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By Allison Rapp / NeXt Correspondent

Thu, Sep 19, 2013

It’s that time of year again. The aroma of freshly sharpened pencils and brand new jeans is prominent. However, despite all the “new” going on in the first few weeks of September, don’t some things feel like they have remained the same from year to year? You make the same plans to hang out with friends Friday after school; you always procrastinate doing homework un…

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From left, NeXt Correspondent John Coudriet, 15, a student at Amherst High School; Tim Coudriet, 13, a student at Amherst Middle; and Matt McKenzie, 14, a student at Niagara Catholic High School, took NeXt on their trip to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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There’s always been a constant buzz in the ears of teens to look or act a certain way, to follow trends or to support certain beliefs. In the past, that buzz has represented political values, morality and even entire lifestyles. Typically this representation has been called the voice of the generation. So who is the voice of the current teenage generation? Is it even pos…

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By Joseph Kraus / NeXt Correspondent

Thu, Sep 19, 2013

If you didn’t watch the Bills comeback win against the Panthers on Sunday, you missed out on a game for the ages. After being down 23-17 with just over a minute and a half left in the fourth quarter and with no timeouts, quarterback EJ Manuel did something that Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kelly Holcomb or even Drew Bledsoe couldn’t do in their time in Buffalo: take a few risks t…

MUSIC IS ARTThe Music is Art Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday in Delaware Park, behind the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Volunteers are still needed for the event. If you are interested in volunteering, send an email to festival@musicisart.org. For more information about the event, visit www.musicisart.org.PERFORMERS NEEDEDThe Alden Christian Theatre Soc…

SOMETHING TO READ“Three-Ring Rascals: The Show Must Go On!” by Kate Klise; illustrated by M. Sarah Klise; Algonquin Young Readers, $15.95, 160 pages.Circus owner Sir Sidney is very good to his circus animals: He serves the freshest peanuts to Elsa the elephant. He allows two mice to hang around the circus and even eat leftover popcorn. But then he decides he’s too ol…

WHAT’S HAPPENINGMOVIES: Opening Friday, “Battle of the Year” (PG-13); coming Sept. 27, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” (PG).CONCERTS: Dafnis Prieto, 8 tonight, Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth St.BPO Rocks: The Music of Queen, 8 p.m. Saturday, Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle.Elephant Revival, 8 p.m. Monday, Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.Mic…

Most students approach the Common Application Prompt No. 2, also known as “The Edison Prompt,” with fear and trepidation. It says: “Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn? “Failure? Why would I want to tell them about a time I failed?”Here’s why they ask the question:Failure, which can als…

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Over the summer, a couple dozen high school rising seniors, including myself, from the Western New York area and from all around the country came to Roswell Park Cancer Institute for seven weeks as part of the Summer Research Internship Program. Hundreds of students apply each year, and therefore the selection process is very rigorous; students are selected after Roswell P…

Songs1. “Roar,” Katy Perry >>2. “Royals,” Lorde3. “Wake Me Up,” Avicii4. “Berzerk,” Eminem5. “Blurred Lines” (featuring T.I. & Pharrell), Robin ThickeAlbums1. “Yours Truly,” Ariana Grande2. “Love and War,” Tamar Braxton3. “Hesitation Marks,” Nine Inch Nails4. “Night Visions,” Imagine Dragons5. “Love in the Future,” John Legend– Associated Press

Avenged Sevenfold, a metal/metalcore band from Huntington Beach, Calif., released its new album, “Hail to the King” on Aug. 27. It is the band’s seventh studio album, and it’s second since the death of drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan in 2009 (replaced on this album by Arin Hejay).This album seems to have taken the band back to the roots of heavy metal, as the …

Forty-four area high school students have been added to the team of NeXt writers. They are:Sydney Berbano, senior, Hutchinson Central Technical High School.Aaron Bobeck (photographer), sophomore, Grand Island High School.Nina Bracci, junior, Iroquois High School.Natalie Brophy, senior, Mount St. Mary Academy.Amy Bucklaew, sophomore, Lancaster High School.Mary Catalfamo, ju…

As sad as it sounds, summer has come and gone. Our beach fun and summer nights are coming to a close while the school doors are just opening.The word “school” becomes a rather sour note for our ears during the summer, but September rolls in trying to bring back the sweetness. It is time to renew study habits, work ethics and after-school activities.One thing that might…

WHAT’S HAPPENINGMOVIES: Opening Friday, “Insidious: Chapter 2” (PG-13); coming Sept. 20, “Battle of the Year (PG-13); coming Sept. 27, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” (PG).CONCERTS: Walk the Moon with Magic Man, 7 p.m. Friday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.Chelsea Light Moving, 8 p.m. Friday, Tralf, 622 Main St.Davey O., 8 p.m. Saturday, Alden Christian Thea…

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Tests. Homework. Reading assignments. Morning classes. In the summer?To many students at any age, this sounds morally wrong, and maybe a little nightmarish. Summer is the one and only time to finally relax, to hit the beach with books you actually want to read, to put your mind to the things that really matter, like video games and music festivals. The rest of the year is …