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Read it & Pass it on Year II, Issue IV

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Girls visit White House, meet Obamas

Celebration of women’s history month at the white house

April 2013

One year anniversary Washington Latin

Students, teachers return from Beijing Travelling upper level Chinese class students spent ten days in China, the first ever Chinese class from Washington Latin to visit the country

BY EMILY HALL ‘15

On March 18th, a group of Washington Latin’s high school girls was selected to attended a celebration of Women’s History Month at the White House, and to their surprise also had a chance to meet the president and first lady. The visit started off with a panel in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and a reception in the East Room of the White House thereafter. The trip was led by Director of Upper School, Ms. Laurel Seid. The “Women in History” panel began with a performance by actress Sarah Jones. There were four women who spoke on the panel, which was moderated by MSNBC News Anchor Alex Wagner. Professional basketball player Tamika Catchings, labor activist Dolores Huerta, President and CEO of A&E Networks Abbe Raven and astronaut Sunita Williams talked about women’s empowerment and equal rights for women. During the reception at the White House, Amanda McMillan, a woman who fought for equal pay, spoke to the guests. Also at the reception, President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama paid a surprise visit. “That’s what everybody deserves in this country--the opportunity to make of their lives what they will, no matter who SEE

GIRLS MEET OBAMAS PAGE 5

INSIDE LATIN NEWS PAGES 1-6 SPORTS PAGES 7-8 STYLE PAGE 9 COLLEGE OFFICE PAGE 10

Students visited the 2008 olympic facilities during their stay in Beijing, such as the olympic stadium above (Photo credit Ping Han / stock photo).

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BY AMAL RILEY ‘14

t 5:30 am on Thursday March 28, Washington Latin’s higher level Chinese students met at Union Station. It was the beginning of their ten day interactive adventure that took them to China. Ms. Stouder, the Chinese teacher and coordinator of the trip, spent four years living in China and teaching underprivileged village girls in Changsha, Hunan province. She returned to the United States in August 2011 to teach at Latin. Hence, as an experienced traveller well versed in the Chinese language and culture, she led the group of eight students along with Ms. Crystal Williams and Ms. Elise Ratajczak as chaperones.

Once the group congregated at the station, they took an Amtrak train to Newark, New Jersey. From Newark International Airport, the group boarded a 15 hour flight directly to Beijing, the capital of China. Once in Beijing, the group’s journey began. They were transported to the Hanting Express Hotel, located in a hutong neighborhood called NanLuoXiang. The group explored Beijing for two days, touring, bargaining in local markets, interacting with locals, shopping and eating authentic Chinese cuisine. The students saw some of China’s most popular sites, such as the Great Wall, The Forbidden City and the 2008 Olympics facilities. On Sunday the group took a bus to SEE

CHINA TRIP PAGE 4

More than $100 stolen from school store Page 3

US, Mexico play out to scoreless draw in World Cup qualifier SPORTS, Page 7

Editorials from Joe Starnes and Mr. Samuel Leonard Page 6

A very red coat STYLE, Page 9


The Rundown

Prom 2013: All the news on ticket prices, venue, after party

Tickets for Washington Latin’s May 17th 2013 Junior Senior prom have been announced at $60 each. Prom will be Two students expelled due to possession held at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, a 18,000 sq ft, 40of alcohol on school campus room mansion. The after prom party will be hosted at the DeHead of School Ms. Martha Cutts vis- catur campus with “movies, games and endless food with a ited the Upper School for an all school lunch catered breakmeeting on Thursday, March 28th to announce fast,” the prom the expulsion of two Upper School students. invitation letters The student handbook has three behaviors said. The prom listed that can warrant immediate expulsion, will last from and bringing drugs and/or alcohol is one of them. The identity of the students has been 8pm until 11pm. kept anonymous. The end of the after prom party ROAD TO RUDOLPH hasn’t yet been specified, listed as until “early morning” on the prom invitation. Sumus Leones April 2013

The Josephine Butler Parks Center

Sophomore, junior spring break college trip

22 students and 6 teachers/parents travelled

PHOTO CREDIT EMILY HALL

The renovations at the old site of the Rudolph Elementary School on 2nd Street NW have begun. The building and surrounding outdoor space is on schedule to receive a certificate of occupancy on August 1, according to Head of School Ms. Martha Cutts. The finances involving the renovations for the building of a new library, front entrance and parking lot are all set. In addition, the school has begun to raise money through various methods in order to complete the project. Ms. Cutts admits “we still have a long way to go” before the project is complete. Ms. Charlotte Abney

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No lead in school store theft case Reportedly $100 in cash, $30 in food stolen from locked glass trolley BY CUNEYT

DIL ‘14

EDITOR IN CHIEF

On March 22, approximately $130 in combined cash and food items were stolen from the school store at the Allison campus cafeteria, according to reports from the school store management. The entire stock of food and snacks was emptied from the brand new glass trolley that the school store began using on the 22nd. Currently there are no leads in the case; but the management of the school store can confirm it happened in the afternoon hours between the end of lunch and the end of school. The store is set to reopen after spring break, according to head of the school store, Ms. Megan Hannon. Securing the money made from the school store, The glass cart that was broken into and emptied (above) and the lock that which sells food items during break at the Allison cam- was “pried open” by thieves on Friday (below). (Photo credit Cuneyt Dil) pus, has always been a concern for its management. “It is the reason why we stored [the money] in a case,” said Walter Deleon, who is a part of the school store. According to Ms. Hannon, the sliding tracks of the cart were “pried open” to get into the case by thieves. The lock was never actually broken, but was dangling on its side. “The money is always used for field trips,” said Ms. Hannon, on where the profits from the school store go. “It is used to cover people who can’t pay for a field trip. All the money goes toward a school related event--like renaissance day--or for trip money.” “If anyone has any information, please come forward to Ms. Seid or Mr. Mufuka,” said Ms. Hannon.

Financial aid night educates families about college finances BY KELLY RIVERA ‘14 STAFF WRITER

On January 14, 2013, seniors and their parents attended Financial Aid Night, which aimed to teach families more about what they could do to make paying for college easier. Ms. Crys Latham started the night off by introducing three speakers to inform the families about financial aid. Edward Harper, who works in the Financial Aid department at American University, Mr. Adam El Shazli (known to students as Mr. E) and Bert Wagner. Harper explained the four different types of financial aid: grants, loans, scholarships and work. Grants and scholar-

ships are free money, loans are money borrowed from an organization and work is when a student can work on campus or for the school to pay off their tuition. “Seniors, don’t think you can slack off because they do look at this year as well as 9th, 10th and 11th grade,” said Harper, advising seniors to not get “senior fever.” Harper also explained how colleges determine how much financial aid a family needs. He explained that colleges look at the COA (cost of attendance), and the EFC (expected family contribution). Then they subtract the EFC from the COA and that is what equals the NEED. Mr. E talked about DCTAG, its deadline is May 31st this year due to their budget being reduced by about $5 million.

Mr. E also offered his help to students and family on Tuesdays and Fridays. The last speaker of the night was Wagner, who spoke about 529, a savings plan that functions similarly to a bank account. Students can put money away for college, and anyone can contribute. “Juniors and Seniors may not have that much time, but you’ll be in college for 4-5 years and that’ll have nice growth over the years,” he said. Mr. Wagner further explained the organization and how it helps with tax deduction. “This Financial Aid night was as good as the ones in the past, maybe even slightly better,” said Ms. Latham. “We brought in financial ddvisors and the people found that helpful.”


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How they became the first ever Ten day visit included visits to Beijing, Hunan

ITINERARY 3/28 - 4/8 Thurs 5 AM DEPART Union Station, DC Thurs AM DEPART Newark Intl Airport Friday 3 PM ARRIVE Beijing, China Sunday ARRIVE Hunan, China April 8 DEPART Beijing for USA CHINA TRIP FROM FRONT PAGE

the Beijing Rail Station, where they boarded a train to Hunan. After checking into their Hunan hotel, the students had lunch with their student pen pals, with whom they have been exchanging letters for weeks in class. The rest of the stay in Hunan included visits to schools, famous restaurants and participation in an Ultimate Frisbee practice with the “Changsha Tornadoes”. The last few days of the trip were intentionally less structured. Once the group adjusted to the city, Ms. Stouder wanted the students to have some freedom and suggest their own ideas for activities. Before going on the trip, students

Chinese class 5K run fundraiser for their trip goes on the front page of China Daily USA (screenshot of China Daily USA front page off website).

had already expressed interest in going on morning hikes on a nearby mountain located only a few blocks from the hotel, among other activities. The last 24 hours was the most raw, barebones experience of the whole trip for the young travelers, and very emotional for Ms. Stouder. The group visited Small Stone Village, and had lunch at a local home. Small Stone Village is where Ms. Stouder taught English to the daughters of poverty stricken families. That evening, the students conversed and enjoyed karaoke with Ms. Stouder’s former students. It was a relaxing conclusion for the students on the trip, and a touching one for Ms. Stouder.

$3,000+ Raised from 5k run $2,800 Cost of trip for one student


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Girls meet the Obamas at White House

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GIRLS MEET OBAMAS FROM FRONT PAGE they are, what they look like, whether they are boys or girls, women or men,” President Obama said to the crowd. After Obama spoke, he walked off of the stage to shake people’s hands, including those of some Latin high school students. 11th grade foreign exchange student Warisha Atiq and Yordanos Efrem of 10th grade took pictures with Michelle Obama. When asked how she felt about the visit, Warisha said, “When I met the President Obama speaking to guests at the White House reception. Guests had a chance to president and the first lady, it was like my meet the Obamas and shake their hands (photo credit Emily Hall). dream came true.”

Students who attended green schools summit plan an eco friendly campus New club aims to make next year’s school building eco friendly, applies for $10,000 QFI grant BY CUNEYT

DIL ‘14

EDITOR IN CHIEF

After seven students from Washington Latin attended a Green Schools Summit at the beginning of March to learn about sustainability and ecofriendliness, they soon set out plans for building gardens at their new school campus. The students of the environmental club, with the help of teacher Mr. Peter Findler, applied for a $10,000 grant from the Qatar Foundation International (QFI) with the hopes of using the money to fund their garden project next year.

The students submitted a six page proposal, complete with a budget for their project, to QFI at the beginning of April. The winners of the grant money, which includes participants in three different countries, will be announced by QFI at the end of April. In addition to gardening, the club also aims to educate students and their local community about environmental friendly practices and sustainability. “The purpose of the garden project is to provide a leadership opportunity to students who are interested, and begin to think about healthy food options for

The group that attented the Green Schools Summit poses with the keynote speaker Stephen Ritz, founder of the Green Bronx Machine (Photo credit Mr. Peter Findler).

school events,” said Mr. Findler. “I hope that it can also provide an opportunity for the school and the neighborhood to hang out together, from time to time.” The students of the environmental club became excited for the project when they met Stephen Ritz, the keynote speaker at the Green Schools Summit. Ritz is the founder of the Green Bronx Machine, an organization that was born in the South Bronx, the neighborhood in which Ritz teaches. At his school, Ritz has created indoor vertical green walls and vegetable gardens throughout his school, something the environmental club hopes to replicate. The students that Ritz teaches, together with the local community, have grown over 25,000 pounds of vegetables. Using this produce, the South Bronx has created its own local community farmers market. The Green Bronx Machine also works to provide urban greenscaping, agriculture, landscape services and advocacy on health, wellness and nutrition. Ritz has also been featured on TED talks, where his video on Youtube has attracted over 50,000 views. “Meeting Mr. Ritz was like meeting the President as far as I'm concerned,” said Mr. Findler. “His energy and enthusiasm was contagious. I've watched his TED Talk 11 times.”


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EDITORIALS

Legalize slides!

Warp and weft

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JOE’S JEREMIADS

A TEACHER’S COLUMN BY MR.

SAMUEL LEONARD

ENGLISH FACULTY

o occasionally at our little school an idea will erupt and cause a chasm to grow between members of our community. With this chasm comes the inevitable; screaming, yelling, crying and hurt feelings. During these moments I often wonder why this doesn’t happen more often. Why are there no dangerous ideas anymore? Why does no one care enough to get out of their seat for anything other than tissue or a need to relieve one’s self? Recently, a chasm of this sort appeared at Washington Latin. A simple lesson about creationism and evolution erupted into a melee. In honor of this chaos (a quality education all too often lacks), I offer a curious middle ground for all those who find themselves on one side or the other of this chasm. Roughly three thousand years ago, a Jew, most likely named Moses, wrote down a story his people told each other. This story details the creation of everything. Over the years this story has reached many ears, and been retold countless times in countless different versions. But let’s take a quick peek back at the book from whence it comes: Genesis, the first book of the five books of Moses, a collection the Jews call the Torah. Many of you know this book as the first book of the Old Testament, but that’s because you don’t know your history. Anyhoo, this story begins with the idea that once upon there lived a god and his name was God. From his place of singularity, he begins a process of creation. First light, then water, then solid ground, then plants, then animals, then humans. Again, a story we know well, but one we don’t often think about. Note the order of these bits of creation. If we were to quiz a scientist about the order of creation according to the theory of evolution, he would most likely tell a tale that follows this exact sequence:

BY JOE

STARNES ‘13

A NEW COLUMN

COLUMNIST

hroughout the years at Latin, I have always found it comforting to wear slides to school. The fad started during soccer season. On game day, I would usually just roll up to school in my slides because at the end of the day it was easier to slip on my cleats. It was more of a convenience than unlacing my Chucks. However, I have been told that it is apparently against the "Dress Code." So I started receiving demerits for my “out-of-uniform” shoes. But then again, demerits don’t do anything anyway. So, I kept them as part of my attire, even though every day I would be told to never wear slides again. It is much more comfortable to sit in a classroom with slippers than it is with sneakers. We sit on bricks as it is. I have asked teachers in the past why it is against dress code to wear slides (i.e. why is it that we cannot wear them). I’ve received a variety of responses. One teacher told me that I could not wear them because of the dangerous lab equipment we use in our science classes.

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light (the sun), solid ground (planets formed in the gravitational sweep of newly formed suns), water (the fortuitous result of exploding stars and newly forming atmosphere), solid ground (continents exposed by the formation of polar ice caps), plants (grabbing hold of newly formed land), animals (swimming freely in a nicely balanced aquatic environment and sometimes crawling to feel the burn of breathing air) and lastly, man, the most complex of animals. It would seem there is not disagreement about the sequence of events, but there remains disagreement as to the time of this process. Now, allow me to do a bit of prestochango. What if this story is a metaphor? What if the phrase “on the first day” refers to a chunk of time much larger than a day? This is no stretch. We often hear a member of our community lament the fact

Where do I encounter dangerous lab equipment on a daily basis? I threw that reasoning out of my head immediately. Other teachers say that dress code is supposed to be convenient for students in the mornings. What could possibly be more convenient than shoes that slip right onto your feet? I struggle each morning to find a clean uniform in my drawers. Usually, I just end up scavenging one off of the floor. Slides do not offend anybody. Or at least, they should not. I still take school very seriously. The shoes that I choose to wear does not affect my learning nor does it affect anyone else’s. School is a professional place for the teachers, not the students. Obviously I would not wear slides into a job interview. I just want to be comfortable while I learn. I wake up at 6:30 am every day. The least the school could do is allow me to wear the shoes that I want. Some people come to school in tank tops and sweatpants. And I get flak for my shoes? It seems like it should be the reverse. But don’t take it from me, I mean come on; I’m merely a student with an opinion. that they have not seen one of their friends “in a minute”, which I have come to learn means a chunk of time more accurately referred to as “a very long while”. Evolutionists will tell us that the Earth is billions of years old. Creationists will tell you that the Earth is about five thousand years old. Funny. One child will tell you that my class lasts “forever” and another will tell you that my class “flies by”. What gives? Who’s right? What if they both are? What if they just use different measures of time? So this is my solution: these two theories agree quite nicely if we accept the idea that one is metaphor and one is not. Same story, two versions. Now that that issue is settled, let’s argue about something even more incendiary: my theory that depression does not exist. Whatsayou?


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SPORTS

National | Resilient USA salvage precious point in Mexico during WC qualifier BY CUNEYT

DIL ‘14

EDITOR IN CHIEF

MEXICO CITY — On March 26, the U.S. soccer men’s national team secured a crucial point on their road to qualifying for the 2014 Brazil World Cup. The two rival soccer nations Mexico and the U.S. met at the Estadio Azteca, in Mexico City, and played out to a goalless draw. A handful of outstanding saves from American goalkeeper Brad Guzan and a very strong defensive performance from an inexperienced back four were enough for the U.S to get the result. It become only the second time in history that the Americans got a draw from a World Cup qualifier in Mexico. Whenever these nations meet it is a hotly contested match, and as per usual the Mexican fans at Estadio Azteca generated an electric atmosphere. Jorgen Klinsmann, coach of the US mens national team, had to make an adjustment to his starting lineup after first choice center back Clarence Goodson was ruled out injured. Matt Besler was called in, and partnered with Omar Gonzalez in

alike were seemingly both becoming fruscenter defense. trated at not being able to score a goal. The match started with the AmeriAdding to the frustration felt by cans playing a high defensive line, which was a bold move by Klinsmann. However, Mexicans, there was another penalty appeal not given by the referee in the 76th Mexico sliced open the U.S. defense with minute. numerous through balls into the attacking The U.S. stood composed and rethird early inside the match. silient until the very end of the game, Mexico was on the front foot in the when Mexico turned up the pressure and first half, and almost won a penalty; howvery nearly grabbed a late winner. ever, the penalty appeals were turned Heroic saves from Brad Guzan at the down by the referee. tailend of the match denied the Mexicans a Mexico was the better side heading winner, and meant the Americans went to into half time, having created more goal third in the world cup qualifying group scoring chances. Yet, the fans at the standings. Azteca stadium had grown nervous and impatient after their home side failed to convert any of their chances. In the second half the World Cup Hexagonal qualifying group U.S. mens national team began growing into the game, yet Mexico still were creating better chances in the final third. The Americans were doing just enough to withstand pressure from waves of Mexican attacks. As the game neared its end, the USSOCCER.COM Mexican players and fans

Complete your sports credits early; don’t be left behind BY TYRIK DEDRICK ‘14 STAFF WRITER

Sports is something we all have to do in order to complete our high school requirements. Some of us love them and do them each season, while others take their time, waiting until junior year to get them done. Five is the magic number for all upper school students at Washington Latin, the number of sports credits you need in order to walk with your diploma at the end of your senior year. Currently, in the spring season, Latin has dance club, along with baseball, softball, Ultimate Frisbee and track and field that offer students credits towards their five required to graduate, but all of these

sports have already long passed their signup deadlines. However, a new opportunity has come up for students in need of sports credits. A spring conditioning group has been formed, and students who wish to join must fill out sports forms as soon as possible to join. Director of Physical Education and Athletics Mr. Richard Bettencourt, when asked about adding on more sports, said, “We will add activities as we can.” While it is possible to complete all five sports credits by the middle of sophomore year, Mr. Bettencourt advises students against it, and advises to space out the time. This will allow for the student to better balance his or her life and stay fit

than he or she would if he or she were to do it all at once. To breakit down for each grade: the seniors should already have completed their five sports credits; juniors should be putting together a timetable to complete their credits (2-3 credits is in good shape right now); sophomore and freshmen should also have a plan to make sure they are not worrying about what they do later. Plan early in your high school career on how to complete your five credits. If you don’t, you may just end up in the audience while watching your classmates walk at the stage at graduation and receive their high school diplomas.


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SPORTS Winter season final recap VARSITY BASKETBALL

Girls varsity basketball end their season in Feb. with10-9 record

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BY ELEANOR

WRIGHT ‘16

STAFF WRITER

he 2012-2013 Girls Varsity Basketball season has been full of injury, hard work and expectations. The Lions’ last five games have been unpredictable--losing three but winning their last two--and some of the players personally feel disappointed about some of their performances in the season. Several of the players agree that they have not met their personal expectations. “We deserve to get yelled at,” says Kyler Cook, center forward for the team. “If we lose, coach makes us run.” There also have been many injuries this season, causing several girls to not be

able to practice. Tiffany Edge, center forward, was hurt when she was hit by a car, and Jordan Garrison, a guard, hurt her leg that forced her to wear a brace. But there have also been some memorable moments. “My favorite moments are when I make a basket,” says Cook. “We also like it when we play good defense. Also, the team feels that they work well together.” “We like our coach,” says Ajai Brooks, a guard/forward. “We don’t want any more.” Cook says that Head Coach LaKisha Nickens-Gaither has “improved us from day one.” Before the end of their season, the girls reflected on who they saw as their

Boys varsity basketball stats (5-18)

toughest opponents on the court. “Our biggest competition is Wilson, Anacostia and Covenant Life,” says Bethann Mwombela, a guard. When asked how the sport affects their academic lives, the girls agree that basketball is very physically demanding. “I usually go to sleep when I get home, and do my homework in the morning,” says Brooks. However everyone seems very happy with what they do. “More people should be on the team,” says Mwombela, “That will make our teamwork stronger.” Coach Nickens-Gaither encourages everyone to try and get into basketball, and to come to their games.

Girls varsity basketball stats (10-9)

Leading Points-per-game: 10.9 Falu Seck, sophomore Last five games:

Leading Points-per-game: 19.1 JerBria Smith, Senior Last five games:

Silver Oak Academy: 68-44 (loss) @ John Paul the Great: 71-28 (loss) @ Washington Christian: 64-58 (win) Avalon: 61-56 (loss)

@ Thurgood Marshall: 35-33 (loss) @ Maret: 58-40 (loss) Stone Ridge: 49-40 (loss) @ John Paul the Great: 60-55 (win) @ Coppin Academy: 47-45 (win)

@ Seton Va: 52-35 (loss)

STATS FROM ALLMETSPORTS.COM


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STYLE & ARTS

The case of the red coat

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RYAN BENJAMIN

MATHEMATICS FACULTY

here has been a rumbling of something new and exciting on this campus, and though it is – as one might expect – about fashion, surprisingly, it has nothing to do with Jordans or Foams. Instead, it is very seasonal – and very red. Freshman Heber Argueta (most people pronounce the ‘h’ even though that is incorrect) is, despite rising only 60 inches from the ground, a fairly noticeable presence on campus, and when he started wearing something new, people noticed. Freshman Melissa Leon-Salas said that she had seen it and generally liked it. “I haven’t seen it seen it, but yeah, it’s cool.” But what is it, you ask?

It is a Patagonia reversible coat. And it is red. Very red. Perhaps so red that no one had ever seen that much red on one person before. “He looks like Elmo!” freshman Brynae West shouted. But when it got a little warmer, there was no red anymore. Gone. Poof. However, it wasn’t entirely gone; he had simply reversed it to a green and brown coat. Senior Michael Toussaint has seen

the coat. “He is so pressed to have that Patagonia! He looks like he belongs in the woods with that camouflage.” But Argueta explained the rationale well. “Let’s say it’s cold outside and I want to be warm,” Argueta began. “Then I flip it to this side. But if it’s not that cold outside and I wanna look cool, I reverse it.” Argueta decided early on in the season that he wanted a unique take on winter fashion. “Northface is too mainstream,” he said. “Everyone has it and I don’t want to look like everyone else. I want to be different. The only people that have a Patagonia are Alistair (Andrulis), Amal (Riley) and Ms. Hannon.” On an unseasonably warm day on the blacktop during Break, Argueta described his philosophy on fashion in great detail. “I’m sweating,” he said. “The weather man got it wrong. Tom Kierein is terrible. Whatever happened to Al Roker?” It took a little prodding and discussion of goldfish, but we eventually got back to the discussion at hand. “It’s hot, but all I have to do is turn this coat around. It’s all about how it looks and feels. It doesn’t have to be the company. It’s reversible. It has to be unique. Colorful.” In addition to a very simple formula of comfort and looks, though, Argueta was attracted to the particular Patagonia brand.

Why are horror movies everything but “scary”?

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BY CUNEYT

DIL ‘14

EDITOR IN CHIEF

just saw “Evil Dead” which, as its name suggests, contains both “evil” and “dead”. Two things I don’t usually pay $9 for. The movie itself was okay, if you’re into these kinds of movies. The “tomatometer” on Rotten Tomatoes was a 64%, so that must mean something. But one thing that it wasn’t was, was scary. Gory? Yes, way too gory. Disturbing? Yes. Movie producers flexing their muscles by adding over-the-top graphic violence? You bet. But it didn’t proper scare me. I

walked away creeped out someone could think of some of these scenes. Oddly enough, no one else in the movie theater seemed particularly scared either. No one screamed or made a fuss. It seems like a common theme for moviegoers that see horror films. I saw “The Last Exorcism Part II” in a theater that was silent. When someone in the theater did talk, it was because they were yelling at the screen whenever the main character did something stupid. Other than that everyone had their eyes on the screen “enjoying” a creepy, gory mess. The only movie I remember when the crowd screamed was “Mama”, but then again it was a theater seemingly full

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“Patagonia is in Chile. They’re mountains. They wanted to give it an interesting name. Mt. Vesuvius is pretty cool, right? So why not name it Patagonia? That’s tight.” Mr. Reed, his history teacher and advisor/life coach, would be proud. of twelve-year-olds. I myself laughed during “Mama,” partly at the kids screaming, and partly at the nonsense. So what attracts movie goers to see more of these kinds of horror movies, if they’re not even visibly scared by them? Do they enjoy the plot? I would argue the plot is so lost beneath the graphic violence, extra doses of gore and creepiness that the movie is no longer a worthwhile investment of your time or money. Maybe I don’t get it, maybe the point of horror movies are the post-paranoia syndrome -- do you feel like something is behind your shower curtain, or around a dark corner, after watching a horror movie? But the only thing that scares me is the $6 medium soda.


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COLLEGE OFFICE

Tim Hursen wins scholarship to GW University

The Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarship at George Washington University is awarded to eight seniors enrolled in DC public schools. The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, room and board, personal expenses and books – a true full ride worth $240,000. Congratulations to Tim Hursen, who was ambushed by the

GW “Prize Patrol” during class on March 22. With this scholarship as well as several more that have come in during the past few weeks, the class of 2013 has earned over $2.5 million dollars in merit-based aid, scholarships awarded for academic achievement, music, or service. Congratulations!

College counseling office holds college night

On the evening of Monday, April 19, the College Counseling Office held College Night for Juniors and Parents. It is an opportunity for Mr. Boyd and me to meet with as much of the junior class as possible to review the timeline leading up to senior year and what they should be doing in the interim.

It is a great time for parents to ask questions they have about the process and is when we distribute the College Counseling Handbook, the students’ and parents’ guide to all things junior- and senior-year related. If juniors were not present, they should have received their handbook in advisory.

2013 SPRING BREAK COLLEGE TOUR

22 students and 6 adults visited the following schools, all in 58 hours:

Coppin State University Capitol College Shippensburg University Penn State University (main campus) Bucknell University Susquehanna University Bloomsburg University Elizabethtown College Franklin & Marshall College Haverford College

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Acceptance update Decisions are finally making their way to our seniors who applied to some of these schools over two or three months ago. Here are some of the recent acceptances the seniors have earned:

Bates College, ME Benedict College, SC Bowdoin College, ME Carnegie Mellon University, PA Clark University, MA College of William and Mary, VA Cornell University, NY Davidson College, NC Denison University, OH Franklin & Marshall College, PA Haverford College, PA Livingstone College, NC McGill University (CAN) Morehouse College, GA Northern Virginia Community College, VA St. Mary’s College of Maryland, MD Syracuse University, NY The Ohio State University, OH UC-Davis, CA UC-Santa Cruz, CA UCLA, CA University College Dublin (IRE)

This issue’s College Office section is written by college counselor Ms. Crys Latham

April 2013  

The April 2013 issue of Sumus Leones

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