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Shevuon Hatichon ‫שבועון התיכון‬ Friday, May 25th, 2012 • ‫תשע״ב‬, ‫ • ד׳ בסיון‬Shabbat: 7:51 - 9:00 • Volume 15, Issue 5

Student Council Executes Successful Color War

By Jonathan Koralnik Spotlight ast Friday, the Gann into the gym and sat together Academy student body with their teams for the closing put aside calculators, ceremony. After each team’s laptops and textbooks so they dance, song and plaque commitcould showcase their face paint, tees showed off the fruits of their hairspray and colored clothing. labor to the judges, the winner Color War had arrived! of Color War – the green team Color War officially began – was announced, signaling the with a breakout ceremony on end of the intense and eventful Tuesday, May 15th during day. Hakhel. The Gann commuAt Gann, the role of Color nity was then divided into three War is to build community teams, each grade comprising one team. Color War kicked off with students meeting with their grades and then separating into different sections to participate in a variety of sports and arts activities. Students took their talents to Gann’s courts and fields and played basketball, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee and volleyball. red team competes in the “Road to In addition, three other groups The Jerusalem” Apache during last Friday’s per grade were assigned with Color War. Credit: David Knopf creating artistic pieces that would be displayed in front of within grades. According to Ofthe judges at the day’s conclu- ficer of Programming Brittany sion. These activities included Gellerman, Color War serves songwriting, choreographing as a tool to “unite each grade, dances and making plaques. teaching them all to work toThen, after a ruach-filled lunch gether towards a common goal.” session, the students made their In this respect, Color War was way over to the gym for a good certainly a success, as it gave old-fashioned dodgeball tourna- many students the opportunity to ment. Following the dodgeball bond with their grades through tournament, students spread the different events and activithemselves around the building ties. Freshman David Kleinberg to partake in a wide array of remarks, “Color War was a great events for Gann’s version of the opportunity to bond as a grade. Apache relay race, the “Road to It was the joint effort to win that Jerusalem.” After the Apache, brought us all closer.” members of each team filed In addition, the students dis-

L Upcoming Events: 5/27-5/28 Shavuot 5/28 Memorial Day 5/30 Senior Beach Day 5/30 Sports Banquet 5/31 The Looking Glass 6/1 Ma’avar Ends

In Here • Both teachers and students attend Playhem X: The Heifer Games, presented by the Red Curtain Drama Club. • Rabbi Daniel Lehmann returns to Gann, proposes changing the symbol of Judaism to a more pluralistic image. • After over a month in the upstairs gallery, the Samuel Bak paintings are returned to Facing History and Ourselves.

Out There

played an immense amount of spirit during the cheers and activities. The spirit of all participants was one of the factors that made this year’s Color War such a big hit. Gellerman adds, “This Color War was very successful in the sense that every grade had strong enthusiasm. Everyone really wanted to win, so everyone played their hardest, bringing up the energy of the school as a whole.” Color War arrives towards the end of the school year, which is a time where teachers often assign final projects and assignments. Because the conclusion of the year is a stressful time, Color War gives students a chance to spend one day without worrying about major assessments and final projects. Says freshman Josh Lange, “I enjoyed the opportunity to relax and take a break from the stresses of school life.” On the other hand, the fact that Color War occurs during the most stressful time of the year makes it hard for some to appreciate it. Lange adds, “I did hear complaints from some of my classmates because they would rather have the day to do homework or study for...finals.” One of the most gratifying parts of Color War is winning the competition. This year, the green team got the satisfaction of seeing their hard work and abundant grade spirit translate into a Color War victory. Sophomore continued on page 2

• Celtics fall to the Sixers 75-82, forcing a Game 7 in Boston Saturday night. • Facebook stock is opened for public purchase, raising questions about the fairness of the sale process. • Anti-immigration rallies in Tel Aviv turn violent Religious Jews Protest Dangers of the A Walk/Run/Bike Ride for the Cure as Israeli citizens protest Internet Gann students participate in the Boston Walk for the influx of illegal imTens of thousands of Orthodox Jews gather in New Hunger, Pan Mass Challenge and others events for migrants from Africa. York to discuss proper internet usage.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Publicize the Internet’s Dangers By Gil Propp Spotlight Last Sunday, May 20th, tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered at New York City’s Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, to raise awareness about the dangers of using the Internet and how one should use modern technology in a responsible way. The event was so heavily attended that the Mets’ normally sparsely attended stadium was filled to the brim, and organizers were forced to rent the nearby Arthur Ashe Stadium for a break off event. While women were not allowed to attend the rally itself, they could watch it, ironically, on an online stream made available by the event’s organizers. According to Jewish Daily News an organizer stated that the protest would be “a prayer rally for the success of [the community of Israel’s] war on technology which threatens the sanctity of the homes of Israel.” Advertisements promoting the rally in Haredi newspapers pointed out that “serious family-related problems have been created” through the Internet. The ads call on the readers, saying that “something must be done so they won’t be hurt.” The letter, signed by leading Israeli religious rabbis, concluded, “The Lord will guide us in a truthful path.” The event was no small feat. The rally cost approximately $1.5 million, including renting a Major League Baseball stadium and bussing in thousands of black-hatters

from dozens of states. Despite taking center stage, the Citi Field protest was not the only major event. A counter protest was staged outside of the stadium to speak out for the victims of child sexual abuse within the community. Many ultra-Orthodox Jews are opposed to using the Internet because of the Internet’s potential to encourage behaviors that violate Halacha, such as “loshon hara” (slanderous gossip) on social media web-

Tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews gather at New York City’s Citi Field to voice fears about internet usage. Credit: http://www.theblaze.com

sites such as Facebook. Also, the Internet pornography industry poses serious violations to Jewish values of decency. While the protesters may hold that such violations may distract us from more important activities like prayer and Torah study, the rally had other motives. According to lawyer Eytan Kobre, the spokesman for the Citi Field rally’s organizer, the ultra-Orthodox

Jews’ intention was not to call for an end to the Internet but rather to learn how to restrain our use of the Internet enough so that the Internet’s “downside” does not take a toll on our “focus and concentration” on more important matters. There is a “spectrum of [Internet] usage” amongst ultraOrthodox Jews, Kobre says, that results in a need to raise awareness of the Internet’s dangers. While ultra-Orthodox Jews such as Shlomo Cohen, a participant in the rally, use the Internet for business and shopping, Cohen himself admits that “desires are out there” within Internet users that must be controlled if the Internet is to be used on a regular basis. The Internet has become so ingrained in modern lifestyle that it is hard to imagine life without it. Even the ultra-Orthodox Jews who rallied at Citi Field use the Internet for business, and many own iPhones and Android phones; services such as a “Kosher GPS App” that helps users locate synagogues and kosher restaurants were advertised at the rally. The rally itself was even streamed online by the event’s organizers so that those who could not make it to the event could still be spectators. UltraOrthodox Jews’ own usage of the Internet demonstrates how valuable a resource the Internet is, and the rally serves as a reminder that with all of the Internet’s benefits, it still has many drawbacks that we must remain aware of and deal with accordingly.

Color War continued from page 1 Nikki Teperman says, “Winning Color War felt amazing. It was really rewarding for us to win because I saw throughout the day how hard everyone was working. The green team has won Color War so many

years, and it felt really good to be back on top.” Teperman is eager for next year’s event because the green team will have the opportunity to repeat as Color War champions: “I’m already excited for next

year because of the success of this year’s Color War. I’d like to be able to leave Gann continuing the green dynasty.”

Be sure to look out for Harrison Shecter and Carl Haber’s Ma’avar cover album, Blind Date, expected next week!


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Do You Walk the Walk? By Abby Schwartz Student Lounge With finals right around the corner and the beautiful weather finally coming around, summer is in the air. The long awaited summer vacation, besides giving us all a necessary break, also marks a time when on any given weekend, hundreds, thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of individuals come together to walk, run, ride, dance or almost anything else. These gatherings aim to raise funds for various charitable causes such as discovering a cure for cancer. Several members of the Gann community will be amongst the thousands that participate in such events. For many, motivation is found in friends or family members that have experienced a given disease or condition. These participants take part to raise money for a cause that is “near and dear” to them. Some do it to compete; others do it for the exercise or because a friend asked them to join with them. While some of the events are national in scope and some are focused on a very particular geographic area, many of the better-known events have gotten their start in the Boston area. Included in this list are

the Greater Boston Food Bank’s Walk for Hunger, the Red Sox Foundation/Mass General Hospital Race to Home Plate and the Jimmy Fund’s Pan Mass Challenge. Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger, which began in 1969, is the oldest continual pledge walk in the country and the largest

43,000 people participated in the 2012 Boston Walk for Hunger.

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annual one-day fundraiser to alleviate local hunger. With 554,000 Massachusetts residents struggling to put food on their tables, the Walk has provided essential support for the most vulnerable among us – children, elderly, disabled and unemployed. In 2010 alone, over $3.8 million was raised through

Parshat Bemidbar

By Aaron Segal and Sarah Kusinitz Dvar Torah “From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: ye shall number them by their hosts, even thou and Aaron. And with you there shall be a man of every tribe, every one head of his fathers’ house” (Bemidbar 1:4-5). In Parshat Bemidbar, Moshe and Aaron are told by God to collect all the men above the age of 20 and perform a census. After the census is finished, Moshe and Aaron pick the leaders of each tribe. The people who are picked by Moshe and Aaron have their names changed. Their names are not changed literally but the spiritual meanings of the names are changed. From then on, the selected leaders are not known as Abidan son of Gideoni or Pagiel son of Ochran but as the Abidan son of Gideoni and the Pagiel son of Ochran. These names become a symbol of pride and power. After they are given this position, many more people

know the leaders than before they were selected. Even in the time of the Torah, names were very important and held much significance. The importance of a name became much more than just a handle by which to be addressed following the census. Tribes began to live together in segregated camps where they could be more tightly knit with their communities, which were communities based around one commonality – a family name. Special responsibilities were given to several tribes, such as the Levites and the Kohanim. The Levites had the task of creating a sanctuary for the use of all tribes, which became the nucleus that the tribespecific camps were built around. Their task was so important that they were not included in the census, for it was already known that their mission was constructing the temple for the rest of the tribes.

the efforts of 42,000 walkers and 2,000 volunteers. Although freshman Claire Shoyer says that she originally participated in the walk because a friend invited her, she was inspired to participate after seeing “so many people walking for the same cause.” Shoyer, who is one of many Gann students who has participated in the Walk for Hunger, further notes that she has continued to walk every year because “the walk is a great time to talk to people, it’s good exercise, but mostly because it’s for a great cause, and I love actually being able to help people.” Just last Sunday, senior Jeremy Jick joined thousands of others to participate in the Run to Home Base, which started and ended at Fenway. The proceeds from this run, which is co-sponsored by The Red Sox Foundation and the Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, are used to help wounded service members, veterans and their families deal with the “invisible wounds” of war such as combat stress and traumatic brain injuries. Jick, who admittedly loves to run, became involved because he “thought it was a really worthy continued on page 7

Even today Jews put a special emphasis on the importance of names. When a child is born into a Jewish family, there is a naming ceremony for the child. Additionally, it is a Jewish tradition to name your child after a deceased relative. This tradition is an example of the importance of names within the Jewish community. Family ties and ancestry are so central to the Jewish people that Jews name their children in memory of the dead. Both in the Torah and in modern Jewish life, we choose to honor our family and our ancestors by carrying on and passing down their names. Although you may have never thought about it before, your name is a very important characteristic about you and represents your family and where you come from.


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J.P Morgan’s $2 Billion Trading Blunder By Jacqueline Pollock IHOT

J.P Morgan Chase & Co., one of the leading banking corporations of security and investments, made a grave mistake when the Chief Executive Officer, James Dimon, failed to notice the bad investments that had begun to create massive losses at the bank. The company itself is responsible for assisting persons, large corporations and the government through increasing capital and guaranteeing a client’s deliverance of security. However, as a result of Dimon’s oversight, the company lost $2 billion in what seemed like a matter of minutes. Associates later reported to the Wall Street Journal that “when Mr. Dimon saw the numbers, he couldn’t breathe,” an expected response to a slip up of that magnitude. Although it is known that there were multiple intricate trades that led to the company’s major loss, the company has yet to disclose much information on the matter. The majority of the information that has been disclosed has come from key competitors of the company. The bulk of the debt associated with the banking corporation has been accrued by selling insurance contracts known to most as “credit-default swaps.” In the following days, the country was in a state of shock concerning the banking company and its negligence. During Elizabeth Lowenberg’s geometry class, she articulated her surprise upon hearing the news, adding that the financial blun-

der could affect millions of people who invested their money into the company. Junior Will Hirschtick agreed, saying that he “could not believe that an error that huge went unnoticed until it was too late.” The company, whose financial damage has now increased to an estimated $5 bil-

her opinion, saying, “It was an unfortunate and preventable crisis, but at the same time it is expected that big banks will be and are constantly taking major investment risks, and thus they must be responsible for dealing with the consequences of assuming those risks.” People are not only blaming the company as a whole; they are also blaming Dimon, the co-chairman of the cooperation. Despite Dimon’s successful track record, he made a detrimental error, costing the company billions. When asked how he could allow something this staggering to occur, he remarked, “The big lesson I learned: don’t get complacent despite a successful track record. No one or no unit J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., an investment banking can get a free pass.” company on Wall Street, has been criticized Ultimately, the crisis has raised sevheavily as of late in the media. eral questions regarding the role of any Credit: http://www.usnews.com executive position in a large cooperation. lion, has not only added another blemish to Additionally, the nation’s financial leaders their track record, which was already ques- have started to wonder whether or not new tionable as they rapidly expanded over the regulatory rules will help prevent future past decade, but has also placed the rest of economic crises. Vaitsblit, however, still the company in serious financial jeopardy. believes in large banks holding power In an attempt to contain their $2 billion and stands against the government getting financial error, the company has had to cut overly involved in some financial issues. off almost $25 billion in shareholder value. As she remarks, “If the banks fail, then let This extreme mishap has made many them fail. And if they can pick themselves people question how large corporations are up again, then that is a sign that they truly handling their money. When asked about deserve to be ‘highly recommended and the topic, senior Hannah Vaitsblit expressed trusted.’”

History Almost Repeats Itself By Oshri Olsberg Israel Only seven months after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Binyamin Netanyahu defeated Shimon Peres in the 1996 Israeli Prime Minister elections. Netanyahu won by just one percent. Three years and many terrorist attacks later, the Israeli Knesset lost its trust in the Netanyahu administration and held a “vote of no confidence,” where it was determined that Israel would have its Prime Minister elections earlier than scheduled. Netanyahu lost in these elections. In 2009, Netanyahu became the Israeli Prime Minister for the second time, and three years later, early elections will be

held once again. This time, however, Netanyahu was the one who called for the

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu calls for early elections.

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early elections. There were several factors that played

into Netanyahu’s decision to hold early elections, none more prominent than the issue behind the Tal Law. The Knesset passed the Tal Law about ten years ago, and it exempts the ultra-Orthodox community from serving in the IDF if they choose to study Torah instead. In February, Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that the Tal Law was unconstitutional, and the Law is set to expire in August. The issue with the Tal Law was that Israeli citizens didn’t feel that the burden of Israeli society, namely the mandatory army service, was being equally shared among all Jewish Israeli citizens of all religious backgrounds. continued on page 6


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An Apathetic Attitude Towards Clubs at Gann By Jacob Shannon, Guest Writer Opinion

At Gann Academy there are many clubs to choose from, each with different goals and initiatives. Many seem to enhance the Gann community, but I question whether all Gann clubs meet this mission. Often I hear Hakhel announcements and see Student Lounge posts for clubs that seem ill-formed and ready to die off. Most of the time, I find myself judging a club and doubting it’s validity from the moment I hear the concept and who is leading it. In my estimation, the downfall of these organizations, more often than not, stems from club leaders who only care about the club for personal gain, particularly for college applications. I have seen and heard of students that come to a club for just a month or two and then put it on their college applications. Sophomore Ellie Pasternack agrees, saying, “How could it not happen?! I’m sure people ‘join’ clubs for college and go to only one meeting and then never come again.” The same apathetic attitude often applies to club leadership. Students at Gann are raised in a highly competitive, college-oriented culture that pressures students to excel, be it preparing for the SAT, taking all advanced classes or working their way up to a particular form of leadership. Students strive to display leadership in order to impress colleges, often competing to becoming a varsity sports captain, the lead in a musical or leader of a

club. The consequence of this competitive culture is that students express fake interests in order to appear more attractive on a college application. If people who are not serious about its purpose and mission form a club, the club will not attract other students. Pasternack decided to go to the lunch meeting of a club she had never been to before and reported, “It was run entirely by juniors. They didn’t

Clubs promote their questionable purposes with misleading advertisements that encourage active participation. Credit: Jeremy Kelleher

care about the opinions of the underclassmen present.” She continued, “Why would I have [shared my ideas] in an environment in which I felt my opinion wouldn’t be valued or taken seriously?” The clubs that thrive, however, are the ones where the leadership cares about the success of the club and not about their own personal gain. Leaders that ask themselves, “What is this club doing for my community?” rather than, “What is this club doing

for me?” are the best kind of leaders and the ones who make their clubs grow and flourish. My advice to anyone who wants to start a club or to be the leader of an existing club is to ask yourself, “If all the colleges I applied to accepted everyone, would I still want to be leader of this club?” If the answer is yes, and you have the time and energy to start or continue that club, then you should do it and feel proud that you did. If the answer is no, you should rethink your goals and understand that you are potentially doing more damage to the community than good. The best clubs at Gann are the ones that many people are passionate about and oftentimes the ones with the most competitive leadership election processes. It may be hard to start a club or be leader of a club you are passionate about, but that is exactly what will make it great. Clubs with competitive election processes weed out any undesirable candidates, leaving only the best students suited for the job. Those students often times need a lot more motivation than just college applications because the clubs they are running are demanding and difficult to run. Ultimately, if you want to start a long lasting and successful club, know that it is not a decision to be taken lightly. Keep in mind that a club should always benefit the school before it benefits its leaders.

History Almost Repeats Itself continued from page 5 Netanyahu announced that he would create a new law to resolve the issue of the Tal Law. He stated, “As I have already declared prior to the ruling, the Tal Law in its present form will not be extended...In the approaching months we [the Knesset] will formulate a new bill that would guarantee a more equal sharing of the burden of all parts of Israeli society.” The connection between the Tal Law, or possibly another similar new law, and early elections was that the parties within Netanyahu and the Likud Party’s political coalition were split on the issue of the Tal Law and what lies beneath it: the fact that the ultra-Orthodox community can be exempt from army service. Had enough members

within the Likud Party coalition disagreed with the Likud Party’s stance on the issue, they could have broken off from the coalition, and the Likud and its coalition would no longer have been the majority in the Knesset. Netanyahu believed that this summer would have been an ideal time to hold an early election because his popularity is at an all time high due to his successes in office, including the return of Gilad Shalit and the decline in terrorist attacks in Israel during his time in power. Had elections been held in September, polls show that Likud would have won 30-32 seats in the Knesset, whereas their biggest opposition, the Labor Party, would have only won 10-15 seats. In

Netanyahu’s opinion, “it is better to have a short election campaign of four months that will restore political stability.” Nevertheless, just as it seemed as though the Knesset was going to dissolve itself and elections were going to take place in September, the Likud Party formed a new coalition that included the Kadima Party. With the new addition of Kadima, Likud’s coalition now secured 96 of the possible 120 parliamentary seats. Even if certain smaller parties break off from the coalition because of disagreements concerning the Tal Law, the coalition will still have the majority, and therefore there is no reason for Netanyahu to hold early elections. The Israeli government is stable...for now.


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Walk For Hunger continued from page 3 cause,” further stating that the race through Boston “was an opportunity to help and have fun [while] doing [good in the community].” Perhaps one of the biggest events of this summer will be the annual Pan Mass Challenge (PMC), which raises money for the Jimmy Fund. Under founder Billy Starr’s direction, the PMC has grown consistently over the past 32 years from its modest beginnings to an event that draws 5,500 cyclists from 36 states and eight countries. Raising more money than any other athletic

fundraising event in the country, the PMC generates half of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue, which goes to support cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Junior Aliza Holstein, whose family has cycled in this event several times, notes that “there is great energy, and everyone there is passionate about the cause, and you really feel as though you are making a difference.” Holstein has participated in several other events of this type and has also volunteered at the Boston Marathon handing out water and popsicles to support

the participants and cheer them on at the finish line. In addition to the many students and faculty who have participated in runs and walks, a number of clubs and athletic teams have also elected to share the experience as a group. There seems to be a universal sentiment and feeling of pride in the accomplishment of finishing a race/run/walk and raising money. As Jick notes, “participating in walks, runs, and races is an amazing way to fundraise for a good cause and give back.”

Writers Ben Bryer ‘15, Rachel Butler ‘14, Harrison Dale ‘15, Aaron Dvorkin ‘13, Annika Gompers ‘14, Daniel Gray ‘14, Aaron Hunt ‘15, Gabriel Karger ‘13, Jonathan Koralnik ‘14, Joshua Lange ‘15, Sara Newman ‘14, Oshri Olsberg ‘14, Eleora Pasternack ‘14, Jacqueline Pollock ‘13, Rebecca Pritzker ‘13, Gil Propp ‘13, Sarah Salinger ‘15, Abby Schwartz ‘13, Maya Sinclair ‘15, Jacqueline Teperman ‘13, Nicole Teperman ‘14, Adam Yates ‘15 Photographers Brittany Gellerman, Jeremy Kelleher, Sarah Litwin, Alicia Zolondick Entertainment Page Josh Chartock, Michael Handler

Editor in Chief Sloane Grinspoon Managing Editor Jonah Kriger Layout Editor Lily Cohen Assistant Editors Rachel Brody, Jordana Gardenswartz & Matthew Zackman Copy Editor Maxwell Fineman Faculty Advisor Shoshanah Zaritt Faculty Consultants Deb Carroll, Matt Conti & Jonah Hassenfeld


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Gann’s Own IGC Champs By Nicole Teperman

Just last week, the Girls’ Varsity Tennis team won their last two games of the season, securing their third consecutive IGC title. The girls were well prepared and hungry for their final win last Thursday versus Brimmer and May after beating Boston Trinity Academy a day earlier. The undefeated season was kept intact even through their most difficult game against Boston Trinity, which head coach Boxer says was won “by the narrowest of margins.” The team has a very notable undefeated record of 6-0 and has been able to maintain an extremely successful season despite the lack of seniors due to long-term injuries. Both of the senior captains of the team, Sarah Waxman and Ilana Wasserman, were injured for a large part of the season and

were unable to play in many of the important games. While it was hard to not be able to take part in the team’s accomplishments, Wasserman still appreciates the team dynamic and says, “It was difficult for sure, but it was also really nice to see the other girls on the team step up and take more responsibility on and off the court.” Especially in last week’s game versus Boston Trinity, there were many position changes due to the absence of the seniors. Wasserman later added, “The girls adjusted very well to the new lineup and really stepped up their games to keep our streak going, which was awesome.” Even when the pressure was on to uphold their streak, the team stayed composed and was rewarded with a victory. Merissa Jaye, a sophomore on the

team, says of the championship, “I’m so proud of the team. Everyone worked very hard. There were so many new members this year and also many new adjustments, and winning the IGC title shows how we all came together in the end.” The uninterrupted streak of winning the IGC shows the tennis program’s improvement over the course of each year. The team clearly has grown stronger, and its trophies and banners can prove that. So, congratulations to the Girls’ Varsity Tennis team for their consistency and devotion to the team. The undefeated season and winning the IGC are a true representation of all the hard work put into this season; all of it really paid off!

Varsity Coed Ultimate Takes It To Go By Harrison Dale

Last Thursday, Gann’s Ultimate team took home the MBIL championship in a game against league rival CSW. Ultimate, along with cross-country and tennis, is one of several Gann teams to win a championship this year. In addition to winning the league title, the team also remained undefeated. Winning the title did not come easily. Ultimate met five days a week, including the long Sunday practice every weekend. Sophomore Keren Radbil said that during practice, she “[put] in all of [her] effort while having fun with some of [her] closest friends.” Ultimate is known as a highly competitive sport but is also very enjoyable. Sophomore Noah Bernays described it simply as “ultimate” and went on to great lengths to explain how the sport was physically and mentally demanding. In a sport where you cannot simply use force to take out other players, strategy is more important. Freshman Eytan Deener-Agus gave valuable insight on the team dynamic. Through extensive scrimmages, Deener-Agus says

head coach Simcha Cohen exposed them to game situations quickly. “We would start off with stretches; then a small throwing warm up and maybe another small drill, and then we would jump into the game,” said Deener-Agus. He went on to describe a fond team memory, capturing the tightknit atmosphere of the Ultimate team: “We

MVP of the Week goes to Rachel Nieves for being nominated to become the MVP of the IGC Lacrosse League.

were still getting used to each other as a team but had a perfect shutout, and we had everyone on the team play, which is always very cool. The next day, we all got bagels sponsored by Simcha because we had a bagel. Get it? Zero [points allowed].” Unfortunately, being a relatively new

sport, Ultimate is sometimes criticized as being “less than a sport” or “an activity.” However, with the recently established USA Ultimate Professional Frisbee League, these feelings of enmity have begun to dissipate. Junior Josh Schwartz dismissed this idea, saying, “Color War gave me a new respect for competitive Ultimate Frisbee. I didn’t think it was as tiring and strategic as it turned out to be.” Freshman Jonathan Oppenheimer agreed, claiming, “Contrary to popular belief, Ultimate takes a lot of athletic and cognitive ability. You have to actually be skilled at sprinting, and, of course, throwing and catching a Frisbee. In addition, there are a ton of positions and plays to learn and execute. I know I worked harder in some of those practices than I ever have in a sport before.” Despite some differing opinions in the sports world, the majority of Gann seems to be supportive of Ultimate and their dedication to their team! Congratulations to the Ultimate team on winning the league title!

The Shevuon Hatichon staff would like to wish you all good luck on finals!


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