By Lucy Krug and Elaina Grimaldi
Reporters Elaina Grimaldi and Lucy Krug interviewed the newspaper advisors Mr. Bill Anderson and Mr. Mark Umile. Here is what they had to say:
Q: What is the craziest thing that you have ever done?
Anderson: “One time, we dressed Roshun up like a Christmas tree and strapped him to the top of the car and drove him home from the Christmas tree farm”
Q: What is your favorite type of music?
Anderson: “All kinds of music, rock music, hip hop, art rock, country, jazz, chamber pop… It all depends on what the weather is doing.”
Q: What is your favorite hobby?
Anderson: “I like playing board games”
Umile: “Gosh, there’s so much to chose from. I enjoy playing guitar, bass guitar, reading, writing, drawing…”
Q: What is your favorite english word?
Q: Why did you want to become a teacher?
Anderson: “ I think education is important, the unexamined life is not worth living and as a teacher my job is to point out all those unexamined parts of our thinking”
Q: What is the most interesting thing you have learned from teaching?
Umile: “It is ironically more important to listen to your students than to lecture them. When you listen to them, you give them a chance to figure it out for themselves rather than just telling them”
Q: If you could create your own class, what would you teach?
Umile: “I would teach a small class that blends humanities and complex ideas. A mix of literature, music, art, politics, history… And none of this thirty student and one teacher thing”
Q: What do you believe the value of a newspaper is?
Anderson: “The value of the school newspaper is the students get to decide for themselves the value of every issue”
Q: Why did you decide to be an advisor to the Henderson High School Newspaper this year?
Anderson: “ I think that journalism is one of the most important parts of a thriving democracy”
Umile: “There is not enough interest or buzz around this school’s newspaper. I want to help build the paper into something that students want to read and write for. We live in a time where people lose trust in public news because false information is perpetuated as true all the time all over the internet. Newspapers are vital to democracy because it informs the people. I want the school newspaper to become a reliable, trusted source of information that really gives the students a voice”
Q: Which of the following would you choose and why: a pen, a pencil or a keyboard?
Umile: “A pen because you are more careful and responsible when you are writing in ink. You cannot take anything back once you have written it down; you have to stand by it. When you write with a pen, you say what you mean. Writing is a form of expression. There is room for revision (i.e. crossing out a word or group of words), but there should be a permanence to expression”