‘Jersey Shore’: Cast heads back to origin, welcomes new member

After filming the first half of season 2 in Miami and now returning to the Jersey Shore for the second half, the “Jersey Shore” cast proves to be the best one yet, saying goodbye to the confrontational Angelina while embracing Snooki’s friend, Deena.

By Hannah Daley

INDEPENDENT EDITOR

  After filming the first half of season 2 in Miami and now returning to the Jersey Shore for the second half, the “Jersey Shore” cast proves to be the best one yet, saying goodbye to the confrontational Angelina while embracing Snooki’s friend, Deena.

  Since Deena is practically a clone of Snooki, the episodes are twice as entertaining because the two are loud and outspoken.

  Deena also entertains viewers with her secret crush on the grossly muscular Mike “The Situation” and silly things she does with Snooki, such as playing one-on-one wiffle ball on the roof of the house.

  While Deena is popular among the Jersey Shore house, Sammi and Ronnie, the couple that formed during season 1, aren’t the house favorites.              

  The drama between Ronnie and Sammi hasn’t ceased and is increasingly agitated with each new episode.

  Sammi picks arguments with Ronnie concerning his previous unfaithful actions in Miami, while talking in a New Jersey accent coated with a pompous attitude.

  While the show would be better without Sammi, this half of the season is still more entertaining than the first because they are back in the town where it all began: Seaside Heights.

  The girls are surrounded at nightclubs by their ideal “juicehead gorillas,” as Snooki would call tan, muscular guidos; and the boys are able to go to their favorite barber shop, gym, and dry cleaners.

  Although only four episodes have aired so far, Snooki has already gotten into trouble.

  In the third episode, she is arrested for public intoxication after causing a scene on the beach.

  Subsequent to yelling “Where’s the beach?” while running alongside it on the boardwalk, Snooki even being able to arrive at the beach was surprising; however, she is out of jail and now uses the “head on her shoulders” to keep her alcohol consumption under control.

  While the show is vulgar and should only be watched as a “guilty pleasure,” drama-lovers and those looking for a good laugh should tune in to watch MTV’s “Jersey Shore” on Thursdays at 10 p.m.

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Despite no wins, gymnastics team ‘improved greatly,’ had fun throughout season

Despite a difficult season, the gymnastics team did well in the Cape Ann League Championship meet Feb. 5, sophomore captain Katherine Hennigan said. Freshmen Jessie Herlihy, Julia Bucci, Lizzi White, sophomore Emily Ciruolu, and senior Vicky Nicholas all competed.

By Melissa Moore

INDEPENDENT EDITOR

  Despite a difficult season, the gymnastics team did well in the Cape Ann League Championship meet Feb. 5, sophomore captain Katherine Hennigan said.  Freshmen Jessie Herlihy, Julia Bucci, Lizzi White, sophomore Emily Ciruolu, and senior Vicky Nicholas all competed.

  “CALs was fun and everyone had a good time,” she said.  “It was just a fun last meet.”

  According to Nicholas, the gym was full of people cheering on both their teammates and other gymnasts.

  “The atmosphere was really nice,” she said.  “Everyone was really supportive, making the meet really fun.”

  The team has improved greatly over the season, coach Rich Healey said.  The team has built a good base for next season.

  “The team looks stronger than we did in the beginning of the year,” he said.

  After losing nine seniors, the team’s biggest difficulty is a lack of experience, he said.  Their strength, however, is that they are a good team that enjoys each other’s company.

  “They like each other, making it more fun for me to coach,” Healey said.  “At meets they get along really well.”

  “Although we haven’t won any meets we have put up a good fight and have had lots of spirit over the course of this season,” said freshman Lizzi White, who competed on bars at CALs.

  The top competitors are sophomore Emily Ciroulo, competitor on bars and floor at CALs, and freshman Jessie Herlihy, who competed at CALs on vault, Hennigan said.

  “Emily was our strongest competitor,” she said.  “She is probably the most energetic and loud person on the team.”

  “[Herlihy] can jump the highest I ever saw a girl jump on a beam,” Hennigan said.  “Even when she falls, she stays off the beam for less than half a second and then jumps right back up.”

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Hockey team inches to finals with help of senior Cam Smith

With a record of 6-2-3 the boys’ hockey team is three points away from entering the Division III tournament.

By Molly Friedman

INDEPENDENT EDITOR

  With a record of 6-2-3 the boys’ hockey team is three points away from entering the Division III tournament.

  The team recently won 6-2 against Nashoba where senior co-captain Cam Smith,the sole Manchester-Essex player,  contributed two goals and two assists.

  “It was fun watching the team achieve a well deserved victory. Each player on the ice contributed to the victory,” senior Vicki Grimes said.

  In order to make it to the Division III tournament, teams must win half of their games and score above the 500 qualifying points. Ten teams make it to the tournament and go into single elimination where one loss disqualifies them from proceeding.

  “We’re on our way to fulfilling my goal of making it to the tournament,” coach Derek Papalegis said.

Papalegis said that the team “plays well in spurts,” but they “haven’t gotten up to the potential I know the team is capable of achieving.”

  Smith has a total of 29 points, consisting of 16 goals and 13 assists.

  “Cam is a player I can count on both on and off the ice,” coach said.

  Papalegis said he always sees Smith “giving it his all” and has the “best knowledge of the sport and is always contributing new ideas.”

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Boston University CityLab comes to Manchester Essex

Boston University’s CityLab bus traveled to MERSD in order for science teachers Maria Burgess’ and Erika Everett’s 10th grade biology students to do a lab on sickle-cell.

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