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From page to screen, "The Maze Runner" series has been captivating the hearts of fans. Written by James Dasher and adapted for screen by T.S. Nowlin, "The Maze Runner" series is set in a dystopian world where a deadly virus is running rampant. A company called WCKD took children who were believed to be immune and – after temporarily erasing their memories and experimenti…

"Your Dog" is the first single off Soccer Mommy’s junior album coming out in March. Soccer Mommy is the name 19-year-old Nashville-native Sophie Allison records under. She first became known for her DIY-bedroom recording and self-publishing on Bandcamp before being signed to Fat Possum records two years ago. "Your Dog" was released on Jan. 10 of this year to promote All…

st summer, I took part in the New York State Career Internship Exploration Program (NYS CEIP) offered by Williamsville East High School. In this program, students are partnered with a mentor organization to learn more about a career. Participants complete a minimum of 54 hours at the internship site. I ended up at Buffalo General Medical Center, a Kaleida Health facility…

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One would expect vinyl records to be a thing of the past, especially with streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora gaining popularity. On the contrary, these treasures are making a comeback, especially over the last 10 years, after nearly disappearing in the early 2000s. Along with the vinyl resurgence comes the revived interest in the record shop. Whether one is a…

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More than 28 years ago, four high school friends had the idea of doing whatever they could to embarrass each other for the sake of comedy. This was taken to a whole new level in 2011, when TruTV transformed their idea into a reality. The four friends went from making independent comedy sketches to performing shows on stages across the world. Joe Gatto, James "Murr" Murra…

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In a school district as large and diverse as Buffalo, how does the administration set priorities between schools focused on the core curriculum and schools with supplementary programs? In many respects, students in the Buffalo Public Schools are lucky to have options. Choosing a vocational school – such as Hutch-Tech, Emerson, Performing Arts or McKinley – allows students…

Camila Cabello released her self-titled, debut album, "Camila," last week. Cabello, a former member of the group "Fifth Harmony," had released two songs, "Crying in the Club" and "I Have Questions" back in May 2017. However, neither of these songs are on her album, which was originally supposed to be named "The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving." In an interview Cabello e…

Social media has taken over most people’s everyday lives, and has changed the way we communicate. Social media makes it much easier to talk to someone across the globe and to get the news of what’s going on in the world, as well as what’s going on with whoever you follow. Teenagers have been impacted in many different ways by social media. Many teenagers say that they …

n the United States, being a pregnant teenager or a teen parent still is not widely accepted. Many people turn their backs on young parents, thinking they are incapable of achieving success, as if having a child handicaps them in some way. There’s a place in Chautauqua County where, for the past 18 years, pregnant teens and young new parents have gone to develop skills th…

Most sports addicts dream of working behind the scenes with their favorite teams. NeXt recently got an exclusive look at what happens off the ice with the Buffalo Sabres when we sat down with Dan Dunleavy, play-by-play broadcaster, and George Babcock, assistant equipment manager. Dunleavy said he prepares for a game by studying the Sabres’ opponent’s previous two games. I…

Music is a part of most people’s lives, whether through playing an instrument, singing or simply putting on headphones and listening to some favorite songs. These hobbies may not always seem significant, but for many teenagers music is incredibly important and even helpful. Music can act as an oasis for some students; it can be a place to escape to in times of need or …

Actor Chris Pine once said: "The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it." I’d have to agree with him, thanks to some sweet kids I’ve met through Birthday Squad of Buffalo, a nonprofit organization that, since 2009, has been throwing birthday parties for impoverished…

In the coming weeks, thousands of students from all across Western New York will be auditioning in solo festivals hosted by the ECMEA, or Erie County Music Educators Association. Approximately 4,500 students in grades 4-12 will participate, with hopes of being placed in one of the 20 all-county elementary, junior high, or senior high ensembles. The 2,100 students selecte…

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"Pitch Perfect 3" opens on a yacht, where the newly reunited a capella group the Bellas are performing "Toxic" by Britney Spears. In the middle of their performance, Fat Amy, played by Rebel Wilson, breaks through the glass ceiling with a fire extinguisher and the Bellas jump into the water just in time as the yacht explodes behind them. Rewind three weeks and we meet up…

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The Bills are in the playoffs, but you already know that. An era – perhaps the darkest in Buffalo sports history – has finally ended. And like a war leaves behind a generation of disillusioned men and women, The Drought (a term that can so thankfully be used in the past tense) has left in its wake a generation of Buffalonians who don’t even know how to react to a Bills pos…