Monthly Archives: May 2011

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By: Marcus Hedenberg ’11, Entertainment Editor

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Photo courtesy of www.fox.com/house. Like House on his downward drug spiral, this season felt like it was mirroring the horrific path that the crazy doctor found himself on

It’s always frustrating to watch a once brilliant TV show deteriorate in quality over the years. Make no mistake, I am a hardcore House fan who has followed the show religiously throughout each season, at least, up until season seven. After all, seven seasons is a monumental feat worth heaps of praise for any show. But alas, it seems pretty evident that House’s glory days are behind it.

It can’t be easy as a writer to keep a show like House fresh after countless episodes, particularly with its “patient-of-the-week” format. I commend the writers for the work they’ve done with the show but inevitably, the well of creativity is running dry.

What’s more infuriating than anything else is the fact that throughout the entire run of the series, House really hasn’t undergone much change as a character at all. Season six started with hopelessness and ended with hope, which was great to be honest, because for the first time, viewers got a glimpse of a happier Dr. House. Unfortunately, season seven did the exact opposite, undoing all the events of season six.

I’m not going to lie. I was pretty excited about the “Huddy” relationship, because being as invested as I was in the series, I felt it was time for House’s luck to change. But surely enough, it didn’t take the writers long to ram that story into the ground and turn the relationship into the frustrating mess that it was.

There were simply far too many ups and downs to keep up with throughout the season. It was a hard season to watch because it just felt so fragmented in terms of structure to the point where it’s now clear the show is falling apart.

Needless to say, the patients got progressively less interesting with each episode. How many times are we going to have to watch someone faint during the intro? Episodes like “The Fix” tried to amp things up by including two patients simultaneously but this only made it worse because now viewers had two uninteresting patients to keep track of.

One of the show’s biggest crimes is diverting the attention of viewers away from a major plot development and turning to a dull and uninspired patient that I honestly couldn’t care less about. “Bombshells” comes to mind because rather than focus on Cuddy’s sudden illness and Houses’s reaction, the episode shifted to a depressed teenage boy with a bleeding problem. Really? I understand there’s a format to follow but it honestly doesn’t have the same impact anymore that it did years ago.

Photo courtesy of www.fox.com/house. There were several bright spots this season filled with tension, including House's self-induced surgery, but they couldn't save the season from the train wreck that it was.

Worse, the drama, which has usually accommodated well for the lackluster and confusing medicine, hasn’t been all too good this season either. House hasn’t been as sharp as usual, which makes the show less entertaining. The team members all got their roles downplayed thanks in large part to House and Cuddy stealing most of the show. But the biggest crime, for which I might have to browbeat the writers for is that Wilson was barely in it AT ALL.

It’s a shame that so much of the time was spent on Huddy because it could have been handled so much better. It’s infuriating just how much Cuddy kept contradicting herself in retrospect. She confesses her love to House at the beginning of the season and claims she does not want him to change, yet she abruptly drops him like a sack of puppies halfway through the season. This felt more like it was done for shock value rather than anything else.

Speaking of shock, it actually felt like a lot of the episodes included shock for the sake of….well, shock. A good example is “Out of the Chute” where House jumps off a balcony. Although we see House’s desperation, we never really feel it because not enough time is spent building up the tension and suspense, and is rather, spent on patients.

Not everything sucked like a steaming pile of dog poop, though (please excuse my immaturity). There were several bright spots, from the emotional season premiere, to wonderfully choreographed musical performance in “Bombshells” to the gut-wrenching and suspenseful scene in “After Hours” in which House performs surgery on himself.

Arguably, “After Hours” was by far the strongest episode of the season, showcasing Hugh Laurie’s superb acting talent, and painting the picture of a truly desperate man who has fallen so far down a pit that he cannot climb back out of.

Another surprisingly strong episode was “The Last Temptation,” which was essentially the swan song to arguably one of the most annoying characters in history of the series – Masters.

Thirteen also made a strong emotional return in “The Dig.” Most of the time, the other doctors don’t get much to do in terms of acting but Olivia Wilde cast great depth into her character and demonstrated amazing range in her acting capabilities.

Photo courtesy of www.fox.com/house. House's team members had even less to do this season than usual, with the exception of Taub, who offered plenty of comic relief throughout the season.

And then came the series finale, “Moving On.” The show usually works best when the patient’s private life echoes one of the team’s situation and Shoreh Aghdashloo’s character perfectly mirrored House in this episode as she had to choose between an effective treatment that might muddle her razor-sharp mind or losing her lover. This runs parllel with Wilson and Cuddy trying to get House to open up about why he cut his leg open instead of getting help.

It is during the last moments of the finale that House goes completely berserk, and in a brief moment of murderous rage, drives a car straight through Cuddy’s dining room. It’s hard to not feel disappointed that this is how Cuddy’s story ends given that actress Lisa Edelstein won’t be returning next season.

What’s more bothersome, however, is that the show has pretty much jumped the shark at this point. Even for Greg House, the last few moments felt so spontaneously out of character. I can understand some people’s point that crashing through Cuddy’s house was his first purely emotional reaction and that the scene on the island symbolizes House’s mind finally being free but it’s hard for me to come to terms with the manner in which this transition occurred. At no point did he display even the slightest signs of lingering resentment or remorse as he handed a shell-chocked Cuddy her hairbrush.

It’s tiring to have to watch the writers go through the motions of depicting House as a depressed SOB. While last season ended with a glimmer of hope, this season’s ending only reiterated what’s been said for years now – House can’t change.

House has always been able to defend his shortcomings because his ability to save lives always supersedes his major crimes directed at himself. But with prescription drug abuse and felony drug theft, along with domestic abuse and attempted murder on his plate, things have simply gone too far and my suspension of disbelief to accept him as a valid protagonist is fading away.

I know I am being very harsh but the fact is that some of the sloppiest episodes of House are still better than three quarters of the junk out there on television. It’s just sad to see a show decline so steeply in quality.

Despite this, I am still curious to know how next season will pick up. I do sincerely hope season eight is the end because I doubt the show can go on for much longer without people losing interest. I’m realizing I don’t care as much about House as I used to but I hope the producers take the opportunity to end the story decisively.

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By: Jen Ryan ’12, Staff Writer

 

Photo by Ava Lux '12. Student government members will for the first time be honored with cords. Specific restrictions apply.

New this year, student government members will be honored with a cord on the night of graduation.

“The new student government cords can be worn by student government, both class and Student Association (SA), officers and senators,” said Student Activities Director Tina Mayk.

Mayk said the cords are white with an old gold color, which is more of a darker brown rather than the yellowish gold that the National Honors Society (NHS) wears.

“A few years ago students requested cords but the administration felt there were already too many cords,” said Mayk.

For the past couple of years Myak said she has given officers and senators pins to wear on graduation.

“This year it came up again, and the senior class council in particular was interested,” said Mayk. “They made a proposal to Mr. Diver and he approved it with parameters.”

As long as the student has served a minimum of three years on the council and or chaired at least two committees, they are eligible to wear the cord, Mayk said.

It is hoped that this will be a practice continued in the future to recognize the students who spend their time in student government.

Cartoon by Emily Dawson '11. Not only can students relish in their goodwill towards the less fortunate, but they can also delight in their work to saving the planet.
Cartoon by Emily Dawson '11. Not only can students relish in their goodwill towards the less fortunate, but they can also delight in their work to saving the planet.
Cartoon by Emily Dawson '11. Not only can students relish in their goodwill towards the less fortunate, but they can also delight in their work to saving the planet.
Cartoon by Emily Dawson '11. Not only can students relish in their goodwill towards the less fortunate, but they can also delight in their work to saving the planet.

Locker cleanout typically means the return of the textbooks and the disposal of the half filled notebooks and old homework assignments in various states of completion. But within all of the rubble of messy lockers are items treasured by those who must work at school without them.

Recognizing the needs of schools less fortunate that us, the efforts of the Robotics Club to collect supplies in usable condition are both an easy and effective way for students to help out those in need. The process not only requires minimal time of students, but throwing items in a donation bin is far more fulfilling than throwing them in the trash.

Not only can students relish in their goodwill towards the less fortunate, but they can also delight in their work to saving the planet. Convenient recycling opportunities are available for students to place all of their unused paper in. Not only is good for the planet, but it’s far more euphoric to say you are “recycling” your old worksheets than throwing them out.

Cleaning out lockers may signal the end of the school year, but thanks to the works of clubs to jump on the opportunity to improve the conditions of others and the planet, it can be a part of a new beginning.

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Photo by Christina Stavale '12. Many Juniors are getting help to raise their scores.
Photo by Christina Stavale '12. Many Juniors are getting help to raise their scores.
By: Meghan Flanagan ’12, Staff Writer

 

Photo by Christina Stavale '12. Many Juniors are getting help to raise their scores.
Photo by Christina Stavale '12. Many Juniors are getting help to raise their scores.

Don’t let a bad ACT score get you down, your score could soar with just one retake.

As proof, Emma St. Louis ’12 took her first ACT at U of D Jesuit High School on the February 12 test date and again at South on March 1, with an impressive four point increase.

Without any tutoring or bookwork help for both, St. Louis said she was curious what she could get without aid.  The only difference between the two tests were that she got more sleep the night before the second one, and she knew what to expect because she had already taken it once.  Therefore, she could manage her time more efficiently.

According to a study conducted by The ACT, 55-percent of students who retake the test improve scores.  Twenty-two percent of scores stay the same, and twenty-three percent actually see their scores decrease.

“Generally scores increase just because they’ve already taken it once and have practice with it,” said Robert Schuster, an ACT/SAT instructor for the Princeton Review.

Often times students are taking the ACT a second time against their will, said Schuster.  They may have done well on it the first time, but their parents are making them take it again. 

“Students that see no change or a decrease in their scores could’ve just been having a bad day, not gotten much sleep or they could be focused on something else,” said Schuster.

No need to worry.  Schuster said if scores fluctuate, it is usually only by a point or two.

“Knowing what to expect definitely helped the second time around,” said St. Louis.  “I was also well-rested because, unlike the first time, I took it because it was a Saturday morning.”

Being different from other tests taken in school, Schuster said it does not test students academically.

“If you can figure out the answer through shortcuts like process of elimination, it doesn’t matter how you got your answer, versus in school where teachers like to see work and how you got your answers,” said Schuster.

The ACT is not at all about what you know, Schuster said.  Some of the brightest students receive the lowest scores simply because they do not do well with timed tests, or specifically information-analysis tests.  Students only need background information on the mathematics portion.

“A lot of people freak out and feel like they did badly,” said St. Louis.  “But you really can’t tell what you got until you get your scores in the mail.”

In general, the ACT and SAT are of equal importance to schools now, Schuster said.  Very few schools will ask for one specifically.

“Take the one you’re best at, and send that score to colleges,” said Schuster.  “However, the MME’s include ACT, so in Michigan especially I’d say the ACT is preferred over the SAT.”

If college bound, be sure to register for either the ACT or SAT… A.S.A.P.

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By: Norman Bird ’12, Online Sports Editor

 

From start to finish the Lady Blue Devils varsity soccer team maintained complete control as they defeated arch rival Grosse Pointe North 2-0.

Right from the beginning, South had several opportunities to score, but could not capitalize. As the first half came to a close, Cathy Palazzolo ’12 stole the ball from an opposing player at the five minute mark and made a clean pass to Dani Manning ’14, who split North’s last line of defense and put the ball in the back of the net. 

“We were really aggressive and maintained ball control,” said Anastasia Diamond ’13.

The game continued to stay in South’s control as they had the ball in North’s end for the majority of the second half. In the middle of the second half, North showed some signs of life, and created some big opportunities, but could not convert. North’s lack of  scoring opportunities were the result of South’s solid defense, highlighted by a phenomenal performance by captain Chelsea MacGriff ’11.

When asked before the game what South needed to do in order to beat North, Diamond said “We need to have a strong defense, keep control of the ball and score.”

With only nine minutes left in the second half, Palazzolo got a break away and made a run down the sideline. As she reached North’s corner, she made a cross in front of Norths’s net, where Manning was waiting to put it in the back of the net. This took away any hope North had for winning.

“I thought both teams played really well. It is always a physical game, (both teams are are) always in it to win it,” said Palazzolo, “I thought we played really well. I am proud of my team for (scoring) two goals. It was a great effort by both teams.”

South Girls Varsity Soccer defeats GP North from Tower Pulse on Vimeo.