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Austin Lamb - Arts & Entertainment Editor

My name is Austin Lamb and I am a junior at Oswego High School. This is my second year with 42Fifty, and I can't wait to get back into writing and reviewing. I greatly enjoy playing and listening to music, as well as writing. I've always been interested in writing, especially about things that can be critiqued and looked at subjectively. I play the guitar in a band with my friends and primarily listen to metal music but enjoy and appreciate all genres. I hope my knowledge of music and writing talent will pay off for the Arts & Entertainment section this year, and I can't wait to write about weird music.

Moon Rules Apply: A rising Oswego student band

Most high school students dedicate their time to sports, clubs or a job. However, the members of Moon Rules Apply decided to dedicate their time to making music to perform around Oswego.  The band is made up of Oswego High School freshman Andre Holman, junior Logan Stogentin, and Oswego East High School freshman Ryan Weaver. The band's music taste is...

[SATIRE] Grueling journey to find only open bathroom at OHS leaves little hope

After a while of masses of students being rounded up and sent to the dean’s office by staff, a new hope developed in the form of a seemingly mythical and forgotten bathroom located in a dingy hall behind the atrium. A route was established by a few brave students that sacrificed class time in order to forge the path for their fellow students in need. Here is their set path.

Skits and Giggles 4 – Another Round of Good Skits

The cast members of the play bowing on stage after the performance.

The OHS winter play took place on Feb 10th and 11th, serving as the fourth installment in the “Skits and Giggles” series. The director described this series as “sort of like Saturday Night Live”, and explained that it is “student directed” and that freshman and sophomores audition and perform in the play, while “juniors or really anyone can write,...

SD308 enforces mask mandate amid statewide lawsuit controversy

black, broken face mask sitting on the gray, tile floor

School District 308 is maintaining its rules regarding masking until an appeal is made on a recent temporary restraining order regarding mask mandates in schools.  On Feb. 6, Dr. John Sparlin, SD308 superintendent, sent an email to families regarding a temporary restraining order issued by Springfield Judge Raylene Grischow that enjoined the governor’s student and staff mask mandate, as well...

Top 10 Heavy Albums and EPs of 2021

I would define “heavy” music as music that carried a lot of aggressive and loud elements, typically to convey difficult and strong emotions. As a song gets slower and lower-pitched, the heavier it gets. Although every entry on this list falls under the “metal” category, I decided instead to just call it “heavy music” due to the fact that...

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