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BISSKIT BISSKIT October, October, 2009 2009

Issue Issue No. 09.01 No. 1

CHINA’S 60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY The
whole
Beijing
city
was
under
curfew. The
60th
anniversary
of
China’s
republic
was
so
grand,
I
could
not
believe. With
all
the
various
army
troops
marching
all
at
once,
in
the
same
position
 it
looked
splendid. Marching
in
under
the
hot
scorching
sun,
was
not
a
trouble‐free
job But
the
men
of
the
army
did
it. The
parade
was
at
the
Tiananmen
Square, Early
in
the
morning,
in
Tiananmen
was
where,
the
parades
begin
and
not
 any
other
place
elsewhere. There
were
ladies,
who
looked
as
elegant
as
a
white
swan, And
the
men
looked
as
strong
as
a
Iiddle
ready
for
everything,
which
was
 about
to
begin. I
could
not
move
my
gaze
from
the
small
screen, Until
I
saw
the
most
amazing
thing,
that
nobody
had
seen… There
were
150
planes
that
were
going
to
take‐off
in
Beijing, And
I
saw
5
of
them
above
my
house
Ilying. I
moved
my
head
towards
my
TV
still
astonished, When
I
see
that
they
were
now
showing
the
battle
tank It
was
in
green
color
with
brown
dots
on
it, And
there
were
not
only
one
but
hundreds
of
them. Then
they
showed
us
the
“missiles”
 And
how
they
could
change
the
weather
by
leaving
it
in
the
air
like
red
and
 white
butterIlies. With
the
kind
of
dexterity
the
soldiers
were
marching, Had
made
the
crowd’s
eyes
wide
open,
which
was
amazing. Not
even
one
of
them
was
out
of
line, Marching
together
like
a
string
of
twine. Soon,
came
the
Ilowers
of
the
parade, The
Chinese
dancers
with
fans
of
different
shades. They
were
highly
graceful,
with
acrobatic
steps. They
wore
red
dresses
that
looked
perfect. I
was
surprised
at
the
amount
of
work,
skill
and
synchronization
they
 presented
in
this
parade. That
made
the
whole
Chinese
crowd
glad. The
parade
was
coming
close
to
the
closing
ceremony. Which
left
an
impression
on
the
crowd
that
it
was
an
event Which
had
peace
and
harmony. The
President
gave
a
message
of
hard‐work
and
dedication
to
his
 country’s
men
and
women. That
marked
the
60th
anniversary
of
China’s
republic
to
an
end. This
morning
seemed
the
merriest
morning
for
all
the
Chinese
looking
at
 the
speed
‐
China
was
rising
with
the
stride. With
China’s
head
rising
above
all
with
pride.






















































































































By
Sana
Samad

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HEYY GUYSS,


Welcome to BISSKIT!!!

With a new year comes the new issue of BISSKIT!!! BISSKIT is a student led magazine that is made for YOUR entertainment. We the new editor-in-chief’s of BISSKIT are experimenting new styles with this newsletter. If you have any suggestions on what we could add or something you want to read about please inform us through Studywiz!!! :D Cheers Zainab & Vasudha

In this issue ... - Teacher spotlight: Dr. Zilber - BISS Sports Update - Poem - BISS Fashion - Places to visit in Beijing - Reviews - BISS-Ache - BISS Update !!


What countries have you lived in? : I’ve lived in - USA - Israel - Singapore - Spain - Guatemala - and China 1.

Tea c Spo her tlig ht

Dr. Ettie Zilber Interviewed by Hyun Jin

What was your preconceived image of Beijing? : Before I moved to China, I thought that it is a very poor country and the people here are struggling for hard life and hunger. 2.

Has it changed? : Through media and by studying the country, I could feel how it has modernized. Especially, I was impressed by Pearl Buck's ‘Good Earth’ very much. It helped me draw an image of China. I think it has developed very much and it surprises me. 3.

What was your first impression of BISS? : When I first came to BISS, I really appreciated the warm-hearted welcome I got. I also like small but big hearted atmosphere between all the students and faculties, which I found here at BISS. When the students had played the drums together, it reminded me again how united BISS was. 4.

What changes would you like to bring to BISS as the head of school? : Some people might think that a new leader should bring change to a group. However, it’s not. As being a new member of the group, I am learning so many things from others. To lead a group well, not only one person should be leading, but all the group members. I’m only here to be a guide of school and let the others know how we are unique. It’s my personal philosophy to learn and listen from the other members, not lead them. 5.

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THE SALLY KWON COLUMN

Parker
had
been
beloved
by
many
gentlemen,
students,
and
 overall
most
literates. I
think
it
gives
this
intelligent
image
to
the
owner
(with
or
 without
reason) The
bold
writing
and
thick
ink
gives
stability
in
your
writing, But
if
you
squash
the
letters
it
looks
like
a
blur,
so
caution Personally,
I
suggest
writing
in
cursive.
It
looks
very
neat. Oh,
and
special
care
is
needed
too. The
color
on
the
pen
may
fall
off
as
the
time
goes And
if
you
put
it
in
a
pencil
case,
with
other
utensils, The
scratch
gets
worse
and
worse.
The
cheapest
one’s
are
 about
 10
RMB,
so
it
is
a
great
graduation
present
for
special
 occasions

Dibert’s One Liners - Everyone has a photographic memory, some just don't have film. - Life is unsure; always eat your dessert first. - Smile, it makes people wonder what you are thinking. - If you keep your feet firmly on the ground, you'll have trouble putting on your pants. - It's not hard to meet expenses, they are everywhere.


* BISSFa!ion Police*

What your fellow classmates thought about these BISS outfits

Yellow house pride in hotel slippers

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Striped jacket

***½

Graphic T-shirt and white jeans

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Mini sweater

****½

*Out of 5 stars Hey! This is what you thought about fashion at our school. Quick Summary: Looks like at BISS, hotel slippers are considered cool, or it's just the yellow house vibe?! Jeans seem to be very popular in school and we love 'em. A mini sweater seems to be pretty popular too (4.5 stars! NICE!), so since it's getting cold, why don't you start wearing clothes like that too? Anyways some advice? Have fun with your clothing selection, don't be boring. Plus, Halloween's coming up, get a crazy costume, and wow everyone. Maybe then YOUR picture might come in the BISS Fashion column? Anyways, remember to dress up for Halloween and for a regular school day. Don't let the fashion police catch you in an awful outfit!

- The BISS Fashion Police


Beij Attr ing acti ons

Beijing Amusement Park 北京游乐园 This park may not be as exciting as Disneyland but it does offer a great day of fun for kids of all ages. The park even has its own monorail. Your admission ticket provides access to most rides.

Historical Places/Monuments The Forbidden City (The Imperial Palace) 故宫

Address: 19 Zuonei Street, Chongwen District Hours: Week days: 9:00-17:00 Weekends: 9:00-17:30 Ticket Fee: RMB 120 This is the ideal place for you to begin your exploration of Beijing. With over 9,000 rooms and over 250 acres, this large palace was built between 1406 and 1420. Much of the architecture you can see today goes back to the 18th century in the Qing Dynasty. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and to bring a camera. Address: No.4 Jingshan Front Street, Dongcheng District Hours: 8:30-17:00

Please
note
that
all
 the
places
have
a
 student
discount
 available
!!

By Annie

Beijing Zoo 北京动物园 The Beijing Zoo covers an area of over 40,000 square meters and is home to bears, elephants, pandas, lions, tigers, songbirds, antelopes, and giraffes, and many other rare wild animals. The zoo also features a large leafy compound, which was the former private garden of a Qing dynasty aristocrat.

Address: 137 Xizhimenwai Avenue, Xicheng District Hours: March 15-April 30: 7:30-17:30 May 1-Sept 30: 7:30-18:00 Oct 1-Nov 14: 7:30-17:30 Nov 15-March 14: 7:30- 17:00 Ticket Fees: April 1- Oct 31: RMB 20 Nov 1- March 31: RMB 15


90210 Rev

SEASON 2

iews

CATS Musical


On
22nd
 September
2009
Ms.Rankin
our
drama
 teacher
 along
 with
 our
 BISS
 students
 went
to
 the
 CATS
 Musical.
 One
of
 the
 most
 presFgious
musical
 shows
 that
 happen
 all
over
 the
 world.
 CATS,
 the
 musical
 has
 been
 performing
 around
 the
 world
in
numerous
producFons 
and
has
been
translated
into
more
 than
20
languages.
It
is
a
musical
about
the
Jellicle
Cats
composed
 by
 Andrew
 Lloyd
 Webber.
 They
 are
 various
 cats
 with
 different
 emoFons,
 different
 characterisFcs.
 The
 songs
 and
 the
 musical
 language
is 
what
make
the
CATS
musical
more
interesFng.
There
is
 Dance!
Songs!
AcFon!
And
 whatever
 you
 need
for
 geNng
 in
 the
 mood
of
some
DRAMA!
From
my
point
of
view
it
was 
a
wonderful
 experience
 looking
 at
 human
 beings
 dressed
 and
 acFng
 exactly
 like
cats
that
amazed
 me!
Their
 make‐up
 was
like
a
real
cat.
The
 stage
set‐up
was
splendid,
for
a
second
I
even
thought
we
were
in
 the
world
 of
those
cats,
under
the
cars,
 over
the
dump.
The
way
 they
 moved
 every
 part
 of
 their
 body
 and
 the
 various
 acrobaFc
 steps
they
did,
it
was
a
breathtaking
performance. As
I
 was
watching
 the
 musical,
 I
saw
how
all
the
people
clapped
 and
 cheered
 and
 sang
 the
songs.
 Which
 was
 obvious
 that
 each
 one
of
 them
enjoyed
the
programme.
The
CATS
 musical
was
held
 in
the
Beijing
ExhibiFon
Centre.

The
auditorium
was
huge
and
was
 very
 good
and
 the
 stage
set‐up
 with
the
different
kinds
of
 props
 was
even
remarkable.
Set
in
a
rubbish
dump
that
becomes
acFve
 aUer
 dark
 with
 cats.
 The
 cats
 gather
 for
 the
 Jellicle
 Ball
 during
 which
one
cat
will
be
selected
by
the
Jellicle
Leader
and
 alloVed
 an
extra
life.
Amazing
wasn’t
it?
 Want
to
see
a
CATS
 musical
too?
 Find
out
on
the
net
and
see
it
might
be
happening
 somewhere
in
 your
country,
do
not
miss
this
golden
chance,
because
your
going
 to
lose
it!
 
 
 


By
Sana
Samad

Finally, the new season of 90210 is here! There was so much anticipation for it on my part but the first episode turned out to be a little disappointing for me. First of all, Ethan, the resident jock character is gone, which came as a shock, wasn't he the main character? Also, that budding relationship he had with Silver was the cliffhanger of the season. The new sisterhood between Adrianna, Naomi and Silver has got me cringing. It feels too much like ‘Mean Girls’. Every time one of them meets a problem, the sisterhood is there and it feels awkward and witchy, in a way. This brings me to my next point: Annie. She is extremely awkward trying to portray the role of the angst teen. There is too much drama revolving around her what with the hit and run and the more recent “sext” scandal. Also adding to that is her estranged relationship with Dixon, her old best friend and adopted brother. There is too much change happening and this causes 90210 to lose some of its original appeal. Perhaps the next episode will be better, I will have hope!

By Critique Alert


BIS S Tee achenac he

T’s Advice column For your daily troubles in and out of school *If you have any questions you would like answered, submit them to BISSKIT editors Zainab Samad and Vasudha Mukherjee or to the teacher, Ms. Mercer and Ms. Laing. They will be handled appropriately by trained professionals with great care. Your queries will be in good hands.

Dear T What is the purpose of all the work we are doing? How is it supposed to help us in life? The workload is crushing, I cannot take it anymore. -Stressing Dear Stressing, We all share your pain. The important thing to remember is that by working hard NOW, it will make it a whole lot easier for you during that last crazy period of time before college, when all the stress sets in. Not to mention making it easier getting into college and through the rest of your pursuits in higher education, if that’s your thing. Everyone values a good, solid college degree, even the most menial of jobs. A good education will make your adult life a whole lot easier, career-wise. And a good education will inevitably take a lot of hard work to accomplish. Nothing good comes easily, young grasshopper. Talking to someone might help you to, remember our counselor is always ready to hear about your troubles.

Dear T, I have a problem. My best friend and I both have a crush on the same guy! I don’t know what to do. She doesn’t know I know yet. Please help. -Boy Problems Dear Problems, How cool does that sound? You’re being addressed as “Problems.” Anyways, to answer your question, it all depends on what your priorities are. I do not have every single possibility and solution, we’ll leave it at this: choose which one is more important to you, and forget the other one. Although my suggestion is to forget the boy and go with your friend. Confront her gently and explain this to her. If she decides to pursue him, support her. You may think, he’s the one, but really, all boys have cooties.

DRESS-CODE Drama Friday the 25 th of September was supposed to be a regular day in the cafeteria. The 11th grade drama students had something else in mind. The peace was interrupted at 1.25 (approx.), when a heated argument occurred between Frena Hailekiros and Ms. Rankin over Frena's clothes (white t-shirt, purple shorts, and black slacks). They both made compelling point. Of course we were later told that the whole thing was scripted, we wonder whether this will bring any change to the school dress code, or at least make it clear and specified. I guess it's up to the student council. Keep your fingers crossed!


BISS UPDATES! STUDENT COUNCIL UPDATE !!!! GUESS WHAT…?!?! Halloween is coming! Student Council is arranging a dance event a week after Halloween that is

Friday, October 23, 2009.

Start shopping for cool, spooky and also be ready to show-off all you have got. Bring your friends along with you and also remember to be there at 7’o clock sharp. Have lots of fun and remember all the money goes to charity, so be ready to help Student Council. Price of the ticket: 40 RMB. For more details contact Student Council. TILL THEN START SHOPPING!!!

HELPING HANDS !!!! Backpack Mania is Back in BISS!! every year we collect more backpacks than the last. This year we are encouraging you to help keep this tradition alive. Please help those who are less fortunate than us. The most generous homeroom will get a Pizza Party and a special recognition during assembly. It may not mean much to you, but it does to those who will receive these backpacks.

THE LIST 1. Backpack 2. Fully equipped pencil case - Eraser - Pens and pencils - Rulers - Markers 3. Notebooks 4. Crayons 5. Jianzi- A chinese toy 6. Lasting water bottle 7. A set of spoons and chopsticks 8. A small bag of candies

HELP US HELP!!!

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