Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Anyone (or Anything) Can Cook

Colin Morton
Staff Writer

Flippy the burger-flipping robot displays skills that nobody would have thought was possible ten or more years ago. At Caliburger in Pasadena, Flippy shows off its skill by flipping burgers for hungry customers. Although burger-flipping may not seem like such an amazing feat, this is just the beginning for what lies in the future for robots. Is this invention beneficial though? Burger flippers, or fry cooks, provide many people around the world with jobs, and these robots could take them away.
 According to Digital Trends Media, “Flippy can flip up to 300 burgers an hour...each one is flipped ‘perfectly and consistently.’” This value may not seem too grand, but this is compared to the minimal 100 burgers that an average human can flip per hour. On top of that, Flippy never gets tired. Flipping burgers doesn’t seem like it would be so complicated, but it really is. Flippy does what it does by utilizing 3D, thermal, and regular cameras to keep watch on the burgers while they’re cooking. Once the burger is done cooking, Flippy uses its six-axis robotic arm with a spatula attached to the end to flip the burger.
Miso Robotics is the company behind Flippy, and they are very happy with how the robot turned out. This robot made CaliBurger one of the highest rated burger joints in all of California.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Last year's prom venue is back and better than ever

Stella Kelley and Chloe Miller
Staff Writers

Last year, juniors and seniors travelled to the Cairnwood Estate in Bryn Athyn to have their 2017 prom. The Cairnwood Estate consists of a main house, adjacent courtyard, garden house, and formal gardens. The estate was built in 1892 and has been preserved since then.
In the days after prom last year, many students voiced concerns about two main issues; the food and the layout of the venue. The menu last year consisted of salad, chicken, pasta, and a sushi bar. Although the sushi bar got mostly rave reviews, students claimed the chicken was dry and unflavorful, and that the salad had an odd taste.
Students were also concerned with the layout of the venue. The Cairnwood Estate has multiple rooms where tables were placed, which often made people feel isolated and far from their friends on a night that is all about being with people you enjoy being around. Many students are hoping that this year, there will be more flow and connectivity throughout the venue to make everyone feel more comfortable.
While last year’s theme of Fairytale made for a perfectly decorated venue with delicate lights, pastel colors, relaxing candles, and beautiful tulips, this year’s Gatsby theme will ensure that the “same old venue” is completely different. Many of the decorations and ideas for bringing this Gatsby party to life are currently confidential to the junior class officers and prom committee, however Junior Class President Larissa Borys states, “We are going back to the ‘Roaring 20’s’, which is exciting because most students have read The Great Gatsby and now they get to experience it too.” Additionally, there will be a photo booth, with theme-fitting photo booth wear and accessories. The layout of the prom will be very different from last year’s and the officers have guaranteed “plenty of gold, glitter, feathers, and jazzy music.” This year’s prom seems like it will definitely be the “party of the century”!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Independent Studies have much to offer

Thomas Detlefsen
Staff Writer

Although New Hope-Solebury High School provides many courses for a variety of different interests, each individual is unique and combined, each student has more different niche hobbies than any one school could ever provide classes for. Something as specific as script-writing or jazz recording would not have enough students to qualify as a class on its own. This is where the idea of an independent study comes in.
  An independent study is a course a student can take under the supervision of a teacher if their interest is not covered by a class in the school. It allows students to have a bit of freedom from the traditional class structure and tests their ability to work productively and meet deadlines on their own. Most importantly, the independent study allows students to explore a topic that is truly captivating to them.
  Ryan Keating, a senior, is taking an independent study called Study of Screenwriting. This course requires him to write a full length screenplay to learn about good storytelling practices and what it takes to write a full story. On why he requested the independent study, Ryan said: “I like movies and I have always wanted to create one for myself.” He also said that he will probably continue to write in college, but it will not be his career choice.
  Ryan’s experience provides a great example of the benefits of an independent study. He has explored something that he is interested in, but is not offered regularly. It is really important to encourage students to pursue things they are interested in, and that is what the independent study does.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Winter Weather Brings Regretful Fun to New Hope

Frank Spadavecchia and Devin Bock
Staff Writers

Before this winter began, many had predicted we would have a warm, wet winter. Gladly, they were wrong. Our area has already received a few different snow storms with one that even left four-five inches. This was a big surprise to many, proving the original predictions wrong. Along with the periods of snowfall, we have had to bear through weeks of well-below freezing temperatures. These periods of cold, along with the precipitation have created some extremely icy conditions and have made it very dangerous to travel some days. This has caused schools to shut down, leaving every student in the area ecstatic. New Hope Solebury has already had two snow days, two delayed openings, and one early dismissal.
  This leaves plenty of time for people to enjoy winter activities:sledding, skiing, snowball fights or, the least enjoyable of the bunch, shoveling. Many students within New Hope-Solebury have used these snow days to visit their favorite mountains to shred the slopes. With our snow days being used up, however, consequences are arising. The school has already used up its two built in snow days meaning that the next day off will result in the loss of one day of Spring Break. Then from that point on all snow days will then move back graduation. With all of this in mind many students are left wondering whether or not the sight of glistening snow flakes falling from the sky is a beautiful sight or one that they soon will dread.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Snow days prove to be a student’s favorite news item

Kayla Paul-Koch
Staff Writer

After 10 days away from school for winter break, students grudgingly went back to school on Jan. 2. As if almost two weeks away wasn’t enough, when students heard about the possible snow storm hitting New Hope they prayed for a snow day.
  To the students’ joy there were two snow days in a row resulting in a four day weekend. And if that wasn’t enough for students, the next week there was an early dismissal on Monday and a two hour delay on Tuesday.
  “I was excited because we didn’t have school and I didn’t have to do any work!” said sophomore Sarah Block.
  On the contrary, Freshman Kevin O’Brien said “I was excited in the moment, but now I’m frustrated with the amount of makeup work I have to do from the days we had off.”
 The end of the second marking period is creeping up on Jan. 26, creating extra stress for students and teachers to makeup the time lost. Students have been dealing with a heavy load of new information to get in before the start of a new quarter.

The Roaring Corner: Episode 3

Amanda Horak & Parker Miele
Staff Writers

One question we sent out in a survey before holiday break was “what is stressing you out about the New Year?” Some of the options we listed were college, homework, family, and work. According to our responses, the majority said college was the thing that stressed them out the most.
  Both being seniors, we know how stressful the college application and waiting period is. Waiting to hear back from your top schools is the most stressful thing ever! However, we all just have to wait. There is nothing to stress about because we are all going to go to the place we are meant to be at!
   “I was very excited to be accepted to two of my top schools, which are Notre Dame and Georgetown University,” Max Chuma, who is also a senior, said.
  Besides college, another popular choice was homework. Lately, we have been receiving a lot of homework because we’re approaching the end to the second marking period. Again, it is nothing to stress about. Just make sure you start your homework ahead of time and don’t worry about it!
  Let’s have a great start to the new year by just relaxing and not stressing out about things like college and homework!

Explore a smarter way to keep your resolutions

Devon Beacham and Justin Horak
Staff Writers 

The New Year is behind us, resolutions have already been established, and maybe even surrendered by now, and if not now, then probably sometime soon. New Year's resolutions seem to always last temporarily. Of course it is nice to think of improvement and act on it, but the unfortunate truth is not everyone can always follow through with those intentions! Some cliché resolutions usually are regarding one’s health, such as eating healthier and finally joining the gym. Why are New Year's resolutions yearly? Because they never follow through the entire year! Individuals can maintain their goals and overall create a better lifestyle for themselves. But, what is the difference between the successful goals and those that often ultimately lead to failure?
 It seems the most efficient and achievable resolutions are by making measurable ones. Rather than creating a goal such as “being more active,” one could make their resolution “exercise for one hour everyday.” Instead of saying “make healthier choices,” have a goal of “eating at least one vegetable at every meal.” Instead of “lose weight,” one could plan to “lose 10 pounds.” By setting a target that people can make sure they can achieve, it is simpler for them to push themselves to complete it and mentally check it off when they’re done and further their goals after the first are achieved. If someone is trying to structure a goal that they are able to accomplish, the best choice, is to make it measurable. A goal that one can look back on after many days have passed and know for sure whether or not he or she has fulfilled is more likely to end in success.