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Sox Win 3rd World Series in Decade

red-sox-logo11By Peter Palmer

The Boston Red Sox won their 8th World Series this fall, and their third in a span of 10 years. They beat the Saint Louis Cardinals in six games after being down 2 games to 1.

It all started in game one when the Red Sox crushed St. Louis 8 to 1. David Ortiz was nearly unstoppable in the series, going 11 hits for 16 and batting an average of .688 with two home runs and six RBIs. He also won World Series Most Valuable Player.

The team’s trip to the World Series came after its first American League Championship Series win in 5 years. In the ALCS, the Sox  topped the Detroit Tigers 4 games to 2. To get to the ALCS, the Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays three games to one to win the division.

Rolling to Victory with the Sox Once Again!

By Kali Heffernan
“Get the Duck Boats ready!” is becoming a common thing to hear in Boston! The 2013 champs set off on the duck boats on Saturday, Nov. 2 from Fenway. They carried on the famous beard tradition by draping beards on the front of the duck boats. They had an emotional stop at the Marathon finish line. Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia placed the world series trophy and the Boston 617 Strong shirt they had kept in their dugout since April, on the finish line for a moment of silence. The parade had 23 duck boats and 2 million people in the crowd.

Food Fight Disrupts Cafeteria

By Mackenzie Welch

What started out as a typical snack period turned into chaos November 7 when the cafeteria erupted in a food fight. Juniors and seniors were sitting in the cafeteria, calmly enjoying their snacks when the first milk carton was thrown. Then other items followed including water bottles, cups of coffee and food. Students shouted as they evacuated the premises.  Teachers and faculty were flowing out of their rooms trying to figure out what was wrong. Mr. Paquette and other teachers quickly took charge, directing students still in the cafeteria to clean up the mess with rolls of paper towels and buckets and mops. Administrators reviewed surveillance tapes and several students were disciplined for their participation in the melee.

I myself was in the entrance hallway when it all occurred and was absolutely terrified I was going to be trampled. The main reason this event appeared to happen was because students noticed no teachers were watching them. Dr. Raab said steps have been taken to ensure that, in the future, there will always be supervision during snack.

Photo by Matt Jillett

The aftermath of the food fight (Photo from library)

Video Game Review: Forza Horizon — Where Speed Meets Fun

By Anders Carlson

Forza Horizon is the Forza series first venture into the open-world type, having formerly focused on the territory occupied by Gran Turismo. The game was co-developed by Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios. Playground Games is made up of ex-employees from the developers such as Bizarre Creations (Project Gotham Racing Series), Criterion Games (Burnout Series, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)) and Codemasters (Dirt, Grid and F1 Series). These are the biggest names in racing games, and the experience shows in the actual game.

The most important thing to have in an open-world game is atmosphere. Horizon has some of the best atmosphere not just from a racing game, but from any game period. Horizon takes its name from an in-game festival, set in an unnamed part of Colorado. The Horizon festival is like if an auto show met with a state fair, and then that meets a dubstep/rock/alternative concert. At the center of the map you see Ferris wheels, light shows and huge crowds dancing. Everything is fun, upbeat. It’s a game that gives you a pleasant feeling. Even the loading screens are pleasant, how is that even possible? In addition to the great atmosphere, Horizon has some of the best music I have ever heard in a game. There are three radio stations: Bass Arena  (Dubstep/House), Horizon Pulse (Alternative) and Horizon Rocks (Guess?). One of these stations will have a song you can like.


Most of the racing is simple 8-players racing. But there is one addition that is extremely well done. By doing drifting, burnouts, jumps and winning races, you gain popularity. If you become popular enough, you get invited to special races. Some of these include racing a rally car against a hot air balloon, a Corvette racing a helicopter, and my personal favorite, a Ford Mustang versus a P-51 Mustang. If you won the race, you get to keep the car. This is a very clever way of disguising simple time trial races as something that is sweaty palms exciting.

The control of the game is extremely smooth, and widely varied. A large problem with most racing games today is that all their cars feel the same. In Horizon all cars feel different. A Lamborghini will handle much differently than a Mustang GT500. Finding the right car to suit your style is easy, given how every car handles exactly how you think it would. A Ferrari is twitchy, while a Range Rover is lumbering.

Forza is known for being heavily customizable, and Horizon is no exception. With up to 3000 layers of stickers available for every side, people have created professional racing liveries, tribal-like paint jobs, and a large amount of anime/cartoon themed skins. You’ll see everything from a police car Camaro to a pain tjob dedicated to Rainbow Dash for a Lamborghini.


You can also customize your car underneath the hood as well. But don’t think that adding a supercharger to a muscle car will make it a Ferrari killer. To handle that power you need to upgrade the suspension and handling. These modifications completely change the car. A once power-sliding Mustang becomes a twitchy thoroughbred.

The only problems with Horizon are the lack of a police mechanic, which is included in Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and there is no public online free roam. That means that unless you have friends who own the game, you can’t hang out in online free roam. It’s a real shame, because this easily could’ve been the best driving game I have ever played.

Even though it has those flaws, the atmosphere and fun driving make up for its few short comings. I would highly suggest this game if you’re into the racing genre, and even if you are not, there is still a lot to appreciate. Forza Horizon gets a 9/10.

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Bruins Skate Back from Rocky Start

By Kali Heffernan
The opening month of October for the Boston Bruins was a mixed start. They finished with an 8-4-0 record. As of November 12, they have an 11-5-1 record, meaning they only have 1 regulation loss in the month of November and it came on the 2nd of November, the first game of the month, against the New York Islanders. They lost 3-1. They came home to start at 5 game home stand, their longest of the season. It also became reunion week at the Garden with former teammates Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly, Tim Thomas, and Phil Kessel coming to the Garden with their new teams.
The Bruins started this home stand on November 5 against Dallas. They lost in a shootout after a Dallas penalty shot tied the game. Ironically, Seguin and Peverly scored for Dallas in the shootout to win the game over their former team (more on that game below). They continued on Thursday November 7 against Florida with a 4-1 win over the Panthers. Although former teammate Tim Thomas was not in goal, he got a standing ovation from the crowd and a video tribute for what he did for the team when he was in Boston, leading them to a Stanley Cup in 2011. On November 9, Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs came to town. This marked the first meeting between the two since Boston’s amazing game 7 comeback last May.  While Boston dominated the first period, Toronto came back in the second, but the Bruins came out with a 3-1 victory.
On Veterans Day the Bruins faced the Tampa Bay Lightning in a matinee at the Garden. Tampa’s Steven Stamkos had a collision with the goalie post in the second, causing him to be taken out on a stretcher. Late in the second, Patrice Bergeron finally scored for the Bruins. The goal was first awarded to Bergeron, then given to Torey Krug, but eventually given back to Bergeron. Either way the Bruins had a 1-0 lead late in the second. Just 20 seconds later, Danny Paille scored his second of the year. Late in the third David Krejci scored, but it was waved off because of goalie interference, but Jarome Iginla got an empty net with 1 minute left to give the Bruins a 3-0. After a rougher start in October, November and the months to come seem very promising for this Boston Bruins team.
Bruins vs. Stars Nov. 5: a rematch after big summer trade
On November 5, the Boston Bruins faced the Dallas Stars. Over the summer the Bruins and Stars made a huge trade sending Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly and prospect Ryan Button to Dallas for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Joe Morrow and Matt Fraser. This game marked the first meeting between the two since then. It was bound to be an interesting game. I was personally there to witness it all. The scoring in this one started early with Dallas captain Jamie Benn scoring his 5th of the year just 3:38 in. Just under a minute later the Bruins most offensive defenseman, Torey Krug, scored his 5th of the season. The first period ended tied with the Bruins outshooting the Stars 18-10.
The second period was rough with the Bruins only recording 4 shots, while the Stars had 13. They managed to keep it a 1-1 game going into the 3rd. Halfway through the 3rd period, Milan Lucic scored his team-leading 7th of the year to give the Bruins the 2-1 lead. With about 3 minutes remaining in the game, Dennis Seidenberg interfered on Vernon Fiddler’s shot and instead of  Seidenberg being given a penalty, Fiddler was rewarded a penalty shot. Fiddler beat Tuukka Rask to even the game at 2-2. It continued into the extra 5-minute overtime where it remained a tie, so this one would need a shootout.
In the first round, Patrice Bergeron scored on Kari Lehtonen and Tuukka Rask stopped Jamie Benn. In the second round, Lehtonen stopped Jarome Iginla, while former Bruins Tyler Seguin scored on Tuukka Rask. Loui Eriksson, in his first game back since his concussion, had a chance to score against his former team, but Lehtonen denied him. This gave Dallas the chance to win it if Alex Chiasson could score, but Rask stopped him. This extended the shootout for David Krejci, but he too was stopped by Lehtonen, which again gave Dallas the chance to win it. It was up to former Bruins Rich Peverly for the game-winning shootout goal against his former team, and he got it. The Dallas Stars took this one 3-2.


Fall Sports Roundup: Hard work and heart led to strong seasons


By Peter Palmer, Andrea Bilton and Matt Jillett

What better way to spend your Friday nights than with watching a game of football? This year’s football team and coaches prided themselves on attracting so many people to the high school football games. It was a good feeling to know that the team was able to fill a fan bus to go to the team’s Dennis-Yarmouth playoff game, and Coach Landolfi was much appreciative of the support. He also showed his gratitude to the dedicated players when he told them, “Thanks guys for working so hard every day and being there every day… we’ve had a pretty good year.” The record overall was 5-4, and 3-1 in the league. The team looks forward to continuing their ongoing season until the final game against Norwell on Thanksgiving Day.

“This season was a real turnaround from past seasons and the coaches made a lot of difference,” said Josh Masse, ’14, a linebacker who missed being out on the field because of an injury. “We got a lot of support from the town and the fans and overall it was a great year.”

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Field Hockey

By Cate Marchetti

Hanover’s varsity field hockey team had an outstanding conclusion to a rewarding season. The team finished with a record of ten wins, five losses, and three ties, allowing them to qualify for the MIAA Division 2 South Shore Sectional Tournament. The girls played a strong game, scoring the first goal against Falmouth on Hanover’s home turf. Although the team lost 2-1 to end the season, they asserted themselves by ranking fifth in the Patriot League.

“We made tournament for the first time in four years which was really something special, ” said head coach Judy Schneider.

Hanover’s field hockey team will bid a fond farewell to 14 seniors this year, all of whom put in tremendous efforts this season. Congratulations to next year’s captains Molly McMahon, Amy Leonard, and Hannah McCorkell, and best of luck to the team in the future!

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Boys Soccer

By Matt Jillett

The 2013 boys soccer team “got off to a rough start at the beginning,” according to senior captain Kevin Ghostlaw. “We went up against a tough schedule but fought through it.”

The team’s record was 5-11-2, but the players put in a true effort throughout the long season. At the wrap-up rally on Nov. 13, Coach Stephen Rodday was proud to say that “Boys finished strong overall with a 3-game winning streak. We never lost for a lack of effort.” The season’s highlight would definitely be reclaiming the Gerrish Cup, an accomplishment that the whole team can be proud of. Coaches Stephen Rodday, Brian Rodday, and Mark Centorino really pushed the boys to their full potential this season and are hopeful for the up-and-coming captains for next year’s season. The captains for the 2014 season are Jack Phelan, Drew Zwart, and Jonny Ferrarini, and will be following in the footsteps of previous captains Kevin Ghostlaw and Billy Taylor.


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Girls Soccer

By Emma Devine

When the 2013 Girls Soccer season started, the team was more motivated than ever. Months before the season, the program lost head coach Garth Nelson, who started the program 32 years ago and has been the only head coach the team ever had. With this loss, the season wasn’t just any other seas. It became a season for Nelson. Each game players wrote “Nelson 32” on their arms and donned “GN” bands on their shinguards to honor Mr. Nelson. Not only did the team honor him physically, but they honored him by the way they played. Nelson always advocated hard work and this season the team worked harder than ever. The girls’ season record was 5-9-5. This included a tie to powerhouse Division 1 Duxbury, a comeback tie against Silver Lake, and enough wins in Division 3 to get into tournament.

Hanover entered tournament lucky number 13 seed, the last seed in the bracket. The first round was against the number 4 seed, Seekonk. Hanover dominated the game with a 3-0 win. The next round was a tough match against the number 5 seed Medway. Medway was heavily favored to win the game but that wasn’t going to dampen the team’s spirits. With a goal from Karly Atturio and outstanding keeping skills from Ashley McGann, Hanover beat Medway 1-0. The Hanover fans stormed the field at the end of the game and celebrated with the team. The win put the team into the South-Sectional semi-finals against the number 1 seed, Cardinal Spellman. The Hanover Spirit was palpable with 2 full fan buses joining the team. Hanover almost had the win and were evenly matched against this seed 1 school, but couldn’t pull off the win, losing 0-2. At the end of the game Hanover fans chanted, “We love Hanover,” which truly showed how incredible the fans were. Although the team lost, in their minds and the minds of their fans they had won. They honored Mr. Nelson and had the best time doing it.


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By Andrea Bilton and Matt Jillett

This year’s golf team did very well this season, finishing 13-3 and winning its division of the Patriot League again. “At some point during the season, everyone was a standout player,” said Coach Jay Durfee. At the fall sports rally, Captain Tyler Powers agreed. “We had a solid team this year,” he told everyone.

Sophie Morrill, the team’s top scorer with a scoring average of 37.6, was named a Patriot League All Star. Also named were Powers and freshman Charlie Banks, who scored a hole in one in a match against Silver Lake. Captain Brendan Cornell received Patriot League Honorable Mention. Christian Abbate and John Carroll also were strong contributors to the team’s success, Durfee said.

The 15 boys and one girl on the team played 9 rounds every Monday to determine who would play in that week’s varsity matches. Durfee said 95 percent of the team qualified for varsity play. Co-captain Brendan Cornell is among the seniors that the team will miss next year. But with many of the team’s top players returning, the outlook for next season is pretty good.

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Cross Country

By Matt Jillett and Andrea Bilton

This year’s cross country team was led by Mr. Brown for the boys team, and Mr. Perry for the girls team. But these weren’t the only leaders on the team. “We had some great leadership,” Mr. Brown said about the dedicated captains who influenced their teammates. The captains of the 2013 cross country team included Joe Eastman, Brendan Hoar, and Brian Meehan for the boys and Sydney Packer, Michaela Nee, and Christina Nee for the girls.

“The season went very well,” said Eastman. The boys had a record of 5-5 and the girls finished 4-6. Top runner for the boys, Shawn Doolin, added, “We put a lot of heart into our races and leave it all out on the course.” The whole XC team would undoubtedly agree.

As Mr. Brown addressed the gym during the Nov. 13 rally, he claimed, “We’re really as good as the slowest runner on the team, and it’s about getting them to work.” He also made sure to praise Stephanie Flynn for qualifying for the All-State meet on Saturday, Nov. 16. Great job to all of the cross country runners and best of luck in the off-season!


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By Andrea Bilton, Matt Jillett and Stephanie Flynn

The volleyball team’s coach, David Jakub, had a lot to say about the valiant efforts of this year’s team when it came to adapting to new situations. “My team did really well this year for all the injuries we had,” he told the audience at the rally. “We had major injuries to some of our starters, which meant younger players had to fill in. The team worked extremely hard.”

This did attest to be true. The team prevailed over whatever struggles they may have had and fought as hard as they could throughout the season. The team finished with a record of 7-13, thanks to all of the hardworking senior players who will be rightfully missed. Senior Britton Lastowka was nominated as a Patriot League All-Star and Samantha Colaw was an honorable mention.

“Although the record was not the best, most of the losses were that close that they could have been wins,” said coach Jakub. “The team showed much determination and desire with a great competitive attitude; never giving up never, looking back and preparing diligently for the next match.”

Senior captains Colaw and Mikayla Matheson make way for new leaders, Katherine Hussey and Maranda Grant to take on the upcoming 2014 volleyball season.

The Junior Varsity team finished with a 9-11 record and the Freshmen team finished with a record of 2-18.


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By Andrea Bilton

Hanover High’s cheerleading team was led to great heights this year by coaches Amanda Albright and Ann Galotti. After their 2012 season, the whole team aspired to improve and sharpen their skills and efforts before competing for the second consecutive year at the Patriot League Cheerleading Competition, and for the first time ever, HHS held cheerleading tryouts before school let out for summer. The most amazing thing brought about by these tryouts were four new freshmen who had never been a part of a cheerleading team before, and proved themselves greatly.

Like all teams, there were injuries, sicknesses, and other minor conflicts that put pressure on the whole team to strive for solutions. As Coach Albright put it, “Cheerleading is different from all other sports because if somebody gets sick or hurt, you can’t simply sub in another player.” This does in fact ring to be true since each member of the team is trained for a specific job, and a lot of weight rests on each person’s shoulders to be the best they can be. If someone were to get sick or injured, it is nearly impossible to find somebody to do their job exactly the way it ought to be done.

But in the end, the cheer season concluded with a great accomplishment. At the Patriot League Competition, the team earned the second highest score in the division! Unfortunately, this year the team says goodbye to senior Nicole Manning and senior captains Megan Galotti, Allison Galotti, and Lauren Collins, but will welcome the new season with even more effort and determination to become the best team possible.


Hanover Helps Out this Thanksgiving

By Cate Marchetti

I always pictured Hanover as the definition of a suburban oasis; new developments springing up right and left, a constant influx of well-to-do middle class families, kids growing up always having enough. While the majority of residents in our town are indeed very fortunate, there are certainly people who could use a helping hand during the upcoming holiday season. Thanksgiving is a time of pigging out on your grandmother’s delicious pumpkin pie, playing football with your cousins, and meticulously cleaning your house for company. Most importantly however this holiday is a celebration of giving; giving thanks, giving love, and giving to others in your community. Hanover is taking advantage of this spirit by helping the less fortunate enjoy a festive and filling Thanksgiving.

HHS students collect donations for the food pantry.
HHS students collect donations for the food pantry.

Charity is taking its hold first and foremost here at the high school. Student council has once again organized the annual Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive, and is experiencing enormous success. Every morning on their way into school, students can be seen loading donations into the already full collection bin. Members of the student council hold giant signs reminding their peers to bring in goods for the collection. The donations will benefit the Hanover Emergency Food Pantry. Hanover High School will also be partaking in the Soap and Towel Campaign this holiday season. The Campaign is collecting everything from bed sheets to toiletries and is dedicated to raising awareness of the homeless at a local level. The amenities collected will be distributed to families in need, ensuring that all residents of Hanover enjoy the comforts of a warm meal and cozy bed this holiday season.

The middle school will similarly be participating in a canned food drive in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving break this year. The generosity of families has been astounding in previous years, resulting in hundreds of nonperishable food items being donated to the local food pantry. Middle School students are not only helping out families in need, but also engaging in fierce competition with rival homerooms. This contest is a fun way for students to become involved in charity and also benefits families in the community.

Let’s be realistic, the most anticipated part of Thanksgiving is the food. Food pantries provide the necessities for many during the month of November in states all across America. The Hanover Emergency Food Pantry already caters to about 80 families a month, according to Barbara Itz, the food pantry’s co-chairman. Before Thanksgiving, however, this number more than doubles. Many people in Hanover find it hard to make ends meet around the holidays, especially elderly singles and one-parent families. The food pantry does all it can to help, and volunteers are once again gearing up for what they believe will be a busy Thanksgiving. Due to cultural shifts and the growing number of ethnic groups in Hanover, the food pantry now hands out gift cards to local supermarkets rather than traditional holiday gift baskets. This new development allows families to celebrate how they please, while still giving them more traditional options such as pumpkin pie mix and cranberry sauce. Thankfully, around Thanksgiving donations tend to pick up as people embrace the true meaning of the holiday.

Shaw’s and Star Markets are also doing their part this Thanksgiving through their new program called “Turkey Bucks.” The policy allows shoppers to donate one, five, or ten dollars which will be put towards the purchase of turkeys. The birds will then be delivered to a local food pantry so that underprivileged families can experience a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving.

The combined efforts of these local organizations are making it possible for everyone in Hanover to experience a warm and filling Thanksgiving, and inspiring others to give this holiday season.

For more information on the Hanover Emergency Food Pantry or to donate, contact (781) 878-6284 or visit

Hanover High School students create news website

**This is a story run about The Indian in the Hanover Mariner. It has been reposted below and is available at this link (**
By Maureen McCarthy
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Today’s Web-savvy youth communicate and consume news via the Internet and show decreasing interest in print media.

As the digital journalism industry continues to impact the news and information landscape, Hanover High School students are not only opting to embrace the online news trend, they’re leading the charge.

In October, the high school’s recently formed News Club put the printed student newspaper concept on hold and forged a Web-only, student-run news website called The Indian.
The electronic edition is a go-to resource for school news, features, entertainment, opinion and sports. The website is crisp, easy to navigate and chock full of information affecting the student body.

“In this day and age, people are not reading as much on the printed page as they used to. People, and teenagers in particular, spend a lot of time on the Internet,” said The Indian’s website creator and webmaster, junior David Raab. “The website is important so we can cut both publication time and get the word out as fast as possible.”

In recent weeks, the small army of young journalists reported on school-related events and issues including student council happenings, new Phys Ed rules and regulations, and school-wide fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society. They also wrote a spotlight on Hanover High School’s girls hockey team, among other items.

But beyond the issues and achievements contained within the school’s four walls, young reporters are casting a wider journalistic net and tackling national and local news, including the recent government shutdown and the town of Hanover’s allocation of funds to repair high school recreational fields.

“I think a student-run news site is important for the Hanover High School student body because it’s the most relatable way to update students on things that are going on everywhere from school, to in town, or even around the world,” said HHS sophomore Andrea Bilton, The Indian’s co-editor-in-chief. “And the fact that we can educate those that we walk alongside in the halls each day is a pretty cool concept.”

Delivering news to peers quickly and in a familiar and relatable format while learning a communications craft is the foundation for the digital-only student news website, editors said.
“I feel as though a student-run news site is important for the student body because it allows students to have a voice,” said HHS senior Matthew Jillett, a co-editor-in-chief, of the benefits of the newly formed news organization. “…This is the first year we’ve been able to run The Indian so our staff is learning more and more about journalism through this club.’

According to staffers and HHS Librarian/News Club Adviser Sue McHugh, the team intends to publish fresh content every two to three weeks, increase photography elements and launch an online poll-taking function.

A future “must have,” staff said, is mobile functionality.

“Teenagers spend most of their time on their Smartphones. Right now, the site does not have a specialized mobile theme,” said Raab. “I want students to be able to get the news delivered straight to their phones as opposed to having to open a Web browser on a Mac or a PC.”

McHugh said the launch of The Indian achieves two important goals: timely information sharing and a long lasting educational experience for the student staff.

“My goal is to help the students create a publication that informs and entertains its audience and is something they can be proud of,” McHugh said. “And I would like to help (the staff) develop their writing and communication skills as well as gain experience in organization, time management and collaborating with others.”

Currently, the News Club has 14 members with Raab serving as news director. Kayla Garity, a junior, serves as features and entertainment editor while senior Marijke Fulton serves as opinion editor.

For Fulton and others in the News Club, The Indian is far more than a vehicle to share timely news with peers. It is a springboard into a journalism career.

“I would love to go into journalism,” Fulton said. “The whole concept of writing about important events or opinions and delivering it is something amazing.”

Bruins’Goal is a Return Trip to Championship Game

Boston_Bruins_svgBy Kali Heffernan

The Boston Bruins season is finally here! After losing in game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Chicago Blackhawks last June, the Bruins are back and ready to go. Their goal every season is to make it to the Stanley Cup finals and  eventually win it. After coming so close, but failing to do so, they had to make some changes. With free agency and the trade market open, the Boston Bruins organization had some tough decisions to make. First they had to find out which players would be leaving from free agency. With a small salary cap space limiting the amount of money they could spend on players, they would have to make some hard decisions. First they made sure they resign their most valuable players, Goalie Tuukka Rask and Center Patrice Bergeron. They were both signed to an 8-year deal.

One player they had to lose was defenseman and Alternate Captain Andrew Ference, whose contract had expired. Even though the Bruins would have loved to keep such an amazing player and person, they had to let him go because of the small cap space. He is now Captain of the Edmonton Oilers. They also lost their top line right wing Nathan Horton to free agency. Horton, unlike Ference, did not want to come back to Boston for a 4th year after making it to the Cup finals twice in 3 years and winning one.

After losing many players to free agency, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli decided to make a trade. A big 7 player trade. He decided to trade Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly, and Ryan Button to Dallas, for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith. The Bruins had many new players to welcome to Boston. Losing former players made room for new players, and prospects. During free agency, the Bruins acquired Jarome Iginla from Pittsburgh. Iginla was not loved by Boston fans at first after choosing to go to Pittsburgh over Boston at the trade deadline last season. He proved himself in the preseason as the team’s top scorer, skating top line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci in place of Nathan Horton. Loui Eriksson was great in place of Tyler Seguin on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The Bruins team has been 4 lines deep, and they wanted to keep it this way, but the third line was a problem. After losing Rich Peverly and Jaromir Jagr the 3rd line needed some work. With many prospects it was open to almost anyone. The preseason gave the prospects a chance to show what they can do. It ended up being a battle between Jordan Caron, Carl Soderberg, and new teammate Reilly Smith on who would play the wings with Chris Kelly on the 3rd line. Soderberg ended up having an injury so the line is Caron-Kelly-Smith as of now. Of course the 4th line, or Merlot Line as it was known for the players’ cranberry-colored practice jerseys, is Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Danny Paille as always.

There is a lot to look forward to with the Bruins this season. It will be exciting, and interesting to see how the new players will work in the team. It is bound to be a great season.

Federal Government Shutdown

For about two weeks the Federal Government was shut down. As just about any American knows, this was due to the inability of the House of Representatives and the Senate to reach an agreement on the Federal budget. Really, it boiled down to the fact that House Republicans wanted parts of the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called Obamacare) repealed, while Senate Democrats and President Obama want to make sure it stayed on the books. In the absence of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans would only consider a budget that “defunds” (de facto repeals) segments of the Affordable Care Act that they do not like. Mainly this includes the health care exchanges and penalty for Americans not having health insurance. Also, many Republicans were mad at the fact that pre-existing health  conditions can no longer be used as a reason to deny coverage. This may be well be because they have a financial interest or political connections to insurance companies. While Republicans are certainly not alone in this conflict of interest, to let it rise above their responsibility of running the country is reprehensible. In other words, the government shutdown can be viewed merely as a political squabble gone out of control.

One of the many historical parks closed due to Federal government shutdown.
One of the many historical parks that was closed due to Federal government shutdown.

What the shutdown meant for Americans is that the vital, often forgotten government services of which they have come to rely upon every day were unavailable for their use. The largest example of this was the National Park Service. It’s easy to forget the wealth of historical places and outdoor open spaces that the American citizen is lucky enough to use for free. There are plenty of national parks in the Boston area that were directly affected by the shutdown. One of the best examples is the Lexington and Concord park. The Battle of Lexington and Concord was arguably one of the most important battles in American history. To have it closed to a political squabble is a travesty. Not to mention the countless school field trips that have probably been rearranged last minute. Of course, the federal government was unable to pay these expenses if it did not have a budget.

However, this does not mean that the federal government was shut down entirely. “Excepted” functions, as they are called, were still in operation. “Excepted” functions were mainly ones that are important to the preservation of life or property. For example, this means that while the National Parks were closed, there was money available for security to make sure that no one went into the closed parks. In other words, it really cost money in order for the federal government to be able to save money. Also, the military was wholly unaffected by the seeming “shutdown.” Finally, and this was the part that made most Americans’ blood boil, the Health Care online exchanges opened anyway because funding for them was already appropriated in the long term federal budget. These hotly debated online exchanges are simply ways for Americans to directly compare different insurance rates in a central location. Before the implementation of these exchanges, it was sometimes impossible to receive a straight quote on the cost of health insurance. In the eyes of the Republicans, the point of the shutdown was to prevent these exchanges from being opened. That also proves the irony and general pointlessness of the shutdown. Simply put, Republican political jockeying achieved nothing at all.

Ultimately, the shutdown was truly insane when one considers all of the people who were involuntarily furloughed. While all the politicians on Capitol Hill were being paid, around a million other federal workers were not. These workers have families to support and, with no paychecks for two weeks,  had to come up with way alternate ways to make ends meet. In fact, numerous blog articles focused on how federal workers should prioritize paying their bills. While Congress did guarantee back pay when the government reopens, it did not help workers who had bills due during the shutdown. Why, in this bad economy, was it necessary to put people out of work just to make a political point? It never was. In the end, the federal government shutdown benefitted no one and really just hurt average Americans. Not members of the wealthy “one percent,” but members of the working class “99 percent.”


A review of the Top 5 songs on iTunes

By Mackenzie Welch

1. Royals by Lorde

lorde-pure-heroine-410Now I’m not gonna lie. I was surprised to see this song at number one, but at the same time I wasn’t at all shocked. The best word to describe this song would be eccentric. Lately I’ve been noticing that practically every song that’s coming out sounds generically the same. But this song has such an original sound to it, which is something we haven’t heard in a while, it’s no wonder why this song became a hit. I’m not the only with this thought, people I talked to called this song “astounding” and “a complete original”. However some people did complain that the song is incredibly repetitive and too slow.  I can relate to that argument but I feel that the slow beat made it necessary for Lorde to really put emphasis on certain words in the song, to make them pop out. And to think this all came from a small town teenage girl in New Zealand. I think what really gets to people in the song is the message, now a days you see famous celebrities claiming to be the top harlot, flashing all their precious objects. In this song she’s saying she is perfectly comfortable with her small town life and she isn’t planning on losing herself in the high life, unlike some celebrities Lorde is sticking to her roots. I really love this song and can’t wait to see what’s more to come of her.


2. Roar by Katy Perry

Unlike Royals I wasn’t surprised to see this up in the top songs, mainly because whenever I turn on the radio this song is always playing. Now in a general sense, I like Katy Perry, she never had the same old same old feel to her songs, and this doesn’t disappoint.  While I admit the song is different than her other ones, that doesn’t mean I like it. Now the majority of the school’s response to this song was “I love it!” and “this is my anthem!” but I wasn’t feeling it. On a lyrical sense, I do like the meaning of what Katy is trying to get across, her progression in character; how she went from being nothing, to people pushing her down and hanging over the breaking point, but managing to get back up, and being able to become a happy and confident person in the end. But her voice in the song sounds like she’s trying to get as deep as possible and I hear a strain in her voice as well. I also felt like she could’ve done more to the bridge than just repeating roar as it gradually gets louder. While the majority of the school is roaring to this song, I just think that this wasn’t the best of Katy Perry.


 3. Wrecking ball by Miley Cyrus

miley-cyrus-bangerz-deluxe-new-songUUUUGGGGHHHH. That was my initial reaction when I knew I was going to have to write about this song.  So this song was by far the most controversial  on the charts. While some students I talked to said the song shows that Miley has changed, others felt Miley is just a wreck like this song. Now I feel that you can’t judge a person’s music based on her personality, even though I do that sometimes. With saying that, I don’t like this song because of the song not because of what Miley does. I do really love the chorus though and the lyrics and music in it, but the rest didn’t seem to tie in music-wise. The verses and the bridge are this kind of a fast paced light sound, then the chorus hits with heavy beats dropping and it gets slower. I also didn’t think she had to emphasize every single word in the beginning verses. I do think Miley has a lot of talent and is a good singer, but this song just didn’t appeal to me. Despite all this I’m still pretty interested in what more music Miley has to offer.


 4. Wake me up by Avicii

avicii-wake-me-up-612x612Now please tell me I’m not the only who has trouble hearing what he’s trying to say in the verses. I understand the chorus though, so I kind of felt like this song became so popular because both country and dance/electronic music are blended perfectly in this song. Generally the comments from students for the song were all positive. The only slightly negative response I got was from one student who said, “yeah it was good, but it’ll get boring eventually.”  I feel like that reply can go to any song. The meaning to this song I find it incredible because it applies to both the young and the old. The majority of the lyrics are saying that in the time of youth, be optimistic and following your dreams, life is shorter than everyone thinks and use life as your advantage. At the same time it also discusses that he wants to become older because then he’ll be wiser and he doesn’t want to make the same mistakes that he made it the past. So to summarize, I like the beats, the lyrics and the meaning, and this song is definitely going into one of my playlists.


 5. Hold on, We’re going home by Drake

drake-hold-on-coverMost people I asked about this song had never heard of it. However the few that did know the song called it “a bombing song.” Now I’m not a huge fan of Drake, but I have to say I like it. The sound has a slow pace to it but it has these beats that really ties in together. And even though the lyrics are just about being in love with this girl, I thought it fit well with the general sound. The only thing I didn’t like about the song was how he repeated the same verse in the beginning chorus. I was pretty surprised when this song was number five considering that not many people have heard of this song. I was also surprised of the slightly different direction that Drake is taking regarding his music and I personally like it a lot better. This is definitely a song you should check out.