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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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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.
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
Graphic T-shirt and white jeans
*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 !!
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
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!!!