1 SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST: New members are always welcome to join the Newspaper Husky Herald M A Y 6 T H , 2 0 1 6 Things on the go and stuff you should know! Club Meetings every Monday at lunchtime in Room 214 Have something to say or want to share an interesting story? Email husky- The Animal Rights Club are now selling tickets on a Laura Secord gift basket! All proceeds will be going towards the SPCA! Tickets are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5. See Ms. Smith for tickets. The Club will be drawing the winner heraldeditors @outlook.com Need help with your school work? Want to improve your grades? MPSH is offering the Tutoring for Tuition program on Wednesdays in the LRC from 3:00 - 4:00. ! INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Things on the go and stuff... 1 Culture Column 2 Music Review 3 Weekly Reminders 3 Still haven't found that perfect dress for your special day? Check out the first ever MPSH Prom Closet! Current stock has 40 dresses sized 2-20, shoes and accessories! See Ms. Flight if interested in viewing any of the dresses! 2 Culture Column By: Noubahar Hasnain Beltane is the anglicized name for the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on May 1, or about halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. In Irish the name for the festival day is Lá Bealtaine, in Scottish Gaelic Là Bealltainn and in Manx Gaelic Laa Boaltinn/Boaldyn. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals—along with Samhain, Imbolc and Lughnasadh. Beltane is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and it is associated with important events in Irish mythology. It marked the beginning of summer and was when cattle were driven out to the summer pastures. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires were kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. The people and their cattle would walk around the bonfire or between two bonfires, and sometimes leap over the flames or embers. All household fires would be doused and then re-lit from the Beltane bonfire. These gatherings would be accompanied by a feast. Furthermore, in parts of Ireland, people would make a May Bush: a thorn bush decorated with flowers, ribbons and bright shells. Many of these customs were part of May Day or Midsummer festivals in other parts of Great Britain and Europe. Beltane celebrations have largely died out since the mid-20th century, although some of its customs continue and in some places it has been revived as a cultural event. Since the late 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccanshave observed Beltane, or something based on it, as a religious holiday. 3 PAGE 3 Music Artist Review - The Chelsea Hotel By: Veronica Oliver The Chelsea Hotel. A hotel that radiates grandeur and old Hollywood jazz. The hotel has been a hostess to famous faces and personalities; including the brilliant songwriter Leonard Cohen. In the 70's, Cohen stayed in the hotel, enjoying his short but passionate affair with Janis Joplin. After the chaotic emotions of their quick love, he felt the need to write about The Chelsea Hotel and the messy beauty it held within. Chelsea Hotel No. 2 is certainly one of Cohens more poetic songs (like his most famous song Hallelujah), and is without a doubt the most heart crushing. In the first verse it says, "...the limousines wait in the street. But those were the reasons and that was New York; we were running for the money and the flash. And that was called love for the workers in song, probably still is for those of them left." Here Cohen testifies about the spontaneity of love in a big city such as New York, all the while admitting that in his line of work (the music industry), passion filled one night stands such as his, is the only love that exists; the quick, hurried, urgent kind of love. In the chorus he croons on, almost groaning in emotional pain as he cries out over the fact that Joplin never told him her feelings over what they had. He never had any closure. Cohen's emotional turmoil continues and escalates from this point, going into the second verse. It says, "And clenching your fist for the ones like us who are oppressed by the figures of beauty. You fixed yourself, you said, 'Well never mind, we are ugly but we have the music.'" Cohen, in the media, was never considered a wildly attractive man, thus causing him to lose popularity in the music community. Janis Joplin, though she was popular, was never a stunning beauty either, but admits that she "preferred handsome men." Due to Cohen's melancholic, poetic soul, she felt things for him; things that she never fully confessed to anyone. The pair were both oppressed by the beauty that was required to succeed in life; each holding the talent to make it, but the looks to fail. Some believe that during this part of the song, Cohen and Joplin have had their affair, but took time talking about their lives in an intimate, emotional way that outweighs any kind of physical intimacy. She tells him to pay no mind of their ugliness since they have a connection to the music they make that far exceeds any outwardly beauty. After another round of the chorus, Cohen finishes his poetic ballad with a small verse, clinching all the central ideas of love, loss, and fame into a heart wrenching ending. He writes, "I don't mean to suggest that I loved you the best, I can't keep track of each fallen robin. I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel; that's all, I don't even think of you that often." His voice trails off, the gentle guitar in the background coming to a quiet stop. You don't think of her that often? Sure, Leonard. We'll believe you. Weekly Reminders! Fun Trivia! - Causes for Concern meetings are every Friday in Ms. Coates room! - Animal Rights Club meetings are every Tuesday in Ms. Smith’s room! - Debate meetings are every Wednesday at lunch in Ms. Antle’s room! Did you know? - Wearing headphones for just an hour could increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times! - Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated! - Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you - World Vision Club is every Monday in Ms. Hearn’s room! from crying.
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