The Pirates of Penzance: A Rowdy Bit of Fun for All

March 17, 2014
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The Pirates of Penzance: A Rowdy Bit of Fun for All

If you haven’t yet seen The Pirates of Penzance, it’s too late.  However, I can give you the lowdown: Blue stage lights created a sense of anticipation as I walked into the crowded and boisterous auditorium.  Soon after my entrance, the Pit Orchestra started a pleasant overture that evoked memories of my favorite 80′s television sitcom, Murder She Wrote.  Promptly after, the red stage curtains flew up to reveal a boatful of dirty, rowdy pirates.  I praise Allie Castillo’15 and other members of the stage-crew for creating such an exciting and intricate pirate ship, and Mary Sapp’15 for her beautiful, yet un peu forlorn, solos. In the second scene I was quite impressed with the Sisters’ singing, and Molly Callahan’15 presented herself as the fairest maiden of Penzance! In the first couple scenes, I could see...
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The Health Nut: The Natural Acne Solution

March 17, 2014
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The Health Nut: The Natural Acne Solution

  Acne can get in the way of acting and feeling your best. Many of us struggle with this inflammation of the skin with different levels of severity. There are so many myths surrounding the causes of acne and many are not true. There are many causes of acne including:   Hormones- hormonal changes and imbalance can result in clogged pores and acne. Consumption of sugars and refined starches can also mess with your body’s hormonal balance. High Fat Diet- Fried foods and cooking oils, especially vegetable oil, margarine, and animal fat, are trans-fatty acids that can create imbalances in our bodies since we are water-based; these oils are extremely difficult to metabolize, presenting a challenge to our digestion which can cause acne. Even an intake of too much of healthy fat (nuts, seeds, coconut...
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Crimea Votes to Join Russia in Controversial Referendum

March 17, 2014
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Crimea Votes to Join Russia in Controversial Referendum

Yesterday, the Crimea, an autonomous republic in the southwestern region of Ukraine, voted in overwhelming favor of a referendum for the peninsula region to join Russia.  The move was condemned by the international community as illegitimate, a claim I personally find persuasive considering that the vote was conducting under the threat of Russian military intervention.  A reported 96% of voters supported the referendum, which seems astonishingly high – to the point where one must consider the chance that voter fraud or intimidation played a role in the outcome. I don’t want to discount the claims of many who say that Crimea has identified with Russia in the past, and there are reports of Crimeans jubilantly celebrating the result of the vote.  Yet I find Russia’s conduct in this ongoing conflict deplorable.  Because for all the...
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Flight MH370: Still Lost

March 17, 2014
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Flight MH370: Still Lost

Recently world media was sent into a flurry of speculation over the mysterious disappearance of Flight MH370. A regularly-scheduled flight between Indonesia and China, the flight mysteriously disappeared from radar control and then went missing. Pilot logs give no indication that there was a hijacking or that the situation was in anyway abnormal. At 1:19 AM on March 8th, the pilots of the flight told ground control that the situation was normal. However, within a few minutes the plane’s radio transponder was turned off, and authorities lost track of the flight.The prime minister of Indonesia recently gave an indication that the plane was diverted from its original flight path, yet no one is sure exactly why or how. Despite the speculation, there are a few concrete truths that most authorities can agree on. The first is...
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How to Handle College Rejections

March 17, 2014
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How to Handle College Rejections

It’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air, birds are chirping, and the snow is melting, giving way to lush, green grass. And while this is all perfectly picturesque, Spring is also a time of year that brings disappointment and joy in equal parts. Colleges are releasing their admissions decisions now through April, and with that comes an emotional roller coaster for the Class of 2014. Whether you’re applying to the Ivies, state schools, or tiny liberal arts schools, you know (or have an idea of) how each type of decision feels: accepted, wait-listed, rejected. If you’re not going through this process, here’s a taste: the school lets you know the date and time that your decision will be released, or they ambush you. The latter is almost more merciful. When...
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Music Matters at CC

March 17, 2014
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To the editors: The review written last week about CCHS’s production of The Pirates of Penzance was disheartening to those of us in the production, to say the least. Whether you were a member of the cast, crew or pit, the criticism, although valid, was not particularly constructive, and left us, as an entire production, feeling disappointed and lacking the confidence that usually comes out of a successful first weekend of performances. As upset as we were, as a group we worked together to produce three more shows that all of us could be proud of. We bonded over the critique, and although we didn’t learn much from it, we worked together to overcome how disrespected we felt. There’s no need to linger on last week’s publication, as we couldn’t be more pleased with...
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American League East Predictions

March 17, 2014
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American League East Predictions

Spring training has begun, which means warm weather is coming (even if it doesn’t feel like it).  September seems eons away, but here is my predicted finishes for all of the teams in the Major Leagues. I will break it down by division and, today, I will start with the American League East. Predictions for American League East Teams Toronto’s Projected Finish: 5th The Blue Jays were a disappointment last season and will continue to be one again this season. They have some serious power with Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Melky Cabrera but as Moneyball proved to us, it isn’t so much about hitting bombs as it is getting on base. Also, their pitchers are aging and past their prime. Their top three arms are R.A. Dickey who is 39, Mark Buerhle who is...
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Enter Reflections’ Art Contest!

March 17, 2014
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Enter Reflections’ Art Contest!

Do you consider yourself an artist in any way, shape, or form? Due to a lack of submissions this year, Reflections Magazine has decided to hold an art contest! Submissions are open to anything from videos to photographs of your ceramics to quilting to charcoal self portraits, and there is no limit on how many pieces you can submit. The winner will receive a $50 gift card to Quill & Press and the second place winner will receive a $10 gift card to Comella’s. If you’re interested in winning either of these cool prizes, please email submissions to Mrs. Graham at dgraham@colonial.net by Monday, March 31st. In the meantime, visit Reflections online at reflectionsmagazine.tumblr.com.        
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First Danish Exchange is a Success

March 10, 2014
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First Danish Exchange is a Success

I recently sat down to talk with Camilla, a student from Slagelse, Denmark.  Participating in the Danish-American cultural exchange, she had arrived in Boston a week earlier and left last Wednesday.  I asked her about differences and similarities between the schools and towns, and her response was nothing less than surprising. First, she talked about the differences in our Cafeteria and hers, noting how hers had similar, but higher quality food, yet does not offer cereal.  She mentioned how there is a lot more food at the Cafeteria at CCHS. Additionally, servers fried her chicken at a restaurant she attended, which is never happens in Denmark. When I asked her about differences between the two schools, she told me that our building is quite confusing to navigate, which I think everybody can understand, and...
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Victorious CCHS Varsity Boys Basketball in state finals!

March 10, 2014
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Victorious CCHS Varsity Boys Basketball in state finals!

The CCHS Men’s basketball team continues its victorious journey to the state finals after defeating Longmeadow in Springfield on last night. The team will play New Mission High School Saturday afternoon, March 15th, at the DCU Center in Worcester for the state title. The game will be at 4 PM.  Captains Blaine Taylor ’14 and Jamir Henderson ’14 have both been named Co-MVP’s of the Dual County League Small. Keep your eye on this space for updates on ticket prices, and the possibility of fan buses.  The team  certainly appreciates all the fan support that they can get, so plan to head to the DCU Center on Saturday afternoon, and enjoy watching the boys play for all the marbles.  Go CC!
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The Pirates of Penzance: Comedic Genius or Family Flop?

March 10, 2014
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The Pirates of Penzance: Comedic Genius or Family Flop?

This weekend, the hard work of a multitude of CCHS students was brought to fruition as Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance premiered to mostly positive reviews. The actors, dancers, musicians, and techies all put up a strong performance of the family-friendly comedic opera and yet, for some, the show left something to be desired. After the close of the first weekend, an unnamed member of the pit orchestra said, “I’ve already given up on the diction.” Although harsh, the comment isn’t really a surprise. Throughout the entire show, it was a continuous struggle to understand the fast patter of words sung by the actors, leaving many in the audience dizzily confused by the end of the First Act. To quote the Policemen – the lyrics of the show, well, “we cannot understand it at...
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