Gabrielle Batista

CW’s The 100 Reflects Real World Issues

CW’s hit show The 100 is a post-apocalyptic thriller in which the world has been destroyed by nuclear radiation. The show tackles eerily relatable issues such as damage inflicted on the environment, “a slave-like reliance” on technology, and the possible extinction of the human race.

The 100 no longer seems like a far-fetched concept, as the nuclear warfare that destroyed Earth in this series is a very real possibility in today’s world.

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The writers of the show claim that their science-fiction world mirrors events in recent history, and emphasize things we might have to worry about in the not so distant future.

The fourth season of The 100 is currently on T.V., and focuses on the Earth striking back. After being depleted and destroyed, the environment that is supposed to sustain life is now no longer able to do its’ job. While this show is set many years in the future, it is scary to see that this futuristic post-war society could be the one we live in very soon.

13 Reasons Why Premieres with Mixed Reviews

13 Reasons Why was recently released on Netflix, as a 13 episode adaptation of the best-selling young adult novel by Jay Asher. Asher’s story doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects, and neither does the Netflix adaption. Depicting raw scenes of rape and suicide, 13 Reasons Why has received both praise and criticism for its decision to not cut the camera away and truly show these issues for what they are. The series follows Hannah Baker, a high school student who recently committed suicide and left behind tape recordings detailing the thirteen events and people who drove her to kill herself.

13Hailed as “attention-grabbing,” “compulsively gripping,” and the “latest addictive show,” 13 Reasons Why is showing viewers the effect their words and actions could have on someone else. It delivers the message that no matter how small or inconsequential you think your actions might be, they still could have a monumental effect on someone else.

This show’s “unsettling visual genius” is defended by Asher who claims, “It’s uncomfortable, but that’s okay. It needs to be.” Asher states that critics, who call some of the scenes too graphic and hard to watch, need to realize that these issues are graphic, and by not showing them they would be doing an injustice. 13 Reasons Why shows the reality of bullying, self-harm, drinking, and more, something that other shows do not do. If you are up for an intense, deep, and unpredictable show, watch 13 Reasons Why on Netflix.

Long Island Opt Out Movement Remains Strong

More than half of eligible test takers in grades 3-8 have opted out of the New York State English Language Arts Test this March. That’s 97,000 students on Long Island who did not participate in the rigorous testing mandated by the state.

ptThe Opt Out Movement has seen an increasing number of supporters over the past few years, with more and more parents boycotting the testing and refusing to allow their children to sit for hours at a time taking tests that do not count towards anything.

Districts such as Bayport, Bellmore-Merrick, and Comsewogue are among the top opt-out schools with 76.4%, 72.9%, and 87% of students opting out in each district,                                                                                                            respectively.

Supporters of the Opt Out Movement hope to send the message that school time is being wasted on test preparation when instead students should be learning. They also aim to protest the harmful use of standardized tests, and demand better ways to promote and assess learning.

The NYS Math Tests will be given in the upcoming weeks, and the opt-out rate is expected to remain high for these tests as well.

Beauty and the Beast

beautyThe live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast opened in theaters March 17th to record breaking numbers. The much anticipated reboot of the Disney classic has already made $693.5 million, and profit is expected to reach $1 billion. As the number one movie worldwide of 2017 to date, it is a must see.

The remake of Beauty and the Beast kept the same basic plot as the original, but updated, enhanced, and added to the story. In this new version, the Beast got a back story, new characters were introduced, and new songs were sung. These changes helped to re-imagine and modernize a legendary tale.

One of the best features of this movie was its’ ability to bring the originally animated characters to life. What were once two dimensional cartoons are now three dimensional, in your face characters who captivate the audience.lumiere

Unlike other remakes, this version of Beauty and the Beast managed to create something new while still maintaining the essence of the original movie that everyone fell in love. Overall, it is a success and definitely worth seeing.


The Young Traveler

Traveling the world seems like something that is unattainable in today’s day and age. People are constantly worrying about work, school, a deadline that has to be met, or any other occurrence in everyday life. However, before life gets in the way, it is essential to take a trip, travel the world, explore somewhere new, and do it while you are young.

In a survey of 31,000 people from 134 different countries, 88% of them travelled between one and three times a year, and 94% were between the ages of 18 and 30. Traveling young is clearly a trend among millennials, and one that should be highlighted for the enriching experiences it provides. While the older generation is usually viewed as the one with the time and money to spend on travel, it is the millennials who truly benefit from the opportunity to see the world.

travel-022One avid traveler, Michelle states, “Traveling while in college changed my perspective of the world around me. I was nervous about taking time off from work and the money it would cost to travel, but in the end, I gained an unforgettable experience.”

The benefits of exploring the world at a young age are plentiful. Travel is culturally enriching, inspiring, and life-changing. Young travelers learn to view the world from other points of view and gain important life skills that would be unattainable elsewhere. One of those skills, responsibility, is something that young travelers truly acquire. From transporting luggage, to paying for meals, a traveler is responsible for themselves, their belongings, their money, and their experience.

It is so important to experience life before it is too late. Jump at every opportunity that pops up, and don’t make excuses. Travel the world when you are young, and you can go anywhere, see anything, and do anything in life.

Molloy Women’s Lacrosse Earns First Victory

The Molloy Women’s lacrosse team opened their season on Saturday with a 19-15 win over American International College. As AIC is in a higher division than Molloy, this wins sets the stage for a successful season.


However, winning was not the only accomplishment for the Lions, as two players on the team broke school records. Jessica Markowitz scored nine goals, which is the highest in program history, while Brianna Wilson totaled 12 points, with 4 goals and 8 assists, also the highest in program history.

Wilson, who is only a sophomore, says, “Breaking the school record for points was an amazing part of my career so far. I was happy to be able to share it with my team because I couldn’t have done it without them.”

The Lions return to action on Thursday, with their first home game against New Haven. Then they are off to Rochester on Friday for their first ECC Conference game against Roberts Wesleyan which will take place on Saturday. On the way home from Rochester, the Lions will stop in Connecticut for one more game on Sunday before they head home for good.


Chill Out and Read at Covert Elementary

It’s never too cold for reading at Covert Elementary School! This small school in Rockville Centre dedicates a week every year to literacy, and this year’s theme, “chill out and read,” has taken the school by storm.

To kick off literacy week, students and teachers worked together to create an amazing display in the lobby, writing the names of their favorite books on penguins and creating an igloo out of re-used water jugs.

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The week opened on Monday with a Vocabulary Fashion Show, where students dressed up as wintry vocab words and walked across stage.

On Tuesday, students competed in a Brain Challenge, where they were split into teams and asked a variety of questions Jeopardy style.

Wednesday was dedicated to celebrating children’s author Dan Yaccarino, who wrote and illustrated many books and worked on many television shows on Nickelodeon and Disney channel, including The Backyardigans and Oswald. Mr. Yaccarino spoke to the students about creativity, imagination, and the power of their minds.

The rest of the week will feature Fifth Grade Storytelling, where students in fifth grade recite popular children’s stories from memory, and Pajama Day, where students and teachers come to school in their pajamas and enjoy stories from guest readers.

This powerful celebration of literacy inspires the students at Covert Elementary to develop a lifelong love of reading and writing!

3 thoughts on “Gabrielle Batista

  1. Online Journalism Post author

    This is very cute. I love how they are trying to inspired children to read.–Meghan Collins

  2. Online Journalism Post author

    Thats very exciting and positive news. I like how you were able to come up with a local uplifting news story, while raising school spirit. Go Lions! –Meghan C.

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