Volume 32, Issue 6| May 2012 | Convent of the Sacred Heart | Greenwich, CT
DIGITAL MAKEOVER graphic by nicole narea ‘12
King Street Chronicle website to launch by school year’s end To our readers: Since the King Street Chronicle’s inception in the early 1970s, members of its layout staff have been slaves of journalism’s printed word. We have spent nearly every Monday through Thursday afternoon voluntarily locked in a classroom inflicting permanent damage to our spines as we hunched over computer screens, fussing over the minutia of laying out the text you are reading now. Intrinsic to our work is an intense passion for the finished product – a news source that serves to inform, spark debate, act as the students’ advocate and build a sense of community. While our physical editions are (if we may say with full disclosure of bias) rather
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easy on the eyes, print is but a single medium for our craft of writing, of storytelling. Indeed, the future of journalism remains uncertain as the field continues to evolve, but it is evident that the news of our generation requires placement in a variety of channels – print, online, multimedia and social networking. Yes, we have big dreams for the King Street Chronicle in order to maintain its tradition of excellence among its peer high school newspapers across the nation. But today, we take a crucial first step in announcing the launch of a new era -our website. We constructed the site using Wordpress and expect to go live before the end of the school year. We will make the site available to members of the Convent of the
Sacred Heart community via log-in to the HeartNet homepage on the school website. We will continue the production of our physical editions with longer, but regular publication intervals. We extend immense gratitude to the administration for supporting this initiative, as well as our faculty adviser, Ms. Matilde Larson, and Director of Educational Technology, Mr. Karl Haeseler. This milestone would not have been possible without their bold foresight and technical ingenuity. So, readers, peruse our sections, engage in discussion through our comment boxes and anticipate regularly-updated online content from next year’s journalism class. As us senior editors bid farewell to this defining experience of our high
school careers, we are proud to leave the future of the digital King Street Chronicle in the capable hands of the 2012-2013 editorial board.
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Nicole Narea ’12, Editor-in-Chief
Alex Murray ’12, Managing Editor
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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.
A final farewell to CSH Molly Scudder Alli Sciarretta opinions and asst. opinions editors
Every year it is the same. You have a countdown to Thanksgiving. From Thanksgiving you count the days until Christmas, and from Christmas to spring break. Than that final stretch flies by and you find your name being called as you rise at Prize Day. You find yourself, like every other high school student, wishing away the days until summer break. Eventually you become a senior and you find yourself writing your last editorial, wondering where all those countdowns went. Your parents say it. Taylor Swift sings about it. They are right -- growing up goes by fast. Looking back on the past four years, if there is any advice to be given, it would be to “pump the breaks” and enjoy the moment. Yes, the happenings at Sacred Heart might seem “weird” to a non-Conventer, but these are the events that are truly unique and special to your high school experience. Who wouldn’t want a reason to eat pink frosted donuts or skip classes to run around the school all day covered in war paint? Congé is one of the most well-known quirks of the Sacred Heart experience. Suspect everything. You hear a cart rolling
like sardines in the shape of “160” burning your corneas to take a picture seems like an odd way of celebrating an anniversary. But you know what? The excessive body sweat, yellow stained polos, and eye damage was worth the memories made. You may have that awkward moment come Halloween when you walk into school with your carefully planned, and what you had thought was a unique, costume, only to find the entire senior class dressed the
same exact way. Take a deep breath, avoid the death glares, and rock your look. When prom comes around, whether you have a blind date, awkward date, or no date, still go. It is worth the leg-shaving, nail-trimming, bobby-pin-hoarding evening, which warrants a 12:45 dismissal from school. Everyone knows that assemblies or presentations assigned in place of the precious half hour of break always means the bribe of a gouter will follow to ensure that the whole student body will be in attendance. When free food is openly given out, take advantage of this, naturally… you’re a Convent girl. Take one muffin/frosted donut/cupcake for now and then actually make use of the pocket in the front of your skirt and save a treat for later even if that does mean risking having a sticky iPhone screen. It all may seem banal now, but when the bell rings marking the end of your last Congé, when you take a bite from your final gouter, or when you are sitting through that farewell chapel, you will see that Sacred Heart is not a common place. Hold onto what you have whether it is your friendships, relationships with teachers, or the kick you get out of the little special schedules that make absolutely no sense, because you too will have to leave this place at some point. You won’t be here forever girls, cherish the moments you have now. We will miss you all.
Many people, including my mother, listen to songs and hear their past. During her four years spent at Denison University, songs from the movie “Footloose” can still take her back to the excitement of college. Skrillex, a popular dubstep artist, shares this belief that the music of our childhood has a lasting impact on our lives. “I think our high school records are the most personal records of our whole lives,” he said in an interview with Tekavolver Media. “We will continue to love music but I think the music we grew up with will be the most influential.” For many teens and young adults today, dubstep is that influence. While the pulsating bass and many drops in this new genre are foreign to many, true fans of the music are passionate about the dubstep experience. “Dubstep isn’t about deliberate sounds and melodies,” junior Kayla Souza said. “It’s about feeling the music and being open to it. Going to a Rusko concert really influenced the way I listen to music now. I will forever look back on my high school years and remember the happiness this kind of
music gave me.” Dubstep is not a catchy chorus or a cluster of meaningful lyrics, it is an experience. To me, Dubstep evokes not only a sound, but images of neon lights, bright apparel, elated smiles, and carefree dancing. Music has evolved into something much greater than it was twenty years ago. The growth of electronic music has enhanced the entire culture of the musical world. Music festivals such as Electric Daisy, Camp Bisco, Bamboozle, and Electric Zoo have become increasingly popular, widening the reach of the music community. To criticize dubstep is to completely rule out a growing section of the musical community. Being a true fan of music involves not only appreciating one kind of music, but appreciating all of the reaches of the musical world. Categorizing the entirety of dubstep as “noise” is a display of someone failing to truly “feel” music, instead listening for the expected tunes and melodies. So be open to the influence electronic music is having on our generation, because dubstep is only noisy to those who fail to truly hear it.
down the hallway? Congé. An RSCJ has come to town? Congé. Oddly timed “presentation”? Congé. Scream it loudly and scream it proudly because there is a good chance you’re right. Although “congé” translates to “day off” in French, don’t take this as an opportunity to sign out for the day right after the big announcement. Embrace the spirit of the day and go all out to win as many points as you can for your team-- even if that does mean sacrificing blood, sweat and tears to pop a balloon or destroying bookcases to find a glow stick. Then, there are the less obvious events. Yes, maybe spending an afternoon standing
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Behind the noise devon
hoffman asst. features editor
Music is not just a sound. Music is an experience. The unique combination of notes and melodies in a song is incomparable to the feelings it evokes. Today, new kinds of music such as dubstep are criticized for their unconventional sound and eccentric patterns. While many find fault with the “noise” that is being produced by well- known artists such as Skrillex and Rusko, they fail to recognize the role it plays in the lives of electronic- loving teens. In my life, my music tells a story. In my iTunes library I can find everything from the song I listened to on repeat during my freshman lacrosse season, to the Hilary Duff song I was obsessed with in seventh grade. Not all of the songs are hits, but they have the ability to evoke feelings and memories from a certain time period.
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Pinterest passion hannah godvin ‘13
news editor Between Facebook and Twitter, a new social media site has begun to emerge. Pinterest, a pin board styled photo sharing website, has captured the attention of internet-users. One thing that attracts users to Pinterest is the site’s clean and simple style. In a world of information overload, Pinterest’s ability to separate information visually appeals to many. According to Time magazine, the site is one of the fastest- growing websites in history, rising to 10 million monthly visitors faster than both Facebook and Twitter. “The site is so different than anything else on the internet,” junior Taylor Ryan said. “I can understand why people are so interested by it.” Pinterest attracts women primarily from the Midwest and the central United States unlike previous websites, which attracted primarily males from California and New York. The site has been used for things like presenting fashion ideas and planning weddings. According to infograph website Visual.ly, it is estimated that over 80 percent of Pinterest’s users are females whereas over 2/3 of Google’s users are male. Time magazine recently listed Pinterest as one of the 50 best websites of 2011. Despite this, there are people who are skeptical of the site’s value. “Personally, I don’t really see the appeal,” freshman Maddie Church said. “It’s kind of confusing to set up and use.” Signing up for Pinterest is not as easy as signing up for Facebook or Twitter. In order to sign up for Pinterest one must receive an invitation from a current user via email, Facebook or Twitter. After signing up, one is able to select their fields of interest and arrange their pin board accordingly.
asst. sports editor Inspired by Gandhi’s message, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” Blake Mycoskie, the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS created his worldwide phenomenon. After visiting Argentina in 2006, Mycoskie was shocked to see that the children had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to “be the change,” he created TOMS shoes, a company that matches each purchased pair of canvas shoes with an equal pair for a child in need, hence, the slogan, “One for One.” “The idea is for every pair you sell, one pair goes to a child who doesn’t have shoes,” Mycoskie said in a personal message on his website. “It would be providing shoes for tomorrow.” In developing countries, many children grow up barefoot. The children must walk for miles to clean water and medical help without shoes. Hundreds of millions of children are at risk of injury, infection and soil-transmitted diseases if they are barefoot. Often, the children do not have access to treatments that prevent or treat these diseases. The hope of TOMS is that by providing shoes, there will be a better future for children in need. Healthy, educated children will have a greater chance of improving the future for themselves and their community, as long as they are given a chance. “Shoes simply mean everything to a Zambian child,” Zambian Dr. Fwasa Singogo said on TOMS’s website. “I am called a doctor today because of the shoes my father bought, which motivated me to keep going to school and to work hard. Shoes were and are still a luxury in this country…” TOMS company is also aware that children’s feet grow fast. Hence, TOMS provides shoes to children in need throughout
their childhood. They continue to reach out thirds of these people are women, because to the original communities in order that eye coverage for male family members is regarded as more important. TOMS’s goal the children stay healthy and in school. “I originally wanted to buy TOMS be- is to provide easy access to local eye care, cause they were really comfortable and and specifically help more women and girls pretty,” sophomore Paige Wilkens said. around the world achieve sight-saving and “But once I saw that a child also gets a pair, life-changing results. If one person buys a pair of TOMS I immediately made the purchase.” In September 2010, TOMS gave the glasses, one person in a developing country one millionth pair of new shoes to a child receives the eye care that he or she needs. in need. Now, TOMS has expanded to raise This care could vary from medical treatawareness in over 20 countries and has im- ment, prescription glasses, or cataract surproved the shoe itself. Originally a classic gery. Cataract surgery is particularly benwhite or black canvas shoe, it has now been eficial as cataracts are a leading cause of transformed and can be found in several blindness in the world. Lack of shoes, poor vision, and blinddifferent colors, patterns, and fabrics. “When I saw how pretty TOMS were ness only hinder a person’s ability to sucand the variety of colors and patterns that ceed in school and ultimately rise out were being sold, I knew I wanted a pair,” of poverty. So to help, splurge on a pair freshman Kim Smith said. “They are also of TOMS shoes or glasses, and instead of feeling guilty about yet another purextremely comfortable.” After the success of TOMS shoes, peo- chase, know that a young child just smiled, ple began asking Mycoskie, “What’s next?” danced, jumped, skipped, sprinted, attendHoping to create a new product with a sim- ed school, and changed his or her life all beilar model to TOMS shoes, the attention cause of a “One for One” purchase. was directed toward Nepal and vision improvements. According to TOMS website, of the nearly 284 million people in the world who are visually impaired, almost 90 percent live in developing coun- For every purchase of TOMS, the company sends a pair of shoes to a developing tries. Two- country. Recently it began a similar practice with with the purchase of glasses.
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Imprinting a financial awareness
Sophomores take on a new Financial Literacy course jane gerstner ‘14 staff writer This past fall, sophomores received their schedules and spotted a once-percycle course about which they had not been forewarned. And so the buzz over the mystery class began, but not one upperclassman could explain the foreign “Fin Lit” that appeared on each agenda. To their surprise, the words turned out to signify a brand new Financial Literacy program initiated for tenth-graders. “Mrs. Hayes asked that we find a way to build financial literacy into the Upper
School curriculum,” said academic dean Mrs. Gail Casey, who currently teaches the new course. “We realized that, while financial topics do come up in math courses, it wasn’t something we were addressing head-on.” Most of the curriculum is taught through an online program called EverFi, provided by the Connecticut Financial Scholars Program. Afterwards, the information is reviewed and expanded upon in class. Students log on to the website and engage in interactive modules that equip them with fundamental concepts, vocabulary, and financial decisionmaking simulations.
In place of the Speech class offered in previous years, sophomores meet with Mrs. Casey once every eight days to discuss topics introduced in the modules. These topics include savings and budgeting, managing credit cards, loans, and debt, credit scores, taxes and insurance, and how banks, the Federal Reserve, and the Stock Exchange works.
We are looking to impart basic financial skills that students can build upon as they graduate and move forward, so that they can make sound financial decisions in the future.
- Academic Dean Mrs. Gail Casey
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Sophomores are now offered a finance class taught by Academic Dean Mrs. Gail Casey. Most of the curriculum is taught through an online program called “EverFi.”
“Fin lit is a class I can actually see myself using in the future,” said sophomore D’Nea Galbraith. Mrs. Casey hopes to continue the course next year for the incoming sophomores. She plans to conduct a questionnaire of sorts at the end of this year to obtain feedback from her present students. “We are looking to impart basic financial skills that students can build upon as they graduate and move forward, so that they can make sound financial decisions in the future,” Mrs. Casey said.
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Experience the magic J.K. Rowling’s new website Pottermore has fans under its spell
devon hoffman ‘13 asst. features editor
I was lucky enough to find the ‘magic quill’ and participate in the Beta period for the site. This means that I’m able to go onto the site, along with about one million other Potter fans, until the general public gains access.
- Junior Erin Manning Junior Erin Manning is one of the lucky few to have experienced the magic of Pottermore in its early stages. “I found out about Pottermore form an article I read over the summer,” she said. “I was lucky enough to find the ‘magic quill’ and participate in the Beta period for the site. This means that I’m able to go onto the site, along with about one million other Potter fans, until the general public gains access.” Although Erin remains a fan of the website, she admits the Beta period put a damper on her participation on Pottermore. “When I first got an account, I went on all the time because it was very different than any other site. But honestly, I have not gone on in a couple months because after one finishes the first book you cannot go on through the series because the site is still in Beta,” she said. The site became open to the public in early April. Judging by the success of Pottermore and the hype for the release of her new book, it is clear J.K. Rowling’s period in the spotlight is far from over.
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J.K. Rowling continues her reign with ease as queen of the fictional literature world. Although she completed writing the final book of the Harry Potter franchise January 11, 2007, Rowling will not be falling off the map any time soon. With the continued success of the popular Pottermore website and the upcoming release of a new book, Rowling is expected to once again be topping the charts with her record- setting work. Harry Potter fans are not the only ones who will be relishing the work of Rowling in the upcoming year. The author, who has remained relatively private about projects following the legendary franchise, is releasing a new novel for adults according to The Blair Partnership. Details about the book will be released later this year. “I am literally so excited that she’s writing a new book,” Convent of the Sacred Heart junior Kyra Baldwin said. “It can be about anything and I will still love it. J.K. Rowling won me over with the Harry Potter series.” In addition to the highly anticipated upcoming release, Rowling has experienced massive success with the creation of her new website, Pottermore. The site allows fans to experience a new, interactive side of the Harry Potter world. Members even have access to many of Rowling’s notes and several pages of texts that were not included in the original books. Beginning in October, Pottermore began selling electronic editions of the seven books that were previously only available in print and audio versions. The main attraction of the website is the users’ ability to explore the chapters of the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Exploring the chapters allows members of the website to experience the wizarding world, reading never before seen content of the book while getting a visual image of the settings in different scenes. However, because Pottermore still remains in its beginning stages, the website was, up until recently, only available in Beta. This means that only those
people who registered immediately following the opening of the website gained instant access. “It’s a bit frustrating that not everyone has access,” freshman Emma Sapio said. “I really wanted to be one of the first members but forgot about it for awhile and missed the day when everyone signed up.”
J.K. Rowling goes viral with the success of her new website Pottermore. However, the website is not open to the general public as of yet.
The British are coming Americans hooked on English TV nora henrie ‘13 staff writer American and British jargon have a lot of quirky differences. Fries vs. chips, vacuum vs. hoover, bathroom vs. loo are all examples of cross-continental conflicting phrases. However, recently, more and more Americans are turning off the TV and turning on the telly. With shows like Doctor Who and Downton Abbey drawing more and more American viewers, the States might once again be experiencing a British invasion. A quick look at the numbers does nothing but corroborate this hypothesis. The popular historical drama Downton Abbey drew in 5.4 million viewers to host channel PBS, the most it has had in nearly three years. Sci-fi hit Doctor Who set British Broadcasting Company (BBC) America records with its most recent season premiere drawing 1.3 million viewers. In fact, according to The Guardian, British television exports have surged up nine percent in the past two years. But opinions vary about why this surge in popularity is taking place. “I think the cinematography on the show is exceptional,” said Broadcast Journalism teacher Ellyn Stewart. “The overthe-shoulder shots and the point of view shots help the viewer to feel that she is right there with the characters and the action.” Perhaps the show’s popularity can tip its hat to artful cinematic construction. Others believe the ingredient to success is much simpler.
“It’s definitely the accents,” junior Laura Marsalisi said. The two million or so Google search results for “how to do a British accent”, coupled with ravenous American interest in the royal wedding that took place in England last year, it is possible that this rise in television popularity is a side effect of a general fascination Americans have with all things British. Far from our tea-flinging, redcoat hating, rebellious days, the USA seems happy to emulate the classy habits of her mother country. “It’s a different culture, so it’s interesting to us,” junior Jeanne Marie Fishkin said. “It’s foreign enough to be interesting, but not so foreign that it’s impossible to understand.” This appetite for British television is not just restricted to original content. Competition shows like The X Factor, Dancing With the Stars, and Master Chef are essentially knock offs of shows that originated in Great Britain. Any new competition show that wants to pass muster is not complete without a snarky British man leading the judges circle, a cliché coined by a one Simon Cowell. America’s Got Talent’s most popular youtube video has nearly 12 million hits. Britain’s Got Talent’s most popular video has nearly 50 million. While phrases like blimey and bloke might not ever catch on in the states, our love of British television continues to grow. As long as the BBC continues to seduce its US viewers with snappy dialogue, intriguing plotlines, and adorably prim British accents, America will be content to watch their tellies.
London is calling UK setting fire to American music molly scudder ‘12 opinions editor The era of the All-American pop star seems to be coming to an end. Move over Christina Aguilera; Adele, with her soulful voice and accent, is taking over. Radio stations and the top 40 are now seeing a “British invasion.” With bands like Mumford and Sons and Florence and the Machine becoming more popular, London is certainly calling. One of the growing bands in the United States is Mumford and Sons, a London-based folk band. With their hit, “Little Lion Man,” Mumford and Sons have crept into American music. They performed at the 2011 Grammys with Bob Dylan, and drew large crowds at Bamboozle and the Telluride Blue Grass Festival in Telluride Colorado. There is something about British music that American seem to be taking to, but for Mumford and Son’s, they do not see the appeal in their music. In an interview with Rolling Stone Mumford, the lead singer, was quoted as saying, “It’s really weird to me that people like our music. It’s pretty straightforward. There’s no flash to it. And there are so many other bands doing it. People are like, ‘Don’t listen to Mumford & Sons – listen to this band.’ And I’m like, ‘I know!’ We’re just mediocre, slightly overweight English musicians. We’re fat, sweaty, and we try hard.” Unlike Mumford and Son’s, Florence
Welch has a very distinct and individualized style of music that has placed her in the American spotlight. Welch’s band, Florence and the Machine, has experienced popularity in the states and even played on the coveted Saturday Night Live show. Florence Welch has a different way of approaching her music than a band like Mumford and Sons. On her website, Florenceandthemachine.net, Florence addresses her idea of music. “I want my music to sound like throwing yourself out of a tree, or off a tall building, or as if you’re being sucked down into the ocean and you can’t breathe,” says Florence Welch. “It’s something overwhelming and all-encompassing that fills you up, and you’re either going to explode with it, or you’re just going to disappear.” Another British band that is making American headlines is the boy pop group, The Wanted. Their sound is different than that of Mumford and Sons and Florence and the Machine, but despite the differences, The Wanted has a solid American fan base. After N*SYNC and the Back Street Boys retired their boy-ish looks American pop saw an end to the boy band. It is back on the rise though now that The Wanted has crossed the ocean. The five person band has re-created the boy band phenomenon with their hit, Glad You Came, which peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Paul Revere rides again. “The British are coming!” The British are here.
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Texting’s toll on teens staff writer
many campaigns designed to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving. “I took the Allstate pledge to ‘X the Text.’ I plan on standing by that.” There are also some students who have made the change towards being safer drivers on their own volition.
swerving. It’s a lot harder to control what you’re doing. I knew I had to stop doing it before I got hurt,” senior India Knight said. According to research performed by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving makes a driver 23 times more likely to crash their car. The Institute for Advanced Motorists published a study that suggested that texting is six times more more dangerous than drinking while driving. However, if texting while driving is irresistible, cell phone addicts are in luck. There are iPhone, Blackberry and Droid apps created specifically to prevent this dangerous activity. “Drive Safe.ly” is an iPhone app that reads texts or emails out loud and then automatically responds with a message teller the sender that the recipient is driving. Other programs, such as “Key2SafeDriving,” can detect when a car is in motion and temporarily prevent the phone from sending or receiving any messages. The iPhone’s extremely popular app, “Siri,” can send a text spoken out loud and completely hands-free.
The disregard teenagers display towards the life-threatening act of texting while driving is becoming increasingly common among students at Convent of the Sacred Heart. Although in ConnectiI used to text right cut, texting while driving is a felony, many when I first had my liyoung drivers rarely respect this law, according to CSH students. cense but then I realAccording to dosomething.org, 36 ized how much I was percent of all US teen deaths are caused by texting while driving. Anyone who obtains swerving. It’s a lot their license is required to attend an eightharder to control what hour course, portions of which are devoted you’re doing. I knew to videos alerting students about the dangers of texting while driving. It is difficult to I had to stop doing it avoid the many tragic news reports; some before I got hurt. Greenwich teens even have friends who have been in accidents caused by texting. However, many teens continue to put their -Senior India Knight life on the line, some CSH students justifying it as an act of necessity. “I used to text right when I first had my “I know it’s dangerous but sometimes license but then I realized how much I was you’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do,” junior Issy Gabaldon said. Issy is not the only student with this kind of mentality. Of the 20 students surveyed in the core center, 16 claim to text while they drive. Some students say that they only text at stop lights, which is less of a risk than texting while in motion but is by no means recommended. “Yeah, I do text while I drive. I know it’s stupid but sometimes you just can’t resist the urge to look. I try and keep it quick though,” a student who wished to remain anonymous said. However, there are some conscientious students who abstain from texting altogether. “I never do it,” said junior Caroline Keller, who Although illegal,many Sacred Heart students admit to texting while driving, acknowledging that it is said she signed one of the dangerous.
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Gone from the school, not from the Heart Francesca Recchia
Adelphi University (Manhattanville College transfer)
What is your favorite part of college so far? My favorite part of college is always being surrounded by my friends and being more independent. What do you miss most
about Sacred Heart? What I miss most about CSH is not having to always be dressed up all day long. What is your favorite part of college? My favorite part of college is always being surrounded by my friends and being more independent. Do you keep in touch with any Sacred Heart friends? Yes, I am in most contact with Francesca and Lana but also with many others on a less frequent basis. I recently went to NC to visit Francesca at school and hung out with Nayara, while I was there I hung out with Lana more last semester. We hang out a lot during breaks and especially this upcoming summer we will definitely be spending time together. What is an important item to bring to college? Bring rain boots......and your CSH skirt and duct tape. What activities are you involved in at college? I am part of the invisible children club at school. What is your major? My major is International Relations.
Elon University courtesy of francesca recchia
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What is your favorite part of college so far? My favorite parts about freshman year are meeting new people and having more free time than I did in high school. You’d be surprised coming from CSH how much free time you have in college. What do you miss most about
Sacred Heart? I miss my friends the most. I also really miss having to wear a uniform and going to sports practice every day after school. What activities are you involved in at college? I’m in a sorority (Delta Delta Delta), a leadership program called the Isabella Cannon Leadership Program and Catholic Campus Ministry. What is an important item to bring to college? A sombrero, a lax pinnie and an ugly Christmas sweater. What is your major? My major is undecided as of now but I’m thinking about going into business. I’ll probably end up majoring in Finance or Accounting.
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Sweet dreams are made of these jennie chieco ‘13
staff writer Over time, society has grown fascinated by the study of the unconscious and what exactly our mind endures while dreaming. Many dream studies derive from the original research of the unconscious by Jung and Freud. Both confirmed that when people interact with others throughout the day, those people have a higher chance of showing up in their dreams. However, after years of recording and analyzing dreams, Jung found the importance of symbols within dreams that foretell events and potential solutions. Jung identified seven different universal symbols often present in dreams, whether the dream itself is personal of not. THE PERSONA: This is the image in dreams that represents oneself. This image does not necessarily resemble or behave in the same manner, but the dreamer is still aware that this figure signifies him or herself. THE SHADOW: This image can present itself in a dream through a stalker, bully or pursuer. This person symbolizes the dreamers most rejected aspect of himself or herself. They will often upset the persona or bring “touchy” subjects into the dream. However, the shadow must be accepted to truly hear the message the dream is trying to share. THE ANIMA/ANIMUS: These are the female and male aspects of the dreamer. If the dreamer experiences an opposite gender quality (ex: growing a beard), this may indicate the dreamers ability to integrate those qualities within oneself. For example, masculine symbols may exemplify more assertive qualities while feminine symbols may express more emotional qualities. THE DIVINE CHILD: This is the dreamer’s true self in the purest form. This symbolizes innocence, vulnerability, helplessness. Additionally, it personifies the dreamers aspirations and fullest potential. This symbol would present itself in the form of a baby or young child during a dream. THE WISE OLD MAN/WOMAN: This is the dreamer’s helper. They may be represented by a teacher, parent, doctor, priest or other known form of approachable authority. They appear throughout dreams to guide the dreamer. THE GREAT MOTHER: This is the dreamer’s nurturer. This figure will appear in dreams in the form of a mother, grandmother or other known life advisor. They often provide solutions during dreams to real life problems. THE TRICKSTER: This figure prevents the dreamer from over analyzing or misjudging a situation. They may make the dreamer embarrassed or uncomfortable, often mocking or exposing known vulnerabilities of the dreams. Jung’s outline of basic and universal dream symbols can help society make sense of common nerve-wracking or frightening dreams. Dream meaning is found to be a popular topic among young adults, as well as the type of sleep they endure. The new Apple application “Sleep Cycle” records the movement of the sleeper and can be set to wake them up during their lightest sleep period, to ensure a more restful sleep. The app can be found free online at the Apple iTunes store.
sports Secret life of the equestrian teenager
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King Street Chronicle
margaretta ryan ‘12
staff writer There is no room for horse play for Convent of the Sacred Heart’s committed equestrians. Between shows, practice times, and caring for their horses, these students rack up hours that go above and beyond the Sacred Heart gym requirement, while still maintaining the motivation to keep up with schoolwork.
You can have a better sense of how the course is riding and what you need to do to win.
-Sophomore Sydney DeVoe
courtesy of isa von habsburg ‘14
Sophomore Isa von Habsburg, who has been riding since she was seven, said that it is difficult to find a balance between riding and homework, but she manages
to stay organized. This task is especially difficult when there is a competition, because events usually involve missing a day or several days of school. Indeed, Isa describes competitions as “the best and worst feeling.” Competitions, which usually run between two and three full days, begin with extensive preparations for the horse and rider, including adhering to strict wardrobe regulations and memorizing the course for jumping. “You have to walk your course so that you can figure out what the best track will be so that you can have the quickest route, but also so that you don’t knock any poles down. It is important to watch as many rounds that go before as possible so that you can have a better sense of how the course is riding and what you need to do to win,” sophomore Sydney DeVoe said. There are typically two parts to each competition. The first, called flatting, involves riding around a flat ground as each rider is judged on how well he or she controls the horse and their overall appearance. During the second part of the event,
Sophomore Isa von Habsburg practices jumping in preparation for competetion.
each rider gets another chance to impress the judges in a jumping course. The judges for these events are notoriously rigorous and deduct points for seemingly trifling things, students said.
Winter Sports Review Basketball- Junior Varsity - 6 wins- 9 losses, a new record - A highlight of JV’s season included defeating Greenwich Academy 16-14 Basketball- Varsity - 18 wins- 7 losses, the most wins since the
You’re moving fast and everything counts so you need to be precise... You can’t mess something up.
-Sophomore Sydney DeVoe
1988-89 season - 2012 FAA League champions,the first championship for Sacred Heart in 23 years - All League honors were awarded to Colleen O’Neill, Emily O’Sullivan, Kayla Souza, Allison Toner and an Honorable mention for Bridget Scaturro - Colleen O’Neill, recipient of the Most Accomplished Award from the FAA, was the highest point scorer with a total of 259 points in 22 games, averaging 11.7 points
“You’re moving fast and everything counts, so you need to be precise,” Sydney said. “You can’t mess something up.” Sydney has been riding competitively since third grade. While many other riders spend several hours a week getting to and from barns, Sydney is fortunate enough to live only five minutes away from her barn. Despite the brief commute, she still has little time to spare. In order to achieve greatness and control of the horse during competitions, she must allocate time for personal workouts such as biking, running and yoga, in addition to direct work with her horse. She balances both commitments by keeping her time scheduled and structured and having open communication with her teachers. The dedication may be time consuming and stressful, but the results are what keep these athletes in the saddle. For Isa, winning a competition is the most rewarding part of riding. Isa said that she loves the feeling “when you have an amazing show day with your horse and you know that you did the best of your ability and that you worked hard to achieve what you got.”
per game Squash- Varsity - 13 wins- 10 losses - 3 students honored by the FAA - All League honors were awarded to Krystyna Miles, Mary Grace Henry and an Honorable Mention for Caroline Antonacci Swimming- Varsity - 13 wins and 3 losses - Several students qualified to swim at New England’s swimming competition Diving- Varsity - Caleigh Kupersmith, a current 8th grader, set a new Hotchkiss Pool record and a new Sacred Heart record scoring 251.20 points in the 6-dive competition. - Fourth place in the New England Championships - Won second at the Bud Erich Meet compiled by blair kennedy ‘13
Cancer survivor, Super Bowl Champion sports editor Mark Herzlich, Super Bowl XLVI champion and New York Giants linebacker, began his senior year at Boston College in 2009 with the promise of greatness as the campus’s football superstar, leading the nation in interceptions returned for touchdowns. He snatched up titles such as AllAmerican, All ACC first team, and Disney Spirit Award as brands of his early success -- a success that suddenly seemed so fragile when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, he said.
I wasn’t going to let failure happen... I didn’t have that option because I had to come back on top and beat cancer. It was wanting that same life that I had before.
-Mark Herzlich, New York Giants linebacker
“I think that one of the biggest things for me was, I had big goals, and one of the goals was to keep living obviously, but the other was to keep playing football,” Mr. Herzlich said in an interview with the King
Street Chronicle before addressing faculty, staff and students in Convent of the Sacred Heart’s gymnasium April 2. “I wanted to play football in the NFL for as long as I can remember.” Consequently, Mr. Herzlich was forced to make a daunting decision about his football career that would ultimately change his life forever. His doctors gave him the choice to take out his cancerous femur and replace it with a bone cadaver. However, he would, in turn, risk losing his ability to walk forever, let alone play football. Mr. Herzlich decided to leave the femur alone, and kill the cancer through radiation and chemotherapy treatments, while placing a metal rod through his leg to reinforce his strength. The extensive routine of his treatments required strength, but he persevered with the goal of returning to football, relying on his friends and family for support, he said. “I had the strength to take the next step to get where I am going and I had the friends and family to lean on for extra support,” Mr. Herzlich said. While battling cancer, Mr. Herzlich allowed camera crews and news reporters to join him for several of his radiation sessions. He was very open about his cancer, partly because he did not have a choice, but mostly because he was so inspired by hearing other’s stories, so he hoped to do the same for someone else, he said. “There are people who would send me letters about their stories telling me how they had the same type of cancer and how
they were told they might be able to do what again and go into the NFL and that is kind of what drove me.” they want to do again,” Mr. Herzlich said. His motivation led him to the ultimate Finally, after nearly five months from his diagnosis, Mr. Herzlich announced on moment of glory in his sport. On February ESPN College Game Day 2009 that he was, 4, Mr. Herzlich stepped off a plane in Indiain fact, cancer free, and would be returning napolis to take part in his first Super Bowl. That day, he tweeted, “2 years ago I was to football. Thereafter, Mr. Herzlich was to contin- told I’d never walk again, Just WALKED off ue his senior year at Boston College, gradu- plane to #Indy to play in #SuperBowl #taate, and become a New York Giant, never kethatcancer.” letting go of his dreams or allowing failure to get in the way. “I wasn’t going to let failure happen,” Mr. Herzlich said. “I didn’t have that option because I had to come back on top and beat cancer and then, as it went forward, it wasn’t just beating cancer. It was wanting that same life that I had before. New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich discusses his triumph I wanted to over cancer and his recent Super Bowl championship. play football courtesy of mr. derek jackson
kim benza ‘13
Pasta Vera-y delicious Most underrated restaurant in Greenwich? maddie pillari ‘13 asst. news editor
nicole narea ‘12
Walking into the sparsely decorated Italian restaurant, the front of which serves as a sort of deli, it was not easy to guess that this was the place that has, supposedly, “the best pasta in town”, according to multiple urbanspoon.com reviews and enthusiastic recommendations from friends. Pasta Vera, a small Italian restaurant at the top of Greenwich Avenue, is often over-looked in place of the larger, more popular restaurants like Meli-Melo and Mediterraneo on the bottom of the Avenue. However, one spoonful of their “Tortellini Salsicce Forti e Funghi Porcinia” (for those of you that don’t speak Italian, that’s cheese tortellini, crumbled hot sausage, and porcini mushrooms in a light cream sauce or olive oil and garlic) will make you forget about crepes forever. The restaurant’s simplistic décor only adds to the experience. The white walls
and table cloths do not distract the customer from the fresh, authentic, and delicious meal in front of them. And that’s what makes Pasta Vera such a successful restaurant- the fact that their food is, simply, delicious. “There is literally nothing better than a meal at Pasta Vera,” junior Michele Urbinati said. “I love Italian food, and out of all of the Italian restaurants I’ve frequented, Pasta Vera wins, hands down.” Unlike most Italian restaurants, when you sit down for a meal at Pasta Vera, you do not leave with your pants unbuttoned and your stomach heavy with grease and regret. The numerous salad and chicken options are just as tempting to order as the Pasta Alfredo or Fried Calamari. The simply mouth-watering food served at Pasta Vera is truly some of the best Italian cuisine you can find. Whether you order Pasta Bolognese or a Grilled Chicken Caeser Salad, you will not be disappointed.
Pasta Vera, located at 48 Greenwich Avenue, offers nouveau Italian cuisine with fresh sandwiches and salads.
Prize Day dress guide
Pillari Copy editor
Where to Shop: Lilly Pulitzer is always a Prize Day favorite, but here are a few fun shops off the beaten path. Crave Crave has dozens of Prize-Day-worthy dresses for all sizes and styles. From classic to glam, Crave’s selection includes reasonably priced dresses in this season’s hottest trends. Lf Stores Among the leather hotshorts and ripped crop tops, Lf actually has a pretty decent dress selection. If you’re looking for something girly and sweet, Lf has plenty of summer dresses that are definitely Prize Day appropriate. Calypso Calypso may not be the first place you think of for dresses, but this season they have a number of summery frocks. Admittedly, their dress selection isn’t huge, but it’s worth taking a peak if you want something you’d wear again. Spring Trends to Try: Island Floral, Mint, Eyelet, Neon
wrinkle easily. Delicate fabrics like silk are beautiful, but sometimes can be a nightmare to keep crease-free. If you’re not sure about the fabric characteristics of a certain dress, read the care-instructions label and ask someone who works at the store. Beware of stilettos For those of us who haven’t learned the hard way, think twice before wearing pumps. Prize Day is usually outside, meaning we’re going to be prancing around on grass. Unless you want to help irrigate Sacred Heart’s front lawn, avoid shoes with narrow heels. The last thing you want is to end up with the heel of your pumps submerged in dirt. Prize Day approved shoes include wedges, chunky heels, and flats. Comfort is key When you’re shopping, don’t forget you’re going to be wearing that dress for hours…in front of all your teachers, friends and family. Being uncomfortable is not a option. Find a dress that you won’t have to keep adjusting and fidgeting with—that strapless dress might seem like a good idea in the dressing room, but make sure you’ll still love it after wearing it for three hours.
Tips and Tricks: Wrinkle-free fabric First we’re standing, then sitting, then we’re standing again…be sure to Crave Boutique has three convenient locations in New York choose a dress that doesn’t City, Port Chester, and Greenwich.
mollie pillari ‘12
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Familiar faces, as seen on T.V.
allie kenny ‘13
in a Coca-Cola Speculation Shot commercial last spring and was also in an MSG allie kenny ‘13 Varsity commercial that aired this fall. Her staff writer sister Christine though, gave up work in the commercial and acting industry after her “Wait a minute, I know her,” a Convent national Subway commercial in 2007 to of the Sacred Heart student chimes excit- pursue sports like field hockey and lacrosse edly as she flips through the pages of Sev- more intensely. Gabby Greig is a model for enteen Magazine or through the channels Seventeen Magazine and has also modeled on TV. Seeing the familiar faces of junior clothing on the morning show Better TV. Junior Meggie Purcell said, “I think it Gabby Greig and seniors Christine or Nicole Bloom is not too uncommon for they is so intriguing that these girls have already have already made strides in the TV and put their faces in the public eye. I have always wondered how they got started and if modeling industries. Their accomplishments are quite other people can similarly get involved.” Their starts in the industry vary from unique, especially for their ages. Nicole modeled for H&M in middle school, starred luck to theater camp. Nicole got all of these jobs through an agent who scouted her after seeing her as Liesl in The Sound of Music at her theater camp, Stagedoor Manor. Gabby, however, landed her job simply by being in the right place at the right time. “I was at Gabby Greig strikes a pose on the pages of Seventeen Magazine. a restaurant
called Lavo in New York and the senior fashion editor of Seventeen came up to my table asked if I would be interested in modeling for them,” Gabby said.“I thought it was a hoax but she gave me her card and asked me to e-mail her photos of myself, so I did and she asked me to come in for a shoot.” Just weeks after Gabby’s serendipitous meeting, she was on set, modeling for the September 2011 issue of Seventeen. Both Nicole and Gabby recount the intensity of their shoots. Gabby experiences one to two hours of hair and makeup preparation prior to going on set where producers, photographers, and stylists will watch. It is very stressful until her favorite music is played on set, after which, the atmosphere is very fun. Nicole, on the other hand, did not recount a fun atmosphere. Nicole said, “The three shoots I have been on were surprisingly long days. For the spec shot I was on set for at least 10 hours filming and re-filming.” It seems almost incomprehensible that Sacred Heart students could engage in demanding extra jobs. Gabby has to miss a few days for either a shoot or a test shoot, or even just a fitting. Nicole, though, has not had any conflicts, but is not fully immersed in the industry due to her prominent focus on academics. “As far as jobs and auditions conflicting with school, I try to do them after school hours and luckily the few shoots I’ve
been on have been filmed over the summer and during spring break, so that’s worked out well,” Nicole said. Though onlookers feel excited by being able to recognize a face in a magazine or on screen, Nicole and Gabby both express that seeing themselves is bittersweet. Nicole thinks that it is weird, but also fun, to see herself, while Gabby says that though exciting, it often makes her feel more critical. “It is the most amazing feeling seeing myself in a magazine that I have been reading for years,” Gabby said. “But it is also hard because when looking at a picture of myself for everyone to see, it is easy to judge how I look or wish to change one little thing about the picture.” Gabby hopes to continue her job as a model in the future. She loves being able to get ready for a shoot and try on “exquisite clothes and shoes,” and feels that her ability to model is proof that everyone should follow his or her dreams. “My favorite part is doing what I love. I have always wanted to model, but now that it is so real it gives me so much confidence to follow my dreams,” Gabby said. Whether or not they continue on in the industries in the future, these girls are living proof of how Sacred Heart students can accomplish distinctive and intriguing feats. Maybe one day the faces of Sacred Heart girls will be on a Time Square billboard or in a Super Bowl commercial.