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Q&A: Alumnus Adam Braver’s new novel, ‘The Disappeared,’ tackles terrorism, fear, loss

Q&A: Alumnus Adam Braver’s new novel, ‘The Disappeared,’ tackles terrorism, fear, loss

Spencer Scott, Reporter

November 17, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Adam Braver, ‘80,  is an author who has written six novels. He is on the faculty of the Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. His newest book, “The Disappeared”  was published Oct 3.   Q: In short, how would you describe “The Disappeared”? A: I would describe it as...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Like every freshman, Sylvaine Bucher, ‘17, studies Ancient Greek, Euclid’s ‘Elements,’ Western philosophers at St. John’s College

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Like every freshman, Sylvaine Bucher, ‘17, studies Ancient Greek, Euclid’s ‘Elements,’ Western philosophers at St. John’s College

Allison Zhang, Design Chief

November 16, 2017


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  Sylvaine Bucher, ‘17, attends St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. St. John’s also has a campus in Annapolis, Maryland.   Q: St. John's curriculum is based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. What is that style of teaching like, and how does it affect the classes? A: Th...

40 YEARS OF THE OCTAGON: A look back at some of the most memorable stories in the paper’s history

40 YEARS OF THE OCTAGON: A look back at some of the most memorable stories in the paper’s history

Mohini Rye and Allison Zhang

October 31, 2017


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From drunken art heists to teen marriage to fake ID's, the Octagon has published some strange stories in its 40-year history. Click through the links below to read the original stories published decades ago in the Octagon.   "Fake ID’s purchase what only age can buy," by Steve Lesher in a 1992 issue of the Octagon.  "Emphasis on popularity at Jesuit," by Jam...

‘I screamed, I cried, I couldn’t sleep all night!’: teachers remember movies that haunted their childhood (video)

‘I screamed, I cried, I couldn’t sleep all night!’: teachers remember movies that haunted their childhood (video)

Harrison Moon, Media/Broadcast Co-Editor

October 28, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase, Video

From Alfred Hitchcock to "The Twilight Zone," find out what movies terrified teachers Patricia Fels, Glenn Mangold, Jane Batarseh, Jason Hinojosa, Victoria Conner and Sue Nellis when they were kids. And be sure to read about which movies are scaring today's students in the upcoming print edition ...

Q&A: Unconventional case-study method incites historical thinking (additional online material)

Q&A: Unconventional case-study method incites historical thinking (additional online material)

David Situ, Multimedia Assistant

October 26, 2017


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History teacher Damany Fisher traveled to Harvard University, Sept. 17-20, to attend a seminar about the case-study method - a way of teaching history through discussions of real-life situations. David A. Moss, a professor at the Harvard Business School, adapted the case-study method of the Harvard B...

Q & A: New sixth-grade English teacher drives cross country to work at SCDS

Q & A: New sixth-grade English teacher drives cross country to work at SCDS

Elise Sommerhaug, Reporter

October 24, 2017


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  Emily Eustace drove all the way from New Jersey, where she has lived her whole life, to teach sixth-grade English at SCDS.   Q: Where did you grow up? A: I grew up on the Jersey shore, in a small town called Brielle near Point Pleasant. I went to a K-8 school and then a charter high school for the arts, commu...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Kayleigh Valverde, ’17, enjoys soccer, Chinese, own double room at Mills College

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Kayleigh Valverde, ’17, enjoys soccer, Chinese, own double room at Mills College

Kristine Schmitz, Reporter

October 24, 2017


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Kaeleigh Valverde, ‘17, attends Mills College, a women's college in Oakland, California.   Q: How was the transition from high school to college? A: The hardest part was living on my own. I went from living with my family to living in a room by myself.   (But) I have a lot of upperclassman friends from my ...

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Fred Xu, ’17, enjoys UC Santa Cruz’s extracurriculars but not its old, dirty dorms

FRESHMAN FOCUS: Fred Xu, ’17, enjoys UC Santa Cruz’s extracurriculars but not its old, dirty dorms

Ming Zhu, Reporter

October 20, 2017


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  Fred Xu, ‘17, attends University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). He is planning to major in computer science.   Q: How was the transition to college? A: It wasn’t that hard in general. The dorms were built for two people, (yet) they somehow crammed three into my dorm room. Q: How do you like your...

Freshman takes first in Octagon’s Class Trip Photo Contest

Freshman takes first in Octagon’s Class Trip Photo Contest

Jacqueline Chao, Photo Editor

October 17, 2017


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High school students were encouraged to take photos on their class trips, Oct. 3-6, for the Octagon’s annual Class Trip Photo Contest. They entered by posting their pictures on Instagram and tagging the Octagon. The top three places were chosen by photo editor Jacqueline Chao based on image quality...