EL BATIDOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th, 2013
FAMILY WEEKEND EDITION How far have we come? High Upon the Holy Mesa by Chloe King ‘14
`“Though Cate claims to be a liberal community where individuality is encouraged, there are still many pertinent social issues that are consistently avoided. One of these issues is homophobia.” This was the opening line to an article from El Batidor circa 2000, by Greer Gardner and Jackie Haskell ’01. It was one of hundreds of old issues on the shelves in the Bat Cave or in the school archives, and one whose dusted-off memories were more shocking than we predicted. The two authors discuss a Cate community that is largely homophobic—no one is openly gay or lesbian on campus, slurs are heard with alarming frequency, and the school is only just beginning to address the issue. Hearing this now, when our school takes great pride in our LGBTQ and FLAG groups, is a difficult idea to sit with. Our community was not always so openly accepting towards different sexualities. In fact, it wasn’t even always accepting towards different races and religions. This might be obvious considering that we are a small community nestled in a country that has itself transformed into a more socially accepting nation, especially in recent years. But how far have we truly come? Mr. Bonning has been working for the school since 1975, the longest of any faculty member, and as some of us tease, way back in the dinosaur era. But some of the ideas just 40 years ago really do seem prehistoric to some of us today. When Mr. Bonning began, the school taught all boys, with 120 boarders and only four day-students. LGBT issues weren’t on too many people’s radar at the time; there was one kid in Mr. Bonning’s memory that never came out to the school, but would walk around campus in a pink chenille robe. The school has always been, Mr. Bonning recalls, “too small of a place to have a lot of hatred. There were small bits of it, but it was never a campus-wide thing.” There were only four or five African American students at the time, one of whom was in Mr. Bonning’s advisory, a bright kid named Tony. “Tony was never truly comfortable on campus,” Mr. Bonning reflects. “It was difficult for anyone with a minority background.” Today, Cate is a place that prides itself on diversity. We would like to believe that we represent a harmonious, culturally rich and intelligent group of people, not separated from the world, but rather the embodiment of the progress history has brought us towards. In many, many ways, that has always been true. We change with the tides of culture and tradition within the United States, but always stay slightly ahead of the curve—pushing into territory of sexual, racial, and religious tolerance that the country soon follows. continued on page 2
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Features.......................................................1-4 Opinion......................................................5-9 Entertainment............................................10-13 Sports........................................................13-16
by Olivia Cannell and Cole Waldron ‘15
For boarding students, the end of October – when parents arrive and boarders are finally free – marks a holy time. No more dinner sign in, goodbye chicken meals, hello turn-down service and sleeping in. A couple days of rest and relaxation in the real world can go a long way, especially for some kids. The few remaining days before Family Weekend take one of two paths for students: nerve-wracking anxiety or sheer excitement, depending on how your grades look. Nevertheless, the weekend is memorable. For faculty, making Family Weekend as glamorous as possible is an arduous task. From organizing the hundreds of parentteacher conferences to the high-octane assembly performances, the teachers truly put a lot of effort in to see that everything goes as planned. But this scrutiny cannot guarantee the desired results.
Here are some stories we’ve collected from our dear Mr. Collins and Mr. Bonning, proving that anything can, and will, happen. “Having eight adults show up for a parent conference. My advisee’s parents were divorced and both remarried, and as the remarried couples got along well, that made for four attendees. In addition, all four grandparents also attended, making for eight adults, total. A few young siblings were packed in there as well but it was definitely an army of adults. What impressed me at the time was how nice they all were, how well they got along, and how much they loved the student that they all had in common. I mean -- you guys are divorced, right? It was a pretty sweet experience.” -Mr. Collins continued on page 2
Update on Israel
by Nick Burns ‘14 Hearing about the change in the convocation a few weeks ago to a conversation with a young Israeli just about to enter the military, I was excited to learn about his world, and about his take on Israeli–Palestinian relations. It’s one of the most deeply rooted quandaries of today’s world: how to peacefully fit two deeply entrenched and deeply opposed peoples into one land. And, what’s more, I didn’t know anything about it, and neither did many people I talked to. We’re exposed to the immediate news, certainly— rockets landing in Israel, a bombing in the Gaza Strip—but we’re not usually exposed to any deeper issues at hand. So I sat down ready to delve into the intricacies of that corner of the world. However, as the convocation began, I started to feel more and more confused with each of our speaker’s confident, well-structured replies. How much of it, I wondered, should be taken as absolute fact? How much with a grain of salt? Though I mean no discredit at all to Yoni—on the contrary, he appeared to me an earnest, driven, and fiercely intelligent young man—I had no knowledge base to tell me what was fact and what opinion. In short, I walked out with more questions than answers (which is, really, a trait of all good convocations: they make you wonder). So, still not knowing anything, I set out to gain a little more knowledge and perspective on the issue. I still don’t know much, and
everything in this article should be taken with a hearty serving of salt, as I’m a total interloper in these issues—but here’s what I found. First of all, a bit of background on Israel and Palestine. If you’re familiar with the situation, feel free to skip these next two paragraphs. Starting as far back as the 6th century BC, the Jewish people began to be exiled from their native land. Meanwhile, an entirely different people, the Palestinians, took their place. Starting before World War II, Jews began returning to what was then a Britishadministered territory, Mandatory Palestine. However, the Palestinians who were living there didn’t get along with the Jews who seemed to them interlopers, and their interactions soured into conflict. In 1947, in the wake of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust, and with Britain’s ownership of Palestine expiring, the fledgling United Nations took King Solomon’s approach, and decided to split the territory into two jigsaw-shaped pieces, one for the Palestinians and one for the Jews. The Jews were ecstatic and eager to expand their territory, while the Palestinians were horrified to lose part of what had been theirs. A civil war broke out, followed by an invasion by surrounding Arab nations, the first of many wars between Israel and its Arab neighbors. continued on page 5
2 FEATURES continued from page 1 Moreover, even farther back than 2000, in February of 1996, an entire page in El Batidor was dedicated to the controversial subject of homosexuality in our community. A poll asked 100 Cate students and faculty two questions. One: Does the establishment here at Cate promote openness for homosexuality? 19% said yes, 81% said no. Two: Would you feel comfortable if there were an open homosexual community at Cate? 80% said yes, 20% said no. Today, when 100 students and faculty were asked the same question, 90% agreed that Cate promotes openness, and 89% agreed that they would feel comfortable with a homosexual community. Even if many of our comfort levels haven’t changed as much due to different backgrounds, it is clear that acceptance itself has. The fact that more than 90% of our school believes our community is a safe and accepting place to come out to, as opposed to the 80% in 1996 who didn’t, is a fact worth being proud of. In a community where no one was openly gay or even openly accepting of different sexual orientations, Marisa Avansino and Mandy Gordon of ’97 argued, “Maybe it would take a martyr to diversify the sexual orientation of the school population—someone who would suffer discrimination to start the ball rolling.” Did that ever happen? Not exactly. In 2000, LGBT began as a safe place for gay and lesbian students to meet and talk; however, it was exclusive, and didn’t initially include the “alliance” of straight men and women in the meetings. But the club began despite so many believing it had no place in the community. It encouraged acceptance in more than just religious and racial forms. Our community was one step ahead of our country. More than a decade later, when the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 went to the Supreme Court, we cheered in support of the gay communities across the country. The point made in conclusion of the piece from 1996 was this: “Our sheltered life at Cate, as well as a bit of ignorance on the issue, makes it uncomfortable for many of us to discuss the topic openly. And we as a community should set a goal to overcome this discomfort.” In 2000, the conclusion was, “Homophobia is still a recognizable issue, but we are starting to have more respect for each other’s preferences, sexual or otherwise.” And today? There is no decisive conclusion we can come to in terms of the acceptance of sexuality, religion, race or other factors that make us who we are. There may never be a poll that shows 100% acceptance of these factors. But it doesn’t mean we haven’t come a long way—forever ahead of the culture of our country—since Cate’s beginning.
continued from page 1 “Ms. Brownlee will back me up on this one. Having the Jazz Band play in the Saturday assembly on Parents Weekend is a tradition old as time. I used to play in that group years ago, and we had a director who used to get pretty invested in the performance. Our large band would occupy the whole stage, and the director would face us, his back to the audience, to conduct. We would blast away at some funky jazz-rock chestnut like “Birdland,” getting funky, and our director would start to boogie with the music. It looked OK to us -- he was facing us -but apparently the view from the audience was something else again, as he would be hunched over and totally immersed in the beat, unknowingly and all too uninhibitedly shaking his booty for about 300 parents and students. Ms Brownlee says that the image has scarred her for life. All I know is that we always got a big response from the crowd.” –Mr. Collins “Either my first or second Family Weekend…I think it was my first…It’s Family Weekend, and I did a lab. It was about the en-
zymatic breakdown of starch in Biology. One of the enzymes that breaks down starch is in spit. You can measure the reaction rate by taking starch and then putting an indicator in the starch and then adding spit to the starch. I had all these moms in class and had them spit into test tubes. Then, they poured it into the starch solution and it didn’t work. Little to my knowledge, the starch was already broken down because of the yeast in the system. So I had a bunch of moms spitting into test tubes and nothing was happening.” –Bob Bonning Life isn’t perfect, and neither is Cate school. As two students who have lived through several Family Weekends, we can conclude that it’s the little mishaps and misfires that really define our experience at Cate. It may be awkward and embarrassing at the time, but these goofy episodes develop into fond memories that you’ll treasure for years to come. So, if it’s already been a rough time by 8:45 Friday morning, hopefully these short stories will help you realize that it’s really not that bad. Maybe.
Hiding Behind the Curtain: Tartuffe and the Cate Theater Ensemble by Kiana Beckmen ‘15
The theater program. Shrouded in mystery behind secrets and inside jokes; nobody outside the actual cast and crew really knows what goes on behind those theater doors. Why is it so important to its members? It’s just an eclectic mix of people who devote hours in the theater to preparing for three integral nights. Three nights of blood, sweat, and tears, the success of which depends on you, the student body. But any “theater kid” will tell you that it’s so much more than that. In this particular play, the question is: How will the student body receive something that is not a well-loved broadway show like Chorus Line, not a whimsical interactive show like Spelling Bee, nor the adaptation of a universally prized and cherished book like Pride and Prejudice, but instead a Classical French play, written in verse. The Cate Theater Ensemble presents to you Tartuffe, by Moliére. Some theater students, when asked how they thought the play would be received, noted that Pride and Prejudice went very well, and that was quite a bit longer and contained plenty of big words. In addition, Tartuffe is full of slapstick comedy, so comprehension and engagement shouldn’t be a problem. Another said that if people understood the comedy, it would go great; “Tartuffe is a very
intellectual play, but the Cate community is also an intellectual audience.” Jessica Block, the theater program director, has stated that some of the biggest challenges of the play come from the way the script is written. Staged in heroic couplets, (two rhyming lines of five syllables, written in iambic pentameter, AKA Dr. Seuss with meter) the play presents the actors with the added challenge of not making the dialogue sound like a song. The play’s vocabulary is also quite sophisticated and often difficult to understand; sometimes the students were forced to literally translate the script. On the topic of why the theater program is so integral to the community, Jessica Block answered that, “For some students, theater is their most fulfilling form of expression. It demands loyal teamwork, repetition, and devotion. For Ema,” she said, “it was soccer, for some kids, it’s the stage. Working with a team of friends to overcome challenges and to create a very special art form, it brings people a lot of joy and pride. It also provides a strong sense of community. The strength of the Cate theater program relies on the students’ commitment, and they are always willing to go all in.” continued on page 3
FEATURES 3 continued from page 2 When students were asked the same questions, they answered in varying ways that it was “a place to experiment with yourself and with your movement, a place to just be without being concerned with how you look or what people think of you. It’s a place to be something you’re not for a while, and in that learn more about who you are. Strong connections are made in theater: it’s a tight-knit group, a group willing to make themselves look like fools onstage, and collaborate on an artistic project. And more than anything, there is nothing like the empathy of really being and interacting with other characters
as a character. You learn how they would be in the real world, and get a better understanding of people like them.” So, the so-named theater kids implore you to come out and support the hard work they’ve put into this challenging show, and also to consider what it means to them to be on that stage. If you have a passion, a class or a sport that you love and look forward to every day, an outlet, a place where you feel safe and challenged and at least somewhat fulfilled, remember that theater is that passion for these people, and keep that in mind as you cheer and watch the culmination of weeks of hard work.
Obamacare and the Government Shutdown 101 by Grace MacArthur ‘16
If there is one news story that has surely marked the beginning of the school year, it is the October government shutdown. Others have come and gone, and some look as if they are here to stay for a while, but the shutdown has remained both a prominent and controversial subject in both national and local news since September. Although the situation has finally come to a close, its origins can help us gain new perspective on our government and the way in which it functions. What follows is the basic rundown of what you need to know about the situation, and what it means for us here on the Mesa. Per the constitution, Congress must pass the Federal Budget for each fiscal year, which begins anew every October 1st. This is achieved when the House and the Senate devise a budget and send it to the president for his signature or veto. If the President vetoes, the two houses can overrule him together with a two-thirds majority vote in each house. However, if the funding bill does not pass by midnight on October 1st, the start of each fiscal year, the United States government must be shutdown and its funding cut. Meet Ted Cruz, a junior Republican Senator for the state of Texas and an activist of the Tea Party, a faction of the GOP that has much more conservative views than the majority of the party. He is strongly against “Obamacare,” officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a federal statute signed into law by Obama in March of 2010. Along with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it encompasses the most significant regulatory overhaul of the country’s healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. Meet President Barack Obama. He, on the other hand, is vehemently opposed to the defunding, changing, or delaying of Obamacare, and promised to veto any bill that proposes doing so. Ted Cruz decided to link the defunding of Obamacare to the passage of the typically nonpartisan Federal Budget. He was joined in his efforts by allies in the Senate, including Mike Lee, a junior Republican Senator from Utah. Even though the probability of getting the defunding of Obamacare signed into law was incredibly slim, Cruz and his Republican affiliates proceeded. Meet Republican Representative and
Speaker of the House, John Boehner. Cruz and the Tea Party members of Congress had to convince Boehner to add the defunding of Obamacare language to the government-funding bill, since the funding bill always originates in the House. Boehner originally did not want to tie the defunding of Obamacare to the funding bill, but was eventually convinced after Cruz and the Tea Party protested strongly. The measure passed the House even though Boehner knew it would greatly complicate the process of determining the fiscal budget. The bill then went over to the Senate in late September. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a senior Democratic Senator from Nevada, set out to strip the defunding Obamacare language from the Federal Budget. At this point, Cruz gave a 21-hour speech on the Senate floor, voicing his opinions against said act. The majority of mainline Republicans were not supportive of Cruz’s tactics. Thus, when the Senate finally voted, Cruz lost by a significant margin. The bill went back to the House with the possible government shutdown only a few days away. Boehner intended to corral a Republican caucus to pass something that everyone would agree upon and that the president would sign to avoid the shutdown, but no consensus was met. Thus, the government shut down for the first time in seventeen years after a Congress bitterly divided over the Obamacare initiative failed to reach agreement on how to fund federal agencies before its midnight deadline. Despite all of this disagreement, both sides of the issue clearly expressed that they wanted to keep the government running, but each had a different way of achieving that in mind. One Cate teacher remarked on the issue of U.S. lawmakers’ apparent inability to reconcile their opinions. “The depth of the divide between the ideologies of the Republican and Democratic parties is the greatest I’ve ever witnessed in my entire life. It’s also the most frustrating thing about the whole situation.” Another thought that “in theory, it’s actually a good thing that our founding fathers had the wisdom to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority in our government. In practice, though, it doesn’t work out that way. The shutdown is totally symptomatic of all of our government’s problems. The people who
are preventing compromise don’t want anything to be resolved. They want to weaken the power of a vote and make this situation drag on for as long as possible. The big problem is that the same type of person is always elected within districts, so these leaders aren’t held accountable for their actions.” One more commented that “It’s a disgraceful and completely unnecessary act that is just inflicting so much pain on so many families trying to pay their bills. Now, if you happen to be a federal employee, your paycheck has stopped coming in even though life goes on and you still have to feed your kids…all because a bunch of politicians decided to make a point.” Indeed, over 800,000 federal workers’ paychecks were furloughed, meaning they were given IOUs by the government. In addition, over 400 national parks, attractions, and countless other sources of national revenue were closed. Gauging general opinion around the Mesa has yielded a variety of responses to this event, some in support of one side of the dispute and some in support of the other. However, it seems as if the vast majority is thoroughly unhappy with the outcome of the issue, without division by political stance or beliefs. This trend is, in fact, echoed by national statistics, as 60 percent of respondents in an NBC/CBS news poll stated that they would “vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress,” including their own representative. Congressional approval ratings have plunged to lower than 10%, and over 70% of Americans disapproved of the government’s handling of the shutdown. The near unity of the American public on the issue begs the question of why Congress was so divided. So what does this mean for the Cate community? Although many of us as individuals may not have felt the effects of the shutdown directly, we are all inevitably connected to someone who has been. So take the time to talk to those around you—your family, friends, teachers, and classmates—and share your opinions about both politics in our country and politics around the world. Use controversy as a platform for conversation, and, above all, never stop asking questions. Although the government may have been shut down, the culture of inquiry still valiantly trudges onward.
Admissions is Moving!
Big changes on the Mesa and how they will affect students by Lydia Stevens ‘15
At one time or another, almost every Cate student has had to help a hopelessly lost visiting family find the Admission office. Because of this recurring confusion, Cate School has taken initiative and implemented a plan to help improve the admission experience. Soon after the plan was formed, the Swain & Sommers’ household was told that they would be moving to a new house and that the new Admission office would be placed where they are currently living. In order to get an inside look at the details of one of the biggest changes coming up on the Mesa, El Bat interviewed Mr. Swain and Mrs. Sommers over a delicious Cate dinner. El Bat - What exactly is the plan for the new house? Sommers - In early November, the living room of the house will be removed and put on a trailer type thing with wheels. Then, it will be moved to the new location to become part of our new house. Hopefully they will be putting up a temporary wall where the living room used to be so we can continue to live there for about 4 months while Cate builds the new house. Swain - That wall better get put up because otherwise the toilet will be facing right out to Pizza Lawn. A “poop with a view.” El Bat - Where are you moving? Sommers - We’ll move right next to the Bowlers’ house, hopefully by February. El Bat - What is being torn down and what is staying? Sommers - Well, they are moving the living room to the new house because it was actually an original part of the school library back when the school was at the bottom of the hill. In fact, it’s already been moved once and is considered historic, so they definitely don’t want to tear it down. Every other part of the current house is being demolished.
everything more separate on campus. El Bat - When is everything happening? Sommers - We should be moved into the new house definitely by Spring Break. The school wants Admissions to be moved into the new building in early summer. Then, the High House offices, like Mr. Williams’ and B-Rod’s offices, will move to where the old Admission office is. Finally, the High House offices are becoming classrooms, which they hope to have set up by next year. El Bat - Do you think this will benefit Cate? Sommers - I think mostly yes because of the classroom aspect. Having more classrooms will be super helpful, especially for the language department. Right now we have classes meeting in the CHE commons! El Bat - Swain, you haven’t said much. Do you have anything final to add?
El Bat - How do you feel about moving? Sommers - The real story is that moving is always very emotional, and this is no different. We have lived in that house since Riley was only one year old, and I raised my kids there. Before we were there, the Bonnings lived there, and their kids’ heights are marked on the wall. On the bright side, I know we will be so happy in our new place. The new houses are gorgeous.
Swain - There is definitely no more convenient place for the Admission Office then where it will be, but I do like how right now people have to walk through campus. I want to live closer to the middle of campus, so every foot farther away I am I like less. Still, I will be very close and also will be in a new, upgraded house. Overall, I think the Admission office move will be a neutral thing - neither positive nor negative. My advisees are certainly upset about having to walk farther for bagels.
El Bat - How do the kids feel? Sommers - You’d have to ask Ben, but at first Riley was very upset and mainly worried about the cat, Sparky. Now she’s really excited because her room will be twice as big as her old one! Also, when Ben leaves for college, she’ll have two rooms.
With these thoughts from Mr. Swain and Mrs. Sommers, it will be interesting to see how the new Admissions office will affect Cate. While it may be easier for visiting families to find and make, it could also introduce a sense of isolation for the families. Without being right in the center of the hustle and bustle of Cate School, it’s possible that prospective students won’t get a full sense of the “Cate atmosphere.” Surely, we will find a way to adapt to this situation and become even more friendly and welcoming towards visiting families. With all the positive effects that the new location will introduce, El Bat sees the Cate community soon growing to appreciate this upcoming change on the Mesa!
El Bat - How do you think this will affect the “vibe” at Cate? Sommers - It will definitely be easier for families to find, but it takes away the aspect when visiting Cate of walking through campus and having kids help out with how to find the office. I think this is something a lot of people like and mention after they visit. It certainly will make
OPINON 5 continued from page 1 The Jewish forces—now Israelis— won, capturing 50% of the area that was, according to the United Nations, supposed to be for the Palestinians. Events had turned out far better than expected for the Israelis, but the Palestinians were rendered even more furious by defeat. The scene was set for the situation that, in many ways, remains today: both peoples believe the land is rightfully theirs. Conflict has ranged from low-level to intensely hostile since 1947, but has been more or less ever-present. Today, the State of Israel encompasses most of what was British Palestine, with two separate chunks of land that are exceptions: the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. There’s an organization called the Palestinian Authority, created by the latest Israeli–Palestinian agreement, that’s supposed to govern these two chunks. However, they only control the West Bank, and not all of it, as Israelis have settled some parts. In the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Authority government was violently toppled by another organization called Hamas. Some nations (like the US and Israel) officially consider Hamas a terrorist organization; others (e.g. Egypt, Russia) don’t. So I’d gained at least some factual background in the history of events. But questions remained. What were things really like in Palestine (i.e., the West Bank and the Gaza Strip)? And how could this insoluble dilemma of two people and one land ever be solved? To that end, I spoke both to Yoni, via email, and to our very own Mo Batal, formerly of Lebanon and a current resident of Saudi Arabia. “When [Yoni] came, he said that things in Palestine are ‘pretty good,’” Mo said. “And, to be fair, they’ve been much worse [in the past].” An example of “worse” was the Second Intifada, a period of ruthless Israeli–Palestinian violence, which lasted from 2000 to 2005 and resulted in deaths in the thousands on both sides. While this period has thankfully passed, Mo stressed that things are still far from “pretty good” in the West Bank and Gaza. He also cited the blockade that has been in effect on the Gaza Strip since when Hamas took control in 2007. In response to the takeover, the US cut Gaza off by sea, while Israel cut it off by land; meanwhile, Egypt, fearing the spread of Hamas to their territory and other issues, shut its border as well. Gaza has since been stifled economically, with its ability to trade and take in goods crippled, and the
situation for the people is consequently, as Mo said, “far from ‘pretty good.’” Yoni, in fact, seemed to more or less agree with Mo. While he did recapitulate his belief that today represents “one of the best eras” in Palestinian areas, he admitted, “the situation is still highly complicated,” with “tensions still high.” Rocket attacks by Palestinians in Gaza, he said, have decreased drastically since 2008, and efforts are being made to begin to facilitate trade into and out of Gaza, but attacks on both sides continue today.
So what about the greatest question—how can this conflict end? Solutions have been circulating since even before the beginning of this crisis. Here are a few of the most popular: the one-state solution, in which Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip would be unified as a single country, and the two peoples would coexist; the two-state solution, most similar to what exists today, with the West Bank (unoccupied as it is today by Israeli settlements) and Gaza unified under one government, and the State of Israel under another; and the three-state solution, where Gaza would be ceded to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan. Mo pointed out that each solution had its strengths and weaknesses. The one-state solution, he said, “as great as it sounds, will never happen.” He believes the differences of the two peoples make living together with that close an association impossible to accomplish while maintaining Israel’s current prosperity. What’s more, this would be nearly impossible to accomplish democratically—“Why,” Mo points out, “would Israel want to relinquish their power over the region?” The three-state solution, on the other hand, while it would be likely easiest to implement and would reliably give Palestinians the economic stability they need, overlooks the fact that attaching the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to other coun-
tries would create another conflict: “Palestinians and Jordanians are two different peoples. My friend is Palestinian–Jordanian just like I’m Lebanese–American.” Palestinians want their own country, not someone else’s. With that in mind, Mo believes the two-state solution, though certainly not ideal, is the best way to resolve conflict. Yoni came to the same conclusion, holding that the two-state solution is the best way to peace. However, while Mo worried that the two-state solution would still involve major territorial concessions on the part of the Israelis, Yoni, citing territorial agreements made in earlier negotiations, believes the major obstacles to its accomplishment are not territorial, but rather ideological. Both he and Mo spoke about a media campaign throughout Palestine that, at its worst, promotes anti-Semitism and pseudohistory, and at its best reports news with a strong anti-Israeli bias. Yoni also notes that Hamas is especially unwilling even to consider any peace agreement. Both Mo and Yoni ended our talks with a closely guarded optimism. Yoni mentioned the recent return of the Palestinian Authority to negotiations, which, though he doesn’t yet consider it a landmark, is nonetheless “better than nothing.” Mo expressed the two-state solution as Palestinians’ best shot for self-determination as well as economic stability. “I can only hope that with the twostate solution,” Mo said, “Palestine might be on the road to being as secure on the world stage as Israel is.” So, from what I heard, and to the best of my still-limited knowledge, it seems that the best immediate answer to the question that I started with is, more than anything, an antianswer. It seems the best chance for Israelis and Palestinians to live together—at least for right now—is for them not to live together. While interaction to some degree would still no doubt be necessary in order for the two states to coexist, the two-state solution would create, fundamentally, a separate environment. This is perhaps not what I—or anyone—had hoped for as an end to the conflict now reaching into its second half-century. It doesn’t feature any idealistic setting down of arms or utopian harmony. But it does offer a path to peace and stability—perhaps even the only path—that just might be actually traversable.
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The Truth About Affirmative Action by Lily Xu ‘15
With the deadline for college applications looming, affirmative action is one of the more pressing topics of the hour. Now, you might be wondering, “What is affirmative action?” Good question. By definition, “[Affirmative action] in the U.S. [is] the effort to improve the employment and educational opportunities of women and members of minority groups through preferential treatment in job hiring, college admissions, the awarding of government contracts, and the allocation of other social benefits.” The concept of affirmative action was first established in the US in 1961 by President Kennedy in an attempt to “ensure that hiring and employment practices are free of racial bias” for African Americans. Over time, the benefits of affirmative action have also spread to other minority groups. Like many official definitions, this can be a bit difficult to understand. To put it in layman’s terms, affirmative action is a policy created to level the playing field (in both the work and education sectors) for people who have historically been discriminated against, such as women and ethnic minority groups. One of the main arguments against affirmative action is that it kind of sounds like reverse racism. The hard truth is, though, that discrimination and inequality still exist today. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, white people are two times more likely to be employed than black people, and if minorities do have a job, they generally earn much less. On the surface, affirmative action can seem like reverse racism. However, scratch that surface, dig a bit deeper, and you’ll see it’s just the opposite. We often preach about being a ‘color-blind society’ and claim that in order to achieve this, we have to adopt homogenous ways. At first this statement sounds plausible, but the reality is that color-blind college admissions favor white
students because they generally benefit from better early educations. A color-blind society wouldn’t correct racial injustice but would, instead, reinforce it. The only way to solve the issue of discrimination is to correct pre-existing inequities. As a country, we want holistic improvement and college is a reflection of our society. The US is a hodgepodge of all different races; we don’t want just one race to be more educated or dominant in this country. We want everyone to have a chance. The American Dream is often portrayed as a race in which the fastest “runners” prevail. Theoretically, “runners” who benefit from affirmative action are given an unfair head start in an otherwise fair race (to use an analogy from the American Civil Liberties Union). The truth is, affirmative action is not a head start. Instead, it is about repairing damaged lanes and removing the obstructions to opportunity that only some runners face. Affirmative action is designed to equalize the conditions of an often unfair race and give everyone a fair chance to compete. Those who are against affirmative action repeatedly preach equality and justice, but justice and equality are not the same thing. Equality means that everyone starts from the same place, but the problem with that is that not every person is the same. Equality assumes that everyone starts with the same economic situation and educational opportunities; although that’s where we want to be eventually, we are not there now. Justice, on the other hand, means that a specific individual gets what he or she needs to be successful. That is what affirmative action is: an instrument of justice.
Application: For College or For Life? by Annie Ahn ‘15
Many high school students like us, especially those who attend private boarding schools, tend to build their lives around getting into a respected university. We prioritize how we spend our time based on what can help us with our Common Application, starting with academics. The closer we can get to a 4.0 GPA, the better chance there is of being accepted by one of the Top 20 universities in the nation. Now, it’s not wrong or bad to do our best. In fact, the effort dedicated to getting such a high grade point average is honorable. But the part that we students are unaware of is not how to get the perfect grades, but why we try to excel in what we do. When I asked my fellow Cate students, “Why do you work so hard?” nine out of ten answers were “to be successful”-- specifically, attending an elite college, which supposedly leads to a well-paid job, and later, to a happy, economically stable family. Is getting into Dartmouth, Yale, or Princeton a necessary step for our success? Should it be our primary goal as young adults? Alumnus Fernando Hurtado ‘12 offered a graduate’s perspective on the overemphasized name value of colleges. He said, “At the end of the day, the name of your major doesn’t really matter. Rather, it’s what skills you have and what you can offer in the workplace. A good college brand name might make employers look at your resumé, but if it isn’t full of relevant and strong internships that you’ve had and skills that you’ve acquired, the names “Harvard,” “USC,” or “Northwestern” might not get you too far.” It’s not what college, but what we do when we get to college that matters the most, whether it’s in or out of class. But how are we supposed to know what we want to do if we are too caught up in doing things for a college application rather than out of personal interest? Various interviews with students here on the Mesa demonstrated different perspectives on this issue between grades. Underclassmen generally agree that people at Cate participate in academic courses and extracurricular activities out of genuine interest, whereas the juniors and seniors, who are about to knock on the front door of college, claim that most
of their involvement with school is associated with their college application. But where do we go after we turn in our common app, go to college, and then finally graduate? Our lifetime goal of getting into a college will be over by then, so what happens after? Some people say that it’s not Cate’s responsibility to help you discover what you want to do in life. They say that’s what college is for. However, all of us stumbled upon the Mesa for a reason; although it might vary from one student to another, there’s purpose behind getting here. The majority of underclassmen and all of the visiting families I’ve talked to came or want to come to Cate expecting to learn ways to be independent: self discipline, time management, social skills, etc. But as we students get older, it seems as though such preparation for life is no longer valued. Almost all of this year’s seniors are ready and eager to go off to college because they’ve learned to have self-control, to plan ahead, and to adjust to living in a communal space. Some of them also acknowledge the fact that they’ve been protected from the bad part of reality, that they almost feel “unprepared” for the life ahead of them even with all of these life skills. Fernando also made a point that the world outside of Cate is a lot bigger, harder, and most importantly, more competitive. “One thing I miss a lot about Cate is the fact that everything was so malleable,” he said. “You could do and learn anything you wanted to do (within reason) … I have to be much more proactive now. Cate hands a lot of things to us.” It’s certainly true. We are sheltered. Here at Cate, we can do what we please without being harshly judged as we would be elsewhere. We should take advantage of the place to find out what we truly enjoy. College is only the beginning of our lives; our goal as Cate students should not be getting into a college, but rather finding our identity during the process. The right courses and the right clubs are those that help us discover and define our true passions, not those that simply lead us to “Harvard,” “USC,” or “Northwestern.”
Introverts Need Not Apply
Leadership and personality type at Cate: Can you be a leader without being loud? by Anna Lueck ‘14
What do you think of when you picture a leader? Do you see a figure in the thick of the action, hear an unfaltering bellow of a voice, picture someone commanding thousands of people with ease? Do you think of someone comfortable with crowds and being in the spotlight? If you said yes to these descriptions, you’re probably picturing a traditional extrovert, the most common archetype of a leader. Though it takes many traits to be an effective leader, the exceedingly extroverted model is the one we usually think of first. But what about the roughly 50% of the population who falls on the introverted side of the spectrum? Are they doomed to a life of following louder voices? Or can they, too, be leaders? First, let’s dispel a few of the myths surrounding introversion and extroversion. An introvert is, by definition, someone who gets their energy by spending time alone, while an extrovert is energized by spending time with other people. Introverts aren’t necessarily shy, misanthropic, or introspective. Extroverts aren’t necessarily outgoing, self-absorbed, or superficial. It’s true these stereotypes have some basis in fact—extroverts tend to find making small talk and meeting large groups of new people easy, while introverts find these activities exhausting. However, it’s rare for people, even if they tend strongly towards one personality type, to be fully one or the other. Most people fall somewhere in between. Both personalities have strengths that serve them well in different situations. An introvert may be better suited to lead a group requiring quiet reflection, while an extrovert may be better at creating high energy among this same group. This isn’t to say all introverts lead through introspection and all extroverts lead with charisma, but these are the general trends. Different behaviors allow these leaders to connect with different types of people, and, because of this, it’s important to have a balance of personalities in any group of leaders. Cate does a good job of maintaining this balance in its senior leadership positions. When I conducted a survey of current prefects and teaching assistants to determine their personality type, six of the thirteen who responded were extroverts, five introverts, and two ambiverts (equal parts introvert and extrovert). All thirteen said they consider themselves leaders at least some of the time, regardless of personality type. This matches up pretty well with what Mr. and Mrs. Mack (integral parts of the prefect and TA programs, respectively) had to say about the traits they look for in a leader- both agreed how well suited a student was to a leadership role has less to do with personality and more to do with their awareness and ability to reach out to others. However, though introverts and extroverts seem equally represented in Cate’s leadership positions, the ways they lead are not equally appreciated. Although introverts are certainly given the opportunity to lead at Cate, their efforts often go unnoticed. Introverted leaders tend to be the quiet mediators, the willing counselors, the dependable comforters. They lead differently than extroverts, and their quietness and preference for small groups, though appropriate in many situations, is still not often appreciated or acknowledged. Whether introverted or extroverted, an ability to connect to people one-on-one is essential for any leader. However, as Mr. Mack put it, “the best, most important work [prefects or TAs] do will go unnoticed because it will be…highly personal.” When I asked Mr. Mochel about this same concept, he responded with the thought that “leadership requires flexibility,” as any person ar-
rives to a leadership position with certain defects they must improve on, regardless of personality type. So, as Mr. Mochel says, “someone who is habitually quiet could practice being more vocal...someone who is more vocal could practice listening carefully.” However, the defects of an extrovert—the tendency to dominate conversation rather than “listening carefully”—are often seen as less of a fault than the introvert’s tendency to stay quiet unless they think they have something to say. Great praise is given to the leaders who rally a crowd, who command attention with a single word, who socialize and move between people with ease. When we discuss past senior leaders who exemplified effective leadership, the first ones mentioned are the visible and vocal ones—the seniors with, as Mr. Mack put it, the “‘big’ personalities.” In our discussion, we get to the quiet ones eventually. It just takes a while. This trend can be seen in the classroom as well. Intelligence has absolutely nothing to do with introversion and extroversion; however, introverts’ tendency to think carefully before they speak means they are often drowned out in classroom discussions by those who prefer to think out loud. There’s nothing wrong with either way of thinking, but it does lead to some frustration for introverts. Throughout their school years, introverts can expect to be regularly criticized for “not participating sufficiently” in discussions or asked to simply “be more vocal.” They are punished for their natural inclination to stay quiet, while those for whom vocalization comes easy are rarely asked to speak less. We value whoever speaks and rarely applaud those who make room for the vocal--as Mr. Mochel says, “we tend to assume someone who speaks their thoughts out loud is more valuable…than someone who processes internally.” Mr. Mack says that, from his experience in the classroom, “with the right mix [of introverts and extroverts], the extroverts learn how to be effective without dominating a conversation.” However, even with a mix of people in the classroom, my experience is that many introverts feel so intimidated by the louder voices that they choose to stay quiet rather than jockey for space in the discussion. Our expectation of a leader in the classroom is someone who shapes the flow of conversation, which usually ends up being whoever vocalizes the most. Like it or not, the leaders we remember are overwhelmingly extroverted. Those who weren’t born with this inclination had to work at it, practicing the art of public speaking and learning to deal with overwhelming crowds so they could cope with the expectations we place on our leaders. Extroverts, historically, are the speechmakers, the regime topplers, the controllers of crowds and lovers of the limelight. They’re Martin Luther King Jr. bellowing his dream to thousands of spectators, Margaret Thatcher brashly shoving her way through a world of men, Lanea Pearson energizing three hundred of her peers with a single assembly announcement. They’re the leaders that get remembered, so they’re the examples we all strive to emulate. I did this for years, convinced I had to be the loudest voice in the room to make any mark on a group. Rather than working with my natural strengths—my ability to listen closely, to connect intimately in one-on-one conversations—I tried to fit myself into the extroverted mold of leadership, pushing myself to be something I was never meant to be. Only later did I realize that being outgoing or able to handle dozens of people at once is one type of leadership. But it’s not the only way. It’s time for Cate—and the world as a whole—to start appreciating the value of the quiet leader.
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Cece, Sleepovers, and a Periodic Table of Cupcakes by Gabi Limon ’16
Sleepovers are awesome, aren’t they? Well, how about sharing your room with all the girls of Cate School? This thought does seem quite unlikely, but Cook House East (CHE) decided to step up to the challenge and throw a slumber party on October 18th, the same day as the birthday of CHE’s beloved dorm head, Cece Schwennsen. El Bat knows that you are dying for a glimpse of the outrageous idea, so we went ahead and interviewed Cece about her thoughts on this sleepless night of fun. El Bat: What are your plans for the night of the sleepover? Cece: We are going to have Wii “Just Dance”-offs and “Rock Band” play-offs in the commons and show movies in the hallway and my apartment. We’re also going to have a barbecue for dinner and a fire pit so we can make s’mores, because what’s a sleepover without having a little fire for marshmallows? El Bat: What was the biggest issue you had to overcome logistically to make this happen? Cece: I think getting over the initial “Are you nuts?!” reaction, saying, “No, I’m serious, and here is how it can work,” and just looking at the logistics were the biggest things. Mr. Mack’s first question was, “Where are they all going to sleep?” My reaction to that was, “Let’s be honest. There’s not going to be a lot of sleeping going on.” That’s why it’s on an N-Friday, so we all have the weekend to recover! The other concern was about whether it should be mandatory or not, and how we were going to take attendance. That’s why we’re making In-Dorm in CHE at 10:30 so that I can have a half hour to reconcile who’s here, who shouldn’t be here, and then let the MOD and dorm faculty know that. El Bat: Whose idea was the sleepover? Cece: It just sort of came to me… I talked to Monica, the prefect, about what she thought. If you ever want to get anything done, ask Monica, because she’s the most amazingly organized person and once you give her an idea she can fully flesh it out. She’s been on top of this, all the way through. We took it to the seniors, because if you don’t have them and the rest of the dorm buy in, it’s not going to fly. They were all really excited about it, and it just went from there. El Bat: How did the other faculty members of CHE react? Cece: They also think I’m crazy! But they’re cool with it. El Bat: Do you have plans to do more full-gender activities, or to start any other new trends? Have the boys caught on? Cece: They haven’t said anything about it. We have great faculty here so if somebody wanted to take it on they probably could. The challenge is that there are very few dorms on campus that have the commons space, the big expanses of lower hall, and my apartment that opens to
the dorm. We also have a secluded place behind the dorm that we could actually use to carry out the barbecue and not disturb the whole campus. So we’re sort of uniquely set that way. I hope that it’s a great and fun bonding activity! It could be a disaster, though! El Bat: What are you most looking forward to regarding the sleepover? Cece: The laughter. I just want people to have fun doing something they never imagined. It could be 138 girls if every girl on campus and all day students decide to come. I just hope that everybody walks away saying, “That was really fun!” El Bat: What are you going to bake for the sleepover? Cece: We will have THE Periodic Table of Cupcakes to celebrate Nora Bowler’s and my birthday. Grace MacArthur successfully talked me into putting this together and has agreed to help decorate. El Bat: What is your best birthday memory? Cece: Growing up, my sisters and I always got to choose our birthday meal and cake. In the morning there was always one of our birthday presents on the dining table for breakfast. The rest you didn’t get to open until dinner. I remember seeing the wrapping paper of all the presents on top of the refrigerator and feeling so sad because I couldn’t reach up there! And that’s why I always ask the girls what they want for their birthday treat in CHE. El Bat: What is your best sleepover memory? Cece: My dad was a practical joker and we had this picture we called the “Creepy Picture of Grandma Mary.” It was a sepia-toned photograph that had been colorized. My dad told us that Grandma Mary blinked at midnight, so we would gather around the picture at midnight and he would stand in the dining room with a flashlight and flash it at Grandma right at midnight! We’d always swear that we saw it blink because of the flash of light! We could never sleep after that—we’d be screaming! El Bat: What would you like to tell the parents about this event? Cece: This is not something that I would have done at a previous school under any circumstances, but Cate is a place where people can have ideas and someone will help bring them to fruition. I just want parents to know that we try to give experiences that will be lifetime memories. Here you go. Crazy, isn’t it? But fun, memorable, and unforgettable nonetheless. Like Cece said, an all-school sleepover for girls seems to be impossible at any other place besides Cate. But here at Cate, we pride ourselves on taking the impossible and making it possible.
See how much you actually know about Halloween in this crossword puzzle… Enjoy! by Monica Wang ’14 Across 4. The fear of Halloween 7. The number one candy choice of Halloween 8. Bram Stoker wrote this famous book 10. Edward Cullen in Twilight 13. Name of Mary Shelley’s freaky monster 15. The first jack-o’-lanterns were actually made from this Down 1. This word came from the Old English saying wicce, which means “wise woman” 2. The favored outcome of trick-or-treat 3. The birthplace of Halloween 5. The second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas 6. A color that symbolizes darkness and death 9. A color that symbolizes endurance and strength, as well as harvest and autumn 11. The actor who played the Joker in The Dark Knight 12. One of the most overused costumes 14. A type of squash that is orange and often carved during Halloween *answers on the last page
A Political Matching Game by Sandra Silva ‘15
L a t e l y, p o l i t i cal news in America has been serious. We recently faced a debilita t i n g g o v e r n m e n t s h u td o w n a n d t h e pending explosion of the debt ceiling, all of which were averted a t t h e l a s t p o s s i b l e m om e n t . Te n s i o n s are still running high, and people were upset that the governmen t h a d b e e n s o d i ff i c u l t t o d e a l w i t h f o r the better part of October. Here is a little game to lighten the mo o d . I n t h e p a s t , p o l i t i c i a n s h a v e s a i d s o m e inaccurate, funny, and completely ridiculous things. The quote s a n d n a m e s b e l o w h a v e b e e n s c r a m b l e d, so it is up to you to figure out who said what, preferably with o u t u s i n g G o o g l e . Quotes: 1 ) ‘ ’ Yo u c a n n ot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless y o u h a v e a s l i ght Indian accent.... I’m not joking.’’ 2 ) “ A z e b r a d oes not change its spots.” 3 ) “ I w o u l d h ave made a good Pope.” 4 ) “ B u t w e a l so know that the very founders that wrote t h o s e d o c u m e nts worked tirelessly until slavery was no m o r e i n t h e U nited States … Men li ke John Quincy Ada m s w o u l d n o t rest until slavery was extinguished in the c o u n t r y. ” 5 ) “ M r. R e a g a n will raise taxes, and so will I. He won’t t e l l y o u . I j u s t did.’’ 6 ) “ T h e H o l o c aust was an obscene period in our nation’s h i s t o r y. I m e a n in this century’s history. But we all lived i n th i s c e n t u r y. I didn’t live in this century.” 7 ) “ A s P u t i n r ears his head and comes into the air space o f th e U n i t e d States of America, where -- where do they g o ? I t ’s A l a s k a. It’s just right over the border.’’ 8 ) “ O u r e n e m i es are innovative and resourceful, and so a r e w e . T h e y never stop thinking about new ways to harm o u r c o u n t r y a nd our people, and neither do we.” 9 ) ‘ ’ I t h i n k t h at gay marriage should be between a man a n d a w o m a n . ’’ 1 0 ) “ I ’ v e n o w been in 57 states -- I think I have one left t o g o . ’’ Answers to be posted in the next issue!
List of Names: A) Richard Nixon B) Joe Biden C) Sarah Palin D) George W. Bush E) Arnold Schwarze n e g g e r F) Michelle Bachm a n n G) Al Gore H) Barack Obama I) Dan Quayle J) Walter Mondale
Horoscopes: October 2013 by Eunbie Coe ‘16
Aries: March 21 – April 19 Look who finally is back in the game! This month should be a lot better for you, but watch out for slight discomforts. This might sound silly, but always keep phrases to break awkward silences in mind, because this will probably be a pretty awkward month. Not that Aries has been known not to be awkward, but still, there can only be so much awkwardness one is able to handle. But who needs to be social? With beautiful weather and bright sunshine, it’s a perfect month to stick your head in a book and study!
Libra: September 2 – October 22 Nice job, Libra. At lease someone here has a life more organized than the other signs. One by one, your list of confusing madness is becoming smaller and smaller, and expect lots of nice and easy downhill this month. In more than one area of your life, whether it’s with clubs, teachers, classes, or friends, it’s finally becoming clear where you stand. The overall picture of your life is now one of long awaited clarity. I guess insanity can also be quite clear after all. Kudos to you, Libra.
Taurus: April 20 – May 20 Socially, you are usually capable of meeting new people. But be careful. It’s an awkward month for everyone, and meeting people is no exception. You won’t be able to get any second chances with new people you may talk to (freshmen?). It’s also likely you’re being judged in character by those you are keen to impress, which might seem a little creepy. But come on, you have to admit you’ve done it too.
Scorpio: October 23 – November 21 Let’s get artsy with words. The present planetary positions for the month have very special plans for you. A boost of your energy and luck will help you pursue a creative opportunity just recently launched. Get out there and let others know just what you are capable of. Who knows, maybe it will impress even more people.
Gemini: May 21 – June 21 Guess who this month is going to suck for? Ok, this is an overstatement, calm down. But stay cautious, because your list of obligations and homework has definitely multiplied lately, and you’ve still got a bit of uphill to go before things get easier. I know it’s hard for a bubbly Gemini, but try to be sensible and productive with your time. Time management is key—you have a lot of things to get done. Ha. Cancer: June 22 – July 22 As a Cancer, you get bored easily. And when you get bored, you stop doing what’s making you bored. It gets harder when you’re in boarding school though—you do what your friends do or what’s acceptable as a gentle member of society, although that’s not what you’re really like, is it? You know a tedious situation is going to repeat itself, over and over unless you take initiative to change it. So step up. Leo: July 23 – August 22 Leo the Lion, it’s time to strut in the spotlight, because while everyone else is being a bit socially challenged or awkward, you can’t feel more Gucci. Being the diva this month is completely ok, because you are lucky enough to be equipped with unique leadership qualities and a ridiculously large amount of luck. You can, with little effort, receive support and admiration from others during the course of this month. Virgo: August 23 – September 22 Virgo, you have an issue right now. You are in denial… of something. You might not think you are, but that’s just what denial is like—you try to convince yourself that you’re not denying anything. Think long and hard. Not much is going on for you this month socially anyway, so sit back and think a little about your worries and issues. Then, as the lovely Mrs. Barry says in yoga, let it go.
Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21 Ok, Sagittarius, let’s get one thing straight. There’s a difference between being efficient and being effective. If you’re efficient, you will be doing homework and planning your agenda all day long. If you’re effective, you will be able to show every dang person out there the indisputable progress you have made and just how awesome you are. This month is really up to you, Sagittarius. Good luck. Capricorn: December 22 – January 19 A balance needs to be struck right now between what you like to do and what you don’t like to do. I know GTAV has just been released, I know Urban just had a sale, and I know Netflix is the best thing on Earth. But your procrastination has been a little too much. To master procrastination, you don’t only procrastinate. The true art is managing when and where. Talk to Shuta. Aquarius: January 20 – February 18 This month is a bit tough for you, Aquarius. You need to understand that no matter how hard you try on a certain thing, only what is destined to happen shall materialize. This doesn’t mean giving up, but be prepared to accept loss and defeat. You could be taking on unnecessary and excessive lines to make things happen. Trust life’s flow, and learn to surf the waves. Pisces: February 19 – March 20 You probably feel like your pursuit of a particular plan is far from over. Like the way some fish refuse to let go once they’ve sunk their teeth into something, you too are not ready to give up or accept defeat. When you experience rejection from one source, another option is likely to present itself. Be bold enough to ask what is out there for you.
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Family Weekend: An Interactive Map by Anna Satterfield and Charlotte Monke ‘15
Welcome, extended Cate family! It must be confusing--even disorienting--to go to Assembly and hear your students and their teachers shout out words and acronyms that seem to make no sense whatsoever. Pizza Lawn. The JL. The Day Walkway. Commencement Lawn. Mesa House. What are these places and why are they called these seemingly nonsensical names? For this reason, El Bat has gathered its resident, expert cartographers to draft this fun, interactive map for friends and family visiting this weekend. For those of you who already live here, this should be easy revview.
9 Things You Should and Should Not Do This Halloween by Suzie Park ‘14
1. Don’t dress up as a cat. Try dressing up as a mouse, but don’t go for Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance look. 2. Do go trick-or-treating because we don’t have formal dinner on the 31st. 3. Do try dressing up as characters from Men in Black or Clueless. Since this Halloween is on a Thursday, have a “TBT” (Throwback Thursday) costume—seriously, who can say no to dressing up as someone from The Rocky Horror Picture Show? 4. Do go all the way to the houses near the baseball field to trick-or-treat. 5. Do find a costume buddy. Mario family, anyone? 6. Do share a frightening tale or two on your way down to the Shelf. 7. Don’t knock more than twice. If no one answers, go on to the next house. 8. Do watch classic Halloween movies like “Beetlejuice” and “Coraline.” 9. Do attend the Halloween dance in your costume. You might win a prize for all the effort you put into your get-up.
You Can’t Beat the Blue
We know. We know the struggle to attend everything, from the games of your Cate student to all of the parentteacher conferences lined up for you. In order to make this manic, high-energy weekend manageable for you, El Bat has put together a comprehensive schedule of the exciting sporting events for this Family Weekend. Let’s go, Rams!
Saturday October 26, 2013
3:15 - 4:15
At the same time, your Girls’ Junior Varsity volleyball goes up against Dunn in the Sprague Gymnasium.
Friday October 25, 2013
Boys’ Varsity water polo does battle in our pool against Villanova. 3:30 - 6:30
The Girls’ Junior Varsity tennis team dukes it out against Orcutt Academy on Cate territory (and our very nice courts). 4:00 - 5:00
In the Sprague Gymnasium by the track field, the Girls’ 3rd volleyball team will play Garden Street Academy. 4:15 - 5:15
Right after the Varsity game is over, the Boys’ JV water polo team will play against Villanova.
2:00 - 5:00
Girls’ Varsity Lady Rams will show Laguna Blanca, one of Cate’s greatest rivals, a good fight out on the tennis courts. 2:00 - 3:00 3:00 - 5:30
Right after the volleyball game, you can step outside of the Sprague Gymnasium and cheer for Cate’s football team, using those described in one of the following articles, “What are Sea Wolves?” by Erika Noble ’14. Make sure to yell extra loud for our football warriors in armor as they go to war with Coast Union. 3:00 - 4:30
The pride of Cate’s volleyball program, the Girls’ Varsity volleyball team, is going face to face against Dunn. Get out there and support our Lady Rams!
What do you plan on doing over Family Weekend? Photos by Benjamin Morris. Follow him on Instagram @bbmorris
Join us in the Dining Hall for fresh, locally grown produce-- although your child may convince you it’s a better idea to go out to dinner.
Sit in on a senior English class and indulge in a little Hamlet. But trust us, we’re not too fond of Shakespeare right now.
Help us cheer for our teams! Follow the schedule listed above and scream the cheers listed below.
Watch the play over the weekend. With countless hours of preparation and time devoted to their passion, there’s no question who the most devoted team on campus is at the moment.
by Leighton Brillo-Sonnino ‘14
Over the years, Cate has had brilliant seasons, victories, losses, and countless aweinspiring moments. Some great moments have been in big varsity games in front of the entire school; a surprising majority of others seem to come from JV and thirds. No matter what, the student body is dedicated, determined, and annoyingly resilient no matter what level or sport. A few years ago, Cate’s Varsity lacrosse team was down 10-2 at halftime against Thacher. It was the big home game on Family Weekend and it seemed utterly hopeless. Unbelievably, Cate managed to come all the way back and tie the game with 20 seconds left before winning in overtime. In the fall of 2007, our football team won in overtime against Windward after being 21 points down in the 4th quarter. Football also had an amazing playoff win over Victor Valley, coming back from another 20-point deficit to win the game in the last minute. Three years ago,
Cate soccer upset powerhouse Harvard Westlake, and the following year defeated #10 nationally ranked J Serra, which at the time was the #1 team in Division 1. Carly Biedul had a beautiful game-winning shot in a tough water polo game against Nordhoff with 5 seconds left. Girls’ volleyball had a great playoff victory against Carpinteria, which is mostly remembered because of the free day that ensued. But one of the greater moments in Cate’s recent history was the amazing comeback story of William Choi. Before Cate’s thirds was proudly led by Dr. Kellogg and renamed the “Trey,” Mr. Arango, the coach at the time, witnessed a surreal moment that defines Cate. This is the story of William Choi. As Mr. Arango put it, “For a boy who understood the workings of the universe, he had a surprising difficulty understanding of the purpose of the game of soccer.” It’s the true story of an underdog
who leads his team to victory. But surprisingly, it wasn’t the moment when William, luckily and unsuspectingly, scored a magical goal in the last few seconds, leading the thirds to victory (which was amazing all by itself). It was the moment the next day when Mr. Arango announced to the theatre that William had scored the winning goal. It could only be described as “Pandemonium!” There is a lot expected of Cate’s students and sports teams. It’s shown in the hours of practicing, in the rain, hail (yes that really happened once), and blistering heat. But what’s really special is, no matter the outcome— thundering win or valiant loss— the reaction and support of the student body is always the same. What Mr. Arango heard in the assembly that morning was “the simple joyous outburst of love, because one of our own had found a moment of triumph.” And that is what makes Cate sports so memorable.
Cross Country 2013
El-Bat takes a closer look into the 2013 Cate Cross Country team, with a spotlight on its new interim coach, Tim Smith. by Maddie Becker ‘15 Nearly seven years ago, Tim Smith laced up his Adidas Supernovas, complete with an electronic chip to precisely measure distance and time, and stood before 26.2 miles of LA streets, sidewalks, and parks, wearing a singlet with a single word across the chest: “Tim.” This was the 2006 Los Angeles Marathon XXI. Cal Math League enthusiast, teacher, outdoorsman, and father of two, Tim Smith is exactly the person you would expect to take on such a challenging task. Placing an amazing 65th out of over 20,000 finishers, we can’t help but be in awe of T. Smith. His determination and discipline were key, running at an average of 90 miles per week in the months prior to the race, and drinking a full gallon of water per day for the three days before he stood behind the starting line. Now, T. Smith has swapped in his Supernovas for a pair of super lightweight flats, and runs only about 10 miles per week (still an amazing feat for many of us). Although his latest marathon was just 3 years ago, he has since used his running knowledge and skill for a new purpose: coaching the cross country team. As Cate’s other revered runner and usual coach of the team, Karl Weis, is on sabbatical, Tim Smith was the perfect man to fill his place. (But don’t worry, the team still runs for Karl.) T. Smith’s enthusiasm and zeal for running has thus been transferred to coaching, something he has found an equal love for. “Right now, my energy is going into coaching,” T. Smith told El-Bat, “so racing for me personally isn’t even in the conversation. Sure, I hope to stay in shape, but my focus is on helping our boys make the most of what has been a pretty darn exciting season that has been filled with personal bests, great
leadership from our captains, and some inspirational performances. Everyone improves when they train,” he added, “and I love seeing the boys make progress.” Along with a new coach, the cross country team also welcomes a new system. This year, the boys and girls practice separately with their respective coaches; T. Smith coaches the boys, and Ms. Muller and Ms. Wyatt coach the girls. With running experience from all sides, T. Smith and the coaches have most definitely led the cross country team to another year of success. Both girls and boys teams won their first meet against Carpinteria, Bishop, and Santa Clara, and finished 2nd at their October 2nd home Condor League match. The boys have also come on top in a meet against Viewpoint, as well as secured first place in a home meet on October 9th. The cross country team now prepares for their meet at Mt. Sac, a similar journey to T. Smith’s, to Los Angeles County to compete against a wide array of schools. And although this time, T. Smith will only travel with the team to coach, his marathon days are far from over. “Watching the boys run at meets has gotten me thinking about it again,” he told El-Bat, and when asked about pre-race training, he replied, “If I do [run another marathon], I will likely do a 12-24 week program following Pete Pftizinger’s book, Advanced Marathoning.” So, perhaps, after coaching for Cate, we will see Mr. Smith cross a finish line somewhere with the same enthusiasm and passion of seven years ago.
What Are Sea Wolves?
Volleyball’s amazing victory over Pacifica’s Sea Wolves by Erika Noble ‘14 You can make a cheer out of anything. Chant a phrase, stomp your feet, clap your hands. There you have it. I wouldn’t have believed it was possible until I saw the Lady Rams of Cate Varsity volleyball face the Pacifica Christian Sea Wolves a few weeks ago. I was one of many in a crowd of boisterous Cate School fans. And we aren’t your average sports fans. We’re dedicated, serious. We forfeited our N-week Saturday night. We drove on a school bus for nearly two hours to Santa Monica. We didn’t even stop for dinner because it meant we might miss the beginning of the game. We really wanted to help Cate volleyball crush the number one team in Division Four. And let me tell you, it was so worth it. The Rams came out strong in the first game, beating their opponents by a large margin, 25 to 17. The stands exploded every time the Rams scored with a “Here we go Cate!” or a “Ram That!” But after losing the second game in a heartbreaking score of 29-27 because of a point lost due to a rotation slipup, the team and the fans had to regroup. We wouldn’t, we couldn’t let victory elude us now. The third game was the most enthusiastic, exciting show of Cate School spirit I have ever seen. Our cheers were Cheer #1— “The Blue” You can’t beat the blue Say you can’t beat the blue Say What? Cheer #2— “I Believe” One person leads cheer and crowd repeats I believe I believe that I believe that we I believe that we can I believe that we can win (x4) (Courtesy of Iman Fardghassemi ‘15)
original, creative, and hilarious. Every time freshman Delaney Mayfield spiked it, a booming, “She’s a freshman” (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap) echoed throughout the gym. When sophomore Peyton Shelburne made a spectacular kill, we sang “That girl is on FIRE!”. Mr. Pouye used his amazing drum skills on the bleachers. TSmith led a spirited rendition of the Cal Math League cheer. At one point, in our confusion over the opposing team’s mascot, we even led a cheer of “What are Sea Wolves!” Cate took the W in the third game with a score of 25-19. The fourth game was just as extraordinary. The Rams finished the night with a score of 25-20 to defeat the number one team in Division Four, or should I say the former number one team. The Girls’ Varsity volleyball team has continued to see great success on the court. On October 12th, they secured an amazing victory over rival Laguna Blanca. Although there were a lot of Cate fans, the show of school spirit and organized cheers weren’t quite on par with the Pacifica Christian game. In the hopes of generating that same level of excitement, I’ve included some great cheers below, some of which I discovered in older El Bat issues. Enjoy! Cheer #3— “A Yell” A yell, a yell, A most substantial yell And when we yell, we yell like hell And this is what we yell: Ooh Ahh Cate’s on a Warpath Ooh Ahh Cate’s on a Warpath Ooh Ahh Cate’s on a Warpath Goooooo Rams! Cheer #4— “Balla Balla Dig” Balla Balla Dig- Hey! Digga Digga Boom- Hey! Dig- Hey! Dig- Hey! Digga dig dig – Hey! Hey!
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