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Peets vs. Starbucks

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It is arguable that Head-Royce students and faculty are some of the most caffeinated people around. So we asked them the age old question, which is better: Peet’s or Starbucks? Out of the 42 students and faculty members we asked, the vast majority said that Berkeley-based Peet’s Coffee and Tea has better coffee. Not only does Peet’s brew delicious coffee, but it also offers a variety of healthy (and delicious) snacks that definitely draw in the crowd. Sophomore Alexandra Grigoropoulos stated that “Although both are great options, I personally prefer Peet’s because its selection of iced drinks is far superior to Starbucks’. On top of that, Starbucks is a universal symbol of basicness, and I’m not about that.” On the other hand, Julia Milani, another sophomore, answered, “I like Starbucks because they have good teas that are sweeter than the ones at Peet’s. They also have a good selection of pastries.” Clearly, there is some argument about which store is better, but for now, we can conclude that Peet’s is the more loved of the two.  

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Preview of Freshman Year Impresions

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Being new in the Upper School is an interesting experience, but being a new Freshman was something different from what I ever imagined. From the excessive amount of freedom you have to the amazing, approachable teachers, ninth grade has been an amazing experience. When I look back to the summer of eighth grade, I imagined high school to be a place where it would be hard to fit in, to talk to upperclassmen, and to have teachers who would always want the best for you. When I look back at this school year, I realize that the School is an amazing place to spend the next three years. Personally, I looked at how the Upper School compares to Middle School here, but students new to the school had experiences very different from mine.

For more information about Freshman Year Impressions be sure to view the Hawk’s Eye Opinions section, out on Monday June 1st.

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Preview of Donovan’s Apology

Luis Terriquez

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After the recent speech and apology by Senior Donovan Redd, the School community held contrasting opinions about how they felt about the piece. Some felt that the Seniors’ lip sync was not for the right audience, and believed that Redd did not appropriately apologize for the misogynic song choice. On the other hand, others felt that Redd accurately described the struggles that they experienced at the School.

History teacher Karen Bradley in particular felt quite strongly about the content of the senior lip sync. She felt that the songs and the “mock humping [were] out of line for the School environment.” While Bradley was shocked to hear some of the content in Redd’s speech, she appreciated many of his comments. She applauded him for his spirit, as she believed that “none of his fellow dancers had that much courage.” Bradley also agreed that the School could be an extremely stressful environment, “[ I ] think that it is entirely plausible that some students feel like they are in jail while they are in high school.”

Nonetheless, Bradley believed that Redd may not be truly sorry for the Seniors’ actions; she elaborated, “I was saddened, however, when he blamed his teachers for his and his peers’ poor choices.” She feels that Donovan apologized for being shaped by his school environment, which he believes is completely toxic and unsafe, and did not apologize appropriately for “not being respectful of [their] audience when we developed our song and dance.”

Warren Fernandes, on the other hand, a math teacher and a good friend of Redd’s, also noted his reaction to the speech. Fernandes was at first angered by “Danny Park’s poor introduction to the speech”, which he felt should have been more substantial and explanatory. He then became a little bit hurt after Redd stated that the teachers at the School do not care about their students. He fully believes that in his 15 years of teaching at the School, a huge majority of the teachers care about their students, compared to college, where “none of [his] teachers cared about whether I came to class or not,” explains Fernandes. He continues to explain his views on the School, “This is a college prep school. We abide to the system, the system of achieving A’s and going to college, and this will bring a lot of stress.” After hearing Redd’s opinions, Fernandes sought out Redd to discuss and communicate the feelings Redd had about the School. After discussing, Fernandes ultimately became moved and enlightened. He feels that Redd’s speech has helped him grow: “[Redd’s] speech inspired me to have more conversations with my students, both in and out of the classroom. I intend to do that to the best of my abilities.” He noted that there are students who leave the School absolutely hating the ordeal, and hoped that one day, Redd will be able look back at the School positively, and appreciate the high school experience.

For more information about Donovan’s speech and the students reaction be sure to view the Hawk’s Eye Opinions section, out on Monday June 1st.

 

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(Bad) Strategies for Studying for Finals

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Every semester, some of us inevitably struggle on our final exams, forgetting that key vocab or essay structure or formula, and botch our grades for the whole class.  I’m here to offer some sound advice for studying for finals, to make sure you find a satisfying “A” written in bold red on the front of every test you get back after Winter Break, because let’s face it: we all know that grades are the only thing in life that actually matter.

  1. Stay up late studying every night.  If you really need to put in that extra effort, make your study guides and flashcards, brew a pot or two of extra-strength coffee (with extra sugar), and say goodbye to sleep for the next week or two.  If you can handle it, you can even pull a few full-on all-nighters; in fact, the more the better.  Sleep is for the weak.
  2. Read all the way through all of your textbooks.  Sure, your teachers might have been more selective and only had you read a few pages here and there, but the most efficient mode of studying is definitely to heft up that 1400 page volume and read every word, start-to-finish.
  3. If you have any questions, go to Wikipedia, not your teachers or peers.  They don’t want to be bothered with your questions, and not knowing one or two obscure facts might make you look stupid.  Instead, turn to the plethora of qualified professionals filling in the Wikipedia entries; their information is always reliable, and besides, everyone knows you can’t lie on the Internet.
  4. Don’t start studying until the day before each test.  That way, the information will all be fresh in your mind and you’ll be more likely to remember everything.  Preferably, pull a few of those all-nighters.
  5. Let your stress rule you.  That way, you’ll really have the drive, the extra incentive to push you to the top of your class.  Instead of doing yoga or reminding yourself that, in the scheme of things, a single high school exam can only have so much lasting effect on your life, just let your anxiety take over your entire existence.  This will keep you from being distracted by petty things like meals, exercise, and mental health, and help you concentrate on what really matters: the memorization of names, dates, grammar, formulas, and laws of nature.
  6. Do all of the work for your group study guide.  If you stay up late enough, you’ll have enough time, and you really shouldn’t rely on your friends to get the information right.  It doesn’t matter if there are 250 terms to know in depth for history, you can only trust yourself (and Wikipedia) to get it right.
  7. Stick to a diet based solely on coffee and energy drinks.  This will help you out with those all-nighters, and keep you going all day too.  Food is an unnecessary, time-wasting extravagance.  Sugar and caffeine are your best friends from now until Winter Break.  If you feel like you’re going to pass out, just eat some chocolate.


If you really want to do well on your finals, just follow these simple rules and I guarantee you’ll do well!  Good luck, and just remember that you can hibernate over Winter Break, so sleeping now is not required.

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Best and Worst parts of the Holidays

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With the Holiday season in full swing, many people have mixed feelings about this time of year. The holidays are a time to be with family, bake and cook traditional food, and sleep in with no school or homework over the break, unless you’re a senior. There also are bad aspects of the holidays such as being with family, the cold weather.

The holidays are usually seen as a time to be with family and enjoying their company. Freshman Evie Bond stated, “The best part is being with family, worst part being with family.” Bond says that being with family is good because she can spend time with her siblings but also bad because her siblings argue and fight with her.

Cold weather is factor of the holiday season. The rainy and dull weather has many people believe that this is the worst part the Holidays. Freshman Jas Gill believes that “…the worst part is how cold it is”. With this cold weather, it is a time for people to put away their summer clothing and bring out the warm sweaters to help them get through the terribly cold weather.

The holidays is also a time away from school and work, making this one of many peoples favorite parts of winter break. Rachel Concannon says that,”the best part is the time off and the family togetherness and really being thoughtful about what we are thankful for. The worst is the craziness of the season and for me the materialism that goes with all of the holidays.”

This holiday season is filled with spending money, buying or making gifts, cooking, and running around last minute for holiday decorations. Once again family is one of the best time of the holidays, and that gives all the bad parts of the holidays less attention. Fiona Chen thinks that, “The best part is probably we get to spend time with our families…  and you get to sit down and have a nice meal with them  and there is not anything that comes to mind specifically bad.”

As you can see, many people have different ideas of what is the best and the worst parts of the holidays are.

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HRS Fantasy Dodgeball Team

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Fall is a very exciting season around the School. Students get to reunite with their friends and meet all of their new teachers. Exciting sports like volleyball, soccer, tennis, and cross country are in full swing. Most importantly however, the air smells fresh and the gym is ready, for some old fashioned, gritty, and edge of your seat dodgeball. With dodgeball night at the School approaching rapidly, The Hawks Eye makes their list of the best possible team at the School.
For this article, it will be assumed that our team is composed of three boys and three girls.
The Girls:
Each and every player on a dodgeball team is important. Split second reactions and decisions can make or break a team. With that in mind, they are many qualified candidates to earn a spot in our fantasy dodgeball team. Right off the bat, it is of the utmost importance to have a member of the track team, preferably a sprinter, to get the team out of sticky situations and to artfully dodge, well, balls. Next, a player from the women’s soccer team will be a huge asset to the team. A midfielder will be able to help command the direction of play during the intense matches and be a solid rock for the team in various situations. Last but definitely not least, a member from the golf team will be the keystone to the entire operation. The strategic mindset of golfers will only help the team in game planning situations.
The Boys:
With the impressive set of players listed above, the boys will need to provide as much of a lift to the team as the girls will. First off, a player from the men’s tennis team will be an integral part of the team’s success. Tennis players, especially when they are at the net, are used to seeing balls racing towards them at fast speeds, which will only aid their capabilities to dodge an incoming projectile. Next a player from the men’s basketball team, preferably a guard, will also be an important piece towards the goal of victory. A guard’s natural inclination to dictate play on the court, in conjunction with the representative of the women’s soccer team mentioned above, will solidify the middle part of the formation. Last but possibly the most important member of this team will be Senior Michael Kim. Why Kim you may ask? Beyond his amazing touch with Gatorade squeeze bottles, he will provide your team with an infectious passion to get the win. If I were you, I would be making roster requests to the man himself.

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How should people act around shadows and college reps?

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It is always a pleasant surprise to have guests at Head-Royce, especially when they are interested in either attending the school or looking for college applicants. There is no question that it is a treat to be either hosting a shadow or showing around a college rep. However, with great power comes great responsibility. As Evie Bond of the 9th grade states; “As fun as it is to be in charge of someone like a shadow, you are representing the entire school. And it’s hard to put that much responsibility on one given person. That being said, Head-Royce does a pretty great job of choosing special students to be in charge of being a representative”.
There is no question that people should represent the school to the best of their ability. Some, however, may think it necessary to take precautions as to making the school look better than it actually is. “If you’re going to have a shadow, you should be welcoming, and include them with your friends and teachers. Make sure you make our school look pleasant, but definitely don’t lie. Tell the truths as they are, and don’t exaggerate to the point where they would be disappointed with the school if they choose to come here next year,” says freshman Julia de Petra.
To conclude, people may have their different opinions as to the perfect way to host a guest at the School, but as long as Head-Royce is being represented to the best and most accurate possible way, we can all expect positive outcomes from all of those visiting the School.

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If HRS Had a Football Team?

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The School is known for its engrossing academic courses and the equally amazing teachers that teach them every day. In addition to robust academics, the School also has great athletic programs like soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball, swimming, softball, track and field, and cross country. Despite the wide range of competitive sports teams, there is still one sport that does not have a formal team at the school, football (not to be confused with fútbol). Many high schools across the country have football teams that play under Friday night lights during the fall, to the delight of students and many college scouts as well. Due to the Upper School’s small student body of 400 students compared to many other high schools, the personnel needs for a football team cannot be met. Although the School is unable to have a football team in the current moment, the Hawks Eye takes on the task of describing what a hypothetical team would look like in the present moment. Here is the all star lineup:

Quarterback: The big guy around campus. The big shot. Game manager. Captain of the clutch train. The quarterback of a football team has possibly the most responsibility throughout the course of a game. Therefore, it is no surprise that when they do succeed, quarterbacks are treated like local celebrities. As the great football prophet Anish Mokha once said, “No passing game is a crashing train.” Thankfully, the School has quite a few options at this essential position. The best options for quarterback are quite clear: any of the pitchers on the baseball team would be an eligible choice for this important position.
Wide Receiver and Tight End: Now that the quarterback issue has been resolved, it would probably be a good idea to find people for the ball to be thrown to. Fear not, a solution does exist for this situation. The most ideal options for wide receiver would probably be the guards from the basketball team (with exception of Senior guard Michael Kim). Their combination of speed, shiftiness, and on field vision make them prime targets for a quarterback. For the tight end position, we will stay with the basketball team and probably choose one of the forwards from the team. The traits of a tight end, dominating physical presence, good hands, and blocking ability are present in the basketball team forwards.
Defensive Secondary: All this talk about offense and who will score the points. The guys who do not allow points are also very important in the composition of a football team. The optimal players who will cover the blazing fast receivers of opposing teams would be members of the tennis team. Tennis players are used to sprinting at an alarmingly fast rate from the different ends of a court. This attribute would only help them stay with receivers and make great plays on the ball. In addition, they are used to having balls hit at them at very high speeds, which will only help their vision of the ball’s trajectory.

Defensive and Offensive Line: Lets face it, the School truly has a dearth of student athletes who would fit the bill for this position. In my highly valued opinion, I cannot say that I can identify multiple students who have the six and a half foot, 350 pound frame of an offensive lineman here at the School.

Kicker and Punter: To many casual football viewers, these players are often the laughingstock of teams. Although they may not have the build of a speedy receiver or extremely accurate quarterback, the fate of games often rests on punters and kickers right or left foots. Last but definitely not least, the soccer team has its shot at the School’s football dynasty. After all, fútbol and football may sound vaguely similar, and the School’s fútbol players would excel at punting and kicking in American football. The accuracy shown by the near flawless execution of set pieces on the soccer field can only translate into positive results between the uprights.

Water Boy: In my opinion, this is the most important position on a football team. What good is in players putting their all out on the field if they are not responsible hydrated? Thankfully, the School has the ideal person to occupy this position. Senior Michael Kim is a prodigy in the making here at the School. Having already received multiple college offers, Kim is one of the most promising water boys around the country. His amazing sprint speed to reach players in need of hydration is second to none. Coupled with his deft touch with Gatorade squeeze bottles, Kim may already be setting his sights on the National Football League.

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What Should the Cafe Serve?

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Around the School, the Cafe’s food options are a widely disputed and controversial topic. The majority of Upper School students buy their lunch from the Cafe every day. Evidently, most students are satisfied with what the Cafe offers. Nevertheless, after conducting a survey around the campus, we found that many Upper School students have suggestions for better food options.

Dejah Hilliard- “Gummy Bears!”
Samir Sawhney- “Cup O’ Noodles!”
Abby Judge- “Smart Food Popcorn!”
Catherine McMahon- “Ice Cream!”
Abby Pratt- “Coffee!”
Jacob Patterson Kohout- “BLT’s”
Jessica Almgren-Bell- “A burrito bar”
Jemma Baus- “Chipotle”
Charlie Sohn- “Grilled Cheese”
Michelle Mao- “A juice bar”
Tucke Backer- “Fish Sticks”
Frances Lawley- “Hot chocolate”

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A Major Trade Off: Heavy Backpacks vs. Lockers

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With more than a month of school in the books, classes at the School have now settled into quite normal schedules. Although every class at the School is different, students now know what exactly they need to bring to class everyday. This knowledge comes as a huge relief for many people who are very particular about the way their backpacks or lockers are arranged. Due to the diversity of all the classes here at the School, some students use only their backpacks, while others are forced to use their lockers. Some students even settle for just stuffing everything in their backpacks. This strategy only begs the question: Do students prefer to use their lockers or to have heavier backpacks?
Junior Kaitlin Colvin does not like the idea of using her locker. Colvin prefers having a heavier backpack “because [her] locker is super out of the way and it would be a pain to walk up to it, plus it would make [her] late for [her] next class.” Given the various elevations and size of the Upper School, lockers are spread out all over the School. For some students, their lockers are conveniently placed in a central location that is near most of their classes. For many others like Junior Nicholas Tintoc, lockers can be in a very troublesome location.
Tintoc prefers “having a heavier backpack because [his] locker is by the MEW and it’s really inconvenient for [him] to run down to [his] locker in between classes.” It seems as if many of the students at the School prefer heavier backpacks to using their lockers. The next question is whether their backs prefer that too.

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Jayhawk: An Endangered Species?

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Known only to be found on the School’s campus is the magnificent Tuffy. A JayHawk. Tuffy is a beloved bird that roams around campus. All the students know the bird well, and enjoy spotting him. Recently though, there have been fewer and fewer sightings of Tuffy. Many students and faculty members are nervous that the rare bird may be going extinct.
The wonderful creature used to be seen on the hills surrounding campus with its head in the ground eating worms. Or, more commonly, sipping the cool, natural spring water from the toilets of the faculty restrooms. Teachers and students alike are very sad that they do not see Tuffy as commonly as they once did.
Tuffy is not only just a bird, he is a symbol of spirit at the School. There is a hole in everyone’s heart now that he has been gone for so long. Many teachers have been seen sobbing crying out in despair for the bird to come back.
Although everyone is surprised at the recent absence of the bird, it does make sense. Sadly, the School is not an ideal ecosystem for Tuffy. The only food he eats, other than worms, are the scraps of food left behind by students after lunch time. He has been seen many times devouring little bits of bacon and cookies, with a ravenous look in his eyes.
Everyone is very upset, and there is a sadness creeping into the hearts of all students and faculty members. All we can do is sit and hope for the return of the bird. Tuffy, where are you?

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How to Stay Focused This Year

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Luis Terriquez

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The 2014-2015 school year is now in full swing, which means that workloads for most students in the Upper School are now getting heavier and heavier. Although many students may have the best intentions to work very efficiently and stay on task when they get home from school, distractions are a nearly inevitable part of most Upper School students’ lives.
Possibly the most notorious catalyst of distraction is social media giant Facebook. Junior Ryan Fong said that he uses “Facebook to help and collaborate with other people, but [he] ends up wasting a lot more time than [he] should.” Junior Miriam Bachman agrees that “social media sites like Buzzfeed are very distracting,” as well as text messaging. For people who are not very good at utilizing self control, here are a few tips to curb you away from your distractions and point you towards focusing on your work.
Computers can be very helpful for many school assignments, but they also have the highest potential to distract students. The temptation to click the bookmarks that say Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, or even (my personal favorite) Iwastesomuchtime.com, can be excruciatingly attractive. If you cannot restrict yourself to succumb to the endless distractions of the internet, there is a great new solution to help you out. SelfControl is a free application designed for computers that will forcefully restrict you from viewing certain pages. After specifying which websites you want to block for a certain time period, the program will not allow any user to access those sites; and best of all, the function cannot be turned off until the inputted time has expired.
Phones can also be as equally distracting as computers. In order to avoid any tempting texts, notifications, or “just one more” level of Fruit Ninja, the solution is simple: put your phone on silent in a space away from where you are working. This way, you know the whereabouts of your phone in case of an emergency, but you will also not be distracted by it.
As students in the 21st century, distractions almost always happen for most students. Despite the endless boundaries of the Internet, we can at least try to minimize the possible negative effects of the Internet on our productivity.

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