Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Vol CXVIII Num. 8
Class I Students Prepare for Annual Senior Projects
Ej Bennet (‘12) and Victoria Lee (‘12) present their project
By Rachael Allen ‘14 News Writer May 2nd marks the beginning of Milton’s annual senior project period, when most Class I students spend their last month of high school pursuing a self-designed independent study. The projects reflect a myriad of interests and goals and exemplify the diversity of talents of Milton seniors. Through these projects, the seniors can enjoy their senior spring and finish their time at Milton with one last testament to their work here. While senior projects allow students to expand on what they have learned and pursued at Milton, seniors are also able to try something new. During the last week of school, seniors share their experiences through a final presentation. Other students in the community enjoy the knowledge, awe, and entertain-
ment inspired by the projects. While seniors are not required to attend everyday classes during May, they develop their projects under the advice and guidance of a number of Milton faculty members. Each senior has an overseer,--a member of the Senior Project Committee, led by Ms. Kaufman--a sponsor, and, in the case of off-campus projects, a mentor. Under these adults’ advice, students craft and propose to the committee either a half project, 20 hours per week, a three-quarter project, 30 hours per week, or a full project, 40 hours per week. To help with the proposal-writing process, students are encouraged to visit Ms. Williams in the library to view projects from previous years. According to Ms. Williams, about fifteen to twenty students have already come with the hopes of being in-
spired by a past idea. Documented in the library are past seniors’ final papers and proposals and some seniors’ Milton-related projects, such as a booklet containing interviews and stories about many of the staff members and a project about Milton alumni. Most of the time, final project proposals that the seniors write are approved by the committee, as long as the student has taken into account his/her overseer’s advice. Ms. Kaufman says projects that do not pass are when the locations or required tools do not realistically make sense or when there are safety concerns or potential liabilities for the school. Since the time senior projects began in the late 1970s, these regulations have become more constrained, limiting much travel and keeping in mind the changContinued on page 3
Exonerated Death Row Inmate Speaks to Class II By Elana Golub ‘14 News Editor
As a part of the Social Awareness curriculum, Milton Academy’s junior class has been studying the role of racism in America’s criminal justice system, as well as the moral legitimacy of the death penalty. Combining these two focuses, on Wednesday, January 30, Shujaa Graham spoke to Class II students regarding his experiences with racial discrimination that landed him on death row. After seeing Graham speak at a conference last year, Ms. Taylor found his presentation to be both powerful and moving, suggesting to the Social Awareness teachers that bringing him to Milton would fit into the curriculum and provide personal insight into the question of the death penalty. “I think it is important for us to be exposed to others who have vastly different experiences than we have,” said Ms. DeBuhr. “Having a man like Shujaa visit our students, we encounter someone with an experience that is quite foreign to ours.”
Shujaa Graham was born in Louisiana, later moving to California where he became involved in gangs and was constantly in and out of juvenile detention centers. In 1973, Graham was charged with the murder of a white prison guard while in jail for a series of petty crimes, an accusation that landed him on death row, where he was subsequently tortured and beaten. In 1981, nine years and four trials later, a jury finally found Graham to be innocent, discovering racial bias to be the foundation for a series of false testimonies that led to his guilty conviction. A member of the Witness to Innocence program, an organization of exonerated death row inmates advocating for the end of the death penalty, Graham told his story for the purpose of unveiling to Milton students the faults in our judicial system, hoping to encourage younger generations to fight against the injustices that he endured. In his speech, he repeated the value of “the youth” in his eventual exoneration, saying that kids were the ones who helped spread
Course Evaluations, pg. 3 Senior Showcase, pg. 3
the word and raise awareness of his unfair situation. Graham also criticized the death penalty through a detailed description of the pain that he endured while on death row. He explained the suffering of his torturous experience, saying that “if [he] didn’t wake up one day, [he] wouldn’t care.” Speaking at Milton for the second time, Shujaa brought a variety of responses from his audience. “Observing the students, I did notice that some were quite moved by his story and experience,” said Ms. DeBuhr. However, she “imagine[s that] the reactions differed,” as some students seemed less invested in the speech. “I was a little scared,” said Cody Cortes (II). “But he definitely moved me deeply.” Shujaa’s speech seemed to accomplish his final goal of raising awareness about the physical and emotional tortures that come with the death penalty, as well as the racial bias that skewers America’s criminal justice system. “Before hearing Shujaa speak, I didn’t really have much of an opinion about the death pen-
Women in Combat, pg. 5 Gun Control, pg. 8
Shujaa Graham shares his unique story
alty,” said Abby Lebovitz (II). “His story made me realize that capital punishment is an unfair repercussion to crime.” “Shujaa helps us to understand the privileges we have in our environment and also encourages us to broaden our awareness of the lives of
Spring Festival, pg. 8 Jennifer Lawrence, pg. 9
others in different circumstances,” said Ms. DeBuhr. “I am moved by Shujaa’s ability to reach a place where he fights for social justice while urging us to forgive those who have wronged us.”
Superbowl Special, pg. 10 Milton Squash, pg. 11
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A Culture of Violence December’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has fundamentally changed the way 21st century United States looks at violence, just as the Columbine massacre over a decade ago made the country look at high school hierarchies, bullying, and harassment-prevention in a whole new light. Current proposals in Washington seek to implement new controls on gun purchase and ownership as well as to reform America’s broken mental health system. That the United States has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the developed world as well as one of the highest rates of gun violence is no coincidence. The de-institutionalization of America’s mentally ill throughout the 1970s was a hugely important step needed to end the inhumane system of “madhouses” and “asylums” that confined hundreds of thousands of people under inhumane conditions. However, no equally comprehensive system has arisen over the past three decades to replace what came before--it’s a case of “out with the bad, in with neglect.” Now un-monitored and often untreated, America’s mentally ill are often cared for as best as family members can, or else join the ranks of the homeless and destitute. We cannot stress strongly enough that mental health is a contributing factor to violence, but that it is not the sole cause, nor should we allow mental health issues to become a tool of the NRA and gun manufacturers to obfuscate the need for the universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines whose purpose is military and not recreational. Gun control and other measures are not mutually exclusive, and a better grip on the flow of weapons in this country is an essential element of an effort to prevent tragedies like the loss of life at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The fractured, ineffectual system of mental health care and the relative ease with which anyone can acquire high-powered weaponry are the immediate causes of the recent epidemic of mass violence. However, a culture that both glorifies violence and desensitizes us to death is also partially responsible, from universally popular shooter games like Call of Duty to gorey Quentin Tarantino movies like this year’s Django Unchained. However, this is not a call for censorship and cultural repression: the cat is out of the bag on “inappropriate” content in today’s world. We can’t go back to the days of blacklists for controversial writers, punitive fines for actors who say “damn”, and whitewashed depictions of war. Just as the First Amendment protects even the most hideous forms of speech, such as the Westboro Baptist Church’s homophobic presence at military funerals or Neo-Nazi pride marches, so too must America’s freedoms be upheld in the cultural sphere. As Justice Louis Brandeis of the Supreme Court advised in the landmark 1927 Whitney v. California free speech case, “If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.” The cultural counterpoint to shoot-’em-up video games and bloodthirsty blockbusters must not be a black bar, but rather books, comics, games, and movies that celebrate and promote nonviolence. We cannot forbid violence in our culture with legislation, but we can fight it with culture that presents nonviolent means as superior and rejects the glorification of atrocity. Call of Duty will still sell millions of copies and Tarantino films will still earn towering profits, but we can start to stem the bloody tide.
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Students Reflect on First Semester Courses By Hannah Hoffman ‘15 News Writer
Over this past month and during this last week especially, students have been anxious about grades and comments. However, students are not the only members of the community who have opinions to be stressed about. In many classes, students are sent course evaluations regarding their teachers and the departments as a whole. Teachers are expected to take students’ opinions and criticism into consideration in order to improve their courses and teaching style. “If a lot of people say one thing [in a course evaluation], the teacher for that course should do what the evaluations say,” articulates an anonymous student. However, a few students have not seen a change in their respective courses after submitting evaluations. Jacob Aronoff (IV) revealed, “[After course evaluations,] I saw that my teachers kept teaching the way they were comfortable.” Alternatively, Santiago Vivar Junior (III), who received course evaluations in four of his classes, stated, “the teachers want to make the course enjoyable as well as educational, so student requests are frequently taken into consideration. There was a change in our learning dynamic -- teachers did just enough with our evaluations, because
going by a curriculum created or recommended by students won’t get much done.” Santiago also commended the questions asked on his evaluations. “The questions did cover what someone needed to tell the teacher.” Another source who requested to remain anonymous believes “[The questions on] an evaluation allow us to express what we think is good and bad in a course, and that is vital for an improvement.” Some teachers are not very pleased with the evaluations their departments offer students. Mr. Archer, a Classics teacher, says, “We’ve been trying to put more structure [into our evaluations,] but it’s been haphazard. I’m not sure the questions get to enough, [though] I’m impressed with the thought that students put into them.” On the other hand, teachers in the Math department believe they have been successfully improving their department’s evaluation system. “The Math department pioneered a new system this year that we had never used before” says Mr. Simonson. The department put the evaluations online and made sure that every student in each course filled out the survey. All responses were submitted anonymously. “As a result [of this new system], we had over a ninety percent response rate, which is really impressive because most [of
Senior Showcase By Neil Chandra ‘14 News Editor Each year, Milton Academy’s graduating class funds its senior prom through the annual Senior Showcase. On the 2nd of February, the Class of 2013 hosted this year’s Senior Showcase, a talent show exhibiting their diverse talents including rap, standup comedy, ukulele, and more. Courtside seats to a Celtics game, a $500 Apple gift-card, a parking space in Ware Loop for the year, and even a lunch with Headmaster Bland were among this year’s raffle prizes. Generous donors, mostly Class I parents, provided the raffle gifts as an incentive for students to attend Senior Showcase. Even parents and faculty members were able to buy raffle tickets. Billed primarily as a fundraising event, Senior Showcase is also regarded as a unifying experience for the senior class prior to the start of their last semester at Milton.
Hosted by Sam Clifford (I) and Matt Rohrer (I), the event turned out to be a success on all levels. According to Titania Nyguen, “it was really cool to see all the seniors come together to make the event a success… also Nelson Barette [I] played a beautiful penny flute.” Many other attendees echoed similar sentiments about the coordination of the event. Class I dean Linnea Engstrom wanted to highlight “the important roles Adam [Rochelle] and Oona [Newman] played in coordinating the entire process.” In addition, the majority of students believed that the event maintained an important senior tradition. The raffle brought in more than $8,300. One of the main concerns, however, was that the value of tickets sold would not eclipse the face-value of items being raffled. This concern quickly dissipated as the raffle brought in well over the value of monetary con-
our old] surveys had a thirty percent response rate. The key is ensuring a high response rate. The worst kinds of surveys are the ones where filling it out is completely optional,” articulates Mr. Simonson. In previous years, each teacher did his or her own evaluation; however, the Math teachers thought they would try offering all their students the same survey this school year. They met as a department, and came up with roughly ten questions to ask students. Mr. Simonson states, “We did it in a way that was fair to the students but also meaningful in the data it gave us. With all our data combined, we saw what we were doing well with and what we were struggling with, and we were pretty harsh on ourselves. Individually, I certainly tried that very week to ask my students about the survey. I always try to make an action plan after I do surveys and then I try to implement it in the following weeks. As a department we discussed it and then individually we had our own ways to implement those suggestions. We like this system a lot.” While the true effectiveness of course evaluations has yet to be accurately determined, the academic departments’ attempts to selfimprove through criticism and praise is certainly a step in the right direction.
tributions and presented significant turnover for donated, non-monetary items. Ms. Engstrom emphasized “that it was definitely a fundraising event, and all that money goes to the price of Senior Prom.” The school, according to Mark Balboni (III), “managed to bring together a bunch of the student body [and] give people cool stuff.” In this sense, one of the underlying benefits of raffling instead of selling donated items is that the winner is guaranteed to be a part of the Milton community. Despite “fewer weeks spent on fundraising prior to the event,” Ms. Engstrom indicated that the Class of 2013 secured more than a sufficient quantity of donations. Ideally, the proceeds from Senior Showcase could reduce prom tickets that potentially cost upward of $125 to well below $60.
Students fill out course evaluations online
Continued from page 1 ing curriculum and the overall responsibility of the school. Typical projects include internships, teaching, athletics, arts, and community service. These positions are made possible by the wealth of connections Milton maintains with community service sites, the lower school, Milton Public Schools, and Milton alumni, such as Dr. Adam Wolfberg ’88, who has greatly helped connect students to internships shadowing doctors. However, many projects have reached far out from the traditional. Ms. Kaufman recounts how one year, a boarder rode his bike to an internship at Konditor Meister (A bakery in Braintree), ultimately baking a cake for his sponsor. Jonah Francese ’09 organized a music festival, pulling together over thirty Milton students to perform. With the many restrictions and necessary signatures, several of these projects seem uncertain upon first glance; however, determined seniors have pushed through, leading to some unforgettable projects. Such is the case with the mural on the shed by the track, portraying a runner morphing into a mustang, a striking display painted by EJ Bennett ’12 and Victoria Lee ’12. This year students are continuing to create projects that expand upon their interests and help benefit the community. With Dr. Richards as her sponsor, seasoned runner Sarah Anderson (I) is planning to do a half project of running 100 miles in 30 days. Additionally, in an area new to her, Sarah will complete another half project of knitting for charities, with Ms.
Roethke-Kahn, Hathaway House Head, as her sponsor. Ali Edwards (I) is also planning to complete two half projects; under the sponsorship of Ms. McCuen, a Milton 1st grade teacher, Ali will return to her 1st grade classroom and help teach while also working on 3D computer imagery, with Mr. Simonson as her other sponsor. Similarly, Genevieve Iwanicki (I) will return to her old elementary school, Cole School. Working at the school five hours a day, helping in reading, writing, math, the kindergarten play, and potentially in an advanced third grade reading group, Genevieve will blog about her time at the school, ultimately creating a paper or presentation as her final product. Genevieve said she decided to pursue this project because “[she has] been volunteering continuously at the school since [she] came to Milton in 6th grade because [her] sisters still went there and [she] wanted to remain connected with the community.” A group of three seniors, Jonathan Esty, Caleb Warren, and Evan Garnick, are planning a more unconventional kind of project. Their proposal involves a month of playing German-style board games and analyzing them in the context of strategic thought. “It’ll be outrageous fun,” said Warren, “and quite intellectual to boot.” Senior projects have become not only an opportunity for seniors to explore an avenue for future learning but also a chance to do something enjoyable while giving back to the community.
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Asian Society Celebrates Chinese New Year By Rajiv Ram ‘16 News Writer Sunday, February 10th marks the first day of the Chinese lunisolar calendar: the Chinese New Year. During the festival, families take part in a number of holiday activities, including the famous Lion Dance. During this ritual celebration, performers parade in a large, elaborate lion costume. After the initial festivities, families gather in their homes to feast on delicacies such as pork, duck, and sweets. For children, the Chinese New Year is a time of funfilled traditions. Throughout the night, firecrackers burst through Chinese towns. For Andrew Lu, (IV) the highlight of the night comes in a red envelope. Young people receive these traditionally money-filled envelopes from their grandparents. Overall, Andrew shares, “Everyone has a great time.” The New Year comes to a close with the lantern ceremony . Holding paper lanterns, Children walk from their homes to local temples. There, they solve riddles written on the lanterns and hang the lights, creating a beautiful sight for the townsfolk to see.
Many Milton boarding students will not get the opportunity to celebrate this holiday with their families. Thankfully, Milton’s Asian Society will host its own Chinese New Year celebration to usher in the Year of the Snake. Faculty leaders Ms. WuWong and Ms. Otenti will gather with the 40 to 60 students participating in the celebration. Although the Chinese New Year is not yet recognized as a school-wide event, the students taking part will celebrate in full. On Sunday, they will cook Chinese food, watch movies, and share their own holiday feast. In the event that Chinese New Year falls on a school day, students taking part are permitted to skip their classes for the day, though they are still expected to keep up with homework, tests, and all other assignments. To create a holiday atmosphere, Asian society will spice up the Student Center with traditional New Years decorations, including brightly colored accessories, paper lanterns, and small red cards. Flik Dining Services will prepare a themed dinner for the whole community, and the Asian Society will hold a cha-
The Dragon Dance, a hallmark of Chinese New Year Celebrations.
pel program for the upcoming holiday. The celebrations are completely optional for Chinese students. To be able to attend the celebrations, however, one must either be a person of Asian descent or a member of Asian Society
who has demonstrated his or her dedication to the club. Last year, the New Year’s celebration was difficult to hold, as the first day of the Chinese lunisolar calendar took place during exam week. As one might expect, most
students opted out of the celebrations to study. Thankfully, such is not the case this year. Having survived exams, the student body is more than ready for some festivity.
Juniors Begin the College Process with Annual College Weekend By Shira Golub ‘14 News Writer The Class II College Weekend started on February 1st, marking the beginning of the college process for Milton Academy juniors. The event familiarized families with the goals of Milton’s College Office and the changes the department will be making for the Class of 2014.
The Parent’s Association opened the weekend by hosting Class II parents at a dinner in the Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium. Although it remained social, like similar class dinners, this event was focused on the theme of college preparation. This idea was highlighted by the speaker of the night, a member of the Smith College admissions department. She spoke
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Class II parents arrive on campus for annual college weekend
about being on the other side of college admissions and offered an informed perspective to parents who just started to jump into the college process. The next morning the entire junior class and their families reported to campus to participate in the college counseling presentation. The Saturday morning consisted of a series of three sessions, each discussing a different aspect of Milton’s college system. Thyra Briggs, the Vice President of admissions and financial aid at Harvey Mudd, spoke for one presentation, as she has in previous years. She offered her knowledge of what to do and what not to do when applying to colleges by showing a behind-the-scenes look at the person reading the application. Kat Fearey [II] said, “I thought she talked about the kinds of things most people wouldn’t be honest about and that was really helpful.” The weekend’s honesty was a common praise shared by all who spoke on Saturday. “I loved the honesty from the students and teachers alike, as the college process was described piece by piece,” said Maggie Bland [II]. Current seniors shed light on their college process experiences dur-
ing a session that was made up of a student panel mediated by Rachel Klein-Ash, one of Milton’s four college counselors. Although there were a lot of questions answered during this session, some like Elana Golub [II] said that “the panel seemed to forget to represent some types of people. For example, I would have liked there to have been a day student girl and there wasn’t.” The third session was led by Rod Skinner, the director of college counseling at Milton. In this session, Mr. Skinner shared how Milton Academy handles the college process and the intricacies of the college process schedule the juniors will follow for the next year or so. Mr. Skinner also discussed the new system this year of assigning college counselors. A week prior to College Weekend, Class II students received an email explaining that, after 30 years, the College Office has decided to begin assigning specific counselors to each student, instead of having all counselors available to all students. In the email, the office described this switch as necessary, because “this fall, a convergence of various factors made it clear that, as much as we love the
no-assignment system, it is no longer sustainable given the present-day realities of the college admission process.” “I was definitely caught off guard when I got the email from the College Office,” declared Michael Davis [II], and many agreed. As Mr. Skinner explained on Saturday, each Class II student will need to meet with their assigned counselor twice in the spring of the year and twice in the fall of next year. This new system is not something the school is used to, but the College Office hopes to “preserve as much of the team aspect of our work as possible. Experience has shown time and time again that teamwork serves students and families best.” Even with the new process, Maggie Bland says, “Overall, I thought College Weekend was a huge success.” After this weekend, she adds, “the process seems more real now, [but] I have confidence that Milton provides a realistic and supportive approach to the junior class as we are guided through the big year ahead.”
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Clinton Comes Under Fire for Benghazi By Mykayla Sandler ‘14 Opinion Writer 11 years after Al Qaeda launched a coordinated attack on American soil, on September 11, 2012, another group of Al Qaeda-linked terrorists acted, this time against the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens. Numerous questions have been raised about this attack: who knew what, when? Why were we using local forces to protect our ambassador, and where did they go? Why did the US not deploy ground or air forces to protect our people and assets? Why were consulate requests for more security ignored? Why did the President, the Secretary of State and the US Ambassador to the United Nations initially attribute this attack to an anti-Muslim video, days after the CIA and others in the government already knew that this was a terror attack? In recent days, it has become clear that initial reports were contradictory concerning the impetus for the attack, and that even the White House was unsure whether the assault was a planned attack or a spontaneous demonstration. However, many of these questions remain unanswered. Observers
hoped to hear an honest assessment of this situation from then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on January 23 during her testimony before Congress. During her testimony, Secretary Clinton took responsibility for what transpired in Benghazi, but when asked about why the State Department ignored cables sent from the American embassy in Libya asking for help, Clinton replied that thousands of cables are sent to the State Department every day. When Sen. Ron Johnson tried to get Clinton to explain why the State Department blamed the Benghazi attacks on an impromptu protest over an anti-Muslim video, Clinton, irate, snapped, “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?” While some of the uproar over Hillary’s testimony can be attributed to Washington partisanship, disregarding the reasons, motives, or details of any terrorist attack is unacceptable, especially when the State Department received memos asking for help. When American lives are lost, the government’s duty is to find
out every single detail. This knowledge makes a difference because it allows officials to backtrace and fix the issue. Many Americans are out there doing the hard and dirty work the country needs, and we owe it to them to keep them safe. Many may defend Clinton’s testimony, arguing that she was leaving office anyway and that her work as Secretary of State should be recognized. Hillary Clinton emotionally reflected many times upon her years as Secretary of State and the many countries she traveled. Her expertise in foreign policy and dedication to the country were never doubted by either Democrats or Republicans. Still, Hillary Clinton and the State Department she led owe this country an explanation for the Benghazi attack. The safety of American citizens should always be the number one priority of all government officials. Personal agendas and political opinions cannot trump this honorable duty. In order to protect Americans everywhere in this increasingly complicated world, the government must put politics aside to make sure that it makes the right decisions and discloses the right information to protect its citizens.
Military Allows Women In Combat By Aeshna Chandra ‘16 Opinion Writer Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced on January 24 that women are now permitted to join the Army and Navy infantry, participate in hand-to-hand combat, and fill other, more dangerous positions. Public reactions to this announcement were varied: some praised the action as a progressive step towards gender equality while others decried it as a dangerous, unhelpful mistake that could cost thousands of Americans their lives. Some say that sending women into the line of fire is dangerous, but I believe that allowing women into combat is not a mistake or a bad choice. Instead, it is an acknowledgement of the women who are already fighting in close quarter combat. Many soldiers who have experienced the front lines have said that women are already fighting in combat and that this announcement merely formalizes what is already true. If women are already an integral part of the army as soldiers, nurses, doctors, and
more, why has this announcement, which increases their role in combat and allows them to fight on the ground, ruffled so many feathers? Women started to have a voice in national politics during the 1920s with the Suffragist movement and continued to gain power through World War II when they filled the jobs left
their male counterparts do. Although this country has been getting more and more progressive as of late, gender equality is still a ways away. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is arguably one of the most powerful people in the world, but her success does little to even the balances in American culture, as evidenced by the uproar “Allowing women into combat that the recent Pentagon is not a mistake or a bad choice. announcement has caused. Instead, it is an acknowledgement Maybe allowing women to of the women who are already fight in hand-to-hand comfighting in close quarter combat.” bat is a dangerous experiment, but how will anyone ever know if it isn’t tested? by young men away at war. Maybe women are too weak Since then, gender equality and unprepared for the Middle has progressed, but there is Eastern desert (although bilstill a lot of work to do before lions of women have lived women are treated the same there since the dawn of civias men. Women already fight lization), but how can that in combat, but the announce- assumption be proven true if ment that allowed them to do no woman can try? Maybe, so has been called a “danger- just maybe, women are in fact ous experiment” and a risk to suited for combat and capable the safety of the army. Women of doing the exact same things can be just as dangerous, pow- that men in the same position erful, and tough as men, and do, but how will anyone ever yet they have been called “too know if they don’t allow womweak” and “too soft” to han- en to do it in the first place? dle the stresses of combat like
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Aaron Swartz’s and Internet Freedom By Titania Nguyen ‘14 Opinion Editor
On January 11, 2013, Aaron Swartz, a brilliant young computer programmer and internet activist, hanged himself after a protracted fight with federal prosecutors over downloading millions of articles from JSTOR, a subscription-based digital library that contains academic journals, books, and primary source materials. JSTOR did not file a lawsuit, instead settling on having him relinquish all the downloaded content. However, federal prosecutors charged him with thirteen charges of different kinds of data theft, leaving him facing up to 35 years in prison, and a $1 million fine. In the face of all this and more, Swartz, already heavily depressed, committed suicide. Legally, this entire case stands on shaky grounds. Numerous lawyers and law professors have questioned the validity and constitutionality of the federal charges, some calling for reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), written in 1984 before the advent of the Internet and the age of information. So, while Swartz’s parents’ accusation that his suicide was “the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach” is probably an intense emotional reaction, their point still stands: these outdated and overextending laws must be reformed—and soon. So what is the CFAA, anyways? Passed in 1984, it has been revised a number of times, most recently in 2008, and is meant to prosecute anybody who “intentionally accesses a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access,” and then proceeds to gain information from “any protected computer.” A massive issue with this law in this case is that the government has no clear definition of “without authorization,” perhaps believing the definition to be self-evident. However, in this case, Swartz actually had permission to access these documents and download as many as he wanted. Sure, downloading 4.5 million documents as quickly as he could grab them with a program called “keepgrabbing.py” was probably a bit excessive, but in this case he did nothing wrong. He relinquished the files when he was asked to. He did not share them. As Demand Progress executive director Jason Segal put it, “it was like trying to put someone in jail for allegedly checking
too many books out of the library.” Any violation of a Terms of Service agreement, as Swartz committed, should not be dealt with criminally; it should be handled by the company and the perpetrator alone. The CFAA can easily overstep in trying to handle these cases. Another issue is the justification for the law to be applied. The law criminalizes data breaches “committed for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain.” Okay, that makes sense; stealing data for one’s own gain technically constitutes theft. But the other two felony provisions are much, much broader and vague: as internet law expert Orin Kerr puts it, in one of the provisions, “unauthorized access in furtherance of any conduct that is any crime or tort under the state or federal system makes the lowlevel offense a felony.” And the criminal act doesn’t even have to be in furtherance of it! According to one of the more recent revisions of the law, even conspiracy to do so would be a crime. The final provision criminalizes the theft if “the value of the information obtained exceeds $5,000.” There is no currently clear way to define the value of information, especially if it can be copied - a trait common to almost all types of data. Therefore, the theft of data might not necessarily have cost the company over $5,000, no matter how expensive the data was to collect. This law reaches too far and is incredibly outdated in the new, increasingly open and fluid age of the Internet. In the end, many things went awry in Aaron Swartz’s case. Accusations of prosecutorial intimidation in order to force a guilty plea have been hurled from many sides. Outrage over the disproportionate punishment to the crime has swirled throughout the internet and media. What is clear, however, is that the law needs to change. Certainly, many things went wrong with the individuals in the situation, but their actions fit the status quo. Dealing with the clarity of the law would force future cases to be more rooted in reason; Aaron Swartz, outside of his intent to share information with the world, did nothing wrong, and was punished for it. Swartz’s case was a tragedy, but for internet activists who want to follow in his footsteps and jumpstart the age of information, it could preserve their right to freedom.
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Freshman of the Week: David Jones Age: 15 Gender: Male Zodiac: Ox Hometown: Brookline, MA When and why did you decide to come to Milton: This is my first year at Milton. I was stuck between Milton and Nobles but I’m glad I chose Milton in the end. What do you hope to accomplish in your time at Milton: I want to try new things and make good friends. What is your favorite thing to do outside of school: Play and watch sports. If you could have one wish what would it be: To be able to instantly master anything. Senior Crush: Lydia Emerson (I)
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Senior of the Week: Eliza Cornwell Age: 18 Gender: Female Zodiac Sign: Capricorn Hometown: Edinburgh, Scotland (this is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me!!! im not kidding this is better than getting into college) Favorite memory: This years ISS assembly #aevidum. What’s your favorite way to spend a saturday afternoon: In my room, eating froyo, doing homework or practicing my cello. Where can I be found: With my room/soul-mate Menaka Sachdev (I) in Kellner or Millet playing guitar. Favorite Movie: Woody Allen’s Annie Hall Underclassmen crush: Ryan Allen (IV)
What can Washington do to stop such killings from happening? (choose one or more) Reduce gun control so citizens can defend themselves., 15
Have you ever fired a gun?
Require universal background checks for buying guns, 114
Put armed gaurds in schools, 12
Ban assault (military-style) weapons, 94
“All of us are exposed to violent videogames/movies every single day, and yet, none of us are shooting up the school. The issue is MENTAL HEALTH, not violence in our culture.” - Female Class I Boarder “It’s not infringing on our rights to protect us from killing each other. People get caught up in the “America!” machismo of guns, pickup trucks and conservatism, but all that is a misguided view of what being an American is about.” - Male Class I Day Student
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The Spring Festival: Gun Control Controversy gun control proposal with all as they have no other purpose SYA China Memoirs By Opinion Writer its might. In a letter quoted in than to kill people. Going Constantine Velhamos‘15
By Ashley Koo ‘14 A&E Writer
neighbors and friends also prepare for the holiday seaBeijing, China, is an in- son, I cannot help but sit back credible place, and by living and reflect on American tradiwith a host family in one of the tions and customs, comparing most exciting, cultural cities, I them to those of the Chinese. have come to learn so much I have easily come to the conabout the Chinese culture and clusion that people of different lifestyle. This fall, I had the cultures are not that separated pleasure of experiencing the and isolated from one another Spring-Autumn Festival. I because of a language barlearned that Chinese holidays rier or cultural differences. The Spring Festival is just are occasions for families to one example of China’s many spend time together, to cook holidays that play an importraditional tant role in meals, and to ornament every culture has certain tradi- its culture socithe house tions that bring families togeth- and ety today. with festive er for a time of celebration. Rather, evdecorations. ery culture The Spring has certain Festival (or Chun Jie) will traditions that bring families surely be no different, and durtogether for a time of celebraing the week of February 11th, people all around China will tion. After living in Beijing for be celebrating this holiday. one year, I am eager to reach Although, writing this a out and encourage others to week before the festival, no- examine culture differently. body seems to be celebrat- In the beginning of my SYA ing this festive holiday just adventure, I did not fully unyet, people all around Beijing derstand the Chinese lifestyle are making special prepara- and traditions. However, livtions for the occasion. My ing here for five months has host family, for example, has helped me appreciate my own already begun to decorate culture and understand differour home with red posters ent customs and ways of life. scrawled with characters that As always, I want to encoursymbolize good luck and for- age those of you who are willtune, to keep away ghosts and ing to take risks and explore evil spirits. In addition, my another culture to take part host mother is stocking the in the SYA program. My time refrigerator with vegetables here in Beijing has truly been a and meat that she will use to life-changing experience, and make steamed dumplings dur- I cannot express my gratitude ing the week of celebration. enough for all of the amazing As I watch my Chinese opportunities still to come.
Last year at a small school in Cleveland, Ohio, a seventeen-year-old boy walked into the cafeteria and fatally wounded three of his classmates and injured two more. Police believe that Thomas Lane, the shooter, acquired the murder weapon, a Ruger .22 caliber pistol, from his grandfather. How could that seventeen-year-old boy have such easy access to such a harmful weapon? Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter, lived in a household with available firearms despite his known mental illness. Where is the gun control that we so desperately need? The 30,000 gun-related deaths in 2012, including multiple mass shootings, are a clear signal of an outdated gun control policy too often manipulated by gun manufacturers and their allies. As Washington braces for a heated debate on gun control, President Obama has promised to set the issue as one of his top second-term priorities. Pressured by public demand for security for themselves and their kids, Obama plans to place the controversial topic front and center, vowing that our “first job as a society [is] to keep the children safe.” However, his proposal, which seeks to restrict assault or military-style weapons, has received much criticism from Republicans and the National Rifle Association (NRA). The NRA, one of the most powerful lobbying groups on Capitol Hill, is currently fighting the President’s
the Washington Post, the NRA declared, “Barack Obama, Joe Biden and their gun ban allies in Congress only want to BLAME you, VILIFY you, BULLY you, and STRIP you of your Second Amendment freedoms.” The NRA went one step further and asked if Obama’s kids, who are protected by armed guards, are more important that the public’s, saying that Obama is an “elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security.” The issue of gun control has been a pressing one for many years, yet the NRA has been able to avoid it. So when the problem was brought to national attention by recent mass shootings, the NRA, scrambling to deflect attention from itself, accused Obama of trying to “get everyone” and their Second Amendment rights. Calling Obama a hypocrite for having the Secret Service guard his children is awfully petty for such a large and influential organization. Obama is not proposing a complete ban on guns. He firmly stands by his proposal that there should be a militarystyle assault weapons ban, a limit on the capacity of ammunition magazines to prevent mass killings, and a universal background check system for prospective gun buyers. After all, assault weapons used by the military have no reason to be out on the streets or in homes. Such powerful guns pose a threat to American society and American families,
hunting or to gun ranges for recreation does not require army-level hardware. Military assault weapons should be sold to the people who need them – the military, not to a disturbed 20-year old man who stepped inside Sandy Hook Elementary and shot to kill. However, Obama’s proposal does not focus enough on the person owning the gun. Currently, these proposed “universal background checks” proposed by lawmakers lack many important aspects to evaluate a buyer. Questions such as “How can you tell if someone is really mentally ill?” No good solution has been proposed so far. Washington needs to act. But no matter what the specifics are, a ban on the most dangerous kinds of guns needs to happen quickly. Democrats and Republicans must come to an agreement to protect the American people. We may have the Second Amendment right to bear arms, but no one has the right to take away life on a massive scale. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who suffered brain damage from a nearly fatal gunshot to the head in a violent attack in Tuscon, Arizona, struggled to speak as she asked lawmakers to be “bold and courageous.” Words haven’t gotten us far enough yet. What the public needs is action and leadership in Washington.
Computers Invade Exam Week
By Ilve Bayturk ‘14 Opinion Writer With technology becoming a more integral part of students’ daily lives, it came as no surprise that this year’s English and History exams were taken on laptops rather than handwritten in blue books as in past years. While several history classes tried out the program last year, the majority of the Upper School made the switch in 2013. Overall, most students found taking exams on computers to be more efficient and more convenient than handwriting. Nevertheless, certain aspects of the program could be improved. Having exams on the computer is not a large change for students. Milton students are used to typed assignments every week. Freshmen new to
the school know by the first month that any essay they turn in must be typed in 12-point, Times New Roman, so students are already accustomed to working on computers for academic purposes. With computers being used for exams as well, students can complete lengthy essays much more quickly than they could previously. From texting, tweeting, and posting statuses, students are practically professionals when it comes to typing, and many people can type without even looking at their hands. A time limit puts intense pressure on test-takers, so every student wants to save time on the physical process of writing and spend more time planning and thinking. Students also do not have to worry about presenting legible handwriting, a
great relief to the messy calligraphers among us. Vivian WuWong, history department chair, said, “[The new system] benefits both teachers and students because before, when students had to handwrite their exams, teachers could not guarantee that they had given credit for everything the students wrote down.” Unsurprisingly, most students who chose to take the exams on computers said that they felt less rushed than they had in previous years when exams were hand-written. Had students prefered not to use a computer, they could still hand-write the exams provided that they submit their request several weeks in advance of the testing date. However beneficial the computers proved to be, many
students who took the exam digitally believe that there is still room for improvement. First, most students were not aware of all the functions the exam program provided, such as a word counter, a timer, and formatting help. Had students been able to familiarize themselves with the interface, they could have saved more time during the exams and created works that were easier for teachers to grade. Second, the laptops had very sensitive trackpads that often randomly moved the cursors, causing frustration for many. Students noted that they had to keep a close eye on where they were typing in order to not insert words in undesirable places, a process that made a lot of students nervous and the testtaking experience more tax-
ing. Third, while only the English department asked for no spell-check function, the History exams were also affected. ATS can easily address the unfamiliar interface and the sensitive trackpads. Students could go through a quick training process, like they did with FirstClass email upon entering the school. ATS could also rent different laptops or encourage students to bring a mouse. Overall, students are embracing this change, since they are free to choose whichever method works best for them. After all, what matters is still the content of their writing, not how it got on the page.
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Inauguration Kicks Off Obama’s Second Term By Sophie Cloherty ‘16 Opinion Writer While Milton students feverishly prepared for exams, Barack Obama entered his historic second and final term as President of the United States. He finds himself facing new struggles and with an opportunity to fulfill his promises to the country and to prove skeptics wrong. The number of people that showed up to support the President in the front of the Capitol on January 21st was by no means small, but according to NPR, considerably less people attended the inauguration this year compared to the hopeful crowd in D.C. in 2009 to witness the inauguration of America’s first biracial president. Most people can still remember the excitement and promise that the future seemed to hold. Whether
or not the country is better off now than it was then, the United States is in a different place, one demonstrated in the contrasts between the President’s two inaugural speeches. Four years ago, President Obama had before him a much different America. The economic crisis was at its peak, the nation was at war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Osama was still at large. At his first inauguration, Obama was viewed by some as a savior, and in his speech he played that role well. In his own words, he quoted the noted patriot Thomas Paine, declaring that “in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive… the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, [could] come forth to meet it,” a reference to the serious struggles at hand and his determination to confront them with help from the coun-
try and unity from the people. In contrast, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day a few weeks ago, Obama stood at the podium and addressed the crowd with words focused on closing a chapter of struggle and moving forward together to open a new chapter of better times and personal responsibility. He stated, “This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending.” The President also frequently stressed “we, the people” and ideas of equality. Unlike in 2008, when the President sought the support of conservative Republicans and thus was tentative on certain issues, this year, Obama fearlessly asserted his own ideals and policies. He touched on the controversial issue of gay rights, proudly and loudly proclaiming, “Our journey is not
complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.” In his 2009 speech, Obama touched on his desire to work collaboratively with Republicans. However, during his first term, partisanship caused huge congressional stagnation. Obama did not make any clear reference to his relationship with the opposite party in this recent inaugural, suggesting that his new approach might be more combative than collaborative. Likewise, in his former address, the President announced new environmental initiatives and was later criticized for not following through. However, Obama reassured the nation last month that he intended to carry out his previous promise to the country, stating, “[America] will respond to the threat of climate change,” for “failure to do so would betray our chil-
dren and future generations.” Barack Obama declared that, for the next four years, he would continue supporting worldwide democracy and social equality and prioritize the ideals of the responsible middle class individual and the youth of America. He continues to push healthcare reform and promote a well-rounded economy. In the same way it was four years ago, Obama’s speech was full of promises. Whether these promises will be fulfilled within his next term is uncertain, but without another campaign ahead of him, the President has added a new aura of confidence and direction to the charisma, faith, and initiative in the voice of his speeches and brought a hopeful pride to the nation once again.
Walk the Moon: Alt-Rock’s Jennifer Lawrence Next Breakout Band Rises to Stardom By Kat Kulke ‘13 Senior Editor Only three years ago, the alternative-rock band Walk the Moon was playing campus shows for their fellow students at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Yet within the past year, the group, fronted by charismatic vocalist Nick Petricca, has skyrocketed to success. This past Thursday, the art-rockers played a soldout show at the Paradise Rock Club in downtown Boston. “They’re just so smart,” my mother gushed as we pulled up beside the Paradise. My last sit-down exam was the afternoon of the 21st, and she had purchased tickets for my sister, a friend, and me as a sort of post-exams “treat.” The crowd was markedly larger than that at WTM’s last Boston concert, this past June, which I also attended (I’m a bit of a fangirl). While a few sets of parents and middle-aged fans lingered by the club’s walls, this was a young fan-base, largely teenagers and twenty-somethings. We shuffled through clusters of indie kids and sorority girls, every face brightly decorated in tribute to the band’s face-painting tradition. From corner to corner, the venue pulsed with energy. After a 30-minute set from the show’s opening act, a SoCal indie group called Pacific Air, WTM claimed the stage
to the theme from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The intro was both endearing and appropriate, given that the band’s self-released debut album, I Want, I Want (2010), is a nostalgic tribute to innocence lost. As soon as the band delved into their first song: classic, hookfilled hit Lisa Baby, audience energy was palpable. A firstrate frontman, Petricca fed off of his fans’ enthusiasm. By the middle of the set, the Paradise pulsed with WTM’s vibrant
“As soon as the band delved into their first song: classic, hook-filled hit Lisa Baby, audience energy was palpable.”
rhythms and audience cheers. WTM closed the show with Anna Sun, the first of the band’s songs to receive radio play. With its warm harmonies and pop-rock hooks, Anna Sun is something of a summer anthem—a respite from the near 10-degree weather outside of the club. When Petricca climbed into the hands of the crowd at the height of the song, the venue burst into a chorus of cheer. Riding atop the arms of his fans, the singer beamed, and the club buzzed from wall to wall with his passion. Walk the Moon has taken
tremendous strides since their campus days. After receiving UK acclaim for I Want, I Want, the band was signed to smalltime label Mick Management. When, in 2012, WTM accepted an offer with RCA Records, they knew they were on the trajectory to real success. Released just weeks ago, their latest EP, entitled Tightrope EP, ranked, if for a day, the eighth most popular album on iTunes—above Taylor Swift’s Red. So what brought four, quirky college kids onto the road to rock-stardom? Unlike much of the manufactured, generic dance pop that dominates today’s Billboard charts, WTM’s danceable beats are as complex and original as human life. Before heeding audience demands’ for an encore, Petricca gave us two words, “be human.” This is precisely what WTM brings to today’s music scene that so many popular artists lack: humanity. Onstage, Petricca’s energy does not feel rehearsed, but genuine. Likewise, the heated riffs from guitarist Eli Maiman, bass from Kevin Ray, and playful drumbeats from Sean Waugaman, speak to something vital and sincere. Despite their poprock affects, WTM’s hits are more than the soundtrack to a “good time.” They are art.
By Molly McCullen ‘15 A&E Writer I follow award season like it’s a sport. This time of year, I’ll check any news/celebrity site promising information about the red carpet. This year, just about every site seems to have a giant picture of Jennifer Lawrence right in the center. The 22 year old star from Kentucky has had a tremendously successful year, both in film and in the media’s eye. Lawrence made her Hollywood breakthrough as the lead in the gritty drama “Winter’s Bone,” for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for best actress. An independent and relatively lowbudget film, “Winter’s Bone” made it to the big screen after winning the Sundance Film Festival. Today, most people recognize Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen of the recent blockbuster, “The Hunger Games”. As soon as “The Hunger Games” hit theatres worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence became a household name. Widely acclaimed, Lawrence’s performance as Katniss earned her both People’s Choice Award and a Teen Choice Award. Since “The Hunger Games,” Lawrence’s career has taken off. Lawrence returns as Katniss in the sequel, “Catching Fire”, set to premiere in 2013. Additionally, she snagged the lead female role in “Silver Linings Play-
book,” currently in theaters. Her masterful work in the edgy drama brought her popularity to an even higher level. Having already taken the Best Actress title at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Golden Globe Awards, Lawrence may make a clean sweep of the all the major award shows. Despite her acting prowess, Lawrence continues to charm the public with her down-to-earth demeanor. In both interviews and acceptance speeches, Lawrence consistently demonstrates that she is not only a great actress, but also a funny and humble young woman. While accepting the award for Best Actress at this year’s SAG Awards, Lawrence poked fun at her first acting gig in a commercial for “My Super Sweet Sixteen” on MTV. Lawrence also made a Mean Girls reference in her acceptance speech at the People’s Choice Awards. After her first year in the spotlight, Lawrence has established herself as an exceptionally talented young actress, and is certainly a name to follow in years to come.
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The Fashionable Embrace of February By Tara Sharma ‘16 A&E Writer February has arrived. And therefore, according to the fashion world, so has spring. After all, every season has to come a month and a half early to squeeze in all the newest “trends”, right? But remember the jolly times not too long ago, when we adored the first snowflakes of the winter, treasured the darkest season being illuminated by curly strings of bright whitelight woven into spindly evergreen trees. Winter is exceptionally stunning when embraced. We must not simply dismiss the remaining month and a half of the season simply because of our wishes for green leaves and chirping birds. Although the soles of your boots may be worn down, your knitted sweaters sagging from use, and your scarves looking rather repetitive, there are still many ways to accept the grand finale of winter while secretly awaiting the first day of spring. Just look into your closet; you may simply find the beauty of February among the hangers. The key to surviving February is to think in layers. Especially at this time of year, when everyone is worn out from exams and the days seem to stretch out endlessly, it is essential to always prioritize comfort. You most certainly do not have to give up all your oversized sweaters for the season yet, but if you feel like pulling out a springy flo-
ral dress, go for it. Layer your sweaters and scarves over your treasured spring items, and pair them up with some boots for an upbeat blend of the seasons. Mix your more poppy springtime prints with some solid-colored, cozy winter comfort clothes. Or, you can proudly embrace the end of the season and pull out all your most wintry outfits for the last time. Some people, such as myself, have an unrelenting addiction to sweaters. Sweaters embody all the goodness of winter. Whether they are printed, wool, oversized, or cardigan-style, sweaters serve us well any day of the week, when we want to look decent for school while still feeling comfy and cozy in the frigid winter air. Having some trouble finding those ideal sweaters? Well, they may be in the most unexpected places. There’s no use trying to get one of those classy vintage sweaters in a commercial mall; you may be surprised to find what you’re looking for in your mom or dad’s closets or at thrift stores. Fashion always comes in cycles, and the style of sweaters we crave so much now happened to have been the leading trend in the 80’s and 90’s. Maybe you’ll find that much-awaited snowflakeprinted blue knitted sweater that your father detests inside his closet. However, the classic oversized sweaterscarf-leggings-socks-boots
Blogger Carly Cristman sports some of spring’s freshest trends.
combination may need some switching up, as I know I have certainly used that mishmash to the fullest. Try replacing the scarf with a longer necklace or wearing a sweater-cardigan over a button-up shirt. Wear an oversized flannel shirt tucked into a solid skirt, and finish that off with some long socks and lace-up boots. Scarves will keep you content until the end of time, and I definitely don’t think that they are restricted to winter. However, I know I have been searching everywhere for some snazzy pairs of printed jeans or leg-
gings. There’s no better way of brightening up your wearisome comfy sweaters by throwing them over some vibrantly decorated pants, whether the pattern is tribal, floral, or striped. You can find them nearly everywhere now, as they appear to be the latest trend, but look specifically in thrift stores for some unusual and exceptional patterns. Since February tends to be a monotonous twenty-eight days of slush, cold, and grayness, take away the negative mood and welcome the month by incorporating little changes
in your personal style choices throughout the month. Tired of your puffy North Face jacket? Put it away and wear a blazer—whether it is army-style, colored, patterned, or formal— over your regular outfit. When it comes to the unwanted, colorless ambiance of February and the endless wait for the spring equinox, comfort in clothing should always come first. And when your first glance at something dictates “ugly” and “shapeless,” look again, and envision layers of wintry fashion goodness in your mind.
Baltimore Triumphs in Superbowl XLVII
Joe Flacco, MVP of Superbowl XLVII, raises the Lombardi Trophy
By Josh Pomper ‘13 Sports Writer This year’s Super Bowl had it all: great football, a stellar half time show, an unexpected power outage, and career ending goal line stand by Ray Lewis to secure the victory for the Baltimore Ravens. Right out of the gate, the Ravens quickly established a 22-point lead, capped off by the longest play of any kind in super bowl history—a 108yard kick return by Jacoby Jones. After ending the first half with a field goal, the 49ers headed to their locker room with an uphill battle to fight. In the beginning of the 3rd quarter, a power outage delayed the game for 34 minutes. The stoppage in play shifted momentum for the 49ers. After play resumed, Frank Gore, Colin Kaepernick, and the rest of the 49ers’ defensive line battled back to bring the game
within two points. As the game came to a close, the 49ers had one last chance to make one of the most remarkable comebacks in super bowl history. True to his character, however, Ray Lewis reminded the world why he is one of the best linebackers to ever play the game.
Destiny’s Child alumni Kelly Roland and Michelle Williams for a dose of nostalgia. The show was as stunning visually as it was musically. Mesmerizing technical features, combined with B’s A-list dancing, dazzled viewers and made for one of the strongest halftime shows of the decade. This game was the culmination of a hard fought and ex“The Ravens quickly established a 22-point lead, capped citing season for the Baltimore off by the longest play of any Ravens. However, if I were to kind in super bowl history.” choose the team more likely to return to the Super Bowl next year, I would choose San He fittingly ended his career Francisco. The loss of Ray with a goal line stand to se- Lewis and the potential loss cure the win for Baltimore. of Ed Reed, coupled with the While the ballgame kept overall age of the team and fans on the edge of their seats, coach Flacco’s inconsistency, Beyonce’s outstanding half- cast doubt on the organizatime performance brought tion’s ability to continue as the entire crowd to their feet. a force in the league. At the The diva’s repertoire included moment, however, they reboth recent hits and classic fa- main world champions. vorites-- She even brought in
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Stan Musial, beloved St. Louis Cardinal, died on January 19.
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Remembering Stan Musial By Charlie Blasberg ‘14 Sports Editor On Saturday, January 19, baseball lost one of its most beloved icons: Stan “The Man” Musial. A 24-time allstar, Musial led the St. Louis Cardinals to over 20 years of success from the mid 1940s until the 1960s. Over his illustrious career, Musial won the World Series three times, claimed the National League batting title seven times, and was the National League’s Most Valuable Player three times. Musial retired with 17 MLB records, despite missing an entire season to serve in World War II. Even once his playing career was over, Musial led his beloved Cardinals to another World Series title in 1967 (against Boston’s impossible dream team) as the team’s general manager. Despite his enormous legacy on the baseball diamond, Musial perhaps deserves more recognition for the quality of his character. In 2011, Barack
Obama awarded Musial the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. The medal has been awarded to such icons as Yo-Yo Ma, Jonas Salk, Martin Luther King Jr., and Neil Armstrong. President Obama introduced Musial as a man whose “hustle matched his humility” and as a “gentleman you’d want your kids to emulate.” Stan Musial accepted the award in a red sports coat and a red-striped tie, symbolizing his loyalty to his beloved Cardinals. Playing during the racial integration of the major leagues, Musial took on an active role to ensure fair treatment of African American players. Willie Mays, one of the first prominent African American players in the MLB, is usually reticent around the press; however, when asked about Musial, Mays enthusiastically replied, “we all loved Stan Musial. He played the game the right way.” He con-
tinued to tell that reporter a story about an All-Star game in the late 1950s. Lacking acceptance from white players, black players usually socialized in different areas of the clubhouse, away from the taunts and slurs of white players. One time, when the black players were sitting around a table playing poker, Musial marched directly towards them, sat down, and joined in. Musial knew nothing about poker and ended up losing a lot of money throughout the game, but playing poker was never his intention: he was making an effort to fully integrate African Americans into baseball. Mays’ face straightened as he finished the story and said, “We never forgot that.” Former Red Sox pitcher, Curt Schilling noted that Musial’s life was “a clinic in respect, integrity, and honor,” but Red Sox owner John Henry, who grew up a die-hard Cardinals’ fan summed it up best. “Baseball has lost its best man.”
The Milton Academy boys squash team is currently ranked 7th in the United States
By Nick DiGiovani ‘14 Sports Writer Milton’s Girls’ Varsity Basketball has had an incredibly successful year thus far, and currently sits atop the ISL with a stunning record of eight wins and one loss. Much of the team’s success can be attributed to the tight friendships that exist between the players. Jordan Quintin (I) believes that the team “has great chemistry on and off the court.” Additionally, she adds that the team is “competitive and has the [positive] mindset that they will win every game.” There are a handful of girls who have performed exceptionally well on court this year. Anna Lachenauer (II) averages a triple-double (double digit points, assists, and blocks), and Kayla Jang (II) has had a consistently dominating year as point guard. Jordan Quintin (I) says that Jang and Chandler Quintin (II) are both amazing point guards who are “very unselfish and have excellent court vision.”
Sadly, there are three beloved seniors that will be leaving the team after this year, and they also happen to be the three captains. Jordan Quintin (I), Allison Ward (I), and Sam Clifford (I) all have played an irreplaceable role on the basketball team in their years at Milton. Their teammates believe that the three seniors have “brought life and spirit to the team.” Erika Lamere (III) adds that they have “not only irreplaceable talent, but also irreplaceable personalities.” While the basketball team seems to be tearing through their season, the girls know that they cannot relax yet. After a dissapointing loss to Rivers on February 6th, the girls know they will have to fight a tough battle against arch rival Nobles to take back control of the ISL rankings. Be sure to support the MA Fly Girlz during the coming weeks in their run to the playoffs.
Milton Squash Heads to Nationals By Haley Dougherty ‘14 Sports Writer Jonah Barrington, considered one of the greatest squash players of all time, once described squash as “boxing with racquets,” as it relates to the one-on-one combat of the sport and physical marathon that each match entails. If you have never been to a squash match, you have missed out on nothing less than a thrilling experience. This year, both Milton’s boys’ and girls’ squash teams are phenomenal, with seedings in the top 8 for the upcoming high school national championships. Coached by Morgan Poor and Justin Cambira, the boys’ team is currently ranked 7th in the United States. Co-captain, Will McBrian (I), tells the Milton Measure, “This is the best team we’ve had in 20 years.” Although Nationals was postponed due to the snow, Tucker Hamlin (I), the other co-captain emphasized the team’s excitement. “The team is fired up going into nationals as we have not lost a match and look to place in the top 8 in the country. We have all worked really hard and it has been great to see all that work paying off throughout this season.” The boys will most likely face
the 10th seed, Horace Mann School from New York, in the first round of the nationals. The girls’ squash team is currently ranked 8th in the country under the unfailing leadership of captains Lillie Simourian (I) and Charlotte Ross (I). Standout player, Charlotte Zonis (III), just recently won her match versus Brooks 3-0 to clinch a tight 4-3 win at Brooks on Saturday February 2nd. The girls’ only loss this season came against Deerfield, a team that is consistently a legitimate national title contender. Zonis speaks to the depth of her team, “It is unusual to have such a strong lineup so the team has the potential to perform well at nationals. I am so excited to see the outcome of all of our hard work and effort throughout the season.” The Mustangs will probably be pitted against St. Ann’s School from New York, the 9th seed, at U.S. High School Nationals. Lydia Emerson, a senior leader on the team tells TMM, “This year we have an awesome team dynamic, which can sometimes be tough for squash teams because of the individual aspect of the game and we love each other so much.”
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The Milton Measure
Identify the Photograph Award winning piece of modern sculpture OR $800,000 ornate sun-blocker for Activities office?
Convenient place to secure a bicycle OR What remains of an underground swimming pool in the aftermath of a 2009 rager?
Modestly respectable school publication OR Fast-burning kindling given free to the entire student body, funded by reluctant alumni and parents trapped by legal loopholes?
Adorable CGI Pixar movie about aquatic life and the bonds of fatherly love OR Mother Natureâ€™s brutal vengeance on all of New England?
Published on Feb 11, 2013