New Year’s Resolutions: How to Keep Them

January 5, 2015
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New Year’s Resolutions: How to Keep Them

Time and time again, people have made a list of New Year’s resolutions and promised themselves they will do them all. Often the list consists of a series of self-improvement goals such as losing weight and staying fit as well as plans to save money and try new things. But time and time again, these same self-proclaimed go-getters fail to maintain the motivation necessary to accomplish all those ambitious goals they have set up for themselves. If this is starting to sound all too familiar to you, here are a few tips on how to make those elusive resolutions stick. 1.  Break up a big goal into a bunch of small ones.  Baby steps are always easier.  If you want to run a 5K in three months, don’t start off sprinting every day.  Take things slow,...
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iPhones?!?!

January 5, 2015
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iPhones?!?!

Readers of The Voice, please bear with me while I rant over the cracked appearance of my fresh iPhone 5c. I got my iPhone 5c a year ago, and exactly one year and three days later the stone floors of my kitchen delivered the final blow that would send cracks spiraling through my phone. I saw it coming, of course, and I was ready to deal with it cracked. However, within the next two weeks, my dad took the initiative to understand how annoying it would be so see through a cracked screen. So we fixed it, by ourselves, at home.Using a step by step youtube video, we managed to piece everything back together. But here’s the catch to this quick and easy fix; I found out later one of my internal microphones stopped working,...
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The Voice’s Winter Music Picks

January 5, 2015
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The Voice’s Winter Music Picks

Tia: I really like The Piano Guys.  They do amazing, unique covers.  I can’t even convey how awesome they are, but you’ve got to check them out. Rahul: 80’s music.  Earth, Wind, and Fire is a great band. (Editor’s note:  Rahul hasn’t listened to a band formed after the early 80’s.  Ever.) Jenna: I’ve been going on a weird rap music binge, so I’d suggest Run the Jewels, Kendrick Lamar, and Aesop Rock.  Bleachers, Broods, and Lucius are all fun, indie groups.  City and Colour is perfect for more melancholy days, especially “Paradise”.  Oh and if you haven’t heard the bonus tracks from 1989, they’re even better than some of the normal album’s songs. Jonathan: Uncle Kracker’s songs are actually really good, especially “Drift Away” and “Follow Me.” Angelica: I’ve been listening to a ton...
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Concord Police Take Action on Ferguson

January 5, 2015
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Concord Police Take Action on Ferguson

Here in Concord, we can sometimes believe that we are separated from the issues that have permeated the Ferguson and Eric Garner cases. However, the issue of race remains as important here as it does in an other part of the country . With this thought in mind, Concord police have taken action to ensure that hopefully these tragedies and the sometimes disruptive and violent protests that occur can be kept at a minimum. The crux of the recent protests is a sense of distrust between some members of the population and the police. Local police officials acknowledge that this distrust is something that needs to be fixed and reemphasized that a strong bond between the community and the police remains key to their efforts. Many officials have expressed desire to learn from this...
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What’s with the New Year?

January 5, 2015
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What’s with the New Year?

Each time New Year’s Eve rolls around, and I see people wearing trendy headbands and year-themed glasses waiting in excitement for the ball to drop, I think: why now?  After all, January seems a most untimely month to begin a new year.  As it takes place in the depth of winter, the celebration does not commence any natural season.  In fact, January is more a time of dormancy and hibernation than a new beginning.   Secondly, during the New Year’s season, students are fully entrenched in the school year, as are adults in their jobs, so it has no meaning in this regard.  In my opinion, to designate January 1st as the beginning of the new years seems rather arbitrary.  However, a bit of research illuminated the reason, albeit a questionable one, for the New Year beginning in...
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Defenseless Against Dishonesty: Cheating in High School

January 5, 2015
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Defenseless Against Dishonesty: Cheating in High School

If we’re honest with ourselves, cheating in school is something that happens every day, all the time, constantly. It comes in many forms, ranging from the relatively harmless and even possibly innocuous conversations between friends in the hallway, all the way to complex and deliberate schemes. While most students are opposed to the principle of cheating, it appears that the high school structure may unknowingly support it. The simple fact of the matter is that there is currently no method of recourse for students who learn of foul play after the fact. Instead the only way possible to prevent this type of unfair advantage is for students to act as vigilantes, attempting to catch those who desire to get ahead using self-derived means. Not only is this method impractical, it also shifts the responsibility of...
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Why Ferguson Matters

December 15, 2014
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Why Ferguson Matters

We live in a sheltered bubble in Concord. Like really, really sheltered. Our police log is filled with hysterical people complaining about a troublesome raccoon or their neighbor’s poor parking skills. For most of us, a crisis would be not getting into our dream school. A frustrating day might include not finding good parking in the student lot, or getting slammed with chemistry homework. I’m not trying to mock our privileged lives. I just think we need to be aware that, especially as the holiday season rolls around, we have a LOT to be grateful for. I’m not upset that teens in Concord have access to safe homes and schools. We deserve to feel protected by law enforcement. The problem is that everyone else deserves to feel the same way, and for some people, the...
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HAPPY HOLIDAZE!

December 15, 2014
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HAPPY HOLIDAZE!

As 2014 comes to an end, the best time of the year begins to show itself. In fact, Hanukkah is starting tomorrow, and Christmas is a mere 10 days away. Holidays are a great time for laughing around a big table, sharing eggnog, and avoiding thinking about school. It’s also a great time to get deals and free shipping on that article of clothing you have always wanted. With those holiday-themed promo codes, you’ll be sure to get anything you need. But enough about shopping. Who needs gifts when you have twelve days of fun planned out? I’m sure if I asked any student what they did during the break, each could share a great story. For example, I’m sure Sophomore Bill had plenty of family time and hearty laughs around the fireplace. This is probably...
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