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Presidential Debate Review

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On September 26, 2016, the first presidential debate was held between Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. The two debated a variety of topics; below are some highlights. Trump brought up several times that Clinton lacks the stamina to be president. Clinton defended herself by bringing up her past job as Secretary of State. One of the more prominent controversies about Trump is whether or not he opposed the Iraq War. According to several news sources, Clinton herself, and the moderator Lester Holt, fact checked him by saying he certainly did support the Iraq War at the time. During the fact check, Trump repeated “wrong” at least several times. One of the most well-known parts of the debate was when Trump said that he has a great temperament. Clinton then smiled and chuckled as she started her response of, “Woo, ok!” Clinton denounced Trump for “publicly inviting Putin to hack into” America’s intel. Trump brought up the possibility of China, not Russia, hacking Democratic organizations. Originally, after his remarks on national television asking Russia to try hacking, Trump immediately defended himself, saying that it was sarcasm. Clinton again questioned Trump’s temperament when she doubted his ability to handle nuclear codes. Next, Trump’s personal life came into question. Clinton condemned Trump for refusing to pay enough workers. He responded, “Maybe they didn’t do a good job.” Clinton then attacked Trump for not releasing his tax returns. According to experts, one of Trump’s worst mistakes of the debate was when he claimed that he was smart when it came to using loopholes in the tax system by not paying the federal income tax. Most citizens and media groups believe that Clinton came out as the winner of the debate. Why? Many argue that the Republican came off as rude when cutting into Clinton’s remarks and Trump failed to offer solutions to problems such as the violence in Chicago.

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Introducing New College Counselor Tania Bradt

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The School’s College Counseling Office, previously comprised of College Counselors Kate Augus and Carrie Horsey, and College Counseling Assistant Mya Paul, expanded this summer to include Tania Bradt, who will serve as a third College Counselor.  While new to the School, Bradt has decades of college counseling and college admissions experience.  “Most recently, I used to work at UC Berkeley in the Admissions Office,” she said, “I… oversaw the entire operation, from applications, all the way through enrollment, which was really fascinating.”  In addition, she worked for seven years at Stanford University, “leading the diversity outreach efforts for the university,” and as college counselor in Florida.

On why she chose to join the School’s college counseling team, Bradt explained, “I wanted a school that took academic rigor really seriously, but also had a diverse and warm sort of community environment, which is exactly what Head-Royce offers… I think the tight-knit community matched with the powerful academic reputation of the institution, I think was something that really called to me.”

Describing her role in the School’s college counseling, Bradt continued, “I’ll be taking on a group of students in the senior class, and working with them very closely to sort of usher them through the process, and obviously work closely with Kate and Carrie… in terms of programing, setting the calendar, working with parents, and just the entire Head-Royce community.”  Bradt says she is most looking forward to “getting to know everyone… I think just seeing this place in action and come alive… is something that is very exciting.”

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Pokémon Live Action Film

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Dana’s Cupcakes

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Junior Dana Gillis is well known around the School for her scrumptious cupcakes and equally sweet personality. Her cupcakes are a favorite class time treat, and she has now expanded her skills to form her own business: Dana’s Cupcakes.

Gillis notes that her passion for baking began from watching her mother, who is an avid baker. She says, “I’ve been baking my entire life… Freshman year I baked a lot of cupcakes for my classes, and I figured people might want to buy batches from me, so Dana’s Cupcakes was born.” Gillis reveals that her recipes are the result of “a lot of testing”. She says she “continually make[s] changes in order to get the best flavor, consistency, and moistness” that make her cupcakes so popular.

Gillis describes her passion as art form that benefits not just herself, but the people around her: “I like baking because it’s amazing how you can make something so delicious using different ingredients and cooking techniques. I love making people happy. When I give people cupcakes, it brightens their day and mine.”

Undoubtedly, managing both baking and school work is difficult. Gillis states that she tries to finish her homework as quickly as possible without procrastinating. She says, however, that “if you are passionate about something, you make the time…You just make it work.”

Although Gillis is not yet sure of whether Dana’s Cupcakes will continue once she graduates, she says that she “would love to continue baking… whether it’s for fun or it’s a business.”

Order cupcakes for yourself or your advising today at danascupcakes.weebly.com

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Upcoming Fall Television Program

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Atlanta

Created by and starring Donald Glover, this drama showcases the lives of two cousins living in Atlanta trying to break into the rap scene there. Glover plays Earnest, a Princeton dropout who now manages his talented cousin, Alfred or “Paper Boi.”  

 

The Exorcist– Premieres Friday, September 23

Based on the 1971 novel by William Blatty, The Exorcist is sure to please. As the title implies, this horror series is based on the life of a modern day exorcist who performs exorcisms on demonic spirits.

 

Frequency

After losing her father as a young girl, a police detective in contemporary New York discovers she can talk to her father in the past through his old HAM radio. She then warns him of his impending early death, which causes ripples in time and alters her reality in unprecedented ways.

 

The Good Place-Premieres Monday, September 19

Kristen Bell stars as a woman who has died and wrongly ends up in heaven. She then realizes that she’s been mistaken for someone else but is determined to shed her old ways and try to be good.

 

Marvel’s Luke Cage-Premieres Friday, September 30

Marvel puts another superhero character on the screen with Power Man. After an experiment goes wrong, Luke Cage escapes prison and becomes a superhero for hire. His alter-ego is Power Man, who has super-strength and durability.

 

No Tomorrow

Evie meets and falls for free-spirited Xavier after she realizes how controlled and organized her life is. While trying to find the secret to his free spirited lifestyle, Evie learns that Xavier believes the Earth is ending in eight months. It’s because of this fact that Xavier lives such a carefree life, guided by his “Apocolyst,” a list of things he wishes to do before the world ends.

 

Pitch-Premieres Thursday, September 22

An aspirational story of a young woman who becomes the first female pitcher to play in Major League Baseball.

 

Quarry

A Vietnam War veteran returns home to Memphis, Tennessee and finds that his war efforts are unappreciated. He cannot find a job, so he becomes a hitman.

 

This is Us-Premieres Tuesday, September 20

This is Us follows the lives of several people born on the same day. It explores their hardships and everything life brings their way in this slice of life drama.

 

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All School Presidents Henry Yeary and Max Sahlins Speaking at the All School Opener

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Go Pro Senior Fallout River Rafting 2016

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Upper School Teachers’ Practicum Dance at Barry Barankin’s Farewell Assembly

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March Madness

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Box of Lies

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Top 10 Ways To Flirt

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Preview of Day of Dialogue

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As many Upper School students may remember that on March 31 we learned a lot about our community and the masks we wear. As a precursor to the actual Day of Dialogue in April, various community members including faculty and students set up a day for the community to start thinking about these important issues in our community. Ashanti Branch from the Ever Forward Club and Charis Denison of Pranja Consulting. Both individuals helped open a dialogue between students and faculty about the masks members of the community wear.

Both Branch and Denison led groups of students in activities that many believe brought us closer as a community.  In Branch’s group as well as Denison’s group community members sat in small groups filling in the statement: “You can’t tell by looking at me that ____.” While initially people were afraid to open up in such a seemingly public way, by the end of the sessions people were sharing some deep thoughts as well as heavy parts of their lives that they tend to keep hidden behind their masks. It was truly amazing how two outsiders, Branch and Denison, were able to come into our community and pry open the shell we find ourselves in quite often.

Hopefully the events of Thursday helped students and faculty better prepare for the actual Day of Dialogue soon to come.

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