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THE GALLEON Spanish River High School

5100 Jog RD, Boca Raton, FL 33496

Issue 4 Volume 26

February 2010


Spanish River students reach out around the community to help children with special needs. FEATURES 9

Students protest religious group Debate team continues success By BRITTANY SPRINGSTED STAFF REPORTER

Spanish River’s Debate Team members Ana Galvan and Vicki DeJaco recently placed sixth in the Florida Forensic League Qualifying (FFLQ) Tournament held at Wellington High School on January 23. These two juniors qualified as alternates; if one of the top four pairs continuing to the state competition cannot attend, Galvan and DeJaco can replace them and compete for the title of State Champions. At the same time, the team’s coaching staff has changed. New coach Jesse Federman received a warm welcome when he took control of the team. Former coach Rocco D’Attolico could not continue on because of his hectic schedule directing the upcoming spring musical. “Mr. Federman has really gone above and beyond expectations,” DeJaco said. “Just by the second meeting, Mr. Federman had letters collecting our dues and had tournament papers printed out to be signed in meetings. Mr. D’Attolico never really had time to do these things because he was tied up with drama.” As a result of participating in the FFLQ Tournament, the team is now qualified to compete in the upcoming Novice State Tournament in April. This event is geared toward members who are new to debate, while matching them against more than 50 opponents. Only six teams can obtain a winning title. Additionally, Spanish River took three of the top six prizes at Boca Raton High School’s Speech and Debate Tournament on January 9. Seniors Andrew Key and Ross Simon, and juniors Galvan, DeJaco, Leonie De La Cruz, Kathy Long, Zach Pastor and Sarah Nader all competed. Also, on January 15, Spanish River competed in the Crestian Invitational held at Pine Crest High School. “You must do tons of research in order to be successful at a tournament because everyone is usually just as prepared as you are,” De La Cruz said. “It requires a lot of work, but it pays off in the end.” The Debate Team continued their success at a tournament on Saturday February 6. Several members of the team placed including Zach Pastor who won first in congress. The team will continue to improve as the coach and the students gain experience. ART BY BRITTANY SPRINGSTED

News Briefs


Students and residents peacefully respond to the Westboro Baptist Church protest that took place across from Spanish River. The counter-protest stood up against Westboro’s anti-Semitic preachings and intolerance of homosexuals.

By ALBAN HARRISON and NICOLE GRANET A group of religious protestors picketed next to Spanish River against minority groups, prompting a community-wide retaliation of

counter-protesters. On December 15 before school began, the group from Westboro Baptist Church based in Topeka, Kansas assembled on Jog Road across from Spanish River. Community members planned counter-protests of their own after learning of the church’s plan to

travel to Boca Raton. The counterprotesters held signs emblazoned with sayings such as “Nazis Go Home” and “Love Has No Gender” in reference to the ideas expressed on the Westboro website. School police officers and security personnel maintained a perimeter *Article continued on page 2

River reaches out to Haiti By JOEY GOLDMAN STAFF REPORTER For Haiti, January 12 was a devastating day. Around 5 PM EST, the small island nation was struck with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that left hundreds of thousands dead or injured, millions homeless and the country in ruins. In an effort to help, Spanish River community members are participating in several efforts to aid those in need. Three Haitian refugees transferred to Spanish River after the crisis, including junior Malika Riguad. “The streets were covered with dead people and debris,” Riguad said. “Also, the ground was still shaking from aftershocks; it seemed like the earthquake would never end.” The school district is providing assistance by setting up food drives, collecting personal items and requesting monetary donations. The money raised will go toward organizations like the American Red Cross to set up temporary shelters for medical treatment, as well as distribute food and water to the many homeless citizens. Grief counselors have been sent to the Palm

Beach County schools with the highest percentages of Haitian students; the most concentrated contains 86 percent Haitan students. Spanish River’s PTSA is also rallying to help Haiti. The organization collected money from every student able to donate, suggesting a two dollar donation. The Red Cross Club has taken a different approach. Club members have been collecting toothbrushes, which will be sent to Haiti as an aid

The streets were covered with dead people and debris [...] it seemed like the earthquake would never end. -Malika Riguad, 11

package. Cupcake sales organized by the No Place for Hate Club, shoe drives by the Environmental Club and water bottle collections by the Student Government are other ways Spanish River students are doing their part to help. More than 60 thousand Haitians reside in Palm Beach County, and many have family members in Haiti. The

school district has roughly 13 thousand Haitian students, nearly eight percent of the entire student population. Also, approximately 500 Haitians are employed by the school district. Since most communications were temporarily down, few people were able to contact their families and friends for several days. Sophomore Roudy Boursiquot has luckily been able to reach his family in Haiti. “We have been in contact using a cell phone,” Boursiquot said. “My family is doing well, and no one has been injured, but it will take years to rebuild what has been lost in the devastation.” But not everyone has been so fortunate. Four students and two professors from Lynn University are still missing in Haiti, including Dr. Richard Bruno, the father of Anna Bruno, who graduated Spanish River last year. The group was participating in the Journey of Hope to Haiti program, which involves cleaning beaches and building homes. The loss of community members and relatives brought this crisis home for many locals, but they are responding with donations and service as they begin the long journey to rebuilding Haiti.

AP Applications are now Girls soccer team Jazz Band earned Natalie Deutsch named available. They can be raises over $2,500 in superior status at Solo Spanish River’s Character found in the Main Office Race for the Cure. and Ensemble. Counts representative. and online.


Opinion 6, 7 Features 8, 9

Feature Focus 10, 11

Entertainment 12, 13

Sports 14, 15, 20

Student Life 17,19


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From the Editors’ Desk...

With preparation for FCAT and AP exams ramping up, Spanish River is busier than ever. We want this issue to make you take a step back from it all and relax for a few minutes as you read about what a vibrant, strong community Spanish River really is. Be sure to read about the students who stood up against a religious cult (News, pg. 1) and the students who teach special needs kids to play sports (Features, pg. 9). We would like to thank all the people who applied to The Galleon. We had an extremely strong pool of applicants to choose from, and look forward to announcing our decision. Expect continued journalistic excellence next year. Please continue to read The Galleon to stay on top of the school’s latest news. We love hearing your input, so keep sending the letters to the editors. As you wait for next issue, don’t forget to check out our website,

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Dear Isabela Adao, I have to admit that before I read what you had to say about not letting us get community service hours through donations I actually believed we should be able too. Although after reading what you had to say it made me realize how selfish I was really being and lazy because you are right, we as students, should go out and earn our community service hours by helping people and showing them we do care. What you had to say about the little girl made sense because yes by me or anybody buying her a teddy bear is actually showing her we care but how is she supposed to know and feel the love that she needs just by someone handing it to her instead of us doing it ourselves. -Anonymous

Dear Editor, I really enjoyed the piece in the most recent issue of The Galleon by Joey Goldman, “DNA 11: Giving art a new identity”. I think that this art is really innovative and could very easily be the new fashion; it’s really very cool! The idea of having so much personalization in your art that it is quite literally yourself on the wall astounds me. Plus, the art is so abstract and versatile that it could really go with any room and furniture. As I was reading this article, the idea struck me that DNA 11 could do very well in marketing to couples, saying that if you are to buy one for your sweetheart, they can have a piece of you in their homes at all times. I think DNA 11 has a lot of potential on this new art. - Rachel Lenoff Dear Galleon, I was very impressed with the article “Welcome to the twentyfirst century” in this month’s issue of The Galleon. I felt surprised that people take texting so seriously now-a-days. Sure, it gives you time to think about comments an you can multitask while chatting with someone, but are people really that lazy? I know it doesn’t take long to pick up the phone and speak. Besides, it’s probably faster to talk to someone on the phone than typing 50 or so words, sending it, and waiting for a reply. I do believe that texting is a compulsion. Honestly, you won’t hurt someone’s feelings if you just call them instead of test. Life goes by too fast to waste time writing messages to your friends you can tell at school the next day. I never thought there would be laws restricting cell phone use in cars, churches and more. But seeing how it can be a serious obsession, I think that something should be done. I sure won’t want my kids spending precious time glued to their cell phones. - Gaby Margas


Dear Editor, I really like the article letters from the crowd. Every time we get a new issue of The Galleon I have to do a quick summary of the article and write it to you. I like how some of those letters sent in by students is in our Spanish River High School newspaper. This I think inspires me to write to you knowing that these letters don’t get thrown out and somebody actually uses them and reads them. - Lauren Abecassis

Editor, I think the article written by Renee Siegel about football players being kicked off the team was very good. There is no reason for the players to be kicked off because they went on vacation. The football team is already bad enough. We don’t need our players being kicked off for dumb reasons. There are better ways to punish the players. Such as running, drills, and so on. I think they should take every player that signs up. The school needs every football player it can get. - Tyler Shierling

Dear Editor, I thought the article “Welcome to the twenty-first century” was really good and so true. Texting lets you communicate easily with people and quickly too. When I need to find something out I don’t have to have a full conversation. Most of the new rules that have been made for texting have good reason, like texting while driving, but I think we should be allowed to text in school, at least when our teachers let up or between classes. - Anonymous

Dear Editor, The face off article about community service was intriguing, and both sides brought valid ideas to support their opinion. I believe students should be permitted to purchase items and be awarded community service. The items that are purchased are going to organizations who need the items. In many cases, students would not participate in purchasing items if there wasn’t community service hours awards. By giving students an incentive to bring in the items, more items will be brought to the school, and organizations will receive ample amount of products. The people who receive the products will be thankful, and they will never know who gave them the gift or the reason for it. When giving gifts to underprivileged children one should not give a gift for community service hours, but rather out of the goodness of their hearts. - Adam Grossman


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Westboro’s intolerance meets resistance *Article continued from page 1

around the school to ensure the safety of students. While students were not permitted to participate in the counterprotest happening outside the school gates, they showed their support for the school’s diverse community in other ways. Senior Ted DiSalvo, who organized a school-wide initiative that encouraged students to wear brightly colored clothing, believes that a peaceful approach to standing up for diversity was the best choice. “The Westboro Baptist Church wants media attention, which we don’t want to give them. So we are making a quiet, silent statement,” DiSalvo said. Students from other high schools as well as area residents were allowed to counter-protest against the Westboro. A group of gay-rights activists, some from local colleges, assembled on the sidewalk in front of Spanish River’s 1000 building. They dressed in flamboyant clothing in recognition of their support for equality. Also present was a Jewish-support group, holding a sign: “Proud Jews,

Happy Chanukah Westboro.” Some Spanish River students obtained passes with their parents’ permission and were able to counterprotest along with the others. “They are really taking their freedom

Westboro Baptist Church were present. “You are creatures, so we delivered the message of the evil that God intends against you and that your destruction is imminent!” Westboro Baptist Church spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper said in an email to The Galleon. “Now you can repent and obey your God, or not, but you got the words and you will account for them.” She did not specify why Spanish River specifically was chosen for the protest. “They have the right to freedom of speech. I think that we handled it beautifully,” Principal Dr. Susan Atherley, who watched students PHOTOS BY LEE GINTON Students and citizens stand up against West- unite during part of the protest, said. boro’s preachings of hate. “We are not being antagonistic, we are keeping the campus secure, and of speech too far by coming to protest we are ignoring them. They want the at a high school,” sophomore Madyson attention; we are not giving it to them.” Levinson, one of the students who was Despite disruptions, December 15 able to protest, said. “I think that they proved to be a day when students, need to learn to coexist.” parents, alumni and the administration While dozens of counter-protesters came together to support their showed up at Spanish River to support community. their cause, only four members of the

Government, school take steps to alleviate security concerns By MAX MORGENSTERN NEWS EDITOR Within the past several months, three large-scale national security breaches have once again roused Americans to question safety in the United States. Spanish River has also experienced difficulties, as individuals have reportedly gained access to the campus. Even with a reported annual budget of roughly 650 billion dollars for 2009, the Department of Defense has not been able to completely destroy security flaws. The recent incidents include a massacre at the Fort Hood Army Post, a White House party crashing that could have endangered the President and a Christmas Day attempted terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound airplane. Additionally, some Spanish River students doubt that school security will be effective in the event of an attack.

Voices in the Crowd How concerned are you about school security?

“I’m concerned because they don’t lock the doors, and anyone can walk in,” freshman Stephanie Stadler said. Despite these troublesome events, some remain detached from the risks that accompany a blemished security system. “I am more likely to get hit by a car on Jog Road than have any problems with terrorists,” AP Human Geography teacher Kevin Turner said. Statistics support Turner’s view, but steps are still being made to step up security. In an effort to limit future breaches, the Department of Defense has turned towards technology - full body scanners and cameras - to protect against recurrent attacks. Schools around the world have been victims of terrorist attacks - the massacres at the Belsan school and the Merkaz HaRav Kook Yeshiva, for example. Accordingly, Spanish River

“I’m not really concerned. I feel safe, and nothing bad ever happens around here.”

Sam Darwiche, 9

has a plan to avoid an from occurring. “If we were to receive any information about a terrorist attack, we would first investigate, and then take measures to prevent the attack and catch those responsible,” Spanish River police officer Luis Santana said. When asked what specific actions would be taken if a terrorist plot were to unfold at Spanish River, Santana respectfully declined to comment, claiming that information needs to remain confidential for student safety. Instead, he made a plea to the entire school. “If you see something that doesn’t look right, report it. If everyone was to be vigilant, we would be a lot safer.” National security and school security remain on the top of President Obama’s agenda. With more government spending, increased safety measures seem to be in the foreseeable future. “I’m very concerned. You hear about shootings happening at other schools all the time, and safety should be our number one priority. ”



Johnson demotes Hernandez By SAMANTHA SHAVELL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The school year started with controversy regarding the appointment of new Chief Academic Officer, Jeffery Hernandez. However, Superintendent Dr. Art Johnson finally gave into teacher and parent complaints and demoted Hernandez in December. Hernandez’s new position entails working with 33 schools that are in the most need of corrective action by the state. He will still keep his $180,000 salary and remains under contract until June 30. “The decision is intended to deal with the distractions and controversy that have occurred surrounding some of the curriculum initiatives and some of the personal statements regarding Mr. Hernandez,” Johnson said. “We’ve reached a point where the distractions are becoming a hindrance to us moving forward.” Johnson will be taking over Hernandez’s former responsibilities with the assistance of Chief of Staff Ann Killets; she was Academic Chief for six years until Hernandez’s appointment.

We’ve reached a point where the distractions are becoming a hindrance to us moving forward. -Dr. Art Johnson

Parents and teachers are already campaigning for the 2010 School Board elections. It is not until June 14 when candidates can officially announce their plan to run, but already people are campaigning. “I would like to see some new people elected to the School Board,” Shari Schwamm, a mother of three students in three different Palm Beach County schools said. “The newest member, Frank Barbieri, was one of the only members that saw the problems that our county faced this year and fought for change. We need more people to support our parents, teachers and administrators to help guide our district to achieve the highest goals.” Parents and teachers of Palm Beach County aim to redesign the entire board next year in hope of getting the county back on track.

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EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Alban Harrison Samantha Shavell

FEATURES EDITORS Natalie Deutsch Nicole Granet

SPORTS EDITORS Matthew Chan Renee Siegel



STUDENT LIFE EDITORS Phoebe Dinner Lindsey Gold

ART EDITORS Marla Munro Brittany Springsted

NEWS EDITOR Max Morgenstern

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITORS Sophie Levin Samantha Schaum


WEB EDITORS Joey Goldman Josh Lieberman

STAFF REPORTERS Richard Borge Nicole Elinoff Lee Ginton Joey Goldman Emma Grubman Paige Kauffman Josh Lieberman Kathy Long Marla Munro Brittany Springsted

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FACE OFF Which personality type is better? Diligent type A By VICKI DEJACO JUNIOR Having a “Type A Personality” has in recent years carried a negative connotation, especially with the younger generation. The common held belief is that the Type A personality is no fun to be around because its members tend to stress out. Perhaps the biggest misconception is that the Type A personality stresses over everything. This is simply not true. The Type A personalities simply set goals and try to meet them. If there are no goals set then Type A’s do not stress out. So although I may like to get to a movie ten minutes before it starts, I’m not going to freak out if we miss previews. Although I may overstress over school work and goals I set in extracurriculars (debate for me mostly), when I’m hanging out with friends, I, like the typical Type A, will be just as chill as the Type B. If you won’t take my word on the Type A “chill capacity” ask fellow Type A, Jim Carrey. What most teens fail to realize, is that stress is needed to complete goals and achieve; this is exactly what Type B lack. Even looking to history, Isaac Newton, George Washington, and Thomas Edison all accomplished great feats; they were all Type A. When you look to the Type B achievers, the list runs short. Some may argue that accomplishments don’t matter if you aren’t having fun, but for this I have two counter-arguments. The first is that I can have fun in the way most people don’t, by doing work along with chilling with my friends. Thus, if I’m able to enjoy myself in more ways than most aren’t I having more fun? My second response is that how can Type B’s enjoy life if they can’t support themselves because of their lack of ambition; being Type A insures that in the near future, because of my drive I will never have to worry about how I will pay my bills, this is not the same for many Type B. Next, teens may argue that people would rather be friends with the Type B than the Type A because the Type B is more relaxed. For this argument I have a few reasons that show that Type A wins on this point as well. First, is that a true friend is someone you can depend on. Imagine this scenario: You’re flying home from your sleep away camp in New York. Which camp friend are you going to trust to drive you to the airport, the timely Type A, or the relaxed Type B? My sister chose Type B. She missed her flight. If this scenario doesn’t phase you, imagine if someone said horrible things about you. Would you prefer a friend that: a) is loyal and stands up for you? Or b) one that is more relaxed, but will ignore it? If you chose A, you prefer Type A. Although some may consider Type B’s to typically be more “popular” they tend to be more of the more fair weather friends, Type A’s are the loyalists that stand up for you. This brings me to my next point. Let’s again look to an example in history. We look to a time when America was tarnished with inequality. In the 1920’s, who fought the hardest for Women’s Rights? Susan B. Anthony, another Type A. If you are going to vote based on loyalty, and the people who will fight for you, remember that without the famous Type A’s, many of us wouldn’t have a vote, and I wouldn’t have a voice. Type A’s are the ones we remember, not just because they continue to be the successful in the fields of technology and medicine, but because they won’t let us forget that they are the ones that stand up for us, for our rights everyday to this day. They are the leaders, they are the achievers, they are the better friends, and they are the ones that leave far more than a trace on this Earth for decades after they leave.


What sounds more appealing - to be so impatient and time crazed that you eventually lash out on anything in your way, or rather to be so patient and calm that others can’t help but to be attracted to your presence? It’s almost astounding how definitive the answer to that question is and yet, these are the two personalities that make up the Type A Type B Personality Theory, which easily divides up all human beings into the two categories. The Type A personality is notorious for being melodramatic periodically throughout its everyday routine, becoming infuriated while waiting in lines, screaming profanity at surrounding drivers who aren’t going fifteen miles per hour over the speed limit, always interrupting others and constantly creating a hostile environment for those around them. The Type A personality does not understand how to relax and in result is inflicted with an abundance of stress; hypertension, heart disease, job stress, and social isolation are only a few of the negative effects of Type A behavior. Although some may argue that the Type A’s competitiveness and ambition are far more valuable than being calm and collected, the Type B is not incapable of being ambitious, but rather, addresses its dreams in a more subtle and realistic way. One with the Type B personality tends to be filled with warmth and compassion toward others and finds it very easy to express their emotions and be sociable, in contrast with the Type A personality, who tends to stay away from relationships unless they feel that they will bring them personal gains. The Type A’s main goals are recognition, perfection, and wealth which all seem nice, but ultimately, aren’t great stimulants for happiness. The Type B just seems to have an understanding that materialistic and superficial things are not beneficial to a healthy lifestyle and they are good at avoiding stress, which is perhaps the Type A’s biggest problem. With a constant yearning to strive for the absolute best by applying pressure to themselves and always competing, it seems very evident that stress would begin to play a major roll in the Type A lifestyle; not to mention, they can’t manage relaxing without freaking out that they’re “not being productive”. See, that’s the major problem, Type A’s don’t prioritize anything personal, just success and making sure others note that success. Though this may sound like I’m preaching, I’m not condoning anyone for possessing the Type A traits, but rather taking note of the detriments that occur from this sort of life-style, not only physically but also mentally. Sometimes one needs to learn how to let go of things out of their own control and relax, as the Type B does fairly often. This debate is not about who strives to achieve the most goals and who ends up most “successful” (as defined by riches and higher rankings according to the Type A’s), but rather who is happier and who is healthier and hopefully I have made it very clear that that would be the one with the Type B personality. Relaxed, patient, stress-free, having a greater certainty about the meaning of their lives, and much more content with their jobs than their opposite – Type-A, Type B lives out a much happier and healthier life. Now tell me this, which would you aspire to be?


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Tested on Friday, forgotten by Monday By NATALIE DEUTSCH ASSOCIATE EDITOR It’s the night before a test; you’re cramming the information in, repeating it as many times until it sticks and hoping your brain recalls it the next day… sound familiar? I’m sure this applies to many of you. But then what happens with this information? Well, because we didn’t actually “learn” it in the first place it will most likely be erased in about a month. And then what do we know? Not a whole lot. I am guilty of this. For many of my tests, I have just memorized the information to get the grade. I wish I could say I learned it but the truth is if school was a discussion grade and not test based grades, we’d all know a whole lot more. Say a teacher teaches something in September and then in February asks a question about it, I highly doubt the majority of the class will know the answer. But, is this really our fault? I don’t think so. This is how we’ve been taught. What do teachers expect? All we know is study, test, study, test and so on. But let’s not automatically put the blame on the teachers. They have to give a certain number of assessments to stay on track with the other teachers in their department as well as comply with district regulations. Teachers these days don’t have much leeway with which to teach their classes and consequently they have to throw in pure memorization quizzes and tests. When you think about it pure memorization doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. When you memorize

something do you even know what it means? I’d venture to say no, at least most of the time. The University of Minnesota’s Psychology department completed a study that could be applied in this situation. Take this scenario: your friend

teaches you a sentence in French; you memorize it and then use it when speaking to your French teacher. Because you just memorized it, you have no idea of its meaning and for all you know; it could mean something very different then what you thought. They named memorization as bad study habit #4. Reading a chapter of a textbook two or three days in advance, in one sitting was #1, don’t plan study times, #2 and don’t plan goals for study sessions, #3. The one subject I would say is safe: math. Because with each year, math classes build upon principles and rules established in the previous year and because we have to recall information from year to year, we retain it more easily. I have a solution which could at least work for seniors and would prepare them for college. Memorization is not as important as true understanding. The truth is in college it’s often a midterm and a final that decide the grade, no little vocabulary quizzes or tests along the way. It’s up to the student to learn and understand the information. Rather than continue with memorization based class why not try a discussion class? Each class would have a discussion on a set topic and then after a thorough review, then would come the assessment. I’d be willing to bet that this would produce better long term retention than a pure memorization quiz. Who knows, maybe then I’d retain something for more than a month. Hmm, long term learning in school? What a concept! Art by Brittany Springsted

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Shut up and learn By ALBAN HARRISON EDITOR IN CHIEF I received a 70 percent on a test grade, but this grade did not reflect my knowledge. It was a participation grade, and what it tested was my ability to avoid conversation with my classmates. Is this not deeply flawed? Conversation can actually aid in learning and grades should reflect aptitude and skills. Because I have always been intelligent, but never have been able to shut up, participation grades affect me especially. What I protest is the perversion of the innate meaning of “participation grade” – the word “participation” implies that the grade should rest on how much you contribute to the class through discussions and answering questions (which is great!). Instead, the participation grade has been transfigured to force silence upon students – a silence that makes teaching easier but is not very practical in the real world, where networking and collaboration are the keys to success. Silence creates a toxic atmosphere for learning. Humans have evolved to learn through “reinforcement”, which makes us repeat our behavior when our guesses are right. In the classroom, that means that asking a friend if one’s answer to a worksheet is correct does not hinder one from learning, as some teachers may argue, but actually reinforces or rejects his or her idea (or “behavior” in psychology terms) directly after he or she

has expressed it. As any dog trainer will tell you, such immediate reinforcement is vital – you have to slap the dog on the nose right after it pees on the carpet. There are certainly times when conversation should be restricted in classes. Out-of-control talking during lectures distracts other students and is rude. But still, brief snippets of conversation with the student next to oneself can clarify lectures or fill in missed information without interrupting the entire class to ask a question. Students need to show restraint when doing so, but participation grades are not the proper motivator for that restraint. The system of conduct ratings was devised to deal with the dilemma of grading students’ behavior. Unfortunately, the scale is often given little though by students, parents and teachers alike, leading to a need for other methods of grading conduct. What is needed is a reaffirmation of the importance of the conduct ranking. It provides the proper separation between grading

of knowledge and grading of conduct. If conduct grades and academic grades have no distinction, it confuses the college selection process. Theoretically, a student with excellent test grades who talks in class could end up with the same grade as a student with terrible test grades who never says a word. The student with the excellent test grades would be more of an asset to colleges, but admissions counselors would have no way of distinguishing between the two. What is needed is an official definition of what constitutes a “participation grade” and what constitutes a conduct rating. Teachers need to reserve participation grades for what their original purpose: to motivate students to participate in class activities and discussions. But they also need to redefine conventional standards of classroom behavior and organization to make collaboration and communication possible during class. With such a system, students’ educations can really prepare them for the real world.

Going to college with a swollen tongue By SAMANTHA SHAVELL EDITOR IN CHIEF My friends can attest that I am intense (putting it nicely) all year round. But during this time I am downright irrational. Whenever anyone brings up colleges I stop them before they can continue. If they do continue I make them bite their tongues so I won’t be jinxed. “Bite your tongue” is my most common phrase these days. My dad jokes that he bites his tongue so much that one day it will fall off. Now that is slightly extreme. Most people think biting their tongue sounds weird, but it is the same concept as knocking on wood and most people have heard of that. “We are totally going to win the game.” “Knock on wood!” This is a common occurrence. Besides knocking on wood, people keep their fingers crossed while waiting for good news. For example, you are waiting for an award to be called and you cross your fingers. Will crossing your fingers change the results that are already decided? Will it have any effect on the outcome of

the contest? No. There is absolutely no reason for someone to cross their fingers, yet they still do. So why do people perform these irrational acts even if it has no effect on them whatsoever? All these irrational ideas behind jinxes and curses are for the benefit after the fact. This way, w h e n someone says something that might “ j i n x ” them they m a k e someone

knock on wood, bite their tongue or cross their fingers. This way when the good things happen it

is because of your ability, but when you lose, it is because that one person that one time forgot to knock on wood or bite their tongue. It is all blame game. People would rather blame someone else and this is their way of doing it. I hate to say it but I play the game too. If I get into the school I want to it will be because of my credentials, but if I don’t, I will most likely blame someone who forgot to bite their tongue that one time we were talking. The truth is this irrational thinking happens all year round. But it is currently popping up because college acceptances are coming out. Most seniors are on edge right now. The ones that have their decision are just bored. And the other ones, well they want to know if they were accepted to their college and are easily annoyed by those who already know! I will not find out about my school until April. So until then I will be my irrational self with my constant nagging to tell people to bite their tongues. So I apologize in advance for the possible swelling of the tongues of people I talk to in the near future. It is my way of coping and you don’t have to take it literally...that’s your fault if you do! Photo Courtesy of Google Images


February 2010 The Galleon

Clothing redefines advertising By EMMA GRUBMAN STAFF REPORTER

When walking through the halls of Spanish River, students cannot help but notice the common brands fashioned on clothing. Famous symbols such as a moose, bird or Yorkshire Terrier mark everything from sweatpants to t-shirts. Those students may not realize how they are actually promoting a company when they throw on a sweatshirt before leaving for school in the morning. Any of those thousand kids are likely to know the brand and run to the mall that Saturday to buy an identical one. Popular brands such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister Co., Juicy Couture and Quicksilver use this advertising method, which has proved effective, as these brands are prominent among students nationwide. “I definitely think that companies who use advertising on their clothing increase their popularity,” sophomore Danielle Cooper said. “When you see a moose on a piece of clothing you’ll automatically think Abercrombie.” Clubs and teams at Spanish River also benefit from commercial advertisement. Students can automatically recognize the lime green tye-dye of a golf team t-shirt and the sparkle of the rhinestones on a dance team sweatsuit. “If a club has a sponsor , that sponsor pays for the merchandise for which they are advertising on, and



Galleon staffer, Kathy Long, interviewed Roberto Mercado, an American Airlines pilot of 25 years, to gain insight in to the life of a pilot. Kathy Long: What is your favorite memory as a RM: The hours vary every week, and with seniority pilot? pilots can pick and choose which flights that want Robert Mercado: I saw the sunset three to fly. times in one day, the first time I was on the KL: How many flights do you fly in a week? ground in New York City, then fifteen RM: As few as one and as many as four. minutes later, 10,000 feet in the air, I saw KL: Does being a pilot affect the sun set a second time, and your family life? finally I saw it when the plane RM: Sure, it places was 35,000 feet in the air. pressure on my KL: What do you enjoy the wife and its hard most about your job? being a single Some requirements to be a pilot: RM: I enjoy the feeling parent. Pass a written test Earn a commercial pilot license of accomplishment KL: What is the Complete 5,000 hours of fl ight time after a flight. One of hardest part Have an unblemished driving record the unique things about your job? is that I don’t Earn a college education with medical certificate RM: I think it is the carry work home uncertainty of the Be able to think fast and keep cool under pressure with me. industry and an airline can KL: Are there other go out of business benefits benefits to for the people who want being a pilot? to become pilots? RM: Yes, my family and I get free first class KL: Do you have any advice? airfare tickets. If there are no seats left on the RM: The military has good quality training and you plane, I can sit in the cockpit. can get training in the Air Force Academy. KL: What are your work hours?

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Economic need transforms family roles By NICOLE ELINOFF STAFF REPORTER Photo By Lee Ginton

Sophomores Sam Kleinman and Daniel Braff casually advertise for American Eagle Outfitters and Billabong by wearing T-shirts that prominently display the companies’ names.

when the students buy this merchandise, then that club is making a profit,” marketing teacher Dennis Sweetapple said. No Place for Hate used a similar advertising method, when they used Jamba Juice as a sponsor on one of their t-shirts. “I was sitting in Jamba Juice one day and noticed that they were looking for opportunities to advertise their company which made me realize how something like this could ultimately benefit our club,” former No Place for Hate president David Estrin said. Estrin gave advice for clubs who are currently struggling financially, explaining how advertising on merchandise is an effective method to take for their club. “Don’t be afraid to take risks and eventually you will find a company who needs an advertisement,” Estrin said. “Be creative in your attempt whether it is through your family or just by making phone calls there is always business to be made with a company and the benefits are mutual.” Advertising on clothing has opened a whole new realm of marketing opportunities. Take a closer look when walking down the hallway at the inconspicuous advertising that has become a successful marketing technique.

“Honey, I’m home!” Mr. Cleaver calls out as he enters his neat and tidy home. He goes to the kitchen to see his wife. Mr. Cleaver looks at her, she is stunning. Her hair is nicely done, her lipstick freshly applied. She opens the oven and reveals the freshly cooked meatloaf. This was the 1950 but today families are different. Instead of husbands coming home to a freshly made dinner, they may come home and cook dinner themselves. Children come home from school with no one to greet them or make them a fresh snack. “The typical family has changed because both women and men are working and they both have to participate in the home. In the 1950s the roles of a man and woman were defined while now they are shared, American History teacher Henderson Tillman said. “Whoever gets home first makes dinner.” Divorce has affected the “typical” family as well. It was a lot less common in the 1950s; now the divorce rate is one out of two people according to Now it seems more and more children are growing up in single family homes. “Everyday after school I come home to an empty house because my mom is at work,” junior Brett Silver said. “I have to make myself an after school snack,

it gets kind of lonely.” According to students who have both parents or a single parent working all the time, life is hectic, especially when you have to do things yourself. Instead of having structured dinners, many kids cook for themselves. Sit down dinners are not as common today because of families’ crazy schedules. Some teens work because they feel bad asking their parents for money when they have to pay the bills and take care of expenses. Other teens work so that they can get financial freedom and pay for things that their parents will not buy them. “I grew up with two half sisters, two dads, and a single mom. When I was seven, my mom went through her last divorce. At age 13, my mom quit her successful job where her net worth was over two million dollars and now it is worth nothing,” an anonymous student said. “I started working when I was 13 so that I could help out, this year I was working 40 hour weeks plus school so that I could help pay the bills.” Even though economic times are hard, the love for one another is still the same as the 1950s. Although they may not be together during meal times, text messaging, email and phone calls offer an alternative to communication when not together. Families have changed over the last 50 years. In 2060, the families may look at us in the same way we look at families in the 1950s.



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The Yamato-bahn: drifting through Boca By PAIGE KAUFFMAN STAFF REPORTER Illegal street racing has become the underground phenomenon of the 21st century. Some Spanish River students take part in this dangerous sport and put their lives on the line in every race. “For some it’s a hobby. These guys will invest crazy amounts of money into their car just to make it that much better,” senior Mike Masci said. “It’s really all about respect. You race to show that you’re the best and that you can own up to your [expletive] talking.” Masci, along with juniors Evan Kessler and Bobby Aletto, are a part of the American Muscle Racing (A.M. Racing) team. In order to be on the team, the car must be strictly American made. “Most cars used for racing are tuners, more commonly known as import cars,” Kessler said. “It’s all about that V8 American Muscle.” This illegal hobby costs copious amounts of money and time—both on and off the streets. Many times, the guys will find themselves racing up to three other cars, depending on how many lanes there are. One of the racer’s personal favorite spots for racing is something they call the “Yamato-bahn.” Races take place in the wee hours of the morning on Yamato road from Federal to 441. A student, who would wish to remain anonymous, expresses his discontent with the late-night Yamato racing. “I live in Woodfield Country Club and sometimes, at around 1 am, I will hear their exhaust pipes roaring and it’s super disruptive,” the student said. “I can recall the noise waking me up from time to time.” Since most street racers like to race

on public roads, their fate of winning or losing is, at times, up to the authorities. Law enforcement does not mess around when it comes to illegal street racing. A student who wishes to remain anonymous divulged information about his run in with the law. “I was racing two other guys late at night and a cop radared us going about 120 mph. The other two guys were able to get away,” the student said. “I ended up pulling over and got smacked with close to a $1,000 fine and was almost arrested for reckless driving and public endangerment. Since it was my first offence, I wasn’t arrested but that incident was enough to end my street racing days forever.” There are various outlets where teams like A.M. and JMD Racing (a racing team of foreign made cars) are able to race legally. One such outlet that allows amateur racing is the Palm Beach International Raceway (formally known as Moroso Motorsports Park). Yet with soaring costs of gasoline and the time it takes to drive to Jupiter, most racers say no to the legal track. Although street racing has been a long time hobby, the guys at A.M. racing may be taking a break from their illegal racing festivities. “I personally do not street race [anymore] because it is illegal and my car is my baby so I [do not want to] take the risk.” Masci, who has gotten at least 12 driving infractions, said. When you have your whole life ahead of you to go to college and get a job, racing is not the best choice. Even when the students are not racing, they say they will always be a part of A.M. Racing. “It’s like a gang,” Masci said. “We’re in it for life.”

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February 2010 The Galleon


Distracted driving endangers teens By SID BAJRACHARYA FEATURE FOCUS EDITOR


From chariots, to carriages, to modern cars, driving has played a major part in the lives of many. But, with the recent trend in reckless driving, the streets are becoming an increasingly dangerous place to be. There are many alarming trends that make driving a much more risky activity. While the number of drivers hitting the streets is increasing every day, more dangerous behaviors are being seen among both teen and adult drivers, according to the Avanti Driving School. The rise of texting while driving has lead to many fatal car accidents. A recent study has shown that 46 percent of teen drivers have texted while driving, and 37 percent of those teens said text messaging while driving was “extremely” or “very” distracting. While the rate of texting is on the rise, so are the costs of accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates the economic impact of car accidents involving 15-20 year old drivers alone is over 40 billion dollars. Texting while driving is not the sole problem many drivers see on the roads today. As prevalent as ever, speeding still


remains a danger to drivers. Ten years ago, there were over 320,000 tickets given for speeding; recently, this number has increased, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. In Palm Beach County alone, there were over 15,000 convictions of drivers not wearing their seat belts in 2007. The rise of reckless driving can be seen on the very streets of Boca Raton as well. “I now drive a lot more cautiously than I used to because everyone around me drives like an idiot,” senior Greg Thomson said. The streets themselves are not the only dangerous place to be in a motor vehicle. One of the most dangerous places to drive stands very close to home. “The Spanish River parking lot is quite possibly the most dangerous place I have ever journeyed to,” senior Sam Levine said. “Not only do you have hundreds of cars confined to a small space, most of the drivers are either texting or on the phone or distracted by their friends. When I walk to my car I feel like Frogger, except I won’t be able to try again if I get hit by a car.” There are many risks of reckless driving, and many ways to solve the problem. Experts suggest instead of driving aggressively, drive courteously, and most important of all, stay focused on the road.

Avanti Driving School has created a list of the major factors that teens need to drive safely Skills—The capacity to operate the vehicle and to notice threats, as well as to react appropriately to the unexpected.

Driving: a serious business By PAULA SYLVESTER GUEST COMMENTARY Paula Sylvester is a State Licensed and Certified Instructor with Boca Raton’s Avanti Auto Driving School. Driving is very serious and dangerous, especially for new drivers. As you will soon discover, it is not just a matter of fulfilling the State of Florida requirements. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of mortality and serious injuries for all young people ages four through 34, and the rates are highest during a new driver’s first few months of driving on their own. In fact, during their first 24 months of solo-driving, newly licensed drivers are about eight times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than more experienced drivers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,

2004 report. Even after more than 24 months licensed to drive alone, teens are two to three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than are the most experienced drivers. The overall numbers are alarming— by one analysis, more than 100,000 young people (ages 16 to 24) will die in vehicle crashes between 2003 and 2012. Crash rates are significantly higher for male drivers than for females, but while overall rates are increasing, young women are catching up with men. Moreover, the proportionate mortality rates—that is, the number of vehicle crash deaths divided by the number of all deaths among 16-to-19-year-olds are 36.5 percent for young men and 46.5 percent for young women. The high mortality rates for young drivers have persisted over the past decade, with an increase of five percent between 1994 and 2004. During this same time pe-

riod, driver fatalities rose by one percent among young male drivers, compared with a 15 percent increase for young women, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Injuries are another significant component of the problem—303,000 young people ages 15 to 20 were injured in crashes in 2004, many of them very seriously. Moreover, these numbers do not include deaths or injuries of thousands of other non-teenage drivers, passengers, or pedestrians that occur as a result of crashes caused by teenage drivers. From a public health perspective, motor vehicle crashes are among the most serious problems facing teenagers. Studies indicate that teen drivers are overrepresented in road crashes, with a higher per-mile collision rate than older drivers. Overall, these crashes also impose an enormous cost to society.

Knowledge—Knowing traffic rules and operating procedures, as well as understanding risks.

The Galleon asks: How much do you pay for gas per month? Over $300 9%

$200 to $300 13%

Less than $100 32%

Experience—Having both sufficient practice and the familiarity with the road

Maturity—Being capable for reasoning, judgment, and decision making

The Galleon polled 250 juniors and seniors to find out about their driving habits Do you own a Car? Yes - 62% No - 38% Who pays for gas? Me - 60% My parents - 40%

To read the rest of this article, and for more helpful driving tips by Paula Sylvester visit

$100 to $200 46%

Do you speed? Yeah...- 79% No - 21% Photo by Lee Ginton; Photos courtesy of Google Images


ENTERTAINMENT Local music offers escape for students February 2010 The Galleon

By LEE GINTON STAFF REPORTER Not one person in the crowd is silent. But as We Are the Union launches into its next song, a new wave of noise erupts from the mouths of fans, belting out the words right alongside the band. Later, fans will get an informal one-on-one with the band at Denny’s, the customary after-show rendezvous point for the local bands that play at Solid Sounds Studios. At local shows you can discover bands from your area, and take your mind off of school or work for a night. An average show will typically contain between three and five small bands, each playing a couple songs, trying to make new fans from an audience of anywhere between five to over 100 kids. Although these bands are not playing at a giant auditorium with thousands of people watching, they still play their heart out, giving as much energy as any big concert, while the audience does various forms of dancing. “I just love the adrenaline rush of the loud music pulsing through my veins, it’s like my own little therapist relieving my weekly stress,”sophomore Rains Tucker Vickery said. Solid Sound Studios, located in Pompano, has played a big part in supporting the local music scene. Almost every weekend representatives round up a few bands to play for the night. It started as a rehearsal center for bands that could not practice at home, (due to noise complaints and space problems) but as more and more bands asked for a place to perform, Solid Sounds Studios decided to help them out by hosting their own small concerts - known as “shows”. These shows are often themed. Themes include Halloween shows, in which everyone dresses up in their costumes a night early; special events shows; Cover shows, in which bands play their own versions of

popular songs; or the ever popular genre shows, in which the bands playing are all of the same genre. Little to no profit is made at these shows. Solid Sounds typically charges around $10 per person and some other venues, such as Radio-Active Records in Ft. Lauderdale , are completely free. Unfortunately, a few venues have been forced to close down because of the economic recession despite how the local music scene has been getting more popular recently. Backbone Music, a popular venue by Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, was forced to shut its doors because they were not able to make enough income to keep the music alive. “In this age with everyone downloading music, it is hard for some venues to keep going, but we make it work by loving what we do,” Radio-Active Records owner Mikey Ramirez said. Although most of the bands at these shows typically perform material in the rock genre, bands of any genre are allowed to play and anyone is welcome to attend. There is no need to worry about not “fitting in” because everyone at these shows is different but unified by a common love: music. “I’ve shared a stage with bands that are completely different from my band’s genre,” keyboarder and screamer of Carnivore V. Vegan Jason Potak said. “People like diversity at shows, but in the long run they don’t really care as long as the atmosphere is good, which it always is.” Some people think of these local shows as a hotbed for drugs, sex and violence but in fact the goal of these venues is to provide an environment where teens can have fun and listen to music while feeling completely safe. None of the venues tolerate any illegal substances and if any individuals bring them in they are immediately kicked out. If you are looking for an escape or just want to have a safe, fun-filled night these shows are the perfect solution.

Fashion gets too close for comfort By SOPHIE LEVIN ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR For centuries, humans have suffered in the name of fashion. Women began wearing corsets in 1700 B.C. to trim their waistlines and shape their upper bodies into hourglass figures. It was once a common practice in some Native American tribes to flatten infants’ heads so that they would look more appealing as adults. Footbinding was considered a privilege for the wealthy in China. It is possible that someday future generations will look back on our time and be bewildered over our painful fashion choices. Forget high heels and heavy bags. It is well known that they cause problems, but not certain jeans. Meralgia paresthetica, commonly known as “tingling thigh syndrome” occurs when something compresses the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, the nerve running from the spine to the thigh. This cuts off blood flow to one’s thigh, causing burning or numbness. It is the medical consequence of wearing tight skinny jeans. “I wear [skinny jeans] because they’re comfortable and they go with almost anything,” senior Chelsea Graub e r t s a i d . “You can dress them up or down.” Unfortunately, dressing them up with a pair of high heels only puts more pressure on the nerve and c a n

worsen a case of “tingling thigh syndrome”. If someone is not otherwise afflicted, it may be the high heels that send them over the edge. “It actually makes the angle in your hip a lot more pronounced,” Dr. Jennifer Ashton, CBS News medical correspondent, said on The Early Show. Just under 200,000 people suffer from “tingling thigh syndrome” in the United States, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). Fortunately, most cases can be treated by wearing looser clothing thus allowing the nerve to grow back over a couple of months. Very few patients need to be submitted for surgery. But it is an altogether different outcome when tight clothing causes gastrointestinal problems. Doctor Peter Salomon, a gastrointerologist, often treats patients who wear clothing that applies too much pressure to their lower body. “Most commonly, tight jeans can result in heartburn and other digestive problems,” Salomon said. “The heartburn occurs because the pressure of the jeans on the abdomen pushes acid from the stomach up into the chest.” Does this mean that fashionistas have to completely remove certain jeans and high heels from their closet in order to treat their body well? Of course not. But if one wants to look good for years to come, they should consider a few hints: look for a looser fit when jean shopping and try not to combine too tight jeans with high heels.

Art by Brittany Springsted and Marla Munro

Photos By Lee Ginton

Reality show superlatives Based on survey results from 250 Spanish River students

Most Entertaining

It’s the situation.

From hilarious auditions to incredible singing performances, its hard to change the channel.


Most stylish

Women strive for perfection in their attempts to find true love.

Kim Kardashian flaunts her unique style and stocks her family’s clothing shop, “Dash” with the lastest fashions.

Most fake

The “Real” World is anything but. Over-dramatic chaos and dialogue seem commercially fabricated.


Materialistic women find joy in money, cars and designer clothes.

images courtesy of google


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Cyber pirates loot online media By SAMANTHA SCHAUM ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Revenues of the entertainment business have been declining rapidly in the past few years due to the widespread accessibility of free music, movies, and books online. Many people share a lax attitude about the current infringement dilemma. As the internet grows exponentially, the level of accessibility to information does, as well. Downloading music for free online seems, to some, an inevitable part of the world wide web. While many have compared online downloading to shoplifting in a record store, the anonymity of online music piracy is the major reason for its rampant trend. Downloading songs online is less risky, and less personal due to the millions of people around the world partaking. Russ Crupnick, an analyst at consumer research group NPD said there has been a 24% increase in illegal downloads over the past year. An estimated 1 billion tracks are shared monthly. People download songs for more practical reasons, as well. Not everyone can pay for every song they want to listen to and every movie they wish to see. “Although it is unfair to the artists who depend upon sales of their music and movies, it’s hard not to illegally download music when its so available and free,” senior Sarah Johnson said. Music sales are drastically declining. In 2003, the industry sold 656 million albums, which dropped to 500 million in 2007, according to the Wall Street Journal. Some students believe illegal downloads to be just as much of a moral issue as an economic issue. “Even though I know I would never get caught if

I downloaded a song for free, I still feel obligated to dish out the $.99 or $1.29 on iTunes,” senior Andrew Key said. Napster, who allowed its users to trade copyrighted songs through its servers was sued by Metallica. “From a business standpoint, this is about piracy, AKA taking something that doesn’t belong to you; and that is morally and legally wrong. The trading of such information, whether it’s music, videos, photos, or whatever, is, in effect, trafficking stolen goods,”said Metallica drummer, Lars Ulrich said. Recording companies are attempting to find more effective ways to fight against music piracy than individual lawsuits. The industry has sued about 35,000 people f o r pirating music online, but it did not do much to control the illegal downloads, and it created much tension among public relations when many single mothers and young children were prosecuted. The Recording Industry Association of America plans to create agreements with Internet Service Providers. When a customer of the service provider is found pirating music and making it available to others, the RIAA will alert the ISP who will warn them to stop. If the file sharing does not cease, the ISP will shut down the user’s internet access entirely. Like every black market, music piracy is virtually impossible to completely destroy, and the effec-

tiveness of this plan is not yet known.

Mininova, a torrent site that used to provide illegally uploaded music, movies and even books, was required to change their filtering system after a court in Utrecht banned uploads of certain patented material. Movies are just as easy to get one’s hands on. Websites like,, and hundreds of others provide users with thousands of movies for free. Even films that have not yet been released can often be found. In January, The Lovely Bones was leaked all over the Internet approximately a week before it was officially released in the- atres. “I watch movies online but I don’t feel guilty because I’m too busy enjoying the movie,” freshman Jeremy Gozlan said. Piracy cost the movie industry about six billion dollars worldwide in 2007, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. It has become an elaborate crime network in which 90 percent occurs from videotaping inside the cinema. With declining profits, the future of the entertainment industry may depend upon effective law enforcement, effiiciency of Internet service providers’ surveillance, and the morality of the public.

Fiddler on the Roof InterestingFacts • Fiddler on the Roof is based on a short story by Sholom Aleiche

Spanish River performs ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ By BRITTANY SPRINGSTED STAFF REPORTER Spanish River’s rising stars of the Drama Department are taking the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof” as their next production. Nominated for nine Tony awards and named Broadway’s 14th longest running show in its history, “Fiddler on the Roof” connects family relationships and religious values into one main focus. The musical is centered around the story of a poor milkman, Tevye who lives in a village called Anatekva in Russia. His wife and five daughters surround him with good ideals and moral values. Conflict arises when anti-semetic villagers believe Jews should be not be permitted to live in their village. Tevye is thrown out of his home and his journey through life continues with the weddings of his five daughters and their struggle to hold onto their religious ideals. During this time, Tevye turns to God for advice and begins to think God is his only friend. “The character of Tevye is a unique role that I cannot compare to any other previous role that I have done in the program,” senior Brad Stoll, who plays the part of Tevye, said. “I can definitely relate to his traditional values; those are the ones I pay more attention to.”

Under director Rocco D’Attolico, the cast will be performing the play with original dances, emotional songs and meaningful dialogue. The cast practices on average 20 hours a week and it will be worth it in the end, according to D’Attolico. “I am extremely excited about the cast for ‘Fiddler’,” D’Attolico said. “As everyone knows, we have a very talented student body at Spanish River.” D’Attolico, along with assistant director junior Katie Seldin and voice coach Karen Matteinetti, decided on the final cast. In addition to judging actors based on talent, they chose actors who resembled the characters in the original showing of the musical. First time musical cast member junior Laura Arango is more than excited about her decision to audition for the cast. “I had always wanted to audition for one of the musicals at River, but never had the courage to bring myself to do it,” Arango said. “I’m really glad I did because this is turning out to be a wonderful experience so far!” Make sure to support your fellow students in “Fiddler on the Roof” on March 18, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. in the Countess de Hoernle Theater. A Sunday matinee, the 21, will be performed at 2:30 p.m., as well.

Buy tickets online @ or call 561-241-2020

• The name, “Fiddler on the Roof ” comes from a painting by Marc Chagall, a surrealistic painter • The fiddler is a metaphor of survival through tradition and joyfulness in the minds of the Jewish people • Fiddler was one of the first musicals to focus on people in poverty • Fiddler was a pioneer among musicals for dealing with serious historical issues • Fiddler on the Roof first opened on September 22, 1964 • The production won Best Musical, Best Composer, Best Lyricist, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, Best Author, Best Producer, and Best Director in 1965 Art by Brittany Springsted Image coutesy of Google


February 2010 The Galleon

Captain’s Corner Q&A with Carly Block

The Galleon: How will you step up as co-captain of the Girl’s Water Polo Team? Carly Block: I will bring all the girls together as a team and help in any way whenever my coach can not. TG: What is the biggest difference between this year’s team and last year’s team? CB: We have all new girls so we need to gain experience and teach them how to play. TG: How well do you predict to do this year? CB: We could do well, but it is going to take a lot of practice. TG: What’s your favorite part of waterpolo? CB: Being with the team and having fun.


Wii offers new opportunities for fitness By MARLA MUNRO STAFF REPORTER It is the latest fitness craze; millions are taking part. It is a sport that involves no rackets, balls, pucks or bats. All you need is a remote. The Wii is transforming the world of athletics. Sports such as tennis and golf have become accessible to people of all ages in the comfort of their own homes. Wii Sports is an all-inclusive game made by Nintendo, featuring golf, baseball, boxing, tennis and bowling. The Wii remote has special motion sensors, allowing you to move your arm to control your game player, also known as a “Mii,” on the television screen. At Spanish River, many students have caught on to the international phenomenon. “I play all the Wii sports games but my favorite has to be Wii tennis,” sophomore Jonathan Bolz said. “I play with my friends and my family.” Some teachers have grown fond of the game system as well. “I spent all Christmas vacation getting hammered by my six-year old niece playing Wii ten-

nis,” American History teacher Steve Staggs said. “It is interesting how the younger generation is able to incorporate technology into everything, including fitness.” The Wii Sports game is not only urging people to get off the couch, but it is also bringing families closer. “My entire family plays the Wii, especially my younger siblings,” senior Gabbi Abramson said. “We normally don’t really do anything as a family besides eat, so the Wii has helped bring us together.” Senior Jonathan Cannon enjoys playing baseball, tennis and bowling on the Wii, but does not really consider it to be much of a workout. “I think that if people seriously believe they can get a legitimate workout from a video game they need to get a life, get some fresh air and do some real exercise,” Cannon said. Though Wii Sports is only a video game, it has found purposes other than recreation.

The story of an undercover lacrosse player Photo by lee Ginton

Art by Brittany Springsted


December 22-

The Galleon wants to send me undercover to try out a new sport. I’ve never played lacrosse before, but even though I’m nervous, I can’t wait until tryouts. I’ve heard it is such a fun sport. January 6A couple of weeks before the big tryout days Coach Sanders gave me a stick and a ball to practice my grip. I practiced hitting the ball against the side wall of my house everyday after weightlifting practice. Getting the equipment was an adventure too. I mean, I have to be a little convincing at tryouts. During this time, the lacrosse girls were training intensely in conditioning for several weeks.

January 18-

Today, Coach Sanders tried to get me a mouthguard. She couldn’t find one, so I had to drive to Sports Authority to get one. Knowing me and my luck, I would have gotten hit in the mouth and all my beautiful teeth would be gone. I got to tryouts and was late. I had to run a lap. At the beginning of tryouts, one of the managers of the lacrosse team said to me, “Come on you’re a swimmer! You can run these laps easy,” when in reality I can’t. Swimming and lacrosse are two completely different sports. Going into tryouts with barely any running endurance made the beginning much harder. For our warm-up we had to do the “best” running exercise ever, Indian runs! We all lined up and ran laps around the field; the person in the back had to sprint to the person in the front, two times each. After about three laps I began to hyperventilate. I am not a quitter so I walked and jogged while gasping for breath and bearing the worst chest cramps ever. I finally finished. We went

through the first day of tryouts and I thought I did well, considering I’ve never played before . When I first arrived, none of the girls introduced themselves to me. But some of the girls who knew I was writing this helped me out and cheered me on; Renee Siegel and Paige Kauffman, members of The Galleon, were really supportive as well. They answered all my questions about what was going on and they had a very positive attitude the whole time. By the end of the day, I had introduced myself to some of the girls and they were very nice.

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Today, Indian runs were unbearable. I pretty much died completely. Tryouts as a whole were better than the first day. I got there really early and practiced throwing and catching with Brielle Appelbaum, a captain. She gave me great advice on techniques while holding the stick. Later on we played a couple scrimmages and I was used as the bait to get the defender to follow me around. At the end, Coach Sanders came out with my true identity and everyone was amazed. They could not believe that anyone would come to tryout for something they’ve never played. The girls were all really nice about it. If I were trying out for real, I would’ve been extremely nervous. Even for swimming tryouts I was nervous. For lacrosse, I would’ve been petrified. Most of the freshmen were very anxious and jumpy. One girl in particular made me feel terrible about the anxiety that these girls feel. She said after her sprint time, “I don’t know what I am doing wrong; I am usually faster then my sister.” I felt so awful about how upset this girl was about a sprint time. In my eyes, I thought this girl did really awesome. If you don’t make the team one year, keep trying and keep working hard because the next year you will be more prepared and ready for the tryouts. Freshmen, it is never too late to tryout for a sport. Trust me. I am a senior and I just did.

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SPORTS Coaches demonstrate questionable behavior down from his position after repeated allegations questioning his coaching. Former Kansas By MATT CHAN wide receiver Raymond Brown spoke on ESPN SPORTS EDITOR about the issue. Texas Tech wide receiver Adam James was diDuring a football game a couple days after agnosed with a concussion. His coach, Mike Leach, Brown’s brother was shot, Brown dropped a allegedly confined him in “small, dark places during pass. Mangino responded by allegedly saying, practice” not once, but twice during the time James “Shut up! If you don’t shut up, I’m going to send was unable to play due to injury, according to ESPN you back to St. Louis so you can get shot with reporters. Leach is said to have told the trainer taking your homies.” care of James to “put [James] in the darkest, tightOn another occasion, in front of the entire est spot.” It turned out to be an team, Mangino allegelectrical closet. If James left edly asked a player if the closet, he would have been he “was going to be kicked off the team. A guard a lawyer or do you was posted outside the closet. want to become an The coach’s alleged reason was alcoholic like your because James could not perdad?” This player, form strenuous activity or stay who wishes to rein the sunlight. Many people, main anonymous, including James’ father, ESPN had confided in his analyst Craig James, are still team his dream of Photo Courtesy of questioning the reasoning. becoming a lawyer to Mike Leach discussing the alleged incident during Currently, there are no spe- an interview with ESPN. be different than his cific rules on how to take care alcoholic father. of an injured player, though if this story is correct, Leach’s and Mangino’s actions were not Leach overstepped his boundaries and was fired the unique. There are a number of allegations day after news of the incident was released. against coaches, both big and small, that are “A coach should take safety first. Allow [the player] popping up as the media as well as universities to pursue the sport later on. One game isn’t as im- are becoming more keen to these events. Uniportant as an entire season. Pushing an athlete above versities are taking notice of these occurrences, his limits turns out to have serious repercussions,” according to ESPN, and will be stricter on what senior Mateo Hoyos said. coaches can and cannot do. However, Leach is not the only coach to have his methods questioned. Kansas football coach Mark Mangino stepped

Admirers losing faith in sport role models By JOSH LIEBERMAN STAFF REPORTER Recently, a myriad of major sports figures have been exploited due to issues on and off the playing field. Tiger Woods, for his 11 mistresses, Gilbert Arenas, for his ‘innocent’ joke and Serena Williams, for her outburst, are just a few. For Woods, it all began with a car accident. At 2:30 in the morning Woods crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a tree and fire hydrant, while in his neighborhood. Curiosity arouse from spectators about why Woods was leaving his house at that hour. One-by-one, each mistress of his confessed her love affair with the star PGA player. Text messages were released informing the public that the official count was 11 mistresses, ruining his marriage, family and potentially, his career. Woods’ role model reputation was damaged. “As a golfer, this doesn’t affect me, but I can no longer look up to Tiger as a role model,” sophomore David Taback said. Another celebrity sports scandal is the incident in the Washington Wizards’ locker room. Point

guard Gilbert Arenas brought a firearm into the team’s locker room with the intentions of playing a joke on another teammate. Now, the NBA has suspended Arenas indefinitely, without pay. “What Gilbert Arenas did was immature and [he] deserves to be penalized,” freshman Ethan Goldman said. And at the 2009 Women’s U.S. Open, fans were stunned at Serena Williams’ actions. Williams threatened a lineswoman for calling a foot fault on Williams. Williams’ threat cost her a Women’s Tennis record fine of $82,500. As a result, Williams is on probation for the 2010 and 2011 Grand Slam tournaments. “I don’t think Serena Williams’ penalty was too harsh,” sophomore Jenna Levy said. “Tennis is a game of sportsmanship and she did not display herself as a good player or role model.” These three athletes represent a whole world of sports stars that have fallen from grace in every sport, from golf to basketball, and everything in between; this proves that stars make mistakes. Public apologies have been released by these players, but that may not be enough to save their public image.


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Killing the coin toss By RENEE SIEGEL COMMENTARY Once again, the debate is on for changing the overtime rules in the NFL. I think a change is necessary because the current system is unfair. Currently, teams participate in a coin toss and the winning team can choose to get possession of the ball first. From there on, it is sudden death. The only thing the team with possession has to do is advance the ball about thirty yards; kick a field goal; game over. If two teams get to the point where they have a tied score after regulation, they are obviously playing at equal skill levels. Whoever is given the ball is likely to score. In that case, since the other team has no chance to respond, the luck of a coin toss can theoretically determine an entire game, even in the playoffs. The team that wins the coin toss wins 30% of the time on their first possession and wins 60% overall, according to It may not seem like a huge advantage, but imagine being a diehard fan and having your team just get knocked out of the playoffs without even touching the ball (for example the Viking loss to the now Super BowlChampions). So how should we change the system? If we want to have games that last an eternity, we could adopt the college football overtime system. Each team gets the ball at the 25 yard line and each is given the opportunity to score. The problem here is that if both teams are equally successful, they both get the ball again, and then again, and then again and sometimes even again. College games often go to as many as five overtimes. I thought about having the teams start overtime play in the exact position when the whistle blows at the end of the fourth quarter. The issue with this resolution is that teams would jeopardize the normal dynamics of the closing minutes in hope for better field position at the start of overtime. My final solution? Continue with the coin toss. But if the team that wins the toss scores, they still have to kick off to the other team. This ensures both teams an equal opportunity. Once they have each gotten a shot at scoring, then the game can go into sudden death. One might argue that if both teams score, then we are back to the same unfair advantage. But at that point, I would feel no sympathy for the second team, because if its defense cannot stop the opponent two times in a row, then they do not deserve the win. Obviously, too much importance relies on that coin toss. Only one time has the team that won the coin toss elected to kick off. On November 24, 2002 the Detroit Lions won the toss, kicked to the Chicago Bears and promptly lost. I wonder what that coach was thinking… image courtesy of google



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Going to hook up? Grab a dictionary first By LINDSEY GOLD STUDENT LIFE EDITOR Intimacy among teens today is skyrocketing compared to intimacy among teens around the 1940's. Around the 1940's, women seemed more reserved and it was almost considered "provocative" or one was labeled a "slut" for kissing a boy on one's first date. A 2009 survey conducted by Teen Vogue shows that the average age for one to have their first kiss is 13, while the average age for one to lose their virginity is 15. That is a large gap between past generational views and those of today. Words also render several meanings, based on which generation one grew up in. What does the phrase "hooking up" mean? One can ask a grandparent or a parent and compare it to a teen's view today. There is a large possibility one will not receive a single, coherent answer. A grandparent or parent might assume the phrase to mean "to meet up" or "to have sex with." "I have never hooked up... I picked up," English teacher Dennis Horal said. "Let us leave the meaning of the phrase 'hooking up' open for interpretation." The terminology has changed so tremendously

How old were you when you had your first kiss? 10-12 years old: 36% 12-14 years old: 42% 14-16 years old: 16% other ages: 6%

over the generations that Horal has never used the phrase “hooking up” when he was younger. A teen, or child, today might assume the phrase to mean "making out," compared to the other views of previous generations. "Hooking up means making out," an anonymous freshman boy said. The phrase extends far beyond those three meanings and the truth is there is not one correct definition. The response to that question is solely determined by the generation in which one grew up. "Hooking up is what happens every weekend," an anonymous female teacher said. "It is anything from making out to sex and it leads to very awkward Monday mornings." According to the Teen Vogue survey, 79.3 percent of people determined the phrase to mean kissing, 53.4 percent determined it to mean touching, 46.2 determined it to mean oral sex, 47.2 percent of people determined it to mean sex and 11.9 percent responded with other definitions. The phrase "hooking up" is debatable, so take heed when conversing with someone to make sure the definition of the phrase is understood and not misinterpreted. The irony in the generational gap displayed

What does hooking up mean?

kissing: 1% making out: 76% sexual intercourse: 13%

2010 Promiscuity Survey

through the phrase "hooking up" is that older generations that were more reserved take the phrase to mean something more intimate and current teens, who are a lot more sexually active, practically degrade the degree of the phrase to mean something less intimate. Today's generation of teens are becoming more sexually active earlier and conceiving as early as ten or 11 years old. A gap in generations is a gap in knowledge of social customs and regularities; furthermore, this significant gap equates to a world of change from only a few generations before.

The Galleon conducted a survey of 176 students from all grade levels.

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How old were you when you first had sex? 10-12 years old: 5% 12-14 years old: 5% 14-16 years old: 20% 16-18 years old: 10% Not yet: 60%


Mom is making a comeback the same leg warmers that they bought in a blast from the past. Students urban outfitters the previous week. The have seen their own parents By PHOEBE DINNER sudden realization that mom could have the wearing these same type of pants STUDENT LIFE EDITOR in pictures. same taste as you is somewhat scary. “I really like jean leggings beWalking upstairs to Each day, people are searching cause not only are for the next big thing. Whether it Bloomingdales one they cute and match is a flying car or an iPad, people can see a sign that with a lot of things, says Jeggings. are always looking but I also think the This word canto the future. But in concept is creative not be looked up fashion, the next big and fun,” sophoin an encyclothing is coming from more Alex Galbo pedia for it has the past. said. been made up for Flipping through This rebirth of the purpose of Four friends having fun and flaunting old photo albums their jeggings in June 1985. fashion is not only fashion. Everyone of our parents with present in jeggings, knows of the all so their big hair and off but also in our shirts, jackets and popular leggings, which have also come the shoulder sweatback into style from the 80’s. Jeggings belts. Eventually all clothes have shirts can be embar- Two college kids rockin’ the 80’s are just a combination of jeans and leg- a way of coming back in style. rassing. Not only do fashion in 1986. gings; they have the look of jeans and are Before throwing out clothes most teens dread or giving them away, think seeing their parents with an as stretchy as leggings. “The jeggings are comfortable to wear about the fact that they actual social life, they see them with something when I do not want to wear such binding may come back in 10 of our own. And that clothes,” junior Alana Pines said. “They are or 15 years; you nevis their wardrobe. also very fashionable right now and I love er know when the vintage look will When scanning following the latest trends.” Students like Pines are catching on to be back. through mom’s college days, what seems to be the next item on the must one can spot have list. But these jeggings are certainly



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19 STUDENT LIFE Skippers slammed with consequences February 2010 The Galleon

...before you break the rules!

Going to the restrooms during the first and last 10 minutes is prohibited One must use his or her own hall pass, borrowing a friends is no longer an option. Entering the student parking lot during school without permission or a blue pass is prohibited.

One is not allowed to use electronic devices at any time during school.

na raced over in a golf car and abruptly asked us to go to the lunchroom to meet with Assistant Principal Torres. When we approached her, and informed her of the circumstance, she kindly let the two of us go. While students often brag that they can go Two down, one more to go. Lastly, we decided to split up once again to see anywhere on campus, The Galleon has information how long it would take to get caught to prove those statements to be false. going to the parking lot. Richard Reporters Richard Borge and Paige went to the faculty parking lot while Kauffman were sent undercover. Paige proceeded to the student lot. This is what they found. While Paige was walking on the grass On January 21, some cut-throat from the cafeteria to the student lot, investigative journalism was done the same cop on the golf cart darted to see how long it took for us to get over to her and began to raise his caught breaking some of the rules voice at her. stated in the student handbook. “Where do you think you’re During lunch B, we decided to going,” Santana said. “Do you have a break three rules which are considBlue Pass? No? Turn around now,” . ered to be big “no-no’s” here at SpanRichard, on the other hand, was ish River—being in the 8000 buildable to walk around the faculty parking during lunch, walking behind the ing lot with no interruptions from theater, and going to the parking lot security. without a Blue Pass. We timed ourTwo out of three times we were selves to see how long it took for us to caught doing what is not allowed. get caught. This only goes to show that followLoitering in the 8000 building was ing the rules is a must. River’s secuthe first “rule-breaker,” splitting up rity and administration are heavily to see if one of us would get caught. enforcing the regulations and getting After, standing around the lockers PHOTO BY LEE GINTON caught leads to harsh reprimanding. for what seemed to be a good ten minutes, an authority figure did not A student attempts to roam the halls with an empty pass, dodging catch us. One down, two more to go. administrators and trying not to Next, we sauntered over behind the get caught. theater together and began to eat our lunch there. Before starting the time, Officer Santa-


There is a fungus among-us By RICHARD BORGE STAFF REPORTER Test results indicate Spanish River is a breeding ground for bacteria. Of particular concern are the bathrooms, which are cleaned and restocked only once a day, in accordance with Chapter 5 section 1.2.E.8B of the 2009 State Requirements for Educational Facilities. “If [the restrooms] are cleaned during the day, they’ll become just as dirty again as they were not too long ago,” AP Language and Composition teacher Deborah Stenner said. The Galleon conducted an experiment with assistance from science department teachers Sue Devick and Mary Fish to test just how dirty the bathrooms and other frequently touched places on campus are. The experiment consisted of filling eight petri dishes with potato dexterose and swabbing presumably infested places: the flusher of both male and female restrooms, the soda machine buttons, the sinks of both the male and female restrooms and the cafeteria doorknob. Once these four places were swabbed with regular scotch tap, they were quickly rubbed into the dexterose, reducing exposure to bacteria from the air. The petri dishes were sealed and left in an incubator for approximately twenty four hours to allow bacteria to accumulate onto the dishes. Needless to say, it did. Small, round clusters are unidentified bacteria and were found in every area tested. Mold was also found in close to every experimented area. Much dark, dangerous-looking mold was most distinct on the male sink handle. The results were initially

shocking , but it is irrational to think that unidentified bacteria and mold is not present in every other aspect of one’s life (even outside of school). Samples taken from the restrooms in question indicate that, under the right conditions (warm, moist environments not uncommon in South Florida), bacteria and fungi can thrive. “The bathroom should not be a place where you have to second guess yourself,” junior Alec Eddinger said. “You should not be afraid of coming into contact with bacteria.” Hand sanitizer, however depended upon it may be with the advent of televised epidemics such as the H1N1 virus, is not a suitable substitute for cleaning one’s hands. Sanitizer should be used only if there are no nearby means of washing your hands, regardless of how many germs it kills.

The Galleon collected bacteria samples from various places around school and cultured them in petri dishes.






The round circles found that are white and yellow are bacteria colonies.



The large brown and black spots found are mold and fungus found around the school.

Photos by Lee Ginton

Teddy Rosalva: Weight Class- 215 Favorite wrestling moveHead and Arm Pre-game ritual- Stand completely still Post-match meal - Arizona Iced Tea and a Publix Sub Pump-up song- “Can’t Touch This” by M.C. Hammer


Sam kaplan: Weight class- 135 favorite wrestling movebarbwire Team ritual- sauna Worst wrestling injury- ribs Pump-up song- “Undead” by Hollywood UndeaD

Colin Melcher: Weight class-119 Pre-game ritual-Talking to the enemy Worst wrestling injury-I don’t get injured, I’m kind of a big deal. Post match mealChipotle

Matt guzy: Weight class- 125 favorite wrestling moveCradle Pre-game ritual- Smack myself silly Worst wrestling injury- I don’t know where to start Post-match meal- Checkers

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Issue 4 2010 The Galleon  
Issue 4 2010 The Galleon  

Issue 4 of Spanish-River's award winning newspaper, The Galleon.