Vol. 45 No. 1
Cherry Hill High School East: 1750 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Art and photos by Avra Bossov (‘11)/ Eastside Editor-in-Chief
It’s Friday Night! Live From Cherry Hill East.... Vol. 45 No. 1
Cherry Hill High School East: 1750 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
NEWS/FEATURES Page 2
New green club collects money for East ■ By Alexis Baker (‘11) Eastside Staff
A great deal has happened throughout the district since May, Jonathan all of which Silverstone will have (‘11) a direct imBoard of pact on Education every East Representative student. After the budget failed in last year’s April election, the Cherry Hill Township Council held a joint meeting with members of the Board of Education and district administration to announce an additional $2.5 million of cuts for this year. These cutbacks came from salary increases, administrative costs, Blueprint program expenditures and breakage (replacing longer tenured teachers with employees with lower salaries). The severity of lowered state aid to Cherry Hill Public Schools has left a large gap in the budget for school activities retained after the long and admirable grassroots support from the participants and their parents this spring. To close this gap and maintain funding for these programs, the Board passed a policy and procedure to assess a student fee. The fee is $80 for high school students and $70 for middle school students, with a $150 family cap. A form was distributed to all students with billing information. No participation in school activities by a student will be allowed until the student pays the fee. The deadlines for collection were the end of September for athletics and thirty days after the start date of all non-athletic extracurricular activity. Finally, at the Board of Education’s August Action Meeting, the Board ratified a three-year contract with the Cherry Hill Education Association. This agreement takes effect retroactively to July 2009 and will be valid through June 2012, concluding roughly a year and a half of negotiating. Much of the success in agreeing upon this new contract is attributed to the $6 million saved in renegotiating the district employees’ health care provider. Many of the public comments at that meeting sought to champion a referendum on the contract. However, members of the Board and other members of the public emphasized that Board members are elected to work on such matters on behalf of the entire community. If any members of the East community have questions, concerns or suggestions pertaining to any specific issues, feel free to contact me anytime throughout the year: email@example.com.
Good is important to why the club is different from other environmentally based clubs in the East community. Due to the recent budget cuts that affected student p r o grams, t h e club
At Cherry Hill East, there is a plethora of clubs that students can join, many of which are philanthropic in nature. That holds true with one of East’s newest clubs, Go Green for the Greater Good. Go Green for the Greater Good was founded by Austin Billig (‘13) and Melissa Pliskin (‘13) with the help of advisor Mrs. Susanne Casey. The point of the club is to recycle electronics for the benefit of not only the environment, but the school as well. The club collects all kinds of electronics and sends them to certain companies to be recycled. One company, Gazelle— which receives the electronics—sends money back to the group and recycles the electronics. Companies like Gazelle keep these electronics out of landfills, w h i c h helps protect the environment from further infrastructure damage, pollution and the release of Austin Billig (‘13) and Melissa methane gas into the air Pliskin (‘13), club founders. caused by landfills. The electronics donated do not intends to provide funding have to be in perfect condiwith the money received tion or even working; if the from Gazelle to sports and piece is damaged, it is still activities throughout the recycled and made into school. This unique quality energy for cities throughwas what the club was out the country. founded upon. The money sent back to Billig said, “This club Go Green for the Greater was started on the fact
that the budget cut most of the sports for students that relied on the sports for a lot of things such as a scholarship.” T h e p l a n for the 2010-
2 0 1 1 school year is an ambitious one that Billig and Pliskin hope will make quite a difference in the lives of East students. The group plans to get Go Green for the Greater Good involved in Spirit Week, making it a competi-
tion to donate as many electronics as possible. This will benefit the school financially. Aside from making the goals of the club a part of Spirit Week, the group also has a spot where students can drop off the electronic items at any point during the day. For those students who are interested in joining, there is a group on Facebook where information is posted about the club and club meetings. In the past, the club has met in rooms B232 and B233. The founders are not the only ones with such a passionate view of what this club can do. One club member, Lauren Klein (‘11) said, “Go Green for the Greater Good is a great club to teach students what we can all do to help our environment.” A s i d e from being a creative aid to the environment a n d assisti n g t h e school in funding for student p r o grams, G o Green for the Greater Good is a unique club at East. Casey said, “The ‘Go Green for the Greater Good’ club members are committed to recycling and hope to get the entire East community involved.” Recycling art by Diana Li (‘12)/ Eastside Staff Photo by Juliet Brooks (‘13)/ Eastside News/Features Editor
Logo by Danielle Hu (‘11)/ Eastside Art Director
We asked... What was your best childhood costume?
Lauren Strauss (‘12) pop-singer
The soundtrack to my life is...
“Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi
I wouldn’t be caught dead...
naked in public
What was the greatest invention? I secretly wish...
electricity If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.
Brett Vinkoff (‘14) Barney the purple dinosaur
Mr. Semus Superman
“Dizzy Up the Girl” “I Made it” by by the Goo Goo Drake Dolls in a dress
I could fly.
skydiving or bungee jumping the computer I knew how to play a musical instrument.
Mr. Holland’s Opus without my things organized the hanger If I revealed it, it wouldn’t be a secret now, would it...
NEWS/FEATURES October 2010
East girls sing in The Key of She ■ By Dan Desrochers (‘11)
another and combine their styles; this During homeroom, you required both will hear various groups practice and practicing down D-wing. g r o u p There have always been chemistry. the Madrigals, Casual “I think Harmony and the Belles of our sound East, but this year you will is very powerful, we’re not hear a new, higher set the ordinary girl’s of voices ringing out in group,” said Selima the halls: the new Ahmed (‘12). female a cappella Finally, the first group. East female a capLast spring, the East pella group was Music Department dechosen, including cided to create a female sophomore, junior a cappella group to and senior members. complement the alThe first task the ready existing male a new group had was cappella group, Casual deciding on a group Harmony. The purpose name. behind this addition Many names were was that there was no brought to the table, other after-school but The Key of She singing-only group for was chosen by most girls. members of the group. “Everyone had The girls quickly always wanted a female began performing. a cappella group,” said This summer seven Heather Hyon (‘11), a of the girls persenior member of the formed the “National Ben Taylor (‘11)/Eastside Photo Editor Anthem”—the same group, “so finally they Members of The Key of She: Top row (from left): Selima Ahmed (‘12), one they had praccreated one.” The concept was sup- Namarah McCall (‘11), Clare Gillooly (‘13) and Cat Cargen (‘11). ticed during audiMiddle row: Riley MacDonald (‘12), Seanna McCall (‘13), Sammy tions—at Cherry Hill ported by faculty. Pleat (‘12), Melanie Mendel (‘12) and Gaby Chapman (‘13). Bottom West’s “ M r s . fireworks row: Stephanie Berman (‘13), Tiara DeGuzman (‘12), Katrina Hauck show. [Laurie] (‘11) and Heather Hyon (‘11). Lausi and I The group’s next decided it their own part against for the audition. performance was on would be a other voices, strong sight After singing the songs October 18 at the Cherry good thing reading and general music as a big group, they broke Hill Public Library. to give that skills, maturity and dediinto smaller groups based “We are excited for the opportunity to cation,” said Frampton. on key. When the first tryopportunities out there for try a cappella First, all the aspiring a out was done, they had to a cappella groups,” said singing,” said cappellas had a group trysign up for a solo sesFrampton. Mrs. Heather out where Frampton sion. The solo sesOne opportunity insion required that cludes competing in the each girl memoInternational Chapter of rize a song of her High School A Cappella choice and perSinging Competition, form it in front of which the group plans to Frampton; the attend later this year. past, outgoing “It is a great opportuniCasual Harmony ty for the girls to experipresident Justin ence the excitement of the Singson (‘10); a cappella that Casual and the new Harmony enjoys so much,” Casual Harmony said Saviet. presidents, Ian Ahmed agrees. “I’m realParker (‘11) and ly excited to be the first Ethan Saviet (‘11). and set the standard for When all the hopefuture generations of Key fuls tried out, there were of She,” she said. two sets of callbacks in Listen for the Key of which 20 to 25 girls had to She: a new key that will sing together as a group. resonate through D-Wing. Girls with all different Music notes by Kevin Cook keys had to adjust to one (‘11)/ Eastside Art Director Eastside Staff
Frampton, the supervisor of the group. Frampton held rigorous tryouts towards the end of last school year. Around eighty girls auditioned for only 13 available spots. “I was looking for strong solo qualities, the ability to blend, [the ability to] hold
taught them the “National Anthem (Dixie Chick Version)” as well as the song “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap. Casual Harmony sang “Hide and Seek” last year at the spring concert, and Frampton used it and changed it to a girls’ key
Dispute over teachers’ contract comes to an end ■ By Juliet Brooks (‘13) Eastside News/Features Editor
After 17 months of negotiations, the Board of Education and the Cherry Hill Education Association signed a three-year contract for the teachers of Cherry Hill. The teachers operated all of last year without a contract. Mrs. Abbey Greenblatt, East librarian who was part of the negotiations on behalf of the Cherry Hill Education Association, said “the big problem was that we lost a lot of funding from the state.” Greenblatt and Mr. Terry Regan, a science teacher at East, worked
with the Cherry Hill Education Association to represent the teachers of Cherry Hill. The official statement on the Board of Education’s website said, “While this was a long process, both parties worked very hard to do what was right, and we look forward to working together on a host of important issues affecting our schools over the coming year.” Dr. John O’Breza, principal of Cherry Hil East, said, “The first priority of everyone is the students.” All parties expressed relief at the ratification of the contract.
What does your position entail? How do you personally plan on making this year better than any other with involving students and planning events? T h i s year, SGA is looking to continue to improve upon past events that have been Jason Warren successful (‘11) as well as SGA President attempt to start a few new ones. The biggest key to the success of these events, though, is the participation by the student body, which is always my, and the rest of SGA’s, main focus. We will do everything we can to get as many students to participate within the East community. The way we can best do that is to make sure all of the events we hold are enjoyable. Many people may not know exactly what the school’s SGA does, which presents a rift within the school. As President, I am more or less a medium to the administrators of the school. If anything needs to be brought up within the building and a student does not know how to go about the situation, the vice presidents – Matt Bogdonoff, Kenny Soll, Dan Desrochers and Adam Rosenthal – and I are here to help. We are also the coordinators of all schoolwide events. Spirit Week is always the best time of the year at East and we will attempt to make it bigger and better than ever. Our hopes are to have more students participate in the events held for Spirit Week and to liven up the pep rally. Hopefully, this will increase school spirit and ensure fun for everyone involved. The big event we already started up this year is called Friday Night Live (FNL). We have a cast that wrote sketch comedy routines similar to those performed on “Saturday Night Live.” We feel that we have many funny students at our school that will be able to entertain a crowd. The fact that it is something people have not seen before at East should help to promote this event. The first FNL is October 22. The key to this year is communication. If anybody, SGA involved or not, has any ideas or events in mind, we are open to any suggestions. The students do have a say at East, and we are just a way to communicate for the student body. Anything we can do to bridge the gap between administration and the students will be done. We are looking forward to a great year and hope that you are as well.
COMMUNITY Page 4
Secrets of Cleopatra uncovered ■ By Hannah Feinberg (‘12) Eastside Community Editor
The long-buried secrets of Egypt’s most famous ruler and one of history’s most powerful women come to light at the Franklin Institute’s Cleopatra: the Search for the Last Queen of Egypt exhibit. The exhibition, which runs until January, highlights more than 250 artifacts discovered off the coast of Alexandria that offer details of the elusive queen’s life and death. Relics of Cleopatra’s history, because of natural disasters and Roman destruction of enemy records, have until recently remained buried on the ocean floor. Leaders in modern investigations of Cleopatra, archaeologists Dr. Zahi Hawass and Franck Goddio, uncovered hundreds of valuable artifacts that offer insight into the life of the woman who courted two of history’s most powerful men. Their work is the centerpiece of the exhibit, which tells a chronological tale of Cleopatra and her Ptolemaic ancestors alongside the story of the archaeologists’ discoveries. Starting with a short documentary, the exhibit winds through several rooms of artifacts and is accompanied by an audio tour narrated by Cleopatra herself. Each room is dedicated to a different aspect of Cleopatra’s life, from her famous affairs with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony to the Egyptian celebrations of the goddess Isis. A family tree shows the lineage of the
Greek Ptolemaists, established by Alexander the Great, and Cleopatra’s place in the conqueror’s dynasty. Unlike ancient Egyptians who worshipped animalheaded gods, the Ptolemaists integrated Greek mythology into Egyptian culture to form a new religion more fitting to
the rulers’ political needs. The pieces on display defend Cleopatra as a successful ruler and strategist, rather than as the wanton seductress she is often portrayed in art and Hollywood. Recovered relics like coins, ceremonial figurines and an advanced astrological calendar give light to Egyptian culture, which emphasized celebration and lavish displays of wealth. Next to Cleopatra’s glassencased gems, her commentary tells of a quarrel with Marc Antony, in which she
famously swallowed a priceless pearl to prove she was the more liberal spender. The exhibit also highlights conflicts, both personal and political, between the Egyptian and Roman Empires, showcasing the Romans viewing Egyptian culture as hedonistic. Most impressive in the exhibit are the giant statues which once flanked the Egyptian Temple of Amon and the two wellpreserved Sphinxes, sculpted to look like Cleopatra’s father. For this exhibit, the Franklin Institute integrated social networking with a corresponding online portion. Periodically throughout the exhibit, placards indicate a safe haven for Twitter discussions, Facebook posts and flash-free cell phone photography, making the archaic information more accessible to the computer-savvy. A short animated film of the Egyptian custom explaining the ritual of mummification also brings life to the exhibit. Despite great progress towards solving the secrets of Cleopatra’s life and apparent suicide, archaeologists are still hard at work to completely unravel the remains. Like last year’s King Tut exhibit, the Cleopatra exhibit successfully showcases the unearthed mysteries of one of history’s most fascinating figures. All art by Hannah Feinberg (‘12)/ Eastside Community Editor
Township turns to sun to go green ■ By Meagan Riley (‘12) Eastside Staff
With a new year beginning at Cherry Hill High School East, observant students will probably notice a little change of scenery around the school—solar paneling. The solar panels mounted on utility poles in the East parking lot are part of a statewide plan to “go greener” by collecting solar energy. Cherry Hill Township received approximately $1.3 million in grants to supply the town with greener alternatives to traditional coal and gas energy, which includes solar panels. The majority of the funding came from the Office of Clean Energy’s CORE Rebate Program, but the Federal Department of Energy also lent a hand. All of this work is in support of Mayor Bernie Platt’s ten-point Green Action Plan, which ensures
that Cherry Hill becomes a more earth-conscious and overall environmentally friendly community. The whole state of New Jersey is in on this plan in some way—the solar panels are in fact part of a larger plan implemented by the utility companies to help New Jersey go greener. In Cherry Hill, because of the Green Action Plan, the Cherry Hill Council is now working on mounting solar paneling on the roof of the Department of Public Works, despite the original intention of installing the solar power system on Town Hall’s roof instead. “Mounting a 100kW solar array on the roof of Town Hall has long appealed to me,” said Platt in the Cherry Hill Sun newspaper. The solar panels, which one may think would be affixed to the roof, are actually attached to the utility poles outside the high
Ben Taylor (‘11)/ Eastside Photo Editor
Solar panels overlook the Department of Public Works. school. Lori Braunstein, positive impact on the founder of Sustainable environment, but it will Cherry Hill, a group dedialso save the township a cated to working towards a considerable amount of greener community, calls money. The solar paneling at them “beautiful.” Cherry Hill East is only a “It’s what they symbolstepping stone towards ize,” Braunstein said. “It helping Cherry Hill and helps me to think we’re on New Jersey become more the right track.” aware of both the economic Transforming Cherry and the environmental Hill into a greener commuimpact of their energy nity will not only have a
usage. This will help the community realize the impact it has on the environment and what everyone can do to help. So when driving into Cherry Hill East’s student parking lot, notice the new solar paneling that is providing the community—and the entire planet—with a whole world of good.
COMMUNITY October 2010
Perrier to close Le Bec-Fin ■ By Claire Hoffman (‘12) Eastside Staff
Though Le Bec-Fin owes its high acclaim to betterthan-superb food, the restaurant is about the experience as much as it is about the cuisine. As waiters lift the covers off of silver trays to serve a spectacular five or even sixcourse meal, it feels like nineteenth century France itself. Yet this experience is not nearly as popular as it was ten or twenty years ago. As a result, owner George Perrier has decided to close Philadelphia’s most famous restaurant in the spring of 2011. Born in Lyon, France, founder and chef of Le BecFin, George Perrier, was already a known chef by the age of 14. After moving to America in 1967, Perrier established Le Bec-Fin in 1970. As popularity increased, Le Bec-Fin moved to Walnut Street in 1983 to expand the restaurant. Receiving the prestigious five-star rating from Mobil Travel Guide in the 1980’s, Le Bec-Fin prospered for twenty years. With his success, Perrier opened similar French restaurants throughout Philadelphia. However, in 2000, Le Bec-Fin lost its fifth star with Mobil Travel Guide’s new review. As a
Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor
At its famous Walnut Street reaction to his disappointment, Perrier decided to revamp Le Bec-Fin’s image. His efforts were not wasted, and in 2002, Mobil Travel Guide returned the five-star rating. For several years now, Le Bec-Fin has worked to trade its once stuffy atmosphere for a new, more relaxed one. In 2008,
location, Le Bec-Fin has symbolized fine dining since its establishment in 1970. Perrier sacrificed Le Becimented with a “pay what has gone out of vogue. Chic Fin’s five stars for four in you wish” menu, which, and modern, more than exchange for a more casual though not a financial suctried and true good food atmosphere. With a cess, brought traffic to the takes precedence in torelaxed dress code and restaurant. day’s fast-paced, trendupdated menu, Le BecDespite his best efforts based society. Chefs like Fin’s customers now can to dress down Le Bec-Fin’s Perrier, even with imeat a 15-dollar hamburger outdated formality, Perrier peccable cooking and teninstead of a five-course could not shake the restaudencies toward the lavish, meal without dirtying their rant’s conservative image, may not be able to stand Sunday best. In the suma virtual death sentence in the heat of the modern mer of 2009, Perrier expera time when such fanciness kitchen.
Versa Fit Studio raises the bar on gym technology ■ By Alana Kopelson (‘12)
ment,” said Tom Collins, one of the Versa Fit Studio With the latest Managers. European workout equipThese mament at Versa Fit Studios chines specialize in Voorhees, NJ, the days of in weight manlong, tiring workouts are agement and tonover. Versa Fit Studio ing in the least offers many different classamount of time. es and workshops as well The “Power Plate” as personal training sesis a vibration sions for the benefit of its device that acticustomers. vates muscle conThe gym’s schedule contractions, enhancsists of several popular ing overall perworkout classes including formance in short Pilates, Spin and Yoga. 15-minute sesAlso included are original sions three times Versa Fit classes such as a week. The other “Versa Shape,” “Hip Hop machine is the Fit” and “Cardio Comb.” “Vacu Fit,” which “Versa Fit is one of the is an elliptical only gyms in the east coast trainer enclosed that has two of the newest inside of a vacuEuropean workout equipum chamber. Benefits of both machines include increased Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor m u s c l e Versa Fit Studio now has a locas t r e n g t h tion in Voorhees. and flexiout equipment, unique bility, improved classes and training sesblood circulation sions. and decrease of Now, with two studios cellulite. open, Versa Fit is certainly Since Septema sure way for customers to ber, Versa Fit has burn calories, increase been expanding muscle strength and workits studio to a Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor location in Philaout in less time than a trip Versa Fit features unique Euro- delphia with its to any other gym in the pean workout equipment. area. specialized workEastside Community Editor
OPINIONS Page 6
Students should use code names on essays ■ By Lindsey DuBoff (‘12) Eastside Opinions Editor
“Well, you’re a teacher’s pet, so obviously you are going to get A’s on everything.” Too many times has a line like this been said in the halls and classrooms of Cherry Hill East. Of course, all students should be respectful to teachers and behave like mature adults during school hours. However, sometimes teachers tend to grade students on their behavior or their personality rather than their work. At East, just like most other high schools, there have been times when students slack off and get the poor grades they deserve. Conversely, there have been times when those students who slacked off for the first half of the year start trying in school but still receive the same grade as if they hadn’t even tried at all. Cherry Hill East should implement a new grading system. Rather than students putting their names on assignments, such as essays, projects, tests and quizzes, they should use code names. By using code names, teachers would be
forced to grade the assignment solely on the work’s content rather than basing the grade off of the student who did the work. “I think some teachers
judge papers based on how the kids act in class, like if the teacher likes you, they’re more likely to cut you some slack,” Marlee Ehrlich (‘12) said.
“I don’t think this is fair.” Although the grading system East currently uses can benefit a hardworking student, as a teacher will
Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor
Student turns in an assignment to Mrs. Sharp with a code name on it.
give a hard worker a good grade, it does not benefit a student who starts out poorly and works to improve. Also unfair is when a well-liked student receives good grades on assignments when his or her work is unworthy. “I think that it could only be beneficial to try this system,” said Emily McCready (‘11). “It’s unfair that sometimes, even subconsciously, teachers grade based on their feelings toward the student rather than the work they submit.” Some students like to form relationships with teachers so that if they need extra time on an assignment or test, the teacher will feel compelled to give it to them. With the code name grading system, students can still form relationships with teachers, but grades will remain unbiased. Implementing a code name grading system at East would not only improve the school, but also eliminate partiality from grading. A code name grading system would be fair to all teachers and students concerned.
Colleges use Facebook for the wrong reasons ■ By Rebecca Schuck (‘13) Eastside Staff
In 2007, the Director of Information Technology at Cornell University, Tracy Mitrano, had a student present her Facebook page for class. The student’s profile picture was of her and another girl, smiling as they toasted. Her relationship status stated that she was “engaged” to the girl in the picture. Mitrano then proceeded to congratulate her on the engagement. The student appeared shocked and asked Mitrano why she thought she was engaged. After Mitrano explained why she thought this, the student said she was straight, and the girl she was “engaged” to was her best friend. Situations similar to Mitrano’s happen often, considering many adults do not understand what teenagers are doing these days, especially with new technology. Thus, this becomes a problem when college admissions offices use Facebook pages to analyze an applicant. According to the Chicago Tribune, about ten percent of admissions officers admitted to looking at students’ Facebooks. Thirty-eight percent of
those admissions officers said the Facebook pages had a “negative impact” on applicants. Although ten percent is not high, one should keep in mind that this study was conducted in 2008. Since then, Facebook has grown extensively.
Because students sometimes unintentionally misrepresent themselves, colleges should not base their evaluations off of the students’ Facebook pages, as it is unfair. Before Facebook, admission officers determined if a student should be accepted by their appli-
Many adults do not understand Facebook. Facebook was originally set up as a social networking website for college students to connect with one another. Therefore, students tend to present themselves as they want their friends to see them.
cations or interviews, which is the way it should stay. When many students set up their Facebook accounts, they make it “private.” These privacy settings restrict access to one’s profile if a searcher is not a Facebook friend of his
or hers. However, colleges have sneaky ways around this privacy and have full access to any student’s Facebook. Most students do not know this. Therefore, they run the chance of being denied because of something that the admission
can also cause a student to be denied. Although unfair, looking up an applicant on Facebook is currently legal. Because of this, students should be cautious of what they post online. Students also should not talk about applications on Facebook. For instance, if one college sees a student posting comments about hoping to get into another school, the college might assume that the student is not interested in them. Thus, admissions officers may feel they should accept a more eager student. Colleges also do not realize that students take drastic measures to secure pathways into their top college choice. For example, some students change their last names for privacy from colleges. Some choose to take advantage of admissions officers by posting misleading information on Facebook to make themselves look better. Facebook is a Kevin Cook (‘11)/ Eastside Art Director social networking site that allows peoofficers did not like on ple to portray themselves their Facebook page. Some how they want to be seen things, like the “engageby others without anyone’s ment” of Mitrano’s student, judgement. Thus, Facebook are innocent, but are misshould not be used by colinterpreted and can cause lege admissions officers a student to be rejected. during the college applicaOther things, like pictures tion process. of students underage Computer by Danielle Hu drinking or using drugs, (‘11)/ Eastside Art Director
OPINIONS October 2010
Do you know what is in your lunch?
■ By Danielle Fox (‘13) Eastside Entertainment Editor
Many people are familiar with the saying, “you are what you eat,” but, in actuality, many teens are not familiar with the nutrition information regarding the products they consume. Unfortunately, East’s food provider, Aramark, does not include a pamphlet that educates students about what they munch on each day. According to thedailyplate.com, many of Aramark’s most popular dishes do not only contain a lot of flavor, but a lot of calories and fat as well. For instance, one slice of pepperoni pizza contains 396 calories and 16.79 grams of fat; four chicken tenders contain 408 calories and 22 grams of fat; while a small yogurt parfait contains 277 calories and 8.28 grams
of fat. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, an average teenage girl should intake about 2,000 to 2,200 calories a day and an average teenage boy should intake about 2,500 to 2,900 calories a day. As East students continue to gorge on these unhealthy dishes, they will consume about half of their day’s calories in one meal. Melissa Pliskin (‘13) said, “I think most people would buy fries rather than a salad, because the fries look more appetizing. But, a lot of people don’t know what [ingredients] are in the fries and how bad they really are for you.” Former U.S. Army Major General Paul Monroe insisted that Congress should pass new child nutrition legislations to help reduce the child obesity outbreak. His research shows that forty percent of teens’
daily calorie intake occurs at school. Thus, it is vital that Aramark provides East students with the nutritional information so that students can make healthy choices. In addition, if Aramark were to provide East students with nutritional information, they would take a step towards helping to prevent medical problems, such as obesity. According to the 2009 New Jersey Youth Risk Behavior Survey, ten percent of high school students were obese. Providing students with the nutritional facts may cause the state percentage to decrease. However, one could argue that although providing nutritional information is extremely important, creating a healthier food program may seem more promising. Robert Casey, a Pennsylvania senator,
continues to advocate the passage of The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. If the state of New Jersey would take interest in the act, East students could benefit from the healthy diet it provides. Unfortunately, the state is currently facing financial issues due to budget cuts and a poor economy, and Aramark is noted as the cheapest food provider. The company could easily provide East with their products’ ingredients for free but does not. Aramark claims to offer the highest level of expertise and execution. The company website reads, “We focus on helping you nurture your students’ overall well being and growth with nutritious menus.” One would assume that with the superb praise for which they reward themselves, the
representatives of Aramark nationwide would be more than thrilled to provide nutrition information, but this is not so. According to Samantha Weinstein, writer for the Southern Methodist University Daily Mustang, Aramark has declined customers’ requests to know what is in the company’s products on several accounts. Back home, it is imperative that Aramark provides East students with the nutritional information about the company’s products. By doing this, the company will give students the knowledge to understand what they put into their bodies and may improve students’ un-healthy diets, allowing them to grow into fit, healthy and strong adults. Photos by Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor
SGA election system needs to be re-evaluated ■ By Sherin Nassar (‘13) Eastside Opinions Editor
During a certain time of the year, as students walk down the hallways or sit in the cafeterias of Cherry Hill East, they will see nothing but posters with cool pictures and slogans splashed all over the walls, which means one thing: election time. The election of new Student Government Association (SGA) officers and representatives is a long process. SGA members make crucial decisions that may determine if a student’s school year is a blast or something to be left in the past. Some responsibilities SGA has are deciding the location of school dances, running the Spirit Week dance and designing class apparel. Students look forward to these unforgettable experiences, which is why SGA officers and representatives need to be qualified for the job. School elections are meant to ensure that students vote for whom they feel can make the best decisions for their grade. However, the current elec-
tions are held in the school cafeteria, allowing only those who take a lunch the time to vote. According to Mr. Jim Riordan, East’s Director of Guidance, approximately one out of six students at East do not take a lunch, which leaves about 300450 students without a designated time to vote in the election. Although students can vote after school, it is extremely inconvenient. If SGA does not give these students a designated time to vote, they leave a gap in the elections, making the process unfair. One also may argue that students can vote during class, but this is not always true. Many students take rigorous classes at East, which leaves no time for them to miss a class to vote. Many strict teachers also prohibit students from leaving class a minute early to vote. “When [students] double up in a department, such as science or language, that takes up all of their schedule,” Riordan said. Yasmen Rasegtar (‘11) did not take a lunch for the second half of the
2009-2010 school year, leaving her with no time to vote for senior class president. “I could not vote [for a president] because I didn’t want to have to get out of class and leave my work to vote, which I don’t think was fair,” Rasegtar said. The current voting system is in an inconvenient location. However, if the elections were moved to a more accessible location, such as homeroom, everyone would be able to vote, making the process more efficient. In the cafeteria, SGA members must cite a list of at least 500 names to make sure that a student does not vote twice. Similar to the homecoming representatives voting system, voting
would be more efficient in homerooms. This would ensure that every student can vote while saving time. The current system, although a replicate of a real election system, discourages students from voti n g
because of the long
wait to vote in the booth. If the voting system was moved to homer o o m , students c o u l d vote quickly.
This system is instituted at Lenape High School in Medford and has been successful. “I like Lenape’s system compared to East’s, because everyone gets the right to [vote]. I know a bunch of people who do not take a lunch at East and it’s not fair to them,” said Rachel Gordon
(‘12), who recently transferred from Lenape to East. Overall, creating an election system that gives every student an opportunity to vote would make the results of elections more fair. Every student deserves to be heard loud and clear, even if it is only through a vote. Photo by Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor Art by Kirk An (‘13)/ Eastside Staff
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Gay marriage causes conflict in Mexico
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Gay rights activists in Mexico City rally in front of the their legal stances on the ■ By Avra Bossov (‘11) issue in balancing their Eastside Editor-in-Chief agendas with the desires of The New Oxford the people. American Dictionary In early August, defines marriage as “the Mexico’s Supreme Court formal union of a man and ruled in support of gay a woman, typically recogmarriage in Mexico City. nized by law, by which they Furthermore, the Court become husband and wife.” has ruled that same-sex Just under that, “a similar couples can adopt children, long-term relationship since “there is nothing that between partners of the indicates that homosexual same sex” is listed. So couples are less apt parwhich is it? ents than heterosexual It is an issue highly ones,” according to Justice debated in America, just as Arturo Zaldivar. The decigovernments all over the sion has prompted both world struggle to form celebration by activists
Supreme Court building and anger by President Felipe Calderon as well as the church. For a nation whose capital was built by the Aztecs, such reform has shattered Mexico’s traditional values. Or at least, the reform has made it impossible to go back to being strictly against same-sex marriages, no matter how upset Calderon and the conservative regime are. While Argentina became the first country in Latin America to permit samesex marriage, Mexico City’s new policy is still momen-
tous in the mind of the gay community. An important thing to note is that while the ruling only applies to Mexico City, not the entire nation, marriages performed in Mexico City are still required to be recognized throughout the country. Even with the passing of this legislation, that is not to say Mexico City has dealt with the repercussions easily. Guadalajara’s leaders, especially Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, have faced an immense amount of ridicule from the church. In Roman Catholicism, gay marriage is considered “immoral.” In his distaste for the Supreme Court’s decision, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, Guadalajara’s Archbishop, has gone so far as to accuse Ebrard of bribing the court for ruling in favor of gay marriage. Calderon himself told his attorney general to try to take the law to court because Calderon thought that law was hazardous for traditional families—but Calderon’s plan backfired because “even justices appointed by [his own] PAN party voted to overrule the president,” according to The LA Times. Due to its vast history, Mexico’s church and Mexico’s state have always been culturally entwined, which is why the Court’s opinion explicitly clarified the separation between the two for this legal matter. In such a topic that concerns both church and state, it is difficult to avoid societal conflict. Catholic protest-
ers and gay rights activists have hurled insult after insult back and forth at each other, each side believing it is right. America is a melting pot. People generally enjoy a clear separation between church and state, except when it comes to this issue. Similar to Mexico, America’s capital also has issued marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Yet, while it is legal in the capital and in three other states, Proposition 8 passed in California, thus putting into writing in that state’s constitution that marriage is exclusively a union between a male and a female. Therefore, it is still a state issue rather than a national undertaking. Until same-sex marriage reaches the national level, there is no hope for a resolution. If there truly is a separation between church and state, the government should not legally care who gets married. It’s similar to saying interfaith marriages cannot take place, or interracial marriages cannot either; it shouldn’t be up to the government’s discretion. Homosexuals are not limited to one country— they exist everywhere, whether they are in America, across the border or across the ocean. Mexico City’s court ruling is significant because it shows that gay marriage is not an issue that will just go away or be resolved quickly; it is open for a global moral discussion.
No Guinness recognition for young sailors ■ By Jack Braunstein (‘13) Eastside Underground Editor
In New Jersey, most people are not legally allowed to drive down the block alone until they reach their seventeenth birthday. Laura Dekker, 14, most likely does not mind, because on August 21, she set sail on an attempt to circumnavigate the entire globe alone. The Dutch girl set out from Gibraltar on her solo voyage as the youngest person to sail around the world. If she succeeds, her accomplishment will not be recorded as an official world record, for Guinness World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council no longer recognize “youngest” sailors as a category for records. They have said this is to discourage dangerous attempts by minors. The record-keepers haven’t banned youth circumnavigation, but by refusing to recognize the youngest sailors, they certainly decrease incentive. Although it may seem unfair to those who have already completed this risky journey, the lack of
recognition is a good idea. The decision by Guinness most likely will ensure that the kids who are trying to sail around the world are not only doing it for the fame of a world record. This eliminates the risk of juveniles being pushed out to the seven seas by glory-hungry parents, or setting out too early in their youth, unprepared for the unimaginably expansive and treacherous waters. If a girl is not even old enough to get a job at Long John Silver’s, it may not be high time to prepare her sails and circle the globe. But the incredible accomplishment of a young person sailing around the world would not go completely unrecognized if fulfilled. It would be nearly impossible to complete the journey without a significant amount of glory, as book deals and reality shows are in the works for some past navigators. Similar attempts in recent history have had mixed results. Jessica Watson, 16, completed the voyage from her hometown of Sydney, Australia
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Jason Derulo is not the first person to attempt to be ridin’ solo; Dekker, 14, is too. in 210 days earlier this Islands, and taking some age, so she had to set off year. Abby Sunderland, 16, time out of the trip to confrom Gibraltar. was not so lucky. In June tinue her schooling. Dekker grew up on a she was found stranded in The teenager’s voyage boat with her father and is the Indian Ocean after a faced confrontation before passionate and responsiviolent storm had damher boat, Guppy, even hit ble in equal parts. Not all aged her boat’s communithe water. The Dutch govyoung risk-takers possess cation lines and snapped ernment prohibits that her experience and dedicathe mast. She was anyone of Dekker’s age tion. Guinness’s abolishunharmed, but ended her captain a boat longer than ment of the record will not journey and headed home. seven meters, so she was discourage someone like Both of the girls made forced to change her her. However, it will pretheir journeys non-stop. departure point to Lisbon, vent foolhardy glory seekDekker, on the other hand, Portugal. In Lisbon, howers from putting themplans to stop multiple ever, she learned that the selves in danger. times, spending a few port authority deemed her Sailboats by Danielle Hu (‘11)/ weeks in the Canary unqualified for a solo voyEastside Art Director
GLOBAL COMMENTARY October 2010
Mafia communicates through TV ■ By Moriah Schervone (‘11) Eastside Global Commentary Editor
“All is well, Paolo.” Soccer is a sport in which teamwork heavily relies upon communication, yet the Italian Mafia is taking it to another level. Quelli che il Calcio (“That which is Football”) is an Italian television program which tried to entice soccer fans to become more involved in the show by allowing viewers to send text messages that would run along the bottom of the screen. “Ciao Franco, the journey went well.” In late August, however, anti-mafia prosecutors discovered the nifty plan of the mafia men. These men would send messages to their jailed bosses through the text messages featured in the show. By September, the texting feature of the show was disabled after a prison warden intercepted a message instructing a jailed boss to watch the show. Despite the significant number of the Italian
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A mafia boss gets news from his cronies while watching a soccer program in jail mafia bosses already incarjail. a valid point when he said, cerated, the gangs have One gang was desperate “I do not understand why found many ways to keep enough to buy an entire people held under such the business running. Beradio station that played conditions can watch profore such technology, mesmusic with significance for grams in which the TV sages would be written on any jailed members. audience can participate.” extremely thin paper, or A mafia member’s task In order to regulate “pizzini,” and stuck behas been carried out. “All is crime—in any country— tween a messenger’s toes. well, Paolo.” national police should take Young family members In a crime-ridden world, it upon themselves to would also be involved, as it is hard to stop such comunderstand the minds of messages would be traded munications. But Italian the criminals and prevent during big bear hugs at the senator Carlo Vizzini made them from communicating
messages to one other. Criminals who go as far as buying an entire radio station in order to communicate should be watched by hawks in order to prevent further crimes from being organized by bosses who are in jail. It is disappointing to know that even criminals under “close” government surveillance are able to conduct business as usual. With the many brains in government organizations, any country should potentially be able to outsmart criminals and prevent further crimes. It is similar to many companies and their security. Multi-Lock Ltd., for instance, an international high security developer and manufacturer, has a special unit that tries to outsmart any thieves that would try to break the locks. The best way to know a criminal’s next move is to fit comfortably in his shoes. For Italy, it seems as though the shoe is two sizes too big. A drug trade was completed. “Ciao Franco, the journey went well.”
Haiti’s education reform will be no quick fix ■ By Diana Yu (‘11) Eastside Global Commentary Editor
More than nine months after the earthquake ravaged Haiti, government-based and international organizations are still slowly picking up the pieces. But it is not just the rubble that needs clearing. The entire education system, which was in shambles even before the earthquake, has to be rebuilt and restructured. It is no small fix either. Even before the earthquake, Haiti had a literacy rate of 53 percent. Many students did not reach high school. The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, or the IHRC, led by Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and former President Bill Clinton, has begun to fully address these longterm issues. The IHRC has outlined three and five-year proposals which hope to ensure a permanent recovery of Haiti’s education. Its objectives go far beyond restoring the education system back to its original state. But, however impressive its goals are, the IHRC seems to be having trouble proportioning the very little funding it has. The IHRC’s 18-month targets for education alone require over 475 million dollars. The 18-month time frame certainly seems unlikely considering that it has only received 50 million dollars. This problem raises the question of whether it is really beneficial to have such ambitious goals in such a limited amount of time. Is governmental support for universal access to education really that urgent when Haiti’s children have very few intact schools to access? Is it 254 million dollars urgent? Universal access is clearly an important issue in a country where only 20 percent of children attend high school, but it is an issue that needs to wait. Trying to address it now would be fruitless as there are not enough children in school to
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Haitian children learn in temporary classrooms made of tents while the country rebuilds its schools. implement any plans. Doing so would only divert money away from other goals. Far more pressing problems still await funding, like rebuilding schools and recruiting teachers. Though the IHRC needs to adopt long-term goals, it should recognize that these goals are exactly that: long-term. In the immediate future, it should concentrate on getting kids into schools now, even if it means using temporary schools in tents while permanent construction is going on. That way, it has a far more streamlined agenda without so many projects competing for
funds. When Haiti finally has the foundation for a real education system, then it can build on it by working towards benchmarks in universal access and literacy. Throughout Haiti’s recovery, the IHRC has to keep in mind that many plans that play out well on paper often do not go smoothly in real life. The fact that it has such a comprehensive and impressive plan for education (and for many other areas affected by the earthquake) brings hope to such a bleak country. However, attacking all the problems haphazardly is only going to result in inefficiency and
confusion. The money is slow, but the future is bright. The IHRC has shown commitment to its goals by getting donations and pledges. It is only a matter of organizing the effort. Haiti’s recovery can not be hastily thrown together like some English midterm. It may exceed the five years that the IHRC has allotted. It may even exceed 50 years. But once all these relief groups and non-profit organizations finally leave Haiti, they will be leaving a Haiti unrecognizable from the destruction of the present and the disorder of the past.
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COMICS October 2010
Butter Up by Iris Dan (‘11) and Danielle Hu (‘11)/ For Eastside and Eastside Art Director
The Trick by Ari Brill(‘11)/ Eastside Staff
HUMOR AAAAARRRRRRRRGGGH! EASTSIDE
■ By Prince Imhotep For Eastside
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Prince Imhotep of Egypt represents. (Courtesy of CHPD)
■ By Frankenstein
Ah, good day! Thousands of years in that musty old tomb and you start to cramp up after awhile. I’m not really sure what year it is, but I can certainly smell the Halloween in the air! This year I’m going to host the biggest Monster Mash of the century, whatever century that is, of course. All the hottest monsters are going to be there: Darth Vader, Count Dracula, Bigfoot, Medusa, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Plankton, Wolfman, Voldemort, and even Lady Gaga. I am so excited I’m even getting a new clean wrap just for the party! These old rags are getting too tattered anyway. Once Medusa sees me all cleaned up, maybe I’ll finally
get that dance with her… if her hair lets me. Anyway, I’m still deciding on the perfect snacks. I’m currently debating between stewed eyeballs and spider popcorn. I have to make sure the food is okay with Godzilla before I make it. He gets a little cranky and starts to eat buildings and cars when you don’t make him what he wants (such a drama queen). But I digress. So, I hired a party planner to make sure that my party is perfect. She told me I should decorate my tomb with orange and black streamers and hang some cobwebs from the ceilings, etc, etc. That’s so lame, though. I mean, there’s obviously already cobwebs in there and streamers are so “human-party.” It’s like she’s never been in a tomb before. Jane (that’s my party plan-
ner) inspired me to hire a group of dancing skeletons and a singing jack-o’-lantern quartet as the entertainment and buy bubbling cauldrons of slimy, green goop for special effects. I don’t want my party to come off as if I’m trying too hard to make it Halloween-related, but on the flip-side, you know strobe lights and a fog machine would make the place look totally rad! I’m so excited I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep for the rest of the month! I mean, not that I really need to anyway. Now that I have everything else planned out, the only thing I have to worry about is where I can safely hide the treasures in my tomb. I sure don’t want anything to get broken or stolen. Some monsters these days just can’t seem to keep their hands to themselves…
glow without the fear of getting caught. The one day of the year when chilHalloween! The time of dren and parents find my (Roughly translated year has come for us vamdark, creepy house from a series of grunts pires to stalk comfortably tremendously fitting with and moans...) under the moon’s dim the Halloween spirit. Well, it’s Halloween Apparently, my again. Most tendency to people are leave my house e x c i t e d only at night in a about dresslong black cloak ing up to is seen as “eerie” look like my and is considfriends and ered “criminalme and runlike” behavior, ning around and therefore scaring peomust be menple and seetioned to the ing who police. This time looks the around, when I best. Not find a policeman me. at my door, I will I won’t be have a box of out scaring donuts ready as little chilthe perfect disdren and Frank Zhang (11)/ For Eastside traction. This causing The dynamic duo following the party (courtesy CHPD). time of year my mass devampire “cosstruction. tume” is the perI’ll be fect attire, especuddled up cially since this by the fire Twilight obseswith my sion started. Yorkie, LeiFor months I la, and a have been waitnice bottle of Chardonnay Frank Zhang (‘11)/ For Eastside ing for this one holiday, when watching the The dynamic duo, Frankenstein and Dracula. (Courtesy of CHPD) people play freely Halloween special of “Ace of Cakes” everybody always runs on The Food Network. from me. For some reason Possibly even “Cake Boss.” they think that I enjoy Yes, I do like baking. drinking human brains There are many things through a straw when you don’t know about me really I prefer sitting in that my documentary the grass with the bunnies “Frankenstein” fails to every Sunday after my recognize. For instance, I religious services. I just love taking long walks on want everyone to know the beach and cooking the guy that I really am, home meals for Leila and the sensitive, loving guy. myself. Last night it was Sure, maybe my skin is a nice lemon-grazed chickgreen and I have two bolts en with sautéed asparain my neck that charged gus and parsnips. My, was my heart when I was it delightful! See? Unlike born, but I just want to be some big Halloween figlike everyone else and ures, I do have a heart... have fun trick-or-treating and a natural talent for this year without people cooking. Don’t get me thinking my casual wear wrong, I love the fame is my costume. It would when I walk down the make me the happiest street with my little monst… I mean, man Leila. However, I wish the alive. For Eastside
reactions of my fellow friends and neighbors were happy to see me rather than afraid and panicked. I really am a nice guy, and whenever Halloween comes around,
“Imhotep” and “Frankenstein” by Gina Villecco (‘11)/ Eastside Humor Editor “Dracula” by Sherin Nassar (‘13)/ Eastside Opinions Editor
■ By Dracula
and are not afraid of my tendency to get very close to their necks, when their veins are perfect and plump with blood…it’s a walking buffet for me! Anyway, back to this ridiculous obsession with Twilight. Thousands of girls are dressing up like the little groupies they are for Edward Cullen, wearing his face and shirtless body on T-shirts. The movie companies must be making thousands of dollars! Seriously, though, as if we vampires really look like that. I mean, what a disgrace to the vampire community. Sure, we may be incredibly strong, but my muscles don’t ripple against my pale body like those of Edward Cullen. Hollywood can really spin a tale that people will just take a big bite out of. Hollywood has made us vampires seem like such innocent animal lovers, it’s sickening. How dare they label me like that! I’d get into it, but the sun is rising and I need my sleep. I can’t wait to hear the first knock at my door…this is going to be one fangtastic night!
HUMOR October 2010
MMMRREEEEEHHHHHHGGGGGG ■ By the Alien For Eastside
Hello, ladies and gentlemen, I have a most terrible predicament of which I believe you should be aware. I received a telegram yesterday containing an invitation to a Halloween party hosted by the long-deceased Prince Imhotep of Egypt. Considering it the height of rudeness to decline an invitation from such an august member of another species, I responded with my compliments and acceptance. Unfortunately, it seems that there is a problem with the guest list that I overlooked. The Predator has been invited to this festival as well. Now, I know my species has a reputation for being uncultured mindless killing
machines, but that’s merely a by-product of our method of reproduction. Do we consider humans to be savages for how they sustain themselves? I think not! To be invited to the same party as a being who considers my people mere insects (literally!) to be hunted for sport with no regard as to our feelings, no matter what drivel they may spew about a professional relationship, is idiocy. You know those eggs they use for target practice every now and again? Those are our youth, darn it! You call baby-killing a profession? I truly hope that Imhotep realizes the lunacy of this situation and revokes the Predator’s invitation. Or else my hunter adversary will be learning how to breathe with a face-hugger affixed to his head.
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The head of the most hardcore hunter of horror-filled humanoids in the Milky Way. ■ By the Predator For Eastside
Background by Jean Harrell (‘11)/ Eastside Staff Pumpkins by Kevin Cook (‘11)/ Eastside Art Director
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The last thing you saw before a horrifically painful claw-involving, tail-whipped demise.
■ By Gina Villecco (‘11) Eastside Humor Editor
Mischief Night, the night before Halloween, is the number-two prankholiday in America behind April Fool’s Day. However, it has reached the top of the charts for most distressing aftermath of any prank-holiday. Researchers all agree that “Mass Pranking” is the cause of all the pandemonium. The target suspects are, once again, teenagers. For years, adults and cranky senior citizens have been keeping an eye on children of every age on Mischief Night.
“I know that all those dang-flabbit kids conspire with each other every year with all their internets and talking robot-phones,” said Marty Longfellow, 68, a ten-year victim of teen pranking,.“They decide on one big prank for Mischief Night together and then send it over that one internet site called Facepage… or Bookhead… or whatever it is.” The ongoing prank for the past three years has been pumpkin smashing. Reese Matticalli, 45, a Mischief Night specialist at the Laboratory of Psychological Research
and Study (LPRS) believes that “most teenagers are displaying this sort of behavior to relieve some stress while taking out their anger on the people that cause them the most anguish: adults.” According to Matticalli, the teenagers picked jack-o’-lanterns because they know people will be the most upset after they see their own artwork “smashed to smithereens,” she said. “I worked so hard on my jack-o’-lanterns before those wretched scoundrels came around and smashed Jeffery into my porch-step,” said
Okay, so I’m chilling in my ship, checking out my skull collection, when I got a transmission from Imhotep. He wanted me to come to his Halloween party. Me! The Predator, the baddest hunter of humans in the galaxy, the annihilator of Aliens, the allaround most hardcore humanoid in a suit of armor is going to the best Halloween party in the galaxy. There’s just one little problem. He also invited the Alien. Of all the stupid, moronic, just flat-out insensitive things he could’ve done, this one takes the severed
Hannah Ledgwick, 48. “The situation only got worse when I found out that one of the smashers was my own son, Johnny. I could not have been more ashamed.” According to Johnny Ledgwick, the “stupid vegetable thing” was getting more attention from his mother than he was the week before the incident. She did not even reward him for getting a B-plus on his last biology exam. “Besides, it was fun,” Ledgwick said. Because last year’s smashing was so horrific, many residents are taking extreme caution in
head. My people have hated his kind for so long even their queens don’t remember the first time Predator shanked Alien, or Alien infected Predator. It’s a purely professional thing, too: our hunters have to keep our skills sharp, and they have to infest every single life form in the universe. Nothing personal. But there is such a thing as keeping business and pleasure separate, and seeing the Alien at this party would screw it all up. I hope Imhotep realizes that or things could get awkward. Really awkward. Predator and Alien stories by Jake Trommer (‘11)/ Eastside Humor Editor
where they put jack-olanterns this year. Many jack-o-lanterns have been seen residing in windows and on top of objects too high for the average teenager to reach without trying too hard. Many families have been badly affected by the teenage tradition of simultaneous pranking. Until the smashing pumpkins fad wears out, local government officials have been warning all residents to keep their jack-o-lanterns locked away or secured in a smash-free zone to ensure the safety of every pumpkin this Halloween.
Deal ■ By Danielle Fox (‘13) Eastside Entertainment Editor
The hope behind every competition is that an individual will win, fair and square. However, the only thing “square” about Hollywood’s hottest competition shows and game shows is the television that one watches them on. The genius behind the programs’ only initiative is anything but fair. Although most viewers would argue that if people were to win prizes via game or competition shows, they should also be entitled to keep their winnings, if one wins a prize on television, it is counted as a taxable income. If the show producers offered to pay the taxes on one’s earned prize, it would be an appropriate gesture, but in most cases, people will most likely lose nearly half of their prize money to the taxman. In 2007, via RealityBlurred.com (a television news site), fans declared that NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” reward of one million dollars seemed more like a puppet than a prize with all the strings that came attached to it. According to Jason Cochran from walletpop.com, the contestant could choose to receive the prize in the
form of a financial annuity, which would be paid out over 40 years; or, one could choose to receive the present cash value of that annuity. After an accountant conducted the calculations, the actual cash offer is about one-third of the promised one. Most game shows like
touching the 35,000-dollar car in front of them. Though the taxes are unfortunate, they are not the only fishy aspect of competition on game shows. In 2009, The New York Daily News published a story that accused the “American Idol” judges of dictating who the final four
“Wheel of Fortune,” “The Price is Right” and “Jeopardy” are shot in California. California law states that state taxes have to be deducted from a non-resident’s winnings before the check gets mailed. Contestants become very excited when they see a brand new car on the “The Price is Right” stage, yet many of them are just wasting their breath, especially in today’s economy, because affording the taxes that come with their prize might not be as realistic as
contestants would be, thus insinuating that the viewers’ votes meant nothing. Similarly, Keith Lynch, a “Price is Right” contestant, explained that getting onto the game show had nothing to do with being one of the first five-hundred people in line, like the producers argue, but fitting the show’s national appeal. According to Lynch, as people wait in line at the show’s studio in Los Angeles, they pass a table where they are asked questions about where they are from or what they
do for a living. “In truth I think they were looking for out of town people...I thought [my cousin] would be selected because she is really loud and enthusiastic. I am quieter, but I was living in Maryland and I think they chose me because it’s a national
of her mouth. There was nothing extraordinary about her act, but Cohn’s age of 75 and her animated persona landed her a space in the competition. On the contrary, there was nothing lovely or amusing about Ellen’s attempt to play piano and carry a tune. Though she was placed in the category of female singers, Ellen was an entertaining character, which is why the judges selected her as a contestant. Many talented musicians were sent packing and lost an opportunity of a lifetime because a television program wanted to up its ratings. And sadly, this is the vicious cycle that will continue to turn Kevin Cook (‘11)/ Eastside Art Director well into the future. show,” Lynch said. Ray Richmond, televiUnfortunately, the scesion critic for the Hollwood nario of contestants being Reporter, said, “It’s imporpre-selected to aid a protant to keep in mind that gram’s ratings is not a rare almost nobody involved situation but a rather comwith these shows will ever mon one. On season five of acknowledge the wizard “America’s Got Talent,” two behind the curtain. There contestants, Sally Cohn, a is almost an element of col“professional hand lusion on everyone’s part, whistler,” and Mary Ellen, or a code of silence, to a “professional musician never let on, lest the pot of and singer,” proved the thegold disappear.” ory. Cohn performed as The producers’ ideas well as any good whistler, will continue to entertain but she surpassed the othAmerica and may continue ers due to the precision to draw in more viewers as and focus it took her to well, but their intentions twiddle her fingers in front will never be justified.
Google poses challenge for iPad ■ By Joe Incollingo (‘13)
ratory is concocting its own tablet computer. In other words, Google is While the recent iPhone looking to challenge the 4 may be enough to wet iPad. the appetites of the easily Electronics juggernaut impressed common folk, Apple Inc., whose innovanews from behind the tive products have made doors of Google may well the company into a household name over the past decade, released the iPad earlier this year, putting tablet computers on the map for most international consumers. Now, according to The New York Post, Google’s rival tablet is expected, with help from developer HTC and wireless provider Verizon, to hit stores on Black Friday. Of course, the tablet will make the most of Google’s impressive tool belt, from Google Books to Courtesy of sassyqarla.com Google Voice, the comGoogle introduces its own tablet to challenge Apple’s iPad. pany’s Skype-rivaling Eastside Staff
be enough to satisfy the most stubborn of tech fanatics. Off-the-record statements that Google Inc. chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt have made suggest that the company’s Silicon Valley-based labo-
tele-communications service. According to electronics weblog Gizmodo, the tablet will run on Google’s presently unreleased Chrome operating system, in addition to the popular Android mobile-oriented operating system. The tablet will also include GPS capabilities with a camera and 2GB of RAM with at least 32GB of storage. Google has even made a deal with software developer Adobe, which ensures that the tablet will run Flash, the standard video format for YouTube and most of the Internet, something the iPad does not allow. “A Google tablet could be the only tablet capable of actually challenging the iPad, avoiding the iPod whitewash in which Apple thrashed everyone,” said Wired’s Gadget Lab blog. “Add in the fact that Google is committed to an
open platform for which anyone can develop software [unlike Apple’s closed ecosystem], and you have a tablet that could be the perfect opposite of Apple’s.” Pricewise, heavy thirdparty subsidizing will definitely allow an entry point of less than the iPad’s 499 dollars. This is not the first time Google has taken on Apple. HTC’s Nexus One, among other smartphones by developers like LG and Motorola, utilize the Android OS, and are the iPhone’s chief competition in the consumer electronics market. So, while Apple and Google will duke it out alone this season, expect to hear a lot more about tablets in the coming months; Microsoft, HP and Nokia are also rumored to have something in the works to add to the competition.
ENTERTAINMENT October 2010
Blondie makes comeback with Panic ■ By Rebecca Schuck (‘13) Eastside Staff
Looking to be “your number one” again, Blondie is back after seven years with Panic of Girls, which is set to release in 2011. The American rock band, founded by lead singer, Debbie Harry, and guitarist, Chris Stein, is best known for its hits “One Way or Another,” “Heart of Glass” and “The Tide is High.” When the American new wave music era started in 1974, Blondie was riding the wave with its new hit, “Heart of Glass.” Soon after, Billboard magazine named Blondie’s single “Call Me” the number-one musical sensation of 1980. The band’s fifth album, Autoamerican, followed the pattern of success, reaching platinum status with its number-one smash “The Tide is High.” Unfortunately, its last album, The Curse of Blondie, broke the pattern. It became Blondie’s least popular album since its first release in 1974. But Blondie is making a comeback with its newest album, Panic of Girls (2011). The band’s drummer, Clem Burke, is
■ By Rebecca Ohnona (‘12) Eastside Entertainment Editor
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After seven years, Blondie is finally back with a new album. sure that Panic will be a sensation. He said, “The Curse of Blondie had a lot of programming on it, [so the band] tried to make the recording process as organic as possible.” Accordingly, the band stayed away “from programming as much [as possible],” according to Burke. The lyrics, too, have im-
proved. In that way, Blondie is going to explore new grounds that rock has rarely touched upon. But old fans should not be apprehensive about purchasing the new album. Panic is still going to remind them of the younger Blondie, just in a more mature way. Blondie has tour dates
scheduled already with locales ranging from Texas to Australia. New wave music lovers of all ages should look forward to the release of Panic in 2011. But until then, read the album reviews when they come out in Australia (late 2010), and look out for clips of Blondie on tour.
Potter whizzes into action A MAGICAL PREVIEW: INTRODUCING NEW POTTER CHARACTERS Bathilda Bagshot: Author of A History of Magic; Harry finds out she had ties with both his own family and that of Dumbledore. Xenophilius Lovegood: Father of Luna Lovegood; Harry and the trio meet him along the way and find out about horcruxes.
Gregorovitch: The other wandmaker besides Ollivander. Voldemort seeks his help about the Elder Wand. Rufus Scrimgeour: Minister for Magic until Voldemort replaces Scrimgeour with a puppet leader. Scrimgeour dispenses the contents of Dumbledore’s will to Harry and the trio. All characters by Danielle Hu (‘11)/ Eastside Art Director
■ By Darby Festa (‘13) Eastside Online News Editor
It all started on a fourhour train ride from Manchester to London, England. Joanna Rowling had an idea. The idea involved a young boy who discovered he was a wizard. Little did she know, the idea would bloom into a household name and a multi-million dollar franchise including seven books, movie deals, a plethora of dolls, lunch boxes, video games, a theme park, an official song and even a magical sport, quidditch. Needless to say, within the last decade, the Harry Potter phenomenon has taken the world by storm ever since the release of the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 1997. Now, the phenomenon is finally coming to an end with the release of the final film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The film has been divided into two parts. The first installment will hit theaters on November 19, 2010 and the second part will be released on July 15, 2011. The first will focus on the famous trio of wizards, Harry (Daniel Raddcliffe) and his two best friends,
Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), as they leave Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to locate and destroy horcruxes, which contain pieces of their enemy’s soul. Their enemy, Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), also known as You-Know-Who or HeWho-Must-Not-BeNamed, chases them down with his band of followers, the Death Eaters. The second half includes a battle at Hogwarts, resulting in the death of many major characters, as well as a final showdown between Harry and the evil villain himself. The upcoming film will not only develop relationships between characters like Harry and Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright), Ron’s younger sister, but it will also introduce new characters. Some new citizens of the magical community include Luna Lovegood’s peculiar father, Xenophilius (Rhys Ifans), and Rufus Scrimgeour (Bill Nighy), the newly appointed Minister for Magic. Many Harry Potter fans are questioning Warner Bros.’ decision to split the story into two movies. Some fans argue that the motivation behind the split was commercial. But Warner Bros. Entertainment President Alan Horn rebuts this
rumor. “There’s no question that Warner Bros. will make more money with two films than they would have with one. But we also never, ever would have done this if [Rowling] had not endorsed it,” said Horn. He claims that this method would provide a better finale without cutting out a large portion of the book. Part of the reason Harry Potter films have been such a huge success is because they follow the books to the letter. Manohla Dargis, writer for the NY T i m e s , wrote that “[The screenwriter, Steve Kloves] has done an admirable job tailoring Ms. Rowling’s progressively longer and baggier books.” Little did Rowling know that her idea on that fateful train ride would become the highestgrossing global franchise in film history. Potter fans: hold y o u r breath f o r Novem ber 19 because you’re in for a magical ride.
Forget designer handbags, leather jackets and big sunglasses, because the latest celebrity craze is one that anyone can indulge in: cupcakes. They have not only taken over as the leader in the dessert world, but have recently stolen the sweet tooth of many celebrities. The craze started roughly five years ago, when Sarah Jessica Parker and other castmates were seen biting into the frosted desserts at the Magnolia Bakery on the set of Sex and the City. The cupcakes, as well as the bakery, became an instant hit. However, Magnolia Bakery is not the only cupcake shop that has skyrocketed sales because of Hollywood’s finest. Sprinkles Bakery, founded by the executive pastry chef, Candace Nelson, in 2004, is the first cupcake-only shop in the world. It has become a necessary stop for even the healthiest celebrities, such as Jake Gyllenhaal, who was seen treating his mother to a sweet treat at the counter. Courtney Love claims that these pastries caused her to gain ten pounds. Just two blocks away from Rodeo Drive, these $3.25 cupcakes are among the most expensive cupcakes around yet the cheapest luxury in all of Beverly Hills. Barbara Streisand, one of the first celebrities to join the cupcake craze, sent Sprinkles cupcakes to Oprah Winfrey, who loved them and proceeded to share them with her show’s studio. Sprinkles’ cupcakes have been featured on many shows, like “Good Morning America” and “The Tyra Banks Show.” They have also been featured in People and The New York Times. As a result of the cupcake craze, the Food Network produced the show, Cupcake Wars, which follows four partnered teams that compete to win ten thousand dollars and the chance to serve their cupcake display at a major event. Satisfying the sweet tooth of even the most health-conscious celebrities, cupcake enthusiasts will continue to form long lines to get a taste of the pint-size confection for years to come. Logo by Avra Bossov (‘11)/ Eastside Editorin-Chief Cupcake by Yan Ling (‘13)/ For Eastside
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Get into the spirit... of Halloween 2010 Lanterns: a jack of all trades ■ By Bryan Sheehan (‘13) Eastside Editorial Assistant
Jack-o’-lanterns are just as, if not more, important to Halloween as dressing up and begging for candy. Carved pumpkins have been a part of the holiday for centuries, dating back to an Irish myth called “Stingy Jack.” According to the legend, after tricking the devil, Stingy Jack was forced to roam the earth forever after his death with only a lantern carved out of a turnip with a coal put in it for light. People in Ireland and Scotland made their own versions of Jack’s lantern out of turnips and potatoes with scary faces carved into them. They placed them on their windows or doorsteps to ward away Stingy Jack and other evil spirits. When the Irish and Scottish immigrated to America, they found the
pumpkin made a suitable jack-o’-lantern. To carve a jack-o’lantern, one needs a
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pumpkin, a butcher’s knife, a smaller knife, a large area to work covered with newspapers or plastic bags, a large spoon, a permanent marker or premade design on a piece of paper and a candle. First, cut a hexagonal hole around the top of the
pumpkin and remove it. Then, take the spoon and scoop out the insides of the pumpkin. Now tape or draw the design onto the front of the pumpkin while using the small knife to slowly cut along the outline of the pattern. Make sure to cut all the way into the hollow part. Put a candle into the hollowed center and enjoy. But aren’t traditional jack-o’-lanterns boring? Use a skull design instead, and carve blood trails from the skull as well. Before placing the candle into the pumpkin, place thin red paper against the parts of the design that are supposed to be blood on the inside of the pumpkin. Now it can be a unique multi-colored spooky pumpkin. Or, carve a pumpkin with the face of a favorite teacher on it, take a picture and try to get extra credit for it. Almost any design is possible, so be unique this year and give the pumpkin a voice of its own.
Friday night dress code ■ By Alyssa Guckin (‘12) Eastside Staff
All Hallow’s Eve is a time to get creative. Whether it’s with carving a jack-o’-lantern or decorating the front lawn with spooky cobwebs, everyone can get involved. Aside from all of the candy-consuming good times, costumes are the cherry on top of the Halloween sundae. Every costume should be recognized, but it’s about time we gave a special appreciation to those who put a little extra effort into their outfits for the big night. There is nothing wrong with typical Halloween costumes, except that they are so… typical. A witch is a universal costume, equipped with a pointy hat, striped stockings and a broom. Unless one is dressing up as him or herself, a ghost is the easiest costume to pull off. Poke some holes in that white sheet, throw it on top of
simple clothes and one is ready to roll. For a pop culture-related costume, the psychopath from Scream is usually seen on the streets trick-or-treating. For Halloween at East, dressing up as a nerd can be seen at any intersection, cafeteria or main hall. There’s just something about those suspenders and chunky framed glasses that appeal to the teenage eye. At any second an obscure costume could become the next best thing. If it’s enough of a hit, wouldn’t someone want to dress up differently next year? The inflatable bull rider, the kissing booth and favorite Harry Potter characters were once clever costumes, but now they have fallen into a category more commonly known as “popular,” meaning “it is sold in humongous Halloween outlet stores.” David Shull (‘12) could potentially be the King of
Halloween. Not once have any of his costumes been repeated, let alone attempted by another student. During his freshman year, he won “Funniest Costume” at East’s Masquerade Ball and during all three years at Rosa International Middle School, he won “Best Costume.” In the past, Shull has dressed up as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, an alien and the abductee, David and Goliath, the tooth fairy and the Jolly Green Giant. All of his Halloween costumes are home-made with some of the most creative materials. Do not be afraid to flaunt any brilliant costume ideas this Halloween. Pull together a unique costume that most don’t dare to wear. Take the typical witch hat to a completely different level by dressing it up or down. Originality will only lighten up the hallways.
Beyond the old pumpkin pie: mouthwatering seasonal concoctions ■ By Bryan Sheehan (‘13)
shake until it’s well-combined. Then add salt and pepper for some extra Why leave pumpkins taste. to only be carved and For an afternoon made into pies? As an snack, try pumpkin blosingredient, pumpkin has soms, the flowers that much more potential grow off the pumpkin’s and versatility than stems. Lightly coat the one might think. Many blossoms in crepe batter, parts of the pumpkin are then panfry until golden edible, from pumpkin brown. They can be found seeds, which are eaten at a local farmer’s marjust like sunflower seeds, ket. to pumpkin puree, which To make pumpkin by itself chili, cook tastes simiabout a lar to acorn pound and squash. a half of Pumpkin l e a n can be ground added to beef in a any meal at •fried pumpkin blossoms D u t c h any time of oven or •pumpkin risotto day, like other deep pumpkin heavy pot. pancakes for breakfast, a Pour off the excess fat salad with pumpkin and remove the beef, then vinaigrette for lunch and add a medium chopped pumpkin chili for dinner. white onion into the pot Pumpkin pancakes and sauté until soft. Then can easily be made by take the cooked beef as adding two-thirds of a well as two teaspoons of cup of pumpkin puree for chili powder and a teaevery two cups of instant spoon of cumin; sauté the pancake mix and cooking ingredients for a minute. the pancakes according Then add a cup of canned to the instructions that pumpkin, about 25oz of come with the mix. Add a canned cut tomatoes and pinch of cinnamon to the a bay leaf. Let it simmer pumpkin mix for a little for an hour and then add extra kick. a can of pinto beans. Pumpkin vinaigrette Simmer for an additional is made by first mixing a 15 to 30 minutes, then half-cup of olive oil with a remove the bay leaf and quarter of a cup of balserve. samic or cider-based The pumpkin is a symvinegar into a mason jar bol of the fall season, and with a screw-on lid. Add yet it often isn’t used up in a clove of garlic and to its full potential. Try four tablespoons of some of these recipes and pumpkin puree along give pumpkin the with a heaping teaspoon spotlight it of sugar. Screw the lid deserves this onto the mason jar and time of the year. Eastside Editorial Assistant
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Tumbling into the limelight: blogging site on the rise ■ By Mia Holley (‘12) Eastside Photo Editor
What is Tumblr? It’s a funny name for a blogging site with millions of visits per day. With users from all over the world, Tumblr serves as a self-expressive online community for people to share opinions and thoughts and to just be
themselves. Tumblr can be used by average teens looking for something to say or even personal businesses hoping to increase popularity. People have been known to join Tumblr for its many mediums of expression through audio, video, photo and writing. For business owners, their publicity can
branch out; the ability to share information easily with other people around the world makes Tumblr a very accessible website. In some ways, Tumblr resembles Facebook because it allows one to communicate easily with friends and people from far away. It also enables people to connect on all levels
with others that they may share similarities and hobbies with. However, most people find Tumblr more convenient than Facebook because it provides an outlet for people, especially teens, to rant, vent and not hold back any emotions through their posts, hence why Tumblr is rapidly becoming more popular
each day. Vicky Pirenoglu (‘12), an avid Tumblr user, said, “I love reading everyone’s Tumblr because I feel like it tells me a lot about that person. I love how my Tumblr can describe me and it gives people an idea of what I’m about.” See TUMBLR, pg. 17
UNDERGROUND October 2010
Interpol, The Walkmen confront expectations ■ By Jack Braunstein (‘13) Eastside Underground Editor
Something has got the indie rock major leagues down. It’s probably the economy, or the oil spill, but something is making a whole bunch of 2010 bands sound like their wives just left them. But that is not to say that every album to come out this year has been Automatic for the People. In fact, there have been tons of feel-good records by artists ranging from bedroom pop amateurs to dance kings. This fall, quite a few bands have been following the lead of The National, who released the melancholy, tightly produced High Violet in May of this year. With the changing leaves comes a wave of modern indie rock steadies releasing some downtrodden records. Even No Age is putting out a bit of a downer. Two of the most anticipated names this season are Interpol’s selftitled album and The Walkmen’s Lisbon. Interpol is responsible for a fantastic album in 2002, the critically lauded and Joy-Division-reminis-
cent Turn On the Bright Lights. For their fourth full-length album, these NYC gloom rockers pulled away from Capitol, the major label that hosted their last effort, 2007’s disappointing Our Love To Admire, and returned to independent record label Matador. Is it safe to say that Paul Banks and the boys have ditched the studio sheen and lyrical duds that infested their last album? In a way they have. Interpol shows a return to the grittier lyrics of the band’s early days, and this record strikes a high point with its brutal desperation. “Teach me to grieve and conspire,” pleads Banks in his usual deep-throated jowl on “Lights.” This album, unlike their previous efforts, relies not on traditional rock song structures, but on building climaxes by adding in tension and grandeur throughout the song. To do this, the band experiments with new elements such as horns, vocal samples and strings. The problem here is that they come off as amateurish; the album seems to sacrifice some
quality for experimentaing any drastically new tion. Frankly, the biggest ground on this album problem with Interpol is (although they do spruce that it is really boring. up standout track Despite all the new tricks, “Stranded” with some rich, most of the songs meander in the same territory for too long to keep the listeners’ attention, and the climaxes are often too repetitive to have real emotional impact. The album is not awful, however. In particular, the final track “The Undoing” takes enough left turns to keep the listeners’ attention, without sounding gimmicky. The Walkmen’s Lisbon, on the other hand, is their most cohesive record yet. Each one of the songs is organic and grabbing. The band has said that this album was inspired by early Elvis Presley and Sun Records: their influence is pretty apparent in the anachronistic production, especially on the surprisingly jittery “Woe Is Me” and doo-wop jam “Torch Song.” The Walkmen may Danielle Hu (‘11)/ Eastside Art Director not be break-
lazy horns), but every track is catchy and memorable. The Walkmen have toned down the aggression since Bows and Arrows, but the emotion is still there, especially in Hamilton Leithuaser’s powerful battle cry. “I’m stranded/ and I’m starry eyed,” Leithauser wails on the modern jukebox classic “Stranded.” Matt Barrick’s drumming never gets quite as wild here as it was on 2004’s “The Rat,” but it shines with perfection even from the backseat. Lisbon does not tear at the heart strings as much as Turn On the Bright Lights or High Violet, yet the record is sunny enough to produce a smile every once in a while. So if the indie rock heavyweights have a little case of the weepies for current events, maybe they should all take a page out of the Walkmen’s book and spend some time basking in the ‘50s sunshine.
Out of the vault, under the radar: Heathers ■ By Sarah Minion (‘12) Eastside Underground Editor
High school can sometimes be a dramatic place. However, the 1988 film Heathers takes high school drama to a whole new level.
Westerburg High, like all other typical high schools, has a popular crowd. In this case, the divas are all named Heather. Each one is meaner than the next and the three best friends find entertainment in terrorizing the student body. Wynona Ryder stars as Veronica, the odd one out in the Heather clan. She lets
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the Heathers use her and even bully her, while inside she burns with a passion to destroy them. An outlet for her passion is answered when a new and mysterious boy, JD, moves to their school. JD, played by Christian Slater, is creepy from the start. However, his good looks and his enigmatic charm result in his and Veronica’s initial romance. He understands her feelings toward her so-called friends and utilizes her deep hatred to perform the extreme. A bad hangover, a little taunting and a cup of liquid drainer later, Heather Number One is dead. In shock, JD and Veronica frame a suicide and the whole school is distraught over Heather’s death. This
stimulates a string of ‘suicides,’ all by the most popular kids in school. Veronica’s and JD’s love becomes a violent and murderous escapade and soon the entire school will have to pay for their sadistic teen angst. Ryder gives a riveting performance and her spunk and beauty are terrific for the part, while Slater plays a dark boy with a hidden past, and with each scene he grows more disturbing and perverse. Similar to the 2004 hit movie Mean Girls, which is recognized as one of the most quoted movies of all time, Heathers explores how cruel high school can really be. Unlike Mean Girls, a 97-minute comedy packed entirely with sex jokes and stupid com-
ments, Heathers is a severe, hardly comical drama completely under recognized for its greatness. The film is a cross between phenomenal acting and an intense plot that doesn’t lose any of its emotion with each time the movie is watched. Although the film is over 22 years old, Heathers is still enjoyable in 2010. The clothes and hairstyles may have changed, but the underlying themes are still relevant. There will always be a basic achetype for the highschool experience: the Cheerleaders, the Jocks, the Class Clowns, the Nerds, the Goths and of course, the Serial Murderers. Heathers provides for an hour and 43 minutes of quality entertainment.
Tumblr, personal blogging site on the rise Continued from pg.16
Out of the Vault, Under the Radar is a new monthly Underground feature in which something (a movie, a TV show, an out-of-circulation food) from the past that went underappreciated at the time, finally gets some recognition. The feature will highlight everything from “Arrested Development” to fruit-filled Eggo Waffles.
Not only is Tumblr a very useful tool, but it also lets people from all over the world express themselves without judgment. Letting emotions, thoughts and opinions run wild as well as exercising the right of freedom of speech, Tumblr users get the most out of their blogging experience. However, like all other social media sites, Tumblr has its flaws. One thing that is becoming more common each day is the amount of hatred and rude comments lashed out from anonymous teens. Cyber bullying is seen on social media sites more and more
as the technology era grows. The more people who join Tumblr, the more opinions, thoughts and ideas that are bound to clash — causing instant drama among users. Another recurring problem with the site today is all of the so-called “fameseekers.” “Fame-seekers” are those who will stop at nothing to achieve their 15 minutes of stardom, no matter what the cost. This has become an issue because most of the time, those who are obsessed with the spotlight will gain it through inappropriate means or self-destructive ways. Eleven-year-old girl Jessi Slaughter gained her claim to fame by posting
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A preview of a Tumblr archive page. semi-nude photos of heruseful tool for businesses, self as well as spreading teens and even adults to sexual rumors regardbecome a part of the online ing herself and the lead community. Whether it is a singer of the band Blood place to get word from peoOn The Dance Floor ple in different countries or Dahvie Vanity. just a blog that they can Disregarding the slight call their own, Tumblr is a downfalls of the popular site for everyone and is site, Tumblr has become a worth joining.
EDITORIAL Page 18
Editorials represent the views and opinions of the Eastside Editorial Board.
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Governor Chris Christie’s budget cuts were shocking, causing many school districts financial strain. Even more shocking, however, is the number of budget cuts across New Jersey that targeted special education. Of the $1.06 billion eliminated from public schools’ state aid, $300 million, or 42 percent, was cut from special education, according to the Education Law Center in New Jersey. This cut is especially extensive considering that 18 percent of New Jersey students in public school require individualized education plans (IEP) to help with learning disabilities. Cherry Hill alone lost 83 percent – or $4,687,500 – of its state aid toward special education, calculated from the budget posted on the district website. The trend continues in surrounding districts. Haddonfield lost all $1,193,610 in categorical (or general) special education aid. Eastern High School’s share of
state aid was reduced to 14.5 percent of the amount previously granted. These numbers do not encompass the aid lost in security, transportation to out-of-district schools or adjustment services. If these amounts were included, then the difference would be even more staggering. Herein lies the problem: how are Cherry Hill and other districts supposed to compensate for the loss without allowing other education programs to suffer? The Cherry Hill School District has an extremely comprehensive special education program. The quality of this program is the reason why many families with special education students choose to live here. Both high schools offer an in-class resource program and pullout replacement program so that the needs of students with learning disabilities can be met. Cherry Hill West also offers a vocational program to help with preparing for the workforce and a functional academics program. To pay for the wide variety of resources available to students with learning disabilities, the district appropriated $15 million for the 2010-2011 school year. Formerly, the state government funded approximately one third of this cost. But after the cuts, Cherry Hill has to foot most of the bill on its own. Yet, this issue does not only affect special education; this additional burden affects all areas of the district’s budget. School districts like Cherry Hill cannot dig up money for special education without taking away from funds specifically set aside for general education. In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Cherry Hill is obligated to “provide a free, appropriate public education” suited to each child’s disabilities. School districts cannot provide less than the total money needed for each child, which in Cherry Hill can add up to $100,000 for a single student who requires extensive aid. Therefore, every dollar that Cherry Hill did not receive from Governor Christie’s budget has to Sally Yang (‘11)/ Eastside Managing Editor come from a non-spe-
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SPORTS October 2010
East football: five reasons to believe ■ By David Friedman (‘12) For Eastside
David Friedman is a returning varsity football starting linebacker. At the start of the season, he came up with five reasons for believing in his team even after they had a disappointing 1-9 record in the 2009 season. 1. Linebacking Corps Our defense is designed to have most of the tackles dumped into the linebackers. Luckily, we have no shortage of linebackers. With Matthew Satchell (‘12) at middle linebacker, Brian Regan (‘12) and myself at outside linebacker, all returning lettermen, not much gets into the secondary. We have been playing together since freshman year. Look for us to have a big year. 2. Cougars’ Secondary With safeties Rob Taylor (‘12) and Sage Kerrin (‘12), cornerbacks Isaiah Campbell (‘11) and Kurt Taylor (‘12), attacking through the air is a dead end for any offense. The Taylor cousins are both returning lettermen, which gives them a year un-
der their belt already. Campbell, the team’s captain, is also a returning letterman and looks to have the biggest year of his high school football career. Kerrin, a transfer from
3. Defensive Line In order to be successful on the defensive line, there has to be a “kill em’ all” attitude towards all opponents. That’s what we have this year. Although last
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David Friedman (‘12) goes for the tackle in an early season upset of Washington Township. Eastern High School, is a year’s seniors Obi Onejeme huge addition to the squad (‘10) and Nick Giunta (‘10) as well. He started last are two big losses, we have year at Eastern and looks Nick Oliver (‘11) and only to improve this year Carmen DiTore (‘12) to offwith the Fighting Cougars. set the key losses. Jamie Le
(‘12) and Frantz Felix (‘12) are two kids that want to hit somebody. No matter where they are, they are going to put a lick on someone. With four guys with that type of attitude, the defensive line should have a very successful year. 4. Wide Receivers This year we are lucky to have great depth in the receiver category. Several track stars including Alex Reber (‘12), Marcus Phillips (‘12) and Taj Frazier (‘12) will be catching the ball this year for East. Other specialty receivers include Rob Taylor, Kurt Taylor and Colin Roualet (‘12). All of this year’s receivers have experience from last year. This year it can only get better for them. 5. Offensive Line Most of the offensive linemen have greatly increased in size this year. With Coach Derek T. Satchell, this line could not have any better technique. Look for returning lettermen Joe Narducci (‘12) and Tyler Feldman (‘12) to have big years.
Girls’ volleyball aces rebuilding ■ By Jake Fischer (‘12)
(‘12) to step up as well. DiVito, a tall presence in the middle of the offense, Over the past five years, has learned a lot from last the Cherry Hill East Girls year’s seniors and from her Volleyball team has been a senior teammates this year perennial powtoo. She will erhouse and need to fill her championship role with conficontender withdence and nearin the Olympic perfect plays. Conference as Said DiVito, well as all of “I’m excited, but South Jersey. it’s a lot of presHowever, besure.” cause every Even if the starter from girls are conlast season fident about graduated, their chammany critics are pionship abilstarting to ities this season, doubt whether the team defiEast has the nitely needs to players, talent pay close atand experience tention to their in order to comdivision rivals. pete at its usual Heated battles top level. But between East, the team’s Eastern and doubters are Cherokee will be forgetting one vital towards thing: Coach the end of the Scott Mooney season standisn’t a quitter ings and playand he definiteoff positionly will not let ing. his girls give up The Cougars and fall short of have collectively their expectaa very Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editor built tions. warm and comJanine Pietrangelo (‘11) goes for a serve during practice in the DiBart Gym. “I want to win passionate team the conference every year,” never be questioned, as ready to compete for a conatmosphere at their daily Mooney, a former East Heather Hyon (‘11), ference championship. practices. If the players boys’ volleyball player said. Sydney Gore (‘11), as well “Last year [this group] stay together, continue to “I think we have the ability as the other aforemenplayed against the best allow themselves to be and I’m confident as tioned seniors, all have team in South Jersey coached and keep having always.” earned team captain honduring practice every fun, they have the makeup Although confidence can ors. day,” said O’Connell. to be extremely successful never be undervalued, the Tung said of her leader“We’re definitely prethis season. Cougars do lack experiship, “I didn’t come in [to pared.” In the words of Tung, ence. The team boasts one the season] feeling ready, Besides its large senior “We’re going to make it to returning starter in senior but after [Coach] Scott presence, this squad will be the playoffs and then go setter Fangel Tung (‘11), talked to me, I knew it was counting on Jamie DiVito from there.” Eastside Online Sports Editor
who will need to rely on hitters Shaylin O’Connell (‘11), Nicole Escobar (‘11), Sara Mechanic (’11) and Janine Pietrangelo (‘11). Leadership will definitely
important to step up.” This senior group doesn’t have the size and South Jersey-wide respected ability of last year’s graduating class, but they do feel
Logo by Diana Li (‘12) / Eastside Staff
East Talk with Dillon and Max This is the first of a series of columns in which Dillon Rosenblatt (‘11) and Max Cohen (‘12), Eastside’s sports editors, will discuss East sports. Question: What team or player are you most looking forward to seeing this season? Max: First off, I'm going to be cliché here and go with the basketball team. Seeing Chris Santo (‘11) finish off his East career should be spectacular. On the less obvious side of things, I can't wait to watch and hear about the East boys' swim team. Eastside Male Athlete of the Year Joe Petrone (‘13) should improve upon his amazing 2009-2010 campaign. Dillon: Well, I too am looking forward to how well the basketball team can do after losing starting guards Seth Friedman (‘10) and Ben Gerstein (‘10), but I think they can make a playoff push this year. I am even more looking forward to seeing how Eric Zaun (‘11) can lead the volleyball team to another stellar year after going undefeated last season and losing a heartbreaker to Southern Regional. Max: In the fall sports season, Jamie Silverberg (‘12) has been a star and should continue to be on her quest to win a South Jersey championship. She has continued to meet the high expectations set for her the second she stepped onto the courts at East. Even though Haddonfield continues to stand in the way of the girls tennis team, Silverberg has a real shot at helping propel the team to victory. Dillon: First team AllOlympic Conference, MVP of Eastern Volleyball Tournament and leader of 24-3 volleyball team last season, Eric Zaun (‘11) is the most exciting player to watch this year. He has the talent and leadership skills to bring East back to States, but he is going to face a big challenge with the losses of East's number-one setter, Rishi Sarkar (‘10) and captain Andrew Pursell (‘10). Zaun has to meet some high expectations after becoming one of New Jersey's top volleyball players last year. If East faces Southern Regional in next year’s playoffs, he will take East to victory on his quest for the championship.
SPORTS October 2010
Girls’ Cross Country Girls’ Tennis Head Coach: Mrs. Mary Jewett Least Seaon’s Record: 25-2 Captains: Jamie Silverberg (‘12), Amanda Silpe (‘11), Mehak Basu (‘11) Key Players: Silverberg, Elizabeth Conn (‘11), Amanda Elfman (‘13) Coach’s Quote: “My goal is to win the Olympic Conference and the sectional title and have Jamie Silverberg recognized as Player of the Year,” said Jewett.
Tennis Player Jamie Silverberg (‘12)
(See page 19 for girls’ volleyball preview)
Field Hockey Head Coach: Mrs. Elizabeth Scharff Last Season’s Record: 4-12-3 Captains: Katie DeMalo (‘11), Nina Orwitz (‘11), Lee Ockrymiek (‘11) Key Players: DeMalo, Orwitz, Ockrymiek, Dailyn Brook (‘12) Coach’s Quote: “Our expectations for this season are to end with a winning record and make it to States. We play in a very difficult conference, facing Eastern and Washington Township twice,” said Scharff.
Head Coach: Mr. Anthony Maniscalco Last Season’s Record: 3-3 Captains: Leah Mele (‘11), Allie Hettinger (‘11), Taylor Festa (‘11) Key Runners: Mele, Hettinger, Festa, Colleen Thompson (‘11) Coach’s Quote: We expect to work on running because we don’t have front runners. Our goal is to get five girls to run in under 21 minutes so we can beat teams,” said Maniscalco.
Cross Country Runner Taylor Festa (‘11)
Fall Sports Preview
Football Head Coach: Mr. Tom Coen Last Season’s Record: 1-9 Captains: Dan Melleby (‘11), Isaiah Campbell (‘11) Key Players: Campbell, Rob Taylor (‘12), Kurt Taylor (‘12), Taj Frazier (‘12), Alex Reber (‘12), Marcus Phillips (‘12), Sage Kerrin (‘12) Coach’s Quote: “We are going to come in, work and prepare. My expectations remain high,” said Coen.
Field Hockey Player Dailyn Brook (‘12)
All photos by Ben Taylor (‘11) and Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Photo Editors Centerpiece art by Kevin Cook (‘11)/ Eastside Art Director
Head Coach: Ms. Marie King Captains: Lauren Barger (‘13), Kate Hood (‘11) Key Players: Charity Baker (‘11), Taylor Kareem (‘11), Kelsey LaPorta (‘11) Coach’s Quote: “My expectation is to have a fun season expanding our stunts and cheer lists and to get the crowd involved,” said King.
Boys’ Cross Country
Soccer Players Gary Reiff (‘11) and Becca Wood (‘11)
Head Coach: Mr. Matt Cieslik Last Season’s Record: 4-2 Captains: Andrew Berger (‘11), Tony Chen (‘11), Naveen Yarlagadda (‘11), Josh Elkan (‘11), Damon Glatz (‘11), Steve Omari (‘11), Scott Zhao (‘11), Frank Zhang (‘11) Other Key Runners: DJ Rodriguez (‘12), Zach Ianarrelli (‘12) Coach’s Quote: “We’re hoping to qualify for the state championship and possibly the Meet of Champions,” said Cieslik.
Boys’ Soccer Head Coach: Mr. Karl Moehlmann Last Season’s Record: 11-4-2 Captains: Steve Grazioli (‘11), Seth Levy (‘11), Jeff Bowen (‘11) Key Players: Grazioli, Levy, Bowen, Gary Reiff (‘11), Eric Choe (‘12), Gary Lindgren (‘12) Coach’s Quote: “We are in the rebuilding stage this year with players who don’t have much experience, but we can still go for at least a .500 record and a possible playoff run,” said Moehlmann.
Information compiled by Dillon Rosenblatt (‘11) and Max Cohen (‘12)/ Eastside Sports Editors
Head Coach: Mr. Alex Falat Last Season’s Record: 5-12-2 Captains: Taylor Beatty (‘11), Rachel Sindoni (‘11) Key Players: Beatty, Sindoni, Rebecca Wood (‘11) Coaches Quote: “We expect to make the state playoffs this year,” said Falat.