Eye on the Road: Road to Elections 2013

Is it time to start packing?

In late 2007, early 2008, Kenya went up in flames. Long building tension and widespread dissatisfaction culminated into violence. People took to the streets, machetes were raised and homes and churches burnt to ashes. Thousands were killed and injured and hundreds of thousands were, and remain, displaced from their homes. The unrest carried a dangerous resemblance to the initial stages of the mass genocide in Rwanda in the 90’s.

Can Kenya promise any different in the weeks to come?

General elections will be held in Kenya on 4 March 2013, electing the President, Senators, County Governors, Members of Parliament, Civic Wards and Women County Representatives. They will be the first elections held under the new constitution, which was passed during the 2010 referendum. Due to the terms of the new constitution, it could also be the first presidential election in Kenya where the candidates face a second round run-off between the first and the second if no one achieves a simple majority in the first round or if the winner does not get 25% of the votes in at least 24 counties.

Out of the eight (so far) nominated candidates, the battle will undoubtedly come down to two political titans. Raila Odinga is the current Prime Minister, whose battle against the current President, Mwai Kibaki, was the largest of factors that culminated into the climate for post election violence. In the wake of the results of the previous election, the “People’s President,” as he was dubbed, called for the “mass demonstrations” that later, wittingly or unwittingly, escalated into post-election violence. The case could be made that his actions directly instigated and incited the country into violence. His main opponent is Uhuru Kenyatta, current Deputy Prime Minister, who is the legacy of Kenya’s founding political family, and who boasts the backing of the Kikuyu people, Kenya’s majority tribal group. The latter, along with his running mate William Ruto, happen to be under an ongoing investigation facing allegations of crimes against humanity by the International Court of Justice. The election will come down to a tight battle between the two giants.

This is not an optimistic scenario. Neither of these candidates will be a real positive change for Kenya as president. I would not, however, lose faith. Kenya will not erupt back into violence. There might be some incidents here and there, but the residents of the corridors of power have realized that they are not above consequence, especially under the global scrutiny in the coming weeks, and more so, Kenyans have better understood the repercussions of acts of violence, on society and on the economy. Hatemongers are frowned upon and are threatened with unforgiving prosecution. Full scale violence is unlikely. So expats, I’d hold on to that plane ticket, and keep a little more faith in our Kenya.

– Luca A.

Next Week: America’s stake in the Kenyan elections

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The New Kid Manifesto

It was like freshman year all over again. There was the confused expression I wore while swivelling this way and that, looking for a class that was presumably right there but seemed to vanish every time I looked for it. There was the I-really-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing look I gave to every teacher as I gracelessly creeped into their classrooms while attempting to appear intellectual and smart. There were the late bells that urged me to dodge into random classrooms, the schedule I had yet to memorize, and the people who tried to be helpful but couldn’t get much across to my hyperactive, confused conscience. Yup, I was the new kid. And as the new kid, I was obliged to be as awkward as humanely possible.

Everyone has their own “New Kid Tale” to tell and some are rather nice, smooth and normal. “I really don’t remember anything spectacular happening in any place that I was new,” Faben, a 10th grader, told me in passing. Some students don’t even remember the last time they considered themselves to be new, and others… well, most students can recall embarrassing, confusing, and frustrating stories of their first day. Ger Ogot told me that she had been to many schools before she came to Rosslyn and the multiple transitions were not always easy. “Making new friends, finding your way around. It’s pretty tough,” she said. It’s never an easy thing thrusting yourself into different situations and expecting everything to go along like unicorns and rainbows.

However, all is not lost for the new kid. I like to believe that human beings are inherently good and that we have the moral capacity to embrace those who seem to have no idea what they’re doing. Over time, being new fades and you find that you do belong somewhere. It might take a while for it to happen, because as teenagers we like to believe that no one in the world understands us. But the truth is, everyone feels out of place and everyone has their days where they feel that they’re some strange, foreign object floating around in a space that they don’t understand. When you know that you have never really been alone, then you’re no longer the new kid clomping around and trying to fit in but you’re a student that’s eager to learn and embrace different situations. I believe that the new kid awkwardness can be turned around into a new kid manifesto.

– Milkah K.

Welcome to Norkor!

Guess who’s here? Norkor Nortey! Norkor is a 15 year old junior coming from Dakar, Senegal. She moved as a result of her mother getting a job as an NGO with Oxfam. She has 2 siblings, Arnold and Kiki. They are 25 and 17 years old, respectively.

Norkor started her journey in Ghana and stayed there for 6 years. For the nextNorkor Nortey 9 or so years she found herself living in Kenya, Kyrgyzstan (where she learned to speak Russian), the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Senegal.

When asked what she missed most about Dakar she said her school. Not only for the people in it but also because it was a smaller school. One of her first impressions of Rosslyn was the fact that it is relatively big compared to what she is used to. In Dakar everyone knew everyone. “It was like a family,” she said as she continued to describe her past.

No move or transition is easy but it seems as though Norkor is willing to have an extremely positive attitude despite everything she has had to leave behind. One of the things that she is most looking forward to at Rosslyn is Cultural Field Studies or CFS.

Norkor is taking a variety of classes this semester including AP Literature, Statistics, Applied Instrument, Spanish 2, and African Cultures. Her favorite class so far is Spanish 2. However, she also enjoys history and has considered doing something with it in the future. Other areas she is thinking about studying are Journalism or Photography.

Some activities that Norkor enjoys doing are experimenting in the kitchen, photography, reading historical fiction, and playing basketball. In the coming season she plans on trying out for the Rosslyn Girls Basketball team. Let’s welcome Norkor to our Rosslyn family!

– Hannah B

Anyone Up for Some Pizza?

Do you have those days when you’re craving pizza, but mom or dad’s like “we’re not ordering pizza, there’s *insert random food* in the fridge? This is literally my life. So instead of ordering pizza, why don’t you just make your own? It’s super easy and takes half the time that normal pizza does (because you don’t have to wait for the dough to rise). This is my all-time favorite Biscuit Pizza Crust Recipe, taken from yammiesnoshery.com. The ingredients are things you can easily find in your kitchen.

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour

1 teaspoon garlic powder (you can omit it if you don’t have any, I’ve done that tons of times)

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (you can also omit this, and add oregano and a bunch of herbs, it still tastes fabulous)

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

4 tablespoons cold/room temperature-ish butter (NOT MARGARINE. It’s a federal crime to substitute margarine for butter when baking)

3/4-1 cup buttermilk (I usually use 3/4 cup of milk and add 2-3 teaspoons of vinegar, works the same)

Extra butter, parmesan (if you want), tomato sauce/ketchup, cheese and your favorite toppings

 

Extra stuff you’ll need:

Baking sheet, or pizza pan,a rolling pin, and measuring cups and spoons

 

Okay, so first you’d want to measure your milk and vinegar and just let it sit for a little while. Let them get acquainted.

Then combine your flour, garlic powder (if you have any) salt, Italian seasoning/herbs, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl.

Cut the cold butter into small cubes and work it into the flour with your fingers. If the butter is too solid, microwave it for 5-10 seconds.

Add 3/4 of the buttermilk, which should start to look a bit funky, and mix it into the flour. Add a teaspoon more at a time until you can mix all the flour in. If it’s still really sticky and undough-like just add more flour and work it into a dough.

Take the dough out of the mixing howl and flatten it. Fold it over itself a few times and roll it out to a big enough circle.

If you want, you can fold over the edges to create a crust.

Top with tomato sauce, cheese and a whole bunch of toppings.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the crust is a bit brown around the edges and the cheese is bubbling.

Brush the edges with butter and sprinkle with parmesan.

Now grab a slice of pizza and go sit behind the tv. And don’t share with any of the people who said “WE’RE NOT ORDERING PIZZA!”

– Norkor N.

Saying Goodbye (For Now)

What is one of the hardest things about being a missionary?

Some would say that it is going on furlough. A family going on furlough within a week is the Gandy family. They are leaving on to go back to Memphis, Tennessee, and will most likely come back after second semester of this up coming school year.

The three children in the Gandy family all go to Rosslyn Academy. The girls are Natalie in 12th grade, Gillian in 10th grade, and Lydia in 8th grade. I got to interview Gillian Gandy about her thoughts on this furlough.

Although they had gone on a furlough before, back in Gillian’s 7th grade year, it is still going to be an exciting experience. The girls in the Gandy family had only known about the move for about a week now, and have been very busy preparing to leave. Some of the things that they have been doing in preparation are to pack and sell as much and as soon as possible. When asked how she felt right now about the move, Gillian said that she was ready to move, and that living out of boxes is getting tiring.

Gillian looks forward to this short move back to the U.S.A. to see her family and friends. When she goes she will look forward to trying to get a job, most likely doing henna, and she will be homeschooled in Memphis.

Change is part of life in various forms, and right now the Gandy family is going through some change with their furlough in America.

– Tia H

A Look at the English Premier League Transfer Window

The month of January can be seen as just a normal month in the calendar year, but for many football fans it’s the highly anticipated transfer window, where clubs look to bolster their squads with new players and giant sums of money are thrown around in the pursuit of young talent.

The English Premier League looks to spend big this transfer window, and the league champions, Manchester City, look to improve the attacking options with bids for Napoli’s Cavani and Athletico Madrid’s Falcao and look to spend around £100 million. Striker Mario Balotelli looks to be staying at the club, despite rumours linking him to AC Milan as the club’s coach labelled the player as a “rotton apple.”

Liverpool’s recent signing of Daniel Sturridge has proven very successful as the young striker scored in this weekend’s derby game against Manchester United. They also look to sign Norwegian defender Vergard Forren, but recent sources say the striker is set to move to Southampton.

After an unsuccessful league campaign Arsenal look to make many purchases and are linked with Crystal Palace’s wonderkid Wilifried Zaha, battling United for his signature. West Ham’s Mohamadou Diame could be set to join the Gunners as they look to trigger the player’s £3.5 million release clause. Hatem Ben Arfa from Newcastle could possibly join the club as well and talks of Serge Aurier of Toulouse could potentially replace the departing Bacary Sagna.

Queens Park Ranger’s boss is responsible for hijacking a deal for Marseille Striker Loic Remy from Newcastle as well as Rennes star Yann M’Vila in order to keep the club from relegation. Dutch-Star Wesley Sneijder is heavily linked with Turkish side Galatasaray and Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez, commonly known as “Chicharito,” looks to be moving to Atheltico Madrid with the club expecting departures this transfer window.

That’s it for the major transfer news , look out this weekend to see the impact of new signings and be sure to check out Chelsea vs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur take on Manchester United at White Hart Lane.

– Afraaz L

Enjoy the Journey

Imagine the bus ride where you look outside and see the grassy plains and the deep red dust; while inside, you hear friends laughing and music playing all around you. This is what CFS, Cultural Field Studies, is all about. It is the time of the year when you can relax and enjoy spending time with friends for a greater cause. Several students at Rosslyn Academy are bursting with excitement to jump into this enjoyable week full of not only physical labor but spiritual growth throughout this whole experience as well.

If you ask most Rosslyn Academy students they will generally say their highlight of CFS was the opportunity for bonding with their friends on a deeper level because of the rich experiences that only happens because of CFS. It is a thrill to hear about the different places that students have gone during, and it is fascinating to continually learn more about this wonderful culture we live in throughout the journey of CFS.

There are always highs and lows or clouds and sunshine about the trips. A few Rosslyn students informed me on their highs and lows. The highs include bonding and getting to stay with friends without having to be in school classes; and the lows include “long drops” or “squatty potties”—which are toilets that don’t have a seat—the lack of showers, and the oppressive heat.

Another incredible part about CFS is when we all join up together again as a school to share stories that pushed us to our limits and created long lasting memories with our friends. After recuperating from our journeys, we get to take a short bus ride home that concludes the last of our memorable trip.

Whatever the expectations are for your CFS, be prepared to have surprises that you may or may not enjoy—but all of which you will certainly learn and grow from, especially as you become more flexible. All the while, though, don’t forget to have fun and enjoy the journey!

– Kara N

Welcome to Eagle Watch!

Eagle Watch is Rosslyn Academy’s brand new hard hitting newspaper.

From Human Interest to Politics to Sports, from our own internal news to the news of the world around us, Eagle watch will deliver it all. Tailor made for the Rosslyn community, Eagle Watch will give a unique perspective that caters to its diverse Rosslyn audience.

The newspaper’s slogan, “Spark a Question, Ignite the News,” sums up our purpose. We are here to give an uncompromising look at the issues raised in our own Rosslyn community, while keeping a balance with the matters of the world around us. We strive to inform as well as to entertain, with our Humor and Lifestyle articles.

Under our Editor John Leonard, the Eagle Watch team is made up entirely of students, better geared students for their accomplishments and to address their concerns. The Eagle Watch team promises to report news accurately and objectively.

The Eagle Watch team would like to promote an open environment for concerns to be voiced and opinions to be aired, and to bridge the relationship between the newspaper and you, the reader. The team encourages readers to submit comments and opinions articles for the online paper.

Have a story you’d want to hear? An issue you’d like raised and addressed? What would you like to see more of/ less of? Feel free to email us at johnl(at)rosslynacademy.com.

– Luca A.