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The first 2010 issue of the Spyglass student newspaper

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    GREEK ECONOMY?WHAT

    BY TAE-HU KIM

    Keep the earth green. Please recycle. Brought to you by the RHHS Spyglass Team.

    At the peak of his power, the empire of Alexander the Great stretched from the western edge of modern-day India to Egypt. Fast-forward almost 2300 years to today and the world is being overtaken yet again by another superpow-er- albeit one very different from Alexander the Great. This time the tools of domination are not swords, spears, and shields, but a husky contralto voice, an electrifying sense of style, a disco stick, and a great number of extremely pointed shoulder pads.

    Who is this mighty conqueror? Her name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Ger-manotta, more commonly known as Lady Gaga, hailing from the suburb of Yonkers on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Starting piano by ear at the age of four, she grew up to become one of twenty people ever to get early accep-tance to the prestigious Tisch School of Music in New York. After working in the underground New York club circuit, Lady Gaga burst into the music scene with her

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    infectious debut single Just Dance in 2008, marking her first step in becoming the next Queen of Pop. Massive pop anthems such as Pokerface and Bad Romance soon followed, topping charts and breaking records. After just two short

    years, Lady Gaga has managed to achieve six hit singles off

    of her diamond certified debut album, The

    Fame, perform live for the Queen, win two Grammys, and garner multitudes of adoring fans from all over the globe. At the mo-

    ment, Lady Gaga reigns at the top of

    Times 100 Most Influ-ential People of 2010 online

    poll, being compared to the likes of Madonna and Michael Jackson.

    Despite her great success, Lady Gaga remains one of the most polarizing musi-cal figures alive today. As with any celeb-rity, there are her detractors who criticize her for her theatricality, who argue that her outlandish costumes and props are just a ploy to shock and grab attention.

    The Greek economy, second only to the Irish, has fallen on bad times. Greece recently revealed that the fictitious-sound-ing claims of the previous government in regards to their checkbook were, in fact, fictitious. Greece had borrowed more than it could ever pay back alone.

    Trusting that Greece would be incen-tivized into magically making more mon-ey than it ever could feasibly, and that it would eventually pay back the money and never default on its loans, the European Union promised to loan Greece hundreds of billions of euros, totaling 750 billion for all European Union countries suffering similar problems.

    This is, of course, a capital solution.

    Its another Sunday night and youre chilling at home on Facebook. Sud-denly, while posting pictures up from your weekend, you receive an instant message from your friend: hey, did you finish your ISP essay? Its due tomorrow, right? A moment of panic. You pause, then look over guiltily at your unopened backpack lying dutifully right where you left it on Friday afternoon. Right, that essay, the one your teacher assigned two weeks back. You were planning on getting to it, really, you werethe clock tolls, its 11:00 PM and you stare at a blank Microsoft Word page. And so it begins; you grab your binder and frantically flip through it for your notes. It slips, and dozens of sheets are now strewn across the floor; thats okay, youll get those in the morning. You start typing and get about two sentences into your 6 page es-say, before you decide its a good time for a break. Once you make a sandwich and get back to your essay, you ask yourself, why? Why did I leave this to the last minute? Whats wrong with me?

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    BY DERAKHSHAN QURBAN-ALI

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    THE ART ofPROCRASTINATION

    to: high school students from: bill gates ............................... 2

    shut-eye shortfall ........................... 3

    got exchange on the brain? ............... 3

    change the ballot without a vote .............................................. 4

    make the most of it: a guide to summer ............................ 4

    fight or flight ................................. 5

    destination shanghai ........................ 6

    the highs and lows of teenage romance .......................... 7

    unexpected devaluation .................... 8

    IN THIS ISSUE:

    AND MORE!

    CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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    For many of us who grew up with Japanese anime shows like Pokmon, Digimon, and Cardcaptors, these shows along with other cartoons summed up our weekly dose of Saturday morning televi-sion. You may still remember our favou-rite characters like Pikachu, Sailor Moon, and Team Rocket. The familiarity of an-ime varies from person to person, but its influence on North American viewers is undeniable.

    The majority of us have casually watched anime shows throughout our lives and would agree that most of us are nor-mal. We enjoy anime as much as the next person, but its not like its an addiction or anything. The occasional anime watchers are engaged mostly to alleviate their bore-dom. Admit it, watching pretty pictures on a screen is much less of a hassle than reading a book.

    But there is a small minority among us, a group of people who are more immersed in the screen than the real world.

    BY TIMOTHY LEE

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    a n i m e a d d i c t i o n s

    DANGEROUS OR JUST PLAIN BIZARRE?

    TUESDAY JUNE 1, 2010

  • Keep the earth green. Please recycle. Brought to you by the RHHS Spyglass Team.

    Well, nothing is wrong with you. Un-less you classify procrastination as a disease, that is. Many of us wish we could blame our chronic stalling on a medical condition, and if you are a student reading this (or even a teacher!) it is likely you have been in a simi-lar scenario at some point in your life. So why do we do it? There are many different reasons why we procrastinate, but for the most part, its because we simply dont want to do it at that moment in time. We dont want to do things for a variety of reasons, but when boiled down, it usually comes down to the following situations: when something is difficult, when something is time-consuming, when you feel you dont have the ability to do something, or when you are simply afraid of doing it. Its impor-tant to understand why you dont want to do something, because it makes it easier to either identify or avoid these situations.

    Alright, so now you know why you pro-crastinate, but what can you do about it? Surprisingly, a lot. Firstly, start small; you cant get it all done at once, so dont over-whelm yourself trying! Remember, it took months to perfect the art of procrastination, so it will be difficult to change your hab-its all at once. Start by breaking your tasks into small segments, and make a to-do list of all the different things you have to do. Prioritize what needs to get done first, and reward yourself when you accomplish a task. Find a quiet area to work, where you wont be tempted by distractions (cough cough, Facebook). Lastly, motivate yourself; imag-ine yourself accomplishing your goal. Two things have been proven to motivate people: pleasure and pain. Think about how good you will feel and all the free time you will have (more time to hang with friends, read a book, or play COD); or on the other hand, imagine the consequences of not accom-plishing your goal (i.e. living in your moms

    Undoubtedly an internationally rec-ognized brand name, Microsoft has brought about a computer revolution that has carried through to this day. Microsoft Office, one of the companys most com-monly used product, is a collection of soft-ware that aids the day-to-day activities of many businesses and has also gained stu-dent dependence and reliance for the com-pletion of school work. The convenience and practicality of Microsofts products have resulted in one of the most successful companies of the century.

    As the Chairman of Microsoft and the person with the highest net worth in the world, Bill Gates has a life beyond satisfac-tory. However, he has personally revealed to the media that his life was not without bumps along the road just like every oth-er person. No matter what the mistakes he has made before, it is apparent that he has surpassed them and moved further along the road of success. Whats more is that Bill Gates seems to have grasped what life is all about and has established his exper-tise on the secret ingredients to success. Through various speeches given to high school students around the world, he has provided 11 useful tips about success for students.

    1. Life is not fair, so get used to it! Its not fair! Its not fair!This is perhaps the most banal phrase in a high school stu-dents vocabulary. What is not fair? Did the teacher take marks off your test? That

    was because your answer was incorrect. Did you not get selected to be part of the team? That was because other people ex-hibited talents superior to yours, or at least the teacher thought so. So what? This is life and it certainly isnt a game you can win every time! Life isnt fair yes so get used to it!

    2. The world will expect you to accom-plish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

    The world will not care about your self-esteem. The world also does not have the time to listen to your moans and objec-tions to the way some things turned out. However, it hopes you can first obtain achievements, and it is greatly concerned about that. Emphasize on your own feel-ings afterwards.

    3. When you first walk out of the school, you cannot have a 6 or 7-figure salary right away. You especially cannot become some companys CEO right away and also have a nice car, until the day you earn these luxuries through hard work.

    The day you get out of high school, a 6-figure salary will not be waiting for you outside the graduation hall. Even the best people of the bunch do not start very high. You may be wondering how they end up there and the answer to that is their dili-gence. Did Mr. Gates start off as a bil-lionaire? Absolutely not. He started as a

    university drop-out starting a company called Microsoft with his friends. Thats all.

    4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

    If you thought teachers at your school were overly strict, then come back and think about that when you have a boss. Chances are, your boss is not going to be any more lenient than your teacher already is. You are there to help the boss earn money, so there would be no reason for the boss to give you leniency. The boss wants you to be productive! With this in mind, thank your teachers!

    5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: opportunity.

    6. If you mess up, its not your parents fault, so dont whine about your mistakes but learn from them.

    7. Before you were born, your parents werent as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills and listen-ing to you talk about how cool you are.

    8. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has NOT.

    9. Life is not divided into semesters or terms. You dont get summers off, and very few employers are interested in help-ing you find yourself . Do that in your own time.

    10. TV is not real life. In real life, peo-ple have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

    11. Be nice to nerds. Chances are youll end up working for one!

    The bottom line is, wake up from Planet Imaginary and move to Planet Reality if you havent already done so. As harsh as these may sound, they are merely the life lessons that multi-billionaire Bill Gates has summed up for students in the world.

    basement at the age of 30). Whatever works!

    Chances are that youve probably heard this advice dozens of times. Thats because these are tried and true methods, but if they arent working for you or if you want to try something a little different, there are hundreds of other ways to break the habit. Where better to get tips than from fellow students? I had the opportunity to attend Richmond Hill High Schools alumni meet-ing a few weeks ago, where I had a chance to ask first year university students for advice on how to beat procrastination. All of them had useful and interesting tips; one student suggested rewarding yourself with stickers and others lived by calendars and daily plan-ners. But what all of them agreed upon was the fact that you need help to stop procrasti-nating; you should get help from friends or family, or anyone that you can trust and rely on. Lets face it, nothing is going to get done if we rely on ourselves, because we will keep making up excuses for ourselves; you need someone to keep you accountable. Choose someone who wont easily back off; they can motivate you by only hanging out with you after you finish a certain task, or they can use more drastic measures and threaten you if you dont complete a task (just jokingor am I?) Either way, it really helps when someone is supporting you.

    Taking occasional breaks can actually im-prove the quality of your work, so remember to take a breather every once in a while, to help you stay on track. As a side note, pro-crastination is not always a terrible thing; I wrote this article while procrastinating, in-stead of studying for my test tomorrow. Art or disease, call it what you will, but procras-tination is not going to go away on its own; you need to do something about it. So stop procrastinating and get started right now! Or in a bit, I think Glee is on!

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    photo by sally xie

    Far from the grasps of procrastination, these chemistry students are diligently working.

    photo courtesy of sharidar.com

  • Keep the earth green. Please recycle. Brought to you by the RHHS Spyglass Team.

    GOT EXCHANGEON THE BRAIN?

    In todays changing world, teenagers face various problems that previous generations hardly encountered in their daily lives. A large number of them are stressed over increasing pressure from school and families to perform well in order to succeed in life. They also often find it challenging to fit in for various so-ciocultural reasons. The changing school environment, according to recently con-ducted research studies, is taking a toll on their lives: teenagers in North America are sleep deprived a cause for concern for parents, health care professionals, policy-makers, students and teachers. What con-cerns people is the empirical evidence that lack of sleep in teens affects their mental and physical health as well their academic performance.

    High school students like us are ex-pected to get 8 and a half to 9 hours of sleep every night. What this means is that students would sleep a total of 56-60 hours per week. This seems to be a feasible target, but not often carried out. Recent research from Consumer...

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