The Torch Litchfield High School--Edition VIII—Editor in Chief: Dante Ferrari Tech Troubles? By Christopher Casanova Having troubles retrieving your network files from student share at home? If so, there are many ways to access your files. First, using the web-based file portal, https://file.litchfieldschools.org, enter the same username and password you use to login to your computer. The second tool you can use is the “remap network drive” tool. This tool is located on the desktop of your device. Simply click on the file and let it run until it closes. If you have further issues you should open a ticket to report the issue and visit Tech when they are available. In the next few months you may see a new student device (Asus Transformer T100) in the school. The new device will be tested and is going to be evaluated to replace the current Middle School device (Lenovo x131e) during the 20162017 school year. According to Ms. Terry, “Evaluating new hardware is a big deal. A few important characteristics we focus on are the portability and durability of the device.” Tech is determining whether or not this device will help Litchfield students. Do Parents Need To Give Their Teens A Break? By Heather Damiani Parents think we’re just kids and do not understand that we are mature enough to make important decisions in our lives. Although, according to learning.blogs.nytimes.com, “some brain regions and systems become more mature with time. Parents need to give teens a chance and not prohibit them from doing things because they think their teen is “immature”. Quote of the Month: “They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.” --Terry Pratchett do not reach full maturity until the early or mid-20’s” teenagers are forced to make adult decisions well before then. Teenagers can drive cars and go to war at such an early stage in their lives, but they are not “mature enough” to go see an Rrated movie? The brain may not be fully matured until around twenty five, but every day teens are faced with adult decisions. Teens are a few years off from being legal adults, so they need to be given the opportunity to show they can handle more freedom. With freedom comes responsibility. According to debate.com, teens will “make mistakes, but if treated as adults early on, given the responsibilities…. they will have to accept the consequences of their actions,” which make them LHS Needs A Break From These Songs by Alexa Guerrera This month, LHS students voted that these chart-topping songs were the most over-played by radio stations. 1. Uptown Funk- Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars 2. Shake It Off- Taylor Swift 3. All of Me- John Legend 4. Happy- Pharrell Williams 5. Stay With Me- Sam Smith Days to Remember in April By Heather Damiani There are many national days within the year of 2015. Nationaldaycalendar.com states the National Days for each month of the year. Below are the top ten days of this month. 1. April Fool’s Day (April 1st) 2. National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day (April 2nd) 3. National Walk Around Things Day (April 4th) 4. National Deep Dish Pizza Day (April 5th) 5. National Pet Day (April 11th) 6. National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (April 12th) 7. Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day/National High Five Day (April 16th) 8. National Earth Day (April 22nd) 9. National Take A Chance Day (April 23rd) 10. National Prime Rib/Babe Ruth Day (April 27th) Top 5 Additions and Eliminations to Netflix’s Lineup By Dante Ferrari Nowadays, almost everyone uses Netflix because it provides thousands of movies and shows for the small price of $7.99 a month. The following are the top 5 best additions and saddest eliminations that Netflix will be implementing this April. Additions: 1. Noah (2014) Starring Russell Crowe features stunning visual effects and design. 2. National Treasure (2004) Starring Nicholas Cage, this was one of the most popular movies of the 2000s. 3. Marvel’s Daredevil- Season 1- the highly anticipated arrival of Marvel’s newest project. 4. Sons of Anarchy- Season 7the popular FX drama about a biker gang will have its final season on Netflix. 5. Halt and Catch FireSeason 1- The criticallyacclaimed AMC series will now be available. Revisions: 1. The Karate Kid Parts I-III Getting rid of these ‘80s classics will be a sad sight, but they are being replaced with cool new movies and shows. 2. Good Morning Vietnam (1987) 3. Coneheads (1993) One of Dan Akroyd’s best films will now be off the menu for Netflix watchers. 4. Friday the 13 1980) Sorry Jason, you will no longer be on Netlfix. 5. Sleeping Beauty (2011) Sleeping Beauty, you will be sleeping somewhere else. Netflix just gave you the eviction letter. th ( Spring Break Rocks! By Heather Damiani Spring is a time for tank tops, bathing suits, shorts, flip flops and warm weather. LHS students were ready to take a break from school, and the long stressful hours of homework. In a survey, 40% of students stayed home to watch movies and hangout, 30% of students traveled over break, 10% of students went on college visits and the remaining 20% of students had no plans. After a well-deserved break, it’s nice to know that the countdown to summer has begun. Celebrity Gossip By Dante Ferrari Gossip, rumors and secrets run social lives, especially those of celebrities. Check out the latest celebrity news: 1. TMZ reported that hip-hop superstars Lil’ Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and Rich Homie Quan were the icing on the cake for a 16- yearold’s $150,000 birthday party; and the guest of honor arrived by chopper! The party was for KJ Jr., the son of legendary hip-hop producer Kyambo Joshua. As if shout-outs from Weezy, Lil Boosie, Monica, Yo Gotti and a YG performance weren’t enough, the kid got a 2015 Cadillac Escalade! 2. Taylor Swift has exploded her career into massive superstardom. She is seen on the catwalk as often as on the sidewalk. According to JustJared.com, Taylor was expecting a $1 million policy, but instead she found her legs to be worth $40 million! Taylor even found it to be a little embarrassing. Military Drones By Christopher Casanova Does government spending favor warfare or cancer? The 2016 fiscal year’s budget for drone development and research is 2.9 billion dollars; According to FNLC.org, the United States spends ten times more money on drones than they do on research for lung cancer. A drone is a military vehicle that can be equipped with missiles and a camera. The drones are extremely sensitive to weather. “They are grounded 80% of the time because of budget issues”, according to the Inspector General. Regardless, according to a survey conducted by Pew Research, 61% of Americans supported drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. According to Drones Proorg.org, supporters of Drones say that drones are a cheaper alternative than engaging in ground combat. Drones keep soldiers safe and lower PTSD. However, opponents of drones say that drones violate international law, are expensive, and kill a large number of innocent civilians. “Civilians accounted for 8-17% of all deaths from US drones in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia”, according to ProCon.org. Opponents of drones also argue that drones are very expensive; a Global Hawk costs $30,000 per hour to operate. This conflict is yet another issue that seems to divide our country in half. The Truth Behind Disney Princesses By Hadley Worster For good reason, some of Disney’s stories leave out the darkest moments of the original tales. The Huffington Post filled in some of the missing details in the stories of Cinderella and The Little Mermaid. Cinderella is a well-known children’s tale about a princess who has a fairy godmother, fits the lost glass slipper, and marries her prince charming. Missing from the films are the evil stepsister’s attempts to fit into the glass slipper. One stepsister cuts off her own toes, and another sister cuts off her heel to shape their feet in attempt to fit the shoe. These attempts fail and the prince marries Cinderella. The evil stepsisters attend their royal wedding and end up having their eyes pecked out by the prince’s doves. Ariel is a beautiful mermaid who wants to have legs and become human to be with her prince. Originally in the story of The Little Mermaid, Ariel exchanges her tongue for a pair of legs which feel as though with every step she is walking on sharp glass. The grim story states that Ariel will die if she has not received her desired kiss. The prince marries another woman whom he mistook for being the one who saved his life. Ariel cannot speak up and reveal that she is the true savior because of her removed tongue. Ariel cannot push herself to kill the prince she loves so she, in turn, commits suicide by jumping into the ocean and turning into sea foam. Aren’t all princess “tales” so uplifting? The History of April By Mason Sanford April is the month where its showers will bring May flowers, but that isn’t all that it is known for. For instance, April 1st is well known because of its traditional April Fool’s day. April is also the time for spring break week, which every student surely looks forward to. Are there any other important things that happened in April? The truth of the matter is that there are many important dates in April birthdays of famous artists and civil rights pioneers. However, there is a lot more to April than people probably think. For instance, according to HistoryPalace.com, back in 1887 on the date of April 4th, the first American woman mayor was elected in Argonia, Kansas. Also, April 5th is the birthday of Booker T. Washington. This day should mark as a representation of Booker's life as a slave in Virginia and how the Civil War freed him from his slavery. Also, April 6th is the birthday of famed Renaissance artist Rafael. He made several masterpieces including over three hundred unique pictures. Rafael is admired by millions of people in some of the world’s most prestigious art museums and collections. Therefore, April is much more than just spring break. April is a month with a great deal of history behind it and events that have influenced not just the country, but the world.
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