Monday, November 27, 2017

Respectful Kpop Band TWICE

By Alexa Agnello

                   South Korean girl group TWICE has been taking the world by storm. TWICE has earned the title of South Korea’s “Nation’s Girl Group”. This title originally belonged to their senior group Girls’ Generation also known as SNSD. TWICE just released their first full album of their two year career. The title song of their album is “Likey” and the album “TWICETAGRAM”. The album consists of 13 songs.
TWICE was formed by South Korea’s survival show “Sixteen”. The show consisted of many different challenges and various eliminations until the last members were chosen. The show divided 16 girls into two groups Major and Minor. The girls would either move up, stay where they are or get eliminated. On July 5, 2015 the final members were chosen, bringing on back from elimination. They ended up with nine amazing members.
The group debuted on October 20th, 2015 with the song “Like OOH-AHH” and the mini album “The Story Begins”. Their popularity grew when the released their first comeback song “Cheer Up” along with the mini album “PAGE TWO”. The song drew people in when Japanese member Sana’s part blew up on social media. In the first and second verse people fell in love with the line, “Shy, Shy, Shy”. With their second comeback landing on October 24, 2016, they released the song “TT” and the mini album “TWICECOASTER : Lane One”. “TT” also became a world hit and in January became the first Kpop girl group to surpass 200 million views on YouTube. Their third comeback was not so far away. On February 20th, they released their first repackage album “TWICECOASTER : Lane Two”, with the title song “Knock Knock” and the new side track “Ice Cream / Melting”. In May, the group released their third mini album “Signal” with 6 new songs including their title track “Signal”. They made their Japanese debut in July and released their first Japanese music video in October. The latest album “TWICETAGRAM” was released and has so far surpassed 80 million views on YouTube.
There are nine members. Im Nayeon is the oldest member. She is 22 years old and is the lead vocalist and the center of the group. Next up, Yoo Jeongyeon is the second oldest. She is 21 years old and is the lead vocalist of the group. The first Japanese member is Momo Hirai. She is 21 years old and is the main dancer, vocalist and rapper of the group. The second Japanese member is Sana Minatozaki. She is 20 years old and is the lead dancer and vocalist of the group. The leader of the group is Park Jihyo. She is 20 years old and is the main vocal of the group. The last Japanese member is Mina Myoui. She is 20 years old and is the lead dancer and vocalist of the group. Kim Dahyun is 19 years old, she is the lead rapper and vocalist of the group. Son Chaeyoung is 18 years old, she is the main rapper and vocalist of the group. Lastly the youngest member, Chou Tzuyu. She 18 years old, she is the vocalist, dancer and the visual of the group.
TWICE is full of talent ; they are big dorks and watching them become more and more popular as the days go by makes me feel like a proud *ONCE (TWICE's fan name). TWICE has been called the girl group of the generation because of their record breaking songs and interactions with their fans. With 9 talented and incredibly dorky members, listening to TWICE is a very great enjoyable time. “One in a million! Hello We are TWICE!”
(Left to right - Chaeyoung, Momo, Nayeon, Sana, Tzuyu, Jihyo, Dahyun, Mina, Jeongyeon)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Friday the 13th MOVIE night ON THE
By Alyssamae Gadsden

Friday, October 13th 2017 marked the first ever movie night on the Port Richmond High School football field.  Admission was one dollar and students received a free bag of popcorn with their ticket. Mr.Medugno showed It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! to get students warmed up for the movie, Friday the 13th.   The night ended with students dancing to Michael Jackson’s music video, Thriller.   Students brought blankets, chairs and snacks. Three hundred students showed up to the event, snuggling up with their friends to stay warm on a chilly October night. Students danced to music, ran around chasing friends and laughed, enjoying their night.  Some of the laughs turned into screams when a person dressed up as Scream came running out on the field with a plastic machete.
At the beginning of the event, Principal Swinton came up on the microphone thanking everyone for coming out to PRHS’ first movie night. She described the movie night as a “Dope Event”. “ The movie night itself was a great idea. It brought together Port Richmond as a community and inspired a night of togetherness,” said student Kemauri Flowers. “This was our first time doing movie night on the field. It was a great outcome. Perfect temperature, perfect day, everyone loved it,” stated Senior Class President Kiaramar Pichardo.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

History of Halloween
by Alexa Agnello
"The Halloween Pumpkin Man"

Halloween is the scariest day of the year (besides Friday The 13th). Many people of all ages dress up in costumes and go trick or treating. Many scary movies are watched or put in theaters on this day. Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. Borrowing from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition.
Halloween has been a tradition for many people for thousands of years. Even though it wasn’t our tradition to start with. Many people make it a competition by decorating their houses to the fullest. A lot of houses on Staten Island take decorating to the extreme. One house in particular takes extreme to a whole other level.
A house in Westerleigh, Staten Island decorates their house with gore and even has a projector in the window of the house. They put up big statues and figures and this year the owners have a smoke machine in front of the house.

Halloween is enjoyed by almost everyone and is enjoyed by people of all ages. Let Halloween begin!

Friday, June 9, 2017

MTA Raises Fares

Housing over eight million people of the American population, New York City is known for being the most populous city in the United States. Millions of people travel from all the five boroughs and depend on public transportation to get to their destination. According to the MTA Network, an average of 7,700,000 million people use the MTA services weekly, over 85% of people use public transportation. However, for the new year of 2017, the MTA increased the price of commuting fares for public transportation. Despite the unwanted change, these new fares were effective on March 19th.
● The 30-day unlimited MetroCard has risen $4.50 from $116.50 to $121.00
● The 7-day unlimited MetroCard has risen $1.00 from $31.00 to $32.00
● The 7-day Express Bus plus Metrocard has risen $2.25 from $57.25 to $59.50
● The single fare ride will remain $2.75
● For MTA bridges and tunnels, cars using E-ZPass will see a rise of $.25, while drivers paying with cash or toll by mail will see an increase of 6.3% to 9.1%.
● Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road will rise 3.75% in prices.

Many commuters believed that this change was unfair and argued that the MTA does not provide the outcome the public expects for their investment. However, a budget deal made in 2009 requires that the MTA increase its fares every two years. They plan to increase revenue by 4% and give the additional funds to the MTA workers.  The next fare rise will be in 2019.

Port Richmond High School Band Department

By Hayoung Choi
The Port Richmond Band Department has long been a pride and joy of the Raider community. People from all kinds of musical backgrounds join together to create harmonious music that entertains the crowd in pleasant tones. In order to connect to the essence of the greater community, the PRHS Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, and Marching Band have actively participated in events held in Staten Island and areas in Manhattan. For instance, the Jazz Band performed at P.S. 68 for the ribbon cutting ceremony and also at the Burrito Bar on Forest Ave. for brunch. The Symphonic Band took a walking tour of lower Manhattan of the Revolutionary Wars to get a historic perspective of the music. The Marching Band recently marched through the city of Manhattan in the Memorial Day Parade in honor of the current and fallen soldiers of America. The three departments of band offered at Port Richmond High School are Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, and Marching Band. The Jazz Band is a musical ensemble that plays jazz selection. The band is made up of a rhythm section and a horn section. Symphonic Band, also called Concert Band is a performing ensemble that consists of members of the woodwind, brass, and percussion families of musical instruments along with the double bass or bass guitar. The Marching Band is a group where the musicians who play instruments typically in the woodwind, brass, or percussion families march while playing musical selections for entertainment or competition purposes. The Port Richmond Bands offer an enjoyable and amazing way for incoming students to explore the world of music.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Criminal Minds Review:
By: Alexa Manno
Criminal minds is for students above the age of 17. This show is a little intense for any age under that. This show is very gory and let’s you sees things from a F.B.I. profiler’s perspective. What makes me want to  continue watching this show is that it keeps you on your toes, leaves episodes ending with a cliffhanger, wanting you to watch more. I watched this show daily, day and night, almost everyday that I didn’t have something to do. All in all the show teaches you a lot about the group and what they do on an everyday basis. There is still another season coming with more exciting and different things that will come their way and I cannot wait until it begins. Criminal Minds helped me also decide what I want to do with my career path and the job that I want to follow through with in my life. In college I will be triple majoring in forensics, criminal psychology and computer science. My job choice will be the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Criminal Minds TV series is based in Quantico, Virginia, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is a subsection of the FBI. Called in by local police departments to assist in solving crimes of a serial and/or extremely violent nature where the perpetrator is unknown (referred to by the Unit as the unknown subject or unsub for short), the BAU uses the controversial scientific art of profiling to track and apprehend the unsub. Profiling entails coming up with basic characteristics of the unsub and the victims (referred to as the victimology), using evidence from the case and matching that information to historic precedents and psychological analyses as a means to solve the case. Because of the nature of the work conducted by the BAU - the work being time consuming and psychologically demanding - its members are fiercely loyal to the Unit and to its other members. Also because of the work's overall demanding nature, not many members of the BAU have been able to maintain a happy or stable family life.

An elite squad of FBI profilers analyzes the country's most-twisted criminal minds, anticipating the perpetrators' next moves before they can strike again. Each member of the "mind hunter" team brings his or her expertise to pinpoint predators' motivations and identify emotional triggers to stop them. The core group includes an official profiler who is highly skilled at getting into the minds of criminals, a quirky genius, the former media liaison who manages to adeptly balance family life and the job, and a computer wizard.
     Is the Dress Code Beneficial or Detrimental?
By: Hayoung Choi

As summer approaches and warmer weather awaits, many students eagerly wait to bask in the summer sun with friends and family. With the first waves of heat reaching schools all over America, students have been wearing summer-cooling outfits to combat the sweltering heat in their distinctive fashionable ways. However, many of the outfits students choose to wear are considered a “violation of the dress code” and are often being detained, suspended, or even expelled. Proponents to the dress code say appropriately dressed students promote better learning environments with no distractions. Opponents to the dress code argue that the dress code restricts individual rights of expression that represent the very essence of American democracy.
Port Richmond’s Principal Timothy M. Gannon has stressed that “Students who arrive at school dressed inappropriately will have their parents contacted, will not be permitted to attend classes, and will be required to change into more appropriate attire. Students who repeatedly disregard the dress code will face more severe disciplinary action as afforded by the NYC Department of Education Discipline Code. “ Administrators have enforced that the dress code prevents any unintentional confrontations that may occur while students have acted in defiance against the dress code.
The Port Richmond High School Dress Code:
  1. Students shall be responsible for maintaining pants and skirts in an appropriate manner as observed in a professional business environment. All pants and skirts should be secured at waist level and may not fall below the waist to such a degree that a student’s posterior or underwear is shown in any manner.
  2. Head coverings, except for religious purposes, for both males and females, are not permitted.
  3. Halter-tops, tank tops, and tube tops are not permitted unless worn with a covering shirt or jacket. Tops must extend to the waist and meet the waistband of pants, skirts or shorts. Shoulders and backs should not be bare.
  4. Shorts and skirts must extend to the length of one’s fingertips when standing straight up. Miniskirts or short-shorts may not be worn.
  5. Slogans or pictures that are obscene or deemed inappropriate by school officials cannot appear on clothing.

Whether the dress code is beneficial or detrimental to American public school children is a topic that will continually be debated among individuals influenced by the daily effects of the educational departments.