January 2018

Our (Scripted) Realities: A Private School Story

Simi Olurin ’19

Aviva Drescher slammed her prosthetic leg on the table when she declared “the only thing artificial or fake about me…. Is THIS!” And all of the housewives and nameless onlookers let out an audible gasp as Aviva cemented herself in Housewives history. Although she didn’t remain on the real housewives for long, her infamous leg throw is what called my attention to the Real Housewives of New York City. And after that, Beverly Hills, and after that, New Jersey. But once I realized that the universal wine-throwing trope was unoriginal and relatively stale, I started watching MORE reality TV in hopes of finding a genuinely interesting franchise.

Now, in this day and age, it’s pretty much obvious to everyone that reality TV is heavily scripted and overproduced. The way that there was ALWAYS some sort of drama at Karma on “The Jersey Shore” and how the cameras always just HAPPENED to be around when Kim receives “life changing” news on a speaker phone call is enough to basically clue you back into the fact that this is, in fact, a TV show. And a reality show that actually has to do with, well, reality, would be grotesquely dull.

However, now that I’m in my junior year of high school, I have made a startling realization. Although it is incredibly easy for us to spot the heavily-scripted moments in reality TV that make it seem as though it’s not reality at all, our own lives are basically just as scripted.


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Bo Anderson ’18

Creative nonfiction (also known as literary or narrative nonfiction) is a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. Creative nonfiction contrasts with other nonfiction, such as technical writing or journalism, which is also rooted in accurate fact, but is not primarily written in service to its craft. As a genre, creative nonfiction is still relatively young, and is only beginning to be scrutinized with the same critical analysis given to fiction and poetry. It is sometimes referred as docufiction. To learn more about the events that took place, click the link at the bottom.

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Hallway Haikus: Teacher Edition

Peter DeSantis ’19, Matt Grande ’19, Caroline Solacoff ’19

Films & Debuts

Bennett Fort ’19

Imagine existing in a world for a while. Well, you don’t have to, since you already have; but imagine if you existed in a different, much smaller world. Imagine you had cemented yourself as a certain person in this world. For example, imagine you are an actor or actress, and you have gained a reputation, a good reputation. A reputation as a certain person. Then, one day, you decide to change all that. You say, “Hey, you know what I want, I want to write and direct a film.” So you do it. You write a film. Then you scrounge together some producers and make the film. Continue reading “Films & Debuts”

Brown University & Student Loans

Siena Sysko ’21

Starting in the fall of 2018, Brown University will eliminate student loans to benefit students coming from the middle class. The school will replace student loans with non-repayable scholarship funds for those who receive financial aid. The goal is to help families who make moderate incomes who are only able to pay for some of the college bills but need help with the rest. Continue reading “Brown University & Student Loans”

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