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Hanover Park High School

63 Mt. Pleasant Ave.

East Hanover, New Jersey 07936

HP strolls down the aisle!

By Sophia Wang This year’s production of the fall play is Father of the Bride. Consisting of three acts, the play is set in the 1950’s. Lead character Stanley Banks (played by Julien Hohenleitner) is the stingy but loving father of Kay Banks, played by Jackie Casolaro. Kay announces her engagement to Buckley Dunstan (Matt Duff), creating excitement and conflict. Although Stanley wants to have a small wedding, his wife Ellie Bank (Samantha Gordon) and daughter plunge into enthusiastic wedding preparations, and Mr. Banks is to pay for all of it. Pretty soon, the entire event starts to spin out of control, and anxiety and tension lead to near disaster. Father of the Bride is based off the novel written by Edward Streeter in 1949. The film version was a hit, nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Writing Adapted Screenplay. Its past successes suggest its potential to woo the Hanover Park audience as well. Second-year play director Ms. Vecchione is excited and optimistic for opening night, positive that audiences will be wowed. Her cast members share her enthusiasm. “We want to put on a good show. Everyone’s working I DO, I DO, I DO: The cast of Father of the Bride prepares to tie the hard. Our main goal as actors is to just put on the knot in this year's fall drama. best show we possibly can,” says stage manager Photo by Chad Drake Samantha Gordon, who plays Ellie Banks in the production. Senior actor Xavier Cruz concurs: “We’re looking forward to putting on a quality show.” Both seniors want to leave a lasting impression of theatrical excellence on their underclassmen cohorts and the Hanover Park community. The entire cast eagerly awaits that rewarding final bow, that pat on the back for a job well done. Come out on November 18 and 19 at 7:30 in the Hanover Park Auditorium for this romp of a show. The commons will host a wedding this school has never seen before.

Stormy weather plagues Hanover Park

By Keval Ray and Amanda Baker Wendy’s, Starbucks, and even half of Route 10 underwater, houses without power, and streets lined with debris – all images that were witnessed as Hurricane Irene and the October snow storm unleashed her wrath upon the U.S. East Coast. What started out as an innocent, clear, and sunny August day quickly turned into a night full of severe rain and wind gusts strong enough to topple a few trees and power lines. As Irene’s destruction peaked at night on August 28th, rivers began to flood, the power was lost, and the small, quite towns of East Hanover and Florham Park buzzed with emergency personnel. Even worse, the extensive recovery from Irene has been plagued by the infamous October snowstorm UNDER THE SEA: Hurricane Irene was not afriad to show her that attacked HP and the surrounding community two muscles, doing tons of damage to much of New Jersey. months later. Photo by Andrew Guido When Irene finally moved out of New Jersey, many people thought the worst was over; however, little did they know of an approaching fall snowstorm. When rivers began to peak with the coming days, many people in the Morris County area had to deal with water damages to their own homes. In fact, some basements were completely flooded and required high-powered firefighter hoses to drain them. The situation soon became worse as a blizzard attacked Northern New Jersey in late October. New Jersey State Senator commented on the situation, “There is a mess here in Morris County.” Although Irene hit before school began, Hanover Park was nonetheless vulnerable because of its prime location in the wetlands. As students, faculty, and community residents drove pass HP, huge Belfor Disaster Relief trucks could be spotted in the senior lot. When school finally began in the second week of September, students saw the true damage that Irene had done. Mr. Callanan, HP’s principal started “After the hurricane, I expected a few trees might have fallen down.” However, once entering the school, his mindset changed, “when I opened the door to the school, a river of water was flowing down the hall. I was shocked.” Additionally, funny smells emanated from soaked carpeting in the theatre, guidance, and even the main office. Even worse, the library had ME, MYSELF, & IRENE: HP's commons, as well as its been transformed from an area of intense learning to a more theatre, guidance building, and band room were affected by Home Depot or Lowe’s feeling. Sarah Flanagan, a Hanover Irene's wrath. Park freshman, lamented “For band, we were supposed to Photo by Andrew Guido meet in the auditorium of HP, but it was all flooded, and there were no books in the library,” says Sarah Flanagan, a freshman. As a result of the storms, initiatives have been taken to prevent such damage in the future. Much of the carpeting from the library, theatre, and commons, has been replaced with the fresh, clean tiles. Also, with the library piecing itself together, students hope to be able to borrow books and study in this abyss of education in the near future. Although the storms wreaked such havoc, HP and its surrounding community was quite simply, lucky, in comparison to other high schools. Despite what Mother Nature throws at HP, whether it is tornados, snow storms, or hurricanes, HP, its students, and its faculty once again proved its ability to deal with the unpredictable.

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HP Highlights Sheleda becomes September Student of the Month: Matt Sheleheda opened up the school year by being named the September Student of the Month. Hard work and dedication both in and out of school are necessary elements to be awarded this honor. As a member of the soccer team for four years, a NHS, Varsity Club, and Key Club, Mr. Sheleheda has shown he has what it takes and completely deserves the recognition. Spada earns Principal's Award: Will Spada received the 2011/12 NASSP/Herff Jones Principal’s Leadership Award for Hanover Park. He will now be eligible to win scholarships on both the state and national levels. Congratulations and good luck, Will! Okafor is October Student of the Month: The October Student of the Month is Chike Okafor. In his four years at the hive, Chike has been able to excel both athletically and academically. Chike has been a member of the cross country team, winter and spring track, and ERASE/International Club. Additionally, he is involved in his church outside of school. Chike represents some of the best of Hanover Park High School. Victor receives Physical Education Student of the Month: The Physical Education Student of the Month for September is Tiana Victor. Tiana deserved this award because not only did she put all the effort she could into gym class but she also always brings a positive attitude to the physical education experience. HP Intellects shine on the National Level: The National Merit Scholarship Program results for the Class of 2012 have been released. Carolyn Zhu represents Hanover Park as a National Merit Semifinalist, by achieving a score in the top third of the 50,000 highest scorers on the PSATs. The Commended Students are Evans Patel, Matthew Fu, Michael Feoli and Jeffrey Wang. Congratulations! AP Students earn high honors: Chloe Nevitt and Allison Pichowicz are now AP scholars. This honor is granted to students who earn a score of three or higher on three or more AP tests. The hard work put in by these two seniors is definitely shown through this accomplishment. Pawar Climbs Corporate Ladder: Sohum Pawar, HP sophomore, continues to grab national attention for his tremendous work in Future Business Leaders of America. Last year, he was elected as HP FBLA's webmaster. This year, Sohum has been chosen as NJ FBLA's North Jersey Communication Director as well as National FBLA's Eastern Region Webmaster. Sohum has already begun his work by maintaining the Eastern Region website and publishing the NJ Northern Bulletin.

Compiled by Emily Portuguese & Jaime Guberman


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Jump into fall fashion: what's in for autumn By Shelby Stivale

Long maxi-skirts and dresses It’s not only the leaves that ing”, the idea of stacking clothing change during fall; this season with bold and bright colors. The are another big hit. Additionally, is all about change. Whether it's most common color designers menswear for women is a favorite this season. The one’s entire wardrobe or simply the brand of jeans “Plaid isn’t just for farmers anymore either. Plaid trend includes blazers, vests, suits and that he or she buys, aland varsity cardigans are two other staples to oxford shoes--all most everyone switches any man’s wardrobe this winter. ” of the necessities things up as the summer – Shelby Stivale a man would norwinds down and the temmally wear, only peratures turn cold. The time has to come when we must "blocked" is orange. These shades reinvented with that feminine trade in our shorts for sweaters – of orange are generally stacked touch. Not only is fashion changing but don’t just pull out everything with neutral colors. Another popular color that is being stacked is for the ladies, but for the guys, too. you wore last fall. Aside from weather changes, grey with shades of beige and army This season, brown is definitely the color to wear. And plaid isn’t just the fall season marks one of the green. A nother comeback hitting on for farmers anymore either. Plaid most important events of the year: Fashion Week. This is the clothing the runways of Fashion Week was and varsity cardigans are two other industry's single most important the vibe of the sixties. Designers staples to fill any man’s wardrobe week in which designers showcase added brightly colored tights in vi- this winter. So, among the festivities of all of their new collections that are brant shades of fuchsia, teal, violet, sure to be a hit for the upcoming and emerald green. Furs, ruffles, raking leaves, pumpkin picking, months. During Fashion Week and petal-pushers have also come and trick-or-treating this fall, be SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW: "Color block2011, along with the new trends alive again. The outfits were also sure to jump into fall fashion and ing", just one of the trends this fall, is becoming increasingly came the return of old ones. One adorned with oversized buttons and keep up with the many stylish popular. trends. major comeback is “Color Block- thick belts. Courtesy of Google

New faces, same places: spotlight on new HP staff

By Jisoo Yoon HP saw its fair share of changes this summer. Along with the carpet-less auditorium and empty library, there are several new faces on campus. Last June, with the farewell to the beloved Mr. Martin, it was time to find a new face for the music department; Mr. Spina has filled this role. He joins Mr. Stachow as an instrumental lesson instructor and will be taking over the prestigious Jazz Ensemble taking Mr. Martin’s place as the director. Along with these two responsibilities, he also teaches American Pop Music, another new elective now available to students at the Hive. Speaking about Mr. Spina, senior Jenn Ohn responded, “It was sad to see Mr. Martin go, but I’m looking forward to getting to know Mr. Spina. I’m excited for everything he has to offer to our program.” Before becoming a part of the HP family, Mr. Spina taught many musical groups, including

WELCOME TO THE HIVE: Mr. Spina and Señorita Gruchacz highlight some of Hanover Park's new faculty members. Photo by Matthew Fu

concert and marching band at Colorado State University for almost two years. His achievements at the university were featured on NBC, ESPN, Yahoo, and CBS, and more. When searching for a job, Mr. Spina was immediately interested in working at the high school because of our renowned excellence and pride in our music programs. As the new member of the music department, Mr. Spina explained, “I hope to continue the tradition of excellence. Also, I wish to contribute many ideas to further develop the students’ musical abilities and continue to educate the HP community as patrons of the arts.” The foreign language department also welcomed a new teacher: Señorita Gruchacz. Before arriving at the hive, she worked at an international law firm. In terms of teaching, she also taught previously at Parsippany High School. Señorita Gruchacz was raised in the school district and graduated from Whippany Park High School. She has now officially converted from a wildcat to a hornet. As a new member of the faculty, she says she hopes to get involved and be a part of the Hanover Park family. She took her first step by participating, along with Senorita Portillo, as a “Coach of the Week” for the football team in the second week of October. Mr. Spina and Senorita Gruchacz are just two among the many additions to the hive this fall. Walking through the departments, students will see new faces everywhere. Make sure to give them a warm welcome and share the Hornet pride.

The return of the Renaissance man: Mr. HP

By Sanjay Lalbahadur It has pitted student against student in epic competition for years; it has set apart the men and the boys on campus. After a three-year hiatus, Mr. HP has returned to Hanover Park. Mr. HP is a title synonymous with honor, glory, and bragging rights; the student who is victorious earns the prestigious title and becomes a symbol of school spirit at Hanover Park. The contestants battle in a series “best of” competitions for the title. Students can witness the spectacle of male students competing to “rule the school” or perhaps accept the challenge themselves. The contest has always been a great thrill for both the competitors and spectators, as all are encouraged to attend for an enjoyable experience. The overall student reaction has been positive in past competitions, making Mr. HP a major highlight of the school year. With the plethora of different clubs and extracurricular activities operating simultaneously on different schedules throughout the year, Mr. HP is an opportunity for every student to meet and enjoy an afternoon of well-spirited contest. Why, then, did such a rousing event disappear for the last two years? The event has taken place every year at Hanover Park, up until the 2008 – 2009 school year. It was an HP tradition in which many eager seniors sought to compete. In previous years, hype for Mr. HP was enormous and its disappearance after that year was hugely surprising; Mr. HP is a contest which unifies the student body and stirs up school spirit, and is certainly a positive force at Hanover Park. Was it cancelled for disciplinary reasons? Was there a financial issue? Mr. Callanan, Hanover Park’s principal, answered this mystery question. “The last few senior classes just lacked the focus and initiative to organize the event,” he confirmed. He continued, “But I have no problems GET READY TO RUMBLE: One with it. I think it will be a fun thing of HP's favorite events will return in for the senior class.” Perhaps most speculation would point a finger at 2012. Image by Sohum Pawar the administration for the cancellation of the event, and many students are quick to place responsibility on them. However, the administration did not play any role in the cancellation of Mr. HP in the past years; instead it was merely the lack of motivation and drive of the senior student body. Largely student-operated, Mr. HP’s fruition depends entirely on the will of the students. The administration will support students who have the drive to organize events, but the students must actually see to the success of the event. The class of 2012, however, recognizes the fun and nostalgia of Mr. HP and is committed to seeing that the event takes place. With renewed focus and energy, the contest that all males across campus dream of winning, will indeed take place this year.

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To infinity and beyond Inside the debt ceiling crisis By Allison Romanski The Space Race of the mid-20th century captured the attention of the entire country. The competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was intensified by the Cold War. NASA had overwhelming support. Now, however, NASA’s budget has been the victim of steady budget cuts over the years, and the Obama administration is calling for an end to the program. Another moon landing is set for 2020, but many are questioning the worth of space travel. Although space travel is costly and relatively unimportant to the daily lives of Americans, I believe that government should still fund space programs, and the U.S. should strive for continued excellence in the field of space discovery. With our world’s population growing exponentially, along with the threats of global warming, we will likely have to explore new places of living in the future, making space exploration that much more important. In 2015, NASA is expected to receive a budget of twenty-one billion dollars. This is less than in previous years, but an increase over their projected 2 0 11 b u d g e t . Although this cost may seem high, the benefits of space exploration are priceless. By funding the NASA program, not only do we gain a greater understanding of the worlds outBLASTING OFF: NASA stands poised to continue side of Earth, but we gain a better its tradition of exploration and innovation. Courtesy of Google understanding of our own world. Technologies developed for the purpose of space exploration have found their way into everyday life. NASA research has made advancements in the treatment of breast cancer. Devices once for space travel are now standard in hospitals, saving lives every day. Space programs are also responsible for the satellites that track our weather and climate change, and satellites are the reason for our ability to instantly send data to anyone anywhere in the world. Although our country is looking to save money everywhere it can, it should stop looking at space exploration as an unnecessary luxury. The truth is that in order to make a better world here, we need to better understand the world out there.

By Francisco Ruela and John Lu On August 2, 2011, the U.S. watched as the federal debt limit was raised yet again. When discussing the debt ceiling, most people ask, “How did we dig such a deep grave?” and “How do we get out of it?” Before delving into the problems and solutions to the debt ceiling, it is important to be aware of how this problem came to be. Imagine getting a credit card and having the ability to spend unconditionally. The first year passes, and you purchase frugally and make your payments. Your credit stays strong, and everything is going well. But one day, you see a brand new 100” plasma TV and believe you can buy it, since you can borrow the funds now and repay them later. About a month later you think, “Do you know what would go great with this new plasma, a new stereo system?” And so the domino effect is in motion, and you continually spend without discretion. Sooner or later, though, you no longer have the money to pay back loans. Now the credit card company is knocking on your door, and your once spotless credit score begins to plummet. Before long, you realize that you have to pay back much more than you had originally borrowed. This is the effect of compounded interest, which means you're paying interest on interest. That plasma TV ended up costing you a pretty penny. In essence, this is how America has operated for the past half century. For the past decade, the U.S. government has been borrowing trillions of THE SKY IS THE LIMIT: The United States, owing trillions dollars to finance its two prolonged of dollars to other countries, is up to its 'head' in debt. wars, rescue its financial system, and Courtesy of Google promote economic growth. When the decade began, the U.S. government had roughly $5 trillion of debt. As time passed, the debt rose to nearly $15 trillion, a tremendous accumulation in such a small period of time. This was the result of two factors: the compounding of existing interest and the increased spending by the government. The deadly combination of these two factors ultimately led to the crisis we face today. Although the federal debt ceiling was raised once again, it was necessary for the government to continue operating. Without an increase in borrowing, the government simply could not sustain itself, especially when it has a budget deficit of $110 billion each month. This would mean the virtual shutdown of many government operations, many of which provide funding for national defense and Social Security/Medicare. Today, the debt ceiling is a prevalent argument on the Congress floor. The Republican Party believes that it is necessary to stop the government from raising the debt ceiling and cut government spending. In stark contrast, the Democratic Party wishes to increase government revenues while cutting spending and raising the debt ceiling at a slower rate. Although both arguments are solvent, compromise will be necessary, and a strong bipartisan solution is in the best interest of the American public. It is important to remember that the decisions we make made today will have serious repercussions on our future. We must realize that we should stop ostracizing those with different views and listen; we must work together rather than wait for a better day. The problems that we face today--the debt ceiling among them--will only get worse as we continue to procrastinate. We must stop arguing about problems, start talking about reasonable solutions, and begin to take actions to make a better future for not only ourselves, but generations to come.

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iAm Everywhere: Tech Where to? The guidance of the GPS

by Mikey Miller Many people today cannot imagine getting around without their GPS—or global position system. Of course, there are websites like Google Maps and Mapquest, but a GPS has transformed into the most efficient way of getting directions. There is no longer any need to stop on the side of a road to pull out your map and see how far you are from the exit you should have taken. This fascinating piece of equipment has become almost necessary, yet we take it for granted. How does a GPS even function? GPS’s receive signals from a multitude of satellites orbiting the earth. These satellites constantly transmit extraterrestrial signals in order to develop directions from their location to another quickly and easily. This is how the GPS knows a driver has made a wrong turn or missed an exit. If the driver deviates from the GPS’s instructions, the device automatically revises the route to his or her desired destination. This is all thanks to the perpetual transmit of signals from outer space itno this convenient and portable piece of technology. It is fair to say that GPS navigation has made its mark on our generation. “[There’s] no need to pull out a map and try to figure out where you are,” says sophomore Nick Sainato. “It helps us find our way around much easier.” With the system’s computerized voice dictating exactly where the driver should go, GPS is a particular benefit to a weary driver in an unknown area. The hassle of confusing maps and unclear directions no longer exists thanks to the GPS system. While a GPS is a highly beneficial machine, many argue that it makes us a little too dependent. Senior Elizabeth Shannon noted, “we rely on it too much makes us less aware of where we are, and [we] just pay attention to the GPS.” Similarly, Language Arts teacher Ms. Vecchione says, “We’re so reliant on it. We’re like robots.” The GPS and its entertaining voices--male or female, depending on your preference--has not convinced some people of its importance Since their creation, GPS systems have come a long way. Today, one can find GPS capabili-

Hundreds of tablets, one iPad.

By Lauren Conforti Three hundred thousand iPads, Apple's latest "magical and revolutionary device," to quote then C.E.O. Steve Jobs, were sold on its release date in January 2010, and a whopping twenty-five million tablets have been sold from the beginning of sales to June of 2011. Whether at school or at home, teenagers are using the iPad, and as Apple miraculously continues to improve their products, even in the wake of the passing of Jobs, it seems that interest will only continue to increase. Before the iPad, a tablet was simply as a slab of stone or a measured amount of medicine. But Apple has re-defined its meaning to this innovative piece of technology which has made learning and teaching easier with its countless applications for education. The iPad has proven to be multi-functional. Arianna Aulisi, a junior at Hanover Park said, “It’s really portable and I get fast Internet connection, so it’s easier to look things up and play games on the iPad.” Miss. Fazzio, language arts and math teacher stated, “When my algebra class had access to the nine iPads that belong to the language arts department, it was great. The students enjoyed working with them and they didn’t have any technical problems.” Ms. Fazzio even has the capability to connect her class iPad to the SmartBoard so that lessons can be displayed to the whole class, boosting the device's efficiency. When it comes to the educational aspect of the iPad, Aulisi continued, “It would be so much easier than writing down notes if we were allowed to use our iPads and the apps available to do this. It would be less to carry around for the students, since everything we need would be put into the iPad for learning.” The idea of textbook integration seems rational--and beneficial--for the student body. For her language arts classes, Ms. Fazzio explained, “I would mainly use the iPad to pull up poems and for text close-reading strategies.” She shared that on the iPad, Good Reader and Shakespeare are “two good applications that were recommended to utilize in class.” Good Reader was the number one non-Apple selling application in the United States last year and can allow teachers to make annotations and notes on stories and other pieces. Not only does the iPad make it easier to play games with a sharper and higher resolution, it is also compact enough--seven and a half inches wide and nine and a half inches tall--for students to carry around from class to class, . Would it be a beneficial to add iPads to Hanover Park’s list of educational technologies? According to Ms. Fazzio, “Anything to get the students interested in learning.” If iPads interest students, then they are arguably a plus to have in the classroom. With Hanover Park's commitment to both education and technology, iPads may very well be the wave of the future.

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hnology for Today's Teen Video chatting: the new conversation

By Leah Wolfe Ask an adult what “video chatting” meant when they were kids, and they’ll tell you it was non-existent. But today it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t have an ooVoo, Skype, FaceTime, or iChat account. The plethora of applications that are available to us today for video chatting allow us to stay connected with friends and family, even if they live all the way across the country or across the globe. Sure, phone calls and texting are nice, but there’s something to be said for speaking face to face, even if you’re just looking into a webcam. According to one HP freshman, video chatting kept her in touch with a relative who moved away. “When my aunt moved away I thought I would never see her. With video chatting, though, I speak to her once a week! With so many programs available, which one should we use? rated various programs based on ease of use, features, security, price, etc., and came up with a list of the ten best brand names out there. Windows Live Messenger provides many options for customization and several different ways to communicate. Yahoo! Messenger with Voice is known for its high voice quality, but allows you to connect only with Yahoo! and MSN Messenger users. Paltalk Messenger is compatible with various other programs, but does not allow for PC-to-phone calling or video conferencing. ooVoo has HD video, but is not compatible with other services. iChat AV is easy to use and has high quality video, but it’s only available to Mac users and does not offer chat rooms or PC-to-phone calling The ratings above could come in handy when choosing a new program to use. Whether you’re mingling with your grandma in South Dakota or your best friend in Portugal, seeing the person face to face can help your relationship withstand the distance.

A library in your pocket: eBooks

By Jennifer Ohn The invention of eBooks has provided a new conduit for saving trees. Electronic books such as Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook has gained much popularity in the past couple years. Thanks to technological innovations, an eBook owner can buy any book of choice and read it without moving an inch. To an avid reader, an eBook makes reading much easier. “I can just buy books from home and it’s a lot easier to take everywhere,” says senior Corinne Bozzi. The eBook brings a refreshing convenience to reading. There are many features built in to make getting carried away in a book much easier: built-in voice to read books aloud, option to enlarge words, easy buttons to flip from page to page, and even a built-in dictionary. Mrs. Harvan, Language Arts teacher says, “I have a Kindle, but I stop myself from reading on it recreationally in order to grade papers. I was reluctant about eBooks at first, but I like that when you hold it you don’t get tired. You can read a Kindle for four hours.” Many readers believe the Kindle to be a life saver; however, others are not sold with the idea of an electronic book. There are some qualities in a book that cannot be replaced with a device. Senior Keval Ray says, “I like having the book in my hand. It’s more authentic that way.” Having the concrete book gives an “authentic” quality of reading. One can make marks, highlights, etc. on special quotes and excerpts. With the book in your hand, one can keep track of how much was read and how much is left. While these electronic books have become somewhat commonplace, this device has changed the course of reading and writing of the future. Writing that started out confined to the pen and paper has now found its way into an electronic medium. Not only is a book printed on paper unnecessary, it is also less convenient than an eBook. Pretty soon, a print book will become old-fashioned. Only time can tell where this invention will lead the future of literature and writing.



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Too sexy for school?


By Tiffany Chen It’s that time of year again, when in elementary school, girls dress up as princesses and fairies, and boys dress up as ghouls and pirates. But when the same girls and boys begin attending middle school, there really is only one key difference: some girls will begin wearing more provocative costumes. Girls will be girls, but is it necessary to wear such promiscuous outfits? Halloween should not be an annual opportunity for girls to wear inappropriate clothing without judgement. Most females despise wolf-whistles, obscene comments and gestures, or even so much a suggestive glance. Sure, there are exceptions when women like to show off their body to attract the attention of men. However, to the rest of us who deem it provocative, it becomes a distraction. Teachers educate their students so that they can be successful in life, and the school has a dress code that helps prevent such a distraction. Some teachers of both sexes feel awkward when students wear revealing clothes, let alone even more revealing costumes. It truly is unfair to put students and teachers through this sort of nuisance during class. H alloween’s history once long ago did not include costumes. Throughout the ages, we have inputted our own little twists and made it into a holiday for all to dress up and enjoy. As we move on, costumes became simplified in immodest ways: shorter skirts, lower necklines and backlines, and less material. From the innocence of childhood-versions of Halloweens, teens have now officially seen what Halloween is in the “adult” world. Provocative costumes objectify women. It makes situations very uncomfortable for teachers and students, and the costumes are also demeaning to those whom prefer more modest attire in addition to an environment of appropriateness. Thus, provocative costumes should be prohibited, and it is inappropriate to be wearing such reprehensible apparel in an educational setting.

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By Andrew In The air is brisk, the leaves have changed colors, and with fall comes Halloween. And as we know, with Halloween comes Halloween costumes. Halloween costumes take on a number of different colorful forms at the hive, ranging from Batman to Elmo and everything in between. However, with the increasingly racy array of costumes marketed each year, Hanover Park--like most high schools--is home to a deluge of students dressed in a provocative way. This “holiday” at the hive has always been a big deal, but the burning question regarding provocative costumes has not been addressed…until now. What’s so bad about provocative costumes? The shocking answer, Hanover Park, is absolutely nothing. I can think of at least five reasons why provocative costumes are fabulous! As I walked around Halloween evening, I couldn’t help but notice how free people who dressed provocatively looked. When asked if such costumes were comfortable, HP senior Caroline Wolfe replied, “...I guess you could say that.” In my humble opinion, Hugh Hefner could not have put it better. If that isn’t reason enough, think about this: provocative costumes are easy to wear! How many times have you been stuck after a sweaty day trying to get a pair of jeans off? It’s nigh on impossible! Extricating yourself from Leg Avenue’s “Lovely Ladybug” outfit is, in comparison, like sliding a knife through butter. It may seem like I’m going off on a tangent with this next statement, but think about it. Why do nudist colonies exist? It’s not because they’re insane, it’s because they’re comfortable! In a practical sense, you’ll never see a nudist dying from heat stroke. Likewise, provocative costume wearers need not fear those unpredictably hot October days. Most important among these reasons is the feeling of liberation one gets from wearing a provocative costume. Brian Hsieh, HP sophomore and self proclaimed philosopher says, “Provocative costumes give unadulterated support to men and women who try to meet society’s impossible standards on body image.” I could not agree more. Provocative costumes are a way for people to feel good and look good. What’s wrong with feeling good? NOTHING.


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November 2011 Volume 55, Issue 1


Who would have thought? Boys Soccer rewrites history

By Nick Jannuzzi This past season Boys Soccer kicked defenseman. “We believed that we down the walls, to say the very least. The could and would win, something boys were able to match their victory we had not done in years past. output of the past three years combined at The attitude started at the top with 7-7-3, the team's best record since 2002. the seniors and Coach Evans and This year's squad brought a miraculous trickled down to everyone else on turnaround to the program, notching its the squad.” first county and state tournament wins over Coach Evans was also quick to the likes of Boonton and Science Park, commend the leadership displayed respectively. The team rattled off wins at by the seniors. “Our older guys record pace early on, none greater than really bought into the system this a historic triumph over cross-town rival, year, and that was the main reason Chatham for the first time in Hanover Park for our success. We practiced with history. such increased intensity, which In the previous eight seasons, the ultimately translated into victories Cougars had outscored the Hornets by on the field.” an overwhelming margin of 86-4. NevWith all they accomplished this ertheless, the boys managed to turn the season, the boys cannot help but be tables this year, prevailing in a thrilling proud of their efforts. However, 1-0 victory. Junior goalie Tom Pescatore they realize what comes with the totaled 18 saves in the game, while junior A SEASON FOR THE AGES: Junior forward Dan Barreira is embraced by senior teammates territory. “We were a good squad forward Dan Barreira provided the game’s Dan Santangelo and Jiwoong Yoon after his goal against soccer powerhouse Chatham. this season, but we never let it get lone goal off the assist from senior Nick Photo courtesy of Thomas Pescatore to us. We stayed hungry. The goal Falcone. “Hands down, beating Chatham for this season was to put a banner was one of the greatest feelings of my life ,” expressed Barreira. on the wall, giving the program the recognition it deserves,” Singer explained. After arguably the most notable regular season win in Hanover Park history, the The Hornets went into every game believing it was theirs to win, no matter squad didn’t dare look back. “Beating Chatham was a pretty cool experience. It really who stood opposite the field. A banner wouldn’t suffice in representing the boys' helped to build confidence within the team and to build the program as a whole,” at- hard work this season, which ended with a 1-0 loss to Madison in the state sectional tested Coach Brian Evans. “It gave us something to prove to all of the other programs semi-finals. in the county, as well as in the state,” he added. Each player's dedicated mind-set went on to pay dividends for the squad. PesThe boys, led by a core of great seniors whose leadership took root way back in catore explained, “We’re going to continue making history and we’ll do whatever it August, played solely for the name on the front of their jerseys. “The attitude this year takes to win, even in the coming years. This was just a start, but it was definitely a was the most important thing that changed,” explained Captain Brian Singer, senior wild ride.”

Protecting the Hive: Girls’ Soccer maintains its edge

By Sam Tenenbaum The alarm clocks sounded at 7:00 a.m. on the 15th of August, marking the start Gruebert, and Erica Parlavecchio, the Lady Hornets competed throughout the whole of pre-season. The first few days of practice were dedicated to monster laps, figure season, posting a misleading 5-9-1 record after a disappointing 2-0 loss to West Essex eights, and 100-meter sprints. Coach Daidone wanted the girls to bond like sisters in the state tournament. The juniors certainly did their part, as well. Kate Bodnar attests, “Amanda Wiwhile getting into game shape. “I knew my varsity kids wouldn’t be a team right away, so I was hoping the solmerski, Christine Amendola, Arianna Nelson, and Christina Pitts all played huge roles in getting the program back on track.” conditioning would solidify them and build mutual trust,” she explained. Despite falling short of their goal of notching a The blood, sweat and tears all paid off, and the victory in the postseason, Gruebert explained, “We girls weathered the storm that was preseason. “I knew my varsity kids wouldn’t be a team right all just wanted to be competitive and have fun on Each year, old seniors rush out while new freshaway, so I was hoping the conditioning would the field.” man pour in, taught by none other than Junior Varsity solidify them and build mutual trust.” The girls would all agree that Madison was the Coach Michelle Enderle. However, this year’s abun– Coach Kate Daidone team’s biggest win of the season.“That was our best dance of freshmen presented the coaching staff with a showing. We played great team defense and controlled tough decision, resulting in the addition of a freshmen the ball the entire game,” declared Senior Tori Mapura. team to the girls’ program in the hopes of building for the future. Erica Parlavecchio added, “I was really proud of my team after that Madison game. “The best thing about this year’s freshmen was their determination and hard work,” commented Coach Enderle. They’ll be heavily involved in building the program to We played our hearts out and came away with a win against our biggest rival.” excel for the next several years. It is reasonable to see that each girl was content with the way their efforts on the Not only did the younger girls look good, but the seniors also lived up to their year, and if one saw their progression from August 15th to the end, there would be no expectations. Each year, every program sees its best players leave due to graduation, question it was a successful season. It was difficult to flip through the Star Ledger and many wondered how this year’s team would compensate for the tremendous this fall and not pass an article about the Hanover Park Girl’s Soccer program and its loss. Led by senior captains Christina LoConte, Tori Mapura, Kate Bodnar, Christina solid 2011 season.

Hanover Park football fights to the finish By Timothy Maloney

When the clock struck 7:00 on any given Friday night, WWE Wrestlers weren't the only program fighting for wins. Hanover Park football, after practicing Monday through Thursday, after their productive walk through, and after analyzing game film for hours, was ready and motivated to rack up those Friday night wins. This year the boys’ varsity football team consistently practiced since mid summer in order to finish with success. The Hornets finished with a 4-6 record, but each game was a competitive one, other than the Homecoming game. The coaching staff for the team was headed by second year head coach Jerry Moore, who with experience at Parsippany and as an assistant coach here at the Hive, was looking to bring the team back to a supreme stage. In 2011, several seniors stepped up into important leadership roles according to Coach Moore. When asked which players he found to be the most important in terms of guiding the younger players, he responded, “We look to have all of our seniors step up to be leaders. Honestly, all of them have grown into extremely essential roles in setting positive examples and keeping the team motivated and determined.” That being said, Coach Moore also acknowledged that Angelo Minitti, Brandon Infantes, Kevin Joyce, and Giuseppe Ottaiano especially have been outstanding examples for the underclassman. Jim Sivolella, junior quarterback and defensive back, also agreed that the previously mentioned seniors along with several other players have played significant parts in the team’s success this year. This season has had its ups and downs. When asked about the most important game so far, Sivolella smirked and said, “The home game against Kittatinny was definitely the biggest one because we needed every win we can get in such a tough conference and we knew we had to pull that one out in the end.”

The Hornets beat Kittatinny by only three points in that game on a game-winning field goal scored by Steve Colonnello, senior kicker and halfback. “We had to get down the field fast if we wanted to win it. Coach was conservative and called run plays that [Anthony Bassolino] executed well,” explained Sivolella. “Then he finally gave me a chance to throw the ball long and Jaquill was able to catch a 40 yarder. I knew Steve would hit the field goal for the win easily. I had total confidence in him.” Coach Moore had only words of absolute belief in his players to say when asked about the overall commitment as a team. “This was one of the best group of kids I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Their FIRST AND 10: Junior wide commitment was outstanding despite the trenches we, receiver Jaquill Scott waits at times, found ourselves in,” explained the former at the line of scrimmage. Photo by Chad Drake defensive coordinator. “Since December of last year they have been lifting and preparing for the 2011 campaign. This group of guys really understood what needs to be done in order to win games and be successful at this level. I couldn’t ask for more.” The team looked to rally behind their coaches and seniors, and the heart and passion each time they came out with the symbolic sledgehammer showed exactly that. The coaches were experienced, the players were determined, and the fans were energetic in the bleachers, which equated to a rather successful season for the Hornets.


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HP Girls 'LOVE' Black Squad brings vibe to the Hive the game of tennis By Brian Singer and Jiwoong Yoon

After a year of re-building, the girls' tennis team looks to have a prosperous season next year. Playing under Coach Harvan, the team consists of many underclassman prospects. "We're young, but we have our talents," says Harvan, entering her 8th season as coach. "The girls just need a little bit of experience and good things will happen." The tennis team is a close-knit unit, and players get to know each other better throughout the season. "As a team, we have all gotten really close," explains Faith Polk, the lone senior and captain of the squad. "It is really nice having your friends supporting you when you play." Polk competes in doubles with Fatima Tran, a young gun with a future as a varsity player. The squad's singles aces this year were sophomores Jaime Guberman and Emily Portuguese, and junior Kelly Ramos. Promising freshman Tiffany Chen combined with junior Amy Tsay at first doubles to round out the varsity line-up. C ompeting against players who are ranked in the county and state, Guberman does not mind this year's losses, because she knows it will only make her better for next year. She believes, "For us, it is not about winning or losing; it is about putting in all your effort and knowing that with every stroke you are improving." M aking the difficult transition from second singles to first, Guberman improved extraordinarily by playing top notch players. Portuguese also competed at a higher level than she did before, resulting in tremendous improvement of her play. With the record of 2-9 and all but one starter returning, the team looks to bounce back on the courts next season.

By Xavier Cruz

With the start of the new school year, there is one was a major attraction of the Pep rally. They had the whole group of girls always prepared to infuse the student body school up on their feet as the varsity athletes were introduced with hornet pride. The Black to the school. Black Squad has also been Squad cheerleaders have making an effort to connect with the marchbeen working their stingers ing band to further cement their cheers. This is commendable because this relationoff getting ready to lead ship hasn’t always been the strongest in multiple hornet teams to years past at the hive. It is not uncommon victory. to see Black Squad and the band practicing For all under the imtogether before a big game. pression that cheerleading “Black Squad is a really great is all pompoms and glitter, experience to have because as a freshthink again. These girls, led by relentless senior captains A JUMP ABOVE THE REST: The Black Squad looks forward man coming into HP all the cheerleaders to a rewarding and successful year once again. Dana Richelieu and Veronica Photo by Chad Drake just want to be part of this squad,” says Richelieu of being part of the Black Squad Brennan, practice every day to make sure their routines are flawless. They started off family. They are not only responsible for having their cheers their year with a cheer camp and the hours of preparation ready; they are also the creators of the many spirited signs have contributed to their success. “The season is going well seen around the halls of Hanover Park, egging the football team to victory every week. So, Hanover Park, do you have and everyone knows all the cheers,” says Brennan. Black Squad, joined by the Gold and White squads, that “Hornet Swag?” Black Squad certainly does.

Bump it, Set it, Spike it: Girls Volleyball rolls on

By Billy Bermingham The girls Volleyball team rallied to put together another respectable season in 2011. Coming into the year, each girl knew that she’d have to step up to compensate for the loss of last year’s key players. The younger girls grew up quickly throughout the season, assuming their new responsibilities, but no contributions were more significant than those of senior captains Trisha Pierson and Chloe Nevitt, who anchored the squad’s 9-12 finish. When asked about the team’s leadership, junior Karly Bohri answered, “I would credit a majority of our success to the seniors. If it wasn’t for Chloe and Trisha’s leadership on and off the court, I don’t believe we would have won half the games we did. They were terrific players and awesome role models.” The keys to the girls’ success did not lie solely with the players, but also with the dedication and hard work of their coaches. “Coach Wilson never gave up on us. There were times when every single player on the court had given up and Coach raised our spirits and motivated us to keep fighting,”

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advocates junior Nicole Hand. "Our record may indicate that we lost more games than we won, but we don’t look at those games as losses. Every single game we battled our hearts out, and we were proud of the way we played during those games.” With a majority of girls returning next season, the volleyball team's future is promising. “It’s going to be tough leaving the program after four unbelievable years, but I know that if these girls continue to work hard and play to their capabilities they can play with the best of them,” Captain Trisha Pierson said. This year the squad suffered many losses by margins of less than five points, meaning they stayed competitive in each game. “After seeing the way some of our losses played out, there is no reason for us not to be optimistic about the season that lies ahead of us. We’ll be very successful…there’s not a doubt in my mind,” declares Karly Bohri. The girls carry high hopes into next year, looking to rally over net.

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