the Inkblot

The Artist’s Block: Julia Kusmenko

The Artist's Block: Julia Kusmenko

Julia Kusmenko

June 12, 2020

Name of piece: “Inner Rainbow” Artist: Julia Kusmenko This piece is interesting to me because it happened by accident. We were assigned to draw a self-portrait for Illustration and Design, and I planned on creating a colorful background for a printout of my face. So I used pencil and paper to t...

New Neflix docu-series “Trial by the Media” sheds light on media coverage in court cases

Carla Vreeland

June 12, 2020

“[For] high profile cases there are two trials: outside the courthouse and inside.” Donald Watkins, the defense attorney for the former CEO of HealthSouth, Richard Scrushy, had perfectly encapsulated the significance of the media in many of today’s major court cases.  “Trial by the Med...

Bands connect with fans during the pandemic

Many musicians are holding virtual concerts due to COVID-19.

Katherine Manatos

June 12, 2020

Stay-at-home orders all over the world have shut down concerts and museums for the foreseeable future. Musicians and artists have begun adapting to the challenge and have turned to the internet for help.  Virtual concerts are being held on platforms such as Instagram, Twitch, Minecraft and Club ...

Drive-in movie theaters make a comeback in New Jersey because of social distancing

As summer approaches drive-in theaters may become a popular way to enjoy a film while social distancing.

Sam Skolnick

June 12, 2020

Due to social distancing guidelines, movie theaters all across New Jersey are closed. Despite the low number of drive-in theatres left, they may be the perfect answer to being able to enjoy films while still practicing social distancing. The first drive-in movie theater was opened in 1933 in Camden, N...

Banned books don’t stop teachers or students

A survey of 58 students from May 19 to May 29.

Nicola DeGregorio

June 12, 2020

“Lord of the Flies,” “Of Mice and Men” and “The Great Gatsby” are all important books in the CHS English curriculum, but another thing these titles have in common is that they are all on the American Library Association (ALA)’s banned books list.  The violence, crude humor and even racial is...

Film industry faces new issues amid COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing many financial and scheduling problems, as well as halting production, for the film industry.

Jacynth Apora

June 12, 2020

If life was a movie, the scene of resolution would be on a storyboard — but the crisis that the film industry is facing will undeniably be challenging to overcome, as there are no definitive solutions. The global loss in box office revenue was about $7 billion by mid-March, and by the end of Ma...

Museums in Europe reopen with new rules and regulations

According to director Gordon Freiherr von Godin of DDR, their
daily visitors dropped from 2,000 to fewer than 50 because of
social distancing guidelines and interactive concept.

Maddie Lee

June 12, 2020

When Eli Gericke, one of the first visitors of the Berlinische Galerie museum in Berlin, Germany, stepped through their doors on the 11th of May, she felt restricted by the museum’s new rules and regulations.  “You can’t relax when you look at the images, you can’t breathe,” Gericke sai...

College Board’s adjustments change AP Art students’ plans

Design and Stuido Art Teacher Shelley Ortner instructs senior
Serena Khan of Union Beach in her AP Studio Art class.

Isabella Ji

June 12, 2020

Advanced Placement Studio Art, organized by the College Board and offered to CHS seniors, gives high school students the chance to experience a college-level course and, for students who pass the exam, the chance to earn college credits. Typically, the exam incorporates three courses of art education ...

Broadway shows deal with unexpected closures and compensating audiences

Broadway's shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic leaves customers wanting more.

Isabella Ji and Michele Roman

June 12, 2020

A common phrase associated with Broadway, “the show must go on,” is no longer relevant for all 41 of Broadway’s theatres that have shut down since March 12 due to the coronavirus. According to the official Broadway website, no shows are scheduled until Sept. 7 of this year.  The shutdown h...

Artists connect with fans through virtual concerts

Musician John Legend preforming live at a concert.

Madeline Holobinko

May 8, 2020

From John Legend to Keith Urban, artists have adapted to self-quarantine and found a new form of sharing live music: virtual performances. By using various social media platforms and websites, these celebrities are able to connect with fans in a way that follows social distancing guidelines.  For...

Harley Quinn shines in “Birds of Prey” despite unsuccessful opening

Actress Margot Robbie of

Jacynth Apora

May 8, 2020

“Being Joker’s girl gave me immunity. I could do whatever I wanted, to whoever I wanted, and no one ever dared to object.” While in her relationship, Harley Quinn could be reckless because everyone was afraid of the Joker. After their breakup and throughout “Birds of Prey,” she learns tha...

“The Invisible Man” seeks to portray abuse but masks the reality in science fiction

Actress Elizabeth Moss in another roll of

Tess Rempel

May 8, 2020

Universal Pictures has long been awaiting a film to revive an aged story and redefine a classic monster. With the release of “The Invisible Man” in February, the studio has accomplished this and much more. “The Invisible Man” was first known as “The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance,...

The News of Communications High School