Friday, March 23, 2012
CychronicleBy Nick Cavaliere
Impact, skill, talent, and devotion areall key factors that epitomize the expertiseof Whitney Elizabeth Houston. Born to afamily that consists of Dionne Warwick,Darlene Love, and Aretha Franklin; it was destiny that Houston would achievestardom. Whitney Houston is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, hav-ing sold over 170 million albums, singles,and videos. Her pristine vocal ability andprominent pop appeal have inuencedan array of other artists and has securedher a position as an international icon. Acknowledging Houston’s achieve-ments is beyond necessary; however,one must first recognize both her ill-ness and horrific drug addiction. Whatmakes her so approachable is the factthat she is human and, like humans, shehas made mistakes. Are her actions jus-tified or right? No. But dwelling on herdark side lessens her greatness. She is themost awarded female-act of all time andshould be treated so. Houston is a moth-er, sister, and daughter to someone elseand we all must respect that.Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Whitney Houston was a delightful youngspirit, who belted out the hymns of God inthe local choir. Her voice was heavenly and was strongly inuenced by her close friendsand family, as well as, other noted perform-ers, such as Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, andRoberta Flack. Music was in her soul andshe was putting hers into the music. Aftera quaint and short modeling career, Hous-ton’s potential was approached by multiplerecording labels. But it was Clive Davis,head of Arista Records and father-like gureto Houston, that put her on the map. Whitney’s success had reached anenormous height. Her reputation andrecord sales were soaring. Her signaturehits “Saving All My Love For You,” “How Will I Know,” and “I Wanna Dance WithSomebody,” catapulted her career andgained her a massive audience. Yet it washer rendition of the Dolly Parton track “I Will Always Love You,” for the motionpicture The Bodyguard, in which shestarred, that initiated a new age for sing-ing and music, in general. Houston’s im-pressive pieces and musical works overthe years place her on a pedestal, whereno one can touch her and where she cangraciously touch our hearts.It hasn’t been since the death of Mi-chael Jackson that the music world hasfelt such a loss. Whitney Houston’s deathhas highlighted her many talents but it isher tremendous inuence that allows herto survive today. A number of artists haveacknowledged Houston as an impact onthem, including Celine Dion, Mariah Car-ey, Alicia Keys, and Beyonce (all women who are iconic themselves). Powerhousevocalist Jennifer Hudson perfectly statedthat Houston “knew the difference be-tween being able to sing and knowinghow to sing,” generalizing how idolizedHouston really was. Houston’s singing ar-rangement and vocal style built a houseof empowerment and is the main rea-son why she was adorned with countlessawards and honors and why she remainsamong the Greatest Singers of All Time. Whitney Houston’s career was onethat had every aspect of a human life. Ithad its high points and its low points. Although her cataclysmic relationshipsand destructive choices force us to focuson her low points, it is her highest pointsthat allow us to remember who she really was: a legend. I consider myself a true afi-cionado of music and anyone who truly appreciates music will, forever, “alwayslove Whitney Houston.”
A Falling Star: Remembering Whitney Houston
By Tori Butler
As the school year approaches its end,students and teachers at Watertown Highschool are waiting apprehensively to learn what changes the next school year willbring. (Last year, the district lost fteenteacher assistants and twelve teachers.).Mr. Terry Fralick, the Superintendent of the Watertown City School District saidthat these cuts were a “Great Loss” to ourdistrict. He also indicated that while he is yet unable to identify exactly how many positions will be cut for the 2012-2013school year, he would like to avoid as many cuts as possible. With the election of Andrew Cuomoas the Governor of the State of New York,the amount of money, which has beendesignated for education, has rapidly changed. This change has seriously af-fected most school districts, especially innorthern New York; however, Mr. Fralick indicated that the Watertown City SchoolDistrict is not really in bad shape. Theschool board does realize that the im-portance of maintaining staff. Reducingstaff would have a drastic effect on ourschools since most of our classrooms arealready filled to capacity.”The school budget, just like our homebudgets, is broken down into two majordivisions: revenue and expenditures. Ex-penditures include all of the money thatthe district has to spend while revenue isthe money that the district receives. Thisrevenue comes primarily from federaland state aid and from property taxes.The property taxes for the City of Water-town are typically low (about two per-cent).The problem is that aid from thestate was reduced by 2.8 million dollarsthis school year, and our federal aid isnot as high as it is in neighboring districtsbecause only about twenty-seven per-cent of our student population is military dependents. Therefore, the WatertownCity School District receives much lessfederal aid.The biggest issue at Watertown is that while our revenues have decreased, ourexpenditures will increase about 1.7 mil-lion. These expenditures include salariesand benefits. The rising gas prices arealso a huge issue for transportation forschools. Without district transportation,there would be fewer extra-curricular ac-tivities, including field trips, and feweropportunities for after school tutoringand assistance. Another problem is thatNew York State keeps requiring schoolsto institute programs (called mandates),but the schools truly don’t have any money to spare. This, of course, causesserious budgetary problems.Mr. Fralick ended our interview withsome things for students, teachers, par-ents, and politicians to consider. He indi-cated that political leaders need to spendless time criticizing school and more timeencouraging students to stay in school.He also said that the community and thestate need to work together to nd “whatmotivates people to want their education.”Lastly, he reminded us that despite thehardships, “It is important to have a posi-tive attitude.”
What Will Next Year Bring For the Watertown City School District?