Sugar is in everything from drinks to deserts to even ketchup. But with the rise of obesity in the US, many have turned away from sugar and are consuming artificial sweeteners. Read the rest of this entry »
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Written By Rachael Lefebvre ’12
“Perfect Day”- Lou Reed.
Now children, I feel like I’m not one of those people who constantly demands you listen to this song, or that band, because frankly, I hate those people. I don’t go out seeking music, I’m lazy, and wait for it to come to me. Come to think about it, that’s probably why I’m still rocking out to “Genie in a Bottle”, but I’m getting off topic. What I meant to say was that if there is only one song artist on this list you look up, please let it be Lou Reed. Now, I’m known to be dramatic, but I love Lou Reed so much, that if that wrinkled old drug-addled 69-year-old man proposed to me, I’d go out and buy me a veil. Many people know the song “Walk on the Wild Side”, but few have heard “Perfect Day”. Lou Reed has the ability to make you feel what he’s feeling, and damn, I nearly ripped my heart out when I first heard this song. The man sounds like he has a bottle of pills in one hand and in the other a handle of bourbon, and when he’s done playing the amazing piano solo he’s going to end his life. Just one of those songs that is so true, so sparse and pure that it makes an incredible impact.
“Back and Gold”- Sam Sparro.
Now, I love this song for many reasons, but the main one isn’t about the music ( a great thumping heartbeat that makes you think of underground clubs in Amsterdam) or the lyrics (Simple but captivating) but it lies in this man’s voice. When I first heard this song, I thought I was listening to Lenny Kravitz, and when I looked up “Sam Sparro” on Google I came face-to-face with a scrawny white man with a love of neon, not a beautiful black rock-god who sleeps on a pile of money and models. Trust me, this is one of those songs everyone loves, so check it out.
“Attitude”- The Misfits.
So you fancy yourself a punk huh? What, no? You don’t think you’re the next Sid Vicious? You would rather cuddle puppies than mosh in all your dirty, grimy glory? Well that’s okay, because if your angry or about to verbally smack down somebody, listen to this song first, and you’ll have more adolescent rage than Johnny Rotten.
“Waiting in Vain”- Bob Marley .
In my opinion, Bob Marley is one of those few artists who everybody likes. I have yet to find anyone who doesn’t like at least one song by dear old Bob. I personally love a lot of Marley’s songs, but this one has a very special place in my heart, maybe because of the hazy, soft beat, or maybe because everyone can relate to Marley’s simple message.
“Boys Don’t Cry”- The Cure.
Really, this is just a great song. This is one of my wake-up songs in the morning, it’s punky but peppy, what’s not to love? I like the video too, because Robert Smith (lead singer/guitar/songwriter) looks like a tiny adorable troll doll from the 80’s. You almost expect that if you lifted up his shirt he’d have a rhinestone for a bellybutton.
“Walk on the Wild Side”- Lou Reed.
Yes, yes, I’m putting him in here again, but simply because the man is awesome, and you’re doing your ears a favor when you listen to him. This is a classic song, and it’s soft lazy sound brings me right back to summer, back to that feeling of possibility, like anything can happen. I think that’s what great songs are supposed to do ( and this is certainly a great song), the songs we love are as much a part of our personality as our sense of humor or the clothes we wear. Music is a time line of our most triumphant moments, and our most dismal failures. When I turn on this song, I feel myself going back to sunshine, and that wonderful feeling that time has slowed to a crawl. Give it a chance, maybe you’ll feel the same.
“I Wanna Be Your Lover”- Prince.
Oh Prince, just…you’re so fabulous. I think we should hang out and you should let me wear that jacket you have on the cover of “Purple Rain”. I think (or at least hope) that everyone likes one Prince song. This is my dance song, and I don’t dance, but if this came on, I’d be whippin’ out all the white girl awkwardness that the club could handle.
“Suck My Kiss”- The Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Let me just say, I love The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I actually do, they are my musical soul mates, and if Anthony Kiedis grows his hair long again, and shaves off that mustache, he would also be my soul mate (don’t worry Lou, I have enough love for two). And if if they ever decide to get their fancy “ Too-good-for-an-American-tour” butts over here, I will be the first to get tickets, and I will demand they play this song, because it is an awesome, body-rollicking ballad. It’s basically a musical punch in your face, except it doesn’t hurt, it just rocks. But than again, that’s what most RHCP songs are like.
Rachel’s Embarrassing Song of The Week: “It Wasn’t Me”- Shaggy feat. Ricardo Ducent
Okay, technically, I’m not really ashamed I like this song, but I mean, any song with Shaggy is bound to be kinda embarrassing because I mean…it’s Shaggy. When he sings or raps or whatever it is, he sounds like a dog on tranquilizers trying to scat. But this song has hardly any Shaggy in it, and it’s pretty addictive. That doesn’t make it right, but it makes it a little less shameful.
Sydney Denault ’13
Many doubted the severity of the snowstorm that was going to hit New England on October 29, 2011. But once the snow began to fall faster and faster, people realized that this storm was serious. The snow was heavy, and as it piled up on top of trees not yet ready for winter, branches and even entire trees began to break and fall. Some fell on houses, cars, and power lines. Thousands lost power, and although Hadley is fortunate enough to have gained power back, many are still being left in the dark. Below are stories telling of how some students survived a few days without power. The Hawks Claw is eager to hear everyone’s story, so share your story in the comments!
Matt Waskiewicz ’12
I read the Hobbit and did my calculus homework via head lamp!
Lauren Dymek ‘12
I didn’t get back until Thursday. The first night, I slept over Becky Smiths house, but she didn’t have power either. I didn’t want to be alone and she had more heat and didn’t want to be bored. Things got out of hand when the heat did not come back on or water, so I went to a friend’s dorm at UMass and took a shower. The power still didn’t come back,so I went house hopping. My mom was in Longmeadow working in emergency control because the whole town didn’t have power. My fish almost died! I had to put them by the fire place. It was so miserable.
Taylor Witkos ’12
I didn’t have hot water so I had to shower at my ex-boyfriend’s house.
Michael Leveille ’12
I took cold showers.
Kelsey Yusko ’12
I was babysitting when it went out. The oldest was sleeping, and the younger one wasn’t even scared! We played candyland and shutes and latters with flashlights. The little kid had to follow my finger finger because he couldn’t see.
We were number 75 on the list for a generator in Greenfield, so I used my Droid to find hardware stores. We went all the way to Brattleboro to finally get a generator.
Teenagers and Adults in today’s world lead busy lives with little time for sleep. Caffeine consumption has become a daily necessity; coffee being the most popular form of a caffeinated drink with tea coming in second. Rumor has it that coffee is bad for you, but new scientific studies regarding the drink have recently come out and it looks like coffee may be better for us than we think. Read the rest of this entry »
The painful, yet inevitable reality that your days of staying out by the refreshing pool in the hot sun and then staying out as late as your body allows have come to an end with the start of the new school year. Although it can be very hard to get back into the daily routines involving school, some people may enjoy the change or the excitement of starting a new year. Read the rest of this entry »
The USDA is currently in the process of reinventing unhealthy school lunch meals around the country to include healthier options. The new lunchtime guidelines, which were announced last year, will go into effect this school year and are expected to help reduce child obesity and health care costs. Read the rest of this entry »
Sydney Denault ’13
Seventeen years ago in 1993, the policy not allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the United States military, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, was signed by then-President Bill Clinton. During the time in which this policy was in effect, gays who were discovered or came out during service were discharged from the military. Although the intentions of the policy were supposed to be positive because they were supposed to prohibit military personnel from discriminating against gays serving in the military, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” developed into a policy preventing gays from talking about their sexual orientation or any homosexual relationships they had. It forced gays to serve in secret and in constant fear of harassment and discovery. On December 22, 2010, President Barack Obama signed a law to repeal the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, which officially ended earlier this month on September 20, 2011. This repeal has brought much happiness and relief to those who were forced to serve our country closeted. Although many coming out while in the military stories are beginning to be shared, one seems to have already touched the hearts of many over the past few months, and that would be the story of Randy Phillips. Read the rest of this entry »
Come to the Junior Class Homecoming Dance!
Soccer games under the lights won’t be the only way to celebrate Homecoming this year! A Homecoming dance will be hosted by the Class of 2013 on Friday, October 7th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm in the Hopkins Academy cafeteria. The night will be filled with lots of fun and fast-paced club style music; no slow songs will be played. For a small cost of only $6, you can enjoy a night of dancing with your friends! The money raised will go towards prom costs, and will help the Juniors to plan an awesome prom!
Jeremiah Hyslip 2014
For years, students here at Hopkins have wondered about North Star. What is it? Is it really a school? Why do they seem to spend so much time outside? Last week, I had the opportunity to see the school and speak with the Program’s Director to get the answers. North Star is like a recreational center for home-schooled students. It is an alternate option for students who have a hard time or don’t fit in at regular high schools. Although North Star is not technically a school, it can be useful: it provides a different learning atmosphere for students. It’s title “Self-Directed Learning for Teens” implies, the students choose what they do and don’t learn. North Star claims that they are a place to lead, learn, innovate, and inspire. There are a variety of different classes including a spoken word (poetry and writing) workshop and a Rubik’s Cube workshop, along with many others. Most of the time spent outside is used for rehearsal for the theater program. Students are not required to take the MCAS because it is a private school.
Lastly, there are seven principles that outline the work done at North Star that can give you a better view of how the whole operation works:
- Young people want to learn.
- Learning happens everywhere.
- It really is OK to quit school.
- How people behave under one set of circumstances and assumptions does not predict how they will behave under a very different set of circumstances and assumptions.
- Structure communicates as powerfully as words.
- As adults working with young people, we should mostly strive to “make possible” rather than “make sure.”
- The best preparation for a meaningful and productive future is a meaningful and productive present.
The Hopkins Academy varsity cheerleaders played the Smith Academy varsity cheerleaders in a powder puff basketball game on Monday, March 14 at 7:00pm in the Hopkins Academy gym. Read the rest of this entry »