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Vol. 46 No. 6

Cherry Hill High School East: 1750 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

March 2012

Eastside’’s March Click Here Issue: the most interactive issue yet Welcome to Eastside’s first-ever, interactive, online, clickable, full-color March issue. Look for blue words and linked images located throughout the issue to get more information about many of the March stories. These links will direct you to stories, photo galleries and videos posted on eastside-online.org as well as to the pages of external websites. Every section has multiple types of clickable content, so be sure to look carefully. To get started, click on any of the images below to jump to some fun surprises.

Inside This Issue

East students’ ideal significant other is discovered News/Features Pg. 4-5

East graduate mixes music as a world-renowned DJ Entertainment Pg. 16

Dombro checks himself before he wrecks himself Sports Pg. 24


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Lai sweeps the board in Minesweeper By Hailey Edelstein (‘12) Eastside Editor-in-Chief

In the p a s t m o n t h , superintendent of Cherry Hill Schools Dr. Lily Campbell M a u r e e n (‘12) Reusche, Board of Board of Education Education P r e s i d e n t Alternate S e t h Klukoff and Mayor Chuck Cahn, along with officials from Voorhees and Somerdale, met with Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sixth District Senator Jim Beach to discuss issues and concerns related to the Regis Academy Charter School. Senator Sweeney agreed to consider the concerns and will stay in touch with the Cherry Hill Board of Education. On February 14, the Cherry Hill Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to move the annual school election from April to the November general election date. More than 413 other school districts in New Jersey have moved their Board elections to November. Key advantages to this move are a predicted increase in voter participation and an opportunity for the district to reduce the cost of holding elections. Although the resolution was passed unanimously, several issues were brought up. One such issue was the possible politicizing of the school board elections due to their new proximity to other elections. A similar concern is that school board elections will get lost in the shuffle of other November campaigns. Residents were offered the opportunity to voice their concerns on the district website before the vote. More than eighty percent of the respondents favored a move in election date to November. The change in the school election date will remain in effect at least through November 2015, after which the community has the option of changing it back to April. In other news, the school board announced that there is a possibility that the state will move towards an electronic standardized testing procedure in 2014. At its February Action Meeting, the Board of Education discussed the 2012-2013 budget. The presentation is currently on the district website. The proposed school budget will be reviewed by the County Superintendent to ensure efficiency. To voice an opinion regarding the school budget, attend Board meetings or e-mail East s representatives at: eastboe@yahoo.com.

The classic 1990 Microsoft original game preloaded onto every PC is not so basic anymore. Minesweeper is considered one of the simplest of the preloaded games since it requires little concentration and good luck, but since its creation, players have noticed repetitive patterns, and the game has developed a growing competitive side that has swept across the world. Eddie Lai (‘12) has picked up on the patterns and started to play Minesweeper competitively. “I’ve always been playing Minesweeper,” Lai said. “I think I got serious near the end of eighth grade.”

b

a After Lai watched a College Humor video called “Minesweeper the Movie,” he started to play more frequently. “It took me a while, but I figured it out,” he said. The goal of the game is to clear out an empty grid containing randomly placed mines without touching any of the mines.

The player must click on grid blocks one at a time to uncover either a blank square or a mine. If the player clicks on a mine, the game is over. If the player clicks on a blank square, adjacent blank squares will also appear with different colored numbers on squares next to any mines. The numbers tell the player how many mines are touching that blank square. “Beginner is designed to be very easy to figure out, intermediate is a lot bigger but still pretty easy to clear out,” Lai said. “Expert is the biggest one with the most mines and it’s the hardest to clear out. For expert, it’s much harder to clear it based on luck.” There are three overall grid sizes: the beginner size is a 9 by 9 tiled grid with 10 mines randomly placed, the intermediate size is 16 by 16 with 40 mines and the expert size is 16 by 30 with 99 mines. It sounds simple, but a single game can almost never be finished with complete certainty; probability is an extremely important factor. Lai got more serious about the game when he learned about a program called “Minesweeper X,” which is a clone of the original game that includes a few more features. “That was when I found out about the world rankings,” Lai said. “Minesweeper X” can record times to hundredths of a second and it can record games in an encrypted video form for playback. These videos are

c used as proof to determine rankings the quickest times are the best. Official Minesweeper rankings are posted on the website called The A u t h o r i t a t i v e Minesweeper. To get on the board, a player needs a beginner time of six or less seconds, an intermediate time of 35 or less seconds and an expert time of 99 or less seconds, along with video proof of these times. As of February 20, Lai s best times are 1.87 seconds on the beginner level, 15.55 seconds on the intermediate level and 67.79 seconds on the expert level. “When I first started my best expert time was

around 120 seconds,” he said. Lai is currently ranked seventh in New Jersey, 121st in the United States and 513th in the world. “It’s not like I practice all the time,” Lai said. “If I m watching a video and I get bored, I’ll start playing it. When I do get into it, I’ll sometimes play for a long time.” To increase his speed, he said that playing the game often is important to recognize patterns. “It’s numbers but it’s also colors,” he said. “Over time, your brain just realizes that blue is one, two is green, three is red. The more you play, the more patterns you can memorize so you’ll automatically know which squares have to be mines.” Lai said that his mood affects his performance. “Some days I know I’ll do well, but some days I just don t feel it. If I don’t feel it, I won’t play,” he said. In the end, the game depends on a lucky hand, a quick mind and strong m e m o r i z a t i o n . Minesweeper is an easy game to get started with, but hard to step away from. Check out some of Lai’s helpful tips to train your brain and decrease your times.

For your best performance:

a. “If you start in a corner and it says three, that

means there are three mines there. Because it’s in the corner, there has to be one mine on top, one next to it and one diagonal. Those three all have to be mines because the number is three.”

b. “If you get a one, you have to just guess.” c. “I would suggest starting in the middle so you can branch out quickly.”

East celebrates present cultures with a bigger and more interactive Multicultural Day By Kayla Schorr (‘14) Eastside News/Features Editor

Each year at East, a day is dedicated to performances, art, traditions and other creative elements reflecting the diverse cultures of Cherry Hill East students. Although this event will occur on April 5, the preparation has already been in the works for many months. This year, Multicultural Day is planned to be better than ever, with more student and teacher participation and more international components than any previous Multicultural Days have featured before. This year’s theme is the United Nations World Summit. “Our goal this year was to include the Model UN club as well as several other clubs at East beyond

Rebecca Mulberg (‘12)/ Eastside Video Editor

The African American Club (top) and the Korean Culture Club (bottom) performed dances to represent their cultures at last year’s Multicultural Day.

cultural clubs in order to make it more of a schoolwide activity, rather than just a cultural one,” said Evan Forman (‘13), president of the planning committee for the 2012 Multicultural Day. The planning committee has high hopes for a larger amount of participation at this year’s event, with many different performances, an innovative museum in the DiBart Gym in addition to international activities in the East Gym. “The main goal of [Multicultural Day] is to showcase the diversity at East in an educational way,” Forman said. The committee plans on a fun and educational turnout this year. Students will be able to watch performances and participate in museum activities throughout the day on April 5.


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Cajigas makes a game out of math By Gilana Levavi (‘14) Eastside Editorial Assistant

math classes. Cajigas said she likes the idea of thinking about math in a creative way, which the University of the Arts promotes. “There’s a beauty to math,” said Cajigas. “I think it’s important to see that it’s not just this dry subject.” Incorporating games and other creative activities into math class allows

Harley Getson (‘15), who is in one of Cajigas’ math classes. Ultimately, Cajigas hopes that the games will help students understand and remember the concepts better. Cajigas submitted her own idea for a game about a year ago to the company Nasco, which sells many educational products. The idea was approved, and

The game is appropriately titled The Equation Math Matching Game, after its concept. “I think it’s really cool and amazing that it was approved,” said Jardin Cassell (‘15), who also takes math with Cajigas. Though Cajigas does not yet have a copy of her own game, she has promised her math classes that they will be the first to play the

Math teacher Ms. Emily Cajigas has made math into a game. Cajigas created an actual math game that is sold commercially. The game, geared for grades 6-12, gives students practice solving one- and two- step equations. Square game cards each have a letter in their center with equations and solutions around the edge. Students solve the equations and match the cards side-byside with their solutions. A set of 16 cards correctly matched forms a four-by-four grid that spells out a motivational saying. Cajigas’ journey towards creating a game began with her students. She said that her students always asked to play games in class, so she tried using games and found it very successful. “The students can do some really difficult math in a fun setting and it just takes the pressure off, ” Cajigas said. Searching for more ways to incorporate games into lesson plans, Cajigas Art by Joel Greenspan (‘13)/ Eastside Art Director enrolled in a Photo Illustration by Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor game theory class at the University Cajigas poses in one of the cards of her board game, The Equation Math Matching Game. of the Arts in Philadelphia. She then students to appreciate this, after making some modifigame with her. began teaching graduate sparking their interest and cations to the original idea, Cajigas has already subcourses there, including a also fostering cooperation was made available for mitted several additional course on incorporating art between classmates. purchase this past game ideas to Nasco, sayinto math class, and anoth“You can help each January, through a Nasco ing, “You can make a game er on using games in sixth other, and it makes more catalogue or by clicking out of pretty much any through twelfth grade sense that way,” said here. math concept.”

Students speak out about learning to manage finances By Kaylin Magosin (‘14) Eastside Editorial Assistant

In another effort to prepare students for the future, the Cherry Hill School District has added Financial Literacy to the list of required courses for graduating students. The class is a half-year course designed to “promote personal and financial responsibility related to financial planning, savings, investment and charitable giving in the global economy,” according to the High School Course Selection Guide. Financial Literacy is mandatory for those in the Class of 2014 and all younger students. Mr. Julian Vann, a World Civilizations teacher who is also teaching Financial Literacy, said, “[The goal of the class is] to make sure that students are just more educated on how to manage their

finances.” Some of the topics covered in this course include money management, planning, saving and investing, insurance and debt and credit management. This course also covers life goals and values. Mrs. Patricia Dilba, the Cooking teacher and also a Financial Literacy teacher, said, “You can’t talk about setting goals or thinking about your future unless you first establish what you consider important to you, and that all has to do with your values.” Although high school students do not have to deal with these financial topics yet, it is important to understand them so when they enter college and move on in life they are prepared. “I think [the class] is helpful because you learn things [that] you wouldn t have any idea about until

you’re older,” said Meghan Sooy (‘14). The teachers try to make this class as interesting and interactive as possible for all students. Another Financial Literacy teacher, Mrs. Lisa Keeley-Cain, who also teaches math courses, said, “I try to make it meaningful and understandable.” Although the teachers try to make it relatable to all students, many freshmen said that they do not feel the information pertains to them, and that they might understand it better in their junior or senior years. Jeff Braun (‘15) said, “I think [the class] has a lot of valuable information that could benefit older students.” Guidance counselor Mr. Darren Gamel agrees. Gamel said, “Some of [the] components [taught in the course] make more

sense junior or senior year.” As long as students take the class before they graduate, it does not matter when they take it. When asked about scheduling choices for students, guidance counselor Mr. George Zografos said that the number-one decision students have to make about the class is when to take it, and often they are not sure which year would be the best for them. Some students choose to take the class freshman year while other students wait until they are older. Helena Sirken (‘15) said, “There are more options [for electives] for upperclassmen. I wanted to get [Financial Literacy] out of the way.” Financial Literacy helps students understand the world of finances, but some students feel that it would be better as a senior class.

Question: What is the biggest thing your grade is working on right now? O u r class is extremely pumped right now. It has been a great senMax Cohen ior year so far, and now (‘12) we are looking forward to senior prom. One project that we have been working on is gathering photos to make a slideshow of moments from throughout the year to display on the big television screens at the Constitution Center the night of prom. It will be an amazing night for everyone. Over the past few months, our class has been working tirelessly on finalAmy Myers izing junior p r o m (‘13) details. We have selected our DJ and our location. Junior prom will be at the Collingswood Ballroom, and now we just have to organize entrées and decorations. For the remainder of the year, our class will work on potential fundraisers to help offset the costs of junior prom, and to increase our overall revenue in preparation for senior prom. After a great sophomore cotillion, we are now in the works of determinRoss ing where Peterzell our junior prom will (‘14) be. Past class presidents have told me that it flies by, so starting the procedures early will be great. T h e biggest thing our grade is working on right now is our class Sam Amon of 2015 apparel. (‘15) We are offering sweatshirts and sweatpants that students may buy. After we finish up with the class apparel, we are moving on to planning our class trip. Many possible ideas have been brought up and we expect many more. We are waiting for everyone’s ideas and will choose where we will take a trip to after. It seems like it is going to be a great time and fun for all.


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Just the girl he’s looking for... Cherry Hill East students’ ideal female has the following composition: (As determined by a survey of East students)

The information displayed on these two pages was based on 174 surveys given out to East students of all grades and both genders. All survey answers were scaled so that the totals equaled 100 points, and all categories are the averages of every response given by that gender.

Irresponsible might be interesting:

Emotional: 5.3%

While girls want their men to be very responsible, using almost as many points on “responsibility” as on “attractiveness,” boys used, on average, 10.7 points fewer on “responsibility” than “attractiveness,” showing that boys do not necessarily value responsibility as highly as other characteristics that a significant other might have.

Athletic: 6.6% Creative: 6.8%

Book Smart: 7.4% Hardworking: 6.6%

Teenage boys like pretty women:

Responsible:

6.7%

On average, boys gave almost 1/5, or 20, of the alloted 100 points in the survey to the category “attractive.” Girls, however, only spent 1/10, or 10, of the allotted points on the category “attractive.”

Funny: 13.3%

According to the survey:

25% of students surveyed are in a relationship right now. 67%, or 1/3, of these students are dating someone at East. 62% of the students who answered the question thought that their favorite celebrity’s role in the media had an impact on the celebrity’s attractiveness to them. Only 53% of students thought that their favorite celebrity’s actual role in entertainment affected the student’s opinion of the celebrity.

Men like Megan: According to the survey, Megan Fox is the celebrity that East students find most attractive.

Honest: 10.6%

Part I of the survey: Are you in a relationship right now? (Yes/No) If yes, does your significant other go to East? (Yes/No)

Attractive: 17.4%

Do you think that it would be possible to find someone at East with all of the qualities that you are looking for? (Yes/No) Who is the celebrity you are most attracted to? (Name one) ___________

Kind: 10.7%

Do you think that this celebrity’s portrayal in the media has an impact on his/her attractiveness to you? (Yes/No)

Confident: 8.6%

Do you think that this celebrity’s traditional role in movies or plays/traditional musical style has an impact on his/her attractiveness to you? (Yes/No)


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What a girl wants... Cherry Hill East students’ ideal male has the following composition: (As determined by a survey of East students)

Emotional:

5.5%

Athletic: 6%

One of the closest averages was in the category “funny.” Women, on average, wanted a man to be 13.5% funny and men wanted their woman to be 13.3% funny. This means that men and women alike valued humor enough to spend around 13 points out of one hundred on this category.

Creative: 6.1%

The Oprah Winfrey Show showcased 5 rules of attraction: Oprah Winfrey had several doctors on her show in August 2009, and they talked about five “elements of attractiveness.” The elements were: 1. Facial symmetry: People with the “golden ratio” of a 6:1 face length: face width are more attractive, but Dr. Kendra Schmid, an assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Nebraska, uses 29 measurements to rate participants on a scale of 1-10 for attractiveness. 2. Scent: people are more or less attractive to others depending on the pheremones they secrete. 3. Voice pitch: to men, higherpitched female voices are an unconscious indication of female fertility. 4. Financial stability: women are attracted to more financially stable men because women know these men can provide for them. 5. Kissing prowess: kissing engages all the senses, so you can also tell if you like how someone smells (see number 2).

Book Smart: 9.5%

Hit the books, boys! Hardworking: 7.5%

Responsible: 9.7%

Funny: 13.5%

11.9%

Honest:

Part II of the survey:

This is a sliding scale for determining your priorities in a significant other. Please rate each trait from 0 to 20. A 0 would mean that you do not want any of this trait, and a 20 would mean that you want to max this trait out. You have 100 points total, so plan accordingly. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

Funny Attractive Book Smart Responsible Honest Hardworking Confident Creative Emotional Athletic Kind

It’s kind of a funny story:

10.7%

Attractive:

Kind:

11.3%

Girls like “book smart” boys enough to spend almost 10, or 1/10 of their alloted points on this category.

Gosling is no “ugly duckling...” Celebrity Ryan Gosling is a favorite with East ladies, ranking as the celebrity whom East girls are most attracted to.

Other top picks included Zac Efron, Channing Tatum and Justin Bieber.

Confidence: That’s the ticket!

Both genders value confidence almost equally. Boys spent 8.3 points on this particular attribute to girls’ 8.6, meaning that both boys and girls regard confidence as an important trait to have. Confident: 8.3%


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Juniors will have an “ear-ily” good time at prom By Leah Mashioff (‘14) Eastside Staff

One of the most memorable nights of junior year is quickly approaching, and this year’s junior prom planners are “shooting for the stars.” The Class of 2013 started planning junior prom in January of 2011. First, the class picked the venue, which Vice President Josh Warren (‘13) said, “mainly involves the officers from the previous year, which were President Greg Weinstock (‘13) and SGA Vice President Andrew Adler (‘13) who picked the junior prom theme in advance.” The class decided to hold prom at the Collingswood Ballroom in Collingswood, NJ, where East has held the past two

junior proms. Vice President Preet Parekh (‘13) said, “We visited the place as a group of some representatives last year to get an idea of where to place the decorations and where things can go.” Junior prom is scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The junior class studentgovernment is aiming to sell tickets at about 74 dollars. Vice President Paulomi Banerjee (‘13) said, “I want the ticket[s] to be less pricey, because I want everyone to have the chance to come, to have a good time with their friends.” The theme for this year’s junior prom is “Starry Night” inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting.

The class’s soundtrack song is “Written in the Stars” by Tinie Tempah featuring guest singer Eric Turner to go along with the theme. The student government looks to display a starry landscape with painted decorations in a mix of blues, grays and yellows. Although the class has ideal visions for a fantastic night, the student government needs to wait for the list of regulations regarding prom set-up before anything can be finalized. Class advisor Mr. Tom Rosenberg said, “We thought ‘starry night’ would be a good theme, because the juniors will leave the ballroom out into the actual night, after such a memorable prom.” The student government is reaching out to the class for help with

planning this event. Warren said, “We try to get the class involved with our Facebook class page, opened for suggestions for prom.” The students are working very hard to achieve all of their goals. Rosenberg said, “We want to step back and allow the kids to take the lead on the planning for prom. If there’s a problem then it s our [Rosenberg’s and Ms. Chiarina Dorety’s] job as the advisors to help out with overcoming that obstacle.” As they finalize plans for junior prom, the Class of 2013 has also started generating ideas for senior prom. The Class of 2013 is shooting for the stars, and plans on having an “enchanting” time at junior prom.

Van Gough is the artist best known for cutting off his own ear and sending it to his girlfriend. Photo courtesy of lifeofvangogh.com

Logo by Joel Greenspan ( 13)/ Eastside Art Director

We asked...

Max Hoffman (‘14)

Who would you least Lil’ Wayne want to be stranded on an island with? What accessory best defines you?

Belt

What is your special Rolling my talent? r’s

Who is your Zooey celebrity Deschanel crush?

Dana Silver (‘12)

Molly Schultz (‘14)

Ms. Germscheid

Dwight Schrute

Miley Cyrus

Mr. Cucinotti

Nose ring

Nose ring

Leopard print scarf

Extreme lollipop licking

Betty White

Making my Scramble tongue into with Friends a three-leaf clover

James Franco

Robert Pattinson


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Rebecca Padersky (‘14), Scott Appleman (‘14)

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Brittany Nghiem (‘13), Taylor Ingram (‘13), Sabrina Laygo (‘13), Lilli Rodriguez (‘13)

Natalie Simunek (‘14), Alex Mogil (‘13)

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Joy Dickson (‘14), Andrew Vitale (‘14)

Mike Brambilla (‘14), Manisha Gamble (‘12)

Melyssa Rothstein (‘12), Dillon Impagliazzo (‘14), Jared Dashevsky (‘14), Danielle Impagliazzo (‘12)

Jacob Soloway (‘14), Lauren Springer (‘12), Danielle Montgomery (‘12), Nick DiEva (‘14)

Liam Mahoney (‘14), Danielle McCormack (‘13), Marta Lawler (‘14), Garrett Clayman (‘13)

Sophomores in the City Ron Chetrit (‘14), Lexi Denenberg (‘12), Ari Yosef (‘14), Alyssa Warren (‘12)

Sophomore Cotillion 2012

Kirubel Gashur, Andrew Cohen (‘14), Mike Brambilla (‘14), Dan Fabi (‘12), Ross Peterzell (‘14), Ron Chetrit (‘14), Wouten Smit, Matt Grazioli (‘14), Ari Yosef (‘14)

Sophomores danced the night away with their dates.

Chloe Goldstein (‘14), Daphna Veradi (‘14), Sarah Evanofsky (‘14)

DJ Jack Friedberg (‘08)

Shirt front, designed by S h a r i Guests were able to eat hot dogs B o d o f s k y from two authentic hot dog carts. (‘14).

All photos taken by Hannah Sclarsky (‘12)/ For Eastside and layout by Gabrielle Kains (‘12)/ Eastside Managing Editor

The back of the shirt was drawn a n d designed by S h a r i Bodofsky (‘14). All guests in attendance received a souvenir Tshirt at the end of the night.


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Pho Xinh brings Vietnamese dining to Cherry Hill with fresh ingredients and mentary side of peanut minimal use of oil, with a sauce. However, if one is not heavy influence on vegetarian really the appetizer type of items. Pho Xinh differs little person, then going directly to Cherry Hill is quickly from this, maintaining its culthe entrees would be the best becoming a hotspot for fine tural roots instead by priding option, considering the servcultural dining with its itself on its ability to maintain ings are more than generous plethora of ethnic restaurants traditional Vietnamese items and can easily be shared that take people from the on its menu, such as Pho, with others for a fun, familywhile still style meal. Another popular adding innovaitem on the menu is the tive Thai influHouse Special Jasmine Grill, ences to its etha platter that can be paired nic cuisine. with any type of meat or Using their seafood. experience from Regardless of what one working in sevorders, he or she is not eral other allowed to leave the restauVietnamese rant without having tried Courtesy of yelp.com. restaurants, the most important item on Loaded Vermicelli. the managethe menu: pho. The cultural ment team at noodle soup is better offered Pho crafted a here than anywhere else menu that will because of the countless variappeal to all eties, ranging from vegetable types of eaters, pho to spicy noodle pho and even those with even the wonton variation of a sensitive pho. But, even the healthiest stomach wary of eaters will have a hard of cultural time finishing this soup due foods. Ranging to the large portions providKevin Yoo (‘12)/Eastside Photo Editor from the tradied, so be sure to make plenty Pho Xinh’s storefront, located in the Short tional pho nooof room for this soup or be Hills development in Cherry Hill. dle soups, the prepared to take some of it most popular home. mundane neighborhood to item on the menu, to stir-fried Overall, the restaurant many exotic countries with platters with serving sizes offers a little bit of everyjust one simple bite of restauworthy of a posse, Pho Xinh’s thing to every type of eater rants’ rich food. and will leave even Ready to join the pickiest of the ranks of Vietnamese connoisCourtesy of yelp.com. these popular seurs satisfied. But, Summer Roll. eateries is Pho the food is not the Xinh, a new only thing to look forVietnamese ward to in this restaurant restaurant; the chain that is ambiance is one that quickly taking will keep one coming the town by back for more. The storm. waiters at this Opened first restaurant will go to in the Short great lengths to Hills Plaza on make the customer 480 East happy. The staff Evesham Road, members take it Pho Xinh offers upon themselves to a simple menu, Kevin Yoo (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor make sure that all yet covers all Pho Xinh offers customers a traditional atmosphere. customers enjoy their the bases necesfood and they will do sary and more for a menu offers delicacies unbeanything to ensure that it is Vietnamese restaurant. knownst to most. In terms of prepared to their liking. In Traditionally, Vietnamese appetizers, it would be a crime short, even a single visit to food is prepared with a diverse for people not to try the this restaurant will turn one Courtesy of yelp.com. range of herbs, such as lemonChicken Satay, curry chicken into a regular Pho Xinh cusGrilled Barbeque Pork with Vermicelli Rice Noodle. grass and Thai basil, coupled skewers served with a complitomer. By Sherin Nassar (‘13)

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Eliminated funds may sink historic Battleship New Jersey By Alana Kopelson (‘12) Eastside Community Editor

In Governor Chris Christie’s proposed spending plan, he maintains the $2.7 million grant budget for the New Jersey Historical Commission, which runs a grants program for more than 60 local historical sites. However, Christie’s plan eliminates another funding source that provided $2.8 million to five individual groups, including the Battleship New Jersey in Camden. The eradication of these funds shows stormy waters ahead for the Battleship New Jersey, which serves as a “national treasure” to the state. The Battleship New Jersey holds more than a hundred military events annually, including World War II and Vietnam reenactments, a Pearl Harbor Day remembrance, veterans’ reunions and other historic ceremonies. The Navy, Coast Guard and State Police regularly train there. This 62nd numbered battleship was built for the U.S. Navy and

Photo Illustration by Mia Holley (‘12)/Eastside Photo Editor

Governor Chris Christie’s proposed spending plan eliminates Battleship New Jersey’s future funding.

was laid in September 1940 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. A year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Battleship New Jersey was launched. It moved to its current home on September 23, 2001 after three wars and 48 years of service. Although the Battleship New Jersey is facing difficult times, the battleship’s operators are not giving up. They are already in the process of an e-mail-writing campaign to Governor Christie, hoping to persuade him to restore the funding. The battleship is also looking for corporate help and individual donations in order to help the recent financial crisis. Because the ship spends $1 million on maintenance, $700,000 on utilities and $600,000 on insurance, the ship needs $2.3 million before it can even open its doors. This battleship is the most decorated battleship in U.S. Naval history and people will surely do everything in their power to help the ship’s funds stay afloat.


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Nunzio’s Ristorante dishes out authentic Italian to South Jersey rustic side of Tuscany. Chef Nunzio Pastruno was raised in the region of Puglia, Located on a tight-fitted street near the Adriatic Sea, where he in the eclectic square of grew up on his family’s farmCollingswood, Nunzio’s Ristorante stead, Zingarello, at which they Rustico, awarded Best of South raised many crops and other Jersey, is an authentic Italian products. He received formal Restaurant that brings a taste of training at a culinary school in Italy to the South Jersey area. The Bari in Southeast Italy. Nunzio moment you walk in the door, it is moved to France, where he as if the restaurant has been transopened a restaurant in the formed into the downtown marketFrench Province of Monaco and place of Tuscany, Italy. It has integrated his Italian cuisine. He paintings of the marinas and cobmoved to the United States in blestone alleys of the town, with 1982, and started his career in imitated windows and doors, symPhiladelphia, which has led him bolizing the warm, welcoming to land in Collingswood, where atmosphere of the restaurant. he had to remodel the once movie Nunzio Pastruno added the theatre to become Nunzio’s phrase “Rustico” to the Ristorante Rustico. Kevin Yoo (‘12)/Eastside Photo Editor restaurant’s appellation because The restaurant holds celebra- Nunzio’s seats many in order to satisfy large families. chef Nunzio says the casual restautions such as birthdays, anniverrant is supposed to represent the saries, bar/bat mitzvahs and time, we sometimes go to the marNunzio Ristorante Rustico christenings, ketplace and come back and cook 706 Haddon Avenue while also with the products and ingredients Collingswood, NJ 08108 catering to in the kitchen.” Delicious meals to try: other places Nunzio expects a lot from his like business staff and he makes his costumers Pasta: offices. Chef feel satisfied with all aspects of Gnocchi al Gorgonzola Nunzio holds their dining experience. Homemade potato gnocchi with culinary “I don’t want to disappoint my creamy gorgonzola, mushroom, classes to costumers because I have a large prosciutto and peas groups averclientele from all over,” he said. $12.75 aging twenty When asked his opinion about people every what attracts most people to come Grilled and Sautéed: Saturday. to his restaurant, Nunzio simply Pollo San Nicola “I do classsaid, “They come for the food, just Sautéed chicken breast topped with es in the like any time you want shoes, you crabmeat, shrimp and diced tomato kitchen, or in go to a shoe store.” in a white wine sauce the main Nunzio’s participated in $21.50 dining room, Collingswood s annual “Restaurant then I give Week,” which took place from Dessert: lunch to the March 11 through March 16, offerCannoli alla Siciliana people aftering a deal that included three Golden pastry shells stuffed with Kevin Yoo (‘12)/Eastside Photo Editor wards,” said courses for 35 dollars per person. chocolate chips and ricotta cheese Nunzio’s causal yet elegant table settings represent Nunzio. “In Be sure the visit Nunzio’s for a real $8.00 those of restaurants in Tuscany, Italy. the summerTuscan, Italian dining experience. By Leah Mashioff (‘14)

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By Becca Ohnona (‘12) Eastside Community Editor

From March 4 to March 11, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society brought tropical paradise to Philadelphia. This year, the nation’s largest and most famous indoor flower exposition, the Philadelphia International Flower Show, had a tropical Hawaiian theme. The Flower Show is always quite an experience, filled with spectacular gardens, live entertainment, and free cooking and gardening demonstrations. Each year, about 60 professional landscapers, florists, and horticultural and educational organizations create fullscale gardens and floral displays that draw visitors to the flower show. Many of these experts have spent years perfecting their skills, which often include forcing a great variety of plants into bloom in time for the show. Exhibitors spend an average of 18 months preparing

their displays. The show is filled with shopping for the garden, home and family. The various places to shop include The Marketplace, where more than 180 vendors sell garden furniture, handcrafted jewelry and unique plants, The Shop, which is the official Flower Show store, and the Hawaiian Village, where crafts, merchandise and handmade natural items for the home and garden pay tribute to the Hawaiian people. All revenue from the show, including Flower Show tickets and sponsorship contributions, support the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, a nonprofit organization. Some of their current projects include Plant One Million, a partnership to plant one million trees in the Greater Philadelphia Region, and City Harvest, which helps feed Philadelphian families in need. The Flower Show will awaken new inspiration and allow visitors’ imaginations to bloom.


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The United States strikes oil:

controversy over domestic drilling Domestic By Dave Riches (‘12) Eastside Staff

The United States is addicted to oil. According to the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United States consumed 6.99 billion barrels of oil in 2010, averaging out to 19.15 million barrels per day. The United States uses this valuable fuel for many things, prominently transportation and heating. The United States, simply put, depends on oil. However, the only thing worse than having a strong dependency on oil is having a strong dependency on foreign oil. The United States imports over ten million barrels of oil per day. In 2009, Saudi Arabia was the third largest supplier, sending over a million barrels of oil every day. “Drill, baby, drill,” was a phrase coined by former Maryland Governor Michael Steele at the 2008 National Republican Convention. American oil became a focus for the Republican party during the 2008 Presidential election when Arizona Senator John McCain promised to engage in offshore drilling if elected. The United States could potentially drill off of the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, Florida’s Gulf Coast, in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and pieces of federal land that are not national parks. According to the oil industry, oil drilling would create 1.4 million new jobs, boost tax rolls by 800 million dollars and increase domestic energy production by over 50 percent. At the same time, the United States would be reducing i t s dependency on foreign oil. Just like any issue, oil drilling stirs a lot of controversy. Oil drilling “hurts the environment and harms animals,” said Amy Robertson (‘13). “It’ll make us use more oil instead of promoting alternative energy,” she added. One example of environmental harm caused by drilling is the BP

oil spill of 2010, which spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil over a threemonth span into the Gulf of Mexico. If standard safety precautions are set, the United States can avoid another disastrous oil leak. The United States needs to develop alternative

fuels that can be used to fuel cars and to heat homes. Until this happens, it is necessary to drill for domestic oil. Our dependency on foreign oil is unhealthy, and by drilling for our own oil, it will create jobs and improve American production. No one likes the harm it will cause to the environment; however, it is a necessary evil and it must be done until new forms of energy are discovered and implemented. Until then: Drill, baby, drill.

Foreign By Dylan Fingerman (‘13) Eastside Staff

Drilling for oil in America causes much controversy whenever brought up in conversation. Do the rewards outweigh the costs when one considers the possibility of disasters like the

Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Environ-mentalists also fear biological and atmospheric effects that will derive from the various pollutants entering the air by harming environments. Not to mention the effects on global warming if drilling were to ensue i n the

U n i t e d States. T h e Deepwater Horizon spill was an oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico s ecosystem and the lives of the people who lived there by destroying the economy of the G u l f a r e a b y

almost completely shutting down the tourism and fishing industries. This catastrophe was very uncommon, but the ecological and economic repercussions were astronomical. If something of this magnitude were to happen again, the reward would not be worth the cost. One main reason that the Gulf of Mexico was able to rebound as quickly as it did was due to high reparations set on the company responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig: British Petroleum (BP). If that burden would instead have been placed on the U.S. government, it would have been in excess of 1.5 billion dollars. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), drilling alone adds harmful pollutants like nitrogen oxides, methane and small particles into the air. Methane, according to the EPA, is twenty times more effective than carbon dioxide at keeping sun rays in the atmosphere. These small particles link dust and sand that are released into the atmosphere and create smog and harmful build-ups of sediments on the ground, which can destroy indigenous plants in locations around the drilling sites. Domestic drilling would discourage things like solar power and hybrid vehicles and increase environmental destruction. Although many people believe that Americans need less reliance on MiddleEastern oil due to current turmoil in the region, according to the United States Department of Energy, the majority of oil comes from our neighbors in Canada and Mexico. This leads to another proposed idea of oil sands: the Keystone XL project. This idea will allow a viable alternative to drilling in our country, and though it will not be perfect for the environment, it provides a much better alternative than drilling more oil wells. There is already a very similar pipeline in place that is completely functional with very little environmental recourse. Both of these pipelines end in Hardisty, Canada, which, though is foreign, is a much more stable oil provider than Saudi Arabia and maintains better relations with the United States. The guaranteed environmental risks far outweigh the oil gained from domestic drilling, and if these actions are pursued, a substantial amount of wildlife will suffer from the inability to discover safer options.

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Online censorship: First Amendment now a virtual problem? By Bryan Sheehan (‘13) Eastside Humor Editor

There has been a recent outpour of online protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Many major websites, including Wikipedia and Google, participated in the January 18 anti-SOPA protest, with some even going as far as shutting down for the day during the Internet “blackout.” American citizens of all ages voiced their anger at SOPA and PIPA by taking their thoughts to social media and expressing their feelings about the acts on Twitter,

Facebook and Reddit. So what about SOPA brought on such a huge backlash? The SOPA bill that was proposed to Congress had good intentions. It was meant to stop people from downloading music and movies illegally, but it came across as a little bit extreme. The original bill allowed any company that claims a copyright infringement to take down the website of the offending party, and also to take legal action against said offender. Allowing the government, as well as huge corporations like Viacom and Warner Brothers, to “police

the internet” is an outraging idea. The more wind of support that the protests got, however, spawned more from ignorance than knowledge. In addition to the group of people that were just mad because Wikipedia was shut down for a day, there are many that do not understand SOPA and just want to protest because everyone else is doing it. Once Google put up a black box to over its logo, petitioning the act to stop SOPA on its website, it was obvious that many previously ignorant people would rally together just because Google expressed an

opinion against the acts. There were also the people who are just upset that they can no longer illegally download music or movies through Megaupload or MediaFire. Both websites were shut down after anti-piracy became a hot topic, making it harder for the average citizen to get a free copy of the newest movie or album. In order for these bills to be as effective as intended to be, a different approach would need to be taken if these piracy measures are to be strongly enforced and to fulfill the original intent.


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End gender guessing game The young and genderless By Danielle Fox (‘13) Eastside Entertainment Editor

‘To be or not to be’ seemed an appropriate characterization regarding the gender question of young Sasha Laxton, who, until several weeks ago, had been referred to as “it” for the past five years. Parents Beck Laxton and Kieran Cooper decided long before their son was born that they wished to raise him as a gender-neutral child, shielding the fact of the child s sex from all but a few members of immediate family. “Stereotypes seem fundamentally stupid. Why would you want to slot people into boxes? Gender affects what children wear and what they can play with, and that shapes the kind of person they become. I start to get cross with it if it skews their potential,” said Miss Laxton to the Daily Mail. Laxton is correct when she condemns social stereotypes, such as the assumption that all girls wear pink or all boys like to play with action figures. However, an individual s gender is a significant part of one s identity. By working to conceal a child s identity in order to avoid stereotypical gender restrictions, the parents, nonetheless, still restrict their child as they enforce a “neutral” environment. Sasha slept in a neutral yellow room and is encouraged to play with dolls as much as Legos. It is one thing to support a child whether his or her choices fall in place with the conventional standards of society or not, but it is another matter when the parents remain ignorant to the fact that certain gender-specific activities of children should be acknowledged as psychologically appropriate actions in tune with the development of the child. “We do have male brains and female brains. There’s a reason why boys do more rough and tumble play; there’s a reason why girls have better language development skills,” said highly regarded child psychologist Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz in an article for The Huffington Post. Expanding on the distinct behavior patterns applicable to each gender, he continued, “Some of the typical variation in boys’ and girls’ play the trucks vs. dolls is based on those inherent differences between the majority of boys and the majority of girls.” Kathy Witterick and David Stocker, last year’s couple famous for deciding to raise their children as gender neutral, describe the decision as “a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation.” The couple has kept the sex of their baby (named Storm) a secret, while still pursuing a gender-neutral lifestyle for their two sons Jazz (five years old) and Kio (two years old). The sons who are known to typically cross-dress and wear their hair in braids have expressed a desire to not return to school because of the bullying they have experienced. A child should be allowed to wear whatever and style his or her hair however he or she wishes; however, failing to share the realities of how

society will react to an unconventional appearance is consequential. If a little boy wants to polish his nails and wear a dress to school, it is important that parents lend their support. What’s the big deal? It s not like this infringes on the welfare of the other children present. But not being honest about the way other children will react and blindly enforcing a gender neutral environment in the home will become not only confusing, but potentially harmful to various critical areas of childhood development. In an interview with ABC News, Dr. Eugene Beresin, director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at

Massachusetts General Hospital, said, “To have a sense of self and personal identity is a critical part of normal healthy development. [This lifestyle] blocks that and sets the child up for bullying, scapegoating a n d marginalization.” At the end of the day, it s important to support your child’s choices. However, this social experiment surpasses that generalization and crosses several boundaries. It is one thing to encourage a child not to be bound by society s social standards. But it is another to enforce a particular lifestyle that in itself works to restrict a child. According to this social experiment, if a little boy wants to play with action figures, then he must also be exposed to dolls as to make sure he is not hindered by a social stereotype. Yet, according to experts, maybe some of these stereotypes are not solely assumptions, but observations in accordance with the psychological development particular to a child s gender. The most flagrant error of the entire experiment, however, lies within the secrecy. It seems that in each of these two cases, the attention was more focused on concept of a hidden identity rather than the intended message. The mystery of what lies beneath the diaper is not necessary for parents to instill a sexually-unbiased lifestyle in the household.

By Sherin Nassar (‘13) Eastside Humor Editor

We currently live in a world where most people are attempting to achieve equality for every human being. People are constantly attempting to promise inherent liberties to people of different religions, races and even sexual orientations, since one time too many they are denied these r i g h t s . Unfortunately, however, the feat is easier said than done. In a more specific scope, people are currently striving to find equal ground between men and women, though it often feels as if the equality gap will

never be fully closed. F o r instance, men often receive higher salaries than women, despite both sexes having equal levels of productivity. Yet, despite these challenges, most can agree that the world is slowly starting to understand that equality is an imperative act towards a more tolerant environment. So, when we do in fact live in a world that is striving to see past inconsequential differences so as to give every person a fair opportunity to achieve his or her true potential, why should it then matter if one parent attempts to make the conscious decision to end all types of stereotypes between different genders once and for all by concealing their child s gender? Five years ago, a British family made the same decision to conceal their son s gender. In January of this year, they finally decided to let the public know, believing their child had finally lived in a gender neutral environment long enough so that he would be able to become his own person, regardless of all stereotypes. In May of last year, another family from Canada decided to make this choice. They stirred up obvious controversy when they

refused to reveal the gender to their child s school, instead naming their child a gender-neutral name, Storm, allowing the child to wear whatever the child pleased. Both families were doing the right thing. They decided to take the issue of unfair stereotyping into their own hands. They did not want their children to face prejudice, instead wanting their children to grow and develop in a healthy environment without stereotype of what clothes they should wear, what toys they should play with and what color their room should be. Is there anything really wrong with that? To want their child to be their own person, become who they truly are without any preconceived notions, any misguided labels? No. There is not. In all honesty, people have a problem with the fact that they cannot know this child’s gender. They find it wrong, believing it may cause psychological problems later on. But, what people fail to realize is that these families would still let their children be raised in the same manner, even if they did reveal the child’s gender, and if that were the case, fewer people would care. But, the problem with that situation is that people would typecast the child as a boy or a girl. For instance, if a boy wanted to be a princess for Halloween, people would believe it wrong because he is a boy. But, if a girl dressed up as Superman for Halloween, fewer parents would be inclined to say anything, because we have the preconceived notions that that is okay. However, if the public did not know the child’s gender, they could not make that assumption either way. The child would be allowed to be who he or she wants to be without judgment. In a world where we try to promote equality, it is hypocritical to call these parents actions wrong. They want to create a neutral world where their child can be themselves, regardless of what society deems as socially acceptable for gender. For instance, in the past, society deemed women unfit to vote; now women are just as present at the voting booths as men. But, there are still social barriers that exist for women, as do exist for men because society still looks behind intolerant glasses. By eliminating the association altogether the gender the child can grow up in a world where he or she is comfortable with who he or she is, regardless of what anyone thinks. This is what every parent wants, and some may have other means of attaining it, but they choose this way and we should not disparage them for it. These parents, in short, eliminated the prejudice by eliminating the gender, and with that they may have created a slew of controversies, but they have created a child who no longer has to succumb under what society finds socially acceptable. Headline art by Diana Li (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor Child art by Jennifer Cha (‘13)/ Eastside Staff


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Students should have down time when they fill up By Joe Incollingo (‘13) Eastside Staff

For arguably the least important meal of the day, lunch gets a lot of fuss. Whether over a wrap in the cafeteria or coffee from a cart on the way to class, it tethers the otherwise chaotic school day to one dependable nibble. When the infamous block schedule threatened the sanctity of free lunch, heads turned. What would a mandatory lunch period do to that beloved midday mainstay? As it stands, most students already take a lunch period at some point during the day, while those who do not have a lunch manage without complaint. In theory, a mandatory lunch period for all students is a benevolent endeavor: 17 percent of

Cherry Hill high school students take eight classes in favor of a dedicated lunch period. With the new schedule, these students keep their eight classes while gaining an additional period to experience the Zen relaxation “peer review” that comes with a dedicated lunch period. Likewise, students who currently take a lunch would get an extra period to take that extra elective or science that was always out of reach. T h e schedule depends on the i d e a t h a t

“everybody loves lunch” to give it popularity among students. The devil, however, is in the details. The schedule grants about an hour for the ‘lunch/break’ period, which would be divided in half as such. In lieu of homerooms, students report to assigned “break rooms” during this period. Teachers can offer extra help only to students with passes to leave their break rooms. Students eat for 25 minutes and seek out extra help or do work for the remainder, all while losing 11 percent of instructional time (seven percent in lab sciences). That is, students who currently take eight classes would lose classroom time to make room for a lunch that they did without until now. If the break period is not made more accessible to busier stu-

dents, then what good is it? The flexibility of this break period cannot be predicted just yet. Teachers c o u l d l i m i t a f t e r school and early morning sessions, assuming that students would just as soon devote their break period. On the other h a n d , while it is

unlikely that teachers would twist arms and force students to eat during lunch, would they still confine them to cafeterias and classrooms? A free period should give students the opportunity to unwind without making it an offense if they choose not to. It comes back to the concept of lunch as an anchor. It binds the day together no matter how, where or when it is eaten. The power of lunch cannot be harnessed for some idealistic experiment; it must come naturally and without restriction. With a less strict outlook on free time, the system would more easily accommodate all types of students. Time will show what will become of lunch in Cherry Hill. To quote Orson Welles, “Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what’s for lunch.” It is important.

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The new schedule requires all students to take a lunch period, but with strings attached.

A “Sickening” Discovery By Rebecca Mulberg (‘12) Eastside Video Editor

By the time the average individual turns 18 years old, he or she will have received 10 to 20 courses, or doses, of antibiotics. The average animal on a factory farm receives a course of antibiotics with every meal. While the intended purpose of antibiotics is to treat infection caused by bacteria and organisms, factory farmers rely on antibiotics to keep their animals alive and relatively healthy. Factory farming, the method of food production which accounts for more than 99 percent of the meat and dairy products that are eaten daily, aims to produce these items at the lowest possible cost. Livestock on factory farms are crammed into grimy, windowless sheds by the thousands. These sheds are the ideal environment for bacteria and viruses to thrive. The system requires low doses of antibiotics to promote growth and high doses of antibiotics to prevent the premature death of animals. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), “Industrial livestock systems are hog heaven for resistant bacteria.” The modern farming technique of routinely feeding livestock antibiotics has not resulted in the breeding of healthier and more profitable livestock, but it has resulted in the breeding of powerful bacteria. Along with the worldwide overuse of antibiotics by both doctors and patients, it is now important to recognize the misuse

of antibiotics in our food production, as well. The non-therapeutic usage of antibiotics on factory farms could be to blame for the dramatic increase in common conditions such as type one diabetes, obesity, irregular bowel syndrome, allergies and asthma all of which have more than doubled in the United States. “Only about 30 percent of the antibiotics used in the U.S. are administered to people to treat diseases. The other 70 percent are administered to U.S. livestock primarily to compensate for the unnatural and unhealthy conditions of factory farming,” the UCS concluded. The non-therapeutic usage of antibiotics on factory farms is directly affecting our immune system, causing us to become resistant to our own antibiotics. This year, between 70,000 and 100,000 Americans will die from infections that could once have been cured with common antibiotics. If people continue to consume unnecessary antibiotics in large quantities, humanity runs the risk of allowing bacteria to grow completely resistant to them. In just how many years will the United States be forced to accept the fact that antibiotics are no longer a remedy to illness? Avenues for addressing the issue include avoiding meat entirely, or looking for 100 percent free-range, grass-fed beef. So, the next time you stroll down the meat section of the nearest supermarket, stop and take a minute to think: You are what you eat.


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Editorials represent the views and opinions of the Eastside Editorial Board.

Sea of red should be seen on other courts "And the crowds went wild!" But the turnout was not based er to support the Cougars. The Cherry Hill East’s 2011-2012 solely on spontaneous student spirmorning of the game, East was a boys’ basketball team—the it. A select few, including David sea of red; students and teachers Countrymen—made history at Friedman ('12), have spent their alike wore their support for the East this past season by advancing time since December establishing home team. Vice Principal Dr. John into the South Burns’ announceJersey Group IV ments throughout finals. The team the day helped went 21-9 for the keep East excited season. But with for the afterthe basketball school game. team came another Courier Post revolutionary writer Kevin group of people— Minnick wrote of the fans. It is these East that we have fans as much as the “the best student team itself that section in South deserve praise for Jersey.” So now, their enthusiasm the question is: and support. what do we do A common with this oncerefrain in East dormant school hallways is, “our spirit? The school has no spiranswer: Use it. it.” But the East The Cherry versus Atlantic Hill community City game on cannot simply March 6 told a difRebecca Mulberg (‘12)/ Eastside Video Director support a team ferent story. The East fans cheer on the boys’ basketball team against Atlantic City. because it starts bleachers were winning—East filled with red-shirted students and this fan base through Facebook students have the capability to teachers cheering on the East baspages, announcements and even— support each other through the ketball team from the beginning to in Friedman’s case—organizing good times and the bad, and the the end of the game. Over one thoubus trips to attend away games. Countrymen and the rest of the sand tickets were sold from 2:45 The spirit pervaded the commubasketball fans have demonstrated p.m. the day of the game until the nity as well, drawing a range of the power of such a united fangame started at 4. The school spirlocals, from the elderly to families force. East has three seasons of it could be seen from outside of and friends and even some people sports and spectacular teams that East, too, as the line for ticket sales who are not even directly associatdeserve just as much respect and wrapped around the entire builded with any East students. By the support as the basketball team ing. An article on Philly.com said commencement of the Eastreceived during the winter season. of East, “There must have been 600 Atlantic City game, there was a And hopefully next year, the CHE students, all in red, all hoplong-forgotten sense of unity whole school will show up for every ping around like Cameron Crazies. among the Cherry Hill fans that team’s first game as well as its last. A terrific season for the Cougars in resonated throughout the stands, Let s make every stand a sea of red their first year under alumnus as both longtime fans and firstand keep this newfound spirit Dave Allen…” time game-attendees joined togethalive.

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Where’s Winter by Diana Li (‘12)/ Eastside Art Director

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Close But No Cigar by Joel Greenspan(‘13)/ Eastside Art Director

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Thomas Colontonio fits right into the mix of things massiveness of not only the crowd, but also the accomplishment of the personal Having trekked the journey resonated in his globe, touring in over 20 mind. countries, you could say “It’s definitely an eye that Thomas Colontonio opener to travel that much (‘92) is always in the mix of and get to see all of the things. But, achieving the fruits of your hard work. high as a world-renowned You know you’re playing DJ was not as easy as for thousands of people and plucking a piece of fruit they re there to hear your music, that’s the greatest from the vine. f e e l i n g , ” “No one ever got anyColontonio said. where without taking a risk,” While traveling the world, s a i d he attests that Colontonio. A popular it has been fascinating to diskid in high s c h o o l , cover technology’s effect on Colontonio DJing around was known for the hot, headthe globe. Considering it bobbing jams is the sequenche would play ing that forms with his band the unconvenmates, including acclaimed tional instruments of DJing, instrumentalthe increase in ist Jim new technology McGorman has had a piv(‘92). The band rocked out otal effect on the industry. every year at H o w e v e r , East’s Battle Colontonio both of the Bands, jokes and an event that Mr. Charlie warns that, sometimes, it is Musumeci, best to stick to Colontonio’s the basics. most impact“Once, when ful teacher, I went to often helped Russia, a guy out with. had a laptop “I always and it broke. found him to So, he just travbe the type of eled 4,000 miles kid that when and he can’t you walked DJ,” said down the hallColontonio, who way, he always makes always went sure to have a out of the way CD player to say hi to handy. you. He was He continone of the kids ued, “I want to that you knew stay connected that wherever with my fans he would go and not push after graduathe technology tion, he would too much on the certainly have DJing end, but an impact on for production people in a Courtesy of Tom Colontonio ( '92) positive way,” it is endless M u s u m e c i Center photo of Tom Colontonio Profile; clockwise photos of Colontonio performing worldwide. with what you can do with all said. of these devices.” As Colontonio hit local hours some days and the people that do get it, piece of art that you create After speaking with nightclubs as a part of his twelve others. You just love it,” Colontonio said. to be able to be reached out band culture, he started to would never see me: I lived It was in 2006 when all over the world.” Colontonio, it is evident gravitate toward the captiin there for years. Colontonio really hit the He still swears that that his career choice is apt, not only because of the vating energy of the man Ultimately, though, what jackpot with his record traveling the world has natural talent or profesbehind the mixer: the DJ. it all comes down to is givRounder. He found his offered the most fulfilling sional ingenuity, but also After his first gig as a ing your music to everyrecord, along with his experiences. DJ at the legendary nightbody and allowing them to career, spring-boarded into “It s pretty crazy to because of an innate desire club Studio 6, in Atlantic enjoy it.” the hands of, at the time, experience other people s to connect all music-lovers through his music. City, Colontonio knew that Not only a House DJ, the number one DJ in the culture. You see different He said, “There are he had finally found his but also a Trance DJ, when world and Grammy nomicultures and it dispels thealways going to be what we beat. Colontonio started out, he nated producer, Paul Van ories that you read in the “It was amazing! I think had faced some of Trance Dyke. papers about certain places like to call ‘haters.’ They’re we had like 200 of our music’s criticisms for its “To switch from the guy in the world. I’ve never out there. I try to be a kind person to everyone. It’s in friends show up and I will reputation as part of the who was always on the outbeen to a country where my nature. It’s a tough never forget that. I knew drug and partying culture side of the box looking in, you’re not greeted with industry. It requires thick when I did that, that that’s in nightclubs. to having the chance to open arms,” he said. what I wanted to do. I just “In America, it really actually go onstage and Colontonio’s most skin because you are going knew it,” he said. was a dirty word for a meet [Van Dyke] in New dynamic performance was to deal with a lot of criticism, but if you put in a lot By 2004, playing local while,” Colontonio said. York he had just signed at Poland’s The Sunrise gigs had begun to seem However, within the one of my records called Festival on July 26, 2009. of hard work, the music industry can be a very jaded. past few years Trance Modern Day Madness With about 30,000 fans fruitful thing.” Colontonio said, “Being music has skyrocketed and I was like ‘wow,’” said awaiting his sound, the

By Danielle Fox (‘13)

Eastside Entertainment Editor

a local DJ, you’re playing gigs here and there every weekend, and to be honest it got old for me because I had the musical training and I knew that I could really apply myself more with music and getting involved with making it.” He continued, “I knew it would require a lot of hard work. I put in ridiculous hours in my studio, ten

For 2012, Colontonio has new beats, music and artists in store:

from its underground stance and can be heard along mainstream lines worldwide. “Trance captured me because of the chord structures and the melodies which evoke a certain feeling that you either get or you don’t. A lot of people hear it and they think ‘Oh this is bleh bleh bleepy whatever I don’t get it,’ but

Colontonio. However, he saw his record as a Trance DJ validated once Armin Van Buuren, another off-the charts ranked DJ, featured two of Colontonio s songs on his hit radio show “A State of Trance,” a station with over 70 million listeners. Colontonio said, “It is a great feeling to have a

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3bBqBUN5Z0 Check out these http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7Jlcadz9hI Tom has started a new project called Thomas featured clips of DJ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afH49VZ-lg8&fea Colontonio, which will feature more maintstream ture=related accessible music, featuring rock vocalist Dave Vroman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V92AfNZwif4&feaTom Colontonio: and singer CiBon. ture=related


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2011 sees the fewest movie tickets sold since 1995 By Prashasti Awadhiya (‘12) Eastside News/Features Editor

When going to the movies, there are so many things to consider: the ride there and back, with whom you are going, which movie you want to see, the time of the movie and the snacks you want to buy. You do not, however, plan for the small things which are usually inherently considered, such as the price of the ticket. According to a survey conducted by time.com, the average movie ticket price crossed the eight-dollar mark for the first time ever in 2011. This increase has had an adverse effect on the ticket revenues, as they decreased 4.5 percent from East the revenues of 2010. Movie ticket sales have reached an alltime low since 1995. But, in the past year, there has actually been a decrease in the number of people who have gone out to the cinema to watch movies

not only nationally, but also locally. In a survey of 208 students from East, 50 percent of students go to

About 39 percent of East students wait until the DVD version of a movie is released to watch it.

that due to sources such as Netflix, Hulu and On-Demand, people do not need to go to the movies. With such a variety of sources to watch movies, the cinema is just another option, albeit one that takes time and effort. When allowed to pick multiple options, of the 86 percent of East students that either stream movies or download movies online, 34 percent do so to avoid the cost of a movie ticket, 30 percent would rather watch the movie at home than go to the theatre and 36 percent just simply do not have the time to go to the theatre. Diana Li (‘12)/ Eastside Art Director East’s survey results follow the declining trend students stream movies online instead of making the trip to the local theater. in the attendance of the movies to watch the newest While 59 percent of East stumovie theaters across the nation. films every few months. dents stream movies that they with the growing popularity of In this current day and age, peowant to watch online, 26 percent streaming movies online, it seems ple now have the option to watch download the pirated movie that people really do have the cinethe newest released movies virtualinstead. ma world in the palm of their ly wherever they want. Mikey Simunek (‘13) believes hands.

Oscar cannot grouch about the Oscars anymore By Juliet Brooks (‘13) Eastside News/Features Editor

The Academy Awards, famous for the shining golden men given out to award winners and affectionately nicknamed “the Oscars,” has been picking the “best of” the film industry each year for 84 years and counting. However, the uncanny ability of Las Vegas betting pools and anyone else who cares to try to accurately predict the outcome of the Academy Awards ceremony has led some to call the entire ceremony too predictable. Peter Schlessel, director and Academy Award member, says that there is a reason for this predictability. “I think it’s predictable in that you’ve already seen the winners of SAG [Screen Actor’s Guild] and DGA [Director’s Guild of America] awards and Golden Globe awards, so you’ve seen all these academies and award shows and winners,”

said Schlessel, who has been a member for ten years. Schlessel added, “Prior to this ceremony[it was] an interesting year because it seems to be two or three movies that are going to get most of the attention and I think the movies that are getting the attention are surprising... 1. There [were] a lot of first time nominations and it’s a year where a lot of people haven’t seen the movies.” In order to get to the top nominations, these movies must garner some attention from the 6,100 members of the Academy. In order for a movie in the “Best Picture” category which all Academy members vote on to be considered a top nominee, it must get at least five percent of the Academy’s vote. Voters go through two rounds of balloting. First, voters nominate films or actors within

their specific categories. For instance, an actor voting in the Academy can only vote on “Best Actor,” while a member of the executive branch like Schlessel can only vote on the “Best Picture,” or best overall film. Everyone

nationally reco g n i z e d accounting f i r m counts t h e ballots.

Oscarworthy Facts:

Julie Siegel, a writer and fellow Academy member, some production companies choose not to send out certain films at all. Companies pick their top films and send either the films themselves or theater tickets to Academy voters. Although there

The individual with the most Oscar wins is Walt Disney, with 26. Disney was also have nominated for a record of 48 Academy Awards. b e e n 2. The most common occupation for an Oscar-nominated character is allegations that voters do an English monarch. not watch all of 3. In 1969 there was a tie for Best Actress; the two winvotes the movies, ning ladies were Barbara Streisand for Funny Girl on “Best Schlessel said, “I think and Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Picture.” In most people who vote Winter. the second take it very seriously and round, ballots 4. Meryl Streep has the record for the most there are certain cateare sent out gories of movies that you total acting nominations, with 17. with the top have to actually sign a 5. The only Academy Award winner named five nomistatement that you’ve Oscar was songwriter Oscar Hammerstein. nees in each 6. At a 1999 auction, Michael Jackson paid $1.5 seen every movie in category order to vote for it.” except for million for the Best Picture statuette for Gone With For instance, votthe Wind. “ B e s t ers cannot vote on The firm is short films or forsworn to secrecy, and eign films until Picture” even Academy executives they have seen all and voters check the are not allowed to know the nominees. In fact, in box of the nomination the results of the ballot. order to even get the short they most prefer. Voters have to have seen film or foreign film ballot, After the ballots the movies, so movie provoters have to write to the are sent in again, a duction companies send Academy to say that out their movies, starting they’ve seen all of the films sometime in early in the theater. fall and ending All Academy voters in mid to late must be personally invited January. into the Academy in fact, Schlessel one of the surest ways to said, “Most of get into the Academy is to the movies win an Oscar. come in some“[Every] year they ask where in early new people to come in. If December you’ve been nominated for [because] they an Academy Award, more want people to than likely you will be a take these voting member every DVDs on vacayear,” said East faculty tion with member Mr. Charlie them.” Musumeci, who votes for T h e the Screen Actors Guild Academy itself Award. does not send While some people conout any sider the Oscars a premovies; this is dictable sell-out, the up to the proamount of time and secrecy duction comput into the awards cerepanies, who mony points to another, get lists of regless interesting option: perPhoto illustration by Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor istered voters. haps the system is actually Oscar paraphernalia tied up in red tape, just like its rigid selection system. According to that good.


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New year reinvents old princesses with new faces By Juliet Brooks (‘13)

have a very Alice in Wonderland (2010) feel. The queen’s one-liners are dispersed throughout the trailThe tale as old as time hit the er in little packages of half-smile big screen yet again, this time humor. The queen and Snow with an extra dimension, on White share the same love interJanuary 13, 2012. But Beauty and est, though for different reasons, the Beast 3D is only the latest in a nd the fighting that takes place in line of classics to be retouched and the trailer is as much comic relief re-released in theaters around the as earnest battle-lust. country. First came Toy Story The trailer for Snow White and (1995) and Toy Story 2 (1999), folthe Huntsman, starring Kristen lowed by The Lion King (1994). Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, Disney also plans to re-release sets the movie’s release sometime The Little Mermaid (1989) in 3D. in the summer of 2012. This And now Hollywood is taking movie has a very different feel to Disney’s creations one step furit than Mirror, Mirror, with a ther, with a remake of Disney’s trailer full of blood, fighting and Beauty and the Beast (1991) starravens. Snow White and the ring Emma Watson. The film’s Huntsman features a sworddirector Guillermo del Toro’s repuwielding Stewart and a life-sucktation ensures that the film will ing Queen Ravenna (Charlize have a darker spin than the Theron), who likes the fact that already less-than-lighthearted people are dying for her. Snow classic in which the lovers meet White in this movie is a self-suffibecause the Beast is holding cient exile whose would-be-killer Belle’s father prisoner. turned savior helps her overcome Two Snow White (1937) spinobstacles as she works to defeat a offs will come out in 2012. Both tyrant queen who most definitely films develop the male protagonist would never say “blah, blah, far more than the Disney original. blah.” Ever. The early Disney princesses’ The two movies have such difprinces had five-minute cameos, ferent tones that even though and only after Sleeping Beauty in they share a common starting 1959 did The Little Mermaid’s point, the end products will have Eric develop a personality beyond entirely separate merits. “brave and handsome.” In the The movie industry is backPhoto illustration by Hailey Edelstein (‘12)/ Eastside Editor-in-Chief original Disney film Snow White, Animated Disney characters come to life in modern upcoming movies. tracking, but that is not necessarithe prince does not even have a ly a bad thing; the fresh faces that name. partying in colorful clothing while skin white as snow, she never goes directors are putting on all of these Mirror, Mirror (2012), which a somber-sounding man announces outside.” remakes will add new dimensions was released March 16, has a that she has “skin white as snow.” Though directed by Tarsem to the stories the movies tell humorous bend that takes it in a The trailer promptly cuts to the Singh, the costumes and set design either figuratively or literally. Eastside News/Features Editor

very different direction than the Disney original. The trailer opens with Snow White (Lily Collins)

evil queen (Julia Roberts), who says loudly over the commentator, “Blah, blah, blah. Of course she has


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Domo Origato, John Talabot-O! Spanish dance music pioneer delivers on cerebral new album, fin By Zach Kasdin (‘14) For Eastside

Spanish producer John Talabot has been slowly churning out his unique take on music ever since his debut EP, My Old Shool, was released in Spring of 2009. Although he has been producing under his real name for the past few years, this is in fact his second run at the music biz. Previous to his releases as John Talabot, he worked in Barcelona as a resident DJ at a club, spinning massive club tracks and feeding the Barcelona dance scene’s “club-anthem” driven scene. After a few years doing this, Talabot, like many other DJs and producers, grew away from the buzzing synth sounds and moved to a more intricately produced and thought-out sound. This brings Talabot to his debut full-length album released this January, fin. This album really seems to frame Talabot in a place between the club scene and a more dramatic and even cinematic place. The album can be broken up pretty definitively, although not chronologically, into two different styles. The first style establishes itself with a growingly popular electronic sub-genre which could be classified as down tempo. With this, the artist creates indie-like songs which seem to be improved by their fully electronic production, blurring the line between mainstream electronic and world music. The next classification takes on a more score-like approach. Here, the electronic production is used to create such dramatic and emotional builds that can only be applied to big-cinema. This effect forces the cinematic-like tracks to lose much of their valor, seeming to simply act as filler. Luckily, these tracks do not dominate the album, adding more to the other songs than taking away from the album itself. The album’s first track, “Depak Ine” sets a semi-true tone for the entire album. At first listen, its frog croaking, crickets and spacey synths set the album up to be, on some level, a cinematic and showy collection of songs, yet on a second analysis, the song mirrors the deep thought put into the album. The

Joel Greenspan (‘13)/ Eastside Art Director

fin sounds as sweet on the dancefloor as it does in the biblioteca. title itself, “Depak Ine,” models the name of a mood-stabilizing drug; perhaps illustrated through the song’s shift from minor to major keys halfway through. Next comes one of the album s true stand-outs, “Destiny,” which features and is co-produced by Madrid-native, Pional. This song exemplifies the indie/down-tempo style of the album while staying true to Talabot’s classic swell in emotion as the track progresses. Its pleasant chord progression and beautifully harmonized vocals

make it among the most enjoyable tracks to listen to on the album. Following “Destiny” comes one of the album’s cinematic and somewhat incomplete tracks, “El Oeste.” Although it is enjoyable to listen to, it is almost as if this track serves to calm people down and then build them up for the rest of the album, starting with “Oro y Sangre.” This track is certainly one of my favorites on the album. It hits you the second it starts, beginning with a shriek, directly followed by a driving rhythm. Slowly the song

builds layers of polyrhythmic, Depeche Mode-like synths and percussion until the catchy chorus sets a nostalgic yet funky vibe. The album fully hones a focus, for the first time establishing a collection of electronic songs that push genre and even general musical boundaries with “Journeys,” featuring Ekhi. Although the vocals can sometimes seem pitchy and the track pushed to its limits, it brings the album to a focal point on which it seems to build for the rest of the journey, thus, “Journeys.” “Missing You” and “Last Land” capitalize on this momentum. While “Missing You” employs airy synths and a driving rhythm, “Last Land” takes you to a whole new world, using many Middle Eastern chord progressions and world beats from varying regions a sitar-like synth and distinctive latin triangle patterns among the many examples. The momentum even carries further with “When the Past Was Present.” This track is, for all intents and purposes, a disco track at its most modernized. With “four (kicks) on the floor,” saw-stylesynths and soulfully looped vocals driving the song along, Talabot finds a way to incorporate yet another electronic sub-genre into his album; another genre boundary broken by the album as a whole. Although the “finale” track for the album, “So Will Be Now” takes a slower, more restrained rhythm than some of the previous tracks, it does a wonderful job of concluding the album. Pional’s soulful vocals add to the lead synths in the background and the bouncy bass line which make the track shine. The closing climax of the track provides a wonderful emotional swell of buzzing, spacious synths which Talabot does so well. This fully evokes a sense of finishing, or fin. Even though the album does not really take on a linear train of obvious thought, consistency never a necessary trait of an album, the songs by themselves shine brightly. fin certainly stands as a great first album for John Talabot and a definite progression in the constantly reforming world of electronic music as a whole. Album Rating: 8/10

Dr. Dog has a ruff time filling the Void on new album By Nick Mitchell (‘13) Eastside Staff

Dr. Dog is a fun and charismatic band. The most lovable thing about them is that they seem to really enjoy making music. Hailing from Philadelphia, the band consists of Toby Leaman, Scott McMicken, Frank McElroy, Zach Miller and new drummer, Eric Slick. Leaman and McMicken, by the way, share the vocal load, choking out whatever lyrics they can think of. The band is also known for loud, entertaining concerts, which in some cases, can make up for the music itself. These positive attributes do not, however, save them from a disappointing album, Be the Void. Psychedelic rock from the 1960s has always been a major influence on Dr. Dog music, but this can become extremely repetitive, until it eventually becomes an itchy annoyance. Some of the songs on Void are actually pretty good, like “How Long Must I Wait”where the clear ungarbled vocals and oriental-sounding guitar-

picking help create a bit of variation, which is something this band so desperately needs. If one was a first time listener of Be the Void, he or she might think that it is a decent album: the hooks and melodies are catchy enough and the lyrics can be quite clever at times. But, for those who have lent their ears to Dr. Dog for years, it becomes a droll mirror of previous albums. Album opener “Lonesome,” an absolutely irritating track, displays a cheap and simplistic rhythm and comes off like a flatfooted southern-rock version of “I Want Candy.” Other songs such as “Vampire,” “Do the Trick” and “Big Girl” follow its lead, rendering the album a monotonous mess. The same guitar rhythms, the same structure, the same lyrics and the same unwillingness to adventure into other musical styles keep Dr. Dog leashed to a Joel Greenspan (‘13)/ Eastside Art Director career of neverending repetition. These jaunty Philly rockers find themselves in the dog house.


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Courtesy of Brett Netson

Brett Netson’s new album, Simple Work For the Dead, speaks out against many of the issues the United By Jack Braunstein (‘13) in response to the growing corpowas really talking about stuff. Eastside Undergrround Editor rate presence in the field of creThat’s [cussed] up.” ative expression. Instead of sitting idly while the Netson grew up in the greater “The rape of independent arts world came crashing down at his Boise area, not exactly the crossculture is one of the most disgustfeet, Netson decided to take whatroads of the world. Nonetheless, he ing things I’ve ever seen in my lifeever action he could, adopting a life experienced plenty by way of cretime,” said Netson. “There’s just a of activism and making political ative expression, spending his time string of barbaric infantile satire videos on the Internet, and in the scenic wilderness of the masochism that is in human culhosting a local radio show called American Northwest and playing a ture that keeps, again and again, High, Wild and Free all for the key role in the burgeoning punk destroying everything that’s good.” sake of, in his words, “keeping peorock scene. The music itself conveys a more ple talking.” “I’m just lucky,” said Netson. unified theme than most of the gui“It’s taken a lot of anger and “Lucky to have grown up in an outtarist’s previous output, but feelings of impotent rage for me to door-sy part of the country, to have Netson did not just sit down with realize that, at this point, if everybeen able to grow up spending a lot an acoustic guitar one day and one did the least they could, things of time in nature, as well as to write a group of preachy protest would be a hundred times better. enjoy a lot of that hardcore subversongs. Instead, Doing the best sive culture around to see it all go he pulls togethwe can means down.” er demos from leading an Netson joined forces with the the past ten examined life two other founding members of years into both and practicing Built To Spill in 1992, going on to a deeply percritical thinking release a slew of critically sonal narrative and not believacclaimed albums and carve themand more wideing in romantic selves a position in the canon of scoped look at ideas about who indie rock. the socio-politiwe are and “It’s a pretty ideal situation cal turmoil of where we ve where I can play for a significant the ‘00s. come from and amount of people but I don’t have “The record where we need to be famous,” said Netson of the is supposed to to go.” success of Built To Spill. be going As for the Netson entered 2012 with his beyond real life present, howevfirst solo album, Simple Work For everyday stuff, er, Netson finds the Dead, opting to release it under getting into himself identifyhis own name rather than with his more nonverbal realms, not just ing with the Occupy protests, a other highly regarded Idaho rock babbling and bloviating. The grassroots movement that broke incarnation, Caustic Resin, for record is designed to be an answer out on Wall Street in New York simplicity’s sake. to that. To be something where you City and spread like wildfire over “It was kind of awkward to use can really get in there and feel the entire globe through social my real name, but I don’t think the alone.” media. world needs another [cussing] According to Netson, the coun“Finally there’s a movement band name. And part of the whole try went in a cultural tailspin after which has framed the argument. project was to eliminate noise the terrorist attacks of September Saying ‘this is the argument we’re mental noise and narcissistic 11, 2001. having.’ As opposed to people on noise and advertising noise.” “There was such a totalitarian, TV saying here’s the argument Netson released Simple Work authoritative, fascistic lockdown we’re having,’ which is wrong,” he For the Dead on a small west coast on the media and everything, and said, placing blame on both Fox label with sporadic solo concerts there was a long time when nobody News and more liberal networks

“It’s a matter of the national conversation. The conversation has to be started from a place that establishes the uncompromising position before the debate even starts.”

States has faced since 2001. like MSNBC and CNN. “It’s a matter of the national conversation. The conversation has to be started from a place that establishes the uncompromising position before the debate even starts,” he said. Aside from the beauty of what Netson refers to as “a movement on the offense,” the Occupiers bring something else revolutionary to the face of global protest. “I was young, I saw a little bit of the late ‘80s punk rock movements, and there was a coolness to it, a sort of self-congratulatory aesthetic. The opposition felt like they owned the opposition and it was all leather jackets, there was an aesthetic to it. And now you have Occupy Wall Street, which has no aesthetic to it at all, which is probably the most subversive thing about it in this day and age of aggressive brand management and marketing,” he said. A committed anarchist, Netson often expresses his disdain for the American government, but he realizes that while it remains in place, the people need to learn how to make it work. “A president has to understand that we will have his back if he were to do something controversial. It really bothers me that people haven’t gotten that idea: they’re not leaders, they’re representatives. We have a responsibility to tell them what to do.” In Netson’s eyes, this responsibilty extends beyond direct political action, and into the realm of daily interaction. “Compassionately, as a brother’s keeper, keep educating people. I think that’s what people have to do: gently educate each other. We have a lot to learn.”


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The Community Voice Edition Stop lying to me on Facebook!!! Laya Ohna (‘15): I just don’t get it: why does everyone keep lying to me?! I understand how some people can be deceitful in the real-world, but why do they have to be like that on the Internet? People keep commenting on my photos saying that I'm pretty, but I'm not at all! Every day I get home from school, I check my Facebook notifications and see that tons of people are commenting on my photos. They all try to lie to me, saying I’m pretty, but, like, seriously I just don't get that. Why are people, like, so fake sometimes?! I think that they should stop lying so much and just tell me the truth: I’m ugly! But no, unfortunately no one is like that in my world. If they could just feel bad for me for once and understand the pain of my ugliness, then maybe I could find purpose through my constant uploading of pictures. Does anyone not see how bad I have it? I mean, I upload several pictures every day, but still, no one ever makes an effort to pity me or comfort me on my problems; just the opposite, in fact. My supposed "friends" want to lie right to my face and tell me some nonsense about how beautiful and sweet I am. But in all honesty, I’m really not either of those things! In fact, yesterday I managed to drive my parents to complete insanity after I stormed out of my house yelling at them for ruining my life. I’m just not a very wait, hold that thought, I just received another notification. OMG! Matti Pomerantz just commented on my baby photo! He said, “Hey Laya, looking pretty chubby there!” Finally someone understands me! Still, as for those other comments about “my elegance,” and my “sheer beauty,” I will be deleting them to keep anyone else from seeing these blatant lies! Ugghh, I guess this world is just too cruel sometimes. Art by Zoe Greenhall (‘13)/ Eastside Staff Story by Kobi Malamud (‘12)/ Eastside Radio Manager

Looking for love in the wrong places

So, um, people say that I fall for guys too easily. But, like gosh, you try not falling in love with someone whose eyes are like the ocean and has abs that look like they were chiseled by Michelangelo. People say I’ll have my heart broken if I fall in love so quickly with every guy I meet, but they’re all wrong. The other day in Calc, I was doing a derivative or whatever, and then out of nowhere, I saw the quarterback of the football team looking right at me when I turned around to talk to a friend. I know he was looking right at me because I sit in the front of the classroom, and nothing important is in front of me besides the whiteboard and the teacher, who was speaking at that moment. I immediately imagined our life together three kids, a beachfront retirement home and a nice porch where I could text my BFFs and listen to his stories of when he played in the NFL. Then, he raised his hand his beautiful, perfect hand. He asked, “Is that a two or a three?” He was looking at the board. My heart, like, literally split in two. My life had no meaning anymore. My love life with my soulmate was reduced to whether or not the number on the board was actually a two or a three! How could he? I told him it was a two, even though it was really a three, just to spite the traitor. To care more about learning than his girl? Who does he think he is! But maybe I was just looking at the wrong guy; the boy to my left was staring at me, but, like, not in a creepy way. It almost looked like he was drooling, but that must have just been the sun reflecting off of his deep blue eyes What? You try not falling in love with someone with eyes like the deep blue sea and abs that look like they were chiseled by Donatello. I don’t care what people say, my heart is as strong as ever I think this boy might be the Story by Zack Becker (‘13)/ Eastside Staff one. Art by Prashasti Awadhiya (‘12)/ Eastside News/Features Editor

Michael Bay tabbed to produce East’s theater rendition of “Mary Poppins.”

Some students still not sure if stories in humor section are “real.”

Eastside creates “Clique here” issue; unpopular girls disappointed.

East’s best standup comedian to audience: “What’s the deal with cafeteria food?”

Substitute teacher ignores lesson plans, assigns essay.

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The Bowler: spare some love for the bowling team By John Smith (‘13) For Eastside

My name is John Smith (‘13) and I am Cherry Hill East’s star bowler. Before you even ask, yes, Cherry Hill East actually has a bowling team. Yes, bowling is a real sport (check the Olympic conference standings). More importantly, I am here to inform you that bowling is the most exciting sport played by Cherry Hill East students. Yesterday, at our match against Cherokee High School for the Olympic Conference championship, the match was tied heading into the final frame and my spot. I needed to hit a spare for the win. I knocked down eight pins on my first attempt. However, the pins were far apart, what we call a split. Ultimately, I had to knock down both or else I would let the whole t e a m down. Well, I did it. The ball grazed the pin on the right and curved to knock down the pin on the left. Everyone there went nuts in celebration. Then, I looked around. It was only my teammates and my mom. Where was everyone else for the most exciting moment in East sports history? It turns out, everyone else

went to the boys’ basketball regular season game against Villagetown High School. Basketball? Are you kidding me? I just won the Olympic Conference championship, and kids want to watch a basketball game? Against Villagetown? What’s that? Bowling requires strategy and expertise that basketball simply does not require. I know for a fact that anyone can run around a court and place a ball into a hoop. Let’s get some of those “athletes” on the big bad bowling lanes of Cherry Hill and we can see if they can even knock down three pins. I am completely and honestly insulted that students at East chose to watch the basketball team over my championship bowling team. Who wouldn’t want to see me roll a ball down a lane to knock over pins! The suspense is so painful. You have to wait as the ball slowly, ever so slowly, makes its way down the lane to touch the pin! And it’s such a surprisi n g sport. Sometimes the ball does not knock down all the pins; it could take a turn for the worse and just miss all of them. Or maybe, if you are lucky, the ball will look like it cannot knock down all the pins and then it does! If everyone came to a bowling match, maybe they could see something exciting, like that.

Story by Max Cohen (‘12)/ Eastside Editor-inChief Photo by Bryan Sheehan (‘13)/ Eastside Humor Editor


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March 2012

The Community Voice Edition

Late passer to world: I am on time By Robert Leighton (‘13) For Eastside

This morning was just like all of the others; I woke up, I got out of bed only to row across my lava-filled bedroom, maneuver into my shark-infested bathtub and get dressed for school after fighting off the troll that guards my underwear drawer. Of course, all of these trials caused me to miss my bus again. I guess I’ll have to walk, I thought to myself as I ferociously patted down my burning toaster, saving my kitchen from being scorched (for the third time this month). I stepped outside and began my daily journey to school. Today was not as bad as usual. There were a few car accidents I had to navigate around, but anything is better than the traffic pattern mirroring the final level of Frogger that I usually trek through. Finally, the school was in sight, and somehow it was only 7:58. I still had two minutes before I could be marked late! All of a sudden, an enormous meteor struck the ground in front of me, sending me flipping through the air all the way back to my front porch. Great. Just what I needed. And worst of all, when I finally got back to school, all evidence of the asteroid was gone surely someone had to have seen it. And to make things worse, a wild bear came by and ripped my homework from my hands, so of course I had to try to get it. But, alas the bear ran away, leaving me with what looked like a portion of unfinished homework. I walked into the attendance office and not one second passed before all of the secretaries shot me dirty looks. Clearly, I was not well-liked in this department. I saw a drawer marked “Excuses” with my name on it, so I thought twice about what I wrote this time around. But really, lava, sharks, a troll, traffic and a meteor strike do not sound that far-fetched, do they? “Overslept” seems believable, right? Photo by Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor Story by Zack Becker (‘13)/ Eastside Staff

The life and times of the East custodian

Brittany Galloway (‘12)/ Eastside Staff

A custodian’s job is filled with adventure. From the average toothbrush to a lost homework assignment on A Tale of Two Cities, all of it lands in the custodian’s hands. To read the full story, please click here.

Cherry Hill bus driver: show up on time By Billy Joe Cherry Hill School District Bus Driver

My name is Billy Joe, and I am a bus driver here in the Cherry Hill School District. After my plumbing career went down the drain (no pun intended), I began driving these old, yellow hunks of metal and have been doing so for over ten years now. Although there are those times when I enjoy the leisurely career I have chosen, there are other times in which I wish I had stuck to my plunging days. Every morning and every afternoon, I’m stuck dealing with those snot-nosed brats. I am sometimes ready to pull my hair out. Constantly yelling profanities, blasting that loud club music and vandalizing my bus, those hooligans always somehow manage to ruin my peace of mind. I cannot understand what is so difficult about my request for politeness for a mere twenty minutes each day, before and after school! Still, what really grinds my gears the most is when the kids come late to the bus stop. I am sick and tired of waiting around for those lazy children! When I say 6:15, I mean 6:15! No, not 6:17, or even 6:16, but 6:15 on the dot! I have in

fact received calls from the brats’ parents demanding to know why their little Johnny and Suzy were not able to make the bus because it apparently departs too early. But you know what? If I’m departing at the correct time, then that’s their fault! I feel no pity watching them run for the bus as I leave. I actually make a sport out of it! How fast can I pull away as the kid tries to catch the bus? Hey, I’m just preparing them for the real world. If you are early, you are on time. If you are on time, you are late. So, sorry, buster, but you’ve got to walk to school. Taking the bus is a PRIVILEGE, not a right. If they cannot show up on time, then sorry, kids, the sidewalk is for those underachievers who can’t show up on time. I have talked with the school principals already, and trust me, they were of no help either. Most of the faculty are under the impression that their students are angels and precious gifts; but not me, I will not be fooled. These little devils get away with too much, and I say that it’s time for them to finally get the discipline they truly deserve! If not, then you can say goodbye, because Billy Joe is calling it quits! And I m not leaving easily either; the bus is coming with me. Take that, kids!

Photo Illustration by Hailey Edelstein (‘12)/ Eastside Editor-in-Chief

Billy Joe believes that if you show up late to the bus stop, you do not have the right to ride his bus, which he has affectionately named Betsey. Story by Kobi Malamud (‘12)/ Eastside Radio Manager


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Students gallop for fun and competition By Kaylin Magosin (‘14) Eastside Editorial Assistant

Normally, what comes to mind when the word “sport” is mentioned is basketball, soccer, football or other popular sports. One sport often overlooked by the general population is horseback riding, which can be done for recreation or competition. At East, several students participate in horseback riding. One student who participates in this sport is Amy Robertson (‘13). Robertson began riding when she was about 11 years old and now rides every day after school. Not only does she ride for enjoyment, but Robertson competes in horse shows. Robertson is on what she calls a “work and ride release,” where she works three days at the farm in order to pay for the horse she rides. “Basically, it’s my horse as long as I work,” Robertson said. Robertson must put in many hours of care for her horse, Harley. She is the only one who takes care of him and the only one who rides him. A typical afternoon consists of going to the farm in Lumberton right after school, where Robertson must “tack up” her horse. This means she needs to get all of the

equipment out, such as the saddle and bridle. Then she goes out for a ride, which can last between twenty minutes and one hour. Once a week she meets with a trainer to go over specific skills, such as jumps, which she can use in competitions. Robertson attends horse shows usually held on weekends. To prepare for a show, she not only prepare herself for the ride, but she also prepares the horse. She goes after school on Fridays to the farm, where she will ride first and then prepare her horse. She clips her horse’s ears and muzzle, gives the horse a spot wash and braids the mane and sometimes the tail (if it is a higher-ranked show). She also has to pack a trailer, because the shows she competes in are held throughout New Jersey. She and the other twenty girls in the riding program also attend a professional horse show in Florida where they help out rather than compete in the show. When Robertson competes in shows, she rides her horse and jumps in her routine. The judges score riders on how well the horse is controlled by the rider, how the rider looks on the horse and the movement of the horse. Robertson said, “There are dif-

ferent jumping classes where you jump different heights, different courses, and the tricky part about the jumping is memorizing the courses and the strides that each horse has to take in between the lines.” There are other students at East who ride horses regularly, but mainly for fun, not competition. Madyson Helfrich (‘15) has been riding since she was seven years old for fun. When Helfrich goes to the farm, she talks with her instructor, and then readies her horse by brushing him, cleaning out its hooves and sometimes brushing its mane. Helfrich rides English style as opposed to Western. She noted some major differences in each style such as the saddle, hand placement and the way the horse walks. To steer the horse, Helfrich said, “You use your legs or thighs to direct the horse and [your] shoulders.” Helfrich said that she does not compete, but would if she had her own horse. A goal for her in the future is to live on a farm and thus own a horse to compete with. Helfrich rode a horse named Dude for eight years, but he recently passed away. She and

Dude had a very strong bond. “He would recognize me by my voice I would let go [of the reins when walking around with him] and he would still follow me,” she said. Another East student who horseback rides is Mackenzie Hammond (‘13). Hammond rides once a week in Shamong in a group lesson composed of five or six people with a trainer. She has been riding since age nine. Hammond said that she used to compete, but stopped after her horse passed away three years ago. Since then, she “hasn’t found a horse [she] is able to show.” Hammond’s riding benefits her, but it also benefits beginner riders, as she trains the horse so that the new riders feel more comfortable. For example, she teaches the horse to adjust to jumping with a person on its back. “[Horses] sense feelings very well,” she said. The interaction between the horse and Hammond depends on trust. Horseback riding is very relaxing, and Hammond said that when she rides, she forgets about all of her troubles. Whether competing or just horseback riding for fun, clearly it is a rewarding sport.

Diana Li (‘12)/ Eastside Art Director


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East is no rookie when it comes to chess

Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor

Scott Dombro (‘12) ponders his next move over the chess board. 330s in the nation for his age By Greg Frank (‘13) and Connor group, Tan is ranked 31st in the Milligan (‘13) nation for 16-year-old chess comEastside Staff petitors. Dombro also attributed a lot of his success to the time and study The Cherry Hill East chess he puts into making himself the team is coming off one of its best best player he can be. years yet. With a 5-3-1 Varsity Mike Hwang (‘13) is another regular season record, Coach Mr. key player on this year’s team. Gregory Rouen led the charge Hwang started to get involved from start to finish as the team with chess later than Dombro did, continued to rack up victory after as Hwang began playing during victory. While some do not think the summer in between his sixth of chess as a sport, Rouen and his and seventh grade years. players tend to think otherwise as “I learned how to play chess they believe that the amount of from Dan Herman,” said Hwang. thinking that goes into chess Herman is the coach of the equally matches that required in Cherry Hill West chess team and other sports. during that summer in which Rouen thinks that the strategic Hwang began to play, Herman and tactical aspects of the game was teaching chess classes at the are what inspired the recent sucCherry Hill Public Library which cess. Hwang attended. In chess, a var“It gives them a chance to show sity match is composed of five off their intellectual skills,” said boards. Hwang was the board five Rouen, who went on to say that starter in his freshman year, Captain Scott Dombro (‘12) has moved up to board four his sophobeen his strongest player throughmore year and this season is the out the duration of the season. board two starter, second to only Dombro began playing chess in Dombro. the first grade after he was taught However, Hwang and Dombro by his dad. He continued to play have gotten some help along the in after-school clubs throughout way. elementary and middle school. “We have two freshmen that are Regarding the toughest aspect outstanding, Ed Shu and Rui of the game, Dombro said, “It’s a Zhang. They look to be really challenge trying to make all the good,” said Rouen. moves. You have to see how to While there have been some play them right. It’s all about great individual efforts, Rouen thinking and tactics.” stresses the team aspect of the Earlier in the month, Dombro sport. defeated his rival, Lenape junior “We have a bunch of kids that Mac Tan, in the state finals tourget along very well. There’s a lot nament. According to the United of cohesiveness and everyone States Chess Federation (USCF), helps each other,” Rouen said. Tan has a 2078 rating, which Hopefully, Hwang, Shu, Zhang makes Tan a “candidate master.” and the rest of next year’s squad Dombro said it means “[Tan is] can continue the success that really, really good.” Dombro leaves behind. While Dombro ranks in the Chess pieces art by Diana Li(‘12)/ Eastside Art Director Chess board art by Jake Fischer (‘12)/ Eastside Sports Editor


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Head Coach: Mr. Karl Moehlmann Last Season’s Record: 18-6 Key Players: Evan Smith (‘12), Andrew Qian (‘12), Dave Shull (‘12), Josh Grinsberg (‘12), Jake Maggioncalda (‘12), Nick Divito (‘13) Austin Billig (‘13), Liam McIntyre (‘13) Coach’s quote

Boys’ Track Head Coach: Mr. Anthony Maniscalco Last Season’s Record: 4-2 Key Players: Alex Reber (‘12), Brad Krell (‘12), Marcus Phillips (‘12), Joe Pelligrino (‘12), Johnnie Jackson (‘12), Dan Hagedorney ( 12), DJ Rodriguez ( 12), Kevin Barry (‘13), Jared Dashevesky (‘14), Ben Dillon (‘14) Coach’s quote

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Girls’ Track Head Coach: Mr. Lee Troutman Last Season’s Record: 0-5 Key Players: Distance - Alexa Nichols (‘13), Maddy Berman (‘14) Sprinting - Syde Orange (‘12), Jess McIntosh (‘13), Lauren Miller (‘13), Brandi Cragh(‘14) High Jump - Christine Goins (‘12), Chelsea Campbell, (‘14), Christina Stanley (‘14) Coach’s quote

Head Coach: Mr. Charles Musumeci Last Season’s: 3-15 Key Players: Gaby Whiteley (‘12), Kristine DiGuglielmo (‘12), Rachel Viggiano (‘12), Allison Wigand (‘12), Lindsey Savar (‘13), Becca Froyd (‘13), Emily Schaffer (‘13), Casey Clark (‘14), Alex Piepher (‘13), Michelle Sachais (‘14), Megan Martin (‘14) Coach’s quote Evan Smith (‘12)

Gaby Whiteley (‘12) and Kristine DiGuglielmo (‘12)

Head Coach: Mr. Ryan James Last Season’s Record: 6-12 Key Players: Vincent Kwon (‘12), Tyler Berlinsky (‘12), David Friedman (‘12), Ross Bryan (‘12), Eric Park (‘14) Coach’s quote

Vincent Kwon (‘12)

Boys’ Lacrosse Head Coach: Erick Wood Last Season s Record: 6-10 Key Players: Matt Lee (‘12), Eric Anderson (‘12), Marc Rothman ( 12), Jared Hand (‘12), Colin Roualet (‘12), Sam Kotler (‘13), Brett Roseman (‘13), Mason Stevens (‘13), Brandon Stern ( 15), Greg Weinstock (‘13) Coach’s quote Girls’ Lacrosse Head Coach: Ms. Katie Boyle Last Season’s Record: 9-7 Key Players: Becca Taub (‘12), Lindsey DuBoff ( 12), Natalie DeLuca (‘12), Alex Hartey (‘12), Caitlin Delaney (‘13) Becca Taub (‘12) Coach’s quote

Head Coach: Mr. Greg DeWolf Last Season’s Record: 12-7 Key Players: Jordan Elmowitz (‘12), CJ Smith (‘12), Leo Kopp (‘12), Kevin Shin (‘12), Hank Davis (‘13) Coach’s quote

Art by Diana Li (‘12)/Eastside Art Director Photos by Mia Holley (‘12) and Kevin Yoo (‘12)/Eastside Photo Editors Information compiled by Jake Fischer (‘12) and Emmy Silverman (‘13)/Eastside Sports Editors

Head Coach: Mr. Erik Radbill Last Season’s: Key Players: Jesse Gold ( 12), Kurt Taylor ( 12), Rob Taylor ( 12), Zach Ianarelli ( 12), Kevin Wu ( 12), Alex Dimpter ( 13) Coach’s quote Alex Dimpter (‘13)


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Jesse Gold (‘12) shoots over two defenders.

March 2012

Seniors lead the Countrymen from the Hank Davis (‘13) splits defenders for a lay-up. front row.

Cougar Basketball 2011-2012 For the first time in school history, the boys ’ basketball team advanced to the South Jersey Group IV Finals. With the help of the Countrymen, the team ’ s “ sixth man, ” the boys put up a great fight against Atlantic City High School. Jake Gurkin (‘12) looks to drive to the basket.

Jake Silpe (‘15) attacks the basket.

East faithful cheer on their team before the game.

Marc Schlessel (‘12) cuts through the defense.

Players stand in line as Gaby Chapman (‘13) sings the National Anthem.

Countrymen show their Cougar spirit, covered in red.

Jake Silpe (‘15) and Tyler Berlinsky (‘12) get excited for the game.

Taj Frazier (‘12) leads the team in its pregame ritual.

Countrymen celebrate a basket. East students show up as a force to be the “sixth man”.

Marc Schlessel (‘12) looks to score.

Photos by Rebecca Mulberg (‘12)/ Eastside Video Director and Kevin Yoo (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor Layout by Gabrielle Kains (‘12)/ Eastside Managing Editor

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