This fresh off Broadway Musical will get you on your feet
BY AYDAN SORG
The Migration is an off broadway show, it’s all about the tough times the African Americans had faced when migrating. The sadness of the true story is combined with energetic music, dancing and beautiful singing.
The off broadway production made your feet move to the beat, and a smile never leave your face. The live African music really pulled the show together, each of the artists had time to showcase their instrument. There were even a few times when a few other artists came out and sang. Their voices gave me goosebumps, combined with the loud music and unique dancing.
The dancing overall was the best part of the whole show, it was step dancing. Step dancing is based off of Gumboot, it includes lots of clapping and making sounds with your body, by slapping or stomping. This style of dance was created when drumming was banned by authorities.
The Migration was unlike anything I have ever seen before, I was used to a more modernized version of step dancing. I was able to see the roots and the struggles the African Americans had to go through. It was all shown through the choreography and music.
The one issue I had was how loud it was, the theater wasn’t the largest so that might be a reason. The sudden loud noises may be harmful towards small children or anyone with anxiety of any kind.
New Fortnite video game gives gamers great experience for free
BY CAMERON HALL
Picture Credit: “Fortnite.” 925|Rebellion, 11 June 2017, 925rebellion.com/more-games/.
In the new Fortnite videogame be a prepared for fast paced action/survival experience. Fortnite is a game where you are dropped in by hot air balloon bus and the goal is to survive by yourself or with a team of friends and eliminate other players. Fortnite is a game that definitely will keep you playing for hours. Fortnite is also free on all platforms at the moment.
Fortnite Battle Royale is the main game mode where the goal is to survive with a group or by your lonesome. You will be airlifted and will skydive onto an island where you can land wherever you feel is the best place to begin the game. Once you land, there will be towns, farms, and different buildings on the island, and it is important to search them for supplies like shield potions, health potions, weapons, ammo, and more. To make the game harder and more strategic, there is a storm that surrounds the island that slowly closes in on a specific spot on the island to bring players closer where eventually they will fight to win the game. To better your chances of winning the game you can find chests throughout the island that will give you a chance to get a good weapon or potion of some sort. The weapons in the game have levels to them and the levels decide the attributes of the gun, for example if a weapon has a better level than another it probably does more damage.
My personal thoughts on the game is it's fun and good for a free game. There are some glitches and issues in the game, but I imagine those will eventually be fixed in future updates. Personally, I haven't had too many issues with the game. One thing that I think could be changed is the in game store where you buy cosmetics for your character. I think the cosmetics should be able to be earned in game other than just being sold in the store.
Currently I would also like to see people rewarded for winning the matches. I've won plenty of games but only in my first victory was I rewarded, and it was an umbrella glider when skydiving. But overall I would say that Fortnite is a good game, and it's really good for a game that is free to play on all platforms.
Computer restrictions met with mixed feelings; GoGuardian now tracks student internet usage
BY RONAHN CLARKE
The new restrictions that came with this year’s school laptops have left some students disappointed. While last year’s models allowed students limited freedoms, such as the ability to change one’s wallpaper, this summer the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) and our district’s Technology Department apparently decided to bring all of that to a halt. Though the district would be right to mark their latest effort as a success, the new restrictions have prevented students from solving problems on their own and making the most out of their devices.
The additional computer restrictions are aimed at preventing students from accessing games and other school-inappropriate content on the web. While attempts had been made in previous years to accomplish the same goal, this year’s restrictions are far more effective because students have been denied administrator accounts. Finding workarounds for district-or state-implemented restrictions was usually possible, but finding ways to bypass Apple’s operating system cannot normally be done.
Also new this year is GoGuardian. GoGuardian is a piece of software purchased by the district to monitor students’ internet usage both in school and at home. The program reports any attempt to reach pornographic websites to the Technology Department. According to Scott Nason, the district’s...
Senior and playwright Emily Eberhart dazzles audience
BY STAFF REPORTS
Senior Emily Eberhart’s play, “Die Geborgenheit,” was performed for the school on Dec. 9 in the Burgoin Auditorium. Emily began writing her play last winter, finishing it in time to include it in the Maine Playwrights’ Festival in May.
Emily says she received input from a select group of students while she was writing it, and had the drama director, Mr. Rick Osann, give input after it was finished. After the positive reception from the audience and from three judges at the Playwrights’ Festival, however, the cast (students from Bonny Eagle’s drama club), decided they wanted to bring the play back to the school once again. This time, the unabridged version was performed on Dec. 9 for anyone who wanted to attend, while the shortened version was performed...
A haunting Sci-Fi film tops this reviewer's list
BY BRETT DAVIS, JR.
There aren't many sci-fi movies that have gripped me and pulled me in as much as Arrival has. As soon as the film starts, it drips with atmosphere. Not only do the performances and cinematography bring you in, but so does the exceptionally written story.
The story revolves around the landing of 12 spaceships in 12 random locations around the world. However, there is nothing coming out of them, and government organizations around the world are panicking as they try to communicate with the aliens and decide what the next course...
Classic Christmas movies that will not disappoint
BY CIERRA MARSH
One of my favorite holiday movies is How the Grinch Stole Chrtistmas, directed by Chuck Jones. This animated movie first aired on TV in 1966 and instantly became a classic. Based on the classic book by Dr. Seuss, this is a very funny and heartwarming musical comedy where the Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the little town of Whoville.
The moral of the story is easy for everyone to relate to. The Grinch’s dog, Max, is a favorite character, because even though he knows that what the Grinch is doing is wrong, he still stays loyal to him. Max also has a very “whatever” attitude, which makes his antics...
Not all students enjoy the trendy pumpkin spice
BY EMILY EBERHART
Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the slightly chillier weather that gives me an excuse to wear layers and warm sweaters. Fall means that Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are right around the corner and that weeks of vacation from school are imminent.
One thing that everyone jumps with joy about is pumpkin spice-flavored everything. Everyone but me, that is. I find it extremely annoying that every brand and store pumps every food and drink imaginable with pumpkin spice to match the atmosphere of fall.
Most of the time these artificial flavorings are not successful and instead have horrible tastes which make me think humans shouldn’t be consuming them.
Companies have been adding pumpkin spices to a growing number of foods including chips, jello, chocolate, donuts, and cream cheese. Yes, believe it or not, pumpkin spice-flavored cream cheese exists, and so does a pumpkin spice bagel to pair it up with.
I tried a few of these products and rated them 1-10. The first item...
Based on a true story, War Dogs delivers
BY BRETT DAVIS, JR.
War Dogs is the newest film from director Todd Phillips, the mind behind The Hangover, a much-loved adult comedy. The premise is quite interesting, and is based on a true story. Efraim Diveroli, a shady arms dealer that sells guns to the U.S. government, reunites with his childhood friend David Packouz to create an even bigger empire. They bid on U.S. military contracts and sell them weapons, As the bids keep getting bigger, the risks are higher, and the people David and Efraim do business with get shadier.
Right off the bat, I loved the premise. It's unique and sounds like it will go somewhere. Another indicator that this might be a good action movie is the R rating. Too many gritty action...
Zootopia will hop right into your heart
BY KAYLEE MORSE
Although I don’t fit the target audience, I was drawn to Zootopia, the newly-released, 3D, computer-animated Disney movie which was released on Netflix in September.
It is a funny, and well-done family movie to enjoy with children or just by yourself. The movie centers around a small town bunny with big dreams to become a real cop. The main character, Judy Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin, is the first bunny to join the police force.
Transitioning into the metropolis where all types of different mammals live called Zootopia, Hopps encounters the struggle and obstacles it takes to become a cop. She isn’t a typical cop in Zootopia. Her coworkers are bigger and tougher mammals, such as lions and bulls. This makes...
Snowpiercer is refreshing and innovative
BY WYATT FOWLER
This weekend I had the pleasure of watching Snowpiercer, an apocalyptic Korean film directed by Bong Joon-Hoo. At first, I was skeptical as many similar movies I’ve seen recently have been bland and lacked creativity. However, after watching the film I can say that Snowpiercer is a refreshing and innovative addition to an otherwise sluggish genre.
The first thing that stands out about this movie is its unique setting. The entire film is set on a self-sustaining train doomed to travel around our frozen planet for the foreseeable future. This provides a completely new backdrop for the genre, and is a welcome change from the typical zombie invasion or nuclear disaster.
The second thing that stands out is...