Excitement, Sadness Make WrestleMania 33 the Ultimate Thrill Ride

WrestleMania 33 was marketed as “The Ultimate Thrill Ride,” playing directly into the setting of Orlando with Disney World and Universal Studios theme parks also in Orlando. The main show started with the hosts of WrestleMania, The New Day, coming out into the ring to get the crowd going and officially kicking off WrestleMania.

AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon

Midway through the match, the referee got knocked out by an accidental kick to the head by Styles. The match was now opened up to foreign objects. Styles grabbed two metal trash cans and threw them into the ring, but the trash cans got turned on him when McMahon hit his signature move, Coast to Coast.

After jumping through a table and being hit by a phenomenal forearm by Styles, McMahon could fight no longer leaving Styles the winner.

Kevin Owens vs Chris Jericho United States Championship Match

After the deterioration of a best friendship between Jericho and Owens, they had a match at WrestleMania for Jericho’s United States Championship. The 15-minute match featured a few signature moves by both competitors. Owens power bombed Jericho onto the apron, rolled him into the ring, and covered him to become the new United States Championship.

Fatal-4-Way Elimination Match for the RAW Women’s Championship

Nia Jax was eliminated first, followed quickly by Sasha Banks, leaving just Charlotte and Bayley left. Bayley finished the match after hitting Charlotte with a diving elbow.

RAW Tag Team Championship Ladder Match

This match was originally intended to be a match between three tag teams. However, just before the match, the New Day appeared again to announce they just got word that an additional team would enter the match.

The Hardy Boyz entered to be the fourth tag tame. After a grueling ladder match with many of the superstars being hit by ladders, the Hardy Boyz walked out victorious becoming the new Tag Team Champions.

Mixed Tag Team Match

This match was not a particularly great match, and it was relatively short. However, after John Cena and Nikki Bella finished the Miz and Maryse, Cena proposed to Bella in the middle of the ring and Bella said yes.

Non-sanctioned Match: Seth Rollins vs. Triple H

Triple H spent a lot of his time during the match targeting Rollins’ bad knee to try to gain an advantage. However, toward the end of the match, Triple H’s wife was knocked off the apron onto a table. This took Triple H’s attention away from the match enough that Rollins was able to capitalize on his distraction and deliver a pedigree for the win.

WWE Championship Match: Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt

Orton previously declined to fight Wyatt because of their previous friendship. Unfortunately, their friendship deteriorated and Orton decided that he should take his opportunity to fight Wyatt. Randy Orton became the new WWE Champion after delivering an RKO out of nowhere.

WWE Universal Championship Match: Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar

The match started with Lesnar delivering three consecutive German Suplexes, which was followed by Goldberg delivering four consecutive spears and then a jackhammer. This was followed by Lesnar delivering seven German Suplexes and an F5 to finish the match. All of this happened in less than five minutes.

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Six-Pack challenge

Alexa Bliss tapped out to a Naomi submission move leaving Naomi the new SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker

Reigns had to carry the match to keep it interesting while The Undertaker looked to be suffering. The Undertaker showed glimpses of his old self only to get knocked back down again by Reigns.

The remaining portion of the match was filled by Roman Reigns Spearing and punching the Undertaker repeatedly. Reigns finished it with a final Spear leaving the Undertaker alone in the ring.

The Undertaker stayed in the ring, sat up and got back to his feet. He put on his entrance attire and then slowly took off his gloves, overcoat, and hat leaving them in the center of the ring. This action is perceived to show that the Undertaker had retired by “hanging up the gloves,” but there has been no official word from The Undertaker or the WWE confirming his retirement.

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The Undertaker’s gloves, overcoat, and hat in the center of the ring.

 

Vine is Cancelled, Internet Still in Awe

Vine, the social media app mostly surrounded around video making, is going to be discontinued due to lack of users which is leaving social users around the world in complete awe.

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The launch of video on Instagram in 2013 halted Vine’s growth. On top of that, Vine added features at a sloth’s pace which only created a big gap between it and other social media apps. Then, with Twitter’s inability to put funds into the app, it made it hard to make new features in the first place.

It is believed that Twitter recently tried to sell the rights to Vine to other owners. Yet, their asking price was never met and they had to go to rash ideas. The combination of all this led up to October 27th.

On October 27th, the dreadful news was released. “Twitter is shutting down its Vine social video sharing service: The company will discontinue the Vine mobile app in the coming months, it announced in a blog post Thursday. The Vine website will stay up and running, but without the app, there will obviously be no new Vine content, ” the Vine account posted to its mobile users.

Immediately after Vine’s  message to their users, people all around the world started to react. “LMAO, all these interview requests I’m getting cause Vine is dead. I will only speak with the best. @TheEllenShow #RIPVine,” a tweet from the famous comedian once on Vine named King Bach.

“Never forget where you came from (heart emoji) @vine thank you for the years,” another tweet by Lele Pons, a comedian who got her start from Vine.

Vine helped to launch careers for many comedians and gave the world a lot of memorable quotes that are still remembered today. Vine gave the world names ranging from King Bach to Melvin Gregg all the way to Welven. The app also gave the public every funny meme from “Sharkeisha No!” to “#GotEem.”

The discontinuation of the app did not only affect celebrities but the regular users were also saddened.

“I was really upset when I heard vine was over because now I can’t post my #EatUpBoi videos. Now I need ideas of where to put them,” said Theo Thomas, a Boys’ Latin senior and lover of Vine videos. “I might just make a channel on YouTube for them like the Meyers twins, and it will be more lit and get more views,” said Thomas.

To others, the app’s cancellation was not a big surprise. “It didn’t really affect me. I usually just get on Twitter. It’s funny because we (as a people) watch Vines on Twitter,” said sophomore Noah Queen. “I mean, I had Vine when it first came out and then deleted it, then never downloaded it again. King Bach was one of my favorite comedians on Vine but I haven’t had in since like 2014 or 15,” said Queen.

This is similar to the mindset that many other once devout Vine users had but unfortunately later left the app blowing in the wind. Nevertheless, Vine will be dearly missed by most. Social media will now need to find a new app to replace the legacy Vine leaves behind.

Live from New York, It’s the Presidential Debate

For the past couple of Saturday nights, SNL has put itself back out there as one the most comedic shows on television with its own portrayal of the Presidential Debates. Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon star as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the hilarious skits to accurately show the point of view on the viewer side of the debates.

Saturday Night Live has made skits from all three Presidential Debates and the Vice Presidential Debate in their show. Many people have taken great joy in watching these debates as they portray Clinton’s unrelatable status as a candidate and Trump’s cartoonish-like personality. However, one candidate did not take these skits very kindly.

According to the Washington Post, Trump went to twitter to express his feelings of Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of himself.screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-6-58-36-pm

Even though Trump has shown his thoughts on these skits, Clinton remains silent and has not shown her opinion of Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of the first woman candidate in the Presidential Election.

Many opinions have been thrown out there that SNL has only been going after Trump and leaving Clinton alone, letting her sit back and enjoy the show.

“He’s Trump,” Jack Williams started; “he’s a character, and he’s easier to make jokes out of.”

Trump has a unique personality, and SNL uses that as a platform to really make their skits that much funnier.

“By posing Clinton as the straight-forward character, you can have this caricature of Trump looming over her and saying ridiculous things,” history teacher Mr. Osborn explained.

SNL has really proven this with many of the goofy acts Trump has done from his absurd quotes on serious matters occurring in the U.S. to following Clinton around the stage like a shark.

However, SNL has made its own comedic portrayal of Hillary Clinton as well with her many attempts to show she’s relatable to her very planned out debate schedule. Kate McKinnon portrays this perfectly with quotes like “And just like ME, I am relatable” and “Let me walk over to you just like I practiced. 1. 2. 1. 2. Plant feet. Speak.”

“She’s incredibly smart,” Mr. Osborn began, and “she’s a little nerdy, but that doesn’t always translate to social situations.”

The third and final SNL Presidential Debate skit proved to be a perfect walk off to the actual elections. The actors at SNL once again brought their incredible use of satire to portray a clownish Trump and a question-dodging Clinton.

“They are fairly accurate. Of course with the use of satire, they exaggerate most everything,” Nick Meittinis exclaimed.

As it seems that SNL is only going after Trump, but Time Magazine pointed out that SNL has poked at Clinton in the sketches as well. With her being the “master of the pivot” according to Time, and how her economic plan leads to her rolling straight to the bank whenever Trump makes a controversial comment.

So will these SNL sketches affect voters’ decisions?

“I think since the audience is so different than that of the actual debate,” Nick Meittinis started, “it will sway more people to lean towards Clinton because they portray Trump so much as a fool.”

As if the actual debate wasn’t enough with just Trump and Clinton, SNL really used their comedic platform as a successful program to show the true natures of these candidates. At this point, however, anything is possible in the election.

Links to SNL Skits:

First Debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nQGBZQrtT0

Town Hall Debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVMW_1aZXRk

VP Debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sYGjoUcusM

Final Debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kjyltrKZSY 

Caffeine Consumption Proves Vital Around Campus

Coffee has become so synonymous with waking up that it is very hard for certain people to go without it in the early hours of the day. Even our own campus has quite a unique trend on caffeine consumption in the mornings.

The trend seems to be that most students actually do not even drink a single cup of coffee throughout the day based on a recent Facebook poll. Only 18 students, out of the 50 that responded, noted drinking coffee at least once a day. Senior and coffee admirer Jeremy Greenberg noted: “I only ever get coffee from Dunkin Donuts, and I can see the prices affecting some people.”

According to USnews, the average American spends $2.70 on a cup of coffee in the morning. And while this rejuvenating ritual may not seem to cost so much, it certainly adds up given how many times it is consumed and where it can be purchased.

Some students note that coffee is definitely a staple in morning habits as they drink roughly three cups a day. Such an interesting case is junior Trey’lonte Gaither, who noted that his excessive amount of caffeine is “crucial to his academic success.” It certainly seems to be helping him as his grades have gone up significantly.

On the faculty side of the spectrum, coffee seems to run more rampant as a higher percentage of faculty drink it in the morning compared to students. This is displayed by their constant visits to Chambers for refills or their loud slurping from coffee cups during class.

Mr. Whitehair noted that he switches from decaffeinated coffee to caffeinated and that its use is “absolutely necessary in a long, tiring day.” He’s even got his own coffee maker in his room to avoid long voyages down to Chambers.

Likewise, Mr. Sergeant noted with a laugh that “[coffee] is absolutely necessary.” He can be seen roaming the hallways with his travel mug of joe. Often times he must leave class to refill on his coveted coffee.

Overall, most coffee drinkers prefer a warm brew year round, which may seem shocking to some given the humid weather in Baltimore for most of the year. Another trend seems to be that students prefer to buy their coffee in the morning at a drive-thru, such as Dunkin Donuts. Teachers seem to prefer making their own coffee and simply refilling in Chambers.

It seems that the older majority is a little less frugal in their spending, which doesn’t seem so surprising. Whichever way the students and faculty obtain their coffee in the morning, it is nonetheless  a necessity for most of the community.

Bye-Bye Winter; Say Hello to the Sun

Winter is almost finally over. The three months of brutally cold weather ends and here comes six months of warm, sunny weather. No more shoveling snow, icy roads, and sadly, no more days offs or two-hour delays.

Spring starts March 20th, but that doesn’t mean winter is really over. Even though AccuWeather’s lead long-range forecast metrologist, Paul Pastelok, truly believes that the worst of winter is completely over and done with, history has shown a winter in March is not completely uncommon.

According to AccuWeather, last year, March averaged 19 inches of snow on the east coast. Mr. Pastelok feels that the temperature may drop again on March 19th and stay down for a couple of days, but will bounce back up. Cold, winter weather will be in the rearview mirror soon.

How do the students in the BL community feel about the change in weather approaching? Taking to the hallways of BL, students were everywhere raving about the sunny weather outside.

Marquise “Moo” Washington, a junior and varsity baseball player, said,  “I prefer sunny weather over winter weather.” Marquise added, “because in the summer, you can do more activities outside with your friends.”

Randy Cockrell, a freshman and JV football player, was extremely enthusiastic about the idea of sunny weather. He longs to take advantage of the sunny weather by going to the pool and beach. Most importantly to him, he can’t wait to wear his t-shirts and shorts out and be comfortable.

Drew Nicholas, a junior and varsity golfer, loves the idea of sunny weather. He has been waiting for sunny weather for a while because he is tired of having to put on a winter coat every time he wants to go outside. With the sunny weather coming around, he can finally hit the greens and work on perfecting his swing for this upcoming golf season, which he looks forward to tremendously.

It seems that students at BL are completely ready for the change in weather and ready to move on from the cold, harsh winter weather. Also, most students are ready to move on and get into the swing of their spring sport of choice. No matter the reason, everybody is waiting to see what the warm, sunny weather has to bring to the BL community.

So hang up the sweatpants and sweatshirts and break out the t-shirts and shorts because the sunny weather is on its way!

Class of 2016 Taking College Scene by Storm

Unfortunately, senior year has flown by faster than one can blink, and the class of 2016 is finishing up their college process.

Boys’ Latin seniors are looking all over the country for schools in different areas ranging from the mainstream fad of going down south, up north, and staying here in the great state of Maryland.  There are also a few guys taking the world by storm and looking out west for college in areas such as Colorado, California, and Montana.

There are also a fair amount of Laker athletes committed to go play sports in the NCAA. Senior lacrosse goalie Jack Pezzulla committed early sophomore year to North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and he has to leave much earlier because of this. Jack said, “I will be leaving Baltimore in early August for pre-workouts; can’t wait.”

Likewise, senior wide receiver Davy Lizana will be heading out even earlier as he is set to play football at Cornell University.  Davy has to leave right after he goes to the beach in July for preseason two-a-day workouts and scrimmages.

Senior Grant Adams is taking the path less followed and is heading to Montana-Bozeman next year being one of the first Lakers to go to school in this great state.  Grant absolutely loves where he chose, stating,”I was really interested in their environmental science program and being in the mountains.  I fell in love with the mountain atmosphere there and enjoy skiing and fly fishing.  Now all of my favorite things are right outside my window!”

Senior Charlie Ikle is headed down south but he isn’t sure where yet.  He said, “If the financial aid number is right, I will be at Texas Christian University next year.” With the yearly tuition at $53,000, this school is not a definite right now.  Ikle couldn’t imagine being anywhere else but the south: “I am also looking at South Carolina and Ole Miss; the southern culture really drew me, and I am looking forward to rushing fraternities as well as the football tailgate scene.  I will also be looking to major in sports management.”

Hayden Kovinsky is heading to DePaul University in Chicago next fall. Hayden said, “At first I didn’t think I would get in, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”  He said, “The diversity at DePaul drew me in; not everyone is the same,” and he also made a funny remark stating, “It’s not Baltimore.”  That is a common theme in seniors wanting to get away.

Out west, senior Alex Franks and Cody Carlson are checking out California schools.  Alex is thinking about San Diego State for next year while Cody’s top choice is Chapman University in Orange County.

Cody said, “I stepped off the plane and it immediately clicked; the culture, weather, I loved it all.  I also really like the idea of networking in California, and it has many connections to the entertainment industry which I hope to get involved in.”

Lastly, there are the homeboys that want to stay in Maryland.  Senior Josh Lurie had the option to go to many schools around the country but decided on the University of Maryland Business School.

Josh cannot wait to start in College Park this year, stating, “It’s only an hour away from my family and it still feels like I’m getting out of Baltimore. Big Lloyd also said he would buy me a car in my name considering how cheap the tuition is in comparison to my other schools.”

Boys’ Latin seniors will be all over the United States next year, and the class of 2016 looks to be one of the most diverse classes in recent years representing most areas and states in the country.

Look Out Canada! Fearful Voters Seek New Home Up North

After marginal Super Tuesday victories that saw Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R) increase their delegate count, a significant spike in social media users threating to move up north has caused a trend. Massachusetts stood out distinctly after having both the aforementioned candidates win their coveted state.

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photo courtesy of Google Trends

The problem arises from Trump’s seemingly scary domestic policy of not allowing Muslims to enter as well as his proposed wall that will border Mexico. Many other issues have stressed voters, but their outlying plea for help has resulted in begging via Twitter. If one simply searches the terms “Trump Canada” into twitter, hundreds of thousands of tweets will show up.

This election has somewhat made Canada more relevant than it ever has been, with the department of immigration having more calls than ever. “Our phones, as of today, have literally gone crazy with Americans calling,” an immigration lawyer in Vancouver, David Aujla, said. “I used to say that George Bush was my best marketing ally. And I’m going to elevate Donald Trump to that position as soon as he becomes president,” added Aujla.

Canada’s tourism sites have been remarkably overflowing since this recent social media trend; reports suggest that the Canadian immigration site actually shut down momentarily because of all the users on the web page. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in particular, has been making the most of this trend by advertising a radio show entitled “Cape Breton if Trump wins.”  “We just weren’t expecting this, but I say it with a smile,” said Mary Tulle, the CEO of Destination Cape Breton in regard to the thousands of phone calls her office received after Super Tuesday.

This is not the first time Americans have threatened to leave their blessed country because of a potential president— recall the 2006 election when President Obama was running for the first time. Many celebrities and right-leaning political activists ‘promised’ to move if he was elected. Also, according to the figure by Google above, there was a significant spike in searches regarding moving to Canada during that period of time.

What makes Canada so attractive to these concerned Americans? For one, the proximity to the United States would make new citizens feel at home. Also, the recent left-leaning government is a Bernie Sanders’ supporter’s dream— enlaced with free healthcare and some great education.

There was also a considerable spike in similar Google searches, such as “Can Cruz beat Trump” (which increased 250%) and “John Kasich drop out” spiked 200 percent. And there was a 300 percent spike for “Chris Christie, Vice President,” according to Google Trends.

Historically, many promises made by celebrities to move to Canada have been broken. One famous incident was actor Stephen Baldwin in 2008 noting that “If Barack gets nominated, I will be moving out of the country.” The outcome: Mr. Obama received the Democratic nomination; Mr. Baldwin, who was apparently joking, stayed, and in 2011 suggested that he might run for mayor of New York City.

Whether one might seek to move to Canada, it isn’t always as easy as tweets make it seem. Since Canada’s recent immigration reform, one must try and get a work visa, fall in love with a Canadian partner, or attend school in the country.