Tatler https://tatler.lakesideschool.org The Student News Site of Lakeside School Tue, 30 Jun 2020 21:00:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 House Assembly: No More Tragedy, No More Farce https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1359/opinion/house-assembly-no-more-tragedy-no-more-farce/ https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1359/opinion/house-assembly-no-more-tragedy-no-more-farce/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 20:59:22 +0000 https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/?p=1359 Adrenaline rushes through me, and I’m jittery for the few seconds it takes to open the email. A no-homework day due to victory in the cutthroat arena of the House Competitions? Considering I haven’t much contributed to my House, ever, a no-homework day is a deal I’m more than willing to cash in on. I’m quick to rush to the message, which trumpets a stunning Trudgian victory. Once open, it takes me a second to see it, a gloating little line of text, center-justified, tiny. I have to squint to read the words in stark white: “lol. just kidding. you thought.” I did think. I suppose I was gullible enough to be trolled, so to speak, and once I realize this, I sadly click off the email. So much for a break from work.

Clickbait House Assembly emails are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all of the ways in which the entire system seems moderately broken. For one, I recall a friend of mine last year remarking that Houses seem very out of place at a modern school like Lakeside. I have to agree: is there really historical precedent for the Houses? While they do provide the occasional lapse of monotony during the school year, and allow for some ironic chauvinism (take that, Nordhoff!), sometimes things feel amiss. It’s like someone read Harry Potter and decided that would be the flavor of some of our most beloved scholarly distractions, from movie nights, to spirit days, to our very own House Assemblies and Competitions. But I digress. Whether or not there is historicity to the Houses, I think doing anything to inform students of what Houses mean, and represent about our academic development, would be a great way to build community. This sort of small change is what I recommend be made on many levels of the House Assembly process.

My first proposal is related to the idea of education. Personally, I find the Houses to be functionally indistinct. I get a kick out of reminding myself that “I’m better” by virtue of my being a Trudgian (that is our House motto), but I think that’s about as far as the thing goes. I don’t know what Trudgian stands for, nor do I have any grasp of its history, its workings, anything! All I know is that I wear black to the Competitions. I usually wear black regardless, but it’s a fun qualifier. Seriously, though: what does being a Trudgian mean? Surely I’m not really just “better” for no reason?

Another idea of mine is to revamp how House Assemblies connect with students. I’ve been made aware that there is indeed a House Committee which runs much of the process, which includes setting the activities for Competitions. The committee is so divorced from the student body, in my opinion, that I would never have imagined Houses to be run by anyone but the administration. Renegade? Seriously? Nothing screams administrative body more than that. Now, I don’t mean to sound harsh. I just feel that House Competitions get a lot of scorn for seeming to come out of left field, and it’s hard to argue with that idea when no one seems to have much of a grasp on what the activities will be or who decided said activities. Why not poll the student body? Why not attempt to establish some routes of communication between the masses in the stands and the select few who run our House affairs? Why not extend the idea of student participation to what I imagine could be the greatest source of school spirit of the entire academic year? Promote participation and transparency, I say!

I would argue for a final change, at least that I would find worthy of putting into an article. What I would say is the greatest issue with the House system, along with many other similar programs which are meant to foster community and offer some levity amid endless tests and quizzes, is this: a disconnect between “regular students” and the people who shepherd them in attempts to make things like House Assembly fun and engaging. Be they the administration or a specially picked group of students, there are many small groups which work among themselves to guide the student body through any number of activities. Why, then, does it seem that most of these activities suffer from a lack of prescience, authenticity, or even knowledge of what the regular student wants? And this isn’t just my own opinion talking. Were there to be outreach to the student body, though eyes would roll, there would be feedback. What’s more, there would be genuine interest in whatever might be sold to the student body as a great bonding activity — which I believe House activities have the potential to be! Lakeside is a place of prestige, but I believe we can learn to have fun. We just need to be comfortable with taking the reins ourselves.

House Assemblies are a welcome diversion from the stresses of Lakeside life (#lakesidelife). While I by no means enjoy getting “dabbed on” by vaguely phishy emails from the party leadership, I can understand the humorous (and sincere) intent. I also enjoy the feeling of community events like House Assemblies can generate. But to take these positive aspects of House Competitions and similar avenues of student participation to the highest level, and to truly enjoy ourselves and foster a community we can take full pride in, I think that some novelty is warranted. Houses seem arbitrary, as well as underdeveloped, to the random student; their inner workings are hardly up for debate, or even discussion; and there is no reflection on these issues outside of a short period surrounding one of the few House Competitions which occur in a school year. The solutions I feel would put paid to these issues are simple and reflect an ideology I feel Lakeside could use more of: letting students decide things. Just things in general. It’s simple, but I find it to be important. In times such as these, we truly are all in this together.

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Online Game Reviews from the AG Gang https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1354/sports/online-game-reviews-from-the-ag-gang-2/ https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1354/sports/online-game-reviews-from-the-ag-gang-2/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 20:45:11 +0000 https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/?p=1354 Over the last few weeks, a group of friends (the rowdy ones usually found in the Allen-Gates core!) have been getting together over Zoom each night and playing various games with one another. Some are online versions of games that they previously played in-person, while others are games that they’ve discovered in our time of social distancing. In this article, a subgroup of this Zoom gang will review a few of these games.

 

Coup:

The site doesn’t work great all the time, but Coup is definitely still a great option for Zoom call entertainment. If you’ve ever played the in-person version of Coup, this is the same thing, just online. It’s definitely most enjoyable while on a Zoom call…the game loses much of its charm when there isn’t someone threatening to assassinate you if you dare to coup them.

 

Chess: 

I really, sincerely hope you know what chess is, but in case you’ve been living under a rock your entire life, chess is a two player game where each player takes turns moving one piece at a time on an 8×8 board. There are six types of pieces: 8 pawns, two rooks, knights, bishops, and one king and queen. The goal is to take, or “checkmate” the opponent’s king. 

 

Honestly, chess kind of sucks if you’re playing against someone much better or much worse than you, but the same is true for most competitive games. If you can find a friend or a group of friends who are around your skill level, it’s a good, slow game to play in the background while chatting with your friends. It can be stopped and resumed at your leisure, and each game can be however much of a time commitment you want it to be. https://lichess.org/ is a website which lets you create private matches and share the links with your friends. The UI is very clean, has a take-back feature, and you can even draw little arrows on the board to plan out your moves.

 

It’s free and it’s fun. Go play it.

 

Playingcards.io
: This is a website where you can create a virtual card table with your friends and add any sort of game material to it, such as a checkerboard, a spinner, or a deck of cards. Each person can draw cards from the deck into their hand, and you and your friends can play any game over Zoom. It’s lack of structure is useful for people who want to play all sorts of card games, from Go Fish to Bridge. We spent a lot of time on this site at the beginning of quarantine because playing cards was something we did a lot at school; however, the card-drawing mechanism doesn’t work very well, which got annoying really fast.

 

Skribbl.io:

In Skribbl.io, players take turns drawing images and guessing what those drawn images are. It’s pretty much an online pictionary game, but what makes it interesting is that you can collaborate with your friends to make custom lists of words to draw. (We, for example, have created a list consisting of different animals and another list with significant events or people from world history.) While you can play anonymously, connecting with friends over a voice call makes the game much more entertaining. 

 

Drawful: Drawful is a chaotic mash-up of pictionary and Apples to Apples. Each player starts by being given a prompt and having to draw it using two predetermined colors, one brush thickness, and no eraser. Afterwards the drawings are shown one at a time, and each player submits a guess as to what the drawing is. Then, all the guesses appear on the screen along with the original prompt, and you try to guess what the original is, getting points for both being correct and fooling other people with your guess. The prompt-makers bring the game to the next level—one of the prompts we once got was “thick line over a computer,” and when that was accurately drawn everyone thought it was just a dumb guess. Drawful is part of a collection of fun games called Jackbox Party Packs, and though they unfortunately cost money, I’d say they’re well worth it.

 

Bonk.io: Bonk.io is a game where you play as a ball, and you compete against others on different maps. . . it’s a bit hard to explain on paper, but overall, it’s a pretty fun game. It may take time to get used to, but once you do, your enjoyment of the game will improve significantly. But be warned! For some, this can be a pretty stressful game; for others, it’s a good chill option. According to Adi: “This is the vibiest thing I have ever played in my entire life. That’s all you need to know.” According to Isabelle: “I’ve never been more stressed than when playing this game, and to anyone that knows me, that’s saying a lot.”

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College Recruiting During Corona https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1351/sports/college-recruiting-during-corona/ https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1351/sports/college-recruiting-during-corona/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 20:39:28 +0000 https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/?p=1351 The coronavirus has affected all of us in different ways, but for some Lakeside athletes, COVID-19 has changed their college recruiting process. In a normal year, recruiting is still complex: student-athletes must attend numerous ID camps, where scouts come watch them play, or create highlight reels and send them to colleges. Now, with the coronavirus, one can only imagine the ways in which the process has been affected. 

I spoke to Mia V ’21, a member of Lakeside Girls Soccer for the past 3 years, about her experience.

How long have you been playing soccer?

I started playing soccer when I was 7 and decided to try out for a premier team when I was 9. Since then, I’ve played on Regional Club League, Elite Clubs National League, and U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. I think one of my most impactful experiences personally, though, has been playing soccer at Lakeside (go LGS!).

When did the college recruiting process first start for you?

I started reaching out and talking with colleges at the start of my sophomore year. Since I was looking at a mix of DI and DIII programs, there was a lot of variation in how much contact I had with schools. I didn’t really start to have longer conversations with coaches about commitment until around December of this year. 

What has it been like for you so far?

To be honest, the recruiting process has been a confusing but rewarding experience. If I look at where I started in the process over a year ago compared to where I am now, so much has changed. When I started out, there were so many schools that I looked at solely because of their reputation. When I actually went to visit those schools and meet the coaches, I found that none of them felt like a good fit for me. A big part of that was when I decided that a DI program isn’t what I want to pursue in college, which I think was a tough decision for me at first because of the reputation that sports programs get when you’re looking at DI compared to DIII. 

Generally, around this time in junior year, what is supposed to have happened?

Generally, for DIII programs for soccer, this is around the time that schools start making offers and doing pre-reads on recruits’ chance of getting into schools. It’s also around the time that coaches might contact players of interest and ask them to come out to an ID camp or official visit so [coaches] can try to finalize their top recruits. 

How has the coronavirus impacted your college recruiting process?

Of course, all ID camps and official visits are canceled because of the virus. For me, this means that some of the schools that I’ve been talking to have shifted their recruiting timeline. This means that I’ll have to wait until schools can host these ID camps so that they can make a final decision on me and recruits, which will probably be in late summer or early fall at this point. I’m lucky though, as I’ve already visited and attended camps at a couple of schools that have seen me play enough to recruit me at this point. 

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Year in Review https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1333/news/year-in-review/ https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1333/news/year-in-review/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:28:14 +0000 https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/?p=1333

SEPTEMBER

School

4 Fall semester begins!

5 Convocation is held. Upper School student body president Aidan C. ’20 and Middle School student Iris O. ’24 welcome us into the 100th year of education at Lakeside

World

1 Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane, makes landfall in the Bahamas with disastrous results

20 California and 23 other states file a lawsuit against President Trump after he threatened to terminate California’s ability to set auto emission standards; inspired by Greta Thunberg, people all across Seattle gather to protest global leaders’ inaction regarding climate change

 

OCTOBER

School

9 Bill Gates ’73 delivers the Dan Ayrault Memorial Endowed Lecture

15 Jackson Katz talks to the student body about the promotion of gender equality and prevention of sexual violence 

 

World

8 Gymnast Simone Biles wins her 21st World Championships medal, breaking the record for World Championship medals won by a woman; Team USA wins their fifth consecutive all-round title

18 NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir complete the first all-female spacewalk

 

NOVEMBER

School

4 Mr. Noe announces the competencies and mindsets that will be incorporated in Lakeside’s re-envisioning

14-16 The fall play, As You Like It, runs in St. Nicks

20-27 “Rain Village,” an exhibition by the Upper School’s November artist-in-residence Soo Hong in collaboration with Lakeside students, is presented

28-3 Dec School is closed. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

World

11 Veterans Day; In Hong Kong protests continue. A teenager was shot in the stomach and a man was set on fire

13 President Trump’s public impeachment hearing begins

15 Rodney Reed, accused of the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites, is granted a 120-day stay of execution

 

DECEMBER

School

16 ACT Young Playwright’s Program chooses Sofia D. ’20’s play “Estrella” to be one of eight to be published in an anthology, receive a professional workshop, and performed as part of the Young Playwrights Festival in March. Fellow seniors John A., David C., Molly C., and Rose P. were awarded Honorable Mentions

18 Economist and professor at Cornell University Robert H. Frank speaks about behavioral economics and his book, Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work as part of the BMGI Speaker Series on Economics

23-January 4 School is closed. Enjoy Winter Break!

 

World

18 The House of Representatives, dominated by Democrats, approves impeachment charges against President Trump

 

JANUARY

School

7 Tatler announces the new block schedule premiering next year

10 Bellevue Art Museum’s 20 Under 20 Exhibition opening reception is held; eight Lakesiders are chosen by juries to present pieces

13-14 School is closed due to inclement weather. Enjoy the snow!

17 End of fall semester

29-1 Feb Mamma Mia! Is brought to us, courtesy of the Lakeside Drama department, catchy ABBA tunes, and sunny, sunny Greece

 

World

3 US kills Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as Popular Mobilisation Forces (or PMF) in an early morning air strike; Iran responds that there will be strong retaliation

15 The House votes to send the two impeachment articles that accuse President Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress to the Senate

21 The first US case of the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, is recorded in Everett, WA. 

26 Kobe Bryant, widely regarded as the greatest basketball players of all time, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and eight others are killed in a helicopter crash

USA TODAY Sports

 

FEBRUARY

School

5 General John F. Kelly gives the Belanich Family Lecture of Ethics and Politics

7-21 Midwinter Break

 

World

5 The Senate acquits President Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The vote was split along party lines, with Mitt Romney being the only Republican who voted to convict the president

9 The 92nd Academy Awards are held, and Parasite becomes the first non-English film to win Best Picture

18 The coronavirus’s death rate is reported as 2.3% and on the rise in China

27-28 Bothell High School is closed and begins testing for the coronavirus after a staff member’s family member falls ill

29 The first American death from coronavirus is reported–a man in his 50s near Kirkland, Washington

 

MARCH

School

8 Lakeside closes starting Monday, the 9th

 

World

10 Italy’s prime minister bans all nonessential movement in the country, trapping over 60 million Italians at home 

18 Cases of coronavirus are reported in all 50 states

20 Gov. Andrew Cuomo shuts down all nonessential businesses in New York as cases in the state rise above 8,500

23 Gov. Jay Inslee issues a stay-at-home order, effectively locking down Washington state 

 

APRIL

World

6 Gov. Jay Inslee announces that all Washington schools will remain closed until 19 June, the end of the school year

18 Protesting social isolation guidelines, a “You Can’t Close America” rally is held in Austin, Texas. Similar rallies are held in Indianapolis, IN; Carson City, NV; Annapolis, MD; Salt Lake City, UT; and Brookefield, WI. President Trump encourages the protests, tweeting “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” and “LIBERATE MINNESOTA”, two states with strict stay-at-home orders

22 Mayor Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas pushes for businesses to reopen while refusing to offer any social distancing guidelines, going so far as to say, “I offered to be a control group … We would love to be the placebo side so you have something to measure against.”

30 Protesters armed with guns rally against the stay-at-home orders outside the Michigan state capitol

 

MAY

World

1 Governor Jay Inslee extends the stay-at-home order through the end of the month and outlines a plan to reopen the state in phases

4 The Asian giant hornet, a two-inch long hornet that devastates bee colonies, is spotted for the first time in the US; the Supreme Court hears the first conference call case

21 Georgia police arrest a white father and son and charge them with murder for the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery

22 An Airbus A320 with at least 99 people on board crashes in a residential neighborhood near Karachi, Pakistan

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COVID and Colleges https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1330/news/covid-and-colleges/ https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1330/news/covid-and-colleges/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:07:14 +0000 https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/?p=1330 As COVID-19 has halted the world this spring, schools have gone remote and virtually all academic programs have been suspended. In particular, the college process may see its greatest obstacle yet, as uncertainty and instability have shrouded applications and the functioning of schools. For students and schools alike, remote learning may revolutionize the way we learn at school, apply for college, and plan our school years. Tatler interviewed Director of College Counseling Ari Worthman on COVID and colleges.

 

In terms of graduation and matriculation, Mr. Worthman saw rather expected results: “The trends were pretty consistent–University of Washington was the number one school… the schools that were right behind it were pretty consistent, and they range from places like USC, Columbia, Santa Clara, Brown.” 

 

In the process, however, Mr. Worthman does note quite a few changes. Because next year is so uncertain, he says, “there are more students getting off of waitlists, both nationwide and at Lakeside, than I’ve ever seen in my 15 years of doing [college applications].” This is primarily due to the financial needs of schools, who anticipate that some students are going to drop out in the fall or that their international students may not be able to secure visas or safe travel. Thus, colleges may be accepting more students to sustain robust student bodies. “Getting the right number of students is also the right number of tuition revenue,” Mr. Worthman notes.

In addition, Mr. Worthman commends the diminished role of standardized testing this year: “There are only four schools left that are recommending or requiring SAT subject tests… when I first started doing [college counseling], the schools that Lakesiders applied to en masse–probably 75-80% required subject tests. To be 15 years down the road and see only four schools asking for those tests, to me, is a really great thing… the fewer tests we can require [students] to take, the better.” He goes on to say that since fewer and fewer schools are requiring certain tests, “they might very well just die off in the next year or two.”

 

Mr. Worthman also predicts significant changes for the rising seniors, who will likely face an altered application process. For example, they may not be able to visit schools and will have to conduct their own research remotely; Mr. Worthman says that the pandemic “has created, in a not great way for our students, nonetheless in a national way, a leveling of the playing field because most students do not have the resources to get out there and visit colleges… our students, all of the sudden, have found themselves in that boat a bit if they’re juniors.” Additionally, extracurriculars, particularly in the summer, are being affected by the pandemic: “What about all the stuff that is being cancelled this summer–the summer camps, the college campus classes, the internships, the jobs,” he says. “I think that’s an interesting piece and understandably very unsettling for students… What I’m concerned for our students is that I want them to have good summers and to have things they do and they enjoy and that they feel like they’re learning and growing, still, but that they have time to relax and rest.” He adds, “I think students and families have always placed more emphasis on summers in the college admissions process than there really is.”

 

For colleges themselves, they may reopen in a variety of ways. Mr. Worthman references “a really interesting article on Inside Higher Ed, about 15 different types of models colleges are looking at in the fall, from being open as normal to being online learning like what we’re doing now, to having these hybrid models of some of your classes online and some in person.” He says that colleges are trying to figure out how to get students to campus and how to teach or restructure schedules to best accommodate safety guidelines. As for when colleges may reopen, Mr. Worthman says that it’s still quite unclear. “I think we’re not going to know until late June or July what colleges are opening,” he says. “Because of the way our country is set up with the state system, I think it’s going to vary state by state and college by college.”

As for what domestic students may do if they drop out? Mr. Worthman talks about the unique sort of gap year students may have: “More students are considering a gap year because of the unpredictability of what college will look like. The unfortunate and really difficult bind that seniors are in, though, is that if the world is still in such an uncertain state that the things are closed and colleges are remote, which is why students want to do a gap year, what do you do with that gap year? Because if that’s how the world is and how colleges are, that also probably means there aren’t going to be a whole lot of internships or travel opportunities or things like that; things that students have typically done with gap years.” He commends the resilience of the seniors, acknowledging the unfortunate circumstances they have been placed in, and says that “while I think lots of our students are disappointed, and they’re scared, which is a normal thing, I think our students are okay.”

 

COVID-19 has reshaped the way we think about learning. Our schools have adopted technology as a necessity, the application process has reevaluated its priorities, and financial needs have played new roles in the decisions of organizations and educational institutions. Standardized testing may play less and less of a role in the application process, and colleges may admit a greater number of students, with the aid of technology and remote teaching styles. Change and uncertainty have been reshaping the college process every day, and whether they take gap years or not, this year’s seniors will be thrust into a post-pandemic world with its different opportunities and lasting consequences.

At the end of the day, applicants, the application process, and schools will all have to adapt to the uncertainty and change of this period. COVID-19’s lasting effects on the college process are yet to be seen, but the pandemic has already brought about a monumental paradigm shift in higher education in 2020. Mr. Worthman comments, “By the time [the class of 2023] goes through the process, it could be very different. COVID-19 could change what people prioritize in the college process, what they prioritize in higher education… I’m intrigued to see what next year might bring.” 

 

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Yes, Lakeside’s Julia Schlaepfer Is Alice On The Politician https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1321/life-culture/yes-lakesides-julia-schlaepfer-is-alice-on-the-politician/ https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1321/life-culture/yes-lakesides-julia-schlaepfer-is-alice-on-the-politician/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 05:19:43 +0000 https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/?p=1321 I can’t stop watching this GIF of Julia Schlaepfer. She’s wearing a pink shirt, pearls, and black sunglasses; it’s a Jackie Kennedy vibe, which is fitting, considering that’s where Schlaepfer got the inspiration for her character. But Schlaepfer’s deadpan, emotionless delivery of her iconic line–“That I’m a stone-cold bitch with ice water in my veins?”–is not at all typical of a First Lady. It’s a beautiful choice, and I am so here for it. 

Surprisingly, Schlaepfer only entered the drama world as a high school junior. For most of her middle and high school life, her dream of being a professional ballerina meant she had little time to devote to other extracurriculars. When you leave Lakeside every day at one to go to rehearsal, it’s impossible to audition for the school musical.

In eleventh grade, however, Schlaepfer was seriously injured and had to pause her training. It was then that Alban Dennis, Lakeside drama teacher, suggested she take part in the Young Actors Intensive (YAI) at Seattle Children’s Theatre. 

As a result of YAI, which offers conservatory-style, college-level training, Schlaepfer completely switched paths. She stopped taking ballet classes and–with only a year of drama experience–began preparing for college auditions to top-tier acting schools. Naturally, her parents were terrified. “But Alban reassured them,” she laughed. 

As she began prepping for college auditions and got one of the leads in the school musical, Schlaepfer became incredibly close to her drama teacher: “I would cry to Alban every day; I’d ask him: Am I good enough?” she said. He always assured her she was. “He’s the one who totally changed my life,” she said. “I owe everything to him.” And their hard work paid off: Schlaepfer received admission to NYU’s drama program, attended the university, graduated, got an agent, and the rest is history. 

Well… not exactly. Schlaepfer, like many actors, faced rejection. “When I graduated from college, I made my entire life about auditioning. I was obsessed,” she said. “It hurt me a little bit because every rejection was earth-shattering.” She found herself burned out as a result. “It took me a while to find the joy in each and every audition. I have to remind myself that this is my opportunity to act today!” she laughed. “Sometimes, it’s still hard to face rejection–you want a specific role so badly. But you have to trust that your moment will come.”

And Schlaepfer has found her moment. After a role in Madam Secretary and Charlie Says, a New York Times Critic’s Pick about cult leader Charlie Manson, she’s become a fan favorite on The Politician, a Netflix TV show directed by Ryan Murphy and featuring a star-studded cast with the likes of Ben Platt and Gwenyth Paltrow. For those of you who haven’t already binged the show, The Politician centers around Payton (Platt), a high school boy running for class president (which is just a stepping stone to his eventual goal of President of the United States). Schlaepfer plays Alice, Payton’s girlfriend and future First Lady. 

“Ryan Murphy is the all-time dream person to work with,” Schlaepfer said. “He’s one of those people who will take a chance on a nobody; half of the cast are newcomers to the business. But he trusted us from the beginning.” Although Murphy is a big-name director, with shows such as Glee and The People v. O.J. Simpson to his credit, he allows the cast to make many specific acting decisions. For example, when Schlaepfer wanted to change her character’s voice and facial expressions, he wholeheartedly supported her. “He believes in us,” she said. “So he makes me want to believe in myself too.” 

When Schlaepfer first came to set, she struggled with imposter syndrome, “The first season on The Politician, I constantly wondered why they chose me,” she said. She didn’t have years of acting experience; her rigorous high school ballet schedule also meant she lacked time to watch movies or musicals as a child, so she also lacked knowledge of acting history. Nevertheless, because of Murphy’s faith in her abilities, as well as the kindness of her fellow actors, Schlaepfer began to gain more confidence. “It’s a process of reminding yourself that you’ve earned where you are today. If you do the work, you deserve to be where you are,” she said. “Trust in what you bring to the table.”

To that end, Schlaepfer advocates for teens to avoid self-doubt: “That’s what holds people back,” she said. “If you want to do it, go for it and go all the way in.” And if, five years down the road, passions change, Schlaepfer says, that’s okay: “You can change what you want to do with your life. Life’s way too short not to do something that you love.”

As well, for her, it’s important to embrace uncertainty. When Schlaepfer quit ballet and turned to acting, she faced plenty of stress and nerves surrounding her decision. But she knew she had made the correct choice: “I was following my dream. I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else,” she said. “It’s not always going to be easy–it shouldn’t be easy! But as long as you’re working towards what you want to do, or figuring out what you want to do, then you’re on the right path.”

Be sure to check out season two of The Politician, which comes to Netflix on June 19th! Trigger warning: If you choose to watch season one, please note that the show contains graphic depictions of suicide.

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The Man, The Myth, The Legend: The Origins of Yos https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1318/life-culture/the-man-the-myth-the-legend-the-origins-of-yos/ https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1318/life-culture/the-man-the-myth-the-legend-the-origins-of-yos/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 05:17:52 +0000 https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/?p=1318 When we think of the senior class and the legacy they will leave behind some may think of their performance of Mama Mia or the number of expulsions they have suffered, but their real legacy lies in their way with words. More specifically, one word: “yos.” 

Now you may be thinking, isn’t Yos a person? The answer is yes. Over the years, he and his name have become an icon and slang term for the senior class. In an effort to learn more about what is possibly Lakeside’s most famous slang term and most common response to questions in the Tatler poll, we set up a zoom call with seniors Leo S., Will H., and the man himself, Yos W.

According to the trio, the evolution of yos began when they were mere 5th graders down the road at LS Middle School. “I remember discovering that his name was Yoshia in the fifth grade. That was just pretty big news for us, and we kinda just rolled with that for the rest of middle school,” said Leo. Flash forward to eighth grade PE and yoshia was getting more traction than ever before. “Yoshia was like a thing in our eighth grade PE class, and we would just talk about it and then it just morphed into yos,” described Yos, who then went on to say, “There was no specific starting time. there was just a big group in the locker room, and we started chanting it.” Leo added that “It just felt right.” While many might feel a bit uncomfortable hearing their name shouted across the hallways, Yos, on the other hand, thought it was just “freak’n hilarious” and mentioned that because the evolution was over so many years, he never really noticed a major switch.

But what’s the actual meaning of the word yos? Yos explained that “It can be any part of speech. A noun, a verb. If you yos a test, you flunked it. It’s a placeholder word.” When we asked if they thought the word would have gotten this big in another grade level, Yos said no “It’s 100 percent our grade… There’s just a good culture with our class. We are pretty close.” Their unique way of speaking has been a way for their class to bond. Leo went on to say that yos isn’t the only invented word in their vocab: herb (“they’re such a herb”), zorb, and guac (as in holy guacamole) are also all used regularly. As to the circulation of their vocab, the boys estimate that at least half of the senior class use them. We were shocked to hear that they’ve even extended outside of Lakeside, to schools like Newport High in Bellevue. Although his fame has grown past Lakeside, his older sister Elena, a former Lakesider who was commonly referred to as “Elder Yos”, is his only family member aware of the phenomenon. His parents have remained out of the loop except for the occasional mention of their son’s name in the Tatler Yos brings home. Yos emphasized that, even if they were aware, “We can do whatever we want. We’re teenagers.” 

Finally, we asked about their plans for the future, and whether, at college, they plan to spread yos and all its glory. “It’s got to be natural,” Leo emphasized, “We’re gonna have to go through the phase of people thinking we’re weird, and then it just catches on like it did here.” It became obvious that the boys are taking it pretty seriously when Yos explained that he and Roman S ’20 (another member of their group) are both going to college in Boston and that Leo and Will are going to be in LA. “We got two pretty major student cities already locked down.” Leo’s final piece of advice can be applied to pretty much anything, not just starting your own slang: “The key is confidence.” And although they don’t have any plans to keep it going at Lakeside, our hope is that people will continue to enter yos in the Tatler Poll for years to come.

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Quarantine Checklist https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1316/life-culture/quarantine-checklist/ https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1316/life-culture/quarantine-checklist/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 05:16:37 +0000 https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/?p=1316
  • Binged Too Hot to Handle and then pretended you didn’t
  • Got sucked into Tiger King
  • Woke up after 9:50 for a 10:00 AM class
  • Agreed with your friends to write letters to each other, and then never replied
  • Tried to say Elon Musk’s baby’s name
  • Crushed it at skribbl.io
  • Started going pantless or shirtless
  • Couldn’t decide whether you’re more in love with JJ or John B from Outerbanks
  • Cut your own bangs
  • Attempted to dye your hair
  • Watched Love is Blind
  • Forgot what day it was
  • Started and never finished a Chloe Ting workout
  • Sewed a mask 
  • Got the Carole Baskin tik tok stuck in your head
  • Fell in love with John Krasinski again while watching Some Good News
  • Went 4 days without a shower claiming it was healthier for your hair that way
  • Haven’t changed clothes for over 24 hours
  • Made whipped coffee/matcha
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    See what your results mean:

    Checked less than five:

    Hmmm, it seems like you have somehow been able to keep sane during this pandemic, a real rare occurrence. It might be time for you to cut loose and start to embrace the quarantine. Try watching some mindless TV and gorging on Oreos.

    Checked more than 10:

    You’ve done over half of these and seem to be fully embracing the stay at home order! Remember not to get too carried away with the free time that quarantine provides. Keep in mind that though we will be home for a while, it will hopefully not be enough time for home-cut bangs to grow out, so think carefully before picking up those scissors! 

    Checked all:

    Wow, we here at Tatler are honestly a bit concerned for you. It might be time for you to take a step back from Netflix and take a nice long shower, followed by the completion of a Chloe Ting workout!

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    Inside the Assembly Committee https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1313/life-culture/1313/ https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1313/life-culture/1313/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 05:14:28 +0000 https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/?p=1313 Of all student clubs and organizations, the Assembly Committee might be one of the most invisible. Like Tatler and Numidian, the Assembly Committee isn’t a traditional club: to join, students must sign up while deciding their courses for the next year. Not very many people know what goes on inside the Committee, or what their processes and planning efforts are like. The student emcee at the assemblies reminds everyone that a group of students is behind each assembly’s planning, yet their efforts go largely unacknowledged. 

    “We meet every Monday, 6th period, in the AV room,” said Nathalie V. ’20, one of the committee chairs. “We have a couple members from each grade, and then Georgia J. ’20 and I are the seniors. Our faculty leaders are Mr. Snapp, Dr. Stewart, and Profe Harmer.” This year was unique for the committee in that a lot of the assemblies were already planned by the administration. Special guest speakers were chosen by a separate speaker committee, which the student Assembly Committee has no involvement in. “There’s a committee that we’re not a part of that brings in guest speakers, and there’s an alumni network that makes sure people come in to broaden what we hear, which is cool,” she said. “But the long and the short of it is, we don’t have a say in who comes.” Indeed, Lakeside’s efforts to bring in a wide variety of speakers on different topics has sparked discussion around school about each speaker and have made a lot of 7th-period classes after assembly especially lively. 

    Each week, the committee gets many requests from students, staff, and faculty to make announcements at the upcoming assembly. Unfortunately, a chance to speak is not a guarantee. “That’s been the hardest part, going through and deciding who gets an announcement,” said Nathalie. “I have to email them and say ‘you have time’ or ‘you don’t have time,’ because we can’t be responsible for holding anyone over since class is the next thing.” Of course, the occasional hold-over into the next class happens, but the Assembly Committee does its best to prevent this from happening. “For us, it’s been a lot of communicating with students and faculty members who want to make an announcement, just emailing them and confirming everything runs smoothly, and just thinking through the timing of everything.”

    Obviously, the format of assemblies has changed drastically since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While a fire-code-breaking gathering in St. Nick’s is unimaginable right now, weekly assemblies have moved online in the form of Zoom webinars. “Trying to figure that part out was kind of tricky because I know the administration wanted to figure out something to unite us all while we’re apart, so we landed on a Zoom webinar,” said Nathalie. “We still have to do a lot of the planning, although Ms. Benson does most of the meat and potatoes of the meeting.” In addition to the format of assemblies themselves changing, how meetings are run have also changed, too. 

    The Assembly Committee now meets Tuesday mornings over Zoom to work out the logistics of the next virtual assembly. “A lot of it has been making videos and video announcements,” said Nathalie. “Right now, I’m working on compiling this huge video for the farewell assembly, and just editing that and making sure it’s appropriate to be shown.” Nathalie also noted some differences regarding the number of announcement requests made. “Contrary to what it was before COVID, we’ve had to recruit announcements, which we’ve never had to do before,” she said. ”It has made it a little more interesting.”

    How does one get interested and join the Assembly Committee? For Nathalie, part of it was recruitment from an older student, part of it was her “trying to figure out what I could contribute to the Lakeside community without overcommitting myself because I can’t really do anything before or after school.” In addition, she heard about the Committee at home from her older brother, who had been chair of the Committee during his senior year at Lakeside, and thought it might be fun to join in. Membership on the Assembly Committee is a fairly low time commitment: one period a week and a little bit of outside emailing. “I thought it would be good to get out there and meet new people, and I’ve really enjoyed it,” she said. “I’m super glad I joined.” She also encouraged anyone considering joining the Committee to take the plunge. “It’s fun! It’s a good time, and I recommend joining if anyone is interested.”

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    Birdwatching At Home https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1301/uncategorized/1301/ https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/1301/uncategorized/1301/#respond Sun, 28 Jun 2020 16:05:35 +0000 https://tatler.lakesideschool.org/?p=1301 As quarantine stretches on, and on, and on, and on, Americans are starting to pick up new hobbies: sourdough starters, art, music, the whole shebang. Like many others, I have decided to get into birding (or birdwatching, or whatever you call it). You know why? Because birds are everywhere, and I like birds. Backyard birds, backyard birds, in fact pretty much only backyard birds because everywhere else is flooded with people not wearing masks.

    So, I thought the next logical step was to rank ’em all out of 10. Here is a list of all of the birds I recognized, ranked 10/10 on a largely arbitrary basis.

    PS to Mr. de Grys, sorry if I offend you with any of these.

    Canada goose. It’s a lovely morning in the village, and you are a horrible goose. 6/10.

    House finch. The yellow cheeks help with the looks, but personality ain’t too great. 6/10.

    Dark-eyed junco. They’re brown and gray, which is the worst color pairing imaginable other than yellow and bright yellow. Also, sometimes they make a noise like a hummingbird, and it throws me off my game. Still, they’re fun to watch, and when they fly away, there are these little white stripes on the tail that are a cool little Easter Egg. 6.5/10.

    Mallard, aka the ducks you see literally everywhere. I don’t really know about these guys. They’re cute and all (they’re ducks), but I think they’re pretty okay. 7/10.

    Seagull. Apparently, there are many different kinds of seagulls, but I really don’t care because they’re all pretty similar. Overall, I think they get a bad rap for being “sky rats” and all that. I just think they’re amusing. The color scheme they got going on is a bit overdone (white and gray is way too common), but they pull it off. 7/10.

    Mourning dove. Remind me a bit too much of pigeons, but I do like the muted color scheme and the little coo they make. 7/10.

    European starling. I like the iridescence, and the tiny spots of almost subliminal whiting are pretty nice. Plus, the way the kids follow the parents around is cute. Still, the reflection can be a bit distracting, and sometimes it feels overly done, like a 1st-grade glitter project. 7.5/10.

    Unidentified swift/swallow. I love swallows and swifts, I think they’re some of the coolest birds, but I really do wish they would slow down once in a while. I can’t even give this bird a good rating because I literally cannot get a good photo of it. I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt and say it’s a tree swallow, in which case I like the iridescent and white feathers. 7.5/10.

    Crow. I get they are super common around here, but I still think they’re better than pigeons. Plus, seeing a few of them just doing weird stuff around the neighborhood, especially the juvenile crows, is great. 7.5/10.

    Downy woodpecker. I love woodpeckers, and downies are nice. They have a good look going, with the classic black-and-white stripes. Plus, males get the classy red cap! 7.5/10.

    Black-capped chickadee. I love them. Cute little guys, plus they’re fun to watch through the trees. Do wish they’d stay in one place a bit longer (just enough for me to get my camera up. Please guys. Come on. For me). 8/10

    Song Sparrow. Cute little sparrows. To the regular eye, they seem like a dull bird, and to my eye, they are still a bit boring to look at beyond the nice brown-and-white stripes they’ve got going on. But they make up for it with their attitude. They’re fun, and patient apparently because you can get pretty close, and their characteristic singing is fun even when you hear for the thousandth time. Overall, solid 8/10.

    Northern Harrier. I’ve only seen one, and it was really, really high up. Still, I like harriers. The males are called gray ghosts, and I love the golden eyes (not that I can see because it was too damn high). 8/10.

    Red-winged blackbird (female). They’re confident, sassy, and strike great poses (reeds, driftwood, etc.). That helps make up for the fact that they look like big song sparrows. 8/10

    Red-winged blackbird (male). I don’t know. They’re more colorful, plus I always like the red-black color scheme. But it doesn’t help when they’re too far to see. At least the females are confident enough to get close! 8/10.

    Chestnut-backed Chickadee. Almost identical to the black-capped chickadee, but with a brown back. I like it; it adds a bit to the color palette instead of just shades of black. 8.5/10.

    American robin. I know they’re a bit overdone as, you know, a species, but so are humans, okay? I think they’re lovely little loud birds, and the way they walk is great. They just kind of fast walk, and it’s great. Also, they look like bowling pins from the front side. I think that’s just dandy. 8.5/10.

    Steller’s jay. As much as they sound like demonic crows, I think they’re lovely. I have a soft spot for corvids; they’re just so smart and weird. They act like kids because they do actually have the intelligence of a 7-year-old. And the blue-black fade is great, beautiful. 8.5/10. (note: WE HAVE NO BLUE JAYS, THEY ARE STELLER’S JAYS).

    Bald eagle. Beautiful big eagle dudes. What can I say? America. 8.5/10 (unless you’re talking about the significantly uglier juvenile eagles, in which case they are a 7.5/10).

    Spotted Towhee. Fat little bastards. Probably the most colorful birds to show up in our backyard, what with their black bodies and red underbelly and white chest, and they make funny sounds. Plus, they’re just kind of funny to watch as they stomp the ground and yell at each other from across the lawn. Who’s winning that argument? I don’t really know. 8.5/10.

    Pileated woodpecker. Honestly, kind of annoying because of how rare they are, and literally the only time I’ve seen one was the one time I didn’t have a camera. So great. Still, I love the crest and coloring, and the size of it makes it so much more majestic. 8.5/10.

    Great blue heron. Frankly, the title’s a bit of a misnomer. They’re not really a great blue—more of a gray-blue or metallic-blue or something. The color scheme is great, and you know…great heron, I guess. 8.5/10.

    Cooper’s hawk. I’ve only seen one, but I think they’re pretty cool. Unlike other raptors I’ve seen this one flap! Makes for some cool shots, plus the color scheme and tail shape are really nice. The bars of reddish-brown and white and fantastic. 8.5/10.

    Anna’s hummingbird. As much as I trash-talk them under my breath, I love these little guys. They’re so vocal and have a great color scheme. Love the iridescence. Also, I’ve seen their aerial dance a few times, and it’s great. A surefire way to impress a mate is to scream while dive-bombing them. No need for pickup lines! Also, they’re really loud, and that’s great for such a tiny bird. 9/10.

    Northern flicker. I like woodpeckers altogether, but the red-black-white color scheme gets a bit old after a while, so I like what they’ve done with the tan body with black spots, red cheeks, and black chest splotch make it look great. Plus, they’re loud, so they’re easy to track. 9/10.

    Merlin. Always had a soft spot for falcons since that one Wild Kratts episode (great show, recommended to any primary schooler). Fast little buggers, and apparently pretty uncommon around here, so I was shocked when I found one munching on what was either a small bird or a rodent (it was cloudy, high up, and the thing was an eviscerated mess. Give me a break, okay?). Anyway, great little raptors, fast dudes, like them a lot. 9/10.

    Wood duck. This one surprised me. I didn’t see it at first, blending in with the mallards on a log, but it was a beautiful duck. Probably the best duck of North America, don’t @ me. 9/10.

    Red-tailed hawk. Now, I may have favoritism bias, but fight me. I love red-tails. In my humble opinion, bald eagles are overrated, and red-tails underrated. You hear and see about them so often, but they’re just cool birds. And they’re hunting style is much better material than whatever it is eagles do (unless you’re near water). Much more approachable than eagles too. Plus, does anybody remember Tobias from the Animorphs book series? Because I can write a whole other massive rant about him. So yeah, take this with a grain of salt. 9.5/10.

    Honestly, it’s a great time to be a birdwatcher (or birder, or whatever). The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming… and the birds seem to be out there celebrating the overthrowing of the human overlords. I don’t know if there are just more birds or I’m paying more attention to the outside world, but once you look for it you realize there are birds absolutely everywhere. My raptor count has increased exponentially in the past few months. Plus, you can birdwatch everywhere, so social distancing is automatic. 

    Honorary mention: Rabbit. (what_a_piece_of_junk.mp3). Horrible. Can’t even fly, smh. 0/10.

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