San Jose - Cynthia, Alyssa, Jimmy, Amelia

In our group we've decided to go to San Jose, Costa Rica! 
Alyssa (Alyssa Eastwood) posted a facebook picture of a beautiful view of a city that she desperately wanted to visit with her friend Amelia (Alexa Peach) and was wondering what the place was. A friend later on comments under the picture telling the girls that this is San Jose! She continues providing them amazing resourceful information about the island because she has touring job there and have been to Costa Rica multiple times. Alyssa's picture certainly got around, considering she got a few other comments from people that were interested in going, as well! 

E1 U6 Proyecto : Mapa Google - Jayla Wright, Jowon Dorbor & Lauren Nicolella

Guadalupe and Marisol had an experience of being in San José, Costa Rica for vacation, and it shows off the colorful sunset and bright buildings. Fabiola became very interested by the posts Guadalupe posted on both Twitter and Instagram, wanting to dive into the beautiful foods and explore buildings she was shown. 

E1U6: Conversación por teléfono Li, Hughes, Norton, Silverman

San José, Costa Rica

Ayala- (calls their friends that are in Costa Rica)

Ailin- (picks up phone call) ¡Hola mis amigos!

Dayanna- ¡Hola!

Ayala- ¡Hola! Veo tus fotos en instagram. ¡Me encanta mucho!

Sharron- ¡Hola y Si! Me encanta también.

Ailin- ¡Gracias¡ Costa Rica es muy hermosa. Tú el tipo debes venir a visitar.

Dayanna- ¡Si! Venga por favor, es muy bueno aquí.

Sharron- A ver… No sé. No tengo dinero.

Ayala- Es caro para nosotros.

Dayanna- ¡No te preocupes por el dinero! Nos podemos ayudar con eso!

Ailin- ¡Sí! Nos preocupamos por tener un gran tiempo y estar aquí con nosotros!

Ayala- ¿De veras? Es asombroso.

Sharron- Bueno, Si insistes.

Ailin- Aquí tienen los edificios antiguos.

Ayala- ¿En serio? ¿Qué más?

Dayanna- Si en serio. ¡Usted puede ir dentro de los edificios antiguos también!

Sharron- ¡Es tan genial!

Ailin- También, la comida es deliciosa.

Dayanna- ¡Si¡ Costa Rica comida es mejor que la US.

Ayala- ¿En serio? La comida de Costa Rica en mejor que la de los estados unidos.

Sharron- ¿Qué tipos de comida tienen?

Dayanna- ¡Tienen arroz y frijoles!

Ailin- Y tienen gallo pinto. Es muy bueno.

Sharron- ¡Me encanta mucho!

Ayala- También, la comida es deliciosa. Yo comer todos los días.

Ailin- A propósito, estamos en San José, Costa Rica.

Dayanna- Yo creo que es el mejor sitio en Costa Rica.

Ailin- El cielo siempre es hermosa.

Dayanna- y puedes conseguir fotos asombrosos de lugares y la vista aquí.

Ayala- Nosotros vamos a venir el próximo año, lo prometo.

Dayana- Sí, vamos a ver el año que viene.


Puerto Rico
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Puerto Rico


Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Leila: @Leilita.marie15 and @TourGuide

Sofia: @Sxybeast113

Eli: @elijimmerman

Lily: @Boobssburgerss Tour Guide- ¡Hola! ¿Que tal?

Sofia- @TourGuide ¡Bien!

boobssburgerss- @TourGuide ¡Exellente!

Elijimmerman- @TourGuide ¡Mal!

TourGuide- @elijimmerman  XK

Elijimmerman- Xk nosotros no sabemos dónde vamos a vacacionar. @TourGuide

boobssburgerss- @elijimmerman ¡Tienes razon!

Elijimmerman- ¿De dónde es esa foto? @TourGuide

TourGuide- @elijimmerman La foto es de El Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

Elijimmerman- Yo quiero ir allá. Me intriga. @boobssburgerss @sxybeastprince113  ¡¡¡Vamos!!!!

Leilita.marie15- Ustedes deben de ir al Yunque. Es bien hermoso, pero hay que ponerse botas porque es bien húmedo.

Sxybeastprince113- ¿Hay playas en Puerto Rico? Me gusta nadar mucho.

Leilita.marie15- Si, hay muchas playas.Mi favorita es la Playa Sucia (La Playuela). Debes de ir allí.

Boobssburgerss- @leilita.marie15 ¡¡gracias!! por tu ayuda!!

Elijimmerman: Gracias un monton!!!!

Sxybeastprince113- ¡Gracias!

Leilita.marie15- No Problema!!

TourGuide- ¡¡Ay si!! la playa Sucia es hermosa. Deben de ir alla. @Elijimmerman @Sxybeastprince113 @Boobsburgerss

Elijimmerman- Adonde mis amigos y yo podemos comprar nuestro pasaje? @TourGuide

TourGuide- Tu y tu amigos pueden comprar sus pasajes en el website:

@Elijimmerman- ¡Gracias! @TourGuide

Boobssburgerss- ¡¡AY Si!! Gracias! @TourGuide

Sxybeastprince113- Mil Gracias!!! @TourGuide

Elijimmerman- :) :) :) :)

My Work On the Q4 BM

Café Mosqueto

Iquique beach

Chile’s capital is like no other; surrounded by the white peaks of the Andes, the bustling metropolis is a vast mosaic of winding streets and tall buildings. The landscape of Chilean cuisine is equally exciting. Mixing Spanish influences with excellent native recipes, the freshest of ingredients with exotic fruits and fish, it offers tantalizing combinations best enjoyed with a glass of acclaimed Chilean wine. Here are the ten best restaurants in Santiago.

Barrio Lastarria in Santiago de Chile | © Alexander Fns/Flickr

Barrio Lastarria in Santiago de Chile | © Alexander Fns/Flickr


Chile is famous for its wine, so it comes as no surprise that a wine specialist has made it onto this list of Santiago’s best restaurants. Bocanáriz is one of the capital’s most famous places to enjoy the best wine that Chile has to offer. Locals and curious tourist gather to taste local wines in a comfortable urban setting, where bare brick walls and heavy wooden tables are combined with the seemingly ill-fitting but ultra cool crystal chandelier. A true gastronomic and oenological journey through the country, Bocanariz menu has been designed to perfectly fit the different types of wine that Chilean vineyards produce every year.

Bocanáriz, José Victorino Lastarria 276, Santiago Historico, Santiago, Chile, +56 2638 9893


© Bocanariz

Bajo Llave

Located in the hip neighborhood of Barrio Lastarria, this cozy bar is the perfect place to take a break from Santiago’s bustling streets. The hidden and subterranean character of the location adds to Bajo Llave dark and cave-like charm, making it the perfect place to combine a meal with the first few drinks of the evening. Locals drop by to enjoy a beverage chosen from the huge selection of national beers and wines. Of course, Bajo Llave also offers generous meals for the hungry. Next to pizzas and tapas that fuse Mediterranean and Chilean cuisine, guests can also order more traditional meat dishes.

Bajo Llave, Calle Nueva de Rosal 344, Santiago, Chile, +56 2664 8053

Bar Bajo Llave

© Bar Bajo Llave

El Diablito

While Barrio Lastarria is the current It spot in Santiago. El Diablito was already there in 1984. It would not be an exaggeration to state that this restaurant contributed to the development of the now fashionable district. Famous for its traditional beers, local specialties such as pisco sour casero and the carne a la diabla, El Diablito is the perfect place to meet young locals in an alternative and laid-back atmosphere. A special mention goes to the decoration of the restaurant, somewhere between a cabinet of curiosities and an antique dealer’s mysterious shop.

El Diablito, Merced 336, Local 2, Santiago, Chile,+56 2638 3512

El Diablito

© El Diablito

Don Victorino

The place to be for gourmand hedonists, Victorino offers a menu made of the best dishes that South American cuisine has to offer. The ingredients selection is exquisite, their presentation simple but classy, and the setting of the restaurant is an absolute must-see: Located in a maze-like antique house surrounded by historical monuments, Victorino is without any doubt the most romantic place to discover the delicate traditional food in the Lastarria neighborhood.

Don Victorino, José Victorino Lastarria 138, Barrio Lastarria, Santiago, Chile, +56 2 2639 5263


© Bar Restaurant Victorino

E1 U6 - Hamidou en Caracas

Hamidou is on a class trip to Caracas, Venezuala. He posted a picture onto Instagram and his hermanos, Majd and Sean held a conversation about Caracas.

@majd_de_boston y @flyboy_majd = Majd (had to change accounts due to technical difficulty)
@entus_blaze = Sean 
@darknightbatman = Hamidou
@real_donald_duck = Alan

The Taming of the Shrew in the Room

An essay by Cameron Samodai

   Having read the Taming of the Shrew, my first thought was to compare it to Tommy Wiseau’s magnum opus, and what is commonly regarded as one of the worst movies of all time, The Room. In The Room, the characters of Johnny and Lisa have an unhappy marriage that prompts Lisa to have an affair with Johnny’s best friend, Mark. In The Taming of the Shrew, numerous Italian men vie for the affection of Bianca, apparently the most beautiful woman in Padua, by pretending to be teachers with reasonable day rates.The common theme here is deception. Though an essay could be written about that, a more interesting area to cover here is the intention of the authors of the media in question. Throughout the course of both pieces, it is plausible that a reader may ask themselves “Is the author serious?” This uncertainty propels the reader forward in both stories, proving that it is a useful and lasting method.

   The catch in the Taming of the Shrew is that Bianca’s older sister Katherine must first be married before a man can become Bianca’s suitor. A wealthy man in pursuit of more power, Petruchio, offers to marry Katherine. Petruchio, unfazed by Katherine’s reputation as a shrew (the titular shrew, in fact), began training his new wife, just as one would train a pet. After a non-specified duration of training, Katherine eventually submits to the will of Petruchio, delivering this brief announcement during a mid-travel argument in which Petruchio swears to ensure they do not reach their destination unless she gives in:

"Then, God be bless'd, it is the blessed sun:

But sun it is not, when you say it is not;

And the moon changes even as your mind.

What you will have it named, even that it is;

And so it shall be so for Katherine."

(Act 4, Scene 5, lines 21-25)

   Certainly, that’s a convincing way to affirm that you have become the perfect wife, docile and obedient. However, the context of this quote must be considered. Katherine has not said anything along these lines, or even vaguely cooperative, to Petruchio before. This is the written word we’re talking about here. Knowing the character of Katherine, she very well could be being sarcastic. Unfortunately, whether that is the case or not is lost to history. In addition, this set of lines have the vibe that they are spoken merely to keep Petruchio content with how his glorious plan is going, at least to the point where he is willing to allow the completion of the trip. Tying into the theme of deception, Katherine is manipulating and deceiving Petruchio, who believes he is manipulating and deceiving Katherine. Next, the intent of the author must be considered. Shakespeare, being a playwright, wanted people to see his plays. He wanted people to pay to see them multiple times, in fact. Therefore, it is probably in his best interest to keep things somewhat ambiguous so multiple directors and such could have different takes on the written play. Another example of this ambiguity is at the very end of the book, where Katherine reveals her apparent change of heart:

"Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,

Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee,

And for thy maintenance commits his body

To painful labour both by sea and land,

To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,

Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe;

And craves no other tribute at thy hands

But love, fair looks and true obedience;"

(Act 5, Scene 2, lines 162-169)

   Doesn’t this seem to be laying it on a little thick? Especially since this is a mere component of a larger rant/monologue on the same topic, which was a portion of a bet that Petruchio made with the other husbands at a gala. Isn’t it a bit convenient that Katherine is suddenly so willing now that earning money is in the picture?


   In this highly peculiar non sequitur, male leads Johnny, Mark, Denny, and Mike decide to play football in their tuxedos in an alley. Not only does this scene have no context, it also has no later relevance. On a related note, Claudette (Lisa’s friend) suddenly reveals to Lisa during a conversation the she has breast cancer, another subplot that continues on to mean absolutely nothing. These subplots, like the mysterious nature of Katherine’s allegedly changed behavior, do a wonderful job of keeping the reader perplexed.

  In conclusion, it is important to consider the tone of the author when analyzing a text on its portrayal of love and romance. As proven by these two texts, keeping the reader in question of whether or not a text is serious is an effective way of at least maintaining interest. However, confusing the reader with false starts and missteps can only go so far. While the Taming of the Shrew is generally accepted as a classic, the Room is known worldwide purely for being a terrible film.


Barcelona, Spain

Marcin: ¡Hola amigos! ¿Qué vas a hacer después?

Leo: Voy a estar de vago. ¿Y tú Marcin?

Marcin: ¡Voy a viajar!

Julia: ¿Adonde vas?

Marcin: Barcelona, España. ¿Y tú, Julia? ¿Qué vas a hacer después?

Julia: Voy a ver las atracciones.

Marcin: ¡Qué interesante! Hay muchos museos en Barcelona.

Leo: ¿Qué vas a hacer mañana?

Marcin: Estar de vago.

Julia: Hay un jugar de fútbol después. ¿Quierés ir?

Leo: ¡Claro qué sí!

Marcin: ¡Absolutamente!

Leo: ¿Cómo llegamos allí?

Julia: ¿Por tren?

Marcin: Sí. ¿Dónde está un estación de tren?

Leo: Carrer del Rector Triadó. En Avenue de Roma.

Julia: ¿Qué es el estadio de fútbol?

Leo: Camp Nou.

Marcin: ¿A qué hora es que en?

Leo: Son las dos en punto.

Julia: ¿Qué debemos usar?

Leo: ¿Jerseys, posiblemente?

Julia: Bueno. Qué bueno Yo recéin compré un jersey.

Marcin: ¿Que hora son?

Julia: Son las doce y media.

Leo: Bueno, nosotros tenemos hora. ¿Qué ustedes querer algo mientras nosotros espera?

Marcin: Tengo hambre. ¿Tienen almorzar conmigo?

Leo: Seguro. ¿Dónde está el restaurante más cercana?

Julia: Él está tres manzanas desde aquí.

Leo: Bueno ¡Vamos!

(Cuarto horas más tarde)

Julia: Eso estar divertido. ¿Debemos pasar con cada otro mañana?

Marcin: ¡Claro qué sí! Nosotros debemos pasar con cada otro más frecuentemente.

Leo: Yo esto de acuerdo. Nosotros debemos absolutamente. ¡Hasta luego!

Julia and Marcin: ¡Hasta luego! ¡Adios!

Fifty is better than One

A comparison of the movie 50 first dates and the play the taming of the shrew

I will be talking about the main male characters in both the movie and the play. I will be comparing and contrasting the methods they use to win over their love interests.

In the movie 50 First dates, the main character Henry Roth (played by Adam Sandler) has to work to win over his love by taking her on a 50 first dates. He has to do this because she has short term memory loss and forgets him by the next morning. This is completely different than the method used by Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio manipulates his love interest Katherine by “taming her” and withholds things from her. He tries to win over his love interest through manipulation, whereas Roth from 50 first dates allows his infatuation to guide him.

These texts are similar because in both they demonstrate how one can try and use different tactics to win over a love interest. Even if they go about it in greatly different manners, the dedication is still the same.

In act four, Petruchio is having a conversation with Grumio about what he is planning to do to make Katherine more obedient.


“That bate and beat will not be obedient.

She ate no meat today, nor none shall eat.

Last night she slept not, nor tonight she shall not.

This is a way to kill my wife with kindness.

And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humor.

He that knows better how to tame a shrew,

Now let him speak: ‘tis charity to shrew.”

This quote from Taming of the Shrew demonstrates his ruthless disregard for the woman he supposedly is in love with. He is showing how selfish he is by making sure his own needs are cared for while not considering hers, and actually withholding basic needs from her.

In this screenshot, it is easy to see that Henry is willing to go to any length to win over Lucy. He attempts to win her over everyday and uses a different and creative method to do so. Here he attempts to discover what she loves and in giving her lilies, he also gives her a movie that had taken a lot of effort to show her what is going on in her life. Henry goes above and beyond every day to win her love and is successful.

The main difference between the idea of courtship in the movie and the play is that in the movie Henry actually loves Lucy the way she is and follows his heart to win her over. In the play however, Petruchio has more of an obsession and wants Katherine to be a certain way and tries to tame her to his specifications.

E1 U8 A dieta

A. Create a one week eating plan.  Pick one of the following people (or for someone else!) and create a one-week nutritional plan for him/her. Choose to work on the plan for desayuno OR almuerzo O cena.

 Steph Curry

 Lindsay Lohan who needs to gain weight for a role

 Angelina Jolie, a vegetarian with a voracious appetite

Dora la Exploradora

                 Nick Jonas who is diabetic

Be sure:               

- to indicate quantity (UNA manzana, DOS hamburguesas)

- to provide variety so they don’t get sick of it

 - to recommend a drink (un vaso de = a glass of, una taza de = a mug of)

You can use words that are not on the vocab sheet.


Plan one meal a day

Which meal: desayuno, almuerzo, cena






































Society can make us Pigs.

From The Taming Of The Shrew and The Craft.

The concept of romance is defined with many perspectives by many humans. From the “Taming Of The Shrew”, a character Petruchio weds a rotten spirited female, Katherine. In the 1996 movie “The Craft”, a character Chris dates a self-possessed spirited female, Sarah. From both of these stories, both male's perspective of romance are terrible. That is because they’ve sought love for their own purposes. In the end of these stories, there is a deep message implied, and it is that some males view females as possessions, of theirs, that they may use and control for their own benefit. However, one of the story’s ending turns out that males could also punished for being horrible.  

Petruchio and Chris are similar for being known as horrible humans, in their relationships, they used someone they were falsely in love with. These males also differ. At the end of “The Taming Of The Shrew”, Petruchio receives a loyal wife that subjects and worships him. At the end of “The Craft”, Chris receives not a loyal girlfriend but a death, of his own, from a loyal friend of Sarah’s. Also Petruchio wants nothing but to use Katharine simply for her abundant wealth. Chris wants nothing but to use Sarah for her body. These texts reflect that males can use females, due to their very own nature of possession, because of their mentality from society that brainwashes them to believe and carry out that they are the “controlling ones”.

“Few words suffice; and therefore, if thou know One rich enough to be Petruchio’s wife— As wealth is burden of my wooing dance— Be she as foul as was Florentius’ love, As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd As Socrates’ Xanthippe or a worse, She moves me not—or not removes at least Affection’s edge in me, were she as rough As are the swelling Adriatic seas. I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; If wealthily, then happily in Padua.”

(Act I, Scene ii, 63-73)

Of this quote, Petruchio speaks of finding a wife to marry from Padua. He says that he’ll marry whomever, because he cares not for the kind of wife he were to have, because his true desire of marriage is to marry for money and not for true love. Later on, Petruchio goes onto Katharine’s father asking for his hand in marriage, and he grants their wedding to happen. This shows how males use females due to their own nature of possession.  Katharine’s possession was her wealth. Petruchio wanted her wealth. Wealth is known as a form of economic survival in society. Petruchio’s mentality is obtain this economic survival in the most fullest way from one of the wealthiest female’s in Padua.  

Similar unto Petruchio, Chris from “The Craft” wanted to use Sarah.




You don't even know me.


Here. I'll give you a back rub.


I don't want a back rub.

I don't want you to. Just let go.


Just relax for a second.

Turn around.


I think you should take me home.


No! Sarah, come on.


Take me home, okay?


Just hold me, okay?


Let go.


Hold me first.


Fine. I'll walk.


Goddamn it!

Sarah, get back--

Come back here.

- Goddamn it!


Please, Chris! Let go of my arm!


Stay still!”

Of this scene, Chris convinces Sarah to have dinner with him. Sarah is known to be the ‘new girl’ at his school, and there’s already rumors about her and Chris dating. This night was their third night spending time alone together, and Sarah already felt Chris not truly loving her for whom she was, but hoped he would. After Chris stopped the car, Sarah and him were talking about how they’ve been feeling lately and Sarah finds Chris to not have the same as hers, their mentalities were different. Sarah then asks, “aren’t supposed to go to a restaurant?” and Chris replys “no”, and they then began discussing about Chris and his feelings for Sarah and she also finds out he doesn’t care for whom she was, he only cared for he nature of possession. She possessed a female body. Chris wanted her female body. Society has had many standards of the female body, and during that time, Sarah’s body fulfilled those standards. Chris’s mentality was to not know Sarah personally but to use her for her body, that was his true desire of their relationship.

“Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, Thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee, And for thy maintenance commits his body… My hand is ready, may it do him ease.”

(Act V, Scene ii, 140-183)

Of this quote, Katharine finally submits to her husband she had to marry. She refers to him as a “Lord” saying she will do whatever he commands and commits her life to his.  She commits to a loud, boisterous, eccentric, quick-witted, and frequently drunk fool for a husband. Petruchio’s wish of being wealthy has come true and with it he has a loyal wife. Petruchio’s mentality is currently fulfilling society's way of living economically with a  loyal female Katharine.  

However, Chris from “The Craft” can't fulfill and comprehend society's standards of having a girlfriend with a perfect body.giphy.gif

“You are nothing. You are shit. You don’t exist. The only way you know how to treat women, is by treating them like whores! When you're the whore! And that's gonna stop ! Do you understand?...”

Of this scene, Chris is tongue-lashed by Sarah’s friend because in the scene before Chris tried to use Sarah for her body but in the wrong way, failing. Sarah’s friend, Nancy, has a past with Chris knowing he comes onto any female with a ‘perfect body’. In this scene he also refers to Nancy being jealous of his wanting for Sarah but Nancy replies him as being “nothing” to her. She then lists why he’s nothing and how a horrible human he is, and as this happens her anger for his stupidity kills him. That is because she’s a witch with powers, Sarah and two other friends of hers are too. Due to Chris’s mentality from society, he is killed by a witch.

In concluison, Society’s attitudes of courtship/dating from these portrayals show that to receive one’s true desire they must seek and find it by deceiving though courtship/dating, being aware of whomever is near or the deception will be found out and there will be punishment. The reason of why is because Chris is dead for pretending to be interesting with ‘new girl’ but Petrichor is alive still for marrying wealthiest female. Society has turned these two males into desperate standard fulfilling self-absorpting humans. Therefore, these texts reflect that males can use females, due to their very own nature of possession, because of their mentality from society that brainwashes them to believe and carry out that they are the “controlling ones”.

Rocket Soars Past GFS 9-6, Remains Unblemished (10-0)

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​Photograph by Rough Cut Artist Ari Haven

It has been consistently overheard that "The Pub" is a joke. People in and around the sport, especially the Old Heads, question why a player with talent would bother playing for a program in the Public League. They claim it simply isn't what it used to be, and if a player wants to develop they need to go anywhere but a public school.

Although he's not old, Tim Gunn (Head Coach of Germantown Friends) could be considered an Old Head by this point. The S. Philly native had an illustrious career as a Top Ten power hitter for St. Joe's, a legitimate crack at the Pros and coached a Championship team in the American Legion World Series, a 5,400 team national tourney. Suffice (it) to say, Gunner knows this game. And now he also knows that "The Pub" has some teams worth paying attention to. FULL STORY

Rocket Soars Past GFS 9-6, Remains Umblemished (10-0)

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​Photograph by Rough Cut Artist Ari Haven

It has been consistently overheard that "The Pub" is a joke. People in and around the sport, especially the Old Heads, question why a player with talent would bother playing for a program in the Public League. They claim it simply isn't what it used to be, and if a player wants to develop they need to go anywhere but a public school.

Although he's not old, Tim Gunn (Head Coach of Germantown Friends) could be considered an Old Head by this point. The S. Philly native had an illustrious career as a Top Ten power hitter for St. Joe's, a legitimate crack at the Pros and coached a Championship team in the American Legion World Series, a 5,400 team national tourney. Suffice (it) to say, Gunner knows this game. And now he also knows that "The Pub" has some teams worth paying attention to.

The day after last season ended with SLA reaching the City Final Four, Tim invited SLA to a friendly vs GFS. He also helped out as a hitting coach for The Rockets over the winter, so he was definitely not a stranger to the potential this group had. He'd heard a lot of buzz about SLA so far this season, but the friendly was the first time he had seen them play a game. He threw his ace at the Rockets, and immediately knew he had a real game on his hands when Tony Brown smoked a triple to the opposite field to lead off the game. It would be the first of two "oppo tacos" for Brown who went a perfect 5-5 on the day with 2 Triples, a Double, 2 RBIs and 3 Runs scored. 

Ijustice Avery scored Tony on a sacrifice to give SLA an early 1-0 lead, but then disaster struck. Leon Finney doesn't like the cold much less the rain, but both dominated the day. GFS was patient and Finney couldn't find his normal groove, which normally hold his opponents scoreless and only yields a few scattered hits. But by the end of the 1st GFS had scored 5 runs on just one hit, and it seemed that the Old Heads knew what they were talking about.

And yet, there was a flash of something great about to unfold. Finney worked through it and struck out the last two batters, both top of the order hitters. SLA then quickly communicated they would not go down quietly. This wasn't the first time this team had been down early on in a game against a dangerous opponent. Last year they were down by the exact same score to #1 Frankford, but came back to steal that one 6-5 in a thriller of an elimination playoff game. 

A walk, a hit batter and a near-perfect sacrifice bunt by Jason Greene put two runners in scoring position just in time for Tony Brown's 2nd opposite field blast to make it 5-3. He'd score moments later on a hard single by Kevin Courtney to quickly erase the hole and make it a 1-run game. Finney was sharp in the next two frames, and a beautiful strike out-throw out combo at 3rd by Finney, Avi Cantor and Ben Simon ended a scoreless 3rd.

SLA tied it up at 5 in the 4th when Kevin Courtney turned on the first pitch he saw. But a walk, stolen base and a throwing error allowed GFS to take the lead back in the bottom half. For just a millisecond the energy swayed toward GFS. Meanwhile, The Rocket was ready to open it up. As was the case in that now infamous upset of Frankford, it was Lukas Supovitz-Aznar who got this come back started by blasting a lead off Double to center. Aznar would score to tie it at 6 after a productive out and a fielder's choice. Ben Simon who reached on that FC, would also score on a Sacrifice by Aaron Watson-Sharer to give SLA a 7-6 lead. 

Lukas had come in to relieve Finney in the 4th, and held GFS at bay for 3 innings while SLA's bats did some more talking. Two insurance runs came across in the 6th after Tony Brown roped his 2nd Triple of the game down the left field line. Ijustice Avery plated him with a monster 350ft shot to dead center that would have been a Home Run in any park with a wall and Lukas would score another with a shot past Short to make it 9-6. They threatened to score two more in the 7th, but a shot by Leon Finney was caught in deep Right field. "Stop hitting the ball" was whispered by a GFS player as Tony Brown came off the bases. Meanwhile, the same could be said to Freshman Kristian Ramos, who is showing signs of the future Rocket by smacking a would-be Double almost exactly where Brown launched his 2nd Triple. 

In another Frankford deja vu moment, Ben Simon came in and closed the door on a dead silent GFS bench. After their Catcher couldn't keep up with Simon's fastball and struck out to end the game, Tim and his Asst Coach immediately acknowledged how impressed they were. Both had worked with SLA over the winter, but seeing them come together and work past that first inning was something special. No bad blood between these two teams, just some solidified respect and tangible evidence that the Old Heads don't always know what they're talking about. 

Next Up: SLA hosts Fels (Mon, 5/2). 1st Pitch 315pm 

The Taming of Madea

In "The Taming of the Shrew," we see example of how love and marriage was in early Italy. In the book, Petruchio indirectly abused Katherine to try and gain her love. He said that by denying her of certain things he could "tame" her to make her love him. In the movie, "Madea's Family Reunion," a woman named Lisa is in an abusive relationship with a man named Carlos. The movie is a modern version of how this relationship between Petruchio and Katherine could have possibly ended.

Petruchio and Carlos are similar in the way they treat women. The only difference is their reasons and methods. In the book, Petruchio marries Katherine as part of a master plan. Katherine is referred to as a shrew, which is usually used to describe someone who is mean and/or annoying. Petruchio's answer to this, which he states in the book, is that he will deprive her of things such as food and sleep to tame her to love him. Carlos', in the movie, physically abuses Lisa to keep her from leaving. These texts reflect that the relationship between men and women throughout the years has not changed, and that it may have gotten worse, because of the extent that abuse has grown.

In the movie and the book, women are physically abused by men to try to make women love them. In “Madea’s Family Reunion” Lisa is in an abusive relationship which she tries to get out of many times. One scene in the movie shows her try to escape. She grabs some clothes and when she is about to leave, Carlos grabs her and threatens to throw her out of their apartment window if she tries to leave again. Carlos threatens to kill her if she leaves him, so he would be the only one to benefit from such a situation.

In both the movie and the book, the families of the women are unsupportive, but the family in “The Taming of the Shrew” couldn't be culturally, and the family in the movie weren't, because they wanted Carlos and Lisa to get married for money. When Lisa confesses to Victoria, her mom, about what has been happening. This is what her mother says:

Lisa: He hits me.

Victoria: When?

Lisa: Often.

Victoria: Well, you must stop doing what you're doing to make him angry.

Lisa: What?

Victoria: Women sometimes have to deal with things to be comfortable.

In the time period of “The Taming of the Shrew,” it was expected that women dedicate themselves to whom they are married to. Divorce was not a possibility, so as much as abuse was probably looked down upon, there was no way to stop it.

Women End Up Wearing the Pants

Comparing The Taming of the Shrew” to “ The Back up Plan”

By Jamira Terrell

In “The Taming of the Shrew,” it is proven  that romantic love within relationships is mainly controlled by men and the desire to possess the other person.  In “Shrew,” Petruchio swears that he can have his way with Katherine no matter what she wants. In contrast, Zoe from “The Back-up Plan” takes on the “manly” role and becomes the possessive and dominant one within the relationship.

Zoe in the movie; reflects Petruchio from “Shrew” because she is the dominant character just like Petruchio in the play. They share some of the same key roles, emotions, tactics, and determination to gain what they want within their relationship. Throughout the movie, Zoe gains the support of her friends because they know how badly she wants to have a baby, likewise, Petruchio also gains the support of his friends. Also, the romantic relationships within “Shrew” and “The Back-Up Plan” were both forced. Zoe did not like Steve in the beginning of their relationship; instead,she wanted him for one reason to be able to have his baby. Although there are many similarities, Zoe, unlike Katherine, actually has feelings for Steve once she grows closer to him. Likewise, Petruchio was pursuing Katherine, whereas Zoe was pursuing Steve, until a change of events when Steve messes up and he ends up chasing after her. The differences allow for a peaked interest in both scenarios;Allowing the viewer to see that women have accessible power and control either equal or more than men these days. But at the end of the day, both parties in the situations must maintain the same love for each other in order for the relationship to be deemed a romance.

“I am ashamed that women are so simple to offer war where they should kneel for peace, or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway when they are bound to serve, love and obey.”

-Katherine, (Act 5, Scene 2, Line 177-180)

In this part of Katherine’s speech, given after a bet that was placed, she is explaining women’s loyalty to their men. The bet placed was to see who’s woman would come to them first when summoned. Being as though Katherine was not only the first, but only woman to come when called, Petruchio won the bet. Katherine was surprised at the fact the other women did not adhere to the needs of their partner. In her speech Katherine emphasizes the notion that women should surrender to their man and everything that they do should be in benefit of him; what he wants, he gets. In the time period of this play, it was imperative that women remain inferior and passive within relationships or else, the would not make good wives. From little, girls were raised knowing that they not only should get married, but were obligated to, and there would be no marriage without a form of loyalty.

Zoe finds herself in a similar situation as she tries to explain to Steve what her plan is for their future, but at the same time how she does not plan to fall in love with him but yet, they go their separate ways.

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In this scene from "The Back-Up Plan," Zoe nervously explains to Steve that her future plans are to fall in love, get married, and have a baby, but not necessarily in that order. More like, have a baby, get married, and fall in love. Throughout the movie, Zoe is always anxious and nervous about every little thing she does. She is afraid, that something, or someone, may mess up her plan to have a baby, unlike Petruchio, who in the movie knows exactly how his plan is going to work and doesn’t fear that anything will mess that up for him.

"It's awful, awful, awful. Then a small moment happens, that's so magical. That makes it all worthwhile."- Steve

Steve tries to kindly get Zoe to understand that certain things in life can not be forced. It is all catalyzed by a small event. Knowing that Zoe is worried that, because she is getting older, she will no longer be able to carry a baby for much longer, he tries to console her by letting her know that things will happen at the least expected times. Although, Petruchio and Katherine seem to not agree. Given that Petruchio is forcing what he wants within a relationship, and Katherine has to abide; same way that Zoe is forcing what she wants and Steve has to abide.

“Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee, and for thy maintenance commits his body to painful labor both by sea and land…”

Katherine, (Act 5, Scene 2, Line 162-170)

Towards the end of the play, Katherine gives a speech devoting herself to Petruchio. She knows and accepts the fact the her husband, being a man that he his, has the right to control her and have complete dominance over her. This is an attribute that she becomes accustomed to, so much that she believes that her love and obedience to Petruchio is not even enough to thank him for the role he plays in her life; dominant and superior. She ends by saying “Too little payments for such a debt.”

In conclusion, both the movie and play prove that love and relationship are controlled by the desire to possess the other, but it does contrast the idea that dominance is not only a role that men play. In the end of the movie, Zoe ends up with twin babies, falling in love with a man that she never thought twice about, and having a grand wedding. Petruchio, at the end of the play, wins over Katherine and her loyalty to him. Both the movie and play end just the way the protagonists anticipated; with love, loyalty, and feeling of accomplishment.

Outside Looking in-Stephen Buchanico

      Outside Looking In

     Although the movie, The 40 Year Old Virgin is set hundreds of years after  of Taming of the Shrew, the main character in the movie in ways are  looking for something very similar yet different to what Katherine is in search for in the play. Both characters are in search for companionship, but in slightly different ways.

     While both the play, and movie progress, it is quite easy to tell what both Andy and Katherine are in search of --a true romantic partner--but the ways in which there bystanders are looking in are different.   In the book, the bystanders looking in and influencing the situation are mainly katherine's father, and somewhat sister. In the story, her hunt for companionship is mainly fueled and led by her father. He is in search to find her a husband who will first off love her, and second off he wants her to have someone who can provide for her.

 “Ay, when the special thing is well obtained, That is, her love, for that is all in all.”

ACT 2. SCENE 1. Lines 135-136

     This quote comes from Baptista when talking with Petruchio about gaining the rights to marry Katherine, his oldest daughter. It plays in with the idea of the bystanders looking into the situation. In this case, the bystander is Baptista. He is looking in on the situation in attempts to find what is best for his daughter. He is basically stating that the most important thing in her life is the idea that love is what he wants her to have over all.   

        In the movie, the bystanders that are influencing Andy’s situation are mainly those in which are his “friends”. His friends feel as though he should have already had sex at the age of 40, so they are in route to find him someone to do so with, fulfilling the idea of males views on dating and courtship.  

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      This scene comes right after all Andy’s friends find out that he is a virgin. They come into play here as the bystanders by automatically bringing in their views and on dating and courtship, because they feel that he should have already done this. They play part in this, but instead of looking out for him and trying to find him love, much like Baptista, they are instead just trying to find him a partner to have sex with for the night.

“First were we sad, fearing you would not come, Now sadder that you come so unprovided.”

ACT 3. SCENE 2. Lines 100-101

   In this quote, Baptista is again being the bystander in the situation. He is again looking over the marriage of his daughter, but in this situation, instead of showing the love aspect of it, he is looking at the money aspect of it. He says this after Petruchio shows up to the wedding basically dressed like a homeless man. He is looking after his daughter and trying to find her someone whom she can marry and have support her, and he is realizing that this man may not be able to by the looks of his apparel in this scene.

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    At this point in the movie, again andy’s friends are being bystanders in his situation. In this case, he has just scored a date with a girl in which he seems to really like, so his friends are attempting to help him out, by explaining to him that he needs to make his place look more approachable and “cool”. In this instance, his friends are acting a lot like Baptista. They want him to succeed in this relationship so they are looking out for him, trying to find the best ways for him to be able to achieve the overall goal.

     In both situations, the bystanders do not exactly take into account the feelings of the main characters.  In the movie, Andy’s friends are fully committed in finding him someone to have sex with, while Andy is instead falling for a girl whom he meet in this whole process. Similarly, in the book, Katherine is upset for most of the story because her father arranged her marriage without fully taking her thoughts into consideration. It shows that the ideas of love while in the relationships have not changed, but instead it is the thoughts of the outsiders looking in the have changed overtime. Today they are more focused around the idea of gaining sex because of the way that relationships are shown in society through movies and tv.