By Bradley Reber, News Director
Hello I'm Bradley from Chilling at the Mic. I feel like it is finally time to go down to a somber note, We are all going to be leaving soon. We have come full circle.
Our Character arcs are complete here in High school, so now we are going to move on to bigger better things. I will be going to Arclabs Welding College, and my colleagues will go on their own journeys where, lets be honest, we may or may not see each other ever again after this. All good things come to an end. It’s sad but it is the way of life. Chilling at the Mic will continue without me as “The Chill Zone” and I will go about my life, I may show up a few times. I never thought it would feel this strange,
In this class, which I look as as a job, taking this into more priority sometimes, to go to our events and do stuff for the station, rather than go out with friends. I love this station, I love these people, I never thought I would say that about a class I am taking. I have loved making this content for you, the listeners. I have enjoyed every second of it. We have made our lives here great. We have made friends, some I would even consider family. Just a simple post like this isnt enough to express how I feel.
Just recently and even as I write this we are all playing and talking about the card game Magic The Gathering. I have friends and I feel like for the first time in my entire life, I finally found somewhere that I actually belong. Next year the current juniors will come and become us, take our place and I can only hope that they feel like I do. I know to all of my friends here on WPPB I am that annoying kid that attempts to make jokes and fails every time but even then, I still love it here. For that I want to thank you, the listeners, for tuning in, thank you for making all of this possible. It’s been a fun ride.
By Stephen Boyer, Social Media Staff Member
High School's across the country prepare to walk their seniors across the stage, sending them out into the workforce and/or College. The idea of graduation always seems so abstract to students, it's always so far away. It never really hits us that we are moving on to the next stage of our lives.
But here we are, less than a month away now. How many of us are actually prepared? I don't think I am, despite the fact I have been living on my own ever since Christmas I just don't feel like I am anything other than a Freshman in high school. I wonder how many other people have this feeling?
I can't be alone with the idea that im not prepared for life after High School. I graduate here in three weeks on May 24th, but I stop going to school in two and I have no idea where my life is going. I thought I had a plan but this year it feels like all of my plans fell apart and now im looking forward to life like its a black hole taking me in.
By Abby Hopkins, Social Media Director
A senior in high school or a senior in college are always thrown the question "What's after graduation?" Some people say more education, some say a job out in the real world, other people just don't know. Sometimes I even find myself wondering what the best thing for me to do is.
I have been an academic person all my life, I throw myself into my work with hopes of becoming better at the skill. The more the day of graduation comes closer, I see that my education career is coming to a close over the next few years. It's scary, I think about what job I want and what I could do with my life. Here I am, a month away from that day and I've never been more excited yet scared in my entire life.
Like most of my graduating class, I'm going to be a college student in the following months. I start my first semester at Tri County Technical College in August and trust me, I feel ready for it but you can never be too sure.
College is a big step for anyone, and to answer that question from before personally, after graduation I am going to college. I know what I want to do and that is honestly a gift.
By Jennifer Allende, Program Director
As a senior, the moments after spring break are often exciting ones. There are only 14 days of school left for the fortunate souls that were able to stay afloat through senioritis and managed to finish out the year with a 90 as their final grade. Maintaining the 90 will not only look impressive on your final senior transcript but will also allow you to exempt exams. Unfortunately for those who didn’t manage to fight off senioritis, there is at least one more day of exams (crying, but hey, it’s only one more exam keeping me back from never stepping foot in the school again!) Either way, there is definitely a sense of excitement in the air as the temperature gets warmer and the days until graduation get shorter.
The point of it all is that there are only a few more days until the environment you’ve grown comfortable with, made memories in, and have known for the past four years completely changes. How are you going to make the most of it?
By Joshua Caldwell, News Staff Member
One-Punch Man, which follows the adventures of Saitama, a superhero who can defeat anyone with a single punch, is one of the most popular anime of the past decade, and its second season will be coming out in April.
Exactly what it will cover is unclear, but one thing is known: a new villain will appear, and the show will be animated by J.C. Staff, instead of Madhouse, who previously handled the title.
The Rising of The Shield Hero, Iwatani Naofumi is summoned to another world with the expectation that he will be a great warrior, but when he turns out to be too weak to prosper in this new world, he finds himself the target of shunning.
Consumed with rage at his circumstances, he sets about getting revenge.
Fruits Basket, A full 18 years after it originally aired, Fruits Basket is finally getting a much-needed reboot. The story of Tohru Honda's encounter with the enigmatic Sohma family was never fully adapted - the original anime only covered the first few volumes of Natsuki Takaya's original manga, making some significant changes to the end.
The reboot will follow the dramatic shojo manga more closely, introduce new characters, and provide further insight into the existing characters' backstories.
The Quintessential Quintuplets, Fuutarou Uesugi is a socially awkward young man who winds up tutoring a wealthy transfer student named Itsuki Nakano. The two don't get along at first, but Fuutarou is eventually drawn into Itsuki's world - and into that of her four sisters.
This anime has attracted some well-known voice actors, including Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, who played Kirito from Sword Art Online.
Isekai Quartet, If you're a fan of the isekai genre, you have to watch Isekai Quartet. This hotly anticipated series has characters from popular isekai anime leaving their own worlds to visit other series. Characters from Re:Zero, Saga of Tanya the Evil, Konosuba, and Overlord will be traveling to each others' worlds and interacting with one another.
The possibilities are limitless! Is that awesome or is that awesome?
Demon Slayer, The anime studio best-known for its incredible CGI and work on the Fate franchise, Ufotable, is finally coming out with something that has nothing to do with the clash over the Holy Grail. In Blade Of Demon Destruction, Tanjirou's entire family gets assaulted, and the only other survivor is his sister Nezuko - who has turned into a demon.
Despite the change, there still appears to be some humanity left inside of Nezuko, prompting Tanjirou to embark on a journey to change her back.
By John Boone, Instructor
WPPB was recently awarded the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System High School Station of the Year for the second straight year. We are excited, humbled and honored by the recognition. We really are blessed here at ACTC to have a supportive administration and welcoming communities that allow us phenomenal opportunities to learn and grow.
This year we put a special emphasis on developing our sports department into a sports network of sorts, and our coverage included weekly football and boys and girls basketball games of the week and arena football, plus additional talk shows, coach’s shows and updates. We have just launched our video streaming to compliment all of the audio and that is off to a great start. We’ll continue to grow our sports and news coverage next year.
This summer, we’ll be adding two more production rooms, a music production studio, and a brand new on-air studio for WPPB, outfitted with cameras and lighting to facilitate visual radio. Plus, we’ll be updating our curriculum to be in line with the quickly changing media landscape. And we’re hoping to do some audio work with ACTC’s new Game Design department.
These are exciting times, but to maintain that excitement, there’s no time to rest on our laurels, or in this case, trophies.
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.