2017's New Wave of Music Artists Have Arrived

One of music’s newest breakout stars: Post Malone


Post Malone in the span of one year has gone from a no name to a Billboard Top 20 artist. Malone is currently 21 and was only 19 years old when he became a music sensation. He burst onto the rap scene in 2015 with the release of his hit single "White Iverson" on the song sharing website SoundCloud. Malone wrote the song in two days and admits that he never expected it to blow up. After seeing his song gain so much popularity on SoundCloud, Malone made a studio version and later followed up with a music video that has since garnered over 240 million views on Youtube. Malone’s rapid success quickly attracted the attention of fellow rappers like Kanye West, Young Thug, and 50 Cent, who have all since done collaborations with him.

"His songs are very catchy and energizing but they can be a bit too auto- tuned for my taste. They’re still great to sing along to though," junior Alicia Lan said.

For the basketball savvy, Post Malone’s name may sound oddly familiar. Post is his legal last name and Malone is a tribute to Karl Malone, a basketball star he looked up to growing up. He wears his hair braided in cornrows in the style of Allen Iverson, the inspiration behind his first hit single "White Iverson." Post Malone was signed to Republic Records in early 2016 and dropped his debut studio album "Stoney" on Dec. 9 that same year. Since then, four songs: "White Iverson," "Congratulations," "Deja Vu," and "Go Flex" have all broken into the Billboard Top 100.

In the span of under two years, Malone has achieved what many artists hope to achieve in a lifetime. While initially ridiculed as a one hit wonder, the success of his album demonstrates that he has the ability to consistently produce well received music. Look out for Post Malone in 2017 to continue to drop record after record of pure flames.

Out with the New In with the Old

The hidden powers of thrift shopping


Thrift shopping. The unmistakable scent of grandma’s closet. The disorderly array of items. Discovering odd holes and tears in a pair of pants, and the odd sensation of holding another person’s clothing between your fingers.

For many, these undeniable aspects of second hand shopping are irresistible and usually result in a surrender to the customary department stores that have monopolized the teen wallet since the dawn of time.

However, the multimillion dollar market of thrift shopping has much more to offer.

I have been shopping second hand for five years or so now, and throughout this time I have seen the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. I have been lucky enough to find two beautiful prom dresses, a tote bag that never leaves my shoulder, and even a pair of jeans that could possibly count as my own school uniform.

Nonetheless, I have encountered my fair share of negatives including gaping holes only discovered after purchase, mysterious red stains, and once, a rash inducing sweater.

Even with all of these encounters, it is still worth it (literally). Shopping second hand makes a little bit of money go a long way. If you are anything like me, shopping full price at department stores is a rare occurrence. Any item priced with more than two digits is something I would not purchase.

The most remarkable element of thrift shopping, for me personally, is the fact that name brands are magically affordable and not subjected to the cheap quality of Forever 21.

For some, even with getting a bang for their buck, the thought of being encased in a stranger’s wardrobe is daunting.

However, there is an odd allure to the to the whole process. It is all about giving a new life to old clothing. It is about recycling. It is about loosening the grip of name brand department stores, and it is about saving boxes of vintage apparel from the depths of the attic.

In the wise words of the great rap philosopher Macklemore, "Goodwill, poppin tags."

What I've Learned From My Dog

1. Do Not Judge on First Impressions

Within five minutes of having my dog, I was puked on. One could say I hated her at first. But since then, circumstances have drastically changed. I am known as the "crazy dog person" of my friend group, and cannot go an entire lunch without mentioning my best friend. You cannot rely on first impressions to truly know who someone (or a dog) is.

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Music for Mental Miracles

When it comes to homework, finding motivation to start, and then sticking to it, is never easy. Listening to the music while reading, writing, and studying, can help to make the school experience more effective. However, it has to be the right kind of music.

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Be the Santa Claus of Your Family

When I was little, on Christmas, my family would spend the day with my dad’s side. I would be thrilled every year to discover that Santa Claus had made a last minute pit stop just to see my cousins and I. We each sat on his lap as my grandma snapped a photo. He would finish off the meeting by handing us each a present. We all knew Santa needs some helpers and in the Vanasse household, those were my uncles.

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An Extravagant Cause Close to Home

In 2004, Ashley Gauthier conquered the halls of East Lyme High School as a successful student athlete. Only 12 years later, Gauthier is fighting a rare case of Spindle Cell Sarcoma Cancer alongside her 4-year-old daughter Molly who is undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The Holiday Extravaganza this year about being brave will give back to this graduate and her family.

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What is In Should be Out

What is it right now with today’s teenagers? How do they treat their peers? They often claim they are "petty," or making something that seems insignificant into a big deal to suit their own agenda. Or they try to impress their friends by being a "savage," or someone who does not care about the consequences of their actions.

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Dating on a Budget

In this day and age going on a date is expensive. Breaking the bank, while it may be endearing at first, is one definite way to split two people apart. Money is one of the main causes of relationship failure says Health Guidance. Boys and girls, you are about to be taught how to date on a budget, like balling on a budget but a bit fancier.

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The Shot Heard Round the World

PLEASE keep your pants on

by Eliza Connolly

If you have been watching the news recently or have any form of social media, you most likely know who Harambe is. In case you are among the 0.1% who missed it: Harambe was a gorilla residing in the Cincinnati Zoo who was fatally shot after a 3-year-old boy, Isiah Dickerson, fell into his enclosure.

The internet went wild with the news story and users created Twitter and Instagram pages in Harambe’s memory. Unfortunately, it is more of a ploy to create jokes and memes than it is to honor his life. These jokesters have even harassed the Cincinnati Zoo to the point of deleting their Twitter account.

Most people do not actually take into account what it takes to make such a difficult decision to open fire. A child’s life was endangered. Even though zoo animals are perceived to be domesticated and safe in a zoo, they are still predatory, wild animals. The cages and enclosures at zoos are in place to protect you and the animals, and once you cross that line, the animals will not listen to you like you are a trainer or like they are your pet dog. Harambe was over 420 pounds and was showing signs of aggression towards a defenseless 35-pound 3-year-old boy. The fast acting zoo personnel who are trained to respond to unruly animals saved at one life in the hectic situation. Plus, if the child died, Harambe would have been put down anyway.

If you are wondering why non-lethal methods were not used, it is more complex than you think. The second that the child fell into the enclosure, the trainer called the all of the gorillas in. However, only the two other female gorillas in the enclosure obeyed. If Harambe was tranquilized, the drug would have taken minutes (that they did not have to spare) to take effect; and the tranquilizer shot could have irritated Harambe even more.

All in all, do not criticize the zoo for making a critical decision under pressure. They lost a long-time resident of the zoo and friend that way. Mourn respectfully.

Lillian Whittaker’s Fashion Week

A school week spent in the same outfit

by Lillian Whittaker

Day 1: I feel great and determined. This oversized Greece t-shirt and ripped pair of mom jeans is the perfect outfit to wear for a week. I am excited to take this challenge on.

Day 2: I got to school very early due to the fact that I did not have to rummage through my closet looking for a cohesive outfit. Now I know how students at Saint Bernard’s feel! However, it is the second day and no one has said anything. I am not sure if it is because they are acting polite or if it is not plain obvious.

Day 3: It is really all getting to me. All I want to do is wear shorts and sneakers, but I cannot. To make matters even worse, it is picture day. However, someone finally noticed! "Didn’t you wear that shirt yesterday…and those pants…and those shoes?" said senior Cully Moore. One point for Moore.

Day 4: I went out to go take a picture for Day 4 and Mr. Perry said he noticed something was different with me this week. He claims I did not look like my normal self. He could not put a finger on the fact I was wearing the same outfit. He thought I was just sick.

Day 5: It is almost over! No one said anything about my outfit choice for the fifth day in a row. I expected to hear everyone trashing on my repeated ensemble and poking jokes, but in reality, no one cared. We all spend so much time worrying about what other people think about us when they really pay no attention. So ELHS, if you want to wear the same outfit for the rest of your high school career, do it, because no one will care.

Stranger Thing Craze Is Not So Strange

You better believe the hype surrounding this new show


On July 15, 2016 the sci-fi series "Stranger Things" was released to the public, and the world has not seemed the same since. Is the craze surrounding the show just a fad, or is it here to last? Well, as an inexperienced television critic, I am here to say this trend will not be passing.

"Stranger Things" is set in the 1980s in a small town of Indiana. After 11-year-old boy Will Byers mysteriously goes missing, Joyce Byers, his mother, and Will’s three best friends, Dustin, Lucas and Michael refuse to believe he is truly gone. With the help of Police Chief Jim Hopper and Eleven, a young girl with special abilities such as telekinesis, Will’s disappearance does not go unsolved.

While sci-fi might not appeal to all types of people, the depth of the characters, excellent acting from the young cast, and cliff hangers leave the viewer wanting to know more after each episode. Is Will still alive? Will Eleven find her real mother? Questions like these make it very easy to fall into the trap of binge watching. Do not watch without the whole family though, the wide array of romance, tragedy, gore, and suspense ensure there is truly something intriguing for each member of the family.

Obviously the hype is not for nothing; but do not believe me? Forbes magazine considers "Stranger Things" to be the best Netflix original series so far. The New Yorker says "Stranger Things" is "organic and immersive, not like a gimmicky trick—and, like some of the best recent TV dramas, uncynical."

Once hooked, eight episodes seems short but worry not fans, there is another season confirmed to be released in 2017. What will happen next in the suspenseful mystery of Will Byers? You’ll just have to wait with the rest of the world. See you on the edge of the seat.

Ballin' On a Budget

Back to school shopping on a low budget


From Aug. 31 and beyond, they say if you drive by ELHS in the dead of night you can hear the weeping of trapped freshmen, sophomores, juniors. You won’t hear many seniors crying, only the mocking laughter of almost-graduates. This ghostly presence indicates the start of everyone’s favorite season: back to school! After working all summer long, it can be hard to shell out your hard-earned cash on a place you aren’t even excited to go back to. Here are some back to school essentials that won’t cut into your shoe/shopping/food/sports gear funds.

Trident Gum Original Flavor, 3pk. $3.19. CVS.

Who doesn’t like a refreshing, minty stick of gum to wake them up in their last block class? Or maybe right after you had pepperoni pizza for lunch? No matter when you prefer to have it, gum is never a bad idea. Rejoice in the fact that unlike the middle school, gum is not banned in the halls of ELHS. Make sure to carry an empty pack on you to show people who keep asking you for a stick.

Insignia™ - Earbud Headphones - White. $9.99. Best Buy.

The last essential for school, headphones. Whether you like listening to music during study hall to focus, or at lunch for fun, or in the halls to avoid conversation with your peers, every student should have a solid pair of earbuds. These look almost identical to Apple headphones but won’t break the bank...who has $30 to spare??

Arizona Long-Sleeve Flannel Button-Front Shirt. $11.99. JC Penney.

Don’t have a boyfriend/girlfriend/dog whose sweatshirt you can borrow when it gets chilly? Never fear, JC Penney can provide you with a cozy, fashionable, low-cost way to stay warm when the heating yet again malfunctions in A wing. Coming in a plethora of colors, they will be sure to match any outfit.

Trying Niantic's Tastiest New Treats

A review on the new Italian hotspot


Castello of Niantic is for sure a must hit for fans of downtown Niantic. At 11 East Pattagansett Road, the restaurant has a great location, as well as good food. It was downpouring thanks to tropical storm Hermine when I arrived and I was shivering. Unfortunately, I did not stop because the AC was on blast inside the new eatery.

The place was empty besides my mom, the waiter, and I. However, it was the middle of the day on a Tuesday, and most hungry people were stuck at school or work.

The ambience was the best part. It had a simple yet elegant style. The tables and chairs were made of sleek brown wood, the floor was covered in modern tiles, and the paintings on the wall made the simple color scheme pop.

My meal was tasty. I ordered the grilled pesto chicken sandwich with mozzarella, lettuce, and red peppers. The chef was accommodating as this was originally a sandwich, but I did not want bread, so I had it served on a bed of lettuce. The chicken was juicy and covered in pesto, and the balsamic vinaigrette was the perfect consistency.

My mom ordered a cheeseburger. It came on a firm brioche bun. The cheeseburger was filled with lettuce, tomato, and another "mini" burger on top. It arrived with a side of seasoned fries. It was so big that she had trouble eating it.

Considering my mom and I were the only customers in there, the service could have been faster. Our food came out fast enough; but we were there for an hour and a half.

I suggest you Saga-readers check out the newest grill in town, but bring a sweatshirt, and go on a weekend when there are more servers.

Next time, I’ll definitely try their signature pizza. Castello has defintely brought some authentic Italian to Niantic.