Ready, Set, Sports!

Feeling the need to get up and move over spring break? We all know there is no shortage of sports to participate in.

 

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Sports word cloud made at wordclouds.com

But maybe you still want to read, too. What to do?  No worry! Try some of these books for  captivating stories, cultural context, high-stakes games, and how-to’s.

Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss recounts the experiences of an extreme marathoner who has run in some of the most inhospitable places on earth.

Boxing : a cultural history gives a fantastic insight into the age-old sport of boxing. When did it start? How has it changed over the years? Why does it hold such fascination in so many cultures?

If you’d rather try a sport from a specific person’s point of view, you could try Open: an autobiography by tennis great Andre Agassi or Misty: digging deep in volleyball and life by two-time Olympic volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor.

I don’t recommend this, but if you really want a feel for a more extreme sport, check this video of base jumping.

~Greg

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Red Books for Winter Break!

It’s nearly Winter Break, and that means you’ll soon have time to relax with a book.  Choose one that’s….RED! Just for fun, we’ve assembled a quirky assortment of these brightly colored titles.

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Red Fiction: Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes is a quirky, non-traditional novel about love.  The Word Exchange, by Alena Graedon, offers an eerie, dystopian take on a world where words are disappearing in favor of memes.

Red History & Politics:  The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, by Christopher Clark. If you’re intrigued by the causes of the 1st World War, this is a richly detailed read.  Dear Leader:  My Escape from North Korea, by Jang Jin-Sung, tells the author’s story of his time as the poet to Kim Jong-Il, propping up the leader’s ego, and forming a member of his inner circle.  A series of events, from a forbidden volume of poetry to his increasing disgust with the gap between the haves and have nots caused him to flee for his life.  It’s a jarring story, and one that may appeal to readers of Catlin Gabel speaker Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son.

–Sue

Need AP Test Prep Books?

Would you like a little test strategy help, or a quick review before sitting one of the AP tests this May?

We’ve got test prep books in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, Computer Science, Music Theory, Statistics, and French Language & Culture.  Need something that we don’t have?  Just ask Sue or Dennis.

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–Sue

Statistics Students’ Presentation on Affirmative Action

Today a group of our students from Honors Statistics presented some information during Community Meeting on the question of Affirmative Action.  While some students in high school may have heard the term, others may not know much about it.  Thanks to our Stats students, everyone now has a better understanding.

One of our History colleagues wisely pointed out that racial minority students may often be perceived to be recipients of the benefit of Affirmative Action policies, but of course, this is not always the case.  What we know is that people can be quick to make all kinds of assumptions.  In the past several weeks, a group of Harvard University students of color have spoken out on the human impact of such assumptions.  Check out their video, entitled “I, Too, Am Harvard.”

If you want to know more about this campaign, read the article in the Washington Post, and check out their Tumblr page.

Hoping that we are all able to question our assumptions,

–Sue

 

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