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Friday, February 8, 2013

Masterclass with Chicago’s best New forum for debating divas by Juliana Chang

Photo courtesy of Todd Rosenberg

Masterclass: Meredith Zhou (10), a clarinet player and one of this year’s IASAS Cultural Convention delegates, receives coaching with J. Lawrie Bloom, the Principal Clarinet player from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a Grammy-award winning orchestra, came to TAS on January 24, 2013 to hold a masterclass for the band and orchestra students. The students participating in the master classes first played a piece, and then recieved advice and criticism to further improve their musical skills. According to David Hsiao (12), a violinist from the IASAS Octet, “Even though people may look up to us as the top string players in high school, we still have room for improvement.”Angela Huang (10), a violinist with the Mystique Quartet, said, “Even though I was really nervous when I was playing, it was a really cool experience, and I also learned a lot.”

Courage is the new black by Berry Sheu

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen,” said Winston Churchill, who the Honor Committee chose as a model for Courage. Recently, the Honor Committee added courage as the fifth value TAS promotes. “The main goal of adding Courage as a new value was to take the Honor Code to the next level and give life to the other four TAS Values,” commented Social Studies teacher Dr Robert Bruce, who heads the Honor Committee. According to Upper School Principle Dr Richard Hartzell, courage guarantees and is the motivation for all the other TAS values within our community.  “Courage is a  sine qua non  for the other values - particularly for honesty and respect. It’s one thing to respect others. It is very much another thing when one is in the presence of dishonesty or disrespect and is, therefore, called on to say or do something.” The TAS code encourages students to act morally and honorably, which sometimes means having to fight for what you believe in while in the face of intimidation, prejudice, or even bullying. Last semester, Dr Hartzell discussed the documentary Bully in class meetings. Fortunately, p h y s i c a l bullying is uncommon at TAS, but many American h i g h school students s u f f e r abuse.  It takes courage to stand up to

It’s a quiet Saturday morning. You’re sitting on the staircase in D-block, basking in the comfortable silence that blankets you like a soft fur coat. And then, suddenly, out of nowhere, you hear someone screech, in a vaguely Indian accent, “You are both wrong! Piscine Molitor Patel was born a Hindu, lives a Hindu, and will die a Hindu!” Don’t worry, you didn’t somehow end up in a trans-Asia teleporter; that’s just Rachel Lui (11) practicing her piece for the Tiger Classic. This is the first year TAS has ever hosted the Tiger Classic, a forensics competition which featured speakers from schools such as the International Bilingual School of Tainan. The competition, which took place from January 18-19, included both the debate and the four IASAS speech events. In Impromptu, speakers are given a prompt on stage and one minute to compose a 3-5 minute speech on the spot. Extemp is similar, but speakers are given 30 minutes to prepare 5-7 minute speeches, and topics focus exclusively on current events. As for Original Oratory, speakers prepare a 5-7 minute persuasive speech beforehand on a topic of their choice. Finally, Oral Interpretation involves speakers selecting published pieces of literature, which they then “interpret” with their voices. Rachel Lui (11), who is new to forensics, explains what made her decide to try out for the Oral Interpretation team this year. “I ac-

tually really like making weird noises, like making accents, so this was the perfect way for me to express myself. There’s no prerequisites for trying out either, I just sort of came into auditions.” Turns out Rachel’s intuitions about her vocal abilities were correct; she ended up making the IASAS team! The Tiger Classic served as a sort of Pre-I for the Forensics team. According to Mr Richard Brundage, head of the Political Science Department, “just the opportunity to compete, especially before IASAS, is a huge advantage.” Nick Ackert (12), who placed first in Extemp last year, voices his agreement. “Our team got a chance to get a feel for competing before IASAS, which was great.”

Photo Jae Hee Kwak (9) Veteran: Thomas Leecourtesy (12) at of Tiger Classic.

IASAS 2013 Photo courtesy of ISM

all kinds of bullies. “It takes great courage to tell a friend (or anyone else), ‘What you said is unkind,’ or ‘Hey - let’s not stoop to that level,’” said Dr Hartzell. Most students, like Shannon Hsu (11), a member of the TAS Honor Committee, seem to approve of the change to the code. “The addition of courage is a really big deal, because the honor committee believes that courage is the catalyst for all other values. Sometimes people just need the motivation to stand up, and courage is that key for motivation,” she said. Today, all five values—courage, respect, responsibility, kindness and honesty—hang on the lobby wall as a reminder that they are principles that should guide all our actions— every meaningful decision we make—even into the streets of Taipei. Like the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz, TAS is walking down the yellow brick road to discover the true meaning of courage. It’s not always about fearless feats on the sporting field or daring exploits in battle. As Ernest Hemmingway famously said, courtesy of Lydia Chu (12) “Courage is grace Photo under pressure.”

Photo courtesy of ISKL

Photo courtesy of ISKL

Photo courtesy of SAS

Star athletes return: The IASAS tennis, basketball, rugby, touch rugby, and swimming athletes competed from January 31 to February 2. Tennis was held in ISM, rugby and touch rugby in ISKL, basketball in SAS, and swimming here at TAS.

News 2 Real world science puts Mickey Mouse under the knife Blue & Gold

February 8, 2013

by Rebecca Tseng

While most people were swimming or shopping over the summer, Lydia Chu (12) was cutting open rats. “The mentors let us do a lot of handson work, such as drawing blood from the rat’s tails and eventually the mentors let us perform surgeries on our own. We did surgeries like Liver Fibrosis...cutting open the rat, and then sewing the skin together,” says Lydia Chu. “I had to be very careful as to not make any mistakes while doing the procedures and hurt the rat. The thought that the rat was alive and was probably feeling the pain made me keep thinking it was important to respect the rat and work carefully.” Lydia’s experience over the summer was a result of an off campus research program that started four years ago. “Dr Hartzell and Dr Hennessy wanted to do research that went above and beyond what went on in the classroom. The biggest problem is that there’s no

place, so until D block was built they needed to find somewhere to work,” Mr. Devore, says. This special program started with one or two students but has now expanded to 17 students who travel weekly to research at different research labs and 29 students who researched within a summer internship program at places including National Taiwan University, Taida, NTU Hospital, National Taiwan College of Medicine, and Academia Sinica. “I spent eight weeks over the summer at the NTU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular biology working on proteins in prostate cancer cells,” says Brandon Huang (12). “It was definitely overwhelming at first, being inundated with all these foreign terms and ideas. Yet, all the experience that I’ve gained made the entire process worthwhile.” To earn this special opportunity, students who are interested are interviewed and their interest in a particular science are

matched to the best type of research for them in a professional lab. The students then have to write a résumé and cover letter and send it to the professor of the lab they want to work in. Then the professor interviews the student and decides whether or not the student is capable. The labs give the students the opportunity to work alongside adults and professionals. “It’s not a class. They’re not teaching you. You’re actually working in a research lab with instructions to carry out,” says Mr. Devore. “I’ve always had an interest in biological sciences, and my internship was a way for me to pursue this interest in my own time, in a completely different environment from TAS,” says Joyce Lee (12), who is researching at National Taiwan University, College of Medicine. This research program is a great chance to learn from professionals and get a chance to see what it’s like to work in the real world.

Photo courtesy of Lydia Chu (12)

Out of Taipei and into the Hague Is Mandarin in the hallways okay? By Rachel Kwak

“I get really annoyed when some of my friends leave me out by speaking in Mandarin to each other. But whenever I tell them to talk in English, they go on in Mandarin the next day,” a junior told the  Blue&Gold.  Unfortunately, this is a common experience at TAS. Gabby Richard (10) finds the language issue mildly inconvenient. “It can be very frustrating but, after a while, I go along with it. I try to join even though I can’t speak and it ends up being more funny than annoying.” For Sebastian Weiner (10), who joined TAS last semester, the problem is in the classroom. “I find this a problem for me mostly inside a classroom working as a group. Some students  start speaking in Mandarin with each other. For me, since I don’t understand the language, it sets this sort of wall between us.”

Photo courtesy of Nick Yeh (12)

Fun at the Netherlands: Nick Yeh (12) traveled to the Hague, Netherlands for the THIMUN conference which was held there from Janurary 28 to Feburary 1. He was a member of the Online Model United Nations Team, and represented OPEC, otherwise known as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

However, senior Jaeeun Shim, who has an AP level proficiency in Mandarin, has a different perspective. “I don’t care if they speak Mandarin. I understand enough to know what they’re saying. Actually, I guess it’s kind of okay because I came to Taiwan, so might as well improve [in] the language.” Honors Heritage Mandarin teacher Ms Linett believes speaking English all the time at school is a matter of respect. “Most classes our school offers take place in an English-speaking environment. It would be disrespectful to the teachers and nonMandarin speaking students if you used a language they could not understand. Of course, in a Mandarin class, it would be perfectly fine to talk in Mandarin because students are expected to practice this language.”

A New Era for Blue&Gold

Eat, sleep, breathe Japanese in Nagasaki by Adrienne Shih

Want to skip a year of Japanese? Care to learn the language, while also immersing yourself in the local culture? At the end of this school year, Mrs Gurecki, current Upper School Japanese teacher, will be leaving Taipei to open her own Japanese language school, The Class, in her hometown of Nagasaki. “Learning a foreign language is boring. Why? Because you can’t experience the joy of being able to communicate to others in the target language if you are only studying in the classroom,” said Mrs Gurecki. The classes offered in this intensive program are the equivalent of Japanese 1, 2, and 3, and are each a month long. Students can choose to participate in a homestay program, which will give Japanese students a first-hand opportunity to experience local Japanese culture. For more information please visit

Photo courtesy of Heyun Jeong (12) The digital age begins: On February 1, Dr Hartzell cut the ceremonious red ribbon, celebrating the official launch of the online Blue&Gold. Other guests included Mr VandenBoom, Mr O’Rourke, Mr Sinclair, and Mr Sloan. Go visit today!

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Heyun Jeong Vivian Lee Carol Chen Vergil Hsu Connor Lin Jodelle Lai

Meg Silsby Jinnie Khatri Adrienne Shih Berlin Cheng Hannah Lin Berry Sheu Valerie Lin Juliana Chang Rachel Kwak Ally Seo Rebecca Tseng Ron Bell


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Lasting love affair... avec France By Hannah Lin

The first few minutes, she was robbed of all her money. Despite that, for the last six years and more, Ms Brooke Phan continues to have a passionate love affair…with France. She is, in other words, a Francophile. As a child, she heard about the French from her father, in his stories about the days when her homeland was a part of Indochine, the French colony. It wasn’t love at first sight. “For all four years of high school, I just saw it as vocabulary to learn, verbs to conjugate,” she said. “I think I wasn’t mature enough to have the right approach.” She gained a whole new perspective of France, though, in 2007 when she spent a year as an au pair (nanny) and a teaching assistant in a tiny village called Cogolin in the south of France. “It was a beautiful experience, I was so localized. And I think that was the most immersive experience I’ve ever had in any foreign country I’ve ever been to. I think that’s when the obsession really started,”she said. Ms Phan’s passion for France includes more than its language - it extends to everything. “I love talking to people in French,” she said. “When I hear someone on the street speaking French, I’ll turn around andstart a conversation Photo courtesy of Ms Phan with them.” French fashion has also grown on her, especially “how Francophile: Ms Phan spent a year in Southern France as an au pair (nanny) and loved it.

the people tie a scarf around their neck. They’ll spend 10-15 minutes just putting it on.” And who could resist French food? According to Ms Phan, “the first year I went back home from France, my mother took one look at me and said, ‘You need to lose that weight.’” Most importantly, however, is the impression French culture left on Ms Phan. “It was crazy, being a nanny! Can you imagine me with two kids? But it was a challenge and a love. That’s how I learned the culture and the language. I was living and breathing the language. “ Ms Phan’s experience with France left another mark on her life that directly affects us. “Being [a teaching assistant] wasn’t a real job.” she said. “But that was where I found that teaching was my calling, and I have to thank that one year I experienced in France for that. Remembering the kid’s faces allowed me to have the courage to go to a teaching program and become a certified teacher. “

The long road to “Karate Kid” in the flesh freedom By Jodelle Lai

By Ally Seo

Eat, study, and sleep. Does this routine sound familiar to you? Ever since August, Kelden Lin (10) made a slight twist to this routine. Instead of studying all the time, his focus was Shotokan karate, which is Japan’s oldest type of karate.  At first, training was two hours every Saturday and Sunday, but when he was selected by Taiwan to train for the karate World Championships, the amount of practice time dramatically increased.  “I’ve been training [since] three months prior to the actual competition.... we started to practice nearly every day ,

“The North Korean troops finally went back to North Korea. This was my grandmother’s happiest moment because it meant that the war and the years of hardships were over,” Lynn Yang (10) says. Over the years, approximately 100,000 to 400,000 North Koreans have defected to neighboring countries seeking food, freedom, and happiness. And that was what Lynn’s grandparents, Oh Hoo Bok and Yang Guan Hyuck, did as well. Unable to live under the stifling censorship and famine, they escaped their country by riding a cargo ship during the Korean War, and then settled down in South Korea. One of the major reasons why her grandparents ran away was starvation. “The government sometimes gave small amounts of food, and it was very arduous….There was nothing to eat,” Lynn explains. Yet, even after moving to South Korea, starvation was a threat. The excessive amounts of funds spent on the war precluded the ROK government from taking care of their citizens. Nothing was done to fill the people’s empty stomachs. Though they expected a peaceful and civilized life in South Korea, they only found themselves surrounded by war and horror. “They were never in one place, they kept evacuating...They could not eat what they were supposed to consume and were always agonized to escape from the war,” she adds. When the war had finally ended, everything went back to where it began. However, it was impossible for her grandparents to contact their family back in North Korea due to the worsened relationship between South and North Korea. With nothing but destruction left, they decided to start a sauna business, which they have been running for approximately 30 years now. It wasn’t anything big, but it was a start of a new life. Having North Korean grandparents definitely affects Lynn’s view on North Korea today. Not only does she believe that “the North Korean government should educate the civilians about what goes on,” she also admits, “I don’t really feel a close connection with North Korea because Korea today is split into 2 pieces….We share nothing alike, and the citizens from both sides do not see each other as a whole.” By participating in the club, ConNeKt, (a club focused on the North Korean crisis) she hopes to meet many other North Korean defectors with their own stories, and further raise awareness of the issue of North Korean Photo courtesy of Kelden Lin (10) defectors.

By Juliana Chang Michael Phelps might currently hold seven world records in swimming, but he’s got nothing on Shawn Lin (9), who holds an astounding 41 school records. Since the age of ten, Shawn has ranked number one in his age group for swimming, and this year, as a freshmen, he will represent TAS as one of our IASAS swimmers. He might not have a tail or fins, but part-fish would be a pretty good way to describe Shawn. He started swimming at the age of five with his brother Dillan Lin (12) just for fun, but what started as an enjoyable pastime for Shawn quickly turned into a competitive lifestyle. As most swimmers know, the only way to get better at this sport is to keep swimming. Every. Single. Day. Shawn’s success in the pool comes from a mixture of blood, sweat, and tears, as evidenced by the grueling 5:00 AM swim practices to 5000 meter training sets that make your ankles want to fall off (one lap of our swimming pool is equivalent to 25 meters). “Morning practices are the worst for me,” he says,

[except] Mondays and Thursdays. The practices last three and a half hours and start at seven pm, meaning that they end at 10:30 pm. Sometimes we d o n ’ t e ve n

get Monday and Thursday off, the coach just tells us to come in,” says Kelden. This year, he participated in the 11th SKIF Karate World Championships for a period of nine days. The SKIF Karate World Championships happens every three years in different places. It is comparable to the karate Olympics and this year 40 to 50 students competed in Sydney, Australia. “It was a 10-day trip but we went four days before the actual competition. We stayed at a five star hotel and we all [stayed] in rooms of two. My roommate, Chen Jun-Chang, was the only guy that won a gold medal for Taiwan,” said Kelden. “The competition was super nerve wrecking. I am really glad that I won this year, it [was] really out of my expectations.” All of the hard training and preparation really paid off as Kelden came in 4th place. Bravo! It was an exhausting schedule. “There was this one time on Sunday where I trained from 10:30 am to 1 pm, took a 30 minute lunch break, trained 1:30 pm to 5 pm, and then waited for news reporters at 6:30 pm to come for interviews,” says Kelden. “I got home at 10 pm and basically did karate for around 8 hours that day.” All this success has made Kelden hot property. The media chases him for interviews and even President Ma wanted to meet him. According to Kelden, meeting President Ma was unbelievable. He had a great time chatting with the president about sports, and discovered that President Ma secretly favors soccer. They celebrated their achievement by witnessing the flag going down. “President Ma was just as I thought he would be. He was actually shorter than me,” says Kelden. For those curious about TAS’s “karate boy”, go check out his incredible high kicks and smooth moves on Youtube. And if you want the autograph of the real karate kid, ask really nicely, before he wins a Nike contract and a job with President Ma!

:Shawn Lin

“because I have to wake up at 4:30am and I only get five hours of sleep when I get eight hours regularly. It’s really troublesome to go through intense practice early in the morning because I’m still half asleep.” He trains every day for two hours, taking days off only when absolutely necessary. Along with being a TAS Tigershark, Shawn has also participated in countless other swim meets. The biggest one so far would be the Far Western swim meet held in California, which attracts hundreds of the world’s elite swimmers each year. According to Shawn, “[it] was the first time I experienced competing with really fast swimmers.” California was also the location of one of the other highlights of Shawn’s swimming career so far. “I participated at the Stanford swim camp during the summer of the Beijing Olympics and by coincidence, the USA swim team was also practicing at Stanford...this was where I watched Michael Phelps swim up close and watch his technique.” Like many other swimmers, Shawn’s favorite part of Photo courtesy of Connor Lin (10) swimming is the races. “Winning is a great feeling, and it gives me this sense that practice has paid off significantly.” Swimming for life: Shawn Lin (9) swims everyday and has set an astounding 41 school records.



Blue & Gold

February 8, 2013

Are you a cat person or a dog person? They say you can tell a person’s character by their pets. This week, Vivian Lee and Oliver Hirama go head to head defending their ideal pet. So what do you prefer to wake up to? Woof woof or meow meow?

She Said

He Said

When the word ‘cat’ comes up in a conversation, what do you first associate it with? Is it those crazy cat ladies who spend more time with their pets than actual human beings, or is those cute and funny YouTube videos that keep you entertained for hours? The truth is, cats are better than dogs. Can dogs groom themselves? Can they keep an online audience entertained by just sitting there, doing absolutely nothing? Give a cat a litter box and they’re set for life. And dogs? It may take them a couple months for them to finally understand not to pee on your bed. Dogs are more affectionate than cats, I can give them that. However, having a slobbering little puppy that follows you around all day, one that begs for your undivided attention, can get a little annoying. It’s like having a friend who wants to spend every second of their day with you, one that constantly annoys you to talk to them and listen to their endless rants about life. Besides, your neighbor wouldn’t call you in the middle of the night to tell you that your cat is meowing too loudly. But they will call you up if you aren’t able to control your yelping dog. Cats are independent, and they can find endless ways to entertain themselves without troubling their owners. Cats enjoy being clean and won’t go out of their way to roll in the garbage or mud right after a bath. These independent pets allow you to spend time with yourself without being disrupted by the occasional loud barking sound or the smell of dog breath in your face, begging you to play catch with them.

When I visit the house of a cat owning friend, I can’t help but feel an aura of arrogance radiate from the pet. While cats are often dubbed as ‘scardy cats’ I find a trait far different from cowardice. Cats exude pretentiousness. Cat lovers will dismiss this for fear or shyness, but it is clear to me that this is a weak cover for the fact that cats are egotistical creatures. Cats reward their owners with no thank yous, no gratitude for time and effort spent taking care of them. Look into a cat’s eyes and try to tell me that he doesn’t think he’s better, smarter, and cooler than you. The tendency for cats to shy away from interaction isn’t indicative of fear, but of the certainty that they are far superior to you, and shouldn’t deal with a mere human. Cats accept the gifts of their owners out of necessity but do so reluctantly and clearly despise the charity from lowly homo sapiens. For every step that felines are rude, ungracious, and prideful, dogs are kind, caring, and humble. Years of encounters with this outgoing species have left no doubt in my mind that the friendships one shares with dogs are nothing but genuine. Dogs will unashamedly approach a human and investigate, familiarizing himself with the scent. Love is freely accepted in the form of pets, hugs, and belly rubs. As I kneel down to pet a stray dog on the side of Zhongshan North Road, he rolls on his back, assuming the ultimate position of vulnerability to a complete stranger. This openness and expectation of good in the world are just two of the many desirable traits seen in hounds. I declare, we humans should look to dogs as role models and practice the kindness and humility we see in this beautiful species. Let cats be an example of the decadence of mankind, the arrogance and egotism most needed to be rid of in society. -Oliver Hirama (12)

-Vivian Lee (11)

VS. What happened to Disney? I-Column: by Vivian Lee

Back when I was in elementary school, the thing I looked forward to the most was going home and on watching The Mickey Mouse Club on Disney Channel. But now, when I turn on the TV and flip to Disney, all I see are shows like Dog with a Blog, Shake it up, and A.N.T. Farm. Not that I have an issue with change or anything, but the content of these shows are quite inappropriate for Disney’s targeted audience. ANT Farm and Jessie, both Disney Channel originals that came out in 2011, have a high focus on materialistic things, and making it big in Hollywood. On Jessie, the three main characters are teenagers who get anything they want without having to worry about money. Everything they want is handed to them and affordability is not an issue. Shake It Up teaches kids that dressing in cool and edgy outfits is a key factor in achieving success in life. Not only that, but in one episode of Shake It up an actor poked fun at eating disorders, joking about her own anorexic behavior. The actors on these Disney shows are getting skinnier and skinnier. How will these 13 years olds watching these shows feel comfortable in their own skin if they only have stick skinny actors as role-models? The new series, Dog with a Blog is

pretty self-explanatory. It’s about a dog… that blogs. I’m pretty sure Disney has just run out of ideas, and wrote a script for the first thing that came into their minds. It’s a pretty desperate attempt at a TV show. There’s a laugh track after every other line, and the jokes aren’t even funny. Comparing these new shows to the one I watched when I was young makes me nostalgic. Lizzie Mcguire, a series that revolved around the growth pains of a teenager, was widely praised by Disney’s audience. The realistic plotline and the audience’s ability to relate with the characters on the shows helped Lizzie Mcguire become one of the most popular series on Disney. That’s So Raven is another original series that came out in 2003. It centered on a teenage “psychic,” Raven. It taught the audience about eating disorders, relationships with family and friends, and was genuinely funny. Disney Channel has truly lost the plot. With their cold humor and obsession with fame, these shows will never be able to match up with the entertainment that Disney used to provide. The positive messages of these past shows to have slowly disappeared, along with the quality of shows.

The smartphone epidemic by Meg Silsby I’m sitting in Starbucks, enjoying a hot, creamy mocha. In between sips I scan the other patrons seated in the plush arm chairs and at the wooden tables. I notice two friends- both on their smartphones. Another table away I see an elderly lady and a younger man- he’s also on his touch screen phone. Is there something missing here? Oh yes. Conversation. Whenever I’m out and about I see friends, couples, and family members mechanically scrolling through their

“ Is it wrong to

be more interested in a game or Face-

book instead of the person you’re sharing a meal with?

phones. Is it wrong to be more interested in a game or Facebook than the person you’re sharing a meal with? This is the ‘elephant in the room’ for our generation. The smartphone trumps face-to-face conversation and we treat this as normal. However, the reasoning that ‘everyone else does it, so it’s okay if I do it too’ doesn’t convince me. I think it’s important to recognize that this is also an issue of etiquette. David Carr puts it quite perfectly in a New York Times “Guide to Smartphone

Manners”: ‘Go ahead, glance at your phone at an incoming text. But do not type under my nose.’ Don’t misunderstand me- I’m not saying that we should flush our iPhones down the toilet. Instead, I just think it’s important that people begin to be aware of the time they spend engrossed by their phones. I’ll admit that I sometimes feel a twinge of envy when I see someone pull out a shiny iPhone or Blackberry. It’s impossible for my brick Nokia to compete with the clean, gleaming surfaces of such devices. However, by obsessively checking Facebook and playing Temple Run with our phones we lose the ability to connect with people on a deeper level and sometimes, even talk face to face at all. We make a habit of turning to our phones every time we have a minute to spare or there’s a moment of awkward silence. It becomes difficult to fill up silence with one’s own voice or thoughts. Too often, smartphones become a means of distraction. Distraction from people, boredom, homework, chores, and all things unpleasant. However, I think it’s important to be able to pay attention to what is without using a phone as a crutch.

By Jinnie Khatri

Jazz Band

Blue & Gold Febuary 8, 2012

A man staring at a clock. Sweat drips down his forehead as he sits in trepidation. Sound like something out of a mystery movie? Perhaps not, but this, and many more, are themes that student directors will present at this year’s Formosa Film Festival. The festival, which will be held April 25, is an annual forum for student directors to share their films with the whole school, as well as to work with industry professionals. For some contestants, making a movie takes a long period of planning. “I filmed a seven minute short narrative film over the summer at UCLA US Performing Arts Camps for Advanced Digital Film, which was a two week filmmaking workshop,” said Cindy Lin (12). Inspired by “the philosophical idea of free will versus determinism,” Cindy’s film centers on a protagonist who is controlled as a chess piece by a “deity” in the form of a fortune teller.

ship.” The film follows a man “with a job that consists of watching a clock in an empty room.” Not surprisingly, he goes insane.

encourage the spirit of filmmaking and editing,” said Bryan Choo (12), a member of this year’s festival committee.

Another seasoned director, Oliver Hirama (12) developed the concept for his film on one of his “long commutes to a summer intern-

When April comes around the corner, be sure to get your dose of cinema magic, while learning more about film.

Photo courtesy of Mrs Rowe

Meeting the band: Mrs Rowe poses with Sting (right), and her long lost friend, Jo Lawry (left).

“At first, I played the trumpet, but I decided to switch to the saxophone simply because I thought it was cool,” says Pelix Kim (12). We’ve all seen Pelix perform his famous saxophone solos, but for him, being part of the jazz band is about more than just playing music. “My favorite part of being in jazz is that I am able to freely express myself,” he says. The biggest reason for this is that improvisation is a large part of solos. In fact, to add an element of surprise to their performances, the TAS Jazz Band has audience members pick out names of band members who then have to do a solo on the spot. “We all learn to solo,” says Mr Ray Heberer. Although this is no doubt nerve-wracking, Pelix comments, “Most of the time when you are confident, solos turn out pretty good.” Having been in the Jazz Band for four years, Pelix has been in his fair share of performances, both at school and outside it. September,



Photo courtesy of Brandon Huang (12)

Students will find that this year’s festival will be more interactive and will include a hands-on experience for budding directors. “We are going to introduce small workshops with Mr Openshaw (TAS’ video production specialist) to

Keano’s advice to all budding directors? “Start early! Try drawing a storyboard before you actually start filming.” Bryan agrees, adding that students should “make checklists” in order to make sure that “everyone is on time and you have all your equipment” on the day of filming.



Experienced student director, Keano Osmillo (12), clearly remembers his first experience as a participant in the film festival. “I have participated twice. [The first time was] in my freshmen year as a requirement for art class,” recalls Keano, “It was an en joyable experience and that got me inter ested to continue being a part of FFF.”

Cindy chose to use the urban landscape of LA as a setting. She filmed in bleak stairways and tunnels to create dark silhouettes of the characters.

By Carol Chen

Old pal, do you remember me?

By Adrienne Shih

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Last December Middle School teacher, Mrs “Dad! Do you remember Jo Rowe,was delightedwhen her husband bought her tickets Lawry?!” she shouted over the blaring music. to Sting’s Back to Bass concert in Taipei. The sing-songwriter “Yes, she has been singing and touring with Sting from the Police is an icon of English pop music and Sting for quite some time,” her dad replied sleepily. has been Mrs Rowes’ favorite since she was a little girl. Mrs Rowe sat down in disbelief. Back It was a “no bells and whistles” concert, up singer, Jo Lawry, had gone to school with as Mrs Rowe, the grade 8 history teacher, Mrs Rowe in South Australia. Mrs described it. Just Sting onstage, supported Rowe hadn’t seen her in 20 years. by a drummer, guitarist, and After the concert, she rushed to keyboardist. In addition, there the stage, and shouted, “I really was one female backup singer. need to see that girl on stage!” As Sting introduced Then Jo Lawry came running her to the audience, the spotlight out with an “OH MY GOD!” fell on a blonde whose face expression and embraced her looked vaguely familiar to the old friend. With only one VIP Rowes. Mr Rowe, the grade pass, Mrs Rowe ventured 6 history teacher, turned to backstage alone, where she his wife: “Didn’t she used met the legend himself. to go to your school?” Mrs Sting came out Rowe thought, “What are dressed casually and when the chances?” Shocked, Mrs Jo Lawry introduced Mrs Rowe pulled out her phone Rowe as someone who used and called her dad, who used to take care of her at school, Sting to teach at her school in Australia. joked, “Now, I take care of her!” Photo courtesy of Mrs Rowe

Jazz Exchange, and in October the Jazz Band joined the Taichung International Jazz Festival.

Photo courtesy of Pelix Kim (12)

The Taichung Jazz Festival included various international jazz bands that had been invited to perform. “We

were the only high school band to be invited,” says Pelix. More recently, the jazz band performed at the Red House Theater in Ximending. According to Pelix, the venue was what made the experience memorable. The Red Theater is a historical and cultural monument that was built in 1908 by the Japanese, and since then regularly hosts live performances. “The jazz band was pretty psyched and it felt pretty impressive playing on the stage,” says Pelix.

As his high school years come to a close, however, will his saxophone career end as well? “I do plan on continuing playing once I leave high school because it’s something I’m passionate about,” Pelix says. “I’m looking forward to playing jazz wherever I go.”

Red Hot Jazz: Pelix Kim plays the saxaphone with the Jazz Band at the Red House

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Ever wonder what the stories are behind our school’s most talked about teacher couples? Relive the tales of how they met, and what they look forward to in the future.

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The Library: Revolutionized?

A library without books? Is tha t even possible? Will gadgets, gizmos and “things with screens” be able to surpass the convenience of books? These devices have nev er before been so intertwined within our eve ryday lives, helping us in every imaginable way. An interesting question surfaces as we follow the development of tech: what about our library? What does the future hold for all tha t printed stuff? According to Dr Candace Aiani, the upper school librarian, (in case you haven’t seen her busting gamers) says that “the move to digital is happening everywhere, and our library is moving in that direction as well over the next two months, you’re going to see ver y drastic changes.” She told Blue and Gold tha t there will be a huge reduction of in shelvin g in the liberary and manhy booked will be mo ved to the closed stacks (in the basement). Studen ts will still be able to call books up by filling in a special form. Don’t worry! The books will not be pushing up flowers anytime soon - they are still alive and

you’ll be able to meet them if you are nostalgic for the good old days. In the very near future there will be five iPads to read magazines using the Zinio app , and approximately 100 Kindles as a substit ute for books. A four screen news-wall is going to be installed at the columns near the back end of the library. “The plan is to have colu mn hugging media stations... and to install 42 inch LCD screens to every side,” Dr. Aiani explains. Stu dents are going to be able to hook up their own laptops and plug headphones into these screens via the VGA cord. The new “zones” include the rev amped silent rooms. There is already a new and expanded silent study room, form ed out of the former math office on the fourth floor, which was demolished. It has 24 seats. Dr Aiani also said that she’s “no t going to reveal too much” about the change s and emphasized a few times that “It’s going to be a little bit messy.” We’ll just have to buckle up and go with the flow!

by Vergil Hsu

Photo courtesy of Vergil Hsu

Book cemetery: Dr Aiani, on guard, deep in the library archives.

Crysis 3

Sept. 17

Mar. 22

Mar. 12

Feb. 19

Games coming out This Year

Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

Resident Evil 6

Grand Theft Auto 5

Have you been sold by Instagram? by Connor Lin Has instagram sold our memories, our private lives to greedy advertisers? The answer is no, but Instagram may sell access to your photos in the future, making them available for display as advertisements on Facebook. Instagram, the popular photo sharing service which has around 90 million monthly users, is currently in the midst of a controversy due to their confusing new terms of service. Instagram is hugely popular at TAS, with students using the service to share photos of their daily life and food.

“I use instagram because it’s fun-you get to share your life with your friends in an instant. It also makes your pictures look really professional, which is swag,” says Instagram user Kelden Lin (10). The huge cloud of Instagram confusion was probably Instagram’s fault, as they changed their terms of service to make way for new advertising revenues and to allow further integration with Facebook, who now owns them. The new terms of service caused many users to believe that Instagram was allowed to sell their photos without any compensation. This mass misunderstanding resulted in a drop of 25 percent of daily users. The situation got so bad that Instagram was hit with a class action lawsuit due to the changes of the terms of service. The newest terms of service that went into effect January 19, are different from the version announced in December. The latest terms of service clears the confusion by stating that you, the users, own the rights of your photo, but Instagram is allowed to sell access to your photos and data. When asked if he minded advertisers having access to his photos and data sold by Instagram without notification or compensation, Kelden Lin (10) replied, “I mind but there’s nothing we

can do about it. It’ll be better if the new added policy didn’t exist but since it does... I guess you’ll just have to live with it and hope it gets overturned or something like that in the future.” In short, you still own your photos, but the access to your photos will be sold. This shouldn’t be a big problem, however, since your photos, if not private, are already available to be viewed by anyone. The only difference is that instead of people looking at your photos via the service, they will be looking at them through ads.

The Blue &Gold Presents...

February 8, 2013

Are you single? Yes.

Stupid. It’s consumerism at it’s finest.

No. Your favorite holiday. One day you’ll find someone to shower you with gifts.

Valentine’s Day is...


Your hypothetical valentine forgets to buy you a present on Valentine’s... There’s no hope for this relationship.


A regular day unless you’re in a relationship.

You consider couples holding hands an embarrassing PDA.

You need a boyfriend/girlfriend to genuinely enjoy the day.


Stop here. It’s pretty obvious who you ought to spend the day with.

THE CYNIC: There’s no where safe for you on February 14. Retreat to your room.


Yes. THE REALIST: You can acknowledge that as nice as it would be to have a guy/girl, a night out with your friends can be just as fun.


THE HOPELESS ROMANTIC: Face it, Honey, you’re better off spending the night with chocolate and romantic comedies, because your ideal valentine won’t be showing up at your door.

Hidden in the Alley: Chamkar

By Jodelle Lai

If you happen to be vegetarian and a

“Chamkar is one of my favorite restau-

sugar-lover, be sure to visit the the small alley

rants in Taipei because the food is delicious, very

across from Lanya Jr High (near Takashimaya).

fresh. The restaurant is very beautiful, plus...

It’s a new stylish Cambodian restaurant

one of the nice things is the owner and his wife

called “Chamkar” and it’s a hidden gem. The chef of “Chamkar”, Nicolas Devaux,

are super friendly and they want to make sure that everyone enjoys their meal there.”

is from France, but his passion for cooking took

The Italian pasta that Chamkar offers, is

him all the way to Cambodia. His destination

one of my favorite dishes. The special tomato

was Angkor Wat, Cambodia where he settled

sauce topped with cheese, balanced out the

and opened a restaurant.

sourness and sweetness.

There he met his Taiwanese wife and

The ingredients used in all dishes are

moved to Taiwan. Why? Because his wife said

fresh and natural but the final bill is a pleas-

there weren’t enough 7-Elevens!

ant surprise. Chamkar offers a lunch set menu

“TienMu is a suitable place to open a

of 270NTD and for two dinner set menus, the

restaurant because there’s a lot of foreigners

price is in the range of 340 NTD to 390NTD. It’s

here,” says Devaux. He also adds that it’s a great

cheaper than Chilis!

location for non-Mandarin speakers like him. Many vegetarian teachers, such as Mr Arnold, give this restaurant a thumbs up.

3rd Wheeling on Valentines Day

Mr VandenBoom’s Goatee It was great while it lasted...

Three’s a crowd.

Beyonce Caught Lip Syncing

Les Miserable

Finally we can dream the dream!

They also offer a special dessert - a fabulous chocolate fondue. It’s the perfect dessert for a Valentine’s day date.

B is for bogus.

“The cake I tried, was moist and the chocolate chips on top gave it a crunchy texture,” says Veronica Yang (9). “I think considering it’s [a] vegetarian restaurant, there’s a lot of flavor in it, coming from the vegetables.” “Plus everything here, is really light, it’s not heavy and oily at all,” she adds. If you want something light, tasty, and healthy or the chocolate fondue, call 0228383400, and order yourself a special Valen-

Veggie: French chef, Nicolas Devaux.

tine’s day table!

An Heir to the Throne Oh! Jolly good show!

Kim Kardashian’s Pregnancy One more Kardashian to keep up with.



Blue & Gold

February 8, 2013

When fear strikes So what is the flu? by Berlin Cheng

During Week Seven of Asia’s Next Top Model, contender Helena Chan suddenly began hyperventilating and collapsed to the floor, the perfect meltdown for the end of the elimination round. Though hysteria is not uncommon on reality TV shows, Helena’s “panic attack” is a very real drama for many people whose lives are not in front of a camera. Panic attacks are sudden attacks of fear and nervousness, and include physical symptoms such as sweating and a racing heart. These attacks are usually out of proportion to the situation, and are non-threatening. Although panic attacks occur for no obvious reason, underlying factors can explain the condition. Family history, brain abnormalities and substance abuse are all possible causes. But major stress can also trigger these attacks. According to Ms Long, the school nurse, “Sometimes it’s when kids have just moved here, or when it’s in this environment, with a heavy school load and

by Rachel Kwak

not getting enough sleep—things that they don’t know how to deal with or control.” The main triggers of panic attacks in TAS are related to performance anxiety in both testing and athletics. These factors can significantly influence students. “In fact, I look at the things kids have trouble with here, and depression and anxiety are probably number one,” says Ms Grande, school psychologist. “If you look at my desk, you’ll usually find a copy of Anxiety-Free kids.” Although these attacks affect many, facing the problem and confiding in people you can trust can really help mitigate the problem. “It’s not a crazy mental illness,” says Ms Grande. “But if it becomes a big secret, you just put more pressure on yourself not to get nervous … it’s like the snowball effect.” For those that experience these symptoms, it would be wise to seek out a confidant, instead of bottling up feelings of anxiety that will only worsen over time.

Cellphone time bomb

There’s a chill in the air, and with the colder weather come the coughs and sniffles that herald the flu season. The flu season takes place between January and February. Premier Sean Chen’s response to this upcoming season was to urge the public to remain “watchful against influenza” and to “direct public health authorities to continue strengthening prevention and control measures”. So how do we know if we have influenza? The symptoms include a sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough. Swine flu in particular is also associated with vomiting and diarrhea. Contrary to popular misconception, stuffy noses, sore throats, and sneezing are rarely symptoms for someone with the flu. If you have these symptoms, you have the common cold. Another common misconception is that antibiotics can be used to treat the flu. According to William Schaffner, MD, chairman of the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University, “Viral infections like the flu aren’t affected by antibiotics.” Instead, antiviral medication should be prescribed. This misconception may have emerged because bacterial pneumonia can potentially rise from getting the flu. In this case, antibiotics are essential. Other complications resulting from the flu are ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and the worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. One option to avoid this is vaccination. At TAS, the school provides free vaccinations

for those that want the jab. According to the nurse Shiow Yih Yeh, “We merely make it easier for teachers to get the vaccination if they choose to get it. Whether or not they choose to get the shot is purely their choice.” Getting the vaccination, however, does not guarantee that you will not get the dreaded influenza virus. English teacher Ms Kao told Blue&Gold, “I chose not to get the flu vaccination because I saw that some of the other teachers got the flu even after receiving the flu vaccination.” According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the vaccination can only cover the most prominent types of influenza because there are many different influenza viruses that circulate each year. In addition, the vaccine starts providing protection to the body only after about two weeks. If you were exposed to the virus two weeks before the injection, the vaccination offers no protection. The two most common mode of transmission are by 1) touching anything that has cold viruses on it and then touching your eyes or nose or 2) inhaling infected droplets of mucus from the air. Even without the vaccination, there is always the traditional method of daily hand washing and the maintenance of overall hygienic. It is a common practice to disregard the importance of good hygiene, when in fact it proves very effective in preventing the flu. So before you eat lunch today, remember to wash your hands.

by Berry Sheu



Cold: Rare Flu: Usually

present with temperatures going up to 38 C or higher for 3 to 4 days

Cold: Rare Flu: Very

common and can be severe

Achoo Lily Yang (11) wakes up every morning to her iPhone alarm set at 6:30—it’s the sound of Piano Riff one of the iPhone ringtones. Many students use their cell phones as an alarm and place it right next to their bed. Most of the time, when it’s there, there is a temptation to play with it. Using your cellphone right before bed to check Facebook or Twitter decreases the chances of getting a good night’s sleep. As Fox News reports, researchers have recently found that using and viewing a bright display overstimulates the brain, causing a change in the production of a hormone produced during sleep and hurt the quality of a night’s rest. Time Magazine conducted a poll with 5,000 people and concluded that 40 percent of teens use their phone in bed and sleep next to it. When using cellular device, the sounds are transmitted as radio waves and some researchers believe these may adversely affect health. Mobile devices are designed to transmit waves in all directions in order to locate cellphone towers. This means that portions of the radio waves produces are directed at your body. According to a study conducted at the Cleveland Clinic, male fertility decreased as the duration of daily exposure to cellphones increased, showing a 30 percent loss over a period of just four hours of use. So if you want to have kids in the future, you may want to watch out. The weaker the reception on a smart-

phone, the more power it must use to transmit a signal. The more power used, the more radiation emitted, and the deeper these dangerous radio waves penetrate into the body. Ideally, you should use cellphones with full bars, which means not in the cafeteria! Dr Mercola, a physician and author of published medical studies, says that depending on the proximity of the phone to your head, 20-60 percent of the emitted radiation is transferred into your head, penetrating the skull and, in some cases, reaching an inch into your brain. Many students at TAS like Anne Tseng (11) are aware of the health effects of cellphones. “It’s bad for your eyes if you look at it too long and the waves can’t be good, so I try not to use my phone too long,” she said. But with all the social networks, it’s hard to resist using your smartphone during the day. There are varying and contradictory reports as to the overall effect of cellphones on human health. However, the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, warns that “the potential problems from cellphones cannot be dismissed.” According to Lancet, there is a growing body of evidence indicating that cellphones may detrimentally affect “multiple facets of brain function, behavior and health in general.” Although cell phones have become an integral part of our lives, maybe it is time to let your phone battery die and leave it off for a while.

Cold: present




Coughing Tiredness Cold: Fairly mild Flu: Moderate


Hacking, mucus-producing cough Dry, non-mususproducing cough


to severe

Sore throat Cold: present




Stuffy nose Cold:



Usually accompanies a cold and typically resolves spontatneously within a week

Illustrator: Sandra Pan (11)

February 8, 2013

Off the Shelf

Before: Tired of his invisible and insipid life in Florida, Miles Halter, a tall and scrawny boy otherwise known as “Pudge,” convinces his parents to let him go to a boarding school called Culver Creek to seek his “Great Perhaps.” There, he meets his roommate Chip, who is nicknamed “the Colonel,” and Alaska Young, a flawless but moody girl. Miles falls for her instantly. After a group of rich, “cool” kids, the Weekday Warriors, play an unforgivable prank on Miles by wrapping him in tape naked and tossing him into the lake, Miles and his friends plan pranks throughout the year to get revenge. Toward the middle of the school year, he builds special friendships by studying, rule-breaking, and playing wicked pranks. However, shortly after a rejuvenating winter break with Alaska, Miles and Chip are faced with a horrible tragedy. After: Miles and his friends try to solve the mysterious tragedy… If you feel the urge to get away from exhausting student duties for at least a second, open this book and go seek your “Great Perhaps.” Who knows what you’ll find in there? - Ally Seo

This is a book that mixes magic with reality. It’s a story of childhood and adulthood and all that’s in between. It follows the life of a young British girl, Elly, and what shapes her into the woman she is by the end of the story. The title is incredibly strange but the book is not simply about religion or bunnies. Instead, the focus of the book is the complexities of human relationships. The author, Sarah Winman, beautifully captures Elly’s relationship with her loving but often infuriating parents, her misfit friends, and her tight knit friendship with her brother, Joe. The magical elements in the story are tied in so well that talking rabbits and other outof-this-world miracles seem totally normal. Overall it’s a story about love, but not the mushy, cringe worthy type. It’s an exploration of love in multiple shapes and forms. - Meg Silsby

Queen of Indie Folk

By Sarah Wu

something as it forces the listener to pay attention to every syllable she sings. Even in the very first verse, it’s assumed that the “Baby Birch” is her own baby, and that she’ll never be able to have the chance to “know [him/her ].” The next phrase notes how this is an event in her life that she’ll never be able to forget. Joanna Newsom also has a flair for amazingly upbeat and playful songs, such as “Good Intentions Paving Company.” It’s the perfect example of how Joanna harnesses the power of her voice to create excitement. If you’re looking for a new indie folk artist that will rejuvenate your SOUL, listen to J Newsom, an incredible, unparalleled musician.

For all those indie people, Joanna Newsom is the queen of indie folk. Although she is dating the hilarious Andy Sandberg, one of the trio from The Lonely Island, her style of music can’t be compared to his. Her most recent album, Have One On Me, is a collection of songs inspired by her tragic break-up with folk singer Bill Callohan. For this reason, the album has a tone of haunting sorrow. In her previous albums, her nasal tones and high-pitched tangents dominated the songs, which could be annoying at times. But in this album, Joanna has turned the dial; using her powerful voice to intrigue the listener. My favorite song is easily “Baby Birch,” which many fans speculate is a tribute to her unborn child which miscarried. Though people may complain that the song is too slow paced, I think it adds

By Ally Seo

H a ve we r e a c h e d a p o i n t w h e r e w e ’r e j u s t too exhausted seeing little, innocent and peaceful hobb i t s b a t t l i n g t h e f o r c e s o f e v i l ? C r i t i c s a n d a u d i e n c e s s a y - ye s . 1 0 ye a r s a g o , t h e g r a n d t r i l o g y o f T h e L o r d o f t h e R i n g s , w h i c h w o n 3 0 A c a d e m y A wa r d s a n d is still labeled as one of the highest-rated film series of all time, introduced us to a mind-blowing fantasy world of Middle Earth. The prequel The Hobbit: An U n e x p e c t e d J o u r n e y , h o we ve r , b o r e d Ta i wa n e s e a u d i e n c e s t o t e a r s . “My first thought in watching The Hobbit was: Do we really need this movie? I t wa s m y l a s t t h o u g h t , t o o , ” w r o t e Pe t e r R a i n e r , a f i l m c r i t i c a t T h e C h r i s t i a n Science Monitor. Having ridden on a Middle Earth rollercoaster of director Pe t e r J a c k s o n ’ s o r c s , d wa r ve s , e l ve s a n d G o l l u m t h r e e t i m e s a l r e a d y , t h e y give a thumbs-down for the repetitive overwhelming imagery and familiar effects. “ J a c k s o n m i g h t h a ve t a k e n o n a d i f f e r e n t c h a l l e n g e , t e l l i n g a s t o r y m o r e innocent and intimate, more hobbit-sized. Instead, he’s offered something a bit t o o i n d u l g e n t , ” w r o t e C h r i s t o p h e r O r r , f i l m c r i t i c a t T h e At l a n t i c . T h a t ’ s n o t a l l . Wi t h a l l t h e t r i l o g y - m a d n e s s i n H o l l y w o o d , c r i t i c s a r e j u s t

thankful that directors aren’t “quartet or quintet-mad.” D i v i d i n g t h e o r i g i n a l n o ve l b y J . R . R . T o l k i e n i n t o t h r e e l e n g t h y s e c tions of approximately 170 minutes somewhat diluted the movie. “I kind of f e l l a s l e e p i n t h e b e g i n n i n g , b e c a u s e n o t h i n g wa s r e a l l y h a p p e n i n g , ” A n g e l a Huang (10) says. Au d i e n c e s h a ve v o t e d w i t h t h e i r f e e t - s t a y i n g a wa y i n d r o ve s . W h i l e L i f e o f P i s o l d 6 8 3 , 8 4 9 t i c k e t s o ve r 5 6 d a y s i n Ta i wa n , T h e H o b b i t o n l y s o l d 1 7 7 , 6 0 3 t i c k e t s o ve r 3 3 d a y s . S o r r y M r J a c k s o n , b u t f a c t s d o n ’ t l i e . Despite the critics, the movie isn’t a total catastrophe; some students we r e c l e a r l y a we d b y i t s v i s i o n a r y e f f e c t s . E m i l y O n o d e r a ( 1 0 ) h a s n e ve r s e e n a n y o f t h e T o l k i e n m o v i e s i n t h e p a s t , ye t s h e r e a l l y e n j o ye d wa t c h i n g t h i s o n e . “ I t h a d m a n y e p i c s c e n e s a n d b e a u t i f u l e f f e c t s . I a l s o l i k e d t h e i r p o r t r a ya l s o f characters in the movie.” Ta s h a I n g ( 1 2 ) , a n o t h e r b i g T o l k i e n f a n , l o ve d t h e wa y J a c k s o n d i r e c t e d this movie, “He’s done a really great job in keeping his vision consistent - the look of the film matches that of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.” The big problems with this movie seem to be the length and repetition o f t h e s t yl e t h a t J a c k s o n c l i n g s t o . S o h e r e ’ s t h e q u e s t i o n : Wi l l J a c k s o n r e g a i n a u d i e n c e s ’ l o ve f o r t h e n e x t t w o p a r t s ?


Blue & Gold

February 8, 2013


2013 IASAS Swimming

"I thought the competitions was a lot harder and it was really different this time because it was held at TAS." -- Mallorie Hsu "I agree with my twin sister. There were even athletes that are training for the Olympics!" -- Justin Hsu

"It was pretty fun! I was amazed by the incredible extraordinary experience!" -- Phillip Teng

Volume XVIII Issue V: February 2013  

Volume XVIII Issue V: February 2013

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