IN THIS ISSUE
- Curious about RC RAdio Club? Check p.2!
-Meet the incoming faculty on p.4-5.
- Are you an Amerikacı or a Türkiyeci? Is RC learning system enough for you?
- We present you the first edition of RCraigslist!
eıther way, Go to p.6, and explore the optıons.
Go to p.7 ; you might come across an advertısement you are interested in...
- Makers... Robotics.... craving to know the difference? Then jump to p.9 and read the first edition of Clash of Clubs! - Who is Ara Güler? p.10
Bosphorus Chronıcle Bosphorus Chronicle is the quarterly newspaper of Robert College
DECEMBER 2016 Issue
The RC Alliance: Better Together Ilayda Orhan
How do people come out? How do they deal with the fright, and the frustration, and the judgement which follows the revelation? How do you deal with homophobia and the bullying related to it? What do you do when a friend of yours comes out? How should you respond? How do you handle this new reality? What if no one even needs to feel these emotions at all? What if there is a way to decrease all the hate and the pain and the hurt? What if there is a place where everyone can be safe? Now there is.
Hopefully, no Robert College community member needs to exhaust themselves over these questions alone anymore, thanks to the RC Alliance. The RC Alliance is a newlyfounded club, which “exclusively focuses on issues facing the LGBTQ community.” Its mission is “to promote an environment of tolerance and acceptance and to provide a safe, non-judgmental support network for members and allies of the LGBTQ community.”
Whether people are homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual… queer is irrelevant in becoming a part of this support group. The existence of such a club is a need and has been for many years. After all, everyone wants to feel accepted in the environment they live in. Everyone wants to “feel good and safe and cared for.” RC recognizing and responding to this need, became one of the few high schools in Istanbul to have a GSA.
Alliance (noun): a mutually-beneficial union between two groups. By definition, the RC Alliance’s whole purpose is to get people from different sexual identities together to support the equity of non-heterosexual identities, like every Gay-Straight Alliance does.
The club meets after school on Tuesdays (Week 1) and Wednesdays (Week 2) in Woods 210. You may have seen the RC Alliance members running around with posters in their hands for a Scavenger Hunt activity, spreading the love! What is so nice about the RC Alliance is that it is open to anyone who wants to share, to support, to show that they are there and that they care. So, the next time you see them during an activity, or you happen to be wandering around campus aimlessly on a Tuesday or Wednesday, don’t be shy, join them. Better yet, pull them into a hug. Never forget: we are always stronger and happier and better together. (Photo Courtesy of the RC Alliance Members)
The RC Alliance Mission Statement The mission of the RC Alliance is to promote an environment of tolerance and acceptance and to provide a safe, non-judgmental support network for members and allies of the LGBTQ community. As a club, we aim to ensure that LGBTQ students experience a sense of community and belonging while attending RC. We also hope that through education, support, and social action, we are able to end incidences of harassment, homophobia, and bullying toward LGBTQ students. The RC Alliance will exclusively focus on issues facing the LGBTQ community and its allies and will be open to all students, staff, and faculty who are interested in working on or learning about these issues. What Do We Do at Club? We share personal stories that deal with queer issues. We learn about LGBT history and icons. We plan ways to open the RC community and make it more supportive. We have fun. We hug. We do our best to make people feel good and safe and cared for. We are a new club that is still finding its footing, but there are a lot of great people and worthy discussions. And we occasionally have pizza.
ID Cards: How Many More Steps Can We Take? Melisa Saygın
“Beep,” students hear every morning which may contribute to their sense of safety or possibly accomplish completely the opposite. Bosphorus Chronicle interviewed the head of the IT department Metin Ferhatoğlu, and didn’t forget to get the perspectives of students in order to give the whole picture of ID Cards and the procedure they bring along. Mr. Ferhatoğlu indicates that the idea of the new ID card procedure wasn’t a decision made on the spur of the moment, neither was it a result of a particular event; it has been a topic of discussion for the last few years for the sake of RC Community. These ID cards visually identify people on Campus and will be used to find out who is on Campus in a real emergency situa-
tion. In many cases, many students forget to sign the after school signup sheet, which prevents the RC administration to have completely accurate information about who is or is not on campus and in a real emergency situation. Another factor contributed is the simple fact that RC encompasses a large area with various entrances and exits. Residential students also check in and out with ID Cards; this means shorter sign out lines for residential students near the upper gate after school. Mr. Ferhatoğlu noted that getting into the habit of using ID cards will take time, but once using the card becomes part of a daily routine for everyone, it will serve many functions as well as enhance the safety measures taken on campus. Additionally, the cards can also be used at the canteen, library, and Murat Karamancı Student Center, making students’ daily life more convenient; however, “it is really im-
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portant to stress that the card procedure doesn’t replace taking class attendance,” says Mr. Ferhatoğlu. Some students, unfortunately, give their cards to their friends so that they can swipe their cards; this may have been done in the past for various innocent reasons; nevertheless, it is strongly suggested that stu-
(Photo Courtesy of the Melisa Saygın
dents take their own responsibility and be truthful no matter what the reason or the occasion is. There are various creative ideas by
the student body which could further make our lives easier and safer if these ideas get formally reported to the IT Department. Some include using ID Cards to open our lockers, or putting card detectors at the entrance of Maze so that instead of class monitors taking attendance on paper one by one during a drill or emergency, everyone can get into the Maze by swiping their card, making the attendance taking procedure much more reliable. Mr. Ferhatoğlu specifies that the IT Department would love to hear feedback and new ideas on the procedure so that they can work on it further; for example, because some students told the IT Department that they eat breakfast in the Murat Karamancı Center in the morning and would like a card detector there, too, the IT Department will consider installing another card detector in front of MKSC. Bosphorus Chronicle didn’t forget to take the opinions of RC Students.
Contrary to what some may say, “ID Cards didn’t really add an extra ‘duty’ to our daily jobs,” Begüm Ortaoğlu (RC ‘18) asserts and adds “eventually, it is all for our safety.” Ecem Öztürk (RC ‘18) agrees with her: “as a progression, we can receive an email each time after we swiped and also, we should be able to see when we ‘entered’ and ‘exited’ school on the ERP system.” The student body has a plethora of unique ideas which can build on the substructure of solitary ID Card Swiping Procedure. The IT Department waits for students to formally, that is on paper, submit their viable ideas directly to the department or via the help of Student Council, giving anyone the opportunity to have a direct impact on the whole RC Family’s safety in a beneficial way. This isn’t just another admonition, yet it is a reminding of the fact that you are the key to your safety.
NEWS&OPINIONBOSPHORUSCHRONICLENEWS&OPINION Not So Standardized Tests Bubbles to Burst Derya Değerli
With the honor of joining the Robert College community, you became a part of a spiritual tale of a big family, but this tale may turn out to be nothing but a fabulation when you eventually experience “RC” itself. RC is a large school (both in area and population), known and respected by outside eyes for its diverse structure, accommodating people from different races, personalities, social status, backgrounds and social relations. However, feeling the diversity can be really hard for inner eyes. As soon as you step inside the intimidating crowd of a thousand people, your eyes instinctively search for people like you. Sometimes your culture creates a bubble; for example, you are either from İstanbul or Mardin. Sometimes your extracurriculars become a bubble: you are either an MUN’er or a Debater. Sometimes different interests define you: artist or a mathematician. Maybe you choose your friends based on whether they will study abroad or stay in Turkey. The presence of cliques (or bubbles) leads to an unavoidable presence of hierarchy in the competi-
tive environment of RC. Some bubbles rise higher than others. The most obvious example of this hierarchy is the long list of names hanging on CCO’s windows of students who are studying abroad and the missing list of names of students studying in Turkey. Although the RC community refuses to speak of this hierarchy, blindly avoiding reality, acknowledging this mistake is the first step to correct it. How many people have you spoken to since you came to RC? Twenty? Thirty? Fifty? A hundred, if you are being a Pollyanna? Eventually when you are experienced enough to have the honor of being “RC” itself, you realize that the tale you were told was not true. At the end of five years, when you can barely count the names of all the people in your own term, it is a time to examine the whole RC community. How and why did people sharing your “home”turn out to be strangers? Was it because you couldn’t get to know the other nine hundred, or because you chose not to? Was it because you didn’t get a chance to meet new people, or because you never made an effort to talk to others? You were cognizant of diversity, but you never felt the mosaic in the layered structure of RC. In your bubble, you felt at home, but you never took a chance to meet others. Isn’t it time to burst the bubbles?
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Rabia İdil Demirelli
RC students face countless decisions during their five years. The decisions start off with which Intro Science Courses to choose in prep year, and eventually comes down to being a yurtdışı (who dedicates his/her time to study abroad) or a Türkiyeci (who decides to stay in Turkey and take YGS/LYS). If there is a slight chance to go to a university in America, the step is to take some of the thousands of standardized tests (ACT, SAT I, SAT II, AP, TOEFL...etc). Even though every college has different preferences among these exams -because having the same preference would just be too easy to handle for a student- two exams stand out as one of the musts: ACT and SAT. For a junior yurtdışı the biggest step is to choose between ACT and SAT (none of the colleges want you to take both. Yet. ). There is only one thing that is the same for both: workload. The SAT requires a higher level of vocabulary and a deeper understanding of essay writing. On the other hand, ACT requires rapid answering skills -like answering 75 English multiple choice questions in 45 minutes- that can be done with-
out full understanding of the text. For both, taking multiple tests before the actual test is the key to success (if success means getting higher results). Both tests consume a lot of time and tire the brain; a recovery period is needed after both of them. As clubs and essential extracurriculars kick in, it becomes almost impossible for a junior to create a schedule that works for everything. That’s why a junior needs strong organization of his/her homework, projects and common exams to be able to spare time for these practice tests. Another parameter that is underestimated among RC students is the place where the tests are offered. At the beginning of the junior year, the location of the test seems irrelevant, but becomes important in the senior year. The major difference is that the SAT is offered at RC campus for RC students while the ACT is not. Even though the preference among these tests should be personal, when and where the test is offered becomes crucial when the deadlines get closer. For an SAT taker, when to take the SAT is not a major problem because there are spots left due to the restriction of students. The case for the ACT is different. Students who wish to take the ACT have to make their decisions earlier than the deadline to register if they want to take the
exam in İstanbul. After two weeks the system opens for registration; Three schools in İstanbul fill up quickly except for stand-by testing (which means you may or may not take the exam on the test day depending on how many registered students showed up to take the exam). Many ACT-takers travel to Bursa, İzmir, Antalya, Ankara and Erzurum purely to take the required standardized test. The phenomenon of traveling out is so popular that myths comparing the procedure of the tests sometimes rumble among students. Extreme cases, like traveling to a city which supposedly offers extra minutes on the Reading section echoes among the walls of Mitchell. Even though the extremes don’t represent the reality, the bottom line is the same: traveling to an unknown city on a Friday to take the exam on an early Saturday might be the only option if the student feels that ACT is the best fit for her/him. Decision-making is never easy for an RC student who needs to consider countless variables while taking action. Lurking variables lie behind those decisions which can come up later. It is more advantageous for every student to chose between the two famous exams solely according to what the exams offer not where the exams are offered. (Photo Courtesy of YouTube)
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Alper Kızıloğlu Batu El Melisa Saygın Nisan Şele Zeynep Ünsal
Emre Demirsoy Ilayda Orhan
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Beyza Günaydın Kaan Tarhan
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Stay Tuned for the RC Radio! Kerem Yanık
RC has its own radio station! This great news comes from our new RC Radio Club, established last year with the aim of providing an online radio channel dedicated to Robert College. “Our purpose is to establish a social platform that will contribute to the school spirit and the RC community,” says İdil Korkut (RC ’18), one of the club presidents. They want to provide a more free and student-centered platform for RC students.
They have a new and enthusiastic crew. Their advisors are Önder Aksoy, Çağdaş Yüksel, Zuhal İbidan, Murat Ersan and Onur Ünal. The presidents are İdil Korkut (RC ’18) and Hazal Odabaşı (RC ’18). The club’s members are mostly 9th graders; they don’t have any LP students since it’s a club-time club. “The idea came to me when I was a prep,” says İdil. She always loved discovering new music and going to concerts but had a hard time finding a good radio channel. She says, “I told Meltem Özge Güneş (RC ’18) about my idea, and she got very excited. “We immediately started searching for an advisor and found Önder Aksoy. The next year the club was officially estab-
lished.” Her idea as a prep student was on its way to becoming a reality, but that was just the beginning, and their struggles were many. Their budget and organization problems were hard to deal with during their first year. “We were stuck. We couldn’t go a step further,” but this year, “we haven’t had any problems so far. Thanks to our previous experience, I guess we are more aware of things.” They are aiming big this year, planning to broadcast good music, talk shows and interviews. You can follow their Twitter and Instagram accounts, where they will soon announce the date of their first broadcast. The broadcast will be online, so you can listen to it at http://radyorobert.com. They are also planning to create a separate channel for speakers, hosts and DJs from outside the club. “Anyone who has an idea is more than welcome to contribute,” says İdil. “Don’t hesitate because you are not in the club. We need contributions and enthusiasm more than anything at this point.” The Bosphorus Chronicle wishes them good luck with their broadcasts.
Guest Writers Azra Haseki Kaan Tarhan The RC Radio Logo (Photo Courtesy of Kerem Yanık)
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NEWSBOSPHORUSCHRONICLENEWSNEWSNEWS NEWS&OPINIONBOSPHORUSCHRONICLENEWS&OPINION Shaking Shakespeare Up: How Do We Approach Him? Ali Çataltepe Melisa Saygın
“What’s in a name?” you might ask; but isn’t the reason we read at least one Shakespeare play a year that they’re by, well, Shakespeare? Most wouldn’t question the necessity of having a mandatory Shakespeare unit, though some might disagree on which works should be offered. How should Shakespeare be taught? Does he get more or less attention than he deserves? What do students get out of his works? The Bosphorus Chronicle has asked some teachers of the English Department to find out. Shakespeare may seem intimidating due to most people perceiving his language as arcane; however, Mr. Hoovler from the English Department asserts that “his work can be analyzed on a deep level, but it can also be enjoyed as a story” due to the fact that “Shakespeare is not as complicated as he is made out to be.” His plots in general aren’t that complicated (they were simple enough to draw crowds to the Globe Theater), and he uses a lot of invented idioms (some of which are still used today). As Ms. Carnegy indicates, Shakespeare pieces provide a great platform for RC Students to get “exposed to complex language structures” before they face many different forms of academic writing and reading throughout their lives. Ms. Wood also agrees that Shakespeare’s complex language is an asset in and of itself, as “a wonderful tool for testing your own understanding of language.”
Clearly, Shakespeare’s language is not viewed as a problem. There do, however, seem to be differing opinions on which specific plays of his should be covered in the curriculum. Mr. Hoovler, for example, says that “L9 could probably survive without Romeo & Juliet.” He thinks including Shakespeare’s more obscure works alongside his better-known ones would be better than focusing on the latter only, which is indicated by his practice of “introduc[ing] Much Ado About Nothing and Othello alongside Romeo & Juliet.” Ms. Wood, on the other hand, disagrees with this idea due to how Shakespeare’s better-known plays, like Macbeth, “have cultural cache,” since they are widely alluded to in English literature: “If you go to an English-speaking university, you’ll be expected to know certain allusions, e.g. Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and some of King Lear: These are the heavy hitters of Shakespeare. You can get into the Apocrypha, the lesser-known plays, but once you start going in there, you’re starting to do students a disservice, because “Oh, cool! You can quote Titus Andronicus,” but when your teacher makes a reference to Romeo & Juliet, you’re confused, and you don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s a very difficult balancing act.” However, Mr. Hoovler does have a point that “spending a full unit on one play can get a little exhausting at that age,” especially since Romeo & Juliet is a story practically everyone, including those outside the Anglosphere (for as Ms. Wood says, “Shakespeare’s great genius was in writing stories that are universally appealing”), are familiar with. Mr. Becker, in contrast, sees this familiarity as something that makes Romeo & Juliet even more worthwhile
What Happened to Turkey? İlayda Çötelioğlu
It was the evening of July 15th. The two major bridges were closed; there were soldiers in the city, marching with guns, but what was happening? No one knew yet. People got worried. Why? What was it? They knew what happened on the September 12th, 1980. The next morning, everyone, or at least those who went to sleep, woke up to a new Turkey. A coup attempt had taken place; however, because of some technical issues, it had failed. What changed in Turkey? First of all, Turkey became aware of many things that were happening within the country; people got fired, the generals, lieutenant generals, and the rest of the army’s top brass’s lineup got reappointed. The coup attempt didn’t only shake up internal affairs: tourism, export rates, and the economy in general took a huge knock as well. After the military coup attempt the
Turkish Lira decreased in value. Before, 1 TL was approximately 0.35 USD, but afterwards, it decreased to 0.33, the lowest value in the preceding two months. It lost value relative to the Euro as well, having inflated by more than 5%. So, basically, if you want to eyeball prices in dollars, you’ll have to start multiplying by 3 instead of 2.75. The coup attempt hurt the Turkish economy by an estimated 300 billion TL; that was the initial damage. Many potential foreign investors and buyers withdrew from the market, deciding that Turkey was too risky to put money into. In addition, tourism decreased drastically. In light of all these problems, S&P, Moody’s and Fitch decreased Turkey’s credit rating, indicating that Turkey became a worse place to invest. Unemployment is on the rise as the economy gets rougher, with many workers in the textile and tourism industries being laid off. Turkey is still trying to recover from the coup’s after-effects and repair the damage done to its economy.
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to teach, due to “the ballyhoo surrounding it for a younger audience. (...) If a teacher is bored of teaching a play because they’ve done it 20 times, then they should go teach a different course for a while.” A really polarizing topic seems to be whether the curriculum over-rates or under-rates Shakespeare. Ms. Wood says that “when the Shakespeare elective started being offered, [she] felt that Shakespeare got the kind of attention he deserved. Introducing him in L9, reinforcing him in L10, and for students who enjoyed the challenge or loved his work, opening an elective where they could explore his work further.” She goes on to say that Shakespeare “wrote on such universal themes and subjects that his stories address concerns that he couldn’t have anticipated or known about in an approachable, relatable way.” Mr. Hoovler, on the other hand, believes that Shakespeare gets more attention than he deserves, citing the “two required units (L9 and L10), an elective that covers Hamlet (ASL 1), and a full elective devoted just to him.” Mr. Becker, having indicated that he has only seen the debate
over whether to teach Shakespeare has gain steam at RC in the last 10 years, adds, “What’s the difference between students 40 years ago and students today? Are we (even considering) giving up Shakespeare because the modern student has a different psychological makeup? *Pfft* to that.”
about. That sentiment may not be unanimous, however, as Begüm Ortaoğlu (RC ‘18) disagrees with those saying Shakespeare is overrated (especially at RC), saying that “reading someone who immensely affected and inspired the world literature is fairly logical.”
The student community, while undeniably accepting that pieces of Shakespeare help their academic writing and shape their view of English literature for the better, partly thinks that Shakespeare’s importance may be a bit exaggerated at Robert College. Eren Yürek (RC’18) says: “We are loaded with Shakespeare a bit more than we should be; an appropriate level of elimination of these Shakespeare plays would make room in RC for other valuable playwrights or authors who truly shaped literature in various other aspects.” This feeling of oversaturation on part of the students may be the reason the Shakespeare elective didn’t get enough sign-ups to run this year, something Ms. Wood and Mr. Becker have expressed their regrets
While some members of RC Family find the presence of numerous Shakespeare plays as an abundance, no one can really complain about the situation. At the end, discovering the many literary inventions of Shakespeare tells a lot about highly academic as well as slang language, guiding us to embrace the gravity and sarcasm of English altogether. As Mr. Becker also adds, “One of the beauties about teaching Shakespeare is the knowledge that you’re part of something bigger, something that began 500 years ago. Hope? Love? Power? Those things don’t go away, whether it’s a hunger for power in Richard III, power corruption in Macbeth, or love in Romeo & Juliet.”
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A Different Look at Gender Roles Gülengül Coşkun
A wild, aggressive woman, with her profanity and “unladylike” attitude, gets in trouble with the police; to avoid being locked up in jail, she pretends to be mentally challenged and goes to a mental institution. A woman with a passion to be a soldier is rejected by the army five times; finally, she goes to a mental institution. A woman having troubles with her husband is pushed to a point where she develops an inferiority complex; she goes to a mental institution. “These women are in a mental institution because society has rejected them,” says Mr. Becker. No matter how unreal and over-the-top this statement might seem to some, it’s what happens in societies: people get turned down because their behaviors can’t be filtered, they can’t be only masculine or feminine. This happens so often that the “misfits”
reach a point where the only place they can survive is this mental institution. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is the story of these women finally pushing back to create a place in society for themselves. The film version is known for the setting, Jack Nicholson’s acting, and the adaptation of mentally deranged characters. RC Theater Company is here to give it a completely different take: this time the genders of the characters are different. Don’t confuse this with Mrs. Doubtfire or The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where gender crossing is used as a comedy device and gender roles are more emphasized. In RC Theater Company’s rendition, women play the men’s roles as themselves. According to Mr. Becker, people’s genders don’t define their personalities, the environment does. These women don’t act masculine due to the fact that the roles they play are originally male roles. They also don’t act feminine because, well, they are women. They act the way they do because of their background and their place in a society that pushes
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them to act this way. Mental institutions are places for mentally damaged people who are seen as a danger to society. But, in a society where gender roles are enormously internalized and implemented, women not acting a certain way--a feminine way--are considered not fit for society, and they are locked away. Through this play, the RC Theater Company shines a light on issues such as gender roles, society’s expectations, and the rejection of people who fail to behave according to societal expectations. Mr. Becker’s suggestion to the audience is to leave Jack Nicholson’s acting and the movie behind and focus on the play, no matter how “different” or “weird” this gender twist might be. RC Theater Company is using the power of telling stories through acting in a way that educates and entertains people at the same time. It will definitely be an inspiring play to see; maybe it will even make you reevaluate the judgments you have about gender roles and look at the world from a different perspective. JUNE 2012 Issue
NEWS&OPINIONBOSPHORUSCHRONICLENEWS&OPINION Özlem Ergün
Özlem Ergün is a Turkish teacher who came back to Robert College after a half year break. Even though Ms. Ergün might not be a new teacher for some of the students, there are some things students may not know about her. When Ms. Ergün was studying at Boğaziçi University, she was thinking about being an editor of a magazine or an ad writer. However, her ideas changed when she learned about the postgraduate program at Bilkent University, which offered students internships at distinguished schools, including Robert College. Ms. Ergün wanted to become a teacher also because of her family: there are lots of teachers in her family, and she was subconsciously drawn to becoming a teacher.
Allison Finn is an English teacher who used to be the head of the English Department at a school in Potomac, Maryland. She was determined to teach from a very young age–she lined up her stuffed animals and taught them when she was little. She initially planned to be a math teacher, though. Described in her own words, her teaching style is “to provide students interesting things to think about (a.k.a. building background knowledge) which will enrich their understanding of text as well as their ability to think critically about the world they live in.” She “subscribe[s] to Daniel Willingham’s cognitive educational theories which tend to lead right back to Bloom’s original taxonomy of higher order thinking.”
The first time she came to Robert College as a teacher was one-and-ahalf years ago. When she was working at Ankara University Tömer, an RC teacher was on maternity leave, and the school needed a temporary teacher. When Ms. Ergün heard about this, without thinking, she ap- Allison Finn (Photo Courtesy of Allison Finn) plied for it. She was very sad that her job here at RC was temporary; her Ms. Finn is interested in boxing, fitgoal was to return. Even though she ness, and reading. She says, “I am curdidn’t expect to come back this early, rently reading Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer, I am waiting for a new she is certainly very happy about it. book to arrive that I have been waitMs. Ergün doesn’t like to dictate ing to read, and I am glad that the fitwhile teaching; she likes discussion- ness center is open so that I can get based and student-focused classes. back to work there too.” She is also Other than Robert College, she has disappointed about our school’s lack also taught in Hisar Schools. of boxing facilities and equipment, so she and her husband are planning to get some of their own.
Stephen Shifflet Ali Çataltepe
Mr. Shifflett’s relationship with Robert College used to be an onagain-off-again one. In fact, this is his second new arrival article, but to hear it from the man himself, “This is my first time as a full-time teacher here.” During his tenure in Turkey,
he first worked at Koç from 2010 to 2013, then “took off to write, working part time at RC.” His reasons for coming here were, for the most part, quite typical; he had heard good things about the school and found out that they needed a teacher for a single semester. However, he also adds that “it was also because my rental house in Texas needed repairs,” and he needed a source of income for that.
Ms. Güven is a math teacher who loves teaching, helping, guiding others, and solving problems. She really likes the idea of “not memorizing, but actually learning to think.” This was one of the reasons why she chose to teach at Robert College, where students are not forced to memorize concepts but instead to understand and apply them to real life. The first time Ms. Güven came here, she was really amazed by our school’s campus and even wished to be a student here. She also likes how Robert College is not only pushing students to work harder but also allowing students to socialize with each other via many clubs and events. Ms. Güven loves dancing and has been dancing for five years. Because of this interest, she says that she would love to do a CIP project where she can teach students how to dance. Paragliding is also one of her hobbies. Unfortunately, even though Ms. Güven loves paragliding, she doesn’t have enough time for it. Let’s give a warm welcome to Ms. Güven for her first year at RC.
Ece Kara Batu El
Ms. Kara studied biological sciences and bioengineering, then got her Master’s degree in molecular biology and genetics. After that, she added a Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics to her career as well. She studied various interesting subjects throughout this period, such as stem cells and neuroscience (you can find her interview on neuroscience on page 10) She is a true scientist and researcher, but she chose to teach instead. She explains her decision: “During my PhD., I realized that I enjoyed not only learning and doing research, but also teaching. In time, I realized that my real passion was teaching and that I could use my knowledge and experience to teach students biology, research, and scientific thinking. I like to work with
Cansu Şenocak Zeynep Ünsal
Cansu Şenocak is from İstanbul, and she is an RC graduate! This is the first year she is teaching, which makes RC a very special place for her. Ms. Şenocak shared her journey with us which started in RC and continued in Boğaziçi University. And now, she is back in RC again. Firstly, Ms. Şenocak shared with us how she decided to become a math teacher. She said that she made this decision when she was in third grade. She used to help her teachers in primary school when they were
grading or teaching lessons. Ms. Şenocak also added: “Math was the subject that I liked the most. I like making people understand something and I like helping them” So, her passion for math and helping people intersected as she became a math teacher. Ms. Şenocak decided to teach at RC because she graduated from here. It was her dream to be a math teacher when she started her prep year. Ms. Tüfekçioğlu was her prep teacher and Ms. Şenocak wrote in a survey in their first lesson that her dream job was to teach math here in RC. She said: “So, this is a dream come true after ten years,” which makes us
Surprisingly, Mr. Shifflett’s views on RC’s students haven’t changed at all. “They’ve lived up to their reputation,” he says, but some negative preconceptions he had before he started teaching here have changed. “I heard from a former Koç teacher that the RC curriculum was outdated, but I found that not to be true. It’s just that the teachers have much more freedom to direct the curriculum,” he said.
Stephen Shifflet (Photo Courtesy of Stephen Shifflet)
glad to have her back in RC. Being a student and teacher in RC are very different from each other. As the BC staff we asked Ms. Şenocak to compare both roles. Her sister is also an RC graduate and she knew RC five years before she came here. She said: “I knew that RC was a great school. I knew that she had, and I would have, so many opportunities here.” As a student her experiences here were great, but as a teacher, she told us, it turned out to be more complicated than she anticipated. There are more responsibilities and she said that: “Other than that, I’m still learning.” Ms. Şenocak also mentioned her teaching style; she doesn’t like to spoonfeed by giving the information right away. She expects her students to explore math and find the answers themselves. “I like making my students teach each other.” Lastly, Ms. Şenocak told us of her hobbies : “I loved doing CIP’s when I was a student here.” When she went to Boğaziçi University, she still continued working with students from RC and did several CIP’s for three years. Now, she wants to continue with them. For now, she is adjusting to teaching, however she is looking forward to continue attending CIP’s.
The Bosphorus Chronicle once again welcomes Mr. Shifflett and would like to wish him success in his first year teaching ASL.
high school students because they are more open to different ideas and learning. My major motivation is to make a difference in the lives of students and the way they think.” She is a lover of nature and all different branches of biology. “Biology is life itself, the connection point for everything,”she says. This also has an influence on her teaching style: She often refers to samples from daily life, brings newspaper articles and discusses hot topics. She says that she also likes to raise awareness about what’s going on around us. She has two little kids: One is a year old and the other is four. Her kids now occupy all the time she used to spend on her hobbies; singing, dancing, reading and writing. But she isn’t complaining about it: “I love my job and my family, so the time and effort is always worth it.” She also states that she has plans to be a part of the scientific community and social life at RC.
Cansu Şenocak (Photo Courtesy of Cansu Şenocak)
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e- Timothy Koehn Gülengül Coşkun
Everyone dreams about a career that helps the world and at the same time helps you explore it. Unfortunately, only a few lucky people get to do that. Timothy Koehn is one of those people. His reason for coming to Turkey to teach is to explore, and his impressions of RC are, “Beautiful campus, really nice students and colleagues.” His teaching techniques are perfect for RC students, “improvisational, practical, subject-focused, an attempt at being fun and serious at the same time.” And for students like us who dance on the tightrope between being fun and serious, this method seems great.
Learning from someone with a passion to explore must be great, and the Bosphorus Chronicle hopes he has a great time living and teaching here.
For Madame Prioux, teaching at RC seems like the perfect job. Even as a student, she liked “languages and discovering new cultures,” which, combined with a passion to work with and help people, drove her to become an “international teacher,” as she puts it. Being an international teacher, according to Madame Prioux, is an “ideal job,” substantiating her enthusiasm in and knowledge of the subject. Madame Prioux taught in Malawi for three years before she came back to Istanbul to teach at RC. Prior to teaching at Malawi, she taught at another school in Turkey, from 2000 to 2008. She says that she “wanted to come back to teach in this region of the world” mainly due to Mediterranean region being her favorite.
Being an English teacher, it is not surprising that his hobbies include writing. That’s not all, though: He also likes birdwatching, the great outdoors, and making music. Tim Koehn (Photo Courtesy of Tim Koehn)
Necef Zaloğlu Tan Gemicioğlu
Necef Zaloğlu’s dreams came true when she joined the Robert College community after working at the Marmara High School Geography department’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme of Geography. Her family’s economical conditions pushed her to go to the only university in Samsun at the time: 19 Mayıs (May 19th) University.
Later, she completed her education by doing an MBA on marketing and economy at Doğuş University in Istanbul. She has been working as a geography teacher for 17 years, the last 9 of which were spent at Marmara High. Despite having had limited conditions then, she is contented and glad to be a geography teacher now. Currently, she is happy to be at Robert College because she is working at “one of the best institutions a teacher can work at.” Her teaching style is also quite modern; regarding this style, she adds “Geography is based on visuals and this is very important. I like to teach using Arcgis, smartboard and Google Earth. I also emphasize the importance of analyzing every process and sentence they say in the forefront.” We are happy that Ms. Zaloğlu, possessing a teaching style fitting the standards of 21th century skills, joined RC Family; we wish her and her students an unforgettable year of learning and living at RC.
Necef Zaloğlu (Photo Courtesy of Necef Zaloğlu)
Mrs. Schneider isn’t a foreigner to this country. She has a Turkish husband and for the past 19 years she has lived in Istanbul. Her desire to learn new things encouraged her to become a teacher. She doesn’t regret her decision: “I like learning new things, and there’s nothing like teaching to make you learn new things.” Throughout her teaching career she has taught mostly in universities, including Sabancı and Kadir Has. Many of her friends have worked here before and she had heard many positive opinions from them. That’s how she decided to try her luck and apply to RC.
“Great sense of community. Everyone seems to work together and appreciates what each person contributes,” she replies when asked about her first impression. She is fond of the way RC students contribute to each other and the RC community. In her classes she is interactive and she enjoys engaging with students in long discussions, both with her Lise 10 and her ASL classes. Ms. Schneider has other interests that she wants to pursue at RC. She attends yoga classes offered on campus and she helps coach the RC girls’ soccer team. Go Lady Bobcats! Bosphorus Chronicle wishes her the best. We are sure that RC students will welcome her and help her get used to the intense RC schedule.
“Istanbul seems busier than ever, or maybe it’s just my impression after living in a small African city for the last 3 years; the Bosphorus hasn’t changed and it’s still so beautiful. I love the mix of modernity and tradition. I hope Istanbul will never lose its street vendors, its büfes, and its little boutiques,” she comments on Istanbul as she juxtaposes the Istanbul she lived in a few years ago with today’s Istanbul.
Ernest Verbowski Kerem Yanık
The legend is back! We all know him for his charismatic voice and sincere smile. After a year of retirement, Ernest Verbowski, our beloved physics teacher, has returned to Robert College. He is continuing his teaching career, and we are delighted to see him here again. Mr. Verbowski is from Canada. He taught in other countries such as Australia and New Zealand before he came to Turkey 18 years ago. After 16 years at RC, he retired at the age of 65 due to Turkish law. He stayed mostly in Turkey during his one year of retirement. He says, “I still wanted to continue teaching, because I enjoyed it, and I felt like I still had the energy.” A teaching position became available at RC, and the school
Christine Prioux (Photo Courtesy of Christine Prioux)
administration asked him if he would be willing to take the job. Luckily, the retirement law had changed, so he could continue teaching. The RC community is very happy to see him back. It may surprise you, but Mr. Verbowski is not just a physics teacher. He used to teach chemistry and math as well before he came to RC. He also taught science to middle school students. He has observed the changes at RC over the years. “The major thing I experienced in Robert College was the change from the old lise to the new lise,” says Mr. Verbowski. “When I first came here, there was still the old system. That whole transition period was a very difficult thing for the school to carry out. We had students ranging in age from 13 to 21 years old,” he says. “It was interesting to walk into a classroom of younger students from an older group of students.”
He enjoys physics and teaching physics. He is happy with the curiosity and the enthusiasm of his students. “Students at RC do want to learn and they are excited about science,” he says gladly. “We’re lucky that way.” He says that he tries his best to give students a good grounding, keeping them excited about learning and introducing them to some new ideas. He also likes giving practical examples along with the theoretical side. Photography is one of his hobbies. He loves travelling both in Turkey and internationally. He is interested in history, especially religious history. He and his family feel connected to Turkey. He likes both the country and its people. “I will probably never leave Turkey totally. I’m sure I’ll always live here part time,” he says. “It feels like home.”
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Smells Like College Spirit Bilge Tatar Zeynep Ünsal
From the moment you enter Robert College, two paths lay in front of you: the path to study abroad (mainly the US) and to study in Turkey. A few students choose and stick to their choices from prep. For the rest, making up their minds may extend until 11th grade. There are also people who don’t choose one until the end of the 12th grade, the courageous ones. Each path has its own pros and cons. We set out to explore RC’s curriculum’s impact on these paths. If one enters a random prep class and asks, “How many of you are Amerikacı*?” more than half of the class will raise their hands. Studying in the US is a prep’s ultimate dream (there are a few who think that EU countries and the UK are cool, too). The number of hands drop each year and balance at 50/50. You could hear the grumblings and reproofs of the remaining Amerikacı students as much as Türkiyeci** students, if not more, when they start 11th grade. When you listen to these complaints, you hear many observations and a few exaggerations. What do Amerikacı students say about the American curriculum, College Counseling Office (CCO) and stressful examinations such as SAT, ACT, AP? Is the school’s not-soAmerican-but-also-not-so-Turkish system helping Amerikacı students get ready for American colleges? The biggest problem arises at the beginning of 11th grade: “Am I going to take ACT or SAT?” The answer usually lies in the scores students get from the PSAT and PLAN tests that they took in 10th grade and the level of comfort they felt due to these tests’ formats. After deciding which test to take and finally regis-
tering, the only part left unresolved is how to study for it. “As far as I know, the ones who get acceptances from top universities in the US are taking extra help from outside such as dershane or counselling,” says Melisa Saygın (RC’18). Why seek extra help? Do students feel a little left alone when it comes to getting prepared for these exams? Students have different ideas on how to gain test-taking confidence: 1. According to Tinda Yalçın (RC’18), every week a teacher should be assigned to stay after school to solve questions from the SAT/ACT or to give brief lectures about common mistakes. He remarks, “in a school where grammar is not a thing that much time is spent on, we need serious help on the SAT/ACT.” 2. Another idea is opening SAT/ACT dershanes in school. Türkiyeci students have the UP program, but Amerikacı students don’t. Melisa explains, “No school is helping its students get ready for the SAT/ACT, but it might be a good idea to have a dershane for it in our school.” 3. Fulya Deniz Dal (RC’18) believes having a dershane won’t help students much, and since it is unrelated to English lessons, it is not a responsibility of the school to have such a burden. L10 and L11 students can be found stuck in the library in May as APs get closer and closer, instead of enjoying the beautiful weather outside. Many students feel like some advanced classes are not preparing them well enough for the AP lessons, Physics 2 being the main one. Ali Çataltepe (RC’18) suggests: “Physics 2 didn’t cover all of the AP topics. There were topics which were taught after AP Physics included in the AP exam. Those topics could be covered earlier, and the topics that only show up on the Turkish examinations could be pushed back.”
Deniz had similar problems when she took Biology 2 in 10th grade: “Most of the important topics for AP are taught at the end of the year. It would be better if we learned these topics in the beginning.” On the other hand, Ezgi Okutan (RC’18) thinks this is unnecessary since she figured out everything about AP Physics by self-studying. There are different opinions on these two topics, SAT/ACT and APs, but students seem to come to a consensus when it comes to CCO and especially to the condition of exam study guides. Tinda notes, “there is a serious lack of books in the CCO, and they are in bad condition.” Melisa adds, “even though the SAT changed last year, old SAT books are in majority.” Since there are only a few upto-date books that are in good condition, the first students who get their hands on them never leave them. The 2-week rule is not being implemented well. Also, Tinda proposes books should be checked after they are returned so that the borrowers who are scribbling on the books can be identified. In general, CCO does a good job guiding students into the right colleges and gives valuable tips. However, some students express their concerns: “Due to the number of students, CCO is crowded at all times,” says Ezgi. “I don’t feel like a path is drawn in front of me. I didn’t know what ACT was until the last months of my 10th grade. People who knew what it was took early action: they took the ACT in 10th grade, and now, are relieved from a huge stress,” remarks Deniz. *Amerikacı: students aiming to study at a college in the US. **Türkiyeci: students aiming to stay/ get an education in Turkey.
Studying in Turkey is also preferred by lots of students in RC. Especially, in the last few years, the number of students who want to study medicine has increased, resulting in an increase of Türkiyeci’s. As more students chose the “Turkey path,” they needed help studying for YGS and LYS exams, so last year RC started the UP program to help its students succeed on the Turkish exams. For residential students, UP is a great opportunity because they don’t need to go off campus to another dershane; they save time, and there is more time left for them to complete their schoolwork or study for school exams. Also, in the UP program, the number of lessons is not excessive for an 11th grader in comparison to some other boutique courses for YGS and LYS. This is a positive side of UP, since some people don’t want to spend excessive effort in the 11th grade, fearing that they won’t be able to show the same performance the next year. The reason is that studying too much in 11th grade may overwhelm the student in the 12th grade. Baran Şen (RC’18) said that so far, he is satisfied with the UP program. İdil Çetin (RC’18) also gave positive feedback on it. She said that it’s more practical because it’s at school. She thought that RC students would all be at the same level; if she went to another course outside the school, she would feel insecure because she would be in the same class with people who covered many more topics than are covered at RC. On how they feel about the fact that most of the lessons in RC are not really oriented to YGS and LYS, Baran says, “when we enrolled in RC, we knew that preparing for YGS and LYS was not the aim of RC. We knew that this school was never meant to prepare us for the Turkish exam.” İdil also agreed with Baran:
“I like the style of RC because I feel like RC opens up a new window for us with the way we study the concepts here. Either way, I think we are capable of getting good scores in YGS and LYS, as I have observed from previous years. Even though the lessons and exams at RC can’t really help us because we don’t cover all the topics and become distant to multiple choice exams, RC actually supports us with having the UP Program in our school.” RC students have a lot of work to do in order to be successful regardless of the path they have chosen. The reason for this can partially be due to the fact that they think lessons in school are not enough. However, Baran and İdil didn’t complain about this at all. They acknowledged that RC’s curriculum is not enough for getting ready for YGS and LYS, but they didn’t want RC to change. Since this mentality can’t be unique to these two 11th graders, it can be said that there are some RC students who are happy about the school’s different way of teaching even though this means they need to work harder for their future. As we tried to explain in the best way as we could, Amerikacı or Türkiyeci are very different choices. However, they have one thing in common: they are both difficult if you aim to get into one of the best colleges. Yes, school needs to support us to be able to reach our goals, but as students, we also need to try our best. What we love about RC is that it offers us lots of perspectives and gives us the opportunity to find our way by using those perspectives. The views we get from RC stay with us even after we graduate.
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JUNE 2012 Issue
Clash of Clubs: Makers vs. Robotics expected that potential members convince the admins that they belong in the club. Each response Tan Gemicioğlu is voted upon and graded accordingly, and the top thirty or so are “Now wait a second,” you might accepted. This year saw 33 out of be asking, “aren’t these clubs the 48 applicants added to the new same thing?” No, dear reader, they club roster, with a rejection rate of are not. Although both require and approximately 30%. cultivate skills necessary in engineering from mechatronics to 3D When it comes to RC Robotics’ semodeling, RC Robotics is a contest- lectivity, the numbers speak for oriented school team, while RC themselves: The club only accepted Makers is a more project-oriented 13 out of 44 applicants. Unlike Makers, the selection process also club, focused on creating products. includes an interview for more What’s the difference between a promising applicants. However, as club and a team? A team is united the club must train its members in purpose, whereas a club gath- over the summer, selections must ers people with similar interests. be held at the end of the year, That’s the fundamental difference disallowing LPs from entering. Exbetween Makers’ and Robotics’ perience is valued, meaning that members. The Robotics team tries previous members are assumed to to make sure everyone specializes be continuing next year. Additionin their expected duties. During the ally, Makers has very few returning periods when the robots are built, members outside of the adminas club hours get stretched, people istrators, whereas most students may start leaving, as it gets late. (except L12s) continue participatThey’re always back the next day, ing in Robotics. though. The main reason for Robotics’ seMakers, on the other hand, gives lectivity is not just the variety its members much more latitude of fields: it is also the FRC (FIRST in their choice of pursuits, allow- Robotics Competition). Besides ing them to work as individuals or requiring an industrial-sized robot separate groups on their own proj- to be built in six weeks, it is the ects. While this did result in a lack most prestigious robotics contest of cohesion during the club’s last in the world. There are more than two years, the Makers club aims to 5000 FRC teams in the world. The prevent this from happening by ac- competition is sponsored by ortively guiding its members in their ganizations such as NASA, FedEx, projects and by providing special- and Google. Universities pay a lot ized training and stricter deadlines of attention to the FRC as well: this year. How these clubs use their There are currently around 200 colmembers is, in the end, indicative leges granting scholarships to FRC of how their philosophies differ: participants, adding up to a total RC Robotics works towards a single of 30 million dollars. RC Robotics goal, while RC Makers works to- also earned the “Rookie Innovation ward many. Award” in New York last year, makOne of RC Makers’ important poli- ing it one of the few Turkish teams cies is the lack of a guaranteed who won awards in the US. admission for returning members RC Makers may not participate in save (obviously) the administra- large-scale competitions, but it tive core: Everyone must pass the does organize the annual RC Makpre-selection every year; moreover, ers Makerfaire (now nearing its returning members are also judged third iteration), the largest event at based on what they did (or didn’t RC and one of the biggest of its kind do) the previous year. The pre-se- in Turkey. As its name implies, it is a lection is done via a Google Form, large fair where students and comlinks to which are publicly posted panies can show off technological throughout the school during the advancements, speak in seminars first week. The free-response ques- on their applications, and conduct tions on the form ask what the workshops to teach others about members expect of the club and their usage. Over 50 schools from how they could contribute. It is all over the country and numerous Ali Çataltepe
RC Robotics Club in Action (Photo Courtesy of Mehmet Özdemir) corporations including Robotus, Autodesk and Microsoft came to participate and contribute (and in the case of the corporations, sponsor the event) last year. It impressed some middle-schoolers to the extent that they joined the club when they entered RC. If the traction of the events it organizes and the effect they have on people is not proof of RC Makers’ prestige, then nothing is. The Makers Club doesn’t get this recognition for nothing: while new members will have to start by turning LEDs on and off while learning the basics, the technical complexity of their projects skyrockets around the time of the Makerfaire, and while their smaller physical scale may make them appear easier to build, that is more than made up for by the complex tasks their code must perform. A member who started off barely able to build a virtual house ended up designing and printing the chassis of an aerial drone –and building the rest of it from scratch, too– before the end of the year. The club also built a veritable army of 3D-printed smartphone-controllable tanks from the ground up, and a working top-loading automated rapid-fire turret (shooting plastic pellets, mind you) to accompany them. These are only a few examples of what RC Makers has accomplished, and there are more projects yet which have been fully designed and programmed and are yet un-
built due only to delays with part acquisition and budget approval. Where Makers builds many small machines, RC Robotics builds human-sized robots. This scale difference shows itself everywhere from the attention paid to efficiency, to the code, and to the purely metallic parts, almost all of which would break if made with plastic used in the school’s 3D printer. While most of the electronics used are custommade to work strictly within the competition, it is necessary to use sensors other than the competition’s. Finding and connecting these parts is no easy task and image recognition, a capability all but required for autonomy in this year’s iteration, has many industrial and research applications. The FRC regionals are also tech hotspots where both teams and corporations (looking for interns) can show off what they’ve developed. The FRC naturally requires competitiveness. However, this does not disallow cooperation. The FRC aims to produce an environment similar to the tech industry: companies constantly compete, but still help each other if they need to. In accordance with FRC’s principles, RC Robotics often lent tools to and borrowed some from other teams. Also, one of the first choices RC Robotics made this year was to work with Lycee-Sainte Pulcherie and Enka Technical Schools, forming the joint team SPaRC. While Makers had limited contact with
many organizations to organize the Makerfaire, RC Robotics formed lasting relationships with schools to spread the FRC spirit. The multidisciplinary nature of RC Robotics’ work also engenders cooperation with other clubs. For a club like RC Makers whose sole purpose is to create and share, cooperating and playing nice with others is high on the priority list. The Makerfaire organization is a shining example of this: students from around 15 of the 50+ schools who came to the event last year were granted their own workshops and displays to present their own projects. These, in addition to the deals with sponsors and the workshops and stands by private companies and other RC students, required numerous negotiations with the parties involved, and getting everyone to agree to a schedule. Putting aside the fact that the club had to perform nearly all these negotiations in parallel, the temporary repurposing of the entire school itself required the timely discussion of safety procedures and getting the permission of the school administration for numerous activities. The fact that Makerfaire has been a success for two years running is itself a testament to RC Makers’ capacity for outside coordination and cooperation. There you have it from representatives of the clubs themselves, no less. Who won? Who’s next? You tell us at bit.ly/makersvsrobotics!
Left: A Drone Designed, Printed, and Built by RC Makers - Right: FRC 2016 (Photo Courtesy of Mehmet Özdemir)
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eSports: Coming to RC? Kaan Tarhan
Ever since computers and the internet evolved to support games, developers have worked to make them better. But only recently has this form of entertainment left its mom’s basement to claim glory in the arenas that are usually for more traditionally recognized sports. eSports has become the new “hype” as its fans like to put it. It is even being embraced as an actual sport by many leading news agencies. This global success can be attributed to the expansion of the target audience of video games. No longer does one have to play alone or with a local friend; people from all around the world can get together virtually to share the joy of teamwork. A few games have taken the spotlight in world eSports history: Starcraft, World of Warcraft, DoTA, and League of Legends-which is leading the industry. Not only do millions watch LoL global tournaments, featuring numerous eSport athletes and sponsored national teams,
but its horde of players is ever growing. What makes the game so interesting for Turkey is the fact that it has a Turkish server, unlike many of the previous games. Beşiktaş even put together a professional LoL team that is followed by many official teams from various Turkish colleges. The developer of LoL, Riot Games, is taking a special interest in high schools, organising the third annual LoL tournament among high schools in Turkey this year. A fellow RC student, Yiğitcan Çevikol (RC’19), knew that many people in the RC community enjoy LoL and he wanted to unite them. He contacted Riot Games to get them to sponsor “Robert Kolej LoL Turnuvası.” Then, in order to spread the word, he tried to advertise in the daily announcements. That’s where the problems started. Yiğitcan had seized an opportunity, perhaps a bit too hastily, without checking the RUP; he did not know he couldn’t use Robert College’s name in the tournament. The Activities Office said that they didn’t want to support such an activity, even though the Student Council itself had run a Counter Strike Global
Offensive tournament last year and was planning to do so this year as well. When asked about it, Mr Welch said that last year was a one time mistake and that this year the tournament was cancelled. Both the Activities Office and the IT Department have been juggling numerous events and keeping up with many developments; that is why last year’s tournament slipped through. The school’s stance on eSports and gaming is a bit harsh but clear: the students can do it on their own time, but the school has nothing to do with their accomplishments and the school does not endorse such activities. This is partially due to concerned parents who don’t want their kids gaming instead of doing their homework. Of course the parents, the admin team or the IT Department can’t be expected to keep up with the ever-growing global eSports industry. It takes time for new advancements to be implemented; it took decades before the world embraced flight after the Wright Brothers. On the bright side, as one would expect, the IT department is the one department that’s aware of
ance,” and “cultural diversity” is promising. LoL is played with teams of five, requiring exquisite communication and teamwork skills, naturally demanding leadership in times of crisis. The US gives eSport players athlete visas and Turkey allows students to get an athlete ID as eSports players. This automatically makes eSports a valuable extracurricular activity for a student seeking balance. Still, many people have yet to embrace eSports as an “actual sport.” With all these mistakes learned from and questions asked, is there still hope for a better eSports future in RC? Both Yiğitcan and the IT department are optimistic; their hopes are based on the speed of acceptance in the world. Maybe RC has taken an apprehensive stance towards gaming, but as more official teams are formed and eSports becomes a much more deeply rooted form of entertainment like soccer or basketball, RC’s stance will change. Or, as IT likes to phrase it, if the students find a way to use eSports for the common good, then it will be supported. Whatever the reason, it is only a matter of time before eSports arrive in RC.
all the new developments regarding technology and not the department that would refer a young entrepreneur to the discipline committee for acting a bit too excitedly. When asked about their take on the issue, they said their concern wasn’t just about the RC brand name or organizing a gaming tournament. LoL couldn’t be endorsed by IT simply because it was a game whose website was banned from the RC internet for being “gamerelated,” according to the software they use to ban websites in bulk. They might have considered having a tournament like this given early notice and getting permission from the admin team. But, the troubling thought they entertain is that an eSports tournament must support a good cause other than simply “boosting school spirit.” The IT has a point in that a sports activity supporting a CIP or some sort of academic cause would look good, and since the school has yet to view eSports on a par with other sports, they are not yet ready to allow eSports tournaments to be organized just for fun. However, the fact that LoL supports school spirit and RC ideals like “leadership,” “bal-
Who Cares About Paris? Visit the French Riviera! İlayda Çötelioğlu
Turkey and France have a lot in common, like both being the host for must-see historical places and delicious cuisine. However they have another similarity which is the unfortunate terrorist attacks. Terrorists attacks have been aimed at both aimed Istanbul and Nice. However terrorist attacks shouldn’t hold you back from seeing these breathtaking places. If you are considering a visit to France, after visiting Paris, the best thing you can do is to rent a car and travel the French Riviera. The best places that you can check out are the museums, restaurants and even a casino. Nice is a place where you can swim in the cold but amazing sea, and walk on the Promenade des Anglais, which is the longest street that is parallel to the ocean shore. Also you can rent a bicycle and wander around the beautiful city. Musée Matisse is a place where you should absolutely go because Henri Matisse’s personal paintings are there and they are worth seeing. If you want to travel around the French Riviera, the best way is to rent a car. Eze village is a great option to start with. It has narrow streets, where you can take many photos, and a very interesting village to wander around.
A 3-Micherlin-Star Dish (Photo Courtesy of İlayda Çötelioğlu)
Restaurant Le Tilleul in Saint Paul de Vence has a famous Michelin star and it is one of the best restaurants that you can ever eat at. You shouldn’t leave before ordering the tortellini and enjoying the different flavors running inside your mouth. There is nothing more enjoyable than food in Saint Paul de Vence, and if you are a food lover probably you won’t mind taking a long ride to have a great meal. James Bond: Casino Royale… The famous movie line was filmed in Monte Carlo. Casino Monte Carlo. It is a must see place for the tourists. However, if you are under 18, you can’t even pass the doors of the casino. Taking photos is prohibited inside as well, which makes it more mysterious and interesting. If
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you are not 18 yet, visiting the casino and taking some photos outside is a way to make your friends jealous. Cannes is one of the most famous locations in France. The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most remarkable and famous film festivals in the world. The festival is in May which is why Cannes is so crowded in this time of the year, but I was there in June and couldn’t see the festival. However, I was lucky to see the theater and the auditorium that has been built just for this event. After reading this article I hope that your next trip will be to France and you will visit the French Riviera. Because there is more to see in France besides Paris.
Above: An aerial view of the French Riviera - Below: The Monte Carlo Casino (Photo Courtesy of İlayda Çötelioğlu)
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FEATURESBOSPHORUSCHRONICLEFEATURES NEWSBOSPHORUSCHRONICLENEWSNEWSNEWS The Science of Thoughts and Emotions Batu El
What is neuroscience? Can emotions, thoughts and ideas be studied by science? Throughout history, people have always questioned the nature of life. What makes us more than just bags of meat? We humans are tangible organisms. We have breathing lungs and a beating heart and these are the things which keep us alive. But this is clearly not enough for us. We want to be more. As a result, we obstinately make ourselves believe that we are more than that. We can’t accept that someday our hearts will still and our lives will come to an end. We prefer to believe that even without our organs working, we could still exist somehow, that even in the absence of our brain, we could still think. Thus we came up with the idea of the soul, the component that brings life to the body and allows us to think and feel. According to Abrahamic religions, only human souls are immortal. Our souls are here on Earth for a limited time. Neither birth nor death is a beginning or an end to our existence, and knowing this make us feel comfortable and safe.
However, in light of recent research and developments in various fields of science, especially biology and medicine, we know that this is not the actual case. There is evidence suggesting that emotions are the results of rises and falls of hormone levels in our brain. Dopamine and serotonin, two of the many chemicals in our brain responsible for transferring information between neurons (neurotransmitters), cause us to experience happiness when their levels rise and sadness when they fall. All of our thoughts and ideas are the results of the transmission of electrical signals through a chain of neurons. Nothing magical. What’s so fascinating about it? Isn’t it disturbing to believe in a materialistic world where even love is just another chemical reaction? It opposes traditional beliefs and draws us out of our comfort zones. This is exactly why there are so many people interested in neuroscience. Especially these days, there are many books about neuroscience in the bestsellers’ sections of bookstores. Topics like thoughts and emotions have, in the past, been chiefly the domain of psychology, but a hard scientific lens makes everything clearer, and, judging by book sales, a better read. People today are wondering what goes on in their brains much more
than they did in previous decades. The number of articles and books published on this topic has been on the rise over the past few years. Neuroscience has taken pop culture by storm as well. Have you heard of the book Incognito? It is A New York Times Bestseller, An Amazon Best Book of the Year, A Goodreads Best Book of the Year, A Boston Globe Best Science Book of the Year, A Houston Chronicle Book of the Year, A Wall Street Journal Summer Read, A Scientific American Book Club selection. Neuroscience has gone from a branch of medicine to a hot topic in literature and film. Why are so many people interested in it? Biology teacher Ece Kara, having spent a lot of time on the subject during her university years, is best suited to answer this question: The studies in neuroscience have
actually improved a lot in the last decades. They have revealed a lot, like how neurons are wired and networked. And of course neurons, at the end of the day, bring us back to the brain, which is actually a mystery box. Research has evolved a great deal during these last few decades. What we knew about neuroscience a few decades ago was a lot different from what we know now. Technology has improved. We have the sequences, we know the human genomes, we have a chance to compare it and now we know more and more about neurons than we ever did. So this information accumulates as more and more researchers and scientists work on it. It is just technology, work and time all combining together. The more we learn how things work, how they signal, how we decide, the more popular it becomes. The main reason it is more popular now is that it now isn’t a complete
mystery; like I said, we now know a lot more about the field. Another reason is that it also relates to other subjects at the same time. Psychology is just one of them. But you can actually make a lot of this information.
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The Eye of Istanbul: Ara Güler and the Galata Tower. As if the city is an aged wine, I smell the city of Istanbul surrounded by the sea. The scent carries me back to the ‘60s again, and I hear the ring of trolley bells and the horns of vintage cars. I look at the sea and watch the rowboats swing. Then, I see a man who holds a camera in his hands as if the camera is his child. He doesn’t just look at the city but sees it. He hears the people of the city, he talks to them and feels their existence. He brings the past to present and makes that moment eternal by creating compositions. Later, he photographs the composition. That man is Ara Güler. Ara Güler, also known as “The Eye of Istanbul,” was born in 1928. He is a photojournalist, and was chosen
As I touch the ancient bricks of the buildings in Balat, I think about the families who used to live in these buildings. Suddenly, time goes back to the ‘60s, and I imagine myself climbing the stairs of that old mansion with its exquisite gold chandelier. I find myself sitting in the living room of that house, drinking a cup of Turkish coffee, staring at the black and white photograph tucked in the mirror on the wall. While I walk across the Galata Bridge where anglers fish and lovers kiss, I stop and look around me. I gaze at the Suleymaniye Mosque
Ara Güler (Photo Courtesy of Ara Güler)
as one of the seven best photographers in the world by Photography Annual. Güler went to four different wars as a war photojournalist, and one of his many photographs became the cover of Time Magazine. In addition, his portfolio includes the photographs of many famous people such as İsmet İnönü, Winston Churchill, Indira Gandhi, John Berger, Bertrand Russell, Bill Brandt, Alfred Hitchcock, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Salvador Dali. He made an interview with Picasso about a book written on his work, Picasso Metamorphose et Unite, and didn’t forget to take photographs of Picasso. Also, Güler has written several books in which he describes his life experiences. A lot of his photography works were published as different photography
books. The movie The Eye Of Istanbul tells the story of Ara Güler as he became famous with his retrospective, unique Istanbul photographs. Ara Güler says, “When I’m taking a picture of the Aya Sofia, what counts is the person passing by who stands for life,” and that’s why his photographs exhibit retrospective Istanbul to the world. If we use Google or check Instagram, we can find many photographs of the Aya Sofia taken by different people, but none of those photographs is as successful and famous as Ara Güler’s photographs. Güler doesn’t just capture what’s in front of his eyes, but gets under the skin of Istanbul, running together with the red blood flowing inside humans’ veins in order to create an eternal composition.
(Photo Courtesy of Ara Güler)
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In 2008, a young, scrappy, and hopefully-not-hungry Lin-Manuel Miranda cracked open Alexander Hamilton’s biography, and the world has never been the same (Rosen). Since the musical he created (and starred in) opened off in Broadway on February 2015, Hamilton: An American Musical has won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (Jones), been nominated for a record-breaking 14 Tony awards, and won 11 of them, including Best Musical- one award short of the record, 12. So what is this musical that has risen up from seemingly nowhere and turned the world upside down? Well, it’s the story of Alexander Hamilton, the “ten dollar founding father without a father,” in its creator’s words. In a way, Alexander Hamilton was the prototype for the American Dream before there even was an America: he wrote his way out of poverty and into wealth and power- and also wrote himself to his downfall. Hamilton chronicles his life and death- his friendship with Hercules Mulligan (a spy during the Revolutionary War), Marquis de Lafayette (the “Hero of Both Worlds,” having fought in both the American and French Revolutions) and John Laurens (one of the first abolitionists, whom Hamilton “likes a lot”); his cabinet battles with Thomas Jefferson, family life with Eliza Schuyler, and incredible dynamic with Aaron Burr. Hamilton has been applauded for its multi-racial cast and contemporary beats. The musical draws upon R&B, hip hop, and rap as the music of a revolution, while King George III sings a Beatle-esque tune of love: Cuz when push comes to shove/I will kill your friends and family to remind you of my love. Apart from musical choice, George III being the only Caucasian cast member is seen as a revolution in its own right- race superiority is firmly cemented in the past, with the founding fathers and diversity laying the foundation of the future. But what did Hamilton do exactlybesides releasing a pamphlet detailing his adulterous affair? Born in 1755 as “the bastard brat of a Scotch pedlar,” (“Alexander Hamilton”) as John Adams put it, young Alexander grew up in the British West Indies as an orphan. He literally wrote himself out of poverty when a letter he wrote to a newspaper about a hurricane awed readers, who took up a collection to send him to King’s College (Columbia University). Alex arrived in New York in 1773, 16 years old. Dropping out of school to join the militia, he quickly rose in the ranks and became Washington’s right hand man. Growing restless in his advisory role, Alexander convinced Washington to let him lead the charge at the Battle of Yorktown, 1781. The American victory eventually resulted in the signing of three major treaties.
A Still from a Performance (Photo Courtesy of BTM Magazine)
After the war, Hamilton played an instrumental role in the ratification of US Constitution (“Constitutional Convention Convenes in Philadelphia”), writing 51 of the 85 Federalist Papers, which are still the primary source for interpreting the Constitution (Writer). And Alexander Hamilton was a Federalist- he believed in strong central power. This lead to clashes between him and Thomas Jefferson. At the time, a lot of people were afraid that a strong central government would
to separate territories from the US (“Aaron Burr Biography”). To show his support for Jefferson, Hamilton placed Burr in the seat of Vice President. Towards the end of his term, Burr ran for the Governor of New York, and once again, Hamilton spoke out against him. When Burr learned that Hamilton was undermining his campaign again, he invited him to a duel. In the early morning of July 11, 1804, the two men met in Weehawken, New Jersey (“Alexander Hamilton and
“Hey yo I’m just like my country I’m young, scrappy and hungry And I’m not throwing away my shot”
Hamilton’s Poster from Broadway (Photo Courtesy of Broadway.com)
only mimic the British tyranny, and so before the Constitution the government was purposefully weak: it had no army, couldn’t collect taxes, and had no executive power (Feldmeth). It took the Federalist Papers, and some serious campaigning, and a few dinner table deals from Hamilton to change that. But the passing of the Constitution wasn’t the only thing Hamilton and Jefferson disagreed on, and soon the US would see the first two-party system: Jefferson’s Democratic Republicans and Hamilton’s Federalists. Serving as the first Secretary of Treasury under George Wash-
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ington, Hamilton managed to pass his 5-point economic plan, laying the foundations for the American economy today. In 1797, Hamilton was accused of embezzlement–misspending the nation’s money. He responded to this by releasing the infamous “Reynolds Pamphlet” (“Alexander Hamilton’s Adultery and Apology”), a nearly hundred-page long pamphlet detailing his affair with Mrs. Maria Reynolds. It showed the public that he hadn’t been using the nation’s money–he’d been using his own credit to carry on a relationship with a married woman, with her husband’s knowledge, consent, and threats of blackmail. A few years
later, Mrs. Reynolds would divorce her husband with Aaron Burr as her lawyer. The pamphlet proved highly embarrassing to his wife, Eliza Schuyler, and effectively destroyed his chances of becoming president. During the 1800 Presidential elections, two candidates from the Democratic Republican Party tied for the presidency (at the time, Presidents and Vice Presidents were voted for separately) (Crashcourse): Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr (who was supposed to be the VP) accumulated the same number of votes. Despite the philosophical differences he had with Jefferson, Hamilton despised Burr as he thought him unprincipled. Perhaps he was right –Burr would later on be tried for conspiracy for trying
Alexander Hamilton’s portrait (Photo Courtesy of the Manhattan Institute)
Aaron Burr’s Duel”). Hamilton was mortally wounded and died the next day. His eldest son, Philip, had died in the same spot, dueling with the same pair of pistols (“Philip Hamilton”) a mere three years ago. With its catchy tunes, unusual historical accuracy, and the sheer melodrama of Hamilton’s life, Hamilton is definitely worth listening to. Even though most of us won’t have the luck to see it live on Broadway or the West End, the soundtrack is available online, and it’s a mustlisten for history fans and those in search of a truly great story alike.
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Milhan Şengün (18) was stabbed to death near the girls locker room on the evening of September 28th. The search for the killer by the local authorities continues. There might be a link between the murder and the announcement of GPA rankings for the Class of 2017. GPA rankings were the main attraction of the day. Students received their rankings via email at 4:03 P.M. Whatsapp groups were temporarily shut down from the messaging traffic. There were tears of joy and sadness. Witnesses stated MŞ joked about his ranking in the UP program. “He was very egotistical about it actually,” says Duygu Özkan (RC’17). “He kept talking about how people who wanted to go abroad couldn’t do as well as he did. I don’t know, maybe he deserved it.” The admin reported “the killer might’ve been someone with deadly aspirations to rise above in the rankings.” Students wept with the news. When the relevant authorities of the Lise Office arrived at the scene, the news had already reached the corners of the school. By lunch students were weeping in Murat Karamancı Center, yet the reason wasn’t the food. Everyone was devastated. Local law enforcement was called to the crime scene. The police arrived at the scene; they swept the area and interviewed some art teachers in Sage. “They do not know what GPA ranking means, but we are certain they will figure it out and find the killer,” admin commented on the situation. “The girls locker room won’t be available for use for the next week. We’ll let students know by email where they can get dressed until then. Then, if that place is booked for something else, we’ll change the place. Then that place might change again, We’ll email everyone almost every day. You can probably find the information on the screens.” The counseling office broke its silence. After two days of investigation, the counseling office held a press conference on the plateau. “Lovely day,” the officials began their statement. Then, they were reminded of the topic they were there to discuss. “The GPA rankings have been causing problems for awhile; the registrar says the list is too hard to maintain and the emails are hard to send one by one. If students tried to keep their GPAs low, others would not be tempted to kill them to steal their place. On a side note, the blood was apparently very hard to clean off the floor, so the ISS is mad about that.” The counselors concluded their speech saying, “It would be safer if students with higher GPAs stayed in large groups on campus.” JUNE 2012 Issue
Freeboard is Back to Save the Day! Ali Çataltepe Ilayda Orhan Rabia Demirelli
To the beloved RC community, The Freeboard is back! For those of you who have not yet heard of it, the Freeboard is a Bosphorus Chronicle tradition where for a couple of weeks, we ask members of the RC family certain questions on a selected topic, and the most funny or extraordinary or creative (it depends, really) responses get published in this corner. There really isn’t a limit to topics to be covered in Freeboard: popular culture, politics, religion, school policies… the only limit is your imagination! Let’s see what RC faculty has to say about a topic which brings their generation and that of their students’ together: Superheroes. 1. If RC was a comic ‘verse, who would be the main villain? Jeremy Hardy: One of the cats on campus. Janelle Bondor: Either the villain who forces me to completely forget my ID throughout the day, so that I only remember to scan IN as I am leaving the building at 16:00. OR An invisible villain who sneaks into the Gould canteen and leaves trash everywhere to make the RC kids look bad. OR Mr. Hoovler. Sean Vander Meulen: Since I can’t say a specific person (we all know it’s Mr. Hoovler), I’d have to say the main villain in the RC universe is ignorance. That’s who we’re all fighting here. Aydemir Doğan: Hmmmmm! Mehmet Göral: The Admin. Claus Cadorette: Whoever we’re competing against. Andrew Laraia: Probably some amalgamation of all the meanest, nastiest teachers you’ve ever had, all in one super evil, F-dropping, coffee-breath smelling, ruler swinging maniac. My teacher in the 7th grade was pretty awful, so I think I’d make this super villain look a lot like her. I’m not telling you her name, but if you’ve ever taken my class, I know you’ve heard at least a few stories about her… 2. Who is the Robin to your Batman? İzzet Dodurgalı: Sinan Tümtürk from the Turkish department. Claus Cadorette: If I’m Robin, then my wife is Batman. Andrew Laraia: My nephew, Derek.
We’ve had quite a few adventures. And he has both a Batman and a Robin costume. But, maybe my Robin is Mr. Welch. He’s gotten me out of more than a few jams… Birol Özdemir: Tommiks’in köftecisi. 3. If you could have a superpower related to your course, what would it be? Janelle Bondor: The ability to make even the most boring lesson as fun as Kahoot. Önder Kaya: Travelling through dimensions. İzzet Dodurgalı: Summoning angels. Claus Cadorette: The ability to make students learn the entire lesson with a fingersnap. Aydemir Doğan: I’d transfer the duty of grading papers to this superpower! Andrew LaRaia: Super-fast grading ability and autocorrect. I’d also dig having the ability to force someone to tell the truth. 4. If Mr. Edmonds was a superhero, what would his nickname be? Janelle Bondor: SuperMac, Captain Colin, Mr. Mactastic, The Iron Keyboard, The Human Computer (Seriously, I could do this all day.) Claus Cadorette: SuperMac. Jeremy Hardy: Harmonica Hacker Sean Vander Meulen: Mr. Edmonds would be called The Ghost, since I never see him on campus, but every time I do, it’s at a distance, and he’s silently gliding off somewhere.
5. Which superhero or villian would you dress up as for Halloween? Janelle Bondor: I skip dressing up and mostly just eat candy. But, I was Wonder Woman for many years in elementary school and wore her bracelets pretty much year round. Jeremy Hardy: Wonder Woman Önder Kaya: Spider-man Sean Vander Meulen: I already have a skin-tight leather bodysuit, so probably I would dress up as Catwoman. That’s a joke. I do not own a skin-tight leather bodysuit. Yet. For serious, I’d probably dress up as Professor X, since I have the hair for it. Mehmet Göral: Samurai (he’s fearless). Andrew LaRaia: I went as Superman once; last year I was Rick Grimes. I usually go as the Devil. Does that count? 6. Who is your favourite superhero? Claus Cadorette: When I was little, I read only one comic book, and that was Daredevil. My second one was The Flash. Birol Özdemir: 007 James Bond. Önder Kaya: Spider-man Mehmet Göral: Prometheus (For stealing fire from the Gods and giving it to humankind). 7.Ben Affleck or Christian Bale? Birol Özdemir: Daniel Craig. Claus Cadorette: Adam West is Batman. Mehmet Göral: Ben Affleck (I find him more charismatic).
Aydemir Doğan: Bale, of course. Önder Kaya: Christian Bale. Andrew LaRaia: Yuck! Neither. Michael Keaton, followed closely by Adam West. 8. Comic books or movies? James Butterworth: Books, no contest. Aydemir Doğan: Movies. Claus Cadorette: Reading a comic book is more enjoyable than watching a movie. Önder Kaya: Comic books, obviously. Mehmet Göral: Books (after all, I am a child of “yazılı kültür dönemi”) Jeremy Hardy: Movies… 9. Which of the common comic book superpowers would be (a) the most impractical (b) the most implementable if all other laws of science were followed? James Butterworth: (a) Self-explosion and reformation (the reformation bit breaks the 2nd law of thermodynamics, and no scientist could possibly live with that) (b) Invisibility (matter is 99.999999999999% free space after all) & prehensile/ animated hair (seems to be occurring at present among the RC male population) Sean Vander Meulen : Most implementable would definitely be flight. There aren’t really any problems with that one apart from sourcing enough energy. The most impractical would be everything Doctor Manhattan can do.
10. Which character do you think your favorite comic book could do without? Önder Kaya: Punisher (too dark) Claus Cadorette: Batman does not need Robin........................... Mehmet Göral: Kahramanların yalakaları olan tipler… Sean Vander Meulen: I know it’s standard, but I could probably get rid of all of Aquaman. What’s up with that guy? He can swim fast and talk with fish? What kind of a superpower is that!? OK, Jason Momoa does look super awesome, but that’s the only thing saving Aquaman for me right now. Andrew LaRaia: My favorite title is Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead—it was a comic long before it became a TV Show. To be honest, I keep waiting for them to kill of Carl, in both book, and the show. He’s annoying in both! 11. What is the worst superhero movie reboot? Önder Kaya: Even though it is not the worst, I’d have to go with Spider-man. It was my favorite comic book. The movies were a huge disappointment. Aydemir Doğan: Nearly all of the superhero movies produced nowadays. Claus Cadorette: The Hulk. Sean Vander Meulen: If the 1997 Batman and Robin counts as a reboot, then definitely that one is the worst. Clooney’s Batman, all that terrible fluorescent stuff everywhere, and let’s not forget Ahnold’s great Mr. Freeze lines: “All right, everyone, chill!” “What killed the dinosaurs? The ice age!” “Let’s kick some ice!” Oh, man, it’s so bad! Andrew LaRaia: Green Lantern was pretty awful. So was Conan The Barbarian (I was really, really looking forward to the Conan reboot…so bad :( ) I was really, really bummed about how bad X-Men: Apocalypse was, too… Jeremy Hardy: Superman v. Batman. What should the next Freeboard be about? Share your ideas with us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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