Beloved Teacher Retires

The last bi-annual fashion show last Wednesday, showcased the hard work of the spring fashion design classes. Unfortunately, this may have been the last event because coordinator, host, and beloved teacher Laurie Collert is retiring this year.

This show has been a source of pride for students for a long time because they spend their semester going through a rigorous course of learning the basics of sewing and design, and the reception allows them to wear the very things they’ve worked so hard on for friend’s and family alike to see. But interspersed in learning , they are consistently making things from mittens to garments and absorbing skills that can be used for the rest of their lives.

Whether it’s learning how to read patterns to cutting fabric on grain, the class hits on topics many beginner level courses do not, making it incredibly valuable and enriching. Especially for people considering going into the fashion industry, because learning how clothing construction works as early as freshman year is an huge advantage Collert’s students benefited from.

Collert’s students also benefited from having the kind of teacher who never fails to go the extra mile to help them with whatever they need, cares deeply about their education, health, and happiness, and is just all around an absolute joy. She will be greatly missed, and her influence will continue to touch the students she’s worked with for years to come.

The Real Cost of College

When deciding where to attend college, money is a big factor in a final decision. How much is a scholarship worth? Does financial aid really help? How long will I be in debt after four years? On top of those pressing questions, parents are nagging about jobs and how college will be paid for if they’re not paying for it. Your parents paid for their college tuition, so now they’re making you pay for yours. The price to attend college has skyrocketed throughout the time that our parents have been out of college. No matter what college you look at, the prices have increased a notable amount.

To put things in perspective, The Ohio State University’s in-state tuition in the 1990-91 school year was $2,343 and out-of-state was $6,942. Now, in 2016, you never would’ve guessed tuition for OSU was once that low. For incoming 2015-16 college freshmen, the cost of in-state tuition is $10,037, a 328% increase from the 90s. The cost of out-of-state tuition is well above that, totaling nearly $28,000, a 303% increase. These price are just tuition and fees. The total attendance cost for an in-state student would be $25,631. The total attendance cost for an out-of-state student would total around $43,000. Room and board accounts for a large portion of the cost— almost $12,000.

Harvard University has also showed a significant raise in tuition and annual costs. In 1990, the attendance cost for both in and out-of-state students was the same. Students during the 1990 school year paid $13,545 to attend the prestigious college. Now, for the 2016-17 school year, the attendance cost for Massachusetts residents and non-residents still remains the same, but the price has risen greatly to $59,607, a 340% increase from 1990. Tuition accounts for $40,418 of the cost and room and board accounts for almost $15,000. Books are totaled at $1,000, but not everyone will spend exactly that much on books.

All the prices given do not account for extra things students will buy to keep in their dorm rooms or gas money if they have a car on campus. Depending on the cost of books and where you get them from (rent, used, the school’s bookstore, etc.), the costs vary, but are still high. Extra activities outside of classes or campus will also cost extra, as well as food and snacks. Scholarships and financial aid are available at most schools, but will likely not cover the whole cost. About 60% (12 million) of students take out loans to assist them with paying for college.

Though the costs are high, The U.S. has some of the best colleges in the world. As of 2016, eight of out the global top ten colleges are located here, #1 being Harvard University followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology at #2.

Spring of Superheroes

Superheroes will spring into theaters this season! Major movies from Marvel and DC will be released such as Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Fox’s X-Men Apocalypse and Warner Brother’s Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as several T.V. shows. Later this year, Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Warner Brother’s Suicide Squad will also be released.

The first superhero movie to debut this year was Deadpool which got exceptional  reviews and set a new bar for superhero movies. The second hero to appear was Daredevil, whose series is out on Netflix. In the second season of Daredevil, characters such as Punisher and Elektra were introduced and is even more exciting than the first season. Agent Carter finished its second season and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is resuming its second half of season 3. The first  major superhero movie to come out this Spring was Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. This is the first time that Batman and Superman have faced off in a live action movie. Joining the two heroes on the big screen was Wonder Woman.

The second superhero movie to be released this year will be Captain America: Civil War. This movie will have Iron Man and Captain America face off over whether or not superheroes and other powered beings should register with the Government and take orders from them. Captain America is on the anti-registration side and Iron Man wants heroes to register to prevent more damage to the world. Siding with Captain America are Falcon, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man and the Winter Soldier. Siding with Iron Man are The Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and two new superheroes are being introduced Black Panther and after a huge deal with Sony Spider-Man is joining the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), both are on team Iron Man. The recent reveal of Spider-Man has fans hopeful that the third time’s the charm and new Spider-Man actor Tom Holland nails the part. The film has actual villains as well; Crossbones and Baron Zemo. So who’s team are you on? Team Cap or Team Iron Man?

The final movie coming out this Spring is X-Men: Apocalypse. This movie takes place ten years after X-Men Days of Future Past, after altering the past to save mutants in the future it allowed the mutant Apocalypse to appear. The movie will introduce younger versions of well known characters such as Storm, Jean, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Angel. The movie also introduces the mutants Psylocke and Jubilee. The mutant Apocalypse was born in ancient Egypt and is the first and most powerful mutant born and is practically immortal, he believes in a twisted form of Darwinism where only the strongest human and mutants live. Just like in the Bible he has four horsemen, in the movie they are Magneto, Storm, Psylocke, and Angel. It is not known if Wolverine will appear. Other characters appearing are Professor X, Mystique, Beast and Havok and Quicksilver.

Movies being released later this year will be DC’s Suicide Squad where a group of criminals fight for good to reduce their sentences. Marvel’s Doctor Strange will be released in November and will feature Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange a Neurosurgeon who gets into a car crash and loses the ability to use his hands He goes on a journey to the far east where he learns to become the Sorcerer Supreme. This film will introduce the magical side of the Marvel Universe.The next Marvel Netflix series Luke Cage will come out in September and will continue to tell the story of the man with unbreakable skin as well as introduce the newly casted, Finn Jones, as Danny Rand; The Iron Fist. The hit ABC T.V. show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D was renewed for its fourth season and will start in the fall.