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ASL Ice Bucket Challenge: Raising Awareness or Wasting Water?

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Over the summer, a trend of pouring a bucket filled with ice water has attracted many eyes as students and celebrities have taken part in this “challenge” to support awareness for ALS. Trying to fundraise for the ALS, or also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, the ALS Association have started this idea of the ice bucket challenge. However, there are many problems to this challenge mainly because it mostly consists of wasting a huge amount of water and with the drought situation in California, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been stirring some issues. An interesting question to ask is, are people doing this to really raise awareness or is to be part of the bandwagon and try to get people’s attention? Junior Ben Rewis said, “The people that are doing the challenge seem to be either doing it out of necessity (because someone “challenged” them) or to seek attention.” It seems that popularity is really a main factor of this challenge and rather than thinking of donating, they are trying to show others their creative way of their challenge. As Senior Lauren Lau said, “I think most of our generation doesn’t really even think about donating.” With the ice bucket challenge only lasting for a few months, every trend has an end and this also raises the question if people are willing to do such a thing again for a different cause? Rewis said, “I don’t know. If the “challenge” was changed to something like eat a jalapeno I guess people might do it. But the hype of challenging your friends and family is kind of extinguished.” In some cases, this challenge could be considered successful in both spreading the word and gaining people’s attention, but it may not have reached its original goal.

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What Did You Do For Earth Day?

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The School and its students and faculty like to celebrate Earth Day and do things that are environmentally friendly such as saving water or eating less meat. Some students and teachers shared what they did for Earth Day:

 

Freshman Henry Yeary: “For Earth Day I looked at trees and appreciated the fine art of good flower bundling.”

 

English Teacher Nancy Feidelman: “I graded I-Search sentence outlines and played bare-foot baseball in my backyard with my kids.”

 

Junior Madeline Prendergast: “I was conscious of how much water I was using, but I didn’t really do anything special. I wish I could have biked to school, but I didn’t have the time.”

 

Freshman Ashkan Vafai: “I was glad that I’m not a vegetarian because vegetarians brutally murder plants and eat the Earth.”

 

Senior Emily Wong: “Well everyday I use the water from the shower, while I’m waiting for it to get warm, to fill the toilets in my house. I do this everyday not just Earth Day.”

 

Physics Teacher Daniel Guzman: “Yesterday (April 22) was Earth Day?”

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Does the Cafe Support the School’s Green Mission?

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Over the course of an average day at the School, there are over 1,200 students and faculty present on campus. During lunch time, the Upper School Cafe is swamped with hungry students that want food to rejuvenate them from a long morning of classes. A student’s natural instinct is to grab a plate, get food, and maybe a drink and to go wherever their friends sit. Although the process may seem simple from a general point of view, the Upper School Cafe has sorted out many logistics in order to make it the most environmentally friendly place as possible.

With a Model Green mission the School has a moral imperative to make environmentally beneficial changes and adjustments to places around the campus. The Upper School cafe is no exception of this policy, as they have already instituted many new changes. One of the more noticeable things in around the cafe are the designated bins for waste. There are three different bins, landfill, recycling and compost, that students and faculty can put their waste in. By putting the three different bins out, the Upper School Cafe is minimizing any unnecessary waste that could otherwise be recycled or composted.

Another more subtle change the Cafe has instituted surrounds the freshly baked cookies that are sold every day. In many previous years, the Cafe would individually wrap each cookie in a plastic wrapper. Recently, to eliminate plastic waste, the Cafe has started to put all the cookies on one plate that are covered by a lid. Sophomore Nicholas Tintoc is “perfectly fine with the Cafe not individually wrapping the cookies,” adding that, “the cookies are still fresh in the plastic container with a lid.”

Students and faculty around the School are thrilled that the Cafe has taken some significant steps towards being more environmentally friendly without causing any drop in quality of the great food that we all enjoy daily.

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Rainy Day Activities

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Due to the sudden rain in the area, it’s imperative for students to come up with rainy day activities in order to have fun despite the gloomy weather.  Since, gym-based activities are always indoors, they are safe to do in the rain.  Games such as basketball and futsal are fun action packed games that will keep players interested throughout.  If you’re not the sporty time of person, then you can always pick up a board game.  With the invention of smartphones, boardgames have lost their popularity due the smartphone’s ability to engross their user with endless games and social media websites.  Unlike smartphones, boardgames are the perfect activity since they require a small group of people while having loads of fun in the midst of competition.  If you are the type of person who doesn’t like to play board games or sports, then head to the computer lab.  During rainy days, there likely won’t be many people in there since majority will head to the café or the library.  In the lab, you are guaranteed total solitude and maybe you could indulge in a solo activity of homework.  Rainy days are full of great options so choose accordingly!

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The Official Guide to April Fools Pranks

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April Fool’s is coming up, which means it’s time to start plotting the humorous torchure of those around you. If you’re not in the mood for any complicated pranks, here are twenty that can be done in the spur of the moment:

1. Change all of the contacts’ names in a person’s phone to the same thing, or to different names.

2. Put stickers on automated paper towel dispensers saying that they are voice activated.

3. If you have a younger sibling, switch beds with them in the middle of the night by moving them from their bed to yours. Make sure to see their confused reaction in the morning!

4. Replace the cream filling of Oreos with toothpaste and offer the snack to your friends (or enemies).

5. Add a few drops of food coloring to a carton of milk. When your friend pours the milk, he/she will get a very interesting surprise.

6. Sprinkle grape Kool-Aid mix inside the showerhead to turn the water, and your friend’s skin, purple.

7. Place mini marshmallows, or toy spiders on top of a ceiling fan’s blades, and ask someone to turn it on.

8. Spread a layer of cream cheese over your target’s deodorant.

9. Switch your friend’s cell phone background image to a photo of cracked glass.

10. Fill an empty mayonnaise jar (with the label still on) with vanilla yogurt while no one’s looking. Then, when people are around, grab the jar from the refrigerator and dig in to the “mayo”.

11. Bring multiple sets of clothes to school, change every hour, and act like nothings different. It will be even better if the clothes got more and more ridiculous by the hour.

12. Put a “Please Use Other Door” sign on every entrance

13. Leave a note on someone’s car apologizing for an accident that never actually happened.

14. Glue all the egg into the carton.

15. Paint a bar of soap completely with clean nail polish so that it won’t foam.

16. Leave cryptic notes warning someone of an impending prank, and then do nothing all day

17. Place a pair of pants and shoes inside all/ the only toilet stall in a restroom to make it appear someone is using it all day

18. Hide an alarm clock on someone’s room and set it for 3:00. To make the prank last longer, do a good job at hiding the clock

19. Buy some underwear, write a friend’s/ target’s name on it, and then leave them on the floor.

20. If your target has a smartphone, especially an iPhone, mess around with the iPhone’s auto-shortcut feature.

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What’s Your Ideal Way To Spend Spring Break?

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There are many different ways to spend your spring break. You can try to find some snow and go skiing one last time before all the snow is gone. You can lay down at the beach and sun bathe. Or the classis: sit at home and watch Netflix for a week straight. Some students at the school shared their ideal ways to spend spring break.

Freshman Frances Lawley: “I want to spend my spring break either on vacation or with friends.”

Senior Emily Wong: “I would love to go somewhere where I can ski in the morning and relax on the beach in the afternoon.”

Sophomore Zack Hjork: “I just want to hang out with some friends and relax.”

Freshman Ruby Siltanen: “The rest of my family has a different spring break then me, so I can’t go anywhere, but I would like to hang out with friends and maybe go to an amusement park.”

Physics Teacher Mr. Guzman: “Over spring break I want to spend fourteen hours a day at Disney Land, to the point where I can’t understand the difference between reality and The Pirates of The Caribbean. After ten hours at Disney Land you become one with the park.”

Senior CallistaWells: “I want to travel to anywhere that isn’t here.”

Freshman Harrison Harvey: “I want to go to Tahoe and see some snow.”

Sophomore Samit Lamba: “I want to stay at home and watch Top Gear.”

Senior Oba Seward-Evans: “I want to go to another country. Preferably somewhere sunny, probably some place in South America or Europe.”

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Jobs Outside of School

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Often when students think of jobs, the first things that comes to mind are babysitting and working in coffee shops, and frozen yogurt shops. Yet do students at the School actually have jobs? Most of the student body admits they do not, besides babysitting. It seems only a small portion of the community has jobs outside of school. Sophomore Anisha Kaul stated, “I think (students having jobs is) really rare, but some probably do.”
Since jobs are not popular amongst student at the School, one must wonder, why? Well, one reason is that at a college preparatory school, the workload is often rigorous. Students are also encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities. While jobs are considered extracurriculars, many students would rather spend their time playing sports, singing, or playing instruments. The main issue is that students just simply do not have the time. Another reason is that the main purpose of a job is to make money for college, a car, or anything else one may need. At a wealthy private school, many students do not need money for these things. That given, the students who do have jobs seem to have them only during the summer.
While these are the reasons for not getting a job the students at the School have even more for why they have one. Sophomore Abby Judge stated, “I have a job in the summer because I have nothing better to do, and I need the money.” Judge later explained that her parents do not pay for her outings with friends or leisurely items such as makeup. Therefore Abby must come up with her own spending cash. Many parents believe that this process allows students to learn how to manage their own money, and teaches them to be more independent. Another reason students get jobs is their parents force them. Sophomore Remi Tupper explained, “My parents make me get a job every summer so I have work experience. Whatever that means.” This reason is more common than students think; many parents make their children get jobs during the summer because they think it builds good character.
But of the students who get jobs every summer, what do they do? In the previous summers, some Juniors have worked in coffee shops, while others tend to stay near pools. Judge worked as a swim instructor at her swim club. Students even work as lifeguards at the Hills club or the Claremont. But the School offers a range of jobs for students. Tupper worked as a student aid for a Middle School teacher at the School. Many students also take jobs babysitting or doing work study for a favorite teacher. Overall, while the School’s student body may be lacking in job-holding students, those people are still working hard.

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Assassin Paranoia Takes Over the School

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Jade and Jasmine Hardy have been the sneaky frontrunners in the game since the beginning.

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Assassin is an interesting social experiment.  People prepare by trying to find out who what classes their targets have, where the best kill spots are, and who their friends have.  Alliances form with the knowledge that they will be broken later.  Participants spend a lot more time with their teachers than usual. Personally, I had a very nice conversation with Mr. Vann during lunch because I was too scared to go into the hallway.  And most importantly, everyone is really paranoid.  Like, REALLY paranoid.  That shadow you saw move? Not a tree, it is the person trying to stab you with a spoon.  And that was not a bird, but that was a sock thrown with pinpoint accuracy to take you out of the game.  You will not be able to eat lunch in peace unless you hid in the lot or a bathroom somewhere.

Altogether, the game is a strange mixture of tingling suspicion and thrilling excitement.  One second you are in class and in the next you are sprinting, prepared to yell “stop” at someone.  But not too prepared, since you only have two stops and you would hate to use one needlessly.  The only real problem with assassin is that once you find out who is hunting you, it becomes a chore.  Eating lunch alone is kind of boring, and getting from class to class is much more of a hassle than it is worth.  Eventually, you are not really sure if you want to keep playing, and when you finally die it becomes more of a relief than a defeat.  Sure two prom tickets are nice, but not such cost.

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Laura Cook’s Guide to Course Registration

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As Friday, March 14 quickly approaches, students have to finish choosing classes and getting signatures on their schedule sheets. For rising juniors, with a variety of class choices, it can be daunting to pick the right classes.

Before I get to discussing AP classes as opposed to regular classes, I must state this important secret that I was not aware of last year: most Juniors learn that they actually have a secret additional class: SAT/ACT and subject test II prep. Of course, this prep is not an actual class. Nonetheless, standardized tests are extremely important; a good test score opens many more college doors.

Going into junior year, I knew that I would have to prepare for these tests; however, I did not calculate the amount of time it takes to study, and it can be a lot of time. Currently, I have SAT/ACT tutoring three hours a week with and additional three to four hours of sat homework. In addition, I have to study for subject tests (side note: take history, math (if accelerated), and chemistry subject tests as a sophomore because it will be one less thing to worry about as a junior, and let’s face it, junior year is a lot harder than sophomore year).

Keeping standardized test prep in mind, you may still want to take AP classes and honor classes. Currently, I am in AP Spanish, AP Biology, and Honors Pre-Calculus (everyone takes honors English and history). I am not going to lie-all of my classes are a lot harder this year. I felt like my workload accelerated. However, I am still really happy with all of my choices because I like my all my classes. I recommend that you choose advanced classes that interest you because then you will not mind the work. In other words, do not just take an AP class to take and AP class. Additionally, do not overload the APs-one to two feels appropriate while three is a little high.

It can be hard to choose the proper schedule, but you should really take advantage of this week to talk to your teachers and figure out a schedule that is challenging but not overkill.

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Do High Schoolers Still Date?

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We all watch romantic comedies based in high school: we have seen the TV shows with the dinner dates or movie dates, and we have read the books with the funky diners where first dates happen. Our pop culture has set up everything to make dating seem like a perfect story, but do high schooler even still date? With growing technology, teens find ways to communicate quicker, faster, and easier, so it seems there is no longer any need for face to face conversation. But does this apply to dating as well?
At the School, many students think dating is either overrated or takes up too much of their time. It is true, at the School, in a given grade there might be one couple, at most three, but usually none. Further more, the people who do date do not usually go on actual dates. The farthest most couples go is to each other’s houses, and at most for a romantic stroll in a shopping area like Montclair. Otherwise, couples normally just see each other at school. Not to say that this doesn’t work; a relationship can go a long way if the couples are serious about each other, even if they don’t fancy dinner dates.
But have we lost something? Many student’s parents remark on how technology has radically changed communication. They think back on going to movies and restaurants for first dates. Now however, people in relationships often agree that relationships can be time consuming. Sophomore Abby Judge stated, “You make time for each other when you can, but often life is to busy to go on those romantic dinner dates. It is better to spend quality time together at school than to spend one night a week at a restaurant you don’t need to go to.”
Another relationship aspect specific to the School is pure size. Due to how small the School is, it is harder to find someone to connect with. Student might try to date others outside of school, but meeting new people is can be challenging unless one has an extracurricular activity. Even if you do find someone who goes to a different school, chances are, due to busy schedules and lack of public knowledge, it won’t work out. For now, it seems that for many students at the School real dates and dating will have to wait.

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Pop Culture in the Media

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In our society, the media is widely dominated by pop culture, often neglecting more important issues around the world.  It is far too easy to hear all about a celebrity wedding or the latest scandal without any awareness of serious national or international events.

“The pop culture [featured in the media] is like gossip,” said Barry Barankin, Dean of Students, “it’s fun for a little bit, and as long as you see it as just a ‘dessert’, then it’s fine, as long as the main course is actually there.  I think [that] TV tends to have mostly dessert, and very little substance.”  In other words, it is perfectly acceptable to enjoy the pop culture aspect of the media, as long as one recognizes the more serious side of news as well.  “I don’t think it’s terrible to have some pop culture, I just don’t think it should dominate,” Barankin concluded.

Librarian Mary Goglio has a slightly different opinion on the matter.  “I don’t necessarily think that there’s too much pop culture in the media,” she explained, “[but] I think that there [are] so many media sources coming at us all the time, it’s really hard to sort out what’s important.”  With such a large variety of sources, and so many options for whatever kind of information you seek, finding something that’s meaningful or important can be a challenge.

English teacher Jenny Temple believes that more emphasis needs to be placed on national and international news.  “I think that as a society, we do tend to focus [on] and want pop culture,” she said, “ whether that’s something that’s just there and we accept it because it’s so prevalent, or whether we actually demand it and that’s what we’re being given … but I do think that it does take the focus too much within our society.”  Only when relevant world news becomes more commonplace, she argued, can we become “true citizen[s] of the world that we live in, and understand not only what we need but also what other cultures need.”

What dominates the media shows what our society truly cares about.  Therefore, the fact that pop culture plays such a principal role in our media is rather disturbing.  The question remains: do we care more about a select few people’s personal lives more than we care about important global issues?

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Pop Culture in the Media

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In our society, the media is widely dominated by pop culture, often neglecting more important issues around the world.  It is far too easy to hear all about a celebrity wedding or the latest scandal without any awareness of serious national or international events.

“The pop culture [featured in the media] is like gossip,” said Barry Barankin, Dean of Students, “it’s fun for a little bit, and as long as you see it as just a ‘dessert’, then it’s fine, as long as the main course is actually there.  I think [that] TV tends to have mostly dessert, and very little substance.”  In other words, it is perfectly acceptable to enjoy the pop culture aspect of the media, as long as one recognizes the more serious side of news as well.  “I don’t think it’s terrible to have some pop culture, I just don’t think it should dominate,” Barankin concluded.

Librarian Mary Goglio has a slightly different opinion on the matter.  “I don’t necessarily think that there’s too much pop culture in the media,” she explained, “[but] I think that there [are] so many media sources coming at us all the time, it’s really hard to sort out what’s important.”  With such a large variety of sources, and so many options for whatever kind of information you seek, finding something that’s meaningful or important can be a challenge.

English teacher Jenny Temple believes that more emphasis needs to be placed on national and international news.  “I think that as a society, we do tend to focus [on] and want pop culture,” she said, “ whether that’s something that’s just there and we accept it because it’s so prevalent, or whether we actually demand it and that’s what we’re being given … but I do think that it does take the focus too much within our society.”  Only when relevant world news becomes more commonplace, she argued, can we become “true citizen[s] of the world that we live in, and understand not only what we need but also what other cultures need.”

What dominates the media shows what our society truly cares about.  Therefore, the fact that pop culture plays such a principal role in our media is rather disturbing.  The question remains: do we care more about a select few people’s personal lives more than we care about important global issues?

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