Welcome to the VERY LAST part of Behind the Word! Last issue, we talked to Emily Chan and Puneet Riar, the promotions team. We’ve interviewed nearly everybody on the committee; except for one person. He has been a big part of the Word for almost two years now, writing for nearly every issue. Presenting, Mitchell Agostinho!
N: What did you think of the Word Committee when it was first started?
M: I thought, “There is no way this think tank of people is gonna be able to put together even one newspaper.” Obviously, I was wrong.
N: Why did you join the Word Committee in the first place?
M: I was a big part of the word in the 2008/2009 year and thought now is a good chance to contribute more than just articles.
N: Do you like working with the Word?
M: Does anyone like work?
By: Mitchell Agostinho, Grade 12
5 years ago, I entered through Windermere’s big wooden doors and took a gander at where I would spend the majority of my teen years. 58 months later, on June 11th at 1:50, I will hear the bell ring and dismiss me for the last time. I could say what every grad says and tell you that it went by so fast; but that’s the furthest thing from the truth. The truth is that it was a slow and painful process. Some grads reading this may disagree, but looking back on the past half decade; I know full well that high school has been the craziest and most memorable time of my life. So far.
When I walked through the doors, I became instantly confused and scared about everything. The grade 9’s looked so much bigger than they did in elementary school and the grade 12’s were practically adults.
By: Navi Rai, Grade 9
If more guys would tell girls how they felt, there would be fewer lonely nights spent writing poetry.
She gave me a wan look and walked away. Voila, I must have done something erroneous again. She so inconspicuous, I don’t understand the way this goddess works. Her vibe is so charming and seductive. The way she walks and talks is so simultaneous, like she doesn’t even think. She’s just natural.
The mayhem between us is so vague, so unclear like a thick fog. I don’t understand what I did or what I didn’t do. Its feels like I’ve blathered into a bottomless pool of humiliation when I blather. I probably wouldn’t be able to talk like a normal person to her anyway; I degrade every time I even look at her gorgeous face.
The French word, Crepe, derives from the Latin crispa, meaning “curled”. A crepe is also, depending on what you do with it, a nice light snack or a mouthwatering dessert. After eating in places like Orange Corner or Café Crepe, one may think that a crepe can only be made with a crepe pan, but really, a crepe is, essentially a really flat pancake.
To make a crepe you will need:
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups milk
- ¼ cup melted butter or cooking oil
By: Jenny Ho, Grade 11
Living in North America, we are blessed to have a wide variety of food choices. However, many foods have a bad rep, better known for its high fat, sugar, sodium or calorie content or not to mention its low nutritional content. Depending on some of the choices we make, there are plenty of healthy alternatives to these foods.
Meat: Protein from meat is found in almost all meals we consume. Try choosing foods made with leaner cuts of meat – this means most of the fat and skin is removed. Stay away from anything that is heavily coated in thick sauces/creams. Also, try to eat less meat that is coated in a batter, and then deep fried; it soaks up a lot of excess oil.
Chocolate: Who can resist chocolate? It’s always been known as a heart attack in a wrapper – that is, if we eat too much! Regular chocolate bars found in convince stores are chock full of sugar and other additives (whose names I cannot pronounce). A better alternative is dark chocolate, which has tons of antioxidants, and more cocoa content. Dark chocolate has less sugar and fat, which is usually added to cheap chocolate. To consume, melt the chocolate over a double broiler. With the melted chocolate, coat fruits, such as strawberries and bananas. Then let it harden in the refrigerator. This way, you’ll still get a satisfying portion of chocolate, and enjoy some nutritious fruit.
By: Kaityln Fung, Grade 9 & Nicole Yu, Grade 10
Hello, everyone! This is the second and final part of our article on internet memes! Last month, we introduced the concept of a meme and began sharing our top 20 memes. If you find yourself having difficulty remembering what a meme is, don’t fret! Here is a simple explanation:
An internet meme, (pronounced meem) 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. Some can last a month or two, and some can last for years.
By: Puneet Riar, Grade 12
Rahim Jaffer, former Conservative MP and now co-owner of Green Power Generation (a company that promote green energy) was travelling northwest of Toronto on September 11th, 2009, when his car was stopped by a police car. The officer, who pulled him over, smelled alcohol and proceeded to search Jaffer’s car, where the officer found cocaine. Jaffer was charged with drunk driving and possession of cocaine. In addition, his licence was suspended for 90 days. Rahim Jaffer pleaded guilty on March 9th, 2010 to one charge of careless driving. His cocaine and drunken driving charges were then withdrawn and he got off with a $500 fine.
By: Valerie Wong, Grade 11
Are you eager for a summer adventure, but low in financial motivation? Do you make exciting plans, only to cancel them when you discover the holes in your pockets? Well, don’t spend your summer hiding in your basement and sulking about your misfortune – here are some frugal ways to have fun, without breaking the bank!
Move Your Butt!
For the Recovering Couch Potato:
Grouse Grind: If you want to get active this summer, check out Nature’s Stairmaster! As an uphill hike spanning 2.9 kilometres, the Grouse Grind is perfect for the exercise fanatic, or as a way to keep fit during summer vacation. Set challenges for yourself – see how fast you can climb Grouse Mountain, or if you can climb without stopping. For a slightly easier, equally elevated hike, check out the BCMC trail, which runs adjacent to the Grouse Grind.
Cost: $5 for the cable-car down the mountain – $0 if you hike down as well!