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The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The official student newspaper of The Hockaday School

The Fourcast

The Varsity coxed quad with their coxswain from The Nobles School.
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Elizabeth Truelove, Sports Editor • November 30, 2023

Crossing under Elliot Bridge, senior Caroline Stevens and her other boatmates listen to the mass of spectators watching above, hearing the cowbells...

One of the outdoor classrooms used by the conservation biology class
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Hands-On Bio Exploration
Jessica Boll, Staff Writer • November 30, 2023

The new conservation biology class, piloted by Jessie Crowley, focuses on learning different biology concepts through hands-on learning.  “Kids...

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Debate goes the distance
Anya Aggarwal, Staff Writer • November 30, 2023

Hockaday debate students hosted the 46th annual Debate Invitational Nov. 9-11 with close to 800 participants in attendance.   The Ed Long...

Juliet, played by Ava Shipp, begs her mother, played by Saxon Mosely, to stop her impending marriage.
A Timeless Tragedy
November 30, 2023

Music: Justin Bieber

“Believe Acoustic”

On Jan. 28, pop icon Justin Bieber released an acoustic version of his album “Believe” and reminded fans of the days before his new haircut and earring when he was a 15-year-old YouTube sensation. Stripped of electronic accompaniments, the album showcases Bieber’s talent without autotune, reminding fans why Usher signed him to a record label just a few years ago. While the 10 tracks on the album originally debuted as successful Top 40 dance songs, their acoustics alone remind listeners of the Justin Bieber we initially fell in love with. Carried by his vocal talent, tracks like “Beauty and a Beat” manage to stand alone even without Nicki Minaj and a pool party music video because the acoustic version sounds so much sweeter than the song ever did in a dance setting. Even though the album will have many fans swooning, it isn’t a complete success. The remake of “Boyfriend” feels almost uncomfortable, like you’re listening in on a private phone conversation. And lyrics like “Swaggy” are not ones that are valued for their meaning. “Believe Acoustic” also earns praise for not simply being a remake of the “Believe” album—it holds additional tracks like “Yellow Raincoat” and “I Would,” which will satisfy his avid listeners who are sure to be near a box of tissues with this album come Valentine’s Day.


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