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FORUM FACTORUM JUNE

2019

MASSJCL |

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ISSUE

OFFICIAL

II

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VOLUME

NEWSLETTER

XLIV


TABLE OF CONTENTS Nota Bene    4

3

Club Updates

Farewell to Seniors 10

28

2nd VP | Avery Powers | MTG 2ndvp@massjcl.org    

Secretary | Ruth Weaver | MTG secretary@massjcl.org    

Treasurer | Ashley Chou | BLS

32

Travel Activities 35

Horoscopes 38

Snapshots

parliamentarian@massjcl.org   

Historian | Emma Cohen | AMSA

Graffito

Meme Corner 36

1stvp@massjcl.org   

Nationwide Greetings Parli. | Maddie Bedard | AMSA

Roman Recipe 34

22

1st VP | Jess Schnitzer | BLS

treasurer@massjcl.org   

Guide to NDSU 30

18

The Meaning of Hello

Interview 26

7

Convention

Scorpio Martianus

President | Carina Layfield | BLS president@massjcl.org    

Guide to National

Sponsor Spotlight 20

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

Sign up for the MassJCL mailing list for important updates + info! bit.ly/massjclemails

historian@massjcl.org   

Pub. Editor | Rachel Wang | AMSA editor@massjcl.org    

Tech Co. | William Ferreira | Pembroke webmaster@massjcl.org    

STATE CHAIRS Ms. Tamara Bauer Ms. Meg Burns Ms. Janet Fillion Ms. Victoria Miklosky

Cover caption: Chariot racing is just one of the many activities at the annual MassJCL state convention. This team from Boston Latin Academy exchanges smiles as they race to the finish line. Cover photo by: Emma Cohen Icon credit: Icons throughout this publication are used under the fair use policy of Canva and from PNG Repo under the Creative Commons 4.0 License FORUM FACTORUM |   2


NOTA PUB. EDITOR NJCL HISTORIAN

Farewell and Valete,

MASSJCL

Welcome to

Salvete MassJCL, The content of this issue centers the biggest JCL event of the year: National Convention! Along with the usual articles and reports, the final issue of this year's publication includes special Convention content such as greetings from JCLers and SCLers across the country, a guide to National Convention from experienced Convention-goers and your 2018=2019 MassJCL officers, a guide to this year's venue (NDSU), and an account of one NM JCLer's first National Convention experience. Even if you're not attending Nationals, there's plenty of other content: be sure to check out the interview with Latin content creator Scorpio Martianus and fun travel/State Convention themed playlist and puzzles! As the school year draws to a close, I encourage you all to reflect on your JCL experience. The summer and the year ahead provide plenty of opportunities to share and engage in the JCLove. Whether it be taking that a test or entering a contest that you've always been too intimidated to try, signing up for a multi-state Ludi team, or even just saying hello to a JCLer that you've never met, use National Convention and the next school year to make new JCL memories. As a graduating senior, I can attest to the truth of "tempus fugit," so I encourage you all to make the most of your time here in the JCL. There is so much to do and learn, and so many friends and memories to make! It's been wonderful to serve as your Publications Editor, MassJCL. I can't wait to #thrive with you all one last time at National Convention, and thank you all for making my JCL and middle and high school experience so wonderful. E corde, Rachel Wang

Rachel Wang 2018-2019 MassJCL Publications Editor

NATIONAL CONVENTION Salvete MassJCL! In 2017, I attended my first NJCL Convention at Troy University in Alabama. As Massachusetts’ Historian at the time, I ran around recording video and taking photos, and my eyes opened to the national community of friendly, talented, and passionate people around me. Now approaching my third National Convention as a JCLer, the one piece of advice I can offer you is simply this: take advantage of all there is to offer. This year I invite you ALL to attend National Convention in Fargo, North Dakota, at North Dakota State University. From athletic competition in Ludi and Olympika, to Certamen, Graphic Arts, Spirit, Dramatic Interpretation, and our talent show That’s Entertainment, there is no shortage of activities to participate in. Not so into competition? No problem! Each night there is a different set of fun activities to participate in, ranging from “Pandora’s Box” (classicallythemed escape room) to different-themed dances and mixers. Agora tables are also always lined up if you’re interested in picking up some snazzy JCL merch! The campus is truly beautiful, and the dining hall even features a coffee shop included in your meal plan! The NJCL theme this year is apes non sunt solitaria natura, or “bees are not of a solitary nature.” If you do decide to travel up to the country’s top-honey-producing state for convention, I can assure you that you will find your place, and bee-come astounded by the buzzing community awaiting you. Hope to see you there! Jesse Hogan

Jesse Hogan 2018-2019 NJCL Historian

BENE Photo credits: Jesse, Rachel: Emma Cohen

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CLUB UPDATES AMSA

BLA

by Meaghan McDonald

by Lia Van Der Linde

In the weeks since State Convention, AMSA JCL has been primarily enjoying the rest of the school year, preparing for an end-of-year party, and gearing up for our local elections. In addition to re-arranging our local offices in order to better reflect the MassJCL board positions and to optimize efficiency, we are working harder than ever to encourage the younger members of our club to step forward and run for office. Our presidents, Maddie Bedard and Rachel Wang, as well as our Parliamentarians, Divya Andrews and Matthew Macasieb, have been working extremely hard to involve and excite everyone about next year. Although we’ll be saying goodbye to our seniors in just a few short days, we looks forward to what the future has in store for AMSA JCL.

On Saturday April 6, Boston Latin Academy Classics Club went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Every year BLACC tries to take their members to The MET in an attempt to help students appreciate and view the artistic and cultural aspects of the language we are learning in different ways. Bright and early on a Saturday morning, the members of BLACC met at school for the 5 hour bus ride to NYC. After separating into groups once we arrived, we started exploring the museum. My group first walked past the section with vases, where one of our teachers started explaining what the different colors and the writing meant. The color and writing on each vase represented so much for the people living and using these vases in everyday life; it was really cool to connect our life to that of the people who used the vases. The group I was in then continued to walk past different types of masks, and sculptures of people we had read about in class. I always love the trip to the MET and all it has to offer, and I can’t wait until next year's trip!

Photo by Deanna Delorey

Photo by Deanna Delorey

Photo by Ms. Greene

AMSA JCLers prep for States Convention by making emoji clouds for the spirit theme of JCLove.

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Bringing BLA to the MET!


by Alice Wu

BLS

MTG

by Alice Wu

by Katrina Hotaling

On March 2nd, BLSJCL competed at Princeton Certamen. Our advanced team got first place, while our novice team won second. Congrats to both teams for placing at Princeton!

Mount Greylock  JCL has been busy recently! Last April, we brought 20 of our members to State Convention, and everyone had a lot of fun. Our chapter especially enjoyed spirit--some of us lost our voices for a few days after convention ended because we may have gotten a little too into spirit! Other highlights from convention include the breaking and subsequent fixing of our chariot (we love you, Gorilla Tape!) and the bus rides to and from Barnstable. It takes us over four hours each way! After getting back from convention, we have been focusing on amending our constitution and planning our local board elections for next year. Though we have a lot of seniors who will be graduating in a few weeks, we are already looking forward to next year being another productive year for MGJCL!

Most recently, BLSJCL went to States. Before the convention, which ran from April 26th to 28th, we held an information meeting for first-timers, telling them what to expect at States. At the convention, our delegates saw great success, with nine of the top ten overall sweepstakes spots being taken up by BLSJCL students. Furthermore, BLS placed first overall at states. After the competition, we held an awards ceremony where we handed out the ribbons that our delegates won at States. Hope to see everyone again next year! In a few weeks, we will be holding officer elections to choose our 2019-2020 BLSJCL board!

Photo by Magistra Moguel

Photo by Sam Trybus

BLSJCL delegates proudly display their

MGJCLers share their JCLove

State Convention ribbons.

at State Convention spirit!

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RT

Winchester

by Zach Tympanick

by Brooke McGurl

After the State Convention in Barnstable, Winchester High School Latin Club students were eager to share their excitement with others. The school principal included a picture and news of their success in his weekly online memo. Despite a schedule full of end-of-theyear activities, Latin Club students made birthday cards for Cards for Hospitalized Kids.  Volunteers continued to work with elementary school students; learning Latin words for flowers and plants created a fun session. A transitional planning meeting was scheduled to put next year’s officers in place. There are plans afoot for community service during the summer. Seniors, who will be greatly missed, were elated to find the bee simile on the AP exam. Our happy hive is looking forward to another engaging year with the Junior Classical League!

After the State Convention in Barnstable, Winchester High School Latin Club students were eager to share their excitement with others. The school principal included a picture and news of their success in his weekly online memo. Despite a schedule full of end-of-theyear activities, Latin Club students made birthday cards for Cards for Hospitalized Kids.  Volunteers continued to work with elementary school students; learning Latin words for flowers and plants created a fun session. A transitional planning meeting was scheduled to put next year’s officers in place. There are plans afoot for community service during the summer. Seniors, who will be greatly missed, were elated to find the bee simile on the AP exam. Our happy hive is looking forward to another engaging year with the Junior Classical League!

Photo by M. DeCamp

Winchester High School Latin Club at State Convention in Barnstable, 2019.

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FAREWELL, MassJCL Seniors!

AMSA Emma Cohen Matt Macasieb Sasha Sun Polina Tsurikova Rachel Wang ’

Boston University Savannah College of Art and Design University of Connecticut Leiden University College The Hague Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"I ve been in the JCL for as long as I ve been going to AMSA. The past seven years in the JCL have formed my friendships, drive in the classroom, and my own confidence in myself to

pursue my dreams. I may have solidified my status as a nerd, but I couldn t have asked for anything better to have happened."

- Matt Macasieb, AMSA

Barnstable Elizabeth Brown Cam DeFalco Liv Eldridge Colleen Ellis

The University of Edinburgh United States Marine Corps Eckerd College Bryant University 

"JCL has been a big part of my high school career. In this big new school, JCL offered me a community of students were energetic and compassionate. It made my high school experience just a bit more bearable."

- Vikiana Petit-Homme, BLA

BLA Kaitlyn Higgins Vikiana Petit-Homme

Iona College University of Massachusetts, Boston

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BLS Joana Avrami Ashley Chou Krishan Eskew Clair Fu Angelique Jean-Noel Mackenzie Kelley Carina Layfield Masha Leyfer Mia Lourerio Ryan Nie Jairam Rao Nick Weiske ’

Harvard University Harvard University Boston University Harvard University Boston College University of Massachusetts, Amherst Barnard College University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Massachusetts, Boston  Boston University Boston University University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

"Y all wack but that s okay because when you re in JCL, you learn to deal with lots of weird nerd behavior. Conventions get progressively chaotic with each one you attend."

- Ashley Chou, BLS

MTG Rachel Bisson Dan Buell Josie Dalsin Katrina Hotaling Walker Niemeyer Michael Maruk Grace Miller Avery Powers Evan Sheridan Colette Stapp Samantha Trybus Christian Voorhies Jared Whitman FORUM FACTORUM |   8

University of Massachusetts, Amherst Western New England University Smith College Tufts University Champlain College Lasell College The University of Hartford Smith College Western New England University Emerson College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhode Island Tech Berkshire Community College


Pembroke Will Ferreira Naeva Lemme

University of Massachusetts, Lowell University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Although JCL can be weird and overwhelming at times, it s been by far the best part of high school."

- Avery Powers, MTG

RT Isabelle Garcia Caroline Schelleng Zachary Tympanick

Merrimack College University of Massachusetts, Amherst The College of the Holy Cross

"Being in the JCL taught me the true meaning of community. I ve never been with a group of

people more committed to a single purpose than those in the JCL, and I ve learned so much

about commitment and hard work by learning to meet not only my own, but other people s expectations."

- Polina Tsurikova, AMSA

Winchester Stephen Bassett Tommy Bellaire Emma Duncan Timofey Fayzullin Beatrice Magee McKenzie Mack Julia Monsini Joanna Zhou

Sacred Heart University Brown University Emmanuel College University of Massachusetts, Lowell American University Elon University Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Johns Hopkins University

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A

G U I D E

T O

National Convention An overview of all National Convention has to offer as described by experienced Convention-goers and your 2018 - 2019 MassJCL Officers!

Contests

AC CA ADDEEM MIIC C TTEESSTTIINNG G A Academic

testing!

It’s

everyone’s

(least)

favorite

thing

to

do,

and

it’s

the

quintessential convention staple. It is a chance to compare your knowledge against that of all the other JCLers at the national level. The most committed students spend all year preparing, hoping to earn a coveted high score medal (for the person who does the best on a test across all levels). Yeah, testing at nationals is pretty intense. But no worries! If you did well at States, you can certainly carry those skills over.

If you’ve never been to Nationals before, there’s a few things you should know first. For starters, the format is different. Unlike at State Convention, there are multiple Photo by Jesse Hogan

testing

sessions

throughout

nationals.

Each

session

runs

different

tests, so be sure to check the schedule and plan ahead! Another thing to note is that there is a greater number and variety of tests that you can prep for and

Multitask prepping for academic testing and entering graphic arts by making teaching materials,

take. Check out the full list on the NJCL website! And finally, if you enjoy a challenge, take a shot at the Decathlon. This infamous test consists of 95

such as this map from the 2017

questions and covers TEN different subjects in order to find out which among

National Convention!

all the convention attendees is the most knowledgeable and well-rounded classicist.

The

highest

scorers

are

recognized

on

stage

and

receive

prize

money. Be warned: because this test is so rigorous, only upper level students (Latin level 3 and above) are encouraged to take it.

So, how to prepare? There’s a list of source books that are used for question writing online. Do a little reading, and then take a few practice tests (also available online). If that’s too much work, then simply review what you learned in Latin class this year. A little prep can go a long way!

by Ashley Chou, BLS FORUM FACTORUM |   10

2018-2019 MassJCL Treasurer


C CEERRTTAAM MEENN One

of

the

highlights

of

Nationals

is

Certamen,

the

fast-paced

team

competition combining knowledge of all aspects of the classical world with fast buzzing and intuition. NJCL Certamen is fundamentally the same as States Certamen, but there are some key differences. For one thing, the stakes are higher and the questions are harder, with more creative lead-ins and clues that have never been used before. In addition, due to the longer length of the convention, the rounds are spread out, with one round each day. This means that each preliminary round contains a full 20 questions, rather than the 12 you may be used to from States. In addition, there is a semifinals round, where the top nine teams from prelims are matched up in an “instant death” style to determine which three teams will make it to finals. This

Photo by Emma Cohen

year our teams will be facing very tough competition from high-level states including Virginia, Texas, Florida, and Wisconsin. Please try to come and support Massachusetts Certamen teams by watching our rounds and cheering

The MassJCL Advanced Certamen team at the 2018 National Certamen finals!

us on, especially in finals where your support could really make a difference! To those who will be playing, optimam fortunam, et di vobis faveant!

by Dante Mantuillo, BLS

C C RR EE A A TT II V V EE A A RR TT SS At Nationals, there are several creative arts contests. While many require preparation costume

prior

contest,

to

Nationals,

Dramatic

a

few

just

Interpretation,

require and

that

English

you

show

Oratory

are

up.

The

all

the

same as they are at State Convention. Nationals also has Latin Oratory, which is similar to Dramatic Interpretation, but rather than dramatically reading a poem

or

monologue,

it

is

reading

an

oration

from

someone

like

Cicero.

Nationals also offers Sight Reading. Contestants show up and have time to prep a passage before they’ll read it out loud to judges. Make sure to bring a

Photo by Jesse Hogan

Have a flair for the dramatic like

non-electronic dictionary! Lastly, there is an essay contest in which students

2018-2019 Tech Co. Will (seen

are given a prompt and asked to respond to it referencing classical mythology,

here belting out showtunes at the

Roman history, or Latin literature in their responses.

2018 State Convention)? Try the creative arts contests at Nationals!

by Carina Layfield, BLS

2018-2019 MassJCL President

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EELLEEC CTTIIO ONNSS && EETTC C.. Elections At Nationals, all potential candidates will give speeches at an assembly called Nominations Committee (Nom Com). This is where candidates go through their first round

of

voting.

MassJCL

nominates

two

voting

delegates,

usually

the

Parliamentarian and another officer to pick the final two candidates that get to run for the rest of National Convention. Sometimes there are only two candidates that will

automatically

move

on,

but

most

of

the

time

there

are

three

or

more

candidates. Unfortunately, at the end of Nom Com, only two people per office can run and some campaigns end after this voting session. The final candidates will give speeches at General Assembly. Throughout all of the candidates speeches, Photo by Jesse Hogan

make sure to take notes about their qualifications and goals for the JCL. These are 2016-2017 MassJCL 2nd VP

the people who will be leading us through the next year. Before voting, there is one

Rachel Bisson giving her

more assembly, like MassJCL, called Open Forum. The current National Officers ask

candidate speech at the 2017 National Convention.

some

fun

and

candidates

serious

qualified

questions to

be

your

about

being

next

an

national

officer officer.

and

what

Finally,

makes

during

the

voting

fellowship run by the Parliamentarian, we as a delegation get to vote on each office and amendment proposals made by the National Parliamentarian.

Campaigning Candidates work tirelessly throughout Convention to make sure that 1,000+ people understand their campaign platforms and why they would be a perfect officer for the National board. Talk to the candidates and ask them questions! Not only does it Photo by Emma Cohen

Creative posters like in the photo are used in campaigning.

show your interest in candidates and what they have to say, it also gives you more information to present during voting fellowship. Everyone’s input matters and is greatly appreciated. There is also an event held during Convention that brings all candidates into one room for anyone to come, join, and meet all of the passionate JCLers

personally.

I

strongly

recommend

that

everyone

attends

this

as

well!

I

actually met some of my closest friends by attending, and I think anyone, whether you are interested in the election or not, can have a good time.

Amendments A list of proposed amendments goes out to the voting delegates of each state delegation.

There

is,

however,

an

event

dedicated

to

going

through

the

amendment proposals that anyone can attend. I strongly recommend you attend Photo by Emma Cohen

this meeting to understand the meanings behind each proposal, preparing you for

2017-2018 MassJCL Historian

discussion at the voting fellowship. Some are straightforward, while others are

Jesse Hogan answering a

more complicated and tricky to understand. Any questions you have about the

question at the 2018 NJCL Open Forum,

amendments can be explained by the National Parliamentarian (this year, Layla Fistos) or by your former and current MassJCL Parliamentarians (Carina Layfield, Luc Azar-Tanguay, and myself included). We as a delegation will be voting on these amendment proposals at the same time we vote on candidates for NJCL office.

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by Maddie Bedard, AMSA

2018-2019 MassJCL Parliamentarian


G G RR A A PP H H II C C A A RR TT S S Entering graphic arts contests at National Convention is a great way to earn both individual points, and points for your state. But to be successful in these contests, there are a few important things to note.

For one, the process of entering your art pieces into the contests is slightly different at nationals. Registration usually lasts for two days, so be sure to check your program to see what building registration will take place in, and at what time. It is Photo by Jesse Hogan

your responsibility to design your schedule in a way that you have enough time to enter your pieces. Registering your pieces only takes a few minutes. Usually, the people running registration will have you fill out a few tags to tape to your piece. It helps to bring a pen!

An award-winning entry for the Greeting Cards graphic arts category at the 2017 National Convention.

Often an overlooked part of graphic arts is the contest handbook. It is important to note that sometimes contest rules differ between the state and national levels. Be sure that you check the NJCL graphic arts contest rules online to see that all of your pieces fit the guidelines.

Another aspect of graphic arts to note is traveling with artwork. It can be tough to keep your hard work safe, especially aboard a plane across the country. A few ways to protect your work include putting it in a box (like a shoebox), bringing a portfolio, and carrying your artwork as your personal item so that it stays with you during the flight.

Photo by Jesse Hogan

An award-winning graphics arts piece at the 2017 National Convention.

The technical aspects of entering graphic arts can be tough enough, but the actual creation

process

is

the

real

hard

part.

Consider

entering

projects

from

State

Convention to save time, and start any new projects early, not the week before. To earn the most points, try entering some of the more obscure categories. Less people enter these categories, so they boost your chances of placing. You might even discover a new skill you never thought of trying before!

Good luck to everyone entering contests this year at Nationals. I can’t wait to see Photo by Jesse Hogan

what you all create!

An award-winning graphics arts piece at the 2017 National Convention.

by Emma Cohen, AMSA

2018-2019 MassJCL Historian

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OLLYYM MPPIIKKAA LLUUDDII//O Ludi/Olympika is something I always look forward to, seeing as you’re competing athletically

against

students

from

all

over

the

country

with

many

different

backgrounds. Some of the Ludi events include soccer, basketball, volleyball, chess and of course, Ultimate frisbee. If you are interested in playing soccer, you are asked to bring in your own knee pads and protective gear but other than that, all you

need

is

yourself!

Last

year

in

Ohio,

I

participated

in

Ludi

basketball

and

volleyball. Something that is so great about Ludi and Olympika is that you do not necessarily have to know how to play since there are always people to show you how or that have played before on your team. For both Ludi events, I played on a hybrid team. This means that you combine students from multiple states to form

Photo by Emma Cohen

one team. These are always fun because you get to make up funny team names and meet so many new people. My team for volleyball last year was called "North Massaforsiana" to represent the different states. You can also plan to have a team

Track events at the 2018 Nationals Olympika!

in advance made up of only people from your state, and therefore you would play representing your state. As for Olympika, some of the events include the 100, 200, the mile and the different relays. On the given day, everyone gathers at the track where there are usually multiple heats for each event which members of SCL or teachers call out. Even though you’re competing with or against a bunch of nerds, it’s still extremely intense competition!

by Lia Van Der Linde, BLA

CEE SSEERRVVIIC Community service is an integral part of JCL, and just like at State Convention, at Nationals, there's are opportunities to work on a large-scale service project and give back! There are two ways to contribute to the national service project. The first is to bring to Convention and donate items requested by the NJCL Second Vice President. Make sure to check your emails and the NJCL website for information on what items are needed for the project; information about the project will be released in the weeks before National Convention! Even if you don't have the requested materials, Photo by Jesse Hogan

manpower is always appreciated. Throughout the week, there will be events dedicated to the assembly of collected materials for the final project. Try to stop by at least once: not only is this a great way to contribute to a wonderful

JCLers make school supply kits for the 2017 national service project.

cause, the service events are a great way to meet JCLers from other states and hang out with your friends!

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by Rachel Wang, AMSA

2018-2019 MassJCL Pub. Editor


SSPPIIRRIITT Summed up in a few words, spirit is organized cheering with themed costumes and state-related cheers. In reality, spirit is so much more.

Spirit occurs for four days at National Convention, before GA's each day-not including the first official day of Convention. Delegates will get together with their state at a previously-specified location all dressed in the attire for a day. an

example

of

a

spirit

day:

one

of

the

spirit

themes

at

the

2018

Here is National

Convention in Ohio was “Oh, hi! O - JCL State Pride Day” for which MassJCL delegates brought their state t-shirts and were given white sailor hats to be worn during spirit. The group then walked to the GA location and made their way to the designated Massachusetts seating area. Then, the delegates began reciting the Photo by Emma Cohen

MassJCL cheers — which get rehearsed before spirit — until the NJCL 2nd VP calls the end of spirit. Spirit generally lasts for about fifteen minutes, but don’t be

MassJCL at State T-Shirt Sppirit Day of the 2018 National Convention!

fooled:

it

is

a

long

and

sweaty

albeit

very

fun

fifteen

minutes.

Spirit

placements are announced every day, and overall spirit placements at the final GA.

I hope this quick overview of National Convention spirit helps any of you new delegates get excited for your first Convention! It is truly a magical week and even if spirit turns out not to be your thing, it’s an incredible way to bond with your delegation.

by Avery Powers, MTG

2018-2019 MassJCL 2nd VP

TT H HA A TT '' SS EE N N TT EE RR TT A A II N NM M EE N N TT Hey MassJCL! I am Ruth Weaver, your 2018-19 Secretary and last year’s winner of That’s Entertainment at Nationals. Welcome to the TE guide, including tips and tricks from yours truly. Number one: if you’ve auditioned for TE at the state level before, you have an idea of the process at Nationals. If you have any reservations about auditioning, I strongly advise you to push them to the side and throw yourself into it. It may be nerve-racking to put yourself onstage in front of SCL judges, but I promise that they are friends, not foes. If you do get into the performance, great! TE is now one of your main priorities for the week, which includes (if you’re a singer) saving your voice, (if you’re a physical performer) staying healthy and Photo by Emma Cohen

keeping your energy up, or whatever else you need to do to stay at the top of your Ruth and Maddie performing a cover of "La Vie En Rose" at the 2018 That's Entertainment show!

game. The day of the show, stay hydrated, organized, and busy. I think the only thing that got me through the nerves (induced by caffeine, I’m afraid) was taking care of Maddie’s nerves — who, by the way, will be at Nationals if you have any further questions. I will be watching your performances in spirit (and on Instagram). Now go forth, MassJCL, and steal the show!

by Ruth Weaver, MTG

2018-2019 MassJCL Secretary

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Other Activities

A AC C TT II V V II TT II EE S S II N N TT RR O O One of the best features of Nationals is its seemingly infinite number of activities and

events

planned

to

keep

you

busy

every

minute

of

the

week.

I

highly

recommend taking advantage of as many of these opportunities as possible: meet new people from across the country (shoutout to Josiah from VA), discover new hobbies, and have the most fun of your life. When you get to convention (or even before), I recommend making a list or marking off all the activities you plan on

attending.

As

the

week

progresses,

stay

organized

and

on

top

of

your

schedule to make sure you don’t miss out. Remember: GAs and fellowships are Photo by Emma Cohen

mandatory, but beyond that, your week is up to you. Though I will also put in a good word for hanging out in the cafeteria or exploring the campus gardens,

Artist and JCL alum Tom Tsuchiya creating a sculpture at the 2018 National Convention, one of the special activities unique to this

capitalize upon the opportunities given to you. I guarantee there is something for everyone — whether your field of interest is sports, academics, or arts. Stay organized (and hydrated!) and enjoy your week!

convention!

by Ruth Weaver, MTG

2018-2019 MassJCL Secretary

A A AG G GO O ORRRA A A Ever see a JCLer with an enviable MILF (Man Is Latin Fun) pin or Varsity Latin shirt? Want some

snazzy

swag

of

your

own?

Make

sure

to

attend

Agora

during

your

time

at

Nationals, and come ready with cash to spend! Agora is the nightly marketplace held at National Convention. Different state and local chapters and even sponsors and SCLers sell wares. Special highlights include pins from Wisconsin (loudly advertised by the now iconic cheer, 1 for $1, 6 for $5), vintage and brand new copies of different classical texts and textbooks, and of course, the MassJCL booth! Stock up on all the nerdy Latin and JCL gear you’ll ever need, from pins to t-shirts to drawstring bags (especially useful if Photo by Emma Cohen

your

free

accessories,

Convention-issued and

temporary

bag

tattoos.

breaks!), Whatever

to your

sunglasses, interest

is,

phone there’s

and sure

laptop to

be

something at Agora for you. Even if you don’t have cash on hand, just exploring the The MassJCL agora booth at the 2018 National Convention!

different booths is a great way to meet new people, and you’ll gain a memorable experience unique to National Convention! Just remember to head to Agora early on in the week - the most popular items sell out quickly - and I personally recommend stopping by more than once to fully explore all Agora has to offer.

by Rachel Wang, AMSA FORUM FACTORUM |   16

2018-2019 MassJCL Pub. Editor


A New Experience

ORRRIIIN GA AC CO OLLLLLLEEEG GEEE C CA AM MPPPU EEEX XXPPPLLLO O NNG G A C O G C A M UUS SS This campus is going to be your home for a week, so it’s good to explore it and get used to the environment. You’re going to have access to a map so be sure to have that handy on your phone or a physical copy. If you don’t have a map, try using Google Maps: Nationals is held at big college campuses, and many of these campuses have maps on Google Maps.

Also, especially for the first few

days, make sure that you WALK WITH A BUDDY! This way, you don’t get lost on your own.

When you first arrive on campus, the first thing you should do is find out where your dorm and the dining hall are. With these in mind as landmarks, it’s easier to

Photo by William Ferreira

Two MassJCLers stumble upon a

navigate and position yourself on campus. In the first few days, take some time to

geology exhibit at Miami

walk around and get yourself oriented. Look for big buildings or statues that you

University, the site of the 2018

can reference for landmarks. Also, be sure to check out your schedule to see which

building

activities

are

being

held.

Oftentimes,

we

will

use

the

National Convention!

same

buildings for different activities and events.

M MAAKKIINNG G NNEEW W FFRRIIEENNDDSS One of the coolest parts about Nationals is that, well, it’s national! You have the chance to meet people from across the nation from almost every state. While it may seem scary at first to talk to strangers, don’t worry - JCLers are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.Be sure to get out of your room, and go to events to meet new people-dances and service parties are a great event for this!

Try

to

make

new

friends

with

people

not

from

your

school

or

even

Massachusetts: go up to and introduce yourself to people from other states! You never know: these strangers could become some of your closest friends! To start a conversation, some fun and easy topics include your JCL experience,

Photo by Emma Cohen

what state you’re from, and what activities you guys are doing at Nationals. You could even plan to meet up and go to event or eat a meal together. If you have social media, be sure to grab someone’s info so you can stay in touch.

Playing on a multi-state team for Ludi (such as Ludi basketball, pictured above) is a great way to make new friends!

by Jess Schnitzer, BLS

2018-2019 MassJCL 1st VP

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT QUICKFIRE Q&A SESSIONS WITH MASSJCL SPONSORS!

Michael Howard, BLS JCL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL LATIN TEACHER Q: Describe your favorite JCL memory/a time where you experienced the #jclove: My favorite JCL memory is competing in the State Certamen finals my senior year of high school. There is no feeling greater than having your Photo by Cynthia Phan

whole delegation in the audience rooting for you and knowing that your success is because of all of them.

Mr. Howard in JCL purple!

IN NUMBERS:

4

YEARS EACH AS A JCL SPONSOR & SCL ADVISOR

5 14

YEARS EACH

Q: Favorite classical fact, figure, or conspiracy: Cincinnatus, because he is a great example of a virtuous leader.

Q: Favorite breakfast food: Waffles

Q: What historical time period do you think you were meant to live in: I think I was meant to live in the early first Century AD because it was such a prime time for the arts. I can definitely see myself lounging in

AS A JCLER &

the countryside writing poetry with Vergil.

SCLER

Q: A spicy fun fact about yourself: I almost became an engineer, but decided teaching Latin was more

STATE &

fun!

NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

Q: Any parting words of wisdom? Don’t be afraid to take risks! Take that extra test; run that terrifying Olympika event; run for that office; speak to that delegate from another school. All of these things can shape your JCL experience in ways you would never imagine. Well down the road when you can’t find all your ribbons and medals, these memories and friendships will remind just how special your JCL experience truly was.

14

NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

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Mary DeCamp, Winchester JCL HIGH SCHOOL LATIN TEACHER Q: Describe your favorite JCL memory/a time where you experienced the #jclove: State Convention, 2018, during the talent show, when the entire audience belted out the emblematic song from Disney's "Mulan." Photo by Winchester JCL

Ms. DeCamp (center) and students

Q: Favorite classical fact, figure, or conspiracy:

celebrate Vergil’s birthday!

Herodotus, because of his boundless curiosity

IN NUMBERS:

13

Q: Favorite breakfast food: Pancakes, with real syrup and blueberries

YEARS AS A JCL SPONSOR

Q: What historical time period do you think you were meant to live in: I'm supposed to be here now.

13 13

Q: A spicy fun fact about yourself:

STATE CONVENTIONS

I like to listen to Classic (of course) Hip Hop.

Q: Any parting words of wisdom?

0

Don't be afraid to be yourself.

NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

TIP: Want your sponsor to be featured? Nominate them by emailing editor@massjcl.org with their name, school, and contact information with the subject line "sponsor spotlight!"

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THE MEANING OF "HELLO." THE IMPACT OF NATIONAL CONVENTION BY GARRETT FRYE-MASON, NMJCL

As the abounding excitement about actually being able to use a kickboard in swim practice quickly turned into the realization that kick drills aren’t nearly as thrilling as we had hoped, my fellow swimmers and I began to hold fleeting conversations as we passed each other in our lane. With the pace clock incessantly clicking away the seconds, even our reserves of jokes became scarce, and we soon began to simply offer up greetings on each passing. Eventually, “heyos” and “howdys” morphed into salutations in other languages as the drills continued into the night: “hola,” “bonjour,” “ciao.” Having previously unleashed untamed enthusiasm about declensions and conjugations on my swimming friends, they now realized that this enthusiasm finally had a purpose: “How do you say ‘hello’ in Latin?” they asked. I desperately searched for the answer as I crossed the pool once again, but I was completely stumped. I had taken Latin for almost a year, and yet I had absolutely no idea how to say “hello.” Even after immediately discovering the answer to this question on my reunion with my phone after practice, I still didn’t learn how to say “hello” in Latin until I stepped onto Emory University’s beautiful campus for my first ever NJCL Convention: “Salvete mei amici!” Simultaneously at home with the abundance of Coca-Cola on campus and in utterly foreign territory with the Southern humidity (NM is actually a desert), my twin sister Bryn and I were welcomed into the bustling community of the JCL with the utmost kindness. As your absolutely incredible former MassJCL President Carina Layfield has already told you in her speech at the 2019 MassJCL State Convention, continued onto next page

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continued from previous page

2014’s convention theme shared the wisdom of Cicero and perfectly encapsulated the JCL experience: Omnium enim rerum principia parva sunt (“for the beginnings of all things are small”). For Bryn and me, however, our JCL beginnings weren’t just small: they were totally unimaginable. Coming from the tiny NMJCL which boasts a membership of no more than thirty people, I had no earthly idea what national convention would be like; I had no idea how to say “hello.” Nevertheless, as a proud wannabe grammarian, I spent that summer meticulously preparing for the world of JCL academics, but it wasn’t until Nats that I truly became enamored with the classics. Not only tests and competitions but also cheers and jokes ignited my classical captivations with spirit, friendship, and JCLove. From the immense kindness of the Virginia and Illinois Novice Certamen teams to standing outside in drenching rain to get a single plate of French fries, the 2014 NJCL convention taught me what "salve" means.

From the immense kindness of the Virginia and Illinois Novice Certamen teams to standing outside in drenching rain to get a single plate of French fries, the 2014 NJCL convention taught me what "salve" means.

Just as the beginnings of my JCL adventure were unimaginable, as I look forward to my sixth and final Convention this summer, the endings of my time in the JCL are just as inconceivable. So when the next person asks you why you are going to a Latin convention, tell them that you are going to learn how to say “hello,” but for me, I now must wish you all and the JCL a heartfelt "valete."

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AN INTERVIEW WITH

SCORPIO MARTIANUS LATIN LANGUAGE CONTENT CREATOR

INTERVIEW BY EDITOR RACHEL WANG, AMSA

Tell us a little about yourself! I am a Black Hawk pilot in the U.S. Army National Guard, and have been an officer in the military for 7 years. Prior to that I earned my M.S. and B.S. in Geological Sciences from San Diego State University and Lehigh University, respectfully. In college I studied abroad in Italy, where I learned Italian. Then I found

the

realizing

book

it

Lingua

was

such

Latina a

Per

fantastic

Se

Illustrata,

way

to

and

learn

upon

Latin,

I

transcribed the whole thing, including the macrons (I was 20 at the time), which gave me the fluency in reading and writing Latin

that

I

enjoy

to

this

day.

I

was

always

interested

in

speaking Latin with other people, and found those people over many years, culminating in the large circle of friends I have around the world today with whom I only speak in Latin. In

2007

I

started

my

Latin

language

YouTube

channel

ScorpioMartianus, with covers a variety of topics like audio books and other educational materials, as well as more fun things like my cover songs in Latin. This year it became the most-subscribed Latin-language-only YouTube channel, but I hope it will soon be surpassed by clever and creative people who will make more content and better content in Latin than I ever could.

What inspired the moniker “Scorpio Martianus?” I have done research in the geology of the planet Mars, which is my favorite planet (besides this one of course), and my astrological sign is Scorpio, so it seemed a sensible way to create a memorable name.

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How were you first introduced to the classics/Latin, and what inspired your classical studies? My father Robert Ranieri [his works may be

Once

viewed

an

learn Latin, namely Lingua Latina Per Se

inspiration

Illustrata, I was hooked. I wouldn't be

at

abstract

artist

principally and

www.RobertRanieri.com] who

from

Classical

draws

his

Greco-Roman

antiquity.

is

architecture

Though

he

never

the

I

found

same

the

person

material

today

if

to

I

finally

hadn't

studied Latin.

studied Latin, he speaks Italian as well and his parents were from Italy, and so he inspired me with the greatest admiration for the best of Italian

culture

and

the

Roman

culture

that

preceded it.

In addition to your YouTube channel, you also have a Latin language podcast. What inspires you to make Latin language content? My dear friend and fellow Latin YouTuber Jessie

As for what continues to inspire my making Latin

"Magister" Craft and I were invited to give talks

language content — it's just so much fun! I am

in

always really happy to hear from people who

Naples,

Italy,

GrecoLatinoVivo

in

March

Institute

of

which

2018 has

by

the

schools

have been helped by using my videos, and that

across Italy where Latin and Greek are taught in

always drives me to make more. I like being able

Latin and Greek; this is how Jessie and I were

to do something that inspires others.

introduced. Jessie approached me saying, "Hey, these other guys are making Latin podcasts, how

One of my biggest drives is to inspire people to

about we try one of our own!" He and I both love

copy what I've been attempting to do on

the HBO series Rome and identify with the main

YouTube, and to do it better. I am confident that

characters of Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, who

I am not the best at what I have been doing with

are an unlikely duo in that show. They were part

Latin, and I am eager to enjoy the future videos

of Caesar's famous 13th Legion that crossed the

of people, like your readers perhaps, who will

Rubicon

outdo everything I have been experimenting

in

49

BC,

so

we

named

[the

podcast] Legio XIII. He and I talk about all kinds

with. That will make me very happy.

of topics in Latin, from movie reviews to useful Latin phrases, and also invite guests to talk with us. Mostly we have a lot of fun and laugh a lot — making jokes in Latin is way more fun than in English!

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Many of today’s Latin students have not learn Latin as you would typically learn a modern-day language. What do you think is the importance of learning Latin/learning to speak Latin as a living language? 1n

a

way,

I

am

entirely

opinion,

So I whole-heartedly encourage everyone with

because I approached Latin with the exclusive

an interest in Latin to have at least a partial goal

goal of wanting to speak it. Something I learned

of speaking it. To near-native fluency? Only if

from

of

you really want to go that far. And I'm not even

be

there yet. But basic conversation is enough to

Giampiero

Marchi,

GrecoLatinoVivo, learned

is

exclusive

component.

biased

that

of

Even

if

the

my

director

language

the we

in

auditory use

the

cannot and

spoken

propel

the

student

20th

century

understanding

of

to

the

a

much

more

language.

profound

For

example,

ē multa," which means "to make

traditional methods of grammar/translation, our

take the idiom "n

brain, which is a remarkably capable language

a long story short." Because I use this phrase and

learning machine, must receive language input

many others like it with my Latin speaking friends

via the stimuli of normal, spoken language. So

on a daily basis, I am not surprised if I see this

even with grammar/translation, our brain does

figure of speech in a bit of ancient text — it

what it can to make up for the lack of audio

doesn't throw me. But to the student or professor

input by creating just enough of it to be able to

who

do the translation exercises. But this is a pale

grammar/translation, this phrase is bewildering,

shadow

and cannot be found in most dictionaries. So

of

truly

learning

a

language.

Having

is

only

they

are giants in Classical research, and who have

misunderstand it. To give another example, no

exquisitely detailed knowledge *about* Latin, I

French teacher in his or her right mind would

can tell you that if these same erudite professors

suggest reading Descartes before learning basic

don't also speak Latin at least a little bit (not

French conversation.

necessarily fluently, and certainly not perfectly

century grammar/translation approach to Latin

because that's an unrealistic goal, for myself or

dictates. It is a flawed method for this reason.

anyone) then they don't really know Latin. Not

Because

yet, at least. They are missing something. I can

French, Spanish, German, and Japanese, among

see it when the few brave among them start to

others,

try to write something in Latin. It's usually horridly

languages

unnatural. And untraining them of their years of

terms and phrases that already happen to be

bad habits is a Herculean task. The evidence in

part

many

appreciate the text in a way more akin to the

method,

is

applied

that to

the any

grammar/translation language,

actually

of

I

I

have

speak

can

ignore

literary

necessarily

active

it,

or

they

Yet this is what the 20th

conversational

read

that

my

to

with

known extremely well respected professors who

studies

either

acquainted

Latin,

texts

include

vocabulary.

Italian,

in

those

colloquial

Thus

I

can

appreciation of a native speaker, rather than as

makes for a warped understanding of Latin. It's a

a

bit like Plato's allegory of the cave, where the

language curriculum should have this objective in

people chained to the floor of the cave who are

mind.

seeing shadows cast against the wall think that's

organizations and events around the world, such

reality,

as the Bidua and Rusticationes by SALVI and the

whereas

the

truth

of

nature

is

found

complete

And

foreigner.

today

believe

there

who have not learned a language to fluency, this

speaking opportunities than when I started.

cave that the world outside is so much brighter and more vivid, because they've never known it.

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easier

to

world

countless

Conventicula.

as it is hard to convince the people inside Plato's

much

are

any

outside in the gleaming sun. And to those people

is a difficult concept for us polyglots to convey,

It's

I

find

Latin


What advice do you have for middle and high school students studying the classics? A

good

in

a

So if you love Latin or Greek and you might not

convince

a

be doing well in the class in school, it may just

student he or she is not good at a particular

be a disconnect with that teacher's method; it's

subject. My Latin is self-taught, and I wish I had

not you. Be persistent and use the internet to

started

find

student,

teacher and

in

a

high

can bad

bring

out

teacher

school

or

the

can

younger.

best

With

great

materials at hand, and the Internet so filled with resources

these

days,

every

one

of

you

a

method

where

you

can

teach

yourself.

Then future classes will be a breeze.

can

master Latin and Ancient Greek in your free time over the years.

QUICKFIRE Q&A! Q&A! QUICKFIRE

Describe a treasured memory relating to Greece/Rome/the classics/etc. I had read the first chapter of the second volume of Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata, which explains the whole history of the architecture in the Roman Forum, which I didn't know before, and explains it only in Latin. Then I went to the Roman Forum (this was in 2005). I used that chapter as my guide book to everything I was seeing there. I felt as if I were literally walking through history, using the language that was once extremely alive there. It was an immensely profound experience, and I'll never forget it. Scrambled eggs and bacon.

What's your favorite breakfast food?

 

Favorite classical fact, figure, or conspiracy: Caesar crossed the Rubicon on January 10, 49 B.C., which I like for the reason I mentioned before and on our podcast Legio XIII, and also because it's my father's birthday.

What historical time period do you think you were meant to live in? I have often fantasized about living in ancient Rome, especially just to prove to myself that I could communicate with the people, and also to answer so many questions I have about the spoken language,

but really there were

so many things we take for granted today — like our standard of hygiene, medicine, and safety — that were unknown in those times. My life as a soldier has shown me how rough we can live and still survive, but it's not any fun. In all, I would have to say I was meant to live in exactly this time. Although, I am excited to see what the future brings humanity.

A spicy fun fact about yourself: I used to sing in a cappella groups in college and grad school. You can even find old videos of our performances on YouTube. Even with that, I'm a mediocre singer, but I enjoy singing a lot, which is why I make music videos in Latin.

Check out Scorpio Martianus' work! Scorpio Martianus ScorpioMartianus.com ScorpioMartian ScorpioMartianus LukeRanieri.com

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Greetings from Salvete!

I hope you all are as excited for National Convention as I am. Anyone who has attended a National Convention can affirm that it is quite the experience. I personally am looking forward to meeting many of you in person this July. Creating and maintaining friendships is daunting when you’re a member of such a vast organization like the NJCL. That is why National Convention is a unique opportunity to see your Facebook JCL friends in real life and interact with people you would otherwise never meet. Convention is more than a compilation of all-nighters with friends, insightful colloquia, and intense Ludi games.

It

is

this

unique

combination

of

different

activities

and

different

people that join together to create an unforgettable week. So, I advise you to brace yourselves for an incredible experience this summer. Again, I am so excited to get to know many of you in only several weeks and make this the best National Convention yet!

Ab imo pectore, Anika Park NJCL Editor 2018-2019

I honestly cannot wait for Nationals this summer– it’s only my second Nationals

but

I

cannot

wait

to

experience

JCLove

and

see

everyone

again. Some of the best advice I received from someone regarding Nats is that you can and should talk to people to whom you want to talk– it can feel intimidating to talk to people, especially people that you think are relevant, but everyone is at Nats for similar reasons. You have a shared experience! It can be scary but I think that it’s the best way to make the most of your convention experience. And if you see me in Fargo, please say hello! I’d love to talk to you!

Karuna Sinha, VJCL Secretary 2017-2018

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JCLERS + SCLERS! Salvete omnes, WHO’S READY FOR FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA, EH? Convention is that time of year when we all go a *little* mad for the Classics. After all, Convention is like camping: it’s intense. For new Convention attendees, it's unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. It’s sleepless nights, days of endless cheering, and the best bonding experience ever. It’s strangers and best friends and favorite teachers all rolled into one. For those who have been before, it’s all this but a little more madness. And it’s going to be amazing.

Enjoy it as a JCLer while you still can! Four years is a short time in retrospect. And to Slashers – remember to join us in the OMNISCIENT, OMNIPOTENT, OMNIPRESENT, AND INDISPENSABLE NSCL. Stay classy, Jacob Hane NSCL Editor 2018 - 2019

In

my

time

in

the

JCL,

I’ve

been

to

four

Virginia

state

conventions, but this will be my very first Nationals as a rising

junior.

faraway

I

couldn’t

Fargo

with

be

more

hundreds

excited

of

other

to

trek

Latin

out

nerds

to

and

celebrate the community that truly can’t be found anywhere else. If you’re a first-timer like me, join me in trying new academic

tests

competitions,

and

and

contests,

meeting

all

the

participating amazing

in

people

spirit from

outside of your state! I’m hoping that Nats will be everything good I’ve heard about it and more, and I can’t wait to go on this incredible journey with you.

Luella Wallander, Virginia JCL

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A GUIDE TO NDSU

FOR THE 2019 NJCL CONVENTION

BY E D SHEN, N D JCL Hey y’all, I'm Ed, the NDJCL President for 2018-2019, and here’s a helpful guide to the NDSU campus where you’ll be staying at for National Convention! The first major facility is the FargoDome. This is where GA and other major gatherings will be held. This and the Memorial Union are likely where most activities will happen. The FargoDome is a large stadium where the Bison play and other large events such as concerts are held. The FargoDome is located just off campus, just north of 17th Ave N. and the high rises. You can’t miss it! Next are the dorms. Most of you are going to be staying in the high rises of Sevrinson, Thompson, Pavek, and Seim. These are conveniently located right by the FargoDome making walking to GA nice and short. They are also nicely situated by the two dining halls. West Dining Hall is right in the middle of the high rises, and Residential Dining Center (RDC) is just across the street. Both halls offer buffet style meals and offer a variety of different options. One of these is the Grill, where you can find classics like cheeseburgers and grilled cheese. There is also a complete salad, soup, and sandwich bar. Other options in the dining halls such as Global offer international cuisines, including Chinese and Mexican. There’s even a complete menu with food made without the top 8 allergens, so there’s something for everyone! If none of that strikes you as delicious, there’s always Classics where you can find favorites such as pepperoni pizza and omelets. Inside the RDC, there is also the Bison Beanery, a fun and low-key coffee bar.

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Photo by Jesse Hogan

A picture from inside the FargoDome, where GA and major gatherings will take place.

Photo by Jesse Hogan

The Bison Beanery, included in the meal plan, is a great place to get coffee to fuel your Convention all-nighter!


Next, we have the Memorial Union (MU). The MU is located on the south side of campus, just North of 12th Ave N. The MU has many activities you can do for fun such as bowling, air hockey, ping pong, and billiards. The MU also sports a small theater that can be used for performances. Most testing, Certamen, and fellowship locations haven’t been finalized at the time of this article's publication, but given NDSU’s relatively smaller campus size, nothing is more than a 10-15 minute walk away!

Photo by Jesse Hogan

Bowling in the MU is a great way to make new

Some off-campus attractions that you might be interested in are the Red River Zoo where you can find many animals, my favorite are the red pandas and the otters. Shopping at the West Acres Mall is a safe bet, you can browse through a plethora of stores and a great food court. Exploring downtown Fargo is one of my favorite activities. Downtown is very vibrant and always fresh; new stores are always popping up. Whether you fancy a bowl of poke, want to slurp on some ramen, or even try an escape room, downtown is full of things to try! The NDSU Art department is also in downtown Fargo. Renaissance Hall, located in the heart of downtown features many kilns and printmaking studios. This is most likely where Graphic Arts-related events will be held.

friends at this year's Convention!

Photo by Jesse Hogan

A peek inside the art exhibits in the NDSU Art Department.

Creative Arts will most likely be held in the Reinke Center for the Arts located just off of 12th Ave. N. and Bolley Drive. It features two large rehearsal spaces and two stages. And lastly, Olympika and Ludi. Athletics will be held at the Wellness Center and the Sanford Sports Complex. The Wellness Center Features a 33 ft. tall climbing wall and a six lane pool. The Sanford Sports Complex houses a full track, football and soccer fields, basketball courts, along with other sporting courts and equipment. Thank you for reading my brief descriptions of the various facilities that you will be using at Convention. I hope they help! On behalf of myself and the whole NDJCL Board, welcome to North Dakota, and thank you for attending the NJCL Convention. Enjoy your stay!

Photo by Jesse Hogan

Stock up on late-night Convention snacks at the NDSU convenience store!

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GRAFFITO GRAFFITO Decipher the graffito to reveal a hidden message!

vocab mens, mentis, n. mind, reason, judgement ē iecur, iecinoris, n. liver vocab pulmo, n. lungs ō pulmonis, ō cogito, cogitare, cogitavi, cogitatum to think, consider loquor, loqui, locutus sum to speak, say

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KEY KEY ABC's Use the below guide to help decipher the graffito!

Use the space below to write your answer!

vocab Answer is on page 34! References: https://romaninscriptionsofbritain.org/inscriptions/7 https://www.ostia-antica.org/inter/graffiti.html

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ROMAN

recipe ES EY DONUT HOL N O H N A M O R : GLOBI

INTRODUCTION: The

recipe

Elder's

for

farming

globi

is

recorded

manual De

Agri

in

Cato

the

Cultura (96).

Similar to the previous issue of the Forum's recipe for placenta, this recipe also relies on a base of libum, a mixture of flour and cheese. Cato calls for 2 pounds of cheese and half a pound of flour in the original recipe — certainly enough to satisfy a Roman's sweet tooth and provide sustenance for farming life! Photo from Tavola Mediterranea

Below is a recipe adapted from Cato's manual from

Tavola

Mediterranea,

an

Ancient

Roman

cooking and archaeology blog. These bite-sized pieces

of

honeyed

fried

dough

are

simple

to

make and absolutely delicious! Make sure to be careful when deep-frying your globi - while this recipe's cooking methods are certainly much safer

INGREDIENTS:

than Cato's instructions to turn the globi with hot rods, boiling oil can be dangerous.

3.5 cups (900 g) of cow or goat’s milk ricotta 3 cups (450 g) of whole wheat flour 2 eggs

MAKES 48 BIG OR 96 SMALL GLOBI!

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Lard or cooking oil Honey Poppy seeds


INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Mix the wheat flour, cheese and eggs together in a bowl by hand or using a mixer. Knead the dough for a few minutes. Let the dough sit for 15 – 30 minutes at room temperature to firm up. 2. Shape the dough into 1 inch sized balls of globi or smaller! If needed, you can dust your hands with flour as you roll the globi if the dough is sticky. 3. Take a small pot or a deep saucepan and fill it with lard or cooking oil. Make sure that oil takes up about 2 inches of depth in the pot or enough to cover the globi as they fry. 4. Heat the oil on medium  for approximately 5 – 10 minutes to bring it to frying temperature. Once the oil is bubbling, reduce the heat back down  to

a

medium

or

medium-low

temperature.

By

reducing

the

temperature, the globi will be fully fried both on the inside and the outside. 5. Drop four or more globi at a time into the hot oil. Make sure that there is enough space in the oil for the  globi  to cook and not stick to each other! You could also directly drop the dough into the pot using an icecream scoop.  Deep-fry the  globi  until they are a dark golden brown color, or after cooking for 5-10 minutes on medium-low heat.   Remove the  globi  from the oil using a shallow  spoon, and place them on a

TIP: TO PREPARE FOR NATS, MAKE SOME GLOBI AND WORK ON CONTEST ENTRIES WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

platter lined with a tea towel or paper towel to cool and to disperse any excess oil. 6.

Drizzle warm honey and poppy seeds onto the now-cooled globi. Serve and enjoy!

bonam APPETITIONEM! References: https://tavolamediterranea.com/2017/10/05/roman-sweet-tooth-cato-globi/

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travel activities Fun activities to complete during lull moments on your way to and back from National Convention! Travel Playlist

Convention Crossword Use the clues to recall Convention activities!

Created by songs submitted by JCLers to the MassJCL Instagram (@massjcl)!

Created by Cate Kneebone, Winchester

Shape of You // Ed Sheeran I Want It That Way // Backstreet Boys Come and Get Your Love // Redbone Take Me Home, Country Roads // John Denver Africa // Toto Chartreuse // Capital Cities Electric Avenue // The Jamaican Reggae Band I Won't Say (I'm In Love) // Hercules soundtrack Send Me on My Way // Rusted Root Don't Stop Believin' // Journey In My Feelings // Drake I'll Make a Man Out of You // Mulan soundtrack Glorious // Macklemore ft. Skylar Gray Everytime We Touch // Cascada Trojans // Atlas Genius Party In The U.S.A. // Miley Cyrus

Scan the QR code to get the playlist on Spotify!

Across

MassJCL Kahoot! Want to flex your JCL and classics knowledge? Play the MassJCL 2019 State Convention Kahoot at bit.ly/2019massjclkahoot!

5. What we call the sword fights in the Forum that we re-enacted 9. A way to creatively display our JCL memories 10. Something that is not of a solitary nature (our theme for the whole year!!) 11. A show where JCLers show off their amazing talents 12. This is the contest where people dress-up to celebrate Roman culture/religion Down

1. We cheer and chant to show our _____ 2. The contest where participants scootch to the finish in a line of five people 3. A fun way we raise money for scholarships to the National Convention 4. The parade is where JCLers show their spirit while celebratng the classics dressed in _____ 6. A race where four people pull one rider in a self-made ______ 7. Athletic contests in track and field and swim 8. Latin quiz bowl Answers on the next page!

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Graffito answer: "Tretia(m) Maria(m) defico et illeus vita(m) et me(n)tem et memoriam [e]t iocinera pulmones interm <x>ix<i>- ta fata cogitata memoriam sci no(n) possitt loqui (quae) sicreta si(n)t neque SINITA MERE possit neque," I curse Tretia Maria and her life and mind and memory and liver and lungs mixed up together, and her words, thoughts, and memory; thus may she be unable to speak what things are concealed, nor be able...nor...


Credit: Tony Wang, BLS

Credit: Ashley Chou, BLS

And I oop - fun at the 2019 MassJCL State Convention worm contest!

Credit: Ashley Chou, BLS

A JCLer's last brain cell at 2AM during Convention (A student breakdancing at the 2019 State Convention)

TIP:

Have any spicy classical memes? Send them to editor@massjcl.org with the subject line "Classical meme" to be featured! All memes must be original works.

Credit: Ashley Chou, BLS

A MassJCL Project Runway model werks it at the 2019 State Convention.

meme corner Convention Crossword answers: Across: 5. Gladiator Games, 9. Scrapbook, 10. Bees, 11. That’s Entertainment, 12. Costume Down: 1. Spirit, 2. Worm Race, 3. Dollars for Scholars, 4. Togas, 6. Chariot,  7. Olympika, 8. Certamen: Photo credit: Unless otherwise stated, all photos are by Emma Cohen

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HOROSCOPES May 21 - Jun 20

Gemini

Take this time to reflect and finalize important decisions. It's halfway

through

the

year,

so

re-evaluate

resolutions

and

yearly goals: focus on a select few that really speak to you.

Jun 21 - Jul 22

Cancer

The first half of June will be more low-key: focus your energy on a few activities. Adventure awaits you afterwards: try to explore new opportunities and go out of your comfort zone!

Jul 23 - Aug 22

Leo Use

this

others.

month June

to

will

focus

on

provide

relationships

with

opportunities

to

yourself build

and

group

relationships and reach important realizations, so be open to new ideas.

Virgo

Aug 23 - Sept 22

Summer promises to be a great time for fulfilling your goals! Use this energy to strategize and plan ahead, but remember to spend valuable time with your loved ones.

Sept 23 - Oct 22

Libra The

new

moon

kicks

off

a

period

of

inspiration

and

opportunities for Libras! Work hard, and your efforts will pay off for the rest of the summer.

Scorpio June

is

all

about

Oct 23 - Nov 21 balance

for

you,

Scorpio.

Exciting

adventures are coming, but make sure to take some me-time to recharge so you can make the most of this time. FORUM FACTORUM |   36


Sagittarius

Nov 22 - Dec 21

This month opens up opportunities to make new relationships and deepen existing ones. Take your time to before making any commitments, including big relationship decisions.

Dec 22 - Jan 19

Capricorn

The beginning of June is a great time to begin focusing on your

health

and

fitness!

Use

this

period

of

productivity

to

fulfill any tasks or goals you've been postponing.

Aquarius

Jan 20 - Feb 18

Summer love is coming your way, Aquarius. Your emotions will help guide you in artistic and romantic endeavors this month, but make sure to communicate effectively.

Feb 19 - Mar 20

Pisces

June brings opportunities for reflection and relaxation. Take this

time

to

strengthen

your

relationships

with

loved

ones

and rest before what will be a busy July!

Mar 21 - Apr 19

Aries

Spread your wings, social butterfly, and spend some quality time meeting new people and bonding with friends. You may learn something important from the experience of others.

Apr 20 - May 20

Taurus Perseverance

pays

off,

Taurus.

June

promises

to

be

an

opportune time for putting long-term plans into action and for establishing consistent routines.

Galaxy image: Wikimedia Commons Signs: PNG Repo

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SNAPSHOTS!

Photo by Emma Cohen

Photo by Emma Cohen

Photo by Emma Cohen

AÂ participant in the 2019 MassJCL State

Teams wait to begin the annual Worm relay

Convention gladiator games leaps into the

at the 2019 MassJCL State Convention!

air for a "killing" blow.

Photo by Emma Cohen

Photo Photo by by Emma Jesse Cohen Hogan

#Throwback: All are smiles for Rock n' Roll

#Throwback: MassJCLers in the purple and gold

JCL spirit day at the 2018 National

toga parade at the 2017 State Convention.

Convention!

Thank You Curry Printing in

Thank You

GratiasÂ

Mechanics for

Westborough, MA for your beautiful prints!

Merrimax

Maximas!

donating state and local websites!

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