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Denebola » Fiza Ansari http://www.denebolaonline.net The Award-Winning, Official School Newspaper of Newton South High School, Newton, MA Fri, 17 Jun 2011 02:00:19 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.2 Freshman Class President: Alex Verbitsky http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/11/02/freshman-class-president-alex-verbitsky/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/11/02/freshman-class-president-alex-verbitsky/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 10:05:07 +0000 Fiza Ansari http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4954 Why did you decide to run for class president?
I decided to run for class president because as a dynamic leader, I enjoy talking to people and making new friends. I also want to make our high school years unforgettable.
How did you campaign?
My campaign was based on having a lot of my very good friends help and support me by putting in their time and effort for my success in the election.
According to you, what sets you apart from the rest of the candidates?
All of the candidates were very strong opponents. Being a valued member of the debate team, cross country team, and the Lions Roar, my devotion to and success in both athletics and academics is always 100 percent. I believe that I have the energy, the dedication, and the raw passion needed to lead our class.
You had a lot of elements to your campaign; why so many?
The purpose of having a lot of parts to a campaign is mostly to get recognized by other people. I needed my name to be heard and remembered. Each of the items – the hats, the baked goods, and the stickers – serves the same purpose of getting people to know and remember my name. These items also hold the purpose of showing my fellow students that I can fundraise effectively.
What do you think about the other class officers?
It is an honor to be working and cooperating with the other class officers, since all of them are very great people who have a lot of interesting ideas for improvement.
What plans do you have in mind for this year?
I will not only hear all of the brilliant ideas of the students, but I will turn them into a passion-filled action plan for change and growth.
What events are you especially looking forward to this year?
We will organize prosperous fundraisers, plan exciting dances and a memorable freshman cruise, and more.
What is your primary focus?
My primary focus is to make our freshman year the best that it can possibly be. Together, as a united student body, we can make a great school even better.
How would you describe your presidency in one word (or more)?
Evoking the memory of one of my favorite leaders, John Fitzgerald Kennedy:
“I will pay any price, I will bear any burden, I will meet any hardship, I will support any friend in order to ensure the success of the Newton South High School Class of 2014. That is the attitude I will live with every day as your class president.

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New student-accessible WiFi system in works for future http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/10/28/new-student-accessible-wifi-system-in-works-for-future/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/10/28/new-student-accessible-wifi-system-in-works-for-future/#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 11:06:00 +0000 Fiza Ansari http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4766 After over-reliance on a single wifi server at South last year caused an overload of bandwidth traffic, Director of Information Technology Shelley Chamberlain has started an initiative to establish more servers in Newton Public Schools.

“We are trying to set up a bandwidth for students in schools, Chamberlain said.

A little over a year ago, students had to plug in their computers using Ethernet cables whenever they needed access the internet. In the fall of 2009, however, South set up a wifi system that allowed students to wirelessly connect to the internet from anywhere in the school. There were three active servers within the system: “nps-teacher, for teacher use, “nps-student, for student use, and “nps-guest, for guest use.

The separation of wifi into different servers was intended to create a balance and prevent bandwidth traffic. The password to nps-guest, however, spread among students and nearly every student with a laptop or smart phone began using it to get onto the internet. This created too much server and bandwidth traffic and eventually, the password was taken away.

The new system will have a separate student server, like the current system. It differs, however, in that it will give each student his or her own username and password and a separate portion of the bandwidth, in order to prevent the bandwidth from becoming clogged and keep it running smoothly.

“I think it would be nice to be able to access a faster internet anywhere, since you wouldn’t need to do it in the library anymore, junior Joe Goodman said. “It would be pretty effective.

Another product of this new system will be the administration’s ability to monitor student activity. “This power will not be abused, Instructional Technology specialist Brian Hammel said.. “It is just to ensure that no student will go wild on the computer¦ if we see that a student is on twelve hours a day, downloading movies, we’ll talk to him.

This project has yet to make progress, and the future of this project has not been fully disclosed. Its completion, however, is certain, and the new system will be implemented as soon as possible.

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