Ask Column


Angelica Cortes


Q: What is a good way of relieving
stress?


A: Do something you love! When you’re under
a lot of stress it’s always good to take it out in doing something you love. If
you love to listen to music, blast it! If you like to play basketball, shoot
some hoops! Just don’t ever take it out on someone else. Taking out your
problems on someone else could bring you even more stress.




Q: People always spread rumors about me
that are not true. What do I do?


A: Don’t listen to them. People are always going to want to talk bad about
others. The best thing to do is to hold your head up high and ignore whatever
people are saying about you. You know what is and isn’t true, don’t worry about
it.

 
 
The Headless Horseman strikes again


Allison Burke


A new show based on Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” premiered on TV
  September 16th, and a new episode has been released every Monday since. It is interesting and
  altogether unlike anything I’ve ever watched.


It features the original hero of the legend, Ichabod Crane, after having ‘died’ following a fight with the
  Horseman during the Revolutionary War.


Both Ichabod and the plot are very different from the original story.


It began when he woke up in an underground cave and found himself in modern Sleepy Hollow.
  Modern Sleepy Hollow is, once again, having issues with the horseman Ichabod thought he killed over a
  hundred years ago, and he must help a policewoman whose life is tied up in legend to stop the
  paranormal events before they get worse.


The characters are entertaining, and although the plot hasn’t gotten far, I can already tell that there will
  be a lot more on their backgrounds in the future because they all seem to be hiding something.


The setting being a small town helps with the mystery affect the show has; all of the crimes caused by
the main characters’ supernatural enemies have been contained within its borders thus far, separating it
  from the real world, and all of the townspeople have known each other in the past, which makes it more
  surprising when certain people turn out to be in force with demons.


One of the things that caught my attention the most in the show was the way different myths and legends
  are combined within the major Sleepy Hollow theme. It can be confusing
  sometimes (if you walk away and come back a few minutes later, chances are
  you’ll have no clue what’s going on), but it would be hard to do without using
  stories that only come from common
knowledge.


It’s definitely worth a look if you like supernatural TV shows and are not easily disturbed.

 
 
                                     
INSIDIOUS
2 WILL MAKE YOU JUMP OUT OF YOUR
SEAT
Muhammad Malik

Insidious 2 was by far the scariest movie I
have ever seen. It was the most anticipated movie of the year. Insidious 2 being
the sequel of the first movie starts with explaining the ending of the first
movie. The film is based on the story of a family in which the father gets stuck
in one of his dreams while saving his
  son.

 The movie is full of scary scenes that
make you jump out of your seat. It has a meaningful plot and to be honest I had
  goose bumps the whole time.

I really liked the movie, and would say
that it has to be one of my favorites. I would recommend people to go and watch
it.

Trust me you won’t be disappointed!

 
 
Hatebreed releases great album
By Tyler Stanley

Hatebreed’s new album, The Divinity of Purpose is one of the best albums I’ve heard in a while. My favorite song from the album is “Nothing Scars Me” because of the emotion that was poured into the song, with the rifts and its meaning.

The album artwork for the cover is really good and extremely detailed. 

The song I don’t like at all is “Indivisible” because of its constant, same rhythm and the vocalist shouting “Indivisible” over and over.

The Divinity of Purpose is the sixth studio album from American metalcore band Hatebreed. The album was released in North America on January 29, 2013 through Razor & Tie and in Europe on January 25, 2013 through Nuclear Blast Records.

 
 
Burn Notice goes out with a bang
By Allison Burke

The final episode of Burn Notice aired on September 12. As usual, it was extremely dramatic, involved at least one explosion, and was amazing.

The previous episode left off with Michael Weston, protagonist and ex­-spy, on the side of a group of cutthroat operatives who would stop at nothing to do what they thought was just.

He had previously been given the task of capturing their leader with the help of the government, but with yet another betrayal from his own side, he began to agree with the ideas of the people he was fighting to destroy.

Michael’s friends, Fiona Glenanne and Sam Axe, realized what was happening and tried to stop it without success. Fiona was not willing to give up on Michael, and gave him the choice of shooting her and continuing with the plan James had worked out or leaving and saving her life.

The plot was well written and did not seem like a ridiculous attempt to excite the viewers; it maintained as much as a balance between action and reality as there can be in a show about spies who survive every situation they get themselves into.

Although the show had been leading up to the main events for the last several episodes, the writers were still able to through in a few unexpected twists and turns, and the overall ending was not predictable.

The way that the last few events in the show were ordered, with what supposedly happened followed by what really happened, was a great conclusion to it all.

I would suggest that anyone who enjoys action or crime shows watch the series and find out what became of Michael and his friends.
 
 
Limitless is always a good movie choice
By David Davis

Limitless is about an individual, Eddie Spinola, who takes a little white pill and becomes extremely intelligent. 

I thought this movie had a great timeline and had great character. This movie has the best actors, including Bradley Cooper who stared in The Hangover 1 and 2. 

This movie is not a family movie it is probably geared more toward teens or adult individuals and couples. 

It’s a thrilling action-packed adventure that draws on the imagination of the people watching itWhen I watched this movie I pictured myself in the movie and not the star actor. 

I thought this movie was incredible. Everything was right: the characters, timeline, and thought process. It was just perfect. 

Good movies can’t be made by people who don’t know what they’re doing in limitless the directors and actors knew what they were doing.

Limitless is my favorite movie of all time. 
 
 
"Ask Aggie"
By Aggie Karafas

Q: I am worried about my grades. I study and even go to the teachers for extra help after school, but I cannot get my grade up! What else can I do?

A: It is great you are going to tutoring but sometimes it is hard to get all your questions answered there since usually there are a lot of students who also go to tutoring. You could try setting up individual tutoring sessions with the teacher or finding an outside tutor. You could also give yourself extra practice problems from the book or find some online.

Q: My boyfriend and I recently got into an argument. We have had arguments before and gotten over them, but this time it is different and I don’t know if we can get over this one. How can I fix this?

A: You cannot fix it alone. A relationship is a two way street; you have to 'give' to 'get.' You both have to want it to work for it to be a healthy relationship. Tell him what you are thinking and that you still want the relationship to work. Sometimes it won’t work and that’s just a fact of life, but if you don’t tell him how you feel about it, then nothing will happen and the relationship will fall apart. It takes two people to argue and it also takes two people to get over an argument.


We all need advice sometimes! Anyone who could benefit from the advice of Aggie and the Neuse and Observer staff members can submit a question via the contact box on the home page of this website, or by anonymously dropping off a question in the submission envelope outside of Miss McInnis' room in the high school building at NCS.
 
 
Volleyball season ends with zero wins

The varsity volleyball team has had a hard season; not all of their games have been their best. The team has not won a game yet, but for some, hope is high.

“They’re a lot better than last year,” said Mark Fang, senior at Neuse Charter. “They work better as a team.”

Some students, though, have thoughts for improvement. “The back row needs to move up,” said an anonymous source who does not wish to be identified. “[They] need to be more aggressive, [and] they need to stop worrying about what’s going on in the crowd. Play your role, [and] you have to play as a team.”

That is right, they do need to be more aggressive. The players also need to connect more. It seems as if when they are playing, they are not always aware of each other and therefore let the ball drop right in between two players.

Some of the players are trying their hardest, but a few people cannot be an entire team. It is not fair to those players who are good at what they do and love doing it having to pick up the entire team's slack.

The team did recently win a set in one of their games, which is proof that they can work as whole. Communication and ambition can improve if both the players and the coach talk to each other about what they are doing wrong as well as talk about the ways they can improve.
 
 
Food Column: Peanut Butter Cup Blondies
By Caroline Lancaster               

Blondies have roughly the same texture as brownies. Although, If you don’t like chocolate, then these are a treat. 

I first made these last year when I got a new cookbook from the book fair. Everybody loved them and even when I brought them to school, they were a hit and almost gone by lunch.

“Oh my god, they were delicious!” said Angelica Cortes, “If you bring them in to school, I will be your bestest friend forever."

Even a teacher, art teacher Molly Layton, complimented me on them last year when I made them.

Prep time: 20 min Total Time: two hours

5.6 ounces all-purpose flour (1 ¼ cups)

1 cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup creamy peanut butter

¼ cup butter, melted and cooled slightly

2 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or more heehee)

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Cooking spray

4 (.75 ounces) peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next three ingredients (through salt), stirring well with a whisk. Combine peanut butter and next four ingredients (through eggs) in a separate bowl, stirring well. Add peanut butter mixture to flour mixture; stir until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Scrape batter into a nine-inch square metal baking pan lightly covered with cooking spray; arrange peanut butter cups over batter. Bake at 350 for 19 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool in pan or a wire rack. Cut into 20 bars. Serves 20.

 
 
The Butler: A historical journey
By Savannah Jones

The Butler was very inspirational. 

The movie included many historical time periods, and the struggle of African Americans from the early 1900’s to the present day.

While the movie was very political, it also held a lot of important moments in African American history, like the freedom of slaves, The “I have a dream” speech and death of Martin Luther King, and the beginning of boycotts and sit-ins.

The movie also involved the time periods of many famous presidents including Eisenhower, JFK, and Ronald Reagan. 

Though I would not recommend this for children younger than 12, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a gaze into history.