Slideshow: Formal Day -

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Slideshow: USA Day -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 Fall Fashion Trends -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thomasch dribbles her way to Stonehill -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Boys’ Varsity Soccer Match Ends in Deadlock -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WA Marching Band heads to MICCA finals -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Empowering Students in new class -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Slideshow: Halloween and PJ Day -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WA Field Hockey falls on Senior Night -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Homecoming Tailgate: Preview -

Monday, October 20, 2014

WA Boys Soccer beats AB -

Monday, October 20, 2014

Feehrer and Richards make an impact -

Monday, October 20, 2014

Varsity boys’ soccer shuts out Bedford -

Friday, October 17, 2014

Girls’ volleyball defeated by Bedford -

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WA Cheer has high hopes -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ralls is back in the halls -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The DDMs: What are they? -

Friday, October 10, 2014

Volleyball wallops Waltham 3-0 -

Friday, October 10, 2014

Elections warrant student respect -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WA Compliments makes a comeback -

Monday, October 6, 2014

Where are the Apple-blossoms?

Bettina Juszak Staff Writer …or how Westford amuses itself. Musings on American culture by a German exchange student. Passing through the center of town around nine o clock in the morning last Saturday proved to be a bad idea. Knowing the usual size of Westford’s town activities, I was completely flabbergasted by the number of people lining the street around the common and Abott School. It looked like every family with little kids was there, and then some more. The actual parade I missed, but I hear it is all very flowery. It sounds like the event named ‘Karneval’ in…

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New York City: small space chaos

Bettina Juszak Staff Writer Musings on American culture by a German exchange student. New York City, the city of 8 million. I’m not even going to start on the waiting involved in this city. Remember when I said Washington DC was packed? It was nothing in comparison to New York City. Times Square? One could hardly move without bumping into someone, the masses of people were stifling (and it wasn’t even prime time in the evening). If so many people didn’t give one a headache, then all the blaring, garishly bright and obtrusive signs would. And another piece of advice…

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Washinton DC, the city of waiting

Bettina Juszak Staff Writer Musings on American culture by a German exchange student. April break saw me driving all over the country, and that also took me through the nation’s capital. If anyone asked what I noticed most about Washington DC, I would promptly answer that it was the fact that the whole city is monument crazy. From Jefferson, to Washington, to Lincoln, there seems to be no president not represented, if not as a monument then with a building named after him. Also there seems to be a monument for every crisis or war the US has been in…

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Exploring a College Campus

Bettina Juszak Staff Writer …or how blatant advertising takes over education. Musings on American culture by a German exchange student. Last weekend I visited a college for an accepted students day. Apparently that is a generally used method of trying to decide on a college. Said college shall  remain unnamed, but, as it is of importance later, I will say that it  specializes in engineering and sciences. The hoped for insightful visit, however, certainly did not start out that way. The welcoming speech was complete propaganda, which mostly focused on how great the college is, the need of every student…

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College Fanaticism

Bettina Juszak Staff Writer …or how an education system seems to be more trouble than it’s worth. A series of musings on American culture by a German exchange student. I know I already talked a bit about this topic, but now that college admissions are in full swing, I feel that there is a lot more to say. After the initial craziness of the process of applying in summer and fall, which is far more extensive than any application in Germany, and as far as I know the whole of Europe, now, in March, all the regular action rejections or…

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Mock Accident: an effective teaching tool?

Bettina Juszak Staff Writer …or, “Guys, drunk driving really is bad”. Musings on American culture by a German exchange student. When thinking about April 1st, 2011, I think no one can deny that the weather was playing an April fools joke on all of New England. Unfortunately, or so I am told, that made the mock accident less fun, or impressive,  than it had been in the past, as no one was particularly keen on doing it in a bank of snow and it was moved inside. In the PAC quite the detailed scene followed – and quite fatalistic as…

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Weather Grievances

Bettina Juszak Staff Writer …or how we are never happy with any weather. Musings on American culture by a German exchange student. It is snowing. Snowing! Snowing in spring. It is not supposed to snow in spring. Rain, sunshine, warmer weather, yes, but not really cold – and snowing. Flashback to last summer; when I came here it was so hot one couldn’t stand to be outside for long doing anything in the way of exertion – then the life saver was the swimming pool in the back yard. Flasback to fall; now that was a pleasant time of year…

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Halfway Point

Bettina

by Bettina Juszak Staff Writer …or getting used to American peculiarities. A series of musings on American culture by a German exchange student. In several different senses this is exactly the half of my exchange year here. One is simply the time; I have been here for five months and there are five more months to go. A second is the beginning of third term and thus second semester. And a third is the mental attitude – I am truly and completely here now; German is beginning to feel like a foreign language, high school is the norm, and living…

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Chinese New Year

By Bettina Juszak Staff Writer A series of musings on American culture by a German exchange student.The day before Valentine’s Day and I have nothing better to do but freeze my butt off. Not that I didn’t have fun, too, but it was hard to enjoy anything outside (I want spring, now!!). Anyway, I know the actual Chinese New Year was supposed to be on February 3rd, but for some reason it was only celebrated on the 13th in Boston’s Chinatown. That said, it was a fascinating experience. Our group went to a Chinese restaurant (more Chinese than you usually…

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Snow Dump

Bettina Juszak Staff Writer A series of musings on American culture by a German exchange student. So, remember the time I said something about wanting snow and there not going to be any snow during school hours? I take it back. All of it. Not only has there been a more than ample amount of snow, it also completely and thoroughly disrupted school. So there; proven wrong on both accounts. At this point in time I feel confident to say that there are very few people actually wanting more snow – and we are only a bit more than half-way…

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Essays galore

By Bettina Juszak Staff Writer A series of musings on American culture by a German exchange student: Midterms are coming up (yes, I know you’re probably already more than sick of that subject even though they haven’t even happened yet) and with that one more instance at school where virtually everyone will have to write at least some sort of essay. A few months ago I still thought an essay is an essay. You come to school, get about one and a half hours to write in class and hand it in. Guess what: American schools apparently do it more…

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American Holidays 2: Reflections on Vacation

Bettina Juszak Staff Writer A series of musings on American culture by a German exchange student: Christmas and New Year’s – two of the most major events of the year, only a week apart. And the best thing: one week off from school. When I say the best thing, that is of course only a relative assessment. My personal first reaction to that fact was more along the lines of why, oh why is it only one week? Being used to two weeks of Christmas vacation that struck me as particularly short and unfair, especially with the midterms coming up…

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