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2 November 2013
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Seniors excel in science competition
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Few surprises in Election Simulation results
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4 November 2013
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8 November 2013
NEWS/FEATURES Photo by Sharon Chin
Time to bring back the “Funny” and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Canzoneri’s choice for the musiCanzoneri to get a clearer idea of the talent in the building, which
his time directing at Townsend .
it would be this soon but we have
New Guidance Counselor arrives
Being a farce, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
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Freshman Marina Aweeda said that since it
as a school counselor is also to create an environment that encourages students to share what’s on students and their families in the
Junior Jennifer Walsh, who will be serving as assistant stage manager this year, is very
ences include being a College Mentor and Guidance Counselor
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
she feels welcomed and comfortaSchool and a Graduate Admissions Counselor at Touro College School of Health Sciences, is now the Guidance Counselor for of-
sure the student body and faculty Junior Sadiqa Taaseen shared, of the concerns he has with THHS, he seemed than ten minutes but remembered
December’s Mystery Staff Member November’s “SINGer”
G u id a nc e C o u n s e l o r S a r a in Australia during her junior year
ing time with my Boston Terrier Queens College built into their -
the Townsend Harris family, she has easily adjusted to the hectic the THHS community has been
body have been welcoming and but the hat we wear every day is
Every month, the print edition of The Classic will provide you with four clues. Can you guess the identity of the staff member who matches these clues? Submit your guess online at www.thhsclassic.com. We will reveal the identity of the staff member in the December issue. One thing we can suggest is this: do not make assumptions. Many people making guesses last month assumed that SING! is a Townsend Harris only event, which caused most to guess teachers who are THHS alumni. Here are December’s clues:
WHO AM I? CLUE #1
munications consultant, CLUE #3
Steel Hawks plan to go international
PSAT POLICY CHANGE FRESHMEN NO LONGER REQUIRED TO TAKE EXAM
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attend the Greater Toronto East
another formal event will bring
time this school year, in addition
This year, members have deON
ing the PSAT during freshman
According to Assistant Prin-
event and is eager to begin funof the most successful teams worldwide will be attending the
United States to have registered
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Though the school is unsure tice in future years, the decision
sent not only the school, but also Every year, the team comgionals will cost a lot of money, the team has already started in a variety of challenges that change every year -
two years, when the current Guidance counselor Sara
botics team has another advantage: it will be one out of many teams using software beta testing, which tests the software libraries and tools before they get With all of this in mind, Neil
able to meet the monetary goal gether on fundraising and devel-
their junior year, the school will understand that PSAT is just a you don’t do well, it’s not a big
robotics team to contend with -
historically, then maybe we don’t need to have the freshmen
The PSAT is the Preliminary SAT test that allows juniors to receive a National Merit -
you more comfortable while to receive information on col-
Annual fundraisers held by
no doubt that our students will
Senior Anthony Chiarenza
10 November 2013
BY SUSWANA CH
SING is practically 1984 re-establishment though production st vived again in the yea ber of ways to becom
During a certain time of the year, chaos and stress plagues the metropolis of townsend Harris high school. Witness the broken spotlights, the narrow stages, the panicked rushing of the actors. These are the grave and terrifying challenges posed by none other than SING the day can be saved by just one thing: a dazzling performance.
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BY VINCENT CHU AND ZACH OOI Anna S t . Clair h a d no mus i c a l or theatrical experience before coming to Townsend Harris, but that didn’t stop her from joining SING! in freshman year. As director, Anna enjoys writing the script, the story, and, most especially, getting to see the whole performance come together. Anna considers the stress of the event to be part of the fun, and she views the nervousness as a good motivator.
F o r Dimitri, the world of theater is no stranger. He has acted in countless productions and starred in SING freshman and sophomore year. He also gained experience from elementary and middle school productions such as the lion king and the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe. Though new to scripwriting, out of all his responsibilities as a director, Dimitri felt casting was the toughest. He explained that this was because he had no hint of what sort of talent would come his way.
Nathaniel Cheng was not as enthusiastic about SING as his co-director. he didn’t even want to join SING until his older sister’s dedication to SING inspired him. Nathaniel enjoys the SING for the fun, family-like environment it provide. As a director, Nathaniel has a great deal of responsibility. He is particularly known for being a spirit-lifter during “crunch time.”
Nina Leeds also brings with her previous relevant experiences. She attended a performing arts camp for eleven years, performed in musicals in middle school, and acted in SING. While being a director was certainly a transition, Nina enjoyed the process. Despite her off-stage position, she especially enjoyed being able to guide the actors through developing their performances.
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Vocal directors choose storyline. Singers then sepa
“We try to choose s popular, appealing, and nies,” said Freshior vo Jennie Lynn
Dance directors lead eve the hardest to choreogr
HOWDHURY AND KATHERINE MARADIAGA
y intertwined with Townsend Harris’s postt. it’s been around since the beginning, and topped for a period in the ‘90s, it was rear 2000. Since then, SING has evolved in a numme the show Harrisites are familiar with today.
While actors, singers and dancers earn plenty of applause in SING, there are unsung heroes who must make sure the show runs smoothly. The audience may not give much thought to the hours spent painting backdrops or the precision of lighting cues, but they are just as essential to the production as their on-stage counterparts.
by michelle gan and jennifer walsh
o occur at the end of Janunals were introduced durweek, and since then, SING taken place in November. It consisted of three productions—Sophmen, Juniors, and Seniors—until these merged and became the Se’more and Freshior shows.
e show aired on Thursn to Friday and Saturday the audience was considmaller on Thursday.
A part of SING that for the most part goes unnoticed is the Tech Squad. Tech takes charge of sound systems, lighting, spotlights, microphones, projectors, and music tracks. Spotlights, which are controlled on the balcony, need to be specifed for scenes based on size, shape, and intensity. The light room is used for blackouts, which are used to transition between scenes, and to also control the smaller overhead lights on the stage that emit different colors. For sound, there are two housings, or towers of equipment: one for the microphones and another for CDs and DVDs. There is a large soundboard that controls the volume of the microphones using sliders to adjust volume. The housing for CDs and DVDs are used to play each SING’s music. According to senior Aditya Samaroo, the Tech Squad needs at least Five people for each SING performance. They need “one for the soundboard, one with the CDs, one in the light room, and two for spotlights.” Despite the Tech Squad’s underappreciation, there are many hidden perks. according to senior Angel Song, the tech squad president, “The balcony is the coolest place ever. You’re basically in a restricted area. Also you can be best friends with Ms. Fee.” However, stress still builds in the tech squad as the days leading up to SING wind down. “We’re the scapegoats of SING. Basically all the pressure is put on you, and if you mess up, everybody blames you,” said Angel. Once the directors hand over the script to the Tech Squad, the Tech Squad works with each SING to make sure that everything works out perfectly. Once run-throughs begin, the Tech Squad can be seen working just as hard as the rest of the cast of SING. Many may not realize it, but Tech is essential to many of the school’s performances. Angel sums it up, “We’re the backbone of the show. If they don’t have lighting and sound, they’re nothing.”
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ectors Assign instruments for their songs to anyypical practice, the band listens to a track, practices over any parts they mess up on until they perfect it.
rades and asked ist, and a drumolazzi, freshior director.
e among song suggestions and alter the lyrics to Fit the arate into Alto (melodies) or soprano (harmonies).
songs that are d have harmo“We’re given all summer. ocal director as soon as the script is writn. ten, that’s when I start to plan how each song is going to be performed,” said Se’more vocal director Rianne Bawalan.
eryone in practicing their biggest number fIrst, raph with space and time provided. They then
“When I am choreographing, I usually like to look at the talent First and then Find a style that would be most suitable for them,” said Se’more dance director Amanda Ruggieri.
by michelle gan and jennifer walsh
The audience may not give much thought to the hours spent painting backdrops or the precision of lighting cues, but they are just as essential to the production as their on-stage counterparts. The art department’s chief responsibility is to design and create the backdrop and build props. Of the $1,000 allocated for each SING’s budget, approximately 50% goes towards purchasing art supplies. The art director is in charge of purchasing materials, designing the backdrop, and making sure everything gets done in time for the show. “The hardest part [of my job] is trying to meet due dates and stay within budget,” remarked Freshior art director Ariana Stergiou. The FIrst step is priming the backdrop. During this process, they cover last year’s backdrop with white paint and primer so that they can put their new design on top of it. Once the art director completes the backdrop design and primFinished, they begin the process of gridding. Gridding means that they sketch the backdrop design onto the tarp, making sure that everything is to scale by literally creating a grid on the backdrop. After gridding, the art crew begins the process of painting. “Painting is all hands on deck,” said Se’more art director Megan Parker. The crew outlines the designs in painter’s tape to ensure they stay inside the lines. Other props may be made if necessary such as bookshelves or grocery shelves. For this year’s Se’mores, Megan serves as lumberjack. “Whatever I’m building, I cut the wood at home and bring it here to assemble,” she said. Despite everything, Megan FInds the reward in looking at the FInal product. “Sometimes when you’re working on it, there’s this sense of working towards the common good. But at the end, you have something tangible that represents your months of hard work.”
12 November 2013
OPINION Obamacare, a safety net for the American people ON
IGOR PORTNOI IS AGAINST OBAMACARE
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the long awaited
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Christina Wang won individual awards, as did alumni Genna
on its website following the
Time to replace the AP courses
the right THHS spirit
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and the charities received the At Montclair K imberley Academy in who creatively integrated string
Of course, the sabotage necessi-
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far more than just another fun thing to do in between the hec-
decorating victory with ease; the seniors still won the overall Donating money to select
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towards credible education is a taste of what our
truly nice about the announcement of the victors after the
Since arriving at Townsend Harris, I have real-
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Sure, not everyone donned their manner, students were encourthose reasons, but for those who needed a reason, the earning of This year’s Battle of the twist allowed for more money hall decorating winner and
that truth, and we commend its
-Christina Marshall, junior
14 November 2013
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT THHS Trend Watch: Neutral Knits, Sartorial Stripes MANY OF us who spend hours meticulously choosing our out-
The Art of Afghan Food Andrew Mitchel deli-
!e portion size was surprisingly large for lunchtime, and the food was filling.
little resemto the limp
From the left, the trend is shown in the simple striped detailing at the end of each shirt sleeve, on a blue-and-white button-down shirt with very thin stripes, and on a cardigan with color-blocked stripes in crisply contrasting navy and white.
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16 November 2013
A&E SPECIAL FEATURE
Doctor Who is an alien (though he looks human) who travels through time and space in a blue police box known as the TARDIS. He is often accompanied by one or two of his human friends, called companions.
DEBORAH CHAI Favorite episode: “The Family of Blood.” This is the episode that made me see the serious side of the show and the full spectrum of David Tennant’s acting. Doctor Who is often a very silly show with jokes and gags but this episode took his acting to the next level.
Favorite doctor: The 9th Doctor is underrated since he’s only in one season, but Christopher Eccleston does a great job tapping into a wide range of emotions. In “The Doctor Dances” when he says,“Please let it be one of those days. Just this once, everybody lives,” the pure joy on his face was what got me into the show.
Why are you a Whovian? I love Doctor Who because it can be anything it wants. They have the ability to go anywhere! They can go visit Van Gogh and then go all the way to 2090. It isn’t tied down to one genre either other than is very childish but it’s coupled with lovable characters and brilliant writing.
ANNA ST. CLAIR Favorite episode: “Asylum of the Daleks.” The Doctor’s arch-nemeses, the Daleks, summon him to investigate an insane Dalek. Writer Steven Moffat crafts a thrilling epic that features one of the best plot twists of the season, if not the entire revived series.There’s so much of the show’s canon, too. Favorite monster: The Weeping Angels are one of the few monsters that horrify you on a deeper psychological level. These stone statues can’t move when you’re looking at them, but look away for less than a second and they move to attack. Get too close and they can turn you into an angel yourself. Yet they are so normal looking, possibly hiding amongst the statues of any cemetery, museum, or building facade.
Favorite companion: Donna stands out from the rest of the companions as she took down the “damsel in distress” cliche that previshe was sarcastic, assertive, and lively. She was also the only companion that didn’t go through the tiered “will they or won’t they” romance.
A&E SPECIAL FEATURE
On any given day, you are likely to spot a number of Doctor Who fans at THHS. You may spot them by their apparel, their locker decorations, or their frequent (often loud) conversations. With such a large and vocal culture of Doctor Who fans (or “Whovians,” as they are often called) at our school The Classic decided to celebrate the fandom and the occasion by asking a few of our Whovian staffers about their favorite Doctor Who Doctors, episodes, and moments.
creating a new generation of Whovians that turned the show into a global phenomenon.
JENNIFER WALSH Favorite episode: “Vincent and the Doctor.” The Doctor goes back in time and meets Vincent Van Gogh, and it is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. It’s all about Pyrrhic victories and how some tragedies can’t be avoided, and makes me cry every time.
Favorite Doctor: The Tenth Doctor is my favorite. He has this sense of warmth and openness about him that make him instantly likeable, but it doesn’t mask his darker side.
Why are you a Whovian? Doctor Who is so different from everything else on television, and the combination of intelligent storytelling and action is the reason it’s reached cult status around the globe. The characters are relatable, and watching the show is like watching your friends go on the adventure of a lifetime.There’s so much of the show’s canon, too - the old series, spinoffs, books, video games - so fans can
MEGAN PARKER Favorite doctor: The 11th doctor is quirkily charming and childishly curious, while still managing to balance the age and tragedies of the doctor with the excitement and open-mindedness that harkens back to when he stole the TARDIS all those years ago. Favorite companion: Jones; she’s intelligent, cheeky and surprisingly tough. What I really loved about her was her refusal to pine away after the Doctor, instead opting to assume the lead role in her life instead of second in the Doctor’s. She was always independent in never completely giving up her life on earth to be swept away by the Doctor.
Why are you a Whovian? I feel Doctor Who manages to (like The Twilight Zone of yesteryear) connect with the humanity in all of us even through extrahis best to bring peace to the universe using nothing but a sonic screwdriver and a big blue box. Art & Design by Christina Wang
18 November 2013
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