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Florida education fails to meet federal expectations By JESSICA STALLONE NEWS EDITOR Since 2000, Florida students from third to 11th grade have taken the Florida Comprehension Assessment Test (FCAT) to prove eligibility for the next grade. This assessment is also supposed to ensure that students satisfy the standards of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) instated by President George W. Bush in 2002. However, in Palm Beach County alone, 33 of 185 A and B schools by Florida standards face consequences for failing federal standards. Such consequences include stripping the school of the current principal and staff, giving the school charter status or allowing the state to take over. “It just shows the total misalignment of (Florida’s) A-plus and No Child Left Behind,” Superintendent Art Johnson said in an interview with The Palm Beach Post. Despite the state rewarding 75 percent of schools an A or B, 71 percent of Florida’s 3000 schools failed to make the adequate yearly progress (AYP) required by the No Child Left Behind Act in 2006. “It’s not fair that we are not getting the quality of education that is required by the federal government,” sophomore Jonathon Cannon said. The FCAT scores determine each school’s A to F letter grades. As of 2006, two- thirds of Palm Beach County schools passed the state standards, but failed the federal ones. According to the The Palm Beach Post, however, schools like Omni Middle, which have never passed federal standards, are not penalized for poor scores due to their higher socioeconomic status. Jessica Stallone can be contacted at Jessicasgalleon@gmail.com
photos by alix luntz
On March 20, Key Club hosted a dodgeball tournament in the gymnasium for Boca Helping Hands, a nonproﬁt organization that helps the underprivileged. The seniors (left) celebrate their victory in which they competed against the juniors (right), the “freshmores,” and Team L’chaim.
Ofﬁcers urge conﬁdence in campus security protocol By KATIANA KRAWCHENKO NEWS EDITOR While a recent ripple of school security breaches at colleges and high schools around the nation and within the area have caused great concern within Palm Beach County, Spanish River’s police ofﬁcers urge conﬁdence in its system. “Administrators and teachers, as well as maintenance staff, have received intensive training in order to track down a threat,” Ofﬁcer Kevin McCoy said. “We practice code red drills at least three times a year, and several staff members have certain responsibilities that they must carry out in the event of an emergency.” In the wake of violent incidents on cam-
Principal Dr. Susan Atherley is conﬁdent in Spanish River’s security system and stressed it is also students’ responsibility to report suspicious people or events that take place on campus. “Even though we are at a semi-open campus and we have extremely well trained staff and police ofﬁcers,” Atherley said, “we also rely on students because they know who goes here and who doesn’t.” Parents agree with Atherley. “If I got a call from my son saying the school was on lockdown,” Spanish River parent Kathy Estrin said, “I would be very photo by alix luntz conﬁdent that the kids would be safe beOfﬁcers McCabe and Paul question an unau- cause the security ofﬁcers and staff have thorized visitor on campus. been through enough training.” Ofﬁcer McCoy revealed that durparents and administration ﬁnd it of utmost importance that school security be at ing the summer, Spanish River’s faculty •SECURITY continued on page 3 its greatest strength. puses such as Northern Illinois University, the 911 hoax at Atlantic High School and most recently the UNC violence, students,
PBCC institutes four year degrees By CARLY COLEMAN STAFF WRITER Palm Beach Community College (PBCC) now offers four-year degrees due to recent budget cuts at Florida public universities and heightened competition among college applicants. Projected to begin in August of 2009, this newly approved program will begin by offering a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree in Supervision and Management, which includes concentrations in business, health care and public safety administrations. Ofﬁcials expect a higher demand for bache-
lor’s degree holders in these areas. The new plan aims to beneﬁt those who would have had to transfer to a local university such as Florida Atlantic University after two years in order to complete a four-year degree. “Right now, students don’t have a smooth transition into a four-year degree,” PBCC spokesman Grace Truman said to The Palm Beach Post. “Students who want to pursue a bachelor’s [degree] realize that many of their credits don’t articulate into Florida Atlantic University.” According to The Sun-Sentinel.com, the total number of Florida public university cuts during the 2007-2008 school year
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alone is an estimated $150 million and is anticipated to increase. This lack of funding has substantially limited the amount of spots available. If this trend persists, up to 60,000 Florida students, including Bright Future scholarship recipients, could ﬁnd themselves shut out of all Florida public universities by 2012. “It is mainly a supply and demand issue,” Spanish River Guidance Coordinator and PBCC Professor in Strategies for College Success Leslie Mitchell said. “But everything that any of these colleges are authorized to teach is based on the Florida Department of Education.” •PBCC continued on page 3
Entertainment page 14
Around Town page 18
News........................ 1, 3 Editorials.......... 4, 5, 6, 7 INDEX Features.................10, 11 Feature Focus.......12, 13 Entertainment.. 14, 15, 16 Around Town........ 18, 19 Sports..............21, 22, 24
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NEWS VOICES IN THE CROWD
Should Florida schools teach the theory of evolution?
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Administration conﬁdent in security “Evolution should be taught in schools because it’s science and has nothing to do with religion.” -Sara Katzman, 9
“Students should be able to make their own decisions about the theory.” - Matt Minlinica, 12
“It should be taught as a scientiﬁc theory because we turn to science to learn about the world.” -Stephen Goldman, 10
Board of Education requires science curriculum reform this debate and the controversy, and we’re going to hide the fact that thousands of people disagree, then we’d better get with the witness protection program,’’ she said. “This is a point of debate, and we need to address it right here.’’ Even religious leaders are supportive of the amendment, according to The Palm Beach Post. Pastor Brant Copeland said that he and many of his colleagues understand that the amendment has no intention of interfering
a scientiﬁc theory and have given the students a choice on whether or not to believe it,” she said. While the amendment may not bring On February 19, the Florida Board of changes to River in this aspect, Devick Education, in a 4-3 vote, amended the does support the change for schools in state’s science curriculum in response Florida that have neglected to teach to its ranking of 37th in the nation. evolution. Some students agree. Along with slight changes to physics “Evolution is really [the foundation] and chemistry, schools are now also of biology in a lot of ways,” junior Kathrequired to teach the theory of evoluerine Goodwin said. “It’s an increastion. ingly important part of science and it’s Over the next three years, Florida important that students understand it schools will incorporate the completely.” theory into the current curHowever, the amendment riculum, maintaining stanhas also angered many. More dards brought forward by the 1923-First anti-evolution bill passed in Florida, and declared than one dozen Florida schools that teaching Darwinism was “improper” Board of Education. The fedunsuccessfully ﬁled opposition. eral government has budgeted 1981- Creationists lobby for “equal time” bills that convince Additionally, many parents and $21.9 million that will pay for public high schools to give “balanced treatment to creation activist groups are attempting to the necessary materials and have “faith based sciences” such science while teaching evolution textbooks, which will arrive by as creationism taught as well, ar2012 when evolution will ﬁrst 2008-FL Board of Education requires schools to teach the guing that neither can be proven, theory of evolution appear on the Florida Comso both theories should be part prehensive Assessment Test of the curriculum. (FCAT). with religion. “Because everyone has their own While some critics believe that the “Children should learn science in sci- views on evolution based on their own amendment brings no signiﬁcant im- ence class, not religion disguised as sci- values and religion, neither should be provements, others are optimistic ence,” Brant Copeland told The Palm taught in schools,” junior Erica Astrove about the changes. Beach Post. said. School Board member Donna CallaBiology teacher, Sue Devick, beDespite some skepticism surroundway thinks the debate between evolu- lieves that Spanish River has already ing this issue, the academic freedom tion and creationism is beneﬁcial for involved evolution in the curriculum proposal is hoped to bring new ideas students because it gives teachers and and that the amendment will not have and an improved knowledge of science students freedom to challenge and ex- any signiﬁcant impact on River’s cur- to schools throughout Florida. plore different beliefs. riculum. Hillary Langsam can be contacted at ‘’If we decide that we’re going to hide “We’ve always taught evolution as Hillarylgalleon@gmail.com
By HILLARY LANGSAM STAFF WRITER
Evolution in Schools
National History Day ﬁnalists will compete in the District tournament in West Palm Beach
St. Baldrick’s participants will go bald for donations for cancer research
Shark News April 15-18th:
Broadway Showcase will be held in honor of the one year anniversary of the Countess de Hoernle Theater
Congratulations, 1st place DECA winners Erica Lewis Kelsey McNamara Brittany Roderman Matt Cahill Jacob Goldberg
•SECURITY continued from page 1 members and police ofﬁcers train in a program which simulates a real emergency situation. Several people, acting as the “bad guys” hide throughout the school, equipped with paintball guns and bulletproof vests. The ofﬁcers must conduct a thorough search of the campus and prepare to be shot at. Current, two ofﬁcers on campus are stationed at points of access to the students. Maintenance staff and P.E. teachers are also trained to immediately contact the police if a nearby threat is detected in the ﬁeld area. “Last year, we got a call that a homeless man was sleeping under the bleachers. The staff out on the ﬁeld called us right away, but there was no real threat,” he said. “It is essential that we always remain attentive.” Freshman Lizzie Shapiro said she would not attend Spanish River if she did not feel safe. “I have every conﬁdence in our security system,” she said. Katiana Krawchenko can be contacted at Katianakrgalleon@gmail.com
PBCC expands curriculum •PBCC continued from page 1 The university cuts are already apparent within Florida. Florida State University has issued letters denying the tentative acceptances of 3,800 college hopefuls who have met the university’s admission requirements. As a result, many will not have the opportunity to attend a university and could turn to community college. PBCC is creating the B.A.S. program in response to the expected need of four-year degrees. Carlos La Riva is a Spanish River senior who plans to attend PBCC after graduation. “This decision won’t affect me,” La Riva said. “I’m still planning on transferring to a university after two years.” This program is advantageous to students who cannot meet the ﬁnancial demands of a university, want to stay close to home or simply cannot contend with the ﬁerce competition to gain university admission. “I think this is a great opportunity for students to obtain bachelor degrees at places other than overcrowded universities,” Mitchell said. Carly Coleman can be contacted at Carlycgalleon@gmail.com
The Galleon 2007-2008 EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Abby Bailin Jerry Goldsmith
AROUND TOWN EDITORS Elizabeth Moses Alison Sikes
FEATURE FOCUS EDITORS Eliana Newman Nadine Zylberberg
ASSOCIATE EDITORS Jenna Blechman Ashley Miller
ENTERTAINMENT EDITORS Jenna Blechman Emily Yin
NEWS EDITORS Katiana Krawchenko Jessica Stallone
ART EDITOR Carly Coleman
FEATURES EDITORS Jennifer Lieberman Ashley Miller
SPORTS EDITORS Adam Gardner Stephen Ratner
PHOTOGRAPHY EDITORS Haley Feigenheimer Alix Luntz
TECHNICAL EDITOR Frank Jaffe
STAFF WRITERS Katyayani Jhaveri Mallory Jones Hillary Langsam Sophie Levin David Levine Rachel Schopler Samantha Shavell
The Galleon is a public forum. Adviser Ms. Suzanne Sanders Principal Dr. Susan Atherley
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.
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Letter from the Editors With spring break and the seniors’ last day of high school fastapproaching, it’s a time of great decision making in regards to our futures. While many of us will be deciding the college that we will attend, others will be taking different paths (see Features page 11). For all of the underclassmen who will remain at Spanish River, the decisions you make now will still have an impact on your futures (see Eliana Newman’s article on page 12). We have also been forced to make difﬁcult decisions this month when choosing The Galleon staff for the 2008-2009 school year. We are conﬁdent that next year’s Editors-in-Chief, Katiana Krawchenko and Emily Yin, will continue The Galleon legacy of excellence. We are proud to hand down our positions to such capable and qualiﬁed candidates. Thank you for your continued readership of our newspaper this year. We hope you enjoyed reading it as much as we enjoyed producing it.
THUMBS UP New Galleon Website
New 2008-2009 Galleon staff Less than two months until graduation FCAT is ﬁnally over
THUMBS DOWN Senior Galleon members leaving the newspaper Summer heat and humidity approaching Trying to stay motivated as a second semester Only one LTM day
A Word from our President: Amy Rudman
Hey Sharks! On April 4, Spanish River will be hosting its ﬁrst ever Saint Baldrick’s day assembly. St. Baldrick’s is a charitable organization dedicated to raising money for children’s cancer research. Volunteers step forward to help raise money and shave their heads as a demonstration of solidarity with children who have lost their hair to cancer treatment. There are more than 30 students and teachers shaving their heads. Student Council, along with the shavees, is working toward a goal of $25,000 in donations. Track our progress or make online donations at www.St.Baldricks.org and search for Spanish River under “events.” You can help us reach our goal by purchasing out stylish green St. Baldrick’s wrist bands for $5, or a “Go Bald or Go Home” T-shirt for $10. You will need either the wrist band or t-shirt to get into the assembly on April 4th. Hope to see you there!
Letters to the Editors Dear Editors, In the article titled, “School censorship blocks student freedom,” by Eliana Newman, the idea of censorship is discussed. Personally, I agree with the idea that students should be able to express their ideas freely but only to a certain extent. I don’t agree with Luka Stanic’s punishment of being suspended from WSRH. He accidently said something that was misinterpreted . However, I do agree that censorship is necessary because without it too many people may be offended. -Anonymous Grade 11
I found the “Sex-Ed Classes expand in county” to be interesting but a little misinformed. The ﬁrst sentence begins with “The increase of teenage pregnancy cases” when there is actually a decrease according to Coolnurse.com, which stated “the birth rate for teens has been declining in recent years.” Other sources have also conveyed the same information, but I do believe the topic is a great idea. More teens should be aware of the consequences, and we might continue to see a decrease in teen pregnancies.
I really enjoyed the “2008 Installs Next Generation Gadgets” article. I found it really intriguing to learn about the different technology out there that I did not previously know about. As an addict of Guitar Hero, Guitar Wizard seems like a much cooler and more beneﬁcial game because you actually learn to play the guitar. Keep putting articles like this in the paper because in today’s changing world, I barely know what technologies are out there today, and this is a fun way to learn!
-Venita Freia Grade 10
-Kirsten Fagerli Grade 11 Compiled by Abby Bailin and Jerry Goldsmith
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Hear what teachers and students have to say as they go head to head. This issue’s topic: Democratic Issues vs. Republican Issues
Republican Response By JASON WELTMAN YOUNG REPUBLICAN VICE PRESIDENT
Democratic Response By STEPHEN RATNER YOUNG DEMOCRATS PRESIDENT
Private or Universal Healthcare?
How should we tax the country?
The United States of America needs a healthcare system that operates under the premise of universality. The private “free market” in this country has had the opportunity to achieve this, but has only succeeded in allowing 47 million people to go to sleep each night without the guarantee of healthcare. The private sector has its priorities all wrong. They value a dollar over a human life and can only be trusted to put proﬁt margins ahead of all else, including uninsured Americans. We must stop worrying about losing the sanctity of capitalism and start worrying about the equal opportunity that has allowed our beloved economic system and country to prosper in the ﬁrst place.
Many governments have failed in their experiments with government-instituted healthcare. Reversing course, they are now sprinting toward privatization. Liberal Doctrine says, “let’s attempt their failure.” Regulations that come with government involvement can mandate your activities, your eating habits, or worse; threaten you with penalties or the removal of your coverage. The alternative is better – stick with free market options, such as health savings accounts, that are 100% accessible and effective. Government involvement is effective only in creating long waiting lines of death and despair, not quality healthcare.
Bush’s tax cuts allows for Warren Buffet, the third wealthiest man in the world, to pay lesser taxes proportionally than his secretary…and his cleaner. Mr. Buffet even announced that he paid a 17 percent income tax while his secretary actually paid 30 percent on her salary! We need to decrease the currently unmanageable gap between the wealthy and the rest of the country and the only way to do that is by giving the tax cuts to the people who actually need them. The teachers, the cleaning ladies, the secretaries of this country are struggling to get by and are in need of the extra money at the end of the day. Let’s look out for them instead of stufﬁng people’s Burberry wallets when they are already exploding at the seams.
Cut taxes, spur growth, wash hands and repeat! President Bush’s tax cut recipe enabled the U.S. to avoid recession after 9/11, boosted stocks, stabilized the corporate sector and stimulated the economy. The tax cuts weren’t simply for the rich. The top one percent of taxpayers based on income beneﬁtted the least. The lowest tax bracket was extended to the bottom 50 percent of taxpayers, who pay 20 percent less of their incomes than the top one percent. Remaining brackets were widened to ease bracket creep, or moving “on up” to another income tax bracket, making upward mobility less of a strain on the wallet.
No Child Left Behind Act: Should it
time to Withdraw Troops from Iraq?
Bush’s educational initiative, No Child Left Behind, is the standard bearer for all misnomers…ever. Under this plan, students are promised the ability to transfer out of underperforming schools, but out of the over one million eligible for this transfer nationally, only 67,000 were granted this opportunity in 2004. The rest of them, well, they were just left behind. The United States needs to invest more money in our education system, so that the we can decrease the achievement gap between the advantaged and disadvantaged students in this country thus leading to an entirely capable work force for the future.
Three thousand nine hundred ninety. Alone, it is just a number. But when you add the words “dead in the Iraq War,” you are left with one of the most devastating travesties that our country has ever faced. It is too late to bother saying that we can still make this right, that we can win this treacherous mistake. The same soldiers that war supporters urge us to support continue to be lied to. A soldier’s pride lies within their will to ﬁght for a cause, but our brave and honorable men and women have been deprived of this. They have been thrown into Iraq’s strife but have forgotten why they were there in the ﬁrst place. Three lamentable letters sent our troops to Iraq: WMD. Now, they have three letters for you Mr. Bush:
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) is the beacon of the Bush Presidency. Even so, the act does not uphold conservative ideals. Well intended, NCLBA is a regulatory nightmare for the States. In application, it protects politicians and administrators rather than serves the interests of students. NCLBA is based off of liberal ideals, not conservative ones as it shifts power over education to Washington, D.C. It’s curious, but under the NCLBA states can actually look worse by having higher education standards, and “achieve” better results by lowering them. These results are the consequences of misguided intentions that replace the power of the parents with that of the government.
In hindsight, it is clear we should not have entered Iraq. Bad policies were chosen. Even when things got bad, these strategies were clung to. However, the strategies have changed. Since the troop surge, violence numbers have fallen immensely. The goal is to end the war and leave peacefully. However, that cannot be done without creating a much worse problem if there is no stable Iraqi government. With violence down, the government has been given a much easier environment for it to stabilize and develop in. Given more time, not necessarily 100 years, success could be achieved that may just turn the tide of the War on Terror. Photo Courtesy of Google Images
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Television provides much needed escape By JENNA BLECHMAN ASSOCIATE EDITOR I have always watched way too much TV. It’s pathetic how many times I have sat through the re-runs of my “must-see” shows. The imaginative quality of TV, the what-couldbe’s, is what pulls me toward that screen. In the span of 30 minutes or an hour, so much happens. People meet, people fall in and out of love, people die and people live their lives right in front of my eyes. Just last week on One Tree Hill, I watched a wedding get called off, a little boy kidnapped by his crazy ex-nanny and his ex-convict murderous grandfather bring him back home all in one day. Unreal, right? The answer is yes, it is unreal. And that is what is so appealing about TV shows. Too often things get a little heavy in the real world and a time-out is needed. I watch my favorite shows for one reason: a temporary, fascinating escape. Occasionally we are escaping our fairly unglamorous lives. Sitting on our comfortable couches we can imagine that we are successful doctors or detectives, that we are living in fabulous New York apartments, that we aren’t living awkward lives in high school. When life’s not dramatic enough, it is amusing to live vicariously through fictional people’s soap opera-esque lives. Scandalous love affairs and backstabbing friends are much more interesting when they’re scripted. Other times we try to escape from our lives when they seem too entertaining to handle. TV enables us to escape our stresses, our pains, our misfortunes. We can find solace in the fact that these “people” are going through the same problems we are. Hearing Carrie Bradshaw complain about her problems gives a great relief from our own, tired complaints. It’s also fun to watch those stupid, predictable shows and be able to know what is going on for once. Or, if all else fails, it’s nice to be entertained for once and have a few unadulterated laughs. Watching America’s Next Top Model re-runs for hours on end helps me zone out. I don’t think I’m being overly cynical because I look for an escape from reality. Sometimes life isn’t perfect, and it surely isn’t certain. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but the truth is love doesn’t always work, friendships end, rejection occurs, someone gets what you want and good people die. From the countless number of hours I have spent watching TV, I have learned that not even the Matthew’s family on Boy Meets World always have the perfect life. What makes life bearable is learning from failures and pains, and gaining strength. Whoever said too much TV is a bad thing must have never found comfort in breaking away from the mundane. Of course, we should focus on our real life and real people instead of these actors, but that little escape is good for the entertaining hour. And then when we’re ready we can switch off the tube and get back to reality. Jenna Blechman can be contacted at Jennabgalleon@gmail.com
OPINIONS Addiction to newspaper supplies missing passion By ABBY BAILIN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Everyone always says that whatever your future job may be, just make sure that it is something that you love. My job as Editor-in-Chief this year has been on that I love; it may even be an addiction. As pathetic as some people may think it is, Galleon is one of the most important parts of my life. There are family, friends and The Galleon (in no particular order). Taking the position of Editor-in-Chief has been a goal of mine since my freshman journalism class. My journalism teacher, also the former yearbook adviser, had plans for me to be the future yearbook editor, but I knew my place was with the newspaper. Finally getting the position and experiencing all of the ups and downs from praise, to criticisms, to fights in the back room and late night editing, has only further established me as a “Galleon addict.” The word “addict” often carries a negative connotation, but I believe my addiction is a healthier one. When my mom calls me at 8:30 on a Wednesday night because I have not been home from school yet, I can honestly tell her I am in school working on the newspaper. I do not even have to come up with the lies that other addicts struggle with. While my Galleon addiction is a hit with the parents, psychologists may take a different perspective on its effects. I am a perfectionist and control freak. Alright, at least that is step one down, admitting the
problem. The Galleon has brought out the worst in my compulsiveness. During the production of our last issue, after the entire paper was completed and saved to a disk, I noticed that one photo courtesy was not perfectly aligned. After a screaming fight with my co-editor Jerry over my serious compulsion issues, I forced him to allow me to fix the error- I can’t help it if others feed my addiction. While The Galleon brings out these characteristics that make my Editorial Board want to kick me out of the editing room while yelling “psychotic freak,” it provides me with passion. Senior year, for lack of better words, has been passionless. I, along with many seniors, find it difficult to continue on learning the same mundane topics everyday when I know that college and new experiences are well within my reach. But The Galleon has been that one thing, that one “addiction,” that has kept me motivated and challenged. I live for the creativity, passion, teamwork and bonds that I have with fellow journalists on staff. Without the endless hours I have spent working on The Galleon this year, I am pretty sure I would have lost a significant number of brain cells. Being Editorin-Chief has challenged me beyond my limits enabling me to hold onto some passion within these Spanish River hallways that I’ve walked through about four too many times. I have learned that having that one passion in life will keep you going, even when nothing else seems to be working in your favor. In the future, I will feel lucky if I can find a job that I am half as addicted to as The Galleon. Abby Bailin can be contacted at Abbybgalleon@gmail.com
College advice contradicts Boca Raton mentality By ASHLEY MILLER ASSOCIATE EDITOR Since I’m one of those seniors still playing college acceptance limbo, I’ve had some extra time on my hands. I haven’t had the luxury of dreaming about walking down the streets of my future school, buying any paraphernalia equipped with my school’s logo from its website, or stalking the Class of 2012 Facebook group for a future roommate. So, I’ve resorted to pondering other decisive life matters. I realized that wherever I end up, the same questions emerge. Will I have to alter my current lifestyle? What exactly will I need to change? How should I do this? After taking into account my current situation and location, I have compiled a list of alterations that I (along with most others) will most likely need once leaving the “Boca Bubble.” Wardrobe: Most of us walk around everyday sporting flip-flops, shorts and the occasional jacket for when the air conditioner dips below 75 degrees in the 8000 building. Unless you stay in sunny South Florida, you will quickly realize that everywhere else in the continental United States experiences the four seasons. While it may be pleasant during orientation in August, don’t count on that mild weather lasting long. When I went up to Philadelphia and New York to visit colleges last November, I packed nothing more than jeans, long sleeve shirts and a sweatshirt. Needless to say, I came home with a new winter coat, boots, gloves, and earmuffs (thanks Dad!). Moral of the story: come prepared, and plan on looking silly with seven layers and struggling with gloves. Transportation: I’ll be the first to admit that I probably consume more gas than entire American families do. But it’s not entirely my fault. We live in a suburb where we are forced to drive to get something to eat because nothing is in a convenient walking distance (not to mention parents are too nervous to allow their kids to cross Glades Road). Nor do we have a sound public transportation system, so we are either forced to drive ourselves or have our mothers schlep us around in their gas-guzzling SUVs. Well, next year will be different. First off, college kids are poor, so we won’t want to spend the money on
our own gas. Secondly, most schools are located in an urban area anyway, where it’s insane to bring your car. Thirdly, the majority of schools prohibit freshmen from bringing cars. Get used to using the school’s transportation system (think crowded buses) and walking to class. It’ll be a good way to burn off the thousands of calories you mysteriously consumed the night before. Assumptions: We live in Boca. Boca is the Mecca for Jews. The kid sitting to the right of you in class wears a Jewish star necklace everyday, the girl in front of you talks about her brother’s upcoming Bar Mitzvah, and the kid behind you went to Hebrew school with you. So, you safely assume that the guy to your left is Jewish too, and you ask him about his Passover plans. Please do not inquire that next year. It may surprise you, but there are people out there who have never seen a Jew in their lives. Avoid assuming others are Jewish unless you want to get questioned incessantly or possibly beaten up (assuming you’re at a frat party). Safety: Aside from the recent mall murders (refer to page 10), Boca is a decently safe place. I feel comfortable enough to leave my bag out at parties, walk to my car alone at night and engage in conversation with strangers at Publix. Sadly, not everywhere is as secure. In wake of the recent murders at UNC, Auburn and Northern Illinois I suggest you carry around your bag at all times, walk with a buddy to your car and be cautious of unfamiliar persons. Cell phone Usage: It has become almost normal to hold two conversations at once. One is usually conducted in person, the other through zealous text messaging back and forth every 20 seconds. I’ve gone out to dinners where everyone in the party keeps their phones on the table and checks it every couple of minutes to make sure they didn’t miss a life-altering text or Blackberry “BMM.” This is not socially acceptable at most places. In fact, this act is rather rude. Please keep your phones out of sight while dining, walking, or conversing with others. While these simple concerns may seem trivial, when added together they will ensure that your first year away from Boca will be an enjoyable experience. Ashley Miller can be contacted at Ashleymgalleon@gmail.com
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Non-Political Issues dominate campaigns By JERRY GOLDSMITH EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Senator Barack Obama is a Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. He was a member of the Illinois Senate for eight years, and a United States Senator for the past four years. He is the leading Democratic candidate in terms of both pledged and total delegates, and has won 12 of the last 16 states. However, his bid to become President of the United States has recently been under ﬁre do to his religion and race. Obama is a Christian. He was sworn into the Senate with his hand on the Bible, and he has attended the same Christian church for over 20 years. However, during his campaign to become President, e-mails were sent out to many Democratic voters alleging that Obama was secretly a Muslim, one going as far to call Obama “The Enemy Within.” A Republican strategist named Ed Rogers pointedly emphasized Obama’s middle name (Hussein) in an interview with MSNBC. All of these things were done to discredit Obama in the eyes of the voters, and with the Democratic nomination drawing closer, it is worth wondering why exactly these rumors started. Since September 11, America has been sensitive to those of Muslim descent. Many articles have been written about racial proﬁling, detailing the many accounts
of insensitive and hasty generalizations made about Muslims. The 9/11 terrorists were certainly of Muslim descent, and their acts were so deplorable that words could not do them justice. However, even though 19 hijackers exhibited the worst kind of judgment, it would almost be worse judgment if we were to label everyone afﬁliated with their religion as a terrorist. There are certainly Muslims who are evil and bad, just as there are Christians, Jews, Buddhists or members of any other religion who are wicked and immoral. Nearly all Muslims are good people who would not dream of hurting their home country, or any other. However, while I am sure that most would agree with the above sentiment, it has not stopped people from smearing Obama’s campaign with the notion that he is a Muslim. The ﬁrst problem with that statement is that it is false; he is not a Muslim. However, the second and more important problem is, why should it matter? It is not just Obama who has received this type of prejudiced smearing. Senator Hillary Clinton, the other major Democratic candidate, has also been subjected to her fair share of smearing for being a woman. In 2007, the University of Iowa conducted a poll in which they found that 51% of Democratic caucus attendees believed that Clinton’s gender “will be a problem for her.” Senator John McCain, the Republican Nominee, has often been criticized and
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exploited for his old age. In fact, as his campaign grew older, he felt compelled to bring with him his 96-year-old mother to show voters that his age will not be a problem in his bid for the Presidency. In 2000, during his ﬁrst bid for the Presidency, rumors swirled about McCain allegedly fathering a black daughter out of wedlock. It did not matter that McCain and his wife had simply adopted the girl from Bangladesh. McCain received negative publicity that certainly hurt his chances of receiving the nomination. Instead of focusing on the important issues regarding policy and current events, the election has turned to one based largely on personal issues. Candidates are forced to defend themselves from issues they have no control over. Obama cannot help that his parents gave him the middle name “Hussein,” or that his father and grandfather were Muslim. Clinton did not willingly choose to campaign against centuries of gender discrimination. McCain should not be punished for his willingness to take this challenge at a later age. This election has become more about non-political issues as it has moved forward, and it must stop. As the election draws closer, I hope that the candidates stick to the real issues, because if they do not, I fear that we will have a bleak future ahead of us. Jerry Goldsmith can be contacted at Jerryggalleon@gmail.com
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Recent murders threat- Gas prices increase, no en Boca Raton safety By JENNIFER LIEBERMAN FEATURES EDITOR On December 12, 2007, Nancy Bochicchio and her eight year old daughter, Joey, were murdered and left in their SUV at Town Center Mall. The shocking news of these murders has put residents on high alert. It has also created a concern among students about mall safety and self defense. The Bochicchios were found in the south parking lot of Sears on the morning of December 13. According to The Sun-Sentinel, the mother was forced to withdraw money from an ATM. They were then tied up and shot to death in their SUV. There have been no arrests in the case. The story aired on America’s Most Wanted on February 16, 2008. In the episode, host John Walsh mentioned that there are similarities among this case and three others. A similar incident occurred on August 7, 2007 also at Town Center, when a woman and her two year old son were tied and robbed at gun point in their SUV but were not shot. However, there is no physical or forensic evidence linking the two cases. In addition to the Town Center murders, home, business and auto thefts last year were up four percent in the Boca Raton area. The recent murders have only
further drawn attention to the need for more security in public areas, most importantly the mall. “Since the murders happened, I’ve noticed more security around the mall,” junior Rory Hickey said. Since the murders, Town Center Mall ofﬁcials have worked to make the mall a safer place. Recently, four additional surveillance cameras were installed so police could more accurately patrol mall activity. Also, plans for a police substation were submitted to the city of Boca Raton and await approval. The approval of the substation will allow ofﬁcers to monitor the mall and any suspicious people entering or leaving the mall. The Upfront parking area is now free. These additional free spaces make shopping at night safer customers because it provides closer spaces in a brightly lit parking lot. “I think the mall is safer now than before [the murders] because there is more security and policemen,” junior Noel Mercado said. While some are pleased with the changes, most are still wary of what will really be done and how to protect themselves in case of an emergency. “I am more cautious now because of the murders,” sophomore Kate Leone said. “I don’t know what I would do if someone attacked me.” Many others like Leone have no idea what to do if they are being attacked. For that reason, self defense courses are offered around the area to teach participants how to escape an attacker and defend themselves if they cannot escape. According to the Krav Magen Israeli selfdefense method, during an attack, the victim should use their keys to stab the attacker in sensitive areas in order to escape. Krav Magen also teaches how to escape from gunpoint and knife attacks. There are gyms around South Florida, such as Full Contact Krav in Coral Springs and The East Coast School of Self Defense in Boca Raton, that teach Krav Magen and similar self defense courses. Due to the Town Center Mall murders, police have increased their presence and watch at the mall and more security measures are being put in place to ensure a safer environment.
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According to the American Automobile Association and the Oil Price Information Service, gas prices soared in March to the highest level since June. As of the middle of March, the national average was $3.27. Econbrowser.com says that oil prices react to the balance of supply and demand and the rate of investment by investors. Therefore, without investments in advance, oil could be limited in the long term resulting in higher prices. But other important factors contribute to this rise in prices including accidents, bad weather, labor disputes, war and natural disasters. “I think that the great quantity of oil rigs in the Gulf
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of Mexico are making cheaper domestic fuel difﬁcult to attain,” sophomore Andrew Key said. “Especially when storms roll through, it is more expensive than importing from the Middle East or South America.” Many analysts agree that one factor of increased oil prices is the continued tension between the United States and Venezuela, which houses many of the world’s leading oil producing corporations such Jennifer Lieberman can be contacted at as CITGO and PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-run oil Jenniferlgalleon@gmail.com company. But the weakened dollar, which keeps the oil companies’ pressure high, is also reason for the rising prices. However, other analysts believe the current situation in Iraq caused the recent increase in prices. Turkish troops trailing Kurdish rebels into northern Iraq concerned oil companies. They feared that the Kurds would retaliate by sabotaging oil shipment. If the attacker Economics teacher Brett Burkey believes that the rise is due to an increase in the demand for oil. is facing you, “It’s a twofold situation,” Burkey said. “The kick the fact is that the world demand increases as more attacker’s underdeveloped countries are developing, such as the poor Chinese purchasing a car. But also the knee so he Americans are consuming as much oil as ever.” will fall. However, the current rush in demand may be short- lived; gasoline prices have risen sharply in recent months, and the supplies are growing to their highest level in 14 years. “The oil prices will still rise,” Burkey said. “It already costs $4 a gallon, and it can easily exceed that soon.” Although many other analysts believe that gas prices will reach record highs near $3.75 or $4 a gallon Use a low this spring, not everyone agrees. Jim Ritterbusch, stance for mov- president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates holds a different opinion. ing and pro“I doubt prices will rise as high as $3.75 without tecting youra major overseas supply disruption or domestic reﬁnery outage,” Rittersbusch said to MSNBC. self from an Whether the oil prices will continue to rise or fall is attack. unpredictable, but at this moment, the higher prices are bad news for consumers.
What to do if you are being attacked If the attacker grabs you in a bear hug, push your hands down on the attacker’s wrists while squatting down. This prevents the attacker from lifting you.
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The Roads Less Traveled
While most Spanish River Sharks travel in schools to the big state universities or similar schools after graduating, these seniors are swimming solo. Meet the students who are pursuing their dreams without following the conventional path. MB: I was a member of Broad-
Michelle Berkowitz Plans for next year: Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Ryan Bleich Plans for next year: Chapman School in Stuart
Gaby Bello Plans for next year: Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Bruno Siquiera Plans for next year: BCC Police Force Academy
Josh Blum Plans for next year: Junior Hockey League Player
The Galleon: When did you know you wanted to pursue vocals in college? Michelle Berkowtiz: Two years ago, I attended a summer program at Interlochen Center for the Arts for eight weeks of intense musical theatre training. TG: What have you done with musical theatre in high school?
The Galleon: What are you going to do at the Chapman School? Ryan Bleich: I’m going to get my Captain’s license for 100 ton boats. TG: When did you decide you wanted to be a captain? RB: I decided during freshman
The Galleon: How did you pursue your passion throughout high school? Gaby Bello: Originally, I took art class to get the credit requirement out of the way, but I thought it was a breath of fresh air. I then moved on to take AP Art. TG: When did you decide to delve into the arts?
The Galleon: When did you decide to pursue a career in the police force? Bruno Siquiera: Two years ago, I found out about the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. It deals with hostage situations, unusual violence, and tracks drug dealers.
The Galleon: How did you get involved in hockey? Josh Blum: I started when I was four years old. At 14, I took lessons at 4:30 A.M. before school. I also went to a prospect’s camp in Florida to be scouted. At 16, I was scouted to play Junior B Hockey League in Massachusetts and played there for a year during high school.
way’s Class Act at the Florida Theatrical Association where I went to master classes taught by professional Broadway actors and performed in shows. At school I acted in “Grease,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Charlie Brown,” “Cinderella,” and took vocal classes.
year when by grandfather passed away. He was a boat captain too, and I want to follow in his footsteps. TG: How have you pursued this in high school? RB: I started classes in Stuart already. I go every Sunday all day and take classes in docking, boat
GB: When I was little, I always wanted to be a fashion designer. Textile design is a great way to get involved with fashion because I can design fabric and clothing. TG: How did you hear about RISD? GB: I found out about it in 8th grade. Also, people I admire come from there. Dale Chihuly and Seth
TG: Why the SWAT team? BS: I don’t see myself doing anything else and I like to be in the action. Everyday is something different there. TG: Who is your inspiration? BS: My wife and daughter. They mean the world to me, make me
TG: What exactly will you do next year? JB: I’m going to move up north and play in the Junior A League, which is mostly for 16-21 year olds. I’ll have 45-60 games a season, practice daily, take a couple classes at the local community college so I’ll still be considered a student, and hopefully be scouted by colleges.
TG: Who is your inspiration? MB: Sutton Foster, who is a Tony Award-Winning Broadway actress TG: What are your future goals? MB: After college, I want to move to New York City and be a Broadway actress. My dream is to play Aida.
safety, and coastguard procedures. TG: What are your future goals? RB: I hope to get my captains license and be a cargo boat captain in the Mediterranean Sea.
MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, went there. Also, the big schools usually don’t have good art programs. The kids are artsy and nerdy too, which I like. TG: What are your future goals? GB: I hope to start my own business in textile design in Miami because I am Cuban and relate well to the culture and people there.
happy, and I want them to feel the same way as I feel when I see them. TG: What are your future goals? BS: To make it to the SWAT team and spend lots of time with my family.
TG: What do you want to do after you play in this league? JB: After two years of playing, I want to go college to play Division 1 Hockey. I hope to attend Merrimack College in Andover, Massachusetts to play hockey there. TG: What are your future goals? JB: My goal in life is to get as far as I can with hockey, enjoy it, and live the dream.
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Teen Behavior: It’s Are All in Your Mind I am confused, 1 When I usually go with my you “gut” feeling. By STEWART KLAGER GUEST COMMENTARY
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Our eating habits, sexual behaviors and sleeping patterns all have to do with our hypothalamus. As we grow, our hypothalamus develops and our habits and desires change.
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Decision making and judgment are crucial traits that undergo a significant amount of growth during the teenage years. In the brain, there are separate sections that house the ability to make decisions and demonstrate proper judgment. What happens when the brain is negatively affected and judgment and decision making is impaired? An anonymous Spanish River student started at school with a strong GPA and was enrolled in AP and honors classes. Although a bright student, his group of friends began to experiment more with drugs, primarily marijuana. The student’s focus shifted and his grades began to gradually drop as school became less of a priority to him.
While his course load remained heavy as the years progressed, the amount of effort being put in decreased sufficiently and his grades did not reflect his initial bright potential. Risk-taking and poor judgment are primarily linked to drug abuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, repeated drug use actually changes the teenage brain. Drug abuse can make the brain unable to function in a healthy, normal way. Drugs interfere with the sending, receiving and processing of information which can lead to errors in judgment and perception. Marijuana, for example, the most commonly abused illegal drug in the United States, affects memory, judgment and perception by impairing ones coordination and concentration. Stimulants and depressants are two different branches of available drugs. Stimulants create messages in
The cerebrum consists of four lobes. The frontal lobe helps us concentrate in school and control our temper. It also accounts for our personality and why some people are funnier, nicer and more helpful than others. The occipital lobe is what helps us interpret everything we see on a day-to-day basis. The parietal lobe allows us to know when we are hot or cold, and when something feels good or painful. The temporal lobe helps us with hearing and memory when in class or studying for an exam.
Whenever you have an internal conflict between math and art skills, you can blame your corpus callosum. This connects the spatial and creative sides of the brain to make them work together and help you succeed on both your math test and your art project.
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You are right-brained. You typically follow your instincts and are open with your feelings.
You are left-brained. You use reasoning and logic to solve problems and are able to control your feelings.
Drugs, drinking impair teenage judgment By ELIANA NEWMAN FEATURE FOCUS EDITOR
Get to know your brain! Read about the different parts of the brain and how they work on a day to day basis. Find out if you are right or left brained and specifically how the teenage brain works today.
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the brain and speed up one’s heartbeat while depressants slow down messages between the body and the brain and slow down reaction time. While prescription drugs are useful when used properly, teens often abuse these drugs. Two common examples are Adderall and Ritalin, both prescribed for teens with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and ADD (attention deficit disorder). These stimulants affect the way the brain filters and responds to stimuli. They increase attentiveness and energy and have been proven to be very helpful to those who need the aid focusing. In some cases, abuse of these drugs can result in tremors, a rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure and restlessness. Alcohol can do serious damage to a teenager’s brain as well. Drinking alcohol decreases the ability of the brain to perform daily thinking functions. Brain
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activity slows down when intoxicated. According to research conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the hippocampus (the part of the brain that is associated primarily with memory) of a teenage drinker is ten percent smaller than that of a teenager who does not drink. Another study showed progressive brain shrinkage due to excessive drinking especially in the frontal lobe, the area of higher level thinking. Over many years, alcohol can cause irreversible brain damage, including memory loss and personality changes. A lack of judgment and poor decision making can lead to substantially harmful risks. The damaging effects on the brain from drug use can also result in serious future health risks like heart and liver problems. Eliana Newman can be contacted at Elianangalleon@gmail.com
Ever wondered what makes some people so good at handeye coordination activities? It all has to do with the cerebellum, which helps with physical movements. Skill in painting, sports or even video games can all be attributed to a well-developed cerebellum.
Have you ever thought about what makes you decide if a boyfriend/ girlfriend is a keeper or not? Or what makes you judge someone by how they look or act? The frontal cortex uses rationalizing and judgement to help you make smart every day decisions.
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I guess by now one has noticed a marked difference between the decisions that adults make as opposed to the decisions that teenagers make in nearly every situation. From the classroom to the courtroom, adolescents are shocking the public with seemingly out of control behavior. In the field of neurobiology, great strides have been made to further the understanding of the differences in the decision-making processes of adults versus children. There is evidence emerging that adolescents’ decision-making does not even occur in the same regions of the brain that adults use to make their choices. The studies done by Dr. Lawrence Steinberg of Temple University indicate that teenage self-regulation of impulsive behavior does not fully mature until late adolescence or even early adulthood. Studying the variations in thinking processes in the brains of adults and adolescents seems to provide evidence for the argument that the actions, and perceived rebellious behavior, of teenagers are due to a difference in the function of the nervous systems…not a lack of proper decision-making on the part of teens. Another study conducted by Dr. Arthur Toga of the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging located at UCLA demonstrates that children and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 16 have less myelination in the frontal lobes of the brain. Myelin is a protective sheath surrounding the axions of the nervous system. The ability to make neural connections within the brain is greatly enhanced by the presence of myelin. This sheathing surrounding the axons is used by the brain to accelerate the activity between surrounding neurons and promote neural connections. During tests using MRI’s, scientists have discovered that adolescents do not use the frontal lobes of the brain that are associated with reasoning and rational decisions. Instead, teens primarily use the part of the brain that is responsible for emotional responses – the amygdala. As a teen ages, the frontal lobe becomes more mature with the help of this myelination and the speed of the neural connections is accelerated. These neural connections usually come fully on-line by the early 20s. At this time the post-adolescent brain is prepared to function like an adult brain. Scientists have also discovered that there is a “use it or lose it” time period between the ages of 13 and 18 when this myelination development occurs more rapidly. Behaviors learned during this developmental time become behaviors we take with us throughout life. So, when someone wonders why a teen is lacking decision making or is victim of impulsive behaviors, we know now that the part of the brain that is responsible for these rational decisions is not fully developed as of yet. As an interesting side note, the legal system has not embraced any of these latest discoveries about the brain of adolescent in determining how or for how long to punish adolescent criminals. More and more states are in the process of punishing adolescents as adults. How can we do this given all the evidence that is coming from our research labs about the crucial differences? There are some states that are prosecuting teens as young as 13 as adults because “they should know better.” The ability to “know better” rests in the frontal lobe region, the one part of the brain that is not yet fully developed in teens. As a nation we need to have a more consistent merger between science and law. We need to discover a way to help teens make good decisions during this time of the maturing of the frontal lobe. Maybe we should look more closely at the role of parents in today’s families. The family has traditionally been the buffer between teens and society, and with the continued breakdown of the family unit, where are all the young teens going to turn to find their moral compass in this time of need? The answer to that question is a whole different topic.
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As teenagers, we tend to rely on our gut feelings. We’re always told to “follow our instincts” but in reality, we’re simply responding to our amygdala, which makes us accelerate on a yellow light when driving or walk up to that cute guy/ girl in math class without thinking twice.
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entertainment Think you know everything there is to know about entertainment pop culture? Test your knowledge and see if you really are a pop culture whiz.
POP CULTURE QUIZ 1 8 5 In 2002, who won the Grammy award for Best New Artist? a) Alicia Keys b) Vanessa Carlton c) Sean Paul d) Norah Jones
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In Episode #116 of Seinfeld, Elaine is banned from a restaurant by the “Soup Nazi” for comparing him to: a) Robert De Niro b) Al Pacino c) Andy Garcia d) Warren Beatty
Finish the celebrity feud: Kathie Lee Gifford vs.: a) Howard Stern b) Joan Rivers c) Bruce Willis d) Anna Nicole Smith
The song “Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba became a hit in which year? a) 1999 b) 1998 c) 1997 d) 1996
Originally, the role of Andy Dufresne in the movie Shawshank Redemption was offered to Tom Hanks; however, Hanks was busy at the time filming which other movie? a) Apollo 13 b) Forrest Gump c) Toy Story d) Vault of Horror I The oldest film in the top 50 grossing movies in the US of all time is: a) Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back b) E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial c) The Exorcist (original) d) Jaws
The Beatles spent a period of time on all of the following labels except: a) Liberty Records b) Capitol Records c) Vee-Jay Records d) United Artists Records In which year, since the rating system began in 1974, were the Oscars television ratings their highest? a) 1985 b) 1991 c) 1998 d) 2003
What was the first song to be sung in space (1969)? a) “When You Wish Upon A Star” b) “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” c) “Yellow Submarine” d) “Happy Birthday”
Which of the following actors was not in the cast of the movie Bio-Dome? a) Ned Beatty b) Jack Black c) William Atherton d) Kylie Minogue
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By EMILY YIN COMMENTARY “Chuck Norris doesn’t endorse. Chuck Norris tells America how it’s gonna be.” This Chuck Norris joke was presented by an unlikely comedian: former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who was endorsed by the actor in a nationwide television ad. There is no question that Norris is a popular icon, but how do celebrity endorsements like his actually factor into the presidential election? Honestly, I doubt that Huckabee gained anything significant from Norris’s support aside from a few chuckles. Why should he? I would hope that Americans are concerned enough about the state of the nation as to not
be politically influenced by a martial arts actor. Every time a celebrity endorses a political candidate, particularly in this year’s cut-throat presidential election, the occurrence rouses the nation. Talkshow host Oprah Winfrey drew mixed reactions from Americans when she endorsed Democratic candidate and Illinois senator Barack Obama. Some were convinced that the Winfrey, famous for working revenue miracles for books added to her legendary list, could work similar miracles for Obama. Undoubtedly, presidents and novels are on far different levels, but can this “novel” tactic work for the election? Possibly – prior to Winfrey’s endorsement, New York’s Senator Hillary Clinton, the other Democratic presidential candidate, was considered the party’s frontrunner, whereas after the offering of support, Obama quickly caught up with Clinton. Attributing Obama’s recent success solely to Winfrey’s appeal would be an extreme oversimplification, yet a study conducted by the Pew Research Center argues otherwise. Of the Americans surveyed, 30 percent responded that if Winfrey were to endorse a political candidate, the endorsement would affect whether or not they would vote for that candidate. Are these people serious? I am shocked by the statistic; it is an enigma to me why anyone would be swayed by a celebrity’s stated support of a political candidate. True, I cannot deny that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Jingle All the Way is a classic, Madonna is legendary and well, Matt Damon is still swoon-worthy at 37 (supporters of McCain, Clinton and Obama, respectively). Nonetheless, I have never met these people. No matter
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how hard I try (and believe me, I have), I cannot infer Damon’s fiscal and social beliefs from his facial expressions in Ocean’s Eleven. Without knowing the specifics of his opinions or even his intelligence, why would I ever consider his endorsement in one of the most important decisions I, as an American citizen, will ever make? Then again, there are exceptions. One of Senator Clinton’s most influential celebrity supporters is poet and civil rights proponent Maya Angelou; her influence is not solely due to her prominent merits. Angelou is an African-American woman who is primarily known for her advocacy of racial equality. Thus, her support of Clinton over Obama speaks for itself – and loudly. The endorsement of Clinton by Angelou, a figure I sincerely respect, has definitely had an impact on me. Perhaps I was a bit hypocritical about the effect of celebrity endorsements on voters. Clearly, I myself am influenced by the opinions of a few prominent political supporters. In my own defense, Angelou is unarguably on another level than, say, Matt Damon. Yet who am I to say that one person is less influential than another? In the end, only you can pick and choose which celebrity opinions, if any, you will consider in making your individual decisions. To each his own. Emily Yin can be contacted at Emilyygalleon@gmail.com
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Bringing Back the
The Kite Runner
Water For Elephants
My Sister’s Keeper
Amir, a writer from Afghanistan, marries and moves to California in search of a succesful career. When he learns that the Taliban has murdered his childhood friend Hassan, Amir moves back to Kabul to rescue Hassan’s son. This novel gives great insight into the delicate relations of the Middle East.
This flashback novel reflects on Jacob Jankowski’s experiences with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth during the Great Depression. Jankowski drops out of vet school to make a living caring for exotic creatures and meets interesting characters that frequent circuses of the Depression era.
When Kate Fitzgerald was diagnosed with leukemia, her parents conceived a marrow donor, Anna. At 13 Anna decides to take control of her life and body. The book keeps the reader at the edge of the seat, and a surprising ending ties everything together.
A New Earth
There are countless programs and books devised to help hopefuls lose unwanted weight. However, none may be as blunt as Skinny Bitch. People are taking notice of this “no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls.” The book covers vegan diet and an avoidance of alcohol, caffeine and sugar.
In this spiritual guide to a discovery of a life, Tolle seeks to inspire readers to find joy. Based on pyschology’s ego state of consciousness, he urges people to detach to escape anger, jealously and unhappiness. He claims that this will bring inner happiness.
Kim Barnouin & Rory Freedman
Malcolm Gladwell This book about first impressions and snap judgements gives insight into little-known fields, such as professional food tasting. Gladwell shows how training the mind to zone in on the important facts can help us make better instant judgements. photos courtesy of google images page compiled by emily yin and jenna blechman
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Post, scientiﬁc teams have analyzed a virtual epidemic of “corrupted blood” that was released in the World of Warcraft online game in order to simulate how real people would react during an actual pandemic. Also at Stanford University, medical students High school students, especially males, often play video games for hours on end. According to a survey are learning how to perform routine, as well as reported by the National Labor Committee, teenage uncommon, surgeries from virtual simulations boys play video games for an average of one hour and provided by the Center for Immersive and 54 minutes a day, in comparison to just 36 minutes Simulation-Based Learning Organization (CISL). In these virtual surgeries, students create their own a day for girls. “My parents always tell me that all the hours of avatar that works with a team of virtual doctors video games I play will not beneﬁt me later on in (who are other medical students) to perform a surgery on a virtual patient. life,” senior Danny Michael said. “We can’t expect to train people as But now, parents may want to rethink that statement individuals, then just because video game technology, throw them haphazardly speciﬁcally virtual world technology, into teams and expect We can’t expect to train is now being used for research that to get the best results,” people as individuals, then could help change the world. Associate Dean for just throw them haphazardly A virtual world is exactly what it CISL and Professor into teams and expect to get sounds like, a simulation of another of Anesthesia at the best results. world. Avatars, or characters in the Stanford University game, are able to travel from place to -Associate Dean David Gaba David Gaba said. “The place and interact with other avatars. experience in other Because of the real life similarities, numerous studies and programs are currently using industries like aviation and the military shows the technology in order to further knowledge in that if we want people to work well as a team, then you have to let them practice and train various ﬁelds of study. At Stanford University, Professor of Communications together as a team.” Another beneﬁt of these virtual surgeries Byron Reeves has conducted a study in which he had students create avatars with different races and is that it allows students to learn from any ethnicities in the virtual world game Second Life in mistakes without harming an actual human being. Thus, this will lower the margin of order to study the effects of race. The Emory Wheel has also reported that Second Life error in a real surgery because the student has been used to explore the possibility of using the has already “performed” the surgery in a less game to train public health ofﬁcials how to respond in stressful environment. Other virtual world projects include a virtual a large-scale disaster. Additionally, a representative for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hospital created by Britain’s National Health (CDC) has run a vaccination simulation that can help Service and a virtual psych ward constructed by a University of California psychiatrist that has been explore the capabilities of this experiment. But virtual world research in the medical ﬁeld used to better understand schizophrenia. does not stop there. According to the Washington Rachel Schopler can be contacted at
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When people think of the word “organic,” they often picture a pile of colorful fruit and wheat grass. However, there are other ways to “go green” right here in South Florida that do not involve loading up on fish oil. Products such as clothing, body lotions and even pet food have healthy alternatives that can be found around town.
Holistic Pet Cuisine and Market
While people may realize the benefits of organic food on their own bodies, many do not acknowledge the importance of giving organic food to their pets. Holistic dog foods are all natural, and use hormonefree meat and human-grade ingredients, unlike other dog food. The fillers used in the standard grocery store pet foods can make dogs sick and cause allergic reactions. Holistic pet foods may seem to cost more, but they will actually save money, since the dogs will not be eating toxins, and will not need to eat so frequently. To purchase holistic and organic pet foods and toys in the area, visit Holistic Pet Cuisine and Market, on Clint Moore Road or call 561-241-9151.
LUSH is a cosmetics company that originated in England and is now making its way into South Florida. Currently, it has over 500 shops around the world with each selling fresh, handmade products that only use organic fruits and vegetables and are not tested on animals. The stores make small batches of their products each week to ensure freshness, using minimal preservatives and recyclable packaging. LUSH has an array of beauty and bath products including body lotions, shampoos, solid perfumes and facial cleansers; it even has products specifically designed for men. LUSH is in the Palm Beach Garden’s Mall, and carries most of its products online at LUSH.com.
Under the Canopy
Organic clothing is often thought of as ugly, uncomfortable fabrics that fit one like a burlap sack. Under the Canopy defies this common misconception with their organic line of flirty, feminine clothing that is made of breathable fabrics in women’s and children’s styles. This Boca Raton based company sells their organic clothing at retailers such as Whole Foods Market and is one of the largest producers of organic clothing. What makes their products unique is the use of only organic cottons, denim and angora fabrics which are not sprayed with harmful pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Under the Canopy’s EcoFashions can be found at www.underthecanopy.com.
While there has been much disdain over the conversion of the St. Andrew Blvd. Publix into a GreenWise Market, the new grocery store will be a healthy addition to the Boca Raton community. GreenWise is a division of the Publix brand dedicated to giving customers 100% organic food. There are no added growth hormones, pesticides, fertilizers, artificial coloring or preservatives. GreenWise prides itself on being earth friendly and claims that the food literally travels from the ground into the customer’s shopping cart. The GreenWise products are minimally processed in a way that reduces any effect on the environment. GreenWise is projected to open in the middle of May.
For the Boys and Girls... What is “Organic”? The Boy’s Farmers Market is adjacent to its sibling store The Girls’. Still in its original location, The Boys’ Farmers Market is a South Florida establishment. The Boys’ sells all organic produce and homemade meals and pastries. All vegetables sold here are as fresh as possible, considering they are grown in the fields located behind the markets.
The Girls’ Strawberry Patch is an organic gourmet country store. The Girls’ has a cozy atmosphere reminiscent of a small-town general store and sells homemade organic jams and desserts. What makes The Girls’ truly unique is that in the backyard of the store are fields where customers can pick their own organic strawberries, vegetables, spices and flowers.
“Organic” is defined as any ingredient grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics or growth hormones.
Does “Natural” mean “Organic”? While some may think “natural” is interchangeable with organic, there is a difference. Foods given the title of “natural” tend to contain ingredients that have been grown with pesticides or are genetically modified.
How will you know if an item is organic? Organic products will usually have a USDA Organic seal. Organic products are classified in three categories: Foods labeled “100% organic” are made with 100% organic ingredients, “organic” are made with at least 95% organic products and “made with organic ingredients” contain a minimum of 70% organic ingredients. Photos by Alison Sikes Page Compiled by Elizabeth Moses and Alison Sikes
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Local restaurants serve individuality and chairs, the seating area is filled with stuffed couches and coffee tables, a conBy KATYAYANI JHAVERI cept taken from the TV show Friends. STAFF WRITER “I liked the coffee shop concept on the show with sofas, coffee tables and the wing South Florida has its fair share of routine, bland backed chairs,” former owner Al Salopek restaurants that cater to the norm. But for those who said. are fed up with these customary pizza parlors and Another off-beat, trendy restaurant is sushi bars, there is a whole range of unconventional Dada Restaurant and Lounge, located in restaurants within South Florida. Delray Beach. The restaurant is named The Bizarre Ave. Café, located in downtown Lake after the Dada cultural and art moveWorth, indulges those looking for finger foods. Its ment that peaked during the 1920s. The menu includes tapas, salads, crepês and petite pizmovement focused on anti-war themes zas. Situated in a building that was constructed in and influenced downtown music move1926, the café’s décor is a mix between an old counments, including Surrealism and Pop Art. try home and a trendy European bakery. The resThe restaurant itself is housed in a 1920s taurant is unique in that everything is on sale, from building with rooms that are each differthe couches that guests sit on to the paintings on the ently themed. It includes the Red Room, walls. Instead of the typical arrangement of tables which is painted a bright red Dada’s outdoor seating provides a chance for guests to enjoy the great food in another unique setting. and the Ant Room, which has three-feet long ants painted 1900s. Not only is the décor elegant and unique, the on the walls. Diners can either eat in- food is also very different. side or under the colossal Banyan tree “The restaurant is like something that you would see that shades the outside eating area. The in a turn of the century movie,” sophomore Brittney restaurant has a cozy atmosphere with Williams said. live music playing every night. Not only The Carriage Light serves over 25 different varietis this restaurant off-beat and unique, ies of teas along with finger sandwiches, soups, salit is also affordable, with most dishes ads and scones. The restaurant also organizes priranging from $8.50 to $24 a piece. vate parties and full afternoon tea services. Children “Dada is a great place to just hang- can dress up in vintage hats and furs for birthday tea out,” sophomore Elan Kissin said. “The parties. Also included in the restaurant is a gift shop atmosphere is great and the food is deli- that allows guests to purchase different teas, teapots cious.” and other trinkets. The Carriage Light is another distinct Around South Florida, there are many lively resrestaurant located in Parkland. With taurants; it is just a matter of knowing where to find décor from a forgotten era, the restau- them. The Bizarre Cafe’s use of brick, rod iron and wood for its exterior makes this restaurant stand out amongst neighboring stores. rant is set up as a tea parlor of the early Katyayani Jhaveri can be contacted at Katyayanijgalleon@gmail.com Photos by Alix Luntz
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Demands of high performance hamper young athletes’ health By SOPHIE LEVIN STAFF WRITER According to university studies, over one million high school students nationwide participate in organized sports and compete for the attention of collegiate and professional coaches each year. The extreme methods that some aggressive athletes are using to get ahead are attracting attention because of the growing risk of injuries beyond bruises and broken bones. Each season, the rivalry increases exponentially between all involved. Coaches and parents often pressure young athletes for future success, and some parents have gone as far as to move to another town just for the opportunity to better their child’s chances of attaining a college athletic scholarship. Many teenage athletes are experimenting with performance enhancing drugs while their coaches ignore the signs. Others overstress certain body parts in an attempt to perfect moves designed for athletes of an older age. “My football practices are so rigorous that my Mom is always afraid that I will come home with a new injury,” senior football captain Danielle Boyle said. Vigorous and repetitive movements leave teenagers particularly vulnerable because the protective band of tissue that supports a growth plate starts to break down during puberty in order to completely harden before adulthood. “The growth plate is actually at its most vulnerable in the year before it closes,” medical director of the Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Dr. Jon Divine said.
Fracturing or tearing away of the bone can cause the plate to become deformed. In softball and baseball, a fully matured elbow is necessary to continually perform a curveball without endangering a pitcher’s future career. Young athletes forget that their coordination, strength and stamina are unequal to that of professional athletes, often executing a specialized maneuver their bodies are unprepared for. This results in stress fractures and ligament-bone
There will always be coaches and parents with the ‘win at any cost’ mentality that pressure their players to return too early from recovery
-Kevin Turner Spanish River Girls Soccer Coach
disruptions that occur after overuse of a joint and are two of the leading sports-related injuries. Neither is guaranteed to be identiﬁed by initial x-rays and many public education centers lack the medically-qualiﬁed sports staff that would be able to recognize them and prevent an athlete from returning to a sport too early. As a result, pain often remains but is ignored and further damage is done. “Every time I tear a ligament playing basketball, the time it takes to recover grows longer,” sophomore Elan Kissin said. Orthopedic surgery can often repair musculoskeletal
system injuries but long-term treatment is required. That portion of the healing process is often a point of conﬂict with competitive players and they choose to ignore the medical advice. “Unfortunately there will always be coaches and parents with the ‘win at any cost’ mentality that pressure their players to return too early from recovery,” AP Human Geography and soccer coach Kevin Turner said. When professional athletes return to the ﬁeld or court before they are fully recovered from an injury, they set the example for adolescent athletes. Sports role models may display wrong and immoral behavior, but money and fame tempt even the best of athletes to push past their limits. Little League ofﬁcials are focusing on the total number of pitches per game in order to minimize the chances of seriously injuring a pitcher’s elbow or shoulder. The American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) of Birmingham, Alabama recorded that even lowering the pitches for young children from a maximum of 100 to 85 per outing has amazing effects. Unfortunately trouble remains in enforcing these guidelines, and complaints arise from parents who think the organization is not competitive enough for their 11 and twelve year-old players. The pressure coaches and parents are placing on young athletes is causing them to push their bodies to a dangerous extent, producing an epidemic of serious sport injuries. The players are putting themselves at risk of crippling arthritis, spine fracture “spondylolysis” and Osgood-Schlatter knee disease. Sophie Levin can be contacted at Sophielgalleon@gmail.com
Wakeboarding, wakeskating offer Spanish River students international exposure By DAVID LEVINE STAFF WRITER Wakeboarding is quickly becoming one of Spanish River’s most popular sports. Developed in the late 1980s by Tony Finn, this sport has since exploded in popularity. Every year, events are held for wakeboarding championships internationally and locally, in places such as Hungary, the Philippines, Australia and even Deerﬁeld Beach. “I have traveled to Australia, Germany, Hungary, the Turks and Caicos Islands and all over the U.S. because of wakeboarding,” junior Marc Shuster said. Locally, Spanish River is home to many professional wakeboarders, many of whom are not even 18. “I started wakeboarding when I was around 13 years old,” junior Diego Shaw said. For Shaw, the competition circuit appealed to him the most. After competing in over 20 competitions, Diego Shaw has been ranked among the highest wakeboarders in the world for his age group. “I am most proud of being 2005’s Jr. Men tour champion,” Shaw said. This glory does not come without sacriﬁce though. Wakeboarders such as Shuster and Shaw adhere to a strict exercise regimen that consists of training six days a week with Rob Mopp, three-time world champion wakeboarder. For Shuster, all this training has really paid off. After becoming the 2005 Boy’s World Champion, Shuster has left his footprint in the wakeboarding world. “My whole week is pretty nuts, I wakeboard everyday except Wednesday and work out with a personal trainer two days a week,” Shuster said. With sponsors like Anarchy Sunglasses and Hyperlite, Shuster could live a comfortable life as a professional wakeboarder if he chose to.
For Shuster and Shaw, the discovery of the sport happened unexpectedly. Until he was 13, Shaw was completely ﬁxated on skateboarding, and until Shuster convinced him to try wakeboarding, he had never even considered it.
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Spanish River students Diego Shaw (top) and Marc Shuster (bottom) tear up the Ski Rixen at Quiet Waters Park in Deerﬁeld Beach.
One problem that these athletes face is how they balance school and their wakeboarding passion. For Shaw, it is proving to be a huge task to juggle school, work and wakeboarding. “I ride until seven at night and by the time I get to
work, I just want to eat and pass out,” Shaw said. Despite this, they are still attached to wakeboarding wholeheartedly. For Shaw and Shuster, the sport never ceases to teach them something. “I love that there’s always something new to learn no matter how good you get,” Shuster said. Camaraderie is the driving force behind these athletes. “Keeping in shape and training is hard, but it’s worth it once I’m out wakeboarding with my friends. It’s the best stress reliever.” Shaw said. These wakeboarders know that they have talent, but decide that the best path for them is to just continue wakeboarding as a hobby, not as a career. “The day when I drive under 20 miles per hour and am using a cane is the day when I’ll stop wakeboarding for fun,” Shaw said. On top of wakeboarding, wakeskating has also made a revival in popularity. With athletes like 2006’s Cablestock ﬁrst place winner and Spanish River junior Justin Dahan, the sport is getting to be more well known. Much like wakeboarding though, this sport also demands a great deal of attention. “I usually [wakeskate] ﬁve days a week, try new tricks and keep persevering to get better,” junior Justin Dahan said. For athletes like Dahan, his record of competitions such as 2005’s Nationals for pro-wakeskating and webcast’s pro-invitational puts him at a disposition to become a pro. “I’m going to try to go as far as wakeskating will take me,” Dahan said. Wakeboarding and wakeskating are sports fueled by adrenaline rushes and friendship, and as these athletes have shown, it is one of Spanish River’s up and coming sports. David Levine can be contacted at Davidlgalleon@gmail.com
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Professional athletes struggle as role models for younger generation By MALLORY JONES STAFF WRITER Throughout history, professional athletes have been admired as role models and known for their ways for giving back to the community. Competitors like Michael Jordan, a worldwide icon, were widely respected for their skill and talents. Parents and children alike worshipped these athletes, especially younger fans who wished to someday be where they were. However, the positive images of hardworking athletes has recently been shattered due to instances of cheating, stealing, drug use and murder. Players’ reputations are now plagued by these accusations and the media has continually been finding flaws within most of the world’s top athletes today. “Its disappointing to hear about some of the things that professional athletes do,” junior Caitlin Clark said. “You grow such an amount of respect for them, and the next day there’s a headline about something horrible that they’ve done.” Former NBA player Tim Hardaway nearly ruined his career during in interview in 2007 when asked about his opinion of homosexuals.
“Well, you know I hate gay people, severe. Police set out a search for Jones so I let it be known,” Hardaway on June 18, 2007 after a shooting at responded. “I don’t like gay people and an Atlanta strip club. According to I don’t like to be around gay people. I sources, shots were fired in the club after Jones and rap artist Nelly threw am homophobic. I don’t like it.” After receiving backlash and hundreds of one-dollar bills into the realizing the jeopardy his comments air. This led to a fight with a security guard after Jones put his career in, a s s a u l t e d t h e Hardaway tried to d a n c e r w h e n backtrack on his she collected the statements. However, money without the damage had his permission. already been done. On Dec. 6, The NBA responded Jones pleaded to Hardaway’s no contest to comments by one charge removing him from of conspiracy it’s All-Star Weekend to commit activities later that disorderly week and the CBA conduct. He was issued a statement given one year distancing itself from of probation, Hardaway’s remarks. and ordered However, one of to perform the most notorious 200 hours of athletes to date is Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com community NFL player Adam Adam “Pacman” Jones has had a histoservice. “Pacman” Jones. ry of delinquent behavior off the football After scandals Over the course of two field over the past two seasons. like Jones’ and years, Jones has had Hardaway’s, many incidents with the law including allegations such as spectators of professional sports public intoxication, disorderly conduct, realized that the disgraces involved with assault and possession of marijuana. athletes had significantly increased out Despite his impressive counts, Jones’ of control. Members affiliated with the most recent act is notably the most NBA recently held a meeting to decide
what to do with their players’ tarnished images. Cedric Dempsey, Executive Director of the NCAA, made this point in a recent press conference: “Athletes who refuse to accept their obligations as role models are blind to their responsibilities as adults,” Dempsey said. Nonetheless, many athletes have taken their responsibilities as adults seriously. Basketball icon Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. was known for his unique playing techniques and cheerful attitude both on and off the court. However, Johnson contracted HIV in 1991 which forced him to temporarily retire. After learning about his disease, Johnson released a statement in which he promised to spread the word about HIV prevention and promote abstinence. Johnson soon won support from his fellow team members and become the first openly HIV-positive player to play in the NBA. Johnson was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. In today’s world, it is easy to find a scandal about athletes in the papers. However, despite their setbacks, role models both good and bad have realized their ability to give back and influence not only fans but also the world.
Mallory Jones can be conteacted at Malloryjgalleon@gmail.com
A Primer in Pitching Pitching is an art form: good pitchers have the ability to fool hitters with their grips, release points, arm speed and a myriad of other variables all within manipulation and control. The following is a basic lesson in some commonly used pitches.
Fingers slightly apart; some space between palm and ball
Middle finger on the inside seam
Like a fastball, but with an off-center grip
Same as fastball; fingers split along seams
Spanish River pitcher Kevin Perry demonstrates an effective windup
Fingernails digging into the ball
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SHARKS TAKE THEIR MARK
Manouckeka Joseph Favorite Event: Shotput Favorite Drink: Agua Usual Team Hangout: Bleachers Why track?: Needed an activity to do Danielle Irwin Favorite Event: 1600 Meter Favorite Drink: Blue Gatorade Favorite hangout: Jamba Juice Why track?: To keep in shape for cross country
Jae Shin Favorite Food: Pad-Thai Chicken Favorite Music: “Smoke on a Water” Favorite team hangout: Patch Reef Park Why track?: I love running
Richard Naughton Favorite Event: 100 Meter Dash Pump Up Music: Bob Marley Favorite Hangout: The Track Why track?: I wanted to condition for football Photo By Alix Luntz Compiled By Adam Gardner and Stephen Ratner