Author: Katie Garwood

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There is a fifth dimension beyond that of which is known to the average viewer, it is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity, it is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. It lies between the pit of man’s fear, and the sanity of writers. This is the dimension of hellish imagination- it is the Netflix original series some call, Black Mirror. 

The science fiction program by Charlie Brooker offers a darker, more modern take on a much loved classic, The Twilight Zone. With 3 seasons and counting, Black Mirror has left audiences of all ages speechless; wanting more, more, and more of this unique viewing experience that can only be described as bizarre. However, like most shows, the first season is the most important in order to really get a sense and feel for the overall layout. Each episode stands alone and are not related by plot nor character, the only similarity is the common way in which each problem stems from the innermost realms of the human psyche. Season one tantalizes viewers with scandalous and risqué themes in multiple alternate universes where every person has their memories stored from birth, where a population of adults must live monotonous lives for a chance at false fame, and where a world leader must follow through with degrading terrorist demands. Each episode dances on the edge of reality, just close enough to home so that a real fear lingers- could all of this really happen? Black Mirror encompasses thrills for all; if one dares to watch.

Hell breaks loose when the Prime Minister of England is forced to make a life changing decision. The princess is held hostage, and the only demand made by the anonymous kidnapper is that the Prime Minister must perform an illegal sexual act… on live television. As the clock begins to tick down faster and faster and the suspect nowhere to be found, he must choose: the princess or his reputation? Watch as motives and public opinion shape the fate of a politician. Will he save the princess? Is it really his responsibility. Watch episode one of Black Mirror to find out.

Utopia isn’t always what we dream it will be, especially for this odd man and woman in a very dystopian future. Workers (Citizens? Slaves? People?) spend their days in a facility running on treadmills to earn enough points to survive. Entertainment is provided via television, and the girl is finally given the chance, and enough points, to try out for her favorite game show. However, nothing is as it seems in Black Mirror, and her audition turns into the opportunity to either go back to the monotonous mindless drudge she’s been living in her whole life, or become a pornstar. Forget what you thought you knew about the future and delve into this all too possible reality in episode two of Black Mirror.

The human brain can be compared to a supercomputer, what with its ability to store and present information when needed. But like all aspects of a human, it is flawed; memories fade or become twisted and unreliable. Follow a man as he revisits past moments with help from a microchip placed in the brain at birth. The technology is so commonplace in this alternate universe and appears useful in some ways. But with great power, comes great responsibility. And with great technology, comes life-changing mistakes. Some memories are meant to stay hidden and buried forever, what would you do if you could never forget? Is this technology a blessing or a sick and twisted curse? Decide for yourself as you watch episode 3 of Black Mirror.

Black Mirror is rated M for mature. This rating comes from sexual themes, some language, and a creepy vibe overall. The questions and implications that arise from viewing may make some feel uncomfortable, but if one is intrigued by the occasional spine chilling scene, by all means this show is for them. 10/10 recommend this show and all future seasons. Happy Watching!

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“You have not lived a day until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan

A puppy cannot pay you money. A kitten cannot buy you lunch. An old rabbit cannot write a thank-you note. For members of Corona High’s Homeless Pets Club, knowing that they’ve saved the life of an animal or brought joy to a pet without an owner, is payment enough, and John Bunyan would agree – they’ve lived.

For those unfamiliar with Homeless Pets Club, the purpose is to do what the name implies; to help homeless pets. Countless numbers of pets including dogs and cats end up in shelters either because of their owners or because they were born on the street. Homeless Pets club is determined to help these animals until they’re adopted.  Jasmin Contreras, the treasurer, sums up the main goal of the club for the 2016-2017 school year, “to spread awareness about homeless animals and ways to help”.

Anyone can join Homeless Pets club, whether you want to work with animals as an adult or just think they’re cute. Ferah Williams, the Vice President, explained what would happen at an average meeting for those interested in joining, “We would just talk about homeless pets awareness, and upcoming events.” Currently, all officer positions are filled but that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved as a regular member. Ferah continued to outline the average responsibilities of someone in the club, “Just to show up at the events to show some support.”  

The club is currently contacting shelters to coordinate volunteer opportunities for students. If the club-life isn’t for you, simply show up to these events; the Homeless Pets club welcomes all the involvement it can get. Volunteers will get to do fun and hands-on tasks such as walking dogs and cleaning up which helps out these shelters a lot. These hours also look good on college applications when it comes time to apply.

Events aren’t the only thing this club does. Emily Heaston, the president, explains another main job within the club, “We’re going to get the word out about different pets that are almost being euthanized.” Members of the club will contact a local shelter and inquire about older animals or ones that have been at the shelter for a long time. Information about these animals will then be spread around school via social media, posters, etc. so that these animals can have the chance to be adopted before they’re put down.

So whether you love dogs or cats, own a parakeet or a snake; Homeless Pets Club welcomes you to join them as they help animals find wonderful permanent homes. You’ll need new friends, both furry and human. Meetings will be one to two times a month after school in K-1, with exact dates announced over the PA. If you have any questions about the club, Mrs. Grabow is available during first lunch or after school to answer any questions.

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

     Students who join the Corona High Community Service Club are able to answer Martin Luther King Jr.’s question with confidence. As of right now, Community Service club needs YOU to make a difference.

     The president, Breelyn Betts, shares her main goal for the club in the 2016-2017 school year, “We want to get more involvement this year in our events that we do so we can make the most impact.”

     It’s not too late for you to get involved, either! Be sure to listen to the announcements to get info on when the next meeting will take place. Meetings will take place in J1 during first lunch and J8 during second lunch. 

     There are so many benefits in store for someone who wants to join Community Service. You can meet new friends and help the community while you’re at it. Officer Lauren Butler, a Junior, explains one of the main reasons she joined the club “A lot of my friends were doing it so I knew that we could all do the community service events together.”

     A variety of events are scheduled for this year from picking up trash to visiting assisted living centers. Vice President Melanie Hoang shares how impactful the club can be on the community, “…We always go to this place called Peppermint Ridge to help disabled people and then the senior centers so yeah, I think we make a difference.”

     There are also academic benefits that come when one joins Corona High’s Community
Service Club. Colleges and jobs are always looking to accept and hire the best people they can. One way students are able to stand out when compared to others is by how many volunteer hours they have completed. Gabby Enriquez, a Senior, concedes that “it looks good on college applications.”

     So whether you want to meet new friends, reconnect with old ones, help your college applications, or just help people in need… Community service club is eager for you to join. If you’re still not sure that this club is right for you, stop by Mrs. Brown’s class in J8 for more information. Happy volunteering!

If there’s something strange
In your neighborhood
Who you gonna call?

     Hearing that old Ray Parker song would normally invoke an image of Bill Murray in the 80s fighting off a huge marshmallow while wearing a jumpsuit; now, that image has changed. Today we picture four modern day women fighting off ghosts that are scarier than ever thanks to more advanced animation.
     This new Ghostbusters is not a continuation of the classic either, but a complete remake. However, the film does pay homage to the original in a few ways. Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, and Dan Aykroyd and a few other Ghostbuster veterans play minor roles, although they
don’t play the same characters they once did. You can’t have a Ghostbuster’s movie without the classic theme song, and while it did make an appearance in the very beginning, the song was recreated to fit this modern film.
     As scores and soundtracks for films go, this one was excellent. Fall Out Boy, a popular pop punk band, and Missy Elliot, a hip hop artist, got together to make the new theme song and gave it a fresh modern beat with some new lyrics to boot. As a fan of the band I waited eagerly in the movie theatre just itching to hear the new song, and I was not disappointed. The score itself was very fitting and appropriate.
     It’s hard to make a film violent yet humorous, just ask the Sharknado series. Ghostbusters does just that. Going in, I was expecting to be pelted with raunchy humor from
Melissa McCarthy specifically, since it’s usually the role she plays in other movies. I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the jokes were innocently funny, and could appeal to all ages.
     It’s always interesting to see popular actors play in roles they aren’t usually in, which is just the case with Chris Hemsworth. I’m used to seeing him as Thor, the demigod from Asgard in the Marvel franchise. He branches out to play a dumb-yet attractive-secretary for our four
leading ladies. Practically every scene with him is a funny one.
     Fighting ghosts requires some heavy duty equipment. This film provides an ample amount of new homemade weapons, and it feels like the engineer of the group, Jillian
Holtzmann played by Kate McKinnon, is constantly making more. Cool weapons always make heroes about ten times cooler, too, and that’s exactly what these ones do.
     One critique I have for this movie is more of a general pet peeve than an issue with the actual film. The original Ghostbuster films were excellent. I understand and love all the changes made for this remake, and it has earned high praise. However, the idea of a remake causes me to feel like there are no more good ideas for movies out there, as if the movie industry must rely on old ideas just to make a profit. If millions of dollars are going to be spent on the production of a movie, it seems better to have it be something new and fresh rather than something old with a
new twist. When one simply considers this film as a single entity, there are no major critiques to be made.
     I would definitely recommend this movie for a PG-13 audience, as per intended. It was funny, graphic, and had excellent actors with a fitting soundtrack. Definitely watch the first original Ghostbusters if you want to catch any Easter Eggs hidden in the remake. Happy watching!