Students and teachers love summer renovations to campus-New Spikeball turf, science labs, and tech center attract many students
The student body at Rutgers Preparatory School grows and changes with each coming year, and the campus must adapt and improve as well. As Eireann Corrigan says, “Summer can be a bit quiet and slow- moving on campus. By far the most exciting part was watching new spaces like the rotunda science labs, the tech lounge, and the turf area in the quad take shape.”
Corrigan adds, “Now that students have returned to campus, we have the chance to see those spaces used and enjoyed. It’s thrilling to nd more places where students and discover new interests and friendships.”
The three new aspects of our beautiful campus are a new outdoor Spikeball turf, new science laboratories, and an improved technology center.
Spikeball, a game affectionately referred to as the backyard love child between volleyball and four-square, took the school by storm last year. It was so popular that the grass on the quad was sadly trampled upon every day by many students and avid Spikeball players, leaving unsightly brown patches. In an e ort save our newfound pastime as well as our grounds,
the school installed a mini-turf for the recreational activities.
Founder and President of Spikeball Club Ikbal Ahluwalia ‘18 reflects “I am very excited about this turf. I have to thank Ms. Corrigan for being extremely supportive of the club’s endeavors as we try and get every student to play. Personally, I’ve already had a lot of fun playing and look forward to many more Spikeball games.”
From well before school starts to well after it ends, the new Spikeball turf is always filled by grateful and enthusiastic students, a testament to the usefulness and necessity of this new facility.
Although not every person dreams of spending time in a lab, Rutgers Prep students must take at least two years of a lab science before graduation. The new laboratory facilities can accommodate both lecture or discussion based teaching as well as traditional laboratory functions.
The science department, including Mrs. Lamb, appreciates the new learning facilities and has purchased new equipment to enhancing the scientific process and o er students with the best available tools.
Finally, the new technology center, formerly the learning lab, was renovated and now resembles a tech haven. The modern couches, laptops, printer and many smiling faces have attracted dozens to the space.
The Rutgers Prep community thanks the administration and maintenance department for creating such impressive improvements. The new additions are already popular and utilized!
Tropical Nightmares in the Carribean and Southern United States-Major hurricanes demolish everything in their path
Though the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officially commenced on June 1, the August landfall of Hurricane Harvey marked the first of a series of destructive cyclones in the Atlantic.
Harvey first made landfall on the coast of Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, though some experts predicted the storm would continue to intensify into a Category 5. Instead, the storm dropped record amounts of rainfall and brought in destructive storm surge from the ocean.
Harvey, the first major Atlantic hurricane (Category 3 or above) to make landfall in the US since Wilma in 2005, lingered along the Texas coastline, which only added to its destructive power.
The storm also affected parts of Louisi- ana, ultimately causing eighty-two deaths and hundreds of billions of dollars in damages.
Though twelve years passed between the two major Atlantic U.S. hurricanes, Wilma and Harvey, only a matter of days passed between Harvey and Hurricane Irma, an even stronger Category 5 hurricane, which plowed through Anguilla, Barbuda and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Experts predicted Irma would similarly ravage Florida, impacting both the eastern coast (Miami metropolitan area) and the vulnerable western coast city of Tampa.
Although it veered left, it still caused extensive damage the whole state, and directly hit the Florida Keys. Others, however, feel that the storm could have been much more destructive and that the residents of Florida “dodged a bullet.”
Overall, Irma is responsible for nearly sixty fatalities and over fifty billion dollars of damage.
After feeling the effects of these extremely powerful storms, hopefully citizens will demand the government recognizes and fights the sources of climate change.