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The Brit Awards: Bolder, Bigger, Better!

Mallory Lebo, Reporter
March 10, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

The 2016 Brit Awards were held this past Wednesday, February 24 and was the 36th edition of the British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards. The ceremony was held at the O2 in London and was presented by Ant & Dec for the third time. The Brit Awards honor excellence in music and lifelon...

Students Take Center Stage at District Choir

Students Take Center Stage at District Choir

Kelcie Baker, Reporter
March 8, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

Talented students have the opportunity to perform in the PMEA District 7 Choir.

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The Best and Worst of the 2016 Oscars

The Best and Worst of the 2016 Oscars

Jake Smith, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
March 5, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  Well, the 88th Academy Awards certainly didn’t fail to entertain. Chris Rock managed to give the show a sense of urgency and mercilessly (and rightfully so) condemned the Academy. Most of the night’s winners were predicted well in advance, but Spotlight and Mad Max eked out a few more wins ...

“Oh, My Lanta!” Full House Is Back

“Oh, My Lanta!” Full House Is Back

Katelin Tyler, Reporter
March 3, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

Have mercy! Full House is back at it again with Fuller House, a sequel to the beloved hit 90’s sitcom. Fans of Full House have waited years for the revival of the hit show, and Netflix has worked it’s magic to bring it back, just in a different time period. The original cast of characters, ...

Free Kesha

Free Kesha

Allure Sapp, Reporter
March 3, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

Singer-songwriter Kesha has been going through a rough court battle recently with her producer Dr. Luke. The judge denied her release from Sony music, and her supporters are highly upset. She has accused Dr. Luke of physically and sexually assaulting her. Kesha said that Dr. Luke has been try...

Remembering Harper Lee

Remembering Harper Lee

Ariel Barbera, Reporter
February 27, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

To Kill a Mockingbird author Nelle Harper Lee passed away at age 89 on February 19.  In 2015, Lee published her final novel Go Set a Watchman, a sequel to her classic novel. Lee was born on April 28, 1926 and spent her childhood growing up in Monroeville, Alabama.  When she was 23, she moved to New Y...

Who Will (And Who Should) Win at the Oscars

Who Will (And Who Should) Win at the Oscars

Jake Smith, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
February 27, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  Following months of controversy and hype, the 88th Oscars finally arrive this Sunday, February 28. An unusually strong (and predictably white) group of nominees are vying for the most influential awards in Hollywood this year, featuring underdogs (Room, Ex Machina), past favorites (Leo DiCaprio...

Best Dressed At The Grammy Awards

Best Dressed At The Grammy Awards

Emily Christian, Reporter
February 24, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

Stars worked the Red Carpet with their best looks yet. Here's who came out on top: 1.Selena Gomez Wearing a sparkly blue Calvin Klein dress paired with Giuseppe Zanotti heels, Selena Gomez was the ultimate fashionista at the Grammys. She added a pair of hoop earrings, a green ring by David Web...

Orchestra Students Get to Display Individual Talents

Kelcie Baker, Reporter
February 8, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

The orchestra students get to display their hard work and talent in a chamber group concert on March 16. The chamber group concert is a bit different because students get to pick their own small groups with only one to two people on each part, and there is not a conductor to lead them. A lot of ...

Best Dressed at SAG Awards

Logan Garvey, Features Editor
February 8, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

Susquehannock Swing Dance Returns in February

Ariel Barbera, Reporter
February 1, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

 Susquehannock’s jazz band students will host another jubilant swing dance this Friday.  First held last year in March, the popular swing dance was a craze among students and is sure to bring that same excitement back from last year. Sophomore Brendan Paules is excited to contribute to thi...

Reunited and It Feels So Good

Reunited and It Feels So Good

Emily Christian, Reporter
January 28, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

It’s been a decade since the first High School Musical film premiered on television, and 10 years later, the cast is still “all in this together.” January 20 marked the date of the High School Musical Reunion, where some members of the original cast caught up on everything they’ve missed since...

Review Stew: Four New Movies

Review Stew: Four New Movies

Jake Smith, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
January 27, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Showcase

  Every winter, an avalanche of prestige movies hits theaters, meaning a huge chance that audiences will miss some truly great movies in the onslaught of films. The Big Short   Adam McKay’s oeuvre hasn’t been very historically political (Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, basi...

January’s Artist of the Month Takes a Different Direction

Dan McNair, Video Journalist
January 21, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  Vintage aesthetics and graffiti take center stage in January’s Artist of the Month display, which showcases the work of senior Robert Jackson. Located just outside of the school library, the display contains artwork from Jackson’s numerous creative projects. Not shying away from diversity,...

Students Bid Farewell to Alan Rickman

Students Bid Farewell to Alan Rickman

Brooke Weber, Reporter
January 20, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  Fans and colleagues alike were dismayed to hear that on the morning of January 14, beloved actor and performer Alan Rickman had unexpectedly passed away at age 69.   Rickman, perhaps best known to the younger generations as Professor Severus Snape from the Harry Potter franchise, had been fighting an under-wra...

Channel Your Inner Wizard at These Harry Potter Destinations

Channel Your Inner Wizard at These Harry Potter Destinations

Emily Christian, Reporter
January 20, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

The magic never dies for Harry Potter fans. Between the upcoming Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them movie and the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play, the magic this franchise has created is back in full swing. Lucky enough, several locations around the globe have spots dedicated for the...

Choir Addresses Social Justice

Logan Garvey, Features Editor
January 19, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Showcase

  The choir is preparing to educate the public about many issues prominent to today’s culture during their spring concert, which will take place in the auditorium on May 4 at 7 p.m.   This year, choral director Jay Althouse chose social justice to be the overarching theme of the concert. ...

The Highlights of the 2016 Golden Globes

The Highlights of the 2016 Golden Globes

Jake Smith, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
January 15, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  The yearly self-congratulatory spectacle of awards season kicked off with the Golden Globes last Sunday night. The Globes, as always, were a little too long, a bit too unaware, and way too Gervais-y, but served as a great dress rehearsal for the (actually important) Oscars. Here are the moments that ...

New Year, New Gossip

New Year, New Gossip

Emily Christian, Reporter
January 12, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

2016 marks the start of new celebrity drama, new fashion icons and, of course, new relationships. Let’s take a look and see what these celebrities have been up to.   Gwen Stefani and Miranda Lambert May Be at Peace Sharing men seems to always create bad blood in the celebrity world. However, Gwen St...

‘Hamilton’ on Broadway is a Historic Triumph

‘Hamilton’ on Broadway is a Historic Triumph

Grace Burns, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
January 11, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  With a fresh take on the traditional Broadway show, Hamilton, the acclaimed musical written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, has audiences buzzing about the life of one of America’s founding fathers.   Directed by Thomas Kail, the musical features a perhaps unexpected mixture of rapping ...

Television Looks to First 2016 Season

Television Looks to First 2016 Season

Karly Matthews, Editor-In-Chief
January 10, 2016
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  The New Year brings it with scripts and reality programs of all genres for the first 2016 television season. From farewell seasons of beloved shows to adaptations of novel series and a remake of a famous movie-musical, television’s winter season is bringing the heat in cold months.   ...

The 1975 Rock Their “Heart Out” at the Fillmore

The 1975 Rock Their “Heart Out” at the Fillmore

Logan Garvey, Features Editor
December 28, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  As the time reached 7 p.m., hundreds of screaming fans who had waited for hours outside the venue bombarded the entrance to The Fillmore in Philadelphia to watch the up-and-coming band The 1975.   Concertgoers swarmed to the stand selling merchandise, while others pushed their way to the...

Susky Finds its “Corner of the Sky”

Susky Finds its “Corner of the Sky”

Logan Garvey, Features Editor
December 28, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  It’s that time of the year again where students frantically try to find and memorize monologs while perfecting the finishing touches on the required song for auditions.   This school year’s musical is Pippin, a journey through a young prince’s troubles while he tries to find his place...

The Crucible Leaves Audiences Wanting More

The Crucible Leaves Audiences Wanting More

Kelcie Baker, Reporter
December 21, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

The theater department put on a fantastic performance of The Crucible.

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Districts: The Results Are In

Districts: The Results Are In

Brooke Weber, Reporter
December 21, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, News

   There comes a time in every person’s life when they get the opportunity to show off what they’ve learned - to present the result of hours of grueling hard work and hope with every fiber of their being that everything goes well.   For some particularly driven band and orchestra...

2015: The Top Entertainment

2015: The Top Entertainment

Emily Christian, Reporter
December 21, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

Many categories of entertainment have left an unforgettable mark in society this year. Let’s take a moment to remember the greatest movies, TV shows and artists of 2015. Top Movies of 2015 While there have been countless movies released this year, there are a select 5 that continually get the crow...

Orchestra Students Prepare for District Auditions

Orchestra Students Prepare for District Auditions

Logan Garvey
December 15, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

  With nerves and ambitions on the rise, several of the most talented students from the orchestra program prepared for the PMEA District 7 Orchestra auditions on Saturday, December 5 at Dallastown High School, eager to demonstrate their skills.   Every year around this time, students going to Distr...

25 days of Christmas Spices Up the Month

25 days of Christmas Spices Up the Month

Josia Tourville, Reporter
December 10, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

   The holiday season is here, and  people have already started celebrating- or watching.  Since Christmas feels so close, it’s only appropriate that abc family network came up with their 25 Days of Christmas. Senior Gillian Sipe  enjoys the marathon. “I think all the stuff...

Theatre Celebrates “ITS” Annual Festival

Brooke Weber, Reporter
December 9, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

As the curtain rose on the 2015 Pennsylvania International Thespian Society Festival, over a thousand teenage actors, singers, dancers, and techies settled into the auditorium seats that they would call home for the weekend of their lives.   The afternoon of December 3 began when Troupe 40...

The Best and Worst of The Wiz Live!

The Best and Worst of The Wiz Live!

Jake Smith, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
December 8, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

  When NBC revealed its plans to release a live production of The Wiz, a disco reimagining of The Wizard of Oz that ran on Broadway in the ‘70s, the internet heaved a collective sigh. The network’s musicals, try as they might, always ended up being neurotic messes. This year, though, there was a lot ...

‘Blossom Blast Saga’ is the App of the Week

‘Blossom Blast Saga’ is the App of the Week

Ariel Barbera, Reporter
December 4, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

This week’s top new app is the addictive game Blossom Blast Saga. One of the hit new apps of 2015, the Blossom Blast Saga is at the top of the list for new games on the Google Play Store and iTunes. The whole premise of the game is to link similar flowers and buds within a garden, much like popular games...

Winter Fashions Heat-Up the Holidays

Allure Sapp, Reporter
December 1, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

Get ready to bring out all your cozy, warm winter clothes. If you want to be warm but look chic this season,  pair a long high-low sweater with some black skinny jeans and some black combat boots to give your outfit an edgy, bold look;  you can also put on a pair of earrings, an infinity scarf,...

Band Marches Into Success

Brooke Weber, Reporter
November 23, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

  ‘Ra’ completed his final trip around the sun during the marching band’s championships, and his return was brighter than ever.   The band placed third out of seven at the competition in Downingtown, where all of the surrounding bands of the area gathered to perform their shows one las...

‘The Crucible’ Cast Ready for Its Test

Josia Tourville, Reporter
November 18, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

The theatre is preparing for Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible on November 20 thru November 22. Junior Sydney Delpi  believes that this play is different from past plays. “The plays we usually do are comedic. This is a very dramatic play,” said Delpi. Junior Julien Sherman, who has a leading...

Lucas Sherman Presents his Composing Talents

Kelcie Baker, Reporter
November 16, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

You may listen to Sherman's winning "Allegro in E Minor for the String Orchestra" in the attached mp3 file. After months of hard work and creativity, sophomore Lucas Sherman was thrilled to be able to hear his own piece played by a professional symphony. Sherman was awarded first place in...

‘Smashy Road: Wanted’ is the App of the Week

‘Smashy Road: Wanted’ is the App of the Week

Danielle Jackson, Reporter
November 12, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

This week's app of the week is the  addictive game Smashy Road: Wanted. This game has been at the top of the App store since the game was released in late July. The game is about a runaway car being chased down by the police. The controls are very simple and easy to master. To turn right, you simply p...

“Harry Potter” Play Apparates Onto the Scene

Brooke Weber, Reporter
November 10, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

 Though it has been years since the last part of the Harry Potter franchise was released, magic is still in the air - and it’s only intensifying.   Beginning in June 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part play generated by J.K. Rowling and written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffa...

Young Artists Whip Up New Work

Michael Younkin, Commentary Editor
November 4, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

Student artists in the Art teacher Wes Myers's  Introduction to Art class are hard at work on their sculptures.

Halloween Hauntings To Remember

Katelin Tyler, Reporter
November 4, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

This Halloween was filled with fright, candy and costumes that lit up the night.   =  

Back to the Future Technology Compares to Today’s

Josia Tourville, Reporter
November 4, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

October 21, 2015 is the date Marty Mcfly traveled to in Bob Gale’s and Robert Zemeckis’s Back to the Future III. Gale and Zemeckis’ prediction of what 2015 would bring is not too off.  Time travel and a repeating cause and effect theme is what made this iconic 1980s movie so popular, and u...

Susky Musicians Take Lebanon Valley College

Brooke Weber, Reporter
November 4, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

  For some students in the orchestra program, the culmination of the spooky season turned  from candy and costumes to music and melodies at the annual Lebanon Valley College Honors Orchestra.   The select ensemble, which gathers participants from numerous counties around Pennsylvania, me...

SHS Takes on VSCO

Emily Christian, Reporter
November 2, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

Say goodbye to Instagram and hello to VSCO. VSCO may be the most internationally popular and used photography app, based on the fact that it appears to be the most downloaded app of the month. While it’s considered a design app, it allows people to express themselves through sharing beauti...

Marching Band Displays their Talent at the University of Delaware

October 22, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

After hours of practice spent on the field, the marching band was selected to compete at the Bands of America competition at the University of Delaware on October 17. They placed 20 out of 26 bands, competing against some of the most elite marching bands on the East Coast.   This was the first ...

Kaleb Fair Belts Out Broadway Talent

Kaleb Fair Belts Out Broadway Talent

Kelcie Baker, Reporter
October 16, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

Kaleb Fair talks about his solos in the choir's Night of Broadway concert.

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2k16 MyCareer

2k16 MyCareer

Danielle Jackson, Sports Reporter
October 12, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

This year’s edition of the forever famous basketball simulation game 2k16 takes a new spin on its features this year, letting crazed Knicks fan Spike Lee direct the MyCareer feature.  In Lee’s version he creates a storyline about the life of a super talented hood-raised NBA superstar Frequency Vibrations ...

Ashlee Byers Steps into the Spotlight

Ashlee Byers Steps into the Spotlight

Grace Burns, Assistant Editor-In-Chief
October 7, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

  Quickly making a name for herself in the performing arts industry, senior Ashlee Byers will be performing in the 2015 Christmas show Deck the Halls at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster from November 3 to December 30 with Cast A.   Complete with song and dance to ring in the holiday se...

Fall TV: New Shows to Watch

Fall TV: New Shows to Watch

Jake Smith, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
October 1, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

This fall is shaping up to be a strong, if disparate, time for TV. After an unusually strong summer TV season with UnREAL, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and Mr. Robot leading the pack (seriously, go watch Mr. Robot right now), the new crop of fall shows has big shoes to fill. Horror-come...

Marching Band Astounds at the York Fair

Kelcie Baker, Reporter
October 1, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

After spending countless hours on the field preparing, the marching band performed at the York Fair to a huge crowd on September 13. Marching band director Chris Poole had the band prepare differently than normal. “The Saturday before the show we rehearsed playing the field show,” said Poole....

Students Compete in Family and Consumer Science Contest at York Fair

Students Compete in Family and Consumer Science Contest at York Fair

Logan Garvey
October 1, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

  Students had the chance to show off their sewing and cooking skills at the York Fair from September 11-20 in a family and consumer science contest.   In order to be entered into the contest, students had to be enrolled in a family and consumer science class at their school.   Senio...

Switching it up in the Symphony

Kelcie Baker, Reporter
September 23, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

The members of the York Youth Symphony Orchestra (Y.Y.S.O.) were surprised to see that the auditions were set up a little differently this year. In past years, the auditions were judged by the director and other important head figures that were usually seen around rehearsals. However, this ye...

Ready, Set, March!

Emily Rivers, Reporter
September 22, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

The marching band has been walking like an Egyptian as they prepare for their upcoming performances. Its theme this year is about Ra, the Egyptian sun-god, and the band members have been working hard to perfect it. Color guard section leader Kaila Taylor loves this theme. “It’s about the Egyptian...

Do You Want to be in the Spotlight?

Michael Younkin, Commentary Section leader
September 17, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

   Walk by the library, and you'll probably notice the artwork. This is known as the Senior Spotlight, where one senior artist's work is displayed prominently on the wall. Past artists have included alumni Brandi Bradford, Melissa Lynch, and Hannah Wistort. Each of them were picked by photography and...

Theatre Group ‘Acting Up’ for Fall Season

Brooke Weber, Reporter
September 16, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  International Thespian Society Troupe 4088 is ready to take center stage this fall with events old and new, setting up this theatre group for a jam-packed season. Read More »...

Choir Endeavors into the Unknown

Choir Endeavors into the Unknown

Logan Garvey
September 16, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  Expanding its horizons and trying something new, the choir is straying from the classical music its members are used to and is now singing music from Broadway. Read More »...

Theater Prepares for Fall Play

Theater Prepares for Fall Play

Logan Garvey
September 14, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  Straying from the comical norm with a dramatic play, the theater department kicks off the new school year by trying something different. Read More »...

Choir Changes Its Tune

Emily Rivers, Reporter
September 14, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  New ensembles in the choir are changing the tune of the music program because the Men's Choir and Women's Choir are set to begin in the next couple of weeks, and students are eagerly awaiting their arrival. Read More »...

Marching Band Prepares for a Successful Season

Marching Band Prepares for a Successful Season

Jake Smith, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
September 10, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, News

  Marching band has started off the new school year with an explosive new program called Ra.   The show tracks Ra, the Egyptian sun god, as he progresses through the day, traveling across the sky and into the underworld at night. Each musical movement represents a different part of his daily ...

Chamber Group Plays a New Melody

Brooke Weber, Reporter
September 9, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  The orchestra will soon be playing to the tune of a newly renovated select string ensemble. Read More »...

Gullet: Bringing Pulp Fiction Back to the 21st century.

Mike Younkin, Commentary Editor
September 8, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

  Alumnus Brady Achterberg published his book, Gullet, at the end of the school year last Spring.   His book was published by his parents through Amazon as his graduation present; he had spent the school year writing the novel in an independent study, advised by English teacher  Heath Hallma...

States? Nationals? What’s Next?

States? Nationals? What’s Next?

Logan Garvey
May 29, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

Recently auditioning for a place at Nationals, junior Kristen Zak climbed her way to the top of all orchestra festivals, proving how much experience she has playing the violin. Read More »...

What will be the Song of the Summer in 2015?

What will be the Song of the Summer in 2015?

Jake Smith, Features / A&E Editor
May 29, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

As June approaches and school comes to a close, the most competitive time of the year for pop is set to begin. Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” dominated last year but never really reached the point of being unstoppable, so summer 2015 is an important battleground. Let’s take a look at all of the major...

The End of Arrow

The End of Arrow

Michael Younkin, Reporter
May 22, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

In a shocking season finale, the epic battle between Team Arrow and the League of Assassins came to a head on May 13. Over the past few episodes, Oliver Queen has been carrying out an elaborate secret plan to bring down Ras Al Ghul. He emerged victorious, though, on Wednesday. After his sister, Thea,...

Nina Dobrev Shows Her Fangs for the Last Time

Nicole Michels, Reporter
May 18, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

Elena Gilbert is gone. She’s not coming back... for a seventh season. After six seasons on The Vampire Diaries, she’s just leaving without warning. Nina Dobrev who plays Gilbert has been on the show since the pilot, when she was 20 years old. Dobrev is now 26 and said in an Instagram post...

Audiences are stunned by ‘Age of Ultron’

Audiences are stunned by ‘Age of Ultron’

Michael Younkin, Reporter
May 15, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

The latest in the Avengers movie series, Age of Ultron, made its debut with astounding success on Friday, May 1. With it, the producers brought in many new and anticipated additions to the story, exceeding public expectations. Here is a list of some of the best additions to the Avengers.   Hulk Buster armor - a...

App of the Week: Clash Of Clans

App of the Week: Clash Of Clans

Abby Phillips, Reporter
May 15, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

Clash of clans has climbed the charts, becoming a very popular game over the last 3 years. This action filled app is set back in medieval times, focusing on competition to build the strongest base and to attack other player’s bases. The attacking player will launch their defenders, like a barbarian...

Art Fair Illustrates Students’ Talents

Jake Smith, Features / A&E Editor
May 15, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features, News

The high school hosted its ninth annual Arts and Technology Fair to show off the creative achievements of students throughout the district on Wednesday evening. The fair took place in the gym, which was converted into a gallery space with sections for each genre of art as well as special exhibits...

A “Mary” Musical Takes the Stage

Tyler Ritz
May 11, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

This year’s musical, Mary Poppins, astonished students and seasoned musical audience members alike. Set in London 1910, it zeroes in on a family with parents preoccupied with other things in life besides the kids. With reluctance, they hire a new nanny, the magical Mary Poppins, and are quit...

‘Ex Machina’ is Genius

‘Ex Machina’ is Genius

Jake Smith, Features / A&E Editor
May 11, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

The star of Ex Machina is Ava, a too-lifelike robot with clear skin, displaying the whirring machines underneath. The movie's similar inner mechanisms are powerful and elevate an alluring shell to something profound. In the first scene, Caleb (Gleeson), a coder at the world’s biggest search engine...

Choir Prepares for Concert

Logan Garvey
May 7, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

Looking forward to teaching the audience about diverse cultures through music, the high school and middle school choirs are preparing for tonight's concert. The concert will be held in Susquehannock High School’s Dr. Richard D. Hupper Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.   Folk Music From Around the World, ...

Jazz Fest Leaves the Audience Jubilant with its Jaw-Dropping performances

Logan Garvey
May 5, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

Bands from multiple schools came together to share their love for music with the community at the 15th Annual Jazz Fest held at Shrewsbury Elementary School on Saturday, April 25. Highlights of the Jazz Fest included performances by the following school’s jazz bands: Susquehannock High School, Southern Middle School, ...

Melissa Lynch: Artist of the Month

Logan Garvey
May 3, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

  Ready to show off her photography and art talent to the school, senior Melissa Lynch is Artist of the Month for April. The Artist of the Month program displays pieces of work that are created by students in the art department. In the beginning, Lynch found being Artist of the Month t...

Returning Shows You Should be Watching

Returning Shows You Should be Watching

Jake Smith, Features / A&E Editor
May 3, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

It’s easy to miss shows while navigating the flood of new shows during spring. Sometimes, the best shows (RIP original Arrested Development and The Mindy Project) get swept away in everyone’s rush to watch The Mysteries of Laura or Stalker. Two returning shows, Orphan Black and Inside Amy Schumer, ...

Prom Style Tips for Guys

Prom Style Tips for Guys

Jake Smith, Features / A&E Editor
May 3, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary, Features

With so many ideas for prom for girls out there, it can be easy for guys to miss essential tips for formal fashion. Here are a few to keep you looking your best on prom night. Read More »...

R.I.P. McDreamy

R.I.P. McDreamy

Kerrie DeFelice, Reporter
May 3, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

The Grey’s Anatomy fandom is in mourning. After last week’s episode, “How to Save a Life,” Dr. Derek Shepherd was killed (cue ugly crying). Out of all the horrible things that have happened to these doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, for example: Meredith drowning, a bomb, Izzie gettin...

‘Unfriended’ Movie Misstep

‘Unfriended’ Movie Misstep

Emily Loehmer
May 3, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

Unfriended hit theaters on April 17 with the expectation to be an evolutionary breakthrough for horror films. Read More »...

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Preparation

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Preparation

Kerrie DeFelice, Reporter
May 3, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

It’s a great day in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros because Game of Thrones season 5 is here. The newest season premiered on April 12 on HBO, and fans rejoiced. After the year-long wait between seasons, many fans forget where our favorite (and still living) characters have left off, so in order to be ...

Apple Releases New Emojis

Apple Releases New Emojis

Abby Phillips, Reporter
April 28, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

In Apple’s new IOS 8.3 update, they released their new and diverse emojis. These new emojis were made for more diversity in the Apple brand. Now, when someone goes to a body or person emoji, they can choose from 6 different skin tones. This decision was made back in November but was just released...

Best New Music of April

April 24, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

April is a time of change in the music industry. Winter is over, meaning that heavy, darker music can finally be replaced by the carefree music of summer. In that spirit, here are the best new tracks of April.   “BBHMM” - Rihanna After depriving us of an album since 2012, Rihanna ha...

Will Tidal Replace Spotify?

Will Tidal Replace Spotify?

Jake Smith, Features / A&E Editor
April 21, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

Last month at a splashy press conference in New York City, Jay Z, surrounded by nearly every other major musician in popular music, launched his newly-revamped  music streaming service Tidal. Tidal places itself in direct competition with Spotify, the market-dominating music company that has become the...

‘The Longest Ride’ Exceeds Expectations

‘The Longest Ride’ Exceeds Expectations

Kerrie DeFelice, Reporter
April 16, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

Another year, another Nicholas Sparks movie. On April 10, Sparks’s latest book to film, The Longest Ride, hit the big screen, making teenage girls all over the world swoon. The film is about Luke Collins (Scott Eastwood), a young professional bull rider, who has returned to the world of PBR after...

iFunny: The app that ALWAYS gets a laugh

Michael Younkin, Reporter
April 16, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary, Features

For anyone looking to have a good laugh, iFunny is the app for you. iFunny is a free app that allows you to upload, view, comment on and give a ‘smile,’ the app’s version of a thumbs up, to millions of Internet pictures. While some of the content is inappropriate, the app, for the most part, displays...

Promposal Season is Upon Us

Courtney Rodgers, Reporter
April 2, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Features

Asking someone to prom can be a scary thing, but as the years go on, the promposals get bolder and bolder. Read More »...

McFarland USA Races into Theaters

Courtney Rodgers, Reporter
April 2, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

If someone could choose any one sport to watch, cross country would be an unlikely pick, yet  Disney’s McFarland USA is an inspirational movie about how a cross country coach brought inspiration to a rather hopeless town. Read More »...

“It Follows” is the Scariest Movie in Years

“It Follows” is the Scariest Movie in Years

Jake Smith, Features / A&E Editor
April 2, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

Horror movies are lazy. The vast majority hobble along on mindlessly repetitive jump scares, loud noises, shadows, and sudden movements. There’s little nuance to these tactics now that they’ve been repeated by generations of filmmakers. The new horror opus It Follows, directed by David Robert Mitche...

Recent Movie Releases to Rent

Recent Movie Releases to Rent

Kerrie DeFelice, Reporter
April 2, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

Digital movie releases are at an all time high right now since  nominations have finally hit the small screen. The Theory of Everything, St. Vincent, The Judge, and Whiplash are some of the highly recommended movies to come out of the award season and can be easily rented now at Redbox. Consider the...

Deer Hunter 2014 Hits Android Hard

Deer Hunter 2014 Hits Android Hard

Tyler Ritz
March 30, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

  Having 50 million downloads, Deer Hunter 2014 is definitely an app worth mentioning. Offered by Glue, this game is the best virtual hunting game that can be purchased on the market for Android.   Read More »...

‘Insurgent’ Has the Audience on the Edge of Their Seats

Nicole Michels, Reporter
March 25, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

Burning buildings, exhilarating fights, romance, and comedy-Insurgent has it all; director Robert Schwentke successfully provides all  sought after aspects in one movie. Read More »...

2015 Movie Preview

2015 Movie Preview

Jake Smith, Features / A&E Editor
March 24, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

2015 is set to be the year of the franchise: the reboots (Star Wars, Terminator, Jurassic World, Mad Max), the conclusions (Mockingjay, Mission Impossible), the sequels (Avengers, Pitch Perfect, Magic Mike), and the new beginnings (Batman v Superman, Fantastic Four) all have promise, despite the epidemi...

App of the Week: Foursquare

Logan Garvey
March 24, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

  For people who are indecisive about where to go, Foursquare benefits many who need somewhere to eat, drink, shop or visit. Read More »...

‘The Royals’ Rule Television

‘The Royals’ Rule  Television

Kerrie DeFelice, Reporter
March 20, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

The Royals, a new scripted television series on E!, premiered on Sunday, March 15, and it is already ruling my life. The show is about a modern British monarch family that, like any other, has its problems from a hardcore party girl to envious family members trying to steal the crown. During the premie...

Save Your Money

Stella Trovato, Reporter
March 20, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

As a teenager in high school, it gets extremely difficult to save money that gets earned. Whether the money comes from things like allowances or jobs, a lot of students are guilty of not knowing where all their money goes. Here are some ways of making sure you always have cash to spare: Read More »...

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is Excellent

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is Excellent

Jake Smith, Features / A&E Editor
March 20, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

It would have been so easy to make Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt terrible, but through the magic of Ellie Kemper and Tina Fey, a cultural successor to the old NBC comedy lineup is here. Read More »...

App Of The Week: Hollywood U

Ally Lilly, Reporter
March 18, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to live the high life of a Hollywood star, then it is time to check out the Hollywood U:Rising Star app. The player gets the chance to become a movie star, director or fashionista. Read More »...

Dark Sky Paradise is Overrated

Luke Bond
March 13, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise is an album mostly supported by critics- except by this one. Dark Sky Paradise lacks lyricism, and Big Sean is annoying, simply put. Big Sean has always been the rapper stuck somewhere in the middle, between two tiers of the great rappers (Drake, Kanye) and the forgotten ones that will never make it (Tyga). This album is Big Sean’s attempt at releasing f...

Goodbye, Parks and Rec

Goodbye, Parks and Rec

Jake Smith, Features / A&E Editor
March 11, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

With the finale of Parks and Recreation, one of the most sincere, funny, and beloved shows on TV is gone. Despite its struggle to pick up viewers and an ending that came too soon, Parks stayed true to itself and to its diverse cast of characters. Read More »...

App of the Week: Scholly

Stella Trovato, Reporter
March 9, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment

A recent discovered app called Scholly: Scholarship Search has been positively influencing people around the school. Read More »...

The Voice Kicks off Season 8 with a Bang

Logan Garvey
March 7, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

  The Voice’s season 8 premiere initiated a chorus of gasps and wows from viewers with its never-ending supply of outstanding talent from around the country. Read More »...

“If You’re Reading This…”

“If You’re Reading This…”

Luke Bond
February 26, 2015
Filed under Arts and Entertainment, Commentary

Drake's new album If Youre Reading This, Its Too Late received mainly positive reviews from critics and fans alike, but the reviews don’t necessarily do the album justice in regards to the lyrical and talent pedestal that Drake has set himself upon. Read More »...

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