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The Current View: Endgame

What are your thoughts about “Avengers: Endgame”?

Bring tissues to the movie, it’s sad. You really have to see it to get the full experience and to have seen the previous movies, otherwise it won’t make sense.”
Peter Steffen, West junior
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Schools Must Encourage the Youth Vote

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By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

I will likely be one of the few local teens participating in our American democracy on Tuesday. Continue reading

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The Current View: School Temperatures

What are your thoughts about the heating and cooling systems at the high schools?


In Mr. Clark’s classroom it is a hotbox and I usually need to take off multiple layers, compared to Mrs. Kastner’s class where she has to keep blankets in the closet because it is so cold. I also never know how to dress because the temperature fluctuates so much.”
Abigail Canfield, West junior
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Breaking the News: Why the Shakeup at the Local Paper Matters

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By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

After what happened at the Daily News, I am concerned for the future of local journalism in West Bend. Continue reading

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‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Hits a Wall

Sci-fi show wastes its potential for political allegory

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The CW’s “Roswell, New Mexico” is another attempt to keep the “The Vampire Diaries” magic going. Now that that’s out of the way, we can talk about the series’ political message. Continue reading

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A Path for Political Discussions in the Classroom at West Bend

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According to definitions in “The Political Classroom,” West Bend is a politically diverse community [1] (Hess, Mcavoy, 2014). What that means is there are different points of view of sufficient magnitude from the community and parents to detect political bias in schools and the political power to stop it. As you can imagine, “Like minded schools” had no trouble implementing politics in the classroom as only one point of view was allowed, and parents who do see bias do not have the political power to allow different points of view. So, the nice thing with being in a politically diverse community is multiple points of view are available, the challenging part is dealing with political bias. Continue reading

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School Is the Perfect Setting for Political Discussions

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By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

“As long as there weren’t any politics involved, I support you. Politics don’t belong in school.”

These were the words my father said to me after I participated in the National School Walkout last year, and, like many concerned parents, he was averse to political ideologies being exposed to young minds in a school setting. Continue reading

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The World Needs Responsible Journalists

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Dear Readers,

When I joined the West Bend Current’s staff of student reporters in December, I was not fully aware of how significant my choice had been. I had thought only of utilizing my passion for writing to see what doors journalism might open for me.

However, I soon realized that I was learning much more than just the structure and mechanics of reporting. I became truly conscious of bias and began to understand why it is so important that I strive to keep my writing as balanced as possible—since, unfortunately, the world is swamped with partiality. Continue reading

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‘Our Thoughts Are Our Own’: Walkout Organizers Respond to School Board Candidate’s Criticisms

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On Wednesday, March 14th, hundreds of students poured onto the West Bend High School’s football field to honor the seventeen lives that were taken on the Valentine’s Day Parkland shooting. In light of the recent discussion on school safety, we would like to respond to Mary Weigand’s blog post directed at “the protesting students and supportive administration” regarding the walkout. Mrs. Weigand is currently running for school board. We would also like to clarify and enlighten our community members on the events of the day. The following response does not reflect the views of the high school administration. Continue reading

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Waking Toward Greatness

Video game review: ‘Hearts of Iron IV’

By Robert Pulford, Current Staff

World War 2 is, if unintentionally, the perfect time period for war games. Continue reading

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The Current View: National Walkout

Why did you participate in today’s national school walkout?

“I went just to support the kids that were killed in any school shooting. And I went to have that moment of silence for the people who died in the Florida shooting.
Nick Matsunaga, West senior

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The Current View: Teachers and Guns

What do you think about arming teachers as a safety measure?

“I think that arming teachers is unnecessary. If teachers want to have a gun, I think that they can. I don’t necessarily agree with it but they are their own person, they are independent. However I don’t think it should be a mandatory thing.
Alex Schloemer, East senior

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The Current View: Tuesday Schedule

Last week the West Bend High Schools announced that the schedule on Tuesdays will be adjusted to ensure students receive the proper number of instructional minutes. The new schedule starts March 6.

How do you feel about the elimination of early release on Tuesdays?

Personally I don’t think it makes that big of a difference, it’s only 20 minutes. But I’d like to know how this was overseen, because it’s kind of a big thing, how many minutes you go to school. So how did we not realize this earlier?”
Libby Willkomm, West junior

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Why the OG Grinch is the Best Grinch

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Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” brings the iconic art and rhymey dialogue of Dr. Seuss to life, while adding plenty of its own flavor to the fife.

While there are many a Christmas cartoon made in the West, let me tell you why the original “Grinch” is the best. Continue reading

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The Good Actor

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The creator of “House” returns to the prim and sterile halls of a metropolitan hospital in ABC’s “The Good Doctor.”

“So what separates this from the 7 billion other doctor shows that ape ‘House’?,” I hear you ask. Well, dear viewer, the Good Doctor in question, Shaun Murphy, has savant syndrome autism. The series is centered on Shaun and his struggle just to interact with his patients and fellow doctors. Much like “House” before it, that dynamic is where “The Good Doctor” shines. Continue reading

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The Current View: Hallway Wandering

How do you feel about students roaming the halls during class?

It doesn’t really affect me, except for the kid who goes around knocking on doors.
Caitlyn Klostermann, East senior

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It Can Happen To You: How To Recognize Senioritis

 

Confessions of a Teenage Mind

Most cases of this common high school affliction are left untreated

By Kaitlyn Von Behren, Current Staff

I realized I had senioritis when I sat down at my computer and didn’t even really feel like writing an article on senioritis.

I figure this is because writing an article on senioritis means admitting this disease exists, and that I, as a senior, am susceptible to it and probably already have it. Continue reading

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Peace, Love and Understanding

 

Confessions of a Teenage Mind

Candlelight vigil against hate was a positive first step

By Kaitlyn Von Behren, Current Staff

As a child, my favorite game at sleepovers was always “Would You Rather.” I even had a go-to question: Would you rather go backward in time, or forward?

My companions would almost always say they’d rather go to the future. They already knew how the past went, after all, and they wanted to learn something new: who they’d marry, which country would first plant its flag on Mars, who the first female president of the United States would be.

I was, and still am, anxious when I think of the future. Because of this, I’d always counter my sleepover pals and explain to them why traveling to the past was a much better choice.

Now we have, and I know I was terribly wrong. Continue reading

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The “Connected” People

POEM TO THE EDITOR

It’s the buzz in our pocket that instantly has our attention.
It’s the snap streak that has to be saved at all costs.
It’s the latest Kardashian update that spreads from phone to phone.
Why have all these things become so important?
Is it that crucial that we send a picture of our face to someone
Instead of having a conversation with the person sitting next to us?
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Four Years Have Come and Gone

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Spend the last days of high school appreciating the little things

By Shelbie Proudfoot, Current Staff

Seniors, on Saturday we attended our last school dance: our senior prom. The night was absolutely magical, but now the dresses have been hung in closets, the rental tuxes have been returned, and an exciting yet bittersweet realization has become ever-present in my mind—we graduate in 20 days. Continue reading

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The Current View: AP Testing 2017

How prepared are you for the Advanced Placement tests?

I feel pretty prepared. Our teachers all did a really good job at balancing things out over the year so we’re not cramming much in at the last second. And we have some time to review so overall I feel pretty good. Mostly I like to look at the review material that the teacher gives out, I don’t like going back in the textbook myself. The teachers usually do a pretty good job at giving us stuff that we could go over in order to be successful.
Justin Scherzer, East sophomore

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“13 Reasons Why”: Honorable Yet Flawed

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Making television for teens is easy, making television about teens is herculean.

Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” is about the 13 reasons why a high school girl named Hannah Baker committed suicide. The events of the story are told through recorded tapes that Hannah made before her death and through her friend Clay in the aftermath of her death. It’s surprising to see entertainment aimed at teens actually tackle a subject that’s relevant to them, but it does make it inherently difficult to discuss because of its subject matter. The dodgy execution of the series doesn’t help either. Continue reading

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ABC’s “Time After Time” Won’t Stand the Test of Time

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“Time After Time” is a character-driven drama built on drama-less characters.

On paper, especially if you have prior knowledge about the show’s concept, what I just said must seem silly. After all, how can that be true about a series featuring time travel author H.G. Wells actually traveling through time to stop Jack the Ripper from ripping in modern times? Well, you throw out any personality or perspective that those two characters might have and replace it with public enemy number one of television, teenage drama writing. Continue reading

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The Music of “La La Land” Deserves Oscar Recognition

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The movie’s soundtrack is both contemporary and timeless

By Kara Conley, Current Staff

Winning seven Golden Globes is a miraculous feat in the film industry, but the success of “La La Land” doesn’t stop there.

Damien Chazelle’s modern-day musical continues to captivate audiences, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences took notice of its beauty, nominating “La La Land” for 12 Academy Awards. One of the awards “La La Land” is in contention for this weekend is Best Original Music Score. The film’s composer, Justin Hurwitz, has created musical mastery with a nostalgic sound that is refreshing to ears engulfed in a contemporary cacophony. Continue reading

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Tom Brady Dominated the Ads, Too

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What were the most notable commercials of Super Bowl 51?

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Hello, hello, and welcome again to the annual  TV Talk article about Super Bowl commercials!  The corporate advertisers of America have united once again to entertain and frustrate millions of fans. Here are my insights on a few of the most memorable ones.

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“Nosedive” Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

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There’s something off about the buzzed-about episode of “Black Mirror”

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At what point does satire become propaganda?

Simply put, satire is caustic criticism, whereas propaganda is the demonization of a target in order to push what the author views as “good.” The two can be hard to separate at times (especially since satire of propaganda is pretty popular), but it’s important to know what’s what.

Which brings me to “Black Mirror.” Continue reading

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This Election Shows Why Millennials Need to Be Informed and Serious

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hannah-bensen-editorial-picBy Hannah Bensen, Editor in Chief

Last week, a high school library aide was prevented by school administration from setting up an information table regarding the 2016 elections.

The display would have equally included books, bumper stickers, and buttons for the Democratic and Republican nominees in the elections for president and US senate. The intention was to educate students, not endorse a candidate. Continue reading

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The Australian “Glitch” Is “Lost” in the Mainframe

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How do you convey the sensation of liking the initial premise of something, but hating the end result of that premise? That’s my dilemma with “Glitch.”

To elaborate, “Glitch” is an Australian series now on Netflix about six people who are resurrected from the dead. Each of these six people come from different time periods and different walks of life, but share one thing in common: they are obsolete. Simply put, the world moved on after they died and those that cared for them are either dead, senile or not the people they knew while they were alive. Continue reading

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Rather Meek for Something Called “Berserk”

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“He who fights with CGI monsters should look to it that he himself does not become CGI…. When you gaze long at the spasming, spinny camera, the spasming, spinny camera gazes into you…”

Another summer hath come and gone, yet the eternal wheels of Television keep turning. Preacher was orange, JoJo’s was weird, but there’s a particular series that really stood out to me over the summer season… it’s Berserk 2016. I’ve said it time and time again, I’m a hardcore fan of the Japanese Berserk and highly recommend the stellar, if poorly animated Berserk 1997. It only took 19 years without a proper continuation to the series for Berserk to finally get a continuation of its story. Continue reading

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The Current View: Summer Highlights 2016

What’s the most interesting thing you did over summer?

logan-woods“So I was out at around 11 at night and we were looking for turtles. I had seen them underneath a rock and so I put a stick underneath the shell and I grabbed it by the tail. We measured the shell, and it has to be 12 inches, and then we took it back. We ended up making turtle soup out of it. The meat is pretty tough, so you have to slow cook it, but it was pretty good. I would recommend it. ”
Logan Woods, East senior

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Talk Is Cheap, Music Is Better

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As my time as a member of The Current draws to a close I hope to leave you all with one last recommendation that you will hopefully enjoy as much as I do.

Chet Faker is his name (well, Nicholas James Murphy), and his music is going to get me through this summer and the looming shadow of college. Let me introduce you all to this new up-and-coming indie star, and his chill vibes should help you all calm down after final exams like it will for me. Continue reading

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Summer Hype

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As the number of remaining school days lessen and the temperatures rise, TV Talk celebrates one whole year of existence! However, we are not here to discuss the length of my tenure on The Current. Instead, we’re here to talk about all the cool stuff coming out over the summer. Continue reading

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Excuse My French: Netflix’s New Political Drama ‘Marseilles’ Is a Stylized Mess

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I’ll be the first to admit that I was actually pretty excited when I heard about “Marseille.” Imagine, for a moment, Netflix budget + France + political intrigue. Sounds great, right? Well, it pains me greatly to tell you that “Marseille” is underwhelming. Continue reading

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What’s the Meaning of Death?

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If any of you at home have been keeping up with a little show called The Blacklist, you’re probably aware of what went down in the 18th episode of season three. A major character died and, naturally, forums for The Blacklist exploded with discussion.

Denial and shock on one hand, praise and credit on the other. Typical responses to this sort of thing.

However, The Blacklist’s controversy isn’t the only controversy to crop up in the television sphere. A certain AMC post-apocalyptic zombie fest recently had a similarly executed finale that has gained no less of a storm with its fans. Continue reading

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Suffrage at Seventeen: Wisconsin Should Pull the Lever

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Legislation would expand democracy and reduce confusion

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By Alyssa Birkeland, Current Staff

At least one vote was improperly cast during Wisconsin’s primary election. This wasn’t a case of voter fraud, though. It was a case of voter confusion.

You may have heard of “Suffrage at Seventeen,” and chances are you have bad information on it. It’s led to misconceptions across the state of Wisconsin, and that’s why one local 17-year-old erroneously voted on April 5. Continue reading

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