By Abby Hopkins, Social Media Director
On the other side of the Media Broadcasting program at our school, we are given the chance to learn film techniques and get to apply that to our own stuff. For instance, if you go to my personal website, hopkinsmedia.weebly.com, you can actually see some of the stuff we made like my sophomore year for our final exam I helped make a long distance relationship video.
Our senior year is when all of this stuff that we learned throughout being in the program is put to the test. We are entered into festivals after festivals to see how good our work actually is.
So far in the span of a couple of months, we have had three big projects. The projects that I was involved in were titled The Silent Treatment, The Pollution We Cause and our current one which is called The Deathtrap. With each project, I learn how to and how not to do pre-production, production, and post-production.
To give an example, during The Pollution We Caused, we had bad location problems which led us to change our whole project before filming. All of the struggles we had made me feel stronger and want to do so much better. I, like many others, enjoy the film side of our wonderful program and love the challenge of the film industry brings.
I can’t wait to see what the final product of The Deathtrap looks like and even more, I can’t wait to see what next year’s seniors have to bring to the table.
By Bradley Reber, News Director
Hey everyone, Bradley I have some news and a big rant for you guys. Censorship. Nowadays we can’t do anything without having to censor something. Schools, workplace, that’s one thing. But things like our topic today, Steam, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all social media or things that we access on our free time should NOT be near as censored as they are today. My News for today is this; There is a new game that was submitted recently to Steam, the big PC gaming site that most people go to for their content. The game is controversially called Rape Day where you play as a sociopath that can violate women during the Zombie apocalypse. This game was constructed as to not violate what little rules Steam actually has, and with Steam’s Hands-Off approach allowing developers the creative freedom that they crave, and use to make and distribute any game they wish. This game was made to test that very policy and approach. However, it was denied for no specific reason besides protecting Valve’s image. With the growing trend of companies shutting up anyone they don’t agree with or don’t approve of like Youtube with their oh so famous, oh so memorable, demonetization. They take away anyone’s ability to speak their mind if Youtube doesn’t like what that creator is saying. For this bring my point of Rusty Cage, This creator is famous for the creation of The Knife Game and their songs respectfully. He made a song about a year ago titled The Noose Song as the songs name suggest it was a comical take on depression and suicide. It was taken down shortly after upload, but as the internet has its ways nothing truly fades. It was posted again by subscribers and it still remains today. This shows that companies like Youtube can suppress people if they want to. Why would they do that? They want to censor people from that which they deem “offending” and with everything going on today and people overreacting to the minor things, why do we keep censoring? What is the point of having the freedom to speak your mind if everyone has either suppressed or been suppressed for some unpopular opinion? We need to stop with this unnecessary censorship. We have driven ourselves into a hole that if we don't act soon we will all have to keep the same opinions and those who don't could face worse than demonetization. With even Valve’s Steam platform bending the knee to cater to those who can't handle others expression, how far do we have now before we can’t express ourselves?
By Jackson Wise, Station Manager
Hello WPPB the Pulse Listeners, Jackson Wise here. Most of our staff, including myself, are currently flying to New York for the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, or IBS. WPPB the Pulse has gone to IBS for several years and have picked up many awards, with one of our most notable being Best High School Radio Station of the Year, which we received last year. While in New York pulse staff will get to experience the city for three whole days! We also get to listen into some conferences with real media professionals and ask questions, which can be really useful for what we do. I’ve been to New York two times already and I can’t wait to go again. The first year I went with the Wren Marching Band and it was a blast. I will say that looking back it wasn’t nearly as fun as the second time I went. The second time I went for this very same trip. I think the reason why my second visit was so great was because there were less restrictions as our hotel was actually in the city. We were able to do and experience so much more than just the tourist stuff people seem to love. When I went the second time I felt alive and it really put some perspective on my world views. When you grow up in a small town you don’t realize how truly small you and your problems are. That said this year, I’m ready to live it again. I’m excited to see Wicked on broadway and to try all the great food that I tried last year. Overall I think the whole group is really excited for our trip to the big apple and I can’t wait for awards day, March 2nd. Make sure to stay tuned to WPPB the Pulse’s social media for finalist placements and more!
By Abby Hopkins, Social Media Director
Whenever I think about moving out, I think of the song from a live album of Panic! At The Disco and it always makes me wanna sing. However, I’m not talking about the song today but rather me actually leaving the only home I remember living in.
Don’t get me wrong, every kid has thought about leaving their home one way or another. I, myself, have thought of it a lot. Especially with the end of senior year approaching fast, I have to think of my plans for the future.
As long as I can remember I have wanted to go to college, the colleges I was interested in changed more with me and what I needed. I went from wanting to go to Wingate in North Carolina my freshman year with my best friend at the time to now going to Tri-County with my current best friend. Living situations changed with that as well, I wanted to so desperately be one of those people who lives in dorms on campus but now, I’m in the process of getting a house ready for me and my two best friends to live in.
My cafeteria has a countdown clock for seniors and everytime I see it I’m reminded, I’m almost there. I’m almost moved out. I’m almost graduating. I’m almost in college. I’m almost where I’ve always wanted to be in life and if 8th grade me saw the person I am today. She’d be proud.
By Brianna Hyman, Programming Assistant
Valentine’s Day has passed, and it has made me reflect on some things that I have noticed throughout the day. I overheard a few people discussing how annoying it was to hear about Galentines Day the day before. Honestly, I do not understand why so many people felt the need to comment on this (which were mainly people who were in relationships).
Valentine’s Day is a holiday to celebrate the person you care about that also cares about you. Just because you're in a relationship romantically doesn't mean other types of relationships can't be celebrated. Therefore, if women want to spend Galentine's day with their friends the day before, then they should be able to without getting criticized for it.
Who declared Valentine's Day to only be for those in romantic relationships? People act as if being single on this one day of the year, defines on if you have failed at life or not.
It's a fail if this is the only day you do get shown, love. You should surround yourself with people who genuinely care about you every day of the year. That goes for any relationship. If you build a foundation on trust and appreciation, then that relationship has a better chance of lasting. If you build it on judgments and resentment, then that relationship is destined to collapse. So let these women who are lucky enough to have friends that genuinely care about them enjoy themselves.
Post written by Stephen Boyer, Social Media Staff Member
So surprisingly this isn't something we can all agree on but, the minimum wage in our state is not high enough. Minimum wage should be the minimum wage a person can live on, hence it being the "minimum." But there seems to be a large push back against this because some people believe only teenagers work these places that pay $7.25 an hour, which is just false. While they are the minority they are there and we shouldn't make their life even harder because they were stupid in high school. If you're an adult and work minimum wage full time you make Fifteen thousand dollars a year. This for a job that id argue is harder than some office jobs, especially if you are talking about minimum wage cashiers. No one deserves to live on 15 thousand a year, it's practically impossible in today's world. Nearly half of your yearly income would go to your rent, which doesn't include any other bills. Not to mention that I am assuming your rent is 600$ or less, which is not very common. If your rent is 1000$ a month, well you wouldn't be able to afford to live. Which is why I and many others propose to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. While life still would not be extremely comfortable for people making the $15 an hour they could at least LIVE. They can actually save money and invest in themselves. If you're worried that suddenly you will be making minimum wage, well, why do you care? The amount of money you make will still be the same and if you really feel you are owed more money than you are paid then don't punish the minimum wage employees, go on strike and demand better pay. You are not stuck at your current pay and out of this deal everyone's lives would get better, at least marginally, and poverty may go down just a little bit, and isn't that our ultimate goal? Helping people better themselves and to live a good life. But what do I know, im just a high school student who has had to figure out how to live on minimum wage.
Post written by Joshua Caldwell, News Staff Member
Natsu, Lucy, and Happy have returned with the first volume of sequel manga Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest!
The original Fairy Tail manga by Mashima Hiro concluded in Jul. 2017, but the reveal came fast that the story wasn’t over yet and it would be making a comeback with a spinoff.
Mashima himself has returned for storyboarding, but the artwork is illustrated by fellow manga artist Ueda Atsuo. It only recently began its serialization in Weekly Shonen Magazine in July 2018, but now fans can officially get their hands on the full first volume.
The story is set one year after Zeref and Acnologia are defeated. Natsu and the others now set off on the greatest guild mission of all time: the “century quest”, a mission which hasn’t been fulfilled in over 100 years. Fans can also look forward to a new character joining the guild.
Post written by John Boone
In my travels the last couple of weeks I’ve been studying people. Airports, stores, restaurants, on the road, etc., I’ve been watching and listening to people, though certainly not in a creepy kind of way. I found most of the people I shared the same air with seem to be generally good people - they live and let live, they’re accommodating if not courteous, tolerant if not congenial.
If you listen to the media, you’d think everybody is upset, full of hate, racist, sexist, and some kind of phobic. And it seems those who call themselves the most “tolerant” among us are the first ones to label, stereotype and compartmentalize. But with what I’ve seen and what I hope to continue to believe, most of us aren’t like that at all. The media plays to the extremes. Along with everything needing to fit their narrative, they play to the extremes to win the ratings battles.
This is not an attempt at being political, only an observation. The news is much less journalistic and much more opinion-based than ever, and extremes draw strong opinions. So guess what? Extremists feel even more empowered to make a scene, because they know the media will search them out. More hate gets displayed. More express hateful opinions. More labels are attached. Fed a steady diet of such, our society has become much darker.
I believe there are still a lot of good people out there. I have seen them everywhere. Sure, I have seen angry people and even someone who tossed out a racial epithet at a war vet in a Walmart line (why?), but I believe most of us are good.
To stay good we need to stick to our values, teach them, and continue to be well-informed, not taking as fact everything a blood-thirsty media is feeding us.
Together we need to build our ranks, love and take care of one another. We can still impact our country for good…right?
Post written by Jennifer Allende, Program Director
Horoscopes. The first thing that comes to mind whenever I hear that word is everyone who bashes on them. Although that is the first thing that comes to mind, the next thing that comes to mind are those that live, breathe, and never shut up about horoscopes. Now take both those extremes and voilà, you have me; A person who doesn’t completely bash horoscopes, but I also don’t know all about it so I’m not going to talk your ear off. In the simplest of terms, I view astrology as a resource to aid in the interpretation of life. I’m also just really intrigued by it and find it fun. All that being said, let’s talk compatibility within the horoscope signs.
The signs include Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Aries: Aries are compatible with Aquarius, Sagittarius, Leo, and Gemini. Aries have so many options because of their magnetic personality. Taurus: Taurus are known for being stubborn which is why their options are Virgo and Pisces since they’re equally strong in their own ways. Gemini: They’re known for their two-personality trait (they can be extremely sociable and chatty and then switch to being serious and thoughtful). Which is why they are most compatible with Gemini, Aquarius, and Libra. Cancer: Cancers are hands down the most emotional people you’ll ever encounter; since they are often jealous and constantly need attention they are most compatible with Scorpios and Pisces. Leo: Leo’s are most compatible with Sagittarius, Libra, Gemini, and Aries. Leo’s tend to be demanding when it comes to love and these signs share their determination. Virgo: Virgo’s fall under the Earth sign category (this is just one of the many subtopics that fall under the umbrella that is astrology) so they are most compatible with other Earth signs like Taurus and Capricorn. Libra: Libra’s offer a peaceful harmony when it comes to relationships. They are most compatible with Leo and Sagittarius who enjoy that peace. Scorpio: Scorpio’s are most compatible with Scorpios and Pisces. They make for an unusual couple but are very successful when it comes to relationships. Sagittarius: Sagittarius tend to get bored easily and that is why they’re most compatible with signs with similar ideology; Leo, Aries, Aquarius, and Libra. Capricorn (the best sign, no bias here…): Capricorn’s are blunt when it comes to relationships. The signs most compatible are Pisces, Scorpio, Virgo, and Taurus. Aquarius: Aquarius put their freedom and independence above all else and the signs that understand Aquarius’ most are Gemini, and Libra. Pisces: Pisces are most compatible with their fellow water signs; Scorpio and Cancer.
That’s a wrap on compatibility. If you don’t necessarily believe in astrology, that’s understandable. I just think it’s interesting and that is why I dabble in it from time to time. For those of you who are interested, I’d say give it a try (but stay away from the mainstream “horoscope posts” because they are hardly ever accurate).
Post written by Bradley Reber, News Director
Hey, What's going on everyone its Bradley from Chillin at the Mic! And BUUHHH-DEE I am into this game Blazblue it is a 2D style anime fighting game it has a story mode that is also a visual novel. A visual novel for those that don't know us like a movie comic hybrid where you read but press a button to “turn the page” But there's no pages or page animations. I actually love this game and even as I'm writing this I'm watching the Anime they did to dub the first two games in the series and Abby wants to probably hit me at this point but still, I'm very passionate about this game. It follows the main character Ragna who has a (spoiler) and he (spoiler). Essentially its so good I can't tell you how good it is. It's taken the part of my life I used to devote to Memes. And that's hard to do.
In other news, I've also been playing Super Smash Ultimate with Jackson (from Just Keep Talking) and Stephen (also from Chillin at the Mic) and it's fun… Until I play Jigglypuff against Jackson and he screams and throws the controller. We are planning to take this to the next level. Well, about 741 miles and 102 levels higher by going to New York City for the IBS Conference and visiting the Empire State Building AND PLAYING SMASH AT THE TOP SATURDAY MARCH 1ST EVERYONE IS INVITED! Details will be posted eventually. Well that's gonna be all for now but next Wednesday 6 pm Chillin at the Mic will have a new episode with a very special theme at least it is to me and Until then I bid all of thee farewell BUH-BAI.