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A peticularly painful good-bye Seniors share their thoughts on leaving behind more than just family

Louie, senior Gretchen Connick’s pet pug, hangs out with her while she finishes her homework, perhaps hoping for a late night snack - of homework. Photo by Gretchen Connick

By Gretchen Connick As of June 2nd, I will be an SAS graduate, heading off for college. My friends and teachers know where I’m going and what I’ll be doing, but, when I move out of the house, there is one old friend who will have no clue. His name is Louie and he is my six-year-old pug. In the midst of making the transition from senior to alumni, it is not difficult to forget about a very important demographic: our furry friends. Senior Rodrigo Zorrilla is not looking forward to the looming separation with his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Shaka Zulu. “My parents know I’ll be back, and I can still talk to them over Skype, but no one is going to take my dog out for runs and no one is going to play with my dog when I’m gone,” Zorrilla said. Similarly, Senior Torrey Cullen

Hallam to take year off from classroom to promote book By Megan Talon It all started when Deputy Principal Lauren Mehrbach asked English teacher Andrew Hallam to present a Teachers Teaching Teachers session on finance. Hallam finished the session with the observation that an Ivy league college

In the Eye’s April issue, the story “Facebook a real drag” made two incongruous statements. The first claims that Facebook-using students are “maxing out” Internet connections everyday, and the second maintains that “the school’s Internet traffic rarely exceeds 30 percent of... capacity.”

graduate knew about as much about investing as the average high school sophomore. Hallam says that is when he decided to write the simplest finance book possible. “Since we are not taught how to manage our finances in school, we go into the real world ‘naked in a blizzard,’” Hallam said. He had written articles on finance before, one for “Money Sense,” another for “Readers Digest.” These earned him a finalist spot for two Canadian National Publishing Awards. Hallam has penty of advice for young, first-time investors: First of all, save money. Second of all don’t borrow money to buy things that lower in value. “Don’t borrow money to buy a car, borrow money to buy a house. A house increases value over time, a car loses money over time and you will pay a high interest rate for it.” “The Millionaire Teacher” will be hitting the stores in August in Singapore a month later in Australia, then on to the U.K. and U.S. around October or November. “Teaching investment and how to save money is about as hard as grade eighth math, not even. In all likelihood these are the things that can change peoples lives. Its totally simple and its not taught in schools. Its insane that its not taught in school.” Hallam said. In fact, students are accessing Facebook from 1-3pm everyday, but are only reaching the limit allowed for Facebook access on the school’s network, and not the entire network’s bandwidth. Also, in the last issue “A modest prom-

posal” was left uncredited. The writer of that story was Alex Wong of the Eye Online. In the Cultural Convention spread

in the last issue one of the photos incorrectly spelled senior Becka Ruan’s name. Our apologies to Becka Ruan.

does not want to leave his bottle cap chewing dog, Rosie. Although he is not upset about no longer having to take her out every morning, Cullen will miss certain aspects of their relationship. “I’ll miss having her at the foot of my bed,” he said. Pets hold more place in a household than just being a playmate when the time feels right. They are friends and part of the family. “When I was little I moved a lot, but my dog was always there and now this will be the first time moving without my dog,” senior Nick Starr said. Unlike humans, pets do not understand what is going on or why their friend is leaving. “I probably won’t say goodbye because he won’t understand, but he’ll probably be confused when I don’t come to bed,” Starr said. Many seniors find the communication barrier between themselves

and their pets difficult, but pets do not hold grudges and they love owners unconditionally. “I guess the way you get along with a little pet is different from the way you get along with your family,” Zorrilla said. Starr said that having his dog around is relaxing, so that aspect makes leaving sad. “Whenever I come home, he is waiting at the door for me, and when I leave he sits at the door. I know he doesn’t, but it’s almost as if he sits at the door all day because when I come back he’s right where I left him,” Starr said. When you leave, what would you like to say to your pet? “I would say that I’ll see him soon and not to worry, it will all be chill,” Zorrilla said. “I guess I would say that I love him,” Starr said.

Billboard names alumna to top 30 Under 30 in industry By Viraj Bindra A globetrotter from an early age and an alumni of Singapore American School, Priya Dewan was recently named in Billboard’s Power Players: 30 Under 30 list, which honored thirty of the most influential young people in the music and record label industry. The 1999 graduate acknowledges the role that her background played in shaping her career. Growing up in Philippines and the Singapore before the prominence of the Internet meant that she was not exposed to a lot of modern music until college. In contrast with Priyanka Dewan, a most people entering 1999 graduate (and the industry, who former Eye deputy ediwere generally mutor is the daughter of sic aficionados from former English teacher a very young age, Dr. Roopa Dewan. she had a unique perspective. “I think that was kind of advantageous, because for me everything was fresh and brand new and I had no preconceived notions about what the industry was or what music should be like,” Dewan said. “So I found a lot of people would get jaded very quickly, and I got to keep my naivety a bit longer” Dewan said that her mother, former English teacher Dr. Roopa Dewan, also had an impact on her future career choice. While at SAS, Dr. Dewan began Peace Concert, a largescale musical concert that until recently were sponsored by Peace Initiative each year. Dewan left Singapore for Boston University, where she worked at WTBU, the college’s local radio station. She later became the live music director for the station, which helped her infiltrate what she described as Boston’s “dense, great music scene.” In her senior year she then

interned at Fenway Recordings, and finally joined Warp Records in 2005 where she operates now as the U.S. label manager. Dewan was selected by Billboard for its annual list of influential figures in the record label industry, and is thankful to the American Association of Independent Music for nominating her. She has been an active member of the AAIM, and describes the experience as a chance to contribute to a field she is passionate about. Dewan was recently in Singapore for the Laneway performance of !!!, a band signed to

Warp Records. She was impressed with the local crowds and sees both the Australian and Asian markets as developing independent music scenes. In the next three to five years, Dewan hopes to start her own company, ideally in music management. Next time we see her, it might be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

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The Eye volume 30, number 6