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MEET OUR BY TIMOTHY LEE

STUCO

AFTER RHHS BY FREDERICK DING

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e walk into the halls that first day of Grade 9 and worry about tough teachers, meeting friends, and finding clubs that hold our interest. After a year or so, those worries have faded, only to be replaced by new ones about academics. And when Grade 12 comes around the corner, we are suddenly hit with the stress of university and college applications.

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LEESTI

BY SILKEN CHAN hen Ms. Leesti was younger, she once dressed up as the flaxenhaired, pale-faced Ophelia from Hamlet for Hallowe’en. “I did the whole floating with flowers bit and I won a costume contest,” she says. “At one point, though, I frightened somebody who thought I was so pale that they almost believed I was dead! So although it wasn’t a scary costume, I did scare several people.” Having once been an English teacher (as well as a teacher in the History, Geography, Math and Special Education departments), this isn’t Ms. Leesti’s only brush with Shakespeare. “One thing that always made my students laugh was that I’m a visual learner, so I like to draw on the board. We were studying Romeo & Juliet and they didn’t understand what a crypt was, so I did my best to put a crypt on the wall with the bodies of Romeo and Juliet and Tybalt and so on… “I had a student who came to class late that day. He looked at the board and said, ‘Miss… why did you draw a box of donuts?’ So I have a bit of a bad reputation at drawing things. And a lot of quirky classroom humour.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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THE PHENOMENON OF

STICKIES

BY ALICE YOU eel, write, slab! Stickies...they are everywhere! From messages to reminders, they could pretty much be called “all purpose useit-whenevers”! Love to use them, hate to see them! They do, after all, represent all those things that you’re supposed to do.

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But there’s a long history behind the domination of stickies in our lives. Much like any other genius invention, sticky notes were discovered by accident by Dr. Spencer Silver from 3M quite recently in 1968. In fact, the colour yellow used also came into being accidentally as the origin was the scrap yellow paper the neighbouring laboratory used. And, of course, just like every other

From left to right: The StuCo gorilla, president Jawad, vice-president Seveil and secretary Frederick.

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s the Student Council, or StuCo, they bear a lot of responsibility in making the student activity year exciting and fun. With more ambition than ever, this year’s group of student leaders are showing no sign of slowing down. The Spyglass spoke to the President, Jawad Shujaatali, VicePresident, Seveil Mohajeri, and Secretary, Frederick Ding about their thoughts on their past experiences, the upcoming year, and hypothetical cannibalistic situations. WHAT MAKES A GOOD STUDENT COUNCIL?

J: You have to have a balance between the socially creative people and the people who just do work, like the people who can organize stuff and do paperwork. But on the other side, you have to have the people who can come up with the cool ideas. WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST THING THAT SOMEONE HAS SUGGESTED DURING A MEETING?

J: We wanted to have a sumo wrestler pit. F: And it sounded crazy when they wanted to do a second dance and a carnival and now these things are normal. IS IT HARD WORKING WITH SUCH A LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE?

F: It gets sort of rowdy during meetings because there are so many people trying to express their opinions and sometimes it doesn’t seem everyone truly agrees on ev-

erything. So you will get those back and forth dialogues, but then again, the president is usually very good at keeping us on topic and on the agenda. (Jawad laughs) S: Yea, even when we don’t agree, sometimes people are just saying things at the same time because everybody has ideas. We want to keep it informal and we want to keep it casual and comfortable so we don’t always raise our hands. And sometimes when there’s just a jumble of ideas, we need the president to step in. J: It’s great to have ideas, but when you have fourteen ideas on the board, it becomes too much. F: If you think 17 people is large, think about other schools where they have over 100 students in a student government system where they’re voting on bills. That is a much more complicated system than what we do here. WHAT’S THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING ON STUDENT COUNCIL?

S: You walk into an event, and everything is finally together after months and months of preparation. You’re standing from afar and everybody’s having a good time. You think to yourself, “I helped do this!” and that feels very amazing. F: If you think about all the things we can do at the school, StuCo is one of the best CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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Are my marks good enough for my program of choice? Do I have enough volunteer experience, artistic skills, or athletics to stand out in the applicant pool? Have I done meaningful extracurricular activities? Do I have a chance at a scholarship? We’re all in this together. This past year, just over 384,000 applications were electronically submitted to Ontario universities through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (or OUAC), competing for as few as 68,000 confirmed matriculations. With selective programs like McMaster Health Sciences accepting only 140 people each year, or the highly coveted Trinity One program at the University of Toronto limiting its enrolment to 50 people, it is no surprise that high school seniors are stressing out over “getting in.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Above image courtesy of http://www.sjlsixthform.co.uk

CARCINOGENS AND

YOU

BY EDWARD WANG

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ould you believe that the Chapstick™ you applied this morning could in fact lead to the development of a melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer? Or that the chips you had for lunch could contain butylated hydroxyanisole, more commonly known as BHT, which can lead to squamous cell carcinomas? With the advances that modern chemistry has made, it seems that there is no aspect of daily life that is not affected in some way by the usage of chemicals. From the ink in our markers to the gasoline in our cars, chemical compounds play a vital role in helping us lead our daily lives. With the widespread use of chemicals comes heated debate over whether or not some of the chemicals we use are actually safe for human health. At the forefront of this debate are the use possible cancer-causing chemicals and the often inconclusive and conflicting conclusions that are drawn concerning them. No doubt you’ve encountered various CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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opportunities to actually get what we want done. YOU’VE ALL BEEN ON STUCO FOR MORE THAN ONE YEAR, WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU’VE LEARNED?

J: The cheesy answer. (laughs) Nothing is impossible. Two years ago, we were sitting around the table and Fiona said, let’s have a carnival, and stick rides out in the parking and get the whole school out there. The standard event used to be 200-300 people but it just shows when you have a group of talented people in the same room trying to get something done, it will get done. And we can get 1000 people out in the parking lot with a jumping castle. It’s surprising how much you can get done if you have a group of talented people. DOES IT EVER GET TIRING?

All: Yea! J: There will be days like after the talent show or after a dance and we’re here till midnight and then at that point you come to school the next day with exhaustion. But it’s happy exhaustion. F: I think StuCo has a lot of behind the scenes work and sometimes that takes place at home or even on the phone and e-mail. And there’s so much that you don’t see. People might just imagine it as seventeen people talking in a room but there is so much collaboration that goes on outside of that. J: It requires a lot of dedication. It’s not something you can join for the sake of it. You actually have to want to do it. It is tiring but it’s worth it. WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF A RELAXING AFTERNOON?

J: Turning my phone off. StuCo tends to be a group of people who are involved in other stuff around the school as well. It tends to be a group of leaders. So I think like a time to just get away from everything... S: A long shower. Really long hot shower away from everything. F: Sipping very nice Earl Grey tea. IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON AN ISLAND WITH THE ENTIRE STUDENT COUNCIL...

J: I would shoot myself. (LAUGHS) WHO WOULD YOU EAT FIRST?

S: Who would I eat first? (laughs) Salar. J: Yea. Salar and John.

F: I think we could... J: Well Freddie would invent something to help us get off or clone all of us and we’ll eat the clones.

MONTH IN REVIEW

SURVEY • • • • •

school grades aren’t everything since when did I not care about anything anymore? you can’t make a woman happy I can’t study on an empty stomach nothing is ever perfect in live

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my thoughts LMNT – Juliet Sound J. Cole

the squishy thing from the tip of my FAVOURITE pencil the game a lot of friends my agenda but Mr. Kemp found it

I’M LISTENING TO:

I LOST:

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SUIT DAY

MY CELL PHONE IS:

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is blue ...is going to be owned by me soon? DNE

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I… sleep? And fall back asleep I had a dream I pray for a snow day, even in April I wishing I could sleep more

BEFORE I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING:

FIRST DAY

BABIES ARE:

• chubby and cute and fluffy • easily amused • annoying

TOMORROW I WILL:

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eat sushi do my homework do nothing

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be me need food love the Leafs sleep less than I like

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we all die... or not... I will hopefully graduate high school before everyone dies the Leafs will win the cup

I’LL ALWAYS:

2012 IS THE YEAR WHEN:

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THOSE WHO ARE WISHING TO GET INVOLVED WITH STUCO?

S: Honestly, it’s been the best times I’ve had in high school. It’s a great way to get involved. J: If you’re a student in the school and you’re always sitting around and complaining and you can’t get stuff your way. StuCo is the way to get your way done. We have a great administration and a school who really listens to our ideas. If you want to get involved, you have to be ready to stand by your ideas and be ready to put in a lot of work to get what you want. S: You get what you put into it and you’ll see results.

BY RUHAMA QUADIR

BY JOYCE TAN

I’VE COME TO REALIZE THAT:

WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE ANTICIPATE IN THE UPCOMING YEAR?

F: People should anticipate... S: New ideas. F: Yea, quite a few things are happening in terms of StuCo’s other involvements in the school. I think this year, we are going to finally have the new system up. We’re going to see a much prettier television and one that is more useful for all of us. We’re also coming up with new ideas all the time that will make our events faster and easier to run. Less messy. J: Maybe even new events. S: Like Jawad said, it’s a group of talented people. I feel this year, more than any other year, we have a lot of diverse talents if we could call it that. If we can come together and use everybody’s different strengths and I think it’s very different from what we’ve had from the last couple years. F: This year we have some people who have been here for a long time like the three of us. But we also have a lot of people bringing fresh ideas to the table. And at the same time, we also have the people who are really social who can get the word out to their friends. We’ve got people who are just offering all sorts of things that will really help us. J: StuCo has generally been a certain group of people in the school who are on StuCo. But this year it’s really different. We have people from all parts of school and from that we get new, cooler ideas.

“FINISH THE SENTENCE”

FOOTBALL GAMES

GIRLS BASKETBALL

AWARDS ASSEMBLY

YOU ARE ARRESTED

FOR POSSESSION OF A CELLULAR PHONE IN SCHOOL Iz dis fOr rEal?

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It may be hard to believe at first but it is indeed true that a 14-year old student in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, was arrested on the charge of disorderly conduct. Yes, her precarious inclination to text in the classroom concerned her school administration enough to make them seek intervention from the police. The officers in charge of the situation claim that the arrest was triggered by a number of misdemeanours on the student’s part, mainly her refusal to admit she was using a cell phone to send text messages during a math class. The incident occurred at Wauwatosa East High School, where the 14 year old freshman’s math teacher asked her to stop texting in class, to which she responded by denying that she even had a cell phone. After many more attempts to cease the student’s in-class text messaging, the teacher was inclined to send the student to the security ward of the school, where the police were later called in. She was arrested that day, following a frisk which revealed that she had concealed her phone in her pants.

Nearly two years since the student’s court appearance and a $300 bailout, technology has only improved more and cellular phones have become more easily accessible to high school students. This leaves school administrations across North America to ponder if the utility of a cell phone at school is overweighed by its disruptiveness in the classroom. The RHHS students are also part of the growing debate, often asking the question: is it really worth trying to sneak a quick text in class?

CANYON, TEXAS: students are fined $15

Students who were caught in texting while in a class have faced various consequences, including the confiscation of the cell phone and apparently, arrest, a punishment of much greater severity. As we all know, our own school’s policy states that cell phones cannot be used while inside an instructional area of the school but can still be used during the remainder of a student’s day. School administrations and governments around the world have taken different measures to restrict the use of cell phone in school premises. Here are some examples:

are suspended when caught with a cell phone

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every time they are caught with a cell phone TOKYO, JAPAN: a cell phone ban is in

place in many schools, the Ministry of Education is pushing to expand the ban nation-wide. GUJARAT, INDIA: cell phones are banned

even at the college level of education

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT: students

BEIJING, CHINA: one school has installed

metal detectors, similar to the security devices often seen at airports, to enforce a cell phone ban which applies to both students and teachers

Though these rules may seem excessive, many authorities claim to have ample reasons to invoke these tough measures in schools. In Tokyo, Japan, a student decided to jump off a building roof to his death

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Recently she had an entirely different kind of classroom experience teaching English in South Korea for a month. “Usually my life is very centered in Toronto, so going to Asia was a big deal for me. I taught in Busan, but I also got to go to Seoul and eat a lot of different foods and experience the culture. The first thing I learned to say in Korean was mul chuseyo which was ‘water, please’ – the food over there was very spicy! But I liked it a lot, especially a spicy rice cake called ddeokbokki.” It’s been a long journey for Ms. Leesti from when she was first taking English and Geography at University of To-

LEESTI BY SILKEN CHAN

ronto. She got her Bachelor of Education at Queen’s, and her Master’s at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She began her career in the Scarborough Board of Education, and earned her Special Education degree in York Region. She was a curriculum consultant for three years before becoming the vice principal of Stouffville Secondary School. “And now I’m here at Richmond Hill High. Yes, I’ve been working at school for 15 years now! I love being at the school, I love seeing people every day, and it has been a lovely experience at Richmond Hill so far. I feel like it’s a really friendly place.” What lesson have you learned from your students? A very important lesson that I have learned from my students is to not make assumptions. Not to assume that somebody isn’t interested in what you have to say. Or that somebody doesn’t like you, or somebody doesn’t like a particular subject. I think it’s really important for all people to be patient and listen and to try to understand other people’s point of view. I’ve met hundreds of students, so I’ve gotten to hear lots of students telling me about their lives. When I hear about their different lives, I have to be very careful to not assume something about them. I have to ask them before I make a decision about them.

BY JOYCE TAN

What are your best memories from high school? I was elected to Student Council when I was in high school, which was a really good memory. Um… graduating from high school was a good memory, too! Because I was the oldest of my family and the first to graduate out of my siblings, everyone came to my graduation and everyone was really proud of me. Plus I think I got I really nice present… I think my mom gave me a watch. I still have it! Another big memory of high school was starting Grade 9, the very first day. I was definitely scared, but excited to be in high school. Because you don’t feel like a kid anymore.

JR BOYS VOLLEYBALL

CLUBS BEGIN

YOU ARE ARRESTED CONTINUED in 2007 after receiving threatening text messages at school, encouraging the Japanese government to enforce stricter rules for cell phone use among students. Several American and Canadian school boards are concerned that allowing phones in schools will increase cheating and ease the spread of inappropriate cyber content among the student community. Other nations around the world have found that modern day cell phones resemble “mini-computers” which can easily cause major distractions to students’ normal learning practices. Growing health concerns about wireless technology also seem to be a motivation for some school district boards to push for a ban on cell phones in school altogether. Some schools have even taken the most simple, ignominious approach that empowers teachers to confiscate phones and read through a student’s messages. “I’d rather wait till lunch than risk having a teacher read through my texts… who wouldn’t?” laughs an RHHS student while talking to the Spyglass. A lot of students seem to concur with the idea that texting in class isn’t worth the possible repercussions. Even student web-

sites such as MLIA (“my life is average”) convince students to stop texting in class, as this site is just one of many that highlight some of the embarrassing stories of students who have paid a rather high price for not complying with the school’s cell phone use policy. Such is the case of one American student who ended up texting many of her personal stories and secrets to her grandmother instead of her friend amidst trying to divide her attention between her cell phone and her teacher’s lesson. In another case, a student made the entire class furious when his frustrated teacher left the class room after hearing the student’s phone ring. These kinds of stories make it increasingly clear that texting in class is a risky habit to have. So whether you are a Chinese student passing through a metal detector before you enter the school or a relatively autonomous RHHS student wondering if it might be okay to sneak a few texts during your next class, be aware of the embarrassment you can bring to your otherwise happy and quiet life. Who knows, one day it might be perfectly conventional to hear of students getting arrested for the possession of a cell phone in school.

What were you like as a student? Oh goodness, that was a long time ago! Um, I was a pretty good student; I got pretty good marks. I think when I was in high school I was pretty confused; I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I didn’t know that I wanted to be a teacher when I was in high school; I didn’t really have a direction. I wasn’t sure where it was all going to lead. Then, one day, my French teacher asked me if I was interested in peer tutoring. And I said okay, and found that I loved the peer tutoring. I found that l felt a great

sense of accomplishment teaching someone else. It’s very gratifying to have someone learn something they didn’t know before. Then I realized it could be part of my career. What’s your proudest scholastic achievement so far? My most recent and proudest achievement is earning my Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology. Because I worked during the day, I went to school at night, so it took me a while to learn. But I did feel that what I was learning was very related to my work. I was constantly thinking of my students when I learned. There were times when I was thinking this is too hard, I should just give up. But I did persevere, and I felt that it was really worth it.

What were your principals and vice principals like when you were a student? What did they do that inspired you and what would you like to do differently? Um, wow. You know, I’ve been in school for a lot of years, and I’ve met many different principals and vice principals in school but I certainly remember one of my principals who worked with Student Council while I was in it. He really encouraged us to think of ourselves and take responsibilities for our actions. He let us do a lot of things – create projects and run a lot of events, but he really encouraged us to do a lot and do the best that we could, and to think for ourselves. Is there anything I would do differently myself? Yes, absolutely. Some of the vice principals that I knew when I was a student… were very formal. They spent a lot of time in their office and I didn’t feel that they were very accessible. I think that today, principals and vice principals are much more interactive with students and with teachers. I like to go into classrooms and see what kids are working on. Like, today, I was in the Grade 10 Ceramics class and it was so interesting to talk to the kids and see what they were doing. I think I would have liked that from my vice principal, as a student.

RHHS ENTREPRENEURS

on education, taking risks, and ddeokbokki

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oney, prestige, valuable experience; who wouldn’t want a part in that? Most will only dream, but some will dare to venture into the big wide world, equipped with only themselves, and most importantly, a burning desire to transform their ideas into a profitable business. At our own school, grade twelve students Frederick Ding, Susan Wang, and Angela Wan have done just that. “It actually started out of pure interest,” Frederick explains. “I was in middle school at the time, and had the random idea to collect and post the homework assigned every day. It introduced me to the cool software and languages that powered the Web, and I quickly became acquainted with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP.” Inspired by his passion for Web development, Frederick registered FreddyWare, a firm that focuses on building sites, supporting open source projects, selling domain registrations, and Web hosting. So far, he has worked with a number of small businesses and individuals, including many clubs and departments in RHHS. It’s a similar story for Susan and Angela – this talented duo took their interest in art and created S&A Art Studio, which they run as a partnership. “Last year, both of us volunteered at an art studio owned and operated in the basement of a home,” Angela recalls. “We simultaneously had epiphanies… we realized that what the art teacher we volunteered with had to offer wasn’t too difficult to match with our own capabilities, so we started talking about what to do, and after designing business cards and websites and flyers, we officially opened for business.” Now, they run art classes for children, complete custom paintings/portraitures, and do painting sales on the side. Using posters and word-of-mouth to promote

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their business, they now have a steady customer base made of eager students. Despite putting much effort into their respective businesses, Frederick, Angela, and Susan all stress the importance of school and other commitments. Taking precautions and planning well, Susan and Angela make sure that their studio and their art classes do not interfere with their school work. As for Frederick, his Web development sometimes has even complemented his other duties: “For example, when I served as the first StuCo Webmaster in Grade 10, I had the opportunity to contribute those skills while participating in student government. In addition, the skills gained from my experience in Web development have helped significantly in the Computer Science courses.” When asked about their thoughts on being a youth entrepreneur, all three eagerly responded that it was an extremely positive experience. They’ve developed an appreciation for being their own boss, and at the same time, gained an understanding of the importance of setting deadlines and goals. In terms of help, they wish there was more support for young entrepreneurs, such as an established way to network with other youth, or more funding and discounts to help them get started. In the end, the optimal situation is doing what you love to do, and hopefully making a profit from it. Even though it might not work out exactly as you wanted it to in the beginning, at the end of the day, the satisfaction of achievement overrides everything else. As Angela put it, “the first few classes with barely anyone showing up were quite disheartening. After that, the difficulties came in other ways, such as trying to control kids hysterically laughing from the mess they made. Once you get it going though, there will be things that make you very happy, such as the warm fuzzy feeling you get when kids don’t want classes to end.”

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After RHHS THE STRESS OF APPLICATIONS

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It’s even more nerve-wracking for those of us applying to U.S. universities. On top of application forms and recommendation letters, there are standardized tests (SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and/or ACT), essays, and alumni interviews to fear. Consider the crazy acceptance rates, too: MIT accepted only 10.1% of its applicants last year, and only 4% of international applicants received the thick package in the mail. With total costs in excess of $50,000/year, the financial aid process is also rather taxing. Yet… while it is understandable that we— myself included—are anxious over the process, maybe we should step back and think coolly. My advice: 1. Don’t force it. The best way to get ahead in the game is to know yourself; understand what you are capable of; recognize what you enjoy; and follow your passions. You will be the one who will live with these decisions and outcomes, so find a place (figuratively and literally) where you will be happy.

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have had the pleasure of speaking with a few RHHS graduates who are presently studying at university. Alumni are knowledgeable about the application process and are great resources to consult regarding the entire experience. In September 2010, I sat down to chat over Skype with Chris Ng and Sabrina Wang, both students at the University of Waterloo, and Andy Chen, from the University of Toronto. Recordings of these conversations are posted in full on the Spyglass site at http:// newspaper.rhhsweb.com. Anny Zhong, now studying at the University of Chicago, also graciously offered responses to a few questions over e-mail. The highlights are recapitulated below, edited for brevity.

UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO From what you’ve seen so far (it’s only been a few weeks), would you say your classes are relatively challenging, or easy? Chris: Because I’m in Mechatronics Engineering, the course load is, on its own, really really heavy. I have classes from 8:30 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon, with only a two-hour break … but so far, in the first week, the material in-class has only been review from high school. Sabrina: I’m in the Math/Chartered Accountancy program… although I don’t have as heavy of a course load [as Chris]… we have weekly assignments from every course, and I have 5 courses. I just had my abstract algebra assignment; I got it the second day of class… There are 5 questions with many sub-parts; I was only able to do the first four sub-parts of the first question and the first two sub-parts of the second question. Would you say that taking AP 12 courses at our school eased the transition to university? Chris: Well, the only science [course] I have right now is chemistry, and we were very fortunate to have a course outline of every single thing we’re going to do. It’s pretty much identical to the Grade 12 AP Chem curriculum. It’s almost exactly the same; all the labs are the same, the content is the same. So far, I haven’t encountered anything different from AP 12 Chem.

2. Seek help and advice. Our Guidance department has great counsellors who are there to help us through this ritual. They work with Grade 12s to find the right postsecondary destination—sometimes find-

ing the school or career path that is the best “fit” is better than simply “getting in.” RHHS alumni are also great resources (see the article below). 3. Seniors, communicate with people who understand your pain. Your peers know very well what you are going through. Talk with your friends about what you will do after high school. The collective wisdom of two or more thinking minds outperforms the anxious individual. Your parents were once teenagers too, and they probably understand you better than you think. 4. Grade 9s, 10s and 11s, speak with seniors about planning. It’s never too early to think about the future; planning ahead will save you from a lot of anxiety later on. (This is especially important if you want to apply to the U.S.) I am confident that we are able to give sound advice on course planning and university preparation; our own choices were shaped by those before us. This way, you can avoid unbalanced course loads and Guidance will be happier with fewer timetable changes! Before we know it, we will find ourselves in university, college, or the work force, and it will be time once more for our worries to fade. There really is a long road ahead.

GRADUATES

I understand a lot of first-year lectures are pretty huge. Sabrina, what’s the approximate size of your math lecture? Sabrina: Different sections have different class sizes. For the algebra one, I would say it’s around a few hundred. How accessible would you say your professors are? Chris: Every single professor seems quite accessible. Sabrina: They all give us their office hours… but usually [those hours] are pretty short. They all seem friendly enough; they’re definitely approachable. “You can tell people that going to Waterloo is just like going to RHHS all over again, because everyone is there!” – Fiona Chui, former StuCo President; Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo. Chris: Well, a lot of Richmond Hill students have actually come to Waterloo. At least 15 RHHS students are frequently seen around campus. It’s very easy to keep in touch with your old friends. To find out much more about Waterloo’s social atmosphere, residence, food, and many other topics from these RHHS alumni, visit our Web site at http://newspaper.rhhsweb.com.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES How did you decide the universities to which you applied? (location, tuition, etc.) Anny: It’s really important to read about the courses a university offers and what it likes to put emphasis on. I think location also played a big part in my decision. I wasn’t ready to be too far away from home so I chose a university that’s slightly closer. Many U.S. universities do not require applicants to choose a program until their 2nd or 3rd year. You currently have an “undecided” major. What are your thoughts on this postponed choice—and how are you taking advantage of it? Anny: I think this gives me a bit more flexibility. I’m planning on taking my required courses with one or two electives each

quarter so I can get my feet wet and find the major I want to pursue. I understand you’ve taken a lot of AP courses and exams. How useful are they in preparing you for a rigorous university course load? Anny: Incredibly useful! I feel I cannot stress this enough. Since I’m in the States right now, almost everyone attending this university has at least 1 AP credit. Even if you’re not thinking of majoring in the sciences or in English, taking a vigorous course load will prepare you for the higher and tougher mound of homework awaiting you in university. Cost is certainly a factor when considering U.S. universities. Any thoughts on the financial accessibility of an American undergraduate education? Anny: Most universities here offer financial aid to [their] students. There are also a lot of scholarships you can look for online or in the Guidance Office.

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Waterloo has a 5-year undergraduate program where you have co-op semesters. Does the University of Toronto have anything similar?

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Andy: Yes. The replacement for co-op at U of T is called “Professional Experience Year”; it differs from the semesters of co-op because the Professional Experience Year lasts 16 months—so you can stay with one project from start to end. Are you living on residence? Andy: Yes, actually I am. I chose residence second-year because of its convenience; it’s actually just like a 10-second walk to the athletic centre, where I do all my sports tournaments. New College [Andy’s residential college] is located very near the Engineering Complex, where all my classes are, so I don’t have to wake up really early. Since you live so close, do you walk rather than bike or drive? Andy: It’s very hard to find parking or even spaces for bicycles downtown. So it’s just a 5-minute walk. (I find that your walking pace doubles and triples over the years… you just get used to it. And it’s also very good exercise.) Andy was very insightful about many aspects of U of T Engineering. Unfortunately, not all of his insight can be printed here due to space constraints. If you are interested in U of T, listen in at http://newspaper.rhhsweb. com.

When asked for general tips for RHHS students applying to the U.S., Anny writes, Take AP courses and AP exams for sure—it’ll either give you a head start on the courses in university or put you on equal footing with others. Also, start on your essays and applications early—it’s more work than it looks and guidance appointments fill up really quickly during application season. (Take it easy on Mrs. Proudian!) Lastly, don’t stress, and enjoy your senior year of high school! I miss it already. Good luck to you all. Sabrina offers a little wisdom for students of all grades: Take a variety of courses. It’s better to expand your knowledge. Learn as much as possible – as many different things as possible. Also, I strongly suggest you “fast-track” . Fast-tracking Grade 12 English was, I think, the best decision; it played some role in improving my SAT score, and you do not want to be worrying about your English essay as well as your many other essays (university applications and scholarships) in Grade 12. Chris notes: You really have to focus your balance between work load and extracurriculars and “relax” time, because that’s really emphasized here in university. Don’t overly stress yourself and only study all the time, and don’t only do extracurriculars. Time management is really important.

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xceptional artists aren’t rare sightings these days. They aren’t protected animals on the brink of extinction. But once in a while, one seems to come along possessing the qualities of a prized panda. In fact, this girl goes a little further than that. She symbolizes the revitalization of the dodo bird. Calling her an artist just doesn’t suffice; perhaps one could also the labels of poet, humanitarian, and even philosopher onto her. In her vivid colours, meticulous brushstrokes, and sage words, we discover the mystical tale of Akiane. Akiane Kramarik was born on July 9, 1994 in her Illinois home. Her mother was a Lithuanian homemaker, while her father was an American culinary arts instructor, chef, and dietary manager. Her life experiences are just as diversified as her heritage which includes eleven cultures ranging from Lithuanian and Polish to Chinese and Russian. As a mere sixteenyear-old, she has already lived in four different states, been acquainted with both poverty and wealth, and attended both public and private schools. Fluent in Lithuanian, Russian, English, and Sign Language, Akiane is currently homeschooled with her three younger brothers. Akiane’s interest in visual arts began at the age of four. Then, at six years old, Akiane picked up what was to become the essence of her life – the paintbrush. She began painting anything ranging from emotional portraits and spiritual beings to fantastical landscapes on large canvasses. Poetry

and aphorisms came naturally when Akiane was just seven years old. However, the underlying wisdom of her adages is astonishingly beyond the usual maturity at such a young age. For this reason, psychologists have interviewed her in hopes of discovering the source of her proficiencies but with no success. While nobody could explain her linguistic talents, Akiane continued to produce astounding phrases and poems one after another as well as skilful artworks. But does the word “genius” sufficiently define the enigmatic story of Akiane? The wonder does not lie limitedly in her artistic and linguistic proficiency. According to Akiane herself, her inspiration comes from the numerous visions she has of God, of Heaven, and of poetry. Visions, as she puts them, are “like dreams where you can see somewhere you want to be or dream someone you want to meet.” Internationally famous paintings such as The Prince of Peace and Father Forgive Them are symbolic representations of Akiane’s vision of God’s appearance. Although she takes faith as the most important thing in her life, she was surprisingly raised in an atheist family. The concept of God has never even been raised in her home before her visions began. Inevitably, as her mother listened to the four-year-old describes in great detail her visions and dreams, her first reaction was that her daughter had a nightmare. However, such visions persisted and God quickly became a part of Akiane’s daily life. When her mother realized what a gift Akiane has for art and poetry, she began to believe that it was a gift given from God. “I think God knows what he puts in our children and I knew that what she was telling me was real to her. [They were] things she has seen and places she

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EXPOSING THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF EVERYDAY PRODUCTS

BY EDWARD WANG In the following paragraphs, several household items with supposed carcinogenic effects are examined to see if they truly could cause cancer.

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sources on T.V. or on the Internet claiming that certain products are unsafe to use because of potentially carcinogenic effects. But is there truth in the claims that these people make or is this blatant scaremongering?

The main suspects to look for in deodorant are chemicals called parabens. They have long been used in cosmetics and in pharmaceuticals as preservatives because of their anti-microbial and fungicidal properties. The main concern with parabens is that they have the ability to mimic estrogen, a female sex hormone, which plays a significant role in the development of breast cancer. Parabens are easily absorbed through the skin and analyzed breast tumour tissue samples have been found to contain significant levels of parabens. In one UK study, it was found that the ester-bearing form of the parabens found in the tumours indicate that they came from something applied to the skin, such as an underarm deodorant. This also helps to explain helping why 60% of all breast tumours are found in the underarm region. Nevertheless, several studies have been conducted on the subject of parabens and according to the American Cancer Society, there is no conclu-

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has visited,” recalls her mother. Thus, Akiane converted her family to Christianity.

Akiane is a purely self-taught artist, as she says that “God is [her] teacher.” Combining her visions with keen observation of people, Akiane calls her artistic style

things that I’m going to do. I’m going to try to…help poor children around the world, homeless children, and things like that.” When asked about what message she wants to send out with her paintings, she states without hesitation that she wants people to find hope in her paintings.

I had a vision of helping the whole world

“Akianism” and quickly became a globally renowned child prodigy. She has received great attention from the media and has been featured in television shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and also on channels such as CNN. Many critics gave laudatory remarks and called her an artistic prodigy. Painters from all over the world came to have a first-hand experience of the young girl’s masterpieces. They would occasionally inquire Akiane about specific techniques but she would only shrug. After all, she is still a child who cannot exactly explain all the things that she has done with her hands. This international recognition has also brought some critics to say that her talent could all be explained by sheer hard work. Her mother however responds with great conviction that “if critics say that no wonder she’s a genius because she’s devoting all her time to art, then it would be a better place in the world [because] there would be more people who are interested in focusing their energy to the fields that they are interested in.” Just as worldly as her mother’s words, Akiane soon began her role as a humanitarian. She revealed that she had a vision that has brought her to selling her paintings for humanitarian causes such as the African AIDS crisis. “When I was four years old, I had a vision of helping the whole world,” says Akiane, “and that is just one of the sive correlation between parabens in deodorant and the development of breast cancer. In addition to parabens, much controversy has risen over the use of aluminum compounds in certain antiperspirants. The aluminum compounds work by essentially clogging the sweat ducts in the underarms. It has been found that these aluminum compounds in the antiperspirants could affect the estrogen receptors in breast cells if absorbed through the skin after prolonged use. There is still no definite answer on the actual dangers of aluminum but further research is being conducted. SUNSCREEN Sunscreen protects you from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV radiation. However, many sunscreens contain a chemical that could actually contribute to this damage. Oxybenzone is commonly found in things such as sunscreen, Chapstick™, and moisturizers where it is an effective UVA and UVB absorber. However, it has been discovered that oxybenzone can be absorbed through the skin taking on a new role as a photosensitizer. Under illumination, oxybenzone causes an increase in production of free radicals, which are atoms with unpaired electrons that can attack and alter body tissues leading to cancer. In Europe, products containing more than 0.5% oxybenzone must be labelled as “Containing Oxybenzone” – no such law exists in Canada or the US. In 2008, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention found oxybenzone to be present in 96.8% of 2, 517 samples of

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The Prince of Peace, painted at age 8.

“You obviously are gifted!” says Oprah. “Her work is absolutely gorgeous,” says Good Morning America. “Unbelievable! You are a remarkable young girl,” says Craig Ferguson. Perhaps it is a sign that Akiane is stepping closer and closer to her goal as talks of her and her miracle-like story becomes a worldwide epidemic. People are plagued by her extraordinary story, awe-inspiring gift, and sensational insight. As singer Josh Groban puts it, “you are a wonder! Thank you for touching the world the way you do.” urine tested. There is still no legislation in Canada prohibiting the use of oxybenzone but with the onset of new scientific evidence, this chemical may be retired for human use. HAIR DYES Permanent hair dyes (about 80% of the products on the shelves) consist of two main components: “intermediates” which are composed of aromatic amines, and dye “couplers”. With the addition of hydrogen peroxide, the intermediates and couplers combine to form pigments which colour the hair. Over 5000 different chemicals can be used to produce hair dye and much controversy has arisen over whether some of these compounds are actually safe. It has been found through several population studies that the rate of bladder cancer among hairdressers and barbers is much higher than the general population. A 2008 report released by the Working Group of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) stated that some of the chemicals these workers are exposed are “probably carcinogenic to humans”. Apart from bladder cancer, hair dyes have also been linked to certain blood cancers such as Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia. Despite these health concerns, little has been done to regulate and control the substances used in hair dye. In fact, 4-Aminobiphenyl, a known human carcinogen, can still be found in certain hair colour products on store shelves.

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  DRUDKH There are some bands who like to experiment, some that keep on pumping out recycled clichés, and then there are bands that draw from their rich ethnic heritage to enrich their music. Drudkh, a Ukrainian Atmospheric Black Metal band, is a prime example of the latter. Combining traditional metal with dazzling acoustic passages, woodblock percussion, and folksy guitar passages to conjure their Slavonic heritage, this band possesses a natural, moving sound. The slow, nostalgic mood, pentatonic keyboard motifs, and the steady bass lines of many of their songs transport us to the timeless Ukrainian forests, where nature can both be enchanting and unforgiving, and pagan beings such as Perun and Baba Yaga reign supreme. The tracks almost have a postrock feel, with sparkling, powerful sounding guitars, rhythmic, technical drumming and raspy, otherworldly vocals by Roman Blagih. Unlike other Black Metal bands, Drudkh also relies heavily on long instrumental passages to weave imagery of isolation and heartbreak. In such a way, listening to their music can prove to be a journey through a foray of emotions and culture.

Sick of Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus? Looking for something obscure yet fascinating? Here’s a little look into our iPods to start you off!

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JÓNSI

You may have heard of the man due to his role as lead singer and guitarist of Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, but Jónsi has recently bloomed out as an independent artist. His new solo album, Go, layers deep, reverberating strings, carefree woodwinds, and driving, complex percussion together into a thing that gives you chills. The lyrics are an interesting mix of English, Icelandic, and Hopelandic, which is a gibberish language meaning essentially whatever you want it to mean. Songs range in style from slow and deliberate to fast-paced and soaring, but each one is guaranteed to steal your heart. With delightfully emotional atmosphere and his famous falsetto, Jónsi conjures up images of the wide world and all the wonder you can find in it, if you look. The ethereal vocals, the tempo, the way that every track is full to bursting with the joy of life and being alive—everything about Jónsi will make you want to get up and go do something with life.

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Originally conceived as a project to merge Western and Eastern musical influences with arrangements of classical music from a wide range of composers, including Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, the name of this band is Kazakh for “big mountain.” Drawing from their Turkic-Mongol heritage, Ulytau combines the sound of the violin and electric guitar with the dombra, a traditional two-stringed Central Asian lute to conjure the vast steppes of Kazakhstan and the untamed lifestyle of their nomadic ancestors. The gusty violins mimic the winds of the steppe, the disciplined rhythm of the drums the proud gait of thoroughbreds. Above all, the mesmerizing, monotonous tone of the dombra adds a whiff of the mystical past of the Turkic people to the already alluring mix. Remember, Ulytau’s not just a rock band; it’s an ethno-rock band.

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monizing point of view, solely based on media sponsors, and promotional gain for the media corporation. These messages reach millions upon millions of viewers, who are lead to believe that these words are, in fact, truth. At this point, you would ask, why shouldn’t the media just broadcast the plain truth? Simply put, there’s no money in truth. Sponsors and corporations will often pay our media to represent certain ideals and values. With the growth of financial competition, media corporations have learned to twist truths, in order to benefit from the exposure; yet, in doing so, they have failed to properly inform viewers, thus manipulating thousands of opinions to their whim.

Modern day media has many obligations to us, the viewers- obligations that are sometimes discreetly unfulfilled. One of the many responsibilities of our media is to shed light on issues, yet, the selection of issues the media represents is often more than questionable. The media will also often represent the topic at hand with either a positive or negative attitude, depending on their biases. This, in its own offence, should promptly raise red flags for viewers, as one of the fundamental responsibilities of the media is to truthfully inform the public. Controversial issues are frequently being broadcasted by media in a de-

You might be asking yourself, why does it matter if media bias is affecting me? Right off the bat, viewers should realize that selective media broadcasting is creating a startling epidemic of media dependency. Our society is slowly losing its abilities to self-judge and think independently. In a world reigned over by media sources, anything our media corporations endorse and claim true is immediately trusted by viewers. Our society’s views and our media’s biases have slowly started to mingle and fuse, creating a public opinion run by manipulative media sources. Speculation has also risen regarding the issues media choose to bring light to. Due to financial gain and advertising, our media nowadays has chosen to focus on superficial topics, instead of bringing attention to global issues that need our immediate attention. One would come to think that our media sources should use their power in order to benefit society, and shed light on important issues. Yet, our media chooses to selectively broadcast issues that benefit their situation, instead of being loyally committed to providing the truth to us viewers.

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This lack of concern or responsibility towards serious global issues- shouldn’t it strike us viewers as somewhat presumptuous? It’s easy enough to flick on your TV, and browse through channels upon channels of violent movies and racy ads. But, do our media sources realize that the messages and ideals they project are witnessed by millions of impressionable young viewers? Our media is responsible for guide lines for our youth, as well as condemning criminal activity, yet it openly promotes scenes of lewd behavior and criminal acts. In light of our media’s questionable broadcasted material, one would come to think that our media has a completely irresponsible disregard for their younger viewers. Our media sources are supposed to retain a certain level of integrity, creating role models for younger generations, instead of promoting bawdy material for a profit. Yet, it could be argued that the ideals our modern media represents is only a pure representation of today’s urban culture. Perhaps our media is simply in sync with the reign of liberalistic pop culture- an aspect of society which should also be fairly represented. Nowadays, the majority of our society perceives information through a veil of media biases. Our modern media has an unsettling objective, one that has gone unnoticed for too long- our media’s goal isn’t to provide accurate information, but to gain profit from promoting the single-sided ideals of corporations. In turn, our responsibility as viewers is to carefully judge material broadcasted my media sources, and be informed on whether or not these sources deliver viable, unbiased information. So, next time you flip on your TV, pry your eyes away from the screen, and judge what you’re about to see with the one thing you can definitely trust- your own intuition.

Maybe you don’t even like metal. Maybe you find the idea of a band of drunken Finnish guys chanting and screaming about pagan trolls eating, drinking and chasing after Christians through the Scandinavian forests juvenile and unappealing. However, you might also belong to that crowd of people who are overly zealous to the Finntroll cause, hailing them as one of the best folk metal bands ever. This is not hard to understand. Beyond the “troll” gimmick and superficial silliness, there is actual content. All tracks are built on “humppa” (Finnish polka) rhythm, but this does not prevent the band from proceeding to tempo and structural changes. Often beginning with the rumble of the church organ and Latin mumblings, eventually degenerating into a minute or so of blastbeats (by an excellent drummer who knows more than blasting, by the way) and concluding with an “epilogue” showing the band mates drinking once again, the band manages to create in many of their songs a chaotically beautiful and “trollish” atmosphere. If you’re looking for a band that’s simultaneously fun, melodic, and hilarious, look no further than Finntroll.

THE   DECEMBERISTS If you enjoy a good story just as much as you enjoy good music, then The Decemberists are your kind of people. Their folksy guitars and haunting harpsichord mix with more modern, upbeat drums and a headbanging Hammond organ. Every song is another chance to say something, to tell some story or make some point—and they do it spectacularly with a style that varies between lively and motivating pop, and slow and melodious ballad. Their most recent album in particular, The Hazards of Love, is a perfect example of just how well musicians can ‘do’ folk rock; heavier than their last albums, and a rock opera in all respects, the album is as much a treat for your imagination as it is for your ears.

t’s Friday evening, and being as exhausted as you are, you flop down onto your couch and flick on your TV. Throughout the evening, you partake in browsing the internet, and perhaps skimming through the newspaper. As you do so, a plethora of ideas and opinions subtly saturate your insight, from one source alone- our modern day media. Choosing to trust our media’s representation of issues and material instantly is comparable to relying on the word of an escaped convict- none too wise, and rather naive. Ergo, before you trust any media sources, ask yourself the question millions of viewers fail to acknowledge: is modern media a legitimate, accountable source of information?

Here’s one that your parents should have told you about years ago. Jethro Tull, faced by prog rock legend Ian Anderson, is a delicious mix of light, airy acoustics and good ol’ rock and roll; the band is one of the world’s best-selling musical artists, and for good reason. They’re characterized by catchy, abstract lyrics with real meaning behind them, as well as by slickfingered guitar and piano solos, but nothing gives away that it’s Jethro Tull like Ian giving a flute performance that is nothing short of epic. Trust me – you’ve never heard flute like this. Ever. The whimsical melodies float over solid base lines and percussion that borrows from cultures all around the world. They have a definitive knack for concept albums: Thick as a Brick and Aqualung are two albums that every self-respecting prog rock listener should have on their playlists.

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alloween has been celebrated for over 2000 years now; back then, it was a day of utmost importance to the ancient Celtic people, which is where the holiday originated. The Druids, a Celtic culture in Northern Europe at the time, regarded November 1st as the beginning of the New Year – the day before that, October 31st, was known as Samhain (pronounced “sowin”,) literally meaning “the end of summer.” The Celts believed that the veil between the living world and the spirit world was lifted during this time, aninfo.com allowing spirits to allwom roam among the living. To appease the less friendly of these spirits, the people built huge bonfires and made offerings. The word “Halloween” itself actually comes from the Catholic Church: when the Romans conquered the Celts, they made an effort to absorb them into Catholicism. With the hope of converting the pagans, they moved All Hallows Day (also known as All Saints Day) from May to November 1st, effectively making October 31st “All Hallows Eve.” Over time, those words contracted into the one we know today— Halloween. Trick or Treating: the custom has more than one origin, taking from the Irish and the European, as well as the Druids spe-

cifically. During Samhain, the Druids believed that the unruly, mischievous spirits of the dead would play tricks on the living if they weren’t appeased. To achieve this, the Druids would travel from house to house, asking for offerings from country folk. In addition, there was a ninth-century European practice called “souling,” where Christians would walk around from village to village asking for “soul cakes.” These cakes were little squares of bread with currants. Upon receiving a cake from a villager, the person would promise to say a prayer for that villager’s deceased relatives; at the time people thought that the dead remained in limbo for a while after death, and that prayers could help guide them to heaven.

nasty reputation for drinking and deceit. He once had an encounter with the Devil himself, who attempted to claim his soul. Jack asked the Devil whether he couldn’t have an apple from a nearby tree as a last meal; seeing no harm, the Devil hopped up into the tree to pick the apple and quickwitted Jack cut a cross into the lower bark, trapping the Devil in the tree until he promised never to take his soul. Years later, when Jack died, he was incapable of entering heaven due to his life as a malevolent trickster—but the Devil was incapable of reaping his soul for hell, thanks to their deal. As a gesture of pity, he tossed Jack a burning ember from the fires of hell to light his way, and to keep it from blowing out in the winds of limbo, Jack placed it in a turnip he Bobbing for Apples: this tradition started had in his hand. That was the first Jackwhen the Roman Empire took over the O-Lantern – for years, the Irish would put Celts. Many Roman rituals were zzlecraft.blogspot.com candles in turnips outside their a sn added to Halloween thereafter, houses to guide Jack along on one of which was the worship Halloween. The pumpkins of Pomona, who was the didn’t actually come into harvest goddess. You might play until the Irish imrecognize that the French migrated to America and word for apple, “pomme,” brought Halloween with shares a similarity with this them: they couldn’t find goddess’ name. Apples were nearly as many turnips as her sacred fruit, and so many pumpkins, after all, and the games involving them became vegetable was a lovely replacecustom during Samhain. ment. Jack-O-Lanterns: probably the most iconic symbol of Halloween to date, the Jack-O-Lantern actually originated in Irish folklore: Jack was a farmer with a

Sequin Seamed Sock DIY BY SILKEN CHAN Autumn/Winter 2010 is ushering in a season of reworked sensibilities: simplicity and every tone of camel and tan under the desert sun. Which is all very nice of course… if you were in high school forty years ago. But if over the last while you’ve found yourself falling in love with Metric frontwoman Emily Haines’ static sequin dress in “Gimme Sympathy”, or Chanel’s Paris-Shanghai handbags, then a little elbow grease and a thimble could earn you this sequined reworking of the seamed stocking. Pair them with a killer heel for a chilly night out or flats for school.

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It’s that time of year: pumpkins are being put out on doorsteps and parents everywhere are starting to buy candy by the bagful. To top it off, RHHS is in the busy midst of planning the holiday’s school dance. But what does Halloween really mean? Where did it come from, and is there any meaning behind all the crazy things we’ve come up with for it?...Here’s your chance to find out – keep reading to find out why we celebrate this delightfully spooky day the way we do.

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STEPS 1. Pull a knotted thread through the back crease of your sock, just above the ankle. Cast on a sequin. 2. Thread the needle in and out a few millimeters away from the previous sequin and pull through. This will bring the sequin into line to overlap the previous one slightly. (The sock will stretch and reverse the overlap when worn.) Continue along the line, sequin by sequin.

Costumes and Masks: seeing as Samhain was the time where spirits could walk among the living, people took precautions against some of the more malicious dead.

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To frighten them off, villagers donned ghoulish masks and costumes, so as to not be recognized as human. As the years went by and belief in spirits became less and less widespread, dressing up as ghosts and monsters became more of a playful, lighthearted practice, instead of an act of self-preservation. And this isn’t even the way that everybody does it. Germans put away all their knives on Halloween, to avoid the risk of malevolent spirits doing people harm with them; Czechs put chairs out by the fireplace, one for each dead relative. In Spain and Mexico, the Day of the Dead is actually a three-day celebration, and the French never celebrated it in the first place until America introduced them! Different cultures twist the holiday in different ways, but it has all come from a common ground, and here’s hoping that this little article has given you an insight as to precisely what that common ground is. Now go enjoy this year’s All Hallows Eve, and mind you put a lantern out for good ol’ Jack.

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invention, it did encounter many failures in its promotion on its way to success. It took the residents of the United States almost fifteen years before they realized all the great uses that came with these reusable, “low-tack” sticky notes. Sticky notes have had their fair share of evolution and the product base has not only increased in number but also in variety. With just a visit to the local stationary store, we would see stickies of a wide assortment of colours and shapes: pink hearts, yellow stars, green apples…just to name a few. Globally however, “sticky note designing” has become the career of many. Let’s take this opportunity just to show you a few of the most innovative designs of our everyday sticky notes.

3. Every six or seven sequins, knot the thread in the sock and reverse direction, threading the needle through the eyes of the sequins. Knot the thread in the sock and snip the excess thread, then start again from the last sequin. This helps keep them in linear formation. 4. Continue until you’ve reached the elastic at the top of the sock.

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A Kakuro puzzle is a crossword which uses numbers. The clues are in the small triangles. The blank squares must be filled with digits 1 through 9. The numbers in an answer must add up to the clue (Left for rows, top for columns). However, no number can be duplicated in an answer. For example, two squares that add up to 6 may be 1+5 or 2+4 but not 3+3.

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