Joker: An Unsuccessful Character Study of the Infamous ‘Clown Prince’

Joker follows Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a miserable loner who is always down on his luck. Arthur lives with his mother, taking care of her in a dilapidated apartment. His work life is not much better, working as a clown for hire for a ton of miscellaneous jobs and his aspiring stand-up comedy career isn’t […]

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System Change – Not Climate Change

We call ourselves climate activists. We attend climate marches. We pronounce our commitment to sustainability on our Instagram stories. But mostly, it’s a lie. We still take cars to school; fly to exotic destinations for beach holidays; forget to turn off the lights; eat beef from Argentina; stand under steaming showers for 20 minutes. Our […]

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Service Work at ZIS: Are We Really Helping?

Service trips are common at ZIS: the CWW trips to Ghana, Nepal and  Sri Lanka are always something students have to look forward to. I feel lucky to go to an international school, where funds enable usto go on these types of trips. Of course, I’m very grateful to be able to have access to […]

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Mr. Markus Addresses Student Questions

Mr. Markus’ background, plans for the year, and Sudoku prowess revealed During the first week of school many students asked me questions about my background  such as: “Do you really speak Russian? How about other languages?”, “Are you as good at Sudoku as your bio says”, and most importantly “Why did you choose to come […]

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Will the Area 51 Memes ever end?

Although Area 51 seemingly has an almost mythical status among UFO obsessives and conspiracy theorists, it really exists. Area 51 is a U.S Air Force facility in Nevada and, as very little is disclosed about what actually goes on inside, is one of the world’s most famous secret places. It is so secret, in fact, […]

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Deb8 Mile

His palms are sweaty. Knees weak. Arms are heavy. Nope, we’re not talking about some underground rap battle here. Last weekend, the ZIS debate team competed with ISZL, FIS, and ASL in our third annual debate tournament, where topics from technology to immigration to technology were disputed. The tournament was split into two parts: the […]

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