Graduation ’15 Part III: Final Remarks

“You are young only once so don’t fear the adventure. At the end, you’ll find out that the things you feared were actually nothing special.” Chaewon Lee

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We tend to moan in agony when asked about our days in high school, saying that it was a hectic time filled with academic burdens – the all too familiar banal hardships. Yet we all know that it would be a lie that cherishable moments didn’t constitute our time at KIS at all. The graduates of Class of 2015 bring the good times into perspective as they reflect on their younger years and light-hearted moments of bliss that have been commonly overlooked.

 

Chaewon Lee

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It’s been almost 8 years since I came to attend Korea International School from the States. As I was transitioning from a timid middle school student to a high school student, there were uncountable parts that I worried about. But as I was meeting old and new companions from this school, I found out that nothing was new. You are young only once so don’t fear the adventure. At the end, you’ll find out that the things you feared were actually nothing special. Also, do not forget to cherish the moment. Do not waste time thinking about your future all the time. You should be feeling grateful of what you are doing at present life. I’ll miss every little bits of KIS: from awkward skybridge encounters to elevators at the back side of the G building. But mostly, my friends who always stayed beside me whenever I had difficult times in either human relationships or academics.  Although I have to admit that only few will stay in touch with me after the graduation, I want to thank the Class of 2015 for bearing with me. I personally want to recognize Soohyun Kim (’15) and Dain Lee (’15) for the best memories. Even if each of us had different philosophies, we, at last, finished on the same line. In the end, friends are true presents in your high school life. I want to thank and congratulate the Class of 2015!becky-nostalgic-class-of-2016-lifestyle--4_18145204949_o


John Park

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I’m going to miss the people more so than anything else. Over the nine years that I’ve been a part of this community, I’ve made countless memories and valuable friendships, some of which I’ve been maintaining for all nine years. Although a new beginning awaits in college, thinking about how I’ll be leaving my second home and my friends gives me this wretched sensation. Perhaps, this is what you call bittersweet. I’ll truly miss the spontaneous visits to the zoo, long bike rides to Incheon, the Busan trip, overseas MUN conferences, EOW book club meetings, and, not to mention, SLC gaming at 10:30 PM. Without doubt, the memories and bonds I’ve made throughout my stay at KIS will always remain as a significant part of my life. I still remember in 4th grade, Joseph and I made bets on who would read the most books in a month. In 5th grade, sadch and I were soccer fanatics who would practice after school everyday even with intimidating high schoolers. In 7th grade sonch, jeongs, and I would meet up, say we’re working on Chinese projects, and end up just messing around. In 9th grade, I recall being with my XC teammates on the trunk of the van, soaked wet from running in the rain during the Guam race. Now looking back, wow… it’s been quite a long journey. For these past three years, I was always in the crowd congratulating the previous seniors on their graduation. It sure does feel weird now that it’s my turn to step onto the stage and shake Mr. Drakes’ hand. I’ll miss you, KIS.

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 Jessica Um

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This past year has marked my 9th and final year at Korea International School. The most valuable part of high school that I will be taking away as I transition into college will be the countless relationships I’ve built up with different students and teachers. The tight community at KIS has allowed me to learn and grow so much from the people I have had the privilege of being surrounded by, and I will be forever grateful to call myself a proud Phoenix. I hope you will too cherish and make the most out of the moments you have left in KIS. Good luck and most importantly, always have fun! 


Eric Kwon

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Philip Bae

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 Daniel Suh

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As a person who is relatively younger compared to students in my grade, I often felt I like I was more comfortable with the underclassmen. We had so many things in common that we were able to predict how each other felt and expect how others would act. This relationship I had with the underclassmen significantly helped me throughout the school year and gave me unforgettable memories that I will miss forever.

 

 

 


Certainly, it’s hard to admit that high school’s over and college looms only months ahead, but what more can be done than to be thankful of the memories?

To the graduates: Blueprint wishes the best of luck on your upcoming journey, expresses gratitude for sharing your innocent recollections, and congratulates you on enduring high school with grace. To the underclassmen: hold dear the days that you take for granted, since time will buzz by without you being conscious of its agility.

With the school year coming to an end and academics coming to a slight cease, it is reckoned that we take a break to look back and appreciate what we had, or what we still have. Who knows? These moments may never come again.

– Becky Yang (’16)

 

Graduation 2015:

Part 1: High School Bucket List

Part 2: “If Only I…”

Part 4: Gratitude for the Graduates

Mr. Hubbs’ Good Times

Let the good times roll for Mr. Hubbs and his students.

“You don’t even know us” is what most mutter in their minds as teachers fail to acknowledge the events that go on outside of the school campus. Academics and school itself is certainly a dominant part of students’ lives, but there’s more than that.
Mr. Hubbs, current APUSH and AP Econ teacher, recognizes this, and he makes a successful attempt to grow closer, more intimate, with his students. Each year, he organizes individual meetings with the students to understand why they act the way they do during class and to provide any required assistance.
But why does he go through the hassle of doing so?

Here’s what Mr. Hubbs has to say about his well-appreciated annual meetings:

BP: What has inspired you to reach out to students?
JH: The main reason comes from my philosophy of being a teacher. I don’t consider myself a teacher teaching history, but a teacher teaching students. I try to be aware of the students’ needs that aren’t just content related. I want to know if they’re okay emotionally, if they’re happy. I never carried out meetings with an entire class, though. I wanted to try this out with F Block, because they were so quiet and I wanted to know if something I didn’t know about was an underlying reason for that. I wanted to let them know that teachers care about them, and I thought having private conversations were the best way.

BP: How long have you been doing this?
JH: As I mentioned earlier, it was my first time this year doing this for an entire class. But I called out individual students since I began to teach.

BP: When do students begin to concern you?
JH: Usually, when I see their lack of energy. I’m not talking about how they’re just sleepy in the morning, but when I see their continuous pattern of tiredness and not participating.

BP: How do you feel like you can help?
JH: Students check in and I listen. It’s not my position to force myself to intervene since I’m not a psychologist or therapist, but I can be a mentor and good listener.

Teachers, no, mentors like Mr. Hubbs present the students with a sense of attention and appreciation. Creating a healthy relationship between the teachers and students is a two-way benefit, and it’s true to say that Mr. Hubbs’ students have much to be thankful for. Mr. Hubbs interacts with his students via Schoology as well as Facebook, and his classes are comprised of casual conversations that make history and economics every bit more engaging. As Mr. Hubbs always remarks during his classes, “Good times.”

– Becky Yang (’16)
Header: Justin Kwon (’16)

The Junior College Preparation

The battle has only begun for the class of 2016.

With numerous Ivy League colleges and universities from all around the world congratulating members of the Class of ‘15 on their acceptance, the time has arrived for the Class of ‘16 juniors to begin their college application process.

“I feel like I’m still a freshman. Time just flew by. It feels like only yesterday when we did the transition ceremony from middle school to high school, and the fact that we’re now preparing for college is mind-blowing,” admitted Kevin Seo (’16), a junior who attended the college information assembly at the PAC on Tuesday February 3, 2015. Kevin wasn’t alone. The rest of the juniors, also a bit shakened and quite nervous, were welcomed by the college admission counselors: Mr. Jacobusse, Mr. Bullock, Ms. Toms, and  Ms. Abukazam.

During the half hour assembly, the juniors were introduced to the wide variety of colleges and universities that await them and the research that should be done to properly select the path that best suits them. Rankings and the status of the schools commonly define what a ‘good college’ is to the majority of the students at KIS, partially because of the ridiculously high standards and the impressive acceptance rates of the KIS alumni. Hopefully, the assembly broadened the scope of potential dream schools and enlightened the juniors with hope and refined interests.

In addition to the in-school assembly on Tuesday, a PTO meeting was held after school on Thursday February 5, 2015, inviting both students and parents to learn in depth about the college application process.

From the information released to the juniors so far, here’s what they should and would be doing from this very moment on until they receive that coveted acceptance letter:

  1. For those who have not yet completed their Senior Portfolios, replies must be submitted as soon as possible. Counselors will be using the responses to create a plan that is specific to your personality and goals.
  2. Along with the Senior Portfolio, there is a separate survey targeting parents. Parents may have additional information about your qualities that you may be unaware of, and counselors need to know.
  3. Begin considering who to receive recommendation letters from—perhaps from two teachers, one from the science/math department and another from the English/social studies department.
  4. Start creating a list of colleges/universities to apply to and consider the following:
    1. co-op programs
    2. one class schedules
    3. Greek systems
    4. majors
    5. location of the school
    6. mass of student body
    7. class structures
  5. Research in depth about the colleges/universities that you are interested in. Find out if they have specific applications or requirements. Oftentimes, it will differ among schools.
  6. Think about potential topics for your essay. Making a first impression is critical, and an early start can be nothing but beneficial.
  7. Update your resume! Naviance will be the center of your college application process. Fill in your accomplishments, your test scores, anything to make you stand out as an individual.

College is but another transition from the safe boundaries of high school to the real world, similar to the transition that Kevin Seo mentioned above, from middle to high school. Taking that step comfortably and confidently is the greatest priority and will reflect in the best results. Good luck to all!

– Becky Yang (’16)
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Movie Review: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

A three part movie from three different perspectives, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is one for the books. “If you’re looking for a tranquil movie to watch inside the coziness of your bedsheets, Eleanor Rigby is definitely a must-see.”

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is not your cliché, mellow romance movie. Its flawless actors, meaningful dialogue, and gentle setting, combine to generate a heart-aching film that’s presented in a fresh, inventive way. Even from the title, one can assume that the movie is going to be well crafted and encompass an antique touch. “Eleanor Rigby,” a classic song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, puts emphasis on loneliness and life’s triviality. Such hidden messages and profound meanings are consistent throughout The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, as it is composed of three separate films: Him, Her, and Them. Each film provides insight into the respective character’s perspective, overwhelming the audience with more thought and emotion than any other single movie could present. All three films include a set amount of repetitive scenes, but personal thoughts and experiences that cannot be fully explained in Them are perfectly crafted within Him and Her.

Written and directed by Ned Benson, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby features Jessica Chastain from Interstellar who acted as Murphy and James McAvoy from X-Men who acted as Professor Charles Xavier. From the start, the casting foreshadows a respectable outcome. And it surely shines through. In Rigby, Jessica Chastain, as Eleanor Rigby, and James McAvoy, as Conor Ludlow, are a married couple suffering – but slowly overcoming – a life changing loss. After a suicide attempt, Eleanor Rigby, as the title infers, disappears. The couple drifts apart amidst the tragedy that they are facing, and the movie craftily incorporates their past memories and aspirations that both Rigby and Ludlow shared. Their conflicts give a taste of the bitter reality that today’s movies fail to capture. The mournful yet enlightening experiences that the two experience cannot be explained merely with words.

Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy (Sarah Shatz/The Weinstein Company. All rights reserved.
Still of Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy (Sarah Shatz/The Weinstein Company)

Now, you may be wondering which version to watch first. By luck, I selected Them as my first runner. Thank goodness I did. To fully understand the context of the movie, I suggest that you watch Them  before moving onto the more thoughtful Him, and eventually Her. Her must, I repeat, MUST, be watched lastly, for it involves a final touch that wraps all three films into a complete whole. In Them or Him, Eleanor Rigby appears as a pessimistic and frail character, but with Her, you’ll be able to really understand Eleanor and sympathize with her.

If you’re looking for a tranquil movie to watch inside the coziness of your bedsheets, Eleanor Rigby is definitely a must-see. Personally, I would be willing to watch all three films three more times, in the order I mentioned above. Thanks to the changing of the seasons, the lighting and general atmosphere of the movie perfectly reflects spring and early summer, making the watch an even more heartfelt experience. For those who carry a distaste for calm and relatively static films, however, I suggest that you pass on this one. But don’t miss out on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’s soundtrack by Son Lux, “No Fate Awaits Me.” It’s thunderous beats erupt every so often from the quiet and slightly eerie melody, which certainly gave tremendous weight to the ending of Them and Him.

 

– Becky Yang (’16)

Jungwook Han’s Nimble Hands

Jungwook’s signature calligraphy is seemingly everywhere around the KIS campus on posters to classroom whiteboards – learn more about Jungwook and his calligraphy in this interview.

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Terry Kim (’16)

 

Those with shaky hands, illegible penmanship, or an impatient temper wouldn’t dare to take on the challenge of calligraphy. Calligraphy is an admired hobby throughout cultures, but it’s certainly a difficult one. Yet, in KIS, nothing seems to be impossible. Jungwook Han (’16) practices calligraphy with passion and is gaining recognition through his Facebook page: HanCali (한캘리).

He is capable of writing in numerous styles, including business and gothic penmanship, and shares all his work through both his Facebook page and Instagram account (@hancalligraphy). Make sure to take a look!

 

 

Not only is he continuously nurturing his expertise in calligraphy, Jungwook has simultaneously been able to manage his school work. The following interview gives insight into how Jungwook was introduced to calligraphy, as well details on the different styles of calligraphy and his definition of balance.
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1. What inspired you to practice calligraphy?

JH: I don’t have a specific answer for this, but looking back, I’ve always been interested in how people write differently, with their own flick of the wrist. I changed the form of my printed lowercase letter “d”, and changed how I write my number “9”.

The very first time I was introduced to cursive writing was in second grade, when my teacher planned out a cursive course that lasted two weeks. The letterforms stuck in my memory, and even though the plain cursive that I learned during that time and the scripts I write now are vastly different, that memory is the furthest back in time I can think of that actually introduced me to the art of beautiful writing.

 

2. Who taught you?

JH: The most basic cursive forms I learned from my second grade teacher. I lived the next few years of my life after that without ever writing in cursive. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon a Facebook post that featured calligraphy that reminded me that since I had a basic foundation for cursive writing, I thought, “Well, why not?”.

As I learned, this turned out to be false, and I found out that my second grade teacher actually did a horrible job of teaching cursive. After that, I decided to start to learn the basics all over again.

The whole time when I was reconstructing my foundation the internet was my only source of information. I looked at countless pictures and scans of pen work, read articles on writing, read books written by Golden Age penmen such as F. B. Courtney and Louis Madarasz, and watched videos about artistic writing featuring current age Master Penmen including John DeCollibus.

Currently in the “Calligraphy” folder in my Mac are 1,500 files related to calligraphy. These were especially helpful in helping me get a better understanding about the correct way to hold a pen, the components of good writing, the correct movements of the arm when writing, and most importantly, flood my mind with an irresistible urge to write.

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3. How do you practice?

JH: I practice first with pencil, then I moved on to practicing with a pen. When I’m practicing arm movements, I draw ovals going clockwise and counterclockwise without using the wrist and finger joints. Also, there’s another drill called the “push and pull” exercise which consists of drawing straight lines with consistent slant is crucial to developing whole arm movements. When I want to work on the consistency of lines, I draw over ovals and ribbon-shaped patterns multiple times.

All the exercises I mentioned are repeated all over again when I move on to my straight and oblique pen holders. When practicing with a broad nib pen, I draw straight lines and practice the consistency of letters by studying letterforms.


4. Do you have a specific style of calligraphy that you prefer?

JH: I like all traditional calligraphy styles, which roughly include engraver’s script (otherwise known as engrosser’s script or copperplate script), spencerian penmanship, business penmanship, and ornamental penmanship.

There are different hands, or more subtle differences within penmanship styles, such as the formal hand or the running hand. Traditional calligraphy styles also include several broad nib scripts as well, for example blackletter fraktur and blackletter texture. I am not too interested in modern calligraphy, because they lack the consistency of the form which was one of the factors that drew me into calligraphy to begin with.

 

5. Are there any hardships that you faced because of your hobby?

JH: Proper calligraphy tools are difficult to find in Korea, mainly because calligraphy in Asia refer to seoye (서예) which is done with a brush instead of metal nibs. Also, most people who are interested in European calligraphy styles are more intrigued by the broad nib scripts instead of pointed pen scripts, which naturally decreases the demand for quality oblique pen holders and nibs in Korea.

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6. How do you manage to balance your hobby with school work?

JH: Calligraphy occupies my mind most of the time, and I know it because whenever I see a particular type of letterform that I find interesting, I take a picture of it and try to reproduce it later. Like anyone who has a hobby that they love, I also find it challenging to balance calligraphy with schoolwork and everything else that I am involved in. This process involves enduring the urge to write (which I get often), and powering through the workload before I start practicing what I love.

 

Although calligraphy may not intrigue some of you, it is certainly a delicate form of art that deserves more credit than it commonly receives. Taking words and presenting it in a visually appealing way is a pure talent, a quality that Han should continue to cherish.

 

– Becky Yang (’16)

Header: Terry Kim (’16)

 

Thinking Ahead: What’s New in the 15-16 School Year

New year, new programs, new additions.

As we approach the course registration process for the 2015-2016 school year, we were introduced to many drastic changes. Be mindful of what’s going to be different next year since it’s time to realize that we’re transitioning not only through the changing of the seasons, but also through a changing of schedules.

    1. Eight Block Schedule: For years, Korea International School offered seven courses for both the middle and high school students. Starting next year, however, the administrators have decided to incorporate an eighth class. For now, nothing seems to be clear about what the additional class will offer. Perhaps a study block, self-investment period, or maybe the opportunity for Blueprint to step up as an established course.
    2. School Hours: Since the eighth block will most likely be leisure time for the students, there is the hassle of balancing the academic courses along with it. Nowadays, school ends at 2:54 PM sharp, but once again, that is prone to change for the sake of maintaining a successful eight block schedule next year.
    3. AP Seminar: Every year, KIS has offered new courses to supplement the student body with new perspectives and experiences before moving onto college and the wider world. Next year, AP Seminar will be added to the list of courses. It is not only a young class, launched by College Board merely two years ago as a trial, but also a course with the potential to nurture the students’ capacities of taking on long-term projects and conducting presentations.
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      Mr. van Moppes is one of the two teachers who will be teaching AP Capstone starting the ’15-’16 school year. (c. Justin Kwon ’16)

      With Mr. Van Moppes and Mr. Quirin eager to teach the course, the students are intrigued as well

    4. CAD (Computer-Aided Design): Another new class being offered next year is Introduction to CAD and Advanced CAD.
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      According to Ms. Abukazam, students will learn about 2D and 3D computer-aided design. (c. Justin Kwon ’16)

      By using CAD software programs such as AutoCad and Google Sketchup, students will create models for production and real-life applications.

With the new provisions and sudden modifications to the schedule, we must prepare ourselves for the worst, but at the same time, in KIS we shall trust.

– Becky Yang (’16)

Header: Justin Kwon (’16)

8 Spring Break 2k15 Must-Haves

Spring break: the perfect, one-week getaway from all your stressful homework and exams. Here are eight must-have items for Spring Break (especially for all the girls out there).

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Although we still are wrapped with coats and scarves to resist the biting cold and coping with the never ending hell weeks of school, it is evident that a godsend is on its way. When the final bell rings at 2:54 PM on March 20, 2015, we will be free to indulge in anything and everything for a gratifying nine and a half days. Spring break is just around the corner, and we must prepare ourselves to savor every moment of it. Here, are just a few must-haves, mostly for our ladies, that will make the upcoming spring break an unforgettable one, so scurry and gather what you don’t have!

 

1. Masks

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Always, safety (and health) first! The yellow dust blowing over from China does not yet show signs of ceasing, and it would most likely linger until spring break. Even now, it won’t hurt to buy a mask, since recently, the area around our campus has reached a hazardous fine dust measurement of 318 ㎍/㎥.

 

2. Cooler Shade Attire

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Pantone, a corporation that works with technology to accurately communicate color, received recognition from artists, designers, and stylists from around the world. Recently, they revealed the top color trends for Spring 2015. Most likely, this year’s spring fashion trends will involve Pantone’s selected colors, so if you’re wanting to follow the fad, shop for clothes with cooler, blue, green shades.

 

3. Scarves

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By March, hopefully, it would be much warmer here in Korea, but occasional chills will be inevitable. Classy scarves will keep you both warm and up to date.

 

4. Flats and Sandals

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Enough with the Uggs and knee-high boots! The time has arrived for some skin. Let your feet breathe in the spring air along with you. But, please, make sure it’s clean of dead skin and fully moisturized.

 

5. Cozy Cardigans and Sweaters

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Sweater weather’s officially begun by March. Cardigans and sweaters are available in countless designs, colors, and patterns, so finding the right one that suits your taste would be of ease. This goes for our men as well!

 

6. Bright Lipstick

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Students often look significantly different in school and out of school. For girls, it’s most likely because of their makeup, and not many are an exception to this phenomenon. It’s time for vacation, and if you don’t have the time during school days to look gorgeous, well, spring should give you the time to do so. One way girls can appear more vibrant is by applying lipstick. It’s nice to keep in mind that warm toned skin goes well with coral and orange shades while cool, lighter toned skin benefits from pink and red shades of lipstick.

 

7. The Perfect Music Playlist

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Of course, whether you’re going on a trip with your family, a night out with your friends, or spending quality time with yourself at home, good music is a must. Perhaps some cliche spring tunes by Busker Busker? Sentimental melodies by Barcelona for lonely, chilly nights? Or Flume, just because?

 

8. School Supplies

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Some of us may take spring break to our advantage as extra time to prepare for the AP Exams. During spring break, take use of the time to organize your study materials. Buy notebooks and looseleaf paper, replace dying pens, and refill your mechanical pencil with determined lead. I’d rather not though.

 

– Becky Yang (’16)

Facing Inequality as an Iranian in Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Amherst has attempted to place a ban to prohibit Iranian students from taking certain science programs, shedding light on some of the struggles that foreign students face while studying abroad.

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UMass Amherst campus (Wikimedia)

At the highly acclaimed University of Massachusetts Amherst, a ban was established this month in an attempt to prevent Iranian students from taking certain science programs, including physics, chemistry, and electrical and computer engineering. This form of injustice can easily be seen as a direct result of the federal law that rejects visas for Iranian nationals who immigrate to America to study for a career in Iran related to oil and nuclear energy. Due to the assumption that nuclear weapon programs are taking place in Iran, Iranian students in Amherst are facing disadvantages in forms of limited academic freedom.

The federal law, thankfully, does not expand its scope on enforcement, but UMass Amherst felt it was necessary for themselves to take a leading measure against Iranians, instigating a rise of resentment from local Iranians.

Through social media, the university’s new policy gained attention and UMass officials also heard the acrimonious remarks of the Iranians, as well as those of numerous professors and non-Iranian students. Consequently, on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, UMass authorities decided to revise the policy. The revised policy encouraged “individualized study plans” rather than outright exclusion of Iranian students in certain programs.

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(L-R) Nariman Mostafavi and Mohsen Jalali, some of the students who were faced with Amherst’s new policy. (Gretchen Ertl/New York Times)

Still, the incensed victims are nowhere near content. An Iranian studying for a doctorate degree, Mohsen Jalali, expressed his dissatisfaction by saying, “As there has been no new law, we don’t need a new policy.” Like him, many others hope the policy will be taken back rather than revised, for it still restricts the learning experiences of Iranians.

Iranian nationals are not the only ones who are disappointed and enraged by Massachusetts’ renowned university’s regulations. Along with Soroush Farzinmoghadam, a student from Iran, who said, “I feel somehow that the administration and the campus treat me differently because I am from Iran,” professors that attended the Faculty Senate Meeting on Thursday, February 19, 2015, also expressed their discontentment towards the policy. Emery Berger, a computer science professor at UMass Amherst said, “For us, to happen here, the outrage is just compounded.”

At the Faculty Senate, Kumble R. Subbaswamy, the school’s chancellor, apologized for initiating the chaos. Unfortunately, however, it is evident that a single apology is not sufficient to compensate for the degradation that the Iranian students have faced.

 

Bidgood, J. (2015, February 22). Sanctions Put Academic Freedoms to a Test on a Campus Far From Tehran. Retrieved February 20, 2015.

 

– Becky Yang (’16)

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SAT Testing Season 2015

It’s the season of stress.

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Collegeboard

On Saturday January 24, 2015, KIS students gathered early in the morning at the first floor of the high school building, awaiting the start of their SATs. This month’s tests included Subjects Tests from a wide variety, including Biology, Literature, US History, and Mathematics Level 1 and 2. Apart from the Subject Tests, KIS offered SAT 1 Tests as well.

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Yunji Lee (’16)

The majority of the test-takers were juniors, but there was a surprising amount of sophomores and even freshmen who took the recent test. One out of five test takers were sophomores, and an overwhelming 76% of the test takers were juniors. With Advanced Placement tests approaching and school work never ceasing, it is necessary to recognize the extra time and effort that would have been invested into preparing for January’s critical standardized test.

Knowing that the SAT scores play a vital role in college acceptance, the KIS society naturally grows tense regarding the scores. Because of this, it is of great surprise that 40% of the test takers were absent of regrets and moderately pleased with their performance on the 24th. It is still imperative, however, to be cautious about potential cancellation of test scores due to notorious cheating scandals.

Last October, test prep companies in Korea and China were accused and found guilty of illegally obtaining test materials. Consequently, scores were canceled; not only were the scores of those with an unfair advantage canceled, but also the scores of those who had prepared with dignity. Sarah Choi, a senior at KIS, agreed. “It is unfair that innocent people simply become helpless victims of a heinous crime, in this case, cheating,” she remarked.

Hopefully, this year’s test scores will be clean from crime and accepted by CollegeBoard.

– Becky Yang (’16)

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