Bibi’s Iron Fist Netanyahu, Iran, and History Repeating Itself

In 2002, then-President George W. Bush alienated Iran in nuclear talks after the expiration of an eight-year agreement constructed by the Clinton administration. “States like [Iran, Iraq and North Korea] and their terrorist allies,” Bush explained in his 2002 State of the Union address, “constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.” Iran’s response to the alienation? Pursuit of nuclear capabilities.

By the end of 2007, Iran was operating almost 4,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium fuel. The IAEA reported that they had 1,390 pounds of low-enriched uranium by Nov. 2008, enough for one nuclear weapon capable of travelling 1,300 miles – long enough to reach Israel and Eastern Europe. Under Clinton’s deal, Iran possessed exactly zero centrifuges and zero pounds of low-enriched uranium. Bush’s maneuver left them with the capability to construct a nuclear weapon six years later.

Back to 2002 and Bush’s speech. Bush decided to invade Iraq later that year, and soon after the State of the Union expressed that action against Iraq was imminent, citing their harboring of “weapons of mass destruction” and support of Al-Qaeda. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Bush’s decision, six months before the eventual bombardment of Baghdad. “I think the choice of Iraq is a good choice, it’s the right choice,” Netanyahu said. “It’s not a question of whether Iraq’s regime should be taken out but when should it be taken out; it’s not a question of whether you’d like to see a regime change in Iran but how to achieve it.”

13 years later, we look back in shame. Iraq possessed no weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein was not harboring Osama Bin Laden and his supporters. It was a move that destabilized an otherwise stable region since the First Gulf War, and the Middle East is still seeing the aftermath of Bush’s decisions, with Sunni extremist groups like the Islamic State rising to prominence after being marginalized and alienated by the Shiite regime Bush’s administration put in power after taking Baghdad.

13 years later, we not only look back in shame, but apparently look to repeat our previous mistakes. Netanyahu is taking shots at Iran again.

“Iran and [the Islamic State] are competing for the crown of militant Islam,” he says in his ill-advised speech to Congress on Mar. 3. “One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State.”

Aside from Bibi’s innate ability to detect subtle differences in the names of Shiite-led countries and a Sunni extremist groups, he’s absolutely, unequivocally out of line. To not be able to identify the clear differences between ISIS and the Republic of Iran – outside of, of course, the fact that one of them is aerially bombarding the other daily as part of a worldwide coalition – is either hilariously irresponsible for just mindlessly supporting a flawed conservative agenda.

First off, considering Netanyahu vocally supported invading Iraq on entirely false premises and throwing trillions of dollars down the drain to accomplish essentially nothing, why should the American people trust him again? Secondly, ignoring his judgement of the situation in Iraq, how can anyone support repeating the same mistakes that have led to the stale US-Iranian relationship that actually provided Iran with nuclear capabilities?

If Netanyahu is really as worried as he says he is about Iran using its nuclear abilities to destroy Israel, he’d support negotiating a deal. After all, which Israeli approach is more likely to cause Iran to go rogue and drop nuclear bombs?

  1. Alienating them and labeling them as evil in spite of their significant nuclear capabilities
  2. Sitting at a table and building a trusting relationship with them over time

Any reasonable person would pick option B, but Netanyahu apparently sees it differently. He is unreasonably contentious by nature, and his solutions to most issues have been to flaunt his military power and stand with an iron fist against any and all who disagree with him. It’s worked in his favor so far to keep Israel afloat, but such a tactic is bound to fail in the near future. And for Boehner to invite Netanyahu without the President’s consent is a disgrace, as is the Israeli Prime Minister’s acceptance of the invitation – he seems intent on hurting one of the only international working relationships Israel still has left after bombing Hamas, and collaterally Gaza, into oblivion last summer.

What good are mistakes if we don’t learn from them? That wrongful attitude what Netanyahu is wrongfully suggesting, and the GOP’s support of his narrow view can and will prove highly detrimental to world peace.

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Pop Quiz Bowl

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On Saturday March 14, MFS sent two teams to a Quiz Bowl competition in Newark, run by the University of Delaware. Quiz Bowl, an academic tournament run in a manner similar to Jeopardy! and other trivia game shows, tests students’ knowledge of history, science, math, literature, sports, and pop culture, with questions ranging from popular television shows like Breaking Bad and The Legend of Korra to the most obscure fields of academic endeavor like organic chemistry and Russian existentialism, with everything in between.

The Moorestown Friends A team, consisting of seniors Brett Barbin, Katherine Thai, Scott Strickland, and Matt Scalamandre, finished the day with seven wins and three losses, earning 13th place out of 34 teams. Captain Brett Barbin, playing in his last ever Quiz Bowl tournament, finished fifth overall out of 127 students in the individual standings, with an average of 83.50 points per game,

The Moorestown Friends B team, consisting of sophomores Alex Horn, Charles Kropiewnicki, Dragon Ding, and Alex Barrett, gained the record of two wins and eight losses, finishing 23rd. While they did not achieve a winning record, the JV competed closely with several talented teams, including a memorable match in which they nearly defeated Moorestown Friends A. Captain Alex Horn finished sixteenth overall out of 127 students in the individual standings, with an average of 43.33 points per game.

With the entire A team graduating at the end of this year, the MFS quiz bowl team is sorely in need of new talent. Any students wishing to participate can contact the team’s faculty advisor, Judy van Tijn, or any of the players listed above.

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MFS Reacts to Ferguson Police Shootings

After four months of relative calm following riots in response to Michael Brown’s death, Ferguson has reentered the news, this time after two police officers were shot and wounded. Here are the reactions of some members of the MFS community:

“The resignations of the police chiefs are in response to the report of the justice department; it troubles me greatly. When someone standing up on the hill beyond the crowd targeting the policemen – this won’t be a good thing, obviously. The two police officers targeted weren’t even from Ferguson – they were from out of town. We are in that phase where we don’t have info, where the news will keep running stories and make it worse than it is.” – History teacher Eliza McFeely

“I didn’t find out about the shootings or about any of the resigning until today, so I’m kind of out of the loop, so I feel like it wouldn’t be fair for me to give an opinion on something I don’t know enough about. I do feel in general that – I won’t say that officers deserved it because that is completely against my morals. I think once we know the full story we will be a little more clear as to why it happened. I don’t have enough to rant yet.” – Junior Breanna Riddick

“The police chief’s resignation shows that the police force is human too, and just as much as the people are fearful of the police, the police are fearful of the people. I think that racism per se is getting worse but that the racial tension is getting worse. It’s more on people’s minds because of the media.” – Senior Jason Woloshin

“The whole place [Ferguson] is a mess. Racism is more bold and now more talked about.” – Junior Travis Benedict

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The Long and Short of it Prom Dress Choices Stirring Debate

Throughout the history of MFS prom, upperclassmen girls have traditionally worn long dresses while underclassmen wear short ones. But last year, a few sophomores decided to break the trend, sporting long dresses to the big dance. This year’s sophomore girls admire the way that last year’s sophomores challenged the norm, and some have decided to follow in their footsteps.

Currently, five sophomore girls report that they plan to wear long dresses to prom this year, up from last year’s three. While there are no rules against underclassmen wearing long dresses, some students remain in support of the trend. Junior Sasha Katsnelson commented, “If you wear a long dress sophomore year, it makes it less special and less fun than getting to wear one junior and senior year.” Junior Amanda Karlsson, one of last year’s trend-defying sophomores, agreed. “The only reason I wore a long dress last year is because the short one I ordered didn’t come in on time. It is more special if sophomores wait until their junior or senior year to wear a long dress.”

But many of this year’s sophomores disagree. Sophomore Camille Aguilar is among the sophomore girls who plan to show up at the even in a dress that hangs to the floor. “Sophomores should be allowed to wear whatever they want. I am wearing a long dress this year and it shouldn’t be a problem. Sophomores wore long dresses last year and no one cared; I’m not sure why it matters this year.”

This year’s prom is on April 24 at The Mansion in Voorhees. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased in the Dining Hall Commons.

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3.14.15 Excitement Builds for "Super Pi Day"

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The excitement preceding Pi Day this year has not only come from the MFS Math Department. The holiday commemorates the mathematical constant, approximately 3.1415, on March 14, represented as 3.14. This year’s celebration has been deemed “Super Pi Day,” as inclusion of the two-digit year in the date makes this year’s holiday 3.14.15, a continuation of the number’s decimal places. Many students are enthusiastic as the big day approaches. Junior Margaux Vellucci says, “[It’s] very cool that it will be on 3.14.15. I’m taking the SAT at 9:26 and I will think at that time ‘Super Pi Day!’” Seniors Megan Le and Jason Woloshin com “That’s wild. Personally, it’s my senior year and I get to celebrate one of the most quintessential holidays of American history.” Because this year’s Pi Day falls on a Saturday, the MFS festivities took place the preceding Friday, March 13.

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A Slippery Slope Dangerous Ice on MFS Campus

It may be a slippery slope fallacy to say so, but at the rate things are going, the entire state of New Jersey will soon be one huge block of ice.

The 2014-15 winter may have started off slowly, but the second half is proving to be a winter worthy of the name, with everything from snow to sleet to freezing rain terrorizing innocent New Jerseyans statewide. And while the weather outside may be frightful, the process of getting inside is anything but delightful.

The combination of snow, freezing rain, and frigid temperatures has led to a dangerous accumulation of snow on the streets, making travel difficult for Moorestown Friends students and faculty. Unfortunately, the problem is not over once they get to school. The school Maintenance Staff has done a truly exemplary job of vigilantly salting areas with the potential to become icy, such as the parking lots and sidewalks, to the point where more often than not, the ice is gone before students ever have to deal with it. But sometimes the northeast winter is simply too much to handle, with ice constantly freezing the asphalt well into March.

Furthermore, the difficulty of keeping the path to Hartman Hall, a problem the school community has only had to face in the last couple of years, adds another level of hardship to the icy problem. Students have faced special difficulty in getting to their classes in Hartman Hall in a timely, safe fashion. Sophomore Jackson Blanchard complained, “I’m stuck between slipping on the path or stepping off the path into the snow. It’s a no-win scenario.”

The ice may seem to be catastrophic now, but MFS students can cling to the hope that spring will come, and the ice will melt. Until then, take care to stay firmly stuck to the ground.

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A Gaggle of Geese Chasers Geese Chasers Keeping MFS Fields Clear

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Thanks to an elite group of brave souls, fewer geese now roam the MFS fields to terrorize little children and defecate on their shoes.

Geese Chasers LLC has been servicing MFS for the last 3 years. Founded in 1999, Geese Chasers LLC specializes in the removal of Canadian geese from municipal properties, entire communities, golf courses, country clubs, as well as commercial plots. The Geese Chasers use 30 border Collie dogs which mimic the arctic fox, a natural predator of Canadian geese, thus teaching the Canadian geese to not return to a property. The dogs can effectively remove geese from a property in a very short amount of time. From the time the door is opened to let the dogs out of the car to the time when the fields are left entirely geese-free, it often takes no more than two minutes. The way the Border Collies stalk the geese causes the birds no physical harm yet still trains them to stay away.

The main trouble with the geese is the feces they leave behind. When they go, they go everywhere, until the property is practically uninhabitable. One of the many representatives will drive to a property with one or two dogs, and then let the Border Collies out of the car to chase the Geese. This process happens twice a day for each property. After a month and a half of vigorous property clearing, the geese learn to stay away from that property.

The Geese Chasers train Border Collies, with older dogs training the younger ones to mimic Arctic Foxes and chase geese without causing harm. A property with rampant geese sees a substantial decrease in the birds’ population after just two weeks of dog treatment, as repeatedly demonstrated by the company.

WordsWorth interviewed Kyle Young, an employee of the Geese Chasers, who has happily worked with them for many years. He says it is a quick process to clear the fields, and that he himself usually completes many properties per week. These properties consist of schools, workplaces, golf courses, or even private yards. The Geese Chasers have been doing their part to clear the nuisance of Canadian geese, allowing MFS teams to play in the fields without stepping into a sticky situation.

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Fashion Bursting into Bloom Style Predictions for Spring 2015

Based off of the new styles recently presented during New York Fashion Week, these are the trends that are expected to be big in the spring of 2015:

Fringe

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Fringe is expected to be the most popular trend this spring. With its light, feathery texture and bohemian vibe, its the perfect detail to flaunt as the weather warms up. Designers such as BCBGMAXAZRIA and Mara Hoffman displayed many pieces with fringe during New York fashion week. Still, when asked if she would wear clothes with fringe this spring, freshman Alyssa Levine said, “No way!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suede

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Everything from pants to skirts to bathing suits are being made out of suede this spring.  Derek Lam displayed beautiful cut-and-sew designs and head to toe suede in his show last month. Commenting on the picture below, senior Jason Woloshin said, “It is really ugly, but I would still wear suede.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denim

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Denim jeans have always been a classic look, but this spring, designers are taking a new twist on an old favorite.  Layering denim on denim is an easy but chic outfit.  Dolce and Gabbana took a risk this NYFW by bejewelling denim and pairing it with a simple top. Sophomore Matthew Knowlton commented on the picture below, saying, “I wouldn’t wear this by itself, but plain denim is fine.”
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House Takeover Students Taking Charge at MFS Open Houses

Admissions’ open houses at MFS are undergoing a serious change. Previously run entirely by MFS faculty with the help of students as tour guides, open houses are transitioning toward a more student-run style. Senior Spencer Kelly began the recent open house with an informative speech featuring a graphic guide to the school he made himself.

“I believe it went very well.” Kelly said. “The parents at the open house were very comfortable and very engaged [with] the information that I presented to them.

The Admissions Department was pleased with how the event turned out. When asked how she felt about the changes, Director of Admissions Rachel Tilney said, “It was absolutely awesome.”

“The speech was very student-focused, he was very professional, he had practiced a ton, and I think what he was presenting was completely appropriate to what the parents in attendance had wanted to hear. He talked a lot about facts and figures about the school that a family interested in the school wants to hear about. Things about the campus, about the students, and faculty, all that stuff. It was great!”

With the outcome of the student-run open house appearing to be extremely positive, it will be interesting to see if these changes stick around for future open houses.

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