by Abbie Dressler
Disney's has recently gotten the re-make buzz and has actually succeeded in making enjoyable live action remakes of classic Disney films including, “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent,” “Cinderella,” and last years “The Jungle Book”. The next classic to be retold is “Beauty and the Beast”.
The film is a live action re-telling of the original 1991 Disney animated classic (which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year). The film will be a musical like the original and feature new songs as well as the classic songs you know and love, while still following the same storyline as the original. But there are some new things to look forward to in the film. Director Bill Condon told people magazine that he wanted to make Belle a modern feminist saying, “In the original film she's someone who loves reading,and in this film she is equally concerned with teaching other girls to read.”
Emma Watson (Belle) also added a new backstory to her character, She told Entertainment Weekly: “In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle,” said Watson. “I was like, ‘Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books. Also, what is she doing with her time?’ So, we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.”. It's not just Belle that's getting a make-over, the enchanted objects and the Beast have a new look that is more realistic than the animated version.
The success that Disney has been having with re-makes is shocking,with 2015s “Cinderella” making 543.5 million dollars in the U.S alone in the box office and 2016s “The Jungle Book” making 966.6 million dollars in U.S box office sales and 2010s “Alice In Wonderland” making 1 billion dollars in U.S box office sales. So as you can see Disney has succeeded with these remakes by staying true to the original content but making it fresh and visually appealing with CGI animation and making the stories darker and edgier than the animated versions.Like in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (PG) Tim Burton made a visually stunning film that showed Alice as an adult returning to Wonderland which made it new and exciting.
But do older fans of the classics enjoy the new changes to the beloved stories they grew up with?. I asked BMHS senior Celina Mori what she thought of Disney retelling the classics, she stated ‘I feel like they're doing it too much it's like they have run out of original ideas” but is planning on seeing “Beauty and The Beast”. I then asked BMHS sophomore Meghan Dressler what she thought of the new ‘Beauty and the Beast’ she stated ‘I don't really care but I liked ‘Cinderella’’ She added “I think the enchanted objects look creepy and the film doesn't look as good as the original”. Disney has announced that 17 live action retellings are in the works including ‘Mulan’ set to open in theaters November 2018 so whether you enjoy the retellings or not, they are not going anywhere. Disney's ‘Beauty and the Beast’(PG) in 3-D comes to theaters March 17 2017.
The day after Trumps inauguration there were women's marches held all across the world. In Washington there was expected to be 200,000 people showing up for the march, when the day came, there was an astounding nearly half a million people gathered to bring awareness to women's rights.
There was over double the amount of people who showed up for the marches than the inauguration. Many women were even saying they were coming to the march just because of the things trump has said about women, minorities, and members of the LGBT community. The marches seemed mainly focused on not only rights of women, but how trump treats women. There were hundreds of women seen in the crowd holding signs that mocked trumps behavior.
There were “sister-marches” held all across the world. These marches were focused on what values they feel America has lost, especially since Trump was now the president. These men and women were advocating for peace, for environment, and human rights in general whether this be for women, children, immigrants or those who stood outside the binary.
Get in; get out. That’s a common thought when students go down to lunch to grab their food and sit down. A mere 30 minutes is all we’re given at BMHS to get down to the lunchroom, get our food, eat, and get back to class. This leads to students wolfing down their food last minute, tossing the rest away along with their spent money, or lugging it upstairs to their next class to finish it among the rest of their classmates.
With the lunch periods now shortened, there are some concerns around the students’ eating habits. The New York Times published a study from The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that had been done on school lunches. They stated that those who had 20-24 minutes consumed an average of 6.9% less of their entrees, 3.7% fewer vegetables, and 2.3% less milk. Besides not eating enough, kids are also wasting money they spent. The full lunch at Norwalk high schools is $3.85, meaning students are wasting at least $19.25 every week if they eat everyday.
Our school is aware of this choice to shorten lunch. According to Mr. Hurtwitz, it was an administrative team choice for the school to use a 30 minute lunch. He says, “To work with the block schedule, 30 minutes was really what was going to work...” “It was a very conscious decision to figure out how to, you know how to accommodate 90 minute-because the classes have to be 90 minutes.” He also says that he’s seen the issues at lunch, saying “I’ve heard complaints from students that the lines are too long. I’ve sat there and I literally, with a watch, and I’ve watched from the time that students come into the cafeteria to the time that the servery area empties out is 12 minutes.”
Mr. Hurwitz does understand that students want some facilitation when it comes to lunch and has suggested that we can have a cart that serves sandwiches and pre-packaged food for those who are only grabbing a quick meal, keeping the lines in the main servery emptier and quicker.
In reality, it’s not the school being evil or the schools trying to train us to be robots by putting us on the eating schedule, it’s them trying not to cut into class time so that we don’t lose even more time than we already have. In previous years we had 47 minute classes. Multiply that by two and you get 94 minutes, we have lost time in class for this new schedule. Look around you next time you’re in the cafeteria. How many students really sit there and take their time to eat their food? Many of them do eat in a hurry because they’re hungry, so extra time may not really help the majority, besides giving more time to chat. Unless we get a smaller school or shorter classes, BMHS will most likely stick with this 30 minute lunch.
When Will Garcia feels emotionally hurt, Bianca Garcia can’t help but feel the same way.
There are 7 billion people in our world. 125 million of those people are twins.
When it comes to being a twin, you often get hit with odd questions on a daily basis. Bianca (‘19) and Will Garcia (‘20) are fraternal twins. Bianca says that they have such a close bond that she could be singing a song in her head and he’ll unexpectedly sing the same song outloud. When asked about the common misconceptions people have about twins, she said that she believes in one of them. She recalls the most common one is that she can feel her brother’s pain. “People would be like, so if he physically gets hurt do you feel it? And I don’t know what to say sometimes because when he hurts emotionally, I start to get emotional.”
But maybe feeling her brother’s emotional pain is an advantage for her in life. Recent studies on the Danish population show that being a twin may actually help you live longer than someone who isn’t. According to Dr. Mallika Marshall, “having a twin, a spouse, or a close network of friends can help you be more physically active, can lend a shoulder to cry on, and become a caregiver if you become sick.”
The title holder for the world’s oldest twins are Simone Thiot and Paulette Olivier, who are 104 years old. They said that the secret to staying alive for so long is the relationship they have with eachother. “We are alive because we have always stayed close,” they both explained.
Psychology Today provides 3 reasons why twins tend to live a bit longer than the general population:
1. Since twins are close and can tell each other almost everything, they know when their twin is going through a difficult time. They are able to provide emotional and any other kind of support to help bring a smile on their face. Sometimes venting to someone about your problems is a good thing and helps ease your frustration.
2. Monkey see, monkey do. If one twin changes her old habits and sets healthier ones, then the other twin may want to do the same.
3. Guy Winch, a psychologist, states the third reason is, “the close, life-long relationship twins have might buffer them from risky behaviors because they have someone looking out for their best interests.”
Of course further research outside the Danish population is needed, but it is still a cool thought.
However, you don’t have to be a twin to receive the same health benefits. David Sharrow, the lead author on this idea, explains that, “most people may not have a twin, but as a society we may choose to invest in social bonds as a way to promote health and longevity.” So if you want to receive the same benefits, you just have to be willing to form strong friendships.
By Celina Mori
Ever dreamed about being a pop star as a kid? What if you can! The only catch is that you would have to work day and night with little to no breaks to perform everything perfectly. Well that the case with for some singers.
Many groups and artists from Asian countries have been making it big here in the U.S. such as EXO, Babymetal, BTS, etc. K-pop(short for Korean pop) for the past couple of years has received an international fanbase from all over the world. Sher Enriquez, a student at Brien Mcmahon, is planning to attend a K-pop concert in March. “Concerts held in the US sell out in minutes,” she declared.”I know that BTS sold out the first ten minutes of tickets being released and they were forced to add another show in New Jersey.” In fact, K-pop has become so beloved that K-pop companies have created schools in South Korea to train young people into becoming stars.
Yet the K-pop industry is not all fun and games. School trainees have to train for two to four years improving their vocal and dance skills, and take extra acting and foreign language classes. Many of the trainees are teenagers, which means that many of them also go to regular school, this can also pile up with the homework that the K-pop schools give them.
Even after working very hard, trainees continue to live in fear of not being able to make it as a professional singer, since there are numerous of other trainees that are equally talented. But that leads to the big question, why do so many people enjoy K-pop even when the singers are deeply pressured? Though the K-pop system is flawed, the work is widely cherished.
For starters, the music is catchy. Each song is different and it can range from different topics such as heartbreak, happiness , to even coping with loss.“I like the different varieties/concepts of music that the artists can pull off,” mentioned Makayla Hall, a tenth grade student. Not just that, but the choreography is mindblowing! The dance moves that they perform are complex and challenging, they require hours of practice! Another thing great about K-pop groups is that a group never has to break up. If a member of the group leaves to pursue something else, instead of having a fallout, the K-pop company can replace them with another star. Meaning that it will take a while before a group is permanently done performing.
Not making it is not the only thing K-pop stars have to worry about, in Japan the biggest pop star is not even real! That’s right her name is Hatsune Miku, a 3D projection of a 16 year old girl with blue pig tails. Stars like her are known as a Vocaloid? A vocaloid is vocal synthesizer that is used, by a user typing in lyrics and adding in a melody. The vocals of the synthesizer usually are provided by a voice actor. Miku is also not the only vocaloid, there are over 49 different vocaloids and they sing in different languages from Japanese, English, Chinese, and more.
Miku has gotten widely popular, she has collaborated with Pharrell Williams, was the opening act for Lady Gaga during her world tour, and is set to perform for the opening ceremony at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.
Unlike K-pop star, Miku doesn’t need to train. What makes her so popular is that she basically runs on creativity. Meaning, anyone can buy her software and create songs from various types of music. Miku has over 100,000 songs created by her fans and are even performed in concert if popular enough.
Hatsune Miku was created by Crypton Future Media Inc. In August of 2007, her songs are currently uploaded to Youtube as each music video is created and drawn by a different artist.
Hopefully with the rise of Asian music, it will encourage listeners to check it out and see what all the buzz is about.
By Melissa Burnham
Shameless is a remake of the British Comedy show. It amusingly showcases the adventure of a neglectful Frank Gallagher and his 6 children. Hilariously highlighting the working class and the effects of Alcoholism on family, the show is certainly binge-worthy.
"It is one of the best decisions I've made in a while, but one of the worst decisions for my productivity.”
Stand Alone Dramas
Black Mirror is a satirical investigation of how modern technology controls our life and influences our society. A modern adaptation of the incredibly successful Twilight Zone, a collection of similar films from the 1960s. The episodes presented the anxiety about the modern world though horror-like binoculars, Black Mirror will tap into fears you never knew you had.
"It is mind altering - basically.”
House of Cards
The Netflix Original follows the riveting fictional story of the ambitious U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood and his wife as they climb the ladders of United States Politics. The show dramatically uncovers the many means of political corruption. Find yourself blanching at the lengths he's willing to go to secure his power.
“Incredibly interesting and cool, the characters are so well developed and deep. It leaves you clinging to the edge of your seat, always wondering what will happen next.”
Parks and Recreation
A lighthearted kooky tale about the driven and good-intentioned Leslie Knope. Laugh along as she commands the Parks and Recreation department of her town, a dysfunctional group full of amusing and odd characters. Admire her driven personality and roll your eyes at her over the top eagerness.
“While watching the show you develop an emotional connection to the characters, you can see bits and pieces of their quirky emotions in everyone you know.”
The classic hilarious tale of 5 friends, as they follow and fail at their dreams in New York City. Laugh along as they make mistakes in their love life, and in their careers. Feel like a friend as you learn their inside jokes and predict their goofy adventures.
The Get Down
The Get Down follows Baz Luhrmann and his collaborators as they create revolutionarily successful music. It’s set in New York City when Disco is dying down and Hip Hop begins it’s rise. Flash back from 1996 to 1977, following the story of the rising to fame Luhrman.
"It's a cool show about music, like if you're a big improv fan you'll love it, or if you watch empire, you'll really like it." - Kadin Smith
It’s 11:59 pm, on December 31st, and you quickly try to think of your New Year's resolution. 12:00 strikes and the ball in Times Square drops, couples kiss, friends hug, champagne is sipped, and your New Year’s resolution begins.
How long can you go before slipping up on your resolution?
In a survey Norcross conducted for his book using 3,036 adults, he found that weight loss, improving finances, exercising, and getting a new job were the top resolutions.
One of the busiest places after New Years is the gym and The International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association -- a nonprofit association that is dedicated to promoting health and fitness and helped with the First Lady’s Let's Move! campaign -- found that in the month of January there is a 12% increase in the number of new members. But they’re happy because they know that within a month they will not see 95% of new members again, according to gym branding consultant Peter Shankman.
Alissa Pena (18’) who up until now has opposed the idea of having a New Year’s resolution. Like most teenagers, she has never made it a full 365 with her resolution, she says,
“I have never been excited about doing my resolution, it feels more like a burden that society puts on you, rather than something I want to work on for myself. I couldn’t get myself to do it, and I think that is also why most teens don’t go through with theirs, they’re simply not interested in it and it does not correlate with their life.”
Dr. John Norocross says, “Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.” So next time you find yourself wondering how you’re going to make this big change in your life, remember Dr. Norocross’s steps -- psych, preparation, perspire, preserve, and persist.
By: Tamia Holland & Demara Little
Eventhough the Holidays are over, we still want to bring you some cheer, I mean that is what we love to do. So we decided to go around and ask our fellow Mcmahon students some fun facts about Christmas, hear what they had to say. We wonder... How much do you think you know about Christmas?
Meghan, Malerie, PJ, Joey, Yanira, & Tamia
Bathrooms. A basic necessity in all public places, especially in a school full of teenagers. Everyone uses them to look their best and to use them for what they were made for.
However, BMHS has yet to fix their persisting issues that plague all the bathrooms that are meant for students. We have mentioned this before. In one of our previous articles on Pride Time Emely De La Cruz covered this issue about how there were repairs that were needed inside of the many girls’ bathrooms in our school. Broken and missing doors were her main focus along with the poor hygienic conditions inside of them as well. Last year Cruz found that there was a missing door in the science hallway and in the health hallway in the girls’ bathroom while also having issues with locking the stalls.
To this day, the school has failed to fix any of these issues that are prominent the bathrooms. In fact, it’s gotten worse. Problems can be found in both girls and boys’ bathrooms and it’s not just the doors that are damaged. Soap dispensers won’t work when pushed or dispense properly, toilet paper holders that are always missing toilet paper or missing entirely, even the mirrors were scratched up and dented, making it difficult to use. The counters are discolored and old makeup and dirt riddles the floors. Locks are missing or hanging by a single screw. To put it simply, it’s a mess.
We’re not alone. This happens across the country. In Texas, Coppell High School has experienced issues like missing or broken doors and similar maintenance issues to our own school.
So why haven’t they been fixed if we’ve already addressed this before and are happening in other states? We definitely have the money to do so since we recently fixed the baseball field turf. If you ask anyone, they would say that having a functioning and usable bathroom is more important than having your baseball field touched up for thousands when purchasing a new door or fixing a lock or two costs less than $2,500.
List of repairs needed:
Computer Lab Hallway (2nd floor)l:
-Bathroom stall has no toilet paper (Boys)
-Writing on the walls (Boys)
-No soap in three of the dispensers (Boys)
Science Hallway (2nd Floor)
-No mirror (Boys)
-Broken soap dispenser (Girls)
-No mirror/scratched mirror (Boys)
-No lock on last stall (Boys)
-Hole in last stall’s wall (Boys)
-Broken stall (Girls)
-4th sink shuts off immediately (Girls)
-One has no door and two doors can’t close
-No door on for stall (Boys)
-Cold side of a sink doesn’t work (Girls)
-One soap dispenser is empty and one is missing entirely (Girls)
-Missing toilet paper holder in one stall (Girls)
-No toilet paper (Boys)
-One stall is broken (Girls)
Holiday time! The time to be with your loved ones, spend time at home, and relax. Well, all but students. Every single year Christmas rolls along and students and teachers are released from their imprisonment for two weeks. But the break is anything but relaxing for most students. Homework, projects, and studying never cease. Yet, teachers still give keep giving.
But why? Is there a benefit to having work over vacation? According to a Duke University study in the early 2000s, homework can be beneficial for students. But too much of it can have harmful effects on them such as fatigue and stress. Harris Cooper said in his study, “even for high school students, overloading them with homework is not associated with higher grades.”
And yet, teachers still give heavy workloads. The assumption of many teenagers is that teachers enjoy giving work and relish in the fact that they can see us suffer while they enjoy their time off. Malerie Keenan, a junior at BMHS, shares in this common thought among teens. “I don’t think that it’s fair that we get homework on break, especially because we spend, like, seven and a half hours to eight hours every single day at school.” And she’s right, in certain aspects. Everyone needs a break from school, that’s what weekends and vacations exist for, right? But teachers come along and squander that hope for some kind of break from the daily battle we have when going to class.
What about teachers though? Do they all really agree with giving homework over breaks? Mrs. Prescott, a teacher here at Brien McMahon, says something most teens agree with. “I believe that it’s a break for all of us and that I think that it’s important that everyone takes some time to rest their mind and enjoy time with their friends a family.” Mr. Sgarlata agrees with her statement. He says “Sometimes, depending on what needs to get done. Typically no but if something needs to be done then there is some homework sometimes.”
Midterms are also another reason why students are so stressed about the holidays. They always blame the teachers for giving them stuff to study and then take time away from relaxing. But they have their reasons. “I would love if we could finish it before break,” Mrs. Dombrowski said. “But I think they do it at the actual half point of the year so it’s sort of robbing you of a few weeks of preparation if they do it so much earlier.”
So it really isn’t the teachers being demons or really much of their own choice when they do give it. They, like us, have deadlines to hit too. It all deals with deadlines they have no control over. The break is meant to be a time to relax and having homework can be hypocritical, but don’t blame your teachers, they’re doing their best to make sure you’re successful without all the stress.