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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Cameron Rink, Staff Reporter

January 12, 2014

I have been a fan of The Hunger Games Trilogy for a long time. I credit myself as one of the first fans of the series, seeing as though I read the first book within a couple months of its original release. As millions worldwide now have, I read through the books and became captivated with the stories. It was about a year after I finished the book...

Students say metal music has a ‘positive impact’

Students say metal music has a ‘positive impact’

January 12, 2014

The Word Alive, I See Stars, Crown The Empire, Get Scared, Dayshell, and Palisades played the Castle Theater in Bloomington on Friday, November 8th, a leg of their "Started from the Bottom Now Were Here" tour. Four Normal Community High School students attended the concert;  Jonathan Basham (10th), Addii Strum (10), Rebecca Willmitch (10) and Tri...

Reviewing Disney’s Frozen

Reviewing Disney’s Frozen

December 19, 2013

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Disney released their recent animated film Frozen, a story about two sisters who live in the kingdom of Arendale. One of the sisters Elsa (Idina Menzel) has the ability to produce snow and ice, however she must keep her powers a secret from the outside world. Her sister Anna (Kristen Bell) is a happy-go-lucky young lady wh...

Popular genres of music at NCHS

Popular genres of music at NCHS

November 26, 2013

Teens will agree with the statement that music is very important in their lives.  This is especially prevalent with students at NCHS. During Battle of the Bands, NCHS’s musically talented displayed their love for music and performed songs. Many students participate in band, choir, and orchestra, but the love of music reaches beyond these classes. Ju...

Source Filmmaker Review

Source Filmmaker Review

May 14, 2013

Valve Corporation has been the most revolutionary corperation in the gaming industry. On June 27,2012, Valve release a beta version of their 3D video editing software Source Filmmaker, which uses Valve’s gaming engine the Source Engine, that  is used for their popular games such as the Half-Life and Portal series. The tools used in SFM are ...

Bioshock Infinite “High Skies Adventure of the Year”

Bioshock Infinite “High Skies Adventure of the Year”

April 29, 2013

My impressions of the first Bioshock definitely alter my perception of how great first person shooter games can be. The story of the first one was engaging and so much fun. Although the first two games were set in Rapture, a dark and scary under sea metropolis, this latest installment in the Bioshock franchise takes us to the bright, high skies city o...

The Host

The Host

April 29, 2013

The Host is a mind-bending movie based on the best-selling book by Stephanie Meyer. For those who have read the book, the movie is sub-par. But for those who have not read the book, it is pretty phenomenal. The story revolves around Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) a teen caught in the midst of a post-apocalyptic future overthrown by an alien race. ...

Teen Wolf

Teen Wolf

April 29, 2013

 Teen Wolf is aired on MTV every Monday at 9 PM.  The show is going into its third season this summer, allowing plenty of time to catch up before then.  Each season contains roughly 12 episodes and can be found on Netflix or at majority of places that sell or rent television shows on DVD. The show focuses on Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), who i...

Upcoming concerts

Upcoming concerts

Olivia Smith, Features

March 17, 2013

Bloomington: Kid Rock is coming to the US Cellular Coliseum on March 28th. His opening acts include Buckcherry and Hellbound Glory. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. The only tickets left are priced at $71.50 plus fees (on ticketmaster.com). These seats are midrange, but it is possible to get tickets from a third party such as stubhub.com. C...

Mac Miller and the most dope family

Mac Miller and the most dope family

March 5, 2013

Mac Miller’s new TV show, titled Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family, premiered Tuesday, February 26, at 10:30 p.m. central time.  The next episode in the six-episode season will be shown on MTV2 on March 5, 2013 and soon after that will come the rest of the season. The reality show follows Mac Miller and his new lifestyle in LA.  As the camera...

Best dressed – Grammys 2013

Natalie Trumbull, Staff Reporter

March 5, 2013

The 2013 Grammys' attendees looked stunning this year.  Here are some of the best outfits of the night. Kelly Rowland wore a black Georges Chakra Couture dress with an architectural sheer lined look.  She added to her outfit with Lorraine Schwartz sparkling jewelry. Katy Perry was spotted in a mint green long-sleeved Gucci dress on the red carpet, which had large jewels in colors of green, turquoise, and gold. Trey Songz decided to keep his look simple and wore a lightly patterned black Moschino suit to the Grammy's along with a black bow tie, which included a di...

Bachelor(ette) Kissing Policy

Bachelor(ette) Kissing Policy

February 12, 2013

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are both those types of reality show that keep going regardless of poor reviews and ratings. They never surprise us; we already know how it works. One guy or girl has a choice to pick from 25 to 30 men or women. The contestant then spends time with each and every one of them and takes them on extravagant dates to popul...

Are American Idol judges qualified to judge?

Are American Idol judges qualified to judge?

February 11, 2013

Over the years, American Idol has had an abundance of judges, but are half of them even “qualified”, per say, to judge the contestants?  Idol has had a total of 10 judges.  Most of them know what they are talking about when it comes to music, but what about the judges that aren’t? The first judge, and the judge that has stayed with Idol the...

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