Monthly Archives: January 2016

Surviving sophomore slump

Commentary by Allison Tate Times-News correspondent    Freshman year is like the honeymoon stage of college and, by the time sophomore year rolls around, the excitement of being a student tends to wear off. This is where the “Sophomore Slump”, a cousin to the “Freshman Fifteen” steps in. It is a life rut that [...]

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Duke Splash is a fun & educational experience

Commentary by Lily Pope Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — Duke Splash is a biannual event held at Duke University that includes a day of classes taught by Duke students for middle and high schoolers. Classes range from Astrophysics to Origins of Harry Potter to Famous Cities of Western Europe to Neurobiology. Classes vary during [...]

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Snapshot of a history maker: Ida B. Wells

   Editor’s note: Teens & Twenties writer Logan A. White will feature African-American history makers throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month. Commentary by Logan A. White Times-News correspondent    A powerhouse journalist, determined suffragist, and early civil rights activist, Ida B. Wells was a force to be reckoned with. [...]

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Harmonious friendship: Musicians in Brother Delta share a musical dream

By Lauren Kalo Times-News correspondent    Sam Lowe and Carson Russell are both 18, and have been friends since preschool when they met while attending Blessed Sacrament School (BSS). They became best friends in second or third grade and later figured out that they both shared a passion for making music. Their first performance [...]

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Top 10 cars for teens

Commentary by Jakob S. Miller Times-News correspondent    Looking for a car? Each vehicle I researched on met the following criteria: 5-star safety rating, under 170 horsepower and starting at or under $20,000. Be aware that miles-per-gallon (MPG) and price may vary. Maybe your first car is on this list: 1. Scion iA [...]

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True story will fill audience with ‘Joy’

Reviewed by McKinley Webster Times-News correspondent    “Joy” is an inspirational movie for young women starring well-known actress Jennifer Lawrence from “The Hunger Games” franchise and “Silver Linings Playbook.” The film is based on the real-life story of Joy Mangano, a home-shopping entrepreneur, who created the Miracle Mop. Filled with funny moments, mostly involving [...]

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‘The 5th Wave’ is a thrilling read

 “The 5th Wave,” by Rick Yancey. Copyright 2015, Speak (512 pages, $10.99)  Commentary by McKinley Webster Times-News correspondent    “The 5th Wave” is the first book in a dystopian series with a third book coming out later this year. It follows a teenage girl named Cassie and how she survives the current situation Earth [...]

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ACT II’s ‘Into the Woods’ has emotional spin

Reviewed by Abby Chester Times-News correspondent    Many classic musicals end with a happily ever after, where the beautiful princess ends up with the charming prince and the evil villain is cleverly destroyed by the heroes. But composer Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” is not a classic musical. These characters shine light on the [...]

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‘Matilda the Musical’ is full of heart

Reviewed by Rachel Teseneer Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — A small girl can do extraordinary things, even with the odds stacked against her. The wondrously magical “Matilda the Musical,” based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl, follows the life of the young, and very special, Matilda Wormwood. The show is being performed at [...]

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Alamance Children’s Theatre presents ‘Into the Woods’

By Abby Chester Times-News correspondent    Alamance Children’s Theatre’s “Into the Woods” tells the story of numerous fairy tale characters who all go into the woods to get one thing — their respective wishes. They are desperate to see their wishes granted, even if it means conspiring with a witch or dealing with bloodthirsty [...]

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