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Is Your Relationship Healthy?

The last thing anyone in a relationship wants to think about is if it is healthy or not. Couples and even friends would rather ignore flaws to better appreciate the good parts of a relationship. The biggest things that define the health of a relationship are possessiveness, trust, and, of course, abuse.

One of the most common factors in an unhealthy relationship is possessiveness. While your significant other getting jealous about your friends may seem really cute, there is a point where the line must be drawn. If your significant other wants you to spend all your time with them and does what they can to sabotage any other activities or relationships that would take time away from them, it is likely the relationship is on the unhealthy side of possessive. Tumblr user “littlemousling” summarized possessiveness well in a post: read more

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End of China’s One Child Policy

Li Mei, now forty-five years old, sells balloons on the street corner of China’s capital city, Beijing. Here she migrated from her small, rural town in Hunan — over a 10 hour bus ride. When told China’s one child policy has finally been lifted, a wide smile graces her face. She relates a story about how in her small of Hunan town, she paid hundreds of dollars in fines to have her three children, leaving her future and that of her children burdened with debt. She says, “Everyone wants to have a second child, but the fines are a burden on us. But that’s the policy, and we can’t fight it.” read more

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Lost 90 Friends We’ll Never Know

Pearl Jam is a Rock band started in Seattle, Washington in 1990 and is still going. Despite their age, their music is still relevant today, especially for those who like the indy rock scene. The five current members are Eddie Vedder who is the lead singer and guitarist, Mike McCready is lead guitarist, Stone Gossard also plays guitar, Jeff Ament plays bass, and Matt Cameron is the drummer. If you like Pearl Jam, check out Grant-Lee Phillips. The Pacific Northwest has a specific sound to it– sort of a nautical oceanic roll that can be heard in some of their songs. The streets of Seattle can be heard in their music. read more

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The Wall

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Everyone deserves to be heard, but it can be difficult to be speak when you are shy. Share your voice whether it’s in your art, poetry, or even your opinions about the school or classmates. What changes do you want to see? Has someone here changed your life? You can let them know anonymously. Keep it clean, keep it nice. Drop your thoughts off in locker 283 to see them here on the website. Explore others. Be heard. read more

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UCAS Family Nights

The first ever UCAS Family Night was filled with science! Have you ever played with the green swirly bottle in Mrs. Jones room? Everyone who went got to make one. Do you remember launching bottle rockets in physics, then spending more time writing about the experiment than you did launching them? Well, at the science Family Night you got to launch them without writing about it.

This was a great night for younger siblings who are interested in science. They got to make sparks with a capacitor, make series and parallel circuits with lights, and fry their brains with a brain teaser. Current and former UCAS students also had the opportunity to pick up information on science fairs. It was pretty relaxed for the whole night. Everyone just wandered between the activities when they felt like it, spending as long on each thing as they wanted. read more

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Maynard James Keenan

Maynard James Keenan is a unique artist that has had a hand in many different bands and projects over the years. This article will discuss three of his most popular projects. Each one is different, but they all carry many of the same elements.

A Perfect Circle

1999–2004, 2010–present

My favorite song by A Perfect Circle is “Counting Bodies like Sheep to the Rhythm of War Drums”. Yes, that does sound really dark. The lyrics are really repetitive aside from the intro and conclusion, Go back to sleep. Ironically, it is a good song to listen to in the morning to wake up. It is intense with a heavy beat and you can agree with the sentiment of going back to sleep. read more

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Twenty One Pilots: Blurryface Tour

Most people know who Twenty One Pilots are; Tyler Joseph, Nick Thomas, and Chris Salih formed the band in 2009, while in college. They self-released two albums on soundcloud before Nick and Chris left in 2011. Soon after, Josh Dun joined Tyler and the rest is history.

Tyler Joseph was the one who came up with the band name. He was reading a play called All My Sons by Arthur Miller. A man sells twenty one pilots faulty parts for the good of his business, knowingly sending them to their doom. Tyler says that the moral dilemma was the inspiration for the name of the band.            read more

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Halloween Music!

Playlist for your cute Halloween party:

(Preview for yourself before playing in the presence of children. Listen at your own risk.)

Abracadabra- The Steve Miller Band

This is Halloween- Marilyn Manson (cover)

At the Bottom- Brand New

Monsters- Electric President

Haunted- Evanescence

Centre of Eternity- Ozzy Osbourne

Dead Man’s Party- Oingo Boingo

The Rise- Sully Erna

Superstition- Stevie Wonder

Waiting for Darkness- Ozzy Osbourne

Werewolves of London- Warren Zevon

When the Lights Go Out- Oingo Boingo

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Battle Cry Band

Mercedes and Phoenix Arn-Horn are epic sisters who started Courage My Love with David Blake Dixon in 2009. Mercedes plays guitar and sings, Phoenix plays drums and also sings, and David sang and played guitar. In 2012 David opted to spend more time with family so Brandon stepped in to sing and play bass for him.

One of the most unique things about this band is that it is one of very few pop punk bands where the majority of the vocals are done by a woman.

Courage My Love has four albums out.

For Now 2011 read more

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Undiscovered Artist: Flatsound

Good music can be found anywhere–on the radio, your Ipod, hummed by some street performer. Sometimes though, it is not so easy to discover. I recently stumbled across the undiscovered artist Flatsound while on 8tracks.

Flatsound’s one and only member, Mitch Welling from San Diego, California. One unique thing about Flatsound’s music is that it is difficult to confine it to a specific genre. Some of his sounds are soft and relaxing, comparable to Iron and Wine, while others are a raw, beat poetry sound.   read more