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The Legacy Won’t End Here: Auditorium in Progress

NAUGATUCK — Naugatuck High School’s (NHS) auditorium is the setting for traditional annual events. Out of commission due to renovations, the loss of the auditorium begs the question: will NHS be able to deliver the experiences seniors have come to look forward to and expect?

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Auditorium in Progress

The auditorium had originally been scheduled for full renovation to be completed on April 1, 2015, but is now confronted with delays. The architects and O & G had at first intended to use and work off of the auditorium’s original design, meaning that it would require major structural overhauls. However, the auditorium’s construction contained major issues, and they needed to be addressed in the renovation. With that, new materials, such as the steel that had to be completely reworked, was ordered and the job’s completion was delayed. According to Naugatuck High School Principal Jan Saam, the auditorium will be ready in the Fall.

Some of the high school’s programs and shows have faced cancellation, while the others had to compromise.

 

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Auditorium in Progress

NHS’s “Mr. Greyhound” is no longer scheduled for 2015. “It’s unfortunate that the show won’t happen and that means we won’t be able to donate to the PMC,” said Sophomore English Teacher Mrs. Dunn, who has been the initial adviser since 2005. The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a non-profit organization that donates 100 percent of their proceeds to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “I wanted to see it,” said Senior Elijah Glidden. “It would have been awesome. I would have done it.”

“Rip the Runway” adviser and marketing teacher Mr. Reilly still remains optimistic. “The kids need these things. They’re legacy events.”

Reilly had met with O & G, seeking to negotiate the auditorium meeting its safety requirements and fulfilling all necessary codes to make the building safe for people to be in it for just one night. O & G has yet to make any promises. Reilly is still very confident, intending on the event taking place within the auditorium on June 11. Traditionally, auditions and rehearsals would be held in the auditorium, but are now being relocated to the cafeteria. “Failure is not an option” he said. “We will have ‘Rip the Runway.’ Guaranteed.”

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Auditorium in Progress

“I’m disappointed,” said Saam, “but, I understand that when you take on a project of this magnitude, it’s hard.”

And seniors have taken the loss of certain events to heart.

“It will be sad for students who won’t get a shot at it. I think in life we are always going to have disappointment, but we overcome it. I hate when kids have to lose out, but we’re trying the best we can to make things happen,” Saam said.

Seniors are still struggling to understand.

“I don’t understand why it’s not finished,” said Senior Theresa Towne. “It’s not fair because every other class before us had most of these opportunities.”

Senior Pedro Santos agreed, adding, “A lot of students have creative ideas, but they’re going to waste.”

Other events and ceremonies have been relocated, entirely. According to Saam, Honors Night will take place at City Hill Middle School. Spring concerts for NHS’ band will also take place at City Hill. Spring concerts for choir will be held at the Congregational church downtown and the Jacket Ceremony will be moved to the high school’s gymnasium.

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Auditorium in Progress

Renovation at the high school broke ground in April 2013, but construction on the auditorium began in March 2014. The entire project was set to take 30 months and is expected to be completed by October 2015. The auditorium is anticipated to be complete before the new school year opens in September.

Unfortunately, students of 2015 must cope with the unforeseen complications that have occurred during the renovation process, but these legacy events are surely expected to carry on through the following years.

 

Written By Tony Lacerenza and Anthony Angiolillo

CES 2015: From Food Printers to Mind Controlled race cars.

CES stands for consumer electronics show and there was indeed plenty of electronics there. So as you probably guessed there are tons of crazy things too. The things you wouldn’t find anywhere else like the gaming shoes or maybe even Rocket Skates. CES 2015 was truly a great show that showed me things I didn’t even know I wanted until now.

The tech at CES was clearly the pull of the event, there could be a list pages long of everything that was there, but I have to say some of the highlights had to have been:

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“XYZPrinting Announces Two New 3D Food Printers Coming Next Year.” 3DPrintcom. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2015.

XYZ printings food printer, the printer that really brings the future to the present. In your dreams of the future there was always some super cool way of getting food efficiently this is clearly the way. Although it may cost a pretty penny, the printing company says that consumers can start printing food in their homes later this year for under 2000$, but who doesn’t want to print food?

Another highlight would be a distraction to children 10 and under. A recently announced shoe by Sketchers called Gamekicks. The shoe has one model for boys and two for girls (white or pink), featuring six buttons the shoe has a color matching game for kids to entertain themselves with.

And who can forgot racing toy cars… with your mind. Yes, the company Emotiv has come up with a way for your nostalgic RC car to be raced with your mind. Apparently run by positive racing thoughts and the small device placed on your head you too can make your car go. No release date for this yet but we can only hope its soon.

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“IGN Conversations – Witness the Magical Levitating Bluetooth Speaker – CES 2015 – IGN Video.” IGN. N.p., 08 Jan. 2015. Web. 15 Jan. 2015

If your at CES you also may encounter a levitating wireless Bluetooth speaker. This guy here floats on a small cushion of air and gently spins while you listen to your favorite music. Its run on a rechargeable battery that when fully charged gets around 6 hours of battery life. Clearly one of the coolest speakers around.

Take A Stab At This New Game

Assassin’s Creed Rogue is the last installment to the three-game Kenway saga. Assassin’s Creed Rogue truly takes advantage of its hardware, and despite being last gen, the game is beautiful. The textures are fantastic and the game runs smoothly with little to no hiccups in the frame rate.   Rogue is a game very similar to is predecessor, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. Having played Black Flag for an extensive

acroguecoveramount of time myself, I could tell you that the games are very similar in terms of controls and game play. It seems that Ubisoft just copied the game engine from the previous version to this one. So it basically all plays the same aside from minor changes.

Although, not all similarities are bad. Rogue incorporates some of the best elements from Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed lll. You get the swashbuckling pirates of Black Flag along with the revamped iconic locations of Assassin’s Creed lll. It even melded in some of the soundtrack from my favorite game of the series, Assassins Creed ll, which gives the game a classic, nostalgic feel.

It’s not all about things from previous titles, however. Rogue brings its own uniqueacrogue1 things to the table: a new perspective and a fresh story. Rogue’s story breaks the mold and gives you something different that shows a different side of the tale. In Assassin’s Creed games, players always tend to assume the role of an assassin, which is exactly where Rogue starts off. You soon see that this completely flip-flops as you carry out Shay Cormac’s story. Shay started off an assassin – disrespectful and never on time, but his mentors recognized his potential. So they sent him on a mission only he could carry out. After an unexpected turn of events collapses the city where the mission took place, Shay becomes fueled by rage and returns to his mentors. After they throw him out, he plots to steal key objects of the order. While doing this, his mentor returns, which causes Shay to run. In the process, he is shot in the back and falls off a cliff into the ocean.

This is where Shay’s journey with the opposing side, the Templars, begins. After he is saved, Shay begins to try and make amends to the world with the Templars. He works against the Assassins in his journey to save the world.

The Verdict

Assassin’s Creed: Rogue is worth the money because of its replayability and twisting storyline. If your in the mood to feel some Assassins Creed nostalgia, or you’d ever wondered how the antagonist of the games work this is definitely worth your time and money. This is not a game I would regret buying.

–         OLD GAMEPLAY                                        + GREAT STORY

+ NOSTALGIC FEEL

+ REVAMPED LOCATIONS

7.8 out of  10