The renovation of Rosedale Mall

Rosedale Mall is in a 2 year process of being renovated and will be officially completed sometime next year. According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, the Rosedale project will bring a new anchor tenant and 10 to 12 smaller retailers to the fleet of roughly 140 stores that lease space at Rosedale. High end fashion will be added to already existing stores such as JC Penney, Macy’s, and Herberger’s. The department stores will fill up the 150,000-square-foot, two story addition being built onto the shopping center.

The renovation will also update the mall’s interior by adding more comfortable spaces for shoppers to relax. New charging stations will be included for checking emails and charging cellphones and other devices.

The mall will be open during the construction, and much of the work will take place at night. Construction of the addition will start next year, in 2018, and the parking deck will hopefully be completed by November. The interior of the mall will bring 11 new stores, filling 21,000 square feet by Thanksgiving of 2018.

2017 rappers

This year there has been an uprising of rappers and different styles of rapping that some of us have come to love and listen to on a daily basis. Most rappers go by certain names that make up their rapper persona and these are the names we know them best by. But what most people don’t know is that these rappers have real names that they grew up using and where the rappers grew up and their families and their life outside the rap game.

The first rapper we are going to be looking at is the newest rapper to the rap game, 17 year old rapper “Lil pump”. “Lil Pump” or Gazzy Garcia was born on August 17, 2000 in Miami, Florida. Garcia was kicked out of 9th grade for fighting. Garcia claimed he was accepted into Harvard University, but dropped out to “save the rap game”. Garcia first blew up in 2016 on the music app SoundCloud and he dropped hit song “Lil Pump”. He has gone on to drop hits like “Flexx Like Ouu”, “Elementary”, “Boss” and “D Rose”. He has been known to do extreme things when it comes to “having fun” and he has his own famous catchphrase “essskettitt”

The next rapper will be talking about is a very famous rapper from the trap music genre by the name of Famous Dex. Famous Dex was born in Chicago and it’s become very popular in the last four or five years with hit songs like “I get the drip from my walk” “Ok, Dexter” “Took Time‍” “Hit ‘em Wit it”and many more. Famous Dex or Dexter Gore was born on September 6, 1993 in New York City. He has become one of the most successful rappers in the recent years and is hopeful to still be as successful in the future. Dex also has a famous catchphrase, which he begins most of his songs with “Uh, Dexter, YUH!”

Now moving on to the third rapper on today’s list, Philadelphia born Symere Woods or better known as Lil Uzi Vert. Lil Uzi Vert is a rapper who has been known for his odd sense of comedy, music and sense of style. Born on July 31,1994 (23) in Philadelphia, PA. Woods gained popularity from his songs “Money Longer” , and his albums “Luv Is Rage” , “Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World” and “The Perfect Luv Tape”. Woods has toured all around the globe and is seen to be one of the biggest rappers of 2016-2017 and is supposed to come to Maplewood, MN on December 9th.

In the past week young rapper lil peep has died of an overdose on the pill Xanax. Lil peep was 21 years of age and was very new to their hip-hop scene and was known for his more emo like rap songs. Lil peep or Gustav Åhr was from Long Island, NY and became famous off the app Soundcloud just like many rappers in today’s age. Peep had gained a lot of popularity after his death and many people on instagram, Snapchat and other social medias went to say things like #RIPLILPEEP, #LIL PEEP and #SLEEPTIGHT PEEP. We wish all of Gutavs family good luck and to be able to cope and move on from his quick and sudden tragic death.

Streetcars

Back in the early 1900s to 1950s there wasn’t uber or Lyft, instead there was this popular transportation called: streetcars. Yes, that lovely mode of transportation cost only a nickel to ride and it, and it would take you all around St. Paul and Minneapolis. The streetcars date back to 1867, when rails were built in downtown Minneapolis. During the beginning, horses used to drive the streetcars, but that cost the Twin City Rapid Transit (TCRT) a lot of money (because they had to feed the horses). Later they decided to run the streetcars with electricity, which cost less, and was eco friendly, but people had concerns and questioned the streetcars. People feared that the electro cables would attract lightning if there was a thunderstorm.

City buses and automobiles are what took the streetcars out of business. Buses took the place of the streetcars, because streetcars charged more money for each fare, so more money would be made. And automobiles became popular, so people started buying them, and stopped riding the streetcars.

For a lot of years though, the streetcars were great for people who didn’t own any cars; they could get to work, school, library, movies, or anywhere the streetcar went. The company of the streetcars made 2.5 billion dollars in just 5 years, but there were some cons with the streetcars. They didn’t run really fast, and got caught up in traffic.

In St. Paul, they were thinking about bring streetcars back, and putting them right by the airport, by 7th street. This would be really convenient for people who don’t want to rely on somebody else taking them to the airport.

Overall, the streetcars were a success for the many long years they were running. If they ever brought back the streetcars (hopefully), we want every one of you reading this article to ride one.

Shadows

Every year, Freshmen are asked to be Shadow Hosts for upcoming Freshmen. Shadow visits are for 8th graders to see, and visit, a high school they are interested in, so it’s almost like a college visit. Shadows can shadow a Shadow Host for the entire day, joining in their classes.

Shadow Hosts are Freshmen who sign up to be a host. Their job is to show their Shadow the school, like where the gym and cafeteria is located. The Shadow Host allows the Shadow to follow their class schedule. Shadow Hosts also have to try their best to answer any questions the Shadow has, and make them feel comfortable.

If a student wants to be a Shadow, they have to call the school and make an appointment to shadow. Shadowing for Highland Park Senior High is open from November 28th to February 23rd of next year. To sign up to be a Shadow Host, students will have to talk to their counselor for an application.

 

Students mental health during finals week (college)

A study hosted by Stop Procrastinating asked around campus’ about the upcoming exams and how college students feel about them. More than 2,000 college students said that they fear getting a lower grade, and finding job market failure because of the upcoming exams. Survey results also had shown that 64% of students worry that their exam stress is negatively affecting their grades and academic performance.

Existing stresses are from pressure to succeed academically and getting a successful job after graduation. Stress is also linked to distractions, such as social media, and lack of motivation. 37% of students struggle with loneliness and fear of not being successful in college, which leads to them abandoning their social life. Paige Clegg, a behavioral science graduate, said, “Socializing is a great way to relieve stress for college students. When your mind isn’t drowning in to-do lists and stress, it’s able to focus more easily.” She also talked about balance. “Balance is the key. Obviously doing well in school should be top priority, especially during such a stressful period. But it’s also critical to learn to relax your mind and unwind.”

About 12% of college students admit to using drugs to help them cope with the stress. Also, drugs are sometimes used to substitute hours of sleep for students. Some drink energy drinks, and others pull all-nighters during finals week. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, about 34% of college students illegally use ADHD medications to help them focus on their studies. Adderall and Ritalin are among the most used medications according to a study conducted by the Journal of Medical Internet Research, and they found that mentions of Adderall spikes on Twitter during final-exam periods.

At Boston University, behavioral medicine clinicians reported that the number of students in crisis, coming in for help, increased from 647 in 2014 to 906 in 2015. According to another study, of about 100,000 students, conducted by the Penn Center, they showed that more than half of the students listed anxiety as a concern. Nearly one in 6 college students had been diagnosed or treated for anxiety according to ACHA 2015 national survey. The survey also found that 21.9% of students said that the last 12 months of anxiety affected their academic performance. While 13.8% reported that depression affected their academic performance.

From the same survey from ACHA, about 30% of students said that stress affected their performance while 20% listed sleep difficulties. About 47.7% of students had said that they felt like a lot of things were hopeless, and 85.6% said they felt overwhelmed with school and everything they had to do in their life at the moment. Students had been asked if they felt overwhelming anxiety, and about 56.9% of the students said yes. About 1.4% of the students had said they attempted suicide and 34.5% students agreed with the statement of being so depressed that it was difficult to function.

Sports schedule for: Nov 27- Dec 2

For  a full calendar of events please refer to: http://www.sports.spps.org

Winter Sports: Co-ed Nordic Ski, Adapted Floor Hockey, Gymnastics, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Girls Hockey, Boys Hockey, Boys Swimming, Danceline, Cheerleading, Alpine Ski

Activities the Week of November 27- December 2

Monday Nov. 27:

Boys Swim/Dive starts

Girls Basketball @ Harding 3pm (Bus 2:15/4pm)

Tuesday Nov. 28:
Girls Basketball @ Tartan  C-Squad 4pm JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 2:45/8:15pm)

Varsity Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey @ Fairbault Ice Arena 5pm (Bus 2:45/6:45pm)`

Wednesday Nov.29:

Thursday Nov. 30:

Girls Basketball vs. St. Croix Prep @ HP  C -Squad 4pm JV @ 5:30   Varsity @ 7pm

Wrestling vs. Humboldt @ HP 7pm

Boys Hockey @ Highland Arena  JV 5:30pm  Varsity 7:30pm

Friday Dec. 1:

Girls Basketball @ Waconia HS  C-Squad 4:15pm  JV 5:30pm  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 2:15/8:15pm)

Boys Hockey @ Pine City Civic Center  JV 5pm  Varsity 7pm (Bus 2:45/9pm)

Gymnastics Conference Preview ( Central, Como, Johnson) @ HP 6pm

Saturday Dec. 2:

Varsity Girls ‘Blades’ Hockey vs. Rochester Century @ Phalen Arena 1pm

Go Scots!

Thanksgiving treats

Thanksgiving weekend is great. You get a few days off of work/school, there’s Black Friday sales, you have a lot of leftover food, and you get to see friends and family. If you’re going to a Thanksgiving party, having friends/family over, or just want to do something over the long weekend, here are some easy and fun treats.

Mini Peach Raspberry Pies

Pies are a very popular this time of year, but here is something quick, and since they are mini pies, they might take a little more time, but it is worth it. Most of the ingredients needed are ones you should probably already have at home (flour, sugar, eggs, milk butter), but here are the ones you might need to run to the grocery store for:

-Peaches, diced
-Raspberries
-Prepared pie crust

Full recipe and steps here – https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/COOKING-WITH-KIDS–MINI-PEACH-RASPBERRY-PIES

Rice Krispie Pumpkin Pie

Since pies have always been a popular Thanksgiving treat, here is a twist on the classic pumpkin pie. This is a perfect idea if you’re short on time, as this recipe calls for easy to get ingredients. Again, most of these ingredients you probably have at home (butter, vanilla extract) but here are the ones you might need to stop and get:

-Rice Krispie Cereal
-Marshmallows
-Orange food coloring
-Pumpkin pie spice

Full recipe and steps here – https://www.justataste.com/pumpkin-pie-rice-krispies-treats-recipe/

 

Fruit Cornucopias

Here is one of the healthiest (in comparison to the other two I had above), and easiest recipes yet. It involves one key ingredient: waffle ice cream cones. Dice up fruit of your choice, place a small piece of parchment paper inside the cone so it doesn’t get soggy and serve!

The full recipe can be found here – https://kirbiecravings.com/2014/09/fruit-cones.html

If you’re still looking for more ideas I found most of mine on this website: https://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/thanksgiving-desserts-for-kids?utm_term=.hwRpRKQb4#.ueb4WyMYo

Hopefully these have inspired you to make something fun and festive with your family and friends! If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have a good one! 🙂

BTS fashion

BTS is probably my favorite music group right now, and I’ve noticed that pretty much whatever they do they dress up (nicely) in some sort of way. I love their style so much, honestly, that I believe they are fashion icons. They don’t pay attention to masculine or feminine standards of clothing; BTS wears whatever suits them, and it is so great to see them wearing things you don’t often see men wearing. For one of their most popular photo shoots (for their album Wings), they wore a lot of colors, patterns, and textures of clothing. An example is of the member Suga, he was wearing a silk pink suit with a knit white sweater, which you could say is not the most masculine, and I think that is important. It’s not just photo shoots where their clothes stand out, because that’s somewhat expected to wear something unusual and different, but they are seen out in public wearing things like this as well.

Another thing they do, that is pretty uncommon in fashion, is the fact that they dye their hair very often. They don’t just dye their hair blonde or brown, but colors ranging from orange to mint green and so on. I think it’s really cool seeing them not only with their outfits, but the fact that they dye their hair and then style their outfits to go with their hair color. This is just truely iconic.

BTS have a great fashion sense, and that’s why I love them. I love the fact that they go to the airport, and instead of wearing comfortable casual clothing, they dress up! BTS member Jin actually wore a suit in the airport, which I mean is pretty common for people in business, but they all dressed up like that, (not in a suit but layers and such with accessories). They can just be out in public and they wear basically the same things you would see them wear in photo shoots.

Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter profile by Riley Lumpkin and Gabe Mattick.

Thirty-eight year old Melvin Carter, was elected mayor of St. Paul on November 7, 2017. Carter is the first African-American mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota. He will be succeeding Chris Coleman, who has been mayor since 2006. Melvin Carter has been endorsed by various notable Minnesota politicians like Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota Senator Al Franken. Mark Dayton, endorsed Carter, according to Twin Cities Pioneer Press by saying, “As the Director of my Children’s Cabinet, Melvin Carter has been a thoughtful, passionate, and effective leader, who has worked hard to give kids strong starts and better chances of success in school and life,” Dayton is quoted as saying. “As a resident of St. Paul, I know Melvin Carter will bring that same leadership to his work to make St. Paul a city that works for everyone,” the DFL governor said. “I look forward to calling him St. Paul’s next mayor.”

He was a member of the Saint Paul City Council from 2008 to 2013. Before he was elected mayor he accomplished many things as a city councilmember. He cofounded the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood, he also helped pass the Ban the Box legislation; to eliminate employment discrimination according to Melvin Carter.org.

He currently serves as an Executive Director of the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, where he advocates for all children to have an education regardless of their background, race, gender, or income. According to Jessie Van Berkel, Melvin Carter said, “his goal is to address not just pain, but lingering injustice.”

As the new mayor, he would like to raise wages to ensure the economy is improving for everyone. He also would like to make sure community services are doing more to help families, and he wants to work on community-first policing.

For more information, please go to: http://www.startribune.com/st-paul-mayoral-candidate-melvin-carter-focuses-on-the-city-s-future/449084463/http://www.melvincarter.org/bio/

Film review: Blade Runner 2049

★★☆☆

***Article Contains Spoilers***

Before watching Blade Runner 2049, I had never seen the original Blade Runner. To many who had, Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to a science-fiction classic and defining movie of a generation. To me, it is just another Hollywood film.

Blade Runner 2049 has received mostly excellent reviews from Blade Runner fans old and new, and it’s not hard to see why. The new film does what the original did and more, and to fans, that’s a miracle. But to me, it’s a disappointment.

To be certain, Blade Runner 2049 is a stylish, smart film, but it’s neither beautiful nor profound. It has been called “visually stunning” by a multitude of critics and “deep” by most. But glossy, realistic graphics are not beautiful by that virtue, and simply bringing-up philosophical concepts is not profound.

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, now over 90 years-old, with its grand Futurist city and equally-grand capitalism, is the obvious predecessor to the original Blade Runner. The new film proffers the same apparently imminent, bleak vision of the future we have been fed for the past century. The city is updated, shinier now, but it is still the same city. Suffice it to say, the vision is no longer fresh, compelling, or believable.

The original Blade Runner score, composed by ambient-electronic music pioneer Vangelis, has been replaced in the new Blade Runner by a bombastic and overwrought orchestral score composed by Hans Zimmer. Vangelis’s score was forward-thinking and remains fresh; Zimmer’s is another score by Zimmer. How is it that, as time draws on, sci-fi becomes less inspired in all aspects?

At 163 minutes, for a film with an absurdly sociopathic comic-book villain, action-movie violence, a holographic girlfriend, and a secret that could “break the world,” Blade Runner 2049 is also a remarkably boring and drab drama. K (Ryan Gosling), the film’s protagonist, is not unsympathetic because he’s (spoiler alert) a replicant (robot), but because he has zero charisma. Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is now old and bitter, no longer the romantic hero he was in the original, and plays a smaller role in the film than one wished or expected. Our villain, arch-capitalist Niander Wallace, played by the ever-intimidating Jared Leto (I kid), is more of a parody than a genuine terror, with his casual gratuitous cruelty and incessant Biblical allegory. There is also Mariette, possibly the film’s most intriguing character, a street-urchin prostitute and, as we later find out, a replicant revolutionary. Her role in the film is minimal, but I would gladly watch Blade Runner 2049 again if it were written from her perspective.

Every other character is forgettable, except Joi, the aforementioned hologram. She (it?) is cute, bubbly, and completely devoted to K (she was programmed, after all). But she is, as the film ceaselessly emphasizes, just a hologram. It’s hard to care very much about a character who can be “played” and “paused” at any time by her master, err, boyfriend. It’s not hard to see why some critics have pegged this Blade Runner as misogynist.

Despite its flaws, it would not be fair to dismiss Blade Runner 2049 entirely. As previously stated, it is undeniably stylish and smart. There are a few particularly exhilarating moments, such as when K and Deckard duel in front of a holographic Elvis. They trade witticisms and the action is entertaining in the most authentic way. It is a pastiche, but a worthy one. If Blade Runner 2049 worried less about being seen as so serious and embraced this side of its personality more, maybe it wouldn’t be so frustratingly middlebrow. The film’s big twist near the end also felt remarkably genuine and affecting. However, it killed all the momentum the film had, leaving it to end with an awkward 40-minute epilogue.

Although they are undeveloped, and at this point tired staples of smart sci-fi, the philosophical concepts Blade Runner 2049 brings up are certainly worth discussing. They are “What are the socioeconomic implications of modernization?” and, “What makes us human, with respect to AI?” Blade Runner 2049 makes three claims; modernization will further the social divide between men and women concurrently with the rise of AI, and this will inevitably lead to the oppression of the lower classes (the former, which is apparent in the modern world, is more intriguing than the latter, which thus far history has proven to be false). Also, the defining characteristic of humanity is that it is self-sacrificial, not necessarily that human women can give birth. The last claim would be more interesting if it didn’t result in the protagonist sacrificing himself for what is the most contrived, sappy ending I have seen in a film in years.

At first glance, Blade Runner 2049 appears to me to be a film unsure of what it wants to be; an unabashedly lowbrow sci-fi flick, or a lofty philosophical drama. But, I know that’s false; Blade Runner 2049 set out specifically to fill a certain niche (The Matrix, The Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight, etc.) of thoroughly entertaining movies that keep you thinking throughout. It’s a shame it couldn’t live up to those standards.