By Samuel Makarovskiy ‘16
Knight to F-6. That would normally be a strange thing to hear, but not in chess club on Tuesdays in room 351.
Chess is more than just a game; according to the club administrator, Mr. Ashley Carter-Sinclair chess teaches “good fundamental skills for life.”
Chess is all about strategy and analyzing an opponent’s every move. Master chess players can see the game in its myriad of possible progressions up to twenty moves ahead. According to Mr. Carter, life is all about looking to the future and looking for the best course of action. Chess is about having fun too by hanging out with friends or getting better at the game.
“It’s a communal place to be,” according to Mr. Carter.
Social connections are made between students who’ve never met before over a black and white checkered board which isn’t surprising since games can range anywhere from five to thirty minutes.
“You make a lot of new friends at chess club,” said Yaying Zheng ‘16, a competitive chess player at national tournaments.
The club is for amateurs and experts alike because it’s about getting better at the game. The school year has barely begun, and there is already over half a class of eager students from every grade who come every week to learn new strategies and make new friends. There are also dominoes for students who don’t want to play chess.
“It has grown each week,” said Mr. Carter, and he hasn’t seen signs of it stopping.
Mr. Carter hopes to see the club grow more, but he believes it’ll take more incentives and publicity to get new faces. He believes events, workshops, or advertisements would be the best for spreading the word about chess club.
Ideally he wants sample chess board arrangements hung around the school with a challenge to achieve checkmate, or corner the king, within a turn limit. The solution will then be explained at the next week’s club meeting for anyone who was interested.
The club existed previously under history teacher Mr. Sadok, but this year he was unable to run it anymore, so Mr. Carter took up the mantle of club administrator when asked to by Zheng.
Mr. Carter said, “The game itself teaches us skills that we can apply to decisions in our lives.” That is why students should give it a try.
To the editor,
Greetings! I read the article, “Siemens Competition Challenges Researchers”, by Lucy Lin ’15. I developed positive views from reading this article. I can tell everyone who entered had high hopes and expectations. Each and every one of them devoted their time and effort into their projects in order to expect for the best. It is a given that it is extremely hard to be a finalist in the Siemens competition. Seeing that every student had dedicated their own time on their project and had such confidence on winning really makes me view Midwood in a different light. Not only am I surprised as to how much time these competitors have dedicated to their projects and the competition, but I am also fascinated by how these students manage to work a month and a half quicker than others. This motivates me to work harder and maybe in the future; I can be one of these competitors too. Surely this article probably doesn’t just inspire me alone. There are probably many other students who are motivated just as I am, to strive higher and to have our hopes and confidence boosted. Thank you for this well – developed and inspiring article!
By Loughlan McLean ‘16 and AnnMarie Sanzone ‘16
Flu season is here, and with the recent Ebola hysteria, people are trying more now than ever, to stay healthy this Fall. Students and faculty members need to develop healthy habits to prevent the spread of the flu and possibly Ebola.
Robin Igla, health teacher, says that the school should put hand sanitizing dispensers around the building so that students and faculty may clean their hands. Hand sanitizer is a good way to keep the school cleanlier because it kills 99.9% of germs on your hands and will prevent the spread of germs when people touch surfaces.
Marva Brown, School Nurse, also thinks that washing hands thoroughly with soap and water and using alcohol based hand rub will prevent sickness from spreading throughout the school.
“Students who have a cold can help stop the spread of germs,” said Ms. Brown, “by covering their mouths and noses when they cough or sneeze with either a tissue, or the bend in their arm, NOT with their hands.”
It is vital that the students and faculty don’t develop a bad habit of covering their coughs and sneezes with their hands because when they touch surfaces in the school that spreads germs quickly. This is where carrying around a hand sanitizer or any alcohol based hand rub comes in handy, to kill the germs on your hands when soap and water is unavailable.
Ebola on the other hand, is a virus disease that originated in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Recently, it has spread to Mali and the United States. So far there has been four cases of Ebola in the U.S. in which two people died.
“I feel that there is Ebola hysteria because this is a new disease for the United States, and there is a lot of ignorance due to lack of information,” said Mrs. Brown.
There have been rumors about the disease such as it being airborne when it’s not. Some people believe that they’ll get infected by simply being near someone with the disease, which is also false. The disease can only be transferred through direct contact with bodily fluids such as saliva, blood, and urine. Therefore, if a student or faculty member did in fact have Ebola, it’s highly unlikely that it would spread throughout the school.
By Natalia Wiater ‘16
Becoming a doctor takes years of hard work and dedication, but a new club is in the works to help students achieve their goals. For the first time, a club is being created for aspiring doctors of medicine, chemistry, physics, and other occupations: Future Doctors of Midwood. The club is not yet fully in effect, however, since the student government has to vote on whether or not to make it official sometime this month.
However, this does not deter rising interest. Approximately 20 students have shown interest in the club and attended the first meeting. In order to gain the club even more recognition, members spread the word to their friends and created posters that will be hung up around the school.
“Future Doctors of Midwood seems like an amazing tribute to the Midwood society,” Sayahi Suthakaran ‘16 said. “I was looking for a club that is competitive and has a chance for students to let their voices be heard.”
During the meetings that will be held every other Thursday after period 10 in room A314, members will have plenty to do. They will debate various topics, such as abortion and euthanasia, and Belli hopes that they will be able to raise enough money to perform dissections sometime in the future. Trips might include visiting research institutes, or shadowing doctors to see what their jobs are like.
After club founder Irla Belli ‘16 came up with the idea for the club over the summer, she enlisted the help of chemistry teacher Ms. Mosley.
“My main objective with this is to not just show colleges what we can do, but to help the members of the club learn about current issues in the [medical] world,” said Belli.
Although the club was initially supposed to only be for medical doctors, Ms. Mosley wanted to expand the club to be for any doctor in general, and to explore what it means to be a lifelong scientist. Mosley also wanted to raise awareness for female doctors.“Women tend to not get higher degrees,” Mosley said.
If the student government says yes to the club, a whole new range of possibilities will open up to students who want to pursue a career as a doctor or want to see if it is the right choice.