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SPORTS Check out our sports previews on page 8.

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FEATURE Find out what students think about the Dress Code on page 2.

ENTERTAINMENT Read about the legacy of Robin Williams on page 6.

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Bleacher construction causes controversy By Jacquelyne Zuercher STAFF REPORTER

The reconstruction of the football field bleachers officially began in the second week of June. It was decided by the BHS faculty that the bleachers needed to be redone for two reasons: to become ADA compliant (provide access to handicaps) and to save costs in the long-run by switching from wood to aluminum. Originally, the bleachers were scheduled to be completed by Oct. 17, and according to the Burlingame Plant Manager, Ricky Carrillo, the deadline will be met.

However, students are worried that games, such as the Little Big Game, will be moved to San Mateo due to the incompletion of the bleachers. This isn’t the only problem the construction is causing. Rallies and school events cannot be held on the football field because of the reconstruction of the bleachers. As a result, the school can’t provide a space for major events in which the entire student body can comfortably group itself. Because of the lack of space,

events such as rallies have been difficult to run as planned; not only because the students are cramped, but also because it’s difficult to see the action up front. Although the new bleachers will be much nicer than the previous wooden ones, not all students are in favor. BHS senior Daniela Delzell expresses her frustration with the decrease in home games as a result of the reconstruction. “I dont want to go to football games that are away because I feel like I can’t show my school

spirit,” she said. “But at the same time, the distance doesn’t have much effect, unless it’s really far, like San Jose.” The football team wishes there were more home games on our own field. However, they don’t see the increase in away games as a negative. “It’s bittersweet,” varsity fullback and outside back Chile Tang said, “Of course we love playing under the lights on our own field with our own band. It’s also nice to hear the Panther Pit cheering us on and being supported by the

community, but it’s fun knocking around our opponents in their own back yard.” Although there are less home games this year, the new bleachers will be a much-needed improvement to the school, granting wheelchair accessibility and minimizing future repairs, and contrary to rumor, will not cause the Little Big Game to be moved. And we, especially those of the graduating class, can all come to a mutual agreement that we want Little Big Game at home.

held. Prior to the event, the committee is having a raffle (with donations from many places on Buringame Ave). The committee has been hard at work since the last school year and has been coordinating many aspects of the event. such as logistics, food, hospitality and entertainment. “My experience with relay has been so wonderful,” BHS sophomore Diana Daniels said. “It is such an eye opening event and you really learn a lot about

yourself and others. Relay is filled with laughs, touching moments, and memories you will never forget.” Luminaria Chair, Shannon Maguire is planning a beautiful ceremony to remember those that have lost their lives to cancer. Entertainment chairs Stefanie Roberts and Bridgette Medeghini are planning for many bands to perform, zumba sessions, drama, games, karaoke, and other fun activities. In addition, Claire Morrison, head of the Fight Back

committee, has organized activities to raise awareness of cancer and its early detections. Kyle Voigtlander has taken on many tasks, ranging from organizing spearheads logistics to garnering donations for raffle/ silent auction with Hannah Herbert Hunt, head of sponsorship. On November 22-23, students and parents can join together at Washington Park for the fight against cancer. So far, 39 teams with 180 participants have raised just about $10,000. The goal for

this year is to have 400 participants and raise $50,000. Last year, Burlingame High School was the 4th largest campus event in California, only behind a few universities. The committee hopes that this year’s event will only be even more successful. If you have any questions, contact event chairs Sara Arfania, Redi Livingston and Joe Zagorski, or committee advisor Tim Larkin. Sign up for Burlingame High School’s Relay for Life at

BHS begins preparations for Relay for Life


It is estimated that in 2014, 1,665,540 people will be diagnosed with cancer and 585,720 people will die of cancer in the U.S. alone. Relay for Life is an organized fundraiser put on by the American Cancer Society that attempts lower this number. Burlingame High School is lucky enough to host it’s own event. All of the participants, who raise $100 each, will be able to stay the night and walk around the track, as well as participate in the multiple activities that will be


Editor’s Column

to make the newspaper into something that each and every one of you will enjoy. Our goal is make The Burlingame B more interactive and a place where our readers come for all of their Panther news! Feel free to give us suggestions because this newspaper is meant for you too, not just our somewhat dad-like jokes. A special shoutout to our fabulous advisor, Mrs. Murphy, for putting up with our crazy ideas and potentially annoying outbreaks of incredibly loud laughter. We would like to thank her for the countless hours and amount of effort she put into this paper, and we hope that she’s only a little more familiar with our more worn-out terms such as “ratchet”, “gucci”, and “yolo”. Make sure to check out the online newspaper where you can find updates on more current events. Online, we don’t just have news about school but also sports and what your fellow classmates are up too. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and like us on Facebook! We hope that you all enjoy the first issue of the school year and our first issue as editors! Until next time, peace.


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ODFL renovates schools in South Africa

By Christopher Hu STAFF REPORTER


Hey Panthers! This school year, we, Shirsha (right), Elizabeth (left) and Lucy (middle) are the Editors-in-Chief of The Burlingame B. After many weeks of planning, writing, and designing this first issue, everything finally came together. However, it wasn’t easy (like at all).With a brand new staff and advisor, we had to keep our heads in the game in order to figure things out and put together this issue. The stress levels were so high at times that even the beautiful, melodious musical stylings of Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez could not keep us calm. Nevertheless, we are all in this together. Sorry, we promise that was the last cheesy High School Music pun used in this paper, but if you are like Liz and Disney “gives you the strength to live on” go to page six for more Disney memories. On the other hand, if you’re more of a BHS Panther than an East High Wildcat, check out the events in our own community, such as Camp Everytown, on page three. Finally, take a look at what’s going on in our very own sports teams on page eight. On a more serious note (no promises), this year we hope


ODFL visits South Africa over the summer to renovate pre-schools Teenagers can make a positive change in the world. This motto from One Dollar for Life (ODFL), a non-profit organization founded in the Bay Area that partners with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in developing nations, goes to show that the U.S. dollar can go a long way in third-world countries where low cost projects have high potential to dramatically better the lives of people in need. This past summer, BHS’s ODFL club proved this statement true. In July, ODFL club advisor Mr. Mills along with co-presidents Larissa Qian, Allie Atkeson, Jessica Orford, and six other students from Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School, traveled to South Africa with the mission to renovate three preschools. To be able to travel there, students paid for their own trip. Mr. Mills’s group worked mostly in Tembisa, a township about thirty miles from the outskirts of Johannesburg. They lived and worked in a completely different cultural environment and met dozens of youth who were forced to deal with many economic challenges in their everyday lives. Their main projects consisted of renovating three preschools, which included installing windows and three sets of jungle gyms, painting and decorating school walls with multiple colors, shapes, and objects, and enhancing learning resources.

Through the partnership of a South Africa based NGO called Community Outreach Program Trust, the group donated $700 to each preschool to provide materials for building and equipment with money raised from ODFL fundraisers such as the dollar drive. The team also interacted with a group of teenagers called KINOS Kids (Kids In Need Of Support) from the townships of Tembisa and Kempton Park in South Africa. They played games, did activities, and had meals together, which created a long-lasting, special bond. “It is very surreal to bond and befriend people who are similar ages as me and face challenges I would most likely never have to face,” Qian recalls. “While there, I bonded with Ronald, a 22 year-old boy. He worked with us on one of our preschool renovations and chose to give back to his community even though he could have used his time to earn more money or hang out with friends. We became really close, and as a remembrance of each other, we exchanged bracelets, which is now one of my most treasured possessions. I will forever treasure the memories I had with the people there, especially Ronald.” Since ODFL is a local Bay Area group that started with students, it helps teenagers understand that they can make positive changes in the world.

“I’ve had a chance to go to Kenya and South Africa twice now, and build schools every year that I have been here, but what I see it does for our own kids, that’s the real value,” Mr. Mills commented. “You’re building a whole generation of students that feel empowered, that realize that they can actually do something, that they’re not ineffective, that as teenagers, they can make a difference.” One billion people live on less than a dollar a day and almost half of humanity lives on less than two dollars per day. Therefore, if each student at a high school donates just a dollar, which is less than the cost of a latte and a value our society often overlooks, then the lives of third world citizens would dramatically change. In fact, this idea inspired an economics teacher in Los Altos High School who founded ODFL in 2006. BHS’s ODFL club hopes to spread its awareness and the work it does throughout the school year. Members plan on doing traditional fundraisers such as bread tag campaign and the dollar drive as well as taking on new projects. “Its a fantastic learning experience, and a great way for individuals to develop themselves to become better youth citizens,” Qian added. The ODFL club will meet every Wednesday at lunch in Mr. Mills’ room, A135.

Students and administrators respond to the Dress Code at BHS By Arly Rivas and Renata Servulo WEB EDITOR AND STAFF REPORTER Having to implement restrictions on what students can wear on campus has been a practice that has been alive and well since Burlingame High School’s creation in the 1930’s. The matter of having a dress code has been a topic of much discussion, amongst some, in the halls of BHS. While some follow, ignore, or break the dress code, others don’t even know of its existence. This 2014-2015 school year, instead of having administrators go around to classrooms and inform students of the school’s rules and regulations, the administration team thought it would be better to hold an assembly for the entire school with the hope that in the coming years, they would be able to tailor it to specific classes. After all there are some rules and consequences that seniors and juniors would need to know more about, such as parking and graduation that the underclassmen would not need to worry

about for a couple years. According to the Dean of students, Mr. Wolfgramm, “The learning environment is number one. People come to school to learn; it’s not a fashion show. The bottom line is that you could wear what you want to wear outside 8 and 3:12.” With that being said, the administration and Wolfgramm, “Don’t want students to lose their individualism and identity, [we] they want them to be who they want to be, but just do it within the scopes of the policies.” The reason for the existence of the dress code is to avoid distractions on both genders’ part. Contrary to popular belief, the dress code is not employed to cause high schoolers further suffering but to avoid distractions in the classroom. However, some students, like senior Leslie Donahue, aware and respectful of the reasons why the dress code exists, feel like the current dress code has a

double standard. “I feel that it is sexist and degrading. It states that dressing in certain ways would contribute to inappropriate conduct by other students. Instead of attempting to prevent assault at the source, the school instead diverts the blame onto the victim and perpetuates the idea that clothing is consent,” Donahue said. Westmoor High School in Daly City is having issues with their own dress code as well. Vice Principal April Holland is enforcing new rules that include no open-toed shoes, and no shoulders showing for girls. Mariana Silveira, Junior at Westmoor High stated that, “While [she does] agree that some clothes are not appropriate for the environment … [she] feel[s] that prohibiting ‘shoulder showing’ is extreme and ridiculous.” To demonstrate the student’s annoyance and disagreement to the dress code, the students of WHS practiced civil disobe-

dience and on September 2, 2014, by showing up to school, “in simple dress-code-breaking clothes while still looking modest enough to be taken seriously,” said Silveira. Understanding the belief of students that the dress code has a double standard, Wolfgramm said, “How would everyone feel if guys wore the same provocative or revealing clothing as girls? It would be a distraction, regardless. The dress code was not made to attack a single sex, it was made to secure the learning environment for everyone.” On the implementation of the dress code, senior Amy Ordubadi believes that her fellow peers, “Wear whatever they want and hope to not get a violation.” The desire to wear what one wants in school is a desire that that is not limited to females. Sophomore Johannes Stöppler believes that “people should wear what they want. If people feel like they want to wear tight

or uncomfortable clothing, no one should put restrictions on what they want to wear.” One student, junior Patrick Glynn asked, “What dress code?” But once briefed on it, went on to say “I think that people should wear whatever they want, as long as it obviously doesn’t promote drugs, alcohol, or violence.” In terms of the implementation of the dress code, Wolfgram claimed that “the school can only do so much in terms of enforcing that policy, I think that as a school we need to address those who are blatantly in violation of the code.” Consequently, if students do decide to infringe the dress code all Mr. Wolfgramm has to say is, “Wear what you want at your own risk, as long as it does not promote violence, drugs, or alcohol. I mean if it’s blatant, like your whole back is showing, you are doing too much and those are the rules we need to enforce.”


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Camp Everytown brings a new perspective to students family dynamics, peer relationships, gender roles, disability and leadership skill development. Participants are able to bring their learning experiences back to their own community in order to make BHS a more safe and welcoming environment. Camp Everytown encourages its participants to be familiar with different kinds of injustices in order to be able to make a change in their own lives and surroundings. Objectives of the camp include understanding advantages, privilege and the disparity privilege brings;

to participate,” Hudelson said. “One of the focal points of Camp Everytown is the follow-up activities that put in place the skills, concepts and activities that were identified and learned during camp, as well as guided follow-up activities that address the problems identified by participants during their time at Camp Everytown.” Those who participated are in fact not encouraged to share their experiences at camp, as these events are very personal and hands-on-activities that can only be understood through participation. Instead,

Experiences of fellow Everytowners

“I really enjoyed going to Camp Everytown and I think next time a lot more people should join Huddy on this trip because it’s a great experience. One of the things I loved about camp was learning about and getting different perspectives on all sorts of things like culture, beliefs, and relationships. Camp was definitely really fun but it was surprisingly quite emotional as well. I cried once a day every day at camp. I met and made friends with a lot of people that I normally would’ve never thought to talk to. In the beginning I kind of thought camp was going to be joke and nobody would actually learn anything, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. “All I had heard about Camp Everytown was that it was a camp dedicated to breaking down racial barriers and that the discussion would get really emotional. My opinion going in was that I was not going to share anything Burlingame students and teachers attended Camp Everytown remotely personal nor did I think understanding cultural pressures Camp Everytown urges students anyone else was going to. of gender norms and the violence to be a part of their event next But of course, by the end of evit creates; understanding family year in order to be able to have eryday I cried profusely. I shared structure and gender relationa first-hand perspective of the things at Camp Everytown that ships; and, showing pride in one’s emotional, learning experience. I had never even shared with my own background and the diversi“I think, for high schoolers es- closest friends. ty of the Unites States. pecially, they run into situations The whole atmosphere at By familiarizing themselves where they feel like they don’t Camp Everytown was very with these themes, students are have power and they rediscover welcoming and brave. I felt really able to bring back knowledge that power when they come to proud of every one there for beand leadership skills to be able camp,” Logistics coordinator ing so unapologetically honest. to make a change in their school for Silicon Valley Faces Monica I was blown away by people’s community. Goulette said. courage. I met people there that I “Our goal at BHS is to make “It gives students a chance to used to unknowingly pass in the Camp Everytown an ongoing, find themselves and do it in a safe hallway, and never once think annual activity, allowing for 45 place and to talk about issues in a about the story they had to tell students and 10 staff each year safe place.” and Camp Everytown gave me PHOTO COURTESY OF MRS. HUDELSON

By Shirsha Basu EDITOR-IN-CHIEF This year, several members of the Burlingame High School community, students as well as teachers, participated in Camp Everytown, an intensive youth leadership development program based on the core values of respect, acceptance, and responsibility, on September 10th to the 13th. This 4-day, 3-night life-changing experience encourages members to create a welcoming community free of bias and segregation. “Camp Everytown is an advanced peer leadership camp that encourages students to build empathy with each other, strengthen communities, and empower each other to create positive social change in their school environment,” Associate Education Director for Silicon Valley Faces Philip Handy said. Camp Everytown not only serves as an educational and leadership experience, but also as an emotional learning by which students understand the importance of challenging inequality and injustice. “Participation in Camp Everytown assists student delegates in creating a safe, inclusive campus community by igniting empathy in every participant who will provide leadership and actively share this message with others,” BHS physical education teacher Laurie Hudelson said. “Student delegates are guided through intense interactions that are intended to provoke deep insight and empathy for others.” Throughout the camp, student delegates engage in a series of group activities in which they are exposed to themes such as self-identity, cultural stereotypes,


Everyone at camp -- from the teachers to the students--were super supportive and kind. We created a safe and accepting environment so that most people, if not everyone, really got to open up and share things about themselves relate to others without the fear of judgement. It was really refreshing to see people being real with each other. I undoubtedly would love to take part of Camp Everytown again if I ever had the chance.”

-Sophmore Renata Servulo

the opportunity to hear and be inspired by their story. I am so thankful to Ms. Hudelson for fighting to bring back Camp Everytown, and honestly think if every Burlingame student went that Burlingame would become a much more accepting and caring school. I would highly recommend Camp Everytown to anyone that can go because it truly is an amazing experience. The only thing I regret is being senior and not having the chance to go again next year.”

- Senior Arly Rivas

New teachers, would you rather.... By Rachel Greenwood, Mallory Jones, and Victor Pearce STAFF REPORTERS


Be three feet taller or three feet shorter? “I would rather be three feet taller even though I am already six feet tall. I like being tall.”

Explore Coordinator

Go way back in time and meet your ancestors or go into the future and meet you great grandchildren? ..Meet my great grandchildren in order to see what happened to my own children. As a parent you hope that everything turned out okay.

Ms.Kirkpatrick Be the richest person

Science Teacher

Be a superhero or a supervillain? “I would prefer to be a superhero, but not a superhero with the “I don’t kill people policy.” I’m a huge big comic book nerd.”

on the planet or be immortal? “I would rather be the richest person in the world and I would donate my money to charity and travel the world as much as possible.”


Spanish Teacher

Mr. Lang

Press a red button and instantly win 1 million dollars, or press a blue button with a 50 percent chance of getting 100 million. “I would pick the blue button because even if I don’t win the 100 million, I’m still happy for what I have.”


Science Teacher

Would you rather win the lottery of live twice as long? “ I would prefer to live twice as long, but only if I was in good health.”


Math Teacher


Not be able to stop being serious or not be able to stop joking? “Not be able to stop joking, as humor is really important and helps maintain sanity.”

Be able to read everyone’s minds or know the future? “I would rather be able to know the future.”

Culinary Arts Teacher

School Psychologist

History Teacher

English teacher



Get a dream vacation for two weeks or spend five days with anyone in the world but stay in your hometown? “Tricky question, but I would rather spend five days in my hometown with my husband. Although, I do enjoy travelling”.

Mrs. Arbizu

Assistant Principal

Would you rather fly or teleport? “I would rather fly because it’s more fun to fly from place to place.”


Be able to fly or read minds? “To fly, which “sounds freakishly awesome” because reading minds sounds scary and I wouldn’t want to know what my students are thinking of me.”

Math Teacher


Leadership and Math Teacher

Always constantly levitate or be able to read minds? “ Since levitating is similar to flying, I’d choose to levitate.”



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Grade Inflation: Are you really earning an A? students to work harder, but it also has made students far too focused on grades instead of learning material. Either way, grade point average has been rising steadily across high schools and colleges in recent decades, which has dramatically changed the expectations colleges have for their applicants. While students may be working harder, those lofty expectations change what is considered a good grade, and high school standards for high grades reflect that. Jean Marie Buckley is a college counselor and Berkeley admissions officer. She believes that the current expectations for students are extremely high, but college admissions officers have no choice, but to use high school grades as a determining factor in admissions even if there is a subjective element. She also feels it is critical to note that colleges recognize the grades that the school, and class give out. In what last year was the most difficult BHS class, AP Biology where 33% of students receive A’s, and 53% received C’s, college admittance officers are fully aware of the difficulty. This shows that the advantage of taking an “easy A class” is less than it may seem. For most colleges, acceptance is not simply based on letters on

a transcript. It is a much more holistic process that encourages students to challenge and enrich themselves rather than simply focusing on grades. For better or worse colleges have played a part in increasing the grade point average. Students are working harder, but there is also a high pressure placed on teachers to inflate grades. A byproduct of competitive college admissions is a swarm of student and parents who demand artificially high grades from teachers. Whether students deserve certain grades or not, there is a pressure put on teachers to bump grades or assign extra credit. Students tell teachers that they “need this grade” and “without it the student will be barred from selective college admittance.” Mrs. Marcan, a Burlingame High School chemistry teacher, knows that, “either way you look at it, grades have repercussions, which puts a huge pressure on teachers” to bump grades. She feels though that grade inflation results more from the actual grading system rather than the students and teachers. When an 80 percent is essentially equivalent to a 89 percent, students feel an exponentially increased pressure to have their grades inflated because a grade

Graphs created by Scott Carson, Adam Jaffe, Reave Hosman, Amanda Parola and Charlie Spira

By Jacob Battat STAFF REPORTER It is no secret that the meaning of an A grade has changed. School officials tell students that an A stands for superior, and under a bell-curve system only 20% of their peers received that coveted grade. Statistics on grade distribution show that much more than 20 percent of students are “superior.” In the United States, high school graduates’ grades have risen from around a 2.7 average in 1990 to nearly 3.0 in 2009. In comparison with the national average, the average Burlingame High School G.P.A in the 2013 fall semester was 3.14. This marginal increase can be attributed to a higher wealth, focus on academics, and hard work from Burlingame students, but there is still a clear void between the Burlingame grading system and the standard bell-curve. The void between the grades students deserve and the grades they receive is called grade inflation, and it is a byproduct of many factors that this article will aim to explore. In the 21st century, when college admissions have never been tougher, many students feel that they are only allowed to receive the highest grades, and anything else is a failure. It is true that the competitive nature of college admissions has forced

Grade Distribution at Burlingame High School for Fall 2013. bump means much more. Mrs. Marcan desires a system where a B+ and a B are different grades, so there is less stress on students and teachers to inflate grades. In the end, pinpointing the root of grade inflation is a difficult task. Parents, students, teachers, and colleges impact grade inflation, but truly there is no definitive answer. The grading system at BHS leaves a high level of leeway for teachers to bump

grades, and when the difference between letter grades is so important inflation is inevitable. The grading system needs reevaluation. Equal standards across all schools must come before letters, and concrete policies about bumping grades must be administered. Once this is accomplished grades at Burlingame High School will better reflect the work done by students.

their families. Thus, some undocumented immigrants, like anyone suffering from poverty, are lured to the drug market, thievery, and other criminal activities. Now, if there was just some way to cut down the 13 percent, taxes would go down and our society would be more productive. How do we make that happen? Well, the answer to that is education. Education for the younger generation of undocumented immigrants can help them be like any other teen. They can learn English, math, science and hopefully pursue their dreams. Many can attend college as there are a variety of scholarships available for undocumented immigrant children such as the Humane Studies Fellowship scholarship or the Discover Scholarship program. Education of undocumented immigrants can give them another path to life, that does not involve crime. This brings me to the humanitarian point of educating illegal immigrants. Our society places a huge emphasis on good works on charity. For instance, BHS has many clubs that collect money for charities and participate in philanthropist events. What makes helping these immigrants different? It is not practical to suggest that the US should open its borders to immigration. However, it is practical to educate undocumented immigrants who get into the United States. In fact, the Santa Clara County school district recently decided to adopt a plan to host immigrant families

and educate the children. Maybe one day, San Mateo County and Burlingame High School will be able to change the life of a young immigrant as well.

Immigrants deserve education like everyone else By Alex Lee STAFF REPORTER

Here at Burlingame High School, we all have a future. Most of us can go to college, get a job, get married, and start a family of their own. However, not all are so lucky.

This summer, the great influx of illegal immigration to the United States has added fire to the issue of undocumented immigration. The thousands and thousands of immigrants who

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venture to America face problems of poverty, deportation, and language barriers. And those who end up in our schools get a quality education, but are constantly being chastised by lawyers and anti-immigration organizations who say that it is not our responsibility to help them and that they use up our tax dollars that the schools should reserve for other students. However, by not educating these immigrants, society is creating a “boomerang” effect that is much more costly than using up extra tax dollars. It is estimated that immigrants make up 13 percent of the inmate populace in the US. But before we can condemn them for participating in crime, we must consider why they do so. These illegal immigrants come into this country usually with little money, a family to feed, and language barriers. In a 21st century in which jobs are increasing650.288.1041 ly hard to find, they need to find some way to support 1444 BURLINGAME AVE | PIZZERIADELFINA.COM |

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge comes to Burlingame PHOTO COURTESY OF TIM LARKIN



By Shirsha Basu EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The Amyotrophic by simply knocking feels as if they can easLateral Sclerosis (ALS) on doors and asking ily make a difference, Ice Bucket Challenge is for donations. Howspread awareness, and an interactive method ever, this fundraising help fund research of raising money and challenge is unique and put an end to a spreading awareness in that it uses social horrible disease. for Lou Gehrig’s media to attract a wide Burlingame High disease, using social audience and urges School has been no media. This social others all over the stranger to the ice media phenomenon world to participate in bucket challenge, as has inspired thousands an innovative way. By many of our students of people all over the using viral videos and and faculty memworld to donate and creating an interactive bers participate by participate in the process through social dumping a bucket of challenge, ranging networks, the creice-water over their from high school ators of this challenge heads and donating to students to famous have virtually made the ALS organization. celebrities and idols. everyone with internet Here are a few of the We’ve all fundraised access involved in this participants of this English teacher Tim Larkin does the ice bucket challenge at home. before, whether it be issue. Everyone with a challenge from the through a bakesale or smartphone or camera BHS community. We apologize that some of these images may seem blurry. They are screenshots from the original videos.

Senior Hannah Herbert Hunt has her cousins pour ice water on her.

Aleah and Ashley Lauti pour ice water on Principal Yim. PHOTO COURTESY OF MORGAN HALLABRIN

Teacher Adviser: Melissa Murphy Editors-In-Chief: Shirsha Basu, Elizabeth Daskalakis, Lucy McGarr Sports Editor: Colette Weese Web Editor: Arly Rivas Business Manager: Lauren Bodenlos Senior Reporters: Victor Pearce Erika Taylor

English teacher Morgan Hallabrin has her students help her with the ice bucket challenge.

Reasons why you miss Disney

By Elizabeth Daskalakis EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Remember when you actually watched Disney Channel? Here are some reasons why you miss the “old” Disney Channel and why it was your faorite. 1) The fashionable 90’s and 2000’s clothes that inspired your own wardrobe. 2) Every character seemed to have cool parents or lives that you were jealous of 3) School seemed fun and unlike your school they would all sing and dance together 4) Disney Channel is where your

career as a fangirl started. Phil Diffy and Keeley Teslow am I right? Two people could not be anymore perfect for each other. 5) Troy Bolton 6) The Disney Channel movies were actually entertaining. Remember Smart House and Halloween Town? 7) The Lizzie McGuire movie had the best soundtrack ever and she sang with her clone on stage. How could that get any better? 8) That So Raven took place in San Francisco and you felt cool

and you never got tired of her crazy shannonigans. Like when she had to eat the melting cheese in the vent so the school would not smell or got the gum in Alana’s hair? 9) Hannah Montana was like your best friend because you kept her secret. You almost felt disappointed that Uncle Erle was not related to you. 10) Disney 365 and Mike’s Super Short Show kept you updated on the Disney gossip.

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Robin Williams: his legacy lives on Mrs. Doubtfire were award-winning and if not yet seen should be watched. “I remember Flubber,” states BHS Junior Cooper Thompson when asked his favorite childhood movie that starred Williams. Students may also recognize Williams’ voice in the animated movies Robots, Happy Feet, and of course, Aladdin. Born in Chicago, Williams originally attended Claremont Men’s College in California to study political science, but ended up at the Juilliard School in New York after he and his teachers discovered his proficiency on the stage. From there, Williams graduated and moved to San Francisco to lead a successful stand up career at the Holy City Zoo comedy club. His inspirational move from bartender to onstage performer led many critics to later credit him with spearheading the “Comedy Renaissance” during the 1970’s in the Bay Area. Although Williams was found to be using drugs and alcohol during his career, he was very open about their consequences in his life. He was known to even use his issues with substance abuse as material for his shows and claimed it was “cheaper than

therapy” and helped him work through many emotions. “Williams’ drug use never really affected how I thought of him since I heard that he once called cocaine ‘devil’s dandruff,” BHS Junior Maarten Johan Thomas-Bosum said. These clever responses and more are examples of why Williams’ sense of humor was so memorable to so many. Besides numerous movies, Williams left his mark on history through his humanitarian efforts. He supported 28 charities and foundations including St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Prince’s Rainforests Project, AIDS Still Required, and many others. The aims and goals of these groups encompass over 23 causes including depression, poverty, United States veteran support, and many others. Williams worked with Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg in 1986 to host an HBO show that raised money for the homeless and has since raised $80 million. Independently, Williams was known for his USO tour to troops across the globe, many of whom thanked him profusely for all he did for them after his death. In 2002, Williams went on a 7 year break and was still able

to come back successfully with his HBO tour “Weapons of Self-Destruction,” where all proceeds went directly to Canterbury, New Zealand after a destructive earthquake.

era, showing drastic megapixel improvement along with focus pixels, a new instantaneous auto-focus feature. Apple also released the A8 chips as the new processor that introduces a 25% faster iPhone and a 50% increase in graphics performance compared to the previous version. Apple also boasted of the new battery, proclaiming a three hour battery increase over the 5S. A few prospective users are indeed extremely excited. “I will be waiting, Starbucks in

hand, in front of the store at two in morning to wait in line,” senior Fred Dilly said. However, The two major feature announcements that Apple made were for the new features called Apple Pay and WiPhone. Apple Pay hopes to revolutionize the over-the-counter form of payment, where one’s debit and credit cards are added to their phone for an easier transaction. The WiPhone feature allows T-Mobile users to make their wifi connected mobile devices into

cell towers, allowing for a free $199 with two year contract and non-cellular use phone calling experience. “I can’t wait for my parents to see everything I purchase in college with Apple Pay,” said the Senior Jon Lee. Staff Reorter Redmond Piero takes a picture The iPhone 6 is with Apple employee Evijan.


By Noah Lazers STAFF REPORTER “Hey, come on, you’ll be fine. We just have to keep our heads. Roll with the punches.” – Jumanji Known for this quote and many others in his long career in movies and television, Robin Williams touched the lives of millions. Everyone knew his name, his sense of humor, and his generosity. The tragedy of his death was announced on Aug. 11 2014 and rocked the hearts and childhoods of the many people who knew him not just for his wit, but also for his numerous good works. Williams began performing in numerous stand-up shows, many of which were televised and broke significant records in selling out large numbers of tickets in times as short as 30 minutes. He also took part in some of America’s most successful television shows. “Mork and Mindy,” said Tim Larkin, Burlingame High School English teacher, when asked about which of Williams’ many television shows he remembers most. Williams also played major parts in some of the most beloved films of all time, for which he often won Academy Awards. William’s roles in Good Will Hunting, One-Hour Photo, and

Although Williams may not physically be on Earth anyRobin Williams in one of his most famous movies, Mrs. Doubtfire.

more, the impact and legacy he left behind has not diminished in the least. The tragedy of his death is just as remembered as his humanitarian efforts in life and

the world thanks Williams for all he has done. Our childhoods were brightened, our hearts were warmed, and our smiles were widened, and it is all thanks to Robin Williams.

Apple releases new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus this September By Redmond Piero STAFF REPORTER


The iPhone 6 has finally arrived and with it a number of interesting features. Apple held a press conference in Cupertino on September 9, to officially announce the much anticipated release. To begin, there are two versions of the new phone: the iPhone 6 and 6 plus. However, they are virtually the same product, aside from the different screen size. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7” screen size, compared to the 5.5” plus version. Apple also unveiled the 6’s new cam-

Once Upon a Mattress: Coming to a theater near you By Charlie Jones STAFF REPORTER als the actors undergo; blocking, vocal rehearsals and dance rehearsals. Each can be arduous in their own way: the time commitment is a lot to take on for busy teenagers. The

the hard work. The theater department goes much deeper than just the productions themselves. Aside from being cast members of the same

Seniors Adam Jaffe and Scott Carson rehearse the musical friendships and memories the actors get out of a school production are definitely worth all of

together every weekend if we are not in rehearsal,” Rachel Mellman said. Liam Metzcus, emphasizing how much time the theater participants do spend with each other, jokes, “You have to like the people in the show because they are basically the only people you will be hanging out with.” The theater students have created such a strong bond with each other because they are seeing each other every PHOTO BY CHARLIE JONES

The Burlingame High School Theater Department will be putting on their production of Once Upon A Mattress October 17th 18th and 19th, and 23rd 24th and 25th at 7 PM on the Friday and Saturday productions and 2 PM on the Sunday shows. Junior John Peceimer, Prince Dauntless, describes the show as a prince’s search for a princess despite a nagging mother attempting to sabotage Dauntless’ finding of a wife. He finds Princess Winnifred, “a very unorthodox princess,” Peceimer says, and “You’ll have to wait to find out what happens next,” teases Sophomore Madelyn Levine. Peceimer goes on to say that the audience should be ready to experience some unique lyrics and numbers. Putting on a high school show can be very hard work. There are three types of rehears-

show, they have also become great friends. “[We are] doing something

single day and “connecting with one another on a professional and social level,” says Senior Scott Carson. The Burlingame High School theater production, Once Upon A Mattress, should be filled with excitement as the theater students spend their days preparing for the big show. The bonds that they share makes all this preparation worth it for them, and the audience as they are getting ready to see it this coming October. If this play sounds interesting to you, make sure to come see the show! As Levine says, “The theater production would really appreciate it, and you’ll have a great time!”

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Entertainment By Arly Rivas WEB EDITOR


A typical highschooler’s journey through homework...

Answers availiable on

Lucy’s Quiz: Track your path to college... By Lucy McGarr EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

You prefer sunny weather



You enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities



You enjoy surfing or swimming


You would like to stay closer to home No

If you like rain, cooler weather, and outdoor activities, you might enjoy going to college in the Midwest.




You like urban areas

If you enjoy sunny weather, and being outside, you may want to consider going to the West Coast for college. There are also a more Greek systems at colleges on West Coast.


You would like to be in the Greek system



If urban cities and a Greek system are not amongst your top priorities, you might want to look at colleges in the East Coast. But be prepared for extreme cold as well.



The Panthers face off against the Capuchino Mustangs.

The varsity football captains, seniors Zach Baesler, Tommy Dryden, Avery Gindraux, and Griffin Intrieri, and head coach and BHS Athletics Administrator John Philipopoulos are leading the Panthers to a strong start this season. The team won their first game September 5, bringing home a 33-14 victory against the Capuchino Mustangs.


Boy’s Water Polo

The varsity boys water polo team has fun before a game.

Thomsen Young, the Burlingame High School Junior Varsity and Varsity boys water polo coach, has been working hard to build a strong team. Senior Captains Jed Rosen and Alessio Iacovone led the team to a 1110 victory at home against Carlmont September 18.

Cross Country

Jonathan Engelmann ready to swing in a 2014 game against the Aragon Dons.

Engelmann goes from Panther to Wolverine By: Colette Weese SPORTS EDITOR Burlingame High School senior Jonathan Engelmann has made a verbal commitment to play center field, a position he just began playing over the summer, for the University of Michigan Wolverines next school year, and will sign his official letter of intent in November. U of M, a NCAA Division 1 school, began scouting Engelmann in the Summer 2012, and even though other schools from the PAC 12, Big West, and SEC conferences scouted him as well, “UM has always been my dream school ever since I started the recruiting process for college,” he said. UM will present Engelmann with lots of new opportunities, and he is most excited for the “world-class education” and the athletic facilities, which are among the best in the nation, he said. Engelmann will also be able to highlight his strengths, which he said include “defense, arm strength, and speed,” in center field at UM. In addition to receiving attention for his playing here at BHS, Engelmann has also played on a NorCal team for three years, and an Area Code team representing the Oakland Athletics over the summer. The NorCal team is a development program for college and professional baseball with many talented alumni, including Xavier Nady and Pat Burrell of the San Francisco Giants.

To get on the Area Code team and play in the Area Code Games over the summer, a Major League scout had to recommend Engelmann to try out with about 200 other high school athletes. The coaches chose 25, including Engelmann, for the final team representing the Oakland Athletics. After practicing, they played against seven other Area Code teams from different regions of the United States, making it an event with “the best players in the country playing each other” and about “500 [Major League] scouts at each game evaluating and cross-checking athletes,” Engelmann said. Engelmann is looking ahead to his future in baseball, and has always dreamed of playing in the Major League. “To play locally would be ideal, but any team would really be a blessing to play for,” he said. Engelmann has been playing baseball since he was 4-yearsold, and cannot take all of the credit for his success in the sport. In terms of who “made all of this happen for me,” Engelmann said “I have to thank the man above before anyone else. Along with Him, my family has been of great support to me.” Engelmann is also grateful for “the best coaching [he] could ever ask for.” As Engelmann looks to his baseball future, he keeps in mind that “hard work can bring you anywhere.”


The Panthers make a quick block against Capuchino. Volleyball had their first game September 11 at Los Altos High School. Junior Natalia Newman is “very excited for this year’s season.” She continued, “we have a lot of potential.” Coaches Gilbert Gilberstadt and Traci Nowakowski are working to ensure that the team has an exciting season.


The varsity girls water polo co-captains, juniors Claire Morrison and Amelia Miline are looking forward to this year’s season. This is head coach Paul Felton’s first year coaching at Burlingame High School. The Panthers won their first game 8-5 Wednesday September 17, against the Carlmont Scots.


Senior Elizabeth Daskalakis returns the ball to her opponent. Tennis had their first match September 11 at Carlmont. Coach Bill Smith and the team’s leading seniors are looking forward to a successful season.


Varsity girls water polo poses in the pool.

Monday, Sep. 29. 2014 PHOTO BY: ANNABELLE GAISER


Girls’ Water Polo




Head coach Jeff Dowd and the team pose for a photo. Golf kicked off their season with the many new freshman team members and an enthusiastic head coach, BHS’s very own Jeff Dowd. Senior Captains Allie Economou and Alicia Avalo ensured a strong start to the season with a victory at Hillsdale High School September 9.


The Panther Cross Country runners jog a warm-up lap around the track. Cross Country had their first PAL meet September 11th at Westmore with varsity girls placing 7th out of 13. The Varsity boys placed 8th out of 15. With senior captain Alex Kraus and head coach of 25 years Steve “Obbie” O’Brien leading the team, everyone is training hard for the Central Coast Section championships November 8. PHOTO BY: ASHLEY HARPER

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