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A Community Behind Colin
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By CHARLOTTE ALLEN Editorial Associate When Librarian Angela McCarthy and her husband, Director of Food Services Michael McCarthy, discovered the national competition for wheelchair—accessible vans sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association, it seemed to be the perfect solution to the increasing difficulty of their son Colin’s mobility. Colin, 11-years-old and a member of the 5th grade class at Greenfield Middle School, was born with a rare brain disability called semilobar holoprosencephaly that has kept him in a wheelchair his entire life. Using computers and cell phones, students, staff, and faculty came together to vote for Colin once every twenty-four hours for the closing six days before the NMEDA competition deadline (May 7- 13). The final total was 2,961 votes for Colin, and Ms. McCarthy said that she and her husband are “very humbled by the outpouring of support we have received from the Deerfield Community and beyond. We have not been able to walk anywhere on campus without someone reminding us that they are voting or offering good luck wishes.” Although the other 1,700 competitors had a head start at the beginning of April, Ms. McCarthy is optimistic about their chances. “When you have a special needs child, you always want to believe in miracles, have faith in the underdogs and want to do everything you possibly can to make their lives be the best they can be,” she said. The NMEDA is giving away three vans with wheelchair lifts to families selected from the top 10% of contestants with the most online votes. The polls closed at midnight on Sunday, May 13, and the McCarthys, along with the Deerfield community, are awaiting the results.
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Ashley So Students enjoy themselves as they conga around the nautica-themed Dining Hall at Prom, May 19.
New Opening Days Schedule Elicits Mixed Responses By MICHAEL PARK Staff Writer
After creating a committee of faculty to adjust the start of the academic year, Head of School Margarita Curtis made a decision for the school to return earlier. The change resulted in mixed reactions from the community. Specified leaders (Green Keys, Proctors, etc.) and international students are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, September 4. New students and varsity candidates arrive the next morning. Finally, returners arrive on Thursday, September 6, with the first day of class on Friday, September 7. On Saturday, there will be the first school meeting, and academic orientations will occur throughout the weekdays at the beginning of study hours. “I think it’s a pretty exciting opportunity. I’m excited about setting aside time for us to better prepare students for the academic work they will face in the upcoming year. The idea is, instead of reacting to academic problems at the end of the term,
it is better to equip students proactively with the tools they need to succeed from the beginning,” explained Academic Dean Peter Warsaw. While one of the main initiatives for the earlier start is to allow the students to prepare for the challenges they will face in the academic year, Assistant Dean of Students Amie Creagh, who led the proposal, insists upon the value of the change to the faculty as well. “It was with adjustments to the timing of the faculty meetings that we began to consider a more comprehensive set of changes to all of the opening days, because those days do seem frenetic, crazy, overwhelming, and we all feel exhausted on the first day of classes,” Ms. Creagh said. However, there were disagreements within the community when the change to the timing of faculty meetings was first announced. Committee member and history teacher, Rebecca Melvoin said, “Faculty members now have to return before Labor Day. That may be why some faculty members may
Anthony Marx to Give Commencement Address By TABATA VISO Staff Writer Anthony Marx, president of the New York Public Library, former president of Amherst College, and father of Josh Marx ’12, will be speaking at Commencement this year. He has authored three books on nationbuilding: Making Race and Nation, Lessons of Struggle: South African Internal Opposition (1960-1990),
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and Faith in Nation: Exclusionary Origins of Nationalism. In addition, Mr. Marx helped found and develop Khanya College, a secondary school for black students in South Africa. In his time working as president of Amherst College, he was responsible for increasing financial aid opportunities and making college an option for middle class families. Mr. Marx is an alumnus of the Bronx High School of Science.
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Later, he attended Wesleyan University and graduated magna cum laude with a BA degree from Yale in 1981 and an MPA degree from Princeton University in 1986. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton in 1987 and 1990. While reminiscing about his own high school years, Mr. Marx said, “I learned how to learn, to work hard, and also to make friends who are still my very best friends today.”
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be hesitant about the change because they are giving up two days of vacation. But changing the opening days schedule and making it much more structured will hopefully help make everyone feel better.” Students also had some say in the matter. Anthony Lauw ’14 said, “I understand the teachers may face new difficulties from the earlier dates. However, as a student, I personally don’t have much to argue against the subject and I think it is overall a great initiative to let the new students have an easier transition into the school year.” Some faculty members expressed concern about the August 29-30 faculty meetings. Nonetheless, as Ms. Creagh said, “It has been a pretty comprehensive process that got us to where we are with the schedule as it is. We gathered student perspectives during advisory meals, faculty feedback, and a whole committee process with members from all different facets of the campus community. Now, we can safely say that we can give this a try.”
As current Junior Class Dean Jan Flaska leaves on sabbatical next year, Kevin Kelly, husband of Chinese teacher Xiaofeng Kelly and father of Michelle ’15, will become the assistant dean for freshmen and sophomores. Current Dean of Students Toby Emerson will step down to become the assistant dean for juniors and seniors. Amie Creagh, current senior dean, will be the dean of students next year. Additionally, English teacher Karinne Heise will be stepping down as assistant dean of faculty, to be replaced by Peter Nilsson. Unlike past years, assistant deans of students will each oversee two grades, instead of the current structure where there is freshman-sophomore dean, a junior dean, and a senior dean. Ms. Creagh will teach only one section of Spanish and will no longer advise students in order to maintain “consistency, clarity, transparency, fairness, communication, and a balance of structure and support” in her new role. Ms. Creagh will attend all disciplinary hearings for students in all grades. “It’s hard to get away from the feeling that when a student is called to the dean of students office that she or he is in trouble, but I would like to find as many opportunities as possible to connect with students outside of ‘discipline,’” she said. Ms. Creagh added, “I’d like to continue to broaden the scope of my interactions well beyond the realm of discipline. Sometimes we can spend 90% of our time on 10% of the students. I want to find ways to focus on different and, perhaps, under-recognized, parts of the student body.” Mr. Emerson said that next year he hopes to ensure that “Every student is successful, happy, well-adjusted and that he or she feels comfortable and supported at Deerfield.”
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The Deerfield Scroll, established in 1925, is the official student newspaper of Deerfield Academy. The Scroll encourages informed discussion of pertinent issues that concern the Academy and the world. Signed letters to the editor that express legitimate opinions are welcomed. We hold the right to edit for brevity. The Scroll is published eight times yearly. Advertising rates provided upon request. Opinion articles with contributors’ names attached represent the views of the respective writers. Opinion articles without names represent the consensus views of the editorial staff.
Student Body President Election We would like to congratulate Cleo Siderides ’13 on becoming our new student body president. We are proud to have a female student body president, but Siderides’ ideas, diligence, and reliability contributed to her election, not her gender. Another facet of her leadership is her enthusiasm for the Academy, and if students match Siderides’ enthusiasm, it would result in a more united and responsible community. In the future, we hope that students will make an effort to listen to candidates’ speeches, as they are an opportunity for us to hear what candidates have to say. Because the student body president plays such a significant role in students’ lives, students should strive to be attentive to the future of our community.
My name is Agatha. The priest bestowed this name on me as he traced the cross on my forehead with baptismal water, inviting me to open the door to the spiritual life as a child of God. Catholic.org says that St. Agatha was tortured to martyrdom by a tempter seeking her hand in marriage. I am named after a woman who cut off her breasts to demonstrate her indomitable union with her Maker. I hear and feel the tensions that charge this pre-election period, in particular those behind the issue of gay-rights. As Agatha who attends church every Sunday, I struggle to endorse same-sex marriage. As Kristy who lives in a modern, secular world, I struggle to affirm my denominational creed that gays and lesbians are innately wrong. Wherever I look, whatever identity I espouse, I face the inherent struggle. “I struggle with this,” President Obama said in a press conference in 2010 of his personal views on same-sex marriage. I can relate. His views on this matter have been indefinite until he recently endorsed same sex marriage during a historic interview on ABC. But it took him a while to get there. Historically, he staunchly insisted on civil unions that would confer upon gay couples the same legal rights as any other couple in the country, but saw marriage as a sacred union between a man and a woman and definitely not a civil right. In December of 2010, he repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell so that homosexuals could defend the nation’s security without the added burden of compromising their identity. He opposed the Defense of Marriage Act, which he said tried to federalize what was historically a state law. Now, he believes that gay and lesbian couples should have equal opportunity to commit to marriage as heterosexuals. Current polls, public reception, and accusations of flip-flopping and votewinning motives aside: the president has finally gotten to the point. His struggle has made way for his evolution. Though I do not hold the same views out of respect for my religion, I do believe that anyone with the capacity to love another should have the opportunity to express it in equal ways. Contradiction? Spreading myself too thin across polar opposite beliefs? This issue affects me in intractable ways. We live in a time when 61% of the voters in North Carolina helped pass an amendment that barred same-sex marriage in their state, but the cover of the May 21 issue of Newsweek portrays Obama with a “gaylo” –a rainbow halo –and calls him “the First Gay President.” Jay-Z recently told CNN, “I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.” We must be aware that the issue of same-sex marriage and gay rights affects everyone’s consciousness, whether gay or straight, atheist or Catholic, conservative or liberal. The inevitable personalization of this topic and its impending future in this charged climate are reasons why it is difficult to carry on a fair conversation without immediately resolving to the extremes. I remain ambivalent and uncertain about this issue, open to struggle and, perhaps, evolution. Kristy Hong Editor-in-Chief
Separation of Church and State North Carolina is the thirtieth state to amend its constitution to ban same-sex marriage. By altering the state constitution, North Carolina has deprived same-sex couples a legal right to express and validate their love. Our society has an inconsistent and unjust difference in standards between homosexual and heterosexual relationships and marriages. For example, one prominent argument in favor of the ban is that same-sex marriage will tarnish the sanctity of marriage, but some short-lived, drunken heterosexual Las Vegas weddings certainly stain the purity of marriage as well. Though religion may be used to guide one’s own life, this force should not be used to discriminate. Furthermore, the banning of same-sex marriages in thirty states calls into question the truth in America’s alleged separation of church and state. How can we pride ourselves in being a secular nation if a religiously partisan law can oppress people?
Thank You, Class of 2012! United and defined, the Class of 2012 is a force to be reckoned with. Over the past four years, the seniors came together as a class. They are diverse in character while complementing each other’s individuality. They are energetic and eager to express themselves. We admire their maturity and their unwavering sense of self, something that is difficult to find in high school. With a balance in arts and sports, the senior class leads the studentbody with their talent and creativity. They bring spirit to the younger classes, encouraging more students to become involved in school life. The seniors lead by example in the classroom as well. They have the highest class GPA out of the four grades and further impress us with their matriculation. Their leadership and enthusiasm will leave a lasting impression on the character of our school, and we hope that future students will strive to be all that the Class of 2012 was.
Appreciating Our Community This past school year was especially challenging for the Deerfield staff. The grounds crew worked tirelessly on the lower levels after the Tropical Storm Irene. When a blizzard struck campus on Halloween weekend, they were there to collect fallen branches and shovel snow. Even when a dry spring worked against the growth of newly planted grass, their efforts made it possible for students to practice and relax on the lower levels. We would like to thank them for their continuous hard work. As we express our gratitude to the Deerfield staff, we should keep in mind that they do more than provide for our physical environment—they make up the heart and soul of this campus. They act as cheerleaders for us behind the scenes, and enrich our everyday lives with their unique perspective and knowledgeable insight. We should take advantage of their expertise and not confine learning to classrooms or dorms. Reach out—all it takes is a little time and open arms.
Ashley So The class of 2013’s student council elections were sparsely attended due to lack of interest and a conflicting peer tutors’ meeting. Most students who attended were candidates themselves.
Re: Students Reflect on women’s reproductive Rights Sandra Fluke, a third-year-law student at Georgetown University, wishes to have contraceptives provided by her University Health Plan, since, like most young college females, she has difficulty paying for them herself. She has been one of the only women to speak her mind on this issue in front of Congress. It is upsetting when she is viciously attacked by people such as Rush Limbaugh who publicly called her a “slut” and “prostitute,” also saying, “They are having so much sex they’re going broke.” Sandra Fluke is just representing the millions of women who stand behind her, but are too afraid to speak up, in fear of being attacked by people like Limbaugh. In the First Amendment, there is a clear separation of church and state. In other words, religion should not interfere with government, yet it almost always does. Obama’s mandate will require all business, religiously affiliated or not, to provide contraceptives to women who request it. In a country where millions of women are on the pill (1.5 million alone use it for non-contraceptive reasons). This should not be a political argument, which it has turned out to be. Women’s health has been treated like a political game. What is worse is that, in the end, men make the final decision. What a woman wishes to do with her body is up to her; no one, especially not a man, should tell her what she can and cannot do. Many people argue that it would be morally wrong for businesses to have to pay for these contraceptives. In fact, it is morally wrong for women to have to stand aside as men make the final decision about a woman’s body. Brooke Burns ’14
Corrections to “New Interdisciplinary Course Begins Next Year” (April 25, 2012) Academic Dean Peter Warsaw was misinterpreted as having described “a working collaboration with the College Board and the University of Cambridge.” The collaboration is “with Cambridge International Examinations.” The article also described the course as a “leading course that would be interdisciplinary.” It should have read “a new course that would be interdisciplinary.” The Deerfield Scroll regrets the error.
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Uncomfortable Questions By DAVID MORALES-MIRANDA Contributing Writer Community is always stressed as one of Deerfield’s most important aspects. We talk about it all the time. Recently, teachers Kristen Loftus and Sam Bicknell talked to our dorm to introduce us to Connect 4. I’m very much in favor of speaking about difficult issues. However, I believe the forced approach of having students open up is unnecessary and unhelpful. I found the freshmen peer counseling groups to be the worst experience of my Deerfield career. While I’m sure many students found it enlightening to learn about the dating scene and sports culture at Deerfield, I felt alienated. I didn’t have a problem which I needed to speak to a peer counselor about. My transition to Deerfield was fine; I just felt there wasn’t an alternative scene where I could belong. Starting my freshman year, I found the Deerfield Diversity Alliances. These groups are, in my opinion, some of the most underused resources we have. This is where change starts. The camaraderie for a cause in these groups is more powerful than a simple conversation in the dorm.
Forcing students to talk once a month won’t solve Deerfield’s problems. What’s not great about bonding with the students in the dorm? Well, because I would have so many similarities to a lacrosse playing-country-club-member resident of Greenwich or New York City. It’s silly to think that we can all just bond if we get together once a month. I’m gay, I have beautiful tanned skin (thanks to my Mexican heritage), and my parents are immigrants. Please don’t talk to me about the dating culture at Deerfield, but please explain to me why someone wrote “faggot” on my door at the beginning of my junior year. Now that’s where everyone gets uncomfortable. Say something is wrong with Deerfield and everyone starts running and looking to the hills. I love Deerfield. I’ve been a tour guide for the past four years. However, to say we’re all similar is an illusion. Instead of working to make the entire student body bond, I suggest we take the time to make students realize that some of us are different. Some of us can’t pay the Deerfield tuition. Financial aid is a necessity for many families. What I propose we focus on is an implicit contract of being in a “diverse” community, a relationship based on mutual respect and tolerance rather than being forced to identify with students whose only connection we share is the fact that we go to school together.
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An Illusion of Progress our students have familiarity with those who are different from them”? Who are “our students”? Who are the “different”? We’re still talking about how “It has changed—they got new curtains,” a faculty member to build a stronger community, told me. We were discussing the definition of respect, how what’s changed about Deerfield much time we spend talking since I graduated in ’05. Indeed, (and how little time we have the Dining Hall has some very to talk) about community and nice new curtains, a new floor respect and what to do about too. The fitness center shines the dominant culture, what to where squash courts used to do about the girls, and the boys, be; the Greer, complete with and the dress code, wondering jukebox, flat screen, and faux when we’ll ever do anything, fireplace, lounges over what wondering who’s responsible. As Rajab reminded us at the used to be—I’m not sure; and now, in the Koch Center, I can sit-down lunch following the walk across stars or stare at Respect Forum, we, a room full them on a ceiling. Despite these of faculty, staff, and students cosmetic changes, Deerfield feels devoted to improving Deerfield, the same—still well-mannered, had failed to mention race, sexual well-manicured, and incoherent. orientation, or socioeconomic I took a quick poll of my class. He worried for the next advisees, team, students: “What’s our school’s mission?” They generation of black students and did not know. They made hoped they would have a more up answers. “What does it affirming Deerfield experience mean to be worthy of your than he did. Some of us heard heritage?” What does it mean him over the din of the dining to be worthy of your heritage? hall and most of us clapped— Whose heritage? What’s the politely? reflexively? Why are we uncomfortable significance of the tomahawk gashes on Sheldon’s door? talking about the students of What does the Deerfield color, the gay students, the development office mean when non-rich who feel marginalized, it says, in an e-mail asking alums unheralded, unheard? Why are for donations to the financial aid we uncomfortable talking about program, “It’s imperative that wealth, privilege, legacy, and
By LOU KINDER Contributing Writer
secret societies? Probably because these are uncomfortable topics; but, to become the inclusive, ethical community we want to be, we need to discuss them openly. Conversations are happening in small pockets of the school— in classrooms, alliance meetings, living rooms and dorm rooms. We do the personal well. Why don’t these discussions flourish on a larger scale? What would that look, sound, feel like at Deerfield? I leave Deerfield again with happy memories, new skills, and new friends. I leave again confused by the difference between who we are, who we say we are, and who we say we want to be. Perhaps that’s a symptom of high school, but we don’t seem to want to be “just high school.” I am grateful for Deerfield— its complexities, the opportunities it provides to be confused, to be inspired, to ask questions, to learn, to talk and to listen with intelligent, passionate people. I love those conversations and I love those people. They challenge and support me. Do you remember Alcides onstage on MLK day, declaiming, sharing, reaching, pacing, singing, questioning? He was right—we are rich in people. Let us hear each other. Let us be open and discuss and learn who we are! Maybe then we can change.
Watch Your Mouth
The Hidden Dangers of Tradition
By KELECHI AKUSOBI Contributing Writer
By BRIAN FRY Contributing Writer Here at Deerfield, we love applause. In fact, we love applause so much that any guest speaker or group who doesn’t get a standing ovation probably did something wrong. Applauding is a tradition that defines our community. We are a school that prides itself on our tradition and heritage. I’d like to challenge the student body and faculty to view tradition under a more critical lens. Tradition is great when it serves to unify the students, faculty, and staff, and when it reminds us why we’re such a special community. However, not all of our traditions serve this unifying purpose, and some of them can affect the student body in a divisive manner. While traditions such as Captain Deerfield or the secret societies don’t outwardly cause any harm to any one student (to my knowledge), I urge those reading this article to think about the messages that these traditions might send to some members of this community. What kind of message does it send to our female and minority students when Captain Deerfield has always been a white male? Do the members of secret societies recognize how the very existence of their group helps contribute to a culture of exclusion and a “we run the school” attitude? Do these traditions accurately reflect our values as a community? While Deerfield has changed greatly over the years, some aspects of our culture have remained the same, for better or for worse. Some traditions die hard, but out of their deaths can emerge newer and healthier ones that serve to support our core values and a common understanding.
DA to DC By MEGHANA VUNNAMADALA Contributing Writer There is a dark cloud hanging over the incredible successes we have seen this year in the classroom and beyond. Why is it that almost every school meeting of the year commenced with the words, “The Disciplinary Committee met last week…” ? Is the student body simply immoral and reckless? Or, are the deans cracking down harder than before, because of the events in recent years? Perhaps, this is an admissions issue—are we just not accepting the “right” students anymore? I don’t think there is a quick fix to cutting down the number of DCs. The equation is far more complicated than simply a faulty student body, demanding deans, or admissions blunders. It is also valuable to mention that no one ought to be above the rules, regardless of seniority, socioeconomic background, or any other circumstances.
I have heard the wide range of arguments about how the DC process is unfair, sometimes partaking in them myself. And, part of the problem is that many students feel the administration has unjustifiably bent the rules for certain students while others have received the usual punishment. This presumed inconsistency creates confusion about what is and isn’t acceptable. What we need now is clarity. We must know the rules and the consequences and we must accept responsibility for our actions. Regardless of who you are or where you are from, you alone control your actions. So, my proposition is this: Students, follow the rules—they are there for a reason. If you have something against them, challenge the administration through open discourse. Administration, somehow, you need to clarify the rules and the consequences of breaking them, beyond simply mentioning them in DA-Z. It’s a difficult goal, but by trying, we may shed darkness clouding over our success.
This spring term many members of this community have spoken up about what respect means to them and when they feel we, as the student body, lack respect. A large part of respect deals with vocal and physical language. I am appalled by the number of times I have heard the word “gay” misused in the locker room or heard the word “faggot” slip from people’s tongues as if it carries no weight. Of all the
excuses people make for using these words, “I say it all the time” is one that I can never buy. No matter your views—whether you are a homophobe or are all for gay rights—we have to be mindful of others around us. We all censor ourselves out of respect for older community members; when an adult or teacher is around, we usually watch our language. You have to keep in mind that some of your peers could be offended when you say, for example, “that move was so gay.” Not only is misusing “gay” disrespectful, it is also making you sound ignorant and uneducated.
A New Status Quo
By JAMES YANG Contributing Writer Most of us come to Deerfield to succeed, but for some, that means strictly following the status quo at all costs. The “cool” kids here often have ties to wealthy, powerful, and successful people. Many of us feel the pressure to associate ourselves with those kinds of kids to succeed likewise. Forming a good rapport with anybody is positive, but when the pressure to be cool overrides individualistic ideas and mannerisms, we fear and avoid simply being ourselves. We have to do what has been established as cool. We are expected to want to go to the Greer with the gang; refusing is preposterous. Fun? Doing what gets me varsity status matters more. He or she is all right, but I gotta ignore this loser. I can’t jeopardize my image. I ask you, who comes to Deerfield wanting to become a follower? I love Deerfield because it gives us a chance to become individuals. We can choose self-purpose over conformity. I hope we can make that the new status quo.
By CHRIS MIAO Contributing Writer Humans, like other species, when encountering a new system, strive to find that which is familiar. Thus, people initially hang out with people with similar backgrounds, zip codes, tax bracket, and race. I ask any one who is reading this to name their closest friends, and for the majority of you, they will be from the same geographical area, of the same race, or friends from pre-Deerfield. I’m not asking you to shun people you identify with easily, but the result of this trend is that friend groups formed during this initial phase tend to stay together until graduation. There are people that will say that, of course, people gather with whom they feel most comfortable, but isn’t part of the Deerfield experience about getting to know new people? We are all part of this community now. It is our obligation to each other, to our teachers, to this entire ecosystem, to be open to new people and ideas, or at the very least receptive of those trying to branch out.
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It’s in the Stars By AYESHA KAPUR Staff Writer Romance. Everyone has a true love story to share, including members of the faculty. Ever wondered how English teacher Peter Nilsson courted dance instructor Crystal Nilsson? How science teacher Rich Calhoun proposed to math teacher Kate Calhoun? Or perhaps how Spanish teachers Steve Taft and Virginia Invernizzi met? Mr. and Mrs. Nilsson met in New York on July 12, 2007, got engaged on July 12, 2008, and were married on July 12, 2009. This was evidently not just to make it easier to remember the dates. True romantics, Mr. and Mrs. Nilsson met at Lincoln Center during a Midsummer Night Swing, when Mr. Nilsson was scoping out the dance floor and found his soon-to-be wife. Mr. Nilsson said, “Crystal had that ‘ask-me-to-dance’ look. And so, I asked her to dance.” While Mr. Nilsson felt he had been too straightforward and talkative, asking Mrs. Nilsson on a date to see a dance company within the first two minutes of meeting, Mrs. Nilsson said, “I was interested because I had never danced with someone in that kind of setting who talked so much and asked so many questions.” “Our first date was this really wonderful evening on the lower east side of Manhattan. We walked around and visited a little art gallery, went to a couple of nice restaurants,” said Mr. Nilsson. Then he tagged along with Mrs. Nilsson to Milonga, a tango dance party. After desperately trying to learn the basic steps while watching Mrs. Nilsson dance, Mr. Nilsson decided he would learn tango for her. After three and a half weeks of rigorous courses almost everyday, Mr. Nilsson “showed up” to another tango session where Mrs. Nilsson “happened to be.” Mrs. Nilsson admitted that he had succeeded in impressing her with what Mr.
Center: Michael and Sonja O’Donnell; Clockwise from top left: Rich and Kate Calhoun, Margarita and Manning Curtis, Steve Taft and Virginia Invernizzi, Conrad Pitcher and Heidi Valk, John Palmer and Suzanne Hannay, Mike and Julie Schloat, David and Sigrid Howell, Peter and Crystal Nilsson, John and Mercedes Taylor.
Nilsson calls his “tango skills.” From then on, the romance took off, and in 2009 they both moved to Deerfield. Although the Calhouns suspect that they may have briefly met at Williams College, Mr. Calhoun said, “I had a beard and long hair, and, thankfully, she doesn’t remember me from college.” Five years later, Mr. and Mrs. Calhoun met again when Mr. Calhoun got a job at the
A MAN OF ALL TRADES By MARIAH KENNEDY CUOMO Staff Writer From yoga to Elements, David Morales Miranda ’12 has done a different co-curricular every term during his four years here and offers a fresh perspective on after-school life at Deerfield. “I was interested in a more broad range of activities other than sports. I never felt very talented in sports,” said Morales. Morales has done yearbook, an art exemption, and community service at an elementary school and on the farm. He has also acted for the play, managed tech for the play, danced, and learned to swim. Currently, he manages the girls’ varsity water polo. Of others’ reactions to his lack of a sports co-curricular, Morales responded, “I did quadsquad freshman fall. I guess it’s contrary to the ‘Deerfield boy’ image, and I do get strange looks, but most of my friends have been supportive.” He continued, “I like watching sports, just not doing them.”
On his favorites, David said, “I really liked Elements. I loved working with Mr. Trelease because he is really passionate about everything he does. He made garlic farming for two hours seem really important.” Morales also warned against the side effects of too little commitment. “I regret doing yoga. It was only about 20 minutes, two days a week. As a sophomore in winter, I was getting all my homework done before study hall and felt really lost.” Through his diverse cocurriculars, Morales has enjoyed the opportunity to interact with a wide range of people. “It was nice that I got to know so many people, especially in such a small school,” Morales said. “It would get boring if I was on the same three sports teams every year with the same people.” When asked what students should consider as a cocurricular, Morales responded, “Theater tech. I’m not a guy who knows a lot about how to use power tools, but I liked all the people and found it to be really cool that I got to see the product of what I was working on.”
Hotchkiss School, where Mrs. Calhoun had already been working. Both had heard of the other from mutual friends who ultimately set the two up. After a couple of jogs and bike rides together, which started to count as dates, Mr. Calhoun said, “I had a girlfriend by the time school started and the kids [students] arrived.” At Mrs. Calhoun’s parents’ house one day, approximately a year after the two met, Mr.
Calhoun set out on a bike ride, while Mrs. Calhoun went the other direction on a jog. Mr. Calhoun watched as she went on her way, then quickly retreated to the house to ask her parents, in his words, “like a proper Southern gentleman,” for her hand in marriage. When Mrs. Calhoun returned from her jog, her mother quickly embraced her and congratulated her daughter, not realizing that Mr. Calhoun had been keeping it a surprise
May 23, 2012 and had not yet proposed. And so, the cat was out of the bag. Mrs. Calhoun added, however, “We climbed to the top of Aspen Mountain in Colorado and he got down on his knee and asked me there.” Mr. Calhoun said, “I did manage to get in a little bit of a surprise because I promised her I would not ask her in Aspen, but both of us knew, of course, that I would ask her there.” In 2007, (including a year in Chile), Mr. and Mrs. Calhoun found positions at Deerfield Academy and have been working here ever since. A couple whose love story began to unfold at a friend’s wedding, Dr. Invernizzi and Mr. Taft have been married since the summer of 1988 but met in the fall of 1981 when they were both studying at the University of Virginia. At UVA, their friends had always insisted that they were meant for each other. One friend in particular believed their marriage “was in the stars,” but throughout graduate school, they remained only friends. Years later, the two of them met again, coincidentally, at that same friend’s wedding. After a year of a long-distance relationship between UVA, where Dr. Invernizzi was finishing her Ph. D., and Deerfield Academy, where he was already working, Mr. Taft asked Dr. Invernizzi to move up to the Deerfield area. Dr. Invernizzi said, “Well, leaving all my professors and friends to live close to each other makes me leave all I know and have known for so many years. Are we ready to think about that knot people tie?” Mr. Taft replied that the two would continue to think about it. Two weeks later in New York City, Mr. Taft proposed. After an exciting summer in Ecuador climbing volcanoes and unwittingly swimming in a river full of piranhas, the two married in August, and then left for Deerfield Academy. Both agree that working together has not been an issue at all, and in fact, has strengthened their relationship. Dr. Invernizzi also stressed the importance of independence as, slightly ironically, part of the glue that holds them together: “We like to pursue our own passions, and, in turn, allow the other to pursue hers.”
Departing faculty members (left to right): Gina Apostol, Sigrid Howell, David Howell, Julie Cullen, Brian Fry, and Louise Kinder; Absent: Karen McConnell
BITTERSWEET FAREWELLS By JAMES CHUNG Staff Writer
This year we will say goodbye not only to the class of 2012, but also to the following teachers and friends: science teacher David Howell, Admissions Associate Sigrid Howell, history teacher Karen McConnell, science teacher Julie Cullen, English teacher Gina Apostol, science and Health Issues teacher Brian Fry, and English teacher Louise Kinder. The longest serving teacher to be leaving is Mr. Howell ’69, a former Deerfield student himself. Having served his entire teaching career of 43 years here at Deerfield, Mr. Howell is just one of the teachers that contributed to the school’s academic success.
Dean of Faculty John Taylor described Mr. Howell as a man who “almost single-handedly built the astronomy program at Deerfield.” “Mr. Howell is a very wise voice in the faculty. He will be greatly missed when he leaves,” he continued. “I was involved in the design of several courses, certainly the astronomy course and the Unified Science curriculum. I was also involved in the design of two science buildings here,” Mr. Howell said. When asked what he would miss most about Deerfield, Mr. Howell said, “I will miss the students, the youthfulness, the energy, the enthusiasm. I’m certainly going to miss my colleagues, but the school overall.
It’s just an extraordinary group of people and I think that our students are really fortunate to work with such a fine group.” This year we also have a couple of younger teachers leaving Deerfield. Ms. Kinder, who started teaching at the school just this year, is one of these teachers. Ms. Kinder said, “I had a lot of fun. It was a great place to start teaching. As much as I was a teacher, I was a student of the other helpful faculty.” Although she was only here for one year, she expressed her feelings on her departure. “I will really miss how I was able to interact with teachers and students. It was really cool to be able to run downstairs anytime and talk to Mr. Nilsson about poems or something,” Ms. Kinder said.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Artist of the Once, two spoons in bed, now tined forks Issue: Sam across a granite table and the knives they have hired. Willson Bringing poetry to life not
the idea of “Great American Literature,” I found myself laughing uncontrollably at poems such as “The Great American Poem” and “The Effort.” Poking fun at poetry itself and the enigmatic nature of poetry analysis, these poems pinpoint the often-confusing question that drives readers away from poetry: By STEFANI KUO “What is the poet trying to say?” Book Reviewer Showing that poetry need not be moralizing or “great,” Collins Witty, humorous, imaginative, creates a personal connection and most of all, accessible to with his reader, a link that all, Billy Collins’ Ballistics is makes poetry a conversation. one of the funniest and most And yet, despite the humor relatable poetry collections in his words, he forces the you will ever come across. reader to think about the words Revolving around the themselves, and the possible usual subjects of love, death, complexity of simple language. introspection, and, ironically, the For example, in every other art of poetry, Ballistics pulls you line in his poem “Tension,” we out of the hustle and bustle of encounter the word “suddenly.” It the modern day and allows you to is noticeable and, in fact, irritating, contemplate the simple things in as Collins attempts to make the life, such as “Hippos on Holiday”: point to “never use the word suddenly just to create tension.” I love their short legs and big heads, Or take his shortest poem in the whole hippo look. Ballistics, “Divorce.” Consisting Hundreds of them would frolic of four short lines with no In the mud of a wide, slow-moving explicit character in mind or direct river… address of the reader, this piece brings out an imaginative scene As a high school student of a couple getting a divorce, with who has often questioned their lawyers sitting beside them:
only by eliciting laughter from the reader, Ballistics, as a whole, creates a sense of completion, beginning, and ending with two poems, “August in Paris” and “Envoy,” that directly address the reader. By doing this, Collins pulls you in, as if he were searching for you by asking: “where are you, reader?” Finally, he sets the book on a journey of its own, allowing this “little book” to become an entity itself, “time to be regarded by other eyes.” Collins, former United States Poet Laureate (2001-2003) and Poet Laureate of New York State, will be visiting campus beginning on October 4. He will be reading to the entire school as well as attending classes and talking with students. Collin’s highly anticipated appearance will continue the series of visiting poets, inaugurated with W.S. Merwin’s visit last fall.
Committed and Inspired: Sarah Woolf
By ANNA PETTEE Staff Writer
Star athlete Sam Willson ’12 plays basketball and Bach. Since Willson was a child, the basketball courts have not been the only place he has been practicing. Around age six, however, he began playing the piano, and when he was fifteen, his teacher introduced him to the pipe organ. His spring term independent study is practicing the pipe organ. “My piano teacher knew the pipe organ. He said it was a great instrument to learn and that it can always be something I could do on the side, so I started taking lessons and stuck with it,” said Willson. Before coming to Deerfield, Willson got a taste of what it was it was like to be a performing organist. “I had a job at the Christ Episcopal church in Watertown, [Connecticut] a really small church. They needed an organist. It was the perfect opportunity for me to get some exposure to the church environment,” Willson recalled. Willson’s persistence as an organist has formed a passion and developed an exceptional talent, but balancing his love for the organ with his dedication to playing basketball
A: In eighth grade I got sick and watched the Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and I decided that I wanted to start acting. I took a class that met once a week for a few months and then signed up for an acting class when I got to Deerfield. I did not try out for the play that fall, but I tried out in the winter and got a role in the chorus and when I tried out that spring, I got a lead in Arsenic and Old Lace. I was very Ashley So lucky. It was a core cast of about “Come Thursday evening, [the band] voluntarily transforms into the Incredible Hulk-like version of the band you eight people, which included all see at School Meetings—a complete green raging beast of sound,” said Brent Hale, vocalist of Tardy on Friday. seniors and the director himself. They gave me the foresight to to be able to do everything that see where I could go if I stayed makes me happy,” Soares said. committed and inspired me to “To be creative and explore cultivate a strong dedication to my mind, I try to make things the department. I’ve tried out that nobody else has done for every production ever since. before. That’s what motivates me Q: Is there anything you to wake up everyday,” he added. would like to change about Soares has filmed the winter By ALEXA MURRAY the arts department? By SHARON TAM play, Medea, made a video for Staff Writer A: I wish there were more Staff Writer Relay for Life, and created a integration of all the departments. Deerfield admissions video. “I As you make your way out of was honored and overwhelmed Q: What is your favorite Visual artists helping with of the arts? the sets, music students with school meeting, you see a tripod when Mrs. Dohrmann division A: Well, theater is what I do the musical choices… that’s with a video camera perched asked me to help film the on top, capturing glimpses of admissions video,” said Soares. the most of. I’d like to pursue why I love theater so much. student life. More often than Adding to his list of projects, it as a career, which is scary It incorporates all art forms, not, the man behind the camera Under the Surface, his first but it’s what I want to do. and I think with such a small is Alcides Soares ’12, or, as he documentary filmed and edited Q: How did you first community, the arts department involved in theater? could make more use of that. is more commonly known, Al. entirely by himself, was inspired by get A post-graduate from the loneliness Soares experienced Mozambique, Soares is a upon first arriving on campus. Ashley So prominent figure on campus Soares’ next project is who sings, dances, draws, plays called Deerfield Memories, which guitar and piano, plays sports, he hopes to complete over writes songs, and makes videos. the summer and upload onto “It is amazing that Deerfield YouTube for the community. sixteen cast members to explore By JADE MOON and has given me the opportunity to myriad personas. Ms. Hynds “I really pray that I will be able TARA MURTY practice all my talents. I am grateful to transmit the message of lasting explained, “Every student has Staff Writer and Editorial to play at least three characters, friendships and memories even Associate after we all graduate,” he said. Sixteen cast members take on ranging from young children to Soares has dedicated over sixty characters in the spring people in their 80s.” Cast member Thomas Shuman countless hours of his time, production of A.R. Gurney’s pursuing his passion for The Dining Room, “a theatrical ’13 said, “I play a judgmental cinematography. “I really can’t experience of exceptional range, father, an architect, a carpenter, complain; I’m having an amazing compassionate humor and another father, and a host.” Allie Gerber ’14 said, “It’s experience at Deerfield,” he said. abundant humanity,” described While Soares’ main focus Theater Director Catriona really a fun play because you get to play multiple characters and right now is on his schoolwork, Hynds. he plans on gaining more “The Dining Room is a mosaic work with a bunch of people.” Ms. Hynds explained that film experience in the United of 18 vignettes—some funny, States in hopes of developing some touching, some rueful— one of the reasons she chose a cinematography market which, taken together, create an this play was because she back home in Mozambique. in-depth portrait of a vanishing wanted to give students new Soares said that in the future, species: the upper-middle-class to theater an opportunity. The cast’s experience with this “anywhere that filmmaking will WASP, ” she continued. Ashley So take me, I will really go for it.” These vignettes enable the play was unique.They were able to
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has always been difficult. “There was no way I could have done organ during basketball season. That’s why I got this alternative study to play the organ this spring—the last nine months I haven’t played at all and I wanted to take this spring to focus on the organ,” Willson said. Willson’s musical talents are surprising to many people, as they do not know much about the pipe organ. “What’s different about the organ is that there are no dynamics. You can’t play loud or soft, like on a piano—but you can pull the stops and make sounds like flutes or violins,” Willson explained. Willson is a dedicated athlete and musician, and although his future includes expectations of a strong basketball career, it is safe to say he will find time to pursue his musical passions that provide a respite from his quick-paced life. Willson said, “It’s nice to get away from things. When I was really stressed out during basketball recruiting, even if I didn’t have an organ, I’d just sit down at the piano—it’s very soothing.”
Q: Of all of the productions you’ve participated in at Deerfield, what is your favorite? A: Medea. Undoubtedly Medea. Q: Do you have an actor or actress that you look up to for inspiration? A: Honestly, I take the most inspiration from my peers. Not necessarily the people who are good, but the people who are either dedicated or who go for an audition with no experience. I admire that. Q: If acting doesn’t work out, do you have a backup plan? A: I’d like to stay in the arts, whether creatively or from the other side of things, with administration. I love that world, and I never want to leave it. It’s that simple.
contact A. R. Gurney, who kindly responded to their questions. Though many of the scenes could be interpreted in numerous ways, Deerfield’s production of the play will be similar to what Gurney had envisioned. Ms. Hynds noted that companies usually do not have the privilege of contacting the playwright. The cast and crew have put in countless hours each week, perfecting the minute details of this year’s final play. These details augment the purpose of the play: to provide the audience a wide spectrum of performances to enjoy. The Dining Room runs from Tuesday, May 22 to Saturday, May 26 in the Black Box Theater.
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May 23, 2012
A Tribute to Athletes From the Class of 2012 Profiles compiled by Sarah Sutphin and photographs by Ashley So
Luke Aaron will continue to play lacrosse as a goalie at Duke University next year. Aaron is a senior captain and four-year contributor to the boys’ varsity team, undeterred by illness this season. His proudest moment during his lax career was at the end of his junior-year season when the team went undefeated.
Muriel Solberg will row for Brown University next year after three impressive years on the girls’ varsity crew team. One of her favorite memories comes from sophomore year preseason: “We were in Florida and one day my boat hit a marking pole in the middle of the bay/ocean we were rowing in!”
Joe Sullivan will join the lacrosse team at MIT next year after three seasons at Deerfield. His proudest moment was after defeating Avon and Salisbury last year. His favorite memory was “scoring the first goal against Westminster by shooting the ball against the goal post and watching it ricochet into the net.”
Kerry Krause will compete in the heptathlon for the track and field team at Princeton University next year. A new junior, Krause won the MVP award and was a member of the girls’ 4x400 relay team that broke the school record at New England’s. Krause also broke the school record for the 100m hurdles.
Ben Masella will be taking a gap year to play hockey out west. According to Masella, “My plan is to get a scholarship to play D-1 for the year after.” After two seasons on the varsity team (senior captain), his proudest moment was, “Beating Choate in overtime in front of the whole school last year. Unforgettable moment in my hockey career.”
Danielle DeNunzio will dive next year at Yale University. DeNunzio, a three-year Deerfield diver and senior co-captain, recalled, “My proudest moment was at New England’s this year. Everyone on the team was doing an absurd number of new dives. I personally was doing five dives that I couldn’t do the year before, and everyone crushed it.”
Jack Stobierski will join the alpine skiing team at Harvard University next year. After three seasons on varsity, Stobierski was elected senior co-captain, but chose to attend a ski academy in Stowe during the winter term. His favorite memory of the team came last year at Pats Peak, NH, when both the girls’ and boys’ teams won New England’s.
Julie Wardwell will attend Middlebury College next year, where she will play ice hockey and lacrosse. Wardwell was a senior co-captain of both sports after four impressive years. Her favorite memory was a game this season when she scored the only goal to tie “one of the most exciting and scary games” of her career.
Luke Mario will continue to wrestle competitively next year at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Mario, a four-season varsity contributor, was captain for two years. His proudest moment was from three years ago when the team beat Choate, a significantly higher-ranked rival.
Jamie Haddad will join the ice hockey team at Yale University next year after four varsity seasons at Deerfield. A senior co-captain, Haddad said her proudest moment was when the team “came out on fire” and dominated Choate for the first time in her hockey career.
Alex Wagman will play both football and lacrosse next year at Oberlin College. Wagman’s favorite memory comes from the first football game he ever played. He kicked a miraculous 35-yard winning field goal under the lights, during overtime against the Hotchkiss School.
Beth Lawless will row lightweight crew at Princeton University next year after four seasons on varsity. Lawless claims that her proudest moment, “without question, was convincing Ms. Kinder that dance parties in the team room are a sufficient warm-up before workouts.”
Recognition to this Year’s Record Breakers! Girls’ Varsity Swimmers Break 9 of 12 School Records Ritchey Howe ’12 , Liza Bragg ’13, Julie Hwang ’13, Jenner McLeod ’13 and Claire Collins ’15 broke all but three records for individual and relay events. Remarkably, Howe, McLeod, Hwang, and Bragg reset two New England relay records for the third year in a row. Also, Bragg was awarded the meetleague MVP at New England’s.
Senior Hurdlers Break School Records at Their Final Meet
Tyannis Carter Ashley So
Both Kerry Krause ’12 and Jack Shumway ’12 broke school records in hurdles on May 12, the final meet before New England’s. Shumway broke the 110m hurdle record (15.34 to 15.14) and the 300m hurdle record (40.34 to 39.44). Krause broke the 100m hurdle record (16.19 to 16.14).
Glor, Phan Contribute to an Undefeated Season By BRENNA SCHROER-LUNDEEN & JON VICTOR Staff Writer & Editorial Associate The boys’ track and field team went undefeated this year, due in part to the participation of postgraduates Harry Glor ’12 and Thuc Phan ’12. Running the 4 x 100-meter relay, the 200-meter, and jumping both high and long jumps, Glor has scored 23.5 points in total for the boys’ team. His point total is second only to that of Jack Shumway ’12, who has 33.75 points. Shumway, who has set two school records, will graduate this month as the best hurdler in school history. Glor played golf for four years at his previous high school and almost played for the Deerfield team. He explained his decision to run track, a brand new sport for him, as “something that would help [him] be a better athlete and increase speed, which would help for football.” Unlike Glor, Phan has been running track since the seventh grade. At first, Phan was not planning on doing track this spring. “I thought I was just going to focus on football and do special-exercise for my spring sport,” he said. Running the 100 and 200-meter races and the 4 x 100 meter relay as well as long jumping, Phan has scored 13.75 points, despite missing the first of the team’s three meets. “Thuc has been very effective as a sprinter and gives off an air of veteran experience,” said coach Michael Schloat. Despite the great help the postgraduates have been in helping the team win, the rest of the team has been pulling their own weight as well. Without Thuc and Harry, “we would not have been as successful, but we still would have been successful,” Mr. Schloat explained. “[They] could have spent [their] time lifting in preparation for football, but thankfully [they] have had a huge impact on the team this season.”