The Pulse - November 2022

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Crunching the Numbers: Mr. Brooks-Barr Arrives at Harvey

On Sept. 20, The Pulse had the opportunity to interview the new Director of Finance and Operations, Mr. Alex BrooksBarr. While interviewing him, The Pulse learned about his life and hidden talents.

Mr. Brooks-Barr grew up in the Finger Lakes region in a town called Skaneateles. It is a “small little village at the top of the lake with 10,000 people.” Follow ing his graduation from high school, he then continued his academic life at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Vir ginia.

In college, Mr. Brooks-Barr was initially studying to become an environmen tal science major. But, he told The Pulse, “I didn’t really see a clear career path from it except teaching, which is something I didn’t want to do at the time. I went over and changed majors during my senior year to business administration. It gave me a clear career path and set me up, moving forward.”

Mr. Brooks-Barr was also a tennis star in college. He was the No. 6 singles player, and in his sophomore year of college, he was named All-Conference player of the year. Mr. Brooks-Barr told The Pulse, “In college, I played varsity tennis. So, almost all of my extracurricular time was spent playing tennis. It was all year-round. We had fall ball, winter tournaments, and matches.”

Now, Mr. Brooks-Barr only plays tennis “here and there.” His two younger sons, Liam, 11, and Oliver, 9, often encour age him to pick up a racket. However, since his sons are competitive basketball players, most of his weekends are spent getting them to different tournaments and watching them play.

When he is not playing tennis, he loves listening to music. Mr. Brooks-Barr said he has a turntable to play some of his favorite artists like Radiohead.

Before coming to Harvey, Mr. Brooks-Barr worked at the Rebecca School, located in Midtown Manhattan, for eight and a half years. He stated, “It is a private school solely for students with special needs. It ranged from students three and a half to 21 years old.” It is a relatively small school, with 155 students and 175 staff members.

Mr. Brooks-Barr always knew about The Harvey School. His in-laws live in Mahopac, New York, and he would always drive by Harvey and think “it was a beautiful campus,” and he “wondered what went on there, because it looked like a great environ ment for supporting education.”

Then one day, he saw the Director of Finance and Operations position open up at Harvey on an independent school Listserv. Mr. Brooks-Barr said that it “looked like it entailed a lot of things similar to what I was doing at the Rebecca School, but it also looked like it could provide some profession al growth. The more I researched The Harvey School, the more I appreciated the school model and programming.”

But being the new Director of Finance and Operations is undoubtedly no easy job. On a daily basis, Mr. Brooks-Barr oversees the school safety department, the maintenance department, and the business office.

In the big picture, he monitors the budget, which includes making sure bills and teachers get paid and Harvey receives all

student tuition. He also makes sure that staff and faculty at Harvey are supported.

Despite the demands of the position, Mr. Brooks-Barr feels warmly welcomed by the Harvey community. Mr. Brooks-Barr stated, “You could go up and ask anyone anything school-related, and they will be able to help you and point you in the right direction.”

Mr. Brooks-Barr told The Pulse, “From the faculty, staff, and parents to the board of trustees, who have had a legacy going back 20 to 30 years, all of us come together to form a unique place.”

The Pulse would like to thank Mr. Brooks-Barr for his time and dedication to Harvey.

Dean Forde for the Future

The Pulse interviewed Mr. Ricky Forde, the new Dean of Students, on Sept. 19. Mr. Forde worked for 22 years at a school in Manhattan as a physical education teacher and as an athletic director. Mr. Forde didn’t always want to be a teacher or dean. He said always told him he has a “knack” for teaching and being with children. Mr. Forde said, “Be ing a teacher is something I knew I wanted to do after playing basketball.” He played basketball at Iona College.

When Mr. Forde was a child, he wanted to be a fighter pilot. This was due to his being an adrenaline junky. He still rides motorcycles on a regular basis and is not only a dean. Mr. Forde is also basketball coach for The Playmakers, who are an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team.

Mr. Forde told The Pulse that he wants to bring more guest speakers to Harvey morning meetings. He also wants to work with the student government representatives to implement more activities for each grade.

The Pulse asked Mr. Forde what he thought about the narrative that he is just here to punish students. To this, he responded, “Just because I’m the Dean of Students, it doesn’t mean it is a bad thing. I’m basically a representative of the students. That’s what it comes down to.”

Mr. Forde stated, “I’m excited to be here. It is a great space.” He believes there is a lot of potential in the Harvey community, and he wants to help our community grow and be the best that we can be. He told The Pulse that he is big on the little things, such as people saying “hello” to him in the morning and people being respectful.

Outside of school, Mr. Forde has a wife and two daughters. One of his daughters is 16, and the other is 14. He also has an old dog. “Everyone wants me to talk about the dog,” he stated. Mr. Forde loves his fam ily very much. He helps hisdaughters with homework and anything he can when he can. The commute is also a lot better for Mr. Forde

because Harvey is much closer than his last job.

Anyone who has the chance to get to know Mr. Forde will notice his impressive sockgame. The Pulse asked him what his first pair of funky socks was, and he said it was polka dots. He found that these socks gave his outfits life and color. That is what gave him the inspiration to buy more funny socks and match them with the rest of his outfits. Mr. Forde told The Pulse, “Tell everyone to up their sock game.”

Mr. Forde has already made a great impression on the Harvey commu nity, and we look forward to getting to know him even more as the year goes on.

The Harvey School 260 Jay Street Katonah, NY 10536 November 2022 Volume 23 Issue 1
The Harvey School’s new Director of Finance and Operations, Mr. Alex Brooks-Barr. Photo courtesy of Mr. Brooks-Barr Mr. Forde and junior Dylan Gueli Photo captured by Jackson Sac comanno

OP/ ED Should School Start Later?

Dear Harvey Community,

The Pulse Staff


Emma Galgano

Sports Editor

Dan Gasch

Spencer Elkind

Annissa Khanna

Bradley Lederer

Sophie Peters

Jackson Saccomanno

Razi Tanksley

Jonah Weinstock

Hudson Zamacona

Imagine a student staying up all night to finish their homework. Students spend hours writing their English essays, creating a slideshows for history, and studying vocabulary for a Spanish quiz. Suddenly, they realize they have to be up for school in a few hours and decide to get some sleep. The next day in school, they completely forget all the work they did the night before because they are so sleep-deprived. This scenario is often a reality for high school students. Most students put immense pressure on themselves to receive exceptional grades in school. For students to achieve this academic success and maintain their health, school has to start later.

For the first time, The Harvey School has instituted “House,” which resembles the traits of a homeroom. Although it benefits the Harvey community as a whole to ensure that students are on time and are in dress code, students are now expected to arrive on campus at 8:05 a.m. as opposed to 8:10 a.m., which was the traditional start time at Harvey. Even though this is just a five-minute difference, it can become a monstrous change on days when students lack a substantial amount of sleep.

Then, in addition to the earlier start of the day, 11th and 12th graders are expected to eat lunch at 12:40 p.m., after over five hours of classes. This leaves students, especially upperclassmen who take AP and honor classes, to be burnt out in the middle of the day.

The length of Harvey’s school day can also lead to teachers being burnt out, too. Although public schools in the area, like John Jay and Fox Lane High School, start around 7:30 a.m., their academic day typically ends around 2 p.m. For most students and teachers, a day at Harvey can have students and teachers typically leaving around 5 p.m. but can go way past that time when there are athletic games, rehearsals, or extracurricular commitments.

Due to these factors, The Pulse proposes that the school day at Harvey should start at 9 a.m. and only have six classes in the day rather than seven while still maintaining “House” as a way to ensure that school pro tocols are being followed and community is being built. By doing so, students while still be able to attain academic success while maintaining their health, which is vital for growing teenagers.

Faculty Advisor

Virginia Holmes

One of the reasons “House” was instated into the Harvey schedule was to ensure students arrived at school on time. According to Los Angeles Times, a 2014 Children’s National Medical Center reported that when the Bonn eville County, Idaho School District changed its opening bell to after 8:45 a.m.,absences dropped 15%. Most likely, a later school start time would have the same effect on Harvey student’s attendance records.

Most opponents to school starting later claim that “students should learn how to manage their schedule better and get to sleep earlier. “Biologically, however, that is not always the case. As reported by University of Washington, in humans, the churnings of our four biological rhythms help our minds and bodies maintain an internal “clock” that tells us when to eat, sleep, rest, and work. Our genes and external environmental cues, such as sunlight, combine to create and maintain this steady routine. But puberty lengthens the circadian cycle in teenagers and decreases their rhythm’s sensitivity to light in the morning. Ultimately, these changes cause teens to fall asleep each night and wake up later each morning, relative to most children and adults.

According to Sleep, around the beginning of puberty, most adolescents experience later sleep onset and wake times, also called ‘phase delay.” They can shift the body “internal clock” back by up to two hours. As a result, the average teenager cannot fall asleep until around 11 p.m. and would do best waking up at 8 a.m. or even later.

As stated by Horacio de la lglesia, a professor of Biology at University of Washington, “To ask a teen to be up and alert at 7:30 a.m. is like asking an adult to be active and alert at 5:30 a.m.”

However, The Pulse is certainly not the first or the last ally of those who believe schools should start later in the morning.The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine have recommend ed since the early 2000s that middle and high schools begin at 8:30 a.m. or later to allow students to get the amount of sleep they need. Both academies have reported that 60% of middle schoolers do not get enough sleep on school nights. For high schoolers, that number is over 70%.

The Harvey School and all educational institutions must support students and teach ers by changing the start of the school day to 9 a.m. to maintain the mental and physical health of teachers and students.

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Senior Jose Vasquez com mitted to Rice University in Houston, Texas to play Division I baseball. Anyone who had been to a Harvey baseball game last season knows that Jose is a star player, and it’s no surprise that his talent is being recog nized at a collegiate level.

Jose, who joined the Har vey community last year, is from Norwalk, Connecticut, and is an all-around talented baseball player. When asked about this momentous achievement in his sports career, Jose said that he feels “really good” about committing to Rice as the first student from Harvey to go there. He told The Pulse that he feels proud of this accomplishment.

When asked about his jour ney to Harvey, Jose said he joined the school through recruitment from his coach Luis Lopez. Outside of the Harvey baseball team, Vasquez plays for the New York Nighthawks, a club team, where he is also coached by Lopez. Jose told The Pulse that he has learned a lot from playing with theNighthawks, especially the lesson to never give up and keep playing the game you love every day.

The Road to Rice

Jose said his biggest in spiration is his father, and in terms of Major League Baseball (MLB) players, he looks up to player Jose Altuve. Altuve currently plays for the Houston Astros, and he is an eighttime All-Star and a World Series champion. Jose feels that he draws many similarities to the MLB second basemen Altuve. Both are similar in stature, fast, and have a high baseball IQ, which means that they both have a strong understanding of the game. Jose said, “You always have to look for the little ones,” referring to the similarities in stature between him and Altuve.

Jose stated that his time with the Harvey baseball team has been fun. He continued, “Last year we had a good run. The chemistry was there, and I hope that we can repeat that this year.”

When asked what he would say to young and upcoming baseball players, he said, “Keep your mind to it, keep working, and trust the process.” Outside of baseball, Jose is interested in physical education, such as weightlifting and training. He also said that he would like to wear the

number 16 in college, which is his lucky number, and he has worn 16 throughout his baseball career.

According to the Har vey Athletics webpage, “Jose is a left-handed-hitting, right- handedthrowing outfielder, and he was named to ‘All League honors’ and the team’s Rookie of the Year. He was a major contributor to Harvey winning its second consecutive HVAL crown. As the team’s leadoff hitter, the speedy Vasquez had a phenomenal on-base percentage of .554 and a robust batting average of .455. He stole 27 bases and scored 25 runs.”

According to Justin Po lanco, one of Jose’s teammates on the Nighthawks and on the Harvey baseball team, “Jose is the definition of a kid with a dream, someone with all of the tools.”

According to NCSA, Rice University is ranked the 13th best college for baseball. Regarding its baseball team, Rice University plays in the C-USA conference. Rice University plays against schools such as The Texas University at Austin,

Records Knocked Out of the Park

history is now worth $2 million to a sports memorabilia auctioneer.

This latest home run is only one of the impressive statistics that he accomplished this season. Ac cording to the recount from MLB’s reporter David Alder, ¨Judge has hit the most home runs in a season of any center fielder in MLB history.” His home run count tops legends like Ken Griffey Jr. and Mickey Mantle

In honor of Judge’s effort, Yankee Stadium’s menu will include a unique option to celebrate the slugger’s accomplishment. Judge’s custom burger, including smoked ba con, onion rings, and smoked honey mustard, is part of a group effort from MLB playoff teams to create a menu item that is their own pièce de résistance.

Harvard University, Texas Tech, Baylor University, Texas A&M, University of Houston, and more bigtime schools. Some Rice alumni have played professional baseball, and some have even made it to the Major League, such as Glen Otto, Tyler Duffy, and Paul Janish.

The Pulse would like to congratulate Jose for his commitment to Rice and wish him a successful collegiate career, with many hits, runs, and highlight plays. In addition, we hope that he has a successful se nior baseball season here at Harvey.

On Oct. 1, 1961, New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris set a new Major League Baseball (MLB) record with his 61st home run. He also set the single-season record for home runs in the American League at that time.

Almost 61 years later, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge became the American League home run leader with his 62nd careerhomer against the Texas Rangers on Oct. 4.

Before breaking the Ameri can League record, Judge first tied Roger Maris at 61 with a two-run homer in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. According to the executive chairman for Goldin Auc tions, Ken Goldin, the ball that was shot off Judge’s bat and made MLB

The night at Globe Life Field when Judge solidified his record, Maris’ son was there to support his team and celebrate Judge’s success. Roger Maris Jr. showed his support in a postgame Tweet by stating, “Congratulations to Aaron Judge and his family on Aar on’s historic home run number 62! It has definitely been a baseball season to remember. You are all class and someone who should be revered.”

Judge’s record not only helped lead the team to a division title, but it also boosted the success of the YES Network, which featured professional New York teams such as the Yankees and Brooklyn Nets. Since the Yankee’s stride for his tory, reports have shown that the network’s average viewer count had risen 27% from last season, and the view count from Judge’s recordbreaking game was over 600,000.

Bleacher Report writer Adam Wells said that Judge’s sig nature bacon cheeseburger is well deserved, as he is not only leading the league in home runs but also in “on-base percentage (.425), slugging percentage (.686) and wins above replacement (10.6).”

This season was a time of endurance and perseverance, not just for Judge, but also for the organiza tion of the New York Yankees. After being the dominant American League for the first half of the season, the team failed to play up to the intense level of Judge. Past this year’s World Series, the future of the Yankees will greatly depend on whether or not Judge decides to stay a Yankee or play for a new team.

Reporters like Mike Axisa say that without Judge, the Yankees would have likely battled for a wildcard spot rather than celebrate a divi sion title. If Judge goes to another

team, it would worsen the team’s roster strength and weaken the team’s overall revenue.

During spring training, Judge rejected the team’s offer of a contract extension worth over $213 million. After this World Series, Judge will enter free agency. Not since Derek Jeter has the Yankees had such an influential player on the field, and in finances, Judge’s jersey sales have topped Jeter’s, too. Brian Cashman, the team’s general man ager, stated, “Aaron Judge doesn’t want to be anywhere but here, and we’d love to make that happen as well.”

Jose Vasquez playing baseball. Photo Courtesy of Jose Vasquez Judge looks upon the crowd after his record set ting 62nd shot into the left field stands. Photo Courtesy of Tim Heitman
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As the end of October, there was only one thing on many people’s minds: the holiday of Halloween. Most people know Halloween as a celebration of darkness, a time when people don masks for gatherings or wanderings. But many don’t know the true story of how this holiday, which has implanted itself firmly in modern culture, came to be in the first place.

Most people know that the full name of Halloween is All Hal low’s Eve. But that’s not its original name in the slightest. Historians generally agree that Halloween’s ori gins can be traced back to the ancient festival of Samhain, practiced by the Celtic people 2,000 years ago. It was celebrated on Nov. 1 as the New Year Festival for the Celtics. They believed that the borders between life and death were the thinnest at this time. They placed offerings to summon their loved ones while at tempting to avoid the spirits of elves, fairies, and dark energy. They wore animal heads and skin to disguise them selves from evil spirits, only reveal ing themselves to their loved ones.

According to, Samhain was eventually combined with Feralia and Pomona’s Roman holidays. When Christianity took over, this amalgamation of holidays was eventually discarded by Pope Boniface IV. In 609 CE, he declared Nov. 1 to be All Saints Day while also transforming the Samhain/Ro man hybrid into a Christian holiday


Halloween: The True Story

called All Souls’ Day. Celebrated on Nov. 2, this holiday incorporated many traditions from Samhain. Even tually, the night before All Souls’ Day became known as All Hallows Eve.

The final element to be added to All Hallows Eve came fol lowing an attempted assassination of the King of England. The day of the failed plot became known as Guy Fawkes Day. According to World, children marked this occasion by going from house to house, wearing the mask Guy Fawkes wore and begging for money and treats, threatening vandalism if turned away. Most agree that this is the origin of the tradition that is trick-or-treating.

All Hallows Eve would eventually make its way to America. Though it wasn’t observed in New England due to strict Puritan tradi tions, other English colonies em braced the holiday traditions. In some places, the English traditions of All Hallows Eve combined with Native traditions to create a uniquely Ameri can version of the holiday. Until the second half of the 1800s, Halloween was often commemorated alongside autumn and harvest festivals, with some traditions incorporated into those festivals.

The arrival of Irish im migrants in the late 1800s due to the Great Potato Famine drastically increased the range of All Hallows Eve. The Irish celebrated it along side All Souls and All Saints Day,

introducing the concept of “soul ing,” where children wore masks and went from house to house begging for soul cakes. They stored these cakes in lanterns made out of a hollow pumpkin, which accord ing to, is based on the Irish folktale of Stingy Jack. Around this time, All Hallows Eve was moved to right before All Saints Day, or All Hallows Day, on Oct. 31.

The late 19th century marked an attempt to turn All Hal lows Eve, now known as Halloween, into a community-focused holiday. Town-wide Halloween parties focused on games and celebra tions rather than ghosts, magic, and pranks. However, over the next few decades, the Guy Fawkes roots of Halloween returned to the spotlight as towns experienced waves of vandalism every Oct. 31, as masked mischief-makers descended on properties and often left them heavily damaged.

Vandalism eventually de clined due to increased town vigi lance, restrictions, and the new prac tice of trick-or-treating, first reported in Canada in 1927, according to By the 50s, what we know of as Halloween today was established in conjunction with the 1950s Baby Boom. These days, Hal loween, rather than being observed as a religious holiday, is now a financial and community-based night of fun. One night a year, children dress up in costumes based not just on supernatural themes and creatures but also on characters from through

The modern symbol of Halloween, the Jack-O-Lantern, is inspired by Irish folklore.

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out popular culture. Neighborhoods buy hoards of discounted candy to give to the children, and parties are thrown to commemorate this day. states that some people, such as Neo-pagans and Wiccans, continue to honor something very similar to Samhain in the modern day. There’s one aspect of the holiday that has never changed: the focus on transforma tion. It’s very fitting that Halloween, a holiday that’s gone through so many iterations, continues to hold transformation as its central focus. It’s always observed at a time when warm days turn to cold nights, and it’s based around the idea of hid ing your identity, though, instead of animal masks, people these days use superhero costumes or bed sheets.

Regardless of what version of the holiday you celebrate, Hal loween has evolved to be one of the most iconic and memorable holidays, and it’s doubtful that it will disappear anytime soon.

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What’s your favorite past Halloween costume?

Ms. Holmes: Belle from Beauty and The Beast

Bradley: Superman

Emma: Strawberry Shortcake

Sophie: Butterfly

What’s your favorite Monster?

Dan: Xenomorph

Jonah: The Cookie Monster

Hudson: Michael Meyers

Annissa: The Headless Horseman

What’s your favorite Halloween Movie?

Razi: “Saw 6”

Spencer: “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Jackson: “A Nightmare on Elm Street”

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Turmoil at Warner Brothers Discovery and HBO Max

On April 8, 2022, the new media enterprise known as Warner Brothers Discovery began opera tions. It seemed like a smart move, combining the extraordinarily vast libraries of Warner Brothers (DC, “Game of Thrones,” etc.) and Discovery (“MythBusters,” “FixerUpper”) to compete with stream ing juggernauts such as Netflix and Disney.

This new company would be led by David Zazlav, the CEO of Discovery, and much of his team from the former company, so the public knew things would change once they took control. However, the new head’s actions would only cause a general uproar against the entire company.

Due to debt accumulated by the merger, Zazlav’s first goal was to cut $3 billion from the budget. How ever, it wasn’t long before he had to deal with a series of events regarding DC. First, the star of “The Flash,” Ezra Miller, began going on a crime spree, leading to questions regarding whether the film should be scrapped or reshot with another actor.

In addition, the public began to call for Amber Heard to be recast in the “Aquaman”sequel following an extremely public court case against Johnny Depp. Finally, the calls continued for David Zazlav to restore the Snyderverse, though a report from suggests that the latter is being


In July 2022, the first domino fell for DC and the company as a whole when it was revealed that “Batgirl” and “Scoob: Holiday Haunt” had been canceled.

These moves were made as part of Zazlav trying to pull focus away from HBO Max following the controversial Operation Popcorn, when the former executives at tempted hybrid releases for all their 2021 films. With budgets under $100 million, these films were considered too cheap for theaters and too expen sive for streaming. But what caused the uproar is that both of these mov ies had already been completed and were not just in post-production but were also receiving positive results in screenings.

It would’ve only cost about $10 million to finish and market them both. Despite the company insisting that they want their films to be events, many believed that the true reason was twofold: one, Zazlav has been on record saying he doesn’t like scripted content in any form, and two, as suggested by an article from, he didn’t think “Batgirl,” with a Latino star, Mus lim directors, and transgender cast members, would be popular among his targeted audience of Middle America.

The bad press only got worse in early August. During an

investor call, Zazlav revealed a graphic that indicated the company was dividing up content via sexist factors. The graphic stated HBO Max was a “male skew” ser vice and Discovery+ was a “female skew” service. By now, Zazlav had been branded by the internet and the public as a sexist, racist, and a soulless CEO with no respect for cre ators, who, if he had his way, would abolish scripted content entirely and replace it all with mediocre reality television.

Just when it seemed like things were as bad as they could get, they got worse, as the studio removed over 35 projects from HBO Max. Most of them were HBO Max Original animated shows, indicating that Zazlav, like many other people in the industry, was also biased against animation. The worst victims were the shows “Infinity Train” and “Close Enough,” which were not only removed from HBO Max but also had all mentions of them on so cial media, or possibilities of digital download, removed. It got so terrible that the creators of the shows openly promoted online piracy to watch these shows, as stated in an interview with from “Infinity Train” creator Owen Dennis.

All these actions combined have cost the fledgling company an estimated $20 billion, forcing them to delay all their upcoming films except “Black Adam” and “Don’t Worry Darling” into 2023, since they

In Remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II

“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong … I have in sincerity pledged myself to your ser vice, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.” — Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II became heir-apparent to the throne in Decem ber 1936, and her rule was unforeseen. When Edward VIII re nounced the throne, Elizabeth became the next in line, and she would become the Queen of England.

After having the courage to stand in front of a camera 48 hours before her death, Queen Elizabeth died on Sept. 8, 2022.

In her memory, all the world commemorates her as the steady force of the past in a present-tense culture. For many, she became a woman who maintained the British monarchy through a time of force, duty, and diligence.

The child of the Duke of York, second son of George V, and his

duchess, former Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Queen Elizabeth was the longest reigning monarch in the history of Britain (BBC News).

Friday Sept. 9, on “The Megyn Kelly Show,” Canadian author Mark Steyn honored Elizabeth as a queen who was crowned while Truman was in the White House. Her corona tion took place on June 2, 1953 in Lon don’s Westminster Abbey. She lived through the presidencies of Eisenhow er, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, both Bushes,Obama, and Trump, mak ing her a presence as countries shifted in authority and a comfort of certainty as times shifted in history.

TIME’s September/Octo ber issue reported her as “a steadfast rock of patriotic duty,” and the great Winston Churchill, upon meeting her, described her as, “an air of authority and reflectiveness astonishing in an infant.”

As a young child, she was a source of comfort to the English people when the Nazis were threaten ing to approach Britain. Elizabeth knit socks and bandages for the soldiers, and she contributed her allowance to emergency funds. She sacrificed her

royally-promised lifestyle to live and care for the war efforts.

When bombs fell on Buck ingham Palace during WWII, she was quoted by TIME as saying, “The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave without the King. And the King will never leave.”

Queen Elizabeth was a mon arch with a sense of duty that was a hallmark to her character. She continu ously sacrificed herself in the name of service, and she willed her failing health to take her back to London to swear in a new privy council before death. In 1947, she pledged her life to service in her famous speech in Cape Town, South Africa.

Elizabeth’s grandson, Wil liam, Prince of Wales, wrote in the foreword to her biography, “Elizabeth II: The Steadfast,” “I think I speak for my generation when I say that the example and continuity provided by the Queen is not only very rare among leaders but a great source of pride and reassurance… I am privileged to have the Queen as a model for a life of service to the public.”

The same year, in 2015,

can only afford to market those two this year. Attempts to locate a new president for DC also failed, and to cap it off, “Don’t Worry Darling” has been subject to intense behind-thescenes conflict.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for the new company. Re cently HBO Max has earned lots of press for “House of the Dragon.” In addition, it seems like Ezra Miller has finally settled their legal woes, leaving the path clear for “The Flash” to open big.

So, even though David Za zlav and his company have lost a lot of public favor, they haven’t been in operation for even a year, and there is time to turn things around. Hope fully, by making some more popular decisions (such as finally restoring the Snyderverse) or simply replac ing Zazlav and the people in charge, Warner Brothers Discovery could soon regain public favor.

Elizabeth surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest serving monarch in British History.

As one of the most glorious queens in all of England’s time, Eliza beth II’s reign was not made of what she did, but it was a testament to her character, which established trust and commitment in times when her country needed it the most.

Elizabeth will always be a monarch in the hearts of everyone who admired her. She was a ruler made of diligence and sincerity, and her death is the beginning of the life her name will have throughout the rest of time.

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The company logo for Warner Brothers Discovery, which began operation last April. Photo courtesy of
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Queen Elizabeth II (‘Equanimity’) Given by The People of Jersey Photo Courtesy of Chris Levine and Rob Munday

Q&A with Broadway Drummer Warren Odze

On Oct. 7, 2022, The Pulse interviewed Warren Odze, a New Yorkbased drummer with an extraordinary career spanning over 50 years. His versatility and musicality have led him to play on big rock stages, big bands, studio work, and, most importantly, pit orchestras on Broadway.

Warren Odze has had im mense opportunities to play in a variety of Broadway shows, such as “Come Fly Away,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Lennon,” “Kat and the Kings,” “The Civil War,” “Shrek the Musical,” and “King Kong.” Warren Odze is a pioneer of the Broadway scene and has tons of knowledge that he shared with us in this interview.

The Pulse: What got you into drumming?

Odze: When I was a little kid, my father and my mother really liked music. They played Sinatra and Baise around the house. The guy across the street from where we lived had a snare drum. He and my father would socialize a lot. They had this snare drum, and I would play with brushes. Also, my father was good friends with famous drummer Jo Jones. He used to go see Jo play at the Embers on the East Side of Man hattan. Jo used to come to our house, and his daughter used to stay with us two weeks at a time. I was like 6 or 8 years old at the time.

My father passed away when I was 10, and then it was time for the

bar mitzvah. My mother invited Jo as a guest with his wife Lorraine. He said, “You know what, I’m going to bring my group.” He bought himself and the Bryan Broth ers, and they played a set in the middle of the bar mitzvah. Most people of my age back then were into the Beatles and watched the “Ed Sullivan Show,” which was just mind blowing. Soon after that, everyone had a band. We all had rock bands, and then I was off to the races.

The Pulse: Who did you study with growing up?

Odze: I was very fortunate to get this guy Al Pollick, who worked mostly as a percussionist but also played drums. The genius thing with this guy was he worked with all the great drummers, because he was a percussionist. He would observe what worked and didn’t work. He was also a student of Billy Gladstone. Al was a great teacher, but I was a terrible student. I learned to play by playing in bands. When I was in 11th grade, I decided I wanted to go pro, so I needed to catch up to get into a good conserva tory.

The Pulse: Where did you go to music school?

Odze: Funny enough, I had no experience with classical percus sion, but I somehow got a marimba and learned to play something to audition at Manhattan School of Music (MSM). I joined the school orchestra, and I

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joined this Huntington Training Or chestra that Stanley Jourker ran. I was playing catch up. I was a rock and roll guy. I got into MSM on a conditional basis. I was on a trial period, and I re ally worked hard.

The Pulse: How did you get into the Broadway scene?

Odze: Al Pollick, who I studied with, worked on Broadway, and I was a percussionist then. He was working on this show “Irene.” He said to me, “Hey, do you want to sub?” I said, “Yes,” and I learned to do it. I subbed as a percussionist, but I didn’t like it. The assistant conductor of the show liked me, and he hired me to do this record with Barbara Cook. I did her record live at Carnegie Hall. That introduced me to some people, but I didn’t have much to do with Broadway other than subbing occasionally.

I was busy playing gigs. I used to play in this free jazz group with Kurt Norak, who is a pianist and a composer. He got an offer to be an or chestrator on a Broadway show. He got me the job on “The Three Musketeers,” which lasted two weeks, but I met this conductor Gordon Haroll who liked me and my playing. Gordon ended up recommending me for this show “The Life,” and I did that, and it went well. From there on, my career spiraled.

The Pulse: What advice would you give to young musicians who want to have a Broadway career?

Odze: Do the best you can to learn as many styles with as much authenticity as possible. Learn the subdivisions inside the styles, and learn to play effortlessly with a click track. The No. 1 thing that everyone over looks until you’ve been fired three to 10 times is how to follow a conductor. If a conductor could choose between Vinnie Coultia, who can’t follow him, and a guy who’s just OK but can fol low him, they’ll always go with the guy that can follow him.

The Pulse would like to thank Warren Odze for taking the time to share his knowledge and experience as one of the global leading drummers on Broadway.

Dec. 10, 1936: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor becomes heir-apparent to the throne

1945: Elizabeth II becomes the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Services

May 8, 1945: Victory Europe Day, Queen Elizabeth described 40 years later as “the most memorable nights of my life.” (TIME)

Nov. 20, 1947: Prince Philip Mountbatten and Elizabeth II join in marriage at Westminster Abbey

Feb. 6, 1952: George VI dies, Elizabeth is queen

June 2, 1953: The crowning of Elizabeth as queen in Westminster Abbey

May 1965: Queen Elizabeth makes the first visit to Germany by a British monarch in over five decades

Dec. 20, 2007: Queen Elizabeth becomes the longest living monarch in the history of Britain

Sept. 9, 2015: Queen Elizabeth becomes the longest serving monarch in the history of Britain (Surpassing Victoria)

Feb. 6, 2017: Queen Elizabeth is the first monarch in British history to earn a Sapphire Jubilee (65 years)

Feb. 6, 2022: Queen Elizabeth is the first monarch in British history to earn a Platinum Jubilee (70 years)

Sept. 8, 2022: Queen Elizabeth dies Balmoral Castle

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Pulse Writer Jonah Weinstock Interviews Warren Odze, who is swingin’ hard on his snare drum. Photo taken by Tim Herrmann

Great American Road Trip

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to go on an almost two-week (12-day) road trip across the country with my mother. Over the course of our journey, we visited 14 different states, including New York, as we started in Armonk. This road trip offered an opportunity to learn about many different places throughout the country.

Our first stop was in Lisbon, Ohio, where we stayed at the Cleveland/Pittsburgh location of The Getaway cabin, which is a company that offers tiny cabins throughout the country for people looking to get away and spend some time in the woods. The cabin had a really cool fishing pond that was a five-minute walk away, and I was able to catch largemouth bass and crappies using a small jig.

Next was the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The Hall of Fame is an incredible destination for any fan of the National Football League (NFL) and is very educa tional. Pulse writer and NFL super fan Bradley Lederer, who has also been to the Professional Football Hall of Fame, stated, “It is a great place to go and see the history of the game.”

After staying the night in Cleveland, we then stopped in LaGrange, Indiana, which is right in the middle of Amish Country. Since we were in Amish Country, we ate at a delicious Amish buffet that served incredible roast beef and delicious mac and cheese.

The next few stops were Chicago, Illinois, Madison, Wiscon sin and Sioux City, Iowa. Madison is a very nice, small city in between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. If you’re in Chicago and looking to have incredible deep-dish pizza, make sure to go to Lou Malnatti’s. Unfortunately, we did not have a long time in Sioux City, but it seemed like an amazing city.

South Dakota was the first state in which we visited a national park, as we went to Badlands National Park and Mount Rush more National Monument. Mount Rushmore is just as incredible as it’s said to be. The first time you see the monument from the road, it is an exciting and somewhat shock ing site that will never leave my memory. Mount Rushmore is in a beautiful region known as the Black Hills that has many nice hiking and

fishing spots.

The next day, we set off on an eight-hour drive to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Although this drive was long and taxing, we saw beautiful rolling prairies full of grazing pronghorn that can be seen from the road. The final stretch of the drive takes you through Grand Teton National Park, which is right in the middle of the Rocky Moun tains.

As we drove through the Grand Teton, we were mesmerized by the heaven-like view of snow-capped mountains that rose above the clouds and reflected the light of the sun. Jackson Hole is a very good ski town with plenty of restaurants and souvenir shops.

Unfortunately, at that point the weather took a turn for the worst. The North Western region of the United States expe rienced heavy thunderstorms and flooding that was severe enough to force Yellowstone to temporarily shut down. Although we were up set that we were not able to see that national park, we quickly shifted gear and headed north to Missoula, Montana, which is a few miles outside of Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park usually does not fully open until early July, since it takes a very long time to remove the winter’s snow from the road. The areas of the park that I was able to see were striking, with “wowing” views of the northern Rocky Mountains.

After stopping to fish in Idaho, we drove to Spokane, Washington. The final stop on our journey was Seattle. Although, like every stop, we had limited time in Seattle, we were able to see the Space Needle and have a delicious dinner at an Italian restaurant. The next day, we dropped off a rental car and flew to JFK Airport.

This trip was an incred ible experience for me and my mom, and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves this country and wants to experience many new things. When on a road trip, you have the opportunity to really experience the places that you drive through. Hopefully, this article will influence readers to set out on adventures of their own.

European Travels

After two years of CO VID-19 restrictions, I went to Europe through Rein Teen Tours for the first time this past summer, visiting Ice land, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain. During this time, I embraced all the different cultures and had a really great experience traveling the world.

The trip started at the begin ning of July in Reykjavik, Iceland. It was so cool to be in Iceland, because it is not an experience that a lot of people get to do. My stay in Iceland started off slow but picked up after the first couple of days. During my time there, I went white water raft ing, where there were Class 4 rapids. I also visited a glacier, and I explored a cave. I enjoyed the experience of swimming in a “blue lagoon,” where I relaxed in the light blue-colored water and enjoyed the day. We also got to play a pickup football game in a local park. The food there was very interesting and tasted really good.

The next country I visited was France. The beautiful city of Paris was one of the staples of the trip. Iconic spots such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, where the “Mona Lisa” is held, Notre Dame, and the Palace of Versailles were so interesting to visit. I even went on a boat ride around the city on the Seine River, where the landmarks could be seen by boat. The food was amazing, especially the pastries, such as croissants and muffins.

Zermatt, Switzerland was the next stop on the itinerary. We stayed in a hotel right next to a gon dola, which took us up to a glacier where we skied. Zermatt, which was the shortest stop on the trip, is a great place to visit.

After Zermatt, the next place that we went to was Venice, Italy. Italy in itself is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but Venice was one of the highlights of the trip. The waterways through it make it iconic. Visiting the Grand Canal, the biggest canal in Venice, was also really breathtaking. Accord ing to the Rein Teen Tours website, Venice is a city built on 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. In Venice, I went on a midnight gondola ride around the canals.

Rome, Sorento, Capri, and Florence were the next cities in Italy that I visited. When in Rome, always visit the Colosseum and the Vatican. Rome is a beautiful city with a his tory dating back hundreds of years ago. Sorrento and Capri were the next stop on the road trip. The food was amazing next to the blue water of the Mediterranean, and we hiked to the top of the mountain, where we shopped and enjoyed the day.

Florence was also a sight to see. During my time there, I visited the Four Seasons Hotel and spent the day by the pool, and I ate delicious food at the hotel, too. The shopping in Florence was exquisite, including the leather bags and wallets for sale in the city.

Spain was the last country on the trip. Costa Daurada, Ma drid, and Barcelona were the cities in Spain. In Barcelona, there is a famous Flamenco dance show that I watched with my group. The food in Spain was out of this world and by far the best-tasting I had on the trip. The famous food markets, empana das, and paella were just some of the wonderful options to eat. Costa Daurada is home to the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Europe at an amusement park called Ferrari Land. I stayed at a hotel right across the street from the park and enjoyed the day at the sand pool.

Finally, at the end of July, our last stop was in Madrid. With a mix of emotions, because I was leaving, I felt like I didn’t enjoy Ma drid to its fullest. I hope to go back someday. As Mr. Price mentioned in a recent Morning Meeting, traveling is incredibly worthwhile, and I sug gest you travel sometime in your life. It doesn’t need to be in Europe. No matter where you go, travel is good for you.

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Bradley Lederer and friends in front of the Eiffel Tower. Photo taken by Jake Floch. The sun setting behind Grand Teton National Park Photo taken by Jessica Gasch

Milwaukee Iron


“Purple Hearts” Pulls on Our Hearts

“Purple Hearts,” a moviereleased on Netflix on July 29, 2022, and directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum, is a love storyabout two opposites who become each other’s everything. It was originally owned by Alloy En tertainment, but in August 2021,Netflix bought the rights to themovie.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin is home to many products made in the United States, and this city is legendary for its steel produc tion, Oscar Mayer hot dogs, and Nueske’s bacon.

Along with steel, another manufacturer started in the home of the “Good Land”: HarleyDavidson motorcycles. They are the most popular motorcycles known to man. From when William Harley and Arthur Da vidson put the first knucklehead motor onto a bicycle reaching 93 mph to the Milwaukee eight v twin motor reaching 160 mph, the speed is a noticeable factor of how much Harleys have evolved since the early 1900s.

Harley-Davidson is in the fabric of the United States of America. The history of HarleyDavidson is so significant that a museum was built in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2008. This museum is home to the very first prototype bike, where you walk through decades upon decades of history.

I had the privilege of going to the Harley-Davidson Museum earlier this year. The very first thing you see when you walk through the doors to the museum is a display case of patches from Harley Ownership Group (HOG).

After you see the HOG patches, you will see the bikes. The very first bike you will see is the 1911 model 7A. There is a whole line of bikes in diverse order.

If you take a left after seeing 1911, you will come to the engine wall. This is a great spot in the museum to learn about Har ley engines if you lack knowledge of Harleys.

The very first HarleyDavidson bike is in a glass display case in a room to the right of 1911. It is the 1903 serial No. 1. You will notice different kinds of police bikes and military bikes in this same room.

Then, walk to the end of the upper hall, and to your left is the tank wall. Every single stock gas tank is on the wall. This is a very cool part of the museum. It is like an art piece with every color you can think of.

Downstairs was my fa vorite part of the Harley-Davidson Museum. If you have ever seen the movie “Easyrider” with Jack Nicholson, you will see a replica of the 1960 FLH Captain America. This bike has the iconic U.S. flag bobber gas tank.

Next to this bike is a tele vision that plays clips from movies based on the outlaw scene. It plays “The Wild One” and “Easyrider.” It also shows clas sic outlaw biker movies from the 1950s to the present.

There was a plaque explaining how some WWII veterans came home feeling like outcasts from society and started to ride motorcycles and form clubs not associated with the American Motorcycle Association (AMA), which stated that 99% of bikers were law-abiding citizens and the other 1% were outlaws.

Behind this plaque is a motorcycle and sweater worn by a member of Boozefighters Motor cycle Club. The club section was also one of my favorite parts of the museum. It shows how long clubs have been around and how they are still thriving and active today

Next to the outlaw plaque was a display wall of leather jack ets worn by rock stars from bands such as Cheap Trick, as well as the jacket that Arnold Schwarzenegger wore in the movie “The Termina tor.”

Moving along from the club and Hollywood exhibit was when my father saw the same model bike that he had in the 1980s: A 1986 super glide.

When you are in that mu seum, you will automatically be drawn to the culture and lifestyle of the biker world. You will under stand why people like motorcycles the second you open the door to your local dealership. You will be greeted with the utmost respect.

Some people don’t care for history, and they simply view it as a core class in school, but the history of Harley-Davidson is unlike anything you’ve read in the books.

Cassie, played by Sofia Carson, is an aspiring singer/ songwriter who has recently been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and is working non-stop to payfor her insulin.

Cassie meets Luke, played by Nicholas Galitzine,who is a Marine on leave prepar ing to ship out to Iraq. Luke is a recovering addict who desper ately needs money to pay backan old debt. His relationship with his family, particularly with his father, is strained due to drugs anddeception, so Luke had nowhere to turn for help.

Cassie and Luke agree to marry for convenience, despite the risk of being court-martialed,for the financial benefits pro vided by the military. Cassie would have the money to coverher medical expenses, and Luke would get the additional monthly payment paid to married soldiers to pay off his debt. Not knowing one another, they play the role ofhusband and wife.

Cassie’s songwriting and singing career takes off while Luke is deployed. Cassie writes several songs and realizes thatLuke is her muse, as he is the inspiration for all of her music. She is the lead singer or her band “The Loyal,” and they have labels and offers to sing and open for other big names in the music industry. Cassie gets many op portunities to sing the music she’swritten about Luke.

Not only did Cassie’s music become famous in the world of the movie, but it also became a hit in real life. The song “Come Back Home,” sung and written bySophia Carson, received over 42 million views on Spotify. On Aug. 9, Sophia Carson guest starred on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” and did an im promptu performance of the songwhich received another million views.

Coming back to the plotof the movie, while stationed in Iraq, Luke is injured in combat byan IED explosion and is forcedto return home to recover. Luke moves in with Cassie, which is a difficult transition for both of them. They are not prepared tobe husband and wife in real life, and both assumedthey would bedivorced before Luke returned home from his tour of duty.

While living together, their feelings for one another and their friendship continues to grow. As they spend more time together, they begin to have romantic feel ings for each other.

There are some thingsthat I disliked about the movie, such as the fact that it didn’t re ally show anything else besidesCassie and Luke’s relationship. I did thoroughly enjoy the role of Cassie, though, and I believe thatSofia Carson did a great job of acting this character.

In the end, I would rec ommend this film to anyone wholikes romantic, heartfelt movies. This was a super great movie for me because it is exactly the typeof movie that I enjoy watching. It was a very emotional, deep moviethat included a realistic depiction of what people in the military go through in their lives.

If you do not like emotional movies, then I would not recommend this for you. In the end, while it is all ultimately upto you to say if you would enjoythe movie or not, for me, “Purple Hearts” certainly pulled on my heart strings.

Photo of the motorcycle that is nicknamed Captain America from the movie “Easyrider.” Photo taken by Hudson Zamacona.
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The main characters of “Purple Hearts,” Cassie and Luke. Courtesy of Netflix.