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  • 1. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Contents Editor-in-Contents: Chief:UN Day, Too Old to Participate...........................................2 Gulnara RadjapovaAIS vs. TIS......................................................................3-7 Photographer:Dance Night Reviews.....................................................8-10 Nursultan SalikhbaevOct 15th - ONE BILLION people living in hunger...............11 Designer:Coffee.........................................................................12-13 Nobonita BhowmikHello Cafeteria, Are you there?...................................14-15 Journalists:Where on earth Koreans get their food from?..............16-17 Malika Baratova Asiya YakhinaStudents’ lunch...........................................................18-19 Isabella ZohrabSchool Lunch Constellation..........................................20-21 Julia McNulty Elena KvakCandy Shop Reviews...................................................22-24 Hyun Jeong An Milind ShahBook Reviews: Persepolis..................................................................25 Xinbo Zhang Tomorrow, When the War Began................................26 Said Turaev Ralph MinderhoudEjik..................................................................................27 Gulnara Radjapova
  • 2. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue UN Day UN Day, United Nations day, the day of theyear where we bring together all the nations, a daywhere one is proud to dress up in your national dressand teach people about your country. So where doyou draw the line for when to stop doing this? Atwhat age should we stop acknowledging UN day?Well according to TIS after elementary you are to oldto engage in it. This year the elementary had a fan-tastic set up, where each classroom was organized toreflect a country, with games and pictures centred The type of lives we lead encourages us to be un-on the culture of that specific country. The kids had derstanding and accepting of other nations, sincepassports made and they “travelled” to each coun- we are constantly being exposed to it daily. So whytry getting stamps for their passport, and learning didn’t we do anything?! Personally I think it’s sadnew things from each different room. By the end of that a school with the assortment of nationalitiesthe day the elementary students went home after such as TIS can’t pull it together to reflect this. It’shaving a whole day dedicated to enjoying and be- important to encourage the acknowledgement theing aware of UN day. Which is all good and great importance of others, especially as we get older. Tofor the elementary kids but what about us?! I hadn’t enforce this, as our age is what will ensure that whenrecognized that you got too old to acknowledge the we move on and go to other countries the lessons weunification of nations. Especially at TIS which is an have learned from our schooling years will always beinternational school, it should be dedicated to the there.promotion of the mixture of nationalities and cul-ture us students have. Even the manner in which the younger stu- dents celebrated UN was a bit under developed, Understandingly we are too old to be play- they weren’t included in the culture, but rathering games and winning prizes (as fun as they are, had it thrust upon them. Granted the children arewe’ll have to stick to doing this in the privacy of our young, and at least this way they are getting an in-homes) but that doesn’t mean we can’t find an age troduction into awareness of others but just havingappropriate way of celebrating UN day. An assembly these rooms full of England decorations doesn’t re-where students volunteer to represent an aspect of ally explain the culture. It all feels very underplayedtheir culture either from a national dance, or poem, and much more about showing off. Perhaps, whenor anthem. It doesn’t have to be the whole day as it comes to doing something for the older kids theyobviously IB students can’t afford to be losing that could give them the opportunity to debate and com-time, but something would be appreciated! ment on issues surrounding the UN. That way it would actually be educational and culturally awak- ening. Some sort of community action that can in- volve all the students, no matter what the age, be- cause when you come down to it, there is no age cut off for celebrating our nations, and it’s a ridiculous assumption on the part of the teachers to think that we wouldn’t be bothered by the fact it’s almost prac- tically unnoticeable in the high school and middle school. I mean unless you had a younger brother or sister telling you about what they did in school for UN day or the little mark on the school calendar, you would hardly know what day it was. So in fu- ture, a note out for all the teachers of the school, UN day isn’t an ageist thing so don’t treat it like one. By Julia C.M 2
  • 3. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue AIS vs. TIS As you know, there was a soccer tournament in Almaty recently. All games were held in AIS (guess what it stands for...? Automatic Intercept System...? No way… Alarm Indication Signal...?...uhm…are you seri- ous...? Australian Institute of Sport?.. Haah... that would be cool, but still… back to the harsh reality: Al- maty International School). Actually, we were given a hearty welcome there, probably because the hosts couldn’t even think of our malicious intent to explore, observe, and (attention!!) memorize everything we see… It’s great to go on international trips to get to know other countries, make new friends, compete at sports, debating, or whatever else. Another bonus resulting from these trips is being able to vindictively com- pare your school to their school in all possible ways. So, TIS versus AIS...Bells 1 point Décor 1 point How effective is the signal to drag your informa- Do the colors of your school literally brightention-overloaded body to your next class? your day? One thing we found very odd about AIS was One of the areas where TIS beats AIS is defi-their bell. In TIS, we have a shrieking, piercing, pay- nitely the color scheme. The color of all AIS lockersattention-to-me-or-be-shot bell which you can’t help is – grey. The outer walls – grey. The roofs – grey. Thebut here. I have seen people drop their books when floors – white. The walls – white. The bathrooms –the bell goes off unexpectedly and sleeping students white with white walls.wake up yelling “What’s happening?” This is a bell Let’s consider TIS. The outer walls – pale tur-that demands attention and clearly tells all who here quoise. The roofs – dark green. The floors – woodenit to get up, for crying out loud, and get yourself to or cream tiles. The walls – white, but covered withyour next class. bright posters and artwork. The bathrooms – pink or The AIS bell, on the other hand, would never blue.surprise anyone and couldn’t wake up a sleeping stu- Certainly, a school with yellow walls and reddent if it was played over and over a hundred times lockers and pink floors would be the stuff that horrorlouder than the TIS bell. Simply put, the AIS bell is movies are made of. On the other hand, a grey and– a doorbell. Ding-dong, it beeps, signaling all AIS white school is extremely depressing and rather likestudents to head to their next class. How in the world a hospital. In the freezing, grey, depressing weatherwould anyone here this bell in a crowded lunchroom that accompanied the football tournament, there wasfull of hungry teenagers? How would anybody in Ms not a single piece of color to brighten the atmosphere.Oakley’s class drama class hear such a gentle, pas-sive, timid bell and be bothered to move to their next TIS wins (exclamations of joy)class? TIS wins (thunderous applause) TIS: 2 AIS: 0 TIS: 1 AIS: 03
  • 4. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue AIS vs. TISBathrooms 2 points The strangest thing about AIS was the strangeabsence of mirrors. The bathroom next to the cafete-ria had a common area for boys and girls with sinks,and then a door for a girls’ bathroom and a door forthe boys’ bathroom, each bathroom containing onetoilet. The room was completely white with one wallmostly windows, two sinks, a paper towel dispenser,and…no mirrors. Tiny mirrors that showed only yourchest could be found in the actual bathrooms. Theother bathrooms near the gym had separate roomsfor girls and boys. There, you entered into a roomwith two sinks and two tiny mirrors and then youmoved into the rooms with the toilets, three in each. In TIS, however, on every floor there are a pairof bathrooms. These bathrooms each have two sinksand one huge mirror, and each bathroom has fourtoilets. Mirrors are essential for girls who need to fix Orienteering 2 pointshair and makeup. In TIS, they can stand quite com-fortably. In AIS, you would have to crouch, and that’s How many weeks did it take you to figure outjust uncomfortable. how to find your way around? For the average un-athletic, sleep-deprived, TIS wins (Yeeeey!!!) book-laden student, stairs are simply a chore. We do not want to have to drag heavy backpacks up three TIS: 4 flights of stairs to get to homeroom. Interestingly, the AIS: 0 eleventh and twelfth graders, the IB students, whose backpacks are presumably the heaviest, have most classes situated on the third floor. The elementary students, on the other hand, most of whom do not need backpacks, only have to climb a flight of stairs to learn to type or to do finger-painting, or perhaps to learn Russian. Where is the justice? Anyway, the point is, most of AIS is one floor. There is no need to drag bags up three flights of stairs to get to the next class. All walking is done horizon- tally. Vertical movement is very limited, keeping un- necessary exercise to a minimum. Unfortunately, a lot of horizontal movement makes the matter of finding places much more diffi- cult. AIS’s maze of hallways is organized in such a way that I was frequently suspicious that I was literally going to circles, not to mention the fact that the walls lined with lockers all look the same and there are no windows to see if the landscape is repeating itself. The exhaustion of chairs versus finding your next class…let’s call it a tie. One point each. TIS: 5 AIS: 1 4
  • 5. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue AIS vs. TIS Lockers 2 points Can you really cram all your stuff into your locker? Walking down the maze hallways of AIS, one thing caught the attention of all TIS students – the lockers! It was like something out of a generic American high- school movie – tall, grey and grey. They are wider and bigger than the TIS lockers, and much more grey and professional-looking. As we walked through the school to eat, the strange imitation of a bell informed the AIS students that it was time to use their lockers. We couldn’t help but see the contents of those lockers. People could fit jackets, books, changes of clothes, shoes, and many more things into their lockers. Imag- ine a school where you can leave your sneakers and your PE clothes in your locker instead of dragging a gym bag to school every four days. Also, imagine a locker big enough to hold musical instruments. The TIS lock- ers can probably hold flutes, and maybe violins if there wasn’t much else inside, but what about guitars or clari- nets? Imagine being able to actually fit your locker with everything you need! What a wonderful world… AIS wins (Cry of grief)Changing Rooms 3 points TIS: 5 How accommodating is the room in which you must AIS: 3change to do all things athletic? We all know TIS’s changing rooms. You can hear any-thing that is said by the people in them, they smell funny,and the girls’ changing room has a pair of socks that havebeen resident on the heater for over a month. AIS’s changing room has a bench for placing one’s stuffsurrounded by – lockers! Players on the sports teams havelockers there to store their uniforms, sneakers, water bot-tles, and addictive gum. On the other hand, the AIS girls’ changing room has2 showers, the boys’ has 1. The TIS changing rooms have5 each. AIS’s changing room is a little crowded because ofall the lockers; there is heaps of space in the TIS changingroom. There’s also the matter of the extra door in the AISchanging room, giving people a great opportunity to openthe door when you really would rather they didn’t. Once again, it’s a toss-up. Storing all your stuff andless chance of someone staring at you, or a higher chance ofgetting a shower and having space to move? TIS-1 AIS-2 TIS: 6 AIS: 55
  • 6. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue AIS vs. TISEnvironmental Awareness 3 points To what extent does the school community sobover murdered trees? Another interesting fact about AIS is that in thebathrooms they have containers with tissues on thewalls. “Um… very interesting… “ – you might say, but bepatient. Attention now. While taking out a tissue youcan’t help reading a request, or maybe an entreaty… asyou like. “Save trees. Please, use ONLY ONE tissue.” Inour school we have those rolls of suspiciously brown toi-let paper and no warnings about disappearing trees. Youknow why? Because TIS students are environmentallyfriendly by nature, they do not need reminders all over Kitchen 5 pointsthe bathroom to remember about dying trees. More-over, the TIS administration, which is environmentally Oh, the glory of having fresh food sold in thefriendly as well, acts wisely when choosing that special school cafeteria...kind of toilet paper (recycled toilet paper and quite There is a big and very significant BUT asrough) to prevent students from over-expenditure of an advantage of AIS. (Cry of despair) They have athe paper and killing trees. That is a much more effec- kitchen!!! Students have their breakfast and lunchtive way to save trees then hanging those humiliating at school. And the food is quite tasty.posters and counting on students’ conscience. So, in the For breakfast we had milk with differentboth nominations of ‘environmental friendliness’ and kinds of cereal, juice, tea, omelettes, and different‘the most creative administration’ TIS wins. (Thunder- kinds of cookies or doughnuts, I don’t rememberous clapping) exactly. For lunch we had juice, pizza, and lasa- gne. The staff was so kind to us. Once we couldn’t TIS: 9 have our breakfast on time because we had a game. AIS: 5 We came to the cafeteria when there was nobody besides staff down there. They said that we were late, and there was nothing left. A suspicion that they still might have something for us crept in my mind, that’s why we immediately turned on our natural charm and asked for food again mention- ing that we just had a game outside and showing are blue frozen fingers this time. It worked, and weCafeteria 5 points got our breakfast. Since that time, when I go to bed, every single Is the room in which you eat big enough to accom- night I have a dream about TIS with a kitchen…modate everyone? Students are standing in the line for their break- The Cafeteria in AIS is relatively small. I don’t fasts. I can see shiny smiles on their faces. One bythink that all AIS students can be there at once. Prob- one they get their food and take seats at tables inably students have to eat by turns. But all AIS students the cafeteria. They slowly sip their steaming coffee,eat in the cafeteria and don’t bring their lunches from and eat their doughnuts with gusto. At that veryhome. Our school cafeteria is more capacious, though moment I always wake up with a cold sweat on mynot all of our students eat in the cafeteria. Life is unfair, face.isn’t it?.. So, in the nomination of the ‘biggest cafeteria’TIS wins. (Prolonged applause) AIS wins (Goood…) TIS: 14 TIS: 14 AIS: 5 AIS: 10 6
  • 7. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue AIS vs. TIS Football field 5 points The state of the TIS football field is a sensi- tive subject. With its uneven ground, the corpses of birds infrequently found in the tufts of grass, the yellow bald spots, and the suspicious large patches of muddy water, it is hardly an ideal place to learn how to play football. The AIS field on the other hand, is more or less even, young, therefore not balding. It’s relative- ly smooth, with no deep muddy ponds to fall into, and no holes or grassy knolls to break an ankle trip- ping over. AIS also actually has places to sit and watch the games – three or four benches compared to TIS’s two. Both are quite pathetic numbers, but still, AIS is slightly less pathetic in the accommoda- tion of enthusiastic (freezing) fans. AIS wins (Cry of desperation) It was close in the end, but AIS still beats TIS. Our lack TIS: 14 of a kitchen, balding excuse for a football field, and AIS: 15 tiny lockers can’t compare to AIS’s busy kitchen, smooth green field, and huge grey lockers. Even though our changing rooms and the organization of our schools are tied, and TIS excels with our piercing school bells, our brightly decorated hallways, our huge bathrooms with their big mirrors, our big cafeteria and our care for all things green, AIS still beat us in the end, just like they beat the girls in the tournament… By Isabella Z. and Asiya Y.7
  • 8. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Dance NightSlack Beginning Épigraphe: ”I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good It was my first and hopefully not last dance night…”night at TIS. Dance night started off from drawing Black Eyed Peasnice pink ticks, or birds, or maybe curves (y=2x2) onthe hands of those who were lavish with two thou-sands sum on that day… So after STUCO drew thosesigns of wealth on our hands, proud and gratified,we entered the MPR but… found nobody there (6:30p.m.). Some people were waiting for something in-conceivable to happen in the study area and werevigorously not going to dance. Others were sittingon the chairs by the walls in MPR and looked strangewhile just attentively observing garish green raysplaying on the walls instead of dancing. Why, if wewant to do something, don’t we just start doing it in-stead of waiting for others to do it for us? Even if it’sdancing… people still waited for something and wedecided to set a shining example by making uncoor-dinated movements to the music. (6:50 p.m.)Gradu-ally more and more people overcame their shynessand threw themselves into a dance. Compared to the Dance Night at AIS… Time passed and I noticed how talented TIS dancers are. By the way during the AIS dance night I was bored but here I had fun. In AIS there was a certain group of dabbling-in-being-DJs people who selected songs, but in TIS People’s opinion was taken into consideration and we could choose songs on our own. Long live Democracy!!! Hurray!What Happens When the Demand Doesn’t Corre-spond to the Supply… Soon more and more people went to the smallgym to have a snack (about 7:15 p.m.) and I foundmyself almost all alone in the MPR. Did peoplecome to the dance night to eat? Duuh… Thoughmany people stayed in the small gym for quite along time and apparently were eating during thisperiod of time, StuCo still had food to sell by theend of the dance night. After I heard Gulya’s voicecalling people to buy something to eat, I went tothe small gym and bought a bottle of coke. DearStuCo, sorry I didn’t buy any food. I swear I wasn’thungry. 8
  • 9. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Dance Night ReviewsDance Battle An enormous multitude of TIS students could showtheir talent for dancing during the dance battle. It washooot in the MPR when dancers were competing againsteach other trying to figure out who is better, who is goodenough to win. It took rather long to decide who was betterbecause the crowd as a rule, voted equally loud for bothdancers. I would like to make a special mention of twopeople who also participated in the dance battle: Rodrigoand Jasper. You guys were awesome!!! Dancing in such yourstyle undoubtedly deserves respect and recognition. This dance night was fun. Moreover, it was well orga-nized. There were two interesting competitions (wriggle-in-a-not-really-comfortable-way-under-the-stick competi-tion and dance battle), we could buy food or something todrink if we wanted to, and there were songs we asked for.Thank you, StuCo members, for taking our opinion intoconsideration and organizing this event. By Asiya Y.9
  • 10. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Dance Night Reviews At the end of the quarter after many re- PEOPLE YOU CAME TOquests were made by the TIS students STUCOdecided to organize a new event. It was a Dance DANCE NIGHT TO DANCENight. NOT TO Those of you who came I bet don’t regret EAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!it. On the whole, dance night was successful andnot successful at the same time. Yes, there was Also I would like to note that dance night was thefun. Yes, music was good. Yes, food was awe- first event when our FOTO (Friends Of The Orphanage)some. And yes, the price wasn’t high. But the team started to work. They made a beautiful big tree andhuge failure of STUCO was that they didn’t pay every student could come and buy a leaf or an apple andenough attention to the promotion part of the through this help the orphans.event. Many students just ignored it. It meansthat posting small A4 size papers on the wallsand making one morning announcement 2 daysbefore the actual event is not enough. Again like in a previous event Candy Shopdid a good job. The Food they were selling wasas good as ever. There were many tables so youcould eat with comfort, away from the MPRwhere music didn’t disturb you. I think, howev-er, this fact also played a bad role. Not many peo-ple came to dance, night but STUCO lost evenmore people because they preferred to spendtheir time chatting with their friends and eatingdelicious food in a so called cafeteria. I thinkthat it was disappointing not only for STUCObut also for those who didn’t want to leave buthad to as they didn’t want to spend time alone. ATTENTION HERE: this action is still in operation – buy an apple or a leaf from Loulou or Wonsuk in Grade 12. I think it was a good job that they earned 61000 soums. As always I want to say thanks to our STUCO as it was a great job. Despite the problem that occurred, our students had fun. Also I want to say that our 10th graders were the best dancers as nothing could stop them. They were not seduced by food or the overwhelming desire to chat. They were dancing all night long and moreover al- most all of them came to the event. So, at the end we say more dancing night and more cool events from our STUCO are needed. 10
  • 11. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Oct 15th ONE BILLION of Population Living in Hunger On Oct 15th many people in TIS are very hap- py, because it’s the day before the fall break; some people plan to go back to their homeland, some people plan to travel to another country and so on… Almost 16% of the world population can’t even dream about such things - a simple reason is they are still living in hunger, and their number is ex- tremely large which is about 1.02 billion - according to the FAO(Food and Agriculture Organization) World food day On Oct 15th, the FAO published its report which showed there are around 1.02 billion people around the world still living in hunger. For the first time in the past 40 years this number broke 1 bil- lion. Compared to last year the hungry population has increased by nearly 100 million, which is about 10%, and such an increase is one of the highest in past 40 years. What concerns the FAO is that this number is calculated from the data from the past two years, which can only partially reflect the world food crisis today, and the report has shown that even before the economic crisis the number of peo- ple starving is increasing, which is pretty awful. If you look at the starvation line which set by the FAO, people who get less than 1800 calories per day are considered to be starving. How much is 100 grams of chocolate? Every 100 grams of chocolate contains nearly 2500 CALORIES! I think you probably should have a general idea about their life. What can we do? There are many things we can do; you can do- nate money to the FAO or give some money to the Red Cross and so on, but I’m not recommending You can always find some burgers which are not you do these things, because you are not earning even opened in the trash cans. We should really money right now. Therefore, a simple way you can take the problem of wasting food seriously, be- help hungry people is STOP WASTING FOOD. I cause if we look at the hungry population, which don’t want give a lot of scary numbers about how is equal to nearly one in every seven people, which much food we are wasting very day, but if you were is unbelievable in the 21st century. paying a little bit more attention to the lunch room trash can, you will know the waste of food in TIS is a Conclusion serious problem. Stop wasting your FOOD!11
  • 12. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Coffee Newsflash: Energizer Bunny Actuall Drinks Coffee!!! y How many days in a school year do wesense the delicious coffee aroma wafting all overthe room? Adults seem to live on coffee, whichisn’t surprising to a modern student. What ex-actly makes the adult subspecies, among uscalled teachers, so much in need of and in lovewith coffee? Why do students, as they neargraduation, also become dependent on this ironof beverages? If you don’t know the answer, you areprobably a young, innocent sixth grader. Whilethis is not a bad thing, it’s pretty clear that youmight not have the experience with coffee thatoverloaded students in the double-digit gradeshave. Therefore you don’t know about the mi-raculous effects that coffee brings, namely alert-ness and hyperactivity. So, some teachers arewalking around with their mugs full of instantcoffee, while others prefer the real stuff (for aprice). If you ever felt like playing a sport afterpassing the office, it is because you have inhaledthe energizing fumes of coffee brewed in the “The PTA did mention, I want to be veryPTA coffee machine. transparent, that they wouldn’t have a problem, they would like, the students to buy because that Now, of course some of us, students, have would mean they’d make more money. But, thedrunk coffee at home. But are we allowed to price of coffee is going from 500 to 1000, still that’sdrink coffee at school, buy it here or bring it a bargain for a good cup of coffee, but I don’t thinkwith you in a shiny thermos? Has anyone ever the PTA has thought through it because I don’tdiscussed it at a serious level with anyone? “No- think the machine could sustain that.”body has ever approached me about it, and I’vebeen here four years.” says Ms. Heard. “I know Fellas, let’s face it, that machine is one flimsya lot of schools do have coffee but I think what little box. The reason for not allowing us to drinkwe don’t want to happen is for students to be coffee is because of the fear that if students joinedwired with that coffee because this particular the coffee-drinking cult, the machine would break.coffee is very strong.” Our principal is, of course, “Right now as it is, because of where it’s located,speaking of the priced stuff made in the office the office staff have to put water in it, load thefor teachers and parents. Students have no ac- beans, we’re talking about pulling people awaycess to the instant teacher coffee, but no one from their jobs to maintain that coffee machine forhas prohibited students from buying this coffee, the PTA. Were students to be allowed to use it tooright? I think we’d have to talk about a different location, a different machine and somebody there to be re- sponsible for it.” Hey, what if the Candy Shop took to maintaining a coffee machine? Wouldn’t that be fine? 12
  • 13. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Coffee Newsflash: Energizer Bunny Actuall Drinks Coffee!!! y “I think the point is if you’re using it as a bev- erage just because you love it or drink it and it’s not so strong and it’s not making you really hyper, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. But, I think that as a faculty and a school we’d have to look into a policy on coffee because at this moment there isn’t one.” A policy. Yes, the school will have to estab- lish who will be responsible for the coffee ma- chine, who will maintain it, who will be allowed to buy the coffee. If anyone in the school decides to bring this topic up, there will be quite a discus- sion. “We’d have to look at it from a lot of different angles.” notes Ms. Heard. “I’ve been in seven dif- ferent schools and coffee has never been allowed. Or cokes.” So we’re actually pretty lucky. Why isn’t coffee allowed in some schools and completely available to all in others? Well, because the schools have different policies and belief statements. If a school decides it wants to be one-hundred-percent healthy, they won’t allow coffee. If a school decides that their student body is wise enough to know if they should drink coffee, the school just makes it available. Ms. Heard says, “I think the initiative would have to come from and involve the parents, faculty, the PTA. We’d all have to be involved in this.” If this was a USSR propaganda poster, it would say, “Students of the I’ll answer the last: World, Unite in the Fight for Our Coffee Rights! Equality for all Consumers of Coffee!” We aren’t in the USSR anymore and the message is thus: if we, students of TIS, do not care about coffee enough to make a suggestion to the PTA or someone high So that we don’t walk around the school with up in the school, we will not get anything done, a glassy stare. So that we never fall asleep while since grown ups are well-known to forget things reading a book in class. So that we never answer and die before they remember. We have to take the to a teacher “I don’t know?” again when the actual initiative in getting what we want, right? answer is about fifty words longer and doesn’t end with a question mark. I have said enough. I’m off to invent coffee batteries- when I’m done the Ener- gizer Bunny will lose the race. By Malika B.13
  • 14. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue School Cafeteria Let’s imagine here, that you’re going into afancy restaurant that’s just opened. The reviewson the food are great and you’re really lookingforward to the idea of going out with your friendsand trying out somewhere new. So your turn upat this restaurant and the smells, even from theoutside are positively mouth watering, and you’rethinking this place is going to be good. Thenyou walk inside, and you see that there isn’t any-where to sit. You’ve got this fantastic kitchen inthe background, and all these really fancy look-ing servers and yet, no tables. I bet you’re think-ing that isn’t right, where are the tables? Well youknow what; you have every right to be thinkingthat! I wanted to paint that picture for you, an analogy of what our cafeteria or lack there of is like. See, the food options at TIS include, ei- ther bring your own lunch from home (in my opinion the safest bet) or pre-order the school lunch. Oh wait, of course I forgot the other op- tion although you’ll have to be Korean to get included, but well some of you are. The mysteri- ous option number three is Korean food served by the mothers to only Korean kids. But that aside, what ever your food choice, your going to need somewhere to eat it. Otherwise, it all feels sort of wasted. Good food eaten standing up is hardly worth it. At the moment the places to eat consist of the MPR, (small and rather cramped for the entire school to be eating in) the candy shop (only about four benches, and when it gets cold where do we go?) and well wherever you can find an empty spot, that isn’t the library of course. (That would be deadly) 14
  • 15. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue School Cafeteria Anyway, it’s a much debated argument amongst students where can we eat, and what can we eat? As I said the options are rather limited at best, and the eating arrangements even more lack- ing. So as an active member of the Spark newspa- per, I took it upon myself to interview the man in charge; Mr.Brindley. And I can say that a cafeteria is fortunately on the horizon, of course no official date was set or a particular time frame but we can’t be picky, at least it’s been brought to attention eh? Mr.Brindley says that as of last week’s Board meeting the cafeteria idea was set in motion. However, the down side is it’s not actually up to him, and will have to be passed through the com- mittees, who of course are much more concerned with expansion for the primary, secondary and office space. But when you come down to it, if the school expands and we have an increase in stu- dent population, catering for 500 students is going to be even more difficult with the facilities avail- able then it is now. That will all come in due time, though for now the basic idea is that it would be adjacent to the park in the front of the school, so that students could have a nice view and atmo- sphere when eating. What is being considered is a kitchen, serving area and of course a seating area. The food will no doubt have to be healthy, as pro- moting unhealthy food would be a crime against nature. Mr.Brindley was suggesting a wide range of cultural food, perhaps served by local people, and a mixture of cold food and hot food. This is always an issue, as timing is essential. Hot food needs time to be prepared and cold food doesn’t so how do you organize these around one another? Prices are another issue, but until we know what sort of food is going to be served I wouldn’t worry too much. But the cafeteria is hopefully going to be catering to the parents and teachers as well. Somewhere for them to sit in and perhaps enjoy a tea or coffee, while waiting for their children. This cafeteria will surely be a big impact on everyone, so hopefully the board will take this into acknowl- edgement and do something about it quickly, not put it off as a less important issue. As it most sure- ly is not. Bottom line is, the cafeteria now is not sufficient at all, and action should be a top priority for the near future.15 By Julia C.M
  • 16. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue School Lunch The time is 11:30am. Just like everyday, the bellrings and lunch time starts. Some people head tocandy shop, some people head to benches outsideand some people go directly to the MPR. Most ofKorean students who go to the MPR are offered Ko-rean food. They receive stainless dishes, with riceand warm soup with three different kinds of dishesthat go with rice from Korean women. After theyfinish the lunch they return the empty dishes andleisurely leave the MPR. Where on earth did theyget the food from? Why do only Koreans have thatfood? Who are those Korean women who are dis-tributing the food? It came to light that the food is from one old Korean woman who volunteered to cook and offered the food. The Korean mothers volunteered to work at the MPR distributing the food to the students. A system like this is common in Korea. The main aim of starting this Korean food system was for Korean students who could not adapt to the school lunch services. If so, is it impossible for students who are not Korean to have Korean lunch? According to one woman who was giving the food to the kids, there are a few students and teachers who are not Korean having Korean food. Nevertheless rather than get- ting it regularly, they inform the day that they want the food to the old woman and pay for the food on that specific day. The reason why any person cannot pay and immediately get the food is the quantity of food and the number of the dishes is limited. Some students get food by asking their Korean friends. But both of those two ways are quite annoying and complicated. 16
  • 17. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue School Lunch The situation is not proper and quite hard for people who are not Korean to have Korean lunch service regularly. The reason is, first of all, because it is not applicable just like school lunch service. School lunch service provides a small coated sheet, which is the menu, to everybody. When one gives this to the man in front, the food is offered. Unlike this, the only way to get the Ko- rean food is to ask the old Korean woman to offer the food. However, unfortunately, she does not speak English and that makes it much harder to communicate. The second reason is the extremely high price. The average price for one meal is 6000 to 6500 sum. This is much more expensive than the price of the school lunch service or a sandwich from the candy shop. People are rarely willing to pay that high of a price unless they are Korean. In spite of the increasing number of students who want to be able to purchase Korean food, the access it is limited. This is also because of a lack of support from the school itself. When we get the application form for the school lunch service, there is only one sheet and nothing about Korean food. On the other hand there are lots of Korean students who prefer not to have Korean food. This is because of the price that may weigh heavily on students and the limitation that they should eat in the MPR. Or they prefer their own food or simpler food such as hot dogs or sandwiches to have more spare time during lunch time. If you are not Korean I suggest that the sim- plest way to get Korean food is to ask any of your Korean friends. And if you are Korean, there must be movement against the extremely high price compared to the other choices. These also would lead to the conclusion that the school should find ways to offer a lunch service that would satisfy both Korean and non-Korean students. By Hyun-Jeong An17
  • 18. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Students’ Lunch In this issue we are trying to deeply look at the lunch problem in our school. My job here is to tell you more about lunches that come here everyday from a mysterious café or restaurant, who knows, and that is sold by people in the MPR. I will call it just lunch. So, basically I’m writing about this because I’m one of these rare people who buy it. Another problem is that our school is workingwith these lunch makers for the first time so basi-cally when you choose a dish you don’t know what’sgoing to jump out of the plastic box. Some food theymake is so delicious and tasty that you start thinkingwhy didn’t you order more portions. On the otherhand, sometimes when you open the box you thinkthat you better not take any risks and buy somethingelse. Actually it doesn’t mean that the food is bad oryou can be poisoned but the way it looks make youthink about your safety. It happened to me once when I ordered“Chicken with macaroni”. When I took it I sawthat there were green and orange macaroni, but nowhite. I was surprised and didn’t eat it. But what itactually meant was that any day I chose this dish, forI had to find another source to buy food from and itwas annoying. The main problem with this lunch is that youhave to decide what you want to eat for the wholemonth and once you put a tick mark in front of thedish on the form you cannot change it. But what ifI suddenly change my mind? What if I don’t wantto eat noodle soup today? Don’t think that the sell-ers will be happy if you tell them this and will giveyou anything you want. Nope! They won’t do this.You are just going to be hungry and starving withoutlunch, if you won’t buy something else for an addi-tional price. I’m actually a person who changes hermood and desires every second, so I have problemswith this “month predicting and planning method”. 18
  • 19. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Students’ Lunch Ok. Here, for you I have list of dishes that I’ve already tested and I made notes for each one. My list isn’t long but still it could help you to make your choice when you will have to plan your lunch. Kimbab – guys, this is the best dish I have ever eaten from this caf- eteria Chicken with macaroni – for those of you who want to take risks + all the comments above Kiev style cutlet with corn – actually it was a really good one, I advise you to try Chicken filet roasted in eggs – it’s too oily but not bad Macaroni with cheese – not enough cheese Fruit salad – vegetarians, this is for you Vegetarian sandwich – do we call a sandwich something with meat in- side? But as it is vegetarian, there was no meat inside so it was just bread, salad, tomato and cucumber. This is for those who like vegeta- bles and refuses meat Pizza – fast food forever!!!! It was good enough but not actually nourishing. So, for now this is the whole list of dishes I ordered before. I hope it will help you somehow. Students’ lunches could be good and could be bad. In our case everything de- pends on your unconscious choice.19
  • 20. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue School Lunch Constellation Today in TIS there are probably 3 types of lunches, one is Korean Lunch for Koreans, second is school restaurant lunch for the rest, and the third is Candy Shop or your own packed lunch. In this article I’m just trying to evaluate three different types of lunches, I will list the advan- tage and disadvantage below, then you can determine which lunch is best for you. This is based on my own experiences; and in general this is a disaster, I would never want to have such an experience again. In general, school lunch is not bad, but this Then if we look at the price of Samsa, a potato Sam- still is a disaster, at least for me and some side- sa cost 700 sum! And the taste needs to be tolerated. effects have happened to me when I try the school lunch. But school lunch has some advantages, which is that they are the official lunch provider of school The hot dog is what most people like to buy and everyone can order their lunch , and the speed from the school lunch shop. However you can of getting your food is well… speedy; also some see that, less and less people are buying the hot- dishes have quite a nice taste based on my last year dog from the school lunch shop. Why? I think of school lunch experiences. the price is important. How much does a hot-dog cost outside of school? Probably from 600-1000 Even though some school dishes have quite a sum would be the maximum. The bread is usually good taste, and arrive faster, but when you think of much bigger and the sausage is much longer, but the price of lunch, and the side-effect of eating the if we look at school lunch, a single small hot-dog lunch. with a little sausage costs 1500 sum, which is a di- saster. In general I think that the Korean Lunch tastes prettygood. Everyday they have either rice or Kimpab, also soupand I especially like the pickles, so, I have a pretty good re-view about Korean Lunch. The largest Non-official schoollunch provider of TIS. You can always see people fighting for a Kimpab whenKoreans have it for lunch. I really don’t know whether thisis good or bad, because on one side it means the Koreanlunch is very tasty, but on the other hand it means “youcan’t get Korean lunch very easily, unless you are a Korean.” This is a Quote from a teacher in TIS. Therefore thekey point I will talk about here is why non-Koreans can’thave Korean Lunch. Some teachers were trying to ask for Korean lunch,but the Korean lady was saying NO to the teachers. My Ko-rean friends told me that maybe that Korean lady doesn’tunderstand English really well; she might think the teacher 20
  • 21. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue School Lunch Constellation just want a Korean lunch for one day, therefore the Russian or Uzbek, and every single of them are lady says NO to the teacher. He said it is possible ordering lunch from the official school lunch pro- to let non-Koreans have Korean lunch, but the vider. form that you need to complete is written in Ko- rean. So, if you want have a Korean lunch you need So, it’s very interesting to see that the two to know how to speak Korean or some of your Ko- majority groups of school students have their own rean friends should help you to complete the form. lunch provider, but what about the minority of the TIS students? Most of them chose to bring their Even though lots of people would like to try own lunch from home, and therefore read my next the Korean lunch, there are also people who said sub-topic. even if they have an opportunity to have Korean lunch they wouldn’t take it, and most of them are It is hard for me to determine the taste of That’s a lot more love than you can’t get your lunch, unless I can try everyone’s lunch, from any school lunch provider. The price will be therefore you need to decide whether you have a much cheaper if cooking at home. good and tasty lunch or not. As the one who brings his own lunch every day I would like to use my Disadvantages are also involved in this case. example to talk of some advantages and disadvan- If your parent’s forced you to eat lunch cooked by tages of bringing your own lunch. them and they think they cooked up a very nice taste but actually it’s gross, that’s going to be a There are tons and tons of advantages to disaster for you. Also if you forget your lunch at bringing your own lunch. One is the food that home and you just realize this during lunch time, wouldn’t make you feel bad down there, because then you don’t have money to buy food. you are adjusted to it and you know how old the bread is and how they cook it. In many cases your parents cook lunch for you; therefore you can taste the “love” that your parents put in your lunch. Every lunch provider has their own advantage and disadvantage and if you are smart you know which lunch is good for you, you won’t think lunch is a disaster, but if you have make the wrong choice, I think the only word you can describe your lunch is “DISASTER.”21
  • 22. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Candy Shop The candy shop, normally the place where stu-dents unquestionably devote their teeth to the on-slaught of sugary sweets, has sparked some unrestamong the students. Well, unrest is an exaggeration,people were initially upset about the new prices atthe candy shop but, as humans tend todo more oftenthan they should, they have long forgotten the good The second issue is that the candy shop now hasold days of 1,000 sum chocolate and coca-cola. This no purpose, other than to sell us candy. It is no dif-price raise, on top of the fact that the candy shop has ferent than a McDonalds opening in school, I doubtseceded from the student council, has raised some people would tolerate that, yet we tolerate the candyeyebrows among the candy-addicts. Are the candy- shop? Our toleration was based on the fact thatfanatic’s feelings unjustified or is there in fact a prob- we knew our money was coming back to us in thelem with the way the candy shop is operating? form of events. Now our money goes into the candy shop and into making it a bigger, better and stron- The issue of price was the initial action that ger organization (McDonalds style). The candy shopcaused people to question the beloved candy shop. members like to argue that they are doing it for theI would like to point out that based on observation students and they are taking the profit to buy newthe candy shop has not been receiving fewer custom- machines to offer new products to us. Profit onlyers and I wouldn’t hesitate to guess that they were, leads to one outcome, more profit. Since the candyin fact, receiving more. It would seem that people shop now has no purpose, the only logical thing forare either too addicted or don’t care enough to have them to do is to sell for no-profit and just be a centerdone anything about the candy shop’s new prices, for sweets. This would resolve the issue of prices be-although they did manage to moan and groan for the ing raised as now people know that if the prices arefirst few weeks the candy shop started selling. To be raised it is not for the candy shop’s self-interest. An-fair to the candy shop group, yes that group of female other thing they could do is rejoin the student councilstudents whose system of management is similar which in the past allowed the candy shop to spendto that of a mafia, the prices are actually reasonable their money on new things before giving it to thebased on other prices in Tashkent. It would seem student council. Some examples are the new toasters,candy prices have in fact risen and I’ve been in a few new water boiler (although the noodles have disap-shops selling things for similar prices. For example, peared) and the slushy machines.the last time I checked, the closest shop to schoolsells Twix and M&Ms for 1,100 cym which is only 100 Although this shift in the candy shop’s moduscym less than the candy shop. So the complaints operandi has left us critical of the candy shop weabout the prices are just normal complaints that are mustn’t forget the good things. The candy shop is aexpressed when anything becomes more expensive. great place to hang out. I’m not sure whether it’s habitAlbeit there is still an issue here and it stems from or the shade that attracts people but I tend to findthe issue of the increased prices. myself instinctively heading in that general direction at lunch and after school. I would also like to com- Prices are increased to maintain a profit margin mend the group as they do invest a lot of time and ef-and in the past the candy shop’s profit margin was fort. They always try their best to make sure the candygiven to the student council to use in events. This shop is stocked up and they make cheese sandwichesyear the candy shop is no longer part of the student daily, not to mention that sometimes we get a home-council which means that their profit margin stays at made treat on Mondays. Also during events which re-the candy shop. The candy shop is now a completely quire large amounts of food, the lock-in for example,independent enterprise that has no purpose but to the candy shop always invests countless hours clean-give us sweets.This is a problem for a few reasons. ing, cutting and cooking. Hopefully the candy shopThe first being is that now the student council’s will resolve some of the issues of this year and thesource of money has disappeared. This is an issue candy-addicts can indulge themselves without havingas the student council is supposed to be the central to complain about the prices.organization responsible for organizing events but By Ralph M.now they don’t even have the money to. 22
  • 23. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Candy Shop Lunchtime! We finally get our rest from learn- Back to the topic- the Candy Shop. How pop- ing and can go sit down and have a chicken and ular is it at school? Quite popular, I’d say, despite mustard and banana sandwich, which you eat in the fact that there is (“oh, my!”) competition- the about 5 minutes, as usual. So what do you do now? school caterers also sell some “yummies”, as does You’re still very hungry. Of course, you go to the the Sports Council, but only on sport matches. Of Candy Shop! No offense, Stuco, but Candy Shop is course, we prefer the Candy Shop due to it selling hardly an appropriate name, since the thing closest representatives of most levels of the food pyra- to candy that one might get there is Starburst. It’s mid as well as due to the fact that the Candy Shop more like a chocolate bar shop… is open after school, during lunch, and during matches. This neither of the competition even at- tempt. Now, even though we have some fruits, juices, and There have been speculations about what baked goods available, a lot of people still prefer would happen if we were to suddenly cut all sourc- the energy-packed sugary candy bars. The reasons es for chocolate bars within the school. If there for our maximized sugar consumption are that sec- were no student-employing chocolate-selling in- ondary students generally stay after school, doing stitutions at school, would people eat less sugar- activities or waiting for activities to start, or they based chocolate bars and be healthier? Or would are doing homework or projects and need sugar to students calmly bring chocolate from home, and slap them awake. One of the teachers I know even the consumption of sugar be about the same per refers to candy bars as “survival”. average student? Now that would make an amaz- ing lab report. Except for the fact that you get eat- en by sugar-depraved students at some point dur- ing the experiment.23
  • 24. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Candy Shop About the chocolate dealers- do you knowhow the Candy Shop started? Before that, therewas nothing- nowhere to get our energy from,no amazing little box of a shop to get your foodfrom- until the Stuco decided to change things.They set up the very first Candy Shop! You knowthe “study area” before you enter the MPR? Wellbetween the bamboo screen and the window,was the CS. Anyway, in 2007, the Candy Shopmoved outside, into a box which we are so famil-iar with. Beautifully decorated and equipped,it was ready for action and lots of customers!Which it obviously received. How much money does the CS make from Sounds like the Candy Shop managementselling food every day? I didn’t dare ask such im- knows what they want. But do they know whatpudent questions. What I did ask is what is all we want? Has anyone heard about a survey pro-this money-making for? Last year, school year vided by the Candy Shop to see what we like2008- 2009, Student Council sold subsidized to eat? No, because there isn’t one! The CandyTIS hoodies- an interesting, school spirit-up- Shop has gone way healthier since last year,lifting investment. What will happen this year which is pleasing for dieters and health nuts,then? Will the student council proceed with and there are still things to be cleared up. Why,their school-spirit uplifting mission, or will they for example, aren’t there hot cup noodles thisfind a different way of investing? It’s much too year? The Candy Shop management is great butearly in the year to see, and from what I heard, we have yet to connect to them directly. As far asthe Student Council is actually quite a separate I know the Candy Shop, has been a body whichentity from the Candy Shop which, means that exists in integration with the rest of the studentall money earned by the Candy Shop goes to body, but always thinks up its own menu. This is(gasp!) the Candy Shop. A Candy Shop repre- good for a basic selection of snacks but wouldn’tsentative, Madina Gazieva, has kindly respond- you want to work on the details with the con-ed to my inquiries. sumers?“The money is to buy more food: chocolate,drinks, fruits, bread, cheese, ice cream, etc, The sole purpose of this in-school businessand we are planning to buy more technologies, is, of course, to provide us with all the junk andonce we have enough. A big water boiler is our non-junk food that might help us not starve toaim for now, later we will come up with more death during the school year. This isn’t an inter-things we can do to improve the Candy Shop.” esting or very controversial topic, but aren’t you grateful for the bountiful realms of the box out- side? While we’re on the topic, I think we should register the Candy Shop as a TIS trademark. Who knows..? By Malika B. 24
  • 25. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Book Reviews Once upon a time, a little girl grew up. Then she drew a lot of cartoons on how she did it.... The little girl’s name is Marjane Satrapi, who brings us a tale of growing up in her non-fiction, partially philosophical, and completely alive graphic novel. With pictures containing only two colors and seemingly primitive (keeping in mind that at times less is more) images, we are brought into Iran at the end of the 1970’s and 1980’s where life is taking a new turn. The Islamic Revolution brought immense changes to life. Before a mostly secular country lead by a Shah, Iran is now revealing religious fanatics at every corner- the Revolu- tion hasn’t brought anything new that Marjane’s family likes. All females, very young and very old, must wear veils. Men mustn’t wear ties (“You piece of Westernized trash!”). Schools close to let the government completely rewrite the education- al system. War with Iraq, right after the Revolution. People hide in their basements to feel safe from the bombs which drop frequently. First young men, then boys as young as four- teen are coaxed by propaganda to enlist in the army. Anyone who is against the Revolution is imprisoned. Life goes on. Growing up is a story in itself, as Satrapi shows us. She’s lived through great turmoil which changed her being, which makes her life now. Reading Persepolis is like reading a diary which was neglected most of the time, except for a few times when something important happened. Each chapter of this story is a highlight of Marjane’s childhood- starting with The Veil, and ending with The Trip. Satrapi tells us that life never stops until it really stops. At no time during this tale do we Through peacetime, war, terror and happiness we go on try- feel the urge to put the book down, but ing to do the things we do every day, enjoying life, spending it also doesn’t force you to stay glued to it time with our families, going out with friends. Drawing and until you finish. If you ever met a person writing Persepolis, Satrapi wanted to make us see the life of who looks skinny and weak but in fact people in the Iran of her time. She wanted us to feel the life, weighs a ton and can pick up as much, instead of watching the news for information on how people this book is like that person. It carries a live there. She tells us not to judge an entire nation by the weight of thought which is impossible to government- because indeed, people are different all over not notice and not to understand. The and life is what unites us. simplicity with which this memoir was writing strikes and appeals to the reader. By Malika B. Whoever reads this will never again un- derestimate the air of familiarity which this book radiates. PS: This is only the first half of the story- hopefully we’ll know the other half when our school library purchases the sequel, Persepolis 2: Story of a Return. Hint, hint.25
  • 26. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Book Reviews Tomorrow, When the War Began is the first book in a seven- book series by John Marsden. The series is set mostly in Australia and a little bit in New Zealand. Basically, an unnamed country in- vades Australia, landing their first invasion in a small Australian town called Wirawee. Seven teenagers had gone camping a few days before, and didn’t know about the invasion until they came home to their farms and found their properties abandoned and their animals dying of hunger and thirst. The military situation seemed pretty hopeless – Australia had been taken completely by surprise and except for New Zea- land, no other countries wanted to get involved in the war in any way. Those seven teenagers not only managed to survive in the wilderness, they took the opportunity to fight for their country and for their families. They blew up a bridge, a street of houses, a harbor full of military ships, and became top of the enemy’s Most Wanted List. They were famous all over Australia and New Zea- land for their achievements. Have you ever wondered what you would do under a high- pressure situation? If someone had a gun pointed at your friend, would you step in front of them? If you were the only group of free people within hitchhiking distance, would you fight for your country? Would you be like Lee, and do whatever you have to do to save your family? Would you be like Kevin and crack up? Would you be like Homer, and keep cracking jokes even when you have a death sentence in a week? Would you be like Fiona, and rise to the challenge even if everyone expects you to fail? Would you be like Ellie, and do whatever you have to do to get the job done? Would you be like Robyn, and sacrifice everything for all your friends? Although you may need to learn some Australian slang be- fore you read these books, and you might not understand a thing the first time you read it – Australians have a strange vocabulary – they are definitely worth reading. Unlike the books you read in class, the Tomorrow series is told from a point of view of a teen- ager. Unlike almost all books, these books are realistic. By Isabella Z. 26
  • 27. The TIS MONTHLY JOURNAL SparkJournal Dec. Issue Eжiк Food. I like food. It’s yummy. It can also be yucky. Ever tried this thing called egg- plant? Gross. Good thing the school doesn’t sell eggplant. It might be healthy but dying of disgustingness isn’t a very good thing for your health either. I can’t believe some people like eggplant! No really, how can people eat that? It looks like barf. I also hate cream-of soups. You know, like when someone makes a soup and then kills it by blending it. I mean, why would you do that? I was having lunch the other day and a friend of mine goes “Ew that’s nasty how can you eat that and that ” person doesn’t eat meat and I was like ex- cuse me? It’s a normal hunk of animal parts and you better not mess with animal parts ’cause they’re tasty. Then we had an argu- ment about the pros and cons of meat. Then she ate yogurt and I finished my meat loaf. I suppose it depends on each person, what they eat, I mean. I also hate that phrase “You Are What You Eat I bet some can- ” nibal came up with that. At least I’m not an eggplant. Anyway, as I said, it’s good that at school there are different types of food which a person can choose to eat, since everyone has a different taste. Which is tragic for spinach and all those other nasty-but-healthy foods since no one seems to like those ones.27

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