Willie Sadler


Protestors take a strong stand on the issue in California. Photo from MCT Campus

In a battle over the right to privacy
versus national security, the FBI has
taken tech giant Apple to court. The
issue: whether or not Apple should
create software to disable the effects of
wrongly entering the password multiple
In an investigation into the shooting
tragedy in San Bernardino that occurred
on December 2, the FBI found an
iPhone, belonging to one of the shooters,
Syed Farook. The reason why the
FBI cannot gain access into the phone is
simple: it is password protected. After it
was determined that the FBI would not
be able to unlock the phone without
deleting everything on it, they turned
to Apple for help.
Some weeks of negotiation later, Apple,
in a public letter, stated that they
would not create new software to help
the FBI unlock the phone. They included
that the government does not have a
legal right to force participation in the
investigation onto Apple, nor make it
dispose of its guarantee of the safety and
privacy of customers data. This prompted
a nationwide debate.
Depending on the poll, the public
supports both Apple and the FBI.
A poll taken by Morning Consult on
February 26 shows that 51 percent of
Americans say Apple should comply,
with 33 percent disagreeing, with 16
percent not knowing who they support
or not caring. This is the similar to an
earlier poll by Pew Research, showing
that 51 percent support the FBI and 38
percent side with Apple. While these
two show that the federal government
has the support of the people, a Reuters/
Ipsos poll showed 46 percent in favor of
Apple with 35 percent disagreeing and
20 percent not knowing.
The main point of the argument for
the FBI is national security. The reason
they need access on the phone is because
they believe that it most likely
contains information about the interactions
between the two shooters and
their connections. However, the FBI
has come to a roadblock in the investigation
because they cannot get into the
phone. It should be noted that up to this
point Apple has cooperated with the
FBI and given them information from
the cloud.
“I believe that in America everyone
is entitled to a certain degree of privacy.
However, there comes a point where
the importance of national protection
becomes greater than the necessity of
privacy. For this reason, Apple should
release the contents of Syed Farook’s
phone to the government,” junior Will
Chesley said.
On Apple’s side, they are refusing to
comply with the FBI in a cry of privacy.
They have the support of several other
tech companies, including Google, Microsoft
and Twitter. Other companies
that publicly support Apple are Airbnb,
AT&T and the trade group Consumer
Technology Association. Apple’s argument
for why they are not creating new
software for the FBI is that by creating
a “backdoor,” they believe it is compromising
their customers’ personal information.
A “backdoor” is simply a way
into the product. In this case, that is an
“I believe that Apple complying
with the FBI would give hackers and
others access to it and it will endanger
the privacy of Americans. [The FBI]
shouldn’t try to force Apple to do it. If
Apple doesn’t want to do it, they have a
right not to,” sophomore Bella Seip said.


A whole new Mr. HHS winner

Brittney Nadeau


Seniors Ryan Dore and Thomas McAndrew perform their skit. Photo by Reese Sayles

Lightsabers, tutus and Disney princesses
were just a few of the things
present at Mr. HHS on Friday March
4, 2016, in the Hanover auditorium.
Mr. HHS is a pageant held annually
for male students who attend Hanover
High. They start out with an opening
act as a group and then do their own
individual talent acts. There is also a
formal portion of the show where the
guys dress up and answer questions
like they would in a real pageant.
The contestants were senior Hunter
Bellows, senior Cole Hodges, senior
TJ Allen, senior Aaron Gallagher, senior
Jacob Wright, senior Tyler Flora,
senior Tanner Lacey, senior RJ Garza,
senior Cole Bordonie, senior Thomas
McAndrew, senior Ryan Dore and
senior Joe Fishpaw. The judges for
the evening were English teacher
Lisa Martin, Attendance Secretary
Augusta Kennedy, history teacher
Bill Wheaton, English teacher Emily
Fleisher, and math teacher Allison
League with Spanish teacher Chad
Taylor as the M.C.
They represented clubs and sports
such as Theatre, Lacrosse and Golf.
“I thought I could contribute to the
senior class and be funny and just entertain
the school.” Garza said.
Each contestant chose a talent to
perform. Some even paired up for
funny skits. The performances ranged
from impersonations to ribbon dancing.
“My talent was my impersonation
of Donald Trump and I had Joe Fishpaw
help me. He was the commentator
guy. I chose it because I’m really
good at impersonations and I thought
it’d be really funny because I’m Mexican
and he’s made jokes about Mexicans,”
Garza said.
The popular act of the night was
the Aladdin skit, where Ryan Dore
dressed up as Aladdin and Thomas
McAndrew dressed up as Jasmine, and
they both rode hover boards while reenacting
“A Whole New World” from
the movie.
“I loved dressing up and riding
around on the hover board, making
people laugh. It’s a classic movie and
it’s a good, meaningful song,” Dore
Dore was not the only student to
find enjoyment out of his reenactment
of “A Whole New World.” Many people
in the crowd were laughing.
“We were laughing nonstop the
entire time,” senior Morgan Cole said
about the crowd.
Mr. HHS was put together with
lots of help from the junior class officers.
“I choreographed the fight scene
and helped plan it and organize what
was going to happen and everything
that was going on. I also had other
officers that helped me with it who
were Naisergi Shah, Nicole Bradford,
Caroline Drumheller, Nicole Bradford
and Maddie Gordon,” junior
Demi Friend said.
After days of rehearsal, they were
ready to put on a fantastic show.
“Rehearsals were kind of chaotic at
first because we got noodles to practice
the opening fight scene with and
we fooled around a lot, but then we
got our act together the next day and
it got better from there on. The show
really came together,” Garza said.
The contestants were hilarious and
their acts were on point, but there
could only be one winner. After a
Steve Harvey joke from the MC, Taylor,
some of the audience and contestants
were confused because he
announced that Tyler Flora was the
winner. After he cleared up that he
was joking and Flora was actually the
runner up, he announced that Ryan
Dore is Mr. HHS 2016.
“Being Mr. HHS feels pretty cool I
didn’t think I was going to win,” Dore
“I really liked the person they
chose who won because Ryan did a
really good job and he was committed
to it and he was really funny and his
act was funny,” Friend said.

Spring into college visits

Rahul Zota

With springtime comes the
time for the rising seniors to look
and explore their future college
opportunities, not only is spring
break a great time to go and visit
future college campuses, it is also
a good time to get a feel for your
future home.
“This spring break, my only
plans are to visit colleges. I
am going to the University of
Virginia, University of West
Virginia, University of Richmond
and Washington and Lee
University. I have already visited
a lot of colleges, but I am hoping
that after this spring break I can
finally get to a decision of where
I wanna go,” junior Ben Mahone
said. Mahone is a lost junior right
now; he has no idea where he
would like to study business and
he is hoping that after he visits all
of his potential colleges.
“I will be visiting Virginia Tech
and The University of Virginia
this spring break, hoping that I
can find out where I wanna go
and like spend the next four years
of my life, both of these colleges
are good for my major but I just
need to get a feel for which of
the campuses I like more,” junior
Alan Meade said. Meade wants
to major in business, and the
difference between their business
school rankings is minimal, so the
campus life will be the deciding
factor for him.
“Virginia Tech and Clemson
are my top two choices right now
and I cannot decide which one I
would rather go to. During spring
break I will be visiting both of
them and I am hoping I will find
out which college has a better
atmosphere for me, personally,”
junior Andrew Moore said. Moore
wants to major in engineering
and Clemson and VT both have
great engineering programs and
for Moore the deciding factor for
where he is going to attend college
will be the campus life.
Not only are these juniors trying
to figure out which colleges they
will attend, they are also going to
have a great time exploring and
experiencing new environments.

Rotten raspberries awarded to the worst films

Garrett Gauntt

This year, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s
“Fifty Shades of Grey” and Josh
Trank’s “Fantastic Four” won big. To
the poor souls that missed the Oscars,
it’s fine to keep reading, for this
is not a story about the Oscars. This
is a story about its offensive younger
brother, The Razzies.
The Golden Raspberry Awards
(The Razzies) was created in 1980 by
John J.B Wilson. The Razzies were
created to bring to light the worst of
cinematography and films each year.
It’s usually held the night of or around
the weekend of the Oscars. This is the
troll of movie awards, it’s the award
the people that are at the Oscars do
not want to take home at the end of
the day.
Voting is strictly anonymous. To
vote you must become a member of
the site and award show by paying
$4.97 at Anyone can
become a member and there are no
restrictions on who can apply. Being
a member, along with other benefits,
gives the right to vote in all categories
of the Razzies. These categories
include worst picture, worst screen
play, worst actress, worst actor, worst
supporting actor/actress, worst director,
worst couple and last, but not
least, the Redeemer award.
This year the Razzies were back
at full speed. Awarding “Fifty Shades
of Grey” with Worst Picture, Worst
Screen Couple, and Worst Screenplay.
Its two lead actors, Dakota Johnson
and Jamie Dornan, won Worst
Actor and Actress.
“Fantastic Four” did not receive as
many awards but received the biggest
awards. The notorious worst editor
award was given to Josh Tank for
his directing of “Fantastic Four”. It
was also awarded (along with “Fifty
Shades of Grey”) the award for worst
The least offensive award of the
night for the Razzies award show is
the Reedemer Award. This goes to
anyone in the cinematic business who
has over the past year grown back to
stardom and at least acceptability. The
award was given to Sylvester Stallone
for his performance in “Creed”. This
award shows that though the Razzies
were made to broadcast horrible cinematography
that the people and
members of the award show can still
create some sort of cordial award.

#OscarsSoWhite: a detailed examination

Georgia Geen


Chris Rock speaks while hosting the 88th Academy Awards. Photo by

Not only are the Oscars so white,
but so is all of Hollywood and most of
American media.
For the second year in a row, all
20 nominees for the acting awards
were white–1998 was the last time
this occurred. As was curtly pointed
out by Oscars host Chris Rock, lack of
diversity in Hollywood isn’t a modern
issue: “This is the 88th Academy
Awards. So this whole ‘no black nominees’
thing has happened at least 71
other times,” referencing the subtle
racism of the earlier parts of the 20th
It’s no secret that Hollywood does
a poor job of representing the diversity
that is found in the U.S., although
some small improvements have been
made in recent years. According to
a 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report
by UCLA, minorities are underrepresented
in every role in relation to
movie or T.V. show production. The
film industry fairs slightly better than
television, with whites outnumbering
minorities 2 to 1 in film leads and
film directors and 3 to 1 in film writers.
Whites in television outnumber
minorities 6 to 1 in broadcast scripted
leads and in creators of broadcast
scripted shows.
Considering minorities make up
40 percent of the U.S. population,
there is a proportional gap in minority
representation in Hollywood, even
without considering the whiteness of
awards shows like the Oscars. But
zero minority acting nominations?
That’s unacceptable.
And it’s not that there were a
lack of potential nominees; films like
“Creed” and “Straight Outta Compton”
were seemingly overlooked, receiving
one Oscar nomination apiece,
but neither one was for a black actor.
As a result of the lack of diversity,
a boycott of the event ensued.
Viewings dropped by 8 percent from
last year; whether it was due to the
protests or general lack of interest is
unclear. But outcries from celebrities
and the general public show (as
seen by the Twitter outrage that took
place) that the outdatedness of such
ideals will not bode well for the Oscars
in the future. In the 88 year history
of the event, only 14 black actors
have ever one—other minorities fair
even worse. There have only been
nine Hispanic Oscar winners.
The lack of diversity in Hollywood
is reflective of a bigger issue of institutionalized
racism in the U.S. The
lack of minority acting roles can be
attributed to a lack of opportunities
available for minorities. According to
the aforementioned data report, the
top talent agencies underrepresent
minorities, leading to their lack of
representation in films and shows.
Latinos are even more underrepresented
than blacks, but strides are being
made by popular shows like “Jane
the Virgin,” launching Latino actors
into the mainstream. This shows the
growing importance of this population
and the social and political issues
that they face.
Despite strides forward in acting
diversity, on the corporate level,
“higher up” positions are almost exclusively
white and male. Film studio
heads were 94 percent white and all
male and film studio senior management
was 92 percent white and 83
percent male as of 2015, with other
roles only fairing slightly better.
It is in this area that substantial
changes need to be made. In order
to fix the issue of diversity in Hollywood,
there needs to be adequate minority
representation in all levels of
the industry to fix the current power


Searlait Coffey


Jenny Beaven accepts her oscar at the 88th Academy Awards. Photo by

The most famous meme king, Oscar-
less Leonardo DiCaprio, now rests
in peace. The 21st century’s new dynamic
duo is Joe Biden and Lady Gaga.
Record high Girl Scout cookie sales
were also a result of the 88th academy
awards. All this and more came from
this year’s Oscars ceremony.
“Spotlight” began the night strong
and ended it even stronger. It won
the first award presented, Best Original
Screenplay, written by director
Tom McCarthy and writer Josh Singer.
The last award presented is always
Best Picture, which “Spotlight” also
won. The movie is based off of real
life events regarding a group of Boston
Globe journalists who uncovered
the Vatican’s corrupt and pedophilic
history. A strong ensemble cast included
Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams
(both were nominated for best
supporting actor), Michael Keaton,
Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci.
The movie that got the most attention
throughout the night was “Mad
Max: Fury Road.” Sound editing,
sound mixing, makeup, production
design and costume design all were
awarded to the crew behind “Mad
Max.” The 2015 reboot came out in
the summer and received a momentous
amount of attention. Critics
praised the visual beauty of the film
as well as the characterization coming
across subtly and powerfully in
an action flick. “Mad Max” is essentially
a two-hour plus car chase about
a group of women and one heck of
a mad man, seeking a better life in a
cruel, patriarchal apocalypse. Jenny
Beavan, who won for the costume design,
has been nominated nine other
times in her career. Her only other
award was for her costume design of
“A Room With a View” in 1986. During
the ceremony she dawned a “Mad
Max” inspired leather jacket, studded
with the war boys’ insignia from the
Perhaps the biggest snubs of the
night accompanied “The Martian.”
The movie received seven nominations,
four of which were in the same
categories “Mad Max” won. The movie
took place largely in space and on
mars, obviously the team deserves an
award somewhere in the effects department.
The film was also nominated
for best adapted screenplay, where
it lost to “The Big Short.” Both were
books before they were movies; “The
Martian” was first written by Andy
Weir and was equally, if not slightly
less, entertaining as its movie counterpart.
Whereas “The Big Short” by
Michael Lewis, was a severely less entertaining
book than its movie. So for
screenwriters Charles Randolph and
Adam McKay to transform the book
in to a feature film that received five
Oscar nominations is worth celebrating.
One of the most shocking wins of
the night came when Mark Rylance’s
name was called for best supporting
actor in “Bridge of Spies.” Rylance
is a far lesser known actor than any
of the other nominees (Christian
Bale, Tom Hardy, Sylvester Stallone,
Mark Ruffalo), despite his 30-year
career. Another surprise came from
the best song winner. “Writing’s
On The Wall” from the James Bond
flop “Spectre” was performed by Sam
Smith. The performance was one of
the worst ever at the Oscars. Smith
said he “hated every minute” and that
“singing was horrible,” according to Apart from the actual
performance of the song being
unpleasant and underwhelming, the
category of best original song seems
to be outdated. Musicals received
more attention from the Academy
in past years than they do today. Instead,
a much better category would
be best soundtrack, seeing as how best
original score already exists. Quentin
Tarantino’s absurdly gory story “The
Hateful Eight” won the best original
On the other side of the spectrum
of performances, Lady Gaga delivered
an exceptionally powerful message
during her performance of “Til
It Happens To You” from the documentary
“The Hunting Ground.” The
film explored the twisted and ugly
world of college fraternities, specifically
the numerous cases of sexual assault
that have received backlash and
a concerning lack of attention. Fifty
victims of sexual assault from colleges
across the nation joined Gaga as she
sung her heart out onstage. Prior to
the performance, Vice President Joe
Biden made a powerful speech regarding
the issues of rape culture. He
promoted the website
and asked everyone to take the pledge
to “intervene in situations where consent
has not been given.”
“The Revenant” received the most
nominations than any other movie
that was honored at the Oscars. Of
the 12 nominations, only three were
awarded to “The Revenant.” Director
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, has won best
director for the past two years, previously
winning for “Birdman” and
“Gravity.” Coincidentally, the film’s
cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki,
also won for the third year in
a row for the same previously mentioned
films. Lubezki is the first cinematographer
to win best cinematography
three years in a row. The award
that everyone is talking about goes to
Leonardo DiCaprio for his performance
as the beat-up pioneer who
was left for dead in “The Revenant.”
The actor had only been nominated
four times in the past, but his filmography
count amounts to 39 films in
Up and coming star Alicia Vikader
was awarded the oscar for Best Suporting
Actress for her role in “The Danish
Girl.” The film was also nominated
for production and costume design,
as well as best actor for Eddie Redmayne’s
portrayl of a transwoman.
Actress Brie Larson, won best actress
for her character in “Room.”
“Room” was an incredibly well acted
movie, with an incredibly difficlt and
uncomfortable strory to tell. “Room
was also nominated for best picture,
best director and best adapted screenplay.
Some categories that are often
overlooked include best documentary,
best short documentary, best
animated short and best short live
action. Pixar’s newest success, “Inside
Out” won best animated film,
which it whole-heartedly deserved.
A documentary that encompassed the
rise and fall and more of Amy Winehouse,
entitled “Amy,” took home the
best documentary award. The Irish
film “Stutterer” won best live action
short and “Bear Story” won best animated
short. Perhaps the most ifluential
short film was “A Girl in the
River: The Price of Fogiveness.” A
Pakistani documentary about a horrendous
tradition that is subjected as
“religious honor killings” of women.
The film’s creator, Sharmeen Obaid-
Chinoy, anounced in her speech that
the Pakistani prime minister changed
the laws of the country because of the
truths revealed in the film. She ended
her speech by proclaiming “That is
the power of film.”

Facebook releases new emojis

Madeline Wheeler

Now when Aunt Evelyn posts a
picture of her aging dog on Facebook,
you can choose from six different
reactions instead of simply
the ever-bland “like.”
Facebook has just launched a
set of different emoticons to help
users better describe their feelings
towards a friend’s post. The company
has boiled human emotions
down to six simple reactions: like,
love, haha, wow, sad and angry.
The dog has just returned home
from a day of shots at the overpriced
vet Evelyn takes him to for
the complimentary paw massage?
Hit that sad moving emoticon
with slowly drifting tears. Pup’s
had a haircut and he looks like a
cowardly lion? The squinty-eyed
“haha” face is now for you, featuring
a mouth that swells with the
hilarity of the situation. Dog has
fathered a litter of puppies but
doesn’t pay child support? The angry
face with a reddening top and
lowered eyebrows fits just right.
The puppies are so cute you cannot
handle it without your jaw dropping?
The “wow!” face featuring a
widened circular mouth, enlarged
doll eyes, and raised eyebrows is
your match.
Or maybe Granddad has just
picked a bushel of green beans,
and you just love him to pieces. So
now it seems appropriate to select
the “love” button with a pounding
white heart on a raspberry
background. But creepy uncleby-
marriage Denny gets a subtle
“like” for a picture of his oil can
collection that has collected dust
over the years rather than value.

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