Blacked Out Poems for Banned Book Week

 

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By Kaleb Lyonnais

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By Lilly Vickers

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By Amanda Bertsch

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By Katherine Cristians

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By Patricia Azevedo

 

 

Mountain Biking Powers through “The Wall” in Toughest Race

By James Nebrig

 

The TCP Mountain Bike Team had its strongest outing yet as the NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) tour came to Prescott on Sunday, September 25th for the hardest race of the year at White Spar Campground.

327 racers from all over Arizona endured the grueling course. This race featured “The Wall,” the toughest hill that racers will face all season as they fight for the top spots in the four divisions.  The racers representing TCP were seniors Eric Anderson, Tyler Kuckuck and Kate DuBroy; juniors Toby Merz, Kim Zamora, Clayton Evans and Max Baker; sophomores Kevin Anderson, Ethan Krafft and Hudson Coggins; and freshmen James Nebrig and Payton Kuckuck.

TCP’s sophomores led the way again with, Ethan Krafft on the podium in 5th place and Kevin Anderson in 7th place. In addition, senior Eric Anderson placed 9th in his race.

Ethan Krafft’s sister, Ellie Krafft, placed 4th in the middle school 6th grade girls’ race, which was her first ever competition. TCP looks forward to Ellie joining the Tri-City team in a few more years.

 

Ethan Krafft (far right) takes his place as 5th in the sophomore division.

Ethan Krafft (far right) takes his place as 5th in the sophomore division.

This was the second race of the season, with the next race being held in Sierra Vista, AZ on October 9th.  After the Sierra Vista race, two more races will be held this season at McDowell State Park, and White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Phoenix.  All students, parents, and the general public are always welcome to join in the excitement of the Arizona NICA race series.

 

The TCP Mountain Biking team would like to thank their generous sponsors, without whom they would be unable to compete.  This year’s sponsors include:  High Gear Bike Shop, Patterson Orthodontics, Horizon Dental, Watters Garden Center, Yavapai Pediatrics, Better Deal Printing and Prescott Import Car Service.

Let’s Watch Wander Over Yonder: A Sweet Story That Must Be Saved

By Lilly Vickers

           Wander Over Yonder is an American animated television comedy, a Disney Channel Original Series, produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney Channel. The series previewed on August 16, 2013 and officially premiered on September 13, 2013. It was moved to Disney X.D. on March 31, 2014 but began airing on Fridays on Disney Channel again from July 11, 2014 onwards, and it currently only airs on certain Fridays. So far the show is only part of the “Disney X.D. on Disney Channel” block. Wander Over Yonder was created by Craig McCracken, the same man who made The PowerPuff Girls and Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends. It features the voices of many popular voice actors. Jack McBrayer voices Wander, April Winchell as Sylvia, and Keith Ferguso voices Lord Hater.

When I first heard of Wander Over Yonder I thought it was another dumb show that left no impression, but then I saw a review of it and decided to give the show a shot. Turns out, I was totally wrong about thinking it was dumb. Wander Over Yonder is like a best friend, one that is always there for you when you are sad or need a hug. Seriously, when watching Wander Over Yonder, it feels like the show is giving the viewer a hug. There is absolutely nothing negative about this show, it is just there to make you happy. Whenever I was feeling sad I watched Wander Over Yonder, and it cheered me right back up.

Season 1 of Wander Over Yonder is just the main characters and their adventures as the wander around the galaxy. There basically is no overarching story, but there is a story per episode. However, in Season 2 there is an overarching plot, but I am reviewing Season 1. Wander Over Yonder does not need a plot, though, the show is character driven, and its characters are the best thing about the show. The show does not have a lot of substance, but it’s still very enjoyable, and it’s there to make you laugh. Rather than giving my opinion on the plot, since there is not much of a story, I will give my opinion on the characters.

Our protagonist is Wander, a lovable, wandering wanderer, who is so sweet you can feel the diabetes forming as you watch his adventures. He is the kindest person you will ever see on TV. Wander is nicer than Mabel Pines (Gravity Falls), and Steven Universe (Steven Universe). Wander is basically incapable of doing anything bad. Being helpful is like an obsession for Wander, to the point where it can be a bit frightening at certain times. Wander will go to any lengths to help someone, to the point of going crazy. His famous saying is, “It never hurts to help.” In season 1 there was not much about Wander, he had no backstory. He’s similar to Bugs Bunny (Loony Tunes), or Mickey Mouse (Disney), these main characters who have no back story but you still end up loving anyway. Wander is just a simple guy, who can bring a smile to your face, and who hugs you through the TV screen.

Sylvia is Wander’s steed, and best friend. She’s the muscle of the two, and has the job of keeping Wander safe. Sylvia does like helping people, but she isn’t as crazy about it as Wander. However, her ways of helping others can sometimes be the violent solution, and she does have her limits. As hot tempered as Sylvia is, she really knows how to keep her cool around Wander, and she is actually very respectful of his opinions. Sylvia could be called a tomboy, but she has a girly side too, which creates a nice balance with her character. She is a female character you don’t see very often, which is refreshing.

Lord Hater is the funny and lovable villain of the show, who wants to destroy Wander and Sylvia for making him look dumb on multiple occasions. Villains aren’t normally lovable, but I found myself liking Hater more than I thought I would and relating to him multiple times. Hater is kind of similar to a bratty goth teenager: he wants to conquer the galaxy just to prove that he can. Hater wants to bad, he wants to be feared. You can see it in his clothes, his ship, and his room. Hater ties to be evil, but you just can’t take him seriously. Every now and then, when Hater loses his cool, he can be very intimidated and threatening.

The final main character is Commander Peepers, Lord Hater’s right-hand man. There is not a whole lot to Peepers in the first season, but his character is vastly improved upon in Season 2. There is no escape for him in this Season 1 review! Commander Peepers helps Hater in conquering planets, and he has the highest rank in Hater’s army of Watchdogs. Peepers also serves as a voice of reason and shoulder to cry upon for Lord Hater at certain times. He wants Hater to approve of him, since Hater is Peepers’s boss. Hater says that he and Peepers are not friends, even though they do a lot of things friends do, and they enjoy each other’s company. Other than that, there is not much else to Peepers, he kind of stays in the background.

Wander Over Yonder gets a special award from me for making songs that did NOT make me cringe. I am not one for musicals, and I hate it when characters in a show start singing, but I love the Wander Over Yonder music. The songs that Wander sings are too silly and fun to hate. Plus, this is the one and only show that had a musical episode that did NOT make me cringe. ‘My Fair Hatey’, the musical episode, is actually one of my favorite episodes, and it has my favorite Wander Over Yonder song: “I’m the Bad Guy.”

Wander Over Yonder has great humor, new ideas, irreplaceable characters, catchy songs, bouncy animation, and a happy attitude. The only down side to the show is that it is not for everyone. It’s not deep, but if you are depressed or just having a bad day watch an episode of Wander Over Yonder and your attitude can be turned right around. As for episodes to see for your first time watching, I’d say watch the episodes ‘The Picnic’, ‘The Fugitives’, ‘The Hero’, ‘The Nice Guy’, ‘The Stray’, ‘The Time Bomb’ and finally ‘The Night’. Those are just the best episodes I can think of from Season 1, and Season 2 is even better!

The last thing I have to say is rather sad, but it needs to be said and it needs to be heard. Craig McCracken has big plans for Wander Over Yonder season 3, but the big bosses at Disney cancelled the show. They have not given a reason as to why they cancelled it, other than they didn’t see a reason to make any more episodes of Wander Over Yonder. Right now there is a large movement to convince them to change their minds. The movement is called “SaveWOY” or “Save Wander Over Yonder”. To help bring the show back you can check this Tumblr page: http://savewoy.tumblr.com/. You can also go sign the Wander Over Yonder Season 3 petition at Change.org https://www.change.org/p/walt-disney-encourage-disney-to-make-wander-over-yonder-season-3. Disney has cancelled shows and then has brought them back due to mass amounts of fan mail, Kim Possible Season 4 is an example. The mail address of the big bosses of Disney can be found on this page: http://savewoy.savedisneyshows.org/. So please help us bring our show back, after all, it never hurts to help.

Marvel’s Secret Wars: A Review

By Kaleb Lyonnais

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Cover of Secret Wars (2015) #1

Last year Marvel Comics cancelled all of their series. A few months later they relaunched many of them alongside various new series. In the interim they had the event Secret Wars, which began with the destruction of the universe.

First, we need some background. Secret Wars has many allusions to the 1984 limited series of the same name, in which an omnipotent being known as the Beyonder kidnaps the Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and various villains and tells them to fight to the death on an artificial planet named Battleworld. In an incredibly arrogant move, Dr. Doom, the nemesis of the Fantastic Four, attacks the Beyonder and steals its power. He does not retain this omnipotence long, and everyone returns to Earth.

The new Secret Wars begins with very little explanation, but instead with a chaotic battle between superheroes. The situation, as it is explained in the four years of comics leading up to the event, is that the Marvel Universe is colliding with the Ultimate Universe (launched in 2000 as a modernized version of the Marvel Universe). The collision results in the destruction of both universes, but a few people from each universe survive in life rafts.

Afterwards, the plot becomes much easier to follow because it does not rely on knowledge of previous Marvel continuity, since that continuity was destroyed. The main story begins with Dr. Doom, once again, stealing the power of the Beyonder and creating a new Battleworld from the pieces of old universes, which he rules over as God Emperor Doom.

The remainder of the series follows the survivors of the old universes attempting to depose Doom, who is God. There are epic battles, betrayals, zombies, and many explosions, all underscored by the idea that a vain megalomaniac should not be a god.

I recommend this series for people who are familiar with Marvel characters. The universe-destroying introduction allows anyone to understand the plot with minimal plot-explanation, but none of the characters’ backstories are given, which could confuse completely new readers. However, the plot is excellently put together, without any of the plot-holes or conveniently conflict-resolving conceits, for which comics are often criticized.

Additionally, I would highly recommend the many tie-ins to Secret Wars, all of which are self-contained stories without any backstory. They are all well-written and are perfect for new readers.

YouTube Policies Call Free Speech into Question

By Aiden Montgomery

 

On September 1, many channels on the video sharing site YouTube learned of a set of policies that, according to the company, have been public for quite some time.

Many content creators have argued that they were not informed of these changes and that the changes are little more than a poorly-disguised way to censor content. While it is uncertain what these changes will do to YouTube and its community, many people are furious.

 

The new YouTube policies are as follows.

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Monetization policies taken from YouTube’s Policy and Safety Page.

While some of the policy is reasonable, most of it is outright crazy. The term “demonetization” means that if a video does not meet these guidelines, advertisements will be removed from the video. The poster is then unable to make money off the content. If someone is a repeat offender, YouTube has the right to completely disable ads on all of that person’s videos. This means that many content creators who consider YouTube a job or a large portion of their income may not be able to have the funds or motivation to make videos anymore. This is definitely a bad move on YouTube’s part, as they will lose lots of content that makes them revenue.

 

Let’s take a look at the content that falls under the categories listed:

  • Sexually Suggestive Content, including partial nudity and humor.

Any content having a sexual undertone even for school education (such as sex-ed or genetics) could be penalized.

  • Violence, including display of serious injury and events related to violent extremism.

This could include any content containing violence, such as a video game or a sport in which harm is caused to the players (think rugby or football).

  • Inappropriate language, including harassment, profanity and vulgar language.

YouTube does not state what it considers as inappropriate language, so almost anything from a movie clip that includes the word “crap” to songs that include profanity could be considered here.

  • Promotion of drugs and related substances, including selling, use and abuse of such items

Any video showing use of drugs, even pharmaceuticals such as Advil, could be affected.

  • Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown.

This applies to almost any news channel.

 

The problem with these policies is that they are too vague. Information is left out that gives people a better idea of what kind of content they should stay away from making. This will affect many channels including such popular ones as CNN, TVFilthyFrank, Movie Clips, Drama Alert, iDubbbzTV, and BBC. Many channels have already started losing money, but so far no significant losses in revenue have been reported by major companies. While YouTube is a private company, this vague policies could be used to censor a wide variety of largely non-offensive content.