10 Things To Do During Pre-College Summer

High School has ended and graduation is over – now what? Here are 10 things to do during the summer for all the bored future college freshmen out there.

Header Summer is a time of sugar, spice, and everything nice. It’s a time you finally get to be dreamy, wear that swimming suit you’ve been dying to try on, and eat your favorite ice-cream flavor that’s back in style. It’s a time—a very memorable one, indeed—when you’re allowed to be crazy and carefree without the loads of schoolwork dragging you back to reality. It’s when summer life becomes your reality. But for those with the college countdown ready to go, this summer is a bit different, special. Before packing bags and hitting the waves, all seniors AKA pre-college students should give the below to-do-list a try.

 

1 Before you embark on your crazy summer expeditions, whip out your high-school yearbook and shuffle through all the heart-warming messages your friends scribbled. Relive all the favorite memories that resurface, relish all the “thank you’s” and rare compliments that your friends were too shy to say in person, and get closure on your high school life. Once you accept the fact that you’re no longer a high-schooler, you’re set and ready to go.

 

2 Summer is a time of starting anew. Restock on your old wardrobe; you’re probably going to go shopping anyway. Throw away—or even better, give away—your freshmen year clothing that are gathering dusty bunnies in the corner of your room, and say goodbye to all your preppy clothing! Besides your closet, your room also will also need a makeover. Get rid of all the unopened AP prepbooks, piles of SAT vocabulary, and months-old school worksheets—you’re done with that life!

 

3 Especially for those attending college abroad, your all-time favorite places will no longer be of walking distance. Go as often as possible to your respective restaurants or cafes, order your beloved entrees, and take long, slow bites. Commit them to memory for you to think of when you’re later munching on the bland dining hall food.

 

4 The time of dreaming and listing is over; go take a dive at your bucket list. Always wanted to dye your hair pink? Go for it! Wanted to combine your favorite foods into one, gigantic bundle of a mess? Why not? After all, you’re only young once. When else are you going to use your youth as an excuse?

 

5 Whether you fly across the ocean or stay in the country, go wherever your heart desires. Going on road trips with your friends is an option, or you can even simply go camping right outside your house. Just make sure to make out the most of what little time you have.

 

6 Whenever, wherever, and whatever you do, make sure to take a camera along with you. Pictures can help you remember minuscule details and even cheer you up when you feel homesick. Why not even upload them on social media? After all, your memories may fade but you’ll still have the pictures to keep for life.

 

7 Sure, summer is fun but spending it with someone else will make it even better. Before you head off to college for another round of academically packed schedules, find a lovely girl/boy, strike up a conversation, and have a short summer fling! It’s sweet and fun—in an innocent way, of course.

 

8 Say goodbye to your mother’s food and hello to the dining hall. If not, learn how to cook dishes of your own. No, not toasting bread, boiling ramen, or scrambling eggs, but real food like fettuccine alfredo, casseroles, and stir-fries. Soon enough, with practice, practice, and practice you may be able to whip up a gourmet meal.

 

9 After all your wild journeys, take time to settle down with a good book. You finally have time to read for pleasure, not for school, so attack the pile of books that you’ve neglected for a while. Fantasy? Romance? Classic? Whichever you choose, it will calm you down and provide you with some alone-time and an opportunity for introspection.

 

10 Last, but certainly not least, make time for your lovelies. Soon, you’ll be an ocean away from your family and the next time you see them may be during Christmas. Make sure to create new memories and take advantage of your mother’s home cooked meals—you’ll miss them. Don’t neglect your friends either. Be a teen, stock up on snacks, and prepare a massive sleepover that you’ll never forget.  

 

In the end, just enjoy every second. You only experience this carefree summer once, so cherish it—you definitely deserve to.

 

– Emily Kim (’16)

Headers by Yunji Lee

Graduation ’15 Part I: High School Bucket List

How many of these have you done?

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 9.16.57 PM We spend 4 years, 40 months, and almost a thousand days in high school. We experience our highest highs and, sadly, also our lowest lows. But throughout the rocky ride that is high school, there is a set number of things that we should accomplish before we say goodbye to the ups and downs. Below is a bucket list that we should — and hopefully will — check off by the end of senior year.

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Even Peter Han will miss JJ’s!

Believe it or not, you’ll miss the cafeteria food one day. Savor every last bit of the soggy bread, boiled vegetables, and repetitive stir-fried dishes — I can guarantee you that you (hopefully) won’t see them later on in your life. If you simply refuse to go for the food, go for the companionship. The great thing about eating the school lunch is that they come with friends to enjoy the 30 minutes with — for free!

 

Yea, a bit counterintuitive that you skip school when you‘re a student. But when else can you try it? Treat yourself and your friends with a mental-health day and take a break from your hectic schedule. While you’re at it, try not to feel too guilty — you’ll be back in school slaving away the next day anyway.

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 8.49.22 PMThere’s much more to high school than studying. Take for instance, sports. You’ll never understand the thrill and euphoria of watching your school’s team shoot a goal, make a three-pointer, or run to first place until you go watch. Take your best buds with you to any sports event and soak in the crowd’s loud cheering — or better yet, be a part of them!

    Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 8.52.18 PMTeachers, teachers teachers. Although they hurl mountains and mountains of homework towards our direction, we just can’t help but appreciate them. Yes, we constantly point fingers and frame them as the cause of our sleepless nights and constant depressions, but it’s undeniable that they’ve made a difference in our lives. Tell the teachers you adore how much you appreciate their time and effort into helping you prepare for your future; it’ll make their careers all the more meaningful. Ultimately, a simple “thank you” is all they want to hear.

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 8.53.12 PMThe alumni who went say prom was a special night. Even more, alumni who didn’t attend say the number one thing they regret is not going to prom. So, don’t be silly and take the chance to dress up fancy with your friends, ride a limo, and drink mocktails. With or without a partner, enjoy the night while you, your friends, and the night are still young!

    Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 8.54.12 PMWhat happier, lighter way to spend your last few months in high school than planning out one last prank? Go full out (but consider the consequences while doing so) in collaborating with those you’ve spent the last four years with. The school gave you enough misery and now it’s time to strike back!

    Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 8.54.54 PMBefore you walk out those doors, make sure to tie any loose ends. If you were mistreated, stand up for yourself. If you were the one mistreating, apologize. Have any friends that drifted apart? Take another shot! Also, don’t forget to confess to that significant other (no matter how mortifying it may be) — who knows, maybe a bit of courage is all that’s needed for a lifelong relationship.  

Ultimately, just take advantage of your youth, be carefree, be silly. It’s never too late to start on the list so go for it! High school is no doubt a time that you’ll look back at, so make sure it was truly, genuinely worth it.

– Emily Kim (’16)

 

Graduation 2015:

Part 2: “If Only I…”

Part 3: Final Remarks

Part 4: Gratitude for the Graduates

The German Flight Crisis

The airplane phobia continues to grow.

On 24 March, 2015 the Germanwings Flight 9525 en route from Barcelona to Düsseldorf took a fated plunge from a clear sky and shattered effortlessly into countless fragments in the French Alps. The crash claimed the lives of all 144 passengers and 6 crew members. At the very moment of the crash there were no clear, immediate explanations, but now the cause of the crash does not seem so ambiguous with the discovery of the plane’s cockpit voice recorder.

(Al Jazeera)
(Al Jazeera)

The last message sent from the plane to the air traffic coordinators had stated that the flight was smooth and on course. However, only minutes later the plane began to descend without any indicators of emergency or distress. Such a lack of communication from the pilot raised questions of whether the crash was deliberate—a possibility that, sadly, holds high chances of being true.

The cockpit voice recorder recorded the last conversations of the two pilots. From hearing the initial two hours of the audio recording, none would suspect of the following event: after a little exchange, the commanding pilot left the cockpit and found that he could not re-enter. He initially knocked lightly on the door, then hit the door a little stronger, then resorted to hard pounding when he received no answer from within; he allegedly even attempted to smash the door down. There was a chance that he could have used a fail-safe code to open the door, but the question of whether he had tried to do so remains unanswered.

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Andreas Lubitz, the pilot in question. (Telegraph)

 

So, if the pilot wasn’t in the cockpit, who was? Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot. Mr. Lubtiz’s final breathing sounds were recorded as the the plane took on its final descent and slammed into the mountainside. The commotion caused by the pilot locked outside leaves suspicions that Mr. Lubtiz had deliberately “refused to open the door of the cockpit to the commander, and activated the button that commands the loss of altitude.” (NY Times)

The assumption that this mass murder, or perhaps even act of terror, may have been on purpose surprised many, for it was long believed Mr. Lubtiz “loved to fly” since he was 14 years old and was a “gliding enthusiast and former flight attendant” who was “unassuming and funny.” Even Frank Woiton, another pilot for the Germanwings airline stated “he was not someone who said, ‘I want to end my life.’” (NY Times)

However, what the investigators found when they delved deep into both Mr. Lubtiz’s professional and personal life states otherwise. It was declared that he had a fragile mental state and an eyesight problem that may have hindered his ability to fly. To support this, several doctors notes and medication prescribed for depression and psychological problems were found.

The tragic event left the family members and friends of the victims heartbroken. (Yahoo News)
The tragic event left the family members and friends of the victims heartbroken. (Yahoo News)

As of right now, nothing is yet certain. Why did the commanding pilot leave the cockpit in the first place? Was the crash impulsive or planned out? What happened to all the victims’ bodies? There are still approximately 72 people unaccounted for. No matter the case, the Blueprint sends its condolences to the families of the victims of this regrettable tragedy.

– Emily Kim (’16)
Header: ABC News

Adultery Decriminalized in S. Korea

We’ve gone back to the year 1953.

Adultery, the act of engaging in extramarital sexual relations, was decriminalized in South Korea on February 26. The Constitutional Court of Korea garnered the two-thirds majority to strike down the law, with a vote of seven to two. The decision reached declared that Criminal Act Article 241, the adultery provision, “violated the Constitution.”

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(Lee Jin-Man/Associated Press)

The sixty-two year old law was established in 1953 to protect women who had little authority against their dominating husbands in the male-centered society. Since then, the law has indicted more than 53,000 people, although the two year prison term was rarely issued due to the lack of evidence of sexual intercourse.

The repealing of this law officially proclaimed adultery to no longer be an affair of the state, as South Korea’s traditionally conservative and Confucian values are now rapidly undergoing change with greater value placed on individual rights.

However, surprisingly, this was not the first time measures had been taken to take down this law—it was just the only successful one. Since 1990, the law was unsuccessfully revisited four times; the closest the law came to being repealed was in actress Ok So-ri’s 2008 case when it was only one vote short.

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South Korean actress Ok So Ri is seen here arriving at her court date circa 2008. (Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters)

Critics of the law, Judges Park Han-chul, Lee Jin-sung, Kim Chang-jong, Seo Ki-seog, and Cho Yong-ho claimed the charges of adultery breach the citizens’ rights to participate in sexual affairs and violated the privacy and freedom of their personal lives.

They continued that issues of free will, love, and maintenance of marriage “should not be externally forced through a criminal code.” Moreover, they expressed their doubt that the law was effectively performing its duty, for instead of discouraging adultery, it was merely used as a means of threat to achieve financial compromises.

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For as long as anyone can remember, adultery has been considered immoral and illegal. Do you think the S. Korean government did a good job in doing what they did? (eHarmony)

Supporters of the law staying intact, however, claimed that it encouraged loyal, honest family relations and that efforts must be made to prevent the moral depravity that will come as a result of the ban. Lamenting that family life could be undermined and weakened, they shunned the court’s actions as irresponsible and lacking hindsight.

South Korea, now no longer one of the few non-Muslim nations to criminalize adultery, will continue to have a highly debated topic to contend with. Despite the lift, citizens must remember that they all still have a moral and civil obligation against adultery and infidelity.

– Emily Kim (’16)

Header: Mike Kemp/Getty Images

AP Share Sessions 2015

As course registration weeks draws closer and closer, it’s time to make the biggest decisions of our high school career… AP course registration. Emily Kim (’16) gives a rundown on this year’s AP Share Session.

As second semester rapidly progresses and we finally get (re)accustomed to our rigorous schedules, power naps, and caffeine-filled nights, the time to start planning for next year’s schedule has already arrived. And along with that, naturally, comes the bewilderment and confusion over which Advanced Placement courses best suit us. But never fear—the school has generously endowed us with the annual informational AP Share Sessions!

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Ready for AP Chinese?? | c. Jamine Kang (’16)

At the AP Share Sessions, which took place on Monday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 25, the KISians received an opportunity to meet with possible future teachers, to ask away questions regarding workloads, grading systems, and curriculums to their hearts’ content, and to make informed decisions. During each day, the current sophomores and juniors were provided with the flexibility of attending two informative sessions, each approximately 15 minutes long. Despite the long run from one classroom to another, surging through the flights of stairs from the H building to G building to run ahead of the 22 attendance limit, many students claim they found the experience valuable. Even Jerry Kim (’16), a current junior, claims,

“They gave me a great insight into what difficulty of each course was to be expected.”

What about the freshmen you may ask? The rising sophomores had a bit of a different experience, for they are more limited in their choices, as they can only take either AP Biology, headed by experienced Mr. Hopkin, or AP World History, lead by the Mr. Yanuszeski. The freshmen went to the teachers’ respective classrooms, where the two teachers appealed to the students and hopefully lessened their worries. Although the location was different, the experience was as equally enlightening and gratifying. Kay Herr (’18), a current freshmen indicates:

“Before the session, I was very confused and unsure about which course I wanted to take next year. But the session definitely helped me get rid of my worries and choose the best course that I truly wanted to take.”

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Leona Maruyama (’17) eagerly signing up for her junior courses. | c. Jamine Kang (’16)

For those who may have already forgotten or those who missed the AP Share Sessions, here’s a brief overview! Please note that for AP art and language courses, share sessions will be offered individually during class time.


World History: AP World History is an intensive college-level study of non-Western history, from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Analysis of primary source documents, class discussions, and three types of essays (comparative, continuity and change-over-time, document based question) will be common, so make sure to come prepared. Talk to Mr. Yanuszeski (G 602) for more information.

 

Biology: AP biology is a rigorous course centering around topics such as the chemistry of life, heredity, diversity of organisms, and ecology. Those interested in lectures and hands-on laboratory activities may enjoy this course. Talk to Mr. Hopkin (G 303) for more information.

 

US History: AP United States History focuses on the problems and development of the United States, ranging from its inception to the present. Students will learn various historical thinking skills, how to write essays, and how to assess the validity of historical documents. Talk to Mr. Farley (G606) for more information.

 

English Language & Composition: AP English Language and Composition is a class driven heavily by extensive writings, critical analysis of texts, and manipulation of the English language. If you wish to take this course, you must take a required writing diagnostic. Talk to Mr. van Moppes (H 400) for more information.

 

Seminar: AP Seminar is the first component of a two-year discipline-specific diploma program that provides a Capstone distinction to students who have successfully completed the course. KIS is the only school in Korea that has received the opportunity to offer this course. Talk to Mr. Quirin (H 406) for more information.

 

Statistics: AP Statistics is a challenging study focused on the concepts of statistics and their in-depth meaning and application to real life. Those who wish to explore topics such as regression, patterns, and probability are encouraged to take the course. Talk to Ms. Chen (H 503) for more information.

 

Calculus AB: AP Calculus AB is a class for the introduction of limits of functions, continuity, integrals, and many more. This may be the perfect course who wish to level-up from Pre-calculus, but not too much. Talk to Mr. Robert (H 500) for more information.

 

Calculus BC: AP Calculus BC is an intensive course that goes over all the course materials of AP Calculus AB, while deepening the challenge and going over additional topics such as vector functions and sequences and series. Talk to Mr. Whitehead (H 504) for more information.

 

Macro/Micro Economics: AP Economics provides information on the basics of economics such as the nature of supply and demand, production decisions, and market structures. A benefit of taking this class would be receiving two credits: one for macroeconomics, and one for microeconomics. Talk to Mr. Hubbs (G 603) or Mr. Reschke for more information.

 

Psychology: AP Psychology is a college-level study of peoples’ behavior and mental processes. Various methods, theories, and experiments of psychology will be discussed for the purpose of enhancing our recognition and insights of the world. Talk to Ms. Summerton (G 607) for more information.

 

Chemistry: AP Chemistry focuses on quantitative and physical chemistry, including the topics of thermodynamics, chemical equilibriums, kinetic theory of gases, and many more. This course is encouraged for those pursuing a career in science and those interested in composing lab reports. Talk to Mr. McClure (H 104) for more information.

 

Physics I or II: AP Physics I and II both utilize proportional reasoning, basic trigonometry, and algebra. Though the two courses differ in academic rigor, focus on lab-work and written analysis remains constant. Talk to Mr. Fazio (G 308) for more information.

 

English Literature:  AP English Literature and Composition focuses on the analysis of great literature, the structure of works, and many more. Students should be prepared for intensive, close readings, both during and outside of class. Talk to Mr. Turnbeaugh (H 401) for more information.

 

Music Theory: AP Music Theory advances listening skills, sight-singing skills, and compositional skills. Those who wish to pursue a more in-depth understanding of music may wish to take this course. Talk to Mr. Majors (EB 101) for more information.

Ultimately, despite the bombard of information above, the most important thing to consider is whether you are truly interested in taking the AP course or not. As all the teachers say, don’t focus on the potential benefits AP courses may provide you with for the college application process, but on your confidence and commitment to the course. Good luck!

– Emily Kim (’16)

Header: Jamine Kang (’16)

The Best and Worst Deli Food

To love it or to hate it, that is the question.

You can’t help but have a hate-love relationship with KIS’ deli food.

They can be your savior when you’re looking for that extra something to keep your mouth occupied after a(n) (un)satisfying lunch, but they can also be quite a disappointment when you make the wrong selections. When making the decision that will determine whether you will wind up craving or disliking the deli food, make sure to keep your eyes open for the following treats that the KIS student body has chosen as their best and worst.

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Ice cream and a cookie. What could possibly go wrong? (Daniel Park ’17)

Best

  1. Cookie—Simply put, it’s the best comfort food the deli offers. And like how all good things come in twos, the deli’s cookies also have two types. First, there’s the classic and chic chocolate chip cookie. When it’s freshly brought out from the oven, the buttery goodness decorated with large chunks of rich, oozing chocolate will never fail to impress. It’s sweet—to the perfect degree—, it’s chewy, and not to mention beautifully round. Its sister, the macadamia cookie, is also as scrumptious, if not more so. When you’re feeling a little “nutty”, try taking a different route and opt for this little goody.
  2. Ice cream—KIS’ own version of a froyo. This frozen dessert is so popular that there’s a ticking time bomb attached to it; if you’re too late, you may run into the devastating experience of watching the person in front of you greedily take hold of the last ice cream. Why is it in such high demand? Well, it’s ice cream (duh) and you can choose its topping! Whether you sprinkle it with crunchy cereal or envelop it in glazing blueberry, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
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Greasy, cold, and just downright gross. Only get this if you are very, extremely, ridiculously desperate for something to eat. (Daniel Park ’17)

Worst

  1. Hamburger—Hmm… Well, to be fair it is a patty of minced beef between two pieces of bread (maybe just not the best one). The bread is cold, the meat is rock solid and like thick, chewy leather, and the vegetables inside could be a bit more fresh. Also, just a quick warning that you may end up with hamburger-breath afterwards—definitely not a pleasant smell. If you’re looking for something juicy, healthy, and neat probably not your number one choice!
  2. Pizza—It glistens, but not in the good way. Slathered with an overflow of grease, you even need an oil paper to keep it under control. Not only that, but this is covered with cheese, and only cheese. If you choose the combination option, your pizza will be spiced up with the extra complimentary toppings of dried up veggies. Yum.

 

But regardless of whether they are the best or the worst, it’s undeniable that the deli foods are what provides us with momentary feelings of relief. After all, whether it’d be during breakfast, lunch, after-school, or even between classes (Sneaky, sneaky), they are always waiting for us, packed and ready to go. Now, take a short trip down to the cafeteria and tell us what you think!

Special thanks to our model Wonil Chung (’17)!

– Emily Kim (’16)

Captions: Faith Choi (’16)
Header: Daniel Park (’17)

What are your favorite and least favorite deli foods? Leave us a comment down below!

Best Friend Confessions

Best friends: you can’t live with them, you can’t live without them.

Best friends. They’re the Fred Flintstone to our Barney Rubble, the Bert to our Ernie, and the Olaf to our Anna. More often than not, they drive us crazy, but you can’t stay mad at them for long, since you need to tell them the latest gossip. They’re available for 3:00 AM phone calls, Friday night pig-outs, and crazy sleepovers where you don’t sleep at all. They’re your soulmates, saviors, and siblings, and you just can’t help but feel grateful.

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(Disney)

Below are a few (true!) confessions that your best friends want you to know. Read them, cherish them, and treasure them, just like how they adore you.

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Love in AP Lang: Best friends Yunji Lee (’16) and Jaye Ahn (’16) give each other a heartwarming hug after rigorously writing an essay for Mr. van Moppes. (Jamine Kang (’16))

Dear best friend(s),

 

  1. “Honestly, thank you for being such a great friend, for making me a better person. I love how we’re so comfortable around each other, and I love knowing that I can completely be myself around you. This year has been tough for the both of us, but I know by the end of it we’ll be that much stronger! Hehe. Let’s finish strong and play a lot during senior second semester!”

 

  1. “You and I share so many topics that we never run out of things to say. We talk for couple of hours on the phone yet we still end our conversation saying, ‘Let’s talk more when we meet this weekend.’ And when a tiring week of school ends and the weekend finally comes, we pile up even more stories to share in our bucket list of “stories to share with each other.” We talk about the nonsense things that happened to us at school, crazy things we heard, and even the most embarrassing things that happened to us.”

 

  1. “My friendship with you not only makes me feel like I always have someone to trust, but it also makes me a better person.”

 

  1. “Our friendship has gone to the point where you Snapchat me while you poop. I’m not sure whether to be happy about that or scared.”

 

  1.  “I like how I can feel that you care for me from the bottom of your heart. I also like how I can care for you too from the bottom of my heart. I want to embrace everything about you, regardless of whether they are good or bad. But when you keep secrets from me, and try to laugh your way out of it, it ticks me off.”

 

  1. “Just being with you makes me someone else. You’re there at my highest highs; you listen after my lowest lows. Thank you bestie, and I love you!”

 

  1. “I can’t thank you enough for being who you are and not trying to be someone else.”

 

  1. “Sometimes I can feel that you’re faking a laugh in front of other people. But those people don’t seem to realize it. The fact that I can recognize your fake self makes me your true BFF, right? I hope you, too, can detect my fake laughs when others can’t.”

 

  1. “We rarely get mad at each other. But when we do, we automatically sense that something is wrong and try to talk it out. You and I both know that hiding our complaints we have for each other is the worst thing we can do to our friendship. The more we share our deep feelings towards each other, our friendship gets tighter and tighter. When you open up your feelings to me about the things I did that hurt you, I feel grateful and relieved that you made me realize my flaws and gave me a chance to fix those problems.”

 

  1. “Thank you for putting up with all the times I slapped you with excitement, ranted my problems, and got you in trouble. You’re irreplaceable.”

 

Forever yours,

Your Best Friend

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Hunter Lee’s Latest Catch: Tiffany Sung (’16) and Taeshin (Hunter) Lee (’16) cozy up on the high school third floor. Talk about the cutest best friends pairing there ever was! Or is it perhaps more? (Justin Kwon (’16))

Simply put, they’re the best things—worst enemies, long lost siblings, partners in crime—that have ever happened to us. They’re weird, they’re immature, and often times they can be plain annoying. But they understand us (sometimes even better than we do ourselves) and accept us for who we are, and what’s more to ask than that?

 

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” — Thomas Aquinas

– Emily Kim (’16)

Gordon Ramsay: Food Extraordinaire

So you think you know Gordon Ramsay? Think again.

Gordon Ramsay? World renowned chef. Successful restaurateur. Celebrated television personality. Gordon Ramsay! On November 8, 1966, in Scotland, a culinary mastermind fated for a road of prosperity, luxury, and entrepreneurship, was born. However, as convincing as his current glamour-filled life may seem, Ramsay did not have a smooth start. Ramsay’s first love, surprisingly, was football. At the age of 15, he embarked on a path of a professional sports career by joining the Glasgow Rangers, a professional Scottish football club. However, during trial runs, a severe knee injury prematurely ended his career.

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Goodbye, Futbol: Ramsay (center, bottom)’s unfortunate accident ended his football career before it could even begin. // Zimbio

Fortunately for us (sorry, Ramsay), with his dream as a professional athlete forced to an end his interest in culinary pursuits began to blossom. Ramsay attended the North Oxfordshire Technical College and pursued a degree in hotel management. After completing his studies, he worked under Europe’s finest chefs, such as Albert Roux, Marco Pierre White, Joel Robuchon and Guy Savoy, learning, observing, and polishing his natural talent.

Afterwards, Ramsay began a streak of success as in 1993 he became chef of Aubergine, a two Michelin stars restaurant, and in 1998 set up his first restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which received the rare honor of three Michelin stars—a prestigious title attributed to only four chefs in the entire United Kingdom. Later on, Ramsay opened chains of restaurants around the globe, all of which are now thriving.

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Do You Fancy?: The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay attracts its customers not just for the amazing food but for the fancy interior. It’s the place to be for British socialites and celebrities, such as Victoria and David Beckham. // Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

Now, Ramsay, most evidently, is internationally famous; he is well known for his fiery attitude, excessive use of profanity, hilarious memes, and reality television shows. Most famous as the host of Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef, Ramsay currently scouts for skilled individuals who have the valor to endure his hellishly intense culinary boot camp and the potential to become a master chef.

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Mean or Sassy?: This is just one out of hundred of memes on the internet quoting or twisting around yet another sassy comment from Ramsay. // Fox Everett

Though many mistakenly attribute his fame and big name to his exposure on popular media, we mustn’t forget that he’s where he is due to his extraordinary tastes and recipe for success. Regardless of whether they are racks of lamb decorated with a warm salad of mixed beans and slow-roast tomatoes or lemon tarts sprinkled with handfuls of zesty summer berries, his dishes keep us coming back for more servings.

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Gordon Ramsay Group Restaurants

– Emily Kim (’16)

Header: chefsworld.net

Death of Kenji Goto

On January 31, 2015, ISIS has reportedly beheaded yet another Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto.

“Please understand his kindness and courage.”

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On January 31, 2015, ISIS has reportedly beheaded yet another Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto. Kenji Goto, a freelance video journalist who traveled to conflict zones, was held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State militants (ISIS or ISIL) since October 2014, when he had attempted to rescue another Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa. A few weeks prior to this killing, the Islamic State militants had given Japan an opportunity to save the life of its Japanese hostages. The extremist group set a deadline by which a $200 million ransom was to be sent to them. The ransom was equal in value to the amount of aid Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe had promised to provide to the countries fighting against the Islamic State. However, prime minister Abe ultimately did not give in to terrorism, leaving Goto and other Japanese hostages with no way out.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after a press conference with Palestine’s president Mahmud Abbas | c. Getty Images

Consequently, with the offer rejected and the deadline passed, the execution of Goto was carried on by the ISIS militant who has come to be known as Jihadi John. While proceeding with the slaughter, Jihadi John threatened that due to prime minister Abe’s dissension, the ”knife will not only slaughter Kenji” but “carry on and cause carnage wherever [the Japanese] are found.” Illustrating their firmness, the Islamic State then showed video clips of the warning, the beginnings of the gruesome knife violence, and afterwards, an image of Goto’s decapitated body and severed head.

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Called by the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga as “a terrorist act of extreme brutality”, the killing had resounding effects all over the world. Sympathetic and incensed reactions were global, and United States President Barack Obama lauded the valor of Goto while severely condemning the incident as a “heinous murder.” Now titled the 9/11 of the Japanese, this unfortunate happening has proven, as a political scientist of the University of Tokyo said, that “we now realize we face the same dangers as other countries do.”

– Emily Kim (’16)

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