By: Kaitlyn Fung, Grade 9 & Nicole Yu, Grade 9
Have you and your friends ever had an inside joke that only you understood? Imagine if that inside joke was shared with world through the internet – an inside joke that mostly everyone on the internet knows. That is called an internet meme, and we will share with you our top ten favourite internet memes.
First of all, what exactly IS an internet meme? An internet meme, (pronounced meem), as said earlier, is a big inside joke shared on the internet. Memes often stem from anime/manga, video games, movies, and pop culture in general. They usually spread rapidly from user to user, and can be very popular for a long time or have a short burst of popularity.
Now, without further ado… #20 to #11 of Kaitlyn Fung and Nicole Yu’s Top 20 Internet Memes!
By: Cassandra Ly, Grade 11
The TV turns on and there you are: face to face with a large, perfect, mouth-watering burger. Theannouncer introduces the bigger, better taste with the freshest ingredients that include strips of bacon, Monterey Jack Cheese, and fresh-cooked beef patty. At that moment, all you can think of is getting your hands on that burger. Wait one second! Before you get into the car, bus, or bike to head down to what seems like a door of heavenly goodness, have you thought about why burgers or your other favourite snacks tastes oh-so-delicious? What is it about the ingredients? There’s quite an obvious answer for everything: salt.
By: Eric Lam, Grade 10
Writers Note: This article is meant to explain the current issue about children and teenagers being sexually harassed by Church priests. It is not meant to offend anyone.
There have been numerous reports and cases where victims claim to have been sexually harassed by religious figures. Recently, Newsweek.com released an article that highlighted the fact the New York Times failed to mention in their news report that two Minnesota girls, victims of rape, were victimized by a Roman Catholic Priest. There is a bigger picture to this story, and it is that this same problem has been happening over many decades and generations. Newsweek.com presents evidence of young boys and girls as victims of rape by members of the Roman Catholic Holy Order, Diocesan Catholic Order and Catholic priests who teach children or care for the sick.
By: Jenny Ho, Grade 11
You know what grinds my gears? Budget cuts.
I’m sure everyone has heard that the Vancouver School Board (VSB) is facing a $18.12 million deficit, in the upcoming 2010-2011 school year. This is certainly not the first time that the VSB has faced drastic cuts, but certainly the costliest.
So you may wonder:, how does this affect students? For starters, you might not see your favourite English teacher next school year, or the young math teacher. In the Vancouver district alone, teaching staff will be reduced by 113.8 full-time equivalents. About eight hundred staff members have received warning letters about potential layoffs. Sixteen teachers at Windermere alone received his much dreaded letter (Teachers with less than five years of teaching experience received this letter). On May 5th, teachers will find out what will happen to their jobs.
With fewer teaching staff next year, this means there will be larger class sizes. Less variety of courses will be offered to students, as there will be fewer people to teach them. Night, adult, and summer schools will have fewer classes offered. Mini schools, art and music programs, ESL, special education, among other programs, will be greatly affected.
Aries – You’re going to become very keen about the environment this month. You’ll be extra cautious about whether your waste goes into the garbage, recycling or the compost and you’ll be reminding others, too!
Taurus – This May, you’re going to have a sudden urge to buy all new school supplies, although a bit late since we’re two months away until the end of the school year. Just buy them anyway; you won’t have to go shopping in the summer!
Gemini – You might be incredibly eager for the summer to come this month, but don’t switch gears from ‘School’ to ‘Summer’ too quickly; remember to study for your finals so you can end the school year happily and fully enjoy the summer.
By: Nicole Yu, Grade 10
This month’s subject, Ms. Singh!
How do you feel about being chosen for this month’s style watch column? It must be exciting. Tell us about it!
What are you wearing?
Pants, shirt, cardigan, pumps
Describe your style.
Classy, chic, sophisticated
What are your favourite shopping destinations?
Aritzia, Aldo, Nine West, Banana Republic, Jacob
By: Valerie Wong, Grade 11
Smooth, patent leather encases the length of a classic pump with just enough of a peep-toe that makes your feet appear slender, and your legs magnificently lengthened. The heel is a flattering shape – not too skinny and not too chunky. The perfect shoe sits next to its perfect twin – a mirror image of flawlessness.
The first thing you think when you see them is that they’re beautiful.
Excited to spot the shoes of your dreams, you ask the salesperson for your size. You’re ecstatic to hear that they have it in stock. The shoes lay under a thin layer of tissue paper; you uncover them and stifle a gasp. They’re sooo pretty. You slip one shoe onto your foot, and then the other. Then you stand up and…
…. the pain hits you. You can’t determine where the pain is coming from. Perhaps it’s in your toes; on each foot, five toes are squished into three parking spaces. Or maybe the problem is in your ankle: could it be a sprain? The pain might even be in your knees; maybe you don’t drink enough milk. Whatever the source might be, you can’t imagine that such suffering was inflicted on you by an innocently gorgeous pair of shoes.
By: Brendan Chan, Grade 11
I am lost.
I can’t get out,
I can’t stop.
The boot is simply too tall,
and I am simply too short.
Lost in my world;
stuck in my dream.
I can’t connect them.
By: Emily Chan, Grade 11
When you think of “green,” what comes to mind? Do you picture a contrast of green paint against a stark white canvas? Do you image a green frog, leaping across the ripples of a pristine lake? Or is your mind immersed into imagery of nature: green grass and trees swaying in the gentle night-time breeze?
Whatever image is conjured up in your mind, there is one term that seems to be currently sweeping the nation: ‘GO GREEN’. Despite our humorous ideas, I regret to inform you that they’re not recommending painting yourself the colour of an unripe banana. Even if that is the case, I really wouldn’t recommend it. ‘GO GREEN’ is a term used to describe the concepts of sustainability; being environmentally-friendly, and respecting the Earth.
As green is often associated as the colour of nature, the term has caught on and is used constantly when describing environmental efforts! But what if I were to tell you something that would go against all of this logic? What if I were to tell you that going “GREEN” may not be the right thing to do? What if I were to tell you…
THE COLOUR GREEN ISN’T GREEN?
Hello again, everybody! This is our second-last part of Behind the Word! My apologies for the last part not appearing in the April issue. There was a mix-up with the layout team and it wasn’t printed. It’s still on the website, which is
! Now, this month I have interviewed the Promotions team, which consists of Puneet Riar and Emily Chan! Here’s the interview, enjoy!
1. What did you think of the Word Committee when it was first started?
E: I thought that it was a great opportunity. It gives us the chance to work together and aim higher. As cheesy as it sounds, more heads are better than one!
P: When it started, I was like “OMG”. I never thought our own school would have a newspaper, but when the Word came out, I was really excited.
2. Why did you join the Word Committee in the first place?
E: Well after writing for a year, I thought it was a cool opportunity. Besides, as one of the promotions people, it’s something I enjoy and can work with.
P: I read the Word in the first couple years it started, and I thought the articles were really interesting and I really wanted to share some of my opinions with other people who read the newspaper.
By: Mitchell Agostinho, Grade 12
What do you get when you combine a glowing hot tub, 3 friends, 1 nephew and illegal Russian energy drinks? Well you end up in 1986, of course! What else? Hot Tub Time Machine is the newest sleeper hit comedy following in the steps of The Hangover and Superbad. Being a HUGE fan of all things from the 80s myself (especially the music) I was eager about watching this movie, where I could see the decade I adore so much in action. But I was slightly disappointed with how the writers handled the trip back in time. The movie did though have a few good belly laughs and gross-out scenes which like The Hangover and Superbad, make it a great “guy movie”.