By Billy Winter ’14
Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana announced on Tuesday that he would not seek re-election in 2014, leaving fellow Democrats divided and angered over this powerful figure’s decision. Surely his announcement angered liberals on the left, but many moderate Democrats see this as an opportunity to win a seat that has been notoriously unpredictable with Baucus in it. Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has devoted and planned to devote the remainder of his time in Washington rewriting the Federal Tax Code and ending the fiscal deadlock that has plagued the halls of Congress for more than a decade. Yet more attention has been placed on Sen. Baucus’s recent votes, most notably voting “No” on the recent gun control bill lead by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa) and Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va) which collapsed on the Senate floor and infuriated a great majority of Democrats. Nonetheless, Max Baucus’s retirement comes at a time when the nation is in need of strong leaders who will stand up and vote for what is right for the country instead of what is politically expedient. I personally think Baucus’ record reflects an opportunistic individual who will do anything to win, regardless if he believes in it. After all, this may be a great day for the Democratic Party, as it should ensure an advantage in securing the Senate seat for the former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, whose strong polling makes him the favorite if he decides to run. Still, remembrance of Sen. Max Baucus will be with mixed emotions.
By Jake Rochford ’15
This past saturday was Record Store Day, the elusive holiday of long lines, food trucks, inflated prices, and great special releases. I waited in line for 2 hours, meeting some very interesting and awkward music fans as we meandered through the narrow walkways of Redscroll Records. I managed to find 9 different 7” singles and 6 different LPs and EPs, some including RSD exclusive releases.
(Starting from top left):
Brian Wilson – Good Vibrations
A Beach Boys classic that defined the era of cheesy synths and Brian Wilson’s slow mental decline. Good buy for only $3.
Modeselektor ft. Thom Yorke – This
Incredible beat-heavy Modeselektor track with guest vocals by Thom Yorke of Radiohead. One of the more expensive 7” buys for $9, but pressed on clear yellow vinyl nonetheless.
Panda Bear – Surfer’s Hymn
Another steal for only $3, I found this 7” instantly in the used bin and knew I needed it. A single that comes from Panda’s most recent album, Tomboy, Surfer’s Hymn has bubbly and dreamy sounds with bright bells and vocals, well worth the $3.
By David Alpert ’15
Price- The price for a large cheese pizza at People’s Choice is $9.50. This is an extremely cheap price for a large cheese pizza. Compared to local competitors it is significantly cheaper and approximately the same size.
Service- The service at People’s Choice is pretty good. It has some of the best service out of the pizza stores in Avon. People’s Choice usually shows up on time for its deliveries, but they are occasionally late. Also, the people who work at Peoples Choice Pizza and deliver the food seem to have a pretty good mood.
Taste- The pizza from People’s Choice is average compared to other local pizza places. The pizzas are sometimes burnt with and the crust is usually overcooked. The pizza is pretty filling, but it takes a few minutes for you to realize that you are full.
Value- The value for the pizza from People’s Choice is very good. Factoring in the taste of the pizza, the size, and the price, it will make you feel like you got a great deal for the large cheese pizza. In the end, the value is beyond fair for a cheese pizza there.
Convenience- People’s Choice is ahead on their technology. They have been able to upgrade to online ordering unlike some of the other local pizza shops in Avon. Their option for online ordering makes it much more appealing for students here to order, especially during study hall.
Final Score: 7.8/10
By Kevin Farr ’13
Games Workshop was established 1975 in London, England by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson who made wooden board games such as Backgammon until 1991 when they created the highly popular miniature games Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000. In cooperation with Citadel, Games Workshop began to design and make miniatures for these strategy board games using metal at first. The miniatures have changed to the point where they don’t come put together and painted. Instead they come in pieces so it is up to the player to build and customize the miniature. Over the years their success has been ongoing with an increasing demand and a growing community which allowed them to update the rule books from 1st Edition to the current 6th Edition.
The game itself is an on an ongoing war between the Imperium and Chaos for the control of the world. The main objective is to kill as many of the oppositional forces to obtain kill points and the player with the most is the winner. Multiple armies are known throughout the game with their own tanks, troop types, and skills represented by stats and plastic models that you must build and paint, creating a personalized feel to the game. As commander I can move my troops and tanks by following the rulebook and planning how to destroy my enemy. However, Warhammer 40k is more than just a game, it promotes friendship, hard work, and artistic skills.
By Jake Rochford ’15
Can – Future Days
United Artists, 1973
Krautrock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Ambient
Future Days is exactly what a classic album should be. It serves an important purpose in the timeline of music growth and genre creation, but still has a sonically timeless production. Future Days released its psychedelic sounds in the very beginning of a large psychedelic rock era and continues to show its influence in the current era of neo-psychedelic experimentation and creation.
Can’s experimental abilities are shown not only in their own works, but shine in other works influenced by their sonic intelligence. Future Days’ influence is present in bands around now like Animal Collective and Black Dice, who show an impressive ability to jam like their German predecessors.
While Can showed a clear indication of where psychedelic music was headed, along with where progressive rock rested with similar groups like Neu! or Faust, Future Days indicated an individual nature to Can’s music. It presented a self-aware intelligence in their production that resonated well with the overlapping textures they used for each lengthy track.
The starting self-titled track, “Future Days,” is a reverberated and textured starting track that understands its ability to expand as an interesting ambient work. Not often does a progressive rock group understand the presence of a sound, the longevity of a sound, before it becomes monotonous. With this first track, however, there is a clear understanding of variability and expansion. They rarely dismiss an element of the growing collection of sounds, but rather build on it and expand it’s reach until it becomes something new. Like other krautrock / progressive rock albums, developing sounds don’t make their mark in a single song or in a small moment, but rather have their effect through the entirety of the album.
By Ted Smith ’14
Much like Temple Run 2, Final Fantasy All The Bravest uses its popular branding to fill the pockets of the company. The difference between this and Temple Run 2 is that Temple Run 2 actually has gameplay. Where Temple Run 2 is a gimmicky piece of trash, Final Fantasy All The Bravest is barely a game. To attack you slide your finger over your troops and they attack. You can activate a fever mode once every 3 hours and if almost everyone dies you can press a button for help. That’s it, two buttons and sliding on the same place on the screen repeatedly. I have made games more complex than this myself. This is a simple exploitation of the Final Fantasy name and an insult to its fan base. As free game it would be disgraceful, but with a $3.99 price tag it is inexcusable.
This game is a disaster in every way possible. It tries to capture the RPG market but it has no depth. You level up but it never really amounts to anything besides moving forward on the map to more boredom. Grinding levels is a common part of gaming but it usually leads to a reward, such as progress. Playing this game is like watching paint dry, except whenever it finally dries you just throw another layer on and continue the boredom. I don’t know who is supposed to enjoy this; it’s targeted at a mature audience of gamers with its branding but has mechanics that are simple for even a five year old. You’re much better off buying another Final Fantasy game for the $7.99+ price tags. At the time of my writing this Final Fantasy Dimensions, a $30 game is free on the App Store. If you’re looking for an RPG on iOS, get one of the other Final Fantasies. If you’re looking to be bored to death, then maybe Final Fantasy All The Bravest is for you.
Final Judgement: 0/10
By Rodrigo Delfino
“She Sells Sanctuary” by The Cult
We start up with this awesome rock song by The Cult, good for motivational exercise routines, try this one out!
“Take On Me” by a-ha
You must have heard this one before, nothing can be more 80s than this hit song by the boys from a-ha.
“Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol
Let’s blow the speaker with this rocking tune, now you only need is a leather jacket and a muscle car to REALLY cruise in style.
“De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” by The Police
Wrapping up this 80s list we give you this classic by The Police, I could say that this is on par with “Message In A Bottle”. Try it out and listen for yourself.