Thursday, December 8, 2011

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So Sad! They Missed the Staff Party But We Love Them Anyway...

Top 5 Game Consoles You Don’t Want for the Holidays By Chad D.


As the holidays approach and school winds down to a temporary close, the subject of shopping and gift giving may be on one’s mind, and what better gift to give a loved one than a new video game console?  The choice of console can be fairly tricky even to a seasoned gaming veteran, but there is really no way to go wrong with any of the current “Big Three” consoles.  In the deep pool of video game history, however, there have been consoles that have stood out among the rest, but not for reasons one might suspect.  These consoles were the trash of the industry, having little support, a minimal game library, or some other aspect leaving them to cause shudders in those who were foolish enough to purchase them.  For your reading pleasure, I will dredge up the five worst of these failed consoles, and describe the aspects that truly make them the worst of the worst.  Note, however, that I will not pick on the earliest consoles for being simplistic or outdated; those chosen will be done so with consideration to the offerings of their peers...

Will Work For Candy Canes...

Holiday Informational: Kwanzaa By Owen M.

After all of the Hanukkah dradels have been spun, and all of the Christmas carols sung, the excitement and joy of the holiday season begin to come to an end. But for kids like Dylan J., the festivities and celebrations of Kwanzaa have just begun.
           
Kwanzaa was founded by Maulana Karenga. It begins on the 26th of December, and ends on the 1st of January.  Some of the traditions that take place over the seven-day holiday period include gift exchanging, the lighting of the Kinara candles, special meals, and communal reflection. A common misconception about Kwanzaa is that it’s a religious holiday. Kwanzaa is actually celebrated for the purpose of remembering the African-American culture and it’s values. Each day comes with a reflection topic; the first day is unity, the second is self-determination, the third is collective work and responsibility, the fourth is cooperative economics, the fifth is purpose, the sixth is creativity, and the seventh is faith. Along with these themes, a candle is lit. According to Dylan there are three green candles, three red candles, and one black candle. The three green candles represent the land that the African-Americans live on, the red candles represent the hardships undergone in the past, and the black candle represents the African-American community as a whole...

Merry Christmas, Corbet!

All the Fall Sports By Galen P.

This fall sports season as a whole was one of the more successful ones. Men’s soccer made it to state, volleyball made it to state for the first time in four years, men’s cross country as a team made it to state for the first time in 25 years, and girls cross country finished 3rd in district. However, the highlight of this year’s fall sport season was the women’s soccer team, which won the state championship and dominated Catlin 3-0 in the state championship game...

Bah Humbug! This One Has Been a Bad Little Boy...

Christmas Songs By Nolan P.

Merry Christmas dedicated readers. I hope the six of you are as excited for the holiday break as I am. As you know, every year around Thanksgiving an absurd amount of radio stations interrupt their normal routines and play exclusively Christmas songs until December 25th. Now, if you are like me, then you find this very annoying. The overplayed standards like “Jingle Bell Rock” just don’t do it for me anymore. So for this issue I have compiled a list of five Christmas songs that you may not have heard because they certainly aren’t on the radio…
Songs Reviewed:

1) Ludacris – “Ludachristmas”
2) Eazy-E – “Merry M**********n Christmas”
3) Snoop Dogg – “Santa Goes Straight to the Ghetto”
4) Run-DMC – “Christmas in Hollis”
5) De La Soul -  “Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa”

Santa's Busy Elves at the Giving Tree

A Film You Should See, and Probably Have by Paul K.

Whenever I polish off the last of my family’s Thanksgiving leftovers I know the holiday is upon us. Soon you’ll see every other car around you with a Christmas tree on its roof and there will be so much green, red and white around you’ll forget other colors exist. There is no better time than now to get a head start on that Christmas pep so you can get carols stuck in your friends’ heads before they do the same to you. I decided  to watch a Christmas movie every day this December, almost like an advent calendar, and naturally the best movie to start with is Home Alone...