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The Penguin Press Issue VII aas.point@gmail.com 14 March, 2012

What Now? - Xenia Rakovshik

Current Events

Sports

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he result of the March 4th elections and Putin’s subsequent victory is anything but unexpected. From the moment Putin stepped as President in 2008, replaced by Dmitri Medvedev, his resolution to regain his post as leader of United Russia remained unwavering. Suppressing future political threats left electoral candidates in an environment where the chances of claiming victory were scarce and the probability of change unlikely. So it comes as no surprise that Vladimir Putin, upon awakening the next morning on March 5th, found himself Russia’s president-elect.

According to local sources, Putin received 63.64 percent of the vote although opposition leaders argue that he received an estimated 48 percent of the popular vote, ascertaining that fraud taints the published figures. This figure had fallen from the 64 percent of elections four years ago, the display of weakening influence leaving the de facto one party regime in a state of embarrassment despite their success. United Russia’s closest rival, Gennady Zyuganov of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation amassed 17.14 percent of the vote while Mikhail Prokhorov an independent politician

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and billionaire came in that blogger – Aleksei with 7.94 percent. Navalny – has rightly identified the state as In a public statement “a party of crooks and made after election, thieves” how much can Gennady Zyuganov really be done? Over addressed corruption the course of various within Russia’s political protests, speakers urged infrastructure comment- crowds to vote against ing that, “as a candidate, Putin, campaigning I cannot recognize the for “A Russia withpoll as honest or fair out Putin, despite acor decent. Fair elec- knowledging in printed tions presuppose that interviews that the likethe huge state machine lihood that such a Rusis working to ensure sia would emerge in the that everything is done near future was slim. strictly according to the law, that all candidates “We have overestihave equal conditions mated our force; we in their election cam- thought that the rest of paigns. In this case, our the country knew what entire huge, criminal we know,” said Navaland corrupt state ma- ny, vowing to create a chine was working for “universal propaganda one candidate only.” machine which will work as well as the First Though it appears Channel,” the dominant


CEESA Swimming - Warsaw, Poland - Hanne Staertzel

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s the winter sports seasons come to a close, CEESA teams are travelling to their destinations and competing in tournaments in hope of returning with trophies. Being the first to leave last week was the Varsity Swim Teams

in Warsaw. Upon their return, congratulations were in order as High school took first place and middle school was runner up. However as swimming is highly technical sport with rules and regulations that can cause instant disqualifications, in this

years Swim meet there were a total of fiftyfive disqualifications of which twenty may not be reprimanded correctly. Our High School received more than fifty points with leading captains Filip Butula, and Elektra Sandarusi. This years team was large in

numbers as there were ing streak for our sports twenty students and five teams and future luck to coaches over a four day next years talent! trip of which two were spent all day keeping your nerves together for numerous races, and firing on your team mates. Thank you again for making AAs proud and continuing the win-

school band and choir. Many called the experience “unique”, a number of the performers stating that, unlike in a play on stage, here the proximity of the audience and the ability to interact with them was a gratifying and encouraging experience. “People stopped directly in front of me to watch my performance which made me feel more confident about my portrayed character and interact closer with the audience which I don’t always feel on a regular stage.” Says Lola Borissenko, gr. 11. Many of the art students said that it was an interesting experience, although a few noted

that they would have rather chosen their own themes, instead of having to connect them to the drama performances, nevertheless they enjoyed the challenge. I even got a chance to ask some of the audience, many of whom were thrilled with what they had seen, despite a few minor problems.

Evening With the Arts - Sasha Parodi

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Continued from page one... government-controlled television station. “Thousands of people will tell the truth about the government of crooks and thieves to 50 million people.” According to the New York Times Navalny set a goal of six months to spread material about corruption in Mr.

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Putin’s government to outcries from the Rus“every citizen of Russia sian public since the living in a small town.” fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, awakening a Although the momen- sense of nationalism tum of political protests and political activism has recently dwindled, that has been lying dorperhaps citizens could mant for the last decade. consider a new agenda Expecting to rectify to push. The demonstra- government miscontions that have been tak- duct in several months ing place are the largest is perhaps overly am-

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bitious. By spreading awareness, relaying information formerly hidden by the state and making clear that a the recent level of corruption will not be tolerated, Russian’s can begin to take part in building a partnership with their state rather than leaving United Russia to its own

maze of curious artwork and projects snakes it way down the hall of flags, catching the attention of people walking by. Among the drawings and sketches there are collages, and wiry sculptures. Creativity is in the air. In the center of this maze is the door to the Malyy Theater, behind which artists and performers are running about, actively preparing for the night ahead. The doors open, people begin to spread out, explore and discover what exactly Evening of the Arts is.

well as the viewers, to understand how others saw the event. I ended up with a melting pot of mixed reviews and ideas for improvement in addition to some highly interesting thoughts.

Not exactly an exhibit and slightly different from a traditional performance, the Evening of the Arts presented a wide variety of entertainment. Viewers were able to witness IB artists at work and experience the dramatic works IB drama students, while the artists and actors got a chance to try out their abilities, skills and talI decided to go around ents on a new audience. and get a few opinions Following this were from the participants, as performances from the

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Despite the small room, the darkness of it, the fact that people had to shout over each other, time constraints and the stress, the evening was definitely not without its wonders. An enormous amount of talent, the atmosphere of creativity, people experimenting, people experienc-

ing. Music, art, drama. The Evening of the Arts was a melting pot of its own. A beautiful mix of the talent, abilities and work our school has to offer.


High School Stockholm Syndrome Barry Spence - Counselor

Aesop’s Tales - KIC Production - Annie May

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he High School Drama department had to make some room on friday because there were new actors getting ready to come up on stage. Kids in the Community (KIC) had been working on a play with Kitezh since before the winter break and everyone was very excited to perform. Acting is an important part of the Kitezh community, so they were thrilled when AAS suggested putting on a short performance for the High School. After a couple weeks of planning it was decided that the performance would be

a short collaboration of three of Aesop’s fables in english. As soon as the the play was decided, roles assigned, and scripts handed out, everyone was getting ready to begin practicing. Kitezh is over three hours away from Moscow by bus, so it was exhausting for the actors to come to AAS

often. This no longer became a problem after the first practice, when the actors easily stepped into their roles and read their lines like true professionals. There were volunteers from AAS as well, who took time to memorize their script and took the performance very seriously. Finally,

the time had come to perform,and the actors nervously paced backstage, fixing last minute rips in their costumes and running through their lines one last time. As the auditorium of the Bolshoi theater filled in and the lights dimmed, the nervousness was gone. Each actor walked onto the stage with total confidence and put one hundred percent effort into the performance. AAS high school students and teachers enjoyed the performance greatly, and appreciative laughter was heard throughout the entire

III. What did you want your favourite so far? to become upon leaving Japan high school?

assembly. As all the actors came out on stage for their final bow, each was handed a bouquet of flowers and a smile was seen on every face. The Kitezh/ AAS performance was a valuable experience for the actors, who got a chance to meet new people and improve their confidence on stage, and also the audience who could enjoy the performance and understand the morals that Aesop was trying to get across.

I taught about wanting to be in government or maybe the foreign service. Although I had wanted to a teacher when I was young so maybe that was still in the back of my mind. IV. What was your favourite subject? Were there any teachers that left a lasting impression on you? I liked History, Politics & Geography. They were my favourite subjects. Mr. McCracken left a lasting impression on me. He was my Housemaster and taught History & Politics.

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hether its looming future or gloating reality many of us are stressed about IB. However, be enraptured and hear me! For I have discovered

the ultimate cure, the placebo for your worries and stress! Lean in closer friends, for you are about to know how to conquer the system!

HAH! JUST. KIDDING. I’d tell you not to procrastinate, but let us be honest since we’re all comrades in misery by now, would you be reading this ar-

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We’re not Gods. Yet. Once wet get our hands on that diploma…the chaos shall commence. But before that you gotta pull through the English world lits, TOK, memorizing historians for your history essay, pulling yourself together to smile cordially at your EE advisor in the hallway instead of following the urge of running, juggling with your extra curriculars…and

GOD BLESS YOU! Someone in the audience! YES YOU! Did you just say…*gasp* BLASPHEMY – LIFE AND SLEEP? hysterical laughter from the rest of the audience. I don’t have a remedy, my friends, for if I did my psyche would not be suffering from sleep deprivation to an extent that I write an audience interacting article! So, suck it up and get your pretty face concentrated on your English presenation, and always remember you have the glorious night hours to finish prepping for your math unit test hysterical laughter from the audience does not cease.

Being a counselor means you have less control over your daily schedule. You never know when there will be something happen that means you need to change what you had planned. You still get to interact with students but spend more time with parents. IX. If you got to take the place of any historical figure for a day, who would you choose and what day in their lives?

Napoleon on the day he V. When did you meet. crowned himself Emyour wife? peror of France!

- Irina Sordiya ticle if you didn’t have anything MORE productive to do? YES? Stop lying. The best remedy is to ‘get real’ and do it, but many of the blighted ones (ALL of us) seem to be convinced that we’re brilliant beyond help and the business IA can be done the night before its due. WELL... (guilty shifting ensues)

VIII. How does being a counselor compare to being a social studies teacher?

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to know why so maybe I. ow would your they would have said I teachers describe you was “annoying”? I was as a student? a good student I school and did well. I once had I was always asking a teacher write ‘nauseatquestions and wanting ingly consistent” on my

We met in Japan where X. If you could change we were teaching at the one thing about the same school. AAS high school, what report card!! would it be? VI. How countries have II. Where did you atyou lived in? Perhaps I shouldn’t antend high school?? swer this question! Four I went to a private, boarding school. VII. Which has been

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The High School Literary Magazine still takes submissions on the subject of perception. Entries may be visual, literary or be of a miscellaneous persuasion. Send submissions to aaslitmag@gmail.com by ___ 26th.

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