April 2012, Issue 3
Bellarmine College Prep - San Jose, CA
Despite Loss, Ice Hockey Proud of Making State Championship by Brandon Carrillo ’14 staff writer/reporter
Here at the school a newly formed ice hockey team has blossomed right before our eyes, becoming yet another tremendous asset to our admirable athletics program. Recently, our varsity ice hockey team, led by Coach Yost, was invited to the first-ever California High School Ice Hockey State Championship, a huge achievement for this up-and coming-team. The game not only signified a giant leap forward for the future of ice hockey here on campus, but also for the future of ice hockey in high schools across the state of California. See Hockey pg 16
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The ice hockey team battles against opponent Santa Margarita in the first-ever California High School Ice Hockey State Championship.
New Website Faster and a “Radical Departure” From the Old Version by Sagar Kanumalla ’13 section head
The class of 2011 started off their high school experiences parallel to an all-new Bellarmine website; when photos of them as freshmen continued to linger on the homepage long after they had been accepted to college, however, the time had come for a major online redesign. The new and improved webpage was launched early last week, showcasing a revamped homepage, a more dynamic design, and brighter and livelier colors. Former parent and nowwebmaster Sheila Collison headed the project with assistance from technology coordinator Chris Carey and local web design firm Silverpoint. The team had been working steadily for the past 6 months to come up with the updated look of Bellarmine on the web. “The primary motivation for updating the website was that the image of the school, its campus, and web design in general have all grown since then [the last redesign] and we wanted to provide a fresh look for all of our constituencies,” explained Mr. Carey. “One of the goals,” Mr. Carey emphasized, “was to reorganize the way information was laid out and to make it more accessible. There was a lot of information on our old site and there were
different versions of the information depending on which section you were in and whether you were logged in or not; those intentions were well and good four years ago, but this time around we tried to open it up, make it a little flatter and easier to use.” Mrs. Collison explains that the process began with a oneweek brainstorming session about what they wanted to do
“You can buy all your favorite gear from the updated campus store online now.” ~Mr. Carey, Tech Coordinator
with the existing site and how it would be changed. That session included talks with the major stakeholders and department managers, requests for updated content, and discussions about what exactly they wanted to see in a redesign. Mrs. Collison then collected all of that information and did a full reorganization of how the content was laid out. She then actually physically posted all that content across the old site to the new one. During that one-week period, as Mrs. Collison indicated, “We spent some time discussing the
feel of what we wanted. The old website had the dark blue background and everybody wanted to brighten that up – hence the white of the redesign.” Silverpoint served as a starting-off point, according to Mrs. Collison. She detailed that “Silverpoint actually came with the designer who had worked on their website. By the time that team left, we had a pretty good idea of where we were going, at least with the banner on the homepage. Everything beyond that we just hammered out over time.” As Mrs. Collison took the lead role, she and Mr. Carey maintained distinct roles in terms of the development of the new website. Mrs. Collison identified that “Essentially, when you see content on the pages, that’s me. Anything that gets that content to the pages is Mr. Carey and the content management system (CMS) provided by Silverpoint. I put my content into the CMS and Mr. Carey ensures that it’s up on the server.” It’s important to note that as seamless and fluid the new website is meant to be, the development process wasn’t that easy. When asked what hurdles the team had to deal with during the redesign, Mr. Carey... remarked “Hurdles? It’s all a hurdle trying to figure out what exactly Bellarmine’s website See School Website pg 8
Juniors Nick Makarov and Ciaran Cleary are running for ASB Vice President.
A Closer Look at the Upcoming ASB Candidates and Election by Kshithij Shrinath ’13 section head
The primaries for the ASB offices are intended to narrow down the field of candidates before speeches are given for the general election; however, this year, the elections only affected the presidential race but still saw new campaign tactics like social media, as candidates tried to reach out to voters. Two candidates in each race move to the general election. Because there were two candidates for secretary, treasurer, and director of communications, and the race for spirit commissioner was uncontested, the primaries affected only the presidential race, where four
pairs of candidates faced off, with the top two advancing. Ms. Troyan revealed that the two final candidates for president are the pairs of Nick Medal/Nick Makarov and James Pierce/Ciaran Cleary. The secretary candidates are junior Kalin Khemka and sophomore Ved Paranjpe, while the candidates for treasurer are junior Ryan Allen and sophomore Zeeshan Mallick. Finally, the battle for the director of communications is between junior Paul Siewierski and sophomore Boo Yuen, while the spirit commissioner position went uncontested to junior Kevin Dousa. After winning the primary elections by around sixty votes, See ASB pg 5
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Dear fellow Bells,
March has finally come to an end and we have somehow survived the longest month of the year. I can say with absolute certanity that my favorite part of the month has been picking my bracket for the NCAA tournament and watching all the upsets. Though my bracket failed miserably, bragging and boasting about certain teams has certainly helped alleviate stress and divert attention from schoolwork. Our school has also experienced its own form of “March Madness” this month. The termination of a faculty member has shaken our community. Teachers have had several different reactions to the termination. Some talked to students about the issue, while others tried not to mention the incident. In addition, our community has grappled with the unfortunate deaths of several people. We extend our condolences to all people affected by them. On a positive note, I’ve been impressed by the amount of generosity our school has shown towards the community. Food cans overflow every Lenten Food Drive container, and CSP created more awareness for the issue with the “End Hunger Games” event. I also admire everyone who has given up (or at least tried to give up) something for Lent. My Co-EIC, Ryan Allen, tried giving up Facebook for Lent. He failed after about 23 hours, but has still restricted himself to less than 15 minutes a day. That takes some serious determination. Sports and extracurricular activities are heating up as well. Spring sports involve the most students during the year, thanks in large part to track and field. The Carillon recently received a Gold Crown at the CSPA convention in New York City, a feat we as a school should revere. Speech and debaters prepare for the state tournament, hoping to extend the winning streak to seven consecutive championships. The robotics team seeks to remain world champions at the tournament in St. Louis. Theater and theater tech continue working diligently on the last show of the year, Lend Me a Tenor. For those who haven’t asked that special someone to prom yet, there is still time. Be bold. Be courageous. Be confident. Wait for the opportune moment, but don’t procrastinate because someone else might ask her first. And if it still seems too frightening, remember this: Every girl wants to spend an evening in Paris or a night in New Delhi. If you need more guidance, be sure to read page 6 for prom advice from some of our teachers. Has anyone else noticed more and more college sweatshirts around campus? As seniors make their final decisions as to where they will spend the next few years after Bellarmine, be sure to congratulate them on their decisions. And while senioritis reaches its peak after college acceptances, the rest of us face upcoming AP tests, research papers, and finals. For me, the improving April weather makes it even more difficult to focus. I’d rather spend my time outside enjoying the nice weather than cramming for tests and quizzes in these final months. For those struggling to cope with the increased workload, know that each day brings us closer to the finish line. We also have the week-and-a-half long spring break in April to recharge for the final stretch. Go Bells! Animesh Agrawal
April 2nd, 2012
Art Requirement Changes College Board Alters posal within the department them a foundation with which to create a foundation course they can use to try out many to teach the basics in visual, different art classes.” Starting with the class of ceramic, and performing arts. “I think a foundations 2016, students will have one They feel this will put every- course would be extremely less free period, as they will one on the same level, in terms helpful, as everyone at Bellarbe required to take three se- of abilities. This benmine has varying mesters of the same art class, efits the class, as experience with instead of the current two-se- valuable class time “I think that it is art from their mester requirement. Teach- would not need to be previous school. ers in the art department felt spent working with wonderful that It would have certhat some students did not those who do not we are encour- tainly helped me have enough of a background have a background as a freshman takaging students ing Art 1,” freshin the subjects they were in the subject. studying. Music students man Alejandro to take more “We had been wanting will not need to take Buendia said. a foundation-type course, so a foundation course. Senior Bharart.” that we could better prepare Instead, they will gava Manja, curstudents and spend less time be required to take rently studying going over the basics when two years of musical instruc- art, said, “It definitely would we could be covering more tion, as opposed to the current have helped some of the peoadvanced topics,” one-year require- ple move along in the class.” acting instructor Mr. ment, as music Adding another class to Canavese said. “We had been classes are year- the requirements for graduSome students long. ation will take away a free wanting a agree that a foun“I think that period, potentially inhibiting dation class was it is wonderful students from enjoying an exneeded to gauge in- foundation-type that we are en- tended lunch or taking other terest in the subject. couraging stu- electives that may interest course, so that dents to take them. Freshman Robert Moore, who studied more art. I think “Some people worried acting last semester, we could better that it is also about what it would do to stusaid, “There were good in that it dents. We are offering students prepare stua lot of people who will give students to take foundations during didn’t know much the chance to get summer school before their dents.” about the subject, more advanced in freshman year,” Ms. Byron said. like how to speak art if the founda“Times are changing, and well in front of a tion class covers it seems that we’re always congroup, so we had to the basics, and sidering something new, which stop and teach that before we levels one and two will get fur- may complicate things at first. could move on.” ther along in their curriculum,” But, once we get into the swing To address this issue, ce- Ms. Byron said. of things, it should be interestramics instructor Ms. LevinArt teacher Mr. Ianovich ing to see what happens,” she son and acting teacher Mr. said, “I feel that it is good for added. Marcel spearheaded a pro- students because we are giving
by Namit Mishra ’15 staff writer/reporter
AP Class Curriculum
by Rohan Dhoopar ’15
undergo change next year is AP Latin, which will now emphasize heavily on “sightIt is often said that the reading” Latin and studying only thing that stays the same prose and poetry written in is change. Yet again, we can the language. see this saying apply to acaJunior Taemin Ahn, who demics here at Bellarmine. plans on taking AP Latin On one hand, we have next year, remarked that the consistently prided our- changes to the class mean selves upon offering “we can go at a large amount of “A lot of people a slower pace Advanced Placement now.” (AP) courses and the I know, includFinally, AP fact that the adminSpanish will be istration constantly ing me, didn’t changed next strives to improve plan on taking year by reductheir quality and ing the numAP Spanish availability. This fact ber of required does not seem to be anyway, so the readings and changing. placing greater One thing that changes don’t emphasis on is set to change next media and conyear, on the contrary, make me more text. is the curriculum H o w e v e r, likely to take for some of these AP freshman Anit.” courses, as mandated kur Mahesh by the College Board, remarked, “A which leads the Advanced lot of people I know, includPlacement program. ing me, didn’t plan on taking AP Biology is one class AP Spanish anyway, so the set to change. According to changes don’t make me more the College Board website, likely to take it.” the class will now have more Aside from these classdepth than breadth, mean- es being changed next year, ing students will learn more some other classes are going about fewer topics rather to be changed two years from than less about more topics, now (the 2013-2014 school while also engaging in more year). They include AP Chemlab activities. istry and further changes to Sophomore Sahej Rand- AP Spanish. hawa said, “I like biology, Overall, while these so the changes won’t deter classes may be changing in me from taking the class. Af- the years to come, one thing ter looking at the changes it remains the same: Bellarmine seems to be more of a change will continue to provide high of format than the substance.” quality and large amounts of Another class that will AP courses. staff writer/reporter
Eight Bells Participate In Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship by Alex Powers ’13 staff writer/reporter
On March 9th, eight Bells tucked away lab coats and goggles to don suits and ties as they headed to the culmination of months of late nights, repeated failures, and well-earned successes: the Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship. The familiar days of baking soda volcanoes and lemon batteries are long gone. Senior James Thomas designed an algorithm to predict the prevalence of alcoholism. Freshman Omkar Savant constructed a search and rescue robot. Junior Nikhil Buduma investigated improvements in the whooping cough vaccine. The regional science fair is a yearly event providing a forum for over 800 middle and high school students to present science projects to judges and share their interests with likeminded peers. The high school level projects take science fair to the next level and often consist of original research and involved investigations. Buduma said, “It can be a
little daunting at first, given the up front investment in terms of time and effort, but to anybody who is considering it, I can attest that the finished product is well worth the work you put in.” Omkar Savant ‘15 agreed. He said, “The time commitment was pretty huge. Near the end, I actually started panicking. I had one weekend left before the fair and had yet to finish the robot. So the next 72 hours were continuously spent finishing it up. I got 1 hour of sleep on one of the nights. Next year however, I plan to start much earlier so that the process is more relaxed and I don’t get two Saturday JUGs for skipping part of school to finish up the project.” Savant was inspired to pursue a low cost alternative to rescue robots which he termed APSARR. “I created an Affordable Portable Search and Rescue Robot, after seeing many pictures of rescue operations following the Japan and Haiti earthquake. I saw that these operations often consisted of people frantically digging through rubble and entering weak foundations to hopefully find a human. So, I decided that I would create a robot to help
them.” While students were busy running around the track this winter, Buduma spent hundred of hours in the lab running gel electrophoresis plates. In his project concerning whooping cough, he determined that PTX, a component of the currently administered vaccine against B. pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough, actually delays the development of the immune response in individuals. James Thomas ‘12 designed a model to predict the onset of alcoholism in individuals given genetic and demographic (e.g. sex, race, history of trauma) information. “Research is quite different from other academic experiences,” he noted. “It is often quite frustrating, but when good results are finally obtained, it is incredibly gratifying. In my case, it took months of effort to construct an effective model of alcohol dependence. At the end of the day, however, I have something that I can be proud of.” Five students won awards. However, the specifics are not released until an award ceremony at Great America on April 1st.
The Cardinal Savants, among the winners, added, “If you spend a lot of time and work on the project, the rewards really do compensate. I know of kids who have won more than $100,000 just for one project! Others have gotten full college scholarships.” Interschool competition as competitive as any other school event. Savant noted that he was the only freshman to participate. “Harker, which announces the fair and provides lab support, had about 12 freshman participating [compared to our one]. I think that if science teachers introduce the fair or even similar opportunities, we would have had a much larger turnout.”
However, awareness is rising. “Science is becoming the next ‘cool’ thing to do on Bellarmine’s campus,” Buduma said, current president of the science club. This may be attributed the recent successes at the Seimens and Intel Science Talent Search competitions. Mr. Wong visited the student’s displays at the fair this year. “Student’s projects were very well thought out with confident and impressive presentations,” he said. “The Silicon Valley fair is an organized and well run event providing numerous opportunities for our student’s success.”
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One benefactor eagerly places a bid on an item in the live auction.
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These are some of the magnificent paintings that were up for auction at the Golden Bell Auction.
Golden Bell Auction Raises Money by Kai Xiao ’13 staff writer/reporter
The most cherished aspects of Bellarmine and other such schools are the traditions of excellence and success that students and faculty alike continue to uphold through the years. While many Bellarmine students are familiar with highachieving programs like Bellarmine’s many sports teams and extracurricular teams like robotics and speech and debate, most students are not as familiar with the many other traditions of excellence that that features fine dining, silent auctions, and live auctions. On March 17, Bellarmine hosted the 36th Golden Bell Auction, one of its signature annual fundraising events. The Golden Bell Auction, a tradition that started in 1977, is an event a model of elegance and success since its inception, and in 2007,
the event raised over $1 million in one night. This year, the reception and the silent auction occurred under a large tent on the quad, and the dinner and the live auction took place in the Liccardo building. The purpose of the Golden Bell Auction is to support students attending Bellarmine. Mr. Brian Adams, Vice President for Advancement at Bellarmine, said, “Its mission remains the same today as it was in 1977: to celebrate the Bellarmine community and raise much needed funds for the school. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised each year through this event.” One part of the event, the “Last Person Standing” segment, raised thousands of dollars that benefits Bellarmine’s Direct Financial Aid program. Although the Golden Bell Auction has served this same noble purpose throughout the years, the event itself has been constantly modified, adjusted, and
improved to account for changing situations and new technology. In the past, the auction took place in a large tent at the same place where the Sobrato Center is currently located. However, Mr. Adams stated, “While that building was under construction, we moved the event date into June and took advantage of the nice weather to have a more casual, outdoor event in the quad.” As a result of this change, guests were able to enjoy both the exciting auction and the casual, comfortable, and welcoming outdoor atmosphere. Because this event happened in the summer in recent years, however, some students were not as aware of the Golden Bell Auction in the past. Ved Paranjpe ‘12 expressed this sentiment, stating, “I vaguely remember it happening last year.” This year, the model for the event changed once again. Mr. Adams stated, “We are going back to having the event in spring, adding
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Bidders are having dinner while waiting for items to bid on. more live auction items, and guests to bid on items by using bringing the large tent back to devices similar to smart phones, campus.” and they don’t even need to “The theme this year is leave their tables to do so.” Back to the Future, as we are reBy adapting over the past turning to include components several years, the Golden Bell of the Golden Bell Auction that Auction has been able to mainmany guests had come to know tain its high standard of exceland enjoy in previous years.” lence and success. Throughout The auction as a whole was yet this process, the Golden Bell again a success, headlined by the Auction has also maintained its sale of a donated 2012 Grand strong commitment to not only Cherokee Laredo for $33,000 serving its many guests, but during the live auction. also helping the students of the The auction itself is also Bellarmine community. While adjusting to improved technolo- this innovative event is differgies. Mr. Adams explained, “A ent from many of Bellarmine’s cool feature this year is the use events and programs, the Goldof BidPal devices for bidding en Bell Auction is still a Bellarmon silent auctions. This allows ine tradition.
April 2nd, 2012
ASB Elections Continued from front page 1
VINCENT NGUYEN ’13
Top: President Candidate Nick Medal leaning on some lockers. Bottom: President Candidate James Pierce
...junior Nick Medal said, “I’m very happy and am looking forward to making a speech. I’ve been planning for this position since freshman year, and ran for ASB every year because I’ve enjoyed my time at Bellarmine; that’s not a lie.” This year, the final speeches will be given on April 19. However, they had no such opportunity during the primary races, leading to a reliance on other tactics to reach out to the student body. Candidates put up posters all over the school, including the O’Donnell staircases, Carney, and even finding their way into the speech and debate offices. Kevin Korb and Sohum Patel quickly covered the school with posters featuring the different clothes they wore; for example, one featured each of them wearing sweaters. Medal’s tactics were different, waiting to the last minute, said, “My posters were from Connor Bridgeman, since I hadn’t been able to work on them. For the general elections, I’ll put them earlier than just the Wednesday before.” A feature that took greater prominence this year was the use of social media such as Facebook to reach out to students, a development that is reminiscent of the Republican and Democratic primaries over the last few years. Candidates created pages, groups, links, and even
memes online to support their campaign. Some students liked the new campaign techniques. Junior Elliott Pereira, who was part of all four presidential groups, said, “The Facebook groups were all pretty creative,” and junior Nagy Hakim added, “They were dynamic, as you saw people interact with the candidates.” However, others viewed them as a nuisance. “I feel like those groups were mostly useless to me,” sophomore Ankit Mathur said. “Their purpose would be to put forth the platform, but they’re just spammed by useless commenting. I don’t even look at them.” Other tactics included handing out food; juniors David Eydus and Jake Dessau, on the day before primaries, carried a bag of Starburst candy in front of Sobrato and handed the pieces out to prospective voters. However, some students were still left unimpressed. “The posters and other campaign tactics are useless, because it’s still a popularity contest,” junior Matt Enright said. As for why they chose specific candidates, many students depended on interactions with the candidates. “In today’s primaries, I was mainly influenced by my own interactions with the candidates,” sophomore Alex Doan said. “Although having cool posters and good PR is great, I would rather choose someone I actually know can do a good job - and I guess the best way to decide who is the best candidate is simply to know the candidates.”
Teachers Give Advice on How to Ask a Girl to Prom “First of all, [guys] should know the girl. Prom shouldn’t be a blind date. Secondly, I think a guy should be sincere when he asks a girl, meaning he doesn’t lead a girl on so she thinks she’s going to have a relationship if all he really wants is to go to prom with her. If the girl is his girlfriend, then he should probably do something special, like maybe some balloons to her locker, or a teddy bear. If they’re just friends, then he should try to be as clear as possible by saying, ‘I’d love for you to go to prom with me.’ It needs to be in person. No texting, but if you did text it, then you should use emojis.” “I once had my son set up a friend of his with a date for prom. He found a date for one of my students. My son didn’t know my student, but my student needed a date for prom. So my son was at Saratoga High and he actually got a date for him. They went to bocce before, so they met each other in a group setting, and then they went to prom.” -Ms. Giraudo "The biggest thing about asking is to not be afraid. The method of asking doesn’t matter, as long as you truly mean it. If they say no, it doesn’t matter. You’ve got nothing to lose so why worry?" - Mr. Janke "You can talk to her on the phone, but the best way would be face-to-face. If you can't do that, you would do it by phone." Do you have any stories about prom? "Not that would be appropriate for me to share." - Mr. Harville “Go into it without fear. What’s the worst thing that can happen. They say no?” - Mr. Bliss "It seems like you can just put your name out there on Facebook or something. Just say, 'I'd like to go to prom with somebody. Anybody interested? Send me a...request or something.' See who wants to go with you. Isn't that what [Facebook] is there for? You've got all these friends, and they have friends of friends. It seems like there's someone out there that wants to go to prom with you." - Mr. Sherbart "I didn't have a girlfriend but I wanted to go to prom, so I asked one of my friends who went to another school that had girls if she had any friends that didn't have a date to her prom. So I got a date not only to my prom, but I got to go to two proms. We were also able to split all the costs, because we weren't dating, so there was no pressure to pay for everything myself. We're still friends but we were never dating. Try to have other girls set you up. Go with someone you like hanging out with anyway. One of the things I realized about prom at Bellarmine is, you're sitting at a table with five or six of your friends and all their dates, and you guys [Bell students] all know each other because you've gone to school together, but a lot of the girls don't know anyone else there necessarily, except for you. It's important that you go with someone you have something to talk about with, and you're not just sitting around being bored the whole time." - Mr. Flowers
Bellarmine’s rigorous academics, athletics, and various co-curriculars often leave students with little time for much else. Some may be able to earn enough for the next prom by slipping in a few hours each week bagging groceries, serving frozen yogurt, or heating up pizza slices. Others manage to relieve stress by sneaking in a few hours on computer video games. One brilliant senior, however, has managed to do both at the same time, and has already made a significant dent in his upcoming college tuition. Nick Smith ’12 may look no different from most students on campus, but place him at a video gaming conference, and he will instantly hit celebrity status. Until 2008, he was no different from any other gawky middle school student who loved video games and YouTube, but unlike others, he had the business sense to recognize its potential. “Once I realized how popular gaming was getting,” he recounts, “I thought I might get in on that.” “That” started with one basic channel and eventually blossomed into a partnership with Machinima, the ESPN equivalent of gaming. Nick started by uploading videos of him playing Call of Duty, and later progressed to Black Ops and Minecraft. The latter, has since become “the most popular game on my game channel,” he notes. Word has gotten out to the point where he has hundreds of thousands of followers to his channels, and he signed on with the gaming network Machinima about nine or ten months ago. The benefits to partnering with Machinima over private contracting is that in his current agreement, he know that he will get about $2000 for every million views, whereas with private contracts, his income fluctuated anywhere from $900 to $5000 for the same number of views. One might wonder how much time this business takes from a typical schedule of studying, studying, and more studying. But being a second-semester senior, Nick does not see it getting in the way of anything, especially school work. His new career hasn’t gotten “in the way of anything, really,” he comments. “I enjoyed playing video games before.” There millions of 40 year-olds out there who still haven’t figured out what they want to do, but Nick has already found a job he loves, before even being able to vote. As for his celebrity status? It doesn’t get him privileges at school, but he admits to being recognized a few times at Oakridge Mall; and when he is in his element at a convention like “Vidcon,” he “[takes] like 40 or 50 pictures with people.” Nick explains, “Right now, I’m going to stick with what I’m doing. Right now, I have two other channels, with skit videos and stuff.” And with wisdom that any parent would love, he adds, “I’m probably just going to stick with gaming for now, because that’s what is paying for my college, right now. I’ll be able to pay for college with the salary I have.” Nick’s keen business sense does not come without humility, however. He attributes much of it to plain luck or timing. “I got in a little before it was impossible to get in. When I started, it just kind of took off a couple of months later.” He observes, “Time is always on your side on YouTube. It’s so much harder to get popular on YouTube than before.” But, Nick tries to be encouraging by adding, “It is easier on a different level to get popular, too. There used to be only two places to get signed on, Machinima and TGS, but now there are a lot more places to get signed into.” Surprisingly, Nick confesses that his success has become a little boring. “Back in the days, it was completely fun. It used to be more fun than it is now,” Nick admits. “Now, I don’t really like playing video games that much because I feel like I have to. I sort of like keeping work and real life as separate as possible. It kind of ruins it once it becomes business.” Most likely, though, the income he derives from it helps him get over it.
“I’m probably just going to stick with gaming for now, because that’s what is paying for my college, right now. I’ll be able to pay for college with the salary I have.”
March 30th, 2012
As a result of their latest video, “S*** Students Say,” seniors Brendan Baz, Andrew Guastaferro, and Alex Saidi have received newfound fame. A parody on typical things high school students say, the video was filmed in Sobrato and posted on January 20th, steadily receiving more and more views. As of March 26, it had received over 650,000 views. The video consists of two and a half minutes of the seniors saying phrasesthat high school students typically say, ranging from, “Yeah, I’m a 2nd semester senior,” to, “What do you mean Wikipedia isn’t a credible source?” “I saw a couple videos simi“What do you lar to it. After ‘S*** mean Wikipedia Girls Say,’ a bunch isn’t a credible of people started making spisource?” noffs,” said Baz. “I [thought], maybe we should do that because we could be able to get a lot of subscribers to start watching our channel.” Saidi added, “We had been talking about doing a video for a while, and this was just something to get us started.” The trio received permission to film in Sobrato right after school. The faculty didn’t know they’d be filming a video, but the trio made sure not to offend anyone. “We didn’t make the video specifically for Bellarmine students,” Guastaferro said. “We’ve talked to students from other schools, and the stuff we said in the video isn’t only what we’ve heard at Bellarmine. It’s not intended to represent only Bellarmine, and we did make sure that there’s nothing associated specifically with Bellarmine.” Baz continued, “We had a bunch of comments from people in Britain and Australia saying that they’re hearing the same thing, so we tried to make it as generic as possible.” The video took them three hours to film and about three to four hours to edit. As a result of their hard work, they found their fifteen minutes of fame. “I’ve gotten a bunch of friend requests on Facebook,” said Saidi. Baz added that he’s received about 20 friend requests. Guastaferro went on to say, “I’ve got- As of March 26, ten over 150 requests it had received on Facebook. I can over 650,000 check my phone, and views. I probably have one right now. It’s getting [somewhat] ridiculous, but it’s not like people are telling us, ‘You’re those people that made that one YouTube video.’” As for the significance of the video to the trio, this just might be their big break. “We’re trying to make careers out of this,” said Guastaferro. “I’m majoring in screenwriting when I go to college. Alex is doing production, and Brendan is doing post-production. This is a good experience for us to get involved in what we want to do and just practice working.”
April 2nd, 2012
iPhone Apps Make Library Accessible by Jeff Hara ’14 staff writer/reporter
Destiny Quest and Access My Library are free apps found on iTunes that allow students to browse Bellarmine’s catalog and Gale databases, respectively. These apps have been available for over a year now, and as the number of smartphone and tablet users among students has risen, these apps have become increasingly useful. For the sake of convenience, these apps bypass the need to use a computer or a mobile browser by letting students browse the Mathewson library and thousands of online documents. “You enter the school username and password only once, and the apps will store that data,” said librarian Mrs. Weber. In Destiny Quest, students can reserve books under their name with the push of a button, and the database instantaneously places the book on hold, even on a different computer. Moreover, through Access My Library, online texts not only are fully accessible but also can be emailed or printed straight from a mobile device. Ms. Anberg said, “There have been a few people that have used them and said they were handy.”
Funny Bell Quotes Facebook Group Spawns Debate as Admins Intervene by Collin Baker ’13 staff writer/reporter
Despite the positive feedback and many features the apps boast, the librarians have noticed that their popularity has fallen. Mrs. Weber said, “When I first posted information, there was some interest in it. Last year I remember seeing kids using it.” However, Mrs. Weber is confident that the apps will be used more often as the popularity of tablets increases. Bellarmine is considering loaning iPads to students. “If every student has an iPad, assuming this is a viable alternative to heavy textbooks, this is just an app that will take you directly there.” However, with mobility comes the issue of practicality. Sophomore Akhil Surapaneni said, “I’ve never seen the apps, but I think the idea is intriguing. Although it might be useful, I probably wouldn’t use it because my phone’s screen is too small to conveniently do research.” These apps provide access to a college-grade library and an extensive database, and there are so many benefits to having them. It’s hard to believe that more people don’t know about them. Mrs. Weber said, “These apps could help you on your research papers and homework. It covers all areas of the curriculum, and you would probably be surprised!”
The New Web
What’s New With The New Website? “Don’t step on the B, but apparently clicking it’s okay now.” ~Mr. Carey, Tech Coordinator
“One of my most favorite things is the athletics section and the score ticker that goes across the page. I think it might have been Mr. Meyercord who asked ‘Can’t we make it more like ESPN.com?”
“I also think we’ve done a better job of differentiating the different student, parent, and alumni portals so people can understand where they are and what information they can expect to see.” ~Mrs. Collison, Webmaster
Top: Destiny Quest app allows students to access library online. Bottom Middle: The new website boasts clear links to Mixer Tickets and the Campus Store. Right: Funny Bell Quotes has taken the community by storm.
School Website Gets “New, Fresh Design” Continued from front page
“We wanted to provide a fresh look for all of our constituencies.” ~Mr. Carey, Tech Coordinator
~Mr. Carey, Tech Coordinator
“Intuitive and convenient.”
“It looks nice, but it’s hard to find certain things.”
~Senior Samay Dhawan
~Junior Zach Laird
...should be and what all the content is. “I think it’s just a big job.” Mrs. Collison, on the other hand, explained, “The biggest obstacle was just time. It’s one of those things where no matter how much time you have, it always expands to the end. We’ve been working steadily on the new website I’d say since mid-November, we were still working on it the day it launched, and there will still be things to do.” Sources of inspiration were also key to the redesign.
The tech coordinators did a vast amount of research beforehand. “There were a lot,” Mr. Carey said. “I can’t even begin to name them. Mrs. Collison and the rest of the team were working on looking at hundreds of websites and picking elements they’d like to be on each one. Silver Point was key in helping us identify those elements – it was a very interactive design process.” Mrs. Collison said, “I spent a bit of time going to other schools’ websites, including the schools that are in the area like Presentation and St. Francis. Both also used Silverpoint, so I knew if I saw something on their site that I liked, I could make it happen on our site as well.”
As a former parent, Mrs. Collison also had in mind ideas that would make the site easier from an experienced standpoint. “I knew how I had used the site when I was a parent here and I knew how my son used the site as a student so I used that as my inspiration to figure out what I would want to see and how I would want to see it.” The new website represents a radical departure from the previous iteration, in terms of both hardware and new features. Mr. Carey works with the hardware supporting the new website. “The site is on a new server, so it should be significantly faster. The new one is actually running on
our virtual server infrastructure, which means we have 3 or 4 bigger server boxes and they run virtual instances of operating systems.” “That saves a lot of power and energy for cooling and stuff like that because a lot of times you don’t necessarily use all of the processing power of the server all day long, so if you house a few on the same box, you take up less space, generate less heat, consume less power, and as long as you size it correctly, it can be as efficient as if not more [than a single server system].” As for the website itself, there are an assortment of new features that make the online experience more efficient and inviting for students, parents, and alumni. Mr.
Carey jokingly remarked, “You don’t step on the B, but apparently clicking it is okay now.” What he’s referring to is the central system which enables users to access the various portals (student, parent, and alumni). He then said, “The old site had stuff that no one read; this site has actually relevant information. All of the announcements, the most recent scores, a few studentrelated news items, the calendar with the daily order, major events from that calendar, the cafeteria menu which I think is cool so you can see what’s coming up, and all of your announcements broken down by club and topic.” “That’s pretty useful because I can figure out if I want to eat at
Liccardo or go to Cindy’s,” freshman Kunal Bhatia said. Senior Samay Dhawan said “It’s [the score ticker’s] intuitive and convenient – I think I’ll use it frequently.” Mr. Carey also highlighted the B: Connected panel. “The idea here is that since not all of the resources you [students, parents, faculty] use are on bcp.org, things like Webmail, Moodle, and the Bridge site are now quicklinked through a pop-up menu that appears in every portal,” he explained. “It has a much more intuitive layout than the old See Website pg 10
Funny Bell Quotes, a Facebook group with over 1,300 members of all grade levels, has become a forum for humorous and oftentimes inappropriate dialogue posted by students. Recently, the responsibility of group members regarding what is posted and the security of the content has come into question in the past months, culminating in adaptations in off-campus policy by the administration, punishment of students who commit integrity violations on social media, and subsequent student backlash to this enforcement. According to Mr. Scott Swenson, the Assistant Dean of Students, the language of the offcampus code of conduct policy, which can be seen on page 16 of the handbook, has remained nearly unchanged. Officially, the handbook states that the school does not usually involve itself in outside student activity, but when a student engages in conduct that goes against school principles, “disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion, could be taken against the student.” The way in which this code is enforced has expanded with the increased use of Facebook, Twitter, and other common sites. “The enforcement has changed in the frequency in which we have to enforce it because of social media,” said Mr. Swenson. He continued, “We still interpret rule violations in the same way we have in the past, it’s just that now we’ve had to include new outlets for bad behavior in social media.” Some students believe that punishing students for online interactions wastes time and money. “Monitoring students is fine, but reprimanding people and taking action against them about things that happened off school property is just a waste of resources,” a senior stated. “I don’t think the administration should have the jurisdiction to regulate what we do outside of school as long as it doesn’t affect us within school.” Others see administrative action against social networking posters as justified. “It’s publicly accessible,” a junior said. “They have the right to look in. It’s a risk that everyone runs who is really involved in the group. If they were eavesdropping on people talking about those things, then that would be more of an issue but Facebook is out there.” “I think it’s an infringement on privacy, but in a sense, you really should be keeping to the code of conduct, and if they catch you, that’s your bad,” another junior added. “I think they should inflict punishment just if they come across it, however, I disagree with actively looking for punishable content because I think it is a premeditated strike against students, just trying to punish them whenever they can.” With technology and social media steadily growing in popu-
larity, separating online life from school life can be quite a challenge. “It’s impossible to separate them now,” a student said. “Almost everyone who goes here associates themselves on Facebook or other social media with Bellarmine College Prep, so it’s not going to go away.” “What you do outside of school still has an impact on what you do in school,” remarked one student who has been reprimanded for his actions on the site. “If you use the school name in a bad image, it’s still tied together. Given that I now know that teachers and administration can see what I post, I stay on track, not deviating and not being too disrespectful just because it’s not in school.” Although students do not all agree as to how rules should be enforced, the lack of context on Funny Bell Quotes and other groups is one of its major flaws. “Sometimes those quotes are taken out of context so in many instances, it looks horrendous what the teacher has said in class,” said Mr. Swenson. “Understanding that it was posted in a very specific way will elicit a very specific response, and I think that monitoring that and in some cases, calling students in for posting, is warranted because they’re trying to engage students in conversations that are not the conversations we want students to be having.” “There’s a line between funny and rude, or inappropriate or racist,” a junior said. “Taken out of context, I know that some of the things my teachers say look poor, but there’s a certain class dynamic or environment that really has to be taken into account and Funny Bell Quotes doesn’t do that. That’s where it fails.” Ultimately, the issue comes down to moral obligation, granted that the administration cannot crack down on everything posted in a public group. A sophomore remarked, “There’s a fine line there. If the teacher specifically says they don’t want you to post something and they want to remain anonymous, you should respect that, but if the teacher says it’s all in good fun or the teacher takes it fine, then I think it’s alright.” “Posting things on open groups like that is a little stupid, but it’s not wrong,” said the senior. “Involving the teachers within that group, in my opinion, was a really dumb idea.” Regardless of how hard the administration fights inappropriate behavior online, expanding social media ensures that the problem will not go away. “As we move to more social media, which is where I think we’re going, especially if we follow other schools in creating a one-to-one laptop or iPad program, the incidents may increase because you’ll have so much more immediate access to it,” Mr. Swenson said. “Either way, I think the way our rulebook is currently set up is the right attitude to have toward it. I think it is fulfilling its purpose.”
ple better understand the tradition of Bellarmine.” Key to the new website is the understanding that it is Continued from feature page no longer as permanent as the old one seemed to many. This website, and it’s a lot easier to goes for both the initial homepaccess as a student. I also think age dynamic that users experithe choice of photos on the front ence and the content itself. Mr. page is better, and it’s definitely Carey confirmed that “This is more convenient to have the an HTML5 site (the former one lunch menu under the student was flash-based), so we can basection,” said freshman Milo sically swap the pictures in and Knowles. out without having to do much A key advance Mr. Carey work other than just changing and the rest of the web team are the URL. As new photos come in working on is a move toward a that are awesome and as these single sign-on protocol (SSP). He get a little old, I’m sure they’ll be detailed that “What’s key in here swapped out a lot more quickly is that probably for next school and frequently – not as much of year this will be a a technical chalsingle sign-on so lenge at all this that when you ac- “We tried to think time around.” tually click on one of some things Mr. Carey of those links, it continued to state will ask you to sign that would be fun that, “It’s [the in once to this webalso still and unexpected” website’s] site and then you a work in progress can go to any of ~Mrs. Collinson so the thing that I those without havwould suggest is ing to re-sign in. if there are inacWe’re going to use a single sign- cessible, missing, or wrong bits in protocol called SAML that will and pieces of the site, to realize integrate all of this stuff.” that this is not something that is Mrs. Collison describes static by any means. the new website macroscopiLooking forward, Mrs. Colcally, and contended that “We’ve lison indicated “We want to try really taken the external site to incorporate the whole social which is really a site for prospec- media aspect more into the webtive parents and students and site too. There are a few pages formed it into something that’s now that have the Facebook truly for them – it’s not too clut- references, like the yearbook tered, it gives them an overview Facebook page which is in the of everything we do, [and] it pro- student portal in the yearbook vides an insight into what makes page. I know that there are a lot Bellarmine, Bellarmine. of separate club- or group-ori“Everything is covered; it’s ented Facebook pages that we just that we don’t go into min- could bring in to our site so that ute detail on, for example, when people can see what’s going on. the immersion trips are leaving, “I think it would be interbecause they [prospective par- esting to try to loop more into ents and students] don’t need those so that we can get pictures to know when the trips leave – that other people take and get they just need to know that we them up on the site. In general, have them. I think that’s a really in being on campus, I like to good move that we made.” make sure that we do get picAnother interesting feature tures all the time about what’s that Mrs. Collison highlights is happening on campus and that the virtual campus tour. She il- we update the homepage aclustrated the procedure: “It cordingly.” brings up a campus map with Mrs. Collison summed it hotspots on various parts of the up: “I think it’s great – we can campus. Hovering over those also change it, so as things come hotspots gives you pictures of up we’ll evaluate them and go that portion of the campus. from there.” “Likewise, the Bellarmine Mr. Carey is also proud of B is ghosted onto the footer of the team’s finished product. He every page. We tried to think of said, “As an alumnus and somesome things that would be fun body who’s worked here for 13 and unexpected such that when years I’m excited to just see this people came across them, would new, fresh design. I think it’s got approve and appreciate. I’m a good feel to it. It makes me hoping that over time, we can happy to be a Bell when I see this add more hotspots to help peo- new website in a lot of ways.”
The Immigration Summit Registration online, where students apply for events they want to go to.
Previewing the Justice Summit by Rahul Joshi ’13 section head
For the past several years our community has strived to make us more aware of problems around the world. The Justice themes of hunger and sustainability have both helped increase awareness and general knowledge of our students. This year’s theme of immigration has already sparked intense discussion at the past two breakout sessions. The discussion of immigration will reach its peak at the upcoming Justice Summit. As with previous summits, students will have a choice of three out of their four sessions. Mrs. Arriola, one of the organizers of the event, explained that this year’s speakers will offer varied opinions and experiences on this topic. “We have a combination of immigrants and people working directly with immigrants,” she explained. “We have national organizations as well as local ones represented. We have lawyers, advocates, students, artists, BCP alums and elected officials coming to speak. The list is long, and exciting.” She continued to describe
the several different types of sessions. “We have a little bit of everything. Some of the sessions will show films, many will offer opportunities for discussion, some will be large group sessions. We have invited a broad range of speakers so that – we hope – there will be something for everyone.” In addition to the standard presentations, we will also have our final breakout sessions regarding the first speakers talk. Junior Sushant Gadgil, a justice summit leader, explained, “I think it[the breakout session] is going to be like the other two. I look forward to talks from experts because it is always interesting what they have to say. It is also interesting to see what others come up with because there are things that I never thought about.” However, most striking difference in this upcoming justice week is the odd layout of the discussions. Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30 start off the Justice Summit with the remainder of the discussions taking place after the weekend. The main reason for the schedule’s current structure, is to accommodate the Bishop’s visit and liturgy on Tues-
day, April 3. With the summit approaching quickly, students have conflicting outlooks for the event. Senior Ankur Das, excited for the upcoming weeks, said, “I think it’s great how we keep returning to the justice theme throughout the year. It encourages us to continue developing our thoughts on immigration and share them with others.” Others, such as junior Brian Abboid, are more skeptical. “I am not sure what will be different at the upcoming summit that has not already been discussed,” he commented. “Still I am happy to be proven wrong.” Regardless of their stance, students and faculty alike have devoted hundreds of hours to ensuring the success of this event. Mrs. Arriola offered some final thoughts explaining, “I am so thankful that our community has come together as it has – while at times we may not all agree on a particular piece of this justice theme, our community has come together with a willingness to talk, pray and work together for the good of our students.”
The 646 Crosses in the Quad by Rahul Singareddy ’14 section head
Looking at the crosses on the field of Lokey, people have come up with a variety of explanations. Are they to stop kids from walking on the grass? Are they the next level of training for the Ultimate Frisbee club? Are they distractions from the never ending sound of construction? In reality, however, the crosses serve a much deeper purpose: to highlight the deaths of immigrants on the Mexican American border. Since the implementation of the border fence on the US-Mexico border, the remains of approximately 6,000 men, women, and children have been recovered because migrants were forced through hazardous stretches of desert. From 20102011, the remains of 183 people were recovered in the ArizonaSonara region of the border
alone. At Bellarmine, 646 crosses have been placed by the Campus Ministry to represent the migrant deaths of the region from 2010 to 2011. But though the crosses are there to raise awareness, they have not been entirely successful. “I know absolutely nothing about them,” junior Evan Noronha said. “I saw some of the campus ministry guys moving them around so maybe it’s something for Lent. But in all honesty I’m clueless.” Sophomore Ryan Demo expressed: “I don’t really know what they’re for,” he says. “I heard that they were there to symbolize the deaths of all the people who die trying to cross the border from someone on Facebook, but I can’t be sure.” At the same time, however, neither see it as an inconvenience. “It’s not too hard to walk around them, as long as you watch where you’re going,” Evan said. “Every-
one manages to walk around them,” Ryan said. Both students also believe that the crosses have been a failure to raise awareness. “The crosses are great concept, but no one knows what the crosses are for,” Evan said. “If someone stopped and told me what it meant, or symbolized, or just mentioned that there was a vague connection between the crosses on the lawn and a bigger idea, it would actually be very profound. But as it is with the given information or lack thereof, it doesn’t look like much more than an art project.” Campus Ministry invited all students to write the name of a migrant who has died in the desert on on one of the crosses. The Campus Ministry is providing permanent markers, and the names and dates of death of the immigrants who have died in the desert.
April 2nd, 2012
Students Take Trip to Kino Border in Nogales by Ryan Ochoa ’13 section head
Over the winter break, four Bellarmine students, Mr. Spitzmueller, and Mr. Cussen went on the Kino Border Initiative trip to Nogales, Arizona, hoping to volunteer and learn more about the controversial issue of illegal immigration. Kino is a non-profit Jesuit organization that focuses on three main things: humanitarian aid to deportees, food and health care, and education. We were the last Jesuit school in our California Province to go on the trip, so when Kino offered to have some students come and volunteer, Mr. Meyercord began to organize. “I worked for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps before and had already been to Nogales, Arizona,” Mr. Cussen said. “When Bellarmine sent out an e-mail about the trip, I decided I wanted to be involved.” Since only four students were allowed to go on the trip,
there was a rigorous process of applications and techer recommendations to choose which students could go. Juniors Alejandro Serrano, Raymond Tersini, and Joe Smith, as well as sophomore Emilio Flamenco were chosen to participate. “I chose [the Kino trip] because of the small group atmosphere and for the 5-day length,” junior Raymond Tersini said. “Also, our theme this year is immigration and I wanted to learn more about the subject since living in the Bay Area we get limited knowledge about what goes on at the border.” The students left Saturday morning and after a short plane ride and a bus trip they arrived in Nogales. “My greatest fear was being outside of my comfort zone in the unfamiliar area of the Mexican border,” Tersini said. Upon arriving in Nogales, the students were shocked to see the clash between American and Mexican culture. Nogales is a border town, part of it is in Mexico, and
the other part is in the U.S. “My first reaction was that there were a lot of cops,” junior Alejandro Serrano said. “About 3 cops to every 1 person. There was also a 20-foot fence with rocks on the American side. We met people who had broken legs and bones from trying to jump the fence and because of this they landed on the rocks and hurt themselves.” The faculty and students mainly worked with Father Neeley, a Jesuit priest, who helped them cross the border. After arriving at a soup kitchen, the students and faculty served hundreds of meals a day to people who had been deported within the past 15 days. “It was hard for me to speak Spanish, but I was trying to talk to a man in the soup kitchen and I realized he spoke English,” Mr. Cussen said. “He was from San Jose, California. He moved to the United States when he was a teenager and had live here for 20 years. Now that he was deported, he had nowhere to go.
Page 11 His whole life was in the U.S.” The students and faculty met many immigrants and heard countless stories of their journeys to the United States, and how they were deported. They also heard of how the Border Patrol would beat the immigrants up and yell at them, which they did not understand because they only understood Spanish. They also went to a woman’s shelter, where they met many women who had been recently deported. “The border is very dangerous on both sides. On the American side, the immigrants can be harassed or beat up. But, on the Mexican side, the drug cartels have
a strong presence. They often charge men and women to cross the border, sometimes evenmaking immigrants carry drugs across. Women are especially vulnerable, as many are raped or beat up.” This trip opened up the eyes of all those who participated. They had fun bonding, reflecting, and meeting immigrants face to face. “We learned not to hate immigrants,” Serrano said. “They don’t cross illegally for bad reasons, they do it for employment or to see their families. They are people just like us, ultimately, and they need help too.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEJANDRO SERRANO ‘13
Lenten Food Drive Pushes for Donations by Adam Pramono ’13 staff writer/reporter
Continuing in the Bellarmine spirit of community-based action, the Lenten Food Drive will be completing another cycle in its annual run this March. Led by Ms. Maloney, the drive aims to capitalize on the season of Lent and help out the community by collecting food and donations. A long tradition of success, programs like the Drive have helped Bellarmine earn a Gold Award for its community outreach. This year’s drive is a multifaceted approach to getting food to the people who need it. There are two methods by which students and staff can help out with the cause. The first avenue to helping is through direct donations. Like earlier in the year, barrels have been placed all around campus to donate canned goods. The goal is for the donation opportunity to be accessible to everyone. The other way to help out is a virtual donation link. Located on the Bellarmine website, the virtual donation box allows people to help out from home. For those unsure about online donations, the website will show what the donations will be buying. Sophomore Ankit Mathur said, “I think it’s cool that there’s an online venue for helping out since I never remember to bring my cans.” This year, the Lenten Food Drive aims to collect 5000 pounds of canned food through the barrels, along with $2000 through virtual donations. All donations will go to the
Second Harvest Food Bank for distribution. Located in San Jose, SHFB serves a vital role in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, as, according to the organization, “1 in 10 people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties receive food from Second Harvest.” The canned goods will be distributed to those in need. The cash donations will be left up to the discretion of SFHB for usage in food purchases. Ms. Maloney said, “The goal is to boost nutrition and move fresh foods and vegetables.” She added that the SFHB will be utilizing the cash donations more effectively because of their ability to buy in bulk, getting more food for each dollar. As some students have already learned, the Food Bank distributes a lot of fresh food in the form of vegetables that are sorted by volunteers and staff. Bellarmine has sent volunteers over to Second Harvest to help participate in the process every Friday in the school year. Junior Elliott Pereira, a past volunteer, said, “I had a great time volunteering with everyone. I felt like I made a difference and the contributions were pretty direct.” The timing of the drive is no coincidence. As opposed to other food drives that take place during the Christmas season, the Lenten Food Drive lives up to its name. As Ms. Maloney said, “Lent is a good time for the food drive because people want to express their care for the community.” Senior Rohit Gupta saID, “Putting the drive during the Lent season is better since the winter season has so many oth-
ers going on.” The faculty and staff work together to help engage in their own contributions to the drive. Some faculty and staff have collection barrels inside their classrooms, with teachers like Dr. Sullivan offering extra credit for students who bring in cans. The theater program also contributed by asking for cans as viewers flock to their shows. For example,the Sanguine Humors group will be using their lunchtime shows to both raise awareness and funds. There will be collection barrels there as well as a one dollar viewing fee that will go to Second Harvest Food Bank. Junior Travis Kim said, “Even though it’s a dollar, I think people will still go since it’s for a good cause.” The Lenten Food Drive has been the product of many different efforts. The Agape group worked with the Mother’s Guild to organize the logistics of the drive from collecting the actual cans in the collection barrels to working with promoting the drive around campus.
BRANDON YUNG ‘13
Junior Carlos Salazar donates food to the Lenten Food Drive.
BRANDON YUNG ‘13
iTunes: Still Dominant for a Reason by Emilio Flamenco ’14 staff writer/reporter
Becoming a part of a global conglomerate is never something that one engages in intentionally. However, if you’ve bought an iPod, iPhone or iPad in the last few years, you’ve become a part of the iTunes consumer base. While not everyone owns a mac, the iPod has become a staple in music consuming technology, and as a result has fueled the popularity of iTunes as both a music store and personal music library. I would argue that the popularity of iTunes is not misplaced. Not only does iTunes provide a smooth and universally compatible musical organization system, it also provides unique functions that can be paired with other Apple
products, the most notable being AirPlay. AirPlay allows an Apple user to stream their music to any speaker or device on the same network, without reducing any kind of audio quality. I have found this to be a great way to set up music around my house without worrying about plugging in my device at every speaker. Furthermore, personal preference on how one listens to music plays a significant role in deciding between Spotify and iTunes. I personally am not a fan of listening to great big playlists with thousands of songs, most of which, in all likelihood, I will only hear once. I love to make
playlists, handpicking each individual song and putting them into specific tracklists. I have a “Studying Playlist,” an “Indie/Rock Playlist,” and a “Music That Makes Me Feel Cooler Than I Am Playlist.” For every musical mood, I have a corresponding playlist. One thing I dislike about Spotify is the overwhelming volume of music, making it difficult to identify a new favorite from a sea of decent jams. For me personally, I find the interface of Spotify far inferior to the smoother and more organized displays of iTunes. iTunes has all playlists nicely organized in a bar on the left, but the Spotify interface is filled with extraneous
decorum, and is often interrupted with advertisements for free users. Also, I initially started to use Spotify with the intent of sharing my music library with my friends, but quickly found that syncing my iTunes library with Spotify was far more work intensive, and wouldn’t nearly achieve what I was hoping. Ultimately, it comes down to personal taste, and I prefer iTunes. It offers a more coherent musical experience that combines with my Apple products. While it is a slightly focused on providing a social experience, it offers one of the most comprehensive music stores on the web and an overall superior interface.
a few desperate fanboys strive to kling on. While iTunes still has a formidable user base, it is undeniable that its replacement, Spotify, has already won the fight. Starting with the most obvious advantage seems most straightforward. Spotify is a free music service that offers legal access to a wide variety of music. It allows playback of both local files (like music you’ve got on your hard drive from CD’s or online purchase) and online files. iTunes, on the other hand, provides access to only local files (and 30 second samples of the full songs accessed by Spotify). It’s basically free music without breaking the law; the only catch is an ad every ten minutes or so (less if you are listening to a mix of local and online files). Don’t like the ads? You can enter offline mode, where Spotify provides all of the functionality of iTunes without any form of advertisement.
Spotify also automatically imports every local file on the hard drive accessible to the user, including iTunes libraries. Your music, therefore, is instantly and cleanly imported in the way it was organized before. It is compatible with mobile devices, and premium users have all of their music stored in the cloud. That means they can listen to it from any mobile device that’s connected to the internet! Speaking of mobile devices, iTunes is largely constrained to iOS – no Android, Palm, or Blackberry compatibility. Spotify triumphs once again, being useful across platforms. While many people do indeed have iPhones, Spotify is the better program for iPhone due to its free streaming utility; it is the only program in the running for other mobile OS options. The most innovative and revolutionary aspect of Spotify, though, is its Facebook in-
tegration. Apple’s product doesn’t even come close; Spotify enables music sharing, playlist swapping, and social interaction to go along with the audio capabilities of plain old iTunes. Remember: if you want to listen to a song you don’t own and you’re on iTunes, tough luck. However, Spotify gives free access without users having to pay a cent. If there’s still a question left in your head as to which is the better program, remember that Spotify can do EVERYTHING that iTunes does on your PC and provides the only legitimate option for noniOS devices. There’s literally no reason to keep iTunes installed; Spotify plays nice with hardware devices like MP3 players. Spotting the winner isn’t hard in today’s case. unless you’re known for getting bad marks in common sense.
Spotify: The Future of Music Service by Ronny Mukherjee ’13 staff writer/reporter
The principle of “market diffusion” tells of the multiple types of consumers a product moves through during development. The innovators and early adopters, bold and risk-taking, are the first to try new products. They are soon followed by the early majority, usually informed youths. And then, of course, there are the laggards – people who simply won’t get the message that the old norm is gone, and that a new standard has arisen. Examples of these technological sloths include MySpace members, Yahoo searchers, Internet Explorer lovers, students who actually read assigned books, and the worst of all – iTunes users. Whether it is Google search, or SparkNotes, the old guards have been ousted by a far superior competitor. And while the dilapidated corpses of innovations that have had their time sink to irrelevancy,
Day of Music: A New Twist on the Schedule by Chris Cognetta ’14 staff writer/reporter
On Thursday March 1st, many students who eagerly rushed out of their first period class during the passing period came to discover the Lion King theme song playing on the speakers all around the campus. This was the Day of Music, an ASB planned event initially planned by our Spirit Commissioner, junior David Eydus. While some were content with the added twist of music into their day’s schedule, others were not as enthusiastic. Over the duration of the
day, music from the Lion King, Survivor, and Flo Rida was heard throughout campus, as well as having the live band of Dylan and Friends play near Sobrato during lunch. Eydus said, “I’m the Spirit Commissioner and I wanted to add to the atmosphere and energy [of the student body].” Some students agree that the day was a success. Sophomore Luca Dau stated, “On the whole, I like it. It gives me something to sing to in passing.” Still, some students wished to have some say into how often the day is or how the songs are picked. Junior Chase Speicher
said, “I liked it a lot, but it would be a lot better if it was once a week and we got to decide the music.” Sophomore Zeeshan Mallick said, “Seriously, we should be blasting that music from 8:05-8:10. [It is a] good way to start the day.” While there may be people who enjoyed the day, there were still others who disliked the added twist to the day’s schedule. Freshman Eric Van Lare said, “It was annoying.” Others shared the opinion, not caring for the music playing both during passing and at Sobrato during lunch as it was too loud. Other complaints
are, as said from junior Francisco Sanchez, “I also thought the sound quality [of the music] could definitely have been improved, it just didn’t sound right.” Students felt that the day could have been better if the student body was asked to participate in the planning of the day. Junior Aaron Johnson said, “It was really random. It would be cool if they played the Jeopardy theme so you know how much time you have left [in passing].” Despite the complaints, some students want to continue the Day of Music. Junior Fabian Fontanilla
says, “I’m up for them trying again, as long as it’s better and hopefully with a heads up with what to expect. Maybe also a song selection thing.” Sanchez also shared the same desire to be able to vote for the songs. He said, “I would like it again, but maybe get some input from students of what songs to hear. In spite of the complaints, Eydus wishes to establish this as a tradition and hopefully conduct another event before the end of his term. When asked for the reason, Eydus replied, “[It is for] people to enjoy themselves and to bring the community together.”
April 2nd, 2012
Solo Ensemble A Success
“The Flying Fedoras”
by Ankur Mahesh ’15 staff writer/reporter
“Dylan and Friends”
Battle Of The Bands II Draws Rave Reviews by Emilio Flamenco ’14 staff writer/reporter
This year’s Battle of the Bands II (Friday, March 23rd) featured a remarkable amount of diversity in musical genre, with performances on Sobrato Theatre’s Mainstage varying from a metal band to a solo harpist. The night of screaming, rocking out, and laughter ended with the group Third Nature winning the event in an audience-wide poll. Even the winning group was a diverse trio in itself. Third Nature, composed of lead singer Antonio Arlia (a sophomore at Prospect High School), senior drummer Matt Shea ’12, and freshman guitarist Tyler Beard participated in the school’s Battle of the Bands (BOB) last year, and general consensus from the audience and the band members themselves suggested that they had drastically improved since then. About his group, guitarist Beard said, “[We] technically improved with how tight we were as a band…Each note we play we know how to play accordingly.” Senior Joel Ponce said, “Third Nature had it going for them.” Sophomore Calvin Behrens said that they performed okay before, but were much better now. Third Nature lead singer Ponce said that this year’s BOB was a lot bigger than last year’s, and that the bands seemed a lot
more enthusiastic and prepared about coming back. “[The bands did] really well…probably better than last year,” Behrens said. Arlia of Prospect said that he felt at home on campus, having been around here a lot, and that the campus was nice and the event went well. Another big hit of that night was the metal group Skitzophrenik. Prior to their performance, the host warned audience members of the loudness of their music, and several people left; those remaining listened to the thunderous roars of sophomore Jack Wall’s electric guitars as he energetically headbanged his long hair back and forth. Lead singer and sophomore Owen Johnson also showed his excitement as he yelled lyrics into the microphone, competing against the ferocious beats of his fellow bandmates’ instruments. The crowd’s response to Skitzophrenik was overwhelmingly positive. “Everyone was good…especially Skitzophrenik,” said freshman Jimi Alvarez. “Skitzophrenik was the best.” Behrens noted the band’s efforts went above and beyond as they brought out a background U.S. flag, and their amazing stage presence- that is, their interaction and direct communications to the crowd itself. Crowd members raved near the front row during Skitzophrenik’s outburst of a show. Solo artists also nabbed the crowd by the ear that night. “[Se-
nior] Taylor Cuffie did a lot of things; I liked that” Behrens said. Cuffie not only preformed solo, but was also a member of multiple groups that evening. Summaries and phrases describing the night included: “spectacular,” “nerve-wracking” (Arlia); “actually pretty fun” (Behrens), “quite impressive” (senior Esteban Valencia), and “intense” and “incredible” (Beard). The soloists also brightened the night with their preformances. Harpist Louie Pea steered the event in a whole different direction as he played melodies solo on the harp. Pea’s performance offered a rare, temporary moment of respite for the ears on a noisy night. Behrens thought the soloists performed well, but that overall the bands performed better. In regards to the bands, Valencia, who has been to other schools’ BOBs, said that March 23rd’s performances had “surpassed [their] establishments.” Arlia said that the bands tonight were “very professional.” Shea “thought that the other bands were amazing, [and that] the solo artists were amazing too….there were a bunch of really talented musicians, it was great to be able to play with them.” “I think the biggest thing is that [the BOB is] a fundraiser raising money for a good cause,” said Shea, referencing how audience members were encouraged to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank. “From the musician’s point of view, though, I just love any chance I can get to get on stage and play music.” Valencia commented that the night had a “wide range of talent and musical genre…I would have loved it if each [of] them won because they were all so great in their own style…they were each so original in what they did.” He concluded, “that’s all you can really ask for from music.” In all, the crowd was enthralled by the performances of both solo artists and bands. Arlia, of Third Nature, said that the BOB offered an opportunity to “get out there and do what you love…it’s a great way to listen to some new and upcoming talent.” While Arlia said that there was a “really energetic crowd,” Beard said, “[I was] kind of in my own world…rather than focusing
On Tuesday, March 20, the Bellarmine music department, specifically the Symphonic Band, the Jazz Ensemble, and the Percussion Ensemble, performed in the Sobrato Center for the Solo/Ensemble concert. Adarsh Nellore ’15 said, “The Bells have been preparing for a series of concerts this semester: the Solo/ Ensemble concert, the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) band festival at San Jose State, and the Spring Concert. Since we have been practicing since the start of the semester, the Solo/ Ensemble concert kicked us off this semester, and it turned out really well! I definitely enjoyed playing.” Over the course of the year, the music department has been working to better prepare itself for its numerous concerts. Taemin Ahn ’13 said, “To get better this year, specialists and private teachers have been brought in to give specific responses to the students so that they can play the music better and get individual feedback.” During the actual performance, each specific instrument ensemble performed separately at the concert, while the individual recitals were divided by
on the audience.” Although the number of people who attended was about the same as last year, there were more parents this year. Shea said that the BOB is “great for anyone who enjoys listening to music.” Alvarez says that the overall point of the event is to “basically have fun.” That goal seems to have been met by Shea, who said, “I had a lot of fun tonight…it was great.” The senior added, “I wish I could be here next time.” Seventh grade visitor Da-
instrument. Aside from the improvements of the department this year, another important quality about the music department is that most students simply enjoy playing music. August Uffelman ’15 said, “For me, the most enjoyable part of playing in an ensemble is when everybody has contributed their share to the music and can play their parts well. I love how the music sounds when everybody can play correctly; I find that to be the most inspiring and enjoyable moment of an ensemble.” Last year at the CMEA festival, the Bellarmine jazz band ranked “superior” in all categories. As a result, because of the music program’s prior hard work and past success, many students enjoy these concerts. Viraj Thakur ’15 says, “Last December, I saw the ensemble concert, and I was pleasantly surprised. I think that the Solo/ Ensemble concert went really well this time around!” As Taemin Ahn ’13 says, “My favorite part of playing music is that it is one of the few efforts that requires cooperation, not competition. You’re not competing with the people who are playing with you; you are blending in with them. It’s one of those things that forces very close personal interaction.”
vid said it was a “pretty good experience,” comparing it to a 2011 BOB that he went to at the San Jose Public Library. The school’s was “definitely a bit smaller, [with a] greater variety of music.” The solo artists were Kevin Kaufman, Taylor Cuffie, Matt Garcia, and Louie Pea. The bands featured were the Elephants, the Nick DiMaria Experience, Skitzophrenik, Some Random People, Dylan and Friends, and Third Nature. The event was hosted by juniors Kevin Dousa and Delon Villanueva.
Father-Son Golf Tournament by Lucas Urbi ’13 staff writer/reporter
On Monday, March 12th, 2012, Bellarmine hosted its annual father-son golf tournament, which promoted a friendly sense of competition between participants as well as a comfortable environment in which fathers and sons could interact and bond. Jim Goudreau, president of the Dad’s Club and father of senior Griffin Goudreau, said, “Golf is a game that gives participants time to laugh at each other as well as themselves while playing. Golf transcends the generations; most fathers and sons en-
joy the game no matter the level of ability.” In the midst of hard-working job restraints, academic workloads, athletic commitments, growing technological fascinations, and other extracurricular engagements, students spend less and less time with their parents, creating disconnection within the family. Bellarmine continues the annual tradition of a father-son golf tournament to restore and preserve the unique bond between the parent and the child. Mr. Goudreau also adds, “I believe spending 5 hours with your son definitely provides time to talk about things neither usually have much to do during the
week with school, sports and work restraints. The bonding that happens when the two compete as a team towards a common goal brings them closer.” Consequently, the golf tournament succeeded in knitting a tighter Bellarmine community: “The golf tournament also gives many a chance to meet other Bellarmine fathers and sons which brings the community as a whole closer,” Mr. Goudreau says. “The golf tournament was an amazing experience,” junior Michael Roney says. “The quality time spent with friends and my dad was great, I really enjoyed it.”
Eight of the frisbee club members, mostly juniors, pose for a group photo during lunchtime.
Rising Sports Clubs by Victor Yin ’15 staff writer/reporter
They’re on the field before school, after school, during break, and during lunch. Their faces drip with sweat after each practice; they drench their faces in water in a desperate attempt to cool down. Yet they aren’t actually part of a Bellarmine sports team. This year, our school has seen a rise in athletic clubs, ranging from the Ping Pong Club to the Ultimate Frisbee Club. The clubs not only provide exercise and entertainment for students, but also outside competitions. In the basement of O’Donnell, members of the Ping Pong Club use their reflexes and skills to play against each other. The club has been around for two years, but at the end of last year its popularity decreased due to poor leadership. This year, sophomore Sony Theakanath gave new life to the club. The ping pong club is one of Bell’s most popular sports clubs, with over 100 members. Members play games every day at lunch and after school, and have already held two tournaments this year to determine the best ping pong players. However, Theakanath is looking to add more competition: “Next year, with the cooperation of other schools, such as Mitty and St. Francis, I plan on making this an interschool club, with competitions like a regular CCS tournament. Recently, somebody broke the ping pong
table. Once the replacement table arrives, ping pong activities will resume.” Bellarmine also features a new Tae Kwan Do Club, recently started by sophomore Kevin Arifin and his brother, freshman Andrew Arifin. The club meets every Thursday at lunch. Since most of the students are fairly new, the club focuses on teaching the basics of self-defense and physical training. “Because a lot of my friends do it, I thought it was a good idea to make this club so we could get together,” Arifin said. “It’s a good workout, and it’s really fun.” On the other hand, the Rugby Club is extremely competitive. Starting out as College Park Rugby in 1980, it eventually became Bellarmine Rugby. Competing with high schools all around the Bay Area, the team has taken first in the Northern California Rugby Kickoff tournament twice. According to senior Nick Logsdon, “[Rugby is] more entertaining than football, while still being competitive.” Another sports club that has activities out on the field is the Ultimate Frisbee Club. In 2008, Mr. Creech, faculty moderator, introduced Bellarmine students to this activity as an alumni volunteer. “It was a game that intrigued me,” Creech said. “I wanted to bring a sport that would be fun for students but not require a high level of commitment.” Juniors Matt Luu and Gareth Chen now head the Ultimate Frisbee club.
April 2nd, 2012
Young Soccer Team Hopes to Rebuild Despite Challenges by Ryan Allen ’13 editor-in-chief
After a difficult season plagued with injuries and severely lacking in upperclassmen,
the varsity soccer team still managed an 8-6-2 overall record, and is now rebuilding for next year. “We did all right,” Coach Lowney said. “Barring injuries we would’ve done better. Almost all
of our games came down to one goal. Points-wise, we qualified for CCS, but our record prevented us from being entered into [the tournament.]” Youth was definitely the
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During practice, varsity soccer players including senior Jeffrey Jackson play keep away in warm ups. .
CCS Champs Stopped at NorCal by Faris Kathkuda ’13
with four field goals for 9 points, and senior Nick McCue made two 3-pointers for 6 points. The Bellarmine varsity The Bells took a small 12-10 basketball team ended their first quarter lead, with a buzzer2011-2012 season with mixed beater three pointer from McCue emotions. After winning CCS in the final seconds, but Castro Division 1 against Piedmont Valley came back strong in the Hills, the team was eliminated second quarter, establishing a in the first round of the Norcal lead that lasted throughout the CIF tournament for a bid to the entire game. state game. The team ends their One of the reasons Castro season with an 18-12 overall re- Valley was so strong in the game cord, 7-7 in the WCAL. was because of sophomore Jalen “It was a disappointing way McFerren. With no playing time to end such a great season,” ju- in most important games, he was nior forward Grant Boo Vermeer substituted in the second quarter said. “We need to be happy that after big man Dawson Johnson we are CCS champions and use was sent to the bench with his [the CIF tournament] loss as fourth foul. In his first minute of motivation for years to come. It’s playing time, McFerren scored just sad that the seniors won’t four points for the Trojans. He be with us on that journey.” scored six field goals and two free On Wednesthrows, finishing day, March 7, the with 16 points. “It was a disapBells lost to the Although the Castro Valley PiCastro Valley game pointing way to rates in a disapleft the Bells with a end such a great disappointing end pointing 54-48 loss, as the Pirates to their season, season.” held a small lead the entire school over Bellarm- ~Grant Boo Vermeer enjoyed the CCS fiine for the entire nals game against game. UnfortuPiedmont Hills the nately for the Bells, Castro Valley Saturday before. The Bells held a changed their defensive strat- strong lead throughout, and they egy right before the game, which ended the low-scoring game 45confused both the coaches and 30. the players. “I can’t describe the feeling “They played a soft 1-3-1 right now,” senior forward Jack defense, which slowed us down Fordyce said. “I never could have because we were expecting full expected this feeling four months court pressure the entire game,” ago. I love my team.” Vermeer said. “We played too Our team was able to hold passively and didn’t look to a strong lead, mostly through its score in transitions. They did a stellar three-point defense. While good job of getting to the rim, Piedmont Hills used the threeand it took us out of the game.” point shot as their main offensive Because of this, most Bel- weapon, Bellarmine’s defense larmine players couldn’t take completely stopped them, forcadvantage of offensive opportu- ing them to make 0 of 9 shots benities, and were not up to their hind the arc. Offensively, junior usual standard in shot accuracy. Blair Mendy led the Bells with While senior Jack Fordyce led 11 points, while McCue added the scoring with six field goals, another 10 points. Fordyce’s 13 three free throws, and 15 points rebounds also helped the Bellartotal, Vermeer was close behind mine offense. online managing editor
“We put some taller players on their guards,” Coach Schneider said. “They were able to help out and block shots from behind. Our guys really bought into our plan with a passion.” The low scoring game started off with a defensively dominated first quarter, where the Bells took the lead at 8-6, which would improve to 14-10 by the end of the half. However, in the third quarter, Bellarmine outscored Piedmont Hills 15-8 to establish a solid 9-point lead. In the CCS Semifinals against Salinas, the Bells dominated 46-34 to advance to the finals. Although the Bells only made 4 of 10 free throw shots and 15 of 39 field goal attempts, they simply had more offensive opportunities against the Salinas Cowboys. While Bellarmine recorded an impressive six three-pointers, they focused on putting more men in the key, and gained an overwhelming majority of rebounds.
theme for the season. By the end, team is set on going back to the four sophomores were starting basics: simplifying, building funand five freshmen were called damentals, and gaining consisup to play at the varsity level. tency. They want to get bigger, Junior Marco Saglimbeni, the stronger, faster, and more acteam captain, said, “I think [our complished. Their goal is to get strength is] all our young guys. into the WCAL Championship We had a deep team this year, and back to the CCS. Many playand very few are graduating, so ers were surprised and disapnext year we’ll still be deep and pointed they did not do as well have a lot of guys returning.” in WCAL this year. After beating After a strong 4-0-1 start, Mitty in the regular season, the the team suffered many injuries. team lost to them 1-0. They never had the same startOn a positive note, the team ing lineup two games in a row for will certainly gain depth and be the rest of the season. With the able to rely on many of their exception of one game against younger players. Twenty-two Paramount, every game was players will be returning to Bell very close, within one or two next year. Coach Lowney even goals, but the team struggled to mentioned that he might conscore goals and finish games. sider keeping a bigger team. Considering the major loss Key returners include both of key players, most returning goalies, junior Eric Schmitt players thought the team still and sophomore James Gaffey. had a good season. “We lost a For back forward, sophomore couple seniors that were pretty Christian Aldama and sophogood, and we suffered a little bit, more Nico Cuevas look to step but we did pretty up and lead the well,” sophomore team. Sophomore “We suffered a Christian Aldama Ruben Maynes said. was brought up little bit, but we midseason and It’s no wonder the team relied did pretty well.” became a starter so heavily on its up front. But the ~Christian Aldama younger members. team will still This year, they lost mostly rely on its four or five top scorers. They incoming senior class, including also lost about 96% of the num- current juniors Matt Dequiroz ber of goals scored from the year and Marco Saglimbeni. In orbefore, based on those scored by der for the team to be successful players who graduated. next season, Dequiroz and SaThis year, the team will also glimbeni need to lead the team lose graduating seniors Henry well and have a good season on Cullen, Jamie Longoni, Joseph the field--scoring is crucual. Lopez, Jeffrey Jackson, Beau “I think this year will actuPauken, Alec Sanchez, Michael ally end up being helpful in the Allen, and Jose Sandoval. Lon- long run, like learning how to goni, Cullen, and Lopez are all battle through everything,” Sateam captains, but now leave the glimbeni said. “There should be entire role up to Saglimbeni for a major improvement next year. next year. I think we need to know that we As for the offseason, the have the confidence to win.”
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Sophomore Nico Cuevas dribbles the ball past Christian Aldama.
BRANDON YUNG ‘13
Junior Isaac Gayles energizes the varsity team before the Castro Valley CIF Round 1 game.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF CIARAN CLEARY ‘13
Sophomore Jake Blazier makes a key save against Santa Margarita during the first-ever state championship.
April 2nd, 2012
Top: Juniors Ciaran Cleary and Trevor Jensen celebrate. Bottom: Sophomore Connor Downing runs into Tyson McClellan of Valley Christian.
After State, Ice Hockey Ready To Win Next Year Continued from feature page
Currently, our school has the largest ice hockey program in the state, having three teams with a total of 60 players. Coach Yost replied, “We had an expectation we would be selected [for the championship game].” Nonetheless, the invitation to participate in the championship remains a huge accomplishment. Both Coach Yost and assistant coach Vern Cleary agree that the team, as a whole, was filled with excitement. “I felt excited that we would have a chance to compete for be-
ing the best team in the state,” sophomore Chris Gunsky said. “I also wanted to win, because if we won, we would go to Utah and compete in nationals.” Playing on the NHL surface at the Honda Center, home to professional hockey team, the Anaheim Ducks, the school faced Santa Margarita in the championship. Though a tough contender for two games, the varsity team couldn’t seem to get past Santa Margarita’s teamwork, ultimately losing 1 - 4. Gunsky said, “We just didn’t supply the necessary heart and effort to win the game.” During the season, both coaches noticed the team
Baseball On Track To Do Well This Year by Aniket Saoji ’13 staff writer/reporter
After a rough season last year, varsity baseball is on track to do much better. “Last year our record was 1019, because we weren’t very close as a team,” junior Andrew Mallon said. “This year we are playing much better together, which is probably why we are winning more games.” In close games, the varsity baseball team has managed to prevail, winning against Serra and Sacred Heart Cathedral by one run. A huge part of the varsity baseball’s success have been the new coaches—Ted Turkington and Brody Gregg. Coach Turk coached Saint Ignatius for six years, Valley Christian for two years, and played at USF, while Coach Gregg played at Texas Tech. “They are really making us expect more from ourselves, which contributes to
our success,” junior Jake Whipple said. Practicing six days a week for about two hours a day, the team has a lot of synergy this year. Whipple said, “We’re playing a lot more as a team and our coaches are making us play more for our team rather than for ourselves.” Junior Spencer Ladd said, “The skill level on the team is very dispersed. It’s not just a couple players making big plays all the team, but a lot of different players who all contribute.” “It’s a lot like a cycle, because we’re playing better and we are having more fun when we are winning, which helps us win even more,” junior Sam Fontaine said. One of the closest games of the year was against Serra. The team played four extra innings, winning the game in the bottom of the 11th. Whipple’s walk-off hit allowed senior Greg Kenter to score, and the
improving with each match. Coach Yost said, “The challenge was to become a real team in short order. The improvement needed is to become a more cohesive team. This is our plan for next season.” Speaking about next season, players seem to be ready to start over and perform even better than before. JV sophomore Michael Fiedorowicz said, “I was pretty happy for the school, the program, and Coach Yost, who had been working hard to help build and expand the Bellarmine ice hockey community. It definitely makes for a greater reward if I do make it [to varsity].” Current varsity players
want to exceed what they have accomplished this year as well. Gunsky said, “Now that I know where our team stands in California, I want to work even harder to get first place next year.” As for what exactly the teams need to work on, Coach Cleary said, “We will gather feedback from players and look into our practice schedule, and coach and player commitment.” Although not as well known, ice hockey is rapidly gaining popularity. Players and coaches are working hard to help this become a real program in California. Coach Yost said, “High school ice hockey is here to stay and is growing.”
Sports in Brief Swimming 4/4 Mitty (Away) 4/19 St. Francis (Home) 4/20 Palo Alto (Away) 4/20 Clovis (Away) 4/21 Palo Alto (Away)
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Baseball 4/2 Heritage HS (Home) 4/3 El Camino HS (Away) 4/11 Harbor HS (Away) 4/17 Serra (Away) 4/20 Sacred Heart (Home) 4/21 St. Ignatius (Away)
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Track and Field 4/4 Serra (Home) 4/6-7 Stanford Invitational 4/14 Serra Top 7
Volleyball 4/4 Serra (Home) 4/17 Serra (Away) 4/18 Mitty (Away)
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Tennis 4/2 Sacred Heart (Away) 4/4 Saint Francis (Away) 4/17 Riordan (Away) 4/19 St. Ignatuis (Home) 4/25 WCAL (Away)
The Bellarmine varsity baseball team faces Valley Christian.
team won the game 6-5. For good reason, the team motto has been “corazón,” the Spanish word for heart. Junior Mitch White says, “Everything we do is with corazón. It represents how close we are as a team.” The varsity baseball team has improved in strides from the year before and hopes to continue its streak.
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4/2 Saint Francis (Away) 2:30 4/4 Palma HS (Away) 3:00 4/10-11 Champions Inv. (Away) 4/17 Mitty (Away) 2:30
Lacrosse 4/3 Saint Francis (Away) 4/5 Foothill HS (Away) 4/12 Brophy Prep (Away) ANIMESH AGRAWAL ‘13
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