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The Monroe Falcon Staff salutes the 4,061 American Soldiers killed in Iraq and the 762 soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
MONROE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL | 1629 PERRINEVILLE ROAD| MONROE TWP, NEW JERSEY 08831 | VOL. X ISSUE 2 | OCTOBER 17 2009
Groundbreaking to ground-making by CHRISTINE SCHWEITZER Editor-in-Chief
WORKING HARD The new school’s construction is on schedule and, in as little as five months, steel framework is already being completed.
“Everything has been going right as scheduled,” says Jerry Tague talking about the new high school construction schedule. As Head of Construction for the Monroe Township Board of Education, Tague oversees every aspect of construction from the thorough planning to the exhaustive physical labor taking pride in the results. Since the April 18 groundbreaking ceremony of Monroe Township’s new high school, 90% of the foundation has been laid. Construction workers began the process of pouring the foundation concrete on September 25 and rapidly finishing the erector set, or the tall rectangular building. “Erecting the primary three story tower, including the front and rear elevators, is what is next. The first floor of the three will house the guidance department, gymnasium, auditorium and two cafeterias. The second and third floors will contain classrooms,” says Tague. The new high school will not only
accommodate the ever expanding number of students, but will provide major upgrades such as, a bigger gymnasium, two cafeterias, a larger performing arts center with classrooms to accommodate a string music program, and a separate home economics and culinary arts wing. Technologies will also be upgraded as well. S With winter approaching, inclement weather could possibly halt construction, making work fall behind schedule. The plan of action calls for draping the center tower in plastic and pumping heat inside to continue construction in squally conditions. The cold also brings about minor limitations working with concrete. If construction is not stalled, the three-story academic tower will be completed, as will all steel frame work, and parking lots paved by the end of the 08-09 school year. For the 09-10 school years, residents of the Township of Monroe can expect to see an entire high school building erect and enclosed, including walls, windows, doors, and etc. Then interior assembly will begin.
The Bistro Promotions shift four administrative officials delights MTHS by ZACHARY ETSCH Executive Editor
by LYNDSEY REHO Staff Writer Pots and pans clang together and combine with loud dinner orders being delivered to the young “chefsin-training.” It’s the opening night of The Bistro Restaurant, Chef G’s newest culinary offering to MTHS staff. The Bistro’s grand opening on Back to School Night, September 25, brought new meaning to the phrase “great food at a great price.” Seating began at 4:30 and ended at 6:30 PM, two hours before the teachers’ presentations to parents. Chef G also says most, if not all, of the culinary students working at The Bistro will later go to college majoring in culinary arts and are highly involved with other culinary activities. She adds that “the students that are most likely to pursue careers in hospitality will be able to experience a natural feel of a restaurant,” which will be advantageous to their future endeavors. Cont’d Pg. 4
Interviews conducted by Rebecca Clayton, Carla Palermo and Amanda Sedlmayer
When two ground shaking departures rocked the Monroe Township School District’s central office, several key administrative figures received promotions. The most major changes included the promotions of familiar faces from the district, including Mr. Joseph King, Mr. Jeff Gorman, Ms. Marietta Ruela and Ms. Marie Pepe. The resignation of Dr. Ralph P. Ferrie, Monroe Township District’s former Superintendent of Schools, initiated the changes last June. Mr. Joseph King, the Director of Pupil Personnel Services, stepped up to become Interim Superintendent. Ms. Marietta Ruela, then Supervisor of Special Education, replaced Mr. King as Interim Director. Ms. Marie Pepe, Special Education Coordinator for the High School, then assumed the post of Interim Supervisor. These strictly temporary shifts are only intended to last until the end of the transitional period
when another Superintendent will be chosen. Ferrie’s resignation was not the district’s sole loss. The administration lost another central figure with the departure of Dr. Christopher Tinken, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum. After an extensive application and interview process, Mr. Jeff Gorman, Principal of Applegarth Middle School, was chosen to permanently fill the position.
Interim Superintendent of Schools Mr. Joseph King, Director of Pupil Personnel Services since 1991, became Interim Superintendent upon Dr. Ferrie’s retirement. The position’s responsibilities are as important as they are numerous, since virtually all district management falls under Mr. King’s jurisdiction. The Superintendent oversees all construction, transportation and facilities and all other everyday aspects of Monroe Township schools. He controls all services, including the business and guidance offices. While unwilling to disclose future plans, Mr. King is currently in the application pool for the permanent Superintendent position. He says that if he attains the position, he
NEW KING IN TOWN Joe King, Interim Superintendent, is all smiles in his new office.
“hopes to hire great teachers for the district and increase the rigor of courses.” Furthermore, Mr. King wants to make sure the township maintains
and improves its relationship with Jamesburg. Mr. King admits he misses some aspects of his former position, such as visiting classes, working in the
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School News..2-4 Features.....10-11 Entertainment..5-7 Op/Ed...... 12-13 Election...........8-9 Sports.... 14 & 16
October 17, 2008
New school MTHS welcome’s new teachers year-new Grade A teaching talent comes to high school regulations by JOEY ROMANCZUK Editor
by AMANDA SEDLMAYER Editor Squeezing 1,800 students into the compact space of Monroe Township High School for the upcoming 2008-2009 school year is causing problems for the administration, staff, students and most importantly the hallways and facilities. Lavatories, formerly for teachers only, are now available for students and the restrooms in the music wing became faculty only. “It’s a necessity, and we should have done it last year,” says Assistant Principal, Mr. James Griffin. Cracking down on security, staff members assigned to bathroom duty document each student as they arrive with a pass by signing in the student themself. “It’s a little practical thing,” Mr. Griffin says, “but it makes it easier for Assistant Principal Mr. Scott Madreperla to find who the kids are.” Moving one step ahead of the problem removes the graffiti quicker and restores a sanitary and organized MTHS. The I.D.’s have been “a big improvement” according to Mr. Griffin. This is the second consecutive year of Monroe Township High School’s practice of enforcing the I.D.’s to be worn around the necks of students and staff. “Wearing an I.D. is like wearing clothes to school every day,” says Mr. Griffin. Checking attendance three times within one physical education period is a new routine established this year because of the heavy traffic between lunches and classes. “Its too early to tell how well this is working,” says Mr. Griffin. Students do not wander out of the gym into the cafeteria as long as attendance is checked when class starts, after students change, and when the gym period is over. The attendance routine may be tedious, but it forces students to follow school rules. In the future new uses of the I.D. are expected to be instituted such as a purchasing device similar to an EZ-Pass for lunch in the cafeteria. Year after year, until the new high school is built, policies are created by the township and administration to ensure the safety of the students.
With a new school year come new classes, new friends, and several new teachers. Whether it is math, history, or language arts, each of these fresh faces is bringing something unique to the table, making their first year at Monroe Township High School a productive and memorable one. Ms. Normalee Ashreph Subject: Latin College: Hollin University, American University Teaching inspiration: Ms. Ashreph’s teaching inspirations were her third grade teacher Mrs. Kuntz, her thesis advisor Dr. Salowey and Mr. Drunkenmiller. “Mr. Drukenmiller was tough but saw potential in me.” Ms. Samantha Grimaldi Subject: Mathematics College: The Richard Stockton College of NJ where she learned Mathematics and secondary education. Teaching inspiration: Her biggest inspiration was Mrs. Reed her third grade teacher. “She game me confidence to realize my goals and work towards them no matter what it took.” Grimaldi said about Mrs. Reed. Ms. Jackie Varacalo Subject: Mathematics College: College of New Jersey Teaching inspiration: People who say they “can’t” do math. Ms. Jordanna Riggi Subject: Special Education College: Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania Mr. Thomas Donovan Subject: History College: College of New Jersey Teaching Inspiration: Mr. Donovan’s teaching inspirations are his High School history teacher Mr. Murphy, and Dr. Jose Morales at New Jersey City University. Ms. Margret Dey Subject: Family and Consumer Science College: Delaware State University, Nazareth College of Rochester Teaching inspiration: “I am inspired by amazing students; they motivate and fulfill me.”
KNOWLEDGE KNOWERS The Monroe Falcon News staff adapted the famous image of Martin Hanford’s Where’s Waldo into an original photo introduction starring some of the new MTHS teachers.
Ms. Silvia Rego Subject: Spanish College: Montclair State University Teaching inspirations: Mrs. Siniscalchi, a teacher at Applegarth. “She is organized, well respected and knows the subject inside and out,” Rego says about Mrs. Sinischachi. Ms. Alexandria Wishbow Subject: English College: Georgian Court University Teaching inspirations: Her mother is her inspiration because she is a teacher. Amy Farrell Subject: Special Education/ Science College: Georgian Court University, Brooklyn College Teaching inspirations: “I want all my students to love science and succeed in my classroom.”
Ms. Jennifer Chase Subject: Mathematics College: Hofstra University, Monmouth University Teaching inspirations: Ms. Chase’s biggest inspiration is her mother. Mr. Christian Jessop Subject: Biology College: Cook College of Rutgers University, Macquarie University, Australia Teaching inspirations: Mr. Jessop’s biggest inspirations are his mother and father. Mr. Christopher Thumm Subject: Social Science College: California State University Teaching inspiration: “My father, Freehold Regional High School District Teacher of the year, is my biggest inspiration.” Mr. Colin Temple Subject: Art based material (photo,
ceramics, and painting.) College: The College of New Jersey Teaching inspiration: “... my art teacher. She was a great inspiration in my decision to become an art educator.” Mr. Daniel Lee Subject: Health and Physical Education College: Rowan University Teaching inspiration: Mr. Lee’s inspiration comes from his family “My mother is a teacher, my father was a teacher, and my brother is a teacher. Teaching is in my blood, but I would have to say I was inspired by my football coaches more.” Mr. William Kelly Subject: Physics College: Rutgers University Teaching inspiration: “A sincere thank you from past students has been my biggest inspiration”
MTHS elects representatives of students voices by SHARVARI PATEL Editor
As catalysts for school activities, class presidents act as the driving force of their class. With the start of a new school year, they assume their roles, making decisions that will affect the student body. Class presidents elected for the 2008-09 high school year were announced at the end of the school day on October 6. Elected as freshman class president, Arjav Raol participates in school activities such as Student Council, FBLA, the Key Club, and the Marching Band. Raol, newly elected freshman
class president plans to encourage school spirit and wants freshman students more involved in school activities, like fundraisers and bake sales. He says, “even though I am short, I will always be there for the community and promote school spirit throughout the school year.” Sophomore class president Gurpal Sran is equally dedicated. A member of many diverse clubs, Sran earns recognition throughout MTHS. A MTHS sophomore who chooses to remain anonymous says, “because Gurpal is so active in school activities, he knows many people from the clubs. Being
around his friends, he knows what the students want to see happen in MTHS. With keeping this in mind, Gurpal sets many high standards for himself so his class can get what they want.” Throughout the school year, Sran ultimately hopes to raise over $1,000 for the junior class prom through fundraisers and bake sales. However, as the school year started, Sran scheduled a class meeting and demanded that more students participate in fundraisers. With merely $800 raised to date, Sran worries about the expenses of the upcoming junior prom. Junior class president Dominic
Stasi maintains an entire website solely dedicated to the junior class, mths2010.com. He has high fundraising standards for his class. and he expects to raise between $4,000 and $5,000 for prom through bake sales, magazine drives and candy sales. In the process of raising money, the class president faces issues dealing with the junior class. Stasi says, “the lack of school spirit makes it difficult to make junior year the best one yet! My class officers and I seem to be the only dedicated students. I always seem to be the one baking for bake sales and hanging flyers. This limits my time to make bigger and
better things for our class.” With limited help, Stasi pleads for class involvement in school activities. Senior class president Jenna Flack also faces issues with increasing school spirit. Being a class leader, Flack encourages seniors to participate in school activities. She also strives to raise money for school activities. In the end, Flack shares her final thoughts about the class presidents. “Class presidents need to be the best and set a positive and spirited example for other years to follow,” she says. “They should leave a mark on MTHS. ”
October 17, 2008
Herzlich Willkommen, Bienvenidos Translation: MTHS welcomes new exchange students by THERESA LIN Entertainment Editor Monroe Township High School eagerly welcomes five new exchange students this school year. While Monroe students anticipate learning more about the foreign cultures of Germany, Mexico, and Belgium, exchange students hope to absorb American culture with the help of their host parents and American peers. German exchange student Christine Von Neisewand intends to stay in America from September to November like the majority of the other students enrolled in the exchange program. In those three months, she plans to improve her English and grasp the cultural philosophies Americans have uniquely cultivated. She jokes about a quickly learned American mantra: “Everything in America is bigger! The stores are bigger; even the sinks are bigger!” Although school has been difficult for Von Neisewand, she appreciates the kindness that many MTHS students have shown her. Still, she admits, “The first day of school wasn’t so easy. We were always changing classes and rooms, so it is hard to find someone who can be your friend.” Von Neisewand feels that schools in the U.S. are much stricter than those in Germany. “In Germany, you eat when you want to eat, teachers come to you and not we to them, (and) we don’t have so much activities in the school. We begin school at 8:30 a.m. (as opposed to 7:30 at MTHS).” Jesly Dumortier of Belgium became involved in the exchange student program by writing a letter about her life and family that expressed her desire to enroll in an American school. Although she chose to come to America, the school district was chosen by the program depending on the availability of the host parents. During her visit, Dumortier has already visited popular American landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, the White House and, of course, Busch Gardens. She enjoys traveling with her host family,
POSTCARDS FROM ABROAD Foreign Exchange Students (shown clockwise from top left) Francisco Jose-Cejudo Rodriquez from Mexico Christine Von Neisewand from Germany, Lisa Murken from Germany, Inken Emerich from Germany, and Jesly Dumortier from Belgium (not featured) send their greetings to their new, welcoming high school family
who she says has taken much care in making sure she is comfortable with school and her American sojourn. Francisco Jose Cejudo-Rodriguez quickly became involved in the school’s extracurricular activities as a new member of the Junior Varsity soccer team. Because the weather in New Jersey is drastically cooler than the weather in Mexico, Rodriguez finds it much more accommodating to play soccer here. With a “… good host family” that makes him feel welcome and a relatively easy time
making new friends, Rodriguez can focus on learning English, the main purpose of his visit. Although it is difficult at times to understand his teachers’ and peers’ fast pace of talking, he believes his experience at MTHS will considerably improve his English. “I come here to make something special, something different,” says Lisa Murken of Germany. She already notices major differences between two school systems, explaining that in her German high school, all subjects are taught in the same classrooms, with the
same classmates for the entire school day. Laughing, she brings up a major sore point for many MTHS students: “We don’t have I.D. s.” Being so far from home, the exchange students share a common feeling of homesickness. Inken Emerich of Germany says she misses her friends and family, who she will not see for her entire three- month stay in America. Although many exchange students frequently call home, their phone calls do not replace the physical presence of their sister or next door
neighbor. However, Emerich’s parents have always supported the idea of their daughter being a part of the exchange student project. “They were happy for me and thought it would be a good experience for me.” Despite the loneliness of being an ocean away from home, students travel to foreign countries filled with curiosity and a willingness to diversify their lives. MTHS receives Von Neisewand, Rodriguez, Dumortier, Emerich, and Murken, equally excited to learn from all they have to offer.
Holding the key to the community by JILL SHAH, REBECCA CHENG Editors
LAYING DOWN THE LAW During the first meeting of the school year, Mr. Latwis, Key Club advisor, discusses new rules and responsibilities with the 08-09 executive officers.
The air in room 249 is laced with enthusiasm and passion as the executive members of the Key Club unite to discuss upcoming charity events and volunteering locations. The officers focus on organizing the club and recruiting additional members. Groups of officers organize events and keep track of the members’ community service hours. “We would achieve more if we were better organized,” says Vice President, Richa Ranade (09). The main objective of the club is to branch out to the community by allowing the
students of Monroe Township Brian Latwis. High School to communicate and The Key Club invests most interact with senior citizens. of its donations in the Breast “We want to make a difference in Cancer and Multiple-Sclerosis the community and be remembered Foundation. for our dedication,” says President Mr. Latwis contributes most of Jason Chin (09). the money to these foundations The members of the club are because they have affected the local responsible for setting up events, community. A former bus driver decorating and for MTHS, “We want to make a difference sending out Patricia in the community and be Luque, had flyers. The main passed due volunteering remembered for our dedication” to breast activities the from Key Club participates in are the cancer. A history teacher pancake breakfast, Breast Cancer Spotswood passed away due to Walk, Valentine’s Day dance for Multiple-Sclerosis. The Kiwanis of Rossmoor senior citizens and volunteering at sponsors the club and provide various soup kitchens. The Breast Cancer Walk gives scholarships for the students’ members the opportunity to completion of community service donate their time to help others in during their high school career. The Key Club encourages all need. “At the end of day, you feel good that you made someone else’s students who are interested in day,” says the club’s adult advisor, helping the community to join.
Administrative promotions~ Cont’d from pg. 1
DOORS OPEN FOR GORMAN Applegarth Middle School Principal Mr. Jeff Gorman became Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum.
preschool and handling some of the departments programs. He enjoys the ability to go see all the workings of the district firsthand. Melissa Bonamici, one of two student representatives to the Board of Education, says Mr. King has been “a wonderful addition to the Board” for the amount of time he has been there. “He’s smart and knowledgeable and so nice,” she says. Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum The Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Mr. Jeff Gorman to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum during a public meeting on September 10. Mr. Gorman begins working at his new position on October 15 and hopes Applegarth Middle School will find a replacement principal by then.
Mr. Gorman will be responsible for assisting the Superintendent with daily district tasks. Specifically, he will develop the schools’ curricula from kindergarten to twelfth grade and will handle professional development programs and delivery plans. “After all,” he says, pointing out the significance of the job, “curriculum is a main focus of school.” Mr. Gorman emphasizes he will be on the lookout for the “kids’ input” in determining the curriculum because “it has to be meaningful to (students).” The new Assistant Superintendent believes that he has what it takes to succeed at his new position, promising to continue “throwing everything I have into the community of Monroe.” He says that his familiarity with many of the students and community members will serve him well, as will his knowledge of the area’s history. To further prepare himself for administrative work, he is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in educational leadership at Rowan University. Mr. Gorman will miss the constant interaction with students because as Assistant Superintendent, he will not be in the school building sitting in on classes every day. He excitedly anticipates spending time with students on the seventh grade overnight trip before his permanent leave. “Working with kids has kept me young,” he says. Interim Director of Pupil Personnel Services After serving for three years as Supervisor of Special Education, Ms. Marietta Ruela was promoted to Interim Director of Pupil Personnel Services. Ms. Ruela’s experience with “working with the child study team, the administrative team, parents and teachers” serves as good preparation for her new job, as does working in an “environment that is responsive to the needs and challenges of special needs children.” Furthermore, a familiarity with the “federal, state and local requirements that guide the function of public education” provides her with useful resources as Director. She also pointed out the importance
of having knowledge of the “application of special education regulations and standards to the development of plans, programs and district level policies including due process, least restrictive environment, parents’ rights and confidentiality.” Interim Supervisor of Special Education Ms. Marie Pepe was Special Education Department Coordinator for seven years before her promotion to Interim Supervisor of Special Education. Prior to serving as Department Coordinator, Ms. Pepe taught reading at the seventh and eighth grade levels and taught basic skills to special education students. Ms. Ruela, the former Supervisor, says Ms. Pepe’s position handles “program development and instructional supervision,” including “designing curriculum scope and sequence, evaluating instructional methodologies and strategies, interpreting student test scores and assessments, evaluating program effectiveness and integrating curriculum across multiple disciplines.” Ms. Pepe feels she can handle her new responsibilities. “Knowledge of the district and its programs,” as well as “a familiarity with parents and administrators” provide a strong base for her. She feels her “organizational skills, energy and confidence” will prove useful. Ms. Pepe has several general ideas to improve the district from her position. She plans to improve the organization of several district offices and departments and add new programs for the disabled. Having worked within the Monroe Township School District for thirty-five years, Ms. Pepe is excited about her new position and “looking forward to something different.” The application and interview process in the search for a new permanent Superintendent is sluggish. At press time, Amy Antelis, President of the Board of Education said the search was on schedule to end by December of this year. “The process is time-consuming. We don’t want to make the wrong choice.”
October 17, 2008
Bistro~ Cont’d from pg. 1
BISTRO RECIPES Michael Caccioppoli (09) is stirring a pan of penne, sautéed spinach, and sausage in a tomato cream sauce; a dish prepared for The Bistro.
Although the students are graded on their “skill, saftey and sanitary conditions and ability to complete the assignment, there are many things to be wound up about,” says Chef G. The students prepared delectable appetizers. The all inclusive menu consisted of a beverage, a salad, a choice of one main entrée and dessert, at a cost of nine dollars. The original idea for The Bistro came about when MTHS Arts Director Mr. Bob Mele, Principal Mr. Rob Goodall, and Chef G recognized the need for “such events” that, according to Chef G, “are beneficial for the culinary arts program.” Responding to questions about its’ opening night success Chef G said, “The success is in my students, which is easy to say since The Bistro was a humongous success.” As the night came to a close, teachers came to the “kitchen” to congratulate the students on their performances. The Bistro received positive feedback from all that attended.
Get ready to rock ‘band’ by KEVIN QUIDOR Executive Editor
Odds are that if you were a fan of the first Rock Band, the sequel, Rock Band 2, will not do anything to change your mind. While not adding anything entirely groundbreaking, like the drums of the first game were to the music game genre, Rock Band 2 adds enough to provide a fulfilling experience for fans and newcomers alike. The main draw of a new Rock Band is, of course, the new song list. Bringing a whopping 84 tracks (all master recordings) at the time of release, and with 20 free downloadable songs on the way before year’s end, the sheer amount of songs thrown at you makes it more than worth the initial
gigs and slowly unlocking new songs. Although this is fun with a group of people, replaying the same songs over and over to gain a new one loses its luster much too quickly. Once they are unlocked, however, the new song sorting and library feature allows for much easier scrolling through the previously awkward menu system. Along with the change to the menu, a new drum trainer has been added for all those who have always wanted to hone their drum skills a little. All new instruments are available for each peripheral as well, each with slight adjustments to make up for the previous generation’s flaws. The guitar has a sturdier strum bar with more easily hit buttons. The drums have a metal plated kick-pedal and
Photo/Official Rock Band® website
LET’S ROCK…AGAIN Rock Band 2, the sequel to last years highly acclaimed music game, was published by MTV games. The new rockin’ game includes songs from The Who, Metallica, and Jet.
cost. On top of a massive number of on disk songs, all but three of the original game’s songs are available for upload for $4.99. Along with the compatible downloadable songs, a 500 song set let will be available for Rock Band 2 by the end of 2008. Unlocking all of the songs, however, is a royal pain. Gone is the first games tiered single player progression path, and in its place is a tour mode, where by yourself or with friends you go from city to city playing
the pads absorb a bit more of the hit for a quieter experience overall. Both the drum and guitar are now wireless, too. If you played and loved Rock Band, you are going to play and love Rock Band 2. It is as simple as that. The thing to keep in mind is that you should not look at it as a sequel. Rock Band 2 is more of an expansion, building upon the success of the first, fixing mistakes and refining what made the first so much fun.
Sights set on Eagle Eye
ABANDONED Shia La Beouf as Jerry Shaw holds on tight to single mom Rachael played by Michelle Monaghan.
by REBECCA CHENG Staff Writer Anxious viewers eagerly await the showing of the much anticipated film, Eagle Eye. The thriller stars Shia Labeouf (Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull) as hero Jerry Shaw and actress Michelle Monaghan (Made of Honor) as Rachel Holloman. The film, directed by D.J. Caruso, is centralized on the idea that too much reliance on technology could possibly result in the end of human domination. Although the plot choice is commonplace in today’s film industry, the audience still has many questions about this particular film. The story does not gain momentum until answers are poured out. Throughout his childhood, Jerry has been constantly stifled by his twin brother’s superiority. Years later, his life begins to take on a new twist. Immediately after the loss of his brother, Jerry returns home from his tedious job to find his apartment overflowing with dangerous military weapons. Seconds later, he receives a phone call from an unidentified woman who calmly commands him to leave his apartment to escape a police raid. She is somehow aware of his false weapon purchases. This moment marks the beginning of
Shaw’s flight from the FBI and search for the mysterious woman who is undoubtedly watching his every move. This same unknown woman calls Rachel Holloman, a divorced mother, threatening the life of Holloman’s son if her orders are not carried out. Many other highly acclaimed actors appear alongside the duo, including Golden Globe winner Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four) and Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (Mr. Woodcock). With its fast-paced action and shocking outcomes, the film draws gasps from the audience throughout its duration. Starting out as the dorky teenage troublemaker in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, Labeouf progressed into a respectable actor, catching roles in bombshell action films like Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull. Labeouf’s performance in Eagle Eye, however, is accompanied by the penetrating squeals of girls who are thrilled by every one of his close-ups. Anyone who loves a good action sequence will enjoy this film. Unfortunately, those who seek something less cliché will be fairly disappointed. Eagle Eye, Directed by D.J. Caruso, was released September 26, 2008, rated PG-13 due to intense sequences of action and violence and for language.
Digital Distribution 101
Nintendo, Xbox Live was the first step for consoles into this new era. With the start of the new and current Nerd Alert! My name is Kevin Quidor, and generation, all three of the major players in I’m a massive geek. It’s good times, if I do the race have embraced digital distribution say so myself. I want to teach you all the as a legitimate way of getting their products awesome things I know about all things to the consumers. While Microsoft was the technology. Tech Talk is the place to go first to really get the ball rolling, each of the for anything you want to learn, so come three companies has stepped up their game, on down. It’s time to kick butt and chew and now not only offers expansions for games, but also original and classic games. bubble gum. And I’m allll out of gum. Digital distribution compliments the If you are as big a nerd as I am, I’m sure you video game industry can agree with me perfectly, allowing when I say that developers to add there is no better “If you are as big a nerd as I onto games after the feeling than going releases, as well as to the store and am...there is no better feeling giving lesser known picking up that than going to the store and developers a chance game you have been waiting for picking up that game you have to have their game in the spotlight. It also forever! This one of been waiting for forever! “ allows companies a kind sensation, like Nintendo, who however, may soon have countless become a thing of the past, as the era of digital distribution has classic games on older systems to reach a new demographic with the great games of reached the video game industry. What is digital distribution you ask? years past. What’s next? Full games available for Why, I would love to let you know. If you are familiar with iTunes, [insert derogatory digital distribution release only, completely remark about Apple and its monopoly on forgoing the retailer. Rachet and Clank: Quest the industry], you already know about for Booty for the PlayStation 3 was one such it! Congratulations. For those of you still game. An expansion of sorts, it acts as a reading, and clueless, don’t fret. All will stand-alone game while continuing on the previous game’s story. One download only become clear in due time. Digital distribution is the newish trend game that has everyone talking is Megaman where companies offer their products for 9. The franchise in question is over 15 years purchase and download off the interwebz, old, and after a few failed 3-D attempts, has saving you a trip to whatever store you finally returned to form. Available for only happen to prefer. Apple brought this idea ten dollars across all three console systems, to the masses with iTunes. They sell music, Megaman 9 is one of the most challenging movies, books and television shows for an games currently on the market. I digress, affordable price and all ready for download however. Megaman 9 is the beginning of what appears to your computer/mp3 player. Recently, the video game industry adopted to be a rise in digital distribution only a similar system of distribution, offering games. While nothing is yet set in stone, if up downloadable content like new maps, the trend continues, it will be interesting to modes, and weapons for games. Microsoft see what happens to an industry so strongly was the first to institute such a policy reliant on retailers, yet so involved with the with Xbox Live. Miles ahead of Sony and internet. by KEVIN QUIDOR Executive Editor
October 17, 2009
Yo quiero Chipotle Grill offers delicious Mexican cuisine by BREANA LOCKETT Staff Writer
Offering organic, zesty and adventurous food for reasonable prices, the Chipotle Mexican Grill in North Brunswick, New Jersey provides great food for hungry college students who crave premium Mexican delectables. Founder of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Steve Ells, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with his plan to change the way the world looks at the highly adored burrito. By borrowing money from his father, he managed to open his first Chipotle Mexican Grill in Austin, Texas in 2002. Today, there are over 330 of his restaurants throughout the country. Not only does Chipotle provide good food, it also supplies a healthier version of fast food by using all natural ingredients. Customers are immediately greeted by the smell of delicious Mexican cuisine when they enter the restaurant. Requesting orders partakes in customers being involved in the hands-on experience of creating their meal. The ingredients are
conveniently laid out for the customer to point out what they would like. During my stay at Chipotle, my waiter said “the first time customers come in it is common that employees hear a lot of I want that and that and that.” Customers tell the Chipotle employees their favorite version of the burrito and the waiters happily oblige. “What will it be today?” The popular chicken burrito or a vegetarian fajita burrito bowl? Or maybe it will be an order of three soft beef tacos? Do not forget: the guacamole is a must!” waiters explain to customers. My personal favorite is the Barbacoa; a shredded beef burrito with corn, pinto beans, rice, cheese, sour cream, tomato salsa, and lettuce, costing me as little as eight dollars. Customer service and the great view from restaurant pleasantly accompanied my meal. Once customers eat their fill they more than likely take a “doggy bag” home. Chipotle prioritizes customer satisfaction and the supreme quality of their delicious entrées. 524 Shoppes Blvd, North Brunswick, NJ 08902, 732-342-7272
October 17, 2009
Look! Your October Horoscopes by CHRISTINE SCHWEITZER Editor-in-Cheif
Aries = March 21-April 19 You were right. They are coming…but now for you!
“Wwwwhat?! Has there always been a monthly horoscope section in The Falcon?” you may find yourself asking as you turn the fine, informative, and not to mention uproarious pages of the paper. To answer your question, no there has not. As The Falcon gets placed into a new set of hands this 08-09 school year, one can find slight changes if close enough attention is paid. So sit back relax, and enjoy.
Taurus = April 20-May 20 This month that guy or girl you’ve had your eye on will have theirs on you too.
Movies.. coming to a theater near you by TOMMY HIMMELREICH, BAKARI MALIK Staff Writers Movie fanatics have been awaiting the plethora of films being released in the months of October and November. The upcoming films’ genres range from horror, such as Saw 5, to family films, like High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Rest assured, there’s a movie for everyone, so get in line early for tickets, and expect packed theaters. Saw 5: Seekers of horror films have been practically drooling for over a year since the series previous installment was released. The movie continually draws fans back because of the crazy stunts and superb special effects. Tobin Bell, who plays John Kramer or Jigsaw, is returning for the fifth time although his character died in the third series. David Hackl has taken over this series in the fourth installment due to the fact that former director Darren Lynn Bousman quit after the third movie for reasons unknown. Directed by David Hackl, rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity
High School Musical 3: Senior Year: The third and final chapter of the High School Musical trilogy is here. This will be the first time that a High School Musical movie will be in theaters, hoping to bring in immense revenue. High School Musical 3: Senior Year returns with the exact cast of the first two movies, including Zac Efron as Troy Bolden, and Vanessa Hudgens, as Gabriella Montez. Directed
Gemini = May 21- June 22 Whatever you do this month, don’t eat that. Cancer = June 21-July 22 Keep on keepin’ on cancer. Just keep on keepin’ on… Leo = July 23- August 22 Leos aren’t known for giving good advice. You may just offend people.
Virgo = August 23-September 22 What you’re thinking right now, don’t do it! You will regret it for the rest of your life. Libra = September 24-October 23 Collect your thoughts, think before you speak. Scorpio = October 23November 21 Do yourself a favor and just stay inside this month. Yes, all month. Sagittarius = November 22-December 21 By the end of this month, you will be an expert.
Capricorn = December 22January 19 This month put down the remote, video game controller, or computer mouse and GO OUTSIDE before it is too cold to enjoy autumn. Aquarius = January 20-February 18 About that certain someone who has been bullying you this month. You do not have to sit there and take it anymore! You can stand up. Pisces = February 19- March 20 If your head gets any bigger you won’t be able to fit through doors, drive, etc…
MTHS students VOTE by MICHAEL BAUMANN Editor
‘Change you can believe in’ by MICHAEL BAUMANN Editor Since being founded in 1837, the Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois has been the background for many historical events such as Abraham Lincoln’s monumental House Divided speech given in 1858. Nearly 150 years later, crowds gathered in front of the Old State Capitol on February 10, 2007 to witness a certain Democratic U.S. junior senator announce his candidacy for President of the United States. Since that cold winter day, Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) has acquired nearly 18 million popular votes in the Democratic Presidential primaries and has effectively become the first black man to be a nominated Presidential candidate of a major political party. Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Barack Obama Sr., a black Kenyan, and Ann Dunham, a white American from Wichita, Kansas. Obama went on to graduate from Columbia University and Harvard Law School and served as a community organizer and a civil rights attorney before serving in the Illinois state Senate from 1997 to 2004. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004 as a junior senator. With his central universal messages of “hope” and “change”, Obama has earned the support of prominent politicians, such as Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), and endorsements from Hollywood celebrities, like actor Scarlet Johansson and television personality Oprah Winfrey Throughout his bid for the Presidency, Senator Obama has strongly emphasized the issues of ending the Iraq War, augmenting energy independence, and providing universal health care, making them the cornerstones of his campaign. Iraq War As an Illinois state Senator, Obama opposed the initial use of military force in Iraq. In October 2002, Senator Obama said, “I know that [an] invasion of Iraq without clear rationale … will only fan the flames of the Middle East.” Senator Obama called for troop withdrawals to begin by the end of 2006 and voted against the January 2007 surge. In July 2008, Obama said, “My position [on the surge] … was not a mistake.” Under Senator Obama’s proposed policy, U.S. troops in Iraq would be redeployed at a rate of one to two brigades per month resulting in a full withdrawal within sixteen months. Various residual forces would remain to carry out missions, such as targeting alQaida forces and supporting Iraq’s security
services. Obama would commit two billion dollars toward an international endeavor to support over four million displaced Iraqi citizens. Economy Senator Obama plans to jumpstart America’s financial system by putting $75 billion into the economy through tax cuts and direct spending aimed at working-class families, seniors, homeowners and the unemployed. His economic strategy includes nearly $45 billion in federal reserves that can be quickly introduced to various markets if the economy continues to decline. Obama has also stressed tax relief for the middle class and would instate a $1,000 income tax cut for working families in order to counteract the payroll taxes theses families pay. Senator Obama also promises to eliminate income taxes for seniors earning less than $50,000 per year and to simplify tax filings for middle class Americans. Obama plans to pay for these tax cuts by eliminating interest loopholes that benefit hedge funds and altering the dividends and capital gains rate. The senator also promises to invest $150 billion over the course of ten years in biofuels and renewable energies and to attempt to create five million new jobs in the field of “green” technologies. Furthermore, Obama’s economic policies would provide tax relief for small and start-up businesses, ensure workers’ freedom to unionize and would end tax breaks for corporations that send jobs overseas. Senator Obama would also create incentives for businesses to keep jobs on American soil instead of outsourcing them to foreign nations. Energy At a June meeting with green technology workers in Las Vegas, Obama called oil “a nineteenth century fossil fuel that is dirty, dwindling and dangerously expensive.” Indeed, in his energy policies, Senator Obama wants to end the United States’ oil imports from Venezuela and the Middle East within the next ten years and would suspend buying oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Senator Obama would mandate that all new cars be flex-fuel capable and is supportive of advanced eco-friendly technologies, such as new engines and plug-in hybrids. Obama also plans to ensure that one million 150 mile-pergallon hybrid cars will be on American roads by 2015. Obama would also put laws into place that require that ten percent of United States energy comes from renewable sources by the end of his first Presidential term. He stresses using combinations of nuclear, geothermal, wind, solar and coal energies to solve America’s energy crisis..
With the last ballots sorted from the mock election held on September 19 and 20, and only 19 days until the actual election, the students of Monroe Township High School have effectively chosen the next President of the United States. Democratic candidate Barack Obama defeated Senator John McCain in the mock election, with a total 717 votes to McCain’s 419. 130 students decided to vote for neither of Republican and Democratic candidates and marked off the “other” category on the ballot. To put the margin of Obama’s victory into perspective, approximately 57% of participating MTHS voters cast their ballot for the Illinois senator. 33% of the students voted for McCain, while the remaining 10% chose “other.” Candidates written into the “other” category ranged from the practical, such as Hillary Clinton and Ralph Nader, to the completely nonsensical, like Batman. Of the total student population of 1,679, the overall number of participants in the election was 1,268, roughly 76% of all MTHS students. Although the election was a mere mock representation of the voting process, the results may very well represent the results of the real nationwide election on November 4.
MTHS poll results: School body elects Barack Obama by nearly 2:1 ANALYSIS: The MTHS poll showed that Democrat Barack Obama had a twenty four-percentage-point lead over Republican John McCain in the contest for the next President of the United States. Results show Mr. Obama leading 57 percent to 33 percent for Mr. McCain - an almost 2 to 1 lead. This lead was consistent for all classes - with Mr. Obama showing a solid double digit 21 to 26 point lead over Mr. McCain. Every class gave Mr. Obama at least 50% of the vote - the critical percentage for winning the election.
The results of the grade 9 ballots display a comfortable lead for Barack Obama. 175 of the 289 freshmen that voted chose Obama, while 104 students picked John McCain. The remaining nine students selected the “other” category.
The majority of the junior class chose Obama as well, with 175 out of 311 participating 11th graders casting their vote for the Democratic candidate. 107 juniors chose Senator McCain and the remaining 29 voted for “other.”
The final tally for the 10th grade ballot depicted another win for the Illinois state senator, albeit slightly narrower than his 9th victory. Out of the total 354 sophomores that voted, 203 checked off their ballot for Obama, 111 voted for McCain, and 40 chose “other.”
As for the class of 2009, Senator Obama claimed victory once more. Of the 314 seniors that participated in the mock election, 163 voted for Obama, 97 voted for McCain, and 54 students voted for “other.”
‘rEFORM, PROSPERITY, PEACE’ by KEVIN SUCHCICKI Editor Presidential candidate John S. McCain is steamrolling toward the November Presidential election with the intentions of becoming the leader of the most powerful nation in the world. McCain was born on the Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone to John and Roberta McCain on August 29, 1936. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1958, Senator McCain became a naval aviator in the U.S. Navy. McCain’s history as a pilot in the Vietnam War is his best-known attribute and one of his most cited qualifications. McCain enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately after his graduation from high school, which took place after the end of the Korean War. While overseas, McCain was taken captive as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese. Due to the torture he endured in the POW camp, McCain can no longer lift his arms above his shoulders. McCain retired from the Navy in 1981 and entered politics soon after, serving as a congressman to Arizona for two terms in the 1980’s. In 1986, he was elected to the United States Senate and easily won reelections in 1992, 1998, and 2004. Although McCain often adheres to conservative principles, the Arizona Senator has earned the label of “maverick” after going against the Republican majority concerning several issues during his time spent in the Senate. Sporting the slogan “Country First,” McCain and his running mate, Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, support reform, prosperity and peace. War in Iraq As the Republican candidate, John McCain not only supports the war, but also “staying the course” until victory is achieved as an end result of the war. McCain’s definition of victory is establishing Iraq’s government’s capability of governing itself and safeguarding its people. He believes that if America was to withdraw, al-Qaida would declare a victory against a world superpower, clearly embarrassing America as a “world power.” By supporting the surge, McCain, along with other senators, changed the entire course of the war in 2006, just when the “point of no return” was drawing near. McCain insists that American forces should accomplish all objectives in Iraq prior to withdrawing. He adds that by taking the bull by the horns, so to speak, America can help Iraq to be a democratic power in the Middle East. “It would be a grave mistake to leave before Al Qaeda in Iraq is defeated.” says McCain.
Energy Crisis McCain plans to lower gas prices to help create American energy independence. His strategy for this includes informing the world oil markets that American dependence on foreign oil will come to an end. By doing this, McCain would force the world’s oil companies to lower their prices. In turn, the companies would seek American business until the country achieves independence. Until that time, McCain plans to conduct offshore oil drilling, which means America would drill for oil in places that have yet to be explored for oil such as below the ocean floor. Questions arise regarding the legitimacy of the United States’ right to drill, but McCain and his supporters do not see any reason not to drill for any oil in American territory. On another note, if oil is struck, it would also decrease the price at the pumps and put more money back in the pockets of the American public. So far, the House of Representatives has voted in favor of the drilling; now the bill is on the Senate floor. While pursuing this goal, McCain will also seek alternative fuel sources in an attempt to free America of all oil dependence while cleaning up American pollution. “In a world of hostile and unstable suppliers of oil,” says John McCain, “this nation will achieve strategic independence by 2025.” Economy McCain also has a plan for America’s chronic house foreclosure problem. He plans to make homeowners more responsible prior to buying a home or receiving a loan. This would make the owners more capable of ensuring financial stability and would ensure that the owners could make monthly and annual payments. By doing so, mortgage giants such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would become independent from the government and would be able to prosper. McCain believes that small businesses are the heart of the American economy. He says that for the past few years, entrepreneurs have been “taxed into submission.” With simpler and fairer taxes, he says, the middleclass workers and entrepreneurs would be able to prosper and succeed in the vast business world. With more entrepreneurs, there would be more competition among businesses and more jobs for Americans needing work. “The great goal,” says McCain, “is to create more jobs for Americans willing to work.” By supporting the 1993 Family Medical Leave Act and co-sponsoring the Family Friendly Workplace Act, Mccain has helped American employees and working families balance the demands and needs of a job and a family.
Artwork used with permission/ Cox - http://www.coxandforkum.com Graphs/Jill Shah
Straight from the sole ‘ Sneakerheads’ chat with
October 17, 2008
Falcon News staff by CARLA PALERMO Staff Writer
When did you first start collecting sneakers? JC: 7th grade. CO: 8th grade. RA: Sophomore Year. Why did you start your collection? JC: My brother got me started because he collects them. CO: My older cousin because she was like my big sister to me and I wanted to be just like her. RA: They came out with different colors and I liked them.
JC: I baby-sit, work at a carwash, you know, I work for my sneaks. CO: My parents know it’s something I care a lot about and use so they buy them for me. RA: I work for the money. How many pairs do you own? JC: 17. CO: Too many to count. I have about two closets filled with shoes. RA: I don’t count; I just rock ‘em. What is your favorite brand? Why? JC: Jordan’s, because they have more value. CO: Definitely Jordan’s, they have sick designs. RA: Me, I’m a Nike man. They’ve got colors that you’ve never seen on a person’s feet. What makes the sneakers so special to you? JC: Everything. They’re the love of my life. CO: It’s unique to be a sneakerhead. RA: The different designs. They’re part of my swagger. Sneakerhead- A.) A person who collect limited, rare, OG, or flat out exclusive kicks. Us ally the collection consists of Jordan’s or Dunks. B.) A person with background and knowledge of certain sneakers. Defined by, www.urbandictionary.com.
Where do you come up with the money for them?
Would you consider yourself a “sneakerhead”?
From Jordans to Nikes, collecting sneakers is becoming the newest teen craze and MTHS students are “kicking” up the competition and showing off their new shoes. The sneakers’ unique colors, variety of styles and brands attract teens from thirteen to seventeen. The Falcon News staff spoke to three MTHS students who proclaim themselves “sneakerheads”, or people who loves to collect sneakers, They share their thought on the trend, feeling special, and spending hundreds of dollars to feed their new love. Sophomore Jamie Costa, junior Christina O’Connell, and senior Randel Abrenictheir candidly reveal why they are proud to be known as “ Sneakerheads.”
SO MUCH SOLE Seniors Chris Grant and Christopher Leong show off a pair of ‘kicks’ from their collections. Grant is rockin’ Nike SB “Thrashin’” ranging from $140-160. Leong is wearing Nike SB “Stussy Edition”, ranging from $130-160.
JC: Yes CO: Duh. RA: No doubt. How do you feel while wearing your favorite pair of sneakers? JC: I feel special and no one can touch me. Fresh. CO: Freshhhh! RA: Like no one else can kick it. Do you wear all the sneakers you own? JC: For the most part. CO: I wear a majority of them. RA: Most of them. Price range? JC: Average, between $100 and $125. The most I’ve spent is $200. CO: Average, is $150. The most is
about $200. RA: Most of them are $90 and above. But the most I’ve spent was $350. Do you guys have any comments regarding sneakerheads that you want to let MTHS know? JC: Everyone should appreciate a sneakerhead. CO: I don’t like when people make fun of the term “sneakerhead”. RAl: Come correct with the right sneaker, come correct with the right swagger. Stay fresh baby! Everyone: There is no point of being a sneakerhead if we don’t match our clothes. Jordan’s are special because Michael Jordan is an icon.
KICKIN’ IT Sophomore Jamie Costa flashes one of her pair of “kicks”. She’s pictured with her Air Jordan Olympic VIs, which range from $180-200.
Colorful dolls kick off ‘Navarathri’ Suresh family takes part in joyous nine-day festival
DOLL DECOR Three hours of anxious preparation ended in seventy-two idols placed upon seven steps and sparked joy on the day before the Hindu festival, Navarathri. The celebration began on the evening of Tuesday, September 30 and continued for nine days.
by ARTHI SURESH Staff Writer On the evening of September 28, the Suresh family ornaments a seven-step structure with vivid and expressive dolls, a tradition
known as Golu. Joining many Indian families across the globe, the family celebrates the commencement of the traditional holiday Navarathri. The holiday remains one of the most prominent holidays for many
Hindus, as it rejoices the nine forms of the goddess Devi. Jayashree Suresh, the mother of the family, contemplates the placing of each doll on the steps in order to make sure the sizes, colors, and the messages of each
doll flows through the Golu. “Even though I have done this for more than twelve years, I find thrill in improvising and coming up with new ideas every year,” says Jayashree. “It almost becomes like a work of art.” Usually purchased in India, the dolls used to adorn the steps often are idols of gods, famous mythological heroes, and statues that represent strength, courage, and love. During the weeks prior to the commencement of the festival, Jayashree and her daughter Arthi attended a display at Post Inn in Edison that exhibited brilliant and vibrant dolls imported from India. Together, they purchased idols of Hindu gods Ayyapan and Devi, and of three acclaimed Indian composers and maestros of Indian music, collectively known as the Trinity. “The dolls we bought were stunning and brought out the true essence of godliness,” says Jayashree. As the family finishes the process of setting up the dolls on the platform placed in their
living room, they look forward to inviting their friends and relatives to see the display, and excitedly anticipate visits to their friends’ houses as well. “The best part of this entire process is the coming together of friends and family in the name of tradition,” says 22-year old Arvind Suresh, the family’s eldest son. Little children of the visiting families, with eyes of those relishing the wonders of a candy shop, await the small gifts they will receive from their generous relatives during Golu. This custom presents a completely different source of satisfaction for Arthi Suresh. “As a child growing up in the United States, I often feel I am detached from my Indian culture,” says Arthi. “Taking part in Golu allows me to be a part of Indian tradition and makes me feel like I’m twelve thousand miles across the globe in India.” The members of the family look forward to taking part in more of the upcoming events and traditions of the festival Navarathri.
Coming to conclusions
Oh boy class of 09, it is senior year…
by CHRISTINE SCHWEITZER Editor-in-chief
Senior year… Driving? College? Graduation? S t a y i n g ? Careers? Leaving? Senior year… A year full of abundant v i t a l decisions that will significantly impact the rest of our lives. At this point in the year as the leaves transform to autumn’s hues, high school seniors are subconsciously divided into two groups. There is the “… I know exactly what I want to do so lets graduate so I can do it already!” group. Or the croc-pot group of those who are still unsure, and others who simply suffer a severe case of what we all know as “Seinor-itus”. All in all, we must remain calm. Thankfully to help us through this hellish ordeal called senior year, here at MTHS is a superb guidance staff that is by your side every step of the way plus a surfeit number of teachers and staff that are just as obliging. Let us keep in mind that it is just another year of high school- chill out. Keep balance in your energy, love in your heart, loyalty in your friendships, and goals in your mind. Let us also not overlook the importance and luxuries that come along with this year: 1. Driving 2. Early release 3. More electives (see number 2) 4. Prom 5. Sporting events/Clubs 6. Great Teachers 7.Voting in the most controversial presidential election of all time But hey, have to fly from the nest someday right falcons? So this year let’s fly out with a bang.
‘Leaking’ Music becomes inevitable Music industry strives to ‘plug up’ piracy by MAUREEN NOLAN Editor Searching the internet and downloading new music became a commonplace trend starting with the likes of Napster and expanding to music blogs, Myspace, exclusive pre-release websites, and even the bands’ personal webpages. This unofficial and uneconomical craze has fans believing free music is a birthright. The question remains, how can a band still strive to make a living off of the art they love? This problem has the music industry understanding that the leaking of music is inevitable. It has become not a question of if the music will leak, but when. Labels now understand that they have two options when it comes to the hasty downloads and pirating: they can fight the unauthorized release of their music as they have in the past with nasty court battles that tarnished the band’s reputation, or they can stay one step ahead of the leakers and go with the flow. Companies have developed ideas to keep fans interested in purchasing, rather than pirating, their favorite band’s new music. They have started limiting the distribution of advance CDs to the most trusted sources. In order to make new music available to the public without offering it up to piracy, record labels are releasing new records as digital streams (the equivalent of listening to a song on the radio), which are nearly impossible to download. The record companies decided to “plug up” (oh puns!) those leaks is by watermarking their CDs, making it easier to track leading leakers. Although these ideas may put some leaking problems to rest, they cannot conquer every sever to every fan website. The real question is how the artists are dealing with the pocketing of their new tunes. Do our favorite artists and bands really have the right to blame the fans? Artists like Kelly Clarkson and Britney Spears think so. Spears, noted obviously for her “remarkable
talent,” was infuriated with fans when her demos were released. The demos received tough reviews from fans and pros who claimed that without technological assistance, she sounded awful. Spears threatened fans with the prospect of scrapping all of her studio work to punish them for the leaking. Clarkson also had a problem with leaking back in April, 2007 when three of her roughest demos w e r e published on the
popular m u s i c site Pretty Much Amazing!. “I write all the time,” she told the New York Times. “Lots of stuff is not meant to ever be released; [I’m] just working on ideas. I don’t understand why fans would steal the unfinished product when they can have the better version in time.” But is it fair to blame or punish the fans for the devotion of their favorite band or artist, even if that adoration knows no legal bounds? Bands like The Shins and Say Anything don’t think so. Say Anything’s head man, Max Bemis, explained how the illegal downloading of his band’s music would never affect his love for his fans.
“We should be flattered people are even taking the time the listen to our stuff. They’re fans; they’ll stay fans as they download our music and they’ll make more fans as they do so,” Bemis said. He went on to explain how no matter how much downloading goes on, “no artist would be even remotely successful if it weren’t for the fans. It’s rude to blame the people who made you.” When The Shins’ James Mercer heard that his band’s album leaked months in advance, his first question was whether those who illegally downloaded it liked it. “As far as our band is concerned, we don’t really care that
much,” Martin said. “I think if you’re really into the band and into the record, you’re still going to want to buy the CD or vinyl for the sound quality. The bands who are going to be hurt by leaks are the ones who get a negative buzz from them.” Through the reviews of the leaks, bands can learn whether or not new and old fans appreciate the new material. About four years ago fans enlightened Dave Matthews with their interest. Weeks after the band newly released “Everyday,” Matthews and his
band mates discovered that some of the album they had recorded earlier -- and then scrapped-- had leaked to file-sharing systems and had been heard by untold numbers of the band’s followers. Although “Everyday” went on to sell a stunning 3.6 million copies, critics and hardcore fans preferred the downbeat sounds of the scrapped demos. Upon hearing this, the band rerecorded many of those demos and released them as the album “Busted Stuff” in 2002. That album has sold an estimated 1.9 million copies. Although music constitutes the income for artists and bands, it is and should be seen as much more than that. To Brand New, long-running Long Island locals, music is their art, something not to be taken for granted. When news of their album leaking hit front man Jesse Lacey, he was awed and embarrassed. “As a man who strives for perfection with each chord, knowing my unfinished work was out there, waiting to be judged, left me incredibly selfconscious.” Lacey was quoted in a radio interview: “[My biggest goal is] to write some songs that means so much to people... and sound so beautiful, that people want to fall apart and sleep forever.” Often the vulnerability of bands is not considered when their work is leaked, leaving artists like Jesse Lacey unsatisfied with what the public hears. The important thing to remember about artists is the keyword in their title. ART. Music is their art, their vise. Is it fair for fans to seize the music before its’ final release, or is leaking done in affection by people who feed off of the music they steal? Either way, leaking is out there. It’s just another obstacle our favorite bands will have to deal with when production time rolls around.
Chaand Raat festivities marks end of Ramadam by AMAL AMIR Staff Writer
Ramadan, the Islamic religions’ holy month of fasting is a ritual practiced by millions of Muslims around the world in which they pray and fast from sunrise to sunset. The end of Ramadan leads to the festive holiday of Eid-ul-Fitr , commemorated with families and friends gathering together to feast and enjoy after a month of self-control. It is also traditional to celebrate Chaand Raat, the night before Eid, with music and dance. Muslim men and women, adults and children look forward to the abundant festive celebration of Chaand Raat, and celebrate with traditional foods, fresh fruits, and cultural sweets. Mercer County’s Bhatti family hosted such a party in Monmouth Junction on October
5. The celebration, like others held throughout the world, served many time - honored foods such as, chicken kabobs, haleem, and chicken tikka. One of the guests, Yardley, Pennsylvania resident Aamera Ghuman delighted with the food selection especially enjoying the haleem, a mixture of beans, chicken, curry and timehonored spices. Disk Jockey, Rashid became the main attraction for the adults along with the huqa, for the selected few who enjoy smoking flavored tobacco. The entertainment for children consisted of a magician and henna. The henna, provided by Afroz Zakaria, was a huge hit with many of the children and teens; it kept many waiting for almost an hour. This party had kept many anxious like 12 year old, Sophia Khan who said, “I cannot wait for this party, it’ll be the party of the year.”
October 17, 2008
Grounds for Culture by THERESA LIN Editor
WIN OVER PADRES The 2008 Mets honor shea memories with a 6-5 win against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, August 5
Shea it isn’t so: stadium’s gone forever by MAUREEN NOLAN Editor For all the Mets fans that Shea has so honorably served over the years, the stadium is more than just a building. Shea Stadium will end its 44-year run at the end of this Major League Baseball season, and a new venue, Citi Filed, will open right across the street. The teams, the plays, the championships, the smell of sausage and onions, and the loud airplanes soaring overhead are just a few of the precious memories Mets fans will take from the stadium. Professionally, Shea Stadium has been the home to the New York Mets since 1964 when William Shea established it. It is where the team playing inside won two World Series titles, (1969, 1986) four National League pennants (1969, 1973, 1986, 2000), and became known as “The Amazin’ Mets.” Shea also made history when the Mets and Yankees faced off in a doubleheader series in 2000 known as “The Subway Series.” Shea, however, was never just about baseball. After the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York
City, Shea served as a relief center to the city that the players and fans call home. It also hosted the first sporting event after the attacks, a 2001 game against the Atlanta Braves. Before the game, the FDNY, EMT, NYPD and all rescue workers were honored and Liza Minnelli sang “New York, New York” during the seventh inning stretch. In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Mets were trailing 2-1 when Mike Piazza came up with a runner on first. Piazza dramatically sent Shea into a frenzy when he sent a pitch over the center field wall to give the Mets a 3-2 lead and a win by the same score. The game is considered to be one of the greatest moments in the history of the franchise. Shea was also the home to many musical affairs. The Beatles’ concert at Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965 was the first concert to be held at a major outdoor stadium and set records for attendance and revenue generation. Shea has captured and captivated its Queens residents not only with a team to love, but with worldrenowned entertainment such as The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the Who, Eric
Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Elton John and the Police. The stadium’s last musical appearance will be Billy Joel’s concert on July 16th and July 18th, billed as “The Last Play at Shea, From the Beatles to Billy.” The fans will be waving goodbye to the stadium they’ve come to love as Joel encores over and over with New York New York. Personally, Shea Stadium has been a huge part of my youth. My first Mets game was spent with my father, grandmother and uncle when I was six. To this day, I can remember the smells, the screams and cheers from the fans, the way my father looked at me whenever a good play was made as if to see if I actually knew what was going on. From the minute my little feet touched the cement of the stadium and I ate ice cream out of a plastic Mets helmet, I was hooked. Like many other fans, I have devotedly followed the Mets through the good and the bad seasons at Shea. The stadium closing is not just a building’s being torn down; it is all of those memories fading. It is all of those games that fans spent in the stands screaming until they were sore or
home on their couch clutching the armrest for dear life, praying, “please, oh, please let my Mets win this one.” It is the famous homerun apple popping out of its hat. It is all of the great plays and players that have walked that grass and slid into those bases. Shea, in essence, is a set of cement walls and floors filled with plastic seats and incredibly expensive hotdogs. But Shea will always be the original home of the team that, stole my heart such a long time ago like it did many others’. The teams, the plays, the championships, the smell of sausage and onions, and the loud airplanes soaring overhead are just a few of the precious memories Mets fans will take from the stadium. This stadium’s closing opens a new chapter in the history of not only the Mets, but also that of the fans. To many fans this team was never simply a sports team. They are and will always be “The Amazin’ Mets.” Fans will wave goodbye to the Stadium they called home which belonged to the team they cheered and cried for, and though they will accept Citi Stadium with open arms it certainly has large shoes to fill.
Students with more, often learn less by ALI DEITCHE Editor “Students come to school by bike, walking, taking a taxi, or their parents drive them to school,” says 21-year-old Divan Shamoon, a graduate of Ankawa Boys High School in northern Iraq, in an e-mail conversation. “We don’t have history clubs or computer clubs. No we don’t have computers in our classrooms.” His Iraqi school greatly differs from a typical American high school. For instance, Monroe Township High School supplies public transportation to all of its students and has computers in virtually every classroom. Shamoon says in Iraq, “Students like their schools. The majority care about the grades because grades will help them to pass and apply for college. I think all
students want to succeed and get good jobs.” Shamoon’s Iraqi peers consider futures that primarily involve working or furthering their schooling in college. These students are taught to appreciate the worth of working hard, and realize that while life may include having fun and partying, there are also more substantial goals in their lives. Caroline Bennett, a 27 year old who graduated high school in Wales, says, “Students in the United Kingdom see school as a requirement and not something that equates with success as they get older.” “Teens here in Wales are victims of society- they want everything here and now, they want the latest trainers, the right jeans, the nicest bags, the right jewelry- and these things are far more important to
them than ‘doing well’ in school.” American students, similarly, would rather work to get the new video game system than to study and do what is necessary to get straight A’s in school. Bennett feels the teens in the United Kingdom have no desire to succeed because they do not feel getting good grades will improve their lives. Students “… didn’t seem to have motivations to do well. All they want is the immediate gratification of owning all these great products and items... they seemed to lack the ability to look at it in the long term,” says Bennett. An anonymous junior at MTHS says, “School is boring and you do nothing. Geometry is pointless because you don’t actually use it in real life… It doesn’t matter. Homework is a waste of life. I’d rather be having fun. It’s not like
grades matter anyway.” Students from countries with cultures that prioritize focusing all of one’s efforts on school and getting the best education possible could never fathom throwing away the opportunities of an American student. Likewise, schools in Japan are academically focused and strictly discipline their students. As a result, they are the fourth smartest students in the world, according to a 2003 survey by the Program for International Student Assessment. Because American students have the right to an education, they take it for granted. Society will have to begin emphasizing the importance of educating America’s youth before students can be expected to academically compete with students from countries like Japan.
Grounds for Sculpture showcases seasonal sculptures from around the world on 35 acres of manicured lawns as an innovative advance for its suburban surroundings. Located in Hamilton, New Jersey, the non-profit organization, Grounds for Sculpture offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits of clay, wood, and metal sculptures, available to view year round. The 200 plus solitary showcases of art leave much room for viewers to interpret the meaning and value of the sculptures. Knowledgeable art enthusiasts will appreciate the intricate details that result from time consuming procedures to distress metals and chisel detailed faces, while those who lack any interest in abstract ideas will only see nameplates on brightly colored garbage. After roaming the grounds for hours, even the most apathetic onlooker will come to value the more practical art in the form of nature displayed around the artworks that compliment the works’ innate motif. The park like environment still entices experienced members as it constantly receives new creations
to suit the changing seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter. The artwork situated sporadically throughout the 35 acres provides local culture that would otherwise have to be found in the likes of New York City. The leisurely walk that can occupy a few hours to a majority of a day depending on how much visitors want to see of the park, appeals to all generations with its avant-garde pieces to its sleek, modern collections. Over the summer, the grounds showcased a recreation of Monet’s oil painting “The Poppy Field, near Argenteuil,” with a sculpture of the woman from the painting atop an intentionally reminiscent, unkempt grassy hill of fiery blooming poppies. Along the park’s walk, eateries in the forms of ice cream stands to the grounds’ more formal restaurant, Rats breaks up the potential exhaustion of continuously walking. The surreal environment lends for a pleasant venue run solely on patrons’ eagerness of sculptural art. Grounds for Sculpture captivates those appreciative of the beauty in art and nature, swaying those who feel otherwise through its radical displays of cultural sculptures.
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We cannot fall with the economy Concern pervades the faces of high school students as they witness the United States step into an economic muddle. As the financial situation worsens and global markets plunge drastically, the students start to experience some of its detrimental effects. Alarmingly, several teenagers still do not realize how significantly the crisis can affect their longterm situations. The minimal knowledge of students ’importance in the future economy is harrowing, although many recognize changes in their own lives. “I cannot go shopping as much. It will affect me in the future because I will learn to use money more wisely,” says MTHS junior Seree Joseph. With the falling economy raising prices of college fees, students may face troubles when trying to afford a secondary education. “In Rutgers, the tuition has risen over the past three years and will continue with the financial crisis and with the new stadium being built,” says Rutgers University junior, Anu Gupta. Emotionally, the financial crisis touches families of students. A majority of jobs possess instability and risk for lay-off, a situation that could affect a family’s
financial condition drastically. Discussion within homes often involves the economy as the conflict worsens. Choosing to remain anonymous, an MTHS sophomore student says, “During dinnertime, my parents discuss about financial market crises, but state that there has been no impact yet on our lives, but will definitely have an aftereffect for my generation.” Considering the reasons that brought the country to the current problem is crucial. Unwise spending of the country’s people, the U.S. government, and corporate businesses, remains the primary cause for our present financial state. “This crisis will have a huge impact. We need to build honesty and trust will correct our mistakes and prevent us from becoming a Socialist country,” says Mr. Chanley, a history teacher at MTHS. Fortunately, schools offer programs that allow today’s teenagers to be more wellinformed about better financing. Preemptively, the current generation will recognize where the previous generations have blundered and will strive towards creating a better economy.
‘Anything you can do, I can do better’
Competition prevalent in high school
From the earliest stages of procreation competition is inevitable. Prizes awarded to winners help feed the addiction. Like the adrenaline-filled sensation that comes from riding roller coasters, the excitement of victory forces us to come back for more. There are many forms of competition at Monroe Township High School. The marching band and color guard compete every week in the fall against their local rivals. They work their hardest and practice constantly only to feel bad about themselves if they don’t earn the highest score. “When we don’t score high, I feel like we did a lot of hard work and they are telling us we need to do more work,” comments sophomore flute player Ashley Payne. Another example of high school competition is the academic battle to determine class rank. Many students work to their full potential for four straight years only to find a letter in the mail from guidance revealing a ranking below the students’ expectations. This
disappointment causes students to wonder if all the late nights spent studying were for nothing. The disappointment of the majority outweighs the excitement of the minority. Even simple school activities such as journalism and the preparation of the yearbook have turned competitive. The school newspaper and yearbook are sent for critique and are judged for everything from content to design. One begins to wonder, “What happened to all the fun?” Years ago, marching bands played at football games to pep up the team and the crowd, and the school newspapers’ only responsibility was to report school events. Now, everything is done for recognition. Students ought to partake in extracurricular activities solely for the sake of enjoyment. The newspaper should not be distributed for critique, the yearbook should display only memories, and class rank should not exist. High school competition should be lessened because the frequent disappointment of losing outweighs the rare joy of winning.
“What happened to all the fun?... Now, everything is done for recognition.”
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October 17, 2008
Boys X- Country runs hard by JOEY ROMANCZUK Editor
With Nate Smith and Ryan Brown, two of cross country teams best senior runners from last year off to college, Ben Wendel(‘09) and Daniel Lemelman(‘09) look to pick up where Smith and Brown left off. “We are working hard, but I think we can put more effort into work outs to make us a better team.” Francis San Andreas (‘11) says when asked about a projection for this year. This year’s top varsity runners are: Wendel (‘09), Lemelman (‘09), Nick Mazurek(‘11), Will Pentangelo(‘11), San Andreas(‘11), Khari Bowen (‘11), Kuldeep Yadar(‘11),
Michael Baumann(‘11). Pentangelo, a sophomore runner feels that, “The team is too young. There are a lot of new people; I do not think we will do as well as last year.” Mazurek (‘11), another runner who feels that the team lacks experience and age, says; “I agree with Will. Our biggest weakness is that we have a lot of first-time runners and a lot of inexperience.” After losing to JFK the team placed runners in the top spots only to come shy on actually winning. Despite a slow start, the Monroe Falcons Cross Country Varsity and Junior Varsity teams looks to make up for lost ground at upcoming meets.
Field Hockey holds on tight Varsity Football Ladies run the table to defend championship shoots for the top by JIMMY NEMETH Staff Writer
The Monroe Lady Falcons’ field hockey team’s 2007 season closed on a high note, winning the GMC (Greater Middlesex Conference) and county titles. The Lady Falcons are back again in 2008 looking to defend their championship. The Lady Falcons return with all of their starters except one, Katie Lepri, a graduated senior. The veteran team is led by eight seniors, all of whom started for the Lady Falcons last season. Although the players on the field may be the same, some are playing in new positions. Returning starting goalie Sam Capers (‘10) joins Teuta Cosaj (‘10) on defense as the only underclassmen on the team. Coach Virginia Gonzalez says, “We had to make a few changes on defense to compensate for the loss of Katie, but as long as the girls don’t get complacent, we will repeat.” The girls’ preseason culminated with a win on September 9, defeating Hightstown 8-3. The regular season picked up right where the girls left off last November with an 8-0 win against Sayreville. “This is a great way to start off the season. We’re unstoppable if we keep playing this way,” says Morgan Widener (‘10) immediately after the win. The girls also picked up a 2-0 win against Old Bridge and an 8-0 win against Piscataway. Sophomore goalkeeper Capers and her experienced defense have not given up a goal so far this season. “It feels good to not have given up a goal yet,” says Capers. “It’s really cool that we’re doing this
by BAKARI MALIK Staff Writer
Photo/Maureen Nolan TOP: TRYING TO SCORE The Lady Falcons try to score against opposing team during
last week’s varsity field hockey game. BOTTOM: FORWARD Senior Margaret Nawracj dribbles the ball through Sayreville’s
defense during a home game.
good this early. Giving up a goal is bound to happen, but I don’t want to see it happen at the expense of a loss. Our offense is really strong right now. They work really well together and they all play off each other. The defense is also helping out a lot. No shut out is possible without a defense.” The girls’ biggest task came on a cold Wednesday night under the lights against division rival East Brunswick. Both teams were 4-0 and tied for the lead in the GMC. The girls were engaged in a tight
After suffering a loss in Colonia on September 13, the Falcon Football team looks to redeem itself and take one step closer to its goal of a state championship. The Falcons were shocked at their loss, especially after having a strong first half. The Falcons looked energetic in the first half, gaining over 150 yards; however, they struggled to move the ball in the second half, letting Colonia back in the game. After the end of the second quarter, Colonia went on to score thirteen unanswered points to win the game 15-7. Additionally, the Falcons had many penalties throughout the game and constantly found themselves in third-and-long situations. The Falcons looked like a different team on the field in spite of the quality play they displayed in the first half, and they failed to impress. They played in a disorganized manner after halftime
“I am a hundred percent positive that there are no teams in the GMC conference with more than fifteen seniors. Everyone lost a lot of their seniors and is depending on their juniors just as much. So even though we only have a dozen seniors on our team, we still expect to win.” In their home opener on September 19, the Falcons impressed many as they went on to beat North Brunswick 10-0. Sophomore quarterback Alex Vizcaino dodged a sack and threw a deep pass across the middle to senior Dale DeGraw who went on to score a touchdown. From then on, the varsity football team never looked back and Junior Chris Mattos later went one to kick a field goal. The Falcons’ momentum from their win against North Brunswick carried into their next game on September 26 as they went on to defeat the New Brunswick Zebras 17-0 at home. The Falcons looked organized and played as a team throughout the game. The varsity
battle from the start, taking a scoreless tie into halftime. It took a second half goal from Monroe’s Courtney Baron (‘10) to put the Lady Falcons ahead and they never looked back. This gave them a 1-0 win and sole possession of first place in the county. The Lady Falcons are currently 7-0. With a strong offensive attack led by Justina Kupczak (‘09) and Nicole Manziano (‘09) and a stellar defense led by Saahithi Karuturi (‘09) and Morgan Widener (‘10) and Kim Lupo (‘10).
Boy’s Soccer steam rolls through Sebastian and T.J. Benedict succeeded in scoring a total of five combined goals Sebastian scored four goals while Benedict The Monroe Varsity boys’ soccer added one more late in the game. team is off to a smooth start for this The Falcons opened up their first year’s season. At home game on this point, the September 13 Falcon’s current “The Falcons opened up their against Ridge record consists High school first home game on of six wins, under the September 13..” breaking two ties lights on the and two losses. newly installed The Falcons turf at the broke out with an explosive packed Hugh P. Walsh stadium. victory over New Brunswick At the end of the first half, Ridge in their season opener five to was leading 1-0, which fired up the one. Senior captains Brandon Falcons for the second half. With by COREY LIEBROSS Staff Writer
26 minutes left in the game, Junior Tim Gandy evened the score, sending the match into overtime. Tim Gandy says “When I scored the goal, I was extremely happy and it pumped me and the team up.” With the crowd on the edge of their seats, the whistle blew as the game resulted in a 1-1 tie. This year makes history as night games will be played this year for the first time under the new lights. Junior Eric Palisay says “I feel that it’s a great idea because more fans would come at night and I feel more important just being under the lights and on a new turf. It’s like the film Friday Night Lights.”
DEGRAW SOARS AS FALCONS FLY HIGH Senior Dale DeGraw scores on a long touchdown pass from Alex Vizcaino (09) in the 10-0 win over North Brunswick.
and only gained a total of seven yards in the second half. Newspapers and critics judge this year’s varsity football team as young and inexperienced. Players on the team refuse to accept this judgment and avoid using it as an excuse for shoddy play. Junior Chris Gregor states,
team was full of energy on the field and beat the Zebras for the first time. The return of senior quarterback Max Stanice definitely sparked the offense, and hopefully he will remain injury-free for the rest of the season so more wins can come for the Falcons football team.
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Girls Tennis reaches state tournament by TOMMY HIMMELREICH Staff Writer
With a strong end of the season the Girls Tennis Team has qualified for states, a great improvement from last season when they tied for second place in the White Division. The girls have been working hard since August 19, with tryouts. The team has been on the court most afternoons practicing and honing their skills with intense practices. If all of Coach Trudy Marmorek’s goals are met she believes the teams will succeed. “Our goal is to win as many matches as possible, qualify for the state tournament, improve our skills, and have fun as a team.” Most of the players believe they will be better with the help of brand new player, Gloria Hosso, the freshman tennis star from Hungary. She is spending her first year out of her home country, to live in Monroe Twp. and to help the tennis team. “The team has been wonderful to me. We have a
INJURED BUT NOT OUT Injured Captain Danielle Rotundo (12) helps Coach Kathleen Dillon talk to the team in a losing effort against Sayreville.
Lady Falcons attempt flight despite broken wing by ALLAN SIMON Editor A year after coming up a half game short of the Greater Middlesex Conference crown, an injury plagued Lady Falcons Soccer teams’ start of a solid record of 4-4-1 for their 2008 season. It has been a struggle so far for the Lady Falcons, but they are still playing strong. In nine games the Ladies played four overtime games and lost due to penalty kicks in three of the battles. The team was also without Captain Danielle Rotundo (‘09) until the September 24 loss against Woodbridge, and without Sarah Gibbons (‘09) until September 26 against North Brunswick. Despite this Coach Kathleen Dillon remains hopeful. “We have the ability to win the division despite losing two seniors,”
says Coach Dillon after two solid pre-season scrimmages against Hightstown and Watchung Hills. Those expectations are the same for the players, including Rotundo who says “I hope we end at the top of the division and win states.” Rotundo is certainly doing her part scoring two goals in the 4-1 rout of North Brunswick on September 26, a game that may end up being the turning point of their season. The strong play of her and Gibbons after returning from injury in this game was a great sign. Gibbons was the stand out in the 3-2 nail-biter over Sayreville War Memorial High School scoring the game winning goal on a penalty kick in the second half. Full of expectations, the Lady Falcons began the season strong with a win in the opener against conference rival Woodbridge High
Photo/Allan Simon MIDFIELDER Ashley Kelly (10) defends the goal against the opposing team, Sayerville.
School. The game was a thriller under the lights on the Falcons new and drenched turf field. The 2-1 overtime win started with a goal five minutes into the game by Jessica Doyle (‘11). The key player on the play, however, was Annie Rosenberg (‘09), who chased down the ball in the corner and then placed a picture perfect crossing pass into the box leading to the Doyle strike. The overtime winner was a ball launched off the foot of Rosa Buffolino (‘10) that went off a defender’s head and into the top of the goal. Rosenberg played tremendously in the midfield along with Danielle Klecha (‘10), Erin Janzekovich (‘10), and Nicole Meyers (‘10). The team as a whole has dominated the midfield in every game. Following a tie against Piscataway, the Lady Falcons suffered two of their overtime losses in double overtime at the hands of Sayreville and North Brunswick. Sayreville inched by with a 2-1 victory, ending on a penalty kick awarded after a questionable penalty call, made in the box, with three minutes to go. As for North Brunswick, the Falcons outplayed the talented opponent, but lost on another penalty kick rewarded on a handball in the box and a cheap goal in overtime.
The highest point of the season so far, was against Perth Amboy. The Panthers stood no chance against the soaring Lady Falcons. The 7-0 rout consisted of goals scored by Rosenberg, Buffolino, Stephanie Nawracaj (‘10), Christi Jordan (‘09), and Rachel Brustowicz (‘09). Caitlin H o s k i n s (‘09) posted her second shutout of the season and the defensive was impeccable. As for the d e f e n s e , besides the occasional miscue leading to the goals they let up, they have been unbeatable. Vanessa Ragucci (‘10), Jenny Garavente (‘10), and Nawracaj have been solid all round so far this season. They are always the first people to the ball, challenging on every 50/50, and hustling every play, despite playing all six-hundred plus minutes of grueling soccer. Individually, each defender has their strengths. Nawracaj is fearless, going after every ball in the air and is not afraid to do some bumping and pushing. Garavente is a very strong player mentally and physically. As for Ragucci, she is proof that speed kills in soccer. Always the fastest player on the field, and her play has held this defense together.
“We have the ability to win the division despite losing two seniors”
Photo/ Allan Simon
RISING HUNGARIAN STAR Gloria Hosso, a freshman from Hungary, leads the Falcon’s season as First singles.
great time together.” said Hosso. Gloria keeps focus while playing in her number one spot on the team. She said “My focus during the match is to believe that I can win this game and I’ll never give up.” “Gloria has good skills and technique and strength and power in her shots. Though she is young and inexperienced, she will come to each match with an openness and eagerness to succeed. She rounds out the top three very well and they all practice together and complement each other well.” said coach Marmorek. Gloria has molded into a great player and teammate according to Theresa Lin (11) “At first, I was disappointed at becoming a lower rank on varsity, but I later realized Gloria is a great player and someone that will benefit the team.” Senior players like Gina Anania do not have a problem embracing the freshman Hosso “I feel she is really going to help our team. Maybe, she will help us win a banner since we are the only team without one.” says Gina. The ladies qualification to States is proof that this team is on the rise and more great tennis is to come in the next season.