Escalating Registers

Escalating Registers Escalating Registers (http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/) is a magazine written by and for high school and college students.

Escalating Registers hopes to become the place in which the shared experience of college in our time can be expressed.

At Vassar, Battle of the Bands is Mostly a Battle Between Men
04/24/2014
At Vassar, Battle of the Bands is Mostly a Battle Between Men

At Vassar, Battle of the Bands is Mostly a Battle Between Men

Of the eight bands and forty-plus musicians that participated in a Battle of the Bands competition at Vassar College there was only one woman outside of the Revolting Hags and she played the bongos.

03/02/2014

Art flies around truth, but with the definite intention of not getting burnt. Its capacity lies in finding in the dark void a place where the beam of light can be intensely caught, without this having been perceptible before.

Franz Kafka, The Blue Octavo Notebooks

Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.− Anatole France
02/14/2014
Baru

Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

− Anatole France

stare at the picture looking back at me from the screen of my phone and smile. I have just received an image of Baru, my dog, having fun while exploring my father’s farm in Ecuador. I feel an urge to be there next to him, laughing as he curiously approaches cows and dairy appliances. Baru embodies e...

Many students engage in clubs or volunteer for charities in high school. For Rob Egan, such involvement led to spearhead...
02/13/2014
If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It | Escalating Registers

Many students engage in clubs or volunteer for charities in high school. For Rob Egan, such involvement led to spearheading his own non profit, an endeavor that's grown to become his passion.
http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/acsaa/

hen I was in eighth grade, a former English teacher suggested that I enter a contest sponsored by our state treasurer about how to change the world. The winner of the essay competition would receive $1,000, to be stored until the winner was entering college. I entered the contest in early 2008, but…

Destruction, Graffiti, and Hope: The Street Art of Christchurch, New Zealand
02/07/2014
Christchurch: Destruction, Graffiti, and Hope

Destruction, Graffiti, and Hope: The Street Art of Christchurch, New Zealand

In 2010, Christchurch, New Zealand was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. Imagine everything: people, trees, skyscrapers, being raised a meter and slammed down at 1.2x the force of gravity. Reconstruction began immediately, but was soon halted by another 6.3 magnitude earthquake only six months l...

"When I was little, in the days before I was even tall enough to reach a computer, when music streaming was done not on ...
02/03/2014
The Library

"When I was little, in the days before I was even tall enough to reach a computer, when music streaming was done not on iPods, but Walkmans bigger than my head, I used to read. A lot."

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/?p=1003

When I was little, in the days before I was even tall enough to reach a computer, I used to read. A lot. It didn’t matter what it was, I would read just about anything and everything I could get my hands on. I was drawn in by that alluring, magical world of reading, which forced me to stimulate the ...

"With a spatula in hand and long wispy white hair held out of his eyes with several rubber bands and a baseball cap, the...
01/27/2014
Mosaics, Fixed Piece by Piece Onto the Lights of New York | Escalating Registers

"With a spatula in hand and long wispy white hair held out of his eyes with several rubber bands and a baseball cap, the man spread a layer of grout on a light pole as carefully as his shaking hands would allow."

An encounter with The Mosaic Man, Jim Power, on the streets of New York.

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/mosaicman/

On a sunny afternoon in New York City, I was walking on St. Mark’s towards Astor Place when I saw a small gathering on an adjacent street corner that caught my eye. As a non-native New Yorker, I was unaware of the city’s unspoken rule that dictated that I was neither supposed to pay attention to a c...

Landon Kramer hears a new kind of singing in Twitter and Spotify. While listening, he looks at what they might nourish a...
01/21/2014
Full of Teeth

Landon Kramer hears a new kind of singing in Twitter and Spotify. While listening, he looks at what they might nourish and what they might kill.

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/full-of-teeth/

2013’s year-end lists have come and gone in the music world. Music writing publications like to divide their fodder annually, and I think it’s a useful system for the grand scope of musical output. But I’m wary of the years not just organizing but infiltrating their music when we become absorbed in…

So, a picture is worth a thousand words. But what are your Facebook and Instagram selfies saying? And what happens when ...
01/13/2014
Your Pictures, Online | Escalating Registers

So, a picture is worth a thousand words. But what are your Facebook and Instagram selfies saying? And what happens when the goal is to look beautiful, sexy, but also employable?

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/yourpicturesonline/

Before the days of digital cameras, we1 took photographs sparingly and kept them for only our eyes and those of our close friends and family. However, now we take pictures of everything and anything. It does not even matter what we happen to be doing in the pictures; all that matters is how we look....

01/12/2014

"Life has no meaning a priori … It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose"
Sartre, Being and Nothingness

01/09/2014

"How did I get into the world? Why was I not asked about it and why was I not informed of the rules and regulations but just thrust into the ranks as if I had been bought by a peddling shanghaier of human beings? How did I get involved in this big enterprise called actuality? Why should I be involved? Isn't it a matter of choice? And if I am compelled to be involved, where is the manager- I have something to say about this. Is there no manager? To whom shall I make my complaint?"
Soren Kierkegaard, Repetition

01/07/2014

"But how could you live and have no story to tell?"
Frydor Dostoyevsky, White Nights

As you begin to think about summer jobs and internships, an online mentor may be able to help. http://beta.escalatingreg...
01/06/2014
The Perks of Online Mentorship

As you begin to think about summer jobs and internships, an online mentor may be able to help.

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/thecollegeprepster/

Concrete castles and bustling New York City residents form an anxiety-ridden horizon line as you step out of Grand Central Station, suitcase in tow. With no idea what to expect from the Big Apple and directions to your new loft buried somewhere in your carry-on bag, fear of the unknown begins to cre...

Ursula K. Le Guin doesn't just write great science-fiction, she writes great books. And if you haven't read anything by ...
12/30/2013
The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin doesn't just write great science-fiction, she writes great books. And if you haven't read anything by her yet, a good place to start is with The Left Hand of Darkness.

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/thelefthandofdarkness/

This year, I have had the immense pleasure of reading six of the seven novels that make up Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle: The Dispossessed, Rocannon’s World, Planet of Exile, City of Illusions, The Word for World is Forest, and The Left Hand of Darkness. I found these novels not only entertainin...

12/16/2013

Best of luck for exams students! The team is taking exams and feel your pain.

The good news is that break is around the corner, which is when we will be making serious headway on the new website. Expect to see surprise articles, snapshots, and pictures from what we are building.

Sincerely,
ER

12/04/2013

Escalating Registers would like to thank everyone who has read and contributed to our online publication. Today, we are announcing the end of our current website testing, as we shift focus to preparing our final website for launch in the spring.

We'll still be posting some stories before launch - you'll know when we announce them here.

Expect some updates later this month as we give you all a peek at what we've been building behind the scenes!

11/28/2013

Happy Thanksgiving from all of the Escalating Registers' crew. Hope you all have a healthy and happy celebration!

Well, that's it then. Goodbye 5 Pointz, you will be greatly missed. Plans have been made to demolish the iconic structur...
11/25/2013
This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Well, that's it then. Goodbye 5 Pointz, you will be greatly missed. Plans have been made to demolish the iconic structure at the end of 2013 in order to make way for luxury apartments. Luxury apartments.

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/5pointz/

During the wee hours of November 19th, the art that graced the 5 Pointz building was whitewashed under the cover of darkness. Plans have been made to demolish the iconic structure at the end of 2013 in order to make way for luxury apartments. Luxury apartments.

Our News Editor, Henri Gendreau, went to Dallas today to answer the question: Why should we still care about Kennedy’s a...
11/23/2013
Live from Dealey Plaza

Our News Editor, Henri Gendreau, went to Dallas today to answer the question: Why should we still care about Kennedy’s assassination?

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/live-from-dealey-plaza/

Media the world over are flocking to Dallas today, Nov. 22, for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Escalating Register‘s News Editor Henri Gendreau will be reporting on the event, which is being put on by The President John F. Kennedy Commemorative Foundation, in...

As an American traveling abroad, not for charity, not for service, but just to wander, are you just being selfish? Justi...
11/20/2013
A World Wonder

As an American traveling abroad, not for charity, not for service, but just to wander, are you just being selfish?

Justin Escobedo goes to Zimbabwe (and, briefly, Botswana and South Africa). And as he travels, he struggles to understand each country's history, culture, and conflicts in so short a time.

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/a-world-wonder/

In June, I had the opportunity to visit Zimbabwe. We arrived there after two days in flight. We flew from Albuquerque, to Chicago, to London, where we had an absolutely brutal ten hour layover that was spent eating fish and chips and falling asleep in the London Museum.

A year after the hectic emotional rollercoaster that is applying to college, Jake Reed, a first year at Grinnell College...
11/18/2013
Denied, Waitlisted, and (Finally) Accepted

A year after the hectic emotional rollercoaster that is applying to college, Jake Reed, a first year at Grinnell College, looks back on what he thought then versus now.

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/deniedwaitlistedaccepted/

It was sometime junior year that life after high school began to feel imminent. Now was action time. My parents had been preparing me for the certainty of college for as long as I could remember. So I started my search for the perfect college. I looked high and low, across the country, and aroun...

"Discovering my own dad thought seriously playing video games was a “guy thing” was jarring to say the least."http://bet...
11/15/2013
A Guy Thing: Gender and Serious Gaming | Escalating Registers

"Discovering my own dad thought seriously playing video games was a “guy thing” was jarring to say the least."

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/a-guy-thing-gender-and-serious-gaming/

On either the second or third night of marathoning Star Wars Battlefront II, a game I purchased from Steam’s summer sale a few days before, my dad came into the kitchen, looked at my screen and said “you’re still playing that?” A reasonable question. I had already played for two hours and was intend...

When man frees himself from his bond to earth through flight, something within himself is liberated as well.  A Stanford...
11/12/2013
Aviation: A Passion and a Liberator | Escalating Registers

When man frees himself from his bond to earth through flight, something within himself is liberated as well. A Stanford freshman, Parker Odrich, recounts his experiences in the sky.

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/aviation/

ept. 11, 2001: two FBI agents show up outside our front door asking my dad why the blueprints to Boeing 757 aircraft and Palm Beach International Airport were downloaded onto his computer. Little did the agents or my father know that it was I, an innocent six-year-old boy, who had committed “the cri...

Dylan Finley goes to see Jon Batiste and the band Stay Human play in New York City's Zankel Hall. Struck by these prince...
11/08/2013
Jon Batiste and Stay Human | Escalating Registers

Dylan Finley goes to see Jon Batiste and the band Stay Human play in New York City's Zankel Hall. Struck by these princes of jazz, these sultans of swing, these lords of the drum - he riffs and remembers the night to review their new album, Social Music.

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/soulmusic/

hey left Joe Saylor alone on the stage with a drum. In procession, they silently walked into the back shadows of New York’s Zankel Hall, only one member of the progressive jazz group Jon Batiste and Stay Human remaining. The blue lights descended on the round-faced man with the burly leather jacket…

Landon Kramer reviews two new albums, Paramore, by Paramore and The Bones of What You Believe, by CHVRCHES. Along the wa...
11/06/2013
Paramore, Chvrches, and Taste Over Time

Landon Kramer reviews two new albums, Paramore, by Paramore and The Bones of What You Believe, by CHVRCHES. Along the way he discovers how his own musical tastes have grown and changed. - and also, the parts that still stay the same.

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/paramoreandchvrches/

Paramore is the band that I have liked for the longest. I persist for two reasons: 1. They make fun pop-punk, but sometimes they break into something bigger than their genre; 2. Their music evaporates from your mind after being played – and there’s something to be said for music that takes up mental...

Many people who watch Ender's Game ultimately will face a judgment call, whether or not it "faithfully" adapts the contr...
11/04/2013
The One Movie to End It All | Ender's Game, Reviewed

Many people who watch Ender's Game ultimately will face a judgment call, whether or not it "faithfully" adapts the controversial novel by Orson Scott Card. And even then it doesn't mean either work is good.

It’s no secret; movie franchises based on books face quite the onslaught of criticism. I will not be part of such a massive onslaught when it comes to Gavin Hood’s rendition of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, and that is for a number of reasons. Primarily, I find it necessary to accept a universal ...

After his month-long residence in New York City, the British stencil artist, Banksy, leaves the Big Apple on a controver...
11/01/2013
The Art of Controversy | Escalating Registers

After his month-long residence in New York City, the British stencil artist, Banksy, leaves the Big Apple on a controversial note. Referring to the new World Trade Center One, as unimpressive, he has caused quite a stir in the media. In The Art of Controversy, NYU freshman Matt Russell offers his own, seemingly tendentious, insights on what Banksy's recent remarks may truly have meant, and why.




http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/the-art-of-controversy/

iving in New York, I’d be remiss if I didn’t write about Banksy and his month-long residence in the Big Apple. In the last few weeks, much has been made on the local news and the blogosphere about the enigmatic stencil artist from Britain and his numerous projects around the city. However, until a f...

We talk to Alicia Lai, founder and editor of The Postscript Journal, about poetry, publishing, and thinking about life a...
10/29/2013
Postscript, Poetry And Publishing

We talk to Alicia Lai, founder and editor of The Postscript Journal, about poetry, publishing, and thinking about life after high school (there was mention of retreating to a secluded mountaintop).

Alicia Lai is the Founder / Editor-in-Chief of the Postscript Journal, a print literary magazine with an international audience. She received the Easterday Poetry Prize and was a scholarship winner from the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize. Her work is published in The Kenyon Review, National Poetry Quar...

Albeit seemingly casual, unwanted sexual contact can bear serious stress for the victim.  A contributing writer recollec...
10/28/2013
Consent | Escalating Registers

Albeit seemingly casual, unwanted sexual contact can bear serious stress for the victim. A contributing writer recollects the difficulties of dealing with these forms of infringement throughout high school.


http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/consent/

ver the past few weeks, I have observed Kenyon College’s Take Back the Night dialogue on sexual consent. As a freshman, I have participated in several of these discussions over the past month: I’ve been introduced to sexual misconduct advisors, watched a staged act of sexual misconduct in the play R...

Contributor Jordan Ruzzi looks back on high school and shares her honest thoughts on Challenge day and the wrenching rea...
10/24/2013
One Day To Listen | Escalating Registers

Contributor Jordan Ruzzi looks back on high school and shares her honest thoughts on Challenge day and the wrenching realities of bullying.

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/challengeday/

If you weren’t the subject of emotional torture and repeated psychological assault in middle or high school, I’m not entirely sure I trust you. Additionally, if you weren’t the distributor of such experiences at one time or another, I doubly don’t trust you. It’s an accepted fact of adolescence; eve...

A college freshman ends a night of drinking in the hospital and shares some insight on his experience.  For all the new ...
10/21/2013
On Drinking | Escalating Registers

A college freshman ends a night of drinking in the hospital and shares some insight on his experience. For all the new freshmen out there, and any college students who have had their bad nights, this surely resonates.

http://beta.escalatingregisters.com/article/on-drinking-a-letter-to-first-years/

Why do I consistently choose to become intoxicated when it is clearly detrimental to my health? Is it my overwhelming fear of having to talk to girls while sober, thus running the risk that they take notice of my appalling lack of a personality and any real direction in life, or is it simply because...

"Let me put it this way. I will never put any effort into justifying my work or the work of any other... I’m not going t...
10/18/2013
An Interview with Davey Wreden, Developer of “The Stanley Parable” | Escalating Registers

"Let me put it this way. I will never put any effort into justifying my work or the work of any other... I’m not going to waste an iota of energy explaining any of it."

The Stanley Parable is not your typical video game. Maurice Grela interviews Davey Wreden, the game's developer, on the development process, criticism, "gameness", and experimental exploration.

The Stanley Parable, Davey Wreden’s re-imagining of a Half-Life 2 mod originally released in 2011, was re-released on Steam today. Experimental in its design, The Stanley Parable makes interesting points about player agency1 and the nature of how video games tell stories. In the game, the player ta...

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