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Dancing for a Cause

Published on April 8, 2014 by in Featured, News, SRSD


 This year Southern Regional hosted its first ever Danceathon.  This charity event helped to raise money in the fight against cancer with the money being donated to Oceans of Love.  Volunteers danced for twenty-four hours straight in Southern’s gym; they received money from a sponsor for each hour they participated. This year the dedicated volunteers raised over three thousand dollars to help battle cancer. While at the event contests were held for categories such as best costume(s) and best dancer(s).  The volunteers were provided with an assortment of donated food to keep them energized during their exhausting work.  To keep the volunteers entertained many performers volunteered their time to provide the dancers with a variety of acts.  The performers included were:  Guy Smiley, DJ MATTY MIX, a trio of Chris Fritz, RC Eberhard, and Gavin Cranmer, Southern Regional’s own The Double Negatives and the dance crew Digimental.  To see so many members of the community volunteer their time to help such a cause is truly amazing.  This idea sparked by the class of 2014 won’t die though as future Southern officers plan to turn this event into an annual tradition.

 
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Console Wars v2: Xbox One vx. PS4


  With the holiday season rapidly approaching, one hot item on many Christmas lists is sure to be one of the next-gen gaming consoles that have recently hit stores worldwide.  Sony released its next line of their flagship console, the PlayStation 4, November 15. Microsoft followed suit one week later with their Xbox One. It seems that the burning question on everyone’s minds will be: which console do I buy?! The two are very similar, and we here at the Rampage have the facts to help you decide which system is right for you. First off is the price point. Systems won’t come cheap, the PS4 retails at $399.99 and the Xbox One will set you back a whopping $499.99. At first glance the price difference seems drastic; however, this is due to the Xbox One being bundled with its motion sensor, the Kinect. As far as technical specs go, the PS4 is running on an 8-core, single-chip x86 AMD “Jaguar” processor, with 8GB of RAM and 500GB of internal storage. Comparatively, the Xbox one runs on an 8 Core Microsoft custom CPU, with 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive as well. Xbox one supports external storage in the form of a USB, but the PS4 is compatible with a removable Hard Drive that must be at least 160 GB. Both consoles also have storage capabilities on the Cloud.

In addition, much to the dismay of many gamers, neither console is backwards compatible with games from the previous generation (PS3 and Xbox 360). Other features include motion control:  supported by PS4’s “Eye” camera and Xbox One’s Kinect motion sensor. As far as online play is concerned, Sony offers PlayStation Plus which is comparable to Microsoft’s Xbox Live, both of which require a paid subscription. Both consoles, it seems, have much to offer in the realm of entertainment to the user; be it games, movies, music, and much, much more. What it eventually comes down to, is what suits your needs as a gamer better. We here at the Rampage hope this guide is of some aid to you in your tough decision.  Happy Gaming!

 
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The Boyfriend Hits the Stage

Every autumn at Southern Regional the halls begin to buzz with rumors of that year’s musical. Though many students prepare and audition only the best of such a vast talent pool are cast. When the cast list was posted many rejoiced, feeling relieved of the stress of auditions and callbacks, while others wept when they could not locate their name on the list. The musical for which the students auditioned is The Boy Friend. The Boy Friend is a musical from the early 1950’s that utilizes satire to depict early theatrical performances of the 1920’s. This musical was the American stage debut of the beloved Julie Andrews, most famously known for her role as Maria in The Sound of Music.

The plot revolves around the character Polly Browne (Taylor Sprague) who is attending Madam Dubonnette’s (Melinda Gioe) school for girls in France. Polly and her girlfriends are all concerned with the idea of having extraordinary boyfriends who can accompany them to the upcoming carnival ball. When Polly meets the charming errand boy Tony (Robert Connolly) they instantly fall in love.  But will the well to do Polly be able to keep the secret of her ongoing romance with a mere errand boy from her visiting father, Percival Browne (Gavin Cranmer)? Find out this February 26th, 27th, 28th, or March 1st. The show is destined to be another Southern Regional great. 

 
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Christmas Classics to Watch this Season

            I was asked to write this article about what I thought were the best Christmas movies. Because I was overwhelmed with the vast and seemingly never-ending list of Christmas movies, I called in the Christmas movie expert: my mother. Together, we compiled a list, not in any certain order, of our top 15 Christmas movies!

  1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas – A remake of the Dr. Seuss’ cartoon classic – Jim Carrey brings the Grinch to life in this hilarious holiday film and shows how “Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas  means a little bit more.”
  2. Christmas With The Kranks – Tim Allen stars as Luther Krank in this hysterical Holiday film.  Luther and his wife Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) decide to skip Christmas while their daughter is away in a foreign land….. That is until she surprises them and plans on coming home for Christmas!  Great family movie!
  3. The Polar Express – Tom Hanks stars in this animated film about a young boy who isn’t sure Santa Claus exists until he boards a magical train to the North Pole.  Sure to capture the kid in all of us!
  4. A Christmas Story – All Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants is a Red Ryder B.B. Gun for Christmas – based in the 1940’s this Christmas movie is a favorite by many!
  5. A Dog Named Christmas – This is a heartwarming holiday movie about a developmentally challenged teen – Todd McCray (Noel Fisher) and his love for animals.  He tries to convince his family and the entire community in a “Adopt a Dog for Christmas” program run by their local shelter to rescue more animals.  This one is a real tear          jerker if you love dogs!
  6. Mickey’s Christmas Carol – Disney combines Charles Dickens’ timeless story “A Christmas Carol” with the adored Disney cast; Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit, Donald Duck as Ebenezer Scrooge and Goofy as the ghost of Jacob Marley. Being a childhood favorite that I watch every year, it had to be on the list!
  7. The Santa Clause Trilogy –   When Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) accidently kills Santa Claus, he magically takes Santa’s place in this three part movie collection. Through the series, Scott has to overcome some obstacles to keep the job! Sure to get a laugh out of all ages.
  8. The Christmas Gift – A widowed New York City architect, George Billings (John Denver) and his daughter are sent to Georgetown, Colorado by his firm as a scout to turn the beautiful little town into a Ski Resort.  Though a little cheesy, it’s a heartwarming Christmas story about the strength of a community who all believe in Santa Claus!
  9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – The dysfunctional Griswald family come together in this modern day holiday classic – Clark Griswald (Chevy Chase) tries to give his family/relatives the best Christmas ever, but in true Griswald fashion, if it can go wrong, it will!
  10. Elf –   After being raised by Elves in the North Pole, Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) goes to New York to find his real father in this hysterical comedy about believing in the Spirit of Christmas.
  11. Jack Frost – After dying in a car accident, a father (Michael Keaton) comes back as a snowman to make things right with his son Charlie (Joseph Cross) before he is gone forever.  Another heartwarming family movie.
  12. Deck The Halls – Matthew Broderick & Danny DeVito star in this Christmas comedy about two rival neighbors, one of which decorates his house so elaborately it could be seen from space!
  13. Jingle All The Way – Another Christmas comedy about a father’s adventures trying to buy a Turbo Man action figure for his son before Christmas, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  14. The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – A romantic holiday comedy starring Henry Winkler as Uncle Ralph who goes to visit his niece for the holidays and helps her see that lists, career and money mean nothing when your heart is empty.
  15. Miracle on 34th Street – (1947)  A true Christmas classic!  When an old man (Edmund Gwenn) believes himself to be Santa Claus, Macy’s has him institutionalized until a young lawyer (John Payne) defends him in court and proves that he in fact is the real Santa Claus.  This film has been colorized and remade a few times, but there is none better than the original black & white version!
 
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The Pancreas Project

Do you know anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes? If you answered ‘yes’ to that question, you know just how challenging it can be for one who is diabetic to carry on with a normal lifestyle. The constant worry over everything they consume and how it affects their blood glucose level, always prodding at themselves to see if they need to increase their insulin levels or eat something to make their sugar higher, is a part of their daily life.  But what if the near future holds a possibility to not have to relentlessly worry over how much insulin one might need?

After many clinical trials, testing and research, the Food and Drug Administration have approved  an artificial pancreas. This artificial pancreas is designed to keep track of one’s insulin levels by measuring them every five minutes. If the levels are too low, the apparatus gives the proper dosage needed to correct it and can stop dosage if levels are too high. This artificial pancreas will be useful for other things too such as a possible treatment for pancreatic cancer and insulin related tumors.

Officials behind the Artificial Pancreas Project are even in the process of creating an app designed for smartphones so you can watch your sugar levels as they’re monitored by your new pancreas. Clinical trials are still ongoing and this pump is not yet available to the public, but this is the future of medical care. 

 
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Unique Gift Ideas for your Friends

It’s the Holidays Again….

…and you still haven’t gotten your best bud a gift! Well, here’s a list of some cool stuff you can get with $25 for your pal!

Bacon Beans Candy: Do you like Bacon? Do you like jelly beans?  Then how about some bacon beans? $5 from Urban Outfitters

Bubble Wrap Costume: A hooded jacket and pants made of bubble wrap. $20 from Urban Outfitters

World’s Smallest Walkie Talkie: A conveniently sized walkie talkie set of two is the perfect gift for anyone! $10 from Urban Outfitters

Henna Kit: Get artsy with this DIY henna tattoo kit. $10 from Urban Outfitters

Goateesaver: An adjustable shaving template used to create perfect goatees. $19.99 from Amazon

Bag of Zen: Om m g! Contains five charms to help you feel more zen. $15 from uncommongoods.com

Mini Terrarium Kit: Ah, the beauty of nature in a jar! So verde.  $16 from Anthropologie

 
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Baker’s Dozen


The Boy’s Cross Country team is one of the most consistently successful athletic programs at Southern Regional. Today, we sat down with Scott Baker, longtime coach of the boy’s program. Here is our “Baker’s Dozen”!

 

 

When did you start running?

 

Distance, about 6 years ago. However, in high school, I was a sprinter/pole vaulter.

 

How did you get your start in coaching?

 

When I first started teaching, one of the reasons I started teaching was to become a coach as well. I assisted Mr. Speck with the teams and it kind of snowballed from there.

 

What excites you the most about the team each year?

 

Watching the team develop and form a bond and transform through June to October.

 

What do you love about running?

 

Freedom. There are no strict rules that dictate how you have to run. If you’re out in the woods running on your own, you are challenging yourself. There’s a certain independence and self-challenge element that’s unlike any other sport.

 

What type of courses do you like to run on?

 

It depends. Sometimes, if I want a challenge, I like to run on a course with a lot of hills and uneven ground. However, if I were trying to get a faster time, I would prefer to run on a well-groomed flat course. It really all just depends on what my mood is.

 

A lot of people feel like cross-country is not a “spectator sport”, what is your opinion on this?

 

It’s never going to be one of those high-flying sports like football or basketball, you’re never going to have 50,000 people at a cross country event. Those that understand the sport can appreciate and follow the sport. I suppose there just isn’t enough exposure or awareness of the sport.

 

 

 

Is there anything that can be done to make it more spectator friendly?

 

Courses really dictate how spectator friendly a race can be. Places like Ocean County Park are very open and looping, which is very spectator friendly, however this isn’t always the best course for the runners.

 

 

 

Could you explain the brotherhood that has developed through the team over the years?

 

Every runner is different, and you want every one of your runners to look after one another, but that isn’t something that can be forced. It kind of just happens as the kids work together and develop a mutual respect and compassion for one another.

 

 

What has been your favorite moment in your coaching career?

 

There’s not one specific moment I can pin down, but I think the overall growth of each runner over the course of the season is pretty great to watch.

 

Historically, Southern has been a very successful program, what do you attribute this to?

 

The unity and brotherhood we mentioned before. Everyone on the team works their hardest, not for themselves, but for the team.

 

Is there anything frustrating about your job as a coach?

 

Having a team of around 50 or so kids is difficult because as a coach, it’s incredibly difficult to spend enough time with each individual kid, and I think that’s the most difficult thing about my job as a coach.

 

Do you ever listen to music during your run, if so, what kind?

 

I used to, but I found that I ran well without music, because I focused more on my breathing and footsteps, as odd as that sounds. When you listen to certain kinds of music, the rhythm and tempo of those songs will usually dictate your pace. Back when I did listen to music as I ran, I would listen to Rage Against The Machine, Jack Johnson, Dirty Heads, some Sublime, and some Kings of Leon.

 

You run with the team, but do you run in races outside of the school environment?

 

I am actually planning on running the John Entrikin 5K this year, but I don’t really run that many races because I utilize my time training with the team, so I kind of run vicariously through you guys.

 
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Creative Cosmetics Tips

Published on October 23, 2013 by in News, SRSD

Being a typical high school girl (doesn’t matter what grade!), many of us are slowly graduating towards enhancing our best features. While others just want to express their personality by how they look. Whatever the case is, whether you are experienced with cosmetics, or if you’re a beginner and want to enter, “the make-up world” then I has some excellent recommendations for you.  The items I do recommend, do fairly well in pigmentation (color payoff), staying power, and just overall, being amazing go- to products that can be simple to use, and very easy to apply. To make this, a little more exciting, most of these items are sold at drugstores. Meaning you can very easily obtain these products at Wal-mart, Target, K-mart, or even Walgreens! And these products are rather affordable.

The first recommendation is going to be a powder, which is Rimmel’s Stay Matte face powder. This product is amazing. It’s about $4 and the quality is outstanding for a low cost item. I use it, to see my concealer , and it takes away the shine , leaving a matte finish. This powder comes in several shades so there is a variety to choose from. The second item, would be a concealor, which would be Rimmel’s Hide the Blemish Concealer. This product is perfect for hiding blemishes and dark circles under the eyes. I use this every day, and it’s about $5, so a low price and well worth it. The third item would be, a blush, by the brand ELF(which stands for eyeslipsface). Each blush is $3 and the one I am recommending is the shade, Candid Coral. This color isn’t bright, not pink, but rather a very light peachy, coral with some shimmer. When you apply it to the apples of your cheeks, it gives your cheeks a good wash of color with some shimmer. It’s beautiful and this product can be found at Target.

The rest of the recommendations are going to be eye and lip products. Starting off with the eyes, the product I LOVE and want to share with you are the Maybelline color tattoos. They are cream eye shadows that LAST ALL DAY. They literally stay on all day. You can layer a powder eye shadow on top and use it as a base, or just wear it alone. There are a total of ten shades to choose from and I personally love all of them. Next, would be the recently new mascara by L’Oreal: The Butterfly Effect. This mascara is fabulous! It offers incredible length and a lot of volume. It definitely makes your eyes look wide awake and more flirtatious. I use the regular formula, but it comes in a waterproof formula so you have an option of what formula you prefer! Now, the lip product I’m recommending , I have been using since entering high school, it would be the Maybelline Color Whispers. There are a variety of colors to choose from:  Reds, pinks, nudes, and even some plum shades. They are moisturizing and feel amazing on the lips. My favorite is Coral Ambition, which is a sort of bright, pink coral color. But some shades in this collection are a bit sheerer than others, while others are extremely pigmented. It all depends on the shades, but I love these to death!

Hopefully, I helped you in starting your make-up collection/starting kit. Another way to learn more about certain products, is to go on YouTube. I watch many make-up tutorials which show you how to use the products in different ways. They also show videos about swatches of the colors to show you what the color looks like. You can always read reviews about products you’re interested in, because you can find very good feedback.

 
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Stay Tuned In to these Upcoming Artists

For those of you who are like me and never know when your favorite band’s album is coming out or when and where they are performing, look no farther.  This article will keep you up to date on all of your favorite bands’ performances and album releases!

 

October: Even though this is pretty last minute, you’ll probably want to know what’s going on for this month! On October 1st, Lightning Remixes by Matt and Kim comes out. On October 8th, the albums Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die by Panic at the Disco, Bangerz by Miley Cyrus, Tattoos by Jason Derulo,  and Paradigm Shift by Korn come out. On October 9th, Don’t Panic! by All Time Low comes out. Icon for Hire’s self-titled album and Pax•Am Day by Fall Out Boy come out on October 15th. On October 16th you can go to the Barclays Center to see Selena Gomez perform, and the next day go to the House of Blues in Atlantic City to catch Papa Roach. On October 21st Pearl Jam will be at the Wells Fargo Center, and from October 29th to November 7th Ed Sheeran will be playing at Madison Square Garden.

 

November: On the 5th, Eminem’s album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 comes out. Enjoy your last day of November break seeing Paramore at the Susquehanna Bank on the 8th! On the 11th, Lady Gaga’s album Artpop will be released, and two days later you can see Paramore again at Madison Square Garden. You can never get enough of Paramore! On the 19th, Chris Brown’s album X comes out. On November 23rd and 24th, Kanye West will be performing at Madison Square Garden. Last but not least, One Direction’s album Midnight Memories will hit the stores on the 24th.

 

 

If you want to save your money to see your favorite band, here are some concerts that will be taking place later on at Madison Square Garden.

On December 3rd, you can see Elton John and his band. On February 19th, Justin Timberlake will be there, and on February 21st, Lady Antebellum will be performing.

 

 
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Civil War in Syria Causes Controversy in United States

Published on October 23, 2013 by in News

The civil war in Syria has killed over 100,000 people since March of 2011, but the most controversial move of the war happened in August of this year. On August 21st, chemical weapons, a form of weaponry banned in modern warfare, were used against the Syrian people. The big question of the attack is:  Who used the weapons, the Syrian government, or the rebels?

The United States feels Syrian government officials used the chemical weapons, while Russia feels the rebels used the weapons in an attempt to frame the government. Though America and Russia feel differently, they have come to an agreement. The agreement states that the Syrian government is legally required to give up their chemical arms, but if they don’t comply with the agreement, military action won’t be an option. When the United Nations, an organization of independent states who promote international peace, investigated the attack, their forensic reports concluded that the Syrian government was the antagonist of this situation.

President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to have his weapons inspected by the U.N., but warns that rebels may attack inspectors. Former inspector of chemical weapons, Ralf Trapp, cautions, “They [the Syrian government] can use the security situation as an excuse. They can delay things.” However, the inspection will most likely go on as planned for the rebels have stated that they will cooperate with the inspectors.

 

 
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