HAVE YOU FOUND A PROM DATE YET?
Emily Yin hasn’t, but read her views about the type of date she wants to have for the momentous occasion! OPINION 5
LIFE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
GRAFFITI AS AN ART FORM
Read two personal accounts of Israeli and Palestinian students. STUDENT LIFE 17
Meet two grafﬁti artists who express themselves through the controversial medium.
5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton, FL 33496 Issue 4 Volume 25 February 2009
Alumnus to head federal bailout plan
Inauguration trip stirs patriotism among students
By RENEE SEIGEL STAFF REPORTER Neil Barofsky, 38, was appointed by former President George W. Bush as the Special Treasury Department Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in Washington D.C. on December 8, 2008. Barofsky is in charge of monitoring the $700 billion that is part of the bailout plan. His job is to oversee audits and investigations to keep tabs on where this bailout money is going. Before Barofsky was the assistant U.S. District Attorney of New York City’s Southern District, he was a Spanish River Shark. “Spanish River really gave me a good start. I came to River in my junior year [after moving], and right away it was a great experience with great classes and teachers that gave me a good base of economic problems which prepared me for my current job,” he said. Barofsky graduated in 1988, where he ranked in the top ten, won the Mathematics Pathﬁnder and was member of the ACE Team. He was well regarded by students and teachers alike. “Neil was in my pre-calculus class when it consisted of a small group of Photo courtesy of Time high performing Neil Barofsky will monistudents,” pre-caltor the bailout for 2009. culus teacher Terry Scharnweber said. “All the kids in that class were very smart, but he stood out as one of the top of this group. He was one of those kids who always wanted to know beyond just the simple problem.” Since his time at Spanish River, Barofsky said he has enjoyed success as a leading attorney. He took down ﬁfty nortorious Colombian guerillas that ran a large illegal drug trafﬁcking operation and caught a Hong Kong resident facing passport fraud charges trying to fake his own death after the 9/11 attacks. One of Barofsky’s more recent prosecutions involved sending Refco Inc. President Phillip Bennet to jail for accounting-fraud. Principal Dr. Atherley is proud of the mark Spanish River students are making in the world. “[Having such a prominent job in the US government] speaks volumes about the education [Barofsky] received at Spanish River, to go about and become so successful,” Principal Dr. Atherly said. “It is always exciting to hear about former sharks in the public service to help restore America.” Renee Siegel can be contacted at Reneesgalleon@gmail.com
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Photo courtesy of Fawaz Shihadeh
Spectators watch the inaugurtion of President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009 on the lawn of the Capitol building and surrounding areas. This inauguration attracted over four million people in the bitter cold to watch this historic event. Social studies teachers Matt Marks and Paulette Riedel chaperoned eight Spanish River students to Washington, D.C.
By NATALIE DEUTSCH NEWS EDITOR The inauguration of the ﬁrst AfricanAmerican President is said to have been one of the most historic events in our lifetime. Eight Spanish River students witnessed the event when they traveled to Washington D.C. to watch President Barack Obama take the oath of ofﬁce as the 44th president of the United States on January 20. It was a once in a lifetime experience,”
senior Samantha Cheslow said. Spanish River students left for Washington D.C. on Sunday morning and returned home on Wednesday night. The eight students from Spanish River combined with Anoka High School in Minnesota and Glendale High School in Missouri totaled 50 students. “Being in the crowd the moment that Obama took the oath was amazing- people around me were crying, waving ﬂags. It was just surreal,” junior Fawaz Shihadeh said. The students said they had various
reasons for attending. For some, it was because it was the election of the ﬁrst African American to the nation’s highest ofﬁce. For others, it was because of the importance of the youth vote in electing this particular president. Still others went to personally salute “change.” “This inauguration was historical on two levels,” chaperone and government teacher Matt Marks said. “One, it was a presidential inauguration- historical in itself- and two, America elected its ﬁrst African American president.”
“It’s a mindset,” Atherley said. “We have to learn to function with the means we have.” As a result of the school district’s hiring freeze, Spanish River must adjust and function with its current instructional staff.
Tori Chaiklin said. Many agree that it is not only the teachers who will have to work harder due to the hiring freeze and budget cuts. “Students will have to realize that they are part of this process for the next few years,” English teacher Horal said. “Accordingly, they must accept this challenge by achieving at the highest level.” Adjusting to the changes caused by limited funding and the hiring freeze will take hard work, according to Horal. “It is the same class, just with different teachers, so everyone will still try their hardest,” Chaiklin said. When the hiring freeze will end and what will happen next is not known. In the spring, after the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, a new budget will be written which will determine whether the hiring freeze remains in effect. Atherley said it is useful to function with less money and be less wasteful, “but it’s hard to learn.”
* Inauguration continued on page 3
Hiring freeze negatively impacts teachers, students By NICOLE GRANET STAFF REPORTER In the School District of Palm Beach County and all around the country, public school systems are being asked to do more with less. As a direct result of the 2009 budget cuts, a hiring freeze is in effect for the school district. Qualiﬁed applicants are not able to teach, existing teachers are taking on additional classes and students are receiving instruction from teachers who might not be specialized in a subject. “The School District’s hiring freeze is a necessary step toward the current and impending budget cuts which the state of Florida is experiencing,” Superintendent Dr. Art Johnson, who issued the hiring freeze in December, said. The hiring freeze affects teachers and students alike. According to principal Dr. Susan Atherley, it has negatively affected everyone, but it will hit the students the worst because it is their generation who will have to turn this crisis around.
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The School District’s hiring freeze is is a necessary step toward the current and impending budget cuts.
- Superintendent Dr. Art Johnson
Since replacement teachers are not an option and substitutes are not equipped to teach classes for a whole semester, teachers such as Kevin Turner, Dennis Horal and Kimberly Green are teaching extra classes. They are giving up planning periods for their own classes in order to plan and teach additional courses. “This also affects the students because it takes longer to grade work,” sophomore
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February 2009 The Galleon
Inauguration sparks patriotism
February 2009 The Galleon
Voices in the Crowd
How do you feel about the increase in technology at Spanish River?
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Over four million people were at the site when Barack Obama took the oath and still others lined the path he would take to arrive at his new home, the White House. “[The inauguration] was very exciting. The energy of the crowd was unbelievable,” chaperone and social studies teacher Paulette Riedel said. Students remaining at school viewed the event either in their classrooms or in the theater streaming from C-Span. Select teachers were asked to bring their students to the media center to watch the historic event on two 105 inch televisions courtesy of AVR Depot.
“It was very exciting. The energy of the crowd was unbelievable.” -Chaperone Paulette Riedel
Palm Beach County Superintendent Dr. Art Johnson strongly encouraged all principals of schools in the district to allow their students to watch the ceremony, but did not cancel school. “Education must go on,” Johnson said. School ofﬁcials did, however, change the bell schedule to ensure that the majority of students were able to see Barack Obama sworn in. Voting results reﬂected the signiﬁcance of the youth vote in electing Barack Obama. It is no wonder, then, that students traveled to Washington D.C. to continue their support after the election. It was a once in a lifetime event and an experience that made all Spanish River students a part of history. Natalie Deutsch can be contacted at Nataliedgalleon@gmail.com
“I don’t feel that it is doing enough. It’s not sufficient.” -Dimitre Ganev, 11
“For some teachers it’s useless because they don’t use it, for other classes it helps.” -Darnell Boursiquot, 12
Video conference fosters student global warming debate Most participants found the virtual conferencing very beneﬁcial. Although the classes had discussed the issue already, they said, putting it in a global perspective brought new light to it. “The virtual conference was an amazing experience,” junior Blair Cohen said. “Since it was the ﬁrst one at Spanish River, we all learned a lot about the climate in Canada and Alaska. I would deﬁnitely do it again”
Although there were malfunctions, Cangelosi deemed the ﬁrst virtual conBy SAMANTHA SHAVELL ference a “great success.” The overall NEWS EDITOR consensus according to Cangelosi was The new Distance Learning Center that most students enjoyed the confer(DLC) hosted the ﬁrst virtual conence. She signed her students up for anference on global warming with four other conference later in the year. They schools from Canada and one from will discuss water quality and global isAlaska. AP Environmental teacher Nisues pertaining to water conservation. cole Cangelosi’s class participate in this Biotechnology classes will participate innovative endeavor. virtual conference as well. The purpose of the conference Many students did not attend was to communicate with students the virtual conference but heard from around the world and draw about it and thought it seemed incomparisons from beliefs about teresting. certain enviromental issues. “I believe that the DLC con“It was the ﬁrst time students tributes to the state- of- the- art at River could communicate with quality of the Biotech building other parts of the world,” senior and that it’s a contribution to the Keith Chambers said, adding that entire science department,” junior it was an enriching experience. Jesse Salomon said. “It helped enStudents at each school previronmental science. Now maybe pared an introduction about their physics classes can talk to a rocket schools and what classes and acscientist, or Anatomy students Photo by Nadine Zylberberg tivities are offered there. Later, AP Enviromental students listen intently to students could watch real surgeries.” they divided into smaller groups from other countries share their views about global Spanish River’s new technology of three schools to discuss certain warming, which is helping studentss conquestions and issues. nect with external scholars and Some students felt that there were resources. “We were just throwing ideas out there and we learned a lot about the dif- some glitches. “I thought it was cool,” junior Juference between the natural resources lia Berger said. “But we need more here and the natural resource there,” practice. We had some malfunctions Cangelosi said. “We learned that they Samantha Shavell can be contacted at throughout the conference.” Samanthasgalleon@gmail.com do not have tidal power like we do.”
Congratulations, Vocal Solo and Ensemble Winners -Jordan Sandberg and Mallory ProvanExcellent for Duet -Alexis Fleishner, Destiny Grimm and Andrea Mansourian- Excellent for Trio -Destiny Grimm- Superior for Solo
Shark News Congratulations Ross Pugatch and Nikki Howard-Bloom for winning Mr. and Ms. Shark.
Congratulations to Ms. Horniker and the Creative Writing students. Pieces of Eight placed 6th out of 489 in the National Council for Teachers of English Competition
Good Luck DECA at states.
Good Luck on FCAT Reading, Math and Science March 10- 12
The Galleon 2008-2009 EDITORS-IN-CHIEF NEWSPAPER Katiana Krawchenko Nadine Zylberberg
WEBSITE Emily Yin
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Jessica Stallone ART EDITOR Carly Coleman
“I feel more actively engaged in what I’m learning.” -Larissa Gryschuk, 10
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITORS Jason Grobstein Alison Sikes
NEWS EDITORS Natalie Deutsch Samantha Shavell
FEATURES EDITORS Jennifer Lieberman Eliana Newman
PHOTOGRAPHY EDITORS Skylar Klager Alix Luntz
FEATURE FOCUS EDITORS Alban Harrison Elizabeth Moses
SPORTS EDITORS David Estrin Haley Feigenheimer
The Galleon is a member of Quill and Scroll Honorary Society for High School Journalists, Florida Scholastic Press Association, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Southern Interscholastic Press Association, National Scholastic Press Association.
STUDENT LIFE EDITORS Katyayani Jhaveri Hillary Langsam STAFF REPORTERS Sid Bajracharya Carly Coleman Lindsey Gold Nicole Granet Renee Siegel Tamarah Strauss Jason Weltman ADVISER Suzanne Sanders The Galleon is a public forum. Principal Dr. Susan Atherley
OPINIONS 7:28 start time skews teens’ sleep cycles February 2009 The Galleon
By KATIANA KRAWCHENKO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF At 5:45 each weekday morning, I’m supposed to wake up to my phone alarm: a loud excerpt of the ‘80s hit, “Love Shack.” Subconsciously, my arm swings over my body to whack the snooze button, and my mom comes in 15 minutes later to nudge me awake. This is when my mouth starts talking without my awakened brain to help: “Yes…I’lll..be..there…in..a..minute..” Am I “there” for breakfast in one minute, even ten? Nope. Into the shower I go 15 minutes before I have to leave the house, scrambling around and driving my parents insane with my “last minute shenanigans” that they constantly complain about. Teenagers across the county share this common morning drama due to one tiny set of numbers: 7:28 AM, the time the School District of Palm Beach County has decided to start the public school day in high schools. To avoid household battles at the crack of dawn, as well as countless other calamities throughout the day, the school district should change the start time from 7:28 to 8:30, and end the school day at 3:30 PM, similar to many other schools in the nation. Proponents of the current schedule, particularly our athletes, argue that if a new schedule were
implemented, they wouldn’t get home until very late at night. Others might also be concerned about busing schedules, after-school care and medical appointments. One must also admit that the Starbucks on Jog Road might also rake in less cash if the girls of Spanish River (and some boys) didn’t ﬂock into the shop halfcomatose at 7 in the morning. The truth is, however, this lack of sleep has severely detrimental effects on the developing teenage body and performance in school. The National S l e e p Foundation says that from the early stages of puberty until the late teen years, adolescents’ brains secrete the chemical melatonin, which is responsible for sleepiness. This puts us into a natural sleep cylce from 11 PM to 8 AM. We can’t possibly function to our best ability when our bodies are still in a natural sleep cycle at 7:30 in the morning and an overwhelming drive to sleep eclipses the alertness and cognitive stability we need in the classroom.
The change would beneﬁt schools countywide. Studies show that sleep-deprived teens are shown to be more likely to experience symptoms such as depression, difﬁculty relating to peers and parents and are more likely to use alcohol and other drugs. If that weren’t enough to convince the county to change its policy, the research has already been completed. In 1996, the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) had the Edina County School District in Minnesota changed their public school start time from 7:15 to 8:30. The College of Education and Human Development says that parents were concerned about the effect of later starts on such logistical issues as busing, athletics and child care for younger students. But at the end of the ﬁrst year of implementation, 92 percent of respondents to a survey for Edina High School parents indicated that they preferred the later start times. There was a signiﬁcant reduction in school dropout rates, less depression and students reported earning higher grades. The administration should stop complaining about the high number of disciplinary reports ﬁled each week Perhaps we’d cut down on the use of our Opportunity Room, where badly-behaved students report for inschool suspension. Instead they should reform our schedule: a proposition worth sleeping on.
Valentine’s Day Survey We surveyed 160 Spanish River students about Valentine’s Day. Here’s what you had to say:
What are you going to do on Valentine’s Day?
of students believe in love in high school.
43 43 43
Percentage of students who will have a sweetheart this Valentine’s Day
Hanging out with friends
have 69% ofhadstudents secret admirers but only
33% have been secret
Staying in with signiﬁcant other
16% 13% 5%
Going out with signiﬁcant other
of students prefer chocolate for Valentine’s Day while
26% prefer ﬂowers Quote of the Month
Katiana Krawchenko can be contacted at Katianakrgalleon@gmail.com
Budget cuts hinder quality of education It is quite clear that the economy has hit nearly every aspect of our lives. From limited family vacation time to the heavy burden of college expenses already making our parents nervous, we are in a crisis, and have been, no matter how long politicians had refused to say the “R-Word.” Besides household expenditures and personal ﬁnances, what often goes unnoticed by many students is the fact that we are being severely affected every day in school because of severe budget cuts implemented by the school district. As we’ve mentioned in previous articles, classes have been cut, teacher layoffs are looming and Dr. Johnson has declined to join schools superintendents from Miami-Dade dn Broward counties who are seeking a federal bailout. Money is limited, so of course we have had to cut back on spending in the county. But we at The Galleon ﬁnd it quite intriguing that the walls of the cafeteria have been splashed with a fresh coat of blue paint; Suite A and the Guidance Counselors’ ofﬁce have also been refurbished; oh, and there were arguably unnecessary technological updates whose purposes bewilder teachers and students alike. Meanwhile, as Nicole Granet has covered on page 1, we are experiencing a teacher hiring freeze. This means that enthusiastic teachers who are passionate about their subjects, are not allowed to be hired simply because we are tight on money. We are simultaneously losing teachers and not replacing them, thus burdening current faculty members with more classes. Let’s cut back on mainentance for now and reallocate the money where it is most necessary. We wouldn’t cut back as much on necessary items such as groceries, so why must we turn away very qualiﬁed and much-needed new teachers?
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. -Milton Berle
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5 OPINIONS Wanted: man with a pulse Dog Lovers February 2009 The Galleon
BY EMILY YIN WEBSITE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Name: Emily Yin Age: 17 Location: Boca Raton, FL Likes: Candlelit dinners, long walks on the beach Dislikes: Being lonely, guys with girlfriends Looking for: A prom date
Hello, single males out there! Are you breathing? Can you walk? Smile for a couple pictures? It’s perfectly alright if you are lacking in the critical reading or mathematics areas, and for all intents and purposes, speech abilities are not even required – I will accept any written or typed invitation to prom. Senior prom: it’s the one night of high school that every girl dreams about – or, in some unfortunate cases, dreads. The arduous search for the perfect dress, the stress of organizing limos and the ﬁasco of doing your hair, make-up and nails: you would think this alone would quash girls’ prom fantasies. But not I! I’m not picky about dresses, I won’t be doing any organizing and I’ll leave it to the salon pros to get me ready for the big night. It’s the pictures with the prom dates. Those memories that you’ll pass on to your children and grandchildren, who will groan when you recall for the umpteenth time, “When I was your age and going to the prom, my date was Bobby Smith! He was on the Varsity football team, you know. Now he was a catch, that Bobby Smith.” Maybe I’m planning a little far in advance, but I would love to be that grandma. However, as of right now, I can’t foresee being her, due to an issue that causes me to wake up with cold sweats several times in the night… I don’t have a date to the prom. It’s a night that you’ll forget about anyway, they’ll say; a lot of people don’t bring dates. Right. That’s what they all say – until I arrive at prom and realize
I’m the only lone freak. Maybe I can save myself a few embarrassing moments, jeers and glares if I make frequent trips to hide in the restroom. I could try to stand next to other girls’ dates; in that case, at least it would give bystanders a 50-50 chance of guessing which girl is the true dateless outcast. Perhaps if I wear an eccentric dress, its strangeness might distract my peers from the fact that I came without a date. And I can only hope that some of the teacher chaperones will leave their signiﬁcant others at home to make my own solitude less conspicuous… although I can’t say that ﬁtting in with high school teachers is an ideal goal for prom. In truth, I’m not sure what it is about not having a prom date that bothers me. Maybe it’s simply the expectation of having a date to the prom, which has been talked up to be the most glorious night of my high school career – if only loneliness were glamorous. Or it could be that I have seen too many Disney movies; from Cinderella to Belle, every girl with a date and a dance seems to have a magniﬁcent happy ending. I’ll overlook the fact that dancing with a Beast might not be most desirable. But hey, I’m not asking for a Prince Charming. Just a prom date. Yet after a long and hard contemplation of the situation, I concede: going to prom alone might not be so horrendous. In fact, I wouldn’t even be going alone; I would have my best friends right by my side. Moreover, I would be far from the only person without a date. I could mingle with the other singles, and we might even bond over our singleness. And I would probably have more fun anyway if I weren’t tied down to a date all night. Now that I think about it, going to prom without a date actually sounds pretty enticing! Not.* * Disclaimer: this is entirely facetious!** ** But dateless boys, my email is here. I’m just saying… Emily Yin can be contacted at Emilyygalleon@gmail.com Photo by Alban Harrison
Thirty minutes that changed my life BY NADINE ZYLBERBERG EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Life goals: Get a quality education, maintain a social life, ﬁnd a satisfying career path, get married, raise a family. Life fulﬁlled. Until last week, I have revolved my life, well, around me. Yes, it sounds selﬁsh, but I can guarantee I am not the only one. I think I can safely say that many of you share, if not slightly varied, the same life goals as me. I have gone to “Save Darfur” rallies, I have attended events supporting displaced refugees in the Middle East, I have devoted hours to raising awareness against discrimination in Buenos Aires and I have supported other similar causes. However, my life goals have remained the same: education + friends + job + family = happiness. And then, with no intention of getting out of bed with a 101.3 degree fever, I was invited to see Elie Wiesel speak, and I grudgingly (with a little persuation and a lot of Motrin) went. Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, is one of the most recognized ﬁgures in the world. He has written over 40 novels, one of which, Night, has been translated into 30 languages. He has spoken in countless countries, his foundation impacts thousands of lives and he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He is more famous and has garnered more international acclaim than Angelina Jolie, yet it wasn’t his “celebrity” status that amazed me. It was seeing the embodiment of perseverance and overwhelming kindness in a single person. What hit me the most was when he said that his pain can be resolved, that it is no one else’s problem, that he can “write books or study
philosophy” to mitigate his suffering. However, he said, it was the pain of others that he could not bear and that kept him up at night. After everything this man has been through, everything he has suffered, everyone he has lost, all he strives for is to help other people. I am a high school student. My biggest fear is ﬂying and my biggest worry is whether or not my prom plans will follow through. I have undoubtedly never experienced anything close to what he has endured. I have never had to overcome extreme and inhumane circumstances. And yet, my life plan does not seem to measure up to that of a man that came from the barracks of Auschwitz with less than nothing to his name. As teenagers, he said, we have a much larger impact than we think: “Read, read, read. Be educated and stand up for what you believe in.” We can all make a difference, as cliche as it sounds. Read a news source, hear what people have to say, see what is going on around you and speak up. Prove the stereotype of today’s teen generation false. Prove that we are not apathetic nor self-centered nor uninvolved. The days following Wiesel’s speech, I told my parents, my brothers and everyone I knew that this had changed me, that his words had inspired me more than those of anyone else. But they didn’t believe me. How could a single event change my entire perception of life? How could a single person inﬂuence my values and priorities so much? Well someone can, and Elie Wiesel did. And so, I reevaluated. Life goals: Give someone a home, make someone smile, inform the uninformed, make a sacriﬁce for someone else. Perhaps then I can say my life is fulﬁlled. Nadine Zylberberg can be contacted at Nadinezgalleon@gmail.com Photo courtesy of ElieWieselFoundation.org
Anonymous BY JESSICA STALLONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR Hi, my name is Jessica Stallone, and I love my dogs. Okay, maybe my affection goes a bit farther than that. I L-O-V-E my dogs. I am like one of those really annoying parent who are always talking about their cute kids and the adorable things they do-- but with my dogs. I just think that they are the cutest, most lovable furry creatures on the planet. And I tell everyone about it- and you, the loyal Galleon readers, are no exception. For all of you fellow members of Dog Lovers Anonymous (DLA), you know that it is not a myth-- dogs have personalities and feelings and no matter what the haters say, they DO understand everything we say to them. My older dog, Sophie, is a Yorkiepoo (we think). Originally rescued from a puppy-mill, we adopted her four years ago from the Tri-County Humane Society when she was 11 months. And although she has never exceeded the 4 lbs. arena, she is deﬁnitely the queen of the house. She always sleeps in the bed, hoards all the toys (mostly to irritate the other dog) and, to put it plainly, is never denied ANYTHING. She’ll jump up and push you if she wants attention, will turn around to make it easier for you to pick her up and even does little 360 spins when she’s excited. SO CUTE! Maggie, on the other hand, is the goof-ball. Relatively mellow for a Wheaten (a typically hyper breed), she provides the puppy-comic relief. We adopted her when she was just 13 weeks from a shelter. A year and a half later and 35 lbs. bigger, she looks like she could eat little Sophie for breakfast. Because her paws are too big for her skinny legs, she is constantly slipping and sliding all over the house. Oh, and did I mention that she thinks she’s a human? Yes, Maggie is convinced that she is not a dog and insists on proving her human status to us. She goes to the bathroom IN the bathroom, thinks she should have a seat at the dinner table and sits on the couch with her head on the pillow. One time she even... well that’s another story for another day. But I think it goes without saying that Maggie is too cute for words. Anyone who knows me knows that I brag about my dogs incessantly. Bill Cosby had Kids Say the Darndest Things. My life is one long marathon of My Dogs Do the Cutest Things. While, any dog person will tell you that it is normal to love your dogs like a part of your family, I am pretty sure that those of us who are frequent members of the DLA take it to the next level. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t throw Maggie a 50-guest ﬁrst birthday party and I don’t cart Sophie around in a stroller, but I have documented almost every moment of my puppies’ lives from the day we adopted them, and jump at any opportunity to whip out my phone and show pictures of my dogs doing whatever ridiculously funny or cute thing they did that day. My parents are always teasing me that I am going to grow up and be like those crazy cat ladies who just has dozens of cats running around and talks to them all day long- but with my dogs. Yes, I’ll admit that when I get home from school I say hello to them ﬁrst and for equal amounts of time so that they don’t get jealous of each other (yes that actually happens to dogs), ask them if they had a good day (no I’m not crazy enough that I expect them to or actually hear them answer back) and am taking care of, petting or playing with them for the rest of the evening. Maybe I’m crazy, maybe I need to go to dog-owner rehab. But I just love my dogs. If your are interested in adopting a dog please contact the TriCounty Humane Society at 561-482-8110.
Jessica Stallone can be contacted at Jessicasgalleon@gmail.com
February 2009 The Galleon
FACE OFF Hear what students have to say as they go head to head. This issue’s topic:
Should we be using real animals for dissection in a high school classroom?
By KELLY COX SENIOR To all the PETA extremists out there- I can personally verify that our resident anatomy and biology teachers do not roam the streets in their spare time and brutally murder kittens and then preserve them in toxic chemicals for their own cruel personal enjoyment. They do not aim to poison students nor traumatize them with vivisection (the killing of live animals for dissection). Here at Spanish River, we support, rather unanimously in the science department, the use of dissection for strictly educational purposes. Now, please keep in mind, I am an animal lover through and through, and I would never maliciously harm an animal. I mean, seriously, I am majoring in zoology with an emphasis in pre-veterinary science so that I can become a wildlife veterinarian for nondomestic animals. Devoting my life to helping animals—I think that’s sufficiently legitimate in reinforcing my position on animals. Yet, out of this declaration resides a question for all of you animal rights activists out there- would you want me operating on an animal of any type, from endangered Panda Bears to your very own Pomeranian- Tinker Bell, if I had not ever personally dissected an animal before? What if I am to perform life-saving stomach surgery on one of the few Florida Panthers remaining- but have never seen a Panther stomach or an animal stomach of any kind for that matter except for on a computer screen? Would you trust me to do the surgery? I didn’t think so. What I’m trying to arrive at is that dissections are an essential part of the scientific learning process. This tactile experience requires students to follow explicit directions during the dissection, to harness acute observation skills, and to develop the fine motor skills that dissection demands. all of which are skills that directly correlate with the collegiate learning experience in various areas, not just science. It is evident that pictures in textbooks and online versions cannot replace the hands on experience that dissection brings. The last point to be addressed is the ethical dilemma of dissection. Some may say that dissection promotes the disposability of life and may even help to create blood thirsty killers in the children of tomorrow. Logistically, what better way to gain respect for life than to understand it? Dissection allows us to better understand the functioning of life and appreciate its true importance. If you feel that dissection is inhumane, then maybe its time to break free of the binds that PETA has placed upon you, and do some research. The Humane Society actually condones the use of humanely euthanized cats for dissection purposes so long as they come from an ethically sound source. Regardless, Florida does allow a student the right to choose alternatives to dissection without being penalized, but if you think about it, what are you sacrificing? Your own education? Will you really achieve the same experience? Ultimately, it comes down to a controversial debate- to dissect or not to dissect, that is the question. And since I eagerly choose the dissecting option, at least I will be qualified to save the lives of animals in the future- instead of just talking about it.
By JACQUELINE BAXTER SOPHOMORE
AMANDA MEYERS FRESHMAN
Animal testing is a controversial topic. Some people debate that it is practice which helps scientists find a cure for certain diseases or problems. These individuals believe it is worth the negativity that ensues. On the other hand, some view the downside as a horrid aspect of scientific practice. They argue that other practices could eliminate the downside and still have the same effect. In our opinion, we agree that there are better testing subjects than animals. The aforementioned downside refers to the treatment of animals in animal testing. The results of animal testing are disturbingly alarming: thirty nine percent of animals in tested in studies suffer pain. In the United States every year, approximately 70 million animals are maimed, force fed chemicals, scalded, blinded, genetically manipulated, and otherwise hurt and killed in the scientific animal testing. Everyday items that we use daily including eye shadow, oven cleaner, soap, and fingernail polish must be tested on rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, and other animals. These tests are used to test the degree of harmfulness of the products and their ingredients. In these tests, the truth is that no antidotes are ever sought, so these tests are not able to be used to prevent or treat potential human injuries. These tests are not mandated by law. In fact they are only used to prevent consumer lawsuits. Other tests such as chemical assay tests, tissue culture systems, cell and organ cultures, cloned human skin cells, human skin patches, and computer and mathematical models exist as alternatives to animal testing. These tests are proven less expensive and more reliable. What we do not understand is while it has been proven that these tests are less expensive, in addition to being more reliable, we still resort to something as dangerous and morally wrong as animal testing. It is illogical to select the reckless, more expensive, and risky option. We wonder if the community majority is aware of the information that shows the cruelty inflicted on animals for a reward of a higher quality nail polish. We believe that we can all agree that such an unimportant issue will be justified the same way if using another method. Our privileges as the dominant species are not cruel and harmful to the other animals that we share this world with. As high school students we can not help but wonder why, when a company takes such a dangerous shortcut which benefits no one, it is not changed immediately and is supported by so many. Our question is why… why is such an unnecessary and, in our opinion, cruel practice supported, performed, and in opinion of others “worth the downside?” art by carly coleman
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From the Editors’ Desk... Many view the “day of love” as a time for giving and receiving candy-grams, roses and chocolates and spending time with their loved ones. Others might just see it as “Single Awareness Day” and stare longingly at the couples around school. Some even see Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to save a life, as is the case with “Love is the Movement,” a campaign that seeks to aid drug abusers (See Katyayani Jhaveri’s article on page 17). We’ve covered all aspects of the holiday this issue, from the consequences of abusive relationships (Jennifer Lieberman, page 11) to the joys of being single (Sid Bajracharya, page 13).
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Letters to the Editor Jessica Stallone’s story on studentteacher relationships had a very good point. Many of us cross the line with our teachers every day, without even realizing it. Also, most of us do not want to gossip about our friends with our teachers. It’s weird and unprofessional. Your story made a very good point.
Madison Altman Freshman
Before reading the article by Alison Sikes about PostSecret.com, I had never even visited nor heard of the site. I was curious as to what it was really about so I checked it out the other day and now I’m hooked. I planned on looking at a couple of postcards but I spent an hour ﬂipping through them. Maybe my secret will end up there some day, but I’m sure you’ll never ﬁnd out if it’s mine. Carolina Cuomo Sophomore
I found Jason Grobstein’s article on the advertisement controversy of Channel One interesting because we watch it every morning. I believe that Channel One is not as focused on its commercial function as it is on its journalistic function. They advertise in order to pay for their bills, not to “brainwash” teens. It is one of my primary sources of news and I enjoy watching it every morning. Max Morgenstern Sophomore
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Thespians exemplify passion, talent By ELIANA NEWMAN FEATURES EDITOR Spanish River successfully competed in the District Ten Thespian Competition on January 10 at West Boca Raton High School. Many students are unaware of what it means to be a thespian. Thespians are those interested in acting and singing and those with an interest in drama and the arts. Twenty- two talented thespians competed in the event, accompanied by drama teacher Richard Madigan. Students competed in categories including monologue, duet acting, solo musical, duet musical and ensemble musical. “I wanted to compete because I love theatre and I like to take every opportunity I can to perform,” sophomore Alexa Lebersfeld said. The selection process for the competition was challenging for both the participants and their coach. Madigan selected ﬁve acts per category and aided students in choosing and preparing for their auditions. In some speciﬁc categories, there were up to 15 students who were interested in competing. Once Madigan decided who made the ﬁnal cut, he helped the students tighten up their performances after school. “Their talent level amazes me,” Madigan said. “Our theatre students are among the most amazing in the district and the score sheets prove it. However, I’ve come to expect nothing less from Spanish River students.” To ensure that the students would be well prepared to face the judges at the competition, he
used the same rubric that the judges at the festivals use to critique the performances. To prepare for the competition, students needed to practice both in and out of school. Most students prepared with Madigan, while others also pursued outside help from vocal or acting coaches. Madigan stated that while some students needed to be directed, others just needed a little coaching. “I prepared by practicing my song at home in front of family, friends, and lots of mirrors,” Lebersfeld said. Sets of judges at the event rated the performances on a scale from poor to superior; participants could either get a rating of poor, fair, good, excellent or superior. All 22 River competitors received ratings of good or higher. Students who received ratings of good include Larissa Gryschuk, L i z z i e Shapiro and Michael W e b b . Students w h o received ratings of excellent photo courtesy of maddie hammond include A superior winning performance of “The Kelly Aikens, Cell Block Tango” from Chicago. (Right T a y l o r to left) Top: Drew Bryan, Samantha D a b b a h , Shumaker, Thalia Robinson and Nirel N i c o l e Marofsky. Bottom: Rachel Lenoff and Granet, Nikki Maddie Hammond. HowardBloom, Jane Lynch, Nirel Marofsky, Zoe Newman, Katie Northrop, Makarena Ramos and Lila Stallone. All students were able to get the judges’ feedback sheets back at the end of the event. Along with the judges’ feed back, students had the opportunity to watch other performers from all over Palm Beach County. Not only were students able to gain valuable knowledge from both the judges and from viewing other Palm Beach competitors, but participants competed for the pure love of the arts. “The competition is a great and fun experience,” sophomore Lizzie Shapiro said. “The criticism was helpful and I had a great time.” Those who received ratings of superior all qualiﬁed to represent Spanish River in the State competition
in April. These students include Rachel Adams, Danny Belford, Drew Bryan, Madeline Hammond, Alexa Lebersfeld, Rachel Lenoff, Nirel Marofsky, Thalia Robinson, Katie Seldin and Samantha Shumaker. Senior Rachel Adams, who received a superior rating for Solo Musical also won the Critics Choice award. Madigan stated that the Critics Choice award is a prestigious award that meant that Adams was the best soloist the judges in the room saw all day. “The Thespian event is cool because there are so many other performers there and you can learn a lot from the other kids that attend,” Adams said. “It’s interesting to see all the different types of performers.” Senior Danny Belford received a superior for the Monologues category. On his feedback from the judges, one wrote that Belford was the “Best Shakespeare today!” The State festival is coming up in April for those students who received ratings of superior, and until then, the thespians are preparing for their performance of the upcoming play, “The Wizard of Oz.” With the judges’ feedback and Madigan’s coaching, students will undoubtedly be ready to compete in April. Each participant at these events and festivals gives Spanish River another reason to be proud of the school’s incredible talent and success.
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Media popularizes modern teen slang, parents suffer silently By ALISON SIKES COMMENTARY There is a disease spreading rampantly amongst the Spanish River student body. No student, regardless of class rank and year, is safe from infection. Parents and teachers alike are becoming increasingly concerned with this epidemic. So far, doctors have been unable to determine the source of the virus but have discovered that contraction occurs only through conversations. The only known symptom of the disease is excessive use of the word “like.” I, like everyone else, am a victim of this like awful disease. I am beginning to worry that it is like affecting everything I do. I, like, cannot have a normal conversation without, like, saying like. Using “like” has become second nature to me and like it is becoming like extremely difﬁcult to not use like because it like ﬁlls the gaps for other words and like when I think about not saying like, I like say it more often. This like has to stop. The excessive and unnecessary usage of “like” in the teenage vernacular will be the downfall of our generation. Yes, that is an exaggerated statement,
almost as ridiculous as the number of likes in the previous paragraph, but nevertheless we need to make a conscious effort to omit this word from our lexicon. I never realized how much of a problem this was until last year when I came across a television show called The Joys of Lex, a show that discusses the origins of colloquialisms, slang and accents and their effect
on the people speaking them. In the one particular episode I saw, discussion focused on California’s San Fernando Valley and its dialect known as ValSpeak. Popularized by movies Valley Girl and Clueless, ValSpeak is characterized by fad expressions, such as the once-trendy “Whatever,” and unnecessary usage of “like”. Parents expressed great anxiety over how the speech is stereotyping and hurting their children’s futures! The episode then showed two “Valley Girls”
in a college interview and what I witnessed will haunt me for the rest of my life. As the interviewer asked the girls relatively easy questions, the girls’ responses became more and more unbearable to listen to. “I, like, want to be an astrophysicist because I like to explore the physical properties of, like, stars and nebulas.” “In my spare time, I, like, to help like the homeless, cure cancer and like other diseases, and save, like, kittens from, like, trees.” It did not matter how intelligent or benevolent the girls were, they were not getting into college. I do not know if the makers of The Joys of Lex were trying to scare their viewers from ever saying the word “like” again but that is what happened to me. I wholeheartedly believed that I would not get into college if I continued talking as if I lived in the Valley. I have since made it my crusade to stop using like altogether. While I have not completely removed the word from my vocabulary- try writing a simile without “like”- my efforts have paid off. I have had my fair share of successful college interviews in which I did not say “like” at all. And though I am one of the few in recovery from this illness, outbreaks are at an all-time high. Count the number of times you hear “like” in one day and you will see the number of lives this terrible disease has taken. Alison Sikes can be contacted at Alisonsgalleon@gmail.com
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11 FEATURES Dating violence not uncommon among teens February 2009 The Galleon
By JENNIFER LIEBERMAN FEATURES EDITOR High school relationships—fun and ﬂirty—or at least that is what they are supposed to be. However, studies show that one in three high school students will be or has been in an abusive relationship. These relationships are not what they are expected to be when your signiﬁcant other claims that his or her controlling behavior is all done in the name of “love.” Something can start as simple as jealousy but escalate to unpredictable mood swings and can result in far more dangerous acts than one ever expects from a high school relationship. Teenage dating violence often goes undetected as teens are inexperienced with healthy relationships, want independence from parents or have inaccurate views of love. Teen dating violence is frequently inﬂuenced by the way in which teens view themselves. According to the Alabama Coalition Against Dating Violence (ACADV), young men might think that they have the right to control their partner, that masculinity is deﬁned by physical aggressiveness or that they would lose respect among their friends if they actually paid attention to and supported their girlfriends. Young women may believe that the abuse and jealousy is “romantic” or even that it is normal because their friends are also in an abusive relationship. Senior Arielle Cole knows a friend who was the victim in an abusive teen relationship. “Her boyfriend started to become controlling and then he became verbally abusive,” Cole said of her friend, who wishes to remain anonymous to protect her privacy. Dating violence starts with small changes in a relationship, such as putting one’s boyfriend or girlfriend down in front of others or demanding to
know where and with whom he or she has been, according to ACADV. These signs can escalate to verbal abuse and even physical abuse such as punching or shoving. “He put her down which damaged her self-esteem and made her cry constantly,” Cole continued. As these can also be warning signs for other diseases, some of the most common clues to look for in dating violence are failing grades, isolation, emotional outbursts or changes in mood and personality,
according to Love Is Not Abuse. There are some important safety precautions that one may consider while dating. ACADV suggests that teens may consider double dating for the ﬁrst few times so one can get to know the person before being alone with him or her. They suggest that before leaving on a date a parent or friend should know the exact plans for the night. In Rhode Island, a law was passed that requires
middle schools and high schools to teach about dating violence in health classes. The education focuses on maintaining healthy relationships and staying away from abusive ones. The law has gained momentum across the country, and many states are looking to adopt similar legislation. Liz Claiborne, Inc. has helped to promote the law throughout the country as well as raise awareness of the dangers, signs and solutions of dating abuse through the Love Is Not Abuse campaign. Senior Max Gruby thinks that it would be wise to have dating violence taught in class. “[Dating violence] should be taught in classes. Education solves problems, and this is a rising problem in the US and needs to be solved,” senior Max Gruby said. However, not all students agree with having dating abuse taught in school. “I don’t think that dating abuse is a problem at Spanish River” junior Somon Nader said. “It would be better to not publicize it in classes.” If you are a victim, you do not have to stay silent. Talk to a friend or an adult. Conversely, if you suspect that a friend is being abused do not be afraid to tell them that you notice that something is different and that you are concerned for them. As a friend, help them to realize that abuse is wrong and it is not a form of love. Support your friend and listen to him or her talk. Encourage your friend to talk to someone or get out of the relationship. You can help him/her by developing a plan to get out safely. However, if physical abuse is involved, or you or your friend is scared of this person, talk to an adult immediately and get their help. After becoming depressed, Cole’s friend realized the abuse and ended her relationship with her boyfriend. She is lucky because not every abusive relationship has a safe ending. Dating violence and abuse is real, but it can be stopped. Jennifer Lieberman can be contacted at Jenniferlgalleon@gmail.com Disclaimer: These photos do not portray a true abusive couple; this is merely a dramatization. photos by Alix Luntz
Know the facts: 1
in 5 college females will experience some form of dating violence
40 percent of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 say they
know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend
1 in 3 high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship
percent of young women raped knew their rapist either as a boyfriend, friend or casual acquaintance
6 out of 10 rapes of young women occur in
their own home or a friend or relative’s home, not in a dark alley as commonly believed
38 percent of date rape victims were
young women from 14 to 17 years of age Teen dating violence most often takes place in the home of one of the partners
1 in 5 of dating couples report some type of violence in their relationship source: alabama coalition against domestic violence
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Dating evolves through generations BY ELIZABETH MOSES FEATURE FOCUS EDITOR
What’s love got
There is a daily struggle between parents and teenagers about what is “appropriate.” When it comes to how teens dress, speak and present themselves, it seems that parents have their own ideas. Arguments over sex before marriage and how short a skirt can really be are commonplace. However, the one important detail that both children and parents forget is that normal behavior changes with each generation, and what is acceptable for today’s teenagers may have been virtually taboo for their parents, especially when it comes to dating. Back in the day of today’s grandparents’ generation “if a girl kissed a boy before the third date, she was considered a slut” and “girls were never allowed to call boys.” Yet, in our times, teens will sometimes do a lot more than just kiss before the third “date.” It is not to say that this sort of behavior is “bad,” or even “inappropriate.” In fact, many point to modern dating as more relaxed and equal, for instance, with the newer custom of splitting the bill on a date instead of the gentlemen paying. Professionals and therapists agree that one of the most important changes in the dating scene is the transformation of the role that sex has to play. While sex before marriage was once seen as deplorable, today it is commonplace and often seen as healthy. “Premarital sex is normal behavior for the vast majority of Americans, and has been for decades” Laurence Finer said. Finer is a research director at the Guttmacher Institute and the author of a 2006 study that found that nine out of ten Americans (men and women) have had premarital sex. Furthermore, the development of numerous sexual acts besides intercourse have allowed teens to explore various levels of intimacy beyond the “ﬁrst base, second base, third base” phenomenon. While today’s dating rituals may not always be accepted and understood by parents and grandparents, they are what is normal and acceptable for our generation. Elizabeth Moses can be contacted at Elizabethmgalleon@gmail.com
HEARTS IN T What are you planning to do for your significant other on Valentine’s Day?
“We’re going to the Daytona 500.” - Kevin Turner, teacher
“I’m taking her to the beach and then out to dinner. Just a chill day.” -Richard Haughton, 11
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t to do with it?
Over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day worlwide each year. Each year on Valentine’s Day, more than 36 million heartshaped boxes of chocolate will be sold. While women prefer to open their Valentine’s Day gifts after a nice dinner, men prefer to get straight to business and open them in the morning.
3% of pet owners give Valentine’s Day gifts to their beloved furry friends. The average man will spend $130 on his date on Valentine’s Day.
Every year around 1 billion Valentine cards are sent. After Christmas, it’s the single largest seasonal cardsending occasion. Sources: yumsugar.com, mydearvalentine.com, hcards.com
Table for one BY SID BAJRACHARYA COMMENTARY
THE CROWD What is the sweetest thing your significant other has done for you on Valentine’s Day?
“I get flowers and candy every year but Valentine’s Day isn’t a big deal for us. He’s sweet all year long. He makes me breakfast everyday.” -Terry Scharnweber, teacher
“Giving me roses.” -Jordan Cohen, 10
If someone asked me what February 14 was, my ﬁrst reply would honestly be “Saturday”. Valentine’s Day, oddly enough, would not be the ﬁrst thing to cross my mind because once again, I’m spending Valentine’s Day alone. Before actually sitting down and thinking about it, Valentine’s Day never made a difference for me. It was just another holiday that came and went. Never did I realize that for the past few years, I have been utterly alone every February 14. Of course, there is someone I’d like to spend the day with, but fate has chosen otherwise this year. Sure, I will miss out on the chance to spend $4 on folded paper with a pre-written message on it that supposedly conveys my sentiment to my female companion, but honestly, I think I’ll live. This year, I’ve opted instead to give out Valentine’s Day cards to my friends. But in my own twist, they are Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up” Valentine’s Day cards. Because for me, nothing says “I care about you” more than hearing “I hate you. You got that song stuck in my head now”, over and over again. The fact that I am alone while everyone else around me seems to be in a ﬂourishing relationship actually did bother me at ﬁrst. There are beneﬁts to being single, though. I get to spend more time with friends, not constantly worry about what is taking so long for
“her” to respond to my text messages, not having to remember special occasions, not having to buy gifts for “her” on special occasions, not having to go into panic mode after realizing that I have totally forgotten the special occasion, not having to come up with some harebrained excuse as to why I forgot the aforementioned occasion and later spend more time wondering how exactly to apologize for forgetting the special occasion that I still can’t remember. At least I have peace of mind. However, I do know some people who will deﬁnitely try to capitalize on Valentines Day, such as my friend whose plans for the day include attempting to “score a grand slam” with his girlfriend, but I also realize that most of my friends will be alone that day too. In fact, lots of people are alone on Valentine’s Day. So technically, we are not actually “alone”. We are our own Lonely Hearts Club – but not in the sad, Ted and his acapella group from Scrubs way. Trust me, it’s cool; we get our own personalized jackets. So while being alone on Valentine’s Day would normally mean asking for a table for one, I’ve decided this year to join my friends in collectively celebrating just how alone we are. For the people who are actually spending Valentine’s Day with their signiﬁcant other – congratulations, and have fun. For the rest of you, come join the club. Sid Bajracharya can be contacted at Sidarthabgalleon@gmail.com Page compiled by Alban Harrison and Elizabeth Moses
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Takin’ it to the streets
Rap music’s tribal orgins Graffiti gar n ers reflected in modern culture respect from Snead said in an interview with Barnard College. “Repetitions are a philosophical insight about the By ALISON SIKES time and shape of history.” ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR The Rap music movement began in New York City, particularly in the borough of the Bronx. During the By ALBAN HARRISON Tribesmen adorned in war paint and animal 1970s, block parties were a common neighborhood FEATURE FOCUS EDITOR print pound on the base drums aggressively. occurrence in the city. The ﬁrst DJs at these parA pack of warriors ferociously charge forward ties began isolating the percussive breaks to create Grafﬁti: some admire it as a contemporary art form; with spears and wooden shields in tow. Where more danceable songs. The technique was popular others despise it as vandalism. If arrested, grafﬁti would such a scene transpire in today’s world? ﬁrst in Jamaica and had spread via the large Jamai- artists face misdemeanor or felony charges dependIn a Kanye West music video, of course. The can immigrant community in New York City. One ing on the amount of property damage. Regardless, concept of the rapper’s “Love Lockdown” video man responsible for this spreading is Jamaican DJ the grafﬁti movement is taking an increasing hold in involves an African tribe dancing and hunting Kool Herc, who is regarded as the “godfather” of hip South Florida and around the world, and is gaining to the song’s pulsating drumline. But what does hop. respect from art critics and police ofﬁcers alike. Because the percussive breaks were generally Africa have to do rap music? While it is commonGrafﬁti artist Nuni (identiﬁed by his tag, a nickly thought that rap music was created in the last short, Herc and other DJs began extending the name that a grafﬁti artist uses) paints in and around three decades, the genre’s origins can be traced breaks by using an audio mixer and two records that Lake Worth where he lives. He wears an off-white they would mix and scratch the music together. back to ancient African civilizations. ski mask, which obscures his face. Blasting hip-hop “A scratch is nothing but the back-cueing that music on his iPod, he adds an illicit masterpiece to The central force you hear in your ear an overpass by the Tri-rail tracks. When ﬁnished, in all rap music is its before you push it out he marches along the tracks, pointing out his prior rhythm. “My favorto the crowd,” Grand- works. Smudge marks where city ofﬁcials have selecite part of rap music master Flash, leader tively “buffed” lesser works are evident all around his is the beat because of Grandmaster Flash “pieces”. it emphasizes the and the Furious Five. meaning of the lyrics “The city comes by here to buff tags and [expleDJs soon began tive], but they leave this up here ‘cause they respect and goes deeper than to entertain crowds our art,” Nuni said. the song,” senior Rewith vocals and lyrics becca Kessler said. Grafﬁti has a long history. According to Reader’s added to beats. These Digest, private houses, walls and tombs in Ancient Any artist knows early raps involved Rome were inscribed with grafﬁti talking about death, that without a powerlyrics and rhythm love, births and more. ful drum or bass line, similar to those of But while grafﬁti is old, respect for it is largely newthere is no song. The African American found. Acceptance may be growing because of the importance of a drivPhoto Courtesy of Imeem.com ing rhythm traces Kanye West incorporates elements of African tribal music in his culture. medium’s use as a social commentary. Banksy, a faEventually, the mous grafﬁti artist, views grafﬁti as a way to strike back to African trib- “Love Lockdown” music video. style of lyrics became back against advertisers who poison the urban landal communication. Drums were used as a vehicle for communication. more varied as more DJs entered the scene. But scape. The faster the beat, the more emotional and ur- it was in 1979 when The Sugarhill Gang realeased “Any advert in public space that gives you no choice gent the call was. During the slave trade with the their hit “Rapper’s Delight” that rap music became whether you see it or not is yours [to grafﬁti over],” New World, slaveholders prohibited the use of popular with the masses. Banksy wrote in his book, Banksy: Wall and Piece. Since rap music’s inception, the lyrical and “You can do anything you want with it. Asking for drums because they feared the slaves were planrhythmic composition has drastically changed. Ac- permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just ning a revolt. Repetition is just as important as rhythm in cording to Billboard Magazine, rapper Flo Rida’s threw at your head.” rap music. For centuries, tribes have used a “call “Low,” a song about ﬁnding girls in clubs, was the Regardless of their intentions, grafﬁti artists face and response” method to communicate. This form biggest single of 2008. Though it may seem that criminal charges if arrested while doing grafﬁti. In of communication involves the monotonous rep- “apple bottom jeans and boots with da’ fur” are not Florida, grafﬁti artists causing damages worth less etition of the same short phrase sung by a leader related to African tribal rhythms, if listened closely than $200 are charged with a second-degree misdeuntil he is responded to by hand clapping. to, these roots are apparent. meanor. If arrested for a second offense, the charge “Repetitions are an important and telling eleautomatically becomes a third-degree felony. Nuni Alison Sikes can be contacted at ment in culture, a means by has been arrested twice. The ﬁrst time, he Alisonsgalleon@gmail.com which a sense of continuity, was arrested while “tagging” a Safeway bathsecurity and identiﬁcation room and the second time he was tagging a are maintained,” George telephone post when a police ofﬁcer pulled Mason University Anup. He paid a ﬁne and was required to thology Profesdo community service for his offenses. sor James He usually steals spray paint from A. Home Depot, but has never been arrested on that charge. Artists who introduced revolutionary ideas have faced persecution throughout history, but grafﬁti artists today face prosecution. Though illegal, grafﬁti is growing in popularity, with some artists, such as Banksy, selling work for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Watch out art galleries: the grafﬁti status quo is shifting.
Jason and Alison’s Infinite Playlist: Rap Edition "I Used To Love H.E.R" by Common "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang "Dear Mamma" by Tupac "Planet Rock" by Afrikka Bambaataa "Nothin' But a 'G' Thang" by Dr. Dre "Push It" by Salt-n-Pepa "Walk This Way" by Run D.M.C. "Juicy" by Notorious B.I.G. "Dead President 2" by Jay-Z "Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J
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Silent raves combine technology, club culture to provide alternative entertainment By JASON GROBSTEIN ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Imagine hundreds of people head-bobbing, armsabove-the-head dancing at different rhythms in a public park but in silence; or more accurately to each one’s own iPods or MP3 players’ selected track. Connecting social networking, iPods and dancing, silent raves have proven to be an alternative club culture for teenagers. Originating in London, British exchange student Jonnie Wesson first introduced silent raves to the United States in 2008. Wesson used the social networking site Facebook to notify teenagers about the event. “I set up a Facebook event and invited about fifty of my friends and pestered them to invite their friends,” Wesson said. “The next month there was about 7,000 confirmed guests.” Social networking sites like Facebook or Myspace are important parts of the silent rave culture. Organizers like Wesson can send information to other teenagers about the silent rave, which increases support. On April 18, 2008 thousands of people met at Union Square in New York City to dance in the streets. While the crowd was packed with mostly teenagers, many other people
attended such as commuters dressed in formal business attire. “One of the main reasons I put the rave at 7pm was for people- teachers, waiters, grandmas, students- to see and join in on their way home from work,” Wesson said. As a result of Wesson’s actions, proactive teenagers across America began to organize silent raves in their own areas. Such teenagers include Sean Flynn and Beth Marshall who organized a silent rave on May 24, 2008 at the Orlando International Fringe Festival. “Silent Raves are sweeping through London and have finally made their way into the states,” Flynn said on the festivals website. “[Silent raves] are now appearing at music festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo.” Currently, legislation regarding silent raves does not exist, however, as silent raves become more popular among teenagers and officials will need to decide how to regulate them. While critics believe silent raves are disruptive to public areas, supporters argue they are an encour-
aging club culture for teenagers as they encourage individuality and are less affiliated with drugs and alcohol. Moreover, the recent ban of young people under the age of twenty-one from admission to nightclubs in the unincorporated sections of Palm Beach County brings another incentive for teenagers to organize silent raves. “I feel it’s not fair that I am allowed to vote at 18, but I am not be trusted to be at a nightclub,” senior Joe Randall said. “Lawmakers should have more faith in teenagers.” Despite the controversy involving silent raves, teenagers like Wesson see silent raves as having a lasting impact on American teenagers. “I can never imagine dancing in the street,” Wesson said. “But when you’re with a thousand like minded other people, all listening to their own music, but all together at the same time, the feeling is surreal.”
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Spanish River Award Season Predictions THE CRITICS
The Oscars Feb 22 at 8 pm on ABC
Seniors Jason and Alison Entertainment Editors
Jason and Alison: Slumdog Millionaire Stephen Cohen: Slumdog Millionaire Lizzie Shapiro: Slumdog Millionaire
Actor in a Leading Role
Junior Stephen Cohen
J&A: Sean Penn, Milk SC: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler LS: Frank Langella, Frost/ Nixon
Pop Culture Guru
Actress in a Leading Role
Sophomore Lizzie Shapiro Award Season Aficionado
J&A: Anne Hatheway, Rachel Getting Married SC: Kate Winslet, The Reader LS: Kate Winslet, The Reader
The Grammys The Razzies Feb 8 at 8 pm on CBS
Album of the Year
J&A: In Rainbows by Radiohead SC: Viva La Vida by Coldplay LS: Viva La Vida by Coldplay
Song of the Year J&A: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz SC: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay LS: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
Best New Artist
J&A: Duffy SC: Duffy LS: The Jonas Brothers
Worst Picture J&A: Meet the Spartans SC: The Hottie and the Nottie LS: The Love Guru
J&A: Larry the Cable Guy, Witless Protection SC: Mike Myers, The Love Guru LS: Mark Wahlberg, The Happening and Max Payne
Worst Actress J&A: The cast of The Women SC: Paris Hilton, The Hottie and the Nottie LS: The cast of The Women
Photos by Skylar Klager & Alix Luntz
Arts & entertainment Making it BIG in the music industry
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By CARLY COLEMAN STAFF REPORTER
Though unique in their individual musical interests, several talented River students share one common aspiration: to excel in the music industry. For some of these rising musicians, the journey to success has already begun.
Emma Sapper Sophomore Emma Sapper, a rock and pop/rock singer who has been writing her own songs since the age of six, is currently facing the very real prospect of getting signed. Sapper’s journey toward a record deal began three years ago when she began singing lessons in Miami. She shared some of her music with members of KC and the Sunshine Band, who encouraged her to continue writing and recording demos. She also has a connection with the owner of a New York City record company, who she plans to meet with in March. Though Sapper is also interested in acting, she cannot see any future of hers that does not revolve around music. “Most people want to be famous or rich,” Sapper said. “As long as I get my music out there and people like me, I’d be flattered.”
Sophomore Ross Blitz is the drummer of the band Identity Drive, whose other members attend South Florida high schools. Although Blitz has started a number of bands over the years, his current one is significant because it has a demo record deal with a producer who agreed to create a demo for the band after approving of its work. Blitz has been actively seeking out, with the help of his manager, a West Boca High School senior, opportunities to play shows with Identity Drive. The band first performed live at Sugar Sand Park’s Willow Theater’s Teen Cabaret talent show last month. “I started playing [drums six years ago] at Sam Ash [music store],” Blitz said. “People heard me and said that I could really play drums and that I should take [that skill] and learn it.” In his free time, Blitz works as a studio engineer, lighting designer and sound technician for other bands. Besides earning a signed record deal for his band, Blitz’s goals include attending Fullsail University in Orlando for its entertainment studies program in hopes of becoming a professional lighting designer. Photo Courtesy of Master New Media Photos by Skylar klager
Freshman Brett Loewenstern began singing in the 3rd grade and took up the acoustic guitar right before 8th grade. He first sang live two summers ago at the Jewish Community Center’s Maccabi Arts Fest. Since then, Lowernstern has performed at shows such as open mic nights and the 2008 Rock the River concert. Loewenstern writes some of his own songs, he said, mainly inspired by life situations. One such song, “Break Free,” expresses a trapped feeling but conveys appreciation for having someone to turn to. He admires the singer Amy Winehouse, as he feels that she is different from typical pop artists. Likewise, Loewenstern has been told that he possesses this quality of uniqueness, having a voice that he feels sets him apart. “When I’m older, I want to be a musician,” Loewenstern said. “I want to inspire the world, kind of like how Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix inspired the world through music.”
Senior Rachel Adams’ music career started when, six years old and oblivious to her own musical talents, she joined the Pine Crest School choir and was quickly moved up to a more advanced chorus. Her interest in dancing began even earlier, and from the 7th grade until the company closed two years ago, Adams danced hip-hop in the Popstarz Production Company of world hip-hop champions and performed in opening acts for well-known artists such as Hillary Duff and Nick Cannon. Adams also plays the viola, guitar and piano. From winning Spanish River’s Miss Shark talent contest as a freshman to earning a superior rating as well as the Critics’ Choice Award recently at Thespians, Adams’ achievements have earned her acceptance into Berklee College of Music, where she hopes to study music business and performance. “I attended Berklee in the summer of 2007 and fell in love with the atmosphere,” Adams said. “Just thinking of all the famous people who went there, [such as] John Mayer [and] Billie Joel makes me ecstatic to start the next chapter of my life [there].” Carly Coleman can be contacted at Carlycgalleon@gmail.com
Student life Israel and Gaza: Throughout the Years Britain passes the Balfour DeclaraNovember 2, tion, which states that the British favor the establishment of a “national home” for the Jewish May 15, population in Palestine.
April 3, 1949 TheArmisticeAgreements: a set of documents signed by Israel, Jordon, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon that establishes peace, for the time, among the nations. It also establishes lines of armistice between the West Bank and Israel, putting an end to the 1948 hostility.
The Arab- Israeli War is the first amongst many wars to be fought between the Arab neighbors and the newly developed State of Israel. The war begins after the Arabs reject the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, which would have resulted in the creation of two states, one Arab, the other Jewish.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is formed. Its main goal is said to be the destruction 1964 of Israel. Officially, the 1968 Palestine National Charter called for “the liquidation of Israel.”
The Six Day War. Israel atJune 5 – 10, 1987tacks the Egyptian air force while it still has not taken off. Israel also attacks and PLO and Israel agree to occupied Gaza, Sinai, the mutual recognition and West Bank from Jordan sign the Oslo Declaration and Golan Heights from of Syria. UN calls for Israeli withdrawal andencourages Prin- September 1993-1995 peace. cipals.
The Palestinian people are allowed to officially establish authority.
September 11, Violence reaches Gaza. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to talk of Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza region. They meet in Jerusalem on June 21, 2005.
The World Trade Center in NYC and the Pentagon are attacked by theAl-Qaeda terrorist group. Israel and the Palestinian 2001 people make an agreement to cease fire for the moment, but neither side actually relents.
August 15-24, 2005 Hamas and other groups in Gaza launch over 60 rockets and mortar shells towards Israel.
Israeli soldiers leave Gaza and the four West Bank regions.
December 24, 2008
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Israeli soldiers leave Gaza and the four West Bank regions. Operation 2008 Oferet Yetzuka is begun by the Israeli army. It includes continuous air strikes at the rocket launching areas in Gaza, Hamas control and command centers and various other locations in the area. By December 31, over 400 Palestinians are killed and these attacks cause Hamas to broaden their attacking range.
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Diary of a Palestinian Student By KAREEM URI GUEST COMMENTARY
Currently, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, there is not too much damage occurring. Most of the conflict today is concentrated in the Gaza Strip, which is in a different region. However, I can relate greatly to what the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are feeling. A couple of years ago, Ramallah was full of chaos. School was closed for more than half of the year. Rubble was scattered everywhere. Many nights, I would be forced to fall asleep with the sound of falling bombs. Thankfully, life here has gotten better. But, even now, I am limited to travel only in this city and a couple of small, surrounding villages. If I want to visit my relatives in Jerusalem, I have to apply for a visa, which is rarely given out. I have seen my grandparents only once since the conflict has begun, even though the city, Jerusalem, is less than 10 miles away. My prayers are with the innocent civilians of Gaza, and I hope that a cease to all this destruction is in the near future.
This account was told by Kareem Uri to Fawaz Shihadeh, a junior at SRHS.
Diary of an Israeli Student By TALI MOED GUEST COMMENTARY
As a student, going to an Israeli public school is very different from an American public school. All the classes are in Hebrew, and emphasis is put not on going to college right after 12th grade, but on getting ready to go and perform mandatory army service, which all Israeli students are drafted for in 11th and 12th grade (varying by age). Many people I know have siblings in the army or who have already finished their service. It is after this that people start applying to colleges. Living in Israel is like living one long current event. During the recent Gaza War, while rockets were hitting cities 60 miles from my city, and kids in many cities were unable to go to school, life where I live went on almost as usual, with the exception of my school hosting some students from another city. It was strange to feel so safe although less than 100 miles away, people were forced to stay in bomb shelters due to rocket firings. In Israel, the teenage population has a large influence on society. There is a lot of freedom given to teenagers in daily life. It is easy for high school students to really make a difference because they are considered adults at a much earlier age. Many students here have organized public campaigns to continue to put pressure on the government to bring back the kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. With the elections looming in the near future, there is a lot going on here in Israel. But life here is exciting and very different.
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Top 5 Date Alternatives By LINDSEY GOLD STAFF REPORTER
It is 7 o’clock pm on a Saturday night. You are getting ready, overloading yourself with perfume or cologne before your customary date consisting of dinner and a movie. Why not try something new and exciting? Here are some alternatives:
Go Horseback Riding
On the Beach
Horseback riding on the beach is a unique date that is worth the drive. This is offered in St. Lucie at Hutchinson Island. It is relatively inexpensive at $30 per person for a 90-minute ride up and down the white-sanded beach looking at the glistening water. It’s an ideal, romantic activity for you and your date.
Take A Cooking Class
There are many classes offered in South Florida that you can take as a couple. Publix Apron’s Boca Raton Cooking School is offering a Sushi 101 class, in which you can learn how to properly cook rice as well as how to roll Veggie, California and basic Nigiri rolls. This class is offered at $50 per person. It is located at Publix Apron’s Boca Raton Cooking School on Champion Blvd and takes place on March 6 at 6 pm.
Go Strawberry Picking
Strawberry picking is an interesting, rewarding date alternative in which you can eat your picked strawberries after! This is offered at The Girls Strawberry U-pick on South Military Trail in Delray Beach. Just several miles away, the location is convenient for any weekend. Go pick delicious strawberries and share them with your date afterwards.
Love campaign provides support to troubled teens students they suspect of having drug problems without consultBy KATYAYANI JHAVERI ing the students ﬁrst. STUDENT LIFE EDITOR “You notice [that something is wrong when] the mood swings are really high, through the way they dress: not so clean True love. A feeling of ardor, and the lack of ability to make affection, attachment toward that eye contact,” an anonymous special someone. A feeling that just teacher said. “They are not cannot be expressed on Valentine’s really there, they are someDay solely by giving gifts, eating where in their heads.” chocolates and sharing hugs. For Most teens feel that the best some, this day represents a time to way to cure depression, besides show true compassion for others. with medication, is to surround Teenager Jamie Tworkowski themselves with people who discovered that sometimes love love them. is the only thing that can save “I think friends motivate you a life. Tworkowski wrote a and the crowd you hang out story about a 19-year-old Renee with inﬂuences Yohe, a girl your decisions,” who, at that junior Eleanor time, was sufDezlich said. “So fering from you need to hang drug addiction, with people who depression and want the best for the after affects you in life.” of an attemptTWLOHA’s ed suicide. popularty can Tworkowsbe attribtued ki’s sole aim to musicanis when posting such as Anberhis story online lin bass guitarist was to reach Deon Rexroat out to other and Switchfoot teenagers who front-man Jon suffer from deForeman, who pression and wore the inspirahave thoughts tional t-shirts on of suicide. The stage while on chronicle retour. As a result, ceived a huge clothing store positive reHot Topic began sponse and Photo By Alix Luntz selling TWLOHA soon the To Spanish River students show their support for TWLOHA and t-shirts which Write Love have now beon Her Arms victims of depression and drug abuse. come a favorite (TWLOHA) stay away from the temptation,” of customers. Foundation emerged. “The shirts are really the way Now TWLOHA is an organi- sophomore Nicolas Salam said. At Spanish River. teach- this foundation has raised to zation devoted to helping people who suffer from self-deprecat- ers are required to follow a such great heights already,” juing issues such as depression, certain protocol if they come nior Daina Gingras said. “Being addiction and most importatn- accross information about a able to look at one of your favorly, thoughts about committing student who is harming himself ite bands wearing these shirts suicide. TWLOHA’s ﬁrst mission or is going to hurt someone else. just gives you the faith that they was to earn enough money to put They are obligated to report it to stand for something.” The To Write Love on Her Yohe in a rehab center and pay for the guidance department. It is her detoxiﬁcation treatment. To a code that teachers have to fol- Arms group has leased an help accomplish this Tworkowski low, whether they want to or not, ofﬁce in Cocoa, Florida and is and his friends started making otherwise they risk losing their still expanding. What started as a movement to help one young t-shirts with unique slogans such jobs. Even at school there are girl overcome her addiction has as “Love is the Movement” and the foundation’s name printed on many ways to get help. River now become a quest to help has its own psychiatrist and a victims around the world. them. When asked what advice TW- School Based Team, a group of LOHA gives when a teen writes teachers who offer their time to Katyayani Jhaveri can be contacted at in to talk about his depression counsel students in need. On occaKatyayanijgalleon@gmail.com or substance abuse problem its sion teachers have even reported
Watch a Sports Game
Put on your favorite jersey and root for your preferred team at a sporting event. Go support the Florida Panthers when they play against the New York Rangers at the Bank Atlantic Center on Friday, February 13 at 7:30 pm.
representatives said, “Grab someone you trust, talk to them, be bold and daring. This is a ﬁght worth ﬁghting.” Yohe was triumphant in her ﬁght against drug addiction and depression but not every teenager is. According to Suicide. org, the number one cause of suicide is untreated depression. Yohe was not alone in her struggle. Even at River, students battle depression and drug addictoin and are struggling to stay strong against the temptations of peer pressure. “I know someone who used to suffer from drug addiction and he dropped out of Spanish River to
Enjoy a Private Picnic
How about trying an age-old tradition that has made hearts ﬂutter since the beginning of time? All you have to do is pack a basket. Go for a picnic! Have a picnic on the beach, in the park, anywhere where you can sit and enjoy each other’s presence. You can even pack some of the succulent strawberries you picked at the Girls U-pick!
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The Galleon’s Guide to the Perfect Job Interview By HILLARY LANGSAM STUDENT LIFE EDITOR
Enjoyable jobs are hard to ﬁnd, especially for teenagers—and it has become even more difﬁcult with today’s economy. However, your ﬁrst job is still a milestone in life and believe it or not, there are jobs out there for you. While the typical “Q and A” portion is important, employers are focusing on behavior and conduct more and more. Here are a few Galleon tips to having a ﬂawless job interview to help get ahead of the competition. A-NUN-ciate. When addressed to answer a question, speak clearly, loudly and slowly. This will enhance your answers, as well as the way in which you present yourself. It will make it easier for your interviewer to understand you and work with you in general.
Stay calm. As anxious as you may be, you do not want to reveal it to your interviewer. Confidence is key. And fiddling your thumbs or biting your nails because of nerves may distract and gross out your interviewer. Listen intently to each question, and take a second to think about your answer before delivering it.
Practice. Do some research to find out what common interview questions are. Practice them with your parents or a friend, or even in front of the mirror. Think of potential answers for each question.
Be on time. It would be even better to arrive five to ten minutes early. This shows punctuality, commitment to your work and respect you have for the company and the interviewer. Being on time also demonstrates that you are thankful for the opportunity to be interviewed for any job. Nobody likes to wait!
Dress for success. Whether you wish to work for a retailer or a prestigious law firm, professional attire is always appreciated. First impressions cannot be redone, and the first thing an interviewer will notice is what you are wearing. Formal clothing shows that you take yourself and your interview seriously and that you are willing to put effort into your work.
Be prepared. If you have a resume, bring it with you. If you have references, bring their numbers— with their consent, of course. Anything else that your employer wants you to bring with you, HAVE IT. Put everything you need into a folder (not Lisa Frank, please) or binder to show your organizational skills as well.
Between May and September is when unemployment rates for teens are the highest.
of teens enrolled in high school have a job
of teens earn minimum wage or less
17 17 17
Percentage of teens ages 15-17 contribute to their families income
Babysitting is the number one job that teens pursue.
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Heisman Voices In the Crowd
with Jason Weltman
Galleon staff reporter Renee Siegel attended and participated in the BCS Championship post-game press conference. These former Heisman Trophy winners each offered their opinions regarding the college football playoff system.
College Football BCS vs. Playoff why college football needs a playoff Any post-season system that does not guarantee that the best team is named “champion” is inherently flawed. Although college football is arguably one of the most exciting sports, and a very popular one to boot, this is its curse. Year in and year out, we are never quite certain if the two teams playing in the national championship game really belong there. College football is the only major sport with this curse, however, as it is currently the only one at the professional or collegiate level to not have some sort of playoff system. Let’s compare college football to the NFL for a second. If the Arizona Cardinals, without a playoff, were arbitrarily placed in the Super Bowl, uproar and riots would ensue. That is how it works in college football. But, via the playoffs, the Cardinals clearly earned their spot in the Super Bowl and not a soul is questioning that. Every Heisman Trophy winner interviewed at the Fed-Ex BCS National Championship Game said they thought some sort of playoff was necessary. If that weren’t enough, even President Obama has been outspoken about college football’s need to move to a playoff system, and we all know whatever he says must be true.
arguments against a playoff 1. Season would be too long 2. It would take away from students’ education 3. Neutral site playoff games would create “corporate” feel 4. Importance of regular season diminished 5. Rivalries lose significance 6. Someone is always left out
“I always just find it very difficult for a computer to measure teams, individuals, emotions [...] conferences and records. I actually find that impossible. It’s mindboggling.” -Marcus Allen University of Southern California
“Call me crazy, but I think there are 119 schools; I think every one of them should have an opportunity to play for a National Championship.”
“Obviously we all think there should be some type of playoff.” -Gino Torretta University of Miami
-Andre Ware University of Houston PHOTOS COURTESY OF GOOGLE IMAGES
jason’s proposal for a college football playoff • 8 to 12 teams • Automatic births to winners of BCS conferences • Utah is Pac-10’s 12th team • Notre Dame joins Big 10 • “At-large” bids to highest ranked teams not yet included • Seed in bracket determined by BCS rank only • First two rounds are home games for higher ranked teams • Semi-finals and championship game are the major BCS Bowl games (Fiesta, Sugar, Orange) - Rose Bowl not included • Other bowl games are played, as usual, by teams excluded from playoffs • Two regular season games are eliminated
final thoughts And there it is, an equitable playoff system that doesn’t harm any of college football’s fundamentals but gets us what we all know we want, a chance to see the two best teams play. No system will ever be perfect, and this one is far from it. But it is definitely possible to come up with something. The problem is that there is no reason for anyone to change anything as long as money is being made. We are all guilty for giving money to such a terrible system. But, as much as I personally despise the BCS, I don’t hate it enough to stop watching or attending the games of my favorite sport. An extended version of this proposal can be found on www.gallleonnews.com
Diary of a Waterboy: Ryan Toimil Bobby Boucher is my hero. Ever since the night I watched him dispense refreshments in the movie The Waterboy, I heard my calling. I was to be a water distribution engineer. Coach Turner asked me one, memorable day in freshman year, if I would do him the honor of being the girl’s soccer team’s waterboy. I jumped for joy! Not only could I fulfill my dreams as aprofessional hydrater, I would be in constant close proximity with about 20 young, athletic girls. I know for a fact that I am crucial to the girls’ success. High quality H20 maximizes the girls’ play. Apart from being waterboy, I am also the team’s equipment manager. My primary job is to make sure the team stays hydrated, or else they cramp
up and then I become the team masseuse (which I really don’t mind, and neither does the team. Just ask one of them about it). I like the team, but as a guy it’s just not cool to hear about some of the things they talk about on the sidelines (boyfriends, drama, crazy teachers, and, not to mention, other girly matters). Most of my work happens before the game starts, though. I fill the cooler up with water, bring equipment to the field, and try to talk to the team about soccer even though I have no clue what I am saying. After that I get to watch the team play and give the girls water when they need it. It’s a fun way to get volunteer hours. Being the waterboy is a fun experience and I do look forward to possibly returning next year. PHOTO COURTESY OF SKYLAR KLAGER
of them believe that parents at sports games who become verbally and physically abusive should be By TAMARAH STRAUSS banned. These alarming statistics have caused many STAFF REPORTER organizations such as the National Alliance for Youth Sports to develop programs to teach sportsmanship On many teams there are involved parents, most of and proper conduct to parents. the time for the good of the team, and other times, for “I’ve seen referees kick out parents for screaming their own good. Parental involvement is an impor- and causing a scene in the stands,” Goldstein said. tant part of a child’s sports career. However, when a “I’ve seen parents fight with other parents, coaches parent is so and referees.” controlling According that his or to Sports Ilher child lustrated the is affected toughest choice negatively, for parents is the parent balancing dismay be incipline, guidvolved for ance and loving the wrong support versus reasons. abusive behavMany parior. Another ents are inissue of pavolved on a rental involvePHOTOS COURTESY OF SOUTHPARKSTUDIOS.COM team to help Yes, it’s Southpark. And yes, its hyperbole. However, some players’ ment arises with monwhen parents parents take their involvement to the extreme and indirectly presey issues, vicariously live sure their kids. team-bondthrough their ing activities children. If the and to provide nutrition at competitions. parent was a former athlete for instance, he or she “My mom is at every single one of my basketball may think that they know best or that only winning games supporting not only me, but the team,” junior can bring happiness. Steven Goldstein said. “It’s nice to know that I have “I think parents cross the line when they become such a strong support system behind me.” so involved that their children are not enjoying the Some argue that parents cross the line when they sport anymore,” physics teacher and owner of ATA push their children into an abnormal amount of Taekwondo Club Miguel Nelson said. training, all in hopes of a prestigious Olympic birth Parents who are involved in sports teams are genor a rare Division I college scholarship. erally involved because they want to serve as a help“I’ve had friends whose moms cram their sched- ful assistant on the team; however when parents are ules with auditions and competitions making them violent towards coaches, officials and other parents, hate dancing because of all the pressures from their it creates a poor environment for student athletes to parents,” dance team captain senior Tara Hazle said. learn and play in. “It makes them want to quit.” According to the Sports Research Intelligence Center, there has been an increase in the number of parents engaging in violent and controlling behavior towards athletes, coaches and officials. Survey USA took a poll of 500 parents in Indiana. Of those 500 Tamarah Strauss can be contacted at parents, 55 percent of them said they have witnessed firstname.lastname@example.org parents engaging in verbal abuse, and 73 percent
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February 2009 The Galleon
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Shark baseball team begins random drug testing to improve athletes’ discipline By HALEY FEIGENHEIMER By HALEY FEIGENHEIMER SPORTS EDITOR SPORTS EDITOR At the beginning of every season, it is not uncommon for professional athletes to be required to take a drug test. Whether it be for the athletes’ personal safety or to set an example for the rest of society, testing for narcotics and other illegal drugs has been prevalent throughout the sporting industry for over four decades. This year, Spanish River’s own Varsity baseball team will be adopting this drug-free pledge. The players will be subject to random screenings, which are distributed by NMS Management Services, a private company that offers schools the option of drug testing their student athletes at no cost to the schools. “The drug testing is a good idea,” captain Danny Herzog said. “We should have a sober team.” Herzog is not the only athlete to feel this way; many players on the team know of other athletes who have negatively impacted their teams due to drug use. Contrary to popular belief, the coaching staff and Principal Dr. Susan Atherley do not have a say as to which athletes get tested or when. Since
Dr. Atherley and Athletic Director Kevin McEnroe signed off on the program and submitted the rosters, the testing responsibilities lie with NMS. NMS randomly chooses student from different schools to screen. This year’s program will be different from the drug testing of last year in that NMS will not be testing only for steroid use, but for use of narcotics, marijuana and alcohol as well. “This year, we should have a strong team,” Coach William Harvey said. “Drug testing the athletes should help confirm their strength as players.” The first offense will lead to suspension of games. After enough time has passed to allow the drugs to leave the body, the player will be retested. If yet again the test is positive, more serious consequences will follow; expulsion from the team is a possibility. Although Harvey believes that the testing is beneficial for the team, it was not his decision to submit the players to testing. NMS offers their services to the each county in Florida and if the county accepts the program, it is then offered to individual schools within that county. Spanish River is currently one of six schools in Palm Beach County participating in this pledge. “As much as I want to believe that the drug testing will work,” sophomore Stefano Pindo said, “I don’t really know how effective it will be.”
Because Pindo and Herzog are both sober players, they both confirmed that multiple athletes have asked them to take a test for them. While this statement casts a darker shadow on the team, they both have said that the drug testing is cleaning up many of the players’ acts. “Everyone is going to have to choose what they care about more,” Herzog said, who has a scholarship to Lynn University for baseball in the fall. Because Spanish River has adopted this new program, it sets the standard even higher for our athletes. The Varsity baseball players now have to set an example not only for each other, but for the school and the county. “If a student gets expelled from the team because of drugs, it not only looks poorly for that player, it affects the entire team,” Harvey said. However, this is a pilot year for the new drug test company, as it is only available for the boys’ baseball and girls’ softball teams. Next year, NMS hopes to expand the testing to all high school athletics. Haley Feigenheimer can be contacted at Haleyfgalleon@gmail.com
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SHARKS ON DECK Blake Roth
Position: Centerfield Wost injury: Broken pinky toe Pre-game food: Turkey and roastbeef on Nature’s Own whole wheat bread with yellow American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and mustard Post game celebration: give Coach Harvey a big kiss
Position: Shortstop Pre-game food: Taquitos Worst injury: Broken collarbone Favorite player: Derek Jeter
Position: Catcher Pump up song: “My Humps” by The Black Eyed Peas Worst injury: Splinter in right butt cheek while warming the bench Biggest rival: Park Vista
Position: Pitcher / Outfield Pump up song: “Hurt” by T.I. Post game celebration: Wings at Hooters Favorite team: Cleveland Indians PHOTO BY ALIX LUNTZ
Published on Feb 17, 2009