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Al Smith Dinner Highlights

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The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, commonly known as the Al Smith Dinner, is an annual white tie fundraiser in the United States for Catholic charities supporting “the neediest children of the Archdiocese of New York, regardless of race, creed, or color.” It is organized by the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation in honor of Al Smith. This year, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had a chance to exchange jokes about one another and poke fun at some of the other high profile guests in attendance. Both candidates maintained a relatively tame atmosphere that was in stark contrast to that of their three prior debates. Clinton had a slew of quality jokes prepared for the dinner. So many, in fact, it made me want to vote for her writers.  Here are just a few of my favorites:

“This is such a special event, that I took a break from my rigorous nap schedule to be here.”

“But getting through these three debates with Donald has to count as a miracle.”

“Since this is a friendly dinner, Donald, feel free, at any time, to stand up and say ‘Wrong.’

While i’m talking.”

“Come to think of it, it’s amazing that i’m up here after Donald. I didn’t think he would be ok with a peaceful transition of power.”

“Donald, after listening to your speech, I will also enjoy listening to Mike Pence deny you ever gave it.”

“It is great also to see Mayor Bloomberg here. It’s a shame he’s not speaking tonight I’m curious to hear what a billionaire has to say.

Trump had some quality jokes of his own about. His jokes were more lighthearted than Clinton’s.  My favorite quotes from Donald are as follows:

“He used to love me when I was a Democrat.”

“Truth is, I am actually a modest person.  In fact, many people told me that modesty is my best quality.  Even better than my temperament.”

“In fact, just before taking the diocese, Hillary accidentally bumped into me and she very civilly said, ‘Pardon Me.’”

“After listening to Hillary rattle on and on, I don’t think so badly of Rosie O’donnell anymore.”

“This is the first time ever, ever that Hillary is sitting down and speaking to major corporate leaders and not getting paid for it.”

“Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it. It’s fantastic. They think she’s absolutely great. My wife, Melania, give the exact, same speech and people get on her case.”

CBS news has two great highlight videos from the Dinner in case you want to check it out yourself:

Trump Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylrOL7d4Q9I

Clinton Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN75cdCGHe4

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Is Someone in your Phone?

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Can the NSA spy on you? Can the NSA or any hacker, gain access to your phone’s camera or even track your every move? Technically, yes. With the right skills, anyone can hack into your phone camera. The NSA could, theoretically, gain access to your phone or laptop camera if they felt so inclined. However, it is very rare that an ordinary civilian would be hacked; hackers usually target important government officials and celebrities. Just last Friday, the company Dyn, whose servers monitor and reroute internet traffic, experienced a massive cyber attack, leaving many major websites inaccessible to people across the US. The motives of Hackers vary, but some do it to access secret information and track the online activity of certain people. Hackers can also track your location through maps and apps that you allow to use your location. They can see where you spend most of your time and infer where your house and work/school is.

There are many ways you can prevent hackers from gaining access to your devices, specifically your phone. The most obvious one is to lock your phone whenever you are not using it. Additionally, having a more complicated password, that uses a mix of numbers capital letters and symbols, can increase a device’s security. Another way to prevent hacking is to turn on your phone’s tracker ability. This will detect when you are being tracked or hacked. One way to save all the data on your phone is to backup your phone regularly. Then, if your phone does get hacked, your will still have all your photos, contacts, and other important information stored away. If you’re super worried about someone hacking into your camera and watching you, simply cover the camera with a post it note or tape. This will prevent them from being able to see through the camera. Also, stay away from suspicious sites and links. Some sites will often have viruses or bugs that allow people to hack into your device. Finally, turning off access to your location on phone apps that don’t require it for navigational purposes is a good idea. This will insure that you are not being tracked. Despite all this, you should not be worried about being hacked as it is relatively uncommon.

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Do you Know What the Hawk’s Eye Website is?

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Homecoming Recap

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Homecoming: a beloved tradition for high schools across the country, but not at the School, until now. When electing Spirit Masters at the end of last year, Seniors Maddie Dyke and AJ Stella offered many ideas including a homecoming dance for the coming school year, and they delivered on their promise.

On October 7th, the Upper School held its first homecoming, with an entrance fee of $15. That price was reduced if one attended the sports events earlier in the day. Preluding the Homecoming was a home Varsity Soccer game against College Preparatory School, one of the biggest games of the season according to Stella, Co-Captain of the men’s varsity soccer team. There was also a home Varsity Volleyball game against Valley Christian High School. Those who attended the games received a voucher for a discount of five dollars.

Instead of a pep-rally beforehand, the Upper School will had an assembly dedicated to family-feud style games, such as sibling rivalry competitions and more. The dance was a Pseudo-Hawkins dance, which meant students who identify as male could not ask people who identify as females. Stella stated, “We are encouraging freshmen to go with whomever they want. It’s their first High School dance; there’s no pressure to find a date.”

Dyke also reminded the Upper School that it was not a formal dance. Instead, students were encouraged to come dressed in grade-wide colors: black from freshmen, blue for sophomores, red for juniors, and white for seniors. The dance was a huge success and will likely become a fall tradition.

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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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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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