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Cychronicle (March 23, 2012, volume 5, issue 2)

Cychronicle (March 23, 2012, volume 5, issue 2)

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By Maggie Ackerman
WHS Junior and MiSS THouSand iSlandS ouTSTanding Teen
Rachel Schwartzman, a student at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a performingarts high school in New York City once said,“Art, unlike us as humans, is immortal. Nomatter how much others try to censor it,question it, criticize it or destroy it, art is acentral part of this world -- and it shouldbe.”The performing arts and any form of artare being removed from many schools. Asan art student and performer of the arts,this is important tome. The importanceof these classes is im-measurable. Any ver-sion of art entails ex-pression, creativity,heart, and soul.In this difcult eco-nomic time, budgetcuts are a reality. Dueto the laws requiringcore classes, schoolseliminate the fundsfor art programs. Art iseverywhere and nec-essary for daily life,therefore it should bea necessity in school.These classes are of-ten the reason many stay in or even go toschool. The ability fora student to expressthemselves and in-teract with others, who share their love forcreative expression, gives them a purposefor being in school. Although these class-es may only be for a portion of the day, itbrings students together while allowingthem to retain their individuality.The expression, creativity, and relax-ation elements of the arts give studentsa break from reality in which they canventure into a realm where anything ispossible. Regardless of the student’sskills, art can still be a passion. Both artand academics are important because without this combination a studentsperformance would decrease. There would be no a way for students to ex-press themselves when words simply donot work. It is also a fact that students who participate in art programs have ahigher acceptance rate.Employers often seek creative individu-als when hiring. The creative and criticalthinking the arts provide are the keys tosuccess. Without these classes, these skills would be lost. Arne Duncan, U.S. Secre-tary of Education, said: “The Arts can nolonger be treated as a frill. Arts educationis essential to stimulating the creativity and innovation that will prove critical for young Americans competing in a globaleconomy.”The epidemic of canceling art programsneed to be shut down before it is too late.The arts make life seem a little less dreary and provide a gateway for expression. “Al-though art has its technicalities, art is never wrong.”
Miss ThousandIslands OutstandingTeen MaggieAckerman’splatform wasthe importanceof saving arteducation.
 Volume 5, Issue 2March 23, 2012
The Importance of Art Education
Maggie Ackerman expresses herself through her painting. Here she is shown using acrylics.
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 inuencedan 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 inuenced 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 inuence 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?
Friday, March 23, 2012
CychronicleBy Morgan Stevens
Music has played a very importantpart in society for as long as people havebeen able to sing. It is obvious how peo-ple connect to music in ways that seeminexplicable; however, perhaps theseconnections are not as unexplainable asthey seem to be. Music has the ability tochange a person’s mood: to make thatperson more joyful; to make him or herfeel nostalgic; or to make him or her feelgreat sadness. The aspect of the brainthat seems to be triggered the most by music is memory.Music affects, not only the emotions, butalso the body as well. Music inuences suchthings as heart rate, respiration, and brain waves through the vibratory rhythm of themusic. In terms of tone, every note, thoughproduced by distinctive rates of vibration,has both physical and psychological effects.Music has both positive and negative ef-fects: it may stimulate or shut down emo-tions; create harmony or discord; or createcalmness or tension.David Huron, a professor of music andof the Center for Cognitive Science at OhioState, has a theory that people who enjoy sorrowful music are experiencing the con-soling effects of prolactin, a hormone thatis usually associated with pregnancy, butthat the body also releases when a person issad or weeping. “People who dislike listen-ing to sad music, “Huron says, “don’t getthat prolactin rush, which is why instead of being “addicted,” they only feel sad. Valorie Salimpoor and her McGill col-leagues have been studying how pleasur-able music triggers “intense emotionalarousal,” causing changes in pulse, heartrate, breathing, and body temperature.They discovered that a series of soundscould arouse psychological responses,such as chills, while also releasing endor-phins in the brain. During a study to show how music creates chills, these scientistshad some people listen to music that didnot excite them, and had others listento music that they really liked. As the re-searchers watched the brain waves of bothgroups, they discovered that the music thatpeople liked caused a surge of dopamine tobe released at the exact moment when in-dividuals felt the chill. According to thesestudies, this is why people become” addict-ed “to certain music.
Addicted to Music 
By Mason Phillips
Sports are primarily viewedas hobbies that keep a person inshape, but to an athlete, sports areopportunities that provide life les-sons and build character. The truthis, however, as many students ap-proach the end of high school andas hard as it is to imagine, for someof them, their lives as competitiveathletes may be over.There are many athletes who, asa kid, want to become professionals in somesports. The older these individuals get, themore that they begin to realize that theodds of going pro, or of even playing collegesports, in general, is very slim. The percentof athletes playing college sports right outof high school is slightly over three percent,and the percent making the transition fromcollege to professional athlete is only abouttwo percent. So, the more that young ath-letes begin to understand the slim chancesof playing at the next level, the more they should start thinking about a backup plan.I do not mean to imply that high schoolsports are not important. Participation insports does a lot more than most peoplerealize. Sports are the reason that somekids are still in school; they are the reasonthat some students dare to dream,and they are an avenue for somestudents to go to college. In some ways, participation in sports savesthe lives of some students andprovides them with a reason toconsider college; however, most young athletes still have to con-sider other options.Creating a backup plan is themost important decision in an ath-lete’s life. Every athlete should pur-sue his sports- related dream. It does notmatter how unrealistic or how hard it may be to achieve those dreams. However, therealways needs to be a backup plan. Studentsneed to have an idea of what this plan mightbe and should begin to consider what tostudy in college.Every athlete wants his world to revolvearound sports, but unfortunately thisfantasy can’t last forever. Without sports,many high school students would be irre-sponsible, uncommitted, and depressedin a way others could not imagine. With adose of reality, these same students can behappy and healthy adults who are able tocontribute to society and who can contin-ue to participate in sports in order to stay healthy and have fun.
Have You Considered A Life Without Sports?
Mason’s Corner

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