Vol. LXXXV, No. 2
DEERFIELD ACADEMY, DEERFIELD, MA 01342 May 26, 2010
2010 Commencement Rush McCloy ’92 Back on Campus By NINA SHEVZOV-ZEBRUN Staff Writer
effort on combating the use of bottled water on campus. Environmental and Sustainability Coordinator and the head of ESAC, Kristan Bakker, explained that water bottles are both “environmentally and economically impractical.” Peer schools have already banned the sale of bottled water, just as other, like-minded environmental groups have sought to eradicate them on campuses across New England. To reduce the necessity of bottled water, ESAC plans to place water spigots in the bathrooms of each dormitory hall. So far, Barton, Rosenwald-Shumway, McAlister, and Field dormitories have the facility installed. “Hydration stations,” or water fountains for filling reusable water bottles, are also planned for nearly all academic buildings. One has already been installed in the library. Director of Food Services Florrie Paige, who works on behalf of the dining hall with ESAC, reported that there was a “very good feedback from students.”
In addition to these two initiatives, unlike in the past, the Dining Hall no longer served bottled water on last Parents’ Weekend. This move, according to the dining hall, saved 2,800 plastic bottles. Surprisingly, Ms. Paige noted that, “There were no comments from parents or students.” Clearly bottled water is not missed. Most notably, ESAC has worked with the deans to remove fridges from student rooms. Mrs. Bakker asserted that fridges are “always on, use energy when they are empty, and are more energy inefficient when smaller.” The decision to eliminate refrigerators followed the lead of peer schools, including Hotchkiss, Exeter, NMH, Andover and Choate, all of which already have bans in place on refrigerators. Of those, Andover, Hotchkiss, and Choate also have a ban on the sale of bottled water on their campuses. Despite some student resistance, the removal of fridges is no doubt another success for the environmentally conscious as the school year winds down.
A navy lieutenant, private equity investor, and entrepreneur, Rush McCloy ’92 is returning to Deerfield as the 2010 commencement speaker. In planning commencement ceremonies, Director of Alumni Relations Mimi Morsman looked for a “guest speaker with a Deerfield connection…a parent or an alumnus.” Mr. McCloy was a natural choice: five members of his family attended Deerfield, including his wife, Brooke Goodchild McCloy ’95, whom he met in high school. A “very loyal alumnus,” Mr. McCloy serves on the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association. “He is very proud of his Deerfield diploma,” said Mrs. Morsman. After graduating from Deerfield, Mr. McCloy attended the University of Virginia, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute and Wharton Business School, where he was the recipient of the Paul Green Award for Knowledge Creation. According to Mrs. Morsman, “one of the first responders at Ground Zero to locate survivors among the rubble after 9/11,” Mr. McCloy joined the Naval Reserve shortly after the incident. He has served in Afghanistan since September 2007, where he “personally led missions to fight, capture, and convert Taliban and anti-government elements.” Prior to his service, Mr. McCloy founded both Run4Research—an organization that “raises money for pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering”—and Channelstone Capital Partners. “Deerfield instilled a sense of service and teamwork that I have carried with me throughout my personal and professional life,” said Mr. McCloy. Indeed, he has “run marathons and ultra
Shin ’10 after attending the video conference. “It showed us that Obama’s administration is still practicing extraordinary renditions,” Nick Whittredge ’10 said, “and that no one is safe from executive power unless everyone can speak up.” Mr. Arar, a dual citizen of Canada and Syria, was subject to a program implemented under the Bush administration as a protective measure in the years following 9/11/01. While on a business trip to the U.S. in 2002, he was stopped at JFK airport in New York due to some unproven but potentially suspicious information that Canadian authorities shared with the CIA. After detaining him for a
week, authorities flew Mr. Arar to Syria, the country he had left with his family at age 17 to avoid military service. He knew that torture was a routine practice in Syrian prisons. “All the time on the plane I was thinking of how to avoid being tortured,” he recalled. Mr. Arar vividly remembers the physical and mental torture and threats inflicted upon him over the ensuing year. “I thought that they would put me there for only a few days,” he said, “not ten months.” He was brutally beaten, forced to confess to false accusations, and then placed in a tiny cell below ground. His wife and others fought for his release, and his case soon
became well-known. When released, he returned to Canada a different man. “I was profoundly changed both physically and mentally,” he said. “I no longer trust the [governmental] system, and I cannot concentrate for more than a short amount of time.” He still struggles to connect emotionally with others, including his own children. In September 2006, the Canadian government released the results of their investigation, which cited no evidence of wrong-doing, and apologized to Mr. Arar. They also provided him with a financial remuneration. However, the American government continues to state that evidence related to Mr. Arar’s personal
Louisa Schieffelin Eliza Mott ’12 and Gabriela Espinosa ’12 spend time with faculty children at the Relay for Life. The sixteen teams and 121 participants raised $22,555 towards cancer research.
ESAC Fights Bottled Water and Fridges By THEO LIPSKY Editorial Associate
As Deerfield’s bottled water culture begins to fade, the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (ESAC) continues to tackle other environmental issues on campus. This year, various environmental initiatives, ranging from the annual Green Cup challenge to the removal of refrigerators from student rooms, have met with success and changed habits throughout the student body. This has been largely due to the potent combination of the Environmental Proctors and the Environmental Club, which work with students and their halls to foster a more environmentallyconscious student body. Much of the work, however, can also be credited to the efforts of ESAC, a joint-group of students, faculty, and staff set up by the Strategic Planning Committee. In its first year of operation, ESAC met once a week to set its agenda. In the fall, ESAC focused its
Maher Arar’s Vir tual Visit By LIBBY WHITTON Editorial Associate In a live, interactive video conversation, Maher Arar, a human rights activist who is at the forefront of international debates and American constitutional law, spoke passionately with a packed audience in the Garonzik Auditorium. Students were left questioning the scope of civil liberties during a time of war. “I was shocked by what happened to him, but it made me more aware,” said Ellen
marathons around the world to raise money for pediatric cancer research and education in South Africa’s townships.” In his address, Mr. McCloy will seek to convey the importance of service and how service “does as much for you as it does for others.” According to Mrs. Morsman, he will aim to “relate to seniors” in his address, discussing “what he was thinking about when he was eighteen,” to deliver a speech “that kids will remember.” Looking ahead to Commencement weekend, Mr. McCloy said he has never felt “so honored and humbled as now to have the chance to speak to such an accomplished group.”
Student Speakers Address Beyond “The Hills”
This year’s graduation exercises will feature student addresses by seniors Hannah Flato and Steve Kelley. As a student speaker, Flato wanted to be one of “two individuals who would complement each other and fill in what the other missed.” Flato often thought of last year: “Ingrid Kapteyn ’09 and Alex Nicholson ’09 really resonated well together and had a good balance between narratives and messages.” Regarding the process of writing such a speech, Flato admitted the difficulty of offering “a detached point of view.” Still immersed in current school life, she said, “It’s hard to step back and look over all four years.” In preparing his address, Kelley also looked to last year’s student speaker, Alex Nicholson. According to Kelley, his speech contains “a main message similar to [Alex] Nicholson’s.” “We obviously had different experiences, but still both want to show the same respect for Deerfield,” said Kelley. He aims to “tell a story that shows his transformation from a normal person to a Deerfield boy and then analyze it with the sense of community here in mind.” connections and travel history are enough to keep him on the official no-fly watch list. Mr. Arar was “expecting the Obama administration to put an end to this,” but he still awaits an apology and reparation. While individual members of Congress and other American diplomats have made personal apologies to Mr. Arar, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security asserts that his status should not be changed. Mr. Arar and his supporters question the thinking behind the policies responsible for his hardships. “One positive that has come from this is that my eyes are now open,” he said. “I see how easily our human rights can be taken away from us.”
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Opinion / Editorial
2 The Deerfield Scroll
May 26, 2010
Letter to the Editor VOL. LXXXV, NO. 2 Editor-in-Chief ELISABETH STRAYER
MAY 26, 2010
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Advisors SUZANNE HANNAY & JOHN PALMER STAFF REPORTERS: Nastassia Adkins, Lizz Banalagay, Delaney Berman, Casey Butler, Jacqueline Colt, Lizzy Gregory, Miles Griffis, Philip Heller, Sonja Holmberg, Ritchey Howe, Claire Hutchins, Jade Kasoff, Stefani Kuo, Eunice Lee, Daniel Litke, Dylan McDermott, Courtney Murray, Hadley Newton, Zoe Perot, Nina Shevzov-Zebrun, Eliot Taft, Elisabeth Yancey, Michael Yang STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS: Megan Cai, Sarah Cox, Claire Fair, Will Fox, Daniel Han, Veronica Houk, Nina Kempner, Susanna Kvam, Louisa Schieffelin, Blair Scott 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, published nine times yearly, is entered as third class bulk rate at the U.S. Post Office at Deerfield, Mass. 01342. Advertising rates provided upon request. Opinion articles with contributors’ names attached solely represent the views of the respective writers. Opinion articles without names represent the consensus views of the editorial staff unless otherwise specified.
Fresh Plans for Fridges
The ban on refrigerators in student rooms has prompted a flurry of debate. Although the economic and environmental justifications of the ban are reasonable, the prevailing sentiment that the student body was cut out of the decision-making process, as well as the significantly late timing of the announcement, has upset many. Still, it seems unlikely that the ban will be reversed. Luckily, Student Council has proposed a plan
that would allow fridges through next year for current owners. Instead of an abrupt change, this strategy phases out fridge use over the next school year. New students will be subject to a more stringent medical excuse evaluation in order to receive fridge-privileges. The Scroll applauds SC for incorporating student input into its new plan, and hopes that this policy will be approved by the deans.
Arizona vs. Immigrants
Arizona’s recently-enacted immigration policy does not address the cause of illegal immigration problems. The racial profiling encouraged by the new bill will not improve working conditions in Mexico or end the drug-related warfare ravaging the country, which are two of the biggest issues Mexicans hope to escape by coming to America. The new law only treats the consequences by subjecting the 460,000 illegal immigrants estimated to be in Arizona to in-
dignity, discrimination, and violations of their human rights. The right, of course, has encouraged laws like Arizona’s, which do not investigate the exploitation of illegal immigrant workers by American employers. It is both clear and despicable that this extortion is financed in part by conservative corporate interests. “It’s time for Americans across this great country to stand up and say, ‘We’re all Arizonans now,’” said Sarah Palin. Really? We thought we were Americans.
The Junior Agitation: Part Deux This spring’s decision that junior and senior girls will be housed together was met with confusion and anger by many rising seniors. One concern is that some current sophomores were given priority over current juniors. The only primarily senior girls’ dorm this year, Rosenwald/Shumway, is centrally located on campus, making it especially attractive to the majority of junior girls who have spent the past year living in distant John Louis, Bewkes, or Ashley. In addition, only a quarter of JL’s residents next year will be seniors. With some current junior girls poised to be junior proc-
tors next year, it seems strange that their classmates who are not proctors will have essentially the same living situation. In addition, juniors and seniors follow almost completely opposite schedules. Seniors stress through college apps in the fall; juniors face massive pressure in the spring. Students are disappointed with the lack of effective communication. Last year, students living in doubles were promised first priority in choosing rooms, but some still did not get the halls of their choice. And despite the attempts to have discussions about this problem, the deans have declared the decision final.
To the Deerfield Scroll: I am writing this letter to ask that Deerfield’s Dining Hall take part in Meatless Monday. This is surely a natural part of the campaign to be green. The effects of serving no meat on Mondays would prevent approximately 80 meals from including meat. This could save the school a lot of money and stop a significant amount of damage done to the environment. Thank you very much and I look forward to hearing how this progresses. Lucy Drummond ’08
Shady Elections? By BRANDON CHANG Contributing Writer
I want to say first that I bear no ill will towards Charles Giannini. I wish him all the best in leading Student Council forward over the course of the next year. Student Council needs an intelligent, capable leader, and I strongly believe that Giannini can be that leader. However, I was asked to tell my side of the events of the election, and that is exactly what I plan to do. There isn’t much to say about the run-up to Tuesday’s sit-down on election day. Most people seemed to be aware of the looming elections, but there didn’t seem to be much (if any) prespeech campaigning. One thing I was aware of was the talk of vote-fixing before the election. In my experience, there have been people who have turned in more than their share of votes for Deerfield’s elections, and I was under no illusion that this one would be any different. In the run-up to this election, I had heard promises of votes in exchange for a candidate’s producing specific Deerfield apparel if elected. Mr. Morsman’s announcement regarding the large number
of votes he had received before a single candidate had said a word was quite depressing. I had admittedly hoped that the ballots would be distributed in a different way than simply liberally sprinkling the Dining Hall tables with them. Though I guess the adage that “history repeats itself ” wasn’t created without good reason. The speeches themselves highlighted the expected topics: the individuals’ personal experience, intentions, and philosophy. They were interesting and entertaining if not brief. We all received the e-mail later that night that Giannini was the winner, and I know that in the aftermath, another candidate asked for the vote count and was refused. Lizzie Nelson’s announcement at the following lunch was quite interesting. According to her, the voting irregularities were pretty bad. A PG boy received more votes than some of the candidates according to both her announcement and the rumors floating around campus. (Thanks, Period 2, The Search for Meaning.) That drove me to see whether I could get any figures on the vote count, but I was refused as a “matter of respect and confidentiality for the candidates” as well as the effects of “certain circum-
stances, (write-ins, non-serious collaborative table submissions for one candidate)” on the votes. I genuinely was hoping for a different response. While I know Student Council is trustworthy, I just feel as if something is being ignored. If we can’t be transparent, or at least assured of accuracy in these elections, then what’s the point? Results were released less than two hours after voting was closed. At minimum, 450 votes needed to be counted. And that’s assuming all non-seniors voted only once. Which, according to Nelson, didn’t happen. On top of that two-hour time constraint was the challenge of sorting out all of the false ballots from all of the real ones. I know there needs to be a certain degree of “respect and confidentiality” for the candidates, but there also need to be assurances of accuracy. Why are students who left home as high-schoolers thought to be too emotionally fragile to handle the numbers of losing an election? Also, why do we distribute so many more ballots than we have students who vote? The election is over, period. But there will be other ones, and what are we going to do in order to prevent the same things from happening next year?
Please Master the Formula of Fleeting Greetings By TAO TAO HOLMES Former Arts & Entertainment Editor
We’ve all experienced it: the awkward antics of passing by a pseudo-student-acquaintance on a walkway, quad, or hall. It’s a daily occurrence—leaving your dorm for sixth period and shuffling down the brick by that freshman boy you think is named Ted, but maybe it’s Tim?; crossing senior grass from the opposite direction of that girl who was on your third’s lacrosse team freshman year but to whom you haven’t spoken since; walking past *insert name here* about whom you’ve heard so many rumors. It seems that students display a respectful ease at greeting Deerfield faculty and staff when cursory encounters occur, yet when it comes to acknowledging their fellow students’ performance can be, sadly and surprisingly, subpar. It was sophomore spring, when the sun was out longer. I began to notice trees which had never existed before, and as that infectious spring fever took hold, I decided with a certain stubborn conviction that, from then on, I was going to say hi to every single person I passed by on campus. Easy, right? Well, not so much. For the most part, Deerfield students have mastered the subtle formula of fleeting greetings. Timing is essential: making eye contact too early or too late results in immediate abortion of any greeting procedure and po-
tential awkwardness. Most people implement the ground-stare or sky-stare until the consistentlyshrinking distance between them and oncoming traffic is ten feet or less. At this point, both parties punctually raise or lower their heads from imaginary cogitations, assume an approximately one-and-a-half-second mutual regard, after which they proceed to return to the pensive preoccupation of ensuring that each foot falls in correct placement in front of the other. Speaking too early results in discomfited silence and a hasty jab at a follow-up comment, the subject of which 90 percent of the time is the weather. However, in my quest to greet everybody, I failed to factor in the extenuating circumstances that too often arise. This refers to all of those— and there are a considerable number—who are utterly incompetent at greeting those they pass. People seldom say hello even on the emptiest of city streets, to unknown peers in much larger schools, or basically, in most places in general, so I guess it’s a practice many might not be used to. Maybe that’s a reason students so ardently prefer walking in groups even the shortest of distances; it eliminates the obligation of implementing the formula of fleeting greetings in the likelihood of a solo pedestrian approaching from the other way. There are always those cringingly awkward people who spend more effort laboring over how
to avoid eye contact and verbal exchange than it would take to say hi and get it over with. Yes, exactly—those people who upon entering a ten-foot zone suddenly spot a pterodactyl, become engrossed in whether their shoes are Nike or Adidas, or use a copout by sending a redundant text on their BlackBerry or iPhone. If you know that you fall under one of these categories, please review the Fleeting Greeting Formula, described earlier. So, that’s sort of bad, but these passers-by at least feign preoccupation. The worst are the people who don’t avoid, but flatout ignore the attempts of others to exchange a pleasantry. Perhaps that’s another reason students sometimes don’t even bother to try saying hello—they’ve mustered previous attempts and garnered no responses. Fortunately, this behavior is rare, though it is still out there, awaiting elimination. When it reaches that point when I feel I might as well be walking past a brick wall, there remains no other solution but to impose a salutation by verbally accosting him or her. I prefer to avoid this scenario, as it puts the other party in creeped-out discomfort. In the end, all of that was a verbose way of reminding everyone to say hi to one another. Our campus bubble is small and we’re only here for so long; why don’t we all follow the simple formula and acknowledge with whom we’re sharing Deerfield?
Opinion / Editorial May 26, 2010 3 How to Gain Perspective at Stop & Shop A Freshman Reflection
The Deerfield Scroll
By ROSE PEMBER Contributing Writer
The other weekend, as a Big Sister, I joined my Little Sister’s mother, aunt, and uncle to watch her perform in “Blue’s Clues,” a community play hosted by Yankee Candle. As we waited for the first act to begin, I found myself immersed in a discussion with my Little’s relatives, residents of Franklin County. Their small-talk hurled me into an unexpected yet appropriate realization of my lack of awareness concerning the community surrounding Deerfield. My Little’s aunt, the Work Force Manager at Stop & Shop, the popular Franklin County area grocery store, spoke about her participation in the worker’s union, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). She informed me about a recent strike against the chain grocery stores across New England, sparked by the termination of the contract between UFCW and Stop & Shop.
Unlike her husband who worked in transportation and unloading of goods, a job that is not authorized to go on strike as stated in the workers’ contracts with UFCW, she was permitted to join the strike as the Force Manager of her store. What I remember most, however, is the clear pride she displayed for her position at Stop & Shop and her contribution to the strike, evident through her excited eyes and expressions as she related her story to me. My Little’s aunt brought me a reality check. Her narrative pushed me to remind myself and the Deerfield community of the diverse profusion of socioeconomic positions beyond our campus. As students, we cloister ourselves in the active and busy lives that Deerfield provides us in order to develop our distant yet perceptible future. Within the boundaries of Historic Deerfield, the small loop, or Savages’ Market, the layers of obligations and social com-
mitments that we share camouflage significant differences in background and home life; we are united under the similarity that connects us all, we all attend Deerfield Academy. But remind yourself, next time you leave campus to pick up some groceries, that what constitutes normal standards in our Deerfield lives may not apply to the outside world. In the community around us is a blend of people who certainly do not view us the same way we view ourselves. We talk about how easy it is to become so engrossed in our life that environments beyond our campus become a blur. We talk about how we are built into the Deerfield “bubble” as an almost unavoidable certainty, a predicted outcome of the seclusion we experience. We need to replace this loss of perspective with heedful awareness of the greater world that carries different standards of wealth, class, and background than those we maintain at Deerfield.
Should South Park be Censored? By JAN FLASKA Contributing Writer
The controversy is not new, but rather fresh. In a recent episode of South Park, the prophet Muhammad is depicted wearing a clumsy-looking bear suit, and the episode is full of commentary on issues of freedom of speech, intimidation and fear. Interestingly and probably expected by many, the episode was first censored and then pulled from the South Park on-line archives. Though portraying Muhammad is not explicitly prohibited in Islamic scripture, there is a strong, popular tradition that forbids any drawn depictions of both Allah and Muhammad, affirming the notion that there is “no likeness” that can accurately portray either of the two, while also strongly condemning the worship of any idols, be they drawn or physical structures. It is for this reason that the creators of South Park received death threats soon after the episode aired on television; accompanying these death threats was a reminder of the murder of a Dutch filmmaker for making a movie that attacked fundamentalist Muslim beliefs on women. Just a few days ago, I opened the May 13 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, and remember quite vividly seeing a picture of Jesus with an over-sized phallic symbol on his stomach, with the caption commenting that there is now a
“new reason to worship Jesus.” I immediately connected the feelings I had about this editorial to that which I perceived to be felt by those that take offense to any depictions of the Prophet. The similarities, as one might guess, ended when I turned the page and tried to simply accept the caption as an effort at humor by someone who does not honor or revere Jesus in any way. It is true that many Americans feel threatened by Islam because of the manner in which a few Muslims respond to events such as the South Park episode. It may also be one reason why, for some, there is a strong tendency to identify terrorists with male Muslims. For me, this is a final move toward ethnic and religious intolerance, and certainly a stereotype to be fought. The question, however, becomes this: why do some Muslims feel the need to call for the death of an artist or journalist who blasphemes the faith through a depiction of the prophet? How can this be rationalized? Is this not a disappointing example of extremism? To me, I find it helpful to look to the sociological evolution of organized religions as context for what is right and wrong, and for what can be accepted as “understandable.” The organized societal expression of Islam, from its inception, which was the prophetic message provided to
Muhammad in the 7th century, is 650 years younger than Christianity. Let’s consider what Christian leaders were doing in the 14th and 15th century: banning and burning books; preaching anti-Semitic messages; executing heretics; fighting wars that God “approved”; using capital and political influence to widen the gap between those in power and those who were subservient. In spite of the considerable good that many traditions, including Christianity, have offered human civilization, there are dark moments in the story from which much can be learned. To this end, there has to be some degree of understanding offered when issues of faith become issues of life and death. We must oppose evil meted in the name of good, especially when the evil, in this case, is blatantly contradictory to scholarly interpretations of the Qur’an, and when it contradicts the example of the Prophet himself, a noted advocate of religious plurality and tolerance in a time when it was not common. I suppose that when asked to make a choice to support a slanderous, intentionally agitating, satire that stands behind a constitutional right to express one’s opinion, and to condone a religiously-justified killing based on sporadic, peripheral commentary emerging from the sacred scriptures of Islam, I would invite us to do neither.
By TEDDY ROMEYN Contributing Writer
March last year, I ran home from school to see my mom standing in the kitchen holding up a letter whose first word was “Congratulations!” I jumped up and down in excitement. Ever since I could talk, I had wanted to go to Deerfield. My dad, Pres Romeyn ’81, often told me of his experience, which inspired me to come. However, now that my freshman year is almost over, I realize that the Deerfield I know is quite different from the Deerfield my father told me about. The largest difference is, of course, girls. Deerfield returned to co-education in the early nineties, so my dad was here with all boys. Without girls, Deerfield tolerated much more “kooky” and wild behavior. One winter, for example, the health center ordered all boys to wear long socks to protect their feet from the cold, as many of the students weren’t wearing any socks. The day after this announcement, my dad and his twin brother showed up to class with long socks that went up to their thighs, but they weren’t wearing any pants. Their first period science teacher, Mr. Milne, just laughed, and the two went about their day without any pants on. They didn’t receive any punishments either! Dorm life was also very different thirty years ago. My dad told me stories about pranks he and his friends pulled on each other in the dorm and how wildly they acted. Since Deerfield tolerated a different range of behaviors, the students were quite rambunctious in the dorm. One of my father’s proctors had a long, wooden stick called the “proctor stick.” He would chase his proctees around the dorm, banging on walls and doors. Another difference I didn’t consider between my father’s Deerfield and mine is that times have simply changed. For instance, the dorms my dad lived in, Plunkett and Wells, were both taken down in the late eighties and early nineties. Even the ways students at Deerfield have fun has changed. My dad recalled that he and his friends typically played around outside, played stick ball and football, and had snowball fights with his friends. They never watched movies on Hulu or played Xbox and chatted on Facebook. English teacher Frank Henry ’69 simply said, “We didn’t have
computers and cell phones back then; we had typewriters…so we spent most of our time playing racket ball against the back of the Memorial Building…and playing stick ball.” The school has obviously changed since 1981. However, it still affects the lives of everyone who lived and went to school here. “Deerfield changed my life and the way I view the world,” said my dad, “as it does to everyone who is a part of the community.” Although my fellow freshmen and I have only been here for seven months, Deerfield has affected us in more ways than we know. We have become independent in a community that was unfamiliar to us at first. We learned to live on our own. We cleaned our rooms (hopefully!), prepared our laundry every Monday morning, and made sure to get to meals and classes on time. Deerfield has pushed us in the classroom and in athletics. Deerfield is, as we all know, an academically and athletically rigorous school. Most students here were top student-athletes in their previous school. Naturally, in a community where all the best students and athletes are brought together, most of us aren’t at the top as we used to be. This makes us work a little harder and makes us push ourselves, even if we don’t realize it. It happens naturally. Finally, most freshmen have tried things that they’ve never done before. For example, I tried crew this spring, and it has worked out incredibly well. I built a house over March break with Mrs. Cabral and the Cambiando Vidas program. I never would have guessed I’d build a house in my high school career! Of course, there are still those who remain in the Deerfield community since the time of my father: Mr. and Mrs. Morsman, Ms. Lyons and Mr. Dickinson, Jim Antone, Norman Therien, the Bonannos, Mr. Henry, the Moorheads, and many, many more. Some of Deerfield’s greatest traditions are still alive today, such as Choate Day, swimming in the Deerfield River, and competitions between dorms. My Deerfield experience has been a lot different from my father’s. However, as we, the freshmen, become sophomores, we will love Deerfield just as my father did and become even more rooted in the community. Deerfield will change us for the better, no matter how different it may be from 1981.
Tea Par ty Animals: W her e is the Intelligence? By ANNA GONZALES Editorial Associate
Whenever I hear about the antics of the Tea Party, I find that I am ashamed to call myself an American. How can a group of fellow Americans, a group that the New York Times found to be wealthier and more educated than the average citizen, be so grossly misinformed and exhibit such violent, racist, horrible behavior? Where is the civil discourse and disobedience, the intelligence and sophistication upon which Americans pride themselves so greatly? It’s certainly not in the Tea Party. The recent passage of the health care bill lit a fire under the group, a majority of whom are white, male, older than 45, and, in my opinion, idiotic. Spitting at John Lewis, a civil rights hero, and Barney Frank,
an openly gay congressman, and screaming racial and sexual epithets does not particularly portray a reasonable, informed, intelligent movement to me. Neither does the throwing of bricks through Congressional office windows, eerily echoing Kristallnacht, which I find an odd act from a group of people claiming that Obama is Hitler. I recently saw a video of a Tea Party Tax Day rally. In regard to immigrants, a man said, “If you kick them all out, who’s gonna pick the fruit? Who’s gonna wash the dishes in the restaurants?” Another held a sign proclaiming: “Obamacare doesn’t cover tar and feathers.” For me, this is the most frightening, revolting part of the Tea Party movement: the abject racism and hatred towards anyone who is not 100% white. For a while, as I read about the Tea Party, I tried to pretend
their acts were isolated incidents. I convinced myself that it was only a couple of crazies, a bunch of radicals whom you could find in any country, angry with the government. When this approach failed after reading a New York Times poll in which 18% of the country declared themselves members of the Tea Party, a sizeable chunk of America, I even briefly thought they might have something worthwhile to say. A visit to their website and a readthrough of their mission statement convinced me otherwise. Who am I kidding? Tea Partiers are the angry foot soldiers of the Republicans, a party that, not so coincidentally, has not been served by an African-American in the Senate or the House since 2003 (in fact, they’ve had all of three since 1935). I have moved past disgust and onto pity for their idiocy, their re-
fusal to get their news from anyone besides people within their own realm of insanity like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. I am disappointed in leaders from both parties for simply ignoring and dismissing what is a frightening and potentially dangerous movement. When the Tea Partiers shake their fists and shout about taking back their country, they’re not talking about taxes, or healthcare, or any political issue. They’re talking about the black president, the female Speaker of the House, the openly gay House Financial Services Committee Chairman, the Latina on the Supreme Court. They’re talking about people in power, people I consider perfectly able to lead, who are not white, straight, and male. Is that what America is meant to be? Certainly not, nor is it something I want to be a part of.
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The Deerfield Scroll
May 26, 2010
WE’VE GOT THE MORSMANS!
By DANIELLE DALTON Editorial Associate
munity. “Dr. Curtis is encouraging professional development as a teacher, coach, and resident in the dorm. Mr. Pynchon encouraged the arts; Mr. Kaufmann campaigned for coeducation. And, Mr. Widmer pushed for globalization,” remembered Mrs. Morsman. As they look back over their time here, memories of the Boydens stand out. “Hands down, the two most outstanding educators are Mr. and Mrs. Boyden,” said Mr. Morsman, explaining how Mr. Boyden wanted each student to be well rounded. Then, chuckling, he pointed towards the bushes near the Main School Building where Mr. Boyden accidentally crashed his golf cart one day. “There are a lot of things Mr. Boyden would be happy about,” reflected Mr. Morsman. “We still have sit-down meals, school spirit, a dress code, and school meeting. And, the faculty really cares about the kids.” At the same time, he noted the significant changes. “Indi-
vidual athletic teams have many more games and meets than they did twenty-five years ago. Today, the life of a Deerfield student is much busier. There are many more opportunities in academics as well as extracurriculars. When I was here you studied for a test on Tuesday during Saturday morning study hall. Friday night you were studying in your room,” described Mr. Morsman. As a student, he was also a cheerleader, which explains how he knows the locomotive cheer. Mrs. Morsman added that “The number of families on campus has also changed, which I think is good. Before, men ran the dorms and were known as masters.” Mrs. Morsman knows one thing that has remained constant and always will: “The kids are happy here. There is a certain something in the woodwork, something genuine and unique to Deerfield.” “Deerfield isn’t perfect, but we do it better than everyone else,” finished Mr. Morsman.
Dining Hall Master and Sports Information Director Joseph Morsman ’55 and his wife, Director of Alumni Relations Mimi Morsman, are legends. Some alumni remember Mr. Morsman as a teacher and even a classmate. As a teacher, Mr. Morsman taught U.S. history and Joseph and Mimi Morsman bleed green. senior electives. “My teaching style in the classroom was work hard and have fun,” he recalled. Mr. Morsman has been assoThis article is the second in a series exploring the historic Deerfield houses owned by the Academy. ciated with Deerfield since 1951, also linger in the house. “There when he arrived as a student. He By ZOË PEROT is a legend that the Manse was joined the faculty in 1960, when Staff Writer once a stop on the Underground Headmaster Frank Boyden offered him an appointment. Since When Head of School Margar- Railroad,” said Dr. Curtis. ita Curtis first came to Deerfield, The Manse is sometimes called then, he has worked for five many people asked her whether the Willard house for Reverend headmasters: Mr. Boyden, Daor not she would be afraid to live Samuel Willard, who bought vid Pynchon, Robert Kaufmann, in the Manse. Why? Supposedly the house in 1811. Rev. Willard Eric Widmer, and now Margarita many ghosts haunt the house. was the first Unitarian Minister Curtis. Mrs. Morsman, from her office The foundation of the Manse in Western Massachusetts. He in Ephraim, commented on the predates the building. Dr. Curtis hosted many important guests, values and changes each head of explained, “When settlers came including writer Ralph Waldo they thought it was the most de- Emerson, politician and leader school has brought to the comsirable lots, and a privileged spot, of the Massachusetts antislavbecause it was on a rise.” ery forces, Charles Sumner, and The large Carter family inhab- newspaper editor and a founder ited the house in the late 17th of the Liberal Republican party century, until the massacre of Horace Greeley. 1704, during which, said Dr. CurThe Manse has also been tis, “The Indians murdered Mrs. home to a number of Deerfield Carter and some of the children, headmasters, including Frank and took the others to Canada.” Boyden. Native American or French fami“I have never lived in a house lies adopted some children; some close to three-hundred years old; were eventually ransomed, but a house so intricately connected the spirits of their parents still with the history of the town and wander their home. of New England is really fantasThe house was eventually sold tic,” Dr. Curtis mused. to Samuel Allen, grandfather of Looking through old pictures the famous patriot Ethan Allen. of the Manse, Dr. Curtis continAllen sold it to a wealthy mer- ued, “I love seeing how the house chant named Samuel Barnard, has changed, and the way differwho bequeathed the property to ent owners have decided to use his nephew, Joseph. Joseph Bar- the space.” Her favorite room in nard is responsible for building the house is the blue room, which the house we know today. contains the largest fireplace, and “He took thirteen years, se- is the least formal of the three lecting the timber to make sure parlors. that none of the boards had any If you are curious about what knots in the woodwork, so all the the house looks like inside, Ms. wood in the interior of the house Hemphill holds a tour of the is beautifully grained,” said Dr. house every spring to show off Susanna Kvam Curtis. The house supposedly the artwork, which is part of the cost roughly one thousand pre- Russell Collection. Also, Dr. CurRevolutionary pounds to build. tis emphasized that she would Hunter Huebsch expresses his personality through his busy wall coverings and electronics. In addition to the ghosts from welcome any student who would By HADLEY NEWTON collage of culture, his coveted a fridge in the corner, there is a the 1704 attack, slave spirits may like a tour to let her know. Nike swish decal stands out. stereo. With one touch, the room Staff Writer On the desk and bureau, fa- fills with music blasted from straDeNunzio, with its spacious, vorite sports memorabilia finds a tegically-placed speakers. two-story common room flanked home along with framed pictures The Greer-aficionado colby well-kempt corridors with of friends and family. lected a choice piece of history charming blue trim, is home to Huebsch lounges on his bed, before the store’s recent demoHunter Huebsch ’11. using neutral-colored body pil- lition. Proudly displayed on the When first entering his abode, lows to transform his sleep space wall, among the posters, hangs one is struck by the sheer num- into a visitor-friendly couch, op- a square slab salvaged from the ber of posters. A serene beach timal for video gaming. A large store with names of friends scene hangs above the entry, the but legal-size monitor sits on a scrawled on to it. His nightstand, deep blues complementing the dark wood stand with the vibrant acquired from Bella Notte on the dark hues of the bedding and scenes of Modern Warfare, a night of Junior Prom, looks exfurniture. A collection of post- popular combat-oriented X-box actly like a miniature Greer table. ers featuring Lil’ Wayne, Muham- game flashing across the screen. Huebsch says, “I love the fact mad Ali, Gatorade, and even the The impressive monitor is that I can chat, game, and bump Susanna Kvam sculpture of the Deerfield Boy only one of the many technolog- tunes in my room. There is someline the walls. Among Huebsch’s ical features of the room. Atop thing for everyone.” The Manse has been home to Headmasters since Frank Boyden.
Touring Historic Deerfield: The Manse
DA Cribz: Hunter Huebsch
Fa r e w e l l t o A l l
By ELISABETH YANCEY Staff Writer
The time has come to say farewell to several individuals who have inspired students and fellow faculty members during their time here. English teachers Maggie Blake and Matt Langione, Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs Ayodeji Perrin ’97, Director of Music Amy Shimbo, Assistant Director of Admission Rebecca Tynan, and Director of Multicultural Affairs Ann-Marie White are all leaving for new surroundings. Ms. Blake is leaving her position in the classroom to teach at a private day school in Atlanta,
GA, and be closer to family. She commented that she is “heart broken to be leaving Deerfield” and went on to say, “I’ve become very moody… even my dog has been upset.” Mr. Langione leaves to continue his schooling. He will be attending Berkeley where he plans to complete his doctorate in English. His parting comments after two years teaching here were, “I’ve loved it here… I wouldn’t have left for any other school.” He hopes to continue to grow as both a teacher and student in the years to come. Mr. Perrin is also trading his role as a leader in the classroom to that of a student at Emory Law School in Atlanta. He also hopes
to continue religion and earn another degree in theology. He reflected “I’ve enjoyed my time here…. It was four years well spent.” Mr. Perrin also said that teaching Judeo-Christian Traditions and Political Philosophy solidified his choice to continue on the road of an academic. Ms. Shimbo departs with a similar affection for Deerfield, “It’s been a lot of fun,” she said, adding, “I’ve learned a lot… I’ll miss Deerfield.” Though her one-year here has been a whirlwind, she leaves to take up a position at a charter school north of Durham and to spend more time with her boyfriend in North Carolina. Ms.Tynan leaves to join her
Veronica Houk Deerfield will feel the loss of six faculty members (from left to right): Matt Langione, Maggie Blake, Amy Shimbo, Rebecca Tynan, Ayodeji Perrin (not pictured: Ann-Marie White).
husband, a crew coach at Wesleyan University. After her 6 years in the admissions office Ms. Tynan said, “It’s been wonderful here… I’ve especially enjoyed spending time in the dorm and coaching… I’m going to miss the community
here immensely.” The science department, Multicultural Committee, and entire Deerfield community will miss Dr. White. We will feel the absence of this long time educator on more than MLK Day.
The Deerfield Scroll
arts & entertainment
The Hidden Prodigies
of Chamber and Orchestra
By GRACE MURPHY Arts & Entertainment Editor
Camille Coppola ’10 and Sarah Woolf ’12 rehearse for the spring musical, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). talent presented at this term’s auBy SARAH WOOLF ditions, but each actor still plays Editorial Associate two or more roles. Lights come up. On one side Although multiple roles are of the stage, Othello smothers his difficult for some, Emilela Thomwife, Desdemona. On the other as-Adams ’12 finds them quite side, Juliet wakes to find Romeo easy. “Each of the two characlying dead and stabs herself. In ters I play is specifically different the middle of the stage, a woman from the other,” she said. “It’s stands behind a desk scattered pretty easy to establish clearly with papers, looking frustrated separate characteristics, and that and perplexed. Blackout. makes it easier to switch between This scene opens the spring the two.” play, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Mr. Reese anticipates a posiMorning Juliet), a comedy by Anne- tive response from audiences. Marie MacDonald. “These are Shakespeare plays The story follows Constance with which the student body is Ledbelly, an assistant professor very familiar since they read both at Oxford University, who argues tragedies in their freshman and that two of Shakespeare’s plays sophomore years.” are not his own. She believes Goodnight Desdemona is a farce, Othello and Romeo and Juliet were meaning the audience knows written as comedies, and Shake- more than the characters themspeare turned them into the trag- selves. Mr. Reese explained that edies we know and love. the audience “knows the truth; Director of Theater John Re- they know everything the charese was immediately drawn to the acters don’t. That makes acting intelligence of the script. “There in a farce more difficult than in a is imagination and the writing more serious play.” is very clever. It blends classical The comedy comes from seetheater with contemporary the- ing characters stumble blindly ater, which is unique,” he said. through traps of their own. The play poses challenges for Though harder to perform, the everyone involved. The actors genre can be fun to work with, in have swordfights to stage and Mr. Reese’s opinion. complicated, iambic pentameter Members of the cast seem lines to deliver. The director has to agree. “The script is not parto move from one story to anoth- ticularly deep or meaningful, but er without losing the audience. the combination of the comThe scenic director and set de- plex plots and themes of Shakesigners have to create three com- speare’s plays and the clumsiness pletely different yet intertwined of the main character is wonderuniverses. fully comical,” Thomas-Adams The play was originally written commented. in 1988 for five actors, each one Goodnight Desdemona (Good playing up to four roles. Deer- Morning Juliet) is playing in the field’s cast has been increased to Black Box Theater through Satseven roles to accommodate the urday, May 29.
No Longer Lost By ANDREW SLADE Editorial Associate
Matthew Fox ’94 stars in the popular television series Lost. The Scroll was lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with the star before the end of the series. This interview has been a long-held dream of Lost-devotée Andrew Slade. Scroll: Will viewers be satisfied with the ending of Lost? Fox: I was really moved when I was told a couple months ago what the final scene would be. It’s a great ending put together by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, and it will be a sad moment when it comes around. We all put so much work into it and it was definitely worth all the effort and time spent. It’s a sad and beautiful moment when it ends, but you will enjoy it. Scroll: Did you enjoy working with the other members of the cast? Fox: I was there for six years,
so I definitely made some great friends whom I will miss. There comes a point, however, when you have to move on. Lost has been a great experience for me, but I’m glad this chapter in my life is over. It feels good to be done with it, and I’m looking forward to a new part of my life. Scroll: What was the daily routine for the show? Fox: I would say it was very random and unprepared every day. We had to shoot so much in such a small amount of time that it got pretty crazy, especially near the end. But that’s what I like about acting, that sense and feel really makes it enjoyable for me. Scroll: Will you be lost without Lost? Fox: [Laughing] Uh, no. It has been a great experience for me in my career, but I am excited to move on. I’m not sure what my next job might be. Scroll: Were there any props that you wanted to keep? Fox: No, I’m not really that
Have you been to a chamber concert? Chamber includes the hidden and perhaps under-appreciated prodigies of our community. With the recent creation of an orchestra, and a series of orchestra and chamber concerts this month, the Academy is enjoying an upsurge of classical music excitement. What is the difference between chamber and orchestra? Chamber is a group of two to nine musicians with no conductor, while an orchestra is a larger group of musicians with a variety of instruments. Last week’s orchestra consisted of string instruments, but it may grow to include a larger variety. Academic Dean Peter Warsaw directs the Chamber Music class and has wanted to start an orchestra for some time. “Mr. Warsaw has taken a lot of initiative. It is hard to put an orchestra together, and he has dedicated a lot of his personal time to it,” said Yu Jin Nam ’11. Nick Whittredge ’10 praised Mr. Warsaw as “ambitious and the driving force behind the music department’s growth.” The orchestra debuted on Spring Parents’ Weekend and performed again last Wednesday, with works by Corelli and Vaughan Williams. Soloists included Andrew Kang ’10, Whittredge, Akshaya Avril-Tucker ’11, Muriel Solberg ’12, and Emlyn Van Eps ’12. There are positive and nega-
tive aspects to any newly-formed group. Kang laments the impersonality of large orchestras: “Smaller groups are more conducive to individual growth. It’s really easy in an orchestra to forget about yourself.” Still, the orchestra presents an opportunity for ambitious chamber musicians to try something new. Most musicians attend chamber class four periods a week, rehearse on the weekends, and practice “whenever we are in the same room with our instruments,” admitted Avril-Tucker. The coaching with Mr. Warsaw is intense, but it “promotes individual improvement and enables us to play ambitious pieces,” said Whittredge. Unfortunately, much of their efforts go unnoticed. If you missed the orchestra last week, all the more reason to attend this week’s chamber concert, with works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Schubert. What makes this chamber concert special? Kang, Whittredge, Avril-Tucker, and Van Eps will perform Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” one of the greatest romantic quartets of all time. Mr. Warsaw called it “Kang’s brainchild,” and said that the others “have found themselves powerfully drawn into its drama, passion, and complexity.” Tonight at 7:00 p.m., the seniors in the chamber group will perform for their final time. The concert promises passion, talent and poise. Furthermore, it hopes to take another step in expanding the music department’s presence on campus.
Musicians showcased their talents in both the Orchestra and Chamber concerts this month. way. I’m kind of ready to shed the character of Jack Shepherd and go back to being me. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family as we move from Hawaii to Wyoming. I’m really a country boy—that’s where I grew up.
A Different Definition of Success
Scroll: Do you plan to return to Deerfield any time soon? Fox: I really do want to come back to Deerfield and talk to as many kids as possible in the future. There is a proposal for me to come back, but I have been so busy with Lost that I haven’t been able to take a good look at it. I hope to return in January of 2011, though. I was only at Deerfield for one year, but it was a great transition year for me, and I enjoyed every second of it. I grew and learned a lot from the experience.
The Privileges, the latest novel by Jonathan Dee, tells the story of a young, “charmed couple” living in New York City whose ferocious pursuit of wealth and power ultimately alienates the family from society. Dee, author of four previous novels, most recently Palladio, is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. The Privileges has been praised as “verbally brilliant, intellectually astute, and intricately knowing” as well as “a great, great pleasure to read.” The novel progresses along the path of Adam and Cynthia Morey’s financial ascendancy, describing the couple and their children in a witty and un-clichéd manner. Adam excels in a private equity business, but his impatience and
By VICTORIA HOLLO Contributing Writer
May 26, 2010
ARTIST OF THE ISSUE:
By SARAH WOOLF Editorial Associate
Intense, artistic, and theatrical, Camille Coppola ’10 is a wellknown face in the theater department. She has been in a play ten of her twelve trimesters, and has been in Acting Tutorial class for four years. Her first Deerfield play was Columbinus, the first high school production of that play. Seventy people tried out for a cast of eight, and she felt lucky to receive a role. “It was the most incredible experience. I’ve never been in a cast that worked so hard and was so dedicated,” Coppola said. Coppola began acting when she was four with a silent role at the Hartford Stage. “I was basically a living prop,” she said. When she was nine, she started taking after-school classes at the Drama Studio in Springfield, MA, and during her summers she studied at the Interlochen Conservatory for the Arts in Michigan. “It’s where my training really comes from,” she said. Her older sister Lauren Coppola ’03 also acted at Deerfield. Through her sister, Camille found herself exposed to the high quality of Deerfield Theater and met Director of Theater John Reese. Deerfield appealed to Coppola because it refrains from putting on the typical high school musical. “Its emphasis on straight [non-musical] theater was particularly strong.” According to Mr. Reese, Coppola has grown since she first arrived. “She used to be afraid of comedy, so I decided to put her into situations where she couldn’t avoid it,” he noted. Next year, she will attend Harvard, where she plans to explore the humanities. Though she loves theater, she is not sure she wants it to be her profession. Still, she intends to try out for plays in college and is even interested in trying her hand at directing and playwriting. lust for material gain ultimately override any content with his achievements. Dee surprisingly sympathizes with his characters and endows them with a sense of nobility. Unfortunately, with their growing wealthy, Adam and Cynthia cut themselves off from their parents. They are a couple severed from its origins, part of a new generation quite unlike its predecessor. With elegant, winding sentences, Dee tackles the topic of money and class with a concise sophistication. Underneath the story lies a question of values. It suggests family is essential to society, and that we abandon it at our peril. The novel also suggests that a world won by risk through amoral actions will inevitably collapse. Captivating and intelligently written, The Privileges is an enjoyable novel focusing on the culturally topical in an often funny tale. Ambition is as central to the story as it is in Deerfield culture. The story exemplifies the importance of morality, while stressing that success must not be confused with material gain.
8 The Deerfield Scroll
Looking Forward: Senior Athlete Profiles Profiles compiled by Libby Whitton and photographs by Sarah Cox
Gusty Clarke will join the water polo team at Brown University next year. Clarke, captain and three-year contributor to the girls’ team, spent her junior year studying and playing in Spain. In her senior season, Clarke led the girls through a difficult start to ultimately end up finishing 2nd in New England.
John Zurlo will continue to play competitive lacrosse next year at Denver University. A three-year defender and letter-winner in lacrosse and football, Zurlo states that his proudest athletic moment at Deerfield was “dancing in celebration with Conner Scott after beating Avon in lacrosse this year.”
Luigia Goodman will attend Williams College next year where she will play basketball and possibly volleyball. One of Goodman’s proudest moments was the end of her junior year basketball season when her team recovered from a slow start and made it to the semi-finals of the New England Championship.
May 26, 2010
Young Cyclists A Year in Enjoy Success Sports: in Second Top 10 Moments Season of 2009-2010 Highlights Compiled by Nastassia Adkins
By DANIEL LITKE Staff Writer
Girls’ Swimming & Diving – A defeat of Choate for 3rd place at New England Prep School Swimming Championship. Choate had beaten Deerfield during the regular season but due to multiple record-breaking performances by the DA girls, Deerfield placed ahead of them in the championships.
Years after the disbanding of the Deerfield cycling team in the early 2000s, science teacher Rich Calhoun is stepping in to coach and brings a new cycling team to life. Tom Burrow ’10 had already cycled for three years before the re-creation of the team and in his sophomore year, he managed to get an athletic exemption to cycle. Along with many other interested students, he joined Mr. Calhoun in the reforming of the team. The new Deerfield cycling team has pedaled its way to success in just two seasons. Although this spring was just the second season for Deerfield cycling, the team showcased a strong performance this spring, winning three out of six races. However, a crash in a time trial competition late in the season saw them finish last in the competition on that day, ultimately hurting their final New England results. With these results, the team still managed to finish second overall out of 19 teams in New England. “We definitely wanted to do better,” admitted Burrow, “but the [time trials] kind of ruined it.”
Girls’ Field Hockey – A 5-0 shutout vs. Loomis Chaffee. The Deerfield girls dominated a traditionally strong Loomis team away at Loomis. Boys’ Hockey – A 5-3 victory over Hotchkiss at home on 80’s Night in the Barn. The Hotchkiss team had beaten the DA boys at a tournament early in the season but the boys’ team defended home ice in front of a rowdy crowd.
Charlie Von Arentschildt will join the golf team at Georgetown next year. At Deerfield, Von Arentschildt was a fouryear member of the golf team, as well as a one-year member of the squash team. In his four year golf-career, Von Arentschildt led the Big Green to New England Championships during both his sophomore and senior seasons.
Hally Sheldon will row competitively next year at Harvard after four impressive years on Deerfield’s crew team. Hally won the pair, the four, and the eight at both US Club Nationals and Canadian Henley during the summer of 2009, becoming the second-ever American pair to win at the Canadian Henley.
Cyrus Wittig will play football at Sewanee next year after playing quarterback and captaining the team his senior season. Wittig led the jv football squad to an undefeated season his sophomore year. Wittig also played two years of varsity baseball, finishing his athletic career earning All-New England honors.
Maddy Keeshan will join the University of Virginia’s lacrosse team next year. As captain for soccer, ice hockey, and lacrosse, Keeshan has excelled athletically for her three years at Deerfield, earning all-league honors for lacrosse this spring. Keeshan states her proudest athletic moment as beating Loomis Chaffee her sophomore year in lacrosse.
Conner Scott will play football and possibly lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania next year. At Deerfield, Scott was a captain of football and basketball as well as a prominent player on the lacrosse team. Next year, Scott will go head to head against his older brother Tanner ’07, who plays football at Dartmouth College.
Sam Anderson will continue to play field hockey in the green and white at Dartmouth College next year. Anderson played at the varsity level in field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse for four years. She reflects on her athletic experience, saying, “I will always remember assisting my sister’s first goal at Deerfield.”
Nick Lovejoy will play hockey next year at Dartmouth College. Lovejoy played hockey at Deerfield for four years and played under his brother Matt ’07 in his final season. Lovejoy will follow the path of his oldest brother, Ben ’03, who also played hockey at Dartmouth and now plays professionally for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Julia Pielock will continue to swim competitively next year at the University of Richmond. At Deerfield, Julia swam and played water polo for three seasons. Julia won the Grace Robertson Award for best student athlete in the league, and also won the 50 free at New England’s for three straight years.
Oliver Lee will continue to swim next year at Harvard College. Lee had an incredibly successful four years in the pool, winning the 50 freestyle three straight years, and also winning the 50 free twice at National’s. In the past year, Lee travelled with the US Swim Team to Germany to compete in the world championship.
Girls’ 4x400 Breaks 15-YearOld School Record
On Saturday, May 15, the girls’ track 4x400m relay team ran 4.10.09, breaking the old school record (4:13, set in 1995). From left to right, they are: Elizabeth Tubridy ’10, Shelbi Kilcollins ’12, Carley Porter’ 12, Tatum McInerney ’13.
Varsity Golf – Beat out Choate by 2 strokes to secure the New England title, led by Captain Charlie Von Arentschildt who posted a low round of 74, as one of the three Deerfield competitors who placed in the New England top ten. Girls’ Volleyball – Knocking off both the Exeter and Taft squads to secure a spot in the New England championship tournament for the second consecutive year and sending three players, senior captains Luigia Goodman, Shannon Horn, and Morgan Marks to the all-star tournament. Boys’ Soccer – A thrilling victory against Andover in the final seconds of the game. The Deerfield squad recovered from a 31 deficit in the second half of play, equalizing the score before Hunter Huebsch ’11 put in the winning goal in the final 30 seconds of the game. The Deerfield contingent also beat Choate convincingly 3-0 on an exceptionally rainy Choate Day. Boys’ Basketball – Exciting victories in the final two games of the season. The DA boys pulled off an impressive 54-52 victory away against Andover, leaving it to the final seconds of the game to close the deal. The team gave the excited home crowd something to cheer for closing off the season with an exhilarating 52-44 victory over rival Choate at home. Girls’ Hockey – An impressive 3-2 overtime victory versus Exeter. Going into the 3rd period tied 1-1, Big Green girls fell behind 2-1; however, Jamie Haddad ’12 evened the score at 2-2. Haddad would strike again in the final 4 seconds of OT, putting the winning goal decisively into the top corner of the net. Boys’ Lacrosse – A tenacious victory against an always-strong Avon Old Farms team. The boys pulled away in the final minutes to secure the 11-9 victory at Avon. Boys’ Baseball – Winning 8-7 in a walk-off against rival Choate at home in front of rowdy Big Green fans. Girls’/Boys’ Alpine Skiing Jack Stobierski’s ’12 first-place finish in the boys’ class A championships in slalom and third place finish in giant slalom. Beth Lawless ’12 also finished in the top ten in both slalom and giant slalom. Overall, girls’ placed 4th in New England, while boys’ finished 3rd in NE.
“I couldn’t be happier to finish second after only two years of racing.” - Rich Calhoun However, Mr. Calhoun did not let a single day’s performance overshadow an impressive overall performance. “Luck has a huge role in cycling and it went against us that day,” said Mr. Calhoun, “I couldn’t be happier to finish second after only two years of racing.” Described by Mr. Calhoun as “a gifted aerobic athlete,” Burrow was a large contributor to the team. He finished in the top three in five out of six races—good enough to give him second place in individual scoring. In addition to his athletic success, Burrow filled the role of captain exceptionally. “He inspired the team through selfless dedication,” said teammate Rhys Louis ’12, “and motivated the rest of the team through his own effort.” Next year, Burrow will test his abilities at the collegiate level, where he will cycle at MIT, a highly competitive program. Burrow’s contributions both as a cyclist and a captain have been crucial towards the success of the team, and will be greatly missed. However, Mr. Calhoun looks at the future quite optimistically. The team is losing three fantastic seniors [Burrow, Andy Harris, and West Hubbard],” admitted Mr. Calhoun, “but we are returning Rhys Louis, a potential New England individual champion.” Burrow agrees, calling Rhys, “a big favorite for next year.” Within the team, Louis finished behind only Burrow in terms of points, and overall, he finished fifth in the New England championship. In addition to Louis, Mr. Calhoun will coach a team of cyclists he describes as, “a young group of riders who grew tremendously this season.”