Eleah Gersten explores a moment of hope in a difficult reality
A faint sharp pop sounded. Everyone's head perked up from their work. Another pop, but this time it was closer. A screech was heard off in the distance as more heads turned and questions began to arise. The mumble in the classroom was silenced by another pop.
Suddenly, the wooden classroom door swung open and students rushed in with panicked looks. A teacher followed while muttering in a quick voice, “get under the tables, hide.” Eyes widened before students ducked under tables, curling into a ball and pulling out phones to message parents. The door was locked with a click. The classroom became dark, only a ray of light flooded in from the hallway to illuminate petrified faces.
Thumps from scurrying children were overmasked by the unpredictable sounds of cracks and screeches. With each shot, students flinched. With each scream, eyes clenched shut. Each pop became closer and closer, till the walls began to shake. The bitter, pungent, metallic sulphur produced a putrid air. Sirens began to blare from outside, but the deafening cracks did not cease.
Nor did the roar of sound distract the students from their fear. As if they were statues, they remained still, only their tense muscles trembling. Breathes became short gasps, eyes darted in search of danger. Tears rolled down faces while kids looked up to the sky, mouthing a prayer for safety.
Only faint sniffles and stuttering whispers to family members on the phone were heard. The light from the hallway reduced and the room darkened. A silhouette came into view, peering into the classroom through the window. His badge reflected in the light as he stepped back and kicked the door open, relief and hope flooding into the classroom.
Grade 11 Honors students were asked to write a continuation of one of the stories that they've been studying.
Here are the excellent submissions from Jose Ramon Gonzalez and Jasmine Granberg-Cauchi. Jose's follows Jasmyne's in this article...
Thanks to Mr Friend for submitting on their behalves!
by Jasmyne Granberg-Cauchi
nothing was about to get into his way. All the members of the platoon were confused, but he spoke to no one, he just kept walking out, the Greenies even tried to ask him what was wrong, in their demeaning way, but still concerned. It was like the guy was sleepwalking, everyone was going right over his head.
Well he was going to see her, Marie Anne Bell herself.
'What Happened to Mary Jane?
by Jose Ramon Gonzalez
At night we saw nothing, but sensed everything around us. We knew that there was never anything since it was always us who got the jump on those pigs, however, tonight was different. We all knew there was someone or something watching we felt a piercing stare. We felt the wind on the backs of our necks as if something were moving around us. “There’s something out there” whispered Duc. We couldn't see him but we all knew he was trembling from the rustling leaves he shook at his feet. We were being mocked laughed at, but we weren’t being hunted rather observed. Whatever this entity was it wasn’t here to kill if it were we would already be dead. We didn’t reach our objective that night. We all sat in a circle waiting, looking for a giggling ghost.
That next morning we headed to the new attack spot this time we decided to go early through the tunnels. Neither Dao or myself wanted to take the tunnels they were small and cramped, but they made Duc feel safe and shut him up. However, they only took us part of the way since the spot was in enemy territory. When we left the tunnels it was already dusk. Dao immediately said, “Do you think we’ll see it again?” Duc with a quiver in his voice said, “I hope not…”. We walked for about an hour and the sun was setting when Duc shouted “Its the ghost! The shadows they’re moving!”
Dao and I looked back we didn't see a person we saw a dark shape with shining emerald eyes. We blinked and it was gone we just heard laughter all around us. Dao and I went to the area where the ghost was there were no footprints nothing just dried flakes of dirt. Duc was on the floor shouting cursing. Dao and I looked at each other with two very different looks. I was petrified he, on the other hand, was massively intrigued. We both ran grabbed Duc and booked it out of there. After an hour Duc was still shaking, Dao was vigilant, however, not out of fear but out of curiosity.
We blinked and it was gone we just heard laughter all around us.
"On the 4th of October there was an event with quizzes for kids in the last year of Primary School and Middle School. It was a special day devoted to celebrating language diversity in our school.
Many High School students helped and served international dishes to the children and showed them the posters of important facts from several countries.
The day was celebrated in cheer, happiness, good food and internationalism."
- Mak Fazlic
"I discovered how many languages were taught and spoken in CDL. This was very new to me as it wasn’t done in my old school.
I enjoyed it because I figured out the different types of culture and traditions.
The food was quite colorful and the books were filled with detailed information on the way things are done in different countries."
- Naimat Yusuf
by Yannick Bruderlein
AN EMBARRASSING MOMEMT
MY NAME IS YANNICK BRUDERLEIN. I HAVE NOT BEEN TO THE BARBER SHOP FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, THUS MY HAIR HAS GROWN LONG. I LIKE IT LIKE THAT.
HERE IS A STORY In WHICH I PLAY THE ROLE AS MAIN CHARACTER.
This summer, me myself and I learnt that doing an all-night trip going from New York central station to Montreal isn’t the best idea when you’re wearing a t-shirt and a pair of thin cotton Nike shorts because of the Martian like temperature going below zero for no apparent reason. I luckily had a beach towel to cover over myself.
Suddenly the rumblings of the Greyhound bus woke me up to the far sight of the twinkling lights of the still asleep city of Montréal
Arrived in Montréal at 4:21am, In a second I was outside the bus on the sidewalk, but first I had to congratulate the driver for his special skill of not falling asleep while driving.
Since it was 4:55 the metros/subways where still closed and I needed to find a way to go about getting myself to my brother’s apartment, without waking up the hole city
Since the taxi was the only option in those days, I took one. One black van with a bright yellow electric sign saying taxi.
I got in told him the addressee and he started to drive. At around mid-way him and I were already in a deep conversation about the many cultures surrounding Montreal, and how it could well infact do a positive impact on the local economy. I discreetly announced that I was learning Russian, he asked with great enthusiasm “oh why?”. I responded by saying that I liked the culture and it could be perhaps beneficial for my not so distant future. With a smile, I also announced that I also liked Russian women. Now, let’s please keep in note that this was around 5 am.
He abruptly stopped at the red light, turned the drivers light, tuned around looked at me interested but concerned way, and said, “you like women?!”. At first I grind at him in confusion and said “uh yeah... I mean, I think so”. In a lite aggressive tone, he burst out and said, “but you are a young woman!”. This followed by me explaining that I was a long-haired teen boy with no visible beard yet. It all ended well with laughs and I arrived safely at my brother’s house.
Since my brother and his wife were both peacefully sound asleep, in order for me not to spend the short night outside, I had to knock quite hard on their door, which awakened most of Montréal before there alarm.
by Alessandra Jones
She is, she is, she is
She is strong
She is light
She is beautiful, she is wise
She is, she is, she is
She is mother
She is partner
She is future
She is past
She is, she is, she is
She is tender
She is warm
She is fragile
She will make us who we are
For his IBCP Sustainability group, Mr. Corbin asked students to write an article for 'The Economist' evaluating the role of GDP/ GNI as a measure of a county's success
and recommending alternative indicators which might be more sustainable.
What do you think?
We encourage Econ/ Geo/ Business/ Sustainability classes to discuss these ideas in their classes and respond to them in the comment section below!
By Greta ADRIAN
Model of Economics
We are currently ruled by the neoclassical/classical model of economics,
where the prosperity of an economy is measured as the economic growth of a
country. Meanwhile an environmental/ecological model of economics
focuses on nature and how it cannot grow infinitely. It acknowledges this and
therefore works by keeping the economy working at a stable economic level.
Our current model is flawed as it believes economic growth can continue
forever. Thanks to research we have been able to see that this is not true and
we are starting to deplete the amount of resources we have come to depend
on to live.
The classical model is a “macroeconomics” concept, founded by Adam
Smith, who is known as the father of modern economics. This concept is
where the economy is viewed as a whole, instead of the behavior of
individuals, firms, or markets. Meanwhile the neoclassical model is
“microeconomics”, focused on individual markets within an economy. Both
these models have one thing is common; they believe prosperity is achieved
through economic growth and believe it can continue forever. Supporters of
the neoclassical model think that when resources run out, incentives for
technological change will save the day. This is related to the Boserup theory,
which believes humans will never run out of resources as we will always find
other means of sustaining ourselves. The neoclassical model additionally aligns with technocentricism. This is a value systems which has complete
faith in technology, firmly believing humans have control over nature.
These models cannot be disregarded as completely useless, as they have
been working for the past few hundred years. Economic growth has helped
increase the prosperity of economies when they needed help. The issue is
that because of economic growth, our need for resources has increased
drastically which has created a deficit in resources.
On the other hand, environmental economics is a subset of the
neoclassical model. This model considers services from nature like flood
prevention, water filtration, pollination, etc. and assigns it a monetary value.
These figures are then incorporated into the market. This helps pose the
question “Can we afford not to conserve and protect the natural world?”.
The ecological model sees macroeconomics as a subsystem within the
biosphere which it depends on, therefore does not treat nature as a type of
waste disposal facility. It is now more relevant in a heavily populated world,
7.3 billion in 2018, since there are no longer limitless discoveries and
resources. This model acknowledges that indefinite growth is impossible and
so aims to keep the economy at a ‘steady state equilibrium’.
The current method of measuring a country’s prosperity, GDP, is also
flawed as it does not take into account wellbeing, only calculates a country’s
economic activity. An example of the problem with GDP is Alaska, who
suffered a massive oil spill in 1989. Yet the GDP increased, due to work effort
needed to fix the disaster. Should our environment really have to suffer to
keep our economy’s prosperity?
It could be replaced by Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW) or
the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI).
These methods incorporate well being of people to calculate how well a country is doing.
To conclude, our economic
model is clearly flawed, and will
not be able to continue to provide for future generations. The
environmental/ecological models clearly are a good alternative, which will
allow economies to continue without having to later suffer the consequences.
By Komron ARIPOV
Hackathon: an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.
Since the start of 9th grade, I was interested to learn more about Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. The articles written on this website were not only articles, but also an initiative I’ve taken to learn more about this field. As it happened, Python, the programming language of my choice, has an enormous community of users interested in this exact same field.
So in an adventure to learn something I couldn’t find courses for at CDL, nor any institution nearby (or so I thought), my eyes have turned towards Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). While they offered very good material, they were best suited for the more older students who had a strong background in statistics, calculus and linear algebra. The thought of having to also learn all of the previously mentioned mathematics sounded interesting, yet would take the effort I never had.
That is until I stumbled upon courses offered by the EPFL Extension School, owned by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The courses were opened for people from any age group to sign up, and the platform allowed the ability to talk to teachers when dealing with a problem and still be have most of the material online. It was also self-paced, and very flexible, so I sent them an email showing my interest in the course.
After about a week, I got a reply from Laura Downhower, the executive director of the EPFL Extension School, inviting me to join them at an SRG hosted hackathon with a topic: “Media and Artificial Intelligence”. I was thrilled! The absences board gave the permission to be absent from school for two days, and the ticket was sitting in my backpack.
So, on a Thursday morning, when a snowstorm hit Geneva, I came 20 minutes late to the event, but still made it on time as others were even more late. There were croissants and drinks, while everyone in the room were introducing themselves. At that point, I was more than sure that I was the youngest participant and gave the room a quick glance to find the Extension School. They were sitting at one table, to which I walked and introduced myself.
At 10:00 the ideas for projects were pitched by a couple of volunteers and half an hour was given so others join the people with the pitches to form teams. Unsurprisingly, I joined the team with two teachers from the Extension School who taught Applied Machine Learning. The rest of the afternoon was spent working on our pitch: “Understanding Switzerland through its news”. We toyed around with the SRG database of news articles and videos, and found some very interesting patterns and structures.
The next morning, on 2nd of March we finished off with a machine learning algorithm and made nice graphs of the data that we explored. We were the first team to present our idea in Geneva, following a transmission of the same exact event from Zurich.
Sadly, our team didn’t win, but the experience, the people I’ve met and the knowledge I’ve gained will forever stay with me.
By Mohammad Ali
Prior to introducing the teams’ new sidepod designs and improvements, it is important to touch upon the concept of a sidepod and the benefits it brings to F1 cars.
Sidepods bring numerous advantages to a F1 racer. Firstly, it acts as a safety measure, housing major crash structures to protect the drivers in the case of a side impact. Secondly, sidepods can provide aerodynamic advantages by channeling the air onto the floor to produce more downforce, an example of this was on Ferrari’s 2017 iteration the SF-70H, when its bizarre sidepod design caused much discussion in the paddock; it was thought that their design optimised the aerodynamic efficiency of the car. Lastly, and perhaps the most obvious reason is the cooling capacity which accompany the sidepods themselves. Inside the sidepods are radiators to provide cooling for the engine, and more recently intercoolers have been positioned there as well to provide cooling for the turbochargers. In recent years, the size of sidepods has grown significantly. This has been due to the introduction of turbocharged F1 engines, that need intercoolers to keep them cool, which are housed within the sidepods. In recent years, there has a been a greater concentration by the teams on the cars’ aerodynamic ability, rather than only creating the fastest engine. The heightened attention to aerodynamic efficiency could also explain the increased size of the sidepod.
For the new 2018 season, Formula 1 teams have focused their energy on improving the sidepod design. More lenient regulations on bodywork design and structure has lead to very innovative concepts; this was highlighted on the SF-70H in the 2017 season. This time round, the other F1 teams have followed suit. At its core, only two concepts exist, Red Bull, Haas, Sauber, Williams, and Renault all took a leaf out of Ferrari’s book, separating the side impact structure, and the sidepod, positioning the impact structure ahead of the sidepod. This design, allows for the disrupted air flowing from the front wheels a greater distance to re-laminate onto the side of the car’s body for greater aerodynamic performance. This concept was exhibited by Ferrari in the 2017 season and is now being used by most of the paddock. However, there is another approach to achieve similar results, which has been displayed by Mercedes, and for the 2018 season, McLaren have also adopted this concept. Both Mercedes and McLaren have moved the position of the front axle away from the sidepod, essentially increasing the racers’ wheelbase. In the end though, these two philosophies bring the same results for the same reason, greater aerodynamic efficiency by giving the turbulent air more time to laminate itself, by increasing the distance it has to travel to sidepod.
Amongst the teams, there are great variations between the radiator inlets: their position, shape, and size. The positioning of the radiator inlets is the most important. If the inlets have a high position, this allows for a steeper undercut to the lower section of the sidepod. A car with this setup creates a low pressure at the bottom which the air races to fill, hence increasing the air speed at the bottom of the sidepods, and down the side of the car, towards the aerodynamic components at the back of the car, thus generating more downforce. However, there are downsides to this system. Positioning the radiator inlets so high means that the car’s bodywork is also raised, and this increases the car’s centre of gravity, placing extra load on the tyres when cornering. Yet, all F1 teams have opted for this system this season, with Mercedes switching from the low radiator inlet mounting position from the 2017 season in favor of this one for the 2018 season, so the positives must outweigh the negatives. With the first race of the season just around the corner, we will find out soon.
Mr Penrose asks the judges (Juli Suleymanova and Heather Jones) about the winners of the writing competition. Click below to listen to the discussion.
This Tuesday, the winners of the writing contest got the opportunity to follow a workshop by the great Matt Dickinson. The following video will give you an impression of the workshop. Congrats to the winners!
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