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Month: January 2015

January Horoscopes- Jenna Quon and Jennifer Lim

CAPRICORN:

Dec. 22- Jan. 19

This month you may feel a bit overwhelmed with friends, emotions, extracurricular activities and school. Try taking a few deep breaths and get organized. Plan your time wisely and don’t forget to get enough sleep. If you’re ever feeling to stressed talk to your best friend, the counsellor or your parents. On the lighter side this is the month you’ll make a huge achievement. It may be an academic goal, a sports goal… anything!

 

AQUARIUS:

January 20- February 19

This is your month! Happy early/belated birthday. Since this is your birthday month you may feel like procrastinating a bit. Make sure to get things done and then relax. You’ll feel so much better relaxing without the weight of homework on your back. This month you will also get great ideas and find inspiration that’ll lead you to happiness. So make sure you are looking for that inspiration, it could be anywhere.

 

PISCES:

February 20- March 20

An authority figure in your life (maybe a teacher, mentor, parent) will disagree with you this month. Try not to get too mad about it and just view the problem in their view. Remember, forgive and forget. Once you forgive you’ll feel much better after a few. This month an idea will hit you like a brick. It may only change your life a little, but you’ll feel much happier and lighter.

 

ARIES:

March 21- April 19

You may have a lot of emotions and thoughts running through your head this month. Whether their random snippets or great ideas, you can’t make them out. Try keeping a small notebook (or use your phone) with you and every time any thought pops into your head take out your notebook (or phone) and jot it down. At the end of the day or week read through it and you’ll get tons of ideas.

 

TAURUS:

April 20- May 20

You have two sides, a dark side and a light side. This month your dark side may show a little more. Make sure to keep these two sides balanced or you’ll come off as mean and upset to your friends and peers. Be aware of what you say and the affects it could give. This month you may also have a goal you want to reach. Write down steps you could take to get to this goal, stay on track and you’ll reach your goal in no time.

 

GEMINI:

May 20-June 20

You’ll be pretty curious this month. Not in a “my friend is talking behind my back” kind of way, you’re just curious. There’s nothing wrong with that but make sure to keep your nose out of places it doesn’t belong. If you go too far you may end up in a situation you don’t want to be in. While you’re looking around make sure you’re still focused on school and your friends.

 

CANCER:

June 21-July 22

Today and tomorrow, you need a break. A break from the spotlight you are constantly in every day. Relax. Enjoy life and what its beauties has to offer you. Take a long walk to clear your mind and know for a fact that some things cannot always be your way. You are smart and that sometimes throws you off because you think you are the best. Make room for other people in the back to shine because even your closest friends will betray you for leaving them in the dark.

 

LEO:

July 23-August 22

Know your surroundings a little bit better. Be aware of everything around you. Make sure everything is in place because if not, you will find yourself at times trying to piece back that broken dream you have so carefully crafted. Save yourself the aggravation and wait for time to do its job. Be patient and know who you are what you’re up against.

 

 

VIRGO:

 August 23-September 22

Your success is straight ahead of you. Tune out all distractions as they will miraculously turn into large boulders that will impede you from your journey to success. Gather information from all sources and pay attention to the wise words around you. Follow your guts on what is right and wrong. Be careful not to veer off onto another path and perhaps lowering your chances to achieve your goal.

 

LIBRA:

September 23-October 22

People need your help. With your intuition and knowledge, people will come to you for help when they need it. Do not let this make you think that you are better than everybody else. Help others for the sake of helping and do not expect a reward. Good things will happen once you find yourself useful to the world. You will gain confidence and experiences that will help you to be a better person.

 

SCORPIO:

October 24 – November 22

The next few days will be crucial for you on letting your voice be heard. Pop that bubble you have been in all your life and be your true self. Be confident in yourself because you lack it sometimes.  Don’t let anyone tell you who you are and what to be. Looks aren’t everything you know. It’s what’s inside that matters.

 

SAGITTARUS:

November 22-December 21

For a few days, your life will revolve around one person. You

will need to find the true meaning of your relationship or connection with that person to strengthen it. Right now, the more you ignore that one person, the further he/she/they will go. Whether it be a family member, friend, or crush, that’s for you to decide.

AirAsia QZ8501- Yi Wei (Ashley)

Indonesian officials have confirmed that flight AirAsia QZ8501, which disappeared on 28 December, 2014, had crashed into the Java Sea, and all of its 162 passengers were dead. Nearly all the passengers and the crew were Indonesians. The pilot was French. There were 17 children and one infant on board. As well, there was one passenger travelling on a UK passport.

It was reported that the flight had flown peacefully to Singapore for forty minutes when the signal of the plane was lost due to horrible weather. Roughly around thirty minutes after the takeoff, the pilot contacted the air traffic control for the permission to ascend 6000 feet to avoid big storm clouds, which was a common phenomenon in that part of the world. However, the air traffic control rejected this request due to heavy air traffic in the area and said that the plane may ascend after few more minutes. When the traffic control tried to contact the plane again, it found that it could not do so. Shortly afterwards, the plane disappeared from the radar screen. The plane was thus lost. The Indonesian weather agency said that the likeliest cause of the crash was the “bad weather”. The agency also said, “the most probable weather phenomenon was icing which could cause engine damage due to a cooling process.”

AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines were both airlines belonging to the country of Malaysia. Thus, Malaysia was said to be responsible for all three major, miserable plane crashes that happened in 2014. The crash of Air Asia QZ8501, along with Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and Malaysia Airlines MH370 resulted in the death of 699 innocent souls. The cause of the first plane tragedy remains widely debated. The second tragedy could be simply said to be a misfortune, a victim of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, as it was shot by Pro-Russian rebels using a surface-to-air missile. The third tragedy was plainly, as most would guess, a disaster caused by nature.
Poor Malaysia, its economy being crashed greatly by the series of plane accidents, could not have prevented those crashes as they were for most part, results of uncontrollable factors.

Word of the month: Je suis Charlie- Hannah Wen

 

Some of you may be thinking, “huh? ‘Je suis Charlie’ is not a word”. I know in most cases a series should be ongoing for quite some time before a special edition pops up, but whatever. As always, keep in mind I’m not (as some of you know) a big fan of euphemisms.

 

 

What is Je suis Charlie?                                      “I am Charlie” originated as a tribute to Charlie Hebdo. According to wikipedia, “Charlie Hebdo is a French satirical weekly newspaper, featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes.” The Journalists here were also victim to the shootings in Paris on January 7*.This slogan symbolizes the feeling of empowerment in free speech, particularly in Journalism. It first appeared as a hashtag on twitter one hour after the attack and it soon became viral, crossing over to other forms of social media at an amazing speed in pictures, hashtags and text.

After #JeSuisCharlie went viral, it provoked responses about the netizens’ thoughts on Journalistic free speech, when it would be considered “too much”. People also began discussing similarly controversial things such as the movie “The Interview”, ISIS’s gruesome execution of journalists, respecting other cultures, and discrimination based  on religion or just discrimination in general.

Sophie Kleeman of .mic wrote, “#JeSuisCharlie sends a clear message: […] journalists and non-journalists alike refuse to be silenced. As Charbonnier said in 2012, following the firebombing of his offices, ‘I have neither a wife nor children, not even a dog. But I’m not going to hide.’” Other tweets include similar messages, including a blank image captioned “Please enjoy this culturally, ethnically, religiously, and politically correct cartoon respectfully. Thank you”.

Not all of the responses have been positive. The people who disagree with JeSuisCharlie use the counter-hashtag #JeNeSuisPasCharlie. In their defense, Charlie Hebdo’s newspaper was deemed as “hate speech” and “wouldn’t have lasted 30 seconds” in America, according to David Brooks. In his NY times article, he also wrote, “in thinking about provocateurs and insulters, we want to maintain standards of civility and respect while at the same time allowing room for those creative and challenging folks who are uninhibited by good manners and taste” and “As we are mortified by the slaughter of those writers and editors in Paris, it’s a good time to come up with a less hypocritical approach to our own controversial figures, provocateurs and satirists.” Others have said things along similar lines, basically stating that freedom of speech should have its limitations as well. However, these questions still remain: where should this line be drawn? What would be deemed okay and what would be “too offensive”? How do we draw this fine line between poking fun at a culture and being outright racist?

So what do you think? Are you Charlie, or are you not Charlie? If you would like to read the full articles of anything I have referenced for this issue of WOTM, links are found on the citations page, along with a brief description.

The Ultimate Mid-Year survival guide- Rope and Barbana

There are four types of students going into exam rooms each year. Read this survival guide to figure out which type/level you are and how you can survive the miserable week of exams.

Level 1– You don’t know you don’t know.

 

Uh Oh! This is the scariest thing that can happen to you. It is hard to tell if you don’t know that you don’t know, but if you are uncertain if you don’t know that you don’t know, you probably don’t know. Anyway, please consider carefully because if you don’t know you don’t know, you can easily mistake yourself and put yourself under category four. And you will definitely fail. But don’t freak out! Take a deep breath. The best thing to do when you are in this situation is to find out what you don’t know – which will bring you to level 2.

  • If you are here, you can take mock midyear exams and quizzes to find out exactly what you don’t know, and during this process, hopefully you will learn a lot. Just remember, knowing what you don’t know and learning it is more important than blindly trying to memorize everything.

 

 

 

Level 2– You know you don’t know.

 

Now that you have an idea of what you don’t know, it’s time to find out the answers!

  • Simply do this by reading your class notes and textbook, asking teachers, or searching more on google.ca.

 

Level 3– You don’t know you know.

 

If you are in this category, you are very lucky, but you probably don’t know you are lucky. Or you are being modest. You may, however, feel overwhelming stress because you feel like you know nothing even though you studied.

  • To assure yourself, you can take practice exams and quizzes, or you can just wing the exam. Either way, you win.

 

Level 4– You know you know.

 

Just go take a nap you little overachiever.

 

***Please note that these tips will not guarantee you salvation from your parents. If you put yourself in the wrong category and/or take the wrong advice we are not responsible for your failure. ***

New Year’s Eve Traditions from around the world- Sabrina Li

Happy New Year to Lord Byng! It only seemed right to start our first issue of 2015 with a little welcome. So here we are- 2015. Although we are pretty well into January, let’s just take a moment to reminisce, back to New Year’s Eve. Here’s a glimpse into some of the MANY funky New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world (if these traditions happen to inspire crazy ideas in you for the next New Year, I hold no responsibility. Try at your own risk!)

 

South Africa: In the city of Johannesburg, it is not unlikely that if you spot a table or armchair flying through windows on New Year’s! It is said, however, that as a result of an increasing number of injuries, the police has raised rents to discourage this unique tradition.

 

Guatamala: At precisely 12 am on New Year’s Day, people take twelve pennies and throw the coins behind them while facing the opposite of the street. Each of the coins represent a month of the year.

 

Turkey: Put some red underwear on for good luck!

 

Puerto Rico: Away with evil spirits! The very instant the clock strikes 12 am, pots, pans, and cups are filled with water and the water is thrown out the front door to keep away bad spirits. An alternative to this tradition is falling back into the ocean waves when midnight arrives. Send these foul demons ABYSS!

 

Ireland: Originally, the Gaelic tradition is to hit the walls of a house with loaves of bread to ward off evil spirits and welcome in the good ones.

 

Spain: Simple. Every time the clock bell strikes 12, eat a grape.

 

Columbia: Pack your bags! JUST your bags. Columbians take empty suitcases and walk around the block for a year full of travel.

 

Greece: A gold coin is hidden inside a St. Basil’s cake (a type of New Year’s day bread/cake). One lucky person will find this gold coin in their cake, a sign of good luck for the year!

 

Australia: POTS AND PANS! Pots and Pans are used to make some noise outside at midnight!

 

It is simply wonderful how creative we are J Have a great 2015 Byng!

Interview with Ms. Ip- Yi Wei (Ashley)

Yi Wei: Hi Ms. Ip! I am a reporter from the Grey Ghost gazette, the newspaper of the school. Our club prints out monthly issues on the school’s events. For this month’s issue, I would like to write about the junior and senior night band and choir concerts from last week… and I thought that since I’m writing about the band and choir event, it would nice if I could interview you- the brand new, choir and jazz band teacher of this school! Could I please interview you? On your general information, your impression on this school so far and your thoughts on the jazz and choir concerts from last week?

 

Ms. Ip: Sure!

 

Yi Wei: Would you please tell us what are you majored in when you were in university? Did you major in jazz, choir, orchestra?

 

Ms.Ip: In university, I majored in orchestral percussion performance, and that is both my bachelor and master degree. And after that, I did an education degree, so that’s why, luckily enough, I’m your teacher!

 

Yi Wei: Have you done any studies in choral music, particularly?

 

Ms. Ip: Choral music? Yes. I’ve started since I was in elementary, basically. I was the school pianist when I was in grade 4. And after that I’ve been in several choirs, mostly a capella choirs (choirs without piano accompaniment).

 

Yi Wei: How do you feel about your first few months teaching at Lord Byng? Do you love to teach here?

 

Ms. Ip: Well, it’s very great to come back here to teach, cause two years ago, I was the substituted teacher for Mr. McLennan, part time, and that was for band. And now, it’s full time, teaching all four choirs, junior and intermediate jazz and music composition. Definitely, it’s a delight to teach here as the program is just wonderful at school with students, like you guys, supportive administrators, wonderful colleagues like Mr. McLennan and Lisa (Ms. Lan) have been very helpful guiding me in the right direction under the circumstances of a very short amount of time. It was very challenging because of the three weeks taken off with the strike.

 

Yi Wei: We’ve heard that choir had chosen many Christmas songs for this winter’s concerts. Are you fond of Christmas songs? Which of them is your favourite?

 

Ms. Ip: My favourite Christmas song? Oh… It’s very hard to pick. Well, I really like “Make a wish for me on Christmas”, the one that the senior choir has sung, for this Christmas. This piece mostly in form of classical chorale, but there are many sacred text of music. And yeah, I’m also very fond of those jazzy Christmas pieces.

 

Yi Wei: How do you feel about the past Winter’s concerts?

 

Ms. Ip: I think it’s phenomenal given this short time you guys had to work really hard, memorizing all the lyrics. It’s a much bigger choir (senior choir) with a total of 43, 44 students. Definitely, it’s great to work with so big a group that came from various grades. Well, that makes it a bit more challenging.

 

Yi Wei: Last question- is there anything in particular that you would like to work with the choirs?

 

Ms. Ip: From hearing our recording… I think it’s pronunciation. It’s how we actually put the stress on each word, each syllable, and how to say it clearly. With students of different ethnic backgrounds, and the different accents they have…I can hear it! Oh yes! All different accents! So yeah, we need to work more on pronunciation, the vowels and all that. But for pitch, the most important thing for a chorale ensemble, our choir is actually pretty good.

 

Yi Wei: Thank you so much Ms. Ip, for letting me to interview you! I’m really glad that you find Lord Byng a wonderful place! I’m especially happy that you find most students (like me ^_^) are nice and kind. Thank you so much! And right, WELCOME TO LORD BYNG! I hope that you’ll always find the school as a wonderful place!