April 2019 Bell

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Editorials»   Book Recommendations  ∞  Global Warming and What You Can Do
Performing Arts»   “Clue”: Suffield's Spring Play  ∞  Microconcerts
Creative Corner»   The Dealer's Game: A Poem by Araiya Shah ’20
Sports»   Winter Sports Recap    ∞    Girls’ Varsity Squash    ∞    Spring Training Florida Trips

News

Behind the Scenes of Telethon

Article: Araiya Shah ’20  |  Photos: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, P18, 22

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5th Annual Amazing Race

Article: Megan Swanson ’21  |  Photos: Elm Piyasombatkul ’21

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Editorials

Book Recommendations

Article & Photo: Sarah Kurbanov ’21

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  • With warm spring weather on the horizon, the best thing is to turn the page to a new chapter of a good book. With this in mind, I decided to speak with a few members of the Suffield community to gather their reading recommendations for the spring term, and the responses I received were diverse and insightful. Happy reading!  
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    All the Light We Cannot See
    by Anthony Doerr was recommended by Emmy Lemza ’21. Emmy called it “a beautifully crafted book” about the lives of a young German soldier and a blind and orphaned Parisian girl, which will “wrench your heart” with plot twists and forbidden love stories. She promised that the novel will not leave you bored from repetitive plots and foreseeable endings, but will instead be unforgettable, giving the reader a “newfound perspective on the ability of the human race to survive anything – as long as there is hope for something better in the end.”
     
    Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas was the novel recommended by Ms. Salehi, who called it “well-written, insightful, incredibly entertaining, and something that many people can relate to in some way.” The book is the story of a woman who moved from Iran to the United States with her family when she was a young girl. Ms. Salehi felt connected to this choice because of her Persian heritage and her family’s own immigration to the United States from Iran. She said that the story is “absolutely hilarious – even for people who are not Iranian” and engages the reader with anecdotes about the woman’s transition to life in America. Ms. Salehi explained that she enjoyed reading about “their close family dynamic that bound them together and supported them during their transition.”

    Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? by William Poundstone was the book recommended by Elm Piyasombatkul ’21. Elm talked about how the book guides readers through surprising solutions to riddles that a Google employer may ask a potential employee. In order to test how efficiently a person can assess a situation, these riddles contain a simple solution to a problem that may seem complex at first glance. Elm expressed that he enjoyed the book because it “tested my knowledge and tought me a way to look at situations with a simpler outlook.” He explained that in a high-pressure situation, people tend to overthink even the simplest of problems. The book teaches interesting and unconventional ways to asses a problem and come up with as simple a solution as possible. Elm asserted that the book is relevant in today’s world of technology, in learning how to combine logic and analytical skills with creativity, and is a must-read for those that like to test their logic and problem-solving abilities.
     
    Mama Day by Gloria Naylor was the novel recommended by Caroline Walsh ’20. Caroline called it “a beautiful story of ancestry and the power of love and nature.” She expressed Mama Day is an excellent book choice because the story feels grounded and relatable, and yet the author’s usage of magic realism makes for an exciting read. Caroline explained that she especially enjoyed that the story switched between the points of view of the three main characters, allowing for the reader to get to know three different perspectives “…on a deep level and really understand their motives and actions.”
     
    The Rainmaker by John Grisham was the novel recommended by Emma Krasemann ’21. Emma explained that it is the story of a struggling young lawyer trying to find his way in a world of greed and corruption. She recommends this story for its complex characters and “lessons about the struggles in life and learning to work with what you are given.” She asserted that in order to enjoy the novel “you definitely don’t have to be extremely passionate about law,” as even though her knowledge of the subject was limited, it allowed her to gain a deeper understanding of “…the tough times lawyers experience through a captivating story.”

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Global Warming and What You Can Do

Article: Emma Winiarski ’21 | Photo: Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters file

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  • As the Suffield community welcomes the spring, it is also important to look back on the winter months not only in Suffield, but globally as well. Recently new studies concerning climate change have been conducted, providing more information on the topic. Global warming has been a topic of significant enormity in past decades; however, it seems that in the past five years or so the severity of the subject has substantially increased.  
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    During the month of March, the NOAA recorded that the 2019 winter in the U.S. was the wettest winter ever. Reports have been made concluding that precipitation will be an increased trend, forcing farmers to “quit or consolidate” as stated by Emily Atkin for New Republic. Not only does heavy precipitation affect the U.S., but during the month of March, Cyclone Idai hit the East Coast of Africa and had devastating effects on the communities and people living there. In terms of agribusinesses and various industries, global fish stocks have decreased by 4.1 percent, though a seemingly small number, this actually turns out to be a loss of over three trillion pounds. Late-stage freezes of fruit in the East Coast are becoming a larger threat, while, on the contrary, on the West Coast fruits may not be getting cold enough to grow.

    Melting sea ice is also a growing issue on the topic. The question now is not whether we should be worried about climate change, but how worried should we be and what contributions can be done to mitigate growing concern. According to a research study done by Yale, from the months of March 2018–December 2018 alone, there is an 8% increase in people who are “alarmed,” contributing to a 29% total who feel this same way. In response to this dire subject, individuals and governments have worked to not only bring awareness, but to have aspirations for positive change and a promising future. In the month of March 2019, the 16-year-old climate activist, Greta Thunberg was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts and thoughts on the subject. Additionally, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced its first climate change bill as a part of the Green New Deal, in hopes of keeping the U.S. as part of the Paris climate accord. The city of Copenhagen, Denmark has announced their plan to be carbon neutral by 2025.

    Another individual, David Wallace-Wells recently released his novel on the pressing issue in February 2019, with the distressing title, The Uninhabitable Earth. Wallace-Wells’ highly anticipated novel focuses on climate plagues and introduces new ideas centered around climate capitalism. The issue of climate change is serious, and effects everyone everywhere. All efforts, big or small, do matter Crystal Chissell—vice president of Project Drawdown, a research-based group with a focus geared towards solving the problem explains, “We will get a lot further toward solving the problem if we focus on solutions rather than continuing to highlight the problem.” However, it is important to be informed on current events regarding the subject, but rather than assuming it’s a problem, we need to start doing whatever it is we can fix the problem. According to advocacy groups working to combat climate change there are six things—that aren’t as overwhelming as becoming an activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, or dedicating your life to years’ worth of research and comprising novels—that we can try to implement into our lives, number one being less food waste. Food that disposes and spoils creates methane which is the second largest cause of climate change, fossil fuels being the largest. In addition, eating less factory-farmed red meat, as factory farms feed cows grains which again release methane into the air. Consuming less energy and/or reducing your use of energy, an example of this is using LED light bulbs. Also, you can reduce your water usage by taking shorter showers and washing full loads of laundry. Meeting with local representatives serves as a means of informing your community and will hopefully institute change. Similarly, try having conversations about the topic and focus on what can be done rather than what isn’t working. Trying to find common ground on the subject helps bridge your ideas together with others. Lastly, and if possible, volunteering at nonprofit environmentalist organization in your community may have a larger impact than you may think. Staying informed about this issue is something we can all do, and every action taken, whether big or small towards climate change has an impact.
     
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Performing Arts

“Clue”--SA’s Spring Play

Article: Stanley Huang ’20

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Microconcerts

Article & Photo: Sarah Park ’20

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Creative Corner

The Dealer’s Game

Poem & Photo by Araiya Shah ’20

Found in a pocket of the night, hidden,
Lies a shadowed malevolent kingdom.
Few could deny its grandeur, its glitter
But none could recognize its putrid rot.
Empty hollows with glassy eyes play cards
And in the vacant glee, iron fangs glint.
 
As such is his action those can’t help glint
His deeds, though extending, mask plots hidden.
He deals gossamer thread, the knave of cards,
Yet naïve remain suits of the kingdom.
The dealer’s deceits reveal no rot; 
He enters players buying his glitter.
 
None heed the eyes with the purple glitter.
Amongst the dark of the roses they glint.
Quietest of all, bearing her own rot
Of which none know, so she keeps it hidden.
One drunk on diamonds commands her kingdom
Still she bides, readying her deck of cards.
 
Heir to the throne as if told by the cards,
He storms under skies of yellow glitter.
In her palace, she sees all the kingdom
But eyes only the dagger’s silver glint.
Masked, she saunters down the pathway hidden
And slowly unchains herself from her rot.
 
Her smile stretches at his soon-to-be rot
As she reveals from where she was hidden.
He falters – they never told this, the cards.
All fail to notice the evil within her glitter,
But now it shows like gold in spades, its glint.
His last screams like warnings through the kingdom.
 
Indeed, she must take over this kingdom.
King of all hearts but hers, his riches rot
Still she bides, teeth concealed without a glint.
Her deck is full of aces and wild cards,
And her smile is contrived, made of glitter.
Her plot will unfurl, but now stays hidden.
 
Cunning kingdom subjects sit and play cards,
The rot of their souls disguised as glitter.
A place of glint, dark is always hidden.

Sports

2019 Winter Sports Recap

Article: Will Schmitz ’21  |  Photos: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, P18, 22 and Risley Photography

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  • This winter proved to be another strong season for the Suffield Tigers. Across all sports, male and female tigers displayed their athletic excellence.  » read more


    On the basketball courts, the boys’ team had another excellent season. They finished 14-8 on the year, and progressed to the quarterfinals of the New England Tournament, before losing to Milton. This was their tenth straight season making the playoffs.

    On the girls’ side, it was a less successful season. Returning only 2 starters from last year, the lady tigers had a rough season. They finished the season 8-12, in a rebuilding year. 

    On the squash courts, the boys again had a very solid season. They finished the year 12-5 in dual matches. To top off a strong season, the tigers also finished second at New England Championships. Individually, Marwan El-Bendary ’21 won the third flight, and Judge Burke ’20 won the seventh. 
    The girls’ squash team also had a strong season, finishing second at the class C tournament which Suffield hosted. The team was led by Giselle Ciracio who kept Suffield in the race for first. 

    In the pool, both boys’ and girls’ teams enjoyed traditionally successful seasons. The diving teams went to Deerfield three days before the swimmers for New England’s. On the boys’ side, Charlie Tilney-Volk ’19 took home third, and freshman Max Henderson came in ninth in his first year of diving. On the girls’ side, Emma Krasemann ’21 and Avery Rappaport ’22 took home points for the tigers in sixth and sixteenth respectively.

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Girls’ Varsity Squash

Article: Gabriella Tosone ’20  |  Photo: Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, P18, 22

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Spring Training Florida Trips

Article & Photos: Claudia Carey ’20

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