PAGE 4: Daniel Rivera films second music video, “With You”
PAGE 3: Deerfield responds to The Laramie Project and homosexuality on campus
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Beyond the Bubble: Students’ Families Endure Hurricane Sandy BY CHARLOTTE ALLEN Editorial Associate Deerfield felt very little of the damage spread by hurricane Sandy. The most the student body experienced was an afternoon in the dorms with box dinners while the wind whistled outside and heavy rain took down a few branches and stripped the trees of leaves. But, some of the families of students were not as fortunate. Shanya Hopkins ’14, a resident of New York City, one of the places hit hardest, said, “My family lost power, wifi and cable
for two days after Sandy, and it just so happens that a branch from a tree in our backyard fell through my bedroom window. Also, my family was stuck in the house until Sunday because a lot of gas stations in the city were closed, and my parents had no way of getting gas. My little brother was out of school until this past Monday.” New York was not alone in sustaining serious damage. Dave Lucente ’14 described how Sandy affected his home state, Rhode Island. “I live on a hill so my house got lucky, but the entire beach community in Rhode Island was wrecked,” he said. “I know a lot
of people whose beach houses were swept away, and a bunch of beach clubs were destroyed, and the general damage to roads is ridiculous.” Lucente added that the beach towns, such as Narragansett, Newport, and Watch Hill, “are an important source of revenue for the state, so it could pose bigger problems in the near future.” Farther down the coast, wide power outages rocked Connecticut, and many students’ siblings were out of school for over a week. The lost time will cut into their spring and summer breaks. Greenwich native Blair Johnson ’14 described how her “friend’s house completely
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burned down because an electrical wire broke and caused a fire.” Although Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the second costliest, it was only a category 1 storm when it hit the New Jersey coastline. Princeton native Kelsey Gallagher ’13 reported, “Although my home did not bear the brunt of the storm, my neighborhood lost power, cell phone service and home phone service for six days.” Teddy Wackerman ’13, who also hails from New Jersey, said 2,000 students in the local high school had classes in a movie
theater in town. New Jersey also experienced “odd and even gas rationing” and Governor Cristie moved Halloween to November 5th. “A man in Princeton died when a tree fell on him,” said Gallagher. “I feel pretty disconnected from it all,” she continued, “My friends keep sending me crazy, scary pictures, but it’s so hard to imagine that such devastation is so close to home. The magnitude of it all still hasn’t hit me. For New Jersey, the shore is so much a part of our culture and our economy. Imagine what people in Massachusetts would do if they lost the Cape, Nantucket, or
Woolf ’12 Proposes Sexuality Statement: Seeks Policy of Respect
BY ANNA AUERSPERG Staff Writer
ABOVE: Unsung hero picks up trash on the path. TOP RIGHT: Allie Chesky ’14 and Becca Harrington ’14 pose outside the Dining Hall. RIGHT: Faculty Band performs in school meeting. BOTTOM LEFT: Tess Donovan, Elena Jones, Andrea Fleming, Kylie Davis, Alyssa Moreau ’14 show off their colors. BOTTOM RIGHT: Elissa Denunzio, Caroline Baldwin, Yara Khoury ’14 smile.
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Sarah Woolf, Deerfield Class of 2012, has begun a process to help draft a portion in the employee handbook concerning student sexual identity, and how faculty should go about addressing this delicate topic. The first draft of her proposal, which she has sent to Dean of Students Amie Creagh and Dean of Faculty John Taylor reads, “No authority figure may address a student regarding their sexual identity unless that student has independently decided to share that identity with the entire community.” Woolf was inspired to draft this proposal after an incident last spring. “I found myself on a chair in an office with a closed door,” Woolf said, “facing the suggestion that I was dating my best friend.” Woolf said she was concerned with the possibility of any authority figure, in her case an administrator, approaching students to ask about their sexual orientation. “In no context is it ever acceptable for somebody to out a student, to make them feel cornered like that and forced to reveal their sexual identity. Ever,” she said. Ms. Creagh agreed there is a need for “some sort of guideline for how we can support questioning kids in ways that are not intimidating and forcing
them to identify their sexual orientation.” She said the policy would support students “in that process without it feeling intrusive or heavy-handed in any way.” Woolf added, “I want to put this rule into place to protect people who are struggling, so that they don’t refrain from expressing themselves or discovering who they are for fear of being asked point blank what their sexual identity is.” Woolf has met with Ms. Creagh to help draft a proposal to put into the employee handbook, and hopes the policy will be “I found myself on a chair in an office with a closed door facing the suggestion that I was dating my best friend.” -Sarah Woolf ’12 finalized and introduced by the end of the winter term. “[Sarah] is looking to engage the school in a collaboration on the development of policies that support our questioning or outing gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual students,” Ms. Creagh said. Gay Straight Alliance President Julie Harris ’13 responded to the proposal. “Coming to terms with one’s orientation is a very personal and confusing process, and being questioned about it only adds to the confusion. This would be a great addition to the faculty handbook,” she said.
Deerfield Diversity Alliance Meetings Cut for Pace of Life
BY GARAM NOH Staff Writer
After the recent reaccreditation process, with its focus on the need to address pace of life, the school is cutting in half the number of Deerfield Diversity Alliance (or DDA) meetings. The DDA is an umbrella term that includes all culture-oriented groups at Deerfield, such as the Asian Student Alliance (ASA), the International Student Alliance (ISA), the Latin American Society (LAS), the Jewish Student Alliance (JSA) and the Deerfield
Black Student Alliance (DBSA). Previously, each individual diversity club had two meetings a month. “The new plan,” Ashley So ’13 said, “is for each small group to meet once, then come together with other clubs for a big DDA meeting at the end of the month. Separate club meetings are great, but we are trying to create more dialogue between the alliances.” She added, “Ultimately, yes, I do think that having one less meeting will help slow down the pace of life here at Deerfield, but at the same time, diversity
meetings gave me a break from the rest of school life.” LAS President Chris Ortega said, “Instead of making everyone focus on their own problems, this makes the diversity groups more community-based. The DBSA’s first meeting last year had a sizable group, but then the numbers kind of died down. So I think having only one meeting a month will make them seem more special and worthwhile.” However, not everyone was pleased by that change. “We need more meetings because we need to have
opportunities for discussion without tiptoeing around regulations like these,” said Tan Sertthin ’13. “Diversity group meetings are also an essential place for open discussion and real connection.” Sarah Sutphin ’13 agreed. “It’s ineffective because the effort was directed to slowing the pace of life, but such a small fraction of the population attends these meetings that all it does is impede the progress of the groups. Furthermore, the people who go are people who want to go to the meetings. It’s nonsensical. The
people who do go relieve stress and find people who they can talk to about issues that affect them. It’s literally taking away a support group.” “This year, the DBSA had a list of topics to cover over 16 meetings,” Co-president of the DBSA Abby Cacho ‘13 said. “But with only eight meetings, I don’t think we are going to get through what we planned. We were so excited because our first meeting had the biggest turn out we’d ever had.” “We really needed those other meetings,” she said.
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Editor-in-Chief KRISTY HONG Front Page CASEY BUTLER Opinion/Editorial SAMMY HIRSHLAND Arts & Entertainment MIRANDA MCEVOY Features CAROLINE KJORLIEN Sports SARAH SUTPHIN Photography ASHLEY SO
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OPINION Dear Reader: Recently, people have told me the Scroll is too negative. I asked them, “Which part?” They mention October’s stories about academic dishonesty, stress, social scene, and a day student’s frustrating experience. Every time they emphasize the Scroll’s negativity, I disagree. I want to explain.
Advisors JULIANNE SCHLOAT & ADA FAN 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.
Sit-Down Dress-down A treasured tradition at Deerfield, sit-down dinners are a time when an assortment of Deerfield students congregate to share a family-style dinner. We can meet other students who seem completely different from ourselves. However, despite the welcome connections we form through these meals, sit-down dinner is also a stressful interruption in our very busy evening. A way to relieve this burden would be to have sit-down in casual dress instead of class dress. As minor as this may seem, this will make the sit-down experience more relaxing and enjoyable. After all, aren’t sit-down dinners modeled after family dinners? No one at home sits around in blazers and cardigans, so casual dress would create an atmosphere more like home. In addition to regaining the time lost from changing clothes, students would also be more comfortable and have a faster transition from dinner to studying, which is crucial to academic achievement. Having casual dress for sit-down dinners would make dinner less of a rush and more of an enjoyable occasion. We would appreciate the experiences that come with dinner more, and becoming more of a family and community.
Co-Curriculars Allow for Flexibility No matter how much we would like to believe that multi-sport athletes are the norm, sport specialization is becoming more and more common. Our co-curricular program has a duty to those who wish to specialize in a certain sport or activity as well as to those who wish to pursue a broader range of interests. The current program allows for both kinds of students to thrive because it encourages underclassmen to participate in multiple sports, and it allows upperclassmen to do recreational sports and activities with a less of a time commitment. Upperclassmen participating in these lower time commitment activities can use this extra time in order to pursue their interests. There is nothing wrong with pursuing an interest intensely. Students should not be discouraged from doing this, but at the same time they should also not be discouraged from trying new things or participating in multiple sports. The administration does a good job of having a system that does not allow coaches to pressure their players into training for their sport year-round, yet allows for students to pursue their passions.
Response to Hurricane Sandy We would like to give our condolences to those affected by the recent hurricane. We hope that families displaced by Hurricane Sandy will soon be back in their homes, and we hope those who have lost power will regain it. We would also like to thank the hard-working members of our faculty and staff who commuted to school in the days following the hurricane. Thank you for your committment to helping our school run. A special thanks to those who packaged and distributed box dinners to dorms and to those who cleaned up our campus after the
Corrections The article titled “New Voters Eager to Cast Their Ballots” (November 2, 2012) erroneously quoted Cody Anderson-Salo ’14 and Thomas Shuman ’13, who are not new voters. The article titled “Dreaming about the DREAM Act and the Rights of Immigrants” (November 2, 2012) erroneously used the word “alien,” to which author Tasnim Elboute strenuously objects A revised version will be posted online. The article titled “Faculty Informs Students about Politics” (November 2, 2012) was not the final draft author Gabby Gauthier ’13 sent the Scroll. The correct draft will be posted online. The article titled “Connect Four Runs Tangent to The Laramie Project (October 10, 2012) erroneously stated the 11/12 Connect Four program would focus primarily on issues presented in it; however, those discussions tackled broader issues such as tolerance and acceptance. The Scroll regrets these errors.
Letter from the Editor The Scroll is critical, and there is a difference between negativity and constructive criticism. The intentions are different. Negativity rants, but constructive criticism hopes; the source of our hope is our commitment to seeking the truth of our time and culture. So we ask questions that bother us. I believe this newspaper can make us think about who we are and the culture that influences us. And one thing the editors and I have noticed is this: Deerfield is hesitant to embrace controversy. This paper will not seek controversy for the sake of controversy or sensationalism. We will, however, never cut ourselves short and serve the Administration or paint a perfect picture of Deerfield. There are issues we skirt around, thinking
things left unsaid are better that way, because we admit they aren’t serious problems. Often, committees, cases, value statements, and worthy statements become solutions for intangibly complicated problems, often those that deal with defining who we are and the kind of culture that influences us. The questions are hard, but our school thinks deeply. The Scroll, then, hopes to provide a forum for discussion in which students can contribute their views. So keep talking, arguing, wondering, criticizing, understanding, and questioning. One of the biggest lessons Deerfield is teaching me is how to question my environment. So one last question (email email@example.com with responses). Deerfield, what are the elephants in the room? -Kristy Hong editor-in-Chief
Stress Is No Excuse BY NINA SOLA Contributing Writer
Sit-down meals help create our community. They make people talk to one another, introducing us to new friends and teachers. Although we might not find a new best friend over turkey tetrazzini, the tables of ten make our campus seem a little smaller; they give us nine more people to know, nine more familiar faces on the walk from the Koch to the MSB. These acquaintances are part of what makes Deerfield such a special, friendly place: we make eye contact, we say hi, we smile. It’s not much, but it makes a
difference. Any community can foster close friendships; the glory of Deerfield is the unity among people who might not know one another, but who are bound by the Deerfield experience. The word “stress” is thrown around a lot these days. We use it to describe our day, our assignments, even our lives. It is true that we suffer a lot of stress here, and there’s no doubt that everyone feels pressure from schoolwork. But the term has become an excuse for unhappiness, for shirking our duties and ignoring the bigger picture. I think that the community we build here helps us to tackle stress; we can relax with our
friends or meet new people and temporarily forget about our math homework. In my opinion, eliminating any sit-down meals would be shooting ourselves in the foot because we would abandon a classic Deerfield Tradition and eliminate a method of coping with stress. I view sitdown as a precious time to pause, to drop our own problems and to focus on other people. Over the years, it’s become an essential part of my day and those of thousands of past Deerfield students. The problem of an everincreasing pace of life here should be dealt with, but not at the expense of our customs and our heritage.
Sit-Down Dinners: Missing The Message BY CLARA GALPERIN Contributing Writer
Sit-down dinners have the potential to be a space where students can take a break from the regular group of people that surround them and get to know a few new faces over a nice and somewhat quick meal. Lately, however, the issue of whether or not sit-down meals actually serve this purpose has sparked a great deal of controversy. Coming back from cocurriculars, I see frenzied first waiters going from sports to showers to the dining hall, slapping forks and knives on the
tables and hustling to the waiting lines. The remaining students aren’t exactly exempted from this ordeal either. Those famous forty-five minutes between sports and food seem to be a brief window of all-reigning agitation on campus. After finally making it to the dinner table, the meal commences. We’ve all just finished co-curriculars and still have a considerable amount of work pending; talking about current affairs and getting to know each other isn’t exactly first priority. Alas, for the most part, sit-down dinners don’t quite get to fulfill their purpose. If Deerfield students didn’t
have the day packed with errands to take care of and commitments to comply with, sit-down dinners would be a great idea. But the hectic pace that Deerfield upholds is defeating the point of having them. Instead of being a pause in the day where students can relax and get to know one another, sit-down meals have become one more item to check off on the already long to-do list of most Deerfield students. They are great in theory, but they come attached to too much stress. There are ways to detach some of this, like allowing all students, or even just first waiters to dress down.
Why Connect4 Has Appeal BY KRISTIN LOFTUS Contributing Writer
We have completed our first two sessions in the inaugural year of the 11/12 program. The September corridor meetings focused on stress management. In October, the co-ed small group discussions on tolerance were successful; many groups brought up challenges with racial, socioeconomic and cultural differences. We have received much feedback: some positive, some negative. George Reich ’13 told me, “I enjoyed the sessions and they have brought our hall together.” Daniel Rivera ’13 said, “I think
that the simple act of talking with others and creating a relationship with them outweighs the time commitment of twenty minutes. Connect4 is meant to create a similar experience between all upperclassman, which is meant to get people relating with each other.” While we have attempted not to make these sessions feel additive, asking that they account for the “feed” for that week, we understand the time it takes out of our busy schedules. The one criticism is that these are “forced” discussion. While the students say these discussions would/should just happen organically, we beg to differ. As
critical learners, you are all entitled to your opinions, but we ask for your help in taking advantage of an opportunity (as faculty often encourage students to do, every period of the day, in fact, in “forced” discussions in the classroom). A senior girl immediately following an October session said, “I enjoyed that, I never would have had the opportunity to talk about these things with those boys if this had not been arranged.” Many more students stated that having these discussions was one way to foster respect and tolerance as well as an opportunity to hear opinions different from their own.
An Alum Reflects on Being Secretly Gay
BY ANNA GONZALES
Former Editor-In-Chief Every year on Coming Out Day, at school meeting, I would sit with my friends and laugh and clap at the appropriate moments as students and teachers declared themselves straight allies or proclaimed their sexuality in front of the entire student body. Every year, my friends in the Gay-Straight Alliance would ask to me come up on stage and say something. Every year, I conveniently “forgot” to join them. Though I’ve been gay and aware since sometime very early in my Deerfield career, and though I’d known long before that I was supportive of people of all sexualities, I never stood on the stage at school meeting and I never said anything. As I look back on my time at Deerfield, this remains one of my greatest regrets. I silenced myself about my sexuality--of which I was fully aware and accepting--throughout my Deerfield career. This was a mistake. I never even considered telling any of my friends or anyone else about the way I felt
Stop With the Slurs BY ROBERT BEIT
Contributing Writer Homosexuality is a tricky subject at Deerfield. Most people say that they are okay with people being gay, yet there are those situations where someone utters, “That’s so gay”, or says, “You look like a total flamer”. Many times the whole subject of homosexuality is suppressed. Both students and teachers are often hesitant to mention the word “gay,” and coming out to the community is a large hurdle to jump over. I mean, does the community really exhibit openness and acceptance if only three guys are openly gay here, along with a handful of others along the LGBTQ spectrum? I don’t mean to be too critical in this article since Deerfield has made progress since the incident of the letters and the guys who went around in the dorms and beat people up. Yet, even being out of the closet, I still don’t feel comfortable enough to express
BY CHARLIE PASCIUCCO Contributing Writer I believe we already do a great job of supporting all sexual orientations. I have always felt that Coming Out Day has been pertinent, considering it allows students to understand that one’s sexual orientation should not define them. For instance, on Coming Out Day, many
and sought instead to assimilate into the mainstream, heterosexual culture of leaving the Greer, getting parietals, hooking up with and “dating” boys who I knew I ultimately didn’t care about. I didn’t think about going to my senior prom with the girl I loved and I lied to my closest friends about my relationships. While I regret my lack of integrity, ultimately, it didn’t hurt any of my friendships or myself in a lasting way. After graduation, when I finally told the truth, my friends were the same accepting, caring people they had always had always been. I remembered why we were friends in the first place. With some distance from Deerfield, in college, I realize that my friends’ attitudes reflect the attitudes of Deerfield students in general. I love college, but I miss Deerfield’s tight-knit community and I wish I had taken advantage of the opportunities it offered to me for love and acceptance. If I had given Deerfield a chance to know me, I think it would have supported me. More importantly, I wish that I had stood up on the stage at least
I was primarily responsible once, if not every year. I know for silencing my sexuality, I do that if someone who I respected believe that homophobia still in the Deerfield community had exists in the student body and come out and provided me with in the administration. I heard or a model by which to navigate read “queer” used as an insult by my own process of explaining fellow students, in person and on and understanding my sexuality, Facebook as a casual comment I would have felt much more upon a photo, more times than I comfortable. As a leader in the can count, and that is completely community, I had a responsibility unacceptable. Words such as to other students who might these can be deeply affecting. In a have felt scared, confused, or shocking case of discrimination, alone, to let not to mention a them know that deep invasion of “I didn’t think about we were in the going to my senior prom privacy, one of same situation my close friends with the girl I loved.” and that I was -Anna Gonzales ’12 was confronted there to talk. I about her know that there sexuality by an are many resources on campus administrator, who had seen for students who want to have her holding hands with another conversations, but I wish I could girl and felt compelled to ask have contributed myself to that my friend in a private meeting list of resources. I wish I had whether the two were in a been as brave as the students who relationship. Instances like these, got up on the stage this year-- which make students are made either as straight allies or to come to feel as though they should out. I think I could have helped be ashamed of or hide their to create a better community sexuality, should not happen. and important discourse and I The Deerfield community will always regret not seizing that can only move forward from chance. these attitudes and actions by Though I acknowledge that a concerted effort towards
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my sexuality completely. And a lot of people want to come out but they’re scared into the closet by homosexual slurs spoken by their friends. I do believe that in general Deerfield is open and accepting community and that it does have its redeeming moments. I just think we have to show this acceptance. If we want members of the LGBTQ to be comfortable people have got to stop with the slurs and the undertones. It is not okay to say, “that’s so gay” or “you look like a flamer” or anything else that targets homosexuals or makes fun of a stereotype in a negative way. It does not matter where it’s said or who’s around. It’s 2012. It’s unacceptable. Homosexuality also should not be a scarcely talked about topic. It should not be ignored or intentionally failed to be recognized. members of our community on stage are straight allies, or simply supporters of one’s right to a certain sexual orientation. This helps to demonstrate that our Gay Straight Alliance is truly represented by all members of our community; something that is very encouraging. I also believe that many members of our community are still “straight allies” even though they were not actually on stage.
We Are All Responsible BY STEFANI KUO Contributing Writer
Deerfield constantly stresses its tight-knit community is based on traditions and respect; from sit-down meals to all-school meetings, we strive to be worthy of our heritage. It was only during performing The Laramie Project that its message really hit me. This play is not meant to eradicate homophobia, or as Father Schmidt says, condemn LGBTs to perfection. Neither is it meant to make gay rights supporters feel like heroes, and the undecided feel coerced into becoming gay rights activists. During the post-show discussions, I realized this play is meant to help us see what it means to live in a community. As one of my characters, an Islamic feminist Zubaida Ula, laments, “We have to mourn this and be sad that we live in a town, a state, a country where shit like this happens. These are people trying to distance themselves from the crime. And we have to own this crime. We are like this. We ARE like this. WE are LIKE this.” Just because you were not the ones wielding the butt of the gun as it hit Matthew Shepherd tied to the fence, just because
This Is Not How We Share the Word of God BY LENA MAZEL
Contributing Writer I became a Christian last year, something that I believe has saved my life, shown me the power of unconditional love and given me courage. That said, I’m still new to the religion, and it’s both heartbreaking and surprising to hear gay friends worry that you will hate them because you’re Christian. The Laramie Project brought up issues that I think Deerfield doesn’t want to talk about. As a Christian, I find Matthew’s murder unjust. For me, the most tragic part was how the so-called Christian voices in the play dealt with the aftermath. I think much of the confusion many people go through comes from the media and a popular portrayal of Christians that I don’t agree with, coupled with a community that asks for tolerance to the point of silence. To see others, especially those
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claiming to be sharing the Word of God, disrespect and discredit Shepard’s murder was more than distressing; it made me angry. In my opinion, God does not draw lines between homosexuals and heterosexuals, just like he doesn’t draw them between anything else: race, gender, age, socioeconomic background. Sometimes the line between us and any group we believe to be excluded from is a line we draw. The beauty of Christianity is that it’s open to anyone, no exceptions. Yet we hardly hear this in the media; it often becomes an “us vs. them” issue between extremist Christians and gay rights activists, and often the media gives those with the loudest voices the spotlight. Deerfield in many ways doesn’t challenge the popular perception; we’re so caught up in our own politeness that we don’t ask difficult or personal questions. Without these questions, we see only the views the media shows
us, instead of the views of our own friends. I think as a community we are incredibly afraid of offending people on an issue as personal and complicated as sexuality. Deerfield doesn’t want to talk about this, because we define tolerance as everyone agreeing. This is both dangerous and impossible. As a community, disagreeing and living together peacefully is possible, but that doesn’t mean the difference in opinion doesn’t matter. Instead of trying to make others think like you, I hope that the Laramie Project continues to do what it has already: spark conversation. And I don’t mean the vague conversation when we repeat the words “tolerance, acceptance, compassion” over and over. If we ever want to solve problems of intolerance, we need to ask real questions, and treat those with views we don’t understand with love, as well as patience.
you don’t use the words “gay,” “fag,” or “dyke,” just because you don’t describe yourself as homophobic, doesn’t mean you don’t have a role in what happens in the community. It isn’t our job to change Deerfield so we all have uniform views; but standing up in a discussion, and speaking up against calling a gay person a “fag,” or labeling something as “so gay,” is something we all have to do. This play wasn’t only about homosexuality or hate crimes, but about being able to live in a community that accepts you, whether you be gay, Asian, blond, or otherwise. It’s about being able to trust yourself to be you; because you won’t be automatically stereotyped, judged, or ignored; because you’re an uncomfortable aspect of the community that hasn’t been smoothed out and perfected. Our views will always differ, and it is not our role to conform; but unless we don’t ignore what we believe is uncomfortable or not our responsibility to change, our community will never be anything more than a motto, rather than the belief that one day we will be worthy of our heritage.
BY MAGGIE SHILLING Contributing Writer
With the recent Deerfield theater production of The Laramie Project, discussion about homosexuality and gay rights has spread throughout campus. A big question brought up is whether or not the Deerfield community is accepting of all sexual orientations. In three years in a dorm, I have never seen or heard blatant anti-gay acts or comments. If anything, I have only heard comments of acceptance and praise for those who bravely present themselves as gay or a gayally. Deerfield is a very accepting school in regard to homosexuality – clubs like the GSA open up free discussion about topics that are uncomfortable to some and provide support to students in need. When I think of Deerfield acceptance, I think of Coming Out Day, when students show
November 13, 2012 discussion and understanding, or the culture of homophobia and of silence and shame around all sexuality will continue. I believe that all identities have a place at Deerfield and that discourse surrounding these identities is a crucial step on the way to a more open, accepting community, and I believe that the responsibility for creating dialogue rests upon both administrators and students. Everyone in the community should work together to integrate discussion about different sexualities into discussion about other types of diversity--racial, socioeconomic, and religious, among others. Examining the points of intersection of the types of oppression different minorities experience--and how these are motivated by existing social power structures, authority figures, or even from internal, mental factors--can be enormously helpful in terms of both opening up discussion and creating solutions. I encourage all students to take part while they are still at Deerfield and caution anyone who may think about being silent to not make the mistake I did. Don’t wait until college.
Embracing the New “Normal” BY EMILY UPSON Contributing Writer Although I think Deerfield is becoming increasingly tolerant of homosexuality, I feel as though we are not as accepting as we could be. A contributing factor to this could simply be that we are a largely heterosexual community, and gay students in the community are a very clear minority; but I think the true issue is that homosexuality is not accepted as “normal.” As was pointed out on Coming Out Day, the day itself only highlights that the students who gathered the courage to stand in front of the entire school are different from most of the people in the audience. It was fantastic to see how supportive the community was of those who came out, but also unfortunate to see that we feel the need to label people as gay or straight. I think that the definition of “normal” has changed immensely in recent years, and it would be beneficial to see Deerfield accept the “new normal” and move forward. their support to those struggling with their sexuality. Students on that stage open up to the community and reveal a part of them that may be concealed to some people. This takes a lot of courage, and the student body applauds those who show that courage. Coming Out Day is not a day for our student body to find out who is gay and who is straight – it is a day for our student body to come together and accept each other for who they are. Deerfield is a tolerant campus; however, I think there is one more thing that we have yet to accomplish as a school. Next time on Coming Out Day, and every day, for that matter, all students should be on that stage. No matter who people are, or what their sexual preferences are, all students should lend their support. Praise your peers, support each other, and soon Deerfield will be more tolerant than it is now.
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Cunningham’s Empire Strikes Back BY SHARON TAM Staff Writer With over 400 “Likes” on Facebook and as many daily views, senior Matt Cunningham’s music blog We Once Had an Empire (WOHAE) is quickly making an impact. “I’ve gotten 1000 downloads on a single song before,” Cunningham said. Cunningham, Walt Gahagan ’13 and Jon Victor ’14 started the blog two years ago, when Cunningham’s friends started requesting copies of his music. “People would come to my room and ask me to put my music on a hard drive for them,” Cunningham said. “We decided to create a site to spread music more easily and give people a chance to download it.” Cunningham’s favorite genre is house music, and his blog includes primarily house, electro, hip-hop and remixes of songs by emerging artists. He uses the site Hypem to get the most popular songs from the past couple of days and
sometimes to collect music from other blogs. “I appreciate that Matt posts a diverse selection of music,” Jordan Montour ’13 said. “I personally listen to a ton of different kinds of music, and WOHAE provides me with my house fix consistently. He puts the time and energy into finding less well-known songs and artists of house music’s subculture.” Nick Goss ’13 said, “He finds music that nobody else can find. His blog is special because of its unique music and self-customized look.” “A lot of the music on my blog is pretty obscure— songs that people don’t really know. It’s probably not the top iTunes list,” Cunningham said. “I do have some Ke$ha songs, though.” While many Deerfield students send songs to Cunningham, people outside of Deerfield, even those he does not know, send him songs to post as well. When Cunningham posted 5 & A Dime’s song “One Last Dance,” it received
22,000 views. Cunningham designed the graphics, album artwork, and banners using Photoshop and WordPress. “I have about 48,000 total views since I converted to WordPress late last year,” Cunningham said. “On October 17th, I had 485 views; it was one of my busiest days.” He has also DJ’d many of Deerfield’s dances including the Blackout dance, Hoe Down, the class of 2013 Stepping Up dance and several Greer dances. Afterwards he posts many of the playlists on his blog so others can download them. Of the time involved in updating the blog every day, Cunningham said, “It’s time consuming, but it’s worth it, especially when I see my music on other people’s iPods or hear it playing in dorms.” Fitz Bowen ’13 said, “[WOHAE is] the site that house music fans need because, one, it takes a bunch of great songs and puts them in one place, and two, every song is free and easy to download.”
Rivera and Taylor Film “With You” Sofi Taylor
BY JON VICTOR Editorial Associate
Daniel Rivera ’13 has taken a co-curricular exemption this fall to produce his second music video for a song he wrote this summer called “With You.” “I did something similar in the spring,” Rivera said. “I had written a song about a year ago, and I wanted to film a video for it. I came up with a storyline that was kind of true to what the song was about, and then we got cracking. I loved doing it, and I really want to see something similar this year.” He added, “In the spring of my junior year, I had no time, and neither did anyone else, so it was really stressful. This fall I talked to Ms. Creagh, and I applied for an exemption and got it. I’ve had more time to work on this one, and there are so many more people involved.” Rivera has asked Sofi Taylor ’13 to help direct, film, and edit
the play. “Daniel knew that I had gone to film camp this summer and that I wanted to take an exemption to make my own movie, and so when he asked me about his video, I thought it was a good idea,” Taylor said. “Daniel had a basic idea of what he wanted, so we went and talked through it and changed a couple of things.” The music video deals with a love triangle between three highschool-aged boys, and is based on Rivera’s true experience. “In the other song I did, there is a sort of storyline that follows along with it, but this video doesn’t really have anything to do with the song. We wanted to make it funny and cute,” Rivera said. In addition to directing the video, Rivera stars in it alongside Colton Dana ’13 and Adam Philie ’13. “Daniel pulled me aside and asked me to be a part of his
video, and I said I would, because he’s my friend and I wanted to help him out with his project,” said Adam Philie ‘13, who plays a lead role. “I think there will be admiration for both Daniel and Sofi’s artistic talent. They both worked really hard to direct and set this whole thing up.” Nick Goss ’13 plays the role of one of the bullies in the film. “I responded to [Daniel’s] mass email and said I was interested,” he said. “I ended up being the tough guy who beat up the nerd.” Rivera plans to have the video completed after Thanksgiving break and will probably release it sometime during Christmas break. “I’ll put it on Youtube and Facebook and hope that the other cast members share it too,” he said. “If people like it, then maybe I’ll show it at the Widdies, “but I don’t know yet.”
BY AYESHA KAPUR Staff Writer Lejla Custo ’14, a new junior from Bosnia, is continuing her passion for the piano at Deerfield. She has already started a music appreciation club, in which she aims to strengthen students’ awareness towards music. She is also taking lessons with Dr. Warsaw and is a part of his chamber music class. “It’s the firmness in sound, the beauty, the mesmerizing melody that emerges from the keys, that draws me to the piano,” said Custo. Custo has been playing the piano for seven and a half years, ever since the age of nine. She began playing at the Primary Music School in her hometown of Mostar and then attended the Musical High School, in addition to the Liberal Arts High School. Custo said, “It was at the Musical High School that I gained broad
musical knowledge before I developed a true passion for playing the piano.” “Lejla is one of the most exciting students I have taught in my career. She has an insatiable appetite for learning, and the perseverance, willpower, and confidence to stick with formidable challenges until she has overpowered them. Rarely have I seen a student progress as much she has this term,” said Mr. Warsaw. “The thing that I find most intriguing about the piano is that I can revive ideas of geniuses that passed maybe even 200 years ago,” said Custo. She has received several awards, including the Best Solo Performance at the Federal Level Competition in 2011. Two of her most memorable performances were her Sarajevo concert in 2010 and the Kosaca Spring Fest in 2011. “Sarajevo is not only the capital of Bosnia, but also the center for music in the country. The performance was special because I could share my emotions and understanding of Chopin with the audience,” she said. When asked what she enjoyed about playing piano, Custo responded, “I can always enhance my playing, and I can always improve my technique, my artistry, my thinking, myself. Piano continues to change me for the better.”
Oh, Home, Let Me Go Home BY STEFANI KUO Book Reviewer Drowned in irony from the very first line, "Whose house is this?" Home by Toni Morrison is a novel of identity, revolving around the inner battles of the protagonist, veteran Frank Money. Frank Money did not come from much money, and his life, even his decision to enlist in the army, consisted mostly of running away. A 24-year-old Korean War veteran, Frank Money returned from war in the 1950s with what we now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a diagnosis that had no name or place in a still-racist America, and one that left him essentially homeless and alone. The only thing he felt truly belonged to him was his sister, Cee. So there was no doubt he would do anything – including returning to the home he didn't consider his home – to save her life. Having been first forced out of their home in Texas by their resentful step-grandmother’s cruelty, and looked down upon by society, the Moneys were essentially homeless.
After losing his home to hooded men, his parents to lung disease, and his own sanity to the war effort, Frank was not about to lose his sister as well. Shielded by her brother's protection all her life, Cee had never felt the vulnerability of making her own choices. So it was no surprise that when Frank departed for the war Cee immediately fell in love and eloped with a visitor, Prince, who in reality was only marrying her to steal her grandfather's car. It is through returning home to his sister, and saving her from the maniacal grip of an experimental doctor, that he forces himself to face where "home" is for him. Returning to the place where he grew up, he must face his memories, his realities and his identity – also his lies and pretenses. Morrison's latest novel reflects the various themes of her earlier works, including race, memory, belonging and the differentiation between our fantastical dreams and reality. Poetic, suspenseful and poignantly revealing, Home leaves you questioning what our own purpose in this world is.
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DA Hook-Up Culture Revealed BY ANNA PETEE Staff Writer One of the first things new students learn about Deerfield is what happens at the Greer. “A boy goes up to the girl— it’s never the girl by the way— and asks her to leave,” Miranda McEvoy ’13 said. “They’ve probably only exchanged texts before, but never face-to-face conversation until basically that night. Then people clap you out of the Greer.” Many students feel that Greer culture is not conducive to healthy relationships. “I think that before you build a relationship you’re supposed to be friends with the person for it be healthy, but I don’t think Deerfield goes along with that,” Tally Behringer ’14 said. New senior Claire Goss spoke about her initial reaction to Deerfield relationships. Goss said, “Before I came here, I thought relationships would be closer because people live together, but people don’t really get together, they just hook-up.” Goss and Behringer are not the only people disappointed in the way the Greer scene affects relationships at Deerfield. “Deerfield dating is overrated,” Allison Dewey ’14
to the instability of relationships uncomfortable is the previously tradition— said. “You can’t have a friend on campus,” he said. “It seems mentioned of the opposite gender without like, for lack of better words, discouraged by Deerfield staff people thinking you are together. one-night stands. You usually and faculty—of clapping couples It’s so frustrating. It’s hard to don’t see these Greer hook-ups out of the Greer. “I think people are clapping have a long-lasting relationship lasting long.” Although “hook-ups” can just to make it awkward,” Ortega here.” Relationships at Deerfield be short-lived, Nolan Bishop said. “I don’t know why [the may be difficult to maintain, but ’13 explained his view on low- couple] would be embarrassed. They know they’re going to get according to Nicky Rault ’13, it is commitment relationships. “Getting experience without clapped out. If they don’t want not an impossible feat. “I am a big fan of the worrying about a long-term the attention, they could just go Greer and the social structure relationship can be good,” he out different doors.” Luke Madronal ’14 it provides,” Nicky Rault explained why clapping ’13 said. “I think its “Hook-ups at Deerfield do not the Greer has become organization is very helpful prepare us for the outside world— in accepted practice: “It’s for younger students and once we leave Deerfield, we won’t about [what’s done by] those new to dating. I think know how to flirt, and boys won’t you can easily create long- know how to initiate relationships.” leaders on campus. If you a new student in the lasting relationships, and -Allie Hrabchak ’15 are Greer, and a table full of move from friends to more older girls and guys clap than friends.” out a couple, it becomes The term “hook-up” has said. “There are ways to have cool, and then the norm.” always had multiple connotations, Rault shared a personal and at Deerfield it is heard often relationships that don’t involve serious commitment, but the anecdote in favor of Greer about the Greer. “Hook-ups at Deerfield do Greer is not the way to achieve clapping. “I’m a fan of clapping people out of the Greer—as not prepare us for the outside that.” Conner Romeyn ’13 a new student being clapped world—once we leave Deerfield, we won’t know how to flirt, and mentioned the positive social out the Greer, I thought it was boys won’t know how to initiate aspect of the Greer, but said he awesome.” Some people view the relationships,” Allie Hrabchak was concerned about “Greermade” relationships. “I don’t applause as demeaning. ’15 said. “I feel degraded when people Cate Wadman ’13 added, mind the Greer scene; it can be “It’s not real life,” while Vanessa a great way to meet people, but applaud,” Behringer said. “Clapping people out of Avalone ’13 said, “Hookups at hook-ups that start there can feel contrived and uncomfortable,” the Greer is based around Deerfield become about status.” the immature idea that you’re Chris Ortega ’13 commented he said. One thing that can make applauding your buddy if they’re on the negative aspects of hookups: “I think that they contribute couples leaving the Greer ‘gonna get some.’ That clapping
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sets some sort of expectation for what’s about to happen [between the couple]. It builds the pressure,” Bishop said. He added, “There’s so much pressure at DA associated with the Greer relationship that people feel pressured to have a relationship fitting that formula.” Sometimes the “formula” for a couple includes a third party who executes the “set up.” These set-ups at Deerfield can be overutilized. Allie Roberts ’16 said this leads to “people becoming codependent on other people to set up their relationships.” Sarah Sutphin ’13 hoped fewer people would depend on set-ups. “Though set-ups can be successful, I think they are silly and somewhat cowardly,” she said. “If we all had more open attitudes towards relationships in general, then people would be more inclined to make the connection themselves.” The Greer offers food, big TVs, comfortable seating, and space for weekend events. “But it is not just a place— it is a major player in the Deerfield social scene,” McEvoy said. “Once we recognize that Greer culture influences our relationships—platonic and otherwise—we can begin to evaluate how it contributes to Deerfield social life.”
Henry Cobbs and Ashley So
A panoramic twist on Senior Justin Schlacks’s Doubleday 3 single, one of the largest rooms on campus. He’s filled every corner and wall with personal flair.
Place Wilson Whisks Her Way Through the Fall Term
Wilson works from cookbooks to improve upon recipes. Her favorite cookbooks are the Joy of Cooking and Bake Wise. She said Place Wilson ’14 decided she constantly changes recipes to pursue baking for her co- and updates cooking logs. curricular exemption this fall. “ I’ve been making this recipe “It’s the one thing I gave up in of chocolate chip cookies, and coming here,” Wilson said. “It’s I’ve completely changed it over the one thing I really missed. So three years. I have five variations,” I came up with a plan and talked she said. to the right Wilson says people.” she feels lucky L a s t “Cooking is spontaneous, to be able to spring Wilson while baking is structured pursue baking a p p r o a c h e d and less stressful. That’s this fall. her exemption If you can why I like it so much. advisor, Sous Sometimes I’m in there find something Chef Corinna that you really three-four hours: that Roihl, a former doesn’t faze me. I just enjoy, Deerfield professional is very flexible love it so much.” caterer, with her -Place Wilson ’14 about things idea. like this,” she “She is very said. talented,” Wilson said. “She “Cooking is helped me find where everything spontaneous, while baking is, but because she doesn’t bake, is very structured and less it’s very independent.” stressful. That’s why I like Wilson cooks in the Parker it so much. Sometimes I’m Room kitchen three days a week in there three hours, four and produces approximately sixty hours: that doesn’t muffins or one hundred cookies. faze me. I just love She brings her food to walk- it so much.” through meals and her hall. Wilson looks “I don’t know originally that to the future to it’s going to work out,” Wilson continue her said of her baking process. “I baking. “I could start with a baseline, figure out do an internship what I’m looking at to tell if it’s in a bakery too dry, sweet or has too much someday. It’d be fat content. Because I don’t fun to see the mass know the science behind it, I production element of experiment from there.” baking.”
BY MARIAH KENNEDY CUOMO Staff Writer
From the Chinese Cultural Revolution to Deerfield: Ms. Feng and Ms. Kelly Recount BY CHARLOTTE ALLEN Editorial Associate Xiaofeng Kelly and Cindy Feng share much more than working in the same language department. They are a literal example of the Deerfield family, sharing parents as well as a younger brother. Both sisters were born in and Beijing and spent the early years of their life there, then moved to Ingxia, a small city in the northwest part of China, when Ms. Kelly was three and Ms. Feng was four. Their parents were college professors, so they spent much of their childhood on a school campus, which Ms. Kelly described as “a very safe and happy experience.” She added that she had the “best world because there is nothing better than being at a school surrounded with very motivated and smart people.” Growing up in a country full of change and turmoil, Ms. Kelly and Ms. Feng had a childhood that was shaped by Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, which lasted from 1966 to 1977. Ms. Feng explained
that there was a “big difference between the rich and poor, and everyone worked for the government.” However, because they lived in a more rural area, they were less affected by the Revolution itself. The declining economy, corrupt government, and rise in warring factions hit the entire country. While Ms. Feng and Ms. Kelly felt the effects of the period, they said they were lucky to have the opportunity to receive educations and escape the country, unlike many other members of their generation. “My childhood was very school in Detroit. simple, and life was pretty hard Ms. Kelly was the first to because you had to do everything come to Deerfield, after various yourself,” Ms. Feng said. “At that jobs at schools such as Colby time you did not have anything, College and Northfield Mount but had more freedom to play.” Hermon. Ms. Feng, after an “Although every family saved interest in education bloomed and life was very simple,” Ms. through volunteering to teach Feng added, “it was very fun and at her daughter’s weekend safe. But the Chinese school, government followed suit “Childhood was very only gave you simple, eight years later and life was pretty 30 pounds when Deerfield hard because you had to of food a needed another do everything yourself.” month, and h i n e s e -Ms. Feng C if you wanted teacher. water you Both women had to go to the well yourself.” have stayed. Ms. Kelly has taught The sisters both continued here for 13 years and Ms. Feng their schooling in China through for five. With upbringings so college. Ms. Kelly came to the closely knit and rich in culture, United States in 1992 through a Ms. Feng and Ms. Kelly hope to teaching exchange program with provide students a view into a the University of Maine, and Ms. completely different part of the Feng come in 1993 for graduate world.
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Football Season Was Far From a Fantasy Injuries Ran Rampant
BY JOSHUA KIM Staff Writer The sudden, unexpected outbreak of injuries on the boys’ varsity football team this term far exceeds the record from any Coach Michael Silipo said, “In the past kids hurt.” Even before fall term began, the varsity football team had high expectations. For this season, the team welcomed eight new recruited postgraduates, along with many returners who all contributed to the formation of a strong team. Coach Silipo said, “In the beginning of the season our team was looking much superior to last year’s team. The players worked well together, and we were looking to go to the championships. ” In total, this year’s team is composed of ten postgraduates, twelve returning seniors, nine juniors, and eight sophomores.
Mettler and Elizabeth Growney: Field Hockey Fire This season has been one of the best in team. With a winning record and great momentum going into the New England championship tournament, the group is an auspicious blend of talented new and returning athletes. One example of the melding of old and new? The Growney sisters. While Mettler Growney ’13 is a fouryear team member and captain, this year she has been joined on the turf by younger sister, Elizabeth ’16. “I love being on the same team as Elizabeth because we connect really well!” Mettler said enthusiastically. “We are similar players, and we totally have sister-telepathy, even if we get pretty aggressive with each other in practice.” This aggressiveness is something both sisters seem to recognize and value. “Mettler is always the one to help me pick up my game in the middle of either hard drills or competitive games,” said Elizabeth of her older sister. “I a better sense of the game from playing with her because she pushes me to play with 100% aggression.” “Because we are sisters, our expectations are pretty high for each other on the work harder each day at practice and during the games.” Mettler added. But this sense of competitive aggression is not the only similarity the sisters share. “In the beginning of the season, our hair in the same way and our jersey numbers are 3 and 2!” Mettler said with a laugh. While Elizabeth agreed. “One time at practice I was facing the other way, and Coach Veiga said, ‘Mettler, what are you doing?!’ I turned around very confused, but not surprised because I had gotten that a lot lately. Her reaction was hilarious!” Yet it may not be too bad for the younger Growney to be confused with the
J.R Mastro ’13, Ray Horgan ’13, and postgraduate Damien Vega ’13 are the captains of the team. Twenty players out of the thirty-nine on the team were either injured enough that they were not able to play in multiple games or injured enough that they had to get surgery or be out for the remainder of the season. Furthermore, this list of twenty included all three of the postgraduates. of the captains, Ray Horgan ’13. Horgan badly hurt his knee during a scrimmage against the Salisbury School before the injury, he had no choice but to go into rehabilitation, and then go on hiatus from playing for the rest of the season. Damien Vega ’13, a recruit and starting quarterback for the team was also forced to sit out the rest of the season. During the second game of the season against Taft, Vega suffered from a Jones Fracture nitely been taking advantage of the experience: “When I have things I need to work on, Mettler takes the time to review what my weaknesses are and how I can make them better in game situations.” Other advice the older sister has to give? “My advice to Elizabeth would just be to cherish every m o - ment when s h e ’ s wearing that Deer-
Margaret Chappell Kade Johnson ’14, who has been out for 5 weeks this season, supports teammates. on his right foot and had to have surgery deeply worried,: “Split end, tight end, fullthat will require six to eight weeks’ rest. backs…we’re missing many line-backers.” After Vega got injured, the only backAccording to the coaches, due to the up quarterback, Harrison Lane ’15 also lack of players, the team has no choice had to step out for a couple days due to but to play simple, basic offensive plays in a minor concussion. Having lost both games. However, this misfortune did not quarterbacks, Coach Silipo turned to Billy seem to change or deteriorate the playSmith ’13, a wide receiver, to play quarter- ers’ positive and passionate attitudes. The players could be seen training rigorously, if not more rigorously than they had before never seen so many kids hurt.” the athletic accidents. Injured players like -Mr. Silipo Colton Dana ’13 and Tyreak Richardson ’15 were eager to rejoin the team out on back during the game against Hotchkiss. Smith was not the only player who players are trying twice as hard in order to was moved to another position. Because of concussions and injuries, other posi- more games and we will try until the very tions also lacked players. Coach Silipo was end.” soccer team. Gareth said, “Since we’ve played soccer with each other together our whole lives, there isn’t a huge difference in our relationship when we play on the same team. There’s a sort of rivalry between us, but that’s only because I’m better.” Gareth Hill ’13 and his younger brother Oliver echoed similar Oliver Hill ’15 grew up playing soccer tothoughts, “It’s great playing gether. In their backyard, on the weekon the same team with Gaends, and at the park, soccer was a pasreth, and even though we sion the two brothers always shared. may give that extra ten While both in high school, the percent when we guard Hill brothers have had the opporeach other in practice, tunity to continue to share this we’re on the same passion while on Mr. Rajballie’s page during games.” J V To say the least, Gareth and Oliver are a productive duo, and their relationship on the team is
Gareth and Oliver Hill Kickin’ Up the Camaraderie
DA Sibz: Fall Edition
BY COLE HOR ON AND Editorial AssocT AN LOGIE iate & Senior SRtY aff Writer
form. Now that we’re ap-
of our season, I am starting to get really sad thinking about the end of my DeerMettler is committed to play College next year, one of the best Division 3 NESCAC teams. But this season isn’t over yet, and the team seems ready for big things in the future. “My favorite part of the team is how much fun we have every day at practice, and also how motivated and competitive we all are. It makes us excited for success this season!” Elizabeth said. And if the second half of their season is as good as the ey team can expect plenty of it.
lives as brothers. As Oliver put it, “When I hear [Gareth] calling for the ball from me during games, I hear his voice a little louder than the rest, and it’s great when we link up and make something good happen for the team.”
Ashley and Chloe So: Hey Sister, So Sister A Volleyball Duo
fense, so we can give tips to each other. We encourage each other instead of ‘hate’ the one who’s on the court. There’s really no tension between us, because I’m used to Ashley having the bigger responsibility Another senior/sophomore and more playing time.” pair, Ashley So ’13 and “It is weird, though,” Ashley commentChloe So ’15 both play ed, “because Chloe’s played so much more on DA’s varsity volleyball volleyball than I have. Her experience reteam. ally helps on the court. I learn a lot.” Ashley, one of this Both sisters are excited for Chloe to year’s captains, ex- hone her skills and show off her talent plained, “I enjoy play- next year after Ashley graduates. “It looks ing with Chloe, because like I’ll be taking Ashley’s position as liI’ve never been on the bero,” Chloe explained, “and that is a big same team as her. In shift in responsibility, but I’m excited!” Hong Kong, everything Regardless of playing time or other facis split by grade, and I ets of athletic life, both girls are happy to was always in the grade be spending time with each other on the volleyball team. Chloe said, “We have alabove.” Chloe elaborated on ways been close, but playing on the same their time together team makes it that much better.” “It’s nice to have that special connecon the same team. “We both play de- tion on the court,” Ashley concluded. Pictures above taken by Penny Ashford, Annie Blasberg & Jeff Brown
Students Debate Co-Curricular Specialization BY COLE HORTON Editorial Associate Faculty members met in October to discuss whether students could specialize in co-curriculars or pursue different ones to become well-rounded. The school currently requires students to participate in a co-curricular every term, with freshmen and sophomores participating in a team sport for two seasons each year. “It seems counterproductive to force
a student who excels at a particular cocurricular to play on a low-level team during their off season,” Justin Schlacks ’13 said, “Specialization is necessary, and hindering talent by not allowing exemptions only serves to weaken our student body.” Similarly, Wyatt Sharpe ’13 said, “A lot of the college process includes a bit of lege preparatory school, then they should also include aspects of specialization.” Exemptions are already allowed for
a few students, yet it is still unclear how many students should be able to specialize -- and to what extent. Some students have argued that the more students are allowed to specialize in a particular sport, for instance, the more they will be able to contribute to their team’s success. “People should be able to pursue what they want each term, if they are happy and passionateaboutit,” Caroline Dye’14added. On the other hand, Jules Kerbs ‘13 said the school should require students to
take different co-curriculars every term. volleyball year round and wanted to do the same here,” she said. “But trying new cocurriculars can be very valuable. Working with local kids every day through community service made me patient and helped me realize that I wanted to continue service during summers and after I graduate from DA. If you care about something enough, you can make time for it.”