The Fog Typography Vote

Written by Teddy Wing | Posted on May 29, 2008 - 08:23 PM

Looking at The Fog website one day, I wondered, being the typography lover that I am: should I be using left-aligned type, or justified type, like in the columns on a newspaper?

I thought about it, and decided that since I designed The Fog for user-created content, why shouldn't you have a right to decide?

Submit your vote now by clicking on your preferred option below.

Should The Fog use left-aligned or justified type?
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Student Senate Candidate Interviews 2008

Written by Teddy Wing | Posted on Apr 29, 2008 - 01:21 PM

From here you can access the full interview of each candidate. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by the position they are running for. Enjoy!

Presidential Candidates:

Olivia Bronson (interviewed by Teddy Wing)
Frances Cameron (interviewed by Teddy Wing)
Kayla Conti (interviewed by Max Meyers)
Aki Gormezano (interviewed by Teddy Wing)
Brennan Pickman-Thoon (interviewed by Forest Kerstetter)
Eli Smith (interviewed by Max Chanowitz)

Vice Presidential Candidates:

Mickey Capper (interviewed by Max Meyers)
Allie Doyle (interviewed by Teddy Wing)
Luke Frisher (interviewed by Max Chanowitz)
Josh Hornthal (interviewed by Forest Kerstetter)
Alanah Joseph (interviewed by Teddy Wing)
Adrian St. Francis

Spirit Captain Candidates:

Matt Gibbs and Teddy Barger
Eli Van Wing and Taylor Kinney (interviewed by Forest Kerstetter)

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Send Your Minicourse Articles

Written by Teddy Wing | Posted on Mar 02, 2008 - 11:42 PM

Well, minicourse has just ended, and now you can submit articles about your minicourse experience to The Fog. Pictures may say a thousand words, but what better way to tell other students how you spent your week than using actual words?

Tell us what you did on one day, or on every day. Write about anything that was even remotely meaningful to you during the week. Whether or not you had fun on minicourse, tell us what happened and we’ll be sure to publish it here on The Fog.

Once you’ve finished writing your article, submit it along with your name and email address by clicking the Contact link on the left.

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One Act Festival Caption Contest

Written by Teddy Wing | Posted on Nov 22, 2007 - 01:07 AM

Fill in captions for The Fog’s selection of One Act Festival photos, taken by Julian Jensen. See page 3 of the pdf download version. Submit your caption ideas by clicking HERE (04.21.2008 the Caption Contest has been closed. Thank you for participating!).

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Writer Application

Written by Teddy Wing | Posted on Sep 14, 2007 - 11:26 AM

* Update: the writer application has now been fixed. Please click here to apply to become a writer for The Fog.

It has come to my attention that the application to become a writer for The Fog is currently inactive. This problem should be rectified by between 4:30p and 7:30p this evening. Sorry for the interruption, and thank you for your patience.

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The Fog News

Written by Teddy Wing | Posted on Sep 12, 2007 - 11:42 PM

This column is currently dedicated to news articles relating to The Fog and what’s going on at The Fog offices. For now, you can read about The Fog’s release by opening the article to the left of this one, or by clicking here.

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A Farewell

Written by Teddy Wing | Posted on May 29, 2008 - 09:15 PM

Thank you for reading this year’s final edition of The Fog. The project began one night, early in the morning, when I woke up suddenly in a half-daze, in a fog, so to speak. Running to my desk, I scrawled out as legibly as I could in the complete darkness, The Fog online newspaper. After waiting two months for the summer to arrive, I hurried to begin development of the website. The project was really born out of a desire to give any student a voice in the community. The Fog was designed as a place for students and others to share their thoughts, ideas, and maybe even a part of themselves.

After three months of having my head buried in code, in September 2007 the time finally came to release this new creation out into the open. Response was slow to come at first. It’s quite possible that at first glance, most people didn’t realize the potential of having an online newspaper, open to everyone in the community.

In fact, I almost considered dropping the project one or two months after its release. Then in November, after several weeks of school performances and a Thanksgiving break, I published the first in-print version of The Fog.

Since then there have been two more in-print editions, and many new additions to the dedicated writing staff. This is one project that I really would like to continue, so that when I leave next year to go to the University of Undecided, I do not want The Fog to leave with me. It is very important for students to have a voice in the community, and this past year, The Fog has tried to provide an open venue for that purpose.

In preparation for next year, I have named Forest Kerstetter as The Fog’s new Editor-in-Chief, and Josh Augustin as its Chief Webmaster. I am confident that these two will be able to lead this online newspaper into a new dimension. I trust that the egalitarian purpose of allowing everyone to express themselves will be appreciated, and students will continue to enjoy the opportunity to express themselves on The Fog.

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Inside the Ballot-Box

Written by Teddy Wing | Posted on May 29, 2008 - 08:47 PM

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In the beginning of May, Zimbabwe's election officials announced the results of the country's recent presidential election. Tensions mounted leading up to the March election, due in part to the wily voting tactics of the incumbent administration. One of those tactics involves withholding voting results. "By law, the votes are supposed to be counted at each polling place, with the totals publicly posted … 'But this posting of the vote has never happened.'"1

Polling stations total the votes that are cast, but without a public declaration of the official results, there is no way to be sure of the actual numbers. "'Even if [the President] only gets one vote, the tabulated results are in the box and he has won'"2. The idea is that if the vote count is never revealed to the public, except by the current administration, no one can really be sure of the actual results.

Marin Academy recently held its annual Student Senate elections, filled with campaigning, interviews and all too short speeches. By the end of school on voting day, well-informed students knew of two run-off elections scheduled for the next all-school assembly. What those students did not know was the voting percentage for each candidate.

At my old school, the process was much the same. The common answer in response to questions regarding the distribution of votes, is that the feelings of the candidates would be harmed if the voting results were disclosed.

This reasoning may be true in some cases, but the consequence it describes is by no means true in all cases. Speaking from experience, I would certainly have been much happier knowing where the ballots had chosen to fall.

At the very least, the candidates who want to know the the voting margins should be given that option. Ideally, all students should have access to this information. If we think of actual government elections, the final results are always revealed to the general public. Voting distributions are as much a part of democracy as voting itself.

Our new student body representatives are all able, talented, hard-working individuals. In no way do I intend to criticize them or their future work as student body officials. I mean instead for students to think about where their vote really goes once it is filed away among the countless bits of paper inside the ballot bag. Without an accurate catalog of the votes cast, students cannot necessarily be sure if their vote was really counted.

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  1. "Hope and Fear Before Zimbabwe Vote." International Herald Tribune 26 Mar. 2008. 24 May 2008 <http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/03/26/africa/zimbabwe.php>.
  2. Ibid.

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Time Out of Mind

Written by | Posted on May 29, 2008 - 08:33 PM

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The cast of the Theater III/IV Spring show, Time Out of Mind, probably envies the play’s character Jaromir Hladik – a Jewish playwright in WWII Germany who is given a year to write his final play while time is frozen in the moment before his death. While Jaromir is able to work at a reasonable pace, the performers, who were handed the scripts to their show a scarce ten days before the first performance, had little such time to spare. Still, if this fact wasn’t revealed on the second page of the program, you would scarcely have believed it. The play is as detailed as any I’ve seen at MA, and the actors seem to have had plenty of time to get into each of their several characters.

Time Out of Mind is a series of dramatized short stories and poems, loosely held together by Jorge Luis Borges’ famous work The Secret Miracle, from which comes the character Jaromir. In my mind, it works better if you think of each story, including the frame story, as a separate piece, as there is no overarching message or intent. The same could be said, of course, of many great music albums throughout history, where oftentimes, the strength of each track is enough to make you forget this fact.

So it is here. Most of the stories are entertaining, humorous and just slightly outside of the bounds of reason—like Vintage Season, a short story in which visitors from the future come as tourists to see the most awe-inspiring events of yesteryear, such as the destruction of a city by a meteor.

Dr. Heidigger’s Experiment, based on the short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, includes wonderful use of masks which brought fresh character to an 1800’s piece.

A selection from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s classic One Hundred Years of Solitude seems like it was written for the stage. Cat Lum’s role as the daughter is particularly touching, and makes it a memorable scene. A monologue from The Restaurant At the End of the Universe never fails to entertain.

One of the more affecting stories was adapted from Time Traveler, by Dr. Ronald L. Mallett, the story of a young boy devoting his life to the search for his long-dead father by attempting to build a time machine. Mickey Capper plays the tragic lead, and does a fine job of capturing the emotional content of the piece.

Briana Gantsweg’s part as the lead in both The Secret Miracle and especially in The Aleph, were magical. In The Aleph, a long monologue in which the protagonist describes his opportunity to view the entirety of the universe was another testament to the fact that even outlandish science fiction, when played correctly in the context of a play or film, can be both completely believable and utterly enthralling.

The stage and effects were well-used and fluid—each part of the set was used on many different occasions for a variety of purposes. In particular, the very ending, which I will not divulge, was stunning.

Jaromir, I’m sure, would have been pleased by this rendition of his very, very random and incongruent play, and certainly would have appreciated the timeframe on which it was produced. It’s ironic, then, that it was he, and not the cast, who ran out of time.

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There’s no ‘Teacher’ in ‘Parent Conferences’

Written by Teddy Wing | Posted on May 29, 2008 - 08:27 PM

Looking in my planner one night I noticed the words ‘Parent Conferences’. As it turns out, these have been called parent conferences since at least 2004 (my freshman year). What struck me as odd about this is that for as long as I can remember they have been called parent-teacher conferences.

Parent conferences at Marin Academy involve two parties: the parents and the advisor. Maybe for ultimate clarity they should be called parent-advisor conferences (if, that is, there will continue to be advisors). Here is how the process works, to the best of my knowledge. There is one day set aside on which the conferences take place, and the advisor will confirm a time slot on that day with the parents of his or her advisees. The conferences typically last for exactly fifteen minutes. During this time, the advisor will relate to the parent or parents what the student’s teachers have told the advisor about the student. In other words, the advisor becomes merely an intermediary, transferring information about the student from other teachers.

The current system has the advantage of being convenient. Students are already assigned to advisors in their freshman year, and this system organizes the students into small groups which are naturally much easier to deal with than an entire class of high schoolers. The main problem that the advisor system creates is that unless a student’s advisor is also that student’s teacher, parents never get to talk directly to their child’s professor about how he or she is doing in class. Parents are thus getting second-hand information through the advisor. Furthermore, while teachers may have no qualms about sharing certain details about a student with parents, they may be unwilling to give those details to an intermediary.

In many other private schools, parents and teachers are able to meet directly with each other. At my old school, for example, two days were set aside for the conferences, and to sign up for them students would (often with their parents) go to a large bulletin board with pens in hand to reserve conferencing times. Even though each conference was only five minutes long, they allowed personal interaction between the student’s actual teachers and the parents. When parents get to speak with their child’s teachers, they are given a first-hand account of how he or she is managing in class. This also has the effect of bringing parents closer to the MA community.

Once school institutions like these are in place, they become hard to change. But, it looks like the administration is willing to experiment with the long-standing institution of advisors. We cannot be sure how this will affect Parent-Teacher Conferences, but perhaps next year may be the time to initiate a new concept in the relationship between parents and teachers, and try a more direct approach. 

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Student Senate Candidate Interviews 2008

Written by Teddy Wing | Posted on Apr 30, 2008 - 11:40 AM

imageEver since The Fog began, I had planned to conduct interviews with the Senate candidates. The Voice already had a monopoly on Senate platforms, so I thought that an interview with the candidates would allow students to get a closer look at the people running before the elections. It seemed like the simplest idea at first.

I looked at the daily morning bulletin one day, and noticed a Senate meeting for students to announce their candidacy. When I realized that the elections were going to be held a week later, I decided to get moving.

After getting the list of candidates, I emailed my writing staff, and met with them to match candidates with writers. I later set to work planning my own interviews.

Problems arose when I learned that some of my writers hadn’t finished their interviews. After a logistical nightmare of a weekend, all save one of the fourteen interviews we needed were complete.

My personal deadline for the In Print version was Tuesday at the latest. Otherwise, students would only have one day to read The Fog and get an idea of who they wanted to vote for. After a sleepless night, an English essay was complete, and so was edition nø 2 of The Fog In Print.

The candidate interviews here at The Fog should give you an idea of most of the platforms that people are running on, and what they might be like if elected.

To read the interviews of specific candidates, look to the right at the Fog News article, click on any candidate’s name, and you’ll be directed to the transcript of their interview.

Thank you for reading!

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Student Senate Candidate Interview 2008: Olivia Bronson (President)

Written by Teddy Wing | Posted on Apr 29, 2008 - 07:57 PM

What’s important to you at Marin Academy?

It’s hard to single it out, but one of the most important things is the people. I absolutely love the people at MA, and the sheer diversity in terms of people’s individual spirits, and what they’re intersted in. I really have a wide range of friends and friend groups, just because I love dappling in people’s personalities. I also love working with the teachers here. I consider some of them my closest friends even, so definitely people: students and teachers. That is my primary love of this school.

What would you bring to the office of the President, to bring to the people at MA?

I believe that I bring a lot of energy; a lot of enthusiasm and fun. Whenever I’m in leadership talks, and people ask what kind of leader I am, I really pride myself on saying that I’m fun and energetic and enthusiastic about taking on this role, and leading people who I feel passionately about, and this school which I feel passionately about. I’m also a really meticulous organizer. That’s definitely something that I bring. Yes, I’m very organized, but I’m also a pretty laid back person. I feel that we need to enjoy this time, and make it as great as it can possibly be for a high school experience. Although I haven’t necessarily been on Senate before, I think that I do have the capacity to take the leadership role in this community. I also think that I would be able to, kind of, unify the school, in a sense—I mean it sounds kind of weird for me to say that, because I don’t really like bragging about abilities I have. But I think that, with the fact that I’m friends with people in all grades, I could really bring spirit and unity to our student body, in terms of reaching out and making sure I’m hearing all voices from all areas.

Does this mean you would be involving students, or the student body in the Senate?

Yes, part of what I want to do is set up forums, either once a month, or once every couple of months, wherever we can fit it in so that I can just hear students and what they’re thinking (questions, or input). I really love listening, I prefer listening for a long time before speaking and I think, in order for me to be a successful I personnally need a lot of people’s input. Just to make sure I hear people from all grades—different perspectives—and bringing that to how I lead, and what I want to implement, what I want to keep the same, satisfying as many people as I possibly can.

I was wondering why you actually decided to run for President.

Part of it is definitely the experience. Just, to put myself out there, and go for this leadership role—I think it would be really fun (that was also another thing). I feel, with where I’m at right now in my high school career, and in my life, I feel like it’s time to take on this role, and this challenge. I feel like it would be a really good thing for me to do, and that I could be successful at it. That’s kind of why: fun, experience, challenge, bringing creativity and myself to this school in another way.

You mentioned the forums that you intend to implement, and listening to what the students have to say. Are there any other changes that you would decide to implement?

There is a ton of change at MA, in terms of having three heads of school in three years, and the change is really undeniable, but at the same time I think it’s so important to maintain MA’s traditions, in a sense. I want to embrace the changes that are happening, and evolving naturally, and at the same time hold on to MA traditions to bring that part of our identity in with the change. In that regard, I don’t really have big plans for change by any means. I think even just, keeping up the snowball, and, Circle Day, and things that add to our identity as a whole. Part of my ideas would definitely come from students. I think community events such as Green Fest, that we had recently are just, fantastic in getting the whole community together. So, I think more ideas like that, and also keeping up traditions is really what I’m all about, and what I want to bring to this position.

I was wondering what distinguishes you from the other candidates? Why should students vote for you as opposed to someone else?

I think everyone who’s running is extremely qualified—that part is definitely undeniable. I think for me, what’s unique is that I really care about having fun, and bringing creativity. I think we should stress out way less than we do, and instead embrace this wonderful place that is Marin Academy. So I think a balanced person leading the school is definitely key. I’m also really really passionate about being President of MA. That’s what I want to do, and I think my passion will come through, with my care for getting things done as well as communicating and being connected with the student body.

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Student Senate Candidate Interview 2008: Mickey Capper (Vice President)

Written by | Posted on Apr 29, 2008 - 07:55 PM

What is important to you at Marin Academy?

I really find my friends important at MA. I think probably the most important thing at MA is just the environment where you can do whatever you want, like hang out with a bunch of people, do a play, or just sit around with someone playing an acoustic guitar and not be judged for it. That’s probably the most important thing about MA.

Why are you running for Vice President?

Well, I see the job as a good opportunity to do a lot of stuff. The job of vice president doesn’t have a lot of responsibilities; but I don’t see that as like, “oh I’ll be able to slack off and have a cool title.” I see it as “I’ll have an opportunity to do a lot of cool things” like organizing events and starting stuff. Plus I just love this school and I think I can help make my senior year here great for everybody.

Why do you feel you are you suited for the job?

I feel like I’m somebody who’s really approachable to just about everyone. Upperclassmen… freshmen, sophomores. I feel like I have a good relationship with everybody. Like, I’m at least on good terms with everyone. With that combination, I feel like I can pull people together and do what we need to do. One of the things on my platform is that I think we need to start Gala again.

What will you bring to the job?

I usually have pretty good ideas about stuff. So I think I could just bring a lot of innovation to what Senate does. I also think that I’d really want to not necessarily expand the role of VP so it’s infringing on another job, but expand it in the sense that it would be a bigger part of the MA community and student life and make that as good as possible. I don’t want to say this and sound completely generic, but you know what I mean.

How much time do you have in your weekly schedule to devote to the student senate?

A lot of time actually. The thing is, I’m very good at procrastinating with homework. And the time that I spend procrastinating I look around for other things to do, and I would fill that time with Senate.

Why should students choose you over the other candidates?

When it comes down to it, everybody in the pool would be a qualified vice president. I just know that I’d be heavily devoted to the job, and especially approachable to everybody. I’d be, like, everybody’s vice president.

What changes can we expect from you should you be elected?

I’d want to bring back Gala. But the thing is I know that people talk about, like sometimes you’ll here in senior speeches and stuff that “the school is changing” and stuff, ever since we started here. But everything changes, and I’m not going to say that “nothing will change” but I would want to do whatever is best for everybody, regardless of what happened before. Not a specific agenda of messing with the system. Specific changes: I’ll be vice president, which is different than the last person being VP, and I’ll work to make changes to the senate and make everybody happy. It’s what everybody would say, but I can promise that I would do that.

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Student Senate Candidate Interview 2008: Frances Cameron (President)

Written by Teddy Wing | Posted on Apr 29, 2008 - 07:42 PM

I wanted to start off by asking, what’s important to you at Marin Academy?

For me, one thing that’s super important in my life that’s reflected at MA is the enthusiasm, the continuous enthusiasm every day. Something that I try to, live by, I guess you could say, is that each day is a new day for new things, and I think that people at MA really embrace that. We see it with all our seminars, and our student work, and in the classrooms every single day. The depth of ideas that are being generated from such a diverse population in the school really inspires me, because that’s something that I try to do every day, and it helps to be a part of a community that’s so supportive of that idea.

I think, taking that into account, that would influence a lot of the decisions I would make, because I would draw a lot from other people. I think I would thrive a lot with input from everyone else, and I think that I have thrived a lot, just being in the community. I feel like I’ve learned as much from the students as I have from, homework, just in passing, which I think is really cool. I think that would be a big part of what I would try to represent, to represent everyone.

I was wondering why you decided to run for President?

Well, one thing that helps out a lot (a personal trait), is that I usually feel very comfortable talking in front of people and with people. I never get intimidated, or get bad vibes from this community, so that was a big help for me to not second-guess my running. As far as the position of President, it’s a big job, and there’s a lot of involvement and interaction with the student body, and that’s something that I would love to have more of. I have a connection with my Junior class, but I’m finding that I don’t know quite as many underclassmen as may be possible. I’ve also been on Senate for two years now, and I’ve seen the work that they do, and the possibilities that are out there for MA events. It’s fun work, it’s really rewarding work, it’s something that I’m interested in, and that I actually really enjoy. I would really love to be someone who the MA community would feel would both represent them well, and be able to talk to or hang out with. I mean, these are my friends after all.

You mentioned your ability to interact with people. What other sorts of things would you bring to the job?

In general, I’ve been involved in a lot of different activities outside of school, so I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to work with a lot of different types of people with a lot of different types of interests. I’ve been part of sports teams, I’ve gone away to specialized camps, so I’ve met a lot of different types of people over the years. I feel like a big thing that would be helpful is that I’ll be able to work with other people, and take different ideas and combine them. I would be able to take my ideas, as well as input from the student body, other members of the Senate, and come to some really cool concensus of events, and things like that. That would be one thing that I have that would work well for the position.

I have skills working with groups of people. I’ve been playing team sports since I was four, so I know what it’s like to be around other people, working with other people. At the same time, I’m pretty confident in how I feel about things, and what I believe. So I can also stand on my own two feet, and I think that the combination of the two is something that would be nice to apply to a position like this.

What sorts of changes can we expect from you should you be elected?

The tough thing is—I’ve been part of Senate for two years—so it really is challenging putting events on. There have been a lot of complaints in the last year, which I totally understand, and that has a lot to do with policies that are inevitable, as far as being a student, where you can’t really go against them. It would be fun to incorporate new locations for things, and another thing that was, I think, super awesome about this year that I would love to do more of, was the idea around Circle Day, and having those special days throughout the school year. That was just such a special thing that I feel was good for the community. I feel like we could implement more things like that, those special days. We can have a chat, hopefully, with the administration about dances, but at this point in time, I don’t have too much new information about that.

Why should students choose you over the other candidates?

Well, I would never say anything bad about the other candidates, because like you said, they’re all super qualified, and it’s an amazing pool that we have. I just feel like this is a job that I could both commit to, and do the job really well. Also, in general, I feel like I’m a pretty relatable person, and I’m super super open and accepting of all kinds of people and ideas. I feel like I would be someone who could get up in front of the school throughout the year. Something that’s really important is that I would want people to feel comfortable with me up there, and also feel happy, like, ‘this is someone who I want representing me’. I feel like I could represent accurately, effectively, and happily. I think that if I get elected, you can guarantee that I’ll always always be there for everyone in the school, whether it be trying to plan an event, or like I touched on earlier, this is the position of President among a sea of peers my own age, so it’s one of those things where I would hope to be able to both lead them and help them, and at the same time have absolutely anyone come up to me and talk to me, and ask how the soccer game went.

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Student Senate Candidate Interview 2008: Alanah Joseph (Vice President)

Written by Teddy Wing | Posted on Apr 29, 2008 - 07:29 PM

What is important to you at Marin Academy?

I wrote about his a little in the Voice, but something that I just really care about and I’ve always cared about is the well-being of the student body in general. At Marin Academy, this is a very academic environment; this is a prep school. People know that, and there are a lot of people here making sure that the academics are rigorous and tailored towards the students’ needs. But there is a whole other side to making an environment where people can really thrive, and this requires a definite balance. I definitely believe in having fun, and relaxing, and I think that that’s a huge part of being in high school. Personally, I feel like, yes there needs to be academic rigour, but we all are talented in different ways. Not all of us are academically talented; people are involved in sports, theatre, and I feel like all of these are equally important. But, we need to balance our responsibilities and our commitments to all of these things, and just relax. I feel like as Vice President, I would want to make sure that Marin Academy was an environment where people want to come to school, because I know that, sometimes when I wake up I think ‘I have so many classes today, so many things to do’. I wish that there was a genuine feeling on campus where even though I had work to do, I would still be around people who wanted to be here, and that would make me want to be here. I would have to think about that balance, and the well-being of the student community for a lot of the decisions I make. Stress is something that everyone has, and sometimes it’s not healthy, so it’s important that we have fun.

Is this one of the reasons why you’re running for Vice President? To bring the school to a more balanced state?

Yes, I think that’s part of it. I love being there for the student body as a resource. I’m in Peer Resources, and worked in Uncensored (two other commitments that I have). I believe that one of the main goals of Senate is to represent the students in a way that is healthy. Senate is here to represent the voices of the community, and I feel that a lot of the people in our community feel overworked and stressed out. That may just be because I’m a second semester junior, and everyone seems stressed out in most of the classes that I’m in.

I think that Emma and Ciku have done a really great job, and I hope to further that, in making a community where people can have fun. That’s why we have Spirit Captains, why Spirit Captains are part of Senate.

What do you think you will bring to the job of Vice President?

I’m a really fun person, even though I work very hard. I strive to come out on top. At the same time, my favorite feeling in the world is, when you’re with someone, and you’re laughing so hard that you’re crying, and your stomach hurts; that feeling, of being with your friends and having fun just makes my world go ‘round.

So even though I’m a true believer in work ethic, and following things through, I also believe that there is a time to play and laugh. I feel like those two different parts of me fit really well for Vice President. I love being around people, I love to enjoy myself, I love being around people who enjoy themselves, and I also work really hard.

I also make sure that when I start things that I see them all the way through to the end. I think that that’s really important. When you’re Vice President, and you have such a high office in the school, it’s important that you follow the whole year through on a good, steady basis. That’s something that we really need in a President, and that’s something that I could really support the President with. We need to take it all the way through, from the beginning to the end of the year, and really have some true success, where people feel like Senate did a good job at what it was supposed to do.

For what other reasons should students choose you over the other candidates?

I believe that I would be a great asset to the community, and to the student government, and to Senate, and I think that if you asked most community members, they would agree (faculty included). I don’t want to compare myself, necessarily, to the other candidates because we are all different in our own ways, and there are some really great candidates. I feel like people should vote for me because I have been involved in the community, and I’ve somewhat proven that I love this community.

I’d rather not just sit here and talk. It’s hard to give a speech, because you’re trying to portray all the things that you want to do, and I truly believe that actions are stronger than words. So I could sit here and tell about why I should be Vice President, but I believe that my actions, and how passionate I am about this campaign are what should pull me through. I feel that it is definitely up to the voters, and I believe that I would be a great candidate.

What sorts of changes can we expect from you should you be elected?

Changes are really hard, because I believe that everything is progressive. I’m not going to sit here and promise, ‘oh, more no homework weekends’, and, ‘we’re going to have a block dedicated to napping!’, or something crazy like ‘cheaper cafeteria food’ that you hear people promise and never pull through on. Like I said, if I sit here and say that I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it if I’m elected. So, I’m a little scared to make any absolute remarks on the changes I’ll make, but I know that I would really try to make Marin Academy an environment that people love being in. That’s not to say that people don’t love it now, because I love it now, and I know a lot of people love it now.

It’s important that any obstacles facing the student body are addressed in a healthy way for the whole community. I’d rather not say that I’m going to make changes, but if there are changes to be made and I or the Senate feel they should be done, then I will make sure that they are done. There are a lot of things that everyone loves about MA, and there are some things that people worry about, and that’s legit. As far as changes, you can never really know what will need to be done next year. But, if anything needs to be done, we’ll try to make sure that it gets done.

Are you interested in getting the student body more involved, or in getting the Senate more involved with the student body?

Definitely. Not necessarily more involved, but to recognize the importance of the student body being connected with Senate, and Senate being connected with the student body. The Senate represents the student body, and you can’t have an accurate representation of something if you’re not connected with it. If you don’t know what’s going on. So there definitely needs to be involvement both ways, between the whole community and Senate because that’s its job, and that’s what makes sense. To me, there needs to be a lot of involvement, and I think there is somewhat. There are some logistical things that Senate does. Obviously not every decision is going to be put out there to the community, and that’s probably why a lot of people feel like Senate is more of a background group. So I don’t think that they’re as disconnected as people think they are, but I do think that it’s extremely important that next year’s Senate is definitely connected to the student body.

Other thoughts?

I love this school, and I love this community. I know that I would do a good job, and I know that I would be a really good Vice President. I can only hope that people have the faith in me that I have in myself.

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Student Senate Candidate Interview 2008: Eli Van Wing and Taylor Kinney (Spirit Captains)

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What do you value here at MA?

Eli: A wide diversity of powerful, and intellectual beings, every single one of whom will one day make their mark on this world, and rise into the Heavens, shouting glory unto thy name!

Taylor: I love all the people here, and that I guess is one of the reasons why I’m running for Spirit Captain, along with being sidekick to His Craziness, Eli.

Eli: You don’t have to be sidekick.

Taylor: All right, well, part of the duo. The crazy duo. I love how nice people are. It brightens my day.

Why did you decide to run for Spirit Captains?

Eli: I am already doing the job of Spirit Captain, and I figure, if I’m already doing it, then having the actual title will square my spirit capabilities. And then, I will be able to take all the people, and make them so happy that they can’t help but get straight A’s.

Taylor: I hadn’t even thought about running for Spirit Captain, but Eli called me, and asked me if I was interested, and I thought it was a grand idea.

What specific plans would you have in terms of in terms of increasing school spirit, or making spirit events at Marin Academy more fun?

Eli: Well, we are going to continue the tradition of having the school competing against each other, because competition is, really, all the fun in the world.

Would that be the Red vs. Black idea?

Eli: No, that’s just too bland.

Taylor: We were going to do that, but even better, even crazier and even cooler. We were thinking of a Monty Python and the Holy Grail medieval-type theme, so maybe magicians and warriors, or in any case something awesome.

Eli: And, we are certainly going to bring back the tradition from two years ago of a pillow fight, a school-wide pillow fight. It’s just too good to refuse.

Taylor: Most definitely.

Do you feel that you would do a better job than the other candidates who are running?

Eli: Oh, most certainly. Their spiritiness is—they’re midgets in comparison to us.

Taylor: You need enthusiasm, and dedication, so that you’ll actually be responsible and get things done.

Eli: If you vote for them, there’s a chance that while they may be spirited, they may not do much. But we will! We have the dedication.

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