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AN INTERVIEW WITH A STRANGER Arissa Moreno Ruiz (Peru ’14)

THIS WEEK PAGE 3 CAMPUS NEWS Along with getting to know Simone better, read all about the newest stuff on campus - from the CEC retreat to new food options for the caf!

PAGE 6 WORLD NEWS Flip right to page 6 to read all about the newest in world news. Wondering why everyone is so into geometric shapes as profile pictures these days? Want to hear some weird news you won’t find on the home page of the BBC? Just head to page 6 to read it all! PAGE 9 OPINION We hear a lot about the scientific, mathematical, and everyday inventions of men. But think back on what you know about what women have done for us - you most likely know of significantly fewer discoveries. Find out some more on page 9!


Here almost finishes another week of school, and I don’t want to say this, but the countdown is getting smaller and smaller each day that passes by. Maybe we have been lucky to find a really close group of friends, we rely on them, we love them…but there are still so many people out there with whom we have not talked yet, not even an unusual “hi”. With these intentions, here comes my first edition of a personal interview, a closer look to someone you have or haven’t talked with, an invitation to know how weird individuals we possess on this campus and how many secrets are floating in the air… This week’s interviewed is Simone coming all the way from Italia. The topic of today is: Out of This World Questions? 1. What would I find in your refrigerator right now? Simone: A human body. I am vegetarian… and Strawberries, of course. 2. What is the last book you read? S: “Fear and Trembling” by Amelie Nothomb.

3. If you could trade places with any other person for a week that lives on campus, real or fictional, with whom would it be? Why? S: Parris Bushong, I would like to see how it feels to be in his mind. 4. Yellow is over here. Blue is over there. Where are you? S: Jumping from one to the other. 5. W h e n y o u g o o n holiday, when do you pack your case? S: The day before. 6. On a scale from 1 to 10, rate yourself how weird you are? S: 7.5. I think to be weird, but at the end, it is what everyone thinks…almost everyone. 7. If aliens landed in front of the school and, in exchange for anything you desire, of fered you any position on their



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A MESSAGE FROM THE EDITORS Dear Readers, friends, playing Cards Against Humanity in the day room, or playing in the snow, free days Just as we thought the final days of winter were make us appreciate what we have taken for over, mother nature had a different idea. The granted. As the close of the year is no more short winter storm that dominated our free day than seven weeks away, perhaps we can all take reminded us that weather in New Mexico is the appreciation that we harbor on our free just as unpredictable as the date of our free days to the daily life we lead on campus. days. Oh wait...But nevertheless, as many people here celebrated the last glimpse of Thank you for reading. winter by going to the hot springs, the sentiment seemingly everywhere was carefree Until Next Time, and merry. The beauty of free days is that as a Patrick on behalf of the Literati Editors student you have the opportunity to slow down and appreciate what you have been given. Whether this means watching a movie with


Lara Norgaard USA-CO ’13

WRITERS Abraham Amador Mexico ’13

Edgar Jaramillo USA-CA ’14

Adrian Jennings South Africa ’14

Shobhit Kumar USA-MD ’14

Arissa Moreno Ruiz Peru ’14

Carlin RIng USA-IA ’14

Emily Venturi Italy ’14

Valentin Herrgesell Austria ’13

Caetano Hanta- Davis USA-VT ’14



Bieke Bekker The Netherlands ’14

Alexandra Hemmer Singapore ’14


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CAMPUS NEWS planet, what would you want? S: The possibility of changing something in the world. 8. If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be? S: Reading the truth in people… it TRUTH exists AT ALL!!! 9. If you were a cookie, what kind of cookie would you be?

13. We are change makers, right?…Would you rather know something good and spread it, or know something bad and keep it? S: The first one, I wouldn’t be able to keep something bad inside me. Arissa: Grazie Mille. Simone: Yeah, you’d better thank me. You’d bothered me so much.

S: A Ringo. Italian cookie, white and black. 10. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? S: “Io mens persa”. It means “I, a lost mind” and it is the anagram of my name. 11. If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time? S: First, why do you ask these questions? I am the least person likely to answer. Anyway, I don’t know if I would explore my future left or travel back into my past (with my mind and people, I mean). 12. If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be? S: Pasta with mushroom cream.

SAGE, I’M HUNGRY! Alexandra Hemmer (Singapore ’14)

So for those of you who weren’t there at our potential new food supplier’s presentation, Sage, here are the highlights! The main idea that caught everyone’s attention that evening was that they make all food from scratch – this mean freshly cooked food at every meal; they don’t believe in using frozen vegetables or canned food and aim to cook everything freshly. It was emphasized that flavor was of great importance to them in the food served. Many concerns were raised that evening, of course, and one of the issues raised was of the vegetarian options. Sage responded with their availability of quality vegetarian options at every meal, including the fact that they serve 2 types of soup throughout the day, each day, to cater to the vegetarian and non-vegetarian folk. The option of personally adding your toppings such as cheese, nuts and such is also available to cater to those with allergies and often cannot consume certain things on the menu due to certain ingredients already being cooked into the dish. One of the things stirred gasps In the air was that the cereals at breakfast would all be healthy and sugar-free! You know what that means? Possibly no more Froot Loops or Coco Puffs!! But many expressed that it’s a




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small price to pay for what seems to be an entirely new and improved menu, which many are excited about! What do you think? Does Sage attract you with its classy promises?

CEC RETREAT Shobhit Kumar (USA-MD ’14)

Next year’s CEC leaders were whisked away Saturday morning to Santa Fe in order to become prepared to lead the Bartos Institute of the Constructive Engagement of Conflict. What does that exactly mean and what did we, the firsties, do? It was all held at Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe, a heavily decorated youth center that hosts many community events. As we arrived, we were greeted by artwork on the walls and graffiti on bathroom stalls. Two workshops began the day: one with John Sheedy exploring the thinking behind films and one with Youth Media Project staff members examining the influence of today’s media. After the workshops and some free time, we headed into small groups to complete the underlying mission for the week. Each student was tasked with composing a story of a conflict and sharing it with the world through media. Conflicts ranged from selfidentity searches to cliques in high schools. After working on our 2-4 minute pieces, our goal was to head over to the recording studio and capture our pieces on tape. These will be shared on the Youth Media Project website and circulated to radio stations in the surrounding area. Because our stories were heavily personalized, they can serve as a catalyst for change. Caetano HantaDavis (USA-VT ’14) described the weekend as “an opportunity to step out of our comfort zone.” Some literally felt the positive energy being released by the vibrant firsties when they told their stories. JUST READ IT.

A large part of the weekend consisted of group activities and bonding. It was a chance to get to know some co-years better and have some fun doing it. We played some ping pong, had some friendly competition with group games, and got some time to explore downtown Santa Fe and grab food. One of the highlights was a theater performance by the New Mexico School for the Arts. A series of one-act plays, which are extremely short, were performed. I am sure all the show-goers would agree that there are some extremely talented actors at the school, and much of our time was spent laughing. It was best put by Mr. Abhimanyu Janamanchi (INDIA ’13): “I wasn’t sure how this retreat would turn out when we left, but in the end, it was probably one of our best.” Big props to everyone who helped to make this possible - it was extremely enjoyable and relaxing.


Immediately on the Wednesday after project week, Cuauhtemoc Cruz Herrera (Mexico, ’14) and I sat with over twenty Highlands students for 14 hours in a car to get to the NAACS (National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies) Conference. We have been working with the group MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan), a student immigrant rights group at Highlands, to get more deeply involved in the community of Las Vegas and learn about the complexities of culture and struggles of immigrants in the New Mexico. After weeks of local fundraising for this trip, MEChA made it possible to make the long trip.



The NAACS conference, titled Advancing from Set to Shining Sí: Learning From Our Past, Defending Our Rights in the 21st Century, consisted of a myriad of fascinating panels and workshops from Chicano studies and history professors all around the country. Personally, I attended thesis presentations by Pomona College (California) students, a workshop making a cross-genre analysis of violence, innovation and struggles in various spheres of Chicano music, a panel on the prison-industrial complex, a workshop on the effect of 2Pac music on Chicano communities, among many others. Cuauhtemoc (Mexico, ’14) also went to panels on DREAMer’s rights and the history of Aztlan, which is the legendary ancestral home of the Nahua peoples, and is the symbol for MEChA and Chicano studies.

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our community interaction. Later this month MEChA will be hosting what they call a “Matanza,” which is an event where the group gives thanks to the community for all the support and work over the year. Hundreds of people are invited to the event, where they slaughter a pig and a sheep and have a celebration. The event takes a lot of work to set up, and some UWC students may be asked to help out. To paraphrase Cuauhtemoc (Mexico, ’14), “This has been one of the most meaningful experiences we have had at UWC in the US.” uploads/2010/09/NACCS-Logo-web.jpg

On our trip we really got to connect with and get to know a number of Highlands students, their stories and what life is like as a college student in Las Vegas. In the future we are hoping to continue this connection and we will present on Tuesday in assembly more about our goals for the next year and how we would like to increase JUST READ IT.



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Last week 2.7 million people all over the country changed their Facebook profile photos to a pink and red equals sign to support equal marriage. The Human Rights Campaign organized the event, while the United States Supreme Court convened last week to discuss two important cases for gay rights in the United States. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court addressed a challenge to California’s ban on same sex marriage, Proposition 8. Proposition 8 was a California state amendment, which states "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." This case provides an opportunity for the Supreme Court to make a ruling, which could affect the estimated 4 million people identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender. A possible ruling is that the Supreme Court would require all states marry same sex couples. Otherwise, the Supreme Court could just overturn Proposition 8 in California, or it could even rule that the court has no right to pass judgment, and that the states should individually decide for themselves. On Wednesday the Supreme Court heard cases on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which has to do with the whether federal government should provide benefits for same sex couples married in the 9 states and Washington DC, where same sex marriage is legal. Currently, such couples do not receive the same, if any benefits as heterosexual couples. This could be a crucial


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ruling which would improve the lives of millions of same-sex couples’ families and give them equality. Also, this would provide support for children of same-sex couples, 37,000 of which live in California. While the advocates of same sex marriage believe denying equal marriage rights is unconstitutional in that it excludes the freedom to choose a spouse, on the other side there are many arguments, often religiously and biologically based. There are many claims such as “God created man and woman,” or that the best kind of society can only function based on one that can reproduce with opposite genders. At this point we can only look at judges’ comments and interviews and make pure speculations on what the final rulings will be, which will come out this summer. We could expect, however, Justice Kennedy to be an important swing vote on either side. In the United States this could very well be another important Supreme Court decision that will be history in the making.



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FOUR AL-QUEDA LEADERS EXECUTED IN IRAQ Adrian Jennings (South Africa ’14)

On Monday 1 April, four senior al-Qaeda leaders were executed after they were convicted of terrorism. The men were hanged on the same day that the Iraqi parliament was supposed to discuss the country’s security situation during a session attended by Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki, along with the acting ministers of defense and the interior, the commander of the Baghdad operation command and the chief of Iraq's spy services. Al-Maliki did not attend the session, but sent a letter to the parliamentary speaker Ossama al-Nujafifi, saying that discussing sensitive issues in an open session could endanger national security. Al-Maliki suggested a closed session at his office that included only the leaders of the Iraqi political blocs and members of the parliamentary commission for security. Among the men executed was Manaf Abdul-Raheem al-Rawi, leader of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq in Baghdad. On the same day, according to an official with Iraq’s ministry of the interior, a suicide bomber drove an oil tanker into a police station in central Tikrit, killing at least nine people and wounding twenty. Tikrit, a predominantly Sunni town located about 160km (100 miles) north of Baghdad in Salaheddin province, is the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. In Baghdad, two policemen and a civilian were shot dead by gunmen in a pair of incidents, with two others being wounded, according to the ministry official. Since the reinstatement of the death penalty in Iraq in 2005, at least 447 prisoners


have been executed, including Saddam Hussein, some of his main associates and other convicted terrorists and members of armed groups. 129 of these prisoners were hanged in 2012, making Iraq one of the leading executioners in the world.

In March alone, 163 Iraqi civilians, policemen and soldiers were killed in acts of violence and 256 wounded. The figures, compiled by Iraq’s Interior, Defense and Health ministries, don’t include the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. Since the pullout of the U.S.-led coalition forces, Iraqi security forces have sometimes struggled to maintain order. Daily violence has drastically dropped across the country since 2008, but attacks continue.


Let me tell you a story about a leopard tortoise named Cashew. Like many of us here at UWC, Cashew has gone through some rough times, had some good breaks, and often finds herself waiting on pins and needles to see if her day will be a good one. Being a tortoise, Cashew does not seem to have very many bad days. However, recently, Cashew had what can only be described as a very bad or at least, unusually eventful spring day. Unfortunately for Cashew, she does not often see the light of spring days, because she lives in a museum. Cashew makes her home with five other tortoises in the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa. Now, as far as anyone can tell, she is quite a 7


happy tortoise. According to mu s e u m s t a f f, Cashew eats her food every day and gets along well with the other tortoises. That isn’t to say that we know for certain that she doesn’t have any complaints, but as far as tortoise expressions go, hers seem to be fairly content. All of that changed one week ago when the people coming to see the new “Turtles: Secrets of the Shell” display had one less tortoise to ogle. That’s right! Cashew had gone missing. Presumably stolen, the eighteen pound tortoise was nowhere to be found, causing the entire city of Dubuque and surrounding areas to go on a quest to locate her and return Cashew to her home. Due to Cashew being a leopard tortoise (a species native to Africa) she requires a special diet and war m temperatures, something the townspeople and museum officials did not believe she would be able to get if left to the mercy of a ruthless thief out to sell Cashew to a nefarious, black market pet shop.

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disappearance, she had been stuck behind the paneling of her exhibit! When the museum staffer who had reported Cashew missing discovered her hiding place, he took Cashew home to wait until the opportune moment to return her. While this staffer’s actions left much to be desired, everyone was incredibly relieved to learn that Cashew is safe and sound. We can all learn a lesson from Cashew’s plight. If nothing else, the importance of making sure you’ve checked your own backyard before accusing someone of causing you harm and making an entire town nervous.

There is no need to fear, however, as just a few days after the media storm surrounding Cashew’s disappearance, she was found in perfect health, sitting in one of the museum elevators. Initially, it was presumed that the thief had gotten a streak of guilt and decided to return Cashew in the most unobtrusive way possible, but of course, things are never quite as they seem. In a shocking turn of events, it was revealed that at the time of Cashew’s




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Car escapes, coffee filters and other useless things figure in popular culture as the only help from woman to science... but actually women have been just as much (or more) significant to modern science than male scientists. The only problem is that because of their gender they are not taught in history and we tend to forget them. The first and most used example is Marie Slodowska (thanks Ula, Poland '13), she was called Marie Curie because of her husband Pierre Curie, her real surname was Slodowska. A polish physicist/chemist whose passion for the nuclear field was too dangerous. She won two Nobel prizes and discovered two elements. She technically discovered the whole basis of nuclear physics at your time. She could teach in La Sorbonne because she was able to inherit the title of her husband, but she was not able to teach in Poland because she was a woman. Ada Byron, better known as Ada Lovelace because of her husband. However her surname Byron is extremely important because it explains why she was the first programmer. She developed a programming language called Ada which is the basis of C and Pascal; technically if it wasn't for her, computers wouldn't be able to even make a simple sum. Her father Lord Byron was a writer (yes he is that lord Byron!) and because of that her mother did not want her to become as crazy as her father and made sure she learned lots of science (smart mother!) she developed a love for mathematics and logic, which led her to develop the first computer language... before there were JUST READ IT.

any computers at all. Lynn Margulis is someone more recent (she's still alive) in her case as a biologist she developed the theory of endosimbiosytosis, in easier words she discovered why the mitochondria have different DNA than our own cells... because a long long time ago some cells ate other smaller cells with the capacity to make food into more energy. The symbiotic parts come when the other cell doesn't digest the smaller thing... but feeds it and the other one in exchange gives spare ATP (energy) to our cells. Ah yes, she was also married to Carl Sagan... but unlike him she discovered something important. Other things that define our life were discovered by more women-- dark matter, the mass of the sun, distances in the universe etcetera... Our life is defined not by only one gender in science, whereas Nicola Tesla developed wireless it would be impossible to configure a computer without a programming language. Sexism in some universities has been hitting for centuries and it will keep staying unless we understand that the gender does not limit intelligence or area of interest. h t t p : / / w w w. s d s c . e d u / S c i e n c e Wo m e n / lovelace.html history_24



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I have a thing for small people. They work so hard, despite being so little. And how fast they can run… anyway: It’s a-me, theFLIPSIDE. Yes I’m back after a week full of drama, ironic twists and disapproving comments about last week’s issue. Then again who wouldn’t understand the need for a break after teachers had started returning trial-exams. I, for instance, spent the last 1½ weeks in the back of the library studying the rise of Single-Party States. But this mighty column is not about me, not even about you, but about what’s happening on campus. And a lot has happened since I last saw you my dear reader. So get ready for theFLIPSIDE speed-newswrap-up-of-the-week - like North Korea’s foreign policy I will go backwards..* There was a Free-Day - In case you didn’t notice! Lot’s of sleep, snow and se..socializing made Tuesday the perfect day - and I quote Fenicia - “TO COME TO THE HEALTH CLINIC FOR THOSE IMMUNIZATIONS YOU STILL NEED!”. Girl, we get it. The night before though our school proved again that any 9/11 inside-job conspiracy theory is total bollocks when it’s seemingly impossible to keep an upcoming Free-Day secret. I mean seriously, why did you guys put up the signs so early and why did you have to take ‘em down soon afterwards? I was lost & confused Couldn’t you have sent at least an email or something?** Good, I’m not that upset, but still, and I’m not implying anything when saying that administration were like someone who’s in a sexual relationship with their mother, I’m just thinking out loud that that behavior was similar to someone who has a sexual relationship with their mother. What’s next? The art room flooded! But everything is fine now so let’s not make any waves about it - BOOM. Still am I the only one who finds it ironic how Gary and his maintenance pals were testing the sprinklers in the Auditorium the day before? ...guess because of that someone is gonna be in deep water soon - BOOM. Enough lame puns now so we’ll move on to Friday night. JUST READ IT.

First up the Dance show. I wasn’t sure whether to go, but ended up watching it because I felt quite horny - tights & leggings! Anyway it was good so no jokes about how professional dancers usually are anorexics and so forth but I’ll give you one about our beloved techies who apparently forgot how to switch a camera on. Finally, the Denali Dayroom thing. Well what can I say,.. of course I’m disappointed in the community blablabla.. but mostly I’m upset because 1) I had to cancel my weekly Nicholas Sparks Wine & Movie Night, and 2) because I wasn’t invited. However this is a great transition to our next topic the Armand Hammer Confessions page. Anonymity is a good thing but rumors are not - at my old school there was one going around about me being homeschooled! Concerning anonymity, next time you see a semi-compliment confession think about if the person it’s directed at might have written it for themselves… . Lastly, Sharon interrupts people during assembly, Josh uses his ethnography as an excuse to spend a day with Bjørg, Lisa still doesn’t like white Europeans at her dessert nights and I slowly begin to run out of Jokes. Thank God the Year is coming to an end. Also, spring where are you? Personally, I blame the pope. Much love, don’t take me too seriously & sincerely,

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The Literati Issue 21  

The twenty-first issue of UWC-USA's weekly school newspaper The Literati!