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Friday, November 16th, 2012

Vol CXVIII Num. 7

Student Center Divide Raises Controversy By Shira Golub ‘14 News Writer

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Eric Zhang (II) looks over the Student Center railing.

Traditionally, underclassmen have been the subjects of intimidating stares from upperclassmen peering over the railing in the student center. This year, Class IV students have reported incidents of thrown objects and spitting, causing adults and students alike to take action in an attempt to change upperclassmen ways. Dean of Students Jose Ruiz explained that he has “heard from Class IV deans… reports from students who have experienced what they perceive to be either spitting of some sort whether it be liquid or actual spit itself or the flicking of items, food and things of that sort.” “There are a few individuals in the upper classes who are throwing things down on the freshman,” and “who for some reason find [it] funny,” Mr. Fitzpatrick, Class IV dean, shared. He conveyed that to his knowl-

edge, “people had spit, [and] tic-tacs, paper, [and] banana peels [were] thrown down.” An anonymous Class IV girl admitted that she witnessed “a junior [throwing] a box of tampons at [her] friend.” Jacob Aronoff, also Class IV, disclosed that he was hit by a banana. “I just looked up and it was on my shoulder.” Ms. Morin, head of counseling at Milton, explained that she has also “been aware of students throwing things down,” as well as “girls feeling judged by students that are over the railing.” Mr. Beauchmin, a Class II dean, echoed this sentiment, expressing how it can be “intimidating to have a large group staring down into the crowd below.” The Class IV deans became aware of this issue when they “decided that [they] wanted to have gender assemblies and at those meetings had specific questions [they] wanted to ask about comfort level,” said Mr. Fitzpatrick. He added that at this assem-

bly, “some young lady, very brave, stood up and said she didn’t appreciate things being thrown on her from up above.” Mr. Fitzpatrick explained that he and Mrs. Steimle, the other Class IV dean, “decided that [they] would talk to the administration about [the issue].” Mr. Ruiz said the administration “talked to the class deans and asked them to address the issues with their respective classes. I have sat with SGA and talked with all the class representatives to come up with ideas and ways in which we can address the issue with the students.” Although he believes “it’s a very small percentage of students that are probably involved in the behavior…it is happening and the fact of the matter is that even if it happens to one student, it needs to be addressed.” This reasoning is crucial to explaining to the Milton Community why these incidents have to Continued on page 8

Four in Five Seniors Apply Early to College By Rebecca Chernick ‘14 News Writer Approximately 80% of the Class of 2013 submitted at least one early decision (ED), early action (EA), or priority college admission application this year. Only 70% of the Class of 2012 submitted early, and in the past ten years, about 60-65% percent of students have applied early. This increase in early applications is not isolated to Milton. “Milton’s percentage of early applicants is similar to that of its peer institutions,” according to the college office. “We do not actively encourage students to apply early; ultimately, that has to be the individual student’s decision.” According to the college office, “early decision is a binding agreement: if you get accepted, you have to attend.” Early action, however, “is non-binding: you can still apply to other colleges in the

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regular round even if you get accepted early action.” The college office adds that “if a student finds a college that he or she really likes, and if, after extensive research and self-reflection, he or she is willing to commit to that school, then early decision makes good sense.” Clare Dingle (I) applied ED because “after visiting, I realized [that was] the school I’d be happiest at, simple as that.” Erica Matthews (I) said, “my ED School was by far my favorite school, and I would be thrilled to go there. If I hate it, I suppose I can transfer, but I doubt I will - I know enough about the school and about the other schools I’m applying to be certain in my decision.” Jesse Rice (I) agreed that he would not regret having fewer options if he got into his ED school because it was his number one choice. Clare added, “being sure is

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something that’s really important because it is binding, and there’s no going back on it.” Unlike early decision, when submitting an early action application, a student is not tied down to the chosen school. “If a student is really

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interested in an early action school, applying early makes a lot of sense,” says the college office. “[But] a student rushing to complete an application by the early action deadline might consider waiting. It would not serve the student well to

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submit an application that is incomplete, substandard, less than fully thoughtful.” Financial aid is the only other risk with applying early because ED students cannot compare financial aid packContinued on page 3

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Editorial

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News Gabriella Blake ‘14 Rachael Allen ‘14 Rebecca Chernick ‘14 Claire Russell ‘14 Iladro Sauls ‘15 Hannah Hoffman ‘15 Kate Higgins ‘15 Sean Chanicka ‘15 Shira Golub ‘14 Rajiv Ram ‘16 Sports Joshua Pomper ‘13 Haley Dougherty ‘14 Abby Lebovitz ‘14 Sophia Tsanotelis ‘13 Patryk Krzesaj ‘14 Nicholas DiGiovanni ‘15 Luca Lorenzoni ‘14 Daniel Kim ‘13 Photography Alexander King ‘13 Salima Sarsenova ‘14 Selina Cheah ‘14

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Oxfam Hunger Banquet With the annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet, the Milton community recognizes the persistent suffering that hunger inflicts across the world. During the event, students draw lots determining whether they will have rice, rice and beans, or a normal lunch--mirroring low, middle, and high income brackets. In one of the wealthiest nations on earth, in one of the most prosperous states, at one of the most elite schools, Milton students can feel worlds away from the nearly one billion people who struggle daily with hunger. The annual grumbling and groaning over being asked to give up regular food for one meal, one day of the year shows just how accustomed we are to being fed. Even those who take it upon themselves to forgo all but water and rice only experience a tiny sliver of real hunger—the kind that can lead to malnutrition and starvation, killing over 30,000 children a day. Oxfam in its current form serves a crucial role, particularly within the wider context of Community Service at Milton. Milton students donate thousands of person-hours a week to service sites around Greater Boston, as the Community Service Board increases awareness about local and global inequity. The Hunger Banquet is a key component of that awareness, as it is one of the only opportunities at Milton to engage with a worldwide problem in an interactive context. Given Community Service’s successes in using Oxfam week as a serious educational opportunity for Milton students, we would like to see the event go beyond a description of the problems surrounding hunger and expanded to include a consideration of solutions. The Community Service Board does excellent work every year with raising awareness about food insecurity; now, the whole community should think about the root causes of global hunger more thoroughly. A parallel can be drawn between the Hunger Banquet and the administration’s focus on gender issues and sexism on campus. After numerous assemblies and speeches on the subject that focused on the persistence of the issue, Milton took an excellent step by inviting Dr. Jackson Katz as an assembly speaker. While he spelled out with detailed statistics the widespread problems of sexism, he spent the majority of his time and energy making clear the precise steps that men and women could take to provide solutions. This model is even more easily applicable to the Hunger Banquet, as the Community Service Board has already laid a strong educational groundwork for an incisive discussion on hunger. As we draw closer to Thanksgiving, a traditional time of feasting and gratitude, we should strive to go beyond awareness; we should take our knowledge and apply it to think of innovative solutions for hunger. The Oxfam Hunger Banquet gives students and faculty a firm understanding of the effects of global hunger. Now, we would encourage everyone to investigate topics like the work of Norman Borlaug, the Green Revolution, and the best theories for making the global distribution of resources more equitable. With the work the Community Service Board has done to create a culture of service at Milton, faculty, administrators, and students all have a responsibility to better understand the broader issues underlying widespread hunger, especially as it is a topic with significant interdisciplinary applicability in the classroom. In years to come, we hope to see Oxfam become not only a source of awareness, but also a venue for a serious exchange of ideas and practical solutions about the plight of the hungry around the world.


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An average day in the boarding community.

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Trading Places: Being Both a Day Student and a Boarder By Iladro Sauls ‘15 News Writer Students come to Milton Academy from a variety of places; some reside as boarders on campus; others commute to school from places around the Boston area. Some members of the Milton community, however, have experienced both ways of life. During their years at Milton, for a variety of reasons, some Milton students choose to switch from being a Day student to a being a Boarder, or vice-versa. Whether a student chooses to live in a dorm or at home, the academic experience at Milton remains consistent; however, the extracurricular aspects of both experiences are quite different. Does the time commuting to and from school equal the time spent participating in mandatory dorm activities? Does Flik Dining Services satisfy hunger the same way that a home-cooked meal does? While it is less common for boarders to become day students, some students find dorm life unsuitable to the demands of their high school lives. Eric Zhang (III) spent his freshman year in Norris House, but became a day student at the start of his sophomore year. While Eric loved the experience of living in a dorm, he still struggled. Eric added, “instead of gaining the ‘freshman fifteen’, I lost it. I was feeling sick and getting bad grades.” Another important fac-

tor for Eric was commuting time. A competitive swimmer, Eric would wake up very early to be able to get to swim practices held off campus. “Now that I’m a day student, it only takes me fifteen minutes [to get to swim practice] and half an hour to school.” While Eric doesn’t regret

“Does Flik Dining Services satisfy hunger the same way that a home-cooked meal does?” becoming a day student, he misses the experience of living in a dorm. “I’m an only child. When I lived in Norris, I felt like I had forty brothers around all of the time.” The switch was simple for Eric; after talking to his advisor about his decision, Eric began his sophomore year as a day student. “I imagine that that process [to change from a day student to a boarder] is much more extensive!” He insists that his relationships with his friends from Norris have remained strong. Liam McNeil (I) has seen the transition from both sides: Starting at Milton as a day student, Liam switched to boarding in Norris House after his freshman year, only to return to being a day student this fall.

Waking up at 5:15 to travel from his home in Bridgewater, Liam would arrive at Milton at 7:00 every day so that his father could return on time to his job as a firefighter. Sleep deprivation and late hockey practices led to a myriad of illnesses and injuries, forcing Liam to move onto campus. He enjoyed the boarding experience, saying, “Everyone in my dorm was my family...we all shared our space: everyone was welcome everywhere [in the dorm].” While he liked boarding, Liam decided that he really wanted to be a day student. Switching back offcampus for personal reasons, he has figured out a way to balance his academic life with his athletic endeavors. “It’s a lot easier for me to get to school now that I’m a senior!” said Liam. With his own driver’s license, Liam no longer has to be dropped off an hour before school starts. Liam must get to bed earlier, however, to wake up in time for his hour-long commute to school each morning. “I know to concentrate on doing more work during my free time [at school] so I don’t have [as much] stuff to do when I get home.”

Continued from page 1 ages from different schools. Nevertheless, the college office said, “last year a number of colleges offering early decision programs suggested that financial aid students should apply early because more financial aid monies would be available in the early round.” “The fact that a number of colleges have indicated more forcefully that applying early enhances a student’s chances of admission has also exerted pressure on the process,” added the college office. Although applying early is sometimes an advantage, this is not always the case. “For some colleges, applying early is a distinct advantage. There are colleges who fill close to half of their freshman class early. But there are also colleges, most of them with early action programs, for whom applying early does not give a student an edge in the process.” Ali Edwards (I) said, “[I] didn’t have any one school that I was in love with, so I wasn’t really ever considering ED. But I did know of a couple schools where I would be really happy and also offered early action.” Applying early also eases the daunting college process. Ali said, “early action was really appealing because it would remove a lot of stress from the rest of the college process.” Erica agreed, saying, “I also did it just to force myself to get going on the entire process.”

Even younger students recognize some of the benefits of applying early. “I haven’t really thought about [the application process],” said Claire Russell (II), “but I will definitely apply some places early because that would be a great weight off my shoulders.” For some students, early decision is a chance to apply to a school they really love. Ellen Asky (III) said, “I have always loved Stanford from the day I first saw their campus and ate ice cream there—I was 5. Not to mention that it’s a great school.” This increase in early applications “has definitely front-loaded recommendation-writing for the college office and for teachers.” To accommodate early applications, the college office has shifted parts of their program for seniors. For example, the essay-writing assembly has been switched from senior fall to junior spring. Despite the anxiety and anticipation involved in the lengthy college process, applying early has helped many seniors enjoy their last few months at Milton with as little stress as possible.

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Freshmen Dominate Homecoming By Kathleen Higgins ‘15 News Writer During the days leading up to this year’s Homecoming, shy freshmen entered a whirlwind of activity: frantically trying to score a date, working up the courage to ask a secret crush, searching for the perfect dress. However, the Class of 2016 appeared to be the only class seriously preparing for this event. Typically, this dance attracts high attendance from members of the freshmen class and mediocre turnout from the others. Freshmen enjoy this dance as the only formal dance open to their grade. In an attempt to make Homecoming more attractive to other grades, SAA tried to create a separate Class IV dance; however, according to SAA member Rilan Cobb (III), these endeavors were cut short because “there was just not enough interest.” SAA also made the dance Sadie Hawkins style, in which girls ask boys to attend as their dates. This role-reversal successfully generated more interest; however, many students chose to attend the dance “flying solo.” Macy Handy (IV), who shared a date with her best friend, admitted, “a lot of people were more nervous about getting a date or asking a boy out than the actual dance.” She added that people found it more fun to “just go with friends and have a fun, laid-back night.” Trevor Atkeson (IV), who did not bring a date, still an-

ticipated a good time. “The past few dances have been lots of fun,” said Trevor. Even without a date, he “had high expectations for the night.” Some upperclassmen, however, still cannot match the enthusiasm of the freshmen. Mary Ellis (II) says, “I think of homecoming as dance for freshmen and maybe some sophomores. I just wouldn’t go because I don’t think that many upperclassmen go.” She continued, “I think Homecoming would be fun if it was a big thing and older kids were enthusiastic about it, but we are not.” On the contrary, Sam Clifford (I) has gone to the Homecoming dance “three years strong, baby!” When asked if she believes Homecoming should be an event for freshmen only, Sam disagreed, saying that having the dance for the whole school at the end of spirit week makes the week more exciting. Niki Young (III) agrees that “it would be a lot more fun if all of the grades went.” Overall, student opinions on Homecoming differ by class. The underclassmen have a blast, while the upperclassmen tend to shy away from the dance. However, the general consensus is that if attendance was higher among all grades and not just “a freshman dance,” Homecoming would definitely be a dance to remember.

Underclassmen dress up for the fall formal.

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Election Day: Across-the-Board Sucess for Democrats

By Hannah Hoffman ‘15 News Writer At the end of a competitive Presidential race, President Barack Obama was reelected on Tuesday, November 6, to serve another four-year term. Republicans retained their control of the House of Representatives despite losing seats, and Democrats gained one seat to expand their majority in the Senate. The winner of the presidential race needed to win 270 of 538 electors in the Electoral College; Obama received 332 electoral ballots while his opponent, Mitt Romney, received 206. Though Obama won many more electoral votes, however, and finished with a greater percentage of the popular vote than George W. Bush had in either of his victories, the margin of victory was significantly closer than in 2008, when Obama bested Senator John McCain by 7.2%. This year, Obama garnered the votes of 62,613,405 people, 50.6 percent, and Romney won 59,140,591 votes, or 47.8 percent. One of the more lopsided results occurred in the District of Columbia – 91.4 percent voted for Obama and only 7.1 percent for Romney. As expected, the state that most favored Romney was Utah – 72.8 percent voted for Romney, and only 24.9 percent cast ballots for Obama. In his victory speech, Obama promised middle class families that they “won’t see [their] income taxes go up a single dime,” instead raising taxes on the wealthy. President Bush’s tax cuts, a perennial campaign issue, lowered the highest income-tax rate to 35 percent-- Obama said he

would restore it to the 39.6 percent rate set during Bill Clinton’s presidency. “I’ve cut taxes for those who need it – middle-class families and small businesses. I don’t believe that another round of tax breaks for millionaires will bring good jobs… or pay down our deficit.” President Obama said that getting the United States on the right track “will require… a set of goals – goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and [the rebuilding of] our economy.” In his concession speech, Mitt Romney focused on the tight race and his hopes for the future. He concluded by saying: “I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader, and so… I earnestly pray for him and for this great nation.” Also a competitive race, the highly publicized Senate race in Massachusetts also saw a close but decisive finish on November 6. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, won the election with 53.7 percent of the vote. Scott Brown, the Republican incumbent, received 46.3 percent of the vote. Democrats now hold a total of 53 seats in the senate and Republicans have 45 seats. In the House of Representatives, Democrats now have 193 seats to the Republicans’ 233. In a recent poll, 72 percent of Milton students said they would have voted for Obama for president; 28 percent said they would have voted for Romney. But students’ opinions go beyond merely which

candidate they preferred. One student said, “I would have voted for Obama, because I… agree with his positions on social policy. At the same time I didn’t really feel any strong dislike towards Romney, but, through seeing the debates and some of [Romney’s] speeches, I felt as if his plan for the economy would favor the upper-class.” Another student said, “Obama’s auto bailout, health care reform, financial reform, and higher educational standards help ensure that everyone in this country has an equal opportunity to succeed. Mitt Romney has changed his position on many issues – abortion, gay marriage, fiscal policy, and most noticeably, health reform – too many times for me.” In contrast, another student who supported Mitt Romney said, “I’m not stuck on one party or the other like some people [are]. I think there are good things and bad things with each, but I think Romney was the lesser of the two ‘evils’…Obama I agree with socially, but I think his economic policy is awful.” The opinions of the Milton students also echoed a growing sentiment of frustration with the political deadlock in Washington, a concern which both candidates stressed in their post-Election speeches. Most commentators agree that bridging the partisan divide in Congress and the wider political culture will be President Obama’s first task in his second term.


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Elizabeth Esty Wins House Seat By Gabriella Blake ‘14 News Writer On Tuesday November 6th, Elizabeth Esty, mother of Jonathan Esty (I), won Connecticut’s 5th district Congressional election. With 52% of the vote from 41 different cities and towns, Esty, the Democratic rival to Republican candidate Andrew Roraback, overcame her position as a relative unknown to win the race. After graduating from Harvard and Yale Law School, Esty spent the next couple of years focusing on her job as a lawyer, first in Washington D.C. and later in Connecticut. Settling down with her husband and three children in their home in Cheshire, CT, Esty got involved with her community through volunteer service. In 2004 she held workshops to help seniors on fixed incomes afford to stay in their homes while researching tax reform efforts across the country in order to resolve community tensions over the education budget. Andrew Roraback, meanwhile, was a longtime member of the Connecticut General Assembly, serving as a state senator from his native Litchfield County for 17 years. Describing himself as a “New England Republican,” he took a moderate-to-liberal stance on social issues, including gay marriage, abortion rights, and medical marijuana. He remained a fiscal conservative, calling for an end to President Obama’s stimulus spending policies in favor of deficit re-

duction and a smaller government role in the economy. An attorney and former state representative, Esty focused her campaign on health care, Social Security, and Medicare policies, all issues relevant to Connecticut families. Both she and her opponent advocated raising the payroll tax income cap to help ensure the solvency of Social Security. But Esty and Roraback consistently disagreed on health care issues. Esty fully supported President Obama’s health care reform law, but acknowledged that it was imperfect. She praised the measures to help citizens with preexisting conditions and to allow younger members of families to stay on their parents’ plan until their late twenties. Roraback consistently opposed the law and called for its repeal, considering it both wasteful spending and governmental overreach. Between TV ads, radio broadcasts, town hall meetings, and local fundraisers, both the Esty and Roraback campaigns were firing on all cylinders. Both enjoyed considerable financial support from out-of-state political action committees. Roraback received significant campaign donations from House Speaker Boehner’s Super PAC, as well as over $1 million from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s newly created PAC intended to elect moderate candidates around the country. EMILY’s List, a

women’s advocacy group that provides support to pro-choice female candidates backed Esty’s campaign, along with the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Between expenditures by individual candidates’ campaigns and independent action groups, over $14 million was spent in the 5th district race--now the most expensive Congressional election in Connecticut history. Esty relied on her role as a parent to support her connection to middle class families, while Roraback leaned on his long legislative history to buttress his claims of bipartisanship. In victory, Esty also supported reaching across the aisle. Though a proud member of the Democratic Party, Esty said in her election night speech: “regardless of whether we’re Democrats, Republicans, or Independents, we are all Americans.” She also noted that regardless of the competitive and occasionally combative atmosphere of the campaign, all candidates were fighting towards the same goal of “a better future.” Her message went on: “In Washington, we must put partisanship aside, put principle over politics, and work together to find common ground.”

Sandy’s Effect on the Election By Madeline Barnes ‘16 Opinion Writer Although it hit almost two weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, remains vivid in many Americans’ minds. Taking more than 110 lives and, by a Time Magazine estimate, costing the government $60 billion, Hurricane Sandy continues to affect the day-to-day lives of many. But while the aftermath of the hurricane is still unfolding, the 2012 Presidential Election has come and gone. Did the destructive storm impact the outcome of the race? After the hurricane devastated New Jersey and New York on October 29th, Obama, pursuant to his role as President, acted decisively in coordinating relief efforts and visiting storm ravaged areas. These moves, while not overtly political, seem to have had

some affect on the polls. According to FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver’s political forecasting blog, Obama’s chances of winning the Presidential Election rose from 73% to 86% after the hurricane hit. Mostly East Coast states were affected by Sandy, and election results showed that every East Coast state, except for North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, voted for Obama. These results, however, are almost entirely coincidental, particularly since New York, New Jersey, and most of the Northeast have supported Democratic candidates for the past six Presidential elections. But another factor could have affected the election’s outcome. The hurricane focused attention not only on Obama’s leadership, but also on a crucial topic that was not brought up in either of the three presidential debates in this election: global warming.

Climatologist Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University stated that “sea surface temperatures off the East Coast also contributed to the flooding [from Hurricane Sandy]. Giving rise to aboveaverage levels of water vapor, they helped intensify the storm and produce more rain.” Contributing to the sudden awareness of the link between global warming and Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg of New York “jumped off the political sidelines [on November 1] to make a sudden, eleventh-hour endorsement of President Obama, all because of Hurricane Sandy,” as reported by the NY Daily News. The surprise of Bloomberg’s endorsement shows how seriously he feels about the growing issue of global warming, which may have become more important to voters in the wake of the storm. The fact that global warming

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Lockdown Drill at Milton By Sean Chanicka ‘15 News Writer Several weeks ago, students and faculty participated in Milton Academy’s first lock-down drill of the year. The lock-down procedure is a relatively new addition to the school’s security system, and some argue that it is too troublesome. While one might think actual lock-down situations would be infrequent, crimes like armed-robberies and murders can cause local schools to go into lockdown. A google search of the term “lock-down” reveals that many states have lock-down policies. Lock-down drills at Milton are run by Facilities to prepare the community for high-risk situations. In recent months, schools have been locked down for reasons ranging from gunmen to coyotes. Campus safety stresses the importance of staying prepared in an age when school violence is becoming more frequent. When asked about the drills, Jay Hackett, the Director of Campus Safety, said that, “Sadly, safety drills are a way of life in schools… Faculty, staff and parents all know the major incidents over the past few decades such as Virginia Tech, West Nickel Mines Amish School (PA) and Red Lake (MN). Since something could happen any place you go, the skills that are learned during a drill can be used during your entire life.” Many students, however, feel that testing the lock-down procedure is little more than an inconvenience. One Class IV girl said that the “lockdown is [necessary] in case an emergency was to happen, yet during class it can act as an inconvenience especially if a test or quiz is going on”. A second issue surrounding the lock-down system is its effectiveness in an actual was not a topic of discussion in any of the three debates left open the question of which candidate could best address the changing climate issue. Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to endorse Obama may have had a strong influence on voters, especially centrists whom he claims to represent. Although the storm made it difficult for many of those affected to leave their streets, it did not dampen voter turnout for the election. Wisconsin’s Leader-Telegram reported that “election day

emergency. Mark Balboni (III) believes that Milton’s system would not function properly, sharing, “the effectiveness of the lock-down system is really limited to the administrators and campus safety knowing where everyone is during the event of an emergency. I find it hard to believe that, if there were a man on campus with the intent of harming people, he would be fooled by the seemingly empty classrooms and leave”. Agreeing with Mark that that the system is less than optimal, the Class IV girl continued, “I am not sure if the lockdown protocol would prove effective during an actual emergency...people commonly think of it as a joke during the drills”. Mr. Hackett, however, believes otherwise, stating, “[Lock-down] is an effective plan, taking into account that we have an open campus with multiple buildings. Each time we conduct a drill, we develop a list of ‘lessons learned,’ to make improvements.” Despite students’ doubts about the system’s use, the lock-down procedure does possess many effective qualities. Mr. Hackett believes the system is useful and preventative. “We have a great group of faculty and staff who are designated as door lockers in the event of an emergency,” Mr. Hackett assures us, “Campus Safety and ATS have been working together to have one of the best notification systems. Many systems require a dispatcher to activate a lockdown. Our system allows multiple administrators to activate the notification system.” In response to those who question the effectiveness and necessity of the Lockdown System, Hackett says, “Hopefully we will never have to find out, but we are prepared.”

turnout was heavy Tuesday in several storm-ravaged areas in New York and New Jersey.” The damage done by Sandy may have even motivated residents to vote, as a symbol of perseverance through adversity. Residents who “braved 29 degree temperatures as they lined up” to vote proved that elections retain their importance through natural disasters. Though Sandy destroyed towns as well as lives, it gave citizens a chance to see another side of our re-elected President.


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Freshman of the Week: Cassie Warwick Age: 14 and 9 months Gender: Male Zodiac Sign: Pisces Hometown: Hingham, MA When and why did you decide to come to Milton? I decided to come to Milton to follow in the footsteps of my role model, my older sister Maddie, Class II. What is your favorite thing to do outside of school? Play sports. What do you hope to accomplish in your time at Milton? What are your goals for the next 4 years? I want to make new friends and participate in Milton’s community service programs. If you could have one wish what would it be? Luca Lorenzoni. Senior crush? Josh Pomper (I)

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Senior of the Week: Ikemefuna Ngwudo Age: 17 Gender: Male Zodiac Sign: Pisces Hometown: Baldwin, New York What is your best memory from your time at Milton? Winning Dorm Softball Freshman Year. Then having a fight on our class conference about which dorm is better Wolcott or Forbes. We all know who won that battle. What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon? Beating Ohio (Class II) in NBA 2K13. Where can you usually be found on campus? In the gym with Max Motroni (Class I) What’s your favorite song? Passive Aggress-her by Wale Underclassman crush? Marina Del Carmen Fleites (Class III)

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Ikemefuna Ngwudo (I) and Mr. McGuirk

Do you feel the school does enough to educate students about the effects of Community Service?

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“[The Oxfam hunger banquet] puts the issue of hunger into a tangible and very real form for those who do not fully grasp the concept of hunger and/or who have never experienced it.” - Female Day Class IV “It doesn’t get the message across to people. People complain and end up eating heavier breakfasts and dinner. It cancels out.” - Female Boarder Class III


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Opinion/News

The Milton Measure

Foreign Policy Pushed Aside in Presidental Election

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The Milton community gathers around the flagpole for its annual Veteran’s Day ceremony

Milton Remembers: Veterans Day By Rajiv Ram ‘16 News Writer On Wednesday November 7th, Mr. Sherrod “Rod” Skinner, the Director of Milton’s College Counseling Office and a member of the Milton Academy Class of 1972, spoke to the entire Upper School as Milton’s annual Veterans Day Speaker. The Veterans Day speaker during Wednesday assembly and the moment of silence by the flagpole, occurring last Monday, are two Veterans Day traditions Milton has observed for years. Mr. Bland said, “[they] are... the most important events in the school.” When asked to give his opinion on Mr. Skinner as our speaker, Mr. Bland stated, “[he] is eloquent, has a strong mind and strong heart, and he cares deeply about his family.” During the assembly, Mr. Skinner shared the story of his father’s twin brother and namesake, Sherrod Emerson Skinner, Jr., Milton Academy Class of 1947. After attending Harvard University, Sherrod E. Skinner became a Marine

and subsequently went into active duty in the Korean war. Sacrificing himself to save his comrades, Sherrod was killed when he selflessly threw himself on a grenade thrown into his bunker. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in 1952 and was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor by President Truman. Despite never having met his uncle, Mr. Skinner has been affected by his father’s twin brother in many ways. Not only did Mr. Skinner share his uncle’s name, but he came to understand his uncle’s legacy through his father’s stories. Remembering his father, who recently passed away, and his uncle, Mr. Skinner was choked up as he showed the community the ring that his uncle wore at the time of his death. Mr. Skinner told us how his father had been devastated by his brother’s loss, becoming a changed man in manner and perception. He explained how he, through stories about his uncle, felt deeply saddened too. Mr. Skinner clearly displayed an appreciative under-

standing of the broader and more negative effects of war. Mr. Bland told the students in his introduction of Mr. Skinner that “individuals don’t go to war, rather families go to war.” Because Veteran’s Day is on a Sunday this year, Milton held their annual gathering around the flag on Monday instead. This year’s Veterans Day will be the 93rd day that the United States has honored its veterans. As the entire school gathered around the flag pole on Monday at 11 am while the flag was lowered and then raised, the school honored the tradition that began in 1918 when the armistice was announced and the Milton community spontaneously gathered in front of the flag to honor the people who fought in the war. “The Flagpole Ceremony is better than the All-School Pep Rally,” says Latin teacher Mrs. Wehle, “because it is a time when the whole school shares silence, something which is rare, yet important.”

By Daphne Chow ‘14 Opinion Writer A look back at the election reveals that despite the various differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, their foreign policies were strikingly similar. Both candidates shared similar views on tighter regulations and “international isolation,” The Wall Street Journal says. CBS News reported that as for individual countries, both Obama and Romney wanted little to do with the Syrian War, but were willing to help Israel if it is attacked. They both vowed to remove troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 but endorsed the continued use of drone attacks in Pakistan. Finally, the two candidates felt strongly that the US should by no means allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. The differences in foreign policies of the two candidates lay in their approach. Romney tended to lean towards more conservative values, while Obama leans towards more liberal ones. These inclinations are not surprising considering these two men’s parties. Yet, for some voters, Romney’s allocation of military spending$2.3 trillion over 10 years as estimated by CBS News- was shocking. This absurd amount of money caused many to question whether or not Romney truly would be the better choice for fixing the economy. In the previous election, foreign policy was a deciding factor for most Americans due to the ongoing war in Iraq. Now, in 2012, with America’s current economic and fiscal

concerns, voters appeared to focus on the candidates’ economic policies rather than their foreign ones. According to Fox News, 59% said the economy was their most important issue in this election, compared to the mere 5% that chose foreign policy. Though the economy has made very gradual improvements, too large a percentage of Americans are still unemployed. The nation’s current economic climate should be remediated before diverting time and money towards other countries. Obama and Romney’s similar views reveal that both parties, Democrats and Republicans, share the desire to repair the United States’ domestic issues first. This bipartisanship is a step in the right direction; America should be united to mend our economy. Before looking at other countries, we should primarily take a look at our own. But foreign policy has always been an important aspect of American politics. Though his main goal is of course to repair our less than satisfactory economy, now that he is elected, Obama should direct some of his attention to foreign policy, and try to create a clear strategy for dealing with the many issues that only received lip-service during the 2012 campaign. If Obama makes one wrong move, his mistake could greatly impact the United States’s standing internationally. In order to remain a world power, America must strike a balance between working hard on our economy while maintaining a solid foreign policy.

Student Center Continued from page 1 be such a big issue. “It does have a strong effect on the kids who say they have been spat on or thrown at or feeling judged by,” Ms. Morin said. The timing of the introduction of this problem was also a factor that added to its magnitude. Mr. Fitzpatrick questioned that, “because it happened so quickly in the school year, [it] made me think…what are freshman thinking about this school.” Mr. Ruiz echoed this discom-

fort, feeling that “there was a sense from students that it did not feel welcoming.” Information regarding the power structure of the student center and the actions that have occurred there this year are being conveyed to the administration “in relation to the beginning of school, [has] decreased,” but this is not to say the problems have disappeared. Ms. Morin stresses how the Milton Academy Community needs to reach “a level of awareness and recognition

that this is an issue” in order to eliminate the hurt that may be occurring within Class IV. “The best possible outcome for me is that Class II and I hold each other accountable for their behavior and take this into their own hands,” agreed Mr. Fitzpatrick, providing a challenge for upperclassman to take the initials steps to making the student center a comfortable, equally shared environment.

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Syria’s civil war poses a challenge for President Barack Obama


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A Preview of the Winter Productions By Molly McCullen ‘15 A&E Writer Performances at Milton Academy are always a spectacular representation of all the hard work and preparation that the faculty and actors put into any given show. The productions this winter will be no exception. Here is an overview of what to expect in the months ahead. One of the most intriguing parts of this year’s lineup of winter productions is the 1212 play. This year’s 1212, East of Easton, is actually a series of one-act comedies written by William Donnelly. Mr. Parisi will direct the series of shorts with help from stage manager Rick Dionne (Class III). As

with every 1212 play, East of Easton will take place in the small and intimate setting of Wigglesworth Hall. Rick shares that the actors and directors will strive to “use the limited space to [their] advantage, allowing the audience to really understand and interact with the characters;” Mr. Parisi adds that the plays will “feature a range of compelling characters” for the audience to connnect with. William Donnelly, who is based locally, will be coming to campus to work with the actors in the show and will attend a reception after one of the performances. Actors auditioned on Monday and Tuesday of this week and have just begun rehearsing as a cast.

Steampunk Shakespeare ready for opening night. Sam Audette (I), who played Viola’s love interest Duke Orsino, On November 1st, Milton said he “thought the play went Academy presented its own great and came together at rendition of William Shakethe last minute. [They] were speare’s play Twelfth Night. still figuring out certain cosThe eclectic show, starring tume things Thursday.” DeEva Grant (I), Daisy Walker spite these last-minute details, (II), and Sam Audette (I), thorThursday’s performance went oughly captivated the audiwonderfully, setting audience ence and garnered significant expectations for the following praise from all who saw it. In nights high. John Glasfield, addition, many unique aspects another one of the actors, cited of the performance set it apart his favorite part of the play from more traditional takes as “listenon Twelfth ing behind N i g h t . the set to F a c the subtle “Faculty director ulty director Shane Shane Fuller added a differences in each perFuller addunique and modern formance. ed a unique None were edge to the 400-yearand modern necessaredge to the old work.” ily better 400-yearor worse old work. than others, The play but there made use of steampunk, a were always a few sections sub-genre of science fiction, that were unique.” He went by incorporating elements of on to say that these variaVictorian style, clockwork, tions made the play more real. and punk culture into the set Additionally, Twelfth design and costume choices. Night is full of plot twists, a few Additionally, music for the somewhat difficult to follow in play was performed live by Shakespearean English. Lindsome of the student actors. sey Jay, an audience member, Audience members enjoyed said that if she “hadn’t seen watching the actors play muthe movie She’s the Man, [she] sic themselves and felt the probably would have been use of real instruments gave more confused as to how the the story an authentic touch. play began.” However, LindBoth bold choices set Twelfth say still enjoyed the show. Night apart from a typical Overall, Twelfth Night Shakespeare performance. proved a hit with the stuStudents involved had dent body. The talented cast an amazing time putting the and Fuller’s creative vishow together. The cast and sion made the show discrew were working up until tinctive and memorable. the last minute to make sure everything was in place and By Kat Feary ‘14 A&E Writer

Senior-directed One Acts will also take place this winter, directed by Oona Newman (I) and Alexa Katz (I). As Kellner’s black box theater offers a similar intimacy to Wigg as a performance venue, these short productions feel similar to a 1212 play . In addition, because each director has a unique style, each performance brings something new to the table. The Winter Dance Concert, one of the most highly anticipated productions of the year, has also gotten underway in the past week. Organized largely by students, the Winter Dance Concert is a production of spectacular dances, lights, and costumes. Although facul-

ty members Kelli Edwards and Corey Baker choreographed dances for last year’s concert, students choreograph and direct a majority of the dances. This year’s line-up of dances looks to be just as diverse and interesting as last year’s. A favorite from last year’s concert, Irish step dance, will be returning with more furious and magical footwork. Jazz, modern, and hip-hop dances will also be featured. Given Milton’s many excellent choreographers and dancers, the Winter Dance Concert will certainly be another hit when it opens in early March. This year’s main-stage winter production will be The Musical Comedy Mur-

ders of 1940. Auditions for the play were held with auditions for the 1212 on Monday and Tuesday. Directed by Dar Anastas, the production will open in King Theatre this winter. The comedy will feature “some singing,” says Dar, “but mostly murders”. The cast of 5 girls and 5 boys will strive to capture the show’s eclectic blend of horror and comedy. The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 recently began rehearsing in preparation for its performances in early February. With this impressive lineup of winter productions, the artistic energy around campus is sure to stay strong throughout the winter.

China’s Impending Transition Yesterday, curtains were lifted on China’s new leaders as the country concludes the week-long congress in Beijing. Many news outlets have pointed to possible social, political, and economic reforms after the decennial leadership transition. The Economist dubbed the expected new president Xi Jingping “the man that must change China;” BBC’s John Simpson even alluded to Soviet Russia’s dramatic political transformation in the early 1990s by calling the 18th Congress the one that will “change the course of history.” Indeed, the country and the next generation of its leaders do look different on paper. Double-digit percentage growth in GDP for most of the past decade has steadily expanded the country’s middle class, causing more people to pursue higher education, buy luxury goods, and travel abroad. Looking at the country’s new leaders, one might speculate that now is the time to talk about thorough reform as the progressive faction of the party will most likely have more say than before in the allpowerful Politburo Standing Committee after the downfall of Bo Xilai, a hugely influential neo-Maoist leader. For some, China’s future comes down to the most simplistic reasoning: wouldn’t the 59-year-old Xi who governed coastal Shanghai and Zhejiang and who sent his daughter to Harvard do something? The short and unfortunate answer is no. Although those on the Standing Committee enjoy immense power over the millions of ordinary Chinese they “represent,” the fac-

tional politics of this country, described by Cheng Li at the Brookings Institution as “one country, two coalitions,” guarantee time and time again meticulous reform proposals that rarely go beyond rhetoric. On one hand, the two coalitions — “princelings” and the liberal “Youth League,” — create needed power checks in the secretive central government. On the other hand, the Standing Committee must please leaders of both factions to ensure stability. Former president, 86-year-old Jiang Zeming sent out a clear message last week that even after he dies, his allies and proteges will still fight for the princelings. Xi’s presumptive presidency did not come without a price. The five seats on the Standing Committee will very likely be a result of compromise between the two factions. As a result, these politicians who will spend the rest of their lives behind close doors in Beijing will not be able to exercise real power over controversial issues, or move China in the direction they want to. There are simply too many interest groups involved, and every political affair is delicate in China. While most analysts focus on the legitimacy problem that the Communist Party has had after several quarters of slowed economic growth, the protests captured in western news programs in streets and on social media have never been front and center in China’s political or social sphere. Internet users barely make up 34% of the total population, and the majority of the people, farmers in rural areas, are more concerned about their next meal than an ideological fight with the current rulers.

People would love to think, especially with the new leaders facing so many unprecedented international and domestic conflicts, that change is close at hand. Such sentiments do not, however, concern the Communist Party of China, a position made clear when Hu Jintao earlier this week gave a nearly identical stateof-the-nation address as his predecessor did ten years ago. But those who long to see change need not worry, either. From a traditional western democracy’s standpoint, China failed a long time ago. But its political and economic system, and the culture of the people and of the land, have presented the country with a situation very different from that of Soviet Russia or Cuba. When Deng Xiaoping introduced in 1978 an economic reform guided by “state capitalism,” no one thought the new policy would work for a communist country, and it had clearly never been implementd previously. But this reform fundamentally changed the social and economic landscape of this country. State capitalism may not have been successful in another country, but this country embraced an idea that was unique to China and unique to the time. Drastic political reform is not likely for today’s China, whose administration stresses stability or “harmonious development.” But who knows? Perhaps the very dilemma that China is facing now will prompt a peaceful solution that is not direct election or anything else the world has seen before.


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Arts and Entertainment

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Musical Talent Showcased at Beatnik By Louisa Moore ‘14 A&E Writer Last weekend’s activities were primarily centered around Nobles Day, the big day every season for athletes of all sports. But on Friday, students had a chance to see the musical and artistic side of Milton. Magus Mabus, the arts and literary group on campus, sponsored its second Beatnik Café of the year. This event showcases a wide array of musical talent and gives students the opportunity to perform in front of their peers. Performers do not have to belong to a musical group on campus or have any kind of official training. Magus has already hosted one Beatnik earlier this fall and will host two more by the end of the year. Besides Beatstock, which takes place on the quad, Beatniks are always held in Straus. This location is perfect: its cozy atmosphere and comfy couches always attract many students after a long week of classes. The cookies, chips, and drinks also add to the

whole experience. There, students of all classes can feel comfortable performing in front of a friendly audience. Though there is a loose order of performers, Beatnik is largely informal; toward the end, anyone can go up and perform impromptu. During some pieces, especially louder ones with percussion, students chat in the audience. Anyone can walk in or leave at any time, so there is a pretty steady flow of students throughout the evening. A little past seven, a trio consisting of Miles Awafola (III), Ian Kennedy (III), and Tom Goode (I) kicked off the evening with two jazz pieces. Trickling in, attendees were chatty, but the drums, base, and saxophone drowned out their voices. People began to settle down as the next acts went on. The performers were a very diverse group with about an equal mix of girls and boys. Some performers were solo, others in groups, some with accompaniment, others without. Students of all grades displayed their singing talents

and played a range of genres. Most popularly, students either played jazz or sang more recent tunes, such as Call Me Maybe and New Soul. Magus Mabus also publishes a magazine with student artwork, photography, poems, and stories. Recently, students submitted almost eighty works for consideration, which makes for a lot of tough decisions for the Magus staff. The Magus musical team, headed by Adam Rochelle (I), has also produced a CD of performances in the past and hopes to have another one available when the magazine is distributed. Beatnik has been one of the great traditions at Milton for years. Here, students can find an outlet for their creativity and impress their peers with their talent. The audience is always enthusiastic and very supportive, no matter the type of performance. Look out for the Beatnik signs across campus later this year. You won’t regret coming to Beatnik--who knows, you might even end up becoming part of the show.

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Adam Rochelle (I) performs during last Friday’s Beatnik

A Vivacious and Successful Spirit Week By Tara Sharma ‘16 A&E Writer In the nervous yet exciting week prepping for the Nobles Day games, Milton Academy held its annual spirit week, replete with pajama bottoms, old Halloween costumes, and flamboyant blue and orange attire. This year, the school succeeded in creating enthusiasm and camaraderie amongst students to give Milton that final push when playing against

perennial rival Nobles. We had much to look forward to: blackout day, twin day, pajama day, Halloween day, and finally, orange and blue day. Monday’s blackout outfit, although neither colorful nor bursting with animation, embodied without a doubt the unification of the student body. Black jeans, black sweatshirts, and even the occasional black war paint filled the hallways. Because of the simplicity of

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Even the Nobles Bulldog took part in Milton’s Spirit Week

the theme, almost the entire school participated in wearing the color. “Blackout day was definitely my favorite theme day,” said Elizabeth Muse (IV). “It was relatively effortless to put together, yet still really entertaining and powerful to see the entire student body completely uniformed.” Come Tuesday, Milton Academy was swamped with clones. Students in matching flannel shirts, scarves, and tshirts swarmed around campus. Many highlighted twin day as their favorite theme of the week, including Tucker Hamlin (I), who admired how “simple outfits really could transform friends into twins.” Students were amused by the challenge of finding each individual’s twin throughout the day and deciding which pair had achieved the greatest degree of matching. While a great deal of the school decided to participate in this year’s twin day, it required significantly more coordination than simply rolling out of bed and throwing on a mindless outfit. On Wednesday, however, rolling out of bed and coming to school was precisely the goal. The most comfortable day of the year, pajama day, is a favorite of nearly all students, and happened midway through the week. Everyone deserved a day of relaxation— even it was only represented

by clothing. A few extra-cozy students sported fuzzy onesies and bunny slippers, while others played it safe in sweatpants and baggy sweatshirts. An innocent stranger driving by on Centre Street could not help but wonder if the mass of students parading down the crosswalk were headed for a school-wide slumber party, complete with homely flannel pajama bottoms and even the occasional Snuggie. No one could resist joining in on this especially tempting day of restfulness. Many students eagerly pulled out their old Halloween costumes, whether from the past week or their middle school trick-or-treating days, and went all-out for character day. Dressed as celebrities, animals, and friends, students had fun creating character costumes at the last minute. Overall, this Halloween day had relatively fewer participants; nevertheless, those who did decide to dress up certainly brightened up the day for everyone else. At last, it was Nobles day. Friday welcomed a vivacious and energetic K-12 student body with the spirit-filled, school-wide pep rally. Kindergartners and seniors alike brought out all of the Milton apparel they owned, from classic mustang t-shirts to orange and blue hair ribbons to bright face paint. Bringing in a vibe

of school camaraderie and true mustang spirit, students of all ages strutted into the ACC, grabbing an orange and blue cheering pom-pom on the way in. With our mustang mascot up front at all times, we saw amazing performances by the step and dance teams, further uplifting the atmosphere of pomp, circumstance, and revelry. As the event went on, the cheering became louder and louder until our blue and orange pride was nearly uncontainable. With the immensely encouraging and bubbly support from all of their classmates, each team appeared ready to put their full effort into beating Nobles. The Pep Rally concluded with an amusing video of a grueling face-off between the Milton Mustang and the Nobles Bulldog, a presentation which left each team ready to represent its school. Resulting from a superbly successful spirit week, the Mustangs, with the support of one another, were well prepared for an ultimately successful Nobles Day.


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Putting a Leash on the Dog By Nick DiGiovanni ‘15 Sports Writer This past weekend, Milton and Nobles sports teams gathered at Nobles in an attempt to answer a crucial question: who is better, the Mustangs or the Bulldogs? Flocks of spectators, coaches, and players funneled in and out of the Nobles campus in order to catch some of the action. Although Nobles had home-field advantage and a large student spirit group called the “Dawg Pound,” Milton answered with fan buses of their own rolling in throughout the day, and, much to Milton’s credit, it seemed that the amount of supporters from both schools was relatively even. Girls Varsity Soccer had been heavily anticipating their game against Nobles. The team came mentally and physically prepared for what they knew would be a challenging match up. They fought hard, and put in an imperative goal early on in the game. Shay Quintin (IV) believes that “Nobles had a solid and determined team, but Milton just wanted the win more.” Milton added another goal later in the game to secure a victory for the ‘Stangs. Similar to the Boys Var-

sity Soccer team, Girls Varsity Soccer was ready to face Nobles. The game was extremely intense, according to many girls on the team. Niki Young (III) noted that “both teams tried really hard, which lead to a very exciting game.” Nobles scored the first goal, but Milton retaliated with two. Milton had a lead of 2-1 going into the second half, but unfortunately, they allowed a lucky Nobles shot to dribble to the back of the net. With a score of 2-2, the two teams fought hard for victory until the final whistle, but time proved to be both squads’ worst enemy, and the match ended in a draw. Varsity Field Hockey knew that Nobles would be among their toughest competitors, but the team was able to put that aside and focus on the game itself. Captains Ali Gendron (I) and Ale Gianino (I) helped keep the team focused and ready for the challenge. After Nobles’ first goal, the Milton girls remained positive. “You could tell that everyone on the team wanted [to win] so badly,” said Juliet McCann (III). Unfortunately, Nobles slipped two more goals in, and the game ended with a score of 3-0. Mr. Dar-

ling said that “We turned it up to the third gear, but Nobles just turned it up to the fourth;” Coach Carr, the Field Hockey coach, agreed. Regardless, the MAFH deserves a tip of the hat for hard-fought games and an impressive season overall. Coming off an exciting and strong season, the Boys Varsity Football team came in to Nobles day focused on one thing: beating the bulldogs. “The whole team was really pumped before and after the game,” said Bobby Gilmore (III), and the crowd could feel that enthusiasm as Drew Jacobs (II) ran his first carry into the end zone. He would score three more before completing the rout of the rival bulldogs. The team played gritty, mistake-free football, immediately racking up points on the scoreboard for Milton’s thrilled fans. The final score was a whopping victory of 49-7 for the ‘Stangs. After a solid performance at Nobles day, Milton athletes must now focus on the future as they prepare to face Nobles yet again in winter sports. Go ‘Stangs!

Girls XC Dominates ISL By Haley Dougherty ‘14 Sports Writer This year, Milton’s Cross Country team cleaned house at the ISL Championships. The girls’ team won the ISL, beating Nobles by a whopping eighty points. The boys team came in second place to Middlesex, with Caleb Warren (I) remarking, “It was outrageous fun.” Last weekend was a tremendous success for both teams. Emily Bosworth (III) takes us back to the awards ceremony at Nobles, where the ISLs were held: “When the coach was announcing second place at the awards ceremony, my hands were shaking, and my heart was beating. I knew either nobles or we won, so I was praying to hear nobles was second. When he said nobles I couldn’t help but scream. We did it! I was proud, ecstatic.” After coming in second last year to Nobles, the girls were more than happy to get their revenge. Maddie Warwick (II) believes that the team “won because of the four new members to the varsity team. Mary [Ellis] (II), Caroline [Ward] (IV), and Laura [Barkowski] (III)

joined this year and then Victoria [White] (II) trained really hard over the summer to become one of our top runners.” The team stuck together, and it lead to its first ISL win since 1983. “We had awesome packs of Milton girls who stuck together throughout the race,” said Mary Ellis. “I can imagine how intimidating the big pack of orange out in front was for the other teams.” Caroline Ward agreed: “The race was great because of the tight Milton pack we had. It was so motivating to be able to see orange jerseys all around you. Teammates, coaches, and fans were all around the course, and did an awesome job cheering us on.” Cross country is a sport people outside the cross country community know little about. Many wonder why cross-country is considered a team sport. The scoring is based on the placing of the top runners from each team. For Milton, these runners were Maddie Warwick, 6th place, Emily Bosworth, 14th place, Caroline Ward, 16th, Victoria White, 17th, Lindsay Atkeson (I), 18th,

Laura Barkowski, 20th, and Mary Ellis, in 42nd. All seven placed in the top half of all varsity tournament runners. “Winning the 2012 ISL Championships has been an amazing experience,” said Laura Barkowski. “After losing to Nobles early in our season – our only loss – everyone on the team stepped up so that we could come back strong and beat them at ISLs.” To cap off Milton’s day, the Milton boys varsity team finished in second place in the ISL. Emily Bosworth remarked, “It feels so good to know that our whole team went out together and did everything we could to get the win. The varsity boys’ and JV girls’ second places make it even better too: we are the fastest school in the ISL!” “Winning the ISL was really gratifying because Milton girls cross country has not won ISLs in over thirty years,” summed up Maddie Warwick. “Our team worked really hard this season in our workouts and our meets, so winning the ISL was a perfect ending to all of our hard work.”

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Jesse Rice (I) weaves through defenders.

Lockout Dooms NHL turned away after the Players’ Association refused to accept Less than a month be- the framework of the league’s fore the expected start of the offer, or to bargain with that NHL season, the owners of offer as the baseline. The ownthe league’s franchises de- ers have rejected the union’s clared a lockout against the attempts at a resolution many members of the National times. On a more positive Hockey League Players’ As- note, the Washington Post sociation due to a disagree- claims that after two weeks of ment regarding player salary. no contact, the NHL Deputy The league has cancelled Commissioner, Bill Daly, and 327 games so far, causing fans, the Players’ Association speplayers, and owners to become cial counsel, Steve Fehr, met last Saturupset about day to disthe upcoming “The league has cancuss the key NHL season. Many fans celled 327 games so far, points separating the have started causing fans, players, two sides. to question and owners to become Eventuwhy this ally, one side lockout can’t upset about the upcomwill surely be resolved. ing NHL season.” make adThe owners’ justments to key issue is a their baseline proposed reduction of player’s guaranteed shares of the terms; failing that, no progress team’s income from 57% to can be made in resolving the under 50%. Other changes lockout. If a resolution does the owners hope to enforce not come soon, however, this include limiting contracts and season could look similar to changing the current free agen- the disastrous and non-excy rules. Unsurprisingly, the istent 2004-2005 season. By Abby Lebovitz ‘14 Sports Writer

players do not agree with any of these prospective changes to salary and negotiation rules, and these controversies are causing an intense disagreement between the two sides. At this point, the 20122013 NHL season could is scheduled to begin on December 1, 2012 but until an agreement is made the league could push the start back further. On October 18th, the union and the owners attempted to restart talks, but both sides quickly


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Humor

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Not Approved for Print 1. Joanne’s last name 2. Mr. Bland’s birth certificate 3. The JV Athlete’s Code of Conduct 4. Muslim pilot jokes 5. Anything remotely related to abortion 6. Why Jon Esty (I) is still on the Board 7. Petraeus pillow talk transcripts 8. I am Mr. Ball and So Can You 9. Administrator love triangle 10. Who is actually spitting on freshmen 11. Why the bidets were removed from campus 12. What Jeremy Mittleman (I) did with those hands before he learned to play trumpet


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