Putting Up the Fourth Wall:

An Onstage View of "The People"

Michelle McCullum

Carly Sneed

Sasha Edwards gives a heartfelt performance as she tries to convince "The People" to keep running

As I waited for my cue to enter, I thought about the question I was recently asked, "Why would you spend so much time perfecting a character that is not yourself just for one performance?" As I sat onstage, exhibiting anger that is against my "kind" nature, I realized that it is because it brings entertainment to others and joy to myself. Naturally, as a high school student, I tend to get stressed, but, by becoming someone else, I find a way of escaping the stress of my life and take on the temporary stress of someone else, with the difference being that I can escape their stress.

"The People" was directed by Gabrielle Webster and Tymon Reed. The play started off with West Givens, as Oscar Tripp, onstage working and Tymon Reed, as Tom the printer, walking out asking "why are you writing?" As the play progressed, more characters constantly entered and exited the stage. The main humor of the play was accented by the panties being passed around on stage.

The play itself is about a newspaper that is failing and all hope to keep it going is seeming to slip through the cracks. The editor, Edward "Ed" Willis, has to listen to the poet, Oscar, the light touch, the earnest approach, the philosopher, the anarchist, the artist, and Sara as they tell him the reasons why the paper is failing. Near the middle of the play, he finds a reason to not give up. The woman from Idaho, the man from the cape, and the boy all show up to tell him that his words spoke to them and made them want more and didn't want to leave until they got it.

The biggest difference between the script and the stage production was Edward. I, being the odd child that I am, chose to audition for the male lead of the play because I liked the concept of playing as an editor. Surprisingly, I got the part and, although it didn't seem like much of a change, Ed became Edna.

When the play was finished, the group was surrounded by everyone telling us how amazing we did and how funny the play was and even people highlighting their favorite parts. The funniest thing that happened offstage was when lines were reflected back to the character. Tymon asked Dr. Easterling why something needed to be done and, before Dr. Easterling could answer, a student responded with "Why are you writing". All in all, it was a successful production, and I'm proud of all of us.

Fight or Flight of Stairs?
Broken Elevators in Goen Hall


Michelle McCullum


elevator

Rachel Bobo

Vasu Srevatsan, frustrated fifth floor resident, sobs against the elevator, silently willing it to work again.

On October 10, 2014, the west elevator in Goen Hall was put out of commission and has been ever since.

On Monday April 13, 2015, a tragic event occurred. The east elevator broke down. It was an event to remember. To better understand the feelings of the other residents of the hall, I sat in the stairwell, almost completely unnoticed, and waited until I questioned five students on how they felt about the broken elevator.

The first student to answer my question was a resident of the fifth floor. "It is horrible having to walk up these stairs but on the bright side, it will tighten our calve muscles."

The second student I talked to was a third floor resident who was talking with a fifth floor resident. "It must suck to be you fourth and fifth floor people," she stated, "Third floor is a safe floor. You don't get denied the right to ride the elevator, and if you have to, the stairs aren't bad to take."

The third student I questioned was the girl walking with the second student and is a fifth floor resident. "I don't like stairs so I made a plan to get up to third floor, wait a while then walk up to fifth floor."

The fourth student I talked to was a resident of second floor. "It is so great to be on second floor. No hassle of having to walk up three or four flights of stairs."

The fifth student I questioned was a fourth floor resident. "You know, I hate walking up stairs," she started, "I have bad stamina, but I can agree that the elevator breaking was bound to happen. Hopefully they fix it before move out day. And maybe, when they fix it, it won't sound like a leaf blower going through meat grinder that has been dropped in a wood chipper."

The feelings of the MSMS girls were also shared by the Res Life staff. Both the students and Res Life alike were joyful when the elevator was fixed less than a week later.

 

Screaming in the Name of Physics

Jesse Pugsley

An earsplitting roar passes overhead as you continue to follow the "leader" in the endless sea of people that you are in the middle of. You have been waiting for what seems like hours for this to happen, and it looks like it is finally your turn. You strap yourself to the seat then a worker comes to make sure the seat will do its job. Finally it is time to have fun on the roller coaster.

The ride begins, and just like that, it ends. As the blood comes flowing back into your head, a thought comes into being, asking if it was really worth it. You pause, then make the firm resolution that it was and proceed to the next line.

On May 2nd, the physics students that signed up for the Six Flags trip shared experiences similar to the one described above. The day began by waking up early enough to be on the bus by 5:15 a.m. Then, it progressed further by everyone passing out on the bus for two hours until breakfast. For breakfast, Hardee's biscuits, fruit, drinks, and other various snacks were strewn across a table at a rest stop for all to eat. After that it was back on the bus for another three to four hour trip to Six flags. Once we were at six flags we got our tickets and food vouchers, and the students split up into their groups.

six flags
DaJ'ai Ashford and Sumaiya Young

Selfies abounded as MSMS students throughout the park have a great time!

Unfortunately, it seemed like every school in three states decided to also partake in the fun of the park, because everything had a line that stretched on for miles. Most students were only able to go on two rides, and a lucky few were able to squeeze in three before we had to head back to the bus. The back to school was much like the way to Six Flags, ergo, eating and sleeping. Overall, the trip was enjoyable to all, and everyone I asked had a fun time.

    Senior Jamarii Robinson who also went on the trip revealed that he expressed the same opinion as me about the trip. "Overall," he stated, "the trip was really fun, but I wish that Six Flags wasn't so crowded."

Watery Warriors Blow Off Steam With a Water Fight

Rachel Bobo

MSMS students enjoying the nighttime summer air or spending time in their dorm rooms were distracted on the evening of Thursday, May 7 when their classmates shouted and screamed in a watery battle of might.

At 2:33 on the eve of the water war, Candace Carter invited her classmates to "bring ALL WATER" and join in on the fun. Approximately forty classmates took time away from their pre- exam and -AP test studying to release some stress during play time.


From his seat on Goen's front steps, Bram Finkle took a break and observed the fray, waiting for his Statistics data. "It's wet," he said concisely. "Some people also discovered that water bags do hold water and they make great, giant water balloons."

These inventive watery warriors were raiding the front office of Goen much like ancient Nordic vikings, taking rolls of trash bags and leaving trails of wet footprints. Other soggy- clothed fighters could be spotted carrying buckets and bottles filled to the brim with watery ammo. Under the street lights, clusters of people scurried about, looked for new water weapons, and fled from liquid onslaughts. The hose spigots around the MSMS dorm buildings attracted crowds of students, shrieking as waves of water washed over them.

While most students entered the fray with a harmonious approach to water wars, some water fighters channeled war-like spirits. Pummeling their classmates with water balloons playfully and racing for refills, these students left the water fight with rushing blood and adrenaline.

"Me, well, I bagged some. I was about three feet from them too," said Lauren Scott of her victorious strikes, trudging up the stairs and still dripping with both water and sweat. Rhet Hailey also recounted a close call with Scott. "She threw a water balloon at me so I just had to go after her," Hailey said in justification of his "vicious" water attack.

After the water fight dissipated, Scott and her fellow water warriors trudged up to their rooms, leaving behind watery footprints, and once again called on the water towers of Columbus but this time for a more conventional purpose.

Juniors Struggle to Make Resumes Look Impressive

Christian Donoho

As our year comes to an end, all of us are scrambling to do well on our tests and maintain a semi-decent GPA for our transcripts. For the graduating senior class of 2015, students are preparing to put behind them four years of high school and move on to college. However, the junior class of 2016 has something extra to deal with.

Through the countless lab reports, tests, projects, and the myriad of other assignments I have soldiered through the past nine months, I still haven't caught a break. Senior portfolios are due on the 1st of May and it is a little lengthier than other things on my to-do list.

The point of the portfolio is to outline your interests and tell about yourself as a person. This information, which includes two essays, a questionnaire, and a resume, is designed to help teachers create recommendation letters and to help the counselors create and send off transcripts to summer programs and to colleges.

The most difficult thing about the entire process isn't the questionnaire. The most difficult part isn't even the essays; I feel our time in Dr. Easterling and Dr. Curtis has taught us the art of fabricating those. The most difficult part is the resume. For me, the resume is a list of all the things that are supposed to make me noticeable to the people who read through my scores. Often, I look at my list of accomplishments and try to figure out what I can throw in there to make me look more impressive to a college. If anything this a wakeup call that sometimes I need to do more to make my portfolio look more impressive.


Christian Donoho

Students struggle to condense all of their skills and experiences into a one page document.

MSMS administration and counseling department has spent two mandatory meetings, offered prizes, and threatened to not change schedules as well as Saturday school to encourage students to get the papers in on time. Despite all this, I doubt that many people in the junior class will have it in before April 30th. I couldn't think of anything worse than not being able to change my schedule next year so that's all the motivation I need.

The beginning of the end of our high school career is coming up very fast and it won't be long until we're the kings and queens of our little high school. I suppose the senior portfolio is an appropriate way to end the year. It will not only allow us to access our transcripts, but it will allow us to reflect on all we have accomplished and tell us what we need to accomplish next semester.