Column: Music television – Web Exclusive

Thom Carter | Staff Writer I’m curious as to when the last time so-called “music channels” placed a band deservedly into the spotlight through extensive airtime of things like music videos, interviews and live performances. The argument regarding stations like MTV and the lack of music it actually airs is one that has been chewed up and spat out since […]

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Column: MTV can’t beat original “Skins”

Thom Carter | Staff Writer The original “Skins” was a bold teenage drama that spun the typical formula on its head with a barrage of alcohol-fueled parties, recreational drug use and casual sex. The actors portrayed were all age-appropriate and mostly inexperienced, while the writers of each episode were teens themselves. The series, initially criticized for its over-the-top scenarios, became […]

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Column: Gaga inspires originality in students

Janica Kaneshiro | Staff Writer Google “Lady Gaga.” The first thing that will most likely pop up is a picture of her in a meat dress. She has her catchy phrases that include “disco stick,” “pa-pa-pa-poker face” and the completely senseless “ro-ma-ro-ma-ma.” What? But upon hearing about her much-anticipated new single, “Born This Way,” set to be released the night […]

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Column: Grammys not musical achievements

Thom Carter | Staff Writer Movies have the Academy Awards, the Emmys commend television and Broadway celebrates with the Tonys. Of course, the Grammy Awards seem like the obvious choice as the premier award show for music, but is it? To be frank, no, it’s not. In fact, the Grammys represent everything wrong with the music industry. Trent Reznor, who […]

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Column: “Makeup doesn’t mean beauty”

Julia Halpin | Editor Intern I definitely don’t look like her. She’s the girl on the cover of Seventeen magazine every month. And she’s quite the opposite of me. Her legs are about as long as my entire body. I mean, Lord knows I’m nowhere near 5’9”. I chopped off six inches of my brown hair last summer, so it’s […]

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Column: College acceptance an achievement

Janie Simonton | Staff Writer The other day, I pulled into my driveway after school, locked my doors and walked to the mailbox. Perusing the daily post, I see the usual suspects: the bills for my parents, the “Hey, come check out our campus!” letters from colleges I would never even consider. Usually, most of the college envelopes that show […]

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Column: Welcome to the third dimension – Web Exclusive

Thom Carter | Staff Writer As always, movies are changing. Special effects become exceedingly spectacular, monsters become more and more convincing, and disasters become startlingly real. But what if all these things and more came out you in eye-popping 3-D? More than ever, the third dimension has become the new avenue for filmmakers to venture down, and with good reason. There’s no […]

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Column: Free speech can’t justify all

Janica Kaneshiro | Staff Writer Put simply, the First Amendment is an important one. It’s what makes us Americans. Okay, so we’ve been hearing this since the second grade, right? But it wasn’t until recently I had even considered that there might be a truly ugly part of this freedom. I don’t think it’s so much the amendment I’ve suddenly […]

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Column: Senior year has a price tag – Web Exclusive

Janie Simonton | Staff Writer So, here’s my idea for a senior shirt: “Football Ticket: $4.00. Homecoming Ticket: $20.00. Senior Memories: Priceless.” Just kidding, that’s not my idea. At all. Two reasons: 1. The Mastercard “Priceless” parody is so trite, it’s practically as cliché as the phrase “a penny saved is a penny earned.” 2. Senior memories are not priceless. […]

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Column: MTV at MHS: if we really knew each other

Julia Halpin | Staff Writer If any of you are avid MTV watchers, you might have seen the show “If You Really Knew Me.” Traveling to different schools around the country, the show delves into the lives of specific high school students in order to reveal who they “really are.” Surprisingly so, people admit to rather personal details on this […]

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Column: Celebrity gossip rules cyberspace – Web Exclusive

Thom Carter | Staff Writer If you’ve ever been to TMZ.com, and I honestly hope you haven’t, you’re probably accustomed to the constant stream of repetitive celebrity news gossip. Much of it can be boiled down to useless babbling by so-called journalists who rely on tips from outside sources in order to report news that can be called “relevant.” This […]

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