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Learn another language!

By Anthony Dusold


Do you feel confined to just one or two languages at school? Learn a new language, there’s sure to be a straightforward way to learn. Rosetta Stone is good, but it’s very expensive. Well, there is a free and effective way to learn a new language! Have you ever heard of Duolingo? Duolingo is both an app and a website! It’s easy to use and you can learn 30+ languages. These include Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German and more! For Spanish speaking individuals who want to learn English, Duolingo has courses for this. Duolingo has helped me to learn German, Russian, French and Italian.

If you happen to be walking passing by the Long Beach Public Library, you can go in and learn some languages by using a program called Mango, which is free to use with your library card! It has over 35 languages. It’s also available in the Google Play store and the Apple store!

What if you’re in Island Park? Well, the Island Park Public Library has its own language learning program called Pronunciator where you can learn 80 different languages in 50 different languages! However, I recommend Duolingo.

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Differences Between a Norwegian High School and American High School

By Dina Arndt


One of the biggest differences for me as an exchange student here in New York is how the schools are run and their typical size. I come from a small community down south in Norway where everyone knows each other. We have only one elementary school, one middle school, and a high school, there’s no such thing as a private school. We all get divided by age into one class. There’s usually three classes in each grade. The class you get placed in is the class you are going to spend the whole day in each weekday (except when you have your lunch period). Instead of having 500 students circulating from class to class, we have the teachers doing it instead, which causes a lot less drama and arguing between students.


At 13 you are considered a teenager, which means you have the knowledge to start middle school. The teachers also expect you to be mature enough and aware of your education because in middle school you are much more on your own. You don’t interact with the teachers in the same way as you do in elementary school. Our elementary school is from 1st grade to 7th grade and our middle school is 3 years long, (7th to 10th grade). These 3 years are really important for your education.


The students work hard at attaining the best grades possible. We don’t have any form of extra help, extra credit, make-up tests, clubs or sports where you can show your potential. This forces us to really focus in class and study a lot on our own. Our work during middle school is really important because at the end of 10th grade you have to apply for high school. High school is not mandatory in Norway, so getting accepted to one is important if you want to fully obtain an education and attend a university. We have to choose a certain study path and each school represents different study paths. This system allows us, students, to start our education as soon as possible so that we don’t have to learn things that won’t benefit one’s selected career. If you want to become a nurse there are schools that have classes you will need to become one.


Since there aren’t a lot of high schools in the different cities, we have to apply around the whole country, so most of the students have to move out by themselves at the age of 16. This emphasizes the importance of being independent and mature by 16. By starting your education at such an early age, allows you to already be done before you turn 21. Your education will most likely be 10 years of primary school, 2 years in secondary school, and 2 years in an internship before you take a final exam; which will determine if you can graduate or not.


Some students are not sure what they want to become when they’re 16. This was my case. We have one study path which qualifies you to apply for any education you want. This is similar to the US system of education. It may take you a longer time to finish your education and it requires more effort from you, but at least you wouldn’t be locked into a certain career. In Norway, there is a 3-year long education where you can get a taste of everything and attain a great variety of knowledge. After graduation (13th grade), you can apply for any major you want. In order to get a bachelor’s degree, you must attend our universities for 3 years.


A normal school day starts at 9 am and ends at 3 pm. Since you are in charge of your own education and the school wants you to learn how to be mature and independent, we don’t have a lot of rules. We don’t have any security guards, we can leave the class or the school buildings at any time we want and we can also skip school. We have an absent limit and if you go above the limit, you will fail the year and have to take it all over again. We are also assigned a single classroom, so we don’t need to rush from class to class. We have 6 periods in a day, each period lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Each day is different because the subjects you have on Monday won’t be the subjects you’d have on Tuesday. The last year of high school, before graduation, the students  have a big celebration that lasts all through May.

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Logan: Movie Review

By Vincent Saciolo

People have been watching these new Marvel movies every year it seems, enjoying them once for what they are and then not thinking about them again. It’s the routine for me and I bet you do the same. Logan, which released March 3rd of this year (2017), is the first Marvel movie I have seen that actually blew me away. It stayed away from the carbon cut formula most of these modern superhero films have been following; loads of CGI action, flashy colors, light hearted humor, and a generally family friendly tone. Instead of this, everything about Logan has a serious, gritty, and emotional feel to it, and they still manage to drive some good laughs into the blend as well. This really works well with the main characters’ personalities and doesn’t take away from the movie’s tone.

The choreography for this movie’s fight scenes are incredibly impressive and seem very realistic, and made even more so due to the lack of heavy CGI use throughout the majority of the film, where in other Marvel movies, like Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the audience can be desensitized to the action because it is clear that they just animated what is on the screen the more you are exposed to it. The other Marvel movies released recently also, to me at the very least, seem to lack a significant amount of tension. The stakes never seem to really be raised to a high enough level that I actually am worried about the characters or the outcome of the plot. Characters like Captain America, Iron Man, or the Hulk are so important and powerful to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that it’s nearly impossible to imagine that the situation in the movie could actually be a threat to them at this point. In Logan, however, the tone of the movie from the very start is dark and sets a very shallow and hopeless mood for the film, which is fantastic and refreshingly new in a Marvel film.

The tone is consistent throughout almost all of the movie, and right when the movie seems to mellow out and seems to be taking a lighter tone, they very suddenly rip the feeling right away. This is done spectacularly well, and instead of taking away from the movie, it entices you even further into it. As a side note I would like to add that the acting is phenomenal, especially the little girl, which was a huge surprise to me. The plot of the movie seems to dwarf the other Marvel movies in scale, and its far from a bad thing. The plot of the movie is simple, intense, and hits home. Instead of another mindlessly evil villain attempting to take over the world, Logan centers around saving a young girl from a shadowy organization. To say any more would potentially ruin the experience for you, but take my word for it, if you haven’t seen Logan yet, you definitely need to.

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Cody’s Corner: Class Olympics 2017



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Video Game Review: Battlefield 1

The French have Finally Arrived to Battlefield 1!

By Anthony Dusold


On March 14th, 2017, the first Battlefield 1 DLC was released. The name of the expansion pack was one of the most famous quotes during the most infamous Battle of Verdun, “They Shall Not Pass!”


The expansion pack includes new weapons such as the Ribeyrolles 1918 (assault class- submachine gun), the RSC 1917 (medic class), the Lebel Model 1886 (scout class), The Chauchat (support class), and The Sjögren Inertial (assault class- shotgun). It also brought new maps such as Verdun Heights, Fort De Vaux, Soissons, and Rupture. If you and your gamer girlfriend *wink* *wink* decided to play Battlefield 1 online together, you may as well be playing Rupture due to the beautiful red plants that grow there while taking the fight to your enemy.


Not to mention the NEW gamemode called Front Lines. Front Lines is described as a mix of Rush and Conquest (2 other game modes in Battlefield 1) where both teams have to push each other to their bases on the map, once one team is at the other team’s’ base, the team on the offensive has to blow up 2 telegraphs in which the game ends there (rush). The 2 bases are connected through a line of flags throughout the map, so before you try to take the enemy base, one team has to take the flag in the middle, then the winning team has to go on the offensive and take another flag closer to the losing team’s base, only then will you begin your assault on the enemy base!


Last but not least, some may find this the most exciting, the new behemoths! Are you just tired of having a behemoth being restricted to train tracks, sea or air? Well now you can have a behemoth anywhere! Introducing the Char 2C! This was one of the largest tanks of its time and will tip the scale of a battle at anytime! We also have new vehicles like the St. Chamond which is the most heavily armed tank of the entire war. We also have a new stationary weapon. The M1916 Siege Howitzer aims at players much like the mortar and artillery in vehicles! Regardless of how you go about playing this DLC, DICE and EA have created a dynamic and chaotic world for the player to emerge themselves into!




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