Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Common sense tips you should take for the AP exam season

Vanessa & Charlotte
Staff Writers
As we move into May, the dreaded Advanced Placement (AP) exams are a major source of concern. The AP exams take place through the first two to three weeks of May, and each test can take anywhere from one to four hours. Many New Hope students will be taking one or more exams in the coming weeks, so here are some things to help you prepare.
  • If the class you are taking the exam in is offering any type of study session or practice exam- take it. This will help you get a sense of what the real test will be like, and is an extra way to study.
  • Make sure to not cram all materials into the night before. Spread out little bits of studying over the next few weeks or days to not overwhelm yourself and your brain.
  • Get a good night's sleep the night before. There is no need to study that night, just relax and mentally prepare.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast. The test is long and there are not many breaks, if any. Eat a full meal.
  • Leave your phone at home, it is not allowed. Make sure you have any materials, such as a calculator or pen, with you.
Most importantly, try not to stress too much! These tests do not affect your current school grades, so just try your best!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sponsored Content aims to be bad

Thomas Detlefsen
Staff Writer

One morning, a couple weeks ago, I was scrolling through a news article when I hit the bottom of the page where the sponsored content resides. What I saw there was an ad disguised as a news article titled “New Hope Woman Was Playing On This Free Slot Machine App When All Of A Sudden This Happened.” I looked at it for a second and I wondered, who would click on this in belief that it was an actual news article? So I decided to visit the page and lo and behold, it was a blatant advertisement for an online casino app. Once the article names the app, outlines specific features, and gives only positive comments on the about the app, you realize that it is an ad. It begs the question though, why don’t the people who do this try harder? Why don’t they try to disguise their ad so that people believe that it is a real story?
  The reason functions the same way the classic Nigerian Prince scam email works. A poorly written email narrows down the people who respond to only the most gullible, or the people most likely to send money. The same is true for apps like the one described earlier. The people who download the app are the most gullible and are most likely to make some kind of in app purchase when others would not spend any money.
  The idea is counterintuitive, but effective.This idea is why $1.45 billion was reported lost to scams in 2016 by the internet crime complaint center.

Meet Legislative Correspondent Jeff Finegan

Jen Abele

Jeff Finegan joined as one of the 50 full-time staffers under Senator Hatch on Nov. 13,2017. He graduated from Lafayette College dual majoring in Political Science and German. There are three people between him and his boss. Senator Hatch will be retiring after this year’s term.

What is it like to be a Legislative Correspondent?
 The LA, Legislative Assistant, are the individuals that are responsible for policy formulation in different issue areas. So, in our office, for example, we have an LA that does health care, taxes, social security, budget issues, and military/foreign affairs. You can see that the issues are sort of grouped together. Then what LAs have are the LC, Legislative Correspondent, the job of the Legislative Correspondent is to make sure that constituents from the state who write in about any issue that falls in that portfolio gets an appropriate response. So, if you’re sitting in your house right now and you want to know what Pat Toomey’s position is on something related to the recently passed tax bill, say a provision in the tax bill, you call up the office or email and say. “Senator Toomey I’d like to know how you voted on this or what your opinion is, say on section 104 of the tax bill.”
 The LC is going to get that message, and they’re going to make sure that they formulate a response to you that answers your question. I’m the person in our office who makes sure that the LC gets that message. I check our website, or the track. The track is a correspondent’s system where I can see what issue areas are getting messages from our constituents. I will group those messages to make sure they get to the appropriate staffer.
  It’s also my job to make sure the LC is doing their work. Our office policy is; if you write to Senator Hatch, you will get a response within 14 days. So, what I must do is look at what we have that’s called a ‘queue’. I can go into someone’s queue, see how much correspondence they have assigned to them and look at the date when it was received.
 It’s more of an administrative position. It’s not really a policy creation position, but I got really lucky because it’s my first full time job. I had enough previous internship experiences that when I applied for it and interviewed for this role I got it.

What has Senator Hatch taught you that you have found valuable?
 He’s been in the Senate for 42 years, and he’s been there for quite some time. The one thing truthfully that I can say in an objective manner as possible is you sometimes in the general sense do not agree with him, but he has done a tremendous service to the State of Utah and to his constituents. I think he exhibits statesmanship, [he] has worked across the aisle with Democrats, and [he] has done a lot for the good of the country and the State of Utah.

What’s the best way to get your foot in the door on Capitol Hill?
  That depends on what you want to do. If you want to work on Capitol Hill in legislative processes the best thing is an internship. To put this into perspective usually ten Capitol Hill staffers have nine who have interned on the Hill at least once. Another beautiful part about being on the Hill is that there are all kinds of things present in D.C. like Government Agencies, Big Tax, Non-Profit, Advocacy Networks, and all kinds of different things nearby as well that are important to look into. One good thing that is a common thread, if you will, in D.C. is Hill experience. So you might want to intern at a very very small tight knit non-profit in D.C., but if you’ve interned at Capitol Hill that would likely help you get a career on the Hill. Everyone kinda knows what goes on there, the importance of being there[in D.C. and the Hill], and knowing how the system works.
   Then once you’re on Capitol Hill you can make all sorts of connections and become part of many networks. So, each person sort of takes a different path. The best option is if you genuinely are interested is to pursue your local Representatives. Your Congressmen is Brian Fitzpatrick, if you decide you want to be a political science major you could start laying down the foundation of an internship this summer for next year.
 The one thing too is there are two types of people who go to the Hill: work horses and show horses. Most people I think go there for the right reasons because people do genuinely want to have a positive impact. They’re also usually very interested in at least one issue. They know that’s the only way to have an impact. The single greatest thing that you can do on the Hill is to do everything that’s asked of you, to do more, and to be on top of what’s happening.
  Another part of it is that you want to show your superiors that you take your role very seriously and you’re not a clock watcher. You’re there to get a job done, and if you do those things there’s no way that you will not get recognized. Capitol Hill is one of the fewest instances where if you do a good job, you will get recognized.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

After prom events can be even more fun than the main event

Vanessa Northrup & Charlotte Taylor
Staff Writers

While prom is one of the biggest events of the year for many high school students, the events that take place after prom can be very fun and exciting for students as well. Many students take the weekend to spend time with friends and relax from all the craziness of school. In past years students have gone to the beach for the weekend, had sleepovers at friends' houses, and even went to amusement parks for the day. Since prom is on a Friday, everyone has the entire weekend to do as they please.
  In an interview with Laura Nagg, she told us that she will be going to Long Beach Island for the weekend with some of her friends and that she can’t wait to go! In another interview, Parker Miele is planning on going to his friend's Pocono house with a group.  Amanda Horak says she and her boyfriend Kyle, of three years, will be going to the Jersey shore to celebrate her friend's birthday.
  While doing something after prom is not a requirement, it is a favored tradition for many students that has been going on for years. There is a reminder for everyone to be safe and make smart decisions over this weekend for everyone to have a good time.

Does She Have My Dress?

Vanessa Northrup & Charlotte Taylor
Staff Writers

As Prom 2018 approaches, girls throughout the high school are currently picking out  dresses. Prom dress shopping is a big deal and can take a lot of time. With only a few more weeks until April 13 and hemming possibly needing to be done, time is ticking. After a few interviews, many girls had some well known dress place recommendations for any girls who are still looking.. Some of the most popular were: Golden Asp in Bensalem, Party Girls in Newtown, XO in Oxford Valley, Marisa Boutique in Newtown, and Lulu’s and Prom Girl online.
  Since it is VERY important that every girl has her own individual dress, keeping up with the Prom group chat on Instagram is a necessity. If anyone still needs to add themselves into the page, follow: @nhsprom2018 To add your dress, simply direct message a picture of your dress to the account and they will post it for everyone to see. Happy prom shopping!

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”!