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Vol CXVII Num. 8
Students Respond to “Occupy” By Rebecca Chernick ‘14 News Writer
Members of the “Occupy” movement protest in Boston
As the Occupy Movement gains more national attention, Milton students have become increasingly interested in its affairs. Students attending a Straus Dessert on Tuesday, November 29th, where Public Issues Board invited three Occupy Boston activists to discuss the Occupy Boston movement with Mr. Hilgendorf, expressed mixed views of the movement. At the Dessert, the three Occupy Boston activists explained the rationale behind the movement and their reasons for supporting it, while Mr. Hilgendorf discussed the similarities and differences between the Occupy Boston movement and the Civil Rights and Anti-
Vietnam War movements. The night was widely well-received by students. Meg Broderick (I) shared, “The number of people there and the fact that it ran an hour long show that at least some of the Milton community is interested in the movement.” Mr. Hilgendorf added, “There was clearly a lively discussion between our four panelists and the student body and students left quite engaged and animated over the ideas discussed.” Many students expressed interest in Occupy Boston at the Straus Dessert, whether they agreed or disagreed with the movement. Russell Clarida (IV) explained that Milton students conveyed differing views: “some resonated with the movement, while others disagreed, al-
ways in a respectful manner.” Russell added, “Occupy Boston interested me because of its proximity to the school and because of the problems it is attempting to bring into the public forum.” While Russell criticized the movement for being slightly disorganized, he shared that learning about the movement by attending a Straus Dessert “is important because the movement is full of dedicated people who want to change a corrupt and predatory financial system.” Russell said he left the Dessert with a new understanding of the movement: “the Occupy Movement is really a disorganized brand name whose main purpose is to slightly hassle people enough to bring ideas into Continued on page 5
Gotcha Returns After Suspension By Nate Daniel ‘12 and Ben Scharfstein ‘12
Senior Editor, Editor-in-Chief This Monday, head monitors Tom Schnoor and Molly Gilmore announced the return of Gotcha, which had been terminated abruptly to the dismay of the student body. On Monday, November 14th Mr. Ball made an announcement to end Gotcha, citing serious safety violations as well as the constant disruption of classes as his primary concerns. Almost immediately after the email was sent, students began speculating as to the reason for the cancellation and later postponement. A commonly held theory was that a specific incident involving a freshman girl suffering a concussion after chasing a sophomore boy was the principal reason for the email. However, Ball admits that he “didn’t hear about that story until the day after” the email was sent. The complaints of several teachers had a far more direct effect on his decision, noted Mr. Ball. Gotcha, with all of its panic, pande-
monium and paranoia, made it difficult to conduct classes with students’ full attention, especially at the beginning and end of class when students were busy planning escape routes and avoiding taggers. Ball cites issues about safety, specifically regarding Centre Street, as his principle concern and “an important factor in his thinking.” This year, a new rule was instituted that disallowed tagging on or around Centre Street. “The reason for the rule concerning Centre Street was because of last year,” said Ball. “We were trying to address concerns that we had detected… and the margin for error is not really one we want to test.” In his second email to students titled “Gotcha, revisited,” Ball cited “concerns about respect for the rules of the game, respect for the spirit of the game, and respect for [the] academic mission of the school.” All three factors, he says, contributed to the games postponement. Ball said that even if “only 100 students, approximately Continued on page 5
Deann Borshay Liem, pg. 4 Smart Phones, pg. 4 Technology at Milton, pg. 5
Participants of “No Pants December”
No Pants December at Milton By Danielle Cahoon ‘13 News Writer Amongst the snow-angels, snowflakes and Holiday cheer, the month of December is home to a less customary celebration: No Pants December. According to Swarthmore College’s Daily Gazette, the trend of ‘No Pants December’ began amongst a group of students in 2008 and has continued and grown with the help of friends and Facebook in the years since then. This year several students
Value of College, pg. 3 Reassessing the GOP, pg. 8 Occupy Wall Street, pg. 8
launched No Pants December here at Milton Academy. Jane Ghublikian, Gina Starfield, Christine Cahill, Deema Dahleh, Libby Perold, Shannon Reilly and Nicole Rufus (all of Class I) made a commitment to go ‘pantless’ from December 1st through the start of Winter break, December 15th. Banned articles of clothing include jeggings, yoga pants, sweatpants, jeans, leggings with pockets or belt-loops and anything other article of clothing with the word ‘pants’ in its name. For those who choose their daily outfits in a lacka-
Nesto Gallery, pg.9 Student Recital, pg. 9 One Acts, pg. 9
daisical manner and those who aim to dress warmly, No Pants December is an extremely difficult task. However, these girls have proven that they’re up to the challenge by further restricting their wardrobe to shorts, dresses, skirts, tights and spandex leggings. Though the challenge may seem difficult and pointless, No Pants December is a creative way to explore fashion and enjoy the last few days of school before winter break. Gina Starfield (Class I), regards it as “a great way Continued on page 4
Top Ten Athletes, pg. 10 Top Five Moments, pg. 10 Winter Sports Preview, pg. 11
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Vespers Invitation Sends Wrong Message
Editors-in-Chief Benjamin Scharfstein ‘12 and Gina Starfield ‘12
This past Tuesday, Milton Academy Chaplin Suzanne DeBuhr in conjunction with Mr. Bland sent out an email to the class conferences which “extend[ed] a personal invitation...to [students] to attend Milton’s annual Holiday Vespers service on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 6pm in the chapel.”After a brief description of the event as “explicitly Christian” and a disclaimer explaining the service “reflects the inclusive spirit and symbolism of this holiday,” the email also invited students to “the Head of School’s house for cider and cookies to celebrate this time of year.” While the Vespers and the celebration at Mr. Bland’s house may have been well intended, we found the invitation and phrasing of the event uncomfortable and inappropriate. Mr. Bland is certainly making a nice gesture to the student body by inviting students to his home directly after the service. In a season of festivities, he is exhibiting personal investment in getting to know students and becoming approachable by opening up his home. Yet, Mr. Bland invited students to his home in his capacity as Head of School and, in doing so, displayed the schools preference towards one religion. By inviting students to attend Vespers and then inviting students to his home to seemingly continue the celebration, Mr. Bland is directly affiliating the school with the “explicitly Christian” service. When acting as Head of School, Mr. Bland represents the entire institution, not just his own personal beliefs. We are not suggesting that Mr. Bland needs to emulate President Obama, who hosted a Passover Seder at the White House despite being a Christian himself. To ask a school headmaster to honor all religious traditions, even if he does not himself subscribe to them, is unnecessary. However, we do feel that Mr. Bland, in endorsing an explicitly Christian celebration, may have inadvertently sent the wrong message to the student body that the school prefers one religion over another. As the headmaster of the school, it is his duty to ensure that his actions, no matter how well-intentioned, don’t endorse one religious belief or view over another, and that students and student organizations play the primary role in organizing and leading religious functions. We are troubled that Mr. Bland and Ms. DeBuhr are hosting and sponsoring the Vespers service instead of the Christian Fellowship. While Ms. DeBuhr said the service is “inclusive,” she also called it “explicitly Christian.” Every year, specific religious events are hosted on campus. However it is the student affinity clubs, and not the school, that hosts these services and events. We think it would have been more appropriate for Vespers to have been hosted by Christian Fellowship to erase any doubt about the school’s affiliations. We would have liked Mr. Bland to have personally invited students to his home in a separate email from the Vespers invitation so that the gathering would be interpreted as more of a celebration of all holidays, not just Christmas. We believe there is an important distinction between Mr. Bland representing the institution and Mr. Bland representing himself. We hope that all future religious events will be hosted by student affinity groups instead of the school.
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Crossing Guard Tries to Reduce Hazards By Perry Papp Carol Murphy is a figure many students encounter on the way to school every morning. She is the crossing guard, stationed on Centre Street at the crosswalk in front of Ware Hall. Murphy is the prime example of measures taken by the school and the town of Milton to ensure the safety of Milton Academy students. Centre Street is one of Milton’s main thoroughfares and a major route to the Southeast Expressway for many suburban commuters. Last year, in response to the efforts of Director of Facilities John Jennings and a letter from Mark Denneen, Class I, then secretary of the S.G.A, the town authorized funds to be used for a crossing guard at MA. Originally the guard was placed at the intersection of Centre Street and Randolph Avenue, with the intent of providing safer passage to school for girl boarders. However, this situation bred much discontent, as it caused major traffic problems. Ed O’Riordan, Class I, who regularly drives to school from his Quincy residence, said, “Girl boarders have a three-minute walk. Some people have an hour drive. It’s not fair for them to be made late.” Many girl boarders also did not feel the crossing guard was beneficial. As Melissa Glen, Class I, stated, “We couldn’t cross the street when we wanted to.” This year Murphy has been placed at the crosswalk in front of Ware Hall, which has somewhat ameliorated traffic problems. Jennings feels the town has been very cooperative, as a crossing guard is technically required for an elementary school, which the majority of MA students do not attend. Jennings
would rather see the crossing guard at the intersection of Centre Street and Randolph Avenue, but, he said, the town would not keep her there. Jennings feels many drivers are careless, often completely disregarding the 20 m.p.h. speed limit in the school zone, but he also stated that students do not take enough responsibility to ensure their own safety. Jennings is “amazed that kids aren’t hurt” as many over-assertive students cross the street without paying attention to oncoming traffic. Jennings is pleased with the yellow cones which have been installed this year, saying they are very effective in making drivers aware that they are passing through a school zone and should slow down. (The cones, however, have recently been destroyed by speeding drivers, and have had to be re-ordered. Jennings expects the new cones to arrive in January). According to Denneen, “The town should be looking at ways to reduce the traffic flow on Centre Street during commuting hours.” Murphy feels the morning situation at MA is “frantic. It seems like people come out of the woodwork.” Murphy stated that most students are polite, although she gets the impression that older students resent being crossed. Also, Murphy said drivers are very impatient, wanting to make the green light at Randolph Avenue. Murphy likes her job, but she has some gripes. She objects to parents who stop in the middle of the road to drop off students rather than using the driveways, and she does not like breathing exhaust fumes from passing cars. Although last year’s problems have improved, many students are not happy with the situation. O’Riordan reiterated his displeasure, saying, “The crossing guard waits until every kid in sight gets across before she lets the cars through.” Christine Bruckner, Class I, stated, “We don’t need her.” Denneen feels the town has been very helpful in trying to solve the dangers of crossing Centre Street. However, drivers’ impatience, and the common sentiment among students that Centre Street is MA’s exclusive domain, create a hazard to the school’s and the community’s safety.
Is College Worth the Price? By Charles Wang ‘13 Opinion Writer A college education has always been assumed to be the foolproof path to obtaining a successful and stable career. This idea has been reinforced by the statistics released every year, illustrating that college graduates earn more than high school graduates. However, many, including the ever-growing Occupy movement, are questioning whether our society has too much of a focus on a college education. Why graduate with $200,000 worth of student loans when you acquired no marketable skills? In a survey conducted last spring by Pew Research Center, 57% of Americans said that the higher education system in the United States fails to provide students with good value for the money they and their families spend. 75% of those people said that college is too expensive for most Americans to afford. These statistics are not surprising given that the average student loan debt has risen to around $24,000 per student, making the total student debt projected to pass $1
trillion this year. For the first time ever, student loan debt has surpassed credit-card debt in the United States. James Altucher, director of Formula Capital, finds this statistic disheartening, stating that “kids have become indentured servants, taking jobs and pursuing careers they don’t necessarily want.” He believes that students who do not continue their education after high school get a “five-year head start over their peers” and “figure out how to make a lot more money” while also
providing scholarships to kids that have the audacity to drop out of college and pursue an entrepreneurial career on their own. In fact, some of the most powerful individuals in the world never finished their college education, including Larry Ellison (Oracle), Michael Dell (Dell), Steve Jobs (Apple), Bill Gates (Microsoft) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook). However, these are only a few of the 86.68% of people aged 25 and over in the US that have had uncompleted or simply no college educa-
“Why are our parents going to pay $200,000 of college tuition?” not being held back by having to “deal with massive debt.” Though the idea of only fulfilling a secondary level education is often stigmatized, there is some logic behind Altucher’s opinion. PayPal’s billionaire cofounder, Peter Thiel, supports Altucher and is actually
tion. To say that you will strike it big with a startup company after finishing high school is as foolish as hoping you will win the lottery. Yet it is naive to assume that a liberal arts education is right for everyone. In fact, only 55% of college graduates say their college educa-
tion prepared them for their first job. We might be better served by focusing our energy on vocational schools that give people real marketable skills, as opposed to a broad, general education that might not pay off. For a student at Milton Academy, one of the top college-preparatory schools in the country, dropping out after high school or not going to college is not really an option. We boast an incredibly high percentage of students who move onto world-renowned colleges and eventually successful careers. Undoubtedly, most Milton alumni fall into the 86% of college graduates who view the college experience positively. However, not everyone is so lucky. So while college is almost surely the best choice for Milton students, we must realize that it is not the best choice for everybody. Unless we make a societal shift towards more skilled, non-college graduates, our nation will remain in a perpetual spiral of student loans and uncontrolled debt.
Eurozone Crisis By Rajan Davae ‘15 Opinion Writer The Eurozone is a group of 17 European countries that share a single currency, the Euro (€), which is managed by the European Central Bank. The Eurozone’s initial purpose was to make international trade among its members easy and to link European into one trading power. It is a unique kind of union; its members have their own economies but a common monetary policy. In effect, all Eurozone economies, whether successful or not, are tied together. The Eurozone’s underlying problem is thus that the collapse of one economy negatively affects the entire union. Measures are in place to prevent collapse. In order to be a Eurozone member, a country must have debt less than 60% of its GDP. In 2001, Greece was accepted into the Eurozone under that condition; by 2010, however, Greece’s debt had ballooned to 150% of GDP. Greece’s debt grew at an astounding rate due to uncontrolled spending and borrowing. In addition, Greece’s use of the Euro allowed it to Continued on page 8
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Senior Girls Take No Pants Challenge Continued from page 1 to have some fun during the three weeks where the work is piling up. It keeps the atmosphere light and humorous. It is also a great way to be spirited in the holiday season with friends. It’s something we can all do together.” In addition to severely restricting their daily wardrobe, Milton competitors decided to give the event a competitive flair by adding a consequence for breaking the pact; the loser will be forced to wear a swapit purchased pair of fruitdecorated pajama pants for two weeks—the ultimate form of embarrassment. The days before win-
ter break at Milton Academy are typically marked by stressful studying and nervous anticipation of the grueling exams in January. However, we naturally find ways to take our mind off of these pressures with annual traditions submerging us in the holiday spirit such as caroling, decorating, gift exchange and this year, a healthy game of Gotcha. With the enthusiasm and dedication of the seven Class I participants of ‘No Pants December,’ we may have another annual fun-filled, diverting, unifying, spirited and unique Milton Academy ritual on our hands.
Libby Perold (I) and Christine Cahill (I)
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Battle of Smartphones By Rachael Allen ‘14 News Writer We are constantly glued to our phones, even as we walk across the street. Yet, with technology rapidly advancing, there is always a shiny new phone, better than the one in our hand, that we long for. Despite the immense increase in the popularity of the BlackBerry last year, iPhones and Androids have now taken over. BlackBerry sales are struggling, as they attempt to keep up with the Android and especially the iPhone. As the Wall Street Journal covered on December 3rd, RIM (Research in Motion-BlackBerry’s Maker) has lost half a billion dollars in unsold or discounted BlackBerry PlayBooks, while the Apple iPad’s sales have steadily increased. Especially after the BlackBerry server RIM crashed this October, leaving BlackBerry owners around the world isolated without instant messaging or Internet for four days, many BlackBerry owners seriously considered switching phones. However, even before this crash, many previously loyal BlackBerry customers contemplated jumping on the Apple bandwagon. Many companies are making the change from BlackBerrys to iPhones for work. The more user-friendly, straight forward aspect of the iPhone is beneficial
for companies. Tekiworld. com predicts that once the banks switch over to iPhones, other wavering professionals will follow suit. Not only does this switch affect businesses, but it is also affects the community in general. Milton students attest that BlackBerrys are becoming less and less popular, while iPhones reign and Androids steadily gain popularity. The iPhone is much more usable with its easy touch screen, easy to access apps, and high-quality cam-
it was time to switch. She describes why she loves her Androidin with a few simple words: “Shiny. Large screen. Useful apps. Kickstand.” While the Android and iPhones both have apps, “the Android is more customizable,” Ngyuen says, showing the widgets, wallpaper, changeable keyboard, and music on her phone. The Android, however, also has its flaws; its inability to sync to iTunes discourages people from buying the phone. One students complains, “It just makes
“Milton students attest that BlackBerys are becoming less and less popular, while iPhones reign and Androids steadily gain popularity.” era. Mykayla Sandler (III) states that, compared to her previous phone, the BlackBerry Curve, the iPhone “can do so much more and does not crack or freeze like her old Blackberry.” In addition, with the myriad of apps, the speedy internet, and the music aspect, Sandler relates, “the iPhone is more fun… [than] the professional and boring BlackBerry”. The Android is also starting to make its mark on our school. When her 2006 Red Razor stopped working, Titania Ngyuen (III) figured
music too complicated.” It seems that while Androids, iPhones, and BlackBerries all have their pros and cons, the BlackBerry’s popularity is gradually decreasing, due to Androids and iPhones surpassing in technological advancement. If even BlackBerry smart phones are losing their innovation, old flip phone and qwerty-boards are falling even further behind from the ever improving Motorola and Apple products. As one student says, “soon our phones will just be miniature, handheld robots.”
Deann Liem Speaker Preview By Elana Golub ‘14 News Writer On Wednesday, December 14th, Korean-born filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem, this year’s Hong Kong Distinguished Speaker, will address the Milton Academy upperclassmen. The Hong Kong Distinguished Lecture Series was instituted in 1998 to “raise issues of concern in Asia and to help us better understand those issues as well as the cultures, art, and history of Asian countries.” This year’s speaker offers a particularly intriguing story. Nominated for an Emmy, Deann Borshay Liem has directed, produced, and written multiple films that reflect difficult problems across the globe, such as adoption or expatriation. Deann has received numerous awards from film festi-
vals; her latest film, In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, won her Best Director and Best Editing at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. According to Ms. WuWong, head of the Milton history department and faculty advisor of Asian Society, “The experience of Korean adoptees has been quite different from the experience of Chinese adoptees.” She believes that this speaker would be of interest to students and faculty alike “since our student population of Asian adoptees has been growing over the past several years.” The Matter of Cha Jung Hee is an autobiographical film that outlines Deann’s struggle to discover her true identity. At the young age of eight, Ms. Borshay Liem was forced to lie to her new American family about her real name so that she could be adopted. Living most of
her life as “Cha Jung Hee,” Liem felt as if she was always hiding behind the character of her “double,” whose place she took in America. Now, a nearly fifty-yearold Liem returns to her home country in the search of the real Cha Jung Hee. This speaker series is not only a generous gift to the Milton community, but also a demonstration of the solid relationship that Milton Academy holds with its Hong Kong-born graduates. “These alumni felt it was important that they demonstrate their gratitude for their Milton experience and help Milton educate its community about Asia and Asian issues,” says Ms. WuWong. She adds, “I would hope that this speakers series serves as a model for other alumni associations.”
Deann Borshay Liem
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Teachers’ Use of Technology at Milton By Neil Chandra ‘14 News Writer Technology is, without a doubt, an underlying, vital and ever-growing aspect of the Milton experience. Every year, the technological opportunities in the classroom become more prevalent, although not all teachers choose to take advantage of these opportunities. Teachers like Mr. Kernohan and Mr. Lou use this technology to enhance their ability to reach students and convey critical concepts. Just as our society adapts to the various opportunities presented by a growing and improving technological presence, our school grasps these opportunities with heed. The most obvious example of these opportunities lies in the SMART board. These boards can already
be found in many classrooms, between taking notes and ob- sess their knowledge of the and it is very likely that they serving the lesson on hand. material but also instill an Science teacher Jim Ker- interactive, game-like atwill outnumber whiteboards and chalkboards in the near nohan utilizes this type of mosphere within the bounds future. The board’s role as technology in class every of the class curriculum. Similarly, history teacha projector incorporates the day. Using handsets to anpossibility of a computer- swer questions, students can er Michael Lou, a first-year based curriculum as well as participate in a class discus- SMART board user, has found the eliminatdevice to ing the be versatile need for “Technology allows teachers to group and thoughtthe purinformation from the far reaches of any provoking, chase of database and present them in a clear saying that chalk, “it’s all at my markers and comprehensive manner” fingertips… and even and it also cleaning helps with utilities. This relatively new fa- sion and not feel pressured to the classroom conversacility expands the inherent submit their answer in front tion, because there are so easily accessible capabilities of any teacher: of the entire class. Mr. Ker- many the vast knowledge of the nohan mentions that even peripherals right there.” As the experiences web resides in an instantly if a student submits an inpresentable manner at the correct answer “they’re not of these teachers demonteacher’s fingertips; and even embarrassed, but they know strate, this particular techthe ability to take notes, save that they need extra help.” nology allows teachers to them and then post them to The clicker questions group information from the FirstClass, frees students not only provide students far reaches of any database from dividing their attention with the opportunity to as- and present them in a clear
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Continued from page 1 the mainstream. It is an interesting concept, and one that I did not understand before.” Nicole Rufus (I) agreed that the movement is important in bringing about national attention. She said, “The occupation movements are the first time in our lifetimes that we’ve seen such a large movement towards an important cause. I’m a supporter of the movement as a protest of injustice and inequality, but I do not believe in the movement as a means of substantial change.” Some students, however, found Occupy Boston an interesting event for other reasons. Ari Spilo (II) said, “I am interested in Occupy Boston because I find the majority of their principles to be ridiculous.” Ari added that he “learned more about the principles and ideas that the Occupy campaigns are founded on, but agreed with very few things that the speakers said.” For instance, he noted that the issue of government corruption was a key point made by the speakers, but says that, “corruption is a very hard thing to prevent.” On the other hand, some students did not support either side and attended the Straus Dessert merely to learn more about the movement in general. Meg said, “ I went to the Straus Dessert on Tuesday because I felt like I wasn’t educated about the Occupy
movement.” Meg stated that before the Dessert she was “writing them off as a bunch of losers in tents without having heard their perspective on why they were there.” She was motivated to go to the Dessert because she is now able to vote, and added, “The fact that I’m really not very educated about current events scares me because it proves how people can have an impact without knowing what they are talking about.” What some students found most interesting about the meeting was the tone,
students lack the fundamental “empathy” to “be open minded enough to really engage in thoughtful discussion about the movement.” However, she goes on to add that she thinks “some are interested in [Occupy Boston] for genuine reasons, whether those reasons are in agreement or disagreement with the movement.” Views about the movement on campus are certainly mixed. Yet, the overall response to the Dessert was that it provided a much needed forum for students to learn
“I am interested in Occupy Boston because I find the majority of their principles ridiculous.” - Ari Spilo which Nicole found to be “very telling of Milton.” She said, “I was shocked to see how disrespectful and hostile some of the students were toward our guests. Many didn’t come for the exchange of ideas, but only to argue and belittle”. Disappointed with the comments of some students, Nicole asserted, “What resonated with me the most was when one of the speakers asked a student if he thought greed was bad and the student replied no.” She believes that some
more about the movement and express their own opinions. Meg expressed this response, commenting,“I’d never been to a Straus Dessert before, and loved it. I thought that the speakers were really interesting and the students were engaged and passionate about what they were saying. The majority of the people there were open to different opinions rather than set in their mindset which made it a true discussion.”
and comprehensive manner, which enables them to forgo any wasted time spent searching through texts. Despite this increase in efficiency, some students feel as though the electronics now used in class – and the money spent on them – has not been used to its fullest potential. Nicholas Jiang (III) mentioned that in general “teachers should use technology more often.” In addition to Nick’s comments, Geoff Owens (III) stated that “although the SMART board could be put to more effective uses, [teachers] use what they have well.” While this utilization of technology has proven useful, students still believe that there is more to be discovered in the capacity of the equipment we have at Milton.
Continued from page 1 15% of the school, don’t follow the spirit of the game, they can ruin it for everyone.” Gotcha returns this week with one caveat: if Gotcha fails once again, it will forever be eliminated from Milton Academy. This round of Gotcha will serve as an experiment that both the deans and the students hope will prove that Got-
cha can be enjoyed in a safe and nondisruptive manner. Some students expressed dismay that only those still in from the original Gotcha game will be receiving targets this week. However Mr. Ball points out that “with fewer students, there’s less potential for something to go wrong.”
Measuring Up Does Anthony Sabitski DOES MEASURE UP... ...Nice Hat Trick on Wednesday Nesto Gallery DOES MEASURE UP....
...Spinny things result in first popular show of the year...
Step to Impress DOES MEASURE UP... ...Swag for days
Gotcha DOES NOT MEASURE UP... ...It’s not as exciting the second time March of the Penguins 2 DOES NOT MEASURE UP… ...It’s not as exciting the second time Statute of Limitations DOES NOT MEASURE UP... ...It lets child molestors off the hook
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Freshman of the Week: Jared Turner Age: 15 Gender: Male Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts Zodiac Sign: Libra When and why did you decide to come to Milton? I came in 4th grade. It was my parentsâ€™ decision to change schools. What is your favorite thing to do outside of school? Playing baseball. I play pretty intense travel baseball which is time consuming. Although it is fun to travel around the country. What do you hope to accomplish in your time at Milton? What are your goals for the next 4 years? I hope to become a better rounded person academically and athletically. My goal for the next 4 years is to broaden my horizons by trying things I have never tried before and heading a club or activity. If you could have 1 wish what would it be? To have 1000 more wishes. Jared Turner
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Senior of the Week: Gracie Jacob Age: Basically eighteen Gender: Girl Zodiac Sign: I’m a Capricorn, but I’m really an Aquarius Hometown: Sandwich, Cape Cod What is your best memory from your time at Milton? I have tons of awesome memories from stuff in Millet. I really like the time I won a 1000 dollar Apple Store giftcard in the senior showcase raffle last spring. What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon? Playing FIFA and reading the Gossip Girl book series If you had to be an animal what animal would you be and why? I would be a dolphin because they are practically people. Or I would be a kitten. Or a unicorn, but the kind from the Ke$ha music video, not the Harry Potter movie. Where can you usually be found on campus? I can usually be found in my room (306 Millet House shoutout to my roommate Binny (Binna Kim if you want to find her on Facebook), or in the bookstore, the stu, the ACC, the art building, Forbes dining hall, at assembly, and in my classes.
Gracie in her signature “prayer pose”
Students’ Opinions on Smartphones If you were to get a new phone today, what kind would it be?
“Blackberries mostly for business people and they are old.”- Male, Class IV
70.0% 60.0% 50.0% 40.0% Series1
“I enjoy the convenience of having an Iphone. The things it allows me to do fit my lifestyle.” – Female, Class I
20.0% 10.0% 0.0% iPhone
Other NonSmartphone Smartphone
W hat kind of phone do you have?
“Androids are better than Blackberries but not as good as Iphones.” – Female, Class IV iPhone Android Blackberry
“I love the Iphone to death.” – Male, Class I
Other smartphone Non-smartphone
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Reassessing the GOP The End By Stewart Pollock ‘12 Senior Editor It would seem the proverbial pendulum has swung back around for the Republicans. When I last wrote, it looked like the race had been whittled down to two candidates: Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Several gaffes, attack ads, and one pizza magnate later, the race once again appears to be anyone’s game. Tragically, Mr. Perry, shortly after being declared the next big thing, promptly proved true the old adage: “it is better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.” Especially painful gaffes, like his inability to remember which federal agency he planned on cutting during a recent debate, have done a tremendous amount to diminish his standing in the eyes of voters. Although he still possesses a well-funded operation, he has since spiraled downwards in the polls, leaving an opening for another not-Romney candidate to fill. The first such candidate was Herman Cain. There is little I can say about this man which hasn’t been said already. Every aspect of his campaign, from the bizarre television ads, to the allegations of sexual harassment, to his apparent pride in his utter lack of experience when dealing with foreign policy has already been covered and mocked ad Nauseam.
Cain has recently announced that he is “reviewing” his bid for the presidency, which is usually code for “so long, suckers.” Given that this “review” follows more allegations of sexual misconduct, this time involving an extramarital affair, it seems that Herman will soon be taking a walk down Ross Perot Boulevard into the realm of the also-rans. Speaking of extramarital affairs, the GOP has once again found their new golden boy: Newt Gingrich. I will admit that I really didn’t see this coming. (I had already written off Gingrich, Santorum, and Huntsman from the race). Newt’s closet may be brimming with skeletons, but that hasn’t stopped him from shooting up in the polls to fill the void left by Herman Cain. His solid performances at debates, coupled with his widespread namerecognition, have allowed him to surpass even Romney. Newt recently received another boost following his endorsement by the New Hampshire Union Leader, an important conservative newspaper within the Granite State. Romney likely hoped to use the New Hampshire primary to shake off opponents such as Bachmann and Perry, but instead it appears as if Gingrich, or maybe even Huntsman, will give him a serious run for his money. I do not know where all of
this is leading: media attention does not always translate into votes, and Romney still seems like the most likely candidate. The meteoric rise and fall of candidates such as Perry and Cain speaks not as much to Romney’s faults, but instead to the unrealistic expectations of the Republican base. They have not yet realized that a candidate’s conservative credentials do not always give them an edge up in the general election. Yes, Romney is (or at least was) a moderate, and yes, he flip-flops more than a fish on a trampoline, but he has something most of the other candidates lack: he can stand up to the President and win over moderates and independents come next November. To put things bluntly: Bachmann and Perry are dumb, Paul is (or at least many of his ideas are) borderline crazy, Cain is incompetent, Huntsman is too moderate, Santorum is too conservative, and Gingrich is a washed-up adulterer whose greatest success happened in 1994. These people are not presidential material. Romney is not just the most electable candidate; he is the only electable one. If Republican primary voters don’t recognize this and accept the inevitable, then they will have no one to blame but themselves when Barack Obama gets re-elected.
The Euro Crisis - Fallout in America Continued from page 3 borrow debt at a lower rate than it would otherwise have enjoyed. As Greece’s massive debt became a threat to the Eurozone, other Eurozone nations decided to bail Greece out. On May 2, 2010, €110 billion were given to Greece. The Eurozone countries gave about 80% of the money, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) providing the rest. Unfortunately, the Greek crisis was just the beginning of the Eurozone’s problems. Portugal, Ireland, Italy, and Spain are now facing problems similar to Greece’s. Ireland received an €85 billion bailout, Portugal got a €78 billion one, and Greece received 2 more bailouts of €110 billion and €80 billion. All these bailouts aimed to prevent the financial meltdown that would occur if a country left the Eurozone. If one Eurozone country leaves, others may follow
due to increasing market pressures; such pressures will be particularly harsh for weak economies. Any countries that stay in the Eurozone would suffer massive losses on their banks’ investments in indebted countries that leave the union, while former Euro members with weaker new currencies would experience a collapse in export demand. The result: a mess, where the Euro’s stronger members end up losing money and its weaker members stay in debt. As we have seen in Greece, the bailouts have not worked. If nothing changes in the Eurozone, it will fail. As the European economy circles the drain, it will certainly take other countries with it, including the United States. If Europe’s recession becomes any worse, the US would lose a significant amount of trade with Europe, and
American banks would lose the billions of dollars they have invested in Europe. As the current state of the Eurozone suggests that the exit of several nations and the mass failure of European banks are inevitable, enormous economic repercussions in the United States are all but certain. Until European governments control their budgets, bailouts and other measures will have no long term benefits. The Euro will eventually fall, and the European economy will contract. While the idea of a monetary union once seemed a key facet of European and global economic integration, it now threatens to banish the Eurozone and the United States into an economic abyss.
Feminist protesters at Occupy Boston march
By Stewart Pollock ‘12 Senior Editor The protesters of Occupy Boston, who have been camped out in Dewey Square since September 30th, were ordered by police to leave the Square by midnight on Thursday, according to CBS. Mayor Thomas Menino, in making the announcement, cited a “public safety issue” as being a major motivator in the decision to “evict” the protesters. Although Menino stressed that he wished for the protesters to leave peacefully, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office warned that “police would do what is necessary and appropriate after midnight tonight” according to the Boston Globe. Ill-advised and poorly executed police removals have only emboldened the remaining Occupiers, and accounts of police brutality have even led to some unfortunate comparisons with the early, violent stages of the Civil Rights movement or even the internal conflict within the USSR preceding its breakup. Whether or not Occupy measures up ideologically with those previous struggles is a moot point: in the eyes of the media, and by extension much of the world, the largely-peaceful protesters are being repressed by a fearful (and hugely unpopular) political establishment. It is ironic that the nadir of Occupy comes when a very different populist movement is also waning. The Tea Party, once considered the kingmakers in the GOP presidential election, has become increasingly silent in recent weeks. According to a poll released by the Pew Center,
support for the quasi-libertarian movement has fallen from 27% to 20%, and the number of respondent who say they have a negative view of the movement has risen to 27%. Perhaps the fate of these two movements is tied together more strongly than either would like to admit: both represent attacks on the perceived “elite”: those in Washington, and those on Wall Street. Both rely heavily on grass-roots support combined with strong anti-establishment rhetoric. Most importantly, however, both of these movements have garnered incredibly polarized responses. The supporters of each view the other with an exaggerated level of revulsion. The Tea Party is “racist, unreasonable, and fear mongering,” while Occupy is “communist, antiAmerican, and subversive.” If these two movements truly lived up to everything that was said about them, then America would have two extremists’ insurgencies on its hands. As it is, it seems like the physical aspect of Occupy is on its way out, soon to be followed by the Tea Party. With no central leadership, the actual protests will wither away and die, hopefully without police action. Whether or not the movement has really upset the system and caused lasting change remains to be seen. One thing is clear, however: the citizens of this country, both liberals and conservatives, are fed up with their leadership, and until their grievances are addressed in some form, our discourse is not going to get any more civil.
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Nimbus Exhibit Opens in Nesto Gallery By Kat Kulke ‘13 A&E Editor Throughout the past years, the Nesto Gallery has hosted a wide variety of contemporary artwork, from abstract paintings to vibrant collages. Yet none of the gallery’s past exhibits have been quite as innovative or avant-garde as the work of Anne Lilly, a local artist whose “kinetic” sculpture will be on display in the gallery from December 6 to 20. By fusing engineering and art, Lilly challenges viewers’ notions of motion, time, and space. One of the major aspects of Lilly’s works that set them apart from other contemporary sculptures is their interactive nature. Upon walking into the gallery, a viewer is met with a series of intricately crafted but seemingly static figures. Yet, contrary to the Nesto Gallery’s usual “Don’t touch the artwork; it’s worth more than your tuition” policy, viewers of Lilly’s work are not only permitted but encouraged
to move and manipulate the stainless steel pieces. With a single push or pull, any one of Lilly’s sculptures will erupt into motion, providing the viewer with an entirely new way of perceiving the piece. Each piece is as aesthetically inspiring as it is mechanically impressive. Cate McQuaid, an art critic for the Boston Globe, raves that Lilly’s sculptures “are so intricately engineered they appear to do magic.” While on a closeup level the pieces are almost overwhelming in their intricacy and mathematical precision, the overall effect of each piece is organic and harmonic. On her website, Lilly states her mission to “Elicit new connections between the physical space outside ourselves and our own private, psychological domain.” Viewers have the opportunity to not only consider the relationships between various parts of a single sculpture, but also to consider their own relationships with her sculp-
Anne Lilly opens Nesto Gallery with her interactive designs
tures. In a sense, by giving her viewers the opportunity to interact with her pieces, she invites her viewers to become, themselves, a part of her art, and with titles like “max min,” “within without,” and “a way of listening,” Lilly’s pieces will have different significance to each viewer. Lilly, who graduated from Virginia Tech Magna cum
K-12 Jazz Performances By Faith Pang ‘15 A&E Writer
Perkins (II) playing the guitar, Amanda Beaudoin (II) on bass, and Zach Hoffman (III) and Eric Menna (III) on the drums. The small group played 2 songs: Crib Chimp by Dan Haerie and The Creep by Jamey Aebersold. They hit the stage with energy and skill, dazzling the audience with their strong musical choices and variety of techniques. All three groups of jazz players are currently
saxophone, Cydney Grannan (I) on the piano, Arty Berman (I) playing the guitar, Zach Whalen (I) on the bass This past Sunday, Deand Tommy Goode (II) on the cember 4th, student musidrums. They also performed cians had the opportunity to two songs: Irish Potatoes by showcase their hard work and Jerry Coker and Twistin’ by talent for parents and the MilJamey Aebersold. The atmoton community at the Robert sphere remained upbeat as Ginocchio Student Recital. the jazz group was playing, Milton students K-12 showeach instrument earning apcased their talent to family plause after a unique solo. and friends. This annual reThe third group consisted cital is one of the few times of Adam Beckman (I) where students of on the tenor sax, James all ages are able McHugh (I) playing the to actively particisaxophone, pate it one event. “Overall the performance was amazing; baritone Vince Kennedy (I) and The first part of I felt as though I were watching Adam Rochelle (II) on the recital, which a professional jazz band.” the piano, Menaka Saconsisted of perforchdev (II) on the guimances by lower tar, Jameson Williams school students (I) playing the bass, as young as six or in an Advanced Jazz Course and Nick Deveau (I) on the seven years old, was an upbeat start to the program. The and were invited to Louis- drums. They played Dahmley pieces ranged from classical ville to perform and com- by Jerry Coker and I’ve Got It works to modern day movie pete Nationally against other by Dan Haele. While all of the themes to Christmas tunes. high school Jazz ensembles. group members were excepAlthough one would not tionally strong, the guitar part While they did not perform complicated Chopin or Mo- expect musical pieces to be was particularly stunning. Overall the performance zart sonatas, many children funny, the jazz combos were entertaining: was amazing; I felt as though played exceptionally well, thoroughly with very few mistakes. The introduction of the first I were watching a professionThe second half of the piece actually drew laughter al jazz band. As I listened, I recital was dedicated to Mil- from audience members. I couldn’t help but tap my feet ton’s jazz groups. This part especially applaud all the stu- along with the beat; other auof the performance was split dents that successfully played dience members were smilinto three sections. The first their solos yesterday night. ing and nodding their heads The second group of stu- in agreement throughout group, composed of Neil Chandra (III) and Sean Leo dents included Jesse Fran- the show. Good luck to all (I) on alto saxophone, Martin cese (I) and Martin Page (I) of the students traveling to Bernard (II) and Javon Ryan playing the trumpet, Mat- Louisville in the next month. (II) on the piano, Charlie thew Chen (I) on the soprano
Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in architecture, has been highly acclaimed and celebrated throughout the New England area. In 2003, the Boston Globe named Lilly’s exhibit in Boston’s Fort Point Public Arts Series as one of the ten best exhibits of the year, and her work has been collected by such prestigious venues as
DeCordova museum. Lilly’s interactive artwork is both thought-provoking and entertaining. I highly encourage all students and faculty to take advantage of this unique exhibit. For those still not convinced, Mr. Ball has promised free snack bar bucks to any and all students he spots in the gallery.
One Act Plays By Ashley Koo, ‘14 A&E Writer This past weekend, students and faculty around campus were buzzing with excitement for the student-directed One Act plays. Directed by Class I students, the One Act plays are a series of 30 minute plays which, year after year, never fail to impress. This year’s perfomances, which took place Thursday, December 1st, Friday, December 2nd, and Saturday, December 3rd, were widely considered one of the best school events of the year. The first play, “In The Absence of Words,” was directed by Emilie Trehu (I) and starred students Shauna Yuan (I), Kevin Ma (II), Sean Leo (I), and Lina Neidhardt (I). The play follows the relationship between young woman (Yuan), her new boyfriend (Leo), and her father (Ma); the tone of the story develops from regret to acceptance, and the actors successfully find moments to interweave well-timed humor, lightening the mood. The night’s second play, “Table for Four,” directed by Cary Williams (I) and performed by Kris Powers (II), Sahana Rao-Chakravorti (III), Ian Malone (III), and Clare Dingle (II), surrounds a school shooting. The play strived off of
darkness, suspense and the unique personalities of many characters, which the actors expressed through deliberate actions. Additionally, they succeeded in demonstrating humans’ capacity to strengthen each other in times of grief and tragedy. The last performance, “Watermelon Boats,” starred Cary Williams and Emilie Trehu. “Watermelon Boats” told the story of two friends coping with the transition into womanhood. Williams and Trehu skillfully captured the strong bond between the two girls, captivating audience members with their authenticity. Trehu and Williams felt that directing the plays was an amazing opportunity. “This year, we were able to cast people who have never acted before and I think it’s fantastic that we can offer that opportunity to let people try new things,” says Emilie Trehu. “It’s the only production all year that is entirely student directed so it’s the only chance for upperclassmen who have been involved in theater before to show what they’ve learned by directing their own show.” Congratulations to Cary, Emilie, and all of the actors involved in this year’s production; we look forward to a great show next year.
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Top Ten Male Athletes to Watch This Winter By Josh Pomper ‘13 Sports Writer 1.Rob O’Gara (I) Rob O’Gara, returning to the ice for his second year as a part of the Milton Hockey team should prove to be a critical factor if the team hopes to defend their title in the ISL. A talented player and respected leader of the team, as both the captain, and one of the leagues strongest defenders, O’Gara’s performance will play a big role in the team’s success. 2.Travis Sheldon (I) Sheldon has been a member of the Milton basketball team for three years now. After a strong season last year, Sheldon looks to lead his team through another competitive season. His extreme speed complimented with an immense knowledge of the game make Sheldon one of the ISL’s strongest point guards. 3.Ike Ngwudo (II) Now a junior, Ngwudo has refined his skills and developed physically. This year looks promising for Ngwudo, as he will need to assume a significant role on the team to ensure their success. Ngwudo’s natural ability, coupled with an unmatched desire to improve and do anything he can to help his team win, makes him an extremely important member of the varsity basketball team.
4.Alec Brennan (III) Brennan, a sophomore, will need to fill the role of last years center Dennis Clifford. Alec is the tallest player on the basketball team and will need to play to his full potential, dominating the glass and making himself a presence offensively in the low post. 5.Jesse Pagliuca (I) A senior on the Basketball Team, Pagliuca is a magnificent three-point shooter. He understands the flow of the game and knows how to put his team in a position to win. More important than his shooting ability is his ability to help lead his team. As a senior, Pagliuca commands the respect of his team and helps to unify the players on and off the court. 6.Anthony Sabitsky (II) A new member of the Milton Hockey team, Anthony should help the team tremendously. A very talented Hockey player, Anthony shows much promise for the upcoming season. 7.Charlie Blasberg (III) Hailing from Zurich, Blasberg has established himself as a competitive force on Milton’s squash team. He is incredibly fun to watch, mixing quick reflexes and athleticism with impeccable accuracy. There is a grace to his game, perhaps born of an inner Swiss discipline. It is no coincidence that
By Tucker Hamlin ‘13 Sports Editor
Rob O’Gara (I), number one winter athlete to watch
this newcomer has already boosted himself to the upper ranks of the team; things look promising for young Charlie. 8.Max Motroni (II) A new junior, Motroni demonstrates an extremely high level of talent. He is a quick and scrappy point guard, who has excellent court vision, penetrates to the hoop, and plays stifling defense. For the basketball team to be successful this year, Motroni must be able to maintain a high level of energy throughout the game and control the tempo while he is on the court. 9.Justin Lee (I) This Wolcott powerhouse is occupying the 195 lb slot on
the Varsity Wrestling Team. Lee will be a major asset to the team, using his tackling skills and bulldog-like aggressiveness to bring down heavier opponents. 10.Eric Davis (I) As the shooting guard for the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team, Davis possesses immense ability. Completing the back-court with Travis Sheldon, Davis will need to be an offensive presence to ensure success for the basketball team.
Top Five Fall Sports Moments By Charlie Blasberg ‘14 Sports Writer 1.Varsity Football’s goal-line stand in season opener. In the much anticipated season opener for the Varsity Football Team, Lawrence Academy jeopardized the Mustangs’ lead with a touchdown at the end of regulation. Lawrence decided to attempt a two-point conversion, which, if executed successfully, would give them a 30-29 win. The Mustangs’ defense, led by team MVP Otis Handy (I) shut down the conversion and won the nail-biter 29-28. 2. Freshman Football slips past Roxbury Latin. After losing possession with 1:20 left in regulation, the Mustangs’ odds were threatened by Roxbury Latin, as they drove down the field. After forcing fourth down, the Mustangs’ star running back and middle linebacker Danny Moon (IV) strip sacked Roxbury Latin’s quarterback, and Jonnie Lawson (IV) recovered it to seal the victory for Milton.
Fans cheer for Freshman Girls Soccer
3. Girls’ Cross Country finishes 2nd in ISL Championships. These Mustangs were a tour de force when the ISL Championships came their way and they did not disappoint. With the hopes of the school in the soles of their shoes, they ran hard and ended the season on a very high note, with an altogether outstanding performance.
4.Varsity Field Hockey’s last minute heroics. The Varsity Field Hockey Team had been struggling for most of the game against Rivers, trailing 3-1 with only 11 minutes to play. The Mustangs came roaring back with 2 goals to even the score, and in overtime Brighid Noone (I) found the back of the net for the win.
5. Fans attend Freshman Girls’ Soccer Game. Early in the season, head monitors Tom Schnoor and Molly Gilmore urged the student body to attend the Girls’ Freshman Soccer game on a Wednesday afternoon against Fay. Despite a tough loss, the Mustangs showed great skill and potential playing in front of a large part of the student body.
Last week, Bobby Valentine was named the new manager of the Boston Red Sox. Two months after one of the most painful collapses in sports history, the Red Sox had finally filled the vacancy. The list steadily shrank as names like Dave Martinez, Sandy Alomar Jr., and Dave Sveum were considered, then eliminated from the running. Last Monday, the new Red Sox GM, Ben Cherington, confirmed that Valentine and Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont were the final candidates for the job. Tuesday night, ESPN formally announced Bobby Valentine was the man selected by the Red Sox front office. Valentine was officially introduced last Thursday in a press conference and discussed how excited he was to take on the managerial position. Valentine, a former manager for the Texas Rangers and New York Mets, most recently was testing out the broadcasting business and worked on Baseball Tonight and Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN last season. Bobby’s career also included multiple managerial stints in Japan. At age 61, Valentine has managed for 13 years in the majors, but has not been a part of an organization since his departure from the New York Mets in 2002. He has managed a total of 2,189 games, with a record of 1,117-1,072. In addition, Bobby has not been afraid to express his feelings to the media. In the past, Valentine has publicly lost his temper more than once, always open about his views on certain players. Sport media is a major part of the city of Boston and it will be interesting to see how he manages both the media and the players. Sox fans across the country still have a bitter taste in their mouths about the events that occurred in September, but Valentine brings a new perspective that makes many excited to see how the season will turn out. Valentine signed a twoyear contract with an option for two additional years. He will wear the number 25 in honor of Red Sox legend, Tony Conigliaro.
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NBA Returns: a Preview of the Coming Year By Jesse Pagliuca ‘12 Sports Editor The NBA’s “Nuclear Winter” is over, ending with heartening news. There will be an NBA season, one unlike any other. The season will be 66 games instead of the usual 82, and it will start about 2 months later than usual. Since teams’ rosters are not yet complete, and the full schedule has not been released, it is too early to write a season preview for the NBA. However, this season contains many interesting subplots, especially due to its unique, shortened nature. Subplot #1: This year’s NBA training camp—Usually, players report to training camp in early September; pre-season games start early October, giving teams almost two full months to gain some chemistry before Opening Day in late October. Players who usually spend their time working with coaches at their team’s practice facility (usually 3 or 4 young guys) have literally been locked out, unable to even talk to their coaches or use
the team’s gym. This year, training camp starts December 9th, giving coaches less than 3 weeks to get ready for the NBA season. Look for this to cause a disjointed start for the poorly coached/ young teams in the NBA. Subplot #2: Free Agency/Bad Signings—Instead of three full months to sign players before the season, GMs now only have 16 days, with free agency starting December 9th. This date coincides with the start of training camp, meaning many teams won’t have a full roster when they start their camps. Teams such as the Celtics, the Heat, and the Hornets don’t even have enough players signed to scrimmage 5-on5. Overpaying free agents is the Achilles Heel for many GMs and the condensed Free Agency period will add pressure for organizations to sign players, likely resulting in a lot of questionable signings. Subplot #3: Trades—Already, rumors are coming out about possible trades, most notably trade demands from Chris Paul (to the Knicks or the Lakers) and Dwight How-
ard (to the Magic or the Lakers). The new CBA has made trading easier, so look for many before the season. The added time constraint and the new CBA should create some very one-sided deals as well. Subplot #4: Fat players—Let’s say you are an NBA player that loves to eat. Specifically, you love to eat Burger King and Dominos pizza, while topping your meals off with a vat of Ben and Jerry’s [Ed. Note-- and an all-you-can-eat buffet at the local strip club]. During the season, your bad habits aren’t much of a problem, since you’re burning the calories off playing all the time. Normally, in the off-season, you are hounded by coaches, GMs, and your team’s personal trainer to lay off the Krispy Kreme’s and work out regularly. Their prodding, combined with your motivation to have a good season, causes you only to show up about 20 or so pounds overweight at training camp. Now take all of that motivation away, give yourself two extra months where you do nothing, and leave yourself with 3
weeks to get back into shape before the season starts… How much weight will you have gained now? That scenario has probably happened to a few of the league’s players, a scenario that should create a contentious bid for the “Eddy Curry Award”, given to the player who starts the season in the worst shape. Look for players such as Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, and Aaron Gray to be finalists. Subplot #5: NBA opener on Christmas Day—Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, Saint Nick. The NBA revolves around its stars; combining Opening Day, Christmas, and all of these players could make for one of the best starts to a season in NBA history. Subplot #6: The Shortened Season—Many think that the shortened season will help aging, veteran teams such as the Celtics, Spurs, and Lakers, who usually tire out in the regular season af-
ter about the 60 game mark. However, the NBA season is being condensed in time more than it is being shortened in total games, meaning that those 66 games will happen one month quicker than usual. That creates more back-to-backs, which generally plague older teams with a smaller rotation. Look for the shortened season to help teams with a deep bench, such as the Mavericks and the Bulls, while it will probably hurt older teams with less depth, like the Spurs, Lakers, Celtics, and Heat. Subplot #7: Fan base— Can the NBA sustain the momentum they had coming off one of the greatest seasons and most compelling Finals the league has ever seen? Will fans be deterred to watch games because of the messy lockout, or will the shortened season, which is probably a more consumer-friendly length, make fans even more interested in the upcoming season? Only time will tell. Subplot #8: Shaq and Charles Barkley together on TNT: ‘Nuff said.
A Look at the Winter Sports’ Season By James Wang ‘12 Sports Writer With a very successful season last year, falling just short of a New England Championship to Choate, the Varsity Boy’s Basketball Team returns with high hopes for the season. Team captain, Travis Sheldon (I), speculated, “I think we can have a really strong team and a promising season ahead. We’re playing the hardest schedule we’ve ever had, especially with some tough out of league games. I think we’re going to need almost everyone to be playing together and to step up for us to be successful.” The team started out their season with a solid win over Governor’s 68-47. Sheldon stressed the importance of defense during the season. When talking about the game, he said, “Our success will be determined on how well we can defend and rebound this year. We have a ton of guys who can shoot and score the ball, but we need to get on the glass more, not allow second chance opportunities defensively and give ourselves second chance opportunities on the offensive end. Ike Ngwudo (II), Alec Brennan (III), and Greg Blaize (I) were huge for us rebounding on Saturday. I give a lot of credit to them.”
The squad will be looking forward to a successful season. The Varsity Girl’s Hockey Team looks to have a great season despite losing a lot of talent. “We lost a lot of key players to last year’s graduating class, but I know that the team will grow as the season progresses and I’m looking forward to it,” says team senior Brighid Noone (I). With a strong senior class this season, including Noone, Sarah Evans (I), Carly Cummings (I), and Kate Couturier (I), and led by captains Erin Martin (I) and Meghan Kelleher (I), the team has kicked off the season on a good note. Despite their loss to Tabor 3-0, they defeated New Hampton Prep 2-1 and NEWHL 6-2 in a scrimmage. The team looks to continue improving their record throughout the season. Coming off a New England Championship victory over Kent last winter, the Milton Boy’s Hockey Team was the team to beat this season. After losing 13 talented seniors from the squad, the Mustangs were put in a challenging spot. Yalebound captain, Robert O’Gara (I), says, “I think it is going to take some time to gel as a team, seeing as there are so many new guys. But everybody is working hard and we have the talent to succeed this year.”
Varsity Boys hockey prepares for their game against Thayer
The team started off the season in a disappointing fashion. They tied NMH 4-4, lost to St. Marks 5-4 in overtime, lost to St. Sebastian’s 10-3, and lost to Thayer 4-3. Obviously this was not the start the team is looking for, but O’Gara strongly believes that the team will come into its own and start thriving as an unstoppable force. Some noticeable key players of the squad are Anthony Sabitsky (II), Jake Farabee (II), manager Henry Arndt (I), O’Gara, and goalkeeper Andreas Graham (II). O’Gara closed the interview by stating, “I was excited about the fan
base at our first home game. I just wish it was a better turnout for Milton. I hope the MA super fans keep the spirit up.” After a disappointing season last year, the Varsity Girl’s Basketball Team seems to be getting back on their feet during the first couple of weeks of their season. In their first two scrimmages, the team scored 42 and 41 points. Their prior season’s highest scoring game was 45, which shows once the season hits its stride, the girls will definitely show improvement over the last season. Led by captain Catherine Hartigan (I), the team
should really have a successful season this year seeing all the new talent on the court. Watson Leffel (I) shares her thoughts about the season: “We have a lot of young talent and the team is very excited for this season as well as the future of the program... I’m really excited for the season and we have a lot of home games this year so we would love it if people could come out and support us!” The team has a home game at 6 pm tonight against Governor’s. So make sure to fly the colors and show your support! Go MA!
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