Sunrise (photography)

posted Apr 8, 2019, 6:10 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Kelsey Alder, Staff Writer
Posted April 8th, 2019

Gryphon (artwork)

posted Apr 8, 2019, 6:07 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Kelsey Alder, Staff Writer
Posted April 8th, 2019

Daffodils (a poem)

posted Mar 20, 2019, 4:38 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted March 20th, 2019


As the sun began to shake off the tired cold of winter,

Rising earlier.

Shining brighter.

It banished winter’s permanent grey,

bringing back the brilliant blue skies.

The dingy grey snow drifts slowly shrank.

Eventually disappearing completely,

called back to Earth pulled under the surface.

As the ground thawed out,

the world awoke.

The grass regained its color, the birds sang,

and the delicate flowers began to raise their heads

Their green leaves uncurled pressing against the ceiling of soil.

They shot up into the light shaking off the dirt.

Relishing in the warmth,

and surviving the freezing nights,

straining upwards towards the sun.

A monochrome of green leaves.

Until the pale bud burst open,

to reveal the brilliant yellow and white blossom.

A stake at its base denoted its name, in careful handwriting,

elegant cursive,

Ice Follies.

Its proud yellow trumpet contrasted the pale ice white petals

It thrived in the warm, cheerful, spring air.

Watch the Oscar Award Winning Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse Now!

posted Mar 8, 2019, 4:31 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Eddie Inchaurregui, Staff Writer

Posted March 8th, 2019

Hello Nite Crier viewers! Today I will review the movie: Spider-man Into the Spider-Verse.

P l o t⠀(Spoiler Alert!)   

We are introduced to our main character, Miles Morales, a teenage boy who lives with his father, a city cop, and his mother, a nurse. Miles’ parents and many teachers see potential in him, so he is transferred to a private campus, a decision that he resents.  As school begins to progress, Miles becomes overwhelmed. He meets a friend along the way, initially identified as “Gwanda.” In the midst of school, he is caught attempting to purposefully fail his exam in order to drop out. He is then assigned an essay to write about himself and what he is passionate about. Because of his lack of interest in school, he visits his uncle to help clear his head. His uncle brings him down at a secluded area in a subway station so Miles can express himself through graffiti. After creating a piece with special meaning to Miles, he is bitten by a radioactive spider. In a matter of hours, Miles gains spider-like abilities such as spider sense, increased strength, and fingers that stick to every surface they come in contact with.  . After school, he returns to the subway mural to investigate his current dilemma. His search is abruptly interrupted by the pulverization of a nearby wall. This causes Miles to become sandwiched between a battle with Spiderman and Green Goblin. Upon discovery, both Miles and SpiderMan realize they are alike, which brings temporary comfort to Miles. SpiderMan then returns to the new found scene revealed to be Kingpin’s secret testing facility for an unstable particle accelerator. While it was not immediately known to the audience, Kingpin is attempting to regain the lives of his lost wife and son. In the act of stopping KingPin’s Machine, SpiderMan is pulled into the Machine, causing a cataclysmic crash. After the explosion, Miles finds SpiderMan mortally wounded under the wreckage. SpiderMan tells Miles to take the “goober” (a flashdrive) and destroy Kingpin’s contraption before it destroys the city. Before leaving, Miles watches as Kingpin crushes SpiderMan. After escaping the clutches of Kingpin’s right hand man, The Prowler, Miles goes back to his home emotionally shaken and upset. He wakes up the next day determined to fulfill his promise to SpiderMan. He goes out to buy a SpiderMan costume and attempts to harness his abilities, but breaks the “goober” in the process. Defeated, Miles visits Spider-Man’s grave to apologize for dooming the city. During the scene, Miles is approached by a shadowy figure who is then ‘venom-shocked’ by Miles by mistake, rendering the stranger unconscious. Miles discovers the man to be a SpiderMan from an alternate universe. Before learning more, Miles is pursued by the 5-0 who mistake him to be a grave robber. With a knocked out SpiderMan, Miles runs from the cops. Upon escape, he ties up SpiderMan and begins to interrogate him. SpiderMan responds saying he was a SpiderMan, specifically Peter, from a different realm and was sucked through a portal and brought to a world where he died. Miles reveals the world to be his, and that they share spider-like abilities. Miles proposes that Peter helps him in the battle to save the city from it’s perilous fate. Peter, reluctant to returning to his prior life of fighting crime, eventually agrees. They go out of the city and into Alchemax, a secret facility linked with Kingpin that harbors needed files. They encounter Doctor Olivia Octavius aka Doctor Octopus , who overpowers both Peter and Miles. Before succeeding, she is defeated by an unsuspected hero: Spider Woman. She is later revealed to be Gwen Stacy, aka “Gwanda”.  After escaping with the files, we get Gwen’s backstory and how she was also pulled from her dimension and brought to this one. With little options left, our spider squad goes to Aunt May for help. She brings them down to the spider layer and reveals three other spider personas with similar arrival story. Of the ones present are: SpiderMan Noir, Peni Parker/sp//dr, and Peter Porker as Spider-Ham. The new squad amends the plan to returning each hero to his/her universe followed by the destruction of the particle accelerator. Our heros venture out to helping Miles master his spider abilities. To everyone’s disappointment, he is unable to control his skills. Miles flees to his uncle’s place only to discover that his own uncle is in fact The Prowler. After running back to tell the squad, they are ambushed by Kingpin’s Men: The Prowler, Scorpion, and Tombstone. In the final moments of battle, The Prowler holds Miles who is disguised as SpiderMan before ending his life. Before he is able to, Miles reveals his identity, causing his Uncle to have a moment of humanity. The scene becomes shattered immediately when Kingpin shoots Miles' Uncle. Miles holds his uncle as he gives his last breath. Miles' father responds to the scene and mistakes Miles, disguised as SpiderMan, to be the killer. After returning to his dorm, Miles is confronted by the squad and told of the plan’s new proceedings to go without him. Peter takes the “goober” and leaves Miles webbed to a chair. Feeling uninspired, Miles is left to think about his self-failure. A moment later, Miles' father is behind his door and shares inspirational words despite the severity of the situation. These words spark Miles' determination which ultimately give him full command of his powers. He returns with the squad with only a few hours of experience, but full application of effort to save his city. After using the “goober” all 5 heroes return to their normal worlds. In the midst of combat, Kingpin reveals that his family was killed in a car accident after they realized his ties to crime and seeing him fight SpiderMan. This is the whole motive for the particle accelerator. After defeating KingPin, Miles delivers him to the police and hugs his father disguised as SpiderMan. We then see Miles continue his education at the private school and submit the essay with the same message that he wrote on the subway mural. We also see the lives of all the other members in the spider squad with good endings. Miles closes saying that anyone can wear the mask and that becomes the end of the movie.

T h e m e s⠀

When Miles asked Peter: “How will I know when I’m ready?”, Peter said “You won’t. It’s a leap of faith” This is how Miles was able to master his ability in such a short span of time. In the movie, these words became powerful enough to give Miles ability to be a hero. This can be applied to many situations in life. Another theme would be the diversity of the hero. We see 7 different Spider personas within the movie. All have different backstories, but they are all able to put the mask on and become a superhero. This theme is as old as Marvel itself. “Anyone can wear the mask” is a message that pays homage to the creators of Marvel and continues to inspire people of all kinds to do the right thing.

R e v i e w⠀

I think the movie was great. It was a culmination of many stories that fit perfectly within Miles' Universe ironically. I like the message offered to the audience. It didn’t really seem cliche at all. There was a decent amount of everything in the movie. I would watch this movie again without hesitation. Based on all this information, I rate this movie a 10/10.

Summer’s life (a poem)

posted Mar 5, 2019, 4:45 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted March 5th, 2019

Summer’s life

Willow trees grew up around the pond

their draping branches arced over the water


weighed down by nothing

save themselves and gravity

their arms reaching for the land below

rather than the sky

Shading out the desperate plants

Starved of sunshine

With too much water

Growing long and scraggly in the darkness

Though some adapt

never needing the burning light

A cloud of insects swarm

Around the water


Algae covers the surface

Like paint on a child's canvas

Coated and careless

The water dark

A sickly green

To spite what could have been

A beautiful scene

Corrupting the tranquil waters

To smooth and still to stop it

Slowly growing over the space

Where lily pads used to rest

Landscape (Artwork)

posted Feb 14, 2019, 4:43 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By:Katherine Alder, Staff Writer
Posted February 14th, 2019

Eagle Pastel Drawing (Artwork)

posted Feb 8, 2019, 4:42 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Kelsey Alder, Staff Writer
Posted February 8th, 2019

Forest Floor (a poem)

posted Jan 28, 2019, 10:58 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted January 28, 2019

Decaying leaves litter the ground

amongst the fungi and moss covered stones

all shaded by the canopy of trees

from the spotlight of the sun

that lights the landscape beyond

Creeping lichens stand stark against the trees rough grey brown bark

The sound of bird calls

permeates the air

In the distance small waves

reach for solid Earth

splashing against the sandy shore

sparkling in the bright sunlight

Beautifully blue

Matching the sky above

“Invictus” By Ryan Graudin does time travel right.

posted Jan 28, 2019, 10:51 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Kelsey Alder, Staff writer

Posted January 28th, 2019

The book Invictus by Ryan Graudin was a fairly unique take on the idea of time travel.  What possibly sets it apart the most is that the main character isn't the “good guy” necessarily.  In a lot of books, the main character tries their best to have perfect morals, and this book took a break from that.  Ryan Graudin also didn't overcomplicate time travel like most all other sci fi books and movies do. He addressed the issue of any differences in the past causing massive changes in the future, but it was ignored except for when it added to the plot. There were some good plot twists that were unexpected as well, which made it more interesting. The book was easy to read, the style of the writing was well presented, and the characters were relatable, seeming almost like real people. Overall the book was a good read.

Countdown Part V

posted Jan 8, 2019, 4:34 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Katherine Alder, Staff Writer

Posted January 8th, 2019

We were standing in the hallway of the weapons factory.  Next to us was a door leading to a staircase, and along the sides were a few other doors, presumably leading to offices or storage rooms. If this mission was real, we would have a very limited time frame to find the weapon before they spotted us.  That’s evidently why I was here and not in a cell, but I had never tried to take other people into the blue time. Is that even possible? This program was remarkably detailed for such a rogue company, and why would they have this kind of facility?

Then of course, Jackson had to interrupt my thoughts by barking orders, “Ash, I want you to take the upper floor, Quinn the lower, I’ll take this one.  Morozov, just stay out of the way and try not to steal anything else.”

I sighed before replying, “First of all, you can’t stop me from stealing things, and second, we are in a holographic simulation Jackson, that means it is literally impossible to steal from it. Though, I do like a challenge.”

“Just stay out of the way,” he growled.

“You realize that this mission is basically a break in. It is our job to steal this, so sidelining the thief, just showcases your incompetence,” I replied casually.

“This is not some petty crime scene Victoria, we are not breaking and entering this is a serious mission.”

“My crimes were anything but petty. I robbed a bank in broad daylight in front of seventeen witnesses while it was being robbed, and the only reason they have any information about me is because your Task Force cronies leaked it to them. Admit it, my mutation is the most useful in situations like this. That is why I am here. You. Need. Me.” I ranted.

“I can’t believe this. You are bragging about being a criminal. What do you expect? Praise?” He shouted back at me.

“If I might interject, what is your power? And why do you call it a mutation?” Ash asked.

“I can temporarily stop time, I control it through this watch, I set it for the amount of time I need and I have until it reaches the time it was at when I first changed it. That is why they call me Countdown,” I said tapping my watch for effect, “And I call it a mutation, because that is what it is. Our genetic code replicated wrong, producing us: mutants.”

She nodded and said, “Most of us call it a power, because the result is an ability, not a defect, but that is an interesting viewpoint.”

“There are plenty of benign mutations, they are not all defects, so I prefer to stick with the science, not the wannabe superheroes. Anyway, we are wasting time, as of yet I have never tried to bring anyone else into the blue time, so we have to work off your clocks. Lets go.”

“Blue time?” Ash asked.

“Search now, explain later,” I replied glancing at my watch and resetting it about thirty seconds. I used that time to steal Jackson’s wallet and walk across the room and standing behind Ash. She jumped at my sudden appearance, glaring at me before following Quinn and heading toward the stairs. Jackson and I took off in separate directions in order to search this floor. The efforts we went to so that we could avoid each other were almost comical. I jokingly grabbed a few things knowing they would disappear when the projectors went off. I walked into one of the offices, and pulled open a few drawers, rifling through the files, discovering they were all blank, which seemed strange with the amount of detail they put into the program. I slammed the drawer shut, searching for information would be futile. They were very careful with the information they provided. They gave us just enough to work off of but not so little that the rest would get suspicious of their motivations. They never tried to convince us to help them. They practically drafted me into helping, and the others didn’t seem to need persuading; they were already sold on the “Task Force are heroes” ploy.  They could just string us along with the promise of more information, but never follow through with it. I gave the rest of the room a cursory glance before moving on to the next.

The walls dissolved around me slowly fading into nothing, revealing our scattered group all standing in the wide open training room. Axel and Jordan starred us down glaring daggers of disappointment. I sauntered over to them while everyone else hurried across the floor afraid of their reproachful gaze.

“What was that! We brought you here for a mission, and if you can’t be serious about it then you don’t belong here. Morozov you are getting on my last nerve; you are this close to spending the rest of your life in a jail cell.  Jackson you are here because they need leadership, so swallow your pride and stop falling for her taunting. Quinn, Ash, you two are mature enough to ignore their antics, but you still can’t get anything done. You are all incompetent, and very much replaceable, so get your act together.” Axel ranted.

“If I was replaceable you never would have taken me. If someone else has my mutation than you must not have been able to coerce them into working for your idiotic mission, so I am not worried.” I replied with more confidence than I felt.

Axel just glared in response. Jordan finally interrupted our silent standoff, asking me, “In the simulation you mentioned something called the blue time and touched on the idea of bring others into it what did you mean by that,”

“Yeah, I was wondering that too,” Ash added.

“Basically, the blue time is what I call it when I stop time. Everything kind of freezes in place, and there is this blue light over everything. It is beautiful.  Quiet too. Like, nothing is moving, so there is no sound, not fans, cars, electrical noises, animals, nothing. Even the biggest city falls silent,” I said pausing a moment before adding, “I am not entirely sure if stopping time is even the right word for it, it is more like stretching a moment out I guess.”

“You mentioned bringing people with you,” Jordan prodded.

I sighed and answered, “It was just a passing thought. If I could bring people with me, the missions would go much faster. We could be in and out before they ever noticed, I don’t think it will work though.”

“Hmm... We definitely will have to experiment with that later.” Jordan replied thoughtfully.

“Your power could be so useful, why would you turn to villainy?” Ash asked.

“I don’t believe in heroes and villains, just people. Yes, some of them are cruel, some are kind, but there is no perfect person. And besides, you say that as though I have never done a single good thing in my life,” I replied.

“Perhaps you have done some good Victoria, but you can’t deny that you are a criminal. Why did you choose that life?” she responded.

“Because, I am good at it, and it’s fun. I return most of the stuff I steal anyway, it is not that big of a deal.”

“Because you’re good at it? That is a terrible-” She started.

“Morozov! Return what you stole immediately.” Axel interrupted.

I looked over and noticed Solis was standing next to him. I hadn’t noticed him reenter the room. “What? Oh yeah, Jackson I was going to give this back. I just wanted to see how long it would take for you to notice,” I said, tossing him his wallet.

“Wait what? When did you take this?” He said surprised, he dropped it, not expecting me to throw something at him.

“Morozov! I was talking about Ensign Solis’s ID,” Axel snapped. I laughed and threw the card at him, Solis caught it. “All of you just return to your rooms, someone will come after you if we need you again.”

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