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Music Review: Gregory And The Hawk

Posted by N on February 21, 2017 in Music, Opinion, People, Reviews |

Meredith Godreau is a singer/songwriter from Portland, Oregon. She creates most of her music by first playing all of the instruments you hear within each song, then combining them together. Knowing that women are taken less seriously in the music business, and not wanting to fall prey to such unfortunate circumstances, she chose to produce music under a pseudonym: Gregory And The Hawk. The name comes from the imaginary hawk that her brother, Gregory, saw in his childhood.

Gregory And The Hawk’s songs usually contain simple and pleasant lyrics that carry a sense of nostalgia, allowing you to relax while listening. Often surreal, yet sometimes realistic, Godreau’s lyrics are rarely explicit in their meaning. Despite this, Gregory And The Hawk often sings about relationships, many of them failures or at least melancholic in some way, shape, or form. In contrast to her songs about nature and the like, the lyrics for these songs may be more particular and stream-of-consciousness.

She has even experimented with an electronic sound in an EP named Huckleberry Cherry and Boules, which gives off a calming yet ambient atmosphere. Godreau has both upbeat and slow songs; sometimes, the tempos are combined. In addition, her vocals span both high and low ranges. Her voice may have a haunting effect at times, but this differs from song to song. It can be heard in “Stone Wall, Stone Fence”, a song that demonstrates the way Godreau’s wavering, airy vocals meet with basic acoustics to produce an eerie dirge of some kind.

Right now, Meredith Godreau is traveling around the Pacific Northwest while recording the songs for her newest album, On the Orange Mountain, which she is releasing one by one on her Patreon for her supporters.

Fun fact: Meredith Godreau is featured as a vocalist on the Part A EP by Royal Family.

 

Gregory And The Hawk’s “Stone Wall, Stone Fence”: http://gregoryandthehawk.com/track/stone-wall-stone-fence

 

Bandcamp: http://gregoryandthehawk.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/gregandthehawk

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Hal

Posted by Cassi Hennes on February 21, 2017 in News |

By: Cassiopeia Hennes

Kurumi is a beautiful young woman whose beloved boyfriend, Hal, died in a sudden airplane accident. Left heartbroken and gloomy, she isolates herself in a small house. But this soon comes to change when her grandfather requests the help of a humanoid robot named Q01.

Taking on the appearance of Hal, Q01 is sent to Kurumi’s house in order to save her from her state of despair. As Hal returns day after day and increases his efforts, Kurumi, despite her initial reluctance, slowly begins to open up to him and break free from her depression. But there is more to Hal than meets the eye, and these two will soon learn an unexpected truth about this relationship between a human and an android.

The movie has a shocking plot twist, is very cute, as well as funny, and has good animation and color. This movie changes the way you think.

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Congratulations Robotics Teams!

Posted by Alexis Jordan on February 21, 2017 in News |

By: Alexis Jordan

The EHS robotics teams competed in a VEX competition at Lorain High School on Friday, February 17th. Alexis Jordan, Trishchin Yates, and Kahlig Bell finished the competition in 6th place out of 60 teams. The three teams are now waiting for the list of state qualifiers. Derrik Martin and Levi James both have the possibility of their teams making it to state. Great job Elyria Robotics. Good Luck!

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Diabolik Lovers II Dub

Posted by Cassi Hennes on February 21, 2017 in News |

By: Cassiopeia Hennes

Diabolik Lovers is an anime with a rating of  R – 17+ (violence & profanity). The heroine, Komori Yui, was a normal teenage girl until in her second year of high school. Her father, a priest, has to go overseas for work. As a result, Yui is forced to move to a new town and arrives alone at a mansion she was told would be her new home. As she approaches the front door it swings open of its own accord. Yui enters the mansion to find no one in sight. As she starts to explore her immediate surroundings, she finds Ayato asleep on a couch. He wakes up as she approaches him and promptly pins her down. As she begins to panic, five other young men gradually appear. She discovers that all six of them are brothers, but by three different mothers, and they all turn out to be vampires. They drink her blood during each episode while continuously using pick up lines.

Diabolik Lovers More Blood is the second season of the Diabolik Lover anime series which takes its title from the second otome game of the same name, Diabolik Lovers MORE, BLOOD. However, the second season is not a direct sequel to the first season, but a spin-off based on the second game of the franchise. The anime will include the Mukami brothers (who made their first appearance in the second game) as the new characters, with the Sakamaki brothers as the returning characters.

The main cast members for Yui and the Sakamaki brothers will be the same people as last season.

The release date for the dub version of season 2 is March 28th on DVD and Blue-ray.

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Robotics Competition

Posted by Alexis Jordan on February 14, 2017 in News |

By: Alexis Jordan

Here they are again, coming up against a deadline for the next competition. They are fighting against time, tightening screws and bolts, and making absolutely sure that their codes are everything that they can be for this Friday’s VEX competition at Lorain High School. The Elyria High School Robotics Team is leaving the school at 7:30 am on Friday the 17th for their final competition hoping for a chance to make it to state with at least one of their teams. Wish them luck!

Want to know what the Robotics team do? Watch this video to find out:

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Yandere simulator

Posted by Cassi Hennes on February 14, 2017 in News |

By: Cassiopeia Hennes

Yandere simulator is a stealth game about stalking a boy and secretly eliminating any girl who seems interested in him while maintaining the image of an innocent schoolgirl. The game is currently under development and a free debug sandbox build is available from the developer’s official blog and website.

The protagonist of the game is a high school student known as Yandere-chan (Ayano Aishi) who has fallen in love with an upperclassman known as Senpai (Taro Yamada). Yandere-chan cannot bear the thought of Senpai in another girl’s arms, but she is too shy to confess her love to him so she must resort to sabotaging his love life from the shadows.

Once every week, a new rival girl will fall in love with Senpai. Each rival must be eliminated within 5 days, or else she will confess her love to Senpai resulting in a game over.

If Yandere-chan is arrested, expelled, or obtains a bad reputation the result is an immediate Game Over.

Rivals can be eliminated with lethal methods such as poisoning and electrocution, or eliminated with non-lethal methods such as kidnapping or matchmaking with other NPCs’ (Non-Player Character).

Yanderedev, the man making the game, has predicting the game being out no longer than 2019.

Right now in the game there are many types of ways to get rid of your rival. One, you can just kill your rival. But doing so can badly affect Senpai if you keep killing your rival. You can match make your rivals with other people. However that can badly affect Senpai too. Thinking no one loves him, he’ll commit suicide. You can blame a murder on your rival to get them arrested, but Senpai will think someone is blaming people for a murder committed by someone else.

In the game there are Easter eggs Yanderedev that make the game interesting till the game is completely finished. There are Easter eggs from anime shows. For example there is two Easter eggs based on One Punch Man.

I can’t wait till the game is completely done. It sounds really exciting to play. In my opinion the game should go on game systems so other people can play the game without getting the bugs on their computer. I am really excited for it to be released.

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German Club

Posted by Ashley Moen on February 12, 2017 in News |

Are you interested in learning German?

The German Club will be teaching students German at their meetings. German III students will teach those who come.

If you are interested, join the meetings on Monday February 12th in room 232.

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Jacksepticeye

Posted by Cassi Hennes on February 7, 2017 in News |

By: Cassiopeia Hennes

Jacksepticeye, aka Seán William McLoughlin, is an energetic Irish youtuber. He streams video games on his channel and posts occasional video blogs. Jacksepticeye makes a lot of jokes such as referring to himself as “the last remaining Bossatronio from the planet Bossatron”.

He started his youtube channel by playing Shadow of the Colossus. His most recent update was him playing the game Japan World Cup 3. He also does non-video game videos on his channel like “Read Your Comments”. He was a former drummer of an indie heavy-metal band named Raised to the Ground.

The reason why I’m writing this article is because today he turns 27 years old.

If you ever feel down or depressed, he will cheer you up and make you laugh.

This is the link to his channel on youtube. 

 

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Blazing New Trails Like Pioneers

Posted by Ashley Moen on February 4, 2017 in Buzz, Information, News |

By: Ashley Moen

Graduation is a memorable moment in a student’s life. More so than they realize. Seniors stand proud as they say goodbye to the 13 years of school that have prepared them for the road ahead.  This year, seniors can stand even taller as they help pave the way for a unified Elyria High School.

Traditionally, female students would wear white gowns and males would wear red gowns. However, this year, the EHS has decided to have all the students wear red gowns with a white sash. That is the ONLY thing changing in regards to graduation. The other difference is that females are no longer required to wear white at Senior Brunch. They simply have to wear formal attire. The red gown and white sash still represent the traditional school colors while treading on new grounds. In college, students wear the same color gowns, so why should the high school have it any different? Graduation is about the graduate, not the gender.

The decision to change the gowns was not made easily. This is something that students have been asking about for several years now. Alex Moen, an alumni from class 2015, was overjoyed when she heard the news. Moen wanted to have all the students wear the same gown for her own graduation. “I was going to write about why it was sexist that we had to wear white to Senior Brunch and graduation. I asked at the President’s Club luncheon and was met with resistance because the gowns were white.” says Moen. However, that has changed now, and Moen couldn’t be more proud.

Endy Ficking, a graduating Senior, believes that “the change was good. It shows for the change in generations and it allows no real gender grouping.”

The decision was not made simply because it separated males and females. It also pressed an issue with LGBTQA rights. There are students who do not conform to the normal gender binary, and for some the separation of colors makes them feel uncomfortable as they are left out. One such student, N. Praml, does not conform to male or female. They do not feel comfortable referring to themselves as either. Praml brought this issue up to Mr. Brown, the principal at EHS, and Mr. Brown was very supportive. Praml was set to skip the graduation ceremony all together because they were left out. Now with the change Praml can comfortably attend and shine like every other student. According to Praml, they didn’t even come up with the idea. “It was Principal Brown’s concept, and I thought it was amazing because it leaves no one out, still includes Elyria High School’s original colors, and unifies each graduating class. Principal Brown has just been so supportive of the change, it’s really great. Though as pioneers, what else should we do but blaze new trails?” says Praml.

At the EHS Cultural Festival, a special event that showcases the different clubs and student groups, the EHS GEM Club (Gender Equality Movement) invited Mr. Brown to a meeting. Taking them up on this offer, the students in the club explained and discussed about the gowns’ issue. The students expressed their concern, and they agreed that a single gown for all students would be a great idea. Students were tired of the old tradition, and they believed that they should not be separated. The club has been pushing for this change since its conception.

“I was very pleased with what Mr. Brown said,” says Ginny Behmer, another EHS Senior. Many students were upset that they were not consulted with the decision. They believe that they should have been able to vote. However, Behmer points out that “Mr. Brown did a very good job explaining the discrimination towards women. He also did a good job discussing LGBTQ rights.”

Behmer was very glad that none of the students at EHS were forgotten by Mr. Brown and they were all included. “When the majority rules the minority groups suffer, so he made the right call, as a person of authority, to do what was right instead of what was popular.”

Some females were “looking forward to wearing white gowns.” Senior Alexis Jordan voices, and agrees with, this concern. However, Jordan sees the change as neither bad nor good. “Now everyone is able to share the inequalities as a whole.”

Karina Hilwig, a Senior, also wished to wear white. Hilwig understands why the decision was made, and believes it is that the students “will all be ‘one’ or just united.” Hilwig feels that most of the negative feelings toward the choice is because there was no vote for the students.

“I think having the gowns be of the color will show that the entire senior class is united as one big family instead of having it look like all guys and girls are separate.” says T.J. Yates, a Junior at EHS. The new gowns “bring out more of the EHS spirit in everyone.”

Senior Halley Gearhart believes the discussion “shows that nothing really matters” in concerns to one’s birth sex.

Erin Burgert, an alumni of class 2015, is sad to see the white gowns go. Burgert always “liked the white gowns a lot more and felt lucky I was a girl and got one.” However, she is glad the “lines between genders are getting more blurred, and they’re being more acceptable”

“I think it’s a good thing that Brown is trying to make things more inclusive. Usually schools would turn away a request like this, but he handled it really well,” says Allison Peneff, a Senior at EHS.

This new decision can also have some serious financial benefits. Students with younger siblings can give their gowns to their siblings after graduation. The gown may have to be trimmed, but this allows families to only have to buy one gown. This can be a large help for many families.

Alumni Gabriel Loring, class of 2016, never thought about the difference in color during his own graduation. He believed they were all the same. Students would still get special colors for achievements, such as gold sashes and so forth. Loring believes EHS already has a very powerful image. Despite this he does like the new change. “It’s a really nice thing to see progress towards equality on such a personal level. Personal being I was there before this. Personal being this is my home. To see us moving onward is great.”

“The gowns should change in the future,” says Kyran Bush, a Senior. “But why do that now, for a minority of people, instead of waiting until most of the students want that to happen?” Bush’s concern is not the only one. Another major concern is the aesthetic that red and white gowns give. By putting all the students in red gowns may not be as visually appealing.

Many students at the Senior Class meeting on Wednesday January 18th seemed either confused when the announcement was made or were very happy with the change. However, none seemed to openly oppose it. Many students do not see the gowns as an issue, and for many people it is not an issue. Nathan Cruickshank, a Senior, is “fine with change” but he personally does not care either way.

Logan White, another EHS Senior never saw the issue as a problem. “I don’t care either way, but I think it’s cool for gender equality.”

Some students, such as graduating Senior Logan Tansey believe that the decision was implemented poorly. Like many students, he wished to be consulted first. However, Tansey does believe that “the administration of the school district has the power to change whatever they feel the need to, and I think people need to respect that.” Tansey did like that females wore white because of tradition, but he does “not particularly care that the robes were changed.” Tansey also believes it “would have been smarter to have changed all the robes to black or dark blue like most colleges do.”

“I think it’s a good idea. It creates a lot less hassle.” says Senior Karina Primmer. Primmer believes this makes things much simpler for students who are transgender, or identify with other genders. She also enjoys the fact that she does not have to wear white as “white stains very easily.” Primmer also expressed her thoughts on Senior Brunch. Female students are no longer required to wear white, and she believes this is something very useful for many students. “A lot of girls don’t have just plain white dresses and have to go out of their way.”

Students are already getting ready for college or careers, and have to pay for their future as well as graduation expenses. Not having to go out and buy a white outfit specifically for one meal can save students money that can be put to better use.

The world is always changing. Large changes happen every day. This small change won’t make any history books. It won’t be talked about much a few years from now. However, this change will show that the Elyria pioneers stand together, include everyone, and will move forward to a future they’ll make for themselves. This change will stay for students graduating in the coming years, until the next generations of students push for another change. Small changes allow for bigger changes to happen. The human race would not be where it is if not for change. Elyria High is inclusive and these pioneers will blaze a new trail for students in the coming years. After all, graduation is all about the graduates.

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Bowling Green State University (BGSU)

Posted by Joey Nichols on January 31, 2017 in News |

By Joey Nichols

BGSU is a university all the way in Bowling Green, Ohio, a nice rural area. BGSU however, is in the city part of Bowling Green. There is housing, stores, and restaurants to go along with the college.

Bowling Green is a public school. Thomas Nichols, a BGSU Freshman and Elyria High School Alumni, says “It’s very welcoming.”

BGSU has an in state tuition of $19,296 that is the added up by the total of the tuition & fees along with rooms ($5,450) and a bronze meal plan. Prices may vary from your choice of meal plan and from your room. It can also change if you get scholarships.

The out-of-state tuition though, is $26,832. To see what your cost would be good to the Bowling Green website: https://www.bgsu.edu/admissions/scholarships-and-financial-aid/cost-summary.html

The requirements to attend are an average high school GPA of at least 3.3, an average SAT score of 1090, and a minimum average ACT score of 23.

According to Thomas Nichols, “all teachers teach differently, but they’re all supportive.” If you need a friend, “you can go to the student union, you can always find someone there.”

Link to overall BGSU website: https://www.bgsu.edu/

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