Month: October 2012

Weather Preparation (Shweta Maruvada)

According to The Washington Post, the East Coast is about to be hit by a Hurricane researchers have named Sandy. However, not only is a hurricane coming our way, researchers have found out other bizarre news – this storm will be a combination of a hurricane and another major storm. The prediction is that Sandy will hit our area as early as Sunday, showering relentless rains, winds and flooding like Maryland has never seen before. The major problem is not finding out if we are going to be hit – it’s the impact that this storm holds for our family and homes. So what should we do to minimize the impacts of this freak storm coming our way?

Most students at Centennial are well aware of this situation and already have safety plans. Senior Helen Kramer stated, “We’re buying staples like ice in case the fridge goes out, and taking reasonable precautions like not going outside in horrible weather or driving over streams in a storm”. Like Kramer mentioned, power outages and water problems are very likely in this weather, so keeping an extra amount of ice or water separate from any taps seems like a good idea.

CBC news also mentioned that gas and electric companies such as Potomac Edison are already gearing up for potentially thousands of power outages across the entire state of Maryland, since the storm will leave virtually nothing untouched. So keeping extra non-electric cooking appliances or doing the laundry right now, or saving some water in those big tubs could be of major assistance later on. Also, the safest areas during these storms are usually closed basements and areas away from any open windows. If you do have glass windows, be sure to close the blinds or shut them, because if the glass breaks, there will be a higher chance of someone getting hurt.

Taking small measures such as food, water and safety around the house may seem ridiculous now, but it’s always better to be prepared than be sorry later on.

Final Presidential Debate (Charles Regnante)

The final presidential debate between incumbent President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney took place on Monday, October 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. The debate topic was foreign affairs, an area that gave Obama an advantage with his arsenal of top secret knowledge that only Presidents are privy to view.

Obama controlled the debate in a similar way that Romney controlled the first debate. He loaded his verbal weaponry and attacked Romney with rapid fire from the start. He spit out foreign policy facts and figures with the rapid fire of a machine gun. For example, he attacked Romney’s earlier campaign statement naming Russia as the U.S.’s Number.1 foreign threat by saying” The 1980’s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back…the cold war has been over for 20 years…you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980’s, the social policies of the 1950’s, and the economic policies in the 1920’s.” Obama also devastated Romney with his reference to “horses and bayonets” calling into question his rival’s understanding of the modern military.

Romney’s confidence from the first debate was not apparent. While he gave a good showing on foreign affairs knowledge, he played it too safe. First, Romney failed to differentiate how his foreign policy would benefit the country more than Obama’s. When he had the chance Romney didn’t come close to attacking Obama on his handling of the murder of the American Ambassador and three other Americans at the Libyan Embassy – a subject he has hammered Obama on at every chance on the campaign trail. There were also some awkward moments when Romney answered foreign affair questions by bringing in the topic of economy.

Going into this last debate, the two candidates were tied with one debate win each. With Obama having the advantage in foreign affairs knowledge, Romney needed to tie the President or win the debate to come out ahead. While Romney held his own against Obama, he wasn’t fighting as tough as he did in the first debate. For a candidate that has attacked Obama for not being tough enough on foreign affairs, this was a mistake noted by many television commentators.

The next round of debates will not be in a town hall but in the court of public opinion. With only days left before the election, the candidates can only hope that the undecided voters continue to listen to their messages on the campaign trail. Win or lose, both candidates deserve praise for receiving the nomination of their party – a distinction held by only a few men in history.

Awkward Show at CHS (Margaret Heck)

On the evening of Wednesday, October 17, Centennial High School’s improv group, Awkward, put on their first show of the 2012-2013 school year.

Awkward shows are very similar to the well know T.V. show, “Who’s Line is it Anyways?” The members are given topics, characteristics, locations, etc. from the audience to create an improvised skit.

The hour show was full of laughs and jokes. To get excited for the upcoming holiday, there were also many references to Halloween during the various skits. “The first Awkward show of the year was really exciting,” Niall Musonda, sophomore and member of Awkward, said. “We had a good crowd show up and I can tell it’s going to be a great year of improv.”

Awkward held auditions on Tuesday, October 23 after school for people interested in joining the team. “I [couldn’t] wait to see potential new members Tuesday at the auditions to see just how ‘Awkward’ the year is going to be,” Musonda said. Their next show is in mid-January after midterms during Fat Nite Follies.

Be sure to view pictures of the show at: http://wp.me/p1Eetk-qK