March 2022 Issue 4
‘Our Town’ at Our School As the Harvey community entered the winter term, a new surge of Omicron swept through the nation and the school, infecting many people. But even amid such darkness, there were still signs of light, including a return to Harvey Performing Arts Department’s annual Upper School winter play. This year, the play was Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” directed by The Pulse’s faculty advisor Ms. Virginia Holmes. Not only that, but the play featured our editor-in-chief, Amanda Mohamad, as Mrs. Webb.
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It was an excellent way for the play to explain why it showcased what it did during the first two acts: because those dayto-day routines are what is worth preserving.
Now, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that I’m not the biggest fan of live theater. However, I enjoyed “Our Town” quite a lot. What made the play especially interesting was the nature of how it played with its three-act structure. Each act took place at a slightly different time, which allowed the audience to observe the development of the characters and the change in the town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, between 1901 and 1913. We see stores close, new inventions arrive, and people grow and die. By the end, the town the audience sees is almost unrecognizable from the one we were introduced to at the onset of the play. The overall narrative focussed on two teengaer, Emily Webb (played by Aleah Ford-Sussman) and George Gibbs (played by Ted Clement), as they journey together through life and beyond. In the first act, we are introduced to them in high school, and through their eyes, we learn about the town of Grover’s Corners. We see their dreams and desires, and we see how they interconnect with each other and bond together. The second act takes place three years later, focusing on the marriage between Emily and George. What makes this act especially interesting is how it diverges from more classic “true love” narratives.
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The cast of “Our Town” during the curtain call. Photo courtesy of John Brooks.
Emily and George are barely adults by this point, so, of course, they would have some doubts about getting married. However, they also realize that it is worth a shot, and that they won’t know unless they try. This added detail makes any adaptation of the aforementioned trope seem less realistic. Finally, the third act takes place an additional nine years later, and both the town and its inhabitants are very different. Most of the locations from the first two acts are gone, and many characters have died. Even Emily died in childbirth, which serves as a good subversion of the classic happy ending. I was incredibly surprised by how out of left field the third act was. The first two acts told a small, almost anthology-like story about this town, yet the third act was profound. It explored the idea of eternity, the value of memory, and the idea that we should treasure the small things in life.
The real highlight of the play was, of course, the performances of the cast. It’s no secret that since I know and I am friends with some of the people in the cast, I would, under most circumstances, restrain myself from criticizing their performances. However, I am glad to say that is not going to be necessary this time around. The cast all did a fantastic job and embodied their characters very well. Within this amazing group, there were some standouts, especially seniors Julia Nelson and Leo Saperstein as the Stage Managers. Despite their parts mainly relying on exposition, they served an integral role in introducing us to the world and characters we would follow over the rest of the play. They both did an excellent job in tackling this important responsibility. The Harvey adaptation of “Our Town” was an amazing play with great performances and a deep overall message. With productions like this one, Harvey theater will continue to prosper for a long time, producing plays like “Our Town” and beyond.
OP/ED Has the Running Back Position Lost Its Value?
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Dear Editor, The running back position in American football has been one of the most well-known positions since the game’s birth. Before 1906, it was illegal to throw a forward pass, so teams were forced to run the ball every snap. In today’s National Football League (NFL), teams pass the ball so much that, for many, having a running back that can consistently make plays in the passing game is more important than having one that will dominate on the ground. In addition, many football fans believe that because of the way the game has evolved, having one of the best running backs in the league is no longer as valuable as it once was. In the early days of professional football, having a well-known running back was the key to get fans into the stands.
Editor-in-Chief/Layout According to The Pro Football Hall of Fame, the best running backs of the 1920s were Harold Grange, Joe Guyon, Earl LamAmanda Mohamad beau, and Jim Thorpe. Many of these athletes had already gained recognition in college football or other sports. Before playing Junior Editor Emma Galgano
Lily Dalrymple Spencer Elkind Dan Gasch Dylan Gueli Halima Konteh Bradley Lederer Jonah Weinstock
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professional football, Jim Thorpe was an Olympic athlete and baseball player. On the football field, Thorpe became known as one of the greatest athletes to ever play the game despite there being no filmed records of his career.
When the American Football League (AFL) and NFL merged in 1966, the NFL’s lead running back was Leroy Kelly who rushed for 1,205 yards in 14 games, averaging 16 carries per game. Over the next decade, some of the greatest backs to ever play the game graced the field including Walter Peyton, John Riggins, and OJ Simpson. In the 1980s and ‘90s, running backs including Barry Sanders and Eric Dickerson dominated the league despite teams passing the ball more and more. During this time, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith, was able to humiliate teams with his tough running style. In addition, Smith was one of the first running backs that could significantly contribute in the passing game. Over the course of his career, Smith ran for 18,355 yards on the ground and added 3,224 receiving yards. In the past 20 years, the game of football has changed significantly. Quarterbacks throw the ball at a much higher rate than they ever have in past seasons, and because of this change, the running back position has evolved. Most modern NFL running backs are also very good pass catchers. According to Bleacher Report, “No longer is the game limited to handing the ball off to the runner and letting him find a way up the field. These days, passing the ball to your running back is just as important as the quarterback handing the ball off to his runners.” Since teams are relying so much on their quarterbacks for many teams, having a consistent No. 1 running back is no longer necessary, and they have opted for a “running back by committee’’ approach. In an offense that has a running back committee, there are multiple backs who have a significant workload instead of one taking the majority of snaps. Although fewer teams are looking to find top-tier running backs who demand large contracts, running the football is still a very important aspect of the modern NFL. Having a strong running attack prevents an offense from becoming predictable and keeps the defense honest. One example of a team finding success running the ball without a top running back is the 2021 Philadelphia Eagles who rushed for the most yards in the entire NFL this season. This surprised many football fans, because the Eagles did not have a top-20 running back in rushing yards. The leading rusher for the Eagles was their quarterback Jalen Hurts, who rushed for 784 yards over the course of the year making him 24th in the league in rushing yards. Other teams that consistently have been able to rush the ball effectively without a dominant top five rusher include the 49ers, Patriots, and Ravens. Unlike key positions like quarterback or offensive line, teams can easily find productive running backs in the later rounds of the draft, which makes it easy to replace running backs if necessary.
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In 2018, former Steelers running back Le’veon Bell was voted the NFL’s best running back of the 2017 season on the top-100 list. Coming in at number five among all players overall, Bell was recognized as an MVP-caliber player. Despite Bell being arguably the best running back in the league at the time, he chose to sit out the entire 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Steelers. Instead of paying Bell a large contract, the team opted to start second-year running back James Conner. Although it would seem going from one of the best running backs in the league to a largely unknown third-round pick would destroy the Steelers’ rushing attack, in some aspects, it improved. As a team, the Steelers’ average yards per attempt went up from 3.8 to 4.2. As stated earlier, despite the decrease in value of the running back position, running the ball is still just as important as it’s ever been, and some teams are very good at it, while others are not. The most important aspects to finding success on the ground include having an offensive line that excels in run blocking and having a coach who finds creative ways to open lanes for his runners. In addition, having a strong passing attack can help the ground game in the same way that the running game can open up the pass. Being balanced in both prevents an offense from becoming one dimensional. Even Derrick Henry, who is considered by many to be the best running back in the league, struggled until the Tennessee Titans found a solid quarterback to pair him with. Over the years, the running back position has gone through many changes and will continue to evolve for the rest of time. Running backs are easily some of the most athletic players on the football field, but because of the position’s accessibility, they are no longer as sought out as they once were. Sincerely, Dan Gasch
Helping Students Take the Leap: Alexandra Carrozza By Spencer Elkind
It is a unique time for many Harvey students. Those of us who are steadily advancing toward the end of our high school years find ourselves looking ahead to the next step and wondering what college we might end up attending. It’s no secret that applying for college is a long and difficult process that unfolds over many months.
Ms. Carrozza is not new to her role. She has 11 years of experience, having worked at Trinity College, Columbia University, and the Lawrenceville School. Her reason for coming to Harvey is that she was looking for “smaller schools,” and she “wanted to keep being a college counselor.”
But the good news is that we Harvey students are not making this journey alone, as the college counselors are here to help us make decisions, work through our schedule, and overall make the process just a little bit easier.
Of course, Ms. Carrozza has been welcomed to our community with open arms. She said, “I like how supportive everyone is and how welcoming the school is,” and when asked what her favorite part of Harvey has been so far, she says that she “has loved meeting everyone, especially the juniors who I’ll be working with.”
As it turns out, we have a brand-new college counselor, Ms. Alexandra Carrozza. While September is usually the time of year that the Harvey community is introduced to new teachers and staff, Ms. Carrozza is a new addition as of this past January. She joins Ms. Meg Booth, the director of College Counseling, and Spanish teacher Ms. Alex Matthews, who also recently joined the office as an associate of Harvey’s college counseling office. Ms. Carrozza is from Providence, Rhode Island, and she went to high school in East Greenwich. She attended Holy Cross College as an English major. When asked about how she discovered her career path, she explained, “I majored in English since I wanted to be a teacher, but I got my first job in admissions. I worked at two different schools in my first six years, and I realized that I really liked meeting and talking to students.”
Not only that, but she has the praise of Ms. Booth, who said, “It has been so wonderful having a fully staffed college office! Ms. Carrozza brings in a wonderful new perspective both from her college counseling experience and her previous college admissions work. As former Columbia University employees, we have had a lot of fun discussing both our shared and different experiences.” Now, of course, every new teacher or staff member who comes to Harvey brings something new to the table. And in Ms. Carrozza’s case, it was the fact that she knows how unique the process is. She stated, “I have worked at several different colleges, so I know the experience of students in many different places. I’ve realized that there is no clear path through college, and I now understand everyone’s experience is unique.”
And, finally, Ms. Carrozza had some words of advice for juniors preparing to start the process and apply to college. She stated that she knows the college process varies greatly with every college and every student. Her main advice is to “work at your own pace.” She said, “Everyone has a different goal and process, and you have to do what feels right in your own time.” And for the junior class of Harvey, it seems like they are in good hands. It is clear that Ms. Carrozza has a lot of expertise and is ready to help students make the jump. She is here to help, and it’s clear that she will. So, if you want help preparing for an interview, organizing your college list, formatting your applications, or just overall help with the college process, Ms. Carrozza will be there to help!
Associate of College Counseling, Ms. Alexandra Carrozza. Photo Courtesy of The Harvey School website.
Extraordinary Mr. Everett By Dylan Gueli
On Tuesday, Feb. 8, The Pulse interviewed one of Harvey’s newest math teachers, Mr. Peter Everett. The Pulse learned about his family, his previous work experience, his interests outside of school, and what his life was like before he came to Harvey. Mr. Everett was born in Fort Grad, North Carolina, but within a couple of weeks, he moved out to Southern California, where his mother was from. He lived in Whittier, California, which is in Los Angeles County. Mr. Everett went to high school at a preparatory boarding school called The Thacher School in Ojai, California. After high school, he attended Connecticut College in New London, which is where he ended up meeting his wife. His wife decided that they should stay on the East Coast instead of going back to Southern California. He now lives in Danbury, Connecticut. Mr. Everett always thought he would major in a subject such as business or economics. After he took a lot of classes in those fields that “bored him to death,” he switched his major to psychology because he was very interested in the classes. At this point in his life, he would have never predicted he was going to be a math teacher. Interestingly, Mr. Everett used to work at The Elisabeth Morrow School, located in Englewood, New Jersey. Mr. Everett was the math department chair of the middle school. Before he came to Harvey, he worked at Wooster School for 19 years as a math teacher and basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf coach. Unfortunately, Wooster had some enrollment issues, but Harvey was lucky enough to add this experienced teacher to our mathematics department. Mr. Everett is a great math teacher, as he explains the topic we are learning very well and will always give extra help in class to make sure nobody will fall behind.
Outside of work, Mr. Everett likes playing golf when he can. Another fun fact is that Mr. Everett is really passionate about movies and owns 500 to 600 movies on DVD and online. He goes to the movie theater frequently, even if he is by himself, because he loves them so much. His favorite movie is “The Shawshank Redemption.” Mr. Everett has two sons. His oldest is a sophomore in college who goes to Brown University, and his younger son is a senior at Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut and will be going to Wheaton College to play soccer. Mr. Everret described Harvey, saying, “It is definitely a community where people care about each other, are concerned about each other, and are always willing to help each other.” In most places, it is not easy to just move right in, but he says Harvey was a an easy transition because of the people who are here. The Pulse would like to thank Mr. Everett for his time. We hope you all take the time to introduce yourself and get to know him, as he is an awesome teacher here at Harvey.
Harvey’s newest math teacher, Mr. Peter Everett. Photo Courtesy of the Everett family.
A Not-So BOARing Surgery By Amanda Mohamad
On Jan. 13, 2022, the world’s first pig heart was transplanted into a human. Yes, you read that right. This procedure was performed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM).
than human-to-human transplantation. According to the BBC, religion and animal rights are also significant ethical debates regarding xenotransplantation.
According to Medical News Today, “Dr. Bartley P. Griffith, director of the Cardiac and Lung Transplant Programs and a Thomas E. and Alice Marie Hales Distinguished Professor of Transplant Surgery at UMSOM, was one of the surgeons who performed the transplant surgery. He believes the transplant “will offer new options to individuals in need of new organs and help solve the organ shortage crisis.”
Additionally, many don’t believe that Bennett deserved the transplant. The Conversation reports that “33 years earlier Bennett had been convicted of stabbing a man (Edward Schumaker) in a bar and had been sentenced to 10 years in jail. Schumaker had been left in a wheelchair and died of a stroke 19 years later.”
The patient of this groundbreaking experiment was 57-year-old David Bennett, a Maryland handyman who was deemed ineligible for a human heart transplant. “It was either die or do this transplant. I want to live. I know it’s a shot in the dark, but it’s my last choice,” Bennett said before his surgery, per a statement released by UMSOM. In the medical field, an animal organ surgically transplanted into a human is referred to as xenotransplantation. However, this surgery often fails, as the human body typically rejects animal organs quickly. For example, in 1984, a dying infant, known as Baby Fae, was given a baboon heart, but she survived only 21 days post-surgery. So, what made this surgery a success as opposed to previous attempts of xenotransplantation? According to ABC News, the pig heart that Bennett received was genetically edited to remove the sugar cells responsible for the hyper-rejection that typically occurs in xenotransplantation. Bennett’s donor pig had 10 genetic modifications, inactivating four pig genes, and adding six human genes. Bennett’s family revealed that he was ineligible for a human heart or a heart pump due to his terminal heart failure and arrhythmia, an extremely irregular heartbeat. As reported by USA Today, “He also did not follow his doctors’ orders, missed appointments and stopped taking drugs he was prescribed.” Bennett’s surgery took nine hours to complete.
Surgeons involved in David Bennett’s surgery work with a pig heart. Photo Courtesy of The New York Times.
Considering this is a surgery that is not often performed, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only allows xenotransplantation under life-threatening circumstances. Post-surgery, Bennett is breathing on his own while connected to a heart-lung machine. He is currently under critical study by his medical team. While xenotransplantation previously focused on primates, a New York University (NYU) Langone Health experiment conducted in September 2021 encouraged the progression from primates to pigs. This experiment, led by NYU Dr. Robert Montgomery, “temporarily attached a pig’s kidney to a deceased human body and watched it begin to work,” according to ABC News. Montgomery stated, “This is a truly remarkable breakthrough. As a heart transplant recipient, myself with a genetic heart disorder, I am thrilled by this news and the hope it gives to my family and other patients who will eventually be saved by this breakthrough.” While medical experts like Montgomery see a bright future for xenotransplantation, this surgery has prompted significant ethical debates within and outside of the medical field. Biologically, the ethics of genetic modification come into play, especially on a deceased species, and many point out that the risk of transmitting infection is much higher with an animal-to-human transplant
The Conversation also stated that Schumaker’s older sister wished that the transplant went to a more “deserving recipient.” Ultimately, her statement opened the debate of whether convicts or ex-convicts are deserving of an organ transplant regardless of their medical needs or spot on a waitlist. These ethical debates are only brought about more considering the shortage of organs fit for transplantation, both animal-to-human and human-to-human, so deciding who to prioritize for organ transplant has become a much stricter process. According to The Conversation, “Typically, those criteria are based on medical factors that predict both the need of the recipient (what is the chance that they will die soon without a transplant) and the benefit of the organ (how likely is the transplant to work and last). Indeed, it was these sorts of factors that made Bennett ineligible for a conventional heart transplant.” According to the American Transplant Foundation, nearly 107,000 United States citizens are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. About 17 people die each day while waiting on the list. Considering the rise of patients on the organ transplant lists, the success of Bennett’s surgery could be very beneficial in getting those in need of organs a transplant faster. Bennett unfortuantely died in March 2022. While the many ethical aspects of xenotransplantation are daunting and worth consideration, Bennett’s surgery has made a significant mark in medical history.
The Ultimate Nightime Routine The sound of a buzzing alarm can be one of the worst feelings. Everyone hopes that by hitting the snooze button and sleeping for an extra five minutes, they will magically wake up and become energized and motivated to start the day. However, what the world needs is a perfect nighttime routine to make those early mornings not so horrid. I tested nighttime routines for three days to find the most effective routine. The goal of any good nighttime routine is to get you to the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep as quickly and efficiently as possible. Not only will your energy levels increase, but a good night’s rest can also help improve your mood and memory, speed up your metabolism, and help your body to recover and repair. Having enough of this goodquality sleep will allow you to wake
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up feeling rested, motivated, and ready to kick some goals.
On the first day of this experiment, I followed the Nib.com nighttime routine. They recommended that making a to-do list, having a screen detox two hours before bed, and picking out your outfit for the next day, will create an “epic” nighttime routine. So, I did just that! When I created a to-do list for the morning, it made unnecessary stress first thing in the morning. According to Healthline, most people find a general to-do list even more stressful because they already feel overwhelmed just by seeing everything they have to do. In addition, they also don’t know how to prioritize items on the list. A to-do list gave me the energy
to start my day. Nonetheless, it did not improve my mood, but instead worsened it. The screen detox was nice but simply unrealistic because people like me do not know what time they are going to bed, leading to not knowing when to put their devices down. However, it was highly beneficial to pick my outfit the night before. It saved time and allowed me to focus on other tasks I had to do. On the second day of this experiment, I tested Good Housekeeping’s nighttime routine. The routine suggested that drinking a cup of tea right before bed, meditating, and listening to calming nature sounds will allow you to wake up feeling refreshed and ready “to tackle each morning with ease.”
While following this routine, I was very optimistic about drinking a cup of tea before bed since, on average, a cup of tea has around 26 mg of caffeine. Therefore, I had to make sure I drank a decaffeinated cup, which should have been specified in the routine. The decaffeinated tea resulted in me being incredibly relaxed, and it relieved so much anxiety before bed. I have never meditated before, but I can see how meditating before bed can also relieve a lot of stress. According to Harvard Health, during meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Nighttime Routine cont. on pg. 8
Reports Electric Cars in the Future By Jonah Weinstock
In 1908, Henry Ford introduced the first mass-produced car powered by a combustion engine that used gasoline. Gasoline-fueled vehicles are still predominant around the world. According to the Tesla website, in 2008, Elon Musk introduced the first mass-produced electric car, named after the electrical engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla. Electric cars are powered by clean energy batteries, and are steadily becoming more and more popular as an alternative to fossil-fueled vehicles powered by gasoline. As reported by The New York Times, electric car sales have skyrocketed in continents such as North America, Europe, and Asia, whereas sales of fossil fuel remained the same. Electric vehicles are in such high demand that manufacturers are making car buyers put down deposits months in advance. Some models are already sold out for the next two years. The New York Times also stated that the repercussions of electric car sales could have substantial effects for businesses, environments, and workers in factories. Tailpipe emissions are one of the contributing factors to climate change, and electric cars can help reduce noxious emissions. Even though electric vehicles only make up a small part of the market, close to 9% of new cars sold last year globally were electric powered– up from 2.5% in 2019. According to the International Energy Agency, their exponential growth could make 2022 the year that gasoline-powered engines become a thing of the past.
Research suggested that an increase in electric vehicles will improve air quality and can slow down the effects of climate change. In Southern California, the air quality is slightly better thanks to the use of electric cars. However, while electric cars are slowly entering the vehicle market, there are still many challenges ahead. Electric cars with batteries need rare metals. They use elements such lithium, copper, cobalt, aluminum, nickel, and magnesium, in addition to non-metal graphite.
less maintenance than an internal combustion engine.
According to Young People’s Trust for the Environment, these components mean that the earth has to be mined which could be environmentally unfriendly. Lithium is the lightest metal and lightest solid under normal conditions. Energy Sage reports that Chile, China, Argentina, and Bolivia produce the largest amount of lithium.
Currently, electric cars travel less distance than gas-powered cars on a single charge. Most models range between 60 and 120 miles per charge, but some luxury brand models reach close to 300 miles on a full battery charge. Availability of charging stations is also a challenge. Electric vehicles are less suitable for long trips and activities, since there are fewer than 50,000 charging stations in the United States.
The demand for electric cars in Europe in the near future may be problematic due to the fact that there isn’t sufficient access to sources of lithium to manufacture enough batteries for everyone. Electric cars are, on average, $10,000 more expensive than fossil-fueled cars. Battery packs within an electric car are also expensive and may need to be replaced more than once over the lifetime of the car. The issue of how to dispose of the used batteries is another problem for environmentalists. At the same time, saving costs on fuel, tax credits, and state incentives could counteract the downsides in the long run. Motors in electric cars are much quieter and smoother and require
Energy efficiency also plays a role in electric cars. Alternative Energy Vehicles convert 59 to 62% of energy into vehicle movement, while fossil fuel vehicles only convert between 17 to 21% into energy, also reported by Young People’s Trust for the Environment. This means that an electric vehicle’s battery puts more effort into actually powering the vehicle than filling it up with gas.
A new infrastructure bill passed by Congress in November 2021 will include $7.5 billion for 500,000 new charging stations, although experts say that number is still too small. According to The New York Times, there are still 250 million fossil-fueled vehicles on the road and could take decades to replace them unless governments can offer incentives to buyers.
Wall Street values Tesla at around $1 trillion, which is more than 10 times as much as General Motors. This means that Tesla is currently building factories in Texas and Germany and continues to expand. In 2022, BMW, Cadillac, Dodge, Hyundai, Mercedes, and Subaru will also be offering electric cars. Most analysts believe electric cars will not take off the same way as gas-powered vehicles until they start coming down to the same price as fossil-fueled vehicles. While electric cars are still on the rise, there are many issues that need to be adjusted in order for them to become popular and take over fossil-fueled vehicles. There is an interesting future for electric cars, and it may fully come to life sooner than we think.
Leo Weinstock’s first “electric car.” Photo Courtesy of Nichola Helen.
The electric car business is already turning the auto industry around. Tesla delivered nearly a million cars in 2021, a 90% jump from 2020. Although Tesla is a small manufacturer compared to other auto giants, demand continues to grow.
Fashion Never Dies By Halima Konteh At The Harvey School, students find many ways to express themselves, and one way that I have gotten to know my peers is through their fashion. From bright colors, to cool hairstyles, students at Harvey showcase new looks every day, and one that we at The Pulse have noticed on campus is the resurgence of fashion trends from older decades. Sophmore Kayla Lichtenstein has made leg warmers, which were one of the most popular fashion trends of the 1980s, a staple in her wardrobe. According to Bustle.com, legwarmers were advertised and sold to professional dancers. They were highly popularized among women and then teenage girls, leading to the production of legwarmers in a variety of colors and patterns.
Seen on A-list 1980s celebrities such as Madonna and Grace Jones, leg warmers were sought out by women all over the country and were often worn with leggings, skirts, or mom jeans. This trend lasted for almost a decade, eventually falling out of style in the late ‘80s. The leg warmer trend came back in the 21st century, but it harbored a completely different look and purpose. They were advertised to those with an edgier style, mainly due to rockstar Avril Lavigne, whose music was highly popularized in the early 2000s. She was known to wear black and white-striped leg warmers
Kayla and many other teenagers today, have brought back the 1980s look that legwarmers once had, managing to revive one of the most nostalgic fashion accessories of all time.
Harvey students Kayla Lichenstein(left), Ava Bates(middle), and Madison Reckson(right) photographed wearing their clothing accessories that were highly popularized from previous decades.
with matching striped gloves, accompanied by a band tee and cargo pants. When you notice Kayla wearing her leg warmers on campus, you will see her styling them with a skirt, and often pulls them over the top of her sneakers. She has accompanied the look with either a pullover sweater or T-shirt, and along with it, she wears bold jewelry and hair clips.
Thanks to factors such as the popular application TikTok, as well as celebrities such as model Hailey Baldwin Beiber and singer Billie Eilish, legwarmers are recognized among many for its comeback. Brandy Melville, a popular teenage girls clothing platform, has begun to create their own versions of legwarmers, changing the older style which was more colorful and flashier, into a more neutral look.
Fashion cont. on pg. 6
One Caffeinated Community You know it, you love it. Located at 197 Katonah Ave., Tazza Cafe in Katonah, New York has practically become a Harvey community staple. Whether you are studying with a latte, having a quick bite during your 45-minute lunch break, or are up for an entire sit-down meal with a good friend, students, teachers, and even parents will say their go-to Katonah cafe is Tazza. Tazza has four total locations: three in Westchester County, New York (Armonk, Katonah, and Millwood) and one in Fairfield County, Connecticut (Ridgefield). Tazza opened its first location in 2012 in Armonk. In 2006, a New York Times article titled “A Coffee Bar With a Shot of Zip” featured Tazza and stated, “James Monica, the owner, has installed a first-rate espresso machine at the counter of this pleasant corner shop, reminiscent of coffee bars throughout Italy, where customers pop in throughout the day for a shot of high-test espresso.” The Pulse had the opportunity to interview Eddie Carrion, the store manager at Tazza’s Katonah location, who has worked his way up from barista status over the course of seven years. Carrion gave The Pulse all the ins-and-outs of what it takes to run a coffee shop and its history.
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CarConsiderrion was working Katoing a restaurant nah’s total job on Katonah population Avenue when is less than he saw the 2,000 people, “Help Wanted” Tazza has the in the door advantage of Tazza, an of having a opportunity he great number took and never of customers Fresh oatmeal and fruit served at looked back who come Tazza Cafe in Katonah, New York. on. “This is a really to the store on a Photo Courtesy of tazzacafeny.com nice village and a really regular basis. It is unique place to have a coffee shop,” because of this advantage that Tazza Carrion told The Pulse about the employees can cultivate a closer Katonah cafe location. connection to their customers, as opposed to your average Starbucks As a store manager, Caremployee rushing to get to the next rion’s primary tasks are scheduling, customer, so often they don’t even ordering supplies and menu ingrehave time to spell your name cordients, training new employees, and rectly on the cup. “The friendships prioritizing the “consistency and we make with our customers are the quality” of Tazza’s service, on top reason they come back. Tazza beof helping other employees with comes more like a family, and they making food and drinks, and cleanfeel like they are home,” Carrion ing the store. “A lot of what I do is told The Pulse. ‘behind-the-scenes’ stuff,” he says. Talk about A LOT of work. Carrion says his favorite aspect of being a store manager at Carrion continued, “People Tazza is training the new employees. return to the store and become “While it is certainly challenging, it regulars because they remember is honestly the most fun thing for me the quality not just of their food or to do here,” he says. Nonetheless, coffee, but also the quality of the Carrion still enjoys his “behind-thecustomer service.” He says that scenes” work and being able to hone overall quality is truly the key to in his organizational skills. running a successful coffee shop and is something that a customer may While Carrion loves what not realize when coming to the store. he does for a living, he told The Pulse that his job comes with a
lot of pressure, especially when it comes to being responsible for other employees’ work performance. “It can be tough, because some of them catch on quickly, and some take a bit longer. But we do it all day-by-day and have specific employees that help the trainees in going step-bystep in all that they have to learn, and we encourage them to ask questions so they can become more comfortable with what they are doing.” Even on busy days, it is the overall work environment that keeps not only Carrion but all of the other employees at Tazza from becoming stressed. Carrion told The Pulse that it is his employees that help him to love what he does and love coming to work every day. His advice for a new Tazza employee or anyone entering the food industry: “Love what you do so you can do it well.” On a more personal note, we all can follow those words no matter where we end up in life. Now you know, Harvey, a lot of work goes into your small iced latte. The Pulse thanks Carrion for his time. His final thoughts were that if he were only able to have one drink and one food menu item from Tazza for the rest of his life, it would be a chai latte (iced or hot) and the cran-apple tuna salad. Support small businesses and go to Tazza and try them yourself!
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Ava Bates, a current senior, is another student on campus that is a part of the comeback of an older fashion staple, this time from the 1990s. Seen on almost every celebrity, leather jackets were extremely sought after. They had transformed from the biker boy John Travolta look of the ‘70s into one that was more chic and effortless. The 1990s leather jacket still had a collar and sleeves, except it became a longer jacket that stopped a little below the waist and had buttons instead of a zipper. Seen on Drew Barrymore, Winona Ryder, Reese Witherspoon, and so many more notable women celebrities of the ‘90s, this new take on the classic leather jacket made its mark. Men also wore leather jackets in the ‘90s, except they usually kept the shorter style that had a zipper. Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio are some of the famous men that popularized the leather jacket look of the 1990s. Ava Bates, along with many other teenagers today, styles her leather jacket with jeans, skirts, and even band tees underneath, mixing a classic accessory with newer trends. This can be accredited to the resurgence of the jacket among many celebrities, especially models. Model sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid, along with others like Kendall Jenner, have been spotted by paparazzi wearing their ‘90s leather jackets on fancy nights out with glamorous dresses, or even on calm days after a workout at the gym. Much like the leather jacket, Dr. Martens boots were owned by many teens in the 1990s. These boots are leather with a thick platform sole. According to DrMartens.com, the boots were created in the 1940s in the United Kingdom. They were originally marketed as worker boots for gardeners, factory workers, and postmen. This lasted until the 1980s when British society faced anti-government movements.
Teenagers in the U.K. wanted to go for a more rebellious look and thus began to redefine the style of Dr. Martens leather boots. The once simple look of the shoe transformed into a punk rock aesthetic for British teens, often worn with ripped jeans and leather by males, and with mini-skirts and velvet by females. This style was then adopted by American musicians who toured the U.K. and was brought to the U.S. in the ‘90s as an indie accessory that would take over during the grunge era. With the gothic look on the rise, 1990s rock music fans in the U.S. would often style their Dr. Martens with heavy black makeup, black nail polish, and ripped black clothing. Similar to its transition in the 1980s, Dr. Martens has adopted different styles into the 2000s, and Madison Reckson, a current junior, has taken part in the ever-changing fashion staple. Madison often wears her Dr. Martens boots with mom jeans and a cardigan, mixing together many clothing pieces from older decades while making the outfit look modernly chic. Many celebrities have played a part in trends for the classic boot, including Bella Hadid and Kristen Stewart. Eni Subair, writer for Vogue France, stated that millennials harbor a special talent of “dredging up” old fashion trends, and students here at Harvey have definitely proven to own it. It is quite remarkable how creative they have been at mixing together accessories from different periods of time, yet making it their own, much like they do in many other areas of their lives. So, we thank the students here for contributing to the undeniable creativeness that lives in our environment, and we promise to update our readers on any other amazing fashion trends that we witness throughout the year!
Going Out on Top
On Tuesday, Feb. 1 2022, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former New England Patriot Quarterback Tom Brady officially retired from the National Football League (NFL) after 22 seasons. Throughout his career, Brady has won seven Super Bowls and holds almost all of the statistical records for an NFL quarterback. Brady stated, via social media, “I have always believed the sport of football is an ‘all in’ propositionif a 100% competitive commitment isn’t there you won’t succeed…this is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore.” Many athletes and coaches who had the opportunity to work with Brady praised the legendary quarterback. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belicheck stated, “I am privileged to have drafted and coached Tom Brady, the ultimate competitor and winner… Tom was professional on and off the field, and carried himself with class, integrity, and kindness.” When Brady was drafted by the Patriots 199th overall, the idea of him leading a team to a Super Bowl, or even becoming a starting NFL Quarterback was far-fetched. Players drafted in the sixth round often have to compete to make it on to an NFL roster and end up having limited opportunities. Despite the difficult situation, Brady’s confidence never wavered. During one of his first
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practices with the Patriots, Brady went up to the owner of the Patriots, Robert Kraft, and said, “I want you to know I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.” Twenty-two years later, Brady is considered by most the greatest quarterback to ever play and will leave behind an outstanding legacy.
Brady has more Super Bowl championships than any quarterback in the NFL, and he has racked up more regular season wins than any other NFL player over the course of his career. In addition, Brady holds the record for most postseason wins among quarterbacks with 35. Brady missed the first four games of the 2015 season because of a controversial suspension that he served due to the “Deflategate” scandal that had occurred two seasons before in the American Football Conference championship where the New England Patriots were accused of intentionally deflating the football to make it easier to throw and catch. After the suspension concluded, Brady had an outstanding regular season throwing 28 touchdown passes and only two interceptions in 12 games. The New England Patriots entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the AFC and clinched a spot for the team in the Super Bowl
With his back against the wall, Brady kept his composure and brought the Patriots back into the game with a tied score of 28 points, bringing the game to overtime. After Patriots running back James White scored a gamewinning rushing touchdown, the Patriots had officially completed a 28-point comeback and won Super Bowl LI. Brady was named Super Bowl MVP and many fans believe this game defined him as the greatest quarterback of all time.
Tom Brady moments after winning Super Bowl LI. Photo Courtesy of Sports Illustrated.
after defeating the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers. At this point, the Patriots faced very little resistance all season and had only lost one game since Brady’s return. In Super Bowl LI, Brady and the Patriots took on the Atlanta Falcons, who had previously crushed the Green Bay Packers in the National Football Conference championship, to clinch a spot in the big game. In the first half of Super Bowl LI, the Atlanta Falcons shocked the Patriots by putting up 21 unanswered points. At the start of the second half, the onslaught continued, and the Falcons grew their lead to 28-3.
Part of what made Brady so great was his ability to stay consistently dominant over 21 NFL seasons as a starting quarterback. It would not have been possible for Brady to have such a long career if he wasn’t constantly working hard during the offseason and following a diet specifically molded to his lifestyle. Despite not completely closing the door on returning to football at some point, Brady for now plans to spend his time focusing on family and his brands TB12 and BRADY. When Brady is eligible in five years, he will unquestionably be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and his legacy will be remembered for decades to come. UPDATE: On March 14th, it was announced that Tom Brady would play another season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Commanding the NFL By Emma Galgano
After 87 years as the Washington Redskins and two years as the Washington Football Team, the NFL team will change its name to the Washington Commanders and gain a new logo and uniforms. The new name is a way to portray Washington D.C., as a place where leaders work, whether in government, military, or on the football field. The Washington Commanders came into existence in 1932, when it joined the National Football League (NFL) as the Boston Braves. In 1937, the franchise moved to Washington D.C. and adopted the Redskins name, and the controversy lies in the racism associated with these words.
receiving widespread public attention in the 1990s. ESPN reported, “In 2020, the team responded to economic pressure in the wake of widespread recognition of systemic racism by retiring the name and logo.” Also reported by ESPN, defenders of the Redskins name and mascot stated they intended to honor Native Americans by referring to positive traits, such as fighting spirit and being strong, stoic, and dedicated. At the same time, opponents see these traits as being based upon stereotypes of Native Americans.
The team was under the ownership of George Preston Marshall, who according to The New York Times, was a supporter of racial segregation. The logo for the NFL Braves was similar to the Redskins logo, a Native American head in profile with braids and trailing feathers.
In 2017, when professional sports dealt with several racial issues, from individual acts by players to widespread protests during the National Anthem, some commentators speculated why there had been no action to address the stereotyping of Native Americans, including the decision to have the Washington Redskins host a game on Thanksgiving.
According to ESPN, in the 1960s, the team’s longtime name, the Redskins, and the associated logo began to draw criticism from Native American groups and individuals. The topic, part of an immense Native American mascot controversy, began
According to the NFL, the team initiated a review of the issue, which resulted in the decision to retire The Washington Redskins name and logo and play as the Washington Football Team. This name would be temporary until the franchise came
up with a more permanent name. The Washington Football name was active for two years, much longer than fans expected. The team president, Jason Wright, announced July 12, 2021, that the new name would not include any ties to Native Americans. He also stated that the team expects fans to wear their jerseys with the former name and logo, but Native American-inspired headdresses or face paint would not be allowed in the stadium. On Feb. 2, 2022, Jason Wright and former Washington Super Bowl-winning quarterback Doug Williams revealed the new uniforms and the new name of the franchise, The Washington Commanders, on the “Today” show. The uniforms will now incorporate three stars and two bars inspired by the D.C. flag. The owner of the Washington Commanders, Dan Snyder, stated: “As an organization, we are excited to rally and rise together as one under our new identity while paying homage to our local roots and what it means to represent the nation’s capital.”
Washington Commanders players pose with their new uniforms and name in their first public appearance. Photo Courtesy of The Washington Commanders.
According to The Washington Post, many fans have stated the name is “a total snooze.” One unhappy fan said the new name of the Washington Commanders “sounds like one of those generic names the relocation teams get in Madden.” But many Washington Commander athletes seem excited to roll out the new name and uniforms! Washington Commander defensive tackle, Jonathan Allen tweeted, “Bringing the heat! It’s time to #TakeCommand.”
Rookie Reflection By Bradley Lederer
The 2021 National Football League (NFL) draft was filled with breakout stars and under-the-radar prospects that made the season memorable. The NFL draft consists of seven rounds with players from all different colleges being recruited. The Jacksonville Jaguars held the first overall pick in last year’s draft, and they selected quarterback (QB) Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson University. This QB was a promising player out of college, but in his first pro season, he did not live up to the expectations that are placed on the first overall pick. Although Lawrence did not live up to the hype in his first season, the blame cannot all be placed on him. The Jaguars were not able to surround Lawrence with talent, and the team parted ways with their head coach midway through the season. The fifth pick went to the Cincinnati Bengals. They drafted wide receiver (WR) Ja’marr Chase out of Louisiana State University. In college, Chase was known to be a good route runner and deep threat. Chase also was paired with longtime college teammate and QB of the Bengals, Joe Burrow. The Bengals organization thought reuniting these past teammates would spark great chemistry between the team. They were right; the two sparked and are now known as an elite QB/WR duo. Chase went to the first Super Bowl as a rookie while being their No. 1 receiver as well as Nighttime Routine cont. from pg. 4
Meditation may result in enhanced physical and emotional wellbeing. Meditating did not necessarily increase my mood or stress level, but having a quiet ritual before bed can be quite beneficial. Lastly, on the third day, I followed the Casper.com Nighttime routine. Although Casper is traditionally known for its comfortable mattresses and pillows, they also created a thorough and well-thought-out nighttime routine. Casper first recommends dimming your lights as the sun sets. By doing so, they said that it would allow your body to release stress and mentally prepare yourself for bed. I found it relaxing and a friendly reminder to fall asleep soon. But because the sun sets around 5 p.m. in the winter, it is not realistic to start thinking about falling asleep that early. However, dimming your lights with the sunset is a great idea, but perhaps it is better suited for the spring or summer, when the sun sets around 9 p.m. Next, Casper says to make a bedtime music playlist. This playlist will reportedly encourage sleep and improve sleep quality. According to Casper, 62% of participants said that listening to music in their nightly routines helps lessen stress.
In the third round, quarterback Davis Mills out of Texas A&M was drafted to the Houston Texans. Mills was a surprising player during this past season. Mills surprised a lot of people this season with how he played.
being selected to the Pro Bowl. During the regular season, Chase had 81 catches for 1455 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Dallas Cowboys had the 12th overall pick. The Cowboys picked linebacker Micah Parsons from Penn State. This season, Parsons was a breakout star. Coming out of college, he was expected to dominate, and this past season showed how dominant Parsons was, and he was only a rookie. Parsons recorded 84 tackles, three forced fumbles, 13 sacks, and three passes defended. Parsons also was selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie. The 15th pick by the New England Patriots was quarterback Mac Jones from the University of Alabama. Throughout the season, Jones showed that he has the potential to be a great quarterback. So far, Jones has statistically been the best rookie quarterback from the class of 2021, and he was rewarded with a Pro Bowl spot as a replacement. This season Jones passed for 3801 yards and 22 touchdowns on 67.6 completion percentage and a 92.5 passer rating. One game that defined Jones’ season was when he faced former Patriots QB Tom Brady. Throughout the game, Jones went
Mac Jones winding up to throw the ball Photo Courtesy of AL.com
toe-to-toe with Brady, and although the team came up short, this game was a defining moment for Jones and the Patriots. Over the course of the next nine games, they went 8-1 and clinched a playoff spot. Jones showed his competitive nature while leading a team to their first playoff season since the departure of Tom Brady. In the second round of the draft, many teams selected players on the offensive and defensive line, and some have turned into up-and-coming stars. Creed Humphrey, selected by the Kansas City Chiefs, was taken 63rd overall and has developed into one of the best centers in the NFL. On the defensive side of the line, Christian Barmore, selected by the Patriots 37th overall, is becoming a great pass rusher as an interior defensive lineman.
In the fourth round of the draft, the Detroit Lions selected Amon Ra St. Brown from University of Southern California. St. Brown was a breakout rookie for the Lions this season and emerged as their No. 1 receiver toward the end of the season. In the sixth round, the San Francisco 49ers drafted running back Elijah Mitchell. Mitchell was the lead running back for the 49ers this year, putting up solid statistics, running behind a great offensive line, and helping them to make the playoffs. With big efforts from Mitchell and WR Deebo Samuel Mitchel, the 49ers made it to the NFC championship but fell short of making it to the Super Bowl. This draft class was filled with stars and young players who have the potential to make an impact on their teams. With so many players in their first season, many have room to grow and are bound to find success in the future.
Although sleeping to some of my favorite sounds was entertaining, it was also very distracting. I found myself staying up later and having trouble falling asleep, which did not help my mood or energy balance for the next day. Lastly, Casper says to use an essential oil diffuser to help fall asleep. This method of falling asleep was my favorite. Not only does it smell good, but it can also assist you in unwinding after a tough day. It was easy and fun to mix essential oils to find the perfect combination. I enjoyed mixing lavender and jasmine! After this eventful and knowledgeable experience to fix those awful mornings, I combined all my favorite nighttime activities to find the perfect routine. Your mornings will be filled with energy and motivation by picking out your outfit the night before, drinking non-caffeinated tea, and using an essential oil diffuser. Hopefully, we will never have to look at an alarm clock with disgust ever again!
A cartoon of a girl peacefully sleeping. Image Courtesy of Charlotte Gomez.
Food for Thought? Ristorante Lucia A Review By Lily Dalrymple
“Emily in Paris”: City of Love A Review By Jonah Weinstock
There is a classic Caesar salad, along with barbietole, carciofini, diana, mista, and tre colori. All of them include a different variety of vegetables, cheese, sauce, and added meats. The vegetable section includes asparagi (asparagus), cime di rapa (broccoli rabe), farrotto (puffed italian barley), patate (roasted potatoes), melanzane (fried eggplant), and verdue (assorted green vegetables). All of these sides can be added to your main dish. Ristorante Lucia in Bedford Village in the winter time. Photo Courtesy of Lily Dalrymple
Ristorante Lucia is a Tuscan-Italian restaurant and pizzeria located in Bedford Village, just 11 minutes away from The Harvey School. It is available for dine-in, takeout, and curbside pickup. It is open from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Outside the restaurant are tables for outdoor seating on the patio with gardens surrounding it. The building itself is lit up with lights, making it very appealing to the eye. When you enter the restaurant, the first thing you will see is a counter with all types of gelato, and behind the counter is an oven for the pizza. The atmosphere is warm and comforting. It feels cozy in a good way because the tables are spaced perfectly. The staff are very friendly, and they will help you with anything you need. I remember that my sister ordered mashed potatoes, and when she didn’t get them, she didn’t want to say anything to the waiter. But, when he came over to check on us, he recognized the mistake by himself and grabbed a delicious bowl of mashed potatoes from the kitchen. There are three different dining rooms. When it’s not winter, there are tables spread across the front yard and balcony for seating. When seated at your table, the first thing the staff will bring to you is either sparkling or still water. Then a waiter will bring out regular bread, pizza bread, olive oil, butter, and a dip. For appetizers, there is calamari, mozzarella, and polpette. Calamari is seasoned fried squid with lemon and spicy marinara sauce. The mozzarella is served with tomatoes, avocado, roasted peppers, and basil. The polpette is Lucia’s homemade meatballs with a dollop of ricotta and marinara sauce. There are also many other things to choose from like the salads and vegetable options.
Next, the pasta section is plentiful. From lasagna, linguine, and gnocchi to penne, ravioli, and spaghetti. Each pasta is served differently. For example, linguine is served with little neck clams and white clam sauce, while spaghetti is served with tomato sauce and meatballs. Then, the entrees are mostly meat and poultry-based dishes. There are fish and seafood options such as branzino, clams, salmon, and filet of sole. Then, there are three chicken options, three veal options, and boneless short ribs. All of these dishes have a side of vegetables and a sauce. If you’re just interested in pizza, here is what that is like. There are three different sizes of pizza: pizzetta is four slices, medium is six slices, or large is eight slices. If you don’t want to create your own pizza, there are 13 different options including margherita, wild mushroom, caprese, sicilian, and calzone. After all this food, if you’re still hungry, the desserts are amazing. From homemade Italian cheese cake, cannolis, creme brulee, tiramisu, flourless chocolate cake, biscotti, and any type of gelato, they have it all. In my experience, the flourless chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla gelato is the best dessert, but you should go and decide for yourself. The average entree dish is around $25, while an appetizer is around $10. Depending on what you count as pricey or reasonable, I would say that no matter what you think, the food is worth it. Lucia is located at 454 Old Post Road, Bedford, New York. It is the perfect place for families, date nights, and casual dinners. There is also a sister restaurant named Il Bacio Trattoria located in Bronxville, if that is closer to your home. Overall, this is a must-try restaurant and pizzeria when you have a craving for great Italian food.
Emily taking a selfie from her apartment balcony. Photo Courtesy of Netflix/Stephanie Branchu.
“Emily in Paris’’ is a romantic comedy series that takes place on the beautiful streets of Paris, France among the social and cultural elite. The show first premiered in mid-2020 when the COVID-19 crisis first impacted the world. Darren Star, who was the creator of “Sex and the City,” created this Netflix series starring Lily Collins as Emily Cooper, who moves to the beautiful city of Paris to work for a French marketing firm called Savoir. In December 2021, the second season of “Emily in Paris” came out, and in these new episodes, the plot thickens between Emily and the other characters she meets. In the first season, Emily is new to Paris and does not understand French and the cultural norms of Paris. This issue is pointed out by her co-workers at Savoir who criticize her faults and American traits. While it’s a great experience to work abroad and meet new people that have different cultural/social norms, it would’ve been more helpful if Emily came to Paris having some knowledge of Parisian culture, instead of coming to a foreign country where she did no research on the lifestyle of the French people. “Emily in Paris’’ gives an accurate portrayal of what the upper crust fashion world of French culture is like and the beautiful fashion trends that go along with the Parisians and their personalities. One of the great things about the show was that it was actually filmed on the beautiful streets of Paris. These shots show how quaint and beautiful Paris is. In season one, episode six, one of the locations where the show was filmed is the Palais Garner, a 19th century opera theater in Paris that seats 1,979 people. Another beautiful setting where the show was filmed was Le’ Grand Vefour, a beautiful restaurant that Emily tries to get her colleagues and potential new clients into, only to discover that she has booked a table by mistake for the wrong month. Some of the other gorgeous places where the show is filmed are Musée des Arts Forains, Pont Alexandre III, and Rue de Valois. In season one, Emily comes to Paris and starts becoming acquainted with some of her new friends. One of Emily’s new friends is Mindy, the daughter of a wealthy Chinese family who now works as a nanny in Paris. Mindy has dreams of becoming a professional singer. Emily has a long-distance relationship with Doug, her boyfriend in Chicago, but they eventually break
up after they realize it’s too difficult to maintain their relationship. Although it’s unfortunate that Emily breaks up with her boyfriend, it gives Emily a great new opportunity to meet a new partner in the most romantic city in the world. I noticed when my family and I visited Paris several summers ago, that there were a lot of people holding hands and showing affection toward each other, which fits the description of what the show presented. Emily could have met any man she wanted in Paris, but instead has attraction toward her neighbor, Gabriel, a gourmet chef who opens his own restaurant. Things get complicated when Emily discovers that Gabriel has a girlfriend named Camille. Emily feels she should be respectful toward Gabriel and Camille because it would be wrong for her to interfere with their relationship. Alas, the nature of things gets out of hand when Emily gets closer to Gabriel and eventually kisses him. Emily makes a lot of mistakes in her love life, which affect her choices later on in the show. Emily also wears beautiful, stylish, and colorful ensembles, which show what true high fashion is in Paris. Her outfits fit her upbeat personality. Her clothes give her confidence that helps her with her work. One of Emily’s clients, Pierre Cadault, is a famous fashion designer who puts on fashion shows for the rich. The clothes at the fashion shows are exquisite, but at the same time can also be flashy, showy, and overdone with all the bright and colorful fabrics. Some of the clothing designs at the fashion shows look like they belong into the distant future. While it is great that Emily gets to do what she does for a living, the show is unrealistic in the sense that it does not show people from different socioeconomic backgrounds in Paris. The show mainly features wealthy people who wear fancy clothes and go to high end expensive events, and it does not show the other classes. “Emily In Paris” also does not have much ethnic/racial diversity, considering there is, in reality, a large population in Paris of Arab and Muslim descent. The show presents two people of color who are Alfie, Emily’s boyfriend in the second season, and Julien, Emily’s co-worker at Savoir. “Emily in Paris” is still a great show that has many positive characteristics. The funny romantic comedy truly embraces Emily’s adventures and events. Paris is a place of wonder, discovery, and where dreams are made possible for Emily. Emily’s persistence and hard work bring her new opportunities. Emily has some big decisions to make about her work and romantic future, and we will see where she stands when season three comes out. I would recommend “Emily in Paris.” It will make you smile and laugh, and it will certainly make you want to visit Paris for yourself!