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Many experience change of heart about the war



by Anthony Jessel

  After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the country was in an uproar. We were eager to strike back. It was a gut reaction. People were united in a common purpose.

Almost three years later, the Iraqi war is an issue that divides this country. Both sides, for and against have their leaders. Whether it be the filmaker Michael Moore, or the Bush Administration, everyone has an opinion. But this story will give you the background. We'll start at the very beginning.

On March 17, 2003, President George W. Bush gave Dictator Saddam Hussein of Iraq a 48-hour ultimatum to free the country or face direct military assault.

The first bombs were dropped on the 19th of March, where Hussein and some of his top officers were expected to be hiding. However, about 5 months before this, Iraq was told by the United Nations Security Council to "comply with the disarmament

    obligations," or face "serious consequences."

In the early months of 2003, U.S. military presence increased around the Persian Gulf, and top U.S. officials, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and President Bush frequently said that Iraq had little time left to present full cooperation with U.N. weapons inspectors. Other major countries (including China, Russia, Germany, and France) urged that the inspectors be given more time to do their job

  . More than a year after the war has been declared officially over, American casualties are still mounting. Since the beginning of the fighting on March 19, there have been 892 American deaths, and 5,394 wounded.

If you would like to see those who have fallen, you can go to CNN.com





Soldier gives a personal account of Iraq War


by Nicholas Ivanov

  Ferrara is in charge of deployment. He's a second lieutenant who works in the colonel's office stationed outside Nasiriyah. He deploys the new soldiers whocome into all of Iraq. He doesn't see combat, because he works in an office all day.

One time he volunteered to go with a group of MPs who were going to Kirkuk to pull out the soldiers who had been working there and put in fresh troops. His convoy got hit by an RPG, a Soviet-made rocket propelled grenade. Two men in the convoy got killed that day and after that he said, "That's it. It's the last time. I'm never going out again."

The war is different than he thought it would be. When he first got to Iraq, he hardly got any sleep because of the mortar rounds that would come into the camp at three or four in the morning. He said that the training he got in the states never prepared him for what he came up against over there.

Ferrara was very Pro-Bush at the beginning of the war. But after a week I could tell that he had changed. He's say, "Dude, this war is ridiculous. "They would send

  out a hundred guys to protect an oil rig. Most of the operations they did were to protect oil rigs and transports."

He saw the casualties come in and that changed his perspective.

He also thinks he is very fortunate to be in the position that he is because it's non-combat. Even so no place is absolutely safe. "If you are in Iraq," he said "they pretty much hit everything on a daily basis."

There is no central government, no water and electricity in much of the country outside of Baghdad, but there are tons of weapons.

Almost no one wants Americans in Iraq. For the first three days they were forthcoming, but after that they have turned against the Americans.

Ferrara said he wants to stay there until everybody leaves. Since he is not on the front lines, he feels like he can stick it out. Still it's hard on his parents, especially his mom and his sister.

They didn't want him to go into the Army, but it was something that he wanted to do. He stays out of respect for the people who have died in Iraq.

  It's not everyone who has a best friend serving in the Army in Iraq.

I've known Artie Ferrara for three years. We went to school together in Valley Forge, Virginia. He joined the Reserves right after he graduated, and I ended my junior year. He went before the outbreak of the war. We were all watching the news and we all knew the US was going to Iraq, but Artie is not the kind of person to get scared too easily.

He was always a tough guy who knew it all. He's very outgoing and the type of person you would always want to be around. He never really wanted to pursue a career in the military; he just wanted to serve and then go to college.

It was really spontaneous, his joining up. He had about a month of basic training where they showed him how to shoot a M-16 and then he was shipped out to Iraq with a week's notice.

Ferrara has been in Iraq since last September. He says he never expected to be there that long. His tour was up in August and he was supposed to leave, but he volunteered to stay longer.

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NYC poets and artists visit Kent




by Abi Sayre


Poet and musician Abena Koomson visited Kent School Summer Writers Camp accompanied by fellow artist Ray Medina On July 15.

Ms. Koomson is a part of Synonymous, a program created in 2002 for poets, dancers, singers, painters, and more. Kent's own Elana Bell was also a part of this program and collaborates with Ms. Koomson in New York.

Ms. Koomson's soulful voice, poetic words, and musical talent on the bass guitar, along with the Mr. Medina's poems and beats, made the performance unforgettable. The type of poetry they performed is spoken word poetry, and it was all improvised.

Kent camper Alexandra Brodsky got to experience this herself. She volunteered to try improvisation in front of everyone. "Performing

Aio-chiu Chen plays the keyboard during an improv performance with Ray Medina and Abena Koomson.

Photo by Julia Bolus

     with the two of them was the sort of thing I've wanted to do for years, but never thought I'd have the opportunity," she said. "They are both so brilliant that the thought of going in front of a microphone and making up poetry was intimidating, but I knew it was an experience I might never be offered again and I ended up having a wonderful time. It's the sort of thing that only happens at a place like Kent."   It seems that everyone enjoyed her presentation.

"I thought that Abena Koomson was a very inspiring artist," said fourteen-year-old Nelson Igunma.

Fifteen-year-old Crystal Morales said, "I think she was ghetto fabulous."

Other campers agreed.




  Inge Morath exhibit opens at Kent School    


By Sarah Sheu


The Kent School Summer Writing Program was fortunate to be the first school to see the Inge Morath Photography Exhibit in the Kent School Library.

Any school is allowed to sign up for the exhibit, but not until January of 2005. We all have to thank Ms. Bolus for getting the pictures down to Kent. I interviewed Ms. Julia Bolus during the second week of the exhibit.

Ms. Bolus met Inge Morath when she started working with Ms. Morath's husband playwright Arthur Miller. Ms. Bolus works for the Estate of Inge Morath and designed the Inge Morath website: www.ingemorath.org.

The exhibit debuted at the

    Connecticut Commission on the Arts HOT Schools Summer Institute at Connecticut College, and Ms. Bolus thought it would be wonderful to share this opportunity with the Kent Summer Camp.

Inge Morath traveled extensively with her camera, and the most striking shots, like the llama in the taxi cab, were completely spontaneous. Only one series of her photos was planned; that was the series she did with Saul Steinberg.

Ms. Bolus said she also enjoys working with the estate and helping to plan exhibits because she learns to appreciate Ms. Morath's work even more.

Alexandra Brodsky said, "They [photos] are the sort of images I suppose we see on a day-to-day basis, but need someone to capture it in a frame and command, "Here,  look.'"


All the people I asked liked the photos and most of the people said they think the photos were unusual and creative. Babs

Fair said that you really have to look and think about the photos.

Inge Morath lived from 1923 to 2002. Her images were found in Life, Paris Match, Holiday Magazine, Saturday Evening Post, Vogue, Picture Post, Illustrated Magazine, and more.

In an essay about her work she wrote: "Photography is a strange phenomenon. In spite of the use of that technical instrument, the camera, no two photographers, even if they were at the same place at the same time, come back with the same pictures. The personal vision is usually there from the beginning; result of a special chemistry of background and feelings, traditions and their rejection, of sensibility and voyeurism. You trust your eye and cannot help but bare you soul. One's vision finds of necessity the form suitable to express it." - Inge Morath, Life as a Photographer


Sarah Sheu and Crytal Morales with Morath's photograph "Encounter at Times Square".   

Photo by Leigh Rader      

(Please click on image for larger view.)







from page 1

Ben Rogg-Meltzer, James Lin and Crystal Morales investigate election coverage.

Photo by Anthony Jessel


Continued:  See "Election" on Page 18

  He wrote A Charge to Keep with Karen Hughes, and he is a Cancer. His favorite ice cream flavor is pralines and cream, color is blue, and movie is Field of Dreams. He enjoys reading, jogging, fishing, and watching baseball games.

Democrat John F. Kerry was born on December 11, 1943 in Denver, Colorado. A Roman Catholic, he graduated from Yale University in 1966 and Boston College Law School in 1976.






Café Kent's last two performances were musical performances. First, Anthony Jessel accompanied Alex Brodsky on the guitar as she performed an amazing song. Brodsky said she wrote it in a couple of days.

The last performance of Café Kent was by Ao-chiu Chen, who played a song on the Taiwanese flute. The sound that the flute made was unlike any sound that an American instrument would make.

Nelson Igunma said that "It was a nice first Café Kent."


Cafe Kent from page 1

  The Performing Arts group did two very funny skits with multiple members of the group.

However, not every performance was amusing. Miss Elana Bell read a serious poem about the holocaust and her personal relationship with her grandmother. This poem touched everybody's heart.

Several people were also impressed with the different skills on display.

Many applauded Carey Horan and his flexibility "dance," but some people found it a little sickening. Others loved Michael Wang's ability to dance Michael Jackson style.  TA Jennifer Bondurant said that she thought it was excellent.


C-Jay (Christopher Michael) and Amadou Konteye performed three different raps, all of which captivated the audience. The rhymes were complex and rhythmic.

Bevin Curry, Emily Yu, and Amity Chen performed thoughtful poems and memoires.

When TA Dan Genck, came up he told campers that all of the songs he wrote were sad songs. The song that he shared with us was his first, happy song.

One act had two parts: the improvized battle between Pat Ortali, Nat Lynn, and Horan. It appeared that Lynn and Horan died many times, but the actors didn't think so. This was a very cool swordfight.



Interview with Julia Bolus


by Emily Yu

WP: What do you do when you are not writing?

Ms. Bolus: Read, take walks, and visit with friends.

WP: What do you want to do in your future?

Ms. Bolus: To remember to focus on the present moment.

WP: What are your other jobs?

Ms. Bolus: I work as assistant to playwright Arthur Miller and for the estate of photographer Inge Morath. I also create web sites for artists and writers.



Photo by Emily Yu


                Ms. Bolus is a poet and Academic Director at Kent Writers Camp. She inspires young writers, and continues to work on her own writing.

The following is an interview about her writing and life.

What's Poppin': What kind of poems do you like best?

Ms. Bolus: Students' poetry, because it is inspiring.

WP: We hear you are writing a book. What is this book about?

Ms. Bolus: Relationships between people, and dreams.

WP: When did you begin to write your circus book?

Ms. Bolus: 1995, while on sabbatical.

WP: What made you want to write this book?

Ms. Bolus: I started a group of poems that became a bigger story.

WP: Which writer (author) do you like the best?


Ms. Bolus: Virginia Woolf

WP: Why do you want to write a book?

Ms. Bolus: I write poems to make sense of the world.

WP: Whose poems and whose book do you like the best? Why?

Ms. Bolus: Emily Dickinson, because I love the way she saw the world and how she was able to express her vision.

WP: Why do you want to come to Kent Writers' camp?

Ms. Bolus: I like working with young writers.

WP: What do you like about working with students?

Ms. Bolus: I like to see that students express their ideas, and I like to see them come back to camp and discover how they've grown.



Interview with Tyler Wood

Benn Rogg- Meltzer with Residential Director Tyler Wood.  (click on photo for larger view)

Photo by Anthony Jessel 

     The next question caused Mr. Wood to laugh. When asked about who he would want to trade places with, Mr. Wood responded, "Wow, that's a loaded question. It can't just be one person; it has to be three."

He chose Walt Whitman, Thomas Jefferson, and a record company executive; someone who signs deals and puts out albums.

Mr. Wood seemed very interested in music, so I asked him what he liked. He said that he basically likes all music. He doesn't like new country as much, like Garth Brooks, but he likes artists like Johnny Cash. He also said that his favorite music is Indy Rock.

I asked if he could have a conversation with anyone, who would it be? Without skipping a beat, Mr. Wood replied "Abraham Lincoln."


By Ben Rogg-Meltzer

Camp's Residential Director, Tyler Wood, recently found time to answer many questions on a wide range of topics.

His full name is Tyler Stevens Wood, and he is from Downingtown, PA. He now lives on the Kent School Campus. His favorite type of writing is poetry.

When asked about his overall views of Kent, Mr. Wood said, "Kent really develops your ability to beself-reliant. It is an important and difficult thing to learn, but you learn to do it at Kent. It is a big change, and it will be useful for the rest of your life.

Mr. Wood has been working at Kent School for four years,


and the Summer Writers Camp for three years.

Mr. Wood said he keeps coming back to camp because, "I believe passionately in the power of self expression… other people can't control you. I also believe in boarding school in general. I like working with kids in and out of the classroom, and seeing those kids change."When asked what the biggest pain in the neck is for him, Mr. Wood responded by saying that it is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week job. You don't get to go home because you are constantly working. He added that although it is a time consuming job, it is extremely rewarding.



Interview with Elana Bell


by Crystal Morales


Ms.Bell started reading poetry in high school, but really began to love it in college. Her favorite poet is Anne Sexton. She began blending singing with poetry when she started working with Abena Koomson. The two met in college in Sarah Lawrence and have been friends since.

So she then began collaborating with other musicians, like Ray Medina.

She said she looks for a connection with her audience. With children the connection is looking for smiles on their faces. With disabled people, it is seeing the light in their eyes. When it comes to


poems published by Boa Editions, to teach in a beautiful environment and to travel as a performer.

The advice that she gives to young poets who work with musicians is to get really familiar and comfortable with their work, to connect with their audience, and to just breathe.

Out of everything in the whole wide world, one of the things she finds so amazing is humans communicating through artistic collaboration and sharing their souls with each other.

One type of music that she listens to is world music. She also likes to listen to Nina Simone and

  Ms. Elana Bell is an extraordinary character. She is amazed by many things and is fascinated by poetry. For the first time she is sharing her talents and expertise with the students at the Kent School Writers Camp.

She is petite with black hair and light skin. She sings and performs poetry at different schools. She is truly an amazing person. She isn't just a poet, but also an actress, teacher, and singer.

She learned about the opening at camp from Julia Bolus, Academic Director of the camp.

She enjoys her job very much. She said, "I love the opportunity to work with such a small group of students because I feel that I get the opportunity to get to know them as writers and as people. I also feel that I am getting the chance to feel the writing process both for myself as a writer and educator."

During the school year she is busy with many other jobs. She works as a teaching artist, comes into schools where there isn't an arts program and offers help and classes in many public schools in New York City. She is a storyteller for children and works with senior citizens to help them tell their own stories. And next year she is going to work as a writer-in-residence at the Bronx Academy Of Letters.

Teacher Elana Bell works with members of her Morning Class.   (Click on photo for larger image)

Photo by Leigh Rader. 

    poetry, it is when the people in the audience come up to her after a performance and tell her that they had experiences like the ones in her poems or they tell her that they related to her poems.

The goals that she has for herself in the future are to have a full book of her

  Appalachian music.

The hidden tattoo on her back means to give love, and that's what she does by sharing her art.




Hip-hop dances into Taiwanese hearts


by Michael Wang (DoDo)


In Taiwan hip hop is popular. It has been popular for about five years, and many of Taipei's students are playing hip-hop now. In Taipei there are clubs like TBC, FUFU and A-Pa that have classes to teach people to dance.

I like to dance because popping is cool. I went to TBC where they practice hard hip-hop, breaking and locking. FuFu is better for popping, hip-hop and house. A-Pa is hip-hop, locking and new jazz.

Most people think popping is easy, but it is hard.

Kent Student Anthony Jessel said that he thinks popping is very hard. "But Michael is very good at it and he makes it look easy."

I practiced popping for half a year. Popping is a robot move and wave. I also learned popping from my friend who is older than me in school. I like hip-hop and Michael Jackson. His dancing style is popping.

If you want to start dancing, first you have to have the beat. It is also very tiring. The people who dance have to remember that they have to do something that other people can't do--something new.


Pool parties makes big splash


by Aaron Howard



"We went down with a fight," said Christopher Michael or C-Jay after the game.

"It gives the Kent students time to relax and have fun for once" said another student.

Everyone had a good time. I did not interview anyone who wasn't having fun or joining in the activities.

As for the TA vs. Student basketball game, a rematch will be sure to take place soon, and the students will be victorious next time.

    Pool parties are so popular this summer that writers are trading in their pens for towels and heading for the water.

The three pool parties were a great treat for the writing students at Kent.

Kent's first pool party was much more than just a chance to get wet and cool off; it gave students time to chat, play basketball and just hang out with friends.

They even had a chance to participate in the TA vs. Student basketball game. The TA's won the game 32 to 23.



Students get away to Mt. Tom


By Crystal Morales

Even though Kent Campus is beautiful, it's great for students to get out and see

other parts of the state. They recently had a chance to visit Mt. Tom State Park.

The ride over to Mt. Tom was pretty short. After we got there almost everyone went to get some food. We ate a turkey sandwich, apple juice, and chocolate chip granola bars. We also had Lays original chips. They were pretty salty though.

People went swimming in the pond and some went for

    walks around the park.

It seemed that many people had a little bit of romance there. Some people were on the rocks sitting next to each other and flirting with one another. (They know who they are.)

Others chose to play harmless pranks on people, like Renato Campos. A few people from camp came and got his shirt and sneakers while he was swimming and choked his shoelaces around his sneakers.

The day was sunny and warm. It wasn't so hot that you couldn't breathe or so cool that

  you needed a sweater.

Many people had comments on this day. Stephanie Cheng, Matti Maida, Lea Pollack, Carey Horan, and Abi Sayre, said that the day was okay. But others, like TA Jennifer Bondurant, thought it was fantastic.

Remi Campagne, Kimmy Le, Emma Hollier agreed the trip was fun.

Bevin Curry said, "It was fun. The food was good."


Campers disagree on existence of the supernatural


By Ao-chiu Chen



Many people don't ever see spirits or magical powers, but they still believe in the supernatural.

I interviewed three people about their beliefs in the supernatural. Just one person sometimes didn't't believe. The other two people said they believe there are supernatural forces.

One person who said he believes is Michael Wang. He doesn't have any stories about first hand experience, but he said

    he is afraid of supernatural. He thinks the supernatural could kill people. He said if he saw supernatural events, he would be dumbfounded.

He added that if there's friendly supernatural forces, he would make friends with them.

Another person who believes in the supernatural is James Lin. He said he is afraid of the supernatural, but he doesn't think that the supernatural will kill people.

  He said if he saw something supernatural, he would get closer. He also said that if there's friendly supernatural forces, he would try to make friends with them.

The person who said he doesn't believe in the supernatural is Ben Rogg-Meltzer, even though he said he sometimes feels something strange. He does not think the supernatural would kill people.




Summer games set to sizzle


By Jackson Scofield


On August 13, 14 days from today, one of the most popular events in the world, the Summer Olympics will start with its ancient ceremony, the torch relay.

The torch has already been passed through 36 days and 34 cities on its international journey. It has traveled through six continents and will complete the Greek leg of its path on August 13 for the start of the games.

The Olympic games, the most prestegious of athletic events, were started in Athens, revived in Athens, and now are continuing in their birthplace.

An ancient Greek poet named Pindar once said "As in the daytime there is no star in the sky warmer and brighter than the sun, likewise there is no greater competition than the Olympic games."

They were held from 776 to 393 BC when the emperor declared them too pagan. In 1896 the games were revived due

    to the great effort of a French man named Pierre de Coubertin. Since then, the Olympics have been held every four years.

This year's vision for the Olympics is to return them to their birthplace and the city of their revival.

"It will be a combination of history, culture and peace with sports and Olympianism." said a member of the British Parliament.

About 16,000 athletes, coaches, and team officials will stay in the Olympic village, a collection of hotels, stores, and restaurants built for the games.

This year's torch is modeled after an olive leaf and shares the color. Its shape enhances the flame and is meant to be easy to carry. Similar to the torch, the symbol of this year's olympics is an olive branch twisted into a wreath.

Along with the famous Olympics comes the not as well known

Paralympics. The Paralympics are for people with serious mental and physical disabilities. This competition includes most of the sports in the Olympics with the adition of wheelchair fencing, sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby, and 5 vs. 5 football. The Paralympics do not start on the same date as the Olympics; they start in 49 days on the 9th of September.  






Baseketball: there's a new game in town



By Ben Rogg-Meltzer

What is baseketball, you ask? Well, it's a game. A game that was invented in a movie called, "Baseketball". The game is fun and exciting, and here are the rules.

Baseketball is a combination of basketball and baseball, with its own twist. There are four bases- first, second, third, and home. It is played on a basketball court.

    You can use a basketball or volleyball, depending on your skill level. There are three starting players on a team. You can also take shots from different ranges.

A single would be a shot from the, "pitchers mound," or the foul line. If you make it, you get a runner on first. A double is a little farther back, a triple is a three pointer, and a home run is a half-court shot. If you miss the shot, it is an out.

  The twist to the game, however, is very interesting. You are allowed to "psyche out" the person shooting the ball, or distract them. You cannot touch them, but you can do anything else. This makes it much more difficult to make a shot.

There you have it. That is the game of baseketball.


Olympic track events promise excitement


by Sarah Sheu

  The oldest record is from Moscow set in 1980.

Running events are divided into sprints, middle-distance races, long-distance races, road events, hurdle races, and relay races. There are four jumping events and they are, high jump, pole vault, long jump, and triple jump. The throwing events are, shot put, discus, hammer, and javelin.

The events for men are the following: 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1,500 m, 5,000 m, and 10,000 m races; the 110 m hurdles, 400 m hurdles; the 3,000 m steeplechase, and 4 x 100 m relay. Events also include the 4 x 400 m relay, high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus,

  hammer, javelin, decathlon, marathon, 20 km and 50 km road walk.

The events for women are slightly different. They include the 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1,500 m, 5,000 m, and 10,000 m races; 100 m and 400 m hurdles; and the 4 x 100 m and 4 x 400 m relays. They also include the high jump, pole vault, long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus, hammer, javelin, heptathlon, Marathon, and 20 km road walk.


  Athletes all over the world are gearing up for the 2004 Summer Olympic track & field events that will be held at the Athens Olympic Stadium in the Athens Olympics Complex.

The only exceptions are the road walk, marathon, and the shot-put , which will be held in the Ancient Olympia Stadium. Competitions will take place from August 18 to August 29. There will be a rest day on August 19.

The United States holds 9 out of 24 track and field records for men, and 5 out of 22 for women.





Basketball tops list of popular sports



By Sarah Sheu


Sports seem to be a big part of everyday life. After interviewing several students, TAs, and teachers, I have learned what campers like, and I have even learned a couple of new sports myself, like American Cub.

Abi Sayre said, "It's this weird game. Warren [King], Will [Sayre], and I learned this game when we were on the beach in Cape Cod. You throw wooden block and knock down other wooden blocks."

The most popular sport here at Kent for both boys and girls is basketball. Other popular sports are tennis, swimming, running, bowling, skiing, and pool.

One sport most people would not know is equestrian vaulting. According to Kat Magowan, it is when you do tricks like splits on horses.

TA Jennifer Bondurant said, "I like soccer, because I played it at school, and it is fun, but difficult. It keeps me in shape, but not really."

"I like lacrosse, because you can do whatever you want as long as the ref isn't looking," said Jackson Scofield.

    Sports should be part of everyone's daily lives because you can have fun and stay fit at the same time.

Below is a table that shows the results of a survey on what sports people like.



Girls: 10; Boys: 15



Girls: 4; Boys: 12



Girls: 3; Boys: 12



Girls: 3; Boys: 5


Girls: 7; Boys: 8



Girls: 5; Boys: 6



Girls: 7; Boys: 6

Self-defense Girls: 4; Boys: 5


Girls: 5; Boys: 6



Girls: 7; Boys: 1



Girls: 10; Boys: 12



Girls: 13; Boys: 6


Field Hockey

Girls: 5; Boys: 1


Girls: 2

Ultimate Frisbee

Girls: 4; Boys: 8


Girls: 3



Girls: 10; Boys: 3

Continued on Page 15




Sports Survey continued


Girls: 7; Boys: 1



Girls: 8; Boys: 9


Girls: 8; Boys: 11



Girls: 2; Boys: 8



Girls: 7; Boys: 2



Girls: 3; Boys: 3



Girls: 2

Water Polo

Girls: 3; Boys: 1



Girls: 2; Boys: 3


Girls: 1; Boys: 2



Girls: 1; Boys: 1


  Horseback riding

Girls: 6  


Girls: 4


Girls: 7; Boys: 4


Girls: 4; Boys: 5



Girls: 9; Boys: 6



Girls: 8; Boys: 9



Boys: 4

Synchronized Swimming Boys: 1



Girls: 2; Boys: 4



Girls: 3; Boys: 3



Girls: 3; Boys: 2


Girls: 6



Girls: 7; Boys: 6


Ice Skating

Girls: 10; Boys: 3



Girls: 6; Boys: 8


American Cub

Girls: 1; Boys: 2


Equestrian Vaulting Girls: 1


Girls: 3; Boys: 3


Film Review




"He's got the right ideas, he's just portraying them all wrong," said Jackson Scofield. There you go Jackson.

Moore complains a lot about the fact that we are in Iraq solely for their oil supply. I will counter this idea with a quote from one my favorite stand up comics.

"Does Michael Moore really think he can fit his chunky butt in an electric car?!" said Ralphie May.

Now when I first decided to go and see this movie, I thought to myself, knowing Michael Moore, I thought this movie was going to suck all the patriotism right out of my blood. But it did the exact opposite. The movie has actually inspired me and made me realize that honor is a value most people deny. Therefore, I would like to end this piece with a recommendation. It has recently come to my attention that there is a movie coming out this year sometime called "Michael Moore Hates America". I advise everyone to go see it. And treat yourself to some popcorn.


Fahrenheit 9/11:


By Anthony Jessel


Filmmaker, or as I like to call him, professional propagandist, Michael Moore's most recent anti-Bush escapade is called Fahrenheit 9/11. Filled with everything the growing liberal extremist needs including half-truths, and some extremely good editing, this horrible excuse for a movie is one of a kind. However this review will not be a complete trash of the movie, because I thought some parts were absolutely hilarious. But if you're trying to get some grade A premium quality facts out of this movie, good luck. I haven't seen such questionable analysis

    of information since the first Michael Jackson trial. However, I adore the way Moore makes President Bush look ridiculous. Moore's ways of getting his ideas and the message across are so pesky, and arrogant like a mosquito; it just makes me crack up.

One of my favorite scenes in this film is when Moore and a Marine run around Capital Hill trying to get actual congressmen to enlist their children in the armed forces. I wanted to shake Moore's hand, buy him a drink, and punch him in the face all at the same time. That is what this man can do to you. In one sense, he's a genius, in the other; he's a horrible, horrible person.






Kent campers compare footwear

By Abi Sayre


What are students at Kent wearing on their feet? If you take a look around campus you can see that there are all different styles and brands being worn.

The campers and TAs polled here at camp seem to like Nike the best, with 36% picking it as their favorite brand. Adidas came in second at 14%. Vans came in next at 9% with Puma and New Balance following at 7%. Brands like Converse, Skechers, and Timberlands earned about 5%. Etnies, Melissa Shoes, Mizuno, Rainbows, Croft & Barrow, and Kelmes earned only 2% of the votes.

Tenth grader Crystal Morales said, "Nikes are definitely the most comfortable sneakers. Everyone in New York wears them because they are great for basketball and in style."

Sarah Sheu, who picked a less popular favorite, Vans, said "I like Vans because they're very comfortable and they're big and comfy! I like how only a minority of people wear them because then it's more unique."

It seems Kent students have a wide variety of footwear preferences, from athletic sneakers like Nikes to skateboarding shoes like Vans to old school high tops like Converse.


What are the differences between the USA and Hong Kong?

By James Lin

School : The schools here are much bigger than in Hong Kong.

Food: Chinese food is delicious, but American food is more nutritious.

Weather: The weather here is cool, but in Hong Kong, the weather is so hot.

Driving: The driving seat in Hong Kong is on the right, but in the USA it is on the left.

Sports: American's favorite sport is baseball. In Honk Kong it is tennis.

Time: There is a 12 hour time difference between USA and Hong Kong .

President: In America, people choose the president, but in China, the government chooses the president.

Population: The population of China is 1.26 billion, and the population of USA is about 229 million.

Music: Both America's and Hong Kong's young people like listening to popular music.

Games: Americans like playing PS2 or XBOX, Chinese people like playing online games.




  ("Election" con't from page 6)  He also attended a Swiss boarding school as a young child and St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire.

He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1966-1970: Lt. Governor of Massachusetts from 1983-1985; and has been a U.S. Senator since 1984.

He has written The New War: The Web of Crime That Threatens America's Security and A Call to Service: My Visions for a Better America.

His favorite President is Abraham Lincoln and food is chocolate chip cookies. He enjoys skiing, windsurfing, snowboarding, playing hockey, playing acoustic

  guitar, and riding a Harley-Davidson.

He is a Sagittarius and, along with his wife, is "worth approximately $600 million" (U.S. News & World Report, March 17, 2003).

To Republicans, President Bush comes across as a strong post-9/11 leader who is dedicated to keeping our homeland safe and our economy strong.

To Democrats, he is a weak leader who used 9/11 to make us go to war in Iraq and who is only dedicated to satisfying his wealthy friends (i.e., the tax cuts). President Bush's strengths as a leader are his resolve and his unwavering support of whomever and whatever is important to

  him. His weaknesses could be those same strengths and his inability to communicate with the people as Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton could. Democrats and Republicans alike complain that he is too secretive and not as open as he should be. Whatever his strengths or weaknesses, we can assume that he is a strong leader with a lot of faults.

To Democrats, Mr. Kerry comes across as the perfect alternative to President Bush: strong and wise, someone who can lead us to victory in the War on Terrorism, someone who has experienced war, and someone who can restore our nation's economy to what it once was.

To Republicans, Mr. Kerry is a rich, weak, flip-flopper who will further erode our economy, bring us defeat in the War on Terrorism, and will be a disgrace to the presidency.

Mr. Kerry's strengths as a leader are his appeal to Democrats and his political experience. His weaknesses are that not many people know much about him outside of Democratic circles and he can sometimes be boring. To sum it up he's a strong and wise leader few know much about.

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What's Poppin' Staff

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  The differences between the two candidates are obvious. President Bush heralds the passing of his tax cuts as a move that has helped the economy, while Mr. Kerry blasts them as a threat to health care and education and a burden on taxpayers that is preventing long-term prosperity.

Mr. Kerry sees the war in Iraq as one that has caused the needless deaths of many Americans, spawned another generation of terrorists, and alienated our allies; President Bush sees the war as one that has removed an evil dictator, helped destroy terrorism, and spread democracy.

On the environment, Mr. Kerry wins, criticizing President Bush for pulling back laws that regulate pollution to benefit business.

On health care, neither wins: President Bush for not telling the truth about the modest benefits and high costs of his Medicare overhaul and Mr. Kerry for opposing health care tax credits for small businesses as a Senator,

  In a What's Poppin'? survey conducted last week, 19 men and 24 women participated. I found that we are attending a very liberal camp, especially among the girls. Here are the actual results:

1. Who do you think will win the election? Male: 32% Bush/Cheney 47% Kerry/Edwards

16% Other

5% No Opinion

2. Who do you think should win the election?

Male: 16% Bush/Cheney 58% Kerry/Edwards

26% Other

Female: 4% Bush/Cheney 84% Kerry/Edwards

12% Other

3. Do you think our country is going in the right direction?

Male: 21% Yes

58% No

21% Not Sure

  Female: 0% Yes

58% No

42% Not Sure

4. Who would you vote for? Male: 21% Bush/Cheney 58% Kerry/Edwards

21% Other

Female: 4% Bush/Cheney 79% Kerry/Edwards

17% Other

As you can see from the above statistics, if we were the only people who could vote in this election, there would be no dispute this time over whether the Democratic nominee won. However, we are not all old enough to vote, which President Bush and Vice President Cheney should be thankful for. But we will be able to vote soon. And if most of us still keep our liberal views, then the Republicans won't be occupying the White House for a long while.

Who will win? Who knows? That's for our parents to decide.


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