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Design:Özlem Aydın Editors: Bilge Nur Güven&Wiktoria Eda Uyar

The Chronicles Of Çevre High ISSUE 3: 11th March 2019

Çevre High School Media and Journalism - @cevreporters

Are You Hermione,Harry or Ron?

By Can Sevin, Ilayda Tuylu, Gulin Kirman

A)Chocolate frog B)Bertie bott’s every flavour beans C)Cauldron cakes 2.What’s your favorite lesson?

A)Charms B)Herbology C)Defense against dark arts

3.Which of the Deathly Hallows would you like to posses most?

A)The elder wand B)The cloak of invisibility C)The ressurection stone

4.Where would you like to hang out most?

A)Borgin and burkes B)The three broomsticks C)Quality quidditch supplies 5.Pick a potion.

A)Amortentia B)Felix felicis C)Draught of peace

6.Pick a magical creature. A)Unicorn B)Hippogriff C)Owl 7.Pick a teacher from Hogwarts.

A)Minevra Mcgonagall B)Horace Slughorn C)Remus Lupin

8.What would you say is your biggest fear?

A)Failure B)Insects C)Losing my loved ones

9.What do you consider your best quality

A)My mind B)My loyalty C)My selflessness 10.Pick a spell

A)Obliviate B)Wingardium leviosa C)Expelliarmus

A)Hermione B)Ron C)Harry

1.What’s your favorite candy from the Harry Potter world?

life In Harem By Chiara Favaretto

When people think about the Harem, they mostly portray it as a heaven on earth, where beautiful naked women are taking baths, dancing and enjoying the Sultan’s company all day long.

Therefore, the Harem was governed by the Sultan Mother, the most important femalecharacter of the Empire: she didn’t have only the privilege to choose the girls for the Harem, but even the right of life and death on them (and most of the times, the choises were really cruel). Along with the weather conditions, this factor brought the life expectancy of a woman in the Harem, to around 35 years old.

However, that’s a big misstatement: Living in the Harem was not as easy and beautiful as we may think. First of all, women were preserved from the outside world by special body-guards called ‘EUNUCHS’, African or Christian slaves who were castrated in order not to have any kind of relationship with the Sultan’s women. For the same reason, it was impossible for women to go out, and they had to spend their entire life in the Harem, waiting for the Sultan to take them as a wife, to allow them to work in the Palace, or to give them the freedom to leave and get married with someone else (freedom that most of the times was not given).

Then, another mistake is thinking that in the Harem there were only beautiful but ignorant women, serving as concubines of the Sultan: infact even the level of the education there was by far better than in any other place; Lessons of geography, music, art, poise and elegance, good behaviour, science and math were daily given, and every girl had to be succesfull. Another important duty was the one to raise the Sultan’s sons, who were usually living with them until the age of 12.

So, it’s wrong to think about the Harem as an heavenly place, but at the same time it’s clear that, under some aspects, living there was a luck thanks to the opportunity of education and economical safety, and to the possibility to enter the royal life, maybe as the wife of the Sultan.

Mental Health Matters By Gülin Kirman

We all possess two kinds of health. Body health and mental health. While the talk about the wellness of our body is present, mental health discussions are taboo subjects in our society. Mental health is a person’s condition regarding their psychological and emotional well-being. Mental illness causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy and emotion that make it difficult to cope with the basic requirements of life. That is why it is important to talk about it as much as we do about the well being of our body. Both our body and our mind are very important considering how they affect the way we live our lives from the careers we pursue to the small actions we take. Discussions about our mental health is often ignored or seen as ‘not real’ and ‘exaggerated’. Not to mention that it is sometimes seen as far away from ever affecting you or people around you but this is not true. WHO (World Health Organisation) states that 450 million people all around the world struggle with their mental health, it means every one in four people have a mental illness. Also WHO states that 90% of these people are faced with stigma and discrimination.

Involuntarily or not, we have an impact on someone else’s mental health on a daily basis. Small things like, calling someone fat or skinny, the way you word something, giving a small compliment and many more other things that may seem small to you might have a big effect on someone else. Not to mention that you might also get triggered by the words and the actions of others. The reason for that is, again, the lack of discussions on the issue of mental health. Because we don’t talk about it, we don’t know it and therefore we cannot resolve it. It is so important to talk about mental health. Because it is something that is heavy, effective and has many shapes and forms. It is important to create a safe space where everyone is comfortable with talking about their problems without having the fear of rejection and discrimination. It is important to talk about your problems even if you feel like no one can help or understand you. Because without communication we cannot resolve the issues we have with both each other and with ourselves. Mental illnesses should not be taboo subjects nor are they things to be ashamed or scared of. If you need help contact to someone you can trust and talk to or get some professional help.

Flynn Effect By Aslı Ece Gover

This topic is basically about the differences between generations’ intellegence level. The effect took it’s name from James Flynn, who is an Australian politician. According to this, people tend to get smarter every 15 years. So if your parents and you take an IQ test, you might possibly get a higher score than your parents. ‘’This dramatic change has drawn my attention with massive IQ gains over time.’’ he stated. By saying ‘massive’ he did not mean 4-6 points change. He meant big changes. If we score people a century ago against the modern norm, they would probably have an average IQ of 70 but if we score ourselves against their norms, we would probably have an IQ of 130. This brings up the questions ‘’Were our ancestors on the verge of mental retardation?’’ or ‘’Are we gifted?’’ because a score over 120 is being considered as high intellegence. Flynn went with the third option and mentioned a person as an example: Alexander Luria. Luria, who was a notable neuropsychologist, had a big role on this progress. Luria was interviewing a person and he asked ‘’There are no camels in Germany and Hamburg is a city of Germany. Are there any camels in Hamburg?’’.

The answer he took was that if Germany is large enough there ought to be some camels. The fellow was used to camels being in village so he couldn’t analyze the situation. After a while Luria was interviewing with the third person and the person was asked ‘’The North Pole always has snow and wherever there is snow, the bears are white.’’. This statement is clearly wrong. So he answered that if a wise person from the North Pole came up to him and told him the bears are white, he would believe him but he has never seen a white bear before. He basically rejected the concrete world and questioned the situation. He was able to analyze the stuff that was going on. Even though scientists cannot prove if this theory is true or wrong, the majority seems to approve of it. Some people even mentioned the reasons of why this effect occur. Two of them are the most important ones: education and nutrition. Intelligence has a balanced tie with education. They increase proportionally over years, so when the quality of education gets better, intellegence gets better too. Our other issue, nutrition. When the population of people who cannot eat well decreased, scientists saw that the bottom part of the test results started to dissappear. Social tendencies, parents’ role in childrens’ life and the social environment also seem to be important factors too.

Werther Effect By Chiara Favaretto

Have you ever focused your attention on the phenomenon of suicides following a suicide? The phenomenon in question is called the “Werther Effect”. It is an effect for which the imitation and suggestibility coming from a specific news can play an important role in the dynamics of a suicide. Who’s Werther, then? Werther is the protagonist of a novel by W. Goethe. He decides to kill himself because of an unrequited love, putting an end to his pain. Following the publication of the book “The sorrows of young Werther” (1774), a curious phenomenon occurred: a wave of suicides that followed the dynamics of Werther’s took place in a short period of time throughout Europe to a real emulation phenomenon-spread.

In order to understand better, we should visualize the “Werther Effect” according to our times. It can be compared with television and information tools in general, because they have an important degree of control over the viewer such as leading them to imitation. It’s like using the actions of others to decide what’s right for us, just because we may find a similarity between our conditions. This effect makes us understand how harmful the way in which certain news are transmitted to the public can be, and how much they can influence the choices of life of a subject naturally predisposed to instability or insecurity. A very similar and more current case is the famous “Blue Whale Challenge”, a self-injuring game born in Russia in 2014, which led to about 180 suicides in a single year, all in the same way. It is for this reason, the human tendency to emulate the gestures of others, that the MDG has set limits and guidelines on the use of social media, in order to prevent this deadly and common phenomenon to spread again.

The Intelligent Death By Alkın Kılıçlar

Think of a death with its own brain, in control of no living human. What comes to your mind? For me and everyone who is aware, the answer is autonomous weapons. In almost every international organization the subject “Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems“ (LAWS) has been discussed but reached exactly nowhere. The reasons of these kind of occurances are simple especially in a military topic like this one. The countries which possess the firepower, also possess the right to decide on topics such as the one in hand and they are the ones – powerful and wannabe powerful countries – who block for and against actions.

It is pretty clear that any topic regarding guns will always be contraversial so the necessary work of solution cannot be done with a few stable and multinational laws. We have seen that numerous gatherings end up with nothing effective, except for the United Nations statement on peacekeeping that can be used as a basis. The actions must be Guided by Article 1 of the United Nations Charter, “ take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace,”

The able organization on this issue, the UN, must focus on LAWS rather than temporarily considered solved issues ,such as nuclear weapons, in order to stop the overcoming of regulations of LAWS. And finally if you ask why is there a need for anything be done on LAWS, the most probable answer you will get is because we are afraid of it, but fear alone is not capable. So you can look at the occasional paper published as a book by United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs ,which consists of five different perspectives on LAWS, to get to know more about it. The only thing you can do in order to not be afraid of the unknown ,which is the only scary thing in life, is to learn about it. Once again, the non living thing is the one we don’t know and therefore the one fear.

POPULAR CULTURE 10 Shows You Should Definetely Watch By Özlem Aydın

1.Once Upon A Time

Once Upon a Time is Fairy Tale Land. It’s filled with magic, monsters and all of the characters we all know from stories growing up. It’s real, and so are the people in it. But unlike the “happily ever after” you may have heard about, their stories continued, and The Evil Queen cast a Dark Curse over the land... This is Storybrooke. It’s a quiet, little New England town filled with people who go about their everyday lives with no idea who they really are. The Queen’s Curse has trapped them here and placed her in near-complete control. They have no real memories and no real hope.

2.The Vampire Diaries

After centuries of quarreling, Stefan and Damon Salvatore return to their original town of Mystic Fall Virginia. Stefan, the selfless, brave, guilt ridden brothers meets a high school girl named Elena Gilbert who he instantly falls in love with. While Damon the gorgeous, dangerous, and selfish vampire is after his brothers girl to pay him back for making him turn into a vampire in 1864.

3.The Originals

The Originals follows the Mikaelson siblings, the original vampires as they struggle to find a home in the city they helped build. After being forced from New Orleans by their tyrannical father Mikael, Elijah, Klaus and Rebekah return nearly a century later only to find Marcel, Klaus’s protege and Rebekah’s former lover, has taken over as the new King. With the constant threat of war breaking out between the supernatural factions and Klaus’s consistent refusal to compromise with anyone, will they be able to make New Orleans their home again and safe before the arrival of Klaus’s miracle child?


Demons, warlocks, werewolves, vampires and more. All the things of legend.... At least that’s what Clary Fray thinks - until she learns that these things are not only real, but she must descend into their dark world if she wants to save her mother.

5.Pretty Little Liars

In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, a once tight knit group of girls have to band back together after the leader of their group, Alison DiLaurentis goes mysteriously and unexplainably missing. They then start getting texts from an anonymous source that soon turns their lives more dangerous then they can imagine, and threatens to ruin everything that is keeping them sane. They have to work together to save their families, relationships, and their own lives before it’s to late, and everything is ruined once and for all.


The Carringtons and the Colbys feud for control over their fortune --and their children-- in this updated reboot of the classic prime-time soap.

9.Gossip Girl


Mary, Queen of Scots, faces politica intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court. Chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her four best friends as ladies-in-waiting.

Gossip Girl follows the lives of privileged teenagers on the upper east side. Serena Van Der Woodsen is a blonde and beautiful socialite. Everyone knows Serena. Blair Waldorf is Serena’s best friend but it’s always about Serena not Blair. Nate Archibald is Blair’s boyfriend but ever since Serena came back from boarding school Nate has been acting strange. Chuck Bass is a rich and arrogant person. Daniel Humphrey, a lonely boy from Brooklyn, NY, who nobody knows.

10.Full House 7.The Umbrella Academy

Reunited by their father’s death, estranged siblings with extraordinary powers uncover shocking family secrets and a looming threat to humanity.

After the death of his wife Pam, sports anchor Danny Tanner recruits his brother-in-law Jesse, a rock musician; and his best friend since childhood, Joey who works as a stand-up comedian, to help raise his three young daughters.

The Snake Whisperer

Chapter 2

By Wiktoria Eda Uyar It was fascinating, and in the middle in came TWO. MORE. SNAKES. A big surprise, really, since usually the big reveals and things like that happen on the first day when the most people come. He made them do many things and the performance was , to say the least, fascinating. I don’t think I can describe it, the colours mixing and the reptiles doing what they’re told, it was very impressive. And since the tent wasn’t very big, we could see tiny details like the man , get this, KİSSİNG one on the head as it slithered by. I shivered. He really did seem to like his snakes. Everyone applauded loudly at the end, and the man bowed while his three partners exited the scene with the help of fog, side by side. There were a few more shows after that, but I couldn’t help keeping on thinking about the guy.


By Bilge Nur Güven

After the show , I decided to go to him and ask a few questions. How could anyone make animals, reptiles at that, so obedient? How could he not be one bit scared? I was really curious so I gathered my courage and walked to the area where the performers stayed during their visit. It was kind of crowded, with people taking photos with and asking their favourites questions. The snake charmer’s area was surprisingly empty, though. I supposed that people were afraid of the snakes or something, I didn’t see any cages or places where you could keep a giant reptile after all. Maybe they just hung out with the redhead. I knocked on the door and was answered with a “Come in,”. His voice was pretty smooth. So I opened the door, and I saw that he had changed into regular clothes , chilling with the big yellow snake. He looked quite normal, someone around my age; I don’t know what I expected to be honest.


This year, a total of about 16,000 project applications from all over the country were sent to the TUBITAK project competition. Two projects from Cevre High School were selected to be presented in the regional finals. One was done by Mustafa Cem Buyukalpelli in the field of software, with Hakan Emre Sahin as the consultant teacher. This project was called “Bobo in the World of Mathematics”. Mustafa Cem designed a game which had the entire fourth grade maths curriculum integrated into it and aimed to teach children math in a fun way. The other project was by Bilge Nur Guven and Irem Iyisan in the field of physics, with Elif Boyraz as the consultant teacher. It was called “The Decrease in the Ratio of Cancer Cells by Preventing Electromagnetic Waves with the Method of Shielding”. The title is pretty self-explanatory. If you’d like further information, you can find Bilge and Irem in 10/A. This project came in second place at the regionals. We sincerely congratulate these students on their remarkable success and wish them the best on their paths.

A Trip To The USA By Ömer Efe Kağıncı

The USA trip was amazing. Since USA feels like a whole different world, it was a little hard to get used to the units and daily life. We visited two cities, the first city that we visited was Boston. We travelled around the city and we learnt that Boston was a very historical place. The first riots and most of the wars against British colonization were started in Boston. Not to mention that it has a region called New England, indicating the past of British colonies. We visited two of the best colleges in the world. First, we went to Harvard, studying at Harvard will be another thing that I will regret not doing for my whole life. It had a massive green yard which was meant to have many students, but it did not, thanks to freezing cold. It was about –10 degrees Celsius, but it felt like –20s due to the harsh wind. The overall image of the campus was not full of life, though it still was a perfect campus that also had the dining hall that inspired the one in Harry Potter.

Next, we visited MIT. It was a dream for the students planning to be an engineer. Personally though, I didn’t like it and don’t’t think I’ll be able to like any other campuses after Harvard. After our MUN conference and trip in Boston, we took the train to New York, the city that never sleeps. This is definitely true, it was bright 24/7. We visited the MET in New York which was very impressive and a necessary visit for art people. Then we went to American Natural History Museum where we saw giant dinosaur skeletons and our history as human kind. The third museum that we visited in New York was Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) where we saw Van Gogh’s famous painting, Starry Night. In New York, we also saw the Phantom of the Opera in Broadway which was a very good experience.Of course, we had some time in New York to shop as we were very close to Times Square. In addition, we went to an NBA match in Madison Square Garden which I was looking forward to. We had great food throughout the trip. One of them was the massive pancakes we had in Stardust, a place that had a cool concept of singing waiters who hoped to be Broadway stars one day. Last but not least, we were caught in kind of a snow blizzard. While we were in the subway it started snowing and when we reached our destination and got out, the snow was everywhere. It was short but very effective. After minutes, one of the most crowded squares in the world was covered in white fluffiness. North-East of the US is freezing cold and has a surprising climate. Finally, it was the day to come back after spending my best semester holiday. But luckily I have a 10 year visa so I plan on going there again.

Destination Imagınatıon By Bilge Nur Güven

They came in fifth place out of many other well-equipped teams. The scientific challenge, What is Destination Imagination, also known on the other hand, was to have a character as DI? DI, in its essence, is a celebration of facing a medical mystery, and to solve that creativity, imagination, teamwork, STEM mysterious condition with a sympt-o-matic. learning, diversity... It is a non-profit Hepta sapiens’ take on this challenge was organization whose aim is to bring young people unique in many ways. Their play involved Lady together through project-based programs. Every Gaga, a pink panther, mythical goddesses, and year, a tournament is held in 45+ US states a lifeless mannequin with orange hair whom and 30 countries. After the local tournaments, the whole DI team came to love. Their complex chosen teams get to go to the Global Finals in sympt-o-matic amazed the jury, and with their the USA, where everyone comes together. portrayal of the imaginative play, they came in fourth place, missing the stage glory with 1,8 Teams of 2-7 can participate in DI. There are 7 points. challenges: technical, scientific, engineering, fine arts, improv, service learning and early learning. The DI experience is fantastic enough to Each year, a different challenge is announced change someone’s perspective forever. The from each category. While each category friends made along the way, the extreme fun demands a certain skill set and qualities, all had at midnight in hotel rooms, the team spirit, the challenges ask for the team to present their the hard work... This year’s DI might not have solution through a drama. resulted in a dazzling championship, but it felt just as so for the team, having gained so much This year, two teams from Cevre High School from the adventure alone. took part in the DI Turkey tournament, held in Kusadasi, Izmir. The team Ordinary presented The DI team would like to thank Ozge and Gul a solution to the technical challenge and Hepta teachers for being awesome team managers, sapiens to the scientific challenge. The technical spending tremendous effort and time. The challenge this year was to build an aircraft thanks also go to Burak teacher for truly which took off, made drops whilst in flight, and making the plays theatrical. Lastly, thank you landed. The theatrical portion had to involve to observer Oyku Oguz for being the best characters exploring a remote place, and the supporter. Gratitude is felt towards the school aircraft and its drops to be integrated into the as well for making this possible. storyline. Ordinary’s extraordinary solution to this challenge involved a drone made from scratch, a certain Juliet and her lover running away to an island to find safety and freedom, an islander mad woman determined to throw the two lovebirds off her island, and many more unexpected and bizarre elements. Their presentation in Izmir caught more than a few people’s attention and despite some technical malfunctions.

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