Vol. XIII, Issue 1 Francis Parker School October 2010
Table Of Contents
Crossfire: Legalization of Marijuana (p. 8-9): The Scribe discusses California Proposition 19, the legalization of marijuana. By Meagan Harris and Anna Hobbs Sprung Out on Formspring (p. 6) Summer Reading: Give us a break! (p. 7) Sticks and Stones: Why what we say really matters (p. 10)
IN EVERY ISSUE Editor’s Note / Barometer (p. 4) GBU: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (p. 5) Fall Sports: Season Update (p. 24-25) Hot/Not/Trendy (p. 41) Gossip Girl (p. 42) Quad Rants (p. 43)
Boo Who? (p. 38): What was your first Halloween costume? By Grace Paluch
Sports The UFCL: Created for champions by champions (p. 28): How the UFCL has flourished from a small idea into one of the most popular clubs on campus.
By Ben Peters
Freshman Phenom: Jesse Brookins (p. 26) A Season of Change: The athletics department is rearranged (p. 27)
Lunch Money: Instead of… You could get… (p. 39) 10 Things to Do During Your Free Period (p. 40)
News Breaking: How biases shape the news (p.11)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 2 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 Front cover art by Katie Volker
Put to the test: Unfair Standards for Standardized Testing (p. 16-17): A look into the biases and injustice involved with the standardized testing system By Liza Gurtin Tea, Anyone?: The Tea Party’s impact on the upcoming elections (p. 12-13) Mission Accomplished?: With the official end to the Iraq war, the question still remains (p. 14) Man, I Love College (p. 15) Riding Roudy: The Scribe talks spies, apartheid and genealogy with the Roudebushes (p. 18-19) Fresh Faces in the Faculty (p. 20) Unsung Parker Hero: How a smile and a wave can brighten your day (p. 21) Even or Odd?: Now that is the question (p. 22) Fit for a Freshman: Is health and fitness necessary or outdated? (p. 23)
Welcome to the World of Country Music (p. 30): Are you a little bit country? By Marisa Canepa
Reality is Overrated: A guide to fall video games (p. 31) In the Spotlight: Parker theater takes the stage (p. 32) TV Shows: If you like… then you’ll love… (p. 34) Must Watch YouTube (p. 35) Scribe Picks: Halloween (p. 36-37)
Entertainment Back cover art by Katie Volker
Editors-in-Chief Meagan Harris Maddie Thurman Managing Editor Kira Newton Editorials Editors Simone Leonard Sara Linssen Features Editor Liza Gurtin Entertainment Editors Sloan Christopher Madeline Peeling Sports Editors Michael Schreiner Cameron Songer Etcetera Editors Kara Jones Grace Paluch Web Editor Claire Bryan
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Staff Writers Aly Barrett Marisa Canepa Raphie Cantor Evan Fitzner Stanley Gambucci R.B. Ganon Colin Grey Emily Heft Anna Hobbs Kasey Hutcheson Claire Kim Sam Melville Molly Morrison Walker Newton David Nussbaum Ben Peters Haley Robinson Carson Scott Jake Siegler Katie Volker Kaity Wilson Advisor Michelle Adelman Consultant Nancy Anderson
By Maddie Thurman
People often warn that junior year of high school is the most stressful and difficult of the four years, but I know a little more than 100 Francis Parker seniors who would vehemently disagree. Two weeks ago, we were lost in Wonderland, and now the realities of the new school year and college applications have given us a rude awakening. Applications for early decision and early action schools are due in just three days. Where has the time gone? October has been a busy month complete with Homecoming drama and festivities, and Halloween rapidly approaching. In between dress shopping and powderpuff practice, it’s hard to find time to sit yourself down and write 500 words that could decide your future. The college application process has changed a lot over the years (to read more see page 15); students are stressing about the perfect essay, overloading with extracurricular activities, and trying to get an edge on standardized testing (pages 16-17). During this stressful time, remember to take a break, relax, and have fun with your friends, especially seniors. Press the “Submit Application” button on your computer, log off, and let loose this Halloween. Go crazy with your costumes. Try and match some Parker students to their own baby Halloween pictures on (page 38). While underclassmen can look forward to all of the stress that comes with senior year, they should appreciate and take advantage of their time now. Freshman Jesse Brookins wasted no time in getting the most of his Parker experience as the starting running back on Varsity football (page 26). Whether you’re a freshman experiencing her first powder-puff game, or a senior experiencing her last, make the most of everything you do here at Parker. Take a break from looking too far into the future and live in the present. Don’t miss out on the friends and the memories that you will have for the rest of your life.
barometer The Class of 2011: The only class to have never won any Homecoming event. At least we’re the best at something... even if it’s failing.
Homecoming Theme: From spirit week to the dance decorations, Parker was transformed into a magical wonderland.
Apple Juice in the Cafeteria: Students were buzzing about a change in the flavor of last week’s apple juice. Let’s hope this was a one-time offense.
Senior Guys’ Cheer: It made the faculty, parents, and student body, including myself, very uncomfortable, but I don’t care what the cheer coach thinks, senior Tim Barry’s choreography was a work of art.
College Applications: What happened to the days when applying to just two colleges was normal?
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The homecoming assemblies are hard to predict. Sure, every year it’s a warning against drinking and driving, but you never know if you’ll be confronted by a mother or a police officer. Sometimes the speeches are powerful, sometimes not. Sometimes the student body learns how to ask for a new drug or get a legal high. Whatever it is, we’re left sitting in our Alice in Wonderland spirit gear, staring blankly at pictures of crying teens at a car crash and a junkie with a hole in her arm, or some guys getting beat up in TJ. The slideshows blend from one anti-drug assembly into the next. Despite the best of intentions, two assemblies or more per year, for four years leave students feeling desensitized, not scared straight. On Saturday night, the party buses kept on going, the images already forgotten.
In middle school, I laughed my way through lectures on planners, and scoffed as I was told how organizing would change my life. I stopped laughing this September, when instead of a planner at the handbook assembly, I got the usual lecture and an apology. And I thought school wouldn’t become stressful until the second week, but already the shrieks of overwhelmed students began. I’m not sure how the United States Postal Service can misplace 500 planners for three weeks, but I wasn’t really sure when all of my tests were either.
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Chad Hymas asked us to remember one thing after his assembly: the name of a girl from his high school, Melanie. But we left with more than her senior portrait on our minds. Hymas poignantly challenged us, as a student body and as individuals, to consider our time, our actions, and our hands—as he gestured to his own, curled and almost useless. Are we valuing our time? Are we being all we can be, for ourselves and for others? Are we being proactive, or just sitting back in our seats? I sincerely hope we can live up to Hymas’s lead and remember the emotions and energy that filled Crivello that day.
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Sprung Out on Formspring By Maddie Thurman In a society where the opinions of others hold more weight than one’s own, one has to question where we are heading. Gone are the days of respect and courtesy; these have been replaced with cowardice facilitated by the anonymity of websites like Formspring.me. Formspring, a relatively new social networking site, allows users to subscribe to an account in which people, with or without their own accounts, can post anonymous comments on each other’s pages. What at first seemed a harmless branch off of the popular site Facebook.com, has turned into a mecca for online bullying. Granted, not all the comments on the site are negative or offensive. Many posts can be complimentary, similar to “You’re so sweet,” or “You are one of the kindest people I know.” There may even be a majority of innocent sweet posts, but all it takes is one cruel word to break someone down. Many of the cruel posts would not have been said at all if it were not for the safety of identity protection. I was always taught, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it at all.” When did it become acceptable to disrespect others as long as you knew you wouldn’t be caught? These bullies are not the only ones at fault here. It is the creator of the account’s choice to make a page with complete understanding of the possible outcomes. I am still confused as to why a person would join Formspring. I, personally, have never felt the desire to make a page where people could anonymously insult me. This incomprehensible need to know the truth about what people think about you goes hand
in hand with the insecurities that our society has embedded in us. These websites feed the need of teens to know what others think of them. Com-
mon teenage insecurities, like a desire for acceptance, have become more pressing with sites like Formspring, which neglect the truth that the opinion that matters most is your own. What can begin as a harmless release of anger in a post on Formspring can have detrimental effects. According to familyfirstaid.com, suicide is the third leading cause of death in youths. One of the major causes of teen suicide is bullying. With our society’s increased reliance on the Internet, a hurtful post on someone’s Formspring page can be just as damaging as taunting in school hallways. Cyber bullying is becoming an increasingly larger aspect of today’s society as investigations concerning teen suicide are being directed toward Internet bullying. In a recent case con-
cerning a student at Rutgers University, two students were accused of literally cyber bullying a fellow student to death. The Internet has become a more dangerous environment with greater access to potentially harmful sites. There is nothing impressive or productive that arises from harmful posts on pages or even the websites that facilitate them. Formspring is one of our society’s worst products. Sites like it make it all right for people to be cruel because they feel as if there are no barriers stopping them. I am concerned for where the direction of our society is heading when one of the most popular procrastination websites is Formspring.me. If one wants to waste his or her time, it shouldn’t be done through sites that assist in teen bullying. So next time you decide to take a break from homework, try Doodle Jump.
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Summer Reading Give Us a Break!
It’s September 3rd, 2010. You find yourself sitting at your desk, anxiety working its way through your body as you do the calculations: 450 pages left of summer reading and only four more days to read it all. “Oh, only a little over a hundred pages a day? That’s doable,” you think to yourself. But it’s a lie, and you know it. Before the school year has even begun, you are behind in two of your classes. This year, more than 65 percent of the one hundred Upper School students surveyed did not finish all of their summer reading. Teachers from both the English and Social Studies Departments say that the purpose of summer reading is to keep students reading throughout the summer, expose students to texts that they would not have otherwise read, introduce the major themes, spark interest in the course, and most importantly, to get a jumpstart on material that does not fit in the time frame of the academic year. Despite the legitimacy of these goals, many summer reading assignments have fallen short of these expectations and, more often than not, they have backfired. Many students complained that summer reading actually limited the books that they wanted to read this summer and that the assigned books were uninteresting. “I hate having to read a bad summer reading book when there are so many other books I’d love to read,” said one student. When students are stuck reading a book they do not enjoy, it takes them longer to read it, and further limits the time that they have to read a book of their choice. Most agree that teachers should not assign summer reading if they are not going to test on it. Since there has been such irregularity from class to class
with the use of summer reading, many students think of it as a joke and about 50 percent of those surveyed claim it’s useless. No one wants to have his or her time wasted, especially during the summer, which should be spent relaxing, not stressing over the upcoming school year. I could not have stated my thoughts more accurately than the student who said, “Summer is a time to be unproductive. In order to evolve as human beings we must balance our productivity with un-productivity! We spend a good solid nine months being productive; during the three summer months we can at least be a bit unproductive...all for achieving the sacred balance!”
This year, more than 65 percent of the one hundred Upper School students surveyed did not finish all of their summer reading. Rest assured, the faculty has made some major changes to the summer reading system. The English and Social Studies departments met this past month to reevaluate its purpose and use. Starting this summer, each teacher will assign only one summer reading book per class. “Students are often overwhelmed by the number of books they must read over the summer,” says the Chair of the Social Studies Department, Mr. Tom Crowley. “By limiting the number of books assigned per class, students can be held more account-
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By Sloan Christopher able to complete their reading.” Also, with less material to cover, students will not have to resort to cutting corners by using websites such as Sparknotes or Cliffnotes. Finally, students who have busy summers devoted to a job, internship, travel, community service, or an academic summer school class will have enough time to complete their reading without taking away time from their activities. While on the topic of revamping summer reading, there are a few more changes that would greatly impact the system. The creation of a summer reading list, which allows students to choose the books they want to read, would be advantageous. With a list, students would be able to choose books that they have at least some interest in reading, as opposed to having the entire class read the same book. Finally, if teachers would just bluntly state that there would be a test on Book A and an essay on Book B, more students would feel motivated to read the books because they would be reading with a purpose. Knowing that there will be an essay or test on a certain book will allow students to adjust their reading styles and notes. For example, when reading a book for the purpose of writing an essay, students are more likely to focus on major themes and characters, as opposed to taking a test and focusing on the plot and specific facts. With changes such as these, summer reading will be able to benefit the students in the way that it was originally intended and motivate people to read. And who knows, maybe people will actually enjoy their reading.
“I think it’s very useful even though we don’t want to do it. It helps us keep up with reading in general. I also have found some awesome books I would never have read otherwise without the summer reading.” “It isn’t very helpful, because either people didn’t do it, didn’t understand it, or didn’t like it.” “Students spend from September to June stressing and working so hard. Why can’t they just give us a break? Will three months of no assignments really make us go from A students to failures?”
Crossfire: By Meagan Harris
Five years after personal possession of illegal drugs was decriminalized in Portugal, use among teens declined. Rates of new HIV infections caused by sharing dirty needles also dropped, while the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction more than doubled, according to Time Magazine. Clearly, we are not in Portugal. Current drug use, especially the use of marijuana is much higher in America. Portugal has the lowest rate in the European Union of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 at 10 percent, while America’s rate is 39.8 percent. And that’s for people over the age of 12. In San Diego, more teens smoke marijuana than tobacco, reports KPBS, and it’s just as easy, if not easier, to get. Proposition 19, which will be voted on in California’s November 2nd elections, eliminates criminal penalties for low-level personal possession for adults, that is, people over the age of 21. Proposition 19 would let local governments decide what, if any, regulations would exist for adult use of marijuana. Currently, California is one of 14 states and the District of Columbia to legalize the use of medical marijuana. However, illegal use of marijuana is widespread, as are unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Even among those with prescriptions, casual use for non-medical purposes and illegal personal sales are common. Many voters who face the proposition to legalize marijuana are afraid that legalization will increase the number of users, especially among teenagers. There is no compelling evidence to suggest that this will be
the case. In fact, in places like Portugal, studies suggest the exact opposite is true; drug use will go down, and irresponsible use, such as use when driving, goes down even further. Under Prop 19 marijuana would still be illegal for teens, but overall regulation will shrink the current black market and make it less accessible for those underage when marijuana is legalized. The ability to tax and regulate marijuana would have vast implications, both economically and for the safety of consumers. A convincing parallel can be drawn between the alcohol prohibition period in the 1920’s and today’s attitude toward marijuana in California. People still smoke. And it makes criminal growers and dealers a lot of money. Legalizing marijuana would enable California to tax its sales, as well as the property used to grow and sell it, resulting in the state making the money that currently goes to often violent felons. By taking away the drug business from illegal drug dealers, California can make the money that it really needs, as well as clamp down on a serious criminal problem. Many consider marijuana a vice no worse than alcohol, which should be regulated and restricted, but not criminalized. Legalization would allow for regulations in health standards, dispensaries, and the drug itself, making consumption less dangerous. Access to legal dispensaries or the ability to grow the plant at home would enable many users to turn away from street corners and criminal dealers. Criminal sales would
decline, just as the end of prohibition largely shut down the moonshiners. Legalization would also allow law enforcers to turn their attention away from small-scale possession crimes and toward violent offenders. Legalization also allows users to seek help for addiction without fear of punishment. In Portugal, people caught with large amounts of drugs are sent to a voluntary therapy program, rather than locked into a violent system which itself encourages drug use. Often problems with legal drugs, like alcohol, tobacco, and prescription medicines, arise when the substances are abused, rather than used. It would still be illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, just as it is with other substances. It would still be illegal to sell to a minor, just as it is with other substances. So what does this mean for Parker students? Not much, at least until they’re 21. But for Californians, legalization would mean a boost to the economy and regulation on an already thriving industry. It would be safer for both marijuana users and non-users by making the product and purchase of it less dangerous, and by driving the industry out from the underground. The black market for marijuana would be minimized, as would the violence that goes with it. Legalizing marijuana would, in fact, enable California to gain revenue from taxes, not spend valuable resources prosecuting small matters of possession, and give California the chance to better address serious problems.
In the upcoming November elections, California Proposition 19 seeks to legalize marijuana for personal, nonmedical use.
By Anna Hobbs
Weed. Pot. Grass. It’s a phenomenon known all over the world by one name or another. To some, it is a cultural tradition, to others, an unlawful indulgence, and to a certain few, a moral sin. Because the drug is illegal, it is uncommon for marijuana to be discussed or used in any kind of public place. However, this practice may begin to change come November 2nd, when the mid-term elections take place. If voted in, Proposition 19 would legalize the use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. Of course, there would be other restrictions on the use of marijuana, such as a legal limit to how much one person could carry, and the drug would be taxed. Nonetheless, the fact that marijuana could be legalized is a reality, and we must realize what consequences could come of this proposition’s existence. When asked whether they thought marijuana should be legalized, only 35 percent of the sample student population at Francis Parker thought that it should. Now, this may be surprising to the average Parker student, given that so many claim to be in support of the drug. However, it seems that under the cloak of anonymity, many more are against the drug than one would think. Although there may be a select few at Parker who are willing to experiment with the drug illegally, it is my personal opinion that its legalization will not make it any more popular amongst our student population. There are many reasons for this, the most obvious of which is that, if legalized, the drug will become more expensive,
and therefore less accessible to minors, due to the fact that the drug will be taxed. Of course, it will be legally inaccessible to minors whichever way the proposition is passed, but at the present time, most have access to the drug with a fair amount of ease. Should it really be legal to make this drug even more accessible to the younger population? Most importantly, and without a doubt the most dangerous aspect of this new proposition is the reality that users will be allowed to drive under the influence of marijuana. What is most frightening about this fact is that school bus drivers will be permitted to drive children while marijuana is still in their system, and while their judgment is impaired. Not only will this be allowed, but there is nothing that can be done by the employer unless there is a mishap of some kind. There are already a great number of accidents caused by driving under the influence of alcohol, and we suffer in constant fear of an accident while driving. By legalizing Proposition 19, voters would essentially be asking for a tragedy to occur on the road. The simple truth is, that the use of marijuana is not beneficial to one’s physical health, nor to their mental health as a student, particularly at a preparatory school like Parker. It is known to cause distorted perceptions of reality, impaired judgment, and difficulty in problem solving and thinking. It is vital that we are aware of these harmful health effects. Prop. 19, the legalization of
marijuana, is not a proposition that should be passed for several reasons, most importantly because it will legally allow people to use a drug that is harmful to their health. Its presence is already prominent enough in both the adult and adolescent worlds, and legalizing it will only create a greater problem with younger users. If the drug becomes more available to the general public, the underage population will have hardly any problem obtaining the drug. Marijuana’s legalization will also cause an increase in profits for already greedy corporations who exploit the general public with their over-priced and often highly hazardous products, such as tobacco and alcohol. This drug’s presence is damaging enough. Let us hope that those who choose to exercise their right to vote this November will clearly see that legalizing marijuana is the wrong path to take.
Sticks & Stones... Why what we say really matters.
By Simone Leonard Long gone are the days when we could yell “It’s a free country!” while running around the playground saying and doing whatever compelled us. Now, we are concerned with being “politically correct” and worry about walking on eggshells whenever addressing a topic that carries heavy emotional weight. I have a problem with the phrase “politically correct,” not because I like to go around saying whatever I want, but because I feel as though it is our responsibility as young adults to know where to draw the line, to know when our words can cause feelings of hurt—not to communicate like politicians. As human beings, we are constantly analyzing and criticizing what people say. The fact of the matter is, what comes out of our mouths means more than we know, whether it is heard on the national news or in our school hallways. It seems as though students today are either too concerned with being “politically correct,” or are oblivious to offense. Neither of these situations mean to cause harm, although sometimes, they end up just doing that. British politician Pearl Strachan Hurd once said, “Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.” This statement communicates a message we would all do well to consider. Someone might wish until
the end of time that their words had never been uttered, but they can never be taken back. We have all heard the cliche “think before you speak” and often dismiss it. However, it’s hard for people to actually implement this overused statement into their lives. For instance, consider recent occurences concerning the Upper School Bulletin. Two students imitated accents of certain ethnicities, thinking it would
Math teacher Mr. Michael Maunu agreed, saying that people can be “offensive through ignorance.” In any informal social situation, it’s natural that people are going to be more lax with their words. But whether we are at school, at work, or simply spending time with friends, it’s imperative that we remember that any potentially controversial issue can quickly become explosive. We don’t always have to be “politically correct,” but we do need to be aware of what we say, who we say it to, and when we say it. We aren’t running for a position in the White House; there is no need to script what we say. Saying what’s on our minds shouldn’t have to feel like we’re not speaking from our hearts. But it’s important for people to know how to express those feelings; it’s possible to do all this without feeling like a politician. We all know by now that the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” isn’t true. People will continue to enter and leave our lives, but what they once said to us can be everlasting— forever engraved into our minds— and that will last longer than any scratch.
Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs. -Pearl Strachan Hurd be a great way to give some variety to the bulletin. Unfortunately, the students came across as offensive and caused controversy among many students and faculty. Some thought that because the students were imitating accents of minorites, the school was being too sensitive. Some thought it was just in good fun, while others didn’t really know what to think. And this brings me back to my main point: because we don’t always know how to react in a situation, or if our thoughts are appropriate, we need to watch our words. When asked why people have such trouble recognizing those boundaries, history teacher Mr. Eric Taylor said, “It’s easy to say words or believe things that other people might find offensive because you don’t know or don’t care.”
News is Breaking Why Biases Shape the News The news is always on. Network news, local news, cable news, it’s all there. American thirst for knowledge has been quenched by a morphed 24-hour news culture. This culture has turned the news from a respectable industry with legendary anchors to a quest for ratings. With this change comes biases. These biases that drive many of our decisions everyday can also taint things people rely on, like the news. More specifically, cable news. Fox News and MSNBC have both had their fair share of attacks for biases. When a network cannot distinguish between its news coverage, which should be completely unbiased, and its opinion-based shows, that problem must be recognized. Fox News and MSNBC need to stop preaching to their respective choirs and start broadcasting news. Fox News is probably the most famous, or infamous, perpetrator of biases. This network, whose decorated primetime lineups include such pundits as Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck, has received much criticism for its often right wing-slanted news coverage. Fox News has denied any accusations of bias in their news coverage. Despite this, there is evidence that says otherwise. According to the Washington Post, Fox News’ parent company, NewsCorp, recently gave more than $1 million to the Republican Governor’s Association, an organization which is devoted to getting Republican gubernatorial candidates elected. Rupert Murdoch, the owner of NewsCorp and an outspoken Republican, made the decision in mid-August to give corporate, rather than personal funds to the RGA. Jack Horner, a spokesperson for NewsCorp., said, “It’s patently false that a corporate donation would have any bearing on our news-gathering activities at Fox News or any other of our properties.”
While that statement may be true, it is hard to comprehend that a news company, especially one with the slogan of “Fair and Balanced” would donate such a sum of money to a political party. Additionally, the Project for Excellence in Journalism did a study on all major news networks’ biases. In this study, Fox News aired more positive coverage of conservative candidates and more negative coverage of liberal candidates than the media norm. MSNBC, often seen as the counter network to Fox News, has been under scrutiny for quite some time now for their leftist tendencies. Keith Olbermann, host of Countdown, has been under scrutiny for broadcasting liberal values since the conception of his show. Often seen as the left wing opposite of Fox News’s O’Reilly, Olbermann has made a name for himself as a liberal, but more importantly, as an anti-conservative. Much as pundits on Fox News frequently spend more time bashing their opponents than promoting their own ideas, Olbermann has been notorious for yelling at conservatives instead of fighting for liberals. Olbermann and O’Reilly recently were in a cross network feud that
ended only after network executives ordered them to stop. Along with fellow anchor Chris Matthews, Olbermann was removed from 2008 presidential campaign coverage outside of his show because of complaints about the pair’s partisan remarks. Much like Fox News, the Project for Excellence in Journalism showed MSNBC’s regular news coverage aired more positive stories on President Barack Obama than the media norm as well as more negative about Sen. John McCain than the media norm. Let’s face it: everyone has biases. However, biases simply have no place in news coverage. It seems that agencies like the Associated Press, Agence France Presse, and Reuters are the only reliable sources for balanced news. Rather than caring about if the right or left is right or wrong, more energy should be put towards scrutinizing balance. If Fox News hired a reporter like Olbermann or MSNBC a reporter like O’Reilly, the cable news industry would see less pointed fingers and more reason. After all, we watch the news for news.
The Tea Party’s Impact on the 2010 Elections By Carson Scott
In a country where the unemployment rate is the highest it has been since the Reagan Administration, and the national debt exceeds thirteen trillion dollars, it is hard to believe that any issue other than the economy would even be considered at the polls. It may be hard to believe, but the emergence of the Tea Party as a bona fide political force could substantially impact the result of the 2010 mid-term elections. In fact, the Tea Party may have an impact on each and every race this November, not only the races in which Tea Party candidates are running. The Tea Party has emerged in the last two years inspired by Sarah Palin’s vice-presidential candidacy and Scott Brown’s Senate victory in Massachusetts. Acting as an anti-tax, antigovernment group, the Tea Party now controls a substantial portion of the Republican base. Tea Party candidates have already shown their willingness to run against established and traditional Republicans. For example, Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell has already defeated a popular Republican, Mike Castle, in the Delaware Senate primary. This latest victory sent a message to the Republican leadership that the Tea Party would be a force to be reckoned with in the 2010 midterms, and possibly in the long term. To win control of both houses this November, every Republican candidate must earn at least the tacit approval of the Tea Party constituents. If the GOP is to have a chance at wresting control of the legislature from the
Democrats, it must now marry itself to the Tea Party movement. While this challenge from the right wing has brought on an internal crisis for the Republican leadership, it has thus far been nothing short of a godsend for the Democratic congressional candidates. With President Obama’s first-term performance under fire and considering his mediocre approval ratings, Democrats would ordinarily have found themselves playing defense this election cycle. The party of the sitting president has lost seats in the Senate or the House of Representatives in fifteen of the last seventeen off-year elections. However, because of the Republican crisis of vision, the Democrats have been able to play offense, claiming the Republicans are on the brink of civil war. Ultimately, most Tea Party candidates will likely prove unelectable. However, a united coalition of moderate Republican candidates backed by the tea party movement could very well win back the house and senate for the Republicans. If the Republicans fail to unite, it will be disaster come November. The Tea Party movement has shown no qualms against running third party, ultra-conservative candidates that will assuredly draw votes from Republicans. If enough Tea Party candidates run in the mid-terms, the Republicans could lose seats in the legislature in a year when they were expected to annihilate President Obama’s vulnerable Democratic party. The Tea Party has thrust upon the Republicans another harsh reality. If they shift their ideology too far right in
an effort to incorporate the Tea Party, they are in danger of losing independent and moderate Republican voters. The Republicans must find the perfect medium between pandering to the Tea Party, and losing its support entirely. If not, they will find their quest to control Congress derailed by strong third party candidates or by their own ideological extremism.
It is the GOP’s election to lose. At stake is the reputation and identity of the Republican Party. If the republican leadership wins back congress with the support of the Tea Party, their performance will go down as one of the greatest balancing acts in political history. If, on the other hand, the Republicans lose seats this November, it will be a shocking disappointment and will spark an identity crisis amongst conservative political leadership.
Key Races Gubernatorial: Jerry Brown (D)
Meg Whitman (R)
Senate: Carly Fiorina (R)
Barbara Boxer (D)
The race to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger features former California governor Jerry Brown and billionaire Meg Whitman. Whitman served as EBay CEO from 1998-2008, amassing a fortune in excess of 1.3 billion dollars. She has spent more of her personal funds on a political campaign than any other candidate in history. Her opponent, Jerry Brown, was California’s governor from 1975-1983. Brown has been roundly criticized for his opposition of the popular property tax act, proposition 13.
The incumbent Boxer is facing a stiff challenge for her fourth term as senator from Republican businesswoman Carly Fiorina. Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett Packard from 19992005, has never held a political office, but did act as an advisor to John McCain during the 2008 presidential election. Fiorina is a strong conservative – especially on social issues. She has been widely criticized for failing to vote in many past elections. Boxer is a strong feminist advocate and liberal and has sometimes been accused of having socialist tendencies.
Alaska Senate: Scott McAdams (D)
Joe Miller (R)
Lisa Murkowski (Write-In R)
Tea Party candidate Joe Miller upset Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski in the primary. With Miller now running as the Republican, Murkowski has mounted a write-in campaign. Both Miller and Murkowski will be facing Scott McAdams, current mayor of Sitka, Alaska. Because of the split Republican vote, this could turn into an extremely close three-way race for a seat held by a member of the Murkowski family since 1981 (Lisa Murkowski’s husband served as Senator from 1981-2002).
Delaware Senate: Nevada Senate: Harry Reid (D)
Sharron Angle (R)
vs Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader and four-term incumbent, is in serious danger of losing his seat to Sharron Angle, a former state assemblywoman. The embattled Senator Reid has lost popularity in Nevada because he is perceived to be too liberal and too closely tied to the Obama administration. Reid has launched an extensive television campaign intended to reintroduce himself to the voters. Angle has strong backing from the Tea Party movement, but she has struggled to refute claims that she is a scientologist.
Chris Coons (D)
Christine O’Donnell (R)
vs A surprise winner in the Republican primary, Christine O’Donnell defeated longtime Delaware congressman Mike Castle to garner the nomination with heavy support from the Tea Party movement. O’Donnell has been criticized for using campaign finance for personal expenses and admitting to “dabbling in witchcraft”. The Republican party has refused to support her campaign. O’Donnell, however, is convinced she can win without Republican support, saying of the Republican party, “If they’re too lazy to put in the effort that we need to win, then, so be it.” She faces Chris Coons, a Wilmington Attorney, in the fight for the Senate seat vacated by Vice-President Joe Biden. Coons has recently been accused of being a Marxist because of a paper he wrote in college. Early polls show Coons with a large lead over O’Donnell.
Mission Accomplished? With the official end to the Iraq War, the question still remains.
By Claire Bryan Sitting inside a Starbucks, curled up in a floral armchair, something catches the customer’s eyes. The bulletin board with art and community reminders is filled with color, but a faded, college ruled piece of paper scribbled with a black ballpoint pen stands out. A letter that starts with, “Hey Starbucks” and is signed at the end “-Bryan,” though not intended to be anything moving or Nobel prize worthy, touches the heart. Bryan, a soldier in the U.S. Military and an ex-Starbucks employee in La Mesa has been writing regularly from boot camp in Texas. He describes the hot weather, the unenviable bugs, the grueling schedule, and the worst part of all, the lack of coffee. Judging by his picture, he doesn’t look much older than eighteen. As our seniors here at Francis Parker School are stressing about college applications, Bryan is sitting on his top bunk getting excited for his final days of boot camp in February. He is one of many American soldeirs whose fates are being decided right now. On August 31st, 2010, President Barack Obama declared the end of the Iraq War. The last combat brigade of soldiers left Iraq on the 19th of August, and though this offered relief, uncertainty, and anger to different groups of Americans, it was quite a different story for the Iraqis. The fact that the U.S. has fled the streets doesn’t mean the ideal picture of peace and independence has been brought to Iraq. However,
the U.S. military in Iraq today is very different from what it used to be. Fifty thousand troops are still in Iraq and are scheduled to stay until 2011 to continue an “advise and assist” campaign. Although there is no longer a sense of urgency, the U.S. will continue to support and help rebuild the government and society of the Iraqi people. Stopping the violence but continuing the work in Iraq sounds like one bright solution, but there are two sides to the story. The ending of the war in Iraq has caused panic and violence for the Iraqi people. The Washington Post reported, “There was no dancing in the streets, no celebratory gunfire and no sense that a milestone had been reached,” when the war was declared over. Violence has already started to increase as the number of U.S. troops has declined, and the streets are flooding with fliers with ominous warnings regarding the return of the al Qaeda in Iraq. As quoted in The Washington Post, Mohammed Imad, said, “We wanted change, and nothing’s changed.” Even the Prime Minister rejoices that the Iraqis are independent, but adds that it is a “campaign of doubt” that they are facing. A number of troops have expressed that it is a moral obligation to continue in Iraq to finish the job they started and keep the promises that were made. In a recent interview in The Wall Street Journal, General Raymond Odi-
erno, one of America’s longest serving generals in Iraq, points out the accomplishments that the war has brought about. “Yes, there’s still some terrorism, but it’s not insurgents anymore,” said Gen. Odierno. He compares Iraq in 2004 to how it is now, and stresses the idea that Iraq really is moving forward. He also expresses concern that the transformation of Iraq by December 2011 is not a reachable goal, as there is still much to be mended. But despite what the facts might say about the accomplishments of the Iraq war, Odierno says that trust has been built between the two very different countries, and that it is this trust that must be maintained. Moving troops out of Iraq has Iraqi leaders questioning America’s commitment to them. Some even suggest that America should be staying until 2020, when the Iraqi army is strong enough to stand alone. General Odierno concludes by saying, “If the new [Iraqi] government comes on board and says we still think we need some assistance beyond 2011 … I think we’ll listen.” The war has ended, but the work has not. As the mission in Iraq changes to focus on rebuilding the government, one can only respect the willingness to participate in a cause that set out to help a country in need. So, with the utmost appreciation I stare in awe at this simple letter from Bryan, the American soldier.
Man, I Love College By Kaity Wilson It’s that time of year again; seniors are frantically finishing recommendation packets, writing essays, taking the SAT, meeting with counselors for the fourth time, and practically stalking admissions officers all in preparation for one of the most important decisions of their lives. That’s right; it’s college admissions season. Every fall a wave of hysteria washes over the senior class and remains until early April when students find out if their dreams have come true or if they are going to have to settle for their third or fourth choice school. However, the application process has not always been this daunting, and gaining acceptance into college was not always this competitive. The process has changed drastically over the years, for both better and worse. Long gone are the days when students had to hand write each application and mail it to every school. Now colleges and universities have online applications that can be sent electronically. The same goes for acceptance letters. Nowadays students do not have to check their mailboxes, eagerly awaiting that large envelope. One simply has to log on to the nearest computer to discover if he or she has been accepted. The Common Application, the savior of seniors across the country, has only existed since 1976 and has only been online since 1998. This year there are over 400 colleges and universities using the Common App. However, many schools still require supplements to the Common App, which often include additional essays and short answer questions. The number of college applicants has increased significantly over the years as well. In 2009, 3.2 million seniors graduated, the largest number in the history of the United States. The sheer number of graduates in the country is not the only reason for an increase in applications. Students are also applying to more schools in order to expand their safety nets. “To be safe, you kind of have to apply to a lot of schools…the college
A Look at the Changing College Admissions Game
world is getting harder to predict,” said Mr. Chris Harrington, English teacher and former college counselor. “Many college admission officers are beginning to see their applicant pools grow, but it doesn’t necessarily mean there is an increase in invested prospective students,” said Mr. Eki Yandall, an admissions officer at Willamette University in Oregon. Students apply to schools that they may not be interested in attending simply to ensure that they will be admitted somewhere. It’s not only the students who are changing their tactics either; colleges are now actively seeking applicants. College admissions officers tour the country and schools are opening regional offices in areas that have not previously shown interest. When Cornell University, for instance, set up a regional office in Los Angeles, the number of Californian applicants climbed until California became one of the university’s top feeder states. Financial aid has increased over the years as well. Colleges have begun meeting demonstrated need not only from low-income households, but also from those with higher annual incomes. “Brand-name” schools that typically cater to wealthier students have begun to advertise in low- and middle-income areas, which increases the applicant numbers. The higher the number of applicants, the lower the admissions rates, which makes a school perhaps look more selective than it truly is. With the surge in applications also comes stricter criteria and higher standards for colleges. Now admissions officers have to turn down qualified applicants simply because there are too many qualified students to choose from. Perfect grades are no longer the strongest consideration. Extracurricular activities, community service, SAT and ACT scores, high GPAs, and many other factors go into deciding whether or not to accept a particular student.
“The number of students wanting to attend college is so much greater than the space available…colleges have become much more competitive and impacted. There was a time that having a 3.3 GPA guaranteed a spot in the UC of choice,” said Bev Shore, a retired high school counselor from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Simply put, colleges are getting tougher on applicants. It appears that the main difference from previous generations is the amount of stress that today’s seniors undergo. Gone are the days when students could apply to one school, get in, and be on their merry way. Now a sense of urgency and anxiety plagues high school seniors. Take a look around Parker; nearly every senior has had at least one minor breakdown over this process. “College is in the fabric of this school…I think the most stressful part is hearing everyone talk about it,” said Mr. Harrington. It will of course all pay off in the end when everyone is committed to a school and succumbs to senioritis, but right now there are more essays to write and more teachers to ask for recommendations. So just take a deep breath and hope that April gets here very quickly.
Put to the Test: Unfair Standards for Standardized Testing
There was a time when College Board was a “.org”, not a “.com”, when test prep wasn’t an extracurricular activity, and families weren’t in need of a second mortgage in order to pay for SAT tutoring programs. Many students today spend hours of their time preparing to spend a few Saturday mornings taking a long test in a cold, crowded room. After finishing my ACT a few weeks ago, I walked out feeling a bit uneasy – not because I was worried about the score I would receive, but because I was unsure of why millions of high school students, including myself, had just spent four hours completing this mentally exhausting examination. It is important to understand where these tests originated and why we take them. It all started in 1926 when the first SAT (Student Aptitude Test) was administered. The test was based off of the first widely administered IQ test, the army-alpha, an intelligence test used during World War I for army recruits. Over the past 80 years the SAT has developed a great deal; however, its
basic structure has not changed much. The ACT (American College Test), on the other hand, was introduced during the late 1950’s as an alternate testing option to accommodate the increasing number of students continuing to higher education. Both tests were designed to show natural aptitude and were intended to be a standardized way for students to display their academic abilities; the tests also aid college admissions officers in comparing students with similar GPA’s. Many professors, counselors, and college admissions officers are beginning to question the accuracy of the SAT/ACT in measuring a student’s aptitude. Glenn Elert, author of the SAT: Aptitude or Demographics? said, “No one would presume to describe a student’s mind in a single sentence, but we are confident that a number can say it all.” Does this number really measure how well one learned geometry and grammar, or is the raw data influenced by too many other factors, such as economic standings? In 2007 SAT added a section to their
By Liza Gurtin data reports displaying average scores in relation to family income. The results yielded a direct correlation: With an increase in yearly income there was also an increase in average test scores. Interestingly enough, Crouse & Trusheim’s book The Case Against the SAT reports that there is no apparent relationship between a student’s class rank and his/her yearly income. One explanation for the correlation between SAT/ACT success and economic background is that test preparation is more accessible to those of the higher classes. This is apparent at a school like Parker where preparing for the SAT/ACT with specialized tutors and classes is entirely normal and somewhat expected for that matter. Because of this, it becomes necessary to prepare on a higher and higher level in order to be on a level playing field with others who study diligently. When the administration of the SAT became more widepread, the College Board released a statement claiming that the tests they administer are not “coachable”, but if you look further into the data it
SAT Reasoning Test Scores Organized by Family Income and Race
seems to suggest differently. On average the cost of SAT/ACT test preparation ranges from $800-$1,500, but there are programs that amount to more than $5,000 depending on the course you decide to follow. Most private tutors in San Diego cost anywhere from $150 – $300 an hour. This cost is in addition to a registration fee of $47 for the SAT reasoning test, $21 for all subject tests, $48 for the ACT with writing, and $33 without writing. Once all the hours and bills begin to pile up, the price to take these tests is most definitely not cheap. “I paid $3,800 for a PSAT course I have been enrolled in for the past six months,” said an anonymous Parker junior. A senior at bishops spent $4,500 for ACT tutoring last fall and her score only improved by two points. For a family struggling to make enough money to keep food on the table, extensive test preparation isn’t much of an option. It is difficult to prove that coaching has an effect on a student’s overall score, but if it does, is it fair to compare two students’ scores if one had three years of test preparation and the other barely any? Another key issue related to test preparation is the fact that companies such as the Princeton Review and Kaplan, as well as private tutors, guarantee a score increase, but how can they be sure that their tutoring methods are effective?
This data has been used to justify the claim that higher classes are intellectually superior, but other data speaks differently. In his article, “New Measures of College Selectivity”, professor Alexander W. Astin describes a study done by the American Council on Education that shows GPAs of 36,581 college freshmen at 55 different colleges in relation to their economic backgrounds, and again, there was no correlation between the variables. There have been claims that along with socioeconomic biases, college testing also discriminates against nonwhite students. In response to such accusations, the Education Testing Services (ETS) released a statement explaining that Standardized Testing is a reflection of the intellectual inequality in society itself. “The SAT is no more responsible for these inequalities then a thermometer is responsible for a fever,” Elert said. “It is one thing to use test scores to illuminate disparity, but something else to entirely restrict opportunities with them.” Maybe the real problem is not with the College Board, but with us. We live in a society where intelligence is directly related to the make up of our economic system. Daniel Seligman, associate managing editor of Fortune magazine, said to Elert, “The really interesting question is not whether rich people are smarter, but why they are. Is it because of their superior envi-
ronments or their superior genes? The answer… is both, obviously.” Today, most colleges recognize these biases and many schools are taking steps toward a more “fair” process by becoming “test-optional.” These schools include: Pitzer, Bowdoin, Smith, Wake Forest and others. Crouse and Trusheim suggest in their book that colleges should rely more heavily on other measures of students’ aptitude, such as GPA and class rank, without completely abolishing the testing process. Unfortunately there is no real way to make the college admissions process “fair”; the reality is, if you have what a certain college needs, it is going to let you in, regardless of your test score. If the top schools in the country wanted to fill classes full of valedictorians and people with perfect scores on their admission exams, they could; the fact is, they don’t. The issue of whether or not the SAT/ ACT accurately measures aptitude has been discussed frequently over the past decade or so, yet we haven’t seen any major changes yet. This does not mean we won’t begin to see the process evolve, but for right now, we are forced to continue studying to take aptitude tests that could alter our futures. Regardless of whether or not it is unfair, it is still required procedure for applying to most universities.
Graphs courtesy of collegeboard.com
Riding Roudy The Scribe talks spies, apartheid and geneology with the Roudebushes. Compiled by Michael Schreiner and Sara Linssen Sara Linssen- Here we go… Everyone approaches Sara’s car S- It’s the nice Camry that’s parked diagonally in the parking spot. Mr. Roudebush- That’s a unique category. S- Yeah…I do think unique is definitely the word. Coach Morrison asked me if I was drunk this morning when I parked my car. Mr. R- That was umm…how did you manage to do this?! S- I think it included a little bit of going over the curb. Mr. R- I think quite a bit of going over the curb. Mrs. Roudebush- When everyone was going behind you? You don’t have a lot of time; I can attest to that. S- And I tried to straighten it out, but it’s a little difficult. Mr. R- I think you really need to back up to appreciate this. Michael Schreiner finally arrives. S- Michael, we’ve decided that we need to take a picture. This has to be printed. Mr. R- This certainly should be part of any discussion, right? A picture like this?! We ask students Corinne Morris and Laura Suttie to take a picture of us standing by the car.
Laura- Did you go over the curb on your way in?! S- Yeah. My brothers were in the car and they were almost crying. It was very traumatic. I really am a good driver normally. After multiple attempts, the car is finally pulled out and everyone gets in. Mrs. R- I’m afraid. I’m very, very afraid. Michael- Mr. Roudebush, please take the front.
People think I was a spy.
- Paul Roudebush Mr. R- The front? You want me to take the front? M- I would love for you to take the front. Mr. R- We’re more likely to get hit in the front aren’t we? M- Why do you think I want to sit in back? Mr. R- I feel like I’m being thrown to the wolves up here.
S- So, one of the first questions on our list of questions was how did you meet? Mrs. R laughs Mr. R- Go ahead, dear. Mrs. R- La Jolla Country Day. S- Were you guys teaching there? Mrs. R- No, he had taught there, and I was, at the time, teaching there. Mutual friends had a big faculty gathering; they had just redocrated their house. And we both ended up at that party. And umm… Mr. R- We both almost
didn’t go to the party. Mrs. R- It was a Friday, and we were both feeling it. He was teaching at USD at the time, and I, of course, was at Country Day. By Friday we were both pretty tired, but we ended up at the party and chatting and really got along well. You can embellish if you want. Mr. R- Let’s just say that the intelligent donkey side of Mrs. Roudebush came out very quickly that night. Mrs. R- So that’s where our nicknames were established. S- What nicknames? Mrs. R- He’s Harry and I’m Sally. Mr. R- You don’t need to get all that in The Scribe...
Mr. R – So how is it that the kids have Roudebush blood, and I don’t. You wanted an interesting story, this is it... My father’s father was a guy named Cullen and when he died my grandmother married a guy named Roudebush, so that’s how our family got the Roudebush name, so I have no Roudebush blood in me. Mrs. R – Cullen stopped at his dad. Mr. R – My name should be Cullen. Mrs. R – My mom called one day when we were still dating and she said her aunt was doing a geneology thing. My mom called and asked what Paul’s last name was and I said “Roudebush”. She asked me how to spell it and I did. Then she went, “Oh...”. I asked why, and she said that she had just found out that her mom was a Roudebush and it was shortened to Bush, which is why we hadn’t connected it. But luckily, Mr. Roudebush doesn’t actually have any Roudebush blood in him. She was relieved to hear that. But it’s kinda cool that Max and Megan have started a new branch on the Roudebush family tree.
to actually go through each student. So I put every student up, minimize conflicts with singletons and then move on to the people who have 6 or 7 classes. I start with the seniors, and then I go down to try to make sure everyone can get the classes they want. It’s like a fun puzzle. And like she said, I like to do puzzles. It’s a huge puzzle.
S- Were the two families related? Mrs. R- They came from the same area of the United States.
S – Where’d you guys go to school? M– And what part of the country are you from? Mr. R- Ladies first. Mrs. R – I went to school in Grand Haven, Michigan. As a matter of fact, Mr. Esch and I went to the same high school. I was in the marching band, and he was the drum major of the band. We were there at the same time. M – Did you know him? Mrs. R – Not closely because he was a two years ahead of me but he was a drum major, and I was the head of the Flag Corps. So every now and then he would yell at me if I missed a cue to have the flags come in or something. But anyway, he’s a super nice guy and he’s become a really good friend.
Mrs. R- You didn’t mention that you worked in South Africa for four years. S- You were in South Africa? Mr. R- Between the time I worked at La Jolla Country Day and I worked at USD I was basically working on education projects in South Africa. S- During the apartheid? Mr. R- I was down there when they released Nelson Mandela. I was working on projects here and then the government wanted me to go down there and work, so I did. I was down there in South Africa for four years. S- So, who were you working for? The South African government? Mr. R- I was working for an all black organization in Johannesburg getting paid by a company in New York City, but it was US Government money. So it sounds like I was a spy. Everybody thinks I was a spy. I was not a spy. It was the perfect working arrangement because the guys I worked for didn’t actually pay me, they didn’t care what time I came and went, and they didn’t care what I did. And the guys in New York were so far away they didn’t care what I did. So, there’d be guys call-
S- So when did you start doing the scheduling duties? Mr. R- I think after I’d been here a couple years. They had been using a Mac program that didn’t do a very good job, had a lot of conflict with double periods and stuff because it couldn’t handle it. So Mr. Mitchell asked me at one point if I wanted to do it and I said, “sure”, and I started doing it. S- There’s a rumor that you do it all by hand. Is that true? Mr. R- The schedule gets created by hand on the board. I use a computer
Mr. R- There was one night where we dodged a police roadblock to get from Soweto back to Jo’berg. I was with a guy that was a well-known member of the ANC. And we were at his house in Sowetto. He knew the back ways around the town. I don’t know what would have happened if the South African police had caught us that night. Mrs. R- It could have been fairly interesting. Did you know Amy Biel when you were in South Africa? Mr. R- I met her first time she went down to South Africa. Somebody called and said, “You have to talk to this girl.” So we talked, and it turned out she was from California. So we talked and we were actually pretty friendly and I called her a few times in South Africa and when I was back in the States, I actually got a letter from her like a week before she was killed. She was talking about coming home and what she was going to do. And then boom, she got killed. That was a bizarre experience; she was a super nice girl. S- Did you ever run into any issues with the South African government? Mr. R- They hated me. They didn’t know exactly what I was doing. So they kept messing around with me and not letting me stay for very long. I had a temporary residence permit and they usually renewed a year at a time and mine was going by a month at a time. So, they just wanted to harass me so that I couldn’t make a lot of plans. They didn’t like what I did. If I was in the white community in South Africa and I ran into you, I’d first have to figure out what your politics were before I could talk to you. And I certainly couldn’t tell you what I was doing down there. The accent was actually one thing that would give it away when I would talk to people. Because the Afrikaaner accent meant I wouldn’t say much, but the other South African accent meant I could talk to you. I used to be able to pick it up right away. I couldn’t do it now, but I could then, because they were distinctly different.
My name should be Cullen. - Paul Roudebush
ing up from the embassy asking to go play golf. Well, I couldn’t really say no because they were the ones paying me. So then, after golf, I’d have to go finish my work. I was down there from 1987-1991. S- So do you have any stories from South Africa? Is there anything you saw that was really interesting?
Fresh Faces in the Faculty Ms. Lang
By Claire Kim
The Basics- Ms. Lang, who teaches Algebra, Algebra 2, and Geometry, spent most of her time in California. After graduate school she stayed in Orange County, but she realized that she missed San Diego and is happy to be back here. At the end of the 09’-10’ school year she found an offer at Parker, and she wasn’t able to resist its charm. Do you have Beiber Fever? I do not have Beiber fever, but I do have jealousy over his hair products. What song do you want the Glee club to sing next? I’m actually obsessed with Glee, but, umm, the next song that I would like them to sing would be… “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”. Is there anyone in the faculty that you want to become bff’s with? Everybody. Haha, well… right now I’m sincerely enjoying Mr. Esch (until she sees Mr. Taylor’s son pass by in the window). Wait, I change my mind. I want to become best friends with him. Jacob or Edward? Jacob. Team Jacob all the way. Like hardcore. Die hard. What’s a scarier Halloween costume, Bill Nye the Science Guy or Lady Gaga? I feel like Bill Nye is the only one that can pull off Bill Nye style, so I think that that would be more frightening to see. However, Gaga just kind of scares me in general…It’s a love-hate relationship, similar to the one I have with Britney. So I guess it would be a tie.
The Basics- When Mr. Muller and his family spent a couple of summers in San Diego, he fell in love with the city and was always looking for an opportunity to come back. While living in Central Pennsylvania, he and his wife both taught at a boarding school. After he received a call from Mr. Fickling he found he really liked Parker. Now he is teaching Rhetoric and World Literature. What’s your favorite thing about Parker so far? I would have to say a combination of the students and Mr. Fickling. Do you have Beiber Fever? Okay, I’m gonna have to ask, what? If you were an iphone app, which would you be? I would be Kindle for iPhone. Jacob or Edward? …? confused look... Jacob is the werewolf and Edward is the vampire. Oh.. then I’ll go with the werewolf. Cheetah print or zebra print? Definitely zebra print. If the cast of School House Rock showed up at your door, what would you do? Umm, I would get them to sign my DVD of all their songs to prove to my kids that they are real. Could you define pteridomania? Umm, is it a fear of winged things? Nope, sorry Mr. Muller, pteridomania is an obsession, or passion for ferns.
The Basics- Ms. Berk was running an art workshop in Colorado and was looking for the next step in her career when she was contacted by Parker in late summer. She had only been to California once before she relocated to our lovely San Diego. Now she teaches 2-D art in our new art buildings. What’s your favorite thing about Parker so far? I think the friendliness, and the actual campus is amazing. It’s really a unique school. How do you feel about crocs? I love good design… I don’t think that crocs are good design. If you were an iphone app, which would you be? I’m a big fan of Yelp! Cheetah print or zebra print? Leopard! What’s the nastiest thing you’ve tried at the Del Mar Fair? Well, I haven’t been to the Del Mar Fair, but I have heard of a fried snickers bar. I would try that… What would you do if you found Van Gogh’s ear? I would do something like Damien Hirst and put it in formaldehyde, a kind of glass cube, and put it on a pedestal for display.
Unsung Parker Hero
How a smile and a wave can brighten your day. He’s the first person you see as you’re pulling up to school each morning. The first to give you a friendly smile and hello. He’s one of the most under appreciated people on campus. He is Upper School Security Guard Richard “Rick” Boronda. Few people, if any, are aware of the contributions Mr. Boronda makes to Parker each day. In any great organization, there are tons of little things that are done to improve peoples’ days. In this case, it’s the signature wave we receive every day that brightens our mood even early in the morning. It’s the feeling of comfort we get once we are inside school walls, knowing that there is someone patrolling the entrance. Mr. Boronda knows so much about how to keep our days rolling, but what do we know about him? If pressed, we can describe him as around six feet, with salt and pepper hair and a mustache that you can’t help but admire. But under the omnipresent Parker hat and the Parker jacket worn every morning, there is much more. Of the world’s most action-filled jobs, working on a U. S. navy aircraft carrier, one of Mr. Boronda’s previous jobs, is probably towards the top. Working as a school security guard might not be, but Mr. Boronda puts everything he has into his job. He has worked as a policeman, led tours on the USS Mid-
way, and even started his own janitorial business from scratch. But in 2005, Mr. Boronda came to Parker, first working as a night guard, and then eventually becoming a full-time member of the Parker staff as a day guard. But he could not fit in any better. “ I really feel like part of the Parker family; they couldn’t treat me any better,” he said. As students, we have to show up ready to learn each day, but we are not al-
By Jake Siegler
ways smiling and excited. Mr. Boronda is the first person we see when entering the school and the last we see when leaving. Regardless of the day he is having, he puts a smile on his face. And along with the smile, there is the wave. Something that has become such a trademark at Parker, a simple moment of kindness that sets Parker apart from everywhere else. Mr. Boronda knows how important the wave is too, “ I want to get the kids day off to a good start, so I make sure to wave to them every morning,” he said. Mr. Boronda exceeds the expectations of a security guard, because not only is he guarding the gates for us, he is a friend. Many seniors are even on a first name basis with him. Mr. Boronda puts 120 percent into his job. Always making sure he is there for both parents and kids, Mr. Boronda performs his job to the fullest. Niccolo Machiavelli said, “It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.” Not only does Mr. Boronda honor his title, but he does more than ever imaginable, and beyond. So next time you are pulling into the parking lot after having a rough morning, and you spot Mr. Boronda with a smile on his face and a wave headed your way, remember everything that he does for us, and give him a wave back.
Bonding with Mr. Boronda
Who would win in a fight, Superman or the Incredible Hulk? Why?
That’s a trick question. Everyone knows Iron Man rocks and would beat them both. He has the best toys.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
The U.K because I’ve been to a lot of countries and I’ve never seen the Changing of the Guard.
My biggest pet peeve is….
When people speed in the parking lot because I don’t want to see anyone hurt themselves or God forbid, hurt another student or staff member. Also, parking permits. They are free and easy, so let’s GET ONE.
Who would make a better pet, a zebra or a koala and why?
I would have to say a koala because a zebra is big, and a koala is small so the poop factor is a big consideration.
My favorite thing to do in my free time is...
Lying on my couch with my remote, but I do have other interests. I am a coin collector, I target shoot, and travel north to spend time with my sister and Dad.
Even or Odd?
Now that is the Question.
By Kasey Hutcheson Ever since the start of the new school year, students saying: “Wait, where am I going?” has frequently been overheard around campus. When walking down the hallways near the end of lunch, it is inevitable that you will hear someone asking his or her friends whether they should be headed to sixth period or eighth, with confusion and frustration clear in their voices. This year, along with new freshmen getting lost as they try to get used to the new campus, students are also dealing with the implementation of the brand new schedule. The general student opinion seems to be one of major confusion and sometimes even anger. At the beginning of this year, the administration responded to faculty members’ complaints about early sports dismissal by changing the Upper School schedule to even and odd days. Upper School Head Mr. Paul Barsky first heard about the issue last spring when he began his integration into Parker life. A leadership team that included Mr. Barsky, Academic Dean Mr. Paul Roudebush, and Dean of Students Mr. Marc Thiebach discussed the issue and determined two main goals: to change the schedule in a way that addressed faculty concerns, and to limit the impact on student and faculty members’ days. When Mr. Roudebush came up with the even and odd day solution, the primary concern was whether or not students and faculty would be able to remember and decipher the new schedule. Opinions around campus seem to vary from deep frustration with the system to happiness with the excitement found in switching up the order of classes every day. It is understandable that some Parker students already feel
overwhelmed by the amount of thinking they have to do during their AP- filled, elective-loaded, sports-jammed days, and that having to think just one more time about whether one is headed to sixth period or eighth could make someone’s day just a little bit more action-packed, not to mention confusing. Some may complain that the even/ odd system forces students to know what the date is each and every day, but frankly, the only necessary fact to remember is where you went the day before and then to go to the opposite class. However, watch out for the one exception, as a week where the 31st day of the month turns into the first day
period may be helpful, but for specialty classes such as ASB, the change may make life harder. Babla and other ASB members find it difficult to create successful lunchtime events when class is no longer after lunch. Another concern is that seventh periods are often let out late, cutting into the ASB class period and taking away from important conversations about Homecoming and student well-being. Students with sixth periods other than ASB can relate, as sometimes walking into eighth period late can result in a larger consequence on even days than on odd days. Who knows, someone might miss the most important piece of information all year. According to Mr. Barsky, the administration’s consensus is that students seem to be adjusting well to the schedule change. They have decided to mark it as a successful addition to the day. Although students may not be completely used to it or even sure of why the change is so important to faculty, they do know that at a school like Parker, missing APs or honors classes more than once a week can be really devastating to their grades. Although there are various opinions on the new schedule, teachers do seem appreciative of not losing the same kids each day to sports, and students have settled into a rhythm that no longer requires the ominous “NOTE TO ALL: THIS IS AN ODD DAY” in the Announcements. The schedule change has the opportunity to add a kick to the oh so boring periods six, seven, eight that otherwise would be the number one reason for students falling asleep in class.
I like some parts of it, but some parts make my schedule difficult. It’s difficult on a class-by-class basis. -Meghan Babla
of the next. Odd day to odd day. Sophomore Meghan Babla said that she has mixed feelings on the change. “I like some parts of it, but some parts make my schedule difficult. It’s difficult on a class-by-class basis,” she says. For example, having a free period that switches from sixth to eighth
Fit For a Freshman...
Is Health and Fitness
Necessary or Outdated? By Sara Linssen
ealth and Fitness is one of the few experiences at Francis Parker School that all 498 high school students can share. And yet, there are still mixed emotions about the course. Students question the benefits of the program and some wonder if it is worth an entire year. Health and Fitness, a year-long course taught by Coach Stacey Zoyopolis, Coach John Morrison and Coach David Glassey, was originally worked into the curriculum because state law requires that all high school students take one semester of a Health and Fitness class in order to graduate. Since then, the program was expanded to provide more depth on topics such as sexual education, drugs, alcohol, and eating disorders. Ways of linking the course to other parts of the Upper School program are currently being examined by the administration through the recently formed “Student Wellbeing Committee,” a group created to evaluate student well-being and formulate feasible solutions to support students. Health and Fitness is, “a chance to
relax,” according to Coach Glassey. Freshman year can be a very stressful transition for many students and Health and Fitness is a fun way to let off steam. Coach Zoyopolis says that the course also helps to foster new relationships, especially with a class that has just accepted the second largest intake of new students. Through Health and Fitness, students receive CPR certification, which is a graduation requirement for the University of California school system, and gain important knowledge about weight room techniques. If the class is so important and gives students such important information, why don’t all students take it seriously? One possible reason is that the grade students receive in Health and Fitness doesn’t count toward their GPAs, even though there are homework assignments and projects throughout the year. This is one of the major flaws with the program, admitted Coach Zoyopolis. She recounted an incident in which a student turned in a blank assignment, telling her that he had not completed it because the class did not count toward his GPA. Coach Glassey emphasized the importance of Health and Fitness as a chance for students to be open and bond. However, students have mixed feelings regarding their comfort in class. “It’s always going to be a little uncomfortable, but it’s better than talking about it with your parents,” says freshman Elisa Greenberg. Freshman are still trying to fit in, impress other students, and figure out where they belong. “Students who are normally quiet or insecure generally feel less comfortable [in Health and Fitness],” says Sophomore Alex Clark. In addition, the Life Skills program,
which was introduced to the Middle School last year, discusses many of the same issues as Health and Fitness. “By [the time we take Health and Fitness], we already know what we need to know,” says junior Steven Goicoechea. This repetition causes many students to lose interest during class, decreasing their chances of retaining this information in the long term. Still, while Freshman Matt Irvine says, “Health and Fitness is repititious of the Life Skills program,” he adds that, “it is worthwhile because there is more time to discuss these topics.” The final major flaw that many students find in the program is the lack of follow-up. By the middle of sophomore year most students say that they have forgotten most of what they learned in the class. “I didn’t get anything from it. To be honest...I probably would have found it more helpful as a senior than as a freshman,” says Senior Gerardo de la Concha. Few can remember the difference between the symptoms of syphilis and herpes and even fewer remember how to properly perform CPR. Few remember the medical effects that binge drinking has on an adolescent brain, either, and with over twenty vehicular teen deaths in San Diego in 2009 alone, Parker students say they wish some of these issues were addressed in class. All of these concerns are being discussed by the wellness commitee.“A strong program, like any other, is always evolving so that it can address immediate concerns or issues that arise while addressing the foundations of health and fitness,” says Mr. Barsky.
Fall SPORTS: SEASON Update By Cameron Songer and Colin Grey
The Lancers have won the last two CIF Section titles for Division V and hope to earn a three-peat this year. Despite the departure of many key players from last year’s team, the boys are hopeful. Seniors Warren Brody, Matt Wile, Ben Rangel, and Enrique Espinosa da Silva are the captains of this The team looks forward to introductions under the lights at home. year’s football team. Brody has taken over at quarterback after the departure of three-year starter Deon Randall. The team has not been playing at full strength due to injuries to key players. Senior running back Kenny Brookins has a broken collarbone and wide receiver junior Brian Levett has a broken arm. “The injuries have opened up spots for some underclassmen, and they have responded well,” said senior Manny Villaseñor. The team continues to rely on senior punter/kicker Matt Wile’s powerful kickoffs and punts to control field position.
Record: 3-2 9/3 Parker @ Hoover 27-21 9/10 Parker vs. St. Margaret’s 31-0 9/17 Parker @ San Diego 21-41 9/24 Parker vs. Imperial 12-20 10/18 Parker vs. Medicine Hat (Canada) 47-0
Record: 5-7 (1-2) 9/8 Parker @ Carlsbad 3-1 9/10 Parker @ Grossmont 2-0 9/11 Parker vs. Poway 0-2 9/11 Parker vs. CCA 0-2 9/15 Parker @ Mt. Carmel 3-1 9/18 Parker vs. Troy 0-2 9/21 Parker vs. SDA 1-3 9/23 Parker @ Horizon 3-0 9/29 Parker @ CCA 0-3 10/1 Parker @ Bishop’s 1-3 10/13 Parker vs. LJCD 0-3
girls' Volleyball The Girls’ Volleyball team keeps most of its key players from last year, including senior captains Maddie Thurman and Alex Wineholt and junior Saige Gallop. With the departure of longtime coach Eric Sato, the team is now led by coach Diane Pascua. “She pushes us extremely hard, and we’re realizing how to play as a team,” said Gallop. The team suffered bad luck during its first home game this year, as both Wineholt and Gallop suffered injuries, but still began league play with a respectable 4-5 record. The Lancers are underdogs in the Coastal Conference this year, as La Jolla Country Day won the Division IV State Championship last year, but the Lancers are not intimidated. “I think it’ll be a great game when we play them,” said Gallop. “As a team, we have grown immensely over the past year.”
Saige Gallop rises above the net to spike the ball.
South Bay Invitational 9/24 Girls - 2.5 miles Elisa Martinez 17:17 Gwennie Gardner 18:20 Christina Clark 19:30 Boys - 5,000 meters Nick Bosse 18:32 Matt Gluck 19:19 Michael Bergsma 19:15
Small Schools Invitational 10/1 Girls - 2.75 miles Martinez 18:44 Gardner 20:18 Samantha Hubachek 20:45 Boys - 3.04 miles Bosse 18:49 Gluck 19:45 Bergsma 19:57
Junior Nicole Aquino takes a shot from the bunker.
Record: 5-4 (5-4) 9/23 Parker vs. Pacific Ridge 16-2 9/28 Parker vs. Bishops’ 2-16 10/5 Parker vs. SDJA 9-9 won on games 82-67 10/7 Parker vs. LJCD 3-15 10/12 Parker vs. Escondido Charter 12-6
Record: 7-4 (4-1) 9/30 Parker vs. Bishop’s @LJCC 217-201 10/5 Parker vs. Escondido Charter @ Riverwalk 207-354 Medalist: Pasterkiewicz 34 10/6 Parker vs. Torrey Pines @ The Crosby 221-196 10/11 Parker vs. Horizon @ Mission Trails 210-295 Medalists: Duong,Pasterkiewicz 39
Cross-country is a tough and an often times thankless sport. These athletes run up to seven miles a day. The girl’s team, captained by seniors Sam Hubachek and Kaitlyn Maffuid, hope to place in the top two in the Coastal League and compete in the state championship meet. Star runners include junior Carolyn Hansen and freshmen Gwennie Gardiner and Elisa Matrinez. The girls cite the closeness of the team as one of the best parts of running cross country. “Every practice is a bonding experience,” said The girls’ team takes off as a group at the Hubachek. “We talk, sing, and laugh while we start of a race. run.” The boy’s team, with senior captain Michael Bergsma, has a tough road ahead due to a key injury to Duncan Tomlin, one of Parker’s best runners, who fractured his foot. Coaches Matt Schellenberg and Kiernan Aiston are counting on athletes like junior Nick Bosse and sophomore Matt Gluck to step up to fill the hole left by Tomlin.
The Girls’ Golf season has gotten off to a good start so far this year behind junior captains Nicole Aquino and Michelle McElroy, along with sophomore stars Maria Duong and Ariana Gastellum. The team has also received an unexpected boost from freshman Kate Pasterkiewicz. The team competes at a very high level against much bigger schools such as LCC, Torrey Pines, and Carlsbad. Coach Stacey Zoyiopoulos is looking to compete with Bishops for the Coastal Conference title this year.
Girls' Tennis The team opened the season with two consecutive losses, but bounced back with three straight wins after that. Led by senior captains Lara Deitz and Lizz Ebken, the team is hoping for a winning record in the Coastal Conference. Other key players include junior Melissa Shega and freshman Estelle Wong. The team follows the lead set by their senior captains. “As one of the two seniors on the team I really try my best to set an example for the rest of the players,” said Deitz. Photo courtesy of Smugmug.com.
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Sophomore Lexi Smallwood follows through after a swing.
Jesse Brookins By Evan Fitzner
If you ever thought freshman Jesse Brookins would be overshadowed by his older brother, senior Kenny Brookins, then you were wrong. Since an injury sidelined his older brother, Brookins has quickly become a vital asset to the Francis Parker varsity football team. Brookins, a new student to Parker, says that he is enjoying his first year here, adding that his role as a varsity running back has made it easy for him to make new friends. On top of his athletic ability, Brookins adds many other things to the football team. When asked for Brookins’s greatest contribution to the team, head coach John Morrison replied, “Definitely his intensity about the game. Jesse plays very hard and he has an admirable seriousness about the game that any coach can appreciate.” This is also the case for
Kenny, Jesse’s older brother, who transferred to Parker as a sophomore and made the varsity team right away. When asked about the difference between the Brookins brothers, coach Morrison replied by saying, “It is not fair to compare the two. Jesse is a freshman and Kenny is a senior.” Although they have very similar playing styles they are very hard to compare because of the large age gap. With all the injuries on the team, Brookins’s role has changed substantially. He is now being asked to play both offense and defense. At the beginning of the season he was a reserve running back and an outside linebacker. With all the recent injuries he has been asked to step up his game along with the other freshmen on varsity, Jake Wambaugh, Noah Gamboa, Ayman Maybery, and Chris
Jesse Brookins breaks into the open field in a win against St. Margaret’s.
Papatheofanis. He carries a great deal of responsibility for such a young athlete, but so far he has been able to live up to his expectations. Brookins began playing football when he was six and has enjoyed the sport ever since. Some of the people that inspired him to play are his father and NFL Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton. Whether it is in the classroom or on the field, Jessie Brookins will always strive for excellence. He has a great future in the sport of football and a great future at Francis Parker School. As a freshman this year, Brookins will certainly improve his athleticism and gain more experience over the next three years. He will be a key player for the next generation of Parker football excellence.
Jesse Brookins attempts to make a cut to run the ball upfield.
Seasons Of Change The Scribe investigates changes in the Athletics Department. By Robert Ganon
Coach Hughes was a star Coach Tomey looks on as his player for Parker in his team conquers the softball high school years. field.
Coach Herman gives his volleyball team a pep talk.
Photo Courtesy of UCSD
his past summer, changes were made to the Parker Athletics Department to make it even better. With some staff members changing postions in the department, some changing departments completely, and some working at Parker for the first time, the Athletics Department directory has quite a different look this year. Two of the most noticable changes involve Parker’s volleyball programs. New to Parker, Diane Pascua took over as the girls’ head coach this fall. Pascua brings her experience as a proffessional beach volleyball player to this year’s talented team. While not new to Parker, alumnus Danny Hughes will be working here for the first time this year, as he was appointed the new head coach of the Varsity Boys’ Volleyball team. Coach Hughes coached at UCSD before being hired by Parker and will now lead a successful volleyball program that has won 14 CIF titles since 1995, including 11 in a row. “With Dan’s experience at UCSD, we are lucky to have him,” says Athletic Director Dan Kuiper. Now that Danny Hughes is the Boys’ Volleyball Coach, John Herman has been appointed to the newly created
position of Associate Athletic Director of the Upper School. He will act as Coach Kuiper’s assistant, and he will manage team spirit, and the coaching staffs of off-campus sports such as golf and tennis. Managing the off-campus coaching staff will include knowing where each team practices, organizing transportation to and from the off-campus practice facilities and matches, and keeping up with the necessities that go with every other sport. As experienced and popular as Coach Herman is, he should have no problem gaining support for team spirit and maintaining a good relationship with the off-campus coaches. This is the first time there has ever been an assistant for Coach Kuiper, so with the separation of tasks between two people the hope is that there will be less stress on one person and that the jobs will be finished in a more proficient manner. Coach Herman’s new position also requires him to stop teaching Health and Fitness and Middle School P.E., so Coach John Morrison, head coach of the Varsity Football Team, has taken over both of those roles. The last major change to the Athletics Department involves Coach Tomey’s new assignments. Coach Tomey is now in charge of a few areas in the Upper and Middle School Ath-
Coach Pascua sets her team up for success.
Photos Courtesy of SmugMug.com
letics. Along with keeping his position as head coach of the successful Varsity Boys’ Basketball and Girls’ Softball Teams, Coach Tomey will now also be in charge of Middle School Golf in the spring and Middle School Basketball in the winter. His Varsity Boys’ Basketball experience will help him make the middle school team better than ever. Another positive aspect of the new situation is that Coach Tomey will now have the opportunity to begin learning different basketball players’ styles, skills and attributes in middle school so that when high school comes around he will already know each player’s strengths and weaknesses. Coach Tomey’s new responsibilities in the Upper School include head of Independent P.E, as well as lunchtime P.E. As head of the independent P.E. section of the Athletics Department, Coach Tomey will be in charge of collecting the forms to get the credit and everything else involved in the course These adjustments to the Athletics Department will be noticeable immediately. With a perfect mixture of experience and new ideas, the department has the potential to be stronger and more successful than it has been in the past.
Forming a school-wide tournament, incorporating every student, and developing lasting friendships are some lofty goals for any Parker club. But with the formation of the Ultimate Frisbee Champions League by senior co-presidents Alex Nuffer and Tyler Bonilla, they have the chance to make all of this and more possible. While the UFCL is now generating a huge buzz around campus, the club had humble beginnings. “It started out as just two kids with a Frisbee,” says Nuffer. “We thought it would be funny to start a club, so we did.” Nuffer and Bonilla were inspired to name the club the Ultimate Frisbee Champions League from their admiration of the UEFA Champions League, a popular European soccer federation. Bonilla and Nuffer began bringing Frisbees to school last year, sparking the interest of their close friends. More and more people began to join the club, and soon they began to play Ultimate Frisbee pickup games on the field. “We built a foundation out of determination, perseverance, and some good laughs,” says Bonilla. By the end of last year, the club had grown so popular that UFCL shirts were created for members to purchase. They are now
Created For Champions by Champions
one of the most frequently worn club polo shirts on campus. Although the UFCL is a well-established club, there are still many misconceptions about the organization. The club has over a hundred members, but some people see the club as a set group of certain people. “Mainly seniors come out to toss, but this is not a seniors only club. Anyone, both girls and boys of all ages are welcome to come and play,” says Bonilla. The members of the UFCL who already like to go out at lunch time and play love the club and what it does for them. “I love the fact that it’s not just a game, but it’s a lifestyle,” says senior Kendall Lindley. “It’s addictive, quite frankly, and everyone is just out there to play the game.” Joining the UFCL is much easier than it may seem. There are a few very easy ways to get involved with the club. Every Friday during lunch you will find devoted UFCL members on the field playing pickup games. The teams switch each week, and anyone who shows up will be included in the competitions and put onto a team. If, for some reason, you can’t make it out for the weekly pickup games, on other days you may see Bonilla and Nuffer
By Ben Peters
playing in the quad. “Often you’ll find us tossing in the quad spontaneously, and it is so easy. Even Mr. Barsky is out there, ” says Bonilla. He is not exaggerating. Often, Principal Mr. Paul Barsky joins UFCL members for a quick toss at lunch. The future of the UFCL is promising. In the next year, there may be a formal Parker Ultimate Frisbee team. The team would play against other schools like Bishops and La Jolla Country Day, who have both already set up talented teams that may be tough competition for Parker. Also, the UFCL will be expanding their selection of club gear this year. They are introducing new UFCL labeled sleeveless hoodie jackets available for purchase. A school wide tournament is being discussed to take place in the future as well. There was already a well attended UFCL tournament last spring that was fun for all the competitors involved. The UFCL will continue to grow and prosper as a club that develops lasting friendships and priceless memories. In the words of co-president Nuffer, “The wind tickles your scalp, the ground is no more. The sky is your highway. Catch the frisbee.”
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By Michael Schreiner
Average height of the five tallest players on the Parker basketball team (6’8”, 6’8”, 6’8”, 6’6” and 6’4”).
The number of Parker graduates from the last four years currently playing NCAA D-I, D-II, or D-III athletics.
Number of Parker graduates from the last four years currently competing professionally in their sport (Nick Noonan and Josh Stafford).
Number of years, combined, that Coach Kuiper and Coach Glassey have been part of the Parker family.
Number of goals by which the girls’ soccer team outscored its opponents in its final 18 games last year en route to winning a CIF title.
Number of goals by which the girls’ soccer team was outscored by its opponents in its first 13 games last year.
Players in the football program this year at Parker, an all-time high for the school.
Number of CIF tiitles the Parker boys’ volleyball team has won in its history, the most of any sport.
Number of CIF titles Parker has won in its history.
Welcome to the World of
By Marisa Canepa
What is it that defines country music? Banjo solos? The twang? Although these are important elements, the most important aspect of country is its history and tradition; because of this, it is the music of the everyday person. It isn’t always the instrumental aspects of the music that make it attractive. The lyrics in a country song take precedence over the sonic soundscape. They always have, and they always will continue to speak to millions. Have you taken a moment to really listen to the lyrics of pop, rap and hip-hop music that has become so popular today? While the vocals are audible, they are often lost in the song and “re-mixed.” In country music, the singer’s voice is always the most important aspect of the song. This is what makes it special and loved. People cherish the honesty and validity of the songs because they truly mean something. They aren’t trendy, they aren’t always catchy, and they don’t just have a nice beat. They matter. So to those people who say that they hate country music, just listen to it. Don’t hear it, but really listen to it.
What To Listen To
Where To See It 1
Where To Hear It
Artist 1. Toby Keith 2. The Band Perry 3. Rodney Atkins 4. Miranda Lambert 5. Brad Paisley 6. Keith Urban 7. Sugarland 8. Carrie Underwood 9. Zac Brown Band
The Stagecoach Festival is an outdoor country music festival presented by Goldenvoice. The festival is located in Indio, CA. It has various types of artists that attend, whether they are mainstream or almost unknown.
Songs to Listen to That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy “God Love Her” “If I Die Young”, “Hip to My Heart” The Band Perry “The Farmer’s Daughter” It’s America “White Liar”, “Only Prettier” Revolution “Anything Like Me” American Saturday Night “Kiss a Girl”, “Sweet Thing” Defying Gravity “Settlin’”, “Stay” Enjoy the Ride “Undo It”, “Cowboy Casanova” Play On ”Chicken Fried”, “Highway 20 Ride” The Foundation
Reality is Overrated: A Guide to Fall Video Games By Cameron Songer
Get ready to give your thumbs a workout! This fall boasts one of the strongest crops of new video games in many years. From first-person shooters to sports, music to kid games for your little brother, this fall offers a game or two for everyone. You’re sure to spend some quality time with your couch.
Halo: Reach (Xbox 360 only)
Halo: Reach is a prequel to the events of Halos 1 through 3. The game chronicles the battle between the invading alien Covenant and a few brave human supersoldiers trying to save one of mankind’s colony-planets in the year 2552. The game was released on September 14th, 2010, and millions of fans were up
at midnight awaiting the new game’s arrival at “launch parties.” The game grossed $200 million in sales on the first day. In the first week after the game came out, the time spent playing Reach online was the equivalent of 5,901 years. Veterans to the Halo series will find some major changes to the gameplay from Halo 3. The most notable of these changes are “armor abilities,” which allow players to use special powers, including a jetpack or a hologram. These changes add layers of strategy
to the competitive game while offering a fun change of pace. Reach offers a tremendous number of customization options; gamers can create an avatar out of thousands of combinations of armor pieces. The game also features one of the most ambitious online offerings in video game history. Players can choose to play a variety of competitive and cooperative modes with their friends or with random strangers. These features will be available for as long as there are Halo players online. Judging by sales, that is likely be a long time.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Nov 9) (Xbox/PS3/Wii/PC) Call of Duty will be released on November 9th, 2010 for PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and Nintendo DS. The game is a sequel to Call of Duty: World at War. Black Ops is set during the Cold War and sends the player on a variety of special-forces missions behind enemy lines. The game continues many of the trends of the Call of Duty franchise and improves on many of the features of Modern Warfare 2. The
multiplayer experience is focused on customization. Players are now able to customize the appearance of their avatar down to the attachments on the gun their character holds. Like Reach, armor reflects the player’s skill in the game. Gamers will be able to recognize high-ranking players by their difficult-to-obtain armor. The online experience in Black Ops also offers a variety of competitive and coop-
erative game modes. Players will also be able to gamble with their in-game earnings in new Wager Matches.
Games to Watch For: Fable III (Oct 26) (Xbox 360 only)
Gran Turismo 5 (Nov 3) (PS3 only)
Rock Band 3 (Oct 26) (Xbox/PS3)
LittleBigPlanet 2 (Nov 16) (PS3 only)
The Sims 3 (Oct 26) (Xbox/PS3)
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Nov 16) (Xbox/PS3/PC)
In The Spotlight Parker Theater Takes The Stage By Emily Heft This year’s drama class has the most freshmen in Parker’s history, giving it the potential to be one of the most successful years for the department. Ten newcomers joined this year, bringing the total number of students up to twenty-five. A bigger class has many advantages. More cast members allow for many more options for shows. Senior Corrine Morris said, “Because we have such a huge class, we are working on more than one show at a time.” Sophomore Matt Gluck said, “I think it’s partly due to luck [that there are so many new freshmen], but it’s also due to a better middle school program. The new teacher, Dr. Garland, has turned middle school drama into a much more serious class.” It is obvious that this is likely to be one of the most successful years of drama, and Dr. Garland, who was new to Parker last year, isn’t the only one who deserves credit. Junior Matt Margulis gives the credit to Upper School drama teacher Mr. Gordon Cantiello. “His encouragement, tough and persistent, pushes the student to the defining line between self and character. He has taught me all I know about living inside the mind and body of another human being, and how to become what I try to portray rather than just act it. [Mr. Cantiello] is the epitome of the Art itself and the masterpieces he produces prove this,” said Margulis. Another exciting change is a drastic increase in the number of shows. In years past, there was traditionally one show in fall and one in spring. This year, they are starting out with “Almost, Maine” in October, in addition to one show in November, one in January, and one around March. More students allows drama to work on a more interesting variety of plays, because there are more students to play a greater number of roles. Since Mr. Cantiello doesn’t like to repeat plays that have been performed in the last 10 years, students who attend the shows get to experience productions
outside of the high school norm. This “Always Patsy Kline is a two person is one of the most exciting parts of at- show starring Nicki Elledge; Mr. C has tending the show, as the unfamiliarity expressed an interest in allowing almost of the plot keeps the audience on the all of the seniors to attempt something edge of their seats. like this.” If seniors don’t have the time Gluck said, “We really don’t have too to headline a show, Gluck explains, much input into the play choices or the there are plenty of other opportunities direction of the play, mostly because to take the lead, like behind-the-scenes Mr. C doesn’t need any help. While he work from wardrobe and set design, to runs his choices of plays by us and cer- light and sound technology. tainly asks our opinions, at the end of For those with a love for theater the day it is his choice.” but not enough time for a big commitThe drama class prepares for a ment, sophomores Stanley Gambucci, show for months, a commitment that, Megan Allcock and Katie Kreitzer have along with the daily zero periods, would created a solution. They formed a club seem daunting to most. To the mem- with a goal of watching and discussbers of drama, however, it is a chance ing plays and publicizing the upcoming to devote themselves to something performances. they’re passionate about. Rehearsals Sophomore and drama student Lily for “Almost, Maine” began all the way Thomas said, “[It’s] for people who back in May. can’t make a commitment to being in When asked if the time put in was theater class, so instead they go watch worth it, Margulis says, “On day one of plays, and discuss them... So it’s kind theater, Mr. Cantiello urges you to sign of a like theater appreciation club.” This his contract, a sacrifice of your time, club will give everyone the opportunity other commitments, and emotions.” To to get involved. those with a passion for drama, that All of the changes the drama departlevel of devotion is completely volun- ment has made ensure that this year tary. will stand out, from the new students to “Letting others feel through some- the vast amount of shows. Morris sums one else’s words and bringing them to it up by saying that the drama departlife is something that is beautiful to me. ment will surely stay on everyone’s I had always loved singing and one day minds. I just said, I’m going to pursue this passion and love of mine. Now that I have found theater, (and it has found me), I am never letting go!” said senior Serenitie Buyse. Seniors like Buyse are getting extra time to shine this year, as Mr. Cantiello has developed opportunities for them to star in shows and truly make them their own. For ex- Cast of Almost, Maine during their September performance. Photo courtesy of Francis Parker smugmug.com ample, Gluck said,
Asian Film Festival By Haley Robinson
What You Missed...
Directed by Dong-il Shin A quirky teen strikes up a controversial relationship with a Bengali migrant worker.
Good Morning President Directed byJin Jing
This comedy depicts three years of the Korean Presidency.
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First, the frantic chicken was held upside down as it flapped its wings and shrieked. The neck was then pulled sharply and bent upwards. “SNAP.” The wings flapped in a last reflex and the knife cut through the unfortunate bird’s jugular. Crimson blood stained the ground. As the last drops of blood drain from the lifeless body, senior Lauren Lynch asks the question: “To meat or not to meat?” Vegetarians and meat-lovers alike gathered to watch Lynch’s film, To Meat or Not to Meat, along with many other creative short films at the 11th Annual Asian Film Festival held from October 21st to the 28th. The festival showcased about 120 films and was attended by many famous Asian actors. Despite the magnitude of the event, Lynch had never had any previous experience in film. “I did an internship this summer with the San Diego Asian Film Foundation with about seven or eight other kids,” Lynch said. Lynch’s story makes for a very promising documentary. While many people decide to stop eating meat for their health or religion or the environment, Lynch was traumatized upon witnessing a ritual done to kill chickens in the Philippines. After seeing innocent livestock being tied up and killed, Lynch decided that she would stand up to the meat industry. Surprisingly, the most difficult part was standing up to her mother. To Meat or Not to Meat addresses this conflict between Lynch and her mother. Lynch, knowing that her mother did not support vegetarianism, kept this decision to stop eating meat to herself, and continued to hide it from her mother for five months. “It was definitely harder having to hide my vegetarianism than my being a vegetarian, but it was even harder yet listening to all the pleas asking me to stop doing what I was doing,” Lynch said. Lynch’s documentary was screened on October 24th at the UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center. Spoiler alert: Lynch chose not to meat.
Directed by Noboru Iguchi Two geishas are abducted to be transformed into cyborg assassins.
Macho Like Me
Directed by Heile Lee A real-life experiment follows an attractive woman who lives her life as a man for 6 months.
Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda A life sized blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video clerk.
If I Knew What You Said Directed by Mike Sandejas
A love story that portrays a deaf boy who loves to dance and a rebellious rocker girl.
Change the Channel If you
MTV Mondays, 7pm
By Aly Barrett Layout by Kaity Wilson
Then you’ll Love... This documentary series starring Andrew Jenks reveals the lives and perspectives of people in unique situations. Jenks spends as much time as possible with his subjects, many times going as far as living with them. Recently, Jenks has documented the life of a youth living with autism, a famous rapper who came from poverty and prison, and a homeless woman on the streets of San Francisco. Each episode finishes with a feel of individual empowerment that is all too similar to Buried Life.
MTV Mondays, 7:30pm
Jerseylicious is a reality TV show series about the lives of several women employed at Gatsby Salon in Green Book Township, New Jersey. Both the hair and the drama are big and loud. Gayle Giacamo, the salon owner, attempts to keep her employees in check while the drama constantly boils over between them. It’s still in Jersey, people are still unusually tan, and the drama is still so ridiculous that you can’t look away. MTV Thursdays, 7pm
NBC Thursdays, 9pm
E! Show times vary.
Style Network Sundays, 5pm
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a dark comedy centered around an Irish pub in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Starring big names like Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olsen, Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Danny DeVito, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has plenty of hilarious cynicism and irony. The humor of the main characters, known in the show as “The Gang,” is fair competition for the hilarity of The Office. Warning: May contain inappropriate content for some viewers.
In the same general style of The Soup, Daniel Tosh of Tosh.0 successfully delivers popular culture news in a sarcastic and comical way. Aside from celebrities, Daniel Tosh usually targets viral videos that are popular on YouTube. Tosh airs a video response to embarassing viral videos, mocking them with dark humor. He digitally includes himself in the video, or interviews the creators of the video to provide them with a chance for a “Web Redemption.” Warning: May contain inappropriate content for some viewers.
FX Thursdays, 7pm
Comedy Central Wednesdays, 7:30pm
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Watch By Walker Newton and Ben Peters
Brother And Sister’s Dental Odyssey: Part 1 And 2
How Not To Eat A Watermelon On an episode of The Amazing Race, one contestant who participates in a watermelon slingshot challenge gets more than she bargains for when the slingshot malfunctions.
If you liked the classic “David after Dentist”, you will love this video of a brother and sister on the ride home from the dentist after getting their wisdom teeth pulled. Highlights include the son asking the mom to marry him, and a slow motion thumb war.
Teach Me How To Panda
Buttered Bathroom Floor Prank
A not so nice girlfriend smears butter all over the bathroom floor while her boyfriend is in the shower. It doesn’t end well.
In this priceless video, a baby panda scratching its back at the Bifengxia Panda Base dances to a variety of songs.
Ken Block - Gymkhana Ultimate Playground
In this video, you can see Gymkhana, a sport similar to rally car racing, and one of its best drivers, Ken Block, in full effect. Do not try this at home.
SCRIBE PICKS: By Madeline Peeling
what to watch: 1. Hocus Pocus 2. Psycho 3. The Addams Family 4. Sleepy Hollow 5. Beetle Juice 6. Edward Scissorhands 7. Nightmare Before Christmas 8. The Shining 9. Scream 10. The Exorcist
what to listen to:
1. Monster Mash, Bobby Pickett 2. Thriller, Michael Jackson 3. Ghost Busters, Ray Parker Jr 4. I Put A Spell On You, Screaming Jay Hawkins 5. Somebody’s Watching Me, Rockwell 6. Dead Man’s Party, Oingo Boingo 7. This is Halloween, Danny Elfman 8. Nightmare On My Street, DJ Jazzy and Fresh Prince 9. The Time Warp, Richard O’Brien 10. Grim Grinning Ghosts, Buddy Baker and Xavier Atencio 11. Welcome To My Nightmare, Alice Cooper
HALLOWEEN what to do:
Haunted Hotel in Downtown September 24- October 31 7:00 p.m. till midnight Tickets: $15.00- $27.00 Haunted Trails in Balboa Park September 24- October 31 7:00 p.m. till 11:45 p.m. Tickets: $15.00- $32.00 Scream Zone in Del Mar October 21-31 7:00 p.m. till midnight Tickets: $14.99- $27.99 Knottâ€™s Scary Farm in Buena Park September 24- October 31 7:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. Tickets: $50.00- $56.00
what to make:
Recipe courtesy of familyfun.go.com
Candy Corn Balls
1- Put 12 cups popped popcorn in a mixing bowl large enough to allow for stirring. Mix in 1 1/2 cups candy corn. 2- Fill a medium-size bowl with ice water and set out a cookie sheet or a piece of waxed paper. 3- Mix 3/4 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup corn syrup, 6 tablespoons butter, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a 4-quart pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Stop stirring and let the syrup boil until an inserted candy thermometer reaches 275Âş. Carefully pour the syrup over the popcorn and stir well with a wooden spoon to evenly coat the kernels and candy. Cool slightly. 4-Quickly dip your hands into the ice water and shape the popcorn into 3-inch balls. Place on waxed paper to cool completely. THE SCRIBE
Boo Who? Everyone remembers the first time they dressed up for Halloween as an adorable bunny or pumpkin. Can you match these Parker students to their first costumes?
Answers: A. Maddie Tomey, B. Gabe Harrington, C. Molly Merkin, D. Hunter Asmann, E. Sarah Schnell, F. Chase Brewster
Lunch Money Instead of... You could get...
Have you ever thought about how much money you actually spend going off campus for lunch or stopping at the bottom of the hill for that afternoon snack? We did the math (given that there are about 31 weeks in a school year) to show you how much you might be wasting, and what you could be buying instead.
Instead of getting an original size smoothie ($4.25) and an oatmeal ($2.95) from Jamba Juice three times a week, adding up to $670, you could get an iPad for $629.
Instead of getting a tasty frozen yogurt with toppings ($3.75) from Fiji Yogurt twice a week, adding up to $233, you could use that money to give a pig, a flock of chicks, and a trio of rabbits to families in need from Heifer International for $200. These animals will provide families with food, money, and a sustainable way to support themselves.
Instead of purchasing two slices of Zpizza and a drink ($6.95) twice a week for lunch, adding up to $431, you could get 135 gallons of gas (at $3 a gallon) for your car for $405.
Instead of stopping at Starbucks three mornings a week to get a grande vanilla latte ($3.95), adding up to $367, make your coffee at home, and you could buy a one-way ticket to Hawaii $336.
By Kira Newton and Claire Bryan
Instead of having an Urbane Cafe sandwich ($6.95) and a drink ($1.60) twice a week, adding up to $530, you could donate $500 to Helen Woodward Animal Center to provide one month of care to an orphaned dog.
$530 Instead of getting a sandwich ($8.45) and a cup of soup ($3.10) once a week from Nordstrom Cafe, adding up to $385, you can get an annual pass to Disneyland for $329.
$358 Instead of buying a foot long Subway sandwich ($5) twice a week during the school year, adding up to $310, you could go to one movie every weekend ($9 per ticket) for $270.
Instead of getting a bag of chips ($1.60) and a drink ($1.45) from 7-11 twice a week, adding up to $189, you could get four songs a week on iTunes for $160.
Instead of getting a burrito ($4.85) and a drink ($2.25) from Super Bronco’s or Santana’s once a week, adding up to $220, you could use that money to provide water for four families in underdeveloped countries through The World Water Project for $200.
$220 THE SCRIBE
to do during your
By Molly Morrison
With all of the stress that seems to pile on each day, a free period is a great escape. It’s forty-five minutes to be away from teachers and classes. However, students often get bored because they don’t know what to do with this time. So if you’re tired of creeping the newsfeed on Facebook, here are some new things to try.
with a quick catnap on the cozy corner 1. Rejuvenate couches in the library. 2. Relax with some old-fashioned cloud watching in the quad. 3. Bring in a deck of cards and try to build a card castle. 4. Grab a hackey sack and see how many reps you can get. 5. Have a picnic on the lawn. soccer with a crushed soda can or water bottle. 6. PlayIfhobo you really want to get fancy, make your own goals.
7. See how many grapes you can fit in your mouth. 8. Play Hide and Seek. 9. Spy on people from the library windows. yourself a cool (and school appropriate) tattoo. 10. GiveFor a challenge, do this with your eyes closed. 40
Listen to your mother and sit up straight for goodness sakes! Look astute and confident and pull those shoulders back.
You won’t need to hibernate this winter if you have a classically stunning camel coat on. These are perfect for brightening up your dark winter wardrobe and can easily be taken from casual to dressed-up.
Save the American Apparel! Believe it or not, American Apparel is currently teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, losing on average $30 million a year in revenue and sinking in debt. Hurry to the nearest American Apparel; where else are you going to buy a t-shirt for $30?
The most fashionable way to let out your wild side. I give you my word, you will look furrrr-ocious.
There’s an old saying that goes: “If you want to get ahead, get a hat.” Hats are the most noticeable and memorable accessory in the business.
By Haley Robinson and Stanley Gambucci
Please explain these to me. They are neither cute animals nor cute bracelets.
What’s that sound? Oh yeah,…it’s the sound of nobody laughing.
The only thing you’ll attract is a bear.
Mismatching Face Makeup and Neck Color
I know that we are all excited about Halloween, but please put the mask away.
Sometimes we don’t realize how good a piece of humble pie tastes. Mmm mmm good.
More proof that girls just wanna have fun. Helllloo Betsy Johnson.
You can literally be a work of art. The late Alexander McQueen, may he rest in peace, was a master of this style.
Cat Eye Shades
Holla’ to my Catwomen and Garfields out there;, rock these shades because you’re the cat’s meow.
Throw one over a casual outfit to instantly add style. If you’re feeling especially daring, try a whole suit; celebrities know that this is a sexy showstopper.
Being in Dresscode Looks like they actually cracked down this year.…Being in dresscode has never been trendier.
Hey Lancers! It’s Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Parker’s elite. The end of Homecoming week always leads to royalty slipping back into the sea of commoners, floats being torn apart, and tacky spirit day costumes being buried in your closet, but there’s always one thing that never dies… gossip. And guess who was there to witness it all? Yours truly! You may have forgotten every broken heel, random hookup, and awkward date, but I haven’t. And with my help, no one will. With Halloween just a few days away, who knows what kinds of scandals you guys will get into? Just remember, when you do, I’ll be watching. I always am.
SPOTTED: Junior hottie and Homecoming Prince Foster Collins is required to wear sunglasses at all times while on campus. So many girls fainted after gazing into those suckers that it was only a matter of time before his eyes were declared a safety hazard.
SPOTTED: Senior pretty boy Rafa Alvarez broke a nail while playing his guitar for BFF Conor Cahill. Thank the Lord it wasn’t the hair. Can you say crisis or what?
SPOTTED: SPOTTED: Administration installing fences and locks all around the student parking lot. Turns out the lot will be closed until the Junior Class learns how to drive. Gossip Girl has a hunch that those locks aren’t coming off for a while…
SPOTTED: Sophomore goody-twoshoes Maggie McGregor always smiling around campus. A smile that big must be holding back a pretty big secret if you ask me. Mark my words M, Gossip Girl will get to the bottom of this.
Senior Griffin Barra thrown in Wednesday morning detention for dress code violation. Come on G, your skirt was 4 and a half inches above the knee. Get with it!
Freshman Torri Johnson filling her shoes with weights. Ms. Southworth received complaints from Linda Vista residents who claimed that she blew into their yard too many times due to the Santa Ana winds.
Bad drivers, flying freshmen, and zesty bromances? You guys certainly know how to start off the year with a bang. If all this has happened before Halloween, imagine everything that will go down by Christmas! Don’t worry Lancers, you know I’ll keep you posted. Have a problem with something I say? Don’t. Why would you document all your actions on Facebook if you didn’t want anyone to see it? You brought this one on yourself, Hun. Just remember one thing: you can run and hide all you want, but I will always find you. You know you love me…
xoxo, Gossip Girl
quad rants My biggest pet peeve is...
when people breathe really loudly.
What’s the best jacko-lantern design?
Compiled by Grace Paluch
What is your favorite silly band shape?
A Pokémon A seahorse
smart blonde people.
Ron Burgundy saying, “Stay classy”
sharp pieces of paper.
The ones that
All of the naughty bands
If you could If you dress up a could get ... is/are teacher, a tattoo, overrated. who and what would what would it be of? he/she be? How tall Evan Fitzner is Everyone’s gonna kill me but... Lady Gaga
A tie-dye turtle
when teachers erase the whiteboard and miss a spot.
Princess ones. Yay!
The one with Jack in it
just have a giant hole in it
Ivy League Schools
Mr. Griggs as Spock
Anacondas on my guns
Mr. Griggs as Flounder from Animal House
A six pack
Madame Dorfman as the Eiffel Tower
A life-sized Nicole Aquino
Mr. Thiebach as a fairy. Oh wait...
Ms. Hanscom as a witch (of the West)
I have a bow.
Separ ated a t
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