Archive for: February 27th, 2014

The great soda pop debate

SHAY MILLS
Opinions Editor

Sure, you can enjoy a nice Coke, if you like drinking syrup and sugar. Coke is the definition of too sweet for anybody’s taste. Oh, and let us not forget the many drug rumors that come behind the ingredients of that stuff. Let us just refer to it as crack for now. Crack, also known as Coke, should not even be considered soda. Every store should place it in the juice aisle because that is exactly what it is, fizzy juice. I take one sip of that stuff and I immediately feel every cavity I have ever gotten filled open back up. And no parents in their right mind would ever let their children have it either. Not even as a treat. One can is equal to approximately a couple hundred calories and two weeks of bad acne. Neutrogena and physicians are about the only people who have a good reason to support this stuff because it brings them so much money between the gigantic pimples and failed livers people get from drinking crack, excuse me, Coke. Pepsi is clearly the better choice here. First of all it actually tastes like soda. Second, it doesn’t have an addiction connected to it like Coke does. It actually quenches your thirst like a good soda is supposed to. One can and you are good to go unlike with crack, excuse me, Coke, which you have to drink at least two or three cans of in order to feel satisfied. And third, Pepsi cans look way better than Coke cans. That may not be important to some people. But to those who enjoy a good soda on a hot summer day, a cute can goes a long way. Who wants to drink the same stuff polar bears drink anyways? By the way, polar bears seem to be endangered. I wonder why.

ELIZABETH SIMS
Social Media Editor

It is the age-old question: Coke or Pepsi? If you can only choose one or the other, that has the potential to be a pretty big life decisions.
Oh, that college has Pepsi? You probably should not go there. Getting married and having an open bar at the reception? People ask for rum and Coke, not rum and Pepsi. Looking for some consistency during your hectic life? Coke has never changed their logo, unlike a certain aforementioned company.
Coke really is the pinnacle of what is good and right in the world. First of all, they have polar bears. Well, I don’t know if they actually own polar bears and keep them about the office, but who doesn’t want to drink a soda after watching a commercial with polar bears in red scarves playing in the snow?
And it is not just any soda you want, it is a Coca-Cola. You want an ice-cold Coke, just like those very fashionable polar bears.
Another reason Coke is better than Pepsi: other countries have machines that dispense the superior soda when you hug it or smile. How great would it be to roll up to a Coke dispenser without any quarters but, with a flash of your pearly whites, you get a Coke free of charge. It’s the dream of all moneyless college students.
Also, when it comes to bringing happiness to the community, The Coca-Cola Foundation is one of the most involved philanthropic organizations ever created by a beverage company.
They have donated millions of dollars to clean-water research and supply, access to exercise facilities in support of proper health and nutrition as well as made extreme efforts to decrease educational deficiencies and school dropout rates.
So in the end, not only is Coke the best-tasting, more refreshing cola on the market, but it also promotes the advancement of the human race, one smile and one sip at a time.

‘One sick love story’

LASHAWNDA WHITE
Staff Writer

The wildly popular coming-of-age novel, The Fault in Our Stars is getting the silver-screen treatment. This best-selling novel by John Green is about cancer stricken teenagers Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, who meet at a support group and eventually fall in love.
When released, the novel received fairly positive accolades for its first few weeks on the shelf, and then began to pick up speed and sold incredibly well. It received critical acclaim from “NPR,” “The New York Times” and “The Critical Review.”
“The Fault in our Stars” has recently been receiving media attention because of the upcoming release of its film adaptation. On January 29th, the first official trailer was released, and has so far received over 11 million views on YouTube. The trailer gives a brief, but thorough preview of what is to come by sporting some of the more classic scenes of the novel as its centerpieces.
However, like any book-to-film adaptation, there have been complaints about its casting. Leading actress Shailene Woodley, along with co-stars Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff, are not living up to fan expectations of the characters described in the book.
Freshman Taylor Hannon remarked, “Shailene Woodley is a dull actor, and I don’t think she will live up to playing Hazel.”
The author, John Green, has said that physical appearance was never a big deal when casting actors, but the same cannot be said for the fans who became really invested in the characters. This could be turned into the debate of whether a film adaptation ever does the book justice. However, the success of the Harry Potter films remains a testament to the possibility of success when a novel is turned into a film.
Freshman Adrian Benn has “spent an immense amount of time of my life crying during sad books, movies and TV shows, but few times compared to The Fault in Our Stars. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product in theaters.”
“I found this to be an amazing book, and recommend it to anyone that reads.” freshman Leah Smith-Green added.
However, everyone doesn’t share these positive opinions. Freshman Nicolette Burns said, “The plot was unrealistic and predictable, but I may still go and see the movie.”
The Fault in Our Stars seems to be a title that will either reinforce the love shared between fans of the novel or act as another classic example of how films have a hard time capturing the true essence of a well-written book. Either way, the box offices are sure to see their numbers shoot to the stars.

Tennis teams take the court

KAT PUDUCAY
Staff Writer

The 2014 tennis season is in full swing. Both the men and women’s teams have been preparing for this spring season.
Head Coach Darryl Cummings, born and raised in Virginia Beach, has returned to Virginia Wesleyan after a decade of coaching at Old Dominion University. Having years of collegiate coaching experience, Cummings has been confidently training his players for the upcoming season.
“In the fall, we had two to three tournaments that provided competitive opportunities,” he said. “It gave the coaches and players good feedback on how to develop their games.”
In addition to team training, many players pursued individual improvement during their school breaks.
Sophomore Mia Proctor prepared for the fall and upcoming season by playing and teaching tennis during the summer.
“This helped me understand what I had to work on,” said Proctor. “I also tried to work on my mental game and understand that anyone on any day can win the match.”
Fellow sophomore player Graham Wilson prepared for the upcoming season by training over winter break, meeting with his personal trainers three times a week.
“This season I plan on trying to improve my record from last year to go as far as I can and hopefully make it to nationals in May,” Wilson said.
Proctor’s goals for this season are being a leader and making sure everyone is trying their best on the court, while Wilson hopes the team’s training will lead them to a win at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship.
One of the most exciting aspects of the players’ training takes place during spring break. Both teams will travel to Florida over break to enhance their understanding of the game and become closer as a team. The trip will begin in Orlando where players will be matched against Knox College and Otterbein University.
“I am really looking forward to the trip because it will give good training opportunities,” Cummings said.
Next, the teams will attend a pro tournament in Miami where they’ll observe the highest level of play, and train at IMG Academy in Bradenton, where famous tennis players like Venus and Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Andre Agassi are alumni and trainees.
“I’m expecting the team to do well during the season and to really understand what it means to be a team,” Proctor said.
Players are working extremely hard to cooperate as a team and are confident that their training can lead to championships.
“This season, the men have the chance to compete for a conference championship and the women’s have a chance to be at the top five this season,” said Cummings confidently.
The 2014 tennis season is nearly in full swing. Both the men and women’s teams have been preparing for this Spring season.
Head Coach Darryl Cummings, born and raised in Virginia Beach, has returned to Virginia Wesleyan after a decade of coaching at Old Dominion University. Having years of collegiate coaching experience, Cummings has been confidently training his players for the upcoming season.
“In the fall, we had two to three tournaments that provided competitive opportunities,” he said. “It gave the coaches and players good feedback on how to develop their games.”
In addition to team training, many players pursued individual improvement during their school breaks.
Sophomore Mia Proctor prepared for the fall and upcoming season by playing and teaching tennis during the summer.
“This helped me understand what I had to work on,” Proctor said. “I also tried to work on my mental game and under that anyone on any day can win the match.”
Fellow sophomore player Graham Wilson prepared for the upcoming season by training over winter break and meeting with his personal trainers three times a week at Tidewater Performance in Newport News.
“This season I plan on trying to improve my record from last year to go as far as I can and hopefully make it to nationals in May,” Wilson said.
Proctor’s goals for this season is being a leader and making sure everyone is trying their best on the court, while Wilson hopes the team’s training will lead them to a win at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship.
One of the most exciting aspects of the players’ training takes place during Spring Break. Both teams will travel to Florida over break to enhance their understanding of the game and become closer as a team. The trip will begin in Orlando where players will be matched by teams … (play a couple of teams.)
“I am really looking forward to the trip because it will give good training opportunities,” Cummings said.
Next, the teams will attend a pro tournament in Miami where they’ll observe the highest level playing and train at IMG Academy in Bradenton, where famous tennis players like Venus and Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Andre Agassi are alumni and trainees.
“I’m expecting the team to do well during the season and to really understand what it means to be a team,” Proctor said.
Players are working extremely hard to cooperate as a team and are confident that their training can lead to championships.
Cummings stated confidently, “This season, the men have the chance to compete for a conference championship and the women’s have a chance to be at the top 5 this season.”

Starving for the spotlight

ROBIN PETERSON
Staff Writer

As the world continues to be turned upside down by turmoil in multiple countries, everyone in the U.S. is focused on something of the utmost importance: Shia LeBeouf has had an awful 2014.
First he is accused of plagiarism in a recent docudrama that he has produced. Then he put a bag over his head at an award show, saying that he is “no longer famous,” and the day before that he also tweeted it, because “hey, why not.” Now people are saying that the poor man needs help and love and support.
I agree that he does seem to have
problems and needs some kind of help, but that is none of our business. The amount of attention that we give celebrities validates them and makes them want to do these stupid stunts. Shia LeBeouf, for example, is becoming less relevant in our pop culture, hence the “I’m not famous anymore” tweet. Face and name recognition is normally how an actor such as Shia LeBeouf gets jobs. And because, there is apparently no such thing as bad press, he does stupid and insane publicity stunts in order to keep his name out there.
It is the same situation with other stars who are fading; for example, the still-twerking Miley Cyrus, Arianna Grande and her twitter fight with Paris Hilton, the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West drama and Amanda Bynes going “twitter crazy” last year. Again, they all have something in common: they are all-stars that are
losing their fan base due to lunacy. Or they haven’t had jobs or, at least, significant parts for years. And even when there is no actual celebrity meltdown, we still pay way too much attention to these otherwise normal people whose only job is to entertain us peasants and spend away loads of their money on sports cars and other extravagant things.
Now the big question that the regular people seem to ask themselves because, it would seem, actors and movie stars that just happen to be children are public property: “Why are these people going crazy and what should we do to stop them?” And the answer to that my friend, is that we simply can’t, we shouldn’t and, above all, we shouldn’t care. These celebrities are not important nor should they be, outside of their
individual work.
We forget often enough that they are people as well as celebrities and therefore are prone to the same types of emotions, thoughts and bits of rage and self-doubt that we all have from time to time. But the limelight they are placed in distracts us from this fact: The more attention we give to crazy celebrities, the more justification they have to do these things that bring our attention right back to them. In other words, just ignore them and see how fast their shining star fades away.