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Inter national Students Search for Homes Over Vacations By AMANDA MINOFF Features Editor

When home means Switzerland, Korea, or Jordan, finding a place to stay over breaks can be stressful. For international students, who make up approximately 12% of the student body, vacations often pose this problem. This year, students from the United Arab Nations, Kazakhstan, Hungary, and Botswana will be coming to Deerfield. “It will be very hard for these students to go home over breaks,” said International Student Advisor Lynne Robbins. She encourages all members of the Deerfield community to offer to host these students and to see for themselves how rewarding the process can be. “I couldn’t have gone home for most of the breaks; it would have cost too much to do that,” explained Omer Khalayleh ’09 from Jordan, “although His Majesty King Abdullah II [’80] was kind enough to pay for me to go home for winter break.” For all his other vacations, Khalayleh needed to find places to stay that weren’t half a world away. Luckily for him, many members of the Deerfield community were eager to lend a hand. “I got invitations from [English teachers] Suzanne Hannay and John Palmer, Margot Robinson ’07, Deerfield Club Member Phil Corrinet, and more,” said Khalayleh. But finding a place to stay is not always this easy and can sometimes be uncomfortable for international students, especially those entering the year without knowing anyone. “Oftentimes these [international] students feel like they are imposing,

and on the other end, the students who are asked to host might shy away because they feel that they do not know the student well enough,” Ms. Robbins said. But in most cases, the experience proves to be a great one for both the student and the host family. “It is not the least bit burdensome, but rather fun and interesting to get to know another culture,” said Ms. Robbins, who has hosted many students herself. “It is also important to remember that you do not have to work hard to entertain—just provide a comfortable home and they will be very grateful.” Aaron Clayton-Dunn ’09 can attest to the excitement that comes with hosting international students. His family has offered their home to various students, and Clayton-Dunn recalls their time hosting Cindy Chen ’10 and Michelle Ju ’10, both from China, as “eye-opening.” “All three of us had cultural encounters that we may not have gotten otherwise,” said Clayton-Dunn. “I remember trying to teach them why The Office is so funny. They taught me a fun card game which they were insanely good at.” Khalayleh also has spent some of his vacation time with Clayton-Dunn, as well as with the Robinsons and Patrick Tiongson ’09. He especially enjoyed living with Tiongson in Los Angeles over spring break. “It was an amazing experience,” said Kahlayleh. “I have always wanted to stay with host families that live far away from Deerfield, so that I could see as much of the country as possible. I want to thank all [of the families who hosted me]. Even a small gesture like this makes a huge difference.”

Courtesy of Jen Mulrow

Members of girls’ first boat, Elizabeth Schieffelin ’09, Julia Trehu ’10, Lizzie Nelson ’10, and Hally Sheldon ’10 (left to right) practice their strokes.

Crew Teams Conquer at Championship By CYRUS WITTIG Sports Editor Long on enthusiasm and short on experience, the boys’ and girls’ crew teams skulled their way to unprecedented silver medals at the New England Championships in late May. In fact, six of the sixteen rowers who made up the girls’ crew team this spring were either first-year rowers or ninth graders. However, undaunted, the girls’ squad completed the biggest turnaround in recent memory, jumping from 17th in New England, to second, only two points behind the New England Champion Noble & Greenough. “Most of the girls on the third and fourth boats started out on the novice team this year,” said Elizabeth Wood ’10, who also participated in

Inter national Debate Competition Comes to Campus

By EMMETT KNOWLTON Editorial Associate

IISPSC is not the catchiest acronym. But what it stands for— International Independent School Public Speaking Competition—will bring over 200 new faces to campus mid fall term. Deerfield will host the 38th annual competition from October 1 to 4. The international debate includes students from eight countries, four continents, and forty different schools including King’s Academy in Jordan, Eton College in the UK, and others in Bermuda, Cyprus, China and Peru. Three Deerfield students, Katie Walker ’10, Charles Giannini ’11, and Grace Mermel ’12, who were selected during school-wide tryouts this past spring, will also debate. The entire event will be divided into four different categories, each with different rules and regulations. Among these categories are impromptu speaking, parliamentary debate, and

dramatic interpretation. To make it to the finals, a public speaker must score well through the first two rounds, and not have any points deducted. Although the competitions themselves will be held in the Koch Center, the participants will be staying all over the valley. According to Michael O’Donnell, faculty head of the steering committee, volunteer families in the Deerfield community will billet 140 of the visiting students. Other competitors and public speaking coaches will stay in the 120 local hotel rooms that have been reserved for the event. “It is going to take a massive effort from the Deerfield and surrounding communities,” said Giannini. The steering committee has been working since January recruiting faculty, college debaters, and others to judge events. Deerfield students will play a role serving as tour guides, photographers, videographers, and timers and speak-

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ers in each room. A number of students will also serve as leaders to help organize peers and ensure that each room is ready to go before each event. Mr. O’Donnell estimates that during the competition there will be around one-thousand individual performances, along with over two-hundred extra people to feed and transport multiple times a day. Because of this, classes on October 2 will be canceled “in order to provide room for the competition and to allow DA students to assist and observe the events.” “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet and compete with students from all over the world,” said Giannini. “I’m sure it will be a lot of fun and that everyone’s hard work will pay off. This is really a unique chance for all of us, and I can’t wait for it to start.” For more information, visit

Jen Mulrow ’10 spends summer playing paparazzi in Paris

crew for the first time this year as the coxswain of the third boat. “It wasn’t what I expected. It took me some time to get used to shouting all of the instructions. Scottie [Thompson] ’09 really helped me, though. She was a great captain and team leader for us this year.” Losing only three seniors to graduation, the girls’ team is going for the gold medal at New England’s next year. Three four-year varsity rowers— Lizzie Nelson ’10, Hally Sheldon ’10, and Julia Trehu ’10—will lead the team as captains next spring. The story of the boys’ team is similar to that of the girls: a boatload of young, talented rowers led by a core of experienced seniors. Even the boys’ coach, Ben Hamilton, was a rookie to the Deerfield crew program. Mr. Hamilton, however, was not new to the sport, as he coached at Belmont Hill, the prep school powerhouse that

took home its seventh straight New England rowing title. “Mr. Hamilton was a great motivator for the entire team,” said Tanner Larson ’11, who rowed for the first time this past season. “He really helped us realize our full potential, and that’s one of the reasons we were so successful this year.” Larson also appreciated some of the team’s veterans. “Tom Hanson ’09 was a great leader for the whole team, but Chase [Weidner] ’10, who was the only experienced rower in my boat taught all of us how to keep going through all of the strenuous workouts.” Many rowers also participated in rowing camps this summer including next year’s captain Brooks Walker ’10. Larson said, “The expectations are extremely high next year. We hope we can replace Belmont Hill as the New England champion.”

Co-Cur riculars Add Ser vice to T heir Game By CAMILLE COPPOLA Front Page Editor With a new service requirement for every co-curricular group, the community service program will hold a more prominent presence on campus this fall. Bernie Baker, director of community service, who has been coordinating this new service plan for the past year, said the program’s goal is for “every co-curricular to be doing a service project each term, in addition to the existing community service programs.” Over the summer, Mr. Baker assembled a menu of service projects from which faculty members may choose for their teams or groups to complete. Some of these projects will occur on campus, but the majority will take place off-campus in Franklin County. Fall term activities are largely outdoors and include such opportunities as gleaning local farm fields for food harvests to be delivered to Rachel’s

Table, an organization that distributes food to the needy; cleaning up Montague Plains, the 1600-acre conservation rescue in Turners Falls; and identifying and mapping the location of deceased U.S. veterans’ graves in a South Deerfield Cemetery. Mr. Baker explained, “After the faculty member selects from the menu, he or she will notify the service office, and we will set up a date and work out transportation, as well as gather the necessary materials.” The Community Service Board hopes this extension of the program is merely a step in an even greater broadening of service at Deerfield to take place over the next few years as a part of the Imagine Deerfield plan. For now, Mr. Baker believes cocurricular service requirement will provide “community team-building activities,” the opportunity for “faculty members and students to work together,” and a chance “to learn about Franklin County beyond the borders of our campus.”

Turtle Island Quartet will visit in October as Academy Event


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Welcome, New Students Where you’re from.... OREGON Brenna Schroer-Lundeen ’13

WISCONSIN Jenner McLeod ’13

CONNECTICUT Harley Brown ’10 Sidney Cech ’12 Danielle De Nunzio ’12 Gabriela Espinosa ’12 Christopher Hamlin ’12 Anna Holt ’12 Charles Kelley ’12 David King ’12 Madeline Melly ’12 Timothy O’Brien ’12 Andrew Slade ’12 Eliza Bragg ’13 Casey Butler ’13 Madyn Field ’13 Alexander Gonye ’13 Mettler Growney ’13 Edward Henderson ’13 Caroline Kjorlien ’13 Ryan Logie ’13 Olivia Mosley ’13 Charles Pasciucco ’13 Edward Romeyn ’13 Conner Romeyn ’13 Annette Schieffelin ’13 Cleo Siderides ’13 Caroline Wood ’13

MICHIGAN Elizabeth Mott ’12 Chandler Warren ’13


Matthew Zachary Marie Al

IOWA James Yang ’12

UTAH Allison Gruneich ’13

CALIFORNIA Robert Anderson ’10 Richard Beaumont ’11 Delaney Berman ’12 David Buoymaster ’13 Caroline Burns ’13 Sloan Damon ’13 Jackson Dayton ’13 Rose Fisher ’13 Ross Gordon ’13 Nicolas Goss ’13 Taylor Harris ’13 Peter Krasznekewicz ’13 Miranda McEvoy ’13 Tatum McInerney ’13 Alexander Mirza ’13 Lazel Pineda ’13

COLORADO Philip Bowman ’13 Marina Hansen ’13 Emily Rand ’13 Kate Rand ’13

KANSAS Alexys Leija ’12

ILLINOIS Connor Riley ’10 Edward Chandler ’12 Rhys Louis ’12 Jackson Shumway ’12 Muriel Solberg ’12 Jane Warnock ’12 Victoria Buckman ’13 Adriana Lopez ’13

MISSOURI Katherine Miller ’12

TEXAS Morgan Slottje ’11 Joseph Lee ’13 Daniel Rivera ’13 Sabrina Zaldana ’13

INDIANA Sarah Sutp

WEST V Madeline KENTUCKY Emma Beck ’13 Warner Brown ’13

TENNESSEE Lilly Elkin ’13 Woodson Miles ’13

NORTHCAR Kelley Buck ’ Justin Schlack Lindsey Zigla

GEORGIA Philip Hah ’11 Joseph Sullivan

HAWAI Thomas Rogers ’

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MASSACHUSETTS Connor Arnold ’10 Justin Dana ’10 Simon Molenaar ’10 Trevor Wheeler ’10 Phoebe Burr ’11 Rachel Gibson ’11 Alexa Napolitan ’11 Frederica Rockwood ’11 Lucas Smith ’11 Benjamin Bolotin ’12 Christopher Chapin ’12 Peter Gibson ’12 Colten McCormick ’12 Marissa Morte ’12 Alexandra Nagurney ’12 Danielle Pulgini ’12 Miles Steele ’12 Marina Vranos ’12 Wilson Wang ’12

Laura Whitehill ’12 Elisabeth Yancey ’12 Nolan Bishop ’13 Taylor Clough ’13 Thomas Cowan ’13 Louisa Hanson ’13 Samantha Hirshland ’13 Sungmin Hong ’13 Hannah Insuik ’13 David Keith ’13 Anna Klink ’13 Hannah Latham ’13 Christopher Lin ’13 Meaghan McKelvey ’13 Alexander Osgood ’13 Christian Saccone ’13 Thomas Shuman ’13 Sofia Taylor ’13 Catherine Wadman ’13 Benjamin Wood ’13

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CHINA Nap Hong Leung ’11 Kelvin Chang ’12 Amy Li ’12 Jiayi Lu ’12 Vanessa Chu ’13 Stefani Kuo ’13 Oscar Miao ’13 Margaret Morse ’13

CANADA Ariel Beauregard ’11 Michael Fitzsimmons ’11 Sergio Morales ’11 Steven Victor ’11 Shelbi Kilcollins ’12 Kevin Roy ’12 NORWAY Christina Lund ’10

UNITED KINGDOM William Hall ’10

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO Borislav Kovacev ’10

HUNGARY Gabor Gurbacs ’10 MAINE Gustav Wellin ’11 Elyse Curtis ’12 Frederick Quesada ’12

UKRAINE Caitlin Cleary ’12

KAZAKSTAN Maksat Kalymgazinov ’11

SPAIN Casilda Aresti ’11 Alfonso Velasco ’11

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Jinane Gedeon Achi ’13

KENYA Bavin Amenya ’10 VERMONT John Kowalski ’10 Sierra Janik ’13 Lena Mazel ’13 Anna Pettee ’13

RHODE ISLAND Elisabeth Perez ’13 Henry Sharpe ’13

BOTSWANA Mahwi George ’10

SINGAPORE Pannawit Chanyarungrojn ’12 THAILAND Tana Wattanawaroon ’10 Tanyaporn Sertthinn ’13

NEW HAMPSHIRE Miles Evans ’11 Matthew Cunningham ’13


w Fortin ’10 Boynton ’11 lexandre ’13


A phin ’13 NEW JERSEY Brendan Gallagher ’10 Theodore Wackerman ’13

VIRGINIA e McGraw ’13

MARYLAND Charles Bueneman ’10 Richard Walsh ’10 Anne Wenzel ’11

ROLINA ’13 ks ’13 ar ’13

WASHINGTON, D.C. Emma Decamp ’13 VIRGINIA Charles Cory ’13

BAHAMAS Dana Delaney ’13 Maya Delaney ’13



KOREA Daniel Han ’12 Joohee Hwang ’13 James Park ’13 David Shin ’13 Hyunho Yang ’13

FLORIDA Benjamin Reed ’13

JAMAICA Rebecca Levy ’11 Jez Marston ’11 Zakary Jardim ’12

VIRGIN ISLANDS Chesney Henry ’12 Shanisha Coram ’13

Edward Barrett ’10 Stephen Chmil ’10 John Collins ’10 Olivia Falcone ’10 Derek Katchis ’10 Zachary Koufakis ’10 Shannon Fuentes ’11 Olivia Koufakis ’11 Matthew McDonald ’11 Molly Rose ’11 Henry Bird ’12 Sean Connors ’12 Philip Heller ’12 William Hess ’12 Georgina Hutchins ’12 Martha Morgenthau ’12 Bu Young Pil ’12 Sebastian Senbahar ’12 William Vallar ’12 Charles Wilson ’12 Erik Alfieri ’13 Allison Benedict ’13 Anne Blau ’13 Abby Cacho ’13 Julien Chaix ’13 Ashley-Marie Cortes ’13 Elizabeth Eastman ’13 Tasnim Elboute ’13 Walter Gahagan ’13 Gareth Hill ’13 Daniel Hirsch ’13 Abigail Ingrassia ’13 Jhovae Irving ’13 Emily Jones ’13 Zoe L’Esperance ’13 David McDonald ’13 Christopher Merrill ’13 Edward Michaels ’13 Ollin Nisbet ’13 Christopher Ortega ’13 Timothy Randall ’13 George Reich ’13 Dashiell Schulte ’13 Sharon Tam ’13 Kelly Tellez ’13 Kyle Wellner ’13

By the Numbers 187 new U.S. students from 30 states, Washington D.C. & the U.S. Virgin Islands

38 new international students from 17 countries 225 new students in total 24 news seniors/PGs 26 new juniors 57 new sophomores 118 new freshmen


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A Snapshot of Summer:

Jen Mulrow Travels to Parsons School of Design in Paris to Study Film Photography VOL. LXXXIV, NO. 3

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LUCY COBBS Layout Editor ELLEN SHIN Assistant Layout Editor SARAH KIM Photo Editor STEPHANIE OLIVAS

Front Page CAMILLE COPPOLA Opinion/Editorial JOHANNA FLATO Arts & Entertainment TAO TAO HOLMES

Photo Associate ELEANOR PARKER Business Manager WILL SCOTT


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Online Editor CAMILLE VILLA Advisors

SUZANNE HANNAY & JOHN PALMER STAFF REPORTERS: Nastassia Adkins, Mary Banalagay, Audrey Cho, Jacqueline Colt, Daryl Cooley, Kayla Corcoran, Danielle Dalton, Ashik Desai, Malou Flato, Albert Ford, Anna Gonzales, Miles Griffis, Sonja Holmberg, Shaye Horn, Ritchey Howe, Jade Kasoff, Charles Kim, Francis Lauw, Eunice Lee, Theo Lipsky, Daniel Litke, Matt McKelvey, Hadley Newton, Sarah Oh, Eliot Taft, Julia Trehu, Libby Whitton, Christopher Wong, Michael Yang STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS: Arleen Chien, Jennifer Coulombe, Eliza Gentzler, Susanna Kvam

By TAO TAO HOLMES Arts & Entertainment Editor For three weeks in July, Jen Mulrow ’10 attended a photography program offered in Paris by the Parsons The New School of Design in New York City. There, her ability to master film photography was put to the test. “The homework was basically to go out and explore Paris with my camera at hand,” said Mulrow. Within a small group of photography students, each individual was able to work at his or her own pace. A typical day began with watching videos or documentaries on photography and famous photographers, followed by working in the darkroom developing film, making contact sheets, and printing pictures with

enlargers. “We learned a lot about the camera itself too, touching on shutter speed, aperture settings, ISO/ASA, and how all of it relates to the amount of light you expose the film to,” said Mulrow. “There is a nostalgic feel to film photographs that you cannot mimic with digital cameras,” said Mulrow. Mulrow spent her afternoons on field trips based around photo shoots. Students were given an hour or so to walk around and take photos of the pulsing life of Paris in all sorts of locations, from the unmistakable Eiffel Tower and River Seine to streetlife and outdoor markets. At each location they received an assignment having to do with street photography, reportage, or portrai-

ture. Mulrow’s favorite assignment involved a fashion shoot of members of her class. There were also trips to museums and exhibitions to observe the work of prominent past and present photographers. Afterwards, students were given time in the dark room (where film is developed by hand) to catch up, work ahead, or simply “mess around with our pictures.” “What I especially love about photography is how it segues into an immediate expression of fashion, playing such an important role in magazine spreads, lookbooks, catalogues, photo shoots and so on,” said Mulrow. “I love when pictures can tell a story, create a character, and invent a moment just by coordinating the right setting, the right person, the right clothes.”

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 consensus views of the editorial staff unless otherwise specified.

Turtle Island Quartet to Play at Academy Event By ELISABETH STRAYER Editorial Associate Lauded by the New York Times for its “impeccable precision in…pitch and coordination” and by the Los Angeles Times as “a sterling example of first-rate jazz music-making,” the Turtle Island Quartet, with special guest Mike Marshall, will perform in mid-November at an Academy Event. Winner of Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album in both 2006 and 2008, the quartet has produced over a dozen albums since their founding in 1985. With violinists David Balakrishnan and Mads Tolling, violist Jeremy Kittel, and cellist Mark Summer, the string quartet, a classically-trained group that improvises in blues, jazz, and world-music styles, describes itself as “a connecting point for the rich diversity of American music.” The Turtle Island Quartet has a series of programs that feature special guests with whom they perform. Mr. Marshall, an acoustic musician who will be playing mandolin and mandocello for this concert, will join the quartet for this program. During their November 16-17 stay, the Turtle Island Quartet will interact with the community through master classes. These master classes will provide opportunities for groups

of student musicians to work with the visiting professionals, focusing on such values as technique and ensemble work. In addition, Mr. Summer said that the group “often teach[es] young string players how to play the blues in about an hour.” Mr. Summer added, “It’s really gratifying to watch players improvise for the first time on instruments that are so often associated with perfecting written-out music,” because “the art of improvisation…is the basis of Turtle Island’s repertoire.” Academic Dean and music teacher Peter Warsaw looks forward to seeing “our string players…inspired and coached by world-class performers.” The quartet may even appear in a few classes including Theory and Composition, Chorus, Madrigals, Chamber Music, and Wind Ensemble. While the group will be focusing in the music department, the entire community will be able to enjoy the Academy Event concert on the evening of Monday, November 16. Mr. Warsaw said, “I am also excited…for our larger audience…[to] see and hear what’s possible with string instruments.” Sources: htt p://

Jen Mulrow

Jen Mulrow’s film photographs from her time studying at Parsons School of Design in Paris.


To Be or Not to Be Worthy of Your Heritage Grace Murphy ’11 Shares her Opinion The start of a new school year is the perfect time to consider our school motto, to remember the values it implies so we can begin another year well. I came from a school whose motto was “Study, Play, Character,” and I was at first confused by Deerfield’s motto, “Be Worthy of Your Heritage,” because it did not directly state our values. Other schools such as Choate, Taft, and Hotchkiss have as their mottoes “Fidelity and Integrity,” “Not to be served but to serve,” and “After instruction, let us move on to pursue higher things,” respectively. Where was our sense of integrity, service, or ambition? I also questioned the emphasis on heritage. Should we be worthy for our heritage…

or for ourselves? By emphasizing tradition, is our community holding on to things that should be left behind, such as Deerfield’s days as a boys’ school?

However, after a year at Deerfield, I have learned what it means to be worthy of our heritage. Our heritage is one of community, school spirit, academic excellence, honesty, diversity, and service. Although our motto does not state these values, our community encapsulates them as we live each day in the Pocumtuck Valley. And while these values are constant, our heritage evolves each year as new students bring fresh perspectives. Because everyone has a unique heritage, our school motto means something different to everyone. So be worthy of your heritage, whatever it is, and remember, too, the heritage of values all Deerfield stands for.

Congratulations! Mark and Lori Otto On the birth of Olivia Katherine July 1, 2009 and Mark and Sara Acton On the birth of Wesley August July 17, 2009

The Deerfield Scroll: September 12, 2009  
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