Tuesday, September 1st was a fun day for basketball fans as Game 7 of the first round matchup between the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets took place. Going into the series, fans were not expecting such an exciting matchup, but after a game one where Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell dropped a historic 57 points, spectators knew the series would be a scoring clinic.
After a 4-3 series win for the Nuggets, Denver had a leg up this year. In spectator, Jon Tokad’s view, “The win wouldn’t have been possible without the downpour of scoring from up and coming star, Jamal Murray.”
The Jazz didn’t go down without a fight. After being down 21 in the 2nd quarter and trailing by 16 at halftime, they fought back and took a shot as time expired that could have won them the game had it gone in. Castle High School senior, Joseph Clark was pulling for Utah, as he expected “the Jazz to move on, but Mitchell needed more help from his team.”
Fans anticipated a showdown between the teams’ big men as the Jazz’ Rudy Gobert is one of the best defensive bigs in the league and the Nuggets’ Jokic has one of the best offensive repertoires in today’s game. However, as I mentioned earlier, the young guards took over.
Despite the devastating end to their season, the play of Donovan Mitchell has fans around the league excited as he averaged 36.3 points per game including a 57 point outing which is the third most points scored in a playoff game. The future looks bright for both players. As for the future of the rivalry, Clark expects the up and coming stars to “look to take over the league in the coming years. I’m very excited to see what they have to show us.”
The world was a very different place 75 years ago. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. It was divided between liberal democracies, marxism, and fascism, and people feared the Axis powers led by German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini, and Japanese Emperor Hirohito. The second world war was one of the only times that the capitalist democracies and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) worked together. In the years after World War II, the world saw the start of the United Nations. The Cold War, Space Race, and Nuclear Arms Race all occurred as well.
The war ended on September 2nd, 1945 with an Allied victory after the United States attacked Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the deaths of over 405,000 Americans. After that the rebuilding of Japan and Europe began, while the US and USSR became the global superpowers. Then the Cold War happened and the rest is history.
The second world war has had many long lasting effects on the country. Seven presidents served in the war: Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. The destruction of Europe made the country a global superpower in industry and military. Post-WW2 has defined American foreign policy for the last 75 years. General Douglas MacArthur’s rebuilding of Japan has given the US a strong and prosperous ally out of a former enemy.
Many places held ceremonies for the anniversary and some are still coming up. From August 29 - September 2, there were many events to honor Pearl Harbor at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On September 24 - 27 there will be events held in Washington D.C.. The National WWII Museum in New Orleans will be putting out many digital programs to pay tribute to the people who fought. They will be releasing articles, featuring artifacts, a podcast, and videos. On September 2nd President Donald J. Trump gave a speech in Wilmington, North Carolina to designate the town as the nation’s first World War Two Heritage City.
Many members of Generation Z know somebody who served in the war, whether it be a great-grandparent, a great-uncle, or even just a family friend. While war veterans are still alive to this day, they’re becoming few and far between. With the current pandemic going on, it’s hard for these veterans to get out and other events such as the Honor Flight have been cancelled.
The war is one of the most significant turning points in human history. The ideological clash of liberal democracy, marxism, and fascism turned into the destruction of the fascist powers and proxy wars between the capitalists and socialists in a conquest of controlling the way the global economy works. After 1945, the only major fascist leader was Caudillo Francisco Franco of Spain. The post war years saw the decolonization of Africa and Asia. Many of the survivors of the Holocaust moved to the country of Palestine and created the country of Isreal. Israel has formed a strong partnership with the United States. The United Nations was established to prevent another world war, outline the definition of a war crime, and outline basic human rights. On August 15th, 1945 Emperor Hirohito addressed his nation where he famously said “The war has not necessarily developed to Japan’s advantage.” On September 2nd the Emperor signed the official surrender documents at Tokyo Bay on the USS Missouri.
A quote that stands out to many Americans regarding the war is from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." That one speech brought the United States into the war. Many sacrifices were made, some gave some and some gave all. On this anniversary Americans remember 407,316 American soldiers who gave their lives, the 671,278 wounded, and the men who returned home to their families unscathed but forever changed
Downtown Newburgh has been longing for a great restaurant with a view of the water. Luckily, after Edgewater Grill closed their doors, The Landing jumped at the opportunity.
The Landing, known for their classic dishes like shrimp and grits, has recently been the hot spot in Newburgh. Families and friends pile in the restaurant in hopes to try the new restaurant.
Downtown Newburgh is known for its antique, old-fashioned aesthetic. Therefore, when news about The Landing began to spread, people were not too happy. It’s modern feel and newly renovated environment threw locals a curveball. Despite this, Newburgh welcomed the restaurant and its success with wide arms.
Their menu consists of nine different categories. These range from appetizers and flatbreads to entrees and items straight from the grill. The Landing also offers kids meals and desserts to cure your sweet tooth. Kate Mcatee, a sophomore at Castle High School, says that she “loves being able to have a great meal while enjoying the view of downtown.”
The Landing has done many renovations since buying their property. They have created an atmosphere that not only allows adults to have fun, but kids of all ages. You can choose to sit riverside, indoors near lounge areas and fireplaces, or at the bar.
The next time you are in downtown Newburgh, be sure to stop by The Landing. It’s the perfect dinner spot on a Saturday night, or even a brunch on Sunday. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have!
Recently, Disney Plus decided to release a movie based off of the famed Disney series, “Phineas and Ferb,” called “Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against The Universe.” The original series ended in 2015, so why would Disney decide to release a new movie based off of a hit series which ended five years ago? Well, the answer to this question, like most questions and concerns as of late is simply, 2020. The year has been so chaotic already, so why not add in a family friendly classic to watch during your virtual classes, right? Wrong.
The movie at a glance seems extremely similar to the hit series; it has all the main characters, and said characters are voiced by all the original voice actors. It has music and choreography and weird inventions and -inators, the whole shebang. But this time around, we see Candace, Phineas and Ferb’s older sister who is constantly sick of them, as the protagonist.
With Candace (Ashley Tisdale) as the protagonist, of course it has to start off with Candace spending at least the first five minutes of the movie singing complaints about her days getting ruined by her little brothers and their friends. The song, per usual, is dumb with terrible lyrics and cringy choreography.
Then, aliens kidnap Candace and Vannesa. Vanessa, the portrayal of the typical teenage girl, takes selfies of everything, even alien, probably man-eating, plants. Meanwhile, Candace just sits there complaining about how the universe is against her and how it’s all her brothers’ fault. She then proceeds to find an alien leader who, get this, also hates her brothers! What a plot twist.
The kids and Doofenschmirtz then team up to save Vanessa and Candace from the aliens, not knowing that Candace is in “I hate my brothers and that’s okay and I have a purpose in life” paradise. That’s right; Candace finds out that she is the “Chosen One” when she meets these aliens and claims to feel that for the first time, she’s special.
However, the plot twist revolving door eventually slaps her in the face when it turns out that she is only wanted for evil purposes and that her alien leader friend who hated her brothers is, wait for it, EVIL! So, Candace and everyone else have to save the planet from these aliens who want humans’ oxygen. And of course they save everyone and the whole city, which is definitely not freaking out by the remains of an alien invasion laying everywhere, singing a silly song to conclude the marvelous movie. Finally, the torture has ended. Oh, nope, there’s Perry.
Wow, this movie was a circus wreck! Let’s start with the obvious: it was completely unnecessary. The series had already concluded five years ago and all the loose ends, including the kids’ futures, were tied up by the series finale. Summer was over, everyone was happy, the world was great, etc. etc. Then, this movie popped in unexpectedly. We have no knowledge of when or why it takes place; it just bluntly starts with Candace complaining about an invention which goes unexplained during the entire film.
I, like many other Disney fans, find the “Phineas and Ferb” series songs to be catchy and fun. These songs, however, are officially the bane of my existence. Every song in the movie seemed to follow the same pattern as the first one which abruptly started the movie: sudden, pointless, and complete with atrocious choreography. I can see how the creators tried to imitate the original songs, but the movie’s songs just ended up being boring, sometimes unrelated, and annoying.
The characters felt wrong, like they were robotic clones of the original ones. Although the same voice actors were used, they sounded less like the actual characters and more like actors who were trying too hard to be someone that they weren’t; this change was likely caused by the amount of time between 2015 and now (indicating a voice change in the actors) or a general disconnection between the characters and voice actors at some time. Many of the characters and their actions also felt basic. Even the villain, who shocked nobody but Candace when she revealed that she was evil, seemed basic, with only a short sob story to back her up as a character and absolutely nothing else but Basic Villainy 101. It’s like the antagonist just learned how to do her job two days ago. Heck, even Candace didn’t seem that surprised, scared, or disappointed by the antagonist’s villainy, as she let out a lame, small “NO” when she was left to marvel at the villain’s master plans. Where’s the screaming, the agony, the “Oh, why was I a dumb person in a movie” yell?
The absolute worst part about this movie is the full sarcasm and the excessive amount of satire. Normally, a little satire spices up the plot and gives the audience something to chuckle at, but the directors overused the satirical humor to the point where it holds up the plot, provides unnecessary commentary, and builds up annoyance in the viewers to the point that they are forced to punt-kick their laptops and phones across the room to shut up the jabbering aliens.
The constant breaking of the fourth wall, as well as silly break aways from the actual plot, make the movie feel long, boring, and overall, take away from any progress that the characters may have accomplished, specifically Candace.
The plot itself, or what’s left of it, feels overly predictable and reused. I was getting “Queen of Mars” vibes from the movie, feeling like it had been copied and slightly rewritten from an episode in the series. The idea of aliens kidnapping humans and using them for some strange purpose that only humans can fill is a bit overused and I honestly feel like this movie was just a PG version of any other alien/scifi movie out there. This is unfortunate because I always felt that the series itself had taken common ideas, stories, history, inventions, etc. and twisted them to become something funny and enjoyable to young and more immature viewers.
Overall, I feel like this movie casts a bad shadow over the franchise as a whole. I can understand the effort to appeal to audiences of the series, but I can’t say that I can give the movie credit for being anything more than a rip-off of the famed series to make some extra money. It makes me feel depressed that kids today might think that THIS is what “Phineas and Ferb” really was. My advice: Just watch the original series if you want to have brain cells by the end of the day.
Every year, people from all across the country celebrate a break from their work on Labor Day. Castle High School students and staff are doing the same as they move into a fun-filled four day weekend.
Labor Day is a national holiday dedicated to appreciate the American workers and their time put into bettering society. Teachers and other staff members from Castle High School put in countless hours of hard work to ensure a fun and safe learning environment for students every day. Luckily, Labor Day allows them to reboot and notice how appreciated they are.
One of the most popular things to do over the Labor Day weekend is to leave town. Sadly COVID-19 has put a damper on many American’s plans to travel. However, some Castle students plan on taking a small trip to see family, friends, or just a change in scenery. Elle Dewees, a sophomore at Castle, has a cross country meet at Gibson Southern over the weekend and is “so excited to visit her friends.”
The pandemic has caused a lot of stress in everyone's life. Many are hoping to achieve some relaxation. Teachers and students alike are able to take time for themselves and have fun with those they love. Jenna Mesker, an employee at Gilkey Chiropractic, is looking forward to “spending time at the pool with her family and friends.”
A four day weekend is well deserved by the students and staff members at Castle High School. Since returning to in-person school in August, they have all been working hard to build a successful school year. Be sure to have fun and stay safe this weekend. You deserve it.
With the purchase of Fox by Disney, the Simpsons franchise has continued and moved onto Disney+. Disney has had new shorts produced starring Maggie Simpson. The new one ran in front of “Onward”, which was released earlier this year. I love the idea of doing Simpsons shorts before movies. Not every movie but a few would be good. The short stars Maggie Simpson like the 2012 Oscar nominated short that’s also on Disney+. The new short is very well made. The art and animation are very high quality just like any other animation that’s associated with Disney. The Simpsons as a show has also had great animation quality for years too. Now the quality of the writing for the show is up for debate.
Maggie Simpson in “PlayDate with Destiny”:
This is the new short that came out with “Onward” and it’s about Maggie finding another baby she likes at the playground and she tries to see them as Homer messes up. These shorts feature Maggie mainly, so dialogue is not in them, so they rely a lot on visual storytelling and it’s pulled off successfully. Overall, this was a great opening short to be shown by Disney and hopefully more of them will be incorporated a little bit before movies to give Pixar a break every now and then.
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest DayCare”:
This was the short that came out in 2012. It’s about Maggie being dropped off at a daycare where she is placed in the “non-gifted” section, and she tries to protect a caterpillar cocoon from her arch nemesis, Baby Gerald. I did like this short a little bit more, it was a little more humorous. Its gags revolve around classic chase tropes but they’re babified.
In conclusion, I enjoyed the new Simpsons short very much. I do believe that Simpsons shorts have strong potential to become something great, especially with the decline in great storytelling the actual TV show has gone through in recent years. Future shorts could be a great way to keep the Simpsons as a franchise alive for moviegoers. I mean once movie theaters fully open back up I’d love to see my favorite characters from Springfield on the big screen occasionally. Shorts would also be a great way to spend time with side characters throughout the series like Milhouse, Moe, Lenny, Carl, and Principal Skinner. They’ll most likely just stick with Maggie which is okay with me. I rate the 2012 short and the 2020 short a 10/10 each for their solid animation, visual storytelling, and just for being a fun watch.
I would like to preface this article by saying that Jacob Collier is an amazing musician that anyone can appreciate. However, with the vast majority of his fan base being fellow musicians, I may refer to things or use terms only musicians will know about. I will link a Wikipedia article or two if you’d like the starting point of a rabbit hole into music theory/production. Other than that, enjoy the review!
On August 14, legendary British musician, Jacob Collier released the third album in his four part album series “Djesse.” Since 2014, Jacob has been making music which ranges in anything from a jazz arrangement of The Flintstones theme song (which earned him one of the four Grammys he has) to more pop-influenced songs with artists like Daniel Caesar or Ty Dolla $ign. “Djesse Vol. 3” is truly an amalgamation of so much of his work. With songs like “All I Need” taking on a more pop-centered feel, “In My Bones” with it’s funky lyrics and sound, or even his song “Time Alone With You” featuring Daniel Caesar highlighting his insane knowledge of music theory; being completely in the “made-up key” of A half sharp major. (Which is not the first song he’s done that in).
The album’s tracklist consists of 12 songs: “CLARITY,” “Count The People,” “In My Bones,” “Time Alone With You,” “All I Need,” “In Too Deep,” “Butterflies,” “Sleeping On My Dreams,” “Running Outta Love,” “Light It Up On Me,” “He Won’t Hold You,” and “To Sleep.” Three of these songs are a part of his ever growing series of Logic session breakdowns, in which he goes through many of the individual vocal or instrumental tracks, explains his process, and gives a little insight into the background of the songs. In the “All I Need (featuring Mahalia and Ty Dolla $ign)” breakdown, he even jokes about how he beat his record for number of tracks in a song! (Almost 650)!
Now, about the actual songs. As I already mentioned, “Djesse Vol. 3” is a complete amalgamation of all the talents and skills Collier has. I think the reason a lot of people, most particularly fellow musicians, adore his music is because of his diverse palate and how he doesn’t just stick to one theme for each song. I would say one of my favorite tracks on the record, and one that displays this perfectly, is “In My Bones” feat. Kimbra & Tank and The Bangas. It starts as a funky, kind of jazzy, poppy tune but as we get further in we’re introduced to some rap / hip-hop themes and even some epic style trumpets and vocals. This song is insanely good and it’s such a unique take on all the styles it represents.
Another song I’d like to highlight is “Sleeping On My Dreams.” This song is probably the most “mainstream” sounding song of Collier’s… and it is still insanely detailed and interesting to listen to. While watching the Logic session breakdown video for this song, I was amazed at how many details I missed listening to it in full, yet when you take those little things out it’s not the same. A good example of this is the second verse. Collier will often hide little easter eggs or little bits that make the song feel whole but in this verse he adds so many. One is the sound of beatles flying, panned left to right, when the lyrics go “You could be an animal and all I have to do is be tamed.” And immediately after, the sound of a swish, now panned right to left, when the words are, “I watched you fly ‘round with nothing to lose.” And, of course, one of my favorites: the sound of boots walking when the words are “My boots were getting heavy and I…” The amount of detail Collier puts into his production is insane and this song shows just that.
I know it sounds like I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this album or Jacob Collier in general, but that’s because it’s true. If you’ve never listened to his music, I 100% recommend it, whether you’re a musician or not. His songs “Hideaway,” “Moon River,” “With the Love in My Heart,” and “Hajanga” are genuinely some of my favorite songs of all time and at this point I’m just telling you to go listen to Jacob Collier. Overall, “Djesse Vol. 3” is such an amazing album that displays so many of his talents and I’d recommend it to anyone I come across.
The Holiday Drive-In in Reo Indiana has thrived this summer by playing a revolving lineup of retro movies from the 1970’s and 80’s.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, movie theaters have shut their doors, as Hollywood has stopped production on all projects. With no new movies being released, the theatre and drive in industry seemed to be at an all time low.
However, some drive-in theaters such as the Holiday Drive-In have adapted to the changed movie industry, by playing older films from past decades. These include classics such as Grease, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and many more. While it may seem risky to play older movies everyone has already seen, the people and attendees love the idea.
“Smokey and the Bandit is one of my favorite movies,” says Logan Ellis, a sophomore at Castle High School, “and it was really cool to see it on the big screen for the first time.”
Many people such as Logan agree, loving the nostalgic feelings these movies invoke.
Movie-goer Amanda Wood, 46, recalls “watching Footloose at the drive-in as a kid.” She continues, “seeing it again brings me back to when i was a teenager, and brings out fond memories.”
While adults may get nostalgic from these movies, some younger movie fans are getting to watch classic movies for the first time, with a whole new level of enjoyment.
“My parents have always loved Lost Boys, but I had never seen it before,” says student Hannah Eilert, 17. “They were so excited that I could watch it with them for the first time, especially at the drive-in.”
This plan of playing classic movies has also helped spark an interest in drive-in movie theaters again.
With no movie theaters open and no new movies playing, film fans have ventured to drive-ins to watch retro films of the past. As so many people are enjoying this idea, drive-ins across America have seen increased revenue and profits.
According to CNBC, the Showboat Drive-In Theater in Texas has seen a 67% increase in weekly profits, and has been thriving all summer. The local Holiday Drive-In has also seen a boom, as people are flocking to the drive-in to see their favorite movies on the big screen.
New movies are slowly starting to be released again, and some theaters are reopening. And although it may seem like this means the end for the drive in boom, many people still plan on coming back.\
“I can’t wait for next summer,” says Ellis. “I want to go watch more of these older movies there. It’s such a fun experience.”
While the drive-in may have struggled for years to find an audience, the future is looking bright.
“Robotics!” is a new game on the app store, where you build and fight robots. The gameplay isn't very difficult, as you just set the robot’s legs and weapon and the game does the rest for you. You can customize your robot and outfit it with different legs and weapons. It appears to have a lot of choices to choose from but I wouldn’t know what they all are because I am only level 5.
The game play is not very in-depth, for the most part you just watch robots fight and hope that you win. This lack of gameplay besides dragging and watching makes the game boring very fast. I can usually play two or three matches before it gets boring. This boring gameplay will not be beneficial in the long run but it’s an app store game so longevity isn’t the goal. It’s most likely a quick cash grab, so my criticisms don’t mean much.
In conclusion, this is a very average app that you can get a decent amount of enjoyment out of. If you can get more than a few short minutes of entertainment from this game than props to you. The game’s gameplay does get stale quickly and there are balancing issues. The game has 4.7 stars and I can agree with that because I think for an app store game it’s pretty good.
Located at 4222 Bell Road in Newburgh, Ghost Quesadilla is a new and improved Mexican cuisine restaurant that has recently opened on February 2,2020. Ryan London is the owner of Ghost Quesadilla after he and his family moved down here from Brownsburg, Indiana.
London got the idea of starting a quesadilla restaurant when everyone who ate one of his quesadillas loved them. He is starting this business because of his “love of food, community, family and friends.”
What comes to mind when you hear “Ghost Quesadilla”? Spicy? Quesadilla? Well both are correct. With a large variety of quesadillas you can find anything from steak to peanut butter and have the order you want. They even have other options such as tacos, nachos, burritos, and bowls.
Even though a popular item is the Southwest Chicken Quesadilla, others would rather change things up and get a Spicy Chicken Quesadilla, Buffalo Chicken Wing Quesadilla, or even a BBQ Chicken Quesadilla. Some even go further into changing it up and add some peanut butter with their meal. Or they keep it simple with the All American Tacos or Mac N Cheese bowl with bbq pork. Whichever sounds best to you, you can get it. The items above were recommendations given by some of the students at Castle High School. All items were said to have been spicy and delicious.
As of right now they are building a sports bar and it will be open on September 9th of this year. Due to the sports bar being built, they are closed every Monday to help speed up the building process.
A new item that was out for one day was Fried Mozzarella cheese stick tacos. They are always coming out with new deals such as $1.00 street tacos or a special deal for lunch/dinner. To get updates on what’s coming up, new items being added to the menu, new items for one day, or to see pictures of their food, follow Ghost Quesadilla on their Facebook page.