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Womens Soccer

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Well, it is about time for the women’s soccer season to start. At the School, we take pride in all of our sports and women’s soccer is no different. Men’s soccer had a great season, and that has done nothing but contribute to interest and excitement about most of the other sports at the School. The success of the men’s soccer team will likely bring a lot of momentum into Coach Miottel’s consecutive soccer season. The approaching season is no doubt exciting for the seniors on the team as it will, of course, be their final season on the team. These seniors include: Madeline Dyke, Ruthie DeWitt, Lauren McCormack, Bea Rose, Madeira T, Kathryn T, and Isabel Wrubel. Seniors of every sports team are tasked with leadership roles and the women’s soccer team is no different. The rest of the team consists of Essemena Atherton in 10th grade, Maclaine Bamburger in 10th grade, Anya Batra in 10th grade, Sophia Cavalieri in 10th grade, Joanna Fisch in 10th grade, Dana Gillis in 11th grade, among others. The seniors of the team will be tasked with being the moral and physical leaders of this bunch, not an easy task given the strength of competition at the varsity level. One concern for the soccer team ever since it has moved from the spring to winter season has been rain. Already this winter, there has been plenty of rain. Getting practices in can be difficult; in addition, games often get rained out at the last minute. When this happens, it becomes difficult to stay focused and interested over the season because the team is not getting game experience and the practices get canceled. Although it is still possible to get individual practice, the team cannot develop chemistry because the field is often too wet to play. Regardless, the players and coaches must stay focused and play through wonky practice times and difficult weather. “It’s looking good, for the first week” says Junior Dana Gillis. “Everyone has been getting along really well.” Good luck to the women’s soccer team on what will hopefully be a super exciting and successful season

Microfinance Club Loans

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Clubs are an important part of the School’s academic culture, and Microfinance Club is no different.  Microfinance is a source of financial services for entrepreneurs and small businesses lacking access to banking and related services in the form of micro loans. Micro loans are relatively small amounts of money that have little to no interest. Senior Maddi Thayer, one of the presidents of the Microfinance club, says that the purpose of the club is to “choose people to make those micro loans to, through something called Kiva, which then helps the people do the most they can do and later pay us back.” Kiva is an international nonprofit organization, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco with a mission to connect people through lending loans to people for their interests. They celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.  The School’s Microfinance club has been around for quite some time; Thayer said, “We started a really long time ago, so I don’t know how we started. It’s been going on for like ten years.” With a mysterious past, but a bright future, the School’s Microfinance Club is filled with dedicated members. With over $700 loaned, Microfinance has been very successful in their goal to “make good investments” and play a role in helping other people’s goals.  With a club that is based off of money and loans, one would think there would be profit, or interest in the loans that they give.  However, “it is a charity club, even though a lot of people don’t know that.”  Each of the club’s loans range from $25-$100.  The club is very unique in Microfinance, within the program Kiva, because they raise and loan money as a group and not as individuals, which is the most common way to give micro loans. In the bigger picture, the club wants to expand inside and outside the School.  In addition, Junior Belinda Tucker says that their “ goal is to branch out from just Kiva, and find new ways to help out the community.”  Finding a positive way to impact the community has always been the goal of the School, and the Microfinance club has found a way to impact the School’s clubs, and, hopefully overtime, impact Oakland. “We want to help people, and as many people as we can.” If anyone wants to join Microfinance club, it meets on Tuesdays in the Institute.

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Why Did Trump Win?

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  Donald Trump shocked many when he won the presidential election. He came into the Republican primaries as an underdog, became the Republican nominee for president, and overcame even bigger odds when he won the presidential election against Hillary Clinton. In fact, Nate Silver, a prominent statistician and writer, gave Trump a 28% chance to win the election on his website FiveThirtyEight; even that number was significantly higher than many preliminary polls. The big question that many are asking is, “How did Trump win?” What demographics did Trump appeal to that gave him the edge in those important swing states? Through statistics gathered from a number of (mostly) unbiased news sources, I will attempt to shed some light on these questions. Keep in mind that extrapolations from the data are speculative–there are still many unanswered questions There is no one right answer, but the facts stated in this article would be crucial in gaining a better understanding of how Trump won.

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-8-48-32-amFirstly, Trump appealed to white, non-college educated voters.

Among them, there was a +39 point margin of support towards Trump, compared to only +25 points towards Romney last election. Thus, there was a huge shift of non- or partially-college educated white voters towards Trump. This shift may have helped Trump win many key swing states, such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, which all have white voter populations of well above the national average. The vote among white college graduates and postgraduates shifted a little bit towards Hillary since the last election, but Trump still had a larger influence on non-college educated white voters.

Even more surprising to many, however, were the election results by race.screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-8-50-39-am

Clinton lost support from minorities compared to Obama last election, and many of those votes went to Trump instead; he actually gained more support from minorities than Romney last election, gaining about 5 points on average. Although minorities largely voted Clinton, the increased support for Trump was a surprise to everyone, as he had made controversial remarks towards minorities throughout his campaign. There is not a definite explanation for this, but one contributing factor may be that minorities that supported Obama in the previous election did not vote for Clinton, if at all.

Lastly, Clinton underperformed among women voters.screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-8-49-31-am

Before the election, many expected that Hillary would counter Trump’s increase in white, male support by garnering more support from women. Although Hillary had a slight increase in female support compared to Obama, it did not outweigh Trump’s male support. This was also a bit surprising, considering Trump had also made derogatory remarks towards women. An explanation of why Clinton underperformed would require closer analysis of women demographics.screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-8-56-04-am

Trump won white, female voters by 10 points, and he won white, non-college graduate, female voters by a huge 28 points. As expected, he dominated the male vote as well. Thus, there are underlying reasons as to why she did not have enough female support, or rather, why Trump had more female support than expected. Further exploration into those reasons would be beyond the scope of this article.

However, even though Trump saw an increase in the percentage of white, black, Asian, Hispanic, and female voters since Romney, he still lost the popular vote to Clinton. The only conceivable way that such a result could happen would be if Clinton lost more support than Trump lost, which is exactly what happened. What exactly is going on here?

The only cause of this lack of support would be a decrease in voter turnout, especially for Clinton. In 2016, Trump got 61.0 million votes to Clinton’s 62.1 million, and still won the Electoral College vote despite losing the popular vote. Trump got nearly the same amount of votes as Romney, but Clinton got about 4 million votes less than Obama?. How did Clinton lose all of those votes?

One theory for the cause of this dropoff is a decrease in voter turnout, which was at a 20-year low for the election; only 55.4% of eligible Americans showing up to vote, according to CNN. Granted, that number will increase a little bit once all the provisional and overseas ballots are counted, but it would still be much lower than the turnout in 2012, when 60.0% of eligible Americans voted. Despite this downturn, however, there was a higher turnout rate in swing states, most of which Trump won. For example, Florida cast about 9.4 million votes this year compared to 8.5 million in 2012. Although there was a relatively high turnout rate in swing states, the low overall turnout was caused by the low turnout rates in uncompetitive states. 64.2% of eligible Americans voted in swing states, while only 56.8% did so in uncompetitive states.

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A possible reason as to why Clinton saw a decrease in the popular vote was the decrease in turnout in very Democratic states, such as California, which saw a staggering 8% drop. Thus, more Trump supporters showed up in swing states to swing the Electoral College vote towards him, but there were less Clinton supporters that showed up in states that they knew they would win.

Another theory includes the roles of third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein in this election. Together, they were responsible for roughly 4% of the total popular vote. Although they did not gain any Electoral College votes, they may very well have influenced the outcome in key swing states. There is currently not enough evidence to conclude that either Trump or Clinton would have won if they had played a lesser role, but once more information comes out, their role will become more clear. For the time being, there is only evidence that more voters affiliated with an independent party voted for Trump than Clinton:

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According to an exit poll by Edison Research, 48% of those affiliated with an independent party voted for Trump, compared to 42% for Clinton. The remaining 2% of Democrats and 3% of Republicans and the 10% of independent voters either did not respond, or voted for a third party candidate. Because that proportion is unknown, it remains to be seen how many people who identified with those three parties actually voted for a third party candidate.

In conclusion, a combination of these four causes allowed Trump to barely win the election against Clinton. Trump outperformed Romney in nearly every demographic, especially white, non-college educated voters. Combined with an increased turnout of swing state voters, Trump was able to snag many close swing states. Clinton, on the other hand, did not meet expectations in terms of women and minority voters. Of course, there is still the question of how those 4% of third-party voters factored into the election, and whether they tipped the election in Trump’s favor.

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While going through a breakup some people feel the need to let their emotions show and listen to songs that help get them through. Below, is a list of ten songs that are perfect for somebody who is recently single.

We Are Never Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift

Best Lyric: “…So he calls me up and he’s like, ‘I still love you,’ And I’m like …This is exhausting, you know, like, We are never getting back together. Like, ever”

Someone Like You” by Adele

Best Lyric: “Never mind, I’ll find someone like you. I wish nothing but the best for you”

You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon

Best Lyric: “You’re so vain, I’ll bet you think this song is about you don’t you?”

Rolling In the Deep” by Adele

Best Lyric: “Think of me in the depths of your despair; make a home down there as mine sure won’t be shared”

The Scientist” by Coldplay

Best Lyric: “Nobody said it was easy. It’s just a shame for us to part”

Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye Feat. Kimbra

Best Lyric: “So when we found that we could not make sense, well you said that we would still be friends, but I’ll admit that I was glad that it was over”

Love the Way You Lie” by Eminem Feat. Rihanna

Best Lyric: “Just gonna stand there and watch me burn. But that’s alright because I love the way you lie”

Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood

Best Lyric: “I took a Louisville slugger to both headlights. Slashed a hole in all 4 tires…Maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats”

When We Were Young” by Adele

Best Lyric: “Nobody told me that you’d be here. And I swear you moved overseas. That’s what you said when we were young”

Stitches” by Shawn Mendes

Best Lyric: “I thought that I’d been hurt before. But no one’s ever left me quite this sore.”

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The World Series: A Game by Game Breakdown

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In game one at Progressive Field in Cleveland, the Indians’ Corey Kluber threw a 6+ inning gem with 9 K’s (strikeouts), while the Indians offense was powered by catcher, Roberto Perez’s two homers. One of the homers was a three-run home run off Cubs’ ace Jon Lester. Relievers, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, held the Cubs at bay and secured the shutout as the Indians won 6-0, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.
In game two, it was the Cubs’ hitters that stole the show. Kyle Schwarber led the charge with a crucial RBI single in the third inning. Pitcher Trevor Bauer was removed from the game in the fourth inning as the Cubs powerful offense proved too much. Cubs’ pitcher Jake Arrieta dominated throwing a little over 5 no-hit innings. Aroldis Chapman eventually took over to close out the game. The Cubs won by a score of 5-1, evening the series at one a piece.
In game three, runs came at a premium as the series moved to Chicago’s historic Wrigley field. Both the Indians’ Josh Tomlin and the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks pitched well; however, both were taken out after about four innings despite neither have given up any runs. With the help of an RBI single from the Indians’ Coco Crisp, the Indians took a 2-1 lead in the series.
In game four, Corey Kluber delivered a fantastic start for the Indians, out pitching the Cubs’ John Lackey. Despite giving up a run in the first inning, Kluber threw six strong innings before turning it over to the bullpen in the seventh. Lackey gave up three runs and the Cubs bullpen gave up four more en route to a 7-1 Indians win. Jason Kipnis was the offensive star hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning. This win put the Indians up 3-1 in the series, one win away from becoming world champions.
In game five, the last game at Wrigley, the Cubs needed to win to stay alive. Again, the Cubs got to Trevor Bauer in the fourth inning. Meanwhile, Jon Lester pitched well for the Cubs, limiting the Indians to just two runs. In the seventh, Cubs manager Joe Maddon brought in closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman came through, keeping the cubs’ championship hopes alive by sending the series back to Cleveland.
In game six, the Cubs were once again facing elimination. However, they had gained some momentum from their game five win. The Cubs’ offense was relentless scoring three runs in the first inning and four runs in the third inning. After the Cubs got ahead they never looked back and they won the game by a score of 9-3, forcing a game 7.
In game seven, the Indians had their ace Corey Kluber on the mound. For the second time in the series, Kluber was pitching on short rest and he only lasted a little over four innings. By the sixth inning, the Cubs gained a commanding 6-3 lead. However, Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman surrendered a game-tying three-run home run to Indians’ centerfielder Rajai Davis in the eighth inning. The whole baseball world was stunned as it seemed the Cubs were once again falling apart. After both offenses were blanked in the ninth inning, the game went into a seventeen minute rain delay before extra innings. During this rain delay the Cubs’ Jason Heyward called a team meeting in the clubhouse. He reminded the team of who they were and what they were there to do. The Cubs went out in the tenth inning and rallied. A double from Ben Zobrist scored Kyle Schwarber and then a single by Miguel Montero gave the Cubs an 8-6 lead. The Indians would score one run in the bottom half of the inning, but fell short, giving the Cubs their first World Series championship in 108 years.
That game seven could very well go down as the single greatest game ever played in the history of Major League Baseball. The Cubs’ 2016 championship could be the greatest achievement in Baseball history possibly sports history. Yes, winning the World Series is special for any team that wins, but this one was different. Some might say that “the curse of the billy goat” has been lifted. In reality, there was no curse or evil spell, just a franchise whose fans desperately craved a championship. Well, now you have one Chicago.

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