In 2016, a magazine called Charlie Hebdo was attacked by terrorists. The two men who attacked them had been angered by satirical comics based on Mohammed and the Islamic culture that were created by the magazine. This terrorist attack raised bigger questions all around the world that pertained to free speech. There have been a variety of responses in the media about this topic, but there continues to be a large dispute involving the definition of ‘free speech’ and the extremes media can go to in expressing opinions and ideas. In this particular case, anyone not Islamic really has a subjective perspective on the issue, however, it is important to look at the big picture. Although this pushback has been based on media’s hurtful expressions, when it comes to the media, all thoughts should be expressed. This is because it is important for any free country that the media is as widespread in its opinions as possible in order for the country to improve and progress. This involves no or very little censoring of the media, even in controversial cases because all media created is simply an expression of an opinion. In any expression, there will always be opinions that a group of people will not agree with or get offended by. It is therefore best to let all opinions be heard, as they do not always represent the whole country or community.
What were the most important parts of this trip for you?
From this hiking expedition, I learned not only how to hike but how to work together in order to get from one place to another. The hike itself was in the mountains. We each had a job. My job was time-keeper, which meant I had to keep the distance and time we had been going. I enjoyed having this job because it felt nice to be helpful to everyone and to be able to be on top of what had happened so far. I felt much more comfortable because knowing the distance and time kept me from feeling like the trip was endless and I could be fully aware of what was happening around me.
Before this trip, I had never really been on a long hike before. I had also never been camping despite my family’s love of the outdoors. Because of that, this experience was completely new for me even though I already had the majority of skills required for it. I enjoyed camping despite having difficulties at first setting up the tent as well as taking it down. Doing this, however, took teamwork, and despite taking the tent out of the bag, folding it better and putting it back about five times on the first day, when we were finally able to do it well, everyone in our tent was relieved and proud of the new skill we had acquired. Our group was also the only group with five people in a four person tent. It was tight but also cozy. As someone who tends to spend more time with boys than girls, it was nice to have a change and spend evenings talking about more personal topics for a change.
The wilderness is an important part of our lives but because we spend so much time in the city and get out so little, we often find ourselves focusing on the issues in our lives and getting very stressed. When we go into the wilderness, we all learn that the world is so much bigger than what we experience on a daily basis. This helps to clear our head and improve our overall interpertation of life.
- きょねんの speaking skill とくらべると、もっとことばをえらべて、かいはをじょうずにできた。
Mercutio, Lover, Fighter, and party animal, is a man beloved by Romeo and the Montagues. Mercutio is related to the Prince, and is known to be the jokester of the city. Mercurio is known to have many sweethearts and has has a reputation for being a heart-breaker. Although many of these rumours seem to be just that, Mercutio has also been seen all over the city of Verona at all times of the night. This, however, might be due to the fact that he goes to many parties and has often been described as ‘the life of any party’, and it has been said that there is no good party without him. Most nights, he can be found at wherever celebration is taking place, entertaining others and dancing to whatever music he wants to. Mercutio has a constant positive attitude and often does his best to be there for his friends and is rumoured to have supported Romeo in his times of sadness and peril. He tends to act unworried and carefree in tense situations, and is often fun for new people to meet. Despite Mercutio’s love toward certain ladies and his loyalty to friends, he is also a fighter, and has been the cause of many a brawl between the montages and capulets. He is known to be good with a sword, and even better at jousts of words, involving wit and teasing. Mercurio’s carefree attitude helps him to be more easygoing in this tense situation, making any fight involving him more interesting, and usually, less violent.
How many times have you been to the hospital due to fight related injury?
Well, I have never actually been to a hospital for injuries related to fights, although I have sent multiple people to the emergency room for burns to their egos.
What’s the last compliment you got?
This girl I was talking to said she thought I was really brave for being unafraid in fights. Of course, I get that a lot. I’m quite popular with the ladies.
What’s happening tonight?
Party. At the Capulet’s. WE’RE GONNA CRASH IT!
Who did you hang out with most recently?
Obviously my best friends Romeo and Benvolio!
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I mean, I don’t think It’s a completely crazy idea. Although I do think that in order to fully love someone you have to know them and understand the kind of person they are.
Ever been in love?
Yeah, but it’s always been fleeting and I’m not even sure if it was real.
Who are you looking forward to seeing?
Romeo tonight! It’s gonna be a crazy night!
What are your bad habits?
Depends what you think is a bad habit. Some people think it’s not good to fight with other people, but how else could we solve conflicts? I can be very loud and flamboyant at times and this can be annoying for the people around me. But what’s fun without a bit of noise? I’ve also been told I can be a bit misogynistic towards woman, but whatever.
Do you play sports?
Sword fighting of course. I used to go along with Prince Esculas and watch him fight crime when I was smaller, so you could say I learned from the best.
What do you think about the Capulets?
Those hot-headed bastards have hurt my friends time and time again. They do not deserve the respect they are given by both the prince and the people of Verona. One day, that Prince of Cats will get what he deserves.
Kent and I worked on a stage based on the script for a play titled ‘The Intruder’. We both designed our own stage, but ended up using my design. In order for my stage to have everything it needed from the script, I went through the script and highlighted all the things I would need.
When I first designed the stage, It was exactly a rectangle. It was not until I began to actually build the stage that I realised it should be open a bit on the sides so all of the audience could see the walls. I also made a separate room behind the main one for the maid. Originally, I was going to only have only a little space behind the back door, but I decided to add a larger space so that lighting could be controlled better from behind the window on the back of the wall. In my stage design, I also did not have a ceiling, but at the last moment, I decided to add one. This is mostly for acoustics rather than visual appeal. It will also help the sound effects that must be used to show the character ‘death’.
I decided to include the garden as part of the stage because I wanted the house to be more intricate than just the house. The garden also shows where the house is because most houses in cities or largely populated places do not have large gardens with ponds. There are also two dog houses that are briefly mentioned when one of the daughter is looking outside. These might see m unimportant, but in reality, it is a warning because it is the first sign something strange is happening that the dogs do not stir, yet the swans swim away from the direction of the entrance of the door.
In the main room, I decided to put out seven chairs for each of the characters: 3 daughters, an uncle, a father a grandfather, a mother (although she is recovering from childbirth and does not appear in the script). I did not put out a chair for the newborn child because it is talked about negatively, and is not regarded with much respect or love, therefor does not seem to deserve a chair at the table. I also put the chairs all facing the audience, although they will never be sat in all at the same time throughout the play.
I tried to use mostly brown colors for the room, although making chairs was difficult, so I made them a little more modern. The doors are covered in material, meant to represent the intricate carvings that are often put on doors in this time. There is a large amount of space for the characters to move around. This is helpful for the director in case he wants to make the character ‘death’ an actual character and have him move around the room without actually interacting with any of the characters. It also helps the focus to stay on the characters rather than the things around them. I designed this to be more of a universal setting, although it had some European colors of the time it was set in that were used.
Because the mood of this play is darker and more negative, the brown colors used are appropriate because they are more dramatic and generally reflect less light. The ceiling also helps this mood to come across because it encloses the audience and makes the whole scene more intimate.
Most of the scene is balanced so that the audience will be more focused on the characters. This is important because there is not much that happens in the room itself, but more of it is to do with the characters used and the sound effected that effect what happens in the scene.
My collage is a representation of my room, but to me my room has always been a representation of myself. In this way the collage is really me in a piece of art. My room is bright, colorful, disorganized to everyone but me, and very messy. My brother even jokes about my room being a nuclear cleanup zone that is costing the government thousands of dollers in tax payers money. I am proud of my room however, mostly because it is mine and no one else’s. The things I find in my room doesn’t include things like frogs or flowers however, so they are a sort of representation of the things I sometimes find in my room, like an old candle or SD card. In this way, my room is sort of made up of random things, as is my collage.
I wanted to put a symbol of myself in the space, and make it noticeable. I did this by drawing a girl with long blue hair in a beanie, and used line to make this stand out. the hair draws the attention of the observer down to the rest of the collage. I saw a photo of a girl with light blue hair and a dark blue beanie on tumblr and thought it was cool because it couldn’t be judged on her face but only on her hair. This makes it interesting because it raises questions. I also thought it was appropriate because when I made this collage I had blue hair despite it fading very quickly. I also made my collage change color as it went across the page, to show how colorful my mind as well as my room is. I’ve also always liked rainbows to the point that when I was little I liked how my name had six letters – one for every color for the rainbow. It is also full of random things, which is why I used so many objects and filled up the space completely, leaving no space other than the girl. I don’t really like my room because it is a place I go to hide from the world but it also is the main thing connecting me to bad memories from my childhood. I decided to attach the idea of my childhood to my collage using the bright colors, and the idea of being a teenager from the colored hair, which is a big part of who I am. When looking at this project, it is meant to make someone feel like theres so much to do, even in your small word. I used photos of a scuba diver, as well as multiple photos of cities at night, and an upside-down photo of the beach, showing the kind of things that can be imagined. This collage is supposed to have a sense of being alone but being comfortable like that. I like my collage quite a bit because I feel like it represents me as well as my room and is nice to look at because of the colors I used.
‘Whats up’ was the main idea of the workshop, and although it originally seemed like a limited topic, the more we worked on the topic, the more ideas we developed as a group. This was interesting because it really showed me how the more we build on each others ideas, the more we learn about each other and the topic itself.
In class we did a few activities where we worked together to try to brainstorm new ideas on the topic. Although this was slightly confusing for me, I found working through this idea forced me to think of new things to try, which made the topic wider and cover more subjects/different ideas. The main thing I remember is when we would fin a partner, and work together to act out something to do with ‘what’s up’. Kent and I had a conversation about how ‘the sky is up’ and the kinds of dumb jokes kids sometimes make with eachother.
From this project, my group, consisting of Jay, Solon, Garrel and Keiyu, worked on a short performance. What we did was have a classroom scene where as each character with a separate personality walked in, a song that goes with that personality/trait would play. Garrel was a posh British boy, and has a classical tune done to his entrance. Jay was a cool kid, and had a older pop song to go with his entrance. Solon was a typical jock, and we used the song trap queen, which was very appropriate because the second lyrics to that song is ‘hey, whats up, hellp’, which we had solon say to the teacher/audience. I was a typical girly girl, and the song ‘barbie girl’ was sung as I walked in. From here, Keiyu gets annoyed at the students for being constantly interrupted by the songs, and yells at me. The others sing ‘move kid get out the way’ as a parody to ‘move * get out da way’. I was very happy with this performance and was proud of my acting in it.
It was interesting that we only had two classes or so and managed to put together an entire performance. I enjoyed working on it with the people in my group, and thought it was cool how ideas could be constantly interpreted into the performance.
A symbol is when a statement or idea is represented with an image rather than spoken or written words. We looked at how symbols can be used in sketches to help the audience to understand what is going on with minimal dialogue. This helps plays and performances to go faster and more fluidly if the actors do not need to continuously explain little ideas that come up throughout the storyline of the play.
In class one thing we did to practice using symbols was to pick a few symbols (ex: a heart, a sword, a clock) and to put them on pieces of paper and use them in a small sketch. This was to help us practice how a symbol could be used to explain things without us having to do it in the performance ourselves.
From this activity we learned about how for example a clock, can be used to show how time changes or that a period of time has elapsed rather than someone having to say that to an audience.
Symbols are very important especially in things like live theatre. For example, in Wicked, Glinda gives Elphaba a hat that she finds hideous, but Elphaba takes it to be a token of friendship. Glinda ends up feeling bad about giving Elphaba the ugly hat, and she actually becomes her friend. Later in the play, when Elphaba goes her own way, we understand how the hat she wears, although to her it is a gift from her friend, to us, because Elphaba becomes an image of ‘evil’ in the wizard of oz, the hat also becomes an image of evil, because we know that it is a witch that usually wears it.
Topic: Time, Language
Over the last week or so, we have been working on time and language. Time is the setting of the scene, and is often defined by the language used in the piece. It also changes the way the characters move and how they might act towards each other. For example, a party set in the late 1800s would most likely have characters who are careful about manners and being as proper as possible and would use more sophisticated words, whereas a party set in current times would be much more casual, and use the kind of vocabulary we use now.
In class we worked a but on some language exercises which I found surprisingly difficult. In one of them, we had to tell a story and the opposite person would say random words that we had to incorporate into our stories. I was paired up with Leo, and every story we made seem to make no sense because it had no real storyline, and would go off on tangents constantly, so anyone listening would have no idea what parts of the story were more important than the others. This was really bothersome for me because I like to have things have a coherent ending, so listening/telling a story that seemed to be about nothing at all was very annoying.
Another exercise we did about time was where four students acted out a scene, and then acted it out again but set in a different time. I found this very difficult mainly because with so many actors we had to be careful about who had the attention and keep people from talking all at once, yet we all wanted to say something, so I thought that made it more difficult to perform. The actual scene changing was interesting for me because we all had to work together to create the same scene with different items. For example, in one scene we were a group of motorcyclists, and when we went back two hundred years, we were cowboys in the wild west. We all had to pay attention to how each person changed what they were doing so that we could work together and the scene made sense.
Les presento a una amiga nueva. Se llama Sophie. Ella es de Holanda. Tiene 14 años. Su cumpleaños es el 20 de diciembre. Después de las clases, le gusta mirar películas pero no le gusta comer espinacas. Su número de teléfono es 333-444-5555. Ella habla inglés y holandés. su libro favorito es ‘Eleanor and Park’.