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Xin Lang Scholar December 2, 2009 Volume VIII Issue II Rockin’ for Roots & Shoots SMIC’s new CEO SMIC surfaces from lawsuit confident with a new CEO leading the way ASTA FU World News Editor Payment of two- hundred million dollars and 100 million in company stock options left the SMIC Company battered over its recent lawsuit with Taiwan’s TSMC. But new Dr. David Wang is ready to turn things CEO, Dr. David Wang is around and bring more success to SMIC. promising to bring more success to SMIC. “confidence, to better focus on Triple Smash takes the stage with mellow guitar and bass melodies. All photos by Heather Wigmore The California court found the tasks at hand.” SMIC responsible for 61 out of 65 Dr. Wang received a Ph.D. LILLIAN FITZMAURICE counts of patent infringement and from the University of California, Front Page Editor trade secrets theft on November 4, Berkeley in Material Science On November 21, 2009 a benefit concert was held to raise 2009. and Engineering. He became money for the Million Tree Project, a Roots & Shoots initiative Dr. Wang became the new CEO Executive Vice President of to plant one million trees in Inner Mongolia by 2014. So of SMIC after Dr. Richard Chang Applied Materials and President far 200,000 trees have been planted in the area to prevent stepped down November 10, 2009 of Applied Materials Asia before desertification and provide a cash crop to the local farmers. for personal reasons. becoming the CEO of Huahong Admission was 50 kuai, the equivalent of donating two trees, Dr. Wang shows promise in (Group) Co., Ltd. and the and was held at local venue, Yuyintang. Free wristbands and leading the company to success. Chairman of Huahong NEC. pins were given at the door and t-shirts were sold inside. On November 11, SMIC stock Dr. Shu-Kuang Hu, Local bands who volunteered to play for the benefit concert jumped 52.63% higher after Chancellor of SMIC Private were Boys Climbing Ropes, Booji, Triple Smash, Resist Resist, Dr. Wang was announced CEO, School, provided reassurance that Varde, and Duck Fight Goose. The event attracted students, providing evidence that analysts Dr. Wang will “respect our insight teachers, and parents from all over Shanghai. have confidence in SMIC’s new on the school development.” The benefit concert managed to raise 10,975 kuai, an equivalent direction. A community foundation to 439 trees that will be donated. Jordan Small, the lead “Our goal should be to strive is being formed by the SMIC guitarist and vocals of Boys Climbing Ropes, and SMIC junior, for success in further developing company, with Dr. Chang as the Jessica Tsu were the brains behind the fundraiser project. SMIC and China’s semiconductor chairman, to continue sponsorship industry,” stated Dr. Wang. He of SMIC Private School and other Jessica Tsu (left) and Amy Zhou (right) sell encouraged the company to regain SMIC community assets. SEE ENVIRONMENT PAGE 4 concert merchandise. Obama visits China to strengthen ties INSIDE THIS ISSUE WORLD NEWS Hu Jintao and Obama get one step closer to solving world issues New attraction The happiest place on Earth AMY LIN comes to Shanghai Guest Writer Invited by President Hu Jintao of China, President PAGE 3 Barack Obama of the United States visited China from November 15th to 18th. The two national leaders discussed mutual interests to further a positive China-US relationship as well as other significant issues including the global economic recovery, stable currency, military weapon trade, and the change of climate. Obama and Hu both expressed their belief that a good China-US relationship can not only help the two major world powers to cooperate when facing new challenges, but also bring stability, prosperity, and peace to other nations in the world. During the meeting, Obama expressed his goal to improve FOCUS communication between the people of the two nations. Responding to the issue of Taiwan, Obama supported the Young millionaires idea of “One China” and showed his appreciation toward the Students who juggled both high Photo courtesy of www.outlookindia.com decreasing tension between the two countries. Obama also President Hu Jingtao (left) and President Obama (right) share a hand- defined US’s disapproval toward the “Free Tibet” issue, and school and the business world shake before beginning their meeting in Beijing. expressed US’s respect for China. PAGE 4-5 2 News Xin Lang Scholar December 2, 2009 SMIC novelists in the making Fundraiser accidentally HELEN ZHANG News Editor Some students at SMIC have entered the race to write a 50,000 novel in a month as participants strangles SMIC principal in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. Established to encourage students to indulge themselves in creative writing, NaNoWriMo begins every year on November 1st, when all participants officially start writing their novels. The goal is to have a 50,000-word novel completed by November 30th at midnight. At a word count of 3,000 words, Hazel Chum is one of the students participating in the program. She may be far from reaching 50,000 words, but participating in NaNoWriMo has changed her out- look on writing. “It made me realize that writing for fun can be very rewarding. There were no rules to follow, and no worries that anyone was going to read it and laugh at it. And of course, it wasn’t go- ing to be graded, so there was no pressure.” “Remember that the purpose isn’t to force out those words; it’s for fun, for joy, and for happi- ness,” reflected Chum. “Start your novel as soon as possible. Even though you might not have the time to write 50,000 words in one month, at least you got started.” All photos by Tony Chu Dr. Han being a good sport in the taping event, smiling even while hanging from his neck. Mr. Shall hangs helplessly to the wall. Students aid BEN LI disabled with Sports Editor “So, how did it feel being choked, Dr. Han?” artwork “Very good!” exclaimed Dr. Han, beaming at a throng of ecstatic high-schoolers menacingly holding strands of duct tape high in the air. November 17th was the premiere of the SMIC Prom Committee’s Tape Day, a fundraiser that gave students the chance to plaster their teachers and the principal with tape to a wall. Sixth grade teacher Mr. Withrow, Director of Student Affairs Mr. Shall, and Principal Dr. Han volunteered to be the victims of the taping spree. The objective of the event was to duct tape three faculty members on the gym walls with their feet off the ground. Strips of tape that were sold for 10 kuai each to students From left to right: Mr. Withrow, Mr. Shall, and Dr. Han teeter on their to tape each of the three faculty members standing on chairs anxiously awaiting for them to be pulled out from under them. separate chairs. When the chairs were removed one by one, Photo by Dana Sun the only teacher successfully held up by tape was Mr. Shall. Withrow said he felt like a “monkey in the zoo being observed by high Principal Dr. Han was a near success; however, the tape school students.” Mr. Cabanos displays students’ artwork at the ripped too quickly, leaving Dr. Han held up by his neck. “Weird. Sticky. Tape-y,” grimaced Mr. Shall. presale on Parent’s Saturday, November 21st. Taping Mr. Withrow to the wall, however, proved to be an Tape Day, though well received, made only 420 kuai, most of which utter failure, as he immediately fell to the ground when his was donated by Mr. Cabanos and Mr. West. HELEN ZHANG chair was removed. Prom Committee is also organizing a dodgeball sports event for the News Editor When asked to comment on their sticky situation, Mr. SMIC Private School on December 8th. Welcome to the World Expo! This year’s Art Charity Program revolves around this theme, with students drawing on all sorts of mediums. CSL students debut in their first TV commercials The Art Charity Program is organized by the fruits of their labor. CSL teachers introduced television commercials and Red Cross Society of Shanghai and the SMIC CHRIS CHUANG helped the students draft and practice their own commercials. “We hope Private School and Kindergarten. This year’s Guest Writer that students will be motivated to learn Chinese through their involvement Art Charity Program was held on November The bilingual 3rd – 8th grade students of The SMIC with this activity,” CSL department head May Shen says. 26th-29th, and raised a combined total of RMB Private School embarked on a journey in their CSL November’s CSL Super Commercial Show is not the first of its kind. 200,000 to be donated to Red Cross. Half of (Chinese as a Second Language) classes. Through the Back in 2006, current eighth and ninth graders presented their renditions the money raised was made from art sales and course of seven weeks, these CSL students learned about of Dragon Airline TV commercials on April 4th. Under an agreement sponsorships and the other half was donated by the different aspects of advertisement and practiced with SMIC, Dragon Airlines sponsored prizes for the event while SMIC SMIC Private School and Kindergarten. their own marketing skills by creating posters ads and students wrote their commercials to promote Dragon Airlines. Cindy Li, one of the organizers of the performing commercials. Program explained that the main purpose of the From October 12 to November 27, program was, “to assist disadvantaged children CSL teachers incorporated lessons on print with their medical expenses and to give families advertisement and Television advertisement. On opportunities to share their blessings.” Friday, November 27, during the sixth period, Each day started with a different artwork the students performed original TV commercials exhibition, followed by a parent-child activity, in separate groups. The CSL Super Commercial and then a performance. Show did not host the large audience it planned to On November 26th, the Art Charity Program have because teachers wanted to avoid potential held a Sponsor and Press Appreciation Night to flu outbreaks. thank the sponsors and press who had helped “All the TV commercials were fascinating,” raise funds. Last Sunday, a donation ceremony CSL teacher Mrs. Amy Chen remarked, “One was held, followed by a lucky draw, a children’s group advertised a set of earphones students performance, and a press event. could wear to block out their parents’ scolding. This year each grade from grades 1-8 had a The event allowed students to express their specific medium on which they painted. Grade 1 creativity and become more aware of their drew on post cards, grades 2 and 3, refrigerator surroundings.” magnets, grades 4, 5, 7, and 8 on canvas, and After drafting Zespri kiwi promotion ads, grade 6 on folders. students received Zespri kiwis and tasted the December 2, 2009 Xin Lang Scholar News 3 is coming to Shanghai Disneyland will be hitting mainland China for the very first time The Magic-Kingdom style park and re- The Walt Disney Company already has AMY ZHOU sort is scheduled to be completed by 2014 in 6,000 other branded establishments in Chi- Editor-in-Chief the Pudong district, and is rumored to fea- na including language schools, toy stores, After nearly twenty years of nego- ture special “Shanghainese” characteristics. and clothing outlets. The company’s goal tiations, China has finally approved An estimated $3.6 billion USD is with Disneyland Shanghai is to further in- the construction of a Disneyland required to construct the park. Combined, crease the demand for Disney products Theme Park and Resort in Shanghai. the park and resort will cover about 10 sq. within China’s market of 1.3 billion people. “China is one of the most dynamic, exciting km in size, making it larger than the original Disney will hold approximately and important countries in the world, and this Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California if 40% interest in the Shanghai resort, approval marks a very significant milestone developments proceed as expected. Disney and the remainder will be given to Photo courtesy of www.sina.com for the Walt Disney Company in mainland even hopes to expand the Shanghai division a collective of Chinese corporations Minnie Mouse holds a little girl in Szechuan. China,” said Disney CEO, Robert Iger. to the size of Florida’s Disneyworld Resort. selected by the government. Xinjiang Revolts AMY LIN Guest Writer Having recently celebrated its 60-year anniversary of the founding of PRC, China is still facing problems in Xinjiang. Problems began in July after a revolt causing 140 deaths and 800 injuries. The police are still searching for the 10 most important leaders of the revolt and have already arrested hundreds of demonstrators. The uprising was led by Uygurs, a Muslim ethnic group living in Xinjiang, who wanted to demonstrate their dissatisfaction toward the Han population. The conflict arose from the Uygurs’ discontentment with the Han’s dominant control over the nation’s economy and administration. Various networking websites are still being blocked due to insuing unrest. Global economic crisis update Swine flu cases rise in China Airplane passengers have their temperatures checked before they exit the plane. Photo couresty of www.life.com ANGEL LIN Guest Writer The global economy is projected to see a slight boost in the upcoming holiday season. H1N1 flies through quarantine precautions and infects China However, oil prices underwent dramatic soars in the past month. Oil prices soared and several people criticize these vaccines for and breathing trouble. stayed at $22 per barrel on November 20th. HELEN ZHANG their extreme side effects, which include The Center for Disease and Control The dramatic price increase has become Inside News Editor fever, swelling, fainting, muscle aches, and (CDC) states that the main targets of swine a factor hindering economic recovery as In early May, Shanghai was accused of nausea. flu are children under 2 years old, people production costs and transportation become allowing H1N1 to enter China after a China On November 19th, 688 SMIC students between 18 and 65 years old, pregnant more costly. Eastern Plane carrying an infected passenger from both elementry and middle high school women, and people with weak immune The U.S unemployment rate shot up passed through Shanghai into Hong Kong. were given the Swine Flu vaccination. Of systems. The number of hospitalizations to 10.2 percent in October, which is the “The relevant officials really those students that were vaccinated, there within these groups is estimated at 53,000 highest unemployment rate since 1983. The underestimated the seriousness of this was a significant percentage of students that with 2,900 deaths. latest reports in November showed a slight problem,” a netizen from Tian Jin wrote subsequently developed fevers. China now has over 66,000 swine flu decrease in unemployment. An average of on Sina after the news of the H1N1 case Recently, H1N1 has evolved to become cases which have resulted in 43 deaths. 190,000 jobs are still being lost each month, surfaced on May 2nd. Shanghai responded resistant to the vaccine Tamiflu, and over 50 Worldwide, there are currently 500,000 cases but is a slight improvement from the 500,000 by temporarily banning all flights flying into people are infected with the evolved H1N1 and 6,260 deaths. that were lost each month earlier this year. Shanghai. virus. The virus has not shown China is also still feeling effects from China has recently begun administering vaccines. The government has reported signs of resistance to Relenza, the other vaccine, although Xin Lang Scholar the global economic recession. China’s exports dropped 18.8 percent year-on-year that 1.5 million people are receiving the the side affects of this vaccine The SMIC Private School to $110.8 billion last month, while imports vaccination daily, and a total of 15 million are more severe than those of 169 Qingtong Road, Shanghai, China stood at $86.8 billion, down 6.4 percent have already been vaccinated. However, Tamiflu, including wheezing (021) 5855-4559 Swine flu prevention from a year earlier. Nevertheless, a strong economic growth is still predicted as the EDITOR-IN-CHIEF FEATURE EDITOR government’s stimulus plan has padded the Amy Zhou Soyoon Bach Chinese economy from the full effects of the global recession. China’s economy is To prevent swine flu, most of the precautions people should take are similar FRONTPAGE EDITOR FOCUS EDITOR forecasted to grow 9.4 percent in 2010 from to those taken to prevent the seasonal flu: Lillian Fitzmaurice Amy Zhou the growth of domestic consumption and the Wash your hand thoroughly with warm water and soap after using INSIDE NEWS EDITOR SPORTS EDITOR improvement of exports as external markets the restroom, and several times during the day Helen Zhang Ben Li begin to stabilize, said a report by Beijing Always cover your nose when you sneeze and wash your hands Renmin University. afterwards WORLD NEWS EDITOR FACULTY ADVISOR Several significant political events have Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth, and open wounds Asta Fu Ms. Beth Burrill occurred to address the global economy’s Avoid public gatherings if Swine Flu cases exist in your area. future. China and the United States have taken Wear a respiratory mask All content expressed by this paper are student views only and may not steps together to strengthen communication necessarily reflect the views of the administration. *If you have any Stay at home if you feel sick between the two countries and to find questions or comments reguarding this paper, or would like to submit Get the H1N1 vaccine ideas for an article, please email them to email@example.com. solutions to stabilize the economy. 4 Focus Xin Lang Scholar December 2, 2009 Spotlighting students Lemonade stands were just not enough LILLIAN FITZMAURICE Front Page Editor for these teen business owners Now successful entrepreneurs, these exceptional students started dipping their toes into business early and churned out a profit before most of their peers even started driving. Maybe you can follow in their footsteps too! How to be what you do that is important; it is your reflections on SOYOON BACH it and what you gained from the experience that makes Features Editor it unique. Ms. Neale McGoldrick added, “If it doesn’t Good grades and unbelievable SAT scores are matter to you, it doesn’t matter at all.” definitely helpful when applying to your dream To simply have a passion is not enough; you must college. However, colleges also want to see a student know what to do with it. Guidance counselor, Dr. Juliette Brindak (above) was just 10 At the age of 11, Ryan Allis (above) who shines and is truly unique from others. They want Theresa Liu placed emphasis on a student’s ability to years old when she thought of her website, offered a computer service for $5 an students who are exceptional. “transform an idea into an action a lot of people can Miss O and Friends, and 16 when she her hour. Working on his business for “What colleges want to see is a passion, or a benefit from.” Because many students do not have first book published. Visited by millions thirteen years, Allis is now the CEO special talent,” said SMIC guidance counselor, Mr. the resources, convince SMIC to back your cause by of young girls, Miss O and Friends offers of iContact, an e-mail marketing and Keith Seig. Instead of distributing your energy to talking to administers and other teachers that could games, activities for tweens and is now surveying software. His company is multiple avenues, concentrate on one or two talents possibly get involved. The school is always willing to worth over $15 million. reported to turn $25 million this year. or passions and apply them uniquely for personal help their students and therefore, you will most likely advancement and to further self-realization. find the greatest assistance from within the SMIC Stanley Tang (left), 16, managed to juggle high While impressing colleges is important, you should community. school and writing a best selling novel. eMillions, place your personal interests as first priority. Discover When you come up with an idea that you want to Teng’s book, is a compilation of interviews he had who you are, what interests you, and what you can pursue, find teachers, friends, and family to discuss with big-name Internet successes. And for students do to take your interests to the next level. Always be ways you could make it become reality. Get them who are interesting in branching into the business curious; try new things whether it’s life-changing or involved by distributing responsibilities so that you world while still in high school, Teng advises, minute. Mr. Patrick Carroll explained that it is not will have more time to focus on academics. “Make sure you balance your time properly between Environment: business and school. Time management is key.” passion Photos courtesy of www.retireat21.com and www.incomediary.com A life’s AMY ZHOU youths, since 2008. After attending the second Rock for Roots and Shoots concert, she was inspired to get elected mayor of Neverland Editor-in-Chief involved with R&S activities. City mayors and politicians are getting younger as Planning the Rock for Roots She collaborated with R&S staff to plan the Rock more teens are getting involved in politics and Shoots benefit concert for Roots & Shoots 2009 charity concert. The concerts was no easy task, but Tsu still originally began in 2007, however experienced a age. My opponents said I didn’t have managed to juggle school, hiatus last year. ASTA FU enough life experience to be mayor, that I family, and friends while Tsu began planning the 2009 concert during the World News Editor was single, and that I didn’t pay property still making time for her summer. Small helped Tsu assemble the band lineup City mayor positions are not limited taxes. ‘I can’t do anything about my age,’ environmental duties. and find a venue, which Tsu described as the most to middle-aged politicians - the youngest was my usual response, ‘but here’s what “It’s easy when you are challenging aspect of planning the event. “Shanghai mayor was 11 years old when he was I plan to do on the issues,’” remarked passionate about it,” said has so many businesses around competing to stay elected. Nickels. Tsu, a longtime advocate afloat that [Yuyintang] donating [their] venue for the Brian Zimmerman of Crabb, Texas Nickels took initiative by going for environmental night is a super big deal,” she said. was elected in 1985 in a last attempt to door to door to ask voters what they protection. The success of the 2009 charity concert has keep the small city from being annexed by were most concerned about and utilized Tsu has been active brought much attention to Tsu, who admitted that neighboring Houston. those opinions to launch his mayoral in Roots & Shoots, a planning the concert was “definitely not an easy feat.” Nor are younger politicians hindered campaign. non-profit organization Popular magazine, City Weekend dubbed Tsu a “tree by the amount spent campaigning. 18- “My main issue throughout the dedicated to raising hugging rock teen,” and lifestyle blog, Shanghaiist, year-old Justin Nickels was elected for campaign was unemployment and the environmental also interviewed Tsu to feature her dedication towards government position to Manitowoc’s economy,” stated Nickels on C-SPAN. awareness in this good cause. Second Aldermanic district city council. By addressing the public’s interest, Tsu plans to continue fundraising for the Million At 22, Nickels was elected as mayor of Nickels was able to gain sufficient support Tree Project within SMIC in the upcoming months. his city after spending $70 million in in the election to defeat his opponent who Photo courtesy Similar to last year, she will hand out homemade campaigning. had been mayor for 16 years. of Jessica Tsu “tree cookies” for every tree purchase. She hopes to Nickels interest in politics began when Nickels’s job as mayor is full-time but continue working with Roots & Shoots in the future, he was 13 when he volunteered for Al is also balancing online classes to get his and plans to attend the annual spring Inner Mongolia Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign. bachelor’s degree in public administration tree planting trip in 2010. “The biggest issue I faced was my at the University of Wisconsin. December 2, 2009 Xin Lang Scholar Focus 5 & the pressures we face Over stressed and under Take the stress test! motivated BEN LI In the following list of stress indicators, Tally your checks and reference the chart Sports Editor check the ones that you possess. below to see if you are stressed: These four years are will Sleep difficulties Anger or tantrums No. checked Level of stress produce a few of the most important Loss of appetite Violent or anti-social behavior 1 You are not stressed moments of our lives. The decisions Weaker concentration and memory retention Emotional outbursts 2 You are probably stressed we make and the lessons we learn, Performance dip Drinking alcohol to relax 3 You are almost certainly stressed both inside and outside of the Uncharacteristic errors or missed deadlines Nervous habits 4+ You are stressed classroom, will shape our lives. As students, we feel the pressures of an increasingly competitive Helpful stress remedies 1 2 3 4 5 world. We must achieve more than what the academic system requires to be truly exceptional. Equally important, we must learn to be independent adults in the Make a to-do list Soothe your senses Sports and Exercise Music therapy Chew on cherries world. One of the most crucial Write a list of all the things Every couple of hours, take Exercising and participating Music is beneficial to your and snack on whole lessons to learn is to act upon you need to get done for the a moment to stop and enjoy in sports can release your health. Certain types of mu- day, number them according what’s around you--heighten stress. You can let out your sic can help sooth and relax wheat bread our own inspiration and dreams Cherries contain nutrients to propel us forward. However, to what you need to get done your senses. Practice deep frustrations through activi- muscles and relieve stress that help relax the nervous it is getting harder to find the first. Tackle each task one at breathing and meditation for ties while simultaneously in- and tension. Studies have system and release stress. time we need in our lives to build a time and check it off your 20 minutes a day. teracting with friends. shown that classical music Whole wheat bread is stocked fundamental personal perspectives list. This will help you stay can temporarily raise your and philosophies that will develop focused, feel in control, and IQ by 15 points. with B vitamins which help sustain the nervous system the way we view our world. become less overwhelmed Although the education that throughout the day. and fight off stress. we dedicate nearly all of our time to teaches us the practicalities of achieving in the modern world, it does not teach us how to independently pursue our own dreams. Time is limited. Instead School is overwhelming kids of exploring to find their own definitions of “success” and discovering personal passions, students are spending lengthy times Studies show that academics to keep up GPAs and test scores. What is most stressful to SMIC high school students? As a result, a whole new are the leading cause of stress generation of aimless students is born. These “slackers” are for students frustrated by all the responsibilities, end up feeling overstressed or LILLIAN FITZMAURICE ASTA FU extraordinarily disinterested in Front Page Editor World News Editor academia. Psychological studies show school to be an increasing Regardless of these injustices, cause of stress among students. what these generations of The top 5 leading causes of stress, as found in a conflicted youths have to realize study of 200 high school students in rural America, were is that competent academics are “academic class work, relationships with the opposite essential in the world today if they sex, concern about grades, feelings about personal want to achieve any definition of appearance, and pressure to succeed and achieve.” real success in the world. Let’s In a more academically competitive environment, face it – even with extraordinary 58% of the adolescents surveyed listed “school as their talent, how many people are truly biggest cause of stress,” 35% of which “experienced as lucky as the handful of famous stress frequently” – compared to the 27% of teens high school entrepreneurs featured nationwide that felt stress frequently. The conducted by on the previous page? The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Dr. Liu, SMIC head counselor, Harvard University polled students in Washington D.C. agrees. “I don’t like the educational in 2005. system either. But we’re powerless “Honestly I think over extending yourself is a big right now – we must survive by difficulty here in our environment,” commented Mr. playing the system, until we reach Henry Canfield, SMIC’s athletic director and AP a position where we can change Psychology teacher. something,” she said. “We’re trying to change the atmosphere so that people But she also gives what may be understand it’s better to have a well-balanced student the greatest pressure reliever of all: going to a ‘good fit’ college, as opposed to a neurotic “You must find your motivation. going to an Ivy League school,” shared Fran Landau, A survey of the SMIC high school student body showed that quarter exams are the highest Find anything and everything that director of school counseling at Walt Whitman High cause of stress amongst students, followed by homework and college preparations. Similar to drives you, and let that pull you School in Bethesda Maryland. schools in America, school is the dominant cause of stress at SMIC. through the storm.” Feature 6 Xin Lang Scholar December 2, 2009 Words of advice from SMIC Former P.I. walks the halls of SMIC alumna Despite the burden that comes with living in Shanghai, Rodriguez finds many benefits from living in this city as well. “I love Muslim LILLIAN FITZMAURICE noodles. I always eat from street vendors. You Front Page Editor With a major in criminology from Fresno can survive off of $3 here,” Rodriguez raved. State University and firsthand law experience The cafeteria food, however, is a different as a former private investigator under his story. Rodriguez disclosed that he finds belt, Mr. Enrique Rodriguez would seem alternatives to eating in the SMIC cafeteria. to be the teacher to watch out for. But don’t Aside from a dislike for the cafeteria food, worry because Rodriguez revealed, “the stuff I Rodriguez enjoys many other aspects of SMIC, want to do is anti-terrorism and international including sharing a love for sports with the crime, not so much petty theft.” students. This health and fitness enthusiast Rodriguez was interested in joining the is even helping with the SMIC sports police force when he decided he wanted to program. He is currently helping coach the travel abroad. Having heard of SMIC through Varsity and JV boys basketball teams. Aside his graduate program, he saw coming to from his involvement in sports, Rodriguez is Dear SMIC students, Shanghai as the perfect career and traveling also teaching Spanish I, English Enhancement opportunity. classes, and the Treasure program to the I am writing to share with you “Teaching is one of the career paths I’m Chinese track. All in all, Rodriguez is quickly my experience of how to cope interested in,” Rodriguez shared. molding into the SMIC setting. with all the joys of your final Only having been in Shanghai for a few “I’m really happy that I’m here. Everyone’s years in high school – namely, months, Rodriguez has been adjusting well been very helpful. It helps me with the fact SATs, college applications, and to the congested urban setting. Culture that I’m alone for the very first time in a new senioritis. shock? Not a problem. He credits the SMIC country. The students are very welcoming Enrique Rodriguez poses in the halls of SMIC Despite the academic nature community with easing the burden of being and warm,” Rodriguez noted, “It feels like a wearing his typical private investigator attire. of college applications and SATs, in a foreign country. giant family.” academia is not everything. As much as learning calculus and grammatical structure is important, I’ve found that there is even more to be gained from taking time for yourself – a hobby, exploration, a connection Productive ways to procrastinate to the outside would. You live in Shanghai, which is a veritable mecca of experiences you A short story by Hazel Chum will never get in America or Julian’s life was screwed up. In his opinion, at anywhere else. least. He had just gotten a D in Chemistry, and his Not to mention that friends shunned him because he had recently been too memorizing words for SATs moody to talk to them. He pulled at his hair. What doesn’t help as much as you happened? How did his life unravel so quickly? A may think – you’d be better off nasally little voice then whispered into his ear, “it’s reading novels and other books just because of your bad luck. Don’t worry.” to familiarize yourself with word Julian’s hair stood on end. “Who’s there?” structure and roots. Recognizing The voice didn’t reply. He could’ve sworn he had that the word “obfuscate” just heard a voice, though. Julian shrugged. It must shares a root with “obscure” have been just a figment of his imagination. But then will probably do you a lot more again, these things never were. favors that memorizing that it “Did you really think that I was just a figment of is a transitive verb meaning to your imagination? Are you really that thick?” make something unclear. Now he was really freaked out. The voice And now comes the continued, “I am simply Logic. And you really do not qualification. It must be want to see my true appearance. Anyway, I’m here to recognized that there are no fix your life up. So be thankful!” hard and fast rules for anything, Julian still felt uneasy. “If this is a trick…” even if you are given hard and “This is not a trick. And if you don’t want my fast rules to follow. Everyone help…I can just leave.” is different. Just because these “Fine! What do I need to do to get my life back methods worked for me does not in order?” necessarily mean that they will “All you have to do is fill your bathtub with hot be ideal for you. chocolate, sing a lullaby to your shower head while Lastly, and mostly soaking in it, and then tell your crush that you love importantly, remember your her.” Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Julian cracked a smile. “Game’s over. I know and DON’T PANIC. WEREN’T you’re just kidding. I’ve got to write my essay now, YOU LISTENING? I SAID so just leave me alone, alright?” DON’T PANIC!! “In 10 seconds, your mother will come in here and I was asked to give you tell you to clean up your room.” an update on my occurrences Julian counted. In 10 seconds, his mother came in since high school, but I find it and told him to do just that. unequivocally boring to talk “Alright. Let’s say I believe you. But I can’t fill a about myself so I will simply say bathtub with hot chocolate!” that I am applying to vet school “You just gotta find a way.” this year. Wish me luck! One week later, Julian had completed all the tasks the voice had set out for him. His crush hadn’t even From, rejected him! He took a Chemistry test one week after that. He Mandy Cha passed with an A-. He shrugged. He smiled. Perhaps Class of ‘06 Cartoons created by Soyoon Bach and illustrated by Kevin Huang Logic had really come to help him that day. December 2, 2009 Xin Lang Scholar Feature 7 Sharkey in SMIC’s mascot suited up for some true winter sports in Shanghai The 100,800 square meter AMY ZHOU “snow room” features one large Editor-in-Chief hill split into three tiers for skiers This month, Sharkey was spotted on the with varying levels of expertise. slopes of Yinqixing Indoor Skiing Site. The Beginners will find the first tier slopes are a good mountain substitute for most suitable for their skill level, any winter athletes craving a good ride, but and instructors are available free the real fun comes in watching friends and of charge for first-time skiers. The strangers ride clumsily down the artificial second and third tiers increase snow. in both steepness and height, creating a more challenging run. The highest point All photos by Ms. Burill on the third Sharkey the pro-skier poses on top of the the highest point of the slope before racing down. tier is as high as a 14 equipment, waterproof jackets, pants, and Sharkey highly recommends Yinqixing floor building. gloves are also included in the rental. Indoor Skiing Site to those with an Yinqinxing provides An escalator takes skiers up to the top adventurous attitude and a good sense of both ski and snowboard of the first slope, although the policy to take humor. Even though you might not leave rentals. Toddlers and off your skis before getting on is sometimes Yinqixing an Olympic skier, you can take children too young to a hassle. A pulley system takes more comfort in the fact that there’s probably ski can rent small sleds, experienced riders up to the steeper slopes. somebody worse than you. making Yinqinxing Weekday rates begin at RMB 98 for one Take Metro Line 1 to XinZhuang (辛 family-friendly. There hour, RMB 138 for two hours, and RMB 198 庄) and take a ten minute taxi to Yinqixing are also seasonal snow for a day pass. Weekend rates begin at RMB Indoor Skiing Site (上海银七星室内滑雪 playgrounds for kids. 118 for one hour, RMB 158 for two hours, 场), 1835 Qixing Road (七莘路). Sharkey is excited to ride the escalator up to the top of the first slope. Aside from the and RMB 218 for a day pass. Who says books are always better than the internet? Studies show that surfing the web can be more A poll of the high school student body shows how much stimulating to the brain than reading books time SMIC students spend online, and how they spent it Photos courtesy of www.google.com Shaded areas indicate parts of the brain that are stimulated during reading (left) and during internet surfing (right). Internet experiences were able to stimulate LILLIAN FITZMAURICE neural circuitry that was not stimulated Front Page Editor during reading, while the others with no The bar graph (above) shows the current average hours SMIC students A recent study taken at the Semel Institute experience did not show the same results. spend on the internet for Neuroscience and Human Behavior UCLA professor Gary Small says that those at UCLA shows that surfing the Internet who are inexperienced with the Internet right actually stimulates the brain more than now could probably benefit later on. reading a book does. Despite these benefits, the study does raise But that does not mean you can ignore some red flags. your parents the next time they tell you to Gary Kennedy, director of geriatric get off the computer and pick up a book. psychiatry at Montefiore Medical center The research study was taken with a group in New York, noted, “As with physical of volunteers whose ages ranged from 55 exercise, what kind and how much cognitive to 76, meaning this research only applies to stimulation is going to be right without doing older generations. injury? The study showed that searching the web Internet use could prove to be a problem if triggers the area of the brain that deals with it is used excessively raising the main issues decision-making and complex reasoning. of whether or not it is truly more beneficial Signs of an increase in brain function than reading. occurred seven days after the experiment As for students who are curious as to whe- began, where each day the participants ther or not the same is true for their age were given one hour to surf the web. group, the same study focused on a younger But there’s a catch. Those with previous generation is expected to occur. The pie graph (above) shows how SMIC students use their time online. Sports 8 Xin Lang Scholar December 2, 2009 Alone in the 5 Years of Athletic Excellence Water SMIC swim team BEN LI Sports Editor SMIC basketball history 101: pays to exist Sharks and Lady Sharks - ‘05 to now The start of this years basketball season marks the fifth year of the HELEN ZHANG SMIC Sharks’ membership in the Shanghai International School Athletic News Editor Conference, otherwise known as SISAC. Since early September, a group The first four Sharks varsity basketball teams joined SISAC in the year of students have been pushing to of ’05 – ’06. The Sharks started off as a ragtag team hastily put together form an official swim team. Due to compete with experienced high school players from international to issues with securing usage of the school across Shanghai – now, at their fifth year in SISAC, the Sharks pool from the Living Quarters, this have fought their way up to become a formidable basketball team. group of students won’t be getting “They are the single team that has accomplished the most with the any time in the pool unless they least,” said Brian Bates, a Sharks basketball coach since the start of pay a fee of 30 RMB per day. SISAC. As a result, team members have Since the beginning, the SMIC Sharks had to cope with poor training created an autonomous swim team facilities and competing against older, bigger, and more experienced after being denied official status as opponents.Through the years, however, the fledgling Sharks seemed to a swim team for the second year have overcome these obstacles, growing as a team alongside the school in a row. The team roster consists they represented. of more than 20 elementary and Gradually, the Sharks moved forward – in the second basketball middle/high school students, with season of ’06 – ’07, the boys’ team was “the best in the East,” or the multiple private swim coaches. best team among Pudong international schools, placing well in SISAC “This team is made up of people tournaments. The girls’ team also showed improvement winning their who really like to swim,” explained first SISAC game. Betty Dong, mother of Allen and After 2 years of hard work, and losing some major players who had Chalsea Chen. “The school has graduated, both the Sharks and the Lady Sharks pulled through and won third not allowed us to have a swim place in the SISAC tournament of the ’07 – ’08 basketball season. team yet since we can’t provide Unfornuately, the boys’ team performed poorly at the SISAC facilities for all [the] students and tournament after a great season in ‘08 - ‘09, due to extensive player because there are no coaches.” All photos by the Athletic Department injruies. The girls’ team continued to play at their best and secured a Since the swim team is not Sherri Lin leaps for a 2-point lay-up against Dulwich during season of ‘08. third place trophy. recognized by the school, students don’t get any sports credits for A look at this year’s basketball season membership. The swim team is also financially independent from Now in the midst of the ’09 – ’10 basketball season, the Sharks’ the school, which means that boys’ basketball team are determined to take back the trophy, fueled swimmers pay out of their own by their frustration from not being able to perform at their best at last pockets to access a nearby club year’s tournament. Led by basketball captain Jay Chen’s experience, with a heated pool. “Many of Iwen Lam’s natural athleticism, and a team full of promising new varsity the kids also have private swim players, the Sharks have a great season ahead of them. teachers,” Dong explained further. The Lady Sharks’ year also looks promising with the skill and The team’s last competition experience of returning varsity veterans such as captain Stella Su, and was in late October. The SMIC players Jephanie Chen and Sherri Lin. swim team won one silver medal, Unfortunately, the Sharks’ and Lady Sharks’ have both consecutively and three bronze medals in a total lost two matches since the start of the season. Nevertheless, both teams of 24 events. The team also placed remain confident of their abilities. fourth in four other events. The “We’ve got a team full of really great players,” said Justin Tzeng, a next competition is scheduled at basketball player on the Sharks basketball team. “After we get used to the beginning of February at SAS. playing with each other and on the court, heads are going to roll.” The varsity teams celebrate their first ever bronze trophies in the season of ‘07. Division I players teach MS teams how to win them secure a 6-0 season record. to become a unified team with PAUL CHOI “I am so proud of my team, impressive handling skills. Guest Writer we won all of the matches against The middle school girls’ soccer Due to the absence of an other schools,” said Ian Jang, who team played a commendable record experienced middle school soccer played the forward position. of two wins and two losses. coach, high school varsity soccer The girls’ middle school soccer Coach Janai commented, “even players Samuel Koyama, Chris team also worked hard in the past though they didn’t have a lot of Chuang, and Sung Moon, two months. Coach Janai Wallace practice time, they worked hard collaborated with Mr. Seth Urion led the team with the assistance while they were out there, and by to coach the middle school boys’ of high school players, Isabelle the end of the short season they had soccer team. Pelaschier, Winnie Zhang, Olivia really improved.” The boys MS soccer team Szymanski, and Julia Shih. Unfortunately, the boys and showed commitment, perseverance Although the girls’ middle girls could not compete in the and diligence in both CISSA games school soccer team had only CISSA tournament this year due to and during practice. Even when four official games, they showed various scheduling conflicts. facing opponents with physical remarkable improvement during Nevertheless, the 2009 CISSA advantages, the boys maintained the season. The team progressed soccer season was a tremendous Photo by Janai Wallance composure on the field. The team’s from having a relatively feeble success for the boys’ and girls’ Emily Lukas chases the ball past her opponents to head for the goal. hard work and natural talent helped defense and unaggressive offense middle school soccer teams.
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