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Volume 32, Issue 5 | April 2012 | Convent of the Sacred Heart | Greenwich, CT
Girls Run the world United States. Junior Sydney Claiden addresses this problem by leading Girl Up. This Upper School club is dedicated to living out Sacred Heart’s goal number three, “A social awareness which impels to action.” Basing her club on of The Girl Effect Foundation, Sydney and her club primarily fundraise to support girls in developing countries. “We truly believe that educating one person can help them rise to power,”Sydney said. “By fundraising, we can help women become an important part of our world.” President Barack Obama has also seen a similar importance in women’s education. He has even appointed a new White House Council on Women and Girls, hoping to make more progress on the Millennium Goals. “We will not sow the seeds for a brighter future or reap the benefits of the change we need without the full and active participation of women around the world,” President Obama said in a speech quoted in The
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Where did we go wrong?
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Senior Clare Verrochi volunteered last summer at our sister school in Uganda to improve the education system, and facilitate the “Girl Effect.”
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New York Times. The Society of the Sacred Heart is one of these organizations that are “sowing the seeds” for a brighter future by promoting literacy, growth, and education for all. More specifically, the Society focuses on education for women. Sister Cecile Meijer, a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (RSCJ), and a non-governmental organization (NGO) representative at the United Nations sees education as an “ingredient” towards a more inclusive and equal world. The Religious of the Sacred Heart are represented in 41 countries that are members of the United Nations. “The education of girls is far more than a tool to achieve gender equality, it is a universal human right,” Sister Meijer said in an email. “Experience has shown that by giving young women the chance to develop their gifts and talents benefits not only those girls but the entire community around them. In fact, educating girls is a path to peace.”
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War, hunger, disease, and poverty are just a few of the obstacles that the world has yet to overcome. They plague every nation, every generation, and every individual. The solution does not lie in science, money, the Internet, or the government. Rather, it lies in one girl. One girl with an opportunity. One girl with an education. One girl who can change the world. According to an article published by The New York Times titled “The Women’s Crusade,” girls are uneducated and forgotten in many developing countries, where poverty and political instability are leading problems. The Girl Effect is a nonprofit organization driven by the hope that 250 million adolescent girls in developing nations will end poverty for themselves and the world. 70 percent of the world’s children who are not enrolled in school are girls. These girls are illiterate, married off at an early age, and isolated. They become pregnant, are more vulnerable to HIV, and their families are trapped in a cycle of poverty. According to the Girl Effect, a girl living in poverty comes to a crossroads at around age twelve. If given a chance to become educated, she stays healthy and HIV negative. She marries when she chooses. She raises a healthy family. She has the opportunity to raise the standards of living for herself, her family, her community, and the world. When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. An extra year of primary school increases girls’ eventual wages by ten to 20 percent. And an extra year of secondary school increases the wages by 15 to 25 percent. With knowledge of the revolutionary nature of girls’ education in mind,
Convent of the Sacred Heart continues to be actively engaged in the fight against poverty through student-led efforts to reach out to Sacred Heart sister schools in developing countries. Head of School, Mrs. Hayes even stated in her welcome letter on the Sacred Heart webpage that “Sacred Heart has educated young women to become leaders and play transformative roles in society.” African Task Force (ATF), an Upper School club at Sacred Heart is dedicated to developing a committed educational and outreach program in Africa. Senior Alex Root, one of the heads of ATF, strongly believes that educating women is crucial in today’s society. “Education provides women with an awareness of their potential in the world,” Alex said. “It’s an awareness that tells them that they can play an important role in their community when they are consistently being told that they can’t.” African Task Force mainly focuses on raising money to support sister schools in Uganda and Kenya. “Supporting the education of girls in Uganda takes a lot of effort,” Mrs. Lori Wilson, Director of Campus Ministry and Upper School Service Network Service Coordinator said. “We have been very instrumental in helping the school get built and we continue to sponsor six students each year as well as sending other much needed money for continued development.” After deciding to sponsor Jameseky, a young girl in Haiti, in cooperation with the sister of Mr. David Olson, Head of the Middle School, Mrs. Wilson personally saw the impact that an education can have on a family. “Jamesesky’s mom said, ‘Thank you for giving my children a future,’” Mrs. Wilson said. “She understands the value of an education and what windows it can open for her daughter especially.” Similar problems even exist in the
catherine considine ‘13
The golden ticket
Convent of the Sacred Heart 1177 King Street Greenwich, CT 06831 (203) 532-3596 www.cshgreenwich.org editor-in-chief nicole narea managing editor alex murray features editor eleanor judge assistant features editor devon hoffman sports editor kim benza assistant sports editor catherine considine arts editor katie ellison assistant arts editor taylor michael news editor hannah godvin assistant news editor maddie pillari photo editor alison brett opinions editor molly scudder assistant opinions editor alli sciarretta copy editor mollie pillari layout assistants allison davis christine kager lauren ioli business managers christa ruggerio stephanie viola adviser ms. matilde larson cartoonist polly bruce
About the KSC
The King Street Chronicle is a monthly publication run by Sacred Heart’s Journalism students. Each issue is circulated to 700 Upper School students, faculty, and other members of the community. The King Street Chronicle’s main goal is to inform readers about issues and events that are pertinent to the school community. We strive to emphasize the relationship between our school and the world. We make it our mission to provide readers with fair, honest, and relevant news that will promote student reflection and action. This year, we are working to improve the quality of writing and design in the paper. Specifically, we will present new, in-depth angles and reporting to our readers in order to explore many facets of journalism. The King Street Chronicle remains committed to abiding by and respecting the Goals and Criteria of a Sacred Heart school.
What’s the matter with kids today? Maggie Gavin guest writer
Disclaimer: If you happen to enjoy any of the things listed below, I won’t hate you or call you out on it, but rather, I will judge you silently from afar. Annoying pop music I can’t even begin to explain my distaste for dubstep. Honestly, it sounds as if aliens are trying to contact us and we have mistakenly taken their cries for help or their attempts at communication as very loud, very bad, very annoying club music (and I use the term ‘music’ very lightly here). Did someone wake up one morning thinking, “Man, I really wish that some of the artists I listened to played weird synth and wore a fake animal head over their own?” Because, if so, deadmau5 delivered. Yes, that is deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse,” no capital letters, no punctuation, and a number five on the end because who cares about the English language anymore anyway?). Don’t even get me started on these “musician’s concerts.” Do you really want to pay 60 dollars to be locked in a crowded room with thousands of other sweating teens watching a man jump around on a platform and simply playing his iTunes while wearing a mouse (mau5, I suppose) foam head over his own? Sure, I suppose the music is catchy, if you enjoy feeling like someone is smashing your head against a wall.
as if they suffer from tourettes. Give it until 2072, when nursing homes are filled with bald old men in wheelchairs still shaking their head in an attempt to swoop their now nonexistent hair. Then you’ll listen to me. Lax bros also dress in an…interesting way. If you see a lax bro not wearing a hat, you’re pretty much looking at him naked. They also wear pinnies. They are not even actual shirts, but don’t tell them that because they won’t believe you (trust me, I’ve tried). They wear this weird outfit year round, too. Ten degrees and snowing? I wouldn’t be surprised if a lax bro chose to climb Mount Everest wearing one of those. I want to grab their shoulders and shake them, screaming “You’re not even playing lacrosse! Do you have any idea how stupid you look? It’s 30 degrees outside -- put on a shirt!” Luckily, I have the self restraint to stop myself before I’m thrown in a loony bin for attempting to put clothes on people.
Our narcissism Our generation is incredibly vain. With the invention of Twitter, Facebook, and cameras on both sides of the phone (so it’s less obvious when you’re taking pictures of yourself to update your profile picture), is it honestly much of a surprise that we care what people think of us? My generation has actually surpassed vanity and gone straight to becoming gods among men, because now people only see what we want them to see. We post only certain pictures, take five minutes to write a simple status update,
The lax bro Never in my entire life have I encountered someone who can be so chill, so bro about, well, life, bro. Lax bros, or lacrosse players, don’t even need to play lacrosse anymore. They just sort of… exist. Everywhere. And their hair! Have you seen their hair? It swoops across their forehead as if God himself came down to perfectly place every individual hair into a perpetual swooping motion. It could stay in that position even if they were zooming down the autobahn in a convertible with the top down – and the best part is, they don’t even use hairspray. They are constantly flicking their head to make their hair swoop. Do you ever wonder if lax bros have pulled muscles from flipping their hair too much? I’m completely convinced that, at this point in their lives, it has become more of a twitch,
and display witty (or at least what you and your friends consider witty) conversations for all to see. With this explosion of social networking comes the unfortunate duck face, a face that millions of teenage girls pose when they are taking a picture – even if they know it looks ridiculous, because somewhere, in the back of their tiny, underdeveloped brains, they think that it actually makes them look cute. No. Stop. It doesn’t. Widening your eyes and pursing your lips so hard that they might just fall off is not flattering, so I don’t quite understand why you took the time to upload a 56-picture album entitled “muploaddies of mee!! <3333.” The texting effect Why can’t we just pick up the phone and call anyone anymore? If I were to pick up the phone and call someone, I’d have to force some small talk. Do I really care how their day went? No, I couldn’t care less, but it would be considered inappropriate if I just jumped into the conversation asking the one thing I wanted to know. So, instead, I have to hear about their day and they have to hear about mine and they need to ask about my mother and I need to ask about theirs and it turns into this whole ordeal when, in fact, I just wanted to know what the math homework was. For introverts like myself, texting is a life saver, and I can save my energy for more important conversations, like what happened on Once Upon A Time last night.
polly bruce ‘13
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Thinking twice about the way we act Alison
Brett photo editor
People don’t always change. They have certain habits which, all their lives, they never try to alter. Eventually they become so caught up in their own ideas that they do not even pass a glance when the opportunity to change comes around. Often, the reason that people are so unable to change is not that they are unwilling, but that they are so subject to others’ judgment that they let it become a part of who they are. Recently, my French class studied the play Huis Clos by Jean Paul Sartre, the main theme of which was “L’enfer c’est les Autres,” translated simply, “Hell is other people.” Yet, the meaning of such a theme in the context of this philosophical play is not that we simply do not like being around other people, but that others’
judgments of us play a large role in how we define ourselves. Without necessarily meaning to, we meet others and we develop opinions about them, the way they act, their strongest characteristics and the way they look. Those first impressions are an essential part of our interaction with others. It is for that reason that other peoples’ judgments of us have such a large impact. Even as children, we have always been surrounded by other people who look at us either as kids who have potential in the world or kids who do not. We let their final ruling of us define who we are. But the judgments that others form do not necessarily reflect our own personalities; rather, they are a reflection of what others look to see in us. This concept is reflected in Huis Clos, where each of the three characters trapped in hell depends on one of the others to exist. Garcin, a character who refuses to serve in the war out of cowardice, is forced to convince one of the other characters that he is not a coward, and cannot leave until he is satisfied that she believes him. He is
not willing to change his cowardice, but at the same time, needs for others to believe that he is not a coward. Because of this vicious cycle, Garcin is trapped for eternity in a world where he is not able to escape suffering until he convinces someone against what they already believe. What others think of us should not matter to us, but it does. Because outside judgments play such a large role, suicides, eating disorders and other tragedies happen to people more often than we would like to acknowledge. By the tiniest mix up of words, self esteem is damaged and people are left scarred. We cannot let others’ judgments define who we are, and should strive only to be better people because of them. Simultaneously, we need to learn to watch what we say and think about the effect our own words can have on other people. Sartre’s message in portraying the story of Garcin in Huis Clos is an important one; we need to use the freedom of choice we are given while we have it to change the way we act around others, before it becomes too late.
opinions A sinking ship in filmmaking history King Street Chronicle
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Why is it that whenever I hear the words “Near…far…wherever you are,” I am the only one that wants to run away screaming? I hate Titanic. Most teenage girls would gasp in horror at the thought, but it is true. I hate Titanic. I fail to understand its ohso-high standing in film and how it merits 11 Oscars, including the top accolades for Best Picture and Best Director. Titanic is not important in the history of film and it certainly has no right to this year to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking -- in the hallowed format of 3D, no less. The movie is boring, with no original plotline and sub-par acting. I simply fail to see why it is considered a classic at all. Why is a sappy, overdone version of a wealthy woman falling for a disenfranchised man appealing at all? It definitely would not
happen in real life, and, if it did, the Titanic is not the place for it. 3D will do nothing to better the grueling process of watching this movie. I do not want to feel like I am drowning as the water rushes towards me on the lower decks. I do not want to feel like I am “King of the World.” I will leave that nauseating trite scene to our dearest Leo DiCaprio, thank you very much. Most people’s argument in favor
of Titanic consists of one word: Leo. Leonardo DiCaprio is not the world’s greatest actor. He is not a heartthrob, especially not a teenage heartthrob. And while he did get better with age, giving improved performances in Blood Diamond (2006) and Inception (2010), he fails to give his acting
any true emotion in Titanic, other than an unconvincing stricken expression here and there and looking cold on the tiny raft he shares with Kate Winslet. I love Kate Winslet, I do. But in Titanic, she was only as good as the part written for her in the screenplay. James Cameron is not the world’s best writer – truly, the only draw to his other blockbuster Avatar, whose storyline is stolen from Pocahontas, is the killer graphics. However, Titanic’s writings are so bad that no amount of special effects can hide how corny and hackneyed each line is. Every time I am forced to watch this movie (like on a bus ride during a school fieldtrip), I cringe at each forced line falling from the actors lips. I am sad to inform you that no matter how hard I try, I cannot convince the diehard fans of Titanic that their beloved movie is one of the worst made. I cannot pry open the eyes of people that wish that they remain fully closed. So, my only hope is that when you see Titanic in theatres, and I really wish you would not, that for the second time on the big screen it should make no great impact on the cinema community.
To frack or not to frack?
Would you feel comfortable drinking flammable water? Well many Americans have recently been placed in such a situation. In an attempt to exploit natural gas resources, energy companies have begun to use the method of Hydraulic Fracturing, or fracking, to extract natural gas that is found deep in natural gas wells. Fracking has been shown to contaminate water sources; in some cases to the point where the water has so many chemicals, it is actually flammable. You may be asking yourself, what is fracking? First, a well is drilled, and then millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals are injected using high pressure into the well. The pressure from the water fractures the shale and allows natural gas to flow out of the well. Once fracking fluids are injected into the ground, they mix with underground water supplies, thereby potentially contaminating the drinking water. The toxic chemicals are easily mixed with well-water, causing health problems for the people who are exposed to the water. Currently many people in states such as Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wyoming are suffering from gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain. Headaches, dizziness, respiratory problems and fainting have also been reported as a result of contaminated water from fracking. Fracking is exempt from the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Superfund Act. An amendment to the 2005 energy bill introduced by Dick Cheney called the Halliburton Loophole, stripped the EPA’s authority to regulate hydro-fracking through the Safe Drinking Water Act. Due to this exclusion, gas companies are not required to disclose the chemicals used in the fracking process. Even if companies did release
the chemicals they were using, not many people would understand the impact such chemicals would have on their water. In a phone interview with David Braun, President and Co-founder of United for Action and the National Grassroots Coalition, he said, “These companies are now getting off the hook. They create a toxic mess and they leave the toxic mess. It’s a crazy world where we cannot subsidize health care, but we can subsidize companies that can do this…It’s downright criminal.” From a purely financial perspective, hydro-fracking benefits the United States. Harnessing our own natural gas eases our dependency on foreign oil. Even though the Middle East is in such unrest and avoiding situations like the Oil Embargo of 1973, where OPEC cut our access to oil, would be beneficial for the United States, is it really worth the health of our citizens? This issue of whether or not to begin fracking in New York is currently being decided. That is right; this issue of water contamination can be found dripping out of our own faucets. Oil companies ensure that the fracking will be done far enough away from New York’s water shed that there will
be no possible way for contamination. The only issue with this assertion is that fracking has never been proven to be done in a safe way. The oil companies’ word does not have much merit. “It is a very inefficient way of mining an energy source that is making a certain portion of the population very wealthy and is having profound and detrimental effects on the lives, health, land and water of the rest of us,” said David Braun. The consequences of fracking overshadow the benefits. A growing number of citizens have begun to feel the effects fracking has taken on their water. In the documentary film Gas Land by Josh Fox, there are images of people lighting their tap water on fire as a result of all the chemicals that have contaminated their water source. Now that the issue of fracking has come to New York, it is in our hands to decide whether or not we want our water to be affected. On February 22, the New York State Supreme Court upheld a ruling that allowed for towns to decide to allow fracking. The vote is truly in our hands now. Allowing fracking in New York would be damaging to the lives and health of the people.
Letter to the Editor
Dear KSC, “Pairing Minds and Hearts” is a peer tutoring program we recently launched in our upper school and middle school communities. Tutors are paired amongst upper school students during common free times, and tutors also have the opportunity to tutor middle school students during middle school study hall, or to participate as tutors in the middle school “Homework Club.” “Pairing Minds and Hearts” has been a great success so far, and all tutors receive community service hours for their work. Any student is encouraged to sign up as a tutor or to receive tutoring! Contact Anne Keeney (junior) at email@example.com. -Junior Annie Keeney Letters to the editor may be submitted by any member of the Sacred Heart communityto the Opinions Editor, Molly Scudder, and the Asst. Opinions Editor, Allie Sciarretta, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com. The staff editorial was written by Molly Scudder and Allie Sciarretta.
Up for debate Chloe
Kimberlin staff writer
I have come to realize in the past few months that controversial topics are treated with a certain delicacy at Convent of the Sacred Heart. As a Catholic school, it is obviously important to uphold and implement its Catholic values, so, while discussion of topics that could contradict these values occurs, the school cannot endorse any opinion other than that of the Church. I have accepted this aspect of the school because it is completely understandable. So, naturally, I was intrigued when I heard that the juniors would be debating abortion in Ethics class. Regardless of an individual’s personal views, learning how to respectfully discuss a touchy subject is an important skill to learn. Also, exposure to other opinions that may differ from one’s own is necessary in gaining a well-rounded perspective. As a Sacred Heart community, it is our responsibility to value debate and critically consider our tolerance of other mindsets. Although some students have been taken aback by the conversations held in Ethics class, I think it is extremely beneficial that we are being taken out of our comfort zones and forced to develop opinions about controversial subjects. This year, Ethics class has presented us with a diverse array of situations and topics for which we have to formulate our own stances. Most recently, the debate over abortion has had the junior class abuzz. In the halls, at the lunch table, or in the Core Center, one can catch snippets of passionate discussions about abortion among friends. So long as the conversation remains civil, surely these kinds of conversations are better than the petty gossip that often floats around the hallways. For the vast majority of our school days, we follow a routine. We have the same kinds of conversations with the same people, attend the same classes, and follow the same patterns of thought. To step outside of our comfort zones, ponder controversial topics and go so far as to debate them with classmates adds much-needed variety to our everyday academics and certainly broadens our horizons as individuals.
Corrections The front page poll in Issue 4 was not attributed. Alison Brett ‘13, collected poll results. Graphic design was done by Alex Murray ‘12. In the Centerspread article entitled “Westophate and we start love,” Emily Anne Rigal was incorrectly called an “alumae.” Emily Anne is a former middle school student at Convent of the Sacred Heart. The King Street Chronicle welcomes comments and suggestions, or complaints about errors that warrant correction. Readers may notify the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Spring breakers cautioned after teenage kidnappings eleanor judge ‘12 features editor It is a parent’s worst nightmare to get a phone call that their child has gone missing. With the rates of child abduction at an all time high, almost 800,000 children per year, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, it is no wonder that parents worry about their children leaving their town, let alone the country for a spring break trip. Natalee Holloway went on a trip to Aruba shortly after she graduated high school. Upon her scheduled return, she failed to board her flight on May 30, 2005. Last seen at Carlos ‘n’ Charlies chain restaurant/nightclub the night before, seventeen-year-old Holloway was nowhere to be found. Dutch soldiers, police and air force along with the FBI searched for her body, but there was no evidence anywhere. Since her disappearance, the advances made on the cause of Holloway’s disappearance are minimal. Many people involved in the case, including primary suspect Joran van der Sloot, have been let off due to lack of evidence, therefore nobody can be held responsible. After her disappearance seven years ago, Natalee Holloway was declared legally dead on January 12. Brittanee Drexel, also a seventeenyear-old from Rochester, NY, went missing on April 25, 2009 after attending a spring break trip in Myrtle Beach, SC. Although
she was forbidden to go on this trip, Brittanee proceeded to make plans to go and lied to her parents of her whereabouts. Drexel has yet to be found. Many schools in the United States have begun to make an effort to advise students against traveling to dangerous vacation spots. In March 2011, the Dallas Police Department released a message suggesting that local spring breakers avoid going to Mexico because it is unsafe. This approach does not always work, as many young adults are not willing to cancel their vacation plans after a mild warning such as this one.
In the Greenwich community, Brunswick and Greenwich Academy take measures such as sending letters home to families advising parents to prevent their children from traveling to Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, students said. Nevertheless, many seniors traveled in groups to the resort this year, including students from Convent of the Sacred Heart. Though the cautionary tales of Holloway and Drexel have served to sensitize teens and their parents to danger, few are willing to sacrifice their two weeks of fun in the Carribean sun that has become a senior year right of passage.
eleanor judge ‘12
Many Sacred Heart seniors chose the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas as their getaway destination for spring break 2012.
Public outrage thwarts Internet filtering Drop by drop Widespread protests push Congress to stall controversial anti-piracy bills jane gerstner ‘14 staff writer Congressional leaders opted to put two controversial anti-piracy bills on hold in response to a rampant surge of protests on January 18. The PIPA bill (Protect Intellectual Property Act) formerly under consideration in the Senate, and its sister bill, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) in the House of Representatives, are law pitches geared towards tackling online piracy and are ill-received by a majority of web-surfers. The legislation is backed by members of the media industry, television networks, music publishers, and movie distributors, who believe that the illegal copying of media files is threatening their business. “Counterfeiting and piracy cost the American economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs each year, with the movie industry alone supporting over 2.2 million jobs.” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to outsidethebeltway.com “We must take action to stop these illegal practices.” However, the bills make some serious demands. Both propose that anyone found guilty of streaming copyrighted content over 10 times within six months should face up to five years in jail. The United States government and rights holders would also have the power to obtain court orders against any site accused of “enabling or facilitating piracy”. This could potentially involve the shutting down of an
“hurt economic growth and chill innovation in legitimate services that help people create, communicate, and make money online.” in the letter, found at latimes.com In an effort to defend the freedom of the Internet, cyberspace-dwellers joined in the largest online protest in history. English-language Wikipedia websites and a number of other high-profile sites staged a blackout of service for 24 hours on January 18. According to sopastrike.com, over one billion people viewed anti-SOPA/ PIPA messages on the homepages of sites such as Google, Reddit, and Craigslist, and over 10 million signed petitions. Over 100,000 calls were made and 3 million emails were sent to Congress in resistance. Thousands gathered in person, protesting outside of senators’ offices in New York City, Santa Fe, Seattle, and Washington D.C. “Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet,” said a spokesperson for Google, according to abcnews. com. The uproar reaped apparent success, 2 a ‘1 are as the bills were immediately shelved. The n ole two sides are striving to compromise, intronic through our companies and hundreds of thou- ducing an alternative bill called the OPEN sands, if not millions, more through the Act (Online Protection and Enforcement technologies we invented, funded, brought of Digital Trade Act). Evidently, there are to market and made mainstream,” was sent mutual hopes of reaching middle-ground to Congress. They expressed their concern between protecting both copyright and Inthat the law, in its current form, would ternet liberties. entire website because it contains a link to a suspected “rogue” website, putting Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, and countless others in jeopardy. Opponents of the bills continue to prevail. A letter signed by 130 technology entrepreneurs and executives, who claim to “have been involved in 283 technology startups and … created over 50,000 jobs directly
For four years, Convent of the Sacred Heart has successfully collected over 150 units of blood at their annual blood drives, which has been distributed to local Connecticut hospitals to help patients in need. Here is the journey a bag of blood takes from campus to the IV post.
DONATING: One pint of blood is collected and labeled immediately with a bar code, which keeps track of the donation. It is stored in ice coolers until the end of the drive when it is retrieved by the American Red Cross. PROCESSING: Each bar code is scanned into a database. The bag of blood is split into three sample components (red cells, platelets and plasma), which are tested in labs. TESTING: Red Cross National Testing Labs completes nearly a dozen tests. Within 24 hours, results are shared and the bag of blood is either discarded or accepted. STORAGE: Plasma can last up to one year in a freezer. Red blood cells can last only 42 days and platelets can only last five days. DISTRIBUTION: Blood bags are shipped to hospitals in the Fairfield and Westchester county area and are used for various types of transfusions.
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Schools question importance of APs alison brett ‘13 photo editor To offer APs or not to offer APs, that is the question. The Advanced Placement Program began in 1955 as a means of offering college-level courses to a select group of topachieving high school students, according to the College Board website. It has since expanded to include over one million students annually and plays an influential role in the college application process. However, Connecticut and New York high schools’ recent decisions to eliminate AP courses suggests that the program may be subject to change in future years. “[Offering AP courses] is a subject that is very much under discussion at the high school and college level. Sacred Heart has a very strong reputation with colleges,” Director of College Guidance Mrs. Mary Sykes said. “The question is do you need AP courses to prove that you’re a good school—That’s where a lot of high schools are right now.”
As the school has gotten larger, we want to offer girls a wider range of courses at that [AP] level. The widerthe range, the more likley we are to meet the needs of more students.
-Mrs. Gail Casey Assistant Head of Upper School for Academic Life High schools such as Scarsdale High School, Riverdale High School, and other boarding schools and private schools in New York City have recently stopped offering AP courses, with the notion that the
courses themselves could be improved to introduce graduates to subjects covered in college, but not through an AP curriculum. On February 12, 2007, Scarsdale High School, a public high school with a reputation for excellence, received the spotlight when it replaced its AP curriculum with an “Advanced Topics” curriculum. According to The New York Times, the high school invested $40,000 to bring in 25 professors from Harvard, Yale, New York University and other top colleges to help develop the Advanced Topics curriculum, which includes essays by Virginia Woolf and Francis Bacon offered in its English course, large-scale works in its art course, and String Theory in its physics course, all topics not covered by AP courses. Since dropping AP courses, the high school has not suffered in terms of college matriculation. “We have the luxury of being able to move beyond the AP,” John Klemme, Scarsdale’s principal, told The New York Times. “If people called it a gold curriculum in the past, I refer to this version as the platinum curriculum.” However, for other schools around the country, AP courses are not going away, but simply changing into something new. The Online School for Girls teaches educators about how to incorporate online AP courses into schools. The option to take an AP course online and then to take the exam at the end of the year would allow students to take the AP course even when the school does not have enough interest from students or a teacher to offer it. “As the school has gotten larger, we want to offer girls a wider range of courses at that [AP] level,” said Assistant Head of Upper School for Academic Life Mrs. Gail Casey. “The wider the range, the more likely we are to meet the needs of more students.” Additional AP courses offered next year will include AP Microeconomics and AP Art History during the day. Over spring break, Mrs. Casey attended a conference run by Online School for Girls in order to
explore the option of including online AP courses in the curriculum. Already, one student has taken advantage of an online AP course for a course that is not offered at school, computer science. Since computer programming is not offered at Sacred Heart, sophomore Christina Paolicelli decided to explore other options. During the summer of 2011, Director of Educational Technology Mr. Karl
You have to be really motivated to do [the course] work because if it’s not in a classroom, nobody’s telling you to do the work.
- Sophomore Christina Paolicelli
Haeseler emailed Christina the link to an online AP Computer Science course offered by a program called Haiku, which she has been taking since the first week of school in September. “You have to be really motivated to do [the course] because if it’s not in a classroom, nobody’s telling you to do the work,” Christina said. “It’s harder but at the same time easier because with other classes you review at home anyways.” While its format may be changing, the AP exam itself is not going away any time soon. Although not all colleges accept high school AP course credit, AP courses are nationally recognized as the hardest courses schools can offer. “For schools such as ours, that offer AP courses as the most rigorous courses in each discipline, colleges look to see how many APs a student has taken because it indicates how challenging a curriculum a student has followed,” Mrs. Sykes said.
PRANKS 1. Put saran wrap over the toilet seats in your house. 2. Go to the underwear drawer of your victim and take everything. Dump contents in a bucket of water, and then stick the bucket in the freezer. 3. Spray whipped cream on the hand of a sleeping person, and tickle their face. 4. Put blue hair dye (not permanent) in your victims shampoo bottle. 5. Put chalk in the erasers. 6. Change the ringtone of your victim’s phone to something extremely loud and embarrassing, and make sure the phone is not on silent. 7. Put salt on the toothbrushes in your house. 8. Put a dark substance on the rims of binoculars, then ask the person to look through them. They will have two black eyes for the rest of the day. 9. Bring apple TV remote to school and click buttons, annoying everyone with a mac laptop. 10. Tie your victim’s shoe laces together, and watch them try to walk. compiled by maddie pillari ‘13
Gone from the school, not from the Heart University of Connecticut
Georgetown University What is your favorite part of college so far? My favorite part is having Mondays that do not feel like “Mondays.” What do you miss most about Sacred Heart? I mostly miss the community at CSH. I miss the support, the encourage-
ment and guidance from my peers and my teachers. I have slowly come to the realization that I might never find another place as nurturing as “the Convent.” Do you keep in touch with your Sacred Heart friends? Yes, I do via Skype, Facebook, and the phone. What activities are you involved in at college? At school, I am a member of the African Society of Georgetown, and I recently joined GlobeMed, a student organization focused on global health issues. What is an important item to bring to college? Super Headphones to block out the unpleasant clamor outside your room, and heart, of course. What is your major? International Health
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What is your favorite part of college so far? My sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. I met my best friends by joining AEPhi. I have been given so many opportunities to become involved on campus and earn leadership experience by joining AEPhi. All of our events are a ton of fun and all of my sisters are amazing. Also, all of the people I have met and become friends with are so great. We have so many fun and hilarious experiences. I’ve definitely made some memories for life already. What do you miss most about Sacred Heart? I miss my routine of grabbing a muffin and a Snapple at break and then catching up with friends in the cafeteria and Core Center (once we were done eating, of course). I miss my friends. We keep in touch now, but I still miss all of the hilarious moments we had at school. I miss the close relationship between teachers and students, and the entire Sacred Heart community. Now, I’m sitting in big lecture halls with hundreds of students where I probably know only a couple of people, if that, and the teacher doesn’t know my name. Take advantage of having teachers who really care about you and will make sure you are on the same page as everyone else. Do you keep in touch with any Sacred Heart friends? Yes, of course! It’s definitely hard with all of our crazy schedules, but we text, Facebook message, and video chat as much as we can and we always plan to get together during the breaks.
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What is your favorite part of college so far? My favorite about college is my schedule. I have enough to keep my grades up as well as maintaining a social life. What do you miss most about Sacred Heart?
I miss my teachers the most. I mean my college professors are pretty amazing but there’s really nothing like a Sacred Heart teacher. Do you keep in touch with any Sacred Heart friends? Yes, of course. Whenever we’re on vacation we always try to make plans that fit all of our busy schedules. What activities are you involved in at college? Not very many this semester but I’m definitely looking into the ones that Iona will have next semester. What is your major? My current major is Education but I’m looking into other majors because I might change. What is an important item to bring to college? An important item to bring would have to be confidence and your set goals. Once you know what you want to do in life start working towards that goal. You should bring confidence because it’ll help you with making new friends and stepping out of your comfort zone.
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Sickness of Stress
Why girls experience higher stre chloe kimberlin ‘13 staff writer Any student or teacher at Convent of the Sacred Heart is familiar with the cry of, “I’m going to go insane, I’m so stressed out from all this work.” However, this complaint evidently holds more truth than we may have previously thought. Last October in Buffalo, New York, fourteen teenage girls developed a strange form of hysteria, according to The New York Times. They woke up with facial tics, uncontrollable movements, verbal outbursts, and were incapable of speaking without stuttering. According to doctors, there was no logical cause of their bizarre symptoms other than high levels of stress. Similar outbreaks of this kind have occurred all over the world throughout history. However, the oddest discovery is that no boys have ever been recorded as victims of this stress-induced psychological hysteria. “School causes me buckets of stress, I’d say,” junior Kyra Baldwin said. When asked about her older brother’s attitude towards work, she said, “It’s weird, my brother just graduated high school and he actually always seemed pretty chill about getting work done, even when he had a lot of it. Boys are usually like that.” It is commonly accepted that teenage girls go into greater panics than boys when under pressure. Teachers and students alike can certainly acknowledge this, but few know the reasoning behind it. “In my long career of teaching in a number of schools, I’ve very rarely seen a male student ‘get worked up’ or panic,” Mrs. Linda Vasu, Upper School English teacher said. “Guys can be very pragmatic; they seem to innately understand that stress is a waste of energy. They’ll go into a test for which they haven’t studied with
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for sleep. “Squash is my most time-consuming extracurricular activity,” said Krystyna. “I play about seven hours a week from September through March.” Although one would imagine that this well-rounded student would find some downtime during the summer, Krystyna continues to fill her free-time with additional activities.
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staff writer Juggling sports, classes, and extra-curricular activities makes maintaining a healthy balance seem impossible, but sophomore Maggie Ellison manages to do it all and still fit in eight hours of sleep each night. Varsity volleyball in the fall. Varsity basketball in the winter. (I will have to see what team she makes in March..) tennis in the spring. As a year-round athlete, sports are a
huge component of Maggie’s life. “I love that it schedules in exercise and makes me more efficient,” Maggie said. “Yes, sports are a time commitment that can sometimes be stressful. But I think that playing sports actually helps me to manage my workload, because I have very set amount of time to complete it and not a lot of
time to procrastinate.” Enrolled in all honors core classes and AP European History, Maggie devotes most of her unoccupied time to her studies. While she admits she feels increasingly stressed when there are tests to prepare for, she finds ways to reduce her stress. “I like to draw, eat, and just breathe. And I guess exercising helps relieve stress as well,” Maggie said. Beyond the classroom doors and school gym, Maggie continues to pursue her passion for volleyball, her favorite
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During sport. the off-season, spikes she the ball for Connect icut Juniors, a l e a g u e that holds practices and tournaments in the winter and spring. Aside from her own pursuits, Maggie dedicates herself to working with others and giving back to the community. In addition to being a member of the Barat Foundation and Community Service Club, she has participated in programs such as Neighbor to Neighbor and Summer Academy. Last year, she traveled with a church group to aggie
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staff writer transition period, but Condifficult a be can year Freshman Esposito thinks she is Jen freshman Heart vent of the Sacred high school well. to school middle from change managing the a very smooth tranwas it so g welcomin very was e “Everyon sition,” Jen said. Jen’s schedule consists of two honors classes, which are Geometry and Physics. “I’m really enjoying physics this year and want to join science research,” Jen said. “I’m really interested in engineering and physics and how stuff works and how they run.” Jen is interested in aerospace engineering, but is open to other fields in engineering as well. Outside of the physics lab, Jen is also passionate about other activities. “I do varsity volleyball at school, speech and debate, the Barat Foundation,” Jen said. “I am trying out for golf this spring and orchestra.” As back-court specialist on the Sacred Heart Volleyball team, Jen felt that she was able to grow in her abilities as well as herself. The team gave her a supportive atmosphere that helped to boost her confidence and make the transition into the Upper School easier. “When I came into school to know some people and have some upperclassmen who were friends,” Jen said.
However, Jen’s passion for volleyball did not end with the culmination of the Sacred Heart season. Jen continues to play volleyball at Connecticut Juniors, a winter volleyball league that has practices and tournaments within the league. Making a quick change from a volleyball jersey to business attire, Jen also finds time for Tiger Speech and Debate. She participates in congressional debate in the New York Catholic Forensics League. Jen said, “I really enjoy getting up in front of people and sharing
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curly locks. “Before junior year, I would get a whopping nine hours of sleep a night,” said senior Krystyna Miles in an interview via email. “Throughout junior and senior year, I have been sleeping a night.” about 7 hours From the minute Krystyna wakes up to the moment she goes to bed at precisely 11:01pm, her schedule never seizes a dull moment. Before school Krystyna dedicates time to the Les Grands Cloches de Sacre Coeur, the Sacred Heart Bell Choir. After school, Krystyna finds herself at squash practice, where she dedicates most of her time, to later doing homework and barely finding time
“I’d like to say the summers are slower for me, but I prefer to keep myself busy by doing nerd camps and the occasional cross-continent bike trip,” said Krystyna on her consistently hectic schedule. At times it may seem impossible for Krystyna to find a moment of solace in her busy schedule. However, being so optimistic, Krystyna considers regular bubble baths and Mozart Pandora as her “mini vacations.” “When I’m super stressed, I’ll probably be all over your Facebook newsfeed, procrastinating or have the weather memorized for the next week, thanks to www.weather.gov,” said Krystyna on her stress-reducing techniques. “Also, I’ll text Lindsey Alpeter and we will commiserate over how we have so much work and have done none of it, which makes me feel better about things.”
Team captain. All-star student. Club leader. Student council member. Welcome to the chaotic life of senior Krystyna Miles, who often hides her schedule-induced stress beneath her golden,
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Belize for a serivce trip. “It was really fun and very rewarding,” said Maggie. “I was able to paint a school and the house of a pastor. We also went to an orphanage and helped distribute shoes and crafts
to many of the kids there.” Though she makes sacrifices to keep up with her hectic schedule, Maggie is rewarded with success both inside and outside of school and feels that she manages her time well.
8 King Street Chronicle 171 Upper School students were polled during morning meeting February 27 regarding the brand of their current school laptop. In just the first year of initiating Macs into the school laptop program, an overwhelming majority of students were shown to have Macs.
Disappearing brands in 2012 24/7 Wall St.’s predictions for “The Ten Brands That Will Disappear” devon hoffman‘13 asst. features editor Some of today’s seemingly popular brands are expected to reach their demise in 2012. 24/7 Wall St. has created their annual list of companies it believes will die out by the end of the year. While predictions are not always correct, this telling list has been known to be uncannily accurate when it comes to disappearing brands. This year’s list of “The Ten Brands That Will Disappear” has been created based on a set of criteria that defines a failing company. Companies that were chosen have experienced one or more of the conditions, which include a rapid fall-off in sales and steep losses, disclosures by the parent of the brand that it might go out of business, and companies that go into bankruptcy. Additionally, the list includes firms that have lost the great majority of their customers, and operations with rapidly withering market share according to Huffington Post.
(IBM, HP, ETC.)
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I can’t believe American Apparel is one of the brands going out of business... I’ll be really upset if the prediction becomes a reality.
-Junior Taylor Ryan The list of brands this year includes Sears, Sony Pictures, American Apparel, Nokia, Saab, A&W All-American Foods Restaurants, Soap Opera Digest, Sony Er-
icsson, MySpace, and Kellog’s Corn Pops. A few of these disappearing brands came as a shock to several Convent of the Sacred Heart students who are fans of the products. “I can’t believe American Apparel is one of the brands going out of business,” 24/7 Wall St. makes their annual predictions for disappearing brands in 2012. junior Taylor Ryan said. “I buy so many clothes from there, and it seems fore Facebook took over. weird that it could be doing that badly. I’ll “MySpace going under is not a surbe really upset if the prediction becomes prise at all to me,” senior Jessica Zuniga a reality.” said. “Once Facebook came out MySpace American Apparel, an international could not compare at all. I wouldn’t reclothing brand, almost hit bankruptcy at ally care if it disappears because I’ve never the beginning of this year and has yet to used MySpace.” gain momentum to remain a successful The decline of MySpace is not news business, according to 24/7 Wall St. In the to most who could predict its fall followpast year, American Apparel has lost a net ing the development of Facebook, a social worth of 21 million dollars. One factor af- networking site that appeals to a greater fecting the company greatly is the rise in mass. News Corp announced in February cotton prices, which puts them under gross that it would sell MySpace. While rumors marginal pressure. of potential buyers are flying around, News As a dying company in a thriving fash- Corp also hinted that MySpace will be shut ion world, American Apparel faces the down if a buyer is not found. competition of many similar brands. At this Only time will tell if the predictions rate, the company has no chance against for the disappearing brands in 2012 will other successful growing businesses in be accurate. Based on the methodical apthe industry. proach to the predictions this year though, While some of the brands on the list the mentioned companies do not seem to came as a shock, others were expected have a bright future. When one door closes, by Sacred Heart students. One of these another one opens, and these brands face brands is MySpace, a website that was once numerous shut doors as they continue to the primary social networking website be- struggle in their competitive industries.
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Manhattan’s subway Cinderella story less space, a new breed of parks are emerging; and some are literally rising above the staff writer old idea of what a park should be. The most prominent of the new class of When Federick Law Olmsted created New York City’s Central Park, he planned park is the High Line. This park is not built and manipulated urban landscape to cre- on a wide field, a rolling hill, or really anyate an oasis of countryside in the midst of a thing natural. It is built on a now defunct bustling metropolis. However, in an age of railway. Elevated 30 feet in the air the track was once dominated by freight rail line that carried everything from meat to mail across the west side of Manhattan. The track closed in 1980, leaving a desolate stretch of train tracks across the west side. Through the next decades the group Friends of the High Line pushed forward changing a 1.45 mile eyesore into a park. The park today is filled with small gardens, fountains, multiple platforms and lounge areas. “It gives a new ability for old industrial cities to transform urban cityscape into beautiful, viable and usable parks for city dwellers , who are so starved of green space,” said Mrs. Deirdre Keogh-Anderson, the Upper School learning specialist. The High Line’s transformation from rail to park has created an The High Line’s most unexpected escape for New Yorkers. unique feature is its ability to blair kennedy ‘13
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blend a natural and an urban aesthetic. At some points, the path is punctuated by the steel edge of the railing, and at other times, the path becomes enveloped by the gardens. Even some of the flowers and tracks that once populated the rail line have been integrated into the design of the park.
It gives a new ability for old industrial cities to transform urban cityscape into beautiful, viable and usable parks for city dwellers, who are so starved of green space.
-Mrs. Deirdre KeoghAnderson Throughout the park’s linear design, repeated themes wood and concrete are used in the walkway, the benches and the walls. “I think the experience of the High Line is effective because it combines traditional sweeping, natural landscape design with clean lines, which lend it an urban edge,” said Mrs. Elizabeth Fernandez, the Director of Library and Media Center at Sacred Heart. “The plantings appear to be curated for the full enjoyment of the path and the surrounding view of the river.” The park itself creates an entirely new atmosphere due to the emphasis on the city aspect of the park. The skyscrapers and graffiti streaked buildings of New York
City due to the narrow pathway are mere feet away and the traffic below can easily be seen in a small amphitheater. From its elevated platform the high line is raised enough to create a quiet peaceful, park but still be emerged in the heart of the city. With changing floral, food, art and music the High Line is also trying to create a cultural experience as well as a natural getaway. There is even a free iPhone application that turns footsteps, car horns, and other sounds into electric guitar chords to accompany the High Line. The next unlikely park idea that has emerged is an underground trolley terminal. Two designers James Ramsey and Dan Barasch, taking inspiration from the unlikely success of the High Line, want to convert a trolley terminal into a park. They want to create a subterranean park by using fiber-optic technology to channel in enough light to allow for photosynthesis. Through this unique method, the two designers would create a 3-block long park fully submerged underground. Although named by its designers Delancey Underground, the public has dubbed it the low line, relating this new idea to the ambitious designs of the High Line. Due to the huge influx of tourists and interest in the high line, according to the New York Times, cities like Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Jersey City are all considering turning their urban wastelands into potential parks. Soon the idea of fusion and blending from the High Line may be all across America.
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LINDSEY ALPETER crew captain
Do you have a good luck charm? Haha, my sophomore year I had this ridiculous turtle anklet that I thought would be lucky but we ended up not winning whenever I wore it so I ditched it pretty quick. I think our ‘good luck charm’ is our hand squeeze before every race. Pro/cons of the team? (what you predict are going to be your strengths or weaknesses of the team this year) Strengths - Power. Weakness - Focus.
MARGARETTA RYAN crew captain
KRYSTYNA MILES tennis captain
What are the responsibilities of the captains? My main goal is to make the team a cohesive unit and to always have enthusiasm during both the ups and downs of the season. Do you have a good luck charm? My Nike hat is always my greatest companion during those tough lonely singles matches.
KATE WELCH crew captain
What are the responsibilities of the captains? The captains need to bring the team together into one cohesive unit and motivate the players to put in maximum effort and energy at every practice and game (the captains also need to provide the sunflower seeds!) Do you have a good luck charm? We have a meeting on the pitcher’s mound before every inning that gets us focused and prepared for the next three outs.
What is your favorite snack before a game? I usually like to have something with a good ratio of protein and carb to give me energy for the race. How different is being captain from being a member of the team? Being a captain is different than being a member of the team because the captain is the person that people look up to as an example of how to be a good team player. You have to be able to handle different responsibilities that a normal member of the team doesn’t have to deal with.
LINDSAY O’CALLAGHAN lacrosse captain
KORI ALZATE softball captain
Inspirational quotes? Words to live by? “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision” Pro/cons of the team? (what you predict are going to be your strengths or weaknesses of the team this year) Our strength will be our dedication and drive to work hard. Our weakness will be our inability to stay positive and focused even if the scoreboard is against us.
Do you have a good luck charm? No. I try to stay away from them because they can get into my head and distract me from my racing. Pro/cons of the team? (what you predict are going to be your strengths or weaknesses of the team this year) We have a lot of really strong and powerful girls on the team this year. We could work on improving our mental toughness as a team.
Pro/cons of the team? (what you predict are going to be your strengths or weaknesses of the team this year) I think it will be important for our team to realize that we are going to have to work twice as hard this year after the season we had last year. Instead of being the ones fighting for the championship trophy, we are defending it. That requires us to push ourselves even more. However, despite the valuable seniors that we graduated last season, we are happy to have our goalie still with us and I think one of our strengths will be believing in ourselves and believing that we can beat some of the best teams in our league, especially after doing just that in our season last year.
ALLI SCIARRETTA lacrosse captain
GUILIA CAMPANA golf captain
What are the responsibilities of the captains? The responsibilities of the captain are to motivate the team during good and bad times, to help the people on the team work to achieve individual/team goals, and to be someone who anyone on the team can come to. Inspirational quotes? Words to live by? My favorite sports quote is a quote from Mia Hamm: “A winner is that person who gets up one more time than she is knocked down.”
FIONA CAVISE softball captain
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What do you do to pump up your team?/ How do you get pumped before a game? No question there is always a DP before every game. There is sure to be some music blaring either in the locker room or on the bus. Also, we always have a motivational quote on the whiteboard in the locker room that pumps everyone up before a game or practice. Do you have a good luck charm? Last season I would wear 4 braids in my hair on game day so I think I am going to stick with that tradition again this season. I also wear all black everything on game day. I always carry my hot pink crop top with me; it doesn’t necessarily come out at every game but it will make an appearance here and there. compiled by allie kenny ‘13 all photos courtesy of the captains
Molly Flynn makes a splash in the world of synchronized swimming staff writer It took 15 sports before junior Molly Flynn came across synchronized swimming, a sport that requires a lot of dedication, but is unequal to anything she has experienced before. Synchronized swimming, commonly referred to as synchro, is an amalgamated form of swimming, gymnastics, and dance. It is separated into two categories, routines and figures. Routines are performed to music in solos, duets, trios, teams (four to eight people), and combos (eight to ten people). Figures are silent solo performances, that
The reason I think that Croation Rhapsody is my favorite music thus far it just makes me want to push my hardest, show off my routine and have fun.
- Junior Molly Flynn are required of all who swim a routine. Staying in synch and above the bottom of the pool are two of the most important rules of the sport. If judges see that the swimmers are touching the ground during
a competition, points are deducted from their final score. Molly swims for New Canaan YMCA Aquianas. The entire team is made up of over 60 girls ranging from ages seven to 19. Teams are divided based on both age and talent. One of Molly’s favorite parts of synchronized swimming is how impressive it looks. She loves watching videos of both her teammates, and herself. In Molly’s eyes, competing to music makes the sport even more interesting. As Molly has gotten older, and has reached higher age groups, the music has also matured. This year Molly is performing to what is her favorite music yet, Croatian rhapsody. “The reason I think that Croatian Rhapsody is my favorite music thus far is that it hearing it just makes me want to push my hardest, show off my routine, and have fun,” Molly said. “In years past, my routines have been to apocalyptic music, which got me nervous just hearing it, or classical music, which made me want to relax. I never really had music that got me excited to swim.” Though music does play a large role in a synchro routine, the design of the bathing suit and accessories is just as important. “Through the mind-blowing work of some team parents, [the bathing suits] are elaborately decorated with anything that can withstand water- gems, sequins, paint, fabrics, glitter, etcetera,” Molly said. “There is also a headpiece, which is pinned to a swimmer’s head to cover her bun. The de-
sign of the whole ensemble is based on the theme of the routine.” Although about half of Molly’s four minute synchro routine occurs underwater, perfect appearance is key to a high score. All swimmers are required to wear waterproof makeup to prevent them from looking washed out while competing. In fact, girls often wear chap-stick over their eye shadow because of its water-repellent features. Although Molly likes getting dressed up in exotic costumes, she dislikes having to put all this makeup on her face. Molly said that although synchro is a lot of fun, it can be stressful, especially with regard to school work. She practices about 17 hours a week, with the majority taking place during the week nights. Although practice often conflicts with school work, her coaches understand that sometimes
she needs to sit out of the pool for an hour and do homework. Even though synchronized swimming may be an uncommonly known sport,competitions occur both nationally and internationally. Molly has competed in Seattle, Washington, Florida and even had a chance to compete in the US Open Synchronized Swimming Championships which was held in Hawaii last year. The ultimate goal for Molly’s team each year is to make it to Nationals.This year, Nationals are taking place in Arizona during the middle of April. “It seems crazy to prepare so much for just four minutes of competing at Nationals,” Molly said. “But there are so many components of our routine that we have to work on and perfect, both physically and mentally, in order to be prepared.”
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Junior Molly Flynn performing a synchronized swimming routine with the New Canaan YMCA Aquianas.
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Lacrosse looks to lead again
Varsity lacrosse team prepares to defend their championship title this season staff writer For the first time since the 2004 season, the Convent of the Sacred Heart varsity lacrosse team will enter this upcoming season defending its Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) tournament championship title instead of fighting for it. The 2011 Sacred Heart varsity lacrosse team finished its season with 14 wins and two losses. Their perfect season was marred by the one point differences in the Choate Romemary Hall and The Hotchkiss School games. “Coming off of a really successful season the pressure is definitely on,” varsity lacrosse member and senior Jennifer Schwabe said. “We want to finish this season just as strongly as we finished last year’s season, if not stronger.” Although tensions may seem high as the members of the lacrosse team prepare to defend what they worked so hard last season to achieve, Head Coach Courtney DePeter believes the only pressure the girls are feeling is the pressure that they are putting on themselves. “Last year it was as if we had nothing to lose. I definitely don’t think we can enter this season thinking we have everything to lose now that we’ve won the championship,” coach DePeter said. “I feel like hav-
ing a little bit of pressure helps and makes start this season, it’s all about this season,” highlight of her season. us work even harder, but at the same time Lindsay said. “We are all coming back with “As much as I loved holding up that I don’t feel like there’s too much pressure. a lot of intensity, excitement, and momen- trophy, it was more about everything that It’s more about how much pressure we put tum from last year, but this year it is going it took to get there,” coach DePeter said. to be really important for us to focus on the “There is something special about our team on ourselves.” Though they will have to face this up- now rather than getting too caught up in and the way they all work so well together. coming season after losing eight valuable the past and stressing out about what hap- This year we may be dealing with pressure senior players, the expectations for this pened last season.” and expectations, but I’m not going to let While one of coach DePeter’s fondest that get to us. We’re going to play in the team are still high. “Even though we did graduate a lot memories of last season was holding up the moment, give it our all every game, have of seniors and they will be missed, I’m championship trophy it was still not the fun and we’re just going to go for it again.” confident that we have experienced players who are returning that will be able to compensate for that loss,” co-captain and senior Lindsay O’Callaghan said. Even though the team may enjoy reminiscing about the glory they faced last year, the team is prepared to enter this season and build upon its successes rather than dwell on them. “Once we The varsity lacrosse team celebrated its 11-10 victory over Greenwich Academy last season on April 30, 2011.
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Healthy Habits:Food for health kim benza ‘13 sports editor
For many, staying healthy is a constant struggle. Many focus on staying fit, and trying to lose weight. Very few think about how different foods improve parts of the body. This anatomy will guide you through the different types of foods that will improve your health. BRAIN: In order to increase concentration and reduce memory loss, the brain needs fresh antioxidants. The antioxidants support healthy brain function, in addition to antiaging, anti-cancer, and disease-fighting benefits. Blueberries are great for the brain, because they are the leading source of antioxidants. HEART: The heart needs to receive omega-3 fatty acids daily to help lower the risk of heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids also lower cholesterol, cancer, arthritis, and reduce inflammation found within the body. Because the body cannot create Omega-3 fatty acids, humans need to receive them through food. Salmon is the perfect example of a heart-healthy option. LIVER: The liver is the most important organ of detoxification, because it is a cleansing organ. However, it is also essential for digesting protein. It is crucial that the liver has a normal intake of carbohydrates on a daily basis. The carbs will give the liver energy and fuel to digest the necessary proteins. A great source of daily carbs, are whole grain breads, cereals, and starchy vegetables.
LUNG: Since lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, it is important to keep the lung pure and healthy. To help with breathing, and increase the muscle mass around the lungs, there needs to be rich amounts of calcium. Calcium is found in healthy dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. MUSCLE: Everyone wants big, strong, healthy muscles. Along with workouts and any physical activities, muscles need healthy proteins to build and maintain strength. Whole eggs
contain a very rich source of protein. The yolk contains the most nutrients, including the protein, vitamins, and cholesterol that are vital to muscle strength. BONES: Bones are made up of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K. However, over time bones start to become weak, because they lose those three essential nutrients. It is important to eat a lot of leafy greens, because they contain high amounts of these nutrients. Incorporating any type of lettuce or spinach into daily diet, will help keep bones strong.
Squash seeks recognition hannah godvin ‘13 news editor Squash has increased in popularity over the past decades. It is played as a recreational sport as well as a professional one. However, it has yet to become a sport that participates in the worldwide Olympic games. As of now the World Squash Federation is attempting to make squash more television friendly in the hopes that they will be able to participate in the 2020 Olympics, according to BBC. “I think it would be nice to see squash in the Olympics one day. I think it has really developed as a sport over the past few years,” Convent of the Sacred Heart freshman and squash player Sheila Moran said. Previous attempts to make squash an Olympic sport have failed because the International Olympic Committee was concerned with the difficulty of filming the sport. The World Squash Federation plans to create a new scoring system, bring in new referees and include video replays in order to make the sport more widely viewable. Another way the World Squash Federation will push their way into the Olympics is by emphasizing that squash is a growing sport and is played by over 20 million people in over 185 countries, according to The Guardian. Although they failed to make it into the 2016 Olympics, many squash players still have hope for the future. “Being in the Olympics would be the absolute pinnacle of my career,” World ranked number three squash player Madeline Parry said, according to The Guardian. “I’ve competed in four Commonwealth Games and squash is in every multisport games apart from the Olympics.”
Drawing over a dyed egg with a toothpick or finger is a fun and simple way to create the perfect Easter egg.
2. You can purchase dye from most
grocery stores, and once you have some, fill small separate bowls with a different colors of dye.
3. Take one egg and dip it into one of
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the bowls, covering as much of the egg as you want. Leave it in the bowl of dye until for a few minutes, or until you like the color of the egg.
For a fun and easy way to dye Easter eggs, use a crayon to color over your egg before dyeing it.
4. To create fun and unique designs,
try these simple ideas for decorating your Easter egg:
Scatter small stickers all over your un-dyed egg. Then, dip egg in a color and wait until it has dried. Either leave the stickers on, or gently peel them off to make dots. Wrap several rubber bands around an egg carefully. Dip egg into dye, and after it has dried, gently remove the rubber bands for a tye-dye effect. For a more hands-on creation, dye your egg a light color and after it has dried, use your fingers or a toothpick to fingerprint over the egg and make a design. Using crayons is another simple, fun way to make the perfect egg. Before dyeing, lightly draw over your egg with a crayon. Then, dip egg into any color dye to cover the rest.
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This April 8, don’t settle for anything less than the best when it comes to making Easter eggs. Follow these simple steps to create the perfect eggs to display for family and friends during this Easter season.
It takes a wide range of talent to produce a Broadway musical. There are few who would be foolish enough to declare a Broadway production simple to conduct. However there is one production in particular whose string of multi-talented celebrity guest stars are able to make the entire process appear effortless. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is back on Broadway in its third revival since its opening in 1961. The musical revolves around J. Peirrepont Finch, a young window washer moving his way up in the corporate world with the help of a little book entitled How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Finch dips and dodges his way through the World Wide Wicket Company with a delicate combination of charisma, seasoned advice, and sheer luck. On March 27, 2011, the show reopened for its 50 anniversary, featuring former Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe. Nominated for nine Tony awards, the show did succeed in this Broadway business. “I was a bit wary of how Daniel Radcliffe was going to perform but he did an incredible job,” junior Molly Flynn said. “I
sands of dollars to rehearse and pay Mr. Criss for just three weeks of performances this month.” In the 25-year-old’s threeweek turn, the show raked in over four million dollars. “Darren in How to Succeed was incredible,” sophomore Helen Ziminsky said. “I was so impressed with his performance. Darren sounded fantastic and was so much fun to watch.” Helen was not the only Convent of the Sacred Heart to feel proud of Criss, junior Erin Manning, who saw the show in January, commented on the exciting theater atmosphere. “People were standing up and cheering after every song and the crowd outside the stage door was insane,” she said. “It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.” Nick Jonas, of the former boy band The Jonas Brothers, replaced Criss on January 24, 2012. Senior Jen Schwabe was excited to see how Nick performed on Broadway, being a self-proclaimed “huge” former Jonas Brothers fan herself. “I’ve always seen him on stage singing alongside his two brothers,” she said. “It was good to see him branch off from his career with his brothers and do something independent and for himself.” When asked how the audience reacted to Nick’s performance, Jen said, “He took charge of the stage well and definitely knew what he was doing. It [the show] was really funny and the crowd seemed as though they were really into it.” liso
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saw him in the show twice and each time was amazed.” Although before the opening many were concerned about how he would adjust to the comedy aspect of the show, Radcliffe impressed the audience with impeccable comedic timing. “His command of the stage was very impressive,” Molly said. “I think what shocked me the most was how hilarious Daniel was.
Even my mom, who never laughs at movies or shows, was impressed.” Following his ten-month stint on Broadway, Radcliffe left the show to be replaced by Broadway newcomer, and current Glee star, Darren Criss. According to The New York Times, the show’s producers spent, “…tens of thou-
Designing made simple
Tony award winning play How to Succeed casts many well-known celebrities
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Signature Styles: Nailing it Mollie
Pillari copy editor
Spring 2012 Nail Trend to Try: Striped Manicures Speedy, sporty patterns were on many a models’ talons at the spring 2012 fashion shows. Thanks to Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens, these styles are easy to replicate at home. Paint neon crosses over neutral nails, or try two horizontal lines over a base coat.
Spring 2012 Nail Trend to Try: Reverse French Manicures Look tribal and daring with a Do-ItYourself reverse French mani. This adventurous and exotic manicure is the ideal way to update a classic style. Instead of painting the tip of the nail a different color, paint the half-moon at the nail bed with a contrasting polish. Stick with the standard neutrals, or pair more unconventional hues, like plum with cream or silver and teal, for a surprising and fresh look! Spring 2012 Nail Trend to Try: Ombre Ombre manicures made multiple appearances on the Spring 2012 runways and then again at Fall 2012 fashion week. Now you don’t have to wait for the warm weather to get the newest look. What You’ll Need: Makeup sponge,Base coat, Color 1, Color 2, Color 3, Top coat mollie pillari ‘12
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Try the ombre manicure trend in this season’s pretty pastels. From lilac to petal pink, ombre nails are a fun way to wear spring’s hottest hues.
How to Do It: 1. First, make sure that your hands are moisturized, clean and dry 2. Apply your base coat 3. Apply two coats of the base color 4. Place a few drops of the
second color on a sponge and gently dab from the tip to the base of the nail (Be careful to not go all the way to the base of your nail with the second color to avoid completely covering your base color.) 5. Paint the last color on the top quarter of your nail 6. Paint the top coat (the top coat becomes a blending tool with this style. It will act as a re-wetting agent to bleed the colors together, and keep your color lasting and solid.) 7. Clean the edges of your nail bed with a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover 8. Let dry and repeat on the other hand Tips and Tricks: *Your base coat should be the lightest of the three colors, and the last coat should be the darkest. *Make absolutely certain that your nails are fully dry before moving on to the next step. You can speed up the drying process by using a blow-dryer on the lowest setting. *For those of us who lack fine-motor skills or don’t have the patience, rock ombre nails by mixing two polishes. After painting both pinkies the lighter of the two colors, mix a small amount of the darker color into the lighter polish. After painting both ring fingers, mix more of the darker color into the lighter polish. Repeat this process twice more, and then use the darker color for both thumbnails.
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The Hunger Games staff writer
A poll that does not judge a book by its cover Freshmen - 39% of the 63 freshmen polled enjoyed the novel The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. Along with The Bean Trees the other choices were Romeo and Juliet (33%), The Odyssey (25%) and My Antonia (2%).
the book, probably because the author, Suzanne Collins, wrote the script herself. The costumes, makeup and settings were spot on with their descriptions in the book, for example the scenery and peculiarity of the Capitol. When seeing the movie, however, a true fan of the books must try to forget the depth of description and events in the novel because despite the two hours and twenty-two minutes that the movie included, Collins could not include everything. This however, did not stop fans from raving about the movie. “It was the most incredible movie I’ve ever seen,” senior Lucy Adams said. I believe that anyone who has read the books and seen the movie, like myself, would agree that the movie is a must-see because it brings the books to life in the most. According to the Washington Post, the upcoming phenomenon made history by bringing in $155 million during its first weekend in theaters, which foreshadows the continual success of the movies.
The highly anticipated Hunger Games movie finally hit the big screen at 12:01 on March 23, 2012. It was the biggest day of the year for Hunger Games readers because four years after author Suzanne Collins published the first novel, fans could finally see the books in real life. The trilogy, including The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, portrays the United States in a post-apocalyptic era after a treacherous civil war, which split the country into 12 different districts. Every year a boy and a girl are picked from each district to compete in deadliest of all reality shows, a Hunger Games. Everyone in the country is forced to watch the 24 competitors in a fight to the death. Only one person can walk out of the area alive. In the movie, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are chosen from District 12 to compete in these dehumanizing Games. The story follows the two characters through their journey in the infamous hunger games, but making sure not to exclude a tragic tale of love, hope and lose. The core cast included Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutchinson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. Each of the actors were cast perfectly, fitting both the physical and emotional characteristics of the protagonists The highly anticipated silver-screen adaptation of the just as I had imagined. smash-hit book series The Hunger Games was an immeAs a whole, the diate blockbuster, grossing over 300 million as of April 9. movie was very true to
31% of the 48 sopho-
mores polled said that they enjoyed reading the play Oedipus Rex. The college prep classes chose between Oedipus Rex (33%), Girl in Hyacinth Blue (23%), Wuthering Heights (24%), and Macbeth (19%). The honors classes chose between Frankenstein (48%), Oedipus Rex (30%), Macbeth (15%), Antigone (7%) and the Rime of the Ancient Mariner (0%).
Juniors – 74% of the 43 juniors polled
said that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The juniors chose between The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God (12%), The Scarlet Letter (9%), excerpts from Walden (2%), and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2%).
Seniors – 26% of the 47 seniors polled
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said that C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters was their favorite text from senior seminar. The other texts voted for were Infidel (19%), Hamlet (10%), short stories from Flannery O’Connor’s short stories (10%), Radical compassion: Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor (8%), Excerpts from Republic (6%), Candide (6%), “Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis” (6%), Excerpts from Charles Darwin (4%), and Excerpts from Leviathan (2%). compiled by margaretta ryan ‘12
Crowning the King of Cocoa nora henrie ‘13
Between Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s day and Easter, the year seems to be defined by which candy consuming holiday is coming up next. Everyone knows that whether it is stocking stuffers or basket buffers, when it comes to candy chocolate is king. However, while the chocolate itself might be sweet, the industry is far from it. The competition between companies like Hershey’s, Cadbury, Ferrero and Lindt is steep, and the race to become the world’s favorite chocolate is on.
Times Square, to their Hershey Town establishment in Pennsylvania, the United States has many Hershey landmarks. According to Business Week, Hershey is valued at 12.2 billion dollars. When it comes to America’s favorite candy, it is no secret that Hershey is king. “Hershey’s is awesome because it has an amusement park” said junior Rebecca Quirke. “It’s a classic American candy.”
Hershey started its’ chocolate production in 1900. In a list of America’s favorite sweets, compiled by Business Week, Hershey products took seven of the top spots on the list. From their iconic location in
While companies like Hershey’s and Cadbury base their products on a strong sense of nostalgia, Lindt prefers to nurture a classier public persona. Established in 1845, the Swiss company explains on its website how to “taste with the five senses”, provides advice for hosting a tasting party, and describes itself as a “master Swiss chocolatier”.
Upper School Physics teacher Dr. Saffron Castle. “For me it has an aftertaste reminiscent of vomit. I absolutely prefer Cadbury.”
Cadbury was established in 1824. According to The Telegraph, the company churns out about 500 million bars of their signature Dairy Milk chocolate every year, making it Britain’s favorite chocolate. Cadbury’s Crème Eggs have graced the insides of Easter baskets for generations. While Cadbury was bought up by Kraft in early 2010, the company has continued to be an icon in European confection. “I can’t eat Hershey’s chocolate” said
Established in 1946, Ferrero might be the baby of the group, but they’ve made up for lost time. Their website states that the amount of Kinder chocolate, a subset of the larger Ferrero company, that they produce in a week weighs as much as the Eiffel Tower. Their popular products include Nutella, Kinder Bueno Bars, and Ferrero Rochers.
When the results are tallied up, the fact is that European and American chocolate are still neck and neck. All in all, the battle continues to see which company will earn its golden ticket for chocolate champion. photos by alex murray ‘12