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The Odd Couple

Verona Kamberi and Farren Linne
Feature Editors

I sit next to Farren and Verona every day during 5th period in journalism. For every common interest they share, they have two differences that set them apart. They work well together and have their priorities set straight. However, where Farren seems to be a social butterfly outside of school, Verona is more of a caterpillar that just spends time curled up in her cocoon. -Carlos Orta

Farren: Hey Verona, what’re you doing after school?

Verona: Oh you know just going straight home, wbu?

Farren: I have soccer practice.

Verona: Gosh I can’t stand sports I don’t know how you can manage playing a sport and controlling your grades.

Farren: You don’t like sports are you kidding me?!(jaw drops)

Verona: Yeah they don’t entertain me whatsoever.

Farren: You’re crazy! Well, if you don’t like sports then what do you like?

Verona: Uhm…. not really sure what I like (laughs).

Farren: Hmm… well what about hiking, or fishing, or camping?

Verona: No way those things are wayyyy out of my interests.

Farren: You live in Alaska and you don’t enjoy the outdoors… who are you?(puzzled)

Verona: Hahaha I myself don’t even know why I hate the outdoors. Just the fact of being outside, especially somewhere where trees surround me, I start to freak out and get uncomfortable.

Farren: I’ve literally known you since first grade.. How did I not know this? What do you do on the weekends?

Verona: You have my friend, but you don’t really know the “Verona” outside of school. I am very boring in some cases. On the weekends I stay at home or go over to my cousin’s house or I do my homework.

Farren: Oh Verona, do you ever go out to the movies with friends? Go shopping, maybe get a tan! Go on a drive, I mean there’s truly a lot to do in this little town you just gotta open your eyes!

Verona: I’ve gone to the movies about two times this year, I go on drives by myself once in awhile, but yo I have an interest in tanning! How much does tanning cost?

Farren: Hey I finally found something! It’s about $8 I think.

Verona: Eight dollars an hour (shocked face)!!

Farren: AN HOUR?! You’d be a tomato!! Please don’t go more than 20 minutes.

Verona:  Oh my friend sometimes I don’t think of what I’m saying. Any tips for going tanning? Can I bring my cellular device in there with me?

Farren: No it will ruin your brain by blowing up in the bed cause it gets too hot.(smirks)

Verona: Oh lawd thanks for letting me know (laughs)!

Farren: Oh my you’re so gullible! But tbh I’m guessing you’re a phone junkie am I wrong?

Verona: You are 100% right about that. I’m super attached to my phone.

Farren: What do you even do on your phone all day?

Verona: Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, Facebook, you know teenage stuff.

Farren: Doesn’t that get boring though?

Verona: No my friend, never do they get old. They are like water to a fish (laughs)

A few days later…

Farren: Hey Verona! I saw you at the soccer games! I was so surprised to see you. How was it? Did you have fun?!

Verona: Oh I loved it! I can’t believe that I actually survived watching all of the games. It was a great experience I met a few new people and had fun just talking with them.

Farren: Dang, I’m still so shocked. I knew you’d love it. Well now that you’ve welcomed yourself to the real world what’s next on the agenda?

Verona: Well.. I definitely will start going to games more whether it’s baseball or even track.

Farren: Proud of you Verona.

Verona: Merci Farren! You were totally right about just going out and interacting with people.

Farren: Yeah I know. It may not seem like something you’d like but once you go out and see how much fun these types of things are you open yourself up to even more exciting things.

Verona: Yeah that’s totally true. I dislike how I didn’t start doing this earlier in the year. I will definitely start going out a little bit more. Hey I gtg have to finish my homework, as usual, nice talking to you!

Farren: Haha sounds good. See you at school!

Staff Picks

Which artist would you most want to see perform at prom?

Gabe Bowlen:
Frank Sinatra could easily perform at a high school prom. Once the announcement comes on for the “last song”, he could slide in with the good o’l classic “The Way You Look Tonight”. It would be the subtle, yet perfect, transition from some upbeat dance music, to some slow smooth dance.

Shirlie White:
Oh for sure the Jonas Brothers, who wouldn’t want to see the band get back together at prom? Yeah I know this sounds silly but you can’t go wrong with the Jonas Brothers. The best boy band everyone grew up with, and how amazing would it to see them perform in a tiny town like Ketchikan? Having the Jonas Brothers perform would be lit.

Joey Karlik:
I was probably born in the wrong generation music-wise, but I have to go with the best live performer of all time. As soon as he goes on stage and his first song comes on, everyone would know who entered the room. Starting off with “Wanted Dead or Alive”, my choice is the man, the myth, the legend, Jon Bon Jovi. Not only would he out perform all of the rap genre artists combined, he has the perfect playlist to go along with it too.

Justin Albecker:
I hate following the large amount of basic teenage girls screaming for this man to come on stage and perform, but I have to say the 6 God himself, Drake. Drake has the largest variety of music, ranging from traditional rap to his sad R&B songs, he would fit perfectly in today’s prom.

Dante Troina:
There’s only one song that gets everyone at once lit at any dance ever “Crank That” by Soulja Boy. Soulja Boy is possibly the greatest rapper of all time, and has the best dance moves of any artist ever; rumor has it that “Crank That” was originally written for Michael Jackson, but he insisted Soulja kept it because it was “too emotional”. Big Soulja would perform his one hit, and then get off the stage, which is all we need.

Kinani Halvorsen:
If I had to choose one person to play live at prom I personally would like to have Queen there performing. My taste in music is very diverse but I think Queen has most of the bases covered. You have the heavy bass line that young folk crave in songs like “Another One Bites the Dust”, you have your soulful slow songs like “Somebody to Love”, and you have your uptempo groove songs with songs like “Don’t Stop Me Now”, and “I Want to Break Free”. Not to mention that lead singer Freddie Mercury is a total babe, just saying.

What to expect from Ketchikan

Jackson Pool
Staff Writer

Ketchikan. The First City of Alaska (not chronologically). There is definitely more to this small city than one might think. The key to having a good time while visiting, or living in Ketchikan, is to know the good things to do, and know how to avoid the tourist traps.
Ketchikan’s culinary scene… Sadly, it is quite abysmal. This is the one thing that Ketchikan lacks. However, there is some hidden gems. To get to those, you have to get through the bad ones.

Cape Fox is really a hit or miss restaurant. The view is great, and you get to ride the tram up, but the food is mediocre, and expensive. Service isn’t amazing either.

Bar Harbor is a very popular restaurant in Ketchikan, and widely regarded as the best. However, I have noticed that they lower the quality of their food come Spring/Summer time, it’s a tourist trap.

The Fish House is slightly expensive, but well worth the cost, they are always putting out genuinely good Alaskan seafood meals. Get the fish tacos, best in town by far.

Diaz Cafe is a small, Asian inspired restaurant, and it’s the best place to get food in town, I swear by it. It’s not “Alaskan Oriented”, but it is the best Asian food you’ll eat.

Sushi Palace has some amazing sushi and fast service, making it high on my list, they also serve salmon if you’re looking for that Alaskan vibe.

Lastly, Annabelles. Pretty good food for a good price, and close to the docks.

In short, you are really better off eating at a small shack or small restaurant than eating at our vastly overpriced restaurants.
Tours. We have a lot of tours. Tourism is the biggest part of our economy in Ketchikan. Kayaking, Ziplining, Floatplanes, multiple types of Fishing, Canoeing, the list is endless.

If you’re looking to Kayak, the only way to go is with Southeast Exposure. As a former guide, the Eagle Island Kayak Tour is one of the most informative and hands on tours in Ketchikan. At $90 a tour, you will not find a better bang for your buck. You’ll see plenty of wildlife (seals, birds, whales, starfish, salmon, etc.).

Better yet, if you’re a zipliner, Southeast Exposure has a great 9 zip course along with an obstacle course and a rock climbing wall, all for $125 a person.

Alaska Canopy Adventures specializes in ziplining, and starts at about $189 a person. They have 2 ziplining courses, where you get to both repel and go down a slide.

-Floatplanes are a great way to see our island, especially if you choose to go on a Misty Fjords tour, preferably with Taquan Air ($269 a person). Also, Allen Marine has great boating tours that head into the Misty Fjords, and it is more hands on.

If you’re about walking around by yourself, on a budget maybe, there is still plenty to do. Our downtown is historic and has a lot to offer, aside from the 1,000,000 jewelry stores we have.

Walking historic Creek Street is a good way to go, there is plenty of local shops.
If you feel like going hiking, Deer Mt. is a few hour trek, with amazing views of both the town and the Tongass National Forest.
Walk around downtown and check out all the stores, most have the same things, but all of them have different themes.

Ketchikan has a lot to offer, and is a great place to visit for a day or two. Living here isn’t so bad either. I’d like to think that Ketchikan is a different culture all its own. We aren’t like anyone else, and that’s why we can tolerate living on an island.

March Madness of Superhero Movies

Dante Troina
Staff Writer

Many brackets were made and broken last month, but not even one is more important than the hypothetical bracket of superhero films. Doing a solid forty minutes of research to come up with the seeds, and being faced with the question of which film is better, the fan of both superheros and film in me has never been happier while being put to a challenge.

Method of Seeding
The seeds for this tournament are based off numbers, combinations of the IMDB score, Rotten Tomatoes Meter, fan following for the film, and box-office revenue all went into consideration when forming the seeds. The Dark Knight is the top dog here, having the fourth best rating for any movie ever on IMDB, a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, and being a billion-dollar box office movie. Films such as Deadpool and X-Men: First Class received lower seeds, while Deadpool has a cult following, it was reviewed as a good-but-not-great film, whereas First Class was reviewed well, but didn’t have a huge box office or cultural impact.

Matchups:

1) The Dark Knight (2008)
16) Thor (2011)

8) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
9) The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

4) Spider-Man 2 (2004)
13) Deadpool (2016)

5) Captain America: Civil War (2016)
12) Watchmen (2009)

6) Logan (2017)
11) X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

3) Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
14) Doctor Strange (2016)

7) Iron Man (2008)
10) Batman Begins (2005)

2) The Avengers (2012)
15) X-Men: First Class (2011)

Sweet 16 Matchups
Thor is good, but The Dark Knight obviously cleans it up in the matchup. The higher seed wins almost every matchup, with the two exceptions being Deadpool and Batman Begins. The first thirty and final twenty minutes of Begins is what overpowers the original Iron Man; both of which are under-seeded in my eyes. Deadpool beats Spider-Man 2 because of its re-watchability and stronger action sequences. Guardians of the Galaxy and Logan both win close matchups against films that are arguably as good as them.

Matchups:

1) The Dark Knight (2008)
8) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

13) Deadpool (2016)
5) Captain America: Civil War (2016)

6) Logan (2017)
3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

10) Batman Begins (2005)
2) The Avengers (2012)

Elite 8 Matchups
The Avengers in this tournament is comparable to Duke in the NCAA Tournament; an over-placed seed with a lot of style, but not that much substance. Don’t get me wrong, Avengers is a solid, fun, action packed movie, but the middle hour of setup feels like an eternity, whereas Batman Begins sets a pace from the start and all around out does Avengers in pulling together as one movie. Ask anyone to recite the plotline of Avengers, and all they’ll bring up is the crazy end fight, ‘cause it’s cool!’ The Dark Knight blows past Guardians of the Galaxy, because as much as the mainstream audience loves it, it’s just a good movie with a couple solid one-liners, and some above average action sequences, not to mention that the villain is complete garbage when compared to Heath Ledger’s Joker. The Winter Soldier squeezes past Logan, because of its faster pace and better plot; and Deadpool barely beats Civil War, because of its simplicity and enjoyment factors, whereas Civil War has a tone that can feel unnatural at times.

Matchups:

1) The Dark Knight (2008)
13) Deadpool (2016)

3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
10) Batman Begins (2005)

Final Four Matchups
Batman Begins’ luck has run out. If I were making my four best superhero movies, the first of The Dark Knight Trilogy would’ve been an outsider to the list, but, just like in the NCAA Tournament, there are seeds that get lucky with matchups and win over higher ranked seeds that it is better than. But The Winter Soldier is not overmatched by the underdog; the pacing of the film is key, action is used perfectly to advance the plot, and the villainous Winter Soldier keeps the film thrilling throughout. The thrill ride that is The Winter Soldier is just too much for Begins to handle. The other Batman movie on this list wins sparingly though, Deadpool is a great movie, but The Dark Knight is an all-time, once in a lifetime kind of movie. Knight wins again because of its villains, and the better, more broad plotline.

Matchup:

1) The Dark Knight
3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Final Matchup
The Dark Knight was given the number one seed in this tournament for a reason. Its 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.9 on IMDB, billion-dollar box office showing, and Oscar win are very hard to argue against. The one movie that is capable to stand a chance against that on this bracket is The Winter Soldier. The second Captain America film has been given much praise for its complex plot and more personal story than the first. Having Bucky Barnes as a villain also creates an internal conflict that few superhero movies have. The final conclusion, however, is that The Dark Knight is just too good for The Winter Soldier. Captain America’s second crusade seems like a story trying to emulate the themes, tone, and plot of The Dark Knight. Batman’s war with The Joker, the mob, and his city itself doesn’t just make for one of the best superhero films, it makes for one of the best films of all time.

“Time Wasting” Fantasy Football

Joey Karlik
Staff Writer

Every football fan’s dream is that their team dominates the regular season, mows through the playoffs and wins that Lombardi Trophy. In order to do that, the team needs to do the research, practice hard, pick out their best roster, and come up with the ultimate strategy. Well now in Fantasy Football, you are the general manager AND the coach. You draft the best players in the NFL and then you compete with other people’s lineup on a weekly basis. Their on-field performance drives your fantasy point total and overall success.
People ask me, “What’s the point?” or “What do you get out of it?” Honestly, there is nothing you get out of it, it’s just entertaining. It’s fun because you make the ultimate dream team of the best players. It also makes you follow along the injury reports and gets you more focused on what truly happens throughout the season.
Personally, it gets me away from real life sometimes. When I go 0-2 in a wrestling tournament on Saturday and feel awful on Sunday because of it, Fantasy Football gets my mind off of it as I watch my fantasy score go up and beat my rival. From then on, I become happy the rest of the day and I forget about everything else.
Now with that statement, it also ruins some people’s day too. The biggest fear for every Fantasy Football player is whether to choose between fantasy smarts or personal morales. My mom chooses personal morales – for example, choosing way too many Seahawks because that’s her favorite team. When we finished our fantasy draft, she got her draft grade. Her grade comments said, “The fantasy hopes of ‘JuanitaCrushYou’ rest heavily on the fortunes of Pete Carroll and crew, as they loaded up with four Seahawks on their roster.”
Whenever Seattle does well, she does well. Whenever Seattle does bad, she does bad. It’s not the best strategy and it’s also the riskiest strategy. She also doesn’t draft someone if they’ve done bad things. For example, she passed up on Golden Tate because he stole Russell Wilson’s first wife. Last week he got 22 fantasy points. I bet she wishes she had him now.
The craziest thing about fantasy football is the way you look at the rest of the teams in the league. This past week I had to root for the Baltimore Ravens to have a low scoring game because I had their defense. I had to root for them even though they are the Pittsburgh Steelers arch rival and as a fan of the Steelers, I want the Ravens to lose in order to have a better chance of making the playoffs. It was a real moral dilemma. I got what I needed and Baltimore got me 18 fantasy points. My best player is DeMarco Murray, the running back for the Tennessee Titans. I never thought I would ever root for the Tennessee Titans, ever. Thanks to Fantasy Football, I pay attention to a lot of teams that I never thought I would. I even payed attention to the Cleveland Browns once because I used to have a wide receiver from there.
Fantasy Football is great. It brings people together. It’s what you and your buddies talk about on that hated monday morning at school or work. At this rate, I’m on my way to having the worst team in my league and having to wear a dress at the next draft. If you ever want to think of playing Fantasy Football or any type of fantasy sport at all, just know that it will suck you into the world of sports. In order to be the best, you gotta think like the best. Trust me, it’s totally worth it.

The Book is Better… Most of the Time

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By Dante Troina
Staff Writer

The Golden Compass was such a terrible movie, I didn’t bother reading the book. That is the problem often times when a book is turned into a movie. In most situations, movies don’t live up to expectations created by the book. There are many prime examples of books that have been turned into terrible films.
For every book that is made into a great film, such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy or The Harry Potter Series, there are just as many that are adapted to screen, and don’t share the same success.
Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief was everyone’s favorite book in my fifth and sixth grade elementary school classes, and I remember going on a field trip to the theatre as a class to go see the first film when it came out. What I remember most however is leaving the theatre and, for the first time, I’d had a terrible experience. The mess of the movie that is The Lightning Thief made me realize that not all great books are as great in movie form.
English Teacher Linnaea Troina believes that the film wasn’t even comparable to the novel.
“I was very excited to take my fifth and sixth grade class to see The Lightning Thief, but after seeing the movie, I didn’t even feel like I had just watched a film based on the book,” said Troina.
Junior Largim Zhuta, who loves watching and analyzing films, thought that The Lightning Thief didn’t capture the world in the same way the book did.
“There’s something about the movie that just doesn’t make you care as much, it doesn’t set up or get you interested in the world.”
There are many other films that pale in comparison to the book.
Junior Sarah Kuharich claimed that Ender’s Game film lacked value in characters.
“When I watched the movie, I was immediately turned off to it, because of the fact that it didn’t have the same characterization that the book did,” Kuharich said.
Some books turn out as better movies, which people mainly seem to think is a direct result of great characterization, but also, it’s a result of movies sticking to the books. Films often get criticized for not developing the characters as well as the books do, and also not capturing what the novel was about.
Junior Luke Reynolds, who wants to be a scriptwriter in the future, gave many examples about books that have been adapted into films very well.
“Obviously there are films such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Harry Potter Series that have done it better than others,” said Reynolds. “But there are more examples, like The Martian and The Wolf of Wall Street that are very great adaptations.”
Zhuta and Reynolds also gave insight on what makes a good film.
“What makes a good book into a great film is likable characters, while having them look and act accurate to what their on page counterparts do.”
Reynolds agreed with Zhuta, then talked about how the setting is important as well.
“Also, what is important is the universe around the characters, because if you don’t care about what is going on around your protagonist, or if it is a dull setting, then you don’t get as invested in the film,” said Reynolds.
Some luxuries that books have is that they don’t have as much time constraints when creating a universe, the author can spend as much time as they need creating a setting and evolving characters. An average length of a film is 146 minutes, which is two hours and twenty-six minutes. That means that the director has to sometimes squeeze up to ten hours worth of story and turn it into a two hour film.
Add that on top of the pressure that a fan base of a good book can generate, and that’s what an average novel-turned-film faces. There are many reasons why some films haven’t been as successful as their on page counterparts.
Taking all of this into account, it is a difficult task to turn a novel into a film, and not all novels are meant to be turned into great movies.