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Benefits of being a Boinger

Courtesy of: findlayfirstedition.com
Courtesy of: findlayfirstedition.com

The award-winning, show choir Findlay First Edition, more commonly known as FFE, has been singing and dancing since 1984. Musically assisting the performers are the Boingers. The Boingers are filled with talented musicians and there is a wide variety instruments that fill up the group. There are trumpets, saxophones, trombones, and in the rhythm section, guitars, electric bass, drums, and piano. The Boingers are all under the direction of Alycia Althaus.

“I joined the Boingers in the beginning of my junior year,” senior, Rachelle Crow said. “My first year I played the violin and the piano. This year we no longer have a string section, so I only play the piano.” Crow said.

Crow shared how joining The Boingers has been rewarding.

“Being apart of the rhythm section has been a great experience. I’ve learned so much about music and about myself as a person. I’ve also made great friends along the way.”

Junior Austin Hamilton has also shared his enjoyment on being a part of FFE.

“I’ve made many friends that will also be life long friends,” Hamilton said. “I first started in 2014, and I play lead guitar. FFE overall has been a great experience. It has taught me many life lessons and given me a great work ethic to live by. It has also broadened my music taste considering I play exclusively rock in my band Null Set. FFE has been one of the most fulfilling things that I’ve been apart of.”

No thanks for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving may be ranked number two on the list of America’s favorite holidays, but it also seems to be the most over looked holiday during the fall and winter season.

In the consumer and marketing world it’s very obvious how Halloween and Christmas overshadow Thanksgiving. When November first rolls around all the Halloween decorations and costumes are cleared out and moved to clearance, to be replaced with tinsel and wrapping paper. Thanksgiving is also overshadowed by the unofficial holiday, Black Friday. The marketing industry starts advertisements for the consumer holiday weeks before Thanksgiving. Almost all ads for stores on Black Friday advertise their products as gifts for Christmas, which again skips over the season of being thankful forward to the mistletoe season.

The average household spends $56.18 on their Thanksgiving meal, according to statisticbrain.com, which isn’t too shabby. But compared to the Black Friday sales it seems minor. The average spent per person on Black Friday was $390.95 in 2014.

Thanksgiving isn’t a particularly expensive holiday and it’s not supposed to be. It’s about being thankful not greedy. However, Syracuse.com, predicts that 25.6 million people, based on previous years statistics, will be shopping on Thanksgiving day. It seems crazy that 45 percent of people plan to end their Thanksgiving meal and festivities early to go out and shop.

Even stores themselves realize how crazy it is. Multiple chain retail stores have announced and pledged to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2016. These stores include: Costco, TJ-Maxx, Joann, Game Stop, Staples, True Value, Half Price Books, P.C Richard & Sons, REI, and Sam’s Club.

REI is going as far ads to pay their employees to take Thanksgiving and Black Friday off to go outside and be with their families. “While the rest of the world is fighting it out in the aisles, we hope to see you in the great outdoors.” REI said earlier this month in an email.

While you may not spend your Thanksgiving holiday outside, we shouldn’t turn a holiday about giving back and being thankful into a day to get the best deals. It’s good to see that perhaps not all focus on Thanksgiving has been lost. The shadow over Thanksgiving may stop if it wasn’t surrounded by such retail based holidays.

14 Signs You’re Infected with Senioritis

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1. Your outfits gradually stop being cute and you start looking more like a slightly homeless, between midlife crises, and legging addicted woman.
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2. You rely strictly on your 47 minute study hall to get your 2 hours worth of homework done.
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3. You care more about planning your senior spring break trip than planning an outline for your essay.

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4. You experience short-term memory loss when it comes to remembering homework due dates.

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5. It takes 3 alarms, 2 cups of coffee and your mom yelling “you’re going to be late” to get you out the door for school in the morning.

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6. You spend most of your nights binge eating cookie dough, crying and worrying that you wont be accepted into college and you’ll be stuck in high school forever.

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7. Lately, it seems like your hand has been super glued to the TV remote instead of a pencil to get your homework done.

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8. Shaking it off whenever you get a bad grade because hey it’s senior year.  Then later crying about it two weeks later when you realize you have to apply to college with those grades.

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9. Giving -20000% effort because you’ve already been accepted into college.

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10. You slowly start unfollowing all the people you pity followed and secretly hate from your school on social media because you’re outta here in 4 months.

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11. You stop trying to act like you’re paying attention in class and obviously text and take naps in the front row of class.

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12. You no longer care what people think of you because you’re a senior and seniors rule and any underclassmen who tries to oppose you is toast by the international grade ranking of high school.

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13. You procrastinate everything until it’s 1am the night before and you’re 3 bottles deep into 5-Hour Energy.

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14. You look back and wonder if you made the most of your high school experience and then realize you don’t really care if you did or didn’t, you just want to leave.

Homecoming: Eat In or Out?

With homecoming only a few days away, final preparations are being made in a haste. Some students have had plans set in stone for months while others will wait until the night of the dance to figure out their plans. No matter what end of this spectrum you fall on, you’ll have to figure out what to do about your meal plans. Should you indulge in an elegant meal out and fight the crowds? Or should you play it safe and enjoy a home cooked meal? To help you figure out which is the better option for you, consider the pros and cons of going out to eat and cooking at home.

Going out to eat is arguably the most popular option among homecoming groups. Depending on where you go, a restaurant can be less expensive than buying ingredients to make a meal yourself. Eating out can be less stressful since you aren’t worried about making the food.

On the down side, restaurants are bound to be packed on the night of homecoming, since the majority of students go out. If you are planning to go out with a large group of friends for homecoming, keep in mind that smaller restaurants may have difficulty finding you a table.

The less popular option for homecoming dinner is eating in with your friends. This is more controllable since you won’t have to wait in line and you’ll know how many of your friends can fit in your dining room. A tip for eating at home is to have a pot luck. Then all of the stress of making a good meal isn’t placed on one person.

Making food at home can be more stressful since you have to actually make the food, which can be difficult and frustrating. It can also cost you a lot more money to buy all the ingredients you may need to make your meal.

Whether you decide to eat in or out before homecoming, the most important thing is that you’re having great food surrounded by good people.

Sign Club at FHS

Teresa Simon is the hearing and impaired teacher who is starting up a  sign language club.  They meet in room 115 on Wednesday’s from 2:50 to 3:30. This club can change the diversity of the schools environment. The club is for students who are interested in learning how to communicate with others who are incapable of hearing.

“Students interested in learning sign language should come by and join.” Simon said.

The Fault in Our Stars: Is the book always better?

The Fault in Our Stars has piqued the public’s interest once again this summer, continuing the book’s initial huge success with the movie adaptation on June 6th. A welcome twist on the typical high school love story, this franchise is without a doubt wildly relatable, and pretty cute at times too. There are of course fluffy teen romance moments that have been known to make girls swoon and smile as they read… but there are other factors that made this book a little different than your run of the mill young adult novel. It is raw, and honest, and it cut deep when John Green wants to evoke a certain feeling. Things are not sugarcoated, and the protagonists blessedly even point out when their peers did paint things in shades of happy rather than facing reality. Reading something that does not tiptoe around messy subjects is truly a breath of fresh air.

Considering how much hype surrounds The Fault in Our Stars, it would have been hard for Green’s writing to live up to the astounding praise of his young readers. After assessing the book critically, he unfortunately couldn’t. While this wasn’t a terrible or boring read by any means, so many aspects of The Fault in Our Stars are lacking. The main point of the storyline (Hazel and Augustus’ love) came out of nowhere. There just needed to be some kind of build up or explanation, something to back up their relationship. Not only was the supposed focus blurry, he characters were all relatively flat and had very little substance other than their illnesses. Connecting to them proved to be especially difficult. You can’t make a character’s entire personality revolve around their condition without feeling a detachment from them, and in the end that is where Green failed. Many of his metaphors were nice, but some didn’t quite hit the mark and ultimately just sounded wordy or–to be quite blunt–stupid. Naturally, people tend to focus more on the subject matter and lose sight of how structurally unsound this book is. But the plot was missing a certain depth that could have been achieved with the ideas presented to the reader.

The movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars had a bigger emotional impact than the book. Producers stuck to Green’s story pretty well, which pleased most people. After all, it is nice to see scenes you’ve imagined in your head come to life so acutely. The actors really made the story shine though, and in a big way. Almost everything about it was better, because it was more intense. The acting was great and the casting was impeccable, resulting in a revival of some originally bland roles.

A few characters were cut out of the movie, presumably a necessary evil. But a completely unnecessary evil was cutting out the explicit details of Gus’s health decline. It looked like they purposely avoided describing his struggle, which is infuriating. It was such a huge part of the book, and it wasn’t done justice by any means.
Nice sentiments and tear jerking plot twists are good components for stories that resonate, and The Fault in Our Stars didn’t miss a beat on that front. It just would have been nice to see the brilliant potential of the book be fulfilled. What a shame to say the movie was far better than the book.

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Panic! At the Disco is impressive in concert

Tour Name: This is Gospel

Headliners: Magic Man and Walk the Moon

Artist: Panic! At the Disco

Venue:  LC Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio

Why you should see this artist: This concert really exceeded my expectations. I didn’t expect the venue to be completely full, or anticipate that the line to get in would wrap
around three buildings, but it was worth the wait.  I had not heard of Panic!’s headliner Magic Man before the show at all, so walking in and seeing them on stage surprised me. They were really energetic and didn’t even seem like they were opening for someone.  Walk The Moon followed and blew me away with their set, and really tried to involve the crowd,
but I was mostly anticipating the main event.  And Panic! Didn’t disappoint.

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Photo by Jayden Egler

To begin, Brendon Urie has an incredible stage presence. He went from singing impressive high notes, guitar and even taking his drummer’s place for a few songs. There wasn’t a moment during the concert where my eyes weren’t glued to the stage. I never found myself bored or underwhelmed by their performance. In addition to just generally being warm and including the audience, you could tell that the band genuinely loved performing and

were adamant about putting on a good show.  From a technical standpoint, everything was
definitely up to par. There were no microphone problems or wrong notes. Urie’s voice could be heard over the instruments at all times. The lights were executed well and always matched the feeling portrayed by the lyrics. My throat was sore from screaming along to the songs, and even then I couldn’t hear myself over the people around me.

Rating: ★★★★★

I can’t speak for anyone else, and I am probably a bit biased because Panic! At the Disco is my favorite band, but I thought the show was incredible. It was a night I’ll always remember not only because of the personal significance but because it was a lot of fun.

 

 

 

 

Lazaretto combines contrasting styles

Album: Lazaretto

Artist: Jack White

Sound: Rock

Last Release: Blunderbuss

Why Buy it: White’s densest and most ambitious record to date, Lazaretto is one album that you don’t want to miss.  Combining elements of pedal steel and violin driven country, garage rock blues riffs, and White’s typical curmudgeon quips, Lazaretto is a jigsaw puzzle that somehow manages to comes together.  It’s a modern homage to Americana music with lazaretto-1401465419a twist.  The first track, Three Women, is a driving acidic update of blues master Blind Willie McTell’s 1928 song.  From just the first notes of this song it is clear that White is at the top of his eclectic game.  The title track, Lazaretto, and instrumental High-Ball Stepper are the tracks most reminiscent of White’s days in the White Stripes but host a denser arrangement than that of the White Stripes output.  Lazaretto is an indulgent record, but in the best possible sense of the word.  It’s a record that combines a wide variety of elements into an original cohesive unit; one that breathes fresh air into an industry saturated with stale, recycled products for the masses.

Download this: The whole album, you instant-gratification seeking sheep you.

Rating: ★★★★★