Ulysses’ Midtown Experience

I had a good experience this year at Midtown, and I did last year. Although I felt more “On top of my game” last year, this year was another successful one as a Midtown journalist. We focused more on publishing Newspapers this year, rather than blogging like last year. I liked the whole newspaper work we did, and enjoyed every aspect of it. My favorite part was definitely editing. I still have much to learn, and obviously my work has mistakes once in a while, but editing other’s stories was my favorite thing. To be honest, i wish I would have had the Editor-in-chief position longer, or at least been in the editorial team longer, because I think I was a rather decent editor. I mean, at least the stories I edited didn’t have any mistakes. Nothing made me more upset than my stories having mistakes because someone edited poorly. But enough of that… the Midtown Journalist experience was great this year!

One of my most favorite stories I wrote had to be my Animal Crossing New Leaf game review. It wasn’t too long, or too short, and It was straight to the point. Many of my friends bought the game after reading my review, and those who already had the game agreed with what I had to say about Animal Crossing New Leaf. It also had an impact on the decision of many people who read it on my blog, so I’m glad I wrote the article. My favorite story that another Midtown Journalist wrote, was the “Royal Baby” story, by Christian Alfares. It was a bit more on the shorter side, but It caught my attention and the way Christian wrote it was quite witty! It’s just one of those stories that catch your attention, although not that Important (yes, the royal baby is not that important)! However, Christian did emphasize the fact that there are more things we should be worrying about than the royal baby. I liked how he showed that there is a bunch of hype focused around this baby, and that there are also more things we should be focusing on. A very well written short piece of work that I overall enjoyed.

This summer was a good one, and I had a few good memories worth recalling. I went to a lot of parties, and fun events. But being in an all boy school, the only girls I really get to talk to are my sister’s friends, cousins, girls that already friend zoned me, and a certain Lady friend (*wink)! I wish I could be that guy who goes up to random girls and starts talking to them, but I just think It’s weird and hitting girls at Wal-Mart or on the train just isn’t cool. Did I forget to mention i’m transferring from my all boy boarding school? As I was getting ready to take an entrance exam for my new school, I found myself in a room, surrounded by Junior class girls. Hot ones. Now, considering I was from an all boy school, I was a bit over whelmed, being in a room full of girls. So my junior class is mostly girls, and I had to make friends. So I let out my inner ladies man and started talking to the girls. To make a long story short, I got a bunch of numbers and new (female) friends this year. If it matters, I was the only average looking guy. All the other junior boys were… obese. 

Anyway, my favorite thing about this Journalism class in defiantly editing, and drawing cartoons. i didn’t draw as much as I wanted to, but I just wish there was an award for my cartoons, even though it wouldn’t be hard, because i’m the only cartoonist here. My least favorite thing about journalism is interviewing, which I don’t feel confident about. However, I realize that I will have to do many interviews in the future, so I plan to break out of this shell and become a “boss” at interviewing. I know it has to happen, so I am ready for anything that comes at my way, even though I don’t like interviewing. Never the less, Journalism at midtown is great and I really thought Mr.Thibodeau, Mr.Mersch, and Dale were great teachers and I appreciate them very much. Specially Mr.Thibodeau, he was without a doubt, my favorite staff member at midtown. He was smart, cool, funny, and very easy to talk to. An overall chill teacher. So I often ask myself, “would I send my children to midtown?” Of course I will! I’m glad my parents sent me to Midtown, and It would be a shame if I didn’t send my kids there. This program gives us so many opportunities. I can’t imagine a better program for boys than Midtown.

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Midtown Summer Reflection

Christian Alferez

Reflection on Midtown

As a returning Midtown student for the 4th year I can without a doubt say that this summer was my favorite. Not only did we have fun and make countless jokes but we also got our work done and done effectively. I am very proud of all the work the class has done as a whole including our blogs but especially our weekly edition of the “Midtown Voice”. I am also very happy with the articles I have written and very happy with the way they turned out. If I had to single out one article that I am especially proud of, it would have to be my editorial on the verdict of the Trayvon Martin- George Zimmerman case. I feel like it is a very well written piece and I clearly express all of my thoughts. Everyone in the Midtown Journalism Class is a very good writer with a lot talent. I especially enjoyed Cris Jackson’s article about the art and memorabilia here at Midtown. It showed all the diversity and wide variety of objects we have at Midtown.

Not only is this my favorite Midtown summer but it will also be the most memorable of them all. I have played in the sports championships 3 of the 4 years but that is nothing in terms of what I will take with me from this year’s class. I cannot say that I have one specific memory that I will remember for the rest of my life. I can however say that the experience of coming to class on a daily basis and cracking jokes with Roman, Kevin, Cris and the class is something that won’t be forgotten. I have had the absolute pleasure of being taught by Alex Thibodeau and Tim Mersh two of the funniest and most educated and articulate people I have met. Not only are they very educated but they can be very laid back and understanding of us as students because they are very young. I will easily remember the dry and witty comebacks of Mr. Mersh and Alex’s sarcastic jokes.

I don’t have a downfall of the class because it was a fun and enjoyable. One thing I did not like however was the sometimes unnecessary strictness of Mr. Mersh. Although sometimes I brought it unto myself I don’t feel it was warranted because I still got my work down. It wasn’t a big problem but something I do feel worth mentioning.

   All of the staff at Midtown are very enjoyable people but Alex is easily my favorite staff member. I feel like he can connect with us student very well and is just a good person but also just cool.

I don’t have plans to have children at all in my lifetime and that is my standpoint. Life is life and you never know how it will turn out so in the case that I do have children and Midtown still exists it will definitely be in the realm of possibilities. 

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Top 6 Zelda Songs

Many of us, Zelda fans, love to hear the songs that the franchise has to offer. The songs are one of the elements that make Zelda games enjoyable. With that being said, what are the top 5 Zelda songs in the franchise. Note that these are my top 5 that i find to be the best. Please enjoy.

6)Stone Tower Temple. This song is awesome and well fitted in the Stone Tower Temple and in the game, Majora’s Mask. It is a dark theme song where I would just stand in the temple to hear it. Just stand there until the moon kills me and all the residents, because who cares about them when you got a good song.

5) The Clock Town Theme Song. This song has been stuck in my ever since I played Majora’s Mask. It is catchy. Also, it cheers up the game a notch. Majora’s Mask is a creepy, mysterious, and sad game. However, this song cheers up the  player a little.

4) Zelda Theme SongThe game that started it all came with a very nice tune for its start. The song first starts off with a simple hum and then the song starts off. And I like it. I usually play it when I’m walking in the park. Nah I’m just kidding. But it’s nice, though.

3) Ballad of a WindfishAnd no, not the one that appears in Majora’s Mask. I’m talking about Link’s Awakening. Especially when Link dies. Yes, I would purposely let myself die in the game just to hear the beauty of the song. Ballad of a Windfish is sad yet peaceful.

2) Zelda’s LullabyThis song, once again, is a song that I feel it is peaceful (because it is) and I would play it to shut my little brother from crying so he can go to sleep.

1) Ballad of GoddessesOnly Nintendo can take a great song, play it backwards, and make a greater song out of it. Yes, Zelda’s Lullaby backwards is the Ballad of Goddesses. Ballad of Goddesses is an amazing song and I feel that it represents the Zelda franchise. It sounds heroic, adventurous, and full of hope. This song I would play while I;m in the forest, mountains, or anywhere of that nature. When I first heard the relationship between Zelda’s Lullaby and Ballad of Goddesses, My mind was blown. I couldn’t believe it. I was left speechless. It was truly amazing.

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FAKE obituary


Disclaimer: This is a fake obituary btw


Bill Clinton was born on August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. He was the President of the United States from the years 1993-2001. He was a democratic president. Bill Clinton is best known for being the president and for having affairs with hot chicks and female workers during his presidency.

As a child, Clinton’s father died in a crash months before Clinton was born. His mother, Virginia Dell Cassidy, went to study nursing, leaving Clinton with his grandparents. His mother later married a man named Roger Clinton Jr. Bill Clinton went to two different elementary schools and to a high school named Hot SpringsHigh School. There, he learn to play the saxophone and was a student leader.

Bill Clinton later went to Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at GeorgetownUniversity. He later went to Oxford. After Oxford, he went to YaleLawSchool and earned few more degrees. Clinton worked as the governor of Arkansas. Clinton first became president in 1993 and once more in 1997.

Bill Clinton was also sued for having affairs with different women including workers. Bill Clinton Died in December 21, 2012 at age 63. He committed suicide

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*FAKE* Michael Jordan Obituary

We all know who he was, and anyone who wasn’t living under a rock, heard the name and had a basic idea of who he was- 6-time NBA champion, 5-time MVP, 14-time NBA All-Star, and 10-time NBA scoring champion, the greatest pure scorer in the history of the NBA, The greatest basketball player ever Michael Jordan, died yesterday morning of complications with lung cancer. He was 50 years old.

He was born Michael Jeffrey Jordan on February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, to his mother Deloris and father James R. Jordan. He moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when he was an toddler and later attended Emsley A.Laney High School where he shined in baseball, football and especially basketball. The famous story of Jordan being cut his sophomore year on the varsity basketball team and then carrying the JV squad on his back is the first of many times where Jordan showed his true talents. As a senior he averaged a triple-double and was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Team.

After being recruited by many college basketball programs including Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, UCLA; Jordan accepted a scholarship to play at The University of North Carolina. As a freshman on the team he was named ACC Freshman of the Year by averaging 13.4 PPG on 53% FG percentage. He made the game winning jump shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship game against a Georgetown squad that was led by future NBA rival and all-star Patrick Ewing, the first of many clutch moments that Jordan later acknowledged that shot to be a turning point in his career. Jordan also won every award he was nominated for the next 2 years in college.

Jordan bypassed his senior year to enter in the 1984 NBA Draft and was selected with the third pick behind Hakeem Olajuwon and the proclaimed bust Sam Bowie.

Jordan immediately captured the city of Chicago by storm by averaging 28 points on 51% shooting and even appeared on the cover of SI with the title “A Star is Born” less than a month after being in the NBA. Jordan was selected to the All-Star team that year and also won 1st team all rookie honors but the Bulls were out of the playoffs to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.

Jordan’s second season was cut short by a broken foot in the third game of the season causing him to miss 64 games. Despite a 30-52 record the bulls made the playoffs and Jordan recovered in time to participate in playoffs and despite playing well and setting a still unbroken record for most points in a playoff game with 63 against the 1985-86 Boston Celtics who many consider one of the greatest basketball teams in the history of the NBA.

Jordan had recovered completely by the 1986–87 season, and had one of the most prolific scoring seasons in NBA history. He became the only player other than Wilt Chamberlain to score 3,000 points in a season, averaging a league high 37.1 points on 48.2% shooting. In addition, Jordan demonstrated his defensive prowess, as he became the first player in NBA history to record 200 steals and 100 blocks in a season. The Bulls reached 40 wins, and advanced to the playoffs for the third consecutive year. However, they were again swept by the Celtics.

Jordan’s basketball talent was clear from his rookie season. In his first game in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks, Jordan received a prolonged standing ovation, a rarity for an opposing player. After Jordan scored a playoff record 63 points against the Boston Celtics in 1986, Celtics star Larry Bird described him as “God disguised as Michael Jordan.”

Jordan led the NBA in scoring in 10 seasons (NBA record) and tied Wilt Chamberlain‘s record of seven consecutive scoring titles. He was also a fixture on the NBA All-Defensive First Team, making the roster nine times (NBA record shared with Gary Payton). Jordan also holds the top career regular season and playoff scoring averages of 30.1 and 33.4 points per game, respectively. By 1998, the season of his Finals-winning shot against the Jazz, he was well known throughout the league as a clutch performer. In the regular season, Jordan was the Bulls’ primary threat in the final seconds of a close game and in the playoffs, Jordan would always demand the ball at crunch time. Jordan’s total of 5,987 points in the playoffs is the highest in NBA history. He retired with 32,292 points in regular season play, placing him third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

With five regular-season MVPs (tied for second place with Bill Russell; only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has won more, six), six Finals MVPs (NBA record), and three All-Star MVPs, Jordan is the most decorated player ever to play in the NBA. Jordan finished among the top three in regular-season MVP voting a record 10 times, and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

“There’s Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us.”

Many of Jordan’s contemporaries label Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time. An ESPN survey of journalists, athletes and other sports figures ranked Jordan the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century, above icons such as Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali. Jordan placed second to Babe Ruth in the Associated Press‘s list of 20th century athletes. In addition, the Associated Press voted him as the basketball player of the 20th century. Jordan has also appeared on the front cover of Sports Illustrated a record 50 times. In the September 1996 issue of Sport, which was the publication’s 50th anniversary issue, Jordan was named the greatest athlete of the past 50 years.

Jordan’s athletic leaping ability, highlighted in his back-to-back slam dunk contest championships in 1987 and 1988, is credited by many with having influenced a generation of young players. Several current NBA All-Stars have stated that they considered Jordan their role model while growing up, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. In addition, commentators have dubbed a number of next-generation players “the next Michael Jordan” upon their entry to the NBA, including Anfernee “Penny” HardawayGrant HillAllen IversonKobe Bryant, LeBron James, Vince Carter, and Dwyane Wade.  Although Jordan was a well-rounded player, his “Air Jordan” image is also often credited with inadvertently decreasing the jump shooting skills, defense, and fundamentals of young players, a fact Jordan himself has admitted

In August 2009, the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, opened a Michael Jordan exhibit containing items from his college and NBA careers, as well as from the 1992 “Dream Team”.  After Jordan received word of his being accepted into the Hall of Fame, he selected Class of 1996 member David Thompson to present him.  As Jordan would later explain during his induction speech in September 2009, growing up in North Carolina, he was not a fan of the Tar Heels, and greatly admired Thompson, who played at rival North Carolina State. He was inducted into the Hall in September.

Jordan is succeed by his four children. RIP– His Airness 

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Few weeks ago, Nintendo showed us few games that were later going t come out for the 3Ds and WiiU, and one of the games that truly got me excited was super smash bros for 3Ds and WiiU. Nintendo also showed off few new characters that will be coming out in the new Smash Bros. title. They showed Megaman, The Villager, and the Wii Fitness Woman. My favorite was Megaman. However, I want to discuss the evil, the scary, the terrifying, the truly creepy Villager. He became a meme after the announcement of The Villager. The Villager is always smiling as he exterminates his victims. That is very creepy.


The Villager is able to grow a tree and chop it down on top of someone. He will use an axe to ruin your dreams of becoming the best fighter. The Villager will trap you with a butterfly net and will let you suffocate. He will be able to absorb your attacks such as bullets or fireballs. If you throw him off the stage, he will summon a balloon to get his revenge.   Those are some of the abilities that we saw when Nintendo showed us The Villager. It is clear that The Villager is a ass destruction where he will smile at your hero’s death. You better watch out for The Villager.



I can just imagine a creepy pasta story base on The Villag-

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Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Review

Majoras Mask is an amazing game for the Nintendo 64 and I have say that it is not only my favorite Zelda game, but it is my favorite game of all time. Yes, not even Ocarina of Time could take the place Majoras Mask.
So why is Majora’s Mask my favorite? The game brings up new mechanics and a whole new experience. The story is very thin, though, but its the gameplay and whole new experience that make the game for me.
After the events of Ocarina of Time, Link, and young teenager, goes off to seek a lost friend while riding Epona, his horse. Many people believe it is Navi the fairy from the last game that Link is now seeking. Navi left Link at the end of Ocarina of Time. While seeking for Navi, Link is attacked by two fairies, tatl and tael, who are companion with a skull kid wearing a strange heart-shaped mask with big eyes and spikes around it.
The fairies scare Epona and Link falls and faints. The SkullKid steals Link’s Ocarina and Epona. Link goes after the Skullkid to retrieve his belongings. Link then catches up to the Skullkid. The Skullkid makes fun of Link and Epona and later turns Link to a Deku Scrub, a small wooden creature commonly known in the game. The skullkid leave along with Tael and leaving behind Talt. Talt apologized Link and decided to help Link get Epona back. This chick.

As soon Link and Talt are about to enter Clock Town, the hub of the game, Link meets this creepy guy known as the Happy Mask Salesman. He appeared in the Ocarina of Time only as a sidequest. This time, Happy Mask Salesman (lets call him HMS because I don’t want to spell his whole name out). HMS tells Link to retrieve the mask, which is called Majora’s Mask, because the mask holds very dark powers and can be dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands. He also wishes to get it back in three days. He doen’t tell you why though. Maybe he’s late for a dentist meeting.


Once you walk into the world of Termina, you are introduced to Clock Town and some good music. At first, all you have to do is expore the town as a Deku Scrub. You can’t do much because the guards won’t let you leave and your Deku body doesn’t let you do many stuff.
You will notice that you have a clock at the bottom of the screen. It is very intersting because depending on the time, every character is doing somthing. Time passes by no matter where you are. When the clock hits the 3rd day, it’s game over. Why? Because the SkullKid is using its powers to bring down the moon. So as time goes by, the moon gets bigger and in 3 days, the moon falls in Clock Town killing everyone, including you. If that wasn’t bad enough, the moon has the most scariest face ever! Especially when the moon gets closer. I probably jumped when I looked up at the moon.
In the first 3 day cicle, just when the moon is about to crash, Link is finally able to face the Skullkid. Link takes the ocarina from him and plays the Song of Time, which then takes Link back in time to the first day. once he does go back to the first day, he transformed back to his normal human form. However, he did not get the mask that HMS asked for.
It is up to Link to go to the four dungeons to awaken the four giants the guard the world of Termina. Once he does, he is able to face the SkullKid and retrieve the mask.

You have to complete the four dungeons in 3 days. one day is about 18 minutes in the real world, therefore a 3 day cicle is about 54 minutes to complete everything. Don’t worry, that’s where the ocarina takes place. You are able to go back in time, slow down time, and speed up time any time you want. You won’t be able to complete every dungeon in 3 days. If you finish the first dungeon, WoodFall Temple, you will recieve the remains of the boss, therefore you won’t have to complete it again when you go back in time. When you go back in time, every thing from side quests and collectible such as rupees will reset. You will still be able to keep items and upgrades.
The dungeons in this game have the best puzzles and action in it. Even though there is only four, they are challenging enough.The game is amazing because it has a mysterious feel in it, the music is amazing. The gameplay is like in Ocarina of Time. Now, this time you will have several mask you can use once you complete side quest. The most important mask are the transformation masks, which can give Link special abilities. Theres a Deku mask where you can transform back to the Deku you were at the begining of the game. A Goron, which transforms Link to a big and strong Goron. There is also a Zora mask that forms Link to a Zora, making him a good swimmer and skillful fighter.
The game is all about the side quest, though. Like I said before, the game is light on story. You don’t really recieve much more of the story. But the side quest is what adds to the game a lot. There are simple sidequests like racing by horse back and there are long quest that take a whole 3 day cicle like the trouble couple. the rewardings are cool. You can get a heart piece or mask.
Over all, the game is amazing and it is worth buying the game at the virtual console on the Wii for only 10 dollars. the only flaw the game has is the saving proccess. You can only really save when you go back in time or do a quick save in a owl statue. The game is really fun and will take you doezen of hours to complete. I rate the game a 4.8/5. Get it now.

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Dead Trigger Review

You can’t find a good game to download into your smartphone? Well, I got a good recommendation: Dead Trigger. Dead Trigger is an action first-person-shooter game filled with zombies to exterminate. Most first-person-shooters are cheap gimmicks where the controls are sloppy and it’s not even in 3D. But not Dead Trigger. Dead Trigger is probably the best 3D person shooter in the App Store and Android Martket. It is in full 3D and plays very similar to other first-person-shooters in your home console. “I looks like Black Ops Zombies”, Elias Guzman, my friend from Rauner College Prep, said. Yes, the game is like most first-person-shooter, which many people don’t find it good because of the simple format in first-person-shooters. However, this game is for the go when you are bored in the train.

The game is good because you can get cool rewards such as upgrades in weapons and new powerful weapons. Zombies will try their best to get you and infect you. You will get entertain and be on the look out for zombies. There are few modes in the game. There is the main mission mode where you will be given a mission and you get money to complete. There is also an arena where you wont have a mission, but you will have to survive as many rounds as you can. We also got a bank where you store all your money and gold, an equip section where you equip guns and items, and a casino where you gamble for money.

The controls can get a little sloppy because it using the touchscreen to make virtual circle pads. However, you can custom few things in your control in order to feel more comfortable. The game also seems to lag a few times, but it can get back on track.

“Dead Trigger is the best first-person-shooter I’ve played on a phone. It has zombies and it’s free, what more could I ask for?” said journalist Ulysses Serrato. I couldn’t agree more. You can get the game on any Android and Apple device for free. I rate the game 3 out of 5 starts. What will you do in a zombie apocalypse?

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Treyvon Martin Editorial

Injustice is what is used to describe the Treyvon Martin case. It has been a year since George Zimmerman shot and killed Treyvon Martin. It had taken about a year to decide whether or not Zimmerman was guilty or not. Finally the jury spoke out; Zimmerman was declared innocent. This upset many people across the country. Without any good evidence for both sides, Martin and Zimmerman, the jury decided to clear charges to Zimmerman.

Zimmerman declared that he was defending himself from Treyvon Martin. According to Zimmerman, Treyvon assaulted him, therefore he used his self-defense and shot Treyvon before Treyvon did more harm to Zimmerman. Zimmerman did not intended to kill Treyvon.

In my opinion, I say that the jury made a wrong decision on letting Zimmerman go. Why? The reason is simple: Zimmerman killed Treyvon. Zimmerman was the one who pretty much started the situation. It was Zimmerman who followed Treyvon, causing Treyvon to get scared and react by defending himself. Also, Zimmerman knew he, himself, had a gun; Treyvon did not know that. Therefore, Treyvon attacked back thinking there wouldn’t be any greater danger. When Zimmerman pulled out the gun to shoot, couldn’t he just warned Treyvon? Couln’t he just not shoot? Yes, Zimmerman was supposedly beat up by Treyvon, but that does not give him the right to shoot Treyvon. He could have just shown Treyvon the gun and left. End of story. Instead Zimmerman chose to shoot Treyvon and here we are more than a year later.

There are two things that I have to say about this case; one of them i already made clear: Zimmerman is guilty. The other is that we should just move on. Everyday here in Chicago (or where ever you’re from) people die. Everyday there is some sort of gang active near our neighborhood or other death situation, and here we are concerned about a death that happened a year ago, far away in Florida (unless you live in Florida). It is time we become aware of what is going on around us than what happen more than a year ago. Yes, it is an important case because it shows the injustice that’s going on. People view it as a white man who killed a black teenager. First of all, Zimmerman is Hispanic. Second, we should view it as a human being killing another.

The case is injustice, that’s one thing most of us can agree with. However, currently somewhere not far, there is probably someone else who killed someone, and there will not be much drama as there is with the Treyvon Martin case. R.I.P. Treyvon Martin

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