Month: November 2014

Ronaldo D’Or

Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, will be contending for the highly prestigious 2014 Ballon d’Or at the beginning of next year. Although the award show is still a few months away, many speculate that his fine form will win him the legendary award for two consecutive years. He has contributed vastly in obtaining the La Decima title for his Club, Real Madrid. Ronaldo was also devoted to the success of Portugal’s National Team, but had to watch Portugal be disqualified at the group stages in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was always determined to bring positive results to his national team, but one man can’t bring success to a team alone. In spite of Portugal’s loss, Ronaldo has excelled in his club and proved himself the most dangerous footballer on the planet in Spain and Europe’s top tier teams. By the end of last season, he had won two trophies: the long awaited Champions league with the Copa Del Rey. Despite a glamorous end to the campaign last season with ‘Los Blancos’, Ronaldo’s fitness worsened. He …

A Blast From The Past

Some of us have heard of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1925 novel The Lost World. The book turned into a stop-motion film, and the story is centered on an expedition to a land inhabited by prehistoric animals in South America. The explorers eventually take a brontosaurus back to London. Thanks to reports of a strange creature in Africa, this story may eventually become a reality.

Arab Night At The Round Square International Conference

On the final night of the conference, hundreds of participants assembled in front of Alnilam waiting for Arab Night to begin. Just two hours before, the Round Square delegation had concluded the closing ceremony with the passing of the conference flag to the delegates from UWCSEA in Singapore, and students were taking photos and exchanging Facebook and Instagram accounts with their newly made friends. They did not know what to expect of the evening planned ahead as they were only asked to wait in front of Alnilam.

The Ebola Outrage: Confronting A Worldwide Crisis

More than six months ago, a two-year-old known as patient zero died of Ebola in Guinea. Since then, Ebola rapidly ballooned from an isolated case to an international epidemic, splashing across borders into Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Liberia. Ebola cases have appeared in Senegal, United States, and Spain as well.

Swim Team Prepares for METS

Swimming is a sport that has a long history. The Ancient Egyptians have the first record of swimming in 2500 BCE. Swimming was an official army training institution in Ancient Rome and Greece. It was an efficient way of blindsiding enemies in that era. By the first century BCE, there were so many people swimming in Far East Asia that there were swimming competitions in Japan. In 1837, the first swimming association was made in London. Nine years later, in 1846, the first swimming global competition was held in Australia. Swimming became an Olympic sport in 1896, and F.I.N.A is the official swimming institution of today. Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly are the four swimming strokes that athletes compete in at the Olympics and World Championships.

On Civil Disobedience

King’s Academy believes in its students and their abilities to make rational decisions. However, some students do not live up to these expectations. One should note that the broken expectations tend to be similar and have always been dictated by the faculty. In these cases, peers of the violators take it upon themselves to decide what should be done with these particular individuals. The peers, in the form of the Disciplinary Committee, decide on the consequences of the student’s actions. As rules are enforced, there are those who will attempt to oppose them, and often succeed in breaking them. This select group of people does this simply because the laws exist, not because of their displeasure over the said laws.

In Praise of Idleness

I value education and appreciate every opportunity for understanding and learning that King’s Academy gives me. However, these past several weeks have been life changing as I have been placed out of my comfort zone and developed personally. Many of my ideologies have been strengthened, among them, my thought on education. With all I have learned these past few weeks about myself, I have come to understand that education does not solely lie in a classroom or a homework assignment. Education is an experience. I understand that homework and class lie within these experiences, but there is more to it than that.

Ban the Bottle? Kicking the Plastic Habit

On our campus, a shortage of water is never an issue—in contrast to the rest of Jordan and  so many other parts of the world. Over a billion people lack access to clean water today, but here at King’s we don’t even have to look. Drinking fountains are around every corner, five-gallon jugs are delivered to faculty apartments, and bottled water magically appears at our tables for lunch. But this convenience comes at a price: those plastic water bottles are made almost entirely from petroleum, and the overwhelming majority of bottles end up in landfills or incinerators, rather than in recycling facilities—over 75 percent, or 30 billion in the U.S. alone. One could object that the tap water on campus isn’t as clean as one would like, so bottled water is necessary—but then do we really need bottled water delivered to the fields for sports teams instead of a 10-gallon cooler? Why does the Kaziyeh  sell bottled water when students can fill their own water bottles?  What about the fuel needed to transport all this …