The Maidan, Kolkata. By Jayna Milan
Letter from the Editors Welcome back! We’re finally into the second half of the year. Although that makes it seem like it’s still a long way to go, trust me, it isn’t. Whether it’s because of the exciting GCW week, the increased workload that we receive, or all the fun events it consists of, second semester always feels so much shorter than the first. These first few weeks of school have been tough for us. Many of the downtown students and staff members could not come to school, most of the acitivities were cancelled and some of the days were cut short. But what is important to note is that admist all of this difficulty, ISB students, teachers and staff members maintained their composure and worked together to help school run as smoothly as possible. This collaboration and bond that we showed, I must say, truly impressed me. Bangkok is currently in a complex and difficult political situation; I’m sure you are all aware of that. But do we REALLY know what is happening? Could it be that we are simply assuming? Living in Nichada and being detached from the rest of the city, it can sometimes be difficult to be updated on what’s actually going on. Read Dan and Austin’s article, “How We Got to Where We Are”, to literally find out how we got to where we are now. Undoubtedly, this semester will be another six months filled with many memorable activities and events. So even if you sometimes feel like smashing your head and ripping your IRPs out of frustration, try to remain positive. Seoyoung Lee
NEWS 01 Not a Bright Idea 02 Meeting a Few New Faces 03 A Week of the Arts
04 How We Got to Where We Are
05 How We Got to Where We Are 06 Size 12 is Not Fat
07 Golden Globe Awards 08 The Candies Ain’t Gonna Crush Themselves 09 Disney’s Transformation 10 Talking with ISB
11 As Good as it Gets
12 Medals All Around 13 IASAS?
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S e ct ion Ed itors
Co-Editor-in-Chief Co-Editor- in Chief Head Writing Editor Advisor
Opinions News Features Sports
Leeann Schudel Seoyoung Lee Anjali Menon Conor Duffy
Sarah Poff Thanya Chat Katy Lewis Nathan Scott
Rep or t ers
Dan Borenstein Arya Bhai Austin Gallagher Sofi Sintes Tosia Lekawska
Hannah Mussi Sarah Lim Sammi Thomas Chloe Griffith Yichen Zhu
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Not a bright idea Sky lanturns are beautiful but dangerous
here is no questioning the fact that a perfectly dark night sky filled with hundreds of glowing sky lanterns is a magnificent sight. But as they say, beauty comes with a price. Sky lanterns have recently become majorly popular all over the world. This includes Thailand, where they are used for weddings, holidays and other celebrations. Following the release into the air, a sky lantern will continue to float for up to four minutes before descending to the ground. Often it will catch fire while still flying and come down in the form of a “falling fire.” You can see how this is a problem. A Thai student pointed out that “you never really know where a sky lantern is going to land.” This is true, as a sky lantern will simply float wherever the wind currents guide it. An anonymous source stressed, “what if a burning sky
lantern lands on a house or on a farm animal?” There have been an increasing number of reports that barns, forests and even houses catching on fire because of burning sky lanterns. Even if a lantern does not catch on fire and does in fact simply drift back down to earth harmlessly, who is going to clean
“ What happens
when a tradition becomes a danger to both the environment and the people?
it up? New Year, a major celebration that involves sky lanterns, has just gone by. Now according
People celebrating holiday festivities with the release of the sky lanterns.
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Releasing a sky lantern.
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to several students, remains of sky lanterns can be seen all over, lying around, at places like Hua-Hin, Chaing-Mai and Pattaya. One student mentioned that she found a sky lantern in her pool after returning home from the holidays. Sky lanterns are littering Thailand. Because of this, various countries have banned sky lanterns entirely, deciding to take no risks. Thailand, on the other hand, has not. Sky lanterns are a major tradition here, tracing back to the 3rd century when they were used as a type of signaling balloon during wars. Bethelle McPherson (9) stated, “it would be hard to ban sky lanterns since they are a part of people’s lives, a tradition.” But what happens when a tradition becomes a danger to the environment and the people? Tosia Lekawska
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Meeting A Few New Faces Welcoming new students to the second semester
Terri Askew (10)
Atishray Malhan (11)
Julia Barr (11)
Where are you from? I’m from Virginia or The States as most people know it. It is the only other place I have lived.
Where are you from? I’m from India but I lived in Singapore for the past 7 years.
Where are you from? I’m from England. I lived in Amsterdam for 2 years and London for 4 months before I came to ISB.
What are you most excited or nervous about? I’m most nervous about being away from my parents and family, but I’m excited about making new friends. Which celebrity would you pick to play you in a movie about you? Lauren London or Meagan Good.
Which celebrity would you pick to play you in a movie about you? Definitely Bradley Cooper.
What are you most excited or nervous about? I’m excited to make new friends.
Which celebrity would you pick to play you in a movie about you? Blake Lively.
Things You Should Know
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PAKISTAN: Courageous Pakistani 9th grader, Aitzaz Hassan, died heroically after tackling a sucide bomber outside of his school.
What are you most excited or nervous about? I’m excitied to make new friends and explore Bangkok. I’m nervous about AB Initio French because I have a lot of catching up to do.
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BANGLADESH: Violence is on the rise, as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina refuses to step down from power, despite elections held.
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NIGERIA: Following the passing of the same-sex marriage prohibition act, dozens of Nigerian homosexuals have been arrested by police. Dan Borenstein
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A Week of the Arts
s we all know, Fine & Performing Arts Council (FPAC)’s advocacy week was the first week back to school. and with all the crazy adjustments The International took to the scene and got the latest and greatest.
Nika Johnson (12) peforms a song.
To start off the week, FPAC decorated the library full of post-it notes and umbrellas, where their Opening Ceremony started the week off right. Easing into the artsy feel, HS Dean of Students Mr. Peter Roback mentioned that when he listens to his favorite bands, he is able to “escape.” He also told a brief story of how his son learned to play the guitar and now his son wants to take lessons. Co-Presidents of FPAC Eng O-Charoenrat (12) and Gina Durst (12) spoke about how “the arts can influence/impact your life, and lives around you.” TJ Kim (10) helped to kickstart FPAC’s “Arts Unleashed: Bumpershoot” with some of his own dance moves. Im Vorapharuek (11), Pear Poolvaraluk (11), Ellen Sypolt (10)
Arts Unleashed: Bumbershoot
and Libby Bunker (10) performed a dance in the pit of the library to “Singing in the Rain” which then was sung by the HS Choir and onlookers. Cole Whiteley (11) finished off the opening ceremony with a short poem about his older brother. As Wednesday rolled around, theatre comedian John Hudson performed improvisational theatre; similar to Middle School’s Theatre Sports and the classic television show “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” which he directed. By the end of his performance, the audience took away smiles and positive reviews. The next day, Daniel Foley took to the stage in a performance of one of Samuel Beckett’s most famous plays, “Krapp’s Last Tape.” Dan Borenstein (10) said “the dramatic piece made me feel sort of uneasy at times although it was also entertaining. But mostly uneasy.” As Thursday came to a close, the sun hung low in the sky and FPAC’s annual “Artists on the Roof” began. A range of acts performed ranging from slam poets to dancers to singers. To wrap up the week, Character Dress-up Day took place with students dressed up from Cookie Monster Onesies to Katniss Everdeen Costumes. Rigel Blatt (10) took
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home the prize with his 200 dollar custom-made Spiderman suit. FPAC’s Arts Unleashed: Bumpershoot week’s main goal according to their presidents was to “get people in the ISB community to experience the talent that we have here at ISB.” They add that “a lot of the time the arts events here at school aren’t as appreciated or well-attended as
Oliva Arnold (12) performs poetry.
some other events at ISB, and so what we really wanted to do was just remind everyone how great the arts can be in our lives.” Sammi Thomas
All photo credits to: Prairie Yooprasert (12)
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How We Got TO
The State of Democracy in Thailand
s Thailand continues to struggle through the current political impasse, it is worth looking back in history (both distant and recent) to get a sense of why all this is happening. In the 82 years since Thailand became a Constitutional Monarchy, there have been as many as 23 military coups as the country has sought to develop a truly democratic state. The current controversy concerns two major movements in Thailand which can be defined as the pro-Thaksin Shinawatra camp (and Pheu Thai Party) and the anti-Thaksin Shinawatra camp (and the Democrat Party). Suspicion first arose throughout the nation when, current caretaker PM, Yingluck Shinawatra was elected in 2011. Her election was controversial due to her lack of political experience and that she and self exiled former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, are siblings. Thaksin (PM from 2001 until he was ousted in a military coup in 2006) was known to improve economic stability in Thailand and as the first politician to give a voice to the rural poor of the North and Northeast; he is also equally infamous for being convicted by the Constitution Court for corruption involving land he and his wife purchased. He was
sentenced to a two year prison term which he has chosen to avoid by living aborad. After the 2006 coup, Thaksin went into exile with a short visit to Thailand in 2008 after the People’s Power Party (PPP), which had replaced his original Thai Rak Thai party, won elections after the coup. The Constitution Court dissolved the PPP in 2008, but they later reassembled to form the Pheu Thai Party, which currently holds the majority government. The current political conflict began to escalate in early November of 2013, when the Pheu Thai party introduced an amnesty bill, which would allow Thaksin to return to Thailand with all criminal convictions since 2004 overturned. The Pheu Thai party (which some claim Thaksin still controls from abroad) used their majority government to pass the controversial amnesty bill at 4:25am October 20th, 2013. By that point, the opposition leaders of the Democrat Party had leftprotest the House againstasthea bill. This set aflame the current conflict. The Democratic Party and protesters are demanding that
Yingluck step down from office as they believe the amnesty bill would unfairly help Thaksin. Former Deputy Prime Minister and second in command
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of the Democratic Party, Suthep Thaugsuban, gave up his position in the Thai Democratic Party to lead the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) in the demonstrations. Suthep’s stated aim is to rid Thailand of the “Shinawatra regime”, though how he plans to do it, and what his actual vision for Thailand, remains highly controversial discussion topics. he Pheu Thai Party responded in December by dissolving parliament in order to call for an election. However, neither the Democratic Party nor the PDRC desire an election as they feel the Pheu Thai will simply win again, and Thaksin’s regime will continue. PM Yingluck has refused to step down, and repeatedly endorsed this weekend’s elections (which may yet be postponed) as an opportunity for the people to decide who they want to lead the country. The Democrats have boycotted that election on the ground that many Pheu Thai voters are paid to vote for the party, a claim which has actually been leveled at the Democrat Party as well. However, what confuses most western journalists is that Suthep and PDRC want to overthrow the government without elections to form a new table of leaders. They want a “People’s Council”, handpicked and led by Suthep, to govern the country until reforms can be implemented, or so they claim. So the Pheu Thai party who call for an election and are thought to be externally led by Thaksin and may be abusing their majority power to help one man, while The People’s Democratic Reform Committee want to abandon elections and overthrow the current government
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Where We Are A summary of the current political crisis
emocracy is defined, by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a form of government in which people choose leaders by voting: an organization or situation in which everyone is treated equally and has equal rights.” While Thailand has done fairly well in administering routine elections, it seems that other facets of democracy are yet to be fully realized. For a true democratic society certain aspects are required; namely quality education, the recognition of equality for all under the law, an understanding of the harms of corruption and political campaigns based on long-term goals rather than short-term handouts. Corruption in business and government practice may have taken root in Thailand; recent Abac polls have stated that as many as 65% of Thais are “ok with corruption, as long as they themselves are seen to benefit too.” “[Reform] takes years, three to five to be optimistic” as Voranai Vanijaka of the Bangkok post says. A popular opinions writer, Voranai often speaks out about the “truth” of the political situation in Thailand, with Suthep in particular often falling in his crosshairs. However, Voranai has no problem with non-violent protests and sees peaceful protests as the population’s democratic right.
corner (Feb 2nd) and one of the two Thai heavyweight parties boycotting them (the Democrats), Yingluck Shinawatra has to convince the majority of the populace that she is not some puppet of Thaskin as suspected by the protestors. However, when she won in 2011 it was by a landslide victory and more than arguably she would have won even if the Democratic Party runs against “the Shiniwatra regime.” This two party system has lead Thailand into the same situation many times over, so perhaps it is time for change, just not the change Suthep is suggesting. However, even in some of the least corrupt nations like New Zealand or Australia, voting for a third party is comparable to not voting at all. In fact, 16.44% of the population voted for all the other Thai parties combined in the last election, leading to a total of 76 of 500 seats in parliament that are neither Pheu-Thai or democrat. Obviously there are good reasons to be on both sides of the argument, otherwise it would not be shaking the country as much as it currently is. Almost everyone involved has their own opinion and hopefully they are well informed regarding the topic. With the Bangkok shutdown now in full force and the elections scheduled for February second, only time will tell which way this will go.
Austin Gallagher with contributions from Connor Duffy
He supported the protests against the amnesty bill in November, but has questioned the legitimacy of Suthep’s campaign as it moved into the New Year. The amnesty bill was heavily protested back in November and started the protests that have now “shut down” Bangkok. The democratic party’s supporters took to the Democracy Mon-
ument and voiced their opinion, as is their right. Then Suthep stepped down from his position in the Democratic Party and joined the protesters on the streets and seemingly aimed the protests towards goals he deemed worthy. With the election right around the
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Size 12 Is Not Fat
Absurd idiosyncracies in the modeling world
odels gowned in glamorous haute couture, cat walking down the runway. Models with exquisite bodies, lounged across the billboards. While these models possess a variety of features ranging from accented cheekbones to endlessly long legs, you can always find one quality that they all have in common: their nonexistent size. Today, nearly all famous icons in the beauty and fashion industries are size 0 models, contrary to the 60’s when Marilyn Monroe, a size 12, was deemed as the national sex symbol. In past times, a fuller and curvier figure was believed to be more attractive and desired, while today’s society praises a thin frame. Nevertheless, women with healthy figures known as ‘plus size models’ do exist in this field, although they are nowhere near as prevalent or popular as the women with conventionally slim figures. In a society with modeling agencies, magazines and audiences that favors small sizes, talk of successes of plus size models were simply chimeras until Robyn Lawley, an Australian model proved them all wrong. Robyn Lawley has appeared in Ralph Lauren, Australian Vogue and other major names in the fashion industry. Recently, she modeled for a swimwear spread in Cosmopolitan Australia. Many people were stunned to discover that Robyn Lawley, an American size 12 model, was considered to be plus size. What people saw in the spread was not a plus size model but a gorgeous and talented women with a healthy and fit figure. Nikki Glucksman (10) states that in no way should “Robyn Lawley be considered as a plus size model.” She goes on to add that “Robyn Lawley looks healthy” and that “a size 12 does not mean that you are big, it simply means that you have
a different body structure [than models do].” To be frank, considering that 72% of women in the United States are size 12 and above, calling a size 12 model a plus size is quite ludicrous (PRWEB). How is it possible that the average size of the population is labeled as plus size in the modeling world? In this mode of thinking, these industries are basically calling the normal and healthy sized females overweight. This is nothing but a spurious claim, for their measurement of average is completely inaccurate due to their standard being incredibly skinny models. As an average sized woman, Robyn Lawley should not be a plus size model – she should simply be ad-
dressed as a model. It is truly unacceptable to call Robyn Lawley a plus size model when she is only a reflection of the majority of the women in our society. Anyway, what is the need for the word plus in front of the model? Why does the fact that her body is a different shape than most stereotypical models identify her? Why is her phenomenal talent as a model not her definer? “I pity those who are defined by their bodies rather than their ability and talent to model” shares Lillie Sinprasong (11). She continues to stress that “no one should be criticized merely because their bodies are not like the other models.” Our society’s obsession with stick-skinny models is blinding us from seeing the true talent and genuine abilities of other models simply due to their differing sizes. It is gravely disappointing that our society is filled with people who would rather negatively emphasize a person’s individuality rather than to highlight all of their wonderful qualities. No wonder eating disorders and negative body images pose as such threats to our young generations. Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and in fact all other publications in the beauty and fashion industries should not identify Robyn Lawley as a plus size model. However, in the end, despite the immense influence these brands have on society, it is not up to them to put to a stop to this farcical situation. The definition of beauty, and the definition of what is fashionable is not their decision to make; it is ours. And if we alter our perceptions then there will no longer be plus size models because they will all be the same. Just simply models. Sarah Lim
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n January 12th, the 71st annual Golden Globes event was held in Beverly Hills, California. The Golden Globe award is bestowed on individuals and movies recognized with excellence in film and television. Here are a few of the films and actors acknowledged for their work. Hannah Mussi
Best Actor in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy:
Leonardo DiCaprio Best Animated Feature Film:
Frozen Best Director - Motion Picture:
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:
Best Actor in Motion Picture/Drama:
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The Candies Ain’t Gonna Crush Themselves Candy Crush Saga Addiction
ecently, the popularity of Candy Crush Saga, developed by King, has been rushing forward with an unstoppable force. In July 2013, there were already about 6.7 million active users and Candy Crush Saga earned revenue of $633,000 per day in the US section of the iOS App Store alone. As time passes, the popularity has grown. In November 2013, the game was installed 500 million times across Facebook, iOS and Android electronic devices. There are many other games that are similar to Candy Crush Saga, but what about it is making it so much more appealing than the others? It makes you wait. The limitation of lives makes the players long for it when having none, even if you have to wait for 30 minutes. Or, if a player is impatient to wait for the regaining of the lives because the thrill of the game over-powers it, he/she can purchase lives, which is the reason the application earns so much money. There is always more. Unlike many other games that have limita-
tions on levels, Candy Crush Saga has unlimited levels. The more a player plays the game, attempting to complete new levels or goals, the deeper the addiction settles in. However, even though Candy Crush Saga allows a player to connect with others via the virtual world, the ability for physically socializing decreases. Lunch, a time for chatting, turns to silence as the students are playing intensely on their phones. The few conversations at lunch
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also include topics about Candy Crush. A popular line of dialogue at the lunch tables is, ‘what level are you on?’ The International sent out a survey to see the popularity of Candy Crush Saga among students. 114 high school students play Candy Crush Saga out of 215 who answered. People play Candy Crush Saga because they are living in an environment all about Candy Crush. It is certain for people to get affected by the Candy Crush “virus” when everybody around them has it. Even though 54% of the 215 students said that they often ignore friends or family when playing, 29% of students say they think about Candy Crush when not playing, and only 10% say they pay in order to start a new game. These are the signs that the addiction has not settled in too deep. However, if you are one of the students above that ignore your friends or family, think about Candy Crush when not playing and also pay money in order to start a new game, please delete Candy Crush Saga permanently or put down your phone and run! Yichen Zhu
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How society and Disney have developed
hen one thinks of Disney, they think of signature Mickey Mouse ears, cheerful colors and magic. Even more so, they think of wicked stepsisters, talking animals and princesses imagined. However, the thought of these beautiful young women has transformed from hopeless and distressed to independent and powerful. Throughout the eras, society has revolutionized as a whole and Disney has evolved along with it. African-Americans were given the rights to sit at the front of the bus if they pleased, and drink from whichever water fountain they choose. More liberal ways of thinking are becoming more and more accepted. Because of society’s continuous progression, Disney had no other choice but to progress as well. This is clear in the famous Disney princess stories. In 1937, Disney’s first princess movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, was released.
If you have been living under a rock and are unfamiliar with the story, Snow White, the main charac-
“The princesses were forced to remain helpless as others helped them succeed.”
ter lives her life scrubbing the floor waiting for a prince to save her. Once she is forced to live in the woods to escape the evil Queen she finds herself in the sexist lifestyle that was ordinary during the era. As she ultimately becomes the housekeeper of seven dwarves, her fate being left in the hands of the dashing prince. Disney kept their movies conservative and followed the structure of Caucasian characters and princesses who are left helpless waiting for their man until 1989, when The Little Mermaid was released. JA N UA RY
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Slight alterations were presented. Then Disney released Aladdin, and the first non-Caucasian princess was born in the Disney universe. However, the oldschool storyline structure remained the same as the princesses were forced to remain helpless as others helped them succeed. A major shift began in the 1990’s when Disney princesses such as Pocahontas and Mulan held warrior lifestyles, and viewers began to notice – and adopt – a gender-equal perspective. With the latest release, Frozen, Disney showed how much they have transformed with the strong independent female characters, and the relationship between sisters a bigger focus than the romance. Disney’s metamorphosis may have been slow but now, society is as open minded as ever. It’s only a matter of time before the first plus sized or lesbian princess is introduced. With change comes fear, or acceptance. The more it is accepted, the more peaceful the world is and Disney realizes that. Chloe Griffith
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Talking with ISB
TEDx: Ideas Worth Sharing
t’s hard to believe that a whole year has already passed since the first ever TEDx Talk at ISB. The time has come and gone for juniors of different IB English classes to offer their opinions on a variety of interesting subjects. The selected participants of this year were Ciel Sriprasert, Kimberly Remijan and Tanat (Mac) Rojanapiensatith from Higher Level (HL) Language and Literature, Cole Whiteley of HL Literature and last, but not least, Katie Kim, Val Tananivit, Ryan Jones, Eefa Shehzad and Sam McPherson representing Standard Level (SL) Language and Literature. This talented group of individuals has selected a diverse set of topics, ranging from ‘How Not To Pick Up Girls’ to ‘Stereotyping of Middle Eastern People in Western Media.’ The assigned theme for both HL and SL Language and Literature was “A Catalyst For Change,” while for HL Literature, the talk was to be based on any of book of their choice. Through rigorous and lengthy practice sessions with their personal assigned coaches, these students have fruitfully reached their destination. When asked about how they prepared themselves, many replied saying that the most effective way was reciting their speech to friends
Cole Whiteley owns the stage.
and family. Ciel replied saying she met up with friends over break and “practiced in front of them. I’ve also been voicing my worries to my English teacher, Mr. Pruzinsky.” Like Ciel, Katie mentioned that she “practiced a lot in front of friends and family members,” while Kimberly added on that she “delivered the TEDx Talk to even her stuffed animals.”
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Cole Whiteley mentioned that what helped him most was “trying to explain my point to somebody else. They would argue with me which gave me a new perspective on what I was saying in my speech.” Val Tananivit spoke of how the week leading up to the event was super stressful and how she was “incredibly nervous” but when asked how it felt to be on stage in front of almost 400 eyes, she responded, “when I got on stage, I was surprisingly calm.” Unlike Val, Ryan Jones said that up until a few days before his talk he was still feeling a little “laid back” but the “anticipation at rehearsals were pretty nerve-wracking.” When Katie was asked about her experience on stage, she admitted that she was “nervous and pretty stressed” before getting on and once on, she was “still nervous” but once it was over, she felt “really light.” Many of the students who were brave and talented enough to present and spread their ideas on this special occasion had very similar and very different emotions about their final products, but in the end, they all have produced great ideas and opinions on topics familiar and interesting to many of us in the ISB community. Arya Bhai
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As Good as it Gets M
uangthong United has long been considered one of the best soccer teams in Thailand, winning the Thai Premier League in 2012 going unbeaten for the whole 34-game season. For the new season, Englishman Scott Cooper has been appointed head coach, and after meeting Varsity boys coach Justin Wah, he has offered him an opportunity to get some work experience as one of his coaching staff. Although coach Wah isn’t being paid for the job, it is a great opportunity to gain top class coaching experience, and he will have a whole season with debatably the best team in Thailand. Currently, Jay Bothroyd is playing for Muangthong, who has one England national team appearance under his belt, and multiple spells with top division teams in England. Robbie Fowler, was a player-manager for Muangthong in 2010. Fowler is a former Liverpool player and all-time top scorer for the club while also being the fifth top scorer of all time in the English Premier League.
How did you get on the coaching staff?
“I wish I could say that it was because they had heard about all the great things ISB’s teams have achieved over the years...but in reality its not too much to do with that... It really was just a bit of luck --Scott Cooper (the head coach of Muang Thong United) and I had become friends. He knows that I am very interested in coaching, learning and improving. So he offered me a place on the staff. Right place, right time!”
How is the coaching different compared to the Varsity practice?
“On a personal level I suppose the biggest difference is that at ISB I am the head trainer of our team, while
at Muang Thong I’m a member of the coaching staff. Its a big difference! But one that is really cool, it’s great to be in the back seat and see the inner workings of a professional sports team. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity. In the actual training sessions the quality of the players is at a higher level. Things move a lot faster, the ball and the players! The combination of speed and technique is amazing to watch up close. Also at Muang Thong we are dealing with adults that get paid money to play football, which is a lot different to dealing with students that are playing football for fun. At the pro level its all about that particular sport, whether it be football, basketball, or table tennis. The Muang Thong coaches eat, sleep and drink football. At the school level, although we are all very passionate, its one part of our job, as opposed to our entire job. Thus, the time and thought we can dedicate to our coaching is limited by the “other job” we have. The pro coaches have a vast amount of experience, being a full time coach allows them lots of time to think about how they can put all that experience to use, to create training sessions that will help the team improve. Just like any athletes, they need encouragement, a pat on the back, and a reminder to do the simple things correctly.”
How does the coaching schedule correspond with your job? “Right now its not a problem...We train in the evenings or late afternoons, so I go to training after I finish work and coaching at ISB. It was a busy Christmas break, as I spent the majority of the break here training with the team. It will be a busy year for me, but well worth the extra work, the experience I’m gaining at
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How does the playing style of the Muang Thong United compare to other teams you have coached/ watched?
“Its very early in the season, so its hard to determine the style of the Muang Thong team. For sure the team will be organized and disciplined at the back, effective in set pieces, and have freedom to be creative going forward. We have some highly skilled players in the attacking 3rd of the pitch. As they start to grow and gel together, I’m pretty sure there will be goals! With regards to actual style of play, its not that dissimilar in terms of what we are trying to achieve. At ISB we try to play our football based on possession, technical ability, good movement (with and without the ball), and hard work. It doesn’t matter what level you play, if you can achieve these things you will be successful.”
Is there a specific role you have been assigned to?
“I make a good cup of tea!!!! and I can put cones down in a pretty straight line! Seriously, I just try to be as helpful as I can, If I see somewhere that help is needed I try to jump in and do what I can. Some parts are quite natural to me, you can ask any of my players, I’m pretty good at yelling! I feel very lucky to have the opportunity so I’m trying to take in as much as I can and learn as much as possible while the chance is there. The whole thing is really cool, and I’m very grateful to Scott and Muang Thong for giving me the opportunity to be involved with the first team.”
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Medals All Around T he season goes on, and the competition gets tougher. ISB boys and girls varsity basketball teams easily made their way into championships over the past weekend at BISAC tournament, where they both scored a modest silver medal. Will Rutherford (9) claims that the “keys to [their] success” were improved rebounding and defensive skills, and although the American School of Bangkok (ASB) eventually “pulled away with a 17 point victory,” the team is confident that they are a threat to Singapore American School (SAS), which has been defeated by ASB before. They had the chance to play Bromsgrove International School
espite the fact that there have been various ongoing protests causing Bangkok to shutdown, the annual U19 Rugby and Touch Rugby BISAC tournaments were able to take place in Ruamrudee International School and NIST on Saturday January 18th. The girls were able to win three out of the four games played consecutively throughout the morning and were able to finish the tournament coming in 3rd place. The score results were (ISB – BPS), (ISB 7- 0 Harrow), (ISB 3-2 NIST), (ISB 5-1 RIS). Julia Tarrega (10) believed that “the tournament was a very good way to practice plays and get comfortable with them in game situations.” Varsity Boys Co-Captain, Bautista
ennis, unlike rugby, had a BISAC tournament that not only matched competition from IASAS, but surpassed it according to both teams’ captains. Tennis competed at Harrow, and the tournament was “very well organized” according to Varsity girls captain Tarini Arte (12). Tarini was proud of the team’s performance, as “this
where former ISB athlete Diego Valer (10) now attends, and after overpowering teams from New International School of Thailand (NIST), Thai-Chinese International School (TCIS) and Ruamrudee International School (RIS) by 21, 30, and 40 points, the team is looking forward to the rivalry that awaits them in Jakarta. Unfortunately due to transportation issues regarding the protests in downtown Bangkok, the girls’ varsity team was unable to attend the tournament on Friday night, postponing all of their games to Saturday instead. However, this appeared to be of no consequence as the team triumphed over TCIS, NIST and Shrewsbury International School (SHB) with a 36, 47 and 20-point lead and fought their
Vela said the “team had several players which made the crowd go ‘wow’ such as with a great tackle, a great breakthrough, or a great smash.” The boys were able to have an undefeated streak title. The results for all the matches played that afternoon were (ISB 69-0 ASB), (ISB 40-0 BPS), (ISB 38-7 NIST). This being said, the boys came in first place bringing back the gold medal. “The results clearly reflect on our training regime,” added Bautista Vela (12). “We have a cross country workout on Mondays, plyometric training with Coach Amir on Tuesdays and ‘challenge fitness day’ with Coach Amir on Thursdays.” Andy Real (12) stated that “the tournament overall was very successis usually the tougher tournament,” and saying that medalling bronze “is a sign that we are a team to be contended with.” The girls are hopeful of returning from IASAS with a gold or silver, and Tarini hopes that “if the girls keep working extremely hard, we’ll come back with even shinier medals!” The boys team also received a bronze medal following an injury and sickness plagued BISAC tournament, which was still a promising outcome
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way into finals against International Community School (ICS). Since all of the games were on the same day, the team “[was] well worn out” by the time finals came around, and just “didn’t end up playing [their] game” mentions Sharmaine Bale (12). After “leading for the majority of the first half of the game,” eventually the Panthers reached a standstill and allowed ICS to catch up, finally losing the battle in the end. The team “wishes [they] could have played their hardest during the final game,” and promises to “bring it back for IASAS.” Hannah Mussi
ful. However it does not exactly act as a good representation of IASAS; in Bangkok, the level of competition is of a much lower standard than at IASAS.” Both teams delineated their tremendous efforts throughout the season. Although many have been disappointed with the change of location for IASAS at SAS, rather than being held at the home of the Panthers this year, the school will continue to support both of the team’s in the upcoming month while they compete in the annual IASAS touch/rugby championship. Sofi Sintes
for a team aiming for a medal at IASAS. Boys captain Jack Melhorn (12) also agreed that the BISAC tournament was harder than IASAS in terms of competition, thus showing promise for a chance to medal at the final stage in the coming weeks. Nathan Scott
IASAS? S P O R T S
nce again, the Thai protests have managed to interfere with ISB’s intentions. On January 7th, the ISB Athletic Department requested for a substitute to host the upcoming IASAS Rugby/Touch tournament that was to be held in Bangkok. Singapore American School kindly volunteered to take on this season in place of ISB. In years past, there have been dire circumstances in which IASAS events had to be moved in order to avoid such conflict, such as in 2002 when the Bali Bombings took place in Indonesia. Less than a week before IASAS soccer was scheduled in Jakarta, it was abruptly moved to International School Kuala Lumpur (ISKL), and for nearly three years after the attack, Jakarta International School was unable to host any events due to the potential danger. In IASAS, the protocol that must be followed is that if this kind of situation occurs – such as a political crisis in this case – the host school must contact the other five heads of school and notify them of the predicament and provide any, if not all the relevant information. The five other heads of schools must then make a decision whether to relocate the event or allow it to continue in the planned setting. If a decision is not made in time, the event could be cancelled for that year. In order to avoid such indecision, a back-up school is almost always on standby just in case the situation turns sour for the host school. Of course, it is both unfortunate and inconvenient when plans need to be changed so suddenly, and ISB is very disappointed it cannot host the Rugby/ Touch IASAS. The athletic board was “worried about traffic issues and anticipation for potential
problems” states SAS’ Athletics and Activities Director Mimi Molchan. Despite offering full housing in Nichada and local hospitality for family and coaches, the other IASAS schools would rather not take the risk to send their athletes here in times of political unrest, and it was a unanimous vote to relocate the tournament. Due to the uncertainty of the situation, it is just safer for the students to have the event moved. The athletic patches will retain the original location ‘Bang-
kok’, but the logos for pamphlets and shirts will be changed to Bangkok-Singapore. Although SAS will be hosting games and players, ISB Athletic Department will be officially running the tournament. This political situation may continue to pose a threat for future events at ISB, such as the Music Cultural Convention and other sports tournaments. Leeann Schudel & Hannah Mussi
Protests crowd the roads and streets downtown, making IASAS transportation an issue Photo from Stuff.co.nz
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