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Elective policy raises concern

Elective policy raises concern

November 21, 2011
Filed under Arts

When junior Anna Russo explains her passion for art, she leans forward, eyes wide and eager. Yet this dedicated arts aficionado has obtained only one elective credit. “I love the arts,” said Russo. “I just don’t have time for them.” Russo takes Chinese and French in addition to Advanced...

Heading into art schools

Heading into art schools

November 15, 2011
Filed under Arts

Every year, hundreds of students participate in the school’s vast array of art classes. While most choose to keep art as a hobby, others decide to pursue a career in art and apply to art school. Senior Maya Carlisle-Swedberg, who is a student in AP Studio Art, is applying to the College of Fine Arts at Bosto...

Ben Sherak

Ben Sherak

November 15, 2011
Filed under Artists Of The Month

For some people, writing might be an outlet for emotions, but for senior Ben Sherak, rapping is an outlet for cockiness and for a different side of him that he does not normally express in his daily life. “Like my rapper named ‘Hunger,’ it’s about hunger for success and the blood of an oppo...

Race Reels stimulates discussion

Race Reels stimulates discussion

October 30, 2011
Filed under Arts, Race Reels

“What you say is offensive,” says Nik Walker to his girlfriend in the movie Hoodwinked. “You do not know what it’s like to be black.” In 2006, seniors Walker and Dylan Lazerow created Hoodwinked for their senior project in the African-American studies class. Six years later, on S...

A risk pays off in originally undesired electives

A risk pays off in originally undesired electives

October 29, 2011
Filed under Arts

What do you do when you are put in an elective you did not sign up for and were never interested in? When sophomore Jenna Brewer had to drop Digital Photography I last year, she had to take Art Studio I, since it was the only open elective. Although she was uninterested at first, she found herself relaxin...

Oriental Pearl

Oriental Pearl

October 28, 2011
Filed under Restaurant Reviews

Have you ever reviewed a restaurant? I was nervous as I strolled into Brookline Village’s Oriental Pearl and realized my answer was no. However, as I gave the issue more thought, I realized I review food every day. We all do. Most people make comments like, “This is really good,” “that is...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s cast dresses up

A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s cast dresses up

October 24, 2011
Filed under Arts

This year’s Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a cocktail of southern Republican politicians, vampires the ‘80s and the border debate. The original play’s fairies have been replaced with vampires, and Theseus, the Athenian duke, is a Texas senator. With such a plethora of char...

Poetry Fest: Beyond the nerves

Poetry Fest: Beyond the nerves

May 30, 2011
Filed under Arts

The small basement of the Brookline Booksmith was overflowing as adults and teenagers shifted excitedly in their seats, their faces bright with anticipation. The buzz faded when one clear voice cut through the silence, lighting the room with rhythm and expression. Every poem that was ...

An inside look at student bands

An inside look at student bands

May 30, 2011
Filed under Arts

In the vast sea of extracurricular activities that students dive into, student bands are certainly evident throughout the school. But unlike sports and clubs, students are free to practice based on their own schedules. Though student schedules may be packed, it’s the passion that compels bands to con...

Progressions ’11 simply stunning

Progressions ’11 simply stunning

May 25, 2011
Filed under Arts

As hats glowed in a black light, shadows danced on the back drop and dancers created deliberate lines with their bodies, “Oooh”s,“Aaaah”s and “Wow”s rang through the crowd. Each piece ended with wild cheering and applause. Progressions captivated audiences each evening from May 12-14 in...

Sasha Khetarpal-Vasser

Sasha Khetarpal-Vasser

May 25, 2011
Filed under Artists Of The Month

When senior Sasha Khetarpal-Vasser reaches into all of the corners of his mind, he reaches further back than the comprehensible limits towards the Hindu goddess of simultaneous destruction and chaos, and brings her here to fuse her ancient image with the Western one. “A lot of my art is particularly inspired by the goddess Kali. I...

Boston-Brookline Unity Through Intellijam

Boston-Brookline Unity Through Intellijam

May 21, 2011
Filed under Arts

The Boston Public School administration announced in Decemeber 2010 that the Emerson Elementary School, a K2-5 Boston Public School, would be closing its doors. The effect was felt within Brookline High School’s walls as members of the Brookline Literacy Partnership (BLP) mourned the loss of the b...

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