Baseball Playoffs Swing into Action

September 23, 2013
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Baseball Playoffs Swing into Action

Yet again, this year has been an exciting and surprising year of baseball; whether you look at Chris Davis playing for Baltimore emerging with over 50 home runs, Max Sherzer, from Detroit, having a 19 win season, Clayton Kershaw with an ERA under 2.00, or Miguel Cabrera putting up huge numbers once again. You can say it has been an action-packed year of baseball; however, for many, baseball is just starting up. With less than 10 games left, the “Hunt for October” is coming to an end, and the postseason is not far away. After a struggling last season, the Boston Red Sox bounced back with a monster year. With key performances by veterans Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and David Ortiz (Big Papi), the Red Sox are back on top with the best record in...
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CC’s Jane-Sarah MacFarlane on Project Runway!

September 23, 2013
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CC’s Jane-Sarah MacFarlane on Project Runway!

For most of us, watching reality television means indulging in a world far removed from our own. However, this past Thursday many students were surprised to see a familiar face displayed on their own TV. It was hard to believe that the following day, dressed in a fitted red blazer and bright scarf while helping students with multifaceted printing problems, CC’s Learning Commons librarian, Jane-Sarah MacFarlane, graced us on the national TV program Project Runway the night before. For those who don’t follow the program, Project Runway is a popular show on the Lifetime network. Each week fashion designers compete to make the best outfit, with the season winner earning a $500,000 prize. In this specific episode, eight Project Runway fans, one of which was MacFarlane, were chosen from a Facebook competition that consisted...
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Opinion: Poem Reading on 9/11 is Justified

September 16, 2013
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Opinion: Poem Reading on 9/11 is Justified

It seems that recently, CCHS has been in the news all the time. After the racial slur written in gummies and the two million dollar lawsuit, Concord Carlisle was once again mentioned in multiple newspapers for forgetting to recite the pledge of allegiance on the anniversary of September 11 and reading, instead, a poem by Mohja Kahf, called “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears.” The Boston Globe noted, “Concord-Carlisle High School left out the Pledge of Allegiance, but had a Muslim poem recited instead over the intercom.” The Boston Globe, however, failed to recognize that the Pledge of Allegiance was not purposefully replaced. “We did not trade the pledge of allegiance for the poem, it was an honest mistake. We should have done both, though,” states Monica...
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Three Upcoming Movies That You Should Be Excited For (Because I Am)

September 16, 2013
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Three Upcoming Movies That You Should Be Excited For (Because I Am)

Alas, the seasons have begun to change, school is back in session, and the summer movie season of 2013 has ended.  This however, is no reason for despair, as we are now approaching two of the biggest movie seasons, namely, Christmas and next summer.  This means that we are currently in the strange time of year when all of these potential blockbusters do all of their promoting, which is working.  I’ve compiled a list of the upcoming movies about which I am excited.  Now, I will not pretend that you and I like the same movies; I’m an 18 year old male who’s favorite action movie is Die Hard, but I also may surprise you, so read on! Here they are, in no particular order: Thor: The Dark World I was skeptical of the...
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Girls Soccer Starts Fresh

September 16, 2013
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Girls Soccer Starts Fresh

The girl’s soccer team has a brand new team of coaches headed by CCHS graduate and former soccer player, Peter Fischelis. Fischelis is replacing former Head Coach Nancy Slocum, who led the team to three straight Dual County League Small school titles, as well as to at least the MIAA Division 1 North quarterfinals every year. Slocum has stepped down from the position for personal reasons relating to her family. Fischelis, who played at Kenyon College and then semi-professionally in Boston, previously coached the Boy’s soccer team at Lincoln-Sudbury. Joining him on the coaching staff is longtime assistant coach Amy Brooks of the math department, as well as personal trainer Phil Morris and successful CC Dive Coach Tracy Bird. The team, which consists of six seniors, one junior, and a plethora of sophomores, contains...
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Crisis in Syria Intensifies

September 16, 2013
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Crisis in Syria Intensifies

Syria has dominated the news recently, and with so many rumors and stories flying around, it can become hard to keep up.  I will try to break down the timeline of Syria’s basic history for you, explain the recent reports of chemical weapons, and where we go from here. First, a brief background to the civil war.  Honestly, it would be impossible to try and list all the factors that led to the first demonstrations on February 17, 2011, in the capital of Syria, Damascus.  A major trigger might have been severe drought conditions, which devastated the Syrian countryside, creating a crisis made worse by the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad’s, mismanagement of resources.  It is estimated that about a million and a half people were displaced as a result, and 75% of farmers...
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9/11 Poem Reading Makes the News

September 16, 2013
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9/11 Poem Reading Makes the News

A few days after September 11th, Principal Peter Badalament spoke on the loudspeaker, issuing an apology during the daily B-block announcements. Many students felt that such an apology was unnecessary and were left feeling puzzled by it all. Badalament was referring to last Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of 9/11, when Vice Principal Colleen Meaney read the poem “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears” by Arab-American poet Mohja Kahf over the intercom, but did not read the Pledge of Allegiance. There was also no observation of a moment of silence. The combination of the two apparently “outraged a small number of members of our community,” Badalament said in an email to the Globe, referring to a handful of calls and about 10 emails from unhappy parents. This combination...
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Girls Tennis Swings Into Second Straight Championship

June 16, 2013
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Girls Tennis Swings Into Second Straight Championship

The top seeded Girls Tennis team won their second straight Division 2 State Championship this Saturday against Hingham, 3-2. Isabella Stone ’15 won second singles (6-2, 6-2) and Meredith Block ’16 won third singles (6-0, 6-1). Second doubles, Hailey Hoffman ’15 and Sophie Hibben ’15, also won (6-4, 6-4). First singles, Julia Cancio ’14 (Captain) and second doubles lost in third set tiebreakers after two very tough matches. Cancio says, “There were a lot of nerves to get over but once those were gone, everyone did what they had to do to get the win.” She notes that the team was able to win despite the rowdy Hingham crowd of supporters. Cancio also said that, having seen some of their competitors prior to the match, she and the team were confident in their abilities...
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