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The Picador Volume 9, Issue 4

Science Fiction Made Real: Scientists Create an Invisibility Cloak Page 5

Quick: Who Do You Know Who Owns a Hedgehog? Flip to Page10 to Find Out!

Ridiculous Laws Part 2

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Walk Back Etiquette: The Difference Between Awkward Silences and Internal Happy Dances By Becca Kelly ’15 It’s 9:50 pm. You’re in Weld for study hall, and it’s time to go. As you begin to pack up your things, you see someone coming your way. You smile. The person smiles back. And then you both stand there and just sort of look at each other until, finally, one of you says, “So, uh…Can I uh…Walk you back?” What do you do? Do you avoid a likely awkward ten-minute situation, or do you do an internal happy dance and nod?

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tions about the infamous walk back to help you the next time you find yourself in a situation such as this.

First of all, let’s get straight what you should not do. There is a huge variety of pet peeves all over campus, and you don’t want to annoy anyone, right? The most common complaint from the guys focuses on walk back conversations. Guys prefer girls who do not talk too much and listen more; however, they don't like one-word answers either. They also find it rather obnoxious when peoLast week, 30 random students ple whistle and make other -- 15 girls and 15 guys (most noises when the walk back of whom will remain anonyactivities are taking place. Let mous) -- were asked four questhe couples be! And then, of

course, there are guys like Alex Spina whose only pet peeve is “saying goodnight and letting her go.” On the ladies’ side, one common complaint did not have anything to do with being walked back, but rather with having to “walk behind walk backs when they are being “flirty” and pushing each other and being loud and annoying. I don't know whether to awkwardly pass or keep my distance.” It’s an unfortunate, situation that not a single person on campus likes to experience, and there is not much that can be done to prevent it. (Continued on page 2)

Warming Up for the Winter Athletic Season By AJ Chabot ’16

Art In The Afternoon Visits the MFA

November 15, 2013

As fall closes and the field hockey team heads off to the NEPSAC semi-finals, other athletes have already started warming up for the winter season. The nordic team will start with some dry land training. The team won't just be running, but will also be playing games of capture the flag on the trails, learning how to roller ski, and practicing balancing drills. The team has steadily grown over the past couple of years and will have numbers in the midthirties at the beginning of the

racers will spend half the day working out or skiing and the A camp during the first few other half enjoying the other days of Thanksgiving break attractions that Stowe has to will be held in Craftsbury, VT. offer. Captain Celeste Holland is excited about the trip because The girls' varsity hockey team their nordic center, “has guar- has been set back slightly beanteed snow!” The team may cause of the field hockey playend up skiing loops around a offs, but those who can pracone or two-kilometer course, tice will definitely be on the but it will still be great for ice Thursday and Friday. They will be joined by the boys' them to get onto snow. varsity hockey team as well. Captain Drew Houx believes the season “should be fun, and The teams will prepare as well we are all ready to get started as they can for a pair of tough with a really young team.” The opponents on Wednesday: St. other trip over Thanksgiving Paul's for the girls and Ver(Continued on page 2) will be to Stowe, VT where season.

The Picador The Eastern men’s ski team captain, Clark Macomber, is mont Academy for the boys. excited for the annual sand After that, the girls' team will slalom training on the Water have one more practice before Tower hill, along with other playing NEWHL on Friday dry land exercises including and then they’re off on break. capture the flag and of course, They'll be returning early from fitness testing. The older skiers Thanksgiving break for prac- head off to Mammoth, CA tices and scrimmages, ready to over the Thanksgiving break, while the U16s and young dive into the season. U18s fly to Copper Mountain, Captain Hedi Droste optimistiCO. Both trips should be great cally states, “It's a busy start kick-starters to the season, and but we couldn't be more exwill hopefully help all the skicited about it!” ers rekindle their “ski-legs.” Ballet for Athletes (Continued from page 1)

Walk Backs (Continued from page 1)

Another anonymous source said she doesn’t like it “when it's really cold out and I want to go inside while I can still feel my butt cheeks, but I also don't want to be rude.” If you keep the interests of other people in mind while on a walk back, things should go swimmingly. For those who have received walk backs this year, there are many favorite moments. One girl says her favorite part of the tradition is “when we get to stand face to face and gaze longingly into each other’s eyes under the sweet New Hampshire moonlight as a breeze tickles my cheeks.” The guys were a bit less poetic and said they just like asking someone for a walk back. Others were more sarcastic in their responses. An anonymous guy said, “The best part is the ending because walk backs are wicked awkward.” An anonymous girl said, “My favorite part is watching all the couples stand literally five feet away from each other, while Page 2

each one is trying to make theirs seem better than the others.”

A plus for the skiers heading out to Mammoth will be their special overnight Thanksgiving dinner on top of Mammoth. After eating Mammothstyle turkey, and sleeping at the peak of the one of the best ski resorts in the country, our skiers will have the first tracks down the mountain early in the morning with ski patrol. The girls' and boys' varsity basketball teams will have tryouts starting Thursday and plan on having their first prac-

A few faculty also pointed out the fact that girls, for some reason, don’t walk back the guys: “In this day and age, we Admittedly walk backs are still encourage and support often awkward and cold; many this boy/girl/heterosexual/male students commented on these -dominated courtship ritual.” drawbacks and many more. It is a point that is not brought One person said, “My least up as frequently as it should favorite part is that it is always be. It’s not really something negative one million degrees that would be particularly difwhen my walk back just hapficult to change, however. pens to be the world’s slowest walker.” And it goes without And then there are a few select saying that none of the guys faculty who don't like to talk likes walking back to his about walk backs; "In fact, I dorm, “alone and cold,” after prefer not to know anything the walk back is over. And about the students’ dating then there are those of us who lives,” shared on faculty memare “watching all the walk ber. While in the minority, one backs and not getting any but teacher also shared this: wondering what it’s like to “There’s something quaint and have one.” One day, people, old-fashioned about walk backs, and I find them kind of one day. charming, frankly. I am not Along with the 30 students, 20 crazy, however, about the nonteachers were also included in sense, the ridiculous antics that the survey (all of whom will can occur around them. The remain anonymous). The most 'hiding' and giggling behind common complaint was sumthe recycling shed and electric marized nicely by one particibox in order to spy on couples pant in particular: “When kids – that, I could do without. But are late for check-in, I have the I suppose that’s part of the awkward responsibility of tradition, too.” breaking up that last tender Most faculty, however, would moment of the evening.”

tices on the 18th. The girls’ first scrimmage is against New Hampton on the 21st, which Caroline Mure believes to be, “really quick into the season but a good start.” After Thanksgiving, the teams will return a few days early (the 30th) to begin practicing for their first official game against Deerfield on Wednesday. Caroline is confident enough to say that “we hope to win some more this year, and it is definitely possible.” agree with the following: “Overall, I feel that walk backs are a little dated. Do we really see our girls as being vulnerable on campus?” Another teacher explained, “I know that we do not have much time for such things, so I am sympathetic, but I don’t like the gossipy culture that grows in the dorm following the walk backs.” Generally, the teachers, as a whole, “wouldn’t miss them at all if they all of a sudden disappeared.” However, it’s fair to say that walk backs are “a unique social part of Holderness that no other school has” and that they have become a part of the “Holderness Tradition.” And while most would say walk backs will never amount to much, it is not always the case. One alumnus said, “I have a couple friends who are now married with a young child. It all started on a walk back at Holderness 13 years ago.” Just imagine the possibilities!

Volume 9, Issue 4

Art in the Afternoon at the Boston MFA By Minh Tran ’16

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The Picador World News Typhoon Haiyan Strikes Philippines, Leaving a Path of Destruction The lack of food and water has made the survivors very anxious. Typhoon Haiyan left “the city in ruins and its population of more than 200,000 in desperate conditions.”

By Linh Le ’15 According to Slate magazine, Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, flattening 20,000 homes on Friday. The Philippine government estimates about 9.5 million people have been affected by the typhoon; nearly 2,200 are dead and 580,000 people are missing. “We have bodies in the water, bodies on the bridges, bodies on the side of the road,” said Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross. Four days after the typhoon, aid organizations and nations around the world were able to deliver food and water to Ta-

cloban, Philippines. Due to the heavy rain, however, transportation elsewhere has been a serious issue; it has made delivering supplies really difficult. “The whole scene is like

something fresh out of a movie,” said Maelene Alcala, a CNN iReporter. “It is like the end of the world… Survivors are walking everywhere carrying sacks of goods they were able to get.”

Senior Editors Zihan Guo Celeste Holland Sarah Michel Lea Rice Junior Editors Parker Densmore Charles Harker Faculty Advisors Ms. Magnus Mr. Solberg Section Writers Joey Casey Tommy Chau Rachael Erhard Andrew Houx Becca Kelly Seo Jung Kim Linh Le Sookie Liddle

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said, “Women and children are begging on the streets for donations, exposing themselves to abuse and exploitation. With power lines still down, the lack of lighting has made women and children at home and in evacuation centers more vulnerable, especially at night.” Source: CNN

Henry Liu Connor Marien Caroline Mure So Min Park Katie Remien Allie Solms Stephen Wilk Contributers AJ Chabot Minh Tran Thao Nguyen Annie Hayes Liesl Magnus Jake Barton ’13 Contact Information Holderness School Chapel Lane P.O. Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03245 Phone Number: 603.536.1257 Fax: 603.536.1267

At Left: A Red Cross map in which Typhoon Haiyan is superimposed over the United States. Page 4

Volume 9, Issue 4 Invisibility Cloaks: They’re Not Just for Harry Potter pear bigger, smaller, and shift in space!

By Henry Liu ’15 Recently, the world has been bombarded with news about the creation of something that was once regarded as science fiction, until now. As seen in Harry Potter, invisibility cloaks shield people or objects from the view of another. However, the invisibility cloak recently created is not an actual cloak, nor is it made of any fabric or flexible material. And instead of using magic, the newest “invisibility cloak” uses science, specifically physics.

“It's just a matter of technology,” says Professor Eleftheriades. “You can use the same principle for light, and the corresponding antenna technology is a very hot area of research.” heriades and his PhD student Michael Selvanayagam at the University of Toronto, decided to surround an object with a layer of tiny antennas.

Normally, light waves bounce off an object and human eyes pick up the waves, giving the object distinction. However, the magnetic field created by the tiny antennas prevents “It's very simple,” Prof. Eleftlight waves from bouncing heriades explains. “Instead of away from the object, so huPrevious attempts to create an surrounding what you're trying man eyes do not detect the invisibility cloak mainly into cloak with a thick metaobject/s if the antennas are volved the use of metamaterial shell, we surround it active. materials to create a thick shell with one layer of tiny antenaround an object. However, nas, and this layer radiates This system is not only capathis time scientists, specifiback a field that cancels the ble of creating invisibility, but cally Professor George Eleft- reflections from the object.” it can also make an object ap-

So if you are still looking for a topic for your Senior Thesis, antenna technology might just be for you. Imagine all the technology that can evolve from this seed -- armor with these tiny antennas inside could create an invisibility field and force fields could be created at the press of a button. Things that we thought were science fiction might not be anymore.

World Sports Tommy Chau ’15 Soccer: On November 11, 2013, Manchester United defeated Arsenal for the second time this year, with only 1 goal from former Arsenal’s striker Robin Van Persie. According to David Moyes, head coach of Manchester United, the precious goal from Van Persie allowed the team to narrow the difference with Arsenal, who has been at the top of the Premier League table since October, from 11 to eight points. The goal not only narrowed the difference but also strengthened the shattered morale of both players and fans, who have been appalled by the team’s poor performance since the beginning of season. With only eight points to go, will Manchester United be able to gain momentum and move up on the table? Tennis: The 2013 ATP World Tour has proven to be a super tournament for world number-two ranked Novak Djokovic. On November 12, Novak successfully defended his ATP World Tour Finals title after beating world number one Rafael Nadal in two sets with scores of 6-3 and 6-4. In addition to the championship, Novak officially claimed seven major titles this year, including four ATP World Tour 1000 titles from September to November; he also raised the number of titles since the beginning of his career to 41. Not only can he claim personal success, Djokovic has also narrowed the point difference with Nadal to 1000 points. Will Djokovic be able to re-claim the number one spot from Nadal? The answer lies in his performance in the 2014 ATP World Tour.

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The Picador Life After Holderness: Barton Reports from the Other Side (NOT walk backs) from the library, 2 am episodes of The Office, and 3 am trips to McD’s - if there were a McD’s near campus. There’s a lot to do, and even more time to do it in. But the days, invariably, fly by. It’s pretty easy to get a little lost.

By Jake Barton ’13 The smell hit us like a brick, sent us stumbling backward for cover, fresh air, a can of Febreeze, anything. “Shut the door!!” someone yelled from behind as one brave soul reached forward and pushed hard on the handle. As it swung shut, we let out a sigh of relief – but too soon; the hallway had, much to our horror, captured the scent now seeping, it seemed, through the walls. In a second we were outside, gulping down the cool breeze as quick as our lungs would allow. We exchanged worried glances and asked ourselves the same questions. First, what was it? Whose milk had gone bad? Who left the banana in the corner? Then, what do we do with it? Call our proctor? Campus services? The EPA? We had no idea.

Jake Barton this fall at Harvard with Young Soo Sung ’14

and get some free stuff. At a table in the middle a few people were handing out mugs, and into them, for those who asked, they poured smoothies. Banana, Strawberry, Blueberry, Kiwi. Yum.

cheering procession of dorm residents, the mug was carried around the building to the closest trashcan. Apparently, it was far too central, as later in the day we looked out the window to see the charged spray of a power washer focused on At some point that same night, the can. one of us had decided we were finished and screwed the lid, This is college. A world domitightly, back onto our mug. nated by 1 am walks back The sealed container made its With shirts pulled high over way from the brain-break back noses and mouths, we poured to our room and, in the interest back into the room, four of conserving precious food strong, searching high and low “for later,” had been left on the for the smell that made Tank’s windowsill. Who knew such A Portrait sock drawer seem like the an unassuming, baby-blue cup Southside flower garden. could cause our dorm proctor Oddly, we couldn’t find it in to leave town? the trash. Hurried looks into Weeks of direct sunlight and the fridges proved inconcluheat transformed that once sive, and it wasn’t behind the couch either. No, it was on the delicious treat into something so vile that words like way out, on the windowsill, in “abominable,” “atrocious,” the beating sun, that we found and “horrendous” can’t even the source. begin an introduction to its A week into school, back in description. Armed with a tenAugust, the campus program foot pole (literally), we for sustainability had hosted a reached through the doorway study-break in the dining hall and hooked our chalice of – a chance to socialize, relax, doom by the handle. With a

As tough as the packed weeks at Holderness are, they’re invaluable as you head toward college where your schedule is completely what you make it. Seniors, that responsibility is fast approaching. Juniors, it’s a bit like solo (kidding! – not nearly as cold). There’s no better time or place to hone your management skills; write that paper now so you have time to build your next potato cannon this weekend (totally worth it). Try not to let anything slip through the cracks. If you do, just don’t let it be a smoothie. They get smelly.

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Volume 9, Issue 4 Good Luck Field Hockey! We’ll Be There to Cheer You On! Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 on the Turf

Go Bulls! New England Sports The Celtics: After beginning the season with four consecutive losses, the Celtics rebounded in dramatic fashion, beating the winless Jazz, the cocky Heat, and the reeling Magic (twice) to give the team a glimmer of hope at a successful season. They have been led by first-year starter Jeff Green, who hit the game winning three to beat the Heat last Saturday. With .6 seconds left in the game and the C’s down by two, Dwayne Wade was fouled and sent to the line for two free throws. He missed the first and intentionally tried to miss the second to prevent the Celtics from getting any time to shoot the ball. But his shot not only missed the basket but also missed the rim, a violation, and Boston had a new life. Gerald Wallace inbounded the ball, lobbing it across the court to Green who spun around and hit the shot before falling out of bounds and shocking the Miami crowd. A new era in Boston has begun, yet success is still years away. The depth is generally weak at this time, as their starting lineup consists of last year’s bench combined with middle-of-the-first-round draft picks. The roots are set, but until Rondo comes back and the rest of the team matures, the Celtics' successes will be few and far between. Even now three of their wins were against sub .500 teams, and the Heat’s core was slowed down due to injuries. - Joey Casey ’14 The Boston Bruins: The Bruins have dominated November, and with a record of 4-1-1 this month, the B’s are continuing to pick up speed. They started off the month with a battle against the New York Islanders. Although it ended in a 3-1 loss, it would be the only regulation loss in November. After the loss against the Islanders, they then faced off against former Bruin Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars. The game went into overtime and then into a shootout, where the Stars ultimately won with goals from both of the former Bruins players, Rich Peverly and Tyler Seguin. Even though they lost both games within only a margin of two, this was unacceptable for the Bruins. They have since gone on a rampage, winning the last three games by two or more goals. They played a multitude of former Bruins including Tim Thomas of the Florida Panthers and Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, a highlight thus far this month is definitely the Veteran’s Day matinee game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Veteran’s Day game started off with the Bruins warming up in specialty camo jerseys in honor of the troops. Both teams were deadlocked with zero goals at the end of the first period, but the Bruins exploded out of the locker room in the second period with two goals from Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille. The game ended 3-0 with a final goal from Jarome Iginla in the third period, shutting out the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay, unfortunately, was plagued by the injury of top goal scorer Steven Stamkos, who slid awkwardly into the net thus breaking his tibia; he is out of the game indefinitely. - Connor Marien ’14

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The Picador Student Opinion

C h a n g e I s G o o d : T h e S e n io r T h e s i s R e q u i re m e n t required, I know that some people would have preferred What will happen to Senior to do Senior Colloquium inThesis now that it is a required stead. course for all seniors? Will the quality of the presentations However, a lot of people are decrease or will the creativity getting inspired, and ideas for this independent project are just increase? sparking up all over the place I don’t know. I don’t think with the help of family, friends anyone does. This is the first and teachers. After all, it is a year Senior Thesis is a retime and opportunity for us to quired course, so it will be an explore and work hands-on experiment. Even if the results with a topic we are truly pasare undesirable, we won’t find sionate about. If you think out until we try -- a lesson about it, when else will you from Mr. Ford’s Holderness have a whole month to go out cheer. and research something you actually care about? The Despite the controversy and doubt mandatory Senior The- school is giving us time off, sis has received, I have a good the teachers are supporting us, feeling about this. Although I and we will enlighten ourselves with the knowledge we would have chosen to do a senior thesis even if it wasn’t create. By So Min Park ’14

Seniors, even if you dreaded going into the first Senior Thesis meeting, your opinion probably changed as soon as you saw the crayons and Mexican-themed food waiting for you to devour. Ms. Macomber created a fantastic way to start off Senior Thesis, feeding us her contagious optimistic energy and openminded approaches to topics. And even though I wanted to participate, I know I was scared for Senior Thesis at first: What would I research? I, personally, encountered the problem of having too many topics to choose from. I wanted to explore all of them, but which one did I love the most? Thankfully, Ms. Macomber’s meetings, that

taught us how to choose an appropriate topic and create an essential question, empowered and motivated many of us to explore even deeper into our passion of choice. Senior Thesis is a big step toward independence. We basically choose the topic of study for an entire semester and spend our March breaks living with the topic. What better way is there to learn about a subject than working with it in person? It’s a big change for Holderness. Only we get to decide whether it will be a good or bad change. Since we have the time, support, and opportunity to explore something we love, the way we want to, why not take advantage of this?

Weekend Activities: They are What You Make of Them By Annie Hayes ’15 What did you do this weekend? Thanks to our weekend activities crew, there are always activities planned for Saturday nights and Sundays. Whether there is a movie on the Quad, a scavenger hunt, an off-campus trip, or a dance, weekend activities are an awesome way for students to take a step back from their schoolwork and hang out with friends. According to the majority of students here at Holderness, dances are a favorite weekend activity. The loud music and dancing are especially appealPage 8

ing. However, dances cannot take place every weekend; other activities need to occur as well. Since September, our awesome crew and the weekendduty faculty members have planned a multitude of activities for our enjoyment. These specially thought out events range from apple picking in northern New Hampshire to movies in Weld, from brownies at the Head’s House to ping-pong tournaments in lower Weld. All of these activities are put in place so that the students do not need to sit in their dorm rooms all night

playing video games and watching TV. They are an excellent excuse to round up a few friends and make the most out of your time here at Holderness. A lot of times, weekend activities go unnoticed by a large portion of the student population, leaving the planned activities with low attendance records. But any activity can be fun if you get a good group of friends involved. Rather than sitting in your dorm rooms doing nothing and complaining about being bored, try gathering up a few buddies and trying out a new activity;

even a pick-up game of indoor soccer, floor hockey, or basketball can be fun during open gym on Saturday nights. With the warm weather behind us, we are looking ahead into the cold and gloomy winter when people will no longer have a desire to spend any more time outside than they absolutely need to. Nonetheless, the weekend activities that are planned for those days when you just can’t seem to get yourself out of bed are some of the most entertaining activities that take place throughout the whole year. In (Continued on page 10)

Volume 9, Issue 4 Entertainment: The Weekend Survey The process by which weekend activities are chosen is a mystery to some people on campus. Who chooses them? Who decides which activities will get funded and which ones will remain just ideas? And who comes up with the ideas in the first place? Is there ever an opportunity for the general community to have input? In order to find out what the community really wants, we asked students and faculty to respond to a survey and describe their ideas for fun weekend activities. Responses that were very popular are noted (*).  Sunday buses to Loon, Waterville, and other nearby ski areas*  Sidewalk painting  Casual open mike nights/coffee houses, where anyone can perform and there’s no need for huge preparation

campus cultural programs for the whole school)  More days like Super Sunday where the whole school competes  Karaoke night in Hagerman using the big screen

 Book clubs

 3v3 basketball tournaments -- only one varsity player allowed per team

 Swimming at PSU

 Campus-wide hide-n-go-seek games

 Fan buses to away games more often

 Snow golf

 Quidditch*

 Hockey skills competitions

 Overnight camping (OB cabin and AMC huts)*

 Wiffle ball

 Boston trips*

 Knitting, painting, and making other small crafts or dorm decorations

 Trips to sledding/tubing hills  T-shirt designing with plain t-shirts, spray paints, stencils, and other materials

 Creative writing workshops  At least one paintball trip per season

 Flea market and farmers’ market trips

 Snowman making

 More movies, chosen by students*

 Tea, cookies, scones, and some kind of small activity and a fire in the West Wing at 3 on Sundays

 Finger painting in Weld

 Mr. Holderness Pageant  Holderness cooking battles, cooking clubs, food appreciation  Capture the Flag* groups  More opportunities to hang out in a central place with food and music, not necessarily with another planned activity attached  More dances*  More cultural meals  Movies and desserts in faculty homes (this is a widely forgotten activity during which students sign up ahead of time to watch faculty members’ favorite movies with them and eat dessert)  Laser tag and assassin  Bring back cultural weekends (a whole Friday night through Saturday night event that includes trips to Boston and on-

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The Picador Faculty Profile: Allison Merchant Yipee, Holderness School has five new faculty members! In each issue of The Picador this fall, we will take the time to introduce them to the Holderness community. This week it is Allison Merchant’s turn. Thank you , Caroline Mure ’14, for taking the time to interview her. Caroline Mure: How did you hear about Holderness?

partially student-run.

Ms. Merchant: I grew up in Laconia so I knew about it. I also heard about the school through my art teacher.

CM: Be honest, how is the food here?

CM: Do you live on campus?

AM: The food is good; I like the fact that I get free food. I don’t have to go grocery shopping as often.

AM: No, I live in Meredith.

CM: How often do you go home?

CM: What is your favorite part about Holderness so far?

AM: I try to balance home and school as much as I can.

AM: So far, my classes and my students. They are great.

CM: What college did you go to?

CM: Will you be coaching any sports this year?

AM: I spent a year at the University of New Hampshire and then transferred to the Rochester Institute of Technology.

AM: I will be doing Art in Afternoon in the winter and helping with rock climbing in the spring.

CM: What is your favorite book?

AM: One of my favorite books is The Host by Stephenie CM: How are you lik- Meyer. But the movie was awful. ing the assemblies and CM: Fun facts about yourself? the overall schedule? AM: I have a pet hedgehog named Dodger, and I used to be AM: They flow nicely. I part of a roller derby team when I lived in Colorado for the past like the current events two years. They called me “The Artful Dodger.” Um, my first and how assemblies are car was a pink truck, and now I have a blue Mini Cooper. Oh, and I used to have a motorcycle. CM: Have you always loved art? When did you know you wanted to pursue art as a career? AM: My mother was an artist, and so is my sister, so I grew up with art. From the moment I could hold a crayon, I was writing all over the walls, so I have always loved art.

If there are any other ideas that appeal to you, the weekend past years, weekend activities activities crew would love to in the winter have included hear your suggestions. They square dancing, floor hockey, come up with the activities for and even a carnival in Bartsch, your entertainment and would complete with a bouncy castle love to plan them so that they and a mechanical shark. can cater to your desires. Weekends (Continued from page 8)

Another thing that is going to be brought back this winter is the Whiteout Dance. Lower Weld gets covered in plastic tarps and black lights, and everyone wears white.

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Have an entertaining weekend and try an activity that you haven’t done yet this year. Then make sure to thank the people in charge of planning it for making it so great.

Shout Outs By Allie Solms ’14 VFH - Good luck in the playoffs! AJ - Wishing you a fast recovery. DH + GE = Tall, blonde, and Spanish-speaking. CS + LR = She may have many shut outs, but CS has surely scored. MM + AH = Potential prom dates? LO + CD = That haircut did LO well.

Volume 9, Issue 4 Horoscopes By Caroline Mure ’14 and Sookie Liddle ’14 Scorpio (October 23 - November 21): You and youknow-who are planning on hanging out. You don’t know if it’s considered a date or not, but whatever it is, start to spice things up; otherwise your significant other may become uninterested.

okay to let your mind wander, but don’t let him/her consume your entire thought process. Keep your love life in perspective.

Gemini (May 21 – June 21) : Virgo (August 23 - SeptemYou have been hearing a lot of ber 22): You may have felt mixed messages lately, and lost today, and you are conunfortunately it is your job to fused about a situation that clear them up. Find out the once made perfect sense. Stop whole story; then share the focusing on your losses and Pisces (February 19 - March information with those around making a big deal out of them; 20): You deserve to have extra let them go or handle the situayou. “me time” this week; your tion like a mature adult. birthday is still a long way off Cancer (June 22 - July 22): and you need to give yourself Find time for fun; your energy Libra (September 23 - OctoSagittarius (November 22 December 21): This has not more credit. Buy yourself is too good to waste on prober 22): Make sure to show been your week. You’ve been something nice, or spend a jects and activities that don’t the world that you can adapt to dealing with the stress of chunk of time doing stuff you relate to you. You have been any situation, for that is where school, the drama of your working hard, and you need a you find the most success. love. Then spread the love!!! friends, and the complications Proving them wrong will help break. Aries (March 21 - April 19): of an oncoming cold. Start to prove your actions right. You have been getting frusLeo (July 23-August 22): warm up your life by reaching trated very easily lately. Stop You have encountered several out to new people and taking judging everyone and try see- difficult situations today that deep breaths. ing things from other people's require creative solutions. perspectives; this will help you Keep your options open and Capricorn (December 22 January 19): This is your reign in your anxious feelings don’t be afraid to jump at new month for positive communi- and get along better with oth- opportunities that could help cation. Your social energy is ers. solve this problem of yours. just right for getting others to Taurus (April 20 - May 20): see what’s in your collective You have been distant with best interest. Voice your opinyour family lately. Remember ions and don’t be ashamed. that they are the reason you are here. Take more time to Aquarius (January 20 Collected by Parker Densmore ’15 February 18): You are drawn appreciate them this week and Please email if you hear toward a specific someone like make plans with them for anything that you think should be shared. a moth toward a flame. It's Thanksgiving break.


 Big Cups are now on National Geographic’s Endangered Species List.

In and Out Katie Remien ’15 and Rachael Erhard ’14



 Saturday Sleep-ins  Dead Week

 8:15 Classes  Spirit Week

 Regular Season  Playoffs  Friday Night Freedom  10:30 Checks  Sandals  Bean Boots

 Are the varsity COD tryouts on Thursday or Friday?  Who shaved my pumpkin?  Is Milmoe in college?  I heard our art team is rated #2 in the country by ESPN.  Free General Gao’s? Turn up!  Tabor’s water machine doesn’t work either.  We would have won if the math team competed at Tabor Day.  What is this “free time” you speak of?

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What Not to Do: Driving Camels and Dog Party Permits In between study sessions, ninth grader Liesl Magnus discovered a vast catalogue of ridiculous laws in states across the Union. Below is Part II for your reading pleasure. Be careful out there; you never know what you might get arrested for! Missouri: Single men between the ages of twenty-one and fifty Oklahoma: Dogs must have a permit from the mayor in order must pay an annual tax of one dollar. to congregate in groups of three or more on private property. Montana: It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.

Oregon: In Klamath River, it is illegal to walk down a sidewalk and knock a snake's head off with your cane.

Nebraska: Drivers on mountains should drive with caution near the right hand edge of the highway. (Um, there are no mountains in Nebraska).

Pennsylvania: Dynamite is not to be used to catch fish. Rhode Island: No one may bite off another’s leg. South Carolina: Horses may not be kept in bathtubs.

Nevada: It is illegal to drive a camel on the highway. New Hampshire: You may not run machinery on Sundays. New Jersey: It is against the law for a man to knit during fishing season. New Mexico: Idiots may not vote. (How do you define idiot?)

South Dakota: It illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory. Tennessee: The definition of “dumb animal” includes every living creature. (So, humans too, right?)

New York: The penalty for jumping off a building is death. (‘cause you might not be dead yet.)

Texas: When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop and neither shall proceed until the other has gone. (Huh?)

North Carolina: Elephants may not be used to plow cotton.

Utah: Birds have the right of way on all highways.

North Dakota: It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.

Vermont: At one time it was illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole.

Ohio: It is illegal to mistreat anything of great importance.

Wyoming: Citizens may not take showers on Wednesdays.

Five Stars, One Lesson By Thao Nguyen ’15 A miracle comes in front of my eyes, A trip to the long forgotten past. I saw that person who I have always loved and respected. His memories which he has told me since I was small. Fun and enjoyable. That was what I thought.

At that moment, an angel, with his pure white wings, appeared, hugging me gently, then smiling at me. “Don’t worry, you still have time,” he said, and he gave me five little stars.

And then I woke up. It was just a dream. I sighed, “At least I learned my lesson.” In the very last minutes of the trip, when I saw his But then I noticed love for me, I suddenly realized, a picture of five little stars on my laptop screen. Why am I such a bad girl? I could feel these stars looking at me with their I tell people I care for him, but I never remember warm eyes his birthday, just like that person, my only grandfather in this I tell people I like listening to his advice, but I world. ignore what he says. They were the gifts from that mysterious angel, I hurt him a lot, but he always stays silent who showed me and looks at me with his brown eyes one lesson I would never forget. warm like fire. “Treasure your beloved ones.” Tears came from my eyes non-stop, I chuckled happily as I was filled with regret. as I started my new day. “I can’t fix the past,” I murmured to myself.

The Picador: Volume 9, Issue 4  
The Picador: Volume 9, Issue 4  

The Picador is the student newspaper of Holderness School. It is published every two weeks while school is in session.