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VOLUME 15 • ISSUE 4 JANUARY 27, 2014

The Winged Post Editors-in-Chief

Nikhil Dilip & Meena Chetty

Managing Editor Apoorva Rangan

Copy Editors

Vineet Kosaraju & Elisabeth Siegel

Design Editor

Mercedes Chien

Assistant Design Editor Shay Lari-Hosain

News Editor Trisha Jani

Opinion Editor Sheridan Tobin

Features Editor Kacey Fang

Lifestyle Editor Samar Malik

Global Editor Sindhu Ravuri

Sports Editors

Anishka Agarwal & Apurva Gorti

Assistant Sports Editor Vivek Bharadwaj

Tech Editor

Vedant Thyagaraj

Business Manager Stephanie Chen

Aquila Editor-in-Chief Darian Edvalson


Ellen Austin, MJE

Aquila Contributors

Alyssa Amick

Roshni Pankhaniya

Ashi Gautam

Vasudha Rengarajan

Riya Godbole

Shannon Su

Juhi Gupta

Mariam Sulakian

Maya Jeyendran

Allison Sun

Choose your privacy seings EDITORIAL THE OFFICIAL OPINION OF THE WINGED POST In light of the recent snapchat hacks and NSA leaks, privacy is currently the epicenter of digital conversations, even at Harker due to the recent PCR hack and preceding HHMS hacks. Managing our digital footprint is no longer our only concern when it comes to maintaining privacy; we now have to be aware of the breadth of government reach into our private online information. This change brings a new debate, one in which we all play a part. “I welcome this debate. And I think it’s healthy for our democracy,” said President Obama last June at the Fairmont Hotel as he referred to the contentious topic of mass digital surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA). Before former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked classified government information, he clearly knew there was something to be leaked as he sought employment by Booz Allen Hamilton in order to gain access to the NSA’s information, as he admitted in an interview with The South China Morning Post last June. When he did reveal the government’s Internet surveillance programs, he, not


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damental governmental hypocrisy: the government relies on the consent of the governed, but the governed themselves do not have the information to determine whether to consent. By instigating nationwide controversy and discussion about privacy and safety, Snowden has now forced the government to be more accountable

for and attentive to the fourth amendment rights they guarantee citizens. The government has a responsibility to maintain the nation’s general welfare. One of the most comprehensive paths to take in order to do so is to monitor the digital sphere. However, the government would better serve all parties involved by increasing transparency, rather than betraying the trust of its citizens. The tug-of-war between national security and personal privacy leads to a larger question: how do we balance our regard for privacy with our desire to participate even more in the online world? A clean Internet identity no longer entails simply deleting provocative pictures or comments. It requires us to create a muted virtual version of our visceral selves, filtering out any aspects of our personalities and lives that could prove to be detrimental to both ourselves and the community. Engagement in the digital world is a game of give and take. And while it may entail an uncomfortable intrusion of our personal lives, the government does have an ultimate responsibility to protect the nation as a whole rather than to protect individual privacy on the internet. Ultimately, a secure online presence requires us to be aware of the subtle boundaries and cautions we must take to ensure that we protect our own privacy.

vivian isenberg reporter

Every time I sit at home in my flannel pajamas, eating Häagen Dazs vanilla ice cream out of the tub, browsing Tumblr, it is impossible to escape the pictures. Enter a few choice search terms, and I am drawn deeper into my screen as it is inundated with photographs of stickthin girls with flat stomachs, protruding hipbones, and fully displayed thigh gaps. Usually these pictures are accompanied by self-deprecating captions referencing unhealthy methods of extreme weight loss. Simply having these images out there can have an immediate damaging effect on a viewer. Anyone with the slightest selfdoubt may be easily manipulated into thinking that these are the body types they should be striving for, or that this is what people think is attractive. Statistics gathered by the National Associa-

tion of Anorexia Nervosa shape provided the same and Associated Disorders sorts of mental tests, but found that 47 percent of being fit is not the same girls in 5th-12th grade re- as being skinny. Skinny is ported wanting an appearance, to lose weight something exterbecause of magnal that is open azine pictures. to interpretation of 5th-12th 20 percent of and judgment. grade girls Harker students Fitness is less reported reported they tangible, a state of wanting to lose weight were completely contentment that because of happy with their can only be asmagazine bodies. sessed internally. pictures. Almost evBeing fit eryone has been doesn’t mean beinsecure about ing conventionhis or her body ally skinny. It is at some point, entirely possible and the Internet to be fit and not of American has made it easy have less than females have to find motivafive percent body the body type tion to make a fat. Even through portrayed in change. rigorous exercise advertising. I have and strict healthy found myeating, achieving self scrolling the “ideal” body through page aftype may not be ter page of emapossible whether ciated-looking due to genes or bodies, strugbody structure. gling with feelThis is why of Harker ings of repulfitness isn’t just students sion, desire, and, about going to reported that most troubling, the gym and they exercise a fixation with working out soleto get healthy. testing whether ly to watch the or not I could calories-burned exercise the willcounter creep power to discipline and re- higher. It also isn’t about strain myself to achieve the eating kale because it has same results. magical weight-loss propThankfully I found erties. Fitness is about an alternative. Getting in making conscious, healthy

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surprisingly, started a heated debate that has lingered during the months since. Did he save us all from a blatant invasion of privacy by the government or did he betray us all by undermining government secrecy? Hero or traitor? While the faults of the NSA in no way justify Snowden’s constitutional violation, they do reveal a fun-

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What do you think is the acceptable extent for government involvement in personal privacy? riya godbole

Aquila entertainment editor

Government involvement in personal privacy creates a permanent precedent of increased government power which invites abuse. Albert Chu (12)

Survival of the fiest, not the skinniest

Emily Lin Megy Appalaraju


I sat down at the table with a bowl of Caesar salnikhil dilip ad in my hand. “You know editor in chief that has anchovy sauce, right?” my sister asked. “Whatever, I like it, and it’s relatively healthy,” I replied. “I’m eating it.” While eating lunch with my family over winter break, I began to question my vegetarianism. For 17 years, I have resisted meat’s temptations, but that moment caused me to reconsider why I do so. My parents raised me vegetarian, and I didn’t begin to question why I avoided meat until a few years ago – it had always been just an assumed norm of my life, an inescapable facet of my persona. They explained the moral justifications and perceived health benefits of vegetarianism, facts that I once accepted without thinking. As I estab-




lish my own personal beliefs on these claims, I have progressed to doubt the legitimacy of my diet. I don’t intend to offend anybody who adheres to views similar to those of my parents, but I have begun to doubt the validity in these claims; I am entitled to my own beliefs about vegetarianism, and my faith in its benefits has begun to crumble. Over the years, I have gradually begun to rebel more against my vegetarian heritage, starting with eating gelatin-filled products like marshmallows and gummy bears and progressing to consuming eggs on a regular basis. My newfound attempts to become healthier often clash with my inability to eat meat: fulfilling the protein requirements of a fit lifestyle proves difficult in a vegetarian diet, as I’ve had to try to find more divergent, and often worse-tasting, “healthy” foods. Very few of my relatives have deviated from vegetarianism like I might, mostly because an effort to separate from the family culturally may have resulted in ostracization many years ago. I hope that, in an age of greater

choices solely for personal benefit. Fitness also isn’t necessarily indicated by appearance. People who do not have fast metabolisms can still obtain the same satisfaction by pushing themselves without any accompanying weight loss. Satisfaction is inevitably gained through persistence and hard work. Being in control of your own opinions of yourself allow you to surpass vague generalizations about the optimal body type. An intense treadmill workout, lifting weights, or even just doing yoga in bed, I always feel my best after any exercise. I may never have the body of an Italian supermodel based off my bone structure and genes, but being fit has helped me embrace that. As long as I feel good about myself at the end of the day, getting a good night’s sleep is never a problem. My goal is not to challenge society’s views, but rather to promote a deeper investment in one’s self, and a greater desire for a happiness not determined by others. Statistics from National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders and The Winged Post Survey.

cultural awareness and understanding, I will not face similar disapproval from my family. I sometimes meet people relatively unacquainted with Indian culture, and after I talk to them about my ethnic background, they will rave about how much they enjoy eating Indian food. Whether they can’t get enough butter chicken or would die for some chicken tikka masala, almost all of the dishes that they list include meat. Many cuisines, such as Chinese and traditional Mexican, heavily incorporate meat in their dishes, so if I don’t have a chance to experience so much food of my own culture, I can’t imagine what I’m missing out on from every other word culture. I remain skeptical that whichever college I attend next year will offer food that tastes better or is much healthier than Harker’s, so I feel that I must stay prepared to start eating meat, a significant lifestyle change for me. Whether out of necessity or simply a desire to experience more of the world, I will stay ready to make that shift.

The government should maintain a general involvement in terms of preventing really severe things from happening, but in things like recording phone calls and such, they should [definitely have] a legitimate reason to do so. It shouldn’t be arbitrary. Vivek Sriram (11)

I have no comment at this time. The government is probably listening right now. Jaron Olson, Athletic Trainer

I think it should be limited. I understand the need of having access to people’s information, but at the same [time], there are boundaries to that. Cordelia Larsen (10)

I’m okay with the government using my information to find terrorists. Kedar Gupta (9)

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