Dylan Fishkin

Staff Writer

It’s My Right

The United States of America, one of the most significant countries on Earth. Famous for its freedom, separation from the British, the U.S. Constitution and The Bill of Rights. That Bill tells every citizen in America what their rights are as Americans. However, times have changed, and Americans now have the moronic thought of giving up one of our most important rights as American citizens, the right to bear arms.

In the presidential campaign of 2016 caused this amendment to be discussed everywhere and be the center of debate for republicans and democrats. Donald Trump was running for the Republicans, and Hillary Clinton was running for the Democrats. While Donald Trump was stating about building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and bringing jobs back to America, Hillary Clinton was talking about the numerous amounts of violence that were happening in America and all the purposeful and accidental child shootings. She has petitioned multiple times for different bans and restrictions on guns. She has requested for background checks, banning assault weapons, and has also petitioned for the mentally ill to obtain guns much more efficiently. How long is it going to be before she try’s to take away guns entirely?!”Ban guns. All guns. Get rid of guns in homes, and on the streets, and, as much as possible, on police. Not just because of San Bernardino, or whichever mass shooting may pop up next, but also not because of those. Don’t sort the population into those who might do something evil or foolish or self-destructive with a gun and those who surely will not. As if this could be known—as if it could be assessed without massively violating civil liberties and stigmatizing the mentally ill. Ban guns! Not just gun violence. Not just certain guns. Not just already-technically-illegal guns. All of them.”( It’s Time to Ban Guns. Yes, All of Them, by Phoebe Maltz Bovy for The New Republic) That article is the kind of fear, panic, and catastrophizing that will get us nowhere and not do anything.

   Everyone seems to be ignoring one crucial fact that if said will crumble the entire argument of gun rights; you are blaming an inanimate object for the actions of people! You might as well just condemn every shooting and murder, on the weapon instead of the person.”Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. Assault weapon bans have not significantly affected murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).”(“An examination of the effects of concealed weapons laws and assault weapons bans on state-level murder rates,” by Mark Gius for Taylor & Francis Online.)Why not just petition on knife rights and bomb rights? Why not car rights? All of those things kill people around the world. We might as well have a bill against hand rights since we can beat people to death. Everyone is so afraid of murder and violence that man is doing everything they can to prevent it. There is nothing we can do to stop crime; there will always be murderers, serial killers, terrorists, etc. That is how life is, so buck up and be strong enough to face it instead of cowering begging it to go away.

   It is every American’s right to own and house a gun of some sort. We as Americans have the right to defend our home, not just our home as in property. Our home, as in America.

Aileen Villegas

Staff Writer

Post Malone

   Post Malone is known for his heart touching songs and his heart warming love for his fans. He is an American songwriter, guitarist, producer, rapper, and singer. He first gained major recognition in February 2015, after the release of his debut single "White Iverson." Stoney, Post Malone’s full-length debut album, has officially triumphed as the Best Hip-Hop Album Debut of 2016. The debut album, released via Republic Records, emerged at the No. 6 spot on the Billboard Top 200, in addition to selling over 58,000 copies in its first-week.

Post has grown in popularity and has dropped a single called “Rockstar” from his upcoming album. Rapper 21 Savage joins him on this track to create what lyrically sounds like a description of the life of a rock star who fully embraces the theme of sex, drugs and in this case, not rock ‘n’ roll, but hip-hop and rap. Though it’s unknown if his latest single, “Congratulations,” - which has accumulated over 25 million Spotify streams - will reach the same feat as “White Iverson,” the celebratory single is a fitting anthem for his low-key successes. Despite being labeled an anomaly, Malone has learned to be comfortable in his own skin by swatting his detractors with mesmerizing records.

Young Justice Rules!!


Staff Writer

Sierra Brigance


Young Justice, a show where sidekicks of our favorite DC superheroes unite such as Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Superboy, Artemis, Miss Martian, and later on Zatanna. These young superheroes combine to fight battles against enemies such as a group called The Light, and a typical villain group called The Injustice League. Young Justice takes place in the DC universe in cities like Gotham, Metropolis, and a city called City Harbour. The first season of the show aired in 2013, the second one in 2014, and season 3 is said to release as soon as 2018. Finally, Young Justice is a show meant to be placed in Earth 16, where heroes are rather popular.

Young Justice is very popular among young teens with interest towards the show and the comic version.  One of my sources says “ Young Justice focuses on the lives of a group of teenage sidekicks attempting to establish themselves as proven superheroes as they deal with normal adolescent issues in their normal lives¨ (https://en.wikipedia.org) .  When this source says this, it basically states that Young Justice is a show about young superheroes trying to fit in. Another source says ¨Teenage Superheroes strive to prove themselves as members of the Justice League” (www.imdb.com). This source is saying teenage superheroes want to be with Justice League instead of being under them. 

    Young Justice has an extremely high popularity in many teens and kids. My first interviewer says ¨Is clueless about Young Justice¨ (Teschler, school librarian). When she said this, the obvious answer to that is not everyone knows about Young Justice. My second interviewer said ¨It is cool, if Justice League is gone, sidekicks can take their place, if there are teenage superheroes, they can help the Justice League defeat the villains”.  It seems we have a fan of Young Justice for sure.

    Young Justice is among one of the most popular shows for teens and kids alike of today!

   Kingdom Hearts Review

    Most gamers have heard of Kingdom Hearts. It's an epic hack and slashes RPG with final fantasy and...Disney characters. This bizarre crossover was created when Shinji Hashimoto and Hironobu Sakaguchi wanted to make a game where you could move freely like in Super Mario 64. They were discouraged however saying that only Disney characters could rival Mario, however, developed Tetsuya Nomura overheard the conversation and volunteered to lead the project which was agreed upon. Then a chance encounter between a Disney executive and Hashimoto happened in an elevator, and the rest is history. Is this game made by two members of the dream team at square a lead designer of the final fantasy series worth playing?

    Story: The game starts out on destiny island with our main characters Sora, Riku, and Kairi along with Final Fantasy characters Tidus, Wakka, and Selphie kinda just being there. Our main characters want to build a raft to leave their shackled island. However the darkness comes swallowing the island causing Rikku to be corrupted, Kairi to lose her heart, and Sora to be warped to Traverse Town. There Sora meets up with Donald and Goofy who are looking for king Mickey who has gone missing. The three team up going through various Disney worlds looking for Riku, Kairi, and the king, all the while saving the worlds from the darkness. This plot is about what you would expect from a Disney/Final Fantasy crossover a lot of philosophical talk about light and darkness, and some pretty good twists.

    Music: The music for Kingdom Hearts is done by Yoko Shimomura, the composer of the Mario RPGs and Street Fighter 2! Obviously, the creator of the Guile theme does not let down. With amazing tracks like Dearly Beloved and the loved Simple and Clean. The soundtrack is good at portraying emotional moments when it needs to and tense moments in the tough battles.

    Gameplay: Kingdom Hearts gameplay is pretty good. You have the option to do regular attacks that string into a combo, various magics like fire, thunder, and ice, you can use items like Elixirs and Potions, and you can use strong techniques you learn throughout the game. The combat despite being so varied is still repetitive since it's almost always a better option to just save your mp for cure spells. This makes grinding a bore, and if you go for the super bosses (AKA Sephiroth), you need to get to max level.

    Conclusion: "Walt Disney was a genius in cartooning. Why? Because he had a talent, no one else could have. He had the power to create magic. Not magic as in Bibbidy-Bobbody-Boo. No. This magician's spell was to create another world. A world with magic and where dreams come true. Where creatures could come and go as they please. Where good always triumphs evil. He touched other people's hearts with his characters, ideas, and films", says Tyler Weston on IMDB. This game has heavy flaws, the Tarzan world takes too long, Atlantica has terrible controls, and Wonderland is confusing but as Tyler says the game has...heart...forgive the pun. "Walking this road without you to remake forgotten promises" - Tetsuya Nomura.

The Sound of Underground

Brodie Patch

Staff Writer

    What happens when you take a bunch of hipsters and introduce them to rap music? Modern Soundcloud Rappers are the mass result. Their habitat is the slums of the soundwaves while their main hobby is sampling beats, editing it, and making up the simplest of lyrics that a third grader could fully comprehend them if you could only understand what they’re saying in the first place. This is the core of the genre for most artists, though there are a few exceptions. Soundcloud Rap (SR) is all about high energy and catchy beats, and that is what will be addressed, but the lyrics are both its problem and its upbringing. It’s high energy is what is attracting about it, with Jon Caramanica saying this about it, “In the high-ceilinged, brick-walled main room, around 300 fans were bouncing off one another, waiting for the show to begin. They were young — the bar was effectively closed, and a woman was selling cans of Sunkist and Minute Maid Lemonade from an ice-filled tub.” (Caramanica, Jon. The New York Times)

    XXXTentacion is arguably the most poetic and best artist in the game. The poetical part is what is troubling. The NYT says this about him, “XXXTentacion was arrested twice in 2016, including on a charge of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. While he was in jail — he was released in March — “Look at Me” became the scene’s breakout hit, making him the movement’s troubled and troubling poster child.” (Caramanica, Jon. The New York Times) XXX’s most famous song as of right now is ‘Look At Me!’ Which in general is a monstrosity of a song. Its beat is simple, plus he didn't even create it. Another rapper named Rojas created it, and he sampled it from ‘Changes’ by Mala. Rojas claims the song was created in a time span of 15 minutes, which to some people could be very impressive, but the quality of the song doesn’t reflect that at all. The lyrics are extremely simplistic, with nearly every line having the phrase ‘Ayy,' not to mention all he talks about is him getting kicked out of his girl’s house and immediately hooking up with another woman. I dare you to look up the lyrics; they’re atrocious to say the absolute least. It’s not hard to genuinely think he was mocking rap with that song, but likely not.

    I do have to give him at least some credit though. Though there are many songs in that genre with that song type, many of XXX’s and especially $uicideboy$’s songs aren’t like that. If you want different songs that stick out from a crowd, Revenge and Jocelyn Flores are great examples. Characters such as Lil’ Pump and Lil’ Peep are the cancers of the community; I suggest staying away from them. But overall, the largest problem isn’t the artists themselves. It’s what their songs have become: familiar and unproductive.

    What bothers a lot of people about this new genre, which some even would compare to the Grunge Movement, is that it all sounds the same. Agreeing with them to a certain extent is easy. Lyrically, the primary focus seems to be on women, drugs, and bragging about how much money you have (which is entirely nothing new for rap.) It’s not much different musically either, with simple beats being nearly impossible to avoid. It sucks that these exist, but I hope that in the future it improves like Grunge did.