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April 11, 2011


Issue #5

Spring Break A Dream Come True By Elise Shivamber

The sand squished between my newly manicured toes, as the waves called my name. I threw off my old, scraggly camp t-shirt, and it landed smack dab on the fuschia floral towel. I took a huge breath in, and released a large puff of salty air. Another wave crashed as I took of my new Ray Ban’s and placed them gently in my bright yellow beach bag that I had gotten as a birthday present. “Elise!” I jogged towards the water line. “Elise!” I hear again. I start to sprint faster towards the gentle waves calling my name.


“Elise! Wake up! You will have plenty of time to sleep during spring break. However, spring break is in two weeks. Do you know the answer to number four? Answer now,” I hear, being barked at me. I opened my eyes, squinting. My eyelids still half compressed, leaving me to see through my eyelashes for a second. I was hoping this was not really only second period. It was. The teacher glared at me through her new glasses. They just made her look even older, since they were placed carefully at the edge of her long, antique nose. “Elise. Just looking at me won’t get you anywhere in this class.

Get your lazy butt out of your chair right now, or you will be staying in this class after school tomorrow. In detention.” This time I wake up, gasping from my double-nightmare or dream, though I’m still confused on what just happened. I rub my face gently, picking it up from page 83 of the dystopian novel I’m reading for English. This time, I thankfully realize that there’s less than a week until spring break, I won’t have to be answering question number four, and even better, I won’t be having to fulfill a detention!

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Sensitivity: By Anonymous

Look into her eyes as they glisten in the sun. Look under her eyes and you see bags packed, ready for her to run. Look at her body, and you will see she's sore. She's tired, who knows if she can take much more. Look at her lips, what has she professed? There are things she says openly, but what is it she can't confess? Look at her cheeks, see them burn. She's evolving into a different person, no where to turn. Look at her ears, they're damaged - filled with pain. Many stories told, having to decipher between what's false, and what's truth. Look into her forehead, the creases display a lack of youth. Look at her, shoulders, you'll see that they have dropped. When one carried the weight of their world, fun and fames seem to stop. Look into her mind, and see her tragedy displayed. Attempt to stare into her soul, and you'll appear dismayed. Look at her face, and tell me what you see. You've stared at all her features, but do you believe? What's the bigger picture? What's the hidden truth? She stands behind a facade, hoping not to be faced by you. Look at her legs, there are scars and welts below. Look at her feet, they have come a long way, and experienced growth. Her shoes may be big, and she's filled them to the tee. She's just alone and scared, no ones listening to her plea. Alone she stands as everyone's forming their reviews. What are you doing to me, she says, have I supposedly wronged you too? Used to accusations, accustomed to all the hurt - she walks away head high showing her worth. She crumbles deep inside, crushed by what's real. Throughout the evaluation, no one cared to know how she'd feel. They looked at her features, but left out quite a few. What about her heart? Or do you not care to know, so it won't tear you apart? When you look there, all theories cease. What you see there, is what you get - its the final crease.

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Skinned Alive: The Chinese Fur Trade By Gabriella Mikiewicz

I was invited to join a Facebook group by one of my friends. It said something about animal rights, and since I love animals, I opened the link. Inside, there were two links to two different PETA pages. What I saw there was unbelievable. I saw the worst things that I thought that I could ever view on a video. Sure, I’ve heard stories, but actually seeing one of my worst nightmares on video was absolutely terrifying. I saw actual video images of what is known as, The Chinese Fur Trade. These animals are skinned alive in order to supply the rich, high-class societies that buy and promote coats and clothes made out of real fur. Now, you might automatically think that I’m just some animal rights geek, which I’ve never really been before, but you wouldn’t understand unless you actually saw the videos. There are hundreds of thousands of animals held in cages, during the pouring rain or burning sun, treated terribly by the Chinese men that own these “farms.” One by one, they take out one of the animals from the cages, generally holding it up by its leg, and beat it with a large stick.

Then, they lay the animal down on its back, and start to skin it. While it’s being skinned, the animal tries to attack the skinner madly and wildly, but without prevail. The huge blows from metal poles are too much for the animal’s head to handle. Once the animal has been completely skinned, they are thrown into a large pit along with any others that have been destined to the same fate. You might think that the See it for yourself, if you can handle it. Sign the petition to stop buying fur and fueling this disgusting trade! pagename=skinned_alive


story ends here - that they have suffered and it’s over. But it’s not. It’s definitely far from older. Skinning any animal alive usually does not kill the animal. In the pit, there are living, breathing, dying animals, crying. One was actually able to lift its head and look at the camera. Again, you might not think much of my depiction of this. Tr u s t m e - m y depiction of this doesn’t even do these hor rid, disgusting murders justice. I posted the links to the videos on my own Facebook wall, not knowing what I would expect. Someone commented on it saying that she cried, and that the men doing this should be skinned alive themselves. I personally do not think that skinning them alive would even be enough punishment for what they’re doing. How can someone be so cruel to something so innocent solely for the purpose of economic prosperity? I don’t see why someone would pay so much for something this disgusting. Next time you look into your closet and you see your brand new scarf made out of minx, or your jacket made out of rabbit fur, think about where it came from. It’s ridiculous that we’re fueling this gruesome and disgusting institution. I’m disgusted that humans can do this. I’m absolutely disgusted in the entire human race for even making the fur trade a wide-spread, widely-consumed, and widely-demanded establishment.

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Poetry The Food of Love... “I’ll Know You When I See You” An Emily Dickinson Pastiche By MWL

I met my Paramour, out there Under the Teething Sun When He came out – brightness came Undermining Their fun. The doors were slamming, crying mad But all was fine – just fine Because He uttered, “I’ll know You, I’ll know You when I See You.”   And so, as Children who – play

New Walk Slowly So I Can Catch You By Anonymous

My Paramour and I Played until the sun met water And covered us – with Shadows.

A new beginning, a new start Who would’ve thought that you’d end up in my thoughts? Your innocence amusing, your confidence compelling Your morals and standings from a world different than mine I didn’t see it coming, neither did you The start of something, the start of something new.


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A Contemplation On an Accepted Norm Weekly Blog By Zac Berry

When we go through high school our life is relatively high school-centric. Our personality, our attitudes, our friends and even our future seems to be highly depended on four years of your life. The way we dress is dressed to please. The way we act and our life outside school all revolves around how much work needs to be done and how much is left over once everything is done. We believe that by working hard in school, our future will magically pave its way. Or that is what teachers like to constantly drill in our heads. Fail high school and there is no hope to get into a good college. Without a prestigious college, there is no hope for a well paying job. And everything seems to go downhill from there. I’ve always felt that there just must be some correlation between my GPA and my future happiness by the way the importance of “making high school” count is engraved into our mindset.

years into nice little sections consisting of “school” and “break”. I’ve recently come to this realization and with this realization comes an upcoming feeling of doom. When I was in 9th grade I remember entering high school thinking “here is where the hard work comes. From now on my grades really count”. Upon entering higher grades teachers always tell you “forget what you learnt in middle school and [insert grade] because this is the year that really counts”. Now, I’m not saying that receiving higher grades does not open opportunities for you and can lead to positive benefits in the future, but is that really the reason to burn yourself out before you’re even legally an adult? The most important skills when facing the “real world” is to be a functioning part of society and be able to socialize and make connections. Where does our GPA come into this whole recipe?

The truth is that while life currently seems to be centered around the tumultuous journey This seems to me to be something that we of our every day school lives, there will come just accept in our strides and while not really a time where we will face our very last a ground-breaking discovery, it is rather summer. There will come a time where we enlightening to see it outlined so blatantly. will no longer be able to divide our school

Contemplatingly yours,

Zac Berry 6

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Orchard Road Pantoum* By Lane Graciano

Stylish shopping bags sashay alongside Laura Ashley skirts And clicking heels, tanned legs and Reebok b-ball shoes, Past glass reflecting concrete gleam and high-gloss Esprit ads And “Great discounts at summer’s biggest sale! Just two days left!” Clicking heels, tanned legs and Reebok b-ball shoes pause En masse at curb’s edge, anxious for the green-light man And great discounts at summer’s biggest sale: just two days left – No time or money to waste, no department store to ignore! En masse at curb’s edge, anxious for the green-light man, You stride across, dodging donation-seekers proffering stickers – No time or money to waste, no department store to ignore As you breeze through Starbucks for green-tea frappucino And stride across, dodging donation-seekers proffering stickers, Past glass reflecting concrete gleam and high-gloss Esprit ads. As you breeze through Starbucks for green-tea frappucino, Stylish shopping bags sashay alongside Laura Ashley skirts.

(*A pantoum, or pantun, is a conventional Malay verse form that was developed into French and English poem styles. Orchard Road is a well-known shopping district in Singapore, which was once part of Malaysia.)


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Photos by Erin Sheets Spring Break in Italy


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The Big #5! A Letter From Your Editor By Gabriella Mikiewicz

Thank you for reading issue number five of Cadence Weekly. Last week’s issue was extremely popular, and I think that we’re finally gaining some fame! Congratulations to all of the Cadence staff members and thank you to everyone who supports Cadence by sending in their works of art, photography, and literature. I appreciate every single one of you. Keep up the amazing work! You may notice some of the Cadence members wearing tshirts around the school. We got really awesome t-shirts and we’re so proud of them. Go compliment someone on theirs. And to all Cadence members - wear them! We are still taking in books for Ghana this summer. We are looking for anything, so please don’t hold back on us. Support Cadence by buying something at bake sales and buying Cadence candy grams. Please keep submitting your work to Cadence. We are taking submissions from anyone and about anything (I mean anything within reason. We’re not going to get into trouble!). That means students of any grade level (in High School) and even teachers - submit something and have your name go down in ACS history as being an awesome person. Thank you everyone!

Join Cadence! We meet every Tuesday, at lunch, in room 222 (Ms. Graciano’s room)

SUBMITSOMETHING: The Cadence Editors Give a round of applause to the editors of Cadence. They try their hardest every week, without fail, to bring you an amazing literary magazine at ACS.

The Cadence Editors:

Gabriella Mikiewicz Editor-In-Chief, Co-Founder

Jaleyah Davis Writing Editor

Aj Al-Zawad Co-Founder, Design Editor

Farida Fawzy Art Editor

Elise Shivamber Writing Editor

Tanya Jaff Photography Editor

Taylor Holroyd Writing Editor

Eric Lau Technology Editor

Elizabeth Belnap Writing Editor

Linn Bodin Public Relations and Marketing

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