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QQ Chua, Simon Floris

Lawrence Xu, Taissia Yanishevskaya

Steven Yin, Emily Yuan

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Letter from Inkblot’s Executive

Hi everyone, welcome to Inkblot’s newest issue. For this issue,

we have a diverse range of topics, ranging from film

reviews to travle guide. I’m the director of publishing and

editing this year, and we’ve all tried to produce a high quality

magazine. We hope everyone can find at least one article

interesting! If you are interested in writing or designing,

please consider joining us, or sending us anything you

want published. If you’ve read till here, answer this riddle

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Table of Contents

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: A Review

[pg.10 - 11]

Cailin Simpson Works

[pg.12 - 15]

TOP 10: Less Known School Based Movies

[pg.16 - 17]

Playlist

[pg.20 - 21]

Chocolate Is Great for Your Health?

[pg.22 - 23]

Baking Recipes

[pg.24 - 25]

The Ocean

[pg.28 - 30]

WAB Class of 2018!

[pg.34 - 40]

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Staff Page

Alinnah Qiao

Director of Writing & Publishing

Hee Jung Choi

Editor-in-Chief

Steve Thomas

Advisor

Maya Chen

Design Director

YY Huang

Design Director

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Ally Huang Annie Yin

Minkyeom Kwon Cailin Simpson Camila Kochlowski

Cheng Wei Xu Isobel Yeaman

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Jane Lee Ji Zheng Tan

Joao Scarpa Lawrence Xu

Noa Levavi QQ Chua

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Rylie Xiong Sean Ye

Taissia Yanishevskaya Ting Shiun Ong

Victoria Tang Zoe Lin

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Three

Billboards

Outside

Ebbing,

Missouri:

A Review

TAISSIA

YANISHEVSKAYA

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

(2017), directed as well as written by Martin

McDonagh, is a drama imbued with dark comedy.

Some other films by McDonagh that many

may be familiar with are In Bruges and Seven

Psychopaths. Set in a small town in Missouri,

the story follows Mildred Hayes whose daughter,

seven months ago, was raped and murdered. The

mother is extremely angry, as no culprit or suspect

has been found, so she decides to set matters

into her own hands. She installs three billboards

that question the police and their inadequacy

in doing their jobs and finding the murderer.

The billboards arouse controversy, and it’s as if

Mildred is going to war with the whole town,

especially the police.

There are many reasons I believe this movie is

brilliant. Of course, one of the reasons is the

outstanding performances from the actors,

especially Frances McDormand, who is taking

the lead role, Woody Harrelson (chief of police),

and Sam Rockwell (officer Jason Dixon). There is

also some spectacular acting by the less central

characters, such as the “town midget,” as he calls

himself, played by Peter Dinklage and Dixon’s

mother played by Sandy Martin.

Aside for the performance itself, the character of

Mildred is especially powerful. She is a mother

who, throughout the whole movie, maintains this

incredible strength that is sustained by her anger

and her need to find justice for her daughter. At

times, she can be not only intimidating but also

straight out scary. She is willing to go to extremes

that create a sense of discomfort, even in the audience

who is on her side. Her determined nature

is intertwined with this motherly vulnerability

that not only creates a more three-dimensional

character but also creates a dark and devastating

atmosphere for the film in general. Another especially

unique character is officer Dixon, who from

the audience’s point of view, is a perfectly “hateable”

police officer. He not only says incredibly

offensive things but also does some horrifying

things that make you wonder, “How in the world

do such bigots and abominable creatures still exist

in the world?”

Now in most movies that would be it; that would

be the whole character.

However, in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,

Missouri, there is no black and white. We like

to categorize people, opinions, points of views,

etc. in either black or white and good or bad.

The movie extensively explores this gray area,

which many filmmakers (or people in general)

avoid. Without giving out too many spoilers, all

I will say is that there are really clever twists in

narrative that create some unexpected character

arcs and turns in the story. As an avid film geek,

I am used to predicting storylines, twist endings,

or anything about the story. My predictions

are frequently correct, as many movies can be

predictable or follow similar patterns and story

developments. This doesn’t necessarily mean

that the film is bad or cliché, though. However,

every time I tried to predict something in Three

Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, I would

be wrong and the story would somehow take an

unforeseen turn.

The only negative thing I have to say about this

film is the acting of this one specific character.

Lucas Hedges acts as the mother’s son in the film,

and there was some shockingly horrible acting.

I found myself in disbelief, as I couldn’t for a

second be convinced of anything he was trying

to portray as an actor. Perhaps, maybe this was

because I naturally saw the huge contrast with the

other performers.

Finally, the writing in the film itself was remarkable.

The sharp, quick-witted screenplay created

the perfect “small American town” atmosphere.

It was fresh and contained some risky, “daring”

jokes that worked, especially in the film’s context.

I felt like it delves into some bold topics such as

police brutality and law enforcement in general,

which many, nowadays especially, stray away

from. Some critics complain about the “vile”

language in the film or the unnecessary violence.

I don’t agree with these critics, however. If swear

words could be considered poetry, then this film

has definitely achieved that. Everything works so

smoothly together to create this rugged, claustrophobic

feeling of being trapped with anger, grief,

and sorrow with a bleakly humorous edge. The

movie itself has already won numerous awards

and gotten plenty of nominations (including a

few Oscar nominations). This film is definitely

one of the best from 2017.

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TOP 10:

LESS KNOWN

SCHOOL BASED

MOVIES

by JOAO SCARPA

8. The Beat Beneath My Feet (2016)

IMDB Rating: 6.4

Aspiring musicians often struggle

to emerge in a competitive world. The

Beat Beneath My Feet portrays the struggles

of a shy teen, Tom, as he attempts to

make his own music. This movie touches

on the idea of depression; therefore, this

film may not be an easy watch, which

could be a reason why it is lesser known.

10. Prom (2011)

IMDB Rating: 5.4

This is a movie about one of the

most existing nights of senior year, prom.

This movie narrates the story of the prom

committee chair, Nova Prescott, who

seeks help to conclude the decorations

for the event after they have been destroyed

in a fire.

7. Detention (2011)

IMDB Rating: 5.8

Never get detention when there

is a killer on the streets. This is a valuable

lesson the students of Grizzly Lake High

had to learn the hard way. Detention has

all the elements of a perfect horror movie

as well as the humor and subtle romance

of a teen movie.

9. The Outfield (2015)

IMDB Rating: 5.1

The friends we make on the field

are the ones who we will remember forever.

Frankie, Jack, and Austin have been

members of the outfield since their Little

League times, and they have become

inseparable friends outside the field.

Throughout the movie, the characters’

paths diverge as they find themselves and

chase their passions, only for them to find

each other again and play as the outfield

one last time.

6. Pass the Light (2015)

IMDB Rating: 6.3

This is a movie that teaches us to

trust our faith and not rely on intolerance

and the scapegoating of the “sinners.” A

high school student runs for a congress

position through a campaign of love,

changing the perspective of his family and

the community. Although this film fell out

of the spotlight, it has a very important

message.

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5. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

IMDB Rating: 7.5

This is a horror movie that will

make you reconsider your ideas of sleep.

Freddy Krueger, “nightmare” killer,

spreads terror in a small town. He preys

on teenagers in their dreams, which leads

to them being killed in real life as well.

This is a classic scary movie that many

people cannot watch by themselves. It

lost its fame throughout the years, but it

still remains to be a must-see for all horror

and slasher film enthusiasts.

3. Speak (2004)

IMDB Rating: 7.4

The story of Melinda Sordino, a

fourteen-year-old freshman, who struggles

to cope with her memories of the

past summer throughout her first year

of high school. This is a story of isolation,

grief, and forced silence that encourages

women to speak up. It is a challenging

watch due to its gloomy mood, but it contains

a deep message about self-justice

and muteness. It is based on L.H. Anderson’s

well-known namesake novel.

2. We Children from Bahnhof Zoo

(1981)

IMDB Rating: 7.6

A German movie popular in Europe

in the early 80s that tells the story of a

girl living in West Berlin. This film shows

the struggles of being a teenager in a

segregated country where younger voices

are rarely heard. Teens at the time often

turned to drugs and alcohol to deal with

their complex life just as the protagonist

of the story does.

4. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

IMDB Rating: 6.9

This movie is a true comedy that

balances the humor of each scene with

the eccentric nature of Napoleon, who is

campaigning to become class president.

Despite being the Winner of the Best Feature

Film award at the U.S. Comedy Arts

Festival, this film lost its fame among the

adolescent population as years passed.

1. Never Let Me Go (2010)

IMDB Rating: 7.2

Based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s namesake

novel, this movie tells the story of

kids who grow up in a reality very different

than they ever would have imagined.

The film is not entirely based in a school

setting, but the story involves adolescents

struggling with the realities of their lives.

Indeed, this movie is heartbreaking yet

also entertaining. entertaining.

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“YOUNG DUMB & BROKE”

AMERICAN TEEN BY KHALID

THIS SONG DESCRIBES ADOLESCENCE PERFECTLY. AS IT IS

WRITTEN BY A TEENAGER, “YOUNG DUMB & BROKE” DETAILS

THE FEELINGS THAT YOU EXPERIENCE AND THE THOUGHTS THAT

YOU HAVE WHILE DISCOVERING WHO YOU ARE. FROM LOVE TO

FREEDOM, KHALID DISCUSSES A VARIETY OF TOPICS THAT MANY

WILL FIND THEMSELVES PONDERING WHILE TRYING TO FIND

THEIR PLACE IN THE WORLD. “YOUNG DUMB & BROKE” DOCU-

MENTS THE EXPERIENCE OF GROWING UP, CAPTURING THE EMO-

TIONS, UPS AND DOWNS, AND

JOURNEY OF A TEENAGER.

NOA LEVAVI

SEAN YE

“JAPANESE DENIM” BY DANIEL CAESAR

“JAPANESE DENIM” IS THE KIND OF SONG YOU WILL WANT

TO PLAY ON REPEAT. THE SOFT INSTRUMENTAL BACKING

CREATES A VERY RELAXED, NOSTALGIC, AND ALMOST MEL-

ANCHOLIC VIBE, WHILE ALSO BEING SUBTLE ENOUGH TO

LEAVE THE VOCALS AS THE FOCUS OF THE SONG. THIS AL-

LOWS LISTENERS TO FOCUS ON EMOTIONAL, INSIGHTFUL

LYRICS THAT CAN INSPIRE CONVERSATION AND INTROSPEC-

TION. THIS IS THE PERFECT SONG TO PLAY WHEN YOU ARE

ENJOYING SOME DOWNTIME WITH FRIENDS, OR JUST WHEN

YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO HELP YOU UNWIND.

“CAROLINA” HARRY STYLES BY HARRY STYLES

“CAROLINA” IS REMINISCENT OF THE 60S, WITH SOME

EVEN SAYING THAT THEY CAN HEAR HEAVY INFLUENCE

FROM THE BEATLES. WITH ITS GROOVY VIBE, UPBEAT IN-

STRUMENTALS, AND ROMANTIC EDGE, THIS SONG SOUNDS

LIKE IT COULD’VE BEEN PLAYED IN GREASE. IT IS PER-

FECT FOR ROAD TRIPS, VACATIONS, AND SUMMER NIGHTS.

“BIG

FISH”

BIG FISH THEO-

RY BY VINCE STAPLES

WHILE THE MOST PROMINENT RAP SCENES OF 2017 ARE IN

ATLANTA AND NEW YORK, VINCE STAPLES PUTS LONG BEACH,

CALIFORNIA, BACK ON THE MAP. IN A HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL AL-

BUM, “BIG FISH” FINDS A BALANCE BETWEEN QUIRKINESS AND

CATCHINESS THAT ANY AVERAGE LISTENER CAN ENJOY. LYRI-

CALLY, VINCE RECOGNIZES THAT THIS TRACK IS “ANOTHER STO-

RY ’BOUT A YOUNG BLACK MAN/TRYNA MAKE HIS WAY OUT THE

JAM,” BUT IT IS HARD TO IGNORE THE TECHNICAL VERSATILITY

OF VINCE’S RHYMES, LITTERED WITH SMOOTH TRANSITIONS AND

ENJAMBMENT. ANOTHER REFRESHING ADDITION IS VINCE’S STRANGELY MESMERIZING ACCENT,

WHICH SOMEWHAT RESEMBLES THE LAIDBACK TEXTURE OF PAST LONG BEACH LEGENDS SUCH

AS SNOOP DOGG. OVERALL, “BIG FISH” IS A TRACK BURSTING WITH GROOVE AND PERSONALITY.


“MARCY ME” 4:44 BY JAY-Z

IN THE TWO MINUTES AND FIFTY-FOUR SECONDS THIS TRACK,

JAY-Z DISPLAYS BRILLIANT TECHNICAL SKILL AS WELL AS EMO-

TIONAL RETROSPECTION. THE TITLE, WHICH IS A WORDPLAY ON

THE MARCY PROJECTS IN NEW YORK, STRIKES AN APOLOGETIC

TONE, MUCH LIKE THE REST OF THE ALBUM. COMBINING VIVID

CULTURAL REFERENCES OF THE 80S NEW YORK SCENE AND

THE CONTEMPORARY SOUND OF BOUNCY PIANO REVERBS, JAY-

Z BRINGS US BACK TO THE TIME WHEN MICHAEL JORDAN WAS

CEMENTING HIS STATUS AS THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME, WHEN

LISA BONET WAS THE “BEYONCÉ OF HER DAY”, AND WHEN JAY-

Z, NOW AN UNSHAKABLE CULTURAL ICON, WAS STILL WONDER-

ING: “LORD, WE KNOW WHO WE ARE/YET WE KNOW NOT WHAT

WE MAY BE/SO MAYBE I’M THE ONE OR MAYBE I’M CRAZY.”

“COCOON” BLOSSOM BY MILKY CHANCE

THIS SONG BRINGS COMFORT TO LISTENERS. AL-

THOUGH IT MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE CLASSIFIED AS A

VERY SLOW OR MELLOW SONG, THE LYRICS EVOKE THE

FEELING OF A LAZY SATURDAY MORNING IN BED. THIS

SONG IS PERFECT FOR RELAXING AND GETTING COZY.

“JUNKY” SATURATION

II BY BROCKHAMPTON

IN “JUNKY”, THE RAP

GROUP BROCKHAMTON’S

CHARISMATIC FRONTMAN

KEVIN ABSTRACT DELIVERS ONE OF THE MOST MEMORA-

BLE VERSES OF ALL 2017 WITH BLUNT FORCE. THE DENSELY

RHYMED AND FIERCELY RAPPED VERSE IS, ABOVE ALL, STRIK-

INGLY POIGNANT. AN OPENLY GAY RAPPER, KEVIN ASKS UR-

GENT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GAY MEN AROUND HIM THAT

PRETEND TO BE “STRAIGHT” AND “MASCULINE” AND EVEN

QUESTIONS HIS MOTHER, WHO “AIN’T LISTEN” WHEN HE SAID

HE WAS GAY UNTIL HE SIGNED A RECORD DEAL. ALTHOUGH ONE

MIGHT WONDER HOW LISTENERS WOULD RESPOND TO THE EXPLICIT CONTENT IN “JUNKY”,

WE SHOULD REALIZE THAT THIS IS NONE OF KEVIN’S CONCERN: “THEY CAN COME AND CUT

MY HAND OFF/AND, AND MY LEGS OFF AND AND/IMMA STILL BE A BOSS TILL MY HEAD GONE.”

“MAGNOLIA” PLAYBOI CARTI BY PLAYBOI CARTI

DOUBTLESSLY ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR TRACKS OF

2017, PLAYBOI CARTI’S “MAGNOLIA” SHOWS US ANOTHER

SIDE OF LYRICISM COMPARED TO THE RAPPERS ABOVE,

AS HIS REPETITIVE PHRASES AND SPARSE WORDS SEEM

TO RESEMBLE AD-LIBS MORE THAN A CONVENTIONALLY

RAPPED VERSE. WHILE THE LYRICS CONTAIN LITTLE MORE

THAN ROUTINE RAPPER BRAGGADOCIO WITH ONE MEMO-

RABLE GEOGRAPHIC NOD (“IN NEW YORK I MILLY ROCK”),

IT IS CARTI’S DELIVERY AND UNIQUE VOCAL TEXTURE THAT

SETS THIS TRACK APART. HIGH-PITCHED AND ENERGETIC,

CARTI’S VOICE BLENDS WITH THE UNCONVENTIONAL, BASS-

HEAVY, FLUTE-INCLUDING BEAT TO BRING US INTO A STATE

OF TRANCE. FULL OF LOUD COLORS AND BOLD SOUNDS, “MAGNOLIA” IS ONE OF

THE BEST EXAMPLES OF THE BRAND-NEW AESTHETICS OF CONTEMPORARY RAP.

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While browsing the Internet for a possible Extended Essay topic, I decided to eat

chocolate to help alleviate the stress of the IB Diploma Program. Suddenly, this sparked

a thought: I could write my essay on chocolate! I started thinking about my addiction to

chocolate bars, leading me to pose the question: Can chocolate dependency be equated to

alcoholism?

Immediately, this opened the door to new ideas and possibilities. I knew that chocolate

wouldn’t have as many negative effects as alcohol, but I wondered exactly how it affected a

person’s body. While conducting further research, I found some interesting articles exploring

the health benefits of chocolate. One that really stood out to me was an investigation that

found a positive correlation between the amount of chocolate consumed by a country and the

number of Nobel laureates from that country. Yes, a team wrote an actual paper on this.

Full disclaimer: I am pretty much willing to accept any suggestion of chocolate being

healthy, simply to justify my (over)consumption of it. Of course, I know that the possibility

of ending up in a hospital due to excessive chocolate eating is infinitely higher than that of

receiving a Nobel prize. Nonetheless, there are serious studies suggesting that chocolate isn’t

just sugar and fat and calories – at least dark chocolate isn’t.

Dark chocolate contains a fancy-looking chemical called flavan-3-ol. Often just referred

to as flavanols, these chemicals are a class of flavonoids that are found in fruits, wine,

vegetables, and cocoa, which is a prominent ingredient in dark chocolate.

Flavanols are thought to have positive effects on the brain. Many studies have

concluded that they reduce age-related cognitive dysfunctions, among many other benefits.

For example, research has shown that flavanols improve blood flow to the brain, thereby

increasing the speed of working memory, attention span, reaction times, and problem-solving

skills. Dark chocolate also contains substantial amounts of magnesium, which suppresses the

release of the stress-causing hormone, cortisol. Other compounds found in dark chocolate,

such as anandamide, tryptophan, and phenylethylamine, are also associated with feelings of

bliss and positivity.

Sadly, not all chocolates are made equal. Most of the health benefits associated with

dark chocolate are a result of its high flavanol content, and milk and white chocolate (if you

would even consider that chocolate) are low in flavanol levels. Sometimes, during the process

of creating chocolate, flavanol compounds are actually removed. As a result, the positive

effects of dark chocolate may not necessarily be able to be applied to all types of

chocolate.

However, even though the health benefits of chocolate can be

debated, I still love it with a passion. The word cocoa derives from

“kakawa”. To an Olmec person living in Central America between

1500 – 500 B.C, the word would mean “god food”. I couldn’t

agree more.

Designed by Minkyeom Kwon

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BAKING

RECIPES

BY ALLY HUANG

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We all know how stressful IB can be, and we are all guilty of a little stress-eating at times.

To help you with your snacking, I have compiled three recipes that are both delicious and

easy. After all, who doesn’t love the taste of desserts that are fresh out of the oven?

We hope you have a lot of fun making and eating the treats below!

Soft Sugar Cookies (24 Servings)

Ingredients:

For The Cookies:

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cups sugar

1 cup butter

1 egg

1/2 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

For The Frosting:

1/2 cup butter

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).

For Cookies:

In a bowl, add the flour, baking soda,

and salt. Whisk to combine. In a large

bowl, add the butter, sugar, and cream

together using a hand mixer until light

and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add the

egg and mix until fully incorporated.

one third at a time, until fully combined.

Shape the dough into a rectangle and

wrap in a plastic wrap. Chill dough for

1 hour in the refrigerator. Remove the

plastic wrap from the dough and lightly

flour an even surface.

Roll out dough about 1/2 inch thick.

Cut out circles using a glass or cookie

cutter (or cut out fun shapes using a

cookie cutter). Transfer cookies to a

parchment paper-lined baking sheet,

leaving about 1 inch in between cookies.

Bake for 8 minutes until the bottom is

golden brown, and the top is pale. Let

cookies cool on pan or wire rack.

For Frosting:

In a bowl, beat the butter until fluffy

with a hand mixer. Sift in powdered

sugar and mix until incorporated. Add

milk and continue to beat until mixture

smooth and velvety. Frost cookies and

decorate as you wish.

Add sour cream and vanilla and mix

until creamy. Add the flour mixture,

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Triple Chocolate Cookies (30

Servings)

Ingredients:

2 1/2 sticks butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups white chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).

Using a mixer, cream the butter and

sugar until fluffy, scraping the sides

once. Add the eggs, one at a time,

mixing after each addition. Mix in the

vanilla.

Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking

soda and salt, and then add in batches

to the mixer, mixing until just combined

after each addition. Gently blend

in the white chocolate and chocolate

chips.

Using a cookie scoop, add 1 tablespoon

portions to a baking sheet. Bake

until the cookies are done but still soft

and chewy, about 8 minutes.

Let cool on a baking rack.

Hot Chocolate Fudge (12 Servings)

Ingredients:

2 cups dark chocolate chips

14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups mini hot chocolate marshmallows

Instructions:

In a microwave safe bowl, combine

white chocolate chips with 5 tablespoons

sweetened condensed milk. In

a separate bowl, combine dark chocolate

chips with remaining sweetened

condensed milk.

Line a square 9x9 pan (or 8x8) with foil

and generously grease with butter or

shortening.

Microwave dark chocolate 30 seconds

and stir. Microwave 15 seconds

then stir vigorously until chocolate

is smooth. Transfer mixture into prepared

pan and spread into an even

layer.

Microwave white chocolate 30 seconds.

Stir until smooth. Spread mixture

on top of dark chocolate layer in a thin

layer. Top with mini marshmallows

then gently press down.

Refrigerate at least 6 hours to set.

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The Ocean

by

Lawrence Xu

The journalists, entrepreneurs, and

politicians were concerned. They sensed the

tension and heaviness in the air. The next hour

would determine whether the world of resource-starved,

divided people would break or

align.

In the corner of the room stood a tall,

broad-shouldered man accompanied by nothing

but his own shadow. He was studying the

picture of the ocean on the ceiling of the hall.

Some recognized him as Joseph Dent, others

their savior, others the racist and bigoted man

spoiled with money. As he owned a global monopoly

of commercial water, Joseph’s decisions

would directly impact the rest of the world. It

was time for the conference his publicists had

organized, in hopes of educating the public of

Joseph’s new plans. Across the conference hall,

a short, pale man scurried to Joseph.

“Joseph! Why the hell are you still

lounging about here? CNN and the whole lot of

’em are already waiting.”

The man, Dan Blue, was Joseph’s senior

advisor and he was as punctual and meticulous

as they came. His narrow figure and straightened

hair were immediately recognizable – the

same since their first encounter in elementary

school. During his youth, Dan knew Joseph as

a joyful yet incredibly calculating figure, always

wearing a smile that never seemed entirely sincere.

They had grown up playing, fighting, and

learning from each other. They respected each

other. For

some odd reason, Dan felt that he and Joseph

would never agree on things. Passionate arguments

would arise spontaneously, with

Dan delivering lines of argument and Joseph

responding with swift and effective rebuttals.

But Dan didn’t dislike this. Their competitive

relationship molded them into a prolific duo,

and they worked together to start a lucrative

water business. Acting as Joseph’s right-hand

man, Dan put his whole heart into his work and

possessed an absolute trust for Joseph’s keen

judgment. Through the combination of Joseph’s

analytical mind and Dan’s methodical work

ethic, their business ultimately took over the

world. They owned every water company, every

source of bottled water.

And Dan was hopeful. Because of their

control, their business could save the world

from drought and thirst. Yet, somehow, Joseph

had different plans. Over time, Joseph’s optimistic

façade faded away to reveal a cold, corrupt

businessman. Joseph began to avoid Dan,

spending little time with the outside world. In

their brief conversations, almost nothing would

be said. There was only a cycle of demands and

reluctant concessions.

It was almost as if Joseph had given up

on everyone except himself. Their once shared

passions were withered away by one thing:

money.

“Please don’t forget to look at the teleprompter

this time. I don’t want you to cause

another riot,” Dan warned him.

Joseph would only nod in return.

A sigh crept out of Dan. He knew Joseph

wouldn’t listen. He knew Joseph had stopped

listening to the advice of the company a long

time ago. In their last public announcement,

Joseph had stirred the world with his nationalist,

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xenophobic plans. He proposed laws targeting

specific ethnic groups for the purpose of water

“conservation”. In such a divided time, Dan

knew that Joseph had made one of the worst

decisions possible – and yet, he was powerless.

Dan did not have the authority to end Joseph’s

plots.

As he escorted Joseph to the podium

where he would speak, a sleek woman in red

stepped into their path.

“Rose,” Joseph said.

“Hello, Joseph,” Rose responded.

She directed a grim glare towards Joseph.

That man, she thought, is the true definition

of evil. Inside his emotionless husk was a

flourishing sadist. To him, humans were simply

tools for him to manipulate.

“I am eager to listen to what you have

to say today,” Rose said.

A deafening silence.

Though the woman had extraordinarily

lustrous hair and exquisite features, she was not

recognized for her appearance – rather, it was

her bold influence as an activist who trusted in

the people that made her one to watch.

“You know I won’t hesitate to ruin your

business if you step in the wrong direction,” she

warned.

This wasn’t the first time Rose had tried

to scare Joseph. They had physically met only

seven months earlier, at a similar conference.

After hearing Joseph’s first, horrific rant against

the refugees of the world, Rose had been incandescent

with fury. He stood for everything that

she fought against. She saw him as a cruel businessman

who was crafting a world of chaos and

hatred, neglecting entire populations in need.

She had approached him right after his speech.

“And who are you?” Joseph had asked,

clearly irritated.

“My name is Rose Lane, from the Life

Fountain Foundation.”

“I see. I presume you’re another one

of those people who want change? What is it

that you so desperately, like every other public

speaker, foundation leader, progressive thinker,

have to say?”

Stunned, Rose had begun to shout.

“You are a monster. What is wrong with

you? There are people in need, and you, with

all your money and power, choose to abandon

them?”

“Before you st – ”

“I don’t care what you have to say. I

want you to understand. Your choices will only

tear our world apart. As someone with your

stature in power, you should take responsibility

in your decisions. They affect the world, not

only your filthy bank account! You are depriving

the people of their fundamental needs. To

neglect the world around you like this is truly

selfish, and I have nothing but contempt for that

kind of attitude. You are disgusting.”

Joseph had seemed shocked. For a

while, he was silent, processing what he had

just heard. And then, he stared into Rose’s eyes

with a zeal she had not noticed before.

“Listen, you are nothing to me. How

dare you even interrupt me? I know that you

will do nothing to me. People like you are

worthless, constantly throwing empty threats of

justice and equality. I doubt you have any idea

of what you’re even talking about. Your little

plans will not sprout into anything. I would like

to see you try to stand up against me.”

Rose’s teeth ground together, and her

hands curled into tight fists. She took a controlled

step towards Joseph.

“You are underestimating, Joseph,”

Rose told him. “Not me, not the cause, but the

people. You are underestimating the power of

the people. The love and the compassion that

runs through us. The people will stop you. Never

underestimate the power of the people. Never

underestimate us.”

Joseph had just laughed.

Since those seven months, Joseph had

turned his back on Rose with a cold implacability,

and she hated it.

“Joseph, don’t underestimate the

power of the people,” Rose said.

“I haven’t forgotten, Rose.”

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She noticed that the fiery zeal was in his

eyes again. Rising to the podium, Joseph cleared

his throat and adjusted his tie. As he began to

speak, a bleak darkness fell upon the crowd.

Slight whispers reverberated off the walls, containing

only confusion and distraught.

“What is he thinking?”

“Who could possibly handle those tax

hikes?”

“He’s targeting more than just the refugees.”

“Limiting production will kill everyone.”

The journalists, politicians, and businesspeople

all felt the darkness. Mothers and

fathers sensed it. Joseph Dent supporters and

protestors felt it too. Dan and Rose felt engulfed

by it.

“Jesus, Joseph, have you gone mad?”

Dan muttered under his breath.

Rose only stared, shocked. She was

silent for a long moment, face grim, before she

marched out of the hall.

Joseph left the podium surrounded by

the stillness of indescribable shock and horror.

He approached Dan, signaling for them to leave.

Joseph let out a heavy sigh, his face slightly contorted.

Dan couldn’t believe it. His fingers

twitched every time he recalled Joseph’s words.

They were halfway to their escort when he

couldn’t keep quiet any longer.

“Joseph, you are a criminal. It’s beyond

me why I’m still working – ”

“Do you know why I like the ocean,

Dan?” Joseph interrupted.

Dan stared in disbelief. “The hell are you

talking about? You just delivered the worst possible

speech. Why aren’t you listening? What do

you want to do, kill everyone?”

“Dan, we are all mere droplets of water.

We are nothing by ourselves. We can’t do anything,”

Joseph struggled to say.

Dan’s fists clenched. “Piss off,” he

snapped, and left.

In the following week, news sites echoed

Joseph’s heartless words. Riots and marches

erupted around the world in response to the

conference. Regardless of whether they had

initially hated or supported Joseph, the people

now all stood together. They shared one voice

that pleaded for justice and equality. The flame

of revolution had been ignited.

The people were coming for Joseph, but

in the midst of chaos, Joseph only sat in his office,

mutely watching the news. He stared at the

incredible march, at the people rallying, speaking,

and fighting. He stared at the power of the

wave of people, uniting as one.

Dan began to cry. Their company was

going to disintegrate into nothing. A company

that could have repaired their fragile world,

rather than smashed it to pieces. After the

broadcast, Dan went straight to Joseph’s office.

What could he be thinking, Dan wondered, what

is in the mind of that snake?

Entering the office, Dan marched

straight towards the idle figure.

“Dan, I’ve always been listening,” Joseph

said abruptly.

“Are you kidding me? You have ignored

everyone that has tried to save you. Our company

is done! Every action you’ve taken and every

decision you’ve made has been so destructive,

it’s almost like this is what you wanted!”

Silence.

Suddenly, Dan froze. He looked at the

television. Among the marching people, Rose

stood as the leader, blooming. She was beautiful

and defiant.

“What the hell, Joseph?” Dan exclaimed.

“It’s the ocean, Dan. A new tide,” Joseph

told him.

Dan’s eyes slowly widened.

“You… You couldn’t have,” Dan said.

And then he laughed

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5 Places to Travel to for the Upcoming Spring Break

by

Rylie Xiong

Introduction

Spring is the perfect time to travel, as the weather isn’t freezing cold or burning hot. In this article, I

have put the five best places to travel during spring. All of these places are excellent choice: they’re

close to Beijing and there’s barely any time difference.

1. Tokyo, Japan

April would be the perfect time to visit

Tokyo, considering it’s around the start of Sakura

Season. Sakura, or more often known as cherry

blossoms, are known for being one of the most

beautiful flowers in Japan. Shinjuku Gyoen, a park

in central Tokyo, is a great place to see them. This

place not only has both early and late blooming

trees, which make it ideal for visitors who arrive

early or late but also gives a stark contrast to the

city high-rises that surround this park. You should

consider visiting the Cherry Blossom Festival. You

can also head to the Tokyo National Museum,

which is the oldest museum in Tokyo, or the Akihabara

District, which is well-known for electronics

and anime culture.

Fig 1: Shinjuku gyoen

2. Singapore

One of the most famous attractions is

the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Designed by Safide

Architects, Marine Bay Sands has an impressive

SkyPark that has a swimming pool situated on top

of a 57-floor building. The SkyPark offers an amazing

view of the entire Singapore city skyline. Close

to the Marina Bay Sands is the Gardens by the

Bay. This garden is home to the super tree grove,

which contains trees as tall as 50 meters. Other

interesting places to visit are the famous Merlion

or the island resort, Sentosa.

Fig 3: Merlion and sky park

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Fig 4: Sentosa island

3.guilin, China

Guilin is one of the most beautiful places

in China, with lush greenery and interesting

sights. One of the most famous of these sights is

the Reed Flute Cave, which has rock formations

dating back to 180 million years. The vibrant,

multicolored lighting form a one-of-a-kind blend

with the historic and enchanting natural formations

of the cave; this makes it a worthwhile and

unforgettable visit. The Fubo Hill is also another

place that is worth visiting in Guilin. This hill offers

interesting rock textures and shapes, and with

peaks that are 62-meter tall, it offers a great view

of the Guilin countryside.

Fig 5: reed flute cave

4.jeju island, south korea

Jeju Island is a place full of natural wonder.

You should visit Seongsan Ilchulbong, also

known as Sunrise Peak. The Peak has a wide circular

shape and resembles a crater. The interesting

shape, the beautiful scenery, and the geological

worth of Sunrise Peak make it a UNESCO

World Heritage Site. Apart from this, there is the

Manjanggul Lava Tube, a natural tunnel that was

occupied by flowing lava. About nine-kilometer

long, the Manjanggul cave is the twelth longest in

the world and the second longest on Jeju Island.

The Manjanggul Lava Tube is also home to a

variety of different creatures such as the Jeju cave

Fig 7: Manjanggul cave

5.macau Special Administrative

Regions of China

Fig 6: Fubo hill

Macau’s rich cultural history makes it

worth the visit. One of the most famous attractions

is the ruins of St. Paul, which was a complex

built by Christian exiles. Many of the old stone

carvings and structural remnants can be seen at

this site, providing a direct outlook of the history

of seventeenth-century Portugal. The Macau

Tower is a good place to visit as well. This tower

is 338-meter tall and includes a panoramic view,

restaurants, shopping centers, and a thrilling tour

around the rim of the tower, known as Skywalk

X. This tower was modeled after the Sky Tower in

Auckland, New Zealand and is part of the World

Federation of Great Towers.

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Fig 7: St paul ruins

Conclusion

Now that you have read the article and

gotten to known these beautiful places, I hope

you take them into consideration when planning

for your next trip!

Fig 8: macau tower

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WAB Class of 2018!

Writer: Annie Yin

Designer: Cheng Wei Xu

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The WAB Class of 2018 (including myself) will be

graduating very soon! I decided to interview a few

members of the WAB Class of 2018 and asked them about

their university admission process, what they look

forward to after they graduate, and what they will miss

1QQ Chua

2Simon Floris

Wellesley College (US)

“The college application process wasn’t that stressful for me.

You just need to know your deadlines and your requirements,

and you need to send in all your test scores. Instead of

researching what the colleges want, do what you want

and some college will accept you . . . probably. I applied to

Wellesley for Early Decision because I knew I liked the school

and I really wanted to go. I didn’t think much about the

fact that it is a women’s college. When I visited Wellesley’s

campus and met some people there, I was immediately

attracted to the environment – it seems like a very supportive

community, and I could imagine myself roaming the pretty

campus for four years. I also chose Wellesley because of its

location – Boston. I know a lot of people from WAB and other

international schools around the world that are also going

to colleges and universities in the Boston area, so it will be

really interesting to meet a lot of different people. It’ll also

be pretty lit to be a “Harvard Wife”.”

King’s College London (UK)

“I really wanted to pursue higher education in an Englishspeaking

country since I’ve grown to like the culture a lot.

London is by far my favorite European city. It’s diverse, and

it’s big enough to let me discover new events, places, and

people. It also has a lot of resources to support what I want

to study, which is film. I started getting into film only a few

years ago, as I wasn’t born loving films like many were. I

used to just watch Lilo and Stitch on repeat. Then, one day, I

watched Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and suddenly realized that there are

so many people and things that come together to create such

an intricate movie. I wanted to get in on the fun and start

manipulating time and space like my favorite filmmakers.

Apart from taking film, I also hope to find a choir in college.

Singing in a choir at WAB is enormously therapeutic for me;

it allows me to feel a sort of team spirit without having to go

through the hell that is physical exercise.”

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The WAB Class of 2018 (including myself) will be

graduating very soon! I decided to interview a few

members of the WAB Class of 2018 and asked them about

their university admission process, what they look

forward to after they graduate, and what they will miss

3

Lawrence Xu

Tufts University (US)

“Tufts is academically rigorous, but there is also a strong

sense of community. At Tufts, you can interact with all of

your professors closely. You wouldn’t be just a number. You’ll

be heard, you’ll be seen, and you’ll be appreciated as an

individual. I’m also interested in the interdisciplinary system

at Tufts – it will allow me to explore different areas in both

academics and extracurricular activities. However, more than

anything, I’m most excited about meeting new people, and I

genuinely want to see the variety of friends I can make and

the girls I can meet. Just kidding, I’m only there for the girls.

No, in all seriousness, I’m looking forward to discovering a

passion. At this point, I still have no idea what I want to do. I

know that Tufts will help me find something.”

Undecided: U. of Leeds, U. of Birmingham, U. of

Exeter, King’s College London (UK)

4Taissia

Yanishevskaya

“For me, editing my personal statement was the most difficult

part of the college application process. Writing the first draft

was easy because I just spilled my thoughts out on paper, but

cutting it down to the exact word count and condensing the

writing was pretty challenging. I wrote a lot about why I want

to study film and English, which is because I enjoy creating

films, reading, and writing more than anything. I really can’t

imagine myself studying anything else for three or four years.

At university, I hope to stay involved with theater, like I have

at WAB. I definitely want to join a lot of clubs, including

creative writing groups and student-run magazines. I also

hope to continue creating short films and volunteering at

charities because not all universities offer as many organized

volunteering opportunities as WAB does. I’m really excited

about going to the UK, not only because I’ll have access to all

the delicious snacks, but also because I’ll be really close to

my sister. I haven’t lived in the same continent as her for four

years, so it will be great to be only a few hours away from

her.”

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The WAB Class of 2018 (including myself) will be

graduating very soon! I decided to interview a few

members of the WAB Class of 2018 and asked them about

their university admission process, what they look

forward to after they graduate, and what they will miss

5

Steven Yin

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (SUI)

“Growing up, I really disliked studying inside the boundaries

of a classroom and simply sitting in front of a computer

and staring at the screen for hours. I’ve always preferred

interacting with and talking to people. The hospitality

industry will allow me to stand up and socialize with people

from all around the world, and it will allow me to do what

I love, which is listening to and caring for other people. I

love to make others smile. EHL is the world’s most renowned

university in terms of hospitality, partly because its

curriculum allows students to do hands-on work. I’m really

excited about living in a new continent that I haven’t been

to many times before, and I want to challenge myself to take

risks and connect with new people. I also can’t wait to try

new food!”

Brown University (US)

6Emily Yuan

“The most challenging part about applying to Brown was

coming up with ideas for my college essays. The initial stage

of thinking about the essays was the hardest part. It became

a lot easier when I actually started writing, and I actually

began to discover things about myself that I didn’t know

before. I think the college application process is about more

than just getting into a school, because it’s also about selfgrowth.

For example, I learned a lot about myself when I was

figuring out why Brown is the best fit for me. I want to study

a wide range of subjects, including art history, economics,

and modern culture and media. Brown’s curriculum will

allow me to study interdisciplinary topics, and it will give

me the support I need to succeed – similar to the support I’ve

gotten from teachers and staff at WAB, who have helped me

realize what I want to do. I’ve been at WAB for ten years, so

to me, WAB is a second home. I’ll miss the people WAB has

allowed me to meet, and I can’t wait to meet more people like

them at Brown.”

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