Hammond Allied Soccer Goes for the Goals!

By: Sarah Meklir
In-Depth Gold Editor

Hammond’s Allied Soccer team had a successful season this fall under the supportive instruction of Coach Dhillon. Dhillon said, “It’s always a bit of a struggle getting a team together at the beginning of the year, getting help, but once we get started it goes really well. The kids enjoy it.” 

Mr. Dhillon, a math teacher for the special education department, has coached the team for three years, and has prior experience coaching at high school and college levels. “I coached at Atholton for 8 years, helped out at Howard Community College coaching the guys on varsity there, and I was a graduate assistant coaching in college.” 

When asked about his favorite aspect of coaching, Dhillon replied, “The best part about coaching is seeing how much fun the players have. I’ll always enjoy that. That’s the most important.” While they’re trying to teach the team some soccer skills, he said the most rewarding part was presenting the players with opportunities they may not have been given otherwise.

“All the kids improved and got more comfortable as the year went on,” Dhillon said. Throughout the season, certain players stood out for their improvement and dedication. “Gabe Thompson started out very shy, and as the season went on, he came out of his shell a little bit.” Coach Dhillon added, “Camilia Omar-Jones started out, had a rough beginning of the season, then turned it around and finished the season really strong.” 

In regards to next season, the coach hopes to involve more students with the program. “[My] goals for next year are to get some extra helpers, to get more kids on the team. We’re trying to grow the program a little bit.” When enlisting new members, it’s hard to ignore the benefits of such a supportive environment. 

Students involved learn skills that will benefit them for years to come, including “following directions, teamwork, and overcoming limitations,” said Dhillon, “Being able to do something people said they couldn’t do, things like that. That’s what’s gonna help them in the long run.”

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Journey Through Netflix: Comments & Opinions on Legacies Season One

Far Cuai

Staff Writer

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Legacies is a CW television show that is part of The Vampire Diaries universe. TVD had a spinoff of its season two and three villains, The Originals, who are a family of the first ever vampires. After five years on air, The Originals followed TVDs footsteps and had a spinoff of its own: Legacies

The show revolves around the main character Hope Mikealson, who is a tribrid– a combination of werewolves, vampires, and witches– and the daughter of Niklause Mikelason and Hayley Marshall from The Originals.

Hope goes to The Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted, which is really a school for the supernatural, during the years 2029-2030. The season starts off with two foster brothers who are taken into the school. Rafael Waithe is a werewolf, while Landon Kirby is human. 

Since the opening scene,  Hope and Landon had some kind of connection, while Rafael is seen to be in the beginning of a love triangle with the Headmaster’s fraternal twin witches, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman. 

After Landon leaves the school, he takes a magical knife from the school with him, awakening and causing monsters to come after it. We eventually find out the monsters are planning to take the knife to a pit that swallows people and erases them from the conscious mind. The pit, Malivore, is a monster itself, but can’t awaken unless it has three magical artifacts. 

 

Best Of: 

The idea of a new villain every episode gives off a lot of Supernatural vibes, but also works for the plot of the show. The monsters are sent by Malivore himself and come to retrive the artifacts so that they can finally have peace. The idea of Malivoire is also very clever because throughout supernatural history there are many stories and interpretations of different mythical creatures and this gives a good explanation for why only vampires, witches, and werewolves survived. 

The diversity of the cast is definitely something to be loved about the show. The other two shows from the universe are all known to have an all-white cast and one black person. But with Legacies a majority of the men in the show are of different races. The girls, however, are majority white, but really only because they’re the daughters of past The Originals or The Vampire Diaries characters.

The characters, while seeming very one dimension at first, are all very complex and have some issues that regular teens go through. Lizzie has bipolar disorder, Rafael and Landon both have some history with physical abuse they’ve went through from their time in foster care, Hope has PTSD from almost all her family members who died within a month of each other, and MG is neglected by his family. We kind of see how the TV show handles these touchy subjects pretty well and have their fair share of heartfelt moments. 

 

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The acting for a few characters is about Disney Channel level, and is pretty corny in the first few episodes. They get better throughout the season along with you just getting used to the way they talk, but it becomes bearable and eventually not as noticeable. 

It’s also more of a teen drama and seems a but more childish compared to TVD or The Originals. TVD and TO where a lot more bloody and care less about human life while Legacies is all about saving humans and keeping everyone safe. However, it makes sense why it would be more light hearted because of the Headmaster, Alric Saltzman, wanting the students to be a better version of their species and how they could get expelled for killing people. 

 

Rating:

I would give the series a 8/10, it has good humor and while the actress that plays Lizzie Saltzmine isn’t the best at acting, her lines and nicknames for characters are pretty funny. They portray mental disorders as accurate as they can get and show their characters going on the road to being mentally stable and healthy. They also show different sexualities and normalize people being attracted to different genders which is definitely needed in 2019.

Episode 0847: Sesame Street’s Most Controversial Episode

By Chris Parris

Staff Writer

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Sesame Street turned 50 years old on November 10th. The show that has impressively managed to stay relevant for half a century has a diverse history of shorts, skits, and segments. With so much having been made for the show, some of its content has slipped through the cracks of time and have not been seen for decades. One episode of Sesame Street, Episode 0847, has remained unseen because it is banned.

On February 10, 1976, Sesame Street aired Episode 0847 for its first and only time. The episode features Margaret Hamilton reprising her role as the Wicked Witch of the West. The plot has the Wicked Witch losing her broomstick while flying over Sesame Street and having to interact with the residents in order to get it back. The residents are concerned about the Wicked Witch’s  intentions and are hesitant to give the broomstick back to her. This results in the Wicked Witch causing trouble, such as making it rain inside Mr. Hooper’s store and threatening to turn Big Bird into a feather duster. Eventually, she uses a disguise as a trick to get her broomstick back and then leaves Sesame Street.  

On paper, the plot seems okay. However, that was not the case. Apparently, the episode traumatized children to the point where some of them did not want to watch Sesame Street ever again. Archives from the Sesame Workshop (formerly the Children’s Television Workshop) holds multiple letters that angry parents mailed them regarding the episode. Phrases such as “screams and tears” and “the threat of the witch’s power remains in the children’s eyes” were used.

Shortly after Episode 0847’s initial airing, test screenings were held. The tests showed that children were intrigued by the Wicked Witch and were fascinated by her green face. The issue of fear was difficult to judge, however, due to the fact that the children had their parents or guardians present when viewing the episode. But based off the initial backlash, Episode 0847 was declared unsuitable and has not been aired since. 

For years it was unknown if any copies of Episode 0847 existed. Some thought it got destroyed while others thought it was lost. In 2017, Craig Shemin, president of the Jim Henson Legacy, confirmed that the Sesame Workshop has a copy of Episode 0847 in their archives. And in 2019, a screenshot from the episode that featured Oscar and the Wicked Witch was posted on the Muppet Wiki.

Paul Rudd is the Greatest Actor/Celebrity

By Claire O’Rourke

Managing Editor

Actor Paul Rudd is mostly known for his roles as Ant-Man/Scott Lang in the MCU’s Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp, Brian Fantana in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Josh Lucas in Clueless

However, the actor also plays many lesser known and equally charming roles such as Ben Benjamin in The Fundamentals of Caring or Peter Klaven in I Love You, Man. Most recently, he is known for his role as Miles Elliot in the 2019 Netflix series Living With Yourself

While many people know or have heard of Paul Rudd, many do not know the simplest of facts about him: Paul Rudd is the greatest actor to ever live.

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Paul Rudd lookin’ cute, as always.

 

I have seen most movies and TV shows Paul Rudd has played a role in. And I mean any role, not just something he’s starring in. I sat through an FX showing of Sausage Party because Paul Rudd voices the minor character Darren, and you know what? I enjoyed that viewing experience. And you probably would have, too. That’s just the raw power of anything Paul Rudd is in.

Paul just brings a special kind of charisma and talent to his performances that other actors just… lack. The man looks like a puppy dog and a superhero at the same time. And he’s mega hot while doing so— and I mean, like, hot. He doesn’t even age! It’s a proven fact at this point, so he’s just gonna be in looking cute forever with his little sparkly eyes.

And his smile! When Paul flashes those pearly whites, not only is the set illuminated with the light reflecting off such a pristine surface, but also uplifted with the utmost beaming radiation of joy which at its source is so pure.

Some of my favorite Paul Rudd viewing experiences have been watching Clueless while laying in the middle of my basement floor, The Fundamentals of Caring during class instead of doing work, and only watching season 9 and 10 of Friends because those are the only two with Paul. Paul was just able to make each of those odd experiences magical through the power of his performance. I don’t think anyone has ever made me laugh or cry harder at the same time. 

If I must be critical of Paul in the slightest, my least favorite Paul Rudd performance would have to be The Catcher Was a Spy, solely based on the fact that his hair is not looking cute in that film. Aside from that, Paul plays his character amazingly.

Some may argue that other actors should be more favored than Paul Rudd. Sophomore Gianna Caci proclaims a love for Chris McCarrell, starring as Percy Jackson in The Lightning Thief Broadway musical. 

McCarrell has many lovable traits according to Caci, such as “he’s honest— his performance is fun! He is an actor that makes you feel as though he’s also just a normal human, which he is,” she explains.

However, Paul, too, exhibits all these traits descriptive of GOATedness! Paul delivers the most fun of performances, particularly in Ant-Man, as he is able to bring across the warm vibes of a character who is easy to love because of his exacerbation, confusion, and sense of humor yet ability to end up both super genuine and a superhero in the end.

His performance in not only Ant-Man, but in every film he’s been featured in lets viewers feel as though he is not acting, but being himself, and thus lets his characters feel real.

Paul Rudd is the greatest human in the universe.

Food Fight! What’s Your Favorite?

By: Sydney Phillips

Staff Writer

The topic of food controversies has been a very present topic in our society today. With the rise of social media, these conversations about food have become headlines, and we are seeing more and more of them everyday. There are many people who form strong arguments about these food controversies, and it can cause a lot of turmoil on the Internet. 

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One of the most popular food controversies, pineapple on pizza, has been addressed everywhere we go. When we asked whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza, 61% of those who voted on our Instagram page said that pineapple does not belong on pizza. When on the Internet, you can see all sorts of articles and heated debates about why pineapple belongs on pizza, or vice versa. I believe that pineapple does belong on pizza, because of the savory taste of the pizza alone, and the sweet taste of the pineapple on top. When you combine sweet and savory, you get an explosion of flavor in your mouth, therefore making pineapple on pizza a delicious concept. 

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The Hate U Give: Movie Review

By: Chris Parris

Staff Writer

In the Fall of 2018, moviegoers flocked to theaters in order to watch The Hate U Give. The Hate U Give, adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name, is about Starr Carter, an African American teenager who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend Khalil at the hands of a [white] policeman. Amandla Stenberg (Everything, Everything) leads an all-star cast that includes KJ Apa (Riverdale), Algee Smith (Detroit), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World), Anthony Mackie (The Avengers Series), and Grammy Award-winning rapper Common. 

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To Trade or Not to Trade

By Ekene Ezeh 

Staff Writer

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Anthony Davis during his introductory press conference for the Lakers after demanding a trade from the Pelicans

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Player trades are a big part of sports. From the Hershal Walker trade in 1989, to Kobe being traded to the Lakers in 1996. Every year, fans look forward to seeing who their team has traded for. They are anxious to see how much better or worse their team has gotten, and whether or not the trade will bring them closer to a championship. But what happens to a fanbase when a star player decides to demand a trade? Athletes like Jalen Ramesy, Paul George, Anthony Davis, Antonio Brown, and others have all demanded trades and gotten their wish, which has sprung up plenty of controversy amongst the fans and the media. Is it a problem that athletes are forcing their way off teams despite being under contract? Or is it a good thing that players are taking control of their careers and making decisions that are better for their future? There are always two sides to this argument, but I believe that athletes should be allowed to demand trades.

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