Vol. 46 No. 4
Cherry Hill High School East: 1750 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Photo by Becca Mulberg (‘12)/ Eastside Video Editor. Photo illustration by Hailey Edelstein (‘12)/ Eastside Editor-in-Chief
Katie Morris (‘12) practices her butterfly stroke at the Katz JCC during the varsity girls’ swim team practice.
East swimming program evolves throughout decades ■ By Jake Fischer (‘12) Eastside Sports Editor
The multiple boys’ and girls’ swimming championship banners that are plastered on the storied walls of the DiBart Gymnasium tell so much about the true excellence of East’s swimming program. The list of years and accomplishments reveal the 22 state championships both teams collectively earned (11 for boys and 11
for girls) and decades of South Jersey and sectional dominance. However, simple dates and numbers cannot fully explain the massive impact the sport has had on the hundreds of swimmers that represented Cherry Hill East upon diving into the abyss of many South Jersey pools over the past 40 years. The bevy of Philadelphia Inquirer and Courier Post articles that have cov-
ered the teams do not truly do the swimming culture, family and inspirational coaching that flows through Cherry Hill quite enough justice. Only the words of those who experienced it can. From legendary Olympian and East record-holder, Sean Killion (‘86), to current senior captain, Alex Dintino (‘12), the East swimming program has been extremely successful, while also chang-
ing lives and molding boys and girls into men and women. “We are successful from training, hard work and dedication,” Dintino said. “We also have extremely close and personal relationships with the coaches.” Killion can attest to how the East swim team helped him when competing beyond high school. “Competing at the New Jersey State Championships at Princeton, along
with many other experiences at East prepared me well for swimming at the University of California Berkeley, the Olympic Games and ultimately ‘the real world,” he said.” To learn more about what the East swimming program has transformed from and into, continue to pages 10 and 11 to get splashed by the swimming teams’ achievements throughout the decades.
All photos by Becca Mulberg (‘12)/ Eastside Video Editor
Inside This Issue
Spring musical promises singing in the rain News/Features Pg. 3
Chef’s Kitchen Bistro offers refreshing home-made options Community Pg. 5
East builds snO-Wing out of frozen water Humor Pg. 18
NEWS/FEATURES Page 2
East musicians showcase “songs from the heart” ■ By Rachel Cohen (‘15)
spot for two separate weeks and music lessons donated by teachers of the Most concerts at East Music Department. There feature many different were also baskets donated genres and languages to from each musical group at showcase a variety of East. styles. However, the At the end of the night, Kaleidoscope Concert has the winners of the baskets a different goal: to enterwere revealed. tain the audience with “It’s important to show inspirational songs. our gratitude towards the The Kaleidoscope Condedicated students’ hard cert is an annual fundwork,” said Linda Siraraiser to raise scholarship cusa, chair of the Silent money for students— Auction. Students felt the event was a success. “It ran really smoothly. We did a lot of rehearsal beforehand to get it perfect, and I think it really paid off,” said part i c i p a n t Eliana Goodman (‘12). The concert was held on February 1 at 7:30 p.m. and admission was ten dollars for adults and eight dolKevin Yoo (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor lars for students. The Madrigals, an East singing group, perform at the Kaleidoscope Concert on February 1. Eastside Staff
In the p a s t month, several New Jersey school districts Jackie have been Susuni (‘12) in constant Board of communiEducation Representative c a t i o n while jointly observing the journey of the charter school. On February 13, the Cherry Hill School District joined Voorhees, Somerdale and Lawnside in hosting a regional meeting on the charter school issue. Acting Commissioner Chris Cerf and our local legislators were invited to attend. The meeting discussed problems with the charter school in the Cherry Hill School District. In other news, on January 17, Governor Christie signed the School Elections Bill, which institutes new procedures for moving the annual school election to the November general election date. Because of this new School Elections Bill, no vote on the district's budget would be necessary if the proposed tax levy is at, or below, the two percent levy cap. This means that one of the major issues in annual elections would not be a deciding factor in future elections. In fact, the public would no longer vote on budgets within the two percent levy cap. Requests for expenditures above the district's tax levy cap would be accessible to the voters in November. The law will not affect the way that board and budget elections are held for schools that continue to have elections in April. However, for school districts that do move the election to November, there is a fouryear commitment before districts can return to the April elections. As of now, the law does not have a deadline by which districts must decide on whether or not to change the election time. At the January 24 meeting, the Board of Education in conjunction with the administration discussed the law and its implications for our district. This discussion can be found on the district website. The Board will consider a resolution to move the election at an upcoming meeting some time in the middle of February. The public was still able to give input on the issue up until the meeting. If you have any questions regarding upcoming meetings or past meeting minutes, please contact the Cherry Hill Board of Education Facebook group at any time or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
specifically for seniors who have exhibited their dedication to music over the past four years. The theme of the concert this year was “music from the heart.” Kaleidoscope Concert attendees heard inspirational and meaningful songs sung and played by East’s musicians. The eighth grade chorus from Rosa also made an appearance at the concert this year, bringing the number of participants up to over
400 students. “Kaleidoscope represents a broad range of types of music,” said Mrs. Laurie Lausi, one of East’s vocal teachers. The audience members arrived early to place bids on a wide variety of different baskets. There were over 80 baskets generously donated by families, teachers and local businesses. Some baskets donated by teachers and staff included Dr. John O’Breza’s parking
East students build homes away from home ■ By Alyssa Markowitz (‘14) Eastside Staff
Habitat for Humanity, a global organization designed to build homes for less privileged families, offers local and global projects, so volunteers have easy access to Habitat no matter where they live. East has participated in Habitat projects since Spanish teacher Mr. Console brought it to East eight years ago. East students above the age of 16 participate in day-builds and a week-long annual spring break trip while younger students can volunteer at the ReStore. East’s Habitat president Julia Burns (‘12) said, “[The ReStore] is kind of like Goodwill but for furniture and home goods.” This year, forty students are going to provide services for Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge in Maryville, Tennessee from April 8 to April 13. Maryville is an estimated 13hour drive away from Cherry Hill. East Habitat has never worked in Tennessee before. Eight faculty members also travel with the student volunteers, including Console. “What inspires me,” Console said, “is the way that Habitat brings people together to achieve its mission, which is more than just building a house.” Students work at a construction site, building, painting or landscaping, depending on the lot’s progress. Burns, who attended the
last two spring break trips and plans to attend this year’s trip, said, “It’s a lot of work. You work pretty much 8 [a.m.] to 2 [p.m.] and the other half of the day we either relax or go out.” This year, E a s t ’ s Habitat participants are staying in cabins at a campsite near the Appalachian Mountains. The students will spend four days building and one day working at the local ReStore. This year, East students will see a Tenn e s s e e Smokies M i n o r L e a g u e Baseball game, go to a community potluck at a local church and have an end-of-theweek campout. “It’s very powerful to know what you’re doing could put a deserving family in a home,” said E a s t
Habitat co-founder Ms. Julie Rion, who attends the annual trip. Habitat has a new expe-
rience to offer everyone, and new participants are always welcome to help those less fortunate.
NEWS/FEATURES February 2012
Singin’ in the Rain to take East by storm ■ By Rachel Brill (‘15)
films), and Lina’s awful speaking voice will make her and Don into complete laughingstocks. The Theater DepartMr. Tom Weaver, the ment’s spring musical, director of the play, said, Singin’ in the Rain, will “Don meets “make ‘em laugh” the Kathy Selden weekends of March 2 and and falls in love. March 8. The play will She’s got a gorstart at 7 p.m. on March 2, geous voice. 3, 9 and 10, and the matiCosmo, nee performance will start Don’s sideat 2 p.m. on March 4 and kick, has 11. the idea Singin’ in the Rain is to dub the story of Don i n Lockwood (Chris Kathy’s Heinze (‘12)—Red voice for Cast, Michael Buono Lina.” (‘12)—White Cast), a Lina silent film actor in the refuses to late 1920s. His acting g i v e partner and on-screen Kathy romance, Lina Lamont (Melanie (Gaby Chapman (‘13)— M e n d e l Red Cast, Lauren (‘12)—Red Keleher (‘13)—White Cast, Victoria Wolfgang (‘13)— White Cast) any credit for the voice dub, which becomes one of the major conflicts of the play. The movie Singin’ in the Rain came out in 1952 and the play followed in 1983. “Generally, the play and the movie are the same,” said Weaver. One difference between the movie and the play is the pivotal scene in which Don meets Kathy. In the movie, this scene takes place in a car, while in the play, it takes place on a park bench. Although the play is performed on stage, rain will be produced for the classic Singin’ in the Rain dance sequence, in which Don sings in the rain. “[The stage crew builds] Nick Mitchell (‘13)/ Eastside Staff a special set… out of mate(Left to right) Dillon Rebock (‘14) and Chris Heinze rials that can get wet,” said (‘12) rehearse a dance number for Singin’ in the Rain. Weaver. For Eastside
Cast), has more beauty than brains and an incredibly annoying voice. Audiences loved her in the silent films, but their studio is changing over to talkies (talking
Loren Roth (‘13), a stage manager, emphasized the importance of the stage. “Many productions are done with something to substitute the rain,” she said. “We are very lucky to be able to actually have rain.” Weaver said that he depends on the other staff members—including Ms. Cindy Ferguson, the vocal director, and Ms. Sandi Makofsky, the choreographer—to make the show unforgettable. “They’re very professional and the students will benefit from them,” said Weaver. Dillon Rebock (‘14), who plays Cosmo, said, “My role is unbelievable in terms of dancing…. [I am] learning to tap dance.” Weaver said that the tap dancing will be the most enjoyable part of the show, adding, “The tap dancing is not intimidating to me. We are blessed with hardworking kids.” Although Singin’ in the Rain is based on an old movie, students will still enjoy it today. “I feel like the interest in the story is how modernday movies came to be,” Rebock said. The cast is looking for a connection between characters and the audience. “I think a lot of students can relate to the characters,” said Victoria Wolfgang (‘13), who plays Kathy. “It will bring in a good audience.” Weaver and the members of both casts of this production are looking forward to putting on yet another memorable show.. Art by Joel Greenspan (‘13)/ Eastside Art Director
Coffee House provides for colon cancer ■ By Kayla Schorr (‘14) Eastside News/Features Editor
East students’ comedy and talent were showcased on February 11 from 7 to 11 p.m. at East’s seventh annual Coffee House. Interspersed with the jokes, music and coffee, however, were some very poignant stories told by and about colon cancer survivors. Coffee House is an annual event at East that raises money for a specific cause. It features an entertaining show of East students who perform several small acts, including singing, dancing, acting and stand-up comedy. Coffee House also offers a large array of refreshments, hot cocoa, tea and, of course, coffee. Each year, the event supports a different cause, and this year, the Thespian Society raised money for the Colon Cancer Alliance. The Society themed the event “Celebrating Life,” and used several board games (including Life) to decorate the event. Samantha Pleat (‘12),
one of the event’s organizers, said that some of the money will be donated to the Colon Cancer Alliance, and the rest will be used for public education and study regarding the disease. Advisor and music teacher Mrs. Laurie Lausi said, “[Coffee House] went very smoothly. One of our East singer’s dads was a colon cancer survivor and so those experiences kind of hit home with the audience.” With around 700 attendees and $4,413 raised, Coffeeh House certainly reached a large audience. Coffee House always proves to be an efficient way to gather East students for a night of entertainment, as well as to raise awareness for important causes. To see a video of the event, visit eastsideonline.org. Devon Sobrado (‘12)/ Eastside Staff
(Top to bottom) Student performers after the show; Sarah Sosland (‘14) performs; bake sale; the audience.
School president Adam Rosenthal (‘12) talks about Mr. East. With Mr. East q u i ck l y a p proaching, the chairAdam ladies, Rosenthal (‘12) contestSGA President ants and S G A have been working around the clock to have this year’s competition set. As many of you know, the theme of this year’s competition is based on the TV show “Survivor.” I don’t want to give too much information away, but I will tell you that you can expect some pretty hilarious new segments in this year’s competition that tie into the theme. What most of you probably don’t know is that the first Mr. East was crowned in 1988, which makes this year’s competition the 25th year. In celebration of the 25th competition, we have some big things planned for the boys and the show, so keep your ears peeled for more details. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Mr. East, let me give you a rundown. First of all, it’s the greatest school-wide event held at this school. What’s better than watching ten senior boys duke it out and make fools of themselves on stage? Nothing. The competition is broken down into a few main categories: formal wear, swimwear, a question and answer session (which is being revamped this year), video portion and the best part of the night, the contestants’ talents/acts. If you’ve been to a past Mr. East, then you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, you’ve been missing out. With a few weeks until the big night, the real work begins. The contestants have been practicing the opening dance, filming their promotional videos, getting their talents/acts together, picking out their formal and swimsuit wear and running around town finding sponsors for the event. The contestants and chairladies have been working day in and day out to make this year’s show the best one yet. Will anyone be able to top the past years’ amazing performances? Justin Singson’s (‘10) amazing singing and dancing? Mike Chang’s (‘11) crazy dances? Chris Sardone’s (‘11) eye-popping act? Alex Feldman’s (‘11) insane juggling? Dan Desrocher’s (‘11) nerdy experiments? Come to this year’s Mr. East to find out for yourself. You’re NOT going to want to miss this. It’s going to be amazing.
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EASTSIDE February 2012 cipals and superintendents about how the law is working in each school and school district. Lampitt said, “I would like to factually give information to a prime sponsor to make effective changes to the bill.” She added, “I chose to be a co-sponsor because •161 cases of bullying had been I agree with the essence of the bill, but there are some parts that I don’t like.” reported in the Cherry Hill School A prime sponsor puts his or her wholehearted District since the September 1, 2011 support into all facets of a bill, while a co-sponsor supports the idea—and therefore the bill— enactment of the Anti-Bullying but believes that the bill could improve with Bill of Rights Act. changes. • 67 cases, or 42%, of the 161 reLampitt believes that New Jersey as a whole could be more proactive about bullying issues. ■ By Juliet Brooks (‘13) ported cases had been confirmed. She cited a study by Swedish native Dan Eastside News/Features Editor • In a four-month span, an average Olweus. The Olweus Bullying Of Prevention Program has been chosen In response to a well-publicized bulof 40 cases of bullying per month all U.S. State as one of ten model studies to be lying-related death in 2010 at have been reported. On average, 17 used in a national violence preConstitutions: Rutgers University, New Jersey legislature created the Anti-Bullying • 14 include “cyberbullying” vention program in the United of these cases are actually considered States. Olweus’s program Bill of Rights Act, which was imple• 38 include electronic bullying under the new law. involves anonymous surveys of mented on September 1, 2011. harassment students to help define who the According to a New York Times arti• 48 mandate that school real bullies are. there are unintentional consequences and the cle published on September 30, “When policy include antiunintentional consequences have to get docu2011, this law is considered the most you only mented even if… [the vicstringent anti-bullying law in the bullying laws have so tim] rescinds [his or her nation. claim].” The law states that bullying at all times in Richard Bozza, Execuall locations is considered a state m u c h tive Director of the New crime and, as such, must be money to Jersey Association of reported to local spend on this… it School Administrators, authorities. would be helpful to spend the was quoted in the New money on the individuals who are bulYork Times article cited lying,” Lampitt said. previously for saying, The idea behind this program is to get “I think this has Schools to the root of the probgone well overacross the state lem, and instead of perboard… Now we must also review each secuting bullies after have to police the reported bullying case and either bullying occurs, reach community 24 hours confirm or dismiss it. According to Dr. out to possible bullies a day.” Lawyer Chapman, a Cherry Hill School District and prevent bullying While this law is very Assistant Superintendent in charge of all bullybefore it happens. tough right now, Lampitt ing cases, bullying cases are under the jurisdicAnother problem does not consider the law’s tion of the school district as long as both offendwith the new law, stringency entirely permaer and victim are in the district. Each individual according to Lampnent. “Sometimes we put school determines the discipline for a confirmed itt, is that everyso much in and we try to do bully with the approval of the superintendent thing has to be too much and now we have and Board of Education. documented. to look at how it’s being utiThe law breaks bullying reports up into nine She said, “I lized and the implementacategories and each case must be traced t h i n k tion to make a better law.” back to one of those categories. The Less than half of reportChapman said, “As long as [the ed bullying cases in the incident] falls within a category, nine possible Cherry Hill School then according to the law, it bullying categories: District have actually becomes either part of harass1. Race been confirmed as bullyment, intimidation or bullying, which means that 2. Color ing.” students are not sure One of the problems with 3. Religion what qualifies as the law, according to one of 4. Ancestry bullying under the law’s co-sponsors, 5. National origin the new law. Assemblywoman Pam 6. Sexual orientation Currently, bulLampitt, is that “the bill was lies are referred to individual 7. Gender more about reaction and docschools for discipline, and there umentation than being proac8. Gender identity/expression is no centralized disciplinary tive about bullying.” 9. Mental, physical or policy for the state. Now that the bill has been sensory disability Devon Sobrado (‘12)/ Eastside Staff passed into law, Lampitt travels A policeman watches over a student using the computer. around New Jersey, speaking to prin-
New Jersey anti-bullying law widely regarded as strictest in the nation
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As of January 4, 2012:
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Cyber Bullying: Logo by Joel Greenspan (‘13)/ Eastside Art Director
Jonni Cassano (‘13) Alexis Diaz (‘15)
We asked... What TV or book bully would you least want to meet? Where would you build a house if you could build it anywhere? What one object makes a house a home?
Francis from Fairly Odd Parents On East property
I don’t watch TV
The French countryside
A couch A doorbell
On the beach
Quilts on the wall (wall hangings)
All the cool kids are doing it. • Over 50 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and over 50 percent have engaged in cyber bullying. Sometimes, the cyber bullied become the cyber bullies. • More than 33 percent of young people have been threatened online or via text message. • Less than 20 percent of all cyber bullying incidents are actually reported to law enforcement. • About 10 percent of adolescents and teens have had compromising pictures taken of them without permission, usually on someone else’s cell phone. • About 20 percent of teens and adolescents have publically posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves. • Less than 10 percent of teens tell their parents if they have been cyber bullied. All facts and statistics courtesy of the i-SAFE foundation, the Harford County Examiner, Lambda legal, clemson.edu, cyberbullying.us, and bullyingstatistics.org.
COMMUNITY February 2012
Chef’s Kitchen Bistro brings home-style meals to Cherry Hill ■ By Gabrielle Kains (‘12)
said Chef’s Kitchen Bistro owner, a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays Eve Merlin. through Fridays. For Merlin has been operating the lunch, the entrees range In a world of commercialized restaurant for 11 years. She was from about 9 to 12 dolchain restaurants and on-the-go inspired to open her own place lars, and for dinner, 17 to meals, it may be difficult to find a when her friends had lavishly 21 dollars. There is also praised her delectable dishes an Express Menu for and had convinced her to takeout, on which every expose her talent to the item is $9.95. The menu Cherry Hill community. includes, for example, Merlin’s favorite dish on the Caesar Salad with chickmenu is the Baked Brie, an en, albacore tuna salad appetizer priced at $11.95 that with greens and penne combines the flavors of apples, pasta with chicken. cranberries, strawberries and Being right across walnuts into a real treat. The Route 70 from Camden most popular dish on the County College, Merlin menu, encourGabrielle Kains (‘12)/ Eastside Managing Editor though, a g e s Homemade Chicken Soup garnished with she said, s t u is the dents to Spinach. Turkey come in to study ervations are taken but not Meatand enjoy coffee required, although the space inside l o a f . while they are is limited. not in class. Merlin describes it simply as it Gabrielle Kains (‘12)/ Eastside Managing Editor M a d e r i g h t There is free is: “Everything is homemade, the Roasted Garlic Hummus. there in wireless internet restaurant is small and we serve nice, home-cooked meal for a modthe kitchen, and a drink menu healthy food.” erate price. But, hidden in Cherry the Turkey of different cofEverything certainly tastes Hill is Chef’s Kitchen Bistro, a Meatloaf is fees, cappuccinos homemade. All meals are made to truly delicious home-style restauadored in and three types of order using fresh ingredients. rant. salads, sandhomemade iced Merlin always references a As soon as one walks in, he or wiches and teas. favorite review of hers when she will be consumed by the scent even as an Chef’s KBistro asked to describe her restaurant: of a family’s kitchen and will entrée. welcomes all “[Chef’s KBistro is] a little place immediately feel at home with the C h e f ’s types of cuswhere the owners are there to warm indigo blue and burnt orange KBistro, its tomers for taking check in and make sure everything Devon Sobrado (‘12)/ Eastside Staff out and eating in, colored walls. shorthand is fine. It’s like they’re cooking just “The color scheme was picked to name, is Chef’s Kitchen Bistro gives off a comincluding families for you.” And it really seems that be nice, welcoming and relaxed,” open from 11 forting atmosphere. and groups. Resway. Eastside Managing Editor
Jennifer Cha (‘13)/ For Eastside
Best Place To Get Soup: Healthy Garden
Healthy Garden, located in Voorhees and Moorestown, offers a variety of healthy soups to warm you up on a cold day. The wide range of soup options include black bean, high energy chicken, split pea, vegetable and mushroom soup.
Best Place to Buy Accessories for Winter: Jilly B’s
In addition to selling frozen yogurt, Jilly B’s sells many fashionable scarves for this winter season. It also sells jewelry items that complement the perfect winter outfit, such as gold-dipped necklaces and a variety of bracelets.
Best Winter Drinks: Cafe Flora
This Cherry Hill cafe offers many drinks for the winter season, including gourmet brewed coffee, lattes, chai tea, hot chocolate, tea steamer and machiattos. Its signature drink menu includes a white lily latte with caramel and vanilla, a sunflower latte with caramel and hazelnut and cherry blossom mocha with chocolate and cherry.
Best Place to Buy Boots: Best Foot Forward
Located in Cherry Hill, Best Foot Forward sells stylish boots for both men and women. It offers boots from several designers, including Ugg, Cordani, Bettina and Kenneth Cole.
Photos by Rebecca Ohnona (‘12)/ Eastside Community Editor
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Chef Bobby Flay blesses South Jersey with his burger cuisine ■ By Kaylin Magosin (‘14)
than ten minutes, so there The chance to eat at a is a fast celebrity chef ’s restaurant turnover is a rare treat; however, from one Bobby Flay recently order to opened a new restaurant the next. called Bobby’s Burger O n e Palace (BBP) in the popular Cherry Hill Mall on choice is November 1, 2011. t h e Walking into the restauPalace rant, orange and green Classic walls and stainless steel B u r g e r, décor create a modernw h i c h retro theme that flows c o m e s with the energetic atmosw i t h phere. Pop art paintings of A m e rfood hang on the walls. i c a n The first item that cheese, greets you is an “instruclettuce, tion guide” labeled “Do the tomato Kevin Yoo (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor BBP 1-2-3” on the and red Customers enjoy Flay’s unique burgers. entrance window, detailing onion. the three simple steps to his burgers with chips, so The fresh vegetables make obtain your meal: “1. Get now he invites customers it crispy. Another popular in line. 2. Place order. 3. to try the phenomenon option, the Philadelphia Take a seat.” themselves. The chips give Burger, is topped with the burgers that extra crunch and salty texture in contrast with the juiciness of the burgers. The burgers are grilled to perfection and served on a sesame seed bun. One quality that makes the burgers appealing is that they are not typical grease-filled fast food burgers, but they are quality beef meals. The quality of the ingredients is obvious, which makes up for the price that can become expensive. The burgers are only about a quarter pound, which is pretty small compared to burgers Kevin Yoo (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor at other restaurants. Bobby’s Burger Palace is located at the Cherry Hill Also, the fries come sepaMall. It opened on November 1, 2011. rately for three dollars. The menu is composed If you add a drink, your Provolone cheese, griddled primarily of burgers; there meal can be thirteen onions and hot peppers. are ten varieties as well as or fourteen dollars. For a Finally, the Canadian a Burger of the Month that dinner entrée it is not outBurger, which was the changes. Each table inrageous, but for a lunch Burger of the Month for cludes four sauces to try it can be a bit costly. For a January, contains a maple with the burgers. Burgers fun treat or night out, the mustard sauce, which can be made from beef, price is definitely worth it. gives it a slight kick, turkey or chicken. “[I hope people take Canadian bacon and white There are also two salaway] a positive excheddar cheese. ads and two griddled perience, walking with The most significant cheese sandwiches on the a smile on your face, touch added to these burgmenu. The price of a burggreat customer service and ers is potato chips that er, salad or sandwich great food,” said Genare, as Flay calls it, ranges from $6.75 to eral Manager Christina “Crunch-ified.” When he $8.75. Roach. was young he always ate Sides include R o a c h french fries, also said sweet potato fries that there and onion rings, has been an priced at three amazing dollars each. Ten response so milkshake varifar, and that eties are also on not just the menu, which Cherry Hill are priced at five residents are dollars each. visiting BBP. After one “Everyone orders a meal, he loves it,” she or she can take a said. seat at any of the With an cafeteria-style opportunity tables or counter as great as seats. The maxieating at a mum occupancy celebrity of this restaurant chef ’s resis only 75 people, a u r a n t , so tables do fill there is no up quickly. Howwonder so ever, BBP manmany people ages to make this have been Kevin Yoo (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor eating small space work at because the meal Bobby’s Burger Palace offers an extensive menu, Bobby’s Burcomes out in less offering choices for all types of eaters. ger Palace. Eastside Editorial Assistant
The Cherry Hill Environmental Advisory Committee recently provided Cherry Hill residents and businesses tips on how to save energy and money this winter: Replace any candescent lights in your home with CFL bulbs. Each bulb you convert can save five to eight dollars on electric costs per year.
Use curtains. Opening curtains and shades on south-facing windows during the day allows solar radiation to warm a living space; closing all curtains at night helps retain that heat.
Block leaks. Use door sweeps for exterior doors, and caulk or tacky rope to block around window frames.
Insulate your water heater and pipes. Covering your water heater with an insulated “jacket” will keep costs down.
Art by Diana Li (‘12)/ Eastside Art Director
“Hope For Heroes” offers assistance to troops in Cherry Hill ■ By Alana Kopelson (‘12) Eastside Community Editor
South Jersey now offers returning troops a chance to connect with medical professionals for confidential advice with the new program, Hope For Heroes. Dr. Joe Costabile, a general and vacular surgeon at Virtua Surgical Group and a trustee of the Medical Society of New Jersey, started this program in his home base of Cherry Hill with the intentions of making it easier for returning soldiers to get advice and helping them get back on their feet. Costabile was captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and was deployed to Kuwait in 2005 and Iraq in 2008. Hope For Heroes differs from other veterans’ programs because it is a private service and the troops’ information is not placed on the record. It is up to the patients to determine what kind of service they want. Over recent months Hope For Heroes has become very successful statewide. This program is significantly needed because nearly twenty percent of soldiers returning home from war suffer posttraumatic stress disorder,
which can cause depression. This is why Costabile took the necessary steps to initiate this program in Cherry Hill in order to benefit fellow troops. Hope For Heroes not only gives advice to soldiers, but also helps them with the beneficial processes they need to go through to take care of any issues they have upon returning. President Barack Obama has been recently prompting people nationwide to help retuning soldiers and military families in need. Hope For Heroes is taking Obama’s advice and benefitting the veterans in the Cherry Hill community who simply need someone to talk to. Hope For Heroes gives troops an easy, helpful experience to seek the assistance they need. Clients can call in to the medical offices and are connected to physicians who will either meet at their office or another location. Brig. Gen. James J. Grant, chief of the joint staff for the New Jersey Army National Guard, said to South Jersey Magazine that the main focus of Hope For Heroes is to “provide a healing mechanism” to troops statewide.
OPINIONS February 2012
Iraq War finally ends
Is Creationism a science? ■ By Claire Hoffman (‘12) Eastside Staff
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U.S. soldiers return home from the war in Iraq. blame just the Repub■ By Kyle Bigley (‘13) licans; Democrats, too, have Eastside Staff blood on their hands. FiftyOn Deeight percent of Senate Democrats voted for the cember 18, 2011, the authorization of military action in Iraq, allowing the protracted war in Iraq war to proceed. Their jingof i n a l l y ism—which has fueled the fires of most modern ended, but that war’s legacy must not wars—was comical at times, as when Repubwithdraw from public memory. As the last licans got their revenge on American troops withdraw, the French by renaming perhaps we can draw some french fries “freedom fries,” but that same “patriotism” lessons from that war, though I do not wish to created a climate in which divert America’s short the public was willing to go attention span from more to war for any reason, howpressing matters, such as ever ill-founded. Americans can also the next Kardashian wedding, or worse, the circus determine that the media popularly referred to as the cannot be trusted. The New York Times based its coverRepublican presidential primaries. age on the lead up to war on the reports the Bush Most importantly, America must recognize Administration fed to it. In the great sacrifices and passing off dubious reports by the very same adminisunparalleled courage from tration that promoted the its soldiers. In this war, 4,459 American soldiers war, the Times served as and 318 coalition soldiers little more than an Amerlost their lives in a foreign ican version of Pravda, the country, thousands of miles official newspaper of the away from their families. Soviet Union that printed Tens of thousands more every lie the manipulative were wounded. Their lives government sold to it. The will never be the same, and television media did little the family members of the better. Dan Rather, a CBS fallen will forever have an news anchor, said, “George unyielding grief. Bush is the president… Yet it would be nearWherever he wants me to sighted and selfish for line up, just tell me where.” Americans not to reflect In the end, the alleged “libupon the hundreds of thoueral” media did nothing but sands of Iraqi causalities, liberally share the false almost all of whom were premises of the Iraq War. innocent civilians, supUltimately, the posed friends of freedomAmerican people must loving America, not solremember this war and diers. The cost is difficult to all the lies that led to it. estimate and even harder In the 21st century, war to bear; some studies estibecomes all too impermate up to 1.2 million civilsonal, as a soldier or even ians, 5 million orphans and a drone pilot thousands of over 3 million refugees miles away does not have have died. to see the face of his enemy Aside from the mass or the decimation of the death and destruction, the locals. Americans do not unscrupulous role of the feel the effects of the war Bush Administration unless a loved one perishes. stands out most. Not only This makes it all too easy did the administration lie to support another invaabout the reason for war— sion, which humanity, whether it be the “weapons much less America, cannot bear. The dead must not of mass destruction” or conhave died in vain, for their nection to Al-Qaeda, both of sacrifices are useless if which never materialAmerica continues to bring ized—but also it allowed the scourge of war upon allied corporations, such as another country. The “milithe mercenary Blackwater tary-industrial” complex, company and Vice President Cheney’s beloved which President Eisenhower first warned about, Halliburton, to profit handstill thrives in America somely from the conflict. Perhaps more alarming is and will do so until Americans learn from the the assault of civil liberties mistakes of the past. that stemmed from the “Those who do not rememwar, from the USA Patriot ber their past are conAct to torture at Guandemned to repeat their tanamo. The Bush Adminmistakes,” writes George istration trampled on the Santayana, and the Iraq same freedom it had War is a mistake America promised to protect. Yet it can ill-afford to repeat. would be all too easy to
States, mostly southern, have adopted or tried to adopt bills that indirectly allow the teaching of Creationism in the classroom. Not properly learning evolution undermines a student’s education immensely. Not only will students leave high school without an understanding of evolution, but their futures will also be directly affected. Colleges are less willing to accept students who lack a basic understanding of the fundamentals of biology. However, many conservative politicians are in favor of teaching Creationism in public schools. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is a major proponent of teaching Creationism in the classroom. He believes that impressing solely the scientific theory of evolution on students leaves no room for discussion on what he thinks science does not explain and Creationism does. As a Pennsylvanian senator, in 2001, Santorum proposed the “Santorum Amendment,” an amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act. The Santorum Amendment would have weakened the teaching of evolution and educated students in intelligent design. The Santorum Amendment did not pass because a coalition of scientific and educational organizations protested its addition to the final bill. However, many of the Republican presidential candidates continue to voice t h e i r enthusiasm for public schools teaching intelligent design, the belief that
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Science and religion are now being taken as one and the same in Louisiana schools. tics, they would choose a many things are best student from New Hampexplained by the existence shire or Rhode Island with of God rather than evolua solid education in evolution. The Santorum tion over someone from Amendment instigated Louisiana because the colother Academic Freedom lege won’t have to reteach bills like the Louisiana high school biology educaScience Education Act, tion.” which passed in 2008. Without this sufficient Though this act and other college education, it will be intelligent design measeven harder for Louisiana ures do not directly preach students to find jobs. Creationism, they do allow Dan McDevitt (‘12) said, for students to question “I understand [public evolution’s existence. schools] teaching CreationZack Kopplin leads the ism for educational purposorganization Repeal Creaes, but saying that evolution tionism of Louisiana. “My is wrong, I don’t understand building irritation at the that. Both are theories.” [Louisiana Science EducaOn the other hand, tion Act] instigated me to Jeremy Penn (‘13) said, start Repeal Creationism of LA in my senior year of “Evolution is the only theohigh school,” said Kopplin. ry that can fully and corTwo years later, Kopplin rectly explain life and its has had endorsements diversity in the modern from 70 Nobel Laureates, world. Teaching creationism numerous prominent sciin public schools is outraentists in the country, scigeous and violates the First entific and educational Amendment.” organizations, and even Students should be wellthe city council of New Orversed in evolution by the leans. end of high school. Only the Louisiana Science Education Act has passed into law out of the Academic Freedom bills, but since many of the Republican presidential When candidates believe in the speaking teaching of intelligent about studesign, studying it in public dents with backgrounds schools may be mandatory in Creationism rather than in the future. science, Kopplin said, “Although colleges aren’t Diana Li (‘13)/ going to give out the statisEastside Art Director
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Some believe the biblical theory of Creationism should be taught instead of evolution in public schools throughout the nation.
OPINIONS Page 8
Mexico should “toke” care of its own drug problems
■ By Alexis Butler (‘12) For Eastside
While America is in trillions of dollars of debt, it has spent 54.14 billion dollars on the war on drugs in the year 2011 alone. A large portion of this has gone towards fighting the drug cartels in Mexico,
including 75,000 dollars on paintball (yes, paintball), for army training. Even if the war on drugs is accomplishing something, this is too much money to be spending on drug prevention when the economy is in a state as bad as it is now. It is especially too much money to be spending when the war on drugs has accomplished nothing. Since America’s involvement in the Mexican drug problem spilling over the border, drug availability and drug-related violence has increased. If America gets more involved, the country will just be wasting more money and resources on something that is not working and may never work. Despite the American government’s claim that the war on drugs has been successful, it has really been quite the opposite. America claims that it is fighting the war on drugs to lessen drug availability, decrease drug-related violence and “protect our children.” Yet since the war has started, drug availability and drug-related violence have only increased. America’s own drug surveillance systems show that the price of marijuana has gone down, marijuana still remains universally available to American high school students and cocaine has been used at least once by 36.8 million Americans. In Mexico, heroin and marijuana production capability has doubled.
Drug-related violence has not decreased there either. Currently, there are 14,000 armed cartel members just in the cities of Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua and 40,000 people have died due to drug related violence since Mexican president Felipe Calderón declared a war on drugs in 2006. The war on drugs is a never-ending battle, and more intervention is not going to change that. The only way to lessen the power and violence of the Mexican drug cartels is drug legalization. The American government wants to get more involved in Mexico, but this will not help because the drug cartels will remain in power unless people stop using drugs for the first time in history. After spending many years and trillions of dollars (of money from taxes) on a war on drugs that has failed miserably, it is time for America to give up rather than get more involved. The American government has used up an unreasonable amount of time, money and resources fighting a war on drugs here and in Mexico. Helpful or not, it would be crazy to get more involved and spend more money when the horrible economy is a bigger, more important issue right now. The war has failed and will continue to fail because there have always been and will always be drug users. While drugs remain prohibited, users must buy from the Mexican
drug cartels, allowing the cartels to stay wealthy and powerful, regardless of how involved the United States gets. Not only should the American government avoid involvement in Mexico’s drug problem, it should give up before any more money is wasted and any more lives are lost. Photo illustration by Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Director Art by Joel Greenspan (‘13)/ Eastside Art Director
Designer babies: the latest trend in childbirth ■ By Sarah Minion (‘12) Eastside Editor-in-Chief
When Scottish scientists cloned the first sheep, Dolly, in 1997, the world thought modern science had reached its potential. Then, in 2004, the medicalscience world presented a whole new phenomenon that, eight years later, continues to both develop and raise controversies. Human genetic engineering is the alteration of one’s genome so as to choose the phenotype of a newborn. Trials on humans began in 2004, when the first gene therapy “success” allowed patients with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), to have functional immune systems. However, when four of the ten patients in trial one developed leukemia, the trials were stopped and the focus shifted. Today, genetic engineering can be used to alter a genome to produce the desired phenotype of a newborn. Recently, the potential to genetically engineer humans has raised many ethical issues. Successful genetic engineering promises a cure for genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, and increases the chances of immunity to deadly viruses. However, as genetic research and technology
advances, tests are continually being developed for other types of traits. Currently, tests are being
odd, genetic engineering would allow parents who can afford it to give their future children a life free of
the hanging threat of potential health issues that has people worked up over the process of gene
Photo illustration by Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor
Genetic engineering allows future parents to change the physical appearance of their children while they are still in their embryonic form. done for traits such as eye color, handedness, addictive behavior, nutritional background and athleticism. Genetic engineering offers not just the opportunity to change physical appearance and metabolism, but also to improve mental capabilities like memory or intelligence. While some might argue that this is unnecessary, moreover
genetically determined diseases. While many people worry that genetic engineering poses health risks that would have otherwise not existed, some parents might find it worth the potential risk of other issues to ensure that their baby is born without disease, and they should be allowed to make that decision. However, it is not only
manipulation: trait selection also raises many moral issues. The media has coined the term “designer babies,” a phrase that scoffs rich parents looking to create the perfect child. Natural evolution has become somewhat obsolete as a result of modern technology and medicine, and today’s stronger traits are hardly comparable to those of our nean-
derthal ancestors. Who needs a muscular build to hunt animals as long as our thumbs are swift enough to operate a smart phone? Genetic engineering offers those the choice of handpicking desirable traits, and this choice should be given to anyone who can and will pay for the procedure. In terms of social class, this type of procedure is extremely expensive and would be available only to those who can afford it, thus only the most privileged members of society could alter their embryos to produce the most intelligent or attractive children. Yet, without altering any genes, the wealthy are still given this opportunity through the option of paying for private education or plastic surgery. Regardless of the motive behind choosing to genetically manipulate, the procedure will produce more healthy, desirable babies, and in turn, a healthier, stronger society. If one feels ethically opposed to the idea of engineering a child, then he or she should choose to pursue a natural childbirth, and trust his or her genes to create a healthy baby. However, those who are comfortable with playing around with their genotypes should be given the opportunity to do so.
OPINIONS February 2012
Schools should put cafeteria food on a diet ■ By Keshav Amaro (‘15)
the early childhood stages through adulthood. Enzymes in organic food help fight Usually, you cannot find high-qualcancer as well as other diseases. ity chefs making gourmet foods at Additionally, there are no canceraffordable prices. But, a school in ous chemicals or pesticides in organic Salon de Provence, France, has highfoods either. Organic farming gets rid quality chefs, gourmet foods and of pollutants in groundwater and creaffordable prices because, at the ates rich and fertile soil. school, chefs create gourmet lunches Overall, organic foods have a highfor high school students while using er nutritional value than most other local food. foods and contain up to 40 percent The French government believes more antioxidants than non-organic that a healthy school lunch program foods. Organic milk has 60 percent will decrease childhood obesity rates more antioxidants than non-organic after two decades of rising obesity. milk. Two recent studies show that it is How do schools purchase this food working and also costs less than three at cheaper prices? dollars a day. The United States gov“We try to get our base products— ernment should act on healthy eating meat, fish, vegetables—within a 30in school cafeterias because it mile radius,” said Valadier, the French improves the overall health of stuchef at the school in Salon de Provdents. ence. “Because there are fewer interEverything a person eats has an mediaries, we can negotiate prices effect on how that person thinks and and quality with the producer.” works. Healthy foods like fruits and The shorter the distance to travel vegetables have antioxidants and and the fewer products to transport minerals that can boost brain power lead to cheaper and fresher food. Good and overall function throughout the quality food and better pricing can be day. Organic foods are especially local. healthy for brain function. Acids like Unhealthy food also has an effect Omega-3 that can be found in fish, on the growing problem of obesity. nuts and fruit can increase brain Not eating enough healthy foods function. It is especially important in leads to obesity, as does eating too much junk food. If nutritional education was taught in the Cherry Hill School District earlier in a student’s education (as opposed to junior year), then students could make better choices using nutritional and caloDiana Li (‘12)/ Eastside Art Director rie information For Eastside
based on their activity level. Students can recognize nutrientpacked foods such as sweet potato, walnuts and eggs and decide their appropriate intake. Finally, local restaurants can serve their healthiest menu choices at the schools. “We are very, very lucky because it’s a real project. It’s not just doing the cooking, it’s a whole concept of educating and taking time and enjoying it. And it’s artistic at the same time.” said Danielle Viou, an English and Drama teacher at the French high school in Salon de Provence. Fresh, organic and local food can be costeffective in the present and future. If nutrition education, taught in health classes early on, was paired with healthier choices at lunch in school cafeterias, then students would develop better eating habits and set themselves in a healthier direction.
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East should have midterms ■ By Joey Gerber (‘13) For Eastside
Many high schools in New Jersey, as well as the majority of schools in the United States, have midterms. At Cherry Hill East, midterms do not exist. Midterms would be a much better way of assessing a student’s knowledge as opposed to the existing benchmarks or cumulative exams. Both the students and the teachers would benefit in the long run if the idea of midterms is closely examined. Almost all other high schools in South Jersey have midterms. Many of the students at those schools complain that the amount of stress caused is unreasonable. East, however, can avoid this “unnecessary” stress by not having midterms, right? Wrong. Instead of having midterms in the middle of the school year between semesters, East has benchmark assessments twice a year. The two benchmarks plus one final exam makes three cumulative types of tests that East students have to take within one school year for almost every class. Many other schools only have the midterm and the final or AP exam, with no other cumulative exams. The replacement of benchmarks with a midterm would ultimately help alleviate stress among students. Students’ knowledge would be better assessed with a single midterm than with multiple benchmarks. Benchmarks are 44-minute exams that usually include multiple-choice questions. Midterms can be set up the same way as finals week, having three testing sessions
throughout the day over a few days. This would allow students to better prepare for the final or AP exam because of the similar testing situations. Also, the additional time of the testing process would allow teachers to better determine the speed at which they teach the material by the amount the students know. The better assessment of knowledge can ultimately benefit the students, especially those taking AP tests later in the year. With midterms, students would also be better prepared for college. In college there are two major cumulative exams: the midterm and the final. If high school is supposed to be preparation for college, then why doesn’t East prepare students for midterms? The more similarities to college students’ experience before East students go off to higher education, the better. Midterm preparation is also extremely beneficial for AP students in courses that must cover and review all the material by the exam dates in May. It is important for students to learn to understand many topics in a given class and take assessments on a larger scale of information to prepare for the minimal amount of exams in college. Cherry Hill East’s scattered assessments and benchmarks may have seemed like a good idea at first when the idea of benchmarks instead of midterms was created to help eliminate stress among students, but in the end, benchmarks cause more harm than good each year, while the benefits of midterms significantly outweigh any of the possible negative effects.
Mr. Fred Knouse Boys’ Swimming Coach (1967-1975, 1985-1999)
Ms. Anita Ricci (‘94) Girls’ Swimming Coach (2002-Present) The other day I was getting equipment out of the PE closet and noticed a bin filled with old swim team plaques and pictures. I happened to find a team picture of when I was a sophomore here at East. As the students were trying to figure out where I was in the picture, I started reminiscing about all the great memories from my four years at Cherry Hill East. Being part of the East swim team was one of the highlights of my high school career. I developed many friendships over those years and got to be a part of the team with my sister and best friend. Swimming under Head Coach Bill Sheppard taught me dedication, hard work and shaped me to what I am today. His knowledge and leadership made us a successful team. It is a program that prides itself on tradition and excellence with a focus on character and dedication. Over the past 10 years, Keith Kovalevich and I have followed in Bill Sheppard’s footsteps and enforced structure within these ladies. We believe this makes us such a successful team. We try to instill working hard, attending practices and building team unity. We like to think these girls graduate with a sense of confidence and leave with many friendships to last a lifetime. (Left) Ricci (‘94) poses as a senior captain. (Right) Aforementioned East girls’ swimming team photo.
Photos courtesy of Ms. Anita Ricci (‘94)
Meaghan Killion (‘93)
In 1967, the East boys swim team started off with a sophomore and freshman class and a JV schedule. We practiced alongside West’s swimming team in the JCC pool that, at the time, was on Route 70 near where Bishop Eustace is today. The team participated in around 10 meets during the first few years. We made practice competitive and fun with a large number of different versions. Early in the season we would hold mock meets, involving the girls’ team to introduce new swimmers to the rules and new events. Later in the season we would form water polo teams to help improve endurance and conditioning as a reward after a well-run practice. East had a l a r g e Courtesy of February 1997 issue of Eastside number Knouse shares swimming tips with his team. of outstanding swimmers and divers in the mid-’60s. During that time, team championships were determined by individual swimmers’ performances. During the ’70s-Early ’80s, team championships became determined by head-to-head team meets. Lastly, in the ’90s we again had state champions in multiple swimmers. After preaching hard work, dedication and trust for many Courtsey of 1972 East Ediolon Yearbook decades, Bo Wood (assistant coach) and I would like to The 1972 East boys’ swim team coached thank all swimmers, divers, parents and summer programs by Knouse. for their support and contributions.
From the very beginning of Cherry Hill East’s swimming program in 1969 until 2012, the East boys’ and girls’ swimming programs have been arguably the most successful school sports programs in the school’s entire 45-year history. From decade to decade, East has maintained swimming programs loaded with star-power to contend for championships year-in and year-out. Players and coaches agree that the inspiring, motivational and positive atmosphere surrounding the swim program greatly affected all that were affiliated with it both in and out of the water. To see the evolution of East swimming, follow the timeline and read the perspectives of past East swimmers. Marc Levenson (‘92)
Girls’ coach Bill
Jaimie Lynn Brookover (‘13)
(19862001) Eric Anderson (‘12)
Mike Emmel (‘12)
Robert Fox (‘70) Boys’ Coaches: Fred Knouse (1967-1975), Doug Lyons (1976-1979) Boys’ Key Swimmers: Robert Fox (‘70), Gary Kranzley (‘72), Geoff Snyder (‘76), Steve Clowar (‘77), Bob Leyrer (‘78) Championships: State (1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
1968 - 1979 Girls’ Coaches: Kathryn Willis (1967-1971), Lyn Nec (1972-1979) Girls’ Key Swimmers: Cheryl Kranzly (‘69), Sharon Palare (‘69), Wendy Joli (‘70), Debbie Happerset (‘71), Jill White (‘71), Jackie Goldner (‘72), Sue Ball (‘79) Championships: State (1975, 1976, 1977, 1979)
Jessica Simunek (‘09) Not only has East swimming introduced me to friends that I still have to this day, it has taught me the meaning of hard work and the qualities of being a team member. It is difficult to get anywhere in life without working towards a goal. As a junior at La Salle University, I see myself as a leader. I help my fellow team members and I always stay positive, even if we lose or have a really tough practice. I have learned all of the traits of Courtesy of Jessica Simunek being a positive leader from the East swim team. The East swim team has Simunek swims butterfly. also helped me grow outside of swimming. I’m able to get along easily with others and I learned the importance of working hard to get a job done. Thanks to East swimming I have become a hard-working and optimistic leader and athlete.
Boys’ Coaches: Ira Kossloff (1980-1985), Fred Knouse (1986-1989) Boys’ Key Swimmers: John Marion (‘86), Sean Killion (‘86), Jay Dillenschneider (‘87), Chene Moore (‘88), Angleo Cardone (‘88), Kevin Bittle (‘88), Bill Fulton (‘89) Championships: Sectional (1984-1987), State (1984)
Boys’ Coaches: Fred Knouse (1990-1999) Boys’ Key Swimmers: Andrew Carnell (‘91), Brad Clemens (‘91), Eric Holmes (‘91), Andrew Grossman (‘94), Bing Tien (‘95), John Maslow (‘96), David Giaccio (‘97) Championships: None
1980 - 1989 Girls’ Coaches: Lyn Nec (1980-1983), Irene Genther (1984), Lyn Nec (1985), Bill Sheppard (1986-1989) Girls’ Key Swimmers: Leslie Pike (‘81), Kim Wilkerson (‘81), Debbie Wilkerson (‘83), Lori Pike (‘83), Stephanie Schwab (‘89), Kim Zeller (‘89) Championships: Sectional (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989), State (1983, 1984, 1986)
Dan Hagedorny (‘12)
Louis Haym (‘93)
1990 - 1999 Girls’ Coaches: Bill Sheppard (1990-1999) Girls’ Key Swimmers: Seda Munis (‘92), Meaghan Killion (‘93), Anita Ricci (‘94), Alana Maher (‘95), Chrissy Tripodo (‘98), Julia Girman (‘99) Championships: Sectional (1997-99), State (1997-99)
Boys’ Coaches: Bo Wood (2000-2001), Bill Sheppard (2002-2004), Marilyn Brahms (2005-2010), Joe Cucinotti (2009-2012) Boys’ Key Swimmers: Adam Bussy (‘00), Ryan Shore (‘03), Graham Parker (‘04), Adam Schneider (‘09), Mike Krohn (‘11), Alex Dintino (‘12) Championships: Sectional (2000-2012), State (2001-2002)
2000 - 2012 Girls’ Coaches: Bill Sheppard (2000-2001), Anita Ricci (2002-2012) Girls’ Key Swimmers: Lindsay Grimes (‘04), Lauren Scarpato (‘04), Joselyn Mormile (‘04), Morgan Ley (‘05), Lauren Faykes (‘09), Jessica Simunek (‘09), Marlee Ehrlich (‘12), Jaimie Lynn Brookover (‘13) Championships: Sectional (2012), State (2000)
Graham Parker (‘04)
Girls’ swimming, March 1970 Girls’ swimming and diving, 1985, under Coach Bill Sheppard
“This program is successful because there is an atmosphere in the community that piques the interest in the students. There is a swimming culture in the town that floods over into the high school program.”
2004 girls’ captains, Lindsay Grimes (‘04), Lauren Scarpato (‘04) and Joselyn Mormile (‘04), from left.
-Coach Joe Cucinotti
Swimmer art and logo by Diana Li (‘12)/ Eastside Art Director 2012 photos by Rebecca Mulberg (‘12)/ Eastside Video Editor Old swimming photos taken from March 1970 through March 2004 issues of Eastside Information compiled and designed by Jake Fischer (‘12)/ Eastside Sports Editor and Emmy Silverman (‘13)/ Eastside Sports Editor
2012 East vs. West swim meet.
Bill Worrilow (‘99) led the diving team as a sophomore in 1997.
Being part of the rich history and tradition of Cherry Hill East swimming was an honor for me. From 2000 to 2004 my teammates and I were able to win two state championships as well as numerous individual and relay state titles. For me, being part of this team was so much more than just winning. From the the pasta parties to the swim meets, we were all able to make lifelong friends. This experience has helped to develop and foster my swimming career through college and now my career as a swim coach at both Courtesy of Graham Parker the USA swimming and NCAA swimParker celebrates a win. ming levels. I currently live in Ocean City, NJ, and when I tell people that I swam at Cherry Hill East, people down in my area know that swimming against Cherry Hill East is comparable to playing the Yankees or Lakers, and I am proud to have been part of that tradition.
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Elimination of R-level may not help The Cherry Hill School District works to provide the load and have the capability to do higher level work. best possible education for each student in the district. But students who have trouble academically might not In another attempt to benefit the student body as a meet the challenge of the added pressure coming from whole, the school board plans to remove Regular-level their new classmates. classes from the curriculum over the next several years, Superintendent Dr. Maureen Reusche said that beginning next September with the removal of freshthere are guidelines, standards and curriculums that man R-level physical science classes, or CPS. teachers at each level must follow, but teachers will The school district works to accommodate not only adjust the curriculum to meet the needs of the stustudents of high academic achievement, but also students. One of the problems with the plan to remove Regular-level classes from the high school schedule dents who struggle with specific areas of learning. The entirely is the fact that disruptive students will bring school board has been negligent regarding the latter the quality of higher-level classes down. over the past several years, but the plan to remove RMany disruptive students level classes from Cherry Hill’s learn their behaviors in elehigh school curriculums will mentary and middle school, create more problems than it not in ninth grade. However, will solve. The board needs to there might be a bright future focus more attention on R-level for incoming middle school classes instead of eliminating students in terms of academthose classes altogether. ics—Reusche said that the disSeveral years ago, the school trict has removed math class district had another level of levels in sixth grade, and that classes, called Modified, and the NJ ASK scores from the upon the elimination of the grade without separate math Modified classes, students who levels impressed all three midtook Modified were integrated dle school principals immenseinto Regular-level classes. ly. This means that in the Dr. John O’Breza, East prinfuture, once students have cipal, said that students who learned to be in higher achievare in R-level classes are occaing environments from a sionally misplaced. But stuyounger age and bad habits dents are more often in R-level are broken before they are classes either because they Joel Greenspan (‘13)/ Eastside Art Director formed, the R-level can be academically are suited for removed from high school classes with fewer negative R-level classes, or because they want to be in the Rrepercussions. level classes to reduce their academic burden. These In years past, the Modified-level classes catered to students might have a difficult time adjusting to the those students who needed a contained environment to pace of a higher-level class, and might even feel uncomsucceed in Cherry Hill high schools. When the school fortable with fellow students of different academic board eliminated the Modified classes, the Regular capabilities than themselves. Teachers who teach classes became an environment uncomfortable to some classes in which student abilities are mixed due to this students: an environment in which some students feel R-class removal will either revise course loads to that not much is expected of them because they are in accommodate all of their students, or move too quickly the “lowest level.” If R-level is eliminated, then more for some of the students. students will be in the “lowest level” class, and more The school board argues that students in lower level students will adopt the “lowest level” mentality. classes will work to reach the academic level expected Eliminating the lowest level of classes failed the first of an Accelerated class student. This might hold true for time, so why does the district believe it will work now? students who take R-level classes for the lighter work-
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COMICS February 2012
Are We There Yet? by Diana Li (‘12)/ Eastside Art Director
The Ides of March by Joel Greenspan (‘13)/ Eastside Art Director
Millionaire by Diana Li (‘12)/ Eastside Art Director
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■ By Sherin Nassar (‘13) Eastside Humor Editor
As Eric Goldberg (‘73) reflected on his animation career that landed him amongst animation legends in New York and at his current office, Walt Disney Animation Studios, his final words regarding the unexpected nature of his career were, “You have to be a little nuts to want to do animation in the first place.” Growing up in the “Golden Age” of cartoons, at age four, Goldberg decided that he wanted to be an animator. He used every possible means to develop his passion, including creating his own flip books, claiming that “no [notepad] at home was safe.” Goldberg found support at East in a student two years younger, Paul Howe (‘75). Howe, currently an English teacher at Cherry Hill West, performed comedy sketches with Goldberg. “He never turns off his [animation] brain; he has this incredible inventiveness for funny. When I saw Robin Williams on TV, I said, ‘I already met him; his name is Eric Goldberg.’ Having a phone call with Eric Goldberg is like watching a Simpsons episode,” Howe said. By 1973, his childish dawdling in animation paid off. Goldberg invested his talents at Pratt Institute, majoring in illustration and minoring in film. But, Goldberg’s college years came to an end his junior year when he found the opportunity of a lifetime working for Richard Williams’ film Raggedy Ann and Andy. After admiring Williams’ work from afar for years, Goldberg earned the position of assistant animator under Tissa David. “It was one of the most complex drawings I ever had to do and I realized that I had to put [all my other pursuits] aside if I was going to be good in animation,” Goldberg said. Though not his finest memory, Goldberg firmly believes that entering the animation field when he did was the best decision for him. “I think it was the right time for me to get into the medium and learn from many of the people who were some of the greatest animation artists ever, who were still alive and still working,” Goldberg said. Finished with Williams’ film, Goldberg found the opportunity to work with Williams in London for his commercial company. This allowed Goldberg to work with animation artists such as Art Babbitt, the creator of Goofy. “I count myself so fortunate to have known those guys and learn from
them…. It’s the kind of thing where those things would not have happened had I not gotten into the industry at that time,” Goldberg said. In 1984, Goldberg found another opportunity knocking at his door, the chance to start his own commercial company, Pizzazz Pictures. Though each commercial offered a different artistic challenge, Goldberg persevered through the high-stress job. However, waiting in the wings was another chance ready to whisk Goldberg into new depths: Disney Studios. After initially declining requests to join the studio, Goldberg finally accepted. Goldberg was designated lead animator of the character Genie for the movie Aladdin. Though the movie directors had not yet signed Robin Williams to the role, they had clearly written the part for him, so Goldberg first had to animate Genie to Williams’ comedy. “One of the high points of my life was to be able to watch Robin Williams laugh at my animations. That just felt like nothing else,” Goldberg said. His main artistic influence, Al Herschfield, went to a pre-screening of Aladdin, and Herschfield told Goldberg afterwards that the Genie, the collaborate work of over 500 people, looked like he had been drawn by one hand. While watching the movie, Goldberg also experienced an enlightening catharsis. “It was the first time I had seen any of my work really in a live audience, and to watch people laughing when the Genie came up was something I had never experienced before. To really understand how far-reaching the work on a Disney film could be and how it could affect so many people, that really hit home to me that evening,” Goldberg said. After animating the Genie, Goldberg took a break from the drawing board to direct. Co-directing the movie Pocahontas, Goldberg found that it was not the experience he had signed up for because it became an unexpectedly serious film. “I had to subsume myself and my personality in order to do Pocahontas successfully,” Goldberg said. After, Goldberg directed two sequences for “Fantasia/2000: Carnival of the Animals,” and “Rhapsody in Blue,” the latter based on the art of his hero Al Hirschfeld. His wife Susan directed the art in both sequences. In 2001, his future came to a standstill when Disney forced him to reck-
on with hand-drawn animation’s future. “I left the studio, because the studio claimed it had nothing for us, but little did we realize that it 1977: Raggedy Ann & was also because of them dismantling the hand Andy: A Musical drawing side of animation 1992: Aladdin at the studio,” Goldberg said. 1995: Pocahontas Goldberg did not let this stalemate stop him, find1997: Hercules ing a temporary home with Warner Brothers, 1999: Fantasia 2000 animating for the Looney Tunes: Back in Action film. 2000: The Emperor’s “[With] Looney Tunes, New Groove we could practically throw in everything but the 2003: Looney Tunes: kitchen sink in terms of off-beat humor,” Goldberg Back in Action said. 2006: Pink Panther But, in 2006, Goldberg found himself back at 2007: How to Hook Up Disney. Headed by John Lasitter, the new adminisYour Home Theater tration rehired Goldberg in order to re-establish the 2009: The Princess hand-drawn side of animaand the Frog tion. Though the prospect to 2011: Winnie the Pooh once again animate for Disney was rewarding, the opportunity to touch a person through his work has been the most gratifying aspect of animation. “If you have done your job well, then somebody Danielle Fox (‘13)/ Eastside Entertainment Editor who has never seen you Students can see Goldberg’s early work in F-wing in or your drawings or any- the form of a mural. thing like that will be able All animation art courtesy of Eric Goldberg Headline art by Joel Greenspan (‘13)/ Eastside Art Director to look at what you have done and connect to those characters that you have created and that’s a wonderful thing. To be able to take a spank of b l a n k paper and c r e a t e something that will make somebody in Ta n z a n i a laugh is g r e a t ,” Goldberg said. Overall, Goldberg’s prolific anim a t i o n career has provided children with experiences that they can reminisce about when they grow o l d e r . H o w e v e r, one can expect that his career is nowhere near over and that he will contin- Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3/22/2012. ue to touch Please include your name, mailing address and phone number. Entry information will only be used the hearts of for prize fulfillment contact. This month’s winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Starbucks and a new gener- other assorted Tutoring Club goodies. Winner will be selected randomly from entries with the coration of chil- rect answer and contacted via email by March 29, 2012. Winner must come to Tutoring Club by April 4, 2012 to receive prize. dren.
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Headline art by Kristiana Rivera (‘12)/ Eastside Staff
■ By Danielle Fox (‘13) Eastside Entertainment Editor
Hungry for The Hunger Games? Selling 800,000 copies as of February 2011, Suzanne Collins’ trilogy has taken America by storm. With an up-and-coming motion picture set to hit theaters on March 23, the series has fans anticipating the delineation of the book on the big screen. The story provokes readers with a society that throws 24 youths into the face of death. As a punishment for their past rebellion against the Capitol, the districts of Panem hold a lottery each year, sacrificing a male and female to participate in the Games. The winner receives eternal wealth and fame. However, there is one small catch: the winner is the only one who survives the games. “The Hunger Games,” the first novel in the trilogy, follows the heroine Katniss as she takes the place of her
younger sister in a contest that could end her life. As an overt hunter, survival is a conventional aspect of her life. But, when she enters the games, she must decide what is most important: survival, loyalty or love. “I was flipping through images of reality television and there were these young people competing for a million dollars and then I was flipping and I was seeing footage from the Iraq war and these two things began to fuse together in a very unsettling way, and that was the moment where I got the idea for Katniss’s story,” Collins said. Collins derived inspiration for the trilogy from her favorite Greek myth: Theseus and Minotaur. According to the myth, every year, Athens
has to send seven youths to Crete where they are thrown into a labyrinth to be devoured by a monster called Minotaur. Both a traditionally-inspired and a contemporary read, the series has gained prestige as one of the few books to reign over the New York Times Best Sellers for over 100 consecutive weeks. In a review for Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King said, “[The book is like] shoot-it-ifit-moves video games in the lobby of the local Eightplex; you know it’s not real, but you keep plugging in quarters anyway.” Slowly gaining height as science-fiction’s next greatest sensation, The Hunger Games series seems to be satisfying the appetites of readers all across the globe.
Diana Li (‘12)/ Eastside Art Director
Katniss Everdeen observes the gruesome spectacle of the battle at the Cornucopia.
The Hunger Games satisfies appetites with new film ■ By Sherin Nassar (‘13) Eastside Humor Editor
What began as nothing more than a book series soon attracted a loyal fan following that would almost rival that of Harry Potter. Making it one of the most talked about topics of 2011 and 2012, The Hunger Games will officially hit the big screen on March 23, 2012, with fans holding high expectations. The biggest difference worth noting in the movie is the character portrayals. In the books, the main characters, Katniss, Peeta and Gale, are all said to be in their teen years, ranging from sixteen to eighteen. But, their celebrity depictions represent a more adult age. Specifically, Jennifer Lawrence, a 21-year -old plays Katniss and Josh Hutcherson, a 19-year-old, has been casted as Peeta. The main problem with the age difference is that the novel uses the younger characters in the hunger games to show not only the grotesque dictator-
ship the Capitol holds over the districts, but also to reveal the vulnerability the districts have toward the Capitol. However, the directors had a serious issue with casting younger celebrities in fighting scenes that would require excessive bloodshed. Additionally, some prominent characters were not even casted since the directors found them to be inconsequential to the plot, most notably Mayor Undersee. Undersee’s most famous scene in the novel, when she gives Everdeen the mocking jay, coining the symbol for District Twelve, was deleted from the movie entirely. Instead, Prim gives Katniss the mocking jay. Though the book is told solely from the perspective of Katniss Everdeen, the movie gives viewers a third person perspective. Meaning, viewers will now watch scenes through new eyes outside of the arena, opening up the door for more interaction with the actual districts, such as seeing their reactions to the actual games.
The movie’s main makeup artist, Ve Neil, worked very hard to translate some of the Capitol's eccentric and, at times, grotesque fashion to the big screen. Unfortunately, some things were simply unable to be recreated, such as the Capitol people’s dyed skin. But, other oddities that help define the avant-garde lifestyle of the Capitol are in the movie, such as Ceaser Flickmen’s infamous blue pony tail. Despite the few noticeable differences between the book and forthcoming movie, moviegoers will find comfort in the fact that most of the more iconic scenes from the book will make a reappearance in the Hollywood adaption, such as the interaction between Katniss and Peeta in the cave and her interaction with Gale in the woods. So, with a star-studded cast, exceptional directors and a devoted fan following, one can expect that the movie will leave audiences everywhere hungry for more.
The following survey results reflect East students’ opinions regarding the series:
All Panem district art by Joel Greenspan (‘13)/ Eastside Art Director
What skills would you most want to learn in the Training Center before the Games? 57% of students surveyed would want to learn survival skills. If you were Katniss, who would you choose: Gale or Peeta? 71% of students surveyed would choose Peeta. Which futuristic object in the book would you most want to be invented? 50% of students surveyed would want a shower with hundreds of different settings to be invented. What do you think is the most valuable during the Games? 64% of students surveyed think that finding a water source and shelter is most valuable.
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Eastside sits down with artist James Shields, creator of The Hip-Hop Coloring Book, to discuss art, hip-hop and Looney Toons light back on education and other community-oriented kinds of things that the culture is about, not just the capitalistic part of it. ■ By Jack Braunstein (‘13) Eastside Underground Editor
Eastside: Can you give us some basic background on what inspired this book and what you hope to get out of it? James Shields: I figured that basically what I’m familiar with, what I actually enjoy, was art and hip-hop. So I figured that the solution would be to have a pure coloring book [laughs]. And what I’m hoping to do is to increase creativity through hip-hop culture, and almost to reflect the positive characteristics of hip-hop as an art form through my projects and my work. E: Totally. Do you feel as if you sort of have something to prove about hip-hop—which, unfortunately is looked at by a lot of people as a less academic genre—by using it as an educational tool? JS: Hip-hop has a style and a tone which anybody can adapt to, especially kids starting up, and a large portion of our society: that’s how we prefer to communicate. I think that’s how we’re engaged. So, this book is more so just recognizing the power that hip-hop culture has to engage someone, you know, it’s a side of hip-hop that needs to be highlighted more. It’s really just putting some
E: Do you feel that in moving from coast to coast, you picked up more of the style of hip-hop that evolved on either coast? JS: Yeah, I think it’s a combination of both, down the middle. High school marked a time when I was really exploring music. There was a lot of local artists in the Bay Area that were popular out here, but at the same time there was a whole thing on the East Coast that was relevant, especially with Rap City on BET, which gave me exposure to both sides. At that time, hip-hop had a lot of different faces, so I’m not really jaded to one region. E: So there’s supposed to be five different volumes of this thing going in a historical arc, right? I’m curious to see how you’re going to handle the whole Wu Tang period. JS: Ah, yeah. I got s o m e plans. Courtesy of Creative Shields
Brooklyn Artist James Shields
THE NEW FACES OF
UNDERGROUND RAP Odd Future: Even those who don’t keep tabs on the everchanging face of rap have probably witnessed at least the shrapnel of Odd Future’s explosion. With about a thousand Tumblr and Twitter accounts for the collective’s various members and mixtapes dropping at a breakneck pace that belies the brilliance of a select few, ringleader Tyler the Creator and friends, AKA Odd Future, have expertly used the tools at their fingertips to take the rap world by storm. The upside-down crosses decorating notebooks, OFWGKTA scrawled in the haphazard hand of volatile youth on lockers and the “Free Earl” sweatshirts and supremetopped heads indicate that Odd Future has sold us on more than its sound. They’ve sculpted youth culture in their own image, one iconic, yet underground enough to evade the watchful eye of the mainstream. Azealia Banks: The 20-year-old rapper behind the seething YouTube smash, “212,” doesn’t number amongst the alumni of rap’s famous School of Hard Knocks, University of the Streets or even P.S. 118: Back to the Hood. In fact, she shares an alma mater with Liza Manelli, Al Pacino and more fittingly, Nicki Minaj at the distinguished LaGuardia School. Her musical theater training might not scream acid-tongued rapper, but her acting chops and musical prowess appear in her cartoonish persona and candied vocals. With several equally profane and adorable hits floating about the internet and her recent signing to Atlantic, Banks’ internet fame may translate to a bold new movement. Shabazz Palaces: Ishmael Butler: the Terminator II of the hip-hop universe. Butler fought off waves of pseudogangster agro-rap as Butterfly in the region defining Seattle hip-hop collective Digible Planets in the mid-90s, but then went into a fifteen-year period of obscurity. Then, the prophetic wordsmith rose from the ashes in 2009 to lead our hash-tagged, swag-soaked hip-hop culture into a bold new day. Now under the moniker of Shabazz Palaces, Ish works under a strict policy of refusing to adhere to hip-hop conventions. The beats feature otherworldly vocal samples, frenetic structures and a kalimba finger-harp. If anyone is going to guide hip-hop into the future, bet your bottom dollar on the guy who raps about the boys in blue and William Blake in equal parts. Photos courtesy of pitchfork.com
Some absolutely crazy plans, you know what I’m saying? Like, the book is only going to get wilder. There’s crazy stories to take of these periods, crazy [things]. There’s just a whole bunch of stuff, and as a fan that’s what I’m really ‘bout to break down and try my hardest to get in there— because there’s so many groups, you know? It’s just gonna be awesome. Have you ever heard something that you’re like, ‘I wish I could do a music video for that’ or ‘I wish I could do something with that’? E: Well, I would think that ‘oh man, I’d love to make a coloring book out of that’ isn’t always the first reaction. JS: I don’t know, man, it’s gonna be crazy. E: I was looking at some of your other art, namely The Last Supper, a bunch of your skateboard designs and especially this coloring book, and you seem to have some sort of artistic connection to youth, to kids. Do you take the inspiration out of the idea of childhood? What’s that about?
Courtesy of Creative Shields
The cover of Shields’ book. JS: I think it’s kind of like, the issue that I never really grew up [laughs]. Well, that even speaks to my influences and my role models, like I’ve always loved cartoons. Disney, Looney Toons, Anime and like, The Boondocks: those are always heavy influences and so I think that’s why I was engaged so early on. It just connects well. Kids are very nonjudgemental and open, which kind of allows for like, free art, improvised. It’s like a great platform. So, I guess, man, I’m cool with kids. Like they’re pretty chill, I like to be chill. That’s how I like to think about it.
UNDERGROUND February 2012
For Jeremy Gottlieb (‘13) and Dwight Marrow (‘14), a passion for rap means more than just a well-stocked iPod. These two intrepid students are trying to make it in...
The Game ■ By Jack Braunstein (‘13) Eastside Underground Editor
Jeremy Gottlieb (‘13) Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor
The hallway leading to Jeremy Gottlieb’s (‘13) studio is lined with clutter. He ignores the questioning look coming from his little brother’s room and fondly pushes aside his living-carpet of a dog as he leads me into his dull lime green room at the end of the hall. There are holes in the wall, chips in the paint, a stack of Shark Week DVDs and a dated ‘RAW’ wrestling sticker above his bed. In the corner sits his laptop—“look how ghetto my laptop is,” he said later, pointing out the absence of a keyboard and the chunk broken off of the screen—where he records. Gottlieb, wearing grey sweatpants and a graphic tee, approaches the microphone and starts the recording process. He’s chewing gum and wearing glasses. He raps into the microphone over a Drake beat, holding his iPhone with lyrics on it, looking right into the corner of his room. His free hand doesn’t really know what to do, either hanging at his side and gesticulating with the accented phrases or swinging along to the beat. He keeps his gum in while he records. “Yeah,” he usually adlibs over the song’s prelude, “It’s J Got. Something you could vibe to.” Gottlieb has been writing lyrics since he was six, but his passion for hip-hop didn’t really take off until the age of nine, when his father turned him on to an album by legendary Detroit rapper Eminem. He started calling himself “Lil’ Dime” after his love of the then-inescapable emcee 50 Cent, pretending his older brother was his manager and messing around with rhymes during lunch at school. But now he’s serious. “My first couple verses, I was rhyming ‘door’ with [‘lady of the night’],” said Gottlieb with a laugh, “but as you get older and the music starts to progress, you realize you need to have the vocabulary, wordplay, metaphors, similes, all that stuff. Nowadays people really listen: you either have to be on your A-game or they’ll write you off right away.” He begins work on what he describes as one of his “most real” tracks—and work it is. Gottlieb re-records the same verse a dozen times, adjusting the volume of his microphone or his vocal inflection on certain words each time. “Usually I’ll have a song recorded, ready to be put out, but I’ll get like, OCD,” said Gottlieb with another smile. He returns to recording and bounces along to the beat. “Realest kid out, so you better not forget it/ you only live once so you better not regret it.”
Throughout the course of the day, Gottlieb works on at least seven tracks, all in anticipation for his upcoming mixtape, The Yellow Brick Road. “I could drop my mixtape today. But I don’t see the point in that,” said the rapper. “It would be a bunch of songs that have no meaning to me. Not songs about ‘swag’—I hate that word. I’d rather have songs that really mean something to me.” Gottlieb says his greatest struggle comes with the reputation of the ‘Cherry Hill Rapper.’ “Everybody likes to group the Cherry Hill rappers into one. I could be like, the voice of the generation, but they’ll say ‘oh, you’re from Cherry Hill, you can’t rap,” said Gottlieb of the neighborhood’s reputation. “I’m not saying, ‘Oh listen to me, I’m amazing’, I’m just saying how there’s always going to be that stereotype. If someone doesn’t like my music, that’s fine, but at least give me a shot. Don’t just shut me out right away because of where I’m from.” Gottlieb doesn’t believe
“If someone doesn’t like my music, that’s fine, but at least give me a shot.” - Jeremy Gottlieb (‘13) there needs to be any sort of conflict between the slumbased roots of hip-hop culture and living in an affluent neighborhood like Cherry Hill. “I mean, I love living here, because, it’s nice! I just hate how some Cherry Hill rappers—I won’t group them, ‘cause I hate that—but, this one guy made a song like ‘I’m walking down the block with my glock cocked,’ but he’s lived here his whole life and he’s never done that,” he said, looking frustrated. “I just don’t like that. That’s what’s ruining it for the rest of us. For the people who love the music and are using it to express themselves.” Gottlieb sits down on his bed and tells me about one time some guy messaged him on YouTube to tell the rapper that one of his songs moved the messenger to tears. “That’s my biggest accomplishment,” said Gottlieb. “I mean, wow. That’s why I do it.” He adopts a mocking tone to impersonate a critic: “ ‘Oh, he’s a [loser], he’s soft.’ I don’t care. Someone will relate to it.” For Gottlieb, success comes secondary to self-fulfillment. “I mean, I don’t know if I’m gonna make it make it make it, but I’m gonna be doing it for my whole life. There’s no question about that, it’s something that I just do,” said Gottlieb. “When I have a job, let’s say I’m a lawyer, I’m still
going to be rapping. It’s more about the passion. It’s kind of like an addiction for me. I’ll go like three days without writing a song, and I’ll just start freaking out, I’ll start rapping in my head. It’s weird. Or I’ll go crazy.” Dwight Marrow (‘14) knows this struggle. “[I am] just a kid trying to make it in the rap world, the music world,” said Marrow. “It’s pretty hard, but I think I’m doing pretty good right now. Just being me, that’s who Marrow is. Not perpetrating to be no one else, just gotta be me.” Ever since hearing 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” on a fateful trip to the supermarket with his mother, Marrow has been captivated by hip hop. “I was like ‘Oh, really? He can do something like that, then I can!’ so I took the paper and pen, I wrote a rap.” Since then, Marrow has grown to identify himself with a new movement in hip-hop— the controversial internet-rat rap crew, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. “They’re just a bunch of teenagers, just trying to do what I’m doing, and I look up to that and I respect their hustle. I really love that about them.” The most important influence in Marrow’s life, however, comes from a softer spot than one might expect. “My mom inspired me, honestly, she helps me with everything. When I can’t write a rap, I just write one about my mom, ‘cause that’s the easiest thing to write about, ‘cause I see the lady every day,” said Marrow, Marrow says he’s grown as an artist since freshman year, shifting his perspective to a less hedonistic outlook on rap and improving his skills through reading. “What I see, it’s all in my head, and I’m just gonna put that down on paper,” said Marrow. “Being in school every day made me better. Looking at the world ever day makes me better.” But then things went wrong: Marrow’s grades began to drop dramatically; he started skipping classes and got into a couple altercations. The rapper’s actions resulted in an indefinite stint of homebound punishment. “I just made the wrong decisions at the wrong time,” said Marrow of his suspension. “My friends are doing things... I just joined along with it. And I messed up. It’s always important to be in class and all.” Marrow is deeply upset about his exile, but he’s determined not to give up his dream. “I’m just home and I’m writing and writing,” he said. “At the end of the day, yeah, I am very disappointed, but eventually I’ll just be like [forget] disappointment, I’m learning. Learning from my mistakes.”
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Russian billionaire buys Cherry Hill East during “School Store” ■ By Zack Becker (‘13)
all,” said Donna Dothis ('15). Psychology classes at Earlier this East conducted year, the halls of a survey; Cherry Hill East s h o c k i n g l y, were filled, or 99.9 percent of should I say students are crème-filled, opposed to the with the weekidea of their long annual school being School Store bought by event featuring Mendelovich. Krispy Kreme The only stuDonuts, school dent in the apparel and entire school to more. But, this be in favor was month, someV l a d i m i r thing much, Komradeovich much bigger is ('14), a Russian coming to exchange stuCougar Town. dent and a disThe fifth annual tant relative of “School Store Mendelovich. Auction” is being The superhosted at East. intendent will This event, pull her life during which savings togeththe wealthiest er to attempt Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor to investors from outbid across the globe Dmitri Mendelovich plans to purchase Cherry Hill East, upsetting students. Mendelovich. gather to bid on The adminisschools to add to their The favorite to land the East students have not trator is holding a empire of assets, is being school is Dmitri reacted favorably to the fundraiser at Panchero’s on held in the United States Mendelovich, the Russian idea of being a tycoon’s Haddonfield-Berlin Road for the first time. entrepreneur who started puppets for half of every to raise a lot of money East is the hottest availthe ninth largest oil syndiyear throughout their high before the school falls able item on the market cate in the Eastern school careers. under the control of this year, and many of the Hemisphere. “I just got to this school, Russia. richest men and women “I cannot wait to make and now it might get sold The “School Store are prepared to make purchase of prestigious to some random guy from Auction” is sure to bring colossal offers to own and school Cherry Hill East,” across the world? And we’ll plenty of buzz and control the school and he said in a press conferhave to wear uniforms? controversy to this little everything it possesses, ence before the bidding Nuh uh. I don’t like this at town. Eastside Staff
including the rights of its students from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. every school day.
began. “All student will wear a Mendelovich Oil T-Shirt!”
Snow to construct new wing: snO-Wing ■ By Dylan Fingerman (‘13)
it will take a lot of snow and a lot of cocoa. Many students doubt Over the past few years, the practicality of snOEast has seen many snowWing due to its remote storms, and any student location. who has seen the parking Sam Singer (‘12) said, lot after one of these “It’s just too darn far away. storms knows of the garI’m always late.” gantuan mountains of This statement raises snow the point of t h a t how stuaccudents will mulate get to the due to wing when t h e many stuplows dents canclearnot get from ing the F-wing to parkB-wing on ing lot. t i m e . Many Therefore, people teachers have have agreed questhat four tioned minutes w h y and thirty nobody seconds h a s should be used plenty of these time, inMia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor stead of the mount a i n s snO-Wing is set to be East’s new luxurious addition. normal four for something like a set for Sharp Elementary School, minutes. a movie, or something like will supervise the conTeachers believe that an elegant tunnel system struction. the colder atmosphere in under the school. Students “I’m glad people will the classroom will make who have pondered ideas take me seriously after I students more attentive, like these can now rest make snO-Wing, because I and laugh at the idea of easily knowing that the am in a serious line of hypothermia. Despite the school board has proposed work,” Matank said. “I just risks of avalanches, hypoto turn these mountains hope my brother doesn’t thermia, cave-ins, brothers into a new wing once they ruin it like he does everyinterrupting construction come this year. thing!” and yetis, the Board of The board decided to Construction should Education still believes call this new wing “snOonly take Matank one or snO-Wing will be a smashWing” and believes this two days, and sources say ing success. Eastside Staff
new wing, despite recent budget cuts, will be luxuriously furnished and tells students to “hold on to your mittens” when you see it. Construction is set to begin on the first snow day, and professional snow-fort-maker Phil Matank, a fifth grader at
Diana Li (‘12)/ Eastside Art Director
• PIpPA Middleton leads charge against internet piracy. • Rock-em Sock-em Robotics Club wins first prize at competition. • Freshmen exited to be in Gym for the first time; seniors excited to leave Gym for last time. • Sophomore secretly jealous of peer with rolling backpack. • East opens liquor store, sells “School Spirits.” • East baseball team trades star pitcher for middle school prospects. • “Jersey Shore” member Mike Sorrentino’s TV show, “The Situation Room,” gets picked up by CNN. • East changes mascot after “Cougars” deemed offensive to women.
SPARCNOTES fights back ■ By Juliet Brooks (‘13)
There’s no symbolism or anything.” The committee finally After a 17-year session, decided to correct English the Scholars Portioning teachers after Nathaniel Against Reckless ContemHawthorne told the complations of Novels’ Obtrumittee at large that he had sive True Explanations of based Hester Prynne in Symbols, SPARCNOTES The Scarlett Letter after his for short, announced that own sister. “modern English teachers “Hawthorne’s character, are just doing it wrong.” Hester, was really just his By “it,” the committee sister Ester, only she was means “literature analywith a rabbi, not a priest,” sis.” SPARCNOTES said said Dickens. “He basically that their works were not took his sister’s diary and meant to be complicated wrote a book about it. At commentaries on life, love that point, we all just said, or happiness; in fact, the there is no point to this majority of the authors anymore. We shouldn’t torinvolved on this committee ture kids like this. We did wrote to keep bread on the not choose every word so table. that it could symbolize Charles Dickens, whose something.” novel Great Expectations English teachers around has tortured high school the world were horrified to students for decades, hear this revelation. stepped forward “My life seems so and said, “Boy, do I meaningless now,” feel sheepish, but said East English most of my work teacher Dr. Jacob wasn’t really a Vivíd. “There’s just snarky satire of nothing. Nothing! any sort. I was just How could they do poor.” this to me?” F. Scott FitzMark Twain gerald said that he firmly maintains was embarrassed that his works were to hear what all meant to be English teachers complicated satires are saying about and that he is The Great Joel Greenspan (‘13)/ embarrassed to Gatsby. Eastside Art Director be linked to “Honestly, I Mark Twain speaks the organijust churned it against of reformed zation out in a couple SPARCNOTES organi- S P A R C of months. zation. NOTES. Eastside News/Featues Editor
HUMOR February 2012
Outsourced comes to Cherry Hill East To save money, East sends students to foreign countries ■ By Kobi Malamud (‘12) Eastside Radio Manager
Lately, it seems that American society has taken a liking to a new activity: outsourcing. Whether it is sending jobs overseas to avoid paying federal taxes or simply using foreign factory workers for cheap labor, the American business world is gradually undergoing a huge makeover, marking a shift in society as a whole. However, this problem no longer remains distinct to that of corporate America, for the danger has begun to spread outward rapid-fire. Still, it is safe to say that there was one place no one ever expected outsourcing to reach: the classroom. Fueled by greedy and opportunistic mindsets generally reserved for sly business executives, hundreds of schools have started to adopt a new system involved in the outsourcing of their own students. Predominantly spearheaded by most schools' Boards of Education, the new program, code-named “Outschooling,” is designed to send students to remote campuses of their respective schools in an attempt to save the school money. Deluding foolish parents by charming them with talk of “study abroad” and “unique learning
opportunities,” the schools are effectively meeting enlistment quotas for “Outschooling” as they continue to act as persistent as military recruiters, successfully persuading countless
ry Hill School District has used the saved up money f r o m t h e outsourced program to divert funds back into the Athletic
mothers and fathers to send off their children. However, most kids have been learning in rather cramped and uncomfortable learning conditions. Ridgemont Academy, one of the high schools currently piloting the new program, has apparently responded that it is quite pleased with the results it has achieved so far. Still, dissatisfied with their treatment, most Ridgemont students are reputedly upset and angry. “It’s not fair. I just want to go home and eat something else besides rice,” said one young man who wishes to remain anonymous. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, though, the new program may soon even reach into the hallways of East. The Cher-
Department addition. They also plan to use the money they save to finally replace currently empty soap
d i s pensers p l a g u i n g East’s bathrooms. “Instituting ‘Outschooling’ into our s c h o o l would be very bene-
Jen Cha (‘13)/ For Eastside
ficial for our students,” said Dr. Ron O’ Schmeeza, East principal, who added that the program would provide both students and teachers with a myriad of new opportunities while essentially revolution-
izing the American education system.
Countries for Export 1. Antarctica 2. Zimbabwe 3. Canada 4. Soviet Union 5. Djbouti 6. Vatican City 7. The Bermuda Triangle 8. Burkina Faso
New technology rocks History Department in revolution ■ By Iftikhaar Ali (‘13) Eastside Staff
History teachers at East, protesting the outrageous amounts of “useless” electronics they receive, have resorted to using no electronic technology since last week in what they call “The Stone Age
Rebellion.” “Technology has been giving us more problems than it has been helping us. It’s time to put away the computer and open the door for the change that’s knocking! Coup d’état!” Mr. John Insin, a history teacher, said. The rebellion was started by history teacher Mr. Thomas Rosebush after the
History Department at East received a plethora of graphing calculators. When asked about the rebellion, Rosebush said, “I started the rebellion because I believe it’s unfair that the History Department has to deal with useless technol-
Joel Greenspan (‘13)/ Eastside Art Director
ogy that is no help to us. The goal of our rebellion is to make history by fighting back. Use our own subject to fight back, fighting technology with history. Like fighting fire with fire.” History teachers rebelled by putting all the new technology into a boat and sending it off to a funeral worthy of a Viking in the swimming pool of the third floor C-wing. The teachers instead use chalkboards, typewriters, stone books and a picture of a dog dressed up as a lobster to teach their classes, which makes many students worry about their new lesson plans. “With our new teaching materials, our curriculum will focus much more on important topics like the beautiful cavemen and the similarities between Barbara Walters and the new stone books,” said Thawmas Whenceard ( ‘14). History teachers have announced that they will continue their rebellion until all of their demands are met.
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Home and away, Cougar fans control stands Carson Puriefoy, senior point guard for Bishop Eastside Staff Eustace. “The sixth man,” said The Countrymen truly former boys’ basketball have evolved from just a coach Mr. John Valore. group of kids watching In basketball, the sixth their friends play ball. man is normally Now, the group has the first player transformed into six who comes off full buses of students the bench, plays traveling to Atlantic the most minCity to watch a playutes and has the off game just a few biggest impact years ago. They are during a game part of the team. The other than the players value their starters. When fans who bring a Valore menCherry Hill East tioned the term, environment to any that definition game they play, does not dewhether it is in the scribe what he DiBart Gym or someactually meant. where else. The Loud, intimidatCountrymen don’t ing and relentjust cheer when East less, the Counis doing well in the trymen, the game, the CountryCherry Hill East men yell throughout boys’ basketball the entire game. fan club, proDuring his coaching vides a ton of career, Valore said the energy to the fan club consistently environment of brought up the enthuthe team’s siasm to “back up the games, whether players.” Courtesy of Nick Russo (‘10) at a home or an The best part of the Over one hundred East students traveled to Shawnee to cheer on group is that anyone away game. “It keeps us their team in the second round of the 2010 NJSIAA Group IV can be part of the going through- Playoffs. Countrymen. Win or out the game,” lose, the Countrymen said point guard Jesse are always loud and very decided to go to every Cougar Country, ergo Gold (‘12). much into the game. It is boys’ basketball game Countrymen. Today, the The team is definitely no coincidence that durduring the 2004-05 seaCountrymen are still talented enough to win, ing the team’s great start son. This group attended made up of many pasas its success this season to this season, its famous the games so they could sionate fans. shows. And, with the fan club was right by its “hang out” while watch“Playing against East Countrymen on its side, side. ing their friends play. in a gym with [the the team’s level of play The Countrymen’s During that season, Countrymen] is a really has been brought up a true impact on each basabout ten people went to tough and difficult couple notches. ketball game cannot all of the games. The next atmosphere. They are While almost all East rightfully be described. year, almost 60 people some of the best fans in students know who the People must experience it started going to every South Jersey and everyCountrymen are, not body knows that,” said for themselves. home and away game. ■ By Scott Ansell (‘14)
many people know about the history of East basketball’s biggest fans. The fan club was originally started by Neil Swerdlow (‘05), when he and a bunch of friends
Little did they know, this was just the beginning of the Countrymen. Later, Ben Becker (‘07) created the name of the group. He thought that the fans were the men of
Photo courtesy of Glenn Furman (‘91)
Ryan Furman wears his home-made East basketball jersey.
Little Biggest Fan ■ By Jake Fischer (‘12) Eastside Sports Editor
Standing approximately as tall as Jake Gurkin’s (‘12) waist, the East basketball team’s biggest fan is not exactly a Countryman. Instead of jumping up and down and breaking the bleachers, Ryan Furman presides under the Cougars’ basket while the team is warming up. Then, during the game, Furman can be seen mirroring the Countrymen chants while filling up cups of water behind the team bench. Furman’s dad, Glenn Furman (‘91), began taking his son to Cougars basketball games almost the second he learned how to sit up. “I used to bring him to games with a backpack full of snacks, games and other stuff to keep him busy. It’s so great now that he understands and appreciates the games,” said the proud father. In fact, Furman embraces the team just as much as the team embraces him. “I just love them so much. [The whole team] is really good to me,” Furman said. Ryan hopes to one day boast the word “Cougars” across his chest. But until then, he will have quite a blast cheering on his team as it rolls through South Jersey.
Bowling is not just a ball and pins ■ By Connor Milligan (‘13) and Greg Frank (‘13) Eastside Staff
Bowling coach Mr. Michael Hischak has three tips to help you bowl like a professional:
1. Have one of your friends videotape you to make sure you are lined up correctly (don’t worry, it won’t go viral unless you slip on the oil). 2. You do not actually want to “shake hands” with the pins. They might bite you. Just make sure to follow through. 3. Be sure to picture your “favorite” East teacher as the head pin and you’ll be guaranteed a strike every time. Bowling tips logo by Jasmine Hwang (‘12)/ Eastside Staff Bowling pins by Diana Li (‘12)/ Eastside Art Director
For most people, bowling is simply just rolling a ball down a lane and knocking pins over. However, for athletes, there is a lot more to it. The Cherry Hill East bowling team fits into that category. Led by Coach Mr. Michael Hischak, the bowlers have been hard at work in the winter in an effort to become better. Hischak said that he has been pleased with the effort from both the boys’ and the girls’ teams, and is happy they are getting some hard-earned recognition. Perhaps the biggest thing the players must consider is the oil pattern of the lane they are using. “Oil is the biggest thing people don’t know about bowling,” said Hischak. “As the kids throw a hook, it pushes around the oil. This causes the lanes to break down, and when the lanes break down, kids have to
make adjustments.” However, that is not the only thing that goes into t h e
strategy of bowling. A bowling lineup consists of five p l a y e r s. Hischak said that his best s p a r e shooter b o w l s f i r s t . Bowlers t w o through four are usually interchangeable. The fifth and final player is known as the anchor: the most trustworthy of the group. The boys’ team is anchored by Aaron Wolf (‘13). When asked about the difficulties the differ-
ent oil patterns bring to the game, Wolf said, “I prefer a house shot because your ball can recover and still make the pocket.” A house shot is the normal oil pattern used in most high school lanes. Wolf has shown his comfort with this pattern, posting a 209 average (as of February 16) and having o n c e bowled a lifetime best perfect game of 300, in which he bowled 12 straight strikes. The girls’ team is led by Melissa Pliskin (‘13). Her passion for bowling started at a young age, influenced heavily by her dad. “I’ve been bowling my whole life,” said Pliskin, who is posting a 176 average (as of February 16). Although bowling is more commonly thought of as a recreational activity that anyone can participate in, the athletes know that its true nuances in technique makes the difference between a strike and a gutterball.
Nick Mitchell (‘13)/ Eastside Staff
Bowling Coach Mr. Michael Hischak winds up to roll a strike.
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