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Students Turn to Online Videos to Recreate Tasty Food

Students Turn to Online Videos to Recreate Tasty Food

By Jasmine Baten, Senior Writer

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts

Food for thought indeed. Over the last few months, Buzzfeed’s Tasty videos have been adding some zest to the Internet, spicing up YouTube channels and Facebook walls everywhere. The one-minute video recipes show viewers how to create various dishes for every course of a meal, from Chocol...

‘Zootopia’ Applauded for Tackling Social Issues

‘Zootopia’ Applauded for Tackling Social Issues

By Jasmine Baten, Senior Writer

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

It’s a zoo over here. Disney’s Zootopia was released March 4, starring Ginnifer Goodwin as bunny cop Judy Hops and Jason Bateman as hustler fox Nick Wilde, alongside guest voice Shakira as pop singer Gazelle and Idris Elba as stern police chief Bogo. The movie revolves around animals who have adop...

Makeup Brands “Oversexualize” Names of Products

Makeup Brands “Oversexualize” Names of Products

By Jasmine Baten, Staff Writer

April 19, 2016


Filed under Online Exclusives, Opinions

It’s getting a little too hot in here. It’s no secret—makeup brands have been giving their lipsticks and eyeshadows unnecessarily suggestive names like Urban Decay’s “Perversion” and NARS’ “Orgasm” for years. In March, leading drugstore cosmetic brand Rimmel London released ...

Ordinary Classes, Extraordinary Chances For Success

By Jasmine Baten and Ariel Levchenko

March 22, 2016


Filed under Opinions

It’s the CHS motto—maintain academic rigor at all costs. At CHS, a well-rounded schedule usually means that one should take as many intensive honors and AP classes as possible, preferably with lots of calculus and difficult science thrown in. This results in many regular, supposedly easy classes...

Does Pride and Prejudice and Zombies serve justice to the novel?

Does Pride and Prejudice and Zombies serve justice to the novel?

By Jasmine Baten, Opinions Editor

February 25, 2016


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has been considered an universal symbol of morality, manners, sophistication and intellectuality in classical literature since its release in 1813. The zombies? Now that is new. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was released on Feb. 5, starring Lily James (Cinderella)...

Oscars Receive Criticism over Lack of Diversity

Oscars Receive Criticism over Lack of Diversity

By Thomas Atkinson and Jasmine Baten

February 25, 2016


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

I think my color TV is broken! For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences has not nominated any actors of color for an Academy Award. In a time where we have a black president and numerous racial awareness movements, one would expect to see award shows depicting an accurate...

Peaceful Muslims Live in Fear of Being Labeled Terrorists

By Jasmine Baten, Opinions Editor

December 23, 2015


Filed under Opinions

Terrorism isn’t a religion. Following the terrorist attacks around the world on Nov. 13, people in all countries gathered to mourn and support those who lost their lives and those who lost loved ones. When ISIS claimed responsibility for the horrors, the universal kneejerk reaction was to blame...

It’s not a trap, Star Wars movie is a must-see

It’s not a trap, Star Wars movie is a must-see

By Jasmine Baten and Ross Tanenbaum

December 23, 2015


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

emiered Dec. 18, drawing audiences of all ages from all over the galaxy. The film was directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and features a star-studded, revolutionary cast, including Harrison Ford and newcomer Daisy Ridley. According to IMDb, the movie takes place 30 years...

Frozen took the world by a storm, and the ice age has yet to end

Frozen took the world by a storm, and the ice age has yet to end

By Jasmine Baten, Opinions Editor

December 5, 2015


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

We just can’t let it go. Following its release on Nov. 27, 2013, Frozen swept the nation with its catchy tunes and lovable characters. The film surprised viewers by declaring that true love can exist between sisters—a concept foreign to the usual Prince-Charming-kiss type true love that Disney...

New Disney Character Shines

New Disney Character Shines

By Jasmine Baten, Opinions Editor

November 24, 2015


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television

Meet Moana, Disney’s newest princess. She’s the most recent addition to the Disney princess lineup; she’s a courageous and inquisitive Polynesian teen intent on adventure. Considering it’s been five years since the last Disney character was added to the official princess cast (Rapunzel from...

CHS Choral Concert Connects Poetry to Music Lyrics

CHS Choral Concert Connects Poetry to Music Lyrics

By Jasmine Baten, Opinions Editor

October 14, 2015


Filed under Observations, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

The CHS Choral Music Department had its first concert, entitled “More Than Words.” Oct. 12. The title was meant to signify the connection between poetry and music lyrics, which was reflected in the pieces that each group performed. Different ensembles sang pieces of poetry, such as works by Edgar...

Women deserve to be on the face of U.S. currency

Women deserve to be on the face of U.S. currency

By Jasmine Baten, Opininons Editor

June 3, 2015


Filed under Opinions

Eight a.m.—AP Exam. 12 p.m.—the exam lets out. After that—a relaxing trip to the mall. Any student who wishes can carry out this plan. According to the CHS website, “students who are taking an AP exam are excused from classes for the entire day.” If that isn’t clear, not much will...

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