Men’s Hockey Makes the Playoffs

February 23, 2015
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Men’s Hockey Makes the Playoffs

With a clutch win against Leominster, the CC Men’s Hockey Team made the playoffs with a final record of 10-6-4. The team started the season 1-4-1, but went on a 7 game unbeaten streak to help propel them to the #9 seed in the playoffs. “We were struggling early, but we worked hard and were able to grind out ten wins,” remarked defenseman John Faber ’16. He continued by saying, “We showed a lot of mental toughness and that is something that every team needs.” His defensive partner Jonathan Severns said, “We have a lot of momentum that we hope will help us ride deep into the playoffs.” CC’s success was due to the chemistry that they developed throughout the year. According to Kevin Bailey ’16, “We were able to grow very close and that...
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Inherent Vice Gets Snubbed at the Oscars

February 23, 2015
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Inherent Vice Gets Snubbed at the Oscars

It’s post-Oscar season now, which means that popular opinion and the mainstream critical voice have spoken. Some films won unexpected, but wholly deserved, praise (i.e. Birdman), while others were passed over with nary a glance. Inherent Vice belongs in the latter category, as it didn’t win either of the two Oscars it was nominated for, one for Costume Design and the other for Best Adapted Screenplay.  In my opinion, this was a grave oversight on the part of the Academy. It’s a bildungsroman, a postmodern romp, and a condemnation of hippies and their oppressive government in equal proportions. If you dig deep to its heart, and make some simplifications, however, the film is an excellent comedy, with a meandering feel and a smooth vibe. Inherent Vice follows staunch hippie and private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) wanderings and...
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The Vamps: Just Another Boy Band?

February 12, 2015
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The Vamps: Just Another Boy Band?

Our generation seems to be over saturated with boy bands. We’ve had the Jonas Brothers, One Direction, Big Time Rush, the Wanted, and 5 Seconds of Summer, just to mention a few out of the millions. Over time, pop culture has developed a sort of love-hate relationship with them. I, for one, have nothing against them. Many of my friends think that they are unoriginal, but to be honest, I disagree. I’m actually impressed by anyone who starts a band and makes it big.  It’s true that a lot of the music isn’t all that great, but it isn’t that bad either. A lot of boy bands form on their own, but many have also been created through singing competitions, like American Idol.  The whole concept of boy bands has changed drastically over time. The Beatles, the...
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Fencing Celebrates 50 Years of Success With a State’s Victory

February 12, 2015
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Fencing Celebrates 50 Years of Success With a State’s Victory

This past weekend, CC’s fencing team did spectacularly well at the Massachusetts State Fencing Championship.  The boys’ team won first in the state, and the girls’ team placed second.  This accomplishment is especially noteworthy because the CC fencing program, one of the strongest in the country, turned fifty years old this season.  CC has produced internationally ranked fencers, including Olympic athletes, and one of the coaches, Ariana Klinkov, is the highest ranked referee in the world for the saber division.  CC is the only public school in the state with a fencing program, yet we’ve managed to foster one of the most successful teams, as indicated by the victory on Sunday. To win a fencing tournament requires a lot of teamwork, as nine different fencers competed at states for each gender’s team.  There are three types of...
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iqhFest Brings the Talent to CCHS

February 12, 2015
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iqhFest Brings the Talent to CCHS

The second annual iqhFest was a hit! Talented musicians brought style and entertainment to the packed Learning Commons. The lineup of performers included Lily Supovitz, Grey Area (Santiago Benoit, Paul Schnadig, Jivan Grant, & Nick Owen), The Radhaired Salad Showers (Erika Hedden, Burke Hutchinson, & Duncan Nobile), Pink Asphalt & The Dayshift Strippers (Hugh Schmidt, James Putnam, & Owen Schmidt), Emily Barrow, Nia Dorsey & Chris Shieh, Izzy Macauley, Daniel Lu, Abby Wester, & Owen Schmidt, Caoilin Rice & Namita Chandra, Chris Ruediger, Struck by Thunder (Linnea Hubbard-Nelson, Stephanie Hellman, Mimi Aziz, & Britt Mardis), Gillian Pasley, Connor Lofdahl, Tim Bilodeau, & Fred Bex, Skank Vendor (Fred Bex, Harrison Selle, & Duncan Nobile), Madi Bode & Julia Bailey-Wells. Blacked out windows, a full stage set up, and colorful lights transformed the Learning Commons, creating...
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Vacation or Stay-cation?

February 12, 2015
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Vacation or Stay-cation?

With February break almost here, many of us just want to be reclining on pristine beaches, perfecting a tan without a snowflake in sight. However, for those who aren’t fortunate enough to escape the winter spell that has transformed Massachusetts into a massive ice rink, a stay-cation looks like the only alternative. Even though you might not get to bask in the brilliant sunshine of an exotic paradise, there are still many ways to enjoy your time off from school. 1. Have a movie marathon Who needs to travel when you can experience everything from the comforts of your own home? Whether it’s the classic Home Alone, all seven Harry Potter’s, or Doctor Who, you can gather a group of friends and spend the day watching your favorite films and series while snuggled in...
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McCartney Makes a Comeback

February 12, 2015
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McCartney Makes a Comeback

Although Kanye has yet to release his new album, he recently announced a new single, “Only One”, a collaboration with Paul McCartney. This is the first single from Kanye since his last studio album, “Yeezus”. McCartney is featured on the track for keyboard and is also a co-producer. The song is a tribute to West’s daughter, delivered from the perspective of his late mother.   Despite reports, McCartney and West’s representatives tell Rolling Stone that West’s new album is not entirely co-produced by McCartney, no doubt disappointing many Beatles fans. However, McCartney and West appear to have been spending a lot of time working together lately. Rihanna just dropped a new song, “FourFiveSeconds”, with no warning this past Saturday on her website. McCartney is featured as an instrumentalist, as well as a producer.  The country-inspired, raw track...
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Moot Court Kicks Off at CC!

February 12, 2015
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Moot Court Kicks Off at CC!

CCHS has long had a tradition of academic excellence and success, and in many ways those ideals are best embodied in the Denis Cleary Moot Court Competition. The tournament revolves around close 5-4 Supreme Court cases, and each team is given one side of the case (the petitioner or respondent) and is given several weeks to prepare their case. After delivering the opening statements for their cases, both teams are questioned by two judges and then give their closing statements. Each year 16 teams are chosen to participate in the competition and teams are gradually eliminated in a tournament style bracket until the top two teams face of in the final round. The tournament tests many aspects of a students response and evaluates teams based on their understanding of the case (such as the...
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