EYE OPENING CEREMONY. IASAS 30 kicked off at 7.30 with the national anthem, a welcome, and a little bit of history. Photo by Ed Khoo.
IASAS, it’s on, it’s hot
The numbers add up for the 30th 3 days • 6 schools • 36 teams • 95 coaches • 396 athletes • 4 races • 78 matches • Over 160 host families • 360 bottles of Gatorade per day • 1087 IASAS t-shirts • 13 clubs vending in 5 tents “I don’t think people realize how big it will really be until they are in it.” - Activities director Mimi Molchan said.
SAS streams with ESPN’s pros By Tyler Stuart This year, SAS will use a more sophisticated Internet streaming system, one that will reach a broader audience with high quality video and audio signals. “It’s is a one-off event, and we want to make sure that everybody is able to see good-quality streaming,” Activities director Mimi Molchan said. SAS chose Octoshape, a proprietary streaming media company whose list of big name clients include ESPN, the self-proclaimed “worldwide leader in sports.”
Before this year, the school had small budgets for streaming media, resulting in low-bandwidth, low-resolution signals. Since the audience for the 30th is likely to be in the thousands, Molchan thought it was essential to bump up the quality. The I.T. Department and members of the Digital Frontiers club will maintain the recently-created web page and monitor the stream during the three days of competition. “I hope it allows people who are not here to feel like they are right in the middle of the action,” Molchan said.
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Temporary roommates Some say it’s “awkward,” some say “exciting” By Erica Huston Besides dreams of gold, IASAS athletes have another thing on their minds: the guest atheletes who will be rooming with them for four nights. All IASAS participants are required to house at least two students from the visiting schools. “I think I’m nervous, I guess. I’m not good at meeting new people. So I’m kind of awkward, and also because they’re not on my team, so I think it’s just really awkward in general,” Varsity Soccer player Marc-Kevin Siegfried said. Varsity Volleyball player Larissa Schot says that she is looking forward to meeting her temporary roommates. “I’m excited to house people,” Schot said. “I love meeting new people and getting to know them. I just like meeting people and seeing how they are.” Varsity Soccer player Kat Hyslop asked to house old friends from ISKL, rather than complete strangers. “I always house my friends because I used to go to another IASAS school.
So, I always ask for one of my friends,” Hyslop said. “I’m really excited because I haven’t seen them in over a year.” Players are encouraged to make their guests feel at home. Siegried’s family bought a new bed, which one of their guests will use. “We had to move out the stuff in one room and buy a bed because we didn’t have one. And since we were housing two people, we needed another bed,” he said. Others have had to give up their rooms out of hospitality. “My sister has to move rooms because they have to stay in her room, and now we’re making sure that everything is right, with stuff like towels and sheets,” Schot said. In the end, some players form friendships with their hosts that endure the rest of their high school years. Like athelete Dominique Pratt, who is looking forward to accommodating her host from last year’s IASAS rugby in Taipei. firstname.lastname@example.org
In the city By Emily Nelson On Orchard Road, after an arduous day of competition, you and your host families can stroll around the bustling heart of the metropolis. If you walk from the Somerset MRT station to Orchard station, you will pass the four-story Forever 21, Cold Stone, the new H&M store, and Cineleisure Theaters. Also on that part of Orchard is one of downtown Singapore’s biggest attractions: ION Orchard. East Coast Park is the place to go if you are looking for some of Singapore’s famous chili crab. If seafood is not your thing, you can head out for an evening of mini-golf or a rent bikes to ride along the ocean front. All of this is just a cab ride away. Marina Bay: If you get the chance to venture out before curfew, the scenic Marina Bay area is a must-see. By boardwalk or bum-boat tour, you can observe the breathtaking beauty of the Ma-
rina Bay Sands resort, Singapore Flyer and other architectural marvels as they come alive at night. Accessible by MRT, get off at the Promenade stop and then take a bus to Marina Bay Sands. Holland Village: Drop into the trinket-filled shops and feast your eyes on uniquely Singaporean clothing or jewelry. There is also a wide variety of restaurants offering food from around the globe, from Mexico and Vietnam to Lebanon. Afterwards, you can always hop onto the newly opened Holland Village MRT for a quick jump to other Singapore hot spots. Woodlands: This is where SAS is. If you have a friend who is familiar with the area or you are being housed in Woodlands, be sure to try local dishes at the nearby hawker stalls. Relatively cheap and convenient, the hawkers in the heart of HDBs will give you a real glimpse of Singapore life. email@example.com
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By Sanjna Malik Subway, on the 2nd floor of the HS cafeteria. Subway takes breakfast orders until 11:30 a.m. and serves subs until 4:30 p.m. The popular sandwich at SAS is the Subway Melt. Although lines can get long, your food is guaranteed within 20 minutes. Spago’s Mediterranean, to the left of the Subway. Spago’s is quick and inexpensive. A nutritious set meal is $4.50, with a meat, a starch and a side. Mr. Ho’s is on the 1st floor of the HS cafeteria. Mr. Ho’s food is the most commonly consumed on campus. There’s a wide selection from breakfast waffles, to granola bars and fruits, to Asian classics. Eagle’s Zone, next to the HS library. The Zone is good for a quick snack. There are beverages, coffee, burgers, and crepes. firstname.lastname@example.org