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The Casady Football team kicked off Homecoming 2013 with a win over Greenhill! The football players worked hard all week to prepare for this game and didn’t disappoint. With the students, faculty and alumni cheering from the stands, the Cyclones outscored the Hornets 42-18. “Coming together as a team after weeks of preparation and getting a win to kick off our season was a great experience,” said Varsity center and defensive end Senior Wesley Throgmorton. STUCO celebrated homecoming all week by scheduling a fun theme for every day of the week. Some of the weekday themes included jarty, wizards, aliens versus robots, jersey day and spirit day. The cheerleaders also joined in the festivities during the homecoming pep rally. In addition to previewing their half-time routine, the cheerleaders also performed a dance with all of the Senior boy athletes. Lions, tigers and bears were in abundance at the homecoming dance, as this year’s homecoming theme was Noah’s Ark. Dates were dressed as various animals and filed in the Ark—gym—two-by-two. From peacocks to unicorns, every animal imaginable crawled through the doors. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3


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CONTENTS 2 Coaching the Campus 3 Constructing the Future



4 Arts and Croft 6 Gentlemen of the Road 8 Player Profiles 10 Behind the Scenes 11 Comic Relief


POLITICAL FAQ Q: What is the debt ceiling? A: According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s website: “The debt limit is the total amount of money that the United States government is authorized to borrow to meet its existing legal obligations, including Social Security and Medicare benefits, military salaries, interest on the national debt, tax refunds, and other payments.” For more information go to treasury. gov/initiatives/pages/debtlimit

BY DYLAN CUDD Casady’s new Dean of Students, Marion Tolon, brings the United States Marine Corp with her wherever she goes. After serving for 25 years in the Corp, the impact of her service is palpable in her administrative actions. Prior to Casady, as Dean of Students at the Episcopal School of Houston, “Coach T” focused on building community. The advisories only met once every five or six weeks before she took office, but she decided to use the advisory system to create a close-knit environment. Under Tolon’s leadership, advisories began meeting once a week, and chapel seating was arranged by advisory to create a healthy relationship between teachers and students. Afterwards, she started two new programs to build connections between established students and incoming students. Knights and Squires was a mentoring program (named after the ESH mascot, the Knights) much like Big Brother, Big Sister. A senior was paired with a freshman to pass down knowledge acquired over his or her high school career. Lastly, the Ambassador’s Program paired new students with an established student so they could have a friend in-the-know as soon as they walked on campus. Surprisingly, the programs Coach T improved or put into place at ESH were already at Casady previous to her arrival. Weekly advisories, senior mentors and student ambassadors

Cover imagery: “ CYCLONE SPIRIT” by Mackenzie Blalock

had already built today’s strong Casady community. Having noticed this, Coach T has subtly tried to increase the sense of accountability on campus. Detentions are now enforced for three tardies, and the administration is keeping track of co-curricular activities so no one can avoid the co-curricular requirement.

indicating that the school is lucky to have her coaching. Coach T played forward for Baker University (Kansas), a traveling 3v3 team, the All­- Marine team, and the Kansas City Mustangs (Women’s Basketball Association, the predecessor of the WNBA). She’s coached for over 25 years, including multiple men’s and women’s AAU teams, the men’s All-­ Marine team, and at Newman High School (New Orleans). When asked about her aspirations for the season, she mentioned the youth of her team then said, “This year I’d just like to build a program with a strong foundation that’s respectable.” Casady has once again hired an excellent administrator. Between the dean of students and upper division director positions, the Class of 2014 will have seen five different administrators in the last four years. Coach T’s history as a Marine and tremendous athlete can only benefit the school. She will no doubt continue to keep Casady one of the best high schools in the state of Oklahoma.

New Upper Division Dean Marion Tolon. /PHOTO BY PIERCE SAPPER

All of these enhancements are to hold students responsible. In the future, long term modifications will be made to the girls’ dress code to decrease confusion over what is in and out of uniform, with the students’ input of course. But with regard to the boys’ uniforms, Coach T has been impressed. “The way the boys dress is everything you’d love to see when you walk on a campus”, she remarks. As one of the Twister’s featured “Fashionable Students” from the 2013 school year, the writer of this article fully agrees. Coach T’s other large impact on Casady will be through coaching the girl’s basketball team. Her career in playing and coaching basketball is extensive,

“This year I’d just like to build a program with a strong foundation that’s respectable.”

CONSTRUCTING THE FUTURE BY ALLISON TIEN After finishing the renovations to the Lower School building, Casady broke ground on the construction of the Upper Division Science and Art Building at the end of last school year. “I’m so excited about it, because I think it’ll be a really, really neat building,” said Nathan Sheldon, Director of Operations and Finance at Casady. Similar to the LEED certified Johnston Math Building, a geothermal heat and air system will be installed to reduce the environmental footprint and heating and cooling costs of the new Science and Art building. Sophomore Gabby Jones thinks “it’s great to have new workspaces” and as a student of both visual arts and sciences, Gabby is looking forward to the collaboration between the two. Not only does this building offer the collaboration of arts and sciences and extra lab spaces, a long-term research laboratory will be built for students who wish to take their experiments farther than the limits of the class. In addition to these things, the lockers in the new building will be in a seperate room instead of lining the walls of the building’s hallways like Miller and Johnston, giving the students extra space. “We’re also putting all new furniture and equipment,” says Sheldon, estimating that the building—including the furniture, architectural fees and building equipment—will cost around $8.3 million. Although some might say the construction is quite the sight to

see, students know it is all well worth it. “Even though the construction is a mess right now, it will only make us appreciate our beautiful campus even more when it’s finished,” shared Senior Ronda Sutor, who hopes to visit campus post-graduation once the building is completed next autumn.

CONT. “LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY!” The dance was held in the gym while the student center continues to substitute as a temporary science building. The gym provided much more space to not only dance in, but also have room to take pictures and socialize with friends. Homecoming this year was a great success and start to the year. The event pumped up students and prepared them for the rest of the oncoming year. /PHOTO BY MACKENZIE BLALOCK Vol. 60, Issue 1 • Oct. 31, 2013 • THE CRIER •3


CLUBBING: CHINA CARE CLUB BY RONDA SUTOR Going to the Casady Activities Fair can be overwhelming. The Quad is jam packed with people advertising clubs, competing for members and bribing the freshmen with food. The clubs range from promoting recycling and volunteering to ping pong and Harry Potter; anyone can find a niche. There is only one problem: it’s impossible to learn about every club at the fair. But never fear! It’s not too late to join a club if you didn’t sign up in the fall. Every month there will be one club featured in the Crier , and the club members will have the opportunity to share a little bit about the organization’s purpose and activities. This month the Crier is featuring the China Care Club. Founded in 2012, the China Care Club and the Chinese Club work together to raise money for the China Care Home in Beijing. The China Care Home is in affiliation with the Half the Sky foundation, whose mission is to “give special needs Chinese orphans the opportunity for a better life and to empower youth through direct humanitarian service.” In other words, the foundation provides a safe pre and post surgery center for babies in desperate need of medical attention. The mission of the China Care Club is to raise funds to help pay a few of the costly medical bills such as cleft palate surgeries. Not only do the members make a positive difference in the kids’ lives, they also have the opportunity to

apply to receive a scholarship to volunteer abroad at the China Care Home. In the words of Allison Tien, “It’s a great chance for Casady to be a part of the global community. It’s good for both Casady and the world, so it’s pretty cool.” This year the club has worked hard by selling Chinese food donated by Grand House, giving Chinese yoyo lessons, and baking cookies. Last year the club raised over twice its goal and this year looks even brighter.

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ARTS AND CROFT BY ANDREW JORDAN Originally hailing from the United Kingdom, actor turned teacher Tim Crofton has found his new home in the Casady community as the head of the drama department. After meeting his current wife Melissa in Vancouver during his University’s study abroad program, Crofton returned to England to finish his training in journalism. The couple then decided to move Canada where they stayed for 13 years. Over the years the Croftons, who now have three kids ages 1016, have lived in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and New Mexico. Crofton first discovered Casady School as part of an ISAS (Independent Schools Association of the Southwest) accreditation team five years ago. “I was here to give feedback on the fine arts department,” says Crofton. “I went back to New Mexico and told my wife, with no agenda, that I’d just been to a very sweet school, and—by a very peculiar series of serendipitous events—now I’m here.” Although he has his background in professional theatre, working 12 years as an actor, director,

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Take a moment to think about how much time is spent looking at smartphones, browsing the web, or even watching funny videos on YouTube. The truth is that the majority of students and even parents rely on such technologies to get through the day. The summer of 2013 marked the beginning of the Casady Crier entering a new world of social media and the use of the internet to reach out and communicate with readers in a new exciting way. The staff of the Crier developed and produced Twitter and Facebook pages to expand interactivity and updates within the community and a website will soon be launched at The new website will include exclusive features, a blog written by Senior Natalie Robinson, and videos produced and filmed by Junior Andrew Johnson.

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pyrotechnician, and the like, Crofton represents a unique breed of actors who specifically trained to teach drama to kids. At Casady, Crofton hopes to not only teach theatre to his students, but also to teach them the art of drama.

“ a very peculiar series of serendipitous events—now I’m here.” “There is the craft of theatre that involves lighting, acting, costuming, directing, marketing a show and that’s just the craft,” he explains. “But drama is distinct from the craft, drama is using the craft as a methodology, as a way to teach. It is about using theatrical devices to enter whatever subject matter you choose.” Over the course of the year, Crofton will spearhead a number of small plays and other performances to be shown at Casady and ISAS. In addition, Crofton plans to lead students in interactive exercises similar to ones that have been seen in Chapel this year. “We’ve looked at bullying . . . and we looked at war and the idea of peace. Neither of those are necessarily theatrical ideas, but we use the theatrical construct to get us into that world,” said Crofton. However, Crofton’s most imminent project begins preparations on November 15th, with opening night on the 16th. “It is an insanely fun project open to everyone in the Upper Division,” explains Crofton. “It is

an opportunity to experience the whole theatrical process in 24 hours.”

“It is an insanely fun project open to everyone in the Upper Division” Crofton poses with his Middle Division theatre class. /PHOTO BY MACKENZIE BLALOCK

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Beginning that Friday evening, students will meet in Fee Theatre and write, cast, direct, stage, costume and rehearse, concluding with performances on Saturday. Aside from acting on stage, Crofton also employs his craft in the kitchen. “I’ve always been the cook in our family . . . and it drives my children crazy because I never cook the same dishes,” said Crofton. “My dream job—and I nearly organized it once—is to have a cooking show,” a British Alton Brown for the masses. “Originally, however, I was studying a degree called estate management, because I thought I was going to be a property billionaire by the time I was 25,” said Crofton. Crofton later changed his major to theatre and theatre education at the University of Victoria, and earned his graduate degree in educational leadership in New Mexico before coming to Casady. “I find myself being reminded of my childhood schooling the more time I spend on campus, though the food here is better,” said Crofton. “I’m reminded of mostly happy memories, and I’m happy to be here.” Vol. 60, Issue 1 • Oct. 31, 2013 • THE CRIER •5




Senior Natalie Robinson and Alumni Sam Stringer, Claire Robinson and Catherine Laster.

Senior Natalie Robinson had the rare opportunity to be front- and-center to photograph the “Gentlemen of the Road Stopover” in nearby Guthrie, for the Crier.

PHOTOS BY NATALIE ROBINSON The small town of Guthrie, Okla. made history during the weekend of Sept. 6, 2013, when it hosted the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover concert tour and practically tripled its population of only a little more than 10,000 residents. The festival featured big-name bands, such as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the Alabama Shakes and Mumford & Sons. After the event, Guthrie native and Casady Junior Caitlin Costello shared, “I had never seen anything like it before, or at least not since I lived there.”

The parade of cars pulling into the town sported license plates from states nationwide, including Colorado, Mississippi and even some from Alabama. As the first few bands play, festival-goers walk around the grounds, check out the local food offerings, and set up tents while hydrating as much as possible in the smoldering heat. In the midst of the crowd a handful of Casady students interlock arms and skip around the field in front of the stage. “I’m just so excited,” was a phrase

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heard several times throughout the weekend. So, out of all the places in Oklahoma, why Guthrie? This small-town choice was no accident. The Gentlemen of the Road tour hand-picks small towns across the country that they feel have a rich culture. Coordinators want to introduce people to a town that may not get as much attention as they feel it deserves. “Every town has something unique to share,” wrote Mumford & Sons in the “Gentlemen of the Road

Seniors Asha Nanda, Dana Silver and Abby Utz.

Passport,” a festival guide each attendee received with his or her ticket. Local businesses and Guthrie natives rolled out the red carpet for the festival, adding to an atmosphere that perfectly complemented the music both nights. Downtown was transformed into a street festival, with bars, restaurants, antique shops and pop-up vendors eager to help the visitors. The main stage was set on the north side of a large field full of shade trees, as if the area was

purposefully made for handling this kind of festival. Large funky sculptures stood in the back and welcomed people as they came onto the grounds. Junior Emily Fogg, a native of the musical festival powerhouse California, acclaimed, “It was one of the best weekends of my life!” The stopover set opened with singer-songwriter Willy Mason, followed by Justin Townes Earle, then the alternative band Phospurescent. The opener’s relatively short sets were packed full of great music for a perfect start to a weekend full of a variety of acts. For the grand finale of day one, a fantastic live band, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, came on stage featuring eccentric lead singer Alex Ebert who was very involved with the crowd. On their hit song “Home,” Ebert asked for people to share stories. A Guthrie native in the front of the crowd summed up the impressions the weekend made on the hometown folks, “I want to thank each and every one of you,” the man screamed into the microphone, “I’m so glad you’re in my town. Thank you Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.” Saturday saw rockers Alabama Shakes, with beautiful Brittany Howard’s soaring and powerful vocals; British rock band The Vaccines; the indie-rock girl band Haim, Canadian indie-rock band Half Moon Run; Nashville rockers Those Darlins and British folk band Bear’s Den. But it was Mumford & Sons the crowd was there to see, and they did not disappoint. The band was eagerly welcomed by the crowd of 35,000 for their final performance in Guthrie. The stage lights lit up as the band built a soaring crescendo to reveal the hit song “Lovers Eyes.” “‘I don’t really know what an Okie is, but I feel like one,’” lead bassist Ted Dwane told Rolling Stones magazine of the event. By the end, Mumford & Sons proved why they are such a huge draw for live shows, delivering a high-energy and exciting set that left the whole crowd with a huge smile as they filed out of the festival. While the show drew people from across the United States and outside the country, everyone was an Okie by the end of the weekend.

UPCOMING OK CITY EVENTS Fright Fest Frontier City It’s Thunder Season! Rihanna Santa’s Adventure on the Oklahoma River John Mayer Josh Abbott Band Colt Ford Jay-Z OKC Ballet: The Nutcracker Transiberian Orchestra

Nov 12 Nov 23-Jan 5 Nov 30th Dec 8 Dec 18 Dec 18 Dec 20-22 Dec 21

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Camilo Haller Junior Cross Country

Q: If you win SPC, what is the first thing you would do? CH: I would definitely go visit my grandma’s grave back in Columbia… Immediately. Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up? CH: An anteater. Q: What’s your favorite after midnight snack? CH: Ants. Q: Who’s your favorite super hero? CH: Nacho Libre. He’s taught me the lessons of hard work and perseverance. Q: What was your favorite race of the season? CH: Well, it would probably have to be the five races I medaled in… Yeah. Q: What are you looking forward to after this season? CH: Well, I’m really looking forward improving my basketball skills with my buds Drew and Faris and… Getting better at basketball.

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Cathy DiGennaro Junior Girls’ Volleyball

Q: If you win SPC, what is the first thing you would do? CD: I’d go back to the homeland to eat some pizza and celebrate with my family. Q: What’s your favorite breakfast meal on game day? CD: I usually start out with a bowl of Wheaties, some eggs, and then a couple of pancakes. Q: What’s your favorite hobby? CD: I travel around with Carmen Clay and do whatever she needs me to do for the less fortunate. Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up? CD: A lawyer. Q: Who’s your favorite super hero? CD: The original Spiderman. Q: What was your favorite match of the season? CD: The two games that we played against Harding Charter Prep and won. Q: What are you looking forward to after this season? CD: I’m looking forward to devoting much more of my time to the college process.

With the school year in full swing, Casady athletic teams are looking to excel once again, and have already reached some significant milestones this fall. Both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams have made solid appearances at each of their meets this season. They kicked off with a fourth place finish for the boys and a third place finish for the girls at the Marlow Invitational, and more recently eighth and ninth place finishes at the OSU Jamboree. Junior Camilo Haller leads the boys, having medaled so far in three out of five meets. Kaitlyn Barthell, despite being only a freshman, is distinguishing herself on the girls team by also medaling at three out of the five meets. Boys’ volleyball has had tremendous success with an

outstanding 6 - 2 record so far after winning one of their biggest match-ups of the season against Greenhill on Senior Night. This victory solidified Casady as the two seed in the North Zone at SPC. “This is the best start that we’ve had since I’ve been at Casady,” shared Coach Jay Gallegly. “The expectations we have set are very high.” Critical to reaching those expectations have been senior captains Patrick Loeffler and Adam Hassoun, now with sights set on preparing for the SPC tournament rapidly approaching. While girls’ volleyball has had struggles on the court this year, Coach Lesa Phillips is optimistic about the program’s future. The young team has taken critical steps forward in establishing themselves and their further development will be interesting to watch going forward. The girls’ field hockey team boasts an impressive 3 - 0 conference record thus far as a result of the combined efforts of the seniors. Despite falling short of their goal of winning their pool at the Gateway Classic, the girls rallied defensively to finish with two ties and one loss.

Jack Elliott Senior Boys’ Volleyball

Casady football has had an exciting season so far, winning key games early in the season against Holland Hall and the Episcopal School of Dallas, and later asserting themselves with a dramatic 42 - 28 victory over Greenhill. The team is preparing for a rigorous schedule as the fall draws to an end. Senior Trainor Crossno has been integral to the Cyclone’s success, however, several underclassmen, including

Junior Quarterback T’Quan Wallace and Junior Center Josh Wariboko, are evidence of the team’s great potential for upcoming years as well. Casady fall sports teams have made great headway this season, and will continue to showcase the results of their work as they prepare to close out the season and travel to Dallas for the SPC Championships in early November.

Q: If you win SPC, what is the first thing you would do? JE: I’d probably take my parents to “In and Out Burger” to replenish all the nutrients that I had used during the big win. Q:What’s your favorite movie? JE: Since day one my favorite has been “The Notebook”. Ryan Gosling and I—I feel like we connect on a deeply personal level. Q: Who’s your favorite super hero? JE: My dad. He’s my #1. Q: What was your favorite match of the season? JE: It has to be Fort Worth Country Day because I actually got to play. Q: What are you looking forward to after this season? JE: I can’t wait to have a perfectly trimmed and groomed dark brown mustache. It’ll keep my upper lip warm during soccer.

Drew Cook Senior Football

Q: If you win SPC, what is the first thing you would do? DC: To my grandma’s house to tell her the good news. Q: What’s your favorite breakfast meal on game day? DC: Well if you go to Target, they have about a five pound bag of Sour Patch Kids. I like to eat about ¾ of that on the bus ride down or in A block that day if I can. Q: Who’s your favorite super hero? DC: It would have to be my brother. He’s the closest thing to a real hero to me. Q: What was your favorite game of the season? DC: It was the opener against Holland Hall when we took the Woolsey trophy back to Casady. Q: What are you looking forward to after this season? DC: I’m really looking forward to going back to the NBA (Non-Ballers Association) this winter. It’s my favorite time of the year and I get to hang out with my buddies Camilo and Faris. You know we’re not really ballers but we’re here.

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Casady Field Hockey Celebrates Behind The Scenes: Josh Wariboko BY PATRICK LOEFFLER When people think of Josh Wariboko the first things that come to mind are football, hard work, and some pretty illustrious NCAA Division I scholarship offers. This seems like a pretty complete picture, except for the fact that a huge part of what makes Josh, Josh, is missing. What you may not know is that the passions of the Casady Junior expand beyond athletics and take root in the world of classical music. After experimenting with different stringed instruments, Josh began playing the cello in the sixth grade. This particular instrument sparked his interest like no other and so he embarked on a journey through life with his new companion. Now the cello, just like football, is a passion in Josh’s life. Although they are two completely different things, both present a myriad of challenges which taught determination and discipline. Josh has learned to limit his frustration in both, because in football the next play is 25 seconds away and in the orchestra the show must go on. But, most importantly, these two completely different spheres of Josh’s life are forms of expressions to create the unique individual that he is. So I implore you, readers, after enjoying his Friday exploits on Hoot-Gibson Field and before you see him on “ESPN College Football GameDay” to take some time to enjoy Casady’s fabulous orchestra this spring. It’ll give you the chance to see a small glimpse of the Doctor Jekyll in the Mr.Hyde that protects T’Quan Wallace’s backside on the football field.

Gentlemen of the Road Tour 2013

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2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Casady Field Hockey’s first SPC win. Go Cyclones!

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