Vol CXVII Num. 1
Friday, May 27, 2011
Students Awarded for Literary Excellence
Anthony Blake ‘10 Pictured in TIME
Thirty-Second Annual Persky Awards Akanshu Srivastav ‘12
Benjamin Scharfstein ‘12, Editor-in-Chief
Ms. Needham and Mr. Wasserman smile with Mr. and Mrs. Persky
On Monday, 23 May 2011, the literature elite of Milton gathered in Cox Library to attend the Persky S. Memorial Awards. Several students, invited by Mr. Connolly, arrived unaware of why they received an invitation. Haeyeon Cho (Class II) wondered, “Some people told me that they invite juniors to diversify the group, or to posit the future leaders of the major publications at this school.” Yet, her face lit up as she won the award for best fiction piece for her untitled short story. Such expressions of humility and quiet respect were prevalent throughout the evening. Yet, the main theme of the night was visibility, “putting yourself out there,” so that novel ideas can be generated and prosper. The Persky Awards were created in honor of Lawrence S. Persky, a Milton student who passed away shortly prior to his graduation. His mother, Eleanor helped
introduce the award ceremony, promising a “most compelling evening of high energy.” Mr. Bland then opened the ceremony by expounding on his “honor to distribute these honors.” Mr. Bland then handed out the awards for the best selections of Creative Writing, Yearbook, Art, and Journalism. Winners were determined by unbiased judges: writers Don Johnson, Gregory Mone, Christine Chinlund and Dan Wasserman from the Boston Globe. Cynthia Needham ’95, the guest speaker for the evening, provided a unique lens to writing and compelled all writers to face their fears and publish. Needham is now the State Political Editor of the Boston Globe, following numerous rendezvous with other avenues. Beginning with a description of own experiences at Milton, Needham mentioned how a friend told her that Needham would be unable “to recognize both the teachers and the
environment.” Thankfully, Cynthia could remember both; Cox Library’s infamous metal floor entrance suggesting, “I need to think of a topic for my term paper!” Needham explained that being a writer was never a logical step. While she embarked on many literary adventures throughout her tenure at Milton, she never decided to publish, afraid of “setting herself up for failure.” But, throughout her years at Bowdoin, she decided to give writing a shot and “take in” the works of “Joyce and Coleridge.” She naturally however, decided to try Law School-”the logical next step”- having a concentration in history. She then took a job in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, tracking down evidence and providing communication to the investigators of the world. While working in the District Attorney’s Office, Needham continued to pursue her passion for writing by taking classes in journalism, of which a stipulation was publishing in some form. She published her stories in local magazines and newspapers and began to write frequently. She felt as if she was in a perpetual, vicious cycle of discomfort, juggling both, working during the day, writing at lunch, and taking her classes in journalism in the evening. However, on September 11, 2001, she made a choice. As the twin towers collapsed near by her office, her boss informed her to only take what she could carry. Disregarding her bags from work, she took only her laptop and writing. She then enrolled in Columbia University for Persky continued on page 3
After hearing of Osama bin Laden’s long awaited death, Anthony Blake ’10 rushed to the White House to join in the celebration. Pictures of him waving an American flag while hanging from a tree appeared in TIME Magazine as well as The New York Times. Blake, a recent graduate of Milton and current student at Georgetown University, was one of many D.C. students to congregate outside the White House after the news of bin Laden’s death spread. Similar gatherings occurred across the country from Times Square to college campuses to military bases in Afghanistan. “After everyone heard that Osama Bin Laden died, we kind of all just ran to the White House to see Obama’s speech but then once we got there, it was just crazy riots. I just decided to climb up in the tree because everyone was going wild,” said Blake in a recent interview. It was in this tree that New York Times photographer Stephen Crowley and TIME photographer Brooks Kraft captured a jubilant Blake. The photo depicts Blake hanging from the tree waving an American flag. “At first, I climbed in the tree to get a better view of everything and what was happening,” said Blake. “I started some chants and then some lady tossed me an American flag. I started waving it around; everyone was just screaming their heads off. It was pretty wild.” A picture of Blake first appeared on a The New York Times online photo gallery entitled “Around the World, Joy and Contemplation.” Other pictures in the gallery included crowds at Ground Zero and Times Square, Phillies fans cheering, Blake continued on page 3
Boys’ Varsity Tennis Denied Chance to Compete at New England’s 12-1 Record not Good Enough Henry Arndt ‘12, Layout Editor
After six wins in the past ten years, the Milton Academy Boys’ Varsity tennis team was denied a chance to compete for the 2011 New England title due to a unseen technicality. The tennis team has enjoyed immense success this year. The team has fought its way to a 12-1 record, only losing a close match to Roxbury Latin, the number 1 team in the ISL. Entering the week of May 16th, spirits were high, and the team was ready to take their talents to the New England’s Class A tournament. Yet, on Thursday, May 19th, the team was thrown into distress after Coach Michael Duseau forwarded an email to the Varsity Tennis conference, informing the team that they would not be able to compete at the annual New England tournament. The decision committee had disregarded Milton’s qualified past and strong 2011 record because the team failed to play any Class A matches. To truly understand the situation, one should note the long history of excellence tied to Milton Academy’s tennis team. Since 2000, the boys have won six ISL championships and six New England Class A championships, including five in a row from 2003-2007. During this time period, the team has failed to advance past the Quarterfinals of the tournament only once, and has finished second in the ISL three times. Based on this information, one can
see why the tennis would be devastated by the committee’s decision. The New England tournament is divided into several classes. According to tournament rules, the requirement for eligibility for the Class A New England tournament is “results against six ‘A’ schools as a bare minimum”. Regarding
more matches against “A” teams. The only other ‘A’ team in our league is Groton and that match has always been scheduled for the week after New Englands.” The tennis team is normally scheduled to play three Class A teams: Exeter, Andover, and Groton, the only three schools whose proximity to Milton
Boys’ Varsity Tennis smiles despite heartbreak
Milton’s ability to schedule a tournamentadequate amount of Class A matches, Coach Duseau stated “With a full 15 match I.S.L. league schedule it would be virtually impossible for us to schedule at least five
allows them to be viable opponents. This season, Milton was scheduled to play Phillips Exeter on May 11th but the weather did not permit the match to occur, and the match was
ultimately canceled due to Exeter’s inability to travel on weekdays besides Wednesdays. Additionally, the tennis team decided to cancel its match against Andover because of a touchy relationship spurred on by repeated disrespect from the Andover coach. Milton played Groton on May 25th, four days after the New England tournament, leaving the Milton tennis team with no Class A matches on its record. According to the email sent by Ned Gallagher, one of the New England Class A tournament coordinators, “a team’s eligibility for a tournament berth (as well as seeding) will be based on the established record of duel match competition against other schools in the same class”. Since Milton failed to participate in any class A matches, the tournament coordinators ruled that they had no legitimate basis of evaluation for the tennis team and would not be able to invite the team to compete, despite its 12-1 ISL record versus predominately Class B teams. In recent history, the Class B New England tournament winner has been in fact much stronger team than the Class A tournament winner. Historically, even though Milton only plays only one or two class A matches before the New England tournament, the team has still been invited to play, rendering the rejection even more shocking for the boys. Tennis continued on page 3
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The Milton Measure
Common Ground Closes After Months of Uncertainty
The Common Ground Café, a cozy and unique eatery located in Lower Mills, decided to permanently shut its doors several weeks ago. Managed by a religious cult, the Common Ground yielded a majestic and one-of-a-kind experience. A popular hot spot amongst the Milton boarder community, the Café provided a homey, medievallike atmosphere, delicious food and friendly service. The café was widely known for its healthy, all natural options made from ingredients harvested by its own organic farm. These homegrown ingredients were also sold in a neighboring market along with organic cosmetics, hair products, and soaps. With a menu limited by whole-food restrictions, the café appealed mainly to vegetarians and vegans, offering nutritious and delicious soups, wraps, muffins, salads, and sandwiches. However, the café also attracted nonvegetarians with its mouthwatering desserts and drinks. These simple items were reasonably priced and delivered with swift and amiable service. The café did, of course, attract a number of non-vegetarians with its mouthwatering and reasonably priced desserts and drinks. The majestic aura of the Common Ground also had an appealing effect on its customers. It gave the impression of a giant treehouse, with gnarled roots, branches and beautiful wood circling a warm fireplace. The Common Ground transformed a
Danielle Cahoon ‘13
The Common Ground Cafe Mural
metropolitan environment into that of a comfortable, medieval, hobbit home with intricate handmade decor and an interesting layout. On a steaming hot day, one could enjoy a pleasant meal in the cool dining space. On a cold day, one could easily escape the crisp, wintry chill by ordering a soothing tea. Customers often left the café feeling content, refreshed and relaxed due to this dreamlike atmosphere. One of the less appealing aspects of the Common Ground Café was the conservative ways of the cultish organization that managed it; “The Twelve Tribes” operates out of a Tennessee-based community from which they have organized a chain of
State Champion Speech Team Members Perform for Student Body Lisa Zhou ‘13
Which team at Milton competes, dominates, and wins national awards without having to break a sweat? This team—one of the best known and most talked-about teams on campus—is none other than the Speech Team. Though many students know about the team, few delve deeper into the mechanics and what the team really does. Despite occasional Speech Team announcements during Monday morning assemblies (usually about the team’s phenomenal achievements), the rest of the school has no idea what goes on behind the closed doors of the speech room in King Theatre. Wednesday’s assembly was a perfect opportunity for the rest of the school to catch a glimpse of the Speech Team’s sensational performances. The Speech Team selected outstanding performers of various categories of forensics to perform for the student body. The assembly started off with Alycia Hernandez (III) performing her declamation speech, a 10-minute memorized speech given in the past by an iconic figure. Her speech, “What Now?” by Ann Patchett, examined the postcollege crisis of a typical college graduate. Alycia’s varying vocal intonations, hand gestures, and charismatic presence fully engaged and captured the attention of the audience. Alycia’s performance was followed by a Duo performance by Chloe Gianatasio (II) and Louis McWilliams (II). The Duo event requires two people to perform a 7-10 minute rendition of a play or a short story without touching or looking
at each other. With perfect chemistry, Louis and Chloe performed an intriguing, natural, and sentimental rendition of “Breaking Up” by Michael Christopher. The third performance was a poetry reading performed by Lizzy Siphron (III). The poetry category requires the performer to create a collection of poems with a common theme and fuse the poems together into a 7-10 minute performance. Lizzy’s mesmerizing voice engrossed the attention of the audience. The last and final performance was a multiple performance, a category that requires four or more performers to perform without any body or eye contact throughout the entire performance. Sage Warner (III), Isabelle Lelogeias (I), Oliver Bok (III), Louis McWilliams (II), and Chloe Gianatasio (II) performed the rendition of the “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” written by Rachael Sheinkin and William Finn. A beautifully crafted performance, the multiple depicted a spelling bee with competitors of various personalities competing to win the spelling bee champion title. The comedic performance ended the Speech Team assembly on a light note. Wednesday’s assembly gave the rest of the student body a real sense of the performances the “speechies” develop and, after much practice, perform at tournaments and speech meetings. The assembly was just another stellar reflection of the remarkable achievements of Milton and of, as Mr. Bland puts it, Milton students “flying their colors”.
restaurants. A sixth location of these cafés in the United States is currently under construction in Plymouth, MA. The organization adheres to a specific set of beliefs closely related to those of Christianity and Judaism and, as such, the café closed on weekends to honor its religious commitments. Unfortunately, customers complained that their religiosity pervaded the business too fully, citing uncomfortable instances in which the cult’s pamphlets, posters and invitations led them to feel as though they were being actively persuaded to join. The bathrooms were completely covered with newspaper articles and flyers advocating their religious beliefs,
which included conspiracy theories, blasphemy, and Satanic worship. Some patrons even claimed that staff members were directly urging them to convert to the Twelve Tribe cultism. Others went even further to claim that the group discriminated against Jews, homosexuals, blacks, and women, arousing concerns among ordinary customers. However, many who ate at the Common Ground Café felt that the servers were generally friendly and spoke of their organization only when asked about it. After a ‘For Lease’ placard was placed on the café’s small glass window, many regular customers were curious of the cult’s reasoning. Having been a successful business on Dorchester Avenue for 17 years, the Common Ground Café had no obvious reason to close. The manger claimed that the shutdown was due to renovation and only temporary. However, the café confirmed soon after that the restuarant would not re-open and instead would relocate. The Common Ground staff also added that they were in need of a wider space for layout and seating purposes. Hoping to maintain local business, the cult plans to relocate the café to a venue close to its former home on Dorchester Ave. In the meantime, regulars of the Common Ground Café should be on the lookout for its nearby reopening and look forward to the establishment of a new restaurant in its place.
2012 Presidential Elections Kitty Lan ‘13
Even as President Obama’s 2008 Campaign slogan “Yes We Can��� still rings in our ears, the 2012 Elections have already arrived, sooner than anyone could believe. The 2012 Presidential Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, but the 57th presidential election has, in some ways, already begun more than a year before its actual date as the candidates begin to promote their names and collect funding. The infamous real-estate giant, Donald Trump, recently dropped out of the race, and the remaining presidential candidates must compete with President Obama in the upcoming elections, facing the current political environment full of budget, unemployment, and foreign policy debates. Some of the better known presidential candidates include Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Michelle Bauchman, Hilary Clinton, and Sarah Palin. Texas congressman Ron Paul, after announcing his third presidential bid, stated that “Time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I’ve been saying for 30 years. So, I think the time is right.” Equally determined is the former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Rommey, who has proved his ability by turning the 3 billion dollar deficit into a 700 million surplus during his tenure in the Mass office. One of the few female candidates is Michele Bachmann, a third term representative of Minnesota, who has begun her campaign for presidency. Lastly, Sarah Palin stated last September her intentions of the 2012 campaign, yet questions still remain on whether or not she would officially join the
race; many predict not. Donald Trump’s transient presidential campaign turned more than a few heads. After first announcing his bid at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump later stated at a New York press release, “After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency… Ultimately, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.” Having announced his 2012 re-election on April 4, 2010, incumbent president Barack Obama is employing powers not available to his Republican challengers. He is able to reach town halls in three states, arrive in grand style on Air Force One, and grant coveted interviews to reporters — all in one week. In addition, Osama Bin Laden’s death may have served as a political “circuit breaker” for Obama. Obama’s campaign in 2012 will not mirror that of Jimmy Carter in 1980. The support for President Obama has grown significantly since the killing of Osama Bin Laden by U.S.forces in Pakistan, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. The survey suggests that most Americans approve of his job performance in general and his handling of foreign policy, the war in Afghanistan, and the threat of terrorism. One may very well conclude that the killing of Bin Laden has changed the contours of the 2012 elections, offering Obama a boost and creating unexpected turbulence for the Republican campaign. However, President Obama doesn’t have the field entirely to himself as his approval rating is beginning to decline. Elections continued on page 3
The Milton Measure
Stress Overwhelms Campus Mallika Iyer ‘13
For those not off on Senior Projects—the great majority of the Upper School— Spring at Milton is anything but a picnic. Envisioning three luxurious months of summer ahead can make it hard to avoid staring out the window in class. But the “piles” of homework and projects crammed into these last remaining weeks are pushing some students to their breaking points. Now that the seniors have left the building and no longer have to get up early, be on time, or sit in front of the computer for six hours a night like the rest of us, it is easy to see why freshman, sophomores, and juniors are quickly losing steam: stress is everywhere. Although juniors typically win the most sympathy for having a nerve-wracking spring, freshman seem to be some of the most flustered on campus. Olivia Schuster (IV) and Alaina Marangos (IV) stated that most freshmen are “freaking out, mainly because of the Workshop Test, DYO, personal narrative, and history term paper.” Freshmen have never been exposed to this increased workload like sophomores and juniors. Commenting on the lack of liveliness of her classmates, Schuster admitted, “In history library periods, everyone is either not doing work or making it look like they are.” Alaina recalled how walking to chapel this past Sunday and seeing a certain senior chilling on the quad, in shorts and a cut T-shirt, made her feel even less inclined to tackle her daunting stacks of work. For sophomores, the so-called “Sophomore Slump” is at its worst. Liane Blake continued from page 1 and firefighters gathered on a ladder to watch the events unfold on ABC. A different picture later appeared in a two-page spread in TIME Magazine accompanying the cover story, “Killing bin Laden: How the U.S. Finally got Its Man.” Blake first heard about the photograph when he received a text message from his mother. “I was telling her everyday that I was studying for finals and stuff and she sent me a text saying ‘hey you idiot, I thought you were studying for finals. I saw you on a two page spread in time magazine. Stop lying to me.’” In the aftermath of the celebration, many questioned the festivities surrounding bin Laden’s death. Harvard Crimson editorial writer Wyatt Troia wrote, “Some…have moralistically complained that it was wrong of students to celebrate the death of bin Laden by cheering [and] waving American flags.” For Blake however, the thought did not cross his mind. “It just seemed like the right thing to do.”
Thornhill said, “I know some juniors would beg to differ, but the sophomore stress level on campus is pretty high. We all have the urge to sit back, relax, and think, ‘Hey! I’m a sophomore! I don’t really have to do anything,’ but it’s not true.” Sure enough, Dr. Dregalla continuously reminds sophmores in assembly that they cannot afford to submit to that stereotypical laid-back sophomore attitude because they need to finish the year strong. Many sophomores have either a term paper or DYO, along with various other assignments, not to mention impending SAT subject tests. Liane points out that she does not feel a difference in the focus levels of her classmates because she did not have seniors in her classes. It does, however, take more effort to complete her work outside the classroom. Nelson Barrette (III) mentioned that participating in a sport or club that includes seniors can help make it seem like they’re still participating in school. The junior class seems a bit more capable of handling the stress, simply because they’ve consistently been warned about the workload. Many students know how “crushing” the notorious junior spring is. Juniors have had months to brace and prepare themselves for this final crunch before summer. Many, like Zach Belnavis (II), have come to terms with what is expected of them. Belnavis asserts, “It’s definitely harder to focus in class, but grades are still important so I have to force myself to work.” Soerny Cruz stated that she feels a lack of motivation to do homework, but stays on
top by taking one thing at a time. “Today, I had an oral presentation for history, an in-class for English, and a reflection for Spanish” said Cruz. A huge factor affecting concentration has been the stretch of rainy, dismal weather; as Angie Song puts it, “It has been kind of an in-between weather, just very misty and cloudy and gross. It makes me feel depressed and annoyed.” The final three weeks of the 2010-11 school year may be the most demanding, frustrating, and sleepless days once can imagine, but they can also be the most crucial; that final test or lab report may be all you need to alter your grade up. Milton students should unite and empathize with each other in these stressful times because everyone is ready to drop the books and celebrate summer. presentation for history, an in-class for English, and a reflection for Spanish” said Cruz. A huge factor affecting concentration has been the stretch of rainy, dismal weather; as Angie Song puts it, “It has been kind of an in-between weather, just very misty and cloudy and gross. It makes me feel depressed and annoyed.” The final three weeks of the 2010-11 school year may be the most demanding, frustrating, and sleepless days once can imagine, but they can also be the most crucial; that final test or lab report may be all you need to alter your grade up. Milton students should unite and empathize with each other in these stressful times because everyone is ready to drop the books and celebrate summer.
Kaly Moot: Social Justice Youth
May 27, 2011 | page 3 Persky continued from page 1 Graduate Studies. As a result, she became a full time journalist, interviewing Bloomberg and Howard Zinn. As she finished her speech, she divulged that the biggest satisfaction for a journalist is the ability to affect change. She demonstrated the value of the written word, sharing that New York City public schools constructed a new school as a result of her reporting. Needham offered the audience pertinent advice: She told us to “take up literature, read old books, smell them,” and keep writing. She inspired everyone to enjoy and love writing and to never be afraid of publishing one’s work. In response to a question from the audience, Needham expressed her commitment to upholding objective journalism. She explained that Twitter provides some of the most fascinating and personal news, but that objective news must continue. She wishes our generation luck in combating the Internet as a form of news and journalism. After the speech, Michaela Carey (Class II) explained that, as the Chief Art Editor of Magus/Mabus, she felt she was a “stranger amongst a crowd of celebrities.” With such winners, as James Wang (Class II) for “MA Football: Stangs Finish Strong”, Danielle Cahoon (Class III) for Best Work of Art for her, “Art Flowers”, and Charlotte Reed (Class I) as the winner for best poetry for her “Acupuncture”, the night recognized several different forms of writing. The reception ended with a beautiful assortment of sweets and cheeses in which the finely dressed crowd celebrated their common love for writing, discussed senior projects, and their intellectual capabilities. All who attended left inspired with a new found respect for writing.
Rebecca Chernick ‘14
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Last spring, after a recommendation from a family friend, Kaly Moot (II) signed up to participate in a Social Justice Youth Leadership Program, not knowing where Tennis continued from page 1 it would lead her. Though she had some The combination of Milton’s traditional interest in social justice before starting lack of adherence to the stated rules and the program, her enthusiasm for the many Milton’s seemingly guaranteed spot in issues pertaining to social justice has the New England tournament in the past grown. After meeting other young people designate the recently occurred snub as interested in learning about social justice, Moot was inspired to take action against controversial. Despite repeated instances of important issues that plague society. The goal of the program is to educate communication between the Milton Varsity Team and the tournament about social justice issues in America coordinators, no clear conclusion has while developing leadership skills. The first step is to attend a week-long retreat been made regarding the issue. The technicality hit the tennis team in August. When she first applied to the especially hard due to the imminent program, Moot said it was just “something graduation of seniors Noah Bragg, to do for a week in the summer,” but after Tyler Edwards, and Andrew Strang, attending two workshops a day pertaining arguably the backbone of the team. The to a variety of different issues, Moot returning players, Captain Matthew became extremely enthused. She says that Lebovitz, Bartholomew Panarese, Henry the leaders of the program sparked her Arndt, Alexander Lauretti, and Chris interest and awareness of social justice. Mcdonough, will return next year for an After the retreat, Moot says that ambiguous future. she bonded with the others in the group.
Though the week-long summer retreat is a major part of the program, it is not the only; Moot attends a workshop one Saturday every month during the year. As part of the program, participants engage in a Social Justice Project for their school that they present at graduation. However, since there was no one else in the program from Milton, Moot joined a group of students from other schools, and together they collaborated to create a Social Justice Project which would benefit the Greater Boston community. Throughout this year, Moot and her group members have been collecting books and raising money to buy books that will be donated to an elementary school in Boston. Moot hopes that her efforts, however small, will be able to make a difference in the community. Instead of electing a single issue— “her issue” as she calls it—Moot tries to focus on Social Justice as a whole. The workshop that Moot attended at the start of the program opened her eyes to how much words can hurt and to how the consequences of our actions carry for a longer period of time than we may realize. She said that although social justice is not a prevalent issue at Milton, she realized, through her experiences in the program, the problems with social justice in society. Furthermore, Moot says that it is important for people to realize that “maybe a racist joke, or anything else, isn’t as funny as you may think, because it hurts other people.” Moot says that the most crucial part in discussing or working towards social justice is taking the matter seriously. When people laugh at social justice, or take it as a joke, the “cycle of oppression” continues. Moot thinks that the reason people do not take social justice seriously is because it is a boring topic for Affective
Education classes. To increase interest in the topic of social justice, Moot notes that talking about it with friends, like she did during her program, can really make a difference. Educating yourself about social issues is another way to be involved in the topic of social justice, says Moot. Though Moot’s program ended on Thursday, she hopes to continue her work for social justice. The program has led her to challenge society and other issues that she believes are unfair. Moot’s program has led her to see things in a different light and taught her not to be a follower, but, instead, to challenge the opinions and actions of others and to be a leader.
Elections continued from page 2 Feuds with Republicans over spending and deficit cutting have convinced original Obama supporters that the Republicans have better social programs planned. Even after Bin Laden’s death, Obama’s current approval ratings are among the lowest of his presidency. From some poll sources, Barack Obama is in a “statistical dead heat against a nameless Republican” for the 2012 presidential race. It’s interesting that Obama, who became president partially thanks to a popular “anybody but Bush” sentiment, may now lose the 2012 race to an “anybody but Obama” candidate. Ultimately, unemployment will remain the quinessential issue throughout the 2012 elections. Voters seem edgy and wary of both sides. As they are agitating for deep deficit reductions that require significant changes to current Medicare and other major programs, both parties are responding with new policies, hoping to earn the voters’ support in the upcoming elections.
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The Milton Measure
Chewing Tobacco Fad Fuels Controversy Chris Wyett
Chewing tobacco spit-stains, whether on walls, floors or in Styrofoam cups, have become a familiar sight at Milton Academy. “Chewing” is one of MA’s Latest fads and minor problems. Why chew tobacco? “I imagine most people do it because it’s kind of an ‘inthing’ to do,” said Boys’ principal John Mackenzie. However, several students, while admitting being introduced to chewing tobacco by peers, cited other reasons for chewing. Said one senior boy, “It’s relaxing and sociable.” Added John Phillips, Class II, “It’s the only legal form of recreational enjoyment.” Other students share this sense of enjoyment. “I’ll chew for the taste and the buzz… [and for] the calm feeling,” said Jamie Hannon,
Class II. Furthermore, a few students see chewing as a more enjoyable alternative to smoking. “It’s good to help you stop smoking,” said Kendra McGuire, formerly of Class II. Yet, “The best chew,” said Phillips, “is in the shower or after a Spucky’s sub or while you’re driving.” Added another Class II boy, “It’s too bad every chew couldn’t be the first of the day.” However, chewing tobacco can be damaging to one’s health. Mackenzie feels many students are “uniformed about the health hazards of chewing tobacco.” Although not yet proven to cause cancer, chewing tobacco does increase the changes of developing oral cancer. Other risk factors include
Senior Projects Underway
smoking and large consumption of alcohol. Yet according to the American Cancer Society, chewing tobacco does cause the appearance of callous white blotches within the mouth, a symptom known as leukoplakia. Five percents of all leukoplakia patients contract some form of oral cancer. Among these forms of oral cancer are cancer of the kip, tongue, and salivary glands. The cancer may also develop on the bottom of the mouth and, most seriously, in the throat. According to the Cancer Society, roughly 27,100 American men and women developed some form of oral cancer in 1983. Among these, 900 were in Massachusetts. Less serious problems include “receding gums,” excessive “tooth decay,” and slight losses in abilities to taste and even to smell. Chewing tobacco also represents a minor social problem at MA. Many students and faculty are offended by chewing tobacco deposits and spittings in places at the school where tobacco isn’t allowed. Said Nick Sholley, Class II, “No one likes to clean up after another person’s spit. It’s not like emptying ashtrays; it’s several steps below.” Added Sholley, “It would be better just to keep it isolated.” Ed O’Riodran, Class I, disagreed. “It’s not a fire hazard; it should be allowed everywhere.”
In a poll taken at a recent boys’ Wigg Hall morning assembly, of 238 returns, only 22% wished tobacco chewing banned from MA. However, 29 Class I pollers, 25 Class II and 18 Class III pollers admitted they were chewers, a total of 30%. Their favorite brand was Skoal, followed closely by Copenhagen. Redman was a distant third. MA’s rules for chewing tobacco are the same as for smoking, with the exception that chewing is allowed in the student’s dormitory rooms as well as in the dorm “butt room.” Students in Classes I and II may chew unless their parents have revoked permission. Students in Classes III and IV may not chew unless granted special permission. “The main reason for our rules,” said Mackenzie, “in addition to our concern about peoples’ health, is because [chewing tobacco] is just a sloppy habit.” Mackenzie feels MA can prevent the “sloppiness” of chewing tobacco by limiting where and by whom it may be chewed. Chewing tobacco is ever present at Ma among both boys and girls. However, Becky Howland, a chewer in Class I, feels there is a “double standard”: it’s fine for boys [to chew] but “they think it’s gross for girls,” added McGuire. However, whether done by a boy or a girl, many are offended by chewing. “It’s a fad,” believes Mackenzie, “and it will probably pass in a few years.”
Amanda Beaudoin ‘13, News Editor
It all started with the backpacks. On Wednesday, May 27, during second period assembly, the seniors stole everyone’s backpack and put them in front of the student center, spelling out 2011. Throughout that day, seniors played music and relaxed outside the Student Center. Underclassmen and juniors stared longingly out their classroom windows yearning the day when they would be out there, enjoying the sun. As the seniors counted down the days to senior projects, so did the rest of the student body. When the seniors stood in front of the Student Center cheering and celebrating last Tuesday, so did everyone else. After the Community Service Day picnic, the seniors went home to enthusiastically celebrate the end of school. So did the rest of the students, until they noticed the giant pile of homework—essays, lab reports, Spanish presentations—that were all due the next day. That was the day when they realized that it had all started just a week before: the waiting, the wishing, the hoping, and the jealousy. When walking through the Student Center, one will here the murmurs of envious students. “They’re so lucky they’re done.” “They’re practically on summer vacation already.” Since Freshman
year, Milton students fantasize about their senior spring, scheming about their senior prank, creating a playlist for the inevitable celebrations outside the student center, and anticipating the moment when the clock turns to 2:55pm on that final day of their senior year. However, most people do not really know what is involved in senior projects. To choose a senior project, the seniors must write a proposal to the Senior Project Committee. Not all proposals get passed. The project has to have some academic significance, and each student must schedule 40 hours a week to work on the project. Although the projects are often fun and relaxing, 40 hours a week is like working a full-time job. As past seniors have said, without having scheduled time to work on the project, time can slip away and you will find yourself with an incomplete project that is due the next day. By granting the seniors with what seems like an early start to summer, the senior projects teach independence and time management. On the last few days of school, many seniors present their senior projects with a performance, a powerpoint presentation, a video, or a demonstration. However, not all seniors present this way. Others write
essays on their experiences, and some, like Jackson Tse (I), write a term paper as their project. Many seniors explore a passion or field of interest through their project. Andrew Beaudoin (I) and Cam Lamoureux (I) are composing a song in five different genres of music including Pop, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, and African. As their final product, Andrew and Cam will present a CD of their original music as well as a cover from each genre. Ndea Hallett (I) and Ashley Bair (I) are learning music video choreography for their project. Students are already excited to see their performance during the presentation days before the end of school. This senior project reflects Ndea and Ashley’s love of dance, which grew throughout their Milton careers. They participated in the Dance Concert for the past four years, and Kelli Edward’s has inspired both girls to grow as dancers and as people. After enjoying choreographing for the Dance Concert this year, Ndea and Ashley developed an appreciation for the choreography of others as well. Other students have internships. After taking and enjoying many advanced science courses at Milton, Scott Murphy (I) developed an affinity for science and medicine. He
is exploring his interest by shadowing a Surgeon for his senior project. Jasmine Gale (I), after taking marine biology her senior year, found her field of interest and is working at the Aquarium. These students are exploring their favorite subjects, and through these projects, they will learn about the workforce and experience, first hand, a job that they will strive for in the future. There is also the option of a half project where a student will work 20 hours a week and attend two classes as well. Laura Soriano (’10), the 2009 Cross Country captain, trained for a Marathon while attending two classes of her choice. Laura was able to pursue her dream of running a Marathon as well as continue exploring her academic interests through the two classes she chose to continue taking. Another option is two half projects. Sofia Silverglass (I) is working at a school as well as making a ceramic tea set. Sofia has decided to explore two different passions through each of her projects. Although senior projects are not a vacation, they give Milton Seniors what appears to be relaxing way to explore or discover their passions and share them with the school.
News Milton Academy’s First Year Faculty
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Rachael Allen ‘14
Every year our Milton Academy community expands with the incoming slew of freshman, the new sophomores, and the few arriving juniors. However, often, as students, we get so caught up in the excitement of new classmates and class that we can forget the teachers that are new to the school as well. This year, the upper school acquired twelve new faculty and staff members. Throughout the year students have gotten to know new faculty and staff members through their classes and activities. The New Faculty Brunch on Wednesday, May 18th was a great opportunity for Milton to recognize the new teachers for their contributions to the school this year. A brief description of each first year faculty: “Teaching Advanced Placement Psychology and working as a counselor for the Health Center, Jennifer Hamilton joined Milton as a local resident, living on Brook Drive with her family. With a bachelors and masters degree from Boston College and a Ph.D. and masters degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Ms. Hamilton recently worked at Children’s Hospital as a postdoctoral fellow in psychology.” Rebecca McCormick joined the Math Department. From Lafayette College she earned her Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering, and from the University of New Hampshire she received her Masters of Education. Ms. McCormick previously worked at Sanborn Regional High School in
Kingston, New Hampshire, where she taught math classes, was a Class of 2013 class advisor, and took part in the Scheduling committee. Ms. McCormick is currently working towards her second master’s degree from UNH. The History and Social Science Department welcomed Robert McGuirk. Immediately after graduating from St. Bernard’s High School in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, he worked as a boys’ soccer coach. He later went on to become the chair of the Social Science Department and a teacher of history, social science, and English. A graduate of Fitchburg State University, Mr. McGuirk is a candidate for an M.A.T. in history from Fitchburg State. Living in Forbes House with his family, Mr. McGuirk also coaches JV girls’ soccer and freshman girls’ basketball. Lisa Morin, who graduated from St. Anselm College and Southern Connecticut State University, came as Milton’s new director of counseling. Demonstrating her experience working with children, Ms. Morin previously worked on the counseling staff and as a director of counseling for the summer program at Cushing Academy. A new this past year, French teacher, Cédric Morlot is a graduate of the University of Nancy II in France. Mr. Morlot has accrued an international teaching experience from Lithuania, France, and Boston. In 2009, he won the Professor of the Year award from
the French Cultural Center in Boston. Teaching chemistry, Maria Noy joined Milton in the fall as a resident of Hallowell House. Earning her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, her first master’s degree in sustainable chemistry from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Valencia, Spain, and a second masters degree in chemistry from Yale, Maria was a teaching fellow at Yale for two years. Earning her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees at the University of Basque Country, Sonia Péres-Villanueva is a new teacher of the Modern Languages Department. At the University of Birmingham, she earned her Ph. D. She has taught in Portugal, Great Britain, and the United States. In the past two years, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Williams College has had her as a visiting assistant professor. Living in Robbins House, Sarah Piebes works in the Physical Education and Athletics Department teaching physical education classes and working as a trainer. Earning her Bachelors of Science degree at Ithaca College and a Masters of Science degree at A.T. Still University, Ms. Piebes has worked at the University of Vermont as an assistant athletic trainer. Kelly Reiser, the director of student activities, is a graduate of University of Connecticut. From her eight years
at Portsmouth Abbey School, where she worked as a student activities director, a head athletic trainer, girls’ dormitory leader, teacher of biology, and assistant athletic director, Ms. Reiser has a wealth of experience and resided in the Ark. From Northeastern University, Jeremy Russell joined the Math Department and Forbes House. From College of New Jersey he has a Bachelors of Arts in math, and from Northeastern he has a Masters of Arts in math. He is now working towards his Ph.D. from Northeastern. He previously taught at Kingsway Regional High School in New Jersey, was a developer of curricula and coordinator of courses, and worked at Northeastern. From the Siena School in Silver Spring, Maryland, Matthew Simonson joined the math department. Earning his Bachelors of Arts in math (concentrated on international studies), Mr. Simonson graduated from Williams College with honors. While living in Goodwin, he coaches track and cross-country as he did at Williams. A teacher of Spanish and a resident of Canton Avenue, Lydia Thorp is a graduate of Skidmore College. Living in Madrid since 2002, and acting as an admissions representative at the Madrid campus of Saint Louis University, she has taught Spanish, was a dorm parent, and coached at Westtown School in Pennsylvania.
Independent Social Justice Project Robert Zindman ‘11
For my Independent Social Justice Project, I chose to study homelessness in the Boston area. This is an extremely serious problem which I believe more people should receive an education about. I chose this topic as a way to give more people the opportunity to understand the severity of such a heartbreaking issue. During my History in Action course taught by Ms. Geyling, we visited a homeless shelter known as the Brookview House, in Dorchester. We spoke with many of the people who work there and were allowed to tour the complex. This was a very eye opening experience. It allowed me the opportunity to see firsthand how these people who, have been taken off the streets, are living. I was also blown away by some of the figures and stories which the employees shared with us during our discussion and information session. “Established in 1990, the agency’s mission is to help homeless and at risk families learn the skills necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. With sites in Roxbury and Dorchester, we provide a safe, community setting with customized services to give homeless moms and kids the help and skills they need to succeed.” (Brookviewhouse. org) The combination of this field trip and some of the readings we have had for the class, have inspired me to help educate people on this subject. I want to do this in the hopes that the education
of people will have an influence on their choices for community service or when they are donating to charities. A few of the questions which I will be discussing throughout the remainder of this paper will be: What are the causes of homelessness in the Boston Area? What are some of the ways to solve it? What are some ways to get involved as a student? The reason I chose these questions was that I believe that they are the ones which people contemplate the most when discussing this issue. I also think that students are not informed as much as they need to be and I believe that there are many more ways for them to get involved, which they don’t know about. Increasing the knowledge of this subject amongst young people will hopefully make solving the issue seem like a little less of a daunting task to them and promote an increased involvement among young people. I feel that the government needs to become more involved in helping these people get back on their feet. Historically, it seems that the government has only gotten involved when it is convenient for them and when there is not another issue higher on their priority list. There is inconsistent funding in that; the government never really has a definite amount of money which they will surely offer this cause each year. This leaves the responsibility of donations
up to the citizens. While I think that it is good to have people relying on each other for some things, this is too serious an issue to not have consistent, guaranteed funding from a reliable source. This issue is not high enough on the government’s priority list. This will only change if the people take action and pressure the politicians to make this change. We also do not offer enough programs for people to receive help and to receive an education about certain things, which they normally do not get from school. My belief is that the only way for homelessness to be solved is by gathering all of the resources which are typically donated to this cause and creating a nationalized system of low income, and progressive housing options. This means that we must take all funds, donations, grants and resources and bring them together to construct an organized and progressive system where people are given the resources necessary to not only get back on their feet, but to stay there as well. I think that the allocation of resources needs to be re-evaluated and equally distributed based on a national census of the homeless and poverty stricken peoples, throughout all parts of the country. I feel that if we spend the time and the money necessary, we can create a system that has a high success rate and that will be much more successful than the current, inconsistent one. If we make
a nationalized homeless aid system, we could also work on creating the nationalized food- bank system and coordinate the two projects toward achieving the most effective outcome. I was very impressed when I went to visit the Brookview house and the greater Boston Food Bank. After my visit I thought of how both of these organizations functioned and I thought it would be an interesting concept to combine the organizational aspect of the Food Bank with the many opportunities Brookview house offers its residents. Next it occurred to me that it would be most effective if we nationalized both systems and allowed for both to offer programs, such as the “Kids Café” which is offered at the Greater Boston Food Bank, or the after school programs offered at Brookview house. To address the many gaps and needs of this issue, we must work hard to come up with the most effective way to allocate any and all resources which we can offer. For the action piece of my Independent Social Justice Action Project on Homelessness in the Boston area, I decided to spread the word about homelessness through education. Throughout the course this year, I have noticed that we have focused a lot on the education of people and how important it is to have as many people as possible involved in solving any Zindman continued on page 11
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Obama’s Speech and the Action it Requires The United States and the Middle East
Nelson Barrette ‘13 , Opinion Editor
On Thursday, May 19, 2011, President Obama took to the podium, hoping to declare a new chapter in the United States’ tumultuous relationship with the Middle East. In his speech, the President declared American support for the pro-democracy movements already in power in Egypt and Tunisia, and those working to gain power in the nations of Bahrain, Syria, Iran, and Libya. He also argued for the creation of an independent Palestinian state with borders based on those of pre-1967 Israel. Finally, Obama recognized the need for economic reforms in the Middle East, and unveiled a $1 billion debt forgiveness initiative and $1 billion worth of loan guarantees for Egypt. In sum, the President offered the American people as well as the citizens of the Near East a departure from the United States’ previous, vehemently pro-Israel and often pro-dictatorship Middle Eastern policy. Gaining the trust of the region’s people and working to strengthen its economic and political systems, however, will require more action than the United States has pledged. The January departure of Tunisia’s authoritarian President began a wave of protest movements throughout the Arab and Muslim world dubbed the Arab Spring. Many commentators criticized the United States’ response to the sudden shift in the region’s politics. Analysts like Harvard historian Niall
Ferguson argue that “Obama…jumped up to grasp a historical opportunity and missed it completely.” Although Obama’s immediate recognition of Egypt and Tunisia’s postrevolution governments helped to rectify any initial hesitation in supporting these efforts, the Administration’s policy became more contradictory as other countries experienced external aggression. While it was a simple decision to support protesters in Libya—an undemocratic country with a violent history of opposing U.S. and European interests and a government in the process of killing thousands—other nations presented more complex conflicts. In Bahrain, for example, protesters of all religious persuasions rose up against the oppressive rule of the country’s Sunni monarchs and their Saudi henchmen, only to be brutally suppressed by foreign security forces. This seemingly clear situation was complicated by Bahrain’s unique position as home of the United States Fifth Fleet. Not wanting to jeopardize naval supremacy in the Persian Gulf, the Obama administration was largely silent in the face of the protesters’ suppression. In his speech on May 19, the President attempted to right this travesty by expressing his disappointment in Bahrain’s crackdown, a welcomed move that was too little too late for the average Bahraini. In the future, the United States must be more willing to condemn even
those nations with whom it has unique relationships. Many pundits, including the aforementioned Ferguson, have argued that supporting democracy in countries like Egypt and Bahrain poses a dangerous threat to United States security. They argue that Islamist political groups like the Muslim Brotherhood will take power, steering their nations towards sharia law, or that oppressed Shiite minorities will bring their countries into the Iranian sphere and likely isolating Israel. Neither of these claims, however, is true. The case against Islamist parties ignores countries like Lebanon and Turkey, where democracy has moderated many political groups, including Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party. While Hezbollah still espouses the destruction of Israel, democracy has forced it to participate in civil dialogue and make compromises in order to maintain any power. In nations like Egypt and Syria, long traditions of secularism exert pressure against the emergence of an Islamic Republic à la Iran. The states most vulnerable to radicalism are ones like Libya, where a civil society has been eroded by decades of dictatorship. In those places, United States support is imperative. We must make wouldbe-Islamists extremest contemplate the material implications of turning their back on a strong, Western ally. Meanwhile, in nations like Bahrain with an oppressed, possibly pro-
Iran Shiite minority, Iranian influence can only be countered by U.S. support for popular movements. Leading up to Iran’s 1979 revolution, the U.S., instead of upholding its principles and preempting Iran’s religious factions by withdrawing support from the Shah, continued to support a decaying dictatorship. The result: an openly hostile Islamic Republic whose regional clout has hugely complicated regional politics. America must not repeat this mistake to maintain our powerful position in the region. Finally, Obama’s support for a two-state solution to the IsraelPalestine conflict, based on the 1967 borders of Israel, is a welcome opener for negotiations. The Israelis have long delayed peace with their inability to surrender the land seized during the Six Day War. While Hamas terrorism was responsible for hindering the peace process, the United States’ pro-Israel stance helped to fan the flames of radicalism in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Unfortunately, the President’s pronouncements on this conflict, and on the region as a whole, will not be enough to create lasting peace. Instead, his plans should serve only as models for the future of the Middle East. Action in support of nascent democracy movements is the only way for the U.S. to improve its image and further benefit the ever hostile region.
Why Have There Been Fewer DC’s? Three Cheers For a Death? Ilve Bayturk ‘14
From the outside, Milton Academy seems like the perfect school: the home of intellectually capable students, sports teams of high caliber, and, of course, well behaved kids. This image, however, only portrays the surface. Yes, Milton Academy does have a beautiful campus, successful sports, and smart students, but these “smart” students do not always make the best decisions. Every school year, a number of students get DC’ed. For those of you that still do not know what a DC is, DC stands for Discipline Committee. DCs take place when a student violates a major school rule, such as academic integrity. So far this year, there have been eleven DC’s, rather low compared to the whopping thirtyseven of last year. Teachers and students are mystified by this sudden drop. There is no specific reason, as there are many factors that can contribute to getting a DC in the first place. When asked, however, some teachers and students associated the lower number of DC’s with fewer dorm searches and students’ becoming more scrupulous. Many boarders agree that there have been fewer DC’s because there have been dorm searches this year compared to last. With fewer opportunities to get caught with contraband in their room, the violation of the school’s rules does not disappear, but the discovery of those violations and subsequent consequences lessen. Yet, the room searches theory does not apply in the case of academic integrity DC’s. Last year, a large number of DC’s happened as a response to cheating. This year, however, many of the DC’s have been related to drugs and alcohol. Why is it that there are fewer kids
Mykayla Sandler ‘14
cheating this year? Though we want to believe that students are simply gaining integrity and recognizing the harmful effects of cheating, we must acknowledge the other possibility: kids are getting better at cheating. It is very possible that students have simply learned how to “game the system” more effectively and not even look suspicious enough to get in trouble. We should, however, try to have faith in Milton Academy’s students. Maybe they are understanding the morals behind being honest and not cheating. Students, particularly upperclassmen, seem to be learning from past mistakes. Since there are a fewer number of DC’s, with two DC’s in the freshman class, our upperclassmen must have learned that thirty-seven DC’s were unacceptable. In addition, students are scared. The punishments received from getting DC’ed are severe. The minimum suspension time in many cases, which can easily increase due to the seriousness of the offense, is three days. Neglecting suspensions longer than three days, a three-day suspension is a lifetime in the life of a Milton Academy student. A student who gets DC’ed not only misses three days of “chilling” with friends and the delicious Flik food, but also misses three days of classes where a number of topics are covered. Any student who has ever missed a day of school at Milton Academy knows that making up missed work is no walk in the park. The fear of falling behind academically only adds to the decrease in this year’s DC’s. Milton Academy history has shown that the greatest amount of DC’s always occur towards the end of the school year. Since the year is winding to DC’s continued on page 11
Imagine Boston Common on a Sunday Night at one o’clock in the morning. Hundreds of college students gather in raucous celebration, high-fiving each other, giving thumbs up, throwing their fists in the air and shouting “We’re number one!” Had the Celtics just clinched a spot in the finals? Had the Red Sox beaten the Yankees? No, nothing so pedestrian. Instead, this party was a celebration of the elimination of Public Enemy Number One, Osama Bin Laden. This same scene occurred in hundreds of locations globally including a mall in D.C, Ground Zero, London, and Toronto. On May 1st, 2011, a Navy SEAL team killed Osama Bin Laden, the confessed mastermind of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Normally. festivities over death are insensitive and immoral, but what if the victim was a mass murderer who ruthlessly ended the lives of innocent people? Is it acceptable to rejoice over the death of someone who killed our fellow Americans? Should we remain sober in the face of our enemy and in the memory of his numerous victims? The reaction to any death should not equate the reaction of a Super Bowl victory. The celebratory behavior in response to Bin Laden’s death was not an acceptable display of the relief that we felt. Because Bin Laden killed many innocents, and started anti-Israel angst that still remains in America, we are allowed to be pleased with closure. This satisfaction is even more justified in those who experienced Bin Laden’s terror first hand with the loss of a loved
one during 9/11. Overt, insensitive celebration, however, is unacceptable. Proverbs 24:17 advices to “not gloat when your enemy fails; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice.” Martin Luther King Jr. preaches a similar view, asserting, “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate...Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” We cannot allow ourselves to gloat over death, but must respond with dignity, respect and perhaps even love to the hatred Osama preached. A story in the Jewish Talmud describes a man who wished for the death of the troublemakers in his town. His wife said, “Do not pray for the death of sinners, but rather for the death of sin. Then, sin having ceased, there will be no more sinners” (Talmud, Berakhot 10a). Rejoicing over Osama’s death will not end terrorism but will reveal America’s own insensitivity. We cannot let the joy of a successful mission cloud our judgement and erase our values. A death of a human being can never be celebrated. Every action we make as US citizens represents our country as a whole, and celebrating the death of another, though an unprincipled deed in and of itself, represents America as a nation that does not respect the lives of others. We must, as a country, be mature enough to be pleased with the removal of an evil power from our earth without becoming overjoyed over the death of a human being. After all, that is what truly makes us better than Bin Laden and his ilk.
Centerfold The Milton Measure The Academy’s Most Illustrious Groups:
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Mission Statement: What’s school? Requirements: Members must frequently call in sick, rage, and take pictures (in that order). Join if: You know the difference between a Venti and a Grande. Exclusiveness: High.
Mission Statement: Rarely Aren’t Getting Expelled Requirements: Members must be legends. Join if: Trespassing doesn’t bother you. Exclusiveness: We’ll talk to ya.
Milton Academy Field Hockey Mission Statement: Reviving the 90s Requirements: Members must snap selfies in the locker room. Join if: You have names for your biceps. Dress Code: Rainbow spandex, kneehigh socks, and neon sports bras.
Centerfold May 27, 2011 | page 9 A Sophomore’s Guide to the Upper-Class
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Techies Mission Statement: To Master the Dark Arts. Requirements: Members must be interested in theatre, hobbits, and black. They typically lack sufficient hygiene. Join if: You avoid sunlight. Exclusiveness: You must be a mammal. Prominent Members: Harp boy and lava girl.
Kids Who Sit on the Dean’s Office Ledge Mission Statement: To canoodle with the opposite sex on a ledge in plain view of the entire student center. Requirements: None. Join if: You wear running shoes. Exclusiveness: Minimal.
Male Athletes (long table diners) Mission Statement: To constantly engage in the pursuit of huge. Requirements: Members must refer to the RSG as “home.” Join if: You have names for your biceps. Initiation Rite: Beat Cam Bo (I) in a dance off.
Opinion The Rising Junior’s Dilemma May 27, 2011 | page 10
Honors Biology and US History Charles Wang ‘13
When Milton Academy began the process of course selection in February, I found myself making one of the toughest decisions I have ever made in my Milton career thus far: taking both Biology and U.S. History in the same year or separating the two into my junior and senior year. After signing and returning the second round course selection sheets, each person is locked into his courses– assuming that he is not called over the summer to drop one of your classes. For sophomores, this may or may not be a relief. I hope that reading this article will ease your anxiety if you do happen to fit into this category; most readers, however, will likely find themselves rethinking what exactly they have picked for their courses. Either way, it’s too late. If you are a freshman reading this and you are wondering what all this commotion over taking Biology and U.S. History in the same year is about, you should know that those two courses have historically been known as the most demanding, most labor-intensive courses that one will ever take at Milton. The combination of those two courses in one year is an
undertaking that only a few students dare to brave; if you are taking Honors Biology and U.S. History in the same year, then you have almost guaranteed yourself frequent all-nighters. While I personally cannot give an account of what the experience is like, after asking a few juniors about their thoughts on taking the two courses together, I got a pretty clear idea of their class’ general opinion. Darryl Bobbie (Class II) described the decision to take both courses in one year as “dumb,” and added that anyone who would sign up for both courses is an “idiot”. Another junior from Forbes responded by saying, “Don’t do it unless you want to get wrecked.” When I first proposed my dilemma to Ed Han (Class II), who is currently taking Biology Honors and History on top of Precalculus Honors and French 4, he urged me not take on the challenge and “avoid [making] the same mistake [that he] made.” He described his difficulties throughout this year: the late nights or sometimes even all-nighters that he would spend finishing up a math problem set only to face a grueling English essay right
courses, all of which are demanding, and advises that as long as you work hard and put enough time into your homework, you will do fine. He even encourages students to take on the challenge because, when applying to colleges, admission officers looking at transcripts will know that a bio-history student has been taking full advantage of all the courses that the Milton has to provide. Taking both rigorous courses in one year also provided the opportunity to take more interesting courses in one’s
senior year. As Otis Handy (Class II), who takes both courses, commented, “Darryl Bobbie (Class II) will be biting Dilemma continued on page 11
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Pride Cometh Before the Fall Nicole Acheampong ‘13
afterwards; “It was work on work pretty much all the time.” Although I had asked him my question when he was doing his history research paper and biology lab report, and his spirit may have been at an extreme low, Ed’s words are proof that the Bio-U.S. History combination is a strenuous ordeal and not one to be treated lightly. While the majority of students oppose the idea, there are some who have a more optimistic outlook. Teo Camadella (Class II) gave very encouraging advice, stating that although he does not take Biology and U.S. History together, he does take 5.5
The Empress Strikes Back grade. And while her students may occasionally exhibit maturity reminiscent of those delightful kindergarteners, she still manages to teach effectively. She powers valuable discussions by asking thoughtprovoking—and occasionally ridiculous—questions that make students truly think about what they are reading. Generally, she removes herself from the conversation in order to promote studentled discussion, but she knows when to step in, offering her own opinions and occasionally letting loose a subtle joke. Her Mrs. Zilliax has been teaching at Milton since 1992 sense of humor keeps class Without fail, the month of May is a lively and often alerts sleeptime of the year where students start to deprived students to the task at hand. falter. Their energy has been depleted Her amazingly creative mind allows by the events of the last eight months, for more interesting, fun classes; no and the sheer dearth of long weekends student ever dreads walking into Ms. since spring break adds difficulty as Zilliax’s classroom since he knows he students are accustomed to regular is in for a treat. holidays and breaks from the winter Somehow, even in the midst of season. The warmer weather does not the deadly cycle that comes to define help the focus, and seemingly heartless Milton, the deep rut that many students teachers choose this time to pile on fall into, she manages to break the work on checked-out students. This cycle and pave over the rut. Ms. Zilliax time is one of the hardest at Milton. has amazing patience, likely a result of One teacher in particular, however, her training with small children. She can really teach us something about easily deals with the motley crew of dealing with this time. students, whether they be hot-headed, A valued member of the taciturn, intellectual, or attracted to English Department, Carlotta Zilliax deviating from the general flow of has been teaching at Milton since 1992. the conversation and going off on a Before teaching high school, Empress tangent. She encourages all opinions, Zilliax taught at every other level whether legitimate or ludicrous, and of school, Kindergarten through 8th forces all to talk, thereby enriching
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a conversation, a conversation that would be solely led by outspoken students, with the more reticent ones. Well aware that discussion reinforces understanding of texts and helps both the speaker and those listening, she genuinely loves hearing the thoughts of her disciples. This love for her students’ ideas translates to her passion for reading papers, which she returns promptly with margin notes and one long note, in some cases a page long, which highlights the ups and downs of the piece. Overall, this beloved member of the Milton faculty exhibits the properties of an unforgettable, influential teacher. We, students and faculty, have much to learn from the Empress. We must love what we are doing, remember why we love where we are and why we decided to be here. However painful these last weeks may seem, it is important that we stay strong and not fall into the trap of tedium. Let us model Carlotta; let us laugh at those stupid jokes that break the painful monotony of mid-May to June, be patient with ourselves and others, and simply love our jobs no matter how challenging or repetitive they may be. Many are familiar with the term “choking”, an action which is defined as letting up towards the end, being unable to finish. It happens to everyone; in fact, it is most likely to happen to those at higher skill levels, like professional tennis players. Humans are naturally bad at finishing. When you see yourself choking, use the Heimlich, and move on.
Two weeks ago, Dominique StraussKahn was both the chief of the International Monetary Fund, an organization responsible for supporting 187 countries, and a major candidate for France’s 2012 presidential election. To say the least, the man had power. He was the face of a powerful fund that, for a country in need, provided financial security among despair. And yet, on May 14th, a hotel maid accused Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault and attempted rape. Despite his position and influence in the country, he will have to wait in a prison cell at Rikers Island in New York before standing in front of a grand jury. While many view StraussKahn’s alleged actions as inconceivable, the event itself is sadly unsurprising. Countless leaders commit outlandish crimes and misdeeds which seem to deteriorate their public images; politics would hardly be as exciting without these scandals. As the old saying goes “The higher the leap, the steeper the fall” and with many world leaders committing such blatant crimes, this fall seems to find its source not in a push, but in a self-imposed jump. To the public, the self-destruction of these leaders is incomprehensible. The leader, also unable to acknowledge his faults, attempts to hold onto his or her power and attempts to manipulate his or her wealth and political connections in order to evade the judgment of the jury. Inevitably, however, power cannot be used as a safety net in most cases. If the allegations are true, Strauss-Kahn, a powerful French leader, and potential socialist presidential candidate, has harassed more women the just the aforementioned hotel maid—an African immigrant from Guinea. The details of the case seem almost surreal: Strauss-Kahn allegedly chased this unfortunate woman down a hallway, fully nude, and proceeded to attempt to force himself upon her. Fortunately, the authority he believed he held could not save him from the authority of the NYPD. The boldness of StraussKahn’s actions speak not only to the apparent overconfidence that seems to be endemic to those in positions of power, but also to several deep flaws within the French political system. According to Charles Bremer of the London Times, Strauss-Kahn’s attitude is linked to the misogynistic notions of “Machismo” that still dominate French political thinking. Clearly, however, Americans are less sympathetic towards his attempts to “man up”, so to speak. Thankfully, Strauss-Kahn’s power was determined by the jurors in an American court; Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson told the IMF chief’s defense attorney, “The same rules apply to your defendant as all defendants, and I am a fair judge.” Currently on bail, Strauss-Kahn must recognize that position of power at the IMF cannot shirk him of responsibility.
Opinion The Politics of Assassination
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Was bin Laden’s Assasination Justified? Shannon Peters ‘13
“All is fair in love and war” is a common phrase, but it is usually not one to which common people can relate. After the tragedy at the World Trade Center on September 11th and the recent assassination of Osama bin Laden on May 2, however, its meaning has become bluntly clear. Despite President Ford’s 1976 signing of an executive order banning assassinations, our country’s hatred towards Osama bin Laden following 9/11 was one factor that led President Obama to authorize the CIA’s assassination of the Al Qaeda leader. After approximately 2, 800 deaths that took place as a result of Al Qaeda attacks, the majority of Americans wanted Osama bin Laden captured or killed, regardless of the law. Bin Laden’s assassination was one step taken towards protecting the United States, but many would agree that his death was also an act of revenge. Many believe that Osama should not have had a trial since there was no point in questioning his punishment; he was responsible for countless deaths of innocent people, and thus he deserved to die. Whether or not one can defend bin Laden’s organized assassination, however, no form of murder can ever be “justified”. According to the LA Times, The Dalai Lama, a man who is globally known for promoting peace,
admitted that Osama bin Laden, as a human being, deserves forgiveness; forgiveness, however, “...doesn’t mean forget what happened ... If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter-measures, you have to take counter-measures.” The seventy-five year old Dalai Lama stated that he’ll even avoid swatting the mosquitoes on his skin, yet he continues to believe that the assassination of bin Laden was necessary. In many ways, the Dalai Lama exemplifies the way in which Americans should be responding to Osama’s death. No matter how evil a person, murder is never the ethical solution, even if it is the necessary one. Yes, it is a relief to know that Osama can no longer pose a threat to our country; the celebrations and the incendiary rhetoric regarding how Osama bin Laden will forever burn in hell, however, are not the response that Americans should have to the death of a human being, even one as thoroughly twisted as Bin Laden. One could argue that the Al-Qaeda leader’s planned attacks on innocent people gave the U.S. a valid reason to want Osama bin Laden dead, but celebrating a murder shouldn’t be the acceptable response of common, decent, people. Yet, it is reassuring to see that, while Middle Eastern countries burn American flags and behead effigies
Persian Politics Why Iran is in Turmoil Stewart Pollock ‘12, Senior Editor
Since the aftermath of the rigged 2009 Iranian election, when supporters of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad attacked opposition party leaders and police fired on protesters en masse, the Islamic Republic has cracked down on numerous perceived threats to the regime, and its leaders have tightened their grip on power. This newfound oppressiveness was made clear during the “Arab Spring,” when Iran suppressed its protesters with a level of brutality that would make Hosni Mubarak squeamish. Tehran has weathered the regional unrest quite well, to the further detriment of its people. Appearances can be deceiving, however. In fact, Iran’s secular and religious leaders seem to be locked in a serious power struggle for the future of the nation. According to The Guardian, tensions have boiled over between Mr. Ahmadinejad and the religious “Supreme Leader,” Ayatollah Khamenei. Apparently Khamenei, and the various high ranking Mullahs who make up the clerical establishment, were incensed when the President tried to fire a high ranking official in the Intelligence Ministry with whom Mr. Khamenei disagreed. After Khamenei, who holds supreme authority within the country, re-instated the official, Ahmadinejad boycotted cabinet meetings in protest, inadvertently sparking a backlash by members of the political and military elite. Although the opaque state of Iranian politics makes a complete analysis of this incident nigh-impossible, the incident still sheds considerable light on the state
of the theocratic regime. Evidently, there exists considerable tension within the government, and despite outer appearances, Iran’s foundations may be tottering. Given how much the regime relies on the appearance of complete unity, even this small “tiff” could blow up into something more. Of course, neither side is particularly sympathetic. Ahmadinejad is a raging anti-Semite who speaks of destroying Israel and continues his quest for nuclear weapons. Khamenei, on the other hand, is a misogynistic religious zealot who has issued fatwahs endorsing the murder of foreign nationals (such as British novelist Salman Rushdie and Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali), while continuing to denounce democracy and religious tolerance. Each did his best to suppress protesters that rose up in Iranian cities this spring, and both continue to harass and imprison opposition leaders. Still, the situation does provide a glimmer of hope for those who wish to see the demise of one of the world’s most oppressive regimes. The more divided Iran’s leaders are, the less of a threat they pose to the other nations of the Middle East, at least in the short term. Only time will tell whether this situation continues to escalate, or whether Iran’s leadership can put aside their differences against their common enemy, America, or as Khamenei likes to call it, “The Great Satan.” Regardless, this situation does seem to disprove the old adage, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
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of U.S. leaders, Americans celebrate with patriotic intentions. After bin Laden’s death, “crowds of all races and creeds came together and raised American flags, sang patriotic songs, drank and made merry, embraced and shook one another’s hand. They did not glorify death, but rather affirmed life” (CBS News). Celebrating death is one thing, but rejoicing a nation’s victory is completely justified. Although political assassination is never an ethical solution, the circumstances of the situation often provide assassination with reason and motives. Those under the impression that Osama bin Laden deserved a trial rather than an unexpected murder should remember that bin Laden was the man responsible for thousands of deaths, and that the Navy Seals were given orders to capture him if possible. Although this assassination cannot solve the U.S.’s conflict with Al-Qaeda, or ease tensions in the Middle East, our country felt relieved with the outcome. Viewing the assassination of Osama bin Laden in the context of the horrific outcome of 9/11, one can see that U.S. has done nothing but attempt to protect itself. Despite innumerable deaths caused by bin Laden, however, killing a murderer will not solve a war or create peace. Zindman continued from page 5
problems. I chose to send my paper to all of the class conferences as well as to publish part of it in the Milton Measure. I feel that the only way to have a lasting effect, is for people to learn about the subject on their own time. If we force people to get involved, then they will not like what they are doing, however if they expose themselves to the horrific realities of a situation, then they may develop a deeper interest and more of a desire to help solve the issue. By asking many of my friends and peers to read and to learn from something I have researched and written, they will have a more personal connection to the subject. This may promote a deeper passion for participation as well as a different attitude. I have also decided to deliver copies of my paper to many of my neighbors at home. I have decided to do this, because I believe that even though this project focuses on the Boston area, they will develop a curiosity about what the situation is like in their own backyard and begin to take their own action locally. I will include a personal letter with all of the papers which says: Dear Neighbor, I am a student at a boarding school known as Milton Academy, in Milton Massachusetts. I have included in this envelope a paper which I have written about Homelessness in the Boston area. I ask that you will take the time to read through it, in the hopes that it will encourage you to take action either locally or on a national level in an effort to solve this incredibly scary and devastating
his tongue when he’s sitting through a U.S. History class next year while I’m chilling like a villain in Religions & Improv Class.” Personally, I believe that taking the two demanding courses junior year has more pros than cons. Firstly, if you push through the pain that year, you will have pretty much made it through Milton Academy. I do not claim that you will not work during your senior year, but taking both courses at once will definitely make your last year a much more relaxing one. Secondly, if you are interested in the sciences or history, by finishing biology and U.S. history junior year you will have the option to take advanced courses in either subject area during your senior year. Finally, come senior year, having the two writing and reading intensive courses lifted off your shoulders will give you more time to work on your college applications. As Mr. Heard, the Dean of Students, suggests, everyone should take the two courses his or her junior year because the time needed to fill out college applications senior year is equivalent to the time needed for a single course. So, to those of you taking Biology and U.S. History next year: I commend you. Your choice is certainly not an easy one, but an intelligent one. Good luck. You are going to need it. DC’s continued from page 5 a students assume that they can start
slacking off and many stop working. They believe that, since they are almost finished with the school year, they cannot get punished for getting out of line or getting “frisky,” in the words of Ms. Engstrom. Students need to understand that they must put in the same amount of work and energy in the end of the year as they did in the beginning in order to keep their grades up and prevent further violations of academic integrity. body with their early action programs, Mr. Skinner believes that “the biggest impact” of the college’s change “may be smaller wait lists.” He argues that “given the high yield rates in early action admits at [Princeton and Harvard], [they] and other colleges that compete for the same students will have a clearer sense of which of those students might still be available and can then tailor wait lists accordingly.” While smaller wait lists will be a negative change, as Mr. Skinner concludes, “for students who see Princeton or Harvard as a first choice, the reinstitution of early action also removes some uncertainty; now they can apply early and get some sense of where they stand. issue. I feel that when one reads stories in the news, they are not as effected by what they see happening in another part of the country. However I hope that when reading this more personalized document, you contemplate what it must be like for these people without a roof over their heads and examine the ways you could get involved. Even the smallest gestures do have an effect. Thank you for taking the time to read through this and please feel free to contact me about any questions or concerns.
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“I believe that the administration was correct to increase measures to insure a safe and drugfree environment, and that the boarders with illicit materials paid for their actions”
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What do you think has accounted for the recent slew of DC’s?
“Mr. Bland’s commitment to eradicating marijuana” – Male, Class I, Day Student “Spring fever” – Female, Class III, Day Student “Stress” – Male, Class II, Day Student “Closer faculty attention” – Female, Class I, Day Student “The fact that the dorms searches just started. The drugs and such have always been there.” –Female, Class IV, Robbins “We just haven’t been caught all year…” – Female, Class III, Day Student “I think that faculty expect poor decisions and bad behavior and therefore look for it” – Female, Class II, Day Student People Are Accountable for What is in Their Room Regardless of Whose it is 40 Percentage of Students
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“Because of the recent happenings, the students have lost faith and trust in the administration more and the bond is even more severed than before”
– Male, Class II, Wolcott House
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Chicago Breezes Through Milton Olivia Atwood ‘13
After months of eager anticipation, the hard work of Milton’s actors and singers culminated with three performances of the musical Chicago. Students had been eagerly awaiting this performance since the fall, when the theater department announced its decision for the biannual musical. When tickets went on sale at lunch on Monday, a mob formed, shouting and crowding Dar’s ticket table, each person praying for a Friday ticket. As expected,the show lived up to its hype, wowing the audience. The show began with All That Jazz. From the moment Alé Gianino (Class III) took the stage as Velma Kelly, a Vaudeville star imprisoned for the murder of her husband and sister, the audience went wild. Rocking a short and feisty red bob, she never missed a note, even while dancing on top of chairs, dropping into splits, and acting her heart out. Playing opposite Gianino was Brittney Owens (Class II). From the moment she opened her mouth, the audience could not help but beg for more. With deep, powerful vocals and dancing on par with Gianino’s, Owens performed a sexy yet adorable portrayal of Roxie Hart, imprisoned for the murder of Fred Casely, her lover.
Beyond the incredible leads, the rest of the cast proved just as skilled and talented. Yoshi Makishima (Class I)
the requirements of such a character; you may be accidentally calling him Billy until graduation.
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played Mama so well that you may think she and Queen Latifa (who plays Mama in the movie version of Chicago) were related. Danny Lamere (Class I) was unbeatable as lawyer Billy Flynn. Both his vocals and his flawless acting fulfilled
Nesto Exhibit Elicits Bravo Louisa Moore ‘14
Though his images are not titled, he does list the flowers’ types and species. At first, Mr. Cheney’s flowers and Mr. Hutchinson’s foreign landscapes appear at odds with one another. Upon closer examination, though, the viewer realizes the similarity between the two. Both Mr. Cheney and Mr. Hutchinson’s photographs display rare, natural images. Mr. Cheney’s close ups provide a unique view of flowers while Mr. Hutchinson’s photos show foreign landscapes that few of us will ever see as well. Mr. Cheney’s vivid plants and McKean Tompkins / TMM flowers line the left half of the Nesto Gallery Opening gallery, and Mr. Hutchison’s The new Nesto Gallery exhibit Camera spectacular views of Nepal, India, and Comrades: Sharing the Adventures of Lens Europe line the right, furthering the and Light opened Tuesday, May 17th. This contrast between the two sets; however, show features the work of current faculty though different, both photographers offer member Bryan Cheney and former student interesting perspectives on the natural Clay Hutchison (Class of 1976). world. They use their photography Clay Hutchison became interested to inspire exploration, allowing us to in photography during his time here appreciate the beauty they find ,such as at Milton. As taken from the Artist’s in Mr. Cheney’s purple Bachelor Button Statement in the Gallery, “It was here that flower, or Mr. Hutchison’s astounding I discovered photography was much more views from mountains high in the Indian that just taking pictures for the yearbook.” Himalayas. His love for photography even turned into With this show, the two his senior project: taking photographs in photographers have brought beauty and Acadia National Park in Maine. brilliance to the Nesto Gallery with their For the show, Mr. Hutchison used stunning views of nature. full frame images taken on transparency As only an amateur photographer, film. Most were taken in 35 mm format, I cannot say I know much about lighting, though there were a few panorama format, exposure, and other photography such as one taken during his expedition on terminology; however, I know that anyone The Haute Route. who sees this show will enjoy it, no matter his All his images in the show were skill with a camera. Although few possess from trips to Nepal (1977 – 1983), the the talent necessary to take photographs of Expedition to Trisul 1 in the Garhwal Region this caliber, the photographs’ captivating (1990), and The Haute Route (2000), the beauty is accessible to all. legendary skiing-mountaineering tour Just as Mr. Cheney inspired Mr. through Europe. Hutchinson in the ways of photography in Bryan Cheney, a current teacher the seventies, one can only hope this of Photography and Architecture at Milton, reunion of teacher and student will inspire displayed images that he took over a fourphotographers well past the show’s closing year period, mostly in his garden in Maine. on June 20th. The photographs were taken in natural light to portray the flowers’ organic forms.
The biggest surprise of the night came from Jack Carle (ClassIV), cross-dressing and singing in falsetto as Mary Sunshine. Every time he spoke, the audience found themselves rolling over laughing. On every note, Jack flaunted an incredible
voice and stayed true to his feigned gender throughout the performance. . And to all the girls out there, two words: Amos Hart—the husband of Roxie. James McHugh (Class II) gave an incomparably sweet performance, acting as the innocent, devoted, and adorable Amos. Every time he left the stage, the crowds gave a resounding “Aww!”, and several girls were nearly unable to stop themselves from running after him when, at the close of his heart wrenching ballad, Mr. Cellophane, he humbly said, “I hope I didn’t take up too much of your time.” Ultimately, Chicago was a show built from the support and incredible performances of the entire cast. “It is an ensemble based performance,” notes director Debbie Simon, “They all did it together.” To name a few: Harry Wood (Class III), holding the show together as the MC; Hannah Auerbach (Class II), repeating “Not guilty!” in her hilarious yet saddening performance as a Hungarian prisoner; Karen Li (Class II), who plays Go to Hell Kitty, lighting up the stage with her energetic performance; Liz Stanfield (Class II), earning laughs with her account of the murders she committed; and Joseph Reynolds (Class I), comically acting and flawlessly dancing. The show was a complete success and will provide a hard act to follow for the musicals in years to come.
CBS Improves Its Shows Alex Lee ‘13
America’s most watched network is shaking up its lineup in order to make 2011-2012 its best year ever. CBS, the most stable of the America’s major broadcast networks, has ordered five new shows for the upcoming TV season, along with numerous changes to the weekly schedule. In the fall, the biggest change will be CBS’s shifting “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” from its long-time Thursday night slot to Wednesday in order to air a new crime drama by J.J. Abrams, “Person of Interest.” J.J. Abrams, who directed “Lost” for all seven seasons, recruited former “Lost” cast member Michael Emerson, who played the role of Ben Linus. CBS also announced two other new dramas. “Unforgettable”, which focuses on a police detective with a rare condition that allows her to remember virtually everything she has been exposed to in her life. This new show will air at 10pm on Tuesdays. The other drama, “A Gifted Man,” follows the story of a surgeon and his deceased ex-wife who continues to communicate with him from the beyond. The program will star Patrick Wilson, an actor from “Watchmen” and “The A-Team”. “A Gifted Man” will be on the air at 8pm on Fridays, right before “CSI: NY.” New comedies include “How to Be a Gentleman” and “2 Broke Girls.” “How to Be a Gentleman”, adapted from a novel, is currently produced by David Hornsby (producer of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Adam Chase (producer of “Friends”). The program showcases the unlikely relationship between a refined man named Andrew, who jeopardizes his job when he cannot give his newspaper column a modern twist, and a “bad boy” named Bert, who Andrew has hired to become a personal coach. “How to Be a Gentleman” will air on Thursday at 8:30, after “The Big Bang Theory.” Slightly more ‘chic’
friendly, “2 Broke Girls” tells the story of two young waitresses who dream of one day opening a cupcake shop in New York City although they are currently barely earning enough from their waitressing jobs to scrape out a living. This new female comedy will air at 8:30pm on Mondays, between the two established comedies “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men.” As most people have heard, “Two and a Half Men” turned from CBS’s golden goose comedy into the laughingstock of television and America after Charlie Sheen produced a mountain of negative publicity with his antics over the past few months. After the dust settled, CBS fired Sheen, recently replacing him with Ashton Kutcher. CBS’ CEO has remained tight-lipped about Sheen’s departure and Kutcher’s arrival, saying “I’ve been chased from every restaurant in Los Angeles for the past two months avoiding questions, [but] I think we’ll come out of it fine.” CBS executives still have not given any details about how Kutcher will be written into the series, or how Sheen will be written out. So while Charlie Sheen is on his “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is not an Option” tour of America, “Two and a Half Men” will remain at its Monday 9pm space. CBS garners almost 11.2 million viewers every week, almost 2 million more than the second-place network Fox. Even without football on Sundays, people can still find plenty of reasons to tune into CBS, choosing to watch either for these new shows or for popular established choices. While it remains to be seen whether these new programs will be popular, CBS has an excellent track record when it comes to introducing new material on the network, such as last year’s “Hawaii Five-0.” Hopefully, these shows turn out to be just as good as their predecessors. Keep watching, America.
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As the tenth season of American Idol finally comes to a close, so do the characteristics of the show that led to its initial popularity. The title of ‘American Idol’ used to include irrevocable fame: million’s of CDs, multiple tours, and worldwide fame. Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks—all of these ‘Idols’ went on to have fantastic careers. In reality, however, less than half of the student body knows the name of last year’s winner, indicating the large decrease in popularity the show has experienced over the past few years. One possible explanation for the dip in popularity is the producers’ choice to alter the cast of judges. While the show needed some changes to spice up its popularity, the classic RandyPaula-Simon threesome that kicked off the show is irreplaceable, and despite Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler’s attempts to fill the shoes left behind by Paula and Simon, the dynamic will never quite be the same. After ten seasons and 7 judges, American Idol has run its course. Ideally, the show would have run for seven or eight seasons, maximum,
NFL Lockout Ari Spilo ‘13
As of April 29, the NFL lockout was back in place. The lockout began because of the labor pact between the NFL and the union that expired this past March. In negotiating for a new agreement, owners asked for a much larger share of total revenue, which the Players Union does not want to give them. Due to failures in bargaining attempts between the players and the NFL commissioners, the union has been de-certified, creating a lockout. The lockout shuts down all of the league’s activities; the teams can’t partake in anything related to their players or trades and the players aren’t allowed to use their team’s facilities. Players including Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees, three of the best quarterbacks in the NFL today, filed antitrust lawsuits against the NFL in order to bring an end to the lockout. This lawsuit accuses the NFL of conspiracy and anti-competitive practices. The players are saying that the league is violating the Sherman Act, which is a federal law that prevents restrictions on commerce and limits monopolies. The players initially won the case and the lockout was lifted for 4 days, but the commissioners of the NFL appealed and the case went under further deliberations. As of now, the lockout has been put back into place and the final case is supposed to take Lockout continued on page 15
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and then ended at the peak of its popularity. Yet, the show continues to drone on week after week, tragically losing devout viewers every year in an effort to make money and regain lost popularity. As the show continues to run, American Idol producers and viewers are losing interest and losing hope that the show will ever return to its former glory. After the second to last episode on Tuesday night, Idol received 122.4 million votes to determine this season’s winner. While this number tops the 100 million votes for Kris Allen and Adam Lambert in 2009, it is incomparable to the 500 million votes cast in the season four finals. With the abundance of reality shows now on TV, such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance?, it is hard to see American Idol regaining its spot at the pinnacle of competitive reality TV. In coming months, Idol will face new competition from a new, heavily marketed show on NBC. A reality show which originated in Europe, The Voice is a singing competition with new elements that distinguishes it from American Idol, such as the “blind audition” in which the contestants are judged solely on singing and not on looks. This new program also includes musical coaches, who both instruct, similar to Dancing with the Stars, and judge the contestants. With its refreshing procedure and interesting concepts, The Voice will likely overtake American Idol as America’s favorite show.
As thousands of viewers exited King Theater on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, they all had one question in mind: Where can I find out more information about the orchestra? In a show dictated by its music, the performance of the orchestra was a key factor in the overall success of the show. The Chicago Pit Orchestra was founded in 2011 by Louise Mundinger of the Milton Academy Performing Arts Department. After a careful selection process, Ms. Mundinger personally invited a select crop, the so called “cream.” Members of the Orchestra had to be fully dedicated to the play, rehearsing every Tuesday night for the past two months. Juwon Kim (Class II), who played first piano while a professional pianist played second, began practicing for the show during March break before official rehearsal had begun. The journey from practice hall to center stage was not an easy road for the pit orchestra. In the first few weeks, many members, such as myself, were concerned that the orchestra would not be performing in the “pit” but rather behind the actors in the back of the stage. With the acoustics in King Theater, this decision proved to be beneficial, allowing the vocals to project. Many orchestra members were also upset that they would not be able to watch the play. Kitty Lan (Class III), the violinist, felt very strongly
about this travesty since Chicago is one of her favorite plays; she knows the soundtrack by heart. Throughout the performances, the clear leader of the pit orchestra was first trumpet and professional musician, Dave Burdett. Although Mr. Burdett, known simply as “Dave” to other members of the pit orchestra, often found Ms. Mundinger’s conducting to be challenging at times, he effectively took direction from Ms. Mundiger and aided the entire orchestra. While the orchestra pit suffered some setbacks, it ultimately achieved success. It carried the entire Chicago play from start to finish, responsible for providing every single actor’s cues. It truly transformed the musical into a vivacious, vibrant, and jazzy performance. Without the orchestra members’ time, effort, and behind the scenes work, the show would have failed.
Chicago leads backed up by orchestra
Meghan Kelleher ‘12
James Wang ‘ 12
The 2011 NHL playoffs commenced with sixteen worthy teams, including the hometown Boston Bruins. After the completion of the first two rounds of the playoffs, which saw the elimination of perennial contenders such as the Washington Capitals and the Detroit Red Wings, only four teams remain to battle it out for Lord Stanley’s Cup. The hockey has been exciting, the matchups are intriguing, and the next two round should continue to provide the thrill of the first round. In the Western Conference Finals, The number one seed, the Vancouver Canucks, who previously beat the defending champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Nashville Predators, defeated the San Jose Sharks in five games to advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Even though San Jose outplayed Vancouver in the majority of the games, the Canucks always found a way to win, whether it be the goaltending of Roberto Luongo or a plethora of power play goals. In game five, the team was able to close the Sharks in San Jose, surprising many. While the Western Conference are decided, the Eastern Conference is still up for grabs. The Bruins have had an exciting road to the conference finals. They defeated their main rivals, the Montreal Canadians, four games to three in the Conference Quarterfinals,
and then swept the Philadelphia Flyers four games to zero in the Conference Semifinals to exact revenge on last year’s defeat. In their first trip to the Eastern Conference Finals since 1992, the Bruins are taking on the explosive Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning took the first game of the series with a 5-2 win. Unsatisfied, the Bruins bounced back and tied the series with a 6-5 win. Rookie Tyler Seguin brought some much-needed offensive intensity and ended the game with 2 goals and 2 assists. Patrice Bergeron returned to the Boston lineup last Wednesday after suffering a mild concussion. Thursday night, the Bruins took a two games to one lead over Tampa Bay with a 2-0 win. Tim Thomas led the Boston defense with a 31 save shut out. This was his first shut-out this postseason. Andrew Ference and David Krejci scored the goals that put Boston on top. Saturday, Tampa tied the series with a 5-3 win at their home rink. Boston Center Tyler Seguin is leading the series with 6 points overall. He has 3 goals and 3 assists so far. The Bruins are currently tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-3 in the series, with the deciding game in Boston Friday night. With home ice and Tim Thomas in goal, the Bruins should be able to stall the Lightning’s momentum and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Once the long awaited spring season arrived at Milton Academy, the boys from the Varsity Lacrosse team hit the field for a much-anticipated year. With returning lead scorers, Nick Gagnon (II), Jake Turrin (I), and Pat McNally (I), the team had high expectations for the season. However, the team has disappointed themselves with a 7-6 record. First-year defender Rob O’Gara (II) said, “I think we’ve underachieved. We have the athleticism, but lack the focus it takes to close out games. I think we should have only 2 losses this season, which is upsetting. The injuries were rough, but I’ve had fun. It’s a great group of guys and coaches.” The Mustangs lost to a couple of teams they knew they could have beat, coming close to beating some of the ISL’s toughest lacrosse teams. They lost to both Middlesex and Belmont Hill by only one goal, losing to Governors by only three goals. The Governor’s game can be considered the Mustangs’ most memorable. Through the rain and mud, Milton battled Governors, the number one team in the ISL, until the final whistle. The team tried its best to upset the strong Governor’s squad. The Milton boys were down, but mustered a comeback attempt after George Pantazopoulos scored a behind-the-
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back goal that brought them within three. Unfortunately, Governor’s defense held out, ultimately leaving the score at 6-3. The team’s hardest fought victory was the season opener at Rivers, where they upset the River’s squad 6-5. The team was behind the entire game, and had to play man-down defense for the majority, having a total of 17 penalties. However, the team never gave up and came away with a hard-fought victory. The River’s game showed amazing talent from our squad. The record shows a different team, but the Mustangs have played well during this season with close losses to some of the ISL’s finest teams. Wish them luck as they finish out the season with Nobles!
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place on June 3, but there is no ruling yet. If this lockout results in the prevention of the 2011 NFL season, there will be huge repercussions: an estimated $160,000,000 will be lost in each city with a team and 115,000 jobs would be affected. If the lockout continues, players, many of whom live paycheck to paycheck, will lose their main source of income. Though the owners will take a financial hit due to loss in revenue, they are still guaranteed 4.5 billion dollars in television revenue. So far, deliberations to reach a new collective bargaining agreement have been unsuccessful, but hopefully that will change soon and the 2011 NFL season will continue as scheduled.
Boys’ Baseball Jared Friedberg ‘12
Heading into Friday’s game against Nobles, the Mustangs want to rewrite history. Last year the Mustangs took a 5-0 lead in the first inning off a homerun by Williams star Kevin Barbary but would lose the impressive lead in a heartbreaking turn of events. This year with Le B on the mound in his last Milton Academy start before heading off to D3 baseball next year, Erik Jacobsen hopes to shut down the Nobles Bulldogs. Coming off a huge win versus BB&N, a team who went into this season ranked 23rd in the country, everyone contributed, especially sophomore speed demon Ryan Rizzo. Rizzo, off of a bunt, sprinted not just to second, not just to third, not just to home, but all the way into the ACC, taking care of business in every sense of the word. The Nobles game is the last game for all seniors on the squad. The Stangs will be without their most intimidating player, Daniel “Bunky” Merenich, who suffered a concussion earlier in the season. The Nobles game will be a memorable finish to a very strong season.
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The Ups and Downs of College Recruitment A Milton Academy Prospective
Josh Ellis ‘13
Attracting young athletes in every sport, college recruitment is on the rise. From Pop Warner stars and Little Leaguers to varsity letter winners, most athletes have his or her eyes on the prize: being a collegiate athlete at Division-One to Division-Three levels. What is recruitment? Why do colleges do it so much more now? How are Milton Academy athletes benefiting from recruitment? Recruitment starts with the athlete, as they showcase his or her skills. By attending camps and tournaments, athletes play in front of talent-craving college coaches. However, showcases prove to be roller coaster rides, with play differing daily—you could be on your game or off your game on any given day. Sophie Panarese (I) went into her national competitions hoping for the best, but realizing that if she was not on her game that she could “lose the opportunity to play [for] a school [she] wanted.” Fortunately for Sophie, her skills met the D-1 standard, and then some. Her elegant one-handed backhand, thunderous serves, and intimidating personality helped bring her talents to the prestigious Georgetown University. Colleges love recruiting young stars. Recruits determine the program’s future, for better or for worse. With
an increase in the number of college teams comes a higher demand for athletes. Having up to one hundred athletes on the roster, college football proves to be the sport with the largest number of recruits. Although recruitment is a good way to make a team better, many coaches take advantage of athletes. All
Sophie Panarese Georgetown-bound
too often do we hear stories of athletes getting rejected from the school by which they were supposed to be recruited. Verbal commitments are the problem. According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), a verbal commitment is when an athlete publicly states one’s intention to attend a certain institution. Seems flawless, right? Wrong. Yes, many student athletes follow their verbal commitments, going on to sign the National Letter of Intent (NLI), a binding commitment to an institution.
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However, coaches manipulate their prospective athletes beyond belief. Because verbal commitments are nonbinding, if an athlete gets hurt or if the school finds interest in another athlete, the commitment seems to disappear. The worst part: the coaches get away with it, leaving their former recruits with no school to go to. This flaw in the recruitment process hasn’t affected most Milton athletes however. Milton athletes have benefited from recruitment, many going to great academic schools to play his or her respective sport. The academic rigor and athletic competitiveness have helped students achieve collegiate success both on and off the field. Dan “Bunky” Merenich (I), a hockey player going to Amherst in the Fall, explained how his arrival at Milton Academy his junior year sparked a realization that “[he] would be able to play in college.” Other notable scholar athletes: Charlie Storey (I) and Ben Ticknor (I) to Dartmouth for football, Pat McNally (I) to Harvard for hockey, Dennis Clifford (I) to Boston College for basketball, John Bailey (I) to Harvard for swimming, Erik Jacobsen (I) and Noah Bragg (I) to Bowdoin for baseball and tennis respectively, Sean Dougherty (I) to Williams for hockey, and Josette LaRochelle (I) to Brown for soccer.
Mavericks Awaiting Finals Opponent Josh Pomper ‘13
Proven by one of the most interesting seasons in NBA history, the talent pool within the NBA transcends what it has been in the past. In evaluating the veterans of the league, emerging superstars, rookies, and players entering the NBA in ensuing years, one can be certain that this talent pool will not only be sustained but will continue to grow. The growing abilities within the league make games exponentially more exciting to follow. This trend of great basketball has continued in the playoffs. Now in the semi-finals, the NBA playoffs have proven thrilling to follow. Unfortunately, our home favorite Boston Celtics fell short to the Miami Heat in the second round.
Currently, in the East, Miami Heat are leading the Chicago Bulls three games to one, while the Dallas Mavericks demolished the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. Looking forward, one can expect nothing short of what we’ve seen thus far: hard fought, intense, and exciting games. Looking foward to the finals, the Mavericks seem to be the early favorite, as they have completely dominated three top teams int he Western Conference. The Mavericks are one of the oldest teams in the league; however, their age has not stopped them from consistently playing impressive basketball on both ends of the court. Led by their star Dirk Nowitzki and a group of hungry
veterans, the Mavericks will be a team to be reckoned with in the final sevengame series. As for the Eastern Conference, even though the Bulls have shown resiliency all season with Derrick Rose at the helm, the Heat are extremely tough to beat right now. With LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade all scoring clutch baskets, the Heat seem unstoppable on their way to the finals With every team left in the playoffs playing exceptional basketball, the finals should be unforgettable and one of the best in years. We as fans are certainly in for a fantastic end to the 2011 NBA season.
Jessica Li ‘13
This week, the Girls’ Softball team will conclude a successful 2011 season. Due to several rain cancellations, the team currently holds an 8-2 record, averaging a league-high ten runs per game. This past Saturday, the Mustangs traveled to Fort Devens to play in the first annual Softball Slam hosted by Thayer Academy. Milton came back from a six run deficit, to pull out a 9-8 win against Rivers in extra innings. In the second game, the team shutout Thayer 3-0, in a cleanly
played contest by both teams. Another highlight of the season, in the Mustangs first matchup against Thayer, the girls walked off with a 4-3 win in the bottom of the 7th. On Friday, the Mustangs will take on the currently undefeated Nobles team. They hope to have Kate Couturier (II) back and recovered from her concussion by then. Jane Ghublikian (II), who has pitched every game this season, will take the mound once again.
The game will be the last for senior catcher Maddie Gallagher and third baseman and captain, Alana Dovner, both of whom will be greatly missed. Expect the game to be closely contested if both teams play to the best of their abilities. Both Milton and Nobles are capable of playing very good softball, which should make for an exciting match.
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What’s Worse Than Not Having a Date to Prom? 12. When you predict that the world is going to end and it doesn’t. 11. Bringing a mail-order bride. 10. Not having any Slim Jims®. 9. Losing Day Monitor elections. 8. Winning Day Monitor elections. 7. Palindromes. 6. Being the middle ball of a snowman. 5. Being Osama. 4. Having an Oedipus complex. 3. Injecting yourself with an EpiPen® only to remember you’re allergic to cats, not shellfish. 2. Flipping the pillow over to the cold side and finding it warm. 1. Finding a dead nymph in your fanny pack. (see centerfold for Sophomore’s Guide to the Upper Class)