Spirit Week 2010-2011: A Eustace Experience By Katie Jackson It’s a typical Tuesday morning in the Bishop Eustace community and you see your friends walking down the hallways of Martorelli Hall dressed as Disney characters, Elmo, and even a colorful Teletubbie. When could this possibly be acceptable? ... Spirit Week! Spirit Week is one of the most anticipated weeks at Bishop Eustace. The enjoyable activities and costumes during the week give Eustace students something to look forward to in the middle of the hectic fall schedule. This year, Spirit Week started on Tuesday, and the entire campus dressed for the theme of “Childhood Memories.” Student participation was immense, and many were clothed in costumes ranging from Nickelodeon characters to Disney characters. Bishop Eustace held its first “Best Costume” contest. Each homeroom voted for its best costume, and each winner was entered into the school-wide contest. A parade of colorful characters circled the judges (one crawled, keeping in character), and the decision was a difficult one. The Runner-Up was Adrien Aloi as Mary Poppins, and the winners were The Scooby Gang, comprised of Hannah Hoag as Scooby Doo, Eric Franklin as Freddie, Nick Vespe as Shaggy, Caroline McGuire as Velma, and Nicole LaRatta as Daphne. Wednesday was class theme day. Each class showed their school spirit as the freshmen
dressed as Nerds and the sophomores showed up as Hollywood Movie Characters. The juniors showed Philadelphia Pride by wearing an array of Philadelphia sports teams’ jerseys, and the nation’s colors, red, white, and blue. The funniest theme was the senior class who
dressed as “Senior Citizens.” Many had walkers, canes, white or gray hair, large glasses, oxygen tanks, and several even had IV stands. In addition, many acted in character: slumped and walking slowly, and behaving as grumps. This year, the most exciting part of Spirit Week took place on Thursday – Field Day! Unfortunately, it rained the entire day resulting in the cancelation of all the outdoor
activities. Nevertheless, Field Day in the Field House turned out to be a success. Everyone came into school fully dressed and ready to compete in the events. Many had their shirts decorated and hair sprayed in class colors. The school banners were also especially decorative this year. Each banner was colorful and eye catching. Also, the DJ sophomore Nick Lojek, did a great job playing popular songs that everyone enjoyed. Jamie Gillespie and Samantha Walters, student body president and vice president, did an excellent job directing and explaining the events. Field Day came to a close as everyone sang the Alma Mater. The seniors were most nostalgic, as their last Field Day came to an end. Despite the bad weather, each class showed school spirit and had a great time. Many pictures were taken and memories were made that are unforgettable. Spirit Week concluded on Friday with a “Black Out”. The BE Community showed school unity by wearing Eustace Black and White. The end of the school day ended with a pep rally to gear up for the Homecoming game later that night. The cheerleaders and football team put on an entertaining performance. Every year Spirit Week is nothing but fun. This year was no exception. As always, Spirit Week demonstrates what Bishop Eustace is all about –Pride, Unity, and School Spirit.
Homecoming 2010: A Night in the Castle
By Julie Warren
On Saturday November 7th, 2010 the Eustace community of students and faculty came together for the Homecoming dance. Students arrived at 7:00pm and made their entrance through a fantastic castle draw bridge. The night was filled with dancing and pictures, awaiting the announcement of the Homecoming King and Queen. The Homecoming court of Adam Bartholomew, Colin Lenart, Adam Steele, Frank McConnell, Grigorios Papadourakis, Jodi Coia, Lindsay Piatek, Samantha Walters, Marlena Pellegrino, and Olivia Gallo made their debuts escorted by their parents. Students and faculty gathered around supporting the nominees and awaiting the announcement from Mr. Bleistine. Finally, after many moments of anticipation, Frank McConnell and Marlena Pellegrino were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. As the night continued, Eustace’s major “dance party” of the year took off. Freshmen, unsure of what to except, enjoyed the night of dancing and picture taking. Seniors did not take any minute for granted, living up every moment of their last Homecoming dance at Eustace. Whether they were grabbing a water bottle from Ms. Williams and Brother Jim, talking with their teachers, or just dancing with friends, the Eustace students found fun. On behalf of the senior class, I think it’s safe to say that it was sad to call that our last Homecoming, but it was a wonderful last one to go out on. This Homecoming was a complete success, and definitely worthy of a Facebook album. A big thank you to student government, Mrs. Williams, Brother Jim, Mr. Bleistine, and all the faculty members who help put this dance together every year!
Girls JV Soccer: Lady Crusaders Have High Hopes By Anthony Marcozzi Off to a good start, the JV Lady Crusaders’ soccer team has high hopes for the post season. With high aspirations for the pennant race, the squad continues to work hard. Sitting down with Kathleen DiBari and Paige Abronski, two of the team’s leaders, state, “Our team has been doing great this season with an undefeated record and high hopes to beat our toughest competition, PVI. We hope to make a statement in the playoffs this year. We would be nowhere this year without our amazing coach, David Moffa.” The ladies have been putting in serious hours of ball drills, juggling, and team bonding. Abronski remarks, “Each game brings our team closer and closer.” The chemistry of the team is unreal. Sophomore sensation, Sam Brown, leads the wolf pack in goals. Junior keeper, Haley McKnight, has recorded multiple clean sheets (shut outs) and is truly a gem between the pipes. A common spectator of soccer, Sam Steele, says, “They have a great group of girls this year, and a very promising future.” Come out to watch the action for the rest of the season.
H2O Pitching Staff Season Review
By Trevor Norton
During the last half of the season, the Philadelphia Phillies relied heavily upon their pitching staff to lead the way with much of their batting line-up injured. Without a consistent line-up, and playing field, the pitching rotation truly needed to stay consistent and healthy, and that’s exactly what it did. The term “H2O” pitching staff comes from a play on words with Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels’s last names starting with the letter “H,” followed by their other pitcher Roy Oswalt with his last name starting with the letter “O”. These three big time pitchers had to pitch clutch down the last half of the season and that is exactly what they did. Everyone knew that Roy Halladay was a great pitcher and would be consistent, but the questions were about the other pitchers, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels. Those questions were quickly answered with Cole pitching “lights out”. He accumulated an ERA (earned runs average) below 2.00. Then the Phillies traded for a proven pitcher in Roy
Oswalt from the Houston Astros. At first he had some control problems and wasn’t pitching well in Houston. These bad habits quickly stopped when he arrived in Philadelphia and he began pitching like the ace of gold. The final reason why it was necessary for the pitchers to pitch well is because the Phillies bull-pen wasn’t looking to good. Many described the bull-pen as being tired and even shorthanded at times due to overuse in the first half of the season. Then the big three started pitching great all at the same time, which gave the bull-pen a much needed rest. Overall, when you combine these three pitchers to form the “H2O” pitching staff, their outstanding pitching showed down the stretch how lethal a combination they would be. All three starting pitchers did their part in leading the Phillies to the National League Championship. The big three will continue to pitch for and lead the Phillies in the playoffs.
A Giant Challenge
The Forgotten Ones: the 76ers
By Ryan Acito
After winning in the Divisional Series, the Philadelphia Phillies are back in the NLCS for the third year in a row. This season, they are facing the San Francisco Giants, which will most likely prove to be a tough series. Despite talk about a third straight World Series appearance, the Phillies won’t win this series easily. The Giants have a rotation to match the Phillies’ rotation (that includes pitchers such as The Doc, Oswalt and Hamels), with some solid pitchers of their own (including Tim “The Freak” Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez, and Matt Cain). Also, the two teams are very even in batting. The Phillies ranked 12th in batting this year with a .260 team batting average, while the Giants were close behind at 15th with a .257 team batting average. If these numbers mean anything, this NLCS series will be close. Even though these numbers are similar, the Phillies have a slight edge in playoff experience, as they have made the playoffs for the last three years and have been in the World Series twice, winning in 2008. The Giants, however, are in the playoffs for the first time in seven years, and have many players on the team with little or no playoff experience. Hopefully, this slight edge in experience will help the Phillies defeat the Giants for their third NLCS victory in three years.
By Nicholas Batastini We all know about the Phillies, the Eagles, and the Flyers, but what Philadelphia team do we keep forgetting about; the 76ers. It seems understandable how easily a team can be forgotten when their last playoff series win came back in 2002. But don’t be discouraged; don’t lose faith because our time is coming. It’s time to support the team that needs it the most. Help the Sixers become great again. The Sixers have veteran leaders such as Elton Brand and Andre Iguadala who are looking for break out seasons. The young talent on this team is ridiculous with players like Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holiday, and Marreese Speights who are always looking to put up big numbers in big moments of games. The Sixers also had a strong trade in the offseason bringing over Andreas Nocioni and Spencer Hawes. The talent is there, no doubt, but can the team learn to use their talent to win games or will they continue to fall apart? Hopefully the Sixers can spark some magic and have a season that no one could have expected. The Sixers are a young talented team that can compete in this league for years to come. No they’re not the Phillies nor the Eagles. It’s time for the Philadelphia 76ers to start their own legacy with the talent they put on the court. But the question remains the same; are you with us?
Boy’s Basketball: Eustace is Back
By Carson Puriefoy
The Bishop Eustace boys’ basketball program has high expectations this season as the Crusaders return three of their five starters from last year, along with many experienced varsity players. The team would like to improve upon an overall record of twenty-one wins and just six losses. The mindset is totally different this season, whereas last season the goal was make the playoffs. The boys are confident that they can make a run at the State Title this year. While the Crusaders are projected to be in South Jersey’s top five teams in this year, the core is made up mostly of juniors (six to be exact). Two seniors, a sophomore, and possibly a freshman complete the varsity roster to this point. There could be some changes towards the start of the season, but for now this is the best idea. Sho DaSilva, Dexter Harris, and Carson Puriefoy are the three returning starters who bring plenty of experience to this young team. Scott Hyland, Will Lennon (also juniors), Greg Sobocinski, Andrew Mattes (seniors), and Tom Falconiero (sophomore) also have varsity experience. Trevor Norton (junior) transferred from Clearview Regional High School this year and is expected to have a big impact on the team as well. Many students are already excited for this upcoming season, making preparations to attend most, if not all the games. T-Shirts were given out at the end of last season before the last game that read, “Eustace Basketball… The Tradition is Back!” People might not have understood then, but once this season rolls around, all of their questions will hopefully have been answered and all of their doubts erased. Even after this season is finished, the team will only lose two seniors. Eustace may very well be on the verge of becoming an elite program once again. All one can do now is talk, but the players must perform when the lights come on. We shouldn’t be too worried; after all we have a tradition of winners (so says the banner in the field house).
Eustace Captures XC Titles
By Holly Bischof
This cross country season has been a very exciting one for both the girls and boys teams. At the Conference meet on October 5th, both teams captured the Conference title. They celebrated well earned victories over Paul VI, their biggest rival. It was a great honor for both teams to be named National Division Conference champions. The girls celebrated their second straight National Division Conference title. They were led by Holly Bischof, Courtney Kelly, Emily Stelmaski, Rachael Weiss, Melanie Klekotka, Nicole LaRatta, and Hannah Hoag. The boys were extremely excited as they won their first ever National Division Conference title. After losing to Paul VI for the past 18 years, they finally pulled the team together into an unstoppable pack of incredible runners. The boys’ team was led by Ron Griswold, Luke Mazzochette, Eric Franklin, Steve Jaworski, Dvonne Trumbo, Matt Thompson, and William Tso. The teams are looking for a successful end to their season in the upcoming state meet. Best of luck to them as they compete for the state titles!
“Super Size Me”—Athletes Should Avoid the Fast Food Temptaion By Kathleen DiMaggio Your typical fast food favorites may seem quick and easy, but you don’t realize how eating in this unhealthy matter can hurt you in playing sports. Fast food creates a double whammy on health when you may not even realize it. Hundreds and hundreds of calories are present in fast food. Classics such as “Big Mac” and “Whopper” can truly cause overall health and athletic performance. Fast food contributes heavily to unnecessary weight gain, which then leads to obesity. In our country, fifty million people are dependent on fast food. Fifty million people exist on a poor diet every single day. These people contribute to over 110 billion dollars that the fast food restruants are receiving from Americans alone. To avoid harmful effects, ask about nutrition facts when you spend your money on this type of food. Of course one can splurge, enjoy these restaurants every now and then, but depending on greasy, fattening food is not in your best interest, especially if you are interested in excelling at a sport.
Nights under the Lights--BE Fans
Holak Gets 100th Win
By Colin McCafferty
By Holly Bischof
As the team marches down the path hand in hand to the perfect rhythm of the “click clat” of cleats, it is entirely surrounded by fans. The roaring crowd lines the paths, fills the stands, and floods the infamous freshmen hill. Each week the team is greeted with new entertainment, kicking off the night with a cookout filled with great food and then continuing it until game time, when the fans, dressed in black and white, fill the stands. To a student from Eustace, it is simply known as a black out or white out, both of which equally terrify the opposing team. The boys in black never feel unloved at these great social events. The fans always know they will be given a show, whether it is Sean Bell streaking down the sidelines or Nick Batastini with a huge hit. Anything can happen on these thrilling Friday nights.
This field hockey season has already been a successful one for the Crusaders. On September 14th, they defeated Shawnee 1-0 in an Olympic Conference game as Moira Penza scored the game winning goal. This game also happened to be Coach Holak’s 100th win at Eustace. Holak, a 1992 Bishop Eustace graduate, previously played field hockey for the Crusaders. She then came back to help coach her high school team and is currently in her sixth year as head coach and ninth season overall. This win was very special for Holak and her team, showing how influential she has been as a coach. Her hard work has paid off in the games, and she hopes that the team will only continue to grow stronger as the season comes to a close.
Fashion Trends of Fall 2010/Winter 2011 By Nicole DeFino Going to a Catholic School has some perks and some downfalls. One of the bigger controversies about Catholic Schools is the uniform requirement. Wearing a uniform may seem suitable for some, you can avoid the time it takes when trying to find an outfit to wear every morning, but wearing a uniform takes away from self-expression. Because we go to a school where we only get to dress regularly once almost every month, most of us try to dress as comfortably as possible, the ideal sweats/jeans and hoodie. So I thought it would be convenient to list just a few of the top fashion trends for fall 2010 and winter 2011 since none of the trends are ever seen in school. 1) The military trend: You may see military chic inspired boots and coats all over the place. The trend is major this season; army greens, navy, buckles and buttons, but be careful because this doesn’t mean camouflage. 2) Over-the-knee (a.k.a. thigh high) boots: There are not many places to go with high-heeled over-the-knee boots while still in high school, but flat thigh high boots are just as in style and popular for the upcoming seasons. I do advise avoiding patent boots; keep it classic with suede or a little on the rocker chic side with leather boots. 3) Knee high socks: Yes, that’s right, socks. The trend seems to be growing and appearing everywhere. Knee highs look great with boots, showing right above the boot. The trend is perfect for the colder months. They even look great layered over tights. Free People is one of the many designers who shows the style off perfectly. 4) Fur: It is getting cold so what better to keep warm with? But fur is just not being used to keep you cozy; it is being used as a trend. While the price of fur may be quite out of your budget, the faux fur is just as good (especially if you have an ethical issue about wearing animal fur). Fur seems to be making its way into everything from accessories to clothing and footwear this winter. 5) Layering: It’s a cute way to complete any outfit. Adding a scarf or thick knits will keep you warm during the colder months. You can connect the sock trend to this by layering socks with tights, just do not over do it. Layering similar colors will make the trend work better.
Dress Down Day Fashions
By Audra Vaccaro
When granted the opportunity to express themselves in clothing, Bishop Eustace students have a wide range of styles. Are you the sweat pants and sweatshirt type or the jeans and polo type? Walking around campus, students either sport the “just rolled out of bed” look or the dressed too nicely, “ready for prom.” look. But noticeably, a mixture of jeans and sweatshirts are the most popular. Students, who are unfamiliar with being out of uniform, are free to show the school their personality through style. When it comes to these selected days of the year, the question whether it is really a dress down day or a dress up day can be brought up. Bishop Eustace students sure do personalize their dress down day outfits. The ordinary and most common footwear would be Uggs. Students have been seen with an array of colors carrying from the chestnut brown to light blue or pink! Animal print Uggs have also been spotted on campus. Although most students are sporting these comfortable shoes other than their unisex uniform ones, there have been a few girls seen in high heels. Are those really more comfortable than the school shoes? Debatable. The females use these dress down days also to accessorize and wear more jewelry than usually allowed. However, it seems the boys are completely opposite from the girls. Eustace males are more than happy to unbutton their top button and not tuck in their shirts. Their attire is usually the most comfortable clothing they can find when rolling out of bed in the morning. Even though they are presentable, dress down days are gifts to the boys and girls who dress down in the most casual way possible. Bishop Eustace students are always relieved to hear of a dress down day approaching and it is the most interesting to see the clothing they sport. Also, heard amongst the halls the day before a dress down day, are the questions of what each person is wearing. “What are you wearing tomorrow?” If the answer is sweats, the other person usually decides to wear them too. Is this really an expression of someone’s own style or are students basing their clothing choice on the outfits of others. Underclassmen look at the upperclassmen when deciding what’s “cool” or not. But what is “cool” is being your self. So when scanning through your closet the night before or the morning of, wear what you want to wear and don’t base your outfit on another students. This is the Eustace students chance to express through style! But at the end of the day, all the students will be wearing one item in common: the lanyard!
Dear Crusader Dear Crusader, I’m a freshman, and I’m still getting accustomed to Bishop Eustace. The amount of work in high school is so much more than in grade school, and I’d like to do a sport but I don’t think I have the time. It’s all so overwhelming, how should I balance my time? -Overwhelmed Freshman Dear Overwhelmed Freshmen, I know high school seems overwhelming, but the good news is that everyone else in your class feels the same way. It may seem impossible to manage your time properly, but it’s not. I suggest going out for whatever sport you want, because you will learn how to balance the time. Use your prep periods as an advantage, they will help you get a load of work off your shoulders so you only have a little left to do for homework. If you ever have extra time to read a chapter or study ahead, I strongly advise to do so because it will pay off in the end. Don’t be overwhelmed; just take things one step at a time. -Crusader
Status Update: Facebook is Taking Over By Alexandra Canal
Did you read their wall to wall? How many status updates did she make? Why does his relationship status say “single”? I saw it on my newsfeed! Don’t accept his friend request! Sound familiar? The Facebook phenomenon has taken over the world, primarily targeted toward high school and college students. Yet, with the influx of participants, it is not unlikely to see moms, dads, and even grandparents hooked to the site, posting pictures and status updates for the world to see. Yet, what is it about this website that makes it so addicting? Furthermore, how did it get this big, and will it ever become a thing of the past? These questions sparked the making of the first major motion picture about this incredible site, The Social Network. Inspired by a true story, the movie goes hand in hand with Facebook’s obvious intrigue and popularity. The answers to these questions, one may never know, but the one thing that everyone can agree on is that Facebook is not going anywhere anytime soon. “Staying connected with my friends and family is definitely one of the main reasons why I like Facebook,” Katie Ewell, a junior, expressed about the site. “I get to see pictures from different events of the past, and stay up to date with everything that goes on.” Easy communication seems to be a major Facebook “plus” that attracts every member. Whether it be receiving a friend request from an old soccer camp roommate, or re-connecting with a relative who moved away, Facebook provides the necessary tools in order to stay connected with current relationships, and even create new ones. For example, an application known as “Friend Finder” tracks down certain people who one may know based on similar schools and “mutual friends.” Yet finding friends isn’t the only cool thing about this site. For instance, pictures say a thousand words right? Well, just imagine how many pictures currently exist on Facebook. This feature allows members to communicate to one another via images, which practically everyone with cameras adores. Finally, the last major aspect of Facebook, “the status”, allows people to express themselves, how they are feeling, or what they are up to. In The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg, creator of the website, couldn’t have imagined anything better, explaining that “people want to go on the internet and check out their friends so why not build a website that offers that?” In essence, Mark’s main goal, in the movie at least, was to take the whole college experience and place it on the internet
while still keeping things “cool”, hence why the site is free with no annoying pop-up ads. “Yes, definitely,” Gianna Murabito, current Junior, agrees, “If Facebook were not free I would probably not have one.” See? Free is so cool. Yet, creating a super-cool, multi billion dollar corporation does not come without obstacles, as displayed with the many lawsuits Mark was involved in. First, there were the arrogant, prestigious Winklevoss twins. Originally asking for Mark’s help in creating a website for Harvard students, the twins’ main focus was to create some type of Harvard dating site. Taking this idea and transforming it into something so much more, Mark betrayed the twins, who later filed a heavy law suit for “stealing their idea.” Then, there was Mark’s best friend, Eduardo Saverin, who was cheated out of 19 million dollars and a significant share in the company revenue. Consequently, the movie makes Zuckerberg out to be the “bad guy,” talking with an extremely rude attitude, not listening to his closest advisors, and worrying too much about popularity. Obviously, this is to be expected since Zuckerberg was not directly involved with the movie, while Saverin was. Therefore, the validity of the plot was most likely contrived for entertainment purposes, as well as Saverin’s interpretation of how things may have occurred. Yet, although a tad drawn out and depressing at times, it is worth the trip, sparking an interest in even the most uninterested individuals. The Social Network only provides a glimpse of the true phenomenon that has transformed the worldwide web and defined a generation. Maybe Facebook will die out in the next 20 years; maybe it will diminish in popularity; maybe the whole social networking system is just a current fad… …but until that time, Facebook me ;)
Invictus:The Story That Changed History By Maeve Griffin
Invictus is a film that tells the inspiring true story of Nelson Mandela, played by Morgan Freedman, joining forces with Francois Pienaar, the captain of South Africa’s ruby team, played by Matt Damon, in hopes of uniting the country. When Nelson is elected as President of South Africa, he faces issues such as economic stagnation, unemployment, rising crime rates, and balancing black aspirations with white fears. In Nelson’s oath speech, he pledges to unite the people of Africa. This pledge excites the black people but the Afrikaners feel as though they are loosing control of the country. The film follows the South African rugby team, the Springboks throughout their quest to win the world cup. Nelson feels that if the Springboks wins the World Cup, it can unite South Africa. However, the black South Africans do not like the Springbok name, logo, or colors because they feel it represents the dark history and racial injustice of apartheid in South Africa. So, they refuse to cheer for the South African team. The Sports Council tries to get the Springboks named changed but Nelson refuses to change the name because he says that they are now a nation with the Afrikaners and he does not wish to change the Afrikaners tradition. He believes they should surprise the Afrikaners with compassion by letting them keep their team name and colors. Nelson invites Francois over for tea and they discuss inspiration and motivation. Nelson hints to Francois that winning the World Cup could make a huge impact on South Africa by uniting the Afrikaners and the natives. This movie is a feel-good movie about how one simple thing, such as a country’s sport team, can unite together and save a nation. This is an inspiring story of one man’s quest and his struggles along the way. The best part about it is that it is a true story. If you are a lover of history, sports, or just great movies, I would highly recommend this film.
Hard Work in Rome An Interview with Brother Jim By Alex Soloner From mid September until the middle of October, something major was missing from Bishop Eustace. Brother Jim was not on campus, and it just didn’t feel the same. Instead, he was in Rome attending and voting in the 20th General Assembly of the Pallottines. I recently had a chance to sit down and talk with him about his time in Rome. The first thing I learned from Brother Jim was what exactly he and the rest of the Assembly had done during their time there. One of their most important accomplishments was electing the new General Council, a historic election in the 175 year history of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate. They elected a new Rector General and his council, and they even altered the current electoral process they use
for this position. Although Brother’s trip and the decisions made on it will not directly influence Bishop Eustace students on a day-to-day basis, they will greatly affect the Pallottine order. These effects will come from the new administration and especially from the new non-European Rector General. Of course not every day was spent in the Assembly. Each day began with daily Mass. When I asked Brother about the Mass in Rome, he told me that it was almost identical to our Mass except for one major differ-
ence. Mass was said in five languages: Polish, Portuguese, Italian, English, and German. He went on to say that because many Pallottines are also from Africa, parts of the Mass were also said in both Swahili and French. This really shows the changing face of the Pallottine International Community. There was one day that Brother did get to leave and enjoy the tourist aspect of Rome. On that day, Brother Jim went to St. Peter’s Basilica, the Coliseum, the Pantheon, and many other famous sites in Rome. Being selected to go on this trip was a great privilege and shows how highly respected Brother Jim is. As he explained to me, he was elected to go by the Province. Despite appreciating and understanding the importance of his selection, Brother Jim told me that if he were asked to do this again he would happily let someone else take a turn. I’m guessing this is not just because of all the hard work involved, but that he missed us and the whole Bishop Eustace community in general.
Introducing New Vocal Teacher Ms. Weir By Lisa Leone Whenever you are walking through Trinity Hall to get to class, you may sometimes hear what sounds like angels. Just down below from Mr. Kern’s math class and next door to the band room, is Bishop Eustace’s vocal room in 301. We were lucky enough to get a graduate from Rowan University to come to be our new vocal teacher for this year. Ms. Jennifer Weir comes from a family of musicians and has been singing since before she could talk. Growing up, Ms. Weir’s mother played the piano for many musicals around the area. Watching actors on stage and listening to music so often, she immediately fell in love with music. I asked Ms. Weir about the other experiences or guidance have she had in addition to her mother. She revealed, “I was lucky enough to be a student there when Dr. Robert Page was the Director of Choral Music. He is a very famous name in choral music and has won multiple Grammy Awards, so it was a real treat getting to work with him. I was also very active in the Opera Company, singing several roles and after graduation I still help out backstage as Stage Manager.” When asked how she liked Bishop Eustace thus far, she replied that “It has been wonderful at Bishop Eustace. Everyone is so supportive and encouraging. It is a great place to come to everyday. I love working in musical theatre. Having the opportunity to vocal
direct the musicals is amazing. The fall show has been a blast, it has so much fun music, but it is also a very big challenge. I am proud that the cast is stepping up and really doing a great job. I also can’t wait until spring when we do Guys and Dolls. That is one of my favorite shows. I have wanted to be a part of it for a very long time, and now I get that chance. I am absolutely amazed at the talent we have here. And, aside from talented students, we have dedicated students, which is even better! Everyone works really hard to make the best of every opportunity they are given. As a teacher, that makes my job that much more enjoyable and exciting. “ Okay now for the good stuff! I asked Ms. Weir to share some fun facts about herself, and she told me several interesting tidbits: “Well, favorite colors are lavender and red, as far as favorite singers – for classical music, I love Renee Fleming and Placido Domingo, but I also love jazz vocalists, my favorites are Ella Fitzgerald, and more recently, Jane Monheit. And of course, who doesn’t love Billy Joel?! I love, love, love, Reeses pieces, and am a complete fanatic for Red Velvet cake.” I have personally gotten to know Ms. Weir over the past few months through vocal class, fall musical, and independent music studies. I have to say that she is an incredible vocalist and teacher. This being my 4th year in vocal
music and my senior year, I was nervous to have a new vocal teacher come into the music department. However, Ms. Weir was a great addition; her classes are educational and fun at the same time. She pushes us to sing louder, powerful, and with more confidence because she knows Eustace kids have talent. As of right now we are preparing for the Winter Concert, which is December 15, 2010 at the Collingswood Theatre at 7:30. One of the songs we will be singing is “Carol of the Bells” and Ms.Weir makes us practice until we sing it, to the best of our ability. We will sing “Ding, dong, ding, dong that is their song, with joyful ring, all caroling” a hundred times until we finally get it perfect and sounds beautiful. As the class becomes used to Ms.Weir and her teachings, I can tell that we are going to be an amazing choir. We are all starting to see that we have way more talent than we think, thanks to Ms. Weir. I wish Ms. Weir the best of luck with the rest of the year and on behalf of the Eustace community we welcome you to our school.
Generations in Education: Interview with Ms. Bleistine By Julia Malak Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the new teachers that have come into the Eustace community. Ms. Bleistine, the daughter of the much-loved principal, Mr. Bleistine, has joined the teaching staff at Eustace this year. She had a great deal to say and was very friendly in her interview. I asked her what her hopes were for the school year. She responded with much helpful information (This is to you juniors and seniors! Listen up!). She said that she hopes to be able to prepare the seniors so that when they finally get to college, the work load and the experience as a whole is not a surprise for them. Ms. Bleistine shared a fun experience from her past, just so she could let the students in on a little bit more of her personality. I asked her what one fun thing was that students didn’t already know. She said that she went mud sliding when she was 18. It was her last cross country meet as a senior. “It
was a very rainy meet,” she said, “and the hills were so muddy. We all decided last minute to slide down the muddy hill. I got in trouble with my parents, but the memories and fun that came from it were worth it.” Next, I asked her how she liked Bishop Eustace, and what the difference is coming from being a student, to actually teaching in the classroom. “To me, the school as a whole has not changed. However, it is a very different experience being a teacher, rather than a student.” Just in case you don’t have Ms. Bleistine as a teacher, the classes she teaches are four classes of World Literature and one junior class of British Literature.” When I asked Ms. Bleistine who her role model was, she told me that her “Grammy” fills this slot. She is deceased now, but when she was alive, she was the person that
helped Ms. Bleistine strengthen her love for English, and reading. She also taught the most important lesson which is to appreciate the simple things in life. I mentioned this before, but I asked her if she had any additional tips to give to the juniors and seniors that are now or will soon become involved in the college process? First of all, she said, one tip that she has for seniors is to proofread the essays that you are using to apply to colleges. She stressed how important this is to proofread the essays because it can make a world of difference for how you are seen by the administration officials at the colleges. As for juniors, she suggests that you focus hard on your school work and grades, because the better the grades are, the easier the college process will be. Lastly, and as most, if not all of you may know, Ms. Bleistine’s father is the principal of Bishop Eustace now, and was actually the principal of Bishop Eustace when she was a student here. I asked her what she most enjoys about working so closely with her father. In addition, what it is like coming back from being a student from a few years back. She said that she loves working with her father because she has the ability to draw on his past experiences whenever she has a problem. Also, one thing that she noticed when she came back to Eustace was there is still a strong sense of community. “It is just as strong as when I was a student.”
Renaissance Faire: Back to the Old Days! A complete guide: The Pros and (few) Cons of Ren Faire By Yolanda Quintana
Along with many other students in the junior class, I had the privilege to attend the Renaissance Faire on October 10th. I had never gone to the Renaissance Faire, so I had to navigate my way through the confusing map and pick out the best food places and shops- not the best part of the trip. Luckily for you I’m willing to share my knowledge! Walking into the Renaissance Faire, you are greeted by authentic looking characters belonging in that time period. This gives the feel of actually walking into that time period. The map was confusing and took a while to get used to, (which as you can imagine is a negative) but the people around were more than willing to help. If their readiness to help wasn’t a positive, then I don’t know what was. I was a bit disappointed by the food, where I was expecting a bit more, but I did find a cute little homemade pastry shop. I would highly recommend stopping by to buy
an apple strudel. They are nice, warm, not too sweet, and a good price! The shops are expensive, so I would recommend that you bring a little money. I, a jewelry collector, found that the jewelry was just too expensive and that was a negative to me. I was able to find a few small and inexpensive shops--always a plus. My favorite, the apothecary, carried various teas, incenses, spices, potpourri and other goods at low prices. I enjoyed watching the shows even more than shopping. Remember that, although you may not be able to find these items elsewhere, you can still shop somewhere else. However, the shows are a once in a lifetime! At the entrance, you are handed a schedule of the shows. Enjoyable shows included the jousting, the human chess board, anything produced from the globe theater, and last but not least, Bells and Motley. Bells and Motley performed a series of songs, and
some depicted stories. Their performances were pleasing to the ear and beautifully put together. I would highly recommend their show. I went to almost all of their performances! All in all, the Renaissance Faire was enjoyable; it would be wise, if you plan to go on your own, to check out the website. On their website, they show the theme for certain weekends and months. Some would be more appealing than others. The shops and shows reflect the theme. The theme for the Renaissance Faire trip this year was wine tasting. It is obvious that the theme didn’t really apply to juniors. Many thanks to Ms. Cecil and the “behind the stage” crew for putting together the trip for us. I’m sure I can speak for everyone when I say it was much appreciated and enjoyed. Whether you go on your own or wait until you’re a junior, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and take my recommendations to heart!
Senior Year: No Regrets? Some Advice for Freshmen and Sophomores By Kelly McCrossin My friends and I were sitting at a table in the library one day, discussing over pre-calc homework how quickly these past four years have gone by. We recalled a lot of memories, a lot of drama, and a lot of great times. Someone prompted the question, “Well, do you have any regrets?” We all kind of laughed and thought for a few minutes. No, we didn’t regret not going out with that junior boy. We didn’t regret not sticking with a sport. The most common answer was reiterated a few times, and even more so as the year has progressed. Our regrets had nothing to do with the social aspects of high school, but rather the academics. “I regret not working hard enough my freshmen and sophomore year”, the majority of us admitted. Everyone is in the same boat freshman year. We’re all a little (okay, really) scared, nervous, anxious, and another adjective that has to do with an excitement of the nerves. We also waltzed into Eustace with a laid back demeanor. “Nothing to worry about this year. I’ve gotten all A’s in 8th grade, so I should be fine here.” …Not really, kiddo. Reality check: You are at the bottom of the food chain now. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. You have time to improve your attitude, grades, personality, time management skills, lady-killer skills, almost anything. You have four years of high school ahead of you. Enjoy it. But remember this: Freshman year lays the foundation for the rest of your years in high school. It’s important that you have fun as well as focus heavily on schoolwork. I’ll be honest, I’ve made some of my greatest memories hanging out on the quad or goofing off the in cafeteria during periods when maybe I should have gone for biology help or studied for that religion test. Could getting better grades on tests and quizzes have completely changed my GPA? And, could not preparing for them possibly have killed any chance I had of getting into my dream college? I wouldn’t go too far in saying one grade turned my goals into pipe dreams, but it’s all these trite, insignificant things that end up coming full circle in a bad way. The same goes for you, sophomores. How did you like your final freshman GPA? Was it just OK? Did you really give it your all? Did you deactivate your Facebook for a night to do a paper and think it really benefitted you in any way? (Don’t even try to deny that. We have all been in that boat before). I remember spending a lot of my prep periods talking with friends and sitting on the quad relaxing before history. If only I had spent it in the library having a conversation with my teacher, then maybe my grades would have improved greatly. It’s about managing your time and realizing that everything you do has consequences. Be prepared to come face-to-face with your decisions when you start your junior or senior year. Your counselor becomes your best friend and Naviance is your lifeline. And when you glance at your GPA, does your heart sink or swim? I know this is probably freaking you out right now as you squirm in your seat trying to decide if you should spend 3rd period with your pals or if you should start that lab report due tomorrow. You have a multitude of chances right now. Choose the opportunity that will benefit you in the long run. You can thank me later. But don’t take all of this to heart, underclassmen. As I said before, you have a lot of time to figure things out. Have fun with your friends, relax a few periods if you really need to; but don’t take all of this free time for granted. It’s important to make memories, but it’s equally as important to try your hardest everyday and spend time reviewing, studying, and completing homework. And when you all become upperclassmen, taking AP classes and driving to school and visiting colleges, think back to these years where you are right now. How much do you think you’ll regret?
Who said the Pink Sweater Vest was the New Thing? By Katie Hutchison Bishop Eustace has had an abundance these sweaters because they refuse to tuck in of changes this year. There are a couple of new their blouses, which makes them look sloppy. teachers and a newly built awning from the Li At first, all of the girls had a problem brary to the Science Lecture Hall. All of these with the sweater vest. Everyone thought that changes have affected the school tremendousthe school was being too strict and it had too ly, especially the new addition to the girls’ new many rules. Most of the girls did not underuniform. From wearing just a blouse during the stand why the sweater vest had to be pink. fall and spring, girls are now required to wear Now that school has started with the new vest, a pink sweater vest on top. Girls have to wear not as many girls are complaining. Some are
actually staring to like them. The sweater vest is very confronting and makes the student body look better at Eustace. They also make the uniforms look more colorful from the original black and gray. Jaylynn Barnes, Class of 2012, said “These sweater vests bring out some color with our uniforms.” These vests were once a disaster, but now they are the new thing.
Fiscal Food-The High Cost of High School Lunch By Freddie Baker When it comes to food, I love to eat. I don’t care what is put on the plate in front of me, whether it is something as simple as hamburgers and hot dogs, or as crazy as spider roll sushi. Something I do care about though, would be the price I am paying for food, and unless my food comes out on a silver plate with candlelight, and Megan Fox is sitting across from me, I’m not dishing out the majority of all the cash in my pocket. Last I checked, Megan Fox does not attend Bishop Eustace Prep, and candles would be considered a fire-hazard. Understand that I am not criticizing the quality of the food we’re eating. I buy lunch every day, and I am content with the menu. What I am getting at though is that in public school, I was able to buy the main lunch (which could be anything from a chicken patty to three tacos, rice, and corn), a snack, and a drink everyday for the reasonable price of three dollars. I do realize that public schools get a surplus of butter, cheese, and other foods from the government. These help make the Federal Lunch Program affordable, but there should not be such a huge gap between prices. I’m barely able to get a big cookie and a fountain drink from our cafeteria for three dollars. It seems that every year I come back, food prices rise. Fifty cents might not sound like a lot, but that’s an extra ten dollars a month if you buy everyday. Also, I guess since our chicken sandwiches are s “homestyle,” that it is reasonable to believe that their actual prices should increase so greatly. I also am aware that compared to other private (not diocesan) high schools in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, we are still a bargain for a great private education. I just think it’s time to consider the students’ budgets and appetites a little more than has been done lately. We growing guys get hungry, so we buy a lot of food, but our wallets are hurting!
By Audra Vaccaro
Senior Stress Corner
Where should I apply? Can I get in? When is the deadline? What should I write about for my essay? These are only some of the questions racing through the heads of Bishop Eustace seniors during this first school semester. Not only is the college search difficult, but the actual application process is the most stressful of all. As seniors, it is our duty to keep up our grades while filling out numerous forms and writing the perfect essay. This is the biggest decision of our lives. Finding the right college, meeting the deadlines, and then trying to show our personality in only 300 words is overwhelming. The underclass students might want the first couple of months of the year to go by quickly, but the seniors, on tight time budget, are stressed. Although choosing a college or university might seem hard, the personal essay at the end of that extensive application is what seems to bother seniors the most. Deciding on a topic to write about is the first step. Then, attempting to express your personality traits in a short length is the most difficult. In these essays there is no space to be wordy with background information. The task is to simply catch the attention of the admissions office, keep them interested, and get accepted, right? Actually, it is much more complicated than that. In order for the essay to stand out, seniors are struggle with connecting constructive thought to creativity. The concept of admissions making a decision after reading only a short excerpt about someone who might have waited till the last minute or was too stressed to show his or her full potential is unrealistic. Will they really know who you are after reading this essay? Probably not. But for all the seniors out there pulling their hair out, you are not alone. Every senior is stressed, but in the end, the essay will be completed. A feeling of relief will wash over you after hitting “submit.” Now, those questions during application process have transferred to, “Where should I start my future?”
By Nicole DeFino Whenever senior year, or even junior year, rolls around it seems like there isn’t a thing in the world to talk about except one question, “What colleges are you looking at?” Now don’t get me wrong, you may be completely excited and thrilled about college, but you may just be completely annoyed and exhausted. Well let me tell you, I have been applying and researching colleges for a while, and this whole process is making me stressed. Once all the applications and transcripts are in, I know my stress will be relieved, but not for too long! Because then comes the acceptance wait, as if we aren’t anxious enough. The counselors are great for guidance; they are very dependable and give great advice, never doubting you. Student personal service has efficient amounts of information if your counselor is not available, including numerous college books and pamphlets, if you have not already started researching. The best part about the whole college search experience is knowing you are deciding where you will be spending most of your time for the next several years, where you will be making new friends and experiencing a new life. I don’t think it actually hits you until senior year; things are starting to get real. In a year, you will not be with the same people you have been with in the past four years. But time will fly by; procrastination is the worst thing possible, as for me, I’m for early admission to all of my schools. The college process takes time, but the best thing to do is make the best of it because it will lead to your future.
By Krista Cipollone Applying to college… we’ve all been through it, will be through it, or are going through it at the moment. So how do you cope with the many stresses that college applications, deadlines, and essays upon essays bring to you? The beginning of every person’s senior year in high school is a very important time, so “Senioritis” cannot be the answer to this question… well not quite yet. In this case, what is the answer? My best advice for every senior at this point in time is to take each step one at a time and focus on doing the best you can until a decision has been made as to which college you will be attending. The most important thing to remember is to stay on top of your work on college essays and applications. Once you are confident in SAT and ACT scores, it is time to begin finishing the application process. Be sure to check all of the application deadlines and talk to you counselors frequently. It is a good idea to talk to your counselors about transcripts and possibly asking them to look over your applications because it is always a great idea to get an “outsider’s” opinion! Visiting the schools you are most interested in applying to is also a great way to get a “feel” for whether or not you think you belong and want to go to that school or not. Listening to your counselor and the tips you receive from college visits will make the stresses of applying much easier! It is very important to make sure you stay on top of your work in the rest of your classes, as well. It would make no sense to put forth that great amount of effort into applying to colleges if your grade point average was to drop. All in all, to make things easier, keep in mind that before you know it, you’ll be on the plane to Disney with the rest of your class! Homecoming, prom, and many other exciting events will also come as time flies during our senior year. Just remember to have fun and enjoy yourself during this important and hectic time of your senior year!
Close to the First Quarter By Nevin O’Kane
As the first quarter comes to a close, one can’t help themselves but to recall the mixed emotions we had about coming back to school. Most everyone was adamant against starting a new school year, but as time drew on it has begun to felt like we never left for summer break in the first place. Times have been stressful these last few weeks for all grades. Seniors are finishing their college applications
and underclassmen are pinned down with lots of projects. Returning to this school year I was not too optimistic about the level of enjoyment I would get from school. To my peers surprise and mine we’ve been having a good time. The week days have an excellent balance of work and play and the weekends are fun filled with allot of school-involved activities to do. There are also many nice improvements made to
campus and new teacher and administrators. One quarter is down and three more are left, students have a high expectation for these next three because the first quarter went smooth. Let’s hope that we will have a fun filled year together and all members of the school will come together and make they year as successful as years previous.
The Freshman Welcome Dance: The Class of 2014 Has an Exciting Start By Elizabeth Bowman When the class of 2014 gathered in Crusader Hall on September 24th, no one expected the Freshman Welcome Dance to be such a huge success. As the parents crowded in the Field House, the newest additions to Bishop Eustace shed the nerves and stress of the school day to enjoy interacting with friends, new and old, outside of the academic environment. As the dance got under way, the freshmen clustered together in their usual groups to wait for the first partygoers to take the dance floor. It took Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA” and some Jersey Shore fist pumping to get the freshmen to show off their moves, but the combination was definitely enough to send the more outgoing dancers out to the floor. By the time the DJ played Kesha’s “Take it Off” about 40 minutes into the night, the dance was in full swing. Said freshman Saharra Dixon, “When I went to the dance, I was so excited! It was kind of dead at first, but then we got the party started with some Jersey Shore fist pumping! Then everybody was dancing and laughing and I made so many new friends.” Meeting people and bonding with new friends certainly seemed to be the highlight of the dance. Soon enough, the nervous bunches of students drew together to form one giant bouncing bubble in front of the DJ’s table. A tightly packed dance floor and irresistible music made for an easy excuse to dance with anyone close by and form an immediate friendship. “I met people I didn’t know before and made a lot of new friends. It was a great icebreaker for freshmen,” commented freshman Kimberly Starts. The awkwardness of the unintroduced freshmen dissolved so quickly in the energy of the music and students that, by the end of the night, it was hard to remember any of the tension before the dance at all. The DJ guided the freshmen along by giving them a play list of the best dance songs with the impressive additions of strobe lights and a smoke machine. The electrifying music inspired the students to show off their styles, which were an interesting mix of some new moves, the timeless bounce and sway with raised arms, and even some good old- fashioned break- dancing. Whatever their style, the newest members of the Bishop Eustace community made the dance a huge success and started off their high school careers with a bang.
The Eustacian The Student Newspaper of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School Route 70, Pennsauken, NJ 08109 THE EUSTACIAN is a forum for student views, photography, and journalism. It is written and produced by the Journalism/Mass Media class and takes submissions from contributing writers, photographers, and artists. It is at the discretion of the moderator and the editors whether a contribution will be used. All contributions will be evaluated on overall journalistic quality. Views expressed in THE EUSTACIAN are not necessarily the views of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School, or of the editors of this publication. THE EUSTACIAN is funded by the Pallottine Fathers and Brothers. Moderators: Mr. Dwight Jessup, Ms. Linda Patterson Editors-in Chief: Katie Jackson and Julie Warren Associate Editor/Copy Editor: Holly Bischoff Staff: Ryan Acito, Freddie Baker, Nicholas Batastini, Elizabeth Bowman, Allie Canal, Krista Cipolone, Nicole DeFino, Kathleen DiMaggio, Lena Ficchi, Maeve Griffin, Kaitlyn Hutchinson, Lisa Leone, Julia Malak, Anthony Marcozzi, Colin McCafferty, Kelly McCrossin, Alexandria Morris, Trevor Norton, Nevin O’Kane, Hope Phillips, Carson Puriefoy, Yolanda Quintana, Erin Schemenski, Alex Soloner, Audra Vaccaro, Patrick Willard Photos by Eustacian Staff Photographers and Mr. Jessup