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Great Grad Gifts

YunaLee, Staff Reporter

Graduation is only weeks away – meaning all things grad parties and grad gifts! It’s a huge milestone in our lives, and we deserve the celebration. Trying to make the perfect grad party can be difficult because we want to make it better than so and so’s, and trying to find the perfect grad gift can be a harder task than trying to ace a test we haven’t studied for or actually coming to school. So here are some ideas to make our last moments as Chattahoochee High School seniors memorable and fun!  Some of these projects/ ideas have links on how to make them, so make sure you check them out if you want to save some money and DIY them!

 

Grad Party ideas:

  • Try a cotton candy bar
  • No photobooth? What are you doing?????
  • A huge chalkboard or corkboard to write/post messages of well wishes
  • 2018 balloons are a must.
  • “Through the grades” garland with pictures of you and your friends from kindergarten to senior year
  • For party favors, make a cute college survival kit
  • Starch bar’s with potato chips, french fries, and hash browns are the next big thing

 

Maybe you’re not hosting a grad party, but you’ll probably attend a couple so here are some grad gift ideas!

  • Money lei –DIY Money Lei! – YouTube
  • A small care package that remind them of home for college if they are going out of state
  • Meaningful photo album/ frame with handwritten notes
  • College gear for the college they will be attending
  • A shower caddy is essential to the dorm experience

 

Ultimately, personalized graduation parties and gifts make it special and meaningful to you so try thinking about the good things from the past four years of highschool! Oh, and best of luck to the class of 2018!

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The Time Cube

NicRasool, staff reporter

The Time Cube Principle is a “theory of everything” concept that is meant to explain the universe, created by Doctor of Cubism Otis Eugene “Gene” Ray, self-described wisest man on Earth. It consists of the idea that the world is actually a cube, with four sides, a top and a bottom. It is believed that there is a global conspiracy to stifle belief in the Time Cube, as academia does not take it seriously and views it as a threat to society.

The main point of the Time Cube is that there are actually four sets of days; sunup, midday, sundown and midnight that all occur at the same time. This information is believed to be hidden by academics and world governments in favor of Greenwich Time, which to Gene Ray is itself a global conspiracy.

This has all been discussed in the Time Cube website, which is made up of literal blocks of text in different sized fonts. The website is free for visitors to scroll through the entirety of the Time Cube’s philosophy and science as there are no separate sections, homepage or really anything a modern webpage would have. The Time Cube website also contains a variety of non-sequiturs and a variety of grammatical errors, exemplified by these lines, “This a major lie has so much evil freed from it’s wrong. No man on Earth has no belly-button, it proves every believer on Earth a liar” (“Time Cube 4ce”).

Gene Ray has continuously offered ten thousand dollars to anyone who can disprove the Time Cube; however, no one has ever really been paid as no one is able to prove that they do not have a belly-button. This is because, according to Gene Ray, “Belly-Button Logic Works” as it is a sign of the mother goddess leaving her signature on the world. The Time Cube “works” because it disproves the Bible, as it is based on the idea that God was born from a mother who left a “Belly B. Signature” on the world.

Mr. Bancroft, Chattahoochee’s debate coach, was interviewed about the Time Cube principle for his thoughts on the matter. After a long period of deliberation, and a period of sighs and groans, Mr. Bancroft finally stated that he does not believe in the Time Cube; however, he is “willing to entertain the idea.” A variety of other students and faculty members were interviewed on the Time Cube Principle, and a majority were unaware of its existence.

Those who knew what it was, could really only smile and laugh.

Gene Ray died in 2015, but his legacy lives on in the form of the Time Cube and the subsequent memes and jokes brought about from it. The theory has been mocked by a number of people, including students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when Gene Ray was invited to speak at an independent seminar, but whether it will continue to be a joke or will fade into obscurity is currently unknown.

Surviving an Apocalypse

NicRasool, staff reporter

From plagues or increasing sea levels to divine intervention or zombies, people have speculated about the world’s end for centuries. All of these involve the end of time, humanity or the planet, but they don’t typically discuss how to survive during or after the event takes place. Here are some tips and ideas for how to survive the apocalypse both during and after (assuming the planet still survives and is mildly hospitable.)

1. Build a Safe-House:

A safe-house could be anything that gives you a living space that will help you survive or help you go into hiding. It can be a separate building that no one knows exists, your own home or even a shipping container you repurpose. It can be anything that can protect you. All you have to do is find the right location for your safe-house and prepare a source of clean water and food.  Maybe acquire some games and entertainment to stave off boredom. Then locate some weaponry and tools, and you’ll probably be able to survive a variety of end-times scenarios. Zombies attacking? Hide in your safe-house and fight them off if they get in. A plague spreading? Hide in your safe-house and stay hydrated. A nuclear holocaust just hit? Hide in your safe-house and hope for the best. If you have a well prepared safe-house, you could survive without much work. Just hide inside it and pretend nothing is happening, at least until you need more supplies.

2. Find other people and start an effective community built on trust:

 

 

 

 

When a cataclysmic event hits, everyone is affected, and everyone will appreciate some form of help. If you can find some trustworthy people, you might be able to survive longer. Granted, you may find people who may abuse any kindness, or you yourself may abuse the kindness of others, but that can be solved by just throwing them into the elements alone. After all, it’s an apocalypse.

3. Find other people and start an effective community built on your iron-fisted leadership:

Starting a community is always helpful because you will have more people to work with and be able to get more done. But why make it an equal community when you can get the greatest share? If you become the head of your community, you can begin using harsh methods and abuse your power to get what you want and have a pleasant apocalypse. Granted, you may be overthrown and executed, but hey, at least it’ll be good while it lasts.

 

 

 

These are some general tips and ideas that may help you survive a variety of apocalypse scenarios. Now go out there and don’t die too soon.

Which Member of “The Speculator” Staff Are You?

HannahKornegay, Features Editor

You messed up! Today is copy day and you don’t have any of your articles completed. What do you do?

  1. Fly under the radar and hope your section editor doesn’t notice.
  2. Tell Mr. White the truth and hope that your contrite behavior will grant you an extension.
  3. You would never turn anything in late. Your article has been submitted for days now.
  4. Don’t show up to class; if you aren’t there, Mr. White can’t yell at you.

It’s your week to provide cookies for Cookie Wednesday. Which ones are you reaching for?

  1. Chocolate Chip; it’s a classic.
  2. Peanut Butter; they’re your favorite even though half the population can’t eat them.
  3. M&M because there’s nothing better to spice up your humpday.
  4. Lemon or Ginger, something no one’s brought before. 

Which was your favorite issue of Speculator from the 2017-2018 season?

  1. The Woke Edition
  2. The Hu(e)man Experience
  3. Spice of Life
  4. Bright Eyes, Blue Skies

When do you usually complete your articles?

  1. After Copy Day, but before C&S.
  2. The day before Copy Day; I don’t want to stress the section editors.
  3. Ideas Day was Thursday, so they’ll all be finished and shared by Friday afternoon.
  4. After Mr. White has called me out on them being late.

How many articles do you complete each round?

  1. One, maybe one and a half, but that one will blow you away.
  2. Two.
  3. Between 2 & 5.
  4. However many are assigned to me.

What’s your favorite section or article type to write for?

  1. Features/Editorials: I like voicing my opinions, whether it be satire or a review.
  2. Sports
  3. Seniors and Editorials
  4. Writing the staple articles that appear in every issue provide a good guideline to follow.  

 

Mostly 1s: Nadia Dowlatkhah/Hannah Kornegay/Grace Sassaman/Sireesh Ramesh: You have a very high creative intelligence and you’re very headstrong in your opinions. You have the tendency to lie low and observe the world around you and are very perceptive in regard to other people. While you are very intelligent, your lack of motivation sometimes prevents you from bringing your ideas to fruition

Mostly 2s: Rithik Doddla/Matt Kohn: You are the calmest, the coolest, and the most collected of the calm, cool, and collected; your tendency to be the most laid back person in the room can lead others to underestimate  you.

Mostly 3s: Mr. White/Caroline Kurzawa/Olivia Erickson/Ethan Benn/Kehisha Johnson : You’re dependable, reliable, and often the strongest person in the group, and because of this you are leaned on quite a lot by the people in your life. You’re steadfast and headstrong, willing to do whatever it takes to get a problem solved as efficiently as possible. While you’re helping everyone else get their lives together, don’t forget to focus on yourself.

Mostly 4s: Brett Greenberg/Jayden Chin/Brendan Huet: Your nonchalance makes it seem as though you don’t care, but you always take the time to explore new ideas and think creatively and challenge the norm.

J. Cole’s “KOD” in Perspective

RithikDoddla, Staff Reporter

On April 20, popular rap artist J. Cole released surprise album “KOD.” Cole sets himself apart from other rappers because all of his albums are focused around one common theme and hold an insightful message. The public was expecting an album about J. Cole’s past like his previous two albums, but this time he went in a different direction. Cole stated that “KOD” is an acronym which represents three phrases: “Kids on Drugs,” “King Overdosed” and “Kill Our Demons.” Throughout the album his songs highlight the danger of using illicit drugs.

Though most of the songs did center around drug use, a few held a smaller message as well. For example, the song “ATM” is about how people today are materialistic and believe that earning money will buy them happiness. Throughout the song, Cole expresses that family and friends are what matter most in life.

Possibly the most interesting song in the album is “1985 – Intro to ‘The Fall Off.’” Here J. Cole talks about how all of the young artists today only rap about doing drugs and getting money. He tries to inspire them to grow and change their music to have an important message or else the public will get tired of the same music. He even uses himself as an example saying that he used to be one of them.

Cole has really established himself as one of the elite rappers today because he has that trait, which all of the greatest rappers have: a significant message. He raps not because of the fame, but to spread a message. He is one of the few artists who can actually inspire the listener to change and become a better person.

Your Newest Watchlist

CarolineKurzawa, Staff Reporter

The idea of television has evolved as online streaming services, like Netflix and Hulu, have taken off. Additionally, very few people watch TV in real time anymore. More often than not, shows are recorded and watched during free time. However you watch TV, make sure you tune into these shows.

“Timeless” (NBC)

This NBC drama is on its second season and is slowly growing a devoted fan base, known as “clockblockers.” The series follows a trio of characters: Wyatt (Matt Lanter), Lucy (Abigail Spencer) and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) as they time travel to save important historical events. They have traveled from colonial times all the way to the 1980s. The show earns its merit with great acting, well-written plots and accurate time period clothing.

“Blue Bloods” (CBS)

While this series has been on air for eight seasons now, it seems to have fallen by the wayside and been forgotten. For eight years, the series has followed the Reagan family as they balance family life and their jobs in law enforcement. Frank Reagan, played by the famous Tom Selleck, is the police commissioner of New York City, his two sons are members of the NYPD and his daughter is an assistant district attorney. “Blue Bloods” uniquely combines humor, crime scene mystery and heartfelt family moments, making it an all-around great show.

“One Day at a Time” (Netflix)

This Netflix comedy-drama is a reboot of the 1970s sitcom by the same name. The series has had two seasons so far and follows a Cuban-American family as they struggle with fitting in, while also maintaining their Cuban culture. The main character is a single mother with two kids who also lives with her mother– played by the famous Rita Moreno. “One Day at a Time” realistically demonstrates struggles families face while also maintaining a comedic tone.

“The Crown” (Netflix)

“The Crown” is a historical drama that follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II and has completed two seasons. It illustrates the many challenges the young queen faced after taking the throne, following her father’s sudden death. It embraces the reality that nothing is what it seems, and that you can never know what is happening behind closed doors. While the first season focuses on the queen’s first year in power and her coronation, the second one highlights how her position impacted her marriage. Other important royal family members like Prince Philip and Princess Margaret are featured throughout the series as we learn more about their personal struggles as well. Currently, the series is recasting in order to accurately portray the ages of the royal family.

“Younger” (TV Land)

After divorcing her husband of over 20 years, Liza (Sutton Foster) must find a way to reenter the workforce, but it’s not easy when you’re 40 and have been out of work raising your daughter. When Liza realizes she’ll need to appear younger in order to get work, she assumes the persona of a 20 year-old, changing her style and covering her digital footprint so that people will only know her younger self. She finds work in a publishing firm and befriends an up and coming editor, Kelsey (Hilary Duff). Things get tricky when she must hide her secret from everyone at work and her new twenty-something boyfriend. The series comes back for its fifth season on June 5.

“Teachers” (TV Land)

This series, started by a group of female comedians, follows elementary teachers and the daily struggles of teaching and relationships. Each teacher has their own personal issue, anywhere from being forever single, to possessing self destructive tendencies, to being an unorganized hot mess, that they are having to face while shaping of the minds of students. They remodel your typical idea of teachers, while also making you laugh out loud. Though there have only been two seasons so far, the punch lines these comedians provide could keep the show going for years to come.

“The Bold Type” (Freeform)

This summer drama is loosely based off of “Cosmopolitan” magazine and follows three twenty-something women: Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) as they attempt to make their way in the fashion and publishing world. “The Bold Type” follows pop culture and includes strong narratives like a woman’s place in the workforce and even addressing the topic of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. It is both empowering and heartwarming to watch as these women make their presence known in the world while also establishing lifetime friendships. The second season will premiere June 12.

“Jane the Virgin” (The CW)

“Jane the Virgin” has maintained a devoted audience. The series begins with a young woman named Jane, who through a series of events becomes accidentally artificially inseminated and ends up pregnant with another man’s child. The show follows the pregnancy and eventual birth of the child while also examining the dramatic characters involved now that two families are combining. While many may not take this show seriously because of its telenovela style dramatic twists, Gina Rodriguez who plays the main character, Jane, won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy following the first season of the show. If you want a show that’s heartwarming, laugh-out-loud funny and suspenseful, this is a show for you.

“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Shonda Rhimes has not disappointed audiences with another drama series. “How to Get Away with Murder” is a stunning and suspenseful series that follows law professor, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and her five law interns/students. However, this law professor is anything but law-abiding. Each season begins with a glimpse of a cliffhanger and then each episode works backward until the night of the tragic event. This unique style of storytelling keeps the audience coming back for more, so they can know more about the night in question. After four seasons, the show only seems to be getting better and more intense. A true thriller, each episode will have your heart racing.

“This is Us” (NBC)

This NBC drama has taken audiences by storm and is only two seasons in to what will surely be a long run. The series takes place in both the present and past and follows the Pearson family. In flashbacks, you see the three pearson children at various ages, but you also see the parents, played by Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, as a younger couple. This show is all about family. Each Pearson child faces their own struggles, whether its obesity, alcoholism or extreme anxiety. Every episode carries a lesson and helps to demonstrate that even when you think all hope is lost, family is always there for you. Do yourself a favor and watch this show, but don’t do so without a box of tissues nearby.

 

The Struggles of Landing a Job

BrendanHuet, Staff Reporter

Johns Creek is a very simple place to live in; not much happens here. With that being said, there aren’t many summer job opportunities. For the most part, high school students work in the food industry, at golf courses or washing cars. These are the types of businesses that bring in teenagers and teach them the ins and outs of having a job. But not only are there a select few jobs to choose from, there are also limited spots due to the amount of college students that come back during the summer. In Johns Creek, you will run into some struggles while searching for a job.

Getting a job is all about connections. If you know a worker at the place you want to get a job, you must take advantage of it. They can easily speak with the manager and put in a good word for you. On the other hand, it is a little bit harder to land a job if you have no prior connections in the business. This is when you have to go through the interview process and manage to impress the person interviewing you. If you do not impress the manager in the quick five-minute interview, then you will not get the job and must move onto the next place.

The thought of getting a summer job for some spending money goes through the minds of every high school and college student. This is why it is extremely hard to find a summer job in Johns Creek. The college students don’t come back until early May, therefore you should  interview before they end school. Unfortunately, this means that you would have to start working during the last month of school. If you do not want to work during school and go in at the beginning of summer, you risk the chance of them not hiring you due to the fact that all of the college kids are back from school.

The struggles of finding a summer job in Johns Creek are real. There are so many students that are all looking for the same types of jobs. If you wait too long to apply for the job, there is a big chance that you will not be able to get the job. Also, you should try to apply at a business where you have a connection. This will make the applying process a lot easier for you. In the end, there are limited job openings, but you just need to find the right business.