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Volume 3 Number 7
Mr. Harriton is... Grant Biegger
Senior Grant Biegger took home the title of Mr. Harriton. For full coverage, see Features, (Blake Bergen/The Harriton Banner).
Bat Boy Tribute: Page Six
James Butler as the Bat Boy. HTC’s production was its last in the old Harriton building (Blake Bergen/The Harriton Banner).
April 1, 2009
Year Two, A Recap
By: Steph Hill Features Editor
“Are you ready?” has been the tagline for the first two Mr. Harriton competitions. I think a better question for our Harriton population is, “Who isn’t ready for Mr. Harriton?” This year’s Mr. Harriton contest was one of the most highly anticipated events of the season. Even as a member of the Harriton Theatre Company, I can honestly say I have never seen the house as packed for any other school event as it was on the night of March 12th. From the first rehearsal to the finished product, Mr. Harriton has kept students on their toes and begging for more. The show commenced with an introduction video that documented the contestants’ dance rehearsals, a few catchy one-liners from the boys’ interviews, and gave audiences an overall feel of the journey to becoming the next Mr. Harriton. Shortly after, the judges appeared on stage and made their way to their tables, each supplied with a Dasani water bottle and the fatedetermining Mr. Harriton rubric. Suspense was in the air. The opening number was about to begin. What had Student Council prepared for us this year? By far, one of the best moments of the night was the N*Sync dance duel with the Backstreet Boys! Standing out amongst the dancers was leader of the N*Sync pack, Grant Biegger. (Who knew this was just a preview of what we would see later?) The choreography was phenomenal; so genuine, I think all us students were taken back to our childhoods. What made this number more than just upbeat and hysterical was the attitude of the contestants – every single one took the competition seriously. It was clear that the boys had dedicated a lot of time to making each move perfect. Next came the individual contestant videos and talent por-
tion of the contest. Once again, Steven Ellis did a remarkable job filming and editing the clips. I think overall, what makes this Mr. Harriton competition most different from the last is how professional Student Council was with every aspect of the event. They really raised the bar – even the eye-catching contestant posters are worth praising. After intermission, the audience hurriedly returned to their seats. Everyone couldn’t help talking about Jon Maltz’s famous cookies that were served during the fifteen minute break. I hope you got a taste, otherwise you missed out! After Michael Bublé’s catchy “World on a String” where all the Mr. Harriton contestants united in dance and song, the boys strutted their sleek Bernola tuxes, as the beautiful escorts showed off their men. Next on the schedule was the interview. Michael Selarnick hooked the crowd in with the most embarrassing moment of his life. Audiences also chuckled at the innuendos hidden in Daniel Cooper’s idea of a perfect date. And who can forget Grant Biegger’s in-depth analysis following the simple question asking for his favorite ice cream flavor? At last, the escorts and the contestants heated up the stage with their salsa moves, while the judges tallied up the final points. Finally, the moment we have all been waiting for: the announcement for the next Mr. Harriton was to be made. There to crown the next Mr. Harriton was Charles Epstein, the first ever Mr. Harriton. The whole audience roared and cheered as the “Return Contender”, Grant Biegger, was announced as the new Mr. Harriton! Student Council deserves enormous credit for staging an incredible event: creative, bold, hilarious, and sophisticated. With its great success, I imagine you had better pre-order your tickets for the next Mr. Harriton right now!
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Vegetarian Influence Sweeps the Nation
By Moira Lavelle Staff Writer Over the past couple of years there has been an incredible rise in the number of vegetarians under 18. It seems that more and more children and teenagers are changing their diets and eliminating meat. I spoke to a large number of vegetarians at Harriton, and asked them to share their views. A vegetarian is defined as a person who does not eat meat, but there are many different subcategories. These sub categories arise in the face of products such as fish, eggs, honey, or dairy. Marissa Kardon Weber, a vegetarian of two years explains, “There are many different levels of vegetarians: vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, lacto-vegetarians, lactoovo-vegetarians, ovo-vegetarians, flexitarians, pollo-vegetarians,
(etc.), and, of course, those that are in between. It is not a competition, and there is not one central belief of all vegetarians.” Of the Harriton vegetarians I spoke to none who were vegans- vegetarians who avoid all animal products including dairy and eggs. All of the students avoided red meat and poultry, but a few ate fish on occasion. Over the past couple years the number of adolescents who avoid meat has slowly been increasing. The U.S. government recently did a preliminary survey to estimate the number of child vegetarians, estimating that every 1 in 200 kids is a vegetarian. According to other surveys, the number may be almost five times as large in teenagers because they have more control over their diet. Harriton appears to be following this trend; an informal poll
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showed one Freshman English class to contain seven vegetarians out of approximately of 20 students. Most adolescents change their eating habits due to compassion for the animals as opposed to the health benefits. “I became vegetarian because I saw what a slaughterhouse looked like, and realized what exactly happened to the animals,” says freshman Stephanie Herrmann, who has been a vegetarian for five years. Four- year vegetarian Shai Cooke remarks that he became a vegetarian for moral beliefs: “I believe it is wrong to eat animals. They have just as many rights as us.” Four-year vegetarian Leah Hawkesworth mentions, “I felt like I already took so much from the world, and this wasn’t much of a sacrifice. Now, meat doesn’t appeal to me in any way.” The U.S government survey suggested that the increasing trend could be partially due to what are known as “slaughter videos” that depict the horrors involved with the meat industry. “I stopped (eating meat) because of a video on Myspace actually, it was about using animal fur and making it into clothing. When it was over I realized that I didn’t want to harm animals in any way. I found eating them selfish, wrong, and clearly unnecessary,” remarks sophomore Halston Brash, who has been a vegetarian for just over a year. However, there were not enough long-term statistics to verify the correlation between the videos and the numbers of vegetarians. Additionally, a small number of students have been abstaining from meat since birth. “I was raised a vegetarian, so I’ve never eaten meat,” comments Rachel Metz. Most students that I talked to stated that the biggest benefit involved with becoming a vegetarian was the emotional payoff. “I basically feel more natural and happier not eating meat, knowing that I do not have something inside of me that, at one point, had a mind of its own,” states Marissa Kardon Weber. “I honestly LOVE being a vegetarian,” confesses Halston Brash. “It feels really good knowing that you’re saving animals even if it’s just a few.” Jordin Metz, who has been a vegetarian his entire life, describes another positive of being a vegetarian, “I learn to try many new foods and styles of cooking. You have to eat a wide array of foods when you are a vegetarian, which opens you up to all kinds of different foods.” Unfortunately, there are negatives involved with becom-
April 1, 2009
A vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat meat, and mostly eats foods that come from plants, like grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Some stricter vegetarians avoid more than just meat. They also avoid animal products, which are non-meat foods that come from animals. (Laurie McAdam/Modesto Bee/MCT)
ing a vegetarian. It is difficult for many vegetarians to maintain their diet when eating out in places that do not offer meat-free options, or eating pre-packaged food. “One thing that I tend to have trouble with is gelatin. It is included in many foods like marshmallows. Whenever you eat something like candy there is always a risk of it containing gelatin. Some vegetarians don’t have a problem with it, but I prefer to avoid it whenever possible,” comments two-year vegetarian Coco Sutton. Another one of the main concerns in being a vegetarian is the loss of nutrients, which are found primarily in meat. “One problem I have faced is not receiving enough protein. My parents did not want me to intake protein pills, so after some tears and personal, moral convincing, I gave in to salmon, and only salmon. Some may call me hypocritical, but I think in the end my personal health needs to come first,” states Marissa Kardon Weber. Coco Sutton agrees saying, “Protein is also an obvious problem, but I eat a lot of peanut butter to try and even things out.” One of the main tribulations for high school aged vegetarians is the questioning and confrontation of peers and even adults. “Most of my friends have gotten used to it, but every once in a while I’ll have a parent question me about it,” explains Coco Sutton. “The usual is, ‘Why did you become a vegetarian?’ They’ll go on arguing with me about it for a few minutes trying to convince me to start eating meat, but it hasn’t worked yet.” This is a common experience for many vegetarians. “Of course there have been those people that think they can ‘convert’ me back to eating meat, people that may pick on me and try to make me feel like a hypocrite because I wear fur lined Ugg boots, and
people that think they will gain power if they can stump me when asking why I do not eat meat. The bottom line is that this is how I feel, this is what I am comfortable doing, and I will not try to ‘convert’ anybody else into being a vegetarian,” comments Marissa Kardon Weber. Jordin Metz remains positive mentioning, “If people do tease me though, they probably can’t back it up with anything besides ‘Meat is manly’ or something similar, whereas I can say why I like being a vegetarian and why I am healthy.” In light of the rising number of vegetarians, a question arises: Is it the responsibility of the school cafeteria to provide more meat free options? Almost every vegetarian I spoke to agreed that the cafeteria should supply meat free lunches alongside those with meat. “I think they should have other options, especially as so many people are becoming vegetarians,” remarked Leah Hawkesworth. I talked to Diane Berkman, who can most often be seen running the cash register during the lunch periods and she responded, “We’re trying to get more stuff like garden burgers or veggie burgers,” she admitted. “If you guys have any ideas for meat free food, just come and ask us, and we’ll try to order it.” All of the students I spoke to appeared very content with their choice in diet. In the future it seems as if the number of non-meat eaters will continue to increase. “With the rising number of vegetarians, more people are starting to see that being one isn’t such a bad thing after all,” comments Jordin Metz. “Even if someone is not becoming one themselves, they can at least see why some people choose to be vegetarian.”
Cool Senior Projects! Mystery Visitors!
April 1, 2009
Preemptive Projections of Senior Projects By Jackie Milestone Staff Writer For Harriton seniors, school is just about over. But once the seniors leave, there will still be work to do. In the time until graduation seniors will exercise their personal interests in the real world while they work on their senior project. Senior projects leave much room for creativity and extravagant ideas, and Harriton certainly has a history in the extravagant when it comes to senior projects. There are plenty of crazy stories and urban legends regarding the history of Harriton’s senior projects: mix-ups, ridiculous topics, and those who chose to rewrite the requirements by their own volition. There have also been interesting Harriton-run presentations involving senior projects such as “Science Night”. This was an annual open event held by the Science Club so that elementary school students could visit and get a taste of the sciences through student-run demos. This night was managed by two students and has always been an incredibly popular event. Unfortunately, this year Science Night has been suspended because the science equipment will be in the process of being moved to the new school. But continuing with tradition, senior projects are all about creativity and pursuing interests. The following is a collection of some seniors who are doing just that in the most unique ways. Casey Tabas’s interest in photography led her to the grand plan of starting her own photography business. For her project she will be focusing on taking pictures of Harriton’s crew team. The pictures will, of course, be purchasable for a bargain price, and the profits will go to both her efforts and production as well as the Harriton Crew team. The photos will be available to parents on the crew team’s race days and hopefully will be for sale on a website, so that everyone will have an easy way to buy them if they choose. In working towards expanding
her creative photography options, Casey will give the option to buyers for picture enlargement or printing on posters and calendars. “I hope, in the end, that this is a successful company and that I raise a lot of money; enough to do it for the following year and years to come,” says Tabas. So look out for Casey Productions this spring: a rising company in the world of photography! One senior project that is bound to go down in Harriton history is Isaac Pedisich’s production of the theatrical play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, a famous absurdist theatre piece by Tom Stoppard. Isaac will be holding auditions, casting, working with the actors and actresses, and piecing together a finished product of absurdist theatre for entertainment. It is an incredible job to take on an entire show and spin it into something enjoyable and pleasant, but there is no doubt that Isaac can pull it off. Finally, senior Steven Ellis is providing us a way of saying goodbye and a token of remembrance for next year when not only he will leave, but we will all move on to a new school. Therefore, Steven will be working with Harriton’s TV and Film Club as they create a tribute film to the old Harriton High School. They will be producing, editing and putting together all parts of the video with their own dexterity. “I’m really hoping that it turns out well, and that I can create an interesting movie about an interesting subject,” says Steven Ellis about his senior project. We have faith that he will! The best thing about the senior projects is the bountiful freedom they allow for creativity. Throughout any student’s high school career it is inevitable that they will feel stifled in some way at one point. Senior projects serve as something of a reward. Your final act as a high school student becomes one where you are finally allowed to use your ingenuity and go as far as you want…well, almost.
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Our Mystery Visitors
Upper Dublin Checks out Harriton
(Bergen/The Harriton Banner)
By Karolina Swider Staff Writer
During the second week of March, several unknown teachers popped up in the back of a couple of my classes, observing. They were polite and didn’t interrupt and took feverous notes for almost the whole time they were there. It wasn’t until the end of my math class, that Ms. Gehret stopped class and introduced the man sitting right next to me. He was a math teacher from Upper Dublin High School and along with several of his coworkers, was gathering research on our school schedule and our one-to-one laptop initiative. Almost all my teachers devoted about 10 or 15 minutes to talk to the visitors and discuss with them our schedule and the benefits of having personal laptops. It turns out that Upper Dublin is in the throws of implementing their own one-to-one initiative and changing their schedule. The school was using their staff development day to send teachers to several schools in the area to research the different schedules. In our case, the teachers also wanted to know about our own personal laptops. In each class, we discussed the benefits of our laptops, while also noting the downturns. We talked about our own change in the schedule and how that affected the school. We talked about the benefits of a rotating schedule and the disadvantages of a 90-minute period during the day. The visitors were all very interested and asked questions, whether it was to clarify or to ask our opinion. The visit seemed a success. Upper Dublin teachers seemed to have learned a lot about what our school is like and how the laptops and the schedule affect our day. Now we can remember than soon when Upper Dublin comes out with their own schedule, it had something to do with their input from Harriton High School.
Tasty Newspaper Ads Might Cut Red Ink By Hugh R. Morley The Record (Hackensack N.J.) (MCT) A Carlstadt, N.J., ink manufacturer believes reaching reader taste buds could be one way to alleviate the woes of the newspaper industry. US Ink, which sells ink to newspapers, is encouraging customers to stick flavored strips, which allow consumers to taste the product advertised on the paper to get readers to sample new products. The tactic, says US Ink Marketing Manager Todd Wheeler, could boost newspaper advertising revenue by providing a unique way to put a new product sample before consumers. “You’re really bringing taste marketing to mass media,” said Wheeler. At present, the most common way of encouraging consumers to taste a new food, beverage or candy is through instore product handouts, which reach only 200 to 300 consumers a day, he said. A flavored newspaper note strip could reach tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, of consumers, he said. Each note costs about 30 cents, compared with a dollar or more for each in-store sample handed out, he said. The patented product, called Taste-It Notes, was intro-
duced two weeks ago. It’s manufactured by Bala Cynwyd, Pa.based First Flavor, which makes products in which a flavored strip similar to Listerine’s breathfreshening strips is sealed inside a pouch to keep it fresh and hygienic until the package is broken open and tasted. US Ink, which does not make the strips, is promoting the idea as a way to help newspapers, on which the company relies for the bulk of its sales. Newspapers are cutting staffs, reducing the size of the paper and looking for new sources of revenue as the dire economy, declining circulation and alternative advertising methods mainly the Internet have shrunk revenue. Wheeler said Taste-It Notes take advantage of a key attribute of the newspaper business model that digital communications can’t match. “The physical delivery of the newspaper is awesome,” he said, noting that the smell capsules can’t be replicated on the Internet. “And in some senses, it hasn’t been exploited.” He cited a First Flavor study of consumer response to a peel-and-taste strip placed on a two-page advertisement in People magazine by Welch’s Foods to promote grape juice to young children and mothers. The company says 1.5
million people tasted the pouch, and 59 percent were more likely to buy the product after tasting it. Mort Goldstrom, vice president of advertising for the Newspaper Association of America, an Arlington, Va.-based trade group, said the tasty strip idea is interesting, but unproven as yet. “It’s really clever. It’s really cool,” he said. “What you want to see is will it convert into sales.” One problem is, the newspaper readership is much broader than an advertiser would usually use for sampling, and so many sample recipients won’t be interested in the product. “In the grocery store, you have people who are already predisposed to be interested,” he said. Tamar Silberberg, a First Flavor spokeswoman, said the idea was conceived by a college student, Adnan Aziz. He saw the movie “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” and was struck by a scene in which one of the characters licks flavored wallpaper. “He said to himself, ‘Why can’t we taste everything?’” she said. Aziz pitched the idea to a pair of entrepreneurs, and in 2005 the threesome founded the company, which Aziz has since left.
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Banning (Yourself from) Facebook?!
By: Jackie Milestone Staff Writer
A few weeks ago, I decided to make a change in my life. I made the choice to ban myself from both Facebook and instant messaging. I have not been on either of these systems since March 9th. I know - it’s hard to belive, but I’m still alive! To some, the idea of entirely detaching oneself from social networking sites seems preposterous at the very least. But it is the people who feel this way that are the ones that need to break away the most. The truth is, being so absorbed with online life as opposed to real life is unhealthy. It does not matter if you get straight A’s in school, have never been subject to cyberbullying, or if you are still getting your daily dose of exercise. I used to think that if everything was going well in my life, then what did it matter if I killed a couple hours on facebook and iChat each day? I will admit that, at the beginning of the year, the social connections provided by my laptop could quickly rearrange my priorities by their excessive temptation. In the past months I began to realize how much of my stress was due to the fact that my workload would furtively snowball and roll right past my eyes as my gaze was captivated by a luminous electronic screen. By the time I noticed this snowball carrying all the things I truly needed to do, it was at the
bottom of the hill and far too heavy to push. With this realization came the first decision to revise my time management. I decided that my work would come first, and I would only go online once it was finished. There was nothing wrong with this plan or the way it was working. I managed to stick to what I said quite well, and my stress level decreased drastically. The alteration was a beautiful relief. However, just a few weeks ago, a new thought struck me. And when I say struck me, I mean I woke up on a Sunday morning and decided, “That’s it. I am not going on Facebook or iChat anymore.” This was my second revision, and I recognize that it may seem a little bit dramatic or unnecessary, but I had come to a frightening conclusion on that Sunday morning: it was not that I needed to relearn how to prioritize, it was that I needed to relearn how to live. When was the last time I had read a book for pleasure? Or had watched a movie with my family? I had always used the excuse of not having enough time. After all, it is my first year of high school so it only makes sense that I would have more work than I was accustomed to. Although there is no denying the increase of work, my alibi is still incredibly transparent. Every ounce of free time I had was immediately consumed by the Internet without a second thought.
But since March 9th, I have been indulging in past times that might actually improve my mind instead of deteriorating it. I wrote a short story just for my own amusement, I picked up my guitar again, I watched Tropic Thunder with my family, and I might actually be able to return the book my friend lent me. Meanwhile, many of my peers have their eyes glued to their laptop. I know I am not the only one doing this, either. A month before I decided to make my shift, my friend had someone change her password on Facebook so that she truly could not go on, even if she wanted. “I knew I would get my homework done and it would be a lot better because I didn’t have this constant distraction,” recalls my fellow facebook mutineer, Sylvie Krause. The changes are undeniably prominent. It stands true to facebook: that you don’t even realize what you got until it’s gone. However, in the circumstances of the online world: what you got ain’t a lot. I do not have a secret loathing for Facebook or iChat; I just find it a bit sad that the Internet is taking so many kids and teens away from enjoying the greater aspects of life. There is a whole wide world out there and your high school years - like your life - will not last forever. It would be a shame to waste them in front of a computer screen.
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I Can Handle the Truth
By: Moira Lavelle Staff Writer
Honesty is the best policy – don’t you remember that age-old adage? Most of you have and most of you do agree that it is true, but sometimes you choose to “evade the truth” a bit – you tell a white lie. You might do so to avoid a petty dispute or to simply make someone feel better. Usually these small statements are not even counted as falsehoods. And often, it can be considered polite to lie to someone about something that could be offensive. However, I believe that these small white lies are not necessary, and that honesty is not something that should be taken lightly. Because, honestly, I would prefer the truth. I am not saying that you should be brutally honest at all times. There is no need to inform someone that their haircut makes them look like a baby ostrich, no matter how terrible the hairstyle. Think of that old elementary school saying – “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It still holds true. There is no reason to tell someone something that is unnecessarily mean. You should simply keep all derogatory comments silent. But be careful with positive comments as well. Make sure there exists substance behind them. Imagine what could happen if someone took those white lies seriously. Perhaps you assured your friend that he/she possessed an incredible singing talent. Upon hearing this compliment said friend could decide to enter a singing competition, and terribly humiliate himself/herself. Or maybe you persuaded another friend that he/she was a math wiz, and, as a result he/she decided to not study and ends up failing the
test. And then there is the dilemma of having a friend ask a question that sets them up for disappointment. Perhaps he/she failed a quiz and they ask “Well it wasn’t that bad was it?” If the answer is yes, it is better to say yes, no matter how difficult it may seem. They probably would not ask the question unless they wanted an honest answer. What is the point of lying when the person is asking for honesty? But remember, there are ways to be honest and mend the self-esteem of a friend at the same time. One could say: “Yes, your test score was pretty bad, but everyone else tanked it, and you did really well on the last one” In this way you can be positive, and helpful, while remaining completely honest. You should always be wary of white lies; they come in many forms and may sometimes just pop out of your mouth by accident. There are a number of ways in which a white lie can snowball and lead to disaster. But when you are honest, and accurately inform your friend of their talents and shortcomings, there would have been no such problem. Yes, a little bit of hurt and controversy might follow, but that will be miniscule compared to the possible effects of the lie that will show up later on. I would much rather have someone be honest to me, then have them tell me something nice that wasn’t necessarily true. I am not encouraging harsh, brutal honesty. I simply believe that trivial fabrication, and complimentary falsehoods are unnecessary. Small lies can gain weight, and quickly become larger then originally intended. Society as a whole could benefit from more honest individuals; so why not start by eliminating the white lie?
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April 1, 2009
Please, Save Harriton!
Spirit Threatens the New Harriton
By: Mr. Gauvin Guest Columnist
Looking up the hill at the new Harriton has caused me to reflect on what is now over a decade teaching here in the hallowed halls of our school: students I have taught, faculty I have befriended and most importantly the traditions I have seen passed from class to class. These traditions have captured my attention these past few months as I look ahead to next year’s Freshman class of 2013. There will be a record 280 of them, equal to or surpassing the number at Lower Merion. Many of these students in fact had the choice to attend either high school and they chose ours because they wanted the “Harriton Experience.” As current members of this school, it is our obligation to see that the true spirit of Harriton is moved in to our new building next year along with the books, beakers and battery swaps. But at this I am troubled. Much of what is truly “Harriton” has been under attack this year and I feel that without due attention, it will be lost forever in the transition. I am sure many of you already know what I’m talking about: that truest essence of Harriton, the inalienable right to a lack of school spirit combined with complete indifference towards student activities. 2009 has already seen numerous assaults on our sacred student apathy. The preview show for Bat Boy was barely over and already there was a buzz all over campus about how awesome the show was as mobs of people made plans to see it over the weekend. And see it they did, in droves. I even heard of a vast number of students who went twice. What would our alumni think of such irresponsible behavior? Mr. Harriton brought more of the same. One could barely find a seat as seemingly the whole community assembled for what is now an annual smash hit. And what was with all the laughing and cheering? For goodness sake, you’d think nobody had ever seen someone serenade his mother on stage before. I surely hope Student Council realizes the need to reign in events like this before people start thinking of putting on other great events that bring together large portions of the student body. Harriton is about spending time apart from each other or at the most in small, modestly anti-social cliques, and nothing keeps school spirit under
control like an event at no one attends, apparently a point missed by Student Council. And what was with our boy’s basketball team this year? Didn’t they realize that a run into the playoffs would lead to even more fraternization among the student body? Let me list the things I saw at our last game which horrified me: Planning and coordination to attend the game en mass, out-cheering the opposing fans, organized chanting, synchronized jumping, significant faculty attendance…the list goes on and on. I even saw one student who was so frustrated by his classmates’ enthusiastic behavior that he left the building and watched the rest of the game through the door at the end of the gym. At least someone realized how un-Harriton the whole scene was. Things like this bring me to an inevitable conclusion: if we don’t watch ourselves, this new found spirit is going to end up sticking and is going to carry itself right up to the new building in the fall. Where will it end? What will our incoming freshmen think if instead of the expected gray, couldn’t-care-less attitude they are greeted by an enthusiastic group of Harritonites who want to include them in our new school and involve them in making it even better? What’s next, a giant statue of our school mascot, hand carved by some guy with a chain saw, sitting in our school lobby? Come on. I sure hope that incoming president Yaron heard the same thing that I did in all of the cheering during her speech; Trouble. Perhaps she and I can come up with a system that limits the number of events that each student can attend per quarter, much like how Ms. Erney gives out bathroom passes. That should return us to Harriton’s glory days of our past, to the Harriton our incoming freshmen expect, a Harriton where great things are happening all the time but nobody knows because nobody goes.
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Six Things that You Cannot do in Pennsylvania
By: Jess Metlay Editor-In-Chief
Due to the lighthearted behavior and friendly mischief often encountered during April in response to the long months of winter (after all the month does open with a day devoted to pranks) it becomes especially important to maintain some sense of decorum. Therefore, below is a brief list of several routinely ignored Pennsylvania laws (or at the very least what were once Pennsylvania laws) in order to start you on your journey to Victorian etiquette.
1. You cannot sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors Fortunately there does not appear to be anything against either sleeping in or under a refrigerator. However both actions would not be advisable to your health, so your best bet is probably to just sleep on top of your pantry. 2. You may not become governor if you have participated in a duel This could pose a problem for a lot of people due to the fact that according to Merriam Webster’s Online dictionary one of the meanings of the word ‘duel’ is “a hard-fought contest between two opponents”. So, anyone who
has every engaged in a serious round of rock-paper-scissors is in trouble. 3. You may not catch fish using dynamite Pennsylvania truly distinguishes itself from the other 49 states by taking the time to look after the often criminally ignored rights of fish. For your further consideration it is also not permissible to catch fish with your hands or any other part of your body except your mouth.
4. You may not drive on a country road at night unless you stop every mile and send up a rocket signal. After which you are required to stop for 10 minutes before driving the next mile. It is worth noting that you are stopping for the 10 minutes in order that livestock are able to cross and clear the road. It is then surprising that there is not a law about waiting for fish to clear the road. This clearly appears to be some sort of oversight on the part of our state government. 5. You may not sell fireworks to Pennsylvania residents in a fireworks store However, there is nothing illegal at all about selling dy-
namite. Except, of course, if the dynamite is then used to catch fish.
6. You may not sing in a bathtub
You can sing in the shower! (Tong/Harriton Banner)
To all the American Idol hopefuls, do not despair at the loss of your tub. Pennsylvania has graciously left you plenty of other readily accessible places to belt out a tune. Including but, of course, not limited to: on top of your refrigerator (indoors and outdoors), on a country road at night, in a fireworks store, during a duel, while running for governor, or while fishing with your mouth (though that might be a bit hard to manage).
Watershed Moments 100 Days AllieVolinsky Executive Editor Turning on the television or opening up the newspaper, we are constantly confronted by this notion of the “first 100 days,” marking newly-inaugurated President Obama’s measures taken early in his presidency. In a little over half of this time span, President Obama has passed an economic recovery act totaling $787 billion, imposed a deadline to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, enacted a pay freeze for Senior White House staff members, announced increases in troop numbers in Afghanistan, outlined an exit strategy in Iraq, and made null former President George W. Bush’s order that federal funds be restricted to studying only preexisting stem cell lines without the creation of new ones. Phew. With two wars, an unstable economy, and an 8% unemployment rate it is no wonder that President Obama’s first 100 days have been packed - with meetings, press conferences, and legislative action.
Due to the similar nature of America’s current problems (“it’s the economy, stupid”) and the sense of expectations for improvement, President Obama’s first 100 days have been compared to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first 100 days. Roosevelt’s Congress, acting in unified government with both Congress and the Executive Branch controlled by the Democratic Party, was able to pass New Deal legislation, which jumpstarted the American economy and, in time, helped the American population. And while Franklin Roosevelt’s Great Depression is now Barack Obama’s “Great Recession,” Americans, and the entire world, can only hope that Obama’s measures will help American industry and the global economy. In 100 days, Roosevelt was able to leave a lasting mark on American history, and Obama is looking to do the same. From January 20 to April 29, 2009, Ba-
rack Obama will have been president of the United States for about four months, but will have signed more than one could imagine. So what can we do in 100 days? Well, maybe we are unable to rally support for economic recovery legislation, and perhaps we are not able to issue executive orders, but why can’t we issue executive orders, and take control of our own lives? What can we do with the mentality to strive for greatness in 100 days? How much can we start or complete in a little over fourteen weeks, in about three and a half months? How much good can we do for ourselves, our family, our friends, and our community? While President Obama’s first 100 days end soon, the nation can only hope that he continues his efforts with the same amount of determination as he has shown in his first 100. Our 100 days? They can start anytime. How about now?
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In honor of Harriton Theatre Companyâ€™s spring musical and the last theatrical performance in the old Harriton Building, The Harriton Banner presents scenes from HTCâ€™s Bat Boy. All images courtesy Blake Bergen.
In a cave many miles to the south Lives a boy born with fangs in his mouth. Sleeping until the fading light, Flying through bloody dreams; When he awakes the summer night is filled with screams.
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This is a reproduction of the very first edition of the Harriton High School newspaper, October 17, 1958
This is a reproduction of the very first edition of the Harriton High School newspaper, October 17, 1958
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Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. --Barack Obama
A Banner Publication of Harriton High School of the Greater Philadelphia Area School District Volume 53 Number 7
Say Hello, Harriton!
By Sally Ann Ford Staff Writer
“It’s going to be difficult to find a similar place in the new school.” Yet a large portion of the Harriton population is excited to move into a new building, and ready for a change of pace. “We really needed a new school anyway, all the technology was from like 2010; it was way outdated,” states junior Sadie Yeats. Many students were familiar with the now obsolete classroom objects such as on-the-wall pencil sharpeners or whiteboards that could be found in the old Harriton. “I remember my one classroom had a pencil sharpener nailed to a cabinet, and kids would always joke around and pretend they were sharpening pencils,” recalls senior Logan Pierce. Another thing many students, or more accurately their parents, are excited about is the location of the new building. “It’s going to be in front of our current school is, where the original Harriton High School was,” explains Principal Rodriguez. “In a way, we’re going back to the roots of this establishment.” Many students’ parents or even grandparents graduated from the original Harriton building. “It will be interesting to see
Although it is a true tragedy to lose the old Harriton High, there are many positives that come with a new school building. Many students and teachers are looking forward to the new school, and the administrators assure the public that the new building will be a marvel of both architecture and technology. The new building is due to be completed in a few short months, and the anticipation is almost tangible in the community. Many students expressed lamentations at having to say farewell to the old school so suddenly. “It’s really sad what happened,” explains junior Arianna Nicklestein. “We didn’t really get a chance to say goodbye to the familiar building.” Various members of the student body also mentioned they would miss certain aspects of the school they had grown attached to. “It’s going to be weird without the old Harriton Theater, it was kind of like my second home” commented sophomore Xavier Whitall. Students noted that the two places that will be missed the most are the courtyard and the cafeteria. “I spent all of my time in that courtyard,” jokes Lucas Altium. (continued on page four)
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Harriton Celebrates a 51st: Mr. Harriton of 2059
By Anne Shaeffer Staff Writer
The extravagance and fabulousness of the show was seen once again as the ten Mr. Harriton contestants in the 51st annual pageant strutted their stuff in front of the six-thousand attendee audience. The talents, dances, speeches, and ice-skating competition was better than ever! The contestants’ hard work and dedication to the competition were evident as they belted out ancient oldies such as, “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls, “Larger than Life” by the ever so-famous Backstreet Boys, and “SexyBack” by the short-famed Justin Timberlake. It was a night of fun, laughter, jokes and great food! The night started out with the “Get to know the contestants” portion when the lights dimmed, the spotlight shone, and the glass screen slid down from the ceiling. The glamorous movie played on the screen as the contestants rose up from beneath the stage, each wearing black tuxedos with red bowties. The stage was suddenly filled with red fog and the techno/electronic music blasted through the 50-speaker surround-sound system. The boys were suddenly lifted from the stage and brought directly above the audience. Senior Lily Anna said that, “it was amazing, I have never seen anything like it. The boys were just flying above us; singing, dancing, and doing summersaults!” It was definitely a sight to be seen. Following the flying, the ten boys proceeded to sing their hearts out, juggle fire apples, perform triple axles on the newly built ice skating rink, and cook
soufflés on the new state-ofthe-art oven (which cooked the soufflé in a matter of 5 minutes!). However, the most well renowned part, which has been adored since 2008 and instilled as a tradition, is the salsa. Even though it was the simplest part of the show, it was the most loved. A staircase then slowly extended as the ladies gracefully walked down, their black dresses glistening against the red fog and overpowering spotlight. At that moment the salsa began, the music blared, and the lights danced. Yet, midway through the glorious dance, the couples broke into a new choreographed dance from the Nutcracker Suite, even though only the oldest teachers realized what type of dance it was. The students were too young to know what ballet was, since its influence on modern dance was minimized. Still, the majority of the 51st Mr. Harriton brought together new technology and old habits and beats. It was definitely something new and different and totally unexpected. The program progressed with tough competition. Each boy gave it his all and the hours and hours of practice really shone through. It all came down to the last act: defying gravity. Each contestant had to wear the new Defying Gravity suits and dance in the air with no strings attached. While some of the contestants found it a little difficult, others were very smooth with their movements. The crowd went WILD; students were screaming and the parents were clapping. Freshman Brooke Morgan explained, “It was the coolest thing that I have ever seen.
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I had always heard about the Mr. Harriton competition but this is the first year I went to go see it. And it was so worth it!” On the whole, the school loved the program and can’t wait for the coming years. Even with this great success, student council is a little worried about the future. The student body president explained that “while this years Mr. Hariton went really smoothly, it is really going to be hard to top this success. Ever since it started in 2008, Student Council has put on better and better shows each year. It is awesome but a little daunting at the same time. I just hope we can pull it off next year.” Even with this trepidation, the expectations for the 52nd annual Mr. Harriton competition are high. The excitement has risen to new heights and the school is ready for next year’s program. With all the hard work that Student Council puts in for this show, many are not worried that they can’t pull it off. “It is going to be awesome and I can’t wait,” says sophomore Sarah Jacobs – neither can all of Harriton! In the end of the competition, the winner was announced, based on talent and charm, Mr. Harriton of 2059...Joey DeCarmine! The Harriton Forum wishes to loudly applaud all of the Mr. Harriton contests: you were all wonderful! Also, to all the committed Student Council members thank you! After a fantastic night at Mr. Harriton, we have seen it all. The only thing left is...the first ever Mrs. Harriton maybe?
Remembering a Giant
By Wally Ballou Staff Writers
Fifty years after the Japanese have celebrated their last World Baseball Classic, they now find themselves frustrated and struggling while lost in the huge shadows cast by their victories of the first two WBC titles in a row. The Japanese won the very first classic in 2005, the first year of play, and their second in 2009, but since then, they have yet to make it past the first round of the double elimination tournament. The once Godzilla of baseball has taken backseat to greater teams like Ireland, Tajikistan, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Swaziland. The Japanese have been mourning loss after loss, and just barely qualified for the last tournament in 2057. They look to redeem themselves in the upcoming 2061 tourna-
ment, using the same “maybe next year” mentality that they’ve been carrying for the past 50 years. Swaziland still remains confident, being that they are reigning champions since the last Japanese win in 2009. Japan should also be charged with emotion after the recent passing of Hall of Fame, Japanese National, Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro was the catalyst in the victories for Japan early in WBC history. On the American side, they are faced with the tough challenge of going up against Tajikistan in the First Round. The game will be played on the neutral field located in Paris, France. The United States rely on veteran coaching from the likes of all-time greats such as Hector Carrasco and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. These coaches are going to be the sparks for the United States team throughout the tourney. With the United States having the youngest average age of any team in the Classic, coaching will undoubtedly play a big role in how far they can go, especially when they are faced with perennial powerhouses like Ireland and Switzerland. In general, rhis upcoming WBC is shaping up to be one of the best in its history for sure.
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New & Improved: The 1:1 Laptop Initiative familiar with the old “overheads” from more than fifty years ago? The large contraptions that were slowly going out of style in the 2008-2009 school year, projecting words on plastic sheets onto the whiteboard? Imagine that sheet of
Throughout the years, Harriton High School has maintained a positive attitude toward integrating technology into traditional schooling methods. We were the first high school in the district to adapt the “1:1 Laptop Initiative” back in 2008, and projected slides, movies, and even math homework onto SMART™ Boards. However, when our country fell into a recession in the same year, technology as part of the curriculum seemed to come to a standstill. The computers lasted a few more years, but then became too expensive to maintain. Harriton became a place of thievery – and soon, more people were walking around without laptops than with. We all know what happened next: the school authorities removed the computers, and the large laptop carts came back to every classroom. Our old schoolteachers com(Blake Bergman/The Harriton Forum) plain of the hassle, and the teenagers suffered as well. (But plastic … as your computer. seriously, we all know that the Let me introduce the loss of video chat could do noth- TangePro® from Orange Computing but improve the students’ aca- ers. This contraption is equipped demic grades.) with a 1-terabyte hard drive – Fifty-one years after the equivalent to 1,000 gigabytes – initial trial run, the 1:1 Initiative that will be able to store millions returns to Harriton High. There’s of your favorite songs and artists. no need to worry, though – our (Comparison: the laptops used in new computers will be state of the initial initiative only held 120 the art. Do not expect the old, gigabytes.) The “Tange” has 8 clunky, hunks of plastic with gigabytes of memory (RAM), alwhirring hard drives. Are you lowing you to run more applica-
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tions without slowing down the computer. Do you have a PowerPoint to create, an email to compose, a Clusterz game to finish – I know it’s an old game, but it’s a classic – or the latest show to catch up on? No fear. This computer will allow you to do it all. The future back problems that students in 2008 once faced will not be a concern of ours – the Tange will hold all of our textbooks, and will “pop up” extra windows for our manuals if more space is desired. While an old-fashioned QWERTY keyboard is accessible, a personal pen will accompany your computer as well, giving you many options with which to navigate. (This is similar to the outdated Airliner™, initially used by the technologically savvy mathematics teachers of the past.) Old CDs will “dissolve” into your computer, import in record time, wirelessly sync to any personal music player, and “eject” when finished. Do these sound appealing? Any hesitations? Sarah Adelman (niece of Lindsey Adelman: Harriton student during the first 1:1 Initiative), recently asked me about the “Battery Swap” – a mechanism for exchanging low batteries for fully charged ones, used in past years – and if the new initiative would include these as well. The answer? Absolutely not. Get ready, Harriton. A new era has arrived.
Senior Prank...Gone Awful
All of you have heard by now that Harriton is being rebuilt in the upcoming months, and have contemplated the reasons why you will miss each floor, each room, each seat of our beautiful school. But have any of you asked yourselves why a new school is being built? Sure, Harriton is fifty years old and yes, it is a little outdated, with all of the new technology circulating the country, but it is not an ancient building – nothing that cannot be fixed with a few replacements in equipment. So why a new Harriton, all of a sudden? I dug a little deeper, and interviewed Principal Rodriguez, who, at first, was hesitant to talk to me, but gradually told me more about the inside story. “A couple of weeks ago, on a Sunday, I came to school to pick up some paperwork from the office with a couple of the secretaries,” he explained. “I noticed something strange about the building, even from outside. In the upstairs windows, it looked like there were clouds on the ceilings, raining cats and dogs inside. The secretaries and I ran to the main doors and forced them open. A strong current of
water immediately catapulted from inside the building into the street, almost taking us under.” The police were called, and after further investigation, it was concluded that the first floor had been completely filled with water, as well as half of the second floor of our lovely Harriton High. And those clouds Principal Rodriguez saw? It’s called Rain4U, the new product by Bubble, which has pervaded all stores across the country. To work it, one simply uses the contraption provided to blow a bubble using a special soap in the package. This makes big, water-filled clouds, which float up the ceiling of the room you are in, and, after about five minutes, depending on the size of the cloud, rain gallons and gallons of water. In Harriton, about twenty clouds were blown into the second floor, producing an enormous quantity of water, which was caged inside of our building until the door was opened. Remember when we had two days off from school, a Monday and Tuesday, for (apparently) no reason? It was because the school needed to be cleaned and dried out before we could enter. Yes, Harriton, we have just encountered our first senior prank in ages. Principal Rodriguez
comments, “This was a disgraceful act. The building is completely drenched, and totally ruined. The only way to fix it is to build a new school, which we are now organizing. We are going to make this a fast switch between schools – you will be in the new Harriton before you know it.” What is going to be the main difference between the old school and the new school? “Building pores,” says the principal. In layman’s terms, there are going to be small holes in every brick of the new building, in case this or any other sort of water leakage occurs again – the building is flexible and allows the water to pour out of it. Another major difference? The building is going to be fifteen stories tall, instead of two floors and long width-wise. “This will save us from a problem like that every happening again,” Principal Rodriguez told me. “No one can climb up to the fifteenth story window and blow stupid bubbles and flood the entire building again. No way!” There is no evidence incriminating any senior for this prank, but whoever you are, you can expect the long arm of the law to be tapping you on the shoulder at any moment, most likely when you least expect it.
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See Faculty Spotlight to find out more information on one of our most amazing teachers, Mr. Joseph Gauvin!
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Life in Style:
Robot & Human Teachers
By Bill Henderson Staff Writer
The top five trends to watch for the 2059 season
By Bob Magen Staff Writer
5. Plastic. With all of our efforts going to recycling aluminum at the plants, the need to use up the plastic that our grandparents clogged our landfills with is at an all-time high. Since burning it, burying it, and ignoring it have not seemed to work, the next logical step is wearing it. A political statement as well as a fashionable one, by wearing that water bottle you threw away in the fourth grade you are not only saving the planet, but saving a little piece of your soul. From handbags, to t-shirts, to sunglasses, to underwear- plastic covers it all. And sure you will be saving the world, but as for our favorite benefit? You can see through your purse so you will never have to dig for your 6 in one phone-toaster-ipod-computer-nanochip-carkeys again! 4. Knocks. Ever tire of your joints getting cold and creaky after a long day of sitting in school? Not anymore! With the latest fashion trend/functional invention your knees will never get rigid again. Knocks are like knee-pads, but decorated like socks – a fun surprise for you to know, and nobody else to find out. We love the spirited
messages that one company, Clayhorne puts on their knocks. Think fortune cookie meets day-of-theweek underwear and you’ve got yourself an unbeatable combination! Shop online at clayhornesocks.com for your pair today!
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3. Neck Ruffs. Forget scarves! These no slip, tight grip, super voluminous pieces will keep all eyes on your face and off of the rest of you. Since leaving a little to the imagination is always a positive, there can’t be anything better than completely isolating your head from your body to keep the boys wanting more. J ust remember, when it comes to the ruff…the bigger the better!
2. Headdresses. We think the Egyptians had the right idea. Though some would say convent, we say it’s time to reinvent! These functional headcoverings are perfect for those mornings when you just cannot seem to get your hair how you want it. Since global warming never quite kicked in, locking in a little extra warmth during our freezing winters is always a smart plan. With so many patterns and styles to choose from, there is a headdress for every outfit, every season, every mood! 1. Britches. Britches are back! That’s right, kids – it has been 500 years too long and the cropped, form fitting, figure-defying wonders are this season’s number one trend! With boots, Nikes, or heels, you cannot go wrong with a pair of these in every color (dark brown or tan). Get them in the eco-friendly hemp style, go glam with the cubic zirconia buttons (child labor is SO last century), or stay warm with the latest fleece styles. Prices range from $40 to $400 a pair so everyone can afford this new style-staple!
Third Quarter Trouble: Disciplinary Action Taken Against Students
By Sally Ann Ford Staff Writer
As the third quarter draws to a close, the administration released a statement about the influx of disciplinary action against students. Along with the usual misbehavior, such as cutting class or bad-mouthing a teacher, students have recently been punished for disrupting local traffic, and sending their holograms to class. The disruption of traffic is, as you know, done from the student’s personal computer. Students simply log in and send directions to their cars. The cars can then proceed, driven by an automatic driving mechanism, to whatever address the student has programmed in. This is usually done, according to the students I have spoken to, in order to retrieve objects that they have forgotten at home, such as homework or lunch money. This remote control vehicle technology is relatively new, having been available to the common person for about the last five years, and is very convenient for people who do not wish to control the car for themselves, whether
due to illness or the need for an extra half hour to do with as they please. However, as Harrition students are more and more frequently activating this feature from school, local traffic patterns have been disrupted. The administration has recently begun punishing students who do this by taking away their computers for two or more days. The other behavior that has recently been the focus of the administrations scrutiny is the practice of sending holograms to class. “The practice of sending holograms to class has to stop. Students are not getting the education they deserve,” comment assistanr principal Kaselitz. “Besides, it can get embarrassing when these holgrams are used in other ways. Just the other day, I was over at the McDonalds and saw one of our students. When I approached him and put my hand on his shoulder, my hand went right through. Needless to the laughter could be heard for miles around, at my expense.” “What’s the big deal?” junior Seth Wolcott said. “If I am
still getting a good grade in class, what’s the difference?” Yet not all students think that it’s a great idea. “I don’t think it’s cool,” said senior Notta Spoke. “Like just the other day, I felt like sleeping in, and I, like, sent my hologram? My hologram, like, cut class! Now I have to serve a detention. When I asked my hologram, she said she, like, had senioritis!” Principal Rodriguez commented, “Some students send theor holograms to class, and that’s a serious issue. Now, however, it has become apparent that even some of the holgrams are cutting class. That has to stop.” It seems the proplem is getting pretty serious. There is just no way to stop this abuse of hologramatic technology. In fact when asked how he could tell which was the real student and which was the hologram, Principal Rodriguez just kind of stared out into space. When I put my hand out to shake his to thank him for the interview, my hand went right through his.
The past decade has brought many changes to Harriton High School. One of the principle changes to our school has been the introduction of Robot Teachers. Created by the FCR or Federal Commission of Robot technology, in the year 2041, our Robot Teachers have gained a high influence in our lives. But wait, what about our human teachers – their lives and jobs? This thought crossed my mind yesterday, as I sat in study hall, studying one of the few human teachers left in our school. Is it that human teachers have more flaws than Robot Teach- (The Harriton Forum) ers? Is Mr. Roboto or Ms. RP-1567 a better math teacher than the human math teachers? Although the robotic teachers never make a mistake, the human math teachers can often solve unique peoblems. Take the following example: Student: “Ms. Smith, can I go to the bathroom?” Human Teacher: “Hmm, I don’t know, can you?” Student: “May I go to the bathroom? Human Teacher: “Of course you may.” Now how about this: Student: “Mr, Roboto, can I go to the bathroom?”
Robot Teacher: “I am unable to answer that question because of a number of unknown variables. For example, if you were currently inflicted by a medical condition that would render you helpless in walking to the bathroom, that would have an impact on my answer. In addition, if you even had the ability to begin with....” Student: “Forget it, it’s not that bad.” Yet, other qualities make the teacher robots more attractive to our students. Matt Rothman, a freshman, exclaims that “Mr. Roboto is much more handsome than Mr. Z e e n e y, and Ms. RP is hot.” Many of us know that the new version of Robot Te a c h e r s have been designed with latex skins and voiced with real human voices. It’s no wonder, they never seem to get old. I suppose overall, we benefit from the vast knowledge provided by our Robot teachers who never seem to be wrong, and their attractive features and voices are enough to keep the worst students in focus. Yet, there is nothing like the interaction with a human being. This sort of reminds one of the debate in the days when students spent hours on a computer and called it socializing.
Job Prospects for Harriton Grads
By Seth Hodge Staff Writer
With graduation coming up fast, our seniors are starting to think about the lives they’ll have after high school and after college. Even though right now it may seem as if education is the only thing to worry about, returning college decisions and questionnaires about prospective majors have made the seniors look ahead. Some people have had their minds made up for years. “I’ve always wanted to know how computers and robots work from the inside,” says Hal Clark, a senior headed to CalTech. “They have such a huge part in our lives, and yet they are so complicated.” Clark also noticed that although computers have been around for over a century, they’re not going out of style, so he’s guaranteed a job market for years to come. Others have no idea, but they know they want to get a profitable and secure job. Some of the lucrative jobs of yesteryear are not so great—such as the medical profession, where humans have long become obsolete—but some
remain as full of money as ever. “Some fifty years ago, if you look at starting salaries, chemical engineering was near the top of the list,” comments chemistry teacher Mr. Nivkin, “and it still is. We’ve made huge leaps in science since the turn of the century, but there’s still tons more to do.” There are a few students that need a reality check, though, and some medicine to get them out of the past. “I want to be a teacher,” says senior Justine Kling, “like there were back in the twentieth century. If there was one thing I missed in high school, it was some nice human connection with my teachers.” No one has yet had the heart to tell her that the twentieth century is long gone, and we are blessed with the technology to effectively replace teachers. Excepting rare cases like Byrne’s, most people have a few working ideas about where they’re going, and what kinds of fields they’re looking into. Even if some are still waiting to decide, there are many opportunities out there, whether here or on the Moon, for a student with a wish to succeed!
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Harriton Forum The New Man on Campus: Mr. Joseph Gauvin
the street; that was the best part of the day.” What does he love about Harriton now? This month, our faculty spot- “I’m into all of this spirit we light focuses on the loud- have – my father once told est and funniest man I know, the only biology teacher at Harriton High: Joseph Gauvin. At a young age of thirty, he has now returned to his old high school, in search of inspiration. This is his first year teaching at Harriton, and so far, he has absolutely loved it. “Harriton was not exactly how I remembered it – in a good way. When I was in school, we were still using the old-school lockers with lock-buttons and cars with actual steering wheels. It’s weird, coming back now and seeing how far my school has come!” What was his favorite part about Harriton when he was little? “I loved the way I could (Wally Ballou/The Harriton Banner) go to the McDonalds across me that when he was teachBy Bob Magen Staff Writer Harriton is brimming with clubs and activities that reach out to students hoping to grasp their interest. Students may not be aware of some of these rare chances and how easy it is to get involved. Have you ever wished you could see a dinosaur, or go on an expedition with the ancient Indiana Jones? Then the Simulation Club is where you want to be! With the incredible technology that became privy to Harriton High School last year, students are given this rare opportunity to use the sim(continued from front page) the similarities and differences between the two campuses,” says Ms. Blackman, mother of two Harriton students. “I remember hearing about the construction of a new building when I was in high school. It’s a little like déjà vu.” Although the new school will be in the same location as the original Har-
ing at this school, some fifty years ago, the student body was just coming alive.” Who were Mr. Gauvin’s parents? Now retired, they were the cutest couple of the school – Mr. Gauvin the chemistry teacher, and Mrs. Gauvin the physics teacher. After being married for 15 years, they had a son, Joseph, on October 19th, 2019. “I was named after my father…his middle name. He originally wanted to name me Plutonium, but my mom wouldn’t let him, probably for good reason.” How did your parents react to your deciding on a career in biology? “Umm…not so well. My dad was not happy; my mom was more understanding. My dad said biology is covered by chemistry, and said
I would do a better job with making perfume or working at my beloved McDonalds.” What are some of Mr. Gauvin’s favorites? Movie: The Discovery of Enzymes in Martian Wildlife and Rocky 19. Food: all-foods shake – “zero calorie, a full course meal, including fudge dessert!” Music: the Spacetrons, There’s Life on Mars, The Ribonucleic Acids. Books: Twilight the 18th. Cloth-
April 1, 2059 ing: “moon boots!” Last question: what are you looking forward to in the new Harriton High School? “Really, I like the idea of a fifteen-story building. I’m going to teach my classes on the roof!” He ends with a message for you: “Hello new students - call me Joe!” Harriton
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What’s New: Clubs at Harriton
ulators to travel to all sorts of distant lands without stepping off campus. The Simulation Club explores the past in a most unique and personal way. Though some teachers argue that it is nothing other than a virtual reality pastime, the journey’s can actually be extremely educational. For example, you could immerse yourself in a land based off the Renaissance or even become Leonardo da Vinci’s apprentice! Harry Ton, a junior, has been actively involved in the Simulation Club since it began last year. “We have a lot of fun,” Harry says. “Sometimes its tough because there aren’t that many
machines so you have to wait for a while until you actually get a turn, but it’s definitely worth it.” It is educational, fun, and a whole new experience. We are incredibly fortunate to have this luxury and so it is only sensible to take advantage of it. So why not give the Simulation Club a try? As a wise man in a very old movie once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it!” and now that’s really true. Another cool club that Harriton holds: the Floating Folks. Contrary to common belief, this is not a club where the members perform weekly séances or try to talk to ghosts; it’s the
hoverboarding club. In this club, members join to talk about and perform their favorite hobby: hoverboarding. They exchange techniques and tricks and help each other progress. “I finally got my kickflip down,” states a student who admits that at the beginning of the year, she could barely stay on her board. All the regular Floating Folks agree that there is a friendly and open atmosphere for anyone with an interest. The captain of the Floating Folks hopes to one day have an actual hoverboarding team at Harriton, but at the moment there are not enough people expressing an interest to do so. In
the meantime, this club has been organizing various trips where they can compete locally against other hoverboarders. They have already been on two of such trips this year and proclaim them as huge successes. The Floating Folks welcome new members, even those who have never tried hoverboarding before. They are happy to take on the job of teaching beginners as well as improving the already skilled. If you are looking to try something new, this club might just be for you! Take a chance and get involved with the Harriton activities!
riton, it will not be built to mirror the old CaliforniaStyle campus that was so loved before it was rebuilt in 2009. In light of the tragic destruction of the old school, architects suggested and entirely new design for the new school. “The building will be an entirely different shape,” enthuses one of the architects: Andrew Limmerauch. “Instead of being only three stories high
and more oblong, the new building will be fifteen stories tall and take up less land space.” Along with twelve extra stories, the new school is designed to have a swimming pool, a print room, and a darkroom for the photography classes. Last week the school district released another update on the construction detailing the progress, and everything appears to be
on schedule. This week the plumbing contractor is installing fixtures in the science cabinets in the biology and chemistry classrooms, the social sciences wing is being equipped with hologram projectors, and the roof is being fitted with solar panels that will power the school. It is estimated that the school building will be complete and readyfor-action in just under two
months. “I really think this new school will be great for the entire community,” explains Principal Rodriguez. “It ties together the old Harriton and the Harriton of the future. I think it will provide our students both with a unique learning experience, and memories they will cherish for years to come.”
This is a reproduction of the very first edition of the Harriton High School newspaper, October 17, 1958
I Love You, Man!
arts/entertainment April 1, 2009
Love Can Be Funny
By Tom Smith Staff Writer
Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd, right) befriends Sydney Fife (Jason Segel, left) in his search for a best man for his upcoming wedding in the comedy “I Love You, Man.” (Dreamworks Pictures/MCT)
By Laura Jungreis Staff Writer
Our society is obsessed with finding love. Women and men alike seek everlasting romance and companionship. But what happens when all your time and energy is put into finding “the one?” This concept is explored in DreamWorks’s latest spoof I Love You, Man. The film centers on Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) and his fiancée, Zooey (Rashida Jones, Jim’s ex-flame Karen from The Office). Pete has never had any close guy friends, having spent his life jumping from one serious relationship to the next. As the wedding approaches, Zooey and her bridesmaids fear there won’t be any groomsmen to escort them down the aisle. Pete shyly begins a friend hunt after some soul searching, in hopes of finding his best man. After several failed attempts, he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel), an extremely honest, though eccentric, goofball. The greatest running joke throughout this movie is Pete’s attempt to be manly and smooth. However, he consistently makes a fool of himself and becomes flustered. The things that come out of his mouth are ridiculous and embarrassing (and
usually improvised by Rudd on the spot!). Eventually, Sydney teaches him to feel comfortable in his skin, and loosen up, and of course by the end they become inseparable. The storyline didn’t exactly have you on the edge of your seat—there were no shocking revelations. The plot wasn’t complicated and I had accurately predicted the ending before even buying my ticket. But it certainly was a clever twist on the stereotypical search for love and companionship. And it was funny— sometimes slapstick, sometimes genuinely witty. Jason Segel stole my heart years ago when he played Nick Andopolis in the NBC series Freaks and Geeks. Seriously, it is one of the greater shows I’ve encountered…and I watch a lot of TV. When I saw the ad for his new movie, I knew I couldn’t miss it. I was heartily giggling in my seat and definitely left with a smile. Though I won’t be adding it to my Top Ten, I’m glad I went. I find myself quoting the lines and calling random people “Jobin” (go see it—you’ll get it). I Love You, Man is in theaters now, so if you find yourself with nothing better to do this weekend, it’s worth seeing. I dare you not to laugh out loud.
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You Gotta Have Art (Teachers)!
I’m currently finishing my 4th year of the arts at Harriton. I first took Art 9 and Mr. Smith and fell in love with the arts—well, not exactly. I’ve always been into art, ever since my first experiences at Gladwyne Elementary with Mr. Montgomery, continuing through Welsh Valley with the famous Mr. Marrone. But what’s really allowed my love of art in high school (actually in all of my primary and secondary school education) to progress and blossom is the educators and facilitators, because in my opinion a class is only as good as its teacher. This is something I’ve discovered while advancing through the IB program: the teacher truly makes or breaks the course. Mrs. Henry is a great example of this—I used to hate English, but Mrs. Henry showed me the light. After finishing her course (IB English A1 part 1) I’ve learned a new appreciation, understanding, and even a much-needed tolerance for literature. But I digress, the real topic at hand here is art teachers, and boy does Harriton have some great ones. Most of you who read the newspaper probably have already read about the dynamic duo: Mr. Murray (he’s the young one) and Mr. Smith (he’s the cute one); but I don’t think many people really can understand these two great men, or the other twoish art teachers (Mrs. Carter, and Ms. Renshall filling in for Mrs. Labrinakos). Mr. Smith has been educating in the arts for at least three decades now, and yet he’s still got it. Maybe not everyone else in my Art 9 class got as much from him as I did, but you know what,
one kid is just enough to keep this guy going. He really did teach me to appreciate art, he taught me to understand and interpret art as well as some fascinating history, whether it was about the origins of Renaissance in Florence or quirky grammar like the plural of sarcophagus and medium (it’s sarcophagi and media in case you didn’t know). In fact, I loved his class so much that I can still get a solid B on his 100-question final without having opened the textbook in three years. Mr. Smith’s not just a great educator but he’s one heck-of-guy, whom I hoped to continue my friendship with well after I graduate—after all he is my uncle! Mr. Murray—now he’s quite the teacher too. He grew up as one of those funny artsy-athletic hybrids, who pushes all stereotypes to their limits—one minute he’s talking March Madness and getting the scoop on the school’s wrestling team, next he’s off pouring his heart out about one Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending A Staircase. Mr. Murray’s also quite the family man, and loves filling me on his kids successes and failures, while Mr. Smith rolls his eyes and dreams about his own family (one wife and two kids: a pair of dogs). But Mr. Murray has inspired me in a dynamic way as well: he pushes me to uncomfortable places with my art constantly forcing me to go further in skill, medium, and meaning. He really has an immense amount of knowledge in the arts and knows exactly what he’s talking about—especially when it comes to printmaking— don’t even get him started on printmaking. Ah Mrs. Carter—I can’t forget about her, she’s the one that
Mr. Murray and Mr. Smith (Blake Bergen/The Harriton Banner)
first taught me my drawing skills in high school. I remember the first day I came to class with my egg drawings—I was so proud of them, and she ripped them apart (not literally); ever since that day it’s been my mission to prove her wrong. She’s never afraid to bash my work, but you know what? I love it, I love that she’s got the guts to tell me the truth, because if she didn’t my art would be nothing more than mediocrity. Unfortunately I’ve never had Ms. Renshall or Mrs. Labrinakos, but I’m sure they’re great artists, teachers, and people. I guess the reason I’m writing this article is to let the school know that these teachers are superb faculty members. However, the problem at Harriton is we need more kids involved in the visual arts. We could have great new classes that are more specific and better geared to individual needs, but we need kids to commit, because the teachers are ready and waiting for new minds to mold. Even if you are not that gifted at art, these people can easily be great life mentors. I think I can safely assume nothing makes Mr. Smith happier than an engaged, interested student. Nothing would make Mr. Murray happier than to have students ready and waiting to make art, thinking about meaning and ways to constantly improve and push the limits of art. These are some of our finest faculty, all cooped away in the dungeons of the C building. Hopefully next year with the new school, these great teachers will have chance to really show their strengths and abilities to facilitate every visual artist.
Q & A with Mr. Harriton, 2009!
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Andrew Wulc Staff Writer It was a crisp day in March – the kind of day where you would spend ten minutes doing your hair just to find out that the wind would mess it up anyway. I sat in a Starbucks waiting for the interviewee – the newly crowned Mr. Harriton. As I stared into the (technically award winning) eyes of my lead competition/ friend/co-worker and exchanged glances, we instantly put aside our Mr. Harriton differences and speechlessly agreed on one thing – neither of us like coffee. So we made our way out of there and eventually, the interview began. I started with the basics… Q: What was your reaction when you were crowned the second annual Mr. Harriton? A: I was extremely excited, and a little bit shocked. I thought I put on a solid performance, but I had no idea how the judges would respond. ---------------------------------------Not a bad answer, but lets get a little more in depth. Q: How has Mr. Harriton changed your everyday life?
Anjali Desai Staff Writer Although it’s only April now, I’m sure that everyone is anxiously waiting for a wonderful summer to come. Summer is truly the deep breath of air we need after our strenuous school year. With brick-filled backpacks, hundreds of hours of studying in the bank, and the long haul of school days, we could all use a break. With about two and half months at our dispense, my question is Harriton, what are we going to do this summer? Whether you are going away, going to camp, getting a job, or just plain old staying home, this summer is the relaxation period that the student body is dying for. I checked in with some pals
Question and Answer with Second Annual Mr. Harriton, Grant Biegger
A: Well, to be honest, I’m still pretty much the same person I was. Of course I have a little more confidence and swagger now, but I like to think that it hasn’t drastically changed my character. Although I do have to say, I have a newfound appreciation for 90s pop music. ---------------------------------------Well, just like Grant, I would have to agree – I find myself listening to the Backstreet Boys much more than I would like to admit these days.
thought of that.
Q: What was your favorite part of the competition and what will you miss the most? A: I’d have to say that my favorite part of the competition is a tie between the talent portion and the boy band dance. I had a ton of fun during both, and the crowd response was amazing, so they’re both top in my book Q: Last question Grant, got any words for any aspiring Mr. Harritons?
Q: Well Grant, your interview question really helped you shine on the night of the competition as you had the crowd at your fingertips. How did you feel about your answer that everyone seemed to love?
A: I’d just say, “go for it.” I was just some kid my junior year when I decided to do Mr. Harriton, and now, I have a whole bunch of new friends, and I’m Mr. Harriton. Just put yourself out there and go for it, only good can come of it.
A: I think that my answer was pretty good if I do say so myself. It was one of those moments that only come around every once in a while, and luckily it hit me on the big night. It seemed like a pretty original and funny answer, so I’d say that it probably helped push me to the top spot.
So that concluded our interview. I shook the man’s hand, put the pencil behind my ear like a true professional, and watched the new Mr. Harriton flee the scene. So maybe I wasn’t Mr. Harriton, but I can say that the man picked to fill the slot can do a pretty darn good job; as he has the personality and Harriton-spirit to do so. Congratulations friend, you deserve it. …I’ve never even heard of moose tracks.
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Harriton Plans for Summer
who have awesome summers in store. Lets see what they’re up to! Aubrey Taylor is an outstanding sophomore with a good heart. That’s why she has decided to spend her summer in the Galapagos Islands. This getaway off the coast of Ecuador used to harbor one of the most outstanding, untouched natural habitats known to man. Charles Darwin, one of biology’s biggest idols, even wrote an entire thesis on the islands’ many wonders! Along with spending her summer in this paradise, and meeting new people, she will also be doing some community service work there. She shares with us what were the deciding factors in choosing this particular summer program. “I looked for something beneficial
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to do over the summer, and with the Galapagos Islands slowly deteriorating, it is really important to me to save its rare animals and plants.” Another student taking a trip overseas is Eli Derrow, who is headed off to Spain. In Spain, he will participate in a Spanish language immersion program that is from June 29 to July 29. He will be staying with a Spanish family in Tarifa, a small city on the tip of Spain near the strait of Gibraltar. Eli will be staying with this family for a month and will get a taste the incredible and unique culture of this wonderful Andalusian province. Eli is an excellent Spanish student, and is eager to continue his education of history and language over the summer. “I am very excited to spend time
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learning about another culture. As Americans, we don’t usually get to really experience how others live. I’m glad I get the opportunity to do so.” Emily Featherman is freshman that’s mastered the ways of high school. This doesn’t mean that she can’t enjoy being a kid during the summer. She is headed off to Camp Tockwogh in Maryland, making this her third consecutive summer at her beloved summer camp. “Mostly I sail, water-ski, canoe, and do stuff on the bay; but also like lacrosse and tennis and soccer too.” What is her favorite part about going to camp you ask? “Out of everything it would be the people. I love all the counselors and my friends.” Emily loves having a break to play sports, socialize, and get a full independent experience. She even plans to become an LIT (leader-in-training) and CIT (counselor-in-training) in the future. Peter Marshall, who holds a job throughout the entirety of the school year is also headed off to work this summer at one of Bryn Mawr’s renowned
bakeries, The Bakery House. Peter has been working at the Bakery House since he was only 12 years old. During the school year, he works only on the weekends. However, during the summer, he can put in longer hours, which means he can really satisfy his sweet tooth. While some think work is a drag, especially over the summer, Peter finds his job quite invigorating. “I really enjoy working with customers because I like helping people. Also, most people learn to appreciate a friendly customer-service worker, and being that one friendly worker makes the job almost worth it in itself.” Summer is a time to relax, enjoy and have fun! No matter what your plans are, fitting all of these components in is a must. After a taxing school year, all of us deserve a lengthy break. Take the time you need, and fit in a little TLC! We have all certainly earned it.
Best Hang Out! April 1, 2009
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Top 10... Places to Hang Out at Harriton Cate Butler Staff Writer As the Harriton High School that we know and love comes to its final months in existence, it is a good time to reflect on the ten best places students have enjoyed for the last fifty years. 10. Outside the Lower Gym- Although not many students hang out here, there is a select group of students that understand its importance. Bringing back a classic childhood game, the wall-ball facade may make it hazardous to get out of gym class, but good clean fun is priceless. 9. The S-building heater- On a quiet day, this heater by the doors to the lower S-building is a great place to warm up and chat with a friend. Although it is a little cramped, the warm, cozy setting is perfect for heart-to-heart conversations or even just daily chatter! 8. Cafeteria- Food, friends, and fun, what more could you need? Although the cafeteria is closed during most class periods, if you need a place to hang out before school or during the lunches the cafeteria is the place to be. With plenty of places to sit and tons of food, including the Ram Shack, you are set to enjoy your free time in this particular spot. 7. Outside Bio-rooms-This is a freshman dominated area of Harriton, but I’m sure everyone remembers the wonder of this area. Although biology is…fascinating, almost two hours of mitosis notes can get a little dull. The reason outdoor bio-room area is number five is because there is nothing more refreshing and deserved than those five minutes of fresh air in between your double lab periods. 6. Under the tree by the flagpoleThis is the most seasonable place on the list, but it definitely deserves recognition. During the early fall/late spring when the grass is green and the birds are chirping, this place is guaranteed to cheer any pessimist up in minutes. There is one draw back however, and that would be…bees. 5. Dr. McKenna’s Room-Although Dr. McKenna is normally busy with a class, if you happen to have the same lunch of this Harriton legend, stop by his room. You will find a group of devoted fans, and might be able to convince the doctor to play you a song on his guitar.
4. Art Room-It’s usually only used by art students to catch up on projects, but the art rooms provide a very quiet place to hang out with friends, work on homework, or express yourself creatively using the plethora of pens, paint, and pencils. If you’re lucky you might just hear some of Mr. Smith’s stories and he might even show you the yearbook he has with Mr. Murray as a student. 3. Library-Probably the most busy area of Harriton, the library is open to students all school day long. With more books than you could ever imagine, and a newspaper/magazine archive that is unbelievable, Mr. Perrone is always happy to help students research any topic under the sun. The library is not the ideal place for homework due to the limited number of tables, yet the library is as exclusive as a five-star restaurant. 2. JSL-Possibly the most popular hang out area of the school, the JSL is full of excitement and students all day long. For those lucky students with morning frees, the JSL has the breakfast table with nutritious and delicious food; and if you miss the breakfast table don’t forget about the microwave available for student use. If you find yourself looking for procrastination opportunities, you can always see where your favorite senior is heading for college next year, just make sure you get there before the tables and chairs are taken. 1. Tombs- The tombs is the second most seasonal place on this list; the tombs are packed during all lunches during the beginning and end of the year because of the wonderful weather and fresh Pennsylvania air. The winter season provides another form of fun: sledding! A couple of lunch trays/text books and boring frees become a thing of the past. The biggest problem with the tombs is undeniably the pesky insects that will try to share your food…. Undoubtedly, the tombs will always be remembered and will remain as one of the most symbolic landmarks at Harriton High School. So my fellow students, make the most of these last three months at Harriton High School. Regardless of your school next year, whether it be the new high school, a completely new high school, or college, it will never be the same as our beloved school today.
Seniors can be seen having a good time at Harriton’s hot spot, the JSL. (The Harriton Banner/ Bergen)
A Look at Lower Merion Summer School Moira Lavelle Staff Writer Summer is often viewed as a period of time free from the rigors of school, where one is able to relax and enjoy the heat. However this is not the case for many teenagers in the Lower Merion School District. A large number of high school students enroll in the summer school sessions provided by the district, either to get ahead during the school year, or to make up a failed class. Many students suggest summer school as a constructive way to spend a summer. I spoke to freshman Jason Vessal who enrolled in both last summer’s session as well as the upcoming one. “It’s a productive way to use my summer. I took biology and had a really fun time with it. It’s nice to be ahead.” I also talked to Liz Bacarella who explains “I took bio last summer, and I’m taking chem. this summer so I can take two languages.” With the free space in their schedule, many students opt for extra electives or study halls. Sophomore Austin McMahon is also enrolling this upcoming summer “I’m taking physics because it’s a difficult class and you can get it done faster (over the summer)” Summer courses are much shorter than those offered
during the school year. “We like to say that a day at summer school is equal to a week during the regular school year” states Mrs. Marcuson, the principal of the district’s summer school. Jason Vessal likes the speed of the class saying, “It’s only four and a half hours and we get a 10 minute break after 2 hours, so it goes fast. If I wanted to I could still get a summer job in the afternoon.” As an added bonus, summer school starts almost an hour later in the day than high school does during the school year. However, the pace of the class often makes it more rigorous. “In terms of difficulty, generally summer school is more difficult than taking the course during the school year because students have less time to process the content. The time involved is also greater in terms of the amount of work students must do each night,” comments Mr. Schwartz, who will be teaching honors physics this summer, and has taught at summer school since 1981. “ However a positive aspect for students is that they need to only concentrate on the one course that they are taking.” In addition to the pace, students are told at the beginning of the course to expect 4-6 hours of homework per night, as well as studying. “The cons are that it lasts 6 weeks so
you can’t do much else during the summer, and it can be really intense because there are multiple tests a week” explains Liz Bacarella. Clearly summer school is not intended for those who do not want to work hard. Including the faculty: “Beside there being a lot of work for students, there is also a lot of work for the teacher, as there is much grading to do along with setting up new labs and demonstrations nearly every day.” states Mr. Schwartz. Summer school is not for everybody. Mrs. Marcuson stresses that to enroll in summer school, one must be ready to work hard. Yet while the classes are rigorous, it is still the summer. Mr. Schwartz remarks: “Generally the atmosphere is pretty relaxed in summer school, both for students and faculty. Students are usually quite focused upon their studies for the six-week period. Overall the course has been enjoyable to teach.” Mrs. Marcuson estimates that about 280 students will sign up this year based on last year’s enrollment. Last year the summer school was held at Lower Merion High School. But due to the Construction at LM, and the move to the new building underway at Harriton, this summer’s classes will be held at Bala Cynwyd Middle School.
Meet Your New Student Council Officers
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By: Lauren Berenbaum Around Harriton Editor After a long and stressful process, the results for the newly elected Student Council officers were announced over the loudspeaker on Tuesday March 24, 2009. It was exciting for most and upsetting for some; however, the relief was universal. Following days of watiting the president was chosen, the vice-president was informed, the treasurer was acknlowedged, the secretary was notified, and the seargant-at-arms was elected. The following interview was conducted just days after the results were given. An interview with President Barr Yaron: Q: As president of Student Council what is the biggest change or improvement that you plan on making while in office? A: There are many aspects of the “old” Harriton that I would like to move with us, such as our laptops and a technology zone. One thing that I would like to change while in office is the fluidity of communication pertaining students’ rights. The new resources in the new school will allow Student Council to easily communicate via video announcements to the student body. While I want to improve communication from Council to the rest of school, I think that it is just as important to aid communication in the other direction. I would like to set up, on the Student Council website, a forum that would allow any student to share ideas about new events or policies. I have already been approached about putting together a talent show, a Harriton’s Best Dance Crew, and a Harriton-LM dance. The forum would allow anyone with an idea to make sure it is heard. Next year is a crucial, transitional year and I would like to meet with everyone who has an interesting idea. Q: What do you think is the biggest issue pertaining to the students at Harriton currently and do you think this will be an issue in the new school? A: Entering the new school will inevitably present Harriton with new obstacles to conquer while also offering the students incredible new opportunities. One of the biggest issues pertaining to Harriton now is a lack of school spirit, and this is a problem that Student Council has tried to tackle each year. Spirit week should be something that people look forward to and participate in. I have already seen progression throughout my years here, and want to continue hyping up well-attended, successful events like Mr. Harriton. What makes next year special is the new atmosphere that will (hopefully) nurture new school
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spirit. We have access to new forms of communication, and daily announcements as well as one unified building will allow Student Council to easily reach out to the students. I want to take advantage of Harriton’s new resources to create a more spirited and informed student body. Q: How does it feel to be the newly elected President of Student Council? And what are you going to do to celebrate this accomplishment? A: I am humbled and ecstatic to be the newly elected President, and have already begun working with the current President to make the transition successful. I found out the election results a day after my birthday, so it was quite a nice gift. I’m going to Disney World! Q: What is your favorite aspect about Harriton High School? A: There are so many things to love about Harriton, so I guess my answer would be just that. The diversity that this school has to offer is incredible, and our accomplishments this year have ranged from the boys’ basketball team making it to district semifinals, to Science Olympiad continuing to dominate and recently moving on to States. There are ways for everyone to get involved in the Harriton community. Q: What is the President’s favorite color? My favorite color has always been periwinkle. No explanation: it’s just pretty. Q: Any other comments/information that you would like to share? I am looking forward to next year’s big transition, and I hope that all of you are too! Please don’t hesitate to approach me if you have any ideas, concerns, or opinions that you would like voiced. An interview with Vice-President Victoria Zuzelo: Q: As Vice-President and head of the events committee are there any new events that you want to enact at Harriton High School? A: Yes! Of course there are events I would like to add. As mentioned in my speech, I fully intend on adding a talent show, a spelling bee, and a pep rally [...] where we actually watch a game. Q: How do you plan to improve on the already successful Mr. Harriton Competition? A: Well, I would first like to change the scoring guidelines for the judges, so it is clearer for them to judge. I would also like to change the salsa dance at the end because there was not enough time for each of the contestants dance moves to be seen and accurately judged. Additionally, next year I am planning on having better interview questions because some of them are a little bit lame. Q: What is your favorite food?
A: My favorite food is watermelon. I literally ate an entire genetically enhanced humongous watermelon in one day. Q: How do you plan to increase school spirit among those in the Harriton Community? A: I plan to increase school spirit by having more events such as a talent show, spelling bee, and, some sports event. By having this variety of events we can draw people from all different crowds, so everyone will go to at least one event. I understand that increasing school spirit is not going to happen overnight and it will take time. I do not want to shove spirit down people’s throats, so hopefully, by spreading the events throughout the year, people will not feel like they can attend the events out of their own free will. Q: What do you think the hardest part of your new position is going to be? How do you plan to combat this obstacle? A: I think the hardest part of the job is going to be adjusting to a new school because it will be like being a freshmen all over again. Also, balancing my current activities with my vice presidency will be an issue, but I am sure I can find a way to do it.
An interview with Treasurer Bryan Ellis: Q: What is your favorite thing about money? A: My favorite thing about money is that it is an important object that can change many things. Q: Why did you want to be treasurer? A: I wanted to be Treasurer because I felt it was the area where I could most help Harriton as I am very good with money. Q: Do you think you will improve and/or change anything that your brother did while in office? A: I will try to improve on my brother’s successful term in office such as the Student Council Scholarship and Mr. Harriton. Q: What do you think you will do better than your bother? A: I think that I will be able to manage the money better and maybe spend a little bit less than my brother. Q: What did you like about your brother’s term in office? A: I liked how my brother brought in fresh ideas to Student Council and helped a great deal on Mr. Harriton. Q: What are you most excited to do as treasurer? A: I am most excited about helping Harriton by being the best Treasurer I can be. Q: How do you plan to budget the money? A: I plan on considering the previous year’s expenses and cutting down on unnecessary items to budget the money.
An interview with Seargant-atArms Alex Cooper: Q: What do you plan to do while in office? A: I plan to do what ever it takes to make Student Council a more productive and unified organization. I plan to help incorporate every Student Council member’s ideas into decisions made regarding Harriton. Each Council member has been chosen to be in Student Council for a reason; we should use their ideas as they are an active part of the student body as well as an integral part of Student Council. Q: Are there any changes that you would like to see? A: I’d like to unify Student Council in order to strengthen the organization as a whole. I’d like to make RAM day a better, more successful event for the entire school. This past year has been a very productive year as far as school spirit is concerned. I’d like to see a progression of this spirit over the next years! Q: How do you feel about your fellow officers? A: I am ecstatic to begin working with my fellow officers!! Each of us brings something different to the table that will benefit us in the coming year. Each of my fellow officers has a drive to make Harriton a better place and we are all determined to do in the coming year. Q: What is your favorite restaurant? A: Chipotle Q: Why did you want to run for this position? A: I wanted to run for SergeantAt-Arms because I believe that going in to the new school, Harriton should be a unified, spirited body. We must make this transition to the new school together as a school community. I am open to everyone’s ideas and will continue to be open to all concerns and ideas concerning the good of the Harriton community. Q: Any other comments/information that you would like to share? A: Get pumped for 2009-2010, Harriton! It’s gonna be a great year! An interview with Secretary Eileen Maryo: Q: As Secretary, what are you going to do with your new power
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and influence in student council? A: I want to make sure that the student body is informed of all Student Council events and all happenings at our school. I think communication is the key to a close-knit and unified school and I aim to improve it substantially. Q: How do you plan to record the information at meetings? A: I will utilize our laptops, which hopefully will still be an integral part of our school in the upcoming year. I will then upload and publish this information to the Student Council website and other places that are easily accessible to Harriton students. Q: What is your favorite part about being secretary? What are you most excited for? A: I would have to say the opportunity that I will have to make posters using Photoshop. Ever since I found out about Photoshop I have been interested in learning it, and finally I have a reason to do so. In doing so, I will be able to hone my technological and artistic skills, which I’m excited to do. Q: If you could tell the school anything about yourself what would it be? A: Well, I guess it would be that I have a fraternal twin named Michelle. But, honestly, if you saw us side-by-side I guarantee you would have no idea we are related. Q: What do you want to change most about student council or about Harriton High School Student life in general? A: Harriton has a lack of school spirit and spirit is necessary in our school’s success. We have so many opportunities at Harriton: a top-notch education, diverse clubs, and competitive sports teams. Now that we are moving into the new Harriton I think it is finally time to have a spirited student body to go along with them. Q: Any other comments/information that you would like to share? A: I am devoted to Student Council and our school. Throughout my years at Harriton I have done everything in power to try to better our school and now I truly have a chance to do so. With great power comes great responsibility and I am ready to take on the challenge.
Rugby in Lower Merion!
April 1, 2009
It is the night you will remember forever, so they say. It might be the biggest event in your high school career, aside from – hopefully – graduating. It’s those four letters that everyone is whispering…actually, shouting: PROM. So what is prom ’09 going to be like? How is everyone getting ready? How do they feel about it? Of course there is both a junior and senior prom: two very different events, but both incredibly impressive. Junior prom, usually held in the Harriton cafeteria, is a going to be a little bit different this year. It will be held on the tombs under cover of a large tent. This was purposely planned as a gift to the juniors who have been through three years at this high school but, sadly, will not be able to graduate as their predecessors did and will, in the sunshine on the tombs. “So they’ll still get to have their ‘night on the tombs’,” Mrs. Gauvin explains. For this reason, the junior prom will be tentatively centered a around a “starry night” theme. The Gauvins have been working hard to get things ready for the big day on May 9th. On top of making the arrangements for the tent to canopy the tombs, they have made preparations for the DJ and the decorations including specifics like centerpiece designs and linen choices for the tables. Posters and tickets have also been made ready. All things considered, they are well on top of their game and with plenty of time left for more. Mrs. Gauvin admits that she likes to be involved primarily because she loves to work with the students as they put it all together. And students are a huge part of prom-preparation as well! After school many juniors stay to help organize and make major decisions for the night about the set up and decorations and everything that comes with it. Among students, there is definite evidence of excitement. Girls are talking
Harriton Prom Poster/Blake Bergen
about buying dresses- or already have bought them. Everyone is eagerly anticipatory. The overall feeling for junior prom: “It’s gonna be rockin’.” On the senior prom side of things, it is coming up much quicker on April the 18th. Senior prom will be held at the beautiful Drexelbrook Wedding and Catering Facility in Drexel Hill. Although the senior prom does have a theme, it is not usually as prominent as the junior prom’s theme so as to fit the elegant mannerisms associated with the night. Mr. Myers would disclose only minimal information, but it is known that the general premise is “009” and - just as “007” would appreciate - there will be casinostyle game tables. Mr. Myers, Ms. Cooke and various parents are working exceptionally hard to put together this year’s prom. They spend long hours working on all the details so this senior prom will easily live up to the past years’ proms like the one of 2007 (which Mr. Myer’s also coordinated) that was held at the Seaport Museum. Mr. Myers confesses that he loves the prom and that, “it’s fun to see everyone dressed up in clothes that they wouldn’t wear to school and acting in ways they wouldn’t act at school.” The food will be delicious and there will certainly be something for everyone. All together it will be a great night and definitely one to remember. The enthusiasm is apparent in the students as well. “Sometimes school is a really suffocating community but prom is where you get to see who everyone really is outside of school,” says senior Effie Kong. There is always a reason to go to prom no matter what you are wearing, who you are, or who you are going with, it is a special occasion that should be celebrated accordingly. “It’s our last event before we leave,” says senior, Emma Gordon, “and it’s our time to just chill and have fun with everyone who we really care about at Harriton.”
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Student Spotlight: Rugby Player, Devlin Barry-Hoke
By: Jackie Milestone Staff Writer
By: Lauren Fox Around Harriton Editor
School. The team’s captains are Tom Grady and Scott Gehlot. “The team is known for its solid teamwork, physical style of play, and ball handling skills,” Coach DeLuca proudly exclaimed. “The NRFC has tied into the Narberth Rugby Club in Narberth, Wales, UK. Our friends in the UK have allowed us to use their team crest and colors, as well
Currently, Harriton spring sports are quite popular amongst students. Junior Devlin BarryHoke, however, plays his spring sport not for Harriton High School, but rather for the Narberth Rugby Football Club (NRFC) for his team, The Otters. The NRFC was established “in 2007 after several LMHS and HHS students were watching the Rugby World Cup on [television]. They proposed the team to Tom Grady, [the] Mayor of Narberth, who put the team together,” said one of the head Otters coaches, Robert DeLuca. The Otters currently play in the Eastern Penn- Barry-Hoke and teammates play rugby/ Barry-Hoke sylvania Rugby Union, Division as invited us to tour (team trip) 1. They moved up divisions and play in Wales. We hope to go this past year due to their suc- on tour next year,” DeLuca added. cess in Division 3 last year with Overall, the team proa record of 7-1 and second place. vides an excellent opportunity for The team is composed players to receive a unique athletfrom students, ages 14-18, from ic experience. In addition, there various schools around the area are teams at most universities so including but not limited to Har- that students can continue playing riton High School, Lower Me- after high school if they desire. rion High School, LaSalle High “Rugby is a brotherhood where School, and The Haverford players can travel to any country
in the world and find a club to play with,” said DeLuca. Colin Powell, who plays both flanker and prop positions stated, “Rugby is fun, intense, and suspenseful.” So why was Barry-Hoke interested in joining the rugby team last year? “Well, I play football for Harriton and there are many similarities between the two sports so I decided to give rugby a try and in the end, I made a good decision. It is a very fun sport,” Barry-Hoke told me. Regarding his teammates, Barry-Hoke said, “Everyone is from a bunch of different schools and it is nice to get to know everyone and meet new people.” When asked which sport he prefers, Barry-Hoke answered, “Rugby. There is more freedom and as much as I enjoy playing football, I find rugby more fun.” If you’re interested in supporting NRFC, why not show up to one of their home games that take place at Narberth Park? “[Rugby] is a game for anyone who is interested in trying a new sport. If you are interested in playing, come out whenever and contact someone who plays,” concluded Barry-Hoke.
A snippet into music...
By: Laura Johnston Guest Writer Though most take a subjective view in discussing opinions on music, in reality, music is not subject to any scale of greatness. We should celebrate the beauty in the collective diversity of musical tastes especially evident in the halls of Harriton… Various students were interviewed to see whether or nt there was a correlation between music likes and dislikeds at Harriton High School.
Anonymous Favorite Genre?: Pop Favorite Band [of that genre]?: Jonas brothers Favorite Concert?: Jonas brothers Favorite [radio] station?: Q102 Who’s on your favorite playlist? Jonas brothers, Honor society, Secondhand serenade Why do you like it?: It’s fun!
Alicia Arlotta Favorite Genre?: Techno, classic rock, electronic Favorite Bands [of that genre]?: MGMT, Led Zeppelin, M.I.A Favorite [radio] station?: 104.5 Lindsey Adelman Favorite Genre(s)?: Alternative, Indie rock, folk Favorite bands?: MGMT, Vampire Weekend, The Shins, LCD Soundsystem Favorite Concert?: Of Montreal Favorite [radio]show?: NPR Why do you dig it?: It’s expressive. Jen Marguiles Favorite Genre(s):? Everything Favorite musician?: John Mayer Who’s on your playlist?: John Mayer and Train Costanza Maio Favorite Genre?: Italian Pop music Favorite musicians?: Negramaro,
Jovanotti, Ligabue Why? Because it celebrates my heritage!
JoHanna Rothseid Favorite Genre?: Alternative Rock Favorite musicians?: Coldplay, Guster, Ben Folds Why?: It speaks to me. Amy Green Favorite Genre? R&B Favorite Artist? Common Sam Pietri Favorite Genre: Rock Favorite Musicians: Tryo, Benjamin Siksou Why do you like Siksou: I like the melodies BertVan Den Hooff: Artist: Binary Star, Modest Mouse Genre: Alternative Rock, Rap Why: Distracts me from other problems
faculty spotlight April 1, 2009
By: Eileen Mayro Faculty Spotlight Editor Konnichi wa, Harriton! In case you didn’t know, that is the way you say hello in Japanese and is one of the first words that you learn in Mrs. Ushioda’s Japanese class. From a young age, Mrs. Ushioda was intrigued by Japanese language and culture; so it was only a matter of time until she was able to pass her love of Japanese on to others, by teaching. Her illustrious career in Japanese Studies began when she was only a child, living in her birthplace of Boulder, Colorado. Actually, the reason why Mrs. Ushioda was born in Boulder was because her father was studying Japanese there at the Navy Language School during World War II. Over the course of her childhood, Mrs. Ushioda and her family moved quite often, but the one constant in her life was her interest in languages. Her mother, father, and brother, Rusty, and she became a very intimate unit because of their frequent relocations. The four of them stuck together, even when their locations
A Taste of Japan with Mrs. Ushioda
came and went. Her father was an Asian History professor at the University of Pennsylvania so both teaching and East Asian Studies began early on in her life. Little did either father or daughter know that one day she would follow in his footsteps. During her first eighteen years, Mrs. Ushioda lived in San Fransisco, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and even Tokyo. While in ninth grade, Mrs. Ushioda and her family moved to Japan for the second time, which allowed her to immerse herself in both its language and its culture. However, when her family returned to the United States, Mrs. Ushioda lost a good portion of her knowledge of Japanese, which she only gained later in college, when she attended the University of Pennsylvania. At that time, Mrs. Ushioda had originally intended to major in Russian. But as time passed, Mrs. Ushioda realized that Japanese was a better fit for her and decided to major in East Asian Studies. Mrs. Ushioda’s love of language extends beyond just Japanese, being fairly fa-
miliar with Russian, French and Chinese. In her spare time, Mrs. Ushioda likes to go to the beach, swim, play tennis, and listen to music. She has always loved classical music, and artists such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Sergei Rachmaninov, and classic rock. In the near future, she and her father plan to see an Elvis show at the Media Theater, which is sure to be a night of good music and family.
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Mrs. Ushioda enjoys traveling, especially to her favorite place on earth, Honolulu, Hawaii. She comments, “Honolulu combines beautiful beaches, an exciting city, and multiple cultures, including one that is close to my heart, Japanese.” Her son, Steve, also has a soft spot for Japan, and is currently traveling there. Over her thirty years of teaching experience, Mrs. Ushioda has taught the
history of Asia, Japan, Japanese literature, and women in Asia and currently teaches the language of Japanese here at Harriton. Ushioda has taught at public and private universities, and of course at Harriton High School, which she has done for the last fifteen years. A woman with such a multitude of experience has a bit of wisdom for us at Harriton, “Keep calm and enjoy every day.”
Mrs. Ushioda out to lunch (Ushioda/The Harriton Banner).
What is your favorite aspect of Japanese culture?
“Well, I love the sounds of the language. It’s a beautiful language. I love the way it is put together and its nuances. Also, I love the simplicity of Japanese architecture.” -Mrs. Ushioda
Mrs. Ushioda (Ushioda/The Harriton Banner).
Mrs. Ushioda with her family and a few locals in Hawaii (Ushioda/The Harriton Banner).