Holiday Movie Guide

By Ayse Hunt

The Holiday season is the perfect time to curl up with a mug of cocoa, grab a couple friends or some family, and watch a movie. But with a plethora of holiday themed movies, deciding which to watch can be difficult, so here’s a handy guide to help you decide!

Elf: A great comedy for any age group, Will Farrell stars as the title character that was raised believing he was an elf by Santa Clause. He discovers that he isn’t actually an elf, prompting him to visit New York City to look for his real family. Zooey Deschanel is featured as his sassy love interest, Jovie. There is great scene where Will Farrell tries to figure out how to use an escalator for the first time.

The Holiday: More of a chick flick/rom com, The Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. Strangers to one another at the beginning of the movie, we learn that both of them are having man troubles and each decides she needs a vacation. Through a home swap website, they find each other and spend Christmas at the other woman’s home, in Los Angeles and London respectively.  Jack Black has a funny cameo as Kate Winslet’s love interest.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): Starring Jim Carrey as The Grinch, this movie is based on the classic Dr. Seuss story.  A good one to watch with kids, this movie is really cute!

Home Alone: This one is sort of polarizing—you either love it or you hate it. Or like me, you go back and forth on how you feel about it. Macaulay Culkin plays Kevin, a little boy who is forgotten at home when his family goes on vacation. While staying at the family home on his lonesome, two burglars try to break in and Kevin utilizes a series of booby-traps to fight back. Realistic? No. Funny in a really juvenile kind of way? Definitely.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: A super cool stop motion film, Nightmare is about Jack Skellington, ruler of Halloweenland who happens upon Christmastown, loves it and tries to emulate it, but he doesn’t quite understand the concept of Christmas. Danny Elfman did the score for this movie and it is AWESOME. Highly recommend.

Gremlins: The bad special-effects with this ‘80s flick are next level, but in a so-cheesy-it’s-good kind of way. Basically, a mother gives her teenage son a mysterious creature she found in a small shop in Chinatown as a Christmas gift. The shopkeeper only gives the following instructions for caring for the creature: “Don’t expose him to bright light. Don’t ever get him wet. And don’t ever, ever feed him after midnight.” We’re all in high school; we know how terrible teenagers can be at following directions sometimes, and Billy, the boy who receives the creature, is no exception. As a result, there is a gremlin invasion. This movie is a bit of a cult classic and worth seeing at least once.

While You Were Sleeping: This movie stars Sandra Bullock in a crazy situation that isn’t very plausible but makes from a great holiday movie. She plays a subway teller who falls in love with one of her regular customers, who just happens to fall onto the subway tracks, and so she of course, she jumps onto the tracks and saves him. Her love interest sustains significant injuries, and at the hospital the doctors tell her she can only stay with him if she’s family. So she does what any reasonable person would do—she lies and says she is the man’s fiancée. The man is in a comma, his real family is called, and Sandra Bullock’s character keeps up the charade and is welcomed with open arms into his family. It’s cheesy, it’s funny, and what’s not to love about Sandra Bullock?

The Santa Clause (1, 2 and 3): Tim Allen must is forced to become the new Santa Clause after wearing a Santa suit and accepting Santa’s business card. But he is also fighting for custody of his son with his ex-wife, so he must convince the court that he really is Santa.  The next two movies might be viewed as gratuitous by some, but the trio are great for a holiday movie marathon.

White Christmas (1954): A romantic musical-comedy starring Bing Crosby, about two friends who had just been discharged from the army who fall in love with a two sisters at a Vermont Inn. The twist: the two former soldier and the sisters each have their own singing-and-dancing act. So naturally, there is a lot of singing and dancing. It is a cheerful classic that will surely get you in the Christmas spirit.

A Holiday Playlist with Something for Everyone

By Ayse Hunt

 

Choosing what music to play when you are trying to please a diverse group of musical tastes can be difficult. Take a look at the songs below for some ideas.

1. “Winter Wonderland”: You may have heard the RHS marching band perform an arrangement of this song earlier this year, but I think Dean Martin’s rendition is worth listening to regardless.

2. “Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)”: This might be because I’m a total classical music nerd, but I think it’s really fun to listen to Tchaikovsky’s original Nutcracker suite and compare it with Duke Ellington’s jazz Nutcracker and look for similarities. The Sugar Rum Cherry is a fun mix of Tchaikovsky’s original music and Duke Ellington’s jazz.

3. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”: It’s sweet, simple and perfect for getting into a sentimental holiday mood. Nat King Cole’s version is my favorite. For any reggae lovers, there is this super cool performance by Gregory Isaacs.

4. “Jingle Bell Rock”: I will forever associate this song with Regina George and the Plastics, but it is pretty catchy in its own right.

5. “Carol of the Bells”: This song is in every car commercial this time of year and it always struck me as a bit overly dramatic. But this video of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing it is worth watching just to see the facial expressions of people ringing all the different bells.

6. “It’s Cold Outside”: There are about a million versions of this song. The Bing Crosby/ Doris Day version is classic, but one of the most interesting covers I’ve seen is this Lady Gaga/Joseph Gordon-Levitt version. Lady Gaga sings part that is traditionally sung by the man. It forces us to take a hard look at the lyrics of this song and their implications about gender.

7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: This song is so cheery—it’s hard to listen to it and be in a bad mood.

8. “Nutcracker Suite, March”: The entire Tchaikovsky Nutcracker suite is awesome, but this one in particular is one of the most well-known.

9. “Santa Baby”: This is another one of those songs that everybody in music covers at least once. Eartha Kitt’s rendition is pretty fantastic, but I also like Michael Bublé’s.

10. “Silent Night”: A Christmas carol with a simple but beautiful melody.

11. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”: No list can be complete without some Frank Sinatra. Fun fact–this song was originally from the musical Meet Me in St. Louis, and Frank Sinatra slightly altered the lyrics. Sam Smith’s rendition is a nice update on a classic.

12. “All I Want for Christmas is You”: Mariah Carey’s popular holiday hit never fails to disappoint. I highly recommend watching the official music video for a throwback.

13. “The Hanukkah Song”: Adam Sandler’s musical masterpiece was first performed on SNL, and its light-hearted lyrics and endearing melody are refreshing.

14. “River”: This Joni Mitchell song has a lonesome sound to it and the songwriting is beautiful.

15. “All is Well”: Country fans, rejoice! Carrie Underwood and Michael W. Smith’s duet may have just debuted on the CMA’s Christmas special, but the power vocals and sweet melody are sure to stand the test of time.

17. “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”: This one was my favorite when I was younger—it’s sure to be a hit with kids.

18. “Christmas in Harlem”: I was determined to try to find holiday songs from as many genres as I could, and while finding a rap song proved difficult, but this Kanye West/Cam’ron/Jim Jones collab proved that it can be done successfully.

19. “Santa Claws is Coming to Town”: This Alice Cooper song is much darker than the traditional version of “Santa Clause is Coming to Town”. It’s not quite my cup of tea, but for any metal lovers this song will be much appreciated.

20. “Auld Lang Syne”: This is a song is usually played on New Year’s Eve. I happen to love this version by Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis.

Movie Review: Mockingjay: Part 1

Rated PG-13

Reviewed by Noah Foster-Koth

Ever since the blockbuster Harry Potter finale was divided into two installments, movie studios have been eager to stretch their adaptations of single books across multiple movies. The last Twilight book got the two-film treatment, and Peter Jackson famously expanded Tolkien’s Hobbit novel to occupy nearly nine hours of screen time. In the past I’ve been critical of this practice, but Mockingjay, the final book in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, may actually benefit from being portioned into two films. We won’t know how Part 2 fared until next year, but Part 1 is a quick snack of a movie.

Mockingjay may not have the same inventive set pieces that Catching Fire did, but at least it’s not a retread of the arena action audiences saw in the first two films. Having survived two turns as a gladiator in a futuristic arena where teens fight each other to the death, Katniss Everdeen (an excellent Jennifer Lawrence) decides to join a rebel militia intent on bringing down the oppressive Capitol. In another film the rebel underdogs would be the undisputed heroes, but part of the intrigue of Mockingjay is that their leader (played with a calculated iciness by Julianne Moore) may be just as power-hungry as the enemy. Audiences won’t find out for sure until Part 2, but it’s a treat to watch the two iron-willed women match wits and debate the importance of rescuing Katniss’ lover Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).

By now Jennifer Lawrence has perfected her performance as Katniss Everdeen, the franchise’s heroine. It’s a credit to both Collins’ character and Lawrence’s portrayal of her that Katniss is still an interesting lead after three movies. The “Girl On Fire” is a woman of action who can kill with a bow and arrow, but ultimately it’s her determination and grit that mark her as a leader. These traits sound trite in writing, but I can’t remember the last time I saw another actor make them so compelling.

Whereas the last Hunger Games film was a tropical survival story, Mockingjay is a bleak war movie that spends most of its time underground in the rebels’ concrete bunkers. The change in venue does mean that the movie isn’t as visually eye catching as the previous Hunger Games films, which were set in lush forests and decadent cities. Mockingjay compensates by adding scenes of espionage and war room power struggles that weren’t present in the last film. The conflict between characters is therefore less physical than it has been in the past, but that doesn’t prevent the film from being fun to watch.

Grade: B+

Movie Review: Gone Girl

 

Rated R

Reviewed by Noah Foster-Koth

Caution: There are spoilers in this review.

Can a movie have too many plot twists? Is it possible to change a story in so many ways that the audience no longer recognizes the movie they’re watching? That was my experience with Gone Girl, David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel.

The story kicks off when Nick Dunn (Ben Affleck) finds his home askew and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing. The media pounces on the story, and before long Nick is subjected to intense scrutiny that brings out his temper and makes him look like a potential murderer.

The acting is superb across the board. Fincher made an interesting choice by casting several comedy stars in serious roles, such as Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry. The rest of the supporting cast is a grab bag of talented unknowns, but it’s Affleck and Pike who carry the movie. Affleck’s portrayal of Nick darkens subtly as skeletons start tumbling out of his closet, and he shifts from a charming bad boy to a potentially dangerous one. For her part, Pike successfully balances her character’s aloof airs with moments of relatable vulnerability, at least for as long as the events of the story make such a thing possible.

The first third of the film is utterly engrossing. The story cuts between Nick’s efforts to find his missing wife and flashbacks of their tumultuous marriage. The flashbacks from Amy’s perspective cleverly function as exposition on Nick and Amy’s relationship, while also furthering speculation over what happened between them. There’s also an interesting, subtle commentary on the media’s eagerness to make the story more outlandish in order to hold viewers’ attention. It’s therefore bizarre that the movie makes the same mistake.

Much has already been said about Gone Girl’s unpredictable plot, which famously packs enough twists to fill multiple mystery novels. However, the film is so eager to buck audiences’ expectations that it changes more often than it should have. When it runs out of twists, Gone Girl resorts to gratuitous violence, with a particularly excruciating scene involving a throat slashing and subsequent rape. By the end, the film mutates from a taut, well-paced mystery to a gratuitous slasher flick. I respect Fincher’s desire to keep the story from becoming too predictable, but his movie is so eager to shock audiences that it loses any consistency in its storytelling. That was clearly the filmmakers’ intention, and maybe the constant switch-ups with the story are in keeping with the source material (which I haven’t read). Regardless, they’re detrimental to the film.

Although the plot goes downhill as the movie progresses, the actors stay strong. Affleck’s performance remains a highlight, and Pike comes as close as anyone could to delivering a believable performance, given the unbelievable dramatic arc her character undergoes. It’s clear that she has the acting talent to convey a nuanced, complicated character, and it’s disappointing that Gillian’s script doesn’t give her one.  Her character’s transformation into a man-hating sociopath isn’t consistent with the realistic tone of the rest of the film. The titular character isn’t the person you thought she was, and Gone Girl isn’t nearly the movie it could have been.

Grade: B-

 

Why I found Rider TV’s Latest Episode Offensive

By Ayse Hunt 

Here at Roosevelt, we have so many amazing platforms for expression. This blog, the Roosevelt News, and Creative Arts Quarterly are just a few of the ways that students can express their thoughts and opinions. Rider TV is another avenue for expression we have here at Roosevelt—and it is one of my personal favorites. One of my favorite episodes was from Season 1, when James Leroux is jumping on tables while playing the saxophone solo from “Careless Whisper” and making everyone around him giggly and uncomfortable (If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend checking it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNNy-mmsL6E )

I was, however, disappointed in Rider TV’s latest episode that went live on the 14th. My main issue with the episode was the opening sketch.*

The viewer is greeted with the words “ISLAMICA: Similarities between the Islamic and the United States”. I think it is worth noting that “the Islamic” does not imply the Islamic State or ISIS, but rather people who consider themselves Muslim. From the note at the bottom, saying “from deep inside the ISIS compound”, we can see that the comparison was intended to be between ISIS and the U.S. There is a massive difference between ISIS and the Muslim population as a whole, as I’m sure the producers of Rider TV are aware, and I would have liked to see that difference made explicit in the sketch.

The next image on the screen is that of three shirtless actors—because people in the Middle East apparently don’t wear shirts—pretending to be members of ISIS. They begin listing events on a timeline; some of the events are key points in the creation of ISIS, while others are various moments from the lives of a select group of Roosevelt students. While all of the comparisons completely undermine the gravity of the situation with ISIS, the one that stood out to me from the others:

[ISIS Member #1] “2002, Claire Prestbo shits her pants while in kindergarten class.”

[ISIS Member #2] “In the same year, 166 are killed by Pakistani rebels in Mumbai”

I did research on this attack, and the only terrorist attack I found record of in Mumbai during 2002 was a bus bombing that killed 2 people and wounded around 50 others, which is catastrophic in its own right. It’s possible that Rider TV was referencing the tragic 2008 bombings that killed around 170 (I saw death toll estimates anywhere from 162 to 174, depending on the source). The fact that it is unclear which terrorist attack was intended to be the butt of the joke illustrates my biggest problem with the whole sketch—for many, the situation with ISIS is a matter of life and death and not something to be taken lightly. These terrorist attacks that have made into the punchline of this sketch have killed countless civilians over the years. Making jokes about the deaths of innocent people in light of recent conflict is something that is intentionally offensive, I would be shocked if Rider TV made jokes about the school shooting that took place last month in Marysville, and I fail to see how making jokes about the death of people in the Middle East is any different.

The second part of the sketch has two of the “ISIS members” comparing extremism in the Middle East with so-called extremism in the U.S. You can see a screen shot of the images that were shown to demonstrate each kind of extremism below. Pictures of Lady Gaga compared with a depiction of civilians held at gunpoint, an image of an obese man eating an extremely large cheeseburger compared with a photo of armed members of a terrorist group. When this scene was shown during my third period class, there was no laughter. There was awkward shifting in chairs and the widening of eyes as we all seemed to be asking ourselves, “What are we watching?”

                 I get that Rider TV was trying to juxtapose some trivial aspects of our lives with the gravity of the situation in the Middle East for a witty affect, but I found the jokes offensive, and not in a funny way. There is a fine line between finding light in the midst of tragedy through satire and making fun of a humanitarian crisis in an inappropriate way.

It’s troubling to me that this episode reached the audience it did seemingly without self-reflection. I would hope that the producers behind Rider TV would watch something like the “ISLAMICA” clip and ask themselves whether the jokes are in poor taste or just simply inapt for a TV show that is backed by ASR and Roosevelt.

I can only speak for myself, but moving forward I hope to see Rider TV apologize for this misstep, or at the very least ensure that sketches of this nature don’t get a green light in the future.

*In the interest of full disclosure, I feel that I should share that my mom’s family is Muslim and that I was raised according to Islamic values. I have experienced ignorance before, including being asked if my grandparents are part of Al-Qaida and things of that nature. This issue is particular offensive to me for this reason. 

Roosevelt’s Froula Organ Pipes Up

By Luisa Moreno

     The Froula Memorial Pipe Organ is once again being played at Roosevelt, after intermittent periods of disuse and repair. Thanks to students’ efforts, it once again will play its notes along with the Roosevelt orchestra.

     In 1940, the Froula Memorial Pipe Organ was dedicated to VK Froula, the beloved first principal of Roosevelt, after his death in 1938. From then on, the organ was played by principal Cecil Bullock in the mornings, welcoming students to school, or playing at assemblies, until the he retired in 1965. “After he retired, the organ wasn’t used for many, many years[. . .]so it wasn’t being maintained,” orchestra student Parker Lambert says. The organ was forgotten until 1983, when student stage manager Ron Sillence found the organ and began repairing it himself. In 1997, senior Raven Bonner Pizzorno decided to rebuild the organ as a senior project, and it was played at the 1997 Holly Berry Concert. Some basic maintenance took place in 2001, but when Roosevelt was renovated in 2003, parent Andrea Wilson helped create the Friends of the Roosevelt High School Froula Memorial Pipe Organ to help save the organ from being sold or thrown away. The group raised the $79,000 to reinstall the pipe organ in the Performing Arts Center in the new Roosevelt building, and reconstruction began in 2008. Housed at the Lincoln High School wood shop, volunteers put 5,100 hours into the organ. In October 2009, an inaugural concert was held in the Roosevelt theatre. Three student organists played, Halden Toy from Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Cara Peterson, a 2008 Roosevelt graduate, and Thomas Varas from Ballard High School. Roosevelt sophomore Brendon Mcmullen composed a piece played by experienced organist David Locke, and Dr. Angela Kraft Cross also played.

George Shangrow played the organ in a second concert that year. A friend of orchestra teacher Anna Edwards, Shangrow was killed in July 2010 in a car crash with a teenage driver.  “It was just kinda hard after he died,” Edwards says, and because she also didn’t have the time to continue using the organ, it was once again left alone.

Now, in 2014, the organ has been brought out again to delight a new audience. “We thought it would be awesome,” Lambert says. Edwards says the students played a big part in the organ being brought back. “They were the ones who kinda resurrected the whole thing.” Jason Dan played the organ at the recent Pumpkin Seed Concert. It will also be played at the Holly Berry Concert in December, and Edwards will play it at a Seattle Collaborative Orchestra concert in March.

Although largely unknown, the Froula Organ has spanned seventy-four years at Roosevelt. It is a memorial to Roosevelt’s beginnings, and shares its renovation with that of the school’s. Orchestra student Ava Scarborough says the organ’s revival is a valuable addition. “Not every school has an organ, and I have to say this probably one of the most unique schools. I came to Roosevelt because of its uniqueness, and I definitely think the organ contributes to it.”

Roosevelt Jazz I’s First Performance Launches Another Prestigious Year

By Sophie Aanerud

 

The Roosevelt High School auditorium buzzed with anticipation Saturday night. A combination of students, parents, teachers, and general jazz connoisseurs milled about, all ready to bear witness to the first performance of the first performance of Roosevelt’s 2014-15 Jazz Band I.

 

“It’s so nice to finally be out of the band room, playing for actual people,” remarked director of the Roosevelt Jazz and band program and conductor of Jazz I, Scott Brown, as he stood on stage before the 23-student band.

 

The concert, which was part of the annual, internationally recognized, Earshot Jazz Festival (which spans from October 10th to November 11th), was opened with an introduction by the festival’s executive director, John Gilbreath. Gilbreath praised the Roosevelt jazz band, reflecting upon its rich history of success in competitions such as Essentially Ellington.

 

In a performance which spanned almost an hour and a half, the band touched upon a range of material, from standard, bouncing charts written by Sammy Nestico (a primary arranger for the Count Basie Big Band), to more demure ballads such as famed trombonist, J.J. Johnson’s, Lament, and Billy Strayhorn’s intellectually enriching Raincheck. The band closed with an exuberant rendition of Sammy Nestico’s Ya Gotta Try, which featured a rapid-fire tenor saxophone battle between juniors Santosh Sharma and Jesse Beckett-Herbert.

 

Though the band, in its infancy, lacks the unified sound associated later Jazz I performances in previous years, the great energy and skill of the musicians is undeniable. With a host of performances upcoming (beginning with a free performance Friday, November 14th, at the Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch in which the band will perform selections from the Seattle Public Library’s KOMO collection of sheet music from the 1930s to 1950s), the band will only improve.

 

As the audience filed from the auditorium, all conversation was on the swinging band and its bright future. It would appear that another strong season is in store for the Roosevelt Jazz Band.

The Sizzling Hellfire Fury of the Mars Hill Church is snuffed: Former “Angry Young Prophet” Mark Driscoll disbands Seattle’s local Megachurch…”It’s still all about Jesus!”

By Daniel O’Connell 

After almost 20 years as the proud head pastor of the Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll has announced that they will no longer exist organizationally by the end of year. Though some of the locations will remain on as small-scale, independent churches, most will be sold to third-party investors. This decision came as a shock to much of the 14,000+ members of the Church, and Driscoll says that “Mars Hill Church has never been about a building or even an organization” and that ultimately “Mars Hill is a people on mission with Jesus…that singular focus continues as these newly independent churches are launched.”

The organization has come under fire in the past for both their controversial and cultish behavior as well as the public actions of Driscoll himself. Back in July of this year, exhumed documents conveyed his opinion on the state of modern America, stating that we lived in a “completely pussified nation” and that Adam (of Adam & Eve fame) was the “first of the pussified nation.” During the following two months, a slew of testimonies from former members appeared online regarding the church’s internal conduct. Many of them claimed that within the Church they were required (read: strongly encouraged) to maintain an open-book policy regarding how much they would donate to the church on a regular basis, but the faculty of the church itself did not reciprocate in the same manner; rather, their expenses were kept under tight wraps and obscured from analysis. It was later revealed that much of the funding went towards amenities such as music videos and world travel. To become a fully-fledged member of the church you are required to attend months of rigorous classes centered around a book written by Driscoll himself (Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe) and formally agree to submit to the authority of the church in an official document. Oftentimes, pastors within the church would become far more intimately involved in the private lives of it’s attendees – ahem, it’s fully-fledged members – than is advisable. According to an interview conducted by Brendan Kiley of The Stranger, one pastor ordered a member to end his long-distance relationship with his girlfriend in Colorado. When the member in question refused, said pastor found the phone number of his girlfriend’s father and warned him of the dangerous path he had taken, and that he might be putting his daughter’s life in danger.

The Mars Hill Church, as with all American Megachurches it seems, was never a stranger to controversy. However, it would also seem that this congregation in particular was far more violent, abusive and downright deserving of this controversy. Perhaps it is better for both the sanity of it’s former members and the general moral environment of the Pacific Northwest that Mark Driscoll and his merry men move on to greener pastures, preferably somewhere where his thunderous sermons are not quite so audible. I would suggest a cave, but no doubt he’d return in three days, as angry and boisterous as ever.

Jon Stewart’s Apology for the No-Vote Joke

By Ayse Hunt

Jon Stewart from “The Daily Show” did an interview with CNN’s Christine Amanpour prior to Tuesday’s Midterm election to discuss his opinions. When faced with the question “Did you vote?” the talk show host surprisingly replied with a simple “No.”

When Amanpour inquired further, Stewart said, “I just moved. I don’t know even where my thing is now.” You can watch the interview for yourself here

This comment understandably raised a few eyebrows, as a large part of Stewart’s satire-heavy show relies on his outspoken opinions about politics. Amongst a sea of celebrities who took to their Twitter and Instagram feeds to encourage their fans to vote in the Midterm elections, Stewart’s comment stood out.

During his live broadcast of “The Daily Show” on election night, Stewart clarified his intentions. Amongst laughter from the audience after a clip of his CNN interview was played, he said, “Let me explain something—I’ve known where my thing is since I was thirteen.” He continued, “To set the record straight, I did vote today and I do know where my thing is. I was being flip, and it kind of took off, and you know what, I want to apologize because I shouldn’t be flip about that…because I think it sent a message that I don’t think voting is important…”

Despite his apology, I don’t think that this miscommunication will fade too quickly from the mind of the public and “Daily Show” viewers. The dismal voter turnout that the U.S. has become notorious for, especially in Midterm elections, has become a looming threat to the efficacy of our democracy. Though Stewart’s joke couldn’t have really come at a worse time, it is heartening to see the countless media outlets that picked up the story and the general consensus that voting in the Midterm elections are an extremely important duty. Most opinion articles that I saw felt that Stewart was sending the wrong message to potential voters everywhere.

While Stewart was held accountable for his comment on his abstention, the vast majority of Americans who did not vote in the Midterm election are not. Even though this election is over, it is important that we continue to reinforce the idea that not voting is not cool, because if I’ve learned anything thus far in AP Gov, it’s that without intensity in belief and mobilization from the masses, change cannot happen.