Fuller House does not fill me up

Story by: Ian Carson

Attempting to tug at the heartstrings and take advantage of the diehard fans of the ended “Full House” series, Netflix launched an original series called “Fuller House.” The new show contains members from the original cast of “Full House,” and includes some new faces, such as Elias Harger, who plays the role of DJ Tanner’s middle son.

The first episode of the series was overloaded with references to “Full House,” which seemed to be a failed attempt to reel in older fans of the show. The new show also mirrors plots lines that were integral in “Full House.” For example, DJ’s husband died, leaving her to mother her kids alone. She moves into her childhood home, and her sister and best friend move in with her to help her with the daunting task, which is very similar to the base of the original series.

Beyond the first episode, the show features some racy plotlines that would not have otherwise occurred in “Full House.” Take, for example, the fact that DJ goes to a nightclub with her friends and meets two men who try to come onto her by buying her alcohol. Perhaps it is just a sign of the times, but this would have never occurred in the previous series.

In addition, “Full House” often featured wholesome lessons at the end of each episode, while still maintaining an entertaining atmosphere and relatable characters. However, in “Fuller House,” the lessons are not as clear and hardly as entertaining.

The new series is also chock full of overblown and overdone pop culture references. Every chance the writers got, it seems they referenced the fact that technology plays an important role lives now, but only portrayed the negative aspects. They played on the “teen who can’t get off their phone” stereotype more than once in the season.

The new show is not without its entertaining moments, nonetheless. DJ’s son said in the first episode that the three bad words are “Darn, booger and Donald Trump.”

Student reactions to the new series have been mixed.

“I don’t think it lived up to what it used to be, but it’s still pretty decent,” said Sydney Cook, 9.

The new series was recently renewed for a second season, and I certainly hope they work on restructuring the plot lines to bring back more of the “Full House” feel to it.


Deadpool is not the average hero

Story by: Maggie Brown, News/Copy Editor

“Deadpool,” based on the popular comic books, is a movie that has been much anticipated by people from all walks of life. “Deadpool” is rated R, unlike most Marvel movies, and the reason is quite apparent. The “F-bomb” is dropped 84 times, which is 83 more times than is acceptable in movies with PG-13 ratings. The fight scenes are much more graphic than anything I’ve ever seen in a superhero movie, although the term superhero applies quite loosely to Deadpool.

Wade Wilson is a man who, when diagnosed with cancer, seeks a cure in a “mutant factory,” a place where a man named Francis attempts to force people to mutate with some sort of serum and around the clock torture. The treatment works, but causes Wilson to become what is described by his friend Weasel as looking like “an avocado that had sex with an older avocado,” which is to say quite ugly. He then spends almost two years trying to track down the man named Francis in hopes of curing his ugliness.

As a fan of Marvel, I was extremely pleased with the way this movie came out. From an openly pansexual protagonist to the well-executed fight scenes and quick humor, “Deadpool” is an all around hit. Ryan Reynolds was perfectly cast, and the way he portrayed Deadpool was excellent. His comedic timing was impeccable, his character more than adequately developed, and his physical appearance is arguably one of the better ones to ever appear in Hollywood films.

I thoroughly enjoyed “Deadpool”, and after a few more times viewing and examining it, it may even make my top three favorite superhero movies, which is quite an honor indeed. I highly recommend “Deadpool” to anyone with a strong stomach, a tolerance for language, and a sense of humor that toes the fine line between genius and crass.

The happiest place on earth

Story by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor
Photos by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor

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Disneyland California, which ranks in the top 10 best amusement parks in America, contains over 80 different attractions. Thousands upon thousands of people are in attendance each year and on Friday February 12, 2016, I was one of them.

Disneyland entranceUpon arrival, bags are checked and metal detectors are used to insure safety, but as soon as guests pass the security checkpoint the magic begins. To enter the park, guests pass under a bridge with a plaque (see left)  that reads “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy,” which is a nod to two of the lands within the park, Tomorrowland and Fantasy Land. Tomorrowland was my  favorite of the two.

The park itself is easy to manage; however, a map is recommended as the sea of people can make travel a little more challenging.

The Star Tours ride in Tomorrowland was by far my favorite attraction. Star Tours is a 4D Star Wars experience that races through the depths of space and takes riders through deadly, high speed chases while weaving in and out of asteroid fields and running from the infamous Boba Fett.Disneyland cars

Another highlight of Tomorrowland was the Jedi Training. As a 16 year old,
I was not eligible to participate; however, watching the performance of the “New Jedi” was absolutely adorable.

One of the most magical things that happened in the 14 hours I was at the park was
the night parade. Each character paraded down Main Street accompanied by incredible dancers and each character rode on a float of their own with music. The characters were so cute and energetic that it was impossible to get bored.

I can definitely see myself visiting Disneyland again in the very near future and experiencing the magic over and over again.



Star Wars: The review

Story by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor
Photo by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor

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Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, the new “Star Wars” movie, absolutely blew me, and millions of other people, away. Earning almost 300 million dollars on opening night, “The Force Awakens” now holds the title for highest grossing film ever, beating “Avatar” (2009) and “Titanic” (1997).

When I was about seven years old, I had a huge crush on Hayden Christensen’s character Anakin. I was totally in love with him and, admittedly had a huge poster on my  wall, next to my “High School Musical” poster. Naturally, I had very, very high expectations for “The Force Awakens” and needless to say, I was not disappointed.

My favorite character in the movie, by far, is Kylo Ren. Though I may be a bit biased because I am absolutely in love with Adam Driver, I still have a certain draw toward Kylo. Critics seem to think he is a weak and whiny character and while they’re not entirely wrong, I also see a sort of complexity in him. He may be a bad guy, but he also feels pain and hurt and longing, and I feel as though Driver nailed it.

Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, was absolutely brilliant, and no, I don’t have some secret love for her. Although, after this movie I can guarantee her face will be one I won’t forget. She gave such an amazing and convincing performance as Rey and her rawness really added to the whole movie. I truthfully cannot wait to see more from the 23 year old in years to come.

Though there were a few minimal inconsistencies and given conveniences within the plot, overall, it was a pretty solid. The idea behind and the thought that went into character development and plot development was certainly worth the over 30 year wait between movies.

My favorite part of the movie overall, other than BB-8 who was an absolute pleasure, was most definitely the return of the great Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford. Having a character of such legendary prowess come back and bring such a classic feel to the movie was so welcoming and honestly made me feel like I was watching one of the originals.

“The Force Awakens” was truly cinematic gold and I can not wait to see what Episode VIII has to offer.


This book is “Everything”

Story and Photos by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor

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Great books have the ability to deliver a person’s soul to a place they never had dreamed of visiting. “Everything, Everything” did that for me, just as Madeline Whittier’s, the protagonist, books did for her.

Madeline is an eighteen year old girl with SCID, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, which prohibits her from leaving her house in fear of dying from almost everything. She lives in a bubble of safety, being cared for only by her mother and her nurse Carla. That it, until she meets Olly.

I loved the entrance of Olly, the boy who just moved next door, because he’s full of mystery and edge, which are two things Madeline is not used to. He is also introduced wearing all black, which is a contrast to Madeline’s life which is basically white: her room, her clothes, everything. From the beginning, there is already that contrast between them, but opposites attract, as the cliché says.

Everything review 2Her story is told in a variety of styles, such as vignettes, diary entries, and exchanged emails, so the story stays interesting throughout the whole book.

The end was not something that I expected, kind of a microexplosion in my head because I never saw it coming, yet it made so much sense.

As Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, “Everything, Everything” it is one which I recommend to all people who enjoy reading scientifically correct and well-told stories that beautifully yet simply tell of love and freedom.


“Hello” Adele

Story by: Ian Carson, Editor in Chief
Photo by: Mackenzie Carpenter, Photo Editor

Adele CD

Adele Adkins has taken the stage once again with her new album, “25.” The album is the first after a four-year sabbatical that the star took in order to raise her son, Angelo Konecki. It has enjoyed record sales, surpassing the record for most first-week sales of any song, although this may also be due to the fact that music is now widely available for download on the Internet. Adele’s prowess has yet to heed as her album was at the top of many charts in the end of 2015.

The album is beautiful, featuring many heartfelt songs as one would expect from Adele.  From the popular “Hello” to “Remedy,” the album features slow songs with powerful vocals and telling messages. Adele opened her heart in “Remedy,” which was the first song she wrote that ended her period of writer’s block, according to Adele.

“I really enjoyed ‘When We Were Young,” said Mary Decker, 12. “Adele’s voice was so powerful and soulfull.”

My personal favorite of the album was “When We Were Young.” Adele crafted this song with a certain subtlety, yet the lyrics spoke volumes, conjuring images and sentiments of nostalgia from prior relationships.  Her soulful voice lulls the listener with beautiful lyrical phrases that cannot be ignored in Adele’s lyric-centered work. Her backup singers provided support during appropriate times in the song, pulling it together and making it seem complete. It is the kind of song where you just sit and soak in the music, listening silently, without a care in the world.

I cannot pick out a major negative point for the album. As a whole, it was a very soulful work, and I could feel Adele’s personality and experiences shining through the work and her carefully crafted lyrics. The album is near perfection, and I would award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.


E.l.f. make up

Story by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor
Photo by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor

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As an avid makeup enthusiast, having good quality makeup brushes is an essential aspect of the makeuping process. However, finding good brushes on a cashier’s pay is difficult sometimes. Many good quality brushes come with hefty price tags, but there is a way around that. A company called e.l.f Cosmetics offers many great quality brushes for lower prices.

E.l.f is a cruelty free makeup company that can be found in drugstores and other larger retailers. For example, Target, CVS and Walmart carry e.l.f products. They make all kinds of products, from primers to foundations, from brushes to eyeliners, and from mascaras to lipsticks. Any beauty essential anyone could possibly need, e.l.f carries it. Not only do they offer many quality products, but they offer budget-friendly products, especially when it comes to their brushes.

E.l.f brushes range from one dollar to five dollars, and they are great quality. I have used many of their brushes, they all hold up well, and they all offer the kind of quality one might find in IT Cosmetics brushes which usually range from sixteen to twenty dollars per brush.

So, next time you are looking for a set of brushes that will not break your savings, definitely look into e.l.f.


Fantastic Food Fest lives up to its name

Story and photos by: Caty McGovern, staff writer/photographer

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This year the Fantastic Food Fest was introduced to Indiana. This event, solely dedicated to food, was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Champion pavilion and many local businesses had booths to advertise their products. There were also a few kitchen utensil companies there.

I visited a lot of booths of local businesses to try out their products. I saw that many Fantstic Food Festof these businesses had vegan or gluten-free options, which is great as there are so many people with food allergies and dietary restrictions.

One place where everything was gluten-free and many items were vegan was the Urban Ladle. I tried their chicken tortilla soup and it was great.

Another place that I tried was Graeter’s, an ice-cream store. I tried their signature black raspberry chocolate chip and it was to die for.

There were numerous great booths that I got to sample from. Most of the booths also had their products for sale. A lot of products were rather pricey, but that is typical of plenty of locally sourced restaurants.

Fantastic Food Fest 2This event also had a few celebrities doing demonstrations. One well-known celebrity who was doing demonstrations was Ted Allen. I was fortunate enough to see Allen and even get his autograph. I also got to see him demonstrate a recipe from his newest book.The demonstration was really interesting to see.

Overall, I would say that the Fantastic Food Fest was fantastic, due to the variety of items there. I hope it happens again next year so I can go again. Everyone who really digs food plans should plan to attend in the future.


Lifeline app will give you a lifeline to fun

Story by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor
Photo by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor


When I first heard of this game, Lifeline, I thought of the movie “The Martian” with Matt Damon stuck on Mars. I was very wrong.

The game starts out with an astronaut messaging you from the wreckage of their spaceship, the Varia, and in need of help. Let me just say that I was a goner by this point, there is no not finishing this game. This gender-nonspecific, sarcastic, and lovingly sassy character tries to find a way to survive on this moon near Tau Ceti. Whenever Cadet Taylor asks you a question, the game gives you two options to choose from, which makes you think a lot about your decisions, because remember, Taylor can die because of your choices.

This incredible game was the reason for my first panic attack, and for people near the end of the game, they know the reason for it. During the whole game, I was hooked to the story. It’s entirely told from Taylor’s point of view, which can get annoying, especially when I think of the hours they have left me alone with the “[Taylor is busy]” message on the screen and the many times they have passed out or lost signal with their last words being”OH MY GOD,” which is a lot.

I love that Taylor doesn’t use pronouns, so Taylor could be blonde white dude with really bad decision-making skills or an Asian-American women with long blue hair. The character’s physical appearance is totally up to the player. Thank you Dave Justus. You are a fantastic writer for doing that.

The game also goes by real time, so if Taylor says they are eating breakfast, Taylor will literally take a half hour to be done eating, and Taylor sleeping will surely take hours.

I recommend this app to people who are not faint of heart or have free time to spare, because this game had me sneaking my phone out in the middle of class to see what Taylor was up to at that point in time, and I can’t wait to purchase the sequel game “Silent Night.”

I became very attached to Taylor during this game. I felt personally responsible for Taylor’s life, which kinda sucked because I killed them the first day I started playing.

Please, play this game. It will make you cry and want to fling yourself off a cliff. But in a good way.


Say hello to the O Hellos

Story by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor

Say hello to The Oh Hellos, my new favorite folk band.

Born and raised in southern Texas, sibling duo Maggie and Tyler Heath started their musical career in a cluttered bedroom, and it has all been uphill from there.

Their newest album, “Dear Wormwood,” starts out with the track “Prelude,” which only lasts about a minute and is a great introduction to the album. It sets the tone for the amazing harmonies that are in the album.

“Thus Always to Tyrants” has a lot of strong vocals from Tyler and is honestly tied for my favorite song in the whole album, rivaled by “Dear Wormwood.” My favorite lyric in the whole album is “I know who you are now,” and it just brings out a lot of different emotions for me.

Every song has it’s own tune and doesn’t have the same sound like other folk artists’ albums.

“Bitter Water” reminds me of Phillip Phillips because both artists use guitar generously in their music. It is upbeat and the lyrics remind of Helena’s love for Demetrius in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” because the lyrics talk of being in love with someone, knowing it is impossible, and them not feeling the same way.

There is a lot of focus on the instrumental aspect of the album, and it makes it just that much better because the would-be awkward moments between lyrics just make my heart blow up like a balloon with the almost overwhelming music.

Each song is unique, short, and sweet. Folk music isn’t for everyone, but I would recommend this album to anyone who loves this genre with such meaningful lyrics and soaring duets.