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The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

Senior executive editor Natalie Murray, senior associate editor Lily Cooper and junior designer Ava Eaton all sit in conversation with recent clients. After the completion of the Parks and Trails Foundation logo, representatives visited the T-Wolf Agency to provide thanks for all the work done. “I know how beneficial it is to be able to work with clients,” Murray said. “We had a previous executive editor come back and tell us how good of an opportunity it is to have this agency here especially if you want to go into graphic design after high school. The people she’s in classes with didn’t have any access to the things we do here and theres only one other LISD school that has a class like this. It’s just a really good opportunity to get real world experience especially when we get to work with people outside the school. It’s just so real to get that experience with actual clientele and how things really work in the industry.”
Photo by Paige Hert
Sketch to Screen
Jane Yermakov, Reporter • February 23, 2024

Walking through the halls, climbing...

Posing with the gold ball trophy, the varsity girls basketball team takes a team photo after beating Liberty Hill 42-37 in round three of the playoffs. The team will face Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial High School on Friday at 5:30 p.m in San Antonio. “I’m feeling so excited [to move on in the playoffs],” senior guard Avery Allmer said. “I feel like this is a big moral boost because we’ve lost a lot of close games and I feel like this is just a really big win for us.” Photo by Alyssa Fox
Third Time's a Charm
Alyssa Fox, Reporter • February 21, 2024

The varsity girls basketball team...

Carefully balancing one piece of paper over another, junior Ryder Wilkinson builds a paper tower with his team at the Architecture Club’s second meeting. Ryder said he was interested in architecture in the past, but the Architecture Club allowed him to get back into it and learn new things. “I [won] one of the competitions, the first one that we had,” Wilkinson said. “[In the second competition] we lost [because] we could not build a tall enough tower that could withstand the blow of a powerful fan, [but] I still had fun because I was with my friends.”
Building A Legacy
Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • February 21, 2024

After hours of sketching, days...

A few of my favorite movies of this month are shown in this image. I had to limit myself to only two Andy Samberg movies, otherwise the graphic looks more like a memorial.
Movie a Day: January
Mia Morneault, Reporter • February 20, 2024

I know, another movie review article...

Echo is a short TV series about a deaf Native American assassin who tasks herself to discover the secret behind her extraordinary ancestral gifts, while trying to fall her uncle’s empire in the process. Graphic by Cason Johnson
Sight of Sound
Cason Johnson, Reporter • February 16, 2024

I was lazily scrolling through...

Pictured above is the crafting club social media page that junior Makena Filippoff and sophomore James Morris-Hodges created. The crafting club was created to allow students to have an opportunity to learn how to create different kinds of crafts and to collaborate with other students interested in crafting. “I love to do crafts but I find myself feeling lonely when doing crafts,” Filippoff said. “With no one to share my ideas or experiences with, it can get boring. I wanted to get a group of people that have an interest in learning [and] doing crafts to be able to have fun and socialize while crafting.”
Photo used with permission from Makena Filippoff
Sewing and Social Hour
Julia Seiden, Reporter • February 16, 2024

The sound of scissors snipping,...

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Golden Globes Host Causes Controversy
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Kacey Miller
Comedian Jo Koy gave an infamous Golden Globes monologue as the host of the event this year. His jokes caused a lot of controversy and speculation over the internet, leading to disapproval and hate over his “jokes.”

Two Sundays ago, on Jan. 7, I sat down on the couch to watch the 81st annual Golden Globes. I was pretty excited to watch this year’s Golden Globes, with all of the new media that came out last year and the much anticipated appearances of some of my favorite actors and singers. Seeing Emma Stone, Margot Robbie, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence and Billie Eilish made me so excited about watching all of the awards about to be presented. I’ve always loved award shows because I think it’s so fun to have all your favorite celebrities gathered together and interacting in one room. I also love watching them win, and getting to feel all excited for the ones that I was rooting for. So when I went to watch these Golden Globes, I was pretty stoked. When I initially saw this year’s host, my first thought was “oh, thank god it’s not Trevor Noah again.” But boy oh boy did I beg for Trevor Noah to come back…

This year’s host for the Golden Globes was the American comedian, Jo Koy. Koy has been doing stand-up comedy for much of his life, has starred in many TV shows and even has his own series of comedy specials. He was announced as the host of the Golden Globes last year, and has since gotten quite a bit of backlash from his monologue.

During Koy’s presentation at the Golden Globes, he decided to make quite a few jokes that targeted celebrities in the audience. I would say that the main snipe he made that upset people the most was his comparison of Oppenheimer to Barbie. With both of these popular movies being released at the same time in the summer, the movies were often watched back to back, hence the term “Barbenheimer,” and people often comparing the two movies to each other. With both of these movies nominated for Golden Globes, Koy naturally wanted to make a joke about them and their fame. He decided to do a comparison on how Oppenheimer is this big Pulitzer Prize winning book about the Manhattan Project, and how Barbie is about “a plastic doll with big boobies”.

Koy then goes on to make more jokes about the Barbie movie, saying that the key part of the Barbie movie was when she went from being perfect, to having flat feet, cellulite and bad breath. He then says that this is “what casting directors call a character actor.”

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Koy also made a joke at singer Taylor Swift’s expense. With the news of her dating Travis Kelce, a player on the Kansas City Chiefs football team, she tends to get a lot of broadcasting camera time when she is at his games. He went on to say that the difference between the NFL and the Golden Globes is that there are less camera shots of Taylor Swift at the Golden Globes.

My complaints about his “jokes” are just how awful, unfunny and offending they are. Starting with his Barbie quips, simplifying the movie to just being about a doll with big breasts is incredibly offensive to the audiences that enjoyed the movie, and its profound messages about womanhood and overcoming insecurities. It contradicts everything that the movie is preaching to audiences and puts salt in the wound of gender inequality. A movie that was supposed to embrace and praise womanhood was reduced to a movie about an object that is only remembered for its body.

Koy’s joke about the character actors having flat feet, bad breath and cellulite is insulting to them and completely degrades them. Character actors are basically side actors that are not usually the lead. So comparing “ugly/bad” traits to character actors and saying that they equate to being one, is incredibly insulting to these actors, who already aren’t the main characters and obviously don’t want to be called ugly. It’s incredibly rude and demeaning to these actors who work their butts off to get to where they are, to only just get called ugly. 

Koy’s joke on Taylor Swift is honestly not the worst one that he made that night. It’s still pretty rude, especially with her being right there in the room. She can’t necessarily control the cameras on her at the football games, and all she’s doing is just supporting her boyfriend. So implying that she’s taking over and controlling the NFL networks isn’t valid, nor is it something that she can control.

During this monologue, some members of the audience were not having it (Selena Gomez literally put her head in her hands), and Koy of course was upset. He tried to place the blame on his writers, and claimed that he only had ten days to write these jokes. Personally, I can get a good essay written in two hours, so the fact that he complained about not even having to write his own jokes, but only having ten days to do it, actually blows my mind. I just think it’s ridiculous that he felt like he had to blame other people, instead of taking accountability for his jokes that didn’t land.

Overall, these Golden Globes were not a complete disaster, nobody punched anyone, but I think that the attitude and overall vibe of the host really dictates how these award shows play out, and Jo Koy definitely disappointed. I think that these types of jokes are not just unfunny, but also insulting and completely disrespectful to women and the acting community as a whole. Jokes like the ones about the Barbie movie completely set us 70 years back as a society, and “comedians” with these kinds of mindsets should not be hosting these award shows.

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Julia Seiden, Reporter
Julia is a junior and first year reporter. In her free time she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and listening to music. She enjoys getting to write about people’s lives and telling a good story for everyone to enjoy. She wants to be a photojournalist and wants to travel and explore the world. She is super excited to be writing for The Wolfpack this school year.
Kacey Miller, Editor-in-Chief
Kacey is a junior and third year reporter. She loves learning about her fellow students and writing about their stories. In addition to being a staff member for The Wolfpack, she is a UIL journalism competitor, the Cedar Park FFA Vice President and has a show lamb named Winnie. If she’s not at the barn or practicing for her FFA contests, she’s probably doing homework. You can find her at every football game, either in the stands or on the sidelines taking pictures. Some of her favorite memories are from reading the Bible with her little sisters. She plans to attend college somewhere cold, but also doesn’t want to be too far away from her family. Her favorite animal is a bear and sometimes she wishes she could hibernate like one.

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