Sharkbait fall issue 2012

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    The Possibility of No Future - --------3

    University Advice ------------- --------4


    Lite and Brite Day----------------------6

    Halloween/Haunted House------------7


    Featured: Panini-------------------------8

    Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe ---8

    5 Foods That Have Deceived Us All 9


    The Music Column : Classic Rock--10

    Spirit of Punk-------------------------- 11

    Overused Words ---------------------- 11

    Do Pick Up Lines Really Work? --- 12

    He Said She Said--------------------- 13


    PRESIDENT: -Tali Voron

    SUPERVISOR: Ms. Perry

    SENIOR EDITOR: -Danny Arkadyev

    EDITORS: -Shelly Abramovich, - Huda Majeed, -Shany Lahan, -Yonit Levin, -Tali Voron COLUMNIST: -Jackie Shiu -Kopika Kuhathaas -Mika Roitenberg -Edith Barabash -Elinor Fridman -Cindy Chau -Danny Arkadyev -Hanna U. -Shelly Bard -Ilia Korchagin -Karin Kazakevich PHOTOGRAPHERS: -Gal Ziskind, -Katherine Rajschmir -Andrew Sirihongsuwan

    LAYOUT/DESIGNER : Genesis Rosario


  • The Possibility of No

    Future: Homeless at 19

    Written By: Kopika Kuhathaas

    Imagine having to consider the possibility of being home-less at the young age of 19. Miles Kirsh, a 19-year-old severely autistic teen from Thornhill, was in the most dreaded scenario for families that care for children with disabilities. From Sep-tember 5th, Kirsh has been living in a home for individuals with developmen-tal disabilities. The home is located in Barrie, Ontario and costs $400/day for placement. However, on October 1st the emergency funding that covers his placement ran out.

    Due to his condition, Kirsh needed to be transferred to the group home. Unfortunately, he functions at the level of a 3-year-old and is hardly verbal. Kirsh responds to unfamiliar and tense situations by shrieking, bit-ing himself, slapping surfaces, ripping his clothing and occasionally destroy-ing anything near him. His aggressive and self-harming behaviours only continue to grow and develop, as well as his insomnia. His plight is the worst possible circumstances for families that care for children with disabilities.

    After only ten days in the Bar-rie group home, Donna Kirsh, Miles mother, was told that Miles funding would run out on the 1st. She claimed she was assured that Miles would never be out on the streets. Luckily, Ontarios Social Services Ministry has stepped in. They are working to keep Kirsh in the group home until finding him permanent home care. Mean-while, the Barrie group home has re-duced its rate to $80/day.

    We are in an untenable po-sition, says Donna Kirsh to Toronto Star. We have advocated endlessly

    for our son and are completely de-pleted. We have spent more than $750,000 on support, education, inter-vention and treatment, and have been across North America to see many experts in the field. But we cant do it anymore.

    The marriage of Miles par-ents slowly buckled due to the stress of caring for their severely disabled son. Following their separation, they sold the Kirsh family home to provide for Miles future. Miles was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. Since then, the Kirsh family has done ev-erything possible to raise Miles, and under no circumstances wanted to rely on governmental funding. Now that Donna has, the government has failed her.

    Kirsh says she loathed the idea of contacting the media about her sons situation but believes she had no alternative.

    Kirshs dangerous behaviour includes banging against the window, and grabbing the steering wheel while in the car. His tendency to wander off, and the mounting expenses is what led Donna to get help.

    Donna explains to Toronto Star, Community agencies told me to do what I had to do; without media intervention, I believe wed still be in crisis.

    She also states: I cant be-lieve it takes this kind of pressure. But people need to know this is happen-ing. Im doing this so other families dont have to.

    Unfortunately, situations like this are nothing new for Ontarios fami-lies.

    He only earns his freedom and exis-tence who daily conquers them anew.

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)



  • University Advice

    What Is It Really Like?

    Written By : Jackie Shiu

    University - a word that can make you cringe or feel absolutely thrilled! Even though most of us cant wait to leave home and become inde-pendent individuals, we all have ques-tions. Deep down inside, we are all a bit scared; we are basically choosing what we want to do with the rest of our lives. There are millions of questions running in our heads. It seems like just yesterday we were kids and had no clue what we were going to do. How can we possibly know what we are going to do with our lives now? Is it normal to be nervous?

    Absolutely! Alison Shiu, a third-year McGill University student working towards earning her Bachelor of Commerce, says. She is majoring in Accounting and has already achieved an internship at an accounting firm. Yes, its nerve-wracking to be apply-ing and going to university. You are anxious during the whole process. University is a place to discover what you want to do. No one goes in know-ing exactly want they want, Geoffrey Abbot explains, also third-year McGill University student. He is majoring in English, with a double minor in Cana-dian Studies and Music. Geoff took a year off to work after graduating high school, and went to university the fol-lowing year. Right after high school, I applied to five different schools, but I deferred my acceptance to all of them. Instead, I worked full time, and I made a lot of money, which is a good thing to have in university.

    Alison Shiu and Geoffrey Ab-

    bot are two enthusiastic students with very different university experiences and are hoping to help answer some of your questions.

    Jackie: Do you have to know what job you want going into university?

    Alison Shiu: No, definitely not. I find that its important to go in with an open mind. Ive changed mine and I know a lot of people that changed what they wanted to do.

    Geoff: No, not at all. If you dont know what you want to do, university is the place to be. University is where youre going to learn a lot of things about yourself, and youll figure out who you are.

    Jackie Shiu: What do people want to see on applications when you apply?

    Alison Shiu: It obviously depends on what school youre applying to. Some schools will strictly look at your marks, but most will require something sup-plemental, which talks about your ex-tra-curriculars. They want to see that you have other passions that you are committed to. Ultimately, your marks are really important.

    Geoffrey Abbot: Its fine if you want to get involved in extra-curricular activi-ties, but dont let it affect your marks. If you want to get scholarships, then you definitely need extra-curriculars. How-ever, your grades are most important.

    Jackie Shiu: Would you suggest join-ing clubs or sports in university?

    Alison Shiu: Definitely, its a great way to get to meet people. You make friends that have similar interests, and are a lot like you. Its a good way to develope a school and a life balance; you have other things that you can do besides academic work. Personally,

    going into university, I joined Youth Action International, Intermural Fris-bee, and a comparative Health Care Systems club. Dont join a club unless you want to, but clubs gave me a lot of work experience. It looks great on a resume because it shows you can bal-ance school and work. If theres some-thing you want to join, go for it.

    Geoffrey Abbot: I would recommend doing whatever you want to do. Dont do things you feel forced to join. Uni-versity is the time to figure out what you want to do and who you want to be. I have only done Intermural Foot-ball. Do the things that interest you.

    Jackie Shiu: Would you be able to have a job during university?

    Alison Shiu: I know people that do, but personally, I could not imagine having a job in university. It can be a lot of work, depending on your work-load. Some people need to pay for their education, so they dont have much of a choice. Its a big responsibil-ity, but if you can balance school and work, you should look for a job.

    Jackie Shiu: Would summer school, private school, or online courses, be recognized in university?

    Alison Shiu: You have to check be-fore; dont enroll in anything until you know for sure. The misconception is that people think it doesnt count if you do one of those classes, but they do matter sometimes.

    Geoffey Abbot: You should check with the university first to make sure it is okay.

    Jackie Shiu: How much homework can you expect every day?

    Alison Shiu: Youre going to have homework every single day. It de-pends on your program; some depart-


  • ments dont give as much homework as others. You have to manage your time properly, set time to do home-work, and set time not to do home-work.

    Geoffrey Abbot: You might be doing homework all the time, or you might not do homework at all. I know peo-ple that do not do homework, so they cram before an exam. Everyone has different study habits, but if you want good grades you have to commit at least 8 hours a day and work hard.

    Jackie Shiu: Is University anything like you expected?

    Alison Shiu: I didnt go in with any expectations really. However, I thought university would be one of these things where you just learned so much, and you would get so many jobs because you knew a lot, but its not. You do learn a lot, but people think that since they go to university, they are genius-es. In truth, you dont get treated like that at all. Also, I thought that because I did so well in high school, I would do well in university. Unfortunately, its not like that. A lot students will have their marks drop tremendously from high school. Dont set your expectations too high.

    Geoffrey Abbot: So far, it has not been like I expected it to be. I thought it was going to be so much about ac-ademics, but Ive gotten so much out of everything I have done outside of school. Im still figuring university out, but we shall see about next year.

    University is just a step towards the next step in life. Dont think its the most important decision in your life. Alison explains. Yes, youre scared. Youre going to be in a completely new

    environment. In your future, youre going to remember university as a small milestone in your life, Abbot shares. Youll have it all figured out eventually.

    Its a lot of pressure. Some-times we feel like we have to know everything about ourselves by the time we leave to go to university. However, its not like that at all. University is just one of the many chapters in life. It might be one of the most challenging things youre going to do, but its also one of the most rewarding.

    Life is indeed difficult, partly because of the real difficulties we must overcome in order to survive, and part-ly because of our own innate desire to always do better, to overcome new challenges, to self-actualize. Happi-ness is experienced largely in striving towards a goal, not in having attained things, because our nature is always to want to go on to the next endeavor

    Albert Ellis, Michael Abrams, Lidia Dengelegi, The Art & Science of Rational Eating, 1992


  • Lite and Brite Day






    Writtend By: Cindy Chau

    Panini just one more reason why it would be awesome to be Italian

    Okay, so I like food. To be more specific, I like Italian food. I mean, when I start thinking about what I would like to have in my last meal, 85% would consist of pizza, pasta, focaccia, tiramisu and Panini!

    When people ask me what Paninis are, nine times out of ten there will be a point at which I exclaim, Its just really good, okay?

    Think of it as the cool, Italian

    cousin to the typical sandwich. When made properly, these cute, portable, flatbread sandwiches will almost liter-ally cause your mouth to cave in on itself due to the massive amount of flavours.

    The magic of the Panini cer-tainly lies in the countless ways you can customize it, and shove it in a Panini press. Prepared to enter your stomach, every individual Panini comes out perfectly suited for you. Although most Paninis are made with ciabatta or focaccia bread, sliced bread will do just fine. Throw in your dream team of ingredients, grill it, and youve got your very own pocket of love.

    If that seems like a bit too much work, there are a few diners and bakeries that make Paninis fresh to order. For example, St. Phillips Bakery (2563 Major Mackenzie Drive) is my favorite local place to get a Panini; theyre gigantic, and jam packed with

    prosciutto, brie, arugula and other ingredients I cant identify due to the speed at which I consume them. If youre in the area, Fusaros Kitchen (294 Richmond Street West) is the perfect place to grab these Italian sandwiches. Listen to what they put in their Otto Panini: grilled chicken, oven roasted peppers, spinach, and provo-lone need I say more?

    The satisfaction a Panini has the potential to provide you reaches far deeper than the lettuce-dominated, sweet-onion-sauce-soaked submarine sandwich weve all had for lunch be-fore. Honestly, the change will do you good.


    Got the fall blues? Well heres a simple and delicious hot chocolate recipe to get you in the autumn mood!

    Warm and Cozy Hot Chocolate Reci-pe:

    Makes 2 servings

    Ingredients: 2 cups of milk (I used 1% milk)1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon A pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)Quarter cup of white sugarQuarter cup of unsweetened cocoa powderMarshmallows (optional)

    Steps:1. In a pot, add milk and turn your stove on medium low heat.2. Add the cinnamon stick and ground nutmeg. Dont add too much nutmeg. Remember that a little goes a long way!3. Stir with a whisk every so often to prevent film forming on top of the milk. 4. Let the milk mixture simmer for 5-10 minutes.5. Next, add sugar and cocoa powder into the pot and whisk togeth-er.6. Taste to see if you need to add more sugar or cocoa powder.7. Lastly, pour the hot chocolate into a mug and add desired amount of marshmallows.

    This drink is easy and it will definitely get you into the fall spirit! Enjoy!



  • Five Foods That Have De-ceived Us All Written By: Edith Barabash & Elinor Fridman

    You come home from a tiring day at school and naturally, you are famished! You open up your snack cupboard hoping to indulge in a de-licious treat. Looking inside, you see the numerous options, but how many of those are really good for you?In this day and age, people strive to be healthier; to change their lifestyle for the better. But how can they do that when the foods that they consume on a daily basis are actually bad for them? This article is designed to blow the lid off of the top five foods you thought were healthy, but really arent.

    GRANOLA BARS:This might come as a shocker to you, but granola bars arent...