Vol. LXXXVI, No. 8
DEERFIELD ACADEMY, DEERFIELD, MA 01342
Curriculum Overhaul Approaches
By NICKY RAULT Staff Writer
Student Council is currently working on a principle addressing respect that will examine its applicable meaning and the importance of its presence in a community. In the last ten years, there have been twelve disciplinary hearings for respect-related cases. Student Body President Theo Lipsky ’12 and Student Council Chair Charles Jones ’12, encouraged by Head of School Margarita Curtis, decided a student-initiated policy would be more effective than an imposed regulation. Chairman of the Philosophy and Religion department Michael O’Donnell is leading a committee of several faculty members who will contribute to the process. The Council and committee will hold an open forum on February 9 during the faculty meeting period to discuss this issue. “We have worked on many drafts and will ultimately present our top ones to the student body for a vote,” said Student Council member Teddy Romeyn ’13. “I hope the principle that the students adopt will be like a Boyden quote—something we will recite to our kids decades from now. If we embrace the spirit of this principle, we truly will be worthy,” said Jones.
Green Cup Challenge Reaches Outside Bubble By TABATA VISO Staff Writer
The Green Cup Challenge this year is not only a competition between dorms and other schools. “The town of Deerfield is running a 12-12 Campaign this year to reduce energy usage by 12% in 2012,” said new Sustainability Coordinator and science teacher Jeff Jewett. “As a part of that, I would like to see us get a 12% reduction during the Green Cup.” The challenge started on January 18, and until February 15, dorms will compete against one another and, overall, against Andover to see “who can reduce their energy usage the most, compared to what they were using before,” explained Mr. Jewett. Each week, the boys’ and girls’ dorms with the greatest reduction in energy use will earn a dress down day. At the end of the month, the leaders will earn a restaurant feed. The grand prize will be a late curfew on the weekend night. Harold Smith and Louis Marx dormitories won the first week of competition. Energy use is measured electronically by dorm.
February 1, 2012
By KRISTY HONG and GARAM NOH Editorial Associate & Staff Writer
Will Fox The Louis Cafe was packed to capacity during the January 20 Koch Friday Concert, in which over 30 student acts performed.
Memorial Building Slated for Much-Needed Renovation
By MADDIE LANE Staff Writer
Renovations on the Memorial Building and Reed Arts Center are tentatively set to begin in fall of 2013. “We have a tremendously strong arts program and will finally have a facility that is commensurate with the quality of the department,” said Fine Arts Department Chair and dance teacher Jennifer Whitcomb. Head of School Margarita Curtis added, “This is one of the more ambitious projects Deerfield has taken on. We have involved every single member of the arts faculty and some of the staff in the project.” One of the main goals of the project is to attract Deerfield students to the arts. “Our hope is to make the arts program more visible, and [the building] a place where people want to be,”
commented Academic Dean and fine arts teacher Peter Warsaw. Another focus of the renovations will be the large auditorium. “We are changing the large auditorium and expanding the capacity,” said fine arts teacher and Theatre Director Catriona Hynds. The Memorial Building also needs structural updates. “The auditorium hasn’t been renovated for over 50 years, and [the renovation] is long overdue, especially regarding the infrastructure of the building,” Dr. Curtis said. Other additions to the building include a new Chamber Music Hall and an art gallery showcasing Deerfield’s Russell Collection of Fine Art, which will resemble the Hilson Gallery. “We want a greater balance between athletics and the arts,” Dr. Curtis said.
The College Board, in collaboration with Cambridge University in England, has invited Deerfield, among other schools, to join the Cambridge Capstone Program, a pilot interdisciplinary elective course addressing global issues and culminating in a capstone project. Judith Hegedus ’92, who currently works for the College Board, asked Academic Dean Peter Warsaw in October to consider the program. The Curriculum Committee has asked the faculty to submit proposals for new courses and new global studies courses for seniors that would be consistent with the objectives of the Imagine Deerfield strategic plan. “One of the reasons we are considering the pilot is that we will gain access to a vast network of experts, university professors as well as teachers who are knowledgeable in this area,” said Head of School Margarita Curtis. However, the program would require a two-year commitment while Deerfield would prefer to launch the program as an (encouraged) option for senior year only. The program’s course topics include artificial intelligence, endangered cultures, and the religious-secular divide, all of which are global topics that require students to synthesize knowledge, think creatively, and collaborate in a seminar format. Initially, Mr. Warsaw was hesitant about working with an external organization. “But when I studied the
materials, I realized that their aims aligned beautifully with many of the aims of the strategic plan,” he said. Some of the goals of Imagine Deerfield are to increase opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and learning. An interdisciplinary course draws upon multiple disciplines and skills to understand a topic better. There are many different models, such as the double-period, team-taught approach used in American Studies, a junior course that examines the intersection of American literature and history. “We know that the world you’re going to inherit will require great flexibility and creativity in order to make connections between disparate worlds,” said Mr. Warsaw. The strategic plan also hopes to integrate capstone courses into the curriculum, which will require students to create an original piece of work by synthesizing their experiences and drawing upon knowledge from multiple disciplines studied over their time at Deerfield. Potential projects may be a twenty-page research paper or a collection of poems. “Capstones would have implications for the entire curriculum,” said Mr. Warsaw. “Every course would have to be aware of the student outcomes we seek.” In addition, both the strategic plan and the Cambridge Capstone project hope to develop global literacy skills in students. “We know that you are going to need to do this in college and in later life, so don’t we at Deerfield have an obligation to give you some practice?” asked Mr. Warsaw.
Ken Burns to Visit
By HENRY LEWIS Staff Writer
Documentarian Ken Burns, notable for directing The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), and The Natural Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009), will answer questions in an open session hosted during an upcoming faculty break by History Department Chair Joseph Lyons. Mr. Burns’ most recent work was a series on Prohibition, released by PBS in 2011. He has received 12 Emmy awards
FEATURES E.S.A.C. makes Big Green greener.
and two Oscar nominations for his work and has been awarded over 25 honorary degrees. For those familiar with videography, Mr. Burns is also known for popularizing “the Ken Burns effect,” in which a frame pans across a still picture to create the illusion of movement. “Probably any student who has taken history here has, whether they know it or not, seen a clip of his work in class,” said Mr. Lyons. “He’s really the best in his field.” Mr. Burns will visit Deerfield on February 23, 2012.
Ashley So Sam Willson ‘12, a varsity basketball captain, leaps over a defender during a close game against Andover as Harry Glor ‘12 looks on.
A&E Find out who’s who in the limelight.
SPORTS Iodice’s slapshot takes off heads.
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VOL. LXXXVI, NO. 8
FEBRUARY 1, 2012
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February 1, 2012
THE TEN MILLION DOLLAR QUE$TION This January, Sheldon Adelson’s unprecedented $5 million contribution to a Political Action Committee supporting Newt Gingrich, quickly followed by a matching donation to the PAC from Adelson’s wife, showed the potential consequences of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case. Mr. Gingrich surfaced from under a barrage of advertisements financed by Mitt Romney’s campaign to surge to the front of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, winning the primary in South Carolina by 12 percentage points over Mr. Romney. According to The New York Times, “Mr. Adelson’s contribution to the super PAC is 1,000 times the $5,000 he could legally give directly to Mr. Gingrich’s campaign this year.” Wealthy individuals are able to contribute increasingly exorbitant sums to candidates, campaign costs have skyrocketed, and advertising wields growing power in the all-encompassing world of social media. At the same time, Deerfield seniors prepare to cast their votes in caucuses, primaries, and the 2012 presidential election. At this instant, the question of our generation comes into focus. What is the relationship between money and ideas, including those such as climate change, reproductive rights, and collective bargaining? Students, teachers, and alumni, young and old, have expressed interest in holding an open discussion of these issues. The Scroll particularly would enjoy covering a type of student panel, open forum, or teach-in on the relationship between money and freedom of thought in contemporary culture. I believe that this issue—sensitive, complicated, and intensely political and ethical—is of utmost importance to the Deerfield community and that we must discuss it in a serious, thorough manner if we wish to be an intelligent, thoughtful, and moral institution. To students, especially seniors and especially community leaders: the support of teachers and administrators can only take us so far. One of you must take the initiative. The Scroll offers its full support in the form of knowledge, resources, discussion, and an open forum of publication in launching this talk on campus. Please send any thoughts, however informal or irate, to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. — Anna Gonzales, Editor-in-Chief Willa Gustavson
MLK Day: Defining Diversity MLK Day benefited greatly this year from increased student contributions. All members of the Diversity Alliance deserve praise for taking the initiative and attempting to make MLK Day more relevant and interesting for students, more artistic and media-based, and less focused on the customary single speaker. The film The Witness offered a new perspective on Dr. King, refreshing after many years of rewatching the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Dr. Curtis’ message of translating our institutional values of diversity and respect into action gave us an opportunity to honestly appraise our school and our behavior towards each other. Speaker Michael Fassberg delivered a thought-provoking, encouraging exhortation to have dialogue from both sides about race. Perhaps a more unifying theme for the day, and longer or more narrowly focused discussions, would improve next year’s event. Sustained discussion of diversity, tolerance, and contrasting perspectives will underscore the importance of the day.
Onslaught of “Ecotourism” The lights dim as two students walk up to the stage. People smirk as they settle deeper into their seats, preparing for a mid-School Meeting nap. A slideshow appears on the screen, inevitably showing images of a foreign community service adventure. Impoverished childrens’ faces flash on the screen, and Shakira sings a pseudo-ethnic ballad, produced by a board of American music moguls. The name of a worthy charity or organization is lost among the slides of students riding elephants, petting tigers, and eating colorful, spicy cuisine. This kind of presentation occurs at least once weekly. The onslaught of “ecotourism” is not new, but it is enduring. Each presentation is, in theory, supposed to educate the community about a service project. However, the abundance of these productions and their flashy “perks” (cue the safari trips, snorkeling, sightseeing) detract from the spirit of community service. When deciding to travel abroad to help others, should we choose an organization because they have a more interesting tourist itinerary? The goal of community service is obviously to aid the less fortunate. By now, the student body is aware that there are abundant opportunities to serve abroad. Is it necessary to have one of these presentations every week? Perhaps service projects near Greenfield, such as Second Helpings, should be more strongly publicized.
Why So Stressed? An inherently stressful time, winter term nevertheless brings many advantages for overwhelmed and overworked students. The addition of Dress Down Fridays allowed students to wear what they wanted and to be comfortable throughout the day. The class day ended with Cookies and Cocoa in the Main School Building lobby with Dr. Curtis. It was a chance for students to relieve stress accumulated from the week with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Massages were available for students at a discount through the Counseling Office and were highly coveted. With conflicting sports schedules, all weekday sit-down dinners were cancelled. This brought more flexibility and freedom to evenings usually dedicated to homework. The addition of peer tutors, who are now available every school night in the library for those seeking further help in their studies, has proven to be a great tool. The expanded availability of tutoring at the peer level has been well received and much appreciated. Going now into February, we should strive to maintain this stressfree atmosphere on campus and appreciate the efforts made by the school and various organizations to decrease our stress levels.
David Morales-Miranda ’12 (center) ran the traditional flag ceremony on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Favoritism is Not a Virtue By DANIELLE DALTON Features Editor It’s Saturday afternoon and you find yourself in line at the Greer, grabbing a snack before you head off to cheer on your friends in one of the number of games that take place on campus each week. As you and your friends decide between an Arnold Palmer or an iced chai and a chocolate chip cookie or Twizzlers, you also decide which games you will stop by. The same is true for the group of friends behind you in line. And the group of friends behind them. Do you choose to cheer on the varsity team or the thirds team? The boys’ team or the girls’? What factors lead you to choose certain teams over others? Do you select the team your friends are on? Or the one that an announcement was made about at lunch? Does it depend on who the game is against? Athletics are a hallmark of Deerfield. While some athletes are of a professional caliber and will play long after they leave the Pioneer Valley, the mission of the Deerfield athletic program is not to create a student body of professional athletes. Instead, it provides a structure that allows students to develop their athletic skills, while, at the same time, learn the values of teamwork, leadership, and integrity. If these characteristics were not important, then Deerfield would not insist upon all students taking part in some co-curricular activity. Every team at Deerfield serves the same purpose: to
provide individuals with a place to develop their athletic skills and build character. Of course there is a difference between varsity athletics and thirds teams: many varsity team members have been playing their respective sport(s) for years, while thirds team members may be trying new sports for the first time. Upon your arrival at Deerfield, it doesn’t matter if you walk onto the field with fifteen years of experience or fifteen minutes. You will be given the opportunity to bleed green in the gym, on the court or field, on the slopes, or in the pool. Or does it matter?
“Athletics are a hallmark of Deerfield...the mission of the Deerfield athletic program is not to create a student body of professional athletes.” Behind the cheerleaders’ jubilant shouts and fans’ enthusiastic support lurks the sentiment that Deerfield, as an institution, “favors” certain teams, the ones with more fans and campus support, over others, leading those teams to have “better” equipment or “better” fields than other teams. While not shared by all, the sentiment does seem to be something that blooms each year like one of the other perennial topics, such as dress code, increasing stress levels, or parietal policies. I do not think Deerfield
“favors” certain teams over others. I do think, however, that certain teams are more wellknown than others on campus. The high attendance numbers at these teams’ games or increased interest in the teams is not the result of administrative favoritism, but rather students’ passion. Student athletes on these teams, whichever ones they may be each season, expend countless hours making announcements about upcoming games at meal times, designing customized team apparel to show their pride, or talking about their team with other students. This is not a mischievous plan to make their team popular. Rather this is the byproduct of true passion. Passion at Deerfield isn’t just found on the athletic field. With over 200 academic courses offered at Deerfield, some of the brightest students learn and grow in the classroom under the careful guidance of dedicated teachers. No one believes that Deerfield “favors” more advanced students because of smaller classes. Walk through the Memorial Building and see the student artwork that graces the walls. Head to a dance on a weekend with friends and see the commitment to campus life by the student DJ’s. Thoughtprovoking white houses, guest speakers in the Garonzik, more accessible peer tutors, and everything else that happens on campus is the result of a group of dedicated individuals. Sports are no different from the plethora of other interests of Deerfield students.
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Clinging to Tradition and Cultural Trends By ELIZA MOTT Staff Writer
Scroll articles from 2003, 2006 and 2008 about gender inequality at Deerfield. The cheerleading controversy from 2008 surfaces once again in this issue.
males and females, roles from which the majority of students do not stray. In terms of social standing Since 1989, when girls were reintroduced to the Deerfield and overall respect from the campus, Deerfield has not quite community, male students have lost hold of its Good Ol’ Boys the advantage. Many students vibe. We cling to tradition—it’s I have spoken to believe this is partly the girls’ fault—that a part of our mission statement. Tradition is not bad. But change in the system is up to us as because there is a strong a gender to stop being submissive sentiment of holding fast to and to empower ourselves. Such opinions arose after last the past—and because many inevitably associate this past with year’s aforementioned gender Deerfield’s long stint as a single- equality initiative. Many opposed sex institution—there exists both it on the basis that equality of a lack of integration between opportunity, not equality of male and female students and representation, was right. Yet varying sentiments of inequality part of the reason girls are less likely to be leaders in the between the two genders. Male sports, for example, community is that we are not get much more attention than visibly oppressed—we are given female sports. Females, however, equality of opportunity, and dominate the art, dance, and we are not seriously thought to theater departments in terms of be inferior except by perhaps a raw numbers. They also tend to margin of boys—thus there is have higher averages than males. not much fuel for activism. Subtleties and community And males have historically held the majority in Student Council cultural trends would be good to discuss, to be aware of, so as not (until last year, that is). There have only been two to fall into backward-thinking female Student Body President traps of boys oppressing girls in Deerfield’s 23 years of co- and girls being submissive. These are thought processes educational history. At this school, male and that I’d like to think few students female students are unequal in would vocally support, though just about every field. We are sadly I think these are somehow steeped in a culture that has facilitated or magnified by formed acceptable roles for Deerfield’s entrenched all-boys’
culture. Leadership seems to be a good place to strive for improvement beyond campus discussions about culture, which is difficult to change. I don’t mean leadership in the sense of being a proctor or a peer counselor, but more of figures whom the school would listen to for guidance on a more intellectual and less emotional level. Those positions are important, but because we have gender-segregated dorms, those positions inherently cannot have as much influence in ameliorating gender relations on campus. Student representation affects the way students perceive how gender works on campus, and is a field above all others that should strive for equality. Mandatory equality of representation is good because it gives incoming female students the impression that they don’t have to develop an inferiority for themselves based on Deerfield’s past—not in skill, talent, or leadership qualities. In a few years, no students will be left to remember when positions and roles were not equal. Girls being assertive and bold and running for representative positions will be commonplace. This is something for which we should strive.
GENDER INEQUITY AT DEERFIELD TODAY I believe there is gender inequity at Deerfield. I do not believe, however, that Deerfield students hold an unusual concentration of gender prejudice relative to those around the country. It is a societal issue, not a Deerfield issue. Our general perception seems to be that this is very much a Deerfield issue. So, the question becomes: why is this an extrasensitive issue at Deerfield when no one on campus directly opposes the idea girls and guys be given equal opportunities? Deerfield is a small, isolated school with traditional qualities, a competitive attitude, ingrained social patterns, and little tolerance for experimentation. People feel the effects and constraints of an iniquitous society much more strongly here. One potential solution is a greater tolerance for experimentation in gender policy; more opportunities to cherish our tradition and incorporate as many voices as possible in discussion about change. There are less-openly recognized factors that tend to inflame and thereby inhibit or even reverse productive conversation. A mistaken sentiment resides that differences between gender roles always and solely represent inequity.
We must consider the complex factors other than gender which are present in all social situations. Let’s examine the genderdivided viewing arrangement at boys’ hockey games: guys on top bleachers, girls on the edge of the rink. This is a manifestation of inequity and an example of Deerfield’s ingrained social patterns. There are factors at play that are not always acknowledged. In general, guys love viewing aggressive sports
“Why is this an extrasensitive issue at Deerfield when no one on campus directly opposes the idea girls and guys be given equal opportunities?” more than girls, and it’s a boys’ hockey game—the players are dormmates and teammates with guys. Guys are more likely to claim those bleacher seats first. As I said before, I do believe gender inequity is represented at hockey games. I also believe that consideration of other factors suggests a lesser degree. Another example is the concern about gender distribution between first and second waiters at the dining hall. I understand
the benefit of mixing the two jobs equally between guys and girls, but it is silly to think that this historic divide represents a product of gender prejudice. There is no need for perfectly even gender distribution when guys, in general, have an easier time carrying the heavier second waiting tray. These factors should be considered when first and second waiting is used as an example of gender inequity at Deerfield. The manner of the campuswide discussion about gender inequity often leaves guys feeling blamed, insulted, and consequently resistant to change. This introduces the false perception that guys are acting out of conscious self-interest. This polarizes discussion. Girls and guys at hockey games are simply following tradition, as we all do in many social situations. When the gender inequity discussion arises, there is a tendency, or a perceived tendency, to blame guys for promoting iniquitous gender roles. Girls are then blamed for buying into the roles. From what I’ve seen, no one—girl or guy— is consciously acting to preserve gender inequity. Societal forces create gender roles—we follow expectations.
An senior girl’s cartoon representation of the typical Deerfield hockey game: boys on the top bleachers, girls below.
The current students of Deerfield should not be blamed for following old, culturallyingrained social habits. To get all students, particularly guys, on board with a totally equitable Deerfield, the community needs to take care not to alienate
them first. Instead we need to maintain objectivity in discussion and focus on increasing selfawareness and awareness of social forces and the factors that contribute to them. -Brad Hakes ’12
Inconsistency in Tea Party Political Values By COLE HORTON Contributing Writer As Republican presidential hopefuls campaign for the party nomination, the Tea Party is stirring confusion throughout the nation with its increasing support of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Ned Ryun, president of American Majority, an organization that offers Tea Party training, claims, “They don’t care what party you’re in; they just want to know if you reflect their values—limited government, fixing the economy.” With limited government as one of the most important facets of the Tea Party platform, it’s interesting that Tea Partiers
should support Newt Gingrich, who has historically supported big government ideas (compared to the traditional conservative). Gingrich supported an individual healthcare mandate, he “did not oppose” the TARP bailouts, and he openly advocates for increased federal education intervention. In his infamous radio interview with Glenn Beck, Gingrich reaffirmed his support of an individual healthcare mandate and called himself a “Teddy Roosevelt conservative when it comes to healthcare.” Teddy Roosevelt is, to say the least, not admired by Tea Party activists, for he is credited with issuing 1007 executive orders during his presidency, whereas all ten presidents from Lincoln to
McKinley only issued a combined total of 158 executive orders. Why, then, in a Republican Nominational Preferences Poll conducted from December 1-5 and publicized by Gallup. com, did Gingrich have a 47% approval rating from Tea Party supporters? (The next highest Tea Party approval was given to Mitt Romney, with 17 %). Why did 82% of Tea Party members claim Gingrich was an “acceptable” candidate, according to a Tea Party Candidate Acceptability Poll conducted in early December? Finding one answer to these questions is hard to do, but what is clear is an inconsistency in the Tea Party and its values, among which is small, limited
government. The Tea Party’s support of Newt Gingrich is truly puzzling. John Avlon of TheDailyBeast. com recently published an article attempting to answer these questions. He suggested such support could have spawned from Newt Gingrich’s early assistance to the Tea Party during their creation in 2009. In his article, Avlon wrote, “Gingrich supported the Tea Party movement in its earliest days and helped it achieve critical mass…He earned his affection from the Tea Party despite all the subsequent contradictory details about his high-yield gigs as a historian for archvillian Freddie Mac…” If Avlon is correct, are the
Tea Partiers selling their votes to someone who does not represent their political values? We often claim we vote for one candidate over another because we support their political platform and ideals, but is the Tea Party-Gingrich support system an example of the presidential election becoming a popularity contest? Another Gallup poll recently published shows voters take into consideration friendliness and “how comfortable voters would be having a beer with the candidates” when voting. We need to realize we are not going to be having beers with the President of the United States. We need to vote for the candidates who best represent our principles and our political ideals.
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THE DIRT ON DIRT
By ELISABETH YANCEY Staff Writer
Murmurs of disgruntlement about the loss of faculty break and anticipation of the typical “drinking-and-smoking-are-bad” presentation filled the air as John Morello stepped onstage to perform his one-man show, Dirt. Despite the tension of varying expectations, laughter soon filled the auditorium as Mr. Morello began a casual conversation regarding school mascots, and a rather bold impression of Deerfield students cheering on their beloved door. However, not all were amused. “At first I thought the jokes were a bit off-putting and arbitrary,” commented Christopher Lin ’13. Garam Noh ’15 added, “I thought that, in the end, it was more geared toward a day school experience. It just felt somewhat removed from the boarding school experience, regardless of what it was trying to convey.”
Other students found Mr. Morello’s laid-back performance more enjoyably relatable. Kay Calloway ’14 said, “I really liked it. The characters were really interesting, and it was so funny. I wasn’t really quite sure what to think of a oneman show. I was actually kind of expecting a train wreck. But I really felt the performance. It was also all up for interpretation, and it was so personal.” This personal nature also resonated with Annie Blau ’13, who commented, “Regardless of whether or not the message is explicit, whether we like it or not, inappropriate activity will continue. But his performance captured the student body’s attention. I have alcoholism in my family, and it was refreshing to get a lighthearted approach on heavy issues.” Dorie Magowan ’15 also enjoyed the hands-off approach. “I loved that he wasn’t lecturing. He just told us stories and let
us take away what we wanted. Overall, it was really effective,” Magowan said. Others, not entirely moved by the educational aspect of the piece, commented that the show was, if nothing else, entertaining. “I thought the one man show was really impressive,” commented Camil Blanchet ’14. “It was incredible the way he morphed from character to character.” Many students agreed that Mr. Morello seemed to lace a comedic thread through his piece, shedding light on challenges that need to be discussed. “These issues need to be brought up,” said Sarah Sutphin ’13, “and I think it’s important to keep in mind that every story of every character Mr. Morello played was somehow related. We affect each other so much on a regular basis, and everyone has problem. Silence is a total hindrance in allowing ourselves to step forward as a community.”
February 1, 2012
Big Green Becomes Greener With Help of ESAC By SAMMY HIRSHLAND Editorial Associate After a sit-down meal, Sustainability Coordinator and science teacher Jeffrey Jewett announced that the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee was looking for a new member from the class of 2015. Many students were unclear what ESAC’s role on campus was. “It’s not that students don’t know about us because they don’t care. We’re just not very known on campus at this point,” said Elizabeth Eastman ’13. ESAC is comprised of students John Marsh ’12, Eastman, Tripp Kaelin ’14, and a member of the class of 2015 (yet to be named as of publication) and is lead by Mr. Jewett. ESAC is involved in many important projects around campus. Some of their prior projects include helping the dining hall find a more ecofriendly dishwasher, eliminating bottled water on campus and adding hydration stations, and making sure that the new dorm will be as eco-friendly as possible. Certain projects can be difficult and require a lot of work as members try to balance both
cost and disturbance to student life. “There’s been a lot of debate about using materials for the new dorm that would be more ecofriendly but more expensive— like paint with fewer toxins. The idea of banning student fridges in the dorms was that they would replace the fridges with bigger, newer ones [in common rooms], but I’m not sure if that has happened yet,” explained Marsh. “There’s a lot of things Deerfield is doing well already, but there is a lot of waste,” suggested Mr. Jewett, when asked if Deerfield could be doing more to benefit the environment. The project that ESAC is currently working on is a pagelong mission statement that sets goals for the school in terms of sustainability. “The senior staff has approved it, and we’re hoping that the board of trustees will approve it,” said Jewett. Marsh hopes that the mission statement will allow Deerfield to become more focused on being green in all areas of school life. “The biggest thing [when implementing new ideas] is getting the students’ approval. Deerfield students don’t really like change,” commented Marsh.
Upward & Onward: Senior Meditations By CARLY REILLY Staff Writer
Will Fox Seniors Louisa Schieffelin, Libby Whitton, John Marsh, and Henry Bird enjoy a hallmark of Deerfield winters—cookies and cocoa after classes on Friday.
SPREADING THE GREEN AND WHITE FROM ZERMATT TO BEIJING By CHARLOTTE ALLEN Staff Writer Most students have thought of taking a semester abroad, but rarely do they actually get the gumption to pack up their bags and move to another country for a term or more. The fear of missing a considerable number of Greer nights and hockey games tends to lurk in the back of students’ minds, preventing action, but four students who threw this caution to the wind had the experience of a lifetime. Daniel Rivera ’13, Tess Donovan ’14, and Alyssa Moreau ’14 spent their three months away from campus hiking and skiing in the Swiss Alps. Their base was a hotel at the edge of the town of Zermatt, where they had class, ate, and slept. They managed to keep up with the rigorous curriculum, as well as take four to five hours each day to go hiking and rock climbing, a feat of gigantic proportion. Paragliding, helicopter-assisted ascents, and trips to Italy were all included in the routine. Taking her own path, Katya
Yudin ’12 spent the fall semester in China. With Beijing as home for three months, Yudin really got to know her way around. “Sometimes we’d take the subway to a random stop and then explore. We would also spend a lot of time talking to strangers, which was probably my favorite part of the experience,” Yudin said. Fully immersed in the culture, she took two Chinese courses a day, but said that the thing she missed most were the teachers and classes at Deerfield. Three of the four students returned to campus at the beginning of the 2011 winter term. Rivera returned in 2010 and immediately got back into the groove. “I have a lot of free time now,” Moreau commented. “I never realized how much we did at Swiss Semester.” They now find themselves doing their homework and everything else much more efficiently. Donovan remarked that she is “more relaxed when handling something that’s just thrown at you.” Apparently scaling Swiss glaciers has helped
them keep their feet on the ground at Deerfield. Although learning all the current names and faces is tricky, Donovan and Moreau are slowly getting back into the swing of things, reflecting that the first few days “didn’t feel real” and that they missed the excitement of waking up on international turf. Donovan commented that their time away gave them a “different perspective of DA,” as three months without computers and phones was a bit of a wakeup call about their dependency. “Going to Deerfield, you’re in a bubble, and you don’t even realize it,” Rivera said, smiling. All four students emphasized how much they have learned to appreciate the opportunities they have. “I met a lot of girls around my age who had to stop going to school after middle school so that they could help support their parents and help pay for their brothers’ education,” Yudin said. “I can’t imagine being in that position. I knew I was fortunate, but didn’t truly realize the extent until I went to China and learned about the hard lives these other people have.”
Senior winter marks the beginning of the end. With midterms wrapped up, even those students not yet into college feel they can breathe a little easier and look forward to enjoying their final months at Deerfield. But February is also a time to look back. As meditation season kicks off, seniors take time to look inward for something meaningful to say as they write reflective, often deeply personal, longer papers they read to their English classes. “I’m going to have trouble deciding what I want to talk about,” said Jamie Haddad ’12. “It can be hard to get personal. But once I know, I think it will be fun to write.” Eliza Mott ’12 agreed, declaring, “It’s weird writing so much about yourself—it’s hard not to feel a bit narcissistic.” Overall, however, the reaction to writing meditations is positive and most people are grateful for the opportunity. “I can’t wait to write mine,” said Shelbi Kilcollins ’12. “It’s something I’ve been looking forward to since I came to Deerfield. There are definitely
things I really want to share and this is my chance to do that.” But students remain a bit more divided when it comes to specific topics. While many seniors choose to write about an important family member or interesting memory or experience from home, others view it as the perfect way to culminate the Deerfield experience. “I see it as an opportunity to reflect on how Deerfield has impacted my life so far,” said Macaulay King ’12. Regardless of the setting, however, English teacher Ada Fan has a sagacious reminder for all seniors: “This is not a competition to see who has had the most tragic experience. If there is an upsetting experience that one wishes to open up about, then by all means, but it’s certainly not the requirement.” Whether serious or upbeat, meditations remain a distinctive component of the Deerfield journey. Dani Pulgini ’12 said, “It’s a really important and valuable exercise. It requires students to evaluate where they are at this point in life before moving on to college and beyond.” As senior year begins to draw to a close, it is not only a time to look ahead, but also a time to look back.
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Mystery and Murder in Medea By JADE MOON Staff Writer
Sizzling with passion and murderous revenge, Medea, the winter theater production, is the perfect play to see on a blustery night. A Greek tragedy by Euripides, Deerfield’s production of Medea has a twist to it. Rather than setting it in a traditional Greek theater, “We set it in this mythical and eastern landscape, which highlights the exotic and foreign nature of the play,” described Theater Director Catriona Hynds. In addition to the unconventional setting by Technical Director Paul Yager, the technical crew is employing
special lighting and sound effects. Both the lighting (by Andrew Bishop ’14) and sound designs (by Simon Moushabeck ’12 and Brandon Coulombe ’13) are, according to Ms. Hynds, “characters of their own.” “I chose this play because it’s fabulous, and the translation I’ve chosen is very accessible. Most importantly, at DA we currently have the talent to explore such a challenging play,” said Ms. Hynds. Ms. Hynds added, “Medea also allows a lot of involvement, with a cast of sixteen, including two faculty children and a host of other students in creative roles.” Though Ms. Hynds doesn’t want to give away too much about the production, Medea is about a woman who takes revenge upon
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her husband for his infidelity. Of her character, Sarah Woolf ’12 says, “Medea is a clever, passionate, loving, and strongminded woman.” Woolf explained that this production of Medea is “one of the barest pieces I’ve ever done. There are no props to rely on. It is really all you.” She also noted that since the setting was not naturalistic, she had “this crazy liberty where anything could happen and liberty to dig into the character.” Ms. Hynds warns her audience, “The physical set has a twist. Look forward to a new configuration in the Black Box and much more.” The play runs in the Black Box Theater from February 15 to 18.
And The Oscar Baseball: An Apparently Pointless Affair Goes To... Medea (Sarah Woolf ’12) confronts her husband, Jason (Thomas Shuman ’13), for betraying her. To find out more, attend the play!
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Ben Bolotin Christina Pil ’12 poses with her most prized possession, her cello.
Christina Pil : Artist of the Issue
By DELANEY BERMAN Staff Writer
Christina Pil made her first announcement introducing a choral concert series a little less than two years ago during the spring term of her sophomore year. Since nervously encouraging her peers to come to the concerts because “classical music is good for your brain and so good for studying,” Pil has lead her peers as the face of the choral concerts. While she is known here for her prowess as a cellist, her musical career actually began with piano lessons. But that did not exactly work out, as Pil jokingly remembers, “I always ended up asleep by the end of a lesson,” she said. She tried playing the cello for the first time during her sixth-grade year at her public school in New York City. When she first began her career as a cellist, her teachers were skeptical about her ability to play the instrument because of her petite size. As many here know, Pil “has very small hands,” in her own words. But that did not stop Pil. She simply found a pragmatic solution in a small cello called a “Ladies’ seven-eighths.” Pil’s cellist career really took off during her eighth-grade year after she met a small eighty-yearold man who became her teacher. “He got me serious. If I did not make enough progress during
our after-school lessons, we practiced an additional five hours on Saturday.” Despite shoulder pains and calluses, Pil auditioned for a spot at the Manhattan School of Music where she practiced every weekend from nine to five during her freshman year. When she was accepted to Deerfield, Pil had to make the difficult decision to leave MSM in pursuit of new opportunities here, such as participating in the founding of Deerfield’s student orchestra. Pil insists the key to learning a musical piece is repetition: “When I was younger, my mom would burn any piece I had to learn onto a CD and then play it on repeat in the car.” Pil maintains a similar technique in her study of music today, listening to every new piece many times before even attempting to play a note. Beyond being a part of the program from the start, Pil loves Deerfield’s student-led practices: “We run our own practices and decide how many times to play each piece,” she said. Pil believes the program has developed quickly and she has been able to grow over her time here because “Mr. Warsaw pushes for faster, better improvement by the deadline of each concert.” You can hear Pil play along with her fellow cellists, violinists, and viola players during choral concerts held each term two nights in a row.
With the 84th Academy Awards ceremony approaching, here are the top contenders for success on Oscar night: The Artist: Returning to the era of black-and-white, dialogue-free entertainment, The Artist portrays the fading age of silent films and the emerging industry of the talkies. The Descendants: Set in Hawaii, this movie stars George Clooney in this a dramatic-comedic story of a fractured family’s attempt at reconciliation when a man discovers his comatose wife has had an affair. The Help: Set in the 1960s, this film adaptation of the book of the same name voices AfricanAmerican views on Southern social conditions. Midnight in Paris: In this romantic-fantasy film set in Paris, a man is forced to face his problematic relationships when he nostalgically begins to explore Paris at midnight with some of the city’s greatest historical characters. My Week With Marilyn: Colin Clark, a minor film assistant, gives Marilyn Monroe the chance to escape from the pressures of her Hollywood lifestyle for one week in the English countryside. The Iron Lady: A portrayal of the most influential woman in the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher, in the midst of a maledominated society. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: A film adaptation of the Swedish novel chronicling sleuth Elizabeth’s investigation into a girl’s disappearance. The Tree of Life: Revolving around a man’s memories of his past and childhood, The Tree of Life visualizes where our lives really begin. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and Max von Sydow star in this film adaptation of the best-selling novel. On September 11, Thomas Schell ( Tom Hanks) dies in the attacks on the World Trade Center. His son Oskar (Thomas Horn) embarks upon a mysterious scavenger hunt after finding a key in his father’s closet. The Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 26, 2012.
If playing baseball, like writing a novel, is an art, then one could call Chad Harbach, whose book The Art of Fielding is his first, rookie of the year. Harbach manages to weave an unaffected, comprehensive story that makes for a quick, enjoyable read. Set at the fictitious Westish College, a small school on Wisconsin’s shore of Lake Michigan, The Art of Fielding is about the tried-and-true American pastime of baseball, but Harbach infuses the topic with new life and meaning. He writes of the sport: “You loved it because you considered it an art: an apparently pointless affair, undertaken by people with a special aptitude, which sidestepped attempts to paraphrase its value yet somehow seemed to communicate something true or even crucial about the Human Condition. The Human Condition being, basically, that we’re alive and have access to beauty, can even erratically create it, but will someday be dead and will not.” The novel’s protagonist Henry Skrimshander appears to be a weakling in the eyes of the bulky, Marcus Aurelius-reading Westish baseball player Mike Schwartz. But Skrim—as he is called for short—subsequently amazes Schwartz, the rest of the Westish team, and later major league scouts across the country with his artful skills as shortstop. Henry seems to embody Renaissance sprezzatura, executing nearly impossible, stunning plays
with little effort. Henry fields with simplicity, restraint, and a Zen-like strategy taught to him by his favorite book (which shares a title with this novel) by his favorite shortstop—the fictional Aparicio Rodriguez (a tribute to Luis Aparicio of the White Sox). He applies this philosophy to his life as well, not ever doing much besides playing baseball, eating, and sleeping. But as he submits to the inevitable liveliness of campus life—and of being a celebrity gaining national hype—and forms more relationships, thus spending more time thinking, caring, and trying—rather than just playing—Henry’s game begins to lose its effortlessness. He begins to hesitate and double-pump in his throws, screwing up plays that he used to perform perfectly, mindlessly. Harbach uses Henry as the point of commonality for all characters in the novel, each of whom has an individual, fullyrealized story that contributes to driving the plot forward. Other narrators include Guert Affenlight, the campus president (who develops a dangerously close relationship with Henry’s gay, black, environmentalist roommate Owen), his married, conflicted, talented daughter Pella; and the lumbering, coachlike Mike Schwartz, whom Pella dates. The Art of Fielding reveals the art in baseball, while exploring the meaning of such art in the midst of a confusing, chaotic life. It is a wonderfully complete, surprisingly profound first novel for Harbach.
Will Fox Seniors Simon Moushabeck (foreground), Alejandro Invernizzi, and Kelvin Chang rock out at KFC, held on January 20, 2012.
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Wipe Outs or Work Outs? By DAVE LUCENTE Staff Writer Students looking for a winter workout program have begun to see past Special Exercise and swimming to the intense sport of Nordic skiing. The team provides students who are serious athletes such as team captain Muriel Solberg ’12, newly recruited to Brown University for rowing, with the opportunity to train at an intense level in a relaxed environment. “I fall all the time, but I still love the sport,” Solberg exclaimed regarding Nordic skiing. Former Associate Admissions Director and boys’ varsity crew coach Ben Hamilton, who rowed lightweight at Yale University, founded the Nordic team during the winter of 2009-2010. Mr. Hamilton now works at the Fessenden School in Boston. English teacher Ada Fan runs the program and hopes that Deerfield will soon compete against the more established teams of Andover, Putney, and Northfield Mount Hermon. Ms. Fan stated, “It would be great for the team to have the opportunity to compete against schools like Andover, who have at least one
ranked skier.” Deerfield’s team consists of eleven students, more than half of whom use the demanding winter sport to train for crew in the spring. No members had previous competitive skiing experience before joining Deerfield’s team. In order to limit the size of the team, only juniors and seniors are allowed to participate. Ms. Fan is an advocate for the small size and describes cross country skiing as a “responsible sport,” since she allows the team to divide themselves into groups based on talent and fitness. She trusts the team with their workouts and allows members to develop their own schedules. The two captains, Brad Hakes ’12 and Solberg, were elected based on their abilities to develop training schedules. The team meets three days a week for five or six hours of skiing, hiking, walking, exercising, or community service. Hakes, who will row at Stanford University next fall, joined Nordic skiing last year. He said, “The team is very fun loving and messes around a lot, even though it is composed of dedicated athletes.”
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Iodice Freezes Foes By RYAN LOGIE Staff Writer On the bus to a game, you can find new sophomore Maryanne Iodice ’14 mentally preparing or reading on her Kindle. On the ice in a hockey game, however, her intensity shows. Iodice (pronounced E-OHDEE-CHEE) hails from Montreal, Canada, and her vicious slap shot has created a buzz on campus. This new addition to the girls’ varsity hockey team is the fear of female hockey goalies through out the NEPSAC. Her confidence with the puck and absolute bullet of a shot, thanks to years of dedication and practice, make her a standout on a team that has been successful thus far this season. “I started playing hockey when I was eight years old because I wanted to be like my brothers,” shared Iodice. Eight years later she ended up at Deerfield. Even though Iodice is new to New England, hockey here seems to be pretty much the same. “My favorite part of the team so far is just being able to do what I love all of the time,” she said. Her slap shot could be labeled the “shot heard round the world.” When asked how her shot is humanly possible, Iodice
answered, “My father made me shoot buckets of pucks in the garage. If I didn’t shoot properly, he would make me redo it. He is the one that made my shot what it is today.” Though her shot is feared, most survive it. “I gave my goalie a concussion last year, but other than that I think a lot of girls just have bruises,” Iodice laughed. All laughing aside, Iodice has
Ashley So Students, teachers, cheerleaders, and a leprechaun get rowdy at a boys’ varsity basketball game.
Silent Night Extends Past the Holidays
By JON VICTOR Staff Writer
With an idea borrowed from Taylor University, seniors Luke Aaron and Nic Mahaney organized a school-wide Silent Night event at the Friday night varsity basketball game against Pomfret. On game day, the seniors sent a school-wide email explaining the plan and made an announcement at lunch. From tipoff until the fifth point was scored, the crowd was to remain silent in their seats. Once Deerfield reached five, everybody was encouraged to go absolutely bonkers. Controlling hundreds of students at a sports game is a challenge, but the plan worked. “There was a little murmuring here and there, but overall everyone was silent,” explained Aaron. “Then, at the fifth point,
Oh! Canada By SARAH SUTPHIN Staff Writer In the past few years, male Canadian hockey recruits have crossed the border to attend DA as new juniors. When asked “Why Deerfield?” the boys all had different motivations. Jay D’Amour ’13 said his decision to enroll was based on more than just hockey. “I decided to come to Deerfield for the high goals for her career. “My dream is to play at a Division One college and make the Canadian national team.” In the meantime, you can look for her working on her stick skills outside of Mac or indulging in another one of her hobbies, reading hockey stories. With a ferocious shot and a kind heart, Iodice could have her own great story here at Deerfield.
Ashley So Maryanne Iodice ’14 toys with a New Hampton defender.
we all went nuts.” All in all, the Silent Night received positive reviews. “It was great for the whole school to come and back the guys up and I think we should do stuff like it more often,” said Cyrus Moghadam ’14. “I thought it was great execution overall from Luke Aaron, my role model and inspiration,” added Patrick Hadley ’14. Junior TJ Randall, who played in the game that Friday night, said that having a Silent Night was helpful to the team’s morale. “It got our team more pumped for the game,” he said. Randall also mentioned the effect that it had on Pomfret. According to him, “Silent Night was a success because the other team didn’t know how to handle it. No one was cheering and then everybody started going crazy. They just thought it was a weak
crowd…They were confused.” Attendance at the game was greater than usual as the Silent Night attracted more than just Deerfield students to the East Gym. Parents, faculty and students all came to show their support. “Even Tieray Moore, my ‘little,’ a basketball fan by no means, showed up to support the team,” stated Nolan Doyle ’12. Aaron displayed enthusiasm for the continuation of Silent Night in years to come. “I would love to do it as a tradition,” he said. “Maybe we could carry it on and do it once a year for a Friday night game.” “I think they should do it again,” agreed Hadley. “I thought it was a great way not only to involve the whole Deerfield community and raise awareness for a game, but also to give the home team a little extra motivation.”
experience. I never really liked change and was always afraid to step outside of my comfort zone. Now that I’m here, anything is possible.” Jarred Kubas ’13 explained, “I decided to come to Deerfield because of the educational opportunities it offered and how accommodating the people were.” Varsity hockey co-captain Ben Masella ’12 said, “Coming to Deerfield gave me the best opportunity to play high level hockey while having a great education. It’s really one or the other back home. It’s the best of both worlds.”
The athletes may not share the same reasons for coming to Deerfield, but they did unanimously agree on missing poutine, a Canadian food dish. “It’s French fries with gravy and melted cheese,” Masella explained. When asked if the Canadians were a clan, Masella clarified, “We like to think of ourselves as a clan, especially because people single us out in the classroom and around campus. ” Though Kubas was new this fall, he predicted what Masella expressed. “It’s early in the year, but I definitely think we will have a close group of guys.”