struggles between what he knows is right, shutting down the beaches, and what the mayor is pressuring him to do, keeping the beaches open for tourism money.

The book opens with a chapter dedicated to the shark’s point of view, allowing the reader to build a connection with the shark which is unique in the horror book genre. But Jaws isn’t all about sharks, guts and gore, it also dives into the personal lives of several other Amityville residents. The story circles mainly around Brody but also branches out to Brody’s wife, Ellen, and her crisis about her relationship with Brody, “This depiction of human frailty hints at Benchley’s main triumph over Spielberg”(Independent). Of course, it doesn’t bore you with the human relationships too much as there is always the lurking shark to focus on. 

The movie version of Jaws, while a classic, makes the story more about how terrifying the shark is while the book is more focused with the shark’s impact on the people of the town. The book is better than the movie because in the movie you don’t know why Hooper, the ichthyologist specializing in sharks, is so annoying and hated by Brody but the book explains their issues with one another much clearer. The movie hides these reasons and turns Hooper into an annoying, pompous know-it-all golden boy. In the book there is much more reasoning on why Hooper is the way he is. For these reasons, the original version of the story Jaws created in 1974 is much better than the movie version created in 1975. With a fast paced plot and intense scenes, Jaws is the book you need for a quick and easy read.

– Anna Principato

Bowling Season Sports Wrap

It’s the winter sports season here at CBNA. While everyone talks about basketball, there seems to be one sport that is overlooked: bowling.. The roster is looking solid this year. Returning members include Caitlyn van Gerena, Tyler Clark, Winter Lussier, Sabrina Jeffers, Lucas Laliotis, and Brianna Burke. Their game on Saturday was against Stevens High School at Maple Lanes in Claremont. Laliotis got a double strike near the end of his 1st game, though failed to make up for it in the 2nd. During the baker round, Laliotis’ squad lost by one point. When interviewed afterwards he had this to say. “We tried our hardest, but barely made it in the end. I couldn’t pretend to be upset because I was exhausted, and wanted to go home to get ready for my piano lesson at 4:30.” Their next game is up at Merrimack Ten-Pin Center in Merrimack against Souhegan High School on the 14th. They hope that you can watch their schedule and come to their games prepared to cheer the Bears on.

Kingpin

Frosting Over Tradition

It seems that in this generation we often have to ask ourselves if we should stick to tradition, or make changes to make it equal for everyone?

This is the dilemma of current Durham councilmen. After concerns that last year’s Christmas celebrate and tree lighting was discriminatory against people that don’t celebrate Christmas. The real concern came after they denied the option of putting a menorah beside the tree when lighting it.

Because of this, they have changed their annual Christmas celebration to a “Frost Fest” to refrain from discriminating against members of the community. I asked a Jewish source who has chosen to remain anonymous about his thoughts on Durham’s alternative celebration and the Christmas season in general. He said, “Christmas is a beloved holiday for others… I think people are so concerned with themselves and seeming like some righteous martyr that they try to take away other people’s fun by calling it ‘offensive,’” and I totally agree.

The town councilmen are not allowing the annual Christmas tree lighting happen and Santa is not making his appearance. They were about to replace the wreaths on light posts with snowflakes but community lash back has caused them to leave it and reconsider that decision. In response to these changes the town has been comparing the councilmen to The Grinch, insinuating that they have taken the Christmas spirit away.

To me, it seems that the councilmen are trying to cover up the fact that they did discriminate last year by going overboard on political correctness this year. The Christmas tradition is something that many people, religious or not, are excited for. Kids await Santa Claus, parents enjoy the decorations, it is a wonderful thing for many people. 

This is how Hanukkah is for other people too, a time of family and joy. Celebrating something that makes you happy and excited is not a crime against humanity. Many people agree with this, including this anonymous source that says, “What if someone held a celebration for Hanukkah, would that be discriminatory against Christmas? People should just have their celebrations.” Why not just let people enjoy their holiday season without making it a big social justice movement? 

Yes, denying the placement of a menorah beside the Christmas tree was wrong and discriminatory. However, taking away a town’s traditional Christmas celebration because of this is not the right move. 

The councilmen feel as if they are doing a big and just thing, but really the “Frost Fest” means that nobody can have what they want. Maybe they could have simply chosen to place a menorah beside the tree this year?

I think sometimes we all need to take a break from trying to save things that do not really need to be saved, and just enjoy where we are. The town tradition was very much more loved than hated, and the situation that occurred last year could have been handled in a different way than simply changing everything. The holiday season is wonderful for many people,regardless of religious affiliation, and Durham’s new “Frost Fest” is removing the wonder that was once present in nearly everyone’s holiday season.

Drusilla Szatko

Senior One Act Plays

After the closing of their recent musical, Cinderella, the CBNA theatre program has promptly gotten back to work. Their new endeavor: Senior One Acts. The One Acts consist of one scene with up to six characters, all directed by seniors. Some are, in fact, senior projects.

I have had the pleasure to interview one of the student directors, Caitlin Reynolds, who’s piece is called Jumping by William Borden, and features a man (played by: Calvin Swett, grade 11) who has just been cheated on by his wife and is about to jump off a bridge when a woman (played by: Ruby Carr, grade 12) approaches him and tries to force her political views onto him, evidently causing them to fall in love. 

Caitlyn says she chose this piece because it, “Really speaks to her,” has a good message, and shows us that, “There is still love in this world.” She says she knows her actors very well and when reading the piece she saw them playing the characters. She says she can’t wait to see it all come together and is very excited for the final show. She also says that although she didn’t choose to do this as her senior project, she has wanted to direct one of the one acts since she was a freshman. Her stage manager, freshman Cassandra Clery, is equally as excited. 

Along with Jumping, there are four additional one acts. Medieval Medicine directed by Madison Bowen, The Meaning of Halloween directed by Patrick Helm, In the Waiting Room of the Ghost Placement Agency directed by Abi Pellitier, and Weekend Warriors directed by Mrs. Lent and assistant directed by Lauren Rose. 

All cast, crew and theatre friends are very excited for this newest endeavor. Please join us on December 11th in the Garrish Gym at 7pm to watch these wonderful and hilarious shows! 

The Addams Family Review

Recently, I saw the new Addams Family movie with my grandma, and it is now one of my favorite movies. The animation was amazing. I liked how the tree had more fluid animation with the bending and everything. It was great to see how 3D animation has changed over the years. The cast was very well-chosen. I liked Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester. Kroll’s voice made the character match up with their look. 

Now for the story. Bear in mind, spoilers are ahead. The movie starts with Morticia getting ready for her wedding. In the wedding, there was a funny joke that could call back to the original show. The townsfolk attack, forcing the Addams clan to flee. The newlyweds end up in New Jersey, with another really funny joke with the sign. They meet Lurch,their forced butler after hitting him, and move on to their new home. The opening credits sequence is really cool with the growth of the family and showing the actors. Morticia wakes up and gives the house, which is alive and a spirit, coffee after it yells “GET……OUT!!!!!” Then we’re introduced to Wednesday and Pugsley Addams. The tree wakes them up and they have a sibling rivalry in addition to internal conflicts. 

The whole family is coming to Pugsley’s coming-of-age celebration in two weeks. Meanwhile, a super popular woman finishes wrapping a new episode of her home makeover show. The season finale is happening in two weeks so one can assume what’s going to happen. Soon Wednesday and Parker, the woman’s daughter, meet, and the conflict truly starts. Uncle Fester shows up early and then more hilarious “oblivious to pain and death jokes” start happening during Parker and Wednesday’s talk. The town is all the same and the Addams are different, so Parker’s mom goes on this neighborhood chat thing and it’s evident that it’s like a utopian dystopia. Soon Cousin Itt, played by Snoop Dogg, arrives, and soon the rest of the family shows up too. During the coming-of-age celebration, the town attacks and Pugsley helps the family realize that tradition should be followed in their own way. The townsfolk realize they made a mistake, and so change their ways. They rebuild the Addams house, the spirit returns, and then …Animated original intro to the show! This movie was really good, and deserves a watch.

-Lucas Laliotis