Vol. XCI, No. 6
January 27, 2017
Students March Without Academy Support Ellie Friends
Seniors Mel Diaz, Ellie Friends, Aliana Thomas-Adams, Celia Hurvitt, and Ethan Thayumanavan protest in front of the Washington Monument.
//NADIA JO Associate Editor On January 21, 2017, one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, over 500,000 men and women marched on Washington D.C. to support women’s rights. This protest
was modeled after the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. The march was also reminiscent of the Million Woman March of 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which focused on empowering black communities in America and uniting African-American women across the nation. Like its predecessor, the Women’s March on Washington seeked to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights,” according to its website. The rally did not explicitly state that it was anti-Trump in nature. Rather, the Mission & Vision Statement reads, “The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us... and our communities are hurting and scared... In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore.” More than 670 sister marches on all seven continents took place around the
world to show support for the rally in Washington D.C., for an estimated total of three million marchers around the world. The march invited all – regardless of gender or identity – who believe that “women’s rights are human rights” to join the movement. Co-president of the Feminism Club Annie Roberts ’17 led the efforts along with other student alliance leaders to organize a trip for Deerfield students to Washington D.C. “I thought that either the D.C. march or the Boston march would be great opportunities to do something that I know will have a lasting impact outside of the ‘Deerfield bubble,’”Roberts stated. Ellie Friends ’17, co-president of the Gender Sexuality Alliance, commented, “As a young person who is just starting to put myself in the political conversation, this march marks a moment in time where I am able to join and feel supported by other women, young and old, fighting for the same thing as I am.” The trip to the capital was organized entirely by students, without sponsorship by the Deerfield administration. Students initially approached the administration
requesting aid for travel costs to Washington D.C. Chief Financial Officer Keith Finan researched information on the march and consulted with International SOS, a security assistance company analyzing travel risks. Mr. Finan said, “We have an obligation not to put students in harm’s way or even in situations where there is probability that harm could happen to them. Given the size of the crowds and the uncertainty about whether or not there would be counterdemonstrations, the risks are sufficient that we did not feel we could participate in sending students to the March.” Although there was not a bus leaving from Deerfield Academy, several students traveled in the shuttle bus from Greenfield to Washington D.C. Other students participated in sister marches held in Greenfield and Boston. In contrast, Northfield Mount Hermon, a peer school, sponsored a bus to travel to the march. After marching in Washington D.C., Aliana Thomas-Adams 17 reflected, “I definitely gained a strong sense of hope [for] this country... Seeing the determination to fight for what we know is right was so inspiring.”
Global News: Entering a New Political Era South Korea
On December 9, 2016, South Korea voted to impeach its President, Park Geunhye. The vote to begin President Park’s impeachment trial was a historic landslide, with 234 members of parliament voting for her impeachment, and only 56 against. After the vote, Park’s powers were suspended, pending her trial. The Constitutional Court has begun hearings, and will determine whether she will be required to step down from office. Korean student Ashley Chang ’18 is particularly concerned with the repercussions of Park’s impeachment. “[I] and many others fear there will never be another female Korean president,” Chang commented. Indeed, many Korean citizens are forced to consider the possibility of such a scenario. The impeachment of the first female president in Korean history is a blow to Korean feminists.. Korea’s political transition has reignited previously unaddressed controversy. Park’s father served as President from 1961 until his assassination in 1979. Park’s mother was killed in 1974, during an attempted assassination of her father. Park took office following her father’s death. However, she allegedly conspired with an old friend, Choi Soon-sil. to extort $69 million from South Korean businesses. Choi’s father, Choi Tae-min, the leader of a pseudo-Christian cult, claimed to be able to communicate with Park’s dead mother. As a result, Choi’s family held significant influence over Park. Choi Soon-sil has been indicted for abuse of power, extorting bribes, and leaking classified documents. Park faces prosecution on charges of coercion and abuse of power. Groups across the country organized demonstrations throughout November and December, demanding Park’s resignation.
Following Italy’s constitutional referendum on December 4, 2016, Matteo Renzi, who served as prime minister for twoand-a-half years, officially resigned from office. The bill, which was open to every Italian citizen above eighteen years old, proposed to reorganize the distribution of power within Italy’s government by decreasing the size of the senate, and by implementing a four-year presidential term. Renzi put his political power behind the bill, so when the people of Italy voted down his proposal, he was forced out of office by his political opposition. Federico Ferragamo ’19, an Italian student, supported the efforts put forth by Renzi and the Democratic Party. “A yes vote would change the law that allows any prime minister to be overthrown by the parties,” Ferragamo explained. “As a result [of the current law], we’ve had 68 prime ministers in 71 years… It’s hard to get things done because of the constant exchange of power,” he added. The vote also threatened to take away much of the Senate’s power concerning impunity. Ferragamo believes that while it was a righteous effort on Renzi’s part, it ultimately made him a lot of enemies. He explained, “The [senators] have so much power that they shouldn’t have, and there’s way too many of them, and we pay them way too much.” Ferragamo stated, “No one was actually looking at the referendum. It had nothing to do with the politics… power-hungry politicians who didn’t want [Renzi] in office, didn’t consider what the bill was saying…they just voted no to get him out.” Ferragamo added, “This happened twenty years ago…but just with different parties…I hope the next time [the constitutional referendum] comes up, it’ll come into fruition.”
//MARCO MARSANS Associate Editor
Image Courtesy of Francesco Pierantoni
By means of a historic referendum, Britain chose to secede from the European Union this past June. Britain’s exit, or “Brexit,” sparked a series of EU secessionist conversations. Spencer Rosen ’18, an American student who grew up in London, believes that despite greater responsibilities, the benefits the U.K. enjoyed as a part of the EU were far greater than the drawbacks. “My concern [with Brexit] was [one of] freedom of trade… the devaluing of the British economy… the lack of freedom of movement for workers…and immigration,” Rosen commented. Rosen saw some similarities between the nature of Brexit and Trump’s electoral victory. “People compare [Brexit] to Trump’s election because of the way both played on immigrant fear,” Rosen explained. In the six months since the referendum, some of the greater consequences of the decision have surfaced. Now that Britain no longer has the power to facilitate trade among European countries, its economy is the lowest it has been in thirty years. Similarly, The Bank of England has cut interest rates in hopes of stopping an economic crisis from occurring. Additionally, because no one under eighteen can vote, many Millennials grew wary of an outcome that solely reflected the opinion of the elderly. Their fears were confirmed by post-referendum polls, which showed that most individuals under twentyfive voted ‘stay,’ while a majority of people over sixty voted ‘leave.’ Their sentiments were clear: “Why should the [older generations] be able to dictate our future, our careers, when they’ve already had theirs?” Rosen explained.
In Loving Memory of Thomas Mitzkovitz
Thomas “Tim” Mitzkovitz, beloved member of the Deerfield Academy dining hall staff, passed away peacefully at Franklin Medical Center on December 30, 2016. Mr. Mitzkovitz was born on September 1, 1961, and graduated from Frontier Regional High School in 1979. Mr. Mitzkovitz worked for several years at Wolfie’s Restaurant. He then joined the Deerfield Academy dining hall staff in 2001, and spent the last 15 years of his life working at the Academy. Thank you, Mr. Mitzkovitz, for the 15 years you spent making the Academy a more special place for everyone in our community. You will be deeply missed.
Matteo Renzi, prime minister of Italy from 2014 to 2016 Ben Fisher/GAVI alliance
David Cameron, prime minster of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016
Korea.net (Cheong Wa Dae) Park Geun-Hye, first female president of South Korea (powers suspended as of Dec. 9, 2016)
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The Deerfield Scroll
Opinion and Editorial Letter From the Editor Deerfield Scroll Vol. XCI, No. 6
Editor-in-Chief Perry Hamm Managing Editor Nia Goodridge
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Advisors Julianne Schloat and Anna Gonzales 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 maintain the right to edit for brevity. The Scroll is published eight times yearly and is uncensored. 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. The Scroll welcomes letters to the editor in response to any published content, but will not grant anonymity in publication of these responses. Please email email@example.com with any concerns.
Deerfield Offers Warmth in Winter
Winter is often considered to be the most depressing time of year. The sky turns pitch black around 4 pm, the cold wind slashes across everyone’s faces, and the snow never seems to stop falling. Students from places such as California and Australia often find winter especially gloomy and have a difficult time adapting to the cold climate in Massachusetts. Despite all this, many Deerfield students find winter term to be the best part of the year because of all its special events and perks. Perhaps Deerfield’s most famous tradition that occurs during winter term is Cookies and Cocoa. Every Friday immediately following classes, Head of School Margarita Curtis serves warm cookies and hot chocolate to the Deerfield community in the lobby of the Main School Building. Enjoying cookies and cocoa with other members of the Deerfield community is one of the best ways to celebrate a hard week of work and start the weekend. Another tradition that many students look forward to is dress-down Fridays. Given how uncomfortable the winter weather is, it is a delight to be able to relax on Fridays by not having to wear Academic Dress. It is also extremely nice not to have weeknight sit-down dinners, so we can spend more time with friends and cheer each other up from the gloomy weather. Coordinator of Weekend Activities Brian Barbato and the Student Planning Committee make a special effort to organize many fun weekend events for the community, such as ski trips. Of course, all these events would not be possible without the help of numerous other departments at Deerfield. The dining hall staff works many extra hours late into the night in order to accommodate late athletic practices. The Physical Plant staff and the grounds crew do an amazing job of keeping the entire campus operational, waking up early every morning in order to clear the snow and ice from the paths. The custodial staff cleans all the slush and muck residue from the buildings, keeping campus spotless. The Scroll editorial board would like to sincerely thank the administration, the dining hall staff, the Physical Plant, the custodial staff, and all the other adults of the Deerfield community for everything that they do to make winter term at Deerfield so much more fun and vibrant.
Dear Reader, Now that we have all witnessed the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, I am inspired to reflect on the experience of watching the event live, as well as on the political climate of the past few months. I am as through with discussing politics as the next person, but I think it is especially important to acknowledge a recent Deerfield perspective that shed light, and rationally so, on the issues behind this election and transition. The reality is that my vote did not matter much in this election — I knew the votes from my native California would be overwhelmingly in favor of Clinton, and that its electoral votes would be blue no matter what. At school meeting on Wednesday, January 18, Jack Brown ’18 addressed the
community with his explanation of why the citizens of his hometown, and those who live similar lives, voted to “Make America Great Again.” He called his native Piqua, Ohio “a small blue collar town built on hard work and honor.” I was struck by how effectively he was able to convey his message by means of personal anecdotes. What moved me more, however, was his ability to illustrate voters’ motivations both vividly and logically. I am not from the Midwest, nor do I come from a blue collar family, nor did I vote for Trump. I cannot say I can relate to the people to whom Jack was referring, but after hearing his thoughts, I do now understand and appreciate their opinions. And I think that was a perspective I needed to hear — one that would enable me to look at the bigger picture of our nation’s
political actions and to view the next four years in more hopeful terms. I believe that the collective we will always outweigh the individual I, and that if Trump fails, we fail. I wish only the best for his administration and for our nation moving forward. Democracy won, and I think we should endeavor to find peace with that reality regardless of where your vote might have gone. That peace, however, does not have to mean passivity. If you are motivated, I urge you to become politically involved to ensure we remain a democracy moving forward. Jack Brown began this conversation last week, and I think it is worthwhile to sustain this dialogue in the months and years to come. All the best, Perry Hamm
Learn to Listen and Listen to Learn //UWA EDE-OSIFO Associate Editor
Last year, when I discovered that people wanted to skip MLK Day and use it as an excuse to leave for a weekend holiday, I was shocked. Some people complain about the lack of choice they have in workshops, while others make excuses about how race issues are no longer relevant today. Either way, it seems to me that MLK Day workshops have always been seen as an unnecessary burden. Although there are other logistical reasons that Deerfield celebrates the day on a Tuesday, as someone who strongly identifies with a Nigerian background and a Black American background, this holiday has never been optional for me. Because of this often negative attitude towards MLK Day at Deerfield, when I hosted a workshop last year called Learning the Language of Social Justice with other students who had attended a diversity conference with me, I wasn’t quite sure how it would go. Prior to hosting the MLK Day workshop, I don’t know if I had expected it to be a life-changing, deep conversation, or if students would suddenly begin singing kumbaya around a circle, but I definitely did not anticipate the silence that would follow many of the questions we posed to the group. Although the subjects we discussed, such as racial discrimination and mental health, do take time to process and consider, it was evident that the lag in discussion stemmed from the fact that some students simply did not want to be there. There is a problematic trend of people not “buying into” events here at Deerfield. Two years ago, when we hosted the Defining Deerfield Day, in light of the then increasing amount of Disciplinary actions, we used a piece of paper to reflect on improvements we could make to our Deerfield morale. Two years later, we are still talking about the same issues of inclusivity and positive change on campus. Yes, a whole school and its culture cannot change overnight. However, do we still want to be talking about these same issues in twenty years? We often conform to the mindset that one student’s opinion will not matter or, key word, change any situation: the mindset of “Why should I care about what conservative students have to say?”, “Why should I care about
Black Lives Matter?”, “Why should I care about terrorism in the Middle Eastern countries?” It’s a perpetual cycle of ignorance. While we don’t condone partisan bias, racial discrimination, or terrorism, we brush them aside with all the other issues of the world that are too distant for us to connect with. We say that we will deal with the issues later and that they are too complex to grapple with now. This cycle needs to end because when we don’t look at the world in a larger social context, we run the risk of reducing complex human beings and situations to a single narrative. Deerfield’s mission statement states that the Academy prepares “students for leadership in a rapidly changing world.” However, will we be ready to take on jobs as the next doctors, the next lawyers, the next leaders of a new generation if we lack the empathy for one another? The empathy that would allow us to emotionally connect with one another in times of distress? As Nia Goodridge ‘17 said in her recent announcement for the Student Action Team, “What we have in common is that we all chose Deerfield.” It’s our responsibility as a so-called family to care about the problems that affect even the smallest proportion of our community. We’re a special community precisely because we have people with different opinions. It is natural that our perspectives will be challenged by others through necessary, but difficult, conversations. However, these discussions will stretch and sustain the empathy we want to
foster for current students and prospective students. Of course, I don’t expect students to feel passionate and motivated to take radical action for each conflict that raises headlines in national and global media. However, as we mature in our years at Deerfield and encounter increasing adversity, we should learn to listen and listen to learn from one another. There is also a misconception that listening to someone share their thoughts is the equivalent to agreeing with their thoughts. I believe that it is important to understand that not everyone’s interactions with the world outside of Deerfield are the same. In fact, they may not even be similar at all. No perspective is wrong or right; it’s not that simple. No one’s experience can be invalidated. Think about your favorite memory–would someone ask you for proof that it happened? Similarly, saying that issues such as sexism do not exist on campus because you have never experienced or witnessed it will always be an illogical argument. Moments of pain or happiness are relative. So when we think about the theme of MLK Day this year, “Letting His Dream Shape Our Reality,” these lessons of empathy and care should not be lost on us. While we have made strides towards the elimination of racial discrimination in America, his dream extends to all ways people can be marginalized: gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and more. Whether students want to voice conservative, feminist, or religious opinions, there should be no stigma that follows their beliefs. In the fast pace of life here at Deerfield, it is easy to get caught up in our academic, athletic, and social problems; this should not be anything to be ashamed of. We only have four years at Deerfield: a fleeting moment that should be regarded as one of the most influential times of our lives. To ensure that everyone has this experience, one in which they feel understood by a community, I encourage you all to think of yourselves as part of a collective unit rather than a single block. This means taking the time to listen to someone with whom you might have thought you’d never agree. You might be surprised to find that their experiences are just as valid as yours.
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#HeIsOurPresident LILY SHUHDA //Contributing Writer
Working your way through Deerfield is a maze. Starting the first day you step through the door, you begin trying to figure out which paths to take. In this past year and a half I have never felt more confused trying to understand how to excel in this crazy place and digest opinions of teachers and my fellow students. 2017 is a new year. A new president is beginning his term, the 12th graders are slowly finding out about colleges, and we are evaluating new students who may become a part of this great learning environment. I feel as if it is time for Deerfield to reflect on what we can do better to prepare our students for the real word. In all honesty, we are living in a bubble where cutting the line in the dining hall is a bad thing; but in reality, it happens. You have to learn how to cope with unfairness in our world. With Donald Trump being the presidentelect and stepping into the White House on Friday, January 20, 2017, it is our job as a community to welcome the president and support him. I would not have voted for Trump, but the negativity towards him on
DA Rocks!!! JAN FLASKA //Contributing Writer
this campus is embarrassing. The day after the election, some teachers at Deerfield refused to teach their class. Now, many of them struggle to talk about the election in anything but a negative light, which sets an exceptionally poor example for every student at the school. I often wonder whether there would have been safe spaces if Hillary Clinton had been elected: teachers requesting for the inauguration to be optional, students walking around with shirts saying they refuse to speak because they are “still with him.” The Deerfield community needs to give Trump a chance and respect him as we would respect any other president. He may or may not be the most ideal president for the next four years, but he won the election. In preparing Deerfield students for reality, the school needs to teach us not to let our political opinions get in the way of our job, to respect something we do not necessarily agree with, and to always give someone a chance. I believe if a student follows these three things, they will become a stronger individual, enabling them to step outside our bubble and navigate their path through this maze to operate in the “real world” more effectively.
With the threat of global warming and rising oceans, being too friendly with Russia, and the fact that the United States is now the second most favorite country north of Mexico, it is time to reintroduce some stability into our lives; it is time to act. For the past few years, our identity has been questioned, Amherst College will soon be the Hamster or the Fighting Poets, and Thomas Gale has been calling us the Flying Doors. Captain Deerfield rallies the Big Green, the student body grunts, “Aga-Chee, Aga-Cha!”, and the Deerfield Girl and the Deerfield Boy are speechless. We need something on which to lay our hands and toward which we can unify our voices. Deerfield Academy needs a mascot. Having noticed that there are no deer in Deerfield, and believing that the Deerfield Fields is both not alliteration and not bold enough, we seek our strength elsewhere. We may want to consider the Deerfield Academy Raid, which is sufficiently abstract, or the DA Green Goblins, which, unfortunately, disappeared with the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to the north of us. Maybe the Deerfield Academy Candles, or the Rivers, or the Helen Franks. All of these options lack something, and it is not called awesomeness. Nevertheless, hope is on the eastern horizon, mostly because you won’t see the ICBMs coming from North Korea. When we look to the hills, and then climb them, not only do we start sweating, but we also come to that precipice in the clouds called, “The Rock.” It’s like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow that doesn’t exist. There you go: The Deerfield Academy Rock. The Rock. Dr. Curtis hikes to it. Justin Masella looks like it. A flock rhymes like it. Imagine the Rock on our jerseys, shirts, shorts, and suits. Instead of green and white M&Ms in Admissions, just a bowl of rocks and those cute spoons. It’s a beauty, that Rock. An inspirational summit calling us to the heights of achievement and, as a bonus, no controversy about demeaning indigenous American imagery. It’s time, Deerfield Academy, to heed the wisdom of that bloke Angus Young of AC/DC: “Let There Be Rock!”
Talking College with Seniors ANNABEL NOTTEBOHM //Associate Editor While senior year is often exciting and memorable, the year lends a great deal of stress to the graduating class. During the fall term, seniors feel the pressure to not only perform well academically, but also to excel on college applications. The term is filled with excitement, anticipation, and perhaps above all, a great deal of stress. For those uninvolved in the college process, this time period sparks a certain natural curiosity among faculty and other students. While there is always speculation and good-natured interest in the futures of the senior class, it is important to recognize and understand that each student’s respective college process is deeply personal and unique. For this reason, it is necessary to exercise
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prudence and respect while asking students about the progress of their college process. The month of December is a particularly sensitive time for students, as this is typically when many Early Decision and Early Action decisions are released—a time of excitement, disappointment, and uncertainty. If you do not have a personal relationship with a student, it is most appropriate to avoid bringing up the topic of college decisions during this time period, unless the student him/herself encourages the conversation. If you find yourself at a sit-down table with seniors, and the subject does come up in conversation, whether you are a faculty member, or a younger student, it is most wise to allow the senior to steer the conversation in a direction of which they are most comfortable. That being said, the college process is a reality for every senior at Deerfield, and not a conversation that can always be avoided. However, it is unrealistic and insensitive to assume that students have made decisions regarding their futures during the late fall and winter. The spring term is a more acceptable time period in which to ask students about their future. After regular decision letters are released in the months from March- May, it becomes more reasonable to assume that students are closer to arriving at major decisions. As suggested by Ms. Schloat—who asks students, “Have you made a decision yet?”—vague and polite inquiry is by far the most appropriate way of engaging in such a personal conversation.
Why I Didn’t Attend the Inauguration ORLEE MARINI-RAPOPORT //Associate Editor
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Last week, our community gathered to watch the inauguration of a new president. I didn’t attend because I could not imagine sitting there and watching Donald Trump be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States as if this was just a normal changing of the guard, as if there was anything normal about Trump’s campaign, his refusal to condemn white supremacists, the religious and racial intolerance he encouraged, his attacks on a free and open press, his incitement of violence at his rallies, his admission of sexual assault caught on tape. I could go on. While I recognize that the inauguration has been required in the past, and that attendance at the inauguration would have been required whether the incoming president was Republican or Democrat, sitting in a Deerfield auditorium and watching the swearing in was, for me, equivalent to accepting the normalization of a self-confessed pussy-grabber. (Stop there for a moment. Is it jolting to see the word “pussy” in the Scroll? Will I be asked to remove it? If the President of the United States can use the word, why can’t I? If the President of the United States can get away with such behavior, then what’s to stop anyone else from trying it? See what I mean about normalizing?) This administration is not normal, and I can’t — I won’t — go on business-as-usual and forget that we are watching a terrifying moment in American history. Let’s not pretend that a bankrupt-businessman-turned-realityTV-show-host who brags about sexually assaulting women and mocks a disabled reporter is an acceptable president. Historically, the inauguration is a celebration of the incoming president. We all gather together to appreciate America’s peaceful transfer of power. Many people have argued that we all need to support a Trump presidency because Trump’s success in the Oval Office translates into success for the entire country. But Trump’s version of “success” is one that is so far removed from our American values that it is an embarrassment, regardless of political beliefs. Like other writers have pointed out, I believe that a failure for Trump is not synonymous with failure for this country. Let him fail to build a wall that will cost American taxpayers one billion dollars and send a message of intolerance to the world.
Let him fail to create a Muslim registry that will marginalize patriotic Americans. Let him fail to defund Planned Parenthood, which would leave thousands of poor women without the health care they need. Just let him fail. If any other Republican had been elected — Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, or any one of the countless more-qualified, non-pussygrabbing Republicans — I would not be writing this article right now. I would have attended the inauguration respectfully regardless of my personal feelings about abortion rights, gun control, and so on.
I am not the first to see similarities between pre-war Germany and what is happening in America right now: the demonization of a single religious group, the appeal to one’s patriotism (“Make America Great Again”), the promise of mass deportation, the suppression of the media, the fostering of racism. Allowing someone whom you know is dangerous into power so easily and quietly is the very definition of complacency, and complacency equals complicity. When I thought about boycotting the Deerfield live-streaming of the inauguration, I thought about future generations and how they would look back on 2016/2017. I wanted them to see we were not fully asleep, that there were people of conscience who boycotted the inauguration (as about 70 of our Representatives did), that people turned off their TVs and marched on Washington, that some students at a small boarding school in New England refused to attend a required viewing of the inauguration—that people rose up in both small and big ways.
And the country did just that. The Women’s March on Washington is considered the largest protest in U.S. history. So many women in their pink pussy hats flooded into the nation’s capital that friends reported being unable to move even a step. Similar protests occurred around the globe–women in pink pussy hats in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Austin, etc., showing up to say that a man who has been accused by more than a dozen women of sexual assault should not be president. But that didn’t happen here at Deerfield. I had hoped and expected that friends would report a half-full auditorium, that students whom I knew to be as worried about the dangerous and dictatorial leanings of a Trump administration as I am would refuse to attend. What does this say about Deerfield students? Is it a sign of our privilege? The vast majority of us will still have health insurance even if Trump guts the Affordable Care Act; we don’t have to fear deportation; we don’t depend on the quality of a public school education. If you stay silent because you feel as though you can survive four years of this administration without resistance, check your privilege. And fight for those without that privilege. While I know that by skipping the inauguration I haven’t changed anything, I have at least followed my conscience. My decision to boycott the Deerfield screening of the inauguration was Claire Zhang a tiny reminder to myself that I will not stay silent for the next four years, that I will not be complacent, that I will continue to speak up and speak out and say this is not normal.
Look for Jack Brown’s School Meeting Speech at deerfield scroll.com
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THE BARN Administration Plans Rink Renovation //KEVIN DANFORTH Staff Writer
Since 2014, Deerfield Academy has planned the construction of a new athletic complex, which will include a field house and renovated hockey rink. Plans to improve the athletic complex were first presented to the Board of Trustees in April 2014 following a student survey that asked for opinions about which facilities were most in need of improvement. Students expressed concerns about the 23 year-old ice rink, as well as a lack of indoor facilities for spring and fall sports, as winter weather does not allow for outdoor practice. “It became apparent that a field house and new hockey rink were necessary when over 400 students requested it at the top of their list,” stated Deerfield’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Keith Finan. Working with the architecture firm Sasaki Associates, based in Watertown, Massachusetts, Deerfield designed the renovation project that will add 129,500 square feet of new construction to the current athletic complex at an estimated cost of $68 million. This past summer, Sasaki Associates and a construction manager were brought on board to design the new facilities and begin planning its construction. After the 2016-2017 hockey season, the construction team will begin tearing down the current rink, affectionately known as “the barn,” and start rebuilding in March 2017. The new athletic complex will be home to a
new hockey rink, a field house, and new boys and girls locker rooms. The boys locker room will have a partition which will divide the locker room in the winter so that it can be shared by varsity and junior varsity hockey. In the fall and spring, the partition will be raised for the larger varsity football and lacrosse teams.
“It’s pretty special to be a part of the group that closes out a long line of history.” – Wiggle Kerbrat ’17 The facility will also include a field house, which is expected to open in the fall of 2018. The goal of this part of the building is to allow teams to practice all year regardless of the weather. A “cereal-bowl” track will be added above the indoor turf, as well as sprint tracks on the south side. An indoor tennis court will also be built next to the hockey rink, and 20-25 ergometers and tanks for rowing will be added. A golf simulator will be added to the bottom floor as well. “We’ve known for a long time that we need greater indoor spaces to meet our growing program needs, and [the field house] is going to allow [for] a broad expansion of all cocurriculars,” said Athletic Director Bob Howe. He added, “[The Field House] is very multi-purpose. At any given time, you can see multiple events happening in this field.” To begin the renovation, the
construction company moved the power lines, which currently run under the stands in the hockey rink. It also moved the chillers and generators currently behind the swimming pool. The new rink is designed to be perpendicular to the position of the current hockey rink. Because of this new orientation, Finan mentioned that the construction workers will need to “dig into the hill on the backside of the current rink to meet the environmental laws.” The exterior from the north side will be made of wood and barn material. The south side will blend in with the brick exterior of the athletic building and the glass windows of the squash courts. Additionally, a shooting area with synthetic ice will be added for players to practice. Deerfield’s hockey teams are in the midst of their last season in the Barn, and though the building’s transformation is bittersweet, the athletes are excited for the brand-new facilities. Boys varsity hockey captain Wiggle Kerbrat ’17 shared, “It’s pretty special to be a part of the group that closes out a long line of history, and it is a privilege to play in the same building that former college and NHL players have played in. It makes throwing on the jersey that much greater.” Ben Lovejoy ’03, Alex Killorn ’08, Antoine Laganiere ’09, and Kevin Roy ’11 are all Deerfield hockey alums that have gone on to play in the NHL.
Girls varsity hockey Coach Genevieve Pitt added, “The athletics complex will really consolidate our programs in a single location, offering abundant resources that foster strength, skill, health and wellness for all students, from varsity to recreational athletes.” Like the athletes, coaches, and fans that will use the future building, Pitt feels “extraordinarily fortunate to have a facility like this on our campus.”
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//JONATHAN DONVILLE Staff Writer
Built in 1957, the Deerfield Hockey Arena, or “The Barn” as it is known by the school community, has served as the hub of the hockey program for the last 60 years. This year marks the final season of Deerfield hockey in the Barn, as it will be torn down following the season’s completion. While there are many great memories from the building, there are some moments in particular that stand out as being especially iconic. Here are the top ten most memorable moments from the Barn, in no particular order.
Girls’ Hard-fought Victory Over Taft
After returning to Deerfield at midnight from a game at New Hampton, girls varsity hockey rose to the challenge of defeating Taft the very next day. In an impressive come-back effort, the girls were able to push through their exhaustion and secure a 4-2 win. Captain Meghan Halloran ’17,set the pace by scoring within the first 13 seconds of the game. Despite losing the lead and allowing Taft to score twice, Mary Edmonds ’19 put away a second goal for Deerfield. Aurora Devereaux ’20 then capitalized on a power play opportunity, taking the lead, and Ali Dougal ’18 ensured the win with a fourth goal. Goals from both forwards and defensive players paired with an impressive effort from freshman goalie Liv Mikesell allowed the team to finish strong.
Boys’ 2003 Quarterfinal against Salisbury
Down 2-0 to Salisbury with less than four minutes remaining in the 2003 New England Quarter Finals, John Sales slapped home a rebound to cut the margin to one. Just minutes later, Brian Ciborowski picked the pocket of a Salisbury defenceman and roofed a backhander to tie the game. Dan Travis ended the game by scoring a powerplay goal in overtime. This championship came as the culmination of many successful years and was a great victory for coach Jim Lindsay. Zeke Emerson ’16, when asked about whether the game should be considered one of the great moments, declared: “A definite add... Absolutely epic game.”
Girls’ Overtime Victory vs. Choate 2001
With Deerfield trailing Choate 4-3 with just fifteen seconds remaining, Kate Hession ’03 scored to tie this game up. With just one minute and thirty seconds remaining in the overtime period, Hession intercepted a Choate pass, skated the length of the ice, and pocketed a slap shot into the bottom corner to win the game for Deerfield. It was the culmination of an incredible run for the girls, going from last in the league to fourth place, and would set the stage for 2004’s New England championship.
Intramural Hockey League and Friday Night Hockey League
The Barn has provided innumerable moments for students to compete and enjoy playing hockey alongside their friends, in both the IHL and the more recently created FNHL. The older IHL was started by Mr. Richard Melvoin and Mr. John O’Brien in 1973 to provide younger students with a chance to compete, and the Barn was packed for the first IHL final. In recent years, FNHL has become the new intramural league. Despite the name change, the passion for the sport is still evident every Friday night in the Barn.
For My Barn... //ZEKE EMERSON Contributing Writer
With regards to special places, no amount or quality of words can offer a sufficient tribute. Places become special because of the memories crafted there. These memories belong only to their beholder, and each in a unique way. The Deerfield Academy hockey rink is one of these places. So when Perry asked me to write about The Barn, I knew that I would face the impossible. I also knew I wanted to try. So here we go. My memories in the rink are high in number. The Barn is my rink. Every hockey player knows what I mean: you can play on countless sheets of ice, but only one will ever truly be your own. When the building comes down this spring, that won’t change which rink is mine. I know its smell by heart. I know every corner, every inch. I know what’s changed in my 16 years calling Deerfield home, and I know what’s stayed the same. And I also know which key on my dad’s keychain opens the doors, and which one opens the light-switch closet. I know what times I’m not supposed to skate, and I know exactly what to say when a security officer arrives and asks my friends and me to leave. This is what the rink became to me, but it’s nothing like how it started. Deerfield hockey was my first love. I never missed a home game, and for most away games, the team bus would roll through Deerfield Elementary School to pick me up early from class. I would stare at the intercom all morning waiting to hear the confused voice of the secretary buzz my classroom and say, “A bus is here for Zeke Emerson.” Thus, I didn’t have much of a choice in selecting who my team would be. Pro, college, whatever — Deerfield is my everything and my nothing when it comes to hockey fandom. I would watch every game with my friends from behind the net Deerfield was shooting on, just as I will at the final men’s game against Choate. I remember spending
multiple hours in the Pocumtuck basement with Brian D a v i s coloring a Ma Valerie green “D” onto an old bedsheet so that we could run around the rink with our flag after a Deerfield goal. I remember Evan Dugdale and Kevin Roy’s overtime wins against Choate, and I remember crying the whole walk home after a loss. I remember Alex Killorn’s first game, and also his last. I remember the home playoff games in ’02 and ’03. I remember every player who would give me fist bumps as they came onto the ice – by the way, no one will ever top Josh Lesko in that category. In fact, as Creagh or McVaugh or anyone who has had to suffer through listening to my endless stock of memories in this rink knows, there isn’t much I don’t remember. Most of all, I remember the times that I laced ’em up and got out there. From pushing around chairs, to getting run over at JV practices as a 9-year-old, to imagining myself as a varsity player, to my freshman-year 7th period Thursday skates with O’C, to my first game and to my last, and to seeing the faces of people who genuinely cared about me and about Deerfield hockey. Every second was memorable, and every second was worth it. So much so that even as this building goes away, its presence in my life is barely diminished. This rink filled me with happiness. My memories will overflow the void its impending absence will leave, and for that I am grateful. And these memories are just mine! Imagine all the other moments that each person who entered The Barn can recall — the number is truly immeasurable. Only a special place can play host to so much joy and love. The Barn will never entirely leave us, and its spirit will never leave our school.
Boys’ OT winners vs. Choate
From Evan Dugdale ’09 shooting one off the crossbar during the 2008 season, to Kevin Roy ’11 outlasting the goalie and slipping one short-side in 2011, to Justin Marler ’17 blasting one home in 2015, there have plenty of memorable finishes to this great rivalry in the Barn. Beating Choate will always provide memories for Deerfield students, but winning in overtime makes the victory even more sweet.
Boys’ 1984 Championship Season
During the winter of 1984, the DA hockey team captured the first of two boys’ championships in the Barn. Following a fabulous season, the Big Green went on to defeat Kent in the finals 4-3 with an overtime goal by Tim Hanley ’84. After the game, coach David Hagerman said, “These players were absolutely committed to dedicating themselves to do whatever was necessary to make this the best team it could be.”
In the middle of a nail-biter against Hotchkiss during the 20132014 season, the lights in the Barn suddenly shut off. The memory is made even sweeter by the fact that when the Deerfield boys traveled to Hotchkiss to finish the game, the Big Green came out with a hard fought 5-4 victory in overtime.
Cullinane ’14 Hat Trick vs. Choate & Jackson ’14 Four-Goal Game vs. Taft
Tied for the eighth spot are two of the great individual performances in recent memory for the girls varsity hockey team. Devinne Cullinane recorded a hat trick vs Choate during the 2013 season, and Katherine Jackson notched a remarkable 4 goals during a game vs Taft the following year.
First Game in the Barn
On December 14th, 1957, the first ever game was played on the ice in the Barn. The game, between the alumni and the boys varsity hockey team, ended in a hard fought 6-5 victory for the alumni team. While it may not have officially counted as a league game, the game marked the beginning of a legacy of hockey at Deerfield Academy, and would begin a tradition of alumni involvement with the Deerfield hockey program.
Mikey Holland ’19 records four points — a hat trick and an assist — as a freshman during 2016 80’s Night in the Barn.
Deerfield Academy Archives
When I was playing, I was focused on my job and my role for the team. When you coach, you have to help 25 guys focus on their role.” – Mr. Drew Philie ’09 “Of course we will miss the old feel, but we will never forget the barn and we’ll break the new one in quick!” – Mr. Sean Keller ’86 “Remember that the Barn isn’t what makes Deerfield hockey great, so don’t sweat the move too much. It may be an inconvenience to have to adjust to something new but you’ll go through it together and that’s what matters. Plus you’ll have an opportunity the following year to be the first to leave a mark on the new rink and that’s pretty cool.” – Jamie Haddad ’12 “My team was what made my DA hockey experience special... There are 7 guys who came back for my alumni game and I still talk to them all weekly... the camaraderie and history of the team are what I remember most. — Chris Grennon ’80
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TEDx Deerfield Broadens Outreach and Promotes Change This year, Deerfield Academy will host its 3rd annual TEDx event. The committee has made some recent changes aimed at attracting a larger audience. On Saturday, February 18 at 6pm, a diverse group of speakers, including six Deerfield students, one faculty member, and two Deerfield parents, will deliver 12-18 minute talks in the Large Auditorium of the Hess. In the past two years, the themes of the event — last year’s was “risk” and the year before it was “time” — were released before the application process began. However, this year, the committee decided to wait until after the speaker-selection process before deciding on an overarching theme. The TEDx Committee consists of student leaders Kiana Rawji ’18, Abby Lupi ’18, Nadia Jo ’19, Karen Tai ’17, and Sarah Du ’17, and faculty advisors Director of Communications and Visual Arts Teacher Mr. David Thiel and IT Specialist Ms. Heather Sharpes-Smith. Mr. Thiel noted that in the past, “announcing the theme caused speakers to stick rigidly to it.” This year, Ms. Sharpes-Smith explained
that “letting the theme evolve naturally” allowed for “more creative expression” among applicants, resulting in a wide variety of topics. Only after selecting the speakers did the committee look for a common thread between the ideas. As Jo stated, “We saw that a lot of people wanted to talk about things that called for action, shed a new light on a topic that we already have an opinion about, and asked [the audience]… to see something in a different way,” prompting the TEDx Deerfield organizers to officially set the 2017 event’s theme to “change.” Ms. Sharpes-Smith mentioned that, since the talks are not all explicitly related to the theme, she hopes that the attendees of the event will learn that “change is not as linear as one may think.” The broad theme and the range of topics related to it will force audience members to think creatively to find connections between the talks. Jo added that one of her greatest hopes is that this year’s event and its theme will benefit Lynnette Jiang
//THOMAS SONG Staff Writer
Introducing Exchange Student WenXin Dong //JULIA ANGKEOW Staff Writer Lilly Shudha
in charge of event coordination, revealed that a student art gallery in the Hess Lobby, tours of the Von Auersperg Art Gallery, and an Innovation Lab sponsored activity will also be featured to encourage greater attendance and create a “conference-like” atmosphere. Moving forward, Mr. Thiel stated that bringing in a larger audience and broadening the range of events are two main objectives for TEDx Deerfield. He also mentioned that collaboration with nearby TED entities will be explored in the near future. To get involved in TEDx Deerfield, students can apply to be a speaker next year, join the TEDx committee, or simply attend the event. As Mr. Thiel mentioned, speaking at TEDx Deerfield offers a great opportunity to develop invaluable skills such as intellectual analysis, communication, and presentation skills. Articulating the significance of TEDx at Deerfield, Lupi said, “I think it is a fantastic opportunity to have [Deerfield] voices heard.” To echo TED’s mission statement, she explained that the event’s ultimate goal is to promote ideas worth spreading in the Deerfield community and beyond.
Ms. Hernandez Wins Teaching Award
at Deerfield so far, noting that she has transitioned very smoothly. “Everyone at Deerfield is so incredibly friendly and accepting,” she explained. “Whenever I get lost, I find that anyone I ask will take me wherever I need to go, even if he or she is not headed in the same direction.” She also added that her teachers have been very supportive in helping her acclimate to the new environment and she is appreciative of everyone’s efforts in easing her transition. Dong’s favorite Deerfield class is Introduction to Studio Art, taught by Mrs. Mercedes Taylor. A passionate artist, Dong described the class as an opportunity to express her creativity and focus on her technique. In her free time, Dong enjoys drawing, reading, and watching crime movies. Back in Peru, she also spent time coding and baking various desserts. At Deerfield, she is on the JV swim team and hopes to become involved in other clubs on campus. During her first week here, Dong noticed some differences between the American school system and the Peruvian school system. For example, Markham observes a rotating block schedule with eight periods per day, and students are not as free to select their own classes. Additionally, students there must wear a uniform and girls are prohibited from painting their nails or wearing jewelry unless they have religious reasons to do so. Dong also noted that the style of teaching at Deerfield differs from that at Markham. “From what I see, Deerfield students are very engaged in the classroom,” she described. “Teachers really emphasize class discussions. In Peru, most teachers prepare a PowerPoint and hand out worksheets.” Dong explained that she feels motivated by Deerfield students’ hard work and focus on obtaining a good education and looks forward to the rest of her time here.
//GEORGIA GREENE Staff Writer
of candies they all hold will eventually even out to the point of equilibrium — where the amount of candies in each student’s hands is equal and unchanging. Earlier this month, on January 4th, Ms. Ms. Hernandez remarked, “It’s a simple Maria Hernandez was awarded the Rosenthal idea, but a really big idea that comes up Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in in many subjects, such as mathematics, Math Teaching by the National Museum of chemistry, and physics.” She added that Mathematics, or MoMath. hands-on activities allow students to “see At the beginning of this year, Ms. that mathematics [can] be a creative space Hernandez, a mathematics teacher from where they [can] use their own ideas.” the North Carolina School of Science and The MoMath award is not the first Mathematics, joined the ranks of Deerfield teaching award that Ms. Hernandez has Academy’s teaching staff as a Wilson Fellow. won. She has also been honored with the Ms. Hernandez studied mathematics for 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in her undergraduate degree, and received her Mathematics Teaching and the 2013 UNC Master’s degree in mathematics from the Board of Governors University of North Award for Excellence Carolina at Chapel in Teaching. Hill. Ms. Hernandez Describing the enjoys teaching at MoMath award, Deerfield, where Ms. Hernandez most classes last the explained, “The full three terms of Museum of Math the school year. wants to promote “I have really hands-on learning gotten to know my that inspires students here, which mathematical Maddie Blake was not always the curiosity in students. Ms. Hernandez teaching her AP Calculus AB students the case at my school Through this fundamental theorem of calculus. in North Carolina, award, what they’re where many classes only last one term,” she hoping to do is collect lessons that are easily said. replicable in… middle school classroom[s].” In the future, Ms. Hernandez said that To win the MoMath award, Ms. Hernandez she will continue to think “about creating submitted a lesson called “Pass the Candy,” activities that can do what MoMath is trying which introduces students to the ideas of to promote, and help teachers embrace the recursion and iteration. In this lesson, she idea that they don’t have to be tied to a specific explained that students are divided into curriculum.” groups of three or four and each student is She also mentioned, “This award was given a different number of candies. Each affirmation that what I’ve been doing for a lot student then passes half of their candies onto of years is valued by a broader community.” the student on their left. This passing on is She added, “MoMath is a great example of the repeated a few times until the students are folks that are really dedicated to the idea that asked to hypothesize what they think will mathematics is beautiful, useful, and fun.” happen; they begin to realize that the number
This January, Deerfield welcomes exchange student WenXin Dong ’18 from the prestigious Markham College in Lima, Peru. Dong will be on campus until the end of February. Dong was born in Beijing, China but moved with her family to Lima in 2010. A native Chinese speaker, she began attending Markham in the fourth grade, picking up English and Spanish as her second and third languages. Though it is currently summer vacation in Peru, Dong decided to participate in the Deerfield exchange program to broaden her worldview and “explore the world outside the Markham bubble.” Dong first visited the United States through a Round Square Regional Conference in Los Angeles where she was able to meet many students of diverse cultures and backgrounds. “[Because of the conference], I became really interested in America and what [it] had to offer,” Dong said. “Being an adventurous person and someone who enjoys challenges, this exchange seemed to be the perfect fit for me.” Dong has enjoyed her experience
the community by cultivating a willingness to “change one’s opinion or consider another perspective.” This year, the committee is also working to increase attendance and to make the event more open and inclusive. In the past, the TEDx event was held on a Sunday afternoon, but this year it was moved to a Saturday evening to allow more people to attend. Additionally, on top of advertising the event at Deerfield Academy, marketing has also focused on reaching out to nearby communities such as Gr e en f ield a n d Shelburne Falls. The official change of the event’s name from “TEDx Deerfield Academy” to “TEDx Deerfield” also reflects the desire of the committee to broaden their outreach outside of the school. Another change in this year’s event compared to last year’s is that it in addition to featuring the talks themselves, other activities and exhibits related to the theme will also be presented. Lupi, the student leader
//ANNABEL NOTTEBOHM Associate Editor If only sharks or Europa could exist, which would you choose? Ah! Sharks.
What’s your pet peeve? Hats in the classroom. My god, I hate hats in the classroom!!
If you had to create a hashtag to describe your life, what would it be? #BrinkOfInsanity
One thing you wish more people would compliment you for? Doesn’t apply — I hate it when people compliment me.
Favorite conspiracy theory? That man hasn’t gone to the moon. That’s utterly absurd.
What are three things you’d bring with you on a desert island? A water purifying thing, a sleeping bag, and a magic genie lamp.
What’s your spirit animal? I would say polar bear, but they’re fierce and I’m not. So I’d say a loon… they just sit on the lake and go “lo-lolo-lo-lo!”
Which American corporation do you respect the least? Blackwater Security.
Weirdest habit of any of your children? Everything they do. They love to listen to TED talks with me.
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Arts and Entertainment
Art and Activism: Examining Power Dynamics in Society
//ADELIZA GRACE Staff Writer
“Whatever you say reverberates, whatever you don’t say speaks for itself, so either way you’re talking politics.” This is the truism projected onto Jenny Holzer’s piece of art, which is the first piece one sees when walking into the Arts and Activism exhibit in the Von Auersperg gallery. The exhibit was
Lost Kings //HOLLIS MCLEOD Associate Editor
Lost Kings Facebook
The Lost Kings’ two members, Robert Gainley and Dr. No are both renowned musicians affiliated with RCA Records / Disruptor Records from Los Angeles, CA.
On February 11th, Deerfield will bring to campus Lost Kings, a DJ duo that quickly rose to fame through the popular app Soundcloud. Lost Kings started their musical career in Los Angeles, and have since gained popularity nationwide with over 80,000 followers on SoundCloud. Their most famous song, “Phone Down,” has been played over one million times on the app alone, and the remixed versions have been played double that amount. Claire Koeppel ’18, a member of the Student Planning Committee (SPC), led the effort to bring the group to Deerfield. “When I was thinking of people we could potentially bring to campus, I immediately thought of Lost Kings,” she explained. “Their new song “Phone Down” has become really popular and they’re definitely on the rise in the music industry.” Koeppel contacted the manager of the group to inquire about the possibility of holding a private concert on campus and recieved a positive the next day. The Deerfield administration was also enthusiastic about holding such an highprofile event on campus. Koeppel explained that the administration had no objections, which made the planning of the event go much more seamlessly. She also wanted to recognize Mr. Brian Barbato, Student Activities Coordinator, for helping SPC with planning the event, and Mr. John LaPrade, who has assisted SPC in arranging the technical aspects of the concert. Koeppel addressed the financial side of the concert, stating that it will be free for all students as it is sponsored by SPC. The entire event is costing the school around $18,000 of their budget, which is very manageable. The concert, a 90 minute-long set, will be held in the dining hall, with the small bubble blocked off and a small stage set up in front of the two pillars and a large screen behind it. Koeppel also spoke about how the atmosphere of the dining hall will be completely transformed for the event. The windows will be blacked out to capture the atmosphere of a real concert as much as possible, along with confetti cannons and tons of lights. The event also serves as a muchappreciated break in the middle of the long winter term. Koeppel explained, “The winter here gets really tough and we all would definitely appreciate a big ticket event to bring up the mood and have something to look forward to.”
that every single person is part of a greater community and each person has their own significant role within that community.” This exhibit is especially significant this year because of the controversial incidents such as US presidential election and English “Brexit.” The contentious nature of the 2016 US presidential election allowed for a wide range of opinions to be expressed including those that many saw as xenophobic and racist, offending different demographics. It portrays the idea that people in government with strong views are sometimes ignorant to the sentiments of the masses and abuse their power. All of these aspects of the showcase regarding power and its connection with the individual and the community as a whole, and the idea of giving everyone a voice, play into what Louis and Fanjul, as curators, wanted to convey to the Deerfield community. Louis says, “Curation is a balance between aesthetics and the story you wish to convey.
We organized the room into themes that we wish to portray to Deerfield regarding the world that surrounds us today.” Louis and Fanjul are especially affected by a book included in the exhibit called “The Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise.” They have included this book because they feel it exemplifies the message of exploitation of power, and think it especially applies to Deerfield because it discusses how there is often inconsistency between the community and the individual’s needs. Fanjul notes, “The book is physically small. However, the truism on the cover along with the bright red color gives the book a powerful presence within the gallery.” This exhibit sparks an important discussion for the Deerfield community. The curators hope that visitors will get the opportunity to think about the important ideas it prompts regarding the world we live in today, and the powers who rule it.
Students Choreograph Winter Showcase //MADDIE CHAI Senior Writer
Every year, Deerfield dancers come together to choreograph pieces for the Winter Dance Showcase. This year’s showcase has 109 students performing in it, the highest participation rate in a showcase to date. “The student choreography showcase started as a more casual showcase, just to give people an opportunity to choreograph,” said Maddie Thies ’17, one of the choreographers of the showcase from the Advanced Dance Ensemble. Thies additionally noted the showcases change over the years, saying, “Now it’s become a whole spectacular event for people and while it’s still definitely a big performance, it’s also just an opportunity for more people to get involved.” Compared to regular dance showcases, which involve dance teachers such as Ms. Jennifer Whitcomb managing the logistics and pieces, the student-choreography showcase is completely student -- run. “The students run the whole show -- we’re the ones who propose our pieces, audition our pieces, come up with the rehearsal schedule, the lighting for our pieces, the program, and the stage managers,” explained Thies. “It’s a lot harder and time consuming than it looks,” stated Ossie Heard ’18, one of the two male choreographers, about the process of organizing the production. “One of the hardest things is figuring out how to combine all the components such as lighting, music, and costumes.” To a student choreographer, the responsibility of organizing a whole
dance is daunting, but also exciting. “I think it’s fun because it’s usually something you don’t get to do,” stated Sarah Du ’17, who is also a choreographer from the Advanced Dance Ensemble. “It gives you a fresh perspective and role.” Heard continued, “I think the most rewarding part is realizing that your dance is a success and that people actually like it. I think that one of my biggest insecurities, as a choreographer, is that people won’t like it.” He went on to say, “Crowd approval is a big thing. It’s hard not to cater to the audience, but it’s also hard just to do it for you.” All students are encouraged to participate in the dance showcase, but the choreographers are chosen by being involved either in the dance program, academic classes, coaching, or in the co-
curricular program. Choreographers all have to be approved by Ms. Whitcomb. “Even if you don’t want to grow up to be a choreographer or a dancer, it’s a really great experience to be in a leadership position and to learn how to teach dance,” said Mila Castleman ’18, a student choreographer from the Advanced Dance Ensemble. This year’s showcase, to be held on January 26, features over twenty pieces choreographed by students of all grades and genders. The dances range from elegant genres such as ballet and jazz to energetic pieces, such as hip-hop and modern. “With Deerfield dance, you’re allowed to do it all four years. Every showcase is an opportunity for you to perform,” said Heard. “The fact that I have that freedom I think is a very special thing.”
Maddie Blake Tendayi Peyton`17 , Maddie Thies `17 , Ramona Davis `17 , and Sarah Du `17 rehearse Steph Oyolu’s “Fuego” in preparation for the Student Choreography Showcase.
Artist of the Issue: Penelope Hough ’17 //TESSA MILLS Senior Writer
Penelope Hough ’17 has been a member of the RhapsoDs, Deerfield’s all-girls a cappella group, since her freshman year. However, her musical involvement goes far beyond her life here in Massachusetts. In Hough’s hometown of Washington, D.C., she sang with the Young Artists of America, a competitive opera performance group that allows students to work with leading professional artists. Hough also attended the Brevard Music Center’s voice program, a prestigious music camp known for its selectivity and opera division. These experiences, coupled with her nearly four years on DA’s a capella group, have made singing an immense passion of Hough’s. “Making the RhapsoDs as a freshman was really exciting for me, and it’s been a huge privilege to have that be such a big part of my Deerfield experience for the past four years,” she said. Also at Deerfield, Hough sang in the Western Massachusetts district festival the past two years, an experience she described as “rewarding and fun.” Hough’s grandmother, a professional soprano, music director, choir and opera director, and voice teacher, sparked Hough’s passion for music. “She saw my interest in singing and strongly encouraged my parents to put me into church choir, which I started when I was about 6,” she explained. Hough
then went on to participate in her school and church choirs throughout middle school, all while receiving voice lessons from her grandmother. “That was when I got serious about classical singing,” reflected Hough when describing these initial voice lessons. Hough said that though her grandmother played a large role in her singing career, she was inspired by others as well. Artists ranging from Joyce DiDonato and Monteserrat Caballé to Mumford and Sons
curated by Lily Louis `18, and Lulu Fanjul `18 (pictured at left with Dawoud Bey’s piece Chevies II), with a focus on gender and race issues, true to the spirit of Martin Luther King Day. To express the theme of power within society, the show features three walls, each exhibiting a different theme. The first wall presents the individual, emphasizing the invisible and the objective to give those who are unheard a voice, making the invisible visible. This wall is positioned to face the one that conveys community, to symbolize the coherence and mirroring of these two aspects of human life. This placement is meant to portray how humans interact with their communities. Finally, the third wall reflects power, and is connected to both the individual and the community, implying that the government does not always use its power to cater to the greater needs of society and the individuals within it. According to Louis, “All the walls are aimed at the idea
Expressing the musicality in Mozart, Penelope Hough`17 shows her expertise and dedication to her musical pursuit.
have all inspired and influenced Hough. As her talent has grown, her education in the field of music has increased greatly as well. “DA has taught me a lot about music on the theory side of things. I now know a lot more about composing and arranging music,” she said. This knowledge helped her with analyzing symphonies while at the Brevard. Hough plans on continuing this musical education in college as a voice major at Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music, where she will begin this fall. “It’s the dream because I’ll get to sing everyday with people who’ve either had amazing careers or are on their ways to one,” she said. Beyond her future four years at Northwestern, Hough wants to attend graduate school for music, and then see if she can pursue singing as her career. “If I can’t, it’s fine. That’s the nature of being an artist. But I want to reach the peak that my voice can offer me and enjoy singing for my whole life,” remarked Hough. Her positive attitude stems from her love of all aspects of music. “The best part of music is seeing how it affects people,” she added. “As I learned from my grandmother, music touches lives, and if you do it for yourself, you might as well be singing in a closet.” Hoping to touch some of our lives, Hough encourages the entire school community to be in attendance at her senior recital on April 15th in the Hess concert hall, which will feature a wide range of solo pieces from different eras of classical music.
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Friday, January 27th, 2016 ⋅ 8
Heidi Valk Celebrates 25 Years Coaching Soccer
//JILL CARROLL Associate Editor
Girls varsity soccer coach Heidi Valk has decided to step down from her position after twenty five dedicated years. A part of the coaching staff of Deerfield’s first girls soccer program, Coach Valk has led the team humbly and gracefully. Valk has many mixed feelings about leaving the program. On the one hand, she says, “I’ve done it for 25 years. I think it’s time for the school to have somebody new. However,” she added, “I’m pretty sad about it. It has been something that has been really important to me… I felt like my place to effect any change for girl’s athletics has been in soccer.” Coach Valk hopes that stepping down from this position will also give her the time and opportunity to watch both of her kids, Bennett Pitcher and Jackson Pitcher ’19, compete in their fall athletic competitions. As the makeup of students began to change at Deerfield due to the integration of girls in 1989, the opportunity presented itself to Coach Valk to continue doing something she loved— soccer. “It was exciting. In some ways I think the school was ready to embrace girls athletics and was open to it in a way because it was new, it was interesting, and it was exciting,” expressed Coach Valk. “It didn’t come without, certainly, its trials and tribulations, but on a whole I am not sure that they were a whole lot different or bigger than those that exist now.” Coach Valk also shared the responsibility and opportunity to coach
now is as much about feeling like we are soccer with a close friend. The duo began always improving and that we are working sharing their love of and skills for soccer together to become more than the sum with other girls. “We helped coach first and of our parts. I like us to leave every day second grade girls in the spring from when I and feel like we have put it all out there.” was in ninth grade all the way through high Girls varsity soccer captain Audrey school,” she reflected. “It was something McManemin ’17 has played on the team that I always did. Soccer has been something since her sophomore year. She shared that I always loved, and as much as I’ve loved the the dynamics of this year’s team were the game, I just love teams,” Coach Valk shared. best she has experienced in her time with During Coach Valk’s 25-year tenure, her c o a c h i n g Pocumtuck 1997 Ines Bu D e e r f i e l d soccer and philosophy one of the has changed; best in initially, her soccer winning was career as the most a whole. important “Everyone thing on supported her mind. each other “Truthfully, yet pushed it has each other evolved over at the same the last 25 time, and I years. I think think that of myself has a lot when I first Ms. Valk has left her legacy both on and off the field since 1997 (left) till present to do with got here; I (right) Ms. Valk cared most and her ability to be both firm and about winning. I always wanted to win. demanding while allowing us to have I am competitive. That hasn’t changed,” fun and enjoy playing the sport.” Coach Valk reflected. She understands, Throughout McManemin’s past three however, that coaching is more than just years playing under Valk’s coaching, she trying to get the best possible record: “As has felt Coach Valk’s impact: “[She] not only I’ve gotten older and as I’ve had my own made my soccer skills better, but improved kids... I started to think about other things my ability to be a good teammate,” Ms. besides winning and I think my philosophy
Athlete of the Issue: Mohamed Kadry ’17 //ERIC KIM Staff Writer
success, Kadry admits that his first two years of wrestling were difficult and humbling. “My first year, I lost almost Wrestler Mohamed Kadry ’17 every match, and did not secure a place is no stranger to big moments. at Class A’s,” Kadry recalls. “My second On December 10, the Deerfield wrestling year, I sustained a concussion early team faced rivals Tabor Academy , a strong in the season, so I did not wrestle.” team that boasted a 20-1-0 win record only He defines his third year on the team two seasons ago. A thick tension permeated as his upturn, because he not only he the air as Kadry lined up to wrestle Tabor’s recovered from his injury, but also earned Alexandre Zhange. All other matchups had enough success to place at Class A’s and been finished and the meet came down to wrestle at the New England tournament. this bout— if Kadry won, Deerfield would Similarl to Deerfield’s wrestling program, win the competition. Kadry has his own story Liam Jeon “The start of the of improvement over time. match was tumultuous,” This year he is wrestling reflected Kadry on in the 138-pound class. his match. “But I Notably, as co-captain and secured a pin in the a four-year wrestler, Kadry first period and walked finds himself assuming away with a victory.” a leadership role for less Kadry’s victory experienced members of marked Deerfield’s first the team. “If anyone has win against Tabor in over doubts about a move, I ten years, a success that help them out,” he said. marks an upward trend “After practice, I’ve had in Deerfield’s wrestling Mohamad Kadry ’17 giving pointers at other teammates come to Deerfield’s match against St. Paul’s School. program in the past few me to spar a bit or practice years. Only three years ago, the Athletic a move that they’ve wanted to refine.” Department was considering pulling the “Mohamed is a very hard worker and I plug on the wrestling co-curricular— that see him every day putting his all into every same year Kadry came into the program practice,” Kishor Bharadwaj ’19 said. “I see as a freshman. The team currently is him come off the mat every time covered in comprised of around fifteen students. sweat, and I know he’s one of the hardest Lead by Head Coach Mark Scandling workers on the team. He sets an example.” and Assistant Coaches Edrik Lopez, and Bharadwaj also noted Kadry’s fierce Mark Teustch, the team is now one of competitive spirit. “Anytime someone the stronger schools in New England. tries to pin him you can see him get A wrestler’s success in a season is really angry and slam the mat - he always determined by three different factors: does that.” Kadry has an undeniable, league record, placement at “Class A’s” (a intense passion for wrestling, and midseason tournament), and performance this passion represents the persistent at the New Englands Championship if nature of Deerfield’s wrestling program. the wrestler can qualify through his/her Kadry is sure to be a centerpiece success in the league and/or Class A’s. of success for his team this year. Based on these measurements of
Winter and Spring Varsity teams were asked New Year’s Resolution for the upcoming season: Girls Hockey: We resolve to outwork every opponent.
Girls Basketball: We expect that our team comes to practice focused and ready to work hard each and every day so that we can hone in on our fundamentals and develop good habits. Boys Squash: Play hard against each other so that we can get better. Girls Squash: Improve fitness so that we can go all out in every game of every match. Boys Swim: Come together and surprise an opponent or two. Baseball: We will play TEAM baseball, and we will get better every day.
Valk has served as a role model for girls like McManemin and others that she has coached over the past 25 years. She pushed them to become better, but also remembered to take time to praise the small things. “There was one time when Alli Norris went off [the field] and I remember watching Coach Valk give her a double high-five with a huge smile because Alli headed the ball. The way she cared about small actions, even as small as a header, made her a great coach,” McManemin added. When prompted about her feelings on Ms. Valk stepping down, McManemin shared, “I obviously respect her decision, but it makes me sad for the next generation of girls who won’t get to have her as a coach. I am just happy I got to have her as my coach for my varsity career!” Reflecting on her decision to say goodbye, Coach Valk realized, “It would always be hard for me to say goodbye, because I think part of what I love is the team… While every team is different, I think each team has its own personality and the personalities on the team are what draw you in.” Coach Valk leaves future female soccer players and Deerfield athletes with these words of wisdom: “Work hard, have fun, trust your teammates. Represent yourself, your family, your team, and you school to the best of your ability. And care. You’ve got to care about it...Whatever you are trying to acheive has to matter.” Her presence will be missed on the field, but her passion for shaping the character of Deerfield students will continue both in and outside of the classroom.
Deerfield’s Own Strongman
//JONATHAN DONVILLE Senior Writer
he placed first by a margin of 50 points. By 2015, Mr. Kearney had an array of sub-professional and professional awards With an undergraduate and master’s including two second places in America’s degree from Springfield College in Athletic Strongest Man Competition in 2014 and Therapy, Rob Kearney has been on 2015. In 2016, Mr. Kearney was invited to campus for a total of four years and spent his first major international competition this past year as Deerfield Academy’s by Lithuanian legend Žydrūnas Savickas Strength and Conditioning coach. who called and stated, “food, board, As a high school football player and everything is covered, just get yourself cheerleader in Norwich, Connecticut, Mr. to Lithuania.” Significantly lighter than Kearney began lifting weights at a young all of the other competitors at 445 ½ lbs, age. However, his strongman career did Mr. Kearney surprised everyone, even not begin until a substitute teacher, who himself, when he won the competition. was an owner of a crossfit gym, noticed his On a personal note in 2014, Mr. Kearney talents. Training throughout the weeks, he came out as openly gay. “I did it in really competed in a competition held the day after cheesy fashion,” he recalled. “I made a Man his senior prom. As the youngest strongman Crush Monday post with Joey [his boyfriend there by 13 years, Mr. Kearney placed 14th at the time] and that was it.” Mr. Kearney is out of 27 competitors at just 17 years old. the first openly gay professional strong man, During his time in college, he began and his story immediately went viral. He was competing as a member of Springfield interviewed by the Huffington Post, featured College’s powerlifting team and as on TMZ and Perez Hilton, and referenced by an active participant in Strongman Conan O’Brien. Mr. Kearney and his boyfriend competitions—competitions specializing became inspiration to countless people. in unconventional methods of heavy lifting Fast forward two and a half years, Mr. such as log pressing. By the age of twenty, Kearney and Joey are still happily together he was a two time Massachusetts State and announced their engagement over the Teen powerlifting champion and won the 2016 winter break. When asked about their youth Olympic games in Virginia Beach future wedding, Mr. Kearney stated, “We’re with a combined deadlift, squat, and bench not sure exactly when.” He continued, press total of 1490 lbs. In 2011 and 2012, “There are so many things in play.” While he placed second in the National Amateur Joey completes graduate school, the two Strongman Championship and in 2013, are living and working as dorm parents at the nearby elementary school Bement. While Mr. Kearney said that he enjoys living at Bement, he one day hopes to live and work at Deerfield. “It’s one of my goals to be more involved around Deerfield,” he commented. He does not know where the future will take him, but for now Mr. Kearney is content living and training in the pioneer valley. With a sport that he loves, a companion by his side, and the Deerfield community that he continues to grow closer to, Caroline Goguen Mr. Kearney’s future is indeed bright. Katherine Von Weise ’17 practices her front squats under Rob’s supervision.
Wrestling: Whether winning or losing, we are determined to wrestle even harder in the last 20 seconds of each period. Boys Crew: Continue to work on building an inclusive team culture where every athlete feels supported in the pursuit of the team’s collective aspirations and their individual goals. Girls Crew: We resolve to embrace the process and be the best athletes, teammates, and people we can be. Go Big Green! Girls Water Polo: As always, we hope to be at our best when the stakes are highest.
Cycling: We aspire to repeat as Class A team champions, win the Individual Class A overall and place another cyclist in the top 3 Class A overall. Girls Lax: Full-time at full speed. Boys Tennis: Our resolutions for the tennis team are to play more consistent doubles and to build a stronger team dynamic. Girls Tennis: We resolve to improve our endurance and ferocity at the net! Track and Field: That every member of the team tries two new events over the course of the season.
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