The Knightly News Telling the Thomas Dale Story Tue, 19 May 2020 20:30:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Movie Review : The Big Short Tue, 19 May 2020 20:21:54 +0000 The Big Short (2015) follows the story of the unlikely few who recognized the real-estate bubble and predicted the impending stock market crash of 2008.

It follows the storyline of three financial teams: one led by Michael Burry, played by Christian Bale, another led by Mark Baum, played by Steve Carrel, and the duo team, Jamie Shipley and Charlie Geller, played by Finn Wittrock and John Magaro. These teams make a world-shaking discovery of the corrupt actions of the United States financial and real estate sectors. 

Their discovery leads them to bet against the monolith of the housing market, hence the name, the big short.  

This movie is based on the 2010 book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. The movie follows fairly closely with the book, however, some names are changed and characters are dramaticized. 

 However, many would argue that the book itself does not paint an entirely accurate picture of the housing bubble as a whole and the entirety of the stock market crash. 

A unique aspect of this movie is that it periodically steps outside of the storyline and into the third person, to explain some of the complex economic concepts discussed in the movie. They have celebrities and actors, like Margot Robbie, simplify the concept for the viewers.

The Big Short is a drama and its main themes include cynicism, distrust, egocentrism, corruption, urgency, and dumbfoundedness. 

Essentially, the R rating of this movie is for explicit language/adult themes; it definitely takes a mature viewer to enjoy the entirety and complexity of the movie and for the content to be appropriate. 

Christian Bale was 41 at the time of this movie. He is an English actor, known for his method acting and his roles in various Batman franchise movies, American Psycho, and The Machinist

Bale Portrays an eccentric financial investor, Michael Burry, with a glass eye and a habit of being barefoot. Aside from his awkwardness, he is an incredibly smart financial investor. Christian Bale encapsulates this awkward-intelligence perfectly; he is able to convey this personality with just the pondering looks on his face and his inability to maintain eye contact. 

This role is incredibly different from many of Bale’s previous works. Whereas many of his previous characters carry a sense of assured confidence, his portrayal of Burry requires him to step into the mind of a man with the intellect to know he’s right, but the lack of social skills to effectively convey this message. This failure to project his assuredness creates conflict with Burry’s bosses throughout the movie. 

Steve Carell was 53 at the time of this movie. He is an American actor, known most widely for his role as Michael Scott in The Office, and is also a writer and director. 

Carell portrays a stereotypical New York businessman, Mark Baum. Characterized by his cynical worldview, especially his view of the financial sector, Baum leads a team of four other younger, cynical businessmen; his proteges. Carrel perfectly encapsulates this hardcore, yet sensitive, leader through the thick New York accent, the heavy use of expletives, yet also his hopeful and vulnerable demeanor. 

This movie varies from many of Steve Carrel’s previous works, as he tends to act and direct in the comedy realm. This shows off Carrel’s multifaceted abilities as a performer, embodying such a different style of character. 

Ryan Gosling was 35 at the time of the movie. He is a Canadian actor who first rose to stardom on The Mickey Mouse Club, but is also known for his roles in The Notebook, La La Land, and Drive

Gosling portrays one of the secondary characters in this story, Jared Vennett. Vennett is the character who originally approaches Mark Baum about the real estate bubble. His more important role in the story is the narrator; he also participates in the third person explanation scenes. 

This movie is a must see for anyone who enjoys memoirs and “based on a true story” style movies, or anyone who’s fascinated by the stock market exchange and the financial world. Even those who are not interested in economics will enjoy the cast’s fantastic telling of a story that seems too corrupt, illegal, and evil to be true . 

A a viewer with limited knowledge of the financial sector, my  favorite part of this movie is it helps the audience truly understand the housing bubble and the stock market crash. This is a complex issue, that many still do not understand today or are simply misinformed. While this movie is great entertainment, it is also incredibly helpful as a guide to understand some very complex economic ideas. 

The Big Short receives a 4 out of 5 in my book. Seeing the build up to one of the most life-shattering events of America’s history unfold before your eyes keeps you captivated and interested, while the cast flexing of their acting abilities and skills gives you an appreciation for the quality of the movie overall.

 My apprehensions about this movie recieving a 5 out of 5 are purely based on my distaste of extremely foul language and the fact that the story doesn’t have a happy ending. While the use of expletives does create an accurate representation of what life in the New York financial sector looks like, it is not pleasing to listen to.  Additionally, this is not a feel good movie in any form or fashion; it is an accurate and heartbreaking account of the failure of the economic system in America and the devastating impacts that it has on virtually every person in the country.

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Bad Bunny drops unique yet cohesive new album, YHLQMDLG Thu, 07 May 2020 19:58:33 +0000     Reggaeton superstar Benito Martinez, widely known as “Bad Bunny”, recently dropped his long-awaited album titled YHLQMDLG, following his Grammy winning debut album X100PRE

    YHLQMDLG is an acronym for “yo hago lo que me da la gana” which in English means, “I do whatever I want.” This is also evident with the cover art being a kid riding his bike with a flying car and other scenes of randomness in the backdrop. Bad Bunny truly follows through with his album being a mix of reggaeton, trap, and Puerto Rican perreo. Each song has its own feeling and vibe, but still blends perfectly into a cohesive album. This album is mostly meant for younger people to dance or vibe to and it does that perfectly. 

    Production for the album is incredible. It has songs produced by Diplo and veteran reggaeton producer Tainy. It also has plenty of features ranging from reggaeton icon Daddy Yankee and Myke Towers to more underground artists like Yahviah and Duki. 

    My personal favorites are “Si veo a tu mama,” “Hablamos Mañana,” and “Safaera.” The first of these, “Si veo a tu mama” is the first song on the album and the perfect intro as well. It has a nice and happy beat produced by Elikai and Subelo NEO. The song itself is about getting over a girl even though you still love her. Secondly, “Hablamos Mañana” captures the phrase YHLQMDLG perfectly. It was produced by Tainy and Albert Hype who produced a rather impressive beat that mixes in a blend of flutes, kicks, and guitar into a rock inspired beat. The lyrics themselves are about doing whatever you want and generally having fun. Lastly, “Safaera, Safaera” is the most perreo-heavy song with features from veterans Nengo Flow and Jowell y Randy. The beat was once again produced by Tainy, and co-produced by DJ Orma. It’s the type of song you would expect to be playing at a nightclub somewhere in Puerto Rico. The title describes the song perfectly; Safaera is slang for zafadera which is an expression describing letting loose or going wild.

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Covid-19 Shuts Down Country & Schools Mon, 27 Apr 2020 19:48:15 +0000  The last couple of months have brought much uncertainty across the globe and especially in the United States. With much of the country shutting down due to the coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, the American people have been put into disarray. 

 COVID-19 has taken hold of over 2,800,000 people across the world and has taken the lives of over 200,000, approximately 7% of all cases. With respiratory symptoms that can lead to the onset of pneumonia, the coronavirus is not something to be toyed with.

 Coming with the rapid spread of the coronavirus is the forced shutdown of countries across the globe, including airports, borders, businesses, and other workplaces.

 The fallout of shutdowns includes nearly every school system around the country has been shut down for the rest of their academic years, and students are now forced to learn new information through online courses.

 However, with the onset of online classes and the removal of physical appearance in school, this raised massive concerns for those who were set to take an Advanced Placement exam or SAT in the Spring. 

 With those students who must take online versions of those tests, many parents and faculty have raised concerns about the validity of having students be able to essentially cheat from home. 

 In the first link, students can find their online AP exam date, which is being distributed by the original manufacturer, the College Board. The second link contains details and the date to the makeup SAT, which will be held in the Fall. 


  The AP Exams and SATs / ACTs are important, but the thing every person should worry about the most in this time of ambivalence and unease is the wellbeing of yourself and those around you. Take all of the necessary precautions that are being placed and jarred into your mind over and over, because they matter.

 At the end of the day, almost all of us just want this epidemic to be over with. The only way to reach that goal is if we all practice good health and good faith. 


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The Weeknd’s newest album, Afterhours, introduces a new era Tue, 14 Apr 2020 15:20:10 +0000     Since moving out of his childhood home at the age of seventeen, Abel Tesfaye, otherwise known as The Weeknd, has continued to reinvent himself and shake up the modern music world through alternative R&B.

    Abel uploaded his fourth studio album, After Hours, on March 20th of this year. Two years after he last released music in 2018, EP “My Dear Melancholy”, and four years after the release of his 2016 studio album, Starboy

    The album’s era, however, began weeks before the project’s initial rollout. The Weeknd released three singles as well as two music videos and a short film leading up to the album’s midnight release.

    These three singles and videos not only gave viewers a glimpse into the album’s themes and production, but also the story and phase that Abel has created surrounding the album.

    The first two singles, “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless,” introduced us to a new character with an iconic red suit and battered face which has not only been seen in music videos, but also in live television performances. 

    In the first music video for “Heartless,” the character first lives up their time in Las Vegas partying, drinking, and abusing drugs. Then for the second music video for “Blinding Lights” the character escapes Vegas on a major high and is exposed to the potential horrors that also come along with nightlife.

    The first two tracks also revealed the 80s pop inspired production with heavy synths that play a major role in the project. Appropriately, the light, pop, production represents the lyrics and is indicative of the influence that the use of drugs and their high had on this album. 

    The third single, (title track) “After Hours,” however, depicts a different side of the album. Instead of a high with bright, fun production, this single represents loneliness,depression, and the other side of nightlife.

    The production of this single differs from the first two tracks. Though, there is still a heavy 80s influence, this track’s production is much darker to better convey the emotions that are represented in the lyrics.

    The short film, also titled “After Hours,” differs entirely from the first two music videos. The short film follows the character alone walking through New York City, after a performance, in the middle of the night. 

    In his walk throughout the city, The Weeknd is overtaken with emotions that we have yet to see from the character before. Pain is expressed throughout the video which eventually will lead the character to brink of insanity. 

    After experiencing the high of nighttime from the first two videos, the short film and title track completes the dark and painful otherside of the overall theme of the album.

    This theme can be depicted from the first three tracks, videos, as well as the album’s name itself. It is evident that the project “After Hours” is an ode to the nighttime and all of the emotions and potential that comes along with it. 

    As described by Abel himself, “You can find love, fear, friends, enemies, violence, dancing, sex, demons, angels, loneliness, and togetherness all in the After Hours of the night.”

    When listening to this project, there were a few tracks that stood out to me as a listener. The first being “Scared To Live.” This song was performed on Saturday Night Live prior to the album’s initial release. When first hearing it I was captivated with the slow synth production and amazing vocal performance. 

    In this track there are elements of love and care in the darkness of the night. “Scared To Live” represents the virtue side of the night which makes up the light side of the album’s theme.

    Another song that stood out to me while listening is “Faith.” The track’s dark and distorted production, lyricism involving overdosing and loneliness, and psychedelic outro creates the perfect song to represent the twisted nighttime and dark side of the album’s theme. 

    After listening to the project, from the midnight release until now, I have drawn similarities from this project to his former projects. The light production with dark themes and lyricism reminded me of his 2013 album, Kissland

    Also, After Hours shined light on his past relationships on the song “Save Your Tears.” This reminded me of his 2018 EP, “My Dear Melancholy,” where his love interests were the overall theme.

     The release of this project will define The Weeknd’s place in the modern music world and will likely dominate the music charts. In my opinion it is the album of the year so far and Abel’s second best piece of work behind his mixtape, House of Balloons.

    From a one to ten scale I would rate this project an eight of ten. Though it was consistent and also possessed amazing tracks, I believe that the album had the potential to be structured in a way that would have better depicted the story. 

    Nonetheless, I was delighted to experience this beautiful project and I recommend that high school students like myself and young adults especially make time to listen through this album. 


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K News 2.21 Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:45:35 +0000 0 Thomas Dale’s Show Choir puts on a Stunning Show at the Pyramid Concert Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:06:46 +0000 On Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m.,  Dale students, faculty, friends and families gathered in the Main Campus Auditorium for the annual Pyramid Concert.

The Dale Chamber Chorus,  Show Choirs Knightingales and Knight Scene, and acapella groups IgKnight and Meladies performed. Middle school choirs from Carver and Davis were also featured.

The 2020 competition season theme for the Knightingales is “Me and My Shadow.”   For Knight Scene, the 2020 competition season theme is “Romeo & Juliet.”

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K News 2.14 Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:35:50 +0000 Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Knight Republicans will meet on  February 19th from 3:00pm until 4:00pm in room 508 at Main Campus.

Science Club members! Our next meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 18th at 3:10 in room 403 at the main campus.

Camp Squire: Mentor applications are out NOW! Come by Mrs. Spain’s room, Main 103 or Ms. Watts’ room, West 305 to get an application.

Project 7 will meet in the main campus library on Tuesday, February 18, from 3:05-3:40.


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Out of this World Thursday Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:47:09 +0000



Photos by Angie Florio, Peyton Waggie, Wendy Martinez, and Dr. Bloxom.

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Plaid Tuesday at Thomas Dale Wed, 12 Feb 2020 14:23:23 +0000

Photos by Staff Reporters Myah Bintz, Kalia Bracy, Montasia Smith, and Morgan M. 

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Peace, Love, and Tie Dye Monday Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:34:31 +0000

Photos taken by Staff Reporters Myah Bintz and Kalia Bracy

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