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Memorable Milton Advanced Jazz Travels to Kentucky Moments By Danielle Cahoon ‘13 jazz combo has previously apof 2011 News Writer peared at conferences in variBy Elana Golub ‘14 News Writer
At the end of every year, magazines, newspapers, and talk show review the “Best of” the past year. Such reviews pay homage to the past year and celebrate the success of the previous year as we head off to begin a new one. 2011 was a memorable year here at Milton Academy full of many firsts and many bests. The Measure has highlighted some of these moments, from New England Champions to Glow in the dark paint to Mr. Reddicks. For the complete list of the most memorable moments of 2011, turn to page 4
Photo Courtesy of Ms. Frances Scanlon
James Mchugh (I) represents Milton Jazz in Kentucky
On Thursday, January 5th, the 22 members of advanced jazz at Milton Academy joined 3,000 other musicians at the annual Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in Louisville, Kentucky where they attended daily clinics and performances as well as performed a musical tribute to the pioneers of formal jazz education, now known as the leJENds of jazz education: Jamey Abersold, David Baker, Jerry Coker, and Dan Haerle. Milton’s jazz program provides the opportunity for student musicians to travel and gain educational experience by viewing and performing jazz on a national and international level. Milton’s
ous places such as Atlanta, Anaheim, Washington, New York, Boston, and St. Louis. JEN was founded after the International Association for Jazz Education, a major jazz educational organization, fell apart as a result of bankruptcy. The JEN began extremely small with 37 members and little impact and has grown tremendously to 1,000 international members enriching the musical experiences of jazz artists all over the globe. This year’s conference theme, ‘Developing New Jazz Audiences Today!’ and the JEN mission statement, ‘To build the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance and developing new audiences’ explain how the JEN has played Continued on page 4
Owen Caine Speaks at Straus Dessert about GOP Election By Mallika Iyer ‘13 News Writer On Thursday, January 10th, Owen “Wiley” Caine ’06, older brother of former head monitor Kasey Caine ‘11, addressed a group of about thirty students and faculty about the
current GOP elections. Each month, the Public Issues Board (PIB) invites a speaker to Straus with the goal of “keeping the student body informed on the most important issues facing the country and the world,” according to co-head Martin Page. The
Owen Caine ‘06 speaks at Strauss Dessert
Amy Wood, pg. 4 Interview with Heather McGee, pg. 8
event was especially timely as it occurred on the same day that New Hampshire held the first presidential primary of the election. Caine has considerable political experience; he studied political science at the University of Southern California and he has been involved in numerous campaigns, including that of Charlie Baker, doing field operations and various other jobs. He has also worked for Ted Kennedy, where he debated the republican perspective on many issues. He currently works as a political consultant in the business world, advising companies such as Walmart and Dunkin’ Donuts. Caine, a Republican, possessed a sense of humor that allowed him to interact remarkably well with the predominantly liberal group. He discussed the concept of “surging,” a phenomenon that has been especially relevant in this current race, with six-plus Republican candidates vying for media coverage and public attention. Caine explained that Continued on page 8
The Iowa Caucus, pg. 5 The Wall of Shame, pg. 5
Heather McGee ‘97 addresses students as the MLK speaker
Heather McGee ‘97 Speaks for MLK Day By Rebecca Chernick ‘14 News Writer Heather McGee ‘97 spoke as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaker on January 11, 2012. After Milton, McGee earned a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. She currently works as the Washington Director for DEMOS, a non-profit organization that works toward a three overarching goals:
The Mentalist, pg.8 A Capella Night, pg. 9
“A more equitable economy with opportunity for all, a robust democracy in which all Americans are empowered to participate, and a strong public sector that can provide for our common interests and shared needs.” Ms. McGee spoke during Wednesday assembly about the current issue of economic inequality and how it relates to Dr. King. The Milton Measure had a chance to speak with Ms. McGee following the assembly: Continued on page 8
Boys Hockey, pg. 10 Milton Squash, pg. 11
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History has it right Just 30 years ago, people would frequently pay someone else to type up their hand-written documents. Access to computers was scarce and typing skills for the average person inadequate. However, times have changed. Now students balk at the two-page hand written essay on the SAT, and many would gladly pay someone to hand-write their typed documents. The advent of the personal computer has brought a fundamental societal shift away from hand-writing documents towards computer generated word-processing. This change has been slow yet persistent at Milton. None of us can remember a time when we had to hand-write take home essays, but merely three years ago the majority of inclass History and English essays were hand-written. Thankfully both departments have since embraced the computer labs and the wonderful computers that occupy them. Last year, the History department made another advancement in embracing technology, as it moved away from bluebooks and gave students the option to take their exam on a computer. While students were welcome to hand-write their exam, the vast majority of students opted to type their essays. The English department, however, lags behind. English students would benefit from the use of computers more than students in any other subject, but they still unable to use them for their English exams. We realize that typing is not the best choice for everyone: there are some that value the stream of consciousness that only hand-writing can provide. However, for most, typing is hugely preferable. Most notably, there is the simple fact that many students get tired from writing for so long and their handwriting deteriorates into a sequence of unreadable scribbles. But typing also has a dramatically positive effect on the structure and coherence of the essay. Most people are unable to write a perfectly worded, grammatically correct essay without revising their initial work. Hand-written essays makes the revision process difficult and messy. With the use of a computer, students would be able to make major structural edits in addition to minor ones. If a student thinks of a new idea or point that would improve his or her essay, he or she can add paragraphs to already written portions of an essay without the abundant use of asterisks and arrows. Other sections on an exam would also benefit from the use of a computer. Computer generated multiple choice not only makes grading exams much easier, but it can also give students the ability to get partial credit through second guesses. Additionally, computers are much more environmentally friendly than their blue-book counterparts. The History department has already realized the merit of using computers, and for this we praise them. We only wish for the English department to follow suite.
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From the Archives: May 6th 1971
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A Modest Proposal Margaret Holmes It must be a puzzlement indeed to those who travel through this part of the town, expecting a hushed, calm atmosphere of intellectual endeavor, to see instead the doorways, walks, allotted plots of grass, roads, and the cemetery no less, crowded with clusters of frenzied adolescent males, or females, or males and females, all in blue jeans, trying in various ways to alleviate their “boredom,” and inevitably, Wasting Blocks of Time. These adolescents eventually become so out of touch with the reality of their work that they hate school for existing, or they take to the Streets, and even the World, hoping to amuse themselves in this vagrant fashion without the embarrassment of lower-than-potential grades, or they end up at the higher institution of their third, fourth or fifth choice, where they continue with their accustomed pursuits. This widespread “boredom” does not stem from a lack of provided activities, duties, and pastimes. On the contrary, it is felt by many that the very presence of things to do generates the urge, I should say the need, to reach the lowest productivity point humanly possible. A common complaint is the lack of Flexibility. If only appealingly relevant and interesting courses were offered, academic apathy might indeed cease to exist. And this condition feeds on and nourishes itself: the longer one spends Wasting Time, the more difficult one finds it to Do What One Should. I think it is agreed by passerby, powers that be, and pupils, that this overflow of aimless time-wasters is, in the ever-teetering states of psyches and schools, detrimental both to the reputation and general smooth running of Milton Academy, and to the morales of the offenders, since they are, after all, enrolled students; therefore any expedient suggestions for making these students happy members of the school should be most welcome; and having spent ten years of my lifetime at the aforementioned Academy, much of it in the same regrettable aforementioned fashion, I find myself qualified to propose certain innovations, curricular and extra-, in Our Present Way of Life. First, may I suggest that the power of absence has been grossly underemployed? If a student deems that during the first and last weeks of every term, and for at least one day of each remaining week, his attendance is unnecessary, he will have already cut his hours at school in half. For a boarding student this may be somewhat difficult, but in these cases I suggest the nurture of a physical disability, such as chronic back trouble, necessitating prolonged bed rest. Then the whole problem of afternoon sports disappears. Day students can, provided there
is consenting parent lurking in the background, produce numerous notes, the best excuse being exhaustion. Once the fine art of being absent is perfected, the school day is pared down to the core, and all that needs reforming is the actual content of the classes. Second. In all Humanities type courses (English, foreign languages, history) the great burden of work comes in the form of papers to write. Surely (or so I am told) the Idea, abstractly conceived in that purest corner of the soul, the imagination, loses its pristine beauty when forced onto line theme paper with twoinch margins. What right has a teacher to thwart the Truth? Which is more meaningful and relevant, five hundred words on The Iliad, or a discussion of cigarette brands, where no one person dominates or oppresses the other? I suggest that, as an antidote to constrictive writing assignments, any one of a number of activities involving real participation, be acceptable substitutes. Third. The solution for the sciences and maths need hardly be uttered. Biology, Physics, Chemistry—do they heed the true emotions of a person? Do they take into account originality, or social commitment? Does thorough knowledge of the digestive tract, or the periodic table, make someone a better person? If the answers to these questions are in the negative, then should not the science requirement be abolished? And math. What will the law of cosines do for a lawyer? Or a plumber? Or a cleaning lady? Or (God forbid) a secretary? Since math seems to be unneeded, let us be rid of it. Fourth. As for the gymnastic departments, I am convinced that all members concerned are interested in more physical interaction, intermingling across that ever-fading white line. For in truth what do the laggers really do when they stray from the cemetery jogging classes. Imagine, if you can, one of these runs gone coed. Surely this spring, when the two schools have similar objectives, this joining is the natural thing. I think if my suggestions be followed there will be a change, slow to start, but gathering speed as time goes on. Nothing required. No pressure. Administration-backed boy-girl relationships. Soon students, starved for book knowledge, will flock to the library, trying to weed that uncultivated mess that is the mind. Boys will beg for help in revision of essays; girls will stand in line to use the computer. All mystery gone, the sexes will avoid each other like the proverbial plague, and those passerby will wonder why young people no longer have any fun.
The Blessings of Indolence Charles Wang ‘13 Opinion Writer For eons, parents have stressed the value of hard work to their children. Diligence has always been viewed as a model path to success, while laziness has been almost universally condemned. “Just keep watching TV while all your classmates are studying for exams,” my mom has sarcastically told me every Christmas for the last three years at Milton. With all the attention that society places on the culture of hard work, I find it worthwhile to take a step back from schoolwork and contemplate the benefits that idleness can bring.
Believe it or not, idleness has contributed to numerous inventions that make our modern civilized life possible. Benjamin Franklin once declared, “I am the laziest man in the world. I invented all those things to save myself from toil.” Many of the greatest inventions in the world have come from mankind’s laziness to perform what used to be daily tasks. For instance, when people were tired of having to meticulously think through calculations in the 1880s, William Seward Burroughs invented the first workable adding machine. While it must be acknowledged that creating such a device re-
quired diligence and effort, it was because of Burroughs’ indolence that he imagined an invention that would ultimately benefit mankind. Walter Chrysler, founder of the automotive company Chrysler, famously said “Whenever there is a hard job to be done I assign it to a lazy man; he is sure to find an easy way of doing it.” This statement couldn’t be truer. If there’s anyone that can figure out how to do something with less work, money, danger, and time, it’s going to be a lazy bum. I want to emphasize the fact that I am not condemning the act of working hard. I myself am somewhat of a worka-
holic during the school year. However, idleness is good for the mind. The moment I step on the plane back home to San Francisco, I kick into full relaxation mode. I spend more time in bed thinking and staring out the window than doing anything that could be considered as productive. While some may view these contemplative moments as a waste of time, it is good to let your mind take a break after months of rigorous school. Boarders particularly benefit from these holidays, for they can allow themselves to become dependent on their parents for a few weeks. Extreme laziness or diligence is a sign of self-worship
and selfishness; you should not have too much of either. Being blessed with more determination is a phenomenal gift. Those who are should work hard and do everything to make this world and, more importantly, their life better. Being blessed with more laziness does not mean you must search for ways to become more diligent or determined as may be suggested by our parents; rather, utilize this gift to do amazing things in better, faster and “lazier” ways. Take it from Leonardo da Vinci, whose works have stood the test of time, “Men of lofty genius are most active when they are doing the least work.”
creates endless possibilities for students to showcase their knowledge with an analytical approach, and maintains continuity with other assessments. English and History require a large number of papers completed outside of school, analyzing certain events in history or textual passages. Grades are mainly based on how well students can put their knowledge, analysis, and writing skills together in a well-crafted paper. We, as students developing certain skills throughout
the year in English and History, should be graded at midterms in a manner similar to that in which we have been graded throughout the year. Working hard and fully expressing our opinions--that’s what Milton is all about. Writing an essay unhindered by set questions in subjects like English and History allows our creativity and love of the topic to show. A paper, not a set exam, can truly show off how unique every Milton student is.
Do Exams Measure Learning? Genevieve Iwanicki ‘13 Opinion Writer Does a two-hour exam tell a teacher how much you have learned over the course of a year? For English and History, the answer is “No.” Education is defined by learning lessons, developing viewpoints, analyzing facts, all of which take time. Come exam time, each student is crammed into a rigid framework and measured using the same yardstick. Two
hour exams reduce months of learning to sound bites which in no way truly represent the breadth of knowledge gained over many months. Regurgitation in response to teacher-selected topics under the pressure of time does neither justice to a student’s hard work over the course of study nor realizes each student’s unique perspective. For some classes, like math, science, and most languages, where there is often only one right answer, having
a two hour exam makes sense. English and History, however, mix personal experience with analytical thought. Such classes may be better suited to course-long research papers where students have more freedom to express points of view and can show off months of hard work developing skills. In a paper where the only guideline is the topic, we have freedom to share our opinions, fully living up to the motto “Dare to be True”. Writing elongated papers
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Highlights of 2011 Best Dance Innovation: Glow in the Dark Paint SAA spiced up the usual back-to-school dance with a new idea: glow-in-the-dark paint. The SAA supplied body paint of various florescent colors as well as white t-shirts. Many who attended shared that this dance topped the all-time favorite Swap It.
Best Production: Chicago Chicago made its debut in May 2011 with sold-out performances. Starring Britney Owens (I) and Ale Gianino (II), this play highlighted each cast member’s stellar talents, drawing Milton students back night after night. Chicago was easily the year’s most entertaining and dazzling production.
Best SAA Activity: Slip-n-Slides and Blow-Up Race Early fall, SAA hosted a blow-up racecourse and a slip-n-slide outside on the quad. All students were encouraged to participate and it received great feedback, for the Milton Academy student body really appreciated a way to cool off from the stress and the heat.
Best Assembly: Brett Sokolow During an assembly in November, lawyer and speaker Brett Sokolow grasped the attention of every Milton student with his presentation of a trial that allowed the student body to vote on the verdict. It described the sequence of events that occurred between college students “Amy” and “Todd” one Thursday night. With his intriguing plot and audience participation, Sokolow was easily 2011’s most memorable speaker.
Best Upgrade: Lamar Reddicks - Athletic Director The long awaited transition came as we watched Mr. Reddicks become Athletic Director early 2011. Mr. Reddicks was previously the assistant director, which held many responsibilities, but now Mr. Reddicks will represent Milton sports as the face of the athletic department. All Milton athletes attest that he has done an excellent job so far.
Best Renovation: Arts and Media Center Previously used for science labs, class IV workshops, and study halls, the concrete building in the middle of campus has taken on a new role as the new Arts and Media Center. Milton art classes now take place in the “new” Arts and Media Center instead of the temporary trailers.
Best Sports Game: Hockey Championship Game Sporting a huge, supportive fan base, Milton’s Boys’ Varsity Hockey team clenched the New England Championship against Kent School to end one of the greatest hockey seasons in Milton history. This game was a huge success for Milton Academy and proved as evidence of Milton’s strength in athletics
Wood Explores Lynching in America By Kitty Lan ‘13 News Writer On Wednesday January 4th, Professor Amy Louise Wood addressed the Milton community in King Theater, delivering a presentation on the same topic as her awardwinning novel: Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 18901940. The eighth Henry R. Heyburn speaker, Professor Wood encouraged students to approach the gruesome history of lynchings from a new perspective. The Henry R. Heyburn speaker series was established in 2004 to honor the many years Mr. Heyburn spent at Milton as a student then as a parent and trustee, with the goal of exposing students to important topics beyond the context of the history classroom. Mr. Henry Heyburn Jr, who joined the upperclassmen in King, speaks fondly of his father: “My father really loved history. Not just the facts, but how they influenced people.” When asked about what he perceives to be the significance the speakers, Mr. Heyburn said that he is a strong believer in the importance of history and in “not forgetting.” This year’s Heyburn speaker, Professor Wood, is
currently a faculty member at Illinois State University. Aunt of Nick Gagnon (I), Professor Wood comes from a family of historians; her brother is a professor of art history at Yale while her father, Gordon Wood--a wellknown professor at Brown University-- has also spoken at Milton. In her presentation Professor Wood defined years 1890-1940 to be the “Lynching Era.” The speaker investigated why America witnessed the outbreak of horrific violence in those fifty years. She believes that lynching was not only a violent political act, but also a cultural one that conveyed ideals publicly. Professor Wood stated, “Amidst the rising class intensity and tremendous upheaval in the nation, Americans were pushed off farms into industrial workplaces. Modernization forced whites and blacks to intermingle.” Consequently, she saw the increase in lynching as an overt effort to stabilize white supremacy. Only after the anti-lynching groups utilized the same media in criticism of the act was lynching finally made illegal in 1944. Professor Wood also discussed the ramifications of America’s lynching history in the criminal justice sys-
tem today. In her opinion, the many biases and prejudices within the system, such as the “disproportionately represented African American population in prison and on death roll,” have certain connections to this dark period. As a close to her presentation, Professor Wood reminded us that although lynching has declined, belief in white supremacy has not completely ended. Images were also a crucial part of Professor Wood’s presentation. Prior to her arrival, the health center and the history department previewed the pictures, and Professor Wood was careful in selecting lynching images that effectively, yet appropriately, highlighted her message. Professor Wood’s speech was well received by the Milton campus. Mr. Hilgendorf stated, “when [Professor Wood] said that Milton student’s grandparents would have been living in a period in which these horrible events were taking place, she made the historical events very real.” He added, “It was a reminder to the students that the history of lynching was not so ancient.”
Jazz Trip to KY Continued from page 1 a major role in promoting jazz enthusiasm of beginning students building upon fundamental skills to aged professionals. With large attendance from all over the country united by a common passion, the JEN conference provided numerous opportunities to enhance the skills of musicians by listening to and meeting inspirational jazz musicians. Among these amazing musicians, Milton was the only non performing-arts high school invited to perform at the conference. Days beginning at 8:00am and ending 1:00am were filled with over 60 workshops, 90 concerts by famous musicians--including national recording artists such as Jamey Abersold, David Baker and Kevin Mahogany--virtual sessions, documentary videos, research presentations, panels and professional seminars. The lineup included performances throughout the day, formal 11:30 pm concerts each evening by professional groups, and student jam sessions. Clinics and panel discussions throughout the day were directed by jazz notables and included guidance on subjects such as improvisation, ensemble di-
rection, rhythm, song writing, practicing methods, and jazz history. While the vast selection of activities may seem overwhelming, Mr. Sinicrope explains, “This conference affords our students unique educational opportunities with far greater depth and breadth they could receive in our Milton classroom. The students are required to attend multiple events each day.” Matt Chen (I) emphasized the importance of these events: “The seminars during the day allow us to further investigate personal styles of jazz to compliment daily teachings of Mr. Sinicrope.” Neil Chandra, (III) a member of advanced jazz at Milton Academy commented on the benefits of the conference by saying, “The jazz program’s trip to Louisville is a great opportunity for students to taste new flavors of music and pay tribute to the veteran educators in the jazz realm.” By attending the Louisville, Kentucky conference, Milton Academy advanced jazz students were able to experience the benefits of such an enriching program and to enhance their musical styles in the Milton community.
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New Year Resolutions Monique Williams ‘13 Opinion Writer Mark Twain once said “New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.” One question seems to be asked constantly every time the New Year rolls around, What’s your new year’s resolution? The question may be asked by someone who actually cares or as a means of creating small talk, but regardless the confrontation is often inevitable. Unfortunately, some people are still recovering from late night parties to even ponder the prospect of a resolution, while others have created, edited and finalized their long list of promises. I believe there should not be a deadline for deciding the ways in which you want to improve, and resolutions should be made throughout the year. However, the New Year is convenient because it proposes an idea of the opportunity for change, the chance to truly start over, make amends, forgive old grudges and release the past. During the ten second countdown as your heart begins to race and your eyes connect with those of your new year’s kiss, you wish that by 12:01 AM you will be seeing more than you did the year before. Along with the New Year is the possibility of a New You. We all have areas of our
life that need adjusting. Many will likely make academic resolutions to cease procrastination, improve grades, make an effort to form relationships with classmates, and to strive for your definition of success. These goals can spread further than scholarly achievements. Some may like to become bolder or more amiable, to befriend a stranger, to take more risks, to be more wary, to stop criticizing others and start reflecting on yourself. Even more resolutions include making a conscious effort to sleep more or, on the other hand, participating more enthusiastically in life. The options are endless and it remains a personal decision to choose which resolution suits you. However, we all expect that after a week or two passes most resolutions will
Opinion be long forgotten; you realize that you are the same person you were in 2011 and you find it difficult to focus on changing. Do not become distressed if this happens. As Eric Zorn explains, “Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.” Although there tends to be a pessimistic, or arguably pragmatic, approach to New Year resolutions, several people do achieve their goals by the end of the year. We must try to keep our resolutions in the back of our mind year round. However, the only resolution that every person must strive for, each and every single year, is to make the best of the year to come.
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The Wall of Shame Liam White ‘14 Opinion Writer The standard-sized white envelope with your name centered on the front is skinnier than you were hoping. The emblem of the college you spent time reading about, visiting, and writing essays for is printed in the top corner. Your worst suspicions are confirmed with the very first sentence: We regret to inform you that we are not able to offer you admission to fill-in-the-blank. Milton seniors are beginning to hear back from the colleges they applied to, and unfortunately, not everyone will be accepted everywhere they apply. Though one might assume that the disappointing rejections and deferrals would be kept private, the wall next to the mailboxes begs to differ. Instead of keep their rejection letters to themselves, many Milton seniors openly post these letters by the mailboxes, where anyone passing by can see. While this tradition might seem strange, it allows the seniors to eliminate the secrecy of the college process. Posting of rejection letter is by no means required or even suggested, but the fact that so many do shows how this tradition unites the seniors who may be feeling “rejected.” After being to-
gether for almost four years, the senior class should have established a strong support system, and this wall proves that Milton seniors have. Current senior Tom Schnoor is easy-going when it comes to this tradition, remarking, “I don’t see any problem with [posting rejection letters]. People talk about college as much as they feel comfortable taking about college. No one is being pressured to put their rejection letters up there, so if people want to, I think it’s fine.” This tradition is successful because seniors can be as involved or as indifferent as they choose. In the coming months, seniors will feel great success and potentially some disappointment as they sort out their futures beyond Milton. Posting rejection letters reminds the school community that Milton’s oldest students are going through a transition process, dictated almost completely by college admissions officers. A student body led by a great senior class should be there to support seniors after rejection, and celebrate their success when they make their college decision.
The Iowa Caucus and the 2012 Presidential Race Nelson Barrette ‘13 Opinion Editor On Tuesday, January 3, the 2012 contest for the Presidency of the United States officially began with the Iowa Caucus. With President Obama all but assured the Democratic nomination, the Republican race took center stage. By the early hours of the next morning, Mitt Romney, Massachusetts’ former Governor, and Rick Santorum, a former Senator from Pennsylvania, had ended in a virtual tie with 25% each; Governor Romney edged out Senator Santorum by only 8 votes, the closest ever vote in Iowa. In third came Texas Representative Ron Paul, who won 21% of the vote. He was followed by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (13%), Texas Governor Rick Perry (10%), and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann (5%). The latter left the race
the next day. Jon Huntsman, a former Governor of Utah and President Obama’s first Ambassador to China, came in last of the major candidates, with under 1% of the vote; Huntsman had ceded Iowa to his competitors and has been focusing on New Hampshire, whose primary is the next test for the Republican field. The indecisive results from Iowa reveal the deeply divided nature of the Republican Party, even amongst an electorate that should have affirmed the GOP’s recent lurch to the right. Despite, or perhaps because, of the candidates’ constant attempts to prove their conservative credentials, Iowa Republican voters could not seem to choose between the pragmatic Romney, the socially conservative Santorum, and the Libertarian Ron Paul. Virtually all the candidates made comments which, in prior races, would have been considered unacceptably radi-
cal, and probably should still be. Perhaps most astounding was Speaker Gingrich’s insistence that child labor laws are “truly stupid,” and that poor kids should be encouraged to “...mop the floor and clean the bathroom and get paid for it” in some sort of misguided attempt to build self-esteem. This proposition is so devoid of usefulness, compassion, and common-sense that the Daily Show easily dispatched any supposed-logic underpinning it in five minutes. The former Speaker, however, was not the only Republican guilty of absurd pandering in the run-up to election day in Iowa. In a shameless and unsuccessful effort to win evangelical Christian votes, Governor Perry slandered gay soldiers, while Representative Paul, already known for his philosophical opposition to key sections of the Civil Rights Act, argued that society should have no mechanisms
other than “churches, neighbors, and friends” for dealing with seriously injured people without health insurance. Former Governor Romney shied away from ridiculous assertions, but this strategy seemed to achieve mixed results, given that he barely defeated a previously discredited former Senator from Pennsylvania whose social conservatism has led him to accuse leftleaning politics of “...[lying] at the center of the Catholic priest sex-abuse scandal.” Many media outlets, including an incensed Economist, have rightfully bemoaned the Republican Party’s inability to take moderate stands. Common-sense solutions to real national issues seem to be anathema in the GOP nominating battle; luckily, the Republican field will pay for their increasing lack of mainstream ideas in New Hampshire. When Rick Santorum compared gay-marriage to
polygamy in the Granite State, the crowd booed. The leading candidate is currently Mitt Romney, whose relative moderation in Iowa seems to be paying dividends; centrist Jon Huntsman also hopes to begin a surge in New Hampshire. A struggling Rick Perry does not even appear to be contesting the State; Ron Paul hopes to capitalize on what CNN’s John Avlon calls New Hampshire’s “libertarian instinct.” While the independent spirit of the “Live Free or Die” State will certainly help inject some reality into the Republican race, ultimately President Obama is the main beneficiary of the GOP’s lack of moderation. As the primaries move to conservative states like South Carolina, and divisions in the party continue to encourage extreme views, the President will have more time to lay the groundwork for a successful reelection in November.
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Freshman of the Week: Erik Mohl Age: 14 Gender: Male Zodiac Sign: who knows may 1 is my bday Hometown: Milton, MA What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon? With Andy Hahm and Gibson Dintersmith chilliing in Forbes Where can you usually be found on campus? Eating in Forbes When and why did you decide to come to Milton? Lifer and no idea What is your favorite thing to do outside of school? MW3, FIFA, and Baseball What are your goals for the next 4 years? Make it out of Spanish 2 Upperclassmen crush? Jess Li Courtesy of Erik Mohl
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@littleguy230: Successfully implemented the 15 minute waiting rule #YES
@mackswell_b: #1DayIWantTo hug jc smith
@mootpoint214: quoting shakespeare at 1 in the morning #miltonproblems
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Senior of the Week: Brighid Noone Age: 18 Gender: Female Zodiac Sign: Virgo Hometown: Milton, MA What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon? In a nice, relaxing tub Where can you usually be found on campus? library, studying super hard When and why did you decide to come to Milton? when Jack Platts (I) gave me a “tour” What is your favorite thing to do outside of school? If you wanna know see me IRL If you could have 1 wish what would it be? for Jack Platts (I) to break up with Courtney Lane If you could either be a platypus or a giraffe, which one would you be and why? show pony Mckean Tomkins
Academia: GOP Elections Out of those who said they were Republican... Who do you think will win the Presidential Election?
23.8 % 9.5%
Mitt Romney Rick Santorum Ron Paul Newt Gingrich Rick Perry Jon Huntsman Barack Obama
Out of those who said they were Democrats... Who do you think will win the Presidential Election?
Mitt Romney Rick Santorum Ron Paul Newt Gingrich Rick Perry Jon Huntsman Barack Obama
If I were voting in the GOP election, I would vote for
Mitt Romney Rick Santorum Ron Paul Newt Gingrich Rick Perry Jon Huntsman
Students were asked about the ongoing GOP Elections. 143 Students responded to our poll
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Mind Blowing Mind Reader
The Mentalist reads students’ minds
By Faith Pang ‘15 A&E Writer This past Friday, husband and wife mentalist act “The Evansons” came to King Theatre. Called “the finest act of its kind in the world” by NBC, the duo amazed students and faculty for several hours with their mind powers. Tessa Evanson is the mind reader with second sight, while Jeff Evans acts as emcee of the show. One of the acts that Tessa performed was on Emily Jacobs (II). Jeff asked Emily to pick a random name from her phone contact list. It didn’t matter whether he/she was in the room or not. While she was picking, Tessa turned the other way and told her to pretend to be dialing the number of the person she picked, and in a matter of seconds Tessa figured out the name Emily had picked, blowing away the stunned audience. Tessa’s final act was the most impressive of all. She
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asked Alex Hanyok (III) to step up on stage and sit in a chair. Next, she asked two of our extremely tall students, Anna Lachenauer (III) and Ike Ngwudo (II), to hold up a white sheet of cloth behind Alex. After some hypnotism from Jeff, Alex was put into a semi trance. Santiago Vivar (IV) was then told to take a picture of Alex on the count of three. When the picture came out, a smiling old man in the background met the audience. Most of us don’t believe in ghosts, but when some students saw this, they could not help but cry out in shock. Whether it was reading minds, predicting numbers on whiteboards or conjuring ghosts, the Evansons definitely left their mark on Milton Academy. This annual event is a wonderful activity, and if you didn’t get a seat this time, be sure to come out next year to watch this unforgettable show!
Continued from page 1 “once you’re a frontrunner, you can only be shot in the back.” He elaborated that no candidate is compatible with everyone, and as people’s interests change, so does the appeal of the candidate who’s in the spotlight. Surging, then, is really just a temporary rise to fame depending on where the population’s attention is most concentrated. “Maintaining the momentum,” said Caine, “is all about funding.” In response to a question speculating the purpose of the Iowa caucus, a state considered fairly unrepresentative of the nation as a whole, Caine acknowledged that the benefits of the caucus are more material: money and endorsements. The candidates themselves spent approximately four million dollars – along with press, and that whoever wins gets to
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say he won for a week. In the world of politics, these things are huge. When asked how the republican primaries will affect President Obama’s chance at reelection, Caine explained that the more time it takes for the Republican’s to choose a candidate, the more likely it is that Obama, who is a revolutionary campaigner, wins. He also noted that Obama is an excellent debater, and will be able to exploit Romney’s weaker debating skills. PIB co-head Christine Cahill felt that Caine’s visit was important because “We’re a mostly liberal school and sometimes we view Republicans almost like a caricature. PIB feels it’s really important to embrace the other side and invite speakers that can represent it well.”
Heather McGee: Mr. Banderob was just reminding me that I had some of the same concerns and values. We had Ti-82 calculators, which were 100-dollar calculators, but most kids cannot afford a 100-dollar calculator—so why didn’t we change the way we do things? And I think that it really struck Mr. Banderob that I was coming in concerned about those things. So, in a way I think the concerns that I had, and the values that I had are the same, but Milton prepared me analytically to do what is at the heart of law and public policy—argue and reason. I was on the Speech Team, which really prepared me to speak publicly in front of whoever and wherever, and I did a lot of Theatre which actually helped me be able to connect with people and communicate effectively.
as close as any introduction has even gotten. It is really emotionally overwhelming because I have a lot of attachment to this place. It’s great to connect with the students who are just as brilliant and engaged as they always were. TMM: How, specifically, have you been working toward economic equality? HM: I work at a think tank that basically does research on policy to try to articulate what the problems are in society and in our economy and also come up with solutions for how to fix them. But we can’t just write these reports and let them live on the shelf, so a big part of what I do is try to talk to different audiences, either big speeches or small meetings to try to convince people that these are problems that need solutions. I do a lot of media, and I do a lot work on Capital Hill and at the White House trying to press our point.
TMM: What was it like coming back and addressing the entire Milton community?
TMM: How do you think society can be changed to provide more equal opportunities?
HM: It was actually really emotionally overwhelming. Mr. Bland’s introduction was so sweet, it made me tear up. It was really the introduction that expressed who I am
HM: We can have a lot more universal support for things like child-care and education. I think that public higher education should be essentially free. There’s no rea-
son why banks get zero interest loans from the Fed, but our students, our future, shouldn’t get zero interest loans. I think that would do a lot. I think we also need to have stronger wage floors, (minimum wages) so that people who work all day can actually have something to take home. And I think there is the public will for a lot of these things, but I think that the most important thing we actually need to do is reform our democracy so that people in power are actually paying attention to the problems that are facing a majority of Americans, not just their campaign donors. TMM: How can students at Milton make changes in society? HM: First of all, you can really be engaged in some of these “big questions” about society. Even in Massachusetts, there is going to be an election where a lot of these questions are being talked about. You can volunteer; you can also do some exploring on your own to figure out what your values are around the economy, figure out what are some of the public solutions and public causes for some of the things that are going on in the country, and be curious about what’s happening.
3rd Annual Hoops for Haiti Basketball Tournament
On Wednesday January 19th, all Milton Academy upper school students are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Hoops for Haiti 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament!
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A Capella Night By Ashley Koo ‘14 A&E Writer As exams approach, students anticipate long hours of studying. Amid this hustle, everyone needs a bit of relaxation. A Capella Night is an entertaining way to relieve a little pre-exam stress on the Saturday night before exams. Students and faculty make sure to leave room in their schedules for a night filled with amazing performances. During the evening, the four Milton a Cappella groups (Octet, Epic, 3FU, and the Miltones) perform two songs each. Following their performances, the audience enjoys amazing shows from many college a Cappella groups. With the help of Mrs. Mundinger and Mr. Whalen, Milton is able to bring these college students to cam-
pus to share their talent with us. In the past, groups such as the Tufts University Beelzebubs, who play the Warblers on Glee, have performed. Another past performance at Milton were the Harvard Din & Tonics, whose membership include former head of 3FU Grant Jones. Brittany Owens (I), member of Octet, shared her enthusiasm about the college a Capella performances: “I think it’s great that students and faculty get to watch other a Capella groups from colleges perform. It gives the students here role models to aspire to.” The night is bound to be full of excitement, and all students are encouraged to come out and support the performers. The heads of the a Capella groups on campus
Girl with the Dragon Golden Globe Awards Tattoo Review By Kat Kulke ‘13 A&E Writer
Violence. Intrigue. Romance. A pierced, tattooed heroine as angsty as she is brilliant. Chock-full of guns, secrets, and cigarettes, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the type of movie that will steal your breath within the first five minutes of action. David Fincher’s Hollywood adaption of Steig Larsson’s best-selling trilogy entered theaters on December 20th after months of publicity and fan anticipation. The ambitious film is a thoroughly satisfying adventure that retains all of the gritty suspense that made Larsson’s series a literary phenomenon. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo follows the career of Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist in Sweden after he is convicted of libel against the wealthy businessman Hans-Erik Wennestrom. Shamed, he resolves to take a hiatus from journalism, and accepts an offer to investigate the disappearance oh Henrik Vanger’s grandaughter. In his investigation, Blomkvist is soon joined by Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. Salander holds our attention, enticing and shocking viewers throughout the movie. An avid fan of the series, I was initially anxious about the producers’ decision to cast Hollywood’s Daniel Craig (James Bond) in the leading role of Blomkvist. Many critics similarly expressed fears that features such an overex-
posed British actor would detract from the foreign elements of the story. Yet Craig masterfully captures Blomkvist’s drive and frustration as well as his charm. Rooney Mara’s performance as Salander is flawless. She captures Larsson’s unusual heroine with artistry and grit, precisely matching my mental picture of the girl as a socially withdrawn but by no means inept young woman. Fincher was not the first to adapt Larsson’s literary phenomenon to the silver screen. In 2009, Niels Arden Oplev directed the film for audiences in Sweden. The movie immediately became an international success: while the script was written in Swedish, subtitles made the features available to audiences throughout Europe and America. Even with large shoes to fill, Fincher’s adaption was successful. It embraced the foreign nature of Larsson’s tale rather than attempting to transform its unfamiliar elements. The majority of supporting actors and actresses are Swedish. Moreover, Fincher makes no attempt to conceal graphic and disturbing parts of the story: as a viewer, I admit that I closed my eyes at moments. Nevertheless, the darkness and edge of the work are what set it apart from other big-budget action and crime dramas. I would recommend this film to any fans of Larsson’s work. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has all the makings of an excellent night out- if you’re in for a thrill.
By Olivia Atwood ‘13 A&E Writer
Can you imagine living all your life with the singular goal of winning a gold ball globe earth looking thing on a marble platform? You can’t even use it--what kind of “globe” is that? Honestly, can you ever imagine pining for one of those not-functional golden globes? Alright, I can... I do. Just a little though. For those of you who don’t follow celebrity news and choose to fill your brains with intelligent things, the Golden Globes are approaching. The Golden Globes are probably the biggest honor an actor or actress can receive in their career, other than the Oscars, the Emmys, or the Tony’s. They honor the best motion pictures of the year, in addition to the actors and actresses’ outstanding performances in them. This year was stacked talent-wise in every sense of the word. Each of the best picture nominees are entirely different: The Descendants, an intense drama, The Help, an incredible story based in 1962 Mississippi, Hugo, a visual masterpiece, The Ides of March, a political thriller, Moneyball, a book-based baseball tale, and War Horse, a war drama. Not to mention the year of George Clooney: he has raked in four nominations, split between his work on both The Ides of March and The Descendants. I, personally, am definitely voting for The Help to pull in a couple of wins. I admired Octavia Spencer’s hilariously sassy and perfectly touching
performance as Minny, with her memorable line “Eat my...” (if you saw the movie, you know what I’m talking about.) Spencer also performed several of the voices on the audio tape of The Help, which I would highly recommend listening to. It’s fabulous. Her genius shined the minute I heard her through the C-D player. Other notable nominees include Rooney Mara, a newcomer to the scene with her breath-taking performance in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Mara is up against the
“This year was stacked talent-wise in every sense of the word”
legends, Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Glenn Close (Albert Noobs), Viola Davis (The Help) and Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk about Kevin), but she deserves to win. She went the whole nine yards with a complete transformation. She physically became Lisbeth, doing everything from hacking off her luscious hair to dying her eyebrows white blonde and actually piercing several parts of her body for the role. Don’t believe me? Run a quick Google search for ‘Rooney Mara transforms’. She shows intense dedication to Salander in the film as well with her desperately on edge portrayal of a character I believe to be completely opposite her true personality. And did I mention that this girl is only 26? A few more famous names in the bunch include Jonah Hill, Woody Allen, Jessica
Chastain, Brad Pitt, Shailene Woodly, Ryan Gosling, Owen Wilson, Kate Winslet, Kristen Wiig, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, and Rango, all with striking and outstanding performances in their respective movies. Many prospective viewers are also anxiously anticipating hosting by Ricky Gervais, who will be returning for a third year in the position despite the general outrage from...well, the rest of the celebrity world. Based on his last two years, I’d say this year promises to be as insulting, hilarious, and uncomfortable, if not more so, because Gervais recently revealed that those past two absolute trainwreck shows were performed sober, and he assures us that this year he plans on showing up “really drunk.” In fact, he added that “what tipped the balance was all the people saying I’d never be invited back. That’s like a red rag to a bull”, reported goldenglobes.com. That’s exactly what you look for in a host on live television: a drunken bull wanting to prove those snobby L.A. suits wrong even if it means insulting several more successful actors and actresses on live television in front of millions of viewers. Go get ‘em, Ricky. Way to stick it to the man. But don’t take it from me. Tune into the Globes Sunday January 15th at 8:00 p.m, and then we’ll talk.
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Boys Hockey Season Update By James Wang ‘12 Sports Writer The Milton Academy Boy’s hockey team has experienced both highs and lows so far this season. It is sad to say that there have been more lows than highs. The Mustangs started out with a disappointing two wins, four losses, and another loss in overtime against St. Mark’s. The only highs of the season consist of the team’s two victories against Governor’s Academy. Many of the fans abandoned hope for victory, but the team pulled through. Despite any doubt, the fans of Milton Academy helped drive the team to upset Governor’s twice in two days. Another high point of the season was playing at Frozen Fenway, which was a great experience for the school and will be remembered for years to come. Although the team fell to the mighty Nobles squad 2-6, the team had hopes after the second period, only trailing 1-2. However, Nobles hit their stride during the third period and
put the game out of reach. Despite the loss, the players seemed excited about experience. Defender Cole Richard Morrissette (II) stated, “Warming up in the outfield and seeing their facilities was a surreal experience. It was tough to take a loss, but playing on a field I admired so often as a child was a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Captain Rob O’Gara (I) said, “It was pretty crazy. I saw a baseball game there once, and being able to warm up on the warning track next to the green monster was quite an experience that I will never forget.” And lastly, senior Jon Franco shared, “It was one of the greatest experiences in my life. Playing on the field of the team I grew up watching and being able to score a goal will be something to tell the kids.” However, despite these highs, the team has faced to many lows. Earlier in the season, O’Gara stated that the team consisted mostly of new players and that they still needed to gel. While they have come a far way from
the beginning of the season, there are still two main issues behind their struggles: chemistry and discipline. O’Gara says, “I think we’ve done a good job gelling so far. But, definitely as a team, we have a long way to go in terms of discipline before we start winning.” “We need to find a good balance of discipline and increase our competitive level on and off the ice,” responded Jon Franco. It seems the team has developed a good chemistry over the past few months. O’Gara and Franco seem concerned mainly with discipline, but Morrissette still feels like there is more chemistry that needs to be built. He says, “We need to come together as a unit and finding chemistry amongst new players. We have talent and willpower, but we just need to find a way to combine it and achieve meaningful results.” We all hope that these improvements occur and that the team starts to win more frequently. But, for now, all we can do as fans is support the team on the ice.
NBA Season Review By Josh Pomper ‘13 Sports Writer After overcoming the lockout and agreeing to have an NBA season, NBA officials have gotten fans excited for the season that lies ahead. With the season underway, the NBA is filled with immense disappointments, phenomenal individual and team play, and devastating injuries. One of the biggest disappointments thus far has been the mediocre performance from last year’s champions, the Dallas Mavericks. While Dirk Nowitzki has always been the corner-stone player of this franchise, the Mavericks seem to be overly dependent on him, particularly on the offensive end. Additionally, newly acquired Lamar Odom has failed to contribute on both the offensive and defensive ends of the game. Though they are currently struggling, Dallas is bound to begin strong play similar to their championship run last year. As long as Nowitzki can maintain a high level of play, his teammates should be able to improve their performance. Additionally, a highly anticipated New York Knicks team has proven that lacking the ability to play as one cohesive unit, can success-
fully thwart the extraordinary level of talent that they posses. With a combination of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, the Knicks should be a dominant force in the Eastern Conference; yet, a basic lack of team chemistry has left them hovering around a .500 record. Perhaps more disturbing than the lack of chemistry is the lack of ownership displayed by the team’s leaders. Rather than accepting responsibility for the team’s efforts thus far, Stoudemire has called out fellow teammates. Although the Knicks can be extremely successful, if they cannot learn to play together, their season could yet again end in disappointment. Although there has been poor play throughout the league, there has also been a great deal of good team and individual basketball as well. The Miami Heat are off to a truly dominant start. Led by LeBron James, averaging 30 points a game, the Heat appear to be almost unstoppable. In addition to James, Bosh has also produced impressive stats averaging around 20 points and 9 rebounds a game. At this point it would appear that the only thing that could stifle the Heat’s successes is injury.
Some NBA teams have been subject to destructive injuries. After putting together a solid run in the playoffs last year, The Memphis Grizzlies have been severely struggling this season. This could be partly due to a torn MCL that has left Zach Randolph out for at least eight weeks. Also, San Antonio Spur’s star, Manu Ginobli’s hand injury has prevented him from playing for at least six weeks. Though the Spurs are playing pretty good basketball, having one of their star players back on the court certainly would not hurt. As the season continues, look to see teams overcome adversity and put together strong playoff runs. Though both the Knicks and the Mavericks have fallen victim to a variety of issues, the talent is there. As for the so far dominant Heat, they are only going to get better as a team. At this point it seems as though nobody can stop LeBron, and with Bosh and Wade by his side, they could very well be looking at a championship. Although off to a late start, this season has shown itself, and will continue to show itself as an action packed and exciting year of basketball.
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Anthony Sabitsky (II) battles for the puck at Fenway Park
Wildcard Weekend By Ari Spilo ‘13 Sports Writer Four wild-card games took place this past weekend: the Broncos beat the Steelers, the Texans defeated the Bengals, the Giants trampled the Falcons, and the Saints demolished the Lions. The BroncosSteelers game was close until the very last play. Going into this game, the Broncos seemed like a heavy underdog finishing the season 0-3, and they came out slow to start the game. However, quarterback Tim Tebow managed to shift the momentum of the game with 3 passes for 139 yards, and a touchdown in the second quarter alone. His play gave the Broncos a 20-6 lead early in the 3rd quarter, but he didn’t contribute much after that. The Steelers managed to rally and send the game to overtime, where the main event began. The Broncos won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball. After the kick return, Tebow and WR Demaryius Thomas managed to connect for an 80 yard play action pass, but that description doesn’t do the play justice. Tebow threw a perfect ball and Thomas managed to haul it in, stiff arm Ike Taylor, and outrun Ryan Mundy to end the game in the fastest overtime victory in NFL history. The Broncos will play the Patriots this coming Sunday. The Texans - Bengals game was a blowout, but despite the fact that the Texans won 31-10, it was the Bengals who struck first on a one yard rushing touchdown by Cedric Benson. Houston replied with an 8 yard rushing touchdown from Arian Foster. In the second quarter, J.J.
Watt, a defensive end, made a beautiful catch to pick off the Bengal’s QB, Andy Dalton, and run the ball back 29 yards for a touchdown. Houston had a 17-10 lead going into half time and from then on the game was a blow out. The Texans defeated the Bengals easily and earned their first playoff win in franchise history. They will be playing the Baltimore Ravens next week. The Giants-Falcons game began a close one, but the Giants ended up defeating the Falcons 24-2 for an easy victory. The Falcons got on the scoreboard first due to a bad play by Eli Manning. He was penalized for intentional grounding in the end zone, which resulted in a safety for the Falcons, but those were the only points the Falcons scored. The Giants defense played impeccably for the rest of this game and didn’t let the Falcons capitalize on any of their 3 fourth down attempts. The Giants will be playing the Green Bay Packers next week. Drew Brees, the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, delivered an absolutely flawless performance in the Saints blowout of the Lions. He threw for 466 yards and 3 touchdowns, and the Lions just could not keep up with him. Despite that, the Saints had no solution for Calvin Johnson who accounted for 211 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on his own. The New Orleans running backs were also huge contributors to the game, accounting for 3 touchdowns and 117 yards. The entire New Orleans offense looked unstoppable this past Sunday and it will be interesting to see if the San Francisco 49’ers can stop them next Sunday.
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Milton Boys and Girls Squash By Charlie Blasberg ‘14 Sports Writer Milton Academy consistently boasts strong and popular basketball and hockey teams that highlight the winter seasons; however, this year, Milton’s boys’ and girls’ squash teams are among the strongest winter teams on campus. The boys’ team, captained by Tucker Hamlin (II) and Will McBrian (II) is currently 4-0, after beating Portsmouth Abbey and Middlesex both 7-0, and taking down powerhouses Exeter and Deerfield. In the second week of the season, the team placed 2nd at Brooks’s annual Jackson Tournament, in which each team from the ISL competes. Tucker Hamlin simply says, “We’re excited to be off to such a good start, but we’re not surprised. It is no coincidence that we’ve been winning. We have the depth, the talent,
but most of all- the determination.” Though the team is riding a notable winning streak, nobody is becoming complacent. Cody Cortes (III), who plays third for the squad, says, “We are constantly pushing each other to be the best team we can be. People come to practice early and stay late. A lot of teams would be happy with 2nd in the ISL, but by no means are we happy with that.” One of the highlight players on the team is the young freshman phenom, Carson Spahr (IV), who has earned himself the #2 spot on the ladder in this early part of the season. He sees a lot of older, more physical players in matches, especially against the bigger schools, such as Exeter and Deerfield, and his finesse has kept him in very close competition with some of the best players in the ISL. As the season continues, look to see the boys build off their
undefeated season thus far. On the other end of the spectrum, the girls’ team, coached by Chris Kan, a member of the admissions department, and led by captains Lillie Simourian (II) and Sophie Hoffman (I), has lost only one match this season and that was against a Deerfield team predicted to make a strong run at nationals this year. They crushed both Exeter and St. Mark’s, 5-2 and 6-1, respectively. Perhaps a product of their winning record is that the girls’ team emits a very positive vibe. Molly Gilmore says, “I really enjoy the team. We work hard but we have a lot of fun at the same time.” Haley Connor (III), who plays #1 for the team, thinks the girls show a lot of promise not only for this season, but for future seasons as well, as there are only two seniors on the varsity team. Both the Boy’s and Girl’s
Bruins Versus Canucks By Sam Barret-Cotter ‘13 Sports Writer In a much-hyped rematch of June’s Stanley Cup Finals, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-3. As expected, six and a half months did nothing to stifle the emotion created by last season’s championship, as Saturday’s matinee was filled with countless penalties, a penalty shot, fights, and two ejections. The Canucks, complete with super stars - such as the Sedin twins and former Bruin Ryan Kesler, a pretty style of play, and the league’s best power play, could not be more different than the Bruins with their trademark glorified blue-collar game play and even strength dominance, but these differences do not get in the way of their hatred for each other. Not four minutes in, Bruins’ 4th line winger Daniel Paille and the Canucks’ Alex Burrows (of the infamous bite on Patrice Bergeron last June) got into a shouting match, culminating with Burrows landing a stick to the neck of Paille, a la Marty McSorley. Shawn Thornton, in typical Bruin fashion, quickly rushed to defend his teammate, only to be attacked by three other Canuck’s joining in on the scrum. While Thornton was turned into a human punching bag, NHL disgrace Maxim Lapierre jumped
on the defenseless Thornton’s back as he was brutally pummeled from all angles. Milan Lucic and company soon came to Thornton’s defense, each Bruin choosing a Canuck to pull from the pile. Lucic would subsequently be ejected for violating league rule that no player can come off the bench to incite a fight of any sort. However, after the game the league officially cleared Lu-
the pink hat Bruins fan knows that, should the Canucks have lost, 1st string goaltender Roberto Luongo would not get his feelings hurt. Emotions simmered from there, and the game resumed. Rich Peverly gave the Bruins their only lead of the game off an offensive zone steal to open the 2nd period scoring. Burrows then tied the game at 15:21. Marchand was ejected,
“Even the pink hat Bruins fan knows that, should the Canucks have lost, 1st string goaltender Roberto Luongo would not get his feelings hurt.” cic’s ejection from his record. Vancouver struck first on Kesler’s power play goal 5:41 into the opening period. Kesler, voted the league’s best defensive forward of the 2010-11 season, was hindered by an upper body injury during the cup finals last spring, likely resulting in his muchmaligned soft performance. His response to the criticism; however, was quickly erased by Bruin Brad Marchand, who slipped a Tyler Seguin feed through the five hole of Massachusetts native and Boston College alumnus Corey Schneider. Before the game, Vancouver Coach Alain Vigneault claimed Schneider would get the start so that he could play in front of his family. Even
and later suspended for 5 games, for his hit evasion on defenseman Sammy Salo, who suffered a concussion on the play and did not return. Scoring twice, Vancouver capitalized on the ensuing 5 minute, non-releasable major for Marchand’s questionable play. David Krejci brought the Bruins to within one on a nifty backhand, but the Bruins’ scoring would end there, and the Canucks would take the victory in a game that lacked pace and extended even strength play. It is too soon to be sure, but do not rule out a 2012 Stanley Cup final between these two red-hot rivals.
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Charlotte Ross (II) jumps for a backhand
squash teams fly under the radar most years, but look to support both teams through-
out the season as they continue to dominate the league.
Swim and Dive By Josh Ellis ‘13 Sports Writer Although Milton has a pool, the Aquastangs’ splashes can be heard from their off campus practice facility. Many do not know that swimming and diving are legitimate sports, requiring athleticism, mental drive, and calm spirit. The team, in past years has not varied too much, as the swimmers they lost were replaced with newcomers who helped the team score points and foster a fun environment. The team practices and hosts home meets at UMass Boston, just 6 miles from the Milton campus. Practices consist of both dry-land and inwater training. Coaches Bob Tyler and James LaRochelle stand on the pool deck, watching and critiquing the technique of their swimmers. A better swimming technique can drastically improve the times of a swimmer, making him or her better and faster. Chaplain Suzanne DeBuhr and Kristi Jacobi help perfect their divers dives. Both teams strive to find each individual’s highest potential, while encouraging each athlete to have fun. These team goals are visible at their meets, with teammates lined up and down the pool cheerfully screaming for their fellow teammate. Win, lose or draw, Milton Aquatics maintains a supportive, spirited environment that helps each swimmer or diver achieve personal greatness.
Thus far, Milton Aquatics has had some successful swimming and diving, with Captain Erin Yang (I) leading the team in points scored. Yang’s leadership is second to none, with her dominance in the pool providing ample inspiration for her fellow swimmers. Other notable swimmers on the girls’ side are Kasia Ifill (II), who swims in the relays and the 100-yard butterfly, Anna Zhang (II) and Zoe Kurtz (II), who swim long-distance freestyle, Maura Gately (II), who swims short distance freestyle, and Genevieve Iwanicki (II). On the boys’ side, Eric Zhang (III) remains a force to be reckoned with in the water. Zhang places near the top in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. Other notable swimmers on the boys’ team are Shun Hagiwara (II), who swims the 100yard butterfly, Derek Low (III), who swims in the relays and the 100 yard breaststroke, Captain Vince Kennedy (I), who swims short-distance freestyle, and Rex Li (III). The rest of the season looks promising for the boys and girls of Milton Aquatics. With plenty of the races left in the season, swimmers and divers hope to improve upon their personal records, ultimately peaking at the end of the season when Milton Aquatics ventures to Eastern’s and New England’s. Go Aquastangs!
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Fifteen Terrible Things to do While Taking an Exam 1. Breathe loudly through your nose 2. Live tweet your answers 3. Order a buff-chic calzone, sliced, with two bleu cheeses 4. Answer every question on your econ test with 9-9-9 5. Blow a Vuvuzela at the fifteen minute mark 6. Waterboard your neighbor 7. Skin a mustang (third time’s the charm) 8. Answer every question as if it were multiple choice 9. Mistake your dad’s Cialis for your Adderall 10. Tebow after you answer every question 11. Answer in palindromes 12. racecar 13. Reenact the final scene from Dead Poets Society 14. End each essay with “real talk” 15. Cheat off of Christian Castillo (I)