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Japan  Faces  Long   Road  to  Recovery nuclear   crisis  alert   increased After  the  March  10  earth-­ quake  and  tsunami,  Japan   has  been  left  reeling By Dylan Williams Photo Editor

Photo courtesy of Desmond Kavanagh.

A mural entitled “The Great Satan� on the walls of the abandoned U.S embassy in Tehran, Iran, portrays the negative attitude towards America that some Iranians still hold today.

The  Domino  Effect     Egyptian  revolution  ignites  crisis  in  the  Middle  East. By Anna Dunlavey Managing Editor

         With  so  many  pivotal  events  hap-­ pening   lately,   many   of   us   have   prob-­ ably  forgotten  that  there  is  still  violent   FRQÀLFWLQWKH0LGGOH(DVW,WLVLPSRU-­ tant  to  follow  them  because  the  Mid-­ GOH(DVWLVVXFKDFULWLFDODUHDLQWHUPV of   terrorism,   national   security,   and   oil.    While  some  countries  have  made   gains  in  their  revolutions,  others  have   become  more  and  more  unstable.          Hosni  Mubarak  may  no  longer  be   LQSRZHULQ(J\SWEXWWKHLUUHYROXWLRQ is  far  from  over.  On  April  13,  Mubarak   and  his  sons,  Gamal  and  Alaa,  were  de-­ tained  for  questioning  about  corruption   and  abuse  of  power  during  his  30  year   rule.  Gamal  and  Allah  were  brought  to   prison,  while  the  82-­year-­old  Mubarak   stayed   in   police   custody   at   a   hospital   after   suffering   a   heart   attack.   Gamal   and  Allah  are  now  known  as  Prisoner   23   and   Prisoner   24,   respectively,   and  

are   now   adjusting   to   being   inmates.     2QHSROLFHRIÂżFLDOVDLGÂł%HDULQPLQG they  are  very  broken‌They  do  every-­ thing  they  are  asked.  They  don’t  raise   their  voices.â€?         Former   Tunisian   leader   Zine   el-­ $ELGLQH %HQ$OL LV IDFLQJ FKDUJHV DV ZHOO $IWHU Ă€HHLQJ WKH FRXQWU\ ZKHQ uprisings   forced   him   out   of   power,   %HQ$OLLVQRZIDFLQJOHJDOFDVHV including  “conspiring  against  the  state,   voluntary   manslaughter   and   drug   use   DQG WUDIÂżFNLQJ´ DFFRUGLQJ WR 7KH New  York  Times.            Although  Tunisia  has  made  gains   in  its  transition  to  democracy,  progress   has   not   been   as   fast   as   Tunisian   citi-­ zens  have  wanted.  Lithuanian  Foreign   Minister  for  Tunisia  Audronius  Azub-­ alis  said,  “The  public  expectations  for   big  changes  could  be  too  high.  When   you’re  building  democracy,  you  should  

understand  that  it  requires  time.�        Protests  in  Syria  have  become  more   and   more   violent,   and   Syrian   presi-­ GHQW%DVKDUDO$VVDGKDVKDGWRPDNH changes  in  an  attempt  to  hold  on  to  his   power.   Recently   he   appointed   a   new   governor   to   the   province   of   Daara,   which  has  been  the  center  of  the  pro-­ tests.   Mohammad   Khaled   al-­Hannus   has   now   replaced   former   governor   Faysal  Kalthum.  On  March  23rd,  pro-­ testers  forced  Kalthum  from  his  posi-­ tion  as  governor  of  Daara.  Al  Jazeera   (QJOLVK UHSRUWHG WKDW ³UHVLGHQWV RI Daraa   had   accused   the   former   gover-­ nor   of   postponing   the   acquisition   of   property  rights  and  preventing  farmers   from   drilling   water   wells   for   irriga-­ tion.�          The  demonstrations  leading  up  to   this  pivotal  event  left  dozens  dead  and   Continued on page 2.

          On  March  11th,  at  approximately   2:46   JST   (Japan   Standard   Time)   a   9.0   magnitude   “undersea   mega   thrust   HDUWKTXDNH´VWUXFNWKHZHVWHUQ3DFLÂżF Ocean  located  45  miles  east  of  the  Os-­ KLND3HQLQVXODRI7Ç€KRNX-DSDQ           Following   the   initial   earthquake,   there   have   been   over   800   aftershock   earthquakes.  Also,  the  underwater  na-­ ture  of  the  earthquake  spurred  a  huge   tsunami  that  was  equally  as  powerful   as  the  earthquake  itself.    The  tsunami   destroyed   much   of   Japan’s   coastline   islands,  as  well  as  causing  an  astound-­ ing   number   of   additional   casualties.   However,  similar  to  the  moments  prior   to  the  earthquake,  there  were  warnings   sent  out  by  the  JMA  (Japan  Meteoro-­ logical  Agency)  that  alerted  the  people   to   evacuate   the   area.   To   this   day,   the   Japanese   people   are   very   grateful   for   these   alerts,   for   they   believe   they   saved  many  peoples  lives.          The  tsunami  not  only  affected  the   coastline  islands  in  Japan,  but  those  in   North  and  South  America  as  well.  It  is   said  that  it  was  felt  in  these  areas,  yet   there  were  little  to  no  effects.          The  most  dangerous  threat  of  this   earthquake,   however,   is   the   possibil-­ ity   of   a   nuclear   explosion   due   to   the   VLJQLÂżFDQW QXPEHU RI QXFOHDU SRZHU plants   located   in   Japan.   The   earth-­ quake   caused   The   Fukushima   I,   Fu-­ kushima   II,   Onagawa   Nuclear   Power  

Photo courtesy of Joseph Verneon.

A graphic designer’s depiction of the magnitude of Japan’s latest earthquake shows its power.

Plant,   and   Tokai   nuclear   power   sta-­ tions  to  automatically  shut  down.    The   large   waves   of   the   tsunami   knocked   over  the  seawalls  and  ruined  the  diesel   backup  power  system.  The  destruction   of   this   power   system   at   Fukushima   I   led   to   considerable   problems   for   the   plant  and  caused  large  explosions  and   radioactive  leakage.          Additionly,   at   Onagawa,   liters   of   radioactive  water  spilled.  Subsequent-­ ly,   the   Japanese   government   issued   a   state  of  emergency  after  they  realized   the   cooling   system   at   the   Fukushima   I   plant   failed   to   cool   down   after   the   earthquake.                          Upon  hearing  of  the  state  of  emer-­ gency,  many  residents  living  near  the   plant   evacuated   their   homes,   which   contributed   to   the   constantly   rising   number   of   displaced   people   after   the   earthquake.  The  problems  in  the  num-­ ber   of   different   nuclear   power   plants   proves   to   be   a   huge   concern   for   the   Japanese  people  because  in  addition  to   worrying  about Continued on page 3.

Breaking  the  Silence   By Spectrum


          Does  silence  hurt  us?    It  depends   on  your  perspective.    There  are  many   different   types   of   silence   (content,   pensive,  and  of  course,  awkward).    For   /*%7VWXGHQWV WKDWLVVWXGHQWVZKR are  lesbian,  gay,  bisexual,  or  transgen-­ der),  silence  about  their  true  identity  is   often   a   requirement   for   survival   in   a   high  school  setting.                  According  to  the  U.S.  Department   of  Health  and  Human  Services,  suicide   is   the   leading   cause   of   death   among   gay   and   lesbian   youth.     Furthermore,   gay   and   lesbian   youth   are   up   to   six   times   more   likely   to   commit   suicide   than   their   heterosexual   peers.     In   a   1993  survey  conducted  by  the  Ameri-­ can  Association  of  University  Women,   high   school   students   (both   gay  AND   straight)   responded   that   the   worst   harassment   in   school   is   being   called   WORLD NEWS .........................2-3 METRO .....................................4-5 SPORTS....................................6-7 YOUTUBE EXPOSED.............. 8-9 STUDENT INTEREST ...........10-11 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT...12-13 FAREWELL............................14-15


“gay.â€?     A   similar   1996   study   found   that  in  a  typical  class  of  thirty  students,   eight  of  them  (or  approximately  27%   of   the   class)   will   be   directly   affected   by  homosexuality,  either  because  they   SHUVRQDOO\ LGHQWLI\ DV /*%7 RU WKH\ have   one   or   more   parent   or   sibling   ZKRLGHQWLÂżHVDV/*%7            We  asked  a  few  lesbian  and  bisex-­ ual  students  at  our  school  to  share  with   us   some   examples   of   moments   when   they   have   been   made   to   feel   uncom-­ fortable   or   unwelcome.     One   student   replied,  “I’ve  heard  students  say  things   like,   ‘my   hair   is   gross   and   I’ve   got   a   ton  of  acne  today  –  I  look  like  such  a   lesbian!’â€?  Another  mentioned  that  she   often   overhears   comments   that   begin   “I’ve   got   nothing   against   gay   people   or   anything,   but‌â€?   and   then   veer   VRXWKZDUG GHVSLWH WKLV TXDOLÂżFDWLRQ


n s YouTube Exposed i YouTube  sensations  have   d taken  over  the  internet  -­  the   e Here  and  Now  explores. 8-9

Then  there  is  the  ubiquitous  but  hurt-­ ful  phrase  “no  homo.â€?    It  is  strange  to   think  that  our  school,  which  is  known   for  its  emphasis  on  building  communi-­ ty  and  social  awareness,  would  foster   this  type  of  attitude.                 It’s   cheesy   and   somewhat   of   a   clichĂŠ,   but   imagine   how   you   would   feel   if   you   were   struggling   to   accept   yourself  in  a  place  where  your  feelings   are   not   taken   seriously.     Not   such   a   great  feeling,  is  it?    The  experience  of   overhearing  your  peers  carelessly  toss   around  hurtful  remarks  while  you  qui-­ etly   struggle   with   your   own   feelings   of   inadequacy   and   crushing   anxiety   over   acceptance   by   your   family   and   our   larger   society   which   undoubtedly   WULJJHUV DQG HYHQ PDJQLÂżHV WKHVH OD-­ WHQW IHHOLQJV RI LVRODWLRQ  %XW SOHDVH Continued on page 11.

Photo courtesy of Liz Cantenaci.

The rainbow is a symbol often associated with gay pride. Here, during a march to support gay marriage, marchers carry the symbol with pride.

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A  World  in  Crisis By Anna Dunlavey Assignment Desk

Continued From Front

Photo courtesy of James Watkins

Tumult in Egypt grows with a recent riot at Tahrir Square

Kalthum’s   residence   burned   down.   The   appointment   of   Hannus   was   im-­ mediately   dismissed   as   “not   enough�   by  the  protesters.  In  the  words  of  one   activist,  “The  residents  of  Daraa  want   more  than  a  switch  in  governor  -­  they   want  the  security  services  to  stop  op-­ pressing   them,   the   emergency   law   lifted,   property   rights   respected,   the   detained  freed  and  freedom  of  expres-­ sion  guaranteed.�        The   majority   of   the   population   of   WKHVPDOOLVODQGNLQJGRPRI%DKUDLQLV Shi’a   Muslim.   However,   the   country   itself   is   controlled   by   the   Sunni   mi-­ nority.   This   is   similar   to   the   political   situations  in  Iraq  under  Saddam  Hus-­ sein  and  Iran.  When  the  wave  of  revo-­ OXWLRQ UHDFKHG %DKUDLQ LW DSSHDUHG

that   the   marginalized   Shiite   popula-­ WLRQ ZRXOG ¿QDOO\ EH KHDUG 7KH RS-­ timistic   protests,   demonstrations,   and   speeches   calling   for   freedom   when   %DKUDLQœV .LQJ +DPDG ELQ ,VDO DO Khalifa  cracked  down.  On  March  14,   he  declared  a  state  of  emergency  in  the   country,  and  security  forces  halted  the   once  exuberant  protests  in  Pearl  Square   with  bullets  and  tear  gas.  The  King  has   also   invited   troops   from   United  Arab   (PLUDWHVDQG6DXGL$UDELDWRVXSSRUW him.  Security  forces  have  the  right  to   search   houses   without   a   warrant   and   to   dissolve   and   organization   deemed   to   be   a   threat   to   the   state.   Aqeelah   Wahab  spoke  to  the  New  York  Times   DERXWWKHVLWXDWLRQLQ%DKUDLQ6KHLV the  daughter  of  Abdul  Wahab  Hussein,  

the  leader  of  the  rebel  Shiite  group  Al   Wafa,   who   is   now   in   prison.   Wahab,   an  activist  herself,  said,  “People  are  in   shock   because   of   the   intensity   of   the   crackdown.   With   this   government,   you  don’t  know  what  they  will  do.  The   people  are  taking  a  break  to  see  what   the  government  will  do  with  the  pris-­ oners.â€? $QGZHFDQQRWIRUJHWWKHFRQĂ€LFWV in   Libya,   which   have   been   occurring   since  February  16.  Rebels  are  trying  to   take  down  their  leader,  Colonel  Muam-­ PDU *KDGDÂż 3URWHVWV EHJDQ LQ WKH WRZQV RI %D\DGD =LQWDQ %HQJKD]L Libya’s   second   largest   city,   and  Trip-­ ROL /LE\DÂśV FDSLWDO (YHQWXDOO\ WKHVH protests  spread  across  the  entire  coun-­ try,  from  the  western  cities  of  Darnah,   Ajdabiyy,   and   Tobruk,   to   the   eastern   cities   of   Zawarah,   Sabratha,   and   Mi-­ surata.  As   protests   spread,   they   grew   more   violent.   Rebels   protested   with   gasoline  bombs,  rocks,  and  machetes.   *KDGD¿œV IRUFHV UHWDOLDWHG E\ GULY-­ LQJWUXFNVGRZQWKHVWUHHWVDQGÂżULQJ randomly,   as   well   as   dropping   small   bombs   from   planes.   Some   military   forces  called  upon  by  the  government   actually   turned   to   help   the   protestors   instead.   NATO   is   now   attempting   to   aid  the  rebels,  the  majority  of  who  are   LOOHTXLSSHGIRUÂżJKWLQJ2QHH[DPSOH of  this  is  the  establishment  of  a  No-­Fly   Zone   over   Libya.   This   No-­Fly   Zone   means  that  it  is  illegal  for  any  govern-­ PHQW SODQHV WR Ă€\ RYHU DQG VKRRW RQ protestors.  The  United  Nations  is  aid-­ ing  Libya  as  well,  by  providing  medi-­ cal   supplies   and   food.   Libya   is   still   in   a   precarious   state,   however,   with   ÂżJKWLQJVSUHDGDFURVVWKHFRXQWU\DQG neither   rebels   nor   government   forces   ready  to  give  in.      7KH QHZV LQ WKH 0LGGOH (DVW LV constantly   changing   and   developing.   Keep  following  all  that  is   happening.   If  you  ignore  it  now,  you  will  have  a   whole  lot  to  catch  up  on  later.

A tornado occurred on April 27 in Alabama

Photo courtesy of Dusty Compton

An  American  Tragedy   By Laura Kraisinger Editor-in-Chief

         WKLOHWKH0LGGOH(DVWDQG-DSDQ are  have  been  dealing  with  ongoing  di-­ sasters,  the  United  States  recently  has   experienced   a   tragedy   of   its   own   this   week  as  a  series  of  highly  deadly  tor-­ nados  ripped  through  the  South.    The   state   that   has   been   hit   the   hardest   by   this  natural  disaster  is  Alabama,  with  a   current  death  toll  of  206,  out  of  a  total   291  deceased  in  the  South,  according   to   the   New  York  Times.    Tuscaloosa,   home   of   the   University   of   Alabama,   has  been  riddled  with  destruction.             With   southern   colleges   on   the   minds   of   many   at   Stone   Ridge,   and   alum   Kimmy   Horning   (’10)   attend-­ ing  UA,  it  is  unsettling  to  think  that  a   mile-­wide   tornado   blew   through  Ala-­ bama  last  Wednesday.    Thankfully,  the   University  has  thus  far  avoided  major   WUDJHG\ KRZHYHU ÂżQDOV KDYH EHHQ cancelled  and  commencement  pushed   EDFN LQWR$XJXVW  *RYHUQRU %HQWOH\ of  Alabama  tells  the  New  York  Times   that  Alabama  is  “going  to  have  to  have   help   from   the   federal   government   in   order  to  get  through  this  in  an  expedi-­ tious  way.â€?          Unfortunately,  Alabama  was  not  the  

only  state  to  experience  the  disastrous   tornado  systems.              According  to  the  Associated  Press,   both   Tennessee   and   Mississippi   have   reported   a   death   toll   of   33,   Georgia   15,  Virginia  5,  and  Kentucky,  1.    This   death  toll  of  a  total  291  American  lives   FRPHV DIWHU D FRQ¿UPHG  WRUQD-­ dos  have  touched  down,  breaking  the   1975  record.    As  our  attention  has  been   drawn  to  the  international  arena  since   hurricane  Katrina  struck  New  Orleans   back  in  2005,  this  tragedy  has  certain-­ ly  hit  home.              After   the   nuclear   scare   in   Japan,   we  here  in  the  United  States  unfortu-­ nately   experienced   a   similar   mishap   DW WKH %URZQV )HUU\ 1XFOHDU 3ODQW LQ Alabama,   where   transmitters   were   damaged   by   the   storm.     The   New   York  Times  reports  that  over  a  million   people   have   lost   power   across   south-­ ern  states.    The  American  Red  Cross,   an  organization  that  depends  on  dona-­ tions  for  support,  is  responding  to  the   destruction  to  help  get  these  southern   states   back   on   track   following   these   deadly  tornados.    

AIDS  in  Our  Nation’s  Capital:

The  insidious  epidemic  too  often  ignored By Shawn Gannon Copy Editor

Photo courtesy of Courtney Kameros (‘13).

% of Diagnosed cases of AIDS in DC by race.

         When  you  think  of  HIV/AIDS,   what   do   you   think   of?   What   kind   of   people   do   you   think   of   it   affecting?   )RU PDQ\ WKH ÂżUVW WKLQJ WKDW FRPHV WR PLQG LV WKH 5(' FDPSDLJQ WKDW many   prominent   companies   are   in-­ volved   with-­-­Gap,   Starbucks,   Apple,   and  Converse,  to  name  a  few.  It  seems   like  a  vague  concept,  with  a  goal  you   know   you   are   helping   by   buying   the   products,  but  nothing  that  would  ever   have  relevance  to  your  daily  life.          Think  again.  Says  President  Obama,   “We  often  speak  about  AIDS  as  if  it’s   going   on   somewhere   else,   and   for   good   reason.   This   is   a   virus   that   has   touched  lives  and  decimated  commu-­ nities   around   the   world,   particularly   LQ$IULFD%XWRIWHQRYHUORRNHGLVWKH fact  that  we  face  a  serious  HIV/AIDS   epidemic   of   our   own.   Right   here   in   Washington,  DC,  and  right  here  in  the   United  States  of  America.â€?          This  becomes  unbearably  obvious   when  you  look  at  the  numbers-­-­DC  is   the   United   State’s   HIV/AIDS   capital,   with  the  highest  HIV  rate  in  the  entire   country.  33  million  people  worldwide   are   living   with   HIV,   with   DC   having   a   3%   infection   rate-­-­   meaning   3%   of   all  those  living  in  DC  are  infected  with   the   disease.   That’s   60,000   people   in   the   District   only   who   struggle   with   HIV/AIDS.          The  sheer  number  of  people  infected  

with  HIV/AIDS  in  Washington,  DC,  is   QRWWKHRQO\VKRFNLQJVWDWLVWLF%URNHQ down  by  race,  gender,  and  geographi-­ cal  location,  the  statistics  become  even   more   stark   and   horrifying.   71.7%   of   those  living  with  HIV/AIDS  are  men,   and  76.3%  of  all  those  living  with  the   disease  are  black.  People  infected  with   HIV   through   injection   drug   use   ac-­ counted   for   9%   of   all   HIV   diagnoses   in  2007.  Wards  6  and  8  have  the  high-­ est   concentrated   population   of   those   living  with  the  disease-­-­2.8%  in  both-­ -­while  Ward  3,  where  the  majority  of   us   live   (Ward   3   encompasses   Chevy   Chase,   Cleveland   Park,   Friendship   Heights,   the   Palisades,   Tenleytown,   to  name  a  few)  has  he  smallest  rate  of   people   living   with   HIV/AIDS   in   the   GLVWULFW7KLVUDWHLVVLJQLÂżFDQWO\ smaller  than  all  other  wards.          While  homo  and  heterosexual  in-­ tercourse   are   the   top   two   causes   for   the   spread   of   the   disease,   the   use   of   needles   to   inject   drugs   directly   into   one’s  body  is  the  third  leading  cause.   And   while   it   may   sound   controver-­ sial   that   there   is   government   funding   for  programs  that  allow  drug  users  to   exchange  their  dirty  needles  for  steril-­ ized  ones,  it  is  a  major  step  in  prevent-­ ing  the  spread  of  HIV/AIDS.  Drug  use   is   not   condoned,   but   the   government   believes  that  it  is  better  to  at  least  pro-­ vide  addicts  with  sterile  equipment  to   protect   other   aspects   of   their   health.   “With   people   addicted   to   any   sort   of  

substance,  you  can’t  expect  them  to  stop   immediately,�  says  Kayleigh  White,  the   needle  exchange  and  medical  clinic  co-­ RUGLQDWRUDW%UHDGIRUWKH&LW\DQRUJD-­ nization  which  provides  clean  needles.            So  what  is  being  done  to  prevent  this   horrible   and   very   real   epidemic?   Inter-­ QDWLRQDOO\WKH5('FDPSDLJQKDVMRLQHG with   stylish   and   popular   companies   to   produce  products  that  people  both  want   and   that   will   help   a   cause.   Up   to   50%   of   the   proceeds   go   to   the   Global   Fund,   which  will  help  invest  in  HIV  and  AIDS   programs.           There   are   also   many   local   organi-­ zations  who  have  made  it  their  mission   WR ¿JKW DLGV 7KH '& &HQWHU SURPRWHV VH[XDO KHDOWK ZLWKLQ WKH /*%7 FRP-­ munity,  there  are  three  operating  needle   exchange  programs  at  this  time,  and  The   Housing  of  Urban  Developments’  Hous-­ ing  Opportunities  for  Persons  with  AIDS   provides   grants   that   help   those   living   with   the   disease   to   afford   homes.   Ad-­ ditionally,   domestic   spending   on   HIV/ AIDS  is  expected  to  rise  to  $21.4  billion   next   year,   a   $1   billion   dollar   increase   from  last  year.           With   additional   help   and   funding,   these   organizations   will   surely   make   a   difference   in   the   lives   of   those   living   with   HIV/AIDS,   providing   them   with   the   best   quality   of   life   as   they   struggle   with  this  disease  and,  in  the  end,  hope-­ fully  leading  to  a  cure.

Stone Ridge May 25, 2011

World News


Democrats  Shy  Away  From  Confrontation By Anna Dunlavey Assignment Desk

     People  knew  that  the  new  Repub-­ lican   governor   of   Wisconsin,   Scott   Walker,   would   bring   change   to   the   state,   but   no   one   knew   how   much   change  he  would  bring.  He  and  other   Republicans  proposed  a  bill  that  would   FXW PDQ\ EHQHÂżWV IRU XQLRQV LQFOXG-­ ing  teacher’s  unions.  One  of  the  cuts  is Â�� the  privilege  of  collective  bargaining.   &ROOHFWLYH EDUJDLQLQJ LV GHÂżQHG E\ Oxford  American  Dictionary  as,  “Ne-­ gotiation   of   wages   and   other   condi-­ tions  of  employment  by  an  organized   body   of   employees.â€?   With   collective   bargaining,  union  workers  speak  with   one  voice.  Without  collective  bargain-­ ing,  union  workers  would  be  heard  as   a  confused  jumble  of  different  voices,   instead  of  one  strong  voice.            Knowing  that  they  would  be  out-­ voted  because  there  are  more  Repub-­ licans   in   the   Wisconsin   senate,   the   'HPRFUDWV Ă€HG WKH VWDWH 7KH ZD\ Demonstrations in Madison, WI against a proposed collective bargaining bill

that  the  bill  was   originally  presented,   they  could  not  vote  unless  at  least  one   member  from  each  party  was  present.          While  the  Democrats  hid  in  secret,   later  found  out  to  be  Illinois,  protestors   took  to  the  streets  of  Madison  to  let  the   government  know  how  they  felt  about   WKHUHPRYDORIWKLVSULYLOHJH%HFDXVH there   were   also   efforts   to   make   Uni-­ versity   of   Wisconsin   Madison   a   pri-­ vate  university,  student  defended  their   school  as  a  public  university.          However,  the  Republicans  found  a   ORRSKROH %\ VHSDUDWLQJ WKH ELOO IURP a  larger  set  of  laws  and  making  it  in-­ dependent,   Republicans   could   vote   without   any   Democrats   present.   This   bill  has  passed,  and  time  will  tell  how   it  affects  the  state  and  even  the  rest  of   the   country.   Depending   on   how   the   loss   of   collective   bargaining   goes   for   Wisconsin,   other   states   could   attempt   it  to  take  it  away  as  well.

Photo courtesy of Brandon Wu

Continued From Front

In  the  Wake  of  a  Quake By Dylan Williams Photo Editor their   homes,   work,   and   loved-­ones,   they  must  also  now  worry  about  their   food  and  water  being  contaminated  by   the  leaking  and  tainted  chemicals. 5DQNHG¿IWKRQWKHVFDOHRIODUJHVW earthquakes,   the   Japanese   earthquake   had   drastic   physical   and   emotional   effects   on   the   country.   Although   it   did   not   occur   near   the   capital   city   of   Toyko,   Sendai,   another   major   city   in   Japan  located  closer  to  the  epicenter  of   WKH HDUWKTXDNH ZDV VLJQL¿FDQWO\ DI-­ fected.  With  buildings,  stores,  houses,   and  parks  all  destroyed,  inhabitants  of   the   city   of   Sendai   must   now   look   at   rebuilding   and   reshaping   their   home-­ town.          With  the  loss  of  business  and  eco-­ nomic   structure   within   Sendai   came   many   causalities   as   well.   Therefore,   before  they  can  begin  the  reconstruc-­ WLRQ SURFHVV WKH\ PXVW ¿UVW DGGUHVV the  grieving  process  a  process  that  will   likely  continue  for  many  years.          If  you  want  to  know  how  you  can   personally   help   Japan   bounce   back   from   this   horrible   tragedy,   a   good   place   to   start   is   to   ask   people   in   the  

Stone  Ridge  community  who  have  al-­ ready  started  their  efforts.  First  of  all,   at  the  annual  used  book  sale  this  year,   a   group   of   lower   and   middle   school   students   held   a   drink   sale   at   the   con-­ cession  stand  to  raise  money  to  send  to  

Sendai,  another  major   city  in  Japan,  located   closer  to  the  epicenter   of  the  earthquake  was   VLJQL¿FDQWO\DIIHFWHG Japan.  During  the  season  of  Lent  there   was  an  ongoing  penny  drive,  of  which   the  proceeds  will  go  to  Japan.  The  peo-­ ple   of   Japan   are   very   grateful   for   all   the   help   they   have   received-­-­any   aid   they  receive  is  valuable.  Don’t  worry   if   you   cannot   donate   the   biggest   and   greatest  portion:  even  if  it’s  just  your   weekly   allowance,   anything   counts,   and  can  truly  help  the  Japanese  people   recover  from  this  horrible  tragedy.

A list of government agencies planning budget cuts in 2011.

Photo courtesy of Liz Chmura (‘12).

Extending  the  Budget: President  Obama’s  Mission  To  Help  the  Economy

By Lindy Firstenberg Staff Writer      The  United  States  will  add  one  tril-­

Tsunami and earthquake damage in Japan

Courtesy of Charlie Kordian

OLRQGROODUVWRWKHGH¿FLWHDFK\HDUIRU the  next  three  years.    President  Obama   set   up   a   bipartisan   commission   to   in-­ vestigate  the  issue  of  the  budget.    Af-­ ter   investigation,   their   response   was   to   raise   the   retirement   age.   However,   Obama   is   not   touching   entitlements   because   it   would   be   political   suicide   and   he   is   seeking   re-­election.     The   democrats’   contribution   to   the   game   of   politics   is   to   play   it   safe   and   wait   for   the   republicans   to   propose   the   suicidal   yet   desperately   needed   op-­ tion.    The  waiting  game  is  risking  the   \RXQJVWHUVJHQHUDWLRQœVIXWXUH%\QRW dealing  with  this  issue  now,  taxes  will   go   through   the   roof   with   life-­altering   effects.           Obama   is   going   to   the   middle   of   the   isle   more   than   ever   to   ensure   his   re-­election,  even  when  it  comes  to  the   budgetary   debate.     Republicans   want   to   cut   60   billion   dollars   from   discre-­

tionary;Íž   a   life   altering   number   that   would  take  away  many  of  the  perks  of   being  American.    Democrats  are  will-­ ing   to   simply   cut   “earmarks,â€?   unnec-­ essary  spending,  such  as  some  aspects   RI GHIHQVH UHSUHVHQWLQJ RQH ÂżIWK RI our  entire  budget.          Finally,  lawmakers  and  the  White   House  have  come  to  an  agreement  on   the  FY  2011  federal  budget.    The  bill   contains  about  $38  billion  in  cuts.          The  budget  is  tight  and  everyone  is   taking   a   hit.     Currently   NASA’s   bud-­ get   contains   funding   for   two   contro-­ versial  items:  a  new  space  capsule  and   a  heavy-­lift  rocket.    There  will  be  cuts   to   NASA,   but   part   of   the   proposal   is   to  privatize  it.    Corporate  support  will   be  sought  out  in  order  to  fund  efforts,   but   as   America   goes,   they   will   have   their  own   motives  to   do   so.     In   addi-­ tion,  the  Shuttle,  what  one  takes  to  get   up   to   the  International  Space  Station,   will  run  much  less  frequently.    Many  

are  worried  that  the  US  will  loose  their   edge  in  space  exploration  and  knowl-­ edge.    While  the  next  big  initiative  is   mars,   we   will   make   slower   progress   to  complete  it.    This  is  what  privatiz-­ ing  a  government  corporation  does,  it   invites  other  interests  in  and  becomes   riskier.          Part  of  space  exploration  is  to  do   H[SHULPHQWV RQ PDWHULDOV DQG WR ÂżQG minerals   and   materials   unknown   that   we  can  use  on  earth.    There  are  twenty   rare   minerals   found   on   earth   that   re   in  high  demand  by  electronic  compa-­ nies.    These  minerals  are  very  useful  in   electronics,   for   example,   in   batteries.     Since  the  US  does  not  mine  as  much   and   China   has   bought   up   companies   that   sell   these   minerals,   we   are   loos-­ ing   our   edge.     Losing   our   advantage   is  dangerous.    As  Mr.  Maczynski  said,   “It  becomes  not  a  public  interest  to  the   mission.    It  becomes  a  private  interest   to  the  mission.â€?



Stress   Relieving   Changes   for   Next  Academic  Year Breaking   News:   Stone   Ridge   Upper   School   administration’s   decisions   to   “maximize   learning� By Gaby Keane Photo Editor

Photo courtesy of Iana Kozelsky (‘12).

Natsha Armstrong (‘14) and Greer Smith (‘14) take advantage of their free time in the library to cram in as much homework as possible with their busy schedules.

         Imagine  a  world  where  the  days   before   Christmas   break   were   not   marred   with   the   stress   of   midterms,   yet   you   also   did   not   have   to   worry   about  taking  midterms  upon  return  to   school   post-­break.   If   you   are   lacking   in  imagination  you  need  not  worry  as,   starting   next   year,   midterms   will   no   longer  be  a  part  of  Stone  Ridge’s  year.          Getting   rid   of   midterms   has   long   been   an   idea   of   Ms.   Morin’s,   yet   working   out   all   of   the   kinks   and   get-­ ting   everybody   on   board   has   taken   years   to   perfect.   Ms.   Morin   did   not   make  the  decision  to  cancel  midterms   lightly;͞   hours   of   research   and   meet-­ ings   with   a   professional   scheduling   consultant   were   just   a   small   part   of   the  major  process  it  required.  Studies   have   shown   that   students   in   general  

will  resort  to  last  minute  preparations   for   midterms,   an   ineffective   method   RI OHDUQLQJ 7KH VLJQLÂżFDQW DPRXQW of   stress   that   accompanies   midterms   is  not  proportional  to  the  small  bump   in   the   semester   grade   that   a   success-­ ful  midterm  will  give.  Looking  at  the   outcome  of  midterms  taken  in  this  past   year  revealed  that  a  small  minority  of   student’s  grades  were  helped  by  these   exams   while   the   vast   majority   of   se-­ mester   grades   either   stayed   the   same   or  went  down.            For  those  worried  about  lacking  in   preparedness  for  college  exams  by  not   taking  midterms,  they  need  not  fret.  In   college,  “there’s  usually  three  exams.   7KH ÂżUVW WKLUG RI \RXU VHPHVWHU \RX take  one  exam,  second  third  is  another   H[DPDQGÂżQDOWKLUGLVMXVWEDVHGRQ

that  part  so  [Ms.  Morin]  [does]  not  think   we’re  not  preparing  you  for  college  by   GRLQJ WKLV´ %HFDXVH WKH ÂżUVW VHPHVWHU LVRQO\RIDVWXGHQWÂśVÂżQDOJUDGH having   midterms   that   carry   as   much,   RU PRUH VWUHVV DV ÂżQDOV LQ 0D\ PDGH too   little   sense   to   Ms.   Morin   and   the   administration   to   ignore.   Stone   Ridge   is   known   for   its   rigorous   academics   and   high   standard   of   learning   which,   while  necessary  for  a  quality  education,   FDXVHVDJUHDWDPRXQWRIVWUHVV%\JHW-­ ting  rid  of  midterms,  Ms.  Morin  hopes   to  relieve  as  much  unnecessary  stress  as   possible   for   the   students.   She   “looked   at   a   lot   of   other   Sacred   Heart   schools   and   saw   that   many   had   already   done   away  with  midterms  with  great  success,   so  we’re  not  certainly  the  only  ones  do-­ ing  it.â€?      1R PLGWHUPV PHDQV WKDW WKH ÂżUVW semester  will  end  in  mid-­January  rath-­ er   than   early   December.   Rather   than   WKH ÂżUVW VHPHVWHU KROGLQJ  ZHLJKW and   the   second   semester   holding   60%   ZHLJKW LQ WKH ÂżQDO FDOFXODWLRQV RI WKH year’s  average,  both  semesters  will  hold   50%   weight.   Though   many   students   YLHZPLGWHUPVDVV\PEROLFRIWKHÂżUVW semester   coming   to   a   close   and   enjoy   returning  to  school  with  that  clean  slate,   there  will  be  no  homework  over  Christ-­ mas   and   Ms.   Morin   believes   that   “the   good  outweighs  the  badâ€?  in  the  effects   no  midterms  will  have.          While  the  lack  of  midterms  stands   out  as  the  major  change  for  the  coming   years,   the   administration   have   made  

other  decisions  that  will  be  felt  by  the   Upper  School  community.  They  hope   to   “get   as   many   school   days   back   as   possible,  especially  the  almost  two  full   weeks   missed   for   midtermsâ€?   in   order   to   maximize   learning   and   escape   the   disruption   brought   on   by   the   many   missed   school   days   this   year.   Ring   Day  and  Prom,  traditionally  on  a  Fri-­ day   that   is   set   aside   wholly   for   their   purpose,  will  now  be  held  on  the  Fri-­ day  of  the  book  sale.             Another   change   that   may   hap-­ pen   will   affect   all   non-­Social   Action   Wednesdays.  On  these  days,  assembly   will  be  shorter  and  break  will  be  lon-­ ger,  and  all  prayer  services,  speakers,   and   SCG   co-­curriculars   will   happen   during   this   extended   break.  With   this   change,  Ms.  Morin  hopes  to  minimize   the   profusion   of   confusing   schedule   changes  we  deal  with.          Many  have  wondered  who  will  be   the  new  Dean  of  Students,  the  job  held   for  so  long  by  Ms.  Dunn.  While  a  re-­ placement   has   not   been   decided   on,   WKHUHDUHWZRÂżQDOLVWVIRUWKHSRVLWLRQ Laura  Ingoldsby  and  our  very  own  Dr.   Ranen.  To   relieve   the   many   duties   of   the   Dean   of   Students,   the   job   of   Di-­ rector   of  Activities   has   been   created.   Ms.   Flood,   currently   the   sophomore   VFLHQFH WHDFKHU ZLOO ÂżOO WKLV UROH DQG work  with  the  students  to  plan  activi-­ WLHV VXFK DV WKH ERQÂżUH GDQFHV DQG congĂŠs.          Next  year  will  mark  a  new  era  in   Stone  Ridge,  with  a  new  Dean  of  Stu-­

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dents,  an  assortment  of  new  teachers,   and   a   happy   lack   of   midterms.  These   changes  will  hopefully  reduce  much  of   the  stress  felt  by  both  students  and  fac-­ ulty,  allowing  us  to  focus  on  more  pro-­ ductive   tasks   as   well   as   enjoy   a   little   bit  more  much  needed  free  time.

Froyo:  Easy  Guide  to  Find  the  Best  Kind By Gaby Keane and Dylan Williams Photo Editors

          With  the  hot  summer  months  fast   approaching,  nothing  is  better  to  cool   you   off   than   a   cup   of   frozen   yogurt   piled  high  with  your  favorite  toppings.   Fresh   off   their   cupcake   judging   con-­ test,  we  return  to  compare  and  contrast   WZR SRSXODU %HWKHVGD \RJXUW VWRUHV 6ZHHWJUHHQ DQG <RJLEHUU\ %UDYLQJ the   possibility   of   a   few   major   brain   freezes,   we   rated   the   stores   on   their   \RJXUWĂ&#x20AC;DYRUVWRSSLQJVVL]HRSWLRQV and  prices 6ZHHWJUHHQRIIHUVRQO\RQHĂ&#x20AC;DYRU of  yogurt,  tart  original,  and  an  array  of   fresh,  healthy  toppings.  A  small  yogurt   is   $4   and   comes   with   three   toppings,   while   a   large   is   $6   and   also   comes   with  three  toppings.  The  toppings  are   an   assortment   of   fruits,   coconut,   gra-­ nola,   and   agave   syrup.   The   organic,   natural   atmosphere   of   Sweetgreen   is   dramatically  different  from  the  bright  

lights  and  futuristic  decorations  of  Yo-­ giberry.          Yogiberry  is  a  self  serve  store  that   sells  yogurt   for  49  cents   an  ounce.   Though  this   price  is   FKHDSDW¿UVW glance,  it   is  very  easy   to  go   over  the  top   with   top-­

pings   and   leave   paying   much   Photo courtesy of Kim Navarre more   than   you   ¿UVWLQWHQGHGIRUDFXSRI\RJXUW7KH size  options  are  a  small,  which  is  a   Styrofoam  cup,  and  a  large,  which  

is  a  standard  paper  container.  There   DUHPDQ\Ă&#x20AC;DYRUVRI\RJXUWLQFOXGLQJ cake  batter,  the  mysterious  purple   WDURĂ&#x20AC;DYRU2UHRDQGFODVVLFWDUW Once  your  cup  is  full  of  your  favorite   \RJXUWĂ&#x20AC;DYRUVLWLVRQWRWKHWRSSLQJV bar.  You  can  choose  from  many  fruits,   breakfast  cereals  like  Fruity  Pebbles,   candy,  and  other  sweet  items.  There  is   a  small  platter  with  squeeze  bottles  of   syrups  to  top  off  your  yogurt  creation   before  you  put  it  on  the  scale  to  be   weighed  and  priced.          Though  Sweetgreen  will  win  with   those  who  appreciate  organic,  healthy   foods,  Yogiberryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  vast  assortment   RIĂ&#x20AC;DYRUVDQGWRSSLQJVZHUHVLPSO\ too  great  to  lose.  In  the  battle  of   Sweetgreen  vs.  Yogiberry,  Yogiberry   is  crowned  the  winner.  Just  be  careful   not  to  go  crazy  or  you  may  end  up   with  a  $13  yogurt!

SR  Thespians   Hard  At  Work  This   Spring By Iana Kozelsky Staff Writer

          Spring  is  the  season  for  theatre  at   Stone   Ridge.   Student-­thespians   are   preparing   for   three   productions   com-­ ing   in   April   and   May:   ten-­minute   plays,  Eleemosynary,  and  Godspell.      (YHU\ \HDU WKH 'UDPD ,, FODVV chooses   and   performs   several   ten-­ minute   plays,   each   during   the   daily   WZHQW\ÂżYHPLQXWHEUHDNWKXVUHFHLY-­ LQJ LWV QDPH Âł%UHDNWLPH 7KHDWUH´$ member  of  Drama  II,  Angelique  McK-­ enna  (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13)  says  that  the  beauty  of  ten-­ minute  plays  is  that  there  is  â&#x20AC;&#x153;so  much   room  for  imagination.â&#x20AC;?  The  plays  stu-­ dents  can  look  forward  to  this  year  can   be  found  on  the  top  right  corner  of  this   page  with  their  respective  dates.           The   Advanced   Drama   class   has   spent   the   year   directing,   designing,   and   producing   Eleemosynary   by   Lee   %OHVVLQJÂł:HOLNHGWKLVSOD\WKHPRVW out  of  our  choices.  Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  solid,  interest-­ ing   play.   Is   has   its   serious   moments,   but   there   are   also   some   funny   parts,â&#x20AC;?  

Photo courtesy of Iana Kozelsky (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12).

Angelique McKenna â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13, playing the role of Jesus, leads the cast in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;God Save the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

says   Maddie   Cullen   (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12),   one   of   the   three  students  in  the  class.      7KH RIÂżFLDO 6WRQH 5LGJH 8SSHU Middle  School  musical  this  year,  God-­ spell,  ran  April  28-­30,  2011,  and  was   QRW GLUHFWHG E\ 0UV %ODNHVOHH WKLV year,   since   she   directed   Stephanie   Hero,  the  Middle  School  play,  in  early   Spring.   Instead,   Stone   Ridge   hired   Keith  Tittermary,  a  professional  direc-­

tor   who   is   also   a   teacher   of   theatre.   Greer   Smith   (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;14),   thinks   working   with  Keith  is  â&#x20AC;&#x153;different  than  working   ZLWK 0UV %ODNHVOHH +HÂśV VSRQWDQH-­ ous,  but  thinks  work  out  in  the  end.â&#x20AC;?          Make  sure  you  check  out  these  great   productions   for   your   Spring   theatre   H[SHULHQFH<RXGHÂżQLWHO\ZLOOQRWEH disappointed.

Photo courtesy of NASA

Stars bursting to life in Carina Nebula; just one of many phenomenons of our universe.

Understanding   Our   Universe By Sung-Eun Lim Staff Writer

          Wow.â&#x20AC;?  After  observing  the  bright   cluster  of  the  exquisite  stars  collaged  in   WKHFOHDUQLJKWVN\*UDFH'L%DUL Âľ  could  not  stop  exclaiming  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wow.â&#x20AC;?    As   a  member  of  the  second  semester  As-­ tronomy   class   in   Stone   Ridge,   Grace   'L%DULSDUWLFLSDWHGLQWKH0DUFKWK night  class.   0U%DUURQÂśV$VWURQRP\FODVVKDG an   extraordinary   opportunity   to   visit   the   United   States   Naval   Observatory.   The   Naval   Observatory,   located   on   Massachusetts   Avenue,   sets   and   de-­ termines  accurate  time  for  the  naviga-­ tion,  where  time  is  everything.    At  this   VLJQLÂżFDQW KLVWRULFDO VLWH ZKLFK DOVR doubles   as   the   Vice   Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   resi-­ dence,  students  observed  the  mesmer-­ izing  view  of  the  night  sky  through  the   big   telescope.     Observing   the   moon   phase,   constellations,   and   Orionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Nebula,  students  applied  their  knowl-­ edge   acquired   from   the   school   to   the   real  world.    *UDFH'L%DULUHFDOOVWKHQLJKWDV spectacular   for   two   reasons:     â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   was   very  interesting  to  see  something  that   was   that   far   away.     Through   the   big   telescope   offered   in   the   Naval   Ob-­ servatory,   I   was   able   to   see   Orionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Nebula.â&#x20AC;?     Also,   Grace   believes   the   experience  assisted  her  understanding  

in   astronomy.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;For   example,   I   now   understand  how  sun  moves  whenever   I  look  at  the  chart.â&#x20AC;?            However,  anyone  could  enjoy  the   night   sky   like   Grace   without   prior   knowledge   or   attendance   in   an   as-­ tronomy  class.    Indeed,  that  was  how   0U%DUURQJRWLQWHUHVWHGLQWKHZRUOG of  astronomy.      Looking  up  at  the  sky   UHJXODUO\ ZRXOG GHÂżQLWHO\ IDFLOLWDWH oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   understanding   of   the   patterns   RIWKHVN\$FFRUGLQJWR0U%DUURQ even  â&#x20AC;&#x153;binoculars  add  some  detail  and   exciting   views;Íž   some   of   the   best   ob-­ serving  is  done  with  the  naked  eyesâ&#x20AC;?.              Also,   along   with   your   eyes,   you   could   simply   download   a   Star   Guide   App   which   will   provide   you   a   â&#x20AC;&#x153;great   map  of  the  night  skyâ&#x20AC;?  and  â&#x20AC;&#x153;star  or  con-­ stellation   at   which   you   are   lookingâ&#x20AC;?   DFFRUGLQJ WR 0U %DUURQ  2U LI \RX are  not  an  iPhone  user,  you  could  buy   star  or  constellation  viewing  guides  in   bookstores  to  lead  yourself  into  the  as-­ tronomy  world.              So,  if  your  favorite  movie  happens   WR EH (7 RU \RX VLPSO\ WKLQN QLJKW sky   is   pretty,   just   start   observing   the   sky  tonight!    The  exotic  and  mysteri-­ ous   beauty   of   the   night   sky   will   sur-­ prise  you.  

Stone Ridge May 25, 2011



White  House  Guests  Inspire  Senior  Class By Shawn Gannon Copy Editor           On  March  30,  2011,  Stone  Ridge   was  honored  to  welcome  four  women   who   were   participants   in   Michelle   Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remarkable   Womenâ&#x20AC;?   event.  The  women  were  hosted  by  the   White  House  for  a  celebratory  brunch   in   the   morning,   then   went   off   to   dif-­ ferent  high  schools  before  attending  a   closing  dinner.            Mrs.  Obama  wanted  the  mentoring   program  to  serve  as  an  opportunity  to   inspire  young  adults.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  know  what  it   feels  like  to  struggle  to  get  the  educa-­ tion  that  you  need,â&#x20AC;?  Mrs.  Obama  said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;In  so  many  ways,  I  see  myself  in  you   all.  And  I  want  you  to  see  yourselves   in   me,   so   that   youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   not   looking   at   me  just  as  the  First  Lady  of  the  United   6WDWHVÂŤ%XW P\ SDUHQWV GLGQÂśW KDYH a   lot   of   money,   and   I   went   to   public   schools  my  entire  career.  So  thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  not   too  much  of  a  difference  between  how   I  was  raised  and  how  many  of  you  all   DUHUDLVHG%XW,ÂśPKHUHDQGWKHSRLQW is,  is  that  you  can  be  here,  too.â&#x20AC;?          Stone  Ridge  was  lucky  enough  to   be   selected   as   one   of   the   local   high   schools  that  would  host  a  panel  of  four   women.  At  the  other  locations,  only  a   handful  of  students  was  chosen  to  lis-­ ten  to  the  phenomenal  speakers.  How-­ ever,   Stone   Ridge   Head   of   School,   Catherine   Karrels,   requested   that   the   entire   senior   class   be   allowed   to   at-­ tend,  and  that  request  was  granted. %HFDXVHWKLVZDVVXFKDKLJKSURÂżOH event,  the  school  was  only  contacted  a   week  prior  to  the  actual  event.  White   +RXVHRIÂżFLDOVZHUHVHQWWRVXUYH\WKH school   in   the   days   leading   up   to   the   WDONDQG0U0F&OXVNH\ÂśVRIÂżFHZDV WXUQHG LQWR WKH RIÂżFLDO JUHHQ URRP On   the   day   of   the   event,   the   senior   class  waited  in  perfect  uniform,  in  an   unrecognizable   Manfuso.   The   press  

Photo Courtesy of Caitlin Myler.

Stone Ridge was lucky enough to host guests from the White House who spoke to the whole senior class.

waited  with  their  lights,  microphones,   and  cameras  at  the  back  of  the  room,   and  a  carpet  had  been  put  on  the  stage   to   compliment   four   ornate   chairs.   A   6WRQH5LGJHEDQQHUSURYLGHGWKHÂżQDO touch.   7KHÂżUVWWRDUULYHZDV$OIUH:RR-­ dard,  a  woman  who  has  starred  in  pop-­ ular  TV  shows  Desperate  Housewives   DQG 7UXH %ORRG %HFDXVH VKH ZDV VR early,  she  gave  us  an  opportunity  to  ask   casual,  impromtu  questions  about  her-­ self.  Much  of  her  advice  was  centered   RQ ÂżQGLQJ DQG IROORZLQJ RQHÂśV SDV-­ sion,   an   especially   relevant   topic   for   the  graduating  seniors.  Says  Woodard,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some   of   the   best   stuff   that   is   going   to  happen  to  you  is  going  to  come  off   the  cuff  from  other  people...encourage   each  other...good  is  exponential.â&#x20AC;?            Additionally,  she  says,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  know  how   tough  it  is  being  an  artistic  young  per-­  have  to  have  a  strong  sense   of   self.â&#x20AC;?   When   her   fellow   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remark-­

able   Womenâ&#x20AC;?   arrived,   she   said   of   them,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  am  just  honored  to  be  sitting   here   with   these   ladies   who   inspire   me...  the  mentoring  never  stops.â&#x20AC;?          Those  three  other  inspiring  women   were  Geena  Davis,  an  award-­winning   actress,   Abbe   Raven,   president   and   &(2RI$ (7HOHYLVLRQ1HWZRUNV and  Judith  Jamison,  Artistic  Director   of  Alvin  Ailey  American  Dance  The-­ ater.   The   women   were   each   given   an   opportunity   to   share   their   story,   as   well   as   their   experience   with   the   power  of  mentoring,  before  opening   XSWKHĂ&#x20AC;RRUIRUTXHVWLRQV $EEH5DYHQVSRNHÂżUVW6KHZDV a   teacher   before   breaking   into   the   entertainment   industry;Íž   she   says,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   worked   myself   to   where   I   am   WRGD\, GLGQÂśW VWDUW RXW DV D &(2 I   started   out   just   like   you.â&#x20AC;?   She   did   anything  she  could  to  get  the  job;Íž  she   started  out  photocopying  and  stapling   papers  before  climbing  the  ladder  of  

success.  Of  this,  she  says,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;You  can  be   and  do  anything  you  willing   to   take   some   big   chances.â&#x20AC;?   Perhaps   the  best  advice  she  gave,  which  is  es-­ pecially  relevant  to  us  ambitious  high-­ schoolers,   was   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   key   to   [success]   is  working  hard,  pushing  through...on   occassion   you   make   a   mistake;Íž   you   have  to  let  it  go.â&#x20AC;?          Geena  Davis  spoke  next.  Not  only   is  she  a  successful  actress;Íž  she  is  also   D%RVWRQ8QLYHUVLW\JUDGZLWKDQKRQ-­ orary  Doctor  of  Fine  Arts  degree  from   %DWHVFROOHJH6KHDOVRLVDPHPEHURI Mensa,  which  means  her  IQ  falls  into   the   top   2%   of   intelligence.   She   said   that  at  the  age  of  3,  the  announced  to   her   parents   that   she   wanted   to   be   an   actor.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  had  such  an  unshakeable  faith   that   it   was   going   to   happen...thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   a   powerful   quality   to   have,   that   faith,â&#x20AC;?   she  says.  Her  advice  to  young  women   is   to   â&#x20AC;&#x153;focus   on   the   real   life   mentors   you  know;Íž  the  message  society  wants  

to   send   you   is   really   toxic.â&#x20AC;?   She   also   VWUHVVHGWKDWZRPHQQHHGWREHDIÂżUPD-­ tive:   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   a   full-­on   adult   at   this   point   and   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   still   thinking   I   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   have   the   power   when   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   a   lead   in   the   movie.â&#x20AC;?   Knowing   that   you   have   that   power   is   key  in  being  successful  and  gaining  re-­ spect  in  the  industry.          Alfre  Woodard  spoke  following  Ms.   Davis,   reinforcing   her   previous   words   about   following   your   passion.   Judith   Jamison,   dancer   and   Director   of  Alvin   Ailey.  Of  her  success,  she  says,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inside,   I  knew  I  had  to  be  the  best  I  could  be.â&#x20AC;?   Not  only  did  dancing  allow  her  to  travel;Íž   it  allowed  her  to  see  the  world  and  ex-­ plore.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  been  on  the  road  since  1964,   and  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  loved  every  second  of  it.â&#x20AC;?   For   Judith,   dance   is   not   only   a   way   of   expression-­-­it   is   a   way   to   bridge   racial   gaps.  The  mentors  she  knew  as  a  child   were   the   mentors   who   opened   a   ballet   studio  in  her  neighborhood,  giving  un-­ derprivileged   children   an   opportunity   to  have  access  to  something  they  never   had  access  to  before.  Says  Judith,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   kinds  of  mentors  I  had  were  not  only  in-­ tellectual  mentors,  they  were  civil  rights   mentors.â&#x20AC;?   Similarly   to  Alfre   Woodard,   Ms.   Jamison   highly   stressed   the   im-­ portance   of   following   that   deep-­rooted   passion  inside  of  you.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  light  never   goes  out  inside  of  you,  never...  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  your   path,  listen.â&#x20AC;? All   four   of   these   remarkable   women   brought   their   own   spin   on   following   dreams  and  having  a  mentor  to  help  do   WKDW 7KH\ HDFK UHĂ&#x20AC;HFWHG RQ WKHLU RZQ experiences,   acting   as   mentors   for   us   in  the  short  time  we  had  with  them.  We   were   lucky   enough   to   spend   an   hour   with  them  and  hear  their  advice  on  not   only   following   a   dream   and   a   passion,   but   on   turning   that   passion   into   a   suc-­ cessful   reality.   As   Judith   Jamison   put   it,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing  is  ever  too  much,  it  is  just   enough  for  you.â&#x20AC;?

SR  Book  Sale  Hysteria By Dylan Williams Photo Editor

Photo courtesy of Gaby Keane (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12).

Book sale goers compares purchases while waiting in the Collectibles line

          Recently   the   Stone   Ridge   com-­ munity   gathered   together   for   the   an-­ QXDO8VHG%RRN6DOH&RQWLQXLQJWKH path   of   success   this   yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   book   sale   had   over   13,000   customers   ranging   IURP KHUH LQ %HWKHVGD WR &RORUDGR Ohio,   Pennsylvania,   and   Argentina!   In  addition  it  sold  over  125,000  books,   and   had   over   700   volunteers.  What   a   WHDP HIIRUW (YHU\RQH LQFOXGLQJ WKH volunteers  and  the  customers  who  vis-­ ited  the  sale  multiple  times  over  the  4   days  truly  came  together  to  make  it  a   success! (DFK\HDUDURXQG7KXUVGD\PRUQ-­ LQJZHEHJLQWRVHHWKHÂżUVWJURXSVRI customers   slowly   gather   around   the   Cedar  Lane  entrance  of  our  school.  We   WRRRIWHQÂżQGRXUVHOYHVSHHULQJRXWRI the  classroom  window  trying  to  get  a   closer  look  at  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;creepersâ&#x20AC;?  who  lined   up  a  day  before  just  to  buy  books.            I  wanted  to  get  an  even  closer  look   DQG UHDOO\ ÂżQG RXW PRUH DERXW WKHVH â&#x20AC;&#x153;suspiciousâ&#x20AC;?   people.   I   set   out   with   a   fellow  classmate,  notebook  and  pen  in   hand,  and  a  list  of  questions  to  ask  the  

GHGLFDWHG FXVWRPHUV MXVW WR ÂżQG RXW a  little  bit  more  about  them  and  what   drew  them  to  our  schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  book  sale.          I  have  to  admit  I  was  rather  nervous   walking  up  there  to  meet  these  people.   I  did  have  some  pre-­conceived  notions   of   who   I   thought   they   were   or   how   I   WKRXJKW WKH\ ZRXOG EH %XW , ZRXOG soon   eliminate   such   thoughts   out   of   P\PLQGDV,GLGPHHWWKHPDQGÂżQG out  who  they  actually  were.          As   I   introduced   myself   as   a   staff   writer  for  the  school  newspaper,  I  soon   was  met  with  a  response  from  some  of   the   crowd   but   not   all,   as   there   were   only  about  eight  people  lined  up  only   about   three   people   truly   took   note   of   my  presence  and  were  intrigued  by  my   TXHVWLRQV0\ÂżUVWUHDFWLRQZDVWKDWRI alarm  by  the  response  I  received  from   WKH JURXS EXW , ÂżJXUHG , VKRXOG EH grateful  for  the  response  I  did  receive   and  go  with  it.    I  directed  my  questions   to  the  three  people  who  were  interest-­ ed.   While   two   were   men,   one   of   the   customers   was   a   woman,   in   fact   the   only   woman   in   the   whole   group,   and  

who  truly  led  the  conversation.            I  started  off  by  asking  them  how   long  they  had  been  coming  to  the  book   VDOH)RURQHPDQLWZDVKLVÂżUVW\HDU the   other   man   he   had   been   coming   for  ten  years,  and  for  the  woman,  six   years.  Adding  a  little  humor  to  the  sit-­ uation  the  woman  responded  with  â&#x20AC;&#x153;no   lifeâ&#x20AC;?  when  asked  what  motivated  them   to  wake  up  and  line  up  so  early  just  for   books.   The   men   however   stated   that   they   were   â&#x20AC;&#x153;book   people,â&#x20AC;?   and   were   really   motivated   to   obtain   the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;high-­ valueâ&#x20AC;?   books.   In   addition   the   group   seemed  rather  unanimous  when  asked   what  books  they  were  looking  for,  and   that  was  the  collectibles.             Often   very   valuable   and   desired   among   many   â&#x20AC;&#x153;book   people,â&#x20AC;?   the   col-­ lectibles   are   the   main   section   con-­ stantly  seen  as  the  route  of  much  of  the   disputes  found  at  the  book  sale.  They   too  are  desired  among  book  collectors   ZKR VHH SURÂżW LQ HLWKHU SXUFKDVLQJ them  for  their  bookstores,  or  re-­selling   them  online.          The  group  was  not  hesitant  to  re-­ count   the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;craziest   experienceâ&#x20AC;?   they   witnessed  over  the  years.  The  woman   stated  â&#x20AC;&#x153;one  year  a  man  tried  to  cut  in   line  in  the  morning,  and  claim  that  his   spot  was  valid,  even  though  the  other   people  already  in  line  had  been  waiting   since  the  previous  morning.â&#x20AC;?  Needless   to  say,  but  the  man  was  almost  imme-­ diately   directed   to   his   actual   position   in  the  back  of  the  line.          The  last  question  was  whether  or   not  they  had  met  friends  over  the  years   at  the  book  sale  that  they  see  year  after   year   and   their   answers   were   again   a   unanimous,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes.â&#x20AC;?

Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Davidsen (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12).

A group of 3rd Academic girls stop for pictures in Granada, Spain.

Journey  Through  Spain By Dylan Williams Photo Editor

         HROD%RQMRXU&LDR,I\RXGRQRW understand   what   that   means,   you   can   ask   the   girls   who   traveled   to   Spain,   France,  and  Italy  over  spring  break  on   WULSV¿OOHGZLWKH[FLWLQJVLJKWVH[RWLF IRRGV DQG WUHDVXUHG PHPRULHV (P-­ barking  on  a  seven-­day  journey  abroad   the   near   80   girls   set   off   to   immerse   themselves  in  a  new  culture  in  an  edu-­ cational  yet  enjoyable  environment.          While  a  majority  of  the  France  trip-­ was  spent  in  Paris  they  also  embarked   on  a  huge  road  trip.  In  addition  to  ex-­ periencing  the  beautiful  French  coun-­ tryside  along  their  way,  the  group  also   visited  a  number  of  World  War  II  sites   and  beaches.            The  Latin  class  too  had  a  great  time   in   Italy   as   they   visited   a   number   of   historic  monuments.  Among  the  loca-­ tions  visited  were  the  Colosseum,  the   Catacombs,  the  Tiber  River,  the  Vati-­ can,  the  Sistine  Chapel,  and  the  Trevi   Fountain.                       Lastly,   leading   the   pack   with   41  

students   were   the   Spanish   students   making   their   way   to   the   capital   city   of   Madrid.   The   voyage   was   packed   full   with   long   scenic   bus   rides,   tours   of  the  most  important  Cathedrals  and   museums,   and   shopping   excursions!   $PRQJ WKH VLJQL¿FDQW SODFHV YLVLWHG were  the  Puerta  de  Sol,  Royal  Palace,   Aranjuez  Palace,  Granada,  Cordoba,  y   Seville.            The  group  had  a  great  time  visit-­ ing  all  of  these  remarkable  places  and   studying   their   beautiful   architecture.   Amid  the  educational  sites,  the  group   also  experienced  a  number  of  fun  ad-­ ventures   as   well   including   a   viewing   of   a   Flamingo   performance,   a   dance   on   a   boat   ride,   and   most   of   all,   the   wonderful   leadership   of   their   tour   guide  Gonzalo.           These   trips   were   overall   quite   a   success.  The  students  were  able  to  im-­ merse  themselves  in  a  new  culture  and   experience  a  different  environment  in   an  educational  yet  engaging  way.  



Here and Now Issue 41

NFL  Lockout:  Crisis  Averted By Catherine Kan Staff Writer         The  National  Football  League  has   been  going  through  On  March  11,  2011,   WKH1D/GHFHUWL¿HGDQGWKHFROOHFWLYH bargaining   agreement   failed   to   be   re-­ newed,  leading  to  a  lawsuit.  A  group  of   WHQ IRRWEDOO SOD\HUV ¿OHG DQ DQWLWUXVW ODZVXLWDJDLQVWWKH1)/%UDG\Y1)/ and  in  response,  the  NFL  implemented   the  lockout.  A  lockout  means  that  af-­ ter   the   collective   bargaining   agree-­ PHQWH[SLUHVWKHUHLVQRPRUHRQ¿HOG football   practices,   games,   scrim-­

ISL Tournaments: May 13-17

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  looking   forward  to  the  ar-­ gument  and  hope   that  we  get  a  quick   decision  so  the   players  can  get   back  to  playing.â&#x20AC;?   mages,   or   communication   between   players   currently   in   the   NFL   and   the   teams.   No   players   are   allowed   to   be   signed  and  players  do  not  have  medi-­ cal   coverage   provided   by   the   teams.        The  issue  between  the  players  and   the   owners   was   about   the   amount   of   money   the   owners   wanted   to   take   as   credit   from   the   revenue   pool.   Own-­ ers   wanted   more   money.   In   the   past,   theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   taken   about   $1   billion   from   a   total   pool   of   $9   billion,   but   were   pushing   to   receive   $2.4   billion.   This   of  course  would  have  cut  the  playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   revenue   by   eighteen   percent,   making   the   players   upset.   Players   wanted   to   KDYHDÂżIW\ÂżIW\VSOLWRIUHYHQXHZLWK

Important Dates for Stone Ridge Sports!


the   owners,   which   they   refuse   to   ac-­ cept.  As  of  now,  the  split  of  revenue  is   D IRXUW\QLQHÂżIW\RQH VSOLW:LWK HY-­ eryone  greedy  for  more  and  more  mon-­ ey,  there  was  a  dead-­lock  decision  and   compromise  had  been  set  on  the  table.        The  NFL  is  the  largest  league  and   produces   the   most   revenue   of   any   sports   league   in   the   world,   so   this   is   really   hurting   them   as   well   as   the   fans.  Judge  Nelson,  in  an  eighty-­nine   SDJH UXOLQJ DJUHHG ZLWK WKH %UDG\ v.   NFL   lawsuit   that   the   public   inter-­ ests   are   being   hurt   by   the   lockout.        To  the  playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  dismay,  the  league   was   ordered   by   Judge   Susan   Nelson   to  lift  their  lockout  on  Monday,  April   DIWHUUXOLQJRQDPRWLRQÂżOHG E\ WKH SODLQWLIIV LQ WKH %UDG\ Y 1)/ lawsuit,  in  hopes  to  end  the  work  stop-­

page.   One   of   the   arguments   was   that   it     was   causing   irreparable   harm   to   the   players   by   depriving   them   of   the   RSSRUWXQLW\LQWKHRIIVHDVRQWR¿QGD team,   make   a   roster   and   compete   for   jobs.  The  NFL  is  a  big  mess  now  be-­ cause   everyone   is   confused   and   the   teams   have   no   uniform   instructions   on   how   to   proceed   and   whether   the   order   was   already   in   effect.   Accord-­ ing  to  the  Herald  Sun,  the  Jacksonville   team  acted  as  if  the  lockout  were  still   in  place  by  shunning  a  player  who  ar-­ rived  at  the  headquarters.  On  the  con-­ trary,   the   New   York   Giants   opened   their  weight  rooms  as  if  the  offseason   has   already   begun.   No   one   is   certain   about   the   rules   of   engagement.   Right   now,  the  NFL  and  the  players  are  wait-­ ing  for  Judge  Nelson  to  tell  them  how  

photo courtesy of Anna Baba

to  proceed,  since  the  six-­week  lockout   has   hurt   the   league   already.   What   is   happening   is   that   Nelson   is   suppose   to  rule  upon  an  NFL  appeal  for  a  say   that  would  temporarily  keep  the  lock-­ out   in   place   but   if   she   denies   it,   the   1)/ ZRXOG KDYH WR ÂżOH DQ H[SHGLWHG appeal  to  a  higher  court  in  hopes  of  a   more   favorable   ruling.   If   the   lockout   gets   permanently   lifted,   it   would   re-­ sult   in   the   start   of   offseason   and   free   agency.   Managers   and   head   coaches   are   getting   worried   about   the   ability   to  make  player  trades  before  the  NFL   draft,   which   is   nearing.   As   the   play-­ ersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   attorney   Jim   Quinn   said,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   looking   forward   to   the   argument   and   hope   that   we   get   a   quick   decision   so   the   players   can   get   back   to   playing,â&#x20AC;?  

Winter/Spring Awards Night: May 23 Father/ Daughter Field Day: June 6


Athletics  hinders  health:

Sports  injuries  become  extreme By Alicia Hai Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of MoCoRunning


Track  Without  a  Track By Gaby Keane Photo Editor         When   the   clock   strikes   4pm   and   track   practices   start,   most   schools   will  head   over   to   the   track  and   begin   warming  up.  Stone  Ridge  track  team,   on  the  other  hand,  warms  up  on  a  half   mile  loop  around  the  campus  and  then   breaks   up   into   the   distance   (800   run-­ ners,   milers,   and   2   milers),   sprinting   (100,   200,   400)   and   thrower   groups,   with   sprinters   doing   workouts   on   the   ÂżHOGV DQG GLVWDQFH JRLQJ IRU D ORQJ run  off  campus.  Stone  Ridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  lack  of   an   on   campus   track   hinders   the   track   teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  workout  options,  as  the  bumpy   JUDVV ÂżHOGV DQG KLOO\ QHLJKERUKRRGV are   not   conducive   to   optimal   results.               The   team   ventures   over   to   the   Landon   track   on   Mondays   and   Wednesdays,   which   draws   mixed   re-­ actions   from   members   of   the   team.   Margaret  Jones  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12  enjoys  running  on   the  Landon  track  because  she  likes  to   â&#x20AC;&#x153;observe   all   the   boys,â&#x20AC;?   while   others   are  not  the  biggest  fans  of  doing  track   workouts   while   the   varsity   lacrosse   team  plays  games  in  the  middle  of  the   track.  Despite  the  nontraditional  prac-­

tices   of   the   Stone   Ridge   track   team,   they  have  still  managed  to  produce  sev-­ eral   stellar   runners   who   have   broken   many   of   Stone   Ridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   track  records.                Recently,  Alyssa  Gill,  Chloe  Nick-­ ens,   Liz   Omenistch,   Jen   Farrell,   and   Jo   Farrell   raced   in   the   Penn   Relays,   the   biggest   track   meet   in   the   world.   They   raced   in   front   of   35,000   spec-­ tators   against   elite   competition,   and   broke  the  4x100  school  record    with  a   time  of  50.35  as  well  as  winning  their   heat   in   the   small   school   girls   divi-­ sion.  They   placed  40th   overall  out   of   320   teams   and   were   the   second   fast-­ est   ISL   team.   The   4x400   relay   team   UDQ  WR ÂżQLVK  RXW RI  competing  schools  and  were  again  the   second   fastest   ISL   team.   These   were   amazing   accomplishments   in   a   dif-­ ÂżFXOW DQG FRPSHWLWLYH HQYLURQPHQW While  the  track  team  does  not  always   receive  the  same  amount  of  exposure  as   other  school  teams,  it  is  a  team  that  has   improved  by  leaps  and  bounds  within   the  last  few  years.  Come  out  to  a  meet   and  see  just  how  exciting  track  can  be!

             Athletes  are  usually  thought  of   as  healthy  and  well-­built,  but  recently   various   issues   in   sports   health   well-­ ness   have   brought   attention   to   the   publicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and   have   brought   out   the   is-­ sue   of   how   these   athletes   can   further   prevent  small  problems  from  develop-­ ing   into   larger   ones.   For   high   school   and   lesser-­known   athletes   like   Wes   Leonard,   treatment   for   medical   and   health-­related   issues   comes   in   small-­ er   doses.   In   comparison,   big   time   athletesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like   Serena   Williams   and   Tomas  Fleishmannâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;play  sports  for  a   living,  and  thus  it  is  of  utmost  impor-­ tance  that  they  are  completely  healthy   and   are   able   to   play   year-­round.               Serena   Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   health   issues   have   stretched   since   last   July,   when   her   feet   were   cut   by   glass   at   a   res-­ taurant   (where   she   suffered   lacerated   tendon   and   twelve   stitches).   She   had   hoped   to   come   back   soon   after   her   feet  were  completely  healed,  but  once   again,  Williams  suffered  further  health   issues   in   early   Marchâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a   hematoma   she   suffered   as   a   result   of   treatment   for   a   more   critical   condition,   and   a   pulmonary  embolism.    It  is  news  like   this  that  keeps  many  tennis  fans  won-­ dering   when   she   will   come   back   to   the   competitive   world.   After   all,   she   GRHV VWD\ ÂżW IRU D OLYLQJ :LOOLDPV hopes  to  come  back  in  the  early  sum-­ PHU MXVW DIWHU :LPEOHGRQ ÂżQLVKHV              Another  health  issue  comes  from  

Photo courtesy of Laura Kraisinger (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;11).


WKHDUHQDRIKRFNH\²VSHFLÂżFDOO\H[ Capitals   player   Tomas   Fleishmann.   (DUO\WKLV\HDULWZDVGLVFRYHUHGWKDW he   was   diagnosed   with   two   blood   clots,   one   in   each   of   his   lungs.   Un-­ fortunately,   Fleishmann   is   out   for   the   rest  of  the  Colorado  Avalanche  hockey   season.  The   main   problems   that   arise   from   these   injuries   come   as   a   mys-­ tery   for   many.   With   a   serious   condi-­ tion  such  as  that  of  Fleishmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,  it  is   very  much  lucky  that  his  condition  had   been   caught   early.   If   it   had   not   been   for  his  shortness  of  breath  after  a  prac-­ tice,   the   doctors   wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   have   been   able   to   catch   it   at   the   right   moment.   With   issues   such   as   these,   it   is   lucky   that  sports  stars  Fleishmann  and  Wil-­ liams  have  been  in  the  right  treatment.            Now  compare  these  situations  to   that   of   high-­school   basketball   player  

Wes  Leonard,  who  died  moments  after   making  the  game-­winning  shot  for  his   team.  Minutes  after  the  teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  cheers,   Leonard   collapsed   to   the   ground.   He   was   immediately   rushed   to   the   hos-­ pital   and   given   CPR,   but   he   did   not   make  itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it  was  said  he  died  from  an   HQODUJHGKHDUW%XWWKLVVXGGHQFDUGLDF death  comes  as  very  rare  in  young  ath-­ letes,   making   it   extremely   important   for  others  to  be  aware  about  this.  Third   Academic   Iana   Kozelsky   notes,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   is   important   for   not   just   athletes,   but   everyone  to  get  yearly  checkups,  so  as   to  be  more  aware  of  their  own  critical   health  issues  and  conditions.â&#x20AC;?  And  with   regular  health  checkups  and  awareness   of  certain  symptoms,  you  can  be  treat-­ ed  before  a  condition  gets  serious  and   avoid  situations  like  that  of  Leonardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.  


Stone Ridge May 25, 2011


6SHFLDO2O\PSLFV6SHFLDO2SSRUWXQLWLHV By Iana Kozelsky Staff Writer          On  Saturday,  February  26,  2011,   the  Katherine  Thomas  Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Junior   and   Intermediate   basketball   teams   SOD\HG DW DQ H[KLELWLRQ ZLWK %OHVVHG Sacramentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   teams.   Family   members,   IULHQGV DQG IDQV IXOO RI HQHUJ\ ÂżOOHG the  stands.  Posters  with  each  playerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   name   hung   around   the   gym.   While   this   is   the   same   description   for   any   other   basketball   game,   the   kids   on   this  court  had  mental  disabilities,  and   some   even   had   physical   disabilities.   However,   with   the   support   of   their   friends  with  other  abilities,  these  bas-­ ketball   players   had   the   time   of   their   lives   on   the   court.   I   was   privileged   enough  to  be  a  part  of  this  spectacular   DQQXDO 6SHFLDO 2O\PSLFV %DVNHWEDOO ([KLELWLRQ DW WKH %OHVVHG 6DFUDPHQW School   in   NW   Washington,   DC   for   the  third  time  by  providing  my  DJ  ser-­ vice  to  hype  up  the  spirit  in  the  gym.           It   all   started   in   June   1962   when   (XQLFH .HQQHG\ 6KULYHU VWDUWHG D summer   day   camp   for   children   and   adults   with   intellectual   disabilities   at   her   home   in   Maryland   to   explore   their  capabilities  in  a  variety  of  sports  

Photo courtesy of Iana Kozelsky (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12).

Fans cheer on the athletes at the 2011 Blessed Sacrament/Katherine Thomas Schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Basketball Exhibition Game.

and   physical   activities.   Almost   half   a   decade   later,   the   Special   Olympics   organization  is  still  committed  to  em-­ SRZHULQJWKURXJKVSRUWV&RQ¿GHQFH skill   and   determination   are   common   EHQH¿WV RI LQYROYHPHQW ZLWK VSRUWV For   people   with   intellectual   disabili-­ ties,  Special  Olympics  can  be  the  only   place  where  they  have  an  opportunity   to  participate  in  their  communities  and   develop   belief   in   themselves.   Many  

live  lives  of  neglect  and  isolation,  hid-­ den   away   or   socially   excluded   from   full  participation  in  schools  or  society.   For   athletes,   Special   Olympics   sports   provide   a   gateway   to   empowerment,   FRPSHWHQFHDFFHSWDQFHDQGMR\(P-­ ployment   is   a   challenge   for   people   with  disabilities,  but  Special  Olympics   athletes  are  employed  at  a  much  high-­ er   rate   than   others   with   intellectual   disabilities   outside   the   organization.

         I  think  that  the  best  part  of  the  Spe-­ cial   Olympics   is   that   it   gives   these   children   an   opportunity   to   participate   in  something  that  they  watch  their  sib-­ lings  and  friends  do  on  a  daily  basis,â&#x20AC;?   says  Caroline  Olsen  â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13,  an  active  vol-­ unteer   for   kids   with   disabilities.   She   says  â&#x20AC;&#x153;it  also  teaches  others  that  people   with  intellectual  and  physical  disabili-­ ties   are   just   as   talented   as   everyone   else.   Special   Olympics   shows   others  

that   if   people   with   intellectual   and   physical  disabilities  are  given  the  op-­ portunity,  they  can  and  will  succeed.â&#x20AC;?   (YHQWV VXFK DV VSRUW H[KLELWLRQV IRU the  disabled  are  a  twofold  growth  ex-­ perience   because,   as   Caroline   says,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;not  only  does  Special  Olympics  bring   out   the   best   in   the   children   with   dis-­ abilities,   but   also   in   the   volunteers.   %\ WKHP UHDFKLQJ RXW WR KHOS RWK-­ ers,   they   have   helped   themselves.â&#x20AC;? 7KLV\HDUWKHRIÂżFLDO6SHFLDO2O\P-­ pics   games   will   be   held   in   Athens,   Greece  in  June.  Without  having  to  trav-­ el  to  a  different  continent  to  take  part   in  this  organization,  there  are  so  many   ways  to  help.  Attending  the  basketball   exhibition  next  February  close  to  home   DWWKH%OHVVHG6DFUDPHQWVFKRROLVDQ easy  way  to  show  your  support  for  the   Special   Olympics   athletes   attending   schools  in  our  area.  Whether  you  want   to   volunteer   by   being   a   coach,   help   make   events   run   smoothly,   take   and   share   photos   or   donate   money   is   up   to   you.   Give   yourself   an   opportunity   to  meet  new  people,  learn  new  things   and   support   an   organization   with   a   worldwide  ambition  to  improve  lives.

Sports  on  Another  Level Club  athletics  become  more  popular   as  varsity  sports  get  more  competitive By Caroline Shook Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Mr. Bryant

The Stone Ridge Middle school lacrosse team plays NCS.

Lacrosse  Win  Over St.  Stephens  St.  Agnes By Lindy Firstenberg Staff Writer           Middle   School.     The   talent   of   middle   school   lacrosseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   blue   team   ended  up  in  a  7-­6  victory  over  SSSA.     Those   seventh   and   eighth   graders,   if   choosing   to   stay   at   Stone   Ridge,   could   play   those   same   SSSA   girls   on   the   varsity   level   in   a   few   years   time.               The   differences   between   college   and   high   school   recruiting   are   fun-­ damental.     High   school   cannot   of-­ IHU HQWLFLQJ SDFNDJHV RQO\ ÂżQDQFLDO aid.     In   college,   money   for   education   is   based   on   the   ability   of   the   player.     Recruitment  for  high  school  is  a  tough   subject,   there   are   regulations   upon   regulations   to   protect   players.     Our   coaches   do   not   â&#x20AC;&#x153;recruit,â&#x20AC;?   but   can   en-­ tice   students   with   the   possibility   of   playing   time   based   off   our   numbers.    

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  knew  with   them  coaching   me,  I  would  be  in   good  hands.â&#x20AC;? Thus   because   of   our   low   number   of   student-­athletes,  the  possibility  of  be-­ ing   an   impact   player   sooner   and   get-­ ting   more   minutes   sooner   is   much   greater   than   that   of   other   schools,   all   the   while   being   competitive   in   the   ISL   and   gaining   a   great   education.               SR   varsity   lacrosse   coach,   Kara   Thiede,  explains  that  the  program  tries  

to   emphasize   both   parts   of   a   student-­ athlete.     This   correlates   with   the   rule   that  she  is  not  allowed  to  talk  to  students   until  after  they  have  been  accepted  and   have  approached  her  in  their  decision   process.     Once   they   make   the   initial   contact,   then   coaches   are   allowed   to   discuss   the   opportunities   of   the   pro-­ gram.    A  huge  night  for  Coach  Thiede   to   talk   to   perspective   players   is   Ac-­ cepted  Students  Night.    That  is  where   IUHVKPDQ $OO\ 5RFN ÂżUVW PHW &RDFK Thiede.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   knew   with   them   coach-­ ing   me,   I   would   be   in   good   hands.â&#x20AC;?                A  change  that  has  made  an  immedi-­ ate  impact  is  the  re-­organization  of  the   DWKOHWLF GHSDUWPHQW  0U %U\DQW ZDV not  only  appointed  as  Athletic  Director   of  the  upper  school,  but  as  the  Athletic   Director   of   all   athletics.     He   has   ap-­ pointed  each  varsity  coach  the  director   of  his  or  her  respective  programs.    This   permits   the   varsity   coaches   to   have   their   hands   in   the   middle   school   and   upper  school  coaches  and  the  success   of  the  program.    Also,  this  allows  mid-­ dle  schoolers  to  get  to  know  the  pro-­ gram  and  the  philosophy  earlier.    They   instill  a  sense  of  pride  for  Stone  Ridge   athletics,   which   can   be   continued   throughout  high  school.    To  facilitate,   athletics   announcements   made   in   the   middle  school  are  made  about  the  en-­ tire  program,  grades  5th  through  12th,   which   creates   a   sense   of   anticipation   to  make  it  to  the  varsity  level.  Coach   Thiede   says   â&#x20AC;&#x153;the   excitement   that   you   canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   teach   is   thereâ&#x20AC;?   in   the   middle   school.    She  will  continue  her  encour-­ agement   for   middle   schoolers   to   stay   in  order  to  build  her  lacrosse  program.

          With   the   recent   increased   level   RI GLI¿FXOW\ ZKHQ LW FRPHV WR FRO-­ lege   sports   recruiting   many   student   athletes  are  turning  to  club  and  intra-­ mural   teams   to   utilize   their   athletic   abilities.    These  teams  provide  athletic   opportunities   for   students   who   may   QRWEHWKHELJJHVWVWDURQWKH¿HOGEXW want   to   play   a   bit   less   competitively.     Intercollegiate   club   sports   are   competitive   and   rigorous,   but   are   not   regulated   by   the   NCAA.                  The  teams  also  receive  little  or  no   ¿QDQFLDO DVVLVWDQFH IURP WKH VFKRRO and  are  completely  student  run.    Club   teams  are  a  bit  more  demanding  than   intramural   sports,   but   less   rigorous   than   a   varsity   team.     Many   students   participate  on  these  teams  if  they  have   talent  in  a  certain  sport,  but  do  not  nec-­ essarily  want  it  to  be  the  only  college   activity  they  participate  in.    A  varsity   team  requires  a  students  utmost  atten-­ tion,  where  as  club  athletes  have  time   to   do   other   things   in   college   as   well. %HFDXVH &OXE DWKOHWLFV DUH QRW UHJX-­

lated  by  the  NCAA,  the  tryout  process   varies  for  every  team  at  every  school.         :KLOH LW PD\ EH YHU\ GLI¿FXOW WR earn   a   spot   on   a   club   team   at   one   school,     at   another   school   there   may   not   be   any   tryout   process   at   all.     The   competition   for   spots   on   a  

â&#x20AC;&#x153;...over  700   schools...  with   over  12,000   participants.â&#x20AC;? schools   club   team   is   almost   always   LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHG E\ WKH VL]H RI WKH VFKRRO This  is  not  to  say  that  Club  sports  are  easy.               Some   teams   still   practice   almost   every   day   and   may   be   required   to   travel   for   games   over   the   weekends.     Championships   may   even   require   students   to   travel   out   of   the   coun-­

try.     For   example,   the   2010   Ultimate   Frisbee   Club   Championships   were   KHOG LQ 3UDJXH  %XW EHFDXVH VFKRROV JLYH VR OLWWOH ÂżQDQFLDO DVVLVWDQFH WR these   teams,   students   are   sometimes   responsible   for   raising   money   in   or-­ der   to   attend   these   competitions.                      There  are  also  some  things  that  may   not  be  a  varsity  sport  at  a  school  that  are   considered  club  sports.    Ultimate  fris-­ bee  has  rocketed  in  popularity  due  to   WKHFROOHJHFRPPXQLW\7KHÂżUVWXOWL-­ mate  frisbee  club  team  formed  in  1970   in   Lafayette   college,   and   since   then   over  700  schools  have  formed  teams,   with  over  12,000  student  participants.               Club   teams   provide   athletic   op-­ portunities   for   athletes   of   many   dif-­ ferent   backgrounds.     Just   because   a   student   may   not   be   the   starting   quar-­ terback   of   the   varsity   team,   doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   mean   that   they   canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   play   sports   in   college.     With   over   70   club   sports   available  in  college  ranging  from  Ten-­ nis  to  Tug-­of-­War,  there  is  something   out   there   for   every   student   athlete.    

Photo courtesy of Danielle Martyn


Hike  Up  The  Ladder  of  Fame By Caroline Shook Staff Writer

11,  2011,  Justinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  3D  movie,   Never  Say  Never,  was  re-­ leased  in  theaters,  grossing   nearly  $31  million  dollars  in   LWÂśVÂżUVWZHHNHQGDORQH -XVWLQ%LHEHULVZLWK-­ out  a  doubt  one  of  the  best   known  teen  sensations  of   the  current  generation.    No   one  could  have  possibly   predicted  how  much  suc-­ cess  could  have  come  out   of  simple  videos  posted  to   the  Internet  of  a  young  boy   singing  cover  songs.    Once  a   boy  singing  and  playing  the   guitar  on  a  set  of  steps  in  his   him  upon  their  initial  meet-­          In  just  one  year  Justin   small  town,  Justin  is  now   %LHEHUZHQWIURPDER\ZLWK LQJ7R%HLEHUÂśVGLVPD\ selling  out  shows  in  less   the  break  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  come  as   a  Youtube  account,  to  a  pop   than  10  minutes.     idol.    After  years  of  posting   quickly  as  he  had  hoped.     ,I-XVWLQ%LHEHUKDG Time  passed  and  still,  no   videos  of  himself  singing   never  posted  those  videos   EUHDNIRU%LHEHUXQWLOKH cover  songs  to  some  of  his   of  himself  on  Youtube,  he   IDYRULWHDUWLVWVKHÂżQDOO\JRW met  Usher  a  second  time.     would  never  have  gotten  to   This  time,  Usher  listened  to   QRWLFHGE\6FRRWHU%UDXQ the  place  he  is  today.    Now,   a  record  label  manager  who   Justin  sing. some  of  his  music  vid-­          After  hearing  the  13  year   eos  have  over  500  million   UHDOL]HGWKDW%LHEHUKDGD oldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  voice,  Usher  was  quick   views.    Although  people   VSHFLDOWDOHQW%XW-XVWLQÂśV to  sign  the  rising  star.    He   success  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  start  right   knew  that  Justin  had  a   began  recording  his  debut   ZKHQKHPHW%UDXQ special  talent,  no  one  could   album  My  World,  and  his            Once  Justin  was  discov-­ have  even  imagined  that  he   ered,  he  and  his  mother  took   ÂżUVWVLQJOH2QH7LPHZDV would  become  so  successful   released.    The  song  jumped   on  a  huge  risk  by  moving   because  of  it.    At  age  16,  he   WRQXPEHURQ%LOOERDUGÂśV has  made  more  money  than   from  their  home  town  of   top  100,  earning  a  Platinum   most  people  will  make  in   Stratford,  Ontario,  Canada   to  Atlanta,  Georgia  in  hopes   ranking.    As  the  singles  kept   their  lifetime,  all  because  of   FRPLQJ-XVWLQ%LHEHUÂśV of  getting  his  big  break,   some  videos  he  posted  on   name  became  more  and   ZKLFKLVDOVRZKHUHKHÂżUVW the  Internet.   more  known.    On  February   met  Usher,  who  ignored  

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Internet  Affects  the  Industry By Iana Kozelsky Staff Writer

         The  music  industry  has  

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H[SRVHG%HIRUHWKHWLPHRIWKH world  wide  web,  musicians  had  to   develop  their  own  social  network   to  setup  connections  with  other   artists  and  hopefully  catch  the  at

taken  several  â&#x20AC;&#x153;hitsâ&#x20AC;?  due  to  You-­ Tubeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  own  quick  rise  to  fame.   This  expansive  website,  growing   by  35  hours  of  videos  per  minute,   has  given  the  industry  stars   OLNH-XVWLQ%LHEHU&KDULFH and  Greyson  Chance.  Along   with  these  prodigies,  YouTube   has  also  given  the  industry   some  challenges  and  tough   times.  Recorded  music  sales   have  been  decreasing  at  an   unprecedented  rate  over  the   last  decade.  Revenues  from   digital  download  services  like   Apple  iTunes  and  Amazon   MP3  are  still  growing  strong,   but  they  are  not  generating   enough  revenue  to  make  up  for   the  sharp  decline  in  CD  sales.   The  industry,  taking  the  hit,  has   realized  that  instead  of  competing   with  YouTube,  is  needs  to  work   with  it  in  order  to  regain  their   success  and  increase  sales.              Generating  billions  of  global   views  daily,  with  the  third  most   WUDIÂżFRQWKHLQWHUQHW<RX7XEHLV an  excellent  venue  for  musicians   to  upload  their  material  and  get  

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tention  of  people  willing  to  book   their  act  and  break  their  way  into   the  industry.  While  many  artists   still  use  this  process,  more  and   PRUHPXVLFLDQVDUH¿QGLQJWKDW taking  advantage  of  what  You-­ 7XEHKDVWRRIIHUKDVLWVEHQH¿WV that  social  networking  in  real  life   does  not  have.

         From  a  musicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  perspective,   the  concept  of  YouTube  is  simple:   record  material,  upload  videos,   promote  yourself,  and  hope  to   get  noticed  by  someone  in  the   industry.  The  advantage  You-­ Tube  provides  is  that  anyone   can  get  hold  of  an  artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  mate-­ rial.  For  example,  a  marketing   executive  for  a  record  label  in   Atlanta,  Georgia  might  stumble   upon  a  talented  young  singer  in   &DQDGD6FRRWHU%UDXQLQLWLDWHG -XVWLQ%LHEHUÂśVPXVLFDOFDUHHU only  because  he  happened  to   stumble  upon  his  videos  on   YouTube. 7KRXJK-XVWLQ%LHEHULVRQH of  the  few  lucky  artists  on  You-­ Tube,  more  and  more  musicians   are  uploading  their  material  to   the  website  in  hopes  that  they  too   will  be  discovered  and  break  their   way  into  the  industry.  Other  stars   that  have  found  the  same  luck   include  Greyson  Chance,  Charice,   DQG&KULVWLQD*ULPPLH(YHQ5H-­ EHFFD%ODFNKDV<RX7XEHWRWKDQN for  her  15  minutes  of  fame.

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         Music  can  often  be  a   part  of  the  answer  to  the   TXHVWLRQZKDWGHÂżQHVRXU generation.  Throughout   time  people  have  experi-­ enced  the  amazing  sounds   of  various  legends  who   have  introduced  the  world   to  such  genres  as  Rock   5ROODQG3RSPXVLF However,  in  the  current   21st  century,  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  gone   a  different  direction  with   music.  These  days,  music  



producers  have  turned  to   autotuning  tracks  in  order  to   make  a  semi-­talented  wan-­ nabe  musician  sound  as  if  he/ she  is  the  next  big  star.  What   happened  to  those  artists  who   incorporated  poetry  and  such   lyrics  which  spoke  to  our   bodies,  minds  and  souls  or   even  those  artists  who  opted   to  incorporate  sounds  from   older  times  to  mix  with  mod-­ ern  day  sounds?  Although   certain  types  of  music  which  

involve  repetitive  lyrics  and   club  hopping  beats  are  great   for  setting  the  mood  when   going  out  on  the  town  and   dancing,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  important  not   to  ignore  those  artists  who   take  the  time  to  create  sweet   melodies  which  allow  them   to  create  connections  be-­ tween  themselves  and  their   audiences  around  the  world.

10 Student Interest

Here and Now Issue 4

Hazing  Causes  Concern  at  College By Melissa Nemati Staff Writer

         In  the  fall,  the  seniors  will  embark   on  their  college  journey.  Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  attempt   WRÂżQGRXUQLFKHVDPRQJVWWKRXVDQGV of  other  students  at  our  respective  Uni-­ versities.  One  way  some  of  us  will  try   to  make  friends  will  be  by  joining  a  so-­ rority.  The  infamous  Greek  system  has   been   projected   into   our   lives   through   the  media  as  usually  being  something   QHJDWLYH%XWLQUHDOLW\ZKDWGRHVWKH Greek  world  really  entail?          Sure,  joining  a  sorority  or  fraternity   and  establishing  bonds  with  sisters  and   brothers  might  just  be  the  most  memo-­ rable  part  of  oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  college  experience.   The  recent  cancelled  television  show,   *5((. IRU H[DPSOH VKHGV OLJKW on   the   positive   aspects   of   the   Greek   system.   Rusty,   the   main   character,   is   the   prime   showcase   of   a   former   high   VFKRRORXWFDVWWU\LQJWRÂżWLQDWFROOHJH To  do  this,  he  pledges  a  Fraternity.             Throughout   the   seasons   Rusty   quickly  molds  himself  into  a  relatively   FRQÂżGHQW JX\ RQ FDPSXV ZKLOH VWLOO maintaining   his   geeky   quirks   and   all   around   being   himself.   As   a   result   of   the   friendly   embrace   of   his   brother-­ hood,   he   makes   life   long   friends   and   enjoys  events  such  as  attending  Greek   parties  and  forming  relationships  with   various  girls.   $OWKRXJKLWH[HPSOLÂżHGWKHSRVL-­ tive   aspects   of   Greek   life,   the   show   also   portrayed   the   negative   affects.  

'XULQJ5XVW\ÂśVÂżUVWZHHNDVDSOHGJH he  is  forced  to  make  a  fool  of  himself   throughout  hazing  week  during  which   his   feet   â&#x20AC;&#x153;miraculouslyâ&#x20AC;?   are   found   to   be  dyed  a  shade  of  dark  blue  and  part   of  his  pants  are  cut  off  at  the  back.  He   HQGVXSEHLQJODWHIRUKLVÂżUVWKRQRUV physics  class  and  gets  mistaken  for  be-­ ing  a  homeless  man.                      The  famous  movie,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal   House,â&#x20AC;?   similarly   introduces   this   ste-­ reotype  of  the  Greek  system  including   two  things:  hazing  and  non-­stop  party-­ LQJ%XWDJDLQHYHQWKURXJKWKHPRQ-­ strous  amount  of  reckless  activities  the   PDLQFKDUDFWHU%HDYHUDQGWKHUHVWRI his   gang   experience,   the   brotherhood   ends   up   sticking   together   at   the   end  

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Media  represents   both  the  positive  and  nega-­ tive  aspects  of  the  Greek   system  from  the   Hollywood  eyeâ&#x20AC;? once   the   brothers   get   themselves   in   trouble.          Clearly,  media  represents  both  the   positive   and   negative   aspects   of   the   Greek   system   from   the   Hollywood   eye,   but   what   really   goes   on   behind   closed  doors?  Hazing,  to  many,  seems  

like   a   silly   and   almost   exciting   time   for   young   college   students   who   go   through   ridiculous   and   demeaning   tasks   just   to   be   accepted   into   a   top   VRURULW\ RU IUDWHUQLW\ KRXVH %XW KD]-­ ing  is  more  serious  and  gruesome  than   some  people  may  think.          Case  one:  at  the  University  of  Miami   in  Novemeber  of  2001,  Kappa  Sigma   pledge,  Chad  Meredith,  was  forced  to   binge   drink   and   then   was   persuaded   to   swim   across   Lake   Osceola.   He   drowned   thirty-­four   feet   from   shore   and  his  death  led  to  the  passing  of  the   Chad   Meredith   Act,   which   restricted   hazing  from  college  campuses.            In  2005,  Chi  Tau  fraternity  pledge,   Matthew   Carrington,   was   pressured   to   drink   gallons   of   water   in   freezing   temperatures.   He   was   then   forced   to   do  calisthenics  while  standing  on  one   foot   and   drinking   the   water.   He   col-­ lapsed   and   died   two   hours   later   from   water   intoxication,   and   the   fraternity   was  suspended.            On  the  sorority  front,  at  UM-­Flint,   WKH %HWD 6LJPD 3KL KRXVH ZDV VXV-­ pended   after   pledges   were   caught   driving   around   drunk   people   and   rid-­ ing  in  cars  blindfolded.  Finally,  at  the   3KL (SVLORQ VRURULW\ KRXVH DW +RIVWUD University,  pledges  were  branded  with   a  three-­pronged  fork  to  represent  their   three  values.  These  are  only  a  few  of   the   many   incidents   where   hazing   has  

Delta Gamma sorority at Duke University

gone  wrong.          Despite  hazing,  sororities  and  fra-­ ternities  can  still  have  their  perks.  For   example,  some  universities  offer  busi-­ ness  fraternities,  or  co-­ed  fraternities,   where   college   kids   learn   to   network   and  create  connections  as  future  busi-­ ness  leaders.            Other  houses  are  dedicated  to  philan-­ thropy  work.  Other  houses  are  known   to  have  exciting  gatherings,  which  are   a  quintessential  part  of  the  college  ex-­

Photo courtesy of Erica Duh.

perience.   The   most   important   thing,   though,  is  the  fact  that  you  can  be  sure   no  matter  what  house  you  join,  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll   end  up  with  lifelong  friends  and  great   memories.            So  what  we  can  learn  from  all  this   is   that   the   Greek   system   has   a   lot   of   positive   aspects,   but   we   just   need   to   make  sure  that  weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  responsible  and   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  do  anything  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  going  to  make   us  uncomfortable  no  matter  how  much   pressure  is  placed  on  us.

The  Job  Hunt By Danielle Anane Staff Writer

         It  is  often  hard  to  imagine  being  

Joseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Autentico Adventures in Costa Rica

Photo courtesy of Jose Rosana

Get  Out  and  Get  Going By Gaby Keane Photo Editor

          Sometimes   the   combination   of   summer  heat,  noon  wake  up  calls,  and   a  profusion  of  popsicles  can  deter  even   the  most  exercise-­crazed  student  from   hitting  the  gym.  Staying  active  is  ex-­ tremely  important  all  year  round,  espe-­ cially  in  the  summer.  Sports  preseason   has   a   way   of   sneaking   up   on   you   in   those  last  weeks  of  August,  and  it  will   never  feel  good  if  you  have  spent  three   months   lazing   around   and   â&#x20AC;&#x153;exercis-­ ingâ&#x20AC;?  by  walking  over  to  the  ice  cream   WUXFN 6WD\LQJ ÂżW GRHV QRW KDYH WR mean  spending  hours  in  a  stuffy  gym,   staring  at  the  wall  while  you  run  on  the   treadmill.  There  are  a  multitude  of  fun,   HQWHUWDLQLQJZD\VWRVWD\DFWLYHWKDWÂżW right  into  any  enjoyable  summer  day.        You  can  take  a  break  from  tanning   and  swim  laps  in  the  pool,  simultane-­ ously  getting  exercise  and  cooling  off.   If  you  are  vacationing  on  the  beach,  a   swim  in  the  ocean  can  be  a  good  work-­

out-­-­just  be  careful  not  to  get  caught  in   the  current!  Joining  in  a  game  of  beach   volleyball  is  an  engaging  way  to  meet   QHZ SHRSOH DQG JHW ¿W DOO WKH VDPH time.  Wake  up  early  and  go  for  a  jog   on   the   beach,   a   relaxing   activity   that   allows   you   to   enjoy   the   sunrise   and   a   quiet   beach.   A   simple   walk   on   the   beach  with  a  friend  or  family  member   provides  much  more  of  a  workout  than   you   ever   would   have   thought.   Run-­ ning   on   the   sand   may   feel   extremely   hard,  much  more  so  than  pavement  or   dirt.  This  is  because  when  you  attempt   to  push  off  the  sand,  it  gives  way  and   requires   you   to   exert   about   1.5   times   the   energy   that   would   be   required   to   maintain   the   same   speed   on   solid   ground.   For   walkers,   make   that   2.1   to   2.7   times   for   energy.   So   next   time   your  young  cousins  force  you  to  play   tag   on   the   beach,   just   remember   that   your  butt  will  thank  you!

       If  you  are  looking  for  something  ac-­ tive  to  do  that  is  closer  to  home,  look   QRIXUWKHUWKDQWKH& 2&DQDO'ULYH down  with  a  few  friends  and  a  picnic   lunch   to   enjoy   after   a   walk   down   to   the  gorgeous  view  of  the  rapids.  If  you   want  to  do  something  more  physically   active,   strap   on   your   hiking   boots,   SDFN D &OLI EDU DQG KLNH WKH & 2œV FDQDO%LOO\*RDW7UDLO7KH%LOO\*RDW Trail   is   a   3   mile   stretch   that   features   a  surplus  of  nature,  boulders  to  climb   over,  and  a  steep  rock  face  that  looks   over  the  Potomac  River  that  you  must   walk   up   in   order   to   get   back   on   the   main  path. There  are  a  plethora  of  fun  summer  ac-­ tivities  that  you  can  do  in  order  to  stay   in  shape,  so  dump  the  stuffy  gym  ex-­ cuse  into  the  trash  can  and  start  work-­ ing  those  muscles!

able   to   balance   work   and   play   espe-­ FLDOO\GXULQJWKHVXPPHU%XWWKHPRW-­ to  stands  true  â&#x20AC;&#x153;work  hard,  play  harder,   â&#x20AC;?  especially  with  summer  steadily  ap-­ proaching  it  is  important  to  make  sure   WKDW\RXDUHVHWÂżQDQFLDOO\WREHDEOH to  jump  in  on  all  the  activities  the  sum-­ mer  has  to  offer.  The  whole  deal  about   getting  a  summer  job  as  a  teenager  is   to  make  sure  that  it  is  in  someone  ben-­ HÂżFLDOWR\RX          If  your  biggest  vice  is  good  food,   WKHQ ÂżQG D SDUW WLPH MRE DW D JRRG restaurant   where   you   are   guaranteed   to   get   a   discount   on   all   your   favorite   meals.  Maybe  clothes  drive  you  crazy   in  a  good  way,  then  consider  getting  a   job  at  your  favorite  retail  store  if  they   are  hiring.  Sometimes  looking  for  jobs   in  the  most  unexpected  places  can  re-­ ally  pay  off.   %HLQJDEOHWRJRRXWDQGKDQJRXW with   friends   as   you   please   without   having  to  continually  ask  your  parents   for  twenty  bucks  every  time  will  serve   as   such   a   relief.  You   even   get   a   head   VWDUW RQ WDNLQJ FDUH RI \RXU RZQ Âż-­ nances  something  that  is  very  essential   as   college   is   right   around   the   corner.     The  best  way  to  tackle  the  job  search  is   to  go  in  with  an  open  mind  and  a  very   determined  spirit.   <RXFDQÂśWÂżQGDMRELI\RXDUHQRW willing   to   be   persistent.   It   is   often   necessary   to   follow   up   continuously   wherever   you   put   in   an   application.   Maybe  consider  targeting  different  ar-­ eas  if  segments  throughout  the  course   of   a   week   but   remember   the   sooner   you  start  the  search  the  more  you  are   JXDUDQWHHG WR ÂżQG DW OHDVW RQH JRRG MRE7KHÂżUVWWKLQJWKDWVKRXOGEHIDF-­ tored   in   while   determining   where   to   look  for  a  job  is  how  far  you  are  will-­ ing   to   drive   and   the   mileage   and   gas   required  to  get  there.             Maybe   you   want   to   save   the   en-­ vironment   and   bike   to   work   all   sum-­ PHUFRQVLGHUÂżQGLQJDMREWKDWLVQHDU

Photo courtesy of Wil Travis

Check out stores that have â&#x20AC;&#x153;help wantedâ&#x20AC;? signs, like this one!

a  bike  trial  or  within  a  good  distance   near  your  house.  Sometimes  the  local   country  club  also  has  some  great  open-­ ings  even  for  non-­members.            If  you  travel  a  lot  during  the  sum-­ mer   remember   sometimes   you   can   ¿QGDMREZKHUHYHU\RXJRHVSHFLDOO\ if  you  are  planning  on  spending  a  great   deal  of  the  summer  there.  Some  local  

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  best  way  to  tackle   the  job  search  is  to  go   in  with  an  open  mind   and  a  very  determined   spiritâ&#x20AC;? surf  shops  are  willing  to  hire  part  time   on  a  come  and  go  basis.  Whatever  you   GRPDNHVXUH\RXÂżQGVRPHWKLQJWKDW is   both   fun   and   pays   well   but   never   discredit   internships   because   some-­ times  they  can  lead  to  paid  internships.            It  is  best  to  start  building  your  re-­ sume   and   repertoire   now   while   your   young,   even   if   in   college   you   can   use   your   summer   jobs   as   a   reference   gaining  a  leg  up  from  the  other  appli-­ FDQWV%HVXUHWRFKHFNORFDOFRPPX-­ nity  boards  for  job  openings  and  other   places   where   job   offerings   are   often   posted.  When  in  doubt  do  not  discredit   babysitting!

Stone Ridge May 25, 2011

Student Interest

Bulldog Boy & Gator Girl Bulldog Boy, Okay so this actually a legit question. I have been [going out] with this boy for approx. 1.5 months I am kinda over it. He, on the other hand, has grown VERY attached...tryna plan our future together, etc. He has even driven by my house just â&#x20AC;&#x153;for kicksâ&#x20AC;?. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s startinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ta creep me out. So a normal person would just be like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Listen boy, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overâ&#x20AC;?. But unfortunately we have many mutual friends and I kind of want to go to prom with him.... if only to enjoy the dance/entertainment. Is there a way of going together without actually â&#x20AC;&#x153;going togetherâ&#x20AC;?? HOW DOO I HANDLE THIS BDB??????? Sincerely, CANT BE TAMED Dear CANT BE TAMED, Figuring out how to end a relationship can be incredibly challenging, especially when the relationship is not FOHDUO\GHĂ&#x20AC;QHG,Q\RXUFDVHLWZLOOEH even trickier because of your mutual friends, but the bottom line is if you are not happy with what you have with this guy right now, you should gently and respectfully make the changes you need to make sure that you are happy. Tell him how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feelingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just tell him you want to end it; tell him you have fun when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re with him, but you are worried about how attached he is. Most guys would be receptive to that and give you some space. The crucial factor here is timing. If you have your talk before prom, it could be really awkward at the GDQFHRUKHPD\HYHQĂ&#x20AC;QGDQRWKHU date. If you wait until afterwards, you will be forced to continue your relationship as if nothing is wrong. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay and even encouraged for you to pretend youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really excited to be with him at prom, but not if that means youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in a situation where you feel pressured to do something youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not comfortable with. If you think that kind of situation could come up, then you need to have the talk before prom, because the worst-case scenario would be an emergency â&#x20AC;&#x153;chatâ&#x20AC;? at prom about your relationship and your boundaries. This would make prom not fun for either of you, so avoid that at all costs.

Dear Gator Girls, Confession time: I am a senior at Prep (shocker, right?), and so I will graduate in a couple of weeks. Before I move on to a different stage of my bulldog life, I just wanted to say how much of a pleasure it has been to be harassed by anonymous email for almost two years now. Back when I was a freshman bulldog, new to the world of Maryland private schools, I could have never conceived that I would be GatorGirlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, â&#x20AC;&#x153;go-to guy for adviceâ&#x20AC;? or BulldogWomanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;mystery man.â&#x20AC;? In fact, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know any girls at Stone Ridge, except for one, and as you probably already know, she rode horses a lot. During my sophomore year I was still a little awkward and shy, and so I can GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\UHODWHWR%R\OHVV/LIH ga+0rg!rl, and all the other girls who ask me how to meet guys. From my personal experience, the best advice I have for becoming more social is to be comfortable with who you are and to be patient. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I did, and by the end of junior year, I had lots of Gator friends. As a senior, I was busting a move like a champ at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Ball.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;ŚBut enough about me. You guys have been the best readers I could ask for, and I have been continually impressed and amused by your wit and hip $1lang. I love your riddles and your pictures of children hunting giant boars, your blatant references to my classmates, and your more clever allusions to my girlfriend. I DSSUHFLDWHERWKWKHTXHVWLRQVQRWĂ&#x20AC;W for publication and the questions that keep this feature of the Here and Now alive. Thanks again, Stone Ridge girls. Yours always, Bulldog Boy


Facebook  friended  Movies By Iana Kozelsky Staff Writer           According   to   Creating   Results,   41.6%      of  Americans  have  a  Facebook.   It  only  seems  logical  to  use  this  widely   known   and   used   social   networking   website  as  a  powerful  marketing  tool.   Companies   such   as   iTunes   have   al-­ ready   taken   advantage   of   advertising   and  promoting  on  Facebook,  and  now   HYHQ :DUQHU %URWKHUV (QWHUWDLQPHQW is  planning  to  use  the  website  to  their   advantage.  For  $3  worth  of  Facebook   credits,  users  will  be  able  to  purchase   or   rent   the   movie   of   their   choice   di-­ UHFWO\ IURP WKH ZHEVLWH %ORFNEXVWHU ZDVGHIHDWHGE\1HWĂ&#x20AC;L[EXWZLOO1HW-­ Ă&#x20AC;L[ VWDQG XS WR WKH FKDOOHQJH DJDLQVW Facebook?          The  March  2011  release  of  Warner   %URVÂżUVWWULDOÂżOPRQ)DFHERRN7KH Dark   Knight,   was   a   success.   It   was   such  a  success  that  the  company  even   DGGHGÂżYHDGGLWLRQDOPRYLHVWKDWVDPH month:  Harry  Potter  and  the  Sorcererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Stone,   Harry   Potter  and   the  Chamber   RI 6HFUHWV<RJL %HDU ,QFHSWLRQ DQG Life  As  We  Know  It.          The  titles  are  all  available  through   HDFK ÂżOPÂśV RIÂżFLDO )DFHERRN SDJH

The  cost  of  a  movie  rental  is  either  30   Facebook  credits  or  $3,  and  the  mov-­ ie   can   be   accessed   for   48   hours   after   purchase.   Viewers   can   pause   playing   and  then  log  back  into  the  site  as  well   as   post   comments   about   the   movie.   Future  releases  have  not  yet  been  an-­ nounced.          According   to   Thomas   Gewecke,   SUHVLGHQW RI :DUQHU %URV 'LJLWDO Distribution,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Facebook   has   become   a   daily   destination   for   hundred   of   PLOOLRQV RI SHRSOH 0DNLQJ RXU ÂżOPV available  through  Facebook  is  a  natu-­ ral  extension  of  our  digital  distribution   efforts.â&#x20AC;?  Analysts   quickly   determined   WKDW:DUQHU%URVÂśPRYHZDVWDUJHWHG DW1HWĂ&#x20AC;L[+RZHYHU*HZHFNHFODLPHG WKDWWKHVWXGLRZDVQRWDIWHU1HWĂ&#x20AC;L[EXW instead   interested   in   the   600   million   international  Facebook  members.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   taking  advantage  of  what  we  think  is  a   great  opportunity  to  make  our  movies   available  to  fans,â&#x20AC;?  Gewecke  asserted.      7KHUH KDV EHHQ QR RIÂżFLDO ZRUG on   any   upcoming   titles,   but   it   is   pre-­ GLFWHGWKDW:DUQHU%URVZLOOEHPDN-­ ing   movies   with   the   most   followings  

on  Facebook  available  soon. In   addition   to   Facebook   movies,   the   social   network   gaming   world   has   grown   tremendously   in   the   past   sev-­ HUDO\HDUV$FFRUGLQJWR*DPHV%HDW social   gaming   revenues   hit   $1   billion   in   2010.   Predictions   have   been   made   that  by  2015,  the  popularity  of  gaming   on   social   networks   could   bring   rev-­ enues  to  $5  billion.  While  most  games   are   free   to   play,   most   of   the   money   brought   by   these   games   comes   from   advertisements   or   gamers   purchasing   virtual  goods.           â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gaming   on   social   networks   has   quickly   become   the   most   visible   cat-­ egory   of   online   games,â&#x20AC;?   said   Pietro   Macchiarella,   a   research   analyst   at   Parks   Associates.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right   now   more   than   250   million   people   play   games   like   Zyngaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   CityVille   and   FarmVille   on   Facebook   every   month,   and   both   game   developers   and   marketers   have   WDNHQQRWLFH%LJEUDQGVVXFKDV0F-­ 'RQDOGÂśV DQG (OHYHQ KDYH FDUULHG out   cross-­promotions   with   existing   social  games.â&#x20AC;?

How  Safe  Is  the  TSA?

Debate  on  Transportation  Security  Administration By Iana Kozelsky Staff Writer

PS. Special thanks to Alex Gangitano (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;10) and Carolyn Ruocco (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;10) for starting Bulldog Boy, and to Laura Kraisinger for keeping it alive.

Best of luck, Bulldog Boy

Continued From Front

Breaking  The  Silence

keep  in  mind,  we  do  not  intend  for  this   article   to   be   a   slap   on   the   wrist,   but   rather  a  call  to  action.                In  this  past  year,  incredible  strides   have   been   taken   in   the   nationwide   movement   to   propagate   equality   for   /*%7 FLWL]HQV  7KH UHSHDO RI 'RQÂśW $VN 'RQÂśW 7HOO KDV DOORZHG /*%7 Americans  the  right  to  serve  openly  in   the  military.    The  U.S.  Department  of   Justice   has   stated   that   it   will   no   lon-­ ger   defend   Section   3   of   the   Defense   RI0DUULDJH$FW ZKLFKGHÂżQHVÂłPDU-­ riageâ&#x20AC;?   and   â&#x20AC;&#x153;spouseâ&#x20AC;?   as   terms   only   applying   to   opposite-­sex   couples)   in   court,   paving   the   way   for   a   judicial   decision   that   would   allow   for   same-­ sex   spouses   to   be   entitled   to   federal   recognition   and   protection.     And   in   %HWKHVGD 0' 6WRQH 5LGJH VWXGHQWV were   given   part   of   the   Social  Action   bulletin   board   to   dedicate   to   the   be-­ JLQQLQJRIDQ/*%7GLDORJXHLQWKHLU community.             Although   you   may   not   know   it,   groups  of  students  have  been  working   WR LPSURYH WKH VWDWH RI /*%7 LVVXHV at   Stone   Ridge   since   2009.     Student   representatives  attended  the  2011  As-­ sociation   of   Independent   Maryland   Schools   Conference   on   creating   safe   VSDFHV IRU /*%7 VWXGHQWV DQG PRUH recently  there  was  an  on-­campus  din-­ ner   dialogue   meeting   about   these   is-­ sues  as  they  relate  to  our  community.     Spectrum   has   been   the   name   of   this   overall   initiative,   our   sincere   inten-­ tion  to  change  the  way  that  our  school   HPEUDFHV/*%7LVVXHV:HKRSHWKLV QDPH RI D IXWXUH FOXE ZLOO UHĂ&#x20AC;HFW WKH fact  that  members  of  our  school  com-­ munity   represent   a   range   of   sexual   identities,  and  that  all  of  these  people   should  be  embraced  equally.            These  are  all  important  stepping-­ stones  on  the  path  to  full  equality  and  

DFFHSWDQFH  %XW IRU WKDW JRDO WR EH reached  one  day,  people  must  be  will-­ ing  to  take  risks  and  stand  up  for  what   they  believe  in  not  just  when  they  are   WHVWHG EXW ZKHQ WKH\ ÂżQG WKDW WKH question  has  not  even  been  asked  yet.              As  a  Catholic  school  in  particular,   we  have  been  called  to  ensure  that  all   members  of  our  community  feel  loved   and   included.     In   1997   the  American   %LVKRSVPDGHWKLVFOHDULQWKHLUVWDWH-­ ment  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Always  our  Childrenâ&#x20AC;?  in  which   they  wrote  â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  call  on  all  Christians   and   citizens   of   good   will   to   confront   their   own   fears   about   homosexuality   and  to  curb  the  humor  and  discrimina-­ tion   that   offend   homosexual   persons.   We  understand  that  having  a  homosex-­ ual   orientation   brings   with   it   enough   anxiety,  pain  and  issues  related  to  self-­ acceptance   without   society   bringing   additional  prejudicial  treatment.â&#x20AC;?             In   order   to   put   the   full   value   of   a  Stone  Ridge  education  into  use,  this   principle   of   personal   initiative   must   be   implicitly   acquired,   although   it   is   not  something  one  learns  in  the  class-­ room.    Right  now,  casual  homophobia   is  a  part  of  the  social  and  intellectual   atmosphere   at   Stone   Ridge,   and   un-­ less  we  take  concrete  steps  to  educate   and   raise   awareness   within   our   com-­ munity,   weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   sending   young   women   out  into  the  world  who  will  perpetuate   that  culture  of  subconscious  discrimi-­ nation.          Our  tendency  to  brush  what  makes   us   uncomfortable   under   the   carpet   (or   into   the   closet)   is   an   impediment   to  fostering  a  social  awareness  which   impels  to  action,  the  building  of  com-­ munity   as   a   Christian   value,   and   per-­ sonal  growth  in  an  atmosphere  of  wise   freedom.     Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   be   the   change.     Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   break  the  silence.

Long lines at the security check at the airport.

         As  much  as  the  phrase  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Â��Safe-­ ty  Is  Our  Priorityâ&#x20AC;?  may  bring  comfort,   the   TSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   overuse   of   the   phrase   all   over  their  website  and  on  almost  every   square  foot  near  their  security  checks,   may  also  bring  some  discomfort  â&#x20AC;&#x201C;  and   that  is  not  just  from  the  enhanced  pat-­ downs.  While  we  see  this  phrase  many   times   in   various   places   in   our   daily   lives,   on   buses,   in   restaurants,   etc.,   the  TSA,  Transportation  Security  Ad-­ ministration,  really  does  put  travelersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   VDIHW\ÂżUVW          Though  recently,  as  more  and  more   people   are   discouraging   the   use   of   full-­body  scanners  and  pat-­downs  for   the   selected   3%   of   airplane   travelers,   the   TSA   has   been   accused   of   having   a  high  failure  rate.  However,  the  TSA   claims   this   information   was   gathered   from  only  3  three  airports  out  of  450   in   2004-­2005.   Since   then,   they   have   been   applying   newer   and   more   ad-­ vanced   technology.   Their   advanced   imaging   technology   has   detected   130   dangerous  and  illegal  items  in  the  past   year.  The  pat-­downs  that  were  dreaded   by   many   travelers   this   past   holiday   season  helped  tremendously  with  safe   travel.          More  and  more  cases  against  the   76$KDYHEHHQÂżOHGWKRXJKVRPHDUH more  successful  than  others.  Congress   authorizes  the  TSA  to  search  travelers  

for   weapons   and   explosives,   and   that   is   the   extent   to   which   they   are   sup-­ posed  to  utilize  their  security.  Howev-­ er,  the  TSA  oversteps  their  boundaries   when   they   start   to   check   passengers   IRUDQ\WKLQJHOVHWKH\ÂżQGVXVSLFLRXV especially  if  it  would  not  pose  a  threat   to  passengers  on  an  aircraft.  For  exam-­ ple,  they  caught  a  man  with  three  fake   passports   when   they   searched   him   after   they   placed   him   on   a   selected   VHDUFK OLVW ZKHQ KH ERRNHG KLV Ă&#x20AC;LJKW DW WKH ODVW PLQXWH 7KH 76$ RIÂżFLDOV violated   his   rights   against   unreason-­

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Photo courtesy of Marc Morritale

travelers  might  be  questioning.  Those   concerned   about   the   radiation   should   not  be  worried  about  anything.  The  X-­ Rays  used  for  security  have  to  pass  a   test  by  Health  Physicists  and  are  also   tested   periodically   and   updated   when   newer  technology  comes  out.      %XW EHVLGHV WKH QHZ DQG JUHDW technology,   the   TSA   employees   also   play   a   role   when   it   comes   to   secu-­ rity.  And   as   the   saying   goes,   humans   are   not   perfect   and   they   can   make   mistakes.   Maria   Lumbre   experienced   RQHRIWKHVHPLVWDNHVDWWKH%:,DLU-­ port.  When  travelling  to  San  Diego  in   early  December,  her  carry-­on  bag  was   checked   because   of   her   water   bottle   DW %:, :KHQ WUDYHOOLQJ EDFN KRPH at  the  San  Diego  airport,  her  carry-­on   bag   was   checked   again.   This   time,   it   was  because  the  x-­ray  showed  that  she   was  carrying  an  X-­Acto  blade  (for  art)   in  her  pencil  case,  though  she  did  not   realize   this.   However,   the   blade   was   not   caught   in   Maryland.   This   brings   up  suspicion  on  how  much  we  can  re-­ ally  rely  on  the  trustworthiness  of  the   76$(YHU\76$DJHQWLVUHTXLUHGWR go   through   many   hours   of   training   so   that   they   are   professionally   quali-­ ¿HGWRZRUNDWVHFXULW\FKHFNSRLQWVDW DLUSRUWV %XW VRPHWLPHV WKH MRE PD\ require   more   than   just   an   amount   of   hours  of  training.


Arts & Entertainment

Here and Now Issue 4

A  Modern  Day  Fairytale:  The  Royal  Wedding By Melissa Nemati Staff Writer          Save  the  date  for  the  wedding  of  the   century   on   April   29,   2011.   Although   we   canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   be   there   personally,   we   can   still  live  vicariously  through  the  many   royals   who   will   be   in   attendance   to   watch  Prince  William  of  Wales  tie  the   knot  with  his  girlfriend  of  many  years,   Kate  Middleton.  The  coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  love  life   has  been  blown  out  of  proportions  by   the   UK   tabloids   and   media,   but   they   met  just  like  any  other  couple  would.           In   2001,   Prince  William   enrolled   at  St.  Andrews  University  in  Scotland   under   the   name   of   William   Wales.   Here  is  where  the  fairytale  couple  met   and   eventually   fell   in   love.   William   and   Kate   were   both   studying   art   his-­ tory,   and   they   â&#x20AC;&#x153;just   spent   more   time   together,   had   a   good   giggle   and   real-­ ized  [they]  shared  some  interestsâ&#x20AC;?  says   William.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;She   has   a   normal   sense   of   humour   which   is   really   good   for   me   because   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   got   a   dead   sense   of   hu-­ mour,  and  then  things  happenedâ&#x20AC;?,  Wil-­ OLDPVDLG$WÂżUVWWKHFRXSOHEHFDPH IULHQGV DQG ZHUH VLPSO\ ÂłĂ&#x20AC;DWPDWHV´ EHIRUH WKH\ RIÂżFLDOO\ EHJDQ GDWLQJ LQ 2003.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;[I]  went  bright  red  and  scuttled   off,  feeling  very  shyâ&#x20AC;?,  Middleton  says   RIZKHQVKHÂżUVWPHWWKH3ULQFH7KHLU UHODWLRQVKLSÂżUVWEHFDPHWDEORLGQHZV when  Middleton  attended  the  Princeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   passing-­out  parade  at  Sandhurst,  which   PDUNHGWKHÂżUVWKLJKSURÂżOHHYHQWVKH attended  as  Williamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  guest.          Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  be  fooled  into  thinking  the   pair   represented   the   epitome   of   a   fairytale  couple.  In  2007,  the  media  at-­ tention   and   constant   harassing   by   the   paparazzi   became   overwhelming   and   the  couple  decided  to  split,  which  sad-­ dened  the  hearts  of  millions.  However,   the  couple  quickly  mended  their  rela-­ tionship   and   in   October,   2010,   while   the  two  were  on  vacation  in  Kenya  with   friends,  William  popped  the  question.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  had  been  planning  it  for  a  while  but   as  every  guy  out  there  knows  it  takes   a  certain  amount  of  motivation  to  get   yourself  going,  so  I  was  planning  it,  it  

Photo courtesy of Mario Testino.

Prince Williams and Kate Middleton plan to get married in Westminster Abbey April 29th, 2011.

just   felt   really   right   in  Africaâ&#x20AC;?.   Mid-­ dleton   was   totally   shocked   and   â&#x20AC;&#x153;was   YHU\H[FLWHG´(YHQWKRXJK:LOOLDPÂśV mother,   Princess   Diana,   sadly   passed   away  in  1997,  her  spirit  is  still  kept  in   the   wedding   through   the   engagement   ring.  William  gave  Kate  his  late  moth-­ erâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   sapphire   and   diamond   encrusted   engagement  ring.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  knew  if  it  disap-­ peared  I  would  be  in  a  lot  of  troubleâ&#x20AC;ŚI   thought  it  was  quite  nice  because  (my   mother)  is  not  going  to  be  around  for   the  fun  and  excitement,  so  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  my  way   of  keeping  her  close  to  it  all.â&#x20AC;?           Recently,   Prince   Harry,   the   best  

man,  and  a  few  of  Williamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  friends  en-­ gaged  in  some  top  secret  shenanigans   for   Williamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   bachelor   party,   while   Kate   was   treated   to   a   quiet   night   out   by  her  sister,  Pippa,  the  maid  of  honor,   and  several  close  friends.  On  the  day   of  the  wedding,  the  couple  will  wed  at   Westminster  Abbey  on  April  29,  2011.   Middleton  will  arrive  in  a  Rolls  Royce   Phantom   VI.   Unfortunately,   news   on   the   wedding   dress   Middleton   will   wear  is  kept  very  tightly  under  wraps,   but   rumor   is   that   she   will   opt   for   a   %ULWLVK GHVLJQHU 6KH DOVR ZLOO PRVW likely   wear   her   make   up   as   naturally  

Charlie  Sheen The  Reason  Behind  the  Hype By Anna Dunlavey Managing Editor

GRZQ %XW QRZ WKH TXHVWLRQ LV :K\ were  we  so  obsessed  with  him  in  the   ¿UVW SODFH" :KDW ZDV VR LPSRUWDQW about  watching  and  making  comments   on  the  demise  of  an  actor?  It  could  be   our  fascination  with  the  celebrity  life-­ style.      

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why were we so obsessed with him in the Ă&#x20AC;UVWSODFH":KDWZDVVR important about watching and making comments on the demise of an actor?â&#x20AC;? Charlie Sheen has been all the talk recentely with his ludacris statements. Photo courtesy of Greg Laughner.

         After  watching  his  antics  for  more   than   a   month,   it   seems   that   people   KDYHÂżQDOO\ORVWWKHLUIDVFLQDWLRQZLWK Charlie  Sheen.  His  comedy  tour,  Vio-­ lent  Torpedo  of  Truth/Defeat  Is  Not  an   Option,   is   not   receiving   the   feedback   one   might   expect,   especially   since   WKH\ DOO VROG RXW$W KLV ÂżUVW VWRS LQ Detroit,  the  boos  from  the  crowd  were   so  bad  that  Sheen  left  in  the  middle  of   his   performance.   New  York   City   was   no  betterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;audience  members  trickled   out  all  through  the  show,  and  Charlie  

Sheen  ended  early  once  again.  His  exit   was   not   as   abrupt   as   in   Detroitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in   New  York,  he  at  least  thanked  his  au-­ dience,  saying,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  love  you,  New  York.   Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  the  best  crowd  ever.  Well,  some   of  you.â&#x20AC;?      ,W VHHPV GHÂżQLWH QRZ WKDW &KDU-­ lie  sheen  is  old  news.  After  months  of   hearing  of  how  he  was  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winning,â&#x20AC;?  had   Âł7LJHU %ORRG´ WKDW PDGH KLP LPSHU-­ vious  to  addictions,  and  that  the  only   drug  he  was  on  was  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charlie  Sheen,â&#x20AC;?   the   hype   surrounding   him   is   dying  

It  could  be  that  the  news  on  Sheen  is   lighter  than  the  news  from  Japan  or  the   0LGGOH (DVW 1R PDWWHU ZKDW LW ZDV After   the   initial   surprise,   it   appears   people  are  getting  tired  of  Sheen.          There  are  many  tactics  people  are   using   to   avoid   watching   catastroph-­ ies  like  Sheenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.  There  is  even  a  new   iPhone   app,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Silence   of   the   Celebs,â&#x20AC;?   WKDW ÂżOWHUV VWRULHV RQ QHZV ZHEVLWHV about   overexposed   celebrities.   And   who  knows?  If  people  stop  paying  at-­ tention  to  him,  Sheen  may  calm  down   and  change  for  the  better.

and  fresh  as  possible  and  will  style  her   hair  into  an  updo,  in  keeping  with  her   conservative  taste.          There  will  be  1,900  guests  in  atten-­ dance   and  Archbishop   of   Canterbury,   Dr.  Rowan  Williams,  will  be  conduct-­ ing  the  ceremony.  Kate  will  receive  a   royal   title   and  William   is   most   likely   to  receive  the  title  of  Duke.  Kate  will   wear   a   wedding   band   created   from   Welsh  gold,  traditionally  worn  by  roy-­ al  brides,  but  William  will  not  wear  a   ring.   Finally,   the   musicians   who   will   perform  during  the  procession  will  in-­ clude  the  choir  of  Westminster  Abbey,  

the   Chapel   Royal   Choir,   the   London   Chamber  Orchestra,  the  Fanfare  Team   IURP WKH &HQWUDO %DQG RI WKH 5R\DO Air  Force  and  the  State  Trumpeters  of   the  Household  Cavalry.          â&#x20AC;&#x153;Personnel  from  each  of  the  three   services  will  form  a  path  lining  party   for   when   the   couple   leave   Westmin-­ ster  Abbeyâ&#x20AC;?,   and   the   couple   will   ride   in  a  1902  State  Landau  carriage,  built   IRU.LQJ(GZDUG9,,DVWKH\ULGHRQ WKHLU ZD\ EDFN WR %XFNLQJKDP 3DO-­ ace  to  greet  660  people.  There  will  be   two   decadent   cakes   at   the   reception,   including   a   wedding   cake   which   will   be  a  traditional  multi-­tiered  fruit  cake   created   by   Leicestershire-­based   cake   designer,   Fiona   Cairns,   and   a   Mcvi-­ tieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Cake   Company   chocolate   bis-­ cuit  cake,  which  was  requested  by  the   Prince.  Additionally,  the  couple  has  set   up  a  charitable  gift  fund  for  those  who   would  like  to  donate  to  charity  to  help   the   couple   celebrate   their   wedding.   Afterwards,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;the  couple  and  the  rest  of   WKHUR\DOIDPLO\ZLOOJDWKHURQ%XFN-­ ingham   Palaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   balcony   to   watch   D Ă&#x20AC;\SDVW RI PRGHUQ DQG KLVWRULF ZDU planesâ&#x20AC;?.  One  thing  the  public  is  curi-­ ous  to  see  is  whether  or  not  the  couple   will  copy  Charles  and  Dianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  famous   kiss  on  their  wedding  day.  Finally,  the   evening   will   comprise   of   a   private   palace   dinner   and   dance   for   300   of   the   coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   close   friends   and   family   hosted  by  Charles.      2QH WKLQJ LV GHÂżQLWHO\ VXUH WKLV will   be   the   wedding   of   the   century.   %XWZHFDQQRWIRUJHWWKDWWKURXJKDOO these   festivities   and   glamour,   Prince   William  and  soon  to  be  Princess  Kate   Middleton  are  just  like  any  other  cou-­ ple   in   love   (the   pairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   request   to   not   have   servants   present   in   their   future   household  is  a  testament  to  the  humble   quality  of  the  charming  couple).  Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   forget   to   catch   the   broadcasted   event   RQ VWDWLRQV VXFK DV $%& DQG %%& America.  You  can  also  follow  any  up-­ GDWHVRIWKHZHGGLQJDWZZZRIÂżFLDO-­

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Stone Ridge May 25, 2011

Arts & Entertainment

Dior  Fires  Galliano


By Laura Kriasinger Editor-in-Chief

Photo courtesy of Olivier Claisse.


  Until   a   few   weeks   ago,   the   name   John   Galliano   was   synony-­ mous   with   high   couture   and   the   Dior   brand.     Unfortunately,   recent   circum-­ stances  have  attached  a  new  adjective   to   Gallianoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   name   in   many   peoplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   minds:   racist.    According   to   the   New   York  Times,  Galliano  was  involved  in   DFRQIURQWDWLRQDWWKH/D3HUOH%DULQ Paris   in   late   February.   According   to   Le  Parisien,  Galliano  is  being  charged   with   â&#x20AC;&#x153;public   insults   made   against   in-­ dividuals  based  on  their  origin  or  their   UHOLJLRXV DIÂżOLDWLRQPDGH DJDLQVW three  victims.â&#x20AC;?

Since  the  supposed  confrontation  at  La   Perle,  a  cell  phone  video  in  which  Gal-­ liano  clearly  states,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  love  Hitlerâ&#x20AC;?  and   continues  to  make  several  anti-­semitic   comments.    The  video  was  purchased   by   The   Sun   UK   and   quickly   spread   through   the   internet.     Following   Gal-­ lianoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  arrest,  Dior  suspended  him  his   position  as  creative  director,  a  position   KHKDVKHOGIRUÂżIWHHQ\HDUV$FFRUG-­ ing   to   the   Daily   Mail,   following   the   events,  Galliano  has  checked  in  to  the   Meadows  rehabilitation  facility  in  Ari-­ zona.     The  fashion  community  has  responded  

with  sadness   and  disapproval.    Acad-­ emy   Award   Winning   actor   Nathalie   3RUWPDQZKRZRQKHU2VFDUIRU%HVW $FWUHVVIRUKHUUROHLQ%ODFN6ZDQWKLV year,   had   previously   signed   on   to   be   the   spokesperson   for   Diorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   perfume   Miss   Dior   ChĂŠrie.     Following   the   in-­ cident   with   Galliano   the   New   York   Times   quotes   Portman   saying,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;as   an   individual  who  is  proud  to  be  Jewish,   I  will  not  be  associated  with  Mr.  Gal-­ liano  in  any  way.â&#x20AC;?     Galliano   was   not   only   creative   direc-­ tor  at  Dior,  but  according  to  The  Daily   Mail,  also  â&#x20AC;&#x153;oversaw  12  new  collections   a  year  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  six  for  Dior,  including  haute   couture,  and  six  for  his  own  label.â&#x20AC;? $QQD :LQWRXU (GLWRULQ&KLHI RI American  Vogue,  showed  her  support   for   the   designer   by   sitting   front   row   at  the  Dior  autumn/winter  show.    Ac-­ cording  to,  Anna  released   a   statement   on   the   situation   saying   simply  â&#x20AC;&#x153;This  is  all  so  tragic.â&#x20AC;?     $W ÂżUVW *DOOLDQR ZDV DGYLVHG QRW WR make  a  statement  on  the  incident,  how-­ ever  he  did  release  a  public  statement   about  the  incident  saying,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  only  have   myself  to  blame  and  I  know  that  I  must   face  up  to  my  own  failures  and  that  I   must   work   hard   to   gain   peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   un-­ derstanding   and   compassion.   To   start   this  process  I  am  seeking  help  and  all   I  can  hope  for  in  time  is  to  address  the   personal  failure  which  led  to  these  cir-­ cumstances  and  try  and  earn  peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   forgiveness.â&#x20AC;? In  an  interview  with  Le  Parisien  trans-­ ODWHG E\ 7KH +XIÂżQJWRQ 3RVW WKH Philippe  Virgiti,  one  of  the  men  press-­ ing   charges   against   Galliano   stated   that  he  believes,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  am  convinced  that   he  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  believe  what  he  was  saying.  I   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  think  he  is  racist  or  anti-­Semitic.   Since  the  incident,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  learned  about   his  work.  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  seen  that  he  put  differ-­ ent   cultures   into   his   designs.   I   think   that,  more  importantly,  he  is  very  sick   and  that,  above  all,  he  was  provoked.â&#x20AC;? Unfortunately,   this   incident   has   de-­ tracted  from  Gallianoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  creative  genius   in   his   ability   to   shock   viewers   with   his   avante   gard   clothes   at   his   fash-­ ion  shows.    Shocking  the  public  with   anti-­semitic   comments   is   certainly   a   departure   from   the   positive   message   Galliano  had  previously  sent  over  the   years  with  the  Dior  brand.  

By Iana Kozelsky Staff Writer

How  it  all  started:  

American  Idol          On  January  19,  2011,  Season  10  of   a  nationally  famous  reality  show  series   American   Idol   aired   on   hundreds   of   thousands  of  television  screens  across   the   country.   Starting   in   2002,   the   hit   show   had   a   relatively   slow   start,   but   began   its   skyrocketing   viewings   and   ratings  after  its  second  season.         The   hit   show   has   evolved   since   LW ¿UVW EHJDQ 7KH DJH UHTXLUHPHQW seems   to   have   expanded,   with   more   younger   talented   singers   auditioning   for   the   show.   One   big   change   to   the   show  is  that  now,  Jennifer  Lopez  and   Steven  Tyler  accompany  Randy  Jack-­ son,   the   only   judge   who   has   been   on   WKHSDQHOVLQFHWKH¿UVWVHDVRQEHJDQ With   the   loss   of   two   favorite   judges,   Simon   Cowell   and   Paula   Abdul,   the   SURGXFHUVKDYHWR¿JXUHRXWQHZZD\V to  enhance  the  show  as  to  not  lose  loy-­ al   fans   and   viewers.   However,   Ryan   Seacrest,   has   hosted   the   show   for   all   ten  seasons.  For  American  Idol,  he  is   GH¿QLWHO\DNHHSHU         The   phenomenon   that   one   show   could   have   so   many   dedicated   view-­ ers   and   inspire   many   other   similar   shows  to  be  produced  is  not  unique  for   American   Idol.   Not   too   many   people   are   cognizant   that   preceding   Ameri-­ can   Idol,   Pop   Idol   was   created   in   the   United   Kingdom   by   Simon   Fuller.   (YHQ EHIRUH $PHULFDQ ,GRO DQG 3RS Idol,  Star  Search  was  a  popular  talent   show  series  in  the  80s  and  90s.  Fuller   created  Pop  Idol  to  be  not  only  a  real-­ ity  talent  show,  but  most  importantly,  

interactive.  The  boundary  between  the   show   and   the   viewer,   separated   by   a   television   screen,   is   broken   when   the   audience   casts   the   vote   to   decide   the   next  American   Idol.   This   was   key   to   the  success  of  the  show.        That  key  to  success  was  noticed  by   many   other   producers   who   modeled   their   reality   talent   show   series   after   American   Idol   by   being   interactive.   These  include  So  You  Think  You  Can   Dance,   The   X-­Factor,   and   Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   %HVW'DQFH&UHZ6R<RX7KLQN<RX Can   Dance   and   The   X-­Factor   were   even  created  by  Simon  Fuller  and  pro-­ GXFHG E\  (QWHUWDLQPHQWWKH VDPH SURGXFHU RI $PHULFDQ ,GRO (YHU\ year,  a  number  of  series  like  these  pop   up   in   the   television   world.   However,   none  have  proven  to  be  more  success-­ ful,  or  even  as  successful,  as  American   Idol.   Only   time   will   tell   how   much   reality   and   music   television   shows   viewers  can  handle  and  whether  a  new   phenomenon   will   arise,   changing   the   television  world  again.        The  revolutionary  show  and  concept   of   American   Idol   greatly   impacted   other   media   and   pop   culture.   Ameri-­ can   Idol   created   the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simonâ&#x20AC;?   charac-­ ter,   the   judge   everyone   wants   to   act   like,   jokingly,   whenever   judges   are   needed.  American   Idol   also   furthered   the   idea   even   waitresses   like   Kelly   Clarkson   and   bartenders   like   David   Cook  can  follow  their  dreams  and  be-­ come  internationally  famous  by  being   talented  singers.

A  Hidden  Danger:  Summer  Sun  Exposed By Laura Kraisinger Editor-in-Chief

Photo courtesy of Courtney Grafmeyer (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;11).

Courtney Grafmeyer (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;11) and Haley Kameros (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;11) pose as they work on their tans.

         With  so  many  popular  beaches  only   a  few  hours  away,  summertime  is  as-­ sociated   with   sunny   beach   vacations   for  many  teens  in  the  Washington  D.C.  

area.    And   of   course,   on   those   vaca-­ tions  one  of  the  most  popular  pastimes   is  tanning  on  the  beach.    With  shows   on  TV  such  as  Jersey  Shore  promoting  

tan   skin   as   a   necessary   summertime   accessory,  many  teens  are  ignoring  the   risks  of  lying  out  in  the  sun. 2QWKH)'$ÂśVRIÂżFLDOZHEVLWH6KD-­ URQ0LOOHU06((D)RRGDQG'UXJ Administration   (FDA)   scientist   and   international   expert   on   UV   radiation   and   tanning   states,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although   some   people   think   that   a   tan   gives   them   a   â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;healthyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  glow,  any  tan  is  a  sign  of  skin   damage.â&#x20AC;?    The  American  Academy  of   Dermatology   reports   that   melanoma   is  the  second  most  common  cancer  in   women  20  to  29  years  old.          And  of  course,  lying  on  the  beach   is   not   the   only   way   to   achieve   a   tan.     (YHU\ GD\ PLOOLRQV RI WHHQV LQ WKH 86IUHTXHQWWDQQLQJVDORQV%ULWWDQ\ Leitz,   Miss   Maryland   2007,   a   Red-­ skins  cheerleader,  and  a  frequent  cus-­ tomer  at  tanning  salons  was  diagnosed   melanoma   at   the   age   of   20.     She   has   been   an   advocate   against   the   dangers   of  tanning  ever  since.    In  an  interview   ZLWK$%&QHZVVKHVWDWHVÂł,ZDVFHU-­ tainly  in  the  group  of  â&#x20AC;&#x153;tanorexicsâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;ŚI   didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   have   to   tan,   I   chose   to,   and   I   QHDUO\SDLGZLWKP\OLIH´%ULWWDQ\LV

just   one   example   of   a   young   person   whose   pursuit   of   tanned   skin   blinded   her  from  the  true  danger  she  was  put-­ ting   herself   in   by   exposing   her   skin   excessively  to  UV  rays.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was certainly in the group of â&#x20AC;&#x153;tanorexicsâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;ŚI didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to tan, I chose to, and I nearly paid with my life.â&#x20AC;?          While   they   maintain   that   there   is   really   no   safe   tan,   offers  teens  helpful  tips  to  tanning  as   safely  as  possible  throughout  the  sum-­ mer.    One  of  the  main  points  that  they  

make   is   that   using   a   sunscreen   with   an   SPF   of   15   should   be   the   absolute   minimum  in  order  to  prevent  not  only   sunburn,  but  unseen  skin  damage  that   may  show  up  later  and  lead  to  prema-­ ture  aging  and  wrinkling  in  skin. Courtney  Grafmeyer  (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;11)  is  quick  to   admit  that  she  tans  both  on  the  beach   and  in  a  salon.    While  when  she  tans   on  the  beach  she  says  she  uses  a  sun-­ screen  with  an  SPF  of  30  on  her  face   and  15  on  her  body,  she  also  admits  to   XVLQJ WKH VWDQGXS$W WKH %HDFK WDQ-­ ning  bed  for  8  minutes  because  â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a   little  stronger,  but  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  less  time,  and  I   get  impatient.â&#x20AC;?          What  many  people  fail  to  recognize   is  that  what  you  do  to  your  skin  now   will  affect  how  your  skin  looks  in  the   future.    Too  many  deep  tans  as  a  teen   can  lead  to  sunspots,  leathery  skin,  and   excessive  wrinkles  later  in  lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not  to   mention   cancer.     Many   older   people   try   to   turn   back   the   effects   of   aging,   when  in  fact  the  best  way  to  keep  your   skin  looking  young  and  fresh  as  long   as  possible  is  to  protect  it  before  aging   or  damage  occurs.  

The Stone Ridge Class of 2011 is college bound: Milena Aksentijevich - Undecided Danielle Anane - Michigan State University Lilly Anderson - University of Southern California Lucy Bartozzi - Syracuse University Megan Burleigh - Towson University Alexandra Burris - Messiah College Joelle Chon - Rhode Island School of Design Camille Clancy - University of Vermont Emily Conlan - Carnegie Mellon University Virginia Coyne - University of Notre Dame Nathalie Dagenais - Wake Forest University Anna Dunlavey - Kenyon College Elizabeth Dunwiddie - St. Mary’s College of Maryland Melissa Farzin - University of Maryland College Park Jennifer Ferrigno - Georgetown University Jacqueline Firstenberg - Boston University Katharine Funari - Villanova University Shawn Gannon - Xavier University Alyssa Gill - Pennsylvania State University Elizabeth Glowacki - University of California Berkeley Courtney Grafmeyer - Wofford College Kelly Haglund - Dickinson College Anabel Hallewell - Queen’s University Grace Hamilton - Miami University of Ohio Helen Hargan - Southern Methodist University Tanisha Hopewell - Northeastern University Haley Kameros - Bucknell University Laura Kraisinger - New York University Maria Lumbre - The Catholic University of America Allison Mancini - University of Pittsburgh Madeline McCormick - Villanova University Rachel Morrison - Susquehanna University Kelly Mulquin - Saint Joseph’s University

Caitlin Murphy - University of Maryland College Park Melissa Nemati - The George Washington University Grace Nowlin - University of South Carolina Meghan O’Brien - Brown University Shannon O’Connell - Fordham University Madeleine Ours - University of Colorado Boulder Meredith Plaine - University of Pennsylvania Diana Pressel - Georgia Institute of Technology Emily Richardson - University of Maryland College Park Alexis Rickford - The American University of Rome Tristan Roche - Georgetown University Megan Ryan - Miami University of Ohio Mary Salmonsen - Syracuse University Gabi San Martin - Boston College Natalia Schmidt - Northwestern University Julia Schmitz - Stanford University Elizabeth Shank - Carleton College Amisha Sharma - New York University Casey Sheahan - Georgia Institute of Technology Caroline Shervin - College of Charleston Jamiee Shim - Maryland Institute College of Art Gaby Simundson - Tufts University Alicia Spiegel - University of Rochester Cathleen Sullivan - Bucknell University Julia Sullivan - University of Maryland College Park Molly Sullivan - University of South Carolina Abigail Sweeney - Haverford College Kaitlyn Teague - University of Maryland College Park Matti Rose Vagnoni - St. Mary’s College of Maryland Lisa Valverde - Washington University in Saint Louis Kayla Van Scoy - University of Tennessee Elizabeth Williams - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Colleen Zorc - University of Pennsylvania

Photo courtesy of Stone Photography.

Congratulations girls! ...farewell, you will be missed!


Saying goodbye to beloved teachers...

Mr. Krakow By Alicia Hai Contributing Writer

Miss Dunn By Catherine Kan Contributing Writer

         A  teacher,  a  dean,  and  a  for-­ mer  student  here  at  Stone  Ridge,   Ms.  Dunn  will  be  missed  by  the   Stone  Ridge  community.  What   will  we  do  without  her  weekly   updates,   morning   announce-­ ments,  and  her  school  spirit?           Ms.   Dunn   says   that   she   is   nervous  and  sad  to  leave  Stone   Ridge,   but   at   the   same   time   is   excited   to   embark   on   new   ad-­ ventures   and   to   live   out   Goal   ÂżYH D SHUVRQDO JURZWK LQ DQ atmosphere  of  wise  freedom.            Next  year,  she  will  be  work-­ ing   at   D.C.   Prep,   a   charter   school  in  Washington  D.C.  that   is   undergoing   a   lot   of   educa-­ tional   innovation,   which   Ms.   Dunn   canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   wait   to   check   out.     D.C.   Prep   is   currently   one   of   the   sites   that   Stone   Ridge   stu-­ dents  frequent  for  Social  Action  

Wednesdays,  so  it  is  familiar  to   many   members   of   the   Stone   Ridge  community.              Sacred  Heart  schools  provide   everyone  with  a  strong  founda-­ tion  that  empowers  women  and   leads   them   to   great   opportuni-­ ties.            As   Ms.   Dunn   said,   it   is   a   roadmap   for   making   personal   and  profession  decisions,  which   guides  everyone  from  the  same   starting   point,   reminding   her   that  each  and  every  girl  is  part   of  one  same  family.            All  sacred  heart  girls  work   towards  the  same  goals  and  are   HQFRXUDJHGWRFDUU\RXWWKHÂżYH goals   and   build   community   wherever   they   go.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   one   of   the   cool   things   about   Sacred   Heart  schools!â&#x20AC;?  she  says.

      Just   a   year   ago,   Mr.   David   Krakow   was   one   of   our   new   and   up   and   coming   history   teachers.    And  as  we  come  to  a   close  for  the  2010-­2011  school   year,  many  teachers  have  made   the   decision   to   leave   Stone   Ridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including   Mr.   Krakow   himself.              His  motivation  in  teaching   history   came   from   one   of   his   favorite   aspects   of   teachingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; being   able   to   think   and   ana-­ lyze   with   students.   During   his   time  at  the  school,  Mr.  Krakow   has   enjoyed   not   only   teaching   his   students,   but   also   his   col-­ laboration   with   fellow   History   teacher   Mr.   Kenneth   Woodard   for  the  World  and  United  States   history  classes.          A  fond  memory  of  Mr.  Kra-­ kow  was  a  piece  of  advice  be-­ fore  winter  break  when  he  said,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watch  a  movie  or  three.  Try  to  

go  dancing,  and  appreciate  your   cousins.  No,  you  shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  nec-­ essarily   go   dancing   with   your   cousins...â&#x20AC;?   While   Mr.   Krakow   has   made   many   memories   and   new   friends   in   these   past   two   years,   his   reasoning   in   leaving   is  one  that  stems  from  his  pur-­ suits  as  a  teacher.            When  asked  his  reason  for   leaving   he   says   (after   a   very   long  pause),  â&#x20AC;&#x153;As  a  teacher,  my   goal  is  to  make  sure  my  teach-­ ing  style  lines  up  with  the  mis-­ sion   of   the   school   I   am   teach-­ ing.â&#x20AC;?   By Laura Kraisinger Editor-in-Chief          Whether  Mr.  Krakow  may   be   teaching   at   another   school             Miss   Thurston   has   been   happy  everyday  for  being  given   in   the   area   or   even   in   another   a   familiar   face   at   Stone   Ride   the   opportunity   to   go   to   Stone   state  or  country,  he  will  surely   for  many  years.    She  has  been   Ridge.â&#x20AC;? be   missed   by   our   faculty   and   coaching   lacrosse   for   8   years,            While  she  is  leaving  for  the   students   here   at   Stone   Ridge.   taught   in   the   Lower   School   Lower   School,   as   an   alum   of   Good  luck  on  whatever  adven-­ for   2   years,   taught   in   the   Up-­ the  High  School,  Miss  Thurston   tures  you  may  pursue  in  the  fu-­ per   School   for   a   year,   and   is   certainly   enjoyed   working   at   returning  to  teach  in  the  Lower   the  Upper  School.    As  Assistant   ture,  Mr.  Krakow! School  next  year.    â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  just  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   Dean  of  Student,  or  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;crazy   get  enough  of  this  place,â&#x20AC;?  Miss   attendance  ladyâ&#x20AC;?  as  Miss  Thur-­ Thurston  boasts.   ston   jokes,   she   was   very   in-­          About  her  decision  to  leave   volved  in  student  life  in  the  Up-­ the   Upper   School,   Miss   Thur-­ per  School.      Her  favorite  part   ston  says,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  like  working  with   about  her  time  here  was,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;See-­ people  who  are  shorter  than  me.     ing  how  much  Stone  Ridge  has   Working   in   high   school   has   changed   and   yet   remained   the   been   an   amazing   experience   same.    I  can  pick  out  girls  from   and  I  feel  so  lucky  I  was  able  to   every   class   that   remind   me   of   do  it.    It  reminded  me  of  why  I   girls  from  my  year.    Not  just  my   love  Stone  Ridge  so  much  and   close  friends  -­  but  every  girl  in   how   great   of   a   place   this   truly   the  4th  academic  class  reminds   is.    There  has  not  been  one  day   me  of  someone  from  my  class.â&#x20AC;?     when  I  have  looked  back  at  my   We  will  miss  you  in  the  Upper   life  and  wished  I  had  gone  any-­ School  Miss  Thurston!! where  else  -­  honestly.    I  am  so  

Ms. Thurston

Mrs. Harris By Sun Eun Lim Contributing Writer

Miss Adom By Iana Kozelsky Contributing Writer

          We  wish  a  loving  farewell   to   Ms.   Adom   who   is   ending   KHU 6WRQH 5LGJH -XQLRU (QJ-­ lish   Teacher   career   after   three   years.  Ms.  Adom  loves  how  the   girls   are   â&#x20AC;&#x153;encouraged   to   advo-­ cated  for  themselvesâ&#x20AC;?  at  Stone   Ridge.             Her   favorite   part   about   teaching   at   Stone   Ridge   was   the  students.  She  always  has  â&#x20AC;&#x153;a   lot   of   fun   in   classâ&#x20AC;?   and   is   en-­ ergized   when   sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   at   school.   Clearly,   Ms.   Adom   energizes   her  students  as  well.  Liz  Chmu-­ ra  (â&#x20AC;&#x2122;12)  believes  that  Ms.  Adom   LV ÂłWKH FDWÂśV SDMDPDV´ (OL]D-­ EHWK%XUGHWW Âś VD\VÂłVKHLV my  everything;Íž  only  she  would   understand  that.  There  was  this   one  time  when  we  were  talking   about   how   she   is   my   advisor,   teacher,   check-­in   person,   and   6RFLDO $FWLRQ UHĂ&#x20AC;HFWLRQ JURXS faculty   companion.   She   is   my   favorite  person  of  all  time.â&#x20AC;?

          Ms.  Adom   loves   how   her   students  are  eager  to  learn,  have   a  great  sense  of  humor,  and  are   interested   in   her   digressions   while   still   working   hard.   It   is   still   uncertain   for   Ms.   Adom   where  she  is  headed  to  next,  but   she  knows  she  wants  to  stay  in   education  and  maybe  take  on  a   more   of   a   student   support   role   instead  of  teaching.  At  the  same   time,  she  still  is  not  absolutely   sure,   though   she   does   plan   to   stay  in  this  area.          She  will  truly  miss  coming   to   Stone   Ridge   everyday.   Rest   assured,   juniors,   she   will   be   back   for   graduation   next   year.   Though   she   will   no   longer   teach   at   Stone   Ridge,   she   says   she   will   be   around   and   will   keep  in  contact.           We,   too,   will   miss   Ms.   Adom,  and  her  knack  for  lead-­ ing  engaging  class  discussions.   Good  luck,  and  farewell!

          â&#x20AC;&#x153;God,  grant  me  the  seren-­ ity  to  accept  the  things  I  cannot   change,   Courage   to   change   the   things   I   can,   And   wisdom   to   know  the  difference.â&#x20AC;?    As  soon   as  everybody  settles  down,  Mrs.   Harris   starts   the   class   with   this   solemn  yet  calming  prayer.                        Mrs.  Harris  has  extended  the   meaning  of  this  daily  prayer  into   her  life  by  embracing  a  â&#x20AC;&#x153;courage   to  change  the  things  [she]  canâ&#x20AC;?.     Next  year,  sadly,  Mrs.  Harris  is   ÂżQLVKLQJ KHU VKRUW \HW LQVSLUD-­ tional   journey   in   Stone   Ridge   to  initiate  the  true  adventure  of   Kristen  Harris.               Motivated   by   her   biology   teacher  in  the  high  school,  Mrs.   Harris   dreamt   of   becoming   fun   and   accessible   biology   teacher.     In  only  2  years,  Mrs.  Harris  has   LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHG PDQ\ RI XV  0UV Harris   is   always   enthusiastic   about   the   subject   and   students.     Her   enthusiasm   for   the   subject   and  students  still  continues  even  

WKH VFKRRO EHOO ULQJV  (YHU\ Thursdays   after   school,   Mrs.   +DUULV WHDFKHV 6$7 ,, %LRORJ\ subject   test   for   students   who   will  be  taking  the  test  on  June.     Also,  she  is  always  in  the  room   569   willing   to   help   students   with   abstruse   biology   ques-­ tions.                Mrs.  Harris  is  a  true  mother   to  many  of  her  students,  and  is   often   spotted   holding   her   two   own  adorable  childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  hands.     Also,  Mrs.  Harris  is  expecting  a   baby  on  July!    Thus,  Mrs.  Har-­ ris  is  leaving  Stone  Ridge  to  be   a  full  time  mother  for  her  three   children.    However,  as  she  en-­ joys   teaching   a   lot,   Mrs.   Har-­ ris   might   return   back   to   teach,   maybe  in  Stone  Ridge!               Despite   her   leaving   next   \HDU 0UV +DUULVÂś LQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFH will   still   remain   in   our   hearts   and   community.   Stone   Ridge   will   remember   her   biology   fe-­ ver,  humor  and  loving  nature.    

Ms. Williams By Anna Dunlavey Managing Editor

         Even  though  Ms.  Williams,   Upper   School   counselor   and   Learning   Specialist,   has   only   been   here   for   four   years,   she   has   decided   that   it   is   time   for   her   to   move   on.   Throughout   her   career,   she   has   tried   many   new  things.  She  began  in  clini-­ cal  practice  and  hospital  clinic   service,   and   has   spent   the   last   ten   years   in   the   independent   school  system.   6KHSODQVWRXVHWKLVLQĂ&#x20AC;X-­ ence  in  her  next  step  after  Stone   Ridge.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  am  in  an  independent   school  leadership  program,  and   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   interest   in   exploring   some   leadership   roles   in   different   school   settings,   as   well   as   re-­ turning   to   developing   an   inde-­ pendent  clinical  practice.â&#x20AC;?       Ms.   Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   position   evolved   during   her   time   at   Stone   Ridge.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   been   both   the  counselor  and  learning  spe-­ cialist.  This   year,   I   focused   on  

the   learning   specialist   aspect,   and  that  has  become  a  separate   role   now.â&#x20AC;?   She   also   has   many   fond  memories  of  Stone  Ridge.          A  group  of  giggling  middle   school   students   walked   by   as   she   said   she   enjoys   the,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;fun   spirit,  good  nature  and  camara-­ derie  of  the  girls.  You  can  feel   it   in   the   building.â&#x20AC;?   She   gave   a   thoughtful   smile   as   she   re-­ membered  some  of  her  favotire   times  here.   Stone   Ridge   has   also   left   a   mark   on   her   future,   as   she   hopes   to   continue   both   lead-­ ership   and   community.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   been   interested   in   developing   collaboration   between   private,   public,  and  charter  schools.â&#x20AC;?            Although  we  will  miss  Ms.   Williams   here,   we   hope   she   will   carry   the   memory   of   her   time  at  Stone  Ridge  with  her  as   she  pursues  new  challenges  and   opportunities.  Good  luck!



one  of  the  members  of  Jour-­ nalism  will  soon  forget  Laura   .UDLVLQJHURXUDPD]LQJ(GLWRU in-­Chief.  Managing  an  entire   newspaper  is  no  easy  task,  but  she  is  able   to  get  the  job  done,  even  when  it  seems   impossible.  When  it  comes  to  keeping   the  class  in  order,  organizing  the  paper,   and  meeting  deadlines,  Laura  is  your   girl.  New  York  University  is  lucky  to   be  getting  Laura  next  year.  We  will   miss  her  leadership  as  we  continue   The  Here  and  Now.  We  love  you   Laura  and  hope  you  have  an  amazing   time  at  NYU!  We  couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have  got-­ ten  through  the  year  without  you!

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