February 12, 2010



February 12, 2010
Volume LXXIX No. 5
February 12, 2010
Asheville School, Asheville, NC 28806
Snowstorms and freezing rain bring winter to Asheville
Wintry mix cancels classes
By yvonne KiM and HyecHang RHiM
Snow covered tree limbs in front of Mitchell Hall.
Snow blanketed the area in front of the Music House.
The road to the stables was covered in snow.
Photos by Danny Chung
Two snowstorms and a weekend of
cold weather in the past month have
had a wintry effect on the daily routines of the school.
On December 19, the day after students had finished fall exams and left
for Christmas break, Asheville experienced its first big snowfall of the year
and the most snow it has seen in a long
Several pictures of the chapel showing our beautiful campus covered with
a picturesque white blanket of snow
were uploaded on the Asheville School
website so departed students could see
the gorgeous snowfall.
However, the beautiful snow soon
transformed into a serious snowstorm.
Asheville residents experienced the
full storm.
“It was fun at first,” comments fourth
form day student Davie Boone. “But it
got really annoying and aggravating
because I could not even go into
Residents of Faculty Drive suffered
from power outages and had no heat
for four days due to 17 inches of snow.
Faculty members met for their holiday meetings as usual, but power occasionally went out in Childs Conference
Center, and the faculty party at the Fall
House was held by candlelight.
“It was fun because it was the first
big snow, but difficult,” says Mr.
Buddy, who had to depart from
Asheville to his mother-in-law’s house
in South Carolina.
On January 29, another big snowfall
hit Asheville. As a result, most day students stayed on campus for several
Senior day student Morgan Sadler
says, “It’s about as half much snow as
that of December” when comparing
how much it snowed this time. Though
he had to stay on campus for four days,
Sadler enjoyed staying on campus and
bonding with boarding students
through snowball fights and sledding.
Freezing rain threatened on February
4. Because of this weather, students
departed a day earlier from the scheduled winter weekend. A similar situation happened when Ms. Wall cancelled classes on the day when the winter weekend was supposed to start in
Even though the snow and rain
stranded them because cabs weren’t
running, most students are glad that
they could enjoy one more day of
“We always have classes no matter
how much it snows or rains in Korea,”
comments fourth form international
student Roy Kim. “Although we can’t
go anywhere but ATS, I am happy that
we get to enjoy one more day of
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eArTHquAke in
Haiti needs serious help in recovery from havoc
prompTS reSponSeS
A rapper takes advantage of the disaster in Haiti
By MadeLine oLSen
By MaTT evanS
On January 12, 2010, the nation of
Haiti was struck by a 7.0 earthquake that,
CNN reports, was one of the worst in the
area in over 200 years.
Haiti, a nation that is already struggling
with an unstable government and
extreme poverty, will have to react to this
natural disaster that left an estimated
100,000 dead.
The center of the earthquake hit a few
miles away from the densely populated
capital, Port-au-Prince, and devastated an
already problematic city.
President Obama has already responded to the matter by sending 3,500 troops
from Pope Air Force Base in North
Carolina to Haiti to perform search and
rescue missions.
Along with the supply of troops, the
U.S. has provided Haiti with one million
dollars for relief aid. Other countries
such as Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile,
China, Cuba, France, Guyana, Israel,
Iceland, Japan, Spain, Morocco, Russia,
the Netherlands, and the United
Kingdom offered aid in response to this
Much like the tsunami in Indonesia in
2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the
world is quick to respond and provide aid
to people in need. Yet one question still
lingers: with as many problems as they
have, how will Haiti recover after this
Haiti’s government is struggling with
corruption, and according to the CIA
World Fact Book, eighty percent of people live in poverty and fifty percent live
in abject poverty, not even having the
bare necessities such as food, shelter, and
clean water.
How can the poorest country in the
Western Hemisphere rebuild buildings,
streets, etc? Haitians are at very high risk
for getting bacterial diseases and even
typhoid fever from bad drinking water
due to their lack of sanitation.
New Orleans is still recovering from
Hurricane Katrina, so how long will it
take Haiti to recover?
Although our generous contributions
will help provide aid for the recent disaster, it will not change Haiti's poverty
problems or its struggles to create a stable government.
The mission statement and the
Honor Code characterize
Asheville School and its students
As Greil Marcus states in his book, the
shape of things to Come, “The nation exists
as power, but its only legitimacy is found in
a few pieces of paper.” He believes that certain documents have served as precursors of
the American history.
The story, or one narrative thread, of
America begins with John Winthrop, who
escaped from England to America in the
early seventeenth century to create a new
community that would become “a city upon
a hill,” watched by the world. His speech in
1630, “A Modell of Christian Charity”
describes the mission of the Puritans of the
Massachusetts Bay Company. However,
Winthrop also warns that, without a collaborative spirit, they may not survive. Even
though he was a non-Separatist who might
have felt some connection to England,
Winthrop focused on creating unique community in America.
About one hundred years later, Americans
were united once again, as Winthrop would
have demanded, because of common hatred
toward the British. Americans wanted independence from them. Desiring such autonomy, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration
of Independence in order to announce that
“all men are created equal” and that “they are
endowed Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
Happiness.” Then, four score and seven
years later, Lincoln delivered the
“Gettysburg Address” in order to honor the
dead, to comfort grieving mothers, and to
express his desire to establish a democratic
government “of the people, by the people, for
the people” that would “not perish from the
When we trace back to our origin, we think
about the Puritans who listened to
Winthrop’s sermon. When we think about the
Founding Fathers, Jefferson’s Declaration of
Independence. When we speak about democ-
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racy, we remember Lincoln’s Gettysburg
When we remember Asheville School,
what should we think of?
Just like the written documents of
Winthrop, Jefferson, and Lincoln, Asheville
School possesses written statements that
identify Asheville School students: the
Mission Statement and the Honor Code.
The School’s mission is “to prepare our
students for college and for life and to provide an atmosphere in which all members of
a diverse, engaged, and purposefully small
school community appreciate and strive for
excellence–an atmosphere that nurtures character and fosters the development of mind,
body, and spirit.”
Through the mission statement, the school
embraces diversity and provides an environment which helps students to develop their
mind, body, and spirit. The Asheville School
community will guide students to right colleges and eventually to better lives.
Along with the Mission Statement, the
Honor Code simply states, “I will not lie,
cheat or steal, and I will report any violation
of the Honor Code.” If the School environment develops mind, body, and spirit, the
Honor Code will nurture the characters of
students: dignity and honor.
These two documents therefore characterize Asheville School and the students who
attend this institution. The Asheville School
community is set up to provide an atmosphere in which students can strive for excellence and learn honor.
Winthrop was communitarian, Jefferson
egalitarian, and Lincoln was republican
according to their documents. Thus, through
the Mission Statement and the Honor Code,
Asheville School students are excellent and
There is no doubt that the earthquake in
Haiti is a colossal crisis. People have lost
their homes, jobs, schools, friends, and
family members. Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has lost
thousands of people, and health experts
believe that the deaths will continue for
some time.
During the wake of this ordeal, numerous charities and people have stepped
forward to help the people in distress.
Among them are The American Red
Cross, UNICEF, and Doctors Without
Borders. People everywhere are trying to
do what they can to help Haitians who
are struggling to get through this nightmare.
One person who immediately
stepped up was Haitian-American rapper
and producer Wyclef Jean.
Immediately after he heard the news,
he flew directly to Haiti so that he could
help with the relief effort. However,
Wyclef Jean is now under some scrutiny
for his charity, Yele Haiti. Many are
aware of the “Text 90999 to donate $10
to Haiti,” and Wyclef Jean has been using
his own form of this for his charity. But
some are now alleging that Wyclef
Jean’s charity is unreliable and that the
money donated has mostly gone to him
and his production services. The Internal
Revenue Service shows that his Wyclef
Jean Foundation, which was founded 12
years ago and directly supports Haiti, has
had some problems with their taxes
before, furthering the suspicion that Yele
Haiti may not be what it seems.
People undoubtedly want to help Haiti
recover, but when they donate to an
unknown charity they could be getting
Eugene H. Spafford, a professor at
Purdue University, says, “Unfortunately,
these events also bring out the con artists
and scammers who are more interested in
making money for themselves rather than
contributing to the rescue and restoration
It is a sad fact that many people feed on
others’ misfortune for their own materialistic gain, but it is even sadder when
someone uses their celebrity to advocate
a foundation that may be doing more
harm than good.
The Ashnoca wants to hear your opinions. if
you have any comments to share with the
editors, please email any of the editors with
your suggestions. To share your responses to
current events, submit letters of less than
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We reserve the right to edit for content.
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Google clashes with China over access to information
By david ScHaFFeR
When the Chinese government took heed
of the significance of our world wide web
in the late 1990s, they were quick to establish a rather vague and elastic set of
Internet laws.
Of course, the United States holds a set
of standards for what can and cannot be
posted on the internet; but when the State
Council in China ordered that no person
may “create, replicate, retrieve, or transmit” any information “harming national
unification” (according to Article 5 of the
Computer Information Network and
Internet Security, Protection and
Management Regulations, as translated by
the US Embassy in Beijing), they left the
implications this would have for the rise of
technology and skyrocketing globalization
in China fairly unclear, particularly on the
eve of a new millennium that has hitherto
been defined by its technological advancements.
On the face of it, the issue appears trivial
from our perspective nearly 8000 miles
away; one can only wonder why we would
concern ourselves with China’s Internet
policies. But when Google, with their lim-
itless domination over cyberspace, decided
to begin working out detailed relations
with China, things got messy.
The issue at hand is an age-old story: an
unstable government is attempting to
restrict access to certain information and
hinder communication they feel could lead
to any negative attitudes towards their
leadership. In this case, China has
employed nearly 30,000 Internet police to
restrict networking systems like Facebook
and blogs they deem capable of “injuring
the reputation of state organs” – another
crime in China according to the same
Regulations cited above.
But just how strict is this firewall? If you
were to open Google in China (Google.cn
launched in 2006), and type in “Tiananmen
Square, 1989, pro-democracy protests,
etc.” you might find a few websites with
directions to Tiananmen Square, another
with all the best markets in the area, and
perhaps a few pictures of the Summer
Palace. That’s all. No mention of the
100,000 college students and activists who
stormed the streets of Beijing on June 4,
1989. No mention of the 3000 civilians
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China has been gradually trying to
increase strong relations with the West, yet
Google has accused the Chinese government of hacking into its systems (though
China denies these allegations), and is now
threatening to pull out of China altogether.
We should hope they do. Google should
never have agreed to censor historical
events for China, particularly events that
carry weight such as the Tiananmen
Square protests.
Could you grasp the concept of living in
this country completely ignorant of an
event such as the attack on the Twin
Towers in 2001? Unfortunately, that is the
situation in China. The government has
virtually erased the tragedy; even Chinese
citizens who lived through the massacre
are unaware of its occurrence. Google has
shown its true colors in these past four
years, colors of a morally bankrupt and
sightlessly greedy corporation. We can
only hope they offer China an ultimatum:
no more censorship, or no more Google.
America is in financial crisis
Janice Lee portrays a vivid image of
Hong kong in her novel, The Piano
By KaTHeRine SUn
The book the Piano teacher starts when
Trudy Liang, a Eurasian socialite in Hong
Kong, falls in love with Will Truesdale, a
newly arrived official from England. Facing
Japan’s invasions, no one anticipates the
betrayals in Trudy and Will’s community.
Their brittle love easily breaks into pieces that
no one would pick up again.
Ten years later, Will becomes the driver of
the Chen Family, whose wife was Trudy’s
cousin. In the 1950s, Claire Pendleton, a
country girl from England, also comes to
Hong Kong to work for the Chens. Shocked
and influenced by the luxurious life the
colony people are leading, Claire soon starts
an affair with her employer’s driver Will.
What Claire does not know is that Will still
cannot forget about Trudy.
Between Will and Trudy and all the rest of
their community are the desperate secrets
about the benefits of the nations and the deals
of selfishness. During an era full of national
conflicts and selfish desires, love does not last
as one would wish.
Before the war, Trudy tries so hard to get
Will a legal identification for him to stay in
Hong Kong, but Will simply refuses it
because of his personal pride of being an
murdered at the hands of the PRC, and certainly no picture of “Tank Man” – the now
world-famous photo depicts a determined
student standing up to the Communist
tanks. Do the same search here in the
states, and you will see that your computer
fills in the words “massacre” or “disaster”
before you get to finish typing “Tiananmen
Philip Wu (Nanjing, China) was asked a
series of questions for his take on the issue.
When asked what he knew of the events in
Tiananmen Square in 1989, he said, “I’ve
heard about it, but I don’t really know anything. Basically, our government has
blocked the information. It’s not in the history books.” He added, “I’ve heard about it
from my parents and from students here
talking about it, but I’ve never seen any
real evidence.”
Indeed, to many Chinese citizens, their
national disaster is nothing but a rumor.
The press is now calling this a technological war between hemispheres; the poster
child of American technology has been
dealing with issues in China since they
launched Google.cn just four years ago.
Englishman. After the war, Will stays in Hong
Kong to keep the last gleam of hope to meet
Trudy again, but Trudy never wakes up from
the other world where there are no arguments,
no worries, and no love. Their sad mistake
forever divides them farther and farther away
in the two worlds like a pair of crossed lines.
Once they get in touch with one another, they
are never together again.
The writer of this beautiful and sad love
story is Janice Lee. She was born in Hong
Kong and stayed there for 15 years before she
went to the U.S. for education. There, she
earned a degree in English and American
Literature and Language at Harvard
University, became an editor for magazines
such as Elle and Mirabella, and went on to
graduate school for her true desire of writing
her own novel. Before having her third and
fourth children, Lee finished her work five
years after she first started.
Maybe because of her early life in Hong
Kong, Janice Lee depicted a vivid scene of
Hong Kong almost eighty years ago. This
vivacious Hong Kong finally turns into a
place where love, hate, hope and regret have
appeared but as if nothing had ever happened.
By LaWRence WaLLeR
Recently, I called a meeting of the Young
Republicans Club to talk about the impending
economic crisis facing America today.
America’s debt, or the amount of money that
the United States Government has borrowed
from foreign nations, creditors, and investors,
currently stands at $12.1 trillion (USA Today,
12/31/09). That’s $40,333 for every man,
woman and child, even newborns, in America.
Of course, what newborn do you know who has
$40,333? And many adults don’t have that
amount, either. In fact, 50% of adults in
America do not even pay federal income tax. To
make matters worse, Congress just passed legislation to borrow an additional $290 billion to
last the government until February, 2010 (USA
Today, 12/31/09).
This comes on top of the recent $787 billion
“stimulus” package, which President Obama
claimed will save 3.5 million jobs by the end of
2010 (Heritage Foundation). But pull out your
calculators and do some simple math: assuming
the President’s claims are completely accurate,
that amounts to $224,857 for every one job
saved. And in the news recently, some of the
jobs created by the stimulus were listed in nonexistent zip codes, or were just pay-raises for
existing positions. Wasteful spending? You
make the call.
The recent election of Republican Scott
Brown to the Massachusetts Senate seat has put
Healthcare reform on hold. But the Senate
Healthcare bill was projected to cost another
$2.3 trillion over just the first 10 years of its
operation. And this is pocket change compared
to the actual $42.9 trillion in Unfunded
Obligations (Heritage Foundation) due two
major entitlement programs, Medicare (free
healthcare for the elderly) and Social Security
(pensions for the elderly).
How has Congress addressed budget shortfalls? Numbers have been altered to make it
appear that legislation, such as Healthcare
reform, saves money. The U.S. Treasury has
printed more money, devaluing every U.S. dollar already in circulation. And the U.S.
Government has borrowed money from itself
for years, through an ingenious ponzi scheme
worthy of Bernie Madoff, by selling bonds to
the Federal Reserve.
The bottom line: America is in big trouble.
Congress needs to stop spending money.
Resources currently directed at Healthcare
Reform, Cap-and-Trade carbon reduction, and
Bailouts should be used to reduce the deficit
and promote economic growth. According to
projections by the Congressional Budget
Office, America will accumulate $800 billion
interest every year on its’ debt by 2019
(Heritage Foundation). And what will happen
when our foreign creditors catch on to our
Ponzi scheme and demand their money back?
When America goes bankrupt, no one will be
there to bail us out. This is our future more than
the future of our parents. What are you going to
do about it?
required service embodies Asheville School ideal
By cHaRLie eBaUgH
In order to graduate, Asheville School students have to fulfill certain requirements. As
seniors and juniors are well aware, one of
those requirements is 40 hours of independent service. A freshman or sophomore may
be wondering by now if their service every
Tuesday counts; the answer is no. The service requirement to graduate is 40 hours of
independent work that must be done on your
own, typically the summer before your senior year.
So why must we complete an additional 40
hours of community service? This is a valid
question, and the answer parallels the
school’s mission. Obviously, shallow
answers might be, “it is just what you have to
do to graduate” or “it looks good on a college
application.” Although blatantly true, this is
not the intent of our school.
The school administration preaches to us to
pursue academic excellence. However, the
mission statement of the school reveals that
the school hopes to create “… an atmosphere
that nurtures character and fosters the development of mind, body, and spirit.” As Mr.
Tyler Montgomery emphasized in his chapel
talk, the faculty here challenge each student
to create his or her unique identity (Who am
I?) in an atmosphere where self-expression is
encouraged. By simply attending Asheville
School, however, a student has not reached
his or her quest for self-discovery by any
means. These 40 hours of service are
designed so each student can develop charac-
ter and give back to the world.
Some might say that it is our human nature
to serve others, or that humans are naturally
selfish. Whatever the case may be, service
will force you to step away from your day to
day routine. As Head of School Mr.
Montgomery stated in his letter to the fifth
formers, “We want for this to be a valuable
experience.” Through the eyes of a current
sixth former, Blair Mintz, this service program wasn’t simply valuable; it was life
Mintz, fellow senior Hailey Mojica, and
the summer service company Rustic
Pathways traveled to a small village hours
outside the main city on an island of Fiji
named Nasivikoso, in a program called
“Children of the Highlands.” Mintz came to
love the people, admiring their faith in God,
and their supportive, kindhearted community.
Life inside the Asheville School bubble is
comparably pretty nice; our dorm rooms do
not have mud floors, and we always have
drinkable water. Those natives of Fiji found
happiness in simplicity, a value not commonly found in American society. Service is not
guaranteed to lead you to an epiphany that
forever changes you and the way you live
your life. Instead, it is simply a chance to
give back to those less fortunate. Asheville
School hopes to produce productive members of society, and those who serve others to
promote the Asheville School ideal.
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Concert Review
regina Spektor heats up Asheville’s
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium with outstanding show
By geRRy naM
Renowned for her unique singing style
and delicate voice, Regina Spektor came
to Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
on November 17 during the tour supporting her latest album “Far.”
The talented underground band Jupiter
One kicked off the concert with its jazzy
rock songs. The band’s brilliant performance and catchy songs caught the whole
auditorium’s attention.
Jupiter One played several songs from
their new album “Sunshower.” During the
song “Flaming Arrow,” the band incorporated violin and flute into their rock
After Jupiter One’s energetic hour-long
performance, Spektor, wearing a beautiful
green dress and a sweet smile on her face,
took the stage. The audience screamed.
She started her first song right after
briefly greeting the audience. Even
though she rarely talked between her
songs, Spektor’s narrative lyrics created
Regina Spektor performs on stage
an illusion that she was telling her life stories.
After a few songs accompanying herself
on piano, she varied the repertoire by
playing guitar, and she even played both
She indeed
had an overflowing musical talent, and
an hour was too
short for her to
show everything she is
capable of.
shoutPhoto by MIn KI KIM
ed “encore,”
and Spektor came out to the stage again
and rewarded the audience with five more
songs. All the audience stood up and sang
along with Spektor during her famous
song “Samson.”
Although this concert was such a beautiful treat to everybody, there still were
some problems. One was the positioning
of the piano. Since the piano was placed
parallel to the audience, people on the
right side could hardly see anything when
Spektor was playing piano while singing
(which was most of the time.)
The other problem was the stage lighting. It was way too bright that when
Spektor stood up to play guitar; it made
her look like a goddess, too radiant to look
Despite these weaknesses, the concert
overall was more than a success. As one
enthusiastic fan yelled during concert,
“We love you Regina, that’s all!”
Faculty Musician
A mountain biking accident
creates a gifted musician
By STUaRT cHae and Roy KiM
Ms. Katie LaRue, Asheville School’s Assistant
Director of Athletics, is not only an exceptional
coach of Varsity Girls’ Basketball, but she is also a
talented musician.
“We have to make others listen to her music,”
said fifth former
Morgan Kallman
after purchasing
Ms. LaRue’s song,
“morning coffee,”
on iTunes. “She
LaRue’s husky
voice draws in the
listener. She composes her own
melodies, and her
guitar playing provides a textured
support for her
Her passion for
music started in
her childhood.
loved music.” Ms.
“When I was little,
I sang all the time Ms. LaRue’s “Little Blue
and used to tell
people I was going to be just like Madonna!”
A mountain biking accident led unexpectedly to
her picking up a guitar. As a consequence, she had
severe nerve damage in her right arm, and she heard
that strumming a guitar could help her recover from
the injury. Started as a simple therapy, music has
now become a great part of Ms. LaRue’s life.
Ms. LaRue’s second album, composed right
before she joined Asheville School, is called “Little
Blue Loveseat.” As the title of the album suggests,
her favorite color is blue, just like the school color
Recently, she recorded her album “7 Reasons
Why,” singing about her family and past relationships. Her families and friends helped a lot in supporting her to record her own album.
The albums “7 Reasons Why” and “Little Blue
Loveseat” were
released after
her years of college.
LaRue’s motivation for writing and singing
her music came
during her time
school, as an
outlet for her
inner emotions.
At Asheville
performs in chapel
and other settings. She also
performs locally in music venues.
“I just love
m u s i c ! ”
exclaims Ms.
The reason
that Ms. LaRue continues to write and sing her
songs is simply because she loves music. Her stress
is relieved, and her emotions are expressed through
her musical life. She writes her lyrics about anything she likes, not pressured or burdened, but
sometimes she gets frustrated when she cannot
think of the way to express her meaning precisely
through her words. She realized how much more
she can express herself by singing than just with
words that are sometimes hard to say.
“It’s an added bonus that people like to listen,”
concludes Ms. LaRue.
ASHeviLLe SCHooL STudenTS’
Top 10 muSiC LiSTS
Merritt Smail’s Top 10 list
1. Round Here by counting crows
2. Broken Stereo by Sean Fournier
3. crash by dave Matthews Band
4. daylight by Matt and Kim
5. ain’t no Reason by Brett dennon
6. Sundress by Ben Kweller
7. you Belong With Me by Taylor Swift
8. vanilla Twilight by owl city
9. Hard candy by counting crows
10. Sunshine by Matt costa
nick Tims’ Top 10 list
1. Wallet Falls by Subtle
2. So Long by everlast
3. in the House - in a Heartbeat by John
4. Homicidal Suicidal by Lil' Wyte
5. Jigsaw Falling into Place by
6. cadillacs on 22's by david Banner
7. can anybody Hear Me? by
Kottonmouth Kings
8. Someday by Flipsyde
9. cactusflower by John gold
10. Slip out the Back by Fort Minor
Send your top 10 list to [email protected]
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The art of tea-making
By yoon Ji KWon
The special Asian culture of the
Tea Ceremony has become very
popular throughout the world.
Asheville School is also seeing an
increase in people drinking tea, and
the school now has its own Tea
Even though the population of tea
lovers is growing, many people do
not know how the tea is made from
its leaves or how to drink the tea in
the proper way.
Preparing the tea
First, the best quality tea leaves
are chosen. The leaves have to be
softened and dried to make the tea.
Softened and dried over a fire, the
leaves are removed from the heat
and rubbed and rolled vigorously
by the palms of the hands on a firm
flat surface, often a rough straw mat
or basket, so that they curl tightly
on themselves.
drinking the tea
In order to enjoy the fragrance of
the tea, the tea should be poured
into a tiny cup. From that tiny cup,
drinkers will smell the fragrance of
the tea.
After enjoying that sweet smell,
drinkers should pour the tea in the
tiny cup into a bigger cup in order
to taste it.
In this order, people can enjoy
both fragrance and taste of the tea.
Tea tasters also choose their
words carefully to express their
feelings about the tea. For example,
the word “coarse” describes a
strong tea but one of poor quality. A
better tasting strong tea has “body.”
With a refined vocabulary and
awareness of the order of the tea
ceremony, tea lovers will have a
richer experience drinking tea.
Tea is poured into a small cup first.
Bret Fickes smells the sweet fragrance from an
emptied small cup after the tea is poured into a
larger cup.
it is crucial to pick the best tea leaves.
after tea is poured into the larger cup, it is
ready to drink.
Tea leaves are then soaked in hot water.
Photos by hyeChang RhIM
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News and Features
AS welcomes six new students
By LaRRy KiM and TK Lee
After winter break, six new students Basketball Team and has already made Basketball Team is an important player on
some outstanding contributions with three- the team. “Chad is a good man and a good
joined the Asheville School community.
athlete,” Coach Plaehn says.
Annabel Doke is a fifth-former from point shooting and rebounding.
“I feel lucky to coach Dominick because
Kevin Zhao is a new international fourth
Dallas, Texas. She discovered Asheville
he brings in a wealth of basketball knowl- form student from Beijing, China. He
School through a friend.
learned about the
One of the highlights
school from an
of Asheville School
for Doke is the equesAmerican private
trian program. “I love
After graduating
says. “I have been
from high school,
doing that practically
he wishes to be a
since I could walk.”
businessman and
She also plays soccer,
a director. While
and has played since
here, he wishes to
she was very young.
Annabel is looking
American culture.
forward to a great
Mike Kelly is a
Asheville School. She
says, “I want to set an
Georgia. He first
example of what it
means to be a good
Asheville School
friend and a good stufrom his academic
dent. I honestly think
that people are what
“I heard that
make up this school.”
Asheville School
had really good
Munday is a new
kids and I thought
fourth former from
I could fit in
Hilton Head Island,
well,” says Kelly.
South Carolina. She
Photo by Danny Chung
“Every time I vislearned
ited, there were
Asheville School from new students (left to right): Kevin Zhao, annabel doke, chad Koehler,
Mary elizabeth Munday, dominick cammarata. not pictured: Mike Kelly generally good
her parents.
“I like it here. The
He is also a verpeople are very friendsatile athlete who plays football, squash
ly, and they seem very outgoing.”
edge to the team,” says Coach Plaehn.
She is also a fan of the equestrian proChad Koehler is a fourth former from and lacrosse. In addition to sports, he is
gram and volleyball, and she hopes to con- Weaverville, North Carolina. Asheville very interested in arts and music. Kelly
tribute to the school through her athleti- School is “filled with great teachers and hopes to contribute to the art and music
peers,” says Koehler. He is also an athlete: department with his artistic and musical
Dominick Cammarata is a new third he plays football, basketball and lacrosse. talents.
form day student. He is brother of Anthony He hopes to contribute to the community
“Camo” Cammarata. He is on the JV Boys through sports. He is now on the JV Boys
nonviolence day spreads out valuable lessons
By BRennan HaRLan and BReTT PoRTeR
Asheville School’s Day of Nonviolence, held on Friday, January
22, was a great opportunity for students to discuss the many ways
we can achieve peace and prevent violence within a broader society.
According to Mr. Butera, who helped plan the day, the event
was held “in remembrance of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr.” and was “a day to study and celebrate nonviolent human
The nonviolence program officially kicked off Thursday night,
following seated dinner, with dessert and a viewing of artwork by
artist Ben Betsalel in the art gallery. After viewing the artwork
exhibition, students gathered in various locations around campus
to watch movies dealing with issues of violence, segregation, and
other human-interest issues.
Events resumed on Friday morning, when movie groups discussed the movies they had watched the night before. During this
time, members of each group used their artistic talent to create
posters as representations of their films.
Students then gathered in Graham Theater to hear the lecture by
keynote speaker Stephanie Wilder. Wilder’s discussion centered
on her experiences working in a youth detention center in North
Carolina. She spoke of her experience teaching English to violent
and rebellious youths.
Wilder’s talk was an unusual one. She said that although she
believed she was making a difference in these unfortunate teens’
In our last issue, we misspelled the word
“opportunity” in our staff editorial. We
apologize for the error.
lives, teens completing the detention center’s programs have a
ninety percent chance of returning to their previous lives of
crimes and drugs. Students wondered whether or not any efforts,
whether individual or collective, could lead the teens into leading
lives of nonviolence. With her frank yet refreshing take on this
issue, Wilder acknoweldged that there is limited influence she can
have as a teacher, given the social realities of her students’ lives
inside and outside the center.
After Wilder’s speech, students got a closer look of the multiple
facets of nonviolence by participating in two workshops of their
choice, hosted by Asheville School faculty in collaboration with
off-campus guests on Friday afternoon.
Over the course of Thursday night and Friday afternoon, students were able to explore and critically examine the effectiveness
of nonviolence and the detrimental effects of violence within a
community. The central and certainly most perplexing question
students were left to ponder at the end of the day was, in a world
of pervasive hatred, is combating these forces through nonviolent
tactics a realistic approach?
The Nonviolence Day planning committee included Mr. Butera,
Ms. Pharr, Ms. Baines, and Mr. Buddy.
The school’s unique celebration of Martin Luther King holiday
proved to be thought provoking and entertaining for students and
faculty alike.
The Ashnoca wishes you a
Happy Valentine’s Day
Hopkins wins
first place in
video contest
By HyecHang RHiM
Among students from over thirty schools
from around the nation, Asheville School
senior Jonathan Hopkins won first place in
the “AdmissionQuest for the Best Student
Video Contest” with his video entitled,
“What is Asheville School?”
Hopkins wanted to participate in the
video contest because he has enjoyed writing screenplays and short films. Hopkins
says, “The video contest looked like a fun
way for me to try my hand at directing and
editing.” He never imagined he would win
but thought that the contest would be challenging and fun.
Hopkins started this whole process in
September when the contest was
announced. He spoke with Tyler
Montgomery, created a team composed of
Jeremy DeJournett, Jeremiah Ballew, and
Jeff Warren, and began filming.
Most of the filming took place during
Girls’ Sports Day and Christ School weekend.
The team started editing seven hours of
total footage in early November.
According to Hopkins, the editing process
took about thirty hours, and they submitted
the project by the mid-November deadline.
One really special thing about this video
is the music. A small clause in the rules
stated that all music had to be original to
avoid copyright infringement (a rule that
actually worked in his favor because it
eliminated half the competition).
Hopkins approached Warren one day
after class with a seemingly impossible
assignment: "Jeff, I need you to compose
an original piece on the guitar that will
function both acoustically and electrically.
It has to be a melodic fit to the style of the
video, it needs to be flexible for any length
of time I need, and I need it in under a
According to Hopkins, Warren is a virtuoso on the guitar, and by the weekend, he
had the perfect tune. It was brilliant for
what Hopkins had in mind, and it definitely gave them an edge over the competition.
Hopkins also attributes his success to Ian
Urquhart. Mr. Urquhart is an Asheville
School alumnus who went to NYU’s film
school and has worked for Comedy
“He’s an all-around great guy,” comments Hopkins. “He gave me a crash
course in camera technology; he came in
on weekends for hours at a time to discuss
ideas and help me edit, and he gave our
entire team the confidence needed to tackle such a large project. We definitely
couldn’t have done it without him.”
Hopkins is also grateful for the Asheville
School student body who provided energy,
enthusiasm, and spark needed in a winning
Hopkins says, “All I had to do was film
what the students do every day, and I knew
the video would be great.”
As a result of winning the video contest,
Hopkins received $500, and another $500
went to the Cody Fund.
Hopkins appreciates his video teammates DeJournett, Ballew, and Warren
greatly. They have accomplished something truly incredible: they’ve won a
national championship.
“How many other high school kids can
say that?” asks Hopkins with a smile.
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Blues swimmers take
County meet trophy
Blues win Buncombe County meet for second straight year
By ian van Wye
Morgan Sadler pushes the ball down court
Photo by Danny Chung
“It’s not rare, it’s expected”
Blues varsity Boys win big BB games
The Blues finish 2nd in the Christmas tournament
By cHang gUn Lee
On December 28 and 29, when a majority of Morgan Sadler had 12 and 5 each, and junior
students were home enjoying Christmas break, Chase Garrish had 6 points to contribute to the
the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team participated triumph.
in a tournament at East Rutherford High
“It was certainly one of our best games,”
remarked Avery. “After the game, many
They competed with three other teams: strangers congratulated us for the good game,
Chase, East Rutherford, and R.S. Central for no one expected us to beat R.S. Central.”
Cavalier Classic.
The Blues were able to advance to the chamIn their first game against R.S. Central, which pionship game with the win and eventually
is a public high school with more than 1,600 attained 2nd place in the tournament.
students, the Blues played one of their best
Risher and Martin received All-Tournament
games of the season, achieving a nine-point honors.
victory 67-58.
“As a team we gained confidence and experiSophomore Malik Risher and junior Leonard ence,” said Sadler. “And the tournament helped
Martin led the team by scoring 21 and 18 points us stay focused over a long winter break.
respectively. Co-captains Alex Avery and
Blues come from behind to earn thrilling victory against CDS
By edWaRd TUng
After a recent winning streak, the Blues and Leonard Martin started off the third
Varsity Basketball Team faced the second quarter with a fade-away shot and a series
best team in the conference, Carolina Day of lay-ups. The crowd’s voice for CDS got
School. The Blues had not beaten CDS for smaller and smaller whereas that of the
the last six years. Even Rabun Gap, a team Blues’ side became louder and louder.
that beat the Blues handily, could not win
At the end of the third quarter with three
against CDS.
seconds left, Alex Avery not only blocked
However, the Blues refused to get dis- and rejected one of the CDS passes, but he
couraged before the game. In the locker also made a half court shot.
room, Coach Harris told the team to shock
However, the points were not counted
the world. “You are pretty good athletes, since he released the ball a little bit late.
and I believe in our team, so you need to
In the fourth quarter, the Blues played
believe in yourwell enough to win
selves that you “you are pretty good athletes,
can do it.”
It was a historical
and i believe in our team, so you
moment for the
seemed nervous need to believe in yourselves that Blues.
during pre-game you can do it.”
“The freshmen are
freshmen any--Coach harris
After the game
more. [The players
started, CDS threatened the Blues by a have] learned how to take responsibility,”
series of three-pointers and lead by 11 said Coach Harris after the game. “In fact,
points at halftime. In contrast, the Blues now everybody is going to try to beat us
players made frequent mistakes during the because we are now considered one of the
first half.
best teams in this league, and the boys will
But the Blues made a significant come- need to learn how to handle such pressure
back right after the halftime. Evan Haire and give their best shots.”
Winter Team Records
Boys 11-0 (1st in Buncombe County Meet)
Girls 7-4 (2nd in Buncombe County Meet)
V Boys 7-7
JV Boys 1-7
V Girls 1-11
JV Girls 1-3
On Saturday, January 16, Asheville School hosted the 2010 Buncombe County
Swimming Championship Meet at Ambler Pool. Nine girls’ teams and ten boys’ teams
participated in the day-long event.
The Blues boys’ team beat T.C. Roberson High School to take first place; the Blues
girls’ team captured second place.
Many of the athletes on both teams had some of their finest performances of the season, with numerous swimmers improving times and setting new personal records.
Nadine Moussallem won the girls’ 200-yard freestyle event, while Morgan Kallman
took first place in the boys’ 50-yard free. In addition, Harald Olsson swam extremely
well and managed to receive second place in the
boys’ 200-yard individual medley. The Asheville
School relay teams also put in a good showing,
winning first in both the boys’ 200 and 400
freestyle relay events and coming within one
second of the school record.
Many swimmers delivered their best races of
the season, including Kelsey Smith, who shaved
10 seconds off of her 500 freestyle event. Anne
Marie Baker also lessened her 500 free time by
an impressive 20 seconds.
Among the other swimmers on the girls’ team
who made notable improvements was Lizzy
Photo by Danny Chung Clemons, who bettered her times on all of her
Morgan Kallman dominates the 50 free events. Many of the boys also reduced their
times, with Andrew Dong dropping four seconds
from his 100-yard butterfly and Will Patton breaking one minute with his.
The coaches, including Mr. Kriegler, Ms. Lawrence, and Mr. Gordon, say they have
been especially proud of the dedication and commitment to the sport that the swimmers
have demonstrated this season.
Ms. Lawrence cited the exemplary effort put in every day by the athletes and good attitudes as the cause of much of the team’s success. She also praised captains Kelsey Smith
and Bret Fickes as sources of much of the good morale, and noted that many of the swimmers have already met the state swim meet time requirements for their events.
Aside from the state meet, Ms. Lawrence also mentioned that the team was endeavoring for a first place finish at the upcoming CAA conference meet.
If trends continue, the Blues can expect great success.
What do you know about the Winter olympics?
By Ryan do
This year’s Winter Olympic Games will be held in Vancouver, Canada starting Feb. 12 and
lasting 17 days.
The opening ceremony, typically a beautiful and momentous event, should be noteworthy. In
the Beijing Olympics of 2008, 90,000 people took part in the opening ceremony and over one
billion people watched on TV. Canada also is preparing a lavish ceremony. The only rules the
International Olympic Committee places on an opening ceremony are the march of athletes into
the stadium, the release of doves, and the phrase: “Let the Games begin.”
The Winter Olympics began in 1924. However, the first international event for winter sports
was held in 1901 in Sweden, known as the Nordic Games. Since 1924, the Winter Olympic has
been held every four years, except in 1940 and 1944 when the Games were canceled due to
World War II.
The USA has achieved mediocre results in recent Olympics. At the Turin Winter Olympics of
2006, the USA teams had to give up first place to Germany. At Beijing in 2008, the USA yielded to China, which had a privilege of playing at home. Since 1932, the USA has not won first
place in the Winter Olympics.
Jabulani, the ‘celebratory ball,’ is ready for 2010 World Cup
Min Ki KiM
South Africa is preparing for the 2010 World Cup that will begin in June. As the World Cup
approaches, soccer fans express their excitements towards the official World Cup ball, Jabulani.
Experts regard the official ball revolutionary in both design and outer texture.
According to Adidas, the company that manufactured Jabulani for the 2010 World Cup,
“Individual design elements [of Jabulani] capture the colorfulness of South Africa.”
Jabulani has a white background color and three panel shapes with a variety of colors in concordance. Each panel is detailed with different colors and small aerodynamic shapes to make a
futuristic design. The number of tones used in the design adds up to eleven, which is the number of official World Cup balls that Adidas has produced.
Just like the design, the outer texture is somewhat futuristic as well as scientific. The
“Grip’n’Groove profile” is the description of the Jabulani’s texture. Since 2008, “goose bumps”
have been placed in the soccer balls to optimize the grip between the player’s foot and the ball.
The upgraded “goose bumps” from Loughborough University and Adidas Germany’s
research are planted in Jabulani; the technology can really comfort the players.
Michael Ballack, a midfielder from Chelsea, comments, “the ball does exactly what I want it
The Grip’n’Groove texture is complemented by the perfectly circular shape of the Jabulani.
Using a high-heat gluing process, Jabulani inventors combined eight different pieces to make
one perfect ball.
Meaning “to celebrate,” Jabulani already excites many soccer fans, critics, and players.