April 2015

Review of Anything Goes

A grand adventure aboard a ship traversing the Atlantic Ocean. Romantic intrigue and forbidden love. Gangsters, sailors, and an Englishman. No, we’re not describing a long overdue mash-up between The Godfather and Pirates of the Caribbean. We’re here to review Tower Hill’s production of Anything Goes.

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Behind the Scenes of Anything Goes

For the past year, the Tower Hill Theatre Department has been hard at work to create and put on a performance of the classic American musical Anything Goes by Cole Porter. About the stowaway Billy Crocker as he tries to win the heart of the soon-to-be-wedded Hope Harcourt, the play is full of comedy, hijinks, and large dance numbers.  Although the final product is impressive in and of itself, not everyone realizes just how much work goes into each and every show. In order to bring this to light, I sat down with two people who have had experience both in front of the curtain and behind it. To begin, I talked with 11th grader Blair Isken, a member of the Anything Goes stage crew and one of the stage managers of the show:

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Volunteer Opportunities at the Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House has been around since it was established in the Fall of 1974, and ever since, RMHC has been helping the families of sick children everywhere stay together. But none of what the organization accomplishes would be possible without the help of the 305,000 volunteers and staff members that donate their time to RMHC Chapters worldwide.  The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware is supported by over 400 volunteers and is always looking for more teenagers, college students, and adults to join the team.  To get involved with your local RMHC, see below for contact information and details on volunteer opportunities!  Or go online to for more information.

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The Promise of College Credit is Coming at a Price

Every child in America has the right to a formal education, and thousands of high school students use this opportunity to make something out of their lives and change the world. The most driven and motivated students are even bold enough to take AP classes to better learn about various subjects. Students also take AP classes so that they can take the AP exam to better themselves in the watchful eyes of colleges. However, many students are hindered by what they often cannot control: money.

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Particle Physics

These images are a look into Nick Fisher’s latest works. Titled “Particle Physics,” they are samples from Nick’s larger series.




A New Landscape

Credit: Mark Stevens, Flickr
Credit: Mark Stevens, Flickr
       These are the jagged, snow-laden peaks and pristine blue waters of Northwest Montana’s Glacier National Park. Covering more than 1 million acres of the Continental Divide and containing two ranges of the Rocky Mountains, this peerless reserve is a gem of the American wilderness. However, more than anything else, its 37 eponymous blocks of ice define the park. And while that may seem like a large number, a shocking statistic tells another story: since such things were first measured, almost 75% of the park’s glacial ice has melted, running down its slopes into the lakes and rivers of this beautiful land. Scientists predict that, if this rate of decay continues, all of the park’s glaciers will be gone by 2030, leaving behind a landscape that, while still beautiful, will hold nothing of the majestic vibrance of Glacier of old.

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Book Review: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

I read The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan during January of this year. The book was absolutely incredible. It was comprised of a series of short essays and stories by Marina, a 22-year-old Yale grad. Her family compiled her work after she died in a freak car accident, 5 days after graduation. The book has an eerie but inspiring tone.  Her death emphasizes the urgency of being young and in love and having so much time. Yet how we really only have the time that we have. It’s hard to discuss the book as a whole because each piece inside of it is wonderful in a different way. But my favorites were her essays “The Opposite of Loneliness,” “the Ingenue,” and “Putting the “Fun” Back in Eschatology” and her short stories, “Cold Pastoral” and “Winter Break.”

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