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Fighting for women Student Council Podcast: Week 1 A Failure in Our YouTube Role Models The Wonders of Switzerland The Umbrella Revolution Everything You Need to Know About the Ukraine Crisis

Fighting for women’s rights in London

Eight students from Zurich International School will be going to the “Trust Women” conference on the 18th of November in London. The aim of the conference is to put law behind women rights. “Trust Women” is a conference that brings together delegates and people from around the world with a passion for fighting for women’s […]

Student Council Podcast: Week 1

The first ever student council podcast! This new weekly installment will provide you with updates on what is happening at school, what projects are in the works, as well as a little insight into who your student body representatives actually are.

A Failure in Our YouTube Role Models

When you are asked to name the most famous celebrities of our generation, you would be forgiven for picturing such faces as ‘Brangelina’ or Beyoncé- however you’d be wrong. A survey conducted by Variety.com found that the top five personalities according to 13-17 year olds were in fact YouTubers. YouTuber, a word that as I […]

The Wonders of Switzerland’s Direct Democracy

It isn’t often that Switzerland is featured in the ‘International News’ section of any newspaper – as a neutral country with one of the most stable economies in the world, it isn’t hard to see why. Switzerland is renowned for its fairly unique political system – direct democracy, as the form of government is known, […]

The Umbrella Revolution

On Friday 26th of September, the most vibrant and populated shopping districts in Hong Kong caught fire with pro-democracy demonstrations. Tens of thousands of Hong Kong citizens have taken to the streets to fully take back their promised right to vote in the upcoming 2017 elections. In 1997, Hong Kong was given back to China […]

Everything You Need to Know About the Ukraine Crisis

Ever since the annexation of Crimea by Russia in March, which is still not recognized by the international community, Ukraine has fallen in an endless crisis affecting not only Russo-Ukrainian relations and the EU, but the Ukrainian people themselves who have lost any sense of normalcy in their lives.  (Telegraph) In April, pro-Russian separatists in […]

Our Neighbors the Tilapia

03 October 2014

Alive without breath, As cold as death; Never thirsty, ever drinking, All in mail never clinking. ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit Fish as a species are drastically under-appreciated, in part because we don’t see them very often, but mainly because we can’t understand them. They are so far away from us, both geographically and mentally, that […]

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Festivals Galore: Weekend plans for October 3rd-5th

02 October 2014

The first weekend of October is bringing lots of festivals for you to enjoy the weekend of October 3rd through 5th: What: ZIS Film Festival!!!  When: Friday, October 3rd. Doors open at 18.30 and the movie starts at 19.00 Where: ZIS Upper School Theater Why: The student council has organized a FREE movie showing with FREE food and […]

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Lions Rugby Earn Redemption in Zuoz

30 September 2014

After two losses on the trot, the Lions realized they had to step up their game, and step it up they did. On Saturday September 27th, Zurich Varsity rugby went to the Lycee Alpinium Zuoz for their annual tournament, with hopes to retain the trophy they have held for the third year running. The first […]

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No, Thanks: Scotland Votes No to Independence

29 September 2014

On Friday, September 19th, the British public (and much of the rest of the world) woke up apprehensive as to whether Scotland had voted to become an independent country and secede from the Union. The answer, marginally, was no. The verdict was 44.7% of Scottish citizens for their independence and 55.3% against the split from […]

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Fear and its Effects: Anti-Semitsim and Islamophobia grow in the West

29 September 2014

(Photo shows Belgian police officers arrange flowers outside of the Jewish Museum a day after a shooting there killed four people.) The Middle East is currently in a heightened period of turmoil. The Islamic State (IS), formerly known as The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is waging war in Syria and Iraq while […]

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Munich Edge Zurich Varsity Football

29 September 2014

The Zurich Varsity boy’s football team played Munich twice over the weekend of the 26th and 27th September 2014.  Both matches were closely contested, with Munich winning the first match 4-1 and the second match 4-2. Friday’s match took place in Thalwil, kicking off at 16:15.  The weather was warm and sunny, and Zurich warmed […]

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MUN Preparations Begin

26 September 2014

The ZIS THIMUN delegates met this Tuesday afternoon for a practice session, composed of 14 students and Mr. Meitanis. The purpose of this specific meeting was to get everybody to talk, which Mr. Meitanis felt was important because it should help everyone “become comfortable with talking in a large group about something very specific”. This […]

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The Things Joey Stack Carries

26 September 2014

At the absolute, bare minimum, I only carry three things: my house keys, my wallet, and my phone. Most of the time, that’s all I really need. In my wallet, there is a train ticket, a residency card, a halbtax, an iTunes gift card that doesn’t work anymore, some francs, and, yeah, a condom—definitely the […]

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Student Spotlight: Karina Wallrafen

26 September 2014

Karina (far left) in “Goodbye Charles” Nik Litzenberger 29/10/13 On her recently wrapped production of The Sound of Music: “I’ve had all the songs memorized since I was 6.”   The Sound of Music Karina Wallrafen, a member of the class of 2015, is an avid practitioner of the fine arts. Beyond excelling in her […]

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Prom: A Senior Affair

25 September 2014

As you straighten your bow tie or give your hair a final brush the excitement is at its peak. You are at the tail end of your school career and look forward to it culminating in the event you have been waiting for: prom. With the current format of prom, seniors have something to look […]

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