Online Cycle 5: Maroon 5 Review

By Ashley Hocking

18 years ago, a group of friends in high school formed a band. They called themselves Kara’s Flowers. Their name later evolved to become Maroon 5.

The five members of the band include: lead singer Adam Levine, drummer Ryan Dusick, keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, lead guitarist James Valentine, and bass player Mickey Madden.

Three years after the band formed, Maroon 5 signed with Reprise records and dropped their first album, The Fourth World.

Shortly after, the band left the record label and went their separate ways to attend colleges across the nation and each focused on education.

After college, the group rebanded and signed with a new record label, Octone Records. They quickly released their next album, Songs About Jane.

The album’s lead single “Harder To Breathe” is what gave the band their big break in 2002. It became a chart topper and popular amongst radio stations.

By 2004, the band had two worldwide hits under their belt and won a Grammy for Best New Artist the following year.

Maroon 5 went on to tour extensively and drop three more albums: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007), Hands All Over (2010), and Overexposed (2012).

On Feb. 27, Maroon 5 visited the Sprint Center in Kansas City as one of their stops on their Overexposed nationwide tour.

Despite selling out every seat in the house, the evening was tainted by a group picketers from the Westboro Baptist Church.

“My first instinct was to get mad, but I realized they’re such a small group,” Adam Levine, lead singer, said to the audience. “It’s such an ignorant thing that such a small group of people could be such pieces of s***.”

Despite this hindrance to the evening, fans enjoyed the jive atmosphere, psychedelic light show, and poppy music.


Issue 8: Bond proposes shift from print to online

By Ashley Hocking

In recent months, the Lawrence Board of Education wrote a bond issue that will be voted on in April.

The bond issue proposes to spend $92.5 million dollars on enhancing technology, improving school facilities, expanding career and technical education opportunities and raising educational standards.

One component of the bond issue that would affect LHS students is a  proposed expansion of the cafeteria and black box theater.

Making way to replace hard textbooks with wireless e-textbooks in USD 497 classrooms during the next five years is another aspect of the bond proposal. The bond includes $6.5 million to implement recommendations from a technology audit.

“It supports the purchase of learning management software, which would enable the greater use of online textbooks and other digital resources in the classroom,” Julie Boyle, district communications director, said.

This means that vast amounts of new technology would be purchased for in-class use, such as iPads and SMARTBoards. In addition, fundamental technological framework, like wireless access points, switches and routers, would be implemented as well.

“The plan improves the district’s technology infrastructure to support greater depth of use of our school wireless networks,” Boyle said. “This supports greater flexibility, mobility and connectivity across all schools in the district and improves network security and disaster recovery.”

The school district is already implementing some of these technological improvements.

“The district is piloting this learning management system and the blended learning model in eight classrooms across the district,” Boyle said.

The potential switch from hard textbooks to e-textbooks for all students in the district could drastically change teaching methods and the way students learn.

Social studies teachers Jack Hood, David Platt and Matthew Herbert were interested in how students view the switch. They polled a handful of their classes to find out if students would like the change in technology.

The impromptu polls in these classrooms concluded that the majority of students preferred using hard textbooks over e-textbooks.

“My little sample poll usually showed one person per class was favorable of electronic textbook reading material,” Platt said.

Hood favors interactive and electronic reading material if it would add to the way the students learn by providing additional links, pictures and videos.

“Truthfully, this could be a really cool thing if they went to truly interactive textbooks,” Hood said. “If all they do is PDFs of the book, then it’s worthless — just give me the book. If you do interactive text though, that would be cool. There’s all kinds of things you could do if it was interactive. It’d be pretty neat, innovative and actually useful.”

A major concern of this aspect of the bond is the availability of the technology for all students.

“The working assumption is that everybody has access to that kind of technology where they have downloaded books,” Platt said. “Even if it’s in a checkout system, I think a lot of students would be worried [about] checking that stuff out because then they would be financially liable for the piece of technology as well.”

Another concern of the proposed plan was unexpected circumstances, such as technical difficulties.

“What if the internet goes down?” Hood asked.

The school bond will be on the April 2 ballot.

Issue 8: Photo (2)

Issue 8: Photo (2)

Hanging on the bulletin board outside social studies teacher Matthew Herbert’s room 101, the anonymous Be More Awesome notes are displayed for students to view. The notes acknowledge good deeds of students and staff members, such as the one above thanking the lunch ladies. Photo by Ashley Hocking