Straight Outta Compton casting call

by Simeon Simmons/Master Designer

Straight Outta Compton , you’ve heard of it, one of the most talked about movies in America. The influential back story on the rising rap group N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton has been given stellar reviews, positive feedback, buying tickets again even though you’ve seen it once already-it’s that good. That is, nothing but praise for the movie is passed around, until you come across a nasty casting call for the film that makes you want to hate it. Then again the film is amazing, you the see the dilemma?

Weekly Top Ten: Week 2--Senioritis Strikes Early

by Claire Thompson and Ethan Dial/Executive Editors

Hey! Guess what? We’ve survived over two weeks. That’s right, two whole weeks. As many of us went into the first day with motivation and determination, we lost both of these about 12:57, to enter the second day with only a pencil, a bag of gold fish and a phone charger in hand.

Past TV, movies prove problematic with outdated humor

by Anna Norman/Opinions Editor

Netflix has become extremely popular over the last five years because it allows people of all ages to watch virtually any television show or movie, even ones before their time.  For me, the beloved TV show Friends has been at the top of my “recently watched” list for awhile.

Recently, however, I came across an episode that I couldn’t help but be offended by.  The episode from season six features cringe worthy humor about Joey suddenly becoming very interested in “girly” things.   Chandler is terrified at his friend’s sudden interest in potpourri, artwork featuring babies, and knitting.  By the end of the episode, Chandler wonders if everyone has become a girl.

There are quite a few things wrong with this.  First of all, Chandler’s horror at all of this, despite it being supposedly humorous, is entirely misogynistic.  Things that are seen as feminine are trivialized, and made into a joke, something too silly for masculine men to be involved with.  Also, the issue of gender roles arises.  Why does something like knitting become something that only women can enjoy without it being strange?

Weekly Top Ten: Frustrated Freshmen Frantically Search For Answers

by Claire Thompson and Ethan Dial/Executive Editors 

Seniors Claire Thompson and Ethan Dial curiously peek into the abyss of the pit staircase leading to the ground and rooms three and four. (photo by Greer Ripley)

With school back and in full swing, the hallways are crowded, the floors are squeaky, and a large portion of the students are new and afraid. We know being a freshman can be hard, so we’re here to help with the top ten questions we’ve overheard you all asking yourselves in the hallway.

  1. “So, where is room four?”

Ah, yes. Room Four. There’s no room one. There’s no room five.Total Logic. They’re numbered as well as the portables. No worries though, it’s half way down the staircase leading to the pit. You can get to it from first floor north.

     2. “Do you think that we will get to go swim on the fifth floor in P.E. one day?”

Definitely. Only if the swim team’s not practicing though, you’ll have to check with Thomas Heye for their schedule.

     3. “WHAT does it smell like in here?”

One of the mysteries of Central. Or is it just you?

     4. “One of my teachers ALREADY gave us homework.”

Welcome to high school, kid. Get used it now, and get over it.

     5. “I can’t wait to see what’s for lunch today. Is the cafeteria on the third floor?”

Well, you’re in for a surprise! Two bathrooms located on each floor for future reference!

    6. “I heard that homecoming is at Mrs. Rousseau’s temple…”

No. Just no.

Fight for rights: social justice takes center stage '14-'15 school year

Violet Gresham speaking at a Center for Artistic Revolution event about equitable educationala ccess for all students.

by kirsten larrison and sophia ordaz/staff writers 

Almost 50 years ago, the Little Rock Nine risked their lives just so that they could go to school. They endured threats and violence to walk through these very hallways, and their pursuit of social justice allowed for future generations to receive an equal education. Today the fight for social justice is long from over, but Central students carry on the Little Rock Nine’s legacy in their own fights for the cause.

Super-Feminist Sally

“There are so many progressive and just open-minded and passionate students at Central who are so committed to social justice issues. And I think that had I not gone to Central, or not met so many young activists at Central, that I wouldn’t have become as strong or as passionate, the way I am today. Having this kind of community of people around is just really important, and I’m glad that I had that in my high school experience.”

Senior Sally Goldman, co-founder of Central’s very first Feminist Alliance, smiles. Over the course of the 2014-2015 school year, she has helped to organize events to promote feminism.

Baseball seniors make impact on and off field


by Lily Jones/staff writer

Throughout the class of 2015’s baseball career, they have made multiple state runs, and have created major impacts on their team by heavily practicing, and giving everything they have for the game.

“I believe our grade has strongly impacted the team.  We have been stacked with studs this year and last year,” Rashaud Townsend said.

Each year, there is an impressive set of seniors.  This year, Rashaud Townsend, Cole Weber, Tyler Mann, Lance Nolen, Kelton Cole, and Jonathan Carruth lead the team.

Shawn impacts others with positive view on life

Shawn and her prom date Nicholas Jones dance the night away (photo by Claire Thompson)

by Ethan Dial/school news editor

She walks through the halls just as any other senior in high school, but she does it joyfully despite everything she has been through in life. This year senior Shawn Morehart will graduate as the first Down Syndrome student who is enrolled in regular classes.

Throughout her journey at Central, Shawn has impacted many including both students and teachers.

“She makes you appreciate life. She’s my best bud,” Trishyonna Hughes, Shawn’s one on one instructor said.

Shawn attends many classes including choir, which she says is her favorite class. In choir Shawn has performed at choir concerts under the instruction of Scott Whitfield.

“I don’t normally use the word sweet, but Shawn Morehart is one of the sweetest students I have ever known,” Whitfield said.

Shawn loves to sign and is also involved in her Youth Prayz Team at Life Line Baptist Church where she enjoys leading in worship with fellow youth including Central Jasmine Hooper who is also in Shawn’s Psychology and Sociology class.

“She has showed me her true meaning of love, care, and support as a friend. If I was mad, sad, or happy she would always embrace me every time, hugging me or asking me how I was doing. Shawn is a good friend. I thank God that I had the chance to meet her and be there for her every step of the way. I hope Shawn will continue to puruse her dreams that she wants to accomplish. I  know she can do it! Shawn is a true inspiration to me and other people that she knows, she has shown me things that I needed to see clearly,” Jasmine said.

Shawn is a very special person to many, especially her mother Stacey Morehart, who feels blessed to have Shawn in her life.

“I was never more scared that when I found out Shawn was coming, but I know we are not given opportunities in life that we cannot handle. I was meant to be her mother, and she was meant to do great things. It has not been easy, but Shawn has given me more joy, more pride and more understanding of how we should all view life,” Morehart said.

Shawn has impacted many with her positivity and the way she looks at the world. One of those people is Shawn’s best friend. Grace Dickerson, who attends church with her every Sunday and Wednesday.

Top students question value of class rank, see significance in factors like extracurriculars

By Diana Basnakian/staff writer and Taylor Smith/staff writer

Valedictorian Sherry Gao and Salutatorian Zen Tang are looking forward to a new chapter in their lives. (photo by Taylor Smith)

Valedictorian: top of the class. The concept of valedictorian has been around for many years, and every year the title is awarded to the senior with the highest GPA. Class rank has been assigned immense value among high school students, and valedictorians have been constantly characterized under several false stereotypes.

This year’s valedictorian is senior Sherry Gao, who has earned a GPA of 4.563 and plans on attending Harvard University in the fall of 2015. Unfortunately, many high school students among Sherry assign significant value to their ranking, and are thusly under constant stress to improve it.  Although Sherry understands the honorability of her accolade, she believes that essentially, it is just a title.

“I don’t think it has much intrinsic value,” Sherry said. “I don’t think it defines you, and I don’t think it necessarily predicts your success later in life.”

Blake Mei, Central’s valedictorian for the Class of (blank), argues that based on his experience after high school, Sherry’s belief holds true.