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Gale Morrison is the founding editor and publisher of Modern Marine Systems.

Concert Review: GVF at the Met in Philly

By Danby Morrison

WES Buzz Pop Culture News Desk Chief of 2019

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On December 30, 2019, I went to see one of the coolest, Grammy-winning bands of this era, Greta Van Fleet. I have mentioned this band before, but seeing them live for the first time ever, I realized that they were amazing beyond words, beyond the human language, maybe. In this month’s Pop Culture edition of The WES Buzz, I will be covering what to expect in Greta Van Fleet’s songs, the band’s background information, the cool concert set-up, and the venue The Met itself.

What to Expect

The band often will do special things with their songs at concerts, such as extending drum solos and guitar solos. They will also have sing-along songs, where they’ll tell you something to sing, and, well, you sing it (duh…). Like a call-and-response type thing.

Safari Song: One of the band’s top hits is the love-filled “Safari Song.” At concerts, one of the lyrics is “Oh mama, what you gonna to do with all that love in YOUR HEART.” Before the “your heart” part of the lyric, the singer will hold out their microphone to the crowd, so the audience sings it with them. They not only do this at the chorus lyric, but at the end when the only thing the singer sings is “YOUR HEART.”

Watch Me (Labi Siffre cover): Not only at the concert that I went to, but I have watched several live feeds on YouTube of their other concerts, and they do a Labi Siffre cover of a song called “Watch Me” where they tell the crowd to sing the, not really words, but sounds: “Pa na na na na pa na na na na pa,” twice.

Highway Tune: In their super rockin’ song “Highway Tune” in concert, the bridge of the song is where the drummer plays one drum and the singer claps his hands with the microphone in one hand. And hundreds of people in the audience join in by clapping their hands. “Highway Tune” is also a very Dancy song.

During concerts they also tend to extend a lot of their songs. At the concert I went to, they did a snippet of their song called “Anthem” in the song “Flower Power.”

GVF’s Harmonic History

Where They Began

First of all, the band’s drummer wasn’t always the amazing Danny Wagner. When the band first formed in 2012, their drummer was a mediocre player named Kyle Hauck who quit after 2013. They soon replaced Hauck with their close family friend Daniel Wagner. (Who does the best darn drum solos of the 2000’s ever!)

The band was formed by the three brothers Josh, Jake, and Sam Kiszka (just because they wanted to because they all knew how to play instruments, including Josh’s incredible vocals). And Kyle Hauck, one of their friends, became the drummer. The band name “Greta Van Fleet” was inspired by the Frankenmuth, Michigan (where they grew up) town elder Gretna Van Fleet.  The variation of the first name was so it’d be easier to say.  The elder says that even though classic rock isn’t her type, she still supports the band no matter what. The band with Kyle Hauck recorded the tracks “Cloud Train” and “Standing On”. (Unfortunately, as I had mentioned before, Hauck quit after 2013, but he was replaced by the mind-blowing Danny Wagner!)

Albums & EPs

In March 2017, the band got a deal at Lava Records and made the single “Highway Tune” off of their first four-song EP Black Smoke Rising. In November 2017, they recorded four new tracks and created an eight-track album called From The Fires.  Which included (in my opinion) Van Fleet’s best song Safari Song.  Their most recent album was released on October 19, 2018, they recorded their full-length debut album Anthem Of The Peaceful Army, which topped BillBoard Rock Album Charts within a week of its release. Their Peaceful Army song “When The Curtain Falls” was Van Fleet’s third number-one on Billboard and was released ahead of time in July 2018. They started their debut tour “March of the Peaceful Army” in August 2019 and ended on December 30th, 2019.

The Cool Concert Set-up

Now I dare say, the stage of their Met performance was absolutely awesome.  The intro to the band’s performance was smoke rising from the stage, lit up by the multi-colored spotlights. When Greta Van Fleet first came on the stage, the lights went dark and the only light came from the blue-lit stage.  The band looked like cool silhouettes in the dark as a thousand people started cheering loudly and Van Fleet gave their short introduction speech.  “You ready for the celebration?” the singer said to the audience. And the lights were constantly changing, sometimes red, and sometimes yellow.  The spotlights were exquisite.

Details of the Met

You might think of the Met as some kind of historic, classy place where sopranos performed. But just one year ago the Met was reopened to the public and has a completely new design.  It has a very modern-style bar, they use downloaded tickets on your phone for admission, they even have popcorn and cotton candy like a typical movie theater.  It is an amazing theater.  And, as you can probably tell by now, the lighting design people are just luminescent! And not to mention outside there’s a theater-type sign with their upcoming shows.  My friend took a picture of me in front of the preview sign when it flashed the show for Greta Van Fleet!  The Met also has colorful lights on the outside, too.  There’s a huge sign that says “The Met: Philadelphia” on it.

I hope you learned a lot about the venue the Met, the amazing concert set-up Greta Van Fleet made, and Van Fleet’s fascinating music history.  Watch videos of live concert feeds on youtube of Greta Van Fleet performing at the Met! Search for it on December 30th ‘cause that’s when I went and it was awesome!

 

Inside the Met

Urban Myths: Chupacabra v Yeti

By Matt Demopolos

CHUPACABRA

Chupacabra means “goat sucker” in Spanish because, well, it sucks goats’ blood. Okay, so, Chupacabra is a fairly new legend. According to one news report, stories of Chupacabra emerged in the 1990s, but what people think Chupacabra looks like changed a lot since then. Back when it started, people believed Chupacabra was a 3- to 5-foot-tall ape-like creature with gray hair, spikes on its back, and big eyes.

Old Chupacabra (drawing).

But now, people think that Chupacabra is more like a canine, but this ends up confusing people. People mistake coyotes with mange for Chupacabra. Mange is a sickness which makes the animal that gets it lose its fur and makes its skin red or hyper-vibrant black.

New Chupacabra (might be a fake).

All right, it’s story time. A man named Benjamin Rafords found some reports of Chupacabra with some real-life bodies, so he did some DNA tests, and he found out that a lot of them were coyotes and dogs. One even turned out to be a fish! The dogs and coyotes had mange and the fish just looked weird. Okay, so let’s go back a little. You know how I said stories about Chupacabra started in the 1990s? Well, that was kind of true. The myth may have started in Puerto Rico soon after the movie Species, with a creature that looked like Chupacabra, was released there.

A dead Chupacabra just like the ones Rafords did DNA testing on (this one might also be a fake).

YETI

Abominable snowman

A synonym for Yeti, the term “the abominable Snowman” first appeared in 1921. That was the same year that British Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Howard Bury commanded the 1921 British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition. He used this name when he found tracks kind of like human footprints (barefoot) but bigger.

Abominable snowman (FAKE)

The Yeti was from pre-Buddhist beliefs. Pre-Buddhists believed that the Yeti was a Glacier Being — a god of the hunt.

In 1925, N.A. Tombazi, who worked at the Royal Geographical Society, wrote about a creature he saw at around 15,000 feet. He looked humanoid but bigger. Tombazi said that the creature occasionally ripped up a bush.

Yeti on a mountain (still could be a fake).

The Yeti was also spotted by the Indian Army’s expedition team at Makalu Base Camp. They saw large footprints and thought it was the Yetis. The Yeti’s footprint was said to be 32 inches long and 15 inches wide! If you’re thinking, “Oh, it could just be some large human feet,” YOU’RE PROBABLY WRONG because the largest known human feet were 15.78 inches long. Is 32 a lot more than 15.78? YES, so unless a human wore huge shoes, it wasn’t a human. Plus, this was in the Himalayas, so if it were humans, they would have to be walking in the huge shoes in the freezing cold.

What the Yeti footprints might have looked like (I looked for ones on the Himalayas so it’s an accurate picture. Guess what? It still could be a fake).

Places to thank for the information. You might have to click enter for it to work

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeti
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qEnnAchMB0
  3. https://www.texasobserver.org/chupacabra-legends-texas/
  4. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161109-the-truth-about-a-strange-blood-sucking-monster. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150630-is-there-such-a-thing-as-a-Yeti
  5. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/10/101028-chupacabra-evolution-halloween-science-monsters-chupacabras-picture/

Gamer's Corner: Minecraft – Creative v Survival

By Julia Silverman & Leah Zhang  

As you might know, Minecraft is one of the most popular games everywhere. Minecraft is one of our favorite games and lots of other people’s too!   

What is Minecraft? 

Minecraft is a video game where you mine materials and craft them into new things. In Minecraft you also can build houses and other things. In Minecraft there are two modes: creative and survival.  

Creative Mode 

Creative mode allows you to have unlimited recourses. You can also create animals whenever you want. In creative mode monsters won’t attack you, but if they did, then you can just fly away.  

Survival Mode 

In survival mode, you must mine materials and eat to survive. In survival you can get attacked by monsters so you must craft weapons. You can’t fly.  

 Survival Mode – Tips for beginners 

If you get lucky, in survival mode you will spawn in an area with water near a cave/mine and near animals and trees. Or a rare mushroom island. The first thing to do is punch some trees. You get wood and use it to craft a crafting table first, then craft weapons and build a house. Be sure to put torches in & out of your house so monsters don’t spawn.  

Fun Facts 

  1. Minecraft was originally named “Cave Game,” Minecraft: Order of the Stone, and, ultimately, Minecraft.   

2. Minecraft was created by a Swedish developer named Markus Persson (basically the founder, let’s say), but the art was by Markus Toivonen & Jasper Boerstra.  

3. Minecraft was released by Mojang in 2011 & sold to Microsoft in 2014.  

4. Minecraft sold over 180 million copies across all platforms by late 2019, having over 112 million monthly active players.  

POLTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

So now Julia & Leah are going to do a poll on if you like Creative Mode better or Survival Mode better. Results will be at the bottom.  

RESULTS!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Results are up! 

Survival: 3 

Creative: 8 

CREATIVE WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Let’s interview some people: 

“I like Survival better because it’s more challenging and you can fight mobs,” said Toby Kelsall, fifth grader. 

“I like Creative because you can build awesome things without being disturbed,” said Ben Rickmond, fifth grader. 

Meet Mrs. Savage from the Office

By Leah Zhang

Mrs. Savage is the new school secretary. She’s the sister of Mr. Savage, who used to be the Vice Principal here at WES. Now he’s being the Principal in another school in Wallingford-Swarthmore. Mr. Savage was awesome, but Mrs. Savage is too!  

Q & A:  

Question: Is Mrs. Savage the older or younger sister?  

Answer: Mrs. Savage is the younger sister of 3! 

Question: Does Mrs. Savage like it here?  

Answer: Mrs. Savage likes it here, because she can use different skills.  

Question: What’s her favorite food?  

Answer: Mrs. Savage’s favorite food is Mac & Cheese.  

Question: What does she like to do in her free time?  

Answer: Mrs. Savage likes to watch movies, listen to music, & dance.  

Question: Is her brother annoying?  

Answer: Yes.  

Fun Facts          

  1. Mrs. Savage helps choreograph the musical at Radnor Elementary School.                                         
  1. She likes to have a movie hangout with friends so that she can watch kid’s movies.                     
  1. She’s 4 on the inside.  

Meet Ms. B

WES Buzz reporter Will Clark sits down for a chat with Ms. B, aka Ms. Borrine, his 5th grade teacher.

When did you start at WES?

My official start date at WES was September 1, 1999.

Did you always want to work at WES?

I never imagined working at a school like WES. My dream was to work in a school where the community needed a ton of TLC and someone to come in and turn the neighborhood around starting with the school, as Joe Clark did in the movie “Lean on Me.”

The cover art from the famous movie “Lean on Me.”

I thought that meant I had to work in a school that did not have financial resources. I did not understand that just because there was an affluent area, hard-working, dedicated teachers are still needed and an important part of the community. I wanted to teach, be a school counselor, then become principal in a school in a low socioeconomic area. Dreams change. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. I knew that Radnor had the highest per pupil expenditure in the state when I came here and did not know much else about Wayne Elementary or the community. I was hired because of my compassion, high-expectations, dedication, and math experience. Here I am twenty years later. This was a long answer to your question. 

What’s your favorite part about being a WES teacher?


My favorite part about working at WES is that I feel like I make a difference. Whether you are working in one of the poorest parts of the city or one of the richest areas of the state, hard-work and dedication are needed by all students and their families. 
 
This answer probably sounds cliché, but my favorite part about working at WES are the relationships I’ve built in the WES community, professionally and personally.  

2019 PTO Trunk or Treat Delivers Again

By Leah Zhang

Have you ever been to Trunk or Treat? Well, it’s super fun, and if you weren’t there this year, then you came to the right WES Buzz story! Let’s begin.

First, let’s see what you had to do if you were setting up a trunk. It starts at 6:30, and you would be recommended to set up the thing first, and then take it to school to do the finishing touches, getting a certain number and place to park, but they wanted you to turn off the engines and don’t waste the car battery. But once it was in, it was in. They also recommended for them to bring the candy in a bowl or bag, but someone had to hold it, and limiting the candy so that it won’t run out. Trunk or Treat also ends at 7:30.

Next, I’m going to tell you about what I did. The effort was great, and everyone wanted to win! Of course, I went in order, and LOVED the hand hospital one. (See pictures!) I voted that for spookiest!

Then my friends and I went to each other’s trunk. Number 28, the Lan family who won last year, was trying to win again, &andI liked the singing pumpkins and the spiders moving with the candy, so I voted most spirited for them. I don’t remember who I voted for fanciest though, but here are two pics.

Fifth graders Reece, Gracie, Sam and the author Leah at the main event.

HANDS DOWN the Spookiest trunk, the Hand Hospital.

Now, there was a candy corn contest up at the front, counting how many pieces of candy corn that there was in the jar. I didn’t participate, only knowing at the last second. 😅 Answer: 157 pieces I think, and the winner of that was off by 4 pieces!

Then they announced the winners. Spookiest goes to the Rust Family, the one that I voted on! Most spirited to Gill Family, the baby shark! and lastly, fanciest goes to the Rickmond Family! (Harry Potter World)

The entry to the Rickmond’s trunk, the winner of Fanciest with their Harry Potter’s World display.
Another shot of Harry Potter World.

If any family would like to add their pictures to the story, email them to galebmorrison@gmail.com.

VSCO Girls : Good or Bad?

           

 By Reece Brown, Nancy Wible, and Maddie Flynn  

 Are you a VSCO girl? Do you even know what VSCO means? People are considered VSCO when they wear over-sized sweatshirts, scrunchies, drink from hydro flasks, wear crocs and Birkenstocks, take pictures with Polaroid cameras, drink out of metal straws to save the turtles, wear puka shell necklaces and Pura Vida bracelets. Some people consider VSCO girls bad, others disagree though.

Where does VSCO come from? VSCO is also an editing app where you post pictures, kind of like Instagram, except you can’t comment and like pictures.  Instead, you ‘re-publish’ their pictures on your account to show that you like the photo.

Where did the words come from VSCO girls? Though VSCO girls have a lifestyle made up of scrunchies, Hydro Flasks, and metal straws, they also have a sort of language produced from viral memes and internet expressions. This language is not new, though, because it came from the way teenagers talk online, before it was later embraced by the VSCO girls.

What do VSCO girls look like? VSCO girls wear their hair in messy buns. They also wear oversized t-shirts, Crocs or Birkenstocks, and have scrunchies and Pura Vida bracelets all along their arms. They also hold Hydro Flasks with stickers on them and metal straws in the bottle. They  wear puka shell necklaces around their necks. They can be seen with Polaroid cameras also.

What do VSCO girls do? VSCO girls try to save the turtles by using metal straws instead of plastic ones. They also post photos on VSCO. VSCO girls also make string bracelets on the handle of their Hydro Flask.

What do VSCO girls say?  This is what VCSO girls say: “Oh this, this is just my hydro flask. Do you want one? And I oop and I oop sksksksk. What, you don’t have a scrunchie? Here, take mine! And I oop and I oop sksksks. OMG! Is that a plastic straw? Save the turtles!”

What do people think about VSCO girls? Will Clark, 5th grade, said, “I dressed up as a VSCO girl for Halloween because I thought it would be funny and my friends did it too.”

So, our overall question is, are VSCO girls good or bad?   Take this form to vote: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=1COYe7ypJUWfFB0OD2Bc95Yb8wDo8tNOr5qMsiqwCIBUQTdSUkFUWjBXTUdCSzJCWlVLRzBTWEdKQy4u


Rocks & Gems: An Exploration

By Julia Silverman & Leah Zhang  

Today we will show you five rocks, Amethyst, Obsidian, Green Fluorite, Yellow Tiger’s Eye, & Moonstone. So basically, we will take a poll, asking you which ones do you like the best? Then we will interview five people, asking them why they chose that rock/gem. We will also add a facts page, & we’ll also show you the results.  😉  

Let’s talk facts about the rocks & gems.

First up is Amethyst.  

Amethyst is a type of quartz. Amethyst is also the birthstone of February, the official gemstone of Wednesday & the 6th & 7 tenth wedding anniversary. You can usually find them in Brazil & Uruguay.  

Obsidian, yes, in Minecraft, but wait. There’s more. Obsidian ONLY forms near volcanoes. Seventy percent of Obsidian rock is silica. The best Obsidian is formed underground near a volcanic vent because those rocks will have limited impurities. You can usually find them in North Carolina & the eastern part of Virginia.  

Green Fluorite is also called Fluorspar, made-up of a mineral called calcium & fluoride also known as calcium fluoride. Fluorite is colorless, only colored because it has various impurities, usually found worldwide but especially China & South Africa.  

Yellow Tiger Eye is a Planetary stone for Gemini (May 21-June 20) & the official gem for the ninth wedding anniversary. It is also a member of the Chatoyant family, and Chatoyancy is a changeable silky luster when light reflects on it, within the thin parallel, fibrous bands. This effect is because of the fibrous structure of the material.  It’s often found in India.  

Finally, we have Moonstone! Moonstone comes in many different colors: white, grey, green, pink, blue, purple, orange, brown, and yellow. It is a sodium potassium aluminum silicate of the feldspar group, displaying a pearly & opalescent Schiller. You could also call it Hecatolite, found in Europe’s southern Alps.  

            Results: 

As you can see Amethyst was first, Green Fluorite was second, Obsidian was third, and Moonstone and the Tiger Eye tied for fourth and fifth. 

Interviews: 

We interviewed 5 people that voted. Here’s what they said: 

Mrs. Morrison chose green fluorite because she says: “It reminds me of the ocean.” (Deep green color)  

Samantha chose Moonstone because she says:” It reminds me of the Moon, which has always been a symbol of peace.”  (Shiny pearly white with a hint of grayish pearly color.) 

Nancy chose ameythst because she says: “It’s pretty and cool” 

Will chose obsidian because he says: “I like it because it’s in Minecraft” (a shiny black) 

Leah chose tiger eye because she says: “I liked the stringy-umbrae affect.” (brown-yellow umbrae)  

Pictures: 

Amethyst
Obsidian
Moonstone
Tiger’s Eye
Fluroite

Who Are Your Ancestors?

By Matt Demopolos and Anand Palshikar

Who are the people who make up you?

What are the genes that had what it took to survive?

What awesome things did they do?

And how do all of these things make up you?

Those are the interesting stories people want to hear, so here they are. Anyway, lets jump into the action.

Anand’s ancestor cut a guy’s head off with a sword because he didn’t want to pay taxes and then he hid in a tree.

Did anything interesting like that happen to you?

William W. Davies, another one of Anand’s ancestors, started a cult that tragically ended when his sons, who he claimed were Jesus and The Holy Spirit, died and the prophet, Davies, couldn’t bring them back to life.

Our friend Will Lambert’s ancestor was a General in the Civil War.

Matthew Demopolos’  great grandfather’s name sounds like Thanos but is actually Panos.

And we took a poll on 4th grade playground. Most people said they were from Europe.

These are the interesting stories that make up those people so we encourage you to find out about your family history also.

Fall is for Field Hockey

By Nancy Wible

Many kids at Wayne Elementary play soccer in the fall, but did you know that lots of girls play field hockey in southeastern Pennsylvania? On my field hockey team, we play against teams with girls from other schools in a recreational field hockey league. My FastFlicks team is named Crush and a lot of girls from WES are on it.

The field hockey field and positions look a lot like soccer. The objective of the game is the same as soccer too: move the ball up the field and shoot it into a goal. Unlike in soccer, though, field hockey players move the ball up the field by hitting it with a stick, not their feet. A field hockey stick looks like a cane, except one side is rounded and the other side is flat. The ball is round, small, and hard, and players dribble, pass, or shoot it with their sticks. Players can only use the flat side to hit the ball; if they hit it with the curved side, they commit a penalty and the other team gets the ball. Because players can only hit the ball with the flat side of the stick, it helps to go to the right ride of the field or even just on the side. This helps because the right is your strong side. For FastFlicks we play “Nine a side,” which means that there are nine people on each team playing on the field:  three forwards that try to score, three midfielders that play offense and defense, and three defenders whose job is to stop the other team from scoring.

One of the best chances to score in field hockey comes on penalty corners.  Corners will appear when you are on defense and the ball touches your foot in the circle or you hit the ball past the end line on purpose. The end line is the line that the goal is on, if you hit the ball past the end line it becomes out of bounds, and the circle is a half-circle that surrounds the goal. On an offensive corner, five players set up to score, the inserter passes the ball to a teammate who is standing on the line of the circle. That person who receives the ball either shoots or passes it to another teammate around the circle. Those other players sprint to get open for pass or rush the goal to get a rebound.  On defense, four players defend the goal on a corner. Everyone on a defensive corner stands in the goal to start, but they each have a different role to play after the offense inserts the ball: the fly, trail, and post. The fly runs to defend the player. The two trails run to the sides of the fly to intercept passes, and the post stands near the goal line to stop the shot (hopefully).

In the FastFlicks League, we play games at General Wayne Elementary School in Malvern each Saturday on the grass. Every week we play a team. There are nine teams in our division, and each week we play a different team. At games you’ll spot refs, parents, and coaches along with us the, players. I play in the 4th grade division. Only 4th graders play in this division, but next year when I’m in 5th grade I will play with 6th graders too. I’ll also play on turf fields at Eastern University.

Field Hockey recreation leagues are all around us because the National Headquarters of Field Hockey is at Spooky Nook in Lancaster, which is only two hours away. The U.S.A. women’s field hockey team can be spotted playing there. I watched them play a game against Belgium, and the US women won in a shootout. At that game, I got to watch a stroke, which is like a penalty kick in soccer except the player must push the ball toward the goal with her stick.  I got a T-shirt and even got on TV at that game.

College games are also super fun to watch. Earlier this month I went to College Park, Maryland, to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes play the Maryland Terrapins. Both teams had a lot of corners, but Maryland won 3-0. Another game I went to was UConn at Villanova. There are lots of college teams in this area that you could go to watch, too, from Villanova and Saint Joe’s on the main line to Drexel, Penn, Temple, and LaSalle in the city. The top 10 rankings are: 1 North Carolina, 2 Maryland, 3 UConn, 4 Duke, 5 Virginia, 6 Louisville 7 Virginia, 8 Iowa, 8 Princeton, 10 Syracuse as of October 21st, 2019. You can check to see the rankings and see other information on this website:

https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/fieldhockey/d1/ncaa-field-hockey-rpi.

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