Manya Kidambi ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor
Artificial Intelligence. When we hear the term, some might think of robots controlling the world, while others may think of computers being virtual geniuses and making our daily lives more efficient. In truth, artificial intelligence (AI) is truly an amazing discovery by scientists that exhibits a huge step in innovation and technology.
In short, AI can be defined as a machine performing a task where a human would need to use his or her own intelligence.
For example, an AI program developed by a researcher from New York City, Brenden Lake, can identify handwriting at the speed of humans, and all this skill requires is an algorithm.
Madeline Nigro ’19
EE Staff Writer
Tom Hanks is at it again playing the code-breaking professor Robert Langdon. However, this time, instead of being called to solve a murder mystery dating back to the times of Jesus, Langdon is found in Florence with no memory of the last forty-eight hours.
When he meets medical doctor Sienna Brooks, played by Rogue One’s Felicity Jones, the professor is soon attacked by a woman shooting at him. After Langdon and Brooks escape the hospital, with some difficulty considering Langdon’s injuries due to a bullet wound to the head and a hard fall, the pair find out about Dante’s Inferno. This served as our vision of Hell ever since Dante, who apparently needed massive amounts of therapy, envisioned it.
Katie Boback ‘17
EE Senior Entertainment Editor
By now you have probably heard about the episode of The Simpsons that supposedly predicted Trump’s Political win sixteen years ago. Word of this apparent foreshadowing has spread quickly through the media because of the striking accuracy of its prediction.
What you might not know, however, is that the writers of The Simpsons might not be the only apparent clairvoyants in the world of entertainment. Allusions to a Trump presidential campaign were also made by a Rage Against the Machine music video and a character in the Back to the Future franchise.
In 2000 the writers of The Simpsons wrote “Bart to the future,” an episode that showed a glimpse of the future lives of the main characters. Lisa was seen as the president elect, inheriting a financial mess from the previous president. This former leader just so happened to be Donald Trump.
Julia Esposito ‘18
EE Staff Writer
The month of November brings with it an annual widespread competition that you probably haven’t heard of – and it’s called Nanowrimo.
Every year, authors across the globe prepare themselves specifically for this month, where they take on a huge challenge.
The actual name Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, writers attempt to create an entire novel at least 50,000 words in length.
You may ask how this could be possible to do in only one month. You would be surprised to know that some young adult books you can find on the shelves of our Trumbull High School library were written in just the month of November.
Ethan Bachand ‘18
EE Co-News Editor
Power Rangers, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and a Donald Trump. Not something you would regularly see at Trumbull High, but Sponsor a Senior is no normal day. It is a culmination of an entire class of students raising money at an uncomparable rate, while also giving seniors the opportunity to have fun.
The event is an annual phenomenon where seniors sponsored by underclassman dress up in a wide variety of costumes that never fail to entertain the entire school. Seniors truly seize the opportunity to wear elaborate attire to school for one day out of the year. Students spend hours organizing costumes with friends and the people renting them in order to capitalize on their one shot at Sponsor a Senior.
Kate Ariano ‘18
EE Features Editor
Neal Keklik was right on the ball as he unveiled BounceBall, a game of his own creation, at the Pep Rally the last Friday in October. After three months of prototypes, planning, and patents, Keklik’s fascination with engineering allowed him to join forces with college friends and THS alumni Nate Walker and TJ Hadyuk to develop a simple idea into an expanding company. What they invented would become a trademarked game, merging Can Jam and Spike Ball into one.
After working as an ID checker at Tashua pool over the summer, Keklik united with lifeguards Walker and Hadyuk. Together they decided they wanted to start a company. Their idea to turn BounceBall into an app eventually diverted into making it a backyard game to prevent the interruption of needing to learn swift coding and obtaining an app license to make the game.
Keklik, proud co-founder of BounceBall, explains how the game came about. “We liked Can Jam, and we liked Spike Ball. But we didn’t like certain aspects of it. So, we found a legal way to combine both of the games into one. And that’s basically what BounceBall is.”
The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.” For many of us the first time we hear the word is in middle school; then the word is cutting, terrifying, and constant. The truth is that by the time we sit down in freshman foundations it’s a joke. With sources like the turnitin.com plagarism checker, it’s getting harder and harder to plagiarize, yet every year thousands of kids are caught and even more get away with it. But what about taking your own work? Is it still plagiarism if you use an essay from one class for another?
Self plagiarism or “recycling fraud” is re-using your own work in another place or for another purpose without referencing or citing that fact. Going back to the definition, we are faced with a double negative of taking your own ideas and passing it off as your own, so… telling the truth.
Jessica Parillo ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor
The weekend of November 4-6 was an exciting one for the twenty Model United Nations students participating in UCMUN, the annual conference hosted by the University of Connecticut. During the three day event, Trumbull High students worked diligently with others from the New England area to discuss, debate, and attempt to resolve pressing international issues.
Under the direction of club advisor Mr. Jack LaBarca, students spent the weeks leading up to the conference researching and preparing for a vigorous weekend of competition.
“I have a regular routine when preparing for MUN conferences,” says senior Dario Arganese. “I begin by printing out and reading the background guide that they offer…After I read it, I utilize the sources that are offered in the works cited of the background guide to gain more information regarding my country and their stance.”
Following Opening Ceremonies featuring an informative speech by UConn’s Professor of Political Science, delegates divided into their respective committees to begin a weekend of intense competitive debate.
Anjeli Sambasivam ‘18
EE Lifestyle Editor
On Saturday November 12th, the Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band headed to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to compete in the USBands National Championships. After a long and successful season, band members were excited and sad to head to their final competition.
The bands show this fall, entitled Metal-Morphosis, featured four songs titled Gavorkna, Foundry, Lyric Metal and Kala. Band members have been working on their fall show since May, and their hard work has clearly paid off.
Anjeli Sambasivam ‘18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor
1. Get lost in a corn maze. Go to a corn maze with your friends and just explore and have fun.
2. Go apple picking. Stroll through the trees on a crisp fall day as you pick some delicious apples with your family.
3. Host a bonfire. Sit outside around a fire with some friends and talk as you eat some s’mores and drink warm apple cider.
4. Take a scenic drive. Hop into your car and drive down a road surrounded by vibrant and colorful trees.
5. Go pumpkin picking. Whenever you think of fall, pumpkins immediately come to mind. Visit a local pumpkin patch and buy some decorative pumpkins.
6. Go on a hayride. Take a ride in a wagon filled with hay. Sit under warm blankets surrounded by colorful autumn leaves.
7. Go camping. Cooler weather, beautiful scenery, and fewer bugs provide for a wonderful camping experience.
8. Take pictures. With the colorful leaves, autumn is the perfect time for some photography.