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Forensics students must come to school on make-up day

Justine Seligson

Students are greatly anticipating the break before and during Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the week before are reserved for multiple, exhausting exams. With make-up day seen as another day off, in addition to an already long weekend, it seems like the light at the end of the tunnel.

Some students, though, will have their break cut a little short at the end. These are the forensics students who will be coming to Staples Tuesday afternoon to conduct their final: a mock criminal trial.

Forensics teacher Michael Lazaroff explained that the purpose of the final taking place on make-up day is so the classes can come together for their final. “This is the only way to get two classes to meet at the same time,” Lazaroff said. “We have one common crime scene that both classes have been analyzing.”

Forensics students agreed that they were initially upset about the unique plan but felt it also had many benefits.

“The arrangement is a little annoying,” Addy Fowle ’15 said. “But I think that the final crime scene and mock court are way more fun than a regular final.”

“It’s way better than another situation because it’s after all other midterms, so you don’t have to stress about other exams during the trial,” Kathryn Green ’14 said. “You can really focus on your presentation.”

Others, such as Lindsey Lozyniak ’14, have mixed feelings. She would prefer to have the final be during a regular midterm period. But, based on the trial needing both classes present, she thinks the current arrangement is necessary.

Because the trial is a final exam, students unable to make it Tuesday are required to instead write a 20-page paper on everything regarding the criminal case.

“The paper is not intending to be punitive,” Lazaroff said. “But it’s easier to show up.”

According to Lazroff, only once in his history of teaching forensics has a student been absent for the trial. He feels that students’ fun and engaging experience in crime court is worth coming on make-up day.

“Most exams you have to prove what you know,” Lazaroff said. “Here, you leave learning something.”

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Justine Seligson, Photo Coordinator
Being a self-described political junkie and a teen travel writer, Justine Seligson '15 is not only, without a doubt,  a well rounded student and basically a mother's dream, but also a very unique addition to the staff. Seligson is extremely modest about her accomplishments, but it is very clear that her extensive journalistic experience outside of Inklings has largely influenced her presence on the paper. "I have a column on teen travel on my parent's website, which is called Farewell Travels," Seligson said. "It's a very different type of writing [than Inklings] but it's definitely helped me to grow as a journalist overall." Seligson goes on to describe the plethora of exquisite articles she has written for her column over the years. Seligson further explained how her experiences in traveling have shaped her journalistic presence in a large way. She explains why she is nonchalant about the amazing experiences she has had traveling the globe, explaining that it has always been a way of life for her and her family. "My family travels all the time," she said. "It's just part of our business." However, Seligson says that "...[she] would a much different writer if [she] hadn't traveled so much." She casually mentions how much of an impact a pre-college Kenyan writing program had on her, as what an honor it was to be featured in the National Geographic Student Edition. "It made me realize that even though journalism may supposedly be a dying business, there may be some hope for me to pursue my dream career," she said. With her in-depth knowledge of travel and politics, Seligson is sure to be an interesting voice on the paper this year. She hopes to improve her writing and photography even more this year, as well as to help other staff members to increase the quality of their own photographs.

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