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Anthony Abron takes on anonymous commenters at the Daily Times in his editorial about racism, politics, and how the two sometimes collide. > OPINION, PAGE 2

Where are juniors going this year? Where are they NOT going? > FRIAR LIFE, PAGE 3

IMPOSSIBLE ODDS Two Friar golfers made holes in one in a single afternoon. Is this what it takes to make the Golf Team?. > SPORTS, PAGE 6






What is the Reverse C? In a school year of many changes, a curious new schedule appears on the calendar. How will it work? Dan McGlinn ‘14 MANAGING EDITOR


3. How do you think that you can add to the course as it already is, and better the learning styles of the students? I hope to emphasize critical thinking skills and the importance of discovering mathematical concepts. Every student is different in how he learns, so I

the new changes this year have drawn lots of attention, but the new Reverse “C” Schedule has garnered a large amount of buzz. The major addition this new schedule brings is a later start to the school day. Homeroom will begin at 9:05, and the day will end at 3:00 in the afternoon. Who decided on this new schedule change, especially after not having one for so long? “Mr. Talbot, Mr. Algeo, Mr. Sillup, Mr. Whitney, and myself made the decision and endorse it,” said Mr. Steve Valyo, Assistant Head of Upper School. But those were not the only supporters. “The faculty have also endorsed the idea,” Valyo said. According to Mr. Valyo, the Reverse “C” Schedule provides time for professional development for faculty and teachers who have conflicts after school due to extra duties. In addition, it allows time for the school to carry out its Strategic Vision “without cutting into too much classroom instructional time,” he said.

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NEW FACULTY AND STAFF FOR THE 2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR (front row, from left) Diane Dougherty, education services assistant, Diane Giordano, math teacher, Vernice Veranga-Mulcahy, science teacher, and Pam Zbrzeznj, social studies teacher; (middle row, from left) Katie Dixon, Spanish teacher, Emily Feeney, director of college counseling, Lauren Rossiter, math teacher, and Sue Giordani, English teacher; and (top row, from left) Michael Prosalik, science teacher, Alex Haynie, theolog y teacher and assistant campus minister, and Dave Kuyat, Latin teacher. Photo Credit: Malvern Preparatory School Communications Office

Eleven new faculty and staff welcomed to the school community Some of the new faces around campus share their perspectives on teaching, learning, and community. Jack Marchesani ‘15 REPORTER


the new year unfolds, and life is breathed once more into the Malvern Prep campus, we welcome the fresh faces of Malvern Preparatory School. Pictured above, the new teachers and faculty members come S THE

from a variety of backgrounds, and have been integrated into the Malvern Prep Community to serve and better our school. The Chronicle had the opportunity to sit down with a few of the new staff members to ask the tough questions about their role here at Malvern Prep, collaboration, and what the future of the student looks like.


1. Describe Your Background. I graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Secondary

Mathematics Education. Prior to teaching at Malvern Prep, I taught at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield and Merion Mercy Academy in Lower Merion. 2. What will you be teaching here at Malvern? Honors Pre- Ca lcu lus and Algebra II


Noted education innovator Sir Ken Robinson to speak at Duffy Center Sir Ken Robinson’s TED lectures on education have over 250 million views online. Joe DiSipio ‘14 & Brian Tatlow ‘14




Do those words mean anything to you? If you said no, be assured that the words Malvern Prep probably didn’t mean too much to him until very recently. It would be a good idea to get well acquainted with Sir Ken Robinson, who will

come to the Duffy Center on October 1 at 6:30 PM, to speak about “Creating and Leading a Culture of Innovation.” T he wor l d r e now ne d thinker and specialist in education is best known for being the highest viewed TED speaker. His talk on why schools kill creativity has over 250 million views worldwide. He is in every essence of the word a world leader.

And somehow he is coming to Malvern Prep. This all started about a year ago when Head of School Mr. Christian Talbot showed one of SKR’s talks to the faculty on an in service day. Blown away by his philosophy and ideas, Activities Director Dr. James Fry approached Mr. Talbot and asked, “Wouldn’t it be great if Sir Ken came and spoke to our

school?” Well, one year and a series of negotiations later, Robinson is coming to talk in the Duffy Center on October 1st.


al l t he buzz around the school about 21st century learning, a new innovative learning commons, and Talbot’s IT H

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SIR KEN ROBINSON Photo: Creative Commons


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We still need more writers though! How about a restaurant review? Maybe you could make a crossword puzzle? Brian Tatlow ‘14 & Joe DiSipio ‘14 Or write something on the latest and EDITORS IN CHIEF best music? Even something you have a strong opinion about! Find someH E S H E LV E S a t S t a p l e s thing you’re interested in and write are nearly empty, in your for The Black Friar Chronicle. room lies a stack of fresh Maybe writing for the school books, and the final pictures in your newspaper isn’t for you, but all of $ummer2013<3 album on Facebook you underclassmen need to find have all been posted. Summer has something that you’re passionate come and gone and its time to start about. Mathletes, Speech and Debate, an exciting new school year. Robotics, Intramurals or Stock Market At the start of Club, there’s much to this year we have had choose from. And if FIND SOMETHING YOU some changes come to you don’t see someLOVE AND MAKE campus. Sullivan Hall thing for you, make a IT YOURS. has been transformed new club or activity. into the innovative New ones are created Learning Commons, intended to be a every year, and many have turned out place for students to work, collaborate, to be wildly successful. College appliand create. The chapel is surrounded cations don’t just want to see activities, by dirt and construction workers as they want to see passion. Find sometwo new wings are attached to add thing you love and make it yours. enough space for the entire commuWhen Natalie told us that “A nity to celebrate Mass together. school newspaper is an incredibly important tool and resource for every The Black Friar Chronicle is off student on your campus. With that to a quick start for the 2013-2014 comes a huge responsibility and you year. Natalie DiBlasio, a USA Today guys seem up for the challenge,” she reporter, ran a two-day training camp was speaking to all of us. for the editors and taught us the basics of journalism. With our training, we e at the BFC are really hope to put out the best publications looking forward to this in Malvern’s history. school year. If you want to write or are even just interested, Our online affilate, the Friar’s stop by the Duffy Computer Lab Lantern, has moved to a new for a reporter’s meeting every Day domain ( 2. Everybody has a story, come tell and is on Twitter (@friarslantern1) yours! and Facebook (



MRS. WILKINSON’S LETTER Originally published in Delaware County Daily Times, August 21, 2013

To the Times: This morning, a beautiful Friday morning, my daughter and I were waiting for the trolley to 69th Street at the Beverly Hills stop. We were looking forward to playing free mini-golf at 30th Street Station and then heading to Second and Market for froyo at Old City Yogurt, our favorite yogurt place. She’d taken a lot of care to put herself together: Hair curled in a side pony tail, her favorite neon pink hoop earrings and a matching pink bow, a backpack she made out of multicolored duct tape.

We smiled at the other people who are waiting for the trolley, people of all ages and different ethnicities. It’s why we like this neighborhood. There are so many interesting people who live on our street, which is the street where I grew up. I was an ESL teacher for many years, and we have always lived in a diverse neighborhood, so my daughter has had the privilege of hearing opera, middle eastern music, jazz, oldies and contemporary music coming from open windows — sometimes all at once — on summer evenings. There are white people (like us), African Americans, Indian people, Greek people, Italian people, Irish people, people from the Caribbean, Korean people, Thai people, African people, Armenian people, Cambodian people and Vietnamese people > PAGE 4

Destructive comments on letter to Daily Times lead to discussion about race Mrs. Wilkinson’s published letter led to online commentary demonstrating problems with how we communicate about race. Anthony Abron ‘14 OPINION EDITOR


still occurs in America but the language we use to discuss it never helps. No one knows how to respectfully talk about race, and that is a problem with society in the United States. ACISM

“The truly despicable part is that he has done this intentionally. This alone is reason enough to remove him from office. That’s what we get when people send a black racist ghetto street activist to do a man’s job. May as well have elected Al Sharpton. All the bitter black ingrates think it’s payback time…” -LibsAreCommies

Mrs. Nicole Wilkinson wrote a letter that was published in the Delaware County Daily Times on August 21 about racism her daughter encountered. Its online posting was President Obama has been condemned for everything filled with vile comments that distracted from the piece. he has said about race from his speech in Philadelphia as On August 16th, Sabine, 11, and her a candidate for the Presidency to the recent mother were planning a fun-filled day in comments on Trayvon Martin. the city of Brotherly Love. While waitWORDS MATTER A LOT ing for the el in Upper Darby, an African Sean Hannity, host of Hannity on Fox MORE THAN PEOPLE American girl riding a nearby school bus News, recently came into the spotlight by THINK. THERE ARE complimented Sabine on her hair bow. criticizing the President’s comments on the SOME PROBLEMS Trayvon Martin case: THAT JUST CANNOT The day that was supposed to be “Now the president’s saying Trayvon BE SPINNED FOR filled with joy quickly turned into a day could’ve been me 35 years ago.This is a parPOLITICAL GAIN. that no child or person should ever have ticularly helpful comment. Is that the presito go through. dent admitting that I guess because what, he Other students riding the bus prowas part of the Choom Gang and he smoked ceeded to shout statements such as, “I hate you” and “I hate pot and he did a little blow — I’m not sure how to interpret white people” These comments reduced Sabine to tears. because we know that Trayvon had been smoking pot that night.” Wilkinson described the experiences as a “shock.” “They were children and to hear words like that come His words read like they could have been posted as a comout the mouths of young children was the first thing that ment on Wilkinson’s op-ed. startled me,” she said. In all of the these examples, differences are highlighted From the text and voice of the op-ed, one would think and no solutions discussed. It seems that whenever a highthat the piece was trying to convey a message that the world profile person talks about a sensitive issue they are immeis no utopia. But the comments section paints a different diately condemned and not joined by their opposition in picture of some readers’ perceptions. coming up with a solution. Some of those comments are posted in this story.

“Stupid remarks coming from supposed leaders, constant race baiting by “leaders” like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, are on the rise. Instead of using his white house occupation to encourage unity-BO just keeps on dividing. Black from white. Rich from poor. Christians from everybody. Republicans against Democrats. Stop wondering why nothing gets done--those of you who elected a divisive community organizer are getting the government you deserve. The rest of us have to suffer through it.” -sassychick007

These types of comments are why we cannot have a serious discussion on race in America. The words we use to describe our emotions toward a serious topic are often inflamed with political ideology.

“The headline should have been: ‘Girl Learns Loony Liberal World is a Total Myth!’ Hahahaha....Thanks for writing this letter, Ms. Wilkinson. Now stop lying to your daughter and let her absorb the bitter taste of racial reality she has learned. Tell her that the majority of Americans now rightly see blacks as more racist than whites. It is the truth.” -LibsAreCommies

For her part Mrs. Wilkinson talked about some ways to solve racial problems in America. She pushed back on the previous comments by commenting herself, “I think the bottom line is that we all have to work together to focus on creating actual equality within our communities. And I do agree that it starts with all of our leaders and role models (parents, teachers, community leaders, religious leaders, etc). Wilkinson continued, “I don’t know what policy steps need to be taken-- that is beyond the scope of my capabilities. But I do believe that even in baby steps, eventually we can make lasting social changes. That’s why I wrote this letter.” Words matter a lot more than people think. There are some problems that cannot just be spinned for political gain. Racism and race policy, including the controversial Stop and Frisk policy in Philadelphia and New York are some of those problems. Americans should focus more on problem-solving and not cowering behind an anonymous comment policy for local newspapers.



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FEATURED NEWS >SIR KEN ROBINSON, 1 ideas on creation, connection, and collaboration, there doesn’t seem to be someone better to come and talk at Malvern.

data.” Beyond that, the school and its headmaster will gain some pretty noble advice from Sir Ken. “After [Robinson’s talk], I will moderate a small round-table discussion with him and Trung Le, the principal architectural designer from Cannon Design / Third Teacher +, who are doing our master campus plan.” The audience is welcome to remain for the discussion; afterwards Robinson will sign books.

“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status,” said Robinson during one of his lectures. “We have sold ourselves into a fast food THE DETAILS: model of education, SIR KEN ROBINSON and it’s impoverish- “Creating & Leading a Culture ing our spirit and our of Innovation” energies as much as Duffy Center fast food is depleting Tuesday, October 1, 2013 our physical bodies.” 6:30 PM

A NEIGHBORHOOD IN MANILA Photo: Anton Zelenov, Wikimedia Commons

Changes announced to 2014 service trip destinations Philippines revealed as a 2014 service trip, other global destinations explored.

students international experience and strengthen Malvern’s global presence.

Christian service sites, or are consistent with our values.”

Why the Philippines? The reason relates to Malvern’s Augustinian mission and connections. Already, two of Malvern’s locations are based N a n ef for t to st ren g t hen in Augustinian connections - South Malvern’s Christian Service proAfrica and Peru. gram, the Philippines have been “The Augustinians do have a added as a destination for the class of special part of Filipino history,” 2015 onward, and other changes are in said Fr. Chris Drennen, Director of the works. Augustinian Identity. “Despite rumors, “The Friars were with we are not leaving South Magellan on his jourIT DOES NOT HAVE Africa,” said Director of ney and have care of TO BE A PLACE Christian Service, Larry SPONSORED BY THE the oldest church in Legner. He also said AUGUSTINIANS, BUT Manila [ capital of that rumors of a service IT IS A NICE GLOBAL the Philippines], St. trip to India are false - at Augustine’s.” CONNECTION. least for now. “The presence in -FR. CHRIS DRENNEN Asia is also important, Legner confirmed as it is such a growing that the trip to West Virginia will be part of the world economy,” said Fr. discontinued. He explained that serDrennen. vice trip options in the United States were not as popular and needed some Drennen notes that an Augustinian change. connection is not the sole factor in According to Legner, Malvern establishing service destinations. “It hopes to give every student opportudoes not have to be a place sponsored nity for an international experience. In by the Augustinians, but it is a nice addition to studying abroad through global connection. We have some our foreign exchange program, great service trips that do not have Christian Service is a platform to give any Augustinian connections, but are

Malvern students will be staying in dorm rooms at St. Augustine University in Iloilo City, the urban capital city of the province of Iloilo. They will be eating at university cafeteria.

Matthew Lanetti ‘15 MANAGING EDITOR


While some members of the junior class are anxious about overseas service, others like Arjun Menon are only excited. “I can’t wait to go abroad and learn about new cultures,” Menon said. “I think just being in a different country itself puts us in a situation to broaden our perspective and understanding of the world and life in its various regions.” Legner shares Menon’s excitement about the destination changes. “I’m excited about it, because it’s a brand new place. Each one is different and great in its own way.” 




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Tickets will be made available to the public, after a certain number of reserved seats for the Malvern community are filled, according to Mr. Talbot. Once For more information: Dr. Fry sees how faculty, staff, trustees, R o b i n s o n’s i d e a s parents, and select ca n apply to t he students RSVP, the classroom. “I believe that Sir Ken public will be able to purchase tickets challenges teachers to look beyond through a ticketing page. themselves and find niches where students can explore the subject matter For more i nformat ion, stay in a more non-traditional capacity,” tuned to the Malvern Weekly or says Fry. “I like the creativity that he contact Mr. Jim Mack, Director of advocates for in the classroom. I think Communications, at jmack@malvernoffering a balance of both right and left brain methods allow for a well rounded individual.” So check out his lectures online about education in today’s society, and Mr. Talbot shared Fry’s excite- remember to mark your calendars for ment, stating, “He is a leader because Monday October 1st. This is an opporhe proposes ideas aimed at ‘changing tunity not to be missed. educational paradigms,’ per the title of his most famous TED talk, and supports those ideas with research and SCREEN FROM “CHANGING EDUCATION PARADIGMS” BY SIR KEN ROBINSON RSA Animate

Mr. Talbot will brave heights for a great cause Donations given to aid deceased Arizona firefighters will push the Head of School to new heights. Matt Jones ‘14 REPORTER


struck the city of Prescott, Arizona earlier Many of these families have been this year, on June 30, when denied the ability to collect survivor’s 19 members of their fire department, benefits because their deceased family 20% of the city’s total, member was a part-time I GOTTA WALK perished in a wildfire. firefighter. This leaves 13 THE TALK. Montgomer y Count y of the 19 families unable I’M IN. fire departments hope to to collect these benefits. -MR. TALBOT collect money to aid the families of the deceased. The 95 fire compaThrough the outreach of Rev. Dr. nies within Montgomery county have Oechsle, Malvern has the opportunity set a goal to raise $95,000 in order to to assist in aiding these families. > PAGE 5 R AGEDY


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FRIAR LIFE Friar writers learn the ropes of journalism Staff members of Malvern’s publications attended a journalism workshop hosted by a USA Today Reporter in mid-August. Joe DiSipio ‘14 EDITOR IN CHIEF

Fol low i ng g raduat ion from Vermont in Decemeber 2011, Ms. DiBlasio accepted a job as a general assignment reporter for USA Today. She is also the youngest person to ever serve on the board of the American News Women’s club. With her experience and credentials, DiBlasio can be considered an authority on the subject of writing news well.


would a USA Today Breaking News Reporter from New Jersey spend two days on campus in mid-August? HY

No, Natalie DiBlasio wasn’t here to break a national news story. The reporter came on August 14th and 15th to teach a crash course in journalism for ten members of the BFC/FL staff. The goal was to show the interested members of the school’s news publications the basics of journalism. A two day workshop was held in the Duffy Center where the newspaper staff intently listened to Ms. DiBlasio’s teachings on how to write articles, conduct interviews, and utilize sources. After taking Ms. Plows’ ceramics class at Pitman High School in


New Jersey, DiBlasio went on to the University of Vermont. Thrust into journalism by chance and a professor, she joined university’s newspaper The Cynic. She agreed to share her knowledge with her former teacher’s current students.

After serving as reporter and news editor for The Cynic, Natalie assumed the role of editor in chief. Under her leadership, the newspaper won the prestigious Newspaper Pacemaker award for journalistic excellence.

Senior Dan McGlinn saw the workshop as quite beneficial. He said, “With her experience and know-how in the field, everything was valuable.” Ms. Plows appreciated Natalie’s time and expertise, saying “Natalie showed our student team what’s possible in the field of journalism. She’s just a few years older than our students, and is already making her mark as a

young professional. I was so proud to see her teaching at Malvern.” As the learning progressed, everyone agreed to see a clear improvement in the writing of the staff. McGlinn said, “She really helped us to take our writing and editing to the next level.” DiBlasio said, “From the beginning I was impressed with your writing skills and as we worked together, I was very impressed with how quickly your staff was able to pick up on the basic news writing rules” Thanks to Natalie DiBlasio’s help, the staff of the Blackfriar Chronicle and Friar’s Lantern hope to serve the community by applying their new knowledge and “rules of journalism” to this year’s publications. Hopefully the start of the new era of accuracy and quality begins with this very article. 

Secret society storms Malvern! A long honored tradition of Unitas has taken a new shape in a collaborative 21st century model of an ancient concept. Joe DiSipio ‘14 EDITOR IN CHIEF


be associated with a lot of ‘buzzwords’ but the Adelphia Society will live up to the hype. T MAY

Forty juniors are the inaugural members of what moderators hope to be a “prestigious and respected” mentoring society. At its core, the Adelphia Society pairs these juniors with small groups of incoming freshman. The program’s goal according to Mrs. Day, faculty moderator, is “No freshman through the cracks.”

>WILKINSON, 2 right in our immediate neighborhood. Her father is Lebanese, and some of her first foods came from his culture. She knows people of several races and faiths, has gay uncles and hears a variety of languages on a daily basis. In short, she’s probably one of the friendliest, most open-minded kids I know. She detests racism and discrimination and is the first one to stand up for kids being picked on in the schoolyard. Once, she even snuck a rainbow flag onto a school project — just to support the gay community, she told me. She was in first grade. So I think all of this makes what happened harder for her to bear, and she’s still in tears as I am writing this. Today, she learned that not just the world — but her world — isn’t all a Disney World ride with happy diverse people loving life and each other, saying hello on a summer

An idea originally introduced by faculty. Following a written essay by the Strategic Plan two years, the and an interview by the selection comAdelphia Society will provide mentormittee, forty of the seventy applicants ing for each freshman were admitted to the as they adjust to the difsociety. THE ADEPLHIA ferences of high school. Each junior SOCIETY IS PART Having an upperclassat tended Fresh man OF A PLAN TO man as a friend and Orientation where they CREATE A CYCLE mentor will provide all were assigned to three OF MENTORSHIP the young Friars the freshman. Instant ly IN THE MALVERN right tools to succeed. each freshman now recCOMMUNITY. ognizes a friendly older To become a memface on campus and has ber of the society, the someone to turn to. In forty junior mentors had to undergo the upcoming months members of the a rigorous application process. First, Adelphia Society and the freshman candidates had to be recommended class will meet again to strengthen

evening and inviting each other over for tea or conversation on the porch. She learned that hatred and racism are alive, and that, worst of all, children are perpetuating their parents’ hateful outlook on life. She was a target of hate and racism today. As we waited for the trolley to take us to the el, a school bus full of children a year or two younger than my daughter, who is in sixth grade, was stopped at the light next to the fence. All of the children were African American. One little girl leaned out the window and yelled to my daughter, “I like your bow!” My daughter smiled and waved to her and said, “Thank you!” She was beaming because she knew she looked pretty — my mom set her hair in rags last night, and the bow perfectly accentuated the curls. Then, the unexpected happened.“I hate you!” another

kid screamed out the window. “I hate white people!” Another kid screamed, “Yeah, I especially hate white people looking all ghetto. Look at that white girl looking all ghetto. I hate you! I hate white people!” The light turned, the bus sped away, and my daughter looked me with shock and horror on her face. Then, the tears started streaming down her cheeks as the trolley pulled up, and she said, “I just want to go home.” We’re home now. She didn’t want to talk the whole way home. When she’s finished washing her face and calming down, we are going to sit down and have a talk. I know many people might be tempted to say, “Well, now she knows how it feels, how so many children that are targets of racism feel every day.”

their bond. Mrs. Day and Mrs. Lappas are the faculty moderators, but when asked about the ins and outs of the Adelphia Society, they firmly stressed the goal is that the mentor program will become student run. Those juniors who show exceptional leadership skills will hopefully rise as seniors to become leaders of the Adelphia Society. The junior to freshman mentoring program will hopefully be only a piece of the Adelphia Society, according to Mrs. Lappas. The plan is to create a cycle of mentorsh ip i n t he Ma lvern

Does that make what happened OK? Is it OK to make any child feel like that? We lost a wonderfully planned treat because some children, who are clearly repeating what they have heard the adults in their lives say, filled her day with hatred and insult because of her race. Imagine what many children of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and backgrounds lose on a daily basis because somewhere, maybe everywhere, our society is still teaching kids to hate people who don’t look like them. We’ll probably still have froyo, but the wind has been knocked out of our sails. Could we rally and go have a good time in spite of what has just happened? Sure. But not today. This is a hurt that’s going to stay with her for a while — a hurt that a little froyo won’t be able to alleviate. T. NICOLE CIRONE WILKINSON

community. It will begin with this junior to freshman relationship but as the program ages, it will grow. The senior leaders will be paired with a recent graduate and will receive advice regarding college. These college students will then be paired with older alumni who will hopefully offer advice as MP alums enter the job market. Malvern is famous for the bonds it forges and has been called “the greatest fraternity in the world” by some. The Adelphia Society hopes to strengthen and use those bonds while giving the brotherhood a proper Greek name. 




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FRIAR LIFE > NEW TEACHERS, 5 hope to vary instruction and assessment to meet the needs of the students. 4. How do you think that you can add to the school as it already is, and better the overall atmosphere for the students? Malvern, in a short time, has already welcomed me with open arms and I feel as though I have a sense of the tight-knit community that flourishes here. I think I can add to the school by continuing the academic and personal mission that Malvern so passionately promotes. 5. What are your thoughts on the changes to the idea of school itself, as we head into a collaborative, community and technology driven, age of learning? I believe balance is a key to successful learning. Collaborative learning and technology can be useful aids in the classroom, but in addition to students knowing how to appropriately use technology, I think that they must also work on building a foundation of mathematical skills without technology. I want students to know why (-1)^2 = 1, not just accept it because the calculator says so.


1. Describe Your Background. I grew up in Wayne and went onto Harvard for my BA. I swam all 4 years for the Varsity team and captained the team at Harvard as a senior. I then went onto work in admissions at Columbia Business School, Barnard College and most recently, Princeton University. While at Columbia, I received my Masters in Education and also coached the women’s swim team. 2. What will you be teaching here at Malvern? I am Director of College Counseling. I hope to give students all the support and guidance they need through the sometimes confusing world of college admissions. All of the counselors will start educating students earlier on how to make good decisions in their coursework and activities, both for their own development and with an eye towards the college process. 3. How do you think that you can add to the department as it already is, and better the learning styles of the students? I think my perspective as a former admissions officer reading thousands of applications will really help students here put their best foot forward in their own college application process. I also hope I can add my skills on the pool deck! 5. What are your thoughts on the changes to the idea of school itself, as we head into a collaborative, community and technology driven, age of learning? I was particularly drawn to working at Malvern because of the vision of the school moving forward. My

dad, uncle, brother and cousins all attended Malvern and had wonderful experiences and I think the changes the school is moving through will only make it stronger. I am thrilled to be part of it!


1. Describe Your Background. I went to Germantown Academy from pre-K to 12th grade. My dad teaches there. No, I did not know Bradley Cooper. I’ve been to Malvern a ton of times in my life for Lacrosse, but always as an enemy. I went on to play Lacrosse at Princeton, live abroad in Kenya and Germany, and teach for a year at Pennington. I went to Grad School at Notre Dame. 2. What will you be teaching here at Malvern? Theology to Juniors and Seniors as well as being an assistant Campus minister 3. How do you think that you can add to the course as it already is, and better the learning styles of the students? Various times in my life, I’ve been really been struck by Christ. On a senior retreat, I had a really important experience, in which I realized I wanted to serve Christ. At Princeton I took some classes in which I realized I wanted to defend the faith. Everyone brings a distinct flavor, so I believe my background and enthusiasm will carry over to the students. 4. How do you think that you can add to the school as it already is, and better the overall atmosphere for the students? I’ve had a very warm welcome so far. I want to continue this, and have a positive presence around campus. 5. What are your thoughts on the changes to the idea of school itself, as we head into a collaborative, community and technology driven, age of learning? There certainly are changes happening, and we need to embrace them, and be ready for them, and prepare ourselves for the changing world. In my classes I attempt to use technology and collaboration as much as possible. Collaboration is so good for theology because it’s a community based entity.


1. Describe Your Background. I grew up outside of Reading and went to Reading Central College. I attended Albright University where I got a degree in Biochemistry. I did research down at Thomas Jefferson. After, I got my masters degree in exercise physiology. I worked in adult fitness for a while. I went back to Temple to get my Masters in teaching after that. I taught in the archdiocese of Philadelphia for 16 years.

2. What will you be teaching here at Malvern? Honors Algebra II class and the Senior Applied Calculus Class 3. How do you think that you can add to the course as it already is, and better the learning styles of the students? I already believe that the students won’t learn best by just sitting. We’re there to learning together. I want to try something called Flipped Classroom where they work the night before so that we can do more problem solving in class. 4. How do you think that you can add to the school as it already is, and better the overall atmosphere for the students? I want to become a part of the school community and embrace the Augustinian values. I’ve been reading a lot of Augustinian works. I want to be highly involved with the school community, at which levels right now I’m not really sure. 5. What are your thoughts on the changes to the idea of school itself, as we head into a collaborative, community and technology driven, age of learning? I think that it is a great thing, because I think Malvern is going to have young gentleman prepared with the collaborative skills for the work force. There are going to be new jobs out there that do not exist today. It’s not about what you learn, but it’s about how you learn it.


1. Describe Your Background. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. This is my 16th year teaching. I taught at West Chester for the last few years. I’ve taught at various places before that. I am almost finished with my masters degree in Educational Administration. I actually have a 6th grader here at Malvern! 2. What will you be teaching here at Malvern? Honors Chemistry and Academic Physics 3. How do you think that you can add to the course as it already is, and better the learning styles of the students? One of the things that attracted me to Malvern was the mission for 21st century learning. I’ve always wanted that, and this is the first opportunity I’ve gotten. I am really looking forward to teaching in a new way. 4. How do you think that you can add to the school as it already is, and better the overall atmosphere for the students? I have a lot of experience with so many different places and different kinds of students. I have so many tricks to try, and I am really excited to try them. 5. What are your thoughts on the

changes to the idea of school itself, as we head into a collaborative, community and technology driven, age of learning? Connections are crucial. The world doesn’t work in a way where you just know something, you need to know what to do with it. Do something with your knowledge!


1. Describe Your Background. I started off in a community college in Upstate New York. From there I moved on to get a degree in Environmental Science and Geology. I was a construction superintendent for two years, so I went on and got my masters in teaching. 2. What will you be teaching here at Malvern? Honors Biology and Environmental Science 3. How do you think that you can add to the course as it already is, and better the learning styles of the students? One of the reasons Malvern invited me was my focus on projects. My teaching style is doing two major projects a year, and working together in collaboration. 4. How do you think that you can add to the school as it already is, and better the overall atmosphere for the students? I probably will be coaching middle school track in spring, and I will be adding to the Outdoors club and possibly Robotics.

> REVERSE C, 1 Such a large variation to the normal routine could cause problems such as transportation to school, late lunches, and too little class time. As a result, this year is a trial to be evaluated at the end of the year by students, faculty, and parents. Not only could the Reverse “C” be permanent, but other changes could be coming soon. “We are having a consultant come in October to assess our entire schedule,” says Mr. Valyo. This is in hopes of proposing a schedule that is able to be utilized by the middle school and high school. For the Reverse “C” Schedule, which happens once a month, students have two options: arrive at school for homeroom at 9:05 or arrive at the regular time (or anytime before homeroom). The first option is appealing for those who enjoy the peace of sleeping in. An extra hour of sleep has huge benefits in the middle of the week. However, the second option is the more productive one. Before school, there will be four areas open for student use: the Learning Commons, the Strength and Conditioning Center, one of the gyms, and Stewart Hall. Students can get homework finished, work out, or even play in a gym before school. With forty-minute periods, a fifteen minute break, and a 9:05 homeroom, many people in the Malvern community are eager to see what happens during the first Reverse “C” Schedule on September 25. 

5. What are your thoughts on the changes to the idea of school itself, as we head into a collaborative, community and technology driven, age of learning? I think that as much as we are progressing, we must find a balance between 21st century and the old ideas. With both facets, we can go a lot further. It’s like speaking two languages.

> BRAVE HEIGHTS, 3 give each of the families $5,000 to assist them with their needs. Rev. Dr. Oechsle, a Malvern mathematics teacher and Norriton Fire Company member, has reached out to Mr. Talbot and the Malvern community, asking that Malvern students take part in the donations to contribute towards this effort. Dr. Oechsle has reported that so far the donation process has been very successful due to the generosity of Wawa and WalMart consumers. In the hope that donations will be extraordinarily successful Mr. Talbot has agreed to take part in an incentive for students. A Norriton Fire Company rig will be brought on campus on September 16th. The Head of School has agreed to climb one step of the aerial’s ladder for every $10

contributed to the cause. The largest of the company’s aerial ladders spans a lengthy 110ft., which means a donation of $1010 or more will result in Mr. Talbot reaching the top. When asked if he was sure about this incentive through email, Mr. Talbot responded with “I gotta walk the talk. I’m in.” Two collection buckets are located on campus. One in the Duffy Center and the other located within Stewart Hall. All donations can be made through these buckets or directly to Dr. Oechsle, who can be found usually on the 3rd floor of Tolentine Hall. Giving a little will go a long way. It will also make Mr. Talbot climb a long way. 


September 2013


SPORTS Football starts the season strong with two early wins

Two holes in one for Friar golfers defy all odds Odds of what happened for Brendan Hallinan and Brendan Bacskai at the Waynesborough Country Club on August 27? Over 6 million to 1. Mike Higgins ‘14 FRIAR LIFE EDITOR


Brendan O’Connor SPORTS EDITOR


Fo ot b a l l h a s impressed early on in the season by starting off 2-0. They survived a season-opening test from Roman Catholic, 15-13, in a defensive battle in Wildwood. In their home opener, they smothered Glen Mills in an impressive offensive display where they won, 31-10. Against Roman, Troy Gallen scored Malvern’s sole offensive touchdown of the game. Defensive End John Nassib was a beast at the line of scrimmage, intercepting two passes. James Keating returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown. A LV E R N

Glen Mills appeared to be another defensive battle after a scoreless first quarter, but Alex Hornibrook found Matt Brown in the back of the end zone and Brown found the end zone again less than two minutes later thanks to a fumble forced by Hunter Paulus, breaking the game open in the second quarter. Hunter Paulus and Troy Gallen found the end zone in the second half and the defense was stellar, forcing three fumbles. The final score was 31-10. After a bye week, they will take the field again September 21 against La Salle at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

Harmatuk takes the helm of Friar Basketball Mike Higgins ‘14 FRIAR LIFE EDITOR


FTER seven

years at the helm of the basketball program, Coach Jim Rullo has taken the college coaching job at nearby Neumann University. Following a national search by the athletic department, John Harmatuk has been tabbed as the man for the job. Coach Harmatuk comes from Cypress Springs High School in Cypress, Texas, a northwest suburb of Houston. He was quite successful during his 12-year tenure at his former school guiding the Panthers to the eight state playoff appearances.

COACH HARMATUK Photo: Malvern Prep Communications

Harmatuk’s coaching style will definitely be a change from previous years. When asked about his coaching philosophy he said, “On offense I believe in layups, free throws, and three pointers. And to guard the same things on defense. Toughness wins games. We will be the toughest team on the floor each night.” That toughness will certainly be necessary in the extremely competitive

Inter-Ac L eag ue. Germantown Academy, the defending champions, will again be strong, but the Haverford School is easily the favorite. After an influx of transfers and returning stars, the Fords have one of their best teams in over a decade. The Friars’ team is filled with underclassmen, so the lack of experience could be an issue. On the other hand, Coach Harmatuk will have a few years to bond with his players and

isn’t supposed to strike twice, but that is exactly what occurred on a perfectly sunny day at Waynesborough Country Club on August 27th. Senior Brendan Hallinan and junior Brendan Bacskai were the lightning rods as they both made holes-in-one during a recent round. The day began as a normal 9-hole golf tryout to make the squad. Then magic struck first for Hallinan on the 156 yard 4th hole. Using an eightiron, Hallinan struck a perfect shot that landed right behind the cup, bounced backward, hit the flagstick, and dropped in the hole. “As soon as I hit it, I knew it was going to be close,” Hallinan said. “I saw it was on a perfect line, so I reached down to pick up my tee, and when I looked up I saw my ball hit behind the hole and go in. I couldn’t believe it!” The second ace of Hallinan’s life helped him to an even par 35 on the challenging front nine at Waynesborough. To make the round off icial, Hallinan made the turn and trekked to the 10th tee to play the back nine. There, he was joined by Bacskai and me. After a pair of long par 4s, we came to the short 330 yard 12th hole. This par 4 has a slight dogleg right and an elevated tee box, a perfect view for what was about to happen next. Bacskai pulled his driver and lined up for what would be the shot of his life. He ripped a perfect fade that IGHTNING

install his system of basketball to build a championship winning team. In 2007, Harmatuk had arguably his most successful season as he coached his squad to a 31-7 record and picked up the 2007 Regional Coach of the Year award. Harmatuk said, “I’m coming from coaching at the highest level of high school basketball in the state of Texas. We welcome the competition.” Harmatuk is unquestionably a 21st Century basketball coach. He is active on Twitter and on Blogspot. He runs the new Malvern Basketball Twitter Account, a great way to interact and connect with players, coaches,

THE MAGICAL SCORECARD Photo: Malvern Preparatory School Social Media

followed the curve of the hole exactly. As the ball neared the green, it disappeared behind a small mound and reappeared trickling onto the front of the green where the hole was located. The ball rolled directly at the hole, bumped the flagstick, and fell right into the cup for a hole-in-one on a par 4! Our group went absolutely berserk as there were continuous highfives, hugs, and roars for a couple of minutes. We had just witnessed two holes-in-one in the same group on the same day. Bacska i sa id, “I was prett y shocked. You never expect to hit a hole-in-one on a par 4. It was an awesome experience and hopefully I can hit another one in the future.” After we had calmed down, Hallinan quipped, “Well I guess I’m losing now,” as we left the 12th green. The two Brendans were locked in a tight match, and just as quickly Hallinan came to the 12th tee with a two shot advantage, he left with a two shot deficient. The remaining six holes were filled with more great shots almost including more history. In fact on the 144 yard 14th hole, Hallinan hit another near perfect tee shot to a little over a foot almost carding his second hole-in-one of the day.

As the two Brendans matched each other shot for shot, both Friars came to the par 5 18th hole tied. On the final hole, Bacskai was able to make a five foot birdie putt to win the friendly match by one shot carding an even par 71 in the process. As we were signing the card, one of the Waynesborough employees told us about his hole-in-one on the par 4 12th a few years earlier. He also said he had never seen so many aces in one day at the club, as a Waynesborough member carded a 1 on the same hole as Hallinan earlier in the day. So how rare is this unbelievable feat? Making a hole-in-one as an amateur golfer has around 12,500 to 1 odds according to a Golf Digest article. Although, scoring an albatross by either making a hole-in-one on a par 4 or holing out on a par 5 in two carry significantly higher odds. The chances to match Bacskai’s feat are a whopping 6 million to 1! These two feats alone can be once in a lifetime achievements for any golfer, but these two accomplishments to occur in the same group in the same round seem almost astronomical. Golf is such a crazy sport, and you truly never know when you’ll hit the greatest shot of your life. 

alumni, and fans. You can follow him @coachtuk on Twitter or read his blog called Character Thru Basketball. Malvern wi l l be look ing to improve on its 1-9 Inter-Ac League record this season, and athletic director Kurt Ruch is counting on Coach Harmatuk to get the job done as the team unity will be strong following the summer camps and offseason workouts. Harmatuk’s goals for the upcoming season? “Expectations are it’s a process to get better everyday. This will be our focus.” With a young team and new coaching philosophy the Friars are on the right track. 



September 2013



Intramural rugby kicks off High hopes for intramural fun and connections to the newest Friar varsity sport PJ Murphy ‘14 REPORTER


rugby program can help get even more Malvern students interested in playing this spring.”

the new school year begins, so does intramural sports, one of the most popular clubs. This winter, the program is introducing rugby as the newest intramural sport. With the sport’s rise in popularity in America and at Malvern, the inaugural Intramural Rugby season should turn out to be a major success. S

The introduction of rugby as an intramural sport could not have been more timely, as last year it was officially made a varsity sport. Interest in the sport is at an all-time high, mainly because of the initiation of Rugby as an Olympic sport in the 2014 games. Even with this wave of enthusiasm, many Americans still don’t know much about Rugby. It is a sport that demands versatile athletes. Players need to be able to pass, run, kick, and tackle. Everyone plays both offense

“It sounds really fun, and I’m very interested. I’ve seen some videos of rugby, and I’ve always want to try it out,” said senior Brian Beck.

and defense, and any player can score at any given time. It is a pure team sport, and Malvern’s students will quickly fall in love with the sport “The coaches are thrilled at the start of an intramural rugby program” said head coach John Foley. “The rugby team has had great success since its inception four years ago, and we’re hoping that the intramural

If you are interested in signing up for any of Malvern’s Intramural sports speak to a member of the Intramural Committee or contact Mr. Ostick at 

Dave McNabb of Applebrook Country Club shares his experience at this year’s big event.


I asked Dave McNabb, the head professional at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, the most spectators he had seen at one of his local tournaments, he told me “no more than 20 to 30.” After playing in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, McNabb can now multiply that number by 1000. It was a dream come true for the local golf pro, whose road to Rochester started back in June at Sunriver Resort in Oregon at the PGA Professional National Championship. McNabb placed T-9 at Sunriver, with the top 20 earning a spot to the year’s final major at Oak Hill Country Club. HEN

During the five week hiatus between Sunriver and Rochester, McNabb said he’d been “walking on clouds”. Though once he got to Oak Hill, it was crunch time. He spent the most of the practice rounds with fellow PGA section pro, Mark Sheftic, the head of instruction at Merion Golf Club. McNabb also got to play with Dustin Johnson and Steve Stricker before tournament action began Thursday. “They were al l great guys,” McNabb said of the tour professionals. “They were great to us, just like playing with your buddies.” He said the biggest difference between the tour and club pro was the

Hopes for some wins; less hope for the playoffs. Mark D’Agostino ‘14 REPORTER


is an air of excitement regarding the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2013-2014 campaign. HERE

The Intramural Committee felt that rugby was the sport that would attract the most interest, and as of now it seems that they were right. Students will be able to signup and play this upcoming winter after the fall sport, flag football, has ended.

Local golf pro fulfills dream at PGA Championshiop Brendan Hallinan ‘14 SPORTS EDITOR

Eagles season looks promising

consistency in making good contact and the length of the shots. When asked to describe Dustin Johnson’s power, a player known for hitting it long, McNabb had one word, “sick”. “[Dustin] was like fifty yards by me with his driver. It’s pretty different, so to watch something like that, I mean that’s definitely just a different sound, different ball flight, it was fun.” When the competition came around, McNabb was paired with two well known European Tour professionals, Branden Grace and Stephen Gallacher. McNabb, like all 20 of the club pros, missed the 3 over par cut after the first two rounds, but he was far from disappointed with his play. He said, “I think I played pretty good, I don’t think I played anywhere near as good as I’m capable of playing but I think I played better than just an average round of golf. “The first day I didn’t hit very many fairways and scrambled around pretty good, especially given the condition of the golf course, so I felt pretty good about that. The second round I was playing about the same, I was playing pretty steady, made a bunch of pars, had one little hiccup there on the back nine, but overall I played pretty good for the way I hit the ball, I was pretty happy with the way I played.” When asked about the pressure of playing in front of the crowd, McNabb said, “I like playing in that

BIOGRAPHY Dave McNabb is originally from Michigan, but moved to the east coast in 1993 when he took the job as Assistant Pro at Cavaliers Country Club in Newark, Delaware. Eventually, McNabb became the head pro at Cavaliers in 1996. In 2010, he was offered the opportunity to become the head pro at Applebrook Golf Club, where he has been ever since. Road to Rochester Timeline: September 22, 2012: McNabb finishes in the top 12 at the Philadelphia Section PGA Championship at White Manor Country Club to qualify for the 2013 PGA National Championship June 26, 2013: McNabb finishes T-9 at the PGA National Championship at Sunriver Resort, Oregon to punch his ticket to the PGA Championship August 8-9 2013: McNabb fires rounds of 74 and 76 (+10) to tie for fifth among the twenty club pros who competed at the PGA.

environment. Some guys do, some guys don’t, I love it.” “I had a ton of fan support, signing a bunch of autographs, they were all cheering for me, yelling my name. Who the heck they knew who I was I had no idea.” Though he did not accomplish his goal of making the cut, McNabb > PAGE 8

The Eagles made a big splash in the offseason by hiring former University of Oregon coach, Chip Kelly, as the new head coach. Kelly brings a very fast and up-tempo offense into the NFL, where speed has become ever so important. He inherits a solid group of skilled players to work with, including DeSean Jackson, LeSean “Shady” McCoy, and Jason Avant. McCoy is looking to return to all pro form this season after missing four games last season due to injury. Staying healthy will be key for McCoy, though, when healthy, he is one of the NFL’s best backs, who is able to shift directions in a blink of an eye. The fans can only hope Kelly uses Shady more than Andy Reid did during his tenure, because Shady is the best player on the offensive side of the ball. With Jeremy Maclin gone for the season with a torn ACL, DeSean Jackson headlines the wide receiving corp. Jackson was once a big time playmaker for this team, but has had back to back subpar seasons. Jackson has not lost his talent though, and he looks to thrive in Kelly’s fast pace offense. Jason Avant remains a solid receiver in the slot with good hands and good football IQ. Riley Cooper will take the place of Maclin on the outside, trying to overcome a rough offseason. Brent Celek and James Casey will both being seeing action at tight end in the passing game as well.

Billy Davis, not to be confused with the father of golf star Mike Davis, is the new defensive coordinator. The defense is young and inexperienced, especially in the secondary. The Eagles will be switching to a 3-4 scheme this year and will be looking for big contributions from newly acquired Connor Barwin and veteran Trent Cole at the outside linebacker spots. Mike Vick won the starting job over Nick Foles during the preseason. He is the team’s leader and how well he plays will determine the success of this season. He was brilliant in 2010, but the team is now three seasons removed from that year. Hopefully, Chip Kelly can help bring Vick back to that dynamic dual-threat quarterback that he once was early in his career with Atlanta. Protecting the ball and staying away from injury will be crucial for Vick. The offensive line is finally healthy, which will help decrease the amount of hits he will take in the pocket. Vick needs to make better decisions with the football and needs to secure the ball better when running. The Chip Kelly offense will be high flying and dynamic this season. Mike Vick is due for a breakout year, though it is doubtful if he can stay healthy as he has played a full sixteen games only once in his career. The defense is still suspect. There are a lot of unproven guys out there who will be playing a significant amount of snaps. With that being said, the defense isn’t short on talent, so if it all comes together, it could be decent by the end of the year. Realistically, the Eagles will win as many as six to ten games. They will be competitive, but don’t expect to see a playoff berth in Chip’s first season at the helm. 

Weightroom Chatter Tom Ferrari ‘14 REPORTER


school year can only mean one thing: the weightroom is once again flooded with students of all kinds, including rowers, lacrosse athletes, members of the weightlifting team, and others who simply want to get “swoll.” Students go to the weightroom after school or during open periods to work out in a variety of ways. Many students take advantage of the cardio equipment and run on the treadmill or on the stationary bike. Others choose to take advantage of the free weights and sculpt their “guns”. The Malvern weightroom as it is today has only been around in its current design since 2007. Mr. Erik Miller, who is in charge of this area, is constantly reading up on the best NEW

equipment to train students and get them into great shape. In addition to this and coaching the throwing events of track, Mr. Miller also coaches the Olympic Weightlifting team, which had its first season last year. The programs first year was a huge success, with over 40(!) students competing in a meet at the snatch and clean and jerk events. Mr. Miller had four students (Zach O’Neill ‘14, Sean Gleason ‘16, Gary Halloway ‘16, and Tyler Watkin ‘14) compete at Youth Nationals, which took place at Missouri Western State University. Participant Zach O’Neill said, “It was swell to lift with all the fellas, and I had a terrific time doing it, especially with my classmate Tyler.” 


September 2013


ARTS NAHS and faculty team up Drew Freed ‘14


Faculty and NAHS members began an artistic collaboration before summer break. Ricky Walsh ‘14 REPORTER


members of the National Art Honors Society are teaming up with select members of the faculty to create artwork that will be used as teaching tools for the upcoming year. This project was so popular at its kickoff in May that Ms. Plows, the NAHS moderator, had to recruit potential future NAHS members to pair with the extra teachers. HE

The students got right to work in May of last school year, and according to Ms. Plows, “It was quite an energetic kickoff [to the project].”

“It ties in with our collaboration theme, so this might be a project that will teach Malvern about our theme for the school year,” Plows said. Many NAHS members believe that this is the biggest project that the NAHS has ever embarked on. Some of the pairings include Brain Tatlow ‘14 and Mrs. Lappas, Mike Stangis ‘14 and Mr. Ostick, and Mike Shrader ‘15 and Mr. Valyo. Regarding future plans for this project, Ms. Plows said, “The NAHS’s first meeting of the year is Monday, September 9, and we plan to have a gallery displaying all of the projects sometime later this fall.” 


Each issue, the Chronicle will feature a student musician, visual artist, or actor. Mike Stangis kicks off this feature by interviewing fellow senior Drew Freed. Mike Stangis ‘14 REPORTER


issue, the artist in the spotlight is Senior Ceramics IV Honors Drew Freed. HIS

> LOCAL GOLF PRO, 7 had the experience of a lifetime and is much more confident about his ability to compete against the world’s best. His main objective now is to qualify for next year’s PGA Championship. What will McNabb take away from his experience? “I will take away, first of all, the desire to get back there again, and to get back in that

environment for sure, I mean that’s something that you know I am most excited about is trying to get back there again,” he said. And if he does, he can bet we’ll be rooting for him each step of the way. 

Q: What has drawn you to keep working with and taking ceramics even though you have already completed your art requirement? A: I continue working with clay because I’ve learned to love the potential it gives us. The only limit to what you can make is your imagination,

and gravity and stuff. Clay is fun to work with and looks fantastic when it’s finished right. Q. Is there a specific style you like to follow with your works? A: Stylistically, I’m into pottery that flows together as opposed to choppy pieces. I usually make pieces that fit well into your hand (easily palpable if you will) and I prefer to work with porcelain instead of stoneware because it’s easy to manipulate and smooths beautifully. However drying can be a hassle.



Juniors share some perspective and advice on the Service Trip experience


was a group of them 8000 miles away in South Africa, a few more over in Armenia, many down south in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru,and Jamaica, and some staying domestic in New Orleans and West Virginia.

Students have been prepared for this opportunity since they first started at Malvern.


For ten days juniors were making an impact all over the world, but why? After completing a rigorous academic year, juniors had two days of break before they were sent all over the globe on their service projects. They were sent to different third world countries and destitute areas of the United States where they worked with the indigenous people, helping in any way they could with their own talents and resources.

Mr. Larry Legner, Director of Christian Service, who is in charge of the junior service trips said, “A Malvern student has many opportunities to serve others starting first thing freshman year and continuing every year after. What they experience locally prepares them for traveling to third world locations.” From a day at Philabundance during freshman year, to an overnight at Saint Augustine’s sophomore year, to a weekend in Camden junior year, students have been working towards this once in a lifetime opportunity their entire time at Malvern. But nothing could prepare the juniors for what they would see in these places. As a chaperone on the Jamaica trip, Legner was proud to say,“I saw


the students in Jamaica step way out of their comfort zone and do things for and with people they never thought they would do. They shaved elderly men in a home, they played duck duck goose with children in a day care center in the city dump because that is where they live, they fed hundreds of homeless men and women in Kingston, and they taught and played with children in the hospital.”

two feet and lived every moment. And as for you juniors this year, when it comes to picking a service destination, don’t fret. All of these service trips are extraordinary and are truly once in a lifetime experiences. Don’t worry if you don’t get your top choice and definitely don’t worry that you won’t raise all of the money. You will find that people are more than willing to give to such a great cause.

Senior Dan Stemper, who went to South Africa said, “I’d say one of the biggest things I got from that trip was perspective and to see to how important we were to those kids just for simply picking them up. The smallest things we take for granted are the best things in their life.”

These trips are truly amazing and are experiences that will never be forgotten. 

These trips required students to step way out of their comfort zones and experience ten days with people who couldn’t even imagine living in our lives. The students jumped in with

A: Don’t be afraid of trying a new technique. I pretty much own the awesome hand-conforming cup style. And that all started by me sticking a little rectangle of clay on a cup. Keep things interesting. Also I tried a bunch of stuff before ceramics. Drawing, photography, painting, a little sculpture. Ceramics is the one that stuck because it was fun and I was good at it. Try everything and then you’ll know what is fun for you. 


Around the world in ten days Brian Tatlow ‘14 EDITOR IN CHIEF

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists here at Malvern?


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