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Denebola » Ilana Sivachenko 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 Opposing Viewpoints http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/04/15/opposing-viewpoints/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/04/15/opposing-viewpoints/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:56:24 +0000 Ilana Sivachenko http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5777 The new ice cream in the cafeteria is…

Pro

…delicious and necessary.

Usually I order sushi or go out during my free lunch block; occasionally I bring a sandwich from home, but last Wednesday was different…
As I walked toward the cafeteria, I saw a freshman holding a delicious, ice cream cone.
My mind was reeling from the shock. How could a 15 year-old be holding an ice cream cone in the hallway? Did his mother drop it off? Where did this mysterious and delectable snack come from?
I decided to put my top-notch investigative skills to work, but first I wanted to grab something for lunch. As I walked through the cafeteria door, I found myself surrounded by ice cream cones, and for once, I wasn’t hallucinating.
People were really holding ice cream cones!
I consider myself an epicurean, a go hard or go home fan of fine food so my journey to find a cold ice cream cone quickly turned into a contact sport.
I pushed my way through a horde of underclassmen to find the hub of the entire operation, a cooler filled to the brim with tasty frozen snacks.
After purchasing an ice cream cone, I was met with a number of disapproving stares.
Some people may say that ice cream is bad for your teeth, or that it is bad for your health. In fact, a food that contains milk as opposed to excess sugar, like Sour Patch Kids, is preferable any day of the week. In addition to this, there is also a positive psychological aspect: people love ice cream!
In fact, the average American eats 23.2 quarts of ice cream and other frozen dairy products each year. Scientists working with ice cream don’t try to remove the sugar or the calorie count, instead, they merely try to add nutritional value.
Ice cream is far from unhealthy, in fact a bowl of ice cream has less calories than your favorite soda, compare 200 calories per serving to ice cream’s mere 40.
To all the haters that nay-say sorbet, ice cream is healthier than many of the other products in our cafeteria.
The majority of ice cream on the market is made from natural sugar and milk, but it’s also important to remember that 60% of an ice cream cone is still water.
Every food, from meat to spinach, can have an undesired effect on your body.
Adding ice cream to the menu is certainly not the most damaging decision Newton South High School will ever make, and if it brightens the days of our students, I’d say it’s worth a few extra calories.
Complaining about ice cream when there are so many scholastic and social issues that need to be solved is both counterproductive and silly.
Ice cream cones are delicious, cold, refreshing, creamy and crunchy, and most importantly, sweet, and if there is one thing a Newton South student needs on a daily basis it is a healthy mixture of sugar and caffeine.

sually I order sushi or go out during my free lunch block; occasionally I bring a sandwich from home, but last Wednesday was different…As I walked toward the cafeteria, I saw a freshman holding a delicious, ice cream cone.My mind was reeling from the shock. How could a 15 year-old be holding an ice cream cone in the hallway? Did his mother drop it off? Where did this mysterious and delectable snack come from?I decided to put my top-notch investigative skills to work, but first I wanted to grab something for lunch. As I walked through the cafeteria door, I found myself surrounded by ice cream cones, and for once, I wasn’t hallucinating. People were really holding ice cream cones!I consider myself an epicurean, a go hard or go home fan of fine food so my journey to find a cold ice cream cone quickly turned into a contact sport. I pushed my way through a horde of underclassmen to find the hub of the entire operation, a cooler filled to the brim with tasty frozen snacks.After purchasing an ice cream cone, I was met with a number of disapproving stares. Some people may say that ice cream is bad for your teeth, or that it is bad for your health. In fact, a food that contains milk as opposed to excess sugar, like Sour Patch Kids, is preferable any day of the week. In addition to this, there is also a positive psychological aspect: people love ice cream! In fact, the average American eats 23.2 quarts of ice cream and other frozen dairy products each year. Scientists working with ice cream don’t try to remove the sugar or the calorie count, instead, they merely try to add nutritional value.Ice cream is far from unhealthy, in fact a bowl of ice cream has less calories than your favorite soda, compare 200 calories per serving to ice cream’s mere 40. To all the haters that nay-say sorbet, ice cream is healthier than many of the other products in our cafeteria. The majority of ice cream on the market is made from natural sugar and milk, but it’s also important to remember that 60% of an ice cream cone is still water.Every food, from meat to spinach, can have an undesired effect on your body. Adding ice cream to the menu is certainly not the most damaging decision Newton South High School will ever make, and if it brightens the days of our students, I’d say it’s worth a few extra calories.Complaining about ice cream when there are so many scholastic and social issues that need to be solved is both counterproductive and silly. Ice cream cones are delicious, cold, refreshing, creamy and crunchy, and most importantly, sweet, and if there is one thing a Newton South student needs on a daily basis it is a healthy mixture of sugar and caffeine.\

Con

…unhealthy and excessive.

I scream. You scream. We all scream for…

Ice cream. Duh. Reading that pro over there, you probably have your wallet out ready to buy some delicious Choc-Tacos or frozen Twix bars.

But wait! Something is amiss in this picture. Imagine yourself walking into the cafeteria. All you see are posters asking you if you got milk, (we’re not cows; we don’t carry milk on us) and telling you to live healthy. So why would a cafeteria that is so fond of promoting healthy eating sell ice cream?

Maybe it’s because they realized that most of the good food is gone by the time the majority of the students go to get their lunch.

Or maybe out of the goodness of their hearts they wanted to give us some delicious goodies to eat for dessert after we have our lunch. (A pretty pricy desert might I add. Someone should mention that $2.00 for a Klondike Bar is pushing it.  But then again some people may do that for a Klondike Bar.) Or it could be that the cafeteria wants to make more money.

You have to know your demographic. If you were in a retirement home, prune juice would be the way to go. If you were selling stuff in New Jersey, then you’d need a truck filled with hair gel and spray tan. As the kids in the entrepreneurship class would say, its basic business.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with making money—capitalism all the way, otherwise the commies win. But the problem with selling ice cream in school is that you’re selling ice cream in school. What happened to healthy living?

Ice cream gets 48% of its calories from fat. And even the low fat alternative has 25% calories from fat. Giving kids that have a wallet filled with cash a virtually endless supply of ice cream is like giving Charlie Sheen the keys to Colombia’s cocaine factories.

As many of you know Charlie appreciates it, but it’s just not good for him.

There’s a reason that America is leading the world in childhood obesity. We refuse to moderate our needs.

If you eat one bar of ice cream every week, then you’d be all right. You would relish the treat while you have it, and you’d eventually work it off.

But if you had a virtually endless supply of ice cream, then guess who would gain 40 pounds and start taking the elevator instead of the stairs?

All I’m saying is that the cafeteria is hypocritical for have a slushie machine and a giant tub filled with ice cream surrounded by health posters.

If you wanted to keep kids healthy then ice cream wasn’t the best way to go. Also, the greasy food might not be the most clever way to promote good health, either. But that’s a rant for another time.

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Flash back to a time long gone with Polaroid cameras http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/03/24/anflash-back-to-a-time-long-gone-with-polaroid-cameras/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/03/24/anflash-back-to-a-time-long-gone-with-polaroid-cameras/#comments Wed, 24 Mar 2010 08:44:57 +0000 Ilana Sivachenko http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=3869 If you were a liberal arts college student or a philosophy major at a state school (because you enjoy the subtle irony), what would be the unrivaled, most significant event of this year?

The return of the classic instant Polaroid film. Instant cameras have been the favorite toys of photographers and artists for decades; however, they are now the chosen companion of hipsters all over the world.

Edwin Land first introduced instant film to the world in 1947. It was a great invention, but the original process of the “instant film was messy and complicated. Years passed, technology advanced, and so did Polaroid’s approach.

Finally, in 1963, pack film was introduced to the consumer market. Unlike the modern camera, however, the sheets simultaneously developed outside the camera; nevertheless, the magic behind a Polaroid picture was born.

By 1967, Polaroid had introduced the accessible and affordable “one-step camera, setting the stage for a revolution.

Projects, such as Jamie Livingston’s “Photo of the Day, proved that a quick picture of a letter or a friend could eventually become one’s magnum opus.

With the mainstream arrival of digital cameras in 1988, photography evolved into a pursuit of perfection.

By way of illustration, public schools, including Newton South, offer digital airbrushing and teeth whitening in their yearbook picture package.

As an art, photography developed into a computer based craft. An amateur with a handy Photoshop program and a good Gaussian Blur could turn any candid picture into a competition-worthy shot.

While Polaroid remained the authority on instant film, its golden years were fading. Polaroid’s attempts to stay relevant, namely partnerships with the Spice Girls, Barbie®, and Taz® were futile. While the portable i-Zone camera, a Polaroid product aimed at teens, gained momentary popularity, sales eventually declined as they did with every Polaroid product.

Finally, in an interview with the Boston Globe in 2008, Polaroid announced the discontinuation of all Polaroid instant film cameras. Developers scrambled to create applications for phones and computers that imitated the iconic Polaroid, but were incapable of producing anything similar to the vignettes, the discoloration, and the allure of the real thing.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, The Impossible Project was born. With an aim to reinvent Polaroid pack film and to restart production, the project acquired Polaroid’s production equipment and signed a 10-year lease for the factory.

The Impossible Project’s mission was to redevelop Polaroid’s instant film into a modern, friendly, and reasonably priced format, one that can be used in existing Polaroid cameras (an estimated one billion in circulation). The Impossible Project will only produce three million film packs a year, aiming at an artistic rather than mass-consumer market.

The main task of The Impossible Project was to innovate the negative sheet of the Polaroid packs.

The negative used by Polaroid is no longer in production and restarting the production would take more than two years. This is because of the discontinuation of a particular color dye molecule needed for the negatives and the fact that the color dye molecules need to age.

Nevertheless, they overcame this obstacle by implementing a new principle of attaching molecules to the silver halide which makes up the light sensitive mechanism in the negative sheet.

Already in production, the Impossible Project has become possible, as the dedicated scientists behind the rebirth of instant Polaroid pictures have pioneered materials that work cohesively.

South photography teacher Robert Bouchal appreciates instant cameras. “I love Polaroid. There are certain things that can only be accomplished with the instant film, he said.

Finally, in an interview with the Boston Globe in 2008, Polaroid an

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Teacher absences take a toll on South students http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/05/13/teacher-absences-take-a-toll-on-south-students/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/05/13/teacher-absences-take-a-toll-on-south-students/#comments Wed, 13 May 2009 17:56:50 +0000 Ilana Sivachenko http://www.sandbox.denebolaonline.net/?p=2367 After last year’s budget cuts, substitute teachers have become scarce at Newton South, causing some students to have free blocks or study hall periods in the lecture hall whenever a teacher is absent.

Substitutes are often available for long-term teacher absences, such as maternity leaves or family emergencies, but even then, classes are disrupted when a teacher is not able to come to school to continue the planned curriculum.

According to Principal Brian Salzer, substitute teachers are generally available for long-term absences, but not for short-term ones.

“Our standard is that if a person is going to be out for four consecutive days or more, then we try to arrange for a substitute teacher, Salzer said. These long-term substitutes are usually retirees or student teachers.

Still, Salzer said that substitute teachers are sometimes not available, even for long-term absences, which leaves students unsure of the material they are covering and often times behind schedule once the teacher either returns or a substitute is found.

“If there is a specific curriculum area and there is nobody available who is licensed to teach it, then it puts us in a really bad spot, Salzer said. “Sometimes classes have to be cancelled for a longer period of time before we can find a replacement.

Finding a substitute is not easy if the absence is unexpected.

“Sometimes [teacher absences] are unpredictable, and sometimes it’s a little more predictable, Salzer said. “Obviously, absences interrupt the lesson, the curriculum, and the activities.

This is especially difficult for students who are preparing for a test or struggling with a particularly challenging part of the curriculum.

Even if a substitute teacher is specialized in that subject, it can interrupt the flow of the class when the regular teacher is absent.

“Some students feel that they are being shortchanged, Salzer said. “They are trying to prepare for an SAT or an AP exam, and a change in teacher is a change in teaching style and expectations, and it really throws them off.
English teacher Joseph Scozzaro, who teaches junior and sophomore classes, plans to go on paternity leave in the beginning of June, right around the time that his class would be beginning to review for final exams.

The impending leave is stressful for Scozzaro’s students, but is also quite stressful for Scozzaro. He intends to “plan a way to fairly end the year for all his classes. Even so, Scozzaro is not discouraged and promises that all of his students will be in good hands to finish off the year.

“I have great colleagues who I can depend on in my absence, Scozzaro said.

Alex Orrick, a junior in Scozzaro’s class, is unsure whether her class will have a final in June. “I think it would be unfair to have the substitute review with us during review week and then take a final, she said.

Julia Mandehr, also in one of Scozzaro’s junior English classes, says that she doesn’t want to have a substitute, but says that if that is the situation, she hopes to be graded the same by the new teacher, whoever it may be.

“I think it will be an unfulfilling end to the year, Mandehr said, “I just don’t want to be rushed to do my final project before he leaves.

Because the junior curriculum involved a lot of writing and discussion, Scozzaro plans not to give a final to his junior classes. Instead, he is planning to assign his junior classes a project with a potential accompanying paper.
Scozzaro’s sophomores are still anticipating a final due to their broad and full curriculum.

Teachers are responsible for the education of every student who enters their class, but this should not be at the cost of their own personal lives.

Unfortunately, when teachers are absent, the progress of the class may be halted. Teachers, like everyone, are entitled to time to take care of themselves and their families.

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Album Preview: Bromhead’s Jacket heads over to the US http://www.denebolaonline.net/2008/10/29/album-preview-bromheads-jacket-heads-over-to-the-us/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2008/10/29/album-preview-bromheads-jacket-heads-over-to-the-us/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2008 07:00:58 +0000 Ilana Sivachenko http://denebolaonline.net/wordpress/?p=383 A pleasant blend of rock, pop, punk, and shoegaze (a type of alternative rock), Bromheads Jacket is here to say hello, and it’s about time Newton South say hello back. Bromheads Jacket, one of the biggest underground bands in the United Kingdom, is classier than the Arctic Monkeys and crazier than the Streets. The etymology of the band’s name is from a purely fictional story about a man named Billy Bromhead. Billy’s saga began in Vietnam in 1966, when Billy was injured in a mortar attack while wearing a jacket that was passed down through many generations of men in his family. The band has promised to find this fictional man’s son and pass on the jacket.

Underground bands have a long history of bursting onto the scene, and British bands in particular only seem to make it onto U.S. airwaves every few years. Bromheads Jacket has played everything from hole in the wall gigs to large concert halls. Many of these performances have been dedicated to giving up-and-coming musicians their time in the limelight.

Being signed to an independent record label means that Bromheads Jacket, relies mostly on word of mouth to spread their music, but as online music gains popularity, it is much easier for bands to gain cult followings that parallel the Beatles and Pink Floyd. Bromheads Jacket isn’t there yet, but it has become obvious that they may be among the next British bands to break onto the music scene.

Hailing from Sheffield in Northern England, Bromheads Jacket is comprised of Tim Hampton (Vocals and Guitar), Jono West (Bass and Backing Vocals) and Dan Potter (Drums). Like a phoenix from the ashes, Bromheads Jacket was born from the fragments of a band called Fixated.

A departure from their first album Dits From the Commuter Belt, On the Brain showcases a fresh perspective for Bromheads Jacket. Produced by Ross Orton (M.I.A., XX Teens), it seems that the band has found a style that fits them seamlessly and each song catchier than the last.

The band is no longer lo-fi but they’re distorted to perfection. Their music is no longer hyperactive and noisy electric, but a much deeper and more intimate brand of rock, with their songs varying from loud to soft, they have found harmony in their album. The new album is less experimental and D-I-Y but stronger in all other aspects.

The group cites inspirations such as Squeeze, Nightingales, Jon Mclure, Killing Joke and early Bowie, while reflecting their own Sheffield counterparts Arctic Monkeys and Milburn. With such an interesting combination of inspirations, it is no wonder that Bromheads Jacket creates such so original and playful music.

Unlike Dits From the Commuter Belt, On the Brain tells fewer stories and dips further into their raw potential.

Songs like “Recover could send Bromheads Jacket to the top of the charts, and everyone’s iPods. With brooding lyrics and a guitar sound reminiscent of Nirvana unplugged, “Recover dwells on a lost relationship with the quotable lyric “I don’t seem to know where I’m going/I’m spinning round and I’m out of control. The song isn’t entirely quiet however, like most of the songs in On the Brain it picks up speed and loses it just as quickly.

Likewise, the song “Promises, Promises holds a lot of promise, no pun intended.  As the song starts out, you can almost hear Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah in the guitar and the quiet voice. The song is relatively calm for Bromheads Jacket, eerily so. A mellow mix of harmonies and sweet-as-pie lyrics, “Promises, Promises is one of the most beautiful songs on the album.

The band has done very well all over the world, traveling across Europe and the UK, they’ve played in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. Currently, the band is touring in the UK and looking forward to a tour in the US soon.

With its unique brand of misleading song titles and strong lyrics discussing topics ranging from politics to love, Bromheads Jacket is going to go far, from here on out it is smooth sailing to the top for these British rockers with extreme talent. With the help of bloggers, high school newspapers, and their own fans, Bromheads Jacket cannot be denied a place in our futures and our Music sections on Facebook.

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